The carferry GRAND HAVEN, sunk in the Old River at Cleveland, was raised November 5th after the openings in her hull were plugged. The cause of the sinking has not been determined. No plans have been announced but there is little doubt she will be sold for scrap.
The Brazilian freighter DALILA suffered a serious fire in her cargo of sisal and hardboard while docked at Toledo November 6th. The stubborn fire caused buckling of the ship's plates before it could be extinguished. She had visited Toronto a few days earlier.
Two American lakers have headed for early lay-up despite predictions that many vessels will remain in operation as long as possible. C. H. McCULLOUGH JR., which was used as a barge on Lake Michigan, has been removed from service as has the Kinsman steamer LACKAWANNA which laid up in Milwaukee October l7th with boiler trouble. The future of the latter vessel does not look good.
The tanker AMOCO MICHIGAN, idle for several years, passed down the Welland Canal November 13-14th in tow of GRACE McALLISTER and LAURENCE C. TURNER. It was thought that she was heading for scrapping over seas but American Oil has announced that she will be reconditioned on the East Coast prior to taking up service in the Middle East. We will watch this one with interest!
The following information has now come to light concerning some of the old lakers which have gone across the Atlantic lately. ASHCROFT and SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY arrived at Castellon, Spain, on August 9th, HOWARD HINDMAN and HUMBERDOC arrived at Bilbao, Spain, September 6th, while SPRUCEDALE put in at LaSpezia, Italy, on August l4th.
The shipbuilding scene in Canada has improved lately with the news that Collingwood Shipyards has been awarded a contract for a self-unloading bulk carrier for the Algoma Central Railway. Port Weller Shipyards will build two passenger and auto ferries for the New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island service. They will be 315 feet long and will carry 153 autos and 487 passengers each.
The former Pringle Barge Line self-unloading coal barge MAIDA is now lying at Ramey's Bend in the Welland Canal. It is not yet known whether Marine Salvage Ltd. will scrap her there or sell her for scrapping overseas.
The famous Greene Line of Cincinnati has been sold for $1,000,000 to Overseas National Airways and this will almost certainly ensure the construction of a new river cruise ship. Unfortunately, it also means that pressure to obtain an extension on the permit of the old DELTA QUEEN will be discontinued. The older ship may remain as a day excursion boat, a trade for which she is manifestly unsuited, but her cruising days will be over as of November 2nd, 1970. Her 1970 schedule calls for her last overnight trip to be a 12-day grand tour of the Mississippi, departing St. Paul, Minnesota, on October 22nd and arriving at New Orleans on November 2nd.
The Cuban flag vessel M.V. JIGUANI arrived in Toronto November 11th, with a cargo of sugar from the Caribbean for Redpath where she unloaded at the foot of Jarvis St. At present she is loading Canadian milk (powdered) and cheese for Cuba, and is due to sail December 8th. This is the first ship to fly the Cuban flag, to come up the St. Lawrence Seaway. We understand that the American authorities detained her in the Seaway for some time.
When it comes to difficult names of ships, the Russians are in a class by themselves. At present in the port of Toronto is the M.S. PYATIDESIATILETIE KOMSOMOLA. This is a tongue-twister. Try and rattle that name off in a hurry, especially if you have had one too many. The Russians do not give too much information out on her, but the current Lloyd's list the following: built 1968, Volodarsky-Rybinsk; 3,500 tons gross; 394 0" B.P.
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