M/V James R. Barker


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Engine Horsepower

63,300 Gross Tons






M/V James R. Barker was the first 1000-foot class vessel constructed entirely on the Great Lakes, where she was built by American Ship Building Company at Lorain, Ohio. Her self-unloading system includes three cargo hold belts and a 250-foot boom, and is capable of discharging a cargo in about eight hours. The James R. Barker is named for Interlake’s Chairman of the Board. The ship has always been part of the Interlake Steamship fleet.

Interesting Facts

  • One of the first thousand footers to have all accomodations in a five-story superstructure located at the stern.
  • In Nov. 2015, she was the last freighter to deliver coal to the Consumers Energy's B.C. Cobb plant in Muskegon.
  • In 2017, she was the first vessel to carry Cliff's new mustang pellets.