Built as a straight-deck bulk carrier by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, PQ; this vessel was launched in 1968 as the Lake Manitoba for Nipigon Transports Ltd. (Carryore Ltd., managers), Montreal, PQ. Fueled by intermediate grade 180 fuels, she is powered by a single Sulzer 6RD76 diesel engine rated at 9,470 b.h.p. driving a controllable pitch propeller giving her a rated service speed of 17 m.p.h. She is equipped with an 800 horsepower bow thruster. This vessel has 16 hatches feeding into 6 holds where she can carry 24,800 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 27,000 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 27 feet 8 inches (current statistics). Other capacities include 399 tonnes of fuel oil, 68 tonnes of diesel oil, 78 tonnes of potable water, and 14,337 tonnes of water ballast.