It is entirely possible that the career of the 72-year-old Q & O steamer MARLHILL, (a) HARRY A. BERWIND (17), (b) HARVEY H. BROWN (III)(64), (c) PARKER EVANS (79), may be at an end. The vessel had begun to fit out for the year at Toronto during late March but, during the process, it was found that she had suffered a cracked boiler. As a result, steam was dropped and the company will not activate MARLHILL at this time. It is, however, possible that the vessel will be repaired and placed in service later in the year should economic and business conditions warrant.
The 1980 navigation season for the port of Toronto opened on the afternoon of March 22nd as CANADIAN OLYMPIC cleared her winter berth at the Hearn Hydro Plant. She had "transit" grain cargo for the winter and headed down the St. Lawrence River to unload it before she goes to work in the coal trade. The first salty of the year at Toronto was the Manchester Liners Ltd. chartered containership LINDO which arrived on April 2. Her visit was all the more unusual since Manchester cut out its regular service to Toronto a number of years ago.
Sherwood Marine Inc. of Toronto, the operator of the passenger boat CAYUGA II, is investigating the possibility of operating a Ro-Ro service for trailers between Toronto and Wilson, N.Y. The service would be run by a "Catug" type of vessel, a tug-and-barge combination featuring a catamaran tug.
The christening of the rebuilt CANADIAN NAVIGATOR will be held at Port Weller on April 19th. The former "salty" ST. LAWRENCE NAVIGATOR, she differs from her rebuilt sistership, CANADIAN PROSPECTOR, in that she has been given a transom stern to increase her carrying capacity.
At long last, Medusa Cement has sold its C. H. McCULLOUGH JR. for scrapping. Idle for a number of seasons, the 1907-built McCULLOUGH will be taken in mid-May to Thunder Bay for dismantling by the Western Metals Corp.
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