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Fred G. Hartwell 1922 - 1951
Matthew Andrews (2) 1951 - 1962
George M. Carl (2) 1962 - 1984

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Built by American Shipbuilding Co. as hull 781. Launched on October 28, 1922 as FRED G. HARTWELL for Franklin Steamship Co. Dimensions: 617' 00" loa x 64' 2" beam x 33' 0" depth; 8,889 GRT, 6,942 NRT. Powered by a 2,600ihp triple expansion steam engine. The HARTWELL, the last ship built for Franklin Steamship, was delivered on December 1, 1922 but did not enter service until the spring of 1923 because of unfavorable weather.

In 1932, Bethlehem Transportation took over management until 1939. Hanna Ore Co. picked up the management and in 1944 ownership was transferred to Hanna. Renamed MATTHEW ANDREWS (2) in 1951. New hopper side tanks were installed in April 1950 changing her tonnage to 9,144 GRT, 7,198 NRT. Over the 1952-53 winter lay up, the old pilothouse was replaced with a new one.

The MATTHEW ANDREWS (2) was sold to Misener Transportation for $350,000 and renamed GEORGE M. CARL (2). At the time she was the largest U.S. flagged ship to be transferred into Canadian registry. Her Canadian tonnage changed to 109,418 GRT, 7,405 NRT. New tank tops were installed over the winter of 1966-67. The GEORGE M. CARL (2) was laid up in Port McNicoll in 1968 until spring of 1970. Converted to oil fired burners in 1972. Last operated in the 1982 season and was laid up for the last time in Toronto on December 17th. She remained there until August 18, 1984 when the tugs GLENEVIS & GLENSIDE arrived to tow her to Quebec. Departed Quebec with the CANALLISON under tow of the Polish tug KORAL for Aviles, Spain and arrived on September 17, 1984. Moved to near by San Esteban de Pravia to begin scrapping by Desguaces Vige.

 

Fred G. Hartwell 1922 - 1931
(Franklin Steamship Co.)

Possibly downbound the St. Clair Flats.
(Ron Beaupre Collection)

     
Fred G. Hartwell 1932 - 1939
(Bethlehem Transportation Co.)

Silver dishes marked S.S. Fred G. Hartwell, International Silver Co. Ken is trying to find their origins. If you anybody knows more about these dishes, please post it on the Boatnerd Message Board.
(Courtisy Kenneth Brown)

     
Fred G. Hartwell 1940 - 1951
(Hanna Ore Co.)

Loaded and underway.
(Ron Beaupre Collection)

Upbound at Little Rapids Cut, August 13, 1941
(Thomas Manse Collection)

Article from the Great Lakes News.
(Ron Beaupre Collection)

Page 1 of the 1950 Season Summary from the Fred G. Hartwell.
(Marc Vander Meulen Collection)

Page 2 of the 1950 Season Summary from the Fred G. Hartwell.
(Marc Vander Meulen Collection)

Heading out into the lake.
(Ron Beaupre Collection)

Heading out into the lake.
(Peter Van der Linden & Bob Campbell collection)

 
Matthew Andrews (2) 1951 - 1962
(Hanna Mining Co.)

Upbound at Mission Pt.
(Photo by Thomas Manse)

Upbound in Detroit just after getting the mail from the Westcott, July 1958
(Photo by Russ Plumb)

Upbound on the St. Marys River, August 1960
(Photo by John G. Mackay)

Name painted out in preperation of renaming her George M. Carl in Port Colborne, March 1963. The Michael K. Tewksbury is moored behind her.
(Photo by John G. Mackay)

George M. Carl (2) 1962 - 1984
(Misener Transportation)

Early in her career for Misener, 1960's
(Terry McCullough collection)

Note the London, England registry and the stack logo, 1960's
(Photo by Ron Beaupre)

Upbound in Montreal, June 1963.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Aerial view of the stack.
(Photo by Robert Walton, Skip Gillham collection)

Near Port Colborne, 1960's
(Terry McCullough collection)

Stern view, 1960's
(Terry McCullough collection)

Close up of the stern.
(Jim Sprunt collection, courtesy Skip Gillham)

Entering the Rock Cut in 1964.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

In Soo Harbor as seen from the Valley Camp's stern, July 3, 1971
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

In Port Colborne having new boilers installed, April 29, 1972.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Loading at the Cargill Elevator in Sarnia, July 1973
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Aerial view in Port Colborne Harbor, 1970's
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Upbound in the St. Clair River, August 1973
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Stern view, July 1975
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Aground in Humber Bay, Toronto after a snow storm, December 25, 1975
(Photo by Ron Beaupre)

Three tugs working on freeing the George M. Carl, December 27, 1975
(Photo by Jim Kidd, Ron Beaupre collection)

Riding high with the Corps dredge Markham in the background, June 1976
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Loaded and downbound the St Marys River, July 1976
(Thomas Manse collection)

Inbound Port Weller Piers, August 28, 1976
(Matt Miner collection)

Sliding down the wall to Lock 8 on the Welland Canal, 1977
(Roger LeLievre collection)

Tied up at the City Dock waiting for a berth at one of the grain elevators Toledo.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

Downbound the Maumee River at Craig Bridge, Toledo.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

Loading grain at the Midstates Elevator, Toledo.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

Clear of the Poe Lock in the spring ice, 1979
(Photo by Thomas Manse)

Running light in June 1979
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Clearing one of the bridges on the Welland canal, July 1979
(Thomas Manse collection)

Underway, July 26, 1979
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Heading upbound in the Huron Cut above Port Huron, August 1979
(Photo by Ray Hillary)

Stern View, August 1979
(Photo by Ray Hillary)

Stern View, August 1979
(Photo by Ray Hillary)

Loading at Cargil in Sarnia.
(Photo by Tom Manse)

In on of the locks on the Welland Canal at lower level, April 1980
(Photo by Russ Plumb)

Winches being operated while the lock is filled, April 1980
(Photo by Russ Plumb)

The lock is almost filled, April 1980
(Photo by Russ Plumb)

View of her stack.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Upbound in Lock 7, July 15, 1980.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Upbound the St. Marys River, July 15, 1980
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Departing Lock 6 on the Welland Canal upbound, early 1980's
(Photo by Dave Otterman)

Postcard view passing under the Ambassador Bridge.
(John Belliveau collection)

Aproaching the Homer Bridge on the Welland Canal, 1980's
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Downbound in the Welland Canal after clearing QEW overpass, 1980's
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

In balast on Lake Erie, 1980's
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Getting work done in PASCO's drydock, Thunder Bay, 1981
(Photo by Dick Wicklund)

Unloading in Port McNicoll, August 1982
(Photo by Viktor Kaczkowski)

On her final trip through the Welland Canal, December 12, 1982.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

1924 trip summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

1952 trip summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

1952 trip summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

 

Audio of the ship
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Calling in upbound at 9 Mile Pt., St Marys River, Spring 1973.
(Provided by Roger LeLievre)

Calling in upbound at 6 Mile Pt., St Marys River, Spring 1973.
(Provided by Roger LeLievre)

Calling in upbound at Mission Pt., St Marys River, Spring 1973.
(Provided by Roger LeLievre)

 

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Fred G. Hartwell
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Unknown 1922
Daniel C. Sullivan 1923 - 31
Unknown 1932 - 35
Edward Phil Fitch Sr. 1936 - 38
Charles Lindsay 1939
Fredrick A. DesJardins 1939
Jesse M. Brines 1940
Millard M. Stewart 1941
W. Ross Maitland 1942 - 51
Unknown 1922
Thomas W. Braund 1923
George Whitehead 1924 - 25
Albert H. Amhaus 1926 - 28
Daniel Sullivan 1929
Albert H. Amhaus 1929
Sigurd K. Ramberg 1930 - 31
Unknown 1932 - 35
Sigurd K. Ramberg 1936 - 39
Alexander M. Robertson 1940 - 45
Frank J. Autterson 1946 - 1951
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Matthew Andrews (2)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Norval F. Peltier 1952 - 54
Carlton William Young 1955
J. L. Hereford 1955
Walter E. Hemmelroos 1956 - 57
F. N. Lindsay 1958
Walter E. Hemmelroos 1958
B. A. Lappi 1958 - 60
Harold W. Wager 1961
K. M. Minwegen 1962
Frank J. Autterson 1952
J. F. "Jack" Brooks 1953 - 60
Nels G. Johnson 1961
J. F. "Jack" Brooks 1961
Dudley O.Adams 1962
Masters and Chief Engineers of the George M. Carl (2)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
R. C. McColeman 1963
Allen R. Rafuse 1964 - 65
W. J. Jessome 1966
I. R. Burns 1967 - 69
C. R. Bradley 1970
M. Petit 1971
George Wheeler 1972 - 73
N. McDonald 1974
H. A. Edwards 1975
Morrey R. Armstrong 1975 - 81
G. Johnson 1982 - 85
Kenneth E. Fisher 1963 - 67
E. F. Walker 1968 - 71
A. W. Renn 1972 - 85

 

Other vessels that bore the name.
George M. Carl (1) 1950 - 1959
(Colonial Steamships)

Sitting at Rameys Bend awaiting scrap, August 1, 1959. New
(Al Sykes Collection, courtesy Skip Gillham)

Scrapping almost complete, September 1959. New
(Photo by George Ayoub, Skip Gillham Collection)

   
Matthew Andrews (3) 1963 - 1974
(Hanna Mining Co.)

Unloading in Huron, Ohio
(Photo by Russ Plumb)

Downbound at Mission Pt.
(Roger LeLievre collection)

Downbound above the Blue Water Bridge. New
(Photo by Paul Michaels)

 

 


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