THE ISAAC T. MANN FREIGHTER
The above photograph of the Isaac T. Mann freighter ship as it carried coal from Norfolk, Virginia to Portland Maine.
Captain Berlin on the S.S. Isaac T. Mann, Portland, Maine 1924. Contributed by Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media.
The Isaac T. Mann freighter ship routinely carried coal back and forth from Norfolk, Virginia to Portland for the Pocahontas Steamship Company.
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 " .
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.
ISAAC T. MANN