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Downbound the St. Marys River at the Soo, .Aug. 3, 2008.

 Stephen Hause 

Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Tim S.Dool

By George Wharton

One of very few vessels built for Great Lakes service by the Saint John Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Saint John, NB, the Seaway sized gearless bulk carrier was built as the yard's hull # 1084 and launched October 15, 1967 as the Senneville for the Mohawk Navigation Co., Ltd., Montreal, QC.  Named after a community near Montreal, QC located on the western end of Montreal Island on the Lake of Two Mountains, home to Mohawk Navigation's president Mr. Robert A. Campbell, the Senneville became only the second Great Lakes bulk carrier with her wheelhouse, all accommodations and machinery aft.  The first laker was the Senneville's 1963-built fleetmate Silver Isle (now sailing as the Algoisle).  The Senneville was built using the lightest weight steel that would pass classification society and Coast Guard inspections to save weight and increase cargo capacity.  Upon entering service, the Senneville became the flagship of the fleet and departed Sept-Isles, QC on November 8, 1967 on her maiden voyage laden with iron ore for Cleveland, OH.  While on this trip, she was noted to have transited upbound in the Welland Canal on November 11.

As originally built, the Senneville was the standard Seaway 75' 00" (22.86m) wide.  She had a mid-summer cargo capacity of 28,200 tons (28,653 mt) at a draft of 27' 09" (8.46m) and a Seaway capacity of 26,100 tons (26,519 mt) at the old draft restriction of 26' 00" (7.92m).  Her original power plant was a M.A.N. model K6Z78/155 single acting, two stroke cycle, 6 cylinder 9,900 b.h.p. (7,367 kW) diesel engine burning intermediate grade 180 fuel; the power being directed to a single controllable pitch propeller moving the laker at speeds up to 17.8 m.p.h.  She is equipped with a controllable pitch 1,000 h.p. (744 kW) bow thruster.

The Mohawk Navigation Co. operated in conjunction with and carried cargoes on behalf of James Richardson and Sons Ltd., Winnipeg, MB (a large Canadian grain handler).  On September 19, 1969, it was announced that the Mohawk Navigation fleet consisting of the Senneville, Silver Isle and Golden Hind would be operated, managed and crewed by Scott Misener Steamships Ltd., St. Catharines, ON with the beginning of the 1970 season. Mohawk retained ownership while the bulkers were chartered to Scott Misener Steamships.  The Senneville distinguished herself on March 28, 1973 when she became the first vessel to pass downbound through the newly built Welland Canal bypass of the city of Welland Canal.  Meanwhile, on the same day, Canada Steamship Lines' self unloader J.W. McGiffin was the celebrated vessel as the first official upbound vessel at the Welland Canal's "Top Hat" ceremony at Lock 3 opening the canal for the 1973 season.  Then on October 4, 1975, the Senneville set a Great Lakes and Seaway rye record carrying 1,026,983 bushels from Thunder Bay, ON to Sorel, QC.  This record still stands today.  October 1, 1977 saw the vessel setting a Great Lakes soybean record when she carried 947,000 bushels from Superior, WI to Sorel, a record which was broken 2 years later.  From 1991 to 1994, the Senneville and her fleetmate were operated by Great Lakes Bulk Carriers, Inc., St. Catharines, ON, a consortium consisting of the bulker fleets of Canada Steamship Lines, Misener Holdings and Pioneer Shipping, though still being managed by Misener.  During the 1991/92 winter lay-up, the Senneville had double bottom steel work completed and her # 1 hold was rebuilt as a tank to carry canola oil when not being used for dry bulk cargo. 

Early in 1980, the Senneville with her fleetmate Silver Isle were acquired by the newly formed Pioneer Shipping Ltd., an affiliate of Pioneer Grain Co. and a subsidiary of James Richardson and Sons Ltd., Winnipeg, MB.  Misener continued to operate and manage the small fleet.  The bulkers' hulls were painted the distinctive fleet colors of orange/red hulls with large white "PIONEER" on each side, yellow forecastles, white cabins and orange/red stacks with black caps and styled "JR" lettering on each side.

The Senneville had very few incidents recorded against her name.  On July 3, 1973, a power failure caused the vessel to strike a pier in Montreal resulting in bow damage.  The laker grounded on October 3, 1977 while leaving Thunder Bay, ON with a load of grain.  She was freed the next day after lightering some of her cargo; the resulting damage being a minor crack in one of the ballast tanks.

April 8, 1994 marked the closure of a deal whereby Algoma Central Marine, St. Catharines, ON purchased the Senneville and her fleetmate Silver Isle from Pioneer Shipping for $5.7 million (CN) following the collapse of Great Lakes Bulk Carriers, Inc. and Misener Holdings Ltd.  On June 1, 1994, the Senneville officially became part of the Algoma Central Marine fleet.  After repainting and being renamed Algoville, the bulker entered service for her new owners operated by Seaway Bulk Carriers, Winnipeg, MB (a partnership between Algoma Central and Upper Lakes Group).  In January of 2000, the operation of the Algoville came under the new banner of Seaway Marine Transport, St. Catharines, ON following the amalgamation of Seaway Bulk Carries and Seaway Self Unloaders, St. Catharines, ON into one operating entity.  The bulker's new name was simply a result of combining the corporate prefix "Algo" with the suffix of her previous name "ville".

In October of 1996, the Algoville returned to service after having side tank and shell renewal as well as a widening of the hull by approximately 3' (.91m) to the new Seaway dimensional allowance.  The work was completed at Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON at an approximate cost of $6.4 million (CN).  Her new mid-summer capacity increased to 31,250 tons (31,752 mt) at a draft of 28' 11" (8.89m) and 27,360 tons (27,800 mt) at the new Seaway draft of 26' 06" (8.08m); the cargo being contained in 6 holds serviced by 18 hatches.  Cubic hold capacities include 32,400 net tons of coal (standard measurement for coal, equivalent to 28,929 tons or 29,393 mt); 28,928 tons (29,393 mt) of wheat; 26,788 tons (27,218 mt) of corn or rye; 23,498 tons (23,875 mt) of barley; or 21,603 tons (21,950 mt) of oats.  Operating capacities include 632.8 tons (643 mt) of fuel oil, 86.6 tons (88 mt) of diesel oil, 96.5 tons (98 mt) of potable water and 10,476.7 tons (10,645 mt) of water ballast.

On May 1, 2006, the Algoville was towed to Goderich, ON by Malcolm Marine's tug Manitou after experiencing engine trouble while downbound in Lake Huron near Alpena, MI with 27,024 tons (27,458 mt) of wheat from Thunder Bay, ON for Quebec City, QC.  After temporary repairs were made, she departed Goderich on May 13 only operating on 5 of her 6 cylinders.  After unloading at Quebec City, the Algoville returned to Heddle Marine at Hamilton, ON (arriving May 23) pending the delivery and installation of a new engine.  While laid up, on January 25, 2007, a fire broke out below decks as workers were cutting steel with a torch resulting in heavy smoke when some lubricant and oil caught fire.  There were 12 workers on board at the time and 21 firefighters were required to extinguish the fire.  No injuries were reported and there was no damage to the ship.

The Algoville's new engine is a modern, efficient, medium speed MaK model 8M43C inline 8-cylinder 10,730 b.h.p. (8,000 KW) diesel engine built in 2007 by MaK, Rostock, Germany.  The power is fed through a Jahnel-Kestermann reduction gear to a single controllable pitch propeller.  The engine's basic dimensions are 32' 01.75" (9.798m) long x 9' 06" (2.905m) wide x 20' 02" (6.145m) high, with a dry weight of 112.2 tons (114 mt).  After successful sea trials, the Algoville returned to active service on Oct. 21, 2007 when the bulker departed Hamilton for Thunder Bay, ON and a load of Canadian wheat bound for Port Cartier, QC. 

Algoma Central Corporation renamed their bulker Tim S.Dool at a small ceremony held June 3, 2008 below Lock 1 of the Welland Canal.  The renaming was in honor of the Corporation's former President and Chief Executive Officer on the occasion of his retirement from that position.  Mr. Dool continues as a director of the company.  The ceremony was attended by friends and family of Mr. Dool and employees from Algoma Central.  Sponsor Mrs. Ellen Dool, wife of Tim Dool, rededicated the vessel with the traditional breaking of the champagne bottle against the laker's bow.  Seaway Marine Transport continues to operate and manage the Tim S.Dool for Algoma Central.  Her cargoes remain focused in the bulk agricultural and iron ore trades as they have since she first entered service on the Great Lakes.


Overall Dimensions (metric)
 Length  730' 00" (222.50m)
 Beam  77' 11" (23.75m)
 Depth  39' 08" (12.09m)
 Capacity (mid-summer)  31,250 tons (31,752 mt)
at a draft of 28' 11" (8.89m)
 Capacity (Seaway)  27,360 tons (27,800 mt)
 at a draft of 26' 06" (28.08m)
 Power (diesel)  10,730 b.h.p. (8,000 KW)


Entering the St. Clair River at Point Edward, ON,
June 11, 2008. Wayne Brown

Upbound the St. Lawrence River for Superior, WI,
Aug. 12, 2008. Ron Beaupre

Upbound the St. Lawrence River entering the
Brockville Narrows, Sept. 13, 2008. Fritz Hager

Upbound the Welland Canal, June 3, 2008.
Paul Beesley

Exiting Lock 7, June 3, 2008.
Michel Gosselin

Stern view. Michel Gosselin

Downbound the Welland Canal passing under the
Glendale Ave. bridge, May 24, 2008. Rob Wolcott

Scraping off the old name, June 2, 2008.
Michel Gosselin

Stern view. Paul Beesley

Stern view, Dec. 1, 2007. Bob Dowson

Downbound at Port Colborne, ON, Dec. 10, 2007.
Bob Dowson

Leaving Welland Canal's Lock 4, May 24, 2008.
Rob Wolcott

At Hamilton, ON for engine replacement,
Oct. 13, 2007. Wayne Brown

St. Lawrence River in the "1000 Islands",
Nov. 11, 2007. Fritz Hager

Upbound at Port Colborne, ON, Dec. 1, 2007.
Bob Dowson

Upbound the Welland Canal, Aug. 2, 2005.
Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

Downbound at the Soo, Apr. 29, 2006.
Roger LeLievre

Detroit River, Sept. 19, 2004. Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

St. Lawrence Seaway, July 31, 2005. Fritz Hagar

At Pier 52, Toronto Jan. 24, 2004 with a winter
lay-up cargo of sugar. Murray Smith

Meeting the upbound saktie Yarmouth above the
Soo Locks, Apr. 17, 2004. Jerry Masson

On the St. Marys River at Mission Point,
June 27, 2004. Roger LeLievre

Detroit River, Sept. 14, 2003.
Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

St. Lawrence River, Dec. 2004.
Marc Piché

Approaching Welland Canal's Lock 1, Nov. 17, 2002.
Alex Howard

Upbound the Welland Canal, Apr. 15, 2003.
Bill Bird

Heading under the bridges at the Soo, June 24, 2003.
Capt. John Chomniak, Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

At Richardson's, Thunder Bay on Aug. 24, 2001.
Rob Farrow

Detroit River, Nov. 16, 2001.
Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

Unloading at Indiana Harbor, 1979.
Rudi Rabe

As the Senneville. Scott Misener Collection

Underway, shortly after being acquired by Algoma. Rod Burdick.

Aerial view. Don Coles

Detroit River, Aug. 5, 2001.  Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

Aerial view. Don Coles

Unloading at Indiana Harbor, 1998. Gary Clark

Sarnia Grain Elevator, 2001. Mark Dease

Dry docking in Thunder Bay, Feb. 2002.
Rob Farrow

In drydock at Thunder Bay.
Rob Farrow

Downbound the Detroit River Aug. 29, 2002
with the city of Detroit in the background.
Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

St. Clair River, Aug. 10, 2001.
Jamie Kerwin

Entering the Iroquois Lock, St. Lawrence Seaway, May 22, 2000. Peter Carter

Stern view. Peter Carter

Disabled, arriving at Goderich, ON May 1, 2006 with tug assistance. Dale Baechler

Unloading at Indiana Harbor, 2000. Gary Clark

St. Marys River. Roger LeLievre

Disabled, arriving at Goderich May 1, 2006.
Dale Baechler

St. Clair River, July 23, 2005.
John Meyland

Upbound at the Soo, Mar. 29, 2004.
Jim Lindholm

Welland Canal, June 3, 2008.
Paul Beesley

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