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CALAND ORE CO.

Caland Ore Co., Steep Rock Lake, Ontario, 1954-56

Dan Moziar says: " I worked two summers (1955 & 1956) for the dredging firm Construction Aggregates Corp. (CAC) of Chicago. There were two suction dredges in operation -- The Joseph L. Block and the Clarence B. Randall, both (named after) senior executives with Inland Steel and Caland Ore. The dredges were powered by 10,000 H.P. electric motors and each pump line had two more 10,000 H.P. motors on shore to help push the dredged overburden over the land divide.

" I worked in the engineering office of CAC and the operation was headed up by "Boots" Davis and Norman Proehl, two American engineers . . . . Both of these men were football players and I believe that Boots Davis had been an All-American. Recently there was a player with the name of Proehl playing for a ranked team (Notre Dame?) and I suspect that he was the grandson of Norm Proehl.

" I worked for an American civil engineer named Auggie Stoeffler from New Jersey, and I believe his family owned a firm call the Stoeffler Knitting Mills. He was a great man to work for and I learned a lot about engineering from him.

" I was an engineering assistant and dredge statistician, and we kept track of how much overburden the dredges removed each month as CAC was compensated by progress payments. It was an interesting job for an undergraduate engineering student. "


Caland Ore Co., 1954.

May 15, 1954: Taken from the Office looking south towards the work area -- electric, mechanical and welding shops. Water elevation 1130.9.


Caland Ore Co., 1954.

June 26, 1954: 42 inch pipeline to discharge in Marmion Lake.


Caland Ore Co., 1954.

Undated photo of the tug Manistique. Probably taken in June 1954.


Caland Ore Co., 1954.

Aug. 7, 1954: One of the 10,000 HP electric motors probably for the dredge Joseph L. Block.


Caland Ore Co., 1954.

Dec. 4, 1954: Last dredge spud arrives by Kenilworth truck. I do not recall the name of the truck driver, but he was a great driver. I believe he was entered in the Canadian Truck Drivers Rodeo event in 1954 or 1955 and I think he was in the top three in Canada. This spud was probably for the dredge Joseph L. Block.


Caland Ore Co., 1954.

Another picture of the spud being delivered in Dec. 1954. Not much snow!


Caland Ore Co., 1955.

Mar. 15, 1955: Earlier picture of Dredge Randall port quarter. Note the port stud is down and the starboard spud is up, which is how the dredge "walked" into the cut.


Caland Ore Co., 1955.

Mar. 15, 1955: Pipeline discharge into Marmion Lake. Note the water is clear which probably means a startup after a shutdown of the dredge and/or the pipeline for maintenance.


Caland Ore Co., 1955.

April 10, 1955: Derrick barge #1 used to service the dredges and monitors.


Caland Ore Co., 1955.

July 3, 1955: Picture of monitor barge Indiana Harbor after a landslide. Note the watergun on deck. The monitor was used to undercut any large cliff banks to create small land­slides and not put the dredges in jeopardy. Obviously not successful for the monitor this time.


Caland Ore Co., 1955.

July 1955: Engineering assistant and dredge statistician Dan Moziar checking the rate of flow at the dis­charge end into Marmion Lake. Several times a day Dan had to drive to the dis­charge end of the pipeline and measure the rate of flow (CFS) and also take a silt sample to calculate the average daily removal of the over­burden. The results of the several daily readings were then averaged and a production volume was calculated. This volume was then averaged with two other calculations to produce a daily production figure. The dredging company CAC of Chicago received progress payments based on the daily production calculations.


Caland Ore Co., 1955.

July 1955: Dan Moziar taking a silt sample for calculating daily dredge production.


Caland Ore Co., 1956.

Jan. 21, 1956: View of the dredge Clarence B. Randall pumping silt from Falls Bay.


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