Algoma Makes a Trade

On Wednesday, May 8, the former Algowood departed Montreal under tow for the final time, bound for the scrapyard at Aliaga, Turkey. The 740′ ship was launched in 1980 at Collingwood Shipyards, and has served Algoma for the duration of her career. She laid up for the final time at Montreal in January after completing her final season of service, and over the last few months her Canadian registry was closed and her name and logos were painted over. Gowo is under tow of the deep-sea tug Diavlos Force, and is expected to arrive in Turkey on June 10 to be cut up. Below are some photos of the tow departing Montreal, courtesy of René Beauchamp and Facebook.


At 222 feet in length, Diavlos Force is no small vessel, and looks comparatively large in front of Algowood. 


The Great Lakes tug Ocean Echo II stayed on her stern while the tow proceeded out to the Atlantic, as far as Les Escoumins.


Here’s a closeup of the 1983-built Divalos Force – notice the interesting assortment of water cannons atop her pilothouse. The tug is also classified as an offshore supply vessel, meaning in addition to traditional tug duties, she is capable of supplying and working with offshore oil rigs.


Here’s a closeup of Gowo‘s bow – the large white line painted on her bow is a waterline mark that the towing vessel uses to make sure the ship doesn’t take on water while the tow is in progress.


And with that, we say goodbye to another familiar Canadian laker for the last time. Her fleetmate Capt. Henry Jackman is still tied at Montreal, but is awaiting her own scrap tow.

There is more bad news as well – many have noticed that Canada Steamship Lines’ Cedarglen has not yet left winter layup in Toledo. There is a report stating that she will leave Toledo for Montreal later this month, however it will be her last trip, meaning that a scrap tow is also in store for the classic Canadian laker. Only time will tell if this is true, but it is most certainly a possibility as the ship is now one of CSL’s oldest.

However, on a more positive note, Algoma has placed an order for one additional Equinox class vessel. The Seawaymax gearless bulk carrier will be constructed at the Yangzijiang Shipyard in China, and will be similar to the current Algoma Equinox. The new ship is scheduled to arrive on the Lakes in 2021. Once in service, the vessel will become the ninth Equinox class vessel to operate for Algoma. The newest member of the class, Algoma Conveyor, just arrived on the Lakes last month.

2 thoughts on “Algoma Makes a Trade

  1. I don’t know what bothers me more, acknowledging that these mighty freight carriers might end up like the Edmund Fitzgerald at the bottom of Lake Superior, or being towed across the Atlantic ocean to their last dockage somewhere in Turkey to be torn apart and razed never again to sail the Great Lakes.



    1. I agree Phil, it’s painful either way. When the American Victory was sent for scrap last year, I was honestly kind of hoping she would sink on her scrap tow and be able to rest at the bottom of the ocean rather than be cut up.


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