Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Vandoc
By George Wharton
This medium sized traditional styled straight deck bulk carrier was
built by Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON and was launched Nov.27,
1963 as Sir Denys Lowson for Algoma Central Corp., Sault Ste. Marie,
ON. The laker is diesel powered and is equipped with a bow thruster.
Her 18 hatches feed into 5 holds where she is capable of carrying 16,000
tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 24 feet 7 inches.
The Sir Denys Lowson was the victim of a fire in her forward cabin on
Jan.13, 1964 resulting in $250,000.00 damage. The vessel still sailed
on time! Her activities for Algoma were concentrated on the iron ore
trade from Little Current, ON (Manitoulin Island) to Cleveland, OH and
Detroit, MI. She also carried ore from Depot Harbour and Michipicoten,
ON as well as Sept Isles and Pointe Noire, PQ.
N.M Paterson & Sons Ltd., Thunder Bay, ON bought the vessel on July 24,
1979 renaming her Vandoc(2). For Paterson, the Vandoc's activity was
focused on the grain trade. Nov 29, 1989 saw the Vandoc as the feature
vessel for the Merritt Day celebrations at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal
celebrating the 160th anniversary of the Welland Canal and the 30th
anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
The Vandoc entered lay-up at Thunder Bay, ON on
Dec. 21, 1991. After remaining idle for more than 10 years the vessel was sold
for scrapping. The Purvis Marine tug Reliant towed the Vandoc to Sault Ste.
Marie, Ont. in early June 2002. The vessel was scrapped near Algoma Steel with
the pieces going directly to the furnaces at Algoma.
Her end comes in the blast furnaces of the steel
mill she was built to serve.
Ready for scrapping at the Soo. June 29, 2002 N.
Deck view awaiting scrapping June, 2002
Scrapping at the Soo.