Aegis Wisdom - Famagusta, Cyprus

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The 1971/72-built, 18,016-dwt, 11,069-grt, general cargo ship Aegis Wisdom is seen in this photograph while she was transiting upbound in the Welland Canal in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada during August of 1972.

She was built in Bilbao, Spain by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. - Factoria de Olaveaga as Aegis Wisdom. She was commissioned during May of 1972 and she made her debut appearance in the Great Lakes early in August of that year. On August 25th she departed Duluth, Minnesota on Lake Superior with a cargo of grain for Russia. While she was sailing eastbound in the St. Lawrence River enroute for the Atlantic Ocean she encountered heavy fog off Les Escoumins, Quebec. At the same time the Italian bulk carrier Libra was travelling westbound for the Great Lakes.

Due to the fog neither ship saw the other and they collided. Libra's bow sliced deep into Aegis Wisdom's accomodations structure and her engine room on the port side. As a result Aegis Wisdom began taking water through a hole in her side measuring 9.1 meters long 6.7 meters below the waterline. Due to massive damage Aegis Wisdom was beached to prevent sinking. She was refloated on September 28th by salvage crews from Marine Industries Ltd., Quebec and later towed to Quebec City where she discharged her grain cargo before proceeding on to Sorel. She spent the winter months at Sorel, Quebec and finally departed on May 2nd, 1973 under tow of the tug Borac for Santander, Spain. There she was fully repaired and returned to service.

Through her career she sailed as Aegis Wisdom (85), Christine 1 (88), Rachel V (92) and Angeliki II until she was retired early in 1997. On January 14th, of 1997 she arrived off Alang, India and later ran herself up on the scrapping beach. There she was reduced to recyclable pieces.

Information courtesy Capt. José Luis Díaz Campa, Seaway Era Shipwrecks by Skip Gillham
Marine News (The World Ship Society), Lloyds Registers and the Fairplay Internet Ship Register

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