1965 Lawrencecliffe Hall 2004
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Lauzon QC by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Hull 651
Keel laid Sept 22, 1964; launched April 14, 1965
730’ LOA, 709’3” LBP, 75’ beam, 39’2” depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, oil-fired diesel engines, 9400 BHP
712.4 x 75.2 x 35.7, 17917 GT, 13074 NT Can 323002 to:
Hall Corporation of Canada Ltd., Montreal QC (home port Montreal QC)
Entered service June 5, 1965 clearing Lauzon QC light for Sept. Iles QC for iron ore. Up Welland Canal June 12, 1965 for Cleveland OH
Sunk Nov 16, 1965 in collision with British MV Sudek in fog 14 miles below Quebec QC, St. Lawrence River in 35’ of water. Enroute from Port Cartier to Conneaut OH with cargo of iron ore.
Raised 1966, towed to Lauzon QC for repair and returned to service.
Home port to Toronto ON 1976
Sold 1988 to Misener Transportation Ltd., St. Catharines ON (home port to St. Catharines ON) and renamed David K. Gardiner.
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 ULS Corporation, Toronto ON and renamed Canadian Venture. 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 13, 2001 at Toronto ON and did not operate again.
Sold for scrap 2004 to Indian shipbreakers. Cleared Montreal QC Sept 1, 2004 with str. Canadian Trader towed by tug Strong Deliverer. Tow arrived at Alang India Jan 7, 2005.
See history in Detroit Marine Historian Feb, March and April 2006 (#25)