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J. Pierpont Morgan 1906 - 1965
Heron Bay (2) 1966 - 1978
Heron B. 1979

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Built by Chicago Ship Building Co. of Chicago, IL as hull # 68. Launched on April 16, 1906 as J. PIERPONT MORGAN for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. of Cleveland, OH and entered service in June of 1906. Dimensions: 601 loa x 58 beam x 32 depth; 7161 GRT 5530 NRT. Cargo Capacity: 12,500 tons. Powered by a 1,875 ihp triple expansion steam engine. The J. PIERPONT MORGAN was the first 601 foot vessel on the Lakes.

In April of 1937 two new Babcock & Wilcox water tube boilers were installed. In April 1940 new tank top and hopper sides were fitted. Tonnage changed in 1941 to 7,673 GRT, 6,099 NRT. Tonnage again changed in 1947 to 7,709 NRT, 6,136 GRT. Pittsburgh Steamship Co. named changed to United States Steel Corp. in 1952.

On November 11, 1960 the J. PIERPONT MORGAN was laid up in Duluth MN until 1965 when the vessel was sold to Canadian interests; Q&O (Quebec and Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd. of Thorold, ON) affiliate Comet Enterprises Ltd. of Hamilton, Bermuda. The ship was move to Port Arthur Shipyard in December of 1965 to be reconditioned and returned to service in the Spring of 1966 as HERON BAY (2). Canadian tonnage was listed as 8,887 GRT, 6,574 NRT.

In 1976 ownership was transferred to another Q&O affiliate, Trico Enterprises Ltd. of Hamilton, Bermuda. Final lay-up was on November 4, 1978 at Lauzon, Que.

Later that year she was sold to Union Pipe & Machinery Ltd. of Montreal, Que. and renamed HERON B. Scrapping began on March 30, 1979 and was completed by the end of 1979.

 

J. Pierpont Morgan 1906 - 1965
(Pittsburgh Steamship Co. and United States Steel Corp.)

Postcard view of at Conneaut Harbor, OH.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Postcard view "Passing Detroit" MI.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Back side of previous postcard view.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Colorized postcard view of at Ashtabula, OH.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

At Two Harbors, MN.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Postcard view loading at Marquette, MI with the bow of a whaleback in the foreground.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Stern view in this postcard image unloading at Fairport, OH.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Postcard view in the Toledo Shipbuilding Dry Dock at Toledo, OH.
(Submitted from both the Paul C. LaMarre III collection and William Forsythe collection)

Entering Conneaut Harbor, OH.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Unloading at Superior Docks at Ashtabula, OH.
(From the Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Above the Soo Locks in the late 1940s.
(From the Tom Manse collection)

Sailing in ballast in the 1950's.
(Photographer unknown from the Paul C. LaMarre Jr. collection)

Downbound at Mission Point.
(From the Tom Manse collection)

Downbound at Mission Point.
(From the Tom Manse collection)

Upbound at Mission Point.
(From the Tom Manse collection)

Above the Soo Locks in the early 1960s. Johnstowm and Ontadoc to the right of the Morgan.
(From the Tom Manse collection)

Passing Point Edward Ont./Port Huron, MI. The passenger ship Huronic is in the background.
(From the Ron Beaupre collection)

Sailing loaded sporting her side billboard.
(From the Ron Beaupre collection)

Downbound in he Detroit River.
(From the Rich Weiss collection)

 
Heron Bay (2) 1966 - 1978
(Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd.)

Unloading at Algoma in Port Colborne, June 5, 1967. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Tied up above Lock 2, December 1970. New
(Matt Miner collection)

Loading grain at Midstates Elevator Toledo, OH. Mid 1970's.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

At dock, location unknown.
(Photo by Emory Massman from the Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Unloading at unknown port.
(From the Tom Manse collection)

Close up of the stack, November 7, 1971. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Clear of Lock 2, November 7, 1971. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Above Lock 1, November 7, 1971. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Downbound passing Sarnia, Ont. in 1972.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

With a load of pulpwood. July 1972.
(From the Terry McCullough collection)

Inbound at Port Colborne. May 1975.
(From the Terry McCullough collection)

At unknown port.
(From the Steve Haverty collection)

Inbound at Toledo, OH. Mid 1970's.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

Preparing to dock at Midstates Grain elevator Toledo, OH. Mid 1970's.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

Under tow with tug Louisiana in the Rouge River, Detroit, MI, June 1975.
(Photo by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.)

Docked at Toledo, OH.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

In the lower St. Marys River.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Unloading at Victory Mills in Toronto, June 1977. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Turning in the Detroit River. September 1977.
(Photo by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.)

Turning in the Detroit River. September 1977.
(Photo by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.)

Stern view getting underway in the Detroit River. September 1977.
(Photo by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.)

At the Sarnia grain elevator. 1978.
(Photo by Terry McCullough

At Port Colborne, Ont. August 1978.
(Photo by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.)

Stern view at Port Colborne, Ont. August 1978.
(Photo by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.)

Another stern view at Port Colborne, Ont. August 1978.
(Photo by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.)

Upbound on the St. Marys River August 1978.
(Photographer unknown from the Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Heron Bay upbound from the Davis Lock, passing J. L. Mauthe in November 1978.
(photo by Roger LeLievre)

Heron Bay 1968 trip summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

Heron Bay 1978 trip summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

     
Heron B 1978 - 1979
(Union Pipe & Machinery Ltd.)
       

 

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Heron Bay checking in at Bouys 1 & 2 to Port Huron Coast Guard. July 21, 1972
(Provided by Roger LeLievre)

     

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the J. Pierpont Morgan
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
A . P. Chambers 1906 - 09
F. J. Crowley 1910 - 12
John W. Burns 1913 - 15
Harry G. Harbottle 1916 - 17
Charles M. Conkey 1918
David Bouille 1919 - 24
H. J. Clegg 1925 - 27
Harry Clark Ashby Sr. 1928 - 29
C. S. O. Christiansen 1930 - 31
Unknown 1932 - 33
Roy C. Caughell 1934
W. H. McLachlan 1934
Roy C. Caughell 1935
John Crerar 1936
Charles A. Horton 1937
Frank L. Davenport 1938
Chris H. Johnson 1939
Albert C. Penzenhagen 1940
Swen Fotland 1941
Roy A. Dewitt 1942
Forest H. Pratt 1943
Tomlin 1944
Arthur M. Everett 1945
Frank W. Quinn 1946 - 47
Reed F. Radike 1948
George Parks 1949 - 51
C. K. Seeley 1952 - 53
Alfred B. Weber 1954
Anthony H. Rehak 1955
Allen G. Henderson 1956
A. G. Anderson 1957
Frank J. Kadletz 1957
Unknown 1958
L. K. Lissack 1959
Herbert Todd 1960
M. M. Harvard 1960
James F. Woods 1906
D. Fraser 1907 - 08
John W. McEachren 1909 - 15
Unknown 1916
Guy L. Barnhart 1917 - 26
H. G. Grotemat Sr. 1927
Harry Gunderson 1928
Warner A. Churchill 1929 - 31
Unknown 1932 - 33
Joseph Friesenhan 1934
C. S. McElroy 1935
William R. Miller 1936 - 38
Fred J. Goller 1939 - 41
I. K. Henderson 1941
James Amenson Jr. 1942 - 44
Sherman T. Kemmerly 1945
Eric A. Bradley 1946 - 47
Robert H. Olson 1948 - 50
Milton H. Daggitt 1951 - 52
Peter Kochan 1953
Harvey H. Kangas 1954 - 55
Harry J. Fralic 1956 - 57
Unknown 1958
Harry J. Fralic 1959
J. J. Walker 1960
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Heron Bay (2)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
C. L. Freeman 1966 - 72
W. Carpenter 1973 - 75
E. C. Penney 1976
W. Thoms 1977
F. Cook 1978
R. H. Peatman 1966 - 67
B. G. Adam 1968 - 72
M. Smith 1973 - 75
L. Arcand 1976
M. Smith 1977 - 78

 

Heron Bay (1) 1940 to 1963
(Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd.)

Sailing in-ballast.
(From the Rich Weiss collection)

At unknown port 1960.
(From the Rich Weiss collection)

   

 


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