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The Gemini , A Great Lake Freighter on Byng Inlet


Latitude 45.7667 Longitude -80.5500 Altitude (feet) 606
Lat (DMS) 45 46' 0N Long (DMS) 80 32' 60W Altitude (meters) 184

For your interest the Table above is Byng Inlet's Earth Reference

Taken From Our Property May 21, 2001. Rare sight, but The Big Boats Still Ply The Small Harbours. The Gemini, a twin-screw petroleum tanker built by Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX for Cleveland Tankers Inc., Cleveland, OH, was launched on May 13, 1978. She is powered by twin Alco V-16 cylinder 2575 horsepower diesel engines giving her a rated service speed of 12 knots. The Gemini is capable of carrying 73000 barrels of clean petroleum products or 68000 barrels of heavy fuel oil in 6 tanks (equivalent of 10099 tons) at her maximum mid-summer draft of 23 feet. She has 3 separate pumping systems allowing her to transport a variety of cargos without contamination. Considered a specialty carrier, the Gemini's cargos may consist of gasoline, distillates, and petrochemicals. Because of her tank coating and construction, she can also carry calcium chloride, caustic soda, and nitrogen fertilizers. These cargos are delivered to customers along the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and the East Coast of Canada and the United States.

Gemini's maiden voyage was from Baytown, TX with a load of fuel oil for Detroit, MI thus becoming the largest U.S. flagged tanker on the Great Lakes.

Currently owned by Cleveland Tankers (1991) Inc., Cleveland, OH and operated by Cleveland Tankers Ship Management Inc., the Gemini sails under charter to Algoma Tankers Ltd., Dartmouth, NS. Algoma Tankers reportedly owns 25 percent of Cleveland Tankers Inc..


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Capacity (barrels)



          Lake Huron
          Surface area: 59,600 square kilometres
          Volume: 3,540 cubic kilometres
          Maximum depth: 229 metres

          Lake Michigan
          Surface area: 57,800 square kilometres
          Volume: 4,920 cubic kilometres
          Maximum depth: 281 metres

          Lake Ontario
Surface area: 18,960 square kilometres
          Volume: 1,640 cubic kilometres
          Maximum depth: 244 metres

          Lake Erie
Surface area: 25,700 square kilometres
          Volume: 484 cubic kilometres
          Maximum depth: 64 metres

          Lake Superior
Surface area: 82,100 square kilometres
          Volume: 12,100 cubic kilometres
          Maximum depth: 405 metres

          IN AND OUT

          Inflow from Lake Superior, precipitation, runoff
          and evaporation all play a part in influencing
          the levels of lakes Michigan and Huron.
          Values shown are based on the period
          1948-2006, and are represented as cubic
          metres per second.

          Water in:
          Inflow from Lake Superior: 2,110
          Precipitation: 3,120
          Runoff to lakes: 2,670
          Total: 7,900

          Water out:
          Outflow to Lake Erie: 5,360
          Evaporation: 2,450
          Chicago Diversion: 90
          Total: 7,900

                    Source: International Joint Commission



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