Algoway (2)
IMO 7221251

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 26, 2009.
(Matt Miner)


Launched June 23, 1972; the Algoway (2) was a medium-sized Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier built by Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, Ont., for Algoma Central Corp., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Her cargoes consisted of coal/coke, aggregates, slag, iron ore/oxides, salt, fertilizers, grain products, gypsum, quartzite, or sand. Similar in size to her former fleetmates Agawa Canyon and Algorail, the Algoway could visit smaller ports that were not as accessible to larger carriers.

She was powered by four Fairbanks Morse 1,666 horsepower 10-cylinder diesel engines as well as three V-12 cylinder 700 horsepower auxiliary diesel engines made by Caterpillar. Two of the three auxiliary engines could be connected to the main power train, giving the Algoway a rated speed of 17 m.p.h. The combined total output of the 6 driving engines was 6,662 horsepower. She was also equipped with a 600 horsepower bow thruster. The Algoway's 17 hatches fed into 4 holds where she could carry 20,750 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and was capable of carrying 24,000 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 29 feet 2 inches. Her bow-mounted self-unloading equipment consisted of a three-belt gravity system with two cleated steel chord belt elevators feeding a 250-foot discharge boom that could be swung 105 degrees to port or starboard. The system could discharge at a rate of up to 3,810 tons per hour.

On April 9, 1999, the ship’s captain was awarded the traditional top hat for being the first vessel of the 1999 navigation season into the port of Goderich, Ont.

When Algoma Central began an ambitious fleet renewal program around 2015 it was evident the Algoway’s days were numbered. She laid up at Goderich, Ont., for the last time January 1, 2018. A few more trips had been scheduled but engine damage prompted her early retirement. She was sold to International Marine Salvage for scrapping in spring 2018. The tug Evans McKeil towed Algoway out of Goderich for Port Colborne on June 6. The next day they were downbound in the Detroit River with the local tug Cheyenne assisting. They arrived at the scrapyard on June 9, 2018.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 640' 05" (186.06m)
Beam 72' 03" (22.02m)
Depth 40' 00" (12.19m)
Midsummer Draft 29' 2" (8.89m)
Unloading Boom Conveyor Length 250' (76.2m)
Capacity 23,813 tons
Engine Power 6,662 bhp diesel

 


Algoway (1) clearing the Soo Locks upbound.
(Peter Worden collection)

On the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.
(Peter Worden collection)

Clear of the Canadian Lock, Soo, ON.
(Peter Worden collection)

The first Algoway on the St. Clair River, 1960.
(Emory A. Massman Jr)

Algoway (1) passing Fort York.
(By William H. Newcomb, from the John Garniss collection)

Passing Republic Steel Dock
(Jon Paul Michaels)

Inbound Marinette, Oct. 1, 2000.
(Dick Lund)

Cuyahoga River, Dec. 3, 2000.
(TZ)

Another view.
(TZ)

Unloading in Marinette, July 25, 2001.
(Dick Lund)

Conneaut, Aug. 27, 2001.
(Jeff Thoreson)

Another view.
(Jeff Thoreson)

Stern view.
(Jeff Thoreson)

Arriving in Houghton, Mi, Oct. 4, 2001.
(GL)

In Thunder Bay, April 6, 2002.
(Rob Farrow)

Detroit River, July 14, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Detroit River, Aug. 16, 2004.
(Mike Nicholls)

Upbound at Mission Point, Dec. 27, 2004.
(Lee Rowe)

Stern view.
(Lee Rowe)

Downbound at Port Huron, June 7, 2008.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 26, 2009.
(Matt Miner)

Another view.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Entering the Iroquois Lock, Dec. 23, 2009.
(Murray Blancher)

Close up of the stern.
(Murray Blancher)

Clear of the lock.
(Murray Blancher)

Entering the Black River in Lorain, Sept. 13, 2010.
(Paul Magyar)

Rounds the bend on the approach to the Charles Berry Bridge.
(Paul Magyar)

In the late evening sun just before ducking under the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge, May 18, 2011.
(Jim Bobel)

Clear of the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge.
(Jim Bobel)

Makes the last turn in the river heading out into the inner harbor.
(Jim Bobel)

Unloading salt in Toronto, June 7, 2011.
(John van der Doe)

Algoway upbound below 9 Mile Point, July 12, 2011.
(Jeff Barber)

Downbound in the St. Marys River, July 30, 2011.
(Herm Phillips)

Stern view.
(Herm Phillips)

Approaching 100th St. on the Calumet River, Aug. 10, 2011.
(Lou Gerard)

Coming around bend between 100th and 106th St.
(Lou Gerard)

Churning up a lot of mud at 106th St.
(Lou Gerard)

Tied up at North American Salt dock at 92nd St., Dec. 24, 2011.
(Lou Gerard)

Approaching Burlington Piers, April 21, 2012.
(Bill Bird)

Stern view.
(Bill Bird)

Departing Cleveland, June 22, 2012.
(Paul Magyar)

Getting help around collision bend by the tugs Iowa and California, May 5, 2013.
(Kate White)

Under the bridge.
(Kate White)

On to the next bend
(Kate White)

Tied up for the winter in Sarnia, Feb. 15, 2014.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

In Port Colborne for the winter, Jan. 30, 2015.
(Skip Gillham)

Upbound at Port Huron, Aug. 15, 2015.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Unloading salt in Alpena, June 10, 2016.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Later in the morning.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Backing out into the lake.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Bow view.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Unloading at the City Dock in Sarnia, Aug. 5, 2016.
(Marc Dease)

Upbound in the St. Clair River, Oct. 4, 2016.
(Marc Dease)

Downbound at the Soo Locks, Oct. 14, 2016.
(Roger LeLievre)

Downbound above the Soo Locks, Dec. 23, 2016.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound in the St. Marys River, June 20, 2017.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound in the St. Marys River, Sept. 19, 2017.
(Roger LeLievre)

Laid up in Goderich, March 10, 2018.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Evans McKeil arriving off Port Colborne Piers, June 12, 2018.
(Jeff Cameron)

Tied up at the yard.
(Jeff Cameron)

View from across the harbor, July 5, 2018.
(Barry Andersen)

Algorail & Algoway sitting at the south end of the yard, Sept. 15, 2018.
(Matt Miner)

Comparison of the bows.
(Matt Miner)

Comparison of the sterns.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

       

 

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