Thursday, 24 October 2019

Welland Canal October 21, 23 & 24, 2019

October 21
Humbergracht upbound toward Lock 1.
Part of the Spliethoff group, which operates a fleet of about 50 modern, Dutch flagged, 1A ice-classed, multipurpose vessels, ranging from 12,000 to 23,000 DWT.  
Above & Below:  Those aren't tugs!  Revenue cargo nevertheless.
All vessels are equipped with removable tweendecks and cargo cranes with capacities up to 360 tonnes in tandem lift.  This fleet is constantly being renewed.
Below:  Just stopped in Lock 1.

HMCS St John's, FFH 340, upbound at the Homer bridge.

This is billed as a recruitment trip with stops in 
Windsor, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, Quebec & Sept-Iles.
She is a Halifax-class frigate, commissioned in 1996.  
She was the 11th of twelve ships in her class.
Length:  440 ft;  Beam:  54 ft
Launched August 1995

Tanker Emanuele S downbound below the Homer Bridge.
Below:  Below Lock 2 in the evening.

October 23
Federal Dart passing the Carolus Magnus above Lock 3.
Built in 2018.

Vitosha downbound toward Lock 3 and being passed by Salarium.

 Salt water, salt cargo and the years have taken their toll.

 Carolus Magnus downbound below Lock 2.

 Vitosha below Lock 2.  Algocanada can be seen leaving Lock 1, upbound.

 Algocanada upbound above Lock 1.

October 24
 Labrador above Lock 1.
 On the way to Lock 2.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Welland Canal. October 18, 19 & 20, 2019

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October 18
 Baie Comeau downbound in the evening light, below Lock 2.

October 19
Robert S Pierson, not a frequent visitor to the Canal, upbound above Lock 1.
Passing the Algoma Compass below Lock 2.

 Algoma Compass on the way to Lock 1 and Lake Ontario.

 Atlantic Huron at the Homer Bridge.

October 20
 My first look at the new tanker Paul A Desgagnes, here at the Homer bridge.

Above:  Approaching Lock 3.
Below:  Algoma Enterprise secured in Port Colborne to take on stores.
 Below:  The main attraction this day was the arrival of the dead-ship tow
Sarah Spencer to the scrap yard of Marine Recycling Corp
in Port Colborne.
 Molly M I was the lead tug assisted by several other tugs.
Inching past other ships also waiting to be dismantled.

 Approaching the wall with two tugs pushing sideways toward the dock.
 Molly M I just after dropping the tow line.
 Above:  Some of the other ships waiting for the cutter's torch can be seen in the background.
Below:  Tugs holding the Spencer on the wall until all lines are secured.

 Above:  Right to left:  Algoma Enterprise, Radcliffe R  Latimer, Lake Erie fish tug.
 Radcliffe R Latimer manoeuvering into the space behind the Algoma Enterprise.
Latimer was also taking on supplies.

Molly M I finished and downbound for Hamilton.

Pilot boat J W Cooper outbound from Port Colborne to take the pilot off the following Algosea.

Canadian Masters and Mates with 'Pilotage' certificates are now in short supply.
Consequently some Canadian-flag ships must take pilots in the Seaway and the Welland Canal.

Passing fleetmate Radcliffe R Latimer.

It was close quarters for a while.
Above:  The English River, also waiting to be scrapped, 
was moved farther out in preparation for its move onto the shore the next morning.
Yet another Algoma ship - this time the Algoma Transport upbound toward Lake Erie.

Evening light on the Sarah Spencer.

After a long day transiting the canal the Paul A Desgagnes finally passes through Port Colborne.

Below:  Algoma Enterprise leaves the dock in Port Colborne and heads downbound.