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|Daniel J. Morrell downbound the St. Clair River near St. Clair Mi.
November 25, 1966 about 5 p.m.
Historic Fleet Gallery Feature -- Daniel
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.