Registry and Rig Information

Registry U.K.
Official Number 185358
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 556.42
Width 72.75
Depth 30.58
Gross Tonnage 12501.00
Net Tonnage 7155.00
Hull Material Steel
Hull Number 01068

Vessel History

Rebuilds Converted from tanker to dry bulk carrier by Port Weller Dry Docks, Ltd., Port Weller, Ont., in 1960 (534.25 x 72.66 x 35.25; 12339 gross - 7322 registered). Received bow thruster and lengthened to 729 feet and equipped with a controllable pitch propeller winter 1975-1976 at Port Weller Dry Docks.
History Owners: Anne Thomas Steamship Co., Ltd.; Llanberis Steamship Co., Ltd.; Llangollen Steamship Co., Ltd. (Evan Thomas Radcliffe & Co., Mgrs.), 1953-1960.As WHEAT KING: Stranded on Grays Reef, Lake Michigan, on June 15, 1964. Released next day by USCG MACKINAW.
Struck submerged object in St. Lawrence River, August 16, 1964, suffering extensive bottom damage.
Struck guide wall in Snell Lock, Massena, NY, April 16, 1967, and settled. Suffered forty-foot gash in starboard bow quarter.
In collision with str. HOMER D. WILLIAMS, in fog, in St. Marys River, May 15, 1968. Suffered bow damage and flooded forward peak tank.
While undergoing extensive winter work in the dry dock, Port Weller Dry Docks, Ltd., St. Catharines, Ont., suffered extensive smoke damage to crews quarters from fire caused by burning oily waste material in stern and bilges, February 2, 1972.
In collision with Canadian propeller LAKE WINNIPEG, May 7, 1972, at Seven Islands, P.Q.
Had stern line foul propeller when departing Comeau Bay, August 9, 1973, caused shafting to move aft, resulting in fracture of main engine trust box.
Ran aground near Cornwall Island in St. Lawrence River on May 16, 1977. On May 20, still aground, pivoted on rock against which resting, and blocked channel about a day. Freed after lightering. Repaired at Port Weller Dry Dock, summer 1977.
Ran aground in Amherstburg Channel on August 30, 1977, blocking channel. Had part of cargo lightered before freed. Used as storage hull in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1987-1989.
Disposition Sold Dutch, registry closed August 1986. Towed to India for scrapping, 1989.

Build Information

Builder Lithgows, Ltd.
Place Built Glasgow, Scotland
Date Built 1953-00-00


Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
BULK CAT1987-00-001988-00-00NETHERLANDS
WHEAT KING1960-00-001986-00-00CANADA185358

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
Gwenllian Thomas Steamship Co., Ltd.; (See Memo)1953-00-001960-00-00U.K.185358
Island Shipping, Ltd. (Upper Lakes Shipping, Ltd., Mgrs. - Toronto, Ont.)1960-00-001972-00-00CANADA185358
Upper Lakes Shipping, Ltd.1972-00-001986-00-00CANADA185358