CATALINA (1) - Quebec, Canada       Call sign - VCJC     IMO number - 6506331     Owner - Boreal Navigation, Quebec, Canada

Location - Underway in the St. Lawrence River near Vercheres, Quebec, Canada     Photograph Date - 25 June 1983
Photographer - Marc Piche     Added to archive - 13 Mar 2003     Last updated - 17 Mar 2003


  Ordered -
  Keel laid -
  Launched -
  Delivered - May 1965

  (a) Inishowen Head - Belfast, Ireland (1973)
  (b) Cast Beaver - England (1977)
  (c) Inishowen Head - Ireland (1979)
  (d) Sunhermine - Canada (1982)
  (e) Catalina - Canada (1986)
  (f) Catalina - Cayman Islands

  Sold for scrapping in South Korea in 1986


  Ship type - Container ship
  Gross tonnage - 9,099
  Net tonnage - 5,200
  Deadweight tonnage - 10,547
  L.O.A. - 150.88 meters (495'0")
  L.B.P. - 140.21 meters (460'0")
  Width overall - 19.51 meters (64'0")
  Width moulded - 19.21 meters (63'0")
  Draught - 8.02 meters (26'9.75")
  Depth - 11.89 meters (39'0")
  Number of cargo holds - 5 (cellular)
  Number of hatch covers - 5
  Container capacity (total) - 340 (20 foot)
  Reefer container capacity - unknown
  Cargo handling cranes - 1 (5 tonne)


  Builder - Austin & Pickersgill Ltd.
  Country - Southwick, Sunderland, England
  Hull number - 838
  Engine builder - G. Clark & N.E.M. Ltd.
  Country - Sunderland, England
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine type - Sulzer 6-cylinder diesel (760 x 1550)
  Fuel - Heavy fuel oil & diesel oil
  Horsepower - 9,600 bhp or 7,061 kW
  Speed - 17 knots
  Propeller - 1 fixed pitch
  Bow thuster - none
  Steering gear - standard rudder

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* Built originally as the general cargo carrier Inishowen Head for the Ulster Steamship Company (Head Line), England - G. Heyn & Sons Ltd., manager
* In her original configuration Inishowen Head carried 2, 5 tonne conventional cranes, 2, 20 tonne derricks and 12 smaller 5 tonne derricks. 1 of the 5 tonne cranes was fitted directly aft of the smokestack to service her #5 hold. It was retained for the ship's entire career. Apparently she was also fitted with a cargo tank in her forward section that was capable of holding vegetable oil for transport
* 1965 Inishowen Head visited the Great Lakes 4 times with general cargo
* 1970 she was converted from a general cargo ship into a dedicated container carrier. All but one of her cranes were removed at that time and her holds were rebuilt with fixed container guides. It is not known exactly when the conversion was started, where it was done and when she re-entered service
* 1973 she was chartered to the Cast Line and renamed Cast Beaver. She was placed in service between ports in eastern Quebec, Canada and the Canadian Maritimes and Europe
* January 1975 Cast Beaver was the first ship of the year to enter the waters of Montreal harbour. The captain won the Golden Cane award. At that time, she sailed under a British flag
* 1977 the charter of Cast Beaver ended and she reverted to the name Inishowen Head and continued operation for Ultser Steamship Company (Head Line), England on Atlantic routes
* 1979 she was sold to Boreal Navigation, Quebec, Canada and renamed Sunhermine. She was subsequently chartered to Saguenay Shipping, Quebec, Canada and went to work hauling containers between eastern Canada and ports in the Caribbean
* April 1982 her hatches were modified at Bagotville (Quebec) after her final voyage for Saguenay Shipping. When she was converted to a container ship in 1970 most containers were only 20 feet long so her fittings were designed to accomodate only those units. The new container locks and mounts that were installed at Bagotville enabled Catalina to carry containers of both 20 feet and 40 feet in length.
* 1982 Sunhermine was returned to Boreal Navigation by Saguenay Shipping and was soon thereafter chartered out to Newfoundland Steamships and renamed Catalina. Newfoundland Captial Corporation Ltd. had acquired all shares of Newfoundland Steamships through Northmont Holdings Ltd. They had created a new company that operated under the name Atlantic Container Line. Catalina was the largest containership operating in Canadian waters under the Canadian flag at that time.
* 1 May 1982 Catalina departed Montreal destined for St. John's & Cornerbrook, Newfoundland
* May 1984 she sailed for the last time for the Atlantic Container Express company
* Summer 1984 she was purchased by Transport Navimex Canada Inc.
* By 1985 she was listed as owned by the Logistec Corporation, Quebec, Canada and she was registered of of Georgetown, Cayman Islands
* 27 May 1986 Catalina departed Sorel, Quebec destined for Detroit, Michigan on the Great Lakes to load a cargo of scrap metal prior to her departure for Korea
* 10 August 1986 she arrived at Busan, South Korea where she was subsequently run aground on the scrapping beach
* 27 September 1986 work on cutting the ship up began by workers at the Korea Shipping Demolition Company Ltd.

Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - Jean-François Chouinard - Quebec, Canada


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