Thursday, November 29, 2007

Henry G. Dalton

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One of the Mystery Ships that has eluded identification the longest has finally been positively identified thanks to Ted Wilush! The Henry G. Dalton had stymied the experts because most photos of the ship show her rear mast in front of the smokestack instead of behind it like the ship in the picture does. It was Ted who first realized that Henry G. Dalton’s mast was moved from behind the smokestack to in front of the smokestack during a renovation that most likely took place in 1954. The Henry G. Dalton was built by the American Ship Building Company and launched in 1916. She was scrapped in 1973. If you would like to see a photo of the Henry G. Dalton with the rear mast behind the smokestack, please click here. If you would like to see a photo of the Henry G. Dalton with the rear mast in front of the smokestack, please click here.


Anonymous MikeM said...

Is that a Republic Steel stack?

November 30, 2007 1:40 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

I am pretty sure this is an older Pickands Mather vessel---black stack with an orange band going around it. Below the ship's name reads "The Interlake Steamship Company".These vessels were commonly referred to as "Interlake boats"

Have to dig out OLD photos to identify this freighter. You know it's an old-timer when you see the old-style "crews quarters" across the deck behind the pilot house.

This is one of the few photos taken by the photographer of a vessel going upbound rather than down bound ,as we see the port side in this particular photograph.

December 07, 2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet--Is that a white building on land behind the ship, and not "crew's quarters"? I think so. I don't recall any Interlake boats having crew's quarters in that location.

It's a vessel with a first and last name as well as a middle initial.
I'd guess the Harvey H. Brown

December 07, 2007 1:26 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

Although I am suggesting it's the Harvey Brown, I guess that it could also be the James C. Wallace for that matter!
They were sister ships in the 40's.

December 07, 2007 1:38 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Rock,

Thank for the information! I would lean towards the James C. Wallace because of the amount of letters in the first and last name. The Henry G. Dalton is also a possibility. The ship is definitely an Interlake vessel however, the photo appears to lack the clarity needed for a positive identification.

December 07, 2007 7:41 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

The Wallace could be in the mix, but the Dalton had her stern mast forward of the stack.
My old favorite, the Harry W. Croft, upon which my parents got to take a trip to Duluth in 1949, is out of the running because of the name-lettering, and the Croft had a slightly different pilot house configuration.

December 08, 2007 2:48 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Rock,

You are right about the Henry G. Dalton. Did you look at the picture of the Harvey H. Brown on the Bowling Green site? The crew's quarters/house in the background is shown as being on the deck! Other possibilities could be the George H. Russel or the Augustus B. Wolvin. As an aside, since these aren't sailing vessels, what purpose do the masts serve?

December 08, 2007 5:25 PM  
Anonymous TWilush said...

This vessel is clearly, and without a doubt Henry G. Dalton. The Dalton's mast was originally behind the stack. It was moved ahead at the same time her after accommodations were updated slightly. (After this photo was taken) Other than that, she had a fairly easily identified look, and unique placement of the name relative to the Interlake writing below. It is most certainly not the Wallace or Wolvin. I have pictures to back up mast movement, ask if you'd like to see them.

January 10, 2013 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Chris Murphy said...

I was a deckhand on the Henry G. Dalton in 1965. It was a Pickands Mather Interlake Steamship vessel.

Chris Murphy

May 09, 2013 10:11 PM  

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