H. M. Griffith

H. M. Griffith – Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin

1973-Present

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on the Welland Canal, June 30, 2015. Photo by Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Stern Section [Original Hull]

Year Built: 1973

Builder: Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Collingwood Shipyards LTD., Collingwood, ON

Hull #203

Registry: CAN 346833

IMO #732445

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: July 12, 1973

Commissioned: October 31, 1973

Forebody [Cargo Section & Forward]

Year Built: 2000

Builder: Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON

Hull #78

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: March 26, 2000

Commissioned: —

Construction

The H. M. Griffith was constructed as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Canada Steamship Lines. She was designed with a rounded bow and a square stern to maximize efficiency and capacity. She featured a C-Loop style self-unloading system with a three-belt cargo hold layout.

She was the second of five similar sister ships constructed during the 1970’s, the others being the J. W. McGiffin [CSL Niagara, 1999]Algolake, Louis R. Desmarais [CSL Laurentien, 2001], and the Jean Parisien [CSL Assiniboine, 2005].

The Griffith was rebuilt in 2000, and her self-unloading equipment consists of a dual hold belt leading to an aft loop-belt system to a 246′ deck-mounted boom.

Modifications

  • Rebuilt with a new forebody, Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON, 2000.
  • Repowered, 2013.

General Stats

As Constructed

Length Overall: 730′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 720’06”

Breadth: 75′

Depth: 46’06”

Loaded Draft: 30’03”

Capacity: 22,775 Gross Tons, 16,398 Net Tons

Vessel Type: Loop-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: Stern-mounted; 246′

Number of Cargo Holds: 5 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 4-5-5-5-5] AR

Number of Hatches: 22 BR; 24 [Dimensions: 54’x10’11”]

Primary Operations: Ore, Coal, Stone, Grain, Salt Trades

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller [In Kort Nozzle]

Rudders: 1

After Rebuild, 2000

Length Overall: 739’10”

Length Between Perpendiculars: 730’10”

Breadth: 78′

Depth: 48’05”

Loaded Draft: 31’04”

Capacity: 37,696 Tons

Vessel Type: Loop-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: Stern-mounted; 246′

Number of Cargo Holds: 5 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 4-5-5-5-5]

Number of Hatches: 24 [Dimensions: 54’x10’11”]

Primary Operations: Ore, Coal, Stone, Grain, Salt Trades

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller [In Kort Nozzle]

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Pielstick, Beloit, WI

Engine Model: 10PC2-V-400

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 9,000 BHP


Repower – 2013

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: MaK/Caterpillar, Kien, Germany

Engine Model: 6M32C

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 8,060 BHP


History

Lineage

H. M. Griffith – 1973-2000

Owner: Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC

Operator: Canada Steamship Lines

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Collingwood, ON


Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin – 2000-Present

Owner: Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC

Operator: Canada Steamship Lines

Flag: Canada

Home Port: St. Catharines, ON


Her Story

The H. M. Griffith was constructed in 1973 as a self-unloading bulk carrier for Canada Steamship Lines. She sailed on her maiden voyage on October 31, 1973 bound for Thunder Bay, Ontario to load ore for the Stelco Hamilton mill. The Griffith was very active in the Lake Erie coal trade in her early years, hauling coal out of Ohio ports bound for Canadian power plants and steel mills.

The H. M. Griffith opened the Welland canal for the 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, and 1994 seasons. She was also the first self-unloader to unload into the new hopper at the Robin Hood elevator at Port Colborne in 1987.

The Griffith laid up on December 24, 1999, at Port Weller Dry Docks for a rebuild. She was soon placed in drydock where her hull was cut just forward of the aft accommodations block. Her forebody was removed from drydock and later scrapped. A new forebody was built in the drydock and attached to the stern section. The newly-rebuilt vessel was christened Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on March 20, 2000, emerging from drydock on March 26, 2000. Her new forebody featured a state-of-the-art self-unloading system with completely automated controls, as well as a completely automated engine room.

The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was repowered in 2013 with new diesel engines. She grounded in the St. Lawrence Seaway above the Iroquois Lock on October 6, 2019, being freed on October 11. The following winter, she was drydocked for repairs at Port Weller Drydocks.

The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin remains active in the ore, coal, stone, grain, and salt trades.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on April 21, 2020


Gallery


Sources

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Devendorf, John F. Great Lakes Bulk Carriers, 1869-1985. John F. Devendorf, 1996. Pp. 188.

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