Selkirk Settler

Selkirk Settler – Federal St. Louis – Federal Fraser – Fraser – Spruceglen {3}

1983-Present

Spruceglen under tow at Toledo, Ohio, October 10, 2020. Photo by Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1983

Builder: Govan Shipyards LTD., Govan, Scotland

Hull #256

Registry: CAN. 802345

IMO #8119261

Laid Down: —

Launch Date: January 23, 1983

Commissioned: April 25, 1983

Construction

The Selkirk Settler was constructed in 1983 by Govan Shipyards as a gearless bulk carrier for Misener Transportation. She was built with unlimited oceans certification, and is designed to operate on both the Great Lakes and the oceans.

The Selkirk Settler was the first of three identical sister ships constructed by Govan Shipyards, the other two being the Canada Marquis and Saskatchewan Pioneer.


General Stats

Length Overall: 730’01”

Length Between Perpendiculars: 709′

Breadth: 75’09”

Depth: 48′

Loaded Draft: 32’08”

Capacity: 33,824 Tons

Vessel Type: Gearless Bulk Carrier

Number of Cargo Holds: 7 [Hatch-Hold Arrangement: 1-1-1-1-1-1-1]

Number of Hatches: 7 [Dimensions: #1, 4, 7 – 42’x44′; #2 – 64’x44′; #3, 5, 6 – 84’x44′]

Primary Operations: Ore, Grain Trade

Propellers: 1 Controllable Pitch Propeller

Rudders: 1


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Sulzer, Winterthur, Switzerland

Engine Model: 4RLB76

Number of Engines: 1

Rated HP: 10,880 BHP


History

Lineage

Selkirk Settler – 1983-1991

Owner: Misener Transportation Inc., St. Catharines, ON

Operator: Misener Transportation

Flag: Canada

Home Port: St. Catharines, ON


Federal St. Louis – 1991-1991

Owner: Ubem S.A., Antwerp, Belgium

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Bahamas

Home Port: —


Federal Fraser – 1991-1994

Owner: Ubem S.A., Antwerp, Belgium

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Bahamas

Home Port: —


Federal Fraser – 1994

Owner: Primera Ship Management

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Bahamas

Home Port: —


Federal Fraser – 1994

Owner: Crimson Line of Japan

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Bahamas

Home Port: —


Federal Fraser – 1994-1995

Owner: Koyo Line of Japan

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Bahamas

Home Port: —


Federal Fraser – 1995-1998

Owner: Prominent Star LTD., Hong Kong

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Hong Kong

Home Port: Hong Kong


Federal Fraser – 1998-2001

Owner: M&N Shipping of Japan

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Panama

Home Port: Panama


Fraser – 2001

Owner: M&N Shipping of Japan

Operator: Fednav Ship Management, London, England

Flag: Panama

Home Port: Panama


Spruceglen {3} – 2002-Present

Owner: Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, QC

Operator: Canada Steamship Lines

Flag: Canada

Home Port: Montreal, QC


Her Story

The Selkirk Settler was constructed in 1983 by Govan Shipyards as a gearless bulk carrier for Misener Transportation. She was built with unlimited oceans certification, and is designed to operate on both the Great Lakes and the oceans. The ship was launched on January 28, 1983, being christened Selkirk Settler on April 15, and departing on her maiden voyage for Canada on April 25, 1983. She soon entered service in the Seaway grain trade, primarily loading in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Throughout her tenure with Misener Transportation, the Selkirk Settler traded on the Great Lakes during the regular shipping season and shifted to ocean trades during the winter.

In 1991, the Selkirk Settler was sold to Fednav LTD., who in turn sold her to Ubem S. A. of Antwerp, Belgium. She was renamed Federal St. Louis, being managed by Fednav Ship Management of London, England. She was renamed Federal Fraser later that year. In 1994, the Federal Fraser was sold first to Primera Ship Management, then Crimson Lines, then Koyo Lines of Japan. She was sold again in early 1995 to Prominent Star LTD. of Hong Kong. In 1998, she was sold once again to M&N Shipping, all while retaining Fednav Ship Management as her operator. M&N shortened her name to Fraser in 2001.

The Fraser was sold to Canada Steamship Lines of Montreal, Quebec, being reflagged Canadian and renamed Spruceglen {3} in October of 2002. She spent the winter at Toronto undergoing repairs.

The Spruceglen {3} remains an active member of Canada Steamship Lines’ fleet, serving the Seaway ore and grain trades.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on September 16, 2020



Sources

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Devendorf, John F. Great Lakes Bulk Carriers, 1869-1985. John F. Devendorf, 1996. Pp. 195.

Greenwood’s Guide to Great Lakes Shipping 2016, Harbor House Publishers, 2016. Pp. 3.4.

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