Monday, January 28, 2008

Ruth Hindman with Mary E. Hindman

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Thanks to Jim for not only identifying the ship but the barge as well! The ship is the Ruth Hindman. The American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio built her in 1908 as a fire tug. The ship was originally named the William A. McGonagle. In 1935, the tug was sold to the Pigeon Timber Company of Fort William, Ontario and renamed the Marguerite W. The vessel was again sold in 1953, this time to the Hindman Transportation Company who renamed her the Ruth Hindman. The ship was renamed the Lynda Hindman in 1965 and sold to the Siddall Fisheries in 1966. The tug was scrapped later that year. The barge is the Mary E. Hindman and was built in 1941 by the St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel Company. She was launched as the WS 304 and served the Hindman fleet from 1952 to 1956. The barge was abandoned in 1969 due to poor hull condition.


Blogger jim said...

This is the tug "Ruth Hindman" with a pulpwood barge, looks like she's downbound off St. Clair in the rivers. The barge had a name which I can't remember- I think a good history of it and the Hindman line is recounted in one of Greenwood's "Fleet Histories" books if I recall right. There's a nice picture of the same two vessels on the Father Dowling page.

February 13, 2008 10:31 PM  
Blogger jim said...

I found out some more about the barge in this photo, from a Greenwood book. It's the "Mary E. Hindman," built by St. Louis Shipbuilding and Steel Company, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1941. She was launched as the "WS 304" and was in the Hindman fleet from 1952 to 1956. She measured 194'6"x35'x9'9" and was abandoned "for poor hull condition" in 1969.

February 20, 2008 10:42 PM  

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