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Tentative agreement with union ends Algoma Central strike

10/31 - Algoma Central Corp. has reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Merchant Service Guild, the maritime union representing navigation and engineering officers in the Algoma product tanker fleet, ending a strike that began October 21.

The union represents 54 employees of Algoma Tankers Limited. Vessels that have been tied up as a result of the strike will commence operations as soon as arrangements are made to return the crews to the ships.

Marine Log

 

Port Reports -  October 31

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Republic arrived Duluth just after noon on Monday loaded with limestone for Hallett #5. During the evening, Mesabi Miner departed with ore from CN. Kwintebank and Joseph L. Block were outbound during the late evening, the latter bound for Two Harbors after taking a delay at Fraser. Cason J. Callaway remained at Hallett #5 loading sinter, American Mariner continued loading at CHS, and Star II continued to discharge cement at Holcim. The Mariner was expected to depart before midnight.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure Monday of the Philip R. Clarke at 14:15 for Gary. The Clarke loaded at South of #1, North of #1, and finished up at South of #1. Due Two Harbors Monday night is the Edwin H. Gott. She should be arriving by 20:30 on Monday. Still scheduled for Two Harbors is the Joseph L. Block, but as of Monday night she was still at Fraser Shipyards. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday are the John D. Leitch, Roger Blough and Algowood arriving after unloading salt at Hancock, Mich. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of Walter J. McCarthy Jr. at 03:45 Monday for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay late Tuesday night is the James R. Barker.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, October 30th 14:20 the saltie Osogovo arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 14:39 Algoma Harvester departed for Port Cartier.

St. Marys River
Herbert C. Jackson was anchored in the lee of Whitefish Point Monday night. G3 Marquis, James R. Barker and Michipicoten were upbound. Manitoulin (to Buffalo), Stewart J. Cort and Hon. James L. Oberstar were downbound.

Muskegon, Mich.
Kaye E. Barker unloaded Monday and departed north in the evening. Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Alpena arrived about 11 a.m. Monday with cement from the port of Alpena. John J. Boland departed the Fox River for Cedarville just after 8 a.m. Monday. Undaunted / barge Pere Marquette 41 were expected in Green Bay overnight Monday.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Asahi continued unloading at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor on Monday. Prentiss Brown / barge St. Marys Challenger arrived about 4:30 p.m. Monday, proceeding to their terminal near Kinnickinnic Avenue. Karen Andrie and its barge arrived overnight Sunday night and were docked Monday near the UW Freshwater Sciences Building.

Southern Lake Michigan
Nomadic Hjellestad was at Burns Harbor Monday. CSL Assiniboine was at Gary. Federal Elbe, Flevorborg and Elbeborg were at docks on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Helena G. was still loading grain on Monday.

Toledo, Ohio
Monday evening, Algoma Equinox was at anchor off the Toledo channel, likely waiting on calmer winds before coming in to load.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday - Barry Andersen
(High winds and rough weather have sent a number of vessels to seek safe anchorage until the weather calms down.)

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Algosea at 1006 (anchored) - departed - Oct 29 - Algoscotia at 2202 for Sarnia

Long Point Bay anchorage: (for weather delay)
Arrivals - (upbounds) - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0158 and and Whitefish Bay at 1527- downbounds - Rosaire A. Desgagnes at 1314, and Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 1721

Welland Canal upbound:
arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Schelde (Bds) at 1937 and Whitefish Bay at 2120 - Oct 30 - Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0149

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - none

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge - wharf 12 - (down bounds) tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1343 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1513

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 30 - Algoma Olympic at 0155 and Robert S. Pierson at 1007 - docked - Oct 24 - Florence Spirit at 1945, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2019 - Oct 27 - Irma (Cyp) at 1227 - Oct 28 - Frontenac (disregard - did not stop at Hamilton), Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 2132 from Oshawa - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851. Departed - Oct 30 - Florence Spirit at 1743 eastbound

Anchorage off Burlington:
Arrivals - Oct 30 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0018 and Capt. Henry Jackman at 1702

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 25 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1257 unloading at Redpath - arrival - Oct 30 - arrival - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1305 - departed at 1349 for anchorage off Burlington

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 29 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1927 and Mississagi at 2325 - departure - Oct 30 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 0403 for Toronto

Tibbetts Point anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0345

Prince Edward Bay:
Arrivals (anchored) - downbound - Oct 30 - Olza (Lbr) at 0448. Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0621, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1140, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1739 and Algoma Strongfield at 2028

Carlton Island:
Arrivals (anchored) - up bound -Sten Idun (Gib) at 1752 and Sloman Helios (Atg)) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1753

 

Mariners Memorial Service Nov. 10 in Traverse City

10/31 - Traverse City, Mich. – The community is invited to attend the 42nd annual Mariners Memorial Service at noon Friday, November 10 in the courtyard of Northern Michigan College's Great Lakes campus.

The memorial service is held to remember and honor mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans, and is sponsored by the Student Propeller Club, Port 150, of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

The Great Lakes Campus is located at 715 E. Front St., at Barlow Avenue (next to the Holiday Inn) in Traverse City. Guests are invited to enter through the glass exhibition hall and proceed into the outdoor courtyard on the north side (harbor side) of the building.

Refreshments will be served following the service. For more information, call the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at (231) 995-1200.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy

 

Door County Maritime Museum honors veterans with Veterans Day exhibit

10/31 - Manitowoc, Wis. – The Door County Maritime Museum will host a special Veterans Day Exhibit November 4-18. Learn the history of Veterans Day itself as well as more information about the many veterans of Door County who served faithfully through our countries past conflicts. Included in this exhibit will be the unveiling of our newest six-foot-long model WW2-era subchaser, complete with full crew.

The model is that of the SC1034, an anti-submarine craft built by Peterson Boat Works in Sturgeon Bay in 1943. Its operational life was spent primarily protecting the harbors of the Pacific coast during the war years. Built over several decades by John W. Luehrsen and featuring life-like 3D printed models of its crew, this model will help illustrate in fine detail life at sea during war.

The Door County Maritime Museum, located at 120 N Madison Ave, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, will be open daily from 10 am-5 pm. The museum will be offering free admission to any veteran in addition to active duty members on November 11. For more information visit www.DCMM.org or call 920-743-5958.

Door County Maritime Museum

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 31

On this day in 1984, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the international railroad bridge at Sault Ste. Marie went askew and blocked boat traffic until 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 2. Twelve boats were delayed up to 41 hours by the incident, costing the operators an estimated $350,000.

On 31 October 1888, A W LAWRENCE (wooden propeller tug, 72 foot, 51 gross tons, built in 1880, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin) blew her boiler at 2:30 a.m. off North Point near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tug quickly sank. Four of the six aboard were lost. None of their remains were ever found. The tug MERRILL rescued the cook and a passenger. The LAWRENCE was owned by Capt. Mc Coy & Banner and valued at $5,000.

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 for Canada Steamship Lines on her maiden voyage bound for Thunder Bay, Ontario to load iron ore for Hamilton, Ontario. The GRIFFITH was rebuilt with a new larger forward section and renamed b.) RT. HON PAUL J. MARTIN in 2000.

The CADILLAC was launched October 31, 1942, as a.) LAKE ANGELINE.

ELMGLEN cleared Owen Sound, Ontario on October 31, 1984, on her first trip in Parrish & Heimbecker colors.

On October 31, 1966, while down bound in the St. Marys River loaded with 11,143 tons of potash for Oswego, New York, 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, Michigan.

The CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON, a.) WILLIAM C. MORELAND, 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 Toledo’s 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, Ohio, 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 foot, 898 gross tons, 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 p.m., near Bar Point, the schooner suddenly sheered and before the to 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 were rescued by the schooner's lifeboats.

On 31 October 1821, WALK-IN-THE-WATER (wooden side-wheeler, 135 foot, 339 tons, built in 1818, at Black Rock [Buffalo], New York) 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, Michigan.

On 31 October 1880, TRANCHEMONTAGNE (wooden schooner, 108 foot, 130 tons, built in 1864, at Sorel, Quebec) 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 a.m. 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.

1885: WILLIAM T. GRAVES stranded at North Manitou Island, Lake Michigan, and was a total loss.

1911: The wooden lumber carrier D. LEUTY hit a squall off Marquette. The wooden steamer ran on the rocks off Lighthouse Point while trying to return to the harbor and was a total loss. The crew was saved and later the machinery was salvaged.

1929: SENATOR and MARQUETTE collided in fog on Lake Michigan and the former sank with the loss of 10 lives.

1952: The Swedish vessel RYHOLM was hit portside ahead of the bridge by the Swiss freighter BASILEA and beached 23 miles below Quebec City. The former had been a pre-Seaway visitor to the Great Lakes and was not salvaged until June 6, 1953. It became CARLSHOLM in 1957 and last came inland in 1967. The ship was scrapped at Aviles, Spain, as d) ARCHON in 1972.

1975: The tug JESSE JAMES operated on the Great Lakes from 1923 to 1966. It caught fire and sank as c) BALEEN about 30 miles southeast of Boston. All on board were saved.

1991: The MAHOGANY visited the Seaway in 1978 and as b) CARDIFF in 1981. It was sailing as f) PANAGHIA PHANEROMENI when in collision with the AQUILLA off Piraeus Roads. The ship was repaired at Perama, Greece, before it returned to service in January 1992.

2005: The Canfornav bulk carrier EIDER was only one year old when it ran aground near Famagusta, Chile, while inbound to load copper ore. The ship was damaged but refloated and repaired at Balboa, Panama. It was back through the Seaway in 2006 and has been a frequent caller since then.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 30

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth early Sunday morning to discharge limestone at Graymont. Kwintebank arrived about an hour later, and headed to Peavey to load beet pulp pellets. Mesabi Miner was inbound just before noon to load ore at CN after the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Cason J. Callaway arrived during the afternoon with limestone for Hallett #8. During the evening, the Oberstar departed from CN, and Joseph L. Block shifted from Graymont to Fraser Shipyards for unknown reasons. She was expected to depart at some point for Two Harbors. Also in port was American Mariner, loading wheat at CHS, and Star II, discharging cement at Holcim. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived early Sunday morning to load at BN. She was outbound by mid-evening.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Sunday saw the arrival of the Philip R. Clarke in Two Harbors at 13:57 coming from Duluth after unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock and fueling at Calumet. The Clarke went to North of #1. Joseph L. Block was due in Two Harbors Sunday night, but after unloading at Graymont she went to the shipyard. Due Two Harbors on Monday is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Sunday morning at 07:43. As of 18:00 Sunday she was still loading. Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday 12:42, Saginaw departed for Windsor. 16:24 Shoveler weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 17:36 Manitoulin departed for Buffalo.

Hancock, Mich.
Manitowoc arrived to unload salt Sunday around 8 p.m.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Kaye E. Barker departed Saturday evening, headed toward Port Inland.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
USCGC Mackinaw was on Lake Michigan off Milwaukee Sunday working aids to navigation. Bradshaw McKee and barge St. Marys Conquest left early Sunday, headed toward Grand Haven.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes departed for Port Inland Sunday afternoon after unloading slag.

Southern Lake Michigan
Nomadic Hjellestad was at Burns Harbor Sunday. CSL Assiniboine, Federal Elbe, Flevorborg and Elbeborg were at docks on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Helena G. arrived Saturday to load grain. Algowood cleared the salt dock about 8 a.m. with a destination Hancock. Mich.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman departed from Lehigh Cement Dock at 07:30 Sunday bound for Picton, Ont.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Oct 26 - Sten Bergen (Mlt) at 0411 - Oct 27 - Algoscotia departed dock at 1103 and anchored at 1117 - Oct 28 - back to dock at 2003. Departures - Oct 29 - Sten Bergen (Mlt) at 1029 for Sarnia

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Frontenac at 0708, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1104, Federal Maas (Bds) at 1113 - to wharf 2 to unload), Tecumseh at 1438, Algoma Equinox at 1611, Algocanada at 1659, Federal Schelde (Bds) at 1937 and Whitefish Bay at 2120

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 28 - Algosteel - Oct 29 - Capt. Henry Jackman, Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0548, Olza (Lbr) at 0639, Mississagi at 0701, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0735, Algoma Olympic at 0845, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1005, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1057, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1145, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1403, Algoma Strongfield at 1445

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Oct 28 - wharf 16 -Capt. Henry Jackman at 1720 (down bound) - Oct 29 - departed at 0403 approximately - Oct 29 - Federal Maas (Bds) at 1150 (up bound) stopped wharf 2 to discharge - wharf 12 - (down bounds) tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1343 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 151

Hamilton:
Arrival - Oct 29 - Redhead (Hkg) at 0851. Docked - Oct 24 - Florence Spirit at 1945, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2019 - Oct 27 - Irma (Cyp) at 1227 Oct 28 - Frontenac at 1456 and Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 2132 from Oshawa. Departed - Oct 29 - Frontenac at 0534

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Algocanada at 1942 - departed Oct 29 at 1520 for Sarnia

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 25 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0954 - Oct 29 - departed to anchorage at 0912

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 25 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1257 unloading at Redpath and - Oct 28 - Frontenac at 1456 - departure - Oct 29 - Frontenac at 0534 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
Arrival - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1927

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 30

On 30 October 1863, TORRENT (2-mast wooden schooner, 125 foot, 412 gross tons, built in 1855, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) was carrying railroad iron from Buffalo to Little Bay de Noc when she foundered in a storm on Lake Erie, 10 miles east of Port Stanley, Ontario. No lives were lost.

On 30 October 1870, JOSEPH A. HOLLON (wooden barge, 107 foot, 158 gross tons, built in 1867, at E. Saginaw, Michigan) was in tow of the tug CLEMATIS (wooden tug, 179 tons, built in 1863, at Cleveland, Ohio) in a terrific gale on Lake Huron. The barge broke free and drifted off. The waves washed completely over her and the captain was swept overboard. Her cabins were destroyed. The next day the wife of the mate and another crewmember were rescued by the bark ONEONTA (wooden bark, 161 foot, 499 gross tons, built in 1862, at Buffalo, New York) and taken to Detroit, but the HOLLON was left to drift on the Lake. The newspapers listed her as "missing". Five days later the vessel was found and was towed into Port Elgin, Ontario. A total of four lives were lost: three were missing and the fourth was found "lashed to a pump, dead, with his eyes picked out.”

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

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

The ISLE ROYALE (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 side wheel "rabbit", 125 foot, 147 tons, built in 1869, at Port Clinton, Ohio) 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.

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

On 30 October 1877, CITY OF TAWAS (3-mast wooden schooner, 135 foot, 291 tons, built in 1864, at Vicksburgh [now Marysville], Michigan 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.

1918: The bulk carrier VULCAN went aground off Point Abbaye, on Lake Superior and the pilothouse caught fire and burned. The ship was enroute to Hancock, MI with coal and, after being released, was towed to Houghton, MI. The vessel was repaired and became b) VINMOUNT in 1919.

1960: JOHN SHERWIN went aground several miles above the Soo Locks and received serious bottom damage. The vessel was pulled free on November 7 and went for repairs.

1973: AIGLE MARIN, enroute to Thorold with 600 tons of ferrous chrome, went aground in the Seaway near Cornwall, ON. The tug ROBINSON BAY helped pull this small coastal freighter, a product of the Collingwood Shipyard, free on October 31.

1974: JOHN O. McKELLAR of the Misener fleet went aground in the St. Marys River and had to be lightered before being refloated. It was stuck for 3 days.

1978: The Cypriot freighter KARYATIS came through the Seaway in 1973. The ship, later under the Greek flag, was damaged in a collision on the Western Mediterranean with the SPRING. The latter, as a) IRISH ROSE, had made been a Great Lakes visitor from 1956 through 1958, and was declared a total loss after the collision. It was scrapped at Santander, Spain, in 1979. KARYATIS was repaired and was later broken up at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as e) NOURA after arrival on April 7, 1987.

1980: The wooden-hulled former coastal freighter AVALON VOYAGER II, enroute to Owen Sound for planned use as a restaurant, had pump problems, lost power and struck bottom off Cape Hurd. The anchors failed to hold. The ship drifted into Hay Bay and stranded again. All on board were saved but the ship was a total loss.

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

 

Town of Marathon looks to acquire historic Thunder Bay tug Peninsula

10/29 - Marathon, Ont. – The Marathon and District Historical Society hopes to raise $100,000 to purchase a 74-year-old tug from a Thunder Bay company and turn it into a tourist attraction. Gravel and Lake Services Limited currently owns the Peninsula, which in decades past was used to tow large rafts of wood from the mouth of the Pic River into Peninsula Harbour.

Society president Stan Johnson says the group would like to have the tug out of the water and on display in time for Marathon's 75th birthday celebrations in 2019. They've collected more than half of the purchase price so far.

In an interview, Johnson said Gravel and Lake Services, in a handshake deal, has agreed to sell the Peninsula for its value as scrap. A spokesperson for the company could not be reached for comment.

The tug was built in Montreal in the latter part of the Second World War and used by the Royal Canadian Navy to retrieve damaged vessels. After the war, she was acquired by Marathon Paper Mills, the owner of a newly-constructed kraft pulp mill. The Peninsula is believed to be the last Norton Class tug still in service in Canada.

Johnson said "There's no safe place to store it in Lake Superior, unless you're in Thunder Bay behind the breakwater."

The historical society plans to put it on land at a spot overlooking Peninsula Harbour, where dormitories used to stand.

"When we get it home and out of the water, the township is going to go to work for government grants, because we want to display it artfully and tastefully, with the mockup of a wharf or something similar."

TBayNewswatch.com

 

Port Reports -  October 29

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no arrivals on Saturday, but did have two departures. CSL Niagara departed Saturday at 00:01 after waiting on weather. Her destination is Quebec City. Presque Isle took her place at the shiploader and then departed Saturday morning at 11:18. Scheduled Sunday are Philip R. Clarke and Joseph L. Block, both arriving from Duluth after unloading stone. Due Northshore Mining Saturday night is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. She arrived off Silver Bay late Saturday afternoon, but instead of entering she turned and as of 20:00 Saturday she was heading NE along the North shore. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Sunday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday October 27, 19:03 Saginaw left G3 and shifted to the Richardson Current River Terminal to finish loading. 22:05 Manitoulin arrived at Valley Camp to unload salt. At 22:28 Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. Saturday the 28th 00:52 Federal Hudson arrived and went to anchor. 9:05 Algoma Harvester weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. 10:45 Manitoulin shifted to G3 to load grain. 14:26 Radcliffe R. Latimer departed for Belledune, N.B. At 14:46 Federal Shimanto departed for Sorel. 16:20 the saltie Shoveler arrived and went to anchor.

St. Marys River
Due to high winds on Lake Superior delaying vessels, traffic Saturday was slow. Upbound vessels included Cason J. Callaway early and Tim S. Dool in the early evening, followed by Manitowoc (salt for Hancock) and Great Republic. According to AIS, there were no downbounders.

Southern Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes departed Burns Harbor for Grand Haven late Saturday afternoon. James R. Barker was unloading in the evening. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. Flevoborg was still at South Chicago. Alamosborg departed for Montreal.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Helena G. arrived Saturday to load grain. Algowood was at the salt dock.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman arrived at the Lehigh Cement Dock about 8 a.m. Saturday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday - Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 28, Capt. Henry Jackman at 0229. Departed at 1356 for the canal.

Nanticoke:
Docked - Oct 26 - Sten Bergen (Mlt) at 0411 - Oct 27 - Algoscotia departed dock at 1103 and anchored at 1117 - Oct 28 - back to dock at 2003. Departures - Oct 28 - Algocanada at 0434, tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at 0856 and Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1127 for the canal

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 27 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2002 - Oct 28 - G3 Marquis at 0153 CSL Laurentien at 0353 and Rosaire A. Desgagnes at 0720

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Algoma Discovery, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 2130 - Oct 28 - Cedarglen at 0551, Algocanada at 0652, Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1353, Spruceglen at 1510, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1557, Capt. Henry Jackman at 1629 and Algosteel at 1725,

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival up bound - (anchored)- Oct 27 - Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 0828 - departed Oct 27 at 2253 for Detroit

Hamilton:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at approximately 2132 from Oshawa - docked - Oct 24 - Florence Spirit at 1945, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2019 - Oct 27 - Irma (Cyp) at 1227 - departed - Oct 27 - Baie Comeau at 1147 - Oct 28 - CSL Laurentien at 0136 and Algoma Guardian at 0628

Bronte:
Arrival - Algocanada at 1942

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 25 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0954

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Robert S. Pierson at 1147

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 25 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1257 unloading at Redpath - arrival - Oct 28 - Frontenac at 1456

Oshawa:
Docked - Oct 25 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1741 - departed Oct 28 at 1659

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 29

The whaleback barge 127 (steel barge, 264 foot, 1,128 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Company of W. Superior, Wisconsin, on 29 October 1892. She lasted until 1936, when she was scrapped at New Orleans, Louisiana.

On 29 October 1906, the schooner WEST SIDE (wooden schooner, 138 foot, 324 gross tons, built in 1870, at Oswego, New York) was carrying pulpwood from Tobermory, Ontario, to Delray, Michigan, when she was caught in a severe gale on Lake Huron. There was no shelter and the vessel was lost about 25 mile off Thunder Bay Island. The skipper and his crew, consisting of his wife and three sons aged 10 to 18, abandoned in the yawl. They all suffered from exposure to the wind and waves, but luckily the FRANK H. PEAVEY (steel propeller freighter, 430 foot, 5,002 gross tons, built in 1901, at Lorain, Ohio) picked them up and brought them to Port Huron, Michigan.

ALGOLAKE (Hull# 211) was launched October 29, 1976, at Collingwood Shipyards, Ltd. for the Algoma Central Railway.

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

The pieced-together CANADIAN EXPLORER (Hull#71) was christened on October 29, 1983, at Port Weller Dry Docks. She was created from the bow section of the NORTHERN VENTURE and the stern of the CABOT. The stern of the EXPLORER is now the stern of the ALGOMA TRANSFER.

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, Ohio, the ROGER M. KYES 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. She was renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

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

The H. C. HEIMBECKER's last trip started at Thunder Bay, Ontario, with a load of grain bound for Owen Sound, Ontario 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, Ohio, for scrapping.

On 29 October 1892, ZACH CHANDLER (3 mast wooden schooner-barge, 194 foot, 727 gross tons, built in 1867, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying lumber from Ashland, Wisconsin, 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, Michigan. 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 foot, 1,406 tons, built in 1873, at Trenton, Michigan) was carrying "provisions" - 900 tons of freight plus 7,000 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 foot, 1,159 tons, built in 1869, at Buffalo, New York 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 foot, 1,702 gross tons, built in 1877, at Buffalo, New York). The SCOTT sank quickly. She had been bound from Chicago for Erie, Pennsylvania, 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.

1887: VERNON, enroute from Cheboygan to Chicago, foundered off Two Rivers, Wisconsin, in a sudden and violent Lake Michigan storm. Only one on board was saved while another 36 lives were lost.

1907: CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS, a wooden passenger steamer recently brought into Canadian registry, caught fire while stopped at Tobermory for the night while enroute from Wiarton to Manitoulin Island. The blazing ship was cut loose, drifted into the bay and sank.

1917: RISING SUN stranded at Pyramid Point, Lake Michigan, in snow and the 32 on board were rescued before the ship was broken apart by the surf.

1924: GLENORCHY sank in Lake Huron, six miles ESE of Harbor Beach after a collision with the LEONARD B. MILLER. Dense fog mixing with smoke from forest fires were blamed for the accident. All on board were saved. No lives were lost but the GLENORCHY sank and the estimated damage to the two vessels was $600,000.

1926: TORHAMVAN, built at Midland as CANADIAN LOGGER, was wrecked off Newfoundland after going aground in fog enroute to Montreal. Area residents rescued the crew.

1929: The passenger and freight carrier WISCONSIN foundered off Kenosha, Wisconsin, with the loss of 16 lives.

1942: NORLUNA, built at Chicago in 1919 as LAKE GETAWAY, stranded in Ungava Bay, off the coast of Labrador near Fort Chimo, and was a total loss.

1951: After unloading grain at Buffalo, the PENOBSCOT was in a collision on the Buffalo River with the tanker barge MORANIA 130, pushed by the tug DAUNTLESS NO. 12. The barge was carrying gasoline and a terrible fire broke out. A total of 11 sailors, including two on the freighter, died from burns.

1959: MARISCO had visited the Great Lakes as a) MOYRA and b) HEIKA. The ship foundered in the Gulf of Laconia, off Gythion, Greece, after developing a leak in the engineroom. It was enroute from Varna, Bulgaria, to Genoa, Italy, with iron ore.

1968: GLOUCESTER CITY began Great Lakes trading in 1966. The ship was sailing as b) ST. JOHN when it put into Fort Dauphin, Malagasy Republic, with engine trouble on a voyage from Montreal to Djakarta, Indonesia. Two days later the vessel broke its moorings in a gale and was blown on a sandbank as a total loss.

1978: The Swedish freighter FREDBORG, b) FREDRIK RAGNE, a Great Lakes visitor under both names before and after the Seaway was opened, returned as c) ANASTASSIA in 1968. The vessel was towed out of Tema, Ghana, as e) GAYTA on this date in 1978 and scuttled in the deep waters of the Atlantic.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at B.G.S.U and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Storm drops record snow, causes havoc along Lake Superior shore

10/28 - Duluth, Minn. – Lake Superior waves caused major damage to the Duluth Lakewalk and Brighton Beach Friday, causing city officials to close large parts of those popular recreation areas until further notice. The waves — pushed by wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, and coming on top of already-high lake levels — caused flooding in Canal Park, on Park Point, on Madeline Island and near Ashland, among other areas.

The snow totaled more than 10 inches at the Duluth International Airport — a new daily record for the city in October. The waves eroded the Park Point beaches — which already had been diminished in size by the high lake levels. As of Oct. 1 the big lake was more than 11 inches above its average level, and more than 4 inches above the level seen a year ago.

Most vessels on Lake Superior altered their courses in order to sail in in more sheltered waters Friday. Several were hugging the north side along the Minnesota and Canadian shorelines, while another group was clustered northeast of Whitefish Point close to the Canadian side. As of late Friday night, no vessels had gone to anchor other than Edgar B. Speer, which was still on the hook behind Sand Island on the western end of the lake.

Ferries to Madeline Island weren’t running on Friday because of the wind. The wind kicked up on Thursday night, continuing into Friday, said La Pointe, Wis., town administrator Lisa Potswald.

“What happens when we get a really big Northeaster like this, it blows down into the bay area, by Ashland and Washburn and Bayfield, and then it just bounces off the shore so it’s bouncing back this way. It’ll keep bouncing now for a couple of days back between the mainland shore and our shore,” Potswald said.

This is the second high wind event to hit Lake Superior this week.

Duluth News Tribune and other sources

 

Port Reports -  October 28

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw no inbound traffic on Friday. CSL Niagara was still at the shiploader waiting on weather and the Presque Isle was still at North of #2. As of 20:00 Friday the Edgar B. Speer was still anchored behind Sand Island waiting on weather before she continues down the lake. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Saturday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Friday. Due Saturday in Silver Bay is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain with barge Innovation were the only commercial vessels in port Thursday afternoon as they delivered cement from Alpena at the Jones Island terminal in the inner harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Asahi and John D. Leith were at Burns Harbor Friday evening, with James R. Barker due late. Edwin H. Gott was unloading at Gary. Indiana Harbor and Wilfred Sykes were at Indiana Harbor. Flevorborg and Alamosborg were at South Chicago, with Calumet due.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel cleared about 2 p.m. Friday, downbound for Morrisburg Ont. Manitowoc was loading salt. Nomadic Milde has cleared with grain.

Toledo, Ohio
Friday 5:30 p.m. update: Federal Caribou went to the ADM Elevator to load grain. Algoma Equinox is supposed to be at Andersons K Monday around midnight. Baie St Paul left Andersons K elevator late Thursday evening and Cedarglen departed from the ADM Elevator Friday morning.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Oct 26 - Sten Bergen (Mlt) at 0411 - Oct 27 - tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506. Anchored - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1816 - Oct 26 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) departed dock at 0226 and returned to anchorage at 0301 - Oct 27 - Algoscotia departed dock at 1103 and anchored at 1117

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 26 - Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 2210 - Oct 27 - Osogovo (Mlt) at 0414, H. Lee White at 1530 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2002

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 26 - CSL St. Laurent, CSL Laurentien - Oct 27 - Iryda (Cyp) at 0940, Baie St. Paul at 1545, Algoma Discovery at 1757, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 2130

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 27 - Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 0828

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 27 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0627, Irma (Cyp) at 1227 and CSL Laurentien at 1402 - docked - Oct 24 - Florence Spirit at 1945, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2019, Baie Comeau at 0958 and Algoma Guardian at 1934 - departed - Oct 27 - Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17 MCT Stockhorn-16 HLL Caspian-08) at 1629 for Barranquilla, Colombia and tug tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1718 for Sandusky

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 25 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0950 (anchored) - docked at 1344 - departed Oct 27 at 0104 for Montreal

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 25 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0954 from Port Weller anchorage,

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 25 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1257 unloading at Redpath

Oshawa:
Docked - Oct 25 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1741

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 28

On this day in 1939, the Pittsburgh steamer D. G. KERR, Captain H. D. Mc Leod, rescued six men from the cabin cruiser FRANCIS J. H. that was disabled and sinking on Lake Erie.

On this day in 1953, the McKEE SONS loaded her first cargo of 17,238 tons of stone at Port Inland for delivery to East Chicago. Originally built as the C-4 MARINE ANGEL, the McKEE SONS was the first ocean vessel converted to a Great Lakes self-unloader.

On this day in 1978, a new 420 foot tanker built at Levingston Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas, was christened GEMINI during ceremonies at Huron, Ohio. The GEMINI was the largest American flagged tanker on the lakes with a capacity of 75,000 barrels and a rated speed of 15.5 mph. Sold Canadian and renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 2005.

On October 28, 1891, DAVID STEWART (3-mast wooden schooner, 171 foot, 545 gross tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland, Ohio) was dragged ashore off Fairport, Ohio, by a strong gale. She was stranded and declared a total loss. However, she was salvaged and repaired in 1892 and lasted one more year.

CANADIAN PIONEER's maiden voyage was on October 28, 1981, to Conneaut, Ohio, to take on coal for Nanticoke, Ontario.

CANADIAN TRANSPORT was launched October 28, 1978, for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., Toronto, Ontario.

FRED G. HARTWELL (Hull# 781) was launched October 28, 1922, by American Ship Building Co. at Lorain, Ohio, for the Franklin Steamship Co. Renamed b.) MATTHEW ANDREWS in 1951. Sold Canadian in 1962, renamed c.) GEORGE M. CARL. She was scrapped at Aviles, Spain, in 1984.

D. M. CLEMSON (Hull# 716) was launched October 28, 1916, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

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 October 28, 1887, BESSIE BARWICK, a 135 foot wooden schooner built in 1866, at St. Catharines, 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 October 28, 1882, RUDOLPH WETZEL (wooden propeller tug, 23 tons, built in 1870, at Buffalo, New York) 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.

1901: The wooden schooner JULIA LARSON sank in a gale a half-mile northeast of Grand Marais, MI. The ship was later recovered and returned to service.

1928: The newly built DEEPWATER ran aground at Sugar Loaf Point, west of Port Colborne, in fog. The ship was lightered and released four days later and went to Montreal for repairs. The vessel later sailed the lakes as b) KEYMONT and c) HAMILDOC (ii) before being scrapped at Port Dalhousie in 1962.

1939: The tug R.P. REIDENBACH, with E.A.S. CLARKE (ii) under tow at Ashtabula, rolled over and sank with the loss of 2 lives. It was refloated, became b) CONNEAUT in 1941 and was scrapped at Ashtabula about 1964.

1959: The tug BROWN BROTHERS, enroute to Port Burwell under tow of the tug LUKE, was overwhelmed by the waves and sank off Long Point with no loss of life. Originally a fish tug, the vessel served as the b) IVEY ROSE from 1946 to 1950 pushing the barge T.A. IVEY in the Lake Erie coal trade.

1964: BORGFRED, a Great Lakes visitor in 1952, caught fire in the engine room as g) GIANNIS and sank off Malta two days later while on a voyage from Romania to Algeria.

1970: WEARFIELD, a British freighter began Great Lakes visits in 1964 as the largest saltwater ship to yet use the Seaway, was blown aground at the entrance to the Soo Locks due to high winds on this date in 1970. It took over 5 hours to release the vessel. Service ended on arrival at Shanghai, China, for scrapping as f) FAIR WIND on March 15, 1985.

1979: PIERSON INDEPENDENT ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Brockville while downbound with a cargo of corn. The ship was released but then beached as it was taking on water. Temporary repairs allowed the vessel to be refloated again on October 31 and it sailed to Trois Rivieres to be unloaded. 2007: SEA MAID, a small Danish freighter, came through the Seaway in 1997 with steel for Cleveland. It was wrecked as d) OMER N. 18 miles west of Gedser, Denmark, and was dismantled in sections at Grenaa, Denmark, in 2008.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Could the Norgoma end up in Chicago?

10/27 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – If Sault Ste. Marie wants nothing more to do with the M.S. Norgoma, there's someone in the Windy City who does.

Tom Vair, the city's deputy chief administrative officer for community development and enterprise services, says recent media coverage about the rustbucket 67-year-old package freighter prompted an Illinois businessman to express interest in buying it. Early talks started a couple of weeks ago and are ongoing.

"We're still in preliminary discussions with the gentleman from Chicago regarding the Norgoma," Vair told SooToday this week.

"We'll be continuing to have those over the coming weeks to find out what he may be able to offer, and looking into all options as it relates to the ship."

"Since the news coverage has come out on the Norgoma, we were approached by a gentleman in Chicago. He has expressed interest in the Norgoma and suggested that he would be willing to pay the costs to remove and tug the boat down to Chicago and have it restored there," Vair said, responding to a question from Ward 6 Councillor Ozzie Grandinetti at the Oct. 10 City Council meeting.

"If there's any truth to that, where there's something that may actually come from that, we have to know that, because that's going to play a big part in making my decision even easier," responded Ward 5 Councillor Frank Fata.

Councillors voted at the Oct. 10 meeting to have city staff explore options for removing the ship. They also agreed to look into improvements to the Bondar Marina, and to have two groups – the local Cultural Advisory Board and the Municipal Heritage Committee – evaluate the Norgoma's cultural and heritage significance.

Back in September, Mayor Christian Provenzano served notice that he wants the rusting vessel towed out of Roberta Bondar Marina and clear out of the Sault's downtown.

"Make sure you have an updated tetanus injection!" one TripAdvisor reviewer wrote about the ship.

Soo Today

 

Port Reports -  October 27

Duluth/Superior - Daniel Lindner
Lake Superior's inclement weather kept the Duluth ship canal quiet on Wednesday. Erie Trader/Clyde S. Van Enkevort loaded at CN throughout the day, and was expected to depart during the evening. Sunda remained at CHS loading, and Star II continued to discharge at the Holcim dock.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of Edgar B. Speer at 05:53 on Thursday and she departed at 16:10. Upon departure she proceeded across the lake and went to anchor behind Sand Island at 19:10 on Thursday. Arriving Two Harbors also on Thursday was the CSL Niagara at 08:05 for North of #2 for lay-by. She shifted after the departure of the Speer from 16:15-16:40. She was assisted by Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. that spun the CSL Niagara around and put her in stern first at the shiploader. Also arriving Two Harbors on Thursday was the Presque Isle at 17:46 going to North of #2. She was also assisted by the Nels J. Northshore Mining saw no traffic on Thursday. Due Friday, weather permitting, is Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday at 18:51 Olza departed for Montreal and at 20:19 Spruceglen departed for Quebec City. On Thursday 5:35 Saginaw arrived at G3 to load grain. At 18:55 Algoma Harvester arrived and went to anchor.

Marquette, Mich.
Michipicoten and barge Ashtabula loaded ore at LS&I on Thursday. Wednesday’s report was incorrectly labeled as being from Escanaba. Our apologies to contributor Rod Burdick.

Port Inland, Mich.
Cuyahoga was loading Thursday night.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Asahi and Algolake were at Burns Harbor Thursday evening. Kwintebank and Alamosborg were at South Chicago, with the Helena G. departing in the evening showing an AIS destination of Goderich.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
The saltie Nomadic Milde was still loading at the elevators Thursday. Manitoulin departed during the early morning for Hancock. Capt. Henry Jackman departed downbound and Algosteel took her place at the salt dock.

Toledo, Ohio
Baie St. Paul was departing Thursday evening and Cedarglen was loading grain.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman departed Rochester, NY about 10:00 Thursday morning bound for Picton, Ont.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Oct 22 - Sten Idun (Gib) from anchorage back to dock at 2140 - Oct 23 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0352 - anchored - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1816 - Oct 24 - Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1036 - arrivals - Oct 26 - Algoscotia at 1046, Genesis Victory & GM-6506 at 1600 approximately - departures - Oct 25 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2208 for Montreal

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 25 - Algoscotia at 2056, Algoma Transport at 0715, Tim S. Dool at 1507, Mississagi at 1647, Algoma Olympic at 1817 and Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 2210

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 26 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0117, English River at 0954, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1025, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1213, CSL St. Laurent at 1920, CSL Laurentien at 2000

Welland Canal docks:
Departure - Oct 26 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware wharf 12 at 0850 westbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 24  - Oct 26 - Algoma Guardian at 0222, Baie Comeau at 0958 - docked - Oct 24 - Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17 MCT Stockhorn-16 HLL Caspian-08) at 0732 and Algoma Olympic at 1654, Florence Spirit at 1945 and Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2019 - departures - Oct 25 - Ojibway at 2218 eastbound - Oct 26 - Baie Comeau at 0956 and Algoma Guardian at 1643 to clean out holds - back to load at 1934

Anchorage outside of Burlington piers:
Arrival - Oct 24 - Algoma Olympic at 1645 - Oct 25 - departed at 1654 for Clarkson

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 25 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0950 (anchored) - docked at 1344

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 25 - correction - should read - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0954 from Port Weller anchorage,

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 25 - Robert S. Pierson at 1605 and Algoma Olympic at 1810 (anchored) - Oct 26 - docked - Algoma Olympic at 0156 - departures - Oct 26 - Robert S. Pierson at 0120 eastbound and Algoma Olympic at 1625 for Toledo

Toronto:
Docked - Octt 25 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1257 unloading at Redpath

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 25 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1741

 

Coast Guard closes waterway on south branch of Chicago River

10/27 - Chicago, Ill. – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed off access to a waterway extending from the south branch of the Chicago River known as Bubbly Creek after a reported oil discharge Thursday.

Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met at the site, Thursday, in response to a report of an oil discharge from an unknown source. The area, known as Bubbly Creek, runs south from the south branch of the Chicago River to Pershing Road, east of Ashland Avenue. A concentration of oil has also been identified on the south branch of the Chicago River between Ashland Avenue and Pulaski Road.

The EPA is the on-scene coordinator for the recovery and cleanup of the discharge and has deployed containment boom at the entrance to Bubbly Creek.

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone, closing this section of the waterway to all people and vessels. Entry into, transiting, mooring or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan or a designated representative.

The safety zone will not affect the south branch of the Chicago River, Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, or the associated turning basin.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 27

On this day in 1979, the MESABI MINER delivered her first cargo of coal to Port Washington, Wis. The 21- foot draft restriction of the harbor limited the cargo to 39,000 tons.

While in tow of the tug MERRICK on October 27, 1879, the NIAGARA (wooden schooner, 204 foot, 764 gross tons, built in 1873, at Tonawanda, New York) collided with the PORTER (wooden schooner, 205 foot, 747 gross tons, built in 1874, at Milwaukee, Wis.), which was in tow of the tug WILCOX at the mouth of the Detroit River. The PORTER sank but was salvaged and repaired. She lasted another 19 years.

PAUL THAYER was christened on October 27, 1973, at Lorain, Ohio. Renamed b.) EARL W. OGLEBAY in 1995 and MANITOWOC in 2008.

While the JAMES R. BARKER was upbound 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 her maiden voyage, the HOCHELAGA departed Collingwood on October 27, 1949, for Fort William, Ontario, to load grain for Port Colborne, Ontario.

FRANCIS E. HOUSE was laid up at Duluth on October 27, 1960, and remained idle there until April, 1966, when she was sold to the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland and renamed c.) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1974.

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

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

On October 27, 1869, ALFRED ALLEN (wooden schooner, 160 tons, built in 1853, at Pultneyville, New Jersey, as J. J. MORLEY) was bound for Toledo, Ohio, 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 snowstorm on the night of October 27, 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.

1937: EASTON, of the Misener's Colonial Steamship Co., arrived at Meaford, ON with a cracked cylinder in the engine. The ship was there to load a cargo of baled hay for Fort William and bushels of apples. The trip was canceled and the vessel was sent for repairs.

1965: The Liberty ship PANAGATHOS traded through the Seaway in 1962 and 1963 under Greek registry and was back in 1965 under the flag of Liberia. The vessel ran aground off Ameland Island, 4 nautical miles from the Hollum Lighthouse, Holland, enroute from Amsterdam and Hamburg to the U.S. East Coast with a cargo of steel. The ship was abandoned as a total loss and the hull remained there until at least 1970.

1965: A fire broke out aboard the Egyptian freighter STAR OF SUEZ while upbound in the Seaway east of the Snell Lock. The ship was docked at Cornwall and the local fire company doused the blaze. The cargo of cotton in #3 hold was mostly offloaded. The ship lasted until scrapping at Split, Yugoslavia, in 1980.

1976: A fire in the bilge of the tug CHRIS M. at Toronto destroyed the ship's wiring. The vessel had become unpopular at the waterfront area but was rebuilt as the powered 3-masted schooner EMPIRE SANDY in 1983.

1982: The French ore carrier FRANCOIS L.D., a regular Great Lakes caller since 1962, struck the breakwall at Cape Vincent, NY while westbound in fog. There was heavy damage to the structure and the ship had a dent in the bow.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at B.G.S.U and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Lake Superior level continues to be above long-term average

10/26 - Detroit, Mich. – Lake Superior's average water level during the month of September was just two inches below its record high September level.

During a period when Lake Superior typically begins is seasonal decline, Lake Superior rose one inch from August to September. This rise was a result of above average net basin supply of water to the lake. Rainfall amounts over the Lake Superior basin were nearly 30 percent above average September rainfall.

The latest 6-month forecast calls for Lake Superior's levels to remain 8 to 11 inches above long-term average levels, and 5 to 7 inches below record high levels.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District

 

Port Reports -  October 26

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Lake Superior's inclement weather kept the Duluth ship canal quiet on Wednesday. Erie Trader/Clyde S. Van Enkevort loaded at CN throughout the day, and was expected to depart during the evening. Sunda remained at CHS loading, and Star II continued to discharge at the Holcim dock.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure Tuesday night at 22:32 of Edwin H. Gott for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors 23:00 was the American Century. She departed Wednesday morning at 09:55 for Zug Island. The captain backed her out into the lake on departure, turned, and went down the lake. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader was scheduled for Two Harbors, but was switched to the CN ore dock in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on Thursday are Edgar B. Speer, CSL Niagara, and the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of Indiana Harbor at 07:40 on Wednesday. There is no traffic scheduled for Thursday in Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Wednesday at 5:22, Algoma Discovery weighed anchor and departed for Port Cartier. Algowood followed at 5:24 for Detroit. Federal Shimanto weighed anchor at 10:06 and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. Federal Yoshino departed Thunder Bay Terminals at 12:50. Federal Kivalina departed at 16:28 for Montreal.

Escanaba, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Weather conditions improved Wednesday on Lake Superior. Lee A. Tregurtha departed the LS&I ore dock and American Mariner arrived at the Lower Harbor to unload coal.

St. Marys River
Iryda was downbound in the afternoon, followed by Sharon M1/barge, American Spirit and Anglian Lady/barge. Upbounders included Michipicoten (from Drummond Island to Algoma), Burns Harbor, Presque Isle and Defiance/Ashtabula (from Algoma). Algoma Harvester was in a DeTour mid-evening.

Cedarville, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes arrived to load in the evening.

Port Inland, Mich.
John G. Munson was loading stone Wednesday night.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Hudson, Federal Asahi and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor Wednesday evening. St. Clair was at Buffington. Helena G., Kwintebank, Alamosborg and Algoway were at South Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
The saltie Nomadic Milde was still loading at the elevators Wednesday. Manitoulin was loading salt, while Capt. Henry Jackman was tied up in the basin. Algosteel is expected soon.

Toledo, Ohio
CSL Laurentien was loading coal at the CSX Dock Wednesday. Federal Elbe was at the Midwest Overseas Dock. Cason J. Callaway was at the Ironville Dock unloading stone. Baie St. Paul was loading grain at Andersons K Elevator. Cedarglen was sailing on Lake Erie near the Cleveland area and will most likely go to anchor off the Toledo Ship Channel to wait for the Baie St. Paul to finish loading grain.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Oct 22 - Sten Idun (Gib) from anchorage back to dock at 2140 - Oct 23 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0352 - anchored - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1816 - Oct 24 - Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1036,

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 25 - Frontenac at 0653, and Algoma Strongfield at 0708, Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 1620, Elbeborg (Nld) at 1831 and Algoscotia at 2100

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 25 - CSL Welland at 1151, Mississagi at 1940,

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 24 - Adfines Star (Sgp) at 1500 - anchored - Oct 23 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1056 - awaiting dock in Toronto - departed Oct 25 - Adfines Star (Mhl) at 0754 for Mississauga and Ruddy (Cyp) at 1025 for Toronto

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 24 - Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 1836 - Oct 25 - departed at 1335 for Detroit

Eastern Lake Erie anchorage - upbound from the canal (Long Point Bay): Anchored - Oct 24 - CSL Assiniboine at 1500 and Algosteel at 1830 - Oct 25 - departures - Algosteel at 0908 for Goderich and CSL Assiniboine at 1053 for Windsor

Welland Canal docks:
Docked (upbound) - (weather related delay) - Oct 22 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware stopped wharf 12 at 1509 - Oct 23 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement stopped wharf 16 at 0806 - Oct 25 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0116 - Oct 25 - departures - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes from wharf 12 at 1655 approximately and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement from wharf 16 at 1915.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 24 - Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17 MCT Stockhorn-16 HLL Caspian-08) Rosy (Bds) at0732. Docked - Oct 24 - Algoma Strongfield at 1023, Ojibway at 1540, Florence Spirit at 1945 and Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2019 - Departures - Algoma Strongfield at 0518

Anchorage outside of Burlington piers:
Arrival - Oct 24 - Algoma Olympic at 1645

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 25 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0950 (anchored) - docked at 1344

Mississauga:
Arrival - Oct 25 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0954 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1723 - unloading at Redpath - Oct 23 - Algosteel at 1208 - Oct 24 - Frontenac at 1932 - Oct 25 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1257 unloading at Redpath - departed - Oct 23 - Algosteel at 2255 for the canal - Oct 25 - Frontenac at 0538 for the canal and Shoveler (Cyp) at 1207 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 25 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 1741

 

Toledo’s harmful algal bloom season comes to end

10/26 - Toledo, Ohio – Toledo officially ended the 2017 harmful algal bloom season Monday after nine consecutive days with cooler temperatures and no microcystin detected in raw lake water at the city's intake crib.

“Our partners join us in confirming that the 2017 HAB season is over and our test results have shown non-detects at the intake crib in Lake Erie for nine consecutive days,” Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson said in a statement. City chemists will continue to collect raw water samples from the intake valve, three miles north of the Lake Erie shoreline, but test them once a week, said city spokesman Janet Schroeder.

The harmful algal bloom season officially started July 13, and the city started analyzing samples from Lake Erie on a daily basis the previous week.

Tom Bridgeman, University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center algae researcher, confirmed the season was over. “Temperatures are dropping, boat monitoring is about done, and the cold weather this week will kill whatever is left,” he said. “The [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] lab just did their last trip as well.”

NASA’s satellite imagery in September showed an algae bloom as far north as Canada and just past the Lake Erie islands, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the toxin concentrations were low in most areas.

A portion of the Maumee River that flows through Toledo was placed under a recreational advisory last month by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department because of a strong algal bloom. That advisory was lifted last week. Health officials said city tap water was safe.

The city of Toledo's water quality dashboard was in the “clear” section Monday, which means the raw lake water in the city’s intake continued to have a microcystin concentration of less than 5 parts per billion — a level which operators at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant can easily treat.

Toledo Blade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 26

On October 26, 1878, the new steamer CITY OF DETROIT (composite side-wheel passenger-package freight steamer, 234 foot, 1,094 gross tons, built in 1878, at Wyandotte, Michigan) arrived in Detroit from Cleveland with 276 tons of freight, mostly iron, on deck, and no freight in her hold. This experiment was tried to see if the steamer would show any signs of "crankiness,” even under a load so placed. She responded well and lived up to the expectations of her designers.

On October 26, 1882, the sunken schooner-barge NELLIE McGILVRAY was dynamited as a hazard to navigation by the Portage River Improvement Company. She sank at the entrance to the Portage Canal in the Keweenaw Peninsula on August 28, 1882, and all attempts to raise her failed.

LOUIS R. DESMARAIS was christened October 26,1977. She was reconstructed at Port Weller Drydocks and renamed b.) CSL LAURENTIEN in 2001.

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, 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's A-frame collapsed while unloading at Carrollton, Michigan on the Saginaw River. Her unloading boom was cut away and temporary repairs were made at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan.

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 October 26, 1851, ATLAS (wooden propeller, 153 foot, 375 tons, built in 1851, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying flour from Detroit to Buffalo when she was blown to shore near the mouth of the Grand River (Lorain, Ohio) by a gale, stranded and became a total loss. No lives were lost.

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

1900: The consort barge MARTHA sank in Lake St. Clair after a head-on collision with the E.P. WILBUR. The vessel was refloated, repaired and was last known as the grain storage barge C.S. BAND of the Goderich Elevator Company before being scrapped at Toronto in 1976-1977.

1912: KEYSTORM stranded in the St. Lawrence on Scow Island Shoal near Alexandria Bay, NY due to a navigational error in fog. After about 5 hours, the ship slid off into deep water and sank. The coal-laden freighter was enroute from Charlotte, NY to Montreal.

1915: The former wooden steamer GLENGARRY was operating as a barge when it sank at Montreal on this date following a collision with the J.H. PLUMMER. It was later pumped out only to sink again at Quebec City in 1920.

1917: PORT COLBORNE, a Great Lakes canal ship serving overseas in World War 1, was wrecked near Land's End, England, while enroute, in ballast, from Rouen, France, to Barry Roads, U.K. The hull could not be salvaged and was broken apart by the elements.

1924: E.A.S. CLARKE, anchored in the Detroit River due to fog, and was hit by the B.F. JONES (i), holed and sunk. The ship was eventually refloated and, in 1970, became c) KINSMAN VOYAGER before going to Germany for brief service as a storage barge in 1975.

1926: The first NEW YORK NEWS broke loose in a storm at Shelter Bay, QC and, without radio contact, was feared lost. The vessel was later found, with all hands safe, hard aground. The ship was refloated, repaired and survived until scrapping at Port Dalhousie as c) LABRADOC in 1961.

1961: STEEL PRODUCTS, under tow for scrapping, broke loose and stranded in Lake Erie near Point Abino, ON. The ship was unsalvageable and had to be dismantled on site.

1967: The barge WILTRANCO broke loose in a storm and was blown hard aground west of Buffalo. The hull was refloated two days later only to strand once more.

1968: R. BRUCE ANGUS was hard aground in the St. Lawrence and had to be lightered to P.S. BARGE NO. 1, a former fleetmate, as a) EDWIN T. DOUGLASS, before being released October 29.

1979: URANUS, a former West German visitor to the Great Lakes, had to be beached on the River Schelde as d) MARIANNE GEN following a collision with the EMPROS. The vessel was a total loss and was cut in pieces for removal in 1983.

2008: BALSA II first came through the Seaway in 1982. It was inbound for New Georgia, Soloman Islands, to load logs when it stranded on a reef. While refloated, the ship was detained as the area of the strand had been a marine protected site.

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

 

Storm undergoes bombogenesis, whips up waves in Lake Superior

10/25 - A Great Lakes storm underwent bombogenesis early Tuesday and produced damaging winds that whipped up impressively high waves in Lake Superior, causing many vessels to seek shelter.

American Mariner was anchored in Keweenaw Bay off L’Anse. Lee A. Tregurtha remained at the loading dock in Marquette. Algolake and Herbert C. Jackson were stopped off Port Inland. Other vessels were hugging the north shore of Lake Superior and the west side of Lake Michigan. Several went to anchor in the St. Marys River (see St. Marys River report below).

The low-pressure system intensified from a weak area of low pressure over the Ohio Valley Monday morning to an intense low centered near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich, early Tuesday morning. The rate of intensification – a 27 millibar drop in the surface low in 24 hours – satisfied the criterion for atmospheric bombogenesis, or a rapidly strengthening low pressure system.

Winds near the Lake Superior shoreline gusted to over 60 mph Tuesday morning and downed trees and powerlines in over two dozen locations in Alger, Marquette and Schoolcraft counties.

Wind instruments about 115 feet above the lake surface at Stannard Rock Lighthouse, about 40 miles north-northeast of Marquette, Michigan, measured a wind gust of 77 mph Tuesday morning. Wind gusts to just over 50 mph were also clocked in parts of Duluth, Minnesota.

The National Weather Service office just outside of Marquette warned of "giant waves" Tuesday, possibly up to 25 feet offshore, leading to significant lakeshore flooding and beach erosion.

The NWS office also pointed out in a forecast discussion that lake levels were already running about 10 inches above the October long-term average, which would only worsen the flooding and erosion.

This type of event can happen any time of year, but is most common from October through March, when a powerful, intensifying jet stream disturbance forces air to rise over a strong near-surface temperature contrast.

Early November – and late October, for that matter – have a long, notorious history of intense Midwest windstorms. Known locally as the "Witches of November" and mentioned in singer Gordon Lightfoot's iconic "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" about the 1975 storm responsible for sinking the huge iron-ore ship in Lake Superior, these Great Lakes storms don't always produce much snow, but their fierce winds are a signature feature.

Another such storm in 1998 was actually stronger than the 1975 Edmund Fitzgerald storm, and produced wind gusts over 70 mph in some areas of the Great Lakes.

Weather.com

 

Search suspended for two people missing in Lake Superior off Marquette

10/25 - Marquette, Mich. – The search for a man and woman who went missing on Lake Superior Tuesday afternoon has been suspended, pending future developments. Waves reaching 25 feet and winds of 40 miles per hour were too dangerous to send boats to search. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City searched for three hours.

Authorities say waves swept the pair into Lake Superior at Black Rocks in Presque Isle around 1:30 p.m. At least one person saw them in the water. They told authorities that the woman appeared to be unconscious.

The Coast Guard is warning people to stay away from rocks and cliffs during hazardous weather conditions.

Mining Journal

 

Port Reports -  October 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort arrived Duluth mid-morning Tuesday to load ore at CN. Fleetmate Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort arrived a few minutes later and docked at Hallett #5 to discharge limestone. Roger Blough arrived around noon, and headed to the BN dock in Superior to load. Sunda continued loading at the CHS elevator, and Star II remained at Holcim offloading. James R. Barker loaded at Burlington Northern throughout the first half of the day Tuesday, and then dropped anchor off the Superior entry to wait for the weather to subside before heading downbound. Roger Blough was still loading at BN as of Tuesday night.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the American Spirit Tuesday morning at 02:19. Edwin H. Gott anchored off Two Harbors Tuesday morning at 02:45 to wait on weather. She arrived Tuesday at 11:11. As of 20:15 Tuesday she was still at the ore dock. American Century anchored off Duluth Tuesday morning at 09:00 to await Two Harbors. As of 20:15 Tuesday she was heading for Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors late Tuesday/early Wednesday is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader coming from Duluth after unloading stone at Hallett #5. Due Two Harbors are the Edgar B. Speer and CSL Niagara. At 20:30 Tuesday both were anchored in Goulais Bay with no ETAs for Two Harbors. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay Tuesday morning at 11:48 was the Indiana Harbor. As of 20:30 Tuesday she was still at the dock. No Silver Bay traffic scheduled for Wednesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday at October 23 at 22:34, the saltie Olza arrived at Superior Elevator to load. At 23:19 Algoma Discovery departed the Richardson Main Terminal and proceeded to the main anchorage to wait out the storm.

St. Marys River
High winds and waves sent several vessels to anchor in the river system on Tuesday. On the hook at DeTour were Kaye E. Barker, Mesabi Miner, Burns Harbor and Defiance/Ashtabula. Michipicoten was at the Drummond Island stone dock. Anchored above the locks were American Integrity (off Bay Mills), CSL Niagara and Edgar B. Speer (Goulais Bay). Saltie Iryda was downbound from Thunder Bay and also went to anchor off Bay Mills. Defiance/Ashtabula were underway again in the evening headed to Algoma. At Rotary Park in Soo Harbor, picnic tables and the kids’ fishing pier were underwater at midday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Hudson and Federal Asahi were at Burns Harbor Tuesday. Helena G., Kwintewbank and Alamosborg were at South Chicago. Joseph L. Block left Indiana Harbor early Tuesday evening.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
Cuyahoga arrived Tuesday morning to unload grain at the main elevator on the west side of the harbor. With gale warnings up she may remain until sometime Wednesday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Radcliffe R. Latimer left early Tuesday upbound with salt for Green Bay. The saltie Nomadic Milde was still loading at the elevators. Capt. Henry Jackman spent Tuesday at anchor above Sarnia, possibly waiting for better weather to get in to Goderich.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Elbe arrived to load grain Tuesday. Cason J. Callaway was anchored off the Toledo Ship Channel Tuesday night and may be going to the Ironville Dock to unload stone. Baie St. Paul is also due, with no ETA listed.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Oct 22 - Sten Idun (Gib) from anchorage back to dock at 2140 - Oct 23 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0352 - anchored - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1816 - Oct 24 - Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1036,

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 23 - Manitoulin, Sten Bergen (Gib), CSL Assiniboine - Oct 24 - CSL Laurentien at 0015, Algosteel at 0112, Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 0740, Cedarglen at 1400, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1620, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1750

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 24 - Frontenac at 0529, Algoma Spirit at 0700, Whitefish Bay at 0715, Harbour First (Por) at 0945

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 23 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1056 awaiting dock in Toronto - Oct 24 - Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 0342 - departed at 0725 for Detroit

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 24 - Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 1836

Eastern Lake Erie anchorage (upbound from the canal):
Anchored - Oct 24 - CSL Assiniboine at 1500 and Algosteel at 1830

Welland Canal docks:
Docked (upbound) - Oct 22 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware stopped wharf 12 at 1509 - Oct 23 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement stopped wharf 16 at 0806

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 24 - Algoma Strongfield at 1023, Ojibway at 1540, Florence Spirit at 1945 and Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2019 - docked - Oct 21 - Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 1646 - Oct 23 - CSL Laurentien at 1003 and Harbour Fountain (Por) at 1112 - departures - Oct 23 - CSL Laurentien at 2203 - Oct 24 - Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 0130 for Detroit and Harbour Fountain (Por) at 1444 for Becancour

Anchorage outside of Burlington piers:
Arrival - Oct 24 - Algoma Olympic at 1645

Mississauga:
Arrival - Oct 21 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0805

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 23 - Algoma Olympic at 2300 (updated) - departed - Oct 24 at 1436 for anchorage off Hamilton

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1723 - unloading at Redpath - Oct 23 - Algosteel at 1208 - Oct 24 - Frontenac at 1932 - departed - Oct 23 - Algosteel at 2255 for the canal

 

Channel connecting Portage Lake, Lake Michigan to undergo repairs

10/25 - Manistee County, Mich. – The channel connecting Portage Lake and Lake Michigan will finally see some repairs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, recently awarded a contract for repairs to the Portage Lake revetment.

The King Co. of Holland, Mich., was awarded a $4.2 million contract to complete critical repairs to the north and south federal revetments.

The work consists of removal of the existing concrete cap block and a portion of the timber revetment and timber piles; placement of new cantilever steel sheet pile wall, fill, toe, and splash stone and a new 5 feet wide reinforced concrete cap. A rubble mound wave attenuator will also be constructed on the west end of the south revetment.

"Infrastructure exposed to harsh weather conditions will inevitably need repairs and upkeep," said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. "These repairs are vital to maintain the structural integrity of the revetments and provide a safe environment as a harbor of refuge."

Work on the Portage Lake revetment, located east of Lake Michigan, is slated to begin April 2018, and be completed by November 2018.

UpNorth Live

 

Updates -  October 25

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Alamosborg, America, Arctic, Argentia Desgagnes, BBC Alberta, BBC Elbe, Bro Agnes, Elbeborg, Fairlane, Federal Caribou, Federal Cedar, Federal Oshima, Federal Shimanto, Federal Yukon, Floragracht, Golden Oak, Hamburg, Harbour Fashion, Harbour First, Helena G, Icdas-09, Irma, Kwintebank, Labrador, Mottler, Nordic Mari, Olza, Redhead, Rosy, Ruddy, Star II, Sten Bergen, Sten Hidra, Sten Moster and Sunda.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 25

On this day in 1975, a 96-foot mid-body section was added to the ARTHUR B. HOMER at Fraser Ship Yards, Superior, Wisconsin. The HOMER became the largest American-flagged freighter to be lengthened. This modification increased her length to 826 feet and her per-trip carrying capacity to 31,200 tons.

On October 25, 1872, the crew of the small tug P. P. PRATT (wooden propeller steam tug, 14 tons, built in 1866, at Buffalo, New York), went to dinner at a nearby hotel while the tug was docked in Oswego, New York. While they were gone, the tug's boiler exploded. A large piece of the boiler, weighing about five hundred pounds, landed on the corner of West First and Cayuga Street. A six-foot piece of rail impaled itself in the roof of the Oswego Palladium newspaper's offices. Amazingly, no one was hurt. The hulk was raised the following week and the engine was salvaged.

On October 25, 1888, AMETHYST (wooden propeller tug, 14 gross tons, built in 1868, at Buffalo, New York) caught fire and burned to a total loss at Duluth, Minnesota.

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

STERNECLIFFE HALL entered service for the Hall Corporation of Canada on October 25, 1947.

HURON arrived at Santander, Spain, October 25, 1973, in consort with her sister WYANDOTTE, towed by the German tug DOLPHIN X. for scrapping.

October 25, 1895 - SHENANGO 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 October 25,1874.

ARK was built on the burned out hull of the steamer E. K. COLLINS as a side-wheel passenger steamer in 1853, at Newport, Michigan, but she was later cut down to a barge. On October 25,1866, she was being towed along with three other barges down bound from Saginaw, Michigan, in a storm. Her towline parted and she disappeared with her crew of six. 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 October 25,1833, JOHN BY (wooden stern-wheeler, 110 foot, 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 in open lake water set the precedent that stern-wheelers were not compatible with lake commerce.

On October 25,1887, VERNON (wooden propeller passenger/package-freight steamer, 158 foot, 560 tons, built in 1886, at Chicago, Illinois) 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.

1911: The wooden schooner AZOV began leaking on Lake Huron. The ship came ashore north of Goderich and was broken up by the elements.

1980: The former SILVAPLANA, a Swiss saltwater vessel, was abandoned by the crew after going aground 125 miles SW of Pyongyang, North Korea, as d) HWA HO. The hull later broke in two and was a total loss. The vessel had traded through the Seaway beginning in 1959 and returned as b) CAPE MISENO in 1969.

1985: MAXI PORR first came inland under West German registry when new in 1965. It went aground on this date as b) LUANA while inbound at Port Sudan from Naples and heavily damaged. The vessel was refloated on November 20 but declared a total loss, sold to Pakistani shipbreakers and later arrived at Gadani Beach for scrapping.

1994: OCEAN LUCKY, an ocean going freighter registered in St. Vincent, sank following a grounding off the southern tip of Taiwan. All on board were rescued. The ship had begun Great Lakes trading in 1977 as b) FEDERAL ST. CLAIR and returned as c) TRANSOCEAN PEARL in 1981.

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

 

70 mph gusts, 25 foot waves to buffet Upper Peninsula

10/24 - Marquette, Mich. – A rapidly deepening storm system will produce very rough conditions across the Upper Peninsula by Tuesday. Waves as high as 25 feet may hit the south-central Lake Superior shoreline.

This storm will be one of the classic late October and November windmakers that brew over Lake Superior.

Northwest winds gusting to almost 70 mph will build tall waves as they move from northwest to southeast across Lake Superior. A large section of Upper Peninsula shoreline could have erosion, from the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula to Grand Marais.

The wind gust forecast for Tuesday, Oct. 24 shows the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula at Copper Harbor getting the strongest wind gusts. Much of the western and central shoreline of the U.P. could have wind gusts out of the north at over 60 mph.

This wind situation could happen on the extreme end in the next month. The conditions are in place for high-end wind events. The Great Lakes are quite warm for this time of year. The cold pocket of air building up in Canada is a late December-type cold. If a strong storm tracks across Lake Michigan or Lake Superior, and pulls a majority of the Canadian cold air down over the warm Great Lakes, we will have quite a windstorm.

Read more and view weather graphics at this link: http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/10/70_mph_gusts_25_foot_waves_to.html

 

Algoma Niagara passes through the Panama Canal

10/24 - Algoma Niagara departed the Panama Canal for the Atlantic Ocean on Monday. She is on her delivery trip to the Great Lakes from China. She is expected to arrive at Sept Isles, Que., to load on November 2.

Algoma Niagara is the first of two new Equinox-Class 740-foot self-unloaders being built at Yangzijiang Shipyard. She will be joined by her sister ship, the Algoma Sault, in the first half of 2018. It will be the fifth Equinox-Class vessel to join the Algoma Great Lakes fleet.

The ship is currently registered in Tuvalu with a foreign crew, which will be changed to a Canadian crew once it arrived in Sept Ile. She left China on Sept. 12, thus beginning its two-month voyage home to Canada.

Denny Dushane

 

Algoma Tankers officers go on strike

10/24 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central Corporation announced on Monday that the Canadian Merchant Services Guild, which represents navigation and engineering officers on the company’s domestic product tanker fleet, has launched a strike against the company. The union represents 54 employees of Algoma Tankers Limited. The union has provided assurance that the vessels affected by the strike will sail to a safe berth and be secured before the employees leave their posts.

Algonova, Algosea and Algoma Hansa, plus the chartered tanker Golden Oak, entered layup at Sarnia. Algocanada was anchored off Port Dover Monday night. Algoscotia was tied up at Montreal.

Business Wire

 

Port Reports -  October 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The saltie Star II arrived Duluth early Monday morning with a cargo of cement to discharge at Holcim. Sunda arrived early in the afternoon to load wheat at CHS. James R. Barker was at Burlington Northern in Superior loading iron ore pellets, and Roger Blough was at anchor outside the harbor waiting to load at BN.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival on Monday afternoon at 14:28 of the American Spirit. Tentatively due Tuesday in Two Harbors are Edwin H. Gott, American Century, and Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader that will be coming from Duluth after unloading stone. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Tuesday is the Indiana Harbor. All arrivals are tentative with Gale Warnings on the west half of Lake Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday at 6:55 Algowood moved from Thunder Bay Terminals to the main anchorage. 12:44 Federal Yoshino weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load Potash. 19:16 Iryda departed for Montreal. Spruceglen weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load. Federal Kivalina shifted to Viterra B to finish loading.

St. Marys River
Dowbounders on a rainy Monday included Cuyahoga, CSL Welland, Michipicoten and Mesabi Miner. Indiana Harbor, American Integrity and Saginaw were upbound. Drummond Islander IV ferry remains on the drydock at MCM Marine.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Sam Laud arrived in Milwaukee from Indiana Harbor about 6:15 p.m. Monday and berthed at the St. Marys clinker plant at the inner harbor basin, south end. G.L. Ostrander & barge Integrity arrived minutes later and docked at their terminal on Jones Island. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest arrived at their Kinnickinnic River dock about 10 a.m. Monday. Algoway was in mid-Lake Michigan Monday evening, expected in Milwaukee with salt from Goderich during the wee hours on Tuesday a.m. With its 2017 schedule of Milwaukee-to-Muskegon crossings completed on Monday, the Lake Express ferry departed Milwaukee for Sturgeon Bay.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Manitowoc departed Monday evening after unloading during the day.

Southern Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes, Federal Hudson and Federal Asahi were in Burns Harbor Monday night. Alpena, Helena G., Alamosborg and Kwintebank were at docks on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
The saltie Nomadic Milde was at the grain elevators Monday. Radcliffe R. Latimer was loading salt.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - docked - Oct 22 - Algoma Olympic at 0003 - Oct 23 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0352 anchored - Oct 20 - Sten Idun (Gib) from dock to anchorage at 2355 - Oct 22 - back to dock at 2140 - docked - departure - Oct 22 - Algoma olympic at 2245 for Clarkson

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 22 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware (stopped wharf 12), tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement (stopped wharf 16) - Oct 23 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0206, Algocanada at 0417, Baie St. Paul at 0738, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1026, Algoma Harvester at 1352, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1414, Manitoulin at 1754, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 2028 and CSL Assiniboine at 2220

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 22 - Floragracht (Nld) and Algosteel - Oct 23 - Algoma Olympic at 0307

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 22 - Algocanada at 1739 - Oct 23 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0237 - departed - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 0403 for Nanticoke and Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0735 for Toledo

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival (upbound) - Oct 22 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1509 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at _Oct 23 at 0806

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 21 - Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 1646 - Oct 22 - Algoma Harvester at 1820 - Oct 23 - CSL Laurentien at 1003 and Harbour Fountain (Por) at 1112 departure - Oct 22 - Algoma Harvester at 1157 for Thunder Bay

Mississauga:
Arrival - Oct 21 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0805

Clarkson:
Arrival - Algoma Olympic at 2107 approximately 2117

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1723 - unloading at Redpath - Oct 23 - Algosteel at 1208

Bowmanville:
Arrivals - Oct 20 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at approximately 2003 - Oct 21 - Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1930 - departure - Oct 22 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1015 for the canal

 

Coast Guard rescues 3 people, 2 dogs near Wilmette, Ill.

10/24 - Cleveland, Ohio – A Coast Guard Calumet Harbor Response Boat-medium crew rescued three people and two dogs that were unable to return to harbor due to heavy weather near Wilmette Harbor, Ill., Sunday evening.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received notification from Station Wilmette Harbor of a report that a de-masted, 37-foot sailboat was under power but unable to make headway and the local vessel towing company was unable to respond due to weather conditions. Sector Lake Michigan watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched the Station Calumet Harbor boatcrew to respond.

The Station Calumet Harbor boat crew arrived on scene and reported the weather conditions were unsafe to conduct a tow. They transferred the three people and two dogs onto the response boat.

The sailboat was left at anchor overnight with navigation lights energized approximately one nautical mile offshore until it was safe to tow Monday morning. Weather on scene was reported as 24 to 33-mph winds and five to seven-foot seas.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 24

On October 24, 1886, the wooden steam barge RUDOLPH burned on Lake St. Clair and was beached. She was loaded with lumber from East Saginaw, Michigan, for Cleveland, Ohio.

On October 24, 1902, W. T. CHAPPELL (2-mast wooden schooner, 72 foot, 39 gross tons, built in 1877, at Sebewaing, Michigan) was carrying stove wood from Grand Marais, Michigan, to the Soo in a severe storm on Lake Superior when she sprang a leak. She was blown over and sank four miles from the Vermillion Life Saving Station. The lifesaving crew rescued the two-man crew in the surfboat and took them to the Whitefish Point Lighthouse for the night since the storm was so severe.

THUNTANK 6 (Hull#309) was launched October 24, 1969, at Wallsend, England, by Clelands Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., for Thun Tankers Ltd., London, U.K. Renamed b.) ANTERIORITY in 1972. Purchased by Texaco Canada in 1975, renamed c.) TEXACO WARRIOR. Sold off-lakes in 1984, renamed d.) TRADER, e.) SEA CORAL in 1985, f.) TALIA II in 1985, g.) TALIA in 1985, STELLA ORION in 1995 and h.) SYRA in 2000.

The PHILIP D. BLOCK / W. W. HOLLOWAY scrap tow arrived at Recife, Brazil. October 24, 1986.

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.

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

On October 24, 1855, ALLEGHENY (wooden propeller, 178 foot, 468 tons, built in 1849, at Cleveland, Ohio) 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 October 24, 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 October 24, 1886, LADY DUFFERIN (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 135 foot, 356 gross tons, 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 October 24, 1953, the Yankcanuck Steamship Lines' MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246 foot, 1,558 gross tons, built in 1903, at Buffalo, New York as J. S. KEEFE) ran aground south of the channel into the Saugeen River. The tug RUTH HINDMAN from Killarney pulled her free. No damage was reported. 1898: L.R. DOTY foundered off Kenosha in high winds and waves with the loss of 18 lives. The vessel was enroute from Chicago to Midland with a cargo of corn and towing the schooner OLIVE JEANETTE. The latter broke loose and survived.

1948: HARRY T. EWIG stranded off Point Abino, Lake Erie. The ship was lightered to fleetmate BUCKEYE and released with about $40,000 in damage.

1959: WESTRIVER, under tow of the tugs LAURENCE C. TURNER and AMERICA, headed down the Seaway for repairs after being damaged in an earlier explosion on Lake Superior.

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

 

Former laker Pineglen arrives at Turkish scrapyard

10/23 - Glen, the former Paterson and Pineglen, reached Aliaga, Turkey, on late on Nov. 20 Turkish time. The vessel has likely been beached or will be beached in the coming days.

‎‎John Tokarz‎

 

Princess of Acadia headed for Port Colborne scrapyard

10/23 - The ferry Princess of Acadia has departed Sydport, N.S. for Port Colborne under tow of Tim McKeil on October 22 at around 3 p.m.

Princess of Acadia is a roll-on/roll-off passenger and motor vehicle ferry built in 1969 that traveled between Digby, N.S. and Saint John, N.B., crossing the Bay of Fundy. On July 28, 2015 the ship was replaced by the Fundy Rose.

René Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  October 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth mid-day Sunday after loading iron ore pellets at CN. American Mariner departed during the evening with coal. James R. Barker was expected late Sunday night to fuel and load ore at Burlington Northern. Michipicoten loaded at BN early Sunday, and was outbound by mid-morning.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Neither Two Harbors nor Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had any traffic on Sunday. Due Two Harbors on Monday is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining has no scheduled traffic on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 22, 2:01 Algoma Discovery arrived at Keefer Terminal for refueling. At 13:29 Algoma Discovery proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. 13:54 Cuyahoga departed for Owen Sound. 15:02 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. 15:43 Federal Kivalina arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 17:49 Algowood arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. Spruceglen arrived at 19:39 and anchored south of the Mission River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway cleared upbound early Sunday morning. Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at the grain elevators.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday by Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - docked - Oct 22 - Algoma Olympic at 0003 - anchored - Oct 20 - Sten Idun (Gib) from dock to anchorage at 2355 - docked - Oct 20 - tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at 2325 - departures - Oct 22 - tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at 0248 for Toledo

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 21 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2220. tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 2300 - Oct 22 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0710, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1150 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1540

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 21 - COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 2340 (anchored) - Oct 22 - Algoma Equinox at 0836, COE Leni (Lbr) at 0941, Tecumseh at 0344, Thunder Bay 0654, , COE Leni (Lbr) at 0940, H. Lee White at 1858, CSL Laurentien at 1928, Floragracht (Nld) at 1936 and Algosteel at 2045

Port Colborne anchorage:
Downbound - COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 2340 - Oct 22 - departed at 0931 for the canal

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival (upbound) - Oct 22 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1509

Hamilton:
Arrival - Oct 22 - Algoma Harvester at 1820 - docked - Oct 21 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1106 and Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 1646 - departure - Oct 22 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0233

Mississauga:
Arrival - Oct 21 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0805

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 22 - Robert S. Pierson at 2112 - departed at 2005 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1723 - unloading at Redpath - Oct 21 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0600 and Stephen B. Roman at 2130 - departures - Oct 22 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1931 for Bath and Stephen B. Roman at 2005 for Picton

Bowmanville:
Arrivals - Oct 20 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at approximately 2003 - Oct 21 - Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1930 - departure - Oct 22 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1015 for the canal.

 

A piece of Canadian history, for sale to the highest bidder

10/23 - Canada is selling its last inshore coastal surveyor ship, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Matthew, in an auction that closes on Friday with a minimum bid of $1 million. If it sells, a lot of history will go with it.

Its loss also “decimates” a crucial maritime capability, to map the sea floor off Canada’s coastline, according to people who sailed on the CCGS Matthew over its quarter century of service.

“It’s absolutely appalling,” said Michael Lamplugh, a retired hydrographer with Canadian Hydrographic Service, who led the team on the Matthew for ten years until 2012. Just the sonar on board is worth more than Canada is asking, he said. And with no replacement, Canada risks not only domestic maritime safety, such as for cruise ships in the Northwest Passage, but also its geopolitical credibility in disputes over sovereignty in the Arctic Ocean.

When Swissair flight 111 from New York to Geneva crashed nose first into the ocean off Peggy’s Cove, N.S., in 1998, the Matthew sailed immediately out of Halifax, reaching the scene just after the local fishing boats.

But she had no hydrographic crew to run her surveying equipment. Lamplugh, who lives near the crash site in St. Margaret’s Bay, was on board by dinner time the first day, as the hydrographer in charge. John Hughes Clarke, then a professor of engineering at the University of New Brunswick, flew in to Halifax and the Navy got him on board too.

“We were mowing the lawn, if you like,” said Hughes Clarke, who is now with the University of New Hampshire. They were using sonar to systematically criss-cross a sea floor that was already naturally strewn with car-sized boulders, looking for a plane. “We mapped fields of boulders and we looked for clusters,” he said.

In the end, the largest piece recovered was an engine block. “Nothing on that spot looked like a plane,” Lamplugh said. The only man-made thing they could recognize was a mostly forgotten scuttled submarine from the Second World War.

Sailing the eastern coasts of Canada, Matthew received a fair share of distress calls.

In August 2011, it took part in the rescue of two lost kayakers from Montreal, a man and a woman, off the coast of southern Labrador. Another time off Yarmouth, N.S., the crew saw a fire on the horizon, investigated, and two crewmembers discovered a fisherman who had been blown off his boat by an explosion. They performed CPR until they got him to shore, but he died.

Mainly, though, Matthew was used for mapping the coastal sea floor, showing routes into harbors, and enabling smaller vessels to hug the coast on their journeys, rather than travel far offshore with the big ships.

It surveyed all around Newfoundland and the Bay of Fundy, sometimes updating charts for the first time since the days of the British Admiralty and Capt. James Cook. It also investigated sinkholes in Bras d’Or Lake of Cape Breton, an inlet from the sea despite its name.

Lamplugh said the most interesting work was on the shipping corridors up the coast of Labrador, jagged with “pinnacle shoals, underwater mountains.” His last work on Matthew was a new chart for Gros Morne National Park.

“That I think is the capability we don’t have any more,” said Hughes Clarke. Losing it just to save money is a sorry shame, he said. “Canada still needs more surveys of her coast.”

The east and west coasts, right up against the U.S. border, are pretty well surveyed now, Hughes Clarke said. But as you head north it gets slimmer until the Arctic, where cruise ships with state of the art global positioning equipment are navigating according to outdated, insufficient maritime charts. They know exactly where they are, but not what is underneath them.

“Canada led the world in sea floor mapping for probably a solid decade,” from about the early 1990s until 2005, said Dick Pickrill, retired manager of marine geoscience at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, in Dartmouth, N.S., where the Matthew is today, awaiting its new owner. Since it came out of service last year, Canada has nothing with the same capability as Matthew on the east coast, and the only similar research vessel, the ancient and decrepit CCGS Hudson, is currently in Burlington, Ont., with its repair contract cancelled.

It’s part of a broader “rust-out” of Canadian maritime science, Pickrill said. “It seems bizarre.”

The National Post

 

Advent of the tug-barge: Lake freighter yields to barge traffic domestically

10/23 - Far out on the lake, a tug-barge can look like any of the other monster freight vessels that loll along the horizon. But as it closes in, finer points emerge. Two distinct names — one painted on the barge, one on back of the tug — and the sight of a tug tucked into the backside of the barge.

"Most of the tug-barge combinations are converted from old ships," said 21-year Great Lakes pilot John Swartout, who guides foreign-flagged vessels to ports inland from the Atlantic Ocean.

The slow rise of the tug-barge on the Great Lakes really began with the story of the thousand-foot lake freighter.

Read more at this link: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4347255-advent-tug-barge-lake-freighter-yields-barge-traffic-domestically

 

‘Gales of November’ next topic of National Museum series

10/23 - Toledo, Ohio – Due to unforeseen complications, Victoria Brehm, the planned speaker has been forced to cancel her appearance. National Museum Executive Director Christopher Gillcrist is stepping up to fill this void with a new program. "The Gales of November" will address different myths and perceptions of Great Lakes shipwrecks to determine what basis these ideas may have in actual data. Was November really the most dangerous month on the Great Lakes? Were the majority of Great Lakes shipwrecks caused by bad weather? These and other questions will be explored during this program. This program is free with museum admission. Members are always free. Registration is required.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 23

On this day in 1949, the new Canada Steamship Line steamer HOCHELAGA successfully completed her sea trials in Georgian Bay. She departed Collingwood the next day to load her first cargo of grain at Port Arthur.

On October 23,1887, the small wooden scow-schooner LADY ELGIN was driven ashore about one mile north of Goderich, Ontario, in a severe storm that claimed numerous other vessels. By October 26, she was broken up by the waves.

The CARL GORTHON, was launched October 23, 1970, for Rederi A/B Gylfe, Hsingborg, Sweden. Sold Canadian in 1980, renamed b.) FEDERAL PIONEER and c.) CECILIA DESGAGNES in 1985. In 2000, she was used as a movie set, unofficially renamed LADY PANAMA.

The rail car ferry GRAND RAPIDS was launched October 23, 1926, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Grand Trunk-Milwaukee Car Ferry Co., Muskegon, Michigan. She entered service in December of 1926.

WILLIAM B. SCHILLER (Hull#372) was launched October 23, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

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

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

On October 23, 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 deckhouses.

On October 23, 1883, JULIA (2-mast wooden schooner, 89 foot, 115 gross tons, 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.

1906: The wooden steamer SHENANDOAH backed into a wharf at South Chicago and then went full ahead into the opposite wharf. The captain was found to be drunk and his certificate was suspended.

1917: KATAHDIN was built at West Bay City in 1895 but was sold off-lakes in 1899. The ship was damaged as b) EXPORT in a collision on this date with the Japanese freighter TOKAYAMA MARU in the Delaware River. As a result of the accident, the ship was scrapped in 1918.

1956: GREY BEAVER ran aground on Stoney Crest Island, near Alexandria Bay, NY while downbound with wheat from Toronto to Trois Rivieres, QC. The vessel was released with bottom damage and required a trip to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

1968: NORMAN P. CLEMENT, damaged by a grounding and then an on board explosion, was scuttled in the deep water of Georgian Bay near Christian Island.

1987: CANADIAN ENTERPRISE stranded in the Amherstburg Channel. The ship was lightered of 1,840 tons of coal and then pulled free by 4 tugs before going to Thunder Bay for repairs.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 22

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Arriving Two Harbors Friday night was the Joseph L. Block at 22:38 coming from the Twin Ports after unloading stone at Graymont-Superior. She departed early Saturday afternoon at 12:55 for Indiana Harbor. Neither Two Harbors nor Northshore Mining in Silver Bay have any scheduled traffic for Sunday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Friday at 14:37 Whitefish Bay shifted to Viterra B to finish loading. CSL Welland weighed anchor and moved to Viterra A to load. Saturday at 2:26 Federal Shimanto arrived and went to anchor. 6:04 Cuyahoga arrived and anchored south of the Mission River. At 13:27 Whitefish Bay departed for Becancour, Q.C. 16:23 Algoma Spirit departed for Baie Comeau. Cuyahoga weighed anchor and moved to Superior Elevator to load. 19:10The saltie Iryda arrived at G3 to load grain.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Saturday included Federal Kivalina, Star II (cement for Duluth), Algowood, James R. Barker and Spruceglen. Downbounders included Radcliffe R. Latimer, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Hon. James L. Oberstar.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Alpena arrived about 8:30 Friday evening, and remained in port unloading on Saturday. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest arrived in Green Bay from Charlevoix about 1:30 Saturday afternoon and delivered cement along the west side of the Fox River.

Waukegan, Ill. – Paul Erspamer
Sam Laud arrived Saturday morning, unloaded and departed onto Lake Michigan about 8 p.m. Saturday evening.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
On Friday, Floragracht finished loading a diesel locomotive at Milwaukee's Heavy Lift Dock destined for a museum in the Netherlands. Floragracht departed about 5:30 p.m. downbound through the lakes for Valleyfield, Que.

Southern Lake Michigan
Indiana Harbor and Edwin H. Gott were at Gary Saturday night. Burns Harbor was at her namesake port. Salties Helena G. and Federal Asahi were at South Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel cleared downbound about 4 p.m. Saturday laden with salt for Toronto. Algoway arrived to load at the Sifto Dock.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Oct 20 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0814, Algoma Enterprise at 1242 and tug Genesis Victory & GM-6506 at 2325 - anchored - Oct . 19 - Algoma Hansa at 1355 and Oct 20 - Sten Idun (Gib) from dock to anchorage at 2355 - departures - Oct 21 - Algoma Enterprise at 0828 for Port Cartier, Golden Oak at 1027 for Sarnia and Algoma Hansa at 1100 for Sarnia

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 20 - Captain Henry Jackman at 2206. Algoma Mariner at 2257, Algolake at 0030, Nomadic Milde ( Cyp) at 0216, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0750, Algoma Olympic at 0810, English River at 1130 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2220

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 20 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 2243, Atlantic Huron at 0312, Victory I (Bhs) passenger vessel (ex Sea Voyager-15 St. Laurent-15 Sea Voyager-11 Cape May Light-09) at 0659, Baie Comeau at 0945, Algoma Enterprise at 1206, Swan Biscay (Mhl) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 1200 and COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 2305 approximately

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival (upbound) - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1700 - departed at 1952 for Goderich

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - wharf 16 - Oct 20 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 0855 - departed - Oct 20 at 1815

Port Dalhousie harbor (St. Catharines):
Arrival - Oct 20 - light tug Escorte at 2002 - departed Oct 21 at 0530 for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 - Oct 20 - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 0613 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1756- Oct 21 - light tug Escorte at 0818, Nomadic Hjellestad (Mhl) at 1646 - departures - Oct 21 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0042 for Italy, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 0003 for Goderich and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0455 for Sandusky

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrival - Oct 20 - Dara Desgagnes at 1027 - departed - Oct 21 at 1021 for Montreal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 19 - Algoma Mariner at 1947 - departed Oct 20 at 2045 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1723 - unloading at Redpath - Oct 20 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2109 (waiting for dock availability at Bowmanville - Oct 21 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0600 and Stephen B. Roman at 2130 - departure - Oct 21 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1422 for Bowmanville

Bowmanville:
Arrivals - Oct 20 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at approximately 2003 - Oct 21 - Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1930 - departure - Oct 21 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1920 for the canal

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 22

On October 22,1903, while being towed by the GETTYSBURG in the harbor at Grand Marais, Michigan, in a severe storm, the SAVELAND (wooden schooner, 194 foot, 689 gross tons, built in 1873, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was torn away and thrown against some pilings which punctured her hull. She sank to her main deck and was pounded to pieces by the storm waves. No lives were lost.

The tug PRESQUE ISLE completed her sea trials on October 22, 1973, in New Orleans.

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

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

THORNHILL of 1906 grounded on October 22, 1973, just above the Sugar Island ferry crossing in the St. Marys River.

On October 22, 1887, C.O.D. (wooden schooner-barge, 140 foot, 289 gross tons, built in 1873, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was carrying wheat in Lake Erie in a northwest gale. She was beached three miles east of Port Burwell, 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.

On October 22, 1929, the steamer MILWAUKEE (formerly MANISTIQUE MARQUETTE AND NORTHERN 1) sank in a gale with a loss of all 52 hands. 21 bodies were recovered. Captain Robert Mc Kay was in command.

On October 27, 1929, a Coast Guard patrolman near South Haven, Michigan, picked up a 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 October 22, 1870, JENNIE BRISCOE (wooden schooner, 85 foot, 82 tons, built in 1870, at Detroit, Michigan) was raised from where she sank off Grosse Ile, 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 October 22, 1887, DOLPHIN (wooden schooner-barge, 107 foot, 147 tons, built in 1855, at Milan, Ohio) and G. D. NORRIS (2-mast wooden schooner, 128 foot, 262 gross tons, built in 1856, at Cleveland, Ohio) were both carrying lumber and were in tow of the steamer OSWEGATCHIE in a storm on Lake Huron. The towline 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.

1929: N.J. NESSEN, a wooden bulk freighter, stranded in Lake Erie off Leamington, ON. The ship had been anchored for weather but the wind switched to the south, leaving it exposed. The hull broke up, but all on board were saved.

1929: YANTIC, a former wooden naval reserve training ship tied up at Detroit for use as a heating plant, sank at the dock. All 3 on board got off safely.

1979: J.N. McWATTERS struck the lighthouse at the main entrance to Cleveland with heavy damage to the structure.

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

 

Cliffs to Invest $75 Million into Northshore Mining

10/21 - Northshore Mining has been making direct-reduced (DR) grade pellets for years at the plant in Silver Bay. But because the plant was not built for that type of production, it's not as efficient as it could be. But that is going to change, when Cleveland-Cliffs invests $75 million dollars into the plant in the next two years.

CEO Lourenco Goncalves explained more. "We make about 100,000 tons a year now of DR pellets. After the change, we'll be able to produce a massive amount of DR grade pellets. 2.5 million tons a year. That's enough to supply our own facility in Toledo, Ohio."

He's referring to the $700 million dollar HBI (Hot Briquetted Iron) facility that they have planned for Ohio. "We have made a great deal of progress. We have lined up numerous commitments from third-party providers, and have begun staffing with a team of some of our most talented internal employees, along with more expertise from the outside."

Work has already begun on the Northshore project, and the plan is to have it completed by mid-2019.

Also on Friday, Goncalves said that one of their customers does not need as many pellets as planned this year, so that will affect them. He said the problem of steel imports is to blame, and called out the government for the Section 232 investigation that has been started, but not finished. He did say that he sees China become less of a problem with the dumped steel, because the Chinese government is restricting steel output.

Still, he added that 2017 has been a good year, and 2018 is shaping up to be good as well.

WDIO

 

New Pelee Island ferry expected to arrive next spring

10/21 - Windsor, Ont. – The replacement for the aging Pelee Islander ferry has been revealed. The Ministry of Transportation tweeted a photo of the new ferry, named Pelee Islander II, where it’s being built at shipyard in Chile.

Asenav, a Chilean shipyard, received the $40 million contract to build the new ferry in 2015. The decision angered Hike Metal Products of Wheatley. The shipbuilder also applied for the contract, but the owner told CTV News that his company was quickly disqualified without a reason.

Pelee Island has 6,000 acres of farmland, and the new ferry will be able to move transports, construction and farm equipment. The MTO says the new ferry is expected to arrive in Lake Erie in May or June. It is scheduled to be put into service sometime in the 2018 season.

CTV News

 

Date set for commissioning of new U.S. Navy ship In Buffalo

10/21 - Buffalo, N.Y. – A date has been set for the commissioning of a new U.S. Navy warship in Buffalo later this year. The USS Little Rock commissioning committee received word last Wednesday from the ship’s commander that the $360 million vessel known as a littoral combat ship will be commissioned Dec. 16 at Canalside on Buffalo’s Lake Erie waterfront.

It will be the first time in the Navy’s 242-year history that a new ship will be commissioned alongside its namesake.

The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park is home to three World War II vessels, including the USS Little Rock, a light cruiser commissioned near the end of the war. The Little Rock was converted to a guided missile cruiser during the Cold War. Decommissioned in 1976, it was brought to Buffalo’s waterfront military park the following year.

Associated Press

 

Port Reports -  October 21

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Presque Isle Friday morning at 07:50 for North of #2. She shifted between 11:35-12:05 to the shiploader and she then departed at 19:20 for Zug Island. Due Two Harbors Friday night is the Joseph L. Block coming from the Twin Ports after unloading stone at Graymont in Superior. As of 20:00 Friday night she was underway in the Duluth/Superior harbor. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday at 22:46 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Early Friday morning at 3:14 Algoma Spirit arrived and anchored south of the Mission River. 4:48 CSL Welland arrived and went to anchor. At 6:26 Algosea departed for Sarnia. 11:18 Radcliffe R Latimer departed and at 11:29 Algoma Spirit took her place at the Superior Elevator.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic through the locks on a slow Friday consisted of American Mariner in the early afternoon and Iryda in the late evening. Downbound traffic included Tecumseh, Lee A. Tregurtha, Edgar B. Speer, H. Lee White (for Quebec City) and American Integrity (late).

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel was due in to load salt early Saturday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 19 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 2018 - departed Oct 20 at 0814

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 20 - Algoma Enterprise at 1242, tug Genesis Victory & GM-6506 at 1603 (anchored) - docked - Oct 19 - Sten Idun (Gib) from anchorage at 2309 - Oct 20 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0814 - anchored - Oct 19 - Algoma Hansa at 1355

Long Point Bay anchorage (Port Dover anchorage):
Arrival (anchored)- tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0254 for Hamilton - departed Oct 20 at 0124 for Hamilton

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Algoma Enterprise at 1735 and Kwintebank (Nld) at 2329 - Oct 20 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0626, CSL Laurentien at 0815, Capt. Henry Jackman at 2230, Algoma Mariner at approximately 2230 approximately and Algolake at 2320

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Manitoulin at 1440, Erik (Atg) (BBC Louisiana-17) at 2212, Frontenac at 0507, tug Undaunted & Pere Marquette 41 at 0830, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0659, and light tug Escorte at 1115, G3 Marquis at 1845 and tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrivals (upbound) - Oct 19 - Sunda (Lbr) ex Emilie-15) at 0244, and Alamosborg (Nld) at 1908 - Oct 20 - Kwintebank (Nld) at 1028 - departures - Oct 19 - Sunda (Lbr) at 1548 for Duluth - Oct 20 - Alamosborg (Nld) at 0248 for Chicago and Kwintebank (NLd) at approximately 2000 for Chicago

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival (upbound) at wharf 12 - Oct 19 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1718 - Oct 20 - wharf 16 - tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquuete 41 at 0855 to unload and at wharf 19E - Frontenac at 1010 approximately - departed - Oct 20 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 0525 approximately for Ludington

Port Dalhousie harbor (St. Catharines):
Arrival - light tug Escorte at 2002 -

Hamilton:
Arrivals - - Oct 20 - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 0613 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1756 - docked - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 - Oct 19 - Kwintebank (Nld) at 0032 and Tim S. Dool at 0112 - departures - Oct 19 - Kwintebank (Nld) at 1939 for Chicago and Tim S. Dool at 2042 eastbound

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrival - Oct 18 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0009 (anchored) - docked Oct 18 at 1039 - departed - Oct 19 at 2200 eastbound - Oct 20 - arrival - Dara Desgagnes at 1027

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 19 - Algoma Mariner at 1947 - departed Oct 20 at 2045 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1723 - unloading at Redpath

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 19 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1947 - departed - Oct 19 - at 2230 eastbound

Bowmanville:
Arrival - Capt Henry Jackman at approximately 0817- departed Oct 20 mid afternoon for the canal

 

Coast Guard, Canadian partners seize marijuana near Alexandria Bay

10/21 - Cleveland, Ohio – Coast Guard crews and Canadian partners from the Integrated Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations team, commonly referred to as the shiprider program, boarded a recreational vessel on a routine law enforcement patrol which resulted in the detection of a personal use quantity of marijuana in the U.S. waters of the Saint Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, New York, Oct. 17.

The law enforcement team consisted of personnel from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The recreational vessel was boarded to ensure that it was in compliance with all applicable regulations for a vessel of its size and type. During the course of the boarding, the joint law enforcement team detected the odor of marijuana onboard. The team located the marijuana, seized the contraband, and detained the vessel operator.

The operator was issued a Coast Guard Notice of Violation for illegal possession of the marijuana and also faces criminal prosecution in the state of New York. Personnel from New York State Police, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security also assisted in the operation.

“This case validates the effectiveness of the shiprider program, which is specifically designed to counteract criminal activities on the shared waterways of our two countries,” said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Gris, the enforcement division chief of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. “The success of our partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has resulted in actionable law enforcement information for both nations, as well as the removal of illegal drugs from our communities.”

The shiprider program is an enduring success story in that it significantly reduces the abilities of individuals and transnational criminal organizations to elude law enforcement by exploiting the international border.

USCG

 

Locomotive loaded on ship to Holland to be in a museum

10/21 - Milwaukee, Wis. – A 1944 65-metric ton Whitcomb diesel locomotive was loaded onto the ship Floragracht Thursday at the Port Milwaukee. It is headed to a museum in the Netherlands for a display about reconstruction after World War II.

View a video at this link: http://www.jsonline.com/videos/news/2017/10/19/locomotive-loaded-ship-holland-museum/106813798/

 

Mariners' Church 175th anniversary celebration open house this weekend

10/21 - - Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Open House begins with snacks and beverages offered
1:30 Ceremonial Flag Raising with U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Honor Guard
1:45 Welcome remarks, Ken Morse, Chairman of the Trustees of Mariners' Church
1:50 Invocation, Bishop Peter Beckwith, Rear Admiral (lower half), Chaplain
Corps, United States Navy (Retired), and Chaplain Emeritus of Hillsdale College
2:00 Presentation of Acknowledgements from Government Leaders
2:30 Detroit Fireboat Water Show (on riverfront near the Port of Detroit)
Tours, snacks and conversation until 4 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, historical and information tours of the church will be offered.

Sunday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion at Mariners’ Church All are invited to worship with Bishop Peter Beckwith and members of the Mariners' congregation for Holy Communion. Mariners' outstanding full choir will join the 11 a.m. service.

Parking for the celebration activities at Mariners' Church is free and available in the Ford Underground Parking Garage located at the corner of E. Jefferson and Woodward avenues.

Trustees of Mariners' Church

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 21

On this day in 1980, the converted ELTON HOYT 2ND loaded her first cargo of 1,000 tons of pellets at Taconite Harbor. After field-testing her new self-unloading gear, she loaded 21,000 tons of pellets for delivery to Chicago.

The Anchor Line's CONEMAUGH (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 251 foot, 1,609 gross tons, built in 1880, at West Bay City, Michigan), and the Union Line's NEW YORK (wooden propeller package freighter, 269 foot, 1,922 gross tons, built in 1879, at Buffalo, New York) collided on the Detroit River at 7:30 p.m. The CONEMAUGH sank close to the Canadian shore. She was carrying flour and other package freight from Chicago to Buffalo. She was later raised and repaired, and lasted until 1906, when she was lost in a storm on Lake Erie.

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

The JAMES A. FARRELL and fleet mate RICHARD TRIMBLE were the first vessels to lock down bound in the newly-opened Davis Lock at the Soo on October 21, 1914.

On October 21, 1954, the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY set a record when she took aboard 22,605 gross tons of iron ore at Superior, Wisconsin. The record stood until 1960.

The crew on the SAMUEL MATHER 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. Renamed b.) PATHFINDER in 1925, sold Canadian in 1968, renamed c.) GODERICH. Renamed d.) SOO RIVER TRADER in 1980, e.) PINEGLEN 1982. Scrapped at Port Maitland in 1984.

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 October 21, 1941, AMERICA (steel tug, 80 foot, 123 gross tons, built in 1897, at Buffalo, New York) was on a cable along with the 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. AMERICA was renamed b.) MIDWAY in 1982 and c.) WISCONSIN in 1983.

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

On October 21, 1886, W. L. BROWN (wooden propeller freighter, 140 foot, 336 gross tons, built in 1872, at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as NEPTUNE) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba for DePere, Wisconsin. 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, Wisconsin, 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, Wisconsin, as the W. L. BROWN.

1912: Two were lost when the wooden steamer PINE LAKE sank in the Detroit River near Belle Isle following a collision with FLEETWOOD (i). The hull was later dynamited as a hazard to navigation.

1913: C.W. ELPHICKE began leaking in a storm on Lake Erie and was beached near the Long Point lighthouse. The downbound, grain-laden wooden freighter was a total loss but the crew was saved.

1969: JOHN PURVES was towing Derrick Scow 43 bound for Rogers City when the latter was lost.

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

 

Algoma Tankers gets strike notice from union

10/20 - Canada's Algoma Tankers was served with a strike notice from a local seafarer's union after contract negotiations broke down. The Canadian Merchant Service Guild says the 72-hour notice covers 32 navigation officers working for the tankers unit of Algoma Central.

The labor action will hit all six of Algoma's owned tankers and one other vessel under long-term hire. The Guild says its members will walk off their posts once the vessels are safely moored starting Oct. 21.

The step was taken after the Guild says a 13-hour mediation session did not yield a "vastly improved" offer from the company.

Navigation and engineering officers are represented by six separate bargaining units of the Guild, Algoma says in its annual report. Four of those agreements expired May 31, 2016 and the remaining two expired July 31, 2016.

Both Algoma and the Guild were not yet available to comment on the issue.

Tradewinds

 

Port Reports -  October 20

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity arrived Duluth early Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. She was outbound in the early afternoon. Fleetmate H. Lee White departed with iron ore pellets at about the same time. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived mid-afternoon Thursday to load at Midwest Energy. In Superior, Michipicoten arrived in the early morning hours to load at Burlington Northern. She departed mid-morning Thursday.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors Wednesday night for Gary. Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors Thursday morning at 08:29 for Gary. Due Two Harbors late in the day on Friday, weather permitting, is Presque Isle. Tentatively due late Friday is Joseph L. Block arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading stone. Thursday evening she was off Copper Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday at 14:44 Tecumseh departed. At 16:33 Algosea arrived at the Suncor dock to unload petroleum products.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Thursday included Victory/James L. Kuber in the afternoon (to Algoma), with Cuyahoga and Hon. James L. Oberstar following after dark. Downbound traffic included American Century. Philip R. Clarke, Baie Comeau and CSL St-Laurent.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman arrived at Lehigh Cement Dock at about 8 a.m. Thursday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 19 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 2018

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 17 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1718 - Oct 19 - Algoma Hansa at 1355 and Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 2210 approximately - docked - Oct 17 - Algonova at 0145 - departed - Oct 19 - Algonova at 1653 for Sarnia

Long Point Bay anchorage (Port Dover anchorage):
Arrival (anchored)- tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0254 for Hamilton

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 18 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15), and Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 2230 - Oct 19 - Algoma Discovery at 0140, Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0546, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 0656, Algosteel at 0424, Alamosborg (Nld) at 0845, Spruceglen at 1210, Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1354 and Algoma Enterprise at 1735

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 18 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1739 - Oct 19 - Algoma Transport at 0242, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0229, Kaministiqua at 0930, Erik (Atg) at 1337 - (anchored) and Manitoulin at 1440

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival (upbound) at wharf 12 - Oct 19 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1718

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrivals (upbound) - Oct 19 - Sunda (Lbr) ex Emilie-15) at 0244, and Alamosborg (Nld) a5t 1908 - (downbound) - Oct 19 - Erik (Atg) (BBC Louisiana-17) at 1908 - departed - Oct 19 Erik (Atg) at approximately 2145 for Montreal

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 - Oct 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 1822 - Oct 19 - Kwintebank (Nld) at 0032, Tim S. Dool at 0112 - departures - Oct 18 - Algoma Guardian at 0252 for Port Cartier, Algoma Discovery at 2213 for the canal - Oct 19 - Algoma Enterprise at 1515 for the canal

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrival - Oct 18 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0009 (anchored) - docked Oct 18 at 1039

Clarkson:
Arrival - Algoma Mariner at 1143

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1723

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 19 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1947

Bowmanville:
Arrival - Capt Henry Jackman at approximately 0817

 

Bo knows his boats: Teacher spent summer on Great Lakes science ship

10/20 - Ely, Minn. – How does a veteran high school science teacher spend his summer vacation? Bo DeRemee, a 28-year classroom veteran at Memorial High School, spent part of last summer teaching other teachers and logging water monitoring data, as well as swabbing the deck aboard a Great Lakes tall ship.

He joined other educators from Wisconsin and Minnesota aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan as part of a unique professional development workshop offered by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network’s Center for Great Lakes Literacy.

The seven-day, six-night workshop was held Aug. 13-19 and focused on science, shipwrecks and sailing aboard the 19th century tall ship replica. DeRemee spoke to Tuesday Group this week and reminisced about his adventure last summer on the waters of Lake Michigan.

He has spent parts of summers for the last several years aboard three different boats. He has participated in science cruises on the Lake Guardian, which sails all of the Great Lakes, as well as the Blue Heron, based out of Duluth, which sails Lake Superior.

Last summer, DeRemee spent a week on Wisconsin’s flagship, the Denis Sullivan. It is believed to be the world’s only replica of a 19th century three-masted Great Lakes schooner, and is based in Milwaukee, Wis. Today, the only schooner of its kind is used for a variety of purposes, including as an educational tool and scientific research station with a focus on environmental issues in relation to the Great Lakes.

DeRemee grew up in southeastern Minnesota, in the only county without a lake in it, and spent his summers in Iowa, not known for much water. “That state has just five lakes,” he said. “Ironically, that is where I honed my sailing skills and developed my love for the water.”

He earned his captain’s license by the time he was 19-years-old and spent time moving boats up and down the Mississippi River. “That obsession or addiction is still with me today and I spend a lot of time on the water here in Ely,” he said.

Being a high school science teacher, DeRemee had the opportunity to become involved with the Center for Great Lakes Literacy, which is organized as part of the Sea Grant program, part of the educational arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“There is as much shoreline along the Great Lakes as there is along the entire east coast of the United States,” he said. “The irony is, I’ve never been on salt water.”

His first summer science cruise started in 2009. Funded through the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, he spent a week aboard the Lake Guardian. “These cruises are not to be compared with a Carnival cruise one takes to the Bahamas,” he said.

Just two months ago, DeRemme had a last-minute opportunity to spend a week on the Denis Sullivan. “I applied last spring and was not notified until mid-June. I made some scheduling changes and off I went,” he said.

Part of the mission of the cruise was to promote the new marine sanctuary off the coast of Sheboygan, Wis. “This is a 1,000-square-mile area and the primary reason for the sanctuary is that there are over 40 ship wrecks in the area,” he noted.

Monitoring the waters of the Great Lakes is the primary reason for these scientific cruises. Funding is provided thanks to the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978.

Sea Grant staff from Minnesota and Wisconsin provided resources for teachers to apply the Great Lakes Literacy Concepts to their own classrooms. The scientific theme of the voyage was to explore the change in the food web of Lake Michigan as a result of invasive species, how Lake Michigan transitioned from a pelagic to benthic-driven food web, and what it means. Aboard ship, the educators gained firsthand experience in freshwater ecology, Great Lakes maritime history and sailing, navigation, the physics of sailing and how the Great Lakes function.

“The ship runs 24 hours a day and we try to get to many areas on the lake,” DeRemee said. “We do a series of sampling of basic lake parameters to give us a base line to see if the lake water is changing and how it is changing. Then we look for why it is changing.”

Students from various schools around the Great Lakes, including high school freshmen from Ely, have a chance to participate in many science experiments. They provided Styrofoam cups that were lowered some 300 yards into the depths of Lake Huron. “A 12-ounce coffee cup is crushed by the pressure depth into something the size of a salt shaker,” he said.

Part of the reason DeRemee participates in the science cruises is to bring the educational opportunity back to his students. “We have to document what we’re teaching to our students, and it is particularly hit hard in the biology classes and some of the physical sciences,” he said. “What we do is a direct connection to the students.”

DeRemee said the collected water chemistry data clearly shows the Great Lakes are warming. “There is still freezing but the depth of the ice and thermal layer depth is changing and showing a gradual warming. This is a fact. The data are there.”

Lake creatures and fish are collected and tested. “Zebra mussels are so 1990s,” DeRemee said. “Now we have his evil cousin, the Quagga mussel. He is much more destructive. We don’t know how we are going to stop it. We might slow it down, but that is about it.”

He noted that Lake Superior’s calcium content is at a level that does not promote the reproduction of the invasive mussel species. “Life does find a way, so it may be just a matter of time,” he said.

In close quarters, participants worked alongside Denis Sullivan crew and shared in components of the voyage, including raising and lowering sails, dropping and pulling up the anchor, swabbing the decks and even cleaning the bathrooms (heads).

He touched briefly on life aboard the sailing ship. “The rope, I mean line, maintenance is very meticulous,” he said. “They have to be coiled in such a perfect way so they play out correctly when the sails are raised. And we actually did have to swab the wooden deck. We climbed down into the holds every hour to check for leaks.”

The Sullivan is very true to a sailing ship from the 1800s, except for the two diesel engines. “The crew is very committed to what they are doing. The sailing life is for vagabonds. Settling down is not in their being,” he said.

The Timberjay

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 20

On this day in 1916, the whaleback JAMES B. COLGATE sank off Long Point in Lake Erie with a loss of 26. The lone survivor was Captain Walter J. Grashaw who was picked up two days after the sinking. Captain Grashaw had sailed as First Mate on the COLGATE for ten years and was conducting his first trip as Captain. The "Black Friday" storm also claimed the MERIDA, D.L. FLYER, and M.F. BUTTERS.

On 20 October 1875, the wooden schooner F.C. LEIGHTON was loaded with ore when she struck a rock in the St. Marys River and sank a few miles from Detour, Michigan. A tug was sent right away to raise her.

On 20 October 1916, MERIDA (steel propeller bulk freighter, 360 foot, 3,261 gross tons, built in 1893, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was heavily loaded with iron ore when she encountered the "Black Friday" Storm on Lake Erie. She sank about 24 miles east of Erieau, Ontario. All 24 onboard were lost. A few days later the wheelhouse was found floating 15 miles south of Port Stanley. 21 bodies were eventually found, but not the bodies of Capt. Harry L. Jones or crewman Wilfred Austin. The wreck was found in 1975 by Larry Jackson, a commercial fisherman.

The SCOTT MISENER of 1954 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.

The JAMES S. DUNHAM was launched October 20, 1906, for the Chicago Navigation Co. (D. Sullivan & Co., mgr.) Duluth, Minnesota. Renamed b.) LYNFORD E. GEER in 1926, and c.) OTTO M. REISS in 1934. Scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1973.

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

The tug RESCUE was sent from Port Huron to Tawas, Michigan to release the 246-foot 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 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 that was under construction.

October 20, 1926 - The keel was laid for the twin screw lake passenger and railcar ferry WABASH (Hull#177) of the Toledo Shipbuilding Co.

On 20 October 1863, E. S. ADAMS (3 mast wooden bark, 135 foot, 341 gross tons, built in 1857, at Port Robinson, Ontario) 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 tons, 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, Michigan. AUDUBON was cut almost in half. Both vessels sank quickly. No lives were lost.

On 20 October 1844, DAYTON (2-mast wooden schooner, 69 foot, 85 tons, built in 1835, at Grand Island, New York) 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, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

Drydock project may finish sooner than anticipated

10/19 - Erie, Pa. – A huge repair project at the Erie shipyard drydock may wrap up sooner than anticipated. Crews, aided by good weather, have nearly completed putting in a new concrete base and making major drainage improvements.

All the old crumbling concrete must be ripped up and removed, before the thick new layer is poured. The project is designed to improve safety and efficiency when crews from the shipyard operator, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, are working on large ships.

The plan was to get most of the work done by this fall, then finish the job next spring. Now the hope is the entire job can be done by December.

"By being able to accomplish that this fall, that will not only save the port authority money with not having to re-mobilize in the spring, but also allow Donjon to have a wide open calendar for scheduling their winter work,” said Erie Port Authority Executive Director Brenda Sandberg.

The authority is now negotiating with the contractor to see if the job can be finished this year. State grants are funding the $5.2 project.

ErieNewsNow

 

Port Reports -  October 19

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
H. Lee White arrived Duluth on Wednesday morning and stopped at Calumet to fuel before shifting down to the Lakehead Pipeline dock in Superior to take a short delay. She was then expected to shift to the CN dock to load iron ore pellets. Her fleetmate Burns Harbor loaded at Burlington Northern in Superior throughout the day Wednesday, and departed during the evening.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
On Wednesday morning at 00:37, Two Harbors saw the arrival of Baie Comeau. She departed Wednesday at 10:30. Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Wednesday at 10:51 and she departed Wednesday at approx. 20:50. Anchoring off Two Harbors Wednesday at 17:45 was the Edgar B. Speer. As of 21:00 Wednesday she was inbound Two Harbors. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Thursday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no inbound traffic on Wednesday and none scheduled on Thursday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Wednesday at 3:42 Atlantic Huron departed for Point Tupper. At 17:02 Tecumseh arrived and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load. At 20:36 CSL St-Laurent departed for Windsor. Radcliffe R. Latimer weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Floragracht arrived about noon on Wednesday, berthing at the heavy life dock on Jones Island in the inner harbor. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest continued unloading at their Kinnickinnic River terminal on Wednesday. Kaye E. Barker left Milwaukee about midnight Tuesday, proceeding north on Lake Michigan for Port Inland.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday - by Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - Oct 17 - Algonova at 0145, CSL Niagara at 1718 - anchored - Oct 17 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1718 - departure - Oct 18 - CSL Niagara at - 0009 westbound

Welland Canal upbound:
arrivals - Oct 18 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1941 and Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1945 and Star II (Mlt) (ex Polaris Star-16 Avenue Star-10) at 2045 - Oct 17 - Algoma Equinox at 0500, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1129, Ocean Traverse Nord at 1651 and Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1717 and Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 2230

Welland Canal downbound:
arrivals - Oct 17 - Baie St. Paul - Oct 18 - CSL Laurentien at 0044, Algoma Enterprise at 0252, CSL Assiniboine at 0410, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0910, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1237, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1410 and Algoscotia at 1630

Welland Canal docks:
arrival - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0437 - departure - Oct 18 at 0758 approximately

Hamilton:
arrival - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 from anchorage - Oct 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 1822 - docked - Oct 17 - Algoma Equinox at 0556 and Oct 17 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1209 - Oct 18 - Algoma Guardian at 0704 - departures - Oct 18 - Algoma Guardian at 0252, Algoma Equinox at 0307 and Federal Caribou (Mhl) 2030 for the canal

Oakville (Bronte:
docked - Oct 16 - Algocanada at 0654 - departed - Oct 17 at 1111 eastbound

Toronto:
docked - Oct 13 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1423 - unloading at Redpath - arrivals - Oct 16 - English River at 2027 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2311 - Oct 17 Ocean Traverse Nord (hopper dredge) at 0959- departures - Oct 17 - English River at 1035 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1740 for Thorold Oct 18 - Ocean Traverse Nord (hopper dredge) at 1402 for the canal, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1717

Oshawa:
arrival - Oct 14 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1241 - departed Oct 18 - at 0754 for the canal

 

Winners of the Soo Locks Visitors Association raffle listed

10/19 - First place – Trip on an Interlake vessel: Julie Hambrock, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Second place – Stay at Whitefish Point: Bob Oliverius, Traverse City, Mich.
Third place – Stay at the Ojibway Hotel: Kim Krier, Indianapolis, Ind.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 19

At 2 a.m. October 19, 1901, the Barry line steamer STATE OF MICHIGAN (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 165 foot, 736 gross tons, built in 1875, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) sank in 60 feet of water about four miles northwest of White Lake harbor on Lake Michigan. The crew and captain reached shore in boats with the assistance of the White Lake Life Saving crew and the tug MC GRAFF. The vessel was sailing in good weather when a piston rod broke and stove a hole through the bottom of the boat. The water came gushing in. By the time the tug MC GRAFF came and took on the crew, the STATE OF MICHIGAN was in serious trouble. She went down shortly after the tug began towing her toward shore.

On October 19, 1871, ELIZA LOGAN (2-mast wooden schooner, 130 foot, 369 gross tons, built in 1855, at Buffalo, New York) foundered in rough weather about 12 miles off Erie, Pennsylvania, on Lake Erie. She was sailing from Toledo, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York, with a load of wheat when she sank. Captain Lawson and one sailor were lost, but the six others scrambled up the rigging and held on to the crosstrees for 42 hours until they were rescued by the schooner EMU at 6:00 a.m. on the morning of 21 October.

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. Purchased by Lower Lakes Towing in 2001, renamed c.) MISSISSAGI.

ALGOSEA, a.) BROOKNES, was christened on October 19, 1976, at Port Colborne, Ontario. She was renamed c.) SAUNIERE in 1982. Scrapped in Turkey in 2011.

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

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

WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE of 1908, 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. Renamed b.) S B WAY in 1936 and c.) CRISPIN OGLEBAY in 1948. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain, in 1974.

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, SAMUEL MATHER 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. Renamed b.) PATHFINDER in 1925, sold Canadian in 1964, renamed c.) GODERICH, d.) SOO RIVER TRADER and e.) PINEGLEN in 1982. Scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario in 1984.

Michigan Limestone's self-unloader B. H. TAYLOR sailed from Lorain on her maiden voyage on October 19, 1923. She was renamed b.) ROGERS CITY in 1957, and scrapped at Recife, Brazil in 1988.

On October 19, 1868, PARAGON (wooden schooner, 212 tons, built in 1852, at Oshawa, Ontario 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. Four 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 - 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 October 19,1876, MASSILON (3-mast wooden schooner with foretop and topgallant sails, 130 foot, 298 gross tons, built in 1857, at Cleveland, Ohio, 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 a.m. and then sank. The crew was in an open boat until 7 a.m. when they were rescued by the tug VULCAN.

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

1901: The wooden freighter STATE OF MICHIGAN, a) DEPERE sank off Whitehall, MI enroute to Manistee to load salt. A piston rod had broken and fractured the hull the previous day and the vessel went down slowly. All on board were saved.

1905: KALIYUGA foundered in Lake Huron with the loss of 18 lives. The ore laden steamer was enroute to Cleveland.

1905: SIBERIA sank in a storm on Lake Erie while eastbound with a cargo of grain. All on board were saved.

1916: The wooden schooner D.L. FILER, loaded with coal and enroute from Buffalo to Saugatuck, MI, became waterlogged and sank near the mouth of the Detroit River 3.5 miles east of Bar Point Light. The vessel settled in shallow water with the crew clinging to the masts. The forward mast cracked throwing the sailors into the water and all 6 were lost. Only the captain on the after mast survived.

1947: MANCHESTER CITY went aground off Cap Saumon, QC, while inbound from the United Kingdom with freight, 12 passengers and a crew of 50. The ship stranded in fog and the passengers were removed safely before the vessel was lightered. The vessel made 17 trips through the Seaway from 1959 to 1963 before being scrapped at Faslane, Scotland, in 1964.

1981: ELSIE WINCK first came through the Seaway in 1962. It was bombed and sunk at Bandar Khomeini, Iran, as e) MOIRA on this date and was a total loss.

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

 

Strong September numbers boost Seaway shipping

10/18 - More than 1.2 million metric tons of iron ore passed through the St. Lawrence Seaway in September, providing a boost to overall shipping tonnage for the Seaway system. The St. Lawrence Seaway reports that overall cargo shipments from the start of the shipping season on March 20 through September 30 totaled 24.3 million metric tons – up nearly 3 million metric tons over the same period last year.

“The resurgence of iron ore shipments from late last shipping season through this year is a good sign for shipping and for the North American economy,” said Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. With year-to-date tonnage now 14 percent ahead of last year, Burrows adds that “we are optimistic that cargo levels on the Great Lakes and Seaway will top last year’s totals.”

Overall, iron ore shipments have reached 5.9 million metric tons this year, up about 58 percent from the same time period in 2016. The Seaway is also seeing year-to-date increases in salt (up 39 percent over 2016), general cargo (up 35.5 percent) and dry bulk (up 12.6 percent).

Iron ore shipments have made for a busy year for the Port of Duluth-Superior. “It’s the pace of pellets that continues to dominate waterborne commerce in the Port of Duluth-Superior this shipping season,” said Vanta Coda, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “Outbound shipments of Minnesota iron ore have hit records not seen in a decade, with this year’s throughput outpacing the port’s five-year average by 20 percent.”

Iron ore also led the way for the Port of Toledo where shipping tonnage is 42 percent ahead of last year, with nearly all categories of cargo outperforming 2016. “Through September, we handled 342 vessels, which is 52 more than last year,” said Joseph Cappel, Vice President of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “We are optimistic that this momentum will continue through the fourth quarter and we will reach and hopefully surpass 10 million tons by the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, the Port of Cleveland registered a 35 percent increase in international tonnage last month compared to September 2016. “Year to date, we’ve seen an 8 percent increase in international tonnage, supported by an increase in non-containerized steel shipments for multiple projects around northeast Ohio,” said Jade Davis, Vice President of External Affairs for the Port of Cleveland. “We have also seen a larger number of imported containers moving on the Cleveland-Europe Express and specific project cargo movements of upgraded capital equipment for use in manufacturing plants in our region.”

The Port of Green Bay also reported a very busy month of shipping, with 27 vessels carrying more than 320,000 tons of cargo in September. “The total tonnage for September is the best monthly total we’ve seen since June 2015,” said Dean Haen, Director for the Port of Green Bay. “The 27 vessels last month is the most in any given month since July 2014. That’s a good sign as we head into the final few months of the shipping season.”

While year-to-date totals are 4 percent below 2016, Haen is optimistic that the Port of Green Bay can reach, or even exceed, last year’s total.

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Icebreaker Mackinaw museum to get facelift with state funds

10/18 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The vessel used for many years to keep the shipping channels in the Great Lakes open during the winter will soon get a facelift, bringing her back to her original glory.

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw WAGB-83 was decommissioned on June 10, 2006 and turned into the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum. That museum was awarded $300,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Monday morning to repaint the vessel and resurface the deck in a ceremony held on its deck.

“What a moment, the State of Michigan to open the bank and give us some money to refurbish this beautiful boat,” said Museum Board of Directors President William Shepler. “This courageous boat.”

The Mackinaw has quite a story behind it. In December 1941, the United States Congress took the initial step toward the creation of the vessel shortly after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, authorizing the money, hiring a marine architect firm and contacting a shipyard in Toledo, Ohio.

“Construction was immediately started,” said Shepler. “And why? Why was this vessel so important? It’s called iron ore, in Lake Superior.”

The iron ore is used to create steel and there was a large demand for the steel, in order to make more aircraft carriers. Much of the United States Navy’s fleet was destroyed in Pearl Harbor, and it needed to be replaced.

The USCG Cutter Mackinaw WAGB-83 was commissioned on Dec. 20, 1944 and was the biggest and most powerful icebreaker in the world when it was built. “It was designed wide enough not to go through the Welland Canal, so nobody’s going to take it out of the Great Lakes,” said Shepler.

When she was completed, the vessel came from Toledo and was only in port in Cheboygan for a couple of hours before she was called to rescue a ship.

The vessel could go through three foot of blue ice at five knots without a problem. “She’s saved ships from going aground, she’s saved ships from being stuck, she won the war, as far as I’m concerned, back in those days,” said Shepler.

The Mackinaw was created with 20,000 horsepower in her hull and used the old method of icebreaking that was discovered back in the late 1800s. It then moved to the new method of icebreaking, with a propeller in the front and one in the back.

Cheboygan Daily Tribune

 

Windsor, Great Lakes ports enjoying one of best shipping years ever

10/18 - Windsor, Ont. – Bad winters usually translate into good business for the Port of Windsor, and a big spike in 2017 sales of its No. 1 export — salt — is helping make this year one of its best ever. “We’re having a terrific year so far — shipping is up about 20 per cent till the end of September,” said David Cree, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.

Windsorites enjoyed a relatively mild 2016-17 winter, but many of the other K+S Windsor Salt Ltd. clients endured a harsher-than-usual season, resulting in higher-than-normal road salt demand. Cree said Port of Windsor salt exports as of Sept. 30 were up more than 30 per cent over the same period in 2016.

Gravel and other construction aggregates, the local port’s No. 2 shipped product, was up more than eight per cent; grain, in third spot, was up 28 per cent and “general cargo” — primarily steel — shot up 27 per cent, indicating a healthy economy with lots of construction.

This year’s shipping volumes will probably not match those of the 2015 record year, but Cree said the last five years have been “very good” and 2017 so far is ahead of projections.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments as a whole are up 14 per cent over 2016 volumes as of the end of September, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reported Tuesday. The total of 24.3 million metric tons in cargo shipped from March 20 to Sept. 30 represents a three million tonne jump from the same period in 2016.

Tuesday was Marine Day on the Hill, when the Chamber of Marine Commerce and shipping executives and their customers meet with Canadian federal government representatives. Despite the high cargo volumes carried by ships in the Great Lakes, Cree said there is still “lots of room to grow … without any additional infrastructure requirements.”

The Port of Windsor’s 13 terminals are, on average, under 60 per cent capacity, he said.

With “tremendous potential to grow,” Chamber of Marine Commerce president Bruce Burrows told officials that government needed to recognize “marine shipping’s significant environmental and economic benefits in its approach to transportation planning and policy-making.”

From the beginning of the 2017 shipping season to the end of September, about 70 freighters picked up 1.5 million tonnes of salt in Windsor, said Cree. During that period, 494 cargo ships stopped in the Port of Windsor (compared to 466 in 2016), loading or unloading about 3.8 million tonnes of cargo.

Weather, market demand and maintenance schedules usually mean Windsor sees its last freighter stops of the year by about mid-December, said Cree.

Windsor Star

 

Port Reports -  October 18

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Duluth's only traffic on Tuesday was the departure of the COE Leni, which was outbound with wheat from the Riverland elevator during the mid-afternoon. The Burlington Northern dock saw Roger Blough loading for the first half of the day Tuesday. She was outbound during the early afternoon, and Burns Harbor arrived to take her place. She was still at the dock Tuesday night.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of the American Century Monday night at 20:59. As of 20:40 Tuesday night she was still at the loading berth. Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors Monday night at 23:52 and as of 20:40 Tuesday night she was still loading at North of #2. Laying off Two Harbors Tuesday night was the Baie Comeau waiting on the departure of the American Century. Due Two Harbors late Tuesday/early Wednesday is the Edwin H. Gott. Due Two Harbors Wednesday is the Edgar B. Speer. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader Tuesday morning at 00:52. She departed Silver Bay Tuesday night at 20:18. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Wednesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Tuesday at 0:23 Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived and went to anchor. 2:21 CSL St-Laurent arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 10:50 Frontenac departed for Port Colborne. 13:53 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Tuesday included Hon. James L. Oberstar early, followed in the late morning by Kaministiqua. James R. Barker was at the locks in the later afternoon, followed in the evening by American Spirit. Upbound traffic included Algowood (with salt for Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., delivered to the Carbide Dock), American Integrity and Tecumseh.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was in Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Iryda was headed in.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The windy weather on Sunday kept the tug G.L Ostrander and barge Integrity tied up at Lafarge after loading cement. The Kaye E. Barker was anchored out in the bay on Sunday along with the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula. Defiance went into Lafarge later in the night to unload coal and departed before sunrise on Monday morning. Alpena was in port Monday evening to take on another cargo of cement. Tuesday was another active day at Lafarge with the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 unloading product. Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation loaded cement under the silos, and Great Republic arrived after 4pm to unload as well.

Owen Sound, Ont.
The ferry Chi-Cheemaun is back at her winter dock. The season ended Oct. 15. Daily trips between Tobermory and South Baymouth will resume May 4, 2018.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Bering departed with grain in the early afternoon Tuesday, however she encountered delays caused by railroad bridges. Manitoulin left the Kraft Elevator bound for the CSX Docks to load coal. G3 Marquis was anchored Tuesday night waiting to come in.

Toronto, Ont. – Gerry Ouderkirk
The 82-year-old ferry Wm. Inglis went on Toronto Drydock for its five-year inspection Monday morning.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 14 - Algonova at 1339, tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at 2128 - docked - Oct 14 - Algoscotia at 2129 - Oct 16 - Whitefish Bay at 1747 - Oct 17 CSL Niagara at 1409 (anchored) and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1229 (anchored)- departures - Oct 17 - tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 mid-day westbound and Whitefish Bay at 0415

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 16 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 2115 - Oct 17 - Algoma Spirit at 0010, Thunder Bay at 1818, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1628, Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1945 and Star II (Mlt) (ex Polaris Star-16 Avenue Star-10) at 2045

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 17 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0437, Robert S. Pierson at 1840, Baie St. Paul at 2200 and CSL Assiniboine at 2352

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 17 - Thunder Bay arrived at 1559 - anchored at at 1648 - departed at 1758 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 16 - Algoma Olympic at 0058, Algoma Spirit at 0658 and Algoma Guardian at 0910 - Oct 17 - Algoma Equinox at 0556 and tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 0410 - docked - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 from anchorage and Oct 17 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1209 - departures - Oct 16 - Algoma Spirit at 2156 - Oct 17 - Algoma Olympic at 1003 eastbound and tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1653 eastbound

Oakville (Bronte:
Docked - Oct 14 - Algocanada (anchored off Bronte) at 0909 - Oct 16 - docked at 0654 - departed - Oct 17 at 1111 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 13 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) - unloading at Redpath - arrivals - Oct 16 - English River at 2027 and Capt Henry Jackman at 2311 - departures - Oct 17 - English River at 1035 and Capt. Henry Jackman at 1740 for Thorold

Oshawa:
Arrival - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at approximately 0850 on Oct 14

 

Hidden treasure trove of shipwrecks may become sanctuary in Lake Michigan

10/18 - There are thousands of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes - many of which haven’t been seen by human eyes for more than a century. The area off the coast of Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties is home to 37 known wrecks, and researchers say there could be as many as 80 undiscovered shipwrecks.

That’s why the Wisconsin Historical Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are pushing to make the area a national marine sanctuary. The move would make the 1,075 square foot area the first marine sanctuary in Lake Michigan.

"It’s between the Milwaukee-Ozaukee County line and all the way up to the north end of Manitowoc County. If you look at those shipwrecks as a subset of all that we have in Wisconsin, it really tells our story here, our maritime history of Wisconsin," says Tamara Thomsen, a maritime archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program.

Thomsen explains that part of the reason this area has so many shipwrecks is simply because Milwaukee was a major port in the Midwest. She says "It’s hard to imagine now, but before interstate highways and even before train systems, all of our products were brought in and out by ship."

While some of these wrecks have been looted (an act made illegal by the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987), many are essentially time capsules that reveal old shipping practices and what life was like on these crafts.

According to Thomsen, creating a sanctuary would give these wrecks in Lake Michigan an extra layer of federal protection, which could help researchers preserve and research the area in more depth.

"In order to enact the Abandoned Shipwreck Act, all of the shipwrecks as they're discovered need to be evaluated - usually by [my] office - to determine weather they are eligible for the national register of historic places," she explains.

To qualify for the Act, the ship has to meet a number of criteria. Among other qualifications, it has to be relatively intact and have some historical value or an association with a significant person or event. Right now, the state applies for this protection on a ship-by-ship basis and it takes a lot of time.

"We do about one shipwreck a year, we sometimes will get as many as three done in a year to look at, and that's state wide. So what the sanctuary will do is it will provide those protections as a blanket to this area," she says.

View photos and a video at this link: http://wuwm.com/post/hidden-treasure-trove-shipwrecks-may-become-sanctuary-lake-michigan#stream/0

 

Coast Guard Station Marblehead to hold Haunted House

10/18 - Marblehead, Ohio – The crew of Coast Guard Station Marblehead is scheduled to open its doors to the community to host a haunted house at their facility on Oct. 20 and 21. The haunted house will be held at Station Marblehead, located at 606 Prairie St. Marblehead, Ohio 43440 on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event is free, but guests are invited to bring non-perishable food items as a donation to be given to local food banks. Any age over 4 is recommended, but can be adjusted if needed to accommodate groups with younger children.

"More than 270 items were donated last year and we are hoping to make this year even bigger," said Chief Warrant Officer Bethannie Kittrell, the Station Marblehead commanding officer. "The crew really enjoys hosting this event and we are excited to see how many people come this year."

Last year, roughly 250 visitors toured the haunted facility during this unique opportunity for Coast Guard members to meet and engage with visiting members of the community outside of typical Coast Guard missions on the Great Lakes.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 18

On October 18, 1869, GERALDINE (3-mast wooden schooner, 232 tons, built in 1856, at Wilson, New York as a bark) was carrying coal from Buffalo to Detroit in heavy weather. During the night, she collided with the schooner E. M. PORTCH five miles below "The Cut" at Long Point on Lake Erie and sank in 5 minutes. The PORTCH stood by while the GERALDINE's crew got off in the yawl. No lives were lost.

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., in route to Vigo, Spain, for scrapping.

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, Ohio, the vessel stranded on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle Harbor, Michigan, 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. The stern section was salvaged and combined with a new forward section she became b.) SIR TREVOR DAWSON in 1916. Renamed c.) CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON in 1920, d.) GENE C. HUTCHINSON in 1951, sold into Canadian registry in 1963, renamed e.) PARKDALE. Scrapped at Cartagena, Spain in 1970.

On October 18, 1896, AUSTRALASIA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 282 foot, 1,829 gross tons, built in 1884, at W. Bay City, Michigan) 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 p.m., on October 18, 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 to 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 October 18,1876, 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 MC GORDAN. The schooner drifted to the beach some hours later.

1905: The schooner TASMANIA became waterlogged while under tow of the steamer BULGARIA and sank in the Pelee Passage

1911: ARUNDELL had been laid up at Douglas, MI, for about 2 weeks when fire Poke out, destroying the iron hulled passenger and freight vessel.

1917: ABYSSINIA had been under tow of the MARUBA when both ships stranded at Tecumseh Shoal in heavy seas. The grain-laden vessels had been following the north shore due to high winds when they struck bottom. The barge began leaking and was pounded apart but there was no loss of life but the steamer was refloated.

1933: The wooden steam barge MANISTIQUE caught fire on Lake Huron and the remains either sank or was scuttled.

1973: The AGIOS ANTONIOS first visited the Seaway in 1972 and, as a) SILVERWEIR, had come inland beginning in 1964. The ship had loaded iron ore at Coondapoor, on the southwest coast of India, and went aground leaving for Constanza, Romania. The vessel was abandoned as a total loss.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 17

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
COE Leni arrived Duluth at sunrise on Monday morning to load wheat at Riverland Ag. Philip R. Clarke arrived mid-morning with a cargo of coal for the Graymont dock. American Spirit was outbound with ore from CN just before noon. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort arrived shortly thereafter, also to load at CN. Philip R. Clarke was expected to depart during the evening and head for Two Harbors to load. In Superior, Indiana Harbor departed mid-day with ore from BN, and Roger Blough arrived a few hours later to load.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker arrived Two Harbors Sunday night at 20:39 and departed Monday at 09:50 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors at 20:30 is the American Century. Due late Monday night is the Philip R. Clarke coming from Superior after unloading coal at Graymont. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday are Baie Comeau, Edwin H. Gott, and the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader late Monday/early Tuesday. There is no other traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Tuesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 16, 3:18 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. At 14:25 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel.

St. Marys River
The upbound Atlantic Huron, which locked up in the early evening, was the only vessel in the river system for much of Monday. She was followed after dark by Baie Comeau and Edwin H. Gott. In the late evening, Edgar B. Speer and H. Lee White were upbound above DeTour. Stewart J. Cort was downbound early and was the only downbounder until the passenger vessel Victory 1 departed Soo, Ont., at 6 p.m.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
John J. Boland arrived about 6 a.m. Monday, and was outbound from the mouth of the Fox River by 1:30 that afternoon. Alpena departed Green Bay about 7 p.m. Sunday, bound for Alpena, Mich.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Iryda remained unloading at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor on Monday. Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation departed onto Lake Michigan after 3 p.m. Sunday for Alpena. Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 left Milwaukee Sunday morning for Alpena.

Southern Lake Michigan
American Mariner was at Burns Harbor Monday night. Cason J. Callaway was at Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Dougla
Algowood was loading salt on Monday.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Bering, Manitoulin, Algoma Enterprise and James L. Kuber/Victory were in port Monday. The Algoma vessel G3 Marquis is due in on Tuesday afternoon, depending on her transit through the Welland Canal. The CSL vessel Thunder Bay, presently on the St. Lawrence Seaway, is due some time Wednesday or Thursday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen

Kingsville:
Docked - Oct 14 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1816 - departed Oct 16 at 0922 for Port Colborne

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 14 - Algonova at 1339, tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at 2128 - docked - Oct 14 - Algoscotia at 2129 - departure - Oct 14 - Algoscotia at 0108

Long Point Bay (off Nanticoke):
Oct 15 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick - going to anchorage due to weather at 2119 - departure - Oct 16 at 0405 for Port Colborne

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0140, CSL Welland at 0727, Flevoborg (NLd) at 0818, Olza (Lbr) at 0831, G3 Marquis at 1130, Cuyahoga at 1250, and Sten Idun (Gib) at 2115

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 15 - John D. Leitch at 2325 - Oct 16 - Hamburg (Bhs) passenger vessel (ex c.Columbus-12) at 0522 for Montreal, tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 0900, Capt Henry Jackman at 0930 and Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1240

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 15 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0956 from Clarkson for Port Weller - departed Oct 16 at 0110 approximately canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 16 - Algoma Olympic at 0058, Algoma Spirit at 0658 and Algoma Guardian at 0910 - docked - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 from anchorage and Oct 15 Cuyahoga at 1040 - anchored - Oct 13 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1209- departures - Oct 16 - Cuyahoga at 1107 for the canal,

Oakville (Bronte):
Docked - Oct 14 - Algocanada (anchored off Bronte) at 0909 - Oct 16 - docked at 0654

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 13 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) - unloading at Redpath - arrivals - Oct 16 - Stephen B. Roman at 0851, English River at 2056 approximately and Capt Henry Jackman at approximately 2335

Oshawa:
Arrival - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at approximately 0850 on Oct 14

 

Beloved SS Keewatin volunteer remembered as 'remarkable man'

10/17 - Port McNicoll, Ont. – When visitors boarded the SS Keewatin for tours of the vintage passenger liner, they could thank Gerry Brown for the smooth-running operation of its massive engine. A dedicated volunteer and chief engineer with the Port McNicoll-based historical attraction, Brown was responsible for maintaining the beating heart of the ship.

“He loved all things historical that tied to technology, that was based in the ingenuity and stories of humanity,” his son Andy Brown told Simcoe.com. “He saw the Keewatin that way.”

The 73-year-old Coldwater resident was en route to an end-of-season gathering at the ship Oct. 9 when his motorcycle collided with a car that police say was conducting a “turning manoeuvre.” He died as a result of the collision, which remains under investigation.

In the days following Gerry Brown’s death, friends and family recounted the life of a renaissance man. He was, among other things, a pilot, plumber, farmer, teacher, engineer, artist, musician, poet, carpenter, philosopher, and comedian.

Raised in humble circumstances on an Orillia farm, Brown early on built a broad skill set while working at his father’s side. An endless sense of curiosity informed a lifelong thirst for learning through experience.

Initially trained as an auto mechanic, Brown later attended teachers’ college and spent his career in education as a technical teacher, the majority of it at Twin Lakes Secondary School in Orillia. In retirement, a tour of the SS Keewatin sparked an interest in the volunteer-run operation and prompted return visits.

“We were having terrible problems keeping the engine working properly,” recalled Eric Conroy, president and CEO of Friends of Keewatin, the organization responsible for the 1907 vessel. “We had never been able to find an engineer that not only could make the engine work properly, but could keep staff happy.”

Brown “stepped up” and offered to help, putting his talents to work in the engineering department and retraining staff. “He created an atmosphere of learning and sharing, which we didn’t have in the past,” Conroy said.

His death touched off a flood of online responses, including messages from students who worked as tour guides on the ship in summer. “He had this uncanny ability to evoke the best from people without them feeling like he was necessarily the leader, which I think is the true definition of leadership,” added Andy Brown.

A celebration of Brown’s life will take place Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club. Friends of Keewatin has established a memorial fund with the aim of creating the Gerry Brown Keewatin Engineering Interpretative Centre. Donations can be made at any Royal Bank branch, in memory of Gerry Brown to the R.J. and Diane Peterson Keewatin Foundation, account No. 03082 10-927-3, or by mailing "Friends of Keewatin, in memory of Gerry Brown," P.O. Box 189, Port McNicoll, Ont., LOK 1R0.

Simcoe.com

 

Significant maritime collection comes to Alpena library

10/17 - Alpena, Mich. – Ellen Barr of St. Clair believes her late husband, Leonard’s vast maritime collection of vessel photographs, books and other research materials found the proper home after his passing. She recently donated 31 boxes of materials representing his lifelong passion for ships to the Thunder Bay Sanctuary Research Collection housed at Alpena County Library.

“It took me a long time to decide what I really wanted to do with his collection – if I even wanted to do anything with it,” Barr said.

In the end, she worked with Special Collections librarian Marlo Broad and maritime historian Patrick LaBadie to make the transfer to Alpena. Multiple factors contributed to her ultimate decision. Chief among them was the reputation of the library for managing its collections and making them digitally accessible to researchers all over the country and even the world.

“Len wanted for his collection to be used for research,” Barr said. “He wanted it to be viewed. Marlo assured me that once it’s digitized, people can go online to see it. That makes it very worthwhile and makes me very happy. I know Len would be extremely ecstatic.”

Barr lists a second more personal reason for choosing Alpena. More than 50 years ago, LaBadie served as best man at the couple’s wedding. A shared love of maritime history originally brought the two men together back when LaBadie worked at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit and Leonard served in an active marine historical society. Even though they had lost touch over the years, Barr said her husband knew both LaBadie’s reputation as a historian and that LaBadie had donated his own valuable collection of maritime materials to Alpena County Library.

“We were married almost 50 years. We were shy by six months,” Barr said. “Len knew Patrick before he knew me. I did this because Patrick’s collection was there. I knew I was doing the right thing.”

Both Broad and LaBadie are thrilled to receive the donation of the Leonard J. Barr II Maritime Collection. While LaBadie’s own extensive collection held at the library focuses on ships from the 19th century, the new collection focuses on the next century.

“It’s really a step forward because the existing collection is almost exclusively 19th century and this is 20th century, which is more popular with researchers,” LaBadie said, adding that he’s extremely pleased with Barr’s decision to make the donation because he knows of many other historians and collectors whose materials after their deaths didn’t go to a public institution where it could be shared with others.

“It’s sad when collections like Leonard’s are split up and sold on eBay,” he said.

Assimilating the donated materials into the already existing collection falls to Broad, who shared LaBadie’s enthusiasm for the new addition to the library. She is in the process of storing all materials in acid free folders and books. She plans to inventory everything and then begin the process of digitizing the materials. Several seasoned volunteers already have stepped forward to help with the digitizing process, she said.

The new collection includes 50 binders filled with photographs and data sheets on 19th century freighters and tankers as well as 10 boxes of books, six boxes of journals, many original photographs, slides, glass plates and negatives.

“The collection really complements Patrick’s because there is so little duplication of materials,” said Broad, who traveled with LaBadie to St. Clair to meet Barr and make the transfer. She hopes one day to bring Barr to Alpena so that she can see firsthand where her husband’s collection now is housed.

Doing so would be bittersweet for Barr, who remembers with affection her first date with her late husband. Along with dinner, she said, their unusual date featured a ship meeting at the Port Huron YMCA.

“I thought this is interesting. I’ve not quite been on anything like this before,” said Barr. What followed was a long and fulfilling life built together.

“My husband and I were one person,” she said. “We did everything that we could together because we were each other’s best friend. If he loved ships and it was important to him, then I loved it. I wasn’t as involved as he was, but I don’t think anyone could have loved it as much as he did, except for maybe Patrick.”

Often, she said, they planned vacations to Sault Ste. Marie and Welland Canal in Canada just so they could watch the ships passing through the locks.

Barr said her husband’s passion for ships began in boyhood, and even though he enjoyed a rewarding career as a senior executive for Munder Capital Management, he did spend one season back in 1964 working on the Sewell Avery, part of the US Steel Pittsburgh Corp. fleet.

“He just always loved the water, always loved the ships,” Barr said. “His hobby was his passion. He was very meticulous and took excellent photos, documenting ships when he could.”

Already the collection has paid dividends for others visiting Alpena. When it was announced last month that two new shipwrecks had been discovered north of Presque Isle, family members of the captain of one of those vessels, the Choctaw, traveled to Alpena to find out more about the shipwreck. Thanks to the Leonard J. Barr II maritime collection, Broad was able to locate a historic photograph of the vessel that struck the Choctaw on July 12, 1915, causing it to sink.

“It was a very emotional time for the family who came, including the 94-year-old granddaughter of the captain and several other family members,” Broad said. “The timing was perfect.”

Barr said she is thrilled to know someone already has benefited from her husband’s collection coming to Alpena.

The Alpena News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 17

On this day in 1889, the whaleback 103 completed her maiden trip by delivering 86,000 bushels of Duluth wheat to Buffalo.

On this day in 1936, the 252-foot sand sucker SAND MERCHANT rolled over and sank when a 50 mph gale swept across Lake Erie. The steamer THUNDER BAY QUARRIES, Captain James Healey, rescued three survivors and the steamer MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO 1, Captain George Wilson, rescued four additional survivors. Eighteen crewmembers and one female passenger drowned in the accident.

On October 17, 1887, Henry McMorran and D. N. Runnels bought the engine and boiler of the tug GEORGE HAND at the U.S. Marshall's sale in Port Huron, Michigan, for $500.

The CARLTON (Hull#542) was launched October 17, 1963, at Sunderland, England, by Short Brothers, Ltd., for Chapman & Willan, Ltd. Renamed b.) FEDERAL WEAR in 1975. Purchased by Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. in 1975, renamed c.) ST LAWRENCE PROSPECTOR in 1975. Lengthened to Seaway size and renamed d.) CANADIAN PROSPECTOR in 1979. Scrapped in 2009 at Aliaga, Turkey.

The EMS ORE was launched October 17, 1959, for Transatlantic Bulk Carriers, Monrovia, Liberia. Purchased by Hall Corp. of Canada in 1976, reconstructed for lake service and renamed b.) MONTCLIFFE HALL in 1977. Renamed c.) CARTIERDOC in 1988, she sails today as d.) CEDARGLEN.

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 October 17,1871, CASCADEN (2 mast wood schooner, 138 tons, 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 October 17, 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 October 17, 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.

1923: The bulk carrier LUZON went aground in Lake Superior, northeast of Passage Island, due to poor visibility from the dense smoke of local forest fires. The vessel sustained serious bow damage but, fortunately, the bulkhead held. It was enroute from Fort William to Buffalo with grain at the time. The ship returned to service as b) JOHN ANDERSON in 1924 and was last known as G.G. POST.

1936: SAND MERCHANT sank in Lake Erie about 13.5 miles off Cleveland with the loss of 19 lives. The ship began taking on water faster than it could be pumped out and only 7 sailors survived.

1951: GEORGE F. RAND and HARVEY H. BROWN collided just below the Huron Cut at Port Huron and the former was beached with a starboard list. After being refloated, this vessel unloaded its cargo of silica sand at Port Huron and then went to Toledo for repairs. The latter later sailed as PARKER EVANS and MARLHILL.

1980: The Canadian tanker GULF CANADA and MEGALOHARI II collided at Montreal with minor damage. The former had been built at Collingwood as a) B.A. PEERLESS in 1952 and was scrapped at Alang, India, as d) COASTAL I in 1990. The latter had begun Seaway trading in 1965 and was scrapped at Alang as b) AGIOS CONSTANTINOS in 1985.

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

 

Michigan lawmakers optimistic about Soo Locks upgrade, but long process ahead

10/16 - Michigan's Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie are a connector for shipping iron, coal, grain and other materials from the shores of Lake Superior to the rest of the country. In 2016, U.S.-flagged Great Lakes freighters moved 83.3 million tons of cargo, according to the Cleveland-based Lake Carriers Association.

Currently, the biggest of the locks, the Poe Lock, is operating normally. But many worry an unexpected breakdown of the lock could throw the shipping industry into chaos.

An upgrade to convert two smaller locks into another lock the size of Poe has mostly languished without funding since it was initially authorized 1986. Michigan's Congressional delegation has renewed the push to fund this project by appealing to other members of Congress and President Donald Trump's administration, but it could be a while before that happens.

Although there have been no major issues with the Poe Lock in recent years, experts say any major breakdown in the lock would cause a major hit to both the Michigan economy and the U.S. economy as a whole.

A Department of Homeland Security report concluded a hypothetical unexpected breakdown at the Poe Lock lasting six months would cripple the United States economy and cost 11 million jobs, and predicted the national unemployment rate would hit 11.3 percent.

The report found a shutdown of Great Lakes steel production caused by a sudden halt in ore transportation would in turn shut down almost all North American appliance, automobile, construction, farm and mining equipment, and railcar production within weeks.

"In terms of an impact to the North American economy, it is hard to conceive of a single asset more consequential than the Poe Lock," the report author concluded.

Read more and view photos at this link

 

Port Reports -  October 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit passed under the Duluth lift bridge early Sunday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock. Philip R. Clarke was due late Sunday night to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. In Superior, Michipicoten departed from Burlington Northern just before noon, and Indiana Harbor shifted to the dock from Lakehead Pipeline to load.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Weather had a major impact on boat traffic over the weekend. Algoma Transport arrived Two Harbors on Saturday at 21:59 and departed Sunday at approx. 19:40 for Quebec City. James R. Barker went to anchor off Duluth approx. 01:15 Sunday. She departed anchorage at approx. 18:30 for Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors later in the day Monday will be the American Century and Philip R. Clarke. The Clarke will be coming from Duluth after unloading stone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw no traffic on Sunday. Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader are anchored above the Soo with no ETA at this time.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday the 15th Baie St Paul departed at 1:22 and joined the procession of ships traveling along the north and east shores of Superior hoping to avoid worst of the gale. Kaministiqua arrived at 5:51 and proceed to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. At 18:06 COE Leni departed for Duluth.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a windy Sunday included Roger Blough, American Century and, late, Radcliffe R. Latimer, CSL St-Laurent and Burns Harbor. Downbounders included Mesabi Miner, Paul R. Tregurtha, Mississagi (from Drummond Island), Saginaw (from Algoma) and, late Baie St. Paul and CSL Assiniboine. The upbound Hon. James L. Oberstar and Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader spent the day at anchor for weather off Paradise in the upper river, however they got underway about 10:30 p.m. The downbound Lee A. Tregurtha and CSL Niagara were on the hook in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour all day Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor Sunday night.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Weser continued loading grain upriver on Sunday.

Toronto, Ont. – Gerry Ouderkirk
Groupe Ocean’s tug Ocean A. Simard made its first appearance in Toronto late last week, assisting a salty into Redpath along with Ocean Golf. The ferry Wm. Inglis will be going to Toronto Drydock on Monday. The heavy-lift barge Coastal Titan is scheduled for drydocking at Heddle soon. Heddle's recent mess with the Hudson, should be a heads up, but there isn't another drydock large enough that Heddle doesn't operate.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen
Gale warnings up for all the Great Lakes

Kingsville:
Docked - Oct 14 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1816

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 14 - Algonova at 1339, tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at 2128 - docked - Oct 14 - Algoscotia at 2129 - departure - Oct 14 - Algoscotia at 0108

Long Point Bay (off Nanticoke):
Oct 15 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick going to anchorage due to weather - approximate time 2155 to anchor

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 14 - Harbour First (Por) at 2235 - Oct 15 - Algoma Enterprise at 0108, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement at 0208, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0235. Tecumseh at 0815 and Robert S. Pierson at 1300,

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 14 - Cedarglen, Algolake, Cuyahoga, Algoma Guardian - Oct 15 - Brant (Cyp) at 0031, Torrent (Cyp) at 1510, tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick - diverting to Long Point Bay anchorage and John D. Leitch at 2325

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 15 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0956 from Clarkson

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 from anchorage and Evans Spirit at 1513 - Oct 15 - Cuyahoga at 1040, Algoma Guardian at 1330, Algoma Olympic at ____, - anchored - Oct 13 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1209- departures - Oct 15 - Evans Spirit at 0555

Anchorage off Burlington:
Arrival - Oct 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0419 to bunker - departure at 0805 for Dordrecht

Oakville (Bronte:
Docked - Oct 14 - Dara Desgagnes at 0633 and Algocanada (anchored off Bronte) at 0909 - departures - Oct 15 - Dara Desgagnes at 0838 eastbound

Clarkson (Mississauga):
Arrived Mississauga - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1845 - Oct 14 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0729 - departure - Oct 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0317 to anchorage off Burlington and Swan Biscay (Mlt) at 0805 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) - unloading at Redpath

Oshawa:
Arrival - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at approximately 0850 on Oct 14


Arrivals - Oct 15 - G3 Marquis at 1320 and CSL Welland at 1433 (gales on Lake Ontario)

 

Coast Guard rescues 7 off grounded vessel in Western Lake Erie

10/16 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued seven people Saturday evening off their grounded vessel on Buckeye Reef near Middle Bass Island in Western Lake Erie. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of a 28 foot vessel that was hard aground on Buckeye Reef with five adults and two children aboard. The vessel was reported to be severely listing and one of the adults was experiencing a panic attack thought to be brought on by the situation.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, aboard a 25-foot response boat, responded. A local commercial salvage crew responded as well. An urgent marine information broadcast was not sent due to concerns for public safety, given the shallow and rocky area.

After arriving on scene, neither the Marblehead or salvage crew was able to approach the vessel due to water depth. A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was launched aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter in order to rescue the people.

Once on scene, the air station crew hoisted four of the people and took them to the Middle Bass Island Municipal Airport where they were met by the Put-in-Bay police and EMS personnel. The helicopter crew returned to the stricken vessel and hoisted the remaining three people. After being evaluated by EMS, with no reported injuries, all seven people were taken from Put-in-Bay to Station Marblehead by a crew from Station Marblehead aboard a 45-foot response boat.

Arrangements for vessel salvage were being made by the owner for Sunday, depending on favorable weather conditions. Pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Toledo were notified regarding possible pollution and are following up. No pollution has been reported.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 16

On this day in 1950, the JOHN M. McKERCHEY of the Kelley's Island Lime and Transport Company sank at 2:30 a.m. while returning from the pumping grounds with a load of sand. Captain Horace S. Johnson went down with the boat, but the remaining 19 crewmembers were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

On October 16,1855, SENECA (wooden propeller tug, 92 foot, 73 tons, built in 1847, at Buffalo, New York) was towing the brig LANSING past the foot of Randolph Street at Chicago, Illinois, when her boiler exploded. Her skipper and engineer were killed instantly and several others were injured. The vessel was later recovered.

On October 16, 1990, the JOHN B. AIRD's loop belt caught fire while loading mill scale at Inland Steel Mill, East Chicago, Illinois. 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.

ALGOWEST set a cargo record carrying 27,517 tons of grain down the Seaway October 16, 1982, to Port Cartier, Quebec. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1998, and renamed b.) PETER R. CRESSWELL in 2001.

The Cayman Islands-registered tanker RIO ORINOCO grounded off Anticosti Island, Quebec 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 MERTON E. FARR were successfully completed October 16, 1920.

On October 16, 1954, the SCOTT MISENER of 1954 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, Ontario, for delivery to Port Colborne.

WILLIAM G. MATHER of 1925 was towed from her Cuyahoga River berth on October 16, 1990, by the Great Lakes Towing tugs IDAHO and DELAWARE. She was placed next to the 9th Street Pier of Cleveland's North Coast Harbor and now serves as a marine museum.

On October 16, 1912, JAMES BUCKLEY (2 mast wood schooner-barge, 161 foot, 442 gross tons, 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, New York. 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 October 16, 1855, the brig TUSCARORA was carrying coal from Buffalo to Chicago. She anchored off Chicago's Harrison Street, but a storm 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 October 16, 1853, PHILO SCOVILLE (2-mast wooden brig built in 1853, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin) 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.

1880: ALPENA, a wooden sidewheel passenger steamer, was lost in Lake Michigan in a violent storm. All 67 on board perished.

1928: PARKS FOSTER ran aground, due to fog, in Lake Huron near Alpena. The ship was lightered, pumped out and refloated. While declared a total loss, the vessel was rebuilt as b) SUPERIOR and eventually dismantled at Port Weller in 1961.

1940: TREVISA was torpedoed and sunk by U-124 while 600 miles off the coast of Ireland. The ship had become a straggler from convoy SC-7 that had been attacked over a period of 3 nights. Seven lives were lost when TREVISA was hit in the engineroom by a single torpedo.

1968: The NORMAN P. CLEMENT was at Collingwood for examination of the grounding damage of earlier in the month when an onboard explosion on this date injured 11. The hull was contaminated with chemicals and declared a total loss.

1969: FREDEN V. came to the Great Lakes in 1958 and returned through the Seaway in 1959. The small tanker was heavily damaged as c) YARIMCA in an engine room fire at Sinop, Turkey, but that was repaired in 1972 and the ship survived until scrapping at Aliaga, Turkey, as f) ORTAC in 2004.

1971: The Cypriot freighter UNION came through the Seaway in 1971 after prior visits as c) MICA beginning in 1965. Fire broke out in the engine room and the ship was abandoned 130 miles off Freetown, Sierra Leone, on October 10, 1971. The vessel sank on October 16 and had been enroute from Gdynia, Poland, to Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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

 

Coast Guard warns mariners of hazardous lake conditions this weekend

10/15 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Coast Guard is urging caution across the waters of the Great Lakes due to potentially hazardous weather conditions throughout the weekend.

Gale watches and warnings have been issued for many areas throughout the Great Lakes for Saturday and continuing through the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, a gale watch is issued when the risk of gale force winds of 39 to 54 mph has significantly increased but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans.

People visiting shoreline areas should exercise caution while the watches and warnings remain in effect. It is strongly encouraged to stay off rocks, jetties and piers, as high waves and heavy surf can unexpectedly sweep a person into the water.

Always check the weather forecast before recreating on or near the water. Staying aware of weather conditions could easily save your life. Even after hazardous weather patterns have moved through the area, it can still take an additional day for lake conditions to calm.

USCG

 

Badger final sailing of the season canceled due to weather

10/15 - Ludington, Mich. – Lake Michigan Carferry has canceled its final sailing of the season, which had been scheduled for Sunday, due to inclement weather. "This decision is made with our passengers comfort in mind, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This also means service for 2017 has ended, no further crossings will be available this year," the company stated.

The National Weather Service has called for up to 55 mph winds on Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan Carferry

 

Soo Locks Visitor Center closes for winter

10/15 - The Soo Locks Visitor Center closed for the season at 9 p.m. Saturday.

 

Port Reports -  October 15

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Late Saturday Algoma Transport was just east of Two Harbors. She will be the first boat Sunday in Two Harbors. Also due late Saturday/early Sunday is the James R. Barker. No other traffic is scheduled for Sunday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Saturday. Due Sunday evening is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader with limestone. After discharging she will load pellets.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, 22:46, Baie St Paul arrived at Viterra A to load grain. At 13:31 Federal Yoshino arrived and went to anchor.

St. Marys River
After Kaministiqua passed upbound in the early morning, there was no vessel traffic at the locks for most of Saturday. By evening, Joyce L VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader were upbound in the lower river, followed by Philip R. Clarke, Mississagi, Frontenac and Hon. James L. Oberstar. Downbound above the locks as night fell was CSL Niagara. Joyce L. and the Oberstar were headed to anchor in Waiska Bay above the locks for weather, with other vessels likely to drop their hooks as well.

Southern Lake Michigan
Edwin H. Gott was at Gary Saturday evening unloading. Wilfred Sykes arrived mid-evening at Burns Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Manitoulin departed downbound with grain Saturday. Algowood is expected Sunday.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Weser was loading grain upriver on Saturday.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Brant departed Saturday with a load of coke for Mexico.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 13 - English River at 1216 - departed Oct 14 at 1123 for the canal

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2311 (anchored) - Oct 13 - Algosea docked at 0550 - Oct 14 - CSL Laurentien at 0045 tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at approximately 2030 and Algoscotia at approximately 2112- departures - Oct 14 - Algosea at 0445, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0710 and CSL Laurentien at 1841

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 13 - Algonova at 2158 and Atlantic Huron at 2359 - Oct 14 - Algoscotia at 0724, Baie Comeau at 1010 and H. Lee White at 1215,

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 13 - Algoma Strongfield and America (Nld) (ex Flinter America-17), Algosteel at 0516, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0753, English River at 1357, Algolake at 1640, Cedarglen at 1817, Cuyahoga at 1830 and Algoma Guardian at 1905

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Oct 12 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0009 - departure - Oct 14 at approximately 0545 for Clarkson

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 10 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1212 and - Oct 12 - Ojibway at 1742, Algoscotia at 1931 - Oct 14 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) and Evans Spirit at 1513 - anchored - Oct 13 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1219- departures - Oct 14 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0107, Ojibway at 0145, Algoscotia at 0541,

Oakville (Bronte):
Arrival - Oct 14, Algocanada (anchored off Bronte) at 0909

Clarkson (Mississauga):
Arrived Mississauga - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12 at 1845 - Oct 14 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0729

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 13 Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) unloading at Redpath

Oshawa:
Arrival - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at approximately 0850 on Oct 14

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 15

On this day in 1893, according to reports in Buffalo newspapers, First Mate Ben Lewis was washed off the decks of the JAY GOULD during a storm. A succeeding wave picked him up and dropped him back on the deck of the GOULD.

On October 15, 1871, LA PETITE (wooden schooner, 94 foot, 122 gross tons, built in 1866, at Huron, Ohio) was carrying lumber from Alpena, Michigan, to Huron, Ohio, when she was caught in a terrific gale on Lake Huron. The heavy seas carried away the lumber strapped on deck. Then the vessel sprang a leak and turned on her beam ends. Capt. O. B. Smith, his wife, and four other sailors rode out the storm on the wreck until found by the tug BROCKWAY. The schooner was towed to Port Huron and repaired.

On her maiden voyage, Branch Lines new tanker LEON SIMARD was spotted traveling eastward on the St. Lawrence River on October 15, 1974. Renamed b.) L'ORME NO 1 in 1982. Sold off the lakes, renamed c.) TRADEWIND OCEAN in 1997 and d.) AMARA in 2001.

The self-unloader WOLVERINE departed the American Ship Building Co., October 15, 1974, on her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, light to load stone at Stoneport, Michigan, for delivery to Huron, Ohio.

HERBERT C. JACKSON cleared Fraser Shipyard on October 15, 1988, after having the 1000 h.p. bowthruster 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, JOHN O. McKELLAR of 1952, was sold to P.& H. Shipping of Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., and renamed b.) ELMGLEN.

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

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

COVERDALE (Hull#34) was launched at Midland, Ontario, on October 15, 1949, for Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, Quebec. Renamed b.) GEORGE HINDMAN in 1973 and c.) MELDRUM BAY in 1979. Scrapped at Lisbon, Portugal in 1985.

SCOTT MISENER of 1954 struck bottom on October 15, 1973, near Whaleback Shoal on the St. Lawrence River reportedly damaging 60 of her bottom plates. She proceeded to the Port Arthur shipyard for drydocking and repairs from October 20th through the 28th.

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

R. P. MASON (3 mast wooden schooner, 115 foot, 155 gross tons, built in 1867, at Grand Haven, Michigan) was bound from Chicago for Detroit when she struck a rocky reef near Waugoshance Point in the Straits of Mackinac on October 8. 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 October 15, they encountered a gale near Cross Village, Michigan. 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 was 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 October 15,1871, R. G. COBURN (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 193 foot, 867 tons, built in 1870, at Marine City, Michigan) 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 that 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 October 15, 1900, the wooden 186-foot freighter F. E. SPINNER was sunk in a collision with the steamer H. D. COFFINBERRY in the St. Marys 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 of 1902, built at Cleveland, Ohio, the previous September, a new PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1911, was ordered by the Pere Marquette Railway from the Chicago Ship Building Co.

On 15 October 1871, the EXCELSIOR (3-mast wooden schooner, 156 foot, 374 gross tons, built in 1865, at Buffalo, New York) was struck by a gale near Thunder Bay on Lake Huron. She sailed through the early morning hours only to sink about 4:30 a.m. 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.

1916: The wooden bulk freighter L. EDWARD HINES was sold to Nicaraguan owners and left the Great Lakes in 1916. The ship had loaded coal in New Orleans for Venezuela for its maiden voyage on this date in 1916 but got caught in a hurricane and sank with the loss of 17 lives while 45 miles east of Belize, British Honduras.

1971: SINGAPORE TRADER was upbound with general cargo from Japan to Detroit, on its first trip to the Great Lakes, when it ran aground in the Thousand Islands. The vessel was released on November 29 and towed back to Montreal on December 16. The ship was arrested there and offered for sale, by court order. The successful bidder for the 27-year-old vessel was a shipbreaker at Santander, Spain, and the ship arrived there for dismantling on June 22, 1972.

1977: The three-year old Panamanian bulk carrier GOLDEN STAR damaged its rudder when it struck the opposite bank while backing from the dock at Huron, Ohio. The vessel, bound for the United Kingdom, needed four tugs when it was towed out of the Seaway for repairs at Sorel, QC. The vessel was last noted as c) FUN JIN under the flag of Panama in 1993.

1978: The West German freighter FRANCISCA SARTORI made 21 trips through the Seaway from 1959 through 1967. It was lying at Piraeus, Greece, as f) GIOTA S. when the engine room flooded on this date in 1978. The ship departed for Chalkis on October 24, 1979, but further leaks developed and the vessel had to be beached at Laurium, Greece.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 14

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived in Duluth at sunrise on Friday to load coal at Midwest Energy. Cason J. Callaway was outbound a few hours later after unloading limestone at Hallett #5. The Tregurtha was expected to depart at some point during the evening. At the BN dock in Superior, CSL Niagara loaded during the first half of the day Friday. She was replaced at the dock by Stewart J. Cort around noon. Michipicoten was at anchor waiting to load.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of Presque Isle on Friday at 02:23 and she departed at 18:41 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors at 10:31 was Cason J. Callaway. She went to South of #1 on arrival. She next shifted from North of #2 to North of #1 between 14:20-14:45. As of 20:15 she was still at the dock. Arriving Two Harbors at approx. 19:00 was the CSL Assiniboine. Due Two Harbors on Saturday evening/night are Algoma Transport and James R. Barker. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Mesabi Miner arrive Friday at 07:27. As of 20:15 she was still at the dock. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
COE Leni continued to unload wind turbine parts at Keefer Terminal Saturday. After a fairly quiet week several boats are expected over the next few days.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Saturday included Edwin H, Gott, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., John G. Munson, Joseph L. Block, John D. Leitch and American Integrity. Upbound traffic included Federal Yoshino (from Algoma for Thunder Bay), Algoma Transport, Lee A. Tregurtha, James R. Barker and, late, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor was unloading at its namesake port Saturday evening. Roger Blough was at Gary unloading.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Manitoulin continued to load grain Saturday.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Brant remained at the Jonick Dock Saturday, taking on a load of nut coke headed for Mexico.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda):
Arrivals - Oct 10 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0751 - Oct 13 - departed Tonawanda dock at approximately 0652

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Algosea at 0815 (anchored) and Frontenac at 1200 - docked - Oct 10 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 1154 and Frontenac at 1717 - Oct 12 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2311 (anchored) - Oct 13 - Algosea docked at 0550 - departures - Oct 12 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 2359 eastbound and Frontenac at 0632 approximately for Thunder Bay

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - English River at 2315 - Oct 13 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1223, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1455, Algowood at 1617, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1726 and CSL St. Laurent at 1815

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Algoma Harvester at 0100, Evans Spirit at 0115, Algoma Enterprise at 0250, Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0342, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0537, Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1023, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1440, Algoma Strongfield at 1815 and America (Nld) (ex Flinter America-17) at 1900

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals (docked) - Oct 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement stopped at wharf 16 at 2321 - Oct 13 - departed at 0150 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Oct 11 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1230 - Oct 12 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0009 - departure - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at approximately 1650

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 10 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1212, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1419 and Tim S. Dool at 2150 - Oct 12 - Ojibway at 1742, Algoscotia at 1931, Algowood at 2240 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2320 approximately - anchored - Oct 12 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658 - Oct 13 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1219 and Evans Spirit at 1513 - departures - Oct 12 - Tim S. Dool at 2315 eastbound - Oct 13 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1156, Algowood at 1432, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1503

Clarkson (Mississauga):
Arrived Mississauga - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12 at approximately 1826

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) - unloading at Redpath

Oshawa:
Arrival - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at approximately 0850 on Oct 14

 

Rand Logistics to donate more than $132,000 to children’s charities

10/14 - Jersey City, N.J. – Rand Logistics, Inc. will donate more than $132,000 to children’s charities designated by its customers as a result of its second annual Marine Miracle Month Program, an increase of more than 5 percent over last year’s program results.

In June 2017, Rand announced the company would donate $0.05 for every ton of cargo carried by its fleet during the month of August 2017 to nonprofit organizations with a primary focus on the health and wellbeing of children. For the program’s second year, Rand is providing its customers the opportunity to select the children’s charity of their choice and is making the donations in each participating customer’s honor. The donation amount is based upon the total tons each customer shipped during the month of August.

“We are thrilled and inspired by the continued interest and positive response that our customers, employees, and community partners have shown towards the initiative, enabling us to exceed last year’s program results. The donations based on cargo carried in August have been augmented with additional donations from individuals, a silent auction and other activities that help support our goals,” said Aaron Degodny, Rand’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“With approximately 30 participating customers again this year, Marine Miracle Month has created a vehicle for Rand to give back to the many communities in which we operate and expand the reach of our corporate social responsibility efforts, while strengthening partnerships with our valued customers.”

Qualifying not-for-profit organizations selected by Rand’s participating customers must hold 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. or be a registered charity in Canada providing services and benefits to children.

Rand Logistics

 

Help Wanted: Captains for American Steamship Co.

10/14 - American Steamship Company, a leader in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible waterborne transportation, is looking for experienced Great Lakes Captains for the position of Permanent Relief Captain. The successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience sailing as master aboard large commercial vessels. This is an immediate opportunity with a US flag operator and, as such, the candidate is subject to certain conditions. ASC is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to continuously building value for our parent company, GATX, our customers, our employees and the communities in which we live and operate.

Qualified candidates should apply to https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=american+steamship&l=williamsville+ny or call Kathy Elinski, Human Resources Manager, at 716-635-1346.

American Steamship Co.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 14

On this day in 1953, Boston Metals Company of Baltimore, Maryland, submitted a successful bid of $118,111 for six retired lakers to be scrapped by the U.S. Maritime Commission. The six boats were the CHACORNAC, COLONEL, MUNISING, NEGAUNEE, YOSEMITE and AMAZON.

On 14 October 1871, the LEVANT (2-mast wooden schooner, 91 foot, 115 tons, built in 1854, at Chicago, Illinois) was loaded with lumber when she was overtaken by a severe gale and went over on her beam ends off Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan. The 6-man crew lashed themselves to the vessel so as not to be washed away by the waves. Throughout the night the men died one by one. At daylight, the schooner D P DOBBINS found the wreck with floating bodies tied to it and three still alive (two of them were barely alive). One died during the rescue attempt and another died within minutes of being rescued. Only Peter J. Thornum survived.

DEAN RICHMOND (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 238 foot, 1,432 gross tons, built in 1864, at Cleveland, Ohio) sailed from Toledo, Ohio, on Friday the 13th of October 1893, with a load of bagged meal, flour, zinc and copper ingots. She encountered hurricane force winds of over 60 mph and battled the storm throughout the night. She was seen on 14 October 1893, off Erie, Pennsylvania, missing her stacks and battling the wind and waves. The following day, wreckage and bodies were washing ashore near Dunkirk, New York. Among the dead were the captain, his wife and three children. A few crewmembers managed to make it to shore however all but one died of exposure. The only survivor was found on the beach near Van Buren Point two days later. During the search for bodies, three volunteers lost their lives. The wreck was found in 1984.

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, Wisconsin, to load iron ore pellets for delivery to the Great Lakes Steel Division of the National Steel Corp. at Zug Island in River Rouge, Michigan. Renamed b.) AMERICAN SPIRIT in 2004.

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 foot, 37 tons, built in 1814, at Henderson, New York) was bound from Oswego for Genesee, New York, 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, Michigan, at full speed, damaging several plates. The ANN ARBOR NO 3 pulled her off.

On 14 October 1876, NEW YORK (wooden propeller freighter, 183 foot, 704 tons, built in 1856, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying lumber and towing the schooner BUTCHER BOY and barges NELLIE MC GILVERAY and A. J. CORREY from Cove Island in Georgian Bay to Buffalo when they encountered a severe storm near Pointe aux Barques. The towline 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-foot 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 foot, 567 gross tons, built in 1873, at Marine City, Michigan) 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.

1895: The wooden steamer AFRICA struck a reef near Cove Island enroute to Georgian Bay, broke up and sank with the loss of all 13 crew.

1922: ARROW, a steel sidewheeler, partially burned at the dock in Put-in-Bay.

1954: The Dutch freighter PRINS WILLEM V. sank off Milwaukee after a collision with the barge SINCLAIR XII pushed by the SINCLAIR CHICAGO. All 30 sailors on board were rescued but the overseas vessel was never salvaged. It was replaced in 1956 by another PRINS WILLEM V.

1966: The STONEFAX and ARTHUR STOVE collided in the Welland Canal between Allanburg and Port Robinson. The former, a member of the Halco fleet, sank with its cargo of potash and remained on the bottom until November 25. The latter subsequently visited the Seaway as b) TIARET and was scrapped at Nantong, China, as c) CLARET in 1984-1985.

1983: The British freighter HOUSTON CITY visited the Great Lakes in 1966. It ran aground at Mayotte Island, part of the Comoros, while enroute from the Far East to South Africa as c) ALPAC AFRICA. The ship was stuck until October 22 and scrapped at Shanghai, China, in 1984.

1985: FURIA was trapped in Lock 7 when a section of the lock wall collapsed. The Welland Canal was closed until November 7. The vessel arrived at Shanghai, China, for scrapping as b) YRIA on November 1, 2001, after it made a final trip inland as such in 2000.

1987: GEORGE A. SLOAN sustained major bottom damage going aground in the Amherstburg Channel and was repaired at Toledo. The ship is still sailing as c) MISSISSAGI.

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

 

Tanker Goeast not sunk; after attack by coast guard it arrives in Malta

10/13 - Contrary to reports earlier this week that the oil tanker Goeast had capsized after it was attacked by the Libyan coast guard off Zuwara last Friday, the vessel arrived off Malta Thiursday. All the crew is safe, Russian officials say.

The shipping website MarineTraffic.com shows that it arrived off Malta shortly after midnight Wednesday. This is the former Great Lakes/Seaway tanker Algoeast, which also sailed as Texaco Brave, Le Brave and Imperial St. Lawrence before being sold overseas in 2015.

Last Saturday, Libyan navy spokesman Ayoun Gassem said that the tanker, owned by a Crimea based company but Comoros-flagged, had been fired upon after it refused demands from a coastguard boat to stop and be searched. He claimed that it had been involved in fuel smuggling.

Video footage of the attack, posted on the coastguard’s Facebook page showed the Goeast being hit twice and liquid then gushing out. According to Gassem, the engine room and fuel tanks were hit and the vessel then started listing.

The Russians are presenting a somewhat different reason for the incident. Rather than being involved in smuggling, they say that there had been “financial issues” between the Swiss company that had chartered the tanker and unnamed Libyans.

Libya Herald

 

Port Reports -  October 13

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
On Thursday, John G. Munson arrived Two Harbors from Duluth after unloading stone. She arrived at 05:44 and departed at 14:31 from the shiploader for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors late Thursday was the Presque Isle. Due Two Harbors on Friday are the Cason J. Callaway coming from Duluth and the CSL Assiniboine. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Friday is the Mesabi Miner. Two Harbors also saw Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. arrive Two Harbors at 12:10 and their tug Edward H. depart for the Twin Ports at 13:40. On Tuesday at 21:23 Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors. She departed Wednesday at 07:00 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors at 07:52 on Wednesday was the Edgar B. Speer. She departed at 18:39 for Conneaut. Anchoring off Two Harbors at 15:00 was the Edwin H. Gott. She arrived at the dock at 19:30 after the departure of the Speer. Due Two Harbors late Thursday/early Friday is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Wednesday, but due late Thursday/early Friday was the Mesabi Miner.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
On Thursday at LS&I, Kaye E. Barker loaded ore and Indiana Harbor unloaded coal on her first visit of the season.

St. Marys River
Thursday upbounders included CSL Assiniboine, James J. Kuber/Victory and Baie St. Paul late. Downbounders included Burns Harbor, Algosteel, Roger Blough and Cedarglen. Federal Yoshina remained at the Algoma export dock.

Southern Lake Michigan
Torrent and American Spirit were at Burns Harbor Thursday night.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algolake was loading salt Thursday evening. Manitoulin was loading grain,

Toledo, Ohio
CSL Laurentien and Cuyahoga were inbound Thursday night.

Sandusky, Ohio
Philip R. Clarke was in port Thursday night.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Brant remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Thursday, taking on a load of nut coke headed for Mexico.

Fairport, Ohio – John Unterwagner
Joseph H. Thompson and Joseph H. Thompson Jr. pulled into Fairport Harbor, Ohio, just before noon on Thursday, in a strong NE wind. She came from the West and circled wide to the east of the harbor to enter with the wind. She was unloading limestone and the Grand River Asphalt plant during the early afternoon.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda):
Arrivals - Oct 10 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0751 - Oct 11 - Herbert C. Jackson anchored off Buffalo early morning - departed Oct 12 at approximately 0350 for Gary, In.

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Algosea at 0815 (anchored) and Frontenac at 1200 - docked - Oct 10 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 1154 and Bro Agnes (Sgp) early evening

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 11 - Algoscotia at 1828, Floragracht (Nld) at 2210, and Oct 12 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0009, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0656 and English River at 2315

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 11 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit (stopped wharf 2), Federal Leda (Mhl) at 2345 - anchored Port Weller - Oct 12 - Robert S.Pierson at 0545, Spruceglen at 0945, Algowood at 0955,

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals (docked) for weather - Oct 10 - Kaministiqua stopped at wharf 12 at 2029 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement stopped at wharf 16 at 2321 - Oct 11 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit stopped wharf 2 at 1558 - departures - Oct 12 - Kaministiqua at 0752 upbound, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1820 for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Oct 11 -Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1230, Floragracht (Nld) at 2210, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 2345 and Oct 12 - Swan Biscay (Mlt) (ex Ozay 6-15) at 0009 - departures - Oct 12 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0640 for the canal, Algoscotia at 1717 for Hamilton, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 1858 eastbound

Hamilton:
Docked - Oct 10 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1212 - docked - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1419 - arrivals - Oct 11 - Sten Hidra ( Nor) at 0119 to fuel from Sterling Energy in the harbour - Oct 11 - Tim S. Dool at 2150 to load - Oct 12 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1658, Ojibway at 1742, Algoscotia at 1931, Algowood at 2240 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2320 approximately - departures - Oct 11 - Sten Hidra (Nor) at 0521 after fueling

Clarkson (Mississauga):
Arrival (to the anchorage) - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1832 - docked Oct 9 at 2103 - departed Oct 11 - 0640 for Port Weller - arrival at 0825

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 11 - Stephen B. Roman at 0948

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 11 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at approximately 1722 - departed Oct 12 at 0355

 

ArcelorMittal making major investments in Indiana Harbor steel mill

10/13 - ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, the largest integrated steel mill in North America, is a behemoth jutting out into Lake Michigan that takes 20 minutes to drive across – longer than it does to cross some entire towns in Northwest Indiana.

It's home to the longest privately owned bridge in the United States and the largest blast furnace. It's so big because it is in fact two steel mills now consolidated under the same management – the sprawling steelmaking complex along the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal spans the former LTV plant to the west and the former Inland Steel mill to the east.

Though trucks and trains still flow in and out nonstop, much of the massive steel mill in East Chicago that dates back to the 19th century lies vacant or underused. ArcelorMittal Indiana Habor Long Carbon got idled two years ago because of imports, and its electric arc furnace remains cold. Two of the smaller blast furnaces are being torn down and sold for scrap. Vast, cavernous buildings on the west side where steel products were once made have been used mainly for storage for more than a decade. The 84 inch hot strip mill on the west side got shut down last year.

But ArcelorMittal has been investing in major upgrades, as it aims to make its steelmaking assets as productive and profitable as possible.

"Back in the day when I was hired in, the two mills employed 35,000 people and we weren't making much more than people are now," said Wendell Carter, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor general manager. "Since the financial crisis, there's been a 20-percent increase in productivity of tons per man-hour."

While ArcelorMittal shrunk its footprint in East Chicago, idling or closing finishing lines that were inefficient or unprofitable, it's been investing heavily in its remaining operations there. Last year, Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA, a subsidiary of the global Luxembourg-based company, boosted its overall capital investment to $280 million, up from $233 million in 2015, spokesman Bill Steers said.

"Our Action 2020 business strategy emphasizes cost-competitiveness with assets running at higher levels of productivity and yield with no loss of volume or market share," he said.

Much of the spending took place in East Chicago. The rusting mill that dates back to the late 1800s now has some of the most recently refurbished steelmaking facilities in the United States making some of the most state-of-the art steel products, including stronger grades of steel for cars. The steelmaker agreed with the United Steelworkers union during the most recent contract negotiations to pump more than $200 million into operations at the mill in East Chicago.

ArcelorMittal spent $60 million installing a new caster in the No. 3 steel shop on the west side. It's now producing a full-range of Martinsite advanced high-strength steels, which automakers are using to make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient.

"There isn't a major vehicle platform without ArcelorMittal steel," Carter said.

ArcelorMittal also invested more than $32 million to rebuild the walking beam furnaces at its 80-inch hot strip mill on the east side, which turns red-hot steel slabs into rolls of coil after cooling the metal off a few hundred degrees by dumping an Olympic pool's worth of water from Lake Michigan on it in the course of a few seconds. Major upgrades to "The Mighty 80," which stretches a half mile long, also include a cooling tower, a coil field expansion and improvements in the motor room, positioning the finishing line to crank out up to 5 million tons of steel annually.

Such investments are needed to make the steel mill more productive and keep up with changes in the marketplace, Carter said.

"With the slabs that go into the modern automobile, more than half of all types of steel in cars today did not exist 10 years ago," he said. "Modern steel is trying to meet the challenge with new types of steel products."

NW Indiana Times

 

Assiginack says Norisle Society’s claim groundless, seeks dismissal

10/13 - Assiginack, Ont. – The Manitoulin Expositor has learned that the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society’s legal proceedings against the Township of Assiginack could cost taxpayers an estimated $775,000.

According to a Superior Court of Justice document, affirmed on August 18, the Township of Assiginack’s attorney Ian Flett of Eric Gillespie Professional Corporation estimates the costs of defending the lawsuit will cost between $675,000 and $775,000.

Assiginack CAO Alton Hobbs said he was unable to comment on the case, as it is in the hands of the courts. However, Eric Gillespie was able to expand on the legal proceedings.

“The estimated costs were submitted to the Superior Court of Justice and we will be asking the court at an upcoming hearing to request the Norisle Steamship Society pay the township’s legal fees upfront if they wish to continue their claim against the municipality,” said Mr. Gillespie. “The litigation will be very expensive and it is the defendant’s view that the taxpayers of Assiginack should not have to pay the costs.”

“We have been through the process of discoveries,” continued Mr. Gillespie. “As a result of the process, it has become clear, in the township’s view, that there is little if not any merit to the steamship society’s claim. We feel the case should be dismissed now without a trial, and we believe that there is sufficient information to allow the court to do that.”

Mr. Gillespie said that the township has already incurred costs associated with the claim. Based on the schedule, it would be roughly $125,000.

Dave Ham, chair of the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society, said he was surprised by the estimated costs of the legal proceedings, but was unable to comment. “The case is in the courts so I cannot comment,” said John Coulter, director of restoration for the Society, regarding the claim. When asked about the potential litigations costs to the town, Mr. Coulter responded, “We didn’t bring this upon ourselves.”

“We made the claim because of the actions of the township,” said Mr. Coulter. “If the township hadn’t taken action (to sell the Norisle), the ship would be dry docked and on it's way to being restored.”

The Township of Assiginack entered into discussions with the Tobermory Maritime Association (TMA) last year to sell the S.S. Norisle to the TMA, to be sunk and used as a dive site in Tobermory.

The Steamship Society responded by launching a lawsuit against the municipality claiming $10 million in damages in addition to an order declaring that the Society is the owner of the Norisle by way of constructive trust. They also claimed $250,000 for aggravated, punitive and/or exemplary damages; an interim order restraining the town from disposing of the Norisle until the matter has been tried; an interim order compelling the township to continue to provide status quo administrative tasks including providing all risk insurance; to maintain its current accessible dockages, road access and snow removal, utilities service and ongoing maintenance at its expense until this matter is tried; full indemnity costs of this proceeding plus all applicable taxes; and “such further and other relief as to this honorable court may seem just,” according to the Statement of Claim.

As well the claim goes on to accuse Assiginack of breaching a joint venture agreement between the town and the Society, a breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and constructive trust, negligence and damages.

A court date has not yet been set, but Mr. Gillespie said the two parties are looking at a date in December of this year or January 2018.

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 13

On this day in 1893, Chief Engineer J. H. Hogan left the DEAN RICHMOND in Toledo to take care of some family business. One day later, the DEAN RICHMOND burned off Dunkirk, New York, with a loss of 17 lives including the replacement Chief Engineer.

On October 13, 1909, GEORGE STONE (wooden propeller freighter, 270 foot, 1,841 gross tons, built in 1893, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was sailing from Ashtabula, Ohio for Racine, Wisconsin, with cargo of coal when she stranded on Grubb Reef in the Pelee Passage on Lake Erie. She then caught fire and was destroyed. Five of the 18 crewmen were lost.

The SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER made her first trip out of Thunder Bay, Ontario with grain on October 13, 1983. Renamed b.) LADY HAMILTON in 1995, sold to Voyageur Maritime in 2006, and now sailing as c.) KAMINISTIQUA for Lower Lakes Towing.

The tug GLENADA towed the BROOKDALE from Port Colborne to Newman's scrap yard at Port Maitland, Ontario 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. MAUNALOA had been towing the 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-masted 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 foot, 1,207 gross tons, built in 1873, at Cleveland, Ohio) collided with the 222-foot wooden lumber hooker JOHN PRIDGEON, JR. in heavy fog off Sheboygan, Wisconsin. 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.

1902: The wooden steamer C. B. LOCKWOOD was swamped in a storm and sank on Lake Erie with the loss of 10 lives.

1927: The ONTARIO, once the largest carferry on the Detroit River, was later reduced to a barge and it foundered on Lake Superior, near Outer Island, while carrying 1100 tons of pulpwood. It had been under tow of the tug BUTTERFIELD and all on board were saved.

1973: SCOTT MISENER damaged 60 bottom plates when it hit bottom near Whaleback Shoal in the St. Lawrence.

1976: The former T2 tanker and now bulk carrier SYLVIA L. OSSA, remembered on the Great Lakes as the MARATHONIAN that was in a head-on collision with ROLWI in Lake Michigan, disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle with the loss of all 37 members of the crew.

1990: ERNA WITT first visited the Great Lakes in 1958 and returned through the Seaway in 1962. The vessel sank off Port Sudan as k) SHIBA after a collision with the ALTAAWIN ALARABI while inbound from Aqaba, Jordan. Three members of the crew were lost.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

 

U.S.-flag shipping on Great Lakes up nearly 11 percent in September

10/12 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 10.1 million tons of cargo in September, an increase of 10.7 percent compared to a year ago. September’s shipments also bettered the month’s long-term average by 3.1 percent, or 300,000 tons.

Iron ore cargos for steelmaking totaled 4.9 million tons, an increase of 14 percent compared to a year ago. Coal loadings approached 1.9 million tons, an increase of 6.1 percent. Limestone cargos increased 10.1 percent to 2.7 million tons.

Year-over-year U.S.-flag cargos total 60.5 million tons, an increase of 2.7 percent over the same point in 2016. Iron ore shipments have increased 7.1 percent to 32.4 million tons. Coal cargos have increased 85,000 tons to 9.4 million tons. The 15.3 million tons of aggregate, fluxstone and scrubber stone shipped have pulled that trade within 3.3 percent of last year’s end-of-September total.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Lake Superior is near record high and threatening shoreline

10/12 - Minneapolis, Minn. – Wayne Jensen sat on his narrow strip of Lake Superior shoreline last month, listening to waves crash against his small cliff and soaking in the scent of woods near Port Wing, Wis., his frequent escape from the bustle of his home in Minneapolis.

Just then, he watched a piece of his paradise disappear. A chunk of land about 15 feet long and about 6 feet wide slid into the big lake, trees and all, as he sat nearby. “I wanted to start crying. I’m watching this beautiful, pristine shoreline fall into the lake,” Jensen said. “I just stood there in awe.”

With Lake Superior just 2 inches short last month of its record high water level, it wasn’t the first chunk of Jensen’s shoreline to erode recently. And if the gales of November come early, before the water level has a chance to go down as it typically does this time of year, the devastation could be widespread, Jensen and others worry.

Already, the high lake level is sinking fixed docks and causing problems as water seeps into homes on Duluth’s saturated sandy spit known as Park Point. It’s a big change from a decade ago, when water levels sat at a record low; the lake is now 31 inches higher than it was in August and September of 2007.

The Lake Superior water level has been rising for four years. It is now at its highest point since 1997 and is close to the record set in October 1985.

Read more and view a graph at this link: http://www.startribune.com/lake-superior-is-near-record-high-and-threatening-shoreline/450346993

 

Port Reports -  October 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson arrived Duluth mid-morning on Wednesday with a cargo of limestone for the C. Reiss dock. John D. Leitch was inbound early in the afternoon to load iron ore pellets at CN. A few hours later, Indiana Harbor departed with coal, and fleetmate Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived to load at Midwest Energy. Joseph L. Block was also in port loading ore at CN. American Integrity was expected late Thursday evening, also to load coal. At Burlington Northern in Superior, Algoma Guardian loaded on Thursday, and was expected to depart by midnight. Whitefish Bay and CSL Niagara were both on the hook waiting to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday at 14:15 Cedarglen departed for Baie Comeau.

St. Marys River
Wednesday upbounders included Cason J., Callaway, Stewart J. Cort, Kaye E. Barker and, late, Presque Isle, Mesabi Miner and Paul R. Tregurtha. USCG Hollyhock, American Century and America were downbound.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Calumet unloaded Wednesday afternoon and headed back up the lake in the evening.

Southern Lake Michigan
Torrent and Algoma Transport were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Federal Weser departed Wednesday afternoon. American Mariner was at Buffington. James R. Barker was unloading at Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algolake was upbound at Sarnia headed for Goderich Wednesday evening.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Great Republic was inbound at 6 a.m. with a split load for the Burroughs North Dock in Essexville and the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw. They were turned around and outbound at 5 p.m. Pathfinder was unloading at Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City Wednesday night.

Toledo, Ohio
Algoma Strongfield was loading grain on Wednesday. Algoma Enterprise, Evans Spirit and Philip R. Clarke were also in port Wednesday evening, with Saginaw due after midnight.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Brant remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Wednesday, taking on a load of nut coke headed for Mexico.

Fairport, Ohio
Manitowoc was in port Wednesday night with salt.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday – Barry Andersen (High winds delaying some vessels at docks or at anchorage.)

Buffalo (Tonawanda):
Arrival - Oct 10 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0751

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - docked - Oct 10 - tug Genesis Victory & barge GM-6506 at 1045 and Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 1154. Departures - Oct 11 - Herbert C. Jackson at 0254 for Buffalo anchorage and Genesis Victory & barge GM 6506 at 1013 for Toledo

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 10 - Algoscotia at 1820 (to the anchorage), Floragracht (Nld) at 2100

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 10 - Thunder Bay - Oct 11 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0722, Labrador at 1128, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 1309, Sten Baltic (Nor) at 1713 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals (docked) for weather - Oct 10 - Kaministiqua stopped at wharf 12 at 2029 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement stopped at wharf 16 at 2318 - Oct 11 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit stopped wharf 2 at 1558 (weather delay)

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival (anchored) - Oct 11 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0825 - departed at 1330 for Clarkson - returned to anchorage early evening and Algoscotia at 1828 (weather)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 10 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1212 and Tim S. Dool at 2150 - docked - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1419 and Oct 11 - Sten Hidra ( Nor) at 0119 to fuel from Sterling Energy - departures - Oct 9 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0943 for Hamburg, CSL Laurentien at 2153 for Toledo - Oct 10 - Algoma Olympic at 1150 for Bath and Tim S. Dool at 1441 to clean tanks after unloading before coming back to load - Oct 11 - Sten Hidra (Nor) at 0521 after fueling

Clarkson:
Arrival (to the anchorage) - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1832 - docked Oct 9 at 2103 - departed Oct 11 - 0640 for Port Weller - arrival - Oct 11 at 0825 - departed at 1330 for

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 11 - Stephen B. Roman at 0948

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 11 - Radcliffe R Latimer at approximately 1722

 

Sault, Ont., museum ship Norgoma's future may be sunk

10/12 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – Matthew Shoemaker and Rick Niro are calling on city staff to pen a report to provide options and costs associated with removing the eyesore. Norgoma from the Bondar Marina and recommend improvements to the marina itself.

Susan Myers and Sandra Hollingsworth counter that the Norgoma is a part of history and a small tourist attraction the city should be funding and wants the cultural advisory board and municipal heritage committee to provide their opinion on the cultural and heritage value of the ship.

It's not the first time the issue of the Norgoma's location or condition have been discussed by city council. In fact, Shoemaker's research indicates that it was first discussed 17 years ago by the 2002-03 city council when it was decided to allow the ship to remain at its current location and it would be transformed into an interpretive centre. That never materialized.

Four years later, another call to remove the ship from the city's waterfront led to promises that it would receive a “major spruce up” but again that didn't materialize, he said. Motions for funding and continued support were discussed in 2007, 2013 and 2014, Shoemaker said, with each occasion council bowing to the ship's not-for-profit organization and giving it an opportunity to make it a success.

“It ain't going to happen,” Shoemaker told city council. “It's been given chances for many, many years but the community interest is not there.”

Instead, Shoemaker believes that the Bondar Marina can be a showcase for transient travellers and spruced up to be a fledgling and proud waterfront attraction. “Let's take the actions to support tourism in our community,” he said, “not be the ones to kick the problem further into the future.”

But an extremely defensive Myers countered that the city relies on small tourist attractions like the Norgoma and Bushplane Museum and the ship should be supported by city council, not sunk.

She accused Shoemaker of not doing his homework and suggested he didn't understand the full history of the Norgoma, how it came into the city's position and how the city disposed of it to the non-profit group, leaving them with little to no assistance.

The heated debate pitted Myers against Shoemaker in what Ward 1 Coun. Steve Butland called an “uncomfortable” attack that got a little too personal.

As “a tourism expert” who spent 30 years in the field, Myers argued that the city doesn't own the ship and in fact sold it to the St. Mary's River Marine Centre without providing any financial or in-kind support to the volunteer organization. She suggested it didn't have the right to move it.

“The Bondar Marina was custom designed for the Norgoma to fit,” she told council. “It was the idea of a former council to have a Norgoma Marine Park to tell the past and have a vision . . . get you head out of the sand,” she said.

Myers chided councillors for spending more effort to sink the ship than help it float. In its 12 weeks of operation this year it saw 3,700 visitors and employed four students, she said. “Yes, it needs more renovations but help them.”

Butland said other ideas including a restaurant, sinking the boat for divers, scraping it for metal revenue and floating it to Manitoulin Island have all been suggested and failed throughout the years.

Mayor Christian Provenzano said although he agrees culture is important, all cultural organizations are underfunded and the city has to decide where to invest its limited resources. The ship, he suggested, is not it. “If it was going to be a success, it would have been by now,” he said. “I believe it's in the best interest to move it.”

Tom Vair, deputy CAO of community development and enterprise, said that with recent media reports, the city has received correspondence from a person in Chicago who said he was interested in removing the ship and towing it to Chicago to restore it there. He also suggested he would pay the costs to do so.

Provenzano noted that the discussions were early and very preliminary and nothing was set in stone or decided upon. While the city does not own the Norgoma, it does own the marina where it is docked and the city does have the right to ask that it be moved, Provenzano said.

“It casts a shadow on the Roberta Bondar Pavilion. It does not look nice . . . it is a symbol of decay and not a good symbol in our downtown core,” he said. It's expected that both reports will be presented to council together and a full discussion on the future of the Norgoma will be held at that time.

Sault Star

 

Obituary: Roger J. "James" Chapman

10/12 - Roger J. "James" Chapman, captain and owner of Milwaukee’s Iroquois Boat Line, died Oct. 2. A proud Korean army veteran, he was also the acclaimed dive master on his research vessel The Recovery. He gave of himself in numerous rescue and recovery efforts. A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. until services at noon at the Peace of Mind Funeral Home, 5325 West Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 12

On this day in 1976, three boats discharged a record 108,379 tons of cargo on a single day at the Pinney Dock in Ashtabula, Ohio. The three boats were the JAMES R. BARKER (57,305 tons), the WILFRED SYKES (20,678 tons), and the JOSEPH L. BLOCK (30,306 tons).

On the night of October 12, 1871, the grain laden schooner PLOVER struck a reef near Whitefish Point on Lake Superior, put a hole in her hull and sank in deep water. Captain Jones and the crew of eight escaped in the yawl. They spent two days making their way to Sault Ste. Marie.

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

The CLIFFS 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 for the Rockport Steamship Co. (Reiss Steamship Co., mgr.) on October 12, 1922, light from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to load stone at Rockport, Michigan. Sold into Canadian registry in 1981, renamed b.) LEADALE. She was scrapped at Ramey's Bend in 1983.

The keel was laid October 12, 1925, for the Interlake Steamship Co.'s steamer COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS.

The SYLVANIA returned to service on October 12, 1967. She sank at the Peerless Cement Co. Dock at Port Huron, Michigan 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, Minnesota, until October 12, 1993, when she was towed to the Fraser Shipyard at Superior, Wisconsin, by the Great Lakes Towing Co. tug KANSAS. She is now on display as a floating exhibit for the city.

On October 12, 1967, the Papachristidis Company Limited's FEUX FOLLETS entered service with the distinction of being the last steam-powered vessel built on the Great Lakes. The vessel was renamed b.) CANADIAN LEADER when it was sold to Upper Lakes Shipping in 1972 It was scrapped in 2011.

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, Michigan.

On 12 October 1901, ALVINA (wooden schooner-rigged scow-barge, 89 foot, 95 gross tons, built in 1871, at Fair Haven, Michigan) 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 foot, 169 gross tons, built in 1865, at Marine City, Michigan) 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.

1912: MARENGO, a wooden schooner under tow of the LLOYD S. PORTER, broke loose in a storm, came ashore west of Port Colborne and was pounded to pieces by the waves. The anchor was salvaged and now sits on the lawn of Port Colborne High School.

1912: S.K. MARTIN began leaking in heavy weather and sank in Lake Erie off Harbor Creek, NY. The coal laden wooden steamer ran for shore but the effort fell short. The crew took to the lifeboat and were saved. The ship went down bow first and rested on the bottom in 56 feet of water.

1918: The wooden tug ELLA G. STONE was destroyed by a brush fire that swept through the town of Cloquet, MN. Several scows, tugs and a dredge as well as over 400 lives were lost.

1941: ENARE, a Great Lakes visitor in 1932-1933, sustained heavy damage in an air attack in the North Sea as h) GLYNN. The ship was subsequently sunk by a convoy escort as a hazard to navigation. It had also been a Great Lakes trader as f) FLAKS in 1933 and 1934.

1991: ZIEMIA GNIEZNIENSKA hit the wall at Lock 7 and dislodged a chunk of concrete. The Welland Canal was closed for three days.

2002: STELLANOVA and CANADIAN PROSPECTOR were in a head-on collision on the Seaway near Cote St. Catherine and both ships sustained considerable damage. The former was repaired at Les Mechins and the latter at Port Weller Dry Docks.

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

 

Libyan Coast Guard shells, sinks, former Great Lakes/Seaway tanker Goeast

10/11 - Last Friday the Libyan coast guard shelled and sank the product tanker Goeast off Abu Kammash, Libya, near the border with Tunisia. The vessel spilled an unknown quantity of diesel.

The tanker’s hull, tanks and engine room were severely damaged in the incident. The damaged vessel started listing immediately with several reports saying the tanker capsized.

The coast guard suspected the vessel was had loaded contraband oil or oil product some two miles off coast, from a pipeline. She was underway when spotted by Libyan Coast Guard in the morning Oct 6. The tanker was asked to stop, but didn’t obey. She was shelled from 30-mm gun, the shells inflicting holes in cargo tanks and engine room areas, with ensuing water ingress.

Libyan officials said in a social media post that the vessel had been loading fuel from an offshore loading pipeline. A coast guard vessel reportedly approached and attempted to contact the Goast to prepare for boarding and inspection. When the coast guard received no response, they opened fire, striking the tanker's engine room and one of her cargo tanks, according to spokesman Ayoub Gassem, speaking to Libya Herald. The action was intended to send a firm "message" to any future fuel smugglers.

The coast guard did not immediately mention the fate of the Goeast's crew, nor whether pollution control measures were undertaken. According to Libyan officials, the vessel was loaded with about 9,000 tons of diesel, near to its maximum capacity of 9,700 dwt.

Goeast was built in Japan in 1977 as Texaco Brave for Texaco Canada Ltd. She was renamed Le Brave on November 11, 1986, while under charter to Sofati-Soconav Ltd. In 1997, the vessel was renamed Imperial St. Lawrence under the new ownership and management of Imperial Oil. In February 1998, Algoma Central Corporation purchased Imperial St. Lawrence (and her fleet mates Imperial Bedford, Imperial St. Clair and Imperial Acadia), establishing a new corporate division Algoma Tankers Ltd. Shortly after being acquired by Algoma, the tanker entered service under the name Algoeast.

She was sold for overseas use in 2015. At the time of the incident, Goeast was one of four vessels owned by Uvas-Trans, a shipping firm based in Russian-controlled Crimea.

Maritime Executive

 

Port Reports -  October 3

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, October 9 at 20:44 Cedarglen arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. At 22:44 Saginaw departed for Toledo. At 23:11 the saltie Coe Leni arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors will see the arrival of the Roger Blough Tuesday night. Due Wednesday in Two Harbors are the Edgar B. Speer and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw no traffic on Tuesday and no traffic is scheduled for Wednesday.

St. Marys River
Tuesday upbounders included Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Edwin H. Gott and American Integrity. Downbounders included American Spirit, Spruceglen, Saginaw, Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort and Frontenac. Federal Yoshino was at the Algoma Export Dock.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest departed from Milwaukee at 3 p.m. Monday for Charlevoix. Algoway arrived from South Chicago just after 3 a.m. Tuesday, moving to unload salt in the inner harbor at Jones Island. Prentiss Brown / barge St. Marys Challenger also arrived from Calumet Harbor early Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m. Hamburg (ocean cruise vessel) arrived just before 8 a.m. and berthed near the heavy lift dock on Jones Island.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was arriving with slag at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Kaye E. Barker departed earlier.

Southern Lake Michigan
Torrent and Federal Weser were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Algoma Transport was at Buffington.

Toledo
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Algoma Strongfield's just about abeam of Monroe and turning in toward Toledo. Victory is almost to Grassy Island; Algoma Enterprise and Evans Spirit are at Midwest Terminal. Kristin Joelle (former G-Michigan) and Thomas R. Morrish are doing tugboat things out in the channel.

Cleveland, Ohio
Alpena, Erik and Robert S Pierson were due Tuesday. John J Boland, Buffalo, Manitowoc and Iryda were in in harbor and Mesabi Miner departed..

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Brant arrived at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Tuesday morning to take on a load of nut coke headed for Mexico.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo (Tonawanda):
Arrival - Oct 10 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0751

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 9 - Sten Hidra (Nor) at 0216, CSL Assiniboine at 1056 - docked - Oct 10 - Herbert C. Jackson at 0851, tug Genesis Victory & barge GM6506 at 1045, Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) from the anchorage to the dock at 1154 and Baie St. Paul at 1448 - departures - CSL Assiniboine at 0720 and Sten Hidra (Nor) at 1101 bound Hamburg

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 10 - Robert S. Pierson, CSL Laurentien at 2401, Kaministiqua at 1000, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1329 and Tim S. Dool at approximately 2040

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - H. Lee White, Icdas 09 at 0040, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0045, English River at 0245, Algoma Discovery at 0533 and Thunder Bay 0720,

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 9 - Tim S. Dool at 2056 - docked - Oct 6 - Federal Baltic (Cyp) at 2040 - Oct 9 - CSL Laurentien at 0506, Algoma Olympic at 0609 and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1419 - departures - Oct 9 - CSL Laurentien at 2153 for Toledo - Oct 10 - Tim S. Dool at

Bronte (Oakville):
Anchored - Oct 7 - Algocanada at 1734 - departed anchorage Oct 8 1416 - docked at 1419 - departed dock Oct 9 at 1829 - back to the anchorage - Oct 10 - departure - Algocanada at 0720 for Montreal

Clarkson:
Arrival (to the anchorage) - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1832 - docked Oct 9 at 2103

 

Marinette shipbuilder lands $584 million contract for Littoral Combat Ship

10/11 - Marinette, Wis. – A Wisconsin shipbuilder employing more about 1,500 people will construct the Navy's newest type of warship into the next decade.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine was awarded a contract by the Pentagon Friday to build LCS 27, the 14th ship of its type to be built in Marinette. The value of the contract is up to $584 million, with completion by late 2023.

The Navy has ordered two versions of the Littoral Combat Ship designed to operate in coastal and shallow waters. The Lockheed Martin design is built in Marinette while the Austal USA design of the ship in produced in Alabama.

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine have delivered five ships to the Navy, most recently the future U.S.S. Little Rock. The yard has seven ships currently under construction.

Both variants of the ship are designed to operate as part of a larger naval force in coastal waters, carrying out a number of missions from fighting other boats and ships to mine hunting and anti-submarine operations.

When contractors and other people are included, the Fincantieri Marinette Marine yard has about 2,500 people working on site. The program directly and indirectly supports about 7,500 jobs in Wisconsin and Michigan, according to Lockheed Martin.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Lake Erie algae bloom touching shores of Ontario, two U.S. states is largest in years

10/11 - Toledo, Ohio - Three years after toxic algae in Lake Erie tainted the drinking water for more than 400,000 people, many are still leery about what’s coming out of their faucets. Some have taken to stockpiling bottled water in the summer months when algae blooms blanket the western end in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.

Store shelves were emptied of bottled water a week ago when algae pushed into a river that flows through downtown Toledo into the lake, turning the river fluorescent green and sparking rumors that another “do not drink” advisory was looming.

It wasn’t the first time there’s been a run on bottled water even though there have been no water warnings since the first one in 2014.

Toledo’s mayor has asked U.S. President Donald Trump for help from the federal government in cleaning up the lake and wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare the western end impaired, which would allow for increased pollution regulations.

“There is something very wrong with our country when our rivers and lakes turn green,” Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson wrote in a letter sent to Trump last week. “As I look out my office at a green river, I can tell you one thing: the status quo is not working.” A message seeking comment on the letter was left with the White House.

Scientists largely blame farm fertilizer runoff and municipal sewage overflows for feeding the algae growth. While there are a number of efforts to tackle the problem, it won’t be solved for years.

This year’s algae bloom has stretched along the shores of Ohio, Michigan and Ontario and will be among the largest in recent years. The 2015 bloom was the largest on record, covering an area the size of New York City.

The uncertainty some still have about the Toledo’s drinking water, the mayor said in an interview Wednesday, shows there’s a general mistrust about what some hear from government leaders and how easily rumours spread.

She pointed to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and how residents there were told the water was safe for months despite dangerous lead levels.

“We’re going to do what we can to regain their trust,” said Hicks-Hudson, a Democrat who’s up for re-election in November. “That’s all we can do.”

Toronto Star

 

What to do with Buffalo’s Port Terminal A is a multimillion-dollar question

10/11 - Buffalo, N.Y. – What to do with Port Terminal A? That's the question facing the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. over the future of the mammoth and vacant building on 50 acres of prime Outer Harbor property. The site is eyed for future development, everything from apartments and condominiums to restaurants, bars, and light manufacturing. What happens to it would likely affect other parts of the Buffalo waterfront.

Now, a new report spells out options for the terminal. But the price tags are big for a building whose size alone casts doubt over how it could even be reused. Its square footage covers nearly 10 times the space inside the main exhibit hall at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The options:
Rehabilitating the building, putting on a new roof and clearing all of the contaminants would cost $17.5 million.

Tearing it down would cost $13.7 million, with the asbestos-laden roof accounting for $4 million of the demolition work.

Mothballing the building – essentially delaying the decision on the building's future for years – would cost $3.1 million.

Making one-third of the building code-compliant for storage rentals would cost $1.9 million.

The study from Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects projected a rehab cost "far more than we thought it would be," said Sam Hoyt, regional vice president for Empire State Development and an Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. board member.

"We now have expert information on what the options are, none of them terribly attractive and all of them expensive," Hoyt said. The state waterfront agency now has to figure out its next steps and a time frame for moving forward, Hoyt said.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/09/mega-sized-outer-harbor-buildings-future-question

 

Obituary: Gerry Brown

10/11 - Port McNicoll, Ont. – It is with great sadness that the group Friends of Keewatin announce the untimely death of Gerry Brown in a motorcycle accident Monday on the Vasey Road. Gerry, the Chief Engineer on Keewatin, was on his way for a small closing ceremony on the ship when he was hit by a motorist who has been charged by police. Gerry, a retired Director of Technical Education for Simcoe County, came to Keewatin at a time of turmoil and with his calm and diplomatic manner turned the engineering operation into a productive, educational asset that serves Keewatin well, runs smoothly and has a happy crew. Gerry, who resided in Coldwater, leaves his wife, a son and daughter. He will be sadly missed by the many volunteers who worked with him. At the request of family the funeral will be a small family gathering with a celebration of life event to be held at a later date.

Friends of Keewatin

 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 11

On this day in 1923, the HENRY STEINBRENNER of 1901 collided with the J. McCARTNEY KENNEDY at 4:20 p.m. off Parisienne Island, Whitefish Bay. The accident occurred during thick, smoky weather and both boats were severely damaged.

MEDINA (wooden propeller tug, 66 foot, 57 gross tons) was launched by O'Grady & Maher at Buffalo, New York on October 11, 1890. She cost $12,000.

Quebec & Ontario Transportation's b.) 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, Louisiana, to Mexican and Caribbean Island ports. Subsequently she was renamed d.) OCEANVIEW in 1988, e.) SEA DIAMOND in 1989, f.) GOLDEN CREST in 1990, g.) ATLANTIC WOOD in 1991, h.) LONDON FURY in 1994 and i.) DONG SHENG in 1995. Cleveland Tankers’ MERCURY scraped the South Grand Island Bridge in the Niagara River in heavy fog on October 11, 1974. Her forward mast snapped off, the amidships mast was tilted and her smoke stack was toppled. She proceeded after the mishap to G&W Welding at Cleveland, Ohio under her own power for repairs. Upper Lakes Shipping's WHEAT KING, under tow, arrived at Chittagong Roads, Bangladesh on October 11, 1989, to be broken up.

In 1911, the rail ferry CHIEF WAWATAM arrived at St. Ignace, Michigan, and began service shortly thereafter.

On 11 October 1913, THOMAS H. CAHOON (3 mast wooden schooner-barge, 166 foot, 431 gross tons, built in 1881, at E. Saginaw, Michigan) 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 October 11, 1839, DEWITT CLINTON (wooden passenger/package freight side-wheeler, 147 foot, 413 tons, 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 October 11, 1866, GREAT WEST (wooden 3-mast bark, 175 foot, 765 tons, built in 1854, at Buffalo, New York) 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.

1923: The canal-sized steamer GLENGELDIE, enroute from Killarney to Welland with a cargo of quartz rock, hit bottom in Georgian Bay and had to be towed to Collingwood for over $15,000 in repairs to the starboard side. The ship later sailed for Canada Steamship Lines as b) ELGIN.

1924: SENATOR DARBYSHIRE, a wooden bulk carrier upbound and in ballast, was destroyed by a fire on Lake Ontario, and sank near Point Petre Light. The crew fought the early morning blaze but eventually had to abandon the ship and was picked up by MAPLEBAY. Capt. J.W. Scarrow was later a master for Canada Steamship Lines.

1942: WATERTON was lost due to enemy action in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The former Misener freighter, operating for the Bowater Steamship Co., was attacked with 2 torpedoes from U-106 and went down in the Cabot Strait in 8 minutes. All on board got off safely. The ship was traveling from Cornerbrook, NF, to Cleveland with newsprint and pulpwood.

1982: The Israeli freighter DAGAN made 18 trips to the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1967. It ran aground on Cay Sal Bank, north of Cuba, as f) CORK and was abandoned the next day as a total loss.

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

 

Lake Superior's high water causing headaches

10/10 - Duluth, Minn. – An incredibly wet year has helped push Lake Superior nearly a foot above its normal water level and inches from its record high level for this time of year while causing headaches for waterfront property owners around the big lake.

So much rain has been falling across the region that Lake Superior actually went up an inch in September, a month it usually drops an inch or more.

The big lake was more than 11 inches above its average level for Oct. 1, more than 4 inches above the level at this time in 2016 and is just 2 inches short of the all-time September high set in 1985, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data.

The current level is 2 feet above the water levels listed on official lake maps and charts. The high water level is made greater at times by the lake's mysterious sloshing, both large seiches and smaller oscillations that can change water levels by 6 inches or more in a matter of minutes.

Worse yet are strong winds that can pile water up on one end of the lake "especially during the upcoming November and December periods of strong lake storms,'' said Gene Clark, coastal engineering specialist with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant program. Those gales of November could lead to a "very damaging scenario" along the lakeshore.

The higher-than-normal trend started in 2014 and will last at least into 2018, data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show. The lake was higher in both 1986 and 1996, but neither of those high-water periods lasted as long as the current above-normal period.

The situation will improve over winter as the lake level drops, part of an annual cycle that bottoms out every April before heading back up, peaking in August. (The lake's all-time low hit in April 1926. The all-time high was in August 1986.)

But if water levels remain above normal all winter, and 2018 turns out to be another wet year, record highs are within reach next summer.

Residents along Park Point already have had hoses and PVC pipe running from their basements or sumps out toward the street, pumps running almost constantly to remove water that's percolating up through the sand that underlays the entire spit of land. On many days, there's simply no place for that water to go. The water table is so high that water from the bay percolates into the storm sewer system and comes out the storm drains.

"It's doing the opposite of what storm drains are supposed to do. It's giving us more water, not taking it away,'' McLoughlin said.

City of Duluth engineers say the near-record Lake Superior water level also is causing problems with the sanitary sewer system that moves sewage off Park Point and into the city's collection system. Too much water percolating up has spurred raw sewage overflows along Minnesota Avenue, the city said last week. City crews are planning to re-line parts of the Park Point sewer pipe, and the city is working with residents to make sure they aren't pumping clean water into the sewage system.

Great Lakes forecasters for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers say they expect the big lake to continue trending higher than normal into 2018 and that there's a chance it will remain near all-time monthly highs early next year.

"Our forecast stays pretty well above average for the next six months, between 8 and 11 inches above average,'' Lauren Fry, a hydrologist in the Corps' Detroit District office, told the News Tribune. "We are not forecasting any record monthly highs during the next six months, but that depends on the water supply."

That water supply was 27 percent above average in September. In Duluth, more than 30 inches of rain has fallen this year. That's more than 8 inches above normal, a nearly 30 percent surplus. Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. is up 5.5 inches above normal rainfall for the year with Marquette up more than 4 inches.

The current high water trend may seem even higher because it follows a drastically low-water cycle that bottomed out in 2007 with record monthly low levels set in August and September.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control has ordered more water dumped out of the big lake's outlet. But the board has to balance upstream interests and downstream interests. People downstream on the Great Lakes don't want too much water, either, especially after Lake Ontario saw all-time record highs and damaging flooding earlier this year.

So much water is being released out of the lake into the St. Marys River that the International Lake Superior Board of Control last week warned anglers and people who use hiking trails near the river to be aware of rapidly-rising and fast-moving water and possible flooding near the river.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  October 10

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
America arrived from anchor off the Duluth harbor at sunrise on Monday morning, and docked in the Riverland Ag slip to load wheat. American Century was inbound during the evening to load coal at Midwest Energy. In Superior, Frontenac arrived just after midnight Thursday morning to load at BN, and was outbound by mid-morning. Burns Harbor shifted to the dock from Lakehead Pipeline and began loading. Algoma Guardian was at anchor off Superior waiting for the dock. USCG cutter Hollyhock departed, her refit at Fraser Shipyards complete.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 8th at 23:35, Algowood departed for Hamilton. On Monday at 13:50 Spruceglen departed for Sorel.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker departed Two Harbors Sunday night at 23:13 for Indiana Harbor. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived Two Harbors at 01:11 and departed 08:39 for Detroit. Scheduled for Tuesday in Two Harbors is the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Monday and none scheduled for Tuesday.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Monday included Joseph L. Block, Whitefish Bay, Lee A. Tregurtha, Indiana Harbor, Roger Blough and, after dark, Federal Yoshino and Edgar B. Speer. Downbound traffic included Paul R. Tregurtha and Algowood.

Port Inland, Mich.
Kaye E. Barker loaded stone on Monday evening.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Alpena left for Alpena, Mich., at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest left for Milwaukee at 8 a.m. Sunday. Kaye E. Barker arrived in Green Bay at mid-day Sunday, and departed onto the bay at about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Algoma Transport, Federal Weser and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Wilfred Sykes was at Indiana Harbor. Torrent, Algoway and Fuldaborg were at docks on the Calumet River.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - (anchored) - Oct 6 - Sten Hidra (Nor) at 2047 and Oct 8 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0334 and Oct 9 - CSL Assiniboine at 1056- docked - Oct 7 - Algosea at 1001 and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1453 Oct 9 at 0216 - departures - Oct 8 - Algosea at 2131 for Sarnia - Oct 9 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0208 for the canal

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 9 - Brant (Cyp) at 2030, Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 0550, Algoma Strongfield at 0943, Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1436, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1600 and Robert S. Pierson at 1931

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0632, Stephen B. Roman at 0906, Tecumseh at 1010, CSL Welland at 1145 and H. Lee White at 1300

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Oct 8 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1954 - departed - Oct 9 early morning for Bowmanville

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchorages - Oct 9 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0503 and Brant (Cyp) at 0654 - departures Oct 9 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0719 and Brant (Cyp) at 1648

Port Weller anchorage:
Departure - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1620 approximately

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 9 - Tim S. Dool at approximately 2100 - docked - Oct 6 - Federal Baltic (Cyp) shifted berths at 2040 to 25-S Richardsons - Oct 9 - CSL Laurentien at 0506, Algoma Olympic at 0609

Bronte (Oakville):
Anchored - Oct 7 - Algocanada at 1734 - departed anchorage Oct 8 1416 - docked at 1419 - departed dock Oct 9 at 1829 - back to the anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrival (to the anchorage) - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1832

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 5 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1454 - Oct 7 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1532 - departures - Oct 8 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 1015 eastbound and Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1223 for Cleveland

 

DEQ to hold hearing on plans to dig marina out of Lake Michigan dunes

10/10 - Saugatuck Township, Mich. – The state is holding a public hearing on a developer's plans to dig a boat marina out of the dunes along Lake Michigan near Saugatuck.

The plans for the 300-acre dune property have reignited a debate between conservationists and developers over use of private land on the north side of the Kalamazoo River on Lake Michigan. The land was formerly owned by the late oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon.

The land is now in the hands of Jeff Padnos, who is pursuing a home and marina development called North Shores of Saugatuck. Working with local developer Brian Bosgraaf, Padnos' plans call for 23 homes to be built around a 6.54-acre marina basin.

There are also seven home sites on Lake Michigan and eight home sites Kalamazoo River that have been listed for sale to date. Prices range from $1.5 million to $2.95 million.

Read more and view the plans at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/10/deq_to_hold_hearing_on_plans_t.html

 

Help a local non profit with your vote

10/10 - There’s an outstanding, local non-profit organization that could really use your vote. Troy Historic Village, in Troy, Michigan, is an historical museum and park that educates visitors of all ages on early pioneer life (including maritime history) of, in, and around the metro Detroit area. The museum recently had author and fellow BoatNerd Bruce Lynn present a program on the Edmund Fitzgerald to just under 100 people at one of their gatherings. They also have author and photographer John Wagner coming on November 30 for a Michigan lighthouses presentation.

Let’s help this fellow historical non-profit out: Troy Historic Village is competing with other Oakland County non-profit groups for funding from Bank of Ann Arbor in its Birminghelps campaign. They are currently in 9th place, but with more votes they could make it into the top 5 and obtain $10,000 in funds, which will by matched by another agency. That money will be used to continue and add more youth and adult educational programs. Please vote today through Thursday (the 12th). It’s easy and quick. All you need is an e-mail address (which they will not share with anyone), and you don’t have to opt in to any emails. The link to vote is http://wshe.es/lom2xims

For more information on Troy Historic Village and its programs, visit www.TroyHistoricVillage.org

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 10

On this day in 1891, the SUSAN E. PECK collided with the schooner GEORGE W. ADAMS above the Soo Locks. The PECK, loaded with wheat for Buffalo, sank in a matter of minutes and completely blocked the navigation channel. General Orlando M. Poe, in charge of the Soo Locks, estimated that 275 boats lost an estimated 825 days and 5 hours waiting for the wreck to be cleared.

On this day in 1956, two F-86 Saber Jets collided over Lake Michigan. The ERNEST T. WEIR, Captain Ray R. Redecker, rescued one of the pilots (Lt. Kenneth R. Hughes) after he spent three hours in the water. ARTHUR M. ANDERSON, WILLIAM A. IRVIN and GEORGE W. PERKINS participated in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the second pilot.

On October 10, 1902, GARDEN CITY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 133 foot, 352 gross tons, built in 1873, at Ogdensburg, New York) caught fire on the Saginaw River between Bay City and Saginaw while sailing up the river for winter lay-up. She sank four miles above Bay City near the old interurban railroad bridge.

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, New York. She was rebuilt with a new forebody at Port Weller Drydocks and renamed b.) CSL ASSINIBOINE in 2005.

BROOKDALE of 1909 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 at Port Maitland, Ontario.

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

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

HULL NO 1, b.) KINSMAN ENTERPRISE, 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 October 10, 1905, CHARLES H. BURTON (3 mast wooden schooner, 158 foot, 514 gross tons, built in 1873, at Bangor, Michigan) was carrying coal in a storm in Lake Erie when she was driven ashore 4 1/2 miles east of Barcelona, New York 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 foot, 409 gross tons, built in 1867, at Trenton, Michigan) 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 p.m. on 10 October 1878.

On 10 October 1877, ABEONA (wooden scow-schooner, 100 tons, 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 foot, 250 tons, built in 1847, at Pillar Point, New York) stranded and went to pieces north of False Presque Isle on Lake Huron. Salvage attempts only retrieved her anchor and chain.

1923: HURONTON, a Canadian freighter, sank in Lake Superior off Caribou Island following a collision on the foggy lake with the CETUS. The vessel went down in 800 feet of water in 18 minutes but all on board were rescued.

1927: MICHIPICOTEN, of the Owen Sound Transportation Co., was destroyed by a fire at Gore Bay, on Manitoulin Island.

1963: The wooden freighter VAUQUELIN caught fire and sank in the St. Lawrence northeast of Quebec City off Cap Saumon. The vessel had previously sailed as a) LA RIVIERE MALBAIE.

1969: The T-2 tanker CARIBBEAN SKY visited the Seaway for 3 trips in 1960-1961 before being converted to a bulk carrier. The engine exploded and disintegrated during dock trials after repairs at Antwerp, Belgium, as f) LAKE PLACID, with the loss of one life. The hull settled but was pumped out and declared a CTL. It was towed to Rotterdam in 1971, repaired and returned to service as g) GARANDA. The after end again proved to be troublesome and was cut off and scrapped. The bow was joined to after end of the Panamanian tanker AKRON and the ship returned to service under this name. It was finally dismantled in Pakistan during 1981.

1987: The wheat-laden WILLOWGLEN went aground on the north side of Ogden Island in the St. Lawrence. The ship was released on October 13 and later went to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit arrived Duluth early Sunday morning and made a stop at Calumet for fuel before shifting down to Superior to load at Burlington Northern. Great Lakes Trader loaded at CN throughout the day, and was expected to depart during the evening. America, the former Flinter America and now operated by Wagenborg, was at anchor off Duluth. Burns Harbor remained at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior, and Frontenac was on the hook off the Superior entry waiting for American Spirit to complete loading.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Saturday, October 8 at 2:53, the Saginaw arrived at Superior Elevator to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of the James R. Barker on Sunday at 03:40. As of 20:30 she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors early Monday morning is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sunday and there is no traffic scheduled on Monday.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Saturday included American Century, Algoma Guardian and, late, Cedarglen and Sharon M 1/barge. Saltie Coe Leni was inbound at DeTour around 10 p.m. Downbounders included Algoma Discovery, Baie St. Paul and James L. Kuber/Victory.

Cedarville, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was loading stone Sunday.

Port Inland, Mich.
Sam Laud was loading stone Sunday night.

Charlevoix, Mich.
After being delayed by weather, Whitefish Bay was in to unload Sunday, departing in the evening for Superior.

Manistee, Mich.
After being delayed by weather, Great Republic was unloading coal on Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Algoma Transport and Federal Weser were at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Torrent, Michipicoten and Fuldaborg were at docks on the Calumet River.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 unloaded cargo at Lafarge on Friday. Also coming into port on Friday afternoon to unload product was the tug Sharon M 1 and a barge. The Manitowoc tied up at the Alpena Oil Dock on a breezy Saturday night to unload road salt. The Alpena returned on Sunday night to load cement at Lafarge.

Detroit, Mich.
Her sticky cargo of slag finally unloaded after nearly two weeks, Philip R. Clarke was upbound in the Detroit River Sunday night.

Toledo, Ohio
Thunder Bay was loading grain Saturday. Joseph H. Thompson was also in port and Calumet was inbound in the mid-evening for the Torco dock.

Cleveland, Ohio
John J. Boland, Iryda, English River, Herbert C. Jackson, Buffalo and Stephen B. Roman were in port Sunday. The Roman departed in the evening.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - (anchored) - Oct 6 - Sten Hidra (Nor) at 2047 and Oct 8 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0334 - docked - Oct 7 - Algosea at 1001 and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1453

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 9 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0058, Algoma Harvester at 0838, Algoma Enterprise at 0715, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1523, Evans Spirit at 1750 and Brant (Cyp) at 2030

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Oct 7 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1855 approximately, G3 Marquis at 2022, Robert S. Pierson at 2320 - Oct 8 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0505, CSL St. Laurent at 0947 and CSL Laurentien at 1503

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1954

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 8 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0520 departed anchorage at 1231

Hamilton:
Arrival - Oct 7 - Algoma Olympic at 0033, Algoma Enterprise at 1207 - docked - Sep 28 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0909 - Oct 6 - Federal Baltic (Cyp) shifted berths at 2040 to 25-S Richardsons - departed - Oct 8 - Algoma Enterprise at 0448, Barnacle (Cyp) at 0517 for Ghent Belgium and Algoma Olympic at 1009

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrival - anchored - Oct 7 - Algocanada at 1734

Toronto:
Arrival - docked - Oct 5 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1454

 

Vessels seek shelter from Lake Michigan storm

10/8 - Algoway, Whitefish Bay and Cason J. Callaway were anchored in the lee of the land just east of St. Ignace, Mich., Saturday afternoon waiting for gale-force winds on Lake Michigan to subside. Great Republic was stopped just west of the bridge. Joseph L. Block, bound for Port Inland where there was another vessel ahead of her, was anchored a few miles to the NE in Good Harbor Bay. Edwin H. Gott had been anchored in Sleeping Bear Bay near Glen Arbor, however she resumed her trip for Gary in the evening.

 

Sault, Ont., City Council to debate removal of Norgoma

10/8 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – A 67-year-old package freighter that's been rusting on the Sault waterfront since 1975 is back on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont ., City Council. Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Shoemaker and Ward 4's Rick Niro say the current high water level may provide an opportunity to remove the Norgoma from Roberta Bondar Marina without costly dredging.

As SooToday reported last month, Mayor Chrisrian Provenzano has served notice that he wants the Norgoma moved out of the marina and out of downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Councllors Shoemaker and Niro also want the city to look into improvements to the Bondar marina.

Options for removing the Norgoma from the Bondar Marina, including the cost of removal, where the ship will be brought, and options for what can be done with the ship on a permanent basis and potential funding sources to achieve this will be discussed at the meeting.

SooToday

 

Port Reports -  October 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth on Saturday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy. Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort were expected during the evening to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. Burns Harbor remained at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior taking a delay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Friday the 6th Spruceglen arrived and went to anchor. On Saturday at 15:06 Algoma Discovery departed for Port Cartier, shortly after Spruceglen weighed anchor and moved to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. 21:48 Algowood arrived at G3 to load grain.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the Presque Isle depart Friday at 23:27 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors Saturday was the Baie St. Paul at 02:48 and she departed approx. 11:55 for Nanticoke. Due Two Harbors Sunday morning is the James R. Barker. Northshore Mining has no traffic scheduled on Sunday. The Mesabi Miner did depart Silver Bay Friday at 21:00.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a rainy Saturday included CSL Assiniboine, Great Republic (for Manistee), Calumet, H. Lee White (for Quebec City), CSL Welland, Tecumseh, American Integrity and Mesabi Miner. Upbounders included James L. Kuber/Victory and Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort. Mississagi was loading at Drummond Island and departed downbound in the evening.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Manitowoc departed Saturday morning for Alpena with salt.

Toledo – Huron, Ohio
The saltie Labrador arrived Saturday morning. Algoma Strongfield is nearing Quebec City with a reported eta of Tuesday the 10th for Toledo. John G. Munson, with a load of stone for Huron, was due there in the early afternoon.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 6 - Algosea at 1500 and Sten Hidra (Nor) at 2047 - docked Oct 5 - Algoscotia at 0148, Oct 6 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0812 - Oct 7 - Algosea at 1001, Sten Idun (Gib) at 1453 - departures - Oct 7 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1544 for Montreal and Algoscotia at 0439 for Montreal

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Oct 6 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1544, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0103, Stephen B. Roman at 0746, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1018, Golden Oak (ex Marida Margueritre-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 1230, Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1450, Algocanada at 1600 and Cuyahoga at 1730

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Fivelborg (Nld) at 0459, Algoscotia at 0815, Ebroborg (Nld) at 1520, Robert S. Pierson at 1730, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1740, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1849 and G3 Marquis at 2000

Hamilton:
Arrival - Oct 7 - Algoma Olympic at 0033, Algoma Enterprise at 1207 - docked - Sep 28 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0909 - Oct 1 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1747 and Oct 6 (correction) Federal Baltic (Cyp) shifted berths at 2040 to 25-S Richardsons - docked - Oct 6 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0317 and tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1707 - departures - Oct 6 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2152 for Sandusky - Oct 7 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 0718

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrival - Oct 6 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0859 - departure Oct 7 at 1655 for Montreal - anchored - Oct 7 - Algocanada at 1734

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 6 -Algoma Enterprise at 0538 - departed at 2108 to anchor off Clarkson - anchored 2110 - departed 2145 for Hamilton

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 7 - Cuyahoga at 0139 - departed - 1559 for the canal - docked - Oct 5 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1454.

 

Why Ottawa yanked a Coast Guard ship out of $4M refit

10/8 - Hamilton, Ont. – The Government of Canada is pulling the plug on the much-delayed refit of the venerable Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson. CBC News has learned the Coast Guard towed the Hudson out of an Ontario shipyard Friday with the $4-million refit unfinished.

The ocean science research ship arrived at Heddle Marine in Hamilton, Ont., in December 2016 for maintenance work that was supposed to be completed in May. The Coast Guard won't say what went wrong and can't say when the ship will be back in service.

"The Canadian Coast Guard and Public Services and Procurement Canada have worked closely with Heddle Marine to manage delays in the scheduled maintenance of the CCGS Hudson, and to bring her back into service in a reasonable time frame. Despite those efforts, the work has not been completed," spokesperson Vance Chow said in an emailed response to questions from CBC News.

On Friday, the 91-metre ship was towed across Hamilton Harbor to the Canada Centre for Inland Waters — a federal facility in Burlington — "to await the completion of the maintenance work required before she can return to service." The Coast Guard says new timelines for the ship's return to service are currently under review.

The refit included overhauling the superstructure and masts, blasting and recoating the hull, replacing steel and repairing the rudder.

When CBC News revealed the refit delays in August, the company said it had been instructed by the Coast Guard not to discuss the situation. Heddle Marine spokesperson Shaun Padulo emailed a short statement in response to CBC News inquiries on Friday about the end of the refit.

"Although there were a number of challenges faced during the dry docking of the CCGS Hudson which led to delays in the completion of the work, Canada has accepted all of the completed work," Padulo wrote.

The Coast Guard has not responded to a request to explain the nature of the refit delay, how much work remains on the refit or who will pay.

In an update to employees via email this week the department said it is unclear what impact the ship's "sitting around for so long" will have on completing the final stages of the refit.

The delay has already forced the cancellation of scientific cruises scheduled for the storied Hudson, which is Canada's premier marine research vessel. The 54-year-old workhorse was supposed to be replaced several years ago, but that too has been delayed.

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 8

On 08 October 1871, PHILO PARSONS (wooden side-wheel steamer, 221 tons, built in 1861, at Algonac, Michigan) burned to a total loss in the great Chicago fire. She burned so completely that her remains were not located in the Chicago River until 1877. She was the vessel commandeered by Confederate raiders in a plot to capture the iron gunboat U.S.S. MICHIGAN on Lake Erie during the American Civil War. The Chicago fire destroyed many fine vessels while they were docked in the harbor. These included the new propeller NAVARINO, 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.

The keel was laid October 8, 1976, for the 660-foot forward section of the BURNS HARBOR, but was completed as b.) LEWIS WILSON FOY for the Bethlehem Steel Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Purchased by Oglebay Norton and renamed c.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991, and d.) AMERICAN INTEGRITY in 2006.

The MATHEWSTON (Hull#47) entered service on October 8, 1922. On her maiden voyage she sailed from Port Arthur, Ontario with 11,634 tons of barley and wheat. Renamed b.) RALPH S. MISENER in 1954 and c.) MATHEWSTON again in 1967. Scrapped at Vado, Italy in 1970.

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

WILLIAM G. MATHER arrived on October 8, 1988, in tow of the Great Lakes Towing Co. 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 foot, 1,761 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio as a propeller bulk freighter) was carrying coal, in tow of the steamer GLADSTONE, bound for Superior, Wisconsin. 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 foot, 1,095 gross tons, built in 1853, at Newport, Michigan) 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 October 8, 2000 the tug UNDAUNTED and barge PERE MARQUETTE 41 departed Calumet Harbor loaded with pig iron for Marinette, Wis., under favorable conditions and were later caught by the heavy weather. During the storm, the 5,000 tons of pig iron and the barge's four pieces of heavy loading equipment were washed into Lake Michigan. Both the tug and barge suffered damage in the incident.

1899: The tug RECORD sank at Duluth after a collision with the whaleback steamer JAMES B. NEILSON and one life was lost.

1906: The barge PASADENA, loaded with iron ore for Cleveland and under tow of the steamer GLADSTONE, was cut loose approaching the Keweenaw Waterway. The anchors fail to hold. The ship smashed into the east pier of the waterway and broke up on the rocks. Seven sailors were rescued but two were lost.

1964: A fire aboard West German-flag freighter ERATO at Detroit left two dead when they were trapped in their stern quarters. Another three sailors were injured. The 2-alarm blaze was brought under control and the ship was eventually repaired at Toledo. It arrived at Bombay, India, and laid up as d) VIJAYA DARSHANA on May 26, 1983, and eventually scrapped there beginning in May 1986.

1971: DIDO went aground leaving Goole, U.K. for Porsgrunn, Norway, but returned to Goole the next day after being refloated. The 22-year-old Norwegian freighter was listed as a total loss and sold for scrap. It was taken to Hull, U.K., a year later and dismantled. The ship had been a pre-Seaway trader as early as 1951 and made 14 voyages to the Great Lakes from 1959 through 1963.

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

 

Lake Michigan gale watch issued, Coast Guard urges caution

10/7 - Cleveland, Ohio The Coast Guard is urging caution across the waters of Lake Michigan due to potentially hazardous weather conditions throughout the weekend. A gale watch has been issued for Lake Michigan beginning Friday morning and extending through late Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a gale watch is issued when the risk of gale force winds of 39 to 54 mph has significantly increased but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans.

People visiting the waters of Lake Michigan should exercise caution while the gale watch remains in effect. It is also advised to stay off rocks, jetties and piers, as high waves and heavy surf can unexpectedly sweep a person into the water.

Always check the weather forecast before recreating on or near the water. Staying aware of weather conditions could easily save your life. Even after hazardous weather patterns have moved through the area, it can still take an additional day for lake conditions to calm.

USCG

 

Badger cancels Saturday crossings due to weather

10/7 - Ludington, Mich. – In the best interest of passenger comfort and safety, Lake Michigan Carferry has cancelled the Badger's crossings for Saturday, October 7.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast for Saturday is as follows: South gales to 40 kt becoming southwest gales to 35 kt by late afternoon. Showers throughout the day with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Waves 10 to 14 ft occasionally to 18 ft.

Lake Michigan Carferry will resume normal operations for Sunday, October 8, departures.

Lake Michigan Carferry

 

Port Reports -  October 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
H. Lee White departed Duluth at sunrise Friday morning for Quebec City after loading iron ore pellets. At the Burlington Northern Dock in Superior, Stewart J. Cort loaded throughout the day Friday, and was outbound during the evening. Burns Harbor arrived and docked at Lakehead Pipeline to take a delay before shifting to BN to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday October 6th at 18:54 CSL Welland departed. Her destination is currently unknown. At 19:30 Tecumseh departed for Sorel. At 21:03 Algoma Discovery moved back to the Richardson Main Terminal to resume loading.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the American Integrity Friday at 07:55 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors at 08:09 was the Presque Isle. As of 20:30 she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors early Saturday is the Baie St. Paul. Northshore Mining saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner at 00:30 on Friday. As of 20:30 she was still at the loading dock, but her AIS is showing a destination of Cleveland. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Saturday.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Joseph H. Thompson and Calumet loaded ore at LS&I on Friday.

St. Marys River
Fog delayed the upbound Paul R. Tregurtha and downbound Roger Blough Friday morning. CSL St-Laurent and Michipicoten were downbound around noon. Edwin H. Gott followed in the late afternoon, with Walter J. McCarthy Jr. downbound late. Upbound traffic in the afternoon consisted of Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader, Hon. James L. Oberstar and, late, Algowood, Ameican Spirit and the saltie America.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Alpena arrived in the Fox River about 10:30 Friday morning with cement from its namesake city. Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest were expected Friday afternoon from Charlevoix.

Waukegan, Ill. – Paul Erspamer
Sam Laud arrived off Waukegan after 3 p.m. on Friday with a cargo from Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio.

Southern Lake Michigan
American Century was at Indiana Harbor Friday night. Algosteel and American Mariner arrived at Burns Harbor. Saltie Torrent was up the Calumet River at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Lake Ontario departed on Friday afternoon. Algoway moved in order for her to clear, then moved back and resumed loading salt at Sifto. Manitowoc was waiting offshore to take the dock from the Algoway.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
John D. Leitch passed under the Charles Berry Bridge Friday around 7:30 a.m headed for Jonick Dock and Terminal to unload coke breeze.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (anchored) - Oct 6 - Algosea at 1500 and Sten Hidra (Nor) at approximately 1950 - docked Oct 5 - Algoscotia at 0148, Oct 6 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0812

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Oct 5 - COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-14 Marselisborg-12) at 1722 Labrador (Cyp) at 0347, Sten Hidra (Nor) at 0516. Cedarglen at 0758, English River at 0808, Algoma Guardian at 1310, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1344, CSL Niagara at 1414 and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1544.

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Algoma Mariner at 0627, Algoma Olympic at 0750, Cuyahoga at 0830, Baie Comeau at 1000 and Algoma Equinox at 1115

Welland Canal docks:
Docked: COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-14 Marselisborg-12) - Oct 6 arrived early morning at wharf 12 to unload - departed mid-afternoon for Cleveland .

Hamilton:
Docked - Sep 28 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0909 - Oct 1 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1747 - Oct 5 - Ojibway at 1430, Capt Henry Jackman at 1431, Algoma Guardian at 2025 and CSL Niagara at 2226 - Oct 6 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0317 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1707. Departures - Oct 6 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0114 for Toledo, Capt Henry Jackman at 0533 for Bowmanville, Algoma Guardian at 1116 for Sarnia and CSL Niagara at 1159 for Superior, Ojibway at 1653 for Sorel and Federal Baltic (Cyp) later this evening

Bronte (Oakville):
Arrival: Oct 6 - Bro Anna at 0859

Clarkson:
Arrival: Algoma Enterprise at 0538

Toronto:
Docked: Oct 5 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1454

 

Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connections reported as a Casualty or Sold for Demolition

10/7 - The following information taken from the October 2017 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None reported
Demolitions
Jaohar Aminah (8606264; Cook Islands) BSLE Pacific-16, Nordana Olivia-10, Long Song-08, Nippon-97, CPC Nippon-96 - 1st trip into Seaway 1992, Conti Nippon-87 - 1st trip into Seaway 1986 - 6,500 / 1986 - general cargo. By Vittorio Bogazzi & Figlii SpA (Lyndon Marine Ltd), Italy to Shital Ispat P Ltd), India and arrived Alang 10.03.2017 - commenced demolition 16/03/2017

Kanuni (8418734; Cook Islands) Ziemia Gornoslaska-13 - 1st trip into Seaway 2003, Lake Charles-03 - 1st trip into Seaway 1992, Ziemia Gornoslaska-91 17,427 / 1990 bulk carrier - By Emrtrans Maritime & Trade Co Ltd (Emiroglu Deniz Nakliyati ve Ticaret Ltd Sti), Cook Islands to Bangladesh breakers and arrived Chittagong 12/03/2017 - commenced 16/03/2017

Yamak Junior (8308769; Sierra Leone) Stevens Pearl-12, Diana Scan-09, Stevns Pearl-05 - 1st trip into Seaway 1996, CPC Hollandia-95 - 1st trip into Seaway 1992, Conti Hollandia-87 - 1st trip into Seaway 1984 - 4,366 / 1984 general cargo. By Eman Shipping Ltd (Kalesya Shipping Ltd; Marshall Islands, to Shanti Ship Breakers Pvt Ltd, India and arrived Alang 21/03/2017 - commenced demolition 28/03/2017

Submitted by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 7

On October 7, 1968, the NORMAN P. CLEMENT was damaged in a grounding off Britt, Ontario. The Canadian boat was towed to Collingwood for repairs. However, while in dry dock, an explosion occurred on October 16 that injured 11 workers and further damaged the hull. Rather than repair her, the owners had the CLEMENT towed out into Georgian Bay where she was intentionally sunk on October 23, 1968.

On this day in 1939, the E. G. MATHIOTT collided with the steamer CORVUS on the St. Clair River. Damage to the CORVUS totaled $37,647.70.

On this day in 1958, the WALTER E. WATSON, Captain Ralph Fenton, rescued the sailing vessel TAMARA on Lake Huron.

On October 7, 1871, GEM (wooden schooner, 120 foot, 325 tons, built in 1853, at Buffalo, New York) was sailing up bound in a storm on Lake Erie with a load of coal. She began to leak and was run to shore in an effort to save her. However, she went down before reaching shoal water and settled with six feet of water over her decks.

ALGOWOOD was launched October 7, 1980, at Collingwood, Ontario, for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

PAUL THAYER was launched October 7, 1973, for the Union Commerce Bank Trustee, Cleveland, Ohio 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. Renamed b.) EARL W. OGLEBAY in 1995.

The WILLIAM MC LAUCHLAN (Hull#793) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co., on October 7, 1926, for the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) SAMUEL MATHER in 1966, c.) JOAN M. MC CULLOUGH in 1975 and d.) BIRCHGLEN in 1982. Scrapped at Sydney, Nova Scotia, in 1988.

BLACK RIVER, a lake bulk freighter, was 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 (Hull# 118).

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.

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

In 1903, ADVENTURE (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 108 foot, 142 gross tons, built in 1875, at Detroit, Michigan, as a schooner) caught fire while tied to the Kelleys Island Line & Transport Co. Dock. The blaze spread so quickly that those on board barely escaped. She was towed from Kelleys 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 October 7, 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 October 7,1873, the PULASKI was launched at the Archibald Muir yard on the Black River in Port Huron. Her dimensions were 136 feet x 26 feet x 11 feet, 349 gross tons. She was a three mast "full canaller", 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, Michigan.

On October 7, 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 near the Marine City Salt Works wharf."

1902: ANN MARIA hit a sandbar approaching Kincardine while inbound with a cargo of coal and broke up as a total loss. Four crew and a volunteer rescuer were reported lost.

1917: GEORGE A. GRAHAM was wrecked off Manitoulin Island, Georgian Bay, when the cargo shifted when turning in a storm. The ship ran for the safety of South Bay but stranded on the rocks. All on board were saved but the ship was a total loss.

1919: The wooden steamer HELEN TAYLOR was damaged by a fire in the pilothouse near Hessel, Mich., but was repaired.

1937: M & F DREDGE NO. 14, Hull 39 from the Collingwood shipyard, foundered in the St. Lawrence off Batiscan, QC as b) D.M. DREDGE NO. 14.

1956: The consort barge DELKOTE of the Hindman fleet was adrift for 9 hours in a Lake Superior storm with 13 on board and waves up to 20 feet. The ship had broken loose of the GEORGE HINDMAN but was picked up by the CAPT. C.D. SECORD.

1968: EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND, under tow for scrapping in Bilbao, Spain, broke in two about 400 miles southeast of St. John's, NF, and the bow sank. The stern was apparently retrieved and towed into Santander, Spain, for scrapping on October 28.

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

 

Funding for Soo’s Carbide Dock repairs may come from DOT grant

10/6 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Hoping to tap into the deep pockets of the federal government, the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission unanimously committed upwards of $3 million seeking to tie the needed repairs at the Carbide Dock with road improvements to E. Easterday Avenue.

City Engineer Linda Basista described the DOT TIGER as highly competitive and very, very difficult to get. “There are hundreds of applicants per year,” said Basista, adding the grants can award anywhere between $5 million and $25 million fueling the demand.

The projects that receive grant money under this program, Basista noted, are usually ones that deliver a high national or at least regional impact and she seemed optimistic that the Carbide Dock would serve as good leverage in the upcoming competition.

In the past, the dock has been used by passenger vessels, lake freighters needing repairs or inspection, and vessels unloading cargo such as salt. It was deemed unsafe late last year and closed to vessel and public use. A portion of the dock served as a popular public fishing pier.

The application, due Oct. 16, will request $13.24 million for the restoration of the Carbide Dock as well as road reconstruction on E. Easterday Avenue. Under the funding mechanism, federal funds cannot exceed 80 percent of the project costs — estimated to be approximately $17.6 million — requiring a 20 percent match.

The city currently has around $1.7 million earmarked for dock improvements and would need to come up with an additional $1.33 million to meet the 20 percent threshold should the DOT Tiger grant be awarded.

City Manager Oliver Turner added that if successful, the city would have until Sept. of 2020 to execute a contract for dock improvements and road reconstruction and a deadline of Sept. 2025 for completing this project.

Soo Evening News

 

Port Reports -  October 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth early Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. After discharging at Hallett #5, Great Republic departed at sunrise and dropped anchor off Duluth. She re-arrived during the afternoon, and headed to Midwest Energy where the McCarthy was finishing up. The McCarthy departed shortly thereafter. H. Lee White shifted to the CN dock from Lakehead Pipeline in Superior and began loading ore. She and the Great Republic were expected to be outbound before midnight Thursday night. CSL Assiniboine arrived in Superior early Thursday to load at BN. She was expected to depart during the evening. Stewart J. Cort was on the hook outside the harbor.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Thursday the 5th 1:37, Algoma Discovery arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load. At 7:24 Tecumseh arrived and went to anchor. CSL Welland arrived at 8:25 and proceeded to Viterra B to load grain. CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal at 17:12. Tecumseh weighed anchor at 17:12 and traded places with Algoma Discovery at the Richardson Main Terminal. Algoma Discovery went to anchor to wait for the balance of her load to arrive by rail from the west.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival Wednesday night of Edwin H. Gott at 20:54. She went to North of #2 lay-by. Roger Blough departed Thursday morning at 03:55 for Gary. The Gott shifted to the shiploader at 04:08 and departed at 13:20 for Gary. American Integrity arrived Two Harbors at 18:49 on Thursday. Due Two Harbors on Friday is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining will see Mesabi Miner arrive around midnight. There is no other scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Friday.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Thursday included Indiana Harbor, Lee A. Tregurtha, Mississagi (slag for Ludington), Ebroborg, Lee A. Tregurtha and Edgar B. Speer (late). Upbounders included Calumet (to Algoma), Burns Harbor, Joseph H. Thompson, Baie St. Paul and Spruceglen (late).

Charlevoix, Mich.
Thunder Bay paid an unusual visit to unload on Thursday. Whitefish Bay is due next.

Southern Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes departed Burns Harbor Thursday with a Muskegon destination. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor. The saltie America was at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Lake Ontario remained at the elevators on Thursday. Algoway was due in to load salt early on Friday.

Toledo, Ohio
Baie Comeau departed Anderson’s Thursday afternoon at the same time the tug Victory/James L. Kuber was heading in.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals docked - Oct 5 - Algoscotia at 0148, Frontenac at 0638 - docked - Oct 2 - Algoma Enterprise docked at 2118 - Oct 3 - and Sten Baltic (Nor) at 2252 - anchored - Oct 5 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) departed dock to anchor at 1544 and Frontenac departed dock at 0611 and anchored at 0638 - departures - Oct 5 - tug Genesis Victory & barge GM 6506 at 0129, Algoma Enterprise at 0717 for Sarnia, Sten Baltic (Nor) at 1403 for Sarnia and Frontenac at 1627 for Superior anchored for weather - Oct 4 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0512 - departed Oct 5 at 0021 for the canal

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Oct 4, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Sea Voyager-15, Saint Laurent-15 Sea Voyager-11 Cape May Light-09) at 2111. Oct 5, John D. Leitch at 0040, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c. Columbus-12) at 0157, Whitefish Bay at 0625, CSL Laurentien at 0640, Iryda (Cyp) at 1145, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-14 Marselisborg-12) at 1722

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals Oct 5, Capt Henry Jackman at 0023, Algoma Spirit at 0420, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0431, Algoma Guardian at 0504, CSL Niagara at 0602, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0756, Algoma Enterprise at 1409,Oakglen at 1530, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1751

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals Oct 4, Robert S. Pierson stopped at wharf 12 to unload at approximately 1635. Oct 5, Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17 at 1454

Hamilton:
Arrivals Oct 5, Ojibway at 1430, Algoma Guardian at 2025, CSL Niagara at 2210 approximately and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0320 approximately. Docked Sep 28, Labrador (Cyp) at 2128. Oct 1, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1747. Arrivals: Oct 3, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 2305. Oct 4, Barnacle (Cyp) departed anchorage to dock at 1805. Departures COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 1410 for Port Colborne and Labrador (Cyp) at approximately 2400 for the Canal

Toronto:
Arrival Oct 4 Stephen B. Roman at 1922 and Oct 5 Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1454. Departed Oct 4 Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c.Columbus-12) at 2219 for Windsor

 

GLMA hosts Women on the Water conference

10/6 - Traverse City, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capabilities Linda L. Fagen will be the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Women on the Water Conference hosted by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy's Women on the Water Cadet Club Oct. 26-28.

Maritime cadets (students) travel to Traverse City from the seven academies across the country for the opportunity to learn more about the unique career. A broad spectrum of maritime officers, human resource directors, industry representatives and government officials will participate as speakers, on panels and in workshops to assist future mariners with their professional development and career options.

The conference will include a video welcome from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and remarks from Maritime Administrator RADM Mark H. Buzby. GLMA will also host concurrent prospective student admissions sessions.

Women on the Water, (WOW) was founded at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in 2007 to support women entering the maritime industry and promote professionalism. Chapters now exist at academies from California to Canada. The conference rotates between academies.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy

 

Quebec port business at risk without new icebreakers, documents warn

10/6 - Ottawa, Ont. – Unless the federal government quickly updates its icebreaker fleet it could face considerable economic problems, including the port of Montreal losing container service to competitors in the U.S., according to internal documents viewed by Radio-Canada.

The documents prepared for the federal cabinet warn that Ottawa could pay a high price for not replacing the coast guard's aging icebreaking vessels — and that Quebec could bear the brunt of the cost.

The internal analysis says the ports of Montreal and Quebec City are at risk of being partly cut off in the winter months, with thousands of direct and indirect jobs at stake.

The document also warns that Quebec's maritime strategy, a flagship project for Premier Philippe Couillard, is on the line if Ottawa doesn't replace its aging icebreakers. The $9-billion plan aims to create 30,000 jobs by 2030.

Canada's newest icebreaking vessel is 30 years old. Its two heavy icebreakers were launched in 1968 and 1983 respectively. Heavy ice and a lack of reliable coast guard icebreakers have already caused significant delays in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and estuary. The document warns that in a competitive global marketplace these delays are "unacceptable" and maritime transport remains "the backbone" of trade.

John Holliday, president of Montreal's Lantic Sugar Ltd., which processes about 500,000 tonnes of raw sugar annually, said he depends on ships arriving from Brazil. "If this corridor is unreliable and the supply disrupted, it could have a catastrophic impact on our plant," he said in an interview in French with Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language service.

Holliday said the government needs to understand the risks and the responsibility to invest.A 2016 independent report for Transport Canada also flagged issues with the country's coast guard fleet, saying it is understaffed, desperately in need of new ships and without political support.

It warned that coast guard icebreaking services in the Arctic are decreasing, while vessel traffic in the region is increasing. It blames the number of breakdowns on underfunding of maintenance by the previous Conservative government, and a general neglect by politicians in Ottawa.

Vancouver-based Seaspan Shipyards has been tapped to build replacement vessels for the coast guard, but work on a heavy icebreaker is not expected to get underway until 2020-21.

CBC

 

Shipwrecks and Scuba Symposium in Sandusky Oct. 21

10/6 - Sandusky, Ohio – Deep Sea Detective Richie Kohler will be the featured speaker at the annual Shipwrecks and Scuba Symposium at The Kalahari Resort on Oct. 21, 2017. Kohler who, along with John Chatterton, identified and researched the German World War II submarine U-869 which resulted in one of the most watched documentaries on public television. Kalahari extended their discount package, which includes four tickets to its water park. Tickets are still available for the 34th annual event, sponsored by the local dive club Bay Area Divers.

In addition to the evening banquet program, there will be daytime presentations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by local and out of state divers concerning topics of underwater adventures. For reservations and more information, go to www.shipwrecksandscuba.com.

Bay Area Divers

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 6

On October 6, 1893, DAVID STEWART (3-mast wooden schooner, 171 foot, 545 gross tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland, Ohio) foundered in a gale off Pigeon Bay, Ontario, on Lake Erie. She crew clung to the frozen rigging for 14 hours until saved by the fish tug LOUISE of Sandusky, Ohio. The STEWART was carrying iron ore at the time of her loss.

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, Ontario, on March 7, 1986.

The bow section of the barge PRESQUE ISLE arrived Erie, Pennsylvania, on October 6, 1972 under tow of the tugs MARYLAND and LAURENCE C. TURNER. The total cost to construct the tug/barge 1,000- footer was approximately $35 million.

October 6, 1981, the Reoch self-unloader ERINDALE's bow was damaged when she hit the Allanburg Bridge abutment running down bound in the Welland Canal. Built in 1915, as a.) W. F. WHITE, she was renamed b.) ERINDALE in 1976.

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. She was scrapped at Port Colborne in 1985.

This day in 1870, the schooner E. FITZGERALD was launched at the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard at Port Huron, Michigan. Her dimensions were 135 feet x 26 feet x 11 feet.

In 1875, the MERCHANT (iron propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 200 foot, 750 tons, built in 1862, at Buffalo, New York) 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 October 6, 1873, JOHN A. MC DOUGALL (wooden schooner-barge, 151 foot, 415 gross tons) was launched at Wenona, Michigan. She was built at the Ballentine yard in only five weeks.

On October 6, 1889, PHILO SCOVILLE (3-mast wooden schooner, 140 foot, 323 tons, built in 1863, at Cleveland, Ohio) 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.

1910: The wooden freighter MUSKEGON, formerly the PEERLESS, was damaged by a fire at Michigan City, IN and became a total loss.

1958: SHIERCLIFFE HALL hit bottom in the St. Marys River and was intentionally grounded off Lime Island with substantial damage. The ship was refloated and repaired at Collingwood.

1966: EMSSTEIN and OLYMPIC PEARL collided south of St. Clair, MI and the former had to be beached before it capsized. This West German freighter made 19 trips to the Great lakes from 1959 through 1967 and arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping as d) VIOLETTA on May 28, 1978. The latter, on her first trip to the Great Lakes, had bow damage and was also repaired. This ship arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping as b) AL TAHSEEN on May 6, 1985.

1972: ALGORAIL hit the pier inbound at Holland, MI with a cargo of salt and settled on the bottom about 12 feet off the dock with a gash in the port bow. The vessel was refloated in 24 hours and headed to Thunder Bay for repairs.

1982: CONTINENTAL PIONEER made 8 trips through the Seaway from 1960 through 1964. A fire broke out in the accommodation area as c) AGRILIA, about 20 miles north of Porto Praia, Cape Verde Islands and the heavily damaged ship was abandoned before it drifted aground in position 15.06 N / 23.30 W.

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

 

Port Reports -  October 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Ebroborg departed Duluth just after noon on Wednesday with a cargo of beet pulp pellets from Peavey. During the evening, Great Republic was inbound with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. H. Lee White arrived via the Superior entry mid-day Wednesday, and docked at Lakehead Pipeline to take a delay. Lee A. Tregurtha departed from Burlington Northern at about the same time, and was replaced at the dock by Michipicoten. She continued loading throughout the evening, and was expected to depart around midnight. CSL Assiniboine and Stewart J. Cort were at anchor off the Superior entry waiting for the dock. The USCG cutter Hollyhock was removed from the drydock after her refit and is now moored at Fraser Shipyards.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Algoma Equinox departed for Baie Comeau at 22:53. On Wednesday the 4th at 11:45 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of Edgar B. Speer at 06:32 Wednesday and she departed at 16:55 for Conneaut. Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors at 13:51 after being scheduled for BNSF #5. The Blough went to North of #2. Between 17:05-17:35 she shifted to the shiploader. Arriving off Two Harbors at 20:55 was the Edwin H. Gott. From AIS she appears to be inbound. Due Two Harbors on Thursday is the American Integrity. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of Indiana Harbor at 12:56 on Wednesday. Due Silver Bay late Thursday/early Friday is the Mesabi Miner.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Wednesday included Alpena, James R. Barker, Algoma Mariner, American Century, Wilfred M. Cohen/barge, Algoma Equinox and Kaye E. Barker late. Upbounders included CSL Welland, American Integrity, Tecumseh, Anglian Lady / barge and Mesabi Miner late. Mississagi spent the day at the Algoma export dock and was still there late.

Charlevoix, Mich.
CSL’s Thunder Bay paid an unusual visit to unload, arriving Wednesday night.

Manitowoc, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Undaunted / barge Pere Marquette 41 departed at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, bound for Alpena, Mich.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Leda finished unloading and departed onto Lake Michigan Tuesday evening for Detroit. Samuel de Champlain / barge Innovation arrived at Jones Island early Wednesday with cement from Alpena. Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest arrived from Grand Haven Wednesday at about 8 p.m. and moved to their terminal in the Kinnickinnic River. G.L. Ostrander / barge Integrity were expected from Alpena Thursday morning.

Southern Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes was in Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Saltie America was on the Calumet River. American Spirit was due late Wednesday at Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Lake Ontario remained at the elevators on Wednesday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival: Oct 3, Manitoulin at 1001; departed at 1810 approximately

Nanticoke:
Docked: Oct 2, Algoma Enterprise at 2118. Oct 3, tug Genesis Victory & barge GM 6506 at 1810 and Sten Baltic (Nor) at 2252. Anchored: Oct 3, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1530. Oct 4, Frontenac at 0014. Departures: Oct 3, CSL Niagara at 0756 for Sandusky, Algosea at 1759 for Sarnia. Oct 4, Baie St. Paul at 0421 for Marblehead. Anchored: Oct 4, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0512 for weather; bound Hamilton.

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Oct 3, G3 Marquis at 2000. Oct 4, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0240, Robert S. Pierson at 0326, Algoscotia at 0640, Icdas 09 (Mlt) at 1020, Algowood at 1200, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1300, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Sea Voyager-15, Saint Laurent-15 Sea Voyager-11 Cape May Light-09) at 2045 and Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c.Columbus-12), no time for departure.

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Oct 3, Chem Polaris (Lbr) t 2015, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0405, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1720, Algoma Spirit at 1945 and Capt. Henry Jackman at 2345

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals: Oct 3, wharf 16 – tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0706 (correction); departed Oct 3 at 2115 approximately for Courtwright. Oct 4, Robert S. Pierson stopped at wharf 12 to unload at approximately 1635

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored: Oct 2, Icdas 09 (Mlt) at 1002; departed Oct 4 at 0958 for Sarnia

Hamilton:
Arrivals: Oct 3, Algowood at 2252. Docked: Sep 28, Labrador (Cyp) at 2128. Oct 1, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1747. Arrivals: Oct 3, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12 ) at 2305. Oct 4, Barnacle (Cyp) departed anchorage to dock at 1805. Anchored: Oct 4, Three Rivers (Atg) departed dock and went out to anchorage approximately 1605. Ddepartures: Oct 3, Algowood at 1014 and Three Rivers (Atg) at 2009 for Montreal

Toronto:
Arrival: Oct 4, English River at 1245, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Sea Voyager-15, Saint Laurent-15 Sea Voyager-11 Cape May Light-09) at 0534 and Hamburg (Bhs) passenger vessel (ex c.Columbus- 12) at 0739 . Departed: Oct 4, English River at 0221 for Bath, Victory 1 (Bhs) at 1845 for the canal, tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 2002 for Bath and Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c.Columbus-12); no time for departure

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 5

September 5, 1899, the DOUGLASS HOUGHTON grounded at Sailors Encampment and sank when rammed by her barge, JOHN FRITZ. The HOUGHTON completely blocked St. Marys River traffic for five days. More than 300 boats were delayed at an estimated loss of $600,000.

On 05 September 1898, the MONTGOMERY (wooden schooner-barge, 204 foot, 709 tons, built in 1856, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan as a passenger/package freight steamer) sank in 21 feet of water on Lake St. Clair after colliding with the whaleback barge 137 (steel barge, 345 foot, 2,480 gross tons, built in 1896, at W. Superior, Wisconsin) which was being towed by the ALEXANDER McDOUGALL (steel propeller semi-whaleback freighter, 413 foot, 3,686 gross tons, built in 1898, at West Superior, Wisconsin). The MONTGOMERY was raised and repaired. She lasted another two years before breaking up in a storm in 1901.

CHI-CHEEMAUN completed her sea trials on September 5, 1974, and then cleared the Collingwood shipyard on September 26th.

BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS cleared Lorain on her maiden voyage September 5, 1942 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

J. P. MORGAN, JR. returned to service September 5, 1948, after repairs suffered in an accident in June.

NEW QUEDOC arrived at McLouth Steel, Trenton, Michigan, on her maiden voyage September 5, 1960, with a load of Labrador iron ore. Renamed b.) QUEDOC in 1963. QUEDOC was scrapped at Curacao Island, Lesser Antilles in 1985.

The WYANDOTTE of 1916, a.) CONNEAUT, was towed down the Welland Canal on September 5- 6, 1973, on her way to the cutter’s torch at Santander, Spain.

On 5 September 1905, ABERCORN (wooden propeller 'rabbit', 126 foot, 261 gross tons, built in 1873, at Marine City, Michigan) burned at the dock at Goderich, Ontario, while unloading coal. She reportedly caught fire from the explosion of a signal lamp.

The schooner CALEDONIA, wrecked the previous autumn near the Fishing Islands on Lake Huron, was raised and arrived in Port Huron, Michigan, on September 5, 1882, under tow to be rebuilt.

1896: The Canadian passenger ship BALTIC, built in 1867 as FRANCES SMITH, burned at the dock in Collingwood. The hull drifted to shallow water and remained there for several years.

1964: A. & J. MID-AMERICA, a Seaway caller in 1963, was driven ashore at Lantau Island near Hong Kong by typhoon Ruby. The vessel was refloated October 5 but came ashore again days later during typhoon Dot on October 13. Refloated October 21, the vessel returned to service and was scrapped as e) UNION TIGER at Inchon, South Korea, after arriving in April 1968.

1964: The former HEMSEFJELL, a pre-Seaway trader, was also blown aground at Hong Kong as d) PROSPERITY during typhoon Ruby but released on October 5. It was scrapped in Thailand during 1972.

1964: The three-year old bulk carrier LEECLIFFE HALL sank in the St. Lawrence, 65 miles below Quebec City, following a collision with the APOLLONIA. Efforts to beach the ship failed and three lives were lost. The hull was dynamited as a hazard to navigation in 1966. The latter, a Greek freighter, had been a Seaway trader in 1964 and was repaired at Levis, QC. The ship was scrapped at Shanghai, China, as c) MAYFAIR after arriving on May 3, 1985.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Jody L. Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Cliffs buys U.S. Steel out of Michigan mine

10/4 - Duluth, Minn. – Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. this week announced it was acquiring U.S. Steel’s 15 percent stake in the Tilden iron ore mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The $105 million purchase gives Cliffs 100 percent ownership of the operation. The company reported the transaction closed on Friday.

“With the current strength in the Great Lakes iron ore pellet market and anticipated future demand from our (hot-briquette iron) facility, acquiring additional pellet capacity became a top priority for Cliffs,” CEO Lourenco Goncalves said in a statement.

The Tilden mine and pellet plant is located near Ishpeming, Mich., and employs about 900 people. Cliffs’ other Michigan operation, the nearby Empire Mine, closed for good earlier this year.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  October 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
CSL Assiniboine arrived Duluth early Tuesday morning to discharge salt at Hallett #8. She was followed into port by Lee A. Tregurtha, which headed to Graymont to discharge limestone. James R. Barker and American Century both departed mid-morning with coal at iron ore, respectively. Michipicoten arrived during the afternoon, and docked at Calumet. Fivelborg was outbound during the evening with a cargo of grain from CHS, and CSL Assiniboine departed shortly thereafter and dropped anchor off the Superior entry. Ebroborg continued loading at Peavey. Lee A. Tregurtha, which had shifted to Burlington Northern in Superior during the afternoon, was expected to depart during the late evening. Michipicoten was next in line for the dock.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 3 Algoma Mariner departed at 16:50 for Halifax.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw no traffic on Tuesday. Due Wednesday are Edgar B. Speer and Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor at 15:39. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Wednesday.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Tuesday included American Spirit, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Oakglen, Erie Trader/ Clyde S. VanEnkevort. Upbounders included Kaye E. Barker, Cuyahoga (to Algoma, departed downbound for Bruce Mines in the evening), Roger Blough, CSL St. Laurent, Great Republic, Edwin H. Gott,

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
American Mariner exited the Fox River during the noon hour on Tuesday after a stay overnight in Green Bay.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Leda continued unloading Tuesday at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor. Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation were expected Tuesday night with cement from Alpena.

Toledo, Ohio
The saltwater vessel Federal Mackinac was upriver loading grain on Monday. Tecumseh left Ironhead Marine upbound for Thunder Bay on Tuesday. She looks sharp in her fresh coat of paint.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman left the Lehigh Cement Dock about 07:00 Tuesday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo, N.Y.
Arrival: Oct 3, Manitoulin at 1001

Nanticoke:
Docked: Sep 30, Algosea at 1122. Arrivals: Oct 2, CSL Niagara docked at 1650 and Algoma Enterprise docked at 2118, tug Genesis Victory & barge GM 6506 at 2320 (anchored). Oct 3, Bro Agnes (Sgp) anchored at 1530, Sten Baltic (Nor) docked at 2112 and Baie St. Paul anchored at 1901. Docked: tug Genesis Victory & barge GM 6506 departed anchorage and docked at 1810. Departure: Oct 3, Algosea at 1759

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Oct 3, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0030, Algoma Transport at 0040, Sten Baltic (No) at 0110, Algosteel at 0812, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0852, Algoma Olympic at 1430 and G3 Marquis at 2000

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Oct 3, Algoma Enterprise, Algolake at 0503, tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0706, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Sea Voyager-15, Saint Laurent-15 Sea Voyager-11 Cape May Light-09) at 0745, Algowood at 0755, USCG 45763 with USCG 45723 and Chem Polaris (Lib) at 2015

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals: tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1740

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored: Oct 2, Icdas 09 (Mlt) at 1002

Hamilton:
Arrivals: Oct 2, Algoma Olympic at 0256 and G3 Marquis at 1710. Docked: Sep 28, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1055, and Labrador (Cyp) at 2128. Oct 1, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1747. Anchored: Sep 28 Barnacle (Cyp) at 0909. Arrivals: Oct 3, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12 ) at approximately 2355. Departures: Oct 3, Algoma Olympic at 1157 and G3 Marquis at 1837 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrivals: Oct 1, Algocanada at 1938. Departure: Oct 1, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1908 for Montreal

 

Clarke tours Iron Range touting Nashwauk project

10/4 - Duluth, Minn. – Tom Clarke, the billionaire health care and coal executive who is trying to become a major player in the global iron ore industry, toured the Iron Range Monday touting the potentially bright future of his big projects.

Clarke last winter purchased bankrupt Magnetation operations and is moving to restart the Grand Rapids-area processing plant in coming months as soon as air pollution violations left behind by previous owners are settled at the company's Indiana pellet plant.

Clarke this summer also won the rights to take over the bankrupt, half-finished Essar Steel Minnesota project in Nashwauk, and appears to be getting closer to landing the money needed to finish the project.

On Saturday, Gov. Mark Dayton gave his blessings to Clarke's Chippewa Capital Partners, agreeing to relax an Oct. 1 deadline for Clarke to have financing secured and start work on the Nashwauk project. Clarke didn't make that deadline, but Dayton has apparently removed the threat of taking back state mineral leases critical for mining operations at the project.

"It's a great feeling to be where we are right now. But we're not at the finishing line yet," Clarke told the News Tribune Monday after meeting with employees, Iron Range lawmakers, Nashwauk Mayor Ben DeNucci and other officials.

Clarke said he hopes to have all of the key elements in place by the end of 2017 as the Nashwauk project finally emerges from bankruptcy — including purchase agreements for taconite pellets, from a Chinese steelmaker, and for the hot-briquette iron he plans to make, the first directly reduced, added-value iron product ever made on the Iron Range. Other elements include $500 million in equity financing and up to $600 million in bank financing. It will cost another $600 million or so to build the iron plant at the site.

Clarke estimates that, in all, Chippewa Capital Partners will pump another $1.6 billion on top of $1.9 billion already spent by Essar for a combined $3.5 billion project, by far the largest private investment in Minnesota history.

Construction could resume as early as March, Clarke said, and will take 25 months. It will take another 6 months to "commission" the facilities and sell finished product. That's about mid-2020 before everything is operational, if all goes well.

"But before then we'll have more than 1,000 construction workers on the job and a lot of economic activity going on across the Iron Range," Clarke said. Eventually the two facilities at the site could employ about 450 people.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Interlake seeks 2018 calendar photographs

10/4 - Interlake Steamship Co. is looking for the best photos of our ships from the 2017 shipping season to feature on its Interlake Steamship 2018 wall calendar. Send your favorites for a chance to win one of nine slots.

We’re looking for a great picture of each vessel in our fleet, including the Paul R. Tregurtha, James R. Barker, Mesabi Miner, Stewart J. Cort, Lee A. Tregurtha, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Kaye E. Barker, Herbert C. Jackson, and Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder.

The best part? Winners will receive a new Interlake house flag (either 4’x7’ or 3’x5’ in size)!

Email high resolutions pictures to Chrissy Kadleck at ckadleck@interlake-steamship.com

All submissions must be received by Oct. 10 for inclusion in the calendar contest. By submitting a photo, you are giving full permission to Interlake to use this image in its calendar, on social media, website and for any external uses. Whenever possible, Interlake will credit the original photographer.

 

Help Wanted: American Steamship Co.

10/4 - American Steamship Company, a leader in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible waterborne transportation, is looking for experienced Great Lakes Masters for the position of Captain. The successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience sailing as master aboard large commercial vessels. This is an immediate opportunity with a US flag operator and, as such, the candidate is subject to certain conditions. ASC is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to continuously building value for our parent company, GATX, our customers, our employees and the communities in which we live and operate. Qualified candidates should apply to https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=american+steamship&l=williamsville+ny

American Steamship Co.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 4

On October 4, 1887, ORIENT (wooden propeller tug, 60 foot, 37 gross tons, built in 1874, at Buffalo, New York) foundered three miles west of Point Pelee on Lake Erie in a storm. She was seen going down by the schooners LISGAR and GLENFORD but neither was able to help. All six on the ORIENT were lost. She was out of Marine City, Michigan.

On October 4, 1979, the ST. LAWRENCE NAVIGATOR arrived at the Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ontario, where she was lengthened to the Seaway maximum length of 730-foot overall. A new bow and cargo section was installed including a bow thruster and was assigned Hull #66. New tonnage; 18,788 gross tons, 12,830 net tons, 32,279 deadweight tons. She was renamed c.) CANADIAN NAVIGATOR in 1980 and ALGOMA NAVIGATOR in 2012. She sails for Algoma Central Corp. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1997.

TEXACO BRAVE (Hull#779) was launched October 4, 1976, by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan for Texaco Canada Ltd., Don Mills, Ontario. Renamed b.) LE BRAVE in 1987, c.) IMPERIAL ST LAWRENCE in 1997, and d.) ALGOEAST in 1998.

On October 4, 1980, Bethlehem's ARTHUR B. HOMER was laid up for the last time at Erie, Pennsylvania. As a result of the collision between the PARKER EVANS and the SIDNEY E SMITH JR, four months earlier, alternate one-way traffic between the Black River Buoy and Buoys 1 and 2 in Lake Huron was agreed upon by the shipping companies on October 4, 1972

The JAMES E. FERRIS' last trip before scrapping was from Duluth, Minnesota, with a split load of 261,000 bushels of wheat for Buffalo, New York, arriving there October 4, 1974.

The JIIMAAN, twin screw ro/ro cargo/passenger ferry built to Ice Class 1D standards had its keel laid October 4, 1991, at Port Weller Drydocks, Ltd. (Hull# 76).

On October 4, 1982, the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS laid up for the last time in Duluth, Minnesota. She was towed out of Duluth, on her way to Kahoshiung, Taiwan for scrapping, on June 17, 1988.

October 4, 1940 - The Ludington Daily News reported "The Pere Marquette car ferries handled approximately 95,000 freight cars last year." (1939)

On October 4,1877, BRITISH LION (3 mast wooden bark, 128 foot, 293 tons, built in 1862, at Kingston, Ontario) was carrying coal from Black River, Ohio, to Brockville, Ontario. 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.

On October 4, 1883, JAMES DAVIDSON (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 231 foot, 1,456 gross tons, built in 1874, at W. Bay City, Michigan) 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.

1904: CONGRESS burned at the dock at South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan while loading lumber. The ship was towed away, abandoned, burned to the waterline and sank.

1966: ROBERT J. PAISLEY ran aground in heavy weather off Michigan City, IN. The ship was released the next day but went to Sarnia with hull damage and was laid up.

2008: MERKUR BAY came through the Seaway in 1984. It hit a rock as m) NEW ORIENTAL in heavy weather off Tuy An, Vietnam, and settled on the bottom with a large hole in the bow. The crew abandoned ship on October 18 when it showed signs of sinking. It was enroute from Thailand to China with iron ore and was a total loss.

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

 

Interlake Steamship Company joins Green Marine environmental program

10/3 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Interlake Steamship Company has become the first U.S. Great Lakes shipowner to join Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental certification program for the maritime industry in North America.

As the largest privately held U.S.-flagged fleet on the Great Lakes, the Interlake Steamship Company is propelled by a long-term vision to make its vessels the most efficient and environmentally responsible in the shipping industry.

“Green Marine certification aligns well with our strategic initiatives regarding the environment,” says Interlake President Mark W. Barker. “We have a long-term vision for our industry and we are investing in our ships and our equipment to offer the most reliable, efficient delivery within an industry that is already the greenest form of transportation available.”

“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Interlake,” adds David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “With its visionary fleet modernization over the past decade and all the investments made towards more sustainable operations, there’s no doubt that Interlake is committed to continual environmental improvement, which is the core of the Green Marine program.”

The Green Marine environmental program offers a roadmap for ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyards to voluntarily reduce their environmental footprint. The comprehensive program addresses key environmental issues using 12 performance indicators. With a quickly increasing membership – especially in the United States – Green Marine has become a leading point of reference in North America for environmental best practices.

Green Marine certification is a rigorous and transparent process. All results are independently verified every two years and each company’s individual performance made public annually.

 

Port Reports -  October 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth on Monday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. James R. Barker arrived mid-evening to load at Midwest Energy. Fivelborg was at CHS loading grain, and fleetmate Ebroborg continued loading her cargo of beet pulp pellets at Peavey. The Burlington Northern dock saw no traffic on Monday, however Alpena departed from Lafarge via the Superior entry early Monday afternoon after unloading cement.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Monday October 2 at 7:27, Algoma Equinox arrived at Superior Elevator to load. At 16:52 Algoma Mariner arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure Monday of the American Spirit at 01:40 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors at 01:50 was the Oakglen. She departed at 15:12 Monday for Quebec City. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Tuesday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader Sunday at 23:47 and she departed Monday at 14:03 for Cleveland. Scheduled for Tuesday in Silver Bay is the Indiana Harbor.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a slow Monday included Frontenac (early), Paul R. Tregurtha and, after dark, Capt. Henry Jackman and Herbert C. Jackson. Upbounders included Hon. James L. Oberstar, Victory/James L. Kuber, Indiana Harbor, Stewart J. Cort and Edgar B. Speer (late). Cuyahoga was loading at Drummond Island.

Cedarville, Mich.
Great Republic was loading limestone Monday afternoon.

Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor was unloading at its namesake port on Monday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Lake Ontario remained at the grain elevators on Monday.

Toledo, Ohio
The saltwater vessel Federal Mackinac was upriver loading grain on Monday. Tecumseh, which was removed from the drydock on Sunday, is still at the shipyard but is showing an AIS destination of Thunder Bay.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked: Sep 30, Algosea at 1122. Arrivals: CSL Niagara at 1650 docked and Algoma Enterprise at approximately 2113 (to anchor)

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Oct 2, Spruceglen at 0350, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0520, Baie Comeau at 0552, Thunder Bay at 1315 and CCGS Cape Dundas at approximately 1400

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Oct 1, Algonova and Algoma Harvester. Oct 2, Algoma Strongfield at 0431, BBC Alberta (Lbr) at 1445 and Isa (Cyp) at 1613

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival: Oct 2, Icdas 09 (Mlt) at 1002. Anchored: Sep 30, Golden Oak at 1839. Departure: Oct 2, Golden Oak early morning eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals: Oct 2, Algoma Olympic at 0256 and G3 Marquis at 1710. Docked: Sep 28, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1055, and Labrador (Cyp) at 2128. Oct 1, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1747. Anchored: Sep 28, Barnacle (Cyp) at 0909. Departures: tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0244

Bronte:
Arrivals: Oct 1, Algocanada at 1938. Departure: Oct 1, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1908 for Montreal

Clarkson (Mississauga):
Departure: Oct 2, Icdas 09 (Mlt) at 0826 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival: Sep 30, Baie Comeau at 1948; departure Oct 2 at 0415

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 3

On October 3,1887, EBENEZER (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 103 foot, 158 gross tons, built in 1847, at Buffalo, New York) was driven ashore off the breakwater at Holland, Michigan, during a storm. She had sprung a leak in the terrific storm, lost her deck load of shingles and struck the pier trying to get into the harbor. She broke in two but was later raised and rebuilt. She lasted until 1903.

On October 3,1887, CITY OF GREEN BAY (3-mast wooden schooner, 145 foot, 346 gross tons, built in 1872, at Green Bay, Wisconsin) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba to St. Joseph, Michigan, on Lake Michigan and having difficulty in a strong westerly gale. She sprang a leak and anchored four miles from South Haven and put up distress signals. The wind and waves were so bad that the crew could not safely abandon the vessel. She slipped her anchor and was driven on to a bar at Evergreen Point, just 500 feet from shore. The crew scrambled up the rigging as the vessel sank. The South Haven Life Saving crew tried to get a breeches buoy out to the wreck, but their line broke repeatedly. So much wreckage was in the surf that it fouled their surfboat. Soon the masts went by the board and the crew members were in the churning seas. Six died. Only Seaman A. T. Slater made it to shore. The ineffective attempts of the Life Saving crew resulted in Keeper Barney Alonzo Cross being relieved of his command of the station.

The E. G. GRACE was delivered to the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland on October 3, 1943. The 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, Wisconsin.

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 October 3, 1900, 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 foot, 512 tons, built in 1875, at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) was in tow of the steam barge ALBION (wooden propeller, 134 foot, 297 gross tons, built in 1862, at Brockville, Ontario) on Lake Huron when a terrific storm struck on October 3,1887. 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.

1907: The wooden tug PHILADELPHIA dated from 1869 and briefly served in the Algoma fleet. It was wrecked at Gros Cap, Lake Superior, on this date in 1907.

1911: The wooden freighter A.L. HOPKINS had cleared Bayfield the previous day with a full load of lumber and foundered in a storm on this date near Michigan Island, Lake Superior. Buoyed by the cargo, the hull floated a few more days before it disappeared. All 15 on board were picked up by the ALVA C. DINKEY.

1928: The steel bulk carrier M.J. BARTELME ran aground at Cana Island, Lake Michigan. The bottom was ripped open and the ship was abandoned. It was dismantled on site in 1929.

1953: The superstructure of the idle passenger steamer PUT-IN-BAY was burned off in Lake St. Clair and the remains of the iron hull were later dismantled at River Rouge.

1963: The Liberian flag Liberty ship TRIKERI, on her only trip to the Great Lakes, swung sideways in the Welland Canal near Welland, blocked the waterway and delayed traffic for 4 hours. The ship arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping as e) DAHLIA on December 27, 1967.

1963: A fire broke out in the cargo hold of the FRED CHRISTIANSEN while downbound at Sault Ste. Marie. The stubborn blaze took 4 hours to put out and was believed caused by some of the grain igniting as it was close to a steam line. The Norwegian freighter began Seaway trading in 1959 and returned as b) HERA in 1964. It arrived at Pasajes, Spain, under this name for scrapping on May 30, 1974.

1969: JOSEPH H. ran aground at Bic Island, in the St. Lawrence while enroute from Milwaukee to Russia with a cargo of rawhides. The Liberian-flag vessel sustained heavy bottom damage. It was refloated on October 6, taken to Levis, QC, and subsequently broken up there for scrap. The ship was operating under her fifth name and had first come through the Seaway as a) GRANADA in 1959.

1980: POLYDORA first came inland for four trips as a) FERNFIORD in 1963 and returned under her new name in 1964 on charter to Canadian Pacific Steamships. The ship had been at Marina di Carrara, Italy, and under arrest as d) GEORGIOS B., when it sailed overnight without permission. A fire in the engineroom broke out the next day and, while taken in tow, the ship foundered east of Tavolara Island, Sardinia.

1999: MANCHESTER MERCURIO traded through the Seaway in a container shuttle service beginning in 1971. It was abandoned by the crew and sank off the coast of Morocco as f) PHOENIX II on this date in 1999.

2000: The tug KETA V. usually operated on the St. Lawrence for Verreault Navigation but came to the Great Lakes with barges for Windsor in 1993. It ran aground and sank near Liverpool, NS on this date in 2000 but all on board got away safely on life rafts.

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

 

Marquette Lighthouse plan being finalized

10/2 - Marquette, Mich. – The future of the historic Marquette Lighthouse will be decided soon, though financial constraints mean the plans will likely take time to carry out. The iconic red lighthouse by McCarty’s Cove was deeded to the city by the U.S. Coast Guard last July. The Marquette-based architecture firm Sanders and Czapski Associates was awarded a contract to conduct a land use plan for the lighthouse parcel last September.

The property has been thoroughly assessed, public input has been gathered, and a draft plan is being finalized that’s expected to go before the Marquette City Commission in October. The commission recently held a work session on the plan.

Director of Community Services Jon Swenson said final costs are being assessed for the capital plans before the final draft is submitted to the commission for consideration.

“Overall what the draft included was pretty well received (by commissioners),” Swenson said. “The biggest contentions were whether we should remove all the fences on the property” or just portions of the fencing. Another conversation piece was the future use of the captain’s residence and Lifesaving Service Building, which is a barracks that housed U.S. Coast Guard officers until the 2000s, according to museum staff.

There is discussion of using the facilities for short-term rentals and/or an artist in residency program, Swenson said, for which there was both support and apprehension among commissioners. Swenson said whatever happens to the property, it will require a revenue-generating aspect in order to maintain the historic site, which is extremely expensive.

The lighthouse is one of the oldest historic structures in Marquette, according to Maritime Historian Fred Stonehouse. The original lighthouse was constructed in 1866 with subsequent additions and improvements, including a second floor added in 1910.

Architect Ken Czapski, who is writing the lighthouse plan, said at an event earlier this summer that the lighthouse was painted “heart throb red” in the 1960s.

The 10-acre parcel has four major structures, the lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling, captain’s residence, USCG station building and a small brick pump house on the western side. An elevated walkway stretches east from the lighthouse to a former fuel tank bunker, a stone rubble barrier wall, the foundation of a former fog signal building and a former boat landing crib.

Stonehouse, president of the museum’s board of directors, said the museum first obtained a lease for lighthouse tours from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002 after they had “effectively abandoned it” in 1991. He said the museum has spent about $200,000 maintaining the property.

Mining Journal

 

Port Reports -  October 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson arrived Duluth early Sunday morning with limestone for Hallett #5. She was outbound light mid-morning, along with Cason J. Callaway, which had unloaded at C. Reiss. Oakglen stopped in Duluth for fuel during the afternoon, and then headed for Two Harbors to load ore. Fivelborg was inbound during the evening to load grain at CHS. Alpena remained at Lafarge offloading cement. The Burlington Northern dock in Superior saw the departure of Capt. Henry Jackman mid-morning Sunday. She was replaced at the dock by Algoma Guardian, which was still loading as of Sunday evening. During the afternoon, Ebroborg arrived from anchor via the Superior entry, and headed to Peavey to load beet pulp pellets.

Thunder Bay, Ont. -
On Thursday at 19:48 Kaministiqua departed for Port Cartier. On Friday at 11:45 Algoma Harvester departed for Trois Rivieres, 15:04 Algoma Strongfield departed for Baie Comeau and at 18:57 BBC Alberta departed for Montreal. At 22:10 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Saturday at 00:10 Isa departed for Montreal. At 17:08 Manitoulin departed for Buffalo.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Northshore Mining Saturday at 20:09 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on Sunday at 13:31 was the Herbert C. Jackson coming from Duluth after unloading limestone at Hallett #5. She departed Silver Bay at 20:01 for Cleveland. Arriving late Sunday/early Monday is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. There is no other traffic scheduled for Monday. Two Harbors saw Cason J. Callaway arrive at 09:08 from Duluth after unloading stone. The Callaway went to South of #1. She shifted from North of #2 to North of #1 between 14:00-14:20. She then departed Two Harbors at 20:00 for Detroit. Arriving Two Harbors at 10:59 was American Spirit going to the shiploader. As of 20:30 she was still loading. Due Sunday night is Oakglen coming from Duluth after fueling at Calumet. She departed Duluth at 20:07 for Two Harbors. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Monday.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a slow Sunday included Mesabi Miner (early), American Integrity, Manitoulin and Baie St. Paul. Upbounders included Algoma Equinox, James R. Barker, CSL Assiniboine, Algoma Mariner and, late, Lee A. Tregurtha.

Cedarville, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was loading stone on Sunday.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Leda continued unloading at Terminal 2 in Milwaukee's outer harbor on Sunday. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed late Saturday night for Windsor, Ont.

Southern Lake Michigan
John G. Munson was at Gary on Sunday night. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was at Indiana Harbor. Manitowoc was on the Calumet River. Stewart J. Cort departed Burns Harbor upbound on Sunday afternoon.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algolake was loading salt on Sunday, while Lake Ontario remained at the grain elevators.

Toledo, Ohio
The saltwater vessel Federal Mackinac was expected late Sunday evening or early Monday morning. She unloaded cargo at Hamilton, Ont., before heading for Toledo. Tecumseh was removed from the drydock on Sunday and sports a fresh coat of paint.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals: Sep 29, Algosea at 2003 (anchored). Sep 30, Algosea docked at 1122

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals Oct 1: CSL St. Laurent at 0745, Algoma Discovery at 0944

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals Oct 1: Algoma Olympic at 1043, tug Rebecca Ann and barge WITTE 1411 (new barge out of DonJon in Erie, Pa., departed Sep 30 at 2134 for the canal) at 0636, Kaministiqua at 1510, Algonova at 1645, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1745 and Algoma Harvester at 2245

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored Sep 30, Algocanada at 0031, Beatrix (Nld) (ex Fivelborg-09) at 1741 and Golden Oak at 1839. Departures Oct 1, Beatrix (Nld) (ex Fivelborg-09) at 0347 for Montreal and Algocanada at approximately 1750 for Bronte

Hamilton:
Arrivals: Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1747. Docked Sep 28, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1055, and Labrador (Cyp) at 2128. Sep 29, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1315. Anchored: Sep 28, Barnacle (Cyp) at 0909. Departures: Sep 30, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 2153 for Toledo. Oct 1, Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0513 for Savannah, Ga,, and Algoma Discovery at 0800

Bronte:
Arrivals Sep 30: Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1103 and Oct 1 Algocanada at 1938. Departure Oct 1, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1908

Clarkson (Mississauga):
Arrival: Oct 1, Robert S Pierson at 1817. Docked Sep 29, Icdas 09 (Mlt)

Toronto:
Docked: Sep 30, Baie Comeau at 1948 and tug Radium Yellowknife at 1518

 

Lake Michigan marine sanctuary skeptics question federal NOAA motives

10/2 - Manitowoc, Wis. – Riparian rights would remain unchanged for people who own land within the boundary of the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Regional Coordinator Russ Green said Thursday at a Manitowoc County Lakes Association meeting.

Green gave a presentation to the association addressing various aspects of the sanctuary proposal. The sanctuary would cover 1,075 square miles of Lake Michigan from Manitowoc to Ozaukee counties to protect historic underwater resources.

Recent opposition has called various details of the sanctuary into question, including any changes to riparian rights, increased public access to their land via Lake Michigan, federal oversight on a state resource and the sanctuary's actual impact on tourism.

“The proposal doesn’t change state sovereignty over the water, this really is about co-managing historic resources through a memorandum of understanding with the state,” Green said.

Don Zimmer, a Manitowoc County Supervisor and the president of the Manitowoc County Republican Party, has been outspoken in his opposition to the proposed sanctuary.

After Thursday’s Lakes Association meeting, Zimmer said: “Considering the benefits that Mr. Green cited, they are redundant because we already do those — protection of shipwrecks, education of kids and we have a wonderful Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. We are going to give up our sovereignty, our sovereign control of the lake for activities that we are already engaging in.”

Zimmer said he felt the federal money spent to designate and maintain the Lake Michigan Marine Sanctuary would be wasted taxpayer dollars.

Green said he expects the sanctuary could be run on as little as $250,000 per year to a little more than $1 million per year, depending on federal funding allocations.

Many of the people who attended the Manitowoc County Lakes Association meeting Thursday spoke about concerns such as rules for metal detecting activities, if the public would be allowed to walk on private beaches and the potential for increased oversight from NOAA in the future.

“Why can’t NOAA do all that they have proposed without federally taking over our shore and 1,200 square miles of our water?” one woman asked. “That’s giving up our state sovereignty to the federal government who then will, as administrations change, do as they please and increase it. It is mind-boggling that our state would even consider that.”

Green said the sanctuary will focus on creating partnerships with surrounding businesses, organizations and the State of Wisconsin.

“It is the stories that are embedded in these places that are a big part of the equation,” Green said. “We are protecting the physical places, but those physical places are stories. Our Wisconsin stories are in there. … The idea that we can do more together than we can separately is really a big part of this.”

Jane Hamilton, a Manitowoc County resident who recently shared her experience in visiting Alpena, Michigan — the site of the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary — at an Aug. 29 forum hosted by the Manitowoc County Republican Party said she was still concerned about an economic impact study done by the University of Michigan in 2013 that concluded more could be done to capitalize on the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary.

“I find it interesting that after 12 years, there wasn’t a lot of ‘productive tourism,’ shall we say. … If we start tomorrow with the sanctuary, are we going to be waiting 12 years for any kind of activity as well?” she asked.

Green said it would be up to each city to figure out how they will take advantage of the resources a sanctuary would provide.

“The idea is to figure out how to capitalize on these places to drive good things to the economy … how you connect the greater public to the sanctuary,” he said.

According to Green, the sanctuary could be designated as early as 2018 or the process could take a few more years, depending on its approval by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. A recent executive order by President Donald Trump placing a moratorium on designating sanctuaries is also delaying the process.

Learn more about the proposed sanctuary at this link: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/wisconsin

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 2

On her maiden trip in 1905, the PETER WHITE grounded outside the Lackawanna breakwall. After lightering 200 tons, she proceeded to the Lackawanna Steel mill where the remainder of the cargo was unloaded.

On this day in 1979, the ELTON HOYT 2ND unloaded her last cargo as a straight decker at the Ashtabula & Buffalo Dock, Ashtabula, Ohio.

On October 2,1901, M. M. DRAKE (wooden propeller freighter, 201 foot, 1,102 gross tons, built in 1882, at Buffalo, New York) and her consort MICHIGAN (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 213 foot, 1,057 gross tons, built in 1874, at Detroit, Michigan) were loaded with iron ore while sailing in a strong gale on Lake Superior. The MICHIGAN began to leak and the DRAKE came around to take off her crew, but the two vessels collided. Both sank off Vermilion Point, Michigan. One life was lost. As the vessels sank, the passing steamers NORTHERN WAVE and CRESCENT CITY stood by and rescued the crews.

Upper Lakes Shipping's new self-unloader CANADIAN OLYMPIC was christened on October 2, 1976, at St. Catharines, Ontario. Her name honored the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

TADOUSSAC (Hull#192) departed Collingwood on her maiden voyage for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd. on October 2, 1969, to load iron ore at Fort William, Ontario.

The sandsucker AMERICAN last operated in 1956, and laid up at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was scrapped in S. Chicago in 1984.

JOHN T. HUTCHINSON and CONSUMERS POWER arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan on October 2, 1988, where dismantling began on October 14t by Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co. Ltd.

On her maiden voyage October 2, 1943, E. G. GRACE cleared Lorain, Ohio, bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load iron ore.

HOCHELAGA of 1949 departed Toronto October 2, 1993, in tow of the McKeil tugs GLENBROOK and KAY COLE for Montreal, Quebec, and then to the cutter’s torch.

October 2, 1954 - The PERE MARQUETTE 21 sailed into Ludington, Michigan, on her second maiden voyage of her career.

On October 2,1888, OLIVER CROMWELL (wooden schooner-barge, 138 foot, 291 tons, built in 1853, at Buffalo, New York) 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, Michigan, where she broke up.

The 183 foot, 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, Michigan; the schooner-barge CHARLES L HUTCHINSON, lost near Buffalo, New York; the steam barge ALBION and her consort the schooner-barge ARK ashore near Grindstone City, Michigan; the 3-mast schooner EBENEZER ashore near Holland, Michigan; the wooden package freighter CALIFORNIA sunk in the Straits of Mackinaw; 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, Michigan; the schooner D. S. AUSTIN ashore at Point Clark; and the schooner HENRY W HOAG ashore at Erie, Pennsylvania.

1891: WINSLOW ran aground in fog while inbound at Duluth. The hole in the wooden hull was patched and the ship was released and able to be docked. The vessel caught fire while unloading the next day and destroyed.

1938: The first WINDOC was struck when Bridge 20, a railway bridge across the Welland Canal, was lowered prematurely and removing the stack, spar and lifeboats of the N.M. Paterson steamer.

1953: A collision occurred between PIONEER and WALLSCHIFF in the St. Clair River on this date and the latter, a West German visitor to the Great Lakes, rolled on its side and settled in shallow water. One crew member perished. PIONEER, a Cleveland-Cliffs steamer, was repaired for further service and was later scrapped at Genoa, Italy, in 1961. WALLSCHIFF, on her first and only trip to the Great Lakes, was refloated and departed for permanent repairs overseas in 1954. The vessel was still sailing as g) GOLDEN MERCURY in 2011.

1973: A head-on collision in fog off Gull Island, Lake Michigan between the T-2 tanker MARATHONIAN and Norwegian freighter ROLWI left both ships with massive bow damage. The former had begun Seaway service as f) MARATHON in 1960 and was repaired at South Chicago. It disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle as h) SYLVIA L. OSSA in October 1976. ROLWI, a Norwegian salty, was also repaired and returned inland as b) DOBERG in 1974 and c) LORFRI in 1976. It arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping as e) PEROZAN on February 6, 1996.

1992: The Canadian coastal freighter SIR JOHN CROSBIE was built in St. Catharines by Port Weller Dry Docks in 1962. It sank in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida as c) HOLSTEN on this date but all on board were rescued.

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

 

 

Port Reports -  October 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at sunrise on Saturday to load coal at Midwest Energy. Alpena arrived later in the morning to discharge cement at Lafarge. Cason J. Callaway was inbound during the afternoon with limestone for the C. Reiss dock. During the evening, Ebroborg arrived off the Duluth entry and dropped anchor. The Tregurtha was expected to depart late Saturday night from Midwest Energy. In Superior, Baie St. Paul arrived just after midnight Saturday morning to load ore at BN. She departed around noon, and fleetmate Frontenac arrived from anchor and began loading. Algoma Guardian and Capt. Henry Jackman were both on the hook off the Superior entry waiting for the dock.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Thursday the 28th at 19:48, Kaministiqua departed for Port Cartier. On Friday the 29th at 11:45 Algoma Harvester departed for Trois Rivieres, 15:04 Algoma Strongfield departed for Baie Comeau and at 18:57 BBC Alberta departed for Montreal. At 22:10 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Saturday the 30th at 0:10 Isa departed for Montreal. At 17:08 Manitoulin departed for Buffalo.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of Mesabi Miner at 23:36 on Friday for Ashtabula. Arriving Saturday at 01:06 was the Joyce L.VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader coming from Superior after unloading stone at Graymont. As of 19:00 she was still at the loading dock. Due Silver Bay on Sunday is the Herbert C. Jackson arriving after unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Two Harbors saw the Presque Isle arrive Saturday at 00:43. She departed at 13:45. Due Sunday in Two Harbors are American Spirit, Oakglen, and Cason J. Callaway from Duluth after unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a lovely fall Saturday included Algoma Harvester (early), Algoma Strongfield, BBC Alberta, Edwin H. Gott and Isa. Upbounders included American Spirit (early), Oakglen, Fivelborg, Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort and, late, American Century. Tour boat Nokomkis reported that it is done for the season.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Federal Leda arrived Saturday. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was in port Saturday evenng.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes arrived with slag Saturday evening as Manitowoc departed.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor Saturday night. John J. Boland was at Buffington.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
The saltie Lake Ontario was loading at the elevators on Saturday. Algolake will be next for the Sifto dock.

Detroit, Mich.
Philip R. Clarke remained in port Saturdayas crews labored to unload a difficult cargo of hardened slag. She is currently at at Fordson Island on the Rouge River, with barges alongside with cranes and excavators helping to loosen the cargo.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival: Sep 30, tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0641; departed at 1432 for Cleveland

Nanticoke:
Arrivals: Sep 29, Algosea at 2003 (anchored). Sep 30. Algosea docked at 1122

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals: Sep 30, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0526, America (Nld) (ex Flinter America-17) at 0835, Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1336, Algoma Spirit at 1656, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1820 and H. Lee White at 2011

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals: Sep 29, Beatrix (Nld) at 2130 (to anchor), Sten Idun (Gib) at 2309, Atlantic Huron at 0015, Algoma Discovery at 0216, Beatrix (Nld) at 0815, and Golden Oak at 0844

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored: Sep 28 Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1732 - Sep 29 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 0047, Sten Idun (Gib) at 0507, Icdas-09 (Mlt) at 0317, Sten Moster (Gib) at 1715, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1950 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2029, and America (Nld) (ex Flinter America-17) at 2150 - Sep 30 - Algocanada at 0031, Beatrix (Nld) at 1741 and Golden Oak at 1839 - departures - Sep 29 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 2300, Federal Bristol (Mhl), Sten Idun (Gib), Icdas 09 (Mlt) for Clarkson, Sten Moster eastbound, Federal Weser (Mhl) for Cleveland, Bro Anna (Sgp) for Bronte, America (Nld) for Chicago

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival: Sep 29, Beatrix (Nld) at approximately 2219; departed Sep 30 at 0755

Hamilton:
Arrivals: Sep 29, Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0953, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 1013 tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1315 and Algowood at 1414. Docked: Sep 28, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1055, Ojibway at 1754, Algoma Spirit at 2006 and Labrador (Cyp) at 2128. Anchored: Sep 27, Harriett (Lbr) departed dock at 1815 and returned to anchorage and Sep 28 Barnacle (Cyp) at 0909 to the anchorage. Departures: Sep 29, Algowood at 2203 for Clarkson anchorage. Sep 30, Ojibway at 0405 for Sorel and Algoma Spirit at 1505 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival: Sep 30, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1103

Clarkson:
Arrival: Sep 30, Algowood anchored at 0017; departed 0705 for the canal

Toronto:
Docked: Sep 28, Stephen B. Roman at 1756. Sep 30, English River at 1827 and Baie Comeau at 1948. Departure: Sep 29, Stephen B. Roman at 2259 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 1

In 1986, the HERBERT C. JACKSON rescued Carl Ward and his nephew after they had been adrift on lower Lake Michigan for 80 hours.

On October 1,1888, the ST CLAIR (3-mast wooden schooner, 156 foot, 296 gross tons, built in 1859, at Montreal as a bark) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Huron as part of a 5-barge tow of the tug CHAMPION. She broke loose and came to anchor off Harbor Beach, Michigan. The anchor dragged and she sank near the mouth of the harbor. The crew was rescued by the U.S. Life Saving Service. However, this rescue was ill fated since all were taken in the lifesavers surfboat and the boat was rowed 23 miles to Port Sanilac. 100 yards from shore, just a half mile from Port Sanilac, the surfboat capsized and five lives were lost. The wreck of the ST. CLAIR was later lightered, raised and towed out into the lake and re-sunk.

CHICAGO TRADER, a.) THE HARVESTER of 1911, was laid up on October 1, 1976, at the Frog Pond in Toledo, Ohio.

Dismantling commenced October 1, 1974, on the KINSMAN INDEPENDENT a.) WILLIAM B. KERR of 1907, at Santander, Spain.

October 1, 1997 - The CITY OF MIDLAND 41 was towed out of Ludington to be converted to a barge.

On October 1, 1843, ALBANY (wooden brig, 110 tons, built in 1835, at Oswego, New York) was carrying merchandise and passengers when she went aground in a storm and was wrecked just a few miles from Mackinaw City, Michigan.

The steam barge C. H. GREEN was launched at E. Saginaw, Michigan, for Mason, Green & Corning of Saginaw on October 1, 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 feet X 33 feet X 13 feet, 920 tons. She cost $70,000.

On October 1,1869, 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.

1918: The Canadian bulk carrier GALE STAPLES was blown ashore Point au Sable about 8 miles west of Grand Marais. All on board were saved but the wooden vessel, best known as b) CALEDONIA, broke up.

1942: The former CANADIAN ROVER, Hull 67 from the Collingwood shipyard, was torpedoed and sunk as d) TOSEI MARU in the Pacific east of Japan by U.S.S. NAUTILUS.

1946: KINDERSLEY, loaded with 2074 tons of excess munitions, was scuttled in the deep waters of the Atlantic. The former C.S.L. freighter had been on saltwater to assist in the war effort.

1984: ANNEMARIE KRUGER arrived at Finike, Turkey, as e) BANKO with engine damage on this date and was laid up. The ship, a frequent Seaway visitor in the 1960s, was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, under tow on August 3, 1986, and was dismantled.

1998 The tank barge SALTY DOG NO. 1 broke tow from the tug DOUG McKEIL and went aground off Anticosti Island the next day. The vessel was released and it operated until scrapping at Port Colborne in 2005.

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

 



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