Manitoba (4)
IMO 6702301

Downbound on the St. Marys River, Sept. 7, 2011.
(Roger LeLievre)


This smaller size straight deck bulk carrier was built as hull #187 by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, ON. The vessel was launched as the Mantadoc (2) on November 23, 1966 for the N. M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. fleet of Thunder Bay, ON. This vessel's construction was ordered as a result of a need to replace Paterson's old, small bulk carriers and to augment the fleet's capacity.

The Mantadoc was named after the Province of Manitoba (“Manta") which is the provincial location of Paterson's corporate head office in Winnipeg, MB. In keeping with Paterson's fleet suffix policy of ending most of their vessel names with “doc" meaning “Dominion of Canada"; the Mantadoc thusly derived its name. N. M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. (now Paterson GlobalFoods Inc.) was a major grain elevator operator in Canada with many of its operations in Manitoba. Through its Marine Division, N. M. Paterson & Sons had been operating vessels on the Great Lakes since 1915 when its first small vessel, the 1874 built D. R. Van Allen was purchased.

The vessel is powered by 4 Fairbanks Morse model 8-38D8-1/8 8 cylinder diesel engines rated at a total of 5,332 b.h.p. (3,920 kW). Burning marine diesel oil, the power is fed through a gear reduction box to a single controllable pitch KaMeWa propeller giving the vessel a maximum service speed of 16.1 m.p.h. The vessel's 18 hatches service 6 holds where she is capable of carrying 19,093 tons (19,400 mt) of iron ore at a mid summer draft of 26' 1" (7.94m) and displaces 4,527 tons (4,600 mt) lightweight. The bulker has the cubic capacity to carry 18,100 net tons of coal, 16,928 tons (17,200 mt) of wheat, 15,224 tons (15,439 mt) of corn or rye, 13,359 tons (13,574 mt) of barley or 12,279 tons (12,476 mt) of oats. Other capacities include 320.6 tons (326 mt) of diesel oil of which she used approximately 9.85 tons (10 mt) each day; 6,567.5 tons (6,673 mt) of ballast water, and 60 tons (61 mt) of potable water. The vessel is equipped with 3 Caterpillar diesel generators rated at a total of 780 h.p. (575 kW) and a 600 h.p. (441 kW) KaMeWa bow thruster.

The Mantadoc entered service in 1967 on her maiden voyage with a load of grain for a St. Lawrence River port passing through the Welland Canal on April 15, 1967. On November 10, 1968; the Mantadoc was in collision with the French vessel Francois L. D. in the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Beauharnois Lock and Lake St. Francis. She received extensive port bow damage requiring her to proceed to Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon, QC for immediate repair. With this exception, the Mantadoc's career on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway has been relatively uneventful.

Even though she was limited by today's standards by her size, the Mantadoc continued to fit out each navigation season since her launch. Her smaller size has allowed her access to smaller ports that would be difficult, if not impossible, for her larger fleet mates to service. Over her career, the vessel has carried millions of tons of grain and iron ore. Other cargoes have included bauxite, coke, pig iron, and raw sugar. There were no set trade routes for the Mantadoc and the vessel was often seen transiting the Welland Canal. On December 7, 2001; the Mantadoc departed Thunder Bay, ON with her final load of the 2001 season and what would prove to be her final load under the Paterson banner. The load consisted of 15,766 tons (16,019 mt) of wheat destine for Montreal. She arrived at her destination port December 12, 2001 after passing through the Welland Canal on December 10.

On March 21, 2002; N. M. Paterson & Sons sold its 3 remaining operating vessels to Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC thus closing its Marine Division. The Mantadoc was renamed Teakglen following CSL's policy of naming the suffix of their bulk fleet in tribute to Tree Line Navigation Co. Ltd., purchased by CSL in 1937 (“Teak"); and the prefix “glen" in tribute to Great Lakes Shipping Company, purchased by CSL in 1926; whose vessel names included Gleneagles and Glenelg. Also sold were her fleet mates Paterson (2) and Cartierdoc (2) being renamed Pineglen (2) and Cedarglen (2) respectively.

Remaining laid up in Montreal through most of the 2002 navigation season; the Teakglen was chartered from CSL in the early fall of 2002 by Goderich Elevators Ltd., Goderich, ON for use as a storage barge with the Willowglen which last operated December 21, 1992. The Teakglen departed Montreal on September 29, 2002 to load wheat in Quebec City for Goderich. She made a one way trip up the Seaway arriving in Goderich on October 5th. After arriving in Goderich, the Teakglen laid up beside the Willowglen to begin her new role in the grain storage service business.

By January, 2004, the Teakglen's registered owners were Goderich Elevators Ltd., Goderich, ON. By the fall of 2004, both the Teakglen and fleet mate Willowglen were listed as "for sale" as scrap or barge conversion candidates. As of July of 2005, the Teakglen was listed with an asking price of $183 (US) per tonne based on 4,600 light displacement tonnage (LDT) or $841,800 as is, where is, safely afloat.

On July 29, 2005, under the new ownership of Wayne Elliot, Wainfleet, ON (also owner of International Marine Salvage, Port Colborne, ON), the Teakglen was towed from Goderich to Sarnia by the tug Evans McKeil. Shortly after, on September 7, the Teakglen departed Sarnia towed by Purvis Marine tug Avenger IV bound for Thunder Bay, ON. At Thunder Bay, the Teakglen was dry docked for her 5-year survey and bright new hull paint. On September 30, the bulker was rechristened Maritime Trader for her owner Voyageur Maritime Trading, Inc., Ridgeville, ON, being operated and managed by Voyageur Marine Transport Ltd., Ridgeville, ON operating under a charter to James Richardson & Sons Ltd., Winnipeg, MB (James Richardson International). The Maritime Trader departed Thunder Bay on her maiden voyage October 2, 2005 bound for Sorel, QC with 13,869 tons (14,091 mt) of wheat, canola seed, and flax seed. She began her first full season under her new banner departing Thunder Bay on March 24, 2006 with 13,236 tons (13,338.72 mt) of canola seeds for Windsor, ON.

Then on August 28, 2007, Rand Logistics of New York, NY announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lower Lakes Towing Ltd of Port Dover, ON acquired the Maritime Trader's fleetmates Voyageur Pioneer and Voyageur Independent for $25 million CAD from the Voyageur group of companies. Remaining under the ownership of Voyageur Maritime Trading, Inc., the Maritime Trader operated under a contract of affreightment to Lower Lakes Towing. Almost 4 years later, on April 9, 2011, it was announced that Voyageur Maritime Trading had gone into receivership and that the Maritime Trader was being offered for sale by a Canadian bankruptcy court and that the bulker was currently under arrest at Hamilton, ON. The sale was administered by Marcon International, Inc. shipbrokers; the vessel being sold in an "as is, where is" condition. The sale was by order of a Canadian Federal Court file rendered on April 4, 2011.

On July 16, 2011, Rand Logistics, Inc. announced that it had signed a binding asset purchase agreement whereby its designated subsidiary, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., Port Dover, ON would acquire the Maritime Trader, subject only to final approval by the Federal Court of Canada. Concurrent with final court approval, Lower Lakes would enter into a long-term contract of affreightment for substantially all of the sailing days related to the acquired vessel. In the press release, Scott Bravener, President of Lower Lakes commented: "We are pleased to announce the addition of the Maritime Trader to our fleet. It is a vessel that we are very familiar with, having marketed it for the last four years on behalf of an unaffiliated third party on terms that generated no profit for Rand. I am also pleased that we will enter into a long term contract of affreightment to meet the growth needs of an important existing customer, further solidifying this relationship." The vessel was officially registered with Transport Canada on July 21, 2011 under her new name Manitoba (3) out of Nanticoke, ON for owners Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., Port Dover, ON.

Manitoba's last full season of operation was 2015-16. She was in lay up at Hamilton, ON, before departing on April 16, 2016 for Montreal, arriving under her own power for her final lay up on April 17, 2016.

The tug Ocean Delta arrived at the Aliaga, Turkey, anchorage November 18, 2018 with Manitoba (renamed NITO for the tow), where the former laker was scrapped.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 607' 09" (185.24m)
Beam 62' 00" (18.9m)
Depth 36' 00" (10.97m)
Midsummer Draft 26' 01" (7.95m)
Capacity 19,093 tons
Engine Power 5,332 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Mantadoc (2) 1967 - 2002
Teakglen 2002 - 2005
Maritime Trader 2005 - 2011
Manitoba (4) 2011 - 2018
Nito scrap tow

 


Previously named ships

The first Mantadoc.
(Peter Worden collection)

       
Mantadoc (2) 1967 - 2002
(N. M. Paterson & Sons Ltd.)

Photos of the Mantadoc under construction.
(Dave Benedet)

Waiting above Lock 2.
(Peter Worden collection)

Passing Allanburg on the Welland Canal, Oct. 6, 2000.
(Jim Bearman)

Leaving Lock 7, Welland Canal, Thorold, ON in June 2, 2001.
(George Wharton)

Approaching Lock 8 at Port Colborne.
(George Wharton)

Stern view.
(George Wharton)

Evening on the Detroit River, July 27, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

On the Detroit River, Aug. 8, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Loading Thunder Bay, Sept. 1, 2001.
(Rob Farrow)

Westbound on Lake Superior, her last trip as Mantadoc, Dec. 5, 2001.
(Chief Engineer Stan Ditcham)

Close up of the stack, March 26, 2002.
(Kent Malo)

       
Teakglen 2002 - 2005
(Canada Steamship Lines)

In Montreal, May 2002.
(Kent Malo)

Close of of the stack in new CSL colors.
(Kent Malo)

On the Welland Canal Oct. 4, 2002.
(Dan Sweeley)

Approaching Port Colborne on the Welland Canal, Oct. 4, 2002.
(David Swain)

Passing Detroit Oct. 4, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Ubound in the Detroit River, Oct. 4, 2002.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Close up.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stack.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stern view.
(Neil Schultheiss)

St. Clair River, Oct. 4, 2002.
(Jim Hoffman)

Stern view, Oct. 4, 2002.
(John Meyland)

Passing Port Huron, Oct. 4, 2002.
(Dave Wobser & Roger LeLievre)

Heading for Goderich Oct. 4, 2002.
(Don Coles)

Another view.
(Don Coles)

Laid up at Goderich as storage vessel Feb. 20, 2003.
(Mike Nicholls)

Tied up in Goderich with the Frontenac in the background.
(Mike Nicholls)

Willowglen rafted to the Teakglen in Goderich, Feb. 2005.
(Jim Hoffman)

At the Government dock in Sarnia prior to her departure for Thunder Bay, Sept. 4, 2005.
(Bill Bird)

   
Maritime Trader 2005 - 2011
(Voyageur Marine Transport Ltd.)

Freshly painted at Thunder Bay, Oct. 2, 2005.
(Rob Farrow)

Close up of the bow.
(Rob Farrow)

Close up of the bow stern accommodations.
(Rob Farrow)

Out of Lock 7, Oct. 26, 2005.
(Bill Bird)

Bow view.
(Bill Bird)

Approaching Lock 6.
(Bill Bird)

Stack colors Oct. 6, 2005.
(Paul Beesley)

Downbound the Welland Canal Oct. 6, 2005.
(Paul Beesley)

Approaching Hamilton harbor Oct. 17, 2005.
(Boatnerd crew)

Bow profile.
(Boatnerd crew)

Stern view into Hamilton harbor.
(Boatnerd crew)

Unloading in Huron, OH. Nov. 11, 2005.
(Roger LeLievre)

Stern view.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound in the St. Clair River, Nov. 12, 2005.
(John Meyland)

Close up of the stack.
(John Meyland)

Stern view.
(John Meyland)

Another view.
(John Meyland)

Upbound the St. Marys River at Mission Point, April 5, 2006.
(Jim Lindholm)

Loading at Richardson Elevator in Hamilton, Dec. 8, 2008.
(John McCreery)

Entering Lock 8 in Port Colborne, May 31, 2009.
(John van der Doe)

Passing Marine City, June 5, 2009.
(Jeff Mast)

Upbound for the Seaway in Montreal, Sept. 15, 2010.
(Kent Malo)

Awaiting her fate at Hamilton, Mar. 25, 2011.
(John McCreery)

Another view.
(John McCreery)

Stern view, Apr. 9, 2011.
(Ted Wilush)

Manitoba (4) 2011 - 2018
(Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.)

Painting complete, Aug. 5, 2011.
(John van der Doe)

Close up of the bow, Aug. 5, 2011.
(John van der Doe)

Close up of the stern.
(John van der Doe)

Stern view.
(John van der Doe)

First time throught the Soo under the name Manitoba, Aug. 10, 2011.
(Roger LeLievre)

Close up of the bow.
(Roger LeLievre)

Close up of the stack.
(Roger LeLievre)

Stern view with a little more painting needed.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound in the Seaway at Iroquois Lock, Aug. 30, 2011.
(Ron Beaupre)

Downbound on the St. Marys River, Sept. 7, 2011.
(Roger LeLievre)

Dowbound in Lake Huron above Sarnia, April 29, 2012.
(Marc Dease)

Making the turn at Buoys 1 & 2.
(Marc Dease)

Upboud in the Welland Canal at Port Robinson, July 18, 2012.
(Bill Bird)

Stern view.
(Bill Bird)

In Port Weller Harbor lining up for Lock 1, Sept. 2, 2012
(John McCreery)

Entering Lock 1.
(John McCreery)

Loading grain in Johnstown along the Seaway, Nov. 13, 2013.
(Ed Snider)

Downbound in Detroit, Aug. 2, 2014.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Upbound in the Welland Canal approaching Homer Bridge, Sept. 14, 2015.
(Matt Miner)

Under the QEW.
(Matt Miner)

Clear of the bridges.
(Matt Miner)

Making for the wall to tie up.
(Matt Miner)

Laid up in Montreal, Sept. 2, 2017.
(Roger LeLievre)

Stern view.
(Roger LeLievre)

 


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