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 Post subject: Re: Fleet Flagships
Unread postPosted: August 31, 2021, 11:37 am 
Algoma flagships were Algocen till !982 then Algowest till the equinox came out.


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Unread postPosted: August 24, 2021, 8:34 pm 
Denny wrote:
The John B. Aird was built in 1983 with the bow section built while at the Port Arthur Shipyards in Thunder Bay, Ontario and the mid section was built at Collingwood. Point is, thought I read and heard that the Aird was once a flagship for Algoma until the Equinox class arrived later on?

I sailed on Algoma ships for more than 15 years and never heard of a flagship


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Unread postPosted: August 24, 2021, 8:34 pm 
Lake Boats 1986 lists the John B. Aird as the flagship for Algoma.


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Unread postPosted: August 24, 2021, 12:32 pm 
The John B. Aird was built in 1983 with the bow section built while at the Port Arthur Shipyards in Thunder Bay, Ontario and the mid section was built at Collingwood. Point is, thought I read and heard that the Aird was once a flagship for Algoma until the Equinox class arrived later on?


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Unread postPosted: August 23, 2021, 8:53 pm 
Regarding Algoma, my understanding was that the Algowest was flagship from her construction in 1982 and technically held that title at least until the Equinox class came our, even though as the Cresswell she stopped carrying passengers in her later years.


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Unread postPosted: August 9, 2021, 7:39 pm 
Actually, some could be quite old and second-hand. Case in point, the Steinbrenner Fleet in the late 60s - early 1970s. We carried passengers and dignitaries aboard the SS William A Reiss in 1973, and it may or may not have been the Flagship of the fleet. If it wasn't, then the Flagship could have been a boat launched in 1907. The Reiss had very nice guest quarters.


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Unread postPosted: August 4, 2021, 8:18 pm 
I’m sure all of the flagships both past and present were luxurious in their own certain and special ways! The Fitz I’m sure was luxurious in her own special ways. Of course the Paul R. Tregurtha which previously was the William J. DeLancey was nicknamed “Fancy DeLancey” due to her being luxurious! Since this subject is about Fleet Flagships, one that most never mention and talk about is Salties and their companies and fleets. What I mean is take for instance Fednav, Canfornav and also the Wagenborg fleets. Wonder if they have any ships designated as their company and fleets’ flagship? As big as those companies are and also as many ships that sail for them, I’m sure they may have somebody as their flagship? Thought I heard and read once that for Polsteam out of Poland, it was the Isa but I think now it’s someone else? Just curious.


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Unread postPosted: August 4, 2021, 2:56 pm 
Of these flagships, which were known as the most luxurious? I’ve heard the Fitz and The Col. S were well appointed


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Unread postPosted: August 3, 2021, 9:22 pm 
Scott wrote:
Let's not forget the Oglebay Norton, as I believe that she was once the flagship of the Columbia fleet before moving to ASC?


Oglebay Norton's flagship was Courtney Burton.


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Unread postPosted: August 3, 2021, 8:46 pm 
To answer Scott's question further down here regarding the Oglebay Norton once being a flagship for Oglebay before her sale over to ASC. This could be possible as I have heard a few people mentioning that she may have been at one time? However, I still stand by my beliefs that the Courtney Burton was the official flagship for Oglebay Norton after the sinking of the Fitzgerald and up until her sale to ASC in 2006. I was on board the Oglebay Norton during her Winter Lay-Ups in Toledo back in the 1990s decade and I can assure you that I don't seem to recall as far as ever seeing or hearing anything mentioned about her being a flagship for their fleet then. The Burton's captain BTW was Bob Tilley as he was once a mate I think aboard the Fitzgerald? I think Captain Tilley back then was their Senior Captain in the Oglebay Norton fleet? There may have been others as well that had as much seniority or greater than Captain Tilley though?


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Unread postPosted: August 3, 2021, 9:11 am 
The Cliffs Victory was never a flagship for Cliffs. The last Cliffs flagship was the Edward B. Greene preceded by the William G. Mather.


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Unread postPosted: August 3, 2021, 6:12 am 
Let's not forget the Oglebay Norton, as I believe that she was once the flagship of the Columbia fleet before moving to ASC?


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Unread postPosted: August 2, 2021, 10:04 pm 
For Algoma I believe it was the Algosoo, then Algolake, then John B. Aird. Before that it may have been the Algoway (unable to confirm).


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Unread postPosted: August 2, 2021, 5:14 pm 
The Speer could be a temporary flagship for USS/GLF while the Blough is sidelined from its fire earlier in the year? I know for sure at 100% that the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was once a flagship for ASC as it says that in one of my Greenwood & Dills’ Lakeboats Books! Sorry, I’m not sure just what issue and year it is but I can assure you all that there’s a page in an older version I have that lists the flagships of a few of the fleets back then! I’m sure there’s been many changes since then and of course lots of the fleets back then are now defunct but, the lists will give you an idea. I’ll try to post it later this week unless someone else has the list.


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Unread postPosted: August 2, 2021, 2:42 pm 
Roger Blough was flagship of USS GLF and now Great Lakes Fleet from 1972 to present. I am not sure on that current status with her being out from her fire though..


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