1976 Soodoc 2
Steel Great Lakes and ocean bulk freighter
Built at Collingwood ON by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Hull 210
Launched April 29, 1976
355’ LOA, 339’3” LBP, 49’ beam, 30’6” depth
1 deck, oil-fired diesel engines, 4000 BHP
342.0 x 49.0 x 27.0, 4488 GT, 3168 NT Can 369043 to:
N. M. Paterson & Sons Ltd., Thunder Bay ON (home port Thunder Bay ON)
Entered service Sept 1976
Engaged 1977-1978 in an experiment conducted by owner and Algoma Steel Co. to assess the cost of carrying steel from Sault Ste. Marie ON to the Canadian west coast by water v. by overland rail. Down Welland Canal Dec 11, 1977, through the Panama Canal and arrived Vancouver BC Jan 15, 1978. Returned to the Great Lakes May 1978. The experiment was a success from the standpoint of Algoma but not of Paterson because of difficulty in finding a profitable return cargo and the loss of early season revenue on the Great Lakes in 1978.
Transferred fall 1988 to Paterson subsidiary Polaris Navigation Ltd. for off-Lakes service, reflagged and left the Great Lakes.
Reflagged Canadian 1990 and returned to the Great Lakes (primarily for service between St. Lawrence River ports and the Arctic).
Sold 1990 to Transport Desgagnes Inc., Quebec QC (home port to Quebec QC) and renamed Amelia Desgagnes.
In service 2011 for Groupe Desgagnes