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Kinloch 1927 - 1927
Valley Camp (1) 1927 - 1965
Valleydale 1965 - 1966

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Built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, New Castle-on-Tyne, England as hull #1228. Laid down as GLENKINLOCH for James Playfair. Playfair maintained a number of financial relationships with the Paisley family of Cleveland which controlled the Valley Camp Coal Company. Valley Camp and Playfair decided to form a new entity, the Valley Camp Coal Company of Canada, Ltd., to operate the vessel on Lakes Erie, Ontario and the St. Lawrence. The "Glen" prefix had been dropped when the vessel was launched February 1, 1927 as KINLOCH for Valley Camp Coal Co. Ltd, Port Colborne Dimensions: 252' 00" loa x 43' 00" beam x 25' 06" depth; 2,351 GRT, 1,327 NRT. Powered by a 800 ihp triple expansion steam engine and two coal-fired Scotch boilers.

Renamed VALLEY CAMP before departing the shipyard on April 28, 1927. For her first trip, she loaded British coal for Chicago. Transferred to Canadian registry in 1932. Lengthened by Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd, St. Catharines, Ont in 1951. New dimensions: 311' 6" loa x 43' 00" beam x 25' 06" depth; 2,878 GRT, 2,012 NRT. Reboilered in 1951 with one 1940-built coal-fired Scotch boiler.

Sold to Reoch Transports Ltd, Montreal on January 21, 1965 and renamed VALLEYDALE.

Sold to Marine Salvage Ltd, Port Colborne and then to United Metals & Refining Ltd for scrap in 1966. Arrived at Hamilton on November 17, 1966 for scrapping.

 

Kinloch 1927 - 1927
(Valley Camp Coal Co.)

Testing of her unloading system at Wallsend, England in April 1927. New
(William Lafferty collection)

     
Valley Camp (1) 1927 - 1965
(Valley Camp Coal Co.)

Testing of her unloading system at Wallsend, England in April 1927. New
(William Lafferty collection)

In the St. Lawrence Canals. New
(William Lafferty collection)

Upbound in Lock 7, October 18, 1956.
(Photo by Ted Jones, Skip Gillham collection)

Valley Camp (1) tied up in Port Colborne.
(Thomas Manse collection)

Valley Camp (1) in a lock on the Welland Canal, August 1958.
(Roger Family collection)

Clearing Lock 7 downbound, September 21, 1960.
(Photo by Tom Graham, Skip Gillham collection)

Tied up for the winter in Port Colborne, March 6, 1965.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Port Colborne.
(Photo by Ted Jones, Skip Gillham collection)

Toronto.
(Photo by Alfred Sagon-King, Skip Gillham collection)

Postcard view in the Thousand Islands.
(Skip Gillham collection)

Postcard view from the Thousand Islands Bridge.
(Skip Gillham collection)

 
Valleydale 1965 - 1966
(Reoch Transports)

Tied up at Stratherne Terminals in Hamilton, November 19, 1966.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Unloading at the Port Colborne Stone Dock.
(Photo by Alfred Sagon-King, Skip Gillham collection)

Tied up for the winter in Port Colborne. New
(William Lafferty collection)

Trip summaries for 1965.
(Compiled by Skip Gillham)

Valley Camp (2) 1917 - Today

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Masters and Chief Engineers of the Kinloch
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Unknown 1927 Unknown 1927
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Valley Camp (1)
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Unknown 1928 - 30
Bruce A. Nichols 1931 - 32
Unknown 1933
Bruce A. Nichols 1934 - 56
John Nicol 1957 - 64
Unknown 1928 - 30
John Gilbert 1931 - 32
Unknown 1933
John Gilbert 1934 - 35
John Rowe 1936 - 38
Frank Brinkenden 1939
L. L. Crawford 1940 - 41
V. Irvine 1942
A. Plant 1943 - 45
R. Reid 1946
A. J. Kinnear 1947 - 57
P. M. Bowins 1958 - 63
O. Walters 1964
Masters and Chief Engineers of the Valleydale
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
J. I. Nicol 1965
W. E. Blair 1966
B. G. Adam 1965
D. W. Jago 1966

 


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