Manzzutti First Ship Through Canal Here Moving To Steel Plant.
First Vessel through the locks, for the 1954 navigation season, the Manzzutti, of the Yankcanuck Steamship Ltd., entered the Canadian canal about 8;15 a.m. today.
It docked at the Algoma Steel Corporation shortly after 10:30 p.m. delayed by packed ice between the canal walls.
Captain F. Manzzutti, owner of the Yankcanuck said the Manzzutti will take on a cargo of skelp-coiled steel- which is consigned to Welland.
Ice conditions permitting the vessel will start down the lower St. Mary's River sometime Monday. The ice-breaker Mackinaw is expected to clear passage Sunday.
The locking of the Manzzutti is not considered the official opening of the season. First vessel must come up the St. Mary's from down lake.
President Dave Bows of the Kiwanis Club, pointed out the club's $1,000 marine contest is based on the first vessel though the Michigan Sault locks.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported ice to the depth of six inches in the lower river. The Mackinaw is off the Middle Neebish cut 15 miles below the Sault.
The navigation season was officially opened March 26, last year.