The Minnesotan was a cargo ship built in 1912 for the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company. She was employed in inter-coastal service via the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the Panama Canal after it opened. During World War I she was known as USAT MinNESotan in service for the United States Army. In July 1949, American- Hawaiian sold her to Italian owners and she was scrapped in 1952.
About SS Minnesotan in brief
6,617 GRTSS Minnesotan was a cargo ship built in 1912 for the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company. She was employed in inter-coastal service via the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the Panama Canal after it opened. During World War I she was known as USAT MinNESotan in service for the United States Army. She ended her career as the SS Maria Luisa R. under Italian ownership. In July 1949, American- Hawaiian sold her to Italian owners and she was scrapped in 1952 at Bari. The ship was powered by a single quadruple-expansion steam engine with oil-fired boilers, that drove a single screw propeller. She had a deadweight tonnage of 10,175 LT DWT, and her cargo holds had a storage capacity of 490,838 cubic feet. She was the first ship built under the original contract. The contract cost of the ships was set at the construction cost plus an 8% profit for Maryland Steel, but with a maximum cost of USD 640,000 per ship. The construction was financed by Maryland Steel with a credit plan that called for a 5% down payment in cash with nine monthly installments for the balance. The final cost of Minnesoan, including financing costs, was USD 65. 65 per dead Weight ton, which totaled just under USD 668,000.
The cargo ship sailed between New York and ports in the United Kingdom, before returning to the Caribbean. She returned to the Straits of Magellan route again in late April 1914. After the occupation of Veracruz on 21 April 1914, the Huerta-led Mexican government closed the Tehuantespec National Railway to American shipping coupled with the loss of access to the Canal. In October 1915, all American-hawaiian ships switched to taking that route, including MinnesOTan. She may have been sailing through the early half of the first half of 1917, including the half of that year when the Canal was not yet open. In the latter half of 1943, Minnesotsan sailed between Indian Ocean ports. The following year the cargo ship was sold to the Italian owners who renamed her Maria LuISA R. ; she was scraped in 1952. She is one of the last ships to be scrapped by the U.S. Navy, along with the USS Minneotan and the USS Dakotan. It is believed that the ship was built by the Maryland Steel Company of Sparrows Point, Maryland, in 1912, and delivered to American- hawaiian in September. It was one of eight sister ships for the company, and was built for a total cost of $600,000, including a $1,500,000 loan.