Saguenay - Toronto, Ontario, Canada       Call sign - VGWX     IMO number - 6416873     Owner - Voyager Colonial Ltd., Canada (CSL, manager)

Location - Sailing upbound in the Welland Canal, St. Catharines, Ontario     Photograph Date - 4 September 1989
Photographer - Jeff Cameron     Added to archive - 13 June 2001     Last updated - 14 August 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - 1963
  Keel laid - ???
  Launched - 18 June 1964
  Delivered - 10 August 1964

  (a) Saguenay - Canada (97)
  (b) MAC Gagne - Canada

  AS of August 2003 MAC Gagne is still laid up in Thunder Bay, Ontario pending a likely sale for scrapping

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Self-unloading bulk carrier
  Gross tonnage - 20,148
  Net tonnage - 14,947
  Deadweight tonnage - 29,267
  Length overall - 222.54 meters
  Length B.P. - 216.26 meters
  Width overall - 22.99 meters
  Width moulded - 22.86 meters
  Draught - 9.145 meters
  Depth - 12.10 meters
  Number of holds - 6
  Number of hatch covers - 17
  Cargo capacity (full load) - 30,500 tonnes
  Cargo capacity (seaway draft) - 23,900 tonnes
  Unloading boom length - 250 feet
  Unloading system - belt conveyors

CONSTRUCTION

  Builder - Davie Shipbuilding Ltd.
  Country - Lauzon, Quebec, Canada
  Hull number - 647
  Engine builder - Canadian Locomotive Co. Ltd.
  Country - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  Number of engines - 4
  Engine types - Fairbanks Morse 12-cylinder diesels
  Fuel - Diesel oil
  Horsepower - 9,400 bhp or 6,914 kW
  Speed - 15.0 knots
  Propeller - 1 variable pitch
  Steering gear - Standard rudders
  Bow thuster - 1 (??? hp)
  Generators - Caterpillar Tractor Co. Ltd.
  Country - Peoria, Illinois, U.S.A.
  Number of engines - 2
  Output - 1 - 500 kW, 1 - 250 kW

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - This section is open for all viewers to contribute any information about this ship that is known such as former owners, managers, charterers, accidents, conversions, drydockings, cargoes, voyages, sightings or ports of call etc..


** Built for service on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence as far east as Sydney, Nova Scotia
** Originally built as a straight deck bulk carrier
** Converted to a self unloading bulk carrier in 1981/82 at Thunder Bay. Her deck was also raised 5 feet to allow greater cargo carrying capacity
** November 21st, 1992 she loaded 23,499 metric tonnes of stone at Meldrum Bay
** November 27th, 1992 she finished discharging the cargo at Port Cartier, Quebec, Canada
** November 30th, 1992 Saguenay arrived at Toronto, Ontario and laid up. She never sailed again
** September 29, 1997 she was towed up the Welland Canal destined for Thunder Bay. There her new owners used the hull to store contaminated sediment that had been dredged from the harbour at Thunder Bay prior to cleaning and discharge.
** As of August 2003 the remains of the old hull (minus her wheelhouse and smokestack) remain at Thunder Bay and it is likely that very soon it will be towed to a scrapyard and dismantled


Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - Skip Gillham's "Postwar Ships of Canada Steamship Lines"

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS

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