Amélia Desgagnés
IMO 7411167

Passing under the Blue Water Bridge, April 12, 2012.
(Marc Dease)

This lake and ocean bulk carrier was launched as the Soodoc (2) for N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd., Thunder Bay, ON on April 29, 1976. She was built to Ice Class 3 standards by Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON. Her power is derived from 2 V-12 cylinder 2,000 horsepower diesel engines driving a controllable pitch propeller giving her a rated service speed of 14 knots. Her 4 hatches feed into 3 holds where she is capable of carrying 7,349 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 24’ 09”. While in England in 1977, the Soodoc was converted to a crane ship with the installation of 4 10-ton cranes that can be twinned to 20-ton.

As part of the Paterson fleet, the Soodoc has carried cargoes such as granite, fertilizer, zinc, fluorspar, urea, phosphate, salt, and various grain products. Outside of the United States and Canada; she has visited countries such as Columbia, Mexico, Bermuda, Ukraine, Netherlands Antilles, Jamaica, Venezuela, and Algeria. She has also made regular visits to the Canadian Arctic.

Desgagnés Transport Inc., Quebec City, PQ acquired the vessel on June 22, 1990 renaming her Amélia Desgagnés. As part of the Desgagnés fleet, the Amélia Desgagnés is active trading on the Great Lakes, the Arctic, and ocean routes. Her cargoes now could include pig iron, coal, grain products, salt, and aluminum.

The vessel was sold for scrap and renamed Amélia on June 21, 2017 with a new registry of Malakal Harbor, Palau. Departed Quebec City on July 27, 2017 for the breakers. Arrived at the breakers in Aliaga, Turkey on August 18, 2017.

Written by George Wharton.

Ship Particulars
Length 355' 00" (108.21m)
Beam 49' 00" (14.94m)
Depth 30' 06" (9.3m)
Midsummer Draft 24' 09" (7.54m)
Capacity 7,500 tons
Engine Power 4,000 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Amélia 2017 - 2017
Amélia Desgagnés 1990 - 2017
Soodoc (2) 1976 - 1990


Early in her Desgagnes carrier near Montreal, March 29, 1991.
(Harry Stott)

Before a blue hull.
(M. Shumaker)

Clearing the Iroquois Lock, June 24, 1999.
(Ron Beaupre)

Upbound near Montreal, May 26, 2002.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Downbound in the South shore canal at Kahnawake, Oct. 30, 2006.
(Kent Malo)

Stern view.
(Kent Malo)

Arriving in Menominee with a load of pig iron, July 18, 2007.
(Dick Lund)

Docked in Long Pond, Nfld., Dec. 30, 2011.
(Capt. Clarence Vautier)

Passing under the Blue Water Bridge, April 12, 2012.
(Marc Dease)

Stern view into Lake Huron.
(Marc Dease)

Transitting the Welland Canal, March 29, 2017.
(Jeff Cameron)

Loading grain on her last visit to Windsor, Dec. 4, 2017.
(Matt Miner)


Tied up in Quebec City shortly after being renamed, July 22, 2017.
(Rene Beauchamp)

Wider view.
(Rene Beauchamp)



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