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Photographer:Kent Malo [View profile]Title:VOYAGEUR INDEPENDENTAdded:Aug 08, 2007
Photo Category: Great Lakes Bulkers
Great lake bulker "Voyageur Independent" seen here approaching lock 3 at Beauharnois Quebec, in Lake St Louis in the St Lawrence Seaway, 2 hours after this photo was taken Voyageur Independent hit the St Louis de Gonzaque bridge, causing considerable damage to the bridge which had to be closed to vehicle traffic, ship traffic was unafected, for repairs which was said took up to six weeks, as recent as last week Aug, 22, the bridge was still closed to vehicle traffic, Voyageur Independent was able to continue her voyage and subsequent repairs at Hamilton, Ontario,all this took place June 13, 2006.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Voyageur Independent (Until 2008 Mar)
- Kinsman Independent (Until 2005 May)
- Ernest R.breech (Until 1988 Jun)
- Charles L.hutchinson (Until 1962)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Bulk Carrier
Gross tonnage:12,296 tons
Summer DWT:18,602 tons
Length:191 m
Beam:20 m
Draught:7.6 m

Additional Information
Home port:Nanticoke
Build year:1952
AIS Information
Last known position:
46°2’56.22” N, 73°7’4.32” W
Speed, course (heading):
0kts, 168° (258°)
Location:Thunder Bay
Arrival:24th Sep 2021
13:00:54 UTC
Last update:
29 seconds ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 September 10th, 14:00:26 UTCSorel
2018 September 3rd, 14:00:28 UTCThunder Bay
2018 August 26th, 14:00:28 UTCSorel
2018 August 22nd, 14:00:15 UTCHamilton
2018 August 19th, 08:00:02 UTCSorel
2018 August 7th, 14:00:42 UTCHamilton
2018 August 4th, 15:00:42 UTCSorel
2018 August 1st, 12:00:45 UTCHamilton
2018 July 28th, 01:00:46 UTCSorel
2018 July 25th, 17:00:52 UTCHamilton
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Photo Comments (3)

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Kent Malo on Sep 01, 2006 01:26 (15 years ago)
Thanks John and Marc, I was at the crash site before she hit the bridge, there were a couple fishing and one of them asked me if any ship ever hit the bridge which was affirmative a couple ships in the past have collided with that bridge, an Indian ship and the Canadian ship Lawrencecliffe hall, I was there to photograph the Windoc tow, I left after photographing the latter, the Ironic part the fisherman who I was talking ended on up T V, I left a little to soon.
John Jones on Aug 31, 2006 22:14 (15 years ago)
What a beautiful view of this ship type never to be seen over here Kent. And to catch her just before such an incident makes it all the more historically important. Great work!
John J.
Marc Piché on Aug 30, 2006 11:38 (15 years ago)
Real nice view of this oldie, Kent.

Cheers from Verchères,

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