DRAW HELD 23 FEB. 2013



I.S.M.A. Georgian Bay-Huronia




 Win a 7 day GREAT

LAKES TRIP aboard the


during the 2013 sailing season hosted by

Captain Seann O'Donoughue of

Algoma Central Corporation


Grand Prize: A 7 Day Great Lakes freighter trip for two adult guests, aboard the M.V. ALGOMA SPIRIT, hosted by Captain Seann O'Donoughue, Algoma Central Corporation, during the 2013 Navigation Season. Winners will be placed in a comfortable ship's cabin for their voyage, and have 24/7 access to the Navigation Bridge and all the ship's amenities.  The winners will dine with the Captain and Officers, and will find the food excellent, and aplenty. Guided tours of the ship and the Engine Room, will be made available. 
2nd Prize: A chance of a lifetime 8-14 Day trip in a Tall ship for a youth sailing the Great Lakes, participating in the 2013 Summer Tall Ships Challenge.  Donated by Toronto Brigantine.

3rd Prize: Up to 8 people get hands-on experience on handling a ship in the Marine Simulator at Great Lakes International Marine Training and Research Centre, Georgian College.   Donated by Georgian College, Owen Sound, Ontario
4th Prize: 2 night's accommodation for 2 at "The Quilter's Inn" in Lion's Head, Ontario -Donated by the Quilter's Inn.
5th Prize: 30,000 Islands Georgian Bay Family Sightseeing Trip, aboard the M.V. CHIPPEWA III, Parry Sound, Ontario - Donated by Spirit of the Sound Schooner Co.
6th Prize: Summer Sunset Dinner Cruse for 2 aboard the M/V CHI-CHEEMAUN, out of Tobermory, Ontario - Donated by Owen Sound Transportation
Lotery Licence No.  M679000

The Draw will be held at 10:00 pm on February 23rd, 2013, at the Annual Pirates' Costume Ball at Toronto's Steam Whistle Brewery.

Raffle Rules and Regulations

1. Winners shall comply with all company rules and regulations regarding guests while aboard the ALGOMA SPIRIT.  

2. Winners shall be responsible for any and all transportation to and from the embarking and disembarking points of the ALGOMA SPIRIT.

3. International Ship Masters Association shall not be held responsible for events, or traffic timing delays that may occur on the routes taken by the ALGOMA SPIRIT.

4. Winners shall obey any regulations regarding secure areas of the ship while on board, and comply and wear their issued safety equipment.

5. No refund or monetary compensation will be made if winners are unable to use the winning tickets.

All Guests must have valid Passport and be physically able to negotiate stairways and ladders.

Departure port and dates will be coordinated between the winner and

Captain O’Donoughue for the 2013 Sailing season.

 Winners will be announced at this site after the draw.


Lincoln Grahlfs and his wife Joan, winners of the 2012 International Shipmasters Association freighter trip, spent 11 days on board, the Algoma Spirit. In September, 2012, the Ship sailed about  1500 nautical miles on the journey, and went from the Welland Canal, down the  St. Lawrence river, through the 1000 Islands, and historic Lower Canada all the way down to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The winners were berthed in a specially outfitted guest cabin, and dined with the Captain and officers. They became friends with the crew, sharing coffee and exchanging stories.

While in salt water in the lower St. Lawrence they saw finback whales, Minke Whales, seals and other marine life.  Lincoln, a real ship buff, got his fill of watching shiphandling from the bridge which included, close quarters manoeuvring with other ships, anchoring and docking, and he did not miss one out of 22 locks.  He  got to see countless Lakers, Salties, Tugs, and Tall Ships as they met in the rivers, lakes and traversed the busy Welland Canal, Seaway Locks, ports of  Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Quebec City, Baie Comeau and Port Cartier. 

Lincoln is a retired college professor, WW2 Veteran, Wheelsman, and author of the book Undaunted, about the Pere Marquette tug Undaunted, in which he served while in the Pacific theater of operations during the final dramatic stages of WW2. Lincoln and Capt. O’Donoughue had a good time, and exchanged plenty of sea stories.



I want to thank you for inviting us to your home - away from home!  Everyone was so gracious and kind.  No one laughed at my naive questions and everyone was helpful.  I now have a whole new vocabulary -- right down to the knuckle.  

The outfitting of our cabin with fine linens was very thoughtful.  Thank you for the deck chairs and the BIG bath towels.  Oh, and all of the treats in the pantry.  Monique the 2nd cook was so helpful too, what a sweetheart.

I think our trip has made Lincoln 10 years younger.  It was so special.  He wears the Spirit t-shirt you gave him, with great pride and hopes someone will engage him in conversation about our trip.

PS.  Sean, you are a very fine teacher.  I think that you have the gift.

 I will remember this trip always,

Joan Grahlfs


Please mail  a cheque or money order  in Canadian or US funds, along with a self addressed stamped envelope,[S.A.S.E] for the amount of tickets you would like to purchase at $5.00 each.

Please inclu
de a self addressed stamped envelope.

Tickets will be mailed to you immediately.

Mail a cheque
&   S.A.S.E to our Lodge Secretary, Capt. Robert Hull.

"I.S.M.A. LODGE 15"

574 Gould St., Box 81 ,
Wiarton,      ON
 N0H 2T0


The Algoma Spirit is on a Liner Run.

She normally brings Canadian Prairie wheat down from Thunder Bay [Lake Superior] to a lower St. Lawrence Port.
Her Back haul is Labrador Iron Ore hauled out of Sept Iles for the Dofasco Steel Mill in Hamilton.

To date this year of 2012 , our grain unload ports have been Montreal, Sorel, Trois Rivieres, Quebec City, Baie Comeau, and Port Cartier Quebec.
The unload port depends on which customer we are hauling the grain for.

Iron ore is a busily moving raw material. The Iron ore loading ports can be one of any 3: Port Cartier [Owned by Arcelor Mital], Pointe Noire [Owned by Cleveland Cliffs / Wabash mines], and Sept-iles [Iron ore Company of Canada, owned by Rio Tinto]
 Our load port could be any one of these three based on the traffic flow.  The Traffic department schedules lake ships to be loaded in between the loading of the large salties bringing Canadian ore to the foreign market. 

For the 2013 season I would expect the same thing.
The trip involves joining the ship in the Welland Canal and either taking a trip up to the Lake head [Thunder Bay] and back to the Canal [8-9 days], or down from the Canal, down the Seaway out to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Back up to the Welland Canal.

This fall however, our trade has been changed due to the fact that there was a bumper crop of Soya beans in the US Midwest. The Algoma Spirit, Algoma Guardian and Algoma Discovery, are slated to haul Soya beans from Toledo to Baie Comeau, for Cargill.   There will be several hundred thousand tonnes of Soya Beans to move through Toledo by all 3 sister ships.


The winning tickets were drawn at the 2013 Toronto Brigantine Pirate's Ball were 

1st prize: Guy Numanville, of Wasaga Beach, Ontario
2nd prize: Sue Buckland, Wiarton, Ontario
3rd prize: Warren Jones, Owen Sound, Ontario
4th Prize: Elaine Mardirosan, Grosse Point Park, Michigan
5th prize: Jennifer Sellars, Etobicoke, Ontario 
6th prize : Dave Rowland, Lowbanks Ontario

The draw was held in Toronto, on February, 24th, 2013.

1st prize ticket sold by: Keith Filby
2nd prize ticket sold by: Hulls
3rd prize ticket sold by: Seann O'Donoughue
4th Prize ticket sold via: [boatnerd]
5th prize ticket sold by: Toronto Brigantine
6th prize ticket sold by: Jim Gallant