Windoc / Bridge 11 accident on the Welland Canal

August 11th, 2001 - Alanburg, Ontario


August 12th, 2001 Windoc aground north of bridge 11 looking south. The fire had been burning in her wheelhouse since around 21:00 on the 10th
August 12th, 2001 A close up view of Windoc's stern section showing the wheelhouse smouldering
August 12th, 2001 A close up view of the wheelhouse and the firemen working aboard
August 12th, 2001 Another view of the burned out wheelhouse as crews began moving inside to fight the blaze within the crew quarters
August 12th, 2001 A side profile view of the aft accomodations structure showing the damage and the smokestack that had been toppled onto the aft deck
August 12th, 2001 A view from the starboard quarter showing the extensive structural damage to the ship's upper wheelhouse and smokestack. At this point the smoke from the burning ship was blowing right towards the camera
August 12th, 2001 A view of the entire ship looking northwards. The ship's bow had run up on the east bank of the canal while the port side drove up onto the west side. At this point fire crews were still pouring water onto the ship's superstructure from the west bank
August 12th, 2001 Photographed from the west bank of the canal showing the ship crossways in the channel. The spill arrestor boom had been stretched across the canal at this point.
August 12th, 2001 Close up view of Windoc's accomodations structure viewed from her port side
August 12th, 2001 Zoomed in view of her upper accomodations structure showing the burned out windows and port holes. Firefighters are assembling on deck preparing to enter the structure.
August 12th, 2001 Tug Carrol C 1 towing the spud barge Henry T and the tugs Lac Vancouver and Paul E. No. 1 upbound from Hamilton to salvage Windoc
August 12th, 2001 Stern view of the salvage tow. Paul E. No. 1 and Lac Vancouver were secured at the stern of Henry T
August 12th, 2001 Bow shot of the Carrol C 1
August 12th, 2001 Stern shot of the Carrol C 1
August 12th, 2001 Photograph of the spud barge Henry T
August 12th, 2001 Lac Vancouver and Paul E. No. 1 at the stern of Henry T
August 12th, 2001 Photographed during the evening of the 12th around 19:00. This picture shows Windoc resting against both bnks of the canal after the fire had been extinguished
August 12th, 2001 Close up view of her burned out accomodations structure
August 12th, 2001 Photographed from the ship's stern showing how close the smokestack came to toppling over the ship's transom
August 12th, 2001 Aftermath of the collision and fire are clearly seen in this close up of the wheelhouse and accomodations structure
August 12th, 2001 Profile view of her upper aft section
August 12th, 2001 Side view of the stack resting on the ship's aft deck
August 13th, 2001 The salvage operations are underway. By this point her anchor had been lifted on to the fore deck and the tugs were positioning themselves to re-align Windoc in the channel
August 13th, 2001 Paul E No. 1 and Progress secure tow lines to the ship's stern
August 13th, 2001 The extent of the fire damage can be seen here as the sunshine casts morning light on the ship
August 13th, 2001 Close up view of the wheelhouse and burned out superestructure
August 13th, 2001 Profile of Windoc's stern section
August 13th, 2001 Close up of the wheelhouse structure
August 13th, 2001 Paul E. No. 1 and Progress tighten up their tow lines
August 13th, 2001 Close up of Paul E. No. 1 and Progress at Windoc's stern
August 13th, 2001 As Carrol C 1 eases Windoc's bow away from the east bank Paul E. No. 1 and Progress move the ship's stern away from the west bank towards the center of the canal
August 13th, 2001 Windoc is photographed sitting in the center of the channel afloat by herself but still listing to starboard
August 13th, 2001 Paul E. No. 1 turns around and secured the tow line to her bow in preparation for the tow northbound in the Canal
August 13th, 2001 Carrol C 1 poses for a picture amongst the trees. She was positioning herself to begin towing Windoc northbound in the canal to the tie up wall south of the old guard gate in Thorold
August 13th, 2001 Windoc is ready to be towed


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