J. A. W. Iglehart

Pan Amoco – Amoco – H. R. Schemm – J. A. W. Iglehart

1936-Present

J. A. W. Iglehart in the MacArthur Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, on her final trip as an active carrier, October 28, 2006. Photo by Roger LeLievre

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1936

Builder: Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock, Chester, Pennsylvania

Hull #155

Registry: U. S. 235570

IMO #5139179

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: September 25, 1936

Commissioned: October 14, 1936; June 15, 1965 [As cement carrier]

Construction

The J. A. W. Iglehart was originally constructed in 1936 by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock as the deep sea tanker Pan Amoco for the Pan American Oil Company. The Amoco was rebuilt as a self-unloading cement carrier in 1965, being equipped with with airslide slopes in her cargo hold that feed a tunnel conveyor that runs to a forward-mounted bucket elevator system. The cement can be discharged to the shoreside terminal from the bucket elevator via an airslide unloading boom or powdered cement pumps.

Modifications

  • Rebuilt as a self-unloading cement carrier, American Shipbuilding, South Chicago, Illinois

General Stats

As Constructed as a Saltwater Tanker

Length Overall: 501’06”

Length Between Perpendiculars: 485’06”

Breadth: 68’03”

Depth: 37′

Loaded Draft: —

Capacity: 15,515 Tons

Vessel Type: Deep-Sea Tanker

Number of Cargo Holds: —

Number of Hatches: —

Primary Operations: East Coast Petroleum Trade

Propellers: 1

Rudders: 1

After conversion to a self-unloading cement carrier, 1965

Length Overall: 501’06”

Length Between Perpendiculars: 485’06”

Breadth: 68’03”

Depth: 37′

Loaded Draft: 27’04”

Capacity: 13,200 Tons

Vessel Type: Self-Unloading Cement Carrier

Number of Cargo Holds: 18

Number of Hatches: —

Primary Operations: Cement Trade

Propellers: 1

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Steam Turbine

Engine Manufacturer: De Laval Steam Turbine Co., Trenton, NJ

Engine Model: Cross-Compound Steam Turbine

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 4400 SHP


Boiler

Boiler Type: Oil-fired Water Tube Boiler

Boiler Manufacturer: Foster-Wheeler, Baar, Switzerland

Boiler Size: 11,422 sq. ft.

Number of Boilers: 2


History

Lineage

Pan Amoco – 1936-1943

Owner: Pan American Petroleum and Transportation Co., New York, NY

Operator: Pan American Petroleum and Transportation

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Pan Amoco – 1943-1955

Owner: American Oil Co., Baltimore, MD

Operator: American Oil Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Amoco – 1955-1960

Owner: American Oil Co., Baltimore, MD

Operator: American Oil Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Amoco – 1960

Owner: Boston Metals Co., Boston, MA

Operator: Boston Metals Co. [Laid up]

Flag: United States

Home Port: Boston, MA


H. R. Schemm – 1960-1965

Owner: Huron Portland Cement Co., Alpena, MI

Operator: Huron Transportation

Flag: United States

Home Port: Alpena, MI


J. A. W. Iglehart – 1965-1987

Owner: Huron Portland Cement Co., Alpena, MI [National Gypsum Company]

Operator: Huron Transportation Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


J. A. W. Iglehart – 1987-1996

Owner: Inland Lakes Transportation, Alpena, MI

Operator: Inland Lakes Management [Under charter to Lafarge]

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


J. A. W. Iglehart – 1996-Present

Owner: Inland Lakes Transportation, Muskegon, MI [Andrie, Inc.]

Operator: Inland Lakes Management [Under charter to Lafarge]

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


Her Story

The J. A. W. Iglehart was originally constructed in 1936 by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock as the deep sea tanker Pan Amoco for the Pan American Oil Company. She was launched on September 23, 1936, and entered service on October 14, 1936. On March 23, 1943, the Pan Amoco was able to successfully escape a U-Boat attack off of the U.S. East Coast. Ownership of the Pan Amoco was transferred to the American Oil Company in 1943. She was renamed Amoco in 1955.

In 1960, the Amoco was sold to Boston Metals for scrapping, but was saved from the torch when she was sold to Huron Portland Cement of Alpena, Michigan, in June 1960. She was renamed H. R. Schemm and sailed up the St. Lawrence Seaway later that season and laid up at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where she was to be converted into a self-unloading cement carrier. The conversion project stalled for 4 years until the Schemm was towed to the American Shipbuilding Company yard in South Chicago, Illinois, where she was converted to a self-unloading cement carrier. Her midship pilothouse was removed and a new one constructed forward, and her aft cabins and engine modernized, while her holds were reconfigured with slopes leading to a tunnel conveyor that lead to a forward-mounted bucket elevator that could transfer cargo to the shoreside terminal via either an airslide boom or cement pumps.

The conversion project was completed in early 1965 and she was christened J. A. W. Iglehart on May 26, 1965. She then sailed on her maiden voyage as a cement carrier on June 15, 1965, bound for Alpena, Michigan, to load cement for Toledo, Ohio, arriving on June 19, 1965.

In 1987, Huron Cement was acquired by Lafarge Cement, and ownership of the fleet was transferred to Inland Lakes Transportation, being operated by Inland Lakes Management. The ships continued to operate out of the Alpena cement plant under cargo contract to Lafarge. Inland Lakes Transportation/Management was acquired by Andrie, Inc., of Muskegon, Michigan, in 1996. Fleet operations remained the same.

The Iglehart‘s career has been slightly scarred with numerous groundings at Alpena, Michigan, and at Saginaw, Michigan, on December 26, 1996. She was freed four days later after lightering a portion of her cargo into her fleetmate Alpena.

The J. A. W. Iglehart laid up for the final time at Superior, Wisconsin, on November 5, 2006. She is now in service as a cement storage and transfer vessel at Lafarge’s Superior terminal.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on October 6, 2020


Gallery


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