Stephen B. Roman (ship)

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Stephen B. Roman moored at the Cement Works on Cherry Street, in the Keating Channel.jpg
Stephen B. Roman moored at the ESSROC Cement Works on Cherry Street, in the Keating Channel, Toronto, Ontario
  • Fort William (1965-83)
  • Stephen B. Roman (1983-present)
  • Canada Steamship Lines (1965-1998)
  • Upper Lakes Group of Toronto (1998-2004)
  • Seaway Marine Transport (2004-present)
Builder: Davie Shipbuilding & Repair Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec
Launched: April 24, 1965
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Length: 488 feet 9 inches (148.97 m)
Beam: 56 feet (17 m)
Depth: 35 feet 6 inches (10.82 m)
Installed power: 5,994 brake horsepower (4,470 kW)
  • 2 × Fairbanks Morse 10 cylinder horizontally opposed 10-38D8-1/8 diesel engines
  • 2 × Fairbanks Morse 8 cylinder horizontally opposed 8-38-D8-1/8 diesel engines
  • Single reduction gear box
  • Single KaMeWa controllable-pitch propeller
Speed: 16 knots (18 mph)
  • 7,400 tons (7,519 mt) (as built)
  • 7,600 tons (7,722 mt) (after 1983)

Stephen B. Roman is a Canadian bulk carrier operating on the Great Lakes.[2][1] She carries dry cement to Great Lakes ports, and is named after prominent Canadian mining engineer Stephen Boleslav Roman.[3]

She was originally launched on April 24, 1965, as Fort William, a package freighter carrying ore pellets for the Canadian Steamship Lines.[1] She capsized on September 14, 1965, due to human error when unloading, and her lower holds were emptied, while her upper decks were heavily loaded. After she capsized aerosolized calcium chloride powder exploded when exposed to water. Five sailors lost their lives. The vessel was salvaged and restored to service in May 1966.

She collided with Paul L. Tietjen on August 10, 1967.[1]

The vessel was purchased in 1982 by the Lake Ontario Cement Company, now ESSROC Canada, which renamed her Stephen B. Roman after converting her to a self-unloading cement carrier.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 George Wharton. "Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Stephen B. Roman". Boatnerd. Archived from the original on 2011-04-14. 
  2. Steve Orr (2011-04-12). "Charles Schumer seeks funds for port, bay outlet dredging". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-14. The freighter Stephen B. Roman, which carries dry cement from Canada to an Essroc terminal near Rochester's Turning Point Park, ran aground in the mouth of the Genesee in March 2007. 
  3. "Stephen B. Roman (1921 – 1988) – 1989 Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Inductee". Republic of Mining. Archived from the original on 2011-04-14. 

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