COLUMBUS - Wilmington, Delaware, USA       Call sign - WTM 3497     IMO number - 7428263     Owner - B+B Dredging Corporation, United States

Location - Downbound in the Welland Canal south of lock 1 - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada     Photograph Date - 12 Oct 1997
Photographer - Jeff Cameron     Added to archive - 23 Jul 2001     Last updated - 18 Sep 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - ???
  Keel laid - ???
  Launched - ???
  Delivered - 1944

  (a) LST 987 - U.S.A. (55)
  -- United States Navy
  (b) Millard County (LST 987) - U.S.A. (73)
  -- United States Navy
  (c) Esperance III - Panama (82)
  -- Zandzuig & Transportbedrijf H.G. & G.D. Blomberg B.V. (78)
  (d) Esperance III - U.S.A. (86)
  -- C. de Co. Maritime Construction Inc. (78)
  -- Cedco Maritime Construction Inc., Wilmington, U.S.A. (80)
  -- American International Dredge Corporation (86)
  (e) Columbus - U.S.A. (02)
  -- B+B Dredging Corporation, U.S.A. (02)
  (f) Columbia - U.S.A.
  -- Proteus Company, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

  As of September 2003 Columbia was still in service

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Dredger / Sand carrier
  Gross tonnage - 2,923
  Net tonnage - 2,103
  Deadweight tonnage - ???
  L.O.A. - 91.00 meters
  L.B.P. - 94.24 meters
  Width overall - ??? meters
  Width moulded - 15.24 meters
  Draught - 5.004 meters
  Depth - 6.74 meters
  Number of holds - 1
  Hold capacity - 6,800 tonnes/sand
  Dredging depth - 27 feet
  Sand suction pump - 2,000 bhp

CONSTRUCTION

  Builder - Boston Navy Yard
  Country - Boston, Maine, U.S.A.
  Hull number - ??
  Engine builder - General Motors Corporation
  Country - La Grange, Illinois, U.S.A.
  Number of engines - 2
  Engine types - General Motors 12-567-BC diesels
  Fuel - Diesel oil
  Horsepower - 1,800 bhp or 1,324 kW
  Speed - 12.0 knots
  Propeller - 2 fixed pitch
  Steering gear - Standard rudders
  Bow thuster - ???

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - This section is open for all viewers to contribute any information about this ship that is known such as former owners, managers, charterers, accidents, conversions, drydockings, cargoes, voyages, sightings or ports of call etc..


** She was originally built as the vehicle/tank landing craft LST 987 for the U.S. Navy
** The name Millard County was applied in 1955 and she remained in reserve until 1961
** In 1961 Millard County (LST 987) was transferred to West Germany along with 4 of her many sisters - Greer County (LST 799), Montgomery County (LST 1041), Rice County (LST 1089) and Saline County (LST 1101)
** In 1973 she was converted from a tank landing craft to a sand hopper/suction dredger and renamed Esperance III
** In 1978 Esperance III was brought to the Great Lakes for the first time after being re-flagged U.S. She sailed to Cleveland and worked there dredging the harbor for Cedco Maritime Construction Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.
** In 1979 following the completion of the dredging work in Cleveland she was laid up at Sandusky, Ohio and she remained there for much of the time between 1979 and 1986 with little work. Columbus did find spuratic work dredging harbors and rivers around Lake Erie through this time. The Maumee River in Toledo was one such job. She was owned for the latter portion of this time by the American International Dredge Corporation
** In October of 1997 Columbus departed the Great Lakes for Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico. There she was employed in a number of dredging projects
** In October of 2002 she departed the Gulf of Mexico and headed north for the Great Lakes once again
** She stopped at Staten Island, New York during February of 2003 where she apparently underwent an inspection and minor repairs
** in June 2003 following a sale to Proteus Company, she was renamed Columbia and her call sign was changed to WTM3497. She was also re-classified as an "industrial vessel"

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT HER CAREER WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED


Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - George Wharton, American Bureau of Shipping & Janes Fighting Ships

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