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ARCTIC

At the Ship Repair Quay, Belfast, 02-03-1995.
Arrived 26-11-1994 from Nordenham and left 17-04-1995 for Montreal.
Built 1978 by Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd., St. Catherines, Ontario.

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Ah, it is the old beast.
She had a fair amount of repair time, doing the North Atlantic run from the mines in the Arctic. 9 foot GM in ore cargo makes for some fast snappy rolling.
See that bow, it's a class 4 icebreaking bow. The picture doesn't quite do it justice and show the flare.
She goes through some ice too, just doesn't turn well in it.
In China at this time having a life extension. I expect the Voisey Bay project made it worthwhile.

ETA that at the time of this picture she would still be owned by Canarctic Shipping and the Canadian Governement had part ownership. There was quite a bit of R&D done onboard in the Canadian Arctic for a commercial shipping working in the ice. Today she is owned by Fednav.
 

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Mank thanks JoK. I must admit to being impressed by her icebreaking bow, something of a rarity in Belfast. Regards, Alan.
 

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It is a great shot, she looks good.
You should have seen the looks she got up the Mississippi. A miserable, hot trip that was on a ship built for the Arctic.
That bow made for weird gyrations in rough weather-which the ship always seemed to be in. I was sitting in the cargo office with the Mate once when the ship hit something and literally come to a stop, shuddering. We had been steaming dead into the waves, we had hit a larger one and it must have curled up under the bow.
Her inerta ice breaking paint is looking a bit ragged around the stern. She is single screwed in a kort nozzle with a smallish Wagner steering gear.

She was built in '78 and run between Churchhill and Leningrad with wheat cargos. In '86 she was converted to an OBO and the new bow put on. She ran between Nanisivik, LCI and Europe with ore cargoes in the summer and fall until about November/December and crude oil from Benthorn in the Arctic to Montreal.
In the Spring she worked around Europe and to Canada hauling gas oil, diesel and naptha.
When the mines played out and shut down, she went on the Voisey Bay run with her replacement the Umiak. I guess she still must be turning a profit though.
Interesting times on her.
 

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The picture brings back memories.
 

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Jok, Came across a better image of the Artic's bow - I've posted it in the tug section under David Andrews. Regards, Alan.
 

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remember her when we lost two men over the side, trying to lash down one of the cranes, capt schoiefield was on there at the time, certain individuals Ross Smith, got in trouble with police in Lenningrad, & canada, smuggling! no less( lives in north bay now, doing hvac work,) also the ships bar & the parties in there all the time , not sure if its still the same abnymore with all the ruels & regs now imposed, but they were fun & bad times all over.Kenney Karlstad( PASSED AWAY 2000) worked as mech assist, always will be missed, waht a character he was, a lively one for discussion on anything & made the days pass on there.
 

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Kenny is dead?? He would have been fairly young-60's maybe?

He used to drive the 2nd mad.
 

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Who knew from all his stories, he sure had many going in circles on there sadly his liver quit, lived out his last years on Nunns Island at his apartment, shipped out till his last years, died in hospital.belive it was in augest of 2000. was away on a voyage at the time with msc.
 

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It was either his liver or a stroke...he used to turn brilliant red, I thought he was going to explode on more then one occasion.
I only sailed with him the once.
 

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