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Demolition Begins on Cleveland's Huletts

01/31:
A court ruling last week cleared the way for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to begin the removal of four Hulett Ore Unloaders on Whiskey Island. On Sunday morning crews began dismantling the Huletts and had cut the bucket off of the eastern most unit.

Two of the Huletts will be dismantled and stored for future use at a proposed park along the Cuyahoga River. The site on Whiskey Island will then be used to handle bulk cargoes in the port.




Gemini on the Move

01/31:
The tanker Gemini arrived in Toledo Sunday afternoon shortly after 2:00 P.M. She was escorted from Sarnia to Toledo by the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley.

The tanker is expected to continue sailing into February. She is scheduled to return to Sarnia on Monday or Tuesday under escort of the Samuel Risley.

Reported by: Wayne Garrett




Ice Breaking In Buffalo

01/31:
The ice surface in the Buffalo River showed signs of having been cut by the fire boat Edward M. Cotter on the afternoon of the 30th. It appears the fireboat has been up and down the creek at least once in the past week.

The ice breaking is done to maintain the proper flow of water and ice. This prevents any type of flooding that can cause accidents such as the ships being pulled away from their lay-up docks.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Another Arrival at Bay Ship

01/31:
The 149-foot James A. Hannah, one of Hannah Marine Corporation's fleet tugs, arrived in Sturgeon Bay on January 28. The tug tied up at the last remaining slip at Bay Shipbuilding. It is not known if this is a winter lay-up or a temporary stop for repairs.

Entering through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, the Hannah encountered little difficulty with ice thanks to continual traffic in recent weeks which has kept the ice in the channel to a minimum.

Reported by: Paul Graf




Roman Unloading

01/31:
The cement carrier Stephen B. Roman was scheduled to unload her winter storage cargo of cement at her winter berth, the Lafarge dock in Toronto. She was expected to start unloading on Jan. 26 and finishing on Jan. 27.

Reported by: Seann O'Donoghue




Carferry and Ice

01/31:
Last week the Kingston harbor and surrounding area was completely ice covered with a layer of ice between four to six inches thick. The Wolfe Islander III which re-entered service on the 18th of Jan. is having no problems as she makes her way to and from Dawson Point and Wolfe Island.

The three-mile ferry track is also aided by a bubble system which helps keep the track open and ice free. At present, only one of five air compressors is running.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Ship Masters Web Site Updated

01/31:
The Members section of the International Ship Masters' Association web site has been updated. Please visit for important new information.

If you are not yet a member now is a great time to join. The International Ship Masters' Association is open to anyone working in the shipping industry and works with government agencies and the marine industry toward the creation of a safer and more efficient maritime commerce.

Lodges are located through out the region in the United States and Canada. Through local and national meetings and events you will have the chance to meet professional mariners with the same interests and concerns as your own and a forum in which to exchange opinions and ideas.

Click here for updates or more information on how to become a member




Ice Forecast

01/31:
Ice Hazard Bulletin Issued by Environment Canada at 1700 UTC Sunday 30 January 2000.
No ice warning in effect for the next 36 hours.

Lake Ontario... Over the northeastern and eastern shores and within 5 miles of the coast from Prince Edward Point to Brighton 7 to 9 plus tenths new and thin lake ice. Within 5 miles of the south shore 8 to 9 tenths new lake ice. Open water elsewhere.

Lake Erie... East section of the lake 8 to 9 tenths new and thin lake ice. Fast ice in long point bay. West of a line from Point Pelee to 25 miles east of Cleveland 9 plus thin and medium lake ice. into the western basin and in Lake St Clair 9 plus tenths medium and thin lake ice.

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay... Mostly open water. Consolidated medium lake ice over the North Channel and in Saginaw Bay and in St Marys River. Within 20 to 25 miles of the north and northeastern shores of Georgian Bay and within 5 to 10 miles of the eastern shore of Nottawasaga Bay and in the Strait Of Mackinac 9 plus tenths mostly thin lake ice. within 6 to 12 miles of the rest of the shores of Lake Huron 6 to 8 tenths of new and thin lake ice.

Lake Superior... Consolidated thick lake ice in most of Black and Nipigon Bays. Consolidated thick lake ice in most of Thunder Bay and west of Pie Island except for 9 plus tenths new lake ice in the entrance to Thunder Bay. New lake ice forming between Thunder Bay and Isle Royale. In Whitefish Bay 9 tenths thin and new lake ice. Within 6 to 12 miles of the south and east shores 6 to 8 tenths new lake ice except for 9 plus thin and new lake ice along the north Keweenaw Peninsula and around the Apostle Islands. mostly open water over the rest of Lake Superior.

Lake Michigan... Nearly ten tenths medium and thick fast ice covered all of Green Bay. Eight to 10 tenths thin and medium fast ice covered the northern portion of Lake Michigan from Manistique to Beaver Island to Little Traverse Bay. Six to 8 tenths new and thin ice extending south to Boulder Reef...South Fox Island and to Charlevoix. three to 6 tenths new and thin ice along the remainder of the Lake Michigan coasts including portions of Grand Traverse Bay except the eastern shoreline from Little Sable Point north to Grand Traverse Bay.

Click here for the St. Lawrence River Forecast.

Note: this report is offered for entertainment and should not be relied on for navigation. Please consult Canadian Ice Service for current conditions (subscription necessary)

Area coverage is expressed in tenths
1-3/10's---very open drift ice
4-6/10's---open drift ice
7-8/10's---close pack ice
9-9+/10's--very close pack
10/10's---compact
10/10's---frozen together - consolidated

When ice reaches 6/10's or greater, ships can no longer traverse between floes.

Fast ice--ice fastened to the shore (frozen all the way across)

New Lake Ice----recently formed less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) thick.
Thin Lake Ice---2 - 6 inches (5 - 15 centimeters) thick.
Medium Lake Ice- 6 - 12 inches (15 - 30 centimeters) thick.
Thick Lake Ice--12 - 28 inches (30-70 centimeters) thick.
Very Thick Ice--greater than 28 inches (70 centimeters thick).





Today in Great Lakes History - January 31

MANZZUTTI was launched January 31, 1903 as a) J.S. KEEFE.

January 31, 1930 - While the Grand Trunk carferry MADISON was leading the way across Lake Michigan to Grand Haven, she was struck from behind by her sister ship GRAND RAPIDS.

Data from: Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Icebreaking Update

01/30:
The Canadian Coast Guard's Samuel Risley escorted the Gemini to Sarnia. The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Mackinaw also assisted the Gemini and continued on up Lake Huron.

Farther down the St. Clair River the car ferry Daldean that serves Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan had stopped running due to ice conditions. On Saturday the Daldean was attempting to keep ice from forming in the vicinity of her Sombra slip.

At the Walpole Island/Algonac river crossing neither the Walpole Islander nor the City of Algonac were operating their cross-river runs due to ice.

Heavy ice concentrations have choked the river in the area. Large ice concentrations extend upriver to just below Recor Point.

On the Lower Detroit River the Canadian Coast Guard's Griffon is tied up at the Amherstburg, ONT. Coast Guard Base for winter lay-up. She is expected to return to service in early March.

Reported by: Leslie Reading




Today in Great Lakes History - January 30

ELMDALE was launched in 1909 as a) CLIFFORD F. MOLL.

The CHIEF WAWATAM was held up in the ice for a period of three weeks. On January 30, 1927, she went aground at North Graham Shoal in the Straits. She was later dry-docked at Great Lakes Engineering Works in Detroit where her forward propeller and after port wheel were replaced.

January 30, 1911 - The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage.

On 30 January 1881, ST. ALBANS (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 135', 435 t, built in 1869 at Cleveland) was carrying general merchandise, flour, cattle and 22 passengers in lake Michigan. She rammed a cake of ice that filled the hole it made in her hull. She rushed for shore, but as the ice melted, the vessel filled with water. She sank 8 miles from Milwaukee. The crew and passengers made it to safety in the lifeboats. Her loss was valued at $35,000.

Data from: Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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No Pirates Here

01/29:
For nine months out of the year foreign vessels from around the globe sail to the Great Lakes to trade deep into the heartland of North America. While on the lakes a crew can feel safe that they will not face threats from modern day pirates.

This is not the case while the vessels sail across the worlds oceans. The International Maritime Bureau in London (IMB) has released their annual Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships report for 1999. The report shows the number of reported piracy attacks worldwide for 1999 rose nearly 40% compared with 1998 figures and almost tripled compared with 1991. While there were no attacks on the Lakes, a total of 285 separate attacks on ships either at sea, at anchor or in port were documented. While the number of crew killed has declined, the trend to violence is giving renewed cause for concern. Figures released by the IMB show that pirates carried guns on 53 occasions and that knives were used twice as often as in 1998. Once again, the majority of piracy attacks in the last year took place in South East Asia with the number of attacks in Indonesian waters almost double that of last year.

"Although more attacks are reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center in Kuala Lumpur now than previously, there can be no doubt that attacks have increased substantially indicating that piratical activity still flourishes in certain areas," the report states. Vessels are reported to have been boarded in 217 instances and on 11 occasions pirates fired upon the ships they were targeting. A total of eight ships were hijacked in 1999, mostly in South East Asia and off Somalia.

"The 1999 Annual Report once again highlights that modern piracy is violent, bloody and ruthless. It is made all the more fearsome because its victims know they are alone and defenseless," said Captain Jayant Abhyankar, IMB Deputy Director. IMB is a specialized bureau of ICC Commercial Crime Services, a division of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Captain Abhyankar said seafarers had a basic human right to expect to sail on safe ships in safe waters. "It is impossible for those ashore to fully appreciate the trauma pirate attacks cause, both physically and mentally. Added to this is the danger to shipping and the seaways that can result from pirate activity. Pirates endanger navigation by leaving vessels, including fully laden tankers, underway and not in command, dramatically increasing the risk of collision or grounding and the resulting environmental implications," Captain Abhyankar said

The report says the dramatic rise in piracy-related violence and deaths reported in 1998 was not repeated in 1999 and that, in fact, there has been a decline in the number of seafarers killed during piratical attacks. The report suggests that this could be due to greater efforts by governments to combat piracy. In the last year, both India and China have arrested alleged ship hijackers and China recently sentenced to death 13 of the hijackers of MV Cheung son, one of the country's most brutal recent cases of piracy involving the murder of 23 Chinese seamen.

The annual report draws attention to IMB's recent initiative to take the fight against piracy onto the Internet with weekly updates of attacks and warnings. The service, which has been well received in the shipping world, is compiled from daily status bulletins broadcast via satellite from the Piracy Reporting Center. Posting the information on the Internet means shipowners and land based authorities are able to access the updates as well as ships at sea. The address for the weekly report is www.icc-ccs.org.

Reported by: John Stark




Today in Great Lakes History - January 29

The BUCKEYE (2) was launched January 29, 1910 as the straight decker a) LEONARD B. MILLER.

JOHN P. REISS was also launched this date in 1910 .

January 29, 1987 - The BADGER almost capsized at her dock due to a broken water intake pipe.

On 29 January 1953, RICHARD M. MARSHALL (steel propeller freighter, 643', 10,606 gt) was launched in Bay City, MI at Defoe's shipyard (hull #424). Later she was named JOSEPH S. WOOD (1957), JOHN DYKSTRA (1966), and BENSON FORD (2) (1983). She was scrapped in 1987 at Recife, Brazil.

Data from: Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Barbara Andrie Ends Season

01/28:
Added to the Bayship Building lay-up fleet this week was the tug Barbara Andrie. She arrived at the Sturgeon Bay, WI. ship yard on Tuesday.

Reported by: Karl May




Ice Breaking Update

01/28:
On Wednesday the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay assisted the tanker Gemini and tug Karen Andrie with her barge in the Detroit River. The cutter then planned to assisted the Boblo Island ferry Thursday morning.

The Cutter Neah Bay was expected to assisted the Gemini returning from Naticoke. Instead, the Mackinaw departed Cleveland Thursday heading to assist the tanker.




U.S. Coast Guard Called to Help

01/28:
On Wednesday the Ottawa County Sheriff in Michigan requested assistance to search for a man who may have jumped or fallen into the water from the North Pierhead in Holland, MI. The 26-year old man had been missing since 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A car he was driving was parked near the Pierheads and footprints led out to the pier. An HH-65 helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Traverse City searched the ice floe-ridden area but did not find the man.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 28

SELKIRK SETTLER was launched January 28, 1983

At 4:00 am on 28 January 1879, the ferry SARNIA was discovered to be on fire while lying at Fitzgerald's yard in Port Huron. All of the cabins were destroyed although the fire department had the fire out within an hour. About $3,000 damage was done. She was in the shipyard to be remodeled and to have a stern wheel put in. Arson was suspected.

Data from: Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Work on the Cuyahoga

01/27:
The repowering of the Cuyahoga is progressing and the vessel's engine room is now an empty shell as the steam powered 4-cylinder Lentz-Poppet engine has been fully removed. Installation of the new 8 cylinder, Caterpillar model 3608 engine has begun. The new diesel engine will offer more power, increased efficiency and reliability.
Below are pictures of the work.
View across the engine room where the cylinders used to be.
Engine bed plate (12 Tons per half) on the dock

Reported by: Mike Green




Icebreaking Update

01/27:
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay assisted the tanker Gemini downbound from Sarnia into Lake Erie on Tuesday. Once in Lake Erie the Cutter Neah Bay escorted the Gemini into open water on Lake Erie and then assisted the tug Donald C. Hannah and barge into Cleveland.

The Neah Bay was expected to monitor the progress of the Gemini and assist the tanker into Nanticoke if necessary. Ice in Long Point Bay was reported to be about six-inches thick.

The Bristol Bay later assisted and tug Karen Andrie and barge upbound into Detroit and then planned to assist the Boblo Island ferry Wednesday a morning.




Huletts Lose in Court

01/27:
On Tuesday afternoon the 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals granted a motion from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to allow the demolition of two of the four Hulett Ore Unloaders on Whiskey Island in Cleveland.

The court had issued an order preventing the work on Jan. 14, in response to a lawsuit filed by a member of the Committee to Save Cleveland's Huletts.

The group working to save the Huletts filed another motion on Wednesday asking for a reconsideration of the decision to allow demolition and are awaiting an answer. With permits already having been issued by the city, the Huletts may come down at any time.

Two of the Huletts will be dismantled and stored for future use at a proposed park. The park is planned along the Cuyahoga River near the Carter Road Bridge in the flats.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that a contractor was hired to complete the $709,000 project and was paid a penalty of $5,785 a day by the Port Authority for delays in the project. Work was scheduled to begin last week.

The site will be used to handle bulk cargoes in the port.




GATX Reports Earning

01/27:
GATX Corporation, parent company of the American Steamship Company (ASC), announced Tuesday record 1999 full year and fourth quarter earnings.

The company's Financial Services unit incorporates GATX Capital and the American Steamship Company. This unit reported a 1999 net income of $71.0 million compared to $66.5 million a year ago. Fourth quarter 1999 net income was $12.5 million compared to $8.2 million in the prior year period.

Excluding Great Lakes marine operations, Financial Services' net income was $67.6 million in 1999 compared to $59.3 million in 1998, and 1999 fourth quarter net income was $11.5 million compared to $6.5 million in 1998.

Income from ASC operations decreased $3.8 million in 1999 compared to the prior year. No explination was given for the decrease.

www.gatx.com




Manitowoc Company Reports Record Year

01/27:
On Tuesday the Manitowoc Company, Inc. reported record financial results for both the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 1999. This was the company's fifth year of record financial results and its 17th consecutive quarter of improved year-over-year earnings growth. Manitowoc's marine segment operates three shipyards around the lakes, Bay Shipbuilding , Toledo Shiprepair and Cleveland Shiprepair.

The marine segment had another strong year with sales up 22 percent compared with its already strong performance in 1998. Highlights of the year included completion of the New York dipper dredge and delivery of the 140,000-barrel, double-hull tank barge Seneca to Exxon Mobil during the fourth quarter, some four months ahead of schedule.

Also during this quarter, the company signed a contract with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock to build a 5,000-cubic-meter hopper dredge at its Bay Shipbuilding facility in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Construction of this 315-foot, highly automated ship will keep the yards busy until 2001.

The company's yards are now booked to capacity for the 1999/2000 winter lay-up season and quoting activity remains high throughout our marine operations.

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of ice-cube machines, ice/beverage dispensers, and commercial refrigeration equipment for the foodservice industry. It is also a leading producer of lattice-boom cranes, boom trucks, and related products for the construction industry, and specializes in ship repair, conversion, and new-construction services for the Great Lakes maritime industry.

www.manitowoc.com




Today in Great Lakes History - January 27

In 1912, the Great Lakes Engineering Works' Ecorse yard launched the steel bulk freighter WILLIAM P. SNYDER, JR.

The LEON FALK, JR. closed the 1974 season at Superior by loading 17,542 tons of ore bound for Detroit.

January 27, 1985 - The CITY OF MIDLAND 41 had to return to port (Ludington) after heavy seas caused a 30-ton crane to fall off a truck on her car deck.

On 27 January 1978, ALLEGHENY, the training vessel of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy (built in 1944 at Orange, Texas as a sea-going Naval tug) capsized at her winter dock at Traverse City, MI from the weight of accumulated ice. She was recovered but required and expensive rebuild and was sold and renamed MALCOLM in 1979.

Data from: Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Anderson Enters Lay-up

01/26:
On Monday the Arthur M. Anderson arrived at Sturgeon Bay, WI. for winter lay-up. The vessel was assisted through the ice into Bay Shipbuilding by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay.

The Anderson is the final vessel in the USS Great Lakes Fleet to enter lay-up. The end of the season comes amid rumors that the fleet is considering selling off some of it's smaller vessels.

The Biscayne Bay was expected to depart Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Paul Graf




Final Lay-ups for Bayship and Central Marine Logistics

01/26:
Tuesday marked the final arrivals for the winter fleet at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI. as the Joseph L. Block and Wilfred Sykes both entered lay-up. The vessels entering lay-up are some of the latest arrivals in recent years.

The Joseph L. Block is usually one of the first vessels to return to service in late March or early April, it remains to be seen if she'll maintain that distinction.

The vessels join their fleet mate Edward L. Ryerson who has been in lay-up since Dec. 12, 1998.

Reported by: Paul Graf and the Lake Carriers Association




2000 - 2001 Season Begins for Ludington

01/26:
The first vessel for the 2000 - 2001 season arrived in Ludington, MI. on Tuesday. The tug Mark Hannah and barge arrived at Dow Chemical for a load of Liquidow.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Toledo Update

01/26:
Early Monday morning the U.S. Coast Guard's Mackinaw was escorting the tug Donald C. Hannah and barge off the CSX Coal Docks in Toledo. The Hannah proceeded upriver to the Seneca Oil Company Dock to unload cargo while the Mackinaw headed outbound from Toledo.

On Monday evening the tug Karen Andrie and barge arrived under escort of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay. The tug/barge combo headed for the Seneca Oil Company Dock to unload cargo but had to wait for several hours as the Hannah and barge unloaded. The Andrie waited in the ice in the middle of the Maumee River off the dock .

The Cutter Neah Bay went to the Lafarge Dock and tied up. When the Donald C. Hannah was finished unloading she proceeded to the Sun Oil Company Dock (Hocking Valley) to load cargo. Tuesday evening both tugs and barges were scheduled to leave Toledo under escort of the Neah Bay.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Algocen Moved

01/26:
On Friday the last of the Algocen's storage cargo of sugar was unloaded from the vessel at Redpath Sugar in Toronto. She was then moved out of her berth at Redpath by two McKeil tugs, to pier 51 south of the Montrealais.

Other vessel's wintering in Toronto with storage loads of sugar are the Montrealais, Canadian Venture and Canadian Trader. None of the vessel have been moved to the Redpath dock to replace Algocen.

Reported by: Jim Fitzgerald




Today in Great Lakes History - January 26

The keel for the CLIFFS VICTORY (a. NOTRE DAME VICTORY) was laid on January 26, 1945.

THOMAS F. COLE was Launched January 26, 1907 by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, MI. as Hull #27.

J.F. SCHOELLKOPF, JR. was launched January 26, 1907 as a) HUGH KENNEDY.

The THALASSA DESGAGNES entered service for Le Groupe Desgagnes on January 26, 1994.

ST. LAWRENCE NAVIGATOR was launched in1967 as a) DEMETERTON.

On 26 January 1898, the CITY OF DULUTH (wooden passenger/package freight vessel, 202', 1310 gt, built in 1874 at Marine City, MI as a passenger vessel) was carrying passengers, corn, flour and general merchandise from Chicago to St. Joseph, MI during a late season run when she struck an uncharted bar in a storm inbound to St. Joseph. She was heavily damaged and driven ashore 350 feet west of the north pier where she broke up. The Lifesaving Service rescued all 24 passengers and 17 crew members using breeches' buoy.

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Miner Enters Lay-up

01/25:
The Mesabi Miner arrived for winter lay-up Monday morning. The Miner arrived in Erie, PA. after unloading at Ashtabula. The 1000-footer was at buoys 1 and 2 around 6:30 in the morning but waited until daylight before backing in through the channel and into the Parade Street Dock. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay had been working all night breaking ice in anticipation of her arrival. The Miner joins her fleet mate the James R. Barker which docked in Erie on Sunday.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Jacklyn M. to Lay-up

01/25:
The tug Jacklyn M. and cement barge Integrity were expected to arrive in Milwaukee Monday evening for lay-up. With the favorable ice conditions and demand for cement, the Integrity was able to run late into the season.

Reported by: Robin Greathouse




Port Transfer

01/25:
The public port facility at Goderich, Ontario on Lake Huron has been transferred from the Canadian government to the Town of Goderich. The transfer took place on November 10, 1999.

Reported by: Leslie Reading




Winter Lay-up

01/25:
Major vessels wintering in Montreal are listed below. Small vessels such as tugs and tour boats are not included.

Sauniere, Atlantic Huron, D.C. Everest, Cavalier Maxim, Imperial Lachine, Horizon Montreal, Ville Marie II, Windoc, Cartierdoc, Mantadoc, Arctic Viking, Lady Franklin, Canadian Miner, Canadian Leader, Manitoulin, Algonorth, Amelia Desgagnés, Lucien Paquin, Aivik, Comeaudoc, Quebecois, Enerchem Trader, Algoriver, Algosound, Canadian Voyager and Canadian Prospector.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




New Bridge

01/25:
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced its choice of firms to design the new bridge to carry Interstate-280 across the Maumee River in Toledo. The Toledo Blade reports that Figg Engineering Group, based in Tallahassee, FL. has been selected based on their past experience building a cable-stayed bridge.

ODOT hopes to begin construction in 2001 and have it open sometime in 2003.

The new bridge will be built just down stream from the present Craig Memorial Bridge which causes delays for motorists and boat traffic. The project is estimated to cost $200 million and will be the biggest and most expensive project undertaken in the history of ODOT.

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U.S. Steel Announces 4th Quarter Earnings

01/25:
U. S. Steel Group reported fourth quarter 1999 adjusted net income of $39 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, compared to $59 million or 63 cents per diluted share in fourth quarter 1998. Revenues were $1.5 billion in fourth quarter 1999 compared with $1.4 billion in the same period of 1998.

Raw steel capability utilization in the fourth quarter of 1999 was 97 percent, up dramatically from 76 percent in fourth quarter 1998.

For the year 1999, U. S. Steel Group net income adjusted for special items was $83 million, or 84 cents per diluted share, compared with $315 million, or $3.40 per diluted share in 1998. Revenues in 1999 were $5.3 billion, compared with $6.3 billion in 1998.

Segment loss for 1999 U. S. Steel operations was $128 million, or $12 per ton, on shipments of 10.6 million net tons, which included $27 million of unfavorable pretax special items. Segment income for 1998 for U. S. Steel operations was $330 million, or $31 per ton, on shipments of 10.7 million net tons. These 1998 results included approximately $30 million for blast furnace insurance litigation recoveries and a $10 million charge for the 1998 voluntary early retirement program. Raw steel capability utilization in 1999 was 94 percent, up from 88 percent in 1998.

The decrease in segment income was the result of depressed prices which prevailed during the year and higher benefit costs determined by the new labor contract agreed to in 1999.

Looking ahead, Thomas J. Usher, USX Corporation Board Chairman, said, "The outlook for 2000 is one of cautious optimism. For most products, our order books are strong and prices are increasing. Our product mix is improving. A new five-year labor contract provides stability for our business, our customers and our workforce. Domestic steel demand is robust and should remain so as long as the U. S. economy remains healthy. The trade cases have had a positive impact. On the other hand, high import levels remain a problem and, along with the implementation of the Russian and Brazilian suspension agreements, will continue to plague the industry throughout the year. During 2000, we will continue to closely monitor imports, aggressively respond to foreign producers guilty of dumping, and seek stronger trade laws to ensure both free and fair trade."

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Today in Great Lakes History - January 25

On January 25, 1988 L’ORME NO.1 was involved in an accident at Ultramar Refinery near Quebec City when attempting to tie up during foggy weather. She struck the dock and the impact started a fire which extensively damaged the wharf and the forward section of the ship.

Scrapping on the E. J. BLOCK began at Port Colborne on January 25, 1988.

The JOSHUA A. HATFIELD was launched January 25, 1923.

The W.C. RICHARDSON (2) was launched January 25, 1908 as the a) WAINWRIGHT.

On 25 January 1890, ALEX NIMICK (wooden propeller, 298', 1968 gt) was launched at W. Bay City, MI. She was built by J. Davidson (hull # 30).

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Barker Arrives for Lay-up

01/24:
The James R. Barker arrived in Erie, PA. early Sunday morning and backed into the slip next to Metro Machine for winter lay-up. The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Neah Bay had arrived Saturday morning to break ice in the area, preparing for the 1000-footers arrival.

The Barker sailed from Ashtabula, OH. after unloading a cargo of iron ore there.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




USCG Mackinaw Visits Lower Lakes

01/24:
Sunday afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw was traveling downbound through the St. Clair and Detroit River systems. The powerful ice breaker was escorting the tug Donald C. Hannah and her barge to Toledo, OH. Heavy ice in the system and Lake Erie make it necessary for all vessel transiting the area to be escorted by ice breakers.

This is the Mackinaw's first visit to the area this season.

Earlier in the day the Canadian Coast Guard's Samuel Risley escorted the tug Karen Andrie and barge up the Rouge River. The Risley then headed upbound for the Government Dock in Sarnia.

Reported by: Linda Stoetzer




Goderich Totals

01/24:
Totals for the 1999 - 2000 shipping season in Goderich show a decline in the number of vessels visiting the Georgian Bay port for salt compared to recent record years. The port is a major supplier of salt, larger vessel size and the recent mild winters are part of the reason for the decline. Much of the salt is carried from Sifto salt to Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. where it is distributed around the region.

The season began on April 9 with the arrival of the Algoway to load 20,833 metric tons of salt for Chicago and ended with departure of the final vessel on Dec. 25, a total of 154 salt shipments left the port. This represents a decrease of 22 ships from the 176 recorded in 1998 according to an article in the Goderich Signal-Star.

In the article, figures from MacDonald Marine Tug Service shows the number of grain shipments rose to its highest level in five years as 34-grain vessels visited the Goderich Elevators in 1999. Last season only 28 grain shipments were received compared to 30 in 1997, 32 in 1996 and 39 in 1995. The 1999 figures also show four barge loads of liquid calcium chloride were received for Da-Lee Dust Control and one vessel stopped in port for repairs to the unload boom.

Prior to 1998-1999 season the port experienced a steady increase as the number of vessel carrying salt peaked at 182 in 1997, up from 171 in 1996 and 138 in 1995.




Ice Forecast

01/24:
Ice Hazard Bulletin Issued by Environment Canada at 1700 UTC Sunday 23 January 2000.
No ice warning in effect for the next 36 hours.

Lake Ontario... New lake ice forming rapidly over the northeastern section. Some new lake ice developing along parts of the southern shore and from Prince Edward Point to Brighton. Fast ice in Bay of Quinte. Open water elsewhere.

Lake Erie... New lake ice forming rapidly along the shores Of Lake Erie and east of Long Point Bay. West of Point Pelee and in most of Lake St Clair 9 plus tenths thin and medium lake ice. West of a line from 25 miles east of Cleveland to 15 miles east of Point Pelee 9 plus tenths new and thin lake ice. Along the southeastern shore of Lake St Clair 9 plus tenths medium and thin lake ice. Fast ice in Long Point Bay. Open water elsewhere.

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay... Mostly open water. consolidated medium lake ice over most of the North Channel except for an area of 9 plus tenths medium lake ice over the central portion of The North Channel. 9 plus tenths medium and thin lake ice over most Of Saginaw Bay. Thin and new lake ice along parts of the shore of Lake Huron and within 15 to 25 miles of the coast over northern Georgian Bay. Consolidated medium lake ice in St Marys River.

Lake Superior... Consolidated medium and thick lake ice in most of Black and Nipigon Bays. 9 plus tenths medium and thin lake ice in Thunder Bay with fast ice in the extreme northern portion of the bay and west of Pie Island. New and thin lake ice in Whitefish Bay and along the southern shore of Lake Superior. Mostly open water over the rest of Lake Superior except for fast ice in Batchawana Bay.

Lake Michigan... Ten tenths coverage of medium fast ice covered the southern half of Green Bay...including Sturgeon Bay. Nine to ten tenths coverage of medium to thin fast ice covered the northern half of Green Bay...including the Bay De Nocs. Nine to ten tenths coverage of medium to thin fast ice extended from Beaver Island to the Straits. Two to four tenths coverage of thin ice in medium floes...extended along the shore from Seul Choix Point to Sheboygan. Four to eight tenths coverage of thin ice in medium floes....extended along the shore from Milwaukee to Michigan City.

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Area coverage is expressed in tenths
1-3/10's---very open drift ice
4-6/10's---open drift ice
7-8/10's---close pack ice
9-9+/10's--very close pack
10/10's---compact
10/10's---frozen together - consolidated

When ice reaches 6/10's or greater, ships can no longer traverse between floes.

Fast ice--ice fastened to the shore (frozen all the way across)

New Lake Ice----recently formed less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) thick.
Thin Lake Ice---2 - 6 inches (5 - 15 centimeters) thick.
Medium Lake Ice- 6 - 12 inches (15 - 30 centimeters) thick.
Thick Lake Ice--12 - 28 inches (30-70 centimeters) thick.
Very Thick Ice--greater than 28 inches (70 centimeters thick).





Today in Great Lakes History - January 24

The JOHNSTOWN (2) was launched January 24, 1952.

SPRUCEGLEN was launched January 24, 1924 as a) WILLIAM K. FIELD.

The steel barge MADEIRA was launched on January 24, 1900.

In 1988, while under tow of tug EVEREST, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES encountered force 9 winds, parted her towline and went aground and subsequently broke in two at Profitis Elais, Kythnos Island (Thermia) in the Cyclades between the Mirto and Aegean Seas. She was on her way to Turkey for scrapping at the time.

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Ice Breaking

01/23:
Saturday afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bristol Bay was upbound at the Marine City Salt Dock light followed a few minutes later by the Canadian Coast Guard's Samuel Risley. A short distance behind the Risley was the Arthur M. Anderson heading for lay-up from Conneaut, OH. The two ice breakers escorted the 767-foot Anderson to fairly open water at Recor Point before turning and heading southbound to continue their ice breaking in the St. Clair Cut Off channel.

The Samuel Risley had escorted the Anderson from the lower Detroit River and was joined in Lake St. Clair by the Bristol Bay which had departed Algonac, Mich. at about 9:40 that morning. After a stop at Shell Oil in Sarnia the Anderson will continue upbound to Sturgeon Bay, WI. for winter lay-up.

The Mesabi Miner arrived at the St. Clair River Saturday afternoon heading downbound for Ashtabula, OH. After unloading in Ashtabula she will proceed to Erie, PA. for the winter. At midnight the Miner was crossing Lake St. Clair escorted by the Risley. The crossing poses a challenge as the winter buoys marking the channel are being held under the ice.

The loaded Miner will be forced to slow at the southern end of Lake St. Clair due to low water. The Samuel Risley will continue on, breaking a track in the ice until reaching the Detroit River Light. There she will wait for the Miner and the two will then proceed through the ice into Lake Erie.

The carferry Daldean which operates between Sombra, Ont. and Marine City, MI. has temporarily stopped running because of the ice conditions in the lower St. Clair River.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks, Rob Cioletti and William Bailey




Port Authority Calls for Review of Seaway Expansion

01/23:
On Friday the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority board of directors passed a resolution calling on the U.S. government to begin a study of the cost of widening, deepening, and lengthening the seaway's canals and locks. The Authority cited an estimated $100 billion that has been spent in recent years by the federal government to improve locks and channels in the nation's inland river network, reports the Toledo Blade.

Other concerns for grain were raised during the meeting. Most grain used for federal food-aid programs (mostly surplus grain) is sent to other countries via the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, to Gulf of Mexico ports, where it is transferred to salt water vessels. Even though the Great Lakes region is a major grain producing area, little if any of this trade originates from the lakes.

This concern is why the meeting was requested by U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo). Armed with the port's resolution, it is hoped that Miss. Kaptur can press for seaway improvements.

An improved seaway will be no easy task. Beyond the financial and engineering concerns, port authority president James Hartung predicts an "uphill battle" against competing interests such as coastal ports, river operators, and the railroad industry. In the article, he said these groups have thwarted previous efforts to expand the seaway.

Cargo volume through the Port of Toledo declined by 12.6 per cent last year, from 13.25 million tons to 11.58 million tons. All the port's major cargoes declined except for dry bulk. This decline reflects the bad year had by the steel industry, Toledo's coal and iron ore docks primarily serve this industry.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 23

The GEORGE A. STINSON struck a wall of the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, MI on January 23, 1979. The damage was estimated at $200,000.

The rail car ferry GRAND HAVEN sailed on her first trip as a roll on/roll off carrier from Port Burwell on January 23, 1965 loaded with 125 tons of coiled steel bound for Cleveland and Walton Hills, OH.

January 23, 1980 - Protesting the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, workers refused to unload the Russian freighter KHUDOZHNKI PAKHOMOV docked at Dow Chemical in Ludington.

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Anderson Headed for Lay-up

01/22:
The USS Great Lakes Fleet is scheduled to end the season on Monday or Tuesday when the Arthur M. Anderson arrives at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI. for winter Lay-up.

At 9:00 a.m. Friday the vessel was unloading in Conneaut, OH. and was expected to depart some time during the day.




New Saltie Delivered

01/22:
On January 19, 2000 the Frisian Shipyard Welgelegen, Harlingen Netherlands transferred the motor vessel Mississippiborg to Wagenborg Shipping B.V. She is the 10th Bijlsma Trader 9000 design type vessel to be built for the company. The Mississippiborg is the 20th ship that has been added to Wagenborg Shipping's 1A ice-strengthened pool of 10,000-ton vessels.

The ship has a length of 441-feet, a width of 54-feet and a Gross Tonnage of 6560 tons. She is equipped with a 5280 kW Wärtsilä-NSD main engine. Just like her sisters in the "K"-, "V"-, "D"- and "M"-class the Mississippiborg complies with the requirements set by Canadian and American authorities to sail on the Great Lakes. The vessels sailing for the fleet are easy to spot as they transit the lakes, their smaller size and well kept gray hulls with red stripe make them stand out from other salties on the lakes.

The multi-purpose / Container ship offers excellent stowage flexibility for a wide range of cargoes like containers, project cargo, forest products and bulk cargoes, grain and dangerous goods. Unique for this type of tonnage is the limited draught of 23-feet needed to reach the deadweight of 9100 tons.

The vessel is developed by the Bijlsma Group of shipyards, who specializes in the newbuilding of modern multi-purpose Vessels. The vessels are constructed fully under cover at the shipyard.

The Wagenborg fleet consists of 125 modern ships, in sizes ranging from 1,000 to 14,000 tons. Wagenborg operates in the dry cargo market with ice strengthened dry bulk carriers and multi-purpose vessels.

Wagenborg Shipping is a subsidiary company of the Wagenborg Group. The companies of the Wagenborg Group are active in shipping, towage, offshore supply services, passenger services, stevedoring, warehousing and dispatch, crane rental, road transports and the assembly of prefab constructions.

Reported by: John Stark




Today in Great Lakes History - January 22

The c) WOODLAND (b. JENSEN STAR) was sold to International Capital Equipment of Canada and cleared off Lakes from Montreal January 22, 1991 under the Bahamian flag with the modified name to d) WOODLANDS .

The GOLDEN HIND was sold on January 22, 1973 to Trico Enterprises Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda (Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd., Thorold, Ont., mgr.)

January 22, 1913 - The SAINTE MARIE (2) was launched.

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Saginaw Report

01/21:
The Saginaw River recorded a busy 1999 shipping season, with 336 visits by 41 different vessels, according to reports published by the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society.

The visitors to the river represented a dozen different Great Lakes fleets, including Algoma Central Marine, American Steamship Company, the Interlake Steamship Company, Oglebay-Norton, USS Great Lakes Fleet, ULS Corporation, Inland Lakes Management and Canada Steamship Lines.

The most frequent visitor was Oglebay-Norton's Wolverine, with 32 trips into the river, followed by the Joseph H. Frantz, with 24 trips, and the Earl W. Oglebay, with 23 visits. The Capt. Henry Jackman made a rare appearance in April, and the Adam E. Cornelius became a regular visitor this season. The largest ship to visit the Saginaw River is the 1000-foot Walter J. McCarthy Jr., which made 13 trips in 1999 to deliver coal to the Consumers Energy power plant at the mouth of the river.

Saginaw River vessel passages are compiled by society member Lon Morgan and published in the society's quarterly newsletter, Modoc Whistle.




Workman Injured on Speer

01/21:
A workman aboard the Edgar B. Speer was shocked Jan. 20 when a crane's cables touched the one of the vessel's engines, releasing an electrical charge, KDLH TV in Duluth reported. The workman escaped serious injury.

The thousand-foot Speer is wintering at the former Cargill D Dock in Duluth, MN.

Reported by: Al Miller




Wolfe Islander III back in service

01/21:
The carferry Wolfe Islander III returned to regular service between Kingston and Wolfe Island on Tuesday, January 18.

After additional sea trials and crew training all four Caterpillar 3412 series engines, controlled by new steering and control consoles, purred like kittens in their new home.

Equally impressive was the response time of her new Aquamaster 901 propulsion units as she approached her berths both in Kingston and Dawson Point, Wolfe Island. Island residents were thrilled to see their ferry back from her major mid-life refit. The refit was carried out at Heddle Marine, Pier 14 in Hamilton Ontario.

With the Wolfe Islander III back in service the Frontenac II, MTO's backup ferry, has slipped into her winter berth at Barrack St. dock south for a well earned rest.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Fire in Toledo

01/21:
Last weekend there was a small fire in one of the grain silos at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator in Toledo. Grain dust pellets and debris lying at the bottom of the silo caught fire. The local fire department quickly responded and extinguished the fire by flooding the silo with water. To extinguish the fire the grain debris has to be completely covered with water, with the size of the silo the department spent most of the day working at the silo.

If the fire would have happened during the fall grain rush it could have been a very dangerous situation. Grain dust is very flammable and once ignited it could have caused a massive explosion and fire that may have lasted for several days.

22 years ago today, the Multifood Elevator #4 at Duluth, MN caught fire and collapsed onto the deck of the Harry L. Allen which was laid up beneath the elevator. Her pilothouse was destroyed by fire. Severe warping and cracking of her plating occurred when cold water was poured onto her red-hot deck. The Allen was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.

Fortunately this incident at Toledo was resolved quickly with virtually no damage done. Only the messy cleanup process by the elevator staff remains to be done.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Phillip Wolbert




Duties for Steel Dumpers

01/21:
On Wednesday the U.S. government reported it would impose duties on imports from 11 countries including Japan, Russia and Brazil for allegedly dumping steel in the United States at below fair market value according to a recent Reuters news report.

The U.S. International Trade Commission said imports of steel plate products from France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and South Korea threatened U.S. steel makers, clearing the way for the U.S. Customs Service to impose duties on shipments.

In a related case, the U.S. Commerce Department set duties ranging from 16.65 to 80.67 percent on imports of cold-rolled steel from Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Thailand.

Final rulings from the International Trade Commission (ITC) are expects in the coming weeks. If the ITC backs up the Commerce Department’s decision the duties would be put in place.

The Commerce Department said it would set duties in March and May on cold-rolled steel imports from China, Indonesia, Slovakia, Taiwan, Turkey and Venezuela.

The dumping of steel is the practice of other countries selling their products at prices below the cost of production. This unfair competition has been blamed for the down turn in the U.S. steel industry.




Lay-up List Updated


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Today in Great Lakes History - January 21

On this day on 1959 gale force winds and ice at Buffalo, NY caused the steamer Mac GILVRAY SHIRAS to break lose from its moorings and on the way down the Buffalo River collided with the MICHAEL K. TEWKSBURY and severed her moorings. Both vessels crashed into the Michigan Avenue Bridge causing millions of dollars in damages.

On 21 January 1895, CHICORA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vesse1, 199', 1123 gt, built in 1892 at Detroit) was bound from Milwaukee for St. Joseph on a mid-winter run. She foundered with little trace. All 25 on board were lost. The ship's dog was found wandering on the beach by St. Joseph, MI a few days later. A well organized search for the wreck continued until mid-June. Many small pieces of wreckage were washed ashore in the Spring.

On January 21, 1978 the Multifood Elevator #4 at Duluth, MN caught fire and collapsed onto the deck of the HARRY L. ALLEN which was laid up beneath the elevator. Her pilot house was destroyed by fire. Severe warping and cracking of her plating occurred when cold water was poured onto her red-hot deck.

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Cornelius Last of Toledo's Lay-up Fleet?

01/20:
Wednesday afternoon the tug Montana was busy breaking the ice at the CSX # 2 Dock for the inbound Adam E. Cornelius. The Cornelius was heading for winter lay-up and was to tie up stern first behind the American Republic for winter lay-up. The Cornelius is expected to be the last vessel to lay-up in Toledo. The only vessel that may lay-up in Toledo after the Cornelius is the tanker Gemini.

The Earl W. Oglebay is in lay-up stern first at the old Lakefront coal dock area across from the tanker Saturn. The Middletown is tied up stern first directly behind the Courtney Burton at the Torco Dock complex. The vessels are tight together in this slip and do note make for the best picture taking.

When the Joseph H. Frantz is removed from the Toledo Shipyard drydock she will tie up for the winter at the Hocking Valley North Dock, directly across from the Wolverine.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Barker Ends Season

01/20:
On Tuesday afternoon the Kaye E. Barker arrived at Rouge Steel in Detroit for winter lay-up. She joins the Charles M. Beeghly (Jan. 15) and Elton Hoyt 2nd (Jan. 17). The Barker will be the final vessel to tie up at Rouge Steel for the season.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




Change in Dock for the Jackson

01/20:
The Herbert C. Jackson will not be laying up in Detroit at the Rouge Steel plant as had been expected. Instead the 690-foot vessel will lay-up in Ashtabula after unloading the cargo carried from Escanaba. She was expected to shift to the lay-up dock early this morning.

Had the vessel spent the winter at the Rouge, she would have been rafted to one of her fleet mates.

Reported by: James Jackson




Gemini Escorted

01/20:
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay passed Detroit downbound at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday on her way to meet the tanker Gemini at the Southeast Shoal in Lake Erie. The Gemini required assistance to move through the heavy ice forming in western Lake Erie.

The Bristol Bay then passed Detroit heading upbound at 3:00 p.m. escorting the tanker. The Gemini was heading for the Imperial Oil dock in Sarnia and was cover with ice from the bow to about mid-ship.

Reported by: James Jackson




Icebreaking Update

01/20:
Operation Taconite covering Lake Superior, St. Marys River and Straits of Mackinaw was in action Tuesday as the Cutter Biscayne Bay assisted the tug Karen Andrie and her barge.

Operation Coal Shovel was activated yesterday, this operation covers southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.

The Canadian Coast Guard ship Griffon conducted an icebreaking escort Tuesday for the Adam E. Cornelius from Pelee Passage to Monroe, Michigan. The Cornelius was carrying a final load of coal for the power plant in Monroe.




Season Totals

01/20:
For the 1999-2000 shipping season a total of 21 vessels visited the ports of Menominee or Marinette. Most of the cargoes brought in were pig iron for the Fuel Dock. A number of salt water vessels arrived to load or unloading pulp for Great Lakes Pulp and Fiber at the Marinette Fuel Dock.

The season also saw the salty Menominee arriving in her name sake port to take on a load of pulp.

The only incident occurred Thanksgiving weekend when the Millenium Eagle grounded off the Government Pier.

By mid May Marinette Fuel dock should be expecting it's first load of the season.

Reported by: Scott Best




Today in Great Lakes History - January 20

NORDIC BLOSSOM was launched January 20, 1981 as the a) NORDIC SUN.

On January 20, 1917, American Ship Building's Lorain yard launched the steel bulk freighter EUGENE W. PARGNY.

January 20, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 5 made her first trip into Kewaunee.

On 20 January 1923, CHOCTAW (steel propeller packet, 75', 53 gt, built in 1911 at Collingwood) burned at her dock at Port Stanley, Ontario.

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Final Load for Escanaba

01/19:
The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Company/Wisconsin Central Railroad Ore Docks in Escanaba, MI. will ship their last load of pellets for the 1999/2000 season on Friday, January 21, when the Str. Wilfred Sykes arrives to load.

Tuesday, January 18
MV Joseph L. Block - loading
MV James R. Barker - harbor
Str. Wilfred Sykes - harbor

Thursday, January 20
MV Mesabi Miner - ETA PM

Friday, January 21
MV Joseph L. Block - ETA AM
Str. Wilfred Sykes - ETA PM

Reported by: Jim Grill




Season Continues For USS

01/19:
A correction to yesterday's report. The Arthur M. Anderson continues sailing and was scheduled to arrive in Dunkirk, NY last night on another coal run. From Dunkirk she is scheduled to sail back to Conneaut, OH. and load for another trip to Dunkirk.

Reported by: David French




Sarnia Update

01/19:
Work on Sarnia's lay-up fleet continued Tuesday evening. In the North Slip a large shoreside crane is working alongside the Cuyahoga. Apparently workers have been removing material from the engine room and the around the boilers. The main engine is being disassembled and slowly being lifted out of the ship.

Rafted to the Cuyahoga, the Saginaw is undergoing maintenance work. The Canadian Transfer, also in the North Slip, is having work done on her self-unloading gear.

Docked at the Grain Elevator the Agawa Canyon and Algoway both have crews performing maintenance work.

Across the slip at the Government dock the Algolake is having work done on the self-unloading gear. Old buckets in the system are removed and a rows of new ones to take their place.

Work is also proceeding on the tanker barge McAsphalt 401.

Other traffic in Sarnia included the tanker Algocatalyst who was docked at the Sunoco dock. She departed after 11:00 p.m. The tanker continues trading late into the season as demand requires.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks




Icebreaking Update

01/19:
U.S. Coast Guard units have been busy assisting vessels as they transit the frozen waters of the lakes. Below is a summery of ice breaking activities from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17

Operation Taconite
The Cutter Sundew assisted the Lee A. Tregurtha in Duluth Harbor as she was headed for Fraser Ship Yards in Superior, WI. The 140-Foot Icebreaking Tug Biscayne Bay assisted the James R. Barker transiting the St. Mary's River. The icebreaker Mackinaw assisted the tug Mari Beth Andrie with a barge as she headed eastbound in the Straits of Mackinac.

Operation Oil Can
The Mobile Bay assisted the Roger Blough and Edwin H. Gott near Sturgeon Bay, WI. as the vessels headed for Bay Shipbuilding and winter lay-up.

On Friday the Neah Bay assisted the Adam E. Cornelius who was beset in ice in western Lake Erie. The U.S. Coast Guard 9th District has posted images on their web site.

No update was available on ice operations from the Canadian Coast Guard.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Finally, An Upturn For U.S.-Flag Haulage

01/19:
After a season-long string of monthly decreases, U.S.-Flag haulage in December finally produced a positive comparison with the corresponding period in 1998. Cargo movement in U.S.-Flag lakers in December totaled 10.9 million net tons, an increase of 5.3 percent. The major increase came in iron ore cargos. They increased 7.4 percent to 6.5 million net tons. Coal and stone loadings also registered some increases.

Unfortunately, one month cannot offset the decreases that preceded December. For the season, U.S.-Flag carriage stands at 112.1 million tons, a decrease of 7.2 percent.

Visit the Lake Carriers Association home page for complete details




New Pictures

01/19:
Noted photographer John Whitehead has opened a new web page titled Ships of the St. Lawrence. The two web pages feature ships of the world in the St Lawrence River and Seaway.

Ships of the St. Lawrence




Today in Great Lakes History - January 19

January 19, 1927 - The Grand Trunk carferry MADISON was christened with a bottle of Wisconsin milk. She entered service in March of 1927.

CLARENCE B. RANDALL (2) was towed to Windsor on January 19, 1987 for scrapping.

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Stewart J. Cort Enters Bayship

01/18:
Late Monday afternoon under darkness and in the midst of swirling snow, Bethlehem Steel's Stewart J. Cort arrived at Bay Ship. She was immediately escorted by three Selvick Tugs and a yard tug into the graving dock. Making a stern first entry, the Cort completed the operation with tie up around 9:00 P.M. CST.

The Cort becomes the eleventh laker to enter winter lay-up at the local shipyard. Three additional arrivals are expected in the next ten days.

Reported by: Paul Graf




Federal Vibeke in trouble near Quebec's Old Bridge

01/18:
On Monday morning at about 8:00 a.m. the Fednav chartered vessel Federal Vibeke got stuck in the ice of the St. Lawrence River just under the Old Bridge of Quebec City. For some time, it was feared that the vessel could be pushed into one of the bridge pillars due to strong currents associated with a descending tide.

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Des Groseilliers went to rescue the Vibeke, cutting a track in the ice so the ship could maneuver. The 30,000 dwt familiar red hulled Vibeke got into the track and then started to move slowly backward as the Des Groseilliers cut a path in the ice past the bridge. At around 10:15 a.m. the Vibeke was able to proceed and was passed by a speedy Maersk line's containership.

The Norwegian flagged general cargo carrier was upbound for Sorel with a load of steel.

Reported by: J.F.Boutin




Season Ends For USS

01/18:
Correction - the Arthur M. Anderson did not enter lay-up Monday as first reported.

Reported by: David French




Marquette Season

01/18:
Marquette ended the season on Jan. 13 with a final load carried out of the Lake Superior port by the Charles M. Beeghly.

A local newspaper reported that ore shipments out of Marquette were down by 11% for this season. During the season there were 344 visits by various vessels into Marquette's two harbors. The Algosteel had the most visits to Marquette with 38 followed by the Lee Tregurtha with 35 and the Algomarine with 30.

In the lower harbor, there were 31 visits as follows:
U.S. 30
German 1
In the upper harbor, there were 313 visits as follows
U.S. 190
Canadian 123
Below is a break down by vessel visiting the lower harbor
Charles E. Wilson 10 U.S.C.G. Sundew 2
H. Lee White 8 U.S.C.G. Bramble 1
American Mariner 6 U.S.C.G. Katmai Bay 1
Adam E. Cornelius 2 c. Columbus 1
Below is the break down vessel visiting the upper harbor
Lee A. Tregurtha 35 Algosteel 38
Charles M. Beeghly 24 Algomarine 30
Elton Hoyt 2nd 20 Algowest 14
Kaye E. Barker 16 Algosoo 8
H. Lee White 15 Algorail 5
Charles E. Wilson 14 Agawa Canyon 4
American Mariner 10 Algowest 3
Adam E. Cornelius  8 Algobay 2
Joseph H. Thompson  7 John Aird 1
Mesabi Miner 6 Algolake 1
Herbert C. Jackson 5 Canadian Transfer 15
Paul R. Tregurtha 4 Canadian Century 1
Buckeye 2 U.S.C.G. Sundew 2
Middletown 2 Earl W. Oglebay 1
Reserve 2 Armco 1
James R. Barker 2 Sam Laud 1

The Soo Locks are scheduled to reopen March 25th. The shipping season for Marquette could start about a week earlier if vessels from the Algoma fleet arrive to load.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Fleets Merge

01/17:
Seaway Self-Unloaders and Seaway Bulk Carriers have announced that they are merging to form a single marketing arm for a fleet of 43 vessels. The St. Catharines Standard reports that the new company will be named Seaway Marine Transport and that it is being formed in an attempt to bolster demand for the 22 bulk carriers in the fleet. The merged company will continue to be owned by Algoma Central and Upper Lakes Group. The bulk carriers carry grain on long-haul trips from Lake Superior ports to St. Lawrence River terminals and iron ore on the return trip.

In the article Wayne Smith, vice-president and general manager of Seaway Self-Unloaders says the utilization rate of the bulker fleet has been as low as 50 to 60 per cent of its capacity in recent years because there aren't enough grain cargoes to support running all vessels during the summer. Seaway Self-Unloaders was reported to have carried 34 million tonnes of cargo last year while Seaway Bulk Carriers hauled only 10 million tonnes.

In the merger no employees are expected to lose their jobs and the company will be headquartered in St. Catharines, Ontario with a small office in Winnipeg for grain marketing activities. The new company will operate joint scheduling, marketing and accounting departments adding new efficiency to operations.

While commenting on future conversions of bulk carriers to self unloaders and federal transportation policy, Smith was quoted as saying "The reality is, given their age and size, if we can't find rational, economic uses for the ships, they will start to fall off the table."

Reported by: Skip Gillham




Blough and Gott Enter Lay-up

01/17:
Gaining entrance into Sturgeon Bay from the waters of Green Bay proved a challenge for USS Great Lakes Fleet's Roger Blough. On January 15 the 858-foot vessel became stuck in the ice at the point where the Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay waters meet, spending the night fixed in the ice.

At 8:00 A.M. Sunday three Selvick tugs began the process of circling the Blough until enough ice was broken to allow her to proceed stern first toward Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay. Under the tow of Mary Page Hannah, Selvick Company's 143-foot tug and accompanied by the Timmy L and Susan L., the procession finally reached the shipyard and the Blough was moored alongside the Burns Harbor by 4:00 P.M. CST.

In the meantime the Edwin Gott sailed into the outer waters of Sturgeon Bay and made a 180 degree turn, waiting for the assistance of the Selvick tugs for the trip down the bay. Under tow of the Mary Page Hannah, led by the Timmy L. with assistance from the Susan L. and the tug Susan M. Selvick at the bow, the Gott reached Bay Ship by 5:45 P.M. It is possible that the Gott will be placed in the graving dock.

The Arthur Anderson is also expected to make port here in the next few days.

Reported by: Paul Graf




Last of the Oglebay Norton Fleet

01/17:
The Earl W. Oglebay was scheduled to unload at the LTV steel mill upper dock in Cleveland at 8:00 a.m. yesterday morning. She was expected to finish around noon and then proceed to Toledo for winter lay-up.

The 630-foot self-unloader has been working the shuttle run from Lorain to the steel mill and will be the last member of the Oglebay Norton fleet to enter winter lay-up.

The company's Fred R. White Jr. is expected to resume the shuttle some time in late February.

Reported by: Andy Hering




Detroit Area Report

01/17:
The James R. Barker was upbound at Grassy Island at noon on Sunday. The Barker departed Cleveland around 3:00 a.m. headed for Escanaba to load. The thousand-footer planned on stopping at Shell for fuel on her way upbound.

Saturday's Ashtabula Ohio Star Beacon reported the James R. Barker is scheduled to unload in Ashtabula on Jan. 22 and then enter winter lay-up at Erie, Pennsylvania. Her fleet mate Mesabi Miner was scheduled to unload in Ashtabula on Jan. 24 and then head for lay-up in Erie.

The Canadian Icebreaker Griffon was working aids to navigation in lower Lake St. Clair.

Reported by: M. Nicholls and Jeff Thoreson




Winter Lay-up

01/17:
Arriving in Montreal for winter lay up on Jan. 15 was Atlantic Huron docking at section 25. She had sailed in ballast from Contrecoeur earlier the same day. Expected for winter lay up at section 28 later this week will be the Sauniere. Loaded with salt from the Magdalen Islands, it is unknown if she will unload that cargo before entering lay-up.

Also arriving in Montreal on Jan. 15 was the Algosar at section 32 for temporary lay-up. She had arrived at Sorel on Dec. 30 for lay-up but was back in service on Jan. 7 leaving Sorel for Sept Iles.

Another vessel which was laid up for a relatively short time was back in service about Jan. 12. The Cecilia Desgagnés was at Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers) since Dec. 20. and has returned to service between Sept-Iles and Trois-Rivières hauling forest products.

Arriving at Les Méchins and entering the Verreault Shipyard dry dock on Jan. 11 was Canada Steamship Lines Nanticoke. She arrived in ballast from Contrecoeur.

At Sorel since about Jan. 6 is the mighty Ferbec for winter lay-up. She was to come to Montreal according to a Port of Montreal representative but the plan was altered.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Injunction Granted

01/17:
On Saturday the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction to a member of a community group working to save the Hulett unloaders in Cleveland.

The injunction stops the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority from demolishing the Hulett Ore Unloaders, the buildings and any other historic elements at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal until an appeal is heard. The historic equipment was schedule to be dismantled some time this week.

Reported by: Committee to Save Cleveland's Huletts




City of Milwaukee Pictures

01/17:
Added to the Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee web site is a photo gallery detailing the vessel's move to Manistee on Friday.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Chairman Honored

01/17:
John D. Leitch, Chairman of Upper Lakes Group Inc. has been named to the "Order of Canada". This significant honor recognizes innovative ship designs, pioneering of the development of large self-unloaders and providing more efficient bulk handling techniques. He is among 80 Canadians chosen for the prestigious recognition and it will be presented by the Canadian Governor General later this year.

Reported by: Skip Gillham




Ice Forecast

01/17:
Ice Hazard Bulletin Issued by Environment Canada at 1700 UTC Sunday 16 January 2000.
No ice warning in effect for the next 36 hours.

Lake Ontario... Open water except for new lake ice forming in the extreme northeast portion of the lake. Fast ice in Bay Of Quinte.

Lake Erie... Open water over most of Lake Erie except for 9 to 9 plus tenths new lake ice west of Point Pelee covering all the western basin and 7 to 9 tenths new lake ice within 6 miles east of Point Pelee. in Lake St Clair 9 to 9 plus tenths new lake ice

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay... Mostly open water. Consolidated medium lake ice in the bays of the North Channel with 9 plus new lake ice in the rest of the North Channel. 9 plus tenths thin with some medium lake ice over most of Saginaw Bay. New lake ice forming along the northwestern shore of Georgian Bay and along all the shores of Lake Huron. Consolidated thin and medium lake ice in St Marys River.

Lake Superior... Consolidated medium and thin lake ice in most of Black and Nipigon Bays. 9 plus tenths new with some thin lake ice in Thunder Bay with fast ice in the extreme northern portion of the bay and west of Pie Island. Some new lake ice forming in southern Whitefish Bay and along the southwestern and northern shores Of Lake Superior. Mostly open water over the rest of Lake Superior except for fast ice in Batchawana Bay.

Lake Michigan... Ten tenths coverage of thick ice covered southern Green Bay...Sturgeon Bay and the upper half of Little and Big Bay De Noc. The lower half of the Bays De Noc and the rest of Green Bay was five to ten tenths covered with thin ice. Seven to ten tenths coverage of thin ice covered the straits as well as five to ten miles out from shore from the Straits to Manistique. Four to seven tenths coverage of thick ice was five to ten miles from shore from Washington Island to Two Rivers.

Note: this report is offered for entertainment and should not be relied on for navigation. Please consult Canadian Ice Service for current conditions (subscription necessary)

Area coverage is expressed in tenths
1-3/10's---very open drift ice
4-6/10's---open drift ice
7-8/10's---close pack ice
9-9+/10's--very close pack
10/10's---compact
10/10's---frozen together - consolidated

When ice reaches 6/10's or greater, ships can no longer traverse between floes.

Fast ice--ice fastened to the shore (frozen all the way across)

New Lake Ice----recently formed less than 5 centimeters thick.
Thin Lake Ice---5 - 15 centimeters thick.
Medium Lake Ice-15 - 30 centimeters thick.
Thick Lake Ice--30-70 centimeters thick.
Very Thick Ice--greater than 70 centimeters thick.





Today in Great Lakes History - January 17

The PHILIP D. BLOCK was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building in 1925.

Tanker GREAT LAKES was launched in 1963 as the a) SINCLAIR GREAT LAKES.

JOHN E.F. MISENER (2) was float launched in 1951 as a) SCOTT MISENER (2).

January 17, 1902 - The PERE MARQUETTE 2 ran aground at Ludington.

PERE MARQUETTE 19 grounded in limited visibility on January 17, 1916 two miles south of Big Point Sable, MI 600 feet off shore. The captain made three unsuccessful attempts to find the Ludington Harbor entrance and on the turn around for the fourth attempt she grounded.

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Cornelius Stuck in Ice

01/16:
On Friday the Adam E. Cornelius was beset in ice two and a half miles North of Pelee Island in Lake Erie. The Coast Guard breaker Neah Bay freed the vessel after breaking up the six-inch ice for about a half hour. New lake ice west of Point Pelee continues to build and covers the western basin of Lake Erie within 6 miles east of Point Pelee.

The Cornelius is running a shuttle carrying coal from Conneaut, Ohio to the power plant in Monroe, Michigan. She is scheduled to return to Monroe today about 4:00 p.m. if she is not delayed by ice. The Adam E. Cornelius is the last vessel sailing this season for the American Steamship Company. If ice conditions permit she is scheduled to deliver another load of coal on Jan. 18.

Reported by: Chris Taylor and Jim Hoffman




Toledo's Lay-up Fleet

01/16:
Columbia Star arrived for winter lay-up at the T.W.I. dock in Toledo on Friday. This is the first time that two thousand-footers have tied up to this dock at the same time. The Middletown entered lay-up at the Lakefront/Torco dock complex Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Got ice?

01/16:
The USCG Mackinaw arrived in Milwaukee Saturday for a weekend visit. This is their first trip here since the hull was changed from white to red. The big ice breaker tied up at the Port of Milwaukee's Heavy Lift dock rather then at the Milwaukee Coast Guard base due to the near record low water levels. By the looks of the paint on the bow, the Mackinaw has yet to break any ice this winter.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




City of Milwaukee Update

01/16:
As the City of Milwaukee rests at her new dock in Manistee, she may be there for more than the one year that was first reported. The society working to preserve the former car ferry is planning a permanent home in Frankfort, MI. but does not have a firm date of when that might be. One estimate suggests that the City of Milwaukee could remain in Manistee for several years.

The Society expects to build a new dock in Frankfort, MI. The cost is estimated at $400,000 for dredging plus the cost of constructing a reception facility. Dredging and construction could take four or five years.

Whatever the length of her stay Manistee has given the vessel a warm greeting. City officials and residents in Manistee are happy to have the vessel in their city. Mayor Pro Tem of Manistee Jan Gavlinski was one of the 13 passengers that was on the City of Milwaukee during the six hour tow up Lake Michigan from Elberta.

Gavlinski was quoted in the Ludington Daily News as saying "The potential for a boat like her in Manistee is nothing but good, I for one will be pushing for us to be as helpful as we can."

Video clip of the City of Milwaukee passing through a draw bridge heading to Manistee Lake

Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee

Reported by: Max Hanley




Today in Great Lakes History - January 16

The COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS was launched in 1926.

In 1987 the DETROIT EDISON (2) was at Brownsville, Tex. for scrapping, she was raised after being scuttled by vandals.

On her way to the cutters torch, the deadship ASHLAND was anchored off Bermuda in 1988 when she dragged her anchors and was swept onto rocks. She suffered massive bottom damage but the tow continued.

On 16 January 1909, TECUMSEH (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 200', 839 gt, built in 1873 at Chatham, Ontario) burned to a total loss at her winter berth at Goderich, Ontario.

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Soo Locks End Season

01/15: updated 11:30 a.m.
The Soo Locks officially close for the season Friday afternoon as the Lee A. Tregurtha locked upbound enroute to winter lay-up at Fraser Ship Yards in Superior, WI. The 826-foot self-unloader cleared the Poe Lock at 4:30 p.m.

The Stewart J. Cort took the honor of last downbound vessel at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning carrying a load of ore from Superior, WI. The Charles M. Beeghly was originally scheduled to be the last downbound vessel of the season but cleared the locks an hour and a half before the Cort.

Below are images from the Live Cam at the locks
The Tregurtha at the lower approach to the lock
The Tregurtha departing the Poe Lock

Reported by: Rod Burdick, Dave Wobster, John Belliveau and Mike Cleary




City of Milwaukee at New Dock

01/15:
With favorable weather the City of Milwaukee was towed from Elberta at 5:00 a.m. Friday morning by the Andrie tugs Seneca Queen and Mari Beth Andrie. The former car ferry arrived in Manistee at 9:00 a.m. with no problems reported during the tow. She is currently tied up at the Seng dock in Manistee.

The vessel is expected to remain in Manistee until some time in the fall when a new dock in Frankfort is finished.

Below are images of the tow
In the Manistee River.
In the Manistee River.
Maneuvering to the dock.
At her new home.

Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee

Reported by: Max Hanley




John J. Boland Update

01/15:
Employees at Fraser Shipyards continued working Friday on changing the name of the Charles E. Wilson to John J. Boland. The new name already is in place on the bow. Steel letters were welded onto the bulwarks and painted, as the first image shows. On Friday, workers were welding letters onto the vessel's stern. The second image shows two men welding letters onto the vessel's port quarter. If your screen resolution is good, you can see the letter O leaning against the hull behind the workman on the left.

Close up of name on bow
Crews working

Reported by: Al Miller




More Lay-ups in Duluth

01/15:
Duluth's lay-up fleet continued to grow Jan. 14 as Presque Isle arrived at the port terminal after loading a partial cargo in Two Harbors to serve as winter ballast. The vessel tied up at the terminal's steel berth, just across the slip from the Edgar B. Speer. The Speer docked at the former Cargill D elevator while the John G. Munson docked at the former Cargill C elevator. Both elevators were razed last summer and the rubble is now being crushed to serve as fill for the site. The dock is owned by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. When finished, it will be available as a bulk cargo terminal.

Photos:
Bow-on view of Edgar B. Speer
Presque Isle, shortly after arriving for lay-up
Edgar B. Speer and Presque Isle sharing a slip
Edgar B. Speer in winter repose
John G. Munson
John G. Munson closeup

Reported by: Al Miller




One More Time

01/15:
The Arthur M. Anderson is due back in Conneaut today to load one more time for Dunkirk. This will make her the last boat in the USS fleet operating. The Anderson will then sail for Sturgeon Bay, WI and enter lay-up at Bay Shipbuilding.

Reported by: David French




Cleveland Report

01/15:
The Columbia Star was due in Cleveland early Friday Morning but a last minute schedule change rerouted the 1000-footer to Lorain, OH. The Star will unload at Lorain and then head for her lay-up dock in Toledo. The change disappointed a small group of boat watchers who had gather on the freezing lakeshore to greet the vessel.

The change may have been due to bad weather in Cleveland. The Earl W. Oglebay entered the Cuyahoga River at 7:00 a.m. after being anchored off Cleveland for about 20 hours due to weather. The Earl W. Oglebay continues to work the shuttle run from Lorain to the LTV steel mill.

Other vessels in port include a the barge St. Marys Cement and tug Triton in lay-up at the company's Cuyahoga River facility. The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann, Alpena and Fred R. White Jr. are also in lay-up at Cleveland.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Chicago Update

01/15:
On Friday afternoon the Elton Hoyt 2nd was seen departing from Acme Steel. She was being towed by one of the local tugs. Following the Hoyt the Kaye E. Barker departed from the KCBX coal dock. The Barker cleared the 100th Street bridge at 1630.

Reported by: Gary Clark




Marquette Season Ends

01/15:
The shipping season for Marquette ended Thursday night as the Charles M. Beeghly departed the upper harbor. The Beeghly had taken on a load of taconite for delivery to Rouge Steel in Detroit where she will lay-up.

Earlier in the day the Algowest made her final visit to Marquette. The Algowest was running a shuttle from Marquette to Algoma Steel in the Soo. The final trip to Marquette was also her last for the season. The West entered lay-up at Algoma Steel on Friday.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Season Ends for Taconite Harbor

01/15:
James R. Barker was the last vessel to call at Taconite Harbor this season. It departed Jan. 12.

Reported by: Al Miller




Lay-up List Updated


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Today in Great Lakes History - January 15

FORT YORK was launched January 15, 1958.

In 1917 the ANN ARBOR NO. 6 left Ecorse for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

On 15 January 1873, A. Muir began building a wooden 3-mast schooner ("full sized canaler") at his shipyard in Port Huron. Fourteen men were employed to work on her, including master builder James Perry. The schooner was to be the exact counterpart of the GROTON, the first vessel built at that yard. The vessel's dimensions were 138' keel, 145' overall, 26'2" beam and 11'6" depth.

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Last Through The Soo

01/14:
The Soo Locks officially close for the season at midnight on Saturday. The last vessel expected to pass through the Poe Lock for the 1999/2000 season is the Lee A. Tregurtha. She is due upbound this afternoon heading for lay-up at Fraser Ship Yards in Superior, WI.

The final downbound vessel is expected to be the Charles M. Beeghly. She was scheduled to arrive at the locks at 5:30 a.m. The Beeghly is sailing loaded from Marquette to Rouge Steel in Detroit. Once at Rouge Steel she will unload and enter lay-up.

The Charles M. Beeghly holds the honor of opening the season at the Soo Locks. On March 25, 1999 she was the first vessel to transit the locks, heading downbound.

The final upbound and downbound vessels both sail for the Interlake Steamship Company.

The Poe Lock is the only lock still in operation, the MacArthur Lock closed for the season on Dec. 16. Both locks are due for normal repairs during the regularly scheduled winter shut down. The locks will reopen in late March.

With the closing of the Soo Locks, shipping will continued with a smaller number of vessels trading on the lower lakes.

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City of Milwaukee Schedule to Depart

01/14:
The S.S. City of Milwaukee was scheduled to be towed out of Elberta, MI. early this morning weather permitting. The Andrie tugs Seneca Queen and Mari Beth Andrie were expected to tow the historic car ferry on Wednesday but winds delayed her departure.

If the weather allows her to leave today she will be moved to the Seng Excavating dock in Manistee. The Ludington Daily News reports that the boat will be temporarily moored near the Seng Excavating Company’s gravel piles at the east end of River Street in Manistee. The boat will later move south on Manistee Lake to dock near the old Century Boat factory.

click here for a picture of the vessel yesterday waiting to be moved from Elberta.
click here for a view from Frankfort across the bay as the storm began.

Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee

Reported by: Max Hanley




Final Load in Duluth

01/14:
Stewart J. Cort became the last vessel to load in the Twin Ports this season when it took on cargo Jan. 12 at the BNSF ore dock in Superior. It loaded 49,500 metric tons of iron ore for delivery to Bethlehem Steel at Burns Harbor, Ind., according to the Duluth News Tribune. The Cort departed on Jan. 13 and was due for the Soo Locks at 4:30 a.m.

Reported by: Al Miller




USS Update

01/14:
USS Great Lakes Fleet says Edwin H. Gott is scheduled to arrive at Sturgeon Bay for lay-up on Jan. 16, and Roger Blough is due there Jan. 15. The Edgar B. Speer is docked at the former Cargill D across the slip from the port terminal, it arrived on Jan. 12.

Reported by: Al Miller




Ice Breaking

01/14:
Early Thursday morning the Paul R. Tregurtha was reported to be beset in ice off Lime Island in the lower St. Marys River. At mid-morning the U.S. Coast Guard tug Katmai Bay was breaking the thousand-footer free to continue her final trip of the season to Superior, WI. for lay-up.

The Soo evening News reports that the Tregurtha was the first and only ship to become stuck in the mild ice conditions ending the season.




Season Winding down for Cement

01/14:
The cement trade on the Great Lakes is drawing to a close for the 1999-2000 shipping season.

The Southdown fleet ended its season on Jan. 9 when the Southdown Challenger entered lay-up in Milwaukee. Her fleet mate Southdown Conquest entered lay-up in Chicago on Dec. 17.

Two of the tugs and barges from the St. Marys cement fleet entered lay-up in December. They are wintering in Port Colborne.

Shipping by Inland Lakes Management also ended on Jan. 9 when the Alpena entered winter lay-up in Cleveland. She was the last to lay-up with the J.A.W. Iglehart entering lay-up on Dec. 28 at Detroit and the Paul H. Townsend on Sept. 23 in Milwaukee. The E.M. Ford did not sail this season and only will be used as demand requires.

Vessels sailing for the Inland Lakes Management fleet service the Lafarge cement plant in Alpena, MI. carrying cement to the various terminals around the lakes. In addition to the ILM boats, Lafarge operates the tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity.

In Thursday's Alpena News Don Rosenberg, manager of shipping for Lafarge, said the Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity are continuing to make a few runs for the plant. With the favorable ice conditions the Integrity should make a couple more trips before ending her season. The company's terminals were reported to be close to being filled for the season. The tug and barge were scheduled to unload in Milwaukee about 10:00 a.m. this morning.




Update on the Wolfe Islander III

01/14:
On January 9 the refitted carferry Wolfe Islander III departed Pier 14 at Heddle Marine for sea trials in Hamilton harbour. Slowly building up speed, all four new Caterpillar diesel engines achieved a maximum speed of 12.5 knots at 1800 RPM. Her maneuverability and stopping distance were reported to be better than when the vessel was first built in 1975. Chief engineer Mike Hawkins and ferry supervisor Terry MacRae were very pleased with the results, the tests were considered an outstanding success. "I think I'll get a full nights sleep tonight," commented the tired chief.

On Tuesday the Wolfe Islander III departed Hamilton harbour for Kingston under the command of veteran lake Captain Robert McClelland. She arrived in Kingston at noon Wednesday.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Tug Sinks on Lake Michigan

01/14:
On Wednesday the working tug Rausch sunk in 13 feet of water in Burnham Harbor on Lake Michigan. The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Chicago is investigating the incident and the cause of the sinking is unknown. The vessel has two 200 gallon diesel fuel tanks which are reported to be half full. Investigators report that 30 to 40 gallons of fuel discharged into water and that approximately ten gallons had been recovered. Yesterday the tug was surrounded by double oil containment booms and awaiting divers to plug the fuel tank vents.




Soo Vessel Passage

01/14:
For years boat watchers have enjoyed the tape recordings of vessel traffic reported by Soo Control over the telephone. Starting next season the tape is expected to be phased out in favor of using reports listed on the U.S. Coast Guard's Soo Control web site.

This change is believed to have come from requests made by the boat watchers.

Other plans may include live web cams of the St. Marys River.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 14

Scrapping began on the CHICAGO TRIBUNE January 14, 1989 by International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne, Ont.

January 14, 1920 - The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND HAVEN was fast in the ice three miles out of Grand Haven.

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City of Milwaukee's Departure Delayed by Weather

01/13:
The S.S. City of Milwaukee was expected to be towed out of Elberta yesterday by the Andrie tugs Seneca Queen and Mari Beth Andrie to a temporary home in Manistee. Weather has delayed her departure until some time Friday.

The Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee had been working with Seng Excavating and Seng Marina in Manistee to find a temporary dock for the vessel. Yesterday morning details were worked out allowing the car ferry to dock by the company’s gravel piles at the end of River Street in Manistee.

Wednesday's Ludington Daily News quotes Ed Seng, of Seng Excavating and Seng Marina as saying “They were just in a predicament and we’re just helping them out.”

The historic car ferry will have a permanent home in Frankfort which is across Betsie Bay from her original dock. The new site must be dredged and that work could last until the fall. The society may decide to open the S.S. City of Milwaukee for tours while she is docked in Manistee.

Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee


Reported by: Max Hanley




Reserve Arrives For Lay-up

01/13:
The Reserve steamed into Fraser Shipyards in Superior on Jan. 12 to lay up for the winter.

Below are the pictures of the vessel arriving.
Arriving
Close up of pilot house

Reported by: Al Miller




USS News

01/13:
The Edgar B. Speer and John G. Munson both arrived at the Duluth Port Terminal Wednesday for lay-up.

Presque Isle's winter cargo load has evidently been cancelled and she is now sailing directly to the Port Terminal. She and the Philip R. Clarke will join the Speer and Munson on the 14th.

Reported by: David French




Independent Unloading

01/13:
The Kinsman Independent was being unloaded at the General Mills Frontier Elevator on the Buffalo Ship Canal at noon on Wednesday. It is unknown if the Kinsman Enterprise will take her place once unloaded.

The Independent entered lay-up on Dec. 19 with a storage load for General Mills.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Port Stanley Demolition

01/13:
James Richardson Industries in Port Stanley are demolishing the last 6 of the 17 grain silos that were built in the late 1940's. They are located on the west side of the Government Dock. The 5 newer silos were built in early 1980's and are 100-feet high vs. 40-feet for the older silos.

Silting in the harbor has many concerned that shipping traffic will no longer be able to entered the harbor until some type of dredging is done. Estimates of the water depth at the Port's docks was between 12 and 15 feet. The last few ships of the 1999 season left port with only a partial load.

Reported by: Richard Hill and Joan Wilton




Stone Trade Down 6.57 Percent In 1999

01/13:
With just a few stone cargoes loading in January, the trade has closed for the season. The preliminary total for 1999 is 38,321,073 net tons, a decrease of 6.57 percent from 1998. The 1999 decrease ends a string of modern-day record totals for the Lakes stone trade that stretched from 1994 to 1998. Reduced demand for fluxstone from the steel industry (the result of unfair trade in the steel market) and a late start for many major construction projects produced the fall-off.
The 1999 total is subject to final verification.

Reported by: The Lake Carriers Association




Activists Raise $272,000 To Save 2nd Cleveland Hulett

01/13:
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday, the Cleveland Waterfront Coalition states they have the money in hand to save a second Hulett Unloader. Fund-raising has generated more than the $272,000 the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority needs to save the second Hulett. Genevieve Ray says, "We had remarkable response from people all over." The largest donation at $100,000 comes from the Asusa Foundation of Princeton, N.J., a family foundation with ties to Cleveland.

Destruction and dismantling of the Huletts is scheduled to begin some time next week. The power house and several buildings have already been destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Committee to Save Cleveland's Huletts, who want the Unloaders to stay on Whiskey Island, said they will file a taxpayers' lawsuit this week to hold up the Whiskey Island work.

Reported by: Laura Price




New Dive Attraction Proposed

01/13:
The Muskegon Chronicle reported Wednesday that a newly formed organization of divers and supporters are planning to sink a vessel about two miles off Muskegon in Lake Michigan. The group is calling itself the West Michigan Artificial Reef Society and is currently filing for a nonprofit status. The sunken vessel would then become a diving attraction.

At a meeting Tuesday, the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners and Muskegon City Commission voted to support the project. With this support the group may have an easier time getting approval from the State of Michigan to sink a vessel.

To reach their goal the group will need state and federal approval, funding, volunteers and most importantly a vessel to sink.

The society will look for a vessel at least 100-feet long. It would then be sunk in a planned position two miles in Lake Michigan north of the breakwall in about 100-feet of water. The Chronicle reports that after sinking, the top of the vessel must be at least 45-feet below the surface according to regulations.

Other guidelines call for the vessel to be carefully cleaned before sinking. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must then approve the cleanup plan and sinking.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 13

On January 13, 1970 the lower engine room and holds of the SEWELL AVERY accidentally flooded sinking her to the bottom of Duluth Harbor causing minimal damage other than an immense cleanup effort.

January 13, 1909 - The PERE MARQUETTE 17 was freed after her grounding the previous December.

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The New John J. Boland

01/12:
Reports from American Steamship Company confirm rumors that the fleet will rename one of its vessels John J. Boland. The Charles E. Wilson will sail in the 2000 season as the new John J. Boland. Workers at Fraser Shipyards in Superior already are at work changing the name of Charles E. Wilson to John J. Boland. They apparently have burned the name into the bulwarks on the port and starboard bows.

The vessel is a 680-foot self-unloader built in 1973.

The former John J. Boland was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in October of 1999 and now sails as the Saginaw.

Mr. John J. Boland was chairman of the board of American Steamship Company until his death in 1956. Mr. Charles E. Wilson was President of General Motors and in 1953 became Secretary of Defense under Eisenhower. He died in 1961.

Click here for an image of the vessel taken on Wednesday.
Close up of the name.




Carferry to Leave Elberta

01/12:
The S.S. City of Milwaukee appears ready to leave Elberta sometime today. Due to questions regarding an intra-bay mooring in Frankfort Harbor and a possible April 15 moving deadline, it appears the 350 foot carferry may be headed to Manistee. The historic vessel was to be moored mid-lake in Betsie Lake a short distance from her dock but political and ice conditions may make Manistee the preferred option.

Tuesday's efforts by the Andrie tugs Seneca Queen and Mari Beth Andrie were successful, freeing the ship from the muddy bottom of her slip at Elberta. Following final preparations, the tow could follow a shoreline route allowing excellent viewing at the M-22 scenic overlook at Arcadia.

This ends 107 years of regular car ferry mooring at Elberta.

The Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee and the city have been in a legal battle with the city wishing to have the historic vessel removed from its current location in Betsie Lake to make room for water front development. By order of the Michigan Supreme Court, the society is required to move the car ferry out of Elberta no later than Feb. 15.

Donations are needed to help defray the cost of freeing the ship and subsequent towing operations. Since it was a "move it or lose it" proposition, the Society had to make every effort to free the ship and relocate it out of Elberta. Full costs are unknown at this time, but are significant.

Every donation preserves this important history, and helps replace funds that can be used to help fully restore the ship. During towing efforts, an air compressor has brought the ships anchor windlass, mooring winches and steam whistle back to life. The SPCM is consulting with International Shipmasters Association Grand President Dean Hobbs, to determine the feasibility of restoring the ship to operating condition. A previous hull survey has determined that the ships hull remains in serviceable condition.

Please send your tax deductible donations to:
Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee
115 US 31
Beulah, MI. 49617

Any person donating over $15 will receive an SPCM membership, which entitles an opportunity to board the ship before public tours are re-established (pending consultation with local officials). During work sessions, volunteers even blow the whistle once in awhile.

Today's Traverse City Record-Eagle includes a picture of the tow.




Stinson Enters Lay-up

01/12:
The George A. Stinson arrived at the Superior piers at 9:00 Tuesday morning. It proceeded to the Hallett 5 dock in Duluth for winter lay-up.

Reported by: Al Miller




More Vessels Join Toledo's Lay-up Fleet

01/12:
The Wolverine arrived at the Hocking Valley South Dock on Monday afternoon for lay-up. She required tugboat assistance into the dock because of high winds and low water conditions.

The Buffalo arrived on Sunday at the old CSX ore dock site directly across from Armco. The Armco tied up at the CSX #4 on Saturday. Both of these vessels are docked stern first. The Oglebay Norton arrived for an early lay-up tying up at the T.W.I. dock on Sunday.

The American Republic was scheduled to arrive Tuesday. She was expected to tie up at the CSX or T.W.I. Dock for lay-up.

The Courtney Burton arrived in port Tuesday and was heading to the Torco Dock for lay-up. The Middletown is scheduled to arrive today with the Columbia Star due in on Jan. 14 weather conditions permitting.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

01/12:
The Alpena entered winter lay-up in Cleveland at the LaFarge terminal on the old river, arriving late on the 9th. The American republic was spotted unloading ore at LTV on Monday night.

Oglebay Norton's Earl. W. Oglebay was unloading at the LTV upper dock Tuesday. The 630-foot vessel is scheduled to make five shuttle runs between the LTV steel mill in the Cuyahoga River and the pellet terminal at Lorain, Ohio.

She is expected to be the last vessel sailing for the Oglebay fleet when she enters lay-up in Toledo.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Anna Desgagnés Reflagged

01/12:
Groupe Desgagnés reflagged the Ro-Ro vessel Anna Desgagnés under foreign flag in December. Last September Desgagnés announced that the vessel would sail under Canadian flag. The latest change was made with out announcement and the Anna Desgagnés will have sailed under Canadian flag for only three months.

Reported by: J.F. Boutin




Operation Taconite Update

01/12:
On Monday the Cutter Katmai Bay assisted the upbound Yankcanuck in the St. Marys River and then conducted preventive icebreaking. The Yankcanuck was heading upbound for Soo, Ontario.

As reported yesterday, the Cutter Sundew assisted the Cason J. Callaway in the Duluth - Superior Harbor as she was heading for her lay-up dock at Fraser Shipyards.

Operation Taconite covers ice breaking operations on Lake Superior, the St. Marys River and Straits of Mackinaw.




Cargo Report - Cuyahoga River

01/12:
Added to the Lakes Carriers' Association home page yesterday is the latest Cargo Report for the Cuyahoga River.

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Lay-up List Updated


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Today in Great Lakes History - January 12

The CHI-CHEEMAUN was launched January 12, 1974.

The GRAND HAVEN was gutted by fire on January 12, 1970 during scrapping operations at the United Steel & Refining Co. Ltd. dock at Hamilton, Ont.

MENIHEK LAKE was launched January 12, 1959

On January 12, 1973, the VENUS (2) had an engine room explosion shortly after unloading at Kipling, MI, (near Gladstone, MI) on Little Bay De Noc causing one loss of life.

On 12 January 1956, ANABEL II (probably a fish tug, 62 t, built 1928) was destroyed by fire at her winter lay-up at Roon S.S. Co. dock at Sturgeon Bay, WI.

January 12, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 5 hit the rocks close to the south breakwater when entering Manistique harbor, tearing off her starboard shaft and wheel.

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Indiana Harbor Enters Winter Lay-up

01/11:
Late Sunday morning American Steamship's Indiana Harbor entered the city of Sturgeon Bay and tied up at the Peterson Builder's Inc. dock. Bay Ship leases dock space from PBI for the 1000 footers arriving for winter lay-up. The Indiana Harbor joins fleet mates St. Clair and American Mariner.

Reported by: Paul Graf




Saginaw in the Rouge

01/11:
The Saginaw arrived at Morton Salt Dock in the Rouge River at 19:20 on Monday January 10. She loaded at Ojibway Salt in Windsor. She gave around nine hours to unload and will proceed up to Sarnia in ballast upon departure. The vessel is expected to enter winter lay-up along side the Cuyahoga once at Sarnia

Reported by: M. Nicholls




Twin Ports Report

01/11:
Cason J. Callaway received orders Jan. 10 to proceed to Fraser Shipyards in Superior for lay-up. The possibility had existed that the boat might take one more cargo from Two Harbors.

Coast Guard Cutter Sundew was at work Monday afternoon breaking ice in the Superior front channel and into Fraser to ease the Callaway's passage.

Reported by: Al Miller




Season winding down for USS

01/11:
The season is slowly winding down for the USS fleet. Upbound are the Edgar B. Speer and John G. Munson. Both are scheduled to arrive at Duluth's Port Terminal on the 12th. The Philip R. Clarke is also expected to arrive at the Port Terminal for lay-up on the 15th.

Presque Isle is due to close the season for Two Harbors on the 14th to load a cargo for lay-up. It is supposedly used for ballast reasons.

The Arthur M. Anderson is also set to load an unusually late coal cargo in Conneaut for Dunkirk on the 13th. She will then proceed to Bayship for lay-up.

The Edwin H. Gott and Roger Blough are both making one more run to Gary. The Gott loaded her last cargo on the 11th, the Blough on the 10th. After unloading both will proceed to lay-up at Bayship.

Reported by: David French




Soo Locks Final Week

01/11:
With the Soo Locks scheduled to close January 15 we take a look at possible dates of the last vessels locking through. Based on current plans (Jan. 10), this is how the last week of the 1999-2000 shipping season may look.

Downbound

Middletown   Jan. 10 Ore from Taconite Harbor
Algowest Jan. 10 Ore from Marquette
Philip R. Clarke Jan. 11 Ore from Silver Bay
Arthur M. Anderson Jan. 11 Ore from Silver Bay
Mesabi Miner Jan. 11 Ore from Taconite Harbor
Algosteel Jan. 11 Ore from Marquette
Columbia Star Jan. 12 Ore from Taconite Harbor
Roger Blough Jan. 12 Ore from Two Harbors
Elton Hoyt 2nd Jan. 12 Ore from Marquette
Lee A. Tregurtha Jan. 13 Ore from Marquette
Algowest Jan. 13 Ore from Marquette
Algosteel Jan. 13 Ore from Marquette
James R. Barker Jan. 14 Ore from Taconite Harbor
Stewart J. Cort Jan. 14 Ore from Superior
Edwin H. Gott Jan. 14 Ore from Two Harbors

Upbound

Edwin H. Gott Jan. 11 Light to Two Harbors
Reserve Jan. 11 Light to Duluth (lay-up)
Algowest Jan. 11 Light to Marquette
Algosteel Jan. 11 Light to Marquette
Stewart J. Cort Jan. 11 Light to Superior
John G. Munson Jan. 11 Light to Duluth (lay-up)
Edgar B. Speer Jan. 11 Light to Duluth (lay-up)
Elton Hoyt 2nd Jan. 11 Light to Marquette
Paul R. Tregurtha Jan. 12 Light to Duluth (lay-up)
Presque Isle Jan. 12 Light to Duluth (lay-up)
Algosteel Jan. 13 Light to Thunder Bay (lay-up)
Philip R. Clarke Jan. 14 Light to Duluth (lay-up)
Lee A. Tregurtha Jan. 15 Light to Duluth (lay-up)

All dates are subject to change. This time of year weather and ice conditions can delay or result in a cancelled trip.

Reported by: Mike Cleary




Low Water Reveals Forgotten Dock

01/11:
With low water levels on southern Lake Huron the former freighter Gladstone was visible from Canatara Park at Point Edward, ONT yesterday. The park is located just north of the Bluewater Bridge. The Gladstone was a wooden freighter that was intentionally sunk in 1923 along with two smaller vessels to provide a foundation for a dock.

In 1936 the dock burned down but the Gladstone foundation remains to this day. Most of the superstructure was removed but the remains of the hull along with the propeller and engine and some piping remain. Several years ago the wreck sat under 13-feet (four meters) of water and about two hundred feet from Canatara Park beach near the boat ramp. Since then the level has dropped about 6-feet.

Reported by: Peter Whitfield




Bridge Repairs in the Welland

01/11:
On Jan. 3 work crews began repairs on Bridge 11, the Allanburg Bridge in the Welland Canal. The scheduled maintenance involves work to the bridge deck and part of the towers undergoing some structural repairs and repainting.

The St. Catharines Standard reported Monday that the three month job is disturbing some neighbors of the 50-year-old bridge as sections of worn concrete and steel are stripped or strengthened. In the article a bridge subcontractor reported that there were two repair options for the bridge. The plan in use, which involves three months of intensive work or to shut down the bridge for a much longer length of time.

Work hours for the $1 million-plus job usually start at seven in the morning and continue for about 12 hours. The contractor is working to keep the hours limited to reduce the noise that effects the local residents. Two spans of the bridge were completed in December, this head start means the contractor may not have to add a second shift. If a second shift was added crews would be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Standard reports that St. Lawrence Seaway Authority site inspectors say that all equipment is state-of-the art including noise insulation.

The work on Bridge 11 is part of the $12 million scheduled maintenance program which is part of a continuous repair plan.

Reported by: John Stark




Pelee Island Light to be Rebuilt

01/11:
Built in 1833 the Pelee Island Light was once a beacon of security on Lake Erie, the light deteriorated for years until only the ruins remained. The "Relight the Lighthouse Committee" formed to restore the light. Monday's Windsor Star reports that the group expects have the light restored to its original splendor by the end of the year.

Pelee Island Light is the second oldest Canadian lighthouse in Lake Erie. It was built to help ships through the hazardous Pelee passage.

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Today in Great Lakes History - January 11

The steamer ROBERT S. McNAMARA, under tow reached her intended destination of Santander, Spain on January 11, 1974.

On 11 January 1962, ARCTURUS, formerly JAMES B. WOOD, was under tow of the Portuguese tug PRAIA GRANDE on the way to Norway to be scrapped when she foundered off the Azores at position 46.10N x 8.50W.

January 11, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 5 arrived Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

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Twin Ports Report

01/10:
The Lake Superior ore trade is scheduled to continue for a few more days. Arthur M. Anderson was loading at Silver Bay on Jan. 9; Roger Blough is due at Two Harbors on Jan. 10; James R. Barker and Oglebay Norton are due at Taconite Harbor on Jan. 11; and Stewart J. Cort is scheduled for Superior's BNSF ore dock on Jan. 12.

Several vessels are due in the Twin Ports this week for lay-up, with Wednesday shaping up to be a particularly busy day. Edgar B. Speer, Arthur M. Anderson and John G. Munson are due at Duluth on Jan. 12. Reserve is expected to arrive at Fraser Shipyards on the 12th. Presque Isle is scheduled to arrive Two Harbors on Jan. 14 and take a partial cargo, then proceed to Duluth to lay up. Cason J. Callaway is due at the head of the lakes on Jan. 10, when it will receive orders to either load at Two Harbors or go into lay-up. Paul R. Tregurtha is expected to lay up at Midwest Energy Terminal on the 14.

Reported by: Al Miller




Southdown Challenger Enters Lay-up

01/10:
The Southdown Challenger arrived in Milwaukee Sunday to enter winter Lay-up. The 1906-built cement carrying vessel arrived early in the morning to a foggy Milwaukee Harbor and tied up at the Milwaukee Southdown terminal.

Reported by: Andy Laborde




Ice Forecast

01/10:
Ice Hazard Bulletin Issued by Environment Canada at 1700 UTC Sunday 9 January 2000.
No ice warning in effect for the next 36 hours.

Lake Ontario... Open water except for fast ice in Bay Of Quinte.

Lake Erie... Open water east of Point Pelee with 9 plus new and thin lake ice in the northern portion of Long Point Bay. open water in the southern half of the western basin and in southern Lake St Clair. 9 to 9 plus tenths thin and new lake ice in the northern half of the western basin west of Point Pelee and in northern Lake St Clair.

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay... Mostly open water. consolidated medium lake ice within 2 to 4 miles of the eastern and western shores of Saginaw Bay and along the northern shore of Georgian Bay and in shallow bays in the north channel. 9 to 9 plus tenths thin and new lake ice over the rest of Saginaw Bay. A 2 to 4 mile wide area of 9 to 9 plus new lake ice along the western shore of Lake Huron. Consolidated thin with some medium lake ice In St Marys River

Lake Superior... Consolidated medium and thin lake ice in most of Black and Nipigon Bays. 9 to 9 plus tenths new and thin lake ice in Thunder Bay with fast ice developing in the extreme northern portion of the bay. Mostly open water in whitefish bay and the rest of Lake Superior except for a very narrow area of new lake ice in southwestern Whitefish Bay.

Lake Michigan... Ten tenths coverage of thin ice was observed in the extreme southern portion of Green Bay. Sturgeon Bay also ten tenths coverage of thin ice. Five to seven tenths coverage of thin ice was reported along the shore of Green Bay between Menominee to Little Bay De Noc. Ten tenths of coverage of thin ice was reported in the Bays De Noc. The northern end of Green Bay had two to four tenths coverage of new ice. Seven to ten tenths coverage of thin to thick ice was observed from Portage Bay along the north shore of Lake Michigan to St Ignace and Waugoshance Point. Grand Traverse Bay remained virtually ice free.
The rest of Lake Michigan remains ice free.

Note: this report is offered for entertainment and should not be relied on for navigation. Please consult Canadian Ice Service for current conditions (subscription necessary)

Area coverage is expressed in tenths
1-3/10's---very open drift ice
4-6/10's---open drift ice
7-8/10's---close pack ice
9-9+/10's--very close pack
10/10's---compact
10/10's---frozen together - consolidated

When ice reaches 6/10's or greater, ships can no longer traverse between floes.

Fast ice--ice fastened to the shore (frozen all the way across)

New Lake Ice----recently formed less than 5 centimeters thick.
Thin Lake Ice---5 - 15 centimeters thick.
Medium Lake Ice-15 - 30 centimeters thick.
Thick Lake Ice--30-70 centimeters thick.
Very Thick Ice--greater than 70 centimeters thick.





Today in Great Lakes History - January 10

ONTADOC (2) was launched January 10, 1975 (b MELISSA DESGAGNES)

On January 10, 1977 the CHESTER A. POLLING (b MOBIL ALBANY) broke in two and sank off the coast of Massachusetts.

January 10, 1998 - Glen Bowden, former co-owner of the Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Company (MWT) died.

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Cleveland Update

01/09:
On Saturday the Buffalo was unloading at the LTV steel mill and departed Cleveland at 2:30pm.

The Wolverine unloaded ore at the Cleveland Bulk terminals dock and then moved up river to complete her unload at the lower LTV dock. She then will sail to Lorain for a shuttle back to the LTV mill.

The Fred White is in lay up on the old river. She is very high in the water with her full bow thruster exposed.

There were also two dredges working at the LTV works Saturday.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Gaelic Wraps Up Successful Season

01/09:
On Jan. 4 the Gaelic Tugboat Company tugs Carolyn Hoey and Susan Hoey departed Toledo for their lay-up dock in the Rouge River in Detroit. The Carolyn will be assigned to the winter barge handling work in Detroit. The final tow of the season was the Algolake on Jan. 3 out of the Consolidated dock in Toledo.

After a ten year lull the Gaelic Tugboat Company returned to the ship assist business in 1999 serving a number of Lake Erie ports. As the season began Gaelic retained all the Canadian laker traffic requiring tug assistance in the Ports of Detroit and Toledo. The company also assisted a number of salt water vessels.




City of Milwaukee on the Move

01/09:
Two tugs owned by Andrie Inc. were to depart Muskegon last night. The tugs with a combined horsepower of 3900 were scheduled to pull the former car ferry City of Milwaukee away from her muddy slip in Elberta, MI.

The Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee and the city have been in a legal battle with the city wishing to have the historic vessel removed from its current location in Betsie Lake to make room for water front development. By order of the Michigan Supreme Court, the society is required to move the car ferry out of Elberta no later than Feb. 15.




Fake Mayday Calls

01/09:
Each year on the lakes the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are sent out on search and rescue operations due to fake reports of a vessel in trouble. Andrew Severson sends in this report from Saturday's Detroit News. The article details a fake mayday call reported in Copenhagen, Denmark.
A drunken Danish man set off a real-life rescue mission while playing with a toy ship in his bathtub. The 52-year old man repeatedly called in Mayday alarms to the nation's Maritime Sea Rescue Command as he piloted his water toys, claiming he was the captain of a freighter in distress.

He gave authorities a position west of the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, the unidentified man said his vessel was listing 45 degrees and that one of the 12 crew members had been washed overboard.

The authorities leaped to respond, sending two rescue vessels that searched the area for 1 1/2 hours. The News reports that when the search could not find the sinking boat, local police traced the phone calls to the home of the intoxicated man. He faces fines and compensation claims of $1,400.

Though the story is amusing each year our local Coast Guards respond to fake distress calls that are not only expensive and tie up resources that may be needed for a real rescue, they put the brave men and women that protect the lakes in harms way.




Lay-up List Updated


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Today in Great Lakes History - January 09

BAIE COMEAU II was laid up on January 9, 1983 at Sorel, Que. and was sold the following April to Progress Overseas Co. S.A., Panama.

January 9, 1977 - The last survivor of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 disaster, Mike Bucholtz, died.

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Lost E-mail

01/08:
A power outage caused any mail sent into the web site from 11:00pm Friday to noon Saturday to be rejected. Please resend any e-mail that was returned to you.




Pere Marquette 41 Season Recap

01/08:
The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted ended their second season on the Great Lakes when the pair arrived in Ludington for winter lay-up on Jan 4. The P.M. 41 and Undaunted were in service from April 18 to Jan. 4, her last cargo was a load of scrap iron, which went to Gary, Ind.

An article in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News quotes Thom Hawley of the Pere Marquette Shipping Co. as saying “It was a very busy season for the P.M. 41.” The P.M. 41 and tug hauled everything from fine gypsum and stone products to pig iron, steel and finished steel beams. The season included trips to Gary, Ind., Detroit, Milwaukee, Port Inland, Manitowoc, Wis. There was even a trip to Mackinac Island to drop off stone as well as a trip into Lake Erie.

In the article Hawley attributed this year’s success to the ship being a versatile vessel. “It can carry any number of things,” he said. The self loading and unloading equipment, which can handle a variety of materials, and the recently added conveyor both help make the 41 a sought-after vessel, Hawley said.

In June the barge was fitted with a "Conveyor Cat" unloading system which allows for faster unloading of smaller materials in a conical pile up to 80-feet from the vessel. The vessel’s two cranes are still available for larger materials fitted with buckets or magnets.

In addition to winter maintenance on the tug and barge, P.M. Shipping Co. will also use the winter months to line up trips for next season. Hawley said the first shipping date hasn’t yet been determined, but he’s hoping for an early spring start.

The Pere Marquette 41 is the former car ferry City Of Midland 41. She was converted to an articulated barge in 1998.




Sarnia Busy with Winter Work

01/08:
Friday saw a great deal of activity as work continues on Sarnia's lay-up fleet. Shoreside cranes were in place working on the Cuyahoga and Canadian Transfer. Two cranes were working on the Algolake as well as work in progress on the Agawa Canyon and Algoway. The tanker barge McAsphalt 401 and her tug the Alice A. moved to the east wall of the Government Dock to make room for the Algolake. Repair work is also being done on the McAsphalt 401 and they expect to be sailing again by mid February.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks




Twin Ports Report

01/08:
Edgar B. Speer is making its last run of the season to Gary. After unloading there Jan. 9 it will return to Duluth on the 13th to lay-up at the Duluth port terminal. John G. Munson is set to make its last trip to Conneaut on the 9th, then lay up at the Duluth port terminal on the 12th.

Several other GLF boats will be squeezing in one more run. Edwin H. Gott is due at Conneaut on Jan. 8 and then back to Two Harbors on the 12. Roger Blough is due at Gary on Jan. 7 and back to Two Harbors on the 10th. Cason J. Callaway is scheduled to arrive Gary on Jan. 7 and load again at Two Harbors on Jan. 10.

Taconite Harbor is staying busy right up to the end of the season. The line-up there includes: Courtney Burton and Earl W. Oglebay, Jan. 7; Middletown, Jan. 8; and Columbia Star and Mesabi Miner, Jan. 10.

Reported by: Al Miller




St. Clair River Update

01/08:
Friday was a busy day on the St. Clair River. Upbound were the Mapleglen headed upbound, Philip R. Clarke heading to Two Harbors with a short stop over at Shell Oil, Saginaw heading to Meldrum Bay and the Alpena heading to Alpena.

Downbound was the Oglebay Norton to Conneaut, Ohio, the tanker Algocatalyst in ballast to Nanticoke, Ont. she had been in Sarnia since Dec. 22 for repairs. She was followed by the Armco heading to Lorain, Oh., Kaye E. Barker to the Rouge and the George A. Stinson to Zug Island. The Paul R. Tregurtha was unloading coal at the Detroit Edison plant at Recor Point with the Columbia Star at anchor ready to follow.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks




Griffon Departs Midland

01/08:
Friday's Midland Free Press reports that the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Griffon left Midland harbour early Thursday morning after clearing a path in the ice for the Jean Parisien who arrived at the ADM Ogilvie plant for winter lay-up. The Parisien's 27 man crew was offloading 8,000 tonnes of wheat. Another 13,000 tonnes will be unloaded in the first week of February

After departing Midland she was headed for Owen Sound where the last vessel of the season was due to arrive. Griffon Quartermaster Kevin Read said Wednesday his ship was supposed to be in Sarnia on "Y2K standby" but came directly to Midland instead for the Jean Parisien.

The icebreaker arrived in port on Tuesday, in the article Captain Jim Leaney said Georgian Bay was open water until his ship reached the Sawlog Bay area, there he estimated the ice at 3-6 inches.

Reported by: Tom Barber




Cargo Shifted From Rail to Water

01/08:
Last week an eastbound freight train slammed into a loaded tanker car that had just derailed east of Montreal. The resulting blaze destroyed 35 of the 68 tanker cars making up the train, shutting down freight and passenger traffic on Canadian National Railways main line as well as adjacent Highway 116 for almost a week.

Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp. relies on the rail shuttles to carry refined petroleum products from its refinery in Saint-Romuald, across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City, to supply the Montreal market. This interruption of rail service forced the company to use Petronav tanker ships operated by, a division of Transport Desgagnes Inc., to supply the products. The Petronav ships will continue to supplement the rail shuttle until the 35 tanker cars destroyed in the fire can be replaced.

The company used to rely on ships, but winter conditions on the St. Lawrence resulted in service disruptions, forcing Ultramar to ship products by highway tankers. The switch to rail was made because the rail operations normally operate year-round.

Reported by: John Stark




Operation Taconite Update

01/08:
Cutter Biscayne Bay assisted the tug Anglian Lady and barge in the St. Marys River as she departed from Lime Island. The cutter then conducted preventive icebreaking. Cutter Sundew assisted the Joseph L. Block in Duluth Harbor and conducted preventive icebreaking in the area. The Block was sailing to take the last load of the season from the DM&IR dock in Duluth.

Operation Taconite covers ice breaking operations on Lake Superior, the St. Marys River and Straits of Mackinaw.




Coast Guard Searches for Missing Plane

01/08:
A helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City responded to a request by the Michigan State Police for assistance in the search for a missing aircraft. The twin-engine Beechcraft Travel Air with one person aboard left radar when it was ten miles south of its destination at Iron Mountain Airport in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The aircraft last made contact about 4:40 a.m. Thursday when the pilot reported he was approaching Ford Airport in Kingsford and had moderate icing.

The helicopter searched until dusk without find the plane. Civil Air Patrol units also searched from land and air with negative results. The search continued at first light Friday.




Iron ore mine owes $2 million in taxes

01/08:
From Marquette, a recent study reports that the owners of the Tilden and Empire mines owe more than $2 million in ore taxes for the past three years. A Michigan State University professor was paid $5,000 by the city treasurer's office to determine the value of the iron ore produced and sold from the mines and how it applies to the specific ore tax for 1997-99. The ore tax is charged to mines in lieu of property taxes.




Boat Club Fined

01/08:
The Wyandotte Boat Club on the Detroit River has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine in a dispute over dredging the river without a permit. According the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the dredging was done last year to build a seawall and pier. The seawall was completed but work on the 294-foot pier was stopped.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 08

JOHN HULST was launched in1938 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On 8 January 1877, the tug KATE FELCHER burned at East Saginaw. Her loss was valued at $3,000, but she was insured for only $2,000. She was named after the wife of her owner, the well known Capt. James Felcher of E. Saginaw.

In 1939 several tugs helped release the grounded CHIEF WAWATAM, which had been aground since January 3.

In 1998 the barge MEDUSA CONQUEST held for weather in Ludington.

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Cuyahoga Repowering Started

01/07:
In Sarnia's North Slip work has begun on the repowering of the Cuyahoga. The stack of the vessel has been removed and placed on her main deck just forward of her aft cabins. It also appeared that crews were removing 55 gallon drums from the starboard end.

The Algolake has arrived in Sarnia for winter lay-up, yesterday she was tied up at the Government dock in Sarnia.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Twin Ports Report

01/07:
H. Lee White was scheduled to arrive in Duluth about 6 p.m. Jan. 6 to lay up, followed an hour later by Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Indiana Harbor is due Jan. 9, also apparently for lay-up. The navigation season apparently is over for Midwest Energy Terminal. It's now awaiting arrival of Paul R. Tregurtha on Feb. 14 for lay-up. The only dock in the Twin Ports still shipping is BNSF ore dock. It handled Stewart J. Cort on Jan. 6 and is scheduled to load late-season regular Algosteel on the 7th.

Add Presque Isle to the parade of Great Lakes Fleet vessels taking last-minute loads out of Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay. Presque Isle is due to load a split cargo at Silver Bay and Two Harbor son Jan. 7 for delivery to Conneaut.

With Midwest Energy Terminal shut down for the season, regular caller Columbia Star is making a last-minute taconite run. It's scheduled to load at Taconite Harbor on Jan. 9.

Reported by: Al Miller




Block to close Season

01/07:
The Joseph L. Block will close the season for the Duluth DM&IR ore docks. She was scheduled to arrive early on the 6th to load.

Reported by: David French




Owen Sound's Lay-up Fleet

01/07:
The Mapleglen unloaded and departed Owen Sound late on Dec. 30 or early on the 31st. On Jan. 2 the Algorail arrived for winter lay-up and tied up to the pier north of the Elevator. Thursday the Capt. Henry Jackman arrived light and tied up north of the Miller Cement terminal. This is the first time in many years that Owen Sound has had two Algoma boats in for winter lay-up.

As of yesterday the Oakglen and Mapleglen had not made an appearance, by times shown at the Soo Locks it appears unlikely either are wintering in Owen Sound. If neither vessel arrives it will be the first time since the elevator opened in 1925 that no grain carrier wintered in Owen Sound.

Reported by: Peter Bowers




Toledo Report

01/07:
The David Z. Norton arrived in Toledo for lay-up Thursday and is tied up astern of the Buckeye at the Lakefront/Torco dock complex. The Buckeye is in bow first while the Norton is in stern first, this arrangement makes for an interesting photograph of the two vessels.

The Alpena arrived just after mid-night heading to the LaFarge Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

01/07:
Thursday saw the Buffalo docked at the LaFarge dock at West 3rd St. early morning. She was not unloading and was probably waiting for the American Republic to finish unloading at LTV. There was also an unidentified tug/barge across from the St. Mary's cement dock, it was also not unloading.

The American Republic departed around 10:00am and the Fred R. White Jr. entered the Cuyahoga River just after the Republic left.

Reported by: Mike Reindel




December Loadings Push SMET To New Record

01/07:
The 1,164,089 net tons of coal loaded at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in December pushed the dock's season-to-date total to 16,053,854 tons, a new record for the facility. The 1999 navigation season also marks the third consecutive year in which SMET has established a new record for coal loadings. SMET did load at least one vessel in January, so the final total will top 16.1 million tons.

Reported by: The Lake Carriers Association




Today in Great Lakes History - January 07

On January 7, 1970 the e) ONG., former CONGAR (1) had her Canadian registry closed .The tanker had been sold for use as a water tender at Antigua in the Lesser Antilles.

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Twin Ports Report

01/06:
George A. Stinson is making another run with ore before laying up for the winter. It departed Superior early Jan. 5. Stewart J. Cort is due at BNSF for another load on the 6th.

H. Lee White is scheduled to arrive Jan. 6 at Hallett Dock 5 in Duluth for lay-up. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is due the same day to lay up at the Duluth port terminal.

Reported by: Al Miller




American Mariner Arrives for Lay-up

01/06:
Heavy ice where the waters of Sturgeon Bay meet Green Bay made the American Mariner's entrance into Bay Shipbuilding difficult. It requiring the better part of Wednesday to make the three mile journey. American Steamship's 780-foot vessel was assisted with ice-breaking by two Selvick tugs and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay. The Mariner was at dockside by 4:50pm for winter lay-up.

Reported by: Paul Graf and Kathy Hance




Last Call for Sandusky

01/06:
The final vessel to close the shipping season in Sandusky, Ohio is the Adam E Cornelius. She is due in to load at 8:00 this morning.

The Lake Erie port is one of four that combined represent the largest segment of the Great Lakes coal trade.

Reported by: Mark Harris




Cleveland Update

01/06:
On Wednesday the American Republic departed the Cuyahoga River early afternoon. The Adam E. Cornelius made an unusual appearance at 3:00 p.m. and docked at the C&P docks on Whiskey Island.

Reported by: Mike Reindel




Saginaw in Detroit River

01/06:
The Saginaw was working docks on the Detroit and Rouge Rivers Wednesday. She entered the Rouge River at 6:00am sailing to the Morton Salt Dock. Wednesday evening she was docked at the Windsor Salt Mine on the Detroit River. She has been making several runs loading at Ojibway Salt on the Detroit River for delivery to Morton Salt, a short voyage up the Rouge River.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter and James H. Neumiller




January 1 Vessel Report

01/06:
U.S.-Flag Lakes lines had 49 of their 69 vessels in service on January 1, an increase of 15 vessels compared to a year ago. The dramatic increase reflects that as 1999 dawned, the United States was awash in dumped foreign steel and the U.S.-Flag Lakes fleet was headed for an early lay-up. While steel imports remained at very high levels during 1999, there has been some strengthening in domestic production.

Reported by: The Lake Carriers Association




Operation Taconite Update

01/06:
The U.S. Coast Guard's Operation Taconite was in action again Tuesday. The Cutter Biscayne Bay assisted the Yankcanuck as she headed downbound in the St. Mary's River. Ice conditions in the river were reported as consolidated thin and medium lake ice. This ranges from two inches to as much as one-foot thick.

On western Lake Superior, the Cutter Sundew was conducting track maintenance in Superior Bay.

Operation Taconite covers ice breaking operations on Lake Superior, the St. Marys River and Straits of Mackinaw.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 06

While undertow heading for scrap, the HARRY R. JONES went aground at Androsan, Scotland on January 6, 1961 and it wasn't until February 15, that she arrived at her final port of Troon, Scotland.

January 6, 1999 - The Dow Chemical plant in Ludington announced a plan to close their lime plant, eliminating the need for Great Lakes freighter to deliver limestone.

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First Saltie of the Year in Québec Harbor

01/05:
On Monday the 900-foot tanker Cap Jean was the first salt water vessel of the year to reach Quebec harbor. She arrived breaking ice on the St. Lawrence River, with the help of three Groupe Océan tugs. The Cap Jean, built in 1998 is a regular at the Québec deep water crude oil terminal. The double hulled tanker arrived from Algeria with a full load of Sahara-type crude.

Tuesday the Captain of the vessel was presented with the traditional Gold-Headed Cane Award (canne au pomeau d'or). This cane is awarded to the captain of the first salt water vessel to reach Quebec harbour each new year.

Reported by: J.F.Boutin




Twin Ports Report

01/05:
Charles E. Wilson arrived at Fraser Shipyards in Superior early on Jan. 4 for winter lay-up. The Wilson is the first boat of the season to lay up in the Twin Ports, marking an exceptionally late start for the "lay-up season." During a year with normal ice conditions, boats generally start arriving in early to mid December.

Paul R. Tregurtha departed Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior at 8 a.m. Jan. 4. Columbia Star was scheduled to arrive there midday for what may be the terminal's last load of the season. The terminal's recorded message said the Tregurtha would return Jan. 14 to lay up at the terminal dock.

Algowest arrived in the Twin Ports early on Jan. 4 to fuel in Duluth before returning to Superior to load at the BNSF ore dock. George A. Stinson was scheduled to arrive at BNSF after Algowest departs, but there was no word on whether Stinson will load or lay up.

Taconite Harbor remains busy with late-season traffic.

Reported by: Al Miller




Taconite Harbor Schedule

01/05:
The late season schedule for Taconite Harbor is current as of Monday, all dates and times can change due to weather. This time of year it is also possible that vessels can cancel trips all together.

Monday
Fred R. White at the dock for 21,000 tons, Mesabi Miner due at 1300 for 53,000.
Tuesday
Wolverine due at 0930 for 18,000, Armco due at 1100 for 23,000.
Wednesday
Reserve due for 23,000.
Thursday
Earl W. Oglebay due at 1300 for 18,200.
Friday
Courtney Burton due at 0400 for 20,000, Middletown due at 2000 for 22,000.
Saturday
No vessels scheduled.
Sunday
Columbia Star due at 1100 for 55,000.
Monday
James R. Barker due at 0300 for 52,000, Oglebay Norton due at 1800 for 55,000.

Reported by: Mike Cleary




Last Outbound Ship Departs Lakehead

01/05:
The P&H owned Oakglen was the last ship of the season to carry a cargo out of Thunder Bay. The Oakglen left port Tuesday morning with a load of canola bound for Windsor.

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley arrived in port on the morning of December 31 to help with the wrap up of navigation. Commanding Officer Darrell Clows reports the Risley will remain in Thunder Bay awaiting the arrival of the final ships that will winter in Thunder Bay, this could happen as early as this weekend. Once the last ship is in port, the Risley will head back to Southern Ontario for the winter.

Clows reports that the ice in the harbour is about 6-inches thick and should not be any trouble for vessels as they arrive.

Reported by: Richard Boon




Grand Haven Wraps up Season

01/05:
On Jan. 1 the Southdown Challenger arrived in Grand Haven with a load of cement. Her trip concludes the 1999/2000 shipping season for the port of Grand Haven/Ferrysburg.

This was one of the busiest shipping season of the decade with 114 vessel visits and 116 cargoes total. The Southdown Challenger took honors for most frequent visitor with 21 arrivals; the Wilfred Sykes was second with 16.

First time visits this year included the Algowest, the Canadian Century, and the tug Undaunted/barge Pere Marquette 41.

Reported by: David Swain




Toledo Report

01/05:
On Tuesday the Buckeye arrived at the Lakefront/Torco dock complex for winter lay-up. The David Z. Norton was anchored off Lorain earlier morning , she is delayed due to weather. The Norton will unload her cargo once the weather clears at Lorain and then Cleveland. She was spotted of Cleveland later in the day. Once finished in Cleveland she is expected to sail to Toledo for lay-up. Other vessels in the Oglebay Norton fleet that are scheduled to lay-up in Toledo are on additional trips, it is unknown when they will be arriving.

American Steamship Company's Sam Laud is at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock just north of the shipyard. She arrived for lay-up on Jan. 3

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

01/05:
The Courtney Burton arrived about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and proceeded to the C&P docks on Whiskey Island. The American Republic had been anchored about half-mile out most of the day and the David Z. Norton joined her about 2:30 p.m. The Buffalo exited the Cuyahoga River at 3:30 p.m. and the American Republic then entered. The David Z. Norton remained at anchor.

Weather on Lake Eire was fairly rough Tuesday, with a west wind about 20-25 mph and waves around 9-11 feet.

Reported by: Mike Reindel




USS Update

01/05:
USS Great Lakes Fleet shuffled its vessel line-up for late-season runs to Silver Bay. Roger Blough, which had been scheduled to fuel at Two Harbors and load at Silver Bay, apparently instead loaded at Two Harbors with cargo for Gary. Edwin H. Gott is now scheduled to arrive at Silver Bay Jan. 4 to take on a partial load, then finish loading at Two Harbors on Jan. 5 for delivery to Conneaut. Edwin H. Gott will follow the same procedure, arriving Silver Bay on Jan. 4 and Two Harbors on the 5th. The John G. Munson is due also on the 6th. The Cason J. Callaway and Anderson are also scheduled for one more trip. Both of those vessels are due on the 9th.

Reported by: David French and Al Miller




Operation Taconite Update

01/05:
The U.S. Coast Guard's Operation Taconite was in action Monday with the Cutter Sundew assisting the Paul R. Tregurtha into Superior, WI. The Cutter Katmai Bay conducted preventive icebreaking in the lower St. Marys River.

Operation Taconite covers ice breaking operations on Lake Superior, the St. Marys River and Straits of Mackinaw.




PASCOL General Manager moves to Port Weller

01/05:
Wes Allan, the long time General Manager at PASCOL (Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company Ltd.) Engineering in Thunder Bay is leaving the company at the end of this week. Allan will take up a similar position with the Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines. Allan will be replaced at PASCOL by Steve Allen.

Reported by: Richard Boon




Crewman Killed on Trip to Montreal

01/05:
The OOCL Belgium, a containership register in Hong Kong is unloading at Section 60 in the Port of Montreal. The 800-foot ship did not have a smooth trip sailing to Canada. While off the southwest coast of England the Belgium was swamped by raging seas during a severe storm. A massive wave was reported to hit the ship on Dec. 24 killing one crewmember and injuring three others. The injured crewmen were airlifted to a hospital for treatment with various broken bones and other injuries. The vessel is expected to depart Montreal and sail for Europe on Jan. 9

The OOCL Belgium was built in 1998 in South Korea and is owned by Orient Overseas Container Line. The ice-strengthened containership operates in a regular service sailing from Northern Europe to Montreal. The vessel is designed to operate at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius and features heated ballast tanks, classed by Lloyd's Register as Ice Class 1A.

Reported by: John Stark




Today in Great Lakes History - January 05

The keel was laid January 5, 1972 for the ALGOWAY (2).

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Burns Harbor Struck Bottom Near Grays Reef Passage

01/04:
When the Burns Harbor entered Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI last week it was for more than just winter lay-up. Late on the night of December 30 while enroute to Superior, WI from Burns Harbor in ballast she touched bottom in midchannel while passing Gray's Reef on Lake Michigan.

Tank soundings revealed flooding in the 1000-footer's aft peak tank. The flooding was quickly pumped down to a 2-foot level and kept at that level using one of four main ballast pumps. The damage was severe enough that the vessel could not be temporarily repaired and the Burns Harbor was forced to end her season.

The vessels crew confirmed there was no pollution, no injury and no assistance was required from the Coast Guard. The vessel reported that there were no Y2K related issues and that all navigation, propulsion, steering and other vital equipment functioned properly during and after the incident.

After the U. S. Coast Guard verified that the damages were confined to the aft peak and the flooding was adequately controlled the vessel was cleared to sail. The Burns Harbor changed course and proceeded directly to Bay Shipbuilding for hull repairs and winter lay-up. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

Reported by: U.S. Coast Guard - 9th District




Twin Ports Report

01/04:
The final days of navigation are bringing several unusual visitors to the ports in western Lake Superior. Herbert C. Jackson is due at BNSF ore dock in Superior on Jan. 3, to be followed by Kaye E. Barker on the 4th. In Taconite Harbor, Fred R. White Jr. is due the 3rd and Wolverine is scheduled for the 4th.

Duluth's DMIR ore dock ended its season Jan. 2 when it loaded the Indiana Harbor.

At the DMIR dock in Two Harbors, traffic is scheduled to continue until Jan. 13. Here's the line-up as it stands now: Cason J. Callaway, Jan. 3; Edwin H. Gott and Oglebay Norton, Jan. 4; Edgar B. Speer, Jan. 6; Presque Isle, Jan. 7; Cason J. Callaway, Jan. 8; Edwin H. Gott, Jan. 10; Roger Blough, Jan. 11. Presque Isle is scheduled to take the last cargo on Jan. 13.

John G. Munson is the fourth GLF boat scheduled to make an unusual late-season call at Silver Bay. It's due there Jan. 6, on the heels of Roger Blough, Arthur M. Anderson and Philip R. Clarke.

The season appears to be nearing its end for Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior. The coal dock's recorded message listed only Paul R. Tregurtha arriving Jan. 3 and Columbia Star loading Jan. 4. The dock usually hosts a vessel from American Steamship Co. during the winter.

Reported by: Al Miller




Sarina Update

01/04:
The Algoway arrived Monday for winter lay-up. She tied up alongside the Agawa Canyon at the Sarnia Elevator with the help of the tug Menasha.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Toledo Report

01/04:
On Monday the Reserve was at the Torco Ore dock early afternoon unloading ore. She is the last scheduled ore boat for this season. The Algolake was at the Consolidated Dock early morning unloading what appears to be a wheat cargo for the Nabisco plant located across the river from the dock.

There were no new lay-ups to report as of yesterday. The Buckeye was expected to arrive in Toledo late last night. The David Z. Norton is due to arrive for lay-up late today or early Wednesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Muskegon News

01/04:
The barge Integrity and tug Jacklyn M. entered Muskegon Monday morning. The Andrie tug Mary Beth was next to her in Muskegon Lake ready to assist if needed. The Mary Beth had been breaking ice in the lake before the Integrity/Jacklyn M. arrived and further assistance was not needed.

The cement barge and tug arrived at the dock and was unloading a partial load. She had unloaded part of the cargo in Milwaukee. The pair were expected to leave some time around midnight weather permitting.

Reported by: Scott Golin




Marquette Update

01/04:
The winter storm that battered Lake Superior Sunday subsided enough to allow the Adam E. Cornelius to depart Marquette' s upper harbor early Monday morning and allow the Algosteel to arrive before day break.

Also due in port Monday weather permitting was the Algowest, Kaye E. Barker and the Lee A. Tregurtha. Another winter storm was forecast Monday evening with strong winds, heavy and blowing snow and cold temperatures. This weather could delay any of the expected vessels.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Operation Oil Can Begins

01/04:
The U.S. Coast Guard began Operation Oil Can last week. Operation Oil Can covers ice breaking operations on Lake Michigan, mainly on the western and southern part of the lake using the Cutters Mobile Bay and Acacia. On Dec. 30 the Coast Guard assisted the St. Clair near Sturgeon Bay as she was heading for winter lay-up.




Woman Jumps into Detroit River

01/04:
Late Sunday evening vessels on the Detroit River were asked to aid the Coast Guard in a search for a woman that had jumped into the river. Witnesses reported a distraught woman throwing herself into the Detroit River after losing a large sum of money at a local casino. One of the witnesses attempted to help her but she refused his offer for help and he reported seeing her disappear below the surface of the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station Belle Isle and Air Station Detroit responded and searched along with local police department marine units with no sightings. Water temperatures were reported to be 32 degrees F.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 04

On January 4, 1978, the IRVING S. OLDS was involved in a collision with the steamer ARMCO while convoying in heavy ice in the Livingston Channel of the lower Detroit River. The OLDS hit a flow of heavy ice, came to a complete stop and the ARMCO, unable to stop, hit the OLDS' stern.

In 1952 the carferry SPARTAN was launched.

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Cuyahoga Arrives For Lay-up

01/03:
The Cuyahoga arrived for winter lay-up in Sarnia at about 3:15pm on Sunday. She arrived in a very gusty southwest wind which was hitting her port side, she came into dock smoothly and skillfully. She is tied up astern of the Canadian Transfer in the North Slip.

Crews will now begin the work of repowering the Cuyahoga. The vessel is currently powered by a Lentz-Poppet 4-cylinder 2,500 horsepower double compound steam engine and will have a new caterpillar engine installed.

It has been reported that the Cuyahoga's fleetmate, the Saginaw will spend winter lay-up tied to the port side of Cuyahoga. She is expected to arrive for lay-up some time in mid-January.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks and Brad Jolliffe




First Saltie Reaches Montreal

01/03:
The Maltese registered tanker Aqua Stoli was the first salt water ship to arrive in the Port of Montreal in 2000 without a stopover. The 420-foot vessel arrived shortly after midnight on Jan. 1 carrying more than 9480 tons of molasses from Cuba. Last night the Aqua Stoli was docked at Hangar 32 and was expected to depart Montreal some time Wednesday.

The Canadian Press reports that the captain of the vessel, Capt. Gudkov Volodymyr will be presented with a traditional gold-headed cane at an annual ceremony on Tuesday.

Reported by: John Stark




Buffalo Report

01/03:
The Philip R. Clarke and Arthur M. Anderson both made late season trips into Dunkirk with coal on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. These last trips are expected to wrap up the normal shipping season in Western New York.

It is possible that one or two late season salt deliveries will be made to the Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna. Salt has been delivered as late as January or even February with the escort of an ice breaker.

The Kinsman Independent will have her storage cargo unloaded some time in January and the Kinsman Enterprise may take her place at the General Mills dock.

The Buffalo Fireboat E.M Cotter is expected make her normal runs up and down the creek at least once a week over the winter to break ice.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Ice Forecast

01/03:
Ice Hazard Bulletin Issued by Environment Canada at 1700 UTC Sunday 2 January 2000.
No ice warning in effect for the next 36 hours.

Lake Ontario... Mostly open water. 9 plus tenths new lake ice in sheltered bays east of Brighton. 6 to 9 tenths new lake ice along the southern and eastern shore of the lake east of Rochester. 9 plus tenths new and thin lake ice in Bay of Quinte.

Lake Erie... Open water in Lake Erie with fast ice in Long Point Bay. 7 to 9 tenths new lake ice in the southern half of the western basin with 9 plus tenths thin and new lake ice in the northern half of the western basin west of Point Pelee. 9 plus tenths thin lake ice in the central portion of Lake St Clair with 9 to 9 plus tenths new lake ice in the northern and southern regions.

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay... Open water with narrow strips of 9 tenths new lake ice along the eastern shore of the lake between Grand Bend and Point Clark. 9 to 9 plus tenths thin and new lake ice in Saginaw Bay. 9 to 9 plus tenths new lake along the northern shore of Georgian Bay with consolidated thin lake ice in sturgeon bay. New lake ice in sheltered bays of the North Channel. 9 plus tenths mostly thin lake ice in St Marys River.

Lake Superior... Mostly open water. 2 tenths new lake ice within 5 miles of the northern and western shore in Thunder Bay. consolidated thin with some medium lake ice in most of Black and Nipigon Bays. open water in Whitefish Bay.

Lake Michigan... Nine to ten tenths coverage of thin ice was observed on Green Bay south of Peshtigo Point...including Sturgeon Bay and on the inner Little and Big Bays De Noc with the outer bays south of a line from Escanaba to Point Detour showing three to five tenths coverage with thin ice. Five to seven tenths coverage of thin ice was reported on the middle part of Green Bay around Green Island.
Six to eight tenths coverage of thin ice was observed near shore from Naubinway to St. Ignace with three to five tenths of thin ice stretching from Manistique to just north of Hog Island.
Five to seven tenths of new shoreline ice was shown From Cave Point to Two Rivers.
Many of the bays and harbors around the rest of Lake Michigan are reporting varying amounts of thin ice...except no ice was reported on the south end in Calumet Harbor.

Note: this report is offered for entertainment and should not be relied on for navigation. Please consult Canadian Ice Service for current conditions (subscription necessary)

Area coverage is expressed in tenths
1-3/10's---very open drift ice
4-6/10's---open drift ice
7-8/10's---close pack ice
9-9+/10's--very close pack
10/10's---compact
10/10's---frozen together - consolidated

When ice reaches 6/10's or greater, ships can no longer traverse between floes.

Fast ice--ice fastened to the shore (frozen all the way across)

New Lake Ice----recently formed less than 5 centimeters thick.
Thin Lake Ice---5 - 15 centimeters thick.
Medium Lake Ice-15 - 30 centimeters thick.
Thick Lake Ice--30-70 centimeters thick.
Very Thick Ice--greater than 70 centimeters thick.





Today in Great Lakes History - January 03

While on the North Atlantic under tow for scrapping, the ASHLAND parted her towline but was tracked by U.S. Coast Guard aircraft and was retrieved by her tug on January 2nd, 1988 some 300 miles off course.

In 1939 the CHIEF WAWATAM ran aground on the shoals of the north shore near St. Ignace.

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Shipping and Y2K Rollover

01/02:
Mirroring most industries in the world January 1 was just another day for the shipping industry on the Great Lakes with no major problems reported Saturday. Vessels that had halted operations for the year 2000 rollover found systems working as normal and quickly hoisted anchor to resume late season operations.




Y2K in Duluth

01/02:
Oglebay Norton's 767-foot Reserve was the last vessel to depart Duluth-Superior Friday evening. The David Z. Norton, an infrequent visitor to Lake Superior, was the last arrival of 1999. The Norton arrived at the Superior piers at about 11:55 p.m. Friday evening (Central time), December 31.

The Algosteel was the first arrival of calendar year 2000. She arrived at the Superior piers after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 1.

All traffic in and out of Duluth-Superior will be using the Superior Entry for the remainder of this shipping season as Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge is closed for repairs until just before the 2000 season starts in March.

Reported by: Jody Aho




Twin Ports Report

01/02:
Roger Blough is scheduled to make a rare call at Silver Bay on Jan. 4. It will be the third GLF boat to call there in three days, coming in on the heels of Arthur M. Anderson and Philip R. Clarke, both of which are loading Northshore Mining Pellets for delivery to Conneaut.

George A. Sloan arrived for winter lay-up at Sturgeon Bay Shipyard, apparently on the 31st.

Reported by: Al Miller




Sarina Update

01/02: 12:30 update
The Cuyahoga is expected to arrive for winter lay-up later today. She finished unloading in Sombra on the St. Clair River at 12:30 and will lay-up in the North Slip in Sarnia. Once in lay-up crews will begin working on her engine replacement.

The Agawa Canyon was docked at the grain elevators in Sarnia across from the Government Docks Friday afternoon. She was shut down and laid-up for the winter. The Canyon arrived late Dec. 30 or early Dec. 31.

Fraser Ship Repair has been unloading some unusual looking metal objects on the South side of the Government Docks the past three weeks. The presents of Fraser Ship Repair would normally signal an Algoma vessel being repaired there. The unusual objects appear to be parts to the unloading gates in the holds.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Toronto Fireworks a Success

01/02:
Toronto's New Year's Eve celebrations were a success with a crowd estimated at over one-million people gathering to watch a fireworks display launched from four Upper Lakes Group vessels. The Canadian Trader, Canadian Venture, Canadian Mariner and the Seaway Queen were anchored 1,100 feet offshore in the harbour serving as a platform for the 31 tons of fireworks.

The 17-minute display stretched one mile across Toronto's night sky and reached heights of 2,000 feet.

Click here for an image of the display from Saturday's Toronto Sun




Lay-up List Updated


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New Vessel Feature in Original Photo Gallery

01/02:
Each day this week we feature a randomly selected image from our Holiday Card Contest.
Today we feature the Niagara Mohawk, Bob Pocotte.

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Today in Great Lakes History - January 02

While on the North Atlantic under tow for scrapping, the ASHLAND parted her towline but was tracked by U.S. Coast Guard aircraft and was retrieved by her tug on January 2nd, 1988 some 300 miles off course.

The 3-mast wooden schooner M. J. CUMMINGS was launched at the shipyard of Goble & MacFarlane in Oswego, NY. Her owners were Mrs. Goble & MacFarlane, Daniel Lyons and E. Caulfield. Her dimensions were 142'6´x 25'2" x 11'6", 325 tons and she cost $28,000.

January 2, 1925 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 7 was launched. She was sponsored by Jane Reynolds, daughter of R.H. Reynolds, marine superintendent of the railroad.

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Some Traffic Stops for Y2K Rollover

01/01:
Many vessels sailing the Lakes on New Year's Eve chose to go to anchor and verify all systems were working before resuming their trips early January 1. The decision to stop was made by the vessel's captain or company mandate as no new restrictions were placed on vessel by the U.S. or Canadian Coast Guards.

Earlier in the year the Coast Guard sent surveys to shipping companies and support facilities asking whether their onboard computers were Y2K ready and what kind of testing had been done. Each vessel that could be sailing on New Year's Eve was evaluated for risk levels. Nearly all were rated low risks for any problems, and none were considered more than moderate risks.

Scattered across the lakes some vessels remained at dock or on the open Lake as the dates on their computer equipment changed from 1999 to 2000. In the Detroit and St. Clair River systems three vessel chose to stop. The Canadian Enterprise, Arthur M. Anderson and Cason J. Callaway all planned on anchoring in the East Outer Channel near the southern entrance to the Detroit River.

The Canadian Coast Guard's Sarnia Traffic Center was prepared for any problems that may arise in remote stations reaching the central station in Sarnia. Each remote station was manned with a crew that could coordinate traffic services if communications were lost. The Traffic center over sees all vessel movements in the Detroit and St. Clair River system.

The U.S. Coast Guard's Soo Control expected operations to run as they normally do, vessel were instructed to report any problems they experience as the new year arrives. A number of vessels transiting the St. Marys River system also chose to halt operations until some time early morning.

On the St. Lawrence River ships from modern container ships to regular salt water vessels have been dropping anchor at the Escoumians Pilot station. This has been happening since Thursday night. Many of these ships were built in the far East and although they are now in North America most of their automation comes from Japan, China or Korea which still had not passed into the year 2000 Thursday night. Most were expecting the roll over to occur Friday Morning. Crews were expected to perform initial Y2K tests Friday morning and again Friday night at Mid-Night EST.

As a precaution some of the Canadian lakers trading in the St. Lawrence will stay in port until 01:00 to test their systems before leaving.




Toronto Update

01/01:
Four Upper Lakes Group vessels were participants in Toronto's greeting the new Millennium. The vessel were the Canadian Trader, Canadian Venture, Canadian Mariner and the Seaway Queen. Yesterday afternoon they waited, loaded with fireworks and anchored in-line the length of the harbour. At midnight they were the platform to launch the biggest fire-works show ever presented in Toronto's history.

Last week CFTO news reported that New Years eve in Toronto Harbour was expected to draw up to one million people to view a 17-minute 1.5-million dollar fire works show.

In other port news the Algocen arrived in Toronto Dec. 18 loaded with sugar and tied up at the Redpath Sugar dock. She will unload this storage cargo sometime in January 2000.

Arriving on Dec. 23 was the Canadian Trader. She is also loaded with a storage cargo of sugar. She will discharge the cargo sometime during the winter months when Redpath Sugar needs it.

The Stephen B Roman sailed from Toronto Dec 30, at about 1600 hrs on what is expected to be her last trip for the season.

Click here for an image of the display sent in by Bill Bird

Reported by: John Paddon




Bay Ship Arrivals

01/01:
American Steamship's 770-foot St. Clair arrived at Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI Friday morning. Proceeding stern first into the graving dock, the St. Clair was assisted by four Selvick tugs. Although the inner bay is ice-covered, no problems were encountered. The St. Clair is in for a five year inspection and winter lay-up.

Just hours after the St. Clair arrived Bethlehem Steel's Burns Harbor entered the waters of Sturgeon Bay. Making a 180 degree turn in the outer waters of the bay, the Burns Harbor made a stern entry to the shipyard, escorted by several Selvick tugs.

In addition to the George Sloan, scheduled to arrive late evening, December 31, the bulk of Bay Ship's winter lay-up fleet is scheduled for arrive mid January.

Reported by: Paul A. Graf




Bethlehem Aims To Thwart Takeover

01/01:
The Associated Press (AP) reports that Bethlehem Steel Corp., the nation's second-largest steel maker, took defensive measures Thursday to prevent a hostile takeover by the parent company of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp (WHX).

Bethlehem Steel took aim at WHX, which earlier this month amassed 2 million shares, or 1.6 percent of Bethlehem's stock. WHX, which is controlled by financier Ronald LaBow, also filed paperwork with federal antitrust regulators signaling a possible takeover or some other kind of deal.

The entire U.S. steel industry has been hurt by imports from Asia, where cheap currencies, labor and raw materials have led to cutthroat prices. While many analysts agree the U.S. industry may be on the mend, companies like Bethlehem have been badly hurt. The company lost $145 million during the first nine months of the year, and its stock has lost one-third of its value since April.

Wheeling-Pitt, the nation's ninth-largest steel maker, is still recovering from financial losses incurred during a record-setting, 10-month strike in 1997. The report quotes an industry expert as saying that WHX might be employing a "Pac Man offense," buying enough of Bethlehem stock to be a pest and encouraging its larger rival to absorb WHX instead.

Bethlehem's spokesman Steve Donches said no business arrangements between the two companies are pending and would not elaborate.




Today in Great Lakes History - January 01

On January 1, 1973, the Paul H. Carnahan became the last vessel of the 1972 shipping season to load at the Burlington Northern (now Burlington Northern Santa Fe) ore docks in Superior. Interestingly, the Carnahan also opened the Superior docks for the season in the spring of 1972.

On 1 January 1930, HELEN TAYLOR (wooden propeller steam barge, 56', 43 gt, built in 1894 at Grand haven, MI) foundered eight miles off Michigan City, IN. She was nicknamed "Pumpkin Seed" due to her odd shape.

January 1, 1900 - The Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad merged with the Chicago & West Michigan and the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Western Railroads to form the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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