One of the lake freighter (lakers) built and owned at Canada, is the 1978 built 222.5 metres long (loa) self discharging bulk carrier RADCLIFFE R LATIMER.
She was built at Collingwood Shipbuilding – Collingwood, Canada as yard number 215 as ALGOBAY for Algoma Central trading until 1994 when she was chartered to Canada Steamship Lines and renamed ATLANTIC TRADER. The charter ended in 1997, when the vessel assumed her previous name trading until 2012 where she was renamed with her current name.
On Thursday 16th April, 2020 she lost propulsion at Welland Canal, Port Colborne, Canada while manoeuvring and had clutch problems since when an engine fails, the propeller stops spinning, but a neglected transmission could lock into forward or astern.
She was assisted by the British built Canadian owned tug LEONARD M with position at her stern. LEONARD M was built in 1986 by McTay Marine at Bromborough, Merseyside in England as POINT HALIFAX for Eastern Canada Towing Ltd (ECTUG). In April 2012 she was boat by McKeil Marine in Canada and renamed LEONARD M.
Also in the area there was the 10 tonne bollard pull towing tug VAC owned by McKeil Marine.
Timeline image is taken last Sunday 15th October, 2023.
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