I am fortunate to live in a small port city.  Once a major hub on the Great Lakes, commercial activity has dwindled over the years and while still an open port, it sees significantly less marine activity than it did in its glory days. Despite the somewhat limited shipspotting opportunities, I remain fascinated by the beauty of the freighters and other ships that dock here from time to time.  Their scale, unique rustic lines and often worn and battered textures make for great photographic fodder. I am drawn to them. 
Buffalo Turning © Irwin Seidman
Buffalo Turning

This time lapse composition shows the Great Lakes freighter Buffalo (Algoma) doing a 180° turn out in the bay before it begins its night approach into Owen Sound harbour.

Algoma Great Lakes Freighters Compass and Buffalo © Irwin Seidman
Algoma Great Lakes Freighters Compass and Buffalo

The 680’ Algoma Compass (left) and the 634’ Algoma Buffalo are seen here laid up for winter maintenance in the port of Owen Sound.  

St Marys and the Saginaw © Irwin Seidman
St Marys and the Saginaw
Lining up the shot as the barge St Marys Challenger powered by the tug Prentiss Brown turns out into Georgian Bay at the same time as the freighter Saginaw sails forward into the Port of Owen Sound​​​​​​​
Loadlines © Irwin Seidman
Loadlines
Loadlines and other markings on the rusted hull of the Algoma Compass
Draftmarks © Irwin Seidman
Loadlines
Loadlines and other markings on the Algoma Compass
Algoway © Irwin Seidman
Algoway

A small flock of Canada Geese do a low level fly by as the Algoma Algoway heads back out on the Great Lakes from the Port of Owen Sound 

Algoma Compass © Irwin Seidman
Algoma Compass
Seen here backing into port at Owen Sound, the search lights of the Algoma Compass search the surrounding waters for obstructions.
Manitoulin Unloading © Irwin Seidman
Manitoulin Unloading

The 664' Manitoulin (Lower Lakes Towing) unloads at the Great Lakes Elevator Company silos in the Port of Owen Sound

Chi-Cheemaun © Irwin Seidman
Chi-Cheemaun

The Chi-Cheemaun (aka The Big Canoe) is a seasonal ferry connecting Manitoulin Island with the Bruce Peninsula.  She is seen here docked for the winter in her port of registry, Owen Sound.

Frozen Commander © Irwin Seidman
Frozen Commander
A frozen glaze of water and icicles covers the Great Lakes barge Commander in Owen Sound Harbour
Commander © Irwin Seidman
Commander

The newly converted articulated barge Commander powered by the tug Bradshaw McKee is seen here docked at the Miller silos in the port of Owen Sound. 

CSL Whitefish Bay © Irwin Seidman
CSL Whitefish Bay

The Whitefish Bay was built in 2013.  A 740’ self-unloading lake freighter, she is the third of Canada Steamship Lines Trillium-class ships.  The ship is seen her docked at the Great Lakes Elevator Company silos in the port of Owen Sound.

John D Leitch © Irwin Seidman
John D Leitch

The John D Leitch (Algoma) arrives just before dawn on a cold winter morning in the Port of Owen Sound. The CCGS Samuel Risley, Algoma Olympic and MS Chi-Cheemaun are visible in the far background

Algoma Buffalo © Irwin Seidman
Algoma Buffalo

The Great Lakes freighter Buffalo was built in 1978 by Bay Shipbuilding Co. (Sturgeon Bay, WI).  In late 2017 this 634’ ship was sold to the Algoma Central Corp. (St. Catharines, ON) and renamed the Algoma Buffalo.

Algoma Harvester © Irwin Seidman
Algoma Harvester
The Algoma Harvester docked for the winter in the Port of Owen Sound
The Whitefish Bay © Irwin Seidman
The Whitefish Bay

Grey skies frame the Trillium Class Great Lakes freighter Whitefish Bay as she unloads at the Great Lakes Elevator Company silo in Owen Sound.

Winter lay Up: Algoway and Leitch © Irwin Seidman
Winter lay Up: Algoway and Leitch

The 640’ Algoway (Algoma) in winter dock along side the Great Lakes Elevator Company silos along with  the 730’ John D Leitch (Algoma) laid up beside the Miller Silos in the Port of Owen Sound

Algoway in Snow © Irwin Seidman
Algoway in Snow
Algoma Algoway layed up for winter at the Great Lakes Elevator Company dock in the Port of Owen Sound
Winter Owen Sound Harbour II © Irwin Seidman
Winter Owen Sound Harbour II

The Algoway (Algoma Central Corp) and the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin (Canada Steamship Lines) wintering in Owen Sound harbour

CCGS Samuel Risley © Irwin Seidman
CCGS Samuel Risley

Currently assigned to the Great Lakes, this 228' Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker and buoy tender is responsible for keeping an ice-free passage between Port Colborne, Ontario and Thunder Bay, Ontario.  She is seen here docked in the port of Owen Sound after clearing ice and making a path for ships entering the harbour for winter layup.

Risley, Olympic & Chi-Cheemaun © Irwin Seidman
Risley, Olympic & Chi-Cheemaun
Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker and buoy tender Samuel Risley, Great Lakes freighter Algoma Olympic and ferry MS Chi Cheemaun docked for the winter in the Port of Owen Sound
Olympic Wintering in Owen Sound © Irwin Seidman
Olympic Wintering in Owen Sound

The 730’ self-unloading bulk carrier Olympic was launched in 1976.  She is seen here in Owen Sound harbour for the last time in 2017. The Olympic sailed the Great Lakes until 2018 when she was taken out of service and scrapped overseas.  Also seen towards the mouth of the harbour is the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley along with two other Algoma ships, the John D Leitch and the Algoway.

The Manitoulin © Irwin Seidman
The Manitoulin

The Great Lakes carrier “Manitoulin” docked on a snowy January day in Owen Sound Harbour.  (Pictorialized composition with map of Georgian Bay watermarked.)

Snowed In © Irwin Seidman
Snowed In

The 750' Great Lakes bulk carrier "Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin" (Canada Steamship Lines) docked for winter repairs in the Port of Owen Sound

Algoway by Night © Irwin Seidman
Algoway by Night
The 640' Algoma Algoway lit up at night in Owen Sound harbour
Martin and Algoway © Irwin Seidman
Martin and the Algoway

The Canada Steamship Lines  freighter Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin and the Algoma Algoway framed behind the old harbour pilings in the Port of Owen Sound

The Algoma Algoway

This mid-sized Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier was launched in at the Collingwood Shipyards in 1972 as the Algoma Algoway. In 2018 she was retired and sadly scrapped for raw materials. The Algoway is seen here on one of her many runs into the Port of Owen Sound.

Battered Algoway © Irwin Seidman
Battered Algoway
A close up of the worn battered and rusted hull of the Algoma Agloway
Algoway Turning

The Algoma Algoway leaving Owen Sound for the last time.  Seen here in 2017, the 640’ Great Lakes Freighter is backing out of port and turning towards the open waters of Georgian Bay.  After serving the Great Lakes for more than 45 years, she was decommissioned and scrapped in 2018.  

Algoway on Ice © Irwin Seidman
Algoway on Ice

One of the last photographs of the Algoma Algoway docked in Owen Sound harbour.  The magnificent 640' freighter was decommissioned and sadly scrapped for raw materials shortly after this image was captured.

Whitefish Bay
Canada Steamship Lines freighter Whitefish Bay docked at the grain elevators in the port of Owen Sound
Algoma Olympic © Irwin Seidman
Algoma Olympic

Seen here on one of her last visit to Owen Sound, the 730’ Olumpic is docked along the east harbour wall.  After servicing the Great Lakes for more than 42 years, she was decommissioned and scrapped in 2018.

Cuyahoga at Great Lakes Elevator Company Silos © Irwin Seidman
Cuyahoga at Great Lakes Elevator Company Silos

Originally launched in 1943 as the Mesabi for the United States Maritime Commission, this ship was used in World War II to transport raw materials to the steel mills that were producing tanks, artillery, aircraft, and other supplies for the war effort.  In 1995 she was sold to Lower Lakes Towing Ltd and renamed the Cuyahoga.

Propeller © Irwin Seidman
Ships Propeller 
Controllable Pitch Propeller on Great Lakes freighter
Anchor Chain © Irwin Seidman
Anchor Chain
Anchor chains and load markings on the hull of the Algoma Algoway
The Inner Harbour
Looking north along Owen Sound's inner harbour  - MS Chi Cheemaun, Hon Paul E Martin and Algoma Algoway
St Marys Cement II  © Irwin Seidman
St Marys Cement II 

Looking north from Owen Sound’s inner harbour, this image captures the barge St Marys Cement II (powered by the tug Sea Eagle II) docked at the Miller silo.

Cuyahoga Docked © Irwin Seidman
Cuyahoga Docked

The Cuyahoga is the second oldest Canadian registered ship still in active service on the Great Lakes.  In this image she is unloading at the Great Lakes Elevator Company silos in the port of Owen Sound.

The MV Saginaw © Irwin Seidman
The MV Saginaw

The lake 640' freighter MV Saginaw was launched as John J. Boland in 1953.  It is seen here docked at the Great Lakes Elevator Company silos in the port of Owen Sound

Manitoulin © Irwin Seidman
Manitoulin

Sailing under the Lower Lakes Towing Ltd (Port Dover) flag, the 662’ Self Discharging Bulk Carrier Manitoulin
is seen here making a late day docking at the Great Lakes Elevator Company silos in the port of Owen Sound

Risley at Night © Irwin Seidman
Risley at Night
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley lit up at night in front of the Miller Silo in Owen Sound harbour
Ice Fishing © Irwin Seidman
Ice Fishing
Ice fishing in the harbour at Owen Sound
Canada Steamship Lines © Irwin Seidman
Canada Steamship Lines
CSL Whitefish Bay at the grain elevators in Owen Sound harbour
MS Chi Cheemaun © Irwin Seidman
MS Chi Cheemaun

An icon on Georgian Bay, the Chi-Cheemaun (aka ‘The Big Canoe’) is seen here preparing for the upcoming summer season while still in winter dock in Owen Sound  

Huron Explorer © Irwin Seidman
Huron Explorer

Built in 2010, the 65’ Huron Explorer 1 is an Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources research vessel providing assessment and research to support the Great Lakes fisheries.  She is seen here docked in Meaford harbour.

Cape Discovery and Algoma Innovator © Irwin Seidman
Cape Discovery and Algoma Innovator
CCGS Cape Discovery and Algoma Innovator in the Port of Goderich on Lake Huron
Draftmarks © Irwin Seidman
Draftmarks
Rusted etched markings on the worn and battered hull of the John D Leitch (Algoma)
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