Yankcanuck Ships lead the Way
Mancox in Locks;
Expect Manzzutti To Open Shipping
The steamer Mancox sailed through the Sault locks at 7:05 a.m. Today, making the first lockage of the 1958 season.
Owned by Yankcanuck Steamship Limited, the Mancox, which has been wintered-berthed at the CPR dock here, is now loading a mixed cargo of steel at Algoma Steel docks. The boat was scheduled to go through the locks Monday but was held back by inclement weather conditions which brought high winds.
The shipping company president Capt. F. Manzzutti said the Mancox load of steel is destined for lower lakes ports. He said the Mancox will lock through again tomorrow afternoon on her way to the lower lakes.
Another Yankcanuck steamer, the Manzzutti, is expected to be the first ship to officially open the Sault navigation season. It is the only boat known so far to have a scheduled run from its port in Southern Ontario to the Sault. The expected date of its arrival is April 17.
J.D. Bouchard, superintending engineer at the Canadian Sault Canal, said the Mancox had no difficulty coming through the lock today. "All was normal" he said. The Mancox had a draft clearance of 3 feet six inches. The steamer's draft was 13 feet one inch and the permissible draft of the lock was 16 feet seven inches.
In locking through, the Mancox became the first ship to come through the new lock gates. The gates, which were installed through the winter months, were used today for the first time.
Mr. Bouchard pointed out that the official openings of the Canadian Sault lock is April 7, but the official readiness for river navigation is not until April 14. The Canadian lock he said was ready April 7.
With water levels being equal to last years level, Mr. Bouchard said, the Canadian Sault Canal will have two inches more draft than in the 1957 season. He said through "revision and Research" two inches had been gained on last year's permissible draft.
Area Engineer for the United States Corps of Engineers C. A. Aune, said the American Sault locks are ready by regulations to be ready to take traffic on April 1. The Sabin lock was prepared earlier this year and was ready on March 26. The Mcarthur lock was ready today. No information has been received by the Corps of Engineers of any shipping scheduled for the locks.