Algoma Mariner was created in 2011, is 740 feet long and flies the Canadian flag
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|The Algoma Mariner arrived Duluth at 2:50, Friday afternoon on August 7, 2015. This is her 5 trip to the Twin Ports since she was built in 2011.|
| Where the boat came from
The Canadian flagged Algoport was built in 1979. Since 1996, she made 13 trips to the Twin Ports, 11 of them in 2000 and 2 in 1997. In 2007, Seaway Marine Transport decided to build 2 new self unloading forebodies in China and attach those to the refurbished after ends of the Algoport and Algobay. In June, 2009, the Algoport, under her own power, sailed to Balboa, Panama. There a tug took over and began towing the Algoport across the Pacific Ocean to China. The Algoport broke in half and sank in September, 2009 in the China Sea (the tug was able to disconnect before the Algoport sank). (pictures taken August 21, 2011 as the Algoma Mariner was arriving for her first visit to the Twin Ports. More information here.
|The cargo hold and bow of the new boat had already been built and was waiting for the after end of the Algoport. When that was not possible, it was decided to build a new after end and connect it to the other already built pieces. I am not sure about all the legal definitions, but with that decided, the new boat became an entirely new vessel, or at least, a vessel made with all new material. I do not know how this new plan affected the original design of the boat.|
|Where the name came from
The Newbrunswicker was built in 1963 and was renamed the Grande Hermine in 1968. In 1972, she became the Canadian Mariner. That vessel was scrapped in 2008. The entire Upper Lakes Group fleet, of which the Canadian Mariner was a part, was sold to Algoma Central in early 2011. The Canadian Mariner was listed as a part of the sale but it must have been in name only. The boats in the sale were renamed with Algoma replacing Canadian. Perhaps this new vessel was to have kept the name Algoport, but at any rate, when the Algoport went down, the new build became the Algoma Mariner.
|Go here to see pictures taken by Denny Dushane when the boat was on her way to Duluth on August 19, 2011.|
|Here are some additional notes Denny was kind enough to add: Her first cargo and load was iron ore pellets from Port Cartier, Quebec for Hamilton, Ontario (ArcelorMittal/Dofasco Steel Dock) where she arrived on August 7, 2011 to unload. Afterward, she spent 11 days in Hamilton for repairs I think to her engines, before finally departing on August 18 for Superior and the Twin Ports. She has had one noticeable change already and that is her port of registry “now reads as PORT COLBORNE where before, it was Toronto.” The change in port of registry occurred sometime while she was in Hamilton getting repairs done to her engines. I also heard just this morning on boatnerd that, “the port of registry change may be related to the fact, that she is due to be christened at Lock 8 of the Welland Canal when she returns back downbound in a few days.” The wife of the current mayor of Port Colborne, Ontario is scheduled to be the ship’s sponsor and will be doing the christening of the vessel in a few days.|