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By William Forsythe

 


Part 13: Lackawanna Steamship Company Fleet - 1907

HEMLOCK* - 204346
Launched at West Bay City (Hull #624) on July 13, 1907
420’ long x 52’ wide x 24.4’ deep
1500HP triple expansion steam engine
Scrapped in Italy in 1960. First vessel to be towed overseas for scrapping.

ODANAH* - 204455
Launched at American Shipbuilding Co. in Lorain, OH (Hull #351) on July 31, 1907
420’ long x 52’ wide x 28’ deep
1500HP triple expansion steam engine
Scrapped in Hamilton, Ontario in 1956

CALUMET* - 204447
Launched at Wyandotte (Hull #171) on August 10, 1907
420’ long x 52’ wide x 29’ deep
1500HP triple expansion steam engine
Scrapped in Scotland in 1960

CYPRUS* - 204527
Launched at American Shipbuilding Co. in Lorain, OH (Hull #353) on August 17, 1907
420’ long x 52’ wide x 28’ deep
1500HP triple expansion steam engine
Maiden Voyage September 21, 1907
Capsized and sank on Friday, October 11,1907 at 7:45pm

CRETE - 204587
Launched at American Shipbuilding Co. in Lorain, OH (Hull #352) on September 7, 1907
480’ long x 52’ wide x 30’ deep
1600HP triple expansion steam engine
Scrapped in Italy in 1962

VERONA - 204684
Launched at American Shipbuilding Co. in Lorain, OH (Hull #355) on October 5, 1907
480’ long x 52’ wide x 30’ deep
1600HP triple expansion steam engine
Scrapped in England in 1969

ADRIATIC* - 204726
Launched at American Shipbuilding Co. in Lorain, OH (Hull #354) on October 19, 1907
420’ long x 52’ wide x 28’ deep
1500HP triple expansion steam engine
Scrapped in Ashtabula, OH in 1963

ELBA* - 204727
Launched at American Shipbuilding in Cleveland, OH (Hull #440) on October 26, 1907
420’ long x 52’ wide x 24’ deep
1500HP triple expansion steam engine
Bow and stern scrapped in 1968, midbody modified to a drydock at Peterson Builders, Inc., Strugeon Bay, WI
In 1999 sold to Marinette Fuel and Dock Co. in Marinette, WI.
Accidentally sank at her dock, raised and dismantled a few years later.

* - Sisterships


Part 14: The Mulholland Mythology

Mathew Mulholland was born in Liverpool, England on November 4, 1847. He was the eldest of three surviving siblings from a family of twelve children. His parents brought the family to Cleveland, OH when Mathew was two years old. As a youngster, Mathew began his sailing career as a seaman aboard many ships. August 13, 1873, Mathew was married to a woman from Ashtabula, OH.

The family was blessed with three children. He progressively worked his way through the ranks till, in 1876 at the age of 29, he assumed his first command.

From 1880 till 1898, Captain Mulholland skippered nine different ships for the Alva Bradley fleet. In 1898, he joined the M.A. Bradley fleet. During the shipping season, he captained their ships. During the winter layup, he supervised repair work for the fleet. He also found time to organize his own company. The Mulholland Hatch Fastener Company was based in Cleveland, OH.

Mr. Mulholland’s company has erroneously been credited with the development of the “Mulholland telescoping hatches”. The Mulholland Hatch Fastener Company specialized in designing hatch clamping equipment for retrofit designs to existing ships and designs for new construction. They designed hatch clamps for ships with wooden, steel and telescoping hatch systems. Although they didn’t design the hatch itself, an integral feature of the Mulholland clamp designs were the use of canvas tarpaulins, batten boards and occasionally strongbacks. It will be noticed that Frederick Watson, as an employee of the company, applied for three patents. The first in 1921 as an assignor to the Mulholland Hatch Fastener Company. Watson applied for two more patents in 1928 and 1936, that were improvements to the last known Mulholland patent in 1914. It’s not known exactly when Mulholland’s company began, or how long it was in business. In 1916, a company advertisement boasted that they sold over 225,000 sets of clamps to ships of the Great Lakes community.

Captain Mulholland retired from the M. A. Bradley fleet in 1914. His 39 years as captain left and unblemished safety record which earned him admiration from his peers. He was a member of the Royal Arcanum and a Master Mason till his death on May 15, 1922 at the age of 75. The following is a list of his patents submitted by Captain Mulholland and his employees through the years:

Mulholland Patents:
July 31, 1900 : Submitted Patent No. 662130 for “Fastening for Hatchway-Covers” by Mathew Mulholland. It firmly holds the wooden cover down upon the coaming and at the same time causes the batten to clamp the canvas or tarpaulin tightly against the sides of the coaming.
November 20, 1900 : Patent No. 662130 adopted.

October 26, 1908 : Submitted Patent No. 970447 for “Hatch Fastener for Vessels” by Mathew Mulholland. Is “practically the same combination of parts disclosed in a former application for a similar device filed May 22, 1908 and bearing Serial No. 434365 with the exception that member 10 is recessed”. It was a “fastener for holding down the battens on a wooden hatch cover and having the effect of sealing and securing the said hatch cover in a simple and readily manipulated manner to avoid leakage”.
September 13, 1910 : Patent No. 970447 adopted.

October 29, 1908 : Submitted Patent No. 929779 for “Hatch Fastener for Vessels” by Mathew Mulholland. Is “practically the same combination of parts disclosed in a former application for a similar device filed May 22, 1908 and bearing Serial No. 434365 with the exception that member 10 is composite”. It was an “assemblage of parts for holding down the batten bars on a wooden hatch cover, and the effect of sealing and securing the said hatch cover in a convenient and simple manner to avoid leakage”.
August 3, 1909 : Patent no. 929779 adopted.

July 6, 1911 : Submitted Patent No. 1019343 for “Hatch Cover Fastener” by Mathew Mulholland and Edward Y. Moore. To “provide a fastener which will be economical in it’s structure and efficient in it’s operation”. For wooden hatches.
March 5, 1911 : Patent No. 1019343 adopted.

March 31, 1914 : Submitted Patent No. 1126064 by Mathew Mulholland for “Hatch Fastener”. To “provide a fastener which will be economical of manufacture and efficient in it’s use”. For wooden hatches.
January 26, 1915 : Patent No. 1126064 adopted.

February 12, 1921 : Submitted Patent No. 1413081 for “Hatch Fastener” by Frederick W. Watson assignor to the Mulholland Hatch Fastener Company. It is “an improvement upon the structure of the nature shown, described and claimed in Patent No. 1126064 patented by Mathew Mulholland upon January 26, 1915”. For metal hatches.
April 18, 1922 : Patent No. 1413081 adopted.

December 31, 1928 : Submitted Patent No. 1785400 for “Batten Clamp” by Frederick W. Watson. It was “to provide tarpaulin clamping means for hatches whereby the battens are firmly held in place against the edges of the tarpaulin to hold it uniformly stretched in position over the hatch cover and prevent it from becoming dislodged”.
December 16, 1930 : Patent No. 1785400 adopted.

September 4, 1936 : Submitted Patent No. 2088100 for “Hatch Cover Fastener” by Frederick W. Watson. It is “an improvement to Patent No. 1413081 dated April 18, 1922. To “provide a hatch cover fastener which compromises few parts, is simple in constuction and which at the same time will effectively secure hatch covers in place”. Also the “securing means is so disposed and arranged as to prevent tipping of the clamps either during application or as a result of movement of the ship in stormy weather“
July 27, 1937 : Patent No. 2088100 adopted.
 
 

Patent No. 662130

Patent No. 929779

Patent No. 970447

Patent No. 1019343

 
 

Patent No. 1126064

Patent No. 1413081

Patent No. 1785400

Patent No. 2088100

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