Algosteel (2)
IMO 6613299

Welland Canal May 2012.
(Bill Bird)


Initially constructed in 1966 as the traditional styled Great Lakes bulk carrier A. S. Glossbrenner; this vessel was built by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, QC for Labrador Steamship Co., Montreal, QC. She is powered by a Sulzer 6RD76 diesel engine rated at 9,599 horsepower at 119 r.p.m. and is equipped with an 800 horsepower bow thruster. Fed by 16 hatches, her 6 holds can carry 26,949 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 27,000 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 27 feet 8 inches.

As part of the Labrador fleet, her main cargo was iron ore from Gulf of St. Lawrence ports such as Pointe Noire, Sept Isles, and Port Cartier, QC to the U.S. steel mills. Grain loads provided return voyages back to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

In 1971, the A. S. Glossbrenner was sold to Algoma Central Corp., Sault Ste. Marie, ON and was renamed Algogulf (1) in 1987. The Algogulf was converted to a self-unloading bulk carrier in 1990. March 21, 1990 saw this new self-unloader renamed Algosteel (2). The Algosteel's self-unloading equipment consists of a two belt gravity system with 2 loop belt elevators feeding a 252 foot discharge boom that can rotate 90 degrees to port or starboard. It has a designed discharge rate of up to 5,440 tons per hour.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 730' 00" (222.51m)
Beam 75' 00" (22.86m)
Depth 39' 08" (12.09m)
Midsummer Draft 27' 08" (8.43m)
Unloading Boom Conveyor Length 252' (76.81m)
Capacity 26,949 tons
Engine Power 9,599 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Oste scrap tow
Algosteel (2) 1990 - 2018
Algogulf (1) 1971 - 1990
A. S. Glossbrenner 1966 - 1971

 


The first Algosteel passing the L. E. Block above the Soo Locks.
(Ed Wilson)

Loaded and underway.
(Peter Worden collection)

Passing the 95th St. bridge at South Chicago, Nov. 1962.
(William Lafferty)

   

Under Labrador Steamship colors.
(Peter Worden collection)

Downbound in Soo Harbor.
(Peter Worden collection)

Upbound in the St. Marys River.
(Peter Worden collection)

Under Algoma Central Marine colors.
(Peter Worden collection)

Lake Manitoba and A. S. Glossbrenner laid up for the winter in Midland, Dec. 31, 1983.
(Viktor Kaczkowski)

Entering Lock 8 on the Welland Canal, July 2, 1984.
(Marc Dease)

A. S. Glossbrenner with the tug Patricia Hoey assisting on the Maumee River.
(Jim Hoffman)

     

Tied up in the North Slip, Sarnia.
(Peter Worden collection)

Tied up in Hamilton.
(Roger Chapman)

Loading grain at Toledo between 1987 & 1989.
(Jim Hoffman)

   

Detroit River, June 19, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Detroit River, Aug. 6, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Engine control room, Sept. 1, 2001.
(Rob Farrow)

Controls.
(Rob Farrow)

Engine.
(Rob Farrow)

Loading coal.
(Rob Farrow)

Unloading in Windsor, Sept. 30, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Welland Canal, May 23, 2002.
(Alex Howard)

Profile.
(Alex Howard)

Forward cabins.
(Alex Howard)

Unloading elevator.
(Alex Howard)

Stern view on the Welland Canal.
(Alex Howard)

Loading in Marquette, June 30, 2002.
(Lee Rowe)

Christmas lights in Marquette, Dec. 31, 2002.
(Lee Rowe)

St. Clair Crib Light, April 7, 2004.
(Neil Schultheiss)

St. Clair Crib Light.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stern view.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Upbound in the Seaway at the Thousand Islands Bridge, July 5, 2007.
(Fritz Hager)

G-Tugs moving the Algosteel out of the drydock at Toledo Shipyard, Feb. 23, 2008.
(Ron Piskor)

Turned in the river.
(Ron Piskor)

Tug Nebraska breaking ice in the Maumee River ahead of the tow, Jan. 18, 2009.
(Jim Hoffman)

Aapproaching the Anthony Wayne Bridge.
(Jim Hoffman)

Heading under the bridge.
(Jim Hoffman)

Tug Pride breaking ice around the Algosteel in Goderich, Jan. 25, 2009.
(Dale Baechler)

Begining her entrance to Lock 3 with the Algocape heading for Homer Br., April 18, 2010.
(John McCreery)

Lining up for the lock.
(John McCreery)

Heading into Lock 2, Sept. 18, 2010.
(Matt Miner)

Unloading boom.
(Matt Miner)

Undloader casing.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the stern.
(Matt Miner)

Almost in the lock.
(Matt Miner)

Entering the Iroquois Lock upbound, Dec. 21, 2010.
(Ron Beaupre)

Loading salt in Goderich, July 18, 2011.
(Phil Nash)

Close up of the bow.
(Phil Nash)

Close up of the stern.
(Phil Nash)

Under tow of the tugs Nebraska and Mississippi upbound Maumee River from the Hi Level Bridge, Oct. 28, 2011.
(Jim Hoffman)

Closer view.
(Jim Hoffman)

At Wharf 12 (the stone dock) for winter work, Jan. 7, 2012.
(Bill Bird)

Stern view.
(Bill Bird)

Welland Canal, May 6, 2012.
(Bill Bird)

Departing Lock 3 on the Welland Canal, July 18, 2012.
(Bill Bird)

Stern view.
(Bill Bird)

Clearing Lock 2.
(Bill Bird)

Downbound in the Welland Canal near the old Guard Gate, Sept. 17, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the bow.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the stern.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Approaching Lock 8 at the Stone Dock in Port Colborne, Dec. 7, 2013.
(Bill Bird)

Stern view.
(Bill Bird)

Another view.
(Bill Bird)

Departing from the North American Salt dock at 92nd St., S. Chicago, Jan. 16, 2014
(Lou Gerard)

Massachusetts working the stern.
(Lou Gerard)

Clear of 92nd St. and backing out to the lake.
(Lou Gerard)

USCG Mackinaw assisting in the ice off Goderich, Jan. 30, 2014.
(Philip Nash)

Arriving at the salt dock with the help of the tug Pride.
(Philip Nash)

In Sarnia for the winter, Feb. 15, 2014.
(Matt Miner)

Alongside the Peter R. Cresswell and Algoma Olympic.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the bows.
(Matt Miner)

Upbound above Black River in Port Huron, Sept. 4, 2016.
(Marc Dease)

Stopped in the ice for the night near Marysville, Feb. 14, 2015.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the bow.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound at the Ambassador Bridge, July 15, 2017.
(Matt Miner)

Another angle.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the bow.
(Matt Miner)

Putting on the breakes to turn.
(Matt Miner)

Turning in the river.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound in the Welland Canal near Port Colborne, Sept. 18, 2017.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Laid up for the winter in Sarnia, Mar. 10, 2018.
(Matt Miner)

Tied up with the Algoma Enterprise and Algowood.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the bow.
(Matt Miner)

Last time through the Welland Canal, April 25, 2018.
(Barry Andersen)

Last time through the Seaway, April 26, 2018.
(Ron Beaupre)

Stern view.
(Ron Beaupre)

Arriving in Montreal to lay up for the final time, April 28, 2018.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Stern view.
(Rene Beauchamp)

       

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