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The SS Lea A Tregurtha

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Today, well yesterday was Veterans Day and while we usually think of the people that have served there is a ship that sails the Great Lakes that earned two battle stars as an S type tanker in WWII the Lee A Tregurtha which started life as the USS Chiwawa a S type tanker of 501 feet launched in 1942. After the war she was acquired by Cleveland Cliffs, lengthened to 730 feet and widened to 75 feet. In 1966 she received a bow thruster. In 1976 she was lengthened to 826 feet and in 1978 was converted into a self unloader and in 1982 she got a stern thruster. In 2006 she had her steam plant replaced by a 8040 HP diesel and in 2016 she had exhaust gas scrubbers installed. She is ready for another 80 years of service.

 

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8 hours ago, BrushWolf said:

Today, well yesterday was Veterans Day and while we usually think of the people that have served there is a ship that sails the Great Lakes that earned two battle stars as an S type tanker in WWII the Lee A Tregurtha which started life as the USS Chiwawa a S type tanker of 501 feet launched in 1942. After the war she was acquired by Cleveland Cliffs, lengthened to 730 feet and widened to 75 feet. In 1966 she received a bow thruster. In 1976 she was lengthened to 826 feet and in 1978 was converted into a self unloader and in 1982 she got a stern thruster. In 2006 she had her steam plant replaced by a 8040 HP diesel and in 2016 she had exhaust gas scrubbers installed. She is ready for another 80 years of service.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Chiwawa_(AO-68)

http://www.interlake-steamship.com/our-fleet/m-v-lee-a.-tregurtha/

Quite a different look today.

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On 11/12/2022 at 12:04 PM, Charon2018 said:

yeah

The Great Lake freighters all have that look.

They also have careers that last many decades. 

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On 12/22/2022 at 11:47 AM, Lord_Slayer said:

yeah

The Great Lake freighters all have that look.

They also have careers that last many decades. 

Not sailing in fresh salt water has a tendency to  prolong the life of a steel ship.  As for new ships, the first Great Lakes steamer delivered last year was the first new steamer built in almost 40 years...

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17 hours ago, sonoasailor said:

Not sailing in fresh water has a tendency to  prolong the life of a steel ship.

Not sailing in salt water has a tendency to prolong the life of a steel ship.  Salt water allows ion transfer at a faster rate than fresh water.

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1 hour ago, Charon2018 said:

Not sailing in salt water has a tendency to prolong the life of a steel ship.  Salt water allows ion transfer at a faster rate than fresh water.

Doh - THAT"s what I meant!!!!  FW extends the life a steel hull!!  AS for wood hulls, switching between FW and SW helps get rid of the wood eating worms that are in tropical waters...

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