Very few members sent in any news, so it was more or less up to your officers once again to provide items for the SCANNER. James Marr and Capt. Leonard were the only members who heeded the editor's request.
The Journal of Commerce dated September 12th, reports under the heading of Port Intelligence, Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 8th, arrivals, ASSINIBOIA (Canadian). The ASSINIBOIA cleared Port Weller, Ontario, 0930 hours, August 31st, 1968.
During July the Italian bulk carrier MARE TRANQUILLO, loaded 76 street cars at the port of Toronto after loading a partial shipment of grain at Duluth. Federal Commerce & Navigation Co. of Montreal had the ship on charter and handled the movement of the cars to Egypt. The M.V. MARE TRANQUILLO is 624 ft. L.O.A., 75' breadth and 23,300 tons DWT., built 1967.
The motorship NANFRI, a sister ship of the ROLWI, the largest vessel that has passed through the Seaway to date, will shortly be making her maiden voyage to Canada. The following is from the July 1968 issue of the "Motorship". The ROLWI and the NANFRI were specially built for service on the St. Lawrence Seaway. These ships were built for Rolf Wigands Redari of Bergen by Haugesund Mekaniske Verksted A/S. The length of this 35,700 tons DW vessel is 675 ft. B.P. which is equal to 50,000 tons DW ship; the breadth is 75 ft. The main engine is an 8 cyl. MAN/Kockum 12,800 BHP.
An interesting arrival at the port of Toronto, September 21st, was the Thai vessel PICHAI SAMUT registered in Bangkok. She is on charter for States Marine Lines and is discharging rubber and general cargo. This ship is a sister to the PIPAT SAMUT of which our club member, Capt. E. Ashton-Irvine, was Master until quite recently. Trust some of our members may have seen her while she was in Toronto.
The first ship of the South African Marine fleet arrived in Toronto during the month of September. The S. A. TRANSPORTER was the former Norwegian cargo ship SIMOA built by Fairfields, 1953. The S.A. TRANSPORTER is of 12,251 tons DW. Shipping Limited were her agents while in Toronto.
Thorold Tunnel opened recently and is now the only canal crossing point in Thorold. The bridge at Lock 7 is for pedestrians only. The bridge at the Guard Gate is being left in raised position pending demolition at an early date. Tunnel entrance on the west side of the canal, is from Pine St., one block west from Highway 58.
The following barges owned by Upper Lakes and used latterly as storage vessels at Goderich, have been acquired by Ontario Hydro for use as a breakwater at Lakeview, Ontario. The barges are, JOHN A. ROEBLING, JOHN FRITZ and BRYN BARGE.
Hall Corp., Ltd., Montreal, has acquired the tankers TRANSINLAND, COASTAL CARRIER and COASTAL CREEK. All have been renamed: their new names are INLAND TRANSPORT, BAY TRANSPORT and CREEK TRANSPORT. Recent Sales - (Eventual Scrapping?)
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