THE UNFORGETTABLE RESCUE

"OUT-OF-THE-ATTIC"

The above photograph of the Isaac T. Mann freighter ship as it carried coal from Norfolk, Virginia to Portland Maine.

The Isaac Mann freighter ship that history says carried the first load of coal across the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was named after the famous Bramwell Coal Baron and Banker Isaac T. Mann. Some folks believed that the Issac Mann ship was renamed the "Oakley L. Alexander" after Mr. Mann's death and that it served many years carrying coal from Norfolk, Virginia to Portland, Maine before sinking in a storm off the coast of Maine 1947.(See details below) You may want to read this very interesting and true story at: " THE UNFORGETTABLE RESCUE " .

Capt. Raymond W. Lewis of Boston was a sea captain for Pocahontas Steamship Co, which was owned by Pocahontas Fuel.    The ship that is featured in
"The Unforgettable Rescue" article was named the "Oakley L. Alexander" and is believed to possibly be the same ship that was once named "Issac Mann" and hauled the first load of coal from the United States to Germany.  It is believed that the ship may have been modified through it's history.  Oakley L. Alexander succeeded Mr. Mann as the President of Pocahontas Fuel in the 1930s.

Update - 30 September 2002: It has been confirmed that the Isaac Mann ship was a separate ship from the Oakley L. Alexandria. Per Bill Lewis, who has done significant research on the Pocahontas Steamship Company. Bill says, "they are two separate ships and the Mann was not renamed."  He also says, "I do not know what became of the Isaac T. Mann or the other ships mentioned below.  My grandfather, Raymond Lewis, did however serve to command on both.  I do not know the dates of when he served aboard the Mann.  Mr. Mann was chairman of Pocahontas Fuel prior to Mr. Alexander.  Four other ships my grandfather was Master of for Pocahontas Steamship were the Freeman, Joe Nancy, Oakley L. Alexander (the II, a Victory ship that replaced the shipwrecked one) and finally the Consul.  At one point my grandfather became Commodore of the Pocahontas Steamship fleet." 

SN Ships -- by Hull Number: SP- # 2068: Glen White. 12163-ton freighter, 1918. Also named Tidewater. The Isaac T. Mann ship was similiar to this ship but was a separate ship. See www.history.navy.mil/photos/shusn-no/spid2000.htm

 

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