It was probably the very late 1970s or possibly the early 1980s when the last three islander arrived here. I managed to catch a few of them in their last days.The explosive growth in size of tankers at that time also doomed most of the three islanders.
It started life in 1952 in Collingwood, ON as B.A.Peerless for the British-American Oil Co Ltd. It was one of four tankers, three others for Imperial Oil, built to carry Alberta crude oil from Superior, WI to Sarnia, ON for Esso and Clarkson, ON for B-A.When the pipeline was extended to Sarnia, the ships were not needed for their original work, and the other three were converted to bulk carriers. B.A.Peerless took another route however and went to Port Arthur Shipbuilding in 1958, where it was shortened 70 ft to 540 ft loa and strengthened for ocean work. It then exited the newly built St.Lawrence Seaway and began running costal and deep sea, often to Venezuela and back into the Lakes. It was a frequent caller in Halifax where B-A had a depot in lower Burnside, near National Gypsum.
In 1969 Gulf Oil took over B-A and the ship was renamed Gulf Canada while in drydock in Halifax. In 1984 Gulf sold the ship to Coastal Canada Marine Inc, and it was renamed Coastal Canada (also in Halifax). It remained in coastal work until laid up in Halifax January 2, 1989. On December 19, 1989, and renamed Coastal I under St. Vincent and the the Grenadines registry, it left Halifax in tow of the Russian tug Gigant and arrived in Alang March 22, 1990 for scrapping.
Leaving aside coastal tankers - and there were many Canadian ones with island bridge, both Imperial Oil and Irving Oil operated large three island tankers. Regrettably, my camera never had the opportunity to capture any of them in their original form.
Next - the last bastion of three islanders.