Mont St. Martin - Quebec, Canada

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Welland Canal Classics - Mont St. Martin
By contributing Editor Skip Gillham

The coaster Mont St. Martin is seen in this photograph transiting upbound in the Welland Canal during the afternoon hours of a day in August of 1982. At the time it was taken she was sailing southbound in the canal north of bridge 11 in Alanburg and was heading for lock 8 in Port Colborne, Ontario.

The small coastal freighter MONT ST. MARTIN made occasional visits to the Great Lakes but was much more at home on the St. Lawrence. She later went south and may still survive on the Caribbean.

The vessel was built by George T. Davie & Sons Ltd. of Lauzon, PQ and completed for Desgagnes in 1957. The 43.89 metre (144 foot) long by 10.06 metre (33 foot) wide cargo carrier was registered at 497 gross tons and hould handle about 1,000 tons deadweight.

MONT ST. MARTIN hauled various goods and had the ability to enter small ports and reach shallow draft docks. A collision with the IRVING SEALION on the St. Lawrence near Montreal on July 16, 1975, resulted in heavy damage and tug assistance was required to reach safety. The ship was also caught by a Lake Erie gale on November 16, 1978, and was escorted to the area of Southeast Shoal by the STEELTON.

MONT ST. MARTIN was occasionally chartered to other operators and, in 1976, linked Montreal and Port Cartier for the Federal Intercoastal Line. The ship was sold to Navigation St. Irenee Inc. in 1983 but was eventually laid up at St. Joseph De La Rive, PQ. She was sold in 1986 and cleared for Florida, via Halfiax, on September 9.

The vessel was renamed JANITOR in 1986 and registered in Honduras for Francois Nav. of Haiti. The name was changed to LA REINE CAPOISE in 1991 when purchased by Ruben Cesaire. She was listed as registered at 418 gross tons in 1994 - 95 and may still be in service.
Any follow-up information would be welcome.

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