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Frank H. Goodyear (2) 1917 to 1939
Diamond Alkali (2) 1939 to 1976
Buffalo (2) 1976 to 1978
Saginaw Bay 1978 to 1985

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Built by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, MI as hull 166. Launched on April 26, 1917 as FRANK H. GOODYEAR (2) for Buffalo Steamship Co., Cleveland. Dimensions: 588' 6" loa x 60' 0" beam x 32' 0" depth; 8,243 GRT, 6,409 NRT. Powered by a 1,900 ihp triple expansion steam engine. Entered service in June 19, 1917 bound for Escanaba to load ore. The GOODYEAR was sold in 1922 to the American Steamship Co. and retained her name.

Converted to a self-unloader at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc and renamed DIAMOND ALKALI (2) in 1939. Tonnages changed to 8,417 GRT, 6,632 NRT. Collied with the HARRY W. CROFT in the Straits of Mackinaw causing $150,000 worth of damage to the ALAKLI. Tank top was replaced in April, 1961. She was repowered with a 4,320 bhp V-16 cylinder diesel engine built by the Nordberg Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee driving a controllable pitch propeller at the Fraser-Nelson Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Superior during the 1963-64 winter. A Bird-Johnson KaMeWa bow thruster was installed that same winter. Her new rated service speed: 12 knots (13.8 mph). Ran aground in the entrance channel to Ludington. Debris form construction of the new seawall had settled on the north edge of the channel, lowering the water level. She freed herself within a few hours and continued to Dow Chemical with stone.Collided with the steamer SYLVANIA during a fierce wind storm while upbound loaded on November 28, 1968 in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River. Both recieved bow plate damage. Repairs were completed by the American Ship Building Co. in Toledo. Renamed BUFFALO (2) in 1976.

Two years later renamed SAGINAW BAY in May, 1978 to free her name for the newly constructed BUFFALO (3). While laid up there was talk of removing the stern to repower the JOHN T. HUTCHINSON but this was rejected by the U.S. Coast Guard. Towed from Cleveland to Ramey's Bend by the tugs OHIO and KANSAS arriving there on November 22, 1984. She cleared Ramey's Bend for Quebec City on July 7, 1985 towed by the tugs GLENEVIS, ARGUE MARTIN and PRINCESS NO. 1. Departed Quebec City on July 16, 1985 in tandem with the E. B. BARBER towed by the Polish tug KORAL. The tow arrived at Vigo, Spain August 8th. Demolition began August 9, 1985 by Rafael Diez Martinez at Guixar-Vigo.

 

Frank H. Goodyear (2) 1917 to 1922
(Buffalo Steamship Co.)

Underway on a windy day.
(Ron Beaupre & Roger LeLievre collection)

     
Frank H. Goodyear (2) 1922 to 1939
(American Steamship Co.)
       
       
Diamond Alkali (2) 1939 to 1976
(American Steamship Co.)

Possibly in upper Lake St. Clair.
(Roger LeLievre collection)

Under tow.
(Roger LeLievre collection)

Aground in the entrance to Ludington.
(Photo by Bill Lafferty)

Postcard view loading sand in Manistee.
(Don Geske collection)

Possibly in the lower Detroit River.
(Roger LeLievre collection)

Downbound above the Blue Water Bridge.
(Photo by Paul Michaels, Skip Gillham collection)

Upbound in Port Huron with the Wescott boat pulling away after a delivery, 1960.
(Photo by John Mackay)

Downbound in the St. Clair River, October 1964.
(Photo by John Mackay)

Upbound near Ecorse, October 1969.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Nearing the Ambassador Bridge, October 1969.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Loading in Conneaut, 1970.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Postcard view upbound at Port Huron from the Canadian side.
(Skip Gillham collection)

Tied up for the winter in Toledo, 1971.
(Photo by Al Sykes, Skip Gillham collection)

Loaded on the St. Marys River.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Slow and steady up the river.
Note the row boat next to the bow.
(Photo by Paul Michaels, Skip Gillham collection)

Taking on another load in Conneaut.
(Photo by Tom Manse)

In the lower St. Clair River, July 1976.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Postcard view entering St. Joseph, MI.
(Don Geske collection)

1944 cargo summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

1949 cargo summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

1976 cargo summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

1969 cargo summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

Buffalo (2) 1976 to 1978
(American Steamship Co.)

Downbound above the Blue Water Bridge, 1976.
(Photo by Paul Michaels, Skip Gillham collection)

Unloading in the Cuyahoga River at Ontario Stone.
(Roger LeLievre collection)

Unloading in Ludington, 1977.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

 
Saginaw Bay 1978 to 1985
(American Steamship Co.)

In the St. Clair Flats, July 1978.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

At anchor, July 4, 1979.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Upbound at Port Huron, September 2, 1979.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Unloading sand, June 1979.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Backing out of Milwaukee, 1980.
(Photo by Andy LaBorde, Roger LeLievre collection)

Loaded and underway.
(Photo by Andy LaBorde, Roger LeLievre collection)

Arriving in Port Colborne under tow of the tug Ohio, November 22, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Stern view of the tow, November 22, 1984. New
(Matt Miner collection)

Captain's desk, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Captain's cabinet, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Galley stove, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Sink in the Cook's room, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Engineroom gauges and controls, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Other side, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

More gauges, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Lifering still hanging up, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Anchor winch, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Looking down the deck on the port side, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Starboard side, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Stack and mast, December 4, 1984.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Tied up at Rameys Bend, June 1, 1985.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

1978-80 cargo summaries.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

   

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Frank H. Goodyear
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Charles B. Galton 1917 - 27
Unknown 1928
John A. Montgomery 1929 - 31
Unknown 1932 - 34
John A. Montgomery 1935 - 39
Henry Graves 1917
Percy Worden 1917 - 27
Unknown 1928
Daniel D'Arcy 1929 - 31
Unknown 1932 - 34
Daniel D'Arcy 1935 - 39
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Diamond Alaki (2)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
George F. Anderson 1938
James Healy 1939
James G. Herbert 1940 - 46
George F. Anderson 1946 - 48
Lawrence W. Goudie 1948 - 52
Harald O. Faller 1953 - 54
Lawrence W. Goudie 1955
August O. Rapp 1956
Albert H. Guddeck 1957
John J. Ross 1958 - 1962
Eldon M. Williamson 1963
Oscar H. Gronwall 1964 - 1967
H. Peter Gronwall 1968 - 73
Michael Taylor 1974 - 75
Morris Wheeler 1976
J. H. Lawrence Jr. 1935 - 39
Louis V. Bundschuh 1940 - 51
Harry A. Odell 1952 - 1955
Frank P. Lull 1956 - 63
Fred J. McCalla 1964 - 68
Corneilus Dowd 1969
John Carr 1970 - 73
Edward L. Schuster 1974
Cyril Posch 1975
John Gies 1976
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Buffalo (2)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Daniel Molmar 1977
Unknown 1978
Ernst Crane 1977
Cyril Posch 1978
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Saginaw Bay
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Daniel Molmar 1978
Verno Hill 1979
John K. Gapczynski 1980
Gordon "Pete" Jimerson 1981
Unknown 1982 - 84
Ernst Crane 1978
Charles Campbell 1979 - 81
Unknown 1982 - 84

 


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