Roger M. Kyes

Roger M. Kyes – Adam E. Cornelius {4} – Algoma Compass

1973-Present

Algoma Compass on the St. Marys River, July 7, 2018. Photo by Roger LeLievre

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1973

Builder: American Shipbuilding Company, Toledo, Ohio

Hull #200

Registry: US 550520 [1973-2018] CAN 841545 [2018-Present]

IMO #7326245

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: March 31, 1973

Commissioned: August 22, 1973

Construction

The Roger M. Kyes was constructed as the second of ten vessels constructed for the American Steamship Company under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970, being built at a cost of $14 Million.

The Kyes was one of the first American vessels to be built with all accommodations aft. She is of similar design to the William R. Roesch and Paul Thayer of 1973 and the Wolverine of 1974, but was constructed to larger dimensions.

Her self-unloading equipment consists of a single hold belt leading to an aft-incline belt system to a 250′ deck-mounted boom.

Modifications

  • Bow strengthened for ice breaking capability, American Shipbuilding Company, Toledo, Ohio, 1976.
  • “Canadianized”, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, Erie, Pennsylvania, April 2018.

General Stats

Length Overall: 680′

Length Between Perpendiculars: 664’06”

Breadth: 78′

Depth: 42′

Loaded Draft: 27’11”

Capacity: 29,200 Tons

Vessel Type: Incline-Belt Self-Unloader

Self-Unloading Boom Length: Aft-Mounted; 260′

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

Number of Hatches: 20 [Dimensions: 49’06”x11′]

Primary Operations: Ore, Stone, Salt Trades

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division, Chicago, IL

Engine Model: 20-645-E7B

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 7200 BHP


History

Name/Ownership History

Roger M. Kyes – 1973-1989

Owner: American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY

Operator: American Steamship Company

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


Adam E. Cornelius {4} – 1989-1994

Owner: American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY

Operator: American Steamship Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


Adam E. Cornelius {4} – 1994-1998

Owner: American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY

Operator: American Steamship Company [Under charter to Inland Steel, Chicago, IL]

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DD


Adam E. Cornelius {4} – 1999-2017

Owner: American Steamship Co., Buffalo, NY

Operator: American Steamship Co.

Flag: United States

Home Port: Wilmington, DE


Algoma Compass – 2018-Present

Owner: Algoma Central Corp., St. Catharines, ON

Operator: Algoma Central Corp.

Flag: Canada

Home Port: St. Catharines, ON


Her Story

The Roger M. Kyes was constructed as a self-unloading bulk carrier for the American Steamship Company. She was the second of ten vessels constructed for American Steamship over the next 8 years under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970. The Kyes was launched on March 31, 1973, and entered service on August 22, 1973, sailing from Toledo bound for Escanaba, Michigan to load ore.

The Kyes grounded several times during the 1970’s and 1980’s, several of which required extensive repairs.

The Roger M. Kyes was renamed Adam E. Cornelius {4} on June 15, 1989, at Buffalo, New York. The renaming followed the sale of the previous Adam E. Cornelius {3} to a Canadian firm. The Adam E. Cornelius was chartered to Inland Steel for the 1994-1998 seasons, finally returning to the service of American Steamship Company in 1999.

The Adam E. Cornelius saw sporadic layups during the early 2000’s due to low demand. She spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at the wall at Toledo, returning to service in late 2014. She laid up for the final time in American Steamship colors on January 6, 2015, at the former ore dock at Huron, Ohio.

The Cornelius was sold to Algoma Central Corporation along with her fleetmates Buffalo {3}, American Valor, and American Victory in late 2017. The Cornelius was renamed Algoma Compass and reflagged Canadian, sailing to Erie, Pennsylvania on April 7, 2018 for dry docking and to be painted in a fresh coat of Algoma blue.

She returned to regular service in mid May, 2018, serving the ore, stone, and salt trades for Algoma Central Corporation.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on April 27, 2020


Gallery


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