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Photographer:Rudi Rabe [View profile]Title:E.M. FordAdded:Jun 20, 2005
Photo Category: Cement Carriers
In the Detroit River 1970's
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Presque Isle (Until 1956)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Self Discharging Bulk Carrier
Gross tonnage:4,538 tons
Summer DWT:6,706 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1898
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Guest on Nov 12, 2008 09:35 (9 years ago)
November 12, 2008

Aging Michigan freighter being sold for scrap

Associated Press

CARROLLTON TWP. - History buffs had hoped to turn the E.M. Ford into a floating museum. But the 428-foot-long cement hauler, one of the oldest freighters on the Great Lakes, is being sold for scrap.

Built in 1898, the Ford was a bulk iron ore carrier before its conversion to a self-unloading cement powder carrier for the LaFarge North America Cement Plant. It has been tied up at the plant's docks in Carrollton Township for 12 years.

A tug was scheduled to haul it Tuesday to Sault Ste. Marie, where it will be cut apart.

"This is an extremely tragic loss," Don Morin, vice president of the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society, told the Bay City Times.

The society had wanted to buy the Ford and convert it to a museum, but found out too late that LaFarge had sold it to a scrapper.

"You know the old saying, 'You're a day late and a dollar short?' Well, that's what happened to us," Don Comtois, president of the society, told WJRT-TV.

The ship has not hauled cement for a long time, and "with the economy down they don't need it anymore and it becomes a liability instead of an asset for a company," he said.

LaFarge said it looked unsuccessfully for a historical group to take the Ford.

But Morin said his organization didn't get the word until two weeks before the deadline.
Rudi Rabe on Jun 21, 2005 00:06 (12 years ago)
Thanks...I have many to dig through, have not sailed since 91
Jeff Thoreson on Jun 20, 2005 23:50 (12 years ago)
Nice black and white of this grand old lady. Nice shot, Rudi.
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