Lower Lake Huron at Point Edward, ON, May 10, 2009.

George Wharton 

Gordon C. Leitch
(Ralph Misener 1968 - 1994)

by George Wharton

A "one of a kind" lake boat from its inception including its unique hull design with a bulbous bow; Mr. Ralph Misener, president of the Scott Misener Steamships Ltd., St. Catharines, ON devoted much time in the mid 1960's to his soon to be launched namesake Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier. Mr. Misener, eldest son of the company's founder Capt. Robert Scott Misener, had become president of the company in 1964 following the death of his father in 1963.  He had been a director of the firm since 1946 and elected vice-president in 1950.  In early 1965, Ralph Misener commissioned the naval architectural firm Knude E. Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark to design the vessel.  The new carrier was to be the fleet's largest vessel (by capacity) and its first self-unloader.  The deck mounted self-unloading system was in itself, unique on the Great Lakes.

A press release issued by Mr. Ralph Misener on Oct. 29, 1966 announced the pending construction of the new carrier.  It read: "A revolutionary new vessel with the cubic capacity of a straight-deck bulker, the discharging versatility of a self-unloader and a manoeuvrability unequalled by any freighter now in existence, has been ordered by Scott Misener Steamships Limited of St. Catharines, Ontario.  She will have a bow thruster and a stern thruster, each with 1,000 horsepower, and with controllable pitch propellers.  In addition, she will have a Kort nozzle instead of a rudder.  This device is like a huge collar around the propeller.  The stern thruster is also a Great Lakes innovation."  The release further states: "The vessel will be powered by a 9,500 shaft horsepower (actually 9,600 b.h.p.) Sulzer diesel engine and the propeller will be 18' (5.49m) across.  The self-unloading equipment will be completely on deck, running on rails port and starboard over the hatches.  It will consist of a bucket chain and clams that will scoop the cargo from the holds and dump onto a boom-supported belt that has an outboard reach of 60' (18.29m) from the shipside.  Unloading speed is projected to be 3,000 gross tons per hour."

The new Misener vessel was built in 1968 in 2 sections by Canadian Vickers Shipyard Ltd., Montreal, QC as their hull # 293.  The stern section was launched Mar. 7, 1967 and the bow on Nov. 16, 1967.  After joining both sections, the shipyard launched the new vessel on Apr. 6, 1968.  Christening ceremonies were held at the shipyard on June 1, 1968 with the new vessel's sponsor Mrs. Ralph Misener breaking the champagne bottle over the bow officially naming the laker "Ralph Misener" in honor of her husband.  The ceremony took place with over 600 company guests who then toured the new vessel.

The large laker was powered by a Sulzer 6RND76 6-cylinder diesel engine rated at 9,600 b.h.p. (7,061 KW) built by Scotts' Shipbuilding & Engine Co. Ltd., Greenock, Scotland and burns intermediate grade 180 fuel.  The power was fed to a single controllable pitch propeller in a Kort nozzle giving the laker a rated speed of 17.3 m.p.h.  The vessel was equipped with both 1,000 h.p. (736 KW) controllable pitch bow and stern thrusters, becoming the first laker to be so equipped.  As required by the self-unloading system, 5 large hatches, each approximately 46' x 93' (14.02m x 28.35m) based on 111' (33.83m) centers, service 5 rectangular holds.  As built, the vessel could carry 24,650 tons (25,046 mt) at the old Seaway draft of 26' 00" (7.92m) and could carry up to 28,975 tons (29,440 mt) at a mid-summer draft of 29' 01" (8.86m).  As a self-unloader, the Ralph Misener's holds had the cubic capacity to carry 30,845 net tons of coal (the standard coal measurement equivalent to 27,540 tons or 27,983 mt).  Per Lloyd's classification, the vessel's hull was noted as being strengthened for iron ore cargoes with hold numbers 2 and 4 empty as needed and was classified for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River service.

The unusual deck-mounted self-unloader on the Ralph Misener was called the "ConFlow" automated unloading system. An adaptation of a German coal excavating machine, the ConFlow was designed and built by Orenstein & Koppel AG, Berlin, Germany and was the only one ever to appear on the Great Lakes.  The 850-ton machine consisted of a walking bucket wheel that rotated and scooped up its cargo as it moved up and down the vessel's spar deck on rails.  The cargo was then deposited onto either a port or starboard 97' (29.57m) boom conveyor for delivery to shore. This top-heavy unit proved to be expensive to operate and maintain.  With its very limited flexibility and reach, it was not welcomed by Misener's customers and proved to be very unreliable and prone to frequent breakdowns.  When it was operating, the system could unload up to 4,000 tons (4,064 mt) per hour of iron ore or coal or 3,000 tons (3,048 mt) of grain.  Unfortunately, the system could only unload about half the cargo contained in the holds with the remainder having to be unloaded by other means.  Considered a failure, after the third season, its use was discontinued resulting in Misener using their new vessel as a straight-deck bulk carrier.  After being severely damaged by a squall July 12, 1976 on Lake Michigan, the "mechanical monstrosity" was removed by Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon, QC in 1977.  The laker's unusual hatch cover arrangements were retained continuing to link the past with the present.  The removal of the self-unloader increased the Ralph Misener's capacity to 29,700 tons (30,177 mt) at mid-summer draft and at Seaway draft to 25,400 tons (25,808 mt)

Following commissioning on June 11, 1968, the Ralph Misener sailed on her maiden voyage to Pointe Noire, QC for a load of iron ore bound for Indiana Harbor, IN.  With this new carrier entering service, older hulls in the Misener fleet became excess tonnage and were gradually sold for scrap, these being the C.A. Bennett, Everetton and the Mathewston. The Ralph Misener sailed under the Misener banner until 1994 (Scott Misener Steamships Ltd. shortened to Misener Transportation Ltd. in 1978 becoming Misener Shipping Ltd. and finally Misener Holdings Ltd.).  The majority of the cargoes were grain products from the upper Great Lakes to various St. Lawrence River ports with return loads of iron ore back to Great Lakes ports. Very little coal was carried by the fleet though petroleum coke was carried on a route from Chicago, IL to Port Alfred, QC.

The Ralph Misener briefly set a barley record on May 5, 1970 loading 1,060,000 bushels at Thunder Bay, ON.  The record was broken the next day by Algoma Central's bulker Algocen.  In June 1978, the bulker loaded the first cargo at the new pellet plant at Port Cartier, QC, the load being consigned to Sidbec at Contracouer, QC.  Of significance, the Ralph Misener was the celebrated upbound vessel opening the Welland Canal on Mar. 28, 1984 marking the 25th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Capt. William Elliot received the ceremonial "Top Hat" on this occasion.  A few days later, on Apr. 2, the vessel was the first downbound ship opening the St. Lawrence Seaway at Massena, NY.  The Ralph Misener was the celebrated vessel again Mar. 30, 1992 at the Welland Canal with Capt. George Turner receiving the ceremonial "Top Hat".  Of note, in May 1989, the bulk carrier loaded an experimental cargo of wood bark at Thunder Bay for Detroit, a most unusual cargo for a vessel of this size.

The Ralph Misener's first serious incident was an engine room fire during spring fit-out at Port Colborne, ON on Apr. 3, 1969.  On Dec. 5, 1975, the bulk carrier was in collision with the salty Tatiana I on the St. Lawrence River near Sorel, QC.  Only minor damage resulted which was repaired during winter layup.  Perhaps the most serious incident to overcome this laker occurred on Aug 12, 1980.  The crankcase of its diesel engine exploded while approaching its destination port of Port Alfred, QC on the Saguenay River.  A second blast was touched off outside the engine room.  Serious damage to the engine room, aft accommodations and galley were sustained.  Four crew members were injured, 1 succumbing to his injuries 2 days later and a 2nd crew member dying as a result of his injuries on Aug. 29, 1980.  After unloading its 28,000 tons of petroleum coke, the Ralph Misener was towed to Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal for repairs.  Another incident occurred on Aug. 28, 1992 when the vessel made contact with the Shell fuelling dock at Corunna, ON.  Hull plating on the starboard side above the waterline was holed and a ballast tank was damaged.  Repairs were completed at the Government Dock at Sarnia, ON.

At the beginning of the 1991 season, the Ralph Misener began sailing under the Great Lakes Bulk Carriers (GLBC) banner; a management consortium based in St. Catharines, ON.  The consortium pooled the bulker fleets of Misener Holdings Ltd., Pioneer Shipping Ltd. and Canada Steamship Lines to achieve the most profitable utilization of the combined fleets.  This endeavour was short-lived.  The Ralph Misener tied up Dec. 12, 1992 at Montreal, QC for winter lay up and remained laid up through the 1993 navigation season.  With the demise of both Misener Holdings Ltd. and the management consortium Great Lakes Bulk Carriers by late 1993, the Ralph Misener along with the 14 other bulk carriers of the former GLBC fleet changed ownership in March 1994. The purchasing companies Algoma Central Corp. and Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. decided that the order of selection be determined by the toss of a coin with each company choosing a ship and the last one being jointly owned.  First choice went to Upper Lakes with their selection being the Ralph Misener.  Thus the laker was acquired by Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. of Toronto, ON (ULS Corp., managers) and was renamed Gordon C. Leitch (2).  Also acquired by Upper Lakes at this time were Misener fleetmates David K. Gardiner (renamed Canadian Venture, scrapped 2005) and Peter Misener (renamed Canadian Trader, scrapped 2005).  The newly named Gordon C. Leitch returned to active service for her new owners in October of 1994 sailing under the Seaway Bulk Carriers, Winnipeg, MB banner, an operational partnership combining the bulker fleets of Upper Lakes and Algoma Central. 

Being the second vessel in the ULS fleet to bear the name Gordon C. Leitch; the laker's namesake Mr. Gordon Clifford Leitch was the founder and first president of the Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. The Company was formed in 1931 as the Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company with its first vessel being the "second hand" steamer Sarnian.  Mr. Gordon Leitch remained as president of the company until his death June 2, 1954. The Gordon C. Leitch (2)'s predecessor was a bulk carrier built in 1952 by the Midland Shipbuilding Co. of Midland, ON and was the second vessel to be built new for the Upper Lakes fleet, being launched Aug. 28, 1952.  Her dimension were 663' 06" (loa) x 67' 00" x 35' 00" (202.16m x 20.50m x 10.67m) with a capacity of 20,000 tons (20,321 mt) and was powered by a 4,000 i.h.p (2,942 KW) 5-cylinder Skinner Uniflow steam engine. She sailed as part of the Upper Lakes fleet for her entire career being scrapped in 1985. Her sister ship and first new build for the ULS fleet, the James Norris, was launched Dec. 10, 1951 at Midland and continues to sail as an active member of the Upper Lakes fleet today after being converted to a self-unloader in 1980-81.

Soon after entering service for her new owners, on Dec. 10, 1994, the Gordon C. Leitch was holed after contacting the tie-up wall at Goderich, ON.  Repairs were reported to have been made when the laker returned to service in 1995.  Then on Sept. 18, 1995, the vessel struck the lock wall while entering the St. Lawrence Seaway's Eisenhower Lock sustaining a 6' 06" (2.00m) long hull fracture to the forward port side hull plating above the waterline.  The vessel proceeded to Hamilton, ON for unloading and damage repair.  Further, on Nov. 26, 1996, the laker was in contact with the salty Kamenitza while entering the Calumet River with tug assistance, receiving only minor damage.  On Mar. 23, 1999 while attempting to dock at the Quebec Iron and Titanium Mining Co. quay at Havre-St. Pierre, QC on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, rough water tossed the vessel against the dock.  Shell plating was torn away in way of the port bunker tank spilling an estimated 48 tons (49 mt) of bunker fuel oil into the St. Lawrence River.  The laker's well trained crew immediately deployed containment booms which were able to corral some of the spill and contacted the appropriate environmental and regulatory authorities.  The Canadian Coast Guard commended the crew for their quick response to the incident avoiding what could have developed into an environmental disaster.  

The Gordon C. Leitch grounded August 4, 2004 on an underwater Seaway rock wall after reportedly experiencing a power failure as the vessel was turning from Lake St. Louis to the approach to the Cote St. Catherine, QC lock.  The vessel was successfully refloated late the same day with the assistance of tugs Ocean Intrepide and Ocean Jupiter, then towed to a wharf at Cote St. Catherine for a temporary patch to be put in place over a 2' (.61m) gash in the double bottom hull.  Some flooding in the # 1 hold also occurred.  After inspection, the bulker was allowed to continue August 5 to her destination port of Quebec City to discharge the 25,855 metric tons of wheat loaded at Thunder Bay, ON the previous week.  After unloading, the Gordon C. Leitch proceeded to Port Weller Dry Docks at St. Catharines, ON for  repair.  The vessel was pulled from the dry dock and returned to service on Sept. 19, 2004.  There was also a minor incident at Thunder Bay, ON on November 9, 2009 when the vessel struck a steel fender projection while docking at the Richardson Elevator to load.  The hull was perforated 3' 07" (1.10m) above the waterline.  After repairs, Transport Canada inspection and loading were completed, the bulker sailed 2 days later.

In recent years as in the past, the Gordon C. Leitch's routes and cargoes have remained focused in the grain products and iron ore trades.  However beginning in 2005, the Gordon C. Leitch (with fleetmate Canadian Prospector) were utilized on a dedicated ilmenite ore (a steel-gray or iron-black colored titanium-iron oxide mineral) trade route on the St. Lawrence River between Havre-St. Pierre and Sorel, QC for Rio Tinto's Quebec Iron and Titanium Mining Co.  To further enhance the Leitch's cargo capacity on this run, the decision was made in 2006 to increase the vessel's "load line".  Specific vessel modifications were completed before Lloyd's Register (classification society) approval could be received.  The modifications included new water tight doors, increased coaming heights on escape hatches and extended air pipes fitted with flaps; the purpose being to prevent downflooding.  Once the Lloyd's Register approval was received, new Plimsoll markings (visual indication of the seasonal load lines) were put on the hull and a new Load Line Certificate was issued.  The result of this process was an approval to carry approximately 2,000 additional metric tons (1,968 tons) of iron ore where there are no specified draft restrictions.  Due to the economic downturn however, the Gordon C. Leitch returned to the more traditional Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River grain and iron ore trade routes late in the 2008 and on into 2009.   

The Gordon C. Leitch operated through 2009 and laid up in Montreal, QC in late December of that year with a very uncertain future which included rumours of scrapping.  With a dramatic change in world grain markets resulting in a substantial increase in the demand for North American grain being exported through the traditional St. Lawrence River ports, the Gordon C. Leitch was returned to service.  In early September of 2010, the bulker departed her Montreal lay-up berth sailing to Port Weller for dry-docking before joining the fall 'grain rush' of 2010.  After emerging from dry-dock on September 19, the vessel departed on her first trip of 2010 upbound to Duluth, MN to load at the Gavilon Elevator.  After laying up in Montreal on December 28, 2010, the Gordon C. Leitch started the 2011 season early when on February 22, 2011, the bulker departed Montreal's Sec.54, Elevator 4 with wheat bound for Baie Comeau, QC.

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 would 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 would take 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 Gordon C. Leitch would retain her current name.

The Gordon C. Leitch operated for Algoma throughout the 2011 season remaining in her ULS livery which continued to fuel rumors of her impending demise. She departed Hamilton on December 13 bound for Toledo OH to take on a partial load of grain, proceeding to Goderich to complete loading. This load, which proved to be her last, was partially discharged in Montreal with the remainder in Port Cartier. Afterwards she returned to Montreal for winter layup arriving there on December 28, 2011, berthing alongside the Algocape. Both vessels failed to fit out for the 2012 season and by June 12 they had been sold for scrap and had their Canadian registries closed. With her name shortened to DON for her last voyage, stack markings painted over and a homeport of Freetown (Sierra Leone) lettered on the stern, the Leitch was pulled from Montreal on August 15 by the deep sea tug Centaurus with Florence M on the stern, bound for Aliaga Turkey. The former Ralph Misener was beached there on September 10, and subsequently broken up.


Overall Dimensions & Stats (metric)
 Length  730' 00" (222.50m)
 Beam  75' 00" (22.86m)
 Depth  42' 00" (12.80m)
 Cargo Capacity - mid-summer  31,668 tons* (32,177 mt*)
 
at draft of 31' 00"* (9.45m*)
 *Approx. based on load line revision, 2006
                        - Seaway      25,913 tons (26,329 mt)
 at Seaway draft of 26' 06" (8.08m)
                        - Coal  30,845 net tons (27,542 GT / 27,983 mt)
                        - Wheat  27,655 tons (28,099 mt)
                        - Corn & Rye  25,910 tons (26,326 mt)
                        - Barley  23,046 tons (23,416 mt)
                        - Oats  20,405 tons (20,733 mt)
 Cubic Hold Capacity  1,295,535 cu. ft. (36,534 cu. meters)
 Other Capacities - fuel oil  450 tons (457.00 mt)
                          - diesel oil  96 tons (98.00 mt)
                          - potable water  241 tons (245.00 mt)
                          - water ballast  13,227 tons (13,439.00 mt)
 Power (diesel)  9,600 b.h.p. (7,061 KW)
 IMO / MMSI #'s  6815237 / 316001711
 

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Downbound the Welland Canal between Locks 1 & 2,
Dec. 21, 2010. Rob Hartley
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Stack. Rob Hartley
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Approaching Lock 1. Rob Hartley

Upbound the St. Marys River at Mission Point,
Dec. 15, 2010. Herm Klein

Bow view. Herm Klein

Leaving the Mac Lock upbound at the Soo,
Dec. 15, 2010. Herm Klein
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Waiting out the weather at Sarnia's North Slip,
Dec. 13, 2010. Marc Dease
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Stern view. Marc Dease
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Upbound into Lake Huron, Dec. 14, 2010.
Marc Dease
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Welland Canal above Lock 1, Nov. 28, 2010.
Paul Beesley
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Kort nozzle. Paul Beesley
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Stern view. Paul Beesley
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Arriving at the Welland Canal below Lock 1,
Nov. 28, 2010. John McCreery
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Capt. Henry Jackman passes as the Hamilton Energy arrives to fuel the Leitch. John McCreery
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Refueling. John McCreery
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Upbound the St. Lawrence River near
Quebec City, QC, Oct. 3, 2010. Michel St-Denis
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Loding at Sarnia, ON in the early morning,
Oct. 8, 2010. Marc Dease
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Loading continues during the day. Marc Dease
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Emerging from dry-dock Sept. 19, 2010 with tug
Omni Richelieu pulling. Dave Wobser
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Secured at the dock for some final work
before departing. Dave Wobser

Loading grain at Duluth's Gavilon Elevator,
Sept. 24, 2010. Tom Caine
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In dry-dock with Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker
Martha L. Black, Sept. 11, 2010. Bill Bird
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Another view. Bill Bird
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Stern view. Bill Bird
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Approaching the Burlington Piers, July 15, 2009.
John McCreery
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Entering the Burlington Ship Canal.
John McCreery
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Into Hamilton Harbour. John McCreery
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Upbound the St. Lawrence River at Mariatown, ON
with ore from Sept Isles, QC for Hamilton, ON,
July 14, 2009. Ron Beaupre
 
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Stern view. Ron Beaupre
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Lake Ontario, July 15, 2009. John McCreery
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Lower Lake Huron having met the
Indiana Harbor and Huron Lady II, May 23, 2009.
Wayne Brown
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Upbound the St. Clair River, May 30, 2009.
Marc Dease
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Lower Lake Huron entering the St. Clair River at Point Edward, ON. June 4, 2009. Marc Dease
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St. Lawrence River at Brockville, ON,
May 28, 2009. Dave Bessant
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Bow profile. Dave Bessant
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Stern view. Dave Bessant
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Bow view, May 22, 2009. Herm Klein

St. Marys River, May 22, 2009.
Roger LeLievre

Stern view. Roger LeLievre
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Upbound the Welland Canal approaching Lock 2,
May 17, 2009. Bill Bird
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Stern view. Bill Bird
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St. Marys River at Mission Point, May 22, 2009.
Herm Klein
Downbound Lake Huron at Point Edward, ON, making the turn at the Huron Cut buoys and entering the St. Clair River on May 10, 2009
with 25,987 mt of wheat from Thunder Bay, ON to Quebec City, QC.  George Wharton

Meeting the upbound Catherine Desgagnes.
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Upbound the St. Clair River, May 5, 2009.
George Wharton
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Three abreast - passing the American Integrity &
American Century. George Wharton
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Stern view. George Wharton
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Welland Canal approaching Bridge 11,
Apr. 16, 2009. Bill Bird
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Entering the St. Lawrence Seaway's Iroquois Lock,
May 3, 2009. Murray Blancher
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Stern view. Murray Blancher

Upbound the Welland Canal at Thorold, ON,
Dec. 15, 2007. Bob Dowson

Another view at Thorold, Dec. 15, 2007.
Bill Bird

Stern view. Bill Bird

St. Clair River at Port Huron, MI, Sept. 15, 2007.
Bruce Hurd

Lake St. Clair, Oct. 21, 2007.
Alex & Max Mager

Into the Detroit River at sunset, Oct. 21, 2007.
Alex & Max Mager

Welland Canal leaving Lock 7, Sept. 14, 2007.
Roger LeLievre

Stern view. Roger LeLievre

St. Clair River, Sept. 15, 2007. Bruce Hurd

Lake Erie just outside the East Outer Channel,
June 2005. Mark Veum

St. Clair River, July 25, 2005.
Jim Meyland

Winter lay-up at Hamilton, ON, March 2006.
Jan van der Doe

Detroit River, Sept. 26, 2004.
Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

Welland Canal, Sept. 27, 2004. Alex Howard

Below Lock 1, Welland Canal prior to docking at
Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs, Aug. 10, 2004.
Alex Howard

Emerging from dry docking with tug Glenevis, Progress & Vigilant I, Sept. 19, 2004.
Alex Howard

Another view with tug Glenevis.
Alex Howard

Turning in the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City,
Aug 5, 2004.  Gordon Williams

Bunge Elevators unloading arms emptying the holds.
Gordon Williams

Stern view. Gordon Williams

At Cote St. Catherine, QC for temporary repair following grounding, Aug. 4, 2004. Kent Malo

Stern view. Kent Malo

John D. Leitch passing. Kent Malo

Downbound the St. Clair River at Port Huron, MI,
July 31, 2004. Roger LeLievre

Another view. Roger LeLievre

Welland Canal, Dec. 2, 2003. Bill Bird

Detroit River, June 15, 2003.
Mike Nicholls

Owen Sound, ON, July 30, 2003.
Wayne Brown

Night loading at Sarnia, Aug. 6, 2003.
John McCreery
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The Ralph Misener on the St. Marys River.
Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection

Close up of the ConFlow self-unloader.
Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection

Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection

Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection

In 1975.
Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection

The Ralph Misener in 1975 with the ConFlow System.  Lorraine Morrill

In the Welland Canal, Sept. 24, 1976.
James H. Jackson

Later as a straight decker. Jim Hoffman

Leaving the Welland Canal's Lock 7 all decked out as the first ship of the season, Mar. 30, 1992.
John McCreery

Scott Misener Collection

Gordon C. Leitch (1) at the Soo.
Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection

Gordon C. Leitch (1) in the Welland Canal.
Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection

Gordon C. Leitch (1).
Tom Manse, Roger LeLievre Collection
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Docked at Sarnia, ON for repairs following contact with the Shell refuelling dock at Corunna, ON, Aug. 29, 1992.
Marc Dease

Renamed in old Montreal, QC, Aug. 24, 1994 where she laid up as the Ralph Misener.
John McCreery

Downbound the Welland Canal at Port Colborne, ON, Apr. 15, 1995.
John McCreery

Underway. Todd Davidson

Docked below Lock 1 with the approaching Seaway Queen, Sept. 30, 1999. John McCreery

Indiana Harbor, 1999. Gary Clark

Alongside the crane ship William H. Donner,
Marinette, WI, Nov. 26, 2000. Scott Best

Winter lay-up, Hamilton, ON Jan. 2001.
Bill Bird

Winter layup at Hamilton, ON, Dec. 7, 2001.
Alex Howard

Stern view. Alex Howard

Another view, Dec. 27,2001.
Mike Nicholls

Welland Canal, Apr. 3, 2002.
Alex Howard

Close up of the forward cabins. Alex Howard

Close up of stern. Alex Howard

Stern view. Alex Howard

Departing Toledo, OH, Apr. 17, 2002.
Mike Nicholls

Another view. Mike Nicholls

Welland Canal, Apr. 18, 2002.
Dan Sweeley

Welland Canal below Lock 1, Apr. 27, 2002.
Alex Howard

Stern view. Alex Howard

Detroit River, Apr. 28, 2002.
Mike Nicholls

Thunder Bay, May 15, 2002. Rob Farrow

St. Lawrence River at Brockville, ON,
May 25, 2002. Peter Clark

Bow view. Peter Clark

Toledo, July 23, 2002. Roger LeLievre

Welland Canal, Oct. 12, 2002.
Mike Nicholls

Winter lay-up, Hamilton, ON, Feb. 20, 2003.
Mike Nicholls

First into Thunder Bay, ON, Apr. 4, 2003.
Rob Farrow

Close up of the bow. N. Schultheiss

Close up of Kort nozzle. N. Schultheiss

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