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United States Steel Ore Boat William A. Irvin Faded Glory Shirt

United States Steel Ore Boat William A. Irvin Faded Glory Shirt


United States Steel Ore Boat William A. Irvin Faded Glory Shirt

  • Printed on Front
  • 100% Cotton
  • Shirt Color - Navy Comfort Wash Hanes 100% Cotton

 SS William A. Irvin was launched 10 November 1937 at the yards of the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio. Her maiden voyage began 25 June 1938 after outfitting in Lorain. William A. Irvin was the first of a four-vessel class, including Governor Miller, John Hulst, and Ralph H. Watson; each costing about US$1.3 million.

The vessel was christened by William Irvin's wife, Gertrude Irvin. She and her three sisters incorporated many technological features in their design and proved themselves excellent workers. William A. Irvin also hauled many company guests in the boat's exceptional luxury on behalf US Steel. She steamed for the Pittsburgh Steamship Division of US Steel for her entire career. William A. Irvin is one of few Great Lakes vessels to be retired still holding a Great Lakes cargo record. William A. Irvin had one of the smallest capacities when she entered final layup in 1978 due to the addition of the fleet's first 1,000 feet (300 m) oreboat.

William A. Irvin sat in layup in West Duluth for eight years until the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center purchased her for $110,000 for an addition to their convention center along the Duluth waterfront. William A. Irvin was repainted and sealed up before heading to her final dock near the Aerial Lift Bridge.

She was moved in September 2018 across the bay to Wisconsin, where the ship will be in dry dock getting painted while environmental work is done in the home slip


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