Cartiercliffe Hall

(1960) 1978                             Cartiercliffe Hall                                                               

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Hamburg West Germany by Schlieker-Werft , Hull 536
Launched March 19, 1960 as Ruhr Ore (Liberia 1495) for ocean service.  Originally 546’ LOA.  Sold late 1976 to owners below;  renamed Cartiercliffe Hall and lengthened and converted to Great Lakes bulk freighter at Lauzon QC by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Hull 692 with the addition of a new forebody.

730’ LOA, 715’4” LBP, 75’9” beam, 40’2” depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, oil-fired diesel engine, 8750 BHP

Enrolled at
716.0 x 76.0 x 36.0, 18517 GT, 12585 NT     Can 372490     to:
Hall Corporation Shipping Ltd., Montreal QC (home port Toronto ON)

Entered service April 1978.  Up Welland Canal April 16, 1978

Severely damaged June 5, 1979 in fire on Lake Superior.  Downbound from Duluth MN with cargo of corn.  Burst into flames 11 miles off Copper Harbor MI, destroying most of her after cabin structure.  Six members of crew died in the fire and a seventh died in hospital in Ann Arbor MI.  Towed to Thunder Bay ON, then to Collingwood ON, where she was rebuilt by Collingwood Shipyard with new superstructure, galley, crew accommodations and bridge.  Returned to service spring 1980.

Sold 1988 to Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal QC and renamed Winnipeg  (2).

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 Algontario.  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.

Grounded April 5, 1999 in the St. Mary’s River.  Upbound for Duluth MN with a cargo of cement.  Refloated April 7, continued to Duluth to unload her cargo and sailed to Thunder Bay ON, where she was laid up.

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

Repaired 2004 by Pascol Engineering and reentered service.

Laid up July 4, 2009 at Toronto ON and did not operate again.

IMO 5301980














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