Thursday, April 2, 2009

Big city, big laker

The Canadian Miner is also moored in Toronto harbour right now. According to, the big freighter was actually built in two halves in 1965. The bow and stern sections were later welded together and the boat entered service as the Maplecliffe Hall shortly afterward.

In 1988, her original owner, Canada Steamship Lines, sold the Maplecliffe Hall to a Toronto company, which renamed her the Canadian Miner. She still prowls the Great Lakes, and looks to be in excellent shape after forty-four years of service.

We happened across the Miner while cycling back from Cherry Beach last weekend. Behind her is the Canadian Ranger, which I've written about before on this blog. Click here to read those entries.

In a sure sign of spring, the shipping season appears to be off to a flying start, at least on Lake Ontario.

It's a different story up on Lake Superior, however, where winter still appears to have some fight left in it. One freighter captain learned this the hard way yesterday; the Lee A. Tragurtha got stuck in the ice off Duluth and had to be released by a Coast Guard cutter. Click here to read more about that.

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