Historic Fleet Gallery Feature -- Michipicoten

Built 1905 in West Bay City, owned by U.S. Steel 1905-1964, sold to Providence Shipping Co., Nassau, Bahamas, a subsidiary of Algoma Central Railway. Renamed Michipicoten. Last sailed in 1972. Sold for scrap, foundered en route to Spain in the Gulf of St. Lawrence that same year.

Upbound at Sault Ste. Marie with a cargo of coal bound for Algoma Steel in 1971. Roger LeLievre


Michipicoten tow breaking in half and sinking.
Roger LeLievre Collection, courtesy William Forsythe

On the scrap tow to Spanish shipbreakers the vessel was towed from Quebec by the Polish tug Koral on November 15, 1972, bound for Spain. It broke in two and forepart sank on November 17, off Anticosti Island. Afterpart sank the next day. Had passed down through Welland Canal on October 27, 1972, with salt from Goderich, Ont., for Trois Rivieres, P.Q., on last trip, under own steam.

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