The opportunity to break bread with fellow members in a warm and friendly atmosphere and to talk ships was welcomed. In fact, it would seem that this type of thing could be done more often. The after-dinner speech by Capt. E. Irvine was most interesting and informative and was well received by all who attended. Our thanks to Captain Irvine for his interesting talk.
A. "T.2", mid-body was towed down the Welland Canal on November 9/10 by the tugs AMHERSTBURG and ATOMIC. It was bound for the United Metals scrap dock in Hamilton. It is apparently one of the outcasts from the conversions done for Hudson Waterways by Amship several years ago.
Despite rumours that BUCKEYE, ashore near Sugarbay Point, west of Port Colborne, has been abandoned and would be cut up on an "as is, where is" basis, operations to remove the wreck began on November 23rd. Equipment at the scene includes the tug OLIVE L. MOORE (a) JOHN F. CUSHING (b) JAMES E. SKELLY, owned by South Range Aggregate Co., South Range, Michigan, and the barge SULTANA, formerly Nicholson Transit Co. freighter of the same name, now owned by Auto City Demolition Co. of Detroit.
WHITEFISH BAY will be converted to a self-unloader at Port Arthur this winter. She will be equipped with a 3-belt conveyor system and in order to increase her carrying capacity the first 3 and the last 3 hatches will be raised by a truck deck installation.
BARBARA, German salty, ran aground just below Detour in November and suffered considerable bottom damage. Apparently she went on the wrong side of a buoy and onto a rock shoal. Tug AMHERSTBURG succeeded in freeing her and escorted her to Port Colborne.
Late Flash - BUCKEYE has been salvaged from the beach just west of Sugarloaf Point, Port Colborne, and has been towed into Port Colborne. Further disposition unknown. An air compressor was hauled in on the beach and a line run out to the cranes on BUCKEYE. Using the cranes, sand was claimed from the outboard side and dumped on the inboard side. A line was then made fast to her bow and the tug managed to pull her bow around so that she was headed out to the lake, with 10' of water at the bow. The next move was to flood the forepeak and #1 cargo hold raising the stern high enough to pull her free.
On Friday, November 29th, Cornelius and Boland, M. V. DIAMOND ALKALI collided with the SYLVANIA in the Detroit River. No report on damage has been received as it was heard on a brief news flash on CFRB Toronto, but nothing further in the newspapers.
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