W.M. VACY ASH - Montreal, Quebec, Canada       Call sign - VCPN     IMO number - 6911512
Owner - Socanav Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Location - W.M. Vacy Ash was photographed while she was transitting downbound in the Welland Canal at St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada destined for Lake Ontario
Photograph Date - 19 June 1988     Photographer - Jeff Cameron     Added to archive - 12 February 2000     Last updated - 14 January 2004

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - September 1968
  Keel laid - unknown
  Launched - March 1969
  Delivered - June 1969
  Build price - $4.5 million (CAD)

  (a) Lakeshell - Canada (1987)
  (b) W.M. Vacy Ash - Canada (1995)
  (c) W.M. Vacy Ash - Panama (1997)
  (d) Eltokaween - Panama

  Arrived at Alang, India on 18 June 2003
  Later beached for demolition (date ??)
  Scrap price - $107/ldt or $280,000 (US)

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Petroleum products tanker
  Gross tonnage - 5,724
  Net tonnage - 4,341
  Deadweight tonnage - 8,697
  L.O.A. - 121.93 meters (399'8")
  L.B.P. - 114.46 meters (375'2")
  Width overall - 18.52 meters (60'8.5")
  Width moulded - 17.99 meters (58'11.5")
  Draught - 7.100 meters (23'3")
  Depth - 9.07 meters (29'9")
  Number of cargo tanks - 13
  Total tank volume - 11,383 m3 (71,500 bbls)
  Number of cargo pumps - 3
  Maximum rate of discharge - 990 tonnes/hour
  Water ballast capacity - 497 tonnes
  Strengthened for ice service (Ice class 3)
  Designed for winter navigation on the Great Lakes
  Heating coils - fitted in all cargo tanks
  Maximum cargo temperature - unknown

CONSTRUCTION

  Builder - Marine Industries Ltd.
  Country - Sorel, Quebec, Canada
  Hull number - 389
  Engine builder - Ruston & Hornsby Ltd.
  Country - Lincoln, ???
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine types - Ruston (model ???) 8-cyl diesel
  Horsepower - 4,000 bhp or 2,942 kW
  Fuel - Heavy fuel oil & diesel oil
  Diesel oil capacity - 189.0 tonnes
  Heavy fuel oil capacity - 433.0 tonnes
  Rate of consumption - 13.0 tonnes/day
  Fuel tank heating coils - Installed
  Speed - 13.0 knots
  Propeller - 1 variable pitch
  Bow thuster - 1 (? hp)
  Steering gear - Standard rudder
  Generators - 2 x 350kW 550V 60Hz a.c.

RE-POWERED IN 1993 - New engine specs

  Engine builder - Caterpillar Incorporated
  Country - Peoria, Illinois, U.S.A.
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine types - Caterpillar (model 3612TA) 12-cyl diesel
  Horsepower - 4,183 bhp or 3,077 kW
  Fuel - Heavy fuel oil & diesel oil
  Diesel oil capacity - unknown
  Heavy fuel oil capacity - unknown
  Rate of consumption - unknown

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..


** 1969 - Built for Shell Canada Ltd. as Lakeshell - crew of 25
** She was designed for year round service on the Great Lakes and for service into Canada's Arctic region during the months between June and October
** 19 December 1980 - Lakeshell ran aground on Telegraph Rock in the PArry Sound channel of Georgian Bay due to high winds
** 27 March 1982 - Lakeshell struck an ice flow on the St. Lawrence River near Three Rivers, Quebec and the ice sliced into her bow hull plates
** 18 July 1987 Lakeshell was renamed W.M. Vacy Ash at Montreal after a sale by Shell Canada Ltd. to Socanav Inc., Quebec.
** June 1989 - while drydocked at Les Mechins, Quebec her hull was re-painted in the Socanav red
** In 1993 W.M. Vacy Ash was chartered to QMT Navigation Inc., Quebec
** Sometime during 1993 her original Ruston & Hornsby engine was removed and replaced with a Caterpillar Diesel engine - see details above
** In 1995 she was finally sold outright to Apollo Navigation Ltd. which was a subsidiary of Ravescraft Shipping Inc., Miami, Florida, U.S.A. and re-flagged Panamanian
** 13 March 1996 - while enroute from Brest, France to Liverpool, England W.M. Vacy Ash lost main engine power and had to be towed into port
** She was subsequently abandoned by her owners and put up for sale. It is not known whether repairs to her engine were done before or after this
** 1997 the ship resumed trading as Eltokaween for Warm Seas Development and Trading Company, United Arab Emirates.
** Sold for demolition in 2003 and arrived off Alang, India on 18 June
** Several days later she was run up on the scrapping beaches and reduced to scrap metal.. The name of the scrapyard is unknown

Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers, Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - Branch Lines and Socanav Tankers of the Great Lakes by Skip Gillham

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