J.A.W. Iglehart

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J.A.W. Iglehart was built in 1936, is 501 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

J. B Ford
Previous names:
Pan Amoco: 1936-1955
Amoco: 1955-1960
H.R. Schemm: 1960-1965
J.A.W. Iglehart: 1965-

The J.A.W. Iglehart is currently in layup in Superior Wisconsin.
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2007Oct28_4559PRODShe was launched in 1936 as an ocean going tanker named the Pan-Amoco. In 1955, she became the Amoco and in 1960, she became the H. R. Schemm. In 1965, she was converted to a self-unloading cement boat for the Great Lakes and given her current name. Joseph Alexander Wilson Iglehart was an investment banker born in 1891 who died in 1979.
Notice above (in back) her high curved bow as opposed to the rather straight up and down bow of the Alpena (in front) That is typical of ocean going vessels and helps a boat cut through ocean waves. That bow remained after the conversion and gave her increased speed on the Great Lakes. Originally, her pilot house was in the middle of the boat (see picture below); during the conversion, it was removed and a new pilot house was added to the bow of the boat.  Pictures above taken Sunday, October 28, 2007 from the pilot house of the Vista Queen. The Alpena (at front) is in port to discharge cement; the Iglehart, next to the dock, is in layup.
When in service she discharged cement in many Great Lakes ports, some of which were Muskegon, St. Joseph, South Chicago, Waukegan, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Superior and Duluth, Whitefish River, Saginaw, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Buffalo and Oswego. She usually loaded cement in Alpena and Bath, Ontario. Picture above taken Thursday, October 27, 2005 as she entered the Duluth ship canal; the picture below was taken in the very nice guest quarters on the boat on October 9, 2005.
I visited the boat in October, 2005. Above a before and after picture that was hanging on the wall. Below, pictures I took while touring the boat.
I am not sure why the date (above), meant to show when the boat was built, seems to have a fresh coat of paint.
Picture above taken Sunday, October 9, 2005: Looking down the deck from the pilot house while she was at the Lafarge dock in Duluth discharging cement
Picture above taken Sunday, October 9, 2005: Looking up at the pilot house from the deck
Pictures taken Sunday, October 9, 2005: Captain and crew on the Iglehart were very well read and fed.
Picture above taken Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Picture above taken Friday, September 27, 2002; below on Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Below, she arrives in November, 1996


  1. Christian B says:

    Why is the Iglehart in layup

  2. Mary DeVogel says:

    My father in law Joe, worked on the Iglehart for years.

    • My Father-in-law also sailed aboard her for many years. Wonder if your’sis still living and if they knew eachother ?

  3. Bob Wittersheim says:

    Did you get the dvd I sent a couple of months ago. It details my summer of 1965 as a passenger porter aboard the Iglehart.

    Bob Wittersheim

  4. Steve Murray says:

    Was this ship ever run by a different name? I was thinking it was the “Richard Reese”. If not, do you know where it might be today? Great site and thanks.

    • Tristin (loves ships) says:

      Steve, the J. A. W. Iglehart has had many other names and she is currently in long-term layup in Duluth-Superior.

    • Steve, the “Richard Reese” now runs for Lower Lakes Transportation Co. as the “Manistee”.

  5. Bob; any chance u have a picture from your days on the Iglehart that u could share with us
    thanks Ken

  6. Bob Wittersheim says:

    I worked on the Iglehart as a porter in 1965, its first year on the lakes. Sad to see it laid up for so long.

  7. Great site! I bought a sketch of this ship in Las Vegas a couple years ago and had started looking for info on it! Thanks for the site and your pics

  8. Doug; i can’t see your picture; would love to, and would like to add it to this page, with credit to u, if that would be ok with u

  9. This watercolor that I did in 2007, won best of show on Beaver Island, and is now being auctioned off by the Canadian Fish and Wildlife service.
    It is to be featured as a center piece for the Algoma Conservancy.

    The original is in my own collection, and there are prints available at my website. I love this ship. It is my favorite.
    Kind regards Douglas Chambers Michigan marine artist

  10. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    must be a sister ship to Alpena.

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