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Stellanova Departs

10/31
The Stellanova departed the Pointe aux trembles in Montreal anchorage Wednesday morning. The vessel is expected to arrive in Les Méchins, Québec some time on Friday for dry docking. The Stellanova is being assisted by the tugs Jerry Newberry, Bonnie B III and Epinette II.

The Stellanova will enter the dry dock for repairs to its bow. The bow was damaged in a head on collision with Canadian Prospector October 12. The Prospector is under going repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks.

Stellanova tow off Varennes. Marc Piché
Jerry Newberry leads the way. Marc Piché
Stern view with the tugs Bonnie B III and Epinette II lashed to stern. Marc Piché
Stellanova tow and Four Brig meet off the Verchères dock . Marc Piché
Damaged bow of the heavy lift vessel Stellanova at sec M3 Montreal harbor shortly after the accident. Kent Malo

Reported by: Marc Piché and Olive S.




Duluth-Superior Tonnage

10/31
Continued strong iron ore and western coal shipments through the Port of Duluth-Superior held this year’s volume of commerce above 2001’s level, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority reported Wednesday.

All cargo through September reached 27.3 million metric tons, a five percent increase from last year’s 26 million tons and six percent above the five-year average of 25.8 million tons.

Iron ore cargoes in Duluth-Superior increased 21 percent from last season’s 10 million tons to 12.2 million tons, a significant rise considering Great Lakes total iron ore shipments were reportedly nearly three percent behind last year’s level.

Coal shipments through September at Superior’s Midwest Energy Resources Co. reached 11.2 million tons, two percent above last year’s 11 million tons. Outbound coal through the facility is expected to set another record at the end of the season for the ninth consecutive year.

The Port’s third leading cargo, bulk grain shipments, reached 1.7 million tons as compared to last year’s 2.3 million tons. The 25 percent decrease is largely attributed to a weak U.S. export market combined with a lakes-wide decline in steel imports, meaning fewer outbound ocean ships available at competitive rates.

Together, the Port’s three principal cargoes of iron ore, coal and grain equaled 92 percent of total commerce. Iron ore contributed 45 percent, coal 41 percent and grain six percent.

Total international trade, led by Canadian iron ore and coal shipments, reached 9.1 million tons, 12.5 percent above last year’s 8.1 million tons.

Increased domestic shipments of iron ore helped bring total domestic trade to 18.1 million tons, a one percent rise from the 17.9 million tons reached a year ago.

The slight upswing in overall tonnage was reflected by increased vessels visiting the Port through September. This year’s total of 769, up by 36 from last year, was composed of 469 U.S.-flag, 213 Canadian-flag and 87 overseas vessels.

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority




Special Trip

10/31
The tug Salvage Monarch was upbound Wednesday on the St. Lawrence River bound for Goderich. This is believed to be the farthest inland this tug has ever traveled. It is unknown why the tug is heading to Goderich but the tug is listed as being for sale by its owners Groupe Ocean.

Reported by: René Beauchamp and Gerry O.




Algoma Steel Posts Profit

10/31
Algoma Steel Inc. Wednesday reported a net income of $28.6 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2002. This compares to a net loss of $61.9 million for the same quarter in 2001.

Net income in the post-restructuring period of February to September, 2002 was $45.8 million.

Net income improved considerably over the comparable fiscal period mainly due to a 29% increase in revenue due to higher steel prices, a 9% increase in shipments, and lower unit operating costs.

Denis Turcotte, Algoma's President and Chief Executive Officer said "Selling prices, shipments and operating performance all contributed to the improved earnings.

"The Company does not expect to maintain this level of financial performance in the fourth quarter due to the maintenance shutdown in October and seasonal factors," Turcotte said.

Reported by: Ed Schipper




Saginaw News

10/31
The tug Invincible with barge McKee Sons was outbound from Saginaw on Wednesday morning after unloading at the Saginaw Rock Products dock. As the pair was departing, the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort with barge Great Lakes Trader was arriving at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.

Both vessels have been regular visitors to the Saginaw River this season, with the Great Lakes Trader calling 25 times and the McKee Sons logging 19 trips so far.

The Great Lakes Trader unloaded at the Wirt dock during the day on Wednesday and was preparing to depart at about 4 p.m., just as the Algorail was arriving with a load for the old GM dock.

The Algorail held back to allow the Great Lakes Trader to get underway and proceed ahead to the Sixth Street turning basin. The Algorail then continued to her dock to tie up while the Trader was turning.

The Algorail reportedly carried a split load from Meldrum Bay for Bay City and Saginaw.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
Great Lakes Trader passing E.M. Ford.
Stern view in setting sun.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

10/31
The salt water vessel Inviken was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Karen Andrie with her barge was at the Sun Dock loading cargo, the pair waited at the dock for the winds to calm down before sailing. The CSL Niagara was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. The Canadian Leader was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain. The salt water vessel Federal Maas was inbound Maumee Bay late Wednesday afternoon bound for the T.W.I. Dock to unload cargo. There were no vessels at the Shipyard and the Saturn and Joseph H. Frantz remain in lay-up.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Fred R. White Jr. on Thursday. The Lee A. Tregurtha, Kaye E. Barker, and Arthur M. Anderson on Friday, followed by the H. Lee White, Algowood, and Algobay on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Buckeye on Thursday, followed by the H. Lee White, and John J. Boland on Saturday.

The Kaye E. Barker is due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock early Friday morning to unload stone. When finished unloading stone she will wait her turn to load coal at the CSX Docks late Friday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lorain Update

10/31
The Saginaw arrived on a cold and windy Wednesday heading up the Black River to the mill with a load of pellets. The ships crew looked like they were glad to be off the lake. Shortly after the Saginaw's arrival the Earl W. Oglebay tied up to the pellet terminal to load for Cleveland.

Saginaw inbound.
Entering port.
Close up.
Stern view.
Earl W. loading.
Close up.

Reported by: Kerry Defer




Montreal Traffic

10/31
Seaguardian II downbound off Verchères from Montréal.
Lootsgracht downbound at Verchères from Montréal.
Lootsgracht stern view.
North Defiance downbound at Verchères from Seaway.
Four Brig upbound at Verchères for Montréal.
Stern view.
Stellanova tow off Varennes.
Jerry Newberry leads the way.
Stern view with the tugs Bonnie B III and Epinette II lashed to stern.
Stellanova tow and Four Brig meet off the Verchères dock.

Reported by: Marc Piché




Shipwreck Program This Weekend

10/31
Shipwrecks Remembered 2002, a day-long exhibition that includes presentations by Great Lakes shipwreck divers, artists, writers and photographers, runs from 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at McMorran Place in Port Huron.
The program schedule is as follows:
AFTERNOON PROGRAM ­ 1 p.m.
'The Sad Saga of the Alvin Clark' ­ Joyce Hayward
'Thunder Bay Sanctuary' ­ Jeff Gray
'A Cold Dark Hart' ­ Darryl Ertel
'Tales of the St. Clair River' ­ Cris Kohl

EVENING PROGRAM ­ 7 p.m.
'Cayuga...A Salvager¹s Nightmare' ­ Out of the Blue Productions
'Passenger Ships of Frank E. Kirby' ­ Bob McGreevy
'Harbor Inferno: The Noronic Disaster' ­ Cris Kohl
'A Look into the Bellies of Great Lakes' Whales' ­ Out of the Blue Productions
'Underwater Photography Workshop' ­ Rudy Whitworth
'Deep Water Diving Workshop' ­ Mirek Standowicz

In addition:
artist Bob McGreevy will be on hand with his large collection of watercolor paintings.
- shipwreck survivors Dennis Hale (Daniel J. Morrell), Frank Mays (Carl D. Bradley), Dave Erickson and Ed Brewster (Cedarville) will be there to share their stories and give autographs
- Bernie Chowdhury author of 'The Last Dive' and co-owner of Immersed Magazine will be there with his books and magazines.
- author Cris Kohl will be signing and selling books.
- Out of the Blue Productions will have a table with their book 'Sole Survivor' and their videos for sale.
- singer Dan Hall will have a table with his music CDs for sale, and will also perform during the event.
- Great Lakes Memories, Great Lakes Lore, Dive Inn Watersports and Sea the World Dive Shop will also have tables and items for sale.
- representatives of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation, Inc. host of the Ghost Ships Festival Milwaukee, March 15 - 16, 2003, the Michigan Underwater Preserve and the International Shipmasters Association, Port Huron Lodge #2 will also be on hand.

Stop by and say hi at the 'Great Laker' table.
Tickets: Afternoon & Evening $15 - Evening only $10. For tickets, call (800) 858-6166 or (810) 985-6166.
www.greatlakes.net/~divelog




Today in Great Lakes History - October 31

CANADIAN EXPLORER's sea trials were conducted on October 31, 1983 on Lake Erie where a service speed of 13.8 m.p.h. was recorded.

The EDWIN H. GOTT was christened October 31, 1978.

On October 31, 1973, the H.M. Griffith entered service.

J.W. McGIFFIN cleared Midland, Ont. on her maiden voyage October 31, 1973 bound for Thunder Bay, Ont. to load iron ore for Hamilton, Ont.

The CADILLAC (4) was launched October 31, 1942 as a) LAKE ANGELINA.

ELMGLEN (2) cleared Owen Sound, Ont. on October 31, 1984 on her first trip in P. & H. colors.

On October 31, 1966 while downbound in the St. Marys River loaded with 11,143 tons of potash for Oswego, NY, the HALLFAX ran aground on a rocky reef and settled to the bottom with her hold full of water. She had grounded on Pipe Island Twins Reef just north of DeTour, MI.

The CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON (3) struck a reef the night of October 31, 1925 three miles south of Manitou Island, off the Keweenaw Peninsula, on Lake Superior.

On October 31, 1983 the SYLVANIA was towed out of the Frog Pond by the harbor tugs ARKANSAS and WYOMING. She was handed over to the tug OHIO for delivery to the Triad Salvage Co. at Ashtabula, OH arriving there on November 1st. Dismantling was completed there in 1984. Thus ended 78 years of service. Ironically the SYLVANIA, the first built of the 504 foot class bulkers, was the last survivor of that class. During her career with Columbia Transportation, the SYLVANIA had carried over 20 million tons and netted over $35 million.

On 31 October 1883, CITY OF TORONTO (wooden passenger-package freight sidewheeler, 207', 898 GC, built in 1864 at Niagara, Ontario) caught fire at the Muir Brothers shipyard at Port Dalhousie, Ontario and was totally destroyed. She previously had her paddle boxes removed so she could pass through the Welland Canal, and she was in the shipyard to have them reassembled that winter.

On 31 October 1874, the tug FAVORITE was towing the schooner WILLIE NEELER on Lake Erie. At about 10:30 PM, near Bar Point, the schooner suddenly sheered and before the tow line could be cast off, the FAVORITE capsized and sank. One life was lost. The rest of the crew clung to the upper works which had become dislodged from the vessel and they were rescued by the schooner's lifeboats.

On 31 October 1821, WALK-IN-THE-WATER (wooden side-wheeler, 135', 339 t, built in 1818 at Black Rock [Buffalo], NY) was wrecked on Point Abino, on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie during a storm. She was the first steam-powered vessel above Niagara and her frequent comings and goings during her career were very much in the newspapers in Detroit but her loss was not mentioned not at all since this steamer was virtually the only source of news from the east. Her engine was installed by Robert Fulton himself. After the wreck, it went into the steamer SUPERIOR and later ran a lumber mill in Saginaw, MI.

On 31 October 1880, TRANCHEMONTAGNE (wooden schooner, 108', 130 t, built in 1864 at Sorel, P. Q.) was loaded with rye and sailing in a storm on Lake Ontario. She struck the breakwater at Oswego, New York head-on at about 3:00 AM. She stove in her bow and quickly sank. The crew took to the rigging, except for one who was washed overboard and rode a provision box from her deck to shore. The Lifesaving Service rescued the rest from the breakwater. The schooner broke up quickly in the storm.

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

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




Stellanova Heading for Dry Dock

10/30
The saltie Stellanova is expected to depart the Pointe aux trembles anchorage in Montreal about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Dutch heavy lift vessel will head for dry docking at Verreault Navigation in Les Méchins, Québec. On the trip down the St. Lawrence River the Stellanova will be assisted by the tugs Jerry Newberry, Bonnie B III and Epinette II.

The Stellanova will enter the dry dock for repairs to its bow. The bow was damaged in a head on collision with Canadian Prospector October 12. The Prospector is under going repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks.

Stellanova anchored Tuesday with the Bonnie B III alongside. Marc Piché
Damaged bow of the heavy lift vessel Stellanova at sec M3 Montreal harbor shortly after the accident. Kent Malo

Reported by: Olive S.




Busy Day for Grain

10/30
For the first time in recent memory, Duluth grain elevators Tuesday had a true "full house," with each of the four loading berths occupied. Algonorth was loading at General Mills A, Algocen was loading a Cargill B1, Gunay A was unloading oats at Cargill B2 and Irma was loading at AGP. While the three loading berths may be simultaneously occupied several times a year, Cargill's B2 berth is seldom occupied at the same time.

Kinsman Independent managed to finish its load through the light rain and departed the Twin Ports about noon Tuesday.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette News

10/30
The Lee A. Tregurtha brought a load of coal to Marquette Tuesday, then took on a load of taconite. The next ship due is the Kaye Barker on Thursday, followed by the Great Lakes Trader on Sunday. A very slow week for the Lake Superior port.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Goderich Update

10/30
The harbor has been busy he past few days, with activity at both the salt mine and the grain terminal . The Agawa Canyon was docked at the mine on Saturday afternoon, loading salt for Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Algorail anchored out in the lake for much of Sunday, waiting for the winds to calm.

Eventually she was able to dock, load and then departed sometime Monday for Alpena, Michigan.

The saltie Lake Carling arrived at the grain terminals on Monday, ending a dry spell for large ocean-going ships in the harbor. Monday the Capt. Henry Jackman was loading salt most of the day. The vessel departed for Cote Ste. Catherine, Quebec by that evening. The Cuyahoga was in port at the grain terminal.

Pictures by: Jim Bauer
Activity in Goderich Harbor.
Close up of the Lake Carling.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo News

10/30
The American Mariner was at the CSX Docks loading coal. the Armco is waiting at the #2 Dock and will follow the Mariner loading coal. The Canadian Leader was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain. The CSL Niagara was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. There was an Andrie tug and barge loading cargo at the Sun Dock. The Saturn and Joseph H. Frantz remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at this time.

The Kaye E. Barker is due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock to unload stone late Thursday evening. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Fred R. White Jr. on Thursday. The Lee A. Tregurtha, Arthur M. Anderson, and Kaye E. Barker on Friday followed by the Algowood, H. Lee White and Algobay on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will now be the Buckeye on Thursday, followed by the H. Lee White and John J. Boland on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Montreal Traffic

10/30
Stellanova with damaged bow Bonnie B III alongside Montréal Oct. 29.
Epinette II tied to stern of Stellanova.
Federal Oshima at anchor Montréal Oct. 29.
Coriolis II ex. CGS John Jacobson off Varennes Oct 29.
Jamar awaiting berth at Montréal.
Spica at berth 109 Montréal Oct. 29.
Rossel Current awaiting harbor pilot at Montréal before proceeding on the Seaway Oct. 29.
Buckinghamshire one-off trip to Montréal for Canmar Oct.23.

Reported by: Marc Piché




Aerial Views

10/30
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake Erie Monday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr.
Canadian Leader.
Stern view.
Halifax.

Reported by: Don Coles




Today in Great Lakes History - October 30

The tugs GLENADA and MOUNT McKAY towed AMOCO ILLINOIS from Essexville on October 30, 1985 and arrived at the M&M slip on November 1st. where she was to be scrapped.

The CADILLAC (4) and her former fleetmate CHAMPLAIN (3) arrived under tow by the Dutch tug/supply ship THOMAS DE GAUWDIEF on October 30, 1987 at Aliaga, Turkey to be scrapped there.

The ISLE ROYALE (2) (Canal Bulk Freighter) was launched October 30, 1947 as a) SOUTHCLIFFE HALL for the Hall Corporation of Canada Ltd. (which in 1969 became Hall Corporation (Shipping) 1969 Ltd.), Montreal.

On 30 October 1874, LOTTA BERNARD (wooden sidewheel "rabbit", 125', 147 T, built in 1869 at Port Clinton, OH) was carrying general merchandise from Silver Islet to Duluth when she foundered in a terrific gale off Encampment Island in Lake Superior. Three lives were lost. She was capable of only 4 miles per hour and was at the mercy of any fast rising storm.

During a storm, the schooner ANNABELLA CHAMBERS was wrecked on the islands off Toronto, Ontario on 30 October 1873. One sailor was washed overboard and lost. The skipper was rescued, but he had the dead body of his small son in his arms.

October 30, 1971 - The PERE MARQUETTE 21 was laid up due to coal strike. She never sailed again as a carferry.

On 30 October 1877, CITY OF TAWAS (3-mast wooden schooner, 135', 291 t, built in 1864 at Vicksburgh [now Marysville], MI as a sloop-barge) was carrying 500 tons of iron ore when she struck a bar outside the harbor at St. Joseph, Michigan while attempting to enter during a storm. She drifted ashore with a hole in her bottom and was pounded to pieces. One brave crewman swam ashore with a line and the rest came in on it.

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

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




Twin Ports Report

10/29
Buckeye appeared to run into trouble Monday morning as it was unloading stone at the CLM dock in Superior. Unloading had ceased by mid-morning and a large crane was working alongside the unloading gear on the vessel's stern. The dock appears to be laying in a supply of stone for the winter because Lee A. Tregurtha unloaded there just a few days earlier.

In the grain trade, Kinsman Independent was loading at General Mills S in Superior and saltie Doxa D. was loading at General Mills A in Duluth. Gunay A has been docked at Cargill B2 for a week while it uses deck cranes to unload oats.

James R. Barker arrived at Midwest Energy Terminal at mid-morning and immediately backed into the slip to load. Its cargo is destined for St. Clair, Mich. Columbia Star was due there later in the day to load for Nanticoke.

Among other scheduled cargoes, Mesabi Miner is due to load Thursday for Taconite Harbor. The Barker and Miner each are scheduled to take two loads of coal to Taconite Harbor in the coming weeks.

Algosteel made a rare call Monday at the DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors. Canadian boats have seldom called at that dock in recent years. Also loading Monday was Burns Harbor, which in recent years has most frequently loaded at the BNSF ore dock in Superior. Burns Harbor is due at Two Harbors for another load again on Nov. 3.

Buckeye at the CLM dock in Superior.
Another view.
Closeup of Buckeye's bow.
Crane boom towers over Buckeye's stern.

Reported by: Al Miller




Busy Monday in Milwaukee

10/29
The Herbert C. Jackson arrived early Monday morning with a cargo of coal. Already in the inner harbor was the salt water vessel Ira loading grain at the Nidera elevator, the tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 loading scrap metal at Miller Compressing and the Jacklyn M/Integrity at the Lafarge dock undergoing unspecified repairs.

Around noon the Algosoo arrived to load a cargo of sand.

The Jacklyn M and barge Integrity departed Milwaukee early Monday afternoon, but returned a few hours later.



Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Algorail Unloads

10/29
The Algorail came back to Alpena with another load of salt from Goderich, ON. The Algorail had brought salt in a week ago. It tied up at the Alpena Oil Dock around 12:30pm on Monday. This was its fourth delivery of salt for the year and it is the last salt for Alpena for the season.

The Algorail finished unloading by 5:30 p.m. and backed out of the river.

Unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Lake Carling in Goderich

10/29
The salt water vessel Lake Carling arrived in Goderich Monday morning with the assistance of MacDonald Marine tugs to load soybeans. She arrived from Duluth and will depart in a few days for Kawasaki, Japan.

Reported by: Dale Baechler




Toledo News

10/29
The St. Clair was depart from the old Interlake Dock on Monday morning, repairs to her bow thruster now complete. The John J. Boland finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed early Monday morning. The Algomarine was at the Midwest Stone Dock unloading stone, when finished she backed into the CSX #4 Dock to load coal. The Canadian Enterprise was due into the CSX Docks Monday evening and will follow the Algomarine loading coal. The Mississagi was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain. The CSL Niagara arrived at Andersons "K" Elevator Monday morning to load grain.

The Saturn is in temporary lay-up at the Lakefront Docks. The Joseph H. Frantz remains in lay-up at the Hocking Valley South Dock. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at this time.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the American Mariner and Armco on Tuesday. The Fred R. White Jr. on Thursday. The Lee A. Tregurtha, Arthur M. Anderson, and Kaye E. Barker on Friday, followed by the Algowood, H. Lee White, and Algobay on Saturday. The Kaye E. Barker is due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock to unload stone late Thursday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Buckeye on Thursday. The Reserve on Friday, followed by the H. Lee White on Saturday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Thornhill outbound from Toledo after loading a grain cargo at one of the elevator complexes.
Wheat King in her last year of operation upbound headed for one of the elevators to load a grain cargo.
Heron Bay outbound from Toledo after loading a grain cargo at one of the elevator complexes.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Saginaw News

10/29
The Frontenac was inbound the Saginaw River early Monday morning arriving at the Essroc Terminal in Essexville at 4 a.m. She unloaded during the day and was outbound around 3 p.m. The Frontenac departed stern first, backing out of the river to Light 12 in the Saginaw Bay to turn around.

Also inbound during the morning was the tug Rebecca Lynn with her tank barge. She called on the Triple Clean Liquifuels Dock in Essexville and expected to have a 14 hour unload, putting her departure before midnight.

Pictures by : Todd Shorkey
Frontenac unloading at Essroc.
Backing stern first out into the Saginaw Bay.
Another view backing past the Consumers Energy Dock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Today in Great Lakes History - October 29

ALGOLAKE was launched October 29, 1976

On October 29, 1986 the JAMES R. BARKER, who had suffered an engine room fire, was lashed side-by-side to the thousand-foot WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY and towed this way to Sturgeon Bay, Wis. for repairs.

The b) CANADIAN EXPLORER was christened on October 29, 1983 at the Port Weller Dry Docks.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled on October 29, 1991 that Total Petroleum was responsible for the fire that destroyed the tanker JUPITER because of faulty moorings and exonerated the BUFFALO from primary responsibility.

On the afternoon of October 29, 1987 while upbound with coal from Sandusky, OH, the ROGER M. KYES ( b) ADAM E. CORNELIUS) went aground on Gull Island Shoal in Lake Erie's Middle Passage and began taking on water. About 3,000 tons of coal was transferred to the AMERICAN REPUBLIC after which the KYES freed herself the next morning. Damage from the grounding required extensive repairs.

The tug portion of the PRESQUE ISLE (2) departed New Orleans on October 29, 1973.

The H.C. HEIMBECKER's last trip started at Thunder Bay, Ont. with a load of grain bound for Owen Sound, Ont. where, on October 29, 1981, it was discovered that one of her boilers was cracked. When unloading was completed on October 30th, the HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, OH for scrapping.

On 29 October 1892, ZACH CHANDLER (3 mast wooden schooner-barge, 194', 727 GT, built in 1867 at Detroit) was carrying lumber from Ashland, WI in tow of the steamer JOHN MITCHELL when the two became separated in a northerly gale in Lake Superior. The CHANDLER was overwhelmed and broke up on shore about three miles east of Deer Park, MI. Five of the crew made it to shore in the lifeboat and the Lifesaving Service saved two others, but one perished. Three years earlier, the CHANDLER stranded at almost the same spot and sustained heavy damage.

On 29 October 1879, AMAZON (wooden propeller freighter, 245', 1406 t, built in 1873 at Trenton, MI) was carrying "provisions" - 900 tons of freight plus 7000 barrels of flour - from Milwaukee to Grand Haven, Michigan. She struck the notorious bar off of Grand Haven in a gale and broke up. All 68 aboard survived. Her engine was later recovered.

On 29 October 1880, THOMAS A. SCOTT (4-mast wooden schooner-barge, 207', 1159 t, built in 1869 at Buffalo as a propeller) was riding out a storm at anchor one mile off Milwaukee when she was struck by the big steamer AVON (wooden propeller, 251', 1702 gt, built in 1877 at Buffalo, NY). The SCOTT sank quickly. She had been bound from Chicago for Erie, PA with 44,000 bushels of corn. Three of her crew scrambled onto the AVON while the seven others took to the yawl and were towed in by the Lifesaving Service.

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

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




Detroit Steel Co. gets its biggest shipment of slabs -- from Russia

10/28
Detroit Steel Co., which resurrected McLouth Steel's idle Trenton, Mich., mill in 1996, this week received its biggest shipment of steel slabs -- from Russia.

Federal Hudson arrived at the mill Friday with 23,000 metric tons of steel slabs from Magnitogorsk Metal Combine in Magnitogorsk, Russia. The slabs were shipped by rail from the plant near the Ural Mountains to St. Petersburg -- the equivalent of shipping the steel across the United States. The steel then began its 21-day sea voyage to Trenton.

From Detroit Steel, the slabs will be trucked to National Steel Corp.’s Great Lakes Division in Ecorse or to Algoma Steel Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to be turned into rolled steel. From there, the rolled steel is returned to DSC for treatment before being sent to the company's cold-rolling mill in Gibraltar, Mich., to be turned into finished product.

When it closed in 1996, McLouth was a fully integrated steelmaker employing 1,200. Today, DSC employs about 120 people.

Reported by: Al Miller




Lock Construction Could Begin in 2003

10/28
The Michigan Transportation Commission has approved funding for a new Poe Size lock at Sault Ste. Marie. According to the Sault Star Newspaper, the commission placed $4.7 million in a dedicated reserve fund, to be withdrawn in annual payments of $280,000 over the next 50 years, to cover the state’s share ($14.1 million) of the $225-million project.

Federal funds will cover the majority of construction costs in creating the new lock on the St. Mary’s River while each of eight Great Lakes states will split the balance.

Construction is scheduled to begin late next year on a new lock that will accommodate 1,000-foot vessels and replace the more than 85-year-old Davis and Sabin Locks.

Only two of four locks in the Michigan Sault are operational and only one, the Poe Lock, dedicated in 1969, after six years of construction, can handle 1,000-foot freighters.

The Poe Lock is the workhorse of the operational facilities, typically handling about three quarters of 4,000 commercial vessels annually, while the MacArthur Lock, constructed after the Second World War, is capable of handling smaller ships and recreational traffic.

The Sabin and Davis Locks were constructed during the First World War. The Sabin stopped being operational in the mid 1990s and the Davis is still available on an emergency basis for narrow, shallow-draft vessels.

U.S. Congress ratified the new lock, which can accommodate vessels up to 1,013 feet in length and 105 feet in width, in 1986.

The project will include construction of coffer dams, approach work on piers, dredging, demolition of the old locks and construction of the new lock.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Dick Lund




Miner in Escanaba

10/28
The 1000-foot Mesabi Miner visited Escanaba, Mi Sunday to take on a load of taconite.

Miner loading.
Close up.

Reported by: Eric & Sandy Chapman




Saginaw News

10/28
The Joyce L. Van Enkevort-Great Lakes Trader was inbound the Saginaw River on Sunday going upriver to the Burroughs Dock to unload. She had finished late in the evening and departed for the Sixth Street Turning Basin before 11pm to turn and head out to the lake.

Also inbound on Sunday was the J.A.W. Iglehart who was headed to the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton. She was upbound at Cass Ave around the time the Great Lakes Trader departed the Burroughs Dock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

10/28
Yellowknife (Marshall Islands) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Mississagi unloading at the Southwest Sales Dock in Windsor.
Stern view.
Capt Ralph Tucker downbound at DMT 2.
Stern view.
Virginiaborg (Holland) downbound at Joe Louis Arena.
Stern view.
Tug Ashtabula downbound at Belle Isle Coast Guard Station.
She was built in 1915 by Great Lakes Towing Co. (Hull#33) in Cleveland for the fleet at a.) Ashtabula (U.S.212966). Sold Canadian in 1947 (C.177562), renamed b.) Tiffin in 1955. Renamed c.) JENNY T II in 1969. She spent several years tied up in Ojibway Slip in Windsor. Now she appears to be U.S. owned but does not seem to be documented. The home port on her stern was Oscoda, MI. The crew reported they were heading to Port Dover, Ont.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Shipwreck Program

10/28
Shipwrecks Remembered 2002, a day-long exhibition that includes presentations by Great Lakes shipwreck divers, artists, writers and photographers, runs from 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at McMorran Place in Port Huron.
The program schedule is as follows:
AFTERNOON PROGRAM ­ 1 p.m.
'The Sad Saga of the Alvin Clark' ­ Joyce Hayward
'Thunder Bay Sanctuary' ­ Jeff Gray
'A Cold Dark Hart' ­ Darryl Ertel
'Tales of the St. Clair River' ­ Cris Kohl

EVENING PROGRAM ­ 7 p.m.
'Cayuga...A Salvager¹s Nightmare' ­ Out of the Blue Productions
'Passenger Ships of Frank E. Kirby' ­ Bob McGreevy
'Harbor Inferno: The Noronic Disaster' ­ Cris Kohl
'A Look into the Bellies of Great Lakes' Whales' ­ Out of the Blue Productions
'Underwater Photography Workshop' ­ Rudy Whitworth
'Deep Water Diving Workshop' ­ Mirek Standowicz

In addition:
artist Bob McGreevy will be on hand with his large collection of watercolor paintings.
- shipwreck survivors Dennis Hale (Daniel J. Morrell), Frank Mays (Carl D. Bradley), Dave Erickson and Ed Brewster (Cedarville) will be there to share their stories and give autographs
- Bernie Chowdhury author of 'The Last Dive' and co-owner of Immersed Magazine will be there with his books and magazines.
- author Cris Kohl will be signing and selling books.
- Out of the Blue Productions will have a table with their book 'Sole Survivor' and their videos for sale.
- singer Dan Hall will have a table with his music CDs for sale, and will also perform during the event.
- Great Lakes Memories, Great Lakes Lore, Dive Inn Watersports and Sea the World Dive Shop will also have tables and items for sale.
- representatives of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation, Inc. host of the Ghost Ships Festival Milwaukee, March 15 - 16, 2003, the Michigan Underwater Preserve and the International Shipmasters Association, Port Huron Lodge #2 will also be on hand.

Stop by and say hi at the 'Great Laker' table.
Tickets: Afternoon & Evening $15 - Evening only $10. For tickets, call (800) 858-6166 or (810) 985-6166.
www.greatlakes.net/~divelog




Weekly Updates

10/28
The weekly updates have been uploaded.
Included this week are over 100 images from the Welland Canal Gathering and a special look into the operation of the Canadian Coast Guard Search & Rescue Station at Port Weller.
Click here to view




Today in Great Lakes History - October 28

The CANADIAN PIONEER's maiden voyage was on October 28, 1981 to Conneaut, OH to take on coal for Nanticoke, Ont.

The CANADIAN TRANSPORT (2) was launched October 28, 1978 for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., Toronto, Ont.

GEMINI was christened October 28, 1978 at Huron, OH.

The GEORGE M. CARL (2) was launched October 28, 1922 as a) FRED G. HARTWELL (2)

D.M. CLEMSON (2) was launched October 28, 1916

CHARLES M. WHITE was launched October 28, 1945 as a C4-S-A4 cargo ship a) MOUNT MANSFIELD for the U.S. Maritime Commission (U.S.M.C. Hull #2369).

On 28 October 1887, BESSIE BARWICK, a 135' wooden schooner built in 1866 at St. Catherine's, Ontario as a bark, left Port Arthur for Kingston, Ontario with a load of lumber during a storm. For more than ten days, her whereabouts were unknown. In fact, a westerly gale drove her into the shallows of Michipicoten Island and she was pounded to pieces. Her crew was sheltered by local fishermen and then made it to the Soo in a small open boat.

On 28 October 1882, RUDOLPH WETZEL (wooden propeller tug, 23 t, built in 1870 at Buffalo, NY) was racing for a tow with the tug HENRY S. SILL when her boiler exploded 12 miles north of Racine, Wisconsin. She quickly sank. All three on board were killed and none of the bodies were ever found.

Data from: 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 include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




St. Clair in Toledo

10/27
The St. Clair was docked at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock just north of the Shipyard Saturday. It is unknown if the vessel is in for repairs or temporary lay-up.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Anderson Unloads

10/27
The Arthur M. Anderson arrived in Escanaba early this morning with a load of coal for C. Reiss. After unloading they will head to Calcite to load for Buffington.

Anderson unloading.
Close-up of bow.
Stern view.
Stern close-up unloading.
Wide view - L. E. Block on left & Anderson on right.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Twin Port Report

10/27
Vessels from Great Lakes Fleet on Saturday began a run of stone cargoes into Duluth. Presque Isle unloaded at DMIR ore dock overnight and departed about 8:30 a.m. This vessel for many years sported black exhaust stacks, but it has now adopted, with no fanfare, the silver-and-black stack color scheme of Great Lakes Fleet. Arriving later Saturday morning was Roger Blough, which fueled at the Murphy Oil dock before proceeding to DMIR to unload stone. Cason J. Callaway is due at DMIR on Monday with stone, to be followed Tuesday by Philip R. Clarke. The Clarke is due back again Nov. 10 to unload stone at one of the Hallett docks.

Saturday morning also found CSL Tadoussac way up the St. Louis River at Reiss Inland dock unloading stone. Once finished, the vessel proceeded down St. Louis Bay and down the Superior Front Channel (about a three- or four-mile trip) to the BNSF ore dock to load taconite pellets.

Two Harbors also was busy Saturday. Presque Isle arrived at mid-morning. It was scheduled to be followed by Joe Block and Edwin H. Gott.

DMIR's Duluth ore dock is scheduled to receive an unusual caller today when George A. Stinson arrives to load taconite pellets. The Stinson generally calls at the BNSF dock in Superior.

Pictures by Glenn Blaszkiewicz
Roger Blough taking on fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock at the Duluth Port Terminal.
CSL Tadoussac is shown loading coal at the Hallet dock up the back of the St. Louis River in Duluth.
Pictures from last weekend
J.A.W. Iglehart unloading cement in Duluth.
Algoville At the General Mills Elevator in Duluth.
Mapleglen at the Peavey Elevator in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

10/27
The American Mariner loaded ore at Marquette on Saturday. The Charles M. Beeghly was expected later in the day. The next ship due is the Adam Cornelius on Monday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Soo Traffic

10/27
Late morning drizzle at the Soo Locks let up long enough to allow the upbound passage of two classic straight-deckers shortly after lunchtime. Kinsman Independent and Canadian Provider each used the MacArthur Lock, spaced nearly an hour apart. Both were bound for Lake Superior ports for grain. All in all, it was a good afternoon for steamers: the Courtney Burton and Buckeye were also upbound at the Soo.

Lovers of Clyde's Drive In and its Big C burgers will have to wait until spring for another fix. Saturday was the Sault Ste. Marie restaurant's last day for the season. West Pier Drive In and the Lockview Restaurant are also boarded up for the winter and snow is in the forecast for the Whitefish Point area tonight, with an accumulation of about an inch predicted. Winter is knocking on the door of the North Country.

Kinsman Independent upbound.
Steam from the Independent.
Departing the lock.
Canadian Provider.
Stern of the Provider and Burns Harbor at the locks.

Pictures from Friday by Lee Rowe
Tug Missouri assists the Indiana Harbor into the Lock. The Harbor is reported to be having some type of mechanical problems.
View after locking through.
Missouri.
Scott Purvis.
Lootsgracht downbound.
Stern view.
Edwin H. Gott upbound at Mission Point.
Close up.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Alpena News

10/27
The J.A.W Iglehart came into port Saturday morning. It had to wait until the Alpena departed so it could have its turn at the cement silos. The Buffalo was anchored out in Thunder Bay (off Alpena) for most of the day on Friday due to strong winds. It came in later in the evening to unload coal at Lafarge and left early Saturday morning.

The Jacklyn M barge Integrity is in Milwaukee getting some type of repairs and will be back in service on Monday. The Paul H. Townsend is still in temporary lay-up at Muskegon until sometime in November.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Independent

10/27
Friday afternoon the Kinsman Independent passed the fishing pier at Marysville Mi. upbound. The vessel was close to the U.S. shore in order to pass the Algosoo who was checked down, going into an upper river fuel site.

Independent passing.

Reported by: Frank Frisk




Saginaw Update

10/27
The upper Saginaw River was busy early Friday with visits by three vessels.

The Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was upbound late Thursday evening and unloaded during the night at the Sargent dock near the I-75 Bridge.

During the night, the upbound John J. Boland passed the Dorothy Ann on its way to the Saginaw Asphalt dock in Carrollton Township with a load of coal. The Mississagi was upbound through Bay City at about 7 a.m. Friday on its way to the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.

The Dorothy Ann pulled over near the I-75 Bridge to allow the Mississagi to pass, then continued outbound. The Boland was outbound by noon Friday and the Mississagi followed a short time later.

On Thursday morning, the Wilfred Sykes was outbound from Saginaw after unloading during the night.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder outbound at Independence Bridge.
John J. Boland outbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Packer's flag flying from the Boland.
Stern view.
Other recent traffic
Algorail upbound past the Airport Turning Basin last Saturday.
Another view.
Stern View.
J.A.W. Iglehart downbound at Wheeler's Landing on Thursday.
Another view.
Stern view.
Wilfred Sykes inbound passing the Essroc Terminal.
Close up.
Stern view at Smith Park.
Passing through Independence Bridge.
Sykes nosing in behind the Maumee at Bay City Wirt.
Working in towards the dock.
Unloading.
Maumee unloading at Bay City Wirt.
Outbound past the Sykes.
Another view.
Maumee close up.
Stern view through Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

10/27
Kapitonas Stulpinas (Lithuania) in Ojibway Anchorage.
Stern view.
Canadian Navigator loading salt at the Ojibway Salt Dock.
Stern view.
Atlantic Erie loading grain at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
Stern view.
Diamond Jack on Nicholson's Drydock in Ecorse, MI.
Stern view.
Lootsgracht (Holland) downbound above Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
The ex tugboat restaurant Queen City in a slip just below the Connors Creek Edison Plant.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Today in Great Lakes History - October 27

The PAUL THAYER (b) EARL W. OGLEBAY) was christened on October 27, 1973 at Lorain.

While the JAMES R. BARKER was up bound October 27, 1986 on Lake Huron above buoys 11 & 12, a high pressure fuel line on the starboard engine failed causing an engine room fire, which was extinguished by on-board fire fighting equipment. Fortunately no one was injured. On October 29th the BARKER was lashed side-by-side to the thousand-foot WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY (b) Paul R. Tregurtha) and taken to Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

On her maiden voyage the HOCHELAGA (2) departed Collingwood on October 27, 1949 for Fort William, Ont. to load grain for Port Colborne, Ont.

The FRANCIS E. HOUSE was laid up at Duluth, MN on October 27, 1960 and remained idle there until April, 1966 when she was sold to the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland and was renamed c) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT (1).

On October 27, 1973 the HENRY LALIBERTÉ struck an embankment while backing from the Frontier Dock Slip at Buffalo, NY and damaged her steering gear beyond repair. As a consequence she was laid up there.

The RED WING (2) and the FRANK A. SHERMAN departed Lauzon, Que. on October 27, 1986 in tandem tow by the Vancouver based deep-sea tug CANADIAN VIKING bound for scrapping in Taiwan.

On 27 October 1869, ALFRED ALLEN (wooden schooner, 160 T, built in 1853 at Pultneyville, NJ as J. J. MORLEY) was bound for Toledo, OH with 500 barrels of salt when she went on the Mohawk Reef near Port Colborne, Ontario in a blizzard. She washed free and drifted to the mainland beach where she was pounded to pieces. No lives were lost.

During a snow storm on the night of 27 October 1878, the propeller QUEBEC of the Beatty Line ran aground on Magnetic Shoals near Cockburn Island on Lake Huron. She was four miles from shore and one of her arches was broken in the accident.

October 27, 1854 - Well-known Pere Marquette carferry captain Joseph "Joe" Russell was born in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

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

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




Algonorth Stops for Repairs

10/26
Friday evening the Algonorth went to anchor in the lower St. Marys River for repairs. The Algonorth picked up a repair technician at the Detour Pilot boat and the headed to anchor. It is unknown how long they will remain at anchor.

Also Friday evening the straight decker Algosound locked downbound at the Soo for the first time in a few years. The Algosound is carrying a cargo of grain from Thunder Bay.

Pictures by Scott Best
On the approach wall as dark sets in.
Close up.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman, Scott Best and Roger LeLievre




Stellanova to Dry Dock in Les Méchins

10/26
Following the collision in the St. Lawrence Seaway last week, the Dutch heavy lift vessel Stellanova will be dry docking at Verreault Navigation for repairs to the bow. The drydock in Les Méchins, Québec was chosen over several other shipyards due to its reputation as a first class facility for steel work, painting and mechanical work.

Towing of the vessel from Montreal is expected to begin on Sunday, once temporary repairs are completed, with expected arrival at Les Méchins to be mid week.

Damaged bow of the heavy lift vessel Stellanova at sec M3 Montreal harbor. Kent Malo

Reported by: Ryan Beaupré




Republic Visits Green Bay

10/26
The American Republic entered the port of Green Bay about 1:30 p.m. (CDT) Friday with 17,500 tons of stone for Western Lime Co.

Pictures by Dick Lund
Close-up unloading at Western Lime.
Another view.
Wide view.
Close-up of deckhouse.

Reported by: Jason Lenio and Dick Lund




Algosound visits Thunder Bay

10/26
The Algosound arrived here in the Port of Thunder Bay, under the cover of darkness, early on Wednesday. She passed the Welcome Islands around midnight and proceeded through the north breakwall entrance. Making a hard 100 degree turn right, she slowly slid into the Richardson Elevator slip and tied up in preparation to load wheat.

The Algosound was last here in December of 2000 and has been laid up in Montreal ever since. She has encountered several problems on her first trip out in nearly two years but these are to be expected when a vessel sits for that period of time.

Around 4 pm Wednesday she had left the Richardson slip and worked her way over to the south entrance where she docked at the Saskatchewan Pool 7a slip. There she continued to fill her holds with wheat.

She has experienced a couple minor problems here in Thunder Bay, which delayed her departure time a bit but her very skilled Crew and Captain have worked thru them and continued loading the vessel.

By 8pm on the 24th she was backing away from the Saskatchewan Pool 7a dock and making the turn towards the South Gap in the breakwall. Heading out onto the lake with over 23,000 metric tons of wheat, she pointed her bow towards Thunder Cape and set course for the Soo Locks. She is destined for Baie Comeau, Quebec but we hope to see her and her Crew again in Thunder Bay later this fall.

Loading Richardson Elevator.
Arriving at the Sask Pool 7a slip.
Close up of her arriving Sask 7a.
Crew member lowered to the dock.
Algosound loading at Sask 7a.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Oak Tour in Green Bay

10/26
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak will be open tours from 4 to 8 pm Sunday at the Leicht Dock in Green Bay. The 225-foot cutter is the 11th of the larger Jupiter Class of Seagoing Buoy tenders constructed by Marinette Marine Corporation. The Oak will call Charleston, SC its home port. The Oak is equipped to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response, and domestic icebreaking missions as well as serving aids to navigation.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Marquette News

10/26
The American Mariner is due in Marquette Friday evening followed by the Charles M. Beeghly on Saturday. The next ship expected is the Adam Cornelius on Monday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Detroit Traffic

10/26
Buffalo upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
H Lee White downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Southdown Challenger upbound at Grassy Island bound for Sterling Fuel in Windsor.
Stern view.
Alpena unloading at the Lafarge Dock in Detroit. She will finish unloading in Cleveland.
Another view.
Stern view. There pictures were taken from the Diamond Queen on her last trip of the season.
Algosound upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Capt Ralph Tucker downbound at Fighting Island North Light passing the Algosound.
Stern view.
tug Stormont downbound behind the Tucker.
Stern view.
tug Susan Hoey assisting Canadian Miner to Anderson's K Elevator.
Close up. Another view.
At the dock.
Susan Hoey downbound Maumee River at the N & S South Bridge.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Cleveland Traffic

10/26
Below are recent images of traffic in Cleveland. Pictures by TZ.

Wolverine backing from port.
Passing the lighthouse.
Close up of the light.
Irma unloading.
Close up.




Fairport, Ohio Update

10/26
The steady boat traffic into Fairport continued as Philip R. Clarke arrived Friday night, in a cold rain, to unload stone at the former LTV lime plant.

Clarke unloading.
Another view.

Reported by: Dave Merchant




Welland Traffic - Canadian Prospector Damage

10/26
Prospector entering the piers with tarps covering the damage.
Close-up of the damage below the tarp.
Another view.

October 19
Halifax, Algosound and Petite Forte below Lock 1.
John B Aird inbound Port Weller Piers.
Halifax passing John B Aird below Lock 1.
Close-up of Halifax stack and self-unloader.

October 20
Kihu downbound below Lock 1.
Close-up of Kihu stack and seagull emblem beneath ships name.
Pintail approaching Port Weller piers on a stormy evening.
Another view of Pintail approaching. Because of the westerly winds the approach to the piers was at relatively high speed so the ship would not be blown sideways and miss the entrance.
Close-up of the stack of the Pintail.
Pintail safely inside the piers.
John D Leitch upbound toward Lock 1, October 21.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Montreal Traffic

10/26
CanMar Victory upbound at Verchères to Montéal from Davie Shipyard Oct.25.
Waban-Aki off Verchères Oct.25.
Milo off Verchères from Seaway Oct.25.
Tampico Bay downbound at Verchères from Montréal after repairs Oct. 21.
Nordkap off Varennes downbound from Seaway Oct.18.
Alcor last stages of demolition at Sorel Oct.15.

Reported by: Marc Piché




Today in Great Lakes History - October 26

LOUIS R. DESMARAIS was christened October 26,1977.

On October 26, 1968 the R. BRUCE ANGUS grounded in the St. Lawrence River near Beauharnois, Que. Sixteen hundred tons of iron ore were lightered to free her and she damaged 65 bottom plates.

The HUTCHCLIFFE HALL and OREFAX were sold October 26, 1971 to the Consortium Ile d'Orleans of Montreal made up of Richelieu Dredging Corp., McNamara Construction Ltd. and The J.P. Porter Co. Ltd.

On October 26, 1924 the E.A.S. CLARKE (2), anchored in the Detroit River opposite the Great Lakes Engineering Works because of dense fog was struck by the B.F. JONES (1) near her after deckhouse which caused the CLARKE to sink. No lives were lost.

On October 26, 1977 the MENIHEK LAKE struck a lock in the St. Lawrence Seaway sustaining damage estimated at $400,000.

On October 26, 1971 the ROGERS CITY (2) had her A-frame collapsed while unloading at Carrollton, MI on the Saginaw River. Her unloading boom was cut away and temporary repairs were made at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.

The tug ROUILLE was launched on October 26, 1929 as Hull 83 of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

The schooner HEMISPHERE, which was being sought by the U.S. Marshals at Detroit and the St. Lawrence River, escaped at the Gallop Rapids and has gone to sea.

On 26 October 1851, ATLAS (wooden propeller, 153’, 375 T, built in 1851 at Buffalo) was carrying flour from Detroit to Buffalo when she was blown to shore near the mouth of the Grand River (Lorain, OH) by a gale, stranded and became a total loss. No lives were lost.

On 26 October 1895, GEORGE W. DAVIS (wooden schooner, 136', 299 gt, built in 1872 at Toledo, Ohio) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Erie when she stranded near Port Maitland, Ontario. On 26 October 1895, a few days after the stranding, she floated off on her own, drifted two miles up the beach and sank. No lives were lost.

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

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




Canada Steamship Lines Finalizes Deal

10/25
Gerald Carter, President of Canada Steamship Lines Inc. in Montreal (CSL) announced Thursday that it has finalized its purchase of the M/V Fraser from Fednav Limited of Montreal.

This gearless vessel will be renamed the Spruceglen and will join the current CSL bulker fleet composed of the Ferbec, the Oakglen, the Mapleglen, the Pineglen, the Cedarglen and the Teakglen. As an ocean-going vessel, the Spruceglen will further enhance CSL’s current trading patterns, therefore providing greater flexibility to all customers’ delivery schedules.

Canada Steamship Lines Inc. is a major North American shipping company transporting over 20 million tonnes of bulk cargo annually. CSL, together with its affiliated company, CSL International Inc., owns and operates the largest fleet of self-unloading vessels in the world.

Fednav International Ltd. (FIL) is the main operating subsidiary of Fednav Limited. FIL is based in Montreal and it controls a fleet of more than seventy vessels.

The Spruceglen is expected to enter service in late November and requires minimum work as the vessel meets all requirements for her particular class. Spruceglen will add to the fleet and CSL does not have any intentions to retire any vessels at this time.

Fraser in Detroit. Mike Nicholls
At Port Weller. Paul Beesley
Stern view Paul Beesley
On the Seaway. Peter Carter

Reported by: Canada Steamship Lines




CanMar Victory departs from Dry Dock

10/25
The container ship CanMar Victory was refloated Thursday afternoon exactly three weeks after entering dry dock for bottom repairs following a grounding in the St. Lawrence River. It departed for Montreal early evening and is expected to dock at Pier 78 on Friday to take on a load of containers for a European Port.

The CanMar Victory ran aground on September 28 thirty miles west of Quebec City off Deschambault. Two Groupe Ocean tugs pulled it free the next day. After an initial inspection ,the ship was authorised to sail to Montreal to off load its cargo of 100 containers. Returning to Quebec , it entered dry dock at Davis Industries of Lévis on October 3. Cost of repairs is estimated to be over one million dollars.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette and Olive S.




Cliffs takes a hit in third quarter but taconite sales good

10/25
Taconite sales for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. were strong in the third quarter even though the company reported a substantial financial loss related to its Trinidad operation.

Cliffs reported Wednesday a third-quarter loss of $92.2 million, which included special noncash charges of $95.7 million for its idled hot-briquette iron plant in Trinidad. The loss compares to a $1.7 million net loss in the third quarter of 2001.

Despite the loss, sales of iron ore pellets increased by 72 percent in the third quarter and 79 percent during the first nine months of 2002. John S. Brinzo, Cleveland-Cliffs chairman and chief executive, predicted pellet sales will remain strong next year.

"Our pellet sales forecast for 2003 is about 15 million tons, which is a record for Cliffs and about 85 percent of our operating capacity," he said. "All of our mines have been operating at capacity since Aug. 1."

The strong sales forecast is good news for Great Lakes fleets, which haul most of Cliffs' production from five mines that it owns or manages in Minnesota, Michigan and Canada.

Overall, Cliffs' pellet production was 7.5 million tons during the third quarter, compared to 6.4 million tons in 2001.

In Minnesota, Hibbing Taconite produced 2.1 million tons compared to 1.2 million tons in 2001. Northshore Mining Co. produced 1.1 million tons compared to 900,000 tons in 2001.

The Wabush Mine in Newfoundland produced 1.3 million tons, compared to 1.2 million tons in 2001.

In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Empire mine produced 1 million tons compared to 1.3 million tons in 2001, and Tilden produced 2 million tons compared to 1.8 million tons in 2001.

Cliffs is studying several options for the Empire mine, which has seen costs increase because of lower-quality ore and higher employee benefit costs. The mine reopened in April after being idled during the first quarter of 2002. Cliffs is talking with Ispat International N.V., 53-percent owner of the mine, about the mine's future beyond 2002. Closure is not expected soon.

Reported by: Al Miller




Catch Up

10/25
I am still working on getting caught up after falling behind last week. Extra hours at my real job and a few hundred pictures to sort through have taken me longer than expected to complete. Sorry for the delay.




Today in Great Lakes History - October 25

The ALGOBAY departed on her maiden voyage October 25, 1978 from Collingwood light for Stoneport, Mich. to load stone for Sarnia, Ont.

The STERNECLIFFE HALL entered service on October 25, 1947.

The HURON (4) arrived at Santander, Spain October 25, 1973 in consort with the WYANDOTTE (2) towed by the German tug DOLPHIN X. for scrapping.

October 25, 1895 - Shenago No. 2 (later Pere Marquette 16) was launched in Toledo, Ohio. She was built by the Craig Shipbuilding Company for the United States & Ontario Steam Navigation Company and later became part of the Pere Marquette carferry fleet.

The engines of the propeller WESTMORELAND, which sank in 1854 near Skillagalee Reef in Lake Michigan, were recovered and arrived at Chicago on 25 October 1874.

ARK was built on the burned out hull of the steamer E. K. COLLINS as a sidewheel passenger steamer in 1853 at Newport, MI, but she was later cut down to a barge. On 25 October 1866, she was being towed along with three other barges down bound from Saginaw, MI in a storm.. Her towline parted and she disappeared with her crew of 6. The other three tow-mates survived. There was much speculation about ARK's whereabouts until identifiable wreckage washed ashore 100 miles north of Goderich, Ontario.

On 25 October 1833, JOHN BY (wooden stern-wheeler, 110', built in 1832 at Kingston, Ontario) was on her regular route between York (now Toronto) and Kingston, Ontario when a storm drove her ashore near Port Credit, a few miles from York. Her terrible handling of open Lake water set the precedent that stern-wheelers were not compatible with lake commerce.

On 25 October 1887, VERNON (wooden propeller passenger/package-freight steamer, 158', 560 t, built in 1886 at Chicago, IL) foundered in a gale 6 miles northeast of Two Rivers Point on Lake Michigan. The death toll was estimated at 31 - 36. The sole survivor was picked up on a small raft two days later by the schooner POMEROY. He was on the raft with a dead body. Most casualties died of exposure. There were accusations at the time that the vessel was overloaded causing the cargo doors to be left open which allowed the water to pour in during the storm. This accusation was confirmed in 1969 (82 years after the incident) when divers found the wreck and indeed the cargo doors were open.

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

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




Prospector Prepares for Dry Docking

10/24
The Canadian Prospector arrived at Port Weller Dry Docks Wednesday morning and docked at the fit out wall. The vessel is expected to be moved into the dry dock sometime today. The damage to the bow was not totally visible as it was covered by a tarp.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Stelco to permanently idle blast furnace at Hilton Works

10/24
Stelco reported Tuesday that they will permanently idle the 'D' blast furnace at their Hilton Works in Hamilton, Ontario. This furnace is the smaller of the two furnaces at Hilton Works and has been idle since November 2000. In operation, the 'D' furnace could produce about 2900 tons of iron each day. This will leave Stelco with two blast furnaces; the 'E' furnace at Hilton Works and one at Lake Erie Steel in Nanticoke. Both of these units can produce about 5000 tons of iron per day.

Reported by: Rodney Aitchison




First Trip for Republic

10/24
The American Republic made a first time visit to Holland Sunday, tying up at the Verplank dock at about noon. She unloaded a cargo of stone to be used in the South Beltline highway project at Grand Rapids.

The ship and crew made a return trip on Wednesday unloading at stone at Brewer's Dock.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Mapleglen Back in Service

10/24
The Mapleglen departed her lay-up berth in Thunder Bay Saturday heading to Duluth to load. This was good news for fans of the classic straight decker who had feared rumors that the vessel had sailed its last.

The vessels owners, Canada Steamship Lines, state that there are no plans to retire the vessel and it will remain active as long as there is business for Mapleglen.

Reported by: Tom Stewart




Federal Rideau Departs

10/24
About noon Wednesday the Federal Rideau was leaving Oshawa, Ontario after spending two days unloading steel wire coils.
Assisted from the dock.
Another view.
Tug Atomic on the stern.
Lac Como working the port side.
Crew waves good by.
Bow moves past.
Clearing the harbor.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




IRA in Marinette

10/24
The IRA entered the Menominee River around 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday with a load of pig iron for Marinette Fuel & Dock. She was assisted into port by the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and Jacklyn Nicole. Repairs continue on the Ogden Street Bridge. Wednesday morning, concrete was poured into a form to fill in the chunk knocked loose by the saltie Marinette two weeks ago.

IRA & Jimmy L passing North Pier Lighthouse .
Close-up of IRA and Jimmy L.
Close-up of Jimmy L alongside IRA.
IRA heading toward crane ship William H. Donner to dock.
Jacklyn Nicole comes up to assist.
IRA being escorted by the tugs.
IRA docked and ready to unload.
Chunk removed from bridge last week.
Concrete patch and work on Bridge Tender's Hut roof.
Close-up of plywood form for concrete patch.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Fire on Middle Bass Island

10/24
A restaurant owned by a Monroe developer burned to the ground during the weekend when a turkey deep fryer ignited and the flames spread. William Gross said his popular J.F. Walleye's Eatery and Brewery on Middle Bass Island caught fire about 4 p.m. Saturday and was destroyed. The loss is around $600,000, he said. No one was hurt.

Mr. Gross and a group of about 12 people were participating in a Turkey Shoot, an annual fun event. They began deep frying turkeys on the deck of the restaurant when flames ignited and spread.

The 500-seat, 2,800-square-foot restaurant and brewery was four years old and its popularity was increasing each year, Mr. Gross said. He plans to rebuild. Volunteer firefighters from Middle Bass and nearby Put-in-Bay islands extinguished the blaze, but not before it destroyed the restaurant.

Reported by: Dean Frazer




Janet Nelson Reappointed

10/24
Area labor leader Janet E. Nelson has been reappointed to the board of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority by the Duluth City Council. The Council originally appointed Nelson to the Port Authority board in 1994, and she is currently serving her sixth term as the board’s secretary.

Nelson is vice president of Local 2980, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). She is a national vice president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and represents AFSCME at the CLUW’s national level. She was a founding member of the Arrowhead Chapter of the CLUW and served as its first president.

She is a member of the executive board of AFSCME Council 6 (Minnesota State Employees Union) and serves as secretary for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s Sixth Senate District.

A native of Duluth, Nelson is an administrative assistant in the Grain Inspection Division of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture where she has been employed for 27 years. She graduated from Duluth Central High School and then Duluth Technical College, where she later served as board president.

The Port Authority’s seven-member board is made up of three appointees by the Duluth City Council, two by the governor and two by the St. Louis County Board. Each appointment is for six years.

Other board members are Bill Kron, Duluth, president; Sharon Clark, Madison, vice president; Helena Jackson, Duluth, treasurer; Steve Raukar, Hibbing, assistant treasurer; Thomas A. Clure, Duluth and Thomas E. Cashman, Mankato

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority




Twin Ports Report

10/24
An infrequent visitor to the Twin Ports on Wednesday was Lee A. Tregurtha, which arrived overnight to unload stone at the CLM dock in Superior. By mid-morning it had shifted to the DMIR ore dock to load taconite pellets. The fall grain rush is in full swing, with several elevator berths occupied. Gunay A continued to unload grain at Cargill B2. Virginiaborg, finished unloading lumber, was at General Mills A in Duluth to load beet pulp pellets. Helena Oldendorff was loading wheat at Cenex Harvest States 1 while Olympic Merit filled up at Cenex Harvest States 2. This elevator has handled only one vessel at a time for much of the season, but it has been running both berths almost non-stop for the past couple weeks. Lake Superior was loading at AGP elevator in Duluth and Algocape was loading at Peavey in Superior.

At Midwest Energy Terminal, much of the tonnage to be shipped in coming days is destined for Nanticoke, including some coal moving on U.S. vessels. Vessels bound for Nanticoke include Canadian Enterprise, loading Oct. 24; Walter J. McCarthy Jr and Algowood, Oct. 25; and Algobay,Columbia Star, and Algolake, Oct. 28. Mesabi Miner is scheduled to load Oct. 31 for Taconite Harbor, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is due back Nov. 1 to take an unusual load to First Energy in Ashtabula.

Reported by: Al Miller




Green Bay News

10/24
Wednesday turned out to be one of the busiest days the port has seen all year. The day started out Tuesday night with the arrival of the Philip R. Clark arriving at 11:15 PM with 16,000 tons of coal from Toledo, OH for the C. Reiss Coal dock. The Philip R. Clarke departed 7:15 am Wednesday for Cedarville. Next ship in was the tug/barge Joseph H. Thompson & Jr. which arrived at 10:30 am and made its way to unload 15,500 tons of coal for C. Reiss Coal dock.

The final arrival was the John G. Munson around 10:00 PM with coal from Toledo, OH for the Fox River Dock. Expected to arrive Thursday morning is the J. A. W. Iglehart with cement for Lafarge. Then to wrap up the week is the Tug Petite Forte and barge St. Mary's Cement to Blue Circle about 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Aerial Views

10/24
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake St. Clair Wednesday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.
Arthur M. Anderson.
Another view.
John D. Leitch.
Stern view.
CSL Tadoussac.
Another view.
Stern view.
McKee Sons.
Stern view.

Reported by: Don Coles




Veterans/Remembrance Day 2002

10/23
At 12 Noon on Monday, November 11, 2002 the flags aboard the Huron Lightship Museum (LV-103), will be raised from 1/2 mast and the ship's fog horn, Old Bee Oh, will sound for the last time this year. The program will honor our men and women who have served/serve their country in the armed services.

The Lightship will be open on Veterans/Remembrance Day from Noon until 4:30 P.M. free of charge.

Reported by: Wayne Arnold




Shipwreck Program

10/24
Shipwrecks Remembered 2002, a day-long exhibition that includes presentations by Great Lakes shipwreck divers, artists, writers and photographers, runs from 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at McMorran Place in Port Huron.
The program schedule is as follows:
AFTERNOON PROGRAM ­ 1 p.m.
'The Sad Saga of the Alvin Clark' ­ Joyce Hayward
'Thunder Bay Sanctuary' ­ Jeff Gray
'A Cold Dark Hart' ­ Darryl Ertel
'Tales of the St. Clair River' ­ Cris Kohl

EVENING PROGRAM ­ 7 p.m.
'Cayuga...A Salvager¹s Nightmare' ­ Out of the Blue Productions
'Passenger Ships of Frank E. Kirby' ­ Bob McGreevy
'Harbor Inferno: The Noronic Disaster' ­ Cris Kohl
'A Look into the Bellies of Great Lakes' Whales' ­ Out of the Blue Productions
'Underwater Photography Workshop' ­ Rudy Whitworth
'Deep Water Diving Workshop' ­ Mirek Standowicz

In addition:
artist Bob McGreevy will be on hand with his large collection of watercolor paintings.
- shipwreck survivors Dennis Hale (Daniel J. Morrell), Frank Mays (Carl D. Bradley), Dave Erickson and Ed Brewster (Cedarville) will be there to share their stories and give autographs
- Bernie Chowdhury author of 'The Last Dive' and co-owner of Immersed Magazine will be there with his books and magazines.
- author Cris Kohl will be signing and selling books.
- Out of the Blue Productions will have a table with their book 'Sole Survivor' and their videos for sale.
- singer Dan Hall will have a table with his music CDs for sale, and will also perform during the event.
- Great Lakes Memories, Great Lakes Lore, Dive Inn Watersports and Sea the World Dive Shop will also have tables and items for sale.
- representatives of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation, Inc. host of the Ghost Ships Festival Milwaukee, March 15 - 16, 2003, the Michigan Underwater Preserve and the International Shipmasters Association, Port Huron Lodge #2 will also be on hand.

Stop by and say hi at the 'Great Laker' table.
Tickets: Afternoon & Evening $15 - Evening only $10. For tickets, call (800) 858-6166 or (810) 985-6166.
www.greatlakes.net/~divelog




Today in Great Lakes History - October 24

TEXACO WARRIOR (2) was launched October 24, 1969 as a) THUNTANK 6.

The PHILIP D. BLOCK along with the W.W. HOLLOWAY scrap tow arrived Recife, Brazil. October 24, 1986

The THOMAS W.LAMONT and her former fleetmate, ENDERS M. VOORHEES arrived at Alegeciras, Spain on October 24, 1987 on the way to the cutters torch. The LAMONT was one of the last bulkers that retained her telescoping hatch covers to the very end.

The NIPIGON BAY arrived Thunder Bay, Ont. on October 24, 1980 where repairs were made from damage caused by her grounding earlier in the month.

On 24 October 1855, ALLEGHENY (wooden propeller, 178’, 468 T, built in 1849 at Cleveland) was carrying general merchandise and passengers in a storm, when she anchored near the Milwaukee harbor entrance for shelter. She lost her stack and then was unable to get up steam and was helpless. She dragged her anchor and came in close to the beach where she was pounded to pieces. There was no loss of life. Her engine and most of her cargo were removed by the end of the month. Her engine was installed in a new vessel of the same name built to replace her.

On 24 October 1873, just a month after being launched, the scow WAUBONSIE capsized at St. Clair, Michigan and lost her cargo of bricks. She was righted and towed to Port Huron, minus masts, rigging and bowsprit, for repairs.

On 24 October 1886, LADY DUFFERIN (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 135', 356 gc, built at Port Burwell, Ontario) was lost from the tow of the propeller W. B. HALL and went ashore near Cabot Head on Georgian Bay. No lives were lost, but the vessel was a total loss.

On 24 October 1953, the Yankcanuck Steamship Lines' MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246', 1558 gt, built in 1903 at Buffalo, NY as J. S. KEEFE) ran aground south of the channel into the Saugeen River. The tug RITH HINDMAN from Killarney pulled her free. No damage was reported.

Data from: 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 include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Prospector Continues On

10/23
The Canadian Prospector was upbound in the Seaway early Wednesday morning at Cape Vincent heading for Port Weller Dry Docks. The vessel is sailing in ballast for repairs to her damaged bow. The Prospector was involved in a collision with the Dutch flag Stellanova and suffered heavy damage to her bow.

The Prospector is expected to arrive at Port Weller on about 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. It is unknown how long repairs will take.

Pictures by Kent Malo
Close up of the damaged bow Canadian Prospector shortly after the accident.

Reported by: Kent Malo and Olive S.




Anderson Loads

10/23
The Arthur M. Anderson pulled up to the Stoneport dock around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. It loaded stone for Detroit. Waiting at anchor in the brisk wind was the Wilfred Sykes. It would load sometime after 11 p.m. when the Anderson departs.

The J.A.W Iglehart was due into port Tuesday evening to load cement at Lafarge. The Alpena is at Detroit. The Paul H. Townsend is in temporary lay-up again in Muskegon.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Lakes Visitors in Europe

10/23
The familiar tankers Emerald Star and Diamond Star have apparently departed Canadian waters for an extended period due to cargo shortages on the Great Lakes. Emerald Star cleared Canadian waters southeast of Newfoundland on October 7th and Diamond Star followed shortly thereafter on October 15. They have returned to Europe for at least 4 months and will likely spend much of the winter months trading overseas. Jade Star still remains active on the Great Lakes and was unloading in Bronte Tuesday. When cargoes become available once again in the Great Lakes or between ports on Canada's east coast or St. Lawrence Seaway Emerald Star and Diamond Star will likely return.




Goderich Traffic

10/23
The salt mine has been fairly busy with ship traffic. Residents are hoping that the recent snow will bring even more boats in, as everyone prepares for winter driving conditions. Thursday the Algoway loaded salt for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Friday, the Canadian Transfer was loading salt for an unknown destination. The John B. Aird was seen early Monday morning, and was still loading late in the afternoon. It is headed for Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Algorail was scheduled to arrive Monday evening, to load salt for Parry Sound, Ontario.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo News

10/23
The John G. Munson finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed early Tuesday morning. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was at the #2 Dock waiting to follow. When the Munson departed she backed into the # 4 Dock and began loading coal, she is expected to depart in the afternoon. The Adam E. Cornelius was at the Torco Ore Dock unloading ore. The Gordon C. Leitch was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain.

There were no vessels in the shipyard. The Joseph H. Frantz remains in layup at the Hocking Valley Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will now be the Algolake and John J. Boland on Wednesday followed by the Arthur M. Anderson on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the John J. Boland on Wednesday. The Courtney Burton next Monday, followed by the Buckeye on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton News

10/23
Tuesday evening the saltie Sea Guardian II was moored on the north face of Pier 12 with no activity seen. At Pier 9 the tug King Fish I and car ferry Island Savage are moored.

The tanker McCleary's Spirit was seen at Pier 11 unloading jet fuel.

Over at Pier 25 at the JRI facilities, more than a dozen trucks were lined up waiting to offload soybeans which were then being loaded on board the Atlantic Huron through the JRI loading system.

The Algonorth is unloading iron ore at Dofasco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - October 23

The CECILIA DESGAGNES was launched October 23, 1970 as a) CARL GORTHON, for Rederi A/B Gylfe, Hälsingborg, Sweden.

GRAND RAPIDS Rail Car Ferry was launched October 23, 1926 for the Grand Trunk-Milwaukee Car Ferry Co., Muskegon, MI.

WILLIAM B. SCHILLER was launched October 23, 1909 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH.

October 23, 1926 - The Grand Trunk carferry Grand Rapids was launched in Manitowoc. She entered service in December of 1926.

October 23, 1953 - The S.S. SPARTAN arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage. Captain Harold A. Altschwager was in command.

On 23 October 1868, F. T. BARNEY (wooden schooner, 255 T, built in 1856 at Vermilion, OH) collided with the schooner TRACY J. BRONSON and sank below Nine Mile Point, NW of Rogers City in Lake Michigan. The wreck was found in 1987 and sits in deep water, upright in almost perfect condition.

On 23 October 1873, the wooden steam barge GENEVA was loaded with wheat and towing the barge GENOA in a violent storm on Lake Superior. She bent her propeller shaft and the flailing blades cut a large hole in her stern. The water rushed in and she went down quickly 15 miles off Caribou Island. No lives were lost. This was her first season of service. She was one of the first bulk freighters with the classic Great Lakes fore and aft deck houses.

On 23 October 1883, JULIA (2-mast wooden schooner, 89', 115 gt, built in 1875 at Smith's Falls, Ontario) was coming into Oswego harbor with a load of barley when she struck a pier in the dark and sank. No lives were lost.

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

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




Prospector heading for Port Weller

10/22
The Canadian Prospector departed Hangar 6 in Montreal last night. The vessel is sailing in ballast to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs to her damaged bow. The Prospector was involved in a collision with the Dutch flag Stellanova and suffered heavy damage to her bow. It has been temporarily repaired and covered in canvas.

It is expected to arrive at Port Weller on Wednesday afternoon. It is unknown how long repairs will take.

Pictures by Kent Malo
Damaged bow of the Canadian Prospector at Cote Ste. Catherine wharf shortly after the accident.
Close up of the damaged bow Canadian Prospector.
Diver being tended to by co-workers in preparation for an inspection of the hole below the waterline Canadian Prospector.
You can see the diver at the waterline just below the draft marks.
Damaged bow of the heavy lift vessel Stellanova at sec M3 Montreal harbor.
Close up of damaged bow of the Stella nova in the collision with the Canadian Prospector.

Reported by: Kent Malo and Olive S.




Season Ends

10/22
The Chi Cheemaun arrived at 4 p.m. Monday for her winter layover at Owen Sound. Although at the dock, she has only finished her season ferrying cars and passengers between Tobermory and South Bay Mouth, Manitoulin Island. The ferry will make a few trips for dinner and sunset cruises for a number of local fund raisers before her sailing season is finally over for the season.

Reported by: Ed. Saliwonchyk




Twin Ports Report

10/22
Wet snow Monday put the kibosh on early morning grain loading, but by afternoon everyone was back at work, including Algoville at General Mills, Lake Superior at AGP, Flinterdijk at Cenex Harvest States and Mapleglen at Peavey.

The day's most unusual job was the saltie Gunay A, which was docked at Cargill B2 to unload oats. A saltie hasn't brought grain to the Twin Ports in decades. Gunay A. reportedly will use its own gear to unload the grain. Inbound oat cargoes have become more frequent in the past 10 years or so, but they usually arrived aboard Canadian self-unloaders.

The remaining saltie in port was the Virginiaborg, docked at the port terminal to unload wood.

Down the harbor, BNSF was busy with Great Lakes Trader, Stewart J. Cort and George A. Stinson all due to load.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo News

10/22
Monday the Gordon C. Leitch was upbound the Maumee River headed for one of the elevators to load grain, she was upbound with no tug boat assistance needed. There are no other active vessels in port at the time of this report. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at this time.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John G. Munson and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Tuesday. The Algolake on Wednesday followed by the John J. Boland and Arthur M. Anderson on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Tuesday, followed by the John J. Boland on Wednesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - October 22

The PRESQUE ISLE (2)'s tug completed her sea trials on October 22, 1973 in New Orleans.

On October 22, 1986 the ALGOCEN spilled about four barrels of diesel fuel while refueling at the Esso Dock at Sarnia.

The TOM M. GIRDLER departed South Chicago light on her maiden voyage, October 22, 1951, bound for Escanaba, MI where she loaded 13,900 tons of ore for delivery to Cleveland, OH.

The THORNHILL (1) grounded on October 22, 1973 just above the Sugar Island ferry crossing in the St. Marys River.

On 22 October 1887, C.O.D. (wooden schooner-barge, 140', 289 GT, built in 1873 at Grand Haven, MI) was carrying wheat in Lake Erie in a northwest gale. She was beached three miles east of Port Burnell, Ontario and soon broke up. Most of the crew swam to shore, but the woman who was the cook was lashed to the rigging and she perished.

October 22, 1929 - The S.S. Milwaukee (formerly Manistique Marquette and Northern 1) sank in a gale with a loss of all 52 hands. 21 bodies were recovered. Captain Robert McKay in command.

On October 27, 1929, a Coast Guard patrolman near South Haven, Michigan, picked up the ship's message case, containing the following handwritten note:
"S.S. MILWAUKEE, OCTOBER 22/29 8:30 P.M.
The ship is taking water fast. We have turned around and headed for Milwaukee. Pumps are working but sea gate is bent in and can't keep the water out. Flicker is flooded. Seas are tremendous. Things look bad.
Crew roll is about the same as on last payday.
(signed) A.R. Sadon, Purser."

On 22 October 1870, JENNIE BRISCOE (wooden schooner, 85', 82 t, built in 1870 at Detroit, MI) was raised from where she sank off Grosse Isle, Michigan a couple of months earlier. She was in her first season of service when she collided with the propeller FREE STATE and sank there. Her raised wreck was sold Canadian in 1871 and she was rebuilt as the propeller scow HERALD.

In a severe gale on 22 October 1873, the three barges DAVID MORRIS, GLOBE, and SAGINAW from Bay City grounded and sank off Point Pelee on Lake Erie.

On 22 October 1887, DOLPHIN (wooden schooner-barge, 107', 147 t, built in 1855 at Milan, OH) and G. D. NORRIS (2-mast wooden schooner, 128', 262 gt, built in 1856 at Cleveland, OH) were both carrying lumber and were in tow of the steamer OSWEGATCHIE in a storm on Lake Huron. The tow line broke when the vessels were off Harbor Beach, Michigan. The DOLPHIN capsized and foundered. All 6 or 7 onboard perished. The NORRIS sank to her decks and her crew was rescued by the passing steamer BRECK. The NORRIS drifted ashore near Goderich, Ontario.

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

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




Updates

10/21
Check back tonight for the regular updates.






Today in Great Lakes History - October 21

The JOHN B. AIRD arrived at Sarnia, Ont. October 21, 1990 for repairs after suffering a conveyor belt fire a week earlier.

The JAMES A.FARRELL and fleetmate RICHARD TRIMBLE were the first vessels to lock downbound in the newly opened Davis Lock at the Soo on October 21, 1914.

On October 21, 1954 the GEORGE M.HUMPHREY(2) set a record when she took aboard 22,605 gross tons of iron ore at Superior, WI. The record stood for six years until 1960.

The crew on the SAMUEL MATHER (3) was safely removed from the badly exposed steamer on October 21, 1923 by the Eagle Harbor life saving crew. She had run aground on the 19th.

It was announced on October 21, 1986 that Canada Steamship Lines and Upper Lakes Group would merge CSL's Collingwood shipyard and ULS' Port Weller shipyard and create Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering (1986) Ltd.

On 21 October 1941, AMERICA (steel tug, 80', 123 GT, built in 1897 at Buffalo) was on a cable along with the big tug OREGON off Belle Isle in the Detroit River trying to pull the steel bulk freighter B. F. JONES off a bar. The cable tightened, pulling AMERICA out of the water and spinning her upside down. Six of the crew of 13 lost their lives. AMERICA was later recovered.

On 21 October 1916, JAMES B. COLGATE (whaleback bulk freighter, 308', 1713 gt, built in 1892 at W. Superior, WI) was carrying coal off Long Point on Lake Erie in a storm. She struck bottom in a plunge off a huge wave in one of the worst storms ever recorded on Lake Erie -- it's called the "Black Friday Storm". Of the 26 on board, only her skipper survived. The 360' steel freighter MERIDA also perished in this same storm.

October 21, 1954 - Capt. Allen K. Hoxie, skipper of the MILWAUKEE CLIPPER, retired.

On 21 October 1886, W. L. BROWN (wooden propeller freighter, 140', 336 gt, built in 1872 at Oshkosh, WI as NEPTUNE) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba for DePere. A storm struck while she was on Green Bay. She sprang a leak one mile from Peshtigo Reef and went down in 76 feet of water. No lives were lost. All of her outfit and machinery were removed the following summer. This vessel's first enrollment was issued at Milwaukee, WI on 22 April 1873 as NEPTUNE, but this enrollment was surrendered at Milwaukee on 30 September 1880, endorsed "broken up." However she was re-enrolled as a new vessel at Milwaukee on 15 June 1880, having been rebuilt by A. L. Johnson at Green Bay, WI as the W. L. BROWN.

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

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




Prospector Update

10/20
The Canadian Prospector's damaged bow has been temporarily repaired and covered in canvas. The vessel was listed as arriving in Montreal Saturday at Hangar 6 in ballast.

It is unknown where the vessel will be repaired. The Prospector was involved in a collision with the Dutch flag Stellanova off Kanawahke last Saturday night.






Algosound Departs

10/20
The Algosound departed the dock below Lock 1 in the Welland Canal Saturday afternoon after spending three days undergoing repairs. The Algosound is headed upbound in ballast for Thunder Bay or Duluth.

This is the first trip for the Algosound since it entered lay-up two years ago.

Reported by: Craig Styles




Saginaw Arrives in Port Stanley

10/20
The Saginaw arrived in Port Stanley Friday at 4:30 p.m. She entered the harbor quickly under high winds and rain, dropping a bow anchor once inside the harbor to slow her speed.

The loading of Soya beans was delayed by the persistent rain during the night. She was expected to depart Saturday night. This year has seen only the Cuyahoga and Saginaw visit the Lake Erie port to load grain.

Reported by: Ted Coombs




Wrong Pellets for the Cort

10/20
After the Cort departed Superior on their last trip it was discovered that their cargo of 50,000+tons of taconite was not the correct ore. The pellets on board were supposed to be for one of the mills at Indiana Harbor.

The Cort set a course for Indiana Harbor where they met the Sam Laud Saturday. Working with the crew of the Laud, the Cort was able to off load into the Laud at a pace equal to or faster then they normally unload at in Burns harbor.

Reported by: Chris Jackson




Frontenac II to Hamilton

10/20
The Amherst Island carferry Frontenac II departed Millhaven Ont. for Heddle Marine drydock in Hamilton on Wednesday. She arrived early Thursday morning at Pier 12. The recently refurbished ferry Quinte Loyalist from Glenora will take her place on the Amherst Island to Millhaven run for the next 10 days or so.

The Frontenac II is in drydock for her annual five year inspection. Upon her return, the Frontenac II will be in service at Wolfe Island for a couple of weeks while the Wolfe Islander III goes to the wall for engine and propeller unit maintenance.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Twin Ports Report

10/20
With the end of the season nearing, several ships in the Twin Ports were loading grain on Saturday, with some loading operations continuing well into the evening.

One of the small "borg" vessels departed the General Mills A elevator in Duluth at midday and was quickly replaced by Algoville, which began loading right away and was still taking on cargo at 7:45 p.m. At nearby AGP elevator, Kopalnia Borynia was loading during the day. Over in Superior, Flinterdijk was idle in the Cenex Harvest States 1 berth but Lake Superior was loading in berth 2.

At other docks, Virginiaborg pulled into the port terminal with a cargo of wood to be unloaded. J.A.W. Iglehart, an infrequent visitor, arrived in Superior with its second cargo in recent weeks. Midwest Energy Terminal was busy loading James R. Barker, which was followed immediately by Paul R. Tregurtha, which spent much of the day laying by at the port terminal waiting for the berth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Hamilton News

10/20
Saturday noon, the Gordon C. Leitch was unloading iron ore at Dofasco. At the same time, the Hamilton Energy was refueling her.

The tanker Saturn was anchored off the Burlington Piers probably waiting for the winds to abate before transiting the Burlington Ship Canal.

Over at Pier 14 the Lykes Raider was unloading a bulk cargo from her forward cargo hold.

Friday evening the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was seen approaching Hamilton Harbor to unloading coal at Stelco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Kingston Update

10/20
Today was a busy day in our area. the Stephen B. Roman departed Picton and the English River departed Bath, both loaded with cement. The Atlantic Huron arrived in Picton at 2050 and has an etd of 20/0500 for Hamilton.

The winter is coming as both the CCGS Caribou Isle and the CCGS Griffon are tending navigational aids in the area. The Caribou Isle left the area Friday while the Griffon has spent two days working on aids in the Canadian Middle Channel area. She has again anchored 1 mile west of Grindstone Island for the evening. They have removed the west cardinal buoy at the west end of Howe Island an replaced it with its winter marker.

The Island Rocket passed by here on Friday. She left Clayton eastbound and had an eta of 1315 for Crossover Island.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Updates and Pictures

10/20
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Today in Great Lakes History - October 20

The SCOTT MISENER (3) proceeded to the Port Arthur shipyard for dry docking and repairs on October 20th, After striking bottom October 15, 1973 near Whaleback Shoal on the St. Lawrence River.

OTTO M. REISS (2) was launched October 20, 1906 as a) JAMES S. DUNHAM for the Chicago Navigation Co. (D. Sullivan & Co., mgr.) Duluth, MN.

PETER A.B. WIDENER was launched October 20, 1906 as a) PETER A.B. WIDENER for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. (later the U.S. Steel Corp. in 1952), Cleveland, OH.

The tug RESCUE was sent from Port Huron to Tawas, MI to release the 246' barge OCEAN that was grounded. After pulling the barge free, Capt. Fitch of RESCUE began towing her down Lake Huron, but the storm got so bad that he was about to turn back and run for Tawas. However, the captain of OCEAN yelled that they were all right and to go ahead down the lake. Soon the seas got the better of the barge. The tug kept with her until she was about to sink. Then the line was cut, the tug turned about, ran under her lee, and rescued her crew of 9 from the lifeboat. The barge then sank. On the way down Lake Huron, opposite Port Sanilac, the RESCUE picked up 6 men and 1 woman from the wrecked barge JOHN F. RUST. In this one trip, the RESCUE earned her name by rescuing 16 persons!

October 20, 1898 - The SHENANGO NO. 2 (later PERE MARQUETTE 16) was arriving Milwaukee when her steering gear failed, causing her to crash into a grain elevator which was under construction.

October 20, 1926 - The Keel was laid for the WABASH.

On 20 October 1863, E. S. ADAMS (3 mast wooden bark, 135', 341 GC, built in 1857 at Port Robinson, Ont.) was carrying 18,500 bushels of wheat on a clear night when she collided with the American bark CONSTITUTION resulting in the loss of the ADAMS. One life was lost. Neither vessel was blamed for the accident.

On 20 October 1854, JOHN J. AUDUBON (wooden brig, 370 t, built in 1854 at Black River, Ohio) was carrying railroad iron from Buffalo to Chicago when she was struck amidships by the schooner DEFIANCE on a dark night, halfway between Thunder Bay and Presque Isle, MI. AUDUBON was cut almost in half. Both vessels sank quickly. No lives were lost.

On 20 October 1844, DAYTON (2-mast wooden schooner, 69', 85 t, built in 1835 at Grand Island, NY) capsized and sank in Lake Erie off Dunkirk, New York in a terrific gale. All onboard were lost.

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

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




Prospector Update

10/19
The Canadian Prospector was in Port Cartier at the Quebec Cartier Mining Dock Friday. That afternoon her destination was scheduled to be Hamilton. According to a Coast Guard report Friday night, the destination of Prospector had been changed to Montreal, expecting to arrive late Saturday afternoon.

The Prospector was involved in a collision with the Dutch flag Stellanova off Kanawahke last Saturday night.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Robert John Returns to Service

10/19
The tug Robert John is back in service for Gravel & Lake Service Ltd. in Thunder Bay. Built in 1945 in Kingston, ON, the Robert John went to work for Gravel & Lake about 1966 in Port Arthur now Thunder Bay, ON. She was damaged in an incident by a saltie's anchor in Thunder Bay about 5 years ago and had been sidelined ever since.

The entire pilothouse has been rebuilt and was just recently finished off and readied for service. On October 15, 2002 she was spotted helping her fleetmate Peninsula move the saltie Federal Kivalina out of the Richardson slip. Meanwhile another G & L tug George N. Carleton, is in the Pascol drydock undergoing work.

G & L owns 5 tugs locally, consisting of Robert John, George N. Carleton, Peninsula, Donald Mac and push Tug F.A. Johnson. The Mac and the Johnson sit idle in a slip near the Thunder Bay Coal Terminal.

Robert John docking at Pascol dock.
Robert John (left) & Peninsula help Federal Kivalina out of the Richardson slip.
Peninsula returning to Pascol dock.
Algocen arriving Richardson slip.
Algocen loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7a.
Oakglen loading at UGG"a" as Algocen enters north entrance.
Cedarglen loading at UGG"a".
Federal Rhine loading at Richardson elevator.
Montrealais loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7a.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Fednav Busy on the Lakes

10/19
Thursday Fednav vessels were almost everywhere between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Lake Superior. Federal Agno was downbound in the gulf for Venezuela, Federal EMS was entering the Seaway for Cleveland, Federal Fuji was at section 41, Montreal, Federal Hudson was upbound at Cape Vincent for Detroit, Federal Kivalina and Federal Maas were both at Duluth, Federal Ohshima was in the Welland Canal, and Federal Rhine was in the gulf outbound for Japan.

Near the same area was Federal Rideau upbound for Sorel-Tracy, section 19, Federal Schelde departed the Lanoraie anchorage for section 46 in Montreal to unload sugar and Federal Welland was at Sorel-Tracy, section 21 loading for overseas.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Missed payment may stop work on Lake Ontario ferry

10/19
A missed $5 million payment may prompt an Australian shipyard to stop work on a fast ferry slated to enter service next summer between Rochester and Toronto.

Officials of Canadian American Transportation Systems said they missed their Sept. 25 payment to Austal Ltd. because they have not yet received $14 million in state aid promised nearly six weeks ago.

A shipyard official confirmed that her company had notified Canadian American Transportation Systems that work on the ferry would cease after the current construction stage is completed. The boat is about 25 percent done.

Canadian American Transportation Systems ordered a $42.5 million high-speed catamaran in September to shuttle people and cars across Lake Ontario several times a day. The company had planned to begin service next August, but a work stoppage could jeopardize those plans.

Reported by: Dan Jackson




Barge Broken Up

10/19
Last spring the barge Nanook owned by Groupe Ocean was broken up on the beach at Beauport a few yards from section 53 of the port of Quebec. That barge had been built in 1946 at Glasgow, Scotland as a landing ship. In 1978, she was converted to a barge by Three Rivers Boatman, the owner since the middle sixties. She was acquired by Groupe Ocean in 1991 and was based at Quebec City since Oct.12 of that year. For all of her career as a self-propelled vessel, she had been owned by Department of Transport, later the Canadian Coast Guard. Her name was D.O.T. 77 until 1961.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Third Annual “Ghost Ship” Regional Haunted House Opens

10/19
The National Historic Landmark S.S. City of Milwaukee moored in Manistee will again thrill visitors as one of the region’s most unique haunted houses this Halloween season. The cavernous 350 foot steamship will drop the gangway for those who dare to come aboard every Friday and Saturday night October 18th through the 26th and Monday the 28th through Wednesday the 30th just prior to Halloween, for a total of seven chilling evenings. Boarding times are between 7 and 10 p.m.

Last year over 2000 people attended the event, which was hailed by haunted house goers from Traverse City to Muskegon. Jed Jaworski, coordinator, stated "The ship is a natural for an event like this; it's no house of mirrors. The maze of catwalks, giant pipes and machines in the engine room, long dark passageways and antiquated cabins create an ideal setting. With a crew of nearly thirty people, props, lighting and special effects, this will be the haunted house you will remember." Jaworski and other area volunteers have been working with area youth planning and constructing the Ghost Ship as part of "Make a Difference Day," a national event which celebrates volunteerism across America. "A fun event like this brings kids, parents, business and neighborhoods together. The kids learn a great deal while working in teams and connecting with community,” said Jaworski.

The ghost ship avoids graphic violence and gore, relying instead on intense realism and effects. There are still opportunities for youth and adults wanting to join the "scream team." Proceeds will support preservation efforts and educational programming aboard the ship. To volunteer or request information, you may phone: 231-398-0328 or visit www.carferry.com.

The ship lurks at its Manistee Lake dock at the foot of Ninth Street eight blocks east of US-31. Tour admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.50 for youth (18 and under). A free supervised fun & games area is provided for younger children and the faint of heart. Click here for more information




Coast Guard Open House

10/19
In conjunction with the Boatnerd Welland Canal Gathering the Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue vessel CGR 100 will be having an open house on Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CGR 100 is at the Coast Guard Station inside the harbor at Port Weller, north of lock 1.

Also expected to join in the open house is the United State Coast Guard from station Niagara, a Regional Police force boat and one of the Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary boats

CGR 100 is a Multi Task Medium Endurance Lifeboat Medium range with moderate to high speed, capable of operating in all weather conditions in semi sheltered waters - station mode.

For more details on CGR 100 click here.
Directions: The road along the West side of the Welland canal (the road Lock 3 viewing area and museum is on) is Government Road. Follow Government Road Northbound as far as you can go, past Lock 1 and the northern approach wall. There you will find a fenced area with a gate, which will be open. Enter the compound and continue until you get to the CG station.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Today in Great Lakes History - October 19

GEORGE A. SLOAN ran aground off Bob-Lo Island in the Amherstburg Channel on October 19, 1987. She was released when she unloaded part of her cargo to the CALCITE II. SLOAN was repaired in Toledo.

ALGOSEA was christened on October 19, 1976 at Port Colborne.

The BUFFALO was able to leave the Saginaw River once it opened on October 19, 1990. The river was closed after the tanker Jupiter exploded as the Buffalo passed.

The KINSMAN VOYAGER was launched October 19, 1907 as a) H.P. BOPE for the Standard Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH.

The WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE (c CRISPIN OGLEBAY (1) had the honor on October 19, 1912 of being the first vessel to navigate the opening of the Livingstone Channel named after the man who helped conceive the idea of a separate down bound channel on the east side of Bob-Lo Island in the lower Detroit River. Mr. Livingstone, President of the Lake Carriers Association at the time, piloted his namesake vessel in the channel on that historic trip.

The crew on the stranded WILLIAM C. MORELAND was removed in gale force winds on October 19, 1910 by the Portage life saving crew.

On October 19, 1923 the SAMUEL MATHER (3) was driven onto Gull Rock on Lake Superior near Keweenaw Point during a snowstorm and gale winds. The crew was safely removed from the badly exposed steamer on October 21st by the Eagle Harbor life saving crew.

The B.H. TAYLOR (b) ROGERS CITY (2) sailed from Lorain on her maiden voyage on October 19, 1923

On 19 October 1868, PARAGON (wooden schooner, 212 T, built in 1852 at Oshawa, Ont. as a brig) was being towed up the St. Clair River by the tug WILLIAM A. MOORE with a load of lumber in the company of four other barges. During a gale, the tow was broken up. While the tug MOORE was trying to regain the tows, she collided with PARAGON causing severe damage. 4 were drowned, but two were rescued by the Canadian gunboat/tug PRINCE ALFRED. PARAGON was then towed into Sarnia, but she sank there and was abandoned in place.

October 19, 1919 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 4, while on the Grand Haven to Milwaukee run, got caught in a gale stretching the normal 6-hour crossing to 27 hours.

On 19 October 1876, MASSILON (3-mast wooden schooner with foretop and topgallant sails, 130', 298 gt, built in 1857 at Cleveland as a bark) was sailing from Kelley's Island for Chicago with limestone when she sprang a leak 20 miles above Pointe aux barques at the mouth of Saginaw Bay. She was abandoned at about 2:00 AM and then sank. The crew was in an open boat until 7:00 AM when they were rescued by the tug VULCAN.

On 19 October 1873, JOHN F. RUST (wooden schooner-barge, 161', 347 gt, built in 1869 at E. Saginaw, MI) was carrying lumber in tow of the steamer BAY CITY in a storm when she broke her tow line and went ashore a few miles north of Lakeport, Michigan.

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

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




Canadian Prospector Repairs

10/18
A recent head-on collision in the St. Lawrence Seaway that damaged the Canadian Prospector could result in a boost for Port Weller Dry Docks.

Alan Thoms, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd., the parent company of Port Weller, said the shipyard will bid for the job of repairing the Canadian Prospector's bow. Unconfirmed reports say that the vessel will sail to the ship yard for repairs and arrive late this week or early next.

The mishap occurred when the Prospector, headed east to Port Cartier, Que., with grain, collided with the Stella Nova, a vessel registered in the Netherlands. The heavy-lift ship was bound for Windsor with a cargo of machinery.

Both ships took on water following the collision and the Stella Nova began leaking oil from a reservoir used to lubricate its propeller shaft.

Eric Asselin, a senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said Tuesday the preliminary finding indicates the possibility of a problem with maneuvering the Stella Nova.

Shortly before the collision, the Canadian pilot of the Stella Nova requested the two ships pass each other on their starboard (right) sides, Asselin said. That's known as a "green-to-green passage," which he said is unusual on the Seaway. The normal procedure is for the vessels to pass on their port sides. "The request by the pilot to go to the green-to-green passage leads (us) to think they were having some problem in maneuvering the vessel," Asselin said.

Reported by: Mike Steenson




Republic in Shipyard

10/18
Thursday morning the American Republic entered into Sturgeon Bay from Green Bay heading for Bay Ship Building. She docked at the Steel Face Dock. The exact reason for a ship yard visit is unknown, although reports indicated the ABS and US Coast Guard are coming to inspect the ship. This is usually done with a mechanical failure or some type of mishap.

Side tank covers on tanks two and four port and starboard sides were being removed. The hatch covers in that area were also being removed.

Early Thursday evening the new tug Ocean Reliance from Marinette Marine arrived to pick up her barge 550-3. The tug tied up in front of the barge at Berth #5. The official ceremony for the tug and barge will take place Friday at Bay Shipbuilding. The pair were built for off lakes use.

American Republic arrives.
Close up of bow.
Ocean Reliance arrives.
Heading for barge 550-3.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Algosound Stops for Repairs

10/18
The Algosound departed Hamilton, Ontario Thursday morning about 8 a.m. and headed upbound for Duluth or Thunder Bay to load for Port Cartier. The vessel made it as far as Port Weller and docked below Lock 1 for some type of repairs. About 3 p.m. a repair truck from Fraser Ship Repair was a long side. At 9 p.m. the Algosound remained docked below Lock 1.

This is the first trip for the Algosound since it entered lay-up two years ago. Some type of unseen repair is often necessary when a vessel fits out after a few years of inactivity.

Algosound as she entered Port Weller Thursday morning. By Paul Beesley
Passing the Coast Guard Station.
Heading to the wall below Lock 1.
Another view.
Close up.
Bow view.
Bow thruster in action.
Wide view.
Another view.
Ready to tie up.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Lake Superiors to Meet on Lake Superior

10/18
Two ships registered in Mediterranean Island nations but named for Lake Superior will meet within the next few days---on Lake Superior.

The Cypriot-flag Lake Superior arrived in the Port of Duluth-Superior at about 8:30 p.m. yesterday (Oct. 16) while the Maltese-flag Lake Superior is due Sunday (Oct. 20). The Duluth Seaway Port Authority said both are scheduled to load grain for Europe.

Based on records kept by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Duluth, these are the first two commercial ships named “Lake Superior,” but 32 commercial vessels since 1818 have been named “Superior.” There is, however, a Corps of Engineers Tug Lake Superior stationed in Duluth-Superior.

The Lake Superior registered in Cyprus is at Superior’s Cenex-Harvest States grain facility for about 20,000 metric tons of soybeans and flax destined for Europe. It is scheduled to depart at about 8 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 18).

Operated by Olaf Brodin, Sweden, this Lake Superior traveled from Chiba, Japan, to Hamilton, Ont., with steel product before arriving here. Built in 1982 at an English shipyard, the vessel was christened the Broompark, became the Millenium Raptor in 1999, was renamed Cardinal earlier this year and then in June became the Lake Superior. Local agent for the vessel is Duluth’s Guthrie-Hubner, Inc.

The first commercial ship to be named Lake Superior is due Sunday (Oct. 20) at Duluth’s AGP Grain Limited for about 25,000 metric tons of spring wheat for Rotterdam. The Marshall Island-flag vessel traveled from Bremen, Germany, to Detroit where it will discharge steel product prior to traveling here.

Fednav International Ltd., Montreal, owned the ship (then known as the Federal Thames) until 1995, when Bay Ocean Management Co., Englewood Cliffs, N.J., bought the vessel and renamed it in honor of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Fednav continues to operate the vessel on a charter arrangement. Local agent for the vessel is Duluth’s Fedmar International. Under any name, each of the Lake Superiors have been frequent Lake Superior callers.

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority




Gott in Escanaba

10/18
The 1000-footer Edwin H. Gott made another rare appearance in Escanaba Wednesday. The vessel arrived and loaded taconite.

Gott loading.

Reported by: Eric & Sandy Chapman and Rod Burdick




Twin Ports Report

10/18
The lineup for the DMIR ore dock in Duluth remains interesting, with several vessels scheduled that rarely or infrequently call there.

No vessels are now scheduled until Oct. 21, when George A. Stinson will make a rare call there. That will be followed by one of Lee A. Tregurtha's infrequent visits on Oct. 22; a rare call by Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Oct. 24; Presque Isle and Courtney Burton on Oct. 25; Roger Blough on a probably stone run on Oct. 26; and a return visit by George A. Stinson on Nov. 1.

The DMIR dock in Two Harbors is expected to be busy today, with Presque Isle, St. Clair and Edgar B. Speer all due throughout the day.

Reported by: Al Miller




Erie Update

10/18
The Saginaw made her third visit of 2002 to Erie on Thursday, and the visit was a short one. The vessel arrived with stone from Port Colborne at 7:00 pm. The Saginaw told the J.S. St. John that she would be unloading for an hour, and by the time they got the boom out and in, she would be in port two hours. Sure enough, at 9:10 the vessel was outbound Erie from the Mounfort Terminal. This is the Saginaw's third, and Lower Lakes' fifth visit of 2002. The Cuyahoga made the other two.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Welland Traffic

10/18
Below are images of traffic on the Welland Canal Thursday afternoon.

Algosound docked below Lock 1.
Close up.
Centennial emblems from her last season.
Stern view.
Docked Thursday night.
Close up.
CSL Tadoussac in Lock 7.
Isolda waits above Lock 7.
Ferry Island Rocket headed to New York for the winter.
Another view.
On the wall approaching the lock.
Saltie Kihu.
Close up.

Reported by: Dave Wobser and N. Schultheiss




Coast Guard Open House

10/18
In conjunction with the Boatnerd Welland Canal Gathering the Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue vessel CGR 100 will be having an open house on Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CGR 100 is at the Coast Guard Station inside the harbor at Port Weller, north of lock 1.

Also expected to join in the open house is the United State Coast Guard from station Niagara, a Regional Police force boat and one of the Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary boats

CGR 100 is a Multi Task Medium Endurance Lifeboat Medium range with moderate to high speed, capable of operating in all weather conditions in semi sheltered waters - station mode.

For more details on CGR 100 click here.
Directions: The road along the West side of the Welland canal (the road Lock 3 viewing area and museum is on) is Government Road. Follow Government Road Northbound as far as you can go, past Lock 1 and the northern approach wall. There you will find a fenced area with a gate, which will be open. Enter the compound and continue until you get to the CG station.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Today in Great Lakes History - October 18

The ALVA C. DINKEY departed Quebec City, October 18, 1980, in tandem with her former fleet mate GOVERNOR MILLER towed by the FedNav tug CATHY B.

Tragedy struck on the WILLIAM C. MORELAND's fifth trip October 18, 1910 loaded with 10,700 tons of iron ore from Superior for Ashtabula, OH when she stranded on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle Harbor, MI on Lake Superior. Visibility had been very limited due to forest fires raging on the Keweenaw Peninsula and the Lake was blanketed with smoke as far as one mile off shore. The MORELAND hit so hard and at such speed that she bounced over the first reef and came to rest on a second set of rocks.

On 18 October 1896, AUSTRALASIA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 282', 1829 GT, built in 1884 at W. Bay City) was carrying 2,200 tons of soft coal when she caught fire, burned to the waterline and sank 3 miles east of Cana Island in Lake Michigan. The Bailey's Harbor Lifesavers saved her crew.

At 8:00 PM on 18 October 1844, the steamer ROCHESTER left Rochester, New York for Toronto. She encountered a severe gale about halfway there. Captain H. N. Throop had the vessel put about and return to Rochester. The gale was so severe that all thought they were lost. When they finally arrived in Rochester, the passengers were so grateful that they had survived that they published a note of gratitude to Almighty God and Captain Throop in the Rochester Daily Democrat on 19 October 1844 -- it was signed by all 18 passengers.

On 18 October 1876, the schooner R. D. CAMPBELL filled with water and capsized on Lake Michigan about 10 miles from Muskegon, Michigan. The crew clung to the vessel's rigging until rescued by the tug JAMES McGORDAN. The schooner drifted to the beach some hours later.

Data from: 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 include many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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U.S. Steel to sell Minntac plant

10/17
U.S. Steel announced Oct. 16 that it will sell the majority interest in its Minntac taconite plant, ending its 101-year-old role as the dominant force in Minnesota's iron mining industry.

The steelmaker said it will sell 80 percent of Minntac to Apollo Management of New York for $500 million. Minntac is Minnesota's largest taconite operation and one of the lowest-cost pellet producers following years of multi-million-dollar investments by U.S. Steel.

The company said it will still buy its taconite pellets from Minntac, located near the small town of Mountain Iron. There was no word on how the sale will affect the company's multi-year transportation contract with Duluth-based Great Lakes Fleet, which hauls Minntac pellets from the DMIR dock in Two Harbors, Minn.

Company officials said the sale will have no anticipated effects on Minntac's 1,500 employees. However, in media reports Wednesday employees expressed uncertainty over their future and that of their pensions and other benefits.

U.S. Steel has been the dominant company on Minnesota's iron ranges ever since the company was formed in 1901. The steelmaker's Oliver Mining Co. owned and operated numerous Minnesota mines for decades. As natural ore became uneconomical to mine, the company built the sprawling Minntac plant to supply pellets to U.S. Steel blast furnaces around the Great Lakes and as far away as its former Geneva Works in Utah.

Once the paragon of vertical integration, U.S. Steel in recent years has shed ownership of companies that weren't directly related to making steel. Most recently, the company sold its remaining ownership in its former ore transportation chain, including USS Great Lakes Fleet, the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway and the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad.

Reported by: Al Miller




Slumping Canadian Orders Hamper Lakes Coal Trade

10/17
Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 4,463,995 net tons in September, a decrease of 5.8 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. The decrease is directly related to lower demand for Lake Erie coal from Canadian utilities. Docks in Toledo, Sandusky, Ashtabula and Conneaut saw their September shipments slip nearly 21 percent because of swollen coal stockpiles at Canadian utilities.

On a season-to-date basis, the Lakes coal trade through September is virtually unchanged from the same point in the 2001 navigation season. However, while the bottom line is basically on par with last year, shipments of western coal have increased by 4.6 percent, but loadings at Lake Erie ports are down by 4.9 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Canfornav invests in more new ships for the Great Lakes

10/17
Canfornav of Montreal has which is quickly becoming a major player in the Great Lakes trades has just entered into an agreement with an as yet un-named European company for the long term charter of up to four new 37,000-dwt Great Lakes fitted bulk carriers.

In 2001 Canfornav entered the ship-owning business by ordering 6, 27,000 dwt lake class bulkers from the Wuhu Shipyard in China while almost simultaneously taking three Shanghai newbuildings on long term charter from Germany's Harren & Partner. Of Canfornav's 6 ships Greenwing and Bluewing are already in service and the third, Cinnamon Wing is due to enter service by the end of November. The fourth and fifth vessels, Freewing and Mandarin are due for delivery early in 2003 while the sixth should be completed by the summer of 2003. The three as yet un-named vessels which were ordered by Harren & Partner are due for delivery in February and July of 2003 and February of 2004 respectively. The latest 2-4 ships will be delivered to Canfornav's European partner through the same time and will enter service along with them.

By the end of 2004 Canfornav will have in place a fleet of 13 new ships in addition to the 20-25 handysize vessels they already have under charter for Great Lakes service. This will put them in second place with around 20% of the Great Lakes import/export market while FedNav remains firmly in the top spot with an estimated 40% of the current market. Their ambitious ship building programme began in the mid 1990s and it will continue to produce ships into 2003. In total FedNav has contracted or taken on long term charter 18 newbuildings to add to their current charter pool of over 30 ships.

Additional ship orders are anticipated in the coming years as many of the chartered vessels in both Canfornav's and FedNav's fleets are at or approaching the 20 year mark. For ocean vessels 20 years is considered the average lifespan. Well maintained ships can serve up to 25 years and in rare cases over 30 like the Menominee and Marinette which have become Great Lakes regulars.

Reported by: Jeff Cameron (Original story by Liz Shuker from TradeWinds, Norway)




Busy Day on the Seaway

10/17
Wednesday was a busy day on the Seaway as there were no less than 15 vessels that passed or will pass the Cape Vincent Calling in Point. Westbound were the Canadian Miner, Federal Hudson, Gunay A, Canadian Transport, CSL Laurentian, Ira, Impulsion (yacht), tanker Saturn and the ferry Frontenac II. Eastbound were the Canadian Empress, Algobay, Canadian Provider, John D. Leitch, Algocen, CCGS Samuel Risley, and the tug Salvor with the McCleary’s Spirit.

The Saturn gave an eta of 8:30 p.m. for Oswego and the Federal Hudson was expected to reach CIP #15 early Thursday morning.

The Amherst Island ferry Frontenac II is heading for dry dock in Hamilton. She will be replaced by the Quinte Loyalist during her stay in drydock.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Twin Ports Report

10/17
Boatwatchers in the Twin Ports were seeing red Wednesday morning as three red-hulled ships occupied grain berths. Federal Maas was loading at Cargill B1 early Wednesday while Lake Ontario and Federal Kivalina loaded at Cenex Harvest States. At midday, Lake Ontario shifted over to the Peavey elevator to complete its cargo.

Kinsman Independent spent the day loading at General Mills Elevator S in Superior. It departed Duluth about 4 p.m.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo News

10/17
The tug John Spence with her barge was at the B-P Dock Wednesday. The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the Sun Dock loading cargo. The CSL Niagara was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. The Catherine Desgagnes and Cason J. Callaway are due in at the CSX Docks to load coal on Wednesday evening. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Canadian Enterprise on Friday. The Algomarine on Saturday, followed by the Philip R. Clarke and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Armco on Thursday. The Reserve on Saturday, followed by the Adam E. Cornelius on Monday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Report

10/17
The saltie Yellowknife continued unloading raw sugar at the Redpath dock on Wednesday afternoon, despite a persistent drizzle. Farther east, the cruise ship c. Columbus was seen docked near the foot of Parliament St., while an unidentified tug shuffled barges filled by a dredge operating at the mouth of the Don River.

Tuesday Toronto City Council opened discussions on a proposal to replace a passenger ferry serving the Toronto Island Airport with some sort of lift bridge.

Reported by: Bill Jackson




Special Delivery

10/16
Over the years the crews of the J.W. Westcott have delivered everything from engine parts to pizzas to the many vessels that navigate the Detroit River. On Saturday October 12 it was the first time the J.W. Westcott has ever delivered an engagement ring.

The afternoon crew of Charlie and Sharon had the honors. The entire event had been planned by Jim, the boyfriend of Shelley. The ring was inside an Express Mail package. A cell phone call to the Westcott office was made when their speedboat was under the Ambassador Bridge.

As the mailboat came alongside their boat, Sharon came out and said she had a package for Shelley. A somewhat puzzled looking Shelley accepted the box. As the Westcott returned to their dock the couple could be seen hugging and kissing. I think that meant "yes".

The Westcott comes alongside the speedboat.
Deck hand Sharon makes the special delivery.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Today in Great Lakes History - October 17

The CANADIAN PROSPECTOR was launched October 17, 1963 as a) CARLTON (2)

The MONTCLIFFE HALL was launched October 17,1959 for Transatlantic Bulk Carriers, Monrovia, Liberia as a) EMS ORE.

With an inexperienced Taiwanese crew, boiler problems and the collapse of Lock 7's west wall in the Welland Canal on October 17th, SAVIC's (CLIFFS VICTORY) departure was delayed until December 17, 1985 when she departed Chicago under her own power.

The carferry PERE MARQUETTE 19 was launched October 17, 1903.

In 1893 the FLINT & PERE MARQUETTE NO. 1 was damaged by fire while in Ludington.

In 1988 the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee purchased CITY OF MILWAUKEE from the City of Frankfort for $2.

On 17 October 1871, CASCADEN (2 mast wood schooner, 138 T, built in 1866 at Saugeen, Ontario) was carrying much needed supplies for the Cove Island Lighthouse keeper and his family who were in desperate straits. But she went ashore 3 miles below Cape Hurd near Tobermory, Ontario in a storm and was wrecked.

On 17 October 1843, the wooden schooner ALABAMA collided with a pier during a storm at the mouth of the Grand River at Fairport, Ohio and was a total loss.

On 17 October 1871, the 42 ton wooden schooner SEA HORSE stranded on Fitzwilliam Island at the mouth of Georgian Bay in a storm. She was a total loss.

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

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




Miner Returns to Service

10/16
The Mesabi Miner return to service early Thursday morning when it departed Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. It departed Berth 15 and slipped into the darkness of Green Bay heading upbound A grounding in early October left the vessel docked in Sturgeon Bay with little hope of finishing the season due to now large dry dock available.

As an alternate to waiting until the large drydock was available, dive crews at Bay Shipbuilding placed a cofferdam on the outside of the Miner's hull. With the dam in place the inside of the hull was patched.

House and deck lights are all that can be seen from land.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Oakglen Unloads

10/16
The Oakglen arrived in Goderich harbor at noon on Tuesday after a delay due to high winds on the lakes over the weekend. The classic straight decker will be discharging part of her cargo at the Goderich Elevators before continuing on to Owen Sound on Thursday night.

Reported by: Dale Baechler




Fleet Keeps Chipping Away At Deficit

10/16
U.S.-Flag carriage of dry-bulk cargos on the Great Lakes totaled 11.5 million net tons in September, an increase of 9 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. With yet another increase to its credit, the fleet has now narrowed the margin with last season to 4.3 percent. While that fall-off is still significant, the gap was a whopping 19 percent at the end of April.

Iron ore cargos in September totaled 5.2 million net tons, an increase of 13.6 percent compared to a year ago. However, that increase must be taken in context - 12 months ago, LTV Steel was fading fast, whereas today its facilities are blooming under new ownership. On a season-to-date basis, the U.S.-Flag ore float is still 6 percent behind last year's depressed total.

Stronger demand for western coal pushed the fleet's September coal total to 2,546,951 net tons, an increase of 14 percent compared to a year ago. For the season, the coal total through September is virtually unchanged.

A slight increase in stone cargos in September helped narrow the gap in that commodity, but for the season, sluggish demand from the construction industry has produced a 2.1 percent decrease in limestone moved in U.S. bottoms.

During September, the straight-decker KINSMAN INDEPENDENT ended its summer-long lay-up and resumed moving grain cargos between Duluth/Superior and Buffalo. The INDEPENDENT is the only U.S.-Flag straight-decker to see service, albeit sporadic, in recent years. The EDWARD L. RYERSON has not sailed since 1998 and the JOHN SHERWIN has slumbered since 1981.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

10/16
The Twin Ports saw boat action early Tuesday with the George A. Stinson departing Superior Entry about 7 a.m. Around the harbor, the Cenex Harvest States elevator was again hosting two ships: Arizona Dream at the gallery and Lake Ontario in Berth 2. Kapitonas Andzejauskas was loading at AGP in Duluth.

Since the closing of LTV Steel Mining Co., a number of vessels have been making unusual calls at Lake Superior ports. That continues this week, with Burns Harbor making a rare call at the DMIR dock in Two Harbors. Indiana Harbor is scheduled to make a rare call in Two Harbors on the 21st. At the DMIR dock in Duluth, rare visits are scheduled for George A. Stinson on Oct. 20 and Walter J. McCarthy on the 21st. Roger Blough is scheduled to arrive with stone on Oct. 19.

Reported by: Al Miller




Vaasaborg in Menominee

10/16
Even though the Menekaunee Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic for two weeks due to the saltie Marinette hitting it last week, it remains open for shipping traffic. Tuesday the bridge was raised to allow the saltie Vaasaborg to pass through on its way to the K & K Warehouse dock with a load of wood pulp. The bridge was then lowered again, apparently without too much difficulty. Work continues on the bridge. The Marinette damaged the bridge-tender's house, a concrete railing, a pier and one of the gears used to operate the bridge. Estimates of the cost of the repairs is $60,000.

Vaasaborga at K&K Warehouse dock unloading.
Another view.
Activity on Menekaunee Bridge.

Monday crews from the Wisconsin DOT began making repairs to the Ogden Street Bridge in Marinette. It was last Wednesday evening about 8:30 p.m. when the Marinette hit the Menominee side of the bridge first with its bow, before the stern hit the Marinette side, damaging the bridge tender's house. Repairs are expected to take up to two weeks, the bridge will be closed to traffic, but be open for shipping traffic. A Coast Guard investigation into the accident is continuing. The Marinette received no damage in the incident.

Pictures by Ann and Colleen Best, Allen Urbaniak
Damage to the bridge tenders house on Marinette side .
Cement pillar damaged on the Menominee side .
Damaged cement and railing on the bridge.

Reported by: Dick Lund and Scott Best




Alpena Update

10/16
The J.A.W Iglehart and the Algorail were anchored out in Thunder Bay (off Alpena) early Tuesday morning due to weather. The Iglehart went into Lafarge before noon to load cement for Saginaw.

The Algorail tied up at the Alpena Oil dock around 1:30 p.m. It unloaded a cargo of salt from Goderich, ON. This was its third delivery of salt to Alpena this year.

The Paul H. Townsend also came into port Tuesday evening to load cement at Lafarge. The Alpena is expected in Wednesday morning and the Jacklyn M barge Integrity is in Green Bay.

Algorail arrives.
Unloading.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Goderich Update

10/16
The Peter R. Cresswell loaded salt on Thursday, and departed for Valleyfield and Cote Ste. Catherine, Quebec. Saturday, the Canadian Transfer was seen leaving the salt mine early in the afternoon, destination unknown. Monday was a busy day, with first the Agawa Canyon loading for Saginaw, Michigan in the early morning, and then the Algorail loaded salt as well, mid-morning.

Picture by: Jim Bauer
Teakglen along side the Willowglen.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo News

10/16
The Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX Docks Tuesday. The Canadian Transfer was due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Tuesday evening to unload stone. The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Catherine Desgagnes and Cason J. Callaway on Wednesday. The Canadian Enterprise on Thursday. The Algomarine on Saturday, followed by the Phillip R. Clarke and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Armco on Thursday, followed by the Reserve on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Traffic

10/16
Tuesday traffic
Swimmers - Things you find floating in the lake
Safety Boat - CGR 100 crew mans a safety boat.
Aegean Sea downbound Port Weller.
Aegean Sea, close-up of her superstructure.
Jean Parisien inbound at Port Weller piers.
Jean Parisien, close-up of her bow showing what appears to be a look-out shelter.
Jean Parisien, a look at her unloading boom.
Dalhousie Princess, small tour boat from Port Dalhousie that visits Port Weller during daily runs.
c Columbus clear of Lock 1, downbound.
c Columbus, another view.

Monday
Fraser inbound Port Weller piers. Algoeast in background also inbound, and Port Weller light.
Fraser, close-up view of the ship.
Port Weller Pilot boat returning to base after placing pilot on Fraser.
Fraser, view from astern as she approaches Lock 1.
Algoeast inside the piers upbound.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Montreal Traffic

10/16
Federal Schelde at anchor Sorel-Tracy awaiting berth at Contrecoeur.
Heron upbound Verchères for Montréal section 43 to load scrap.
Gunay A upbound Verchères for Seaway. Steam up from below freezing temperatures .
Alcor in the last stages of demolition Sorel-Tracy.
Daniella unloading steel coils Sorel-Tracy.
Lucien L. & Catherine Legardeur Sorel ferries.

Reported by: Marc Piché




Calcite Pilothouse Open at 40 Mile Point

10/16
Work on restoring the pilothouse of the former Great Lakes self-unloader Calcite is nearing completion on the grounds of the Forty Mile Point Lighthouse, just north of Rogers City, Mi. The pilothouse was removed from the Bradley Transportation Line limestone carrier when she was scrapped at Conneaut, Ohio, in 1961. It was on display for many years at a small park overlooking the limestone quarry in Rogers City but had fallen into disrepair. Restoration by the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society began in 1996. The pilothouse is notable in that all the equipment contained within is original to the Calcite, unlike most other preserved pilothouses around the lakes.

Forty Mile Point Lighthouse entered service in 1897. Although it is still an active aid to navigation, the lighthouse, grounds and outbuildings are under the care of the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society. It is open to the public during the tourist season.

On October 19, 1905, the wooden hulled steamer Joseph S. Fay, towing the schooner barge D. P. Rhodes, broke up in a severe gale. The remains of the hull washed ashore a few hundred yards north of the lighthouse, where the wooden keel and hull timbers can still be seen.

Pictures by Roger LeLievre
40 Mile Point Lighthouse.
Calcite Pilothouse.
Calcite in service from the Tom Manse collection.
Wreck of the Fay.

The weekend's Lighthouse Festival offered the opportunity to tour the areas many lighthouses.
Pictures by N. Schultheiss
Tawas Point Light.
Another view.
Display in one of the newly opened buildings.
Close up of tower.
Sturgeon Point Light.
View from the beach.
Panoramic of the site.
Old Presque Isle Light tower.
Another view.
View from the tower.
New Presque Isle Light.
Close up of the tower.
Climb to the top.
Close up inside the lens, still in use.
View from the 113-foot tall tower is worth the climb.
Another view.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Today in Great Lakes History - October 16

On October 16, 1990 the JOHN B. AIRD's loop belt caught fire while loading mill scale at Inland Steel Mill, East Chicago, Ill. Fueled by coal dust left over after unloading coal at the mill, 1,400 feet of the rubber conveyor belt burned causing nearly $500,000 in damages.

The PETER R. CRESSWELL (ALGOWEST) set a cargo record for a 27,517 tonne load of grain down the Seaway October 16, 1982 to Port Cartier, Que.

The RIO ORINOCO grounded off Anticosti Island, Que. on October 16, 1990 and was abandoned. Later she was salvaged by Le Groupe Desgagnes (1981) Inc., refloated, repaired and renamed d) THALASSA DESGAGNES.

Sea trials of the MERTON E. FARR were successfully completed October 16, 1920.

On October 16, 1954 the SCOTT MISENER (3) became the first laker to load a record 800,000 bushels of grain on the Great Lakes when she was loaded with barley at Fort William, Ont. for delivery to Port Colborne.

The WILLIAM G. MATHER (2) was towed from her Cuyahoga River berth on October 16, 1990 by the GLT tugs IDAHO and DELAWARE, she was placed at her permanent station next to the 9th Street Pier of Cleveland's North Coast Harbor.

On 16 October 1912, JAMES BUCKLEY (2 mast wood schooner-barge, 161’, 442 GC, built in 1884 at Quebec City) was carrying coal and being towed by the tug WILLIAM PROCTOR in consort with the barges H.B. and MENOMINEE in Lake Ontario. The BUCKLEY separated from this group in a storm and was driven into the shallows off the coast of Jefferson County, NY. The tug PROCTOR delivered MENOMINEE to Cape Vincent, then returned in time to take BUCKLEY’s crew out of the rigging - hand over hand on a heaving line - before BUCKLEY finally sank.

On 16 October 1855, the brig TUSCARORA was carrying coal from Buffalo to Chicago. She anchored off Chicago's Harrison Street, but a sto9rm dragged her in. Volunteers from shore were unable to get to the stricken vessel. A group of 9 ship captains and 4 seamen then organized a rescue party and took two new "Francis" metal lifeboats out and rescued the entire crew of eleven. By 21 October, TUSCARORA was pounded to pieces.

On 16 October 1853, PHILO SCOVILLE (2-mast wooden brig built in 1853 at Sheboygan, WI) was carrying flour, wheat, pigs and barreled fish when she encountered a gale in the eastern Straits of Mackinac. She was dismasted and drifted ashore where she was pounded to pieces. Her crew was saved by floating ashore while clinging to the floating main mast.

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

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




Accident Updates

10/15
After seeing three shipping mishaps in Montreal area traffic had continued at a normal pace.

The Canadian Prospector was back underway late Sunday night heading for Port Cartier. She received heavy damage to her bow when struck almost head on by the heavy lift ship Stella Nova. The Prospector was holed below the water line but the ship's pumps and temporary repairs allowed her to continue.

The Stella Nova was towed to Section M-1 in Montreal Harbor. The vessel's bow also received heavy damage. When the collision occurred the Stella Nova touched the side of the channel and her stern struck the bank, blocking the channel. This damaged the vessel's shaft, caused a small oil leak and made a tow to Montreal necessary.

The Algosound departed the Cote Wharf at 6 p.m. Monday bound for Hamilton. The problem that caused the delay was reported to be a 3/8" oil tube which had a leak.

Pictures by Kent Malo
Doxa D sparring partner Tampico Bay which should resume unloading Tuesday, the damage is where the scaffold is hanging.
The Doxa D damaged port side where the red paint from the Tampico Bay.
The pollution control barge VMS/002 around the stern of the Algosound.
Algoeast upbound sliding by the Algosound and the Canadian Prospector.
Damaged bow of the Canadian Prospector at Cote Ste. Catherine wharf.
Close up of the damaged bow Canadian Prospector.
Diver being tended to by co-workers in preparation for an inspection of the hole below the waterline Canadian Prospector.
You can see the diver at the waterline just below the draft marks.
Damaged bow of the heavy lift vessel Stella Nova at sec M3 Montreal harbor.
Close up of damaged bow of the Stella nova in the collision with the Canadian Prospector.
Some of the deck cargo of the Stella nova.

Reported by: Kent Malo and Olive S.




Rocket III officially a Rocket

10/15
The Island Rocket III is officially the Island Rocket III. The ferry, which is slated to spend the off season in New York to help out with increased ferry traffic needs this winter, was still in Sandusky Monday evening. The name boards bearing her old name,"Auk Nu," are gone from under the pilothouse windows and the stern railing, replaced with "Island Rocket III" name boards. Also on the stern, the port of registry is now given as Sandusky; as "Auk Nu," the catamaran's registry port was Juneau, Alaska.

Reported by: Don Lee




Detroit Traffic

10/15
Buckeye upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Lake Superior (Cyprus) upbound after departing Nicholson's with part of the propeller showing.
Close up of prop.
Stern view.
Capt Ralph Tucker still anchored on the Canadian side of the river just above the Rouge Short Cut.
Stern view.
Milo (Greece) unloading at Morterm in Windsor.
Herbert C Jackson downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Great Lakes Trader and Joyce L Van Enkevort downbound just below Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

10/15
The Arthur M. Anderson was at the CSX Docks loading coal. The American Mariner was unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock. The Gemini was unloading cargo at the B-P Dock. There are no vessels in at the Shipyard at this time.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Tuesday. The Cason J. Callaway and Catherine Desgagnes on Wednesday followed by the Canadian Enterprise on Thursday. The Canadian Transfer is due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock Tuesday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Armco on Thursday, followed by the Reserve on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Traffic

10/15
Algocatylist passing Homer bridge.
Stern view.
Doxa D-departs Lock 2 upbound.
Another view.
Close up.
Stern view.
Fraser- upbound and secure below Lock 2.
Algoeast upbound in Lock 1.
John Spence and McAsphalt 401-upbound below Lock 3.
Close up.
Stern view.
USCG Bramble-upbound at Lock 7.
Stern view.
Above Lock 7.


Reported by: Alex Howard




Toronto Update

10/15
Three arrivals greeted boat watchers in Toronto Monday. The saltie Yellowknife docked at Redpath Sugar with the assistance of McKeil's harbor tugs. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday unloading wont start until Tuesday. Algobay docked at Pier 52 for some type of repairs. Stephen B. Roman came in late in the afternoon to the Essroc Dock.

CCG Samuel Risley and USCG Bramble departed Monday morning. The mega yacht Lady Sandals remains berthed at Pier 4.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Montreal Traffic

10/15
Alioth Star downbound Vareenes from Seaway Saturday.
Chance upbound at Verchères.
Doxa D upbound Varennes for Seaway.
Eleoussa unloading sugar at Montreal-section 46.
MSC Canada upbound Verchères.
Ocean Hercule escorting MSC Canada Verchères.
Tampico Bay entering Seaway.
Yellowknife upbound Varennes for Seaway .
Jarrett McKeil & Progress-Montréal.

Reported by: Marc Piché




Today in Great Lakes History - October 15

On her maiden voyage the LEON SIMARD (b) L'ORME NO.1. ) was spotted traveling eastward on the St. Lawrence River October 15, 1974.

The WOLVERINE (4) departed in Columbia Transportation Division colors October 15, 1974 on her maiden voyage from Lorain light to load stone at Stoneport, MI for delivery to Huron, OH.

HERBERT C. JACKSON cleared Fraser Shipyard on October 15, 1988 after having the 1000 h.p. bow thruster motor installed from the JOHN SHERWIN. The motor from the Jackson was later repaired and placed in the Sherwin's cargo hold for future use.

The PAUL H. CARNAHAN came out on her maiden voyage October 15, 1961.

On October 15, 1984 the a) JOHN O. McKELLAR (2) was sold to P.& H. Shipping of Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., Mississauga, Ont. and renamed b) ELMGLEN (2).

Scrapping began on October 15, 1988 of the JOHN T. HUTCHINSON at Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co. Ltd.

The C.H. McCULLOUGH, JR. was laid up on October 15, 1969 at Manitowoc, WI.

The MELDRUM BAY was launched October 15, 1949 as a) COVERDALE for Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, Que.

The SCOTT MISENER (3) struck bottom October 15, 1973 near Whaleback Shoal on the St. Lawrence River reportedly damaging sixty of her bottom plates. She proceeded to the Port Arthur shipyard for dry docking and repairs from October 20th through the 28th.

On October 15, 1980 the NIPIGON BAY, loaded with ore for Hamilton, Ont., grounded at the "crossover" near Brockville, Ont. on the St. Lawrence River and sustained a 100-foot rip in her bottom plates. She proceeded to Thunder Bay, Ont. arriving there on October 24th where repairs were made at an estimated cost of $500,000.

The R. P. MASON (3 mast wooden schooner, 115’, 155 GT, built in 1867 at Grand Haven, MI) was bound from Chicago for Detroit when she struck a rocky reef near Waugoshance Point in the Straits of Mackinac on 8 October 1871. Water gushed in an 8-foot hole. However, she was temporarily patched and her cargo of grain, flour and meat was taken off over the next few days. The tug LEVIATHAN took her in tow, going to Little Traverse Bay, when, on 15 October, they encountered a gale near Cross Village, MI. The MASON broke free and capsized. 5 died and 4 were rescued. The MASON drifted ashore upside down. She was eventually salvaged and sailed for another 46 years. She ended her days when she burned in Lake Michigan in 1917.

The tug DOUGLAS caught fire near Wyandotte while going down the Detroit River and sank. The crew all jumped overboard and were saved by the steam yacht JOSEPHINE, except for John Cassidy, one of the firemen, who drowned. A few days later, plans were made to raise and rebuild the DOUGLAS.

On 15 October 1871, R. G. COBURN (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 193', 867 t, built in 1870 at Marine City, MI) was carrying 15,000 bushels of wheat, 3,500 barrels of flour and 30 barrels of silver ore from Lake Superior to Detroit. As she came down Lake Huron, she encountered a terrific gale which had driven most vessels to seek shelter. The COBURN fought the wind at Saginaw Bay throughout the night until she lost her rudder and turned broadside to the waves. Her large stack fell and smashed the cabin area and then the cargo came loose and started smashing holes in the bulwarks. About 70 passengers were aboard and almost all were terribly seasick. As the ship began her final plunge beneath the waves, only a few lifeboats were getting ready to be launched and those were floated right from the deck as the ship sank. 32 people perished, including Capt. Gilbert Demont. No women or children were saved.

On 15 October 1900 the wooden 186’ freighter F. E. SPINNER was sunk in a collision with the steamer H. D. COFFINBERRY in the St. Mary’s River. She was raised from 125 feet of water, one of the deepest successful salvage operations to that time. She was later renamed HELEN C and lasted until 1922.

October 15, 1910 - After the sinking of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 the previous September, the PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) was ordered by the Pere Marquette Railway.

On 15 October 1871, the EXCELSIOR (3-mast wooden schooner, 156', 374 gt, built in 1865 at Buffalo, NY) was struck by a gale near Thunder Bay on Lake Huron. She sailed through the early morning hours only to sink about 4:30 AM. Only Charles Lostrom survived. He was on the cabin roof which blew off when the vessel went down. Mr. Lostrom remained on the floating roof-raft for two days and two nights until he was rescued by fishermen near South Hampton light on the Canadian side of Lake Huron.

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

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




Stella Nova and Canadian Prospector Accident

10/14
Saturday night the Stella Nova and the Canadian Prospector collided while traveling on the Seaway near the Cote Ste. Catherine Lock. Both vessels suffered heavy damage in the almost head on collision, Sunday morning the Canadian Prospector secured at the Cote ste. Catherine Wharf. The Stella Nova was being towed to Montreal by the tugs Ocean Intrepide and the Ocean Jupiter.

Crews were on hand Sunday morning inspecting the Canadian Prospector. Early reports show considerable damage to her bow and is holed below the waterline according to a dive survey. The large hole was most likely caused by the bulbous bow of the Stella Nova.

The accident occurred as the Stella Nova was upbound and the Prospector was downbound for Port Cartier. It appears the Stella Nova may have lost steering, hitting the Prospector.

The accident marked the third shipping mishap in the region within three days. The Doxa D loaded with steel, hit the Tampico Bay earlier Saturday, after an engine failed. No one was seriously hurt in the accident and damages were minimal.

Another ship went aground Friday in the river, halfway between Trois-Rivières and Quebec City, after a generator faltered and the captain lost control of the steering.

In other Montreal news, the Algosound was expected to depart at 3 p.m. Sunday after stopping for repairs. The Doxa D was back underway Sunday after spending a day at the Cote Ste. Catherine wharf following a collision on Saturday.

Reported by: Kent Malo




Two Duluth-Superior Terminals Earn "Robert J. Lewis Seaway Pacesetter" Awards

10/14
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator Albert S. Jacquez presented the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award to the presidents of Midwest Energy Resources Company (MERC) and Lake Superior Warehousing Company, Inc. (LSW) in a ceremony held last week at the Duluth-Seaway Port Authority.

MERC, a coal blending and transshipment terminal located in Superior, and LSW, operator of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority-owned Clure Public Marine Terminal general cargo facilities, were among but three terminals out of the dozens in the entire Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System that posted international tonnage gains in the 2001 navigation season, making them eligible for this honor.

"These organizations did an outstanding job generating new international business that significantly contributed to the System's total international cargo tonnage," said Administrator Jacquez.

Fred Shusterich, MERC president, lauded his workforce for their achievement that came in a difficult season. "Our employees' commitment to service made the difference, and our customers have come to expect competitive costs with superb access for their products to and from the lakehead to a host of destinations," he said. MERC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the electric utility Detroit Edison serving more than two million customers in southeastern Michigan, boasts a state-of-the-art coal blending and transshipment terminal facility.

Gary Nicholson, President of LSW, also focused praise on his staff. "LSW employees know that customers can take their business elsewhere so they work the basics daily, honing in on safety, efficiency and technical expertise, keeping current customers happy and attracting new ones by word of mouth," he said. Nicholson touted project cargoes, steel, lumber, agricultural commodities and wood pulp as LSW's staple maritime commodities, singling out imported lumber from Germany last year as a growth product for 2002.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Davis Helberg, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority's executive director, and known widely as the dean of Great Lakes ports with nearly four decades of service in the maritime industry. "Pacesetter Awards are coveted by terminal and port directors because everyone is eager to show growth over last year's numbers," said Helberg, "That's always tough to do year-in-and-out, so having two of only three terminals throughout the System accomplishing that at your port is significant and reason to celebrate."

The Robert J. Lewis Seaway Pacesetter Award is presented annually to the U.S. Great Lakes Seaway's ports and terminals that register increases in international overseas cargo tonnage shipped through the Seaway during the navigation season. Originally known simply as the Pacesetter Award, the name change honors long-time Seaway trade analyst Bob Lewis who passed away in 2001.

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority




Buckeye Visits Erie

10/14
The Buckeye paid a rare visit to Erie on Sunday, arriving at 10:30 a.m. with stone for the Old Ore Dock. The classic steamer had loaded the cargo in Drummond Island and made her first visit to the Lake Erie port in at least five years.

The vessel arrived off of Erie in heavy west winds and rain, but the crew had no trouble bringing the boat in. The Buckeye is scheduled next for Marquette to load taconite for a lower lakes port.

In Conneaut Saturday evening, the Fred R. White Jr was loading a coal cargo for Manistee, and over in Ashtabula, the Adam E Cornelius was loading coal.

Buckeye inbound.
Close Up.
Close up of the stern passing close by.
Stern View.
White in Conneaut Saturday.
Cornelius in Ashtabula.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Unusual Trips

10/14
A couple of the USS ships will be making some unusual trips. The Philip R. Clarke will load in Calcite, Michigan for Marathon, Ontario which is located in the northeastern part of Lake Superior approximately 130 miles East of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Edwin H. Gott will load in Escanaba, Michigan similar trip to the Edgar B. Speer and Presque Isle for Gary, Indiana. Gott should arrive Escanaba late evening on Tuesday or early morning Wednesday depending on the weather.

Algobay unloaded in Clarkson today and was then heading to Toronto, Ontario for vessel repairs.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Chicago lighthouse designated a landmark

10/14
The 109-year-old Chicago Harbor Lighthouse has been granted preliminary landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

The commission wants to give the lighthouse official landmark status because it is a significant example of late 19th century lighthouse construction, has structural integrity and is a key part of the city's history.

It said the lighthouse "symbolically marks the historically pivotal point where the United States' maritime transportation network connected the East Coast, the Great Lakes, and ultimately the Gulf Coast, creating one of America's most commercially important and highly traveled corridors over water--and establishing Chicago as the commercial and economic center of the Midwest."

The lighthouse stands at the south tip of the mile long breakwater north of the harbor, about 2,000 feet east of the end of Navy Pier. Its foundation is an underwater crib filled with stone and rubble. A reinforced concrete platform that rises 20 feet above the water level supports the lighthouse tower and the two buildings, originally a fog signal station and a boathouse, that flank it. The light atop the tower is 82 feet above the average water level.

Reported by: Al Miller




Milwaukee museum center to get $1.7 million

10/14
A planned Great Lakes museum and educational center in Milwaukee got a boost recently when the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and U.S. Department of Commerce donated $1.7 million to the project.

The technology grants will allow Pier Wisconsin, which was known as the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Education Association until this summer, to invest in broadband communications links, mobile wireless systems and other Internet connections so educational programs on the Great Lakes and fresh water can be delivered to classrooms in Milwaukee and around the world.

Construction is to begin this fall on Pier Wisconsin's 67,000-square-foot museum, which will be built in a shape of a compass and jut into Lake Michigan 150 feet from the Municipal Pier at the east end of Michigan Street. The building will have sail-like sides to blend with the form of a schooner.

Pier Wisconsin officials hope to open their museum and educational center in the spring of 2005. They're still negotiating with the Port of Milwaukee about a long-term lease for the 7-acre site at the city's Municipal Pier at the far eastern edge of Michigan Street.

The majority of space in Pier Wisconsin's high-tech museum will be occupied by interactive public exhibits, a 144-seat theater and distance learning labs. Students and other visitors of the museum will learn about freshwater ecology and conservation, the natural history of the Great Lakes, and Great Lakes maritime history.

Reported by: Dan Young




Twin Ports Report

10/14
Sunday was a fairly slow day in the Twin Ports. Quebecois and Alpena both departed after unloading cement. Isolda was docked at the AGP in Duluth while Kapitonas Andzejauskas was loading grain at the Peavey elevator in Superior. CSL Tadoussac was expected at BNSF ore dock to load pellets.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette News

10/14
The Charles M. Beeghly loaded taconite and then tied up to the north side of the ore dock to wait out the weather. The Lee A. Tregurtha came in Sunday and waited to load taconite. The Algosteel was expected to arrive Sunday but was delayed and reported tied up at Whitefish Point. Strong winds and high waves outside the harbor contributed to the delays.

Beeghly waits on the weather.
Lee A. docked on the other side of the ore dock.
Lee A. Tregurtha waiting to load.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Toledo Report

10/14
Sunday afternoon there were no active vessels in port. The American Mariner was due in at the Torco Ore Dock late Sunday evening to unload ore, but may be delayed because of strong westerly winds and low water conditions in the western basin of Lake Erie.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Arthur M. Anderson, and Algomarine on Monday, followed by the Cason J. Callaway and Catherine Desgagnes on Wednesday. The Canadian Transfer is due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Tuesday afternoon to unload stone. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Armco on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal and Hamilton Update

10/14
Gordon C Leitch downbound at the Homer Bridge.
Stern view.
Nordkap (Gibraltar) downbound at the Homer Bridge.
Stern view.
Inn at Lock 7 with the Federal Rhine departing Lock 7.
Comeaudoc in Port Colborne.
Cyrillic letters used in a past movie shoot.
Algogulf in Port Colborne with Kinsman Enterprise in the background.
Capt Ralph Tucker upbound at Lock 8.
Stern view.

Hamilton
William J Moore at the Mc Keil Dock.
Stern view.
Lac Manitoba at the Mc Keil Dock.
Wyatt Mc Keil and Salvager at the Mc Keil Dock.
Close up.
Tug Manco at the Mc Keil Dock.
Tug Pacific Standard at the Government Dock.
Lorena I and CSL Trillium at the Government Dock.
Lorena I close up.
Stern view.
King Fish I and Island Sauvage at the Government Dock.
Stern view.
Close up of the King Fish.
ex tug Prescotont at the Government Dock.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




More Welland Canal

10/14
Peter R Cresswell downbound from lock 1, approaching CGR 100 station.
Close up of the after section of the Cresswell.
Peter R Cresswell approaching the Port Weller piers, downbound.
Algosoo making the turn from lock 1 toward Lake Ontario.
Algosoo downbound from lock 1, passing CGR 100 station.
Close up of the after house and self-unloader of the Algosoo.
Algosoo approaching the Port Weller piers, downbound.
Gordon C Leitch downbound from lock 1.
Gordon C Leitch at full speed on Lake Ontario.

October 13
Kopalia Borynia upbound toward Lock 1.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Coast Guard Open House

10/14
In conjunction with the Boatnerd Welland Canal Gathering the Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue vessel CGR 100 will be having an open house on Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CGR 100 is at the Coast Guard Station inside the harbor at Port Weller, north of lock 1.

Also expected to join in the open house is the United State Coast Guard from station Niagara, a Regional Police force boat and one of the Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary boats

CGR 100 is a Multi Task Medium Endurance Lifeboat Medium range with moderate to high speed, capable of operating in all weather conditions in semi sheltered waters - station mode.

For more details on CGR 100 click here.
Directions: The road along the West side of the Welland canal (the road Lock 3 viewing area and museum is on) is Government Road. Follow Government Road Northbound as far as you can go, past lock 1 and the northern approach wall. There you will find a fenced area with a gate, which will be open. Enter the compound and continue until you get to the CG station.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Weekly Updates

10/14
Check back tomorrow for the regular weekly updates.




Today in Great Lakes History - October 14

The keel to the JAMES R. BARKER was laid on October 14, 1974. She was to become Interlake's first 1000 footer and the flagship of the fleet for Moore McCormack Leasing, Inc. (Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio, mgr.)

On October 14, 1983 the CHI-CHEEMAUN encountered 48-knot winds after departing Tobermory with 113 passengers bound for South Baymouth. Due to high wind and waves the captain decided to find shelter rather than to continue on or return to port. The ferry made her way around the Bruce Peninsula southeast to Dyer Bay where she dropped anchor for the night, however she had no overnight accommodations. Complimentary meals were served and activities were organized by the crew. The anchor was lifted the next morning and the ferry returned to Tobermory.

The GEORGE A. STINSON departed Detroit on her maiden voyage October 14, 1978 light for Superior, WI to load iron ore pellets for delivery to the Great Lakes Steel Division of the National Steel Corp. at Zug Island in River Rouge, MI.

On October 14, 1966, loaded with potash bound for Oswego, NY, the STONEFAX collided with the Norwegian salty ARTHUR STOVE and sank in the Welland Canal between Locks 7 and 8.

On 14 October 1875, it was discovered that thieves had completely stripped the canvass and rigging from the schooner FORWARDER owned by Little & Brown. The schooner was lying about three miles below Port Huron.

On 14 October 1822, APPELONA (wooden schooner, 45’, 37 T, built in 1814 at Henderson, NY) was bound from Oswego for Genessee, NY when she was struck by lightning in Lake Ontario and sank about 15 minutes. All hands were injured but abandoned her for shore and all survived.

The tug NELSON burned at Chicago on Saturday, 14 October 1876. She was one of the smaller class of tugs and the damage was so great that she was not considered to be worth repairing.

October 14, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 ran aground while enroute to Manistique at full speed, damaging several plates. The ANN ARBOR NO. 3 pulled her off.

On 14 October 1876, NEW YORK (wooden propeller freighter, 183', 704 t, built in 1856 at Buffalo, NY) was carrying lumber and towing the schooner BUTCHER BOY and barges NELLIE McGILVERAY and A. J. CORREY from Cove Island in Georgian Bay to Buffalo when they encountered a severe storm near Pointe aux Barques. The tow line parted and the NEW YORK could not regain it in the heavy seas. She then sprang a leak and the water rose rapidly enough to put out her fires. The crew (15 men and one woman) abandoned in the yawl as NEW YORK was overwhelmed and sank. The open boat was adrift for five hours when the 74' schooner NEMESIS came upon it. NEMESIS tried twelve times to approach the yawl in the rough seas, losing a portion of her deck load of tanbark each time that she came about, but at last she got alongside the yawl. The NEW YORK's crew managed to get aboard the NEMESIS except for Fireman William Sparks who fell between the yawl and the schooner and was lost. The other vessels in the tow all made it to Port Huron safely.

On 14 October 1883, NELLIE GARDNER (wooden schooner-barge, 178', 567 gt, built in 1873 at Marine City, MI) was loaded with 39,000 bushels of corn while being towed by the steamer JOHN PRIDGEON, JR. in a storm on Lake Huron. The GARDNER released herself from the tow in the heavy weather to run for the shelter of Thunder Bay under sail. However, she was unable to make it, and turned back for Tawas, Michigan but struck a reef, broke in two and was wrecked 1 mile SE of Scarecrow Island. Her crew made it to shore in her yawl.

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

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




Montreal News

10/13
The Algosound was upbound Thursday for the first time after being laid up for almost two years, she is loaded with Iron Ore for Hamilton. After leaving the lock at Cote St. Catherine she was told to go to the wharf and tie up there with an oil cooler problem. The Algosound remained there on Saturday.

The Panamanian flagged Doxa D lost power while upbound above the Cote St. Catherine Lock Saturday. The ship came into contact with the Tampico Bay which was secured at the east end of the wharf. There was some damage to both vessels but most appeared to be of a cosmetic nature.

The Doxa D was able to return power and proceeded to the west end of the wharf ahead of the Algosound where seaway inspectors examined the damage. The Tampico Bay was idle Saturday with crews no longer unloading bags of calcium chloride.

Algosound at the lower wall, Cote St. Catherine.
Upbound.
Locking through.
Coming along side.
Tampico Bay unloading tote bags of calcium chloride.
Oak downbound in ballast to Sorel Qc. just above CPR Bridge near Montreal.

Reported by: Kent Malo




C. Columbus Departs

10/13
The cruise ship c. Columbus departed the Poe Lock downbound Thursday arriving in the Soo Harbor from Marquette, in the early morning hours arriving at the Roberta Bondar Dock. Passengers enjoyed a day of sightseeing aboard the Agawa Canyon tour train then reboarded the ship for dinner. At sunset the ship backed down river and turned for her next port of call, Parry Sound.

Columbus backing.
Another view.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Tucker Loads

10/13
The Capt. Ralph Tucker was in Oshawa Thursday loading Calcium Chloride, this was her first port of call since leaving the dry dock in Hamilton. She left Oshawa about 6 p.m. today destined for Oswego NY.

A Pits Carillon crane barge was dredging the harbor entrance of silt accumulation, the Capt Ralph Tucker had to wait until the dredging was complete and an incoming barge under tow had docked in Oshawa.

Loading with a sharp new paint job.
Another view.
Departing.
Stern view.
2nd Mate Andrew Binnington.
Soderholm towing a barge.
Barge towed into port.
Pitts Carillon Crane Dredge & Barge.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Duluth Traffic

10/13
Herbert C. Jackson loading at the Peavey Elevator in Superior Thursday. In front of it are the Elton Hoyt 2nd and the John Sherwin. You can also see both the old and the new Burlington Northern docks in the background.
The Quebecois unloading cement.
Canadian Provider loading grain at the General Mills Elevator.

Reported by: Glenn Blaszkiewicz




Marquette News

10/13
The Charles M. Beeghly unloaded coal for the Presque Isle Power Plant on Saturday, and was expected to begin loading taconite later that evening. The Algosteel was expected on Saturday, but lake conditions may delay her for a while. The Lee A. Tregurtha is expected on Sunday morning.

Beeghly unloading.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Port Huron Traffic

10/13
Traffic passing Port Huron Thursday.

David Z. Norton.
Sarah Spencer.
Paul R. Tregurtha.
Earl W. Oglebay.
Stern view.
Middletown.
Stern view.
Algoway.
Stern view.
Kasteelborg.
Stern view.
Peter R. Cresswell.
Stern view.
H Lee White.
Pilot boat Huron Belle.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

10/13
Algosteel upbound at Grassy Island Thursday.
Stern view.
Le Levant (France) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
David Z Norton downbound above Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Capricorn (Holland) downbound below the Ambassador Bridge.
Stern view.
Federal Maas (Barbados) upbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Activity at Sandusky, Marblehead and Kelleys Island

10/13
Activity in early October
Algosoo loading at the Sandusky Coal Dock.
Calumet landing at the Lafarge Stone Dock in Marblehead, OH.
The former Newman’s ferry Endeavor headed for the Kelleys Island Dock.
Former Newman’s ferry Kelley Islander headed to Marblehead with a Hazardous Commercial load.
Endeavor and Kelly Islander tied up at the former Newman’s dock at Kelleys Island.

Reported by: Bert Dopp




Welland Traffic

10/13
Quebecois, Oct 7th, upbound below lock 3.
Pineglen, Oct 8th, Upbound to lock 4.
Another view.
Stern view.
John D Leitch, Oct 9th, Upbound to lock 1.
Stern view.
Algoport, Oct 9th, unloading at Clarkson.
Close up.
Canadian Miner, Oct 9th, downbound below lock 1.
Close up.
Stern view.
Algosoo, Oct 8th, inbound to Port Weller.
Tug Anglian Lady seen upbound just below Lock 1 .
Stern view.
Another view.
Frontenac - upbound in Lock 1.
Upbound between Locks 1 and 2.
Another view.
Close up.
Another view.
Stern view.
Painters at Lock 1.

October 11
Helena Oldendorff upbound passing the CG SAR station below Lock 1.
Stern view.
Canadian Prospector downbound toward Port Weller piers after clearing Lock 1.
Stern view.
Peonia downbound between Locks 1 and 2.
Stern view.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Toronto Update

10/13
Friday the saltie Ziemia Tarnowska was unloading raw sugar at the Redpath dock. The CCGS Samuel Risley was in port at Pier 51. The passenger vessel Le Levant came in after dark and tied up at the Queen Elizabeth Terminal. The megayacht Lady Sandals departed after dark.

The Port Authority tug William Rest developed problems during the day and was taken to the Atlas crane. McKeil's harbor tug Lac Como was pressed into service as a replacement taking spoil barges from the Keating Channel, where T.H.C. 50 is dredging, out the Leslie Spit landfill. Some of the smaller charter vessels have been hauled out for the winter at Pier 35 as the sailing season winds down.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Charity Island light moves closer to preservation

10/13
Saginaw Bay's Charity Island light, authorized for construction by President Abraham Lincoln, is a step closer to restoration after the Arenac County Historical Society agreed to accept responsibility for preserving the structure.

The historical society has agreed to raise $10,000, which should be enough to enable it to tap thousands more in state and federal grants.

"The value to Arenac County is that we save a historical monument and we give people a reason to drive their boats to an unusual island," said Floyd Holland, lighthouse committee chairman and Arenac Historical Society member. "It's a tourism draw in a very poor county that has few public attractions."

The new agreement between the society and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also the hook the federal agency has sought to persuade Washington to finally buy the lighthouse. Though U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owns two-thirds of Charity Island, the lighthouse belongs to the Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization committed to protecting natural landscapes for wildlife.

"That's the hold-up," said Ed DeVries, of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Legislators in Washington want to know we can maintain the building before they fund its purchase."

Charity's 39-foot brick tower was indispensable to early mariners, historians note. The island signal gave passing ships no less than a 13-mile visibility range. The lantern also provided an important link in the emerging coastal lights chain along Lake Huron's western shore, historians record.

Today, the historical society faces restoring the tower's Lincoln-era bricks and mortar, now 145-years-old and crumbling under lead paint. They'll also restore the tower's cap - an octagonal, cast-iron lantern.

Arenac's Historical Society members are focusing now on getting word out about the light tower preservation campaign. Organizers expect to have no problem raising the $10,000 in seed money this fall to start the project next spring. Their strategy is to request $100 pledges from 100 people.

"Without even asking for money yet, we have $2,500 in pledges and offers from contractors for a barge and tools," Holland said. "I'd say we could have $10,000 as early as mid-fall."

Reported by: Chad Sherman




Today in Great Lakes History - October 13

The SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER made her first trip out of Thunder Bay, Ont. with grain on October 13, 1983.

The tug GLENADA towed the BROOKDALE (2) from Port Colborne to Newman's scrap yard at Port Maitland, Ont. the week of October 13, 1980.

On October 13, 1902 the MAUNALOA collided with her whaleback consort BARGE 129 on Lake Superior and sank it 30 miles northwest of Vermilion Point, which is between Upper Michigan's Crisp and Whitefish Points. The MAUNALOA had been towing the BARGE 129, both vessels loaded with iron ore, when the towline parted in heavy seas. While trying to regain control of the barge, they came together and the steamer's port anchor raked the side of the barge which started taking on water. The crew was taken off the barge before it sank.

On 13 October 1875, off Alpena, Michigan, the tug E. H. MILLER had her boiler explode while racing with the tug CITY OF ALPENA -- both in quest of a tow. The ALPENA, who was ahead of the MILLER when she blew up, immediately turned around to pick up survivors. The ALPENA sunk in minutes. The engineer, fireman and a boy were rescued, but the captain and cook were lost. The fireman was in such poor shape that it was thought that he would not live.

On 13 October 1877, the Port Huron Times reported that the tug PRINDIVILLE and the 2-mast schooner PORTLAND had both gone ashore at the Straits of Mackinac and been pounded to pieces.

On 13 October 1886, SELAH CHAMBERLAIN (wooden propeller steam barge, 212', 1207 gt, built in 1873 at Cleveland, OH) collided with the 222' wooden lumber hooker JOHN PRIDGEON JR. in heavy fog off Sheboygan, WI. The CHAMBERLAIN had been towing the schooner FAYETTE BROWN. The CHAMBERLAIN sank quickly. Five of the crew went down with the vessel when the lifeboat davits became fouled and they were unable to launch the lifeboat. The rest of the crew made it to shore in the other lifeboat after a 3-hour pull through the fog.

Data from: 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 include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Busy Weekend in Manistee

10/12
Manistee's weekend brought four ships to Manistee. The Sam Laud arrived Friday with 13,000 tons of coal from Conneaut, Ohio bound for the Morton Salt B dock. The vessel unloaded and proceeded outbound for the lake, but had to stop at the west end of the railroad bridge when the Memorial St. Bridge did not open.

The Laud backed upriver to the Seng dock where she put ashore a stern line. The bow line was almost out when it was announced that the bridges problem had been resolved. The lines were let go, and the vessel proceeded outbound, departing Manistee at 5:45 p.m.

The Earl W. Oglebay arrived Manistee on Friday evening at 11 p.m. bound for the Tondu coal dock with coal from Conneaut. Due in Monday will be the Fred R. White Jr. with coal for Tondu from Conneaut, again.

The Capt. Ralph Tucker with her brand new paint job will be back in Manistee at 4 p.m. tentatively on Monday. The vessel will be loading calcium and brine at General Chemical for Amherstburg, Ontario

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Twin Ports Report

10/12
Arthur M. Anderson backed out of the dry dock at Superior's Fraser Shipyards late Thursday afternoon. During the evening the vessel shifted over to the DMIR ore dock in Superior to load pellets destined for Lorain. The vessel is scheduled to arrive there on the 13th.

The DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors faces a couple of busy days. Edgar B. Speer, Edwin H. Gott and Presque Isle were all scheduled to arrive there Oct. 11, to be followed by Roger Blough on the 12th. The bulge in the pipeline will continue in Gary, with the Gott due there on the 14th and the Presque Isle and Blough set to arrive the 15th.

Reported by: Al Miller




Green Bay

10/12
Friday morning the American Republic arrived in Green Bay and unloaded coal at Georgia Pacific. She departed about 9:30a.m.

Reported by: Wendell Wilke




Toledo News

10/12
The Saturn departed her lay-up berth at the Lakefront Docks on Friday morning and is now out sailing. The Mississagi finished unloading her grain cargo late Thursday at the Andersons "K" Elevator and then shifted over to the Andersons "E" Elevator to load grain for a Canadian port. She is expected to sail Friday evening. The Algonorth arrived at Andersons "K" Elevator early Friday morning to load grain, she is expected to sail Saturday evening.

The John B. Aird is due in at the CSX Docks Friday evening to load coal. The Adam E. Cornelius is due in at the Torco Ore Dock Friday evening to unload ore. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Arthur M. Anderson and Algomarine on Monday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the American Mariner on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lighthouse Festival

10/12
The seventh-annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival takes place October 10 - 13. Events include tours of the old and new Presque Isle Lighthouses, indoor and outdoor exhibit booths, entertainment and more.

Be sure to stop by Saturday and Sunday and visit with the staff of Great Laker Magazine in the vendor area.

Click here for more information




Updates

10/12
I continue to have connection problems that will delay pictures on the news page. I hope to have things back to normal by tonight.




Today in Great Lakes History - October 12

The JEAN PARISIEN suffered considerable bottom damage when she ran aground near Comfort Island about a mile west of Alexandria Bay, NY. She was released October 12, 1981 and returned to service after repairs were completed at the Vickers Montreal yard.

The CLIFF S VICTORY was sold October 12, 1985 to Hai International Corp. of New York for scrapping in the orient and transferred to Panamanian registry. Her name was changed to c) SAVIC, utilizing the "S" from CLIFFS, the "VIC" from VICTORY and inserting an "A". All the other letters were painted out.

The JOHN A. KLING sailed on her maiden voyage October 12, 1922 light from Manitowoc to load stone at Rockport, MI.

The Keel was laid October 12, 1925 for the COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS.

The SYLVANIA returned to service on October 12, 1967. She sank at the Peerless Cement Co. dock at Port Huron, MI in June of that year after being struck by the Canada Steamship Lines package freight steamer RENVOYLE.

The tug EDNA G. remained at Two Harbors until October 12, 1993 when she was towed to the Fraser Shipyard at Superior, WI by the GLT tug KANSAS. She is now on display as a floating exhibit for the city.

On October 12, 1967, the Canadian Leader entered service as the last new steam-powered vessel on the Great Lakes. The vessel, originally named Feux Follets by her first owners, Papachristidis Company Limited, was given her present name when it was sold to Upper Lakes Shipping in 1972.

At 3:00 a.m., 12 October 1870, the 76 ton tug ONTARIO caught fire and burned to the waterline while lying at Harrow's dock in Algonac, MI.

On 12 October 1901, ALVINA (wooden schooner-rigged scow-barge, 89’, 95 GT, built in 1871 at Fair Haven, MI) was being towed by the steamer WESTON and had a load of 700 barrels of lubricating oil. They were bound from Cleveland for Manistique. The ALVINA was overwhelmed in a storm and sank near Thunder Bay Island in Lake Huron. Her entire crew made it to shore in her yawl. Her cargo was salvaged five days later.

On 12 October 1880, TRADER (wooden propeller, 115', 169 gt, built in 1865 at Marine City, MI) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan. She was battered severely and became waterlogged. Her crew abandoned her with water up to her decks. They were saved by the schooner GUIDE in a daring rescue. A few days later, in the "Alpena Storm", her wreckage washed ashore near Holland, Michigan and she was erroneously reported as another "all-hands" victim of that storm.

On 12 October 1874, on her maiden voyage, the tug MARY passed Port Huron down bound with the bark FAVORITE in tow. The tug was owned by William Hardison of Port Huron.

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

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




Coast Guard Releases J. W. Westcott Report

10/11
Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Detroit has completed its investigation into the capsizing and sinking the J. W. Westcott II and has released its findings. The J. W. Westcott II sank in the Detroit River on October 23, 2001, resulting in the loss of two lives.

Click here to view




Saltie Strikes Bridge

10/11
Wednesday evening the saltie Marinette struck the Ogden St. Bridge on the Menominee River. The Marinette was outbound after unloading a cargo of lumber products at K&K Warehouse dock in Menominee, MI. The Marinette was under tow of the tugs Carla Anne Selvick, and Jacklyn Nicole (former Ethel E.)

According to Allen Urbaniak, Chief Bridge Tender on the Ogden St. Bridge, both the Menominee and Marinette sides of the bridge were struck by the Marinette. Damage to the bridge is estimated at $60,000. It is unknown if any damage was done to the Marinette, but this vessel was inspected by Coast Guard officials before being allowed to proceed. Thursday afternoon the Marinette was upbound at the Soo Locks, heading to Marathon Ont. to load pulp products.

In April of this year, a minor accident occurred as the Marinette was departing in a strong current and high winds; as it bumped the bridge pilings on the Marinette side. The Marinette and its sister ship Menominee are frequent visitors to the Menominee River.

Upbound near Mission Pt. Thursday evening.
Close up.

Reported by: Scott Best




Green Bay Improvements

10/11
K & K Warehousing is expecting to receive wood pulp and other commodities in the port of Green Bay this fall. K& K Warehousing has decided to modify their Pearl Street facility to accommodate commercial ships. The modifications include removal of a portion of an existing building and dredging. The dredging will improve the dock wall depth to 22 feet. Next summer K& K Warehousing plans more dredging work to improve the dock wall and adjoining area to 24-feet deep.

They expect to receive 8 to 12 ships per year at the Green Bay dock. The ships will be foreign flagged and will be delivering wood pulp from Europe.

Koch Materials Co. is planning a major port improvement of adding two new liquid asphalt storage tanks to their terminal on the north end of the Fox River Dock slip. The new tanks will increase their efficiency and aid in the transfer of asphalt from ship to tank.

The improvements will only enhance the statistics for Green Bay, as the port is nearing the end of the 2002 season total tonnage is expected to surpass the 2 million mark before the end of the year, which would be the first time since 1984. This year’s tonnage is seven percent ahead of last year which is due mostly to a 6sixty five percent increase in coal shipments.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Alpena Report

10/11
The Fred R. White Jr. came into port on Wednesday to unload coal at Lafarge. It left after 2 p.m. heading for Stoneport. The Paul H. Townsend loaded cement Tuesday evening and is heading for South Chicago. The J.A.W Iglehart is on the Superior, WI run. The Alpena is at St. Joseph and the Jacklyn M barge Integrity is on the way to Milwaukee.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Goderich Update

10/11
The Teakglen arrived in Goderich late Saturday evening, and is now tied up alongside the Willowglen in the harbor. The Agawa Canyon loaded overnight at the salt mine, leaving Monday morning for Burns Harbor, Indiana. Monday was a busy day, as the Kasteelborg docked at the grain terminals, and later the Algorail loaded salt for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Kasteelborg was still being loaded at the grain terminals Wednesday afternoon.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo News

10/11
The Mississagi was unloading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator, when finished unloading she will reload a different type of grain cargo bound for a Canadian port. She is expected to depart the "K" Elevator late Friday afternoon or evening. The Algonorth is due in early Friday morning to load grain at one of the elevator's. There was a Desgagnes vessel unloading pig iron at the T.W.I. Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John B. Aird on Friday, followed by the Arthur M. Anderson and Algomarine on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Friday, followed by the American Mariner on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lake Erie ferry spends winter in New York

10/11
The Lake Erie Islands ferry Island Rocket III (still formally the Auk Nu) will be chartered for the winter to New York Waterway, a ferry company operating between New Jersey and the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, the Sandusky Register reported 10-10.

Rocket III, which was bought from a ferry company in Juneau, Alaska, in the summer of 2002, is a catamaran able to carry 149 passengers. New York Waterway, which has 15 boats, and other New York-area ferry companies need the extra capacity because of demand for ferry service has increased after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Island Express officials told the Register. Many New York lines also need to take some of their own craft out of service for maintenance.

Rocket III, with a crew of four, will begin the 1,900-mile journey Saturday, spending a week taking the boat through the St. Lawrence Seaway, around Nova Scotia and down the coast into New York Harbor. An Island Express captain will spend the winter in New York helping New York Waterway run the boat. The ferry will return to Sandusky in May.

Island Express officials declined to tell the Register the financial details, but said the cost of taking the boat to New York was $20,000 and the deal was worthwhile," the paper reported.

Reported by: Don Lee




Lighthouse Festival

10/11
The seventh-annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival takes place October 10 - 13. Events include tours of the old and new Presque Isle Lighthouses, indoor and outdoor exhibit booths, entertainment and more.

Be sure to stop by Saturday and Sunday and visit with the staff of Great Laker Magazine in the vendor area.

Click here for more information




Updates

10/11
I ran out of time Thursday night, please check back later today for more news & pictures.




Today in Great Lakes History - October 11

The BAIE COMEAU II cleared Sorel October 11, 1983 as c) AGIA TRIAS, Panamanian registry #1355. Her Canadian registry was closed on October 12, 1983. Her mission was to carry grain from New Orleans, La. to Mexican and Caribbean Island ports and sailed at least into the 1987 season. Subsequently she was renamed d) OCEAN VIEW, e) SEA DIAMOND, f) GOLDEN CREST and g) ATLANTIC WOOD in 1991 for Nexus Maritime Co. S.A., St. Vincent. Disposition unknown.

The MERCURY (2) scraped the South Grand Island Bridge in the Niagara River in heavy fog on October 11, 1974. Her forward mast snapped off, the midship mast was tilted and her smoke stack was toppled. She proceeded after the mishap to G&W Welding at Cleveland under her own power for repairs.

WHEAT KING, under tow arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh on October 11, 1989 to be broken up.

In 1911 the Chief Wawatam arrived at St. Ignace and began service shortly thereafter.

On 11 October 1913, THOMAS H. CAHOON (3 mast wooden schooner-barge, 166’, 431 GT, built in 1881 at E. Saginaw) was carrying lumber in tow of the steamer C. W. CHAMBERLAIN. They were bound from Sault Ste. Marie to Byng Inlet. However during a storm, the CAHOON stranded and went to pieces on “Kenny Shoal” by the southwest corner of Innes Island in Georgian Bay. No lives were lost.

On 11 October 1839, DEWITT CLINTON (wooden passenger/package freight side-wheeler, 147', 413 t, built in 1836 at Huron, Ohio) foundered off Milwaukee with the loss of 5 lives. She was recovered the following year and lasted until 1851. She and her near-twin ROBERT FULTON were reportedly the first Lake steamers built primarily as freighters with relatively few passenger accommodations.

On 11 October 1866, GREAT WEST (wooden 3-mast bark, 175', 765t, built in 1854 at Buffalo, NY) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Michigan when she stranded on Racine Reef. She was reported to be a total loss but she may have been recovered and then lost near Chicago in 1876. When launched, she was the largest sailing vessel on the Lakes and much was made of her beautiful lines. She was diagonally braced with iron. She stood 174 feet tall from her deck to her masthead. So if she were sailing today, although she'd be able to sail under the Mackinac Bridge, she'd be stopped at the Blue Water Bridge whose roadway is only 152 feet above the water.

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

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




Anderson heads to drydock in Superior

10/10
Arthur M. Anderson was in drydock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior on Wednesday morning for unspecified repairs. The vessel arrived at Duluth on Tuesday to unload stone at the DMIR ore dock before shifting to Fraser. The Anderson was part of a rare two-ship visit by Great Lakes Fleet vessels. The Philip R. Clarke also was in port Tuesday to unload stone at DMIR then load pellets.

Reported by: Al Miller




Ore Trade Up Nearly 1 Million Gross Tons in September

10/10
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system totaled 5.7 million gross tons in September, an increase of nearly 1 million tons compared to the corresponding period last year. For the season, the Lakes/Seaway ore trade stands at 35.4 million gross tons, a slight increase (one boatload in a Class VIII vessel) over the same point in the 2001 navigation season. On a Year-To-Date basis, the trade has increased approximately 200,000 gross tons.

Iron ore loadings at eastern Canadian ports destine for other non-Great Lakes North American destinations totaled 386,214 gross tons in September, an increase of 62 percent. For the year, this segment of the ore move stands at 2.4 million gross tons, an increase of 45 percent.

The all-rail movement of iron ore in North America totaled 473,228 gross tons in September, a decrease of 41 percent. For the year, rail shipments of iron ore stand at 6.9 million gross tons, a decrease of 12 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Federal Kivalina Departs

10/10
The Federal Kivalina departed Oshawa Wednesday about 4 p.m. heading for Hamilton, Ontario.

Tug Atomic arrives.
Tug Lac Como arrives.
Pulling the Federal Kivalina from the dock.
Pulling on the stern.
Close up.
Clearing the harbor.
Entering the lake.
Headed to Hamilton.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Twin Ports Report

10/10
Unusual callers Wednesday morning included John J. Boland, which was unloading stone at the CLM dock in Superior. After unloading, the vessel was scheduled to load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal destined for the Xcel Energy generating station in Ashland, Wis. Another unusual caller Wednesday was J.A.W. Iglehart, arriving about 7 a.m. to unload at the Lafarge docks in Superior, then Duluth. The Iglehart was once a common caller here until supplanted by the Alpena.

Also in port early Wednesday were Columbia Star, loading at Midwest Energy Terminal with coal for Nanticoke, and James R. Barker, which was fueling before heading into the coal dock to load for the Detroit Edison plant in St. Clair, Mich. Down the harbor, Armco and Stewart J. Cort were scheduled for the BNSF ore dock.

Other interesting cargoes Paul R. Tregurtha will be in the short-haul business next week when it's scheduled to load coal Oct. 13 from Midwest Energy Terminal bound for Taconite Harbor, then returning Oct. 16 to load for the Presque Isle plant at Marquette. H. Lee White is scheduled to arrive Oct. 14 to load another coal cargo for the Xcel plant in Ashland.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

10/10
The Algomarine loaded taconite pellets on Wednesday. The Kaye E. Barker arrived Wednesday, but will not begin loading until Thursday. The Algomarine will make a return trip on Friday, followed by the Charles Beeghly.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Sykes in Saginaw

10/10
The Wilfred Sykes lightered at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City Wednesday afternoon before departing for the Wirt Dock in Saginaw around 7 p.m. that evening.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes unloading at the Bay City Wirt Dock.
Another view.
Bow view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

10/10
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Gull Isle downbound at Grassy Island bound for her dock in Amherstburg.
Passing.
Stern view.
Diamond Belle downbound from Fighting Island to Bishop Park in Wyandotte.
Stern view.
Goodtime III in Nicholson's Drydock.
The other Lake Superior (ex Millenium Raptor) unloading at Morterm..
Another view.
As the Millenium Raptor last year.
Fednav's Lake Superior on Sept. 11, 2002.
Capt Henry Jackman loading salt at Ojibway for delivery to Hamilton. She expects the loading to take about 20 hours.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

10/10
The salt water vessel Peonia was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator Wednesday. The Mississagi arrived at Andersons "E" Elevator later that morning. She was waiting for the Peonia to depart the "K" Elevator, when that happens she will proceed to the "K" Elevator to unload a grain cargo. After unloading she will reload a corn cargo for a Canadian port. The Mississagi is expected to depart Toledo on Friday afternoon or evening.

The Algosteel was at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock unloading stone. The Algolake and Buckeye are due in at the CSX and Torco Docks Tuesday evening.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John B. Aird on Friday, followed by the Arthur M. Anderson and Algomarine on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will now be the Adam E. Cornelius on Friday, followed by the American Mariner on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - October 10

While downbound with coal in the St. Lawrence River on October 10,1981, the JEAN PARISIEN suffered considerable bottom damage when she ran aground near Comfort Island about a mile west of Alexandria Bay, NY.

The BROOKDALE (2) was towed out of Toronto on October 10, 1980 by the tug GLENADA, assisted by the tug TERRY S. She was one her way to the cutters torch.

The CHAMPLAIN (3), with her former fleet mate CADILLAC (4) was towed past Gibraltar October 10, 1987 heading for Aliaga, Turkey for dismantling by Cukurova Celik Endustrisi A.S.

The SAVIC (CLIFFS VICTORY) cleared New York on October 10, 1986.

The HULL NO.1, ex KINSMAN ENTERPRISE(1), being towed by the Polish tug JANTAR arrived in Aliaga, Turkey on October 10, 1989 to be scrapped there.

October 10, 1906 - The PERE MARQUETTE 5 was sold to The Barry Transportation Co. for $75,000. The PERE MARQUETTE 5 was the last of the "break-bulk" boats operated by the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

On 10 October 1905, CHARLES H. BURTON (3 mast wooden schooner, 158’, 514 GT, built in 1873 at Bangor, MI) was carrying coal in a storm in Lake Erie when she was driven ashore 4 1/2 miles east of Barcelona, NY and broke up. No lives were lost. She had been built on the hull of the bark GLENBULAH that had burned in the Chicago fire of 1871.

On 10 October 1877, ELIZA R. TURNER (wooden schooner, 156', 409 gt, built in 1867 at Trenton, MI) was carrying wheat from Detroit to Buffalo when a storm drove her aground nine miles west of Long Point on Lake Erie where she was wrecked. The skipper and cook drowned, but the remaining 8 were saved.

The tug CRUSADER of Oswego burned and sank in the middle of the Straits of Mackinac about 9:00 PM on 10 October 1878.

On 10 October 1877, ABEONA (wooden scow-schooner, 100t, built in 1863 at Lambert, Ontario) was carrying lumber and shingles down bound on Lake Huron when she stranded during a storm one mile west of Port Austin where she reportedly later broke up.

In 1877, PORTLAND (2-mast wooden schooner, 118', 250 t, built in 1847 at Pillar Point, NY) stranded and went to pieces north of False Presque Isle on Lake Huron. Salvage attempts only retrieved her anchor and chain.

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

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




Miner Will Return to Service This Season

10/09
The Mesabi Miner is expected to return to service later this month, good news after a grounding last week left her docked in Sturgeon Bay with little hope of finishing the season.

As an alternate to waiting until the large drydock is available, dive crews at Bay Shipbuilding have place a cofferdam on the outside of the Miners hull. With the dam in place the inside of the hull was patched. This means the Miner will be able to return to service to finish the season sooner than later.

Reported by: C. Grota




Tucker Back in Service

10/09
After a month's stay in Hamilton, Ontario, the Capt. Ralph Tucker was scheduled to depart the Heddle Marine drydock early Wednesday morning. The tanker will be bound for Oshawa, Ontario to load calcium chloride for Oswego, New York. After this trip she is tentatively scheduled back to Manistee to resume her normal Manistee-Amherstburg service.

The ship has been completely repainted, and several deck structures have been removed. The ship looks a lot different than a month ago, she shines like a new ship.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Footers In Conneaut

10/09
The 1000-footers Edwin H. Gott and the Edgar B. Speer were docked side by side in the Conneaut Harbor Tuesday. The Gott is unloading ore and the Speer is tied across from the Gott at the stone dock, waiting to unload ore.

The fleet mates are almost identical with the exception of the unloading gear. The Gott is equipped with a conventional unloading boom measuring in at 280-feet long. The Speer uses a much smaller 52-foot transverse shuttle boom that is only capable of unloading at docks equipped with a special hopper.

Normal scheduling will keep the vessels in port at different time so there is no wait to unload, but boatwatchers were treated to quite a spectacle as the pair were docked side by side Tuesday.

Reported by: Jan Naykki




Federal Kivalina Unloads

10/09
The Federal Kivalina was docked in Oshawa Tuesday unloading steel wire coils, the cargo was loaded in Brazil. The ship arrived at Oshawa after unloading part of her cargo at Sorrel Quebec. She is expected to depart for Hamilton, Ontario at 4 p.m. today.

Federal Kivalina unloading.
Another view.
Steel wire.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Marquette Update

10/09
The James R. Barker brought a load of coal to the Presque Isle Power Plant on a rainy Tuesday. Because of the need to shut the coal hopper` down for a few days for maintenance, the Barker came in ahead of the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce Van Enkevort which needed the same side of the dock. The Trader came in and loaded once the Barker cleared the dock. The Algomarine loaded taconite on Tuesday for Algoma Steel and is expected to make return trips late Wednesday and Friday.

Also due to load on Wednesday are the Lee A. Tregurtha and the Kaye E. Barker.

Great Lakes Trader loading.
Another view.
Close up.
Algomaine loading.
Bow view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Today in Great Lakes History - October 09

The CHIMO (b) CANADIAN RANGER) was moved onto the Port Weller Dry Dock on October 9, 1983 where work began to cut her apart forward of her aft located pilot house and engine room.

The GULF MACKENZIE (b) L. ROCHETTE) was launched October 9, 1976

The SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER arrived in the Welland Canal on her delivery trip October 9, 1983 en route for her formal christening at Thunder Bay.

The JAMES DAVIDSON was launched October 9, 1920 for the Globe Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH (G.A. Tomlinson, mgr.)

On October 9, 1984 the PATERSON (1) was sold to Shearmet Recycling, a Thunder Bay ship breaker, and was broken up at their Mission River dock.

The a) COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER (b) WILLIS B. BOYER) sailed from the shipyard on her maiden voyage on October 9, 1911 to Toledo, OH where she loaded coal bound for Sheboygan, WI. The SCHOONMAKER was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes when she came out. For much of the decade this vessel either broke or held many bulk cargo records.

On 9 October 1820, ASP (wooden schooner, 57 T, built in 1808 at Mississauga, Ontario) was carrying lumber and staves when she sprang a leak near Long Point in Lake Ontario. She waterlogged, then capsized. The upturned vessel was driven across the lake and finally went ashore off the Salmon River at Mexico Bay, NY and broke up quickly. 9 of the 11 onboard lost their lives. She was originally built as the British armed schooner ELIZABETH.

On 9 October 1931, CHARLES H. BRADLEY (wooden propeller, 201', 804 gt, built in 1890 at W. Bay City, MI) was carrying pulpwood and towing the barge GRAMPIAN. She was traversing the Portage Canal in the Keweenaw Peninsula when she ran onto a bar and stranded. The barge kept coming and ploughed into her stern. The Bradley caught fire and burned to the waterline. The wreck still lies in 6' - 17' of water just off the mouth of the Sturgeon River.

On 9 October 1895, AFRICA (wooden propeller steam barge, 135', 352 gc, built in 1873 at Kingston, Ontario) was towing the schooner SEVERN in a storm on Lake Huron when she struck a reef, 15 miles south of Cove Island light on Lake Huron. She released SEVERN which rode out the storm. However, AFRICA broke up in that storm. All 13 of her crew were lost.

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

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




Sykes Aids in Search

10/08
Coast Guard units searching Lake Michigan for an overdue boater Monday morning were assisted by the Wilfred Sykes. The Wilfred Sykes' crew spotted the missing 24-foot sailboat at 6:20 Monday morning approximately eight nautical miles northeast of Chicago’s Navy Pier.

The sailboat departed Waukegan Harbor with one person on board around 1 p.m. Sunday for a day sail and was due to return at ten that evening. The Coast Guard was notified at 2:30 a.m. Monday that the vessel was overdue. The Coast Guard immediately dispatched a helicopter and two surface rescue units, 41-foot and 30-foot boats, to search for the missing sailboat.

Based on an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast put out by the Coast Guard informing mariners to be on the look-out for a 24-foot sailboat, the Wilfred Sykes found the vessel empty and drifting on the lake.

The search was called off after Coast Guard units had searched more than 650 square nautical miles for Staniseawa “Jaunsz” Piech, the missing sailor. “The search efforts were stopped after it was determined that there was no chance of survival for Mr. Piech,” said Cmdr. Scott La Rochelle, commander of Coast Guard Group Milwaukee.

Reported by: Paul Roszkowski




Kasteelborg Loads at Goderich Elevators

10/08
The saltie Kasteelborg entered the Goderich harbor Monday assisted by MacDonald Marine tugs with a strong wind blowing. She will be loading soybeans at the elevators for several days before departing for Belgium.

Pictures by Grant Culbert
Kasteelborg and tug Dover Monday, Teakglen can be seen in the background.
Teakglen and MacDonald Marine tugs Sunday.
Wide view.
Capt. Henry Jackman, departing Goderich in July.
Stern view.

Reported by: Dale Baechler and Grant Culbert




Green Bay Update

10/08
The Calumet arrived Green Bay Sunday morning about 1 a.m. with coal for Georgia Pacific. She departed about 7:00 a.m.. The Alpena was in Green Bay over the weekend and unloaded cement at Lafarge. The Buffalo brought a load of stone for Western Lime, waited out high winds and departed around 5 p.m.. The John G. Munson is expected for Great Lakes Calcium Tuesday at 8 p.m. After unloading the vessel will head to stone port. The H. Lee White is due in Green Bay on Wednesday.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Saginaw Report

10/08
The Steamer Saginaw was outbound the Saginaw River Monday morning passing through Bay City around 9am. She had arrived in the river Sunday night and unloaded in Saginaw overnight.

Picture by Todd Shorkey
Saginaw downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

10/08
The CSL Laurentien was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. The Maumee is scheduled in to the CSX Docks Monday evening to load coal. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at this time. The Joseph H. Frantz, and Saturn remain in layup at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Nanticoke on Tuesday followed by the Algolake on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boat due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Kingston Report

10/08
The Varnebank was eastbound though the Kingston area Monday. The vessel was informed that they had three AB's on board who needed to be checked by the US Border Patrol at the Seaway.

CCGS Griffon has been servicing the aids to navigation in the area and they plan to remove buoys from the Middle Channel starting around November 7. The Elikon was anchored in Wilson Hill anchorage Monday morning due to high winds. The CSL Tadoussac departed Picton Monday with a load of cement clinker for Essexville, Michigan.

On Saturday the tug Salvor and barge McCleary Spirit secured at the lower wall of Snell lock for some type of inspection.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Today in Great Lakes History - October 08

The Keel was laid October 8, 1976 for the 660 ft. forward section of the a) LEWIS WILSON FOY (b) OGLEBAY NORTON ) for the Bethlehem Steel Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

The MATHEWSTON (b RALPH S. MISENER (2) entered service on October 8, 1922. On her maiden voyage she sailed from Port Arthur with 11,634 tons of barley and wheat.

The Canadian registry for MENIHEK LAKE was officially closed on October 8, 1985 with the notation "sold Spain."

The WILLIAM G. MATHER arrived on October 8, 1988 in tow of the GLT tugs WYOMING and ALABAMA at the G&W Shipyard at Collision Bend in the Cuyahoga River to be refurbished.

On 8 October 1906, PASADENA (wooden barge, 250’, 1761 GT, built in 1889 at Cleveland as a propeller bulk freighter) was carrying coal, in tow of the steamer GLADSTONE, bound for Superior, WI. The PASADENA went out of control in a gale and her skipper had the tow line cut. She was thrown against a pier near the upper entry to the Keweenaw Waterway and pounded to pieces in a few hours. Two lives were lost, but 8 made it to shore on the floating wreckage.

On 8 October 1854, E. K. COLLINS (Wooden passenger/package freight side-wheeler, 256', 1095 gt, built in 1853 at Newport, MI) caught fire and beached near the mouth of the Detroit River where she burned to the waterline. About 23 lives were lost. About 43 persons were rescued in small boats and by the steamers FINTRY and GLOBE. There was some speculation that arson was the cause. The hull was recovered in 1857 and rebuilt as the barge ARK.

On 8 October 1871, the Chicago fire destroyed many fine vessels while they were docked in the harbor. These included the new propeller NAVARINO, the steamer PHILO PARSONS, the schooner GLENBULA, the schooner ECLIPSE, the schooner BUTCHER BOY, the bark VALETTA, the schooner ALNWICK, the bark A. P. NICHOLS, the bark FONTANELLA, the fore-and-aft schooner STAMPEDE, the schooner N. C. FORD, and the schooner CHRISTINA NEILSON. The only recorded casualties among the sailors were on the ALNWICK; her mate died and the captain burned his hands severely.

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

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




Teakglen in Goderich

10/07
After lightening part of her cargo at plants One and Two at the Goderich Elevators, the Teakglen secured along side the Willowglen. The vessel will remain there as a storage vessel. The vessel departed last week under her own power for this one way trip.

Reported by: Dale Baechler




Gale Warnings for Lake Superior

10/07
Storm warnings forecasted for western Lake Superior on Sunday were downgraded to Gale warnings. With waves forecasted in the 10-foot range, several vessels decided to wait out the storm in Thunder Bay. The wind had been steadily building from the North West and is expected to peak late Sunday evening. At 9 p.m. winds were 40 mph with waves reaching the predicted 10-feet.

The Gordon C. Leitch anchored off of the North Breakwall entrance, a few miles out. She is heading to Duluth/Superior. Anchored nearby is the Courtney Burton. The Burton is bound for Silver Bay to load taconite. The Algolake finished loading at the Thunder Bay Terminals and appeared to be anchoring out off of the main entrance about two miles to wait out the weather also. The Saltie Agean Sea is also at anchor waiting to load in port.

Other vessels in port Oct 6 were the Mapleglen. It appears to remain in lay-up but has been showing signs of activity aboard. The Montrealais was in for her 5-year inspection late summer and then went into lay-up. She has now moved out of lay-up and was loading at P & H elevator on the Saturday before moving to Mission Elevator on Sunday to continue loading.

The Cedarglen was loading at United Grain Growers "a" elevator Sunday, while the saltie Federal Rhine was busy loading at Richardson elevator.

Long term lay-ups in port include: Wolf river, Algontario and the tug Radium Yellowknife. The Radium Yellowknife usually delivers lumber to Superior, WI but has not seen any use this summer and remains at the wall at the old Manitoba Pool elevator. The Hull of the old CSL boat Saguenay, continues to sit up the Kam River with an unknown future.

October 1 saw the visit of the cruise ship c. Columbus. She docked at the Keefer Terminals and passengers were given the option of touring Kakabeka Falls, Ouimet Canyon or the Old Fort William. After a day of activities, she departed for Duluth, MN. The Columbus owners have reported that the ship will not tour the Great Lakes next season but will instead offer a round the world tour. The ship may return to the Lakes the following year in 2004.

Pictures by Rob Farrow
Robert W - dredging operations in the Saskatchewan Pool 7a slip.
Canadian Prospector - loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7a.
CCG Cape Lambton - towing disabled pleasure boat past the Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay.
CSL Niagara - loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7a.
Montrealais - during her late summer 5-year inspection.
Atlantic Erie - departing Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Gene Onchulenko




Weather Holds Boats at the Soo

10/07
The strong winds and rain sent several freighters to anchor. In the lower St. Marys River the Great Lakes Trader, George A. Stinson, W.N. Twolan and barge McAllister 132, H. Lee White and the Algowood. The Arthur M. Anderson, James R. Barker and the Burns Harbor anchored in Whitefish Bay. Also in the river system upbound Sunday evening was the Algomarine. Downbound was Canadian Enterprise, Reserve and John B Aird.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Scott Best




Port Inland Delays

10/07
Gale force winds on Lake Michigan were delaying traffic expected to load at Port Inland Sunday. The Buffalo was waiting for weather in Green Bay after unloading and the Herbert C. Jackson, who was expected to arrive early Monday morning, had also gone to anchor.

Reported by: Scott Best




Unusual Visitor in Escanaba

10/07
Great Lakes Fleet's Presque Isle paid a rare visit to Escanaba, MI Sunday when she arrived for a load of taconite. This is the second unusual GLF visitor in recent weeks, as the Edgar B. Speer loaded taconite last month. The tug Jane A Hannah and a barge were docked on the south side of the ore dock likely waiting out the weather.

Pictures by Dick Lund
Presque Isle loading.
Bow view at dock.
Close-up of loader and tug.
James A Hannah at the dock.
Pictures by Eric & Sandy Chapman
Loading.
Another view.

Reported by: Dick Lund and Eric & Sandy Chapman




Fleet Count Steady As October Begins

10/07
The active U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet totaled 60 hulls on October 1, the same as a year ago. Included in that total is the straight-decker Kinsman Independent. The vessel ended its summer-long lay-up on September 16 and is again hauling grain from Duluth/Superior to Buffalo.

Yet to see service this season are: Elton Hoyt 2nd (Interlake Steamship); Edward L. Ryerson (Central Marine Logistics); Joseph H. Frantz (Oglebay Norton Marine Services Company); and Richard Reiss (Erie Sand Steamship).

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Tonnage up in the Twin Ports

10/07
Increased iron ore and coal shipments in the Port of Duluth-Superior have sustained this year’s rise in cargo volume, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority reported last week.

All cargo through August totaled 22.9 million metric tons, a six percent increase from last year’s 21.5 million tons and seven percent above the five-year average of 21.4 million tons. Although all Great Lakes iron ore shipments were reportedly down by nine percent, Duluth-Superior’s iron ore cargoes rose to 10.3 million metric tons, a 22 percent jump from last year’s 8.5 million tons.

Coal shipments through August from Superior’s Midwest Energy Resources Co. reached 9.4 million tons, one percent above last year’s 9.3 million tons. Outbound coal through the facility is expected to set a Port record for the ninth consecutive year this season.

Shipments of bulk grain, the Port’s third leading cargo, reached 1.3 million tons in August, a 20 percent decrease from last year’s 1.7 million tons. A lakes-wide decline in steel imports has meant fewer ocean ships available at competitive outbound rates.

The Port’s three principal cargoes of iron ore, coal and grain combined for 92 percent of total commerce. Iron ore represented 45 percent, coal 41 percent and grain six percent.

Total international trade was boosted by strong Canadian iron ore and coal shipments to 7.8 million metric tons, a 16 percent increase from the 6.7 million tons reached a year ago.

Increased domestic shipments of iron ore helped lift total domestic trade to 15.1 million tons, a one percent increase from last year’s 14.9 million tons.

Vessels visiting the Port through August totaled 654, an increase of 51 from last year. There were 390 U.S.-flag, 191 Canadian-flag and 73 overseas vessels.

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority




Montreal News

10/07
The Algosound was expected to depart her lay-up dock at Section 56 in Montreal Sunday afternoon for Port Cartier, Quebec to load for Hamilton. An equipment problem has delayed her departure until early Monday.The Algosound had been in lay-up since December 28, 2000.

Fleet mate Algonorth is also back in service. Saturday the North was loading at Pointe Noire for Hamilton.

The passenger ship Norwegian Sea was expected in Montreal Sunday morning. After a stop in Montreal the vessel will head back to Quebec City.

The Canadian general cargo vessel AIVIK is coming down from the north. The vessel is returning after re-supplying the Canadian Artic. She's heading up the seaway for Valleyfield and a possible load for the last trip up north for the season. She passed Escoumins at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Recent Montreal Pictures by Kent Malo
Windoc under the port wing.
Windoc showing the burnt out port holds and the intense heat which burnt the paint off the bulkhead port side.
View of Windoc from the Algonorth sec 56 Montreal.
View of passageway aboard the Algosound sec 56 Montreal.
The condo ship The world at King Edward pier Montreal, where a condo will go for 2 million to 10 million dollars, condo fees range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year.

Reported by: S. Masson and Kent Malo




Canadian Provider in Service

10/07
The Canadian Provider was upbound on the Welland Canal Sunday.

Approaching Bridge 11.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Lake Michigan Fishing and LST 393 Update

10/07
After several years with no commercial fishing out of Ludington, Mi., it appears to have returned. Operating out of the Lake Michigan port recently is the gill netter Delores. The fishing tug recently relocated from Fairport, Mi. along with two trap net boats. One is the Cierra and the other unnamed. Both are owned by the Little Band of Ottawa Indians. It is interesting to note that the Delores operated out of Manitowoc, Wi. years ago, she is a former Burger Boat hull.

Down in Muskegon, the long idle Highway 16 is about 90% complete to her change over to LST 393 and part of the Silversides Foundation.

LST 393.

Reported by: Wendell Wilke




Lakes Stone Trade Records Another Deficit In September

10/07
Shipments of limestone from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports totaled 4.2 million net tons in September, a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. For the season, the trade stands at 25,166,439 net tons, likewise a decrease of 1.5 percent. Loadings at U.S. ports are virtually unchanged, but shipments from Canadian docks have slipped by 7.5 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Green Bay Traffic

10/07
The Alpena visited Green Bay on Saturday and was docked alongside the S.T. Crapo transferring cement at Lafarge. On Sunday the Buffalo arrived and docked at Western Lime to unload.

Buffalo inbound Sunday.

Reported by: Wendell Wilke




Detroit Traffic

10/07
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sora downbound at Grassy Island.
Close up.
Arizona Dream unloading at Nicholson's.
Bow view.
Goodtime III on Nicholson's Drydock.
American Mariner downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Kinsman Independent downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

10/07
The CSL Laurentien was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain on Sunday. The Armco was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. There are no vessels in at the Shipyard at the present time. The Joseph H. Frantz and Saturn remain in layup at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Maumee on Monday. The Nanticoke on Tuesday. The Algolake on Wednesday followed by the John B. Aird on Friday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve on Tuesday, followed by the Buckeye on Wednesday. The Algosteel is due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Monday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Bay Shipbuilding Update

10/07
The tug Coastal Reliance was launched at Marinette Marine on Sept. 28. This tug is a sister ship Ocean Reliance which was launched on July 13. The Integrated Towboats measure 27 feet by 42 feet and were being built for Vessel Management Systems of Washington State. The tugs will join the two oil barges being built by Bay Shipbuilding, the oil barges will have very unromantic names of numbers. The first barge was launched sometime in August as the 550-3 and is 512' x 78'. There was a report that there are options for two more complete units. Vessel Management is reported to be interested in building a total of at least ten units. Two were built in a Gulf shipyard and are now operating.

Reported by: Al Jackman, Vic DeLarwelle, Scott Best and The Wheelhouse




Lighthouse Festival

10/07
The seventh-annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival takes place October 10 - 13. Events include tours of the old and new Presque Isle Lighthouses, indoor and outdoor exhibit booths, entertainment and more.

Be sure to stop by Saturday and Sunday and visit with the staff of Great Laker Magazine in the vendor area.

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Weekly Updates

10/07
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Today in Great Lakes History - October 07

The ALGOWOOD was launched October 7, 1980 for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

PAUL THAYER (b) EARL W. OGLEBAY) was launched October 7, 1973 for the Union Commerce Bank Trustee, Cleveland, OH and managed by Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland. She was built under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970 for $12.6 million.

BIRCHGLEN was launched October 7, 1926 as a) WILLIAM McLAUCHLAN, US.226176, for the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH.

BLACK RIVER, Lake Bulk Freighter. Built as a Steel Barge in 1897 by the F.W. Wheeler & Co., she was Launched October 7, 1896 as a) SIR ISAAC LOTHIAN BELL

The HUTCHCLIFFE HALL was raised October 7, 1962 and taken to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. She had sunk after a collision a few days earlier.

October 7, 1923 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 went back into service after being overhauled and having new cabins built on her main deck.

The MADISON suffered a fire on October 7, 1987 while lying idle at Muskegon and was badly damaged.

In 1903, ADVENTURE (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 108’, 142 GT, built in 1875 at Detroit as a schooner) caught fire while tied to the Kelly’s Island Line & Transport Co. dock. The blaze spread so quickly that those on board barely escaped. She was towed from Kelly’s Island out into Lake Erie by the tug SMITH to save the dock and the adjacent schooner ANDERSON.

In a severe gale and rain/hail storm on 7 October 1858, the 247 ton schooner OSPREY approached Oswego, New York. As she was about to enter the harbor, the vessel struck the east pier broadside. Her masts and rigging were carried away and she started to sink. Capt. John Parsons got his wife and child out of the cabin to try to escape to the pier. His wife was washed overboard and drowned. Capt. Parsons held on to his child, but another wave struck the wreck and swept the child into the water. George Crine, the mate, was also swept overboard. Those three were lost, but the next wave swung the wreck about with her bowsprit over the pier and the captain and the six remaining crewmen scrambled to safety. The entire town and harbor mourned those deaths and held a dockside service two days later with many prayers and all flags at half mast. Donations were accepted for the surviving sailors since they escaped with only the clothes on their backs.

On 7 October 1873, the PULASKI was launched at the Archibald Muir yard on the Black River in Port Huron. Her dimensions were 136' x 26' x 11', 349 gt. She was a three mast "full canaler", painted white and her private signal was a red M on a white ground bordered with blue. Her sails were made by Mr. D. Robeson of Port Huron.

On 7 October 1886, the Port Huron Times reported that "The old side-wheel ferry SARNIA, which was a familiar sight at this crossing [Port Huron-Sarnia] for so many years, and which is said to have earned enough money in her time to sheet her with silver, the hull of which has been for some years back used as a barge by the Marine City Salt Company, has closed her career. She was last week scuttled and sunk near the Marine City Salt Works wharf."

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

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




Teakglen Update

10/06
The last voyage of the bulker Teakglen was well documented as dozens of boat watchers that gathered along the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers Saturday. The Teakglen spent most of the day traveling up bound from Lake Erie enroute to Goderich where she will join Willowglen as a storage vessel. Around 4:30 she passed under the Blue Water Bridges and headed out into Lake Huron. On several occasions she offered salutes to watchers along the shore, and the museum lightship Huron received a full master's salute in response to a salute from the lightship.

St. Clair River. Dave Wobser and Roger LeLievre
Teakglen Bow at Marine City.
Teakglen Stern.
Boatnerds Gathered at the Blue Water Bridges.
Teakglen approaching the bridges.
Under the bridges.
Heading to Goderich.

More Port Huron Andy Severson
Wide view.
Close up.

Passing Detroit Saturday morning Mike Nicholls
Teakglen upbound at DMT2.
Stern view.

More Detroit Neil Schultheiss
Upbound below the Ambassador Bridge.
Close up of bow.
Coming along side.
Paterson logo below a coat of paint.
Mailboat deck hand Dave Tozer hands off the final load of mail.
Mailboat Capt. Sam Buchanan saluted the vessel with a master's salute.
Stern view.
Passing the J.A.W. Iglehart.
Westcott Co. mascot Molly watched the Teakglen from shore.

Pictures by Dan Sweeley Friday in the Welland Canal
Teakglen upbound on the Welland Canal Friday.
Lock 6.
Another view.
At Lock 7.
Passing.
Stern view.
Underway.
Close up.
Another view.
At Port Colborne.
History of the Teakglen.




Teakglen aerial views

10/06
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake St. Clair Saturday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need. Teakglen underway.
View 2.
View 3.
View 4.
View 5.
View 6.
Southdown Challenger in the Cutoff Channel.
Another view.
Reserve.
Catherine Desgagnes.
Algomarine.
Bow view.

Reported by: Don Coles




Scan Oceanic Departs

10/06
Saturday morning the Scan Oceanic departed after spending the week unloading wind generating equipment carried from Denmark. The unloading was completed on Friday but high winds kept the vessel from leaving.

Crews expect to take about three weeks to clear the dock of the many components unloaded. Of the 6 wind turbines, five of the units are destined to Huron Wind Co. of Tiverton, Ont. near the Bruce Energy Centre and one for Sky Generation Inc. of Ferndale, north of Wiarton, Ont. The shipments, some being dimensional loads requiring special police escort, will require 35 truck loads to move the cargo to its destinations. Each tower will stand 394-feet tall and generate 1.8 megawatts of power per year, enough energy to supply power to 600 homes.

Reported by: Peter Bowers




Stowaways Jump Ship

10/06
Two young men in their twenties from the Dominican Republic jumped off the Egyptian Roro ship Al Minufiyah into the cold waters of the St. Lawrence River early Saturday morning. The westbound ship had just completed a pilot change at the Quebec Station and was picking up speed off Anse-aux-Foulons (sections 101-108) when the two stowaways were seen scrambling in the dark waters. The Coast Guard was immediately called and both stowaways were picked-up and turned over to the local police who passed them on to Immigration Canada authorities.

The captain of the Al Minufiyah indicated that the two men had been discovered as his ship was sailing off the Nova Scotia coast and it was then decided that they would be delivered to Canadian Immigration authorities once the ship had reached its final destination in Montreal.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Twin Ports Traffic

10/06
Canadian Miner loading at Cenex Harvest States #2.
Vancouverborg at the Duluth Port Terminal.
Stern view.
Roger Blough unloading stone into the hopper at the DM&IR ore docks in Duluth.
Close up of the Blough's unusual unloading boom in action.

Reported by: Glenn Blaszkiewicz




Marquette Report

10/06
The H. Lee White loaded taconite pellets on Saturday while the Paul R. Tregurtha unloaded coal. No ships are expected Sunday, but on Monday the Great Lakes Trader, Algomarine, and Adam E. Cornelius are all expected. Strong winds and high waves are expected on Lake Superior Sunday night which could delay arrivals.

H Lee White loading.
Bow view.
Paul R. Tregurtha unloading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Alpena News

10/06
The Maumee made an unusual visit when it arrived in the Thunder Bay River around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning. It unloaded a cargo of stone that was loaded at Stoneport on Friday night. The Maumee backed out of the river about 9:30 a.m. to turn around out in the bay.

In other news the Paul H. Townsend is due in Saturday night to load cement (weather permitting). Also the Sam Laud is scheduled to bring in a load of coal to Lafarge Saturday night. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity and the steamer Alpena are due into port on Sunday.

Maumee unloading.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Saginaw Update

10/06
The Paul H. Townsend was outbound the Saginaw River early Saturday morning after unloading at the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton. She was passing Cass Ave around 8:15 a.m. Meeting the Townsend near the Front Range was the Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader. She was inbound with a split load, lightering at the Sargent Dock in Essexville, then continuing upriver for the Saginaw Rock Dock to finish. The pair was expected to be outbound late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

The John J. Boland arrived at the Bay Aggregate Dock during the early afternoon. She finished unloading and was outbound during the early evening.

Picture by Todd Shorkey
Paul H. Townsend outbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Bow shot.
Stern view.

Pictures by Dean Frazer
Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader.
The unloading frame of the Great Lakes Trader. Note the rubber tired lifting devise beside the unloading frame.
The Joyce L came out of the notch and a work boat entered for some type of repair or maintance.
The Joyce L. turning above 6th street, E.M. Ford on the left side of the picture.
Joyce L. headed down stream at the I-75 Zilwaukee Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




St. Clair River Traffic

10/06
Other traffic in the St. Clair River Saturday included the Edgar B Speer downbound and Southdown Challenger preceding the Teakglen upbound.

Following the Teakglen closely on her trip up the St. Clair River was the Algomarine, which joined several of her fleet mates in Sarnia. In fact, Algoma had an impressive display of 5 vessels lined up nearly end to end. These included Algomarine, Algonova, Algocatalyst, and Algoeast all at the Imperial Oil facility, and the Agawa Canyon just astern of the Algoeast unloading at the stone dock.

Dave Wobser and Roger LeLievre
Edgar B. Speer at St. Clair Inn.
Southdown Challenger.
More Port Huron Andy Severson
Challenger passing.
Heading for Lake Huron.

Reported by: Dave Wobser and David Swain




Detroit Traffic

10/05
Pictures by Mike Nicholls
Middletown downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
barge Chief Wawatam & tug Avenger IV downbound off River Rouge headed for the Mc Louth Steel Dock with a load of steel coils.
Avenger IV close up.
Stern view.
Dennis Sullivan downbound off DMT2.
Stern view.
J A W Iglehart downbound off DMT 2 after departing the Detroit Lafarge Dock bound for Toledo.
Stern view.
George A Stinson unloading at Zug Island.
Lake Ontario (Marshall Islands) unloading at Morterm In Windsor.
Algomarine upbound at the Rouge Short Cut Entrance.
Stern view.
Sandviken (Bahamas) loading at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
Stern view.
Kapitonas Andzejauskas (Lithuania) anchored at Ojibway.
Stern view.
Cleveland excursion boat Goodtime III on Nicholson's Drydock.
Grande Mariner at Bishop Park in Wyandotte.
Stern view.
More Detroit by N. Schultheiss
J.A.W. Iglehart downbound.
Close up.
Stern view.
McKee Sons & tug Invincible.
Close up.
Stern view.
Charles M. Beeghly downbound for the Rouge. She spent the night at the Belle Isle Anchorage waiting for the water level to rise.
Tug Pioneer downbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Busy day on the Cuyahoga

10/06
Friday afternoon saw five ships on the Cuyahoga River. With four moving ships and three G tugs communications were vital to ensure safe passing. The Fred White completed unloading ore at the upper ISG dock at 3 p.m. that afternoon and began backing down the river. She was forced to stop at the CBS dock to wait for upbound traffic to pass.

The Mississagi unloaded sand at the Cuyahoga Road Products dock next to West 3rd Street and completed her unload at about 3:45 p.m. She was assisted stern first downriver by the G tug California. While downbound she tied up on the east bank of the river at collision bend to await passage by the upbound Sea Eagle and barge St. Marys II. The St. Marys II gave a security call for upbound traffic at 3 p.m. The tugs Mississippi on the stern and Delaware on the bow brought the cement barge stern first to the Blue Circle dock.

The David Z. Norton arrived off Cleveland at 3:30 p.m. to unload ore at the ISG upper dock. The Norton decided to tie up at Dock 20 to await a break in the downbound traffic. The barge Kellstone I and tug James Palladino were unloading stone at their dock Friday afternoon with prime seating to see 4 other lake boats pass by.

Pictures by Rex Cassidy
Mississagi unloading.
Close up.
Outbound.
Another view.
The corps crane and barge adding stone to the west breakwall .
A view of the old coast guard station.
The David Z approaching and docking at dock 20.
Close up.
The St. Marys passing the Kellstone, 3 tugs shown, Sea eagle, James Palladino and Mississippi. Palladino, Delaware and St. Marys barge.
Another view.
The St. Marys passing the Fred White.
Pictures by TZ
Fred R. White Jr. inbound.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Toronto News

10/06
The saltie Federal Maas arrived quite early Friday morning with a cargo of raw sugar in. She began unloading at the Redpath dock. Later in the day Stephen B. Roman returned to port with another load of cement.

The saltie Arizona Dream finished unloading at Pier 51 Friday and departed during the night.

The McKeil tug Atomic went out Saturday morning to a saltie anchored in Humber Bay and returned shortly thereafter. She likely took a pilot off the vessel.

Reported by: Gerry Ouderkirk




Today in Great Lakes History - October 06

Herb Fraser & Associates completed repairs on the Algosoo at the Welland Dock on October 6 1986. She had suffered a serious fire at her winter mooring on the west wall above Lock 8 at Port Colborne, Ont. on March 7, 1986.

The bow section of the PRESQUE ISLE (2) arrived Erie October 6, 1972. The section was towed from Defoe Shipbuilding at Bay City, MI by the tugs MARYLAND and LAURENCE C. TURNER. The total cost to construct the tug/barge thousand footer was approximately $35 million.

October 6, 1981 the ERINDALE's bow was damaged when she hit the Allanburg Bridge abutment running downbound in the Welland Canal

In 1980 the LAC DES ILES grounded in the Detroit River just below Grassy Island, the result of a faulty steering mechanism. She freed herself a few hours later. The damage caused by the grounding ended her career.

This day in 1870, the schooner E. FITZGERALD was launched at the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard at Port Huron, MI. Her dimensions were 135' x 26' x 11'.

In 1875, the MERCHANT (iron propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 200', 750 t, built in 1862 at Buffalo) was carrying lumber on Lake Michigan when she stranded on Racine Reef near Racine, Wisconsin. Then she caught fire and was gutted before she could be refloated. She had stranded on that same reef twice previously. She was the first iron cargo ship built on the Lakes and the first one lost.

On 6 October 1873, JOHN A. McDOUGALL (wooden schooner-barge, 151’, 415 GT) was launched at Wenona, MI. She was built at the Ballentine yard in only five weeks.

On 6 October 1889, PHILO SCOVILLE (3-mast wooden schooner, 140', 323 t, built in 1863 at Cleveland) was sailing from Collingwood for Chicago when a storm drove her into the shallows and wrecked her near Tobermory, Ontario. Her captain died while trying to get ashore through the rocks. The Canadian Lifesaving Service saved the rest of the crew. At first the vessel was expected to be recovered, but she broke up by 10 October.

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

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




Teakglen Update

10/05
The Teakglen continued its one way trip to Goderich Friday clearing the Welland Canal about 1:00 p.m. Shortly after mid night Saturday the Teakglen was expected to reach South East Shoal in Western Lake Erie about 3:15 a.m. and at the Detroit River Light about 6:30 a.m.

Average transit time would have the vessel passing Detroit about 9:30 a.m., Port Huron about 2:30 p.m. and arrival in Goderich Saturday evening. Once in Goderich the vessel will enter long term lay-up as a grain storage barge.

It is interesting to note that there was a previous Mantadoc that served as a storage barge in Goderich. The first Mantadoc was renamed R G Sanderson in 1963 and served as a storage barge in Goderich until it was scrapped in 1983 at Thunder Bay, On. It was launched as the Frank W. Gilchrist at West Bay City, MI in 1903. It was renamed Cepheus when Gilchrist went out of business in 1913. It was sold Canadian in1926 and renamed Mantadoc.

Pictures by Dan Sweeley
Teakglen upbound on the Welland Canal Friday.
Lock 6.
Another view.
At Lock 7.
Passing.
Stern view.
Underway.
Close up.
Another view.
At Port Colborne.

Reported by: Dan Sweeley, Dave Wobser, Bill Hoey and Mike Nicholls




Miner's Visit May Be a Long One

10/05
The Mesabi Miner remained in Sturgeon Bay Friday and appears it may stay there for the rest of the season. The Miner arrived Thursday for repairs to damage suffered when the vessel grounded in the Straits of Mackinaw on Wednesday night.

The large dry dock at Bay Shipbuilding is occupied by a new build barge and is not expected to be clear until some time in December. If the dry dock is not available until that time it is likely the vessel will not return to service this season.

Reported by: Ron Cameron




High Winds Delay Traffic

10/05
Friday Gale force winds were forecast across each of the Great Lakes as an intense low pressure system passed through the region. This heavy weather has delays shipping across the lakes.

On Lake Superior and Whitefish Bay the gale force winds sent ships to shelter at ports and docks while others waited out the storm at anchor. Upper pool readings above the Soo Locks Friday night were over 2 feet; lower pool readings at plus ten inches above datum. Winds were at 45 to 50 mph and gusting at times.

Friday’s traffic upbound included Joseph L Block, Algolake, Gordon C Leitch, Walter J McCarthy Jr, Halifax, St Clair, and Courtney Burton. Downbound was the John G Munson, Edgar B Speer, American Mariner, Armco, Algosteel, Stewart J Cort, Kinsman Independent, Barnaby, and Canadian Olympic. At anchor was the Limnos at Soo Harbor, Algosteel at Algoma, St Clair, WN Twolan & barge (lower river) and American Mariner.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Marquette Update

10/05
The Lee A. Tregurtha loaded taconite on Friday. The H. Lee White was expected at the Shiras Steam Plant dock Friday, but the weather may hinder that. She is expected to move to the ore dock on Saturday, providing she makes it in to the lower harbor on time. The Great Lakes Trader is due in on Monday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Toledo News

10/05
Friday morning there were no active vessels in port. The Wolverine had departed Toledo Shipyard after spending time there for unspecified repairs. The Wolverine is bound for Cedarville, Michigan to load stone. The Algomarine was due in late Friday afternoon for the CSX Docks to load coal. The American Republic was due in late Friday afternoon at the Torco Ore Docks to unload ore.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the tug/barge combo Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder on Saturday, followed by the Maumee and Nanticoke on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Middletown and Armco on Saturday. However with Gale warnings posted for most of the Great Lakes at this time vessels scheduled to arrive here may be delayed because of the weather.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - October 05

On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5 1997, while passing White Shoal Light on their way to Charlevoix, the Medusa Challenger was hit by a waterspout. The only damage reported was a spotlight on the pilothouse bridge wing lifted out of its support and crews bikes stored on deck rose vertically. The 1906 built boat was also reported to have been vibrating in an unusual manner. Another boat in the area reported wind gusts of almost 100 mph in the brief storm. That same day the eastern UP was hit with a violent storm that blew down trees a foot in diameter.

The ARTHUR B. HOMER, loaded with ore, was in a head-on collision, October 5, 1972, with the unloaded Greek salty NAVISHIPPER at Buoy 83 in the Detroit River's Fighting Island Channel. NAVISHIPPER reportedly had no licensed pilot aboard at the time, a violation of Maritime law. There were no injuries, but the HOMER suffered extensive bow damage up to and including part of her pilothouse.

The GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (2) was christened on October 5, 1954 for the National Steel Corp. (M.A. Hanna Co., mgr.), Cleveland, OH.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL was in collision with steamer RICHARD V. LINDABURY on a foggy October 5, 1962 off Grosse Pointe Farms in Lake St. Clair. The canaller suffered a 12-foot gash on her port side forward of her after cabins and sank. She was raised October 7th and taken to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

On October 5, 1967 while outbound on the Saginaw River after discharging a load of limestone at Saginaw, MI, the J.F. SCHOELLKOPF, JR.'s steering failed which caused her to hit the west side of the I-75 Zilwaukee Bridge. The SCHOELLKOPF, JR. incurred little damage but the south bound lanes of the bridge were out of service for several days until repairs were completed.

The ARTHUR H. HAWGOOD was launched October 5, 1907 for the Neptune Steamship Co. (Hawgood, mgr.), Cleveland, OH.

On 5 October 1889, BESSEMER (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 178 , 436 GT, built in 1875 at St. Clair, MI) was carrying iron ore along with her consort SCHUYLKILL (wooden schooner, 152 , 472 GT, built in 1873 at Buffalo) in Lake Superior. They were struck by a rapidly rising gale and ran for the Portage Ship Canal. It became obvious that BESSEMER was sinking. The two collided and went onto a reef at the mouth of the canal and they both broke up quickly. The crews were able to jump onto the breakwater. The wrecks partly blocked the canal until they were dynamited the next September.

On 5 October 1877, TIOGA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 549 t, built in 1862 at Cleveland) was towing two barges in a storm on Lake Erie when she caught fire. The high winds fanned the flames. Her crew escaped to the barges and were later picked up by the steamer BADGER STATE. The burned out hulk of TIOGA sank the next day in 30 feet of water off Point Pelee. This was her first year of service as a bulk freighter; she had been built as a passenger steamer and was converted in 1877.

On 5 October 1900 the lumber hooker SWALLOW was involved in a collision in the early morning hours and ended up ashore near Cherry Beach. A week later, she was lightered and freed, then taken to Detroit for repairs. She foundered in a storm one year later (18 October 1901).

On 5 October 1904, CONGRESS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 267', 1484 gt, built in 1867 at Cleveland as the passenger vessel NEBRASKA) was seeking shelter at S. Manitou Island on Lake Michigan when she caught fire. The fire spread quickly. To prevent it from destroying the dock, a courageous tug skipper got a line on the CONGRESS and towed her out on the lake where she burned for 13 hours and then sank in 26 fathoms of water. No lives were lost.

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

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




Teakglen Update

10/04
The Teakglen arrived off Port Weller shortly after 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. The Teakglen passed the downbound Oakglen on Lake Ontario as she approached the Welland Canal. The vessel is expected to take about 12 hours to transit the Welland Canal and reach Lake Erie Friday morning.

Average transit time from Port Colborne at the southern end of the Welland Canal to Detroit is 17 hours, 24 hours to Port Huron.

The Teakglen is expected to arrive in Goderich some time Saturday afternoon. Once in Goderich the vessel will enter long term lay-up as a grain storage barge.

Reported by: Howard Whan and Wally Wallace




Miner Visits Ship Yard

10/04
The Mesabi Miner arrived in Sturgeon Bay Thursday morning and went to anchor off Sherwood Point Light. There she was pumping out ballast before entering the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Channel stern first heading for Berth #15 at Bay Shipbuilding.

The vessel was reported to have grounded early Thursday morning in the Straights of Mackinaw. It is unknown how long the vessel will remain at Bay Ship.

Pictures by Vic DeLarwelle
Off Sherwood Point Light.
Stern off from graving dock.
State of Michigan at Berth 4.
Side View of the State Of Michigan from Bull Head Point .
Wide view at Bay Ship from Bull Head Point.

Pictures by C. Grota
Miner docked for repairs.
Close up of bow.
New barge under construction.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and C. Grota




CanMar Victory Enters Dry Dock

10/04
Arriving from Montreal Thursday afternoon was The CanMar Victory arrived Thursday afternoon and went to anchor, waiting for high tide to enter the Champlain dry dock of Davis Industries at Lévis QC.

The CanMar Victory ran aground Saturday afternoon 30 miles west of Quebec City off Deschambault. Two Groupe Ocean tugs pulled the container-ship free 24 hours later. The ship was authorised to sail west to Montreal to off-load its cargo of 100 containers pending its return to be dry-docked at Davis Industries.

The initial examination of the hull revealed a tear 36-feet long by 5-feet wide in the forward portion of the ship including the fore-peek. Once in dry dock , a more complete appraisal of the damages will be made in order to determine the cost.

The CanMar Victory is expected to be in dry-dock for about two weeks. The cost of the repairs could reach in to the millions.

A spokesperson from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) indicated that several factors may have been the cause of this grounding. Its was established that no hydraulic or electrical malfunctions were at cause. Operational causes are being looked at including the ergonomics of the wheelhouse and the experience of the helmsman.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Unloading Continues

10/04
The Scan Oceanic will remain in Owen Sound through Friday as crews continue to unload wind turbine equipment. Thursday the process continued as the huge 90 ton turbines were off loaded onto flatbed trucks.

Once assembled each tower will stand 394-feet tall and generate 1.8 megawatts of power per year, enough power to supply 600 homes.

Scan Oceanic unloading on Thursday.
Close up.
Wind Turbine Nacelle loaded on to truck.

Reported by: D. Shearman




Marquette Update

10/04
The Algosteel arrived in Marquette Thursday morning but had to wait for the Charles M. Beeghly to finish loading before coming in to the dock. The north side of the dock was clear, but had been loaded for the American Mariner which was expected but had been delayed. The American Mariner arrived that afternoon and began loading.

The Algosteel began loading in the evening, as the dock had to be recharged after the Beeghly left. The Lee A. Tregurtha was expected Thursday night, but would not be loading until Friday, again because the dock would have to be recharged. The H. Lee White is expected on Saturday.

Waves up to 13 feet are expected on parts of Lake Superior on Friday, which could cause considerable delays.

Algosteel at anchor.
American Mariner loading.
Close up.
Algosteel unloading.
Bow view.
Close up of pilot house.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Barker in Green Bay

10/04
The Kaye E. Barker arrived in Green Bay at 4 a.m. Thursday morning with 14,800 tons of coal from Toledo for the C. Reiss Dock. Unloading was expected to take five and a half hours with a departure around 9:30 a.m. for Cedarville, MI to load coal.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Alpena Update

10/04
The J.A.W Iglehart entered Alpena early Thursday morning to load cement at Lafarge. The vessel later departed heading for Detroit. The Paul H. Townsend was also in port Thursday afternoon loading for Saginaw. The Alpena was expected Thursday after 10 p.m.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Fair Port Ohio

10/04
Philip R. Clarke unloaded limestone at the former LTV Lime Plant Monday night. After unloading she shifted over to load at the salt mine all day Tuesday. About 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the load was nearly complete.

Agawa Canyon had unloaded at Osborne's Sunday night, backing out just after midnight. Those watching her depart were treated to the mellow sound of her F-M diesel engines.

Clarke unloading.
Another view.
Wide view.
Loading salt.

Reported by: Dave Merchant




Erie Update

10/04
The Lake Ontario paid a rare visit to Erie on Thursday arriving at 6 p.m. The vessel turned around in the bay, taking quite some time and then slowly docking at the Mounfort Terminal to unload two containers from Belgium. After unloading the Lake Ontario will depart for Windsor, Detroit, Burns Harbor and Milwaukee.

This is the forth saltie to visit Erie in 2002. This visit comes five months to the day that her sister ship, the Lake Superior, visited Erie.

The weather on Lake Erie was rather rough when the Ontario arrived. The J.S. St. John departed Erie to collect sand from the lake bottom at 7 p.m. but the vessel quickly turned around and headed back into Erie.

Ontario inbound.
Close Up of Containers on Deck.
Close Up of her stern. Notice waves following alongside the vessel.
Stern View.
J.S.St. John at the Mounfort Terminal.
Lake Ontario docking.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Today in Great Lakes History - October 04

On October 4, 1979 the ST. LAWRENCE NAVIGATOR arrived at the Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ont. where she was lengthened to the Seaway maximum length of 730' overall. A new bow and cargo section was installed including a bow thruster and was assigned Hull #66. New tonnage; 18,788 GRT, 12,830 NRT, 32,279 dwt. The ST. LAWRENCE NAVIGATOR was renamed c) CANADIAN NAVIGATOR in 1980 and now sails for ULS Corp.

The TEXACO BRAVE (2) was launched today in 1976 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan for Texaco Canada Ltd., Don Mills, Ont.

On October 4, 1980 the ARTHUR B. HOMER was laid up for the last time at Erie, PA.

As a result of the collision between the PARKER EVANS and the SIDNEY E. SMITH, JR. 4 months earlier alternate one-way traffic between the Black River Buoy and Buoys One and Two in Lake Huron was agreed upon by the shipping companies. This happened on October 4, 1972

The JAMES E. FERRIS' last trip before scrapping was from Duluth, MN with a split load of 261,000 bushels of wheat for Buffalo, NY arriving there October 4, 1974.

The JIIMAAN, Twin Screw RoRo Cargo/Passenger Ferry built to Ice Class 1D standards had its Keel laid October 4, 1991

On October 4, 1982, the Benjamin F. Fairless laid up for the last time in Duluth. She was towed out of Duluth on her way to an overseas scrap yard on June 17, 1988.

October 4, 1940 - The Ludington Daily News reported "The Pere Marquette carferries handled approximately 95,000 freight cars last year." (1939)

On 4 October 1877, BRITISH LION (3 mast wooden bark, 128', 293 T, built in 1862 at Kingston, Ontario) was carrying coal from Black River, OH to Brockville, Ont. She was driven ashore at Long Point in Lake Erie by a storm and wrecked. She was the first bark on the Lakes to be wire rigged and she was built for the Great Lakes - Liverpool trade.

The barges BELLE CASH and GEO. W. HANNAFORD, owned by Capt. Cash of East China Township, Michigan, were driven ashore on Long Point in Lake Erie on 3 October 1875.

On 4 October 1883, JAMES DAVIDSON (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 231', 1456 gt, built in 1874 at W. Bay City, MI) was carrying coal and towing the barge MIDDLESEX in a storm on Lake Huron. She was driven onto a reef near Thunder Bay Island and ripped up her bottom. The barge was rescued by the tug V. SWAIN. No lives were lost. Financially, the DAVIDSON was the most extensive loss on the Lakes in the 1883 season. She was valued at $65,000 and insured for $45,000. Her coal cargo was valued at $8,000.

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

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




Teakglen Update

10/03
The Teakglen entered the Seaway upbound for Goderich around noon Wednesday. Shortly before entering the Seaway they passed fleet mate Pineglen downbound from Thunder Bay for Port Cartier. Shortly after midnight Thursday morning, the vessel was entering the Snell Lock.

Having engine problems Wednesday morning was the salty Spar Opal which anchored at Pointe-aux-Trembles about 10:45 a.m. She is transiting the Seaway from Thunder Bay. Inspectors were en route that morning to go aboard and have a look.

Reported by: René Beauchamp and Ron Walsh




Algonorth and CanMar Victory Ready to Depart

10/03
The Algonorth was scheduled to depart Montreal Section 56 South at 11 p.m. Wednesday night. The vessel will be heading for Pte Noire.

The CanMar Victory was expected to depart at 11 p.m. Wednesday night heading for MIL Davie for repairs. The container ship should arrive at the drydock about 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

Reported by: S. Masson




Two Ships Named Lake Superior

10/03
Two salt water vessels named Lake Superior are headed for the Great Lakes.

One Lake Superior is headed to Detroit, coming form Bremen, Germany. This vessel is operated by FedNav. A second Lake Superior is headed for Hamilton coming from Chiba, Japan. This Lake Superior is the former Millenium Raptor. The Raptor was renamed Cardinal earlier this year but was renamed again in June to Lake Superior.

Reported by: Matt Miner




Acushnet on Drydock

10/03
The Acushnet was picked up on Tuesday morning for repairs to damage suffered after grounding on Crab Island Shoal in the St. Marys River. MCM Marine in Sault Ste Marie is cutting a 3' x 12' section out of the boat and replacing four frames. Once complete the tug will be ready for its journey home.

Hull inspection.
Another view.
Close up.
Another view.
View inside.
Acushnet on the Detroit River in 2001.

Reported by: Brian Williams




Twin Ports Report

10/03
Duluth harbor was busy early Wednesday as the cruise ship Columbus took on fuel at the port terminal while the Middletown eased past bound for the DMIR ore dock on St. Louis Bay. Grain elevators on both sides of the harbor also were busy, with Varnebank at General Mills in Duluth, Kinsman Independent at General Mills S in Superior, and Algoville and Elikon at Cenex Harvest States in Superior. John G. Munson was expected to load taconite pellets at DMIR in Duluth after arriving from Ontonagon, Mich.

Roger Blough will be carrying another of its occasional stone cargoes to Duluth. It was loading at Cedarville on Oct. 2 and is due at the DMIR stone hopper on the 4th.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

10/03
The Charles M. Beeghly brought a load of coal to Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant Wednesday, then stayed on to take a load of ore. Thursday will be a busy day, with some delays for ships, as the Algosteel, American Mariner, and Lee A. Tregurtha all expected.

Charles M. Beeghly docked.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Detour Traffic

10/03
Below are images of traffic in the lower St. Marys River Wednesday.

Paul R. Tregurtha upbound.
Iryda downbound.
Pilot boat along side the Iryda.
Roger Blough heading into Cedarville.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Green Bay Traffic

10/03
The Agawa Canyon arrived about 11 a.m. on Wednesday with a load of 19,068 tons of salt from Goderich for the Fox River Dock. They unloaded for about six hours and left Green Bay in a light rain for Ontario to load.

The Kaye E. Barker is due at the C. Reiss Coal Dock at 5 a.m. with a load of coal from Toledo. Traffic expected in port over the next few days include the Calumet, due with a load of coal for Georgia Pacific around 9 a.m. Friday. Also due in the next few days is the Fred R White.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Owen Sound Elevator

10/03
The Great Lakes Elevator Company's rumored re-entry into the marine shipping field took very concrete steps forward in the last few days with the delivery of a new marine loading spout. Inside the elevator fumigation is taking place on a cargo reported to be being made ready to be loaded and taken out by ship.

Truck traffic is moderately heavy as cargos of beans, rye, corn and wheat are arriving daily. Goderich is reported to have cut off inbound shipments due to their capacity being filled. Five more shiploads are reported to be scheduled for delivery at the elevator this year. With the current loads stored, there is insufficient capacity left to handle these five loads giving more weight to the shipping of grain from the facility.

The reported outward marine shipments are expected to be beans.

Reported by: Peter Bowers




Toledo Update

10/03
The salt water vessel Pomorze Zachodnie was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator Wednesday. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was loading cargo at the Sun Dock. The Algolake is due in at the CSX Docks to load coal on Wednesday evening.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will now be the Algomarine on Friday, the Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder on Saturday, followed by the Maumee on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Buckeye on Thursday. The American Republic on Friday, followed by the Middletown and Armco on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

10/03
The Stephen B. Roman was unloading at Dock 20 Wednesday and departed that afternoon. The Alpena was unloading at Lafarge and also departed Wednesday afternoon.

The saltie Isoda was unloading on the lakefront. The David Z. Norton was outbound with the California, the Norton is now running the Lorain-Cleveland shuttle. The tug James Palladino and barge Kellstone I was inbound with a load of stone.

Pictures by TZ
David Z. Norton outbound.
California working the stern.
Another view.
Heading for the harbor.
Line is released.
California heads back to her dock.
Norton continues out as the James Palladino and Kellstone I arrive.
Tug and barge inbound.
Close up of bow.
Passing the old Coast Guard Station.
Close up of James Palladino.
Stern view.
Stephen B. Roman unloading.
Departing Cleveland.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Toronto Report

10/03
The tug Everlast and barge Norman McLeod arrived Tuesday aft and tied up at The Docks Entertainment Complex at the foot of Polson Street. the pair arrived for a commissioning ceremony that took place Wednesday afternoon.

The Everlast was followed by the tug Petite Forte and the St. Mary's Cement barge tying up at Pier 52. The pair departed a short time later.

The saltie Arizona Dream was in early Tuesday morning. The former CCG vessel Still Watch (a.k.a. Vast Explorer for the film about Robert B. Vallard's adventures) left Pier 29 Tuesday afternoon and tied up at the Harbour front Centre farther to the west.

Friday, Oct. 4th is members' slide night for the Toronto Marine Historical Society. Guests are welcome. The meeting is held at the Swansea Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m. click here

Reported by: Gerry Ouderkirk




Kingston Traffic

10/03
The tug Mister Joe is towing a 180 metre long pipe tow from Belleville to Toronto. The total tow length is 274 metres. The vessel is marked with daymarks and restricted navigation lights. She may stop in the Murray canal due to weather.

The Ottawa based, tour boat Senator is westbound for drydock in Kingston. She was in Brockville at 11:36 a.m.

The barge McCleary Spirit , used to haul aviation gasoline to Hamilton, was eastbound last night. The barge was being pushed by the tug Salvor instead of the regular tug William J. Moore.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Keith Yetter, marine construction engineer, dies

10/03
L. Keith Yetter, a longtime marine construction engineer at the Head of the Lakes, died Sept. 30, 2002, in Duluth. He was 70 years old. Mr. Yetter was vice president of Zenith Dredge Co. and its successor, Marine Tech Inc., for more than 40 years before retiring in 1999.

His contributions to the Great Lakes maritime industry included the design and construction of Duluth's public marine terminal; the Burlington Northern Sante Fe taconite facility in Superior; the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway shiploader in Two Harbors; Barkers Island Marina in Superior; the Erie Pier dredge disposal site in Duluth; and numerous grain elevator docks. He also designed and built harbors in Bayfield, Wis., Silver Bay, Minn., Tofte, Minn., and Saxon Harbor, Mich.

Reported by: Al Miller




Today in Great Lakes History - October 03

The E.G. GRACE was delivered to the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland on October 3, 1943. The E.G. GRACE was part of a government program designed to upgrade and increase the capacity of the U.S. Great Lakes fleet during World War II. In order to help finance the building of new ships, the U.S.M.C. authorized a program that would allow existing fleets to obtain new boats by trading in their older boats to the Government for credit. As partial payment for each new vessel, a fleet owner surrendered the equivalent tonnage of their existing and/or obsolete vessels, along with some cash, to the Maritime Commission.

October 3, 1941 - The CITY OF FLINT 32, eastbound from Milwaukee collided with the PERE MARQUETTE 22 westbound. The PERE MARQUETTE 22 headed directly for Manitowoc for repairs while the CITY OF FLINT 32 continued to Ludington where she discharged her cargo, then headed for the shipyard in Manitowoc.

On 3 October 1887, ALBION (wooden propeller steam barge, 134’, 297 GT, built in 1862 at Brockville, Ont.) was carrying lumber and towing the schooner ARK in a foggy night during a gale. She stranded on the rocks near Grindstone City, MI in Lake Huron. The U. S. Lifesaving Service rescued her crew and some of her gear and cargo, but she was totally wrecked the next day. The schooner ARK survived.

The barges BELLE CASH and GEO. W. HANNAFORD, owned by Capt. Cash of East China Township, Michigan, were driven ashore on Long Point in Lake Erie on 3 October 1875.

On 3 October 1900, one hundred years ago, The steel freighter CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON left Port Huron on her maiden voyage for Marquette, Michigan where she loaded 6,200 tons of iron ore for Cleveland, Ohio.

ARK (3-mast iron-strapped wooden scow-schooner-barge, 177', 512 t, built in 1875 at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) was in tow of the steam barge ALBION (wooden propeller, 134', 297 gt, built in 1862 at Brockville, Ontario) on Lake Huron when a terrific storm struck on 3 October 1887. Both were loaded with lumber. Both vessels were driven ashore near Grindstone City, Michigan. The U.S. Lifesaving Service rescued the crews. The ALBION was pounded to pieces the next day and the ARK was declared a total loss, but was recovered and was sailing again within the month.

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

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




Teakglen Heads for Goderich

10/02
The Teakglen departed Quebec Harbor about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. The vessel is sailing upbound on a one way trip to Goderich, Ont. carrying a cargo of wheat.

Once in Goderich the vessel will enter long term lay-up as a storage barge along with the former Willowglen all ready in port. Average transit time to the entrance of the Welland Canal at Port Weller is 45 hours. At average speeds she would arrive in Goderich late on Friday.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




CanMar Victory Repairs

10/02
The damaged CanMar Victory will be dry -docked at Davie Industries of Lévis, QC. Repairs will be made to damage suffered in Saturday's grounding. The CanMar Victory is expected to depart from Montreal on Wednesday and go directly to dry dock.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Evtac orders sparse, but steelmakers hold out hope

10/02
Evtac Mining Co. has orders for only 1.4 million tons of taconite pellets in 2003, but a Minnesota senator says AK Steel and Stelco Inc. may yet increase their purchases from the plant in which they share ownership.

Stelco said last week that it would buy about 1.4 million tons of taconite pellets from Evtac next year -- a drop of nearly 50 percent from 2002. AK Steel said it hasn't yet ordered any pellets from Evtac for next year. With its current orders for 2003, the plant could operate only part of the year and possibly could close.

Sen. Paul Wellstone said Monday, however, that officials of AK Steel and Stelco haven't made their final decisions on whether to buy more tonnage from the taconite mine and processing plant near Eveleth, Minn.

Wellstone told the Duluth News Tribune that Stelco officials said their company could elect to purchase additional tonnage. The steelmakers' representatives said they would like Evtac to secure other customers, he said.

AK Steel officials told Wellstone a final decision hasn't yet been made on whether to buy pellets from Evtac.

AK Steel owns 45 percent owner of Evtac while Stelco owns 15 percent. Rouge Steel owns 40 percent.

Brian Hiti, deputy commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, said officials will meet with Evtac next week to discuss ways the IRRRB or other government agencies might be able to help the pellet producer. Hiti said financial assistance programs could be developed for capital projects that would help Evtac lower its production costs.

Evtac ships its pellets through the DMIR ore dock in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller




C. Columbus Heads for the Twin Ports

10/02
The German cruise vessel C. Columbus is scheduled to make her seventh call to the Port of Duluth-Superior today.

The vessel has included this port on its Great Lakes cruise itinerary since 1997 with the exception of 2001, when its September 16 call was cancelled as a result of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Port, Convention and Visitors Bureau and City officials continue to work with cruise marketing coalitions to attract additional major cruise ship operators to the Great Lakes and to Duluth-Superior.

“Our ships are starting to come in,” said Ron Johnson, president of the Duluth-Superior Cruise Committee and treasurer for the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition. “The U.S. cruise vessel Grande Mariner plans to visit the Port of Duluth-Superior twice in 2003 as part of eight-night Lake Superior Grande Tours between here and Charlevoix, Mich.

“The French-owned, five-star cruise ship Le Levant, which is presently operating between Toronto and Chicago, is also expected to add Duluth-Superior to its itinerary in 2003. Both of these vessels plan to use the Port as an embarkation/debarkation point, which exposes the community to increased economic impact.”

Carrying about 300 European passengers and a crew of 169, the Columbus is scheduled to arrive under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at 5:30 a.m. on October 2. It will proceed to the Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Duluth Marine Terminal for 122,000 gallons (450 metric tons) of fuel.

A 7:30 a.m. dockside-welcoming ceremony will be held where Duluth Mayor Gary Doty, Superior Mayor Sharon Kotter and Port Director Davis Helberg will extend a welcome to Captain Ralf Zander and Cruise Director Claus Peter Bruhns. The Proctor Community Band under the direction of Tracey Gibbens will perform prior to the ceremony.

The vessel will then move to the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center dock for the remainder of its stay. The Duluth Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with the Columbus’ designated receptive operator, Canadian Tours International, Toronto, in setting up shore tours for the passengers during the day. Duluth sightseeing, Madeline Island and Gooseberry Falls/Split Rock Lighthouse tours are planned. The vessel is scheduled to depart at 6 p.m. on October 2.

The Columbus entered the Great Lakes in September for six Great Lakes cruises—four offered to North American passengers by Great Lakes Cruise Co., an Ann Arbor, Mich., division of Conlin Travel, and two cruises for European passengers. The Columbus call to the Port of Duluth-Superior is part of the first 10-night cruise for European passengers which began in Windsor, Ont., and will end in Chicago. More than 30 German-speaking volunteers from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin will be on hand to welcome the passengers and assist them during their stay.

The Columbus, operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruiseship Management, GmbH, Hamburg, was built in 1997 at the MTW shipyard, Wismar, Germany. It has five passenger decks that include a swimming pool, sauna, spa, gym, hospital, library, boutique, salon, wine bar and a lounge with a stage and a dance floor. The Bahamian-flagged ship is 472.4 feet long, and 70.5 feet wide.

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority




Vancouverborg & Algoway Visit

10/02
Boatwatchers in Menominee, Mi. and Marinette, Wi. were treated to a rare sight Tuesday as two ships arrived in two hours. The Vancouverborg was the first to appear with a load of wood pulp for K&K Warehouse in Menominee. An hour later the Algoway entered port with another load of salt for Marinette Fuel & Dock Co. The pilot on the Vancouverborg was at first concerned about coming into port, because the Algoway was supposed to be here first and would have taken up most of the navigable channel. As it turned out, the Algoway went to anchor during the night to wait out the weather, giving the Vancouverborg time to get in ahead of her.

Algoway passes North Pier Lighthouse.
Close-up.
Stern view.
Passing the William H. Donner.
Heading up the Menominee River.
Heading for K&K Warehouse dock.
Unloading at K&K Warehouse.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Marquette Update

10/02
The Courtney Burton began loading taconite Monday afternoon, but had a stoppage as thunderstorms swept through the area. Loading resumed after the storms passed. The Charles M. Beeghly is expected at the docks Wednesday.

Courtney Burton unloading.
Bow view.
Spoils from the dredging in the harbor.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Goderich News

10/02
The Canadian Progress loaded at the salt mine on September 26 departing during the night. The Algoway loaded salt overnight, and departed at 9 a.m. Sunday, heading for Marinette, Wisconsin. The Agawa Canyon was expected Tuesday morning to load salt for Green Bay. The residents of Goderich are looking forward to the arrival of the Teakglen on Friday, when she will join the Willowglen as a floating grain storage ship in the inner harbor.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Coast Guard Open House

10/02
In conjunction with the Boatnerd Welland Canal Gathering the Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue vessel CGR 100 will be having an open house on Saturday October 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. CGR 100 is at the Coast Guard Station inside the harbor at Port Weller, north of lock 1. The station is located on the Welland Canal and offers a unique photographic opportunity of ships entering Port Weller piers. Port Weller lighthouse is also at the Coast Guard Station.

CGR 100 is a Multi Task Medium Endurance Lifeboat Medium range with moderate to high speed, capable of operating in all weather conditions in semi sheltered waters - station mode.

For more details on CGR 100 click here.
Directions: The road along the West side of the Welland canal (the road Lock 3 viewing area and museum is on) is Government Road. Follow Government Road Northbound as far as you can go, past lock 1 and the northern approach wall. There you will find a fenced area with a gate, which will be open. Enter the compound and continue until you get to the CG station.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Toledo Update

10/02
The salt water vessel Pomorze Zachodnie was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator Tuesday. The Kaye E. Barker was loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed Tuesday morning. The Arthur M. Anderson was unloading coke at the T.W.I. Dock and departed on Tuesday morning.

The next coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will now be the Algolake on Wednesday. The Algomarine on Thursday. The Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder on Saturday, followed by the Maumee on Sunday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Buckeye on Thursday. The American Republic on Friday. The Middletown, and Armco on Saturday, followed by the Adam E. Cornelius on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lighthouse Festival

10/02
The seventh-annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival takes place October 10 - 13. Events include tours of the old and new Presque Isle Lighthouses, indoor and outdoor exhibit booths, entertainment and more.

Be sure to stop by Saturday and Sunday and visit with the staff of Great Laker Magazine in the vendor area.

Click here for more information




Man Tries to Bungee on to Ship - Misses

10/02
A man was charged with criminal mischief on Monday after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to bungee jump from a Vancouver bridge to the deck of a passing cruise ship.

William Dean Sullivan miscalculated the ship's speed and suffered minor head injuries on Sunday when he bounced off its tennis court, volleyball net and a deck railing, before being left dangling in mid-air as the ship sailed away, Vancouver Police said.

Police said Sullivan has planned to bungee jump from the Lions Gate Bridge, which spans the entrance to Vancouver harbor, stopping just above the passing ship so he could then lower himself a short distance to the deck. After failing to land on the ship Sullivan rappelled himself down to the water where he was rescued by a passing water taxi, which turned him over for arrest.

Reported by: Rob Gilmore




Today in Great Lakes History - October 02

CANADIAN OLYMPIC was christened on October 2, 1976 at St. Catharines. Her name honors the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

The TADOUSSAC (2) departed Collingwood on her maiden voyage October 2, 1969 to load iron ore at Fort William, Ont.

The AMERICAN last operated in 1956 and then was laid up at Manitowoc, WI. On October 2, 1972

The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON and CONSUMERS POWER (3) arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan October 2, 1988 where dismantling began on October 14th by Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co. Ltd.

On her maiden voyage October 2, 1943, the E.G. GRACE cleared Lorain bound for Superior, WI to load iron ore.

The HOCHELAGA (2) departed Toronto October 2, 1993 in tow of the McKeil tugs GLENBROOK and KAY COLE for Montreal, Que and then to the cutters torch.

On October 2, 1969, the Tadoussac entered service.

October 2, 1954 - The PERE MARQUETTE 21 sailed into Ludington on her second maiden voyage of her career.

On 2 October 1888, OLIVER CROMWELL (wooden schooner-barge, 138', 291 T, built in 1853 at Buffalo) was being towed by the steamer LOWELL in a storm in Lake Huron when she broke her towline. She rode out most of the storm at anchor, but then she snapped her anchor chains and she was driven ashore at Harbor Beach, MI where she broke up.

The 183', 3-mast wooden schooner QUEEN CITY was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan on 2 October 1873.

The Port Huron Times reported the following shipwrecks from a severe storm that swept the Lakes over 2-3 October 1887: Schooner CITY OF GREEN BAY lost near South Haven, MI; the schooner-barge CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON, lost near Buffalo, NY; the steam barge ALBION and her consort the schooner-barge ARK ashore near Grindstone City, MI; the 3-mast schooner EBENEZER ashore near Holland, MI; the wooden package freighter CALIFORNIA sunk in the Straits of Mackinac; the schooner HOLMES ashore at Middle Island on Lake Huron; the schooner GARIBALDI ashore near Port Elgin on Lake Huron; the barge MAYFLOWER disabled near Grand Haven, MI; the schooner D. S. AUSTIN ashore at Point Clark; and the schooner HENRY W. HOAG ashore at Erie, PA.

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

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




Teakglen Departs

10/01
The Teakglen departed her lay-up berth in Montreal Sunday on what is reported to be her first and last voyage as a member of the CSL fleet.

The Teakglen is loading wheat in Quebec City for delivery to Goderich, Ontario.

Once in Goderich the vessel will enter long term lay-up as a storage barge along with the former Willowglen all ready in port.

The vessel is expected to depart Quebec at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Average transit time to the entrance of the Welland Canal at Port Weller is 45 hours. At average speeds she would arrive in Goderich late on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman, Frederick Frechette, Kent Malo




Grounding Damages Hull

10/01
The inspection performed on the hull of the container-ship CanMar Victory indicate that the ship suffered significant underwater damage resulting in a punctured fore-peek following Saturday’s grounding 30 miles west of Quebec City near Deschambeault.

The CanMar Victory was pulled free Sunday afternoon at high tide with the assistance of two Groupe Ocean Tugs. Transport Canada inspectors authorized the ship to sail back to Montreal to off-load its cargo of 100 containers. The CanMar Victory departed section 27 at 5 p.m. Monday and is expected in Montreal Tuesday. Once the off-loading completed, the CanMar Victory will be required to enter dry dock and be repaired before being allowed to transit the St. Lawrence River for the open seas. Davie Industries of Lévis ,QC and Verreault Industries of Les Méchins QC have expressed interest in performing the required repairs.

In other Quebec Harbor news, Monday was a busy day. Four cruise-ships were docked Monday in Quebec City with a total of over 4,000 passengers. The Silver Shadow (Bahamas), Astor (Bahamas), Norwegian Dream (Bahamas) Breamar (Panama).

The large oil tanker Cap Diamant (94,729 grt-Greece) was unloading Algerian crude oil At the Ultramar Refinery Marine Terminal

Also in Port the Kopalnia Borynia (Malta) Undergoing urgent repairs, the Lone Star (Malta) loading scrap iron for a Mexican port and the Eleoussa (Malta) unloading raw sugar from Australia.

Canmar Victory aground Saturday.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Scan Oceanic Unloads

10/01
The Scan Oceanic arrived in Owen Sound about 10 p.m. Sunday evening and docked at the East wall of the Inner Harbor, north of the Miller cement silos. By 9 a.m. movement was well underway as truck arrived to carry the wind generators, their blades and masts to Tiverton and Ferndale, Ont.

The wind turbine manufacturer's are very pleased with the response of the city to the unloading and transportation of the heavy cargo. They report that the most difficult part will be getting the nacelles, which weigh up to 175,000 lbs., out of the city and up the escarpment.

Monday evening a large crowd gathered to watch the unloading continue. The Scan Oceanic's portside cranes moved very slowly and gently, with the weight of the nacelle being counterbalanced by a weighted container that is moved in harmony with the load. Each crane can lift 100-tons.

The shipments will require 35 trucks to move the cargo, some components being up to 150 feet long, to its destinations according to the Owen Sound Sun Times. The larger components will require special police escort. Each tower will stand 394-feet tall and generate 1.8 megawatts of power per year, enough power to supply 600 homes.

The Scan Oceanic is the first saltie to carry a cargo from an overseas port and the first European ship to carry cargo into the port since 1959. That cargo however was a domestic load of grain from the Lake head.

The Scan Oceanic is scheduled to depart on Thursday.

Pictures by: D. Shearman
Scan Oceanic docked and unloading.
Another view.
Close up.
Unloading.
Trucks ready to load.
First nacelle is loaded.
Stern view.
Flag is adjusted (was upside down).
Close up of her bow.

Picture by Ed. Saliwonchyk
Counter weight suspended over starboard side.
More information on the Scan Oceanic.

Reported by: D. Shearman, Peter Bowers and Ed. Saliwonchyk




Independent Locks Through

10/01
Monday afternoon the classic straight decker Kinsman Independent locked upbound at the Soo. This is the Independent's second trip this fall, they are heading to Superior WI to load wheat for Buffalo. Also upbound in the river Monday evening was the C.Columbus, Algorail and Stewart J Cort.

Upbound approaching the Mac Lock.
Close up.
Stern view above the locks.

Reported by: Scott Best




Cort's Lay-up Date

10/01
The 1000-foot Stewart J. Cort will be sailing an extra month thanks to six trips that were added to her schedule. The vessel was expected to enter winter lay-up the first week of October, the addition of the trips should keep her out until mid November. The vessel typically enters lay-up in late December or January.

The Cort and fleet mate Burns Harbor continued operating through an outage at the Burns Harbor Plant earlier this year. The outage allowed excess stock piles to build and is blamed for the early lay-up. Fleet mate Burns Harbor is expected to sail a normal season and enter lay-up in late December or January.

Reported by: Ron Haynes




Algoma Fit Out

09/30
The Algocen departed her lay-up berth in Toronto Monday. The vessel is headed to load at Pointe Noire, Quebec for Hamilton.

The Algonorth is undergoing fit out at Section 56 South in Montreal, she is expected to depart on Friday.

The deck crew will report aboard the Algosound on Wednesday and prepare the vessel for the fall grain rush. It is expected to depart Sec 56 North in Montreal on Saturday.

Reported by: Kent Malo, Philip Nash and Gerry O.




Twin Ports Report

10/01
The grain trade is perking up a bit, with several salties in port Monday. For the second time in recent days, Cenex Harvest States was loading two ships at once. Marilis T was in the No. 1 berth and Elikon was in Berth 2. Until last week, the elevator was only using one berth, even if vessels were waiting to load.

Also in port for grain, the Lake Michigan was completing a load at the Peavey elevator in Superior. Varnebank was unloading wood at the port terminal. It's expected to load grain for the outbound trip. These small ships frequently load beet pulp pellets at the General Mills elevator in Duluth. Algoville was anchored out on the lake waiting for a berth at Cenex Harvest States.

Elsewhere in port, Presque Isle was unloading stone at the DMIR ore dock while CSL Tadoussac waited out on the lake for a chance to load pellets at the dock. Buckeye was expected in later in the day to load at DMIR.

Across the bay, Oglebay Norton was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal. American Republic was due in later in the day to load coal for delivery to Ashland, Wis.

Reported by: Al Miller




Sarnia Grain

10/01
The Algocape spent Monday loading corn in Sarnia. She finished loading about 7:30 p.m. and departed for Sorel, Quebec. The Algocape backed down to the Black River Light and then turned to head down river.

The Saginaw was dock (stern in) at the Sarnia Government Docks, waiting their turn to load corn. Busy time of year at the elevator.

Algocape and Saginaw.
Close up of Saginaw.

Reported by: T. Parker and Jamie Kerwin




Wolverine stops in Detroit

10/01
The Wolverine visited on Sunday morning, bringing limestone from Port Inland to the Ajax Dock on the Rouge River. She arrived about 7:30 a.m. and unloaded 3 different Types of Limestone before departed about 2 p.m. That morning while entering the Rouge River about 6:45 a.m.. she had to make tight move around the Munson which was at the Marblehead Dock unloading. The Munson tucked her stern in about 12-15 feet to give the Wolverine a little more room to maneuver around her.

Reported by: Gary Angel




Toledo Report

10/01
The CSL Laurentien finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed Monday morning. The Reserve followed her loading coal while the Algolake was waiting at the Dock to follow the Reserve. The Atlantic Erie was at the T.W.I. Dock loading coke breeze. There was a tug and barge at the B-P Dock. The Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at the present time. The Joseph H. Frantz, and Saturn remain in lay-up in port.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will now be the Kaye E. Barker on Tuesday. The Algolake on Wednesday. The Algomarine on Thursday, followed by the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder on Friday. The Armco is due in at the Torco Ore Dock on Monday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Buckeye on Thursday, followed by the American Republic on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto News

10/01
Port Authority ferry Maple City returned to service at 10 a.m. Friday and was removed from service a couple of hours later for steering problems. This vessel has been in and out of the water for the past few months at the Atlas Crane.

The tug Glenmont has been half painted. Forward end is done but the aft still looks rusty. The tug Kenteau brought in a spud barge Sunday afternoon. The dive support vessel Triple C was out Sunday.

Next scheduled visitor on Toronto Drydock is the tug Ecosse which was last here 10 years ago for dry docking. It was on Heddle's drydock in Hamilton for its last 5 years inspection.

Sugar boat Ziemia C., Le Levant and cement boat Stephen B. Roman have all visited port recently.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Durocher Dock and Dredge Auction

10/01
Durocher Dock and Dredge will hold two auctions next week selling off the company's equipment. On October 9 the Northern Division located in Cheboygan, Mi will auctioning off 16 barges and the tugs Champion, Joe Van, Nancy Anne, Ray Durocher and numerous heavy equipment, the portable buildings that were used when the Mac lock was overhauled a few years ago and two Harley Davidson motorcycle's.

On October 11 the Southern Division in Jacksonville, Fl. will offer the tugs Meghan Beth, Michael Van and Paceco Sea Witch along with 14 barges and numerous heavy equipment .

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Andrew Severson




Today in Great Lakes History - October 01

The CHICAGO TRADER was laid up on October 1, 1976 at the Frog Pond in Toledo.

Dismantling commenced October 1, 1974 on the KINSMAN INDEPENDENT (1) at Santander, Spain.

October 1, 1997 - The CITY OF MIDLAND 41 was towed out of Ludington to be converted to a barge.

On 1 October 1843, ALBANY (wooden brig, 110T, built in 1835 at Oswego, NY) was carrying merchandise and passengers when she went aground in a storm and was wrecked just a few miles from Mackinaw City, MI.

The steam barge C. H. GREEN was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan for Mason, Green & Corning of Saginaw on 1 October 1881. She was schooner rigged and spent her first year as a tow barge. The following winter her engine and boiler were installed. Her dimensions were 197' x 33' x 13', 920 tons. She cost $70,000.

On 1 October 1869, SEA GULL (wooden schooner, 83 tons, built in 1845 at Milan, Ohio) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan. She was driven ashore and wrecked south of Grand Haven, Michigan. The wreck was pulled off the beach a few days later, but was declared a constructive loss, stripped and abandoned. She was owned by Capt. Henry Smith of Grand Haven.

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

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




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