Capt. Ralph Tucker

Cedarglen was built in 1959, is 730 feet long and flies the Canadian flag

Claude A. Desgagnes
Previous names:
Ems Ore: 1959-1976
Montcliffe Hall: 1976-1988
Cartierdoc: 1988-2002
Cedarglen: 2002-

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Click below to hear her whistle on April 14, 2009:
The Cedarglen was built in West Germany in 1959 as an ocean going ore carrier named Ems Ore and often carried ore between Venezuela and Europe. In 1976, she was purchased by a Canadian firm to carry iron ore between Labrador and Hamilton, Ontario. She loads both taconite and grain when she is in the Twin Ports. While under the ownership of several Canadian companies, she was called the Montcliffe Hall and the Cartierdoc before receiving her current name in 2002 when she was sold to Canada Steamship Lines in Montreal. Picture above taken Tuesday, April 14, 2009
She arrives Duluth to load iron ore pellets on July 19, 2014
She enters the Duluth harbor June 30, 2013 to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock in West Duluth; she later left to discharge her cargo in Quebec City.
Above, arriving on June 19, 2007
Departing Duluth on June 18, 2005 after loading grain at CHS in Superior.
Above, she arrived on June 16, 2004 to load grain at Cargill.
Above and below, arriving Duluth on October 21, 2003 to load grain at Peavey.
She made 2 visits to the Twin Ports in 1999. Above, she arrived Duluth on July 15, for her first visit. She was back on November 3


  1. Cedarglen waits to be loaded this Nov. 30, 2015 morning; a beautiful saltie converted to a Great Lakes ore carrier. But without a self-unloading boom or apparent side unloaders, how does the Cedarglen unload its cargo?
    Bill, from Knife River

  2. Watched her leave Duluth a view minutes ago (via webcams)… such a unique pilothouse!
    Pat, West St. Paul, MN

  3. Suzanne says:

    She does seem to ride low when loaded. Obviously, she’s survived since 1959 so she is seaworthy. She is a good looking vessel.

  4. First time I have seen this ship; very interesting style and look. I worry about the seaworthiness in high Lake Superior seas if she is loaded!

  5. Can’t wait to see this freightor come in. Looking foward to it.

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