Algoma Progress

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Algoma Progress was built in 1968, is 730 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

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Previous names:
Canadian Progress: 1968-2011
Algoma Progress: 2011-2014
Algoma Progress was sent to Port Colborne, Ontario, in December of 2014, where she will be scrapped
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20110902_5081She was built as the Canadian Progress. The picture at the right was taken on Friday, September 2, 2011 when she was departing Duluth with her new name on the hull.  She was part of the Algoma Central purchase from Upper Lakes Group which is why she was now the Algoma Progress. She had just loaded iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth.
On Friday, March 26, 2004, the Canadian Progress was the first ship from beyond the Soo in the new season. I must have been excited since I was up on the Lift Bridge to get pictures of her arrival and later on the boat to help welcome her to Duluth.
Before I left for the ceremony, I put together a collage combining older pictures I had taken of the Canadian Progress with two I took earlier that day from the Bridge. They got put on the stack of gifts that were given to Captain Randy Smith.
As Adolph Ojard, Port Authority director at the time, was showing them to Captain Smith, a local TV camera (below) zoomed in on the pictures. My spirits soared as I envisioned my pictures leading off the Channel 3 News. The reporter asked him about the pictures, and how he liked them. My spirits went higher. Then, he referred to the photographer as “… whatever his name is.”
Later that evening I saw myself on TV. Captain Smith was admiring my pictures and I was in the dim light in the background, with my camera in my face taking the picture you see here. To the masses in the Channel 3 viewing audience, I will remain a dark shadow in the back called whatever-his-name-is. The story does improve. After the official welcomes, I went over to the Captain and introduced myself by name. We had a nice talk and he complimented me on the picture and asked if he could buy some more. Before leaving, a member of the crew came up and asked if I could blow up the picture. On the deck and ready to leave, he yelled down that the Captain also wanted to buy an enlarged version.
The score at the end of the day: I made some money, even though I started out as “whatever his name is” and made it onto the evening news, even if as a shadow at the back. As I am slowly realizing, making some money is the best thing.
Above we watched the Sundew watching us and I went outside to get a picture of the deck.
above is good images
The Canadian Progress is a regular visitor to the Twin Ports, usually loading coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke. She was built in 1968 at Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines, Ontario and is 730 feet in length, 75 feet wide with 22 hatches on her deck that open into one cargo hold below deck. A 250-foot self-unloading boom was added to her deck in 1968. She is owned and operated by U.L.S. Corporation of Toronto. Her name was derived from Canada’s 1967 centennial year’s motto "A Century of Progress".
Picture above taken Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Picture above taken Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Picture above taken Wednesday, December 3, 2003
Picture above taken Saturday, June 15, 2002
Picture above taken Tuesday, April 24, 2001
Picture above taken Friday, December 29, 2000


  1. I heard the Progress will be scrapped at the end of the 2013 season.

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