France, John A. 2

1960                                        John A. France     (2)                       2002

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Montreal QC by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Hull 275
Built in two sections

722’6” LOA, 700’ LBP, 75’ beam, 39’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, oil-fired boilers, steam turbine engine, 9000 SHP

Enrolled at
704.5 x 75.3 x 34.6, 17382 GT, 13826 NT     Can 311788     to:
Scott Misener Steamships Ltd., Port Colborne ON (home port Port Colborne ON)

Entered service 1960.  First cargo iron ore from Labrador up Welland Canal Sept 7, 1960 and arrived Ashtabula OH Sept 8, 1960.

Fleet renamed Misener Transportation Ltd. late 1978

Management transferred 1991 to Great Lakes Bulk Carriers, Winnipeg MB, a vessel operation and management joint venture of Canada Steamship Lines, Misener Shipping and Pioneer Shipping to operate their straight deck  vessels, David K. Gardiner (COO of Misener), Mgr.

Great Lakes Bulk Carriers discontinued 1994 and vessel sold to Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie ON and renamed Algoriver.  Management transferred to Seaway Bulk Carriers, St. Catharines ON, a vessel operation and management joint venture of Algoma Central Railway and ULS Corporation to operate their straight deck vessels, ULS Corporation, Mgr.

Self-unloader and straight deck management organizations of these firms merged 2000 into a single firm, Seaway Marine Transport, St. Catharines ON

Laid up Dec 24, 2000 at Montreal QC and did not operate again

Sold for scrap 2002 to Turkish shipbreakers.  Cleared Montreal QC Aug 18, 2002 towed by Panamanian tug Suhacli.  Tow arrived Aliaga Turkey Sept 12, 2002.

IMO 5173101






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