Cedarglen (2)
IMO 5103974

Entering the MacArthur Lock with a load of grain, Sept. 13, 2017.
(Roger LeLievre)


Constructed as the deep-sea ore carrier Ems Ore, this vessel was built by Schlieker-Werft, Hamburg, West Germany, as their hull # 535 and launched October 17, 1959. Ems Ore was built with her pilothouse amidships. The ship's original dimensions were 546' 00" (166.42m) loa x 73' 10" (22.50m) beam x 40' 02" (12.24m) depth with a carrying capacity of 20,032 tons (20,354 mt). The Ems Ore was one of eight sister-ships built in 1959/60 specifically for a long-term charter arrangement with Navios Corp. of the Bahamas (a U.S. Steel-owned subsidiary) to be used in the iron ore trade between Venezuela and Europe for U.S. Steel interests. Of the eight ships built, four were owned by the German company Transatlantic Bulk Carriers and registered out of the port of Monrovia, Liberia. These were the Ems Ore, Rhine Ore, Ruhr Ore and Weser Ore. The other four were owned by Polaris Shipping Co., an American company. These four were named the Clyde Ore, Tees Ore, Thames Ore and Tyne Ore.

Of note early in the history of the Ems Ore, on October 1, 1966 while sailing off the English coast, three drunken sailors attempted a mutiny and tried to destroy the ship with an axe and hammers. They were subdued and arrested.

Ems Ore, with her sisterships Rhine Ore and Ruhr Ore, were acquired by Hall Corporation Shipping Ltd., Montreal, QC, in 1976 to carry Labrador ore from Gulf of St. Lawrence ports to the steel mills in Hamilton, ON. Ems Ore was taken to Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, QC, where a new forebody was installed from the engine room forward, her pilothouse and midship cabins were modernized and moved to the stern and a 16-cylinder 1,200 h.p. (893 kw) Caterpillar diesel bow thruster and a KaMeWa 157S4 18' 08 1/2" (5.70m) diameter controllable pitch propeller were also installed. She retained her original main power plant consisting of a B&W model 7-74VTBF-160 single acting, two-stroke, seven-cylinder 8,750 b.h.p. (6,513 kw) diesel engine built by Federated Krupp, Essen, Germany burning intermediate grade 180 fuel. The newly-converted vessel had a rated service speed of 17.3 m.p.h. Halco renamed the vessel Montcliffe Hall in 1977, with the conversion work being completed during the winter of 1977/78. This new Great Lakes bulk carrier had 17 hatches feeding into six holds where 27,088 tons (27,521 mt) could be carried at the new Seaway draft of 26' 06" (8.08m) and was capable of carrying 29,518 tons (29,990 mt) at her mid summer draft of 28' 03" (8.61m). Other capacities included 11,464.65 tons (11,649 mt) of water ballast and 491.5 tons (499.49 mt) of fuel oil contained in four tanks. The vessel displaced 7,770 tons (7,895 mt) lightship.

The old bow section of the Ems Ore was sold for scrap. On November 14, 1977, while being taken to Brownsville, TX, under tow of tug Irving Birch, the old bow section broke free of the tow in the Atlantic Ocean. After being recovered November 16th, it struck light #405 in the Brownsville Ship Channel on December 7.

Montcliffe Hall began trading on the Great Lakes on April 18, 1979, passing upbound through the Welland Canal April 19. The other two vessels similarly converted by Halco at that time were renamed Steelcliffe Hall (Rhine Ore) and Cartiercliffe Hall (Ruhr Ore). On February 26, 1981, the Montcliffe Hall suffered a fire while in lay up at Sarnia, ON. The fire was reportedly started by a worker's torch and severely damaged the navigation bridge and the two decks immediately below. The bulk carrier returned to service May 27.

Montcliffe Hall was acquired by N. M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. Marine Division, Thunder Bay, ON, in 1988 following the liquidation of the Halco fleet. She was renamed Cartierdoc (2) at that time. Also acquired by the Paterson fleet was her sister Steelcliffe Hall, which was renamed Windoc (2). (The third of the sisters Cartiercliffe Hall was acquired by Canada Steamship Lines and was renamed Winnipeg.) The Cartierdoc name honored the early explorer Jacques Cartier who discovered the St. Lawrence River valley in 1534/35. The "doc" suffix followed a fleet tradition in Paterson's naming policy referring to the Dominion of Canada.

There were only a few incidents of note involving the Cartierdoc during her career under the Paterson banner. On June 15, 1997, the vessel lost power while upbound in ballast in the Welland Canal running soft aground approximately 2,500 feet (762m) from the Homer Street bridge in St. Catharines, ON. She was pulled free and towed stern first by McKeil Marine tug Argue Martin to a location just above Lock 2 for repairs. A malfunctioning turbocharger was the cause. On June 23, 2000, Cartierdoc made contact with the Norfolk Southern rail bridge that passes over the Maumee River in Toledo, OH. She had just finished loading grain and was negotiating a section of river where the ship channel is less than 110 feet (33.53m) wide. The river current wedged the vessel against the bridge. With tug assistance, she was pulled free. There was only superficial damage to the bridge fenders and cosmetic hull damage above the waterline to the vessel.

With the exception of 1993, Cartierdoc remained an active bulk carrier for Paterson. Typically, she carried grain products from the Great Lakes to St. Lawrence River ports with return cargoes of iron ore to ports such as Hamilton, ON; Chicago, IL and Burns Harbor, IN.

On March 21, 2002, N. M. Paterson & Sons Marine Division ended its long family history of operating Great Lakes vessels and sold its active fleet of three ships to Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC. Cartierdoc was renamed Cedarglen (2), the Paterson becoming Pineglen (2), and the Mantadoc becoming the Teakglen. CSL's naming pattern has particular significance. The suffix "glen" identified the ships as being bulk carriers. The "glen" connection dates back to 1926 when CSL acquired the Great Lakes Shipping Company whose vessels had names such as Gleneagles, Glenelg, and many others. The tree name prefix dates back to 1937 when CSL purchased Tree Line Navigation Co. Ltd.

On the Cedarglen's maiden voyage for CSL, the vessel allided with the Snell Lock in the St. Lawrence Seaway on March 30, 2002 causing a 2' (0.61m) tear at her bow 8' (2.44m) above the waterline. At the time, she was laden with approximately 8,000 tons (8,129 mt) of titanium slag from Sorel, QC, for Ashtabula, OH. Repairs were completed at Port Colborne, ON. On June 10, 2002, the vessel grounded 1/4 mile (0.402k) west of the St. Louis Bridge in the Beauharnois Canal (St. Lawrence Seaway) in an attempt to hold back due to a temporary bridge malfunction. Shortly after, on June 26, 2002, the Cedarglen grounded on a shoal near Whiskey Island in the St. Lawrence River near King's Point, NY. The vessel had reported electrical problems before the grounding. She freed herself and went to anchor to assess damages.

On March 25, 2004 and March 23, 2005, Cedarglen was honored at Lock 8 of the Welland Canal at Port Colborne, ON, as the first downbound vessel in the Welland Canal of the respective seasons. On May 16, 2005, the bulker loaded iron ore at Marquette, MI, for the first time in her career on the Great Lakes. To fit under the chutes at Marquette, part of the Cedarglen's starboard wing bridge had to be removed.

Cedarglen continued to operate steadily for Canada Steamship Lines, and laid up for the winter at Ironhead Shipyard in Toledo in December 2018 for drydocking. Although it was hoped she should resume trading in 2019 – her 60th year – it was not to be, as the repairs needed could not be financially justified.

“Despite her age, Cedarglen was an incredibly well-maintained ship with an impressive safety record,” said Louis Martel, President and CEO of The CSL Group, when announcing the vessel’s retirement. “It’s thanks to the great teamwork and dedication on board that she was able to operate as long as she did.”

Cedarglen fit out one last time and left Toledo on May 15, 2019 under her own power for Montreal, arriving there on May 18, where she was again laid up pending an overseas scrap tow. Around 8 a.m. in July 21, with her name shorted to Eda for the tow, the vessel departed Montreal under tow of the deep-sea tug V.B. Hispania for Aliaga, Turkey. The tow arrived on August 26th and was pushed ashore to be cut up.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 730' 00" (222.51m)
Beam 75' 09" (23.09m)
Depth 40' 02" (12.24m)
Midsummer Draft 28' 03" (8.61m)
Capacity 29,518 tons
Engine Power 8,750 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Ems Ore 1960 - 1978
Montcliffe Hall 1978 - 1988
Cartierdoc 1988 - 2002
Cedarglen (2) 2002 - 2019
Eda scrap trip

 


Previously named ships

The first Cartierdoc (1928-1963) in the Soulanges Canal.
(Peter Worden collection)

Another view of the first Cartierdoc in the old Seaway.
(Peter Worden collection)

The first Cedarglen (1982 - 1994) clear of Lock 3, Sept. 17, 1984.
(Peter Worden collection)

   
Ems Ore 1960 - 1978
(Navios Corp.)

As the Ems Ore.
(Stan Ditcham Collection)

       
Montcliffe Hall 1978 - 1988
(Hall Corporation Shipping)

Montcliffe Hall at Andersons layby slip in Toledo.
(Peter Worden collection)

Montcliffe Hall at Andersons layby slip in Toledo.
(Jim Hoffman)

Montcliffe Hall loading grain at Midstates elevator at Toledo.
(Jim Hoffman)

Montcliffe on the Welland Canal.
(Jim Hoffman)

Montcliffe Hall downbound St Clair River by the Bluewater Bridge.
(Jim Hoffman)

Montcliffe Hall at the old Cargill Elevator in Toledo loading grain.
(Jim Hoffman)

Montcliffe Hall and Steelcliffe Hall laid up in Montreal, Aug. 13, 1985.
(Matt Miner collection)

Passing Mission Pt. downbound.
(Tom Manse)

Upbound in Soo Harbor.
(Roger LeLievre)

Tied up for the winter in Port McNicoll, April 4, 1986.
(Viktor Kaczkowski)

Cartierdoc 1988 - 2002
(N. M. Paterson & Sons)

Loaded on the St. Marys River.
(Peter Worden collection)

Engineer's Day at the Soo Locks.
(Rod Burdick)

Loading grain in Thunder Bay.
(unknown)

Leaving Lock 7 on the Welland Canal, Oct. 2000.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Loaded on the Detroit River, July 20, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Departing Lock 8 on the Welland Canal, Dec. 16, 2001.
(Alex Howard)

Stern view.
(Alex Howard)

   
Cedarglen (2) 2002 - Today
(Canada Steamship Lines)

Tied up below Lock 1 on the Welland Canal, March 31, 2002.
(Alex Howard)

Unique pilothouse.
(Alex Howard)

Close up of stack.
(Alex Howard)

On the Detroit River, April 3, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Loading in Thunder Bay, April 5, 2002.
(Rob Farrow)

       

An onboard tour of the Cedarglen while in winter lay up at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
February 8, 2003.

Winter lay-up, Feb. 2003.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Close up of stern.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Close up with Zug Island in the background.
(Neil Schultheiss)

ADM loading/unloading rig.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Remnants of the HALCO billboard on her hull.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Former name can be seen.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Bow thruster.
(Neil Schultheiss)

View forward on deck.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Ship's bell with Montcliffe Hall engraved.
(Neil Schultheiss)

View aft.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Cargo hold.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Hatch crane.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Close up.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Accommodation block.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Rebuilding plate.
(Neil Schultheiss)

On deck.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Back side of accommodations.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stack.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Looking up at the massive engine.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Another view.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Valve at the top of the engine.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Engine plate.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Ballast control board.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Interior.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Officers dining.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Captains office.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stair well.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Pilothouse.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Main controls.
(Neil Schultheiss)

View forward from the pilothouse.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Downbound in the St. Marys River, Sept 5, 2004.
(Roger LeLievre)

Heading for Lock 2 on the Welland Canal, Oct. 12, 2004.
(Alex Howard)

Stern view.
(Alex Howard)

Unloading at Windsor, May 12, 2005.
(Mike Nicholls)

First time loading ore at Marquette May 16, 2005.
(Rod Burdick)

Upbound the Detroit bound for Marquette, May 22, 2005. Note part of starboard wing bridge removed.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Passing through Port Huron in the evening, Sept. 17, 2007.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Another view.
(Matt Miner)

Sliding the wall down to Lock 1, Sept. 18, 2009.
(Matt Miner)

Montcliffe Hull name showing beneath Cedarglen.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view entering Lock 1.
(Matt Miner)

Approaching Iroquois Lock from Morrisburg upbound, June 3, 2010.
(Dave Bessant)

Along the quay below the lock.
(Dave Bessant)

Entering the lock.
(Dave Bessant)

Pilothouse with the cut off bridge wing.
(Dave Bessant)

Departing the lock.
(Dave Bessant)

Passing the Lorain Lighthouse with tug Iowa on the stern, July 26, 2010.
(Jim Bobel)

Close up of the bow.
(Jim Bobel)

The Iowa working the stern.
(Jim Bobel)

Passing through the Charles Berry Bridge.
(Jim Bobel)

Nearly through the bridge with the Rhode Island.
(Jim Bobel)

The Rhode Island working the bow through the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge.
(Jim Bobel)

The tug Missouri works up Cedarglen's starboard side, with the Biscayne Bay ahead, Dec. 22, 2010.
(Roger LeLievre)

Biscayne Bay and Missouri double-team.
(Roger LeLievre)

In the afternoon, the Mackinaw backs down close to the bow of the Cedarglen.
(Roger LeLievre)

Passing the soon-to-be scrapped Canadian Leader at Port Colborne, Dec. 24, 2010.
(Paul Beesley)

Secured above Bridge 21.
(Paul Beesley)

Downbound at Mission Pt. with a load of grain, June 25, 2011.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound in the St. Marys River, July 9, 2011.
(Jeff Barber)

Upbound at Mission Pt. bound for Thunder Bay, June 30, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Passing through Port Huron upbound, June 8, 2013.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the aft cabins.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Another view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound at Glendale Bridge on the Welland Canal, Aug. 17, 2013.
(Skip Gillham)

Clear of Lock 2 downbound, Aug. 17, 2013.
(Barry Andersen)

Arriving in Montreal for a short term lay up, Sept. 4, 2013.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Another view.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Passing the La Ronde Theme Park.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Leaving Lock 7 on the Welland Canal, Dec. 20, 2014.
(Skip Gillham)

 

Downbound at Black River entrance, April 23, 2016.
(Marc Dease)

 

Upbound in the MacArthur Lock bound for Thunder Bay, May 19, 2016.
(Roger LeLievre)

Downbound at Mission Pt., July 2, 2017.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the aft cabins.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Entering the MacArthur Lock with a load of grain, Sept. 13, 2017.
(Roger LeLievre)

Clear of Iroquois Lock downbound for the last time, May 17, 2019.
(Ron Beaupre)

Passing Mariatown.
(Ron Beaupre)

Stern shot.
(Marc Dease)
 

   
Eda - scrap tow
(Turkish Breakers)

The VB Hispania passing Three Rivers with the Eda scrap tow.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Close up of the Eda with the Ocean Echo II trailing.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Stern view.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Ocean Echo II keeping the stern in line.
(Rene Beauchamp)

 

 


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