Pontiac and Adam E. Cornelius at Hocking Valley, Toledo, circa March 1968
This image shows the freighters Pontiac and Adam E. Cornelius in winter lay up at the Hocking Valley Pier slip, around March 1968. This pier is located on the North corner of Front Street and Craig Street. In early 2020, American Valor and Manistee are both laid up in the same location.
The Pontiac was built in 1917 in Ecorse Michigan for Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. It was 580′ long and 60′ wide with a gross tonnage of 8200. The Pontiac was sold for scrap in 1985.
The Adam E. Cornelius was built in 1958 by Manitowac Ship Building Co. for American Steamship Co. It was 650′ long ad 72 1/8′ wide with a gross tonnage of 14,084. The Cornelius was cut down to a barge in 1989. The vessel (now known as Sarah Spencer) stopped actively working in 2009 and in 2014 was laid up in Toledo. In October 2019, the Spencer was finally towed to Port Colburn for scrapping.
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