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J. S. Keefe 1903 - 1916
Parame 1916 - 1922
Glenfarn 1922 - 1927
Canmore 1927 - 1942
Ashleaf 1942 - 1951
Manzzutti 1951 - 1971

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Built by Buffalo Dry Dock Co. of Buffalo, NY as hull #203. Launched on January 31, 1903 as the Lake and River Bulk Canaller J. S. KEEFE for the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company of Chicago, IL (managed by A. B. Wolvin and later by D. Sullivan Co.). Dimensions: 256'8" LOA x 40'10" beam x 18' depth; 1,640 GRT 944 NRT. Powered by 650 ihp triple expansion steam engine and two Scotch marine boilers built by Detroit Ship Building Co.

On August 8, 1916, the vessel was sold along with eight of her fleetmates to Chemins de Fer de l’Etat Francais of Le Havre, France and renamed PARAME. The PARAME and the eight fleetmates crossed the Atlantic Ocean under their own power, two (the A.D. DAVIDSON and the JOHN LAMBERT) were torpedoed off the coast of England. The PARAME survived trading on the European coast throughout World War I.

In late 1921 the ship (along with five of her Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company sisters) was purchased by Glen Line Steamships Co. (managed by James Playfair of Midland, Ont). The ship was renamed GLENFARN and returned to the Great lakes in 1922.

In March 1925 the GLENFARN was sold to George Hall Coal & Shipping Co. Ltd. of Montreal, Que. Canadian tonnage listed her as 1,558 GRT 1,000 NRT.

In October of 1927 Canada Steamship Lines Ltd. of Montreal purchased her and renamed her CANMORE. Throughout most of the Great Depression the ship remained inactive in lay-up.

She was sold in 1937 to Manseau Shipyard Ltd. of Sorel, Que. (which became Marine Industries Ltd. one year later). In 1942 Marine Industries Ltd. converted her to oil-fired boilers and added to king post-type revolving cranes and renamed her to ASHLEAF. New registered tonnage: 1,521 GRT 883 NRT. At this time she was transferred to Leaf Barges Division of Branch Lines Ltd. of Sorel, Que. the operating subsidiary of Marine Industries. In 1950 her registered tonnage changed again to: 1,528 GRT 1,039 NRT.

In 1951 she was again sold to Yankcanuck Steamships Ltd. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and renamed for the last time to MANZZUTTI. Her king post-type cranes were removed and replaced with a single B-450 Dominion, 22 ton capacity revolving traveling crane nicknamed "Dino". In December 1965, her last cargo of 2,200 tons of steel was loaded at Sault Ste. Marie and delivered to Detroit, MI and Windsor, Ont., she returned to the Soo on December 9th for her final lay-up. The MANZZUTTI along with her fleetmate MANCOX were sold to Strathearne Terminals Ltd. of Hamilton, Ont. in 1970 and arrived in Hamilton on May 19th under tow of tugs JAMES WHALEN and HERBERT. Scrapping was completed by United Metals Ltd. in early 1971.

 

J. S. Keefe 1903 - 1916
(Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company)

Sailing loaded.
(Photo by Louis Pesha, Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Loaded with lumber
(Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Stern view.
(Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Sailing in ballast.
(Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Stern view in the Welland Canal
(Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

Another view sailing loaded 1916.
(Paul C. LaMarre III collection)

   
Parame 1916 - 1922
(Chemins de Fer de l’Etat Francais)
       
Glenfarn 1922 - 1927
(Glen Line Steamships Co. & George Hall Coal & Shipping Co. Ltd.)

Glendowan left Glenfarn right
(Ron Beaupre collection)

     
Canmore 1927 - 1942
(Canada Steamship Lines, Ltd.)

Laid up for the winter.
(Photo by Ted Jones, courtesy Barry Andersen and Skip Gillham)

     
Ashleaf 1942 - 1951
(Marine Industries Ltd. & Leaf Barges Division of Branch Lines Ltd.)

Ashleaf sailing in-ballast
(Ron Beaupre collection)

At the elevator in Humberstone, ON, June 1948.
(Photo by Ted Jones, courtesy Barry Andersen and Skip Gillham)

   
Manzzutti 1951 - 1971
(Yankcanuck Steamships Ltd.)

Upbound in the St. marys River
(Photo by Thomas Manse)

Manzzutti, with Capt. Walter White as skipper, was the first boat through the Soo Locks April 15. 1963.
(Thomas Manse Collection)

In the Soo Locks April 15. 1963.
(Thomas Manse Collection)

Departing the Soo Locks April 15. 1963.
(Thomas Manse Collection)

Downbound at Sarnia in the early 1960's
(Photo by John G. Mackay)

In the Canadian Sault Canal.
(Photo by Gordon Macaulay, Ron Beaupre collection)

Downbound at Mission Pt., 1960's
(Rich Weiss Collection)

Unloading cut lumber at Southampton, Ontario
(Ron Beaupre collection)

In the Welland Canal. September 1964.
(Terry McCullough collection)

Down bound at Mission Point
(Photo by Thomas Manse)

In the St Marys River.
(Terry McCullough collection)

1965 summary of the Manzzutti's last season of operation.New
(Compiled by Skip Gillham, Buck Longhurst, and Al Sykes)

Mancox and Manzzutti at laid up 1968
(Photo by Don Boone)

Mancox, Manzzutti, Husky 120 laid up.
(Photo by Thomas Manse)

Manzzutti and Mancox laid up at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. July 1968
(Marc Vander Meulen collection)

Laid up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 1969. From left, Husky 120, Mancox, Manzzutti, and Strathbogie.
(Photo by Roger LeLievre)

Below Lock 8, Port Colborne May 18, 1970.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Stern view with the Herbert A. leading and the James Whalen trailing, May 18, 1970.
(Photo by Skip Gillham)

Pen and ink artwork of the Manzzutti by Paul C. LaMarre Jr.
(Courtesy of MHSD)

 

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the J. S. Keefe
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
Unknown 1903
K. A. Jenson 1904
Daniel Barry 1905 - 08
Unknown 1909
Daniel Barry 1910 - 15
Unknown 1903
James Chestnut 1904
George Winters 1905 - 08
Unknown 1909
Guy Squire 1910 - 15

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Glenfarn
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
A. W. Beatty 1922 - 23
V. Chartier 1924
A. DeMill 1925 - 26
A. J. McChristie 1922
J. A. O’Brien 1923 - 25
R. M. Bonnell 1926

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Canmore
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
A. Blanchette 1927
J. B. Gamache 1928 - 29
R. M. Bonnell 1927 - 28
O. D. Thuston 1929

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Ashleaf
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
S. Gouge 1944
Unknown 1945
O. Gourgue 1946
Pierre Morrissette 1947 - 49
J. P. Michaud 1950
G. Theriault 1943
J. Boulanger 1944
Unknown 1945
Camille Mondor 1946
O. Gaudreault 1947
Joseph Legendre 1948
H. Lemieux 1949
Joseph Legendre 1949 - 50

 

Masters and Chief Engineers of the Manzzutti
(Courtesy of Russ Plumb)
Masters Chief Engineers
J. C. Weeger 1951
S. Staruch 1952 - 53
Unknown 1954
John B. Berry 1955
Unknown 1956
Sam Staruch 1957 - 58
Unknown 1959 - 61
W. C. Dexter 1962
Walter White 1963
Unknown 1964
Walter White 1965
John Bellmore 1951
James Paterson 1952
William F. Howes 1953
Unknown 1954 - 61
Robert H. Patterson 1962 - 63
Unknown 1964 - 65

 


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