Today in Great Lakes History - January
On 18 January 2004, the
Great Lakes Fleet’s 1000 footer EDGAR B SPEER became stuck in the ice in the
Rock Cut in the St. Mary’s River. Over the next two days, the U.S.C.G.C.
MACKINAW tried to free her, but unsuccessfully. On 21 January, the tugs
JOSEPH H THOMPSON JR and JOYCE L VAN ENKEVORT all coordinated their efforts
under the direction of Wellington Maritime’s Captain John Wellington and got
the SPEER free.
The CABOT was refloated on
January 18, 1967. On December 16, 1966, while loading at Montreal, the CABOT
rolled over on her side and sank. The CABOT's stern section, used in the
interim as the stern section of the b.) CANADIAN EXPLORER, now sails as the
stern section of c.) CANADIAN TRANSFER.
The MONDOC (3) had her Canadian
registry closed on January 18, 1979. The vessel had been renamed b) CORAH ANN
and sold to Jamaican company. CORAH ANN was scrapped in 2003.
The National Steamship Co. was
incorporated January 18, 1906.
L. P. Mason and Company of
Michigan sold the steam
barge PORTER CHAMBERLAIN (wooden steam barge, 134 foot, 257 gross tons, built
in 1874 at Marine City, Michigan) on 18 January 1888, to Comstock Brothers and
L. & H. D. Churchill of
in Great Lakes History - January 17
NORTHERN VENTURE closed the
Canal for the season as
she passed downbound for Hamilton with coal in 1975.
In 1978, the CLIFFS VICTORY,
JOSEPH H FRANTZ, WILLIAM G MATHER, ROBERT C NORTON, CRISPIN OGLEBAY and J
BURTON AYERS formed a convoy in the Detroit River bound for Cleveland.
The PHILIP D BLOCK (Hull#789)
was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by the American Ship Building in 1925.
Tanker GREAT LAKES was launched
in 1963, as the a.) SINCLAIR GREAT LAKES (Hull#1577) at Decatur, Alabama by
Ingalls Iron Works Co..
JOHN E F MISENER (2) was float
launched in 1951, as a.) SCOTT MISENER (2) (Hull#11) at St. Catharines,
Ontario by Port Weller Drydocks, Ltd..
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,
Michigan 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.
On 17 January 1899, the
GERMANIA (wooden propeller freighter, 136 foot, 237 gross tons, built in 1875
at Marine City, Michigan) caught fire and burned to the water's edge at
Ecorse, Michigan. The previous day, Norman Reno of Ecorse did some painting
inside the cabin and it was presumed that the stove used to heat the cabin may
have caused the blaze. The vessel was in winter lay-up at the rear of the home
of Mr. W. G. Smith, her owner.
Today in Great Lakes
History - January 16
The COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS (Hull#791)
was launched in 1926, at ;Lorain,
Ohio by the American Ship Building Co..
In 1987, the DETROIT EDISON (2)
was at Brownsville,
for scrapping, she was raised after being scuttled by vandals.
On her way to the cutters
torch, the dead ship 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 foot, 839 gross tons, built in 1873, at
Chatham, Ontario) burned to a total loss at her winter berth at Goderich,
In 1978, the CANADIAN CENTURY
and NORTHERN VENTURE departed Toronto for Hamilton with coal after laying up
at that port due to the bridge tenders strike which closed the Burlington Lift
Bridge to navigation.
On 16 January 1875, the Port
Huron Times printed the following list of vessels that were total losses
Tug IDA H LEE by collision in Milwaukee.
Tug TAWAS by explosion off
Steamer W H BARNUM by collision in the Pelee Passage.
Steamer TOLEDO by partially burning at Manistee.
Tug WAVE by burning on
Tug DOUGLAS by burning on the Detroit River
Steamer BROOKLYN by explosion on the Detroit River
Steamer LOTTA BERNARD by foundering on
Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Brian Bernard, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.
This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history