Stephen B. Roman

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Stephen B. Roman moored at the Cement Works on Cherry Street, in the Keating Channel, Toronto Ontario.

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

She was originally launched on April 24, 1965, as the Fort William, a "package freighter" carrying ore pellets for the Canadian Steamship Lines.[2] 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 the Paul L. Tietjen on August 10, 1967.[2]

The vessel was purchased in 1982 by ESSROC Canada, formerly the Lake Ontario Cement Company, which renamed her the Stephen B. Roman after converting her to a self-unloading cement carrier.p[2]


  1. Steve Orr. Charles Schumer seeks funds for port, bay outlet dredging, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 2011-04-12. Retrieved on 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.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 George Wharton. Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Stephen B. Roman, Boatnerd.
  3. Stephen B. Roman (1921 – 1988) – 1989 Candian Mining Hall of Fame Inductee, Republic of Mining.