French River

1961                                    French River                                   1991 (2005)

Steel Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River package freighter

Built at Collingwood ON by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Hull 170
Launched June 29, 1961
Laid down as Montreal.  Name removed from bow the day before launching.

Built for containerized package freight service between Toronto ON and Montreal QC

404’3” LOA, 380’10” LBP, 60’ beam, 36’6” depth
Oil-fired diesel engine, 1850 BHP

Enrolled at
387.6 x 60.0 x 36.8, 6637 GT, 3658 NT     Can 188397     to:
Canadian General Electric Co., Montreal QC, Canada Steamship Lines, Mgr. (home port Montreal QC)

Entered service Aug 25, 1961

Transferred 1963 to Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal QC

Laid up at Hamilton ON 1973-1980 except for one trip in 1975.

Sold 1975 for use as a carferry across the St. Lawrence River but the sale was cancelled before any conversion could take place.

Sold 1981 to Mount Royal Marine Repairs, Montreal QC for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes.

Renamed Jensen Star 1981

Returned to Great Lakes service 1984 season to operate in roll on-roll off service between Windsor ON and Thunder Bay ON.

Sold 1986 to Woodlands Marine, Thunder Bay ON and renamed Woodland.

Retired by owners at the end of the 1989 season and sailed to Montreal, assisted by tugs in the Seaway because of ice for layup. 

Sold 1990 for use as a shrimp processing plant in New Orleans LA but the sale was cancelled and vessel remained in layup at Montreal for the 1990 season.

Sold 1991 for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes.  Cleared Montreal QC Jan 22, 1991.

Renamed Woodlands (St. Vincent) 1991 and Lorena 1 (Belize) 1998

Sold 1999 to McKeil Marine Ltd. for proposed use in the trade between Montreal QC and other St. Lawrence River and Arctic ports.  Renamed Nunavut Trader (the name was never registered and never painted on the vessel) and laid up at Hamilton ON

Sold 2003 to Groupe Desgagnes Inc., Montreal QC for use as an Arctic supply barge, towed to Montreal and renamed Nova D. 

Sold for scrap 2005 to Turkish shipbreakers.  Renamed Nova for the scrap voyage.  Cleared Montreal QC July 15, 2005 under her own power.  Arrived Turkey, then resold to Indian shipbreakers and left for an Indian port.

IMO 5121079

See history in Scanner Summer 2006 (#301)








Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *