Monday 3 September 2012

Algoma Oil/Chemical Tanker ALGOSEA (Re-Visited)

On Canada Day weekend, I got the above snap of the upbound Algoma oil/chemical tanker ALGOSEA 
pushing water across from the Old Windmill Lighthouse near Prescott, Ontario. Now it's Labour Day weekend and here, my wife and recent boatlubber  Janice, snapped the ALGOSEA again, this time navigating the narrow seaway channel near Mariatown. Sitting much lower in the water than the last time we saw her, the ALGOSEA gracefully motored passed us at Loyalist Park while making her way to Montreal. 

The 475' chemical tanker was originally known as AGGERSBORG, when built in 1998 at Alabama Shipyards in Mobile, Alabama. Designed for deep-sea transit, the ALGOSEA currently transports petroleum and chemical products along Canada's east coast, St. Lawrence River, and the Great Lakes. I wonder when and where we'll see her again.

Update - December 2, 2023:

While I did catch the ALGOSEA many times since, the hardworking tanker has recent been sold to Burlington-based McKeil Marine. Renamed KATHY McKEIL, she's currently making her way out of the Great Lakes bound for an unnamed shipyard in China where the vessels will be converted into a dry bulk carrier. That'll be an interesting changes but at least she'll continue to show her use for a few more years.

Pictorial Update:

While most winters, ALGOSEA continued to operate hauling cargo between Sarnia and Nanticoke, during the winter of 2013 I caught her encased in ice at Port Colborne.

During our St. Clair River road trip in September 2016, I caught ALGOSEA at Sarnia from the Port Huron side if the river.
My friend Jim Moyer of Salisbury, MD caught ALGOSEA approaching Lock 4 during visit to the Welland Canal in 2012.

I caught ALGOSEA meeting veteran Algoma fleetmate, the gearless bulk carrier TIM S. DOOL near Maitland on September 23, 2022.
ALGOSEA was making a nice wake while approaching Iroquois Lock on July 2 of this year.

ALGOSEA was passing beneath the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge on August 1, 2014....

....but still approaching the long suspension bridge in my last photo of ALGOSEA on July 28th.

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