Belle River Sets Tonnage Record On Great Lakes

The largest single cargo ever moved on the Great Lakes was delivered in September to Detroit Edison by the motor vessel Belle River.

The record load, 65,760 tons of low-sulfur western coal, was reported by the vessel's owners, American Steamship Company, a subsidiary of GATX Corporation.

Christened last July and placed in service in September, the 1,000-foot-long, 105-footwide superearrier is powered by four diesel engines producing 14,000 horsepower, unloads itself at the rate of 10,000 tons per hour and delivers enough coal in one trip to supply electricity to 24,000 average homes for one year.

Built by the Bay Shipbuilding Corporation at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the Belle River carries coal from Superior, Wis., to Detroit Edison's St. Clair, Mich., powerplant.

GATX provides capital assets and related services to commerce and industry in North America and overseas. It owns and operates fleets of railcars, oceangoing and Great Lakes vessels, as well as bulk liquid terminals; manufactures heavy industrial and transportation equipment; and provides financial services in the areas of insurance, banking and finance leasing.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 68,  Nov 1977

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