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Welland Canal May 2012

Bill Bird

Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Algosteel

By George Wharton


Initially constructed in 1966 as the traditional styled Great Lakes bulk carrier A.S. Glossbrenner; this vessel was built by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, PQ for Labrador Steamship Co., Montreal, PQ. She is powered by a Sulzer 6RD76 diesel engine rated at 9470 horsepower at 119 r.p.m. and is equipped with an 800 horsepower bow thruster. Fed by 16 hatches, her 6 holds can carry 24,800 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 27,000 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 27 feet 8 inches.

As part of the Labrador fleet, her main cargo was iron ore from Gulf of St. Lawrence ports such as Pointe Noire, Sept Isles, and Port Cartier, PQ to the U.S. steel mills. Grain loads provided return voyages back to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

In 1971, the A.S. Glossbrenner was sold to Algoma Central Corp., Sault Ste. Marie, ON and was renamed Algogulf(1) in 1987. The Algogulf was converted to a self-unloading bulk carrier in 1990. March 21, 1990 saw this new self-unloader renamed Algosteel(2). The Algosteel's self-unloading equipment consists of a two belt gravity system with 2 loop belt elevators feeding a 250 foot discharge boom that can rotate 90 degrees to port or starboard. It has a designed discharge rate of up to 5440 tons per hour.


Overall dimensions
Length 730'00"
Beam 75'00"
Depth 39'08"
Capacity (tons) 27,000


Unloading at Algoma Steel. Richard Jenkins

Engineer Dana and his wife in the gang way door.

Engine control room. Rob Farrow

Controls. Rob Farrow

Engine. Rob Farrow

Loading coal. Rob Farrow

Unloading. Mike Nicholls

Profile. Alex Howard

Forward cabins. Alex Howard.

Welland Canal. Alex Howard

Unloading elevator. Alex Howard.

St. Clair Crib Light. N. Schultheiss


A.S. Glossbrenner with the tug Patricia Hoey assisting on the Maumee River. Jim Hoffman

Detroit River.
Mike Nicholls

Stern View. Lake St. Clair. N. Schultheiss

Stern view on the Welland Canal. Alex Howard

Aerial view. Don Coles

Unloading in South Chicago. Gary Clark

Loading in Marquette. David French

Detroit River.
Mike Nicholls

Christmas lights in Marquette. Lee Rowe

Marquette. Lee Rowe

St. Clair Crib Light. N. Schultheiss

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