What’s the deal with that big ass boat at the the dog park?

Some stuff about the Algoma Spirit, the current Cherry Beach tenant

She’s been in Toronto since Dec. 23 2017, here’s a few things I dug up on the Grand Dame.

Her stats:

Ship type: Bulk Carrier
Flag: Canada
Lat/Lon: 43.63472 N/79.3499 W (Cherry Beach) View the live map here
Course/Speed: 284.2 ° / 0 kn.
Current draught: 7.3 m
Callsign: CFN4309
IMO / MMSI: 8504882 / 316018616
Built: 1986
Size: 221 x 23 m
Draught: 10 m
Gross Tonnage: 23271 t
Net Tonnage: N/A
Deadweight: 34685 t

Her History:

The Algoma Spirit was built primarily for the ocean trade in 1986 at the 3 Maj yard in Rijeka, (now Croatia) as the Yugoslavian Petka, she operated under the Yugoslavian, Maltese and Croatian flags until 2000 when Viken Ships of Norway acquired and renamed her Sandviken then flying under the Bahamas flag.

She arrived in Halifax N.S,. on October 27, 2008 and was registered in St. Catharines, Ontario the home base of her new owners the Algoma Central Corporation.


Her reinvention:

Photo credit boatnerd.com

Originally she was  built with 4 cranes giving her the ability to load and unload cargo at overseas docks that did not provide the service.  Shortly after being purchased by Algoma Central the cranes were removed making her a “gearless” bulk carrier of grain and ore. Cranes were not needed to load these goods at the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River ports.

Oops, there were a couple of mishaps:

Report from Shipwreck Log (July 23, 2013)

“The 222 meter long, 34685 dwt bulk freighter Algoma Spirit became disabled on the St. Lawrence River near Dark Island, New York.  The vessel had lost power when its generator was overloaded.   The Algoma Spirit dropped anchor near the navigation channel until the crew could make repairs.   No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.  Reports state the Algoma Spirit was able to continue on its voyage later the same day.”

Report from Turkey SeaNews

“The “Algoma Spirit” ran aground on May 16, 2015, at 2.15 p.m. at the south side of Cornwall Island on the St. Lawrence River, about a mile below the international bridge. The ship which had been enroute from Port Colborne to Port Cartier had suffered a power loss and a blackout. Ship traffic in the area was stopped. At 3.30 a.m. on May 18 the two tugs “Ocean Pierre Julien” and “Ocean Ross Gaudrault” were on scene. The bulker was stuck with the bow, while the stern was afloat.”

She’s a great backdrop for photos:

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Algoma Central Corporation 2017 news letter

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