John Sherwin

 John J. Boland

John Sherwin was built in 1958, is 806 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Joseph H. Frantz
The John Sherwin is currently in long-term layup in
Sturgeon Bay, WI. She arrived there in 2008.
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The John Sherwin has been a consistent sight in the Duluth Superior harbor for 25 years. Built in 1958, the Sherwin, along with her owner, Interlake Steamship of Cleveland, entered the 80’s with big plans to add a self-johnsherwin260607-1-017unloader to her deck. As a traditional straight-deck carrier, she could not discharge her cargo as fast as the giant 1,000-footers appearing all around her on the Great Lakes. She had a sister ship, the Charles M. Beeghly, built a year later, that somehow got in front of her in the line to get a self-unloader installed. That happened in 1981. Then it was the Sherwin’s turn, and then the bottom fell out of the steel industry, slowing the Great Lakes taconite trade to a crawl.
Interlake Steamship had some money set aside to make the upgrade to the Sherwin, but with the downturn in the steel industry, some other options opened up. With markets diminishing, they wanted more flexibility for the fleet to make sure they could serve as many markets as possible.
To make a long story shorter, after 25 years sitting in the water, the tug Ohio towed the Sherwin out of here and down to Milwaukee and then Chicago where it will become a storage bin for grain. The Ohio is the largest Great Lakes tug. Picture above taken Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Picture above taken Monday, April 10, 2006: Flag was raised this day; the boat was towed to Fraser Shipyards the next day.
Picture above taken Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Picture above taken Friday, January 2, 2004


  1. Tristan you never know

  2. Patrick says:

    The John sherwin is my favorite

  3. I am very interested in buying an item from this ship such as the telegraph, wheel, porthole, whistle, clock, bell, compass, etc. My father’s name is John Sherwin (coincidence only), and he lived most of his life in Marine City, MI watching the Str. John Sherwin pass through the St. Clair River. He has a 3ft long model of this ship and has collected many photos over the years. This months father turns 70, so I would like to surprise him with something from this ship. If anyone has any information which could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Just had dinner tonight with a former deckhand of the Sherwin. He spent a season on her before college, had some great stories about her.
    I encouraged him to write them down.

  5. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    To bad this beautiful ship is never going to run again

  6. Kathy Venditto says:

    Thank you for DSN. Brings back memories. Loved Duluth.

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