Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Harbor History - Irvin L. Clymer Pilothouse

You may have noticed on the harborcams a lonely looking pilothouse located on the end of the Duluth Timber Pier near Pier B.
(the following information was provided by Capt. Tom Mackay and Capt. Edward Montgomery)

The IRVIN L. CLYMER was built in 1917 at the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio. She had a crew of 16. She was 552 feet long with a 60 ft. beam and a 32 ft. draft. Launched as the self-unloader CARL D. BRADLEY (1) for the Great Lakes Fleet, she made her maiden voyage from Lorain Ohio to Calcite MI on June 10, 1917 for a load of stone. She sailed under that name until 1927 when she was renamed JOHN G. MUNSON (1). In 1951 she was again renamed, IRVIN L. CLYMER. She was scrapped at Azcon in Duluth in 1994, when the pilothouse was salvaged by a private party and unloaded at the end of the Duluth Timber Pier where it sits today. Duluth was the Clymer’s home port for many years and had a nickname of the "Whiner Clymer"
Photo: courtesy of boatnerds.com
Photo: courtesy of boatnerds.com

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara

Irvin L Clymer - Dennis O'Hara


11 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing that information. I have always wondered what the story was behind it. Please share other historic information it is very interesting.
    Thanks again!

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  2. Thank you for the pictorial tour.

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  3. too bad whoever owns it didn't keep it up,looks big enough to live in.

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  4. It may sound a bit foolish but, I'm just glad she "died" here , at the hands of American workers, in Duluth, rather than getting dragged to some yard in Greece.

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  5. Oh, so sad. That would make a great little house! -RI boatgal

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  6. Thanks for the bit of history, and a much closer look. I wish when I was visiting Duluth I could figure out how to get to such things, and if it is OK to drive on those properties.

    Jeff from North Freedom

    PS I am happy to say that we are able to make a short trip to Duluth in September. I'll be arriving on Sunday, late day, the 9th and head home the 13th.

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  7. I actually thought that was an old house looking at the Harbor Cam! Thank you Denis for the tour and history.

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  8. Dennis since you started the Harbor cam I have wondered what that house was at the end of the pier. Thank you so much for explaining what it is and it's history. I really enjoyed the photos although I felt sad to see what shape the pilot house is in. I also, have wanted to go down in that area where the pilot house is. I don't know either how to get there or if you can. Again, thank you for the information.

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  9. Thank you for the interesting story behind the pilothouse and the great, great photos.
    Sylvia

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  10. Theresa of Barabbo WIAugust 2, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Yes that was interesting, though I admit I did not realize that was what I was looking at for many months.
    And it is too bad it is sitting there rusting away.

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  11. Hi Den!
    Great Info! Just curious... is that area open or is it private property? Thx!

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