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Photographer:Magogman [View profile]Title:VOYAGEUR PIONEERAdded:Mar 23, 2008
Photo Category: Great Lakes Bulkers (Winter & Summer Lay Ups)
The Voyageur Pioneer tied up at the Cargill elevator in Sarnia, Ontario on March 12, 2008. This is where the ship has been docked since its last run before the locks closed and the lakes and harbors began to freeze up. When the navigation season begins the Voyageur Pioneer will be sailing as the Kaministiquia as it and the Voyageur Independent have been purchased by Lower Lakes. It undoubtedly will at some point have its blue hull repainted into the Lower Lake gray and white scheme.

Technically not a Great Lakes bulker but in its present incarnation it has not been sailing the high seas so I have placed it where I think it belongs!

UPDATE: Within a day or two of when this photo was taken, the Voyageur Pioneer sailed to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan's Green Bay, and currently (March 23, 2008) is being repainted from the blue and white "Voyageur" scheme to the gray, white and black livery of Lower Lakes Towing, Ltd.. Upon completion the ship will be renamed Kaministiquia. By my reckoning, this will be the 4th distinctive paint scheme worn by this ship in its different namings (Sasketchewan Pioneer, Lady Hamilton, Voyageur Pioneer, and now Kaministiquia, a name that will not be popular with those that have to write it on color slides!). Her first paint scheme as the Sask. Pioneer was a bright yellow, orange and red scheme that was quite spectacular..
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Voyageur Pioneer (Until 2008 Apr)
- Lady Hamilton (Until 2006 Nov)
- Saskatchewan Pioneer (Until 1995 Dec)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Bulk Carrier
Gross tonnage:22,388 tons
Summer DWT:36,245 tons
Length:223 m
Beam:23 m
Draught:7.2 m

Additional Information
Home port:Port Dover
Class society:Lloyd's Shipping Register
Build year:1983
AIS Information
Last known position:
42°15’49.12” N, 83°6’18.58” W
Speed, course (heading):
0kts, 359° (19°)
Location:Thunder Bay
Arrival:30th Dec 2018
03:00:30 UTC
Last update:
8 seconds ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 September 8th, 14:30:29 UTCSorel
2018 August 31st, 14:00:25 UTCThunder Bay
2018 August 16th, 16:00:29 UTCThunder Bay
2018 August 9th, 14:00:15 UTCSorel
2018 July 11th, 14:15:31 UTCSorel Pq
2018 July 3rd, 01:30:36 UTCThunder Bay
2018 June 26th, 23:30:29 UTCSorel Pq
2018 June 21st, 00:00:58 UTCThunder Bay
2018 June 4th, 09:00:50 UTCThree Rivers
2018 May 19th, 21:00:39 UTCThunder Bay
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Photo Comments (9)

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Magogman on Apr 07, 2008 00:38 (10 years ago)
Hi Jeff! Good to hear from you. Wondering if you had come out from under the snowbanks yet. Here's to a good navigation season in Erie and lots of photos! :-D
Jeff Thoreson on Apr 06, 2008 01:55 (10 years ago)
Guest on Mar 26, 2008 16:04 (10 years ago)
Just dying to see these new ones in these colours.Their fleet is rapidly growing in numbers.Running close to CSL in ship numbers.What happened to the fleet she was originally with and where did MARITIME TRADER go?
Magogman on Mar 26, 2008 03:20 (10 years ago)
Thanks Jim, I appreciate the comment! Hope to catch the new scheme and name when she heads down the lakes. Last year she was trading down to Quebec City and I saw her 3-4 times.
Guest on Mar 25, 2008 23:33 (10 years ago)
She sure makes a nice screen saver Dave.I think she,ll look rather impressive in her new gray , white and red boot colours.Nice shot by the way.
Magogman on Mar 23, 2008 18:24 (10 years ago)
Thanks for your comments -- I really appreciate them! :-D
Say goodbye to the blue and white paint as this vessel is being reparted in Wisconsin as I write!
Marie-Anne on Mar 15, 2008 19:38 (10 years ago)
Smashing shot Dave!
Good job!!
I hope she can sail againsoon.

Dean Porter on Mar 14, 2008 04:25 (10 years ago)
Impressive looking ship. Great Shot.

Matt Ruscher on Mar 14, 2008 01:52 (10 years ago)
incredible, just like the Spruce and Birch, very large ships to become 'lakers'
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