Many Oswegonians and others will visit the waterfront this evening to take a look at the largest coal boat to dock at the Lackawanna terminal in history of the harbor. The 582-foot Stadacona of the Canada Steamship Lines, Ltd.,
started loading her 7,200 or so tons of coal cargo about 11:10 this morning. The cargo has a Hamilton, Ont., destination tag.
The skipper of the Stadacona is no stranger to Oswego harbor, nor to some of this city's residents. He is Captain Erwald Gow of Kingston, Ont., who in previous seasons brought in the Coalhaven and later was skipper of the Midland Prince and the R.P. Petman, larger ships of the Canada Steamship fleet.
In comparison for size the Midland Prince is 474 feet long and 5,696 gross tons cargo capacity against the 13,300 gross tons capacity for the Stadacona.
There are nine ships larger and one of the same size in the Canada Steamship lines fleet, according to the Great Lakes 1968 Redbook. bible of the followers and shippers on the Great Lakes.
The Stadacona will load additional coal for Hamilton at Sodus after she has taken aboard some 125 train cars of coal here. Her beam is 60 feet and her draft is 32 feet with capacity load.
This ship was formerly in the ore and grain transportation work, being converted to a self-unloading coal boat last winter. The ship was into service about July 1 with all new unloading equipment.