Tuesday, February 19, 2008

C.H. McCullough, Jr. / Robert C. Stanley

Rich, a former crewmember of the Harry L. Allen, was kind enough to supply our latest Mystery Ships. The photo shows two ships passing in close proximity of one another and attests to the fine skill of the wheelmen. If anyone can identify the Mystery Ships, Rich would be very appreciative.

Thanks to Jim and The Rock for identifying the ship on the left as the C.H. McCullough, Jr. The ship was built for the Acme Steamship Company in 1907 and launched as the Ward Ames. The Interlake Steamship Company acquired the ship in 1913 and in 1917 they renamed her the C.H. McCullough, Jr. Her propeller was removed in 1969 and she spent the next two seasons as a barge. In 1971, the Cement Transit Company purchased the vessel, re-installed the propeller and used the ship in the general bulk trade for the next few seasons. The C.H. McCullough, Jr. was eventually scrapped in 1980. If you would like to see another photo of the C.H. McCullough, Jr., please click here.

Thanks to Eric H. for indentifying the ship on the right as the Robert C. Stanley. The ship was one of sixteen “Maritime Class” freighters that were built in 1943. She was scrapped in 1989. If you would like to see an additional photo of the Robert C. Stanley, please click here.


Blogger jim said...

Off the top of my head, I think the boat on the left-hand side may be the "McCollough."

February 20, 2008 3:55 AM  
Anonymous the rock said...

We know the other one is a Pittsburger. Old-timers called them "Steel Trust Boats".

February 20, 2008 7:47 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

Interesting wheelsmanship, indeed. Most lakers, generally speaking, pass port to port whereas these two are starboard to starboard.

February 20, 2008 7:54 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

JIM-I think you are correct. There were two McCulloughs that I recall, the C. H. and the Joan, and I think this is the C.H.-- Tri-band stack, "second set" of crew quarters located behind the funnel. But it is that larage funnel,and those three distinct bands of color that clinch it.
The C.H. sailed along with the Medusa Challenger for the Medusa Cement Corp.

February 20, 2008 8:41 PM  
Blogger jim said...

I suddenly remembered something from my childhood days in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. We used to fish at the old Portland Cement Plant on the river and lying on the dock, up against an elevator silo, sat one of the "McCollough's" lifeboats. Wonder whatever happened to it.

February 20, 2008 10:37 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

But we aren't done! What about that Pittsburger?
Judging by the squared off pilot house, the stern mast location and even the name on the vessels's hull, I'd say the Thomas Lamont, Horace Johnson and William Clyde all come to mind.

February 21, 2008 7:35 AM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Rock,

Don't worry - Mystery Ship is still in the title. The three ships you mentioned are all very good possibilities!

February 21, 2008 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ship on right might be the George A. Sloan

February 25, 2008 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Eric H said...

It could not be the Sloan, as she was already a self-unloader painted in the Bradley grey scheme by the time the McCullough had the Medusa/Cement Transit stack markings. She does certainly look like a maritimer, and given the relatively square-looking wheelhouse/texas deck bulwark and the tall, narrow stack, I'd say that rules out the Sewell Avery. That means this ship is likely the Robert C. Stanley.

February 25, 2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Great job guys!

If you haven't, please check the December entry of the George A. Sloan / Robert C. Stanley to see if you can be the one who makes the definitive identification of this Mystery Ship!

February 25, 2008 11:30 PM  

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