US Steel Layup, April 10, 1971

US Steel Layup, April 10, 1971

US Steel had a long winter layup during the winter of 1970/1971.  This image shows five of their boats (from L to R) D.M. Clemson, Eugene P. Thomas, D.G. Kerr, Homer D. Williams, and Horace Johnson, in Toledo on the Maumee River at Bay View Park on April 10, 1971.  Earlier that winter, on February 9, the Homer D. Williams had a fire aboard.  A spark from welding lit upon tarps and caused damage to her side plating and forward lower cabins.  If you look closely at the photo, you can see some scaffolding on the port side of the Williams, probably where they were doing repairs in preparation for the 1971 sailing season.


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