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E. D. Carter 1906 - 1916
William T. Roberts 1916 - 1931
Dow Chemical 1932 - 1939
Norman J. Kopmeier 1939 - 1961
Pinedale 1961 - 1980

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Built by Detroit Ship Building Co. of Wyandotte, MI as hull #162. Launched on January 12, 1906 as E. D. CARTER for the Carter Steamship Co. of Erie, PA. Dimensions: 524 loa x 54 beam x 30 3" depth; 6359 GRT, 5063 NRT. Powered by a 1,600 ihp triple expansion steam engine. The E. D. CARTER began service in April, 1906.

In 1916 the vessel was sold to American Steamship Co. of Buffalo, NY. and renamed WILLIAM T. ROBERTS. She was renamed to DOW CHEMICAL and converted to a self-unloader at American Ship Building Co. of Lorain, OH in the winter of 1931 - 32. New 6606 GRT, 5305 NRT.

The ship was renamed again in 1939 to NORMAN J. KOPMEIER. In April 1959 she had new side tanks installed and in March 1961 she had a new tail shaft fitted. In 1961 the KOPMEIER was sold to Redwood Enterprises Ltd. of Hamilton, Bermuda managed by Westdale Shipping Ltd. of Port Credit, Ont. and renamed PINEDALE.

The PINEDALE was the first self-unloader to "cross-over" to the Canadian fleet. In 1966 she was registered Canadian and her tonnage was listed as 7126 GRT, 5160 NRT, 9700 dwt. In 1969 ownership changed to International Cruising Co. of Hamilton, Bermuda still managed by Westdale Shipping. The PINEDALE was sold to Reoch Transports Ltd. of Port Credit in late 1971.

In 1977 Pitts Engineering Construction Ltd. of Toronto, Ont. purchased the vessel for stripping and use as a breakwater at the Wesleyville Hydro Plant at Brownsville, Ont. Three years later, on May 5, 1980, the PINEDALE was raised and towed by tugs STORMONT and LAC MANITOBA to Toronto. On August 19, 1980 she was towed a final time by tug STORMONT to Strathearne Terminals in Hamilton, Ont for scrapping which was completed in 1981.

 

E. D. Carter 1906 - 1916
(Carter Steamship Company)

E. D. Carter.
(Photo by Pesha from the Ron Beaupre collection)

     
William T. Roberts 1916 - 1931
(American Steamship Company)

Clearing the piers at the Soo Locks upbound.
(Steve Vandenbosch collection)

     
Dow Chemical 1932 - 1939
(American Steamship Company)

Dow Chemical on her first voyage as a self-unloader entering Buffalo, NY on April 7, 1932, swinging her boom back and forth to help work through the ice.
(From the William Lafferty collection)

In the Welland Canal 1930's.
(Photo by Alf King from the Ron Beaupre collection)

In the Holland Harbor canal mid 1930's.
(From the Pam Dinucci collection)

 
Norman J. Kopmeier 1939 - 1961
(American Steamship Company)

Sailing loaded in the late 1940's.
(From the Jeff Anderson collection)

Sailing loaded.
(Photo by Father Peter Van der Linden from the Ron Beaupre collection)

At Cleveland, OH. Mid 1950's.
(Photo by Fred Bultman IV from the Fred Bultman V collection)

At Cleveland, OH. Mid 1950's.
(Photo by Fred Bultman IV from the Fred Bultman V collection)

At Cleveland, OH. Mid 1950's.
(Photo by Fred Bultman IV from the Fred Bultman V collection)

Departing Cleveland, OH. Mid 1950's.
(Photo by Fred Bultman IV from the Fred Bultman V collection)

   
Pinedale 1961 - 1980
(Westdale Shipping Ltd. and Reoch Transports Ltd.)

June 1961.
(From the Rich Weiss collection)

At Detroit 1961.
(From the Russ Plumb collection)

At Cleveland, OH. 1961.
(Photo by Fred Bultman IV from the Fred Bultman V collection)

Getting up steam and fitting out at Humberstone on the Welland Canal in the spring of 1962.
(Photo by John Mackay)

Unloading at dock. Note the 2 Cadillac's on the left side of photo.
(From the Rich Weiss collection)

In the Welland Canal. Date unknown.
(From the Terry McCullough collection)

Laying up for the winter in Hamilton, December 1963. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Pinedale underway.
(From the Russ Plumb collection)

Transiting the Welland Canal, June 24, 1967. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Downbound at Port Huron, June 1972.
(From the Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Collection of photos of a fire drill on the Pinedale in 1973.
(From the Gerry Ouderkirk collection)

At Windsor Salt, Windsor, Ont. 1973.
(Photo by Fred Bultman V)

Sailing loaded.
(From the Gerry Ouderkirk collection)

At Toronto winter quarters. February 1973.
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Waiting below Lock 3, November 23, 1974. New
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

In the Welland Canal. November 24, 1975.
(From the Terry McCullough collection)

Underway in Toledo, OH.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

Loading grain at Anderson's Elevator.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

Heading outbound in the Maumee River after loading a grain cargo.
(Photo by Jim Hoffman)

In the Welland Canal. Date unknown.
(From the Terry McCullough collection)

Departing the International Salt Company dock in the Rouge River turning basin 1977. It is believed the dock was so shallow that they had to ballast the outboard side of the ship down to load her without touching bottom. Ballast was being pumped out as these photos were taken.
(Photo by William Hoey Sr.)

Stern view departing the International Salt Company dock in the Rouge River turning basin 1977.
(Photo by William Hoey Sr.)

Postcard aerial view of her passing through Homer Bridge on the Welland Canal.
(Matt Miner collection)

Pinedale trip summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the E. D. Carter
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
John H. Clark 190
Charles H. Wilson Sr. 1906 - 11
Unknown 1912 - 13
Charles H. Wilson Sr. 1914 - 15
M. J. Kelley 1906 - 07
R. J. Sullivan 1908 - 11
Unknown 1912 - 13
R. J. Sullivan 1914 - 15

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the William T. Roberts
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
John A. Montgomery 1916 - 22
James G. Herbert 1923
James Heffernan 1924 - 27
Unknown 1928
John A. Larson 1929 - 31
Earl B. Hull 1916 - 17
George Charlton 1918 - 26
Daniel J. McCarthy 1927
Unknown 1928
Daniel J. McCarthy 1929
Unknown 1930 - 31

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Dow Chemical
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Unknown 1932 - 34
Charles McNally 1935 - 36
Evan M. Solberg 1937 - 39
George F. Anderson 1939
Unknown 1932 - 34
Tarsten W. "Ted" Cand 1935 - 38
J. H. Lawrence Jr. 1939
Tarsten W. "Ted" Cand 1939

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Norman J. Kopmeier
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Gustave "Gus" Carlson 1940
James Healey 1941
Gustave "Gus" Carlson 1941
Raymond J. Laughlin 1942 - 45
O. Arthur Toale 1946 - 47
Harold O. Faller 1948
John E. "Johnny" Clague 1949
Albert H. "Al" Guddeck 1950 - 51
August O. "Gus" Rapp 1952
William J. Hayes 1953
Eldon M. Williamson 1954
Frank E. Monroe 1955
Lawrence W. Goudie 1956
Ralph L. Pugh 1957
George Sweet 1958
Herbert Peterson 1958
Albert H. "Al" Guddeck 1959 - 60
John H. Cunningham 1940 - 42
Hubert J. Dietlin 1943 - 44
Henry S. Gustafson 1945
Henry A. Carlson 1946
Frank P. Lull 1947 - 55
Edward J. Mahaney 1956 - 57
Melvin A. Kerr 1958
Edward J. Mahaney 1959 - 60

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Pinedale
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
George G. Henderson 1961
Norman A. Ball 1962 - 68
W. E. Blair 1969
J. R. Harwood 1970 - 71
J. P. Fer 1972
John E. Pifer 1973 - 74
James W. Caldwell 1975
Charles Leonard 1976
D. Haig Glover 1961
Thomas McEwan 1962 - 69
Bruce M. Smith 1970 - 75
S. L. Davidson 1976

 


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