Great Lakes Hanna Fuel Compay Lime Island

kewl dude
27th October 2010, 06:21
These yellow note pads were found on just about every ship on the Great Lakes for years. They were given out at Hanna Fuel piers in the ports listed in the masthead ad.

Lime Island was an island located in the St Mary's river on a right bend up-bound about an hour up river from Lake Huron. Ships would come around the corner and slide right alongside starboard side to. When fueling was complete ships could just leave straight forward until clear of the dock then continue the bend to the right.

Fourteen year old me took this black and white picture of Shenango up-bound light arriving at Lime Island.

A coal burner from 1905 through 1951 the Shenango 2,500 HP triple expansion four cylinder quad -- two low pressure cylinders, one at each end -- reciprocating engine was replaced with a 4,000 HP General Electric geared steam turbine and a pair of oil fired Combustion Engineering D type boilers the winter of 1951-1952.

You can see the strain on the aft mooring wire while the forward wire is slack. When tied up the coal loading rig shown will be just forward of the after house, where the shore side fuel oil connection is located. You can see the hook from the ships derrick hanging in the air that will be swung over the side and pick up the flexible fuel hose from the dock and it will be mated to the ships fuel station with a quick connection.

The starboard fuel connection is just visible behind these two officers in this undated color picture. That is Mike Scullin 2nd Mate on the left and 1st Mate Ole Neilsen on the right.

Greg Hayden