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Pointe Noire

Pointe Noire

POINTE NOIRE, registered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada was photographed by Dyke Cobb during May of 1967 as she was departing the Welland Canal and entering Lake Ontario at Port Weller, Ontario, Canada.

She was built in 1926 by the American Ship Building Company at Lorain, Ohio as SAMUEL MATHER (4) for the Interlake Steamship Company of Cleveland, Ohio. In March 1965 she was transferred to the Labrador Steamship Company Ltd., which was a Canadian subsidiary of Pickands Mather, so that she could haul iron ore pellets from their new Wabush Mine ore dock at Pointe Noire, Quebec to steel producing ports on Lake Erie and Lake Michigan.

Following the transfer she was renamed POINTE NOIRE and registered in Canada. In August 1968 she was sold to Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., of Toronto, Ontario and went on to sail another 12 seasons hauling iron ore pellets westbound from Quebec into the Great Lakes and cargoes of grain generally eastbound from the Great Lakes.

On 12 December 1980 she laid up at Toronto and never sailed again.. Following her sale for scrapping in 1982 she was towed up the canal on 20 September of that year destined for Port Maitland, Ontario. There she was dismantled for scrap.