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|St. Marys River, June 7, 2011.
-- Algoma Navigator --
(Demeterton 1967 - 1975; St. Lawrence Navigator 1975 - 1980, Canadian Navigator
1980 - 2011)
Originally sailing as the British deep sea bulk carrier Demeterton; this
vessel was launched Jan.26, 1967 for the Cambay Steamship Co. built by
J. Redhead & Sons Ltd., South Shields, U.K. Her original dimensions
were 566'11" (loa) x 74'09" x 43'04" with a capacity of 21,105 tons. She
was (and still is) powered by a Doxford type 76JT4 9,680 horsepower
4-cylinder piston diesel engine giving her a rated service speed of 14.5
knots. The Demeterton was lengthened in 1969 to 646'11" (loa) with her
capacity increased to 25,550 tons. April 4, 1975 saw the Demeterton
renamed St. Lawrence Navigator as she was acquired by Upper Lakes Group,
Toronto, ON. Her duties were focused on iron ore runs on the St.
Lawrence River. She was also involved in an experimental run of coal
cargo from Vancouver, BC to Hamilton, ON in 1976 and a grain trip to
Gdansk, Poland in 1977.
April 14, 1980 saw the St. Lawrence Navigator renamed as the Canadian
Navigator following an additional lengthening with the installation of a
new bow and cargo section including a 1,000 horsepower bow thruster
completed at Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catherines, ON. The Canadian
Navigator has 15 hatches feeding into 3 holds where she can carry 25,500
tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 31,600
tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 29 feet 8 inches. Port Weller
Dry Docks installed her self-unloader in 1997. This self-unloading
equipment consists of a single belt gravity system with a single loop
belt elevator feeding a 260 foot discharge boom that can swing 90
degrees to port or starboard and discharge at a rate up to 4,000 tons per
Under the ownership of Upper Lakes Group, the Canadian Navigator
was operated and managed by Seaway Marine Transport (partnership of Algoma
Central and Upper Lakes Group). Her cargo could consist of
coal/coke, aggregates, slag, iron ore/oxides, salt, fertilizers, grain
products, gypsum, quartzite, or sand.
On February 25, 2011, a formal statement was issued announcing
the sale of the privately owned Upper Lakes Shipping fleet and their associated
interest in Seaway Marine Transport to Algoma Central Corporation. Former
Upper Lakes Chairman of the Board, company spokesman and owner John D. ("Jack")
Leitch stated "It is with some regret and sadness that I tell you that we have
decided to sell the vessels of Upper Lakes Shipping and our interest in Seaway
Marine Transport to Algoma Central Corporation. A definitive agreement has been
signed and the deal is anticipated to close in about a month. By the end of this
season the proud logo on the funnels of Upper Lakes vessels will no longer be
seen on the Great Lakes or along the St. Lawrence River." Jack further
states "For 80 years we have been a part of the Canadian landscape and of the
fabric of the Canadian economy." The Upper Lakes Shipping fleet will takes
its place in modern Canadian Great Lakes history as having been a prominent
player in the economic development of the regions served by the Great Lakes and
St. Lawrence Seaway system. On April 15, 2011, Algoma announced that the
Canadian Navigator will be renamed Algoma Navigator.
|| 729' 10"
|| 75' 10"
|| 40' 06"
| Capacity (mid-summer)
The newly converted Canadian
Navigator upbound St. Clair,