PURNELL, FRANK

Registry and Rig Information

Name PURNELL, FRANK
Registry U.S.
Official Number 243587
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 603.66
Width 69.16
Depth 30.16
Gross Tonnage 9057.00
Net Tonnage 6793.00
Hull Material Steel
Hull Number 00293

Vessel History

Rebuilds Tonnage change, March/April, 1971 (9032 gross - 5760 net). Received new holding tank and other minor modifications at Bay Shipbuilding yard, winter 1975-1976. 1982 she will be used for unloading and storage facility in Chicago after some modification.
History Launched as MCINTYRE (1943-1943).Built under U.S. Maritime Commission contract as an L6-S-B1 class bulk carrier. Sold to Bethlehem Steel Corp., in 1966, for propeller STEELTON.
Chartered to Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Co. by Medusa Cement, 1979, and renamed PIONEER in June, 1979.
As STEELTON: Struck pier at Soo Locks, upbound, on May 16, 1973, with heavy wind blowing. Spent three days receiving port bow repairs at Fraser Shipyards, Inc., Superior, WI.
Struck center span of Bridge 2, near Port Robinson, in the Welland Canal, on August 25, 1974. Bridge came down and STEELTON suffered extensive pilothouse damage, estimated at a million dollars. Welland had to be completely shut down.
Disposition To be used for unloading and storage facility in Chicago in 1982.

Build Information

Builder Great Lakes Engineering Works
Place Built River Rouge, MI
Date Built 1943-00-00

Source

Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
STEELTON1966-00-001978-00-00U.S.243587
HULL NO. 31978-00-001979-00-00U.S.243587
PIONEER1979-00-001982-00-00U.S.243587
C.T.C. NO. 11982-00-00U.S.243587

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
U.S. Maritime Commission1943-00-001943-00-00U.S.243587
Interlake S.S. Co. (Pickands, Mather & Co.)1943-00-001966-00-00U.S.243587
Bethlehem Steel Corp.1966-00-001978-00-00U.S.243587
Cement Transit Co.1978-00-00U.S.243587