I was just surfing to see what the current status of the SS Norisle is. For those of you who never heard of her she was a 215' steam powered freight and passenger ship built in 1945 and powered by an engine which has originally been intended to a RCN corvette that never got built due to the end of WWII. She ended her career as a ferry running between the Manitoulin Island and Tobermory.
She was retired in the early 70's and has sat at dock since then. Her condition declined, to the point where she was actually in danger of sinking, and finally a decision was taken to scuttle her as a dive site. This sparked quite an uproar and an organization, Friends of the Norisle, was formed to prevent the scuttling. It appears that the initial clean up has been completed and the next move, once funding is figured out, will be to move her to the Purvis dry dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for the completion of the restoration. The intent is to use her as a cruise boat, I presume operating out of the Manitoulin Island.
One thing the article I was reading mentioned was that her coal bunkers have been emptied and that the coal was sold to a buyer down near Toronto somewhere. According to the article, the quantity sold was 150 tons. I know next to nothing about coal fired steamers but 150 tons seems to me like an awful lot of coal for a 215' boat. Am I out to lunch or is the quantity reasonable?
I presume that the intent is to convert her to oil fired.