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SUNFLOWER

SUNFLOWER - a World War 2 standard C1A vessel is shown under Saguenay charter up bound at Glendale on the Welland Canal Aug 24 1966. She was completed in 1943 as Cape San Blas at Beaumont Texas by the Pennsylvania Shipyards. 1947 - Kim. 1956 - Sunflower. Arrived Kaohsiung Dec 10 1967 for demolition

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Hi Steve
I was 3rd, 2nd and 1st Mate on the 'Sunflower' between 1963 and 1966. She was a wonderful ship and I've lost count of the trips I made via Montreal/Halifax/St.John/Bermuda/Bahamas/Jamaica/Venezuela/Trinidad/Guiana and more Caribbean Islands than I would care to mention.
The bauxite loading at McKenzie up the Demarera and with a top-up at Chaguaramas (Trinidad) was a messy affair, but fun, and we usually discharged in Port Alfred (Que), although sometimes in Baltimore or New York.
I have a large photo of her here in my office. Did you sail in her?
Rgds
David
 

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Hi David,
Welcome aboard this wonderful SN site and I will be the first to ask a question of you..
Did you sail with Phil Georges of Montreal in SUNFLOWER ?
I believe he sailed the ship as Chief Officer and Master during the years you mention.
Regards - Stan
 

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Hi David - no didn't sail on her, I was standing on the canal bank taking her picture! and I must assume you were probably aboard - would think with a bauxite cargo for the Thorold Industrial Docks above Lock 7 in the canal. We had many Saguenay ships to those docks with bauxite in the 60's... I would think that those were great trips you had on her.... Cheers Steve
 

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The Welland Canal now has only three of these style lifting bridges in operation. They are remotely controlled from the Seaway Control office. The canal has this style bridge, along with single bascule and double bascule bridges, a highway skyway bridge and train and road tunnels under the canal....
Cheers Steve
 

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Was she not the ship where the (greek?) old man had another wheelhouse built on the monkey island to provide a passenger lounge and quarters?

Seems to be an extra timber structure on top. I was on board visiting somewhere in the Carribean, nobody minded the 'modified' quarters because they were on some sort of percentage of passenger revenue.
 

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