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Imperial Oil Shipping Co., Ltd.
Windsolite - (1927-1947)
See her also as "Imperial Windsor" and "Cardinal".

"Windsolite" was build in 1972 and renamed "Imperial Windsor" in 1947. Sold as "Cardinal" in 1973.
Sold for breaking up in 19.08.1974.
 
Imperial Oil limited tanker "Windsolite" passing under a highway bridge on the Welland Canal.
( Photo around 1930 )
 
"Windsolite" in 1936.
 
"Windsolite", April 1, 1938.
 
"Windsolite".
( Photo Glenbow Archives )
 
"Cardinal", ex. "Windsolite".
( Photo thanks to Skip Gillham )
 
"Cardinal", ex. "Windsolite", seen here damaged after her collision with the "Henry Steinbrenner" in 1974.
( Photo thanks to Skip Gillham )
 
"Cardinal", ex. "Windsolite", seen here damaged after her collision with the "Henry Steinbrenner" in 1974.
( Photo thanks to Skip Gillham )
 
"Cardinal", ex. "Windsolite", seen here damaged after her collision with the "Henry Steinbrenner" in 1974.
( Photo thanks to Skip Gillham )

Built by the Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. of Haverton Hill, England as hull # 115. Launched on April 13, 1927 as WINDSOLITE for Imperial Oil Ltd. of Toronto, Ont. Dimensions: 256 loa x 43 beam x 18 depth; 1930 GRT, 1196 NRT. Capacity 21,500 bbl. Powered by a 750 ihp triple expansion steam engine. Entered service on May 5, 1927.

The WINDSOLITE was renamed to IMPERIAL WINDSOR in 1947. Ownership changed in 1962 to Chargord Investments Ltd. but management remained with Imperial Oil. She last sailed for Imperial Oil in 1971 and was laid up at Sarnia, Ont.

In November of 1972 the IMPERIAL WINDSOR was purchased by Beauchamp Investments Ltd. of Corunna, Ont. and was sold again in early 1973 to Algonquin Shipping Corp. Ltd. of Montreal, Que. (Managed by Hall Shipping Ltd.). The vessel was renamed at this time to CARDINAL. On May 23, 1974 the CARDINAL was involved in a collision with the HENRY STEINBRENNER (3) in the Pelee Passage on Lake Erie. As a result of this collision, the CARDINAL was declared a constructive loss and the STEINBRENNER suffered $100,000 worth of damage. The CARDINAL made her way through the Welland Canal on May 26, and arrived in Toronto on May 27 to be laid up. On August 19, 1974 she was towed to the Strathearne Terminal at Hamilton, Ont. for scrapping by United Metals beginning in October, 1974 and completed in January 1975.

The Miramar Ship Index for "WINDSOLITE"
IDNo:
5159674
Year:
1927
Name:
WINDSOLITE
Keel:
12.12.1926
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
05.04.1927
Flag:
CAN
Date of completion:
05.1927

Tons:
1930
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
115
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
76.2
Country of build:
GBR
Beam:
13.2
Builder:
Furness
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Haverton Hill
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1T-8.5

Subsequent History:
1947 IMPERIAL WINDSOR - 1973 CARDINAL

Disposal Data:
Collision 6 nm NE Pelee Is on 23.05.1974 & scrapped at Hamilton, Ont., 19.08.1974.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
138580
5159674
1927
WINDSOLITE
1930
Imperial Oil
138580
5159674
5159674
1927
IMPERIAL WINDSOR
1930
1947
Imperial Oil
138580
5159674
5159674
1927
CARDINAL
1930
1973
Hall Corp Sg.

Information from Starke & Schell Ships-registers;

WINDSOLITE - 1927   CA   1T (aft)  (8½)
1,930 GRT for Imperial Oil, Ltd., Windsor, Ont.,  250.0 x 43.2
Tanker build by Furness SB. Co., Ltd., Haverton Hill-on-Tees, (5)   #115, 138580
1947 - IMPERIAL WINDSOR, s/o
1962 - Chargord Investments, Ltd., Windsor, Ont. - leased back to Imperial Oil
1964 - Imperial Oil, Ltd., Windsor, Ont.
1972 - Beauchamp Investments, Ltd. (Corunna, Ont.)
1973 - CARDINAL, Algonquin Corp., Ltd., Windsor  [Hall Corp. Shipping, Ltd., Montreal]
Damaged in collision with s/s HENRY STEINBRENNER, 23 May 1974, in Pelee Passage, Lake Erie,
6 miles NE of Pelee Island, voyage Windsor - Toronto, in ballast, CTL,
Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., Oct 1974 by United Metals, Ltd.,
arrived 19 Aug 1974.

FURNESS SHIPBUILDING COMPANY LTD., HAVERTON HILL
Name
WINDSOLITE
Type
Tanker
Yard Number
115
Launched
05/04/1927
Completed
05/1927
Off. Number
138530
Engine builder
North East Marine Engineering Co., Newcastle
Engine type
T. 3cyl, aft
GRT
1930
Length (feet)
250
Beam (feet)
43.2
First owner
Imperial Oil Company, Windsor, Ontario
History
1947 renamed IMPERIAL WINDSOR
1962 Charge Investments ltd., Windsor (leased back)
1964 Imperial Oil Company, Windsor, Ontario
1972 Beauchamp Investments Ltd., Corunna, Ontario
1973 CARDINAL, Algonquin Corporation Inc. (Hall Corporation Shipping), Windsor
Fate
19/08/1974 arrived at Hamilton, Ontario for breaking with collision damage incurred on 23/05/1974 in Lake Erie.

Additional information :

Registry & Rig Information
Vessel Name:
WINDSOLITE
Nationality
CANADA
Official Number:
138580
Rig:
Propeller

Dimensions & Tonnage
Vessel Length:
250.00
Gross Tonnage:
1990.00
Vessel Width:
43.16
Net Tonnage:
0.00
Vessel Height
18.00
Hull Material:
Steel
Masts:
Hull Number:
00115

Builder Information
Place of Build:
Haverton Hill-on-Tees, Great Britain
Builder:
Furness Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Date of Build
1927

Name Changes
Vessel Name:
Date:
Registry
Official #
IMPERIAL WINDSOR
1947 - 1973
CANADA
138580
CARDINAL
1973 - 1974
CANADA
138580

Ownership Changes
Owner Name
Date
Registry
Official #
Imperial Oil, Ltd.
Toronto, Ont. Canada
1927 - 1962
CANADA
138580
Chargord Investments, Ltd. (Imperial Oil, Ltd., Mgrs.)
Toronto, Ont. Canada
1962 - 1972
CANADA
138580
Beauchamp Investments, Ltd.
Corunna, Ont. Canada
1972 - 1973
CANADA
138580
Algonquin Shipping Corp., Ltd. (Hall Shipping, Ltd., Mgrs.)
Montreal, P.Q. Canada
1973 - 1974
CANADA
138580

Disposition
Arrived at United Metals Dock in Hamilton, Ont., August 19, 1974, for scrapping; scrapping begun October, 1974. Registry closed on May 30, 1975.

History
As CARDINAL: Involved in collision with HENRY STEINBRENNER in Pelee Passage, Lake Erie, on May 23, 1974. STEINBRENNER was downbound and CARDINAL was upbound. CARDINAL limped into North Bay Harbor, Pelee Island, with damaged bow and listing. STEINBRENNER suffered damage to port side.

Vessel Extracts:  IMPERIAL WINDSOR ,  (tanker), 1927
IMPERIAL WINDSOR - Steel tanker (C.138580) built in 1927 at Haverton Hill, United Kingdom by Furness
Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Hull # 115) launched April 13, 1927, for Imperial Oil Ltd. as a.) WINDSOLITE:
250 x 43.2 x 18; 1,930 gross tons. Powered by a 750 ihp triple expansion steam engine.
Renamed:
b.) IMPERIAL WINDSOR in 1947,
and c.) CARDINAL in 1973.
Sold for scrap after a collision with HENRY STEINBRENNER (U.S.204225) in Pelee Passage on May 23, 1974.
Scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1974.