GLMS 13 - Steamer PAUL L. TIETJEN Collection
|Title||GLMS 13 - Steamer PAUL L. TIETJEN Collection|
This three cubic foot collection was donated to Bowling Green State University on September 30, 1978 by Robert Weiner of Triad Salvage, Inc., in Ashtabula, Ohio. Literary and property rights are dedicated to the public. Photocopying is permitted for purposes of research and conservation.
The PAUL L. TIETJEN (US 203907) was built as the MATTHEW ANDREWS in 1907 at Cleveland, Ohio by the American Ship Building Company. The Kinsman Marine Transit Company of Cleveland operated the ANDREWS until 1933 when the vessel was renamed the HARRY L. FINDLAY. The name FINDLAY was used until 1965 when the renaming to PAUL L. TIETJEN occurred.
Paul Lindhorst Tietjen was born in Cleveland on July 28, 1911. Tietjen received a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and began a lengthy career in the ship building and marine transportation industries. Tietjen was a vice-president with the Jones and McLaughlin Steel Corporation for many years and served on the board of directors of the American Ship Building Company.
Under its third name, the TIETJEN continued as part of the Kinsman Line until being transferred to the S & E Shipping Corporation in 1975. In 1978 the TIETJEN was sold for scrapping to the Triad Salvage Company of Ashtabula, Ohio.
During its lengthy service the TIETJEN was involved in several accidents. As the FINDLAY, a collision occurred with the Greek freighter MESOLOGI at Toledo, Ohio on September 17, 1962. As the TIETJEN, severe bow damage occurred during a collision with the Canadian freighter FORT WILLIAM on August 10, 1967 near the Port Huron lightship. A serious galley fire occurred on July 24, 1972 while in the St. Clair River. In May 1974 damage occurred during a collision with the Grassy Point bridge requiring four days of repair at the Fraser Shipyard in Superior, Wisconsin. The TIETJEN, under its various names, survived these accidents and remained a productive Great Lakes vessel for 70 years.
|Scope and Content|
This three cubic foot collection concentrates on records of the PAUL L. TIETJEN from 1944-1981. A few items pertain to this vessel under the earlier name HARRY L. FINDLAY. The largest series of records contains logs (two cubic feet) recording information about trips made by the TIETJEN. Engine room maintenance data reflects the need of the crew to monitor engine performance. The ship's log is present for 1965-1977 to present data on cargoes, ports of call, weather, and other trip details.
Personnel files for 1965-1977 offer extensive crew information. Crew lists and individual information cards provide names and background details on the people employed on the TIETJEN. The articles signed by the officers and crew describe working conditions on a Great Lakes vessel.
Correspondence of officers assigned to the TIETJEN, and the earlier FINDLAY, discusses daily operational matters for the vessel from 1954 to 1981. Maintenance and safety issues appear frequently.
A subject file for vessel administration from 1952-1977 provides further detail on maintenance and safety issues for the vessel. Technical engine literature and safety rules also appear in these files.
A series of reports on shipboard conditions following inspections from 1967-1976 completes the collection. Maintenance, water quality, and weather conditions are covered in these reports.
Box 3: Logs
Box 4: Ships Logs
Oversize Volumes: Engine Logs