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Daniel J. Morrell downbound the St. Clair River near St. Clair Mi. November 25, 1966 about 5 p.m.

Emory Massman


Historic Fleet Gallery Feature -- Daniel J. Morrell


DANIEL J. MORRELL, US.203507, Lake Bulk Freighter built in 1906 by the West Bay City Ship Building Co., West Bay City, MI as Hull #619. Launched August 22, 1906 as a) DANIEL J. MORRELL for the Cambria Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH (M.A. Hanna & Co., mgr.). 600’loa-587’10”lbp-58’-32’; 7239 GRT, 5419 NRT. Powered by a 1,878 ihp triple expansion steam engine and two coal-fired Scotch boilers. Managed by Hanna from 1906 through the 1926 sailing season. Managed by the Bethlehem Transportation Corp. from 1927 until 1966. Reboilered in 1945 with two Babcock & Wilcox coal-fired water tube boilers. New tonnage: 7763 GRT, 6216 NRT. Repowered in 1956 with a 3,200 ihp three cylinder Skinner Unaflow steam engine. En route from Buffalo, NY to Taconite Harbor, MN in ballast on the night of November 28-29, 1966, she broke in two on Lake Huron during gale force winds up to 57 knots and sank at 0200 hours on the 29th, 26 miles northeast of Harbor Beach, MI. The MORRELL had anchored below Detroit, MI November 27th at 1800 hours to wait out adverse weather. At 0655 hours on November 28th the captain decided to pull anchor and refueled at Consolidation Fuel Dock at Windsor, ON and continued to proceed upbound at 0730. There was only one survivor out of 29 crew members. Her fleetmate EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND, US.203449, suffered hull cracks during the same storm and, although she did not sink, she was forced to lay-up at the Soo and never sailed again.

Information from Ahoy & Farewell


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