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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,
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.
|| 19,093 tons
at a draft of 26'00 1/2" (7.94m)
tons (4,600 mt)
|| Power (diesel)
|| 5,332 b.h.p.
At Hamilton, ON, Aug. 5, 2011.
John van der Doe
Another view. John van der Doe
Stern view. John van der Doe
awaiting her fate at Hamilton, ON, Mar. 25, 2011.
another view. John McCreery
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.
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
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Photos of the Building of the Mantadoc