Algoma Quebecois
IMO 5287847

Clear of Clarence Street bridge at Port Colborne, Oct. 6, 2012.
(Bill Bird)


Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, QC, Quebecois was launched in 1963 for Papachristidis Co. Ltd. of Montreal, QC. The vessel was equipped with a bow thruster and was powered by a Canadian General Electric Type MD70 steam turbine engine rated at 9,896 horsepower at 103 r.p.m. The traditionally-styled Seaway straight decker had 20 hatches feeding into 5 holds. She could carry 25,600 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and was capable of carrying 27,800 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 27 feet 8 inches.

While sailing for Papachristidis, the majority of her cargos consisted of grain from Canadian and American Great Lakes ports to grain elevators along the St. Lawrence River with return loads of iron ore from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to American steel companies.

Just prior to the 1972 navigation season, Papachristidis Ltd. sold the Quebecois and her fleet mates Montrealais, Grande Hermine, Hamiltonian and Feux-Follets to Upper Lakes Shipping, Toronto, Ont. As with Quebecois, Montrealais retained her name, Grande Hermine was renamed Canadian Mariner, Hamiltonian was renamed Canadian Hunter and Feux-Follets was renamed Canadian Leader.

The Quebecois was principally engaged in carrying grain and iron ore cargos along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River trade routes.

On February 25, 2011, a formal statement was issued announcing the sale of the privately owned Upper Lakes Shipping fleet and their associated interest in Seaway Marine Transport to Algoma Central Corporation. In early 2012, Algoma formally changed the vessel's name to Algoma Quebecois with Transport Canada's registration being changed accordingly.

The days of steam-powered classic straight deckers came to an end for the fleet when Algoma Central introduced new, China-built, fuel-efficient Equinox-class bulk carriers to the fleet. Algoma Quebecois was towed through the Welland Canal from Toronto by the tug Molly M 1 to International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne, Ont., on November 21, 2013 where she was scrapped in 2014.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 730' 00" (222.51m)
Length 730' 00" (222.51m)
Beam 75' 00" (22.86m)
Depth 39' 01" (11.91m)
Capacity 28,716 tons
Engine Power 9,900 shp steam turbine
Previous Names
Algoma Quebecois 2012 - 2013
Quebecois 1963 - 2012

 


Loaded and underway.
(Peter Worden collection)

On the St. Clair River.
(Peter Worden collection)

Sailing in Papachristidis markings, July 29, 1971.
(Roger LeLievre)

   

On board looking aft.
(Skip Gillham)

The stack.
(Skip Gillham)

Ship's wheel.
(Skip Gillham)

Chadburn.
(Skip Gillham)

Galley.
(Skip Gillham)

Crew dinning room.
(Skip Gillham)

Crew lounge.
(Skip Gillham)

Officer's dinning room.
(Skip Gillham)

Observation lounge.
(Skip Gillham)

Engineroom.
(Skip Gillham)

Builder's plate.
(Skip Gillham)

Engineroom gauges.
(Skip Gillham)

Loading in Superior, Nov. 4, 2000.
(Al Miller)

On the Detroit River, June 18, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Loading in Thunder Bay, July 2001.
(Rob Farrow)

On the Detroit River, Aug. 1, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Loading in Milwaukee, April 9, 2002.
(Andy Laborde)

Close up of cargo hold.
(Andy Laborde)

Loaded on the Seaway, May 10, 2002.
(D. Beach)

Stern view on the St Marys River, May 30, 2002.
(Roger LeLievre)

Loading at night in Thunder Bay, June 23, 2002.
(Gene Onchulenko)

Aerial view on Lake Huron, Aug. 13, 2003.
(Don Coles)

Stern view.
(Don Coles)

Clear of Lock 8 in Port Colborne, Aug. 28, 2005.
(Bill Bird)

Approaching Bridge 21 heading towards Lake Erie.
(Bill Bird)

Passing Kahnawake Mohawk Territorial Lands, Aug. 27, 2007.
(Kent Malo)

At Glendale Bridge on the Welland Canal, Sept. 16, 2007.
(Matt Miner)

At Glendale Bridge on the Welland Canal, Sept. 16, 2007.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound in the St. Marys River, July 14, 2009.
(Greg Barber)

Clear of Lock 1 with a load of cement for Duluth, Aug. 9, 2009.
(John McCreery)

Closer view.
(John McCreery)

Stern view.
(John McCreery)

Entering Lock 2.
(John McCreery)

Unloading cement in Duluth, Aug. 13, 2009.
(Tom Caine)

Stern view.
(Tom Caine)

Approaching Port Robinson, April 10, 2010.
(Bill Bird)

Unloading cement at St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth, April 15, 2010.
(Travis Chadwick)

Between Locks 1 & 2 on the Welland Canal, May 9, 2010.
(Paul Beesley)

Heading for Homer Bridge on the Welland Canal, June 26, 2011.
(Bill Bird)

Under the Garden City Skyway.
(Bill Bird)

       

Passing the Atlantic Steamer at Brockville, April 15, 2012.
(Dave Bessant)

Close up of the bow showing the United Way logo at her bridge where Quebecois used to be painted.
(Dave Bessant)

Stern view.
(Dave Bessant)

At Iroquois Lock, May 3, 2012.
(Dave Bessant)

Heading out in the fog towards Morrisburg.
(Dave Bessant)

Upbound at Mariatown, June 22, 2012.
(Murray Blancher)

Stern view.
(Murray Blancher)

Upbound at Sarnia, June 24, 2012.
(John McCreery)

Upbound under the Blue Water Bridge, Sept. 9, 2012.
(Marc Dease)

Heading into Lake Huron.
(Marc Dease)

Clear of Clarence Street bridge at Port Colborne, Oct. 6, 2012.
(Bill Bird)

Landing on the wall to line up for Lock 8 in Port Colborne.
(Bill Bird)

Sliding past the Wigeon at Lock 8 in Port Colborne.
(Bill Bird)

Tied up in Hamilton for the winter, Jan. 2, 2013.
(Ted Wilush)

Stern view.
(Ted Wilush)

Scrap tow below Lock 1 on the Welland Canal, Nov. 20, 2013.
(Skip Gillham)

Closer view.
(Skip Gillham)

Looking down through Lock 1, Nov. 20, 2013.
(Barry Andersen)

Molly M. 1 between Locks 1 & 2.
(Barry Andersen)

Close up of the Algoma Quebecois.
(Barry Andersen)

The next eveing tied up at the yard, Nov. 21, 2013.
(Barry Andersen)

Tied up at the scrapyard, Nov. 25, 2013.
(J. Mackay)

Cutting into the hull is underway, April 10, 2014.
(Bill Bird)

Close up of the cut away section.
(Bill Bird)

Scrapping almost complete, Sept. 14, 2014.
(Matt Miner)

 

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