Port Arthur Shipbuilding, Thunder Bay ON

(formerly Western Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company)

Most recent update: February 20, 2015.


Western Dry Dock was established in 1909 by James Whalen and the American Ship Building Company.  It changed its name to Port Arthur Shipbuilding, (PASCO), in 1916, when it was acquired by Mr.  Whalen.  It was sold to Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering in 1987, closed in 1993, reopened as a repair yard under the name of Lakehead Marine & Industrial, closed again in 2013, bought by Heddle Marine in 2016 and reopened.  See the site from the air on Google here

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Del'y. Disposition
1 126673 Scow F.W. 45 Great Lakes Dredging Dump Scow 726 27-Jun-11 Later MIL 241
2 126674 Scow F.W. 46 Western Drydock Co Dump Scow 726 23-Jul-11 Later MIL 242, scrapped 1975
3 131052 Hamiltonian Canada Interlake Line Cargo Ship 2,347 9-Jul-12 Later Piave 1919, sunk by gunfire 1942
4 133885 Nasookin Canadian Pacific Rlwy Sternwheeler 1,869 1913 Assembled at Nelson BC, scrapped 1948
5 131056 Calgarian Canadian Interlake Line Cargo Ship 2,326 26-Apr-13 Later Marne 1919, Itaipu 1926, Araruna 1933, scrapped 1939
6 134014 Noronic Northern Navigation Co Passenger Vessel 6,905 30-May-14 Burnt in Toronto and scrapped 1949
7 116572 J. T. Horne W. O. Matthews Icebreaking Tug 428 22-Jul-13 Later Gorn 1915, Solombala 1920, wrecked 1943
8       Dredge     Cancelled
9 134013 Edward C. Whalen Great Lakes Dredging Co. Tug 113 26-Jul-13 Later John McLean
10 134276 Sicamous Canadian Pacific Rlwy Passenger Vessel 1,787 1913 Assembled at Okanogan Landing BC 1914, museum ship at Penticton BC 1949
11 134271 Naramata Canadian Pacific Rlwy Tug 150 1913 Museum ship at Penticton BC 1949
12 134015 W. Grant Morden Canada S.S. Lines Ltd Bulk Carrier 8,980 5-Jul-14 Later Donnacona 1926, scrapped 1969
13 138002 Rossport F. Gerrow Tug 19 1915  
14 Export Thorgerd A. Salvesen Cargo Ship 2,437 19-Nov-16 Scrapped 1932
15 Export Blaamyra D/S A/S Blaamyra Cargo Ship 2,471 22-Nov-16 Later Torlak 1926, scrapped 1934
16 Export Ugellstad/Rutenfjell Olsen & Ugelstad Cargo Ship 2,406 4-Aug-17 Scrapped 1930
17 142468 War Fish The Shipping Controller Cargo Ship 2,646 19-Sep-17 Later Roubaix 1920, Monique Vieljeux 1928, Malve 1930, wrecked 1931
18 142469 War Dance The Shipping Controller Cargo Ship 2,231 29-May-18 Later Warawala 1919, Shoka Maru 1927, Daigen Maru No.2 1928, torpedoed 1945
19 142469 War Isis The Shipping Controller Cargo Ship 2,231 21-May-18 Later Claudegallus 1920, Torni 1929, Trema 1950, Avon 1957, scrapped 1962
20 142663 War Osiris The Shipping Controller Cargo Ship 2,264 8-Aug-18 Later Colmar 1920, Listo 1929, mined off Spodsbjerg 1943
21 142692 War Hathor The Shipping Controller Cargo Ship 2,264 7-Sep-18 Later Warla 1919, Yuan Chan 1934, scuttled Kiangyin, Yangtse River 1937
22   TR-1 Royal Navy Minesweeper 274 31-Oct-17 To New Zealand as Wakakura 1925, scrapped 1953
23   TR-2 Royal Navy Minesweeper 274 11-Nov-17 To Mexico as Cobarribas 1920
24   TR-3 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 17-Nov-17 To Mexico as Guaymas 1920
25   TR-4 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 27-Nov-17 To Mexico as Cartagena 1926
26   TR-5 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 4-May-18 To Italy as Commandante Loretti 1919
27   TR-6 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 4-May-18 To Mexico as Mazatlan 1920
28 138848 Murray Stewart Port Arthur Shipbuilding Tug 240 28-Nov-18 Later David Richard, Georgian Queen, active
29 142674 War Karma The Shipping Controller Cargo Ship 2,271 4.-Dec-18 Later Raymond Poincare 1920, Seizan Maru 1929, torpedoed 1945
30 142758 War Horus The Shipping Controller Cargo Ship 2,266 15-Nov-18 Later Emma 1920, Giuseppe Soncino 1923, Toshu Maru 1926, scrapped 1961
31   TR-37 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 6-Aug-18 Later Their Merit 1925
32   TR-38 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 20-Aug-18 Later Alcatraz 1920
33   TR-39 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 1-Oct-18 Later Chandbali 1930, scrapped 1990
34   TR-40 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 6-Oct-18 Later Marie Yette 1921, in collision in the River Gironde and lost 1940
35   TR-41 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 5-May-19 Later Marie Simone 1920, sunk by gunfire 1944
36   TR-42 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 5-May-19 Later Marie Gilberte 1920
37   TR-43 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 12-May-19 Later Marie Anne 1920, captured 1940, designated M 4405, sunk by bombing 1944
38   TR-44 Royal Navy Minesweeper 275 12-May-19 Later Florencia 1920
39 141376 Canadian Trader Canadian Govt. Cargo Ship 2,186 18-Jul-19 Later Emperor of Montreal 1925, Gilda Scuderi 1927, missing 1928
40 141377 Canadian Sailor Canadian Govt. Cargo Ship 2,186 7-Aug-19 Later Emperor of Havana 1925, Nichiei Maru 1927, foundered 1942
41 141486 Canadian Adventurer Canadian Govt. Cargo Ship 2,069 29-Oct-19 Later Emperor of Port McNicoll 1925, Nootka 1926, Iquitos 1950, Nootka 1957, scrapped 1960
42 141487 Canadian Sower Canadian Govt. Cargo Ship 2,186 18-Nov-19 Later Emperor of Fredericton 1925, Waka Maru 1927, foundered in ice 1945
43 141834 Canadian Runner Canadian Govt. Cargo Ship 3,091 4-Oct-20 Later Colborne 1929, Canadian Runner 1932, Kia Lee 1834, Kari Go 1941, bombed 1945
44 141835 Canadian Carrier Canadian Govt. Cargo Ship 3,101 15-Sep-20 Later Champlain 1929, Canadian Carrier 1932, Kwen Lee 1935, Konri Maru 1941, torpedoed 1945
45 150348 Canadian Harvester Canadian Govt. Cargo Ship 2,394 17-May-21 Later Dalwarnic 1926, Selcuk 1948, scrapped 1967
46 150234 Glenafton Glen Transportation Co. Cargo Ship 1,866 30-Apr-21 Later Salvus 1928, wrecked Ile Parisienne 1927 and cut down to barge, scrapped 1952
47 141679 Mathewston Matthews Steamship Co. Bulk Carrier 7,403 8-Oct-22 Later Ralph S. Misener 1954, Mathewston 1968, scrapped 1970
48 152844 L. R. Wilson Abitibi Paper Company Tug 27 5-Jun-26 Later F. M. Sting, register closed 2003
49 152590 Slave River Hudsons Bay Company Towboat 50 20-Jul-29 Scrapped 1935
50 172201 Scow No. 50 Abitibi Paper Co. Scow 119 Aug-39 Now Sandra B No. 1, active
51 PV 47 Cobalt Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 25-Nov-40 Later Johanna W.Vinke 1953, scrapped 1961
52 PV 48 Kenogami Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 29-Jun-41 Scrapped 1950
53 PV 49 Algoma Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 11-Jul-41 Later Constitucion 1946, scrapped 1962
54 PV 50 Rosthern Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 17-Jun-41 Scrapped 1946
55 PV 51 Morden Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 6-Sep-41 Scrapped 1950
56 PV 52 Carleton/Kamsack Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 4-Oct-41 Later Carabobo 1945, wrecked east coast USA 1945
57 PV 53 Oakville Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 18-Nov-41 Later Patria 1946, scrapped 1962
58 PV 54 Weyburn Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 26-Nov-41 Mined 1943
59 CN 275 Fredericton/Port Arthur Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 26-May-42 Scrapped 1945
60 CN 176 Kenora Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 6-Aug-42 To Turkey as Bandirma 1957, scrapped 1972
61 CN 177 Fort William Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 25-Aug-42 To Turkey as  Bodrum 1957, scrapped 1971
62 CN 178 Milltown Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 18-Sep-42 Scrapped 1959
63 CN 179 Kentville Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 10-Oct-42 To Turkey as  Bartin 1957, scrapped 1972
64 CN 180 Mulgrave Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 4-Nov-42 Mined off Normandy 1944, beached and scrapped 1947
65 CN 181 Blairmore Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 17-Nov-42 To Turkey as  Beykoz 1958, scrapped 1971
66 CN 361 The Soo Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 24-Jun-43 Later Sault Ste. Marie 1944, scrapped 1960
67 CN 362 Winnipeg Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 29-Jul-43 To Belgium as A. F. Dufour 1959, scrapped 1966
68 CN 363 St.Boniface Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 10-Sep-43 Later Bess Barry M. 1954, active
69 CN 364 Portage Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 22-Oct-43 Scrapped 1958
70 CN 365 Wallaceburg Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 18-Nov-43 To Belgium as Georges Lecointe 1958, sold 1969
71 CN 366 Border Cities Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 18-May-44 Scrapped 1949
72 CN 367 Middlesex Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 8-Aug-44 Wrecked on Half Island Point 1946
73 CN 368 Oshawa Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 6-Jul-44 Scrapped 1965
74 CN 369 Kapuskasing Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 17-Aug-44 Sunk as a target 1978
75 CN 370 Rockcliffe Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 30-Sep-44 Scrapped 1960
76 CN 550 Fergus/Fort Francis Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 28-Oct-44 Scrapped 1974
77 CN 551 Hespeler/Lysander Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 21-Nov-44 Completed at Hamilton, Cornflower 1950, Lysander 1951, scrapped 1957
78 CN 552 New Liskeard Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 1,010 21-Nov-44 Scrapped 1969
79 CN 553 Kincardine/Mariner Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 23-May-45 To Burma as Yan Myo Aung 1957, scrapped 1982
80 CN 554 Orangeville/Marmion Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 29-May-45 Scrapped 1959
81 CN 681 Orcadia Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 17-Aug-45 Scrapped 1958
82 CN 682 Ossory Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 29-Sep-45 Scrapped 1959
83 CN 683 Pluto Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 4-Oct-45 Scrapped 1973
84 CN 684 Polaris Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 29-Oct-45 Scrapped 1956
85 CN 685 Pyrrhus Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 2-Nov-45 Scrapped 1956
86 CN 686 Romola Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 3-May-45 Built at Collingwood as Hull # 129, scrapped 1957
87 CN 687 Rosamund Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010 10-Jul-45 Built at Collingwood as Hull # 130, Bloemfontein 1947, sunk as a target 1967
88 CN 688 Styx Royal Navy Minesweeper 1,010  1945 To be built at Collingwood as Hull # 131, cancelled
89 none Pump Barge #1 Steep Rock Iron Mines  Pump Barge 55 Oct-43  
90 none Pump Barge #2 Steep Rock Iron Mines  Pump Barge 55 Oct-43  
91 none Pump Barge #3 Steep Rock Iron Mines  Pump Barge 55 Oct-43  
92 none Pump Barge #4 Steep Rock Iron Mines  Pump Barge 55 Nov-43  
93 none Pump Barge #5 Steep Rock Iron Mines  Pump Barge 55 Nov-43  
94 none Pump Barge #6 Steep Rock Iron Mines  Pump Barge 55 Nov-43  
95 none Pump Barge #7 Steep Rock Iron Mines  Pump Barge 55 Nov-43  
96 173700 Annis Lee Brompton Pulp & Paper Tug 55 11-Jun-45 Active
97   Ottawa Maybird/Tai Hang 3 Min of War Transport Cargo Ship 338 1-Nov-46 Later I-Lan 1947, Solar 1967, scrapped 1970
98   Ottawa Maycove/Tai Hang 4 Min of War Transport Cargo Ship 338 1-Nov-46 Later Heng-Chun 1947, believed sold 1961
99/97 172234 Ottawa Mayberry/Belleville Min of War Transport Cargo Ship 344 18-May-47 Later Capilano 1952, Haida Prince 1959, Island Prince III 1967, deleted 1992
none 177968 Pascol Port Arthur Shipbuilding Workboat 25 1-Oct-46 Active
100 Export Port Arthur French Govt Hopper Barge 654 16-Jul-48 Last trace 1980
101 Export Ontario French Govt Hopper Barge 645 1-Sep-48 Last listed 1985
102 Export Erie French Govt, Hopper Barge 640 7-Oct-48 Last listed 1996
103 Export Niagara French Govt Hopper Barge 655 17-Oct-48 Last listed 1991
104 Export Huron French Govt Hopper Barge 655 20-May-49 Last listed 1992
105 Export St.Laurent French Govt Hopper Barge 655 20-May-49 Not listed 1992
106 192679 Imperial Redwater Pipe Line Tankers Ltd Hopper Barge 12,582 15-May-49 Later bulk carrier R. Bruce Angus 1954, scrapped 1985
107 AMC 144 Chaleur Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 390 18-Jun-54 To France as La Dieppoise, retired 1985
108 AMC 149 Quinte Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 390 15-Oct-54 Retired 1964
109 194448 Sir James Dunn Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 12,434 3-May-52 Scrapped 1989
110 194454 Thunder Bay Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 12,435 23-Nov-52 Later Stadacona 1969, scrapped 1993
111 194458 E. B. Barber Algoma Central R.R. Co. Bulk Carrier 10,420 6-Jun-53 Scrapped 1985
112 194456 Loader No. 4 Hammermill Paper Co. Scow 123 1952 Now Loader No. 4, active
113 179590 Paterson N.M. Paterson & Sons Bulk Carrier 8,618 3-Jun-54 Scrapped 1984
114 AMC 161 Thunder Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 390 3-Oct-57 Retired 1997
115 322235 Clarence B. Randall Caland Ore Company Dredge 1,088 15-Jul-54 Later Canadian , active
116 none Joseph L. Block Caland Ore Company Dredge 1,088 1-Sep-54 Scrapped
117 322545 Booster No. 1 Caland Ore Company Booster Barge 289 10-Jul-54 Scrapped
118 none Booster No. 2 Caland Ore Company Booster Barge 289 4-Nov-57 Scrapped
119 310138 Alexander Henry Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker 1,674 30-Jul-57 Preserved at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes 1987
120 none Unnamed Steep Rock Iron Mines  Booster Barge   15-Dec-55 Scrapped
121 none Unnamed Dept of Public Works Scow   20-Oct-56  
122/C1 176115 Nipigon Bay Canada Steamship Lines 72' section 13,274 Aug-58 Conversion # 1, lengthening and conversion of tanker to bulk carrier
C2 194747 B. A. Peerless British American Oil Co. Conversion 10,900 Apr-59 Shortened and new bow for ocean service, later Gulf Canada, scrapped
123 188406 Keewanis Thunder Bay Harbour Derrick Scow 165 Aug-59 Active
none 311422 Scow No. 52 Abitibi Paper Co. Piledriver 57 1959 Later Louis M II, active
C3 116669 Midland Prince Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 6,339 Apr-60 Alterations and additions
C4 134015 Donnacona Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 8,611 Apr-61 New tank top
C5 158164 Algocen Algoma Central R.R. Co. Bulk Carrier 6,893 Apr-62 New tank top
C6 152643 Gleneagles Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 8,582 Jun-63 Conversion to self-unloader
C7 190479 Hochelaga Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 12,616 Jun-64 Conversion to self-unloader
C8 304498 George M. Carl Scott Misener Steamships Bulk Carrier 10,417 Apr-67 New tank top
C9 190493 Coverdale Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 11,996 Apr-67 Converted to fuel oil
C10 194454 Thunder Bay Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 12,435 May-68 Conversion to self-unloader, renamed Stadacona
124 328551 L. A. Learmonth Panarctic Oils Ltd Tank Barge 945 13-Jul-68 Wrecked 1969
125 328552 Scotty Gall Panarctic Oils Ltd Tank Barge 925 22-Jul-68 Wrecked 1969
C11 313936 Whitefish Bay Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 18,370 Jun-69 Conversion to self-unloader, renamed Quetico
C12 322994 Saguenay Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 20,148 9-Aug-72 Conversion to self-unloader
126 331315 H.B.C. 1001 Hudsons Bay Company Barge 1,151 26-Jun-72 Active
127 331319 H.B.C. 1002 Hudsons Bay Company Barge 1,151 12-Jun-72 Active
C13 188398 English River Canada Cement Corp Package Freighter 6,639 Apr-74 Conversion to cement carrier
128 197730 Wolfe Islander III Ministry of Transportation Ferry 985 9-Dec-75 Active
C14   HMCS Porte Dauphine Royal Canadian Navy Training Vessel   May-76 General refit after return from Coast Guard service
C15 313963 Frankcliffe Hall Hall Corp of Canada Ltd. Bulk Carrier 20,646 1-Jul-80 Conversion to self-unloader
C16 176115 Nipigon Bay Canada Steamship Lines Bulk Carrier 14,824 May-81 Trunk deck added
none 383533 Atlantic Superior Canada Steamship Lines 130' forebody   Jun-82 For Collingwood Hull # 222
none 802923 John B. Aird Canada Steamship Lines 130' forebody   Jun-83 For Collingwood Hull # 224
none 804429 Beaver St. Lawrence Beaver Dredging Co. Ltd. Dredge 154 1984 Register closed 2008
C17 348357 Arctic Fednav Ltd. Bulk Carrier 19,420 Jul-85 Conversion to OBO Carrier
129 803289 The Richard George McKenzie Forest Products Ferry 284 17-Jun-93 Active