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William G. Mather: 1905

William G. Mather: 1905

October 1905. Ecorse, Michigan. "S.S. William G. Mather -- stern view before launch." Our second look at this freighter on the ways at Great Lakes Engineering Works. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Actually that thing... a shackle, not a turnbuckle. Shackles are used for lifting, towing, etc. Turnbuckles are for removing slack from or connecting rods and cables.

That thing

Is a turnbuckle for lifting.

That thing

What is the object protruding from the rudder at the 11 o'clock position?

The First SS William G. Mather

was built by Great Lakes Engineering Works for Cleveland Cliffs Iron and delivered in October, 1905. The Mather was renamed the J.H. Sheadle in 1925, then the H.L. Gobeille in 1955, and finally the Nicolet in 1965. She was scrapped in Port Maitland, Ontario in 1996.

The second SS William G. Mather was also built by Great Lakes Engineering Works for Cleveland Cliffs Iron. She was delivered in July, 1925 and is now a museum ship in Cleveland, Ohio.

Long-lived ship

Roamed the Great Lakes for 91 years; scrapped in 1996.

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