Wednesday 13 February 2013

Self Unloader ALGOLAKE (Revisited)

While heading out of the 'big smoke' last Sunday on our 'Short but Sweet' tour to Port Colborne to visit family and check out what boats were laid up down there for the winter, I couldn't help but swing by Toronto's Harbourfont district to see what if anything was berthed for winter there too.  Well to quote Gomer Pyle, I was 'Surprise, Surprise, Surprise'd to see the 730' self unloader ALGOLAKE sitting high and tied off for winter near Toronto's main terminal wharf off Cherry Street.  Got a really great snap of her, above, with CN Tower and impressive skyline in the background reflecting like a mirror on the smoothly iced over harbour.  She's a beauty, eh?

The ALGOLAKE was built in 1977 for Algoma Central Corp at the former Collingwood Shipyards in Collingwood ON located on the south shore of Lake Huron's, Georgian Bay. Her cargo capacity of 32,807 gross tonnes and the ALGOLAKE has been known to carry anything from coal, aggregates, slag, fertilizer, grain, gypsum, iron ore/oxides to even road salt like we saw her fleetmate, PETER R. CRESSWELL unloading near Mariatown last fall (

ALGOLAKE was much lower in the water and making good time as she passed us by for the first time on the St. Lawrence River near Prescott on August 24, 2012. She's a very photogenic subject regardless of the season or location I might add!! c):-b

Update: 13/03/2020

Having just unloaded sand at the CRH Portland Cement dock, the ALGOLAKE was at the right place at the right time to capture her and the Toronto Island based Royal Canadian Yacht Club launch KWASIND motoring towards her channel dock near the Port's bascule bridge.

ALGOLAKE continued to impress my lens while slowing motoring by the original Galop Canal Iroquois Lock and then passing through of the current Seaway lock during my last rendezvous with her October 18, 2015.

After an unexpected wintering at Valleyfield, on the Beauharnois Canal the hardworking ALGOLAKE's end was near arriving in Montreal April 11, 2018 and then leaving under tow as the GOLA for dismantling in Turkey about 6 weeks later. Another beauty gone but not forgotten, c):-(

Vierwer's Photo 📷 Gallery:
Here's a great shot by Kevin Stern of the ALGOLAKE entering Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 18, 2016 with a load of salt. Thanks Kevin 👍📷👍

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