J. B. Ford @ Buffalo Harbor Museum Buffalo, New York

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The Buffalo Harbor Museum formerly Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society located in Buffalo, New York has a couple items on display from the Steamship J. B. Ford.  In addition they have an extensive collection of old work orders from Oldman Boiler Works.  They performed many repairs on the ship when it would lay-up in Buffalo during the mid to late 1960’s.

j. b. ford bailer

In 1959 the J. B. Ford’s sistership MacGilvray Shiras broke free from her moorings and navigated three bends in the river crashing into another freighter which collided and brought down the Michigan Avenue lift bridge.  The museum has an extensive photo collection of the Shiras, E. C. Collins and J. B. Ford.

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Buffalo Harbor from Air, route of steamer Shiras in 1959. left Concrete Central Elevator ended up at Michigan Avenue lift Bridge.
Oldman Boiler Works Buffalo, N. Y. slip with names of workers & tools required to fix the J. B. Ford’s winch in 1963

 

Details of an Anchor winch repair that was done by Oldman Boiler Works in Buffalo, N. Y. in 1963

 

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