Algosar (2)
IMO 7634288

Downbound at Port Huron, April 2006.
(Bill Bird)


Until recently the largest American flagged powered tanker operating on the Great Lakes; this ship was built by Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX as their hull #745. The keel was laid for the twin screwed, double hulled product tanker on November 1, 1977 with her launch date being on May 13, 1978. The new tanker departed Orange, TX on her maiden voyage in ballast to Baytown, TX where a cargo of #6 fuel oil was loaded aboard bound for Detroit, MI; passing upbound through the Welland Canal on September 8, 1978. After unloading, the vessel proceeded to Huron, OH where she was formally christened on October 28, 1978 as the Gemini for Cleveland Tankers Inc., Cleveland, OH (a subsidiary of Ashland Oil and Refining Co., Ashland, KY at that time). Following a naming pattern of celestial objects used for some this fleetís vessels, this tankerís namesake is the constellation Gemini located in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Gemini is powered by twin Alco model 16V251E four stroke cycle, single acting, 2,610 b.h.p. (1,920 kW) V-16 diesel engines built in 1978 by Alco Engine Div., White Industrial Power Inc., Auburn, NY. These engines burn marine diesel oil with the power being fed to twin fixed pitch propellers giving the vessel a rated speed of 14.4 m.p.h. The tanker is capable of carrying 75,298 barrels (11,972 cubic meters) of product or 12,500 tons (12,701 mt) at her mid-summer draft of 23í 00Ē (7.023m). The cargo is contained in 12 epoxy phenolic coated cargo tanks (6 starboard & 6 port); all tanks being coiled and capable of maintaining a temperature of up to 175 Ĺ F (79.72 C). Cargoes could include gasolines, heavy fuel oil, diesel/distillates, or petrochemicals. Because of her tank coating and construction, the vessel may also carry calcium chloride, caustic soda, or nitrogen fertilizers. The tanker also carries 344 tons (349.68 mt) of diesel oil and displaces 2,849 tons (2,895 mt) lightship.

During the Geminiís first winter of operations on the Great Lakes, she became trapped in ice on January 8, 1979 on Saginaw Bay; being freed with the able assistance of the United States Coast Guard. Later, in May of 1989; the Gemini allided with the N&W rail bridge over the Maumee River in Toledo, OH damaging her numberís 1 and 2 starboard ballast tanks. In late 1991; the Gemini along with her fleet mate Saturn and barge Phoenix were acquired by a new enterprise Cleveland Tankers (1991) Inc., Cleveland, OH. This new company was 75% owned by U.S. citizens who were partners in the bulk shipping consulting firm Jones, Bardelmeier & Co. Ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas; and 25% owned by Algoma Central. The Gemini was then operated by Cleveland Tankers Ship Management Inc. under a long term time charter to Algoma Tankers (US) Inc., Cleveland, OH and managed by Algoma Tankers Ltd., St. Catharines, ON.

The Gemini was struck March 3, 1994 by a massive ice flow while moored and unloading at Detroit, MI. Bow damage (both port and starboard sides) to hull plating including some damage of internal structural nature resulted. Essential repairs were completed at Detroit before being permitted to proceed to Toledo for completion of the repair work. On December 7, 2000; the Gemini collided with a dock while entering the Buffalo River causing some damage to her port bow hull plating.

The Gemini is also noted to have been the first ship of the season to visit Manistee, MI for 2 years in a row; on January 1, 2002 and January 3, 2003. On the latter visit, the Gemini loaded a cargo of 8,000 tons (8,128.5 mt) of brine for Amherstburg, ON.

On Feb. 14, 2005, Algoma Central Corporation, through its subsidiary Algoma Tankers Ltd., bought the Gemini for $2.3 million (US). The tanker was subsequently transferred to the Canadian flag and renamed Algosar (2). With the sale of the Gemini came the end of the Cleveland Tankers fleet, which was founded in 1933. Algosar didnít fit out until late in the 2015 season, when she made several runs from Sarnia, ON, to Sault Ste. Marie, ON. She spent winter 2016 on the drydock at Port Weller, ON, to have contaminates removed, then was towed up the Welland Canal on May 17, 2016 by the tug Jerry G to International Marine Salvage at Port Colborne, ON, for scrapping. Enroute she passed her former fleetmate Peter R. Cresswell, which was heading the other way to Montreal and eventual scrapping overseas.


Written by George Wharton.



Ship Particulars
Length 434' 06" (132.44m)
Beam 65' 00" (19.81m)
Depth 29' 04" (8.94m)
Midsummer Draft 23' 00" (7.0m)
Capacity 12,500 tons / 75,298 barrels
(11,972 cu. meters)
Engine Power 5,220 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Algosar (2) 2005 - 2016
Gemini 1978 - 2005

 


Downbound under the Blue Water Bridge, Nov. 23, 1985.
(Marc Dease)

Stern view on the Saginaw River, June 14, 2001.
(Todd Shorkey)

Aerial view, July 14, 2001.
(Don Coles)

Lower Detroit River, Sept. 9, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Detroit River, Sept. 11, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Saginaw River, March 1, 2002.
(Todd Shorkey)

Close up of bow with ice.
(Todd Shorkey)

Underway loaded, April 30, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Close up of bow.
(Mike Nicholls)

Detroit River, May 2, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

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

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Unloading in Saginaw, June 17, 2003.
(Todd Shorkey)

St. Marys River, May 2004.
(Roger LeLievre)

Detroit River, Aug. 2004.
(Mike Nicholls)

Detroit River, Sept. 2004.
(Mike Nicholls)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Upbound in the St. Marys River, Dec. 2004.
(Roger LeLievre)

Downbound at Mission Point, Dec. 2004.
(Lee Rowe)

Ice on the bow.
(Lee Rowe)

Stern view.
(Lee Rowe)

St. Clair River, Apr. 2005.
(George Wharton)

Stack & accommodations.
(George Wharton)

Stern view.
(George Wharton)

Passing the Reserve, St. Clair River, May 2006.
(Dave Wobser)

St. Clair River, May 25, 2006.
(Dave Wobser)

Stern view.
(Dave Wobser)

St. Clair River at Marysville, June 3, 2006.
(Roger LeLievre)

Stern view.
(Roger LeLievre)

Stern view.
(Mike Nicholls)

Docked.
(Jeff Thoreson)

Upbound at Mission Pt., June 30, 2010.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view.
(Matt Miner)

Leaving Lock 7 upbound, Aug. 24, 2012.
(Paul Beesley)

On her way to Port Colborne.
(Paul Beesley)

Tied up for the winter next to the CSL Assinaboine, Feb. 15, 2014.
(Matt Miner)

Closer view.
(Matt Miner)

Jerry G. towing the Algosar in the Welland Canal to the scrapyard in Port Colborne, May 17, 2016.
(Jeff Cameron)

The Radium Yellowknife bringing up the rear of the tow.
(Jeff Cameron)

At the scrapyard waiting for the torch, May 22, 2016.
(Jeff Cameron)

Stern veiw.
(Jeff Cameron)

The bow is mostly gone, Aug. 14, 2016.
(Barry Andersen)

Close up of the stern.
(Barry Andersen)


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