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J. H. Sheadle (1) 1906 - 1924
F. A. Bailey 1924 - 1930
La Salle (2) 1930 - 1965
Meaford (3) 1965 - 1979
Pierson Independent 1979 - 1979
Company 1979 - 1980

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Built by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, MI. as hull #22. Launched on September 29, 1906 as J. H. SHEADLE (1) for Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co. Dimensions: 550' 00" loa x 56' 00" beam x 31' 00" depth; 6,924 GRT, 5,476 NRT. Powered by a 1,665 ihp triple expansion steam engine. Entered service in October of 1906.

On November 6, 1913 the SHEADLE departed Fort William, ON bound for Erie, PA with grain and encountered fog and a blizzard further on. During her Lake Huron leg of the journey, she made numerous turns running with and then against the wind in order to avoid grounding This extended the normal one day trip to nearly 2 1/2 days before reaching the St. Clair River. Suffered storm damage from the and then grounded at Bar Point just below Amherstburg, ON for over five and one-half hours until she was able to free herself. The SHEADLE finally arrived at Erie on November 12th. On November 19, 1920 while backing from a dock at Marquette, MI loaded with iron ore, the steering gear failed and the ship struck rocks tearing away her rudder and puncturing number seven tank causing her to settle to the bottom. While on the bottom, a storm arose causing considerably more damage. The SHEADLE was raised ten days later on the 29th and laid up for the winter at Marquette. The damage was repaired the following spring at a cost of $150,000.

In 1924 the SHEADLE was purchased by the Forest City Steamship Co. of Cleveland and renamed F. A. BAILEY. In 1928 she was repossessed by Cleveland-Cliffs for non-payment.

Cleveland-Cliffs renamed her La Salle (2) in 1930. A new tank top was installed in 1936 and new side tanks in March, 1949. New registered tonnage: 7,238 GRT, 6,181 NRT. During the winter of 1950-51 she was repowered at Toledo, OH by the American Ship Building Co. with a 3,300 shp DeLaval double reduction geared cross-compound steam turbine. New service speed: 12 knots (13.8 mph).

In 1965 the LA SALLE was sold Canadian to Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., Toronto, Ont. and renamed MEAFORD (3). New Canadian tonnage: 7616 GRT, 5429 NRT.

The Soo River Co. of Toronto purchased her in May, 1979 and renamed her PIERSON INDEPENDENT. Her career with the Soo River Co. barely lasted two months. On October 28, 1979 she ran aground in the Brockville Narrows of the St. Lawrence River. After being freed, she was beached at Longbeach, ON where her cargo of corn was lightered into the MAPLEHEATH and the E. J. NEWBERRY. The tugs ROBINSON BAY and DANIEL McALLISTER came to her assistance. The PIERSON INDEPENDENT was freed on October 31st and was dry docked at Port Weller on November 11th. A survey revealed the damage was too extensive to justify repairs. The ship was towed to Hamilton, ON by the tug G. W. ROGERS.

In November she was sold to Strathearne Terminals Ltd. of Hamilton. The following spring, she was sold to overseas ship breakers and renamed COMPANY. The vessel was towed out of Hamilton on May 2, 1980 by the tugs SALVAGE MONARCH and CATHY McALLISTER down the Seaway. The COMPANY was then towed to Santander, Spain on June 11, 1980 where it was broken up.

 

J. H. Sheadle (1) 1906 - 1924
(Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co.)

Waiting to be launched, September 29, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Sliding into the water, September 29, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Ready to be moved for completion, September 29, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

A view of her hold, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Captain's bathroom, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

A Mate's stateroom, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Officers' dining room, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Owners' cabin, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Owners' cabin, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Stateroom A, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Stateroom B, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Crew's sitting room, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Ship's galley, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Ship's pantry, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Chart room, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Steam windlass, 1906.
(Detroit Publishing, Library of Congress collection)

Engineroom and crew.
(Bill Hoey collection)

Engine drawing from Marine Review magazine.
(Bill Hoey collection)

Upbound in the St. Clair River.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Clock key coin to the engineroom clock.
(Bob Campbell collection)

Departing the Soo Locks.
(Photo by A. E. Young, Paul LaMarre Jr. collection)

     
F. A. Bailey 1924 - 1930
(Forest City Steamship Co.)

Downbound at Mission Pt in 1925.
(Peter VanDerLinden collection)

Unloading in a Lake Erie port.
(Photo by Erhardt Peters, Dick Wicklund collection)

   
La Salle (2) 1930 - 1965
(Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co.)

Waiting for the Sabin Lock downbound.
(Tom Manse Collection)

Loaded on the St. Marys River.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Postcard view of her clearing the Soo Locks upbound.
(Matt Miner Collection)

Stern view heading for Lake Superior.
(Matt Miner Collection)

Passing Mission Pt.
(Tom Manse Collection)

Downbound at Mission Pt.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Downbound, August 21, 1953.
(Photo by Father Pete, Paul LaMarre Jr. collection)

Downbound possibly in the St. Clair River.
(Matt Miner Collection)

Passing Port Huron.
(Photo by Paul Michaels, Skip Gillham collection)

Preparing to load in Marquette.
(Chris Mazzella Collection)

   
Meaford (3) 1965 - 1979
(Upper Lakes Shipping Co.)

Fully loaded on the St. Marys River, July 1, 1966.
(Photo by Father Pete, Paul LaMarre Jr. collection)

Closer view.
(Photo by Father Pete, Terry McCullough collection)

Unloading at Toronto, April 1966.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Mantadoc & Meaford wintering in Collingwood, 1966/67.
(Photo by John Mackay)

A close up of the Meaford in Collingwood, 1966/67.
(Photo by John Mackay)

Downbound in the Eisenhower Lock, July 7, 1967.
(Photo by Dan McCormick, Skip Gillham collection)

Inbound at Port Colborne, October 14, 1967.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Possibly in the Seaway pushing a good wake.
(Photo by Tom Manse)

Upbound in the Welland Canal, December 8, 1968.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Wintering in Goderich, 1969-70.
(Photo by John Mackay)

Underway and loaded, June 1971.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Possibly below Quebec City.
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

St Clair River, July 1973.
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Loading in Sarnia, August 1974.
(Photo by Terry McCullough)

Loading grain in Saginaw, 1970's.
(Photo by David McDonald)

Upbound in ballast at 6 Mile Pt., St. Marys River, June 1975.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Stern view, June 1975.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Loaded and downbound off 6 Mile Pt., June 1975.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Close up of the stack, June 1975.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Downbound in the Welland Canal. New
(Chris Mazzella collection)

Loading in Sarnia.
(Photo by Paul LaMarre Jr.)

A view from the Blue Water Bridge.
(Photo by Ron Beaupre)

Loading grain in Sarnia, ON, October 1975.
(Photo by Bob Campbell)

At Calumet Elevator in South Chicago in 1976.
(Photo by Lou Gerard Sr.)

Tied up at the Toronto Elevator, February 21, 1977.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Underway in the Welland Canal.
(Matt Miner collection)

Heading up the Maumee River in the evening.
(Photo by Paul LaMarre Jr.)

Stern view.
(Photo by Paul LaMarre Jr.)

Downbound at Port Huron.
(Photo by Paul LaMarre Jr.)

Tied up at the Government Dock in Sarnia.
(Photo by Paul LaMarre Jr.)

Trip summary for 1969.
(Compiled by Al Sykes, Skip Gillham Collection )

Trip summary for 1971.
(Compiled by Al Sykes, Skip Gillham Collection )

Pierson Independent 1979 - 1979
(Soo River Company)

Upbound above Lock 2 of the Welland Canal, September 8, 1979.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Upbound in the Welland Canal at the Garden City Skyway, 1979.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Stern view, 1979.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Tied up below Lock 1 in the Welland Canal.
(Terry McCullough collection)

A closer view.
(Tom Manse Collection)

Stern view at the dock.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Upbound under the Blue Water Bridge, August 1979.
(Photo by Bob Campbell)

Color version, August 1979.
(Photo by Bob Campbell)

Pierson Independent beached above the Brockville Narrows. Daniel McAllister at stern.
(Photo by Ron Beaupre)

Local paper article of the grounding.
(Ron Beaupre collection)

   
Company 1979 - 1980
(Strathearne Terminals)

Tied up at Hamilton awaiting an overseas tow to Santander, Spain, January 23, 1980.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Under tow in the Seaway, May 3, 1980.
(Photo by Alfred Saigon-King, Roger LeLievre collection)

   
Watercolor paintings
By Paul LaMarre Jr.

J. H. Sheadle and William G. Mather (1) stuck in the ice.
October 1980

Meaford
June 1979

   

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the J. H. Sheadle (1)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Herbert H. Parson 1906 - 07
S. A. Lyons 1908 - 21
Frank D. Perew 1922 - 24
Unknown 1906
C. H. Menmuir 1907
D. J. O'Brien 1908
Unknown 1909
D. J. O'Brien 1910
C. N. Albee 1911 - 15
Unknown 1916
James H. Durkin 1917 - 20
Unknown 1921 - 22
J. E. Dockrill 1923 - 24
Masters and Chief Engineers of the F. A. Bailey
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Peter M. Grant 1925
Fred A. Bailey 1925
W. U. Randall 1925
Peter M. Grant 1926 - 27
Unknown 1928
Fred W. Watson 1929 - 30
L. H. Smith 1925 - 27
Unknown 1928
P. J. Stipek 1929 - 30
Masters and Chief Engineers of the La Salle (2)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Fred W. Watson 1931
Unknown 1932 - 35
M. E. Bostwick 1936
Henry A. Murphy 1937
Unknown 1938
Walter F. Amsbury 1939
Frank P. Bamford 1940
Charles N. Bedell 1941 - 43
Con R. Gallagher 1944 - 1947
David J. Hyslop 1947
Ray H. Edgerton 1948
Con R. Gallagher 1949 - 50
James L. Doud 1951
Fred J. Reidy 1952 - 54
John M. Campbell 1955
S. C. Koontz 1956
R. E. Lowry 1957
Fred J. Reidy 1957
Unknown 1958
Charles V. Jilbert 1959 - 60
Unknown 1961 - 64
Harvey C. Almstedt 1965
P. J. Stipek 1931
Unknown 1932 - 35
James Cox 1936
Joseph S. 1937
James Cox 1937
Unknown 1938
Joseph S. 1939 - 1940
Patrick J. O'Rourke 1941 - 43
Stanley Kouchnerkovich 1944
Stephen F. Kouchnerkovich 1945 - 55
H. A. Swanson 1956 - 57
Unknown 1958
A. Boulianne 1959
H. A. Swanson 1959 - 60
Unknown 1961 - 1964
Gerald G. Grace 1965
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Meaford (3)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
M. W. Penny 1966 - 67
William C. Gulbronson 1968
Unknown 1969
H. Eespere 1970
N. A. Robinson 1971 - 73
N. C. Courtemanche 1974
Vern B. Anscheutz 1974
Neil V. McCallum 1975
R. J. Fraser 1976
W. Dawson 1977 - 78
J. A. Morin 1979
Don W. Ferguson 1966
Lloyd H. "John" 1967
Don W. Ferguson 1967 - 68
Unknown 1969
Don W. Ferguson 1970 - 73
Thomas McEwan 1974 - 76
M. Papillon 1977
Thomas McEwan 1978
A. R. Davies 1979
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Pierson Independent
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Thomas Richardson 1979 Ried McLam 1979

 


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