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Photographer:Lanaud [View profile]Title:Steve AhernAdded:Jun 15, 2008
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1940 and before (Under 3000gt)
1955-57. The Steve Ahern. Stuck in winter ice. They had emptied the holds and filled it with barrels partly filled with water and had partially flooded the hold in order to not let the ice crush her hull. This made an equal pressure inside and outside the hull, from what I was told. She had to winter there with a damaged prop, a bent shaft and no parts. This is 1955-56, right? This shot is taken at Great Whale River, now Kuujuuak. The engine room had to be pumped twice a day.

She was built in 1902 at Paisley, Scotland by Fleming & Ferguson, Ltd. Rebuilt from government tender to goelette by St. Lawrence Dry Docks, Ltd., Montreal, P.Q., in 1951 (451 gross - 247 registered; 160 x 30 x 12.42). Tonnage change, 1966 (488 gross - 289 registered).

Photo by my father in very minus temperatures
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Lanaud on Aug 31, 2005 00:52 (12 years ago)
You bet. I have a few shots of my dad and crew chowing down on what must be seal with the Inuits up there....
Kent Malo on Aug 31, 2005 00:48 (12 years ago)
The good old days, this one for nostalgia sake, the crew were a tough bunch in those days.
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