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LAURENTIAN FOREST

LAURENTIAN FOREST

Lumber/ paper products ro-ro vessel taken in Glasgow in February 1985 departing after a period of layup.
She was built by the Port Weller Drydocks in Canada in 1972 as LAURENTIAN FOREST and had been renamed GRAND ENCOUNTER at the time of arrival for layup in Glasgow and had now reverted to her original name.
She later became FEDERAL SEAWAY and then CAPE LOBOS and could still be sailing.

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Now mothballed, upriver from Galveston - if I remember correctly. Moored alongside Avon Forest (Cape Lambert)

Al :)
 

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This ship was an absolute nightmare. I was 3rd and 2nd engr on here following the reflagging and joined in Jacksonville, FL in 1985. I was hard up for a shipping job. Following a month in the yard and shifting to a wet berth in charleston SC for about 2-3 more weeks, we eventually sailed for Bremerhaven. The Stbd engine had a bent crankshaft which was supposedly straightened. In the next two years never made a crossing without stopping to change out burned exhaust valves caused by slow motoring in the Great lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway on HFO. Following one vacation period I rejoined in Baltimore to see a VW bus upside down in the hold due to storm damage and after a walk around the engine room and seeing the disaster we had to fix, well during a shift to New Jersey I quit upon docking. I think it and the Federal Lakes laid up from commercial service about 6-8 months later. During Desert Storm they came out of lay up painted grey. I heard those ice hulls with minimum sized salt water coolers made for the Baltic were a disaster trying to run convoy speed in the Arabian Sea. Back in those days our government would pay anything for a used worn out Ro-Ro to put a US flag on. These two ships were the grand prize for stupidity and FEDNAV laughed all the way to the bank. (Applause)
 

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They were "interesting" vessels to run - for sure. I think by the time I sailed on LF and AF - there was a lot of accrued knowledge and experienced staff. The early days were a challenge I believe.

They were good ships, however - fondly remembered in Harrisons Clyde.


I think you perhaps just weren't "Clydebuilt Men" ;)

Al :)
 

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