ex OMEGA ex FAYETTE BROWN
composite bulk carrier (C 138235 ex U 120682). 1917-1921. Original: 1,740.55 tons gross and 1,515.76 net, 252.6’ (between perpendiculars), 266’ (overall). Lengthened by her builders in 1896: she was then 2,080.92 tons gross and 1,217.42 tons net, 306.3’ (overall). In 1920 was: 2,111 tons gross and 1,207 net (Canadian measurement). 291.2’ (between perpendiculars?). Capacity (1918) 118,000 bushels of wheat at 17’ 8” draft or also given as 120,000 bushels of wheat 3,600 tons on 20’ draft. Launched on 14 May 1887 at Wyandotte Michigan by the Detroit Dry Dock Co. Yard #78. Bottom was wood over steel frames; upper part of hull was steel. Had electric light by 1921. Three-cylinder triple expansion = 1,000 indicated horsepower, 800 rated horsepower. 1913 insurance rating = 95. 1914 insurance rating = 90. 1917 value $150,000. 1918 value $131,250. 1919 value $116,250. 1920 value $107,531.25.
FAYETTE BROWN’s first owner was the Northwestern Transportation Co. of Detroit. She collided with and sank the American tug O.W. CHENEY (U 155034, 41.39 tons gross) near Sault Ste. Marie in 1894. She damaged her lower hull in ice at Duluth Minnesota in November 1896 after which she was rebuilt and lengthened. She was again damaged by ice on Lake Superior on 3 December 1897. She was ashore near Point Pelee on Lake Erie in December 1898 and beached at Lorain Ohio on 30 September 1906. On 5 May 1911, her ownership was transferred to Omega Transportation and she was renamed OMEGA. Another transfer, to the Dakota Transit Co., happened in 1916. All her American owners were parts of the H.H. Brown interests.
In 1917 Montreal Transportation Co. bought her by buying the stock of the Dakota Transit Co. for $75,000. She was transferred to Canada Steamship Lines in 1921 as part of the final winding up of the Montreal Transportation Co. fleet and was laid up at Midland Ontario in 1923. In 1928 she was broken up on Wye Beach near Tiffin Ontario after an unsuccessful attempt to rebuild her hull as a dry dock.
Mr. Fayette Brown (1823-1910) was involved in the American iron ore business and was a vessel operator.
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