Christened April 1, 1968 as the Algorail (2), this medium sized Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier was built by Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON for Algoma Central Corp., Sault Ste. Marie, ON. She is powered by 4 Fairbanks-Morse 10-38D8-1/8 10-cylinder diesel engines producing a total installed 6,664 horsepower, a 600 horsepower bow thruster, and a 1000 horsepower stern thruster. The Algorail has 17 hatches feeding into 4 holds where she can carry 19,975 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 23,750 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 29 feet 2 inches. Her bow-mounted self-unloading equipment consists of a three belt gravity system with two cleated steel chord belt elevators feeding a 250 foot discharge boom that can be swung 105 degrees to port or starboard discharging at a rate of up to 3,810 tonnes per hour.