Joseph H. Frantz was built in 1925, is 628 feet long and flies a U.S. flag
|The Joseph H. Frantz was towed to Port Colborne, ON, Canada in 2005 to be scrapped.
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|Built for the Columbia Steamship Company in 1924, the Joseph H. Frantz became a part of Oglebay Norton in 1944. In 1955, a new steam turbine engine was installed. A new diesel powered engine and a self unloader were added in the mid-60’s. In 2002, she went into a layup of uncertain duration. Toward the end of that season, with changes in the technology used to discharge wheat in Buffalo, the management of the Kinsman Independent decided to lay her up. They chartered the Frantz from Oglebay Norton to replace her. In May, 2003, the Frantz arrived in Duluth to pick up her first cargo of wheat to take to General Mills in Buffalo. She made 14 trips to Duluth Superior that year and returned the next year 16 times. As in her first year back, she laid up in Buffalo that winter and that was to be the end of a very long life on the Great Lakes. In April, 2005, she was towed to the scrap yard in Port Colborne, Ontario.|
|Picture above taken Tuesday, May 20, 2003: Looking down the deck alongside the self unloader while she loaded wheat at General Mills in Superior. Duluth can be seen in the background|
|Picture above taken Tuesday, May 20, 2003: The pilot house|
|Picture above taken Tuesday, May 20, 2003: loading wheat at General Mills in Superior.|
|Picture above taken Monday, May 19, 2003: entering the Duluth harbor for the first time in many years, perhaps ever.|