PML Ironmaster
 

Loading steel coils at Essar Steel, July 15, 2012.
(Roger LeLievre)


The Purvis Marine barge PML Ironmaster (C834135) arrived at Sault Ste. Marie, ON, under tow of the tug Reliance in December 2009 and began Great Lakes service the following year. The vessel had been built by Yarrows Ltd., Vancouver, BC, in 1962 as Seaspan 241 and operated between Alaska, Hawaii and Central America.

The 338' long by 75' wide by 25' deep barge was registered at 4,635 gross and 1,390 net registered tons. It was later sold and renamed Ceres, American Gulf VII, Ceres (again), GT Steelmaster, and GT Ironmaster before joining the Purvis Marine fleet as PML Ironmaster. It was registered in Sault Ste. Marie, ON., on December 17, 2009.

The barge spent the brutal winter of 2013-2014 locked in ice in the St. Marys River when efforts to being the ship back to Sault Ste. Marie were halted by the harsh conditions. Come spring, the PML Ironmaster was released and able to resume normal company service. She is most often employed moving rolled steel coils from Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, to lower lakes ports.


Adapted with permission from "The Ships of the Purvis Marine Fleet" by Buck Longhurst, Skip Gillham.



Barge Particulars
Length 338' 00" (103.02m)
Beam 75' 00" (22.86m)
Depth 25' 00" (7.62m)
Capacity 4,635 tons
Previous Names
PML Ironmaster 2009 - Today
GT Ironmaster ?? - 2009
GT Steelmaster 1990's - ??
Ceres ?? - 1990's
American Gulf VII 1984 - ??
Ceres 1980 - 1984
Seaspan 241 1962 - 1980

 


The tug Reliance towing the Ironmaster past Mariatown on the St. Lawrence, Dec. 18, 2009.
(Ron Beaupre)

Close up of the barge.
(Ron Beaupre)

Upbound at Port Huron towing the barge Ironmaster, April 14, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the barge.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the barge.
(Matt Miner)

Loading steel coils at Essar Steel, July 15, 2012.
(Roger LeLievre)

Close up reveals Ironmaster's former names.
(Roger LeLievre)

Stuck in the ice on the St. Marys River, Jan. 28, 2014.
(Bonnie Barnes)

A size comparison to the Yankcanuck, June 24, 2016.
(Matt Miner)


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