Shortly after being raised from the muddy bottom of Cleveland's Old River, the 66-year old carferry GRAND HAVEN was sold by T. J. McCarthy Steamship Company to Marine Salvage Ltd. of Port Colborne. Almost immediately she was resold to United Metals Ltd., Hamilton, and arrived at their yard on November 29th, in tow of the G. W. ROGERS and HERBERT A. Demolition is now underway.
Three more veteran lakers have arrived at Santander, Spain, for scrapping. The J. E. UPSON arrived on September 25th while PHILIP MINCH and HARRY Y. CROFT put in at the same Northern Spanish port on September 27th, 1969.
The canal tanker CONGAR, latterly owned by Johnstone Shipping Ltd., of Toronto, has been sold for service at Antigua, She departed Toronto on December 1st after being renamed ONG. We do not know yet whether she will carry petroleum products or water but we do know that her owner could surely have chosen a more imaginative name,
A new CONGAR will appear on the lakes next year. Johnstone Shipping Ltd. has purchased the 343-foot 1946-built tanker IMPERIAL HALIFAX from Imperial Oil Ltd. Used until recently on the East Coast, we understand that she has already been renamed and will enter the lakes next spring.
The Shell Oil tanker, TYEE SHELL, recently enlarged at Collingwood, has re-entered service as ARCTIC TRADER. She will spend the winter on the lakes and presumably will return to salt water come spring.
According to the Toronto Daily Star of December 17, 1969, Robert Schmon, President of the Ontario Paper Co., the parent company of the Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd., and Comet Enterprises Ltd., has stated that the company will have disposed of all nine of its vessels "within two years." He attributed the decision to increasing toll rates on the Seaway and the lack of business for smaller ships.
The 1935-built Toronto ferry WILLIAM INGLIS returned home on December 5th after a 5-week visit to Port Weller Drydocks. Although normally in winter quarters by this time of the year, she went into service again almost immediately, taking the place of the usual winter boat, the ice-breaking (?) carferry, ONGIARA, which spent some time reposing on the pier at the Cousins Terminal while undergoing hull repairs. ONGIARA returned to service during Christmas week.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway's Lake Michigan carferry CITY OF FLINT 32, has been sold to the Norfolk & Western for the Detroit to Windsor service. She will be towed from her present berth at Ludington to Detroit where (you guessed it!) she will be stripped down to a barge. The Detroit River ferry service will soon undergo its annual trial by ice and the N. & W.'s barge operation will have its day of judgment.
The ALEXANDER LESLIE of Norlake Steamships Ltd., has made her last voyage. She passed down the Welland Canal on December 12th, 1969, enroute to the Trois Rivieres with grain, having been sold for scrapping to the same firm that purchased her late running mate MANITOBA. Her sale leaves Norlake without a ship.
An unusual visitor to the Welland Canal recently was CLIFFS VICTORY of the Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co. which made a late trip down with ore for Dofasco in Hamilton. She passed up the canal again on December 20th, and will winter in Toledo.
The St. Lawrence Seaway closed for the season on December 15, the last commercial vessels to transit the waterway being QUEBECOIS downbound and LAKE TRANSPORT upbound. The Welland closed December 22nd but the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, will be open well into January.
The Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay Transit Co. is still involved in the business of going out of business! The facilities at Holland, Michigan, were recently sold. Meanwhile, the NEW Georgian Bay Line Inc., is moving its Cleveland office. President E. J. Goebel still hopes one of the Norwegian cruise ships from the Caribbean will be on the lakes in 1972.
Reproduced for the Web with the permission of the Toronto Marine Historical Society.