Algosoo departed Toronto, Ontario, early Sunday morning on her final trip up the Welland Canal. The 730-foot laker has not seen service since she arrived in Toronto for winter layup on December 30, 2015. Boatwatchers braved pouring rain at times to watch the vessel make her last canal transit. She arrived at Wharf 17 in Port Colborne Sunday evening, where she will have parts removed before being shifted to the International Marine Salvage scrapping slip to be cut up. Algosoo was built in 1974, and was the last laker built on the lakes with the traditional style of having her pilothouse and some cabins forward. She has sailed for Algoma Central for her entire career, and has carried the same name as well.
Algosoo joins three other Algoma fleetmates that have been sold for scrap this season, including Peter R. Cresswell, Algoma Navigator, and Algosar. Algoma has new contracts in place to have the remaining Equinox class lakers built and delivered in the coming seasons, after the Chinese shipyard that initially held the contracts declared bankruptcy. Algoma also has contracts with a Croatian shipayard to build two smaller vessels that will likely replace the aging Algorail and Algoway.
The above photo, courtesy of Bill Bird, shows the Algosoo underway in the Welland Canal in 2012.