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The straight deck bulk carrier Algomarine is seen in this photograph as she was transiting downbound in the Welland Canal during the evening hours of April 19th, 1987. At the time it was taken she was sailing northbound in the canal north of lock 3 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada destined for Quebec with grain likely from Thunder Bay.

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The Algomarine is seen in this photograph transitting upbound in the Welland Canal on October 4th, 1987, shortly after Algoma Central Marine had purchased her from Carryore. At the time this picture was taken she was nearing the approach wall below lock 1 at Port Weller, Ontario.

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The Algoma Central Marine self-unloader Algomarine is seen in this photograph as she was unloading stone in Windsor during the morning hours of October 26th, 1989.

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Algomarine is seen in this photograph passing downbound in the Welland Canal on May 20th, 1992, several years after her conversion to a self-unloader. At the time Algomarine was nearing Port Weller piers and Lake Ontario.

Algoma Central Corp. of Sault Ste. Marie, ON bought Nipigon Transports Ltd. on March 27, 1986 acquiring the three remaining vessels. The Lake Manitoba was renamed Algomarine in 1987. The name was derived from the corporate fleet prefix “Algo” with “marine” honoring all the staff at Algoma Central Corp. involved in “marine” operations both shore side and shipboard.

The Algomarine arrived at Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON August 30, 1988 for a $16 million reconstruction and conversion to a self-unloader. Her self-unloading equipment consists of a two belt gravity system with two loop belt elevators feeding a 250 foot discharge boom that can be swung 90 degrees to port or starboard and discharge at a rate of up to 5,440 tonnes per hour. The system includes variable speed belts, bulk flow gates, plastic linings and vibrators throughout.

Algomarine sailed as usual in the spring of 2016, passing down the Seaway for the last time in early May with a cargo of road salt. However as part of a large-scale fleet turnover by owner Algoma Central Corp., her Canadian registry was closed May 10, and she departed Montreal on Wednesday, May 18 under the shortened name Mari, with the deep-sea tug Diavlos Pride leading the tow. They arrived at the scrapyard at Aliaga, Turkey, in mid-June.

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