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Merchant Ship - James R. Baker - Self-Unloader

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Merchant Ship - James R. Baker - Self-Unloader James R. Baker
Name James R. Baker
Type Self-Unloader
Flag United States (Details)
Owner Interlake Steamship Company (Details)
Class 1000-ft class (Details)
IMO Number 7390260
Tonnage 63,300
Propulsion Diesel

History: Length 1004 ft
The Interlake Steamship Co
One of 13 Great Lakes only ships (Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie)
American Ship Building Company

M/V James R. Barker was the first 1000-foot class vessel constructed entirely on the Great Lakes, where she was built by American Ship Building Company at Lorain, Ohio. Her self-unloading system includes three cargo hold belts and a 250-foot boom, and is capable of discharging a cargo in about eight hours. The James R. Barker is named for Interlake’s Chairman of the Board. The ship has always been part of the Interlake Steamship fleet.
year built 1976

Lake freighters, or lakers, are bulk carrier vessels that ply the Great Lakes of North America. These vessels are traditionally called boats, although classified as ships.

The largest vessels on the lakes are the 1000-footers (300 m). These vessels are between 1,000 and 1,013.5 feet (304.8 and 308.9 m) long, 105 feet (32 m) wide and of 56 ft (17 m) hull depth.

All of the 1000-footers are US vessels. The Canadian fleet needs to travel to and from its major cities along the St. Lawrence Seaway, so the largest length for the Canadian vessels is 740 feet (230 m) (Seawaymax-size). The reason for this standard length is the Welland Canal, which bypasses the Niagara Falls. The locks here are roughly 800 feet (240 m) long, and for safety reasons, limiting the maximum length of the vessels. Therefore the 1000footer can only sail the four Great Lakes, Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie.

The Interlake Steamship Company traces a legacy back to 1883 with the founding of Pickands Mather & Company.
A family-owned company tracing its history more than 100 years on the Great Lakes, but now are a modern marine transportation business that is made up of 400 company family members who make us who we are today.

The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.

Item created by: Powderman on 2019-10-21 15:22:53. Last edited by Powderman on 2020-05-06 10:16:03

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