OIL QUEEN 258490

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Title: OIL QUEEN 258490
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Description: The AMERICAN GIRL was built by Defoe Boat & Motor Works of Bay City, Michigan in 1922. She was a forty-one gross ton freighter. She was transferred between various owners including Harry Searfoss of Benton Harbor, MI (1922-1931), George F. Mielke of Benton Harbor (1931-1936), William Walker, Inc of Chicago, IL (1936-1947), John O. Anderson of Washington Island, WI (1947-1955), Cecil E. Anderson of Washington Island (1955-1971), and Gillespie Oil & Transit, Inc. of St. James, Beaver Island, MI (1971). Originally, her dimension measured 56’ x 14 ½’ x 6 ¼ ’ but was changed to 62’ x 14’ x 6 ¼ ’ in 1931. In 1949, the OIL QUEEN (pictured behind the AMERICAN GIRL) was built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Christy Corp for Cecil E. Anderson of Washington Island, WI. Ownership of the tow barge transferred to Gilespie Oil & Transit Co., Inc. of Beaver Island, MI but it is unknown when that took place. She capsized in a storm on June 10, 1973 on voyage to Carlevoix, MI while towing the AMERICAN GIRL. The OIL QUEEN was towed to Beaver Island where 24,800 gallons of gasoline were pumped out of the ship. Two days later, the tow barge was righted.
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