Coudres de L'Ile - Quebec, Canada

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The coastal class general cargo vessel Coudres de L'Ile is seen in this photograph as she was transiting upbound in the Welland Canal during the afternoon hours of August 10th, 1985. At the time it was taken she was sailing southbound in the canal and was approaching lock 3 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

She was built in Waterhuizen, Holland in 1954 by Gebr. van Diepen and entered service under the name Haaksbergen. In 1958 she was sold and renamed Fernfield by a British based company and in 1971 she was again sold to James Tyrrell Ltd. of Ireland who applied the name Shevrell. Entreprise de Navigation de L'Ile Inc., Quebec purchased her in 1972, renamed it Coudres de L'Ile and brought her to Canada for service in the St. Lawrence River and Seaway system as well as along the shores of Eastern Canada.

On June 15th, 1988 while she was enroute from Sept-Iles, Quebec to Cote Ste. Catherine, Quebec loaded with scrap metal she met the eastbound bulk carrier Algowest off Les Escoumins, Quebec in dense fog. Algowest was loaded with wheat from Thunder Bay and she was heading for Baie Comeau to discharge.. At around 06:00 the two vessels collided nearly head on and within minutes Coudres de L'Ile sank in around 100 feet of water off Pointe au Boivert, Quebec. No salvage was attempted.

Algowest, significantly larger, sustained only minor damage and was able to proceed to Baie Comeau to discharge her cargo. Repairs were done at wharf 10 in Welland which is located on the Welland Canal. Of the Coudres de L'Ile's 10 crew, 9 were rescued by by the crew of Algowest while the 10th, the ship's cook was missing and later presumed drowned with the ship.

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