Saginaw River Season01/01
Commercial vessels logged more than 385 visits to the Saginaw River during the 2001 season. A dozen Great Lakes fleets were represented by 44 different vessels.
The number of vessel passages in 2001 exceeded by 50 those recorded on the Saginaw River in 1999 and 2000. Much of this increase could probably be attributed to the many highway construction projects undertaken in the region during the year. Stone products and cement make up the bulk of cargoes delivered to docks along the river.
Ships from American Steamship Company, Oglebay Norton Marine and Lower Lakes Towing/Lower Lakes Transportation accounted for about one half of the total visits. American Steamship vessels called more than 75 times, led by the Sam Laud with 29 arrivals and the Buffalo with 26. Oglebay Norton vessels also logged more than 75 trips, with the David Z. Norton taking the lead with 30 visits recorded.
The Mississagi, Maumee and Calumet all returned to the Saginaw River during the season under a new flag. The three vessels, now sailing for Lower Lakes, were frequent visitors in previous years as the George A. Sloan, Calcite II and Myron C. Taylor. All six vessels of the Lower Lakes fleet totaled more than 50 visits, with the Mississagi arriving 18 times.
The most frequent visitor on the river, however, was the tug Dorothy Ann with the barge Pathfinder, which recorded 32 visits. The newly constructed barge Great Lakes Trader, with tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, became a regular visitor during the season, with 16 trips recorded.
Cement carriers Alpena, J.A.W. Iglehart, Jacklyn M/Integrity and Paul H. Townsend delivered 27 loads to the Lafarge terminal at Saginaw, while the Frontenac, Halifax and recently converted CSL Tadoussac delivered 18 loads of cement clinkers to Essroc in Essexville.
For Algoma Central Marine, the Algoway, Algorail and Agawa Canyon logged more than 30 trips into the river.
Deliveries began to wind down late in the season at the Bay Aggregates dock near downtown Bay City. The dock is to be relocated to make way for riverfront development, and while it was still receiving shipments late in the season, vessels began calling at the new facility closer to the mouth of the river in November and December.
In addition to stone and cement, the 20 docks along the Saginaw River also receive shipments of coal, salt, chemicals and petroleum products.
Outbound Buffalo passes Maumee at Saginaw Rock, May 1.
J.A.W. Iglehart, docked alongside E.M. Ford, May 8.
Mississagi, outbound at Zilwaukee, May 29.
Saginaw, upbound, May 30.
Joseph H. Frantz, outbound, June 7.
Maumee, approaching Cuyahoga at Zilwaukee, June 8.
Maumee, passing Cuyahoga at Zilwaukee, June 8.
Calumet, at Saginaw, June 26.
McKee Sons, outbound at Saginaw, August 28.
Newest construction, Great Lakes Trader, approaches oldest, E.M. Ford, at Saginaw, September 10.
Agawa Canyon, outbound, October 16.
Cuyahoga passing Earl W. Oglebay at Zilwaukee, November 7.
Canadian Transfer, making the turn at Cheboyganing Creek, upbound, November 10.
John J. Boland, at the old Bay Aggregates dock, November 13.
American Mariner, at the new Bay Aggregates dock, with Frontenac at Essroc, December 11.
Reported by: Stephen Hause