Algonova (1)
IMO 6903981

St. Clair River, June 8, 2006.
(Dick Wicklund)


With her keel laid July 23, 1968 as hull #193 at Collingwood Shipyards, Collinwood, ON, this vessel was originally designed as a crane ship, a larger version of the Yankcanuck (2) to be named Captain Manzzutti for Yankcanuck Steamships Ltd., Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The plans were formally presented to Yankcanuck on September 9, 1968 for approval but, after review, they decided not to build her. A yard option was released to Texaco Canada Ltd., Don Mills, ON, which had the vessel redesigned as a single-hulled tanker. The vessel was launched on April 10, 1969, and christened Texaco Chief (2), honoring the name of her owner and one of the company’s gasoline product trade names. Texaco Chief entered service the next day. The tanker was classed for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River service as well coastal service around the east coast of Canada. She was built to Lloyd's ice class 2 standards with a sharp bow and an ice knife over the rudder.

Texaco Chief was powered by two Fairbanks Morse model 12-38D8-1/8 two-stroke cycle, single-acting 12-cylinder 2,000 b.h.p. (1,471 kW) diesel engines built in 1969 by Fairbanks Morse (Canada) Ltd., Kingston, ON. Burning marine diesel oil, the engines supplied power to a single KaMeWa controllable pitch propeller moving the tanker at speeds of up to 15 m.p.h. She was equipped with a 350 h.p. (257 kW) bow thruster. The tanker could carry up to 6,575 tons (6,681 mt) of liquid petroleum products at a mid-summer draft of 22' 10 5/8" (6.975m). The liquid cargo was contained in 15 zinc-coated cargo tanks, some of which were heated. These tanks had a liquid capacity of 54,241 barrels (8,624 cubic meters).

Other than a couple of incidents early in her career, the tanker has had a good safety record. On December 7, 1969, Texaco Chief collided with the bulk carrier Petite Hermine in dense fog on the St. Lawrence River near Prescott, ON. The resulting minor damage was repaired at Canadian Vickers in Montreal, QC. The tanker ran aground on December 4, 1972 off Oak Point, Miramichi River, 18 miles from Ogdensburg, NY, but was released undamaged.

In 1986, Texaco Chief and her fleet mate Texaco Brave became part of the Imperial Oil fleet, as all of Texaco Canada's assets were assumed by Imperial Oil Ltd., Don Mills, ON. Retaining ownership of the tanker, the vessel was leased to, operated and managed by Sofati-Soconoav Ltee., Montreal, QC (later Soconav Ltee). She was drydocked at Halifax, NS, on July 22, 1986, where her hull was repainted red. On November 4, 1986, the tanker was christened A. G. Farquharson in honor of Mr. Andrew Gray Farquharson, president and CEO of Texaco Canada from 1969 to 1972. With Soconav declaring bankruptcy in September of 1996, A. G. Farquharson was laid up at Halifax on October 1. Still owned by Imperial Oil, the small tanker was not needed and remained laid up until July, 1997 when she was chartered by Group Desgagnes subsidiary Petro-Nav Ltee, Montreal, QC. On December 19, 1997, A. G. Farquharson laid up again in Halifax, her services no longer required by Petro-Nav.

Algoma Tankers, St. Catharines, ON, purchased the tanker from Imperial Oil early in 1998. By late March of 1998, the vessel's hull had been painted Algoma blue and she had been given the name Algonova, her name taking the standard company prefix "Algo" and "Nova" honoring the province of Nova Scotia, home province of Imperial Oil's large Dartmouth refinery and distribution center. Algonova was to be used as a backup vessel for Algoma Tanker's Imperial Oil contract obligations and any other liquid petroleum business obtained by her new owners. Algonova departed Halifax on April 6, 1998 bound for the Great Lakes via Charlottetown, PEI.

Algonova saw sporadic service on the Great Lakes and was often seen tied up at Sarnia, ON. One of the more frequent trips for the small tanker would be from Sarnia to Thunder Bay, ON with a stop at Sault Ste. Marie, ON. With Algoma Tankers updating it’s fleet with newer, much more modern double-hulled tankers and with new regulations requiring double-hulled tankers to service North American ports coming into force, Algonova's services were no longer required.

After arriving at Halifax, NS on December 29, 2006, Algonova was drydocked. Her name and the Algoma emblems on her hull were painted over and on January 21, 2007, the name Pacifico Trader was applied as she had been acquired by Belgrave Investors Corporation, an affiliate of Trader Tankers Group, Panama City, Panama for service as a bunkering tanker. On January 27, 2007, flying the Panamian flag, Pacifico Trader left Halifax for a final time, bound for Cartegena, Columbia, to be operated and managed by Bunker Vessel Management SA of Panama City.

In 2012, she was sold renamed Great Portobello. In 2019 Lloyd’s Registry showed Great Portobello as owned by Helmer Business Incorporated, also of Panama City.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 400' 06" (122.07m)
Beam 54' 02" (16.51m)
Depth 26' 05" (8.06m)
Midsummer Draft 21' 11" (6.67m)
Capacity 6,575 tons
Engine Power 4,000 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Great Portobello 2012 - Today
Pacifico Trader 2007 - 2012
Algonova (1) 1998 - 2007
A. G. Farquharson 1986 - 1998
Texaco Chief (2) 1968 - 1986
Captain Manzzutti under construction

 


Texaco Chief (2) 1968 - 1986
(Texaco Canada Ltd.)

Upbound in the Welland Canal at the Guard Gate.
(Peter Worden collection)

Upbound in the Welland Canal between Locks 1 & 2, Sept. 15, 1979.
(Matt Miner collection)

Tied up in Toronto, 1980.
(Matt Miner collection)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner collection)

St. Clair River, July 1, 1982.
(Matt Miner collection)

St. Marys River, Sept. 12, 1985.
(Bob Campbell)

       
A. G. Farquharson 1986 - 1996
(Soconav)

At the Soo, May 27, 1996.
(Dick Wicklund)

       
A. G. Farquharson 1997 - 1997
(Group Desgagnés)

Unloading at the Goverment Dock in Soo, Ont. Oct. 18, 1997.
(Jim Bearman)

       
Algonova (1) 1998 - 2007
(Algoma Tankers)

Docked at Sarnia, Feb. 12, 2001.
(Matt Miner)

Detroit River, June 14, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view, June 14, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Detroit River, Sept. 4, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view, Sept. 4, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

St. Marys River, Aug, 28, 2002.
(Roger LeLievre)

St. Marys River.
(Paul Beesley)

Former name still visible, Jan. 24, 2003.
(Mike Nicholls)

Rafted to Algolake, Sarnia, Feb. 20, 2003.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view, Feb. 20, 2003.
(Mike Nicholls)

Onboard. Lake Erie crossing March, 2003.
(Capt. Alain Gindroz)

View forward.
(Capt. Alain Gindroz)

Open water on Lake Erie.
(Capt. Alain Gindroz)

View aft.
(Capt. Alain Gindroz)

Icy Lake Erie.
(Capt Alain Gindroz)

On deck.
(Capt. Alain Gindroz)

Departing Sarnia.
(Capt. Alain Gindroz)

Stack marking.
(Capt. Alain Gindroz)

Algonova downbound off Lake Huron for Sarnia, Nov. 19, 2004.
(Bill Bird)

Upbound the Detroit River at Grassy Island, Aug. 28, 2005.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Algonova anchored in Halifax harbor, Oct., 2006.
(James Neumiller)

     
Pacifico Trader 2007 - 2012
(Bunker Vessel Management)

As the Pacifico Trader, leaving Halifax for the last time, Jan. 27, 2007.
(Mac Mackay)

       

 


More pictures from our archives

Click here for
Texaco Chief
  Click here for
A. G. Farquharson
  Click here for
Algonova

 


Return to Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping    Great Lakes Fleet Photo Gallery
Copyright © Boatnerd.com. All Rights Reserved.