Lewis Wilson Foy

Lewis Wilson Foy – Oglebay Norton – American Integrity

1978-Present

American Integrity on the St. Marys River, August 5, 2016. Photo by Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1978

Builder: Bay Shipbuilding Corp., Sturgeon Bay, WI

Hull #717

Registry: US 592377

IMO #7514696

Laid Down: Bow Section: October 8, 1976; Stern Section: August 5, 1976

Launch Date: Bow Section: April 28, 1977; Entire Hull: June 6, 1978

Commissioned: June 8, 1978

Construction

The Lewis Wilson Foy was constructed as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Bethlehem Steel’s Great Lakes Steamship Division. She was their second 1,000-Footer, the first being the Stewart J. Cort. The Foy was built under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970.

The Lewis Wilson Foy was constructed in two sections, with the keel being laid for her 340′ stern section on August 5, 1976. The keel for her 660′ bow section was laid on October 8, 1976, and was side-launched on April 28, 1977. The two sections were combined in drydock and floated out on June 6, 1978.

She was built to the plans of the Bay Shipbuilding 1,000-Footers, being the second vessel constructed. These ships were the Belle River [Walter J. McCarthy Jr., 1990;], Indiana HarborBurns Harbor, and Columbia Star [American Century, 2006;].

Her self-unloading equipment consists of a single hold belt leading to an aft loop-belt system to a 250′ deck-mounted boom.


General Stats

Length Overall: 1,000′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 990′

Breadth: 105′

Depth: 56′

Loaded Draft: 34’01”

Capacity: 80,900 Tons

Vessel Type: Loop-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: Aft-Mounted; 250′

Number of Cargo Holds: 7 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 5-5-6-6-6-5-4]

Number of Hatches: 37 [Dimensions: 56’x11′]

Primary Operations: Ore, Coal Trades

Propellers: 2 Controllable Pitch Propellers

Rudders: 2


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division, Chicago, IL

Engine Model: 20-645-E7

Number of Engines: 4

Rated HP: 14,000 BHP


History

Lineage

Lewis Wilson Foy – 1978-1991

Owner: Bethlehem Steel Corp., Great Lakes Steamship Division, Cleveland, OH

Operator: Bethlehem Steel Corp., Great Lakes Steamship Division

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


Oglebay Norton – 1991-1994

Owner: Oglebay Norton Co., Columbia Transportation Division, Cleveland, OH

Operator: Columbia Transportation Divison

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


Oglebay Norton – 1994-2006

Owner: Oglebay Norton Co., Cleveland, OH

Operator: Oglebay Norton Co., Marine Division

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


American Integrity – 2006-2020

Owner: American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY [GATX Corp.]

Operator: American Steamship Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


American Integrity – 2020-Present

Owner: American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY [Rand Logistics]

Operator: American Steamship Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


Her Story

The Lewis Wilson Foy was constructed as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Bethlehem Steel’s Great Lakes Steamship Division. She was their second 1,000-Footer. The Foy was constructed in two sections, with the keel being laid for her 340′ stern section on August 5, 1976, being floated out of the drydock on February 26, 1977. The keel for her 660′ bow section was laid on October 8, 1976, and was side-launched on April 28, 1977. The two sections were combined in drydock and floated out on June 6, 1978. She was originally to be named Burns Harbor, but while under construction her name was changed to Lewis Wilson Foy. The Foy was christened on June 8, 1978, and departed on her maiden voyage later that day bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load ore.

The Foy collided with the E.B. Barber on September 15, 1981, sustaining minor damage. She hit the breakwall and grounded at Taconite Harbor, Minnesota, on July 6, 1982, requiring repairs to her hull.

On July 16, 1990, Bethlehem Steel announced plans to sell the Lewis Wilson Foy and her fleetmate Sparrows Point to Oglebay Norton’s Columbia Transportation Division. The deal was finalized later that year, and the Foy was repainted in Columbia Transportation colors and renamed Oglebay Norton in March 1991. In October 1994, Oglebay Norton Company assumed full ownership of the Oglebay Norton, after the Columbia Transportation Division was dissolved. The Oglebay Norton logo was applied to the bow of the ship as well as the stacks soon after the restructuring.

After being sold to Columbia, the Oglebay Norton began to carry some different cargoes. She began to participate in Oglebay Norton’s transport of Western coal from Superior, Wisconsin to Detroit Edison’s power plants in St. Clair and Monroe, Michigan, as well as delivering to facilities such as Consumers Energy’s B.C. Cobb plant at Muskegon, Michigan. She also set a limestone record in 1992, loading 57,749 tons of limestone.

Oglebay Norton filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in February 2004. On June 6, 2006, Oglebay Norton announced that they had sold six of their remaining ships to American Steamship Company of Buffalo, New York for $120 Million. The Oglebay Norton was included in the deal, and was renamed American Integrity soon after.

The American Integrity broke the Soo Locks iron ore record on September 24, 2017, with 75,095 Tons of ore. She later broke her record again on July 21, 2019, with a cargo of 76,424 Tons. The 2019 record was broken by her fleetmate Indiana Harbor a few weeks later.

In February 2020, Rand Logistics announced that they purchased American Steamship Company from their parent company GATX Corp. No immediate changes were made to the fleet, but the American Integrity did not fit out until partway through the 2020 season due to an economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. She is an active vessel in the ore and coal trades.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on May 26, 2020



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