The Birchglen started her life as the Canada Marquis built by the Govan Shipbuilders in Govan Scotland for the Misener Transportation Company in 1983. The goal was to use these ships year round. The would be used in the summer months on the lakes and on the oceans in the winter months. She had two sister ships, one of which still sails with her as the Spruceglen.
The ship is powered by a 10,000 horsepower diesel engine which gives her a top speed of almost 14 miles per hour. She is also equipped with a bow thruster.
She is 730 feet long and can carry almost 27,000 tons of cargo.
She was most used as an ocean vessel for the first part of her career.