Algonorth - Sault Ste. Marie, Canada


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The 1971-built, 28,481-dwt, 18,495-grt iron ore strengthened Great Lakes bulk carrier Algonorth is seen in this photograph while she was transiting upbound in the Welland Canal during the afternoon hours of December 3rd, 2002. At the time the picture was taken she was sailing southbound in the Canal just after she had departed from lock 2 which is located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She was enroute from Hamilton, Ontario to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior where she later loaded a cargo of grain. Photograph by Jeff Cameron.

She was built in Govan, Scotland by Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd. (Govan Division) as their hull number 101G for the Lambert Brothers, U.K. She was launched during September of 1970 and she entered service during April of 1971 as Temple Bar. In 1977 she was purchased by Nipigon Transports, Canada and rebuilt in Singapore with a new and larger forebody. She sailed for Canada as Lake Nipigon and began trading on the Great Lakes. In 1984 she was chartered to Misener Transportation, Canada and renamed Laketon. She reverted to Nipigon Transport control in 1986 and the name Lake Nipigon was re-applied.

Early in 1987 Nipigon Transports ceased vessel ownership and sold Lake Nipigon to Algoma Central Marine, Canada. They applied the name Algonorth. She is restricted to service on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and carries iron ore pellets from the mines in eastern Quebec and Labrador, Canada to Hamilton on Lake Ontario then she returns eastbound with North American grain from Thunder Bay or Duluth on LAke Superior. Those cargoes are off loaded in elevators in Quebec for trans-shipment to ocean ships which take the grain around the world. When this picture was added to the archives in 1/2003 Algonorth was still an active member of the Algoma Central Marine fleet.

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Posted: January 7, 2003       Last Revised: January 7, 2003
Photo by Jeff Cameron