The axe has finally fallen on the last of the steam river carferries. PERE MARQUETTE 10 passed down the Detroit River on October 30 bound for the Toledo yard of AmShip where she was converted to a barge in the same manner as St. CLAIR. The vessel returned to the Sarnia - Port Huron run in late November but she is now pushed back and forth across the river by the tug C&O 452.
The cut-down Lake Michigan carferry PERE MARQUETTE 21 was observed at the Peerless Cement dock at Port Huron on November 29. Tended by the tug BARBARA ANN, she was loading parts of the old plant which are being shipped to Saudi Arabia for reassembling. The barge is painted black and is registered at Chicago.
The veteran U. S. Steel bulk carriers HENRY H. ROGERS and GEORGE G. CRAWFORD were moved by the tugs RHODE ISLAND and NEW JERSEY on November 21 from the M.P.&L. dock at Duluth to the Hyman-Michaels scrapping berth.
Her work at Sarnia done for the year, RIVERSHELL arrived back in Toronto during November and has since gone into layup. She was less than a success in her mobile bunkering service and it is not expected that she will return to the St. Clair River in the spring.
Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. has awarded to Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. a $20 million contract for a 730-foot self-unloading bulk carrier. The vessel will be a stemwinder motorship similar to CANADIAN PROGRESS and is scheduled for delivery in 1976.
By far the most celebrated of recent launchings occurred on Saturday, November 30 when the new steam-powered riverboat being built for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company hit the water stern first at the Jeffersonville, Indiana, yard of Jeffboat Inc. The ship will be christened on April 30 but the name chosen for the vessel has not been announced.
The latest in a series of unfortunate lake shipping accidents occurred early on the morning of December 1st when the Canadian motorvessel JENNIFER got into trouble in heavy weather on Lake Michigan off Sheboygan. The 194-foot vessel, under charter to Algoma Steel, sank after her cargo of steel products shifted. Her crew was rescued by the tanker VENUS and the containership FORTUNA. JENNIFER was built in 1964 at Lauzon by the Geo. T. Davie Shipyard and was originally christened CACOUNA, under which name she visited the lakes in 1969. She was subsequently renamed (b) LORNA P. She has had six owners since her delivery from the builders and as late as earlier this year was sold by Prilam Shipping Company Ltd. of Montreal to the Matthews Shipping Company, this latter firm chartering the ship to Algoma. As yet we do not know when she took the name JENNIFER, although the change is quite recent. Of 1092 Gross Tons, JENNIFER carried official number C.313980.
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