The J.W. Shelley started life as the Algocen and was owned and operated by the Algoma Central Corporation. She was built by the Collingwood Shipyards in Collingwood, Ontario. She is the last classical looking freighter to be built by that shipyard.
She was christened by the wife of the Premier of Ontario at the time in 1968.
She is powered by 4 2,000 horsepower engines and has a speed of 16 knots.
She was mostly used as a grain carrier until 2005, at which time she was sold to a New Jersey company to be used a trash hauler. This didn't last long as she was bought by Vanguard Shipping and given her current name.
A closeup of the pilothouse. YOu can see some of the crew in there.