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At Hamilton, Aug. 5, 2011.

 John van der Doe

-- Manitoba --

(Mantadoc (2) 1966 - 2002, Teakglen 2002 - 2005, Maritime Trader 2005 - 2011)

by George Wharton

This smaller size straight deck bulk carrier was built as hull #187 by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, ON. The vessel was launched as the Mantadoc (2) on November 23, 1966 for the N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. fleet of Thunder Bay, ON. This vessel’s construction was ordered as a result of a need to replace Paterson’s old, small bulk carriers and to augment the fleet’s capacity. The Mantadoc was named after the Province of Manitoba (“Manta”) which is the provincial location of Paterson’s corporate head office in Winnipeg, MB. In keeping with Paterson’s fleet suffix policy of ending most of their vessel names with “doc” meaning “Dominion of Canada”; the Mantadoc thusly derived its name. N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. (now Paterson GlobalFoods Inc.) was a major grain elevator operator in Canada with many of its operations in Manitoba. Through its Marine Division, N.M. Paterson & Sons had been operating vessels on the Great Lakes since 1915 when its first small vessel, the 1874 built D.R. Van Allen was purchased.

The vessel is powered by 4 Fairbanks Morse model 8-38D8-1/8 8 cylinder diesel engines rated at a total of 5,332 b.h.p. (3,920 kW).  Burning marine diesel oil, the power is fed through a gear reduction box to a single controllable pitch KaMeWa propeller giving the vessel a maximum service speed of 16.1 m.p.h. The vessel’s 18 hatches service 6 holds where she is capable of carrying 19,093 tons (19,400 mt) of iron ore at a mid summer draft of 26’ ½” (7.94m) and displaces 4,527 tons (4,600 mt) lightweight. The bulker has the cubic capacity to carry 18,100 net tons* of coal, 16,928 tons (17,200 mt) of wheat, 15,224 tons (15,439 mt) of corn or rye, 13,359 tons (13,574 mt) of barley or 12,279 tons (12,476 mt) of oats.  Other capacities include 320.6 tons (326 mt) of diesel oil of which she used approximately 9.85 tons (10 mt) each day; 6,567.5 tons (6,673 mt) of ballast water, and 60 tons (61 mt) of potable water. The vessel is equipped with 3 Caterpillar diesel generators rated at a total of 780 h.p. (575 kW) and a 600 h.p. (441 kW) KaMeWa bow thruster.

The Mantadoc entered service in 1967 on her maiden voyage with a load of grain for a St. Lawrence River port passing through the Welland Canal on April 15, 1967. On November 10, 1968; the Mantadoc was in collision with the French vessel Francois L.D. in the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Beauharnois Lock and Lake St. Francis. She received extensive port bow damage requiring her to proceed to Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon, PQ for immediate repair. With this exception, the Mantadoc’s career on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway has been relatively uneventful.

Even though she was limited by today’s standards by her size, the Mantadoc continued to fit out each navigation season since her launch. Her smaller size has allowed her access to smaller ports that would by difficult, if not impossible, for her larger fleet mates to service. Over her career, the vessel has carried millions of tons of grain and iron ore. Other cargoes have included bauxite, coke, pig iron, and raw sugar. There were no set trade routes for the Mantadoc and the vessel was often seen transiting the Welland Canal. On December 7, 2001; the Mantadoc departed Thunder Bay, ON with her final load of the 2001 season and what would prove to be her final load under the Paterson banner. The load consisted of 15,766 tons (16,019 mt) of wheat destine for Montreal. She arrived at her destination port December 12, 2001 after passing through the Welland Canal on December 10.

On March 21, 2002; N.M. Paterson & Sons sold its 3 remaining operating vessels to Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC thus closing its Marine Division. The Mantadoc was renamed Teakglen following CSL’s policy of naming the suffix of their bulk fleet in tribute to Tree Line Navigation Co. Ltd., purchased by CSL in 1937 (“Teak”); and the prefix “glen” in tribute to Great Lakes Shipping Company, purchased by CSL in 1926; whose vessel names included Gleneagles and Glenelg.  Also sold were her fleet mates Paterson (2) and Cartierdoc (2) being renamed Pineglen (2) and Cedarglen (2) respectively.

Remaining laid up in Montreal through most of the 2002 navigation season; the Teakglen was chartered from CSL in the early fall of 2002 by Goderich Elevators Ltd., Goderich, ON for use as a storage barge with the Willowglen which last operated December 21, 1992. The Teakglen departed Montreal on September 29, 2002 to load wheat in Quebec City for Goderich. She made a one way trip up the Seaway arriving in Goderich on October 5th. After arriving in Goderich, the Teakglen laid up beside the Willowglen to begin her new roll in the grain storage service business.

By January, 2004, the Teakglen's registered owners were Goderich Elevators Ltd., Goderich, ON.  By the fall of 2004, both the Teakglen and fleet mate Willowglen were listed as "for sale" as scrap or barge conversion candidates.  As of July of 2005, the Teakglen was listed with an asking price of $183 (US) per tonne based on 4,600 light displacement tonnage (LDT) or $841,800 as is, where is, safely afloat. 

On July 29, 2005, under the new ownership of Wayne Elliot, Wainfleet, ON (also owner of International Marine Salvage, Port Colborne, ON), the Teakglen was towed from Goderich to Sarnia by the tug Evans McKeil.  Shortly after, on September 7, the Teakglen departed Sarnia towed by Purvis Marine tug Avenger IV bound for Thunder Bay, ON.  At Thunder Bay, the Teakglen was dry docked for her 5-year survey and bright new hull paint.  On September 30, the bulker was rechristened Maritime Trader for her owner Voyageur Maritime Trading, Inc., Ridgeville, ON, being operated and managed by Voyageur Marine Transport Ltd., Ridgeville, ON operating under a charter to James Richardson & Sons Ltd., Winnipeg, MB (James Richardson International).  The Maritime Trader departed Thunder Bay on her maiden voyage October 2, 2005 bound for Sorel, QC with 13,869 tons (14,091 mt) of wheat, canola seed, and flax seed.  She began her first full season under her new banner departing Thunder Bay on March 24, 2006 with 13,236 tons (13,338.72 mt) of canola seeds for Windsor, ON.

Then on August 28, 2007, Rand Logistics of New York, NY announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lower Lakes Towing Ltd of Port Dover, ON acquired the Maritime Trader's fleetmates Voyageur Pioneer and Voyageur Independent for $25 million CAD from the Voyageur group of companies.  Remaining under the ownership of Voyageur Maritime Trading, Inc., the Maritime Trader operated under a contract of affreightment to Lower Lakes Towing.  Almost 4 years later, on April 9, 2011, it was announced that Voyageur Maritime Trading had gone into receivership and that the Maritime Trader was being offered for sale by a Canadian bankruptcy court and that the bulker was currently under arrest at Hamilton, ON.  The sale was administered by Marcon International, Inc. shipbrokers; the vessel being sold in an 'as is, where is' condition.  The sale was by order of a Canadian Federal Court file rendered on April 4, 2011.

On July 16, 2011, Rand Logistics, Inc. announced that it had signed a binding asset purchase agreement whereby its designated subsidiary, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., Port Dover, ON would acquire the Maritime Trader, subject only to final approval by the Federal Court of Canada.  Concurrent with final court approval, Lower Lakes would enter into a long-term contract of affreightment for substantially all of the sailing days related to the acquired vessel.  In the press release, Scott Bravener, President of Lower Lakes commented:  "We are pleased to announce the addition of the Maritime Trader to our fleet.   It is a vessel that we are very familiar with, having marketed it for the last four years on behalf of an unaffiliated third party on terms that generated no profit for Rand. I am also pleased that we will enter into a long term contract of affreightment to meet the growth needs of an important existing customer, further solidifying this relationship."  The vessel was officially registered with Transport Canada on July 21, 2011 under her new name Manitoba (3) out of Nanticoke, ON for owners Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., Port Dover, ON. 

* The shipping industry standard for shipments of coal is the net ton (2,000 lbs or 907.2 kgs).  Other bulk commodities use the gross ton (2,240 lbs / 1,016 kgs) or metric tonne (1,000 kgs / 2,204.6 lbs).  All tonnage figures used here are the gross ton unless otherwise noted.


Overall Dimensions (metric)
 Length  607'10" (185.27m)
 Beam  62'00" (18.90m)
 Depth  36'00" (10.97m)
 Capacity - mid-summer  19,093 tons (19,400 mt)
 at a draft of 26'00 1/2" (7.94m)
 Displacement (lightweight)  4,527 tons (4,600 mt)
 Power (diesel)  5,332 b.h.p. (3,920 kW)

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At Hamilton, ON, Aug. 5, 2011.
John van der Doe
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Another view. John van der Doe
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Stern view. John van der Doe
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awaiting her fate at Hamilton, ON, Mar. 25, 2011.
John McCreery
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another view. John McCreery
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Stern view, Apr. 9, 2011. Ted Wilush

Detroit River Oct. 5. N. Schultheiss

Docked. Roger LeLievre

Loading Thunder Bay. Rob Farrow

Stern view. N. Schultheiss

Goderich Feb. 2003 with the Frontenac in the background. Mike Nicholls

Detroit River. Mike Nicholls.

As the Mantadoc. Mike Nicholls

Docked. D. Jessup

Close up of stack. Kent Malo

Leaving Lock 7, Welland Canal, Thorold, ON in June 2001. G. Wharton

Approaching Lock 8 at Port Colborne.
G. Wharton

Stern view. G. Wharton

Close of of the stack in new CSL colors. Kent Malo

Mantadoc Dec. 5, 2001. Westbound on Lake Superior, her last trip as Mantadoc. Chief Engineer Stan Ditcham

Laid up at Goderich as storage vessel Feb. 20, 2003. Mike Nicholls

Close up. N. Schultheiss

Stack. N. Schultheiss

In Montreal, May 2002 Kent Malo
Click here for Collingwood Shipyard Photos of the Building of the Mantadoc

Out of Lock 7, Oct. 2005.
Bill Bird

Bow view. Bill Bird

Approaching Lock 6. Bill Bird

Stack colors Oct. 2005.
Paul Beesley

Freshly painted at Thunder Bay, Oct. 2, 2005. Rob Farrow

Bow view, Thunder Bay.
Rob Farrow

Stern accommodations, Thunder Bay. Rob Farrow

Approaching Hamilton harbor Oct.17, 2005. Boatnerd crew

Bow profile. Boatnerd crew

Stern view into Hamilton harbor. Boatnerd crew

Upbound the St. Marys River at Mission Point, April 2006.
Jim Lindholm

Heading for Goderich Oct. 5, 2002. Don Coles

Another view. Don Coles

St. Clair River, Oct. 5, 2002.
Jim Hoffman

Stern view. John Meyland

Passing Detroit Oct. 5.
Mike Nicholls

Welland Canal. David Swain

Passing Port Huron. Dave Wobser & Roger LeLievre

On the Welland Canal Oct. 4, 2002.
Dan Sweeley

Downbound the Welland Canal
Oct. 6, 2005. Paul Beesley

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