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Port Reports -  October 31

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cuyahoga returned to Duluth on Tuesday, arriving at 10:32 to load iron ore pellets at CN, and Joseph L. Block came in at 11:49 with limestone for Graymont. Michipicoten arrived at 16:13 and joined Cuyahoga at CN. Finnborg left port at 18:42 carrying wheat from CHS 1, and Cuyahoga followed her out at 18:48. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Tuesday.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
When the St. Clair departed Two Harbors she wasn't showing an AIS destination. She is headed for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 30th at 14:28 was the Algowood. As of 19:00 on the 30th she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 31st is the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Oct. 29th at 20:48. She departed Silver Bay on Oct. 30th at 17:59 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 31st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 29th: Approximately 22:00 Federal Satsuki arrived and went to anchor. 22:53 Federal Beaufort arrived and went to anchor. Tuesday October 30th: 9:08 saltie Oborishte departed MobilEx Terminal for Bari, Italy. 20:20 Federal Elbe departed Richardson Main Terminal downbound. 21:12 Federal Satsuki weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Wednesday: CSL St Laurent.

Lake Michigan Ports
Wilfred Sykes, Isolda and Federal Clyde were at Indiana Harbor Tuesday night. Lee A. Tregurtha and Indiana Harbor were at Indiana Harbor. Presque Isle had a destination of Sturgeon Bay.’

Limestone Ports
Tuesday; Stoneport: Joseph H Thompson departed for Toledo. Olive L Moore proceeded to the loading dock. She departed at 11:55 for Marine City. 14:44 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Calcite: 17:04 Cason J Callaway departed for Duluth Superior.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday; Alpena: 5:26 Samuel de Champlain departed for Milwaukee. 8:26 The cement carrier Alpena weighed anchor and proceeded to the Lafarge dock to load. 20:25 Calumet arrived to unload.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Adriaticborg was still at the elevator on Tuesday. Algoma Innovator departed in the evening for Escanaba with salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
H Lee White arrived at Zug Island Tuesday morning to unload coal. Frontenac arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving last was the Defiance/Ashtabula, with coal for Zug Island.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Algoma Transport passed under the Charles Berry Bridge around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning headed to Jonick Dock & Terminal to take on a load of coke breeze.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Oct 30 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 30 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0542

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Algoma Hansa at 1807 - Oct 30 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0454 - Departed -Oct 29 Algoma Hansa at 2114 westbound

Buffalo:
Anchored - Oct 29 - American Mariner at 1437 (anchored off Buffalo) - Arrival - Oct 29 - at 2255 docked from the anchorage

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 29 - NACC Argonaut at 1231 from Buffalo - Departed - Oct 30 at 0121 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 29 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0811, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1224, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1507 and Algoma Mariner at 2129 - Oct 30 - Algoma Compass at 0224, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0304, tug Jarrett M at 1348, tug Evans McKeil with tug Jarrett M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1429, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1526 and Cedarglen eta 2140. Downbound - Oct 29 - CSL Welland eta 2125 - Oct 30 - NACC Argonaut at 0159, Algoma Guardian at 0808, Thunder Bay at 1237, Baie Comeau at 1730 and Algoma Enterprise at 1939

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 30 - Ojibway at 0452 and Algoma Guardian at 2100 - Anchored - Oct 28 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 0050 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440, and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 -Oct 28 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 29 - Isadora (Cyp) at 0501 and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 30 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0800 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 29 - Algoma Spirit at 1510 eastbound (for the canal) - Oct 30 (for the canal) - Algoma Compass at 0028, Tundra (Cyp) at 0545, tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0930 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1800 eastbound

Bronte:
Docked - Oct 28 - Mia Desgagnes at 1620 - Departed Oct 29 at 2152 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Robert S Pierson at 1818

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 28 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 2158 - Departed Oct 30 at 1200 for Rotterdam (stopped at Port Weller anchorage for bunkers before proceeding) eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Tufty (Cyp) at 1431 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Oct 30 - McKeil Spirit at 0337 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729 - Departure - Oct 29 - NACC Quebec at 1250 eastbound

 

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
Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Duluth at 14:40 Monday with iron ore pellets from CN, and Eemsborg was outbound at 16:11 after loading beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. Finnborg continued loading wheat at CHS 1. In Superior, Burns Harbor spent the day Monday loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. She had been expected to depart at 17:00, but was still at the dock as of 19:00.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit departed Two Harbors on October 28th at 23:41 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors on October 29th at 00:10 was the St. Clair. She departed on the 29th at 17:25. As of 18:30 on the 29th her AIS hadn't been updated. Due Two Harbors on October 30th in the morning is the Algowood. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Oct. 29th at approx. 21:00. The Joseph L. Block is due in Duluth on October 30th with limestone. There’s a possibility she could go to Two Harbors after her discharge.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 29th: 7:57 Federal Hunter arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 16:17 saltie Lubie weighed anchor after 14 days in the harbor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. Expected late Monday: Federals Satsuki and Beaufort.

St. Marys River
Spruceglen, Algoma Discovery and Stewart J. Cort were downbound on a sunny Monday. Herbert C. Jackson was upbound in the afternoon.

Lake Michigan Ports
Isolda and Federal Clyde remained at Burns Harbor Monday night. Manitowoc was headed for Holland. Wilfred Sykes was downbound for Burns Harbor and Edwin H. Gott was headed for Gary.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, Calcite: 22:00 Dorothy Ann arrived to load. John G Munson departed for Detroit. Monday, Stoneport Joseph H Thompson arrived to load. Olive L Moore arrived. Calcite: 3:13 Dorothy Ann departed for Cleveland. 6:12 Great Republic arrived to load. 19:29 Tug John Marshall departed and was down bound on Lake Huron. 21:27 Great Republic departed for Buffington. 21:50 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. Port Inland: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and later departed for Burns Harbor. 8:14 Manitowoc arrived to load and later departed for Holland.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Alpena: G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 7:06 for Milwaukee. 12:55 the cement carrier Alpena arrived and went to anchor. 15:15 Samuel de Champlain arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Adriaticborg was still at the elevator on Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Monday was a very busy day at the Port of Detroit. First to arrive was the CSL Niagara, which unloaded at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. Next was the Indiana Harbor, with ore for Zug Island. The Everlast/Norman McLeod weighed anchor and arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Next to arrive was the Hon. James L Oberstar, with ore for AK Steel. After waiting at anchor for the CSL Niagara to depart, Philip R Clarke unloaded limestone at the DBS dock. The tug Wilfred M Cohen arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal Monday evening. Next was the Kaye E Barker with another load of ore for AK Steel. John G Munson arrived after the Barker with stone for the Detroit Bulk Storage dock.

Welland Canal and regional report for Monday Oct 29 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Algoma Hansa at 1807

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 27 - NACC Argonaut at 2043 - Oct 29 - American Mariner at 1437 (anchored off Buffalo) - Departure - Oct 29 - NACC Argonaut at 1231 for Port Colborne anchorage

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 29 - NACC Argonaut at 1231 from Buffalo

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 28 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1804 and Fraserborg (Nld) at 2346 - Oct 29 - G3 Marquis at 0431, Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0552, Algoma Transport at 0617, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0811, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1224 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1507. Downbound - Oct 28 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1159, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1617, Algoma Compass at 1838, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2319 and Baie St Paul at 2347 - Oct 29 - Frontenac at 0453 (stopping wharf 16), Algoma Niagara at 0527 and CSL Welland eta 2125

Port Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Oct 29 - Frontenac at 0525 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 29 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0114, Isadora (Cyp) at 0501, Algoma Compass at 0759, tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 0835 - Anchored - Oct 25 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1620 - Oct 28 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 0050 (from the dock) and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1210 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440, and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 -Oct 28 - Algoma Spirit at 0514 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 (from the anchorage) - Departures - (for the canal) - Oct 28 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 2133 for Cleveland - Oct 29 - G3 Marquis at 0219 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1235 for Nanticoke

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 28 - Algoma Transport 0941 - Departures - Oct 28 - Robert S Pierson at 0839 eastbound - Oct 29 - Algoma Transport at 0232 westbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 28 - McKeil Spirit at 1016 and Tufty (Cyp) at 1431 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 28 - NACC Quebec at 0830 - Departure - Oct 28 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0757 for Hamilton

 

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

 

Port Reports -  October 29

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Discovery departed Duluth at 09:45 Sunday with a cargo of iron ore pellets from CN. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 14:31, and docked at Hallett #5 to unload limestone. Also in port was Finnborg, loading wheat at CHS 1, and Eemsborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 01:27 Sunday to load ore at BN. She was outbound at 16:15. After her departure, Burns Harbor shifted to BN from Lakehead Pipeline, where she had been taking a delay, and began loading.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Lee A. Tregurtha departed Two Harbors on Oct. 28th at approx. 00:55 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 28th at approx. 11:30 was the American Spirit. As of 19:30 on the 28th she was still at the loading dock. Running checked down East of Two Harbors on the 28th at 19:30 was the St. Clair that was originally scheduled for Superior, but will now load in Two Harbors. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 29th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 28th, but due on the 29th later in the day is the Mesabi Miner. On Oct. 28th at 19:30 the Clyde S. VanEnevort/Erie Trader was unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. There's always a possibility she could be in the Silver Bay mix if she doesn't load at CN in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 28th: 10:56 saltie Eemsgracht arrived at Keefer Terminal. 12:56 Spruceglen departed Viterra A for Montreal. 18:15 Manitoulin departed Richardson Main Terminal for Toledo. 20:44 Federal Elbe weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Monday: Federals Hunter, Satsuki and Beaufort.

Lake Michigan Ports
Isolda and Federal Clyde were at Burns Harbor Sunday night.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, October 28th, Calcite: Cason J Callaway departed for Marine City. John G Munson weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock to finish loading. 15:47 John J Boland departed for Ashtabula. Port Inland Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. Port Dolomite: 14:30 Algoma Innovator departed for Sombra.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas Adriaticborg remained at the elevators on undy.

Saginaw, Mich.
Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived with stone for Saginaw on Sunday.

Marine City, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Cason J. Callaway unloaded Sunday afternoon at the stone dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Sunday, Joseph H Thompson Jr/Joseph H Thompson arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. The Everlast/Norman McLeod were anchored in the Windsor Anchorage, waiting for the Calusa Coast to depart the Marathon Asphalt Terminal.

Ashtabula, Ohio
Sam Laud was in port Sunday night, with Algoma Niagara departing.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Oct 28 - Barry Andersen (High winds affecting some vessels going to exposed docks.)

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 27 - Algoma Hansa at 1056 (from the dock) - Departed Oct 28 at 1753 (back into the Nanticoke dock)

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 27 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1035 and Oct 28 - Algoma Hansa at 1807 - Departure - Oct 28 - Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1856 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 27 - NACC Argonaut at 2043

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 27 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1749 and Baie Comeau at 2238 - Oct 28 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0501 (from the anchorage), CSL St Laurent at 1243, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1804. Downbound - Oct 27 - Algoma Enterprise at 0831, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1308, Federal Schelde (Mhl) at 1500, tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1852 - Oct 28 - USS Sioux City (LCS-11) at 0420, with tugs Ocean A Gauthier & Jarrett M 20 to assist warship on delivery voyage through the Canal locks, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1026, Gardno (Bhs) (ex Mont Diberville-18) at 1054, Capt Henry Jackman at 1159, Algoma Compass at 1838, tug Ocean A Gauthier (departed tow at Port Weller, returning to Hamilton)

Port Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 27 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1747 Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 27 - Mia Desgagnes (waiting for Bronte dock), Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1155 and Tufty (Cyp) at 1823 (waiting for Toronto dock) - Departures - Oct 28 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0445 for the canal, Tufty (Cyp) at 1220 approx. for Toronto and Mia Desgagnes at 1430 approx. for Bronte

Hamilton:
Arrival -Oct 28 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 0428, Algoma Spirit at 0514, G3 Marquis at 0726, - to the anchorage from Oshawa - Anchored - Oct 25 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1620 - Oct 28 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 0050 (from the dock) and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1210 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Oct 25 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0935, Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440, and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 -Oct 28 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 (from the anchorage) - Departure - (for the canal) - Oct 28 - Algoma Enterprise at 0757

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 27 - Robert S Pierson at 2326 - Oct 28 - Algoma Transport 0941 - Departure - Oct 28 - Robert S Pierson at 0839

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 28 - McKeil Spirit at 1016 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up, awaiting clearance to depart)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 28 - NACC Quebec at 0830 - Departure - Oct 28 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0757 for Hamilton

 

Invasives, pollution worry Great Lakes people most

10/29 - Great Lakes residents are more concerned about invasive species than climate change, according to a recent poll. But researchers say the two are closely linked.

“Climate change is just one more disturbance that helps invasive species to rise,” said Carrie Brown-Lima, director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University. “Invasive species are the first to adapt to warmer climate, but native species don’t have that advantage,” Brown-Lima said.

An invasive species is one transported by people to places where it is not found and that causes ecological and economic damage.

The poll by the International Joint Commission and the Great Lakes Water Quality Board reveals the attitudes of more than 4,000 regional residents regarding Great Lakes issues. Those polled ranked invasive species only below pollution in a list of concerns about the Great Lakes water quality and surrounding environment. Seventeen percent said invasive species was of highest concern. Only 3 percent listed climate change as one of their top worries.

In warmer water, certain invasive fish have a higher metabolism which helps them compete against native fish, Brown-Lima said. They eat native food and the natives themselves. The process could eliminate species that were once native to the region.

Invasive plant species in the Great Lakes are much more resilient than native species which makes them far more likely to thrive and disrupt ecosystems, she said.

Increasing water temperatures in the lakes leads to shorter periods of ice, allowing for the invasive aquatic species to thrive, Brown-Lima said. The annual ice coverage of the Great Lakes decreased 71 percent between 1973 and 2010, according to the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that focuses on adapting to climate change.

The poll also found:
• Most respondents (88 percent) think protecting the Great Lakes is crucial.
• About 95 percent of the 300 indigenous respondents said there were too few regulations protecting the Great Lakes; 50 percent of non-indigenous respondents said there were too few regulations.
• The biggest environmental con
cern that 30 percent of respondents listed is pollution to the lakes. • Millennials 18-34 years old and those with liberal political views are more likely to support policy to protect the Great Lakes than conservatives or other age groups.

Great Lakes Echo via Soo Evening News

 

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.

 

Port Reports -  October 29

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Discovery departed Duluth at 09:45 Sunday with a cargo of iron ore pellets from CN. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 14:31, and docked at Hallett #5 to unload limestone. Also in port was Finnborg, loading wheat at CHS 1, and Eemsborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 01:27 Sunday to load ore at BN. She was outbound at 16:15. After her departure, Burns Harbor shifted to BN from Lakehead Pipeline, where she had been taking a delay, and began loading.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Lee A. Tregurtha departed Two Harbors on Oct. 28th at approx. 00:55 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 28th at approx. 11:30 was the American Spirit. As of 19:30 on the 28th she was still at the loading dock. Running checked down East of Two Harbors on the 28th at 19:30 was the St. Clair that was originally scheduled for Superior, but will now load in Two Harbors. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 29th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 28th, but due on the 29th later in the day is the Mesabi Miner. On Oct. 28th at 19:30 the Clyde S. VanEnevort/Erie Trader was unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. There's always a possibility she could be in the Silver Bay mix if she doesn't load at CN in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 28th: 10:56 saltie Eemsgracht arrived at Keefer Terminal. 12:56 Spruceglen departed Viterra A for Montreal. 18:15 Manitoulin departed Richardson Main Terminal for Toledo. 20:44 Federal Elbe weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Monday: Federals Hunter, Satsuki and Beaufort.

Lake Michigan Ports
Isolda and Federal Clyde were at Burns Harbor Sunday night.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, October 28th, Calcite: Cason J Callaway departed for Marine City. John G Munson weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock to finish loading. 15:47 John J Boland departed for Ashtabula. Port Inland Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. Port Dolomite: 14:30 Algoma Innovator departed for Sombra.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas Adriaticborg remained at the elevators on undy.

Saginaw, Mich.
Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived with stone for Saginaw on Sunday.

Marine City, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Cason J. Callaway unloaded Sunday afternoon at the stone dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Sunday, Joseph H Thompson Jr/Joseph H Thompson arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. The Everlast/Norman McLeod were anchored in the Windsor Anchorage, waiting for the Calusa Coast to depart the Marathon Asphalt Terminal.

Ashtabula, Ohio
Sam Laud was in port Sunday night, with Algoma Niagara departing.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Oct 28 - Barry Andersen (High winds affecting some vessels going to exposed docks.)

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 27 - Algoma Hansa at 1056 (from the dock) - Departed Oct 28 at 1753 (back into the Nanticoke dock)

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 27 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1035 and Oct 28 - Algoma Hansa at 1807 - Departure - Oct 28 - Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1856 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 27 - NACC Argonaut at 2043

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 27 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1749 and Baie Comeau at 2238 - Oct 28 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0501 (from the anchorage), CSL St Laurent at 1243, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1804. Downbound - Oct 27 - Algoma Enterprise at 0831, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1308, Federal Schelde (Mhl) at 1500, tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1852 - Oct 28 - USS Sioux City (LCS-11) at 0420, with tugs Ocean A Gauthier & Jarrett M 20 to assist warship on delivery voyage through the Canal locks, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1026, Gardno (Bhs) (ex Mont Diberville-18) at 1054, Capt Henry Jackman at 1159, Algoma Compass at 1838, tug Ocean A Gauthier (departed tow at Port Weller, returning to Hamilton)

Port Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 27 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1747 Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 27 - Mia Desgagnes (waiting for Bronte dock), Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1155 and Tufty (Cyp) at 1823 (waiting for Toronto dock) - Departures - Oct 28 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0445 for the canal, Tufty (Cyp) at 1220 approx. for Toronto and Mia Desgagnes at 1430 approx. for Bronte

Hamilton:
Arrival -Oct 28 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 0428, Algoma Spirit at 0514, G3 Marquis at 0726, - to the anchorage from Oshawa - Anchored - Oct 25 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1620 - Oct 28 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 0050 (from the dock) and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1210 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Oct 25 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0935, Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440, and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 -Oct 28 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 (from the anchorage) - Departure - (for the canal) - Oct 28 - Algoma Enterprise at 0757

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 27 - Robert S Pierson at 2326 - Oct 28 - Algoma Transport 0941 - Departure - Oct 28 - Robert S Pierson at 0839

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 28 - McKeil Spirit at 1016 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up, awaiting clearance to depart)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 28 - NACC Quebec at 0830 - Departure - Oct 28 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0757 for Hamilton

 

Invasives, pollution worry Great Lakes people most

10/29 - Great Lakes residents are more concerned about invasive species than climate change, according to a recent poll. But researchers say the two are closely linked.

“Climate change is just one more disturbance that helps invasive species to rise,” said Carrie Brown-Lima, director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University. “Invasive species are the first to adapt to warmer climate, but native species don’t have that advantage,” Brown-Lima said.

An invasive species is one transported by people to places where it is not found and that causes ecological and economic damage.

The poll by the International Joint Commission and the Great Lakes Water Quality Board reveals the attitudes of more than 4,000 regional residents regarding Great Lakes issues. Those polled ranked invasive species only below pollution in a list of concerns about the Great Lakes water quality and surrounding environment. Seventeen percent said invasive species was of highest concern. Only 3 percent listed climate change as one of their top worries.

In warmer water, certain invasive fish have a higher metabolism which helps them compete against native fish, Brown-Lima said. They eat native food and the natives themselves. The process could eliminate species that were once native to the region.

Invasive plant species in the Great Lakes are much more resilient than native species which makes them far more likely to thrive and disrupt ecosystems, she said.

Increasing water temperatures in the lakes leads to shorter periods of ice, allowing for the invasive aquatic species to thrive, Brown-Lima said. The annual ice coverage of the Great Lakes decreased 71 percent between 1973 and 2010, according to the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that focuses on adapting to climate change.

The poll also found:
• Most respondents (88 percent) think protecting the Great Lakes is crucial.
• About 95 percent of the 300 indigenous respondents said there were too few regulations protecting the Great Lakes; 50 percent of non-indigenous respondents said there were too few regulations.
• The biggest environmental con
cern that 30 percent of respondents listed is pollution to the lakes. • Millennials 18-34 years old and those with liberal political views are more likely to support policy to protect the Great Lakes than conservatives or other age groups.

Great Lakes Echo via Soo Evening News

 

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.

 

Port Reports -  October 28

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Finnborg arrived Duluth at 06:00 Saturday morning and tied up at Port Terminal, most likely to unload general cargo. American Century left port at 06:34 with coal, at which point her fleetmate American Integrity shifted to Midwest Energy and began loading. Lee A. Tregurtha was inbound at 07:02 with limestone to discharge at Graymont. Algoma Discovery, which had been waiting at anchor for the James R. Barker to finish loading, arrived at 14:05 to load iron ore pellets at CN. The Barker departed at 15:04 for Indiana Harbor with her ore cargo. Michipicoten came in at 15:34 and joined the Discovery at CN, and American Integrity left Duluth with coal at 18:02. Eemsborg was still in port Saturday loading beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Algoma Guardian loaded ore at Burlington Northern before departing at 09:15 for Hamilon. CSL Tadoussac was inbound a few minutes later and began loading. Burns Harbor also came in at 10:10, and docked at Lakehead Pipeline to take a delay. Lee A. Tregurtha departed from Graymont via the Superior entry at 15:52, and headed for Two Harbors to load. The Tadoussac was expected to depart from BN at 21:00.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
When the Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Oct. 26th her AIS hadn't been updated. Her AIS is now showing Detroit. The Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Oct. 26th at 22:19 for Gary. Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on the 26th at 23:08 for South of #2 and departed on Oct. 27th at 10:28 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 27th was the Lee A. Tregurtha at 17:58 for South of #2. She had unloaded limestone at Graymont in Superior. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 28th is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Oct. 27th at 09:15 for Ashtabula. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 28th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday October 27th: 0:44 CSL Welland departed Viterra A for Montreal. 3:43 Spruceglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 9:21 Federal Elbe arrived and went to anchor. 11:24 Manitoulin arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 20:35 Manitoulin departed Richardson Current River Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Sunday: Salties Eemsgracht and Federal Hunter.

St. Marys River
St Clair was upbound Saturday afternoon on her first trip after leaving layup. She is sporting a coat of fresh paint. She passed downbound fleetmate American Mariner in the upper river and they exchanged company salutes. Other upbounders included Cuyahoga early, and Eemsgracht mid-day. Federal Hunter was headed for DeTour late. Downbounders included CSL Welland and Indiana Harbor.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
On Saturday morning the new build cement barge Commander (ex Cleveland Rocks) was floated out of the large graving dock at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. About noon the Roger Blough arrived and backed into slip next the graving dock for some repair work.

Lake Michigan Ports
PM 41/Undaunted came in to Holland Friday night and tied up at Padnos to load. Wilfred Sykes was pulling in to Ferrysburg Saturday night to unload. Federal Clyde was at Burns Harbor, with Isolda arriving in the late evening. Alpena was unloading on the Calumet River.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Stoneport: Kaye E Barker departed for Marquette. Calcite: Calumet departed for Burns Harbor. 5:31 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. 1:03 John G Munson arrived to load and at 19:26 after taking on a partial load went to anchor. John J Boland arrived to load. Port Inland: Mississagi departed for Spragge. 11:00 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Clyde S. Van Enkevort /Erie Trader departed for Duluth Superior. Olive L Moore arrived to load and at 13:11 departed for Saginaw. 19:00 Algoma Innovator arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Alpena: Algoma Buffalo departed for Lorian. Spragge: 11:38 Algoma Innovator departed for Port Dolomite. 12:12 Mississagi arrived to unload limestone and departed at 18:10.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Adriaticborg remained at the elevators on Saturday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Joyce L VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Ashtabula, Ohio
Algoma Niagara was docked on Saturday night, with H. Lee White waiting to come in.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Oct 27 – Barry Andersen
(High winds were affecting some vessels going to exposed docks)

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 27 - Algoma Hansa at 1056 (from the dock)

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1340 - Oct 25 - Algoma Hansa at 1458 - Oct 27 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1035, Departures - (all westbound) - Oct 27 - Frontenac at 0550, tug Algoma Hansa at 1000 out to anchorage, Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1033 and Algocanada at 1519

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 27 - NACC Argonaut eta 2030

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Oakglen at 1449 and Tim S Dool eta 1919 - Departed - (for the canal) - Oct 26 - Tim S Dool at 2045 and Oakglen at 2255

Welland Canal:
Upbound Oct 25 - Torrent (Cyp) at 2141 - Oct 26 - Thunder Bay at 0324, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1255 - Oct 27 - NACC Argonaut at 0741, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1130 approx. to Port Weller anchorage), CSL Niagara at 1432, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1749 and Baie Comeau eta 2230

Downbound Oct 25 - Oakglen at 1420 (to Port Colborne anchorage), Tim S Dool at 2104 and Oakglen at 2317 - Oct 27 - Algoma Transport at 0615, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0755, Algoma Enterprise at 0831, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1308, Federal Schelde (Mhl) at 1500, tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1852

Port Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 27 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1747

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 27 - Mia Desgagnes (waiting for Bronte dock), Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1155 and Tufty (Cyp) at 1823 (waiting for Toronto dock)

Hamilton:
Arrival - Oct 27 - Algoma Enterprise eta 2230 - Oct 23 - Anchored - Oct 23 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 25 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1620 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 21 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1708 - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 25 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0935 and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 - Departures - Oct 27 - Algoma Spirit at 0524, and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0924 for the canal (anchored at Port Weller)

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 26 - Robert S Pierson (anchored off Clarkson) at 2303 - Oct 27 - Algoma Transport eta 2100 (to anchor)

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up)

Oshawa:
Docked - Oct 25 Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0742 - Oct 27 - NACC Quebec (anchored off Oshawa) at 0936

 

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.

 

Ranger III celebrates 60 years of service

10/27 - Houghton, Mich. – The Ranger III ferry service connecting Houghton, Mich., to Isle Royale National Park completed 60 years of service this October. The Ranger III is a 165-foot long, 34-foot wide, 648-ton vessel that carries 128 passengers. She has a nine-member crew.

On Nov. 1, Isle Royale National Park closes for the season. From Nov. 1 through April 15 annually, Isle Royale and its surrounding islands close to all visitors. All islands reopen April 16. The Houghton Visitor Center remains open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm all year. The park begins taking reservations January 2, 2019 for Ranger III’s 61st season.

In addition, the Ranger III leaves for dry dock in Superior, Wis., Sunday, October 28. It is approximately a 14-hour trip from Houghton, Mich.

National Park Service

 

Port Reports -  October 27

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
A busy Friday in Duluth started with the arrival of Edgar B. Speer, which passed under the lift bridge at 05:48 and stopped for fuel at Husky Energy before shifting down to Burlington Northern in Superior to load iron ore pellets. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 06:41 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and American Century was inbound at 08:03. She tied up at Husky Energy to wait for the Tregurtha to finish loading. American Mariner left port at 10:53, bound for Buffalo with a load of grain from General Mills. Edwin H. Gott came in at 11:26 to take a delay at Port Terminal, and American Integrity arrived at 18:51. She was next in line to load coal at SMET after the Century. Paul R. Tregurtha was expected to depart at 19:00 with her coal cargo. James R. Barker was due at 23:00 to load iron ore at CN. Also in port was Eemsborg, taking on beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Edgar B. Speer loaded at BN throughout the day Friday, and was expected to depart early Saturday morning. Algoma Guardian and CSL Tadoussac were both on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 26th at approx. 04:35 for South of #2. She then departed on the 26th at 15:48. As of 19:15 she wasn’t showing an updated AIS. Also arriving Two Harbors on the 26th was the Presque Isle at approx. 08:38 for North of #2 where she took on a partial load at the gravity dock. She shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 16:00 and 16:25. As of 19:15 she was still loading. The Edwin H. Gott is due Two Harbors, but she was in Duluth undergoing a delay for repairs Friday. There is no other traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Oct. 27th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. at 09:30. As of 19:15 she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Oct. 27th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday October 26th: There were no ship movements at the port on Friday. CSL Welland was loading grain at Viterra A. The saltie Oborishte was loading at MobilEx Terminal. The saltie Lubie has been at anchor in the harbor since arriving October 16th. Expected for Saturday: Spruceglen, Manitoulin and Federal Elbe. Also, AIS has Duluth-Superior as the destination for Michipicoten but she was northeast of Isle Royale.

Lake Michigan Ports
Algowood and Federal Hunter were at Burns Harbor Friday night, with Wilfred Sykes at anchor. Mesabi Miner was unloading at Indiana Harbor. Federal Clyde, Federal Satsuki and Manitowoc were at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Calcite: 21:42 John Marshall arrived. 21:44 Lee A Tregurtha departed for Duluth Superior. Friday, Stoneport: Joseph H Thompson departed for Cleveland. 10:57 Kay E Barker arrived to load. Calcite: 11:47 Calumet arrived to load. Port Inland: H Lee White departed for Ashtabula. 16:00 Mississagi arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 7:57 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Spragge: 10:30 Algoma Innovator arrived to unload. Alpena: Samuel De Champlain departed for Detroit. 13:55 Algoma Buffalo arrived to unload road salt.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Friday was a damp and rainy day in the area, but brought two visitors to the Thunder Bay River. The tug Paul L. Luedtke and Derrick boat no. 16 along with another barge tied up the river early afternoon. Algoma Buffalo made its first visit to Alpena under the new name Friday afternoon. It backed into the river stern first, to unload road salt from Goderich, ON at the Alpena Oil Dock. Algoma Buffalo departed around 8:30pm and headed out into the bay.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo cleared Goderich Thursday after 4 pm and delivered her salt load to Alpena Mich. Adriaticborg was loading at the elevators on Friday.

Saginaw River
The tug Spartan and the barge Spartan 2 arrived at the Dow Chemical dock to unload on Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The St. Clair, who recently came out of lay up, arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. Next was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder, with stone for the St. Clair Aggregates dock. Last was the Samuel De Champlain/Innovation, with cement for Lafarge.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Oct 26 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1340 - Oct 25 - Algoma Hansa at 1458 and Frontenac at 1848 - Departure - Oct 26 - Algoma Niagara at 0640 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Oakglen at 1449 and Tim S Dool eta 1919

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 24 - Celsius Mumbai (Mhl) (ex Bum Eun-13) at 2211 (to anchor at Port Weller) - Oct 25 - Torrent (Cyp) at 2141 - Oct 26 - Thunder Bay at 0324, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1255. Downbound - Oct 25 - Algonova at 0828, Baie Comeau at 1217, Whitefish Bay at 1556 and Algoma Spirit at 1704 - Oct 26 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0324, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 1028, Oakglen at 1420 (to Port Colborne anchorage), Tim S Dool eta 1919

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 25 - Celsius Mumbai (Mhl) (ex Bum Eun-13) at 0705 approx. - Departed - Oct 26 at 2118 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 26 - Algoma Spirit at 0636, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1827,

Oct 23 - Anchored - Oct 23 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 25 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1620 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 21 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1708 - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 25 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0935 and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 (from the anchorage) - Departure - Oct 25 - Algoma Strongfield at 2147 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 26 - Robert S Pierson eta 2100

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up)

Oshawa:
Docked - Oct 25 Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0742

 

Mystery surrounds old Lake Michigan shipwreck, woman left tied to the mast

10/27 - Frankfort, Mich. – It was 138 years ago this fall that a schooner hauling iron ore met a violent end in a sudden squall in northern Lake Michigan. The wreck still litters the lake's bottom near Frankfort - and sparked a haunting mystery that continues to be part of Great Lakes lore: a woman who died lashed to the sinking ship's mast.

Boaters have floated over the waterlogged timbers off shore. They're all that remain of the J. Hazard Hartzell. That, and a U.S. Life Saving Service annual report that goes into great detail about the 1880 wreck and its controversial rescue effort.

The story itself is that of an extraordinary effort. Townspeople and surfmen from the nearby Life Saving Station worked together under grueling conditions for more than 12 hours to save the seven men aboard. But the only woman on the ship - a cook named Lydia Dale from Toledo - remained frustratingly out of reach.

One sailor after another reached the safety of the beach that horrible day, only to tell rescuers that the woman was already dead. But was it true?

A movie has been made about the Hartzell. At least one book has been loosely based on the wreck.

But to truly understand what it was like out there in that vicious squall - a day that became known as the Big Blow because it sent other ships under the waves - one only has to read the harrowing account penned in that annual government report. The level of detail is amazing. And if that writer didn't go on to author adventure novels, it was a loss for readers everywhere.

We're drawing from that historical account here to tell the Hartzell's story, and show you why the mystery of Lydia Dale persists.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/10/mystery_surrounds_old_lake_mic.html

 

Chi-Cheemaun model complete after years of work

10/27 - Owen Sound, Ont. – A lot has changed since Ted Bluhm first started work on a model of the MS Chi-Cheemaun in 2002.

It has taken about 16 years, but the 45-inch-long model is now complete and on display at the Owen Sound Transportation Company headquarters at Springmount. Bluhm started the project, but when his first wife Mia fell ill and passed away in 2008, he put the project on the backburner for about four years. But he dusted it off at the encouragement of his second wife, Bev.

But when he finally did get going again on the project, the Chi-Cheemaun itself was undergoing a lot of change, including renovations to the ship’s interior, new lifeboats and a First Nations-inspired design on its exterior. So Bluhm made the changes to the model itself.

“They have changed it so damn much,” Bluhm said with a laugh. “I had to change it all around.”

Bluhm, 81, got into building boat models with former co-worker Peter Adamson following their retirement from Hobart. He started out building tugboats and trawlers, but then decided to take on the Chi-Cheemaun.

“I got a set of plans for it,” said Bluhm, who has now shifted his focus to wood turning and a bit of carving. “I soon realized she was a big boat.”

Read more and see a photo of the model at this link: https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/chi-cheemaun-model-complete-after-years-of-work

 

Mariners' Church of Detroit to present Fitzgerald program by Fred Stonehouse

10/27 - Metamorphosis: How the Edmund Fitzgerald Went From Fact to Great Lakes Legend, a lecture by Frederick Stonehouse, Maritime Historian Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m.

This event will be held at Mariners' Church, 170 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit, MI 48226. (313) 259-2206.

Please click on the link below to view the video and RSVP for the lecture: http://marinerschurchofdetroit.org/greatlakes You are also cordially invited to our Annual Great Lakes Memorial Service, Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m. All military personnel, both active and retired, are invited to be in uniform and participate in the Honor Guard during the Bell Memorial.

As a reminder, parking for all our services is free and secure in the Ford Underground Garage located at the corner of Woodward and Jefferson Avenues. Please bring your parking ticket with you into the church to receive your validation sticker.

Mariners' Church of Detroit

 

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.

 

New Seaway anchorages approved at Cape Vincent and Tibbitts Point

10/26 - The U.S. Coast Guard has approved new anchorages at Cape Vincent and Tibbitts Point, effective as of July 30. This will allow Seaway pilots that anchor to await a relief at Cape Vincent and Tibbitts Point to leave the vessel and be relieved of that duty.

The request for designated anchorages in the Cape Vincent area was brought to light during the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation’s bi-annual Customer Survey of Owners and Agents in 2016. The goal of these surveys is to gain input from Seaway customers about issues that have arisen for them, discuss solutions, and provide resolution where possible. The SLSDC took the lead on this issue as the area in question was in the U.S. waters of the system. Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

Seaway pilots must anchor at designated anchorages in order to be relieved of duty. Once the vessel anchors in a designated anchorage, the pilot may be relieved of duty and transported from the vessel while it awaits a new relief pilot. Because Cape Vincent is a pilot exchange point for lake pilots and river pilots, it requires two different anchorages, one on the lake for down-bound vessels, and one in the river for up-bound vessels.

Vessels were anchoring in these areas already, however, they were never officially designated as Seaway anchorages. Thus, pilots were not allowed to leave the vessel and customers were being charged an overtime rate for those hours the vessel was at anchor.

SLSDC solicited input from U.S. and Canadian local pilot associations, who concurred that the new anchorages would be a helpful solution. This change will be a significant benefit to Seaway customers. Furthermore, it will benefit pilots as well by allowing them to leave the vessel and more quickly return into the rotation for another assignment.

View charts at this link: http://greatlakesseaway.org/new-seaway-anchorages-approved-at-cape-vincent-and-tibbitts-point

 

Port Reports -  October 26

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Republic arrived Duluth at 01:16 Thursday morning with a load of limestone for Hallett #5. Manitoulin was outbound from CN at 06:47 with iron ore for Sault Ste. Marie. Early in the afternoon, Great Republic shifted to Midwest Energy to load coal, and was expected to depart at 20:00. Also in port was Eemsborg, loading beet pulp pellets at Gavilon, and American Mariner, loading grain at General Mills. She had unloaded limestone at Graymont after arriving on Wednesday. In Superior, Algoma Compass arrived at 03:36 Thursday to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was outbound at 14:02.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Oct. 26th are tentatively the Indiana Harbor, Presque Isle, and the Edwin H. Gott. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Oct. 26th. Neither port had traffic on Oct. 25th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
hursday October 25th: There were no ship movements at the port on Thursday. CSL Welland was loading grain at Viterra A. The saltie Oborishte was loading at MobilEx Terminal. The saltie Lubie has been at anchor in the harbor since arriving October 16th.

St. Marys River<BR> U.S. Coast Guard cutter Katmai Bay returned to its homeport Thursday after a refit on the East Coast. After a short stay at the Export Dock, Algoma Innovator headed downbound for Goderich in the evening. Cuyahoga arrived at Essar with stone about 10 p.m.

Lake Michigan Ports
Mississagi arrived at Green Bay Thursday with salt for the Fox River Terminal. Federal Hunter was in Burns Harbor. Stewart J. Cort left Burns Harbor in the early evening. Hon. James L. Oberstar was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Clyde and Federal Satsuki were at S. Chicago. Gardno was at Milwaukee.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Stoneport: Dorothy Ann arrived to load and departed for Detroit. Joseph H Thompson Jr arrived to load. Calcite: 1:06 John G Munson departed for Buffington. 7:48 Lee A Tregurtha arrived to load. Port Inland: H Lee White arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Undaunted arrived to load and at 7:23 departed for Grand Haven.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Bruce Mines: Manitowoc departed for Calumet.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading salt on Thursday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Sea Eagle 2/St. Marys Cement arrived at the St. Marys Cement dock to unload cement. Next was the Kaye E. Barker, with a load of ore for Severstal Steel. The unbound Calumet stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The Cason J. Callaway arrived at the Carmeuse Dock to unload stone. Lastly, the tug Cheyenne was docked in the Rouge Short Cut.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Oct 25 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Oct 23 - Algoma Hansa returned to anchorage at 1800 from Nanticoke dock - Departed Oct 25 at 1605 approx. for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1340 - Oct 25 - Algoma Hansa at 1458 from the anchorage and Algoma Niagara at 1622

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 24 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (departed wharf 16) at 0755, Algoma Enterprise at 2138, Celsius Mumbai (Mhl) (ex Bum Eun-13) at 2211 (to anchor at Port Weller) and Algoma Niagara at 2219 - Oct 25 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0616, Baie St Paul at 0703 and Torrent (Cyp)

Downbound - Oct 24 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 0940, Atlantic Huron at 1622, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1714 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1936 - Oct 25 - Algonova at 0828, Baie Comeau at 1217, Whitefish Bay at 1556 and Algoma Spirit at 1704

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 25 - Celsius Mumbai (Mhl) (ex Bum Eun-13) at 0705 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 25 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0935 (from Bronte), Blacky (Cyp) at 1557 (to the anchorage). Oct 23 - Anchored - Oct 23 - Wicko (Bhs) at 0045 (out from the dock) and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 25 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1620Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 21 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1708 - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Oct 24 - Algoma Strongfield at 1317 - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 from the anchorage - Departure - Oct 24 - eastbound - Algoma Harvester at 2149 and Adriaticborg at 2222 for Goderich - Oct 25 - Celsius Mumbai (Mhl) (ex Bum Eun-13) at 0506 for Port Weller anchorage and CSL Laurentien at 0844 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 23 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2209 - Departed Oct 25 at 0815 for Hamilton

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 24 - Robert S Pierson at 0215 - Departed Oct 24 at 1149 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival -Oct 24 - NACC Argonaut at 0548 - Departed Oct 25 at 0709 eastbound - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up)

Oshawa:
Anchored - Oct 24 Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 2007 (anchored) - Oct 25 Departed anchorage at 0735 - Docked at 0742

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Departure: McKeil Spirit at 13:30 Thursday for Picton, Ont.

 

Cuyahoga makes its 2nd visit of the season

10/26 - Grand Haven, Mich. – The Canadian-flagged Cuyahoga was inbound early Thursday morning with a load of trap rock from Bruce Mines, Ont. The “Hog” traveled up the Grand River to the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg, unloaded and was backing out to Lake Michigan before noon.

Interlake Steamship Co.’s self-unloading motor vessel Kaye E. Barker arrived late Sunday morning with a load for the Verplank dock. The Barker’s cargo was stone that was taken aboard in Port Inland, Mich. After unloading into the evening, the Barker departed at around sunset.

The Cuyahoga was visiting for the second time so far this season. It was the 13th visit of the season for the Barker.

The Cuyahoga has been sailing the Great Lakes since 1943. It was built at the American Shipbuilding Co. in Lorain, Ohio, as the Mesabi and entered service for the Great Lakes Steamship Co. as the J. Burton Ayers. During its career, the vessel spent time under the banners of Wilson Marine Transit, Kinsman Marine and then the Columbia Transportation Division of the Oglebay Norton Co.

In the 1990s, the Ayers was often subject to early layups due to its small size. Amid rumors of being sold for scrap, the vessel was purchased by Lower Lakes Ltd. in 1995 and renamed Cuyahoga.

The small size of the Cuyahoga was the reason it was laid up so often in the ‘90s, but that is now an advantage for the venerable carrier, as it frequents ports with narrow rivers. One such river is the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, for which the vessel is named.

We may see the arrival of a vessel at the power plant in the next week or so.

Grand Haven Tribune

 

Raffle winner to set sail on Great Lakes freighter

10/26 - Toledo, Ohio – When Gary Murphy won a raffle two years ago that raised money for the National Museum of the Great Lakes, he asked for — and was granted — the right to take the second-place prize instead.

After all, the top prize was just money: $10,000. Second prize, however, was a trip for up to six people aboard a working Great Lakes freighter — a voyage for which direct tickets are not sold.

“My real interest was in going on a freighter,” said Mr. Murphy of Perrysburg who, with his wife and two friends, traveled aboard the Paul R. Tregurtha from St. Clair, Mich., down to Monroe, up to Superior, Wis., and then back to St. Clair a couple of summers ago.

Like others who win such trips, Mr. Murphy’s group was put up in the suite aboard the Tregurtha that its owner, Interlake Steamship Co., also uses for company executives or other official guests. They were greeted upon boarding by the ship’s captain, Mr. Murphy was allowed to take the helm briefly, and they dined three times per day on “out of this world” food.

“The people on the boat were just unbelievably nice,” Mr. Murphy recalled Tuesday. “They treated us like kings.”

The Great Lakes Historical Society, which opened the Toledo museum in 2014 but operated a smaller museum in Vermilion, Ohio before that, will hold its 19th annual “freighter trip” drawing on Saturday.

The 18 previous drawings have raised just over $1 million toward society operations, which include museum expenses, educational programs, publishing a journal, and conducting archaeology, said Christopher Gillcrist, the museum’s executive director.

To raise that kind of money, tickets aren’t cheap — a single chance costs $100, while three tickets bought at the same time costs $250. But only 1,500 tickets are sold for each drawing, which means one’s odds of winning a freighter trip — or $10,000 — are much better than winning a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot.

Other prizes include a trip aboard the J.W. Westcott Co. mailboat — “the only floating post office in the United States,” according to the museum — in Detroit during a mail delivery to a freighter, or life membership in the museum.

Mark Barker, Interlake’s president, said charitably providing excursions aboard its vessels — mainly the Tregurtha, which is the largest vessel sailing on the Great Lakes, but sometimes others — is part of a long-running Great Lakes shipping industry tradition.

“We give something unique for these organizations, and help them raise funds for what they do,” Mr. Barker said. “It’s a unique experience — a great way to see the Lakes,” he said.

Of the 1,500 tickets available for the upcoming National Museum of the Great Lakes drawing, 862 have been sold. People interested in entering the drawing should contact the museum at 419-214-5000, ext. 200

Toledo Blade

 

Port authority, Mission to Seafarers support marine industry workers

10/26 - Hamilton, Ont. – The Hamilton Port Authority and the Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario (MTSSO) have launched a campaign to help marine industry workers deal with trauma in its immediate aftermath with the hope of preventing post-traumatic stress disorder.

The pilot project puts in place a "crisis plan" in which an emergency phone number is provided to port tenants, shipping agents and seafarers that directly connects them to a Mission to Seafarers chaplain, said Vicki Gruber, Hamilton harbour master and manager of port security.

"From minutes to hours, they will dispatch someone to arrive on-site to deal with the incident and those involved," she said.

Workers in the marine industry could be exposed to an accident or death, extreme weather or a shipboard event — all of which could result in critical incident stress. The intention is to provide an immediate response while people seek additional support followed by a debriefing a week and a month later to make sure they are receiving the help they need, Gruber added.

"The biggest thing is we want people to be aware that it is OK to ask for help in times of critical incident stress," Gruber said. "What they are feeling is a common reaction."

Work on the project has been underway for about a year-and-a-half after an incident in Hamilton in which a 26,000-pound slab of steel flattened a longshoreman's foot, said Rev. Judith Alltree, executive director of the MTSSO. Two seafarers witnessed it and were "very, very distressed," she said.

Alltree said she phoned Gruber and the two of them sat in her office with the seafarers, talking and mostly listening to them. The incident brought up other issues in their lives, she said.

"It's about dealing with trauma, and the faster you can deal with trauma, the better it is for the person who's dealing with it to get help and move away from it and not have it affect the rest of your life," she said.

The Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario cares for seafarers arriving in the ports of Hamilton, Toronto and Oshawa. This project is launching in Hamilton first because that port is the largest, has the greatest need and has offered the most support for the pilot, but the goal is to roll it out in Toronto and Oshawa by spring, Alltree said.

"Ports are very vulnerable places to work — no matter what job you're doing," she said. "We want people to feel that no matter what, we are there to serve them and to help them and take care of them in the event of an accident."

Hamilton Spectator

 

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.

 

New Soo Lock project reaches milestone, may now compete for funding

10/25 - Detroit, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that the new Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., reached a new milestone, Tuesday when President Donald J. Trump signed America's Water Infrastructure Act into law.

Since this act includes authorization for the construction of the new lock, the project can now compete with other construction projects throughout the country for appropriations, or funding. The project is authorized to be 100 percent federally funded and will be considered for appropriations in the next funding cycle.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, understands the significance of this critical project,” said Lt. Col. Greg Turner, district engineer. “We stand ready to execute the New Soo Lock construction and have already begun taking steps to minimize the time from receipt of funding to project completion.”

This authorization is for construction at the current cost estimate of $922.4 million, which was updated as part of the New Soo Lock Economic Validation Study that was completed in June by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

The Soo Locks are situated on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and allow vessels to transit the 21 foot elevation change at the St. Marys Falls. This New Soo Lock project would construct a second Poe-sized lock (110' by 1,200') on the site of the existing Davis and Sabin Locks. The Soo Locks are nationally critical infrastructure and the reliability of this critical node in the Great Lakes Navigation System is essential to U.S. manufacturing and National Security.

For more information about the New Soo Lock project, visit the website https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/About/Highlighted-Projects/New_Soo_Lock

To read the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 in full: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2800/text

 

Port Reports -  October 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cuyahoga led a parade of inbound vessels in Duluth on Wednesday, arriving at 04:18 to load iron ore pellets at CN. Capt. Henry Jackman came in at 05:06, and headed down to Superior to load ore at the Burlington Northern dock. American Mariner arrived next at 10:11 with limestone to discharge at Graymont Superior, and was followed into port by Michipicoten at 10:28. She tied up at CN for a load of ore following the departure of Cuyahoga, which left port at 13:30. The Michipicoten was outbound at 20:01 with her ore cargo. Manitoulin was expected around 21:30, also to load at CN. At the Superior entry, the saltie Eemsborg arrived at 16:30 to load beet pulp pellets at the Gavilon elevator, and Capt. Henry Jackman departed from BN with iron ore pellets at 18:27.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Frontenac departed Two Harbors on Oct. 23rd at 19:49 for Nanticoke. After she departed, she stopped for about 30-45 minutes off the Two Harbors piers. Shortly thereafter she continued down the lake.

Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 24th and has none scheduled for Oct. 25th. The CN ore docks in Two Harbors have no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 25th.

Hancock, Mich.
Algoma Compass was unloading salt on Wednesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 23rd: 22:44 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra B to load grain. Wednesday October 24th: 15:17 CSL Welland departed Viterra B and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 20:45 Federal Schelde departed Superior Elevator for Montreal.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Wednesday included Roger Blough, Oakglen, Philip R. Clarke, Mesabi Miner and Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. Upbounders included Algoma Innovator (to Essar) and Edgar B. Speer.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Stoneport: 10:00 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. Calcite: 9:51 John G Munson arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and departed at 18:00 for Lake Michigan.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Alpena: Manitowoc departed for Bruce Mines. Undaunted arrived to unload. Manitou towing the Invincible departed for Ashtabula. 15:13 Undaunted departed for Port Dolomite. 15:36 G L Ostrander departed for Milwaukee. Samuel de Champlain weighed anchor and proceeded to the Lafarge plant to load. St Ignace: 5:30 John G Munson weighed anchor and departed for Calcite. Bruce Mines: 12:30 Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock.

Saginaw River
Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived with stone for the Burroughs dock in Saginaw on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Wednesday was a busy day at the Port of Detroit. Lee A Tregurtha arrived early Wednesday morning with ore for Severstal Steel. Arriving next was the Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. They were to unload ore at Zug Island. Later, the tugs Illinois and Wyoming towed the Algoma Buffalo up the Rouge River to the St. Marys Cement dock, where she unloaded cement clinker. The upbound Herbert C Jackson stopped at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. It was unknown why she docked there. Lastly, the Lake Ontario shifted from Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Oct 24 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Oct 23 - Algoma Hansa returned to anchorage at 1800 from Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
arrivals - Oct 21 - Patras (Mlt) at 2330 from the anchorage - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1340 - Departure - Oct 24 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1630

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 22 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 2128 (awaiting dock at Ashtabula) - Departed Oct 24 at 0619

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 22 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopping at wharf 16) - Oct 23 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 2110 and Algoma Discovery at 2215 - Oct 24 - Saginaw from wharf 6, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0616 and Baie St Paul at 0703, Algoma Enterprise at 2138 and Algoma Niagara eta 2200

Downbound -
Oct 22 - Cedarglen at 1155, Tecumseh at 1401, John D Leitch at 1758, Algoma Enterprise at 1926 and Florence Spirit at 2104 - Oct 24 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 0940, Atlantic Huron at 1622, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1714 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1936

Welland Canal docks:
Departures - Oct 24 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0755 from wharf 16) and Saginaw from wharf 6 - both westbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 24 - Algoma Enterprise at 0936 and Algoma Strongfield at 1317 - Oct 23 - Anchored - Oct 23 - Wicko (Bhs) at 0045 (out from the dock), Lyulin (Mlt) at 0537 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 19 - Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1518 - Oct 21 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1708 and Algoma Harvester at 1853 - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Oct 22 - CSL Laurentien at 1229, Celsius Mumbai (Mhl) (ex Bum Eun-13) at 2211 - Departure - (for the canal) - Oct 24 - Algoma Enterprise at 1848

Bronte:
Arrival - Bro Anna (Sgp) eta 2115

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 24 - Robert S Pierson at 0215 - Departed Oct 24 at 1149 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - NACC Argonaut at 0548 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up)

Oshawa:
Anchored - Oct 24 Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) eta 2057

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Arrival: McKeil Spirit at Lehigh Cement Dock at about 13:00 Wednesday.

 

Lake Superior gains over 2 trillion gallons due to recent heavy rain

10/25 - The power of a large rain system is incredible. The recent heavy rain over Lake Superior and Lake Superior's drainage basin put an unbelievable amount of new water in one of the largest lakes in the world.

Over the past 30 days, all of the surface of Lake Superior had at least 5.8 inches of rain. Some smaller sections had over 13 inches of rain in the past 30 days. Total rainfall between September 22 and October 22, 2018

As a result of the heavy rain, Lake Superior lake levels have increased five inches in the past two weeks.

This is the time of year when water levels on the Great Lakes typically start to fall. The colder air doesn't normally produce the heavy precipitation of summer. The water level forecast is for water levels to drop over the next few months. That water drop may eventually be the case, but not this month.

The rule of thumb is one inch of water on Lake Superior is equal to 550 million gallons of water. An increase of five inches of water on Lake Superior means an additional 2.75 trillion gallons were added to Lake Superior in just the past few weeks.

View charts at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2018/10/lake_superior_gains_over_2_tri.html

 

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.

 

President signs legislation authorizing funding for new Soo Lock

10/24 - Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation that includes authorization for $922.4 million to build a large replacement lock at the Upper Peninsula's Soo Locks.

Congress had sent Trump the water-infrastructure bill after approving it this fall. Funding for the lock will need to be appropriated at a later date.

The legislation relied on a cost estimate by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a report this year recommending a 1,200-foot-long lock to mirror the 49-year-old Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie.

The report also provided an economic analysis that finally allows the project to compete for construction funding after decades of delay.

The Poe is the only one of the four locks owned and operated by the Army Corps in the Soo big enough to handle the largest freighters that carry 89 percent of the cargo through the corridor.

An unexpected outage could disrupt the supply chain for steel production and manufacturing.

 

Poe Lock reopens after critical repairs

10/24 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The Poe Lock reopened around 6 p.m. Tuesday after day-long repairs to gate components.

Vessels delayed were the downbound Whitefish Bay and the upbound Algoma Compass and Manitoulin. Smaller vessels, such as the upbound Eemsborg and Great Republic were not delayed since they are of a size that could be handled by the smaller MacArthur Lock.

 

Manitou heading to Ashtabula with tug Invincible in tow

10/24 - The tug Manitou, towing the tug Invincible, sought a break from the windy weather Tuesday off Alpena. They are believed to be bound for Ashtabula, were the coupling pins removed earlier this year from the tug Jane Ann IV will be installed on the Invincible.

Ben & Chanda McClain

 

Port Reports -  October 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth at 13:28 Tuesday for Indiana Harbor with a cargo of iron ore pellets from CN, and Philip R. Clarke left port at 14:44 after loading sinter at Hallett #5. There are no arrivals scheduled until early Wednesday morning. In Superior, Roger Blough departed at 08:00 Thursday with ore from Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Oakglen arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd at 21:19 for South of #2. She departed on Oct. 23rd at 11:10 for Quebec City. The Frontenac got underway off Two Harbors on Oct. 23rd between 11:00-11:10, arriving Two Harbors at 11:37 for South of #2. As of 19:00 on Oct. 23rd she was still at the loading dock. Two Harbors has no traffic scheduled for Oct. 24th

Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 04:19 on Oct. 23rd. She departed on the 23rd at 14:14 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 24th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 22nd: 22:50 Capt. Henry Jackman arrived at the MobilEx salt dock to unload road salt. Tuesday October 23rd: 16:03 Capt. Henry Jackman departed the MobilEx salt dock for Superior, Wis. Expected late Tuesday: CSL Welland.

St. Marys River
Algoma Compass made its way to the old Carbide dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., early Tuesday morning and started unloading its second load of road salt just before 0600 hours. It discharged around 11,000 tons, adding to the 17,000 tons delivered last week by the Algoma Sault. The salt will be distributed to road commissions all across the Eastern Upper Peninsula. After the leaving the Sault, Algoma Compass headed for Hancock, Mich., to deliver more salt to that community. In other news, the Soo Locks Visitor Center is now closed for the season.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Tuesday brought many visitors to Thunder Bay. Cason J. Callaway was anchored throughout the day and was expected to head to Stoneport on Wednesday. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation was next to anchor around noon. Fleetmate G.L Ostrander and barge Integrity headed into Lafarge early afternoon and tied up under the silos to wait for product. Late evening brought the Manitowoc into Lafarge to unload product.

Limestone Report
Tuesday, Stoneport: 18:16 Olive L Moore departed for Saginaw. Port Inland: H Lee White arrived to load and departed at 16:00 departed and headed down bound on Lake Michigan.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 14:43 G L Ostrander arrived to load. Samuel de Champlain arrived and went to anchor. Cason J Callaway was scheduled for Stoneport but went to anchor in Thunder Bay to wait out the weather. 22:00 Manitowoc arrived to unload. St Ignace: 1:43 Undaunted arrived and went to anchor. John G Munson arrived and went to anchor. Both are waiting out the weather. 19:29 Undaunted departed for Alpena.

Saginaw River
John J. Boland arrived with stone for the Bay Aggregates dock Tuesday. Arriving later was her fleetmate American Century, with coal for Consumers Energy.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The saltie Lake Ontario arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse dock

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Oct 23 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Oct 23 - Algoma Hansa returned to anchorage at 1800 from Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 21 - Patras (Mlt) at 2330 from the anchorage - Oct 22 - Algoma Buffalo at 1123 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2205 - Oct 23 - Algocanada at 1340 - Docked - Oct 20 - CSL Tadoussac at 1420 approx. - Oct 22 - Algoma Buffalo at 1123 from the anchorage - Departure - Oct 22 - CSL Tadoussac at 2055 - Oct 23 - westbound - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1238 westbound - Algoma Hansa at 1347 (out to the anchorage) and Algoma Buffalo at 1338

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 22 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 2128 (awaiting dock at Ashtabula)

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 22 - Algowood at 0330, Algoma Hansa at 0742, and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopping at wharf 16) - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0611 (for PWDD), Algoma Guardian at 0710, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0833, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2047 and Algoma Discovery eta 2215. Downbound - Oct 22 - Robert S Pierson departed wharf 6), Oct 23 - CSL Assiniboine at 0148, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 0342, Saginaw at 0643 (stopping at wharf 12), Cedarglen at 1155, Tecumseh at 1401, John D Leitch at 1758, Florence Spirit at 1756 (anchored for traffic) and Algoma Enterprise at 1926

Welland Canal docks:
Oct 22 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopped at wharf 16) at 2241 - Oct 23 - Saginaw (stopped at wharf 12) at 0745 approx

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 23 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 0537, CSL Laurentien at 1229, Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1525 and Celsius Mumbai (Mhl) (ex Bum Eun-13 -) eta 2135 - Anchored - Oct 23 - Wicko (Bhs) at 0045 (out from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 19 - Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1518 - Oct 21 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1708 and Algoma Harvester at 1853 - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 - Departures - (for the canal) - Oct 23 - Algoma Guardian at 0508 and Algoma Discovery eta 2027

Bronte:
Arrival - Bro Anna (Sgp) eta 2115

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - note: Stephen B Roman (delayed - no time for departure - scheduled to sail on last trip to scrapyard)

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Tuesday McKeil Spirt unloaded cement.

Erie, Pa. – Jeff Benson
Calumet arrived in Erie to deliver salt to Mountfort Terminal and then shifted to load sand for Presque Isle State Park.

 

USS Sioux City departs for Annapolis

10/24 - Marinette, Wis. – After a test run Sunday night, the USS Sioux City departed Tuesday morning from the Wisconsin shipyard in which it was built, heading for its commissioning site on the East Coast.

Cmdr. James Malone said the ship and crew of 75 sailors should arrive in Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Naval Academy on Nov. 10, a week before its Nov. 17 commissioning. "We are excited and motivated to get this thing out of here and to Annapolis for commissioning," Malone said in a Monday afternoon phone interview from Marinette.

Malone said the crew sailed onto Lake Michigan Sunday and "shook the bugs out" before spending Monday making final preparations for the ship's maiden voyage.

Crew members are eager to get the trip to commissioning underway, Malone said. They've been in Wisconsin, away from their home base in Mayport, Florida, for about five months now, training on board the ship.

On Monday, temporary fenders were affixed to the USS Sioux City to prevent damage to the ship as it passes through the Welland Canal and its series of locks that bypass Niagara Falls between the Great Lakes Erie and Ontario.

The USS Sioux City will sail from Marinette, through Lake Michigan and Lake Huron before stopping in Detroit for fuel and supplies. It will then sail through Lake Erie, the Welland Canal and Lake Ontario and up the St. Lawrence River to Montreal, Canada, where the temporary fenders will be removed. From Montreal, it's on to Halifax, Canada, for fuel and supplies and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Malone said the ship should arrive on Nov. 7 in Norfolk, Virginia, where it will take on fuel and supplies before heading up the Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis.

The USS Sioux City will be the focal point of a week's worth of events leading up to the commissioning. A schedule of those events can be found online at https://usssiouxcitylcs11.org/.

Malone, the USS Sioux City's first commanding officer, has guaranteed that anyone from Sioux City who travels to Annapolis for the event will get a tour of the ship, and the day before the commissioning has been set aside for tours for visitors from Sioux City.

The USS Sioux City will depart from Annapolis the morning after its commissioning and sail to its home base in Mayport, where the crew will continue to train at sea and test the weapons systems after the ship's magazine has been loaded. Once training is completed, the ship may be deployed.

The USS Sioux City is the 11th in the class of littoral combat ships, which are designed to operate in shallower water close to shorelines.

Sioux City Journal

 

Port of Toledo posts big increase in grain exports

10/24 - Toledo, Ohio – Thousands of jobs and more than half a billion in annual economic impact. A new study shows those are the numbers tied to the Port of Toledo. Every year hundreds of freighters bring products in and out of the port, and that number is on the way up.

Water is one of the main reasons Toledo is here. The Maumee River and Lake Erie provided transportation options in and out of the city in the early days. Those waterways continue to be a big part of this region's economic success.

The Port of Toledo is the largest land mass port on the American side of the Great Lakes. There are 18 different facilities at the port that either ship out or receive cargo. Paul Toth is President and CEO of The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, "We're very well-balanced. We export almost as much as we import."

Through September of this year, vessels have moved more than 6.5 million short tons of cargo in and out of the port, everything from grain to salt and iron ore to coal. Joe Cappel is the Vice President of Business Development for the Port Authority. "It seems like when one commodity is down, something else is up. That makes for a well-balanced, even keel shipping season."

Cappel says the biggest growth this year was in grain exports. "Our grain terminals are twice as busy this year as they were last year. We're up over 90% and I think that is a combination of a strong yield last year and a good harvest this fall."

That grain ends up all over the world. Places like Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean region. "If all that grain had to be sold here, it would depress the yield. By sending it all over the world, local farmers are able to maximize the value of their yields."

Canadian red wheat that is brought to the flour mill on Front Street also ends up all over the world. "That mill has been there for decades. It is the largest flour mill in all of North America. Virtually any Nabisco product with flour was milled right here in northwest Ohio."

A new study shows that $669 million in annual economic activity is tied to the port along with more than 7,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Cappel says the entire port continues to show growth across the board. "Last year was a very good year, and we're up about 2% right now from last year. Also, back in 2016 our tonage was 4.5 million short tons, so to be at 6.5 short tons this year shows we're making good strides and on pace to finish strong this year."

The port's numbers are about to get a huge boost when Cleveland Cliffs opens its new facility here in 2020. Toth says the new plant will mean about 130 permanent jobs and bring an additional 100 ship loads a year in and out of Toledo. "It's a $700 million investment they're making, but it's also an ongoing annual investment. Between the iron ore coming in and the product that will be going out to the mini steel mills in the Midwest region, the project will only make our numbers better.”

WTVG

 

Duluth estimates Lake Superior storm damage at $18.4 million

10/24 - Duluth, Minn. – The city of Duluth estimates a storm last week caused $18.4 million in damage along Lake Superior. The city released its estimate Friday from the Oct. 10 storm, which packed winds of more than 60 mph that sent huge waves crashing ashore.

The St. Louis County Board meets today to consider requesting a state disaster declaration, which would require approval from Gov. Mark Dayton.

Damaged areas include the popular Lakewalk from Canal Park on the harbor up the shore to Leif Erickson Park, and the sidewalk behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Some of those areas were still being repaired after earlier storms. The city expects to reopen a temporary path on the Lakewalk in Canal Park and a temporary sidewalk behind the DECC before the end of next week.

KSTP

 

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.

 

Poe Lock to close for critical repair Tuesday

10/23 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has notified the shipping industry of expected delays at the Soo Locks after a repair will put the Poe Lock out of service Tuesday. Officials announced the closure Monday to repair gate components.

The Corps plans to close the lock for at least 12 hours starting Tuesday morning, but the closure could last up to 24 hours. There will be some impact to navigation, but smaller ships may still use the MacArthur Lock.

The outage was determined to be critical in order to make repairs to a heated gate before mid-December. Officials said not doing so could lead to an unexpected failure.

Earlier this month legislation that authorizes full funding for the modernization of the Soo Locks was sent to President Donald Trump to sign.

WPBN/WGTU

 

Duluth estimates Lake Superior storm damage at $18.4 million

10/23 - Duluth, Minn. – The city of Duluth estimates a storm last week caused $18.4 million in damage along Lake Superior. The city released its estimate Friday from the Oct. 10 storm, which packed winds of more than 60 mph that sent huge waves crashing ashore.

The St. Louis County Board meets today to consider requesting a state disaster declaration, which would require approval from Gov. Mark Dayton.

Damaged areas include the popular Lakewalk from Canal Park on the harbor up the shore to Leif Erickson Park, and the sidewalk behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Some of those areas were still being repaired after earlier storms. The city expects to reopen a temporary path on the Lakewalk in Canal Park and a temporary sidewalk behind the DECC before the end of next week.

KSTP

 

Port Reports -  October 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at 11:41 Monday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN, and Philip R. Clarke was inbound at 14:46 with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. Both vessels are expected to depart on Tuesday. In Superior, Algoma Spirit arrived at 05:48 Monday to load ore at Burlington Northern, and left port at 18:52 for Hamilton. Roger Blough had been at anchor outside the harbor, and arrived shortly after Algoma Spirit's departure and began loading.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on Oct. 21st at approx. 22:35 after a fast load of around 5 1/2 hours. She's headed for Detroit. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd at 07:01 was the Hon. James L. Oberstar for South of #2. The Oberstar departed Two Harbors on the 22nd at 17:48 for Indiana Harbor 7H. Arriving Two Harbors on the 22nd at 14:08 was the Frontenac for North of #2. After spending a few minutes there she departed the dock and was outbound the piers at 15:18 for anchorage about 2 miles SW of Two Harbors. She went to anchor at approx. 15:45. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd between 21:30 and 22:00 is the Oakglen. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 23rd.

Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Spirit on Oct. 22nd at 01:01 for Ashtabula. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 23rd is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arriving after unloading stone in Marquette.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 22nd: 1:37 Atlantic Huron departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sydney, NS. 15:32 Whitefish Bay departed Viterra A for Montreal. 16:38 Federal Schelde weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected late Monday: Capt. Henry Jackman. Expected for Tuesday: CSL Welland.

Lake Michigan Ports
Alpena was due with cement late Monday or early Tuesday. Other vessels in port Monday included Federal Elbe and Gardno. Algoma Transport was at Gary with Edgar B. Speer headed in. Wilfred Sykes was unloading at Indiana Harbor. Finnborg was at S. Chicago

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass departed with salt for Sault Ste. Marie early Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
There was no vessel activity at Detroit on Monday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Oct 22 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Departures - Oct 21 - Patras (Mlt)(ex Gan-Sword at 10) at 2316 for the Nanticoke dock - Oct 22 - Algoma Buffalo at 0335 for the dock

Nanticoke:
arrival - Oct 21 - Patras (Mlt) at 2330 from the anchorage - Docked - Oct 20 - CSL Tadoussac at 1420 approx. - Oct 22 - Algoma Buffalo at 1123 from the anchorage - Departure - Oct 21 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 2320 westbound

Buffalo:
Oct 21 - NACC Argonaut at 0733 - Departure - Oct 22 - NACC Argonaut at 0117 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound. Oct 21 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1544, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1843 (stopped wharf 17) Tim S Dool at 2042 and Baie Comeau at 2337 - Oct 22 - Isolda (Cyp) at 0134, Algowood at 0330, Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0507, Algoma Hansa at 0742 and Floragracht (Nld) - departed wharf 12 at 1743 approx. Downbound. Oct 21 - Algoma Discovery at 0845, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1352 and Robert S Pierson at 2110 (stopping at wharf 6 Thorold) - Oct 22 - NACC Argonaut at 0255, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0503, Regalica (Lbr) at 0618, Algoma Equinox at 1057 and Algosea at 1608 (headed to Port Weller anchorage). She will go into PWDD facility the morning of Oct 23

Welland Canal docks:
Oct 20 - Floragracht (Nld) (stopped wharf 12) and tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit (to wharf 16) at 0638 - Oct 21 - Robert S Pierson (stopped wharf 6 Thorold at 0015) - Oct 22 - tug Evans Spirit & barge Niagara Spirit stopped wharf 17 at 1507 and Algowood stopped wharf 16 at 1950 - Departures - Oct 22 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit (from wharf 16) at 1210 and Robert S Pierson (from wharf 6) at 1605 downbound, Floragracht (Nld) at 1743 from wharf 12 for Detroit and tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1940

Port Weller anchorage:
Oct 22 - Regalica (Lbr) at 1905

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 22 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0720 and Algoma Discovery at 2217 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 19 - Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1518 - Oct 21 - Algoma Guardian at 0055, and Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1708 and Algoma Discovery eta 2315 - Oct 22 - Wicko (Bhs) at 0515 (from the anchorage) and Algoma Harvester at 1853 - Departures - Oct 22 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0005 for Detroit

Bronte:
Arrrival - Oct 20 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1911 from Port Weller anchorage - Oct 21 - Mia Desgagnes at 1232 - Departures Oct 22 (eastbound) - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0335 and Mia Desgagnes at 1810

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - note: Stephen B Roman (delayed - no time for departure - scheduled to sail on last trip to scrapyard)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 22 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0654 - Departed Oct 22 at 1616 eastbound

 

Freighter trip and more at museum fundraiser

10/23 - Toledo, Ohio – The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, will hold its annual fundraiser, H2Oh Making Waves, on Saturday evening October 27. The event features the museum’s Luck of the Lakes Raffle which has a $10,000 prize and a 4-6 day trip about an Interlake Steamship freighter in the 2019 season. Tickets are $100 each or three tickets for $250. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold but as of the final week of the raffle only 830 tickets have been sold. Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets can do so by calling 419-214-5000 extension 0.

In addition, the evening of the event the museum will have a silent and live auction that includes:

• A commission for a painting by world renown Great Lakes artist Paul LaMarre Jr. (restricted to Great Lakes bulk carriers or tugs with available documentation through ship plans or photos)

• A one day trip aboard the Paul Tregurtha between St. Clair and Monroe Michigan in the 2019 season.

• A private jet experience leaving Port Clinton, Ohio and traveling 400 miles. • A trip aboard the J. W. Westcott to deliver mail to a passing freighter in the 2019 season.

• And more

Individuals wishing to participate but who cannot attend the event can bid on items via phone and should contact Anna Kolin at 419-214-5000 extension 202. For more information visit the museum’s website at www.inlandseas.org or call 419-214-5000 extension 200.

 

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

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Duluth harbor was quiet on Sunday, with the only traffic being the departure of the James R. Barker from CN at 04:05. She was bound for Toledo with a load of ore. Burns Harbor left the BN dock in Superior at 00:44 Sunday, and Stewart J. Cort arrived shortly thereafter to load ore. She had been expected to depart at 18:00, but was still tied up as of 20:00 Sunday.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Oct. 21st at approx. 02:25 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd at 17:18 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Her AIS is showing a Detroit destination. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 22nd are the Hon. James L. Oberstar in the morning and due in the evening is the Oakglen.

Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
On Oct. 21st at 19:00 the American Spirit was still at the loading dock at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. Silver Bay has no scheduled inbound traffic for Oct. 22nd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 21st: 8:45 saltie Oborishte weighed anchor and proceeded up the Mission River to load at MobilEx Terminal. 11:24 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 14:32 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 18:17 Federal Biscay departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. Expected for Monday: Capt. Henry Jackman.

Marquette, Mich.
Joseph L. Block departed early Sunday with fines. She was downbound at the locks later in the day. Lee A. Tregurtha arrived to load.

Muskegon, Mich.
H. Lee White was in unloading on Sunday evening.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, Oct. 21st Stoneport: 8:00 Sam Laud arrived to load. Calcite: 14:36 Dorothy Ann arrived to load and at 20:22 departed for Cleveland. Port Inland: 11:00 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 1:50 Philip R Clarke departed for Duluth Superior. Drummond Island: Wilfred Sykes took on a partial load and departed for Port Inland to finish loading. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Innovator arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Algoma Innovator took on a partial load of gravel and departed for Meldrum Bay to finish loading with limestone. Alpena: 11:24 Capt. Henry Jackman departed for Thunder Bay Ont. with a load of road salt from Goderich. 11:48 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and at 16:45 departed for Milwaukee.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading salt on Sunday. She has Sault Ste. Marie as an AIS destination; this may be the second load of salt for the Michigan side.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Great Republic arrived at the McCoig Concrete dock to unload stone on Sunday. The tug Spartan and her barge Spartan 2 were at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Sunday afternoon. The tug Calusa Coast and Wyoming were on the Rouge River. Their purpose for being there was unknown.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Oct 21 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 19 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0305 - Oct 20 - Algoma Buffalo at 1735 -

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 18 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0404 - Oct 20 - CSL Tadoussac at 1420 approx.

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Oct 21 - NACC Argonaut at 077 and tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0934 - Departure - Oct 21 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0934 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound Oct 20 - Floragracht (Nld) (stopping wharf 12) at 0942, NACC Argonaut at 1225, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1325 and Algoma Enterprise at 1732 - Oct 21 - Florence Spirit at 0156, Eemsgracht (Nld) at 0538, tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1544, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1843 and Tim S Dool at 2019. Downbound Oct 20 - Three Rivers (Atg) (to Port Weller anchorage) at 0951, Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1605 (to Port Weller anchorage), NACC Alicudi (Mhl) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2035 and Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 2304 - Oct 21 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit (to wharf 16) at 0604 (stopping at wharf 16), Algoma Discovery at 0845, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1352 and Robert S Pierson eta 2055

Welland Canal docks:
Oct 20 - Floragracht (Nld) (stopped wharf 12) and tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit (to wharf 16) at 0638

Port Weller anchorage:
Oct 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 1640 approx.,- Oct 20 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2015, Federal Asahi (Mhl) and Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1020 approx. - Departures - Oct 21 - Mia Desgagnes at 1100 approx for Bronte, (eastbounds) - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1310 (approx.), Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1710 (approx.), and Three Rivers (Atg) at 1720 (approx.)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 21 - Algoma Guardian at 0055, Algoma Harvester at 1210 and Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1708 and Algoma Discovery eta 2315 - Anchored - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 18 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 1552 - Oct 19 - Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1518 - Departures - Oct 21 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1210, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1528 and Ojibway at 1625 eastbound and Tim S Dool at 1841,

Bronte:
Arrrival - Oct 20 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1911 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 20 - McKeil Spirit at 0838 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Oct 21 - McKeil Spirit at 1450 - note: Stephen B Roman (delayed - no time for departure - scheduled to sail on last trip to scrapyard)

Oshawa:
Docked - Oct 19 - NACC Argonaut at 0656 - Departed Oct 19 at 2352 for the canal

 

Updates -  October 22


Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Adfines Sun, Adriaticborg, Amarant, BBC Germany, Federal Dee, Floragracht, Gardno, Lyulin, NACC Alicudi, Onego Rio and Regalica.

 

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.

 

Stephen B. Roman departure delayed

10/21 - It will likely be at least Monday, if not later, before the retired cement carrier Stephen B. Roman departs Toronto for Montreal and then to an unnamed overseas port. It had been reported originally that she was to leave on Saturday. Approval from the required authorities has been cited for the delay. Marine Traffic now shows her as registered in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Investigation continues into death of Spruceglen crewman

10/21 - Massena, N.Y. – State police are continuing their investigation involving the death of Canadian man who fell off a dock into the St. Lawrence Seaway near Eisenhower Locks early Tuesday morning. Troopers say Alfred Eshun, of Quebec, slipped from the dock around 12:20 a.m.

Eshun was pulled from the water within minutes but was unresponsive, according to state police. He was pronounced dead at Massena Memorial Hospital at 2:02 a.m.

An investigation revealed Eshun was working on the Canadian bulk carrier Spruceglen. The vessel was inbound, and prior to entering the Eisenhower Lock, Eshun was lowered down the side of Spruceglen to tie the ship off while awaiting another ship already in the locks, investigators say. After being hoisted down to shore, Eshun lost his balance on the dock and fell into the water.

Troopers say it is unclear at this time if Eshun had a medical episode prior to going into the water or if cold water and air temperatures led to his death. Two St. Lawrence Seaway employees who attempted to rescue Eshun were rescued and treated for possible hypothermia, police say.

Massena Fire and Rescue responded and assisted with pulling the 57-year-old man from the water, and then initiated CPR, troopers say.

An autopsy will be performed at a later time to be announced. The investigation is continuing. The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment is assisting with this investigation.

North Country Now

 

Port Reports -  October 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at 05:03 Saturday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Indiana Harbor was outbound at 08:23 with iron ore pellets from CN, and James R. Barker arrived at 09:48 to load ore. The Century left port at 17:02 for St. Clair. In Superior, Burns Harbor arrived at 00:37 to load ore at Burlington Northern, and was expected to depart around 20:00. Stewart J. Cort was expected at 21:00.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 19th at 20:30. She departed Oct. 20th at 13:09 for Indiana Harbor 7H. Edwin H. Gott arrived off Two Harbors on Oct. 20th at approx. 07:29. She got underway on the 20th at 12:45 and arrived the breakwall at 13:35 for South of #2. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Oct. 21st is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. As of 19:15 on the 20th she was north of Michipicoten Island. The Hon. James L. Obestar was due Two Harbors on the 21st, but as of 19:15 on the 20th she was anchored in Whitefish Bay.

Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Oct. 20th at 02:15 for Cleveland. Herbert C. Jackson arrived shortly after the McCarthy Jr. departed. The Jackson departed Silver Bay on the 20th at 17:52 for Cleveland. Arriving off Silver Bay on the 20th at approx. 09:30 was the American Spirit. She ran the north shore most of the day and then arrived Silver Bay on the 20th at 18:10 after the departure of the Jackson. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 21st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday October 19th: 22:14 CSL Assiniboine departed Viterra A for Montreal. Saturday October 20th: 17:05 Tecumseh departed Richardson Main Terminal for Windsor. Expected for Sunday: Atlantic Huron and Whitefish Bay.

Marquette, Mich.
Joseph L. Block continued to load fines at LS&I in Marquette Saturday.

St. Marys River
Three vessels, Lee A. Tregurtha, Hon. James L. Oberstar and Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader, were anchored in the lee of Whitefish Point Saturday night. Saginaw and Regalica were downbound in the morning, followed by Algonova, Algoma Equinox and, after dark, CSL Assiniboine. Upbound traffic included Atlantic Huron and Whitefish Bay. Roger Blough was inbound at DeTour late, headed for Superior.

Lake Michigan ports
Cason J. Callaway was anchored off Kenosha, Wis., Saturday, likely for weather. At 10 a.m., the Alepna was outbound from Green Bay for her namesake port. Eemsborg was at S. Chicago, with Finnborg due. Algoma Transport was due at Burns Harbor Sunday morning.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Alpena: 22:09 Capt. Henry Jackman arrived and went to anchor in Thunder Bay to wait out weather. Saturday, Thessalon: 11:00 Algoma Innovator arrived to load gravel.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Calcite: 2:49 Manitowoc departed for Fairport. 15:32 Great Republic departed for Detroit. Port Dolomite: Cuyahoga departed and was down bound on Lake Huron. Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Drummond Island: 9:54 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load in the morning and left in the mid-evening. Meldrum Bay: Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Marquette. She is currently anchored in Whitefish Bay waiting out weather.

Saginaw River
Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived with stone for the Bay City Wirt dock on Saturday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Manitoulin was unloading at the Motor City Materials dock early Saturday morning. Arriving next was the John J. Boland, with coal for Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Oct 20 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 19 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0305 - Oct 20 - Spruceglen at 0227 and Algoma Buffalo at 1735 - Departed Oct 20 - Spruceglen at 0950 westbound

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 18 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0404 - Oct 20 - CSL Tadoussac at 1350 approx.

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 18 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1614 (stopped at wharf 13) - Oct 19 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0110, (stopped wharf 12), Sten Moster (Gib) at 1618 (to Port Weller anchorage), Mia Desgagnes at 1622 (to Port Weller anchorage), Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1902, Floragracht (Nld) at 1920 (to Port Weller anchorage) - Oct 20 - Algoma Buffalo at 0126, CSL Welland at 0803, CCG Private Robertson VC at 0911, Floragracht (Nld) at 0942, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1132, NACC Argonaut at 1225, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1325 and Algoma Enterprise at 1732

Downbound -
Oct 19 - Algoma Sault at 0845 and Baie Comeau at 1008 - Oct 20 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0951. Algoma Guardian at 1016, Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1605, NACC Alicudi (Mhl) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2035 and Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 2120

Welland Canal docks: tug Spartan & barge Spartan II (stopped wharf 13) at 0757 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin (stopped wharf 12) at 1106 - Departures (westbound) - Oct 20 tug Spartan & barge Spartan II (from wharf 13) at 1300 approx. and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1405 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Oct 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 1640 approx., Sten Moster (Gib) at 1645 approx. and Floragracht (Nld) at 2040 approx. - Oct 20 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2010 - Departures - Oct 20 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0905 for Port Colborne, Sten Moster (Gib) at 1643 for Bronte

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 20 - Ojibway at 1004 and Tim S Dool at 2040 - Anchored - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 17 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1142 - Oct 18 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 1552 - Oct 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0720 and Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1518 - Departures - Oct 19 - Floragracht (Nld) at 1750 for Port Colborne - Oct 19 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 2336 for China - Oct 20 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1117 for China and Algoma Enterprise at 1520 for the canal,

Bronte:
Arrrival - Oct 20 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1911 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 20 - McKeil Spirit at 0838 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Oct 20 - Stephen B Roman (delayed - no time for departure)

Oshawa:
Docked - Oct 19 - NACC Argonaut at 0656 - Departed Oct 19 at 2352 for the canal

 

Tough fall leads to decrease in M.S. Chi-Cheemaun riders

10/21 - Owen Sound, Ont. – It was not a good fall for the Chi-Cheemaun ferry service, which led to an overall decrease in passenger and vehicle numbers over the season in comparison to the 2017 ferry season.

“It wasn’t a great fall. Prior to having to cancel sailings (October 11-12) we were on par with last year’s traffic numbers,” said Susan Schrempf, of the Owen Sound Transportation Company, on Tuesday. “We lost three full round trips due to heavy wind conditions, and the Highway 17 and Agawa Canyon shut down just before our last weekend of sailing forced a lot of cancellations as well.”

Ms. Schrempf explained, “our final statistics for the season show that we had a total of 199,896 passengers, which is a decrease of 3.3 percent from 2017; and the Chi-Cheemaun had a total of 79,144 vehicles, a .03 percent decrease over last year.”

Last year the Chi-Cheemaun saw an increase in passenger numbers over the 2016 sailing season.

The OSTC announced on October 11 and October 12 the cancellation of three round trips for the Chi-Cheemaun due to extreme wind and wave conditions. “The wind was the problem,” Ms. Schrempf told the Recorder. “It’s not that the ship can’t handle the wind and rain, but if the waves are high enough that it is basically causing people to be knocked off balance on the ship-people could get injured. The ramp at the dock in Tobermory had to be up last night so the boat wouldn’t be moving around.”

“We are not looking at many changes on the ship for next year,” continued Ms. Schrempf. “For the public hallway and stairways we will be capitalizing on our marketing and creative imagery in terms of colour and motif to help guide visitors on the ship back to where their vehicles are, prior to getting off the ship. And we are looking at ways to allow hot food customers to be able to get through the lines faster in terms of better automation.”

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Plaque planned to honor survivor of 1882 steamer Asia shipwreck

10/21 - Owen Sound, Ont. – – Nestled in Owen Sound’s Greenwood Cemetery is the unassuming gravestone of one of just two survivors of one the greatest marine disasters in the history of the Great Lakes. And now a commemorative plaque will be erected at the gravesite of Christina Ann Morrison, who was just 18 years of age when she survived the sinking of the passenger ship Asia on Sept 13, 1882.

It is believed that 123 other passengers and crew perished when the ship went down while travelling from Owen Sound to French River, making it among the top 10 worst disasters in the history of the Great Lakes.

“It is Georgian Bay’s worst marine disaster and we just can’t let it disappear as a story,” said Fred Holmes, a Georgian Bay marine history enthusiast from Collingwood, who led the effort to have the plaque erected in recognition of Morrison on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. “The story should be in somebody’s harbor and the respective graveyards in my view. I just figured somebody has got to do it so it might as well be me.”

Holmes said his interest in recognizing the two survivors of the wreck started several years ago, when he was trying to find out more about them. “Everything you read about the Asia talks about these two teenagers as survivors, and then the story ends,” said Holmes.

With the help of the Grey Roots Museum and Archives he started digging into the survivors’ history and found that the museum had information about Morrison, who was buried at Greenwood. He was then able to find out that the other survivor, Douglas Tinkis, was buried at Little Current on Manitoulin Island, and he set about exploring how to commemorate them.

“I was lucky enough to find some like-minded people both in Little Current and Owen Sound who helped facilitate the sort of mechanical aspects,” said Holmes, who received assistance from officials and historians in both locations.

The ceremony on Oct. 27 is the second to commemorate the survivors of the Asia. Holmes was at a similar ceremony at the Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery in Little Current on June 4, for the unveiling of the plaque at Tinkis’ grave.

The 136-foot Asia was on its way from Owen Sound to French River when it foundered in the September 1882 storm, which whipped up near-hurricane strength winds.

Paul Vanwyck, whose wife Darlene is Morrison’s great-grandaughter, has been researching Morrison’s story. “It has always been something that interested Darlene just knowing that little bit of history about her family,” said Vanwyck.

“Great Lakes disasters was kind of a theme we were examining and Fred Holmes contacted us this year about wanting to put this plaque up at the cemetery and that sort of initiated the whole interest again in the Asia.”

Morrison, who was born to farming couple near Bognor on March 17, 1863, actually wasn’t supposed to be aboard the ill-fated package and passenger steamer, but had missed getting on the Northern Belle. She took the North-West Transportation Company’s Asia instead to get to Sault Ste. Marie, where she planned to visit her sister in Grand Marias, Mich.

She spoke about her experience 30 years later, saying the ship left Owen Sound about midnight, and they were caught in the storm in the early morning. She asked a cousin of hers, who was on the crew, about some commotion, and he said they were throwing livestock overboard.

The ship, which was only supposed to carry a maximum of 49 passengers because of insufficient lifeboats, was not only overloaded with people, but also livestock and supplies. It was designed for the Welland Canal and other enclosed watercourses, but was converted by the owners for the open lakes. It was also underpowered.

After the ship started to go down, a couple put a life preserver on Morrison and urged her to jump towards one of the lifeboats, which she eventually did. She made it, but the lifeboat rolled three times in the raging waters, righting itself each time. While Morrison was able to stay in the boat each time, many of the others weren’t so lucky and were lost.

Only Morrison and another teenager, Douglas Tinkis of Manitowaning on Manitoulin Island, would survive until the lifeboat reached shore near Point au Baril on the morning of Sept. 15, 1882. Among those who were dead in the bottom of the boat were the Asia’s captain, John Savage. The two teens spent a day on shore until an aboriginal couple with a boat found them and Tinkis traded his pocket watch in exchange for passage to Parry Sound. It was dawn of Sept. 16 before they arrived. Morrison would go on to marry Albert Fleming and they lived on Sylvan Shade Farm near Kilsyth. She died on Aug. 13, 1937 at age 73.

Vanwyck said the wreck of the Asia is something many are familiar with, but many don’t understand the extent of the wreck and the loss of life that went with it.

“(Morrison’s) role in it was just surviving,” said Vanwyck. “But it was quite the story and it makes you say, ‘People really did have it rough at that time.’”

The recent discovery of the wrecks of the coastal steamers, the Jane Miller in Colpoy’s Bay and the J.H. Jones off of Cape Croker, has also renewed interest in the undiscovered shipwrecks of Georgian Bay. The whereabouts of the Asia is still unknown, but Holmes is among a group who are hoping to change that in the near future.

Owen Sound Sun-Times

 

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.

 

Stephen B. Roman expected to sail for Montreal today

10/20 - The retired cement carrier Stephen B. Roman had her Canadian registry closed on October 10. Waterfront reports indicate she will depart Toronto for Montreal under her own power on Saturday. Her ultimate destination and new owners are unknown.

The vessel was built as the package freighter Fort William for Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) of Montreal, Que., in 1965. Fort William was the last package freighter designed for Great Lakes trading. She was also the last package freighter built for Canada Steamship Lines and the largest in the "Fort Class" of Great Lakes freighters.

She was converted to a cement carrier in 1983. Beginning in 2017, management of this vessel was taken over from the Algoma Central Corp. by McKeil Marine Ltd.

 

Manitoba scrap tow update

10/20 - The NITO (ex-Manitoba) tow is making very slow progress as gales of wind continue to harass the tug on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The tug is taking the retired laker to Turkey for scrapping.

 

Port Reports -  October 20

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson arrived Duluth at 00:46 Friday morning carrying limestone to discharge at Hallett #5, and fleetmate Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound at 02:42 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Indiana Harbor came in at 04:58 and tied up at Husky Energy. The Jackson was outbound at 07:55 for Silver Bay to load, and John D. Leitch departed at 15:50 with a cargo of iron ore pellets. Indiana Harbor then shifted over to CN and began loading ore. The Tregurtha left port at 18:00 with coal. At the Superior entry, Edgar B. Speer arrived at 07:22 Friday to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was still loading as of Friday evening, with no estimated departure time available.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors at approx. 03:25 on Oct. 19th for North of #2 gravity dock. She shifted to South of #2 shiploader dock on Oct. 19th between 08:37 and 09:02 and departed at 19:38 on the 19th for Conneaut. As of 19:00 on the 19th the American Integrity was NE of Two Harbors awaiting the departure of the Presque Isle. Also as of 19:00 on the 19th the Edwin H. Gott was NE of Ontonagon, MI due Two Harbors. She had been running checked down all day because of traffic. She won't arrive Two Harbors until the 20th. There is no other inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Oct. 20th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Oct. 19th at 00:04. As of 19:00 on Oct. 19th she is still at the loading dock. The Herbert C. Jackson had been running checked down on the North Shore all day on the 19th awaiting the dock in Silver Bay. The Jackson had unloaded limestone in the Twin Ports and departed Duluth on the morning of the 19th. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 20th is the American Spirit.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday October 19th: 0:24 Saginaw departed Superior Elevator for Toledo. 1:19 Robert S. Pierson departed Thunder Bay Terminals downbound. 8:11 CSL Assiniboine arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 11:24 Federal Biscay arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 15:12 saltie Regalica departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 15:14 Tecumseh departed Keefer Terminal and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 18:46 saltie Oborishte arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 20:05 Algoma Equinox departed G3 for Quebec City.

Marquette, Mich.
Joseph L Block was loading fines at LS&I in Marquette Friday.

St. Marys River
A pleasant morning turned into a rainy, blustery afternoon and evening Friday. Algonova, Lee A. Tregurtha and Stewart J. Cort were the only upbound vessels. The Tregurtha wento to anchor in the lee of the Whitefish Point. Downbounders included Algocanada and, in the evening, John G. Munson and Saginaw. The ferries Pictured Rocks Express and Grand Portal were downbound during the day for St. Ignace.

S. Lake Michigan ports
Vessels were hugging the Wisconsin shore Friday evening due to stiff NW winds. Wilfred Sykes was off Algoma, Wis., about 10 p.m. headed to Drummond Island to load.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Calcite: 19:40 Dorothy Ann departed for Bay City. 19:48 American Mariner arrived to load. Friday, Stoneport Lee A Tregurtha departed for Duluth Superior. Calcite: 13:56 American Mariner departed for Green Bay.15:30 Manitowoc arrived to load. 16:38 Great Republic arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 7:00 Cuyahoga arrived to load. Drummond Island: 5:43 Joseph H Thompson departed for Fairport. Meldrum Bay: 18:00 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived to load.

Port Huron, Mich.
USCG Hollyhock has arrived back at her home port after two weeks at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The tug Sarah Andrie and her barge arrived at Nicholson's Dock. A short time later, GL Ostrander/Integrity arrived with cement for Lafarge. The unbound Olive L Moore/Menominee docked at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving on the Rouge late Friday was the Mississagi. She was to unload stone at the Carmeuse dock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Oct 19 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 19 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0305

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 18 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0404 and Mesabi Miner at 1220 - Departure - Oct 19 - Mesabi Miner at 0624 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 18 - Manitoulin at 1243, Frontenac at 1425, Cedarglen at 1527, light tug Jarrett M at 1457, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1614 (stopped at wharf 13), Algoma Spirit at 1606 and Oakglen at 2252 - Oct 19 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0110, (stopping wharf 12), USCG Katmai Bay at 0756, Algoma Compass at 1009, Spruceglen at 1103, Sten Moster (Gib) at 1618 (to Port Weller anchorage), Mia Desgagnes at 1622 (to Port Weller anchorage), Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1902, Floragracht (Nld) at 1920 (to Port Weller anchorage) and Algoma Buffalo eta 2300

Downbound -
Oct 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 2122 - Oct 19 - Baie St Paul at 0611, Mamry (Bhs) at 0815. Algoma Sault at 0845, Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 0930 and Baie Comeau at 1008

Welland Canal docks: tug Spartan & barge Spartan II (stopped wharf 13) at 0757 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin (stopped wharf 12) at 1106

Port Weller anchorage:
Oct 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 1640 approx., Sten Moster (Gib) at 1645 approx. and Floragracht (Nld) at 2040 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 19 - Algoma Compass at 0057, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0720 and Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1518 - Oct 17 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1142 - Oct 18 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0034, CSL St Laurent at 0202, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1211, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 1552 and Algoma Compass eta 2300 - Anchored - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 - Oct 19 - Algoma Enterprise at 1333 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1105 (from the anchorage) and Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0535 from the anchorage. Departures - Oct 18 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2300 - Oct 19 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0302, Algoma Compass at 0808, light tug Leonard M at 1548 eastbound, Floragracht (Nld) at 1750 for Port Colborne and CSL St Laurent at 1954 eastbound

Bronte:
Docked - Oct 18 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1656 - Departed Oct 19 at 1501 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) Oct 15 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0220 - Oct 18 - Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) eta 2220 - Oct 20 - Stephen B Roman etd 0800 under her own power - destination Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 18 - Algoma Buffalo at 1204 - Departed - Oct 18 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0748 for Hamilton - Oct 19 - Algoma Buffalo at 1758 for the canal

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Friday NACC Argonaut unloaded cement.

 

St. Lawrence Seaway workers ratify contract

10/20 - Cornwall, Ont. – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) is pleased to announce that its unionized employees, members of UNIFOR, ratified a three-year labor agreement covering the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, praised the negotiating teams for achieving another multi-year agreement, and said “A fair labor settlement was reached earlier this month, enabling the St. Lawrence Seaway to continue providing uninterrupted service to the thousands of entities that depend upon marine transportation, including manufacturing, retail, and agriculture.”

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is a private, not-for-profit corporation, created in 1998 pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, to operate and maintain the Canadian locks and channels of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since the St. Lawrence Seaway’s inception in 1959, almost 3 billion tonnes of cargo has been transported via the waterway.

Some 329,000 jobs and $59 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River System. As the lynchpin connecting the Great Lakes to the lower St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Lawrence Seaway’s locks form a vital trade corridor for markets found within North America and across the world.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

 

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

 

Tug Ohio takes up station as new museum display

10/19 - Toledo, Ohio – The tug Ohio arrived Thursday morning to take her permanent place as a future exhibit at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. She was moored ahead of the museum Ship Col. James M. Schoonmaker. The Ohio will spend the winter undergoing renovations and will open to the public next spring. The tug George Gradel brought her in. She will be refurbished over the winter and opened to visitors in the spring.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Port Reports -  October 19

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Biscay departed Duluth at 12:52 Thursday after spending nearly three weeks in port unloading cement at CRH. She was headed for Thunder Bay to load grain. John G. Munson was outbound at 16:43 with a cargo of iron ore pellets from CN. John D. Leitch was expected just before 21:00 Thursday night to load ore. There was no traffic through the Superior entry Thursday, however Edgar B. Speer is due mid-morning Friday to load ore at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the Algoma Discovery on Oct. 17 at approx. 21:50 for Hamilton. Two Harbors had no traffic on Oct. 18th. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Oct. 19th are the Presque Isle, CSL Assiniboine on HarborLookout, but Thunder Bay on AIS, American Integrity, and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 18th, but due shortly after midnight is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Another possibility is the Herbert C. Jackson that's due the Twin Ports early on Oct. 19th with limestone. If not Silver Bay, possibly Marquette.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday October 18th: 6:27 Algoma Equinox arrived at G3 to load grain. 9:08 Saginaw arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 17:19 Robert S Pierson arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Expected for Friday: CSL Assiniboine and salties Federal Biscay and Oborishte.

St. Marys River
Upbouond traffic on a sunny but brisk Thursday included American Integrity, Burns Harbor, Oborishte, Edwin H. Gott and American Century. Downbounders included Algoma Guardian, Victory/James L. Kuber, CSL Tadoussac, Federal Ashai and, late, Federal Bristol. Tanker Algocanada was unloading at Sault, Ont.

Brevort, Mich.
Defiance/Ashtabula were loading sand during the afternoon.

S. Lake Michigan ports
The ferry Chi-Cheemaun is at BayShip inSturgeon Bay. Whitefish Bay, Gardno and Algoma Innovator were at Milwaukee Thursday. Atlantic Huron was at Burns Harbor. Wilfred Sykes was at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Stoneport: Lee A Tregurtha arrived to load. Calcite: 8:40 Dorothy Ann arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Calumet departed for Cleveland. Drummond Island:17:56 Joseph H Thompson Jr arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 8:29 for Green Bay. 9:09 G L Ostrander arrived to load. She departed at 18:48 and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt. Henry Jackman was loading salt on Thursday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Hon. James L Oberstar arrived Thursday afternoon with ore for Severstal Steel. Arriving late that night was the Philip R Clarke, with ore for Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Oct 18 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 18 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0404 and Mesabi Miner at 1220

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 18 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 (departed wharf 12 at 0750 for Detroit) - Oct 18 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0433, Patras (Mhl) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0908, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1037, Manitoulin at 1243, Frontenac at 1425, Cedarglen at 1527, light tug Jarrett M at 1457, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1614 and Algoma Spirit at 1606 and Oakglen eta 2200

Downbound -
Oct 17 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1227, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1323, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1443, CSL Niagara at 1936 - Oct 18 - G3 Marquis at 0543, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 0933, Algoma Compass at 1012 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 15 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 stopped wharf 12 at 2326 for weather - Departed - Oct 18 at 0750 approx. for Detroit

Port Weller anchorage:
Departures for the canal - Oct 18 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0415 approx and Patras (Mhl) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0845

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 17 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1142 - Oct 18 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0034, CSL St Laurent at 0202, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1211, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 1552 and Algoma Compass eta 2300 - Anchored - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1105 (from the anchorage) - Oct 17 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1431 Oct 18 - Floragracht (Nld) at 0202 and Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0535 from the anchorage - Departures - Oct 18 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0734 for China and Algoma Spirit at 1342 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 15 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0220 - Oct 18 - Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) eta 2220

Oshawa:
Departures -for the canal - Oct 18 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0632 and Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 1124

 

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.

 

Overall shipments, grain and salt, are up on St. Lawrence Seaway

10/18 - Total cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway (March 29 to September 30) reached 25.7 million metric tons, up 4.1 percent over the same time period in 2017.

In the thick of the fall harvest, U.S. grain exports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway continue at a robust pace and are expected to remain steady for the remainder of the shipping season. U.S. grain shipments for the season totaled 1.6 million metric tons, up 45.6 percent. Salt shipments also showed significant improvement after a labor strike at the Compass Minerals, Goderich, Ont., mine ended in July. Salt shipments (from March 29 to September 30) reached 1.9 million metric tons, down 12 percent.

“While salt tonnage remains down compared to 2017 volumes, we saw a positive change with a healthy increase in salt shipments in the last couple of months,” says Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “As we get closer to winter, with some parts of the Midwest already experiencing snowfall, ports throughout the Great Lakes are replenishing their salt supplies to prepare for the weather. September was also a positive month for cement, stone and gypsum.”

At the Port of Green Bay, total tonnage for the season is up seven percent from this time last year. In September, the top shipments were cement, coal and limestone, however gypsum made its first entrance into the port since 2014. The vessel Pere Marquette 41 brought approximately 4,700 tons of gypsum from Michigan to Green Bay for use by GLC Minerals.

Also, for the first time since 2014, the port is on course for its best year, thanks primarily to coal and petroleum products. “Between the increased shipments of coal and petroleum products throughout the season, the Port of Green Bay is on pace to reach 2 million metric tons of cargo moved in 2018,” said Dean Haen, Port of Green Bay Director. “While salt deliveries are down for this time of year due to the salt mine strike in Canada this past July, we are making plans to get enough salt deliveries scheduled for winter road maintenance before the end of the year.”

Grain shipments through the Port of Toledo, which include corn, wheat, oats, canola and soybeans, surpassed the 1-million-ton mark in September; up 90 percent from January to September compared to the same time in 2017. Tonnage through the Port remained steady through September, two percent greater than the same period in 2017.

“Some folks may not know that the Port of Toledo is home to some very active grain terminals, including one of the largest flour mills in the world operated by Mondelez,” said Joe Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “Corn and soybeans are often available from ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) or The Andersons to reload on ocean going vessels bringing breakbulk or project cargo into the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System.” Toledo also saw an uptick in salt shipments in September as companies begin to build stockpiles for the winter. The port expects a strong finish to the season and has a busy schedule of international vessel traffic at the general cargo terminal operated by Midwest Terminals. The grain facilities are also expected to be very active throughout the fall harvest as the soybean shipments transitions from the 2017 crop to the 2018 crop.

The weather has slowed down the shipments to the Port of Duluth-Superior this fall, however the port reports the demand for grain and iron ore shipments remain strong.

“Momentum carried over from August, with shipments of agricultural products running almost 20 percent ahead of last season, and year-to-date iron ore loadings through September already approaching 14 million short tons, a full 23 percent ahead of the five-year average,” says Adele Yorde, Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokesperson. The port’s primary agricultural products include durum and spring wheat, beet pulp pellets, and a small amount of flax and canola.

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Port Reports -  October 18

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Discovery arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 17th at 07:25 for South of #2. As of 19:00 on Oct. 17th she was still at the dock. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Oct. 18th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 17th. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 18th is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 16th: 21:30 saltie Lubie arrived and went to anchor. Wednesday October 17th: 3:34 Federal Schelde arrived and went to anchor. 17:00 Tecumseh departed Richardson Main Terminal and proceeded to Keefer Terminal. 21:02 Federal Asahi departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 21:25 saltie Regalica arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Thursday: Algoma Equinox and Saginaw.

S. Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor on Wednesday. Altlantic Erie was anchored, waiting to get in. James R. Barker was departing Indiana Harbor in the late evening.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Calcite: 21:13 John J Boland departed and was down bound on Lake Huron. Wednesday, Stoneport: Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth Superior. Olive L Moore proceeded to the loading dock and when completed departed for Monroe. Port Dolomite: Calumet arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Joseph H Thompson Jr departed for Marysville.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 18:00 The cruise ship Hamburg departed for Windsor. Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to unload. When completed she departed for Port Dolomite. Wednesday: Bruce Mines: Cuyahoga departed and was down bound on Lake Michigan. Parry Sound: 13:07 Mississagi arrived to unload road salt. She departed at 19:10

Saginaw River
American Century arrived with coal for the Consumers Energy dock. She had been sitting at anchor in Saginaw Bay for the past two days.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Leo A MacArthur/John J Carrick arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Wednesday afternoon.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Oct 17 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 16 - Algoma Buffalo at 1733 - Oct 17 - at 0656 for the canal

Nanticoke:
Oct 17 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0316 - Departures - (all westbound) Oct 16 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1938, Algonova at 1646 - Oct 17 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1007

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 15 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 (stopped wharf 12 at 2326 - weather related) - Oct 16 - Algoma Transport at 1800 - Oct 17 -(to Port Weller anchorage) - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit and Patras (Mhl) (ex Gan-Sword-10)

Downbound -
Oct 17 - Algoma Spirit at 0840, Algoma Strongfield at 0931, Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1227, Algoma Buffalo at 1131, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1323, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1443, CSL Niagara at an unknown time.

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 15 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 2326 for weather

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 16 - Frontenac at 0900 for weather - Oct 16 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1307 and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1328 - Departure - Oct 17 - Frontenac at 2000 to Bowmanville

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 17 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1431 and Algoma Spirit at 2016 - Anchored - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1105 (from the anchorage) - Oct 15 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0710 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 17 - Eemsborg (Nld) at 0046 for Chicago, MTM Antwerp (Sgp) (ex Fairchem Stallion-14) 0438 for New Orleans and Amarant (Por) at 1933 for Belgium

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 15 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0220 - Oct 16 - NACC Argonaut at 1459 - Departure - Oct 17 - NACC Argonaut at 1936 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0748 - Oct 17 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0723

 

Schoonmaker museum hosts Boo on the Boat Halloween event

10/18 - Toledo, Ohio – On Saturday October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship will become the most interesting trick or treat route on the Great Lakes as hundreds of super heroes, ghosts and goblins work their way from stem to stern collecting candy and learning about Great Lakes history.

"In an era of eight-year-old kids owning a cell phone that has more computing power than the computer that sent Neil Armstrong to the moon, our Boo on the Boat program gives kids a chance to return to a more simple time with simple pleasures,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

The museum, which operates the Schoonmaker, offers discounted admission for Boo on the Boat at $11 for adults, $8 for children and free admission for children 5 and under. "Anytime we can get kids to experience the Great Lakes, even by giving away dum dums, milky ways and gob stoppers, we are fulfilling our mission ever making sure people know of the important history of the Great Lakes,” Gillcrist added.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children with allergies will be offered a non-food treat as part of its Teal Pumpkin Program. Members of the museum receive free admission to the program. For more information contact the museum at 419-214-5000 extension 200.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

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.

 

Spruceglen crewman dies after falling off Seaway dock

10/17 - Massena, N.Y. – A Canadian man is dead after he fell off the dock while tying off a freighter outside Eisenhower Lock near Massena early Tuesday morning.

State police say 57-year-old Alfred Eshun from Quebec lost his balance and slipped off a dock after being lowered onto it off the side of the bulk carrier Spruceglen around 12:30 a.m. He was found in the water face down and unresponsive about three minutes later.

Two St. Lawrence Seaway employees went into the water to help. Both men were treated for possible hypothermia at Massena Memorial Hospital. Eshun was pronounced dead at Massena Memorial Hospital around 2 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled.

The Spruceglen was heading upriver and was waiting to go through the locks when the accident happened. The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment is assisting with the investigation

The Associated Press

Canada Steamship Lines’ statement: In Memory of Alfred "Freddy" Eshun

It is with great sadness that that we learned of the tragic death of one our colleagues on Spruceglen in the early morning hours on October 16, 2018. That colleague was OS Alfred Eshun, known to his shipmates as “Freddy.” A long-time CSL seafarer, Freddy became permanent on Spruceglen in 2004 and had worked as a relief on a variety of CSL ships for over 20 years.

Freddy was a known as hard worker, well liked and appreciated by his crewmates, and an all-around good guy. He will be missed by his wife, his son, his friends and his CSL family. In honor of Freddy’s life, CSL ships worldwide will fly the CSL flag at half-mast for the rest of the week.

 

Port Reports -  October 17

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Tuesday. Federal Biscay remained at CRH offloading cement, where she has been for over two weeks, and Federal Bristol was loading soybeans at Gavilon. In Superior, Roger Blough departed at 11:00 with a cargo of ore pellets for Gary, and CSL Tadoussac came in shortly thereafter to load at BN. She loaded and was just departing the dock at 19:00. Algoma Guardian had been at anchor waiting for the dock, and was due at 20:00 to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Neither Two Harbors nor Silver Bay had any traffic on Oct. 16th. Algoma Discovery is due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Oct. 17th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled on Oct. 17th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 16th: 7:17 Algoma Sault departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 13:33 Baie St Paul departed Viterra B for Montreal. 17:18 Algoma Sault departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Sault Ste. Marie. 17:44 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected late Tuesday: saltie Lubie. Expected for Wednesday: Salties Federal Schelde and Regalica

S. Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor and Gordno were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night, with Stewart J. Cort waiting to get in. Atlantic Huron was also due. At 9 p.m., American Mariner was heading into Buffington. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor, with James R. Barker due.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Stoneport: 9:30 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load. 15:00 Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. Calcite: 2:10 John G Munson departed for Duluth Superior. 4:10 John J Boland arrived to load. Drummond Island: 4:14 Michipicoten arrived and once loaded departed at 15:55. She is up bound on the St Marys River. Meldrum Bay: 10:00 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: The tug Michigan and her barge departed for Cheboygan, arriving there at 14:15. The tug Karen Andrie and her barge departed for Indiana Harbor but diverted to St. Ignace and went to anchor at 15:54 to wait out the weather. 12:00 Calumet arrived and went to anchor. The cruise ship Hamburg arrived for shore excursions and went to anchor. Bruce Mines: Cuyahoga arrived to load trap rock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator departed in the late afternoon with salt for Milwaukee.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Indiana Harbor arrived at Zug Island with a load of ore on Tuesday, docking in front of the Cason J. Callaway, which was still unloading. Alpena arrived later with cement for Lafarge.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Oct 16 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 16 - Algoma Buffalo at 1733

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1355 - Oct 15 - Algonova at 1054 and CSL Assiniboine at 1103 - Departure - Oct 15 - CSL Assiniboine at 2151 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 15 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 (stopped wharf 12 at 2326 - weather related) - Oct 16 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0721, Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16, Luebbert-14) at 0823, Baie Comeau at 0904, and Algoma Transport at 1800

Downbound -
Oct 15 - Algowood at 1339, CSL Laurentien at1425, Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1521 and Frontenac at 1731 - Oct 16 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0355

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 15 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 2326 for weather

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 16 - Frontenac at 0900 - Departed - Oct 16 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16, Luebbert-14) at 0750 for Thunder Bay

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Anchored - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1105 (from the anchorage) - Oct 15 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0710 (from the anchorage), Amarant (Por) 1048, MTM Antwerp (Sgp) (ex Fairchem Stallion-14) at 2317 - Oct 16 - Eemsborg (Nld) at 0315 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 15 - Thunder Bay at 2214 eastbound - Oct 16 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0421 for Cleveland

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 15 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0220 - Oct 16 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex St Laurent-16, Sea Voyager- 15, Cape May Light-09) at 0036 - Departed Oct 16 at 1801 for Montreal

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0748

 

‘Books and Boats’ to feature authors and more at Maritime Center Nov. 10

10/17 - Port Huron, Mich. – Join several Great Lakes authors, as well as photographers and others Nov. 10 for “Books & Boats” at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron.

On hand will be Roger LeLievre (“Know Your Ships”), Robert Campbell (“Classic Ships of the Great Lakes”), Roger P. Hulett (“A Lot More To Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays”), Raymond Bawal Jr. (“The Inland Steel Fleet” and others), and Port Huron area author Pegg Thomas. All will be happy to sign copies of their books.

A special guest will be Great Lakes illustrator Don Lee, whose personalized Great Lakes caricatures are popular on Facebook and other sites. He draw your likeness as your favorite boat (no charge but tips appreciated).

In addition, Bob May from Lake Freighter Minis will have his paper lake vessel model kits for sale. Among maritime photographers scheduled to attend are Mary Truchan and Frank Switlicki (aluminum prints).

The Great Lakes Nautical Society will be on hand with a display of model boats and model boat kits for sale for kids to build.

Great Lakes Maritime Center

 

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.

 

U.S. shipping on the Great Lakes down in September

10/16 - Duluth, Minn. – Lakers carried 9.36 million tons of cargo last month, down 8.3 percent from September 2017 and 6.6 percent below the month's 5-year average, according to the Lake Carriers' Association, which represents 13 American companies and their 45 U.S.-flag ships.

But, those lower numbers shouldn't be a cause for concern, spokespeople from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Interlake Steamship Company said.

"It's virtually impossible and not a really good idea to look back one year and try to compare the same month," said Adele Yorde, director of public relations for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said, adding that factors like weather can impact monthly totals.

Brendan O'Connor, vice president of marketing and marine traffic for Interlake Steamship Company, which is operating nine ships this season, said port congestion, dock delays and other ship repairs could impact those month-to-month figures. Interlake's ships are running full, he said.

"The market is pretty strong," O'Connor said. "There are some differences incrementally in commodities. I can tell you we're not moving as much coal as we had in the past."

Coal shipments last month fell to 1.25 million tons, down 33 percent from September 2017, across all U.S.-flag ships while year-to-date totals of coal sit at 7.75 million tons shipped so far this year, down 17.6 percent from this time last year.

"The big thing that is down is coal," Yorde said, adding that coal is used less and less for energy production. "It's reflective of energy and utility use — a change in fossil fuels."

Shipments of iron ore by U.S.-flag ships totaled 4.7 million tons in September, a 3.5 percent drop from the same month last year. However, plenty of iron ore is moving through the Port of Duluth-Superior as shipments increased 3.43 percent over last year, Yorde said. Iron ore "demand is certainly up," Yorde said.

Salt, which isn't moved nearly as much as other commodities on the Great Lakes, saw its cargo numbers fall from 161,498 net tons in September 2017 to 17,226 net tons in September 2018. Year-to-date totals are nearly half of what they were a year ago. The reason? A strike at the Compass Minerals' Goderich salt mine in Ontario that lasted almost three months earlier this year.

"They just haven't caught up so there's less salt coming up this way," said Mike McCoshe, president of Hallett Dock Company in Duluth and Superior, which moves salt, iron ore and other commodities. He's not worried about the September number and expects October to be a better month for the Great Lakes.

"I had stuff coming in, but it just wasn't going out. Well, It's all going out in October," he said. "Sometimes it's just a timing issue with the boats."

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  October 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The 2015-built Federal Bristol arrived Duluth at 04:32 Monday morning on her first trip to the Twin Ports. She tied up at Gavilon to load soybeans. Her fleetmate Federal Biscay was still unloading powdered cement at CRH. In Superior, Roger Blough arrived at 16:03 to load iron ore pellets at BN, and should depart mid-morning Tuesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Mesabi Miner departed Two Harbors at approx. 04:30 on Oct. 15th for Nanticoke. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Oct. 15th at 15:29 for Indiana Harbor. Neither Two Harbors nor Silver Bay have no scheduled traffic on Oct. 16th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 14th: 22:45 Federal Asahi arrived and went to anchor. 23:44 Baie St Paul departed Viterra A and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain. Monday October 15th: 11:28 Algoma Sault arrived from unloading salt in Hancock, Mich. She proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 14:04 G3 Marquis departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 16:16 Federal Asahi weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: saltie Lubie due at 15:30.

S. Lake Michigan ports
Manitowoc came in to Ludington with stone Monday for the Rieth Riley dock. Satie Gardno, Burns Harbor and H. Lee White were in Burns Harbor. Philip R. Clarke was at Gary. Presque Isle was at Indiana Harbor an unusual dock for her.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, October 14, Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Marine City. Great Republic arrived to load. Calcite: John J Boland arrived to load. 10:19 H Lee White departed for Burns Harbor. 15:27 American Mariner arrived to load. 19:39 John J Boland departed for Bay City. John G Munson arrived to load. Port Inland: Manitowoc arrived and once loaded departed for Ludington. Drummond Island: Cuyahoga departed for Sault Ste Marie. Monday, Stoneport: Great Republic departed for Benton Harbor. Calcite: 10:10 American Mariner departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan.

Northern Lake Huron,
Sunday, October 14, Alpena: 5:41 Samuel de Champlain arrived to load cement products and departed at 11:27 for Milwaukee. Thessalon: After loading gravel, Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. Monday, Alpena: 9:50 the cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed for Detroit. Tug Karen Andrie and barge Michigan have gone to anchor in Thunder Bay to wait out the weather.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt at the Sifto Dock Monday for Sarnia, Ont. Saginaw River
John J. Boland arrived Monday with stone for the Bay Aggregates dock. Fleetmate American Century arrived at the Consumers Energy dock with coal Monday night.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Herbert C. Jackson arrived on the Rouge River early Monday morning, with a cargo of ore for Severstal Steel. Federal Elbe was moored at Nicholson's Dock. Joseph H Thompson Jr./Joseph H Thompson were fueling at Waterfront Petroleum, with the tug Calusa Coast arriving there later in the day. Cason J Callaway arrived later that night with ore for Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Oct 15 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 13 - Algosea at 2218 (from Nanticoke dock) - Departed - Oct 15 - Algosea at 1701 westbound

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1355 - Oct 13 - Algocanada at 2149 - Oct 14 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1612 - Oct 15 - Algonova at 1054 - CSL Assiniboine at 1103 - Departures - (westbound Oct 15 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0144, Algocanada at 1051 and Algosea at 1701

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 14 - Algoma Equinox at 1608, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2004 - Oct 15 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0027, Algoma enterprise at 0128, Whitefish Bay at 1035, tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 1124, Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16, Luebbert-14) at 2040 approx. to the anchorage

Downbound -
Oct 14 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1521 and Americaborg (Nld) at 1705 - CCG Private Robertson VC at 1827 - Oct 15 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) 0559, Victory I (Bhs) (ex St Laurent-16, Sea Voyager- 15, Cape May Light-09) at 0716, CCG Constable Carriere at 0720, CCG Private Roberstson VC (departed West Street), Algoma Niagara at 1017, Algowood at 1339, CSL Laurentien at an unknown time, Frontenac at an unknown time

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Oct 14 - CCG Private Robertson VC at 1845 (stopped West St for the evening)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 15 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16, Luebbert-14) at 2105 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 14 - Amarant (Por) 1048 - Anchored - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 11 - Thunder Bay at 2335 - Oct 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1105 (from the anchorage) - Oct 14 - Finnborg (Nld) at 1124 and Eemsborg (Nld) at 1424 - Oct 15 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0710 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 14 - Kaministiqua at 2237 eastbound, Three Rivers (Atg) at 2145 for Toledo, and Algoma Enterprise for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 1952 - Departed Oct 15 at 0144 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0220

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0748

Oswego, N.Y. – Jeff Benson
Monday barge Allouette Spirit and tug Wilf Seymour unloaded aluminum.

 

Michigan governor praises Coast Guard for enacting Straits ‘no anchor’ zone

10/16 - Lansing, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder Monday thanked the United States Coast Guard for approving a Straits of Mackinac “no anchor” zone, which builds on measures announced by the governor to add protections and safeguards to Michigan’s waters and the utility infrastructure in the area.

“I want to thank the U.S. Coast Guard and Ninth District Commander Rear Admiral Joanna M. Nunan for taking this important action,” Gov. Snyder said. “This is one of many critical measures to provide robust short-term protections as we move forward with our long-term plan of putting Line 5 in a utility tunnel and decommissioning the existing pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.”

Gov. Snyder in May approved a temporary emergency state rule prohibiting anchoring in the Straits, since no such prohibition was in place. Boats dropping anchors in the area where there is utility infrastructure could cause severe environmental damage and threaten to disrupt critical energy and communication services between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

The new “no anchor” zone, known as a regulated navigation area, goes into effect Oct. 31 and prohibits vessels from anchoring or loitering without permission within a designated area. The boundaries are longitudes 084°20′ W and 085°10′ W and latitudes 045°39′ N and 045°54′ N (NAD 83), including Grays Reef Passage, the South Channel between Bois Blanc Island and Cheboygan, and the waters between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace.

Vessels will be prohibited from anchoring over any charted, submerged cable and pipeline within the “no anchor” area unless the crew has received permission from the Captain of the Port of Sault Ste. Marie, or a designated representative. The Coast Guard said loitering does not include brief stops by companies offering sight-seeing, ferrying, or tourism services.

The state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy Partners, LLC, which owns Line 5, entered into an agreement this month for construction beneath the Straits of a tunnel for multiple utility connections between the peninsulas. The agreement also calls for the permanent shutdown of the current segment of Line 5 in the Straits and safety enhancements along the entire length of Line 5 in Michigan.

Additional safety measures in the Straits under the agreement include installing cameras, paid for by Enbridge, to support the Coast Guard’s new regulation prohibiting ships from dropping anchor. The company also will suspend operation of the pipeline when high winds would severely hamper response to a potential oil spill. Enbridge also agreed to have at least $1.8 billion available to respond to a potential spill in the Straits or anywhere along Line 5 in Michigan. The state will provide a radar system to measure real-time wave heights.

Line 5 is 645 miles long and transports up to 540,000 barrels a day of light crude oil and natural gas liquids, including propane. Below the Straits of Mackinac, the pipeline splits into two lines that lie on the lake bottom within an easement issued by the state of Michigan. A new pipeline in the tunnel would not increase volumes or alter the types of products transported through the existing Line 5.

WLUC

 

Abandoned Michigan: The Alabaster Marine Tramway

10/16 - The town of Alabaster in Iosco County may still show up on maps, but many sites declare it to be a ghost town...mainly because the old businesses and worker homes have vanished, replaced by a small string of newer homes just north of the old business district.

Alabaster Township was settled in 1863 and established in 1866. It got its name from a certain type of gypsum found off the shoreline around 1837. A mine was opened in 1862, and Alabaster began its prosperous boom.

People journeyed to the area looking for work, including many European immigrants. By 1905 the population was 600 and homes needed to be constructed for the mineworkers and their families.

Even though you wouldn't realize it when you look at current photos, the town of Alabaster once had three churches (Catholic, Lutheran & Methodist), cooper shop, three fisheries, general store, two hotels, plaster works, post office, sawmill, schoolhouse, stave mill, steamboat, wagonmaker and warehouse. By 1918 the population had reduced to 400.

In 1928, a 6,350-foot marine tramway was built that jutted out into Lake Huron, supplying ships that pulled into Saginaw Bay. By 1962, the post office had shut down. In the 1990s the marine tramway was mostly demolished and abandoned, with a newer, shorter version being built about three miles north.

The old tramway is still visible and is an impressive sight. It's located near the old business district of Alabaster, with all old businesses gone and disappeared. Alabaster is registered by the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

View photos at this link: http://99wfmk.com/abandoned-michigan-the-alabaster-gypsum-marine-tramway

 

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.

 

Manitoba scrap tow departs Montreal

10/15 - Nito, formerly the laker Manitoba (ex. Mantadoc, Teakglen and Maritime Trader), departed Montreal at the end of the Ocean Delta's towline on Sunday. They are bound for an overseas scrap yard.

 

Port Reports -  October 15

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth at 02:01 Sunday morning with a cargo of iron ore pellets from CN, and Great Lakes Trader left port at 14:45, also with ore. Both vessels were headed to Indiana Harbor. The Trader had arrived on Saturday and unloaded limestone at Graymont before loading at CN. Federal Biscay remained tied up at CRH unloading cement, and is due to depart on Tuesday for Thunder Bay to load. In Superior, Algoma Spirit departed at 11:23 with ore pellets for Hamilton, and her fleetmate Algoma Compass arrived at 18:21 to load at BN.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 14th at 00:51. The Gott then departed for Gary on the 14th at 12:22 The Mesabi Miner arrived off Two Harbors on the 14th at approx. 09:40. She ran checked down out in the lake until the Gott departed and then arrived Two Harbors on the 14th at 12:48 for South of #2 shiploader. As of 18:45 she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Two Harbors on Oct. 15th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Oct. 13th at 19:54 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 14th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. As of 18:45 on the 14th she is approx. an hour East of Silver Bay. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 15th. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader stayed in Duluth after unloading her limestone cargo. She loaded iron ore pellets at the CN ore dock for Indiana Harbor.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 14th: 16:19 Baie St Paul arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 18:29 CSL Niagara departed G3 for Quebec City. Expected late Sunday: Federal Asahi.

S. Lake Michigan ports
Federal Schelde concluded her unload at Burns Harbor Sunday evening and headed for Thunder Bay. John D. Leitch and Gardno arrived, and Wilfred Sykes was due in late Sunday. Calumet was at S. Chicago.

Sarnia, Ont.
Algoma Niagra finished loading grain and departed Sunday afternoon. Her fleetmate, Algoma Innovator, arrived at the LCM dock to unload stone a short time later. The Michigan/Great Lakes was still at Imperial Oil as of Sunday evening.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Robert S. Pierson was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal early Sunday morning. Arriving later was the Saginaw. She proceeded to unload in the Rouge Shortcut on the west side of Zug Island. Arriving Sunday evening were the tug Karen Andrie and her barge. They called on the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal.

Erie, Pa. – Jeff Benson
The tugs New York and Rhode Island moved the St. Clair out of the dry dock to the west slip of Don Jon Ship building. She was painted on the top half only, but looks good.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Oct 14 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Algosea at 2218 (from Nanticoke dock) - Anchored - Departed - Oct 13 - (back into Nanticoke dock) - Algosea at 1746 and Algocanada at 2143

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1355 and Algosea at 1754 - Oct 13 - Algoma Buffalo at 1156 and Algocanada at 2149 - Oct 14 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1612 - Departure - Oct 13 - Algosea at 2146 (returning out to anchorage) and Algoma Buffalo at 2142 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 13 - NACC Argonaut at 0132 - Departed Oct 14 at 0811 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 13 - Algoma Discovery at 1751 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1901 - Oct 14 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0359 - Algoma Equinox at 1608, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 2004

Downbound -
Oct 13 - Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1033 and Algoma Enterprise at 2113 - Oct 14 - Baie Comeau at 0010, NACC Argonaut at 0945, CSL Welland at 1025, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1321, Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1521 and Americaborg (Nld) at 1705

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - (for weather) Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0757 (stopped wharf 12) - Departed Oct 14 at 1132 approx. westbound Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 14 - Algoma Enterprise at 1056, Finnborg (Nld) at 1124 and Eemsborg (Nld) at 1424 (to the anchorage and Amarant (Por) eta unknown. Oct 13 - Kaministiqua at 1313 - Anchored - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 2020 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 9 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1344 - Oct 11 - Thunder Bay at 2335 - Oct 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1105 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 14 - (for the canal) Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1749 for Windsor

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 1952

Mississauga:
Departures - Oct 12 - Adfines Sun (Mlt) (ex Osttank Holland-11) at 2248 eastbound - Oct 14 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1706 for Dordrecht

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1901 - Departed Oct 14 at 0208 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0748

 

Obituary: Davis William Helberg

10/15 - Davis William Helberg passed away on October 10, 2018, at his home in Esko. He was diagnosed with cancer in January 2018 and faced that battle with his usual high spirits, optimism and a generous amount of SISU.

Davis, known as "DeeDee" growing up, was born to Bill and Mary Helberg on December 10, 1940. He graduated from Esko High School in 1958 and married his high school sweetheart, Karen, in 1961. They were married for 45 years before her death in 2006 and had three children, Bill, Heidi and Adam.

At the age of 17, Davis sailed as a deckhand on a Great Lakes freighter, the LaBelle. The year he spent aboard was his entry into the Great Lakes shipping industry. He worked for the Alistair Guthrie vessel agency during the Seaway's early years and remembered vividly May 3, 1959, the day the first oceangoing ship arrived to Duluth. Davis would spend the bulk of his career in the shipping industry, but for six years was a reporter for the Duluth News-Tribune and Duluth Herald covering sports and county government. As a sports writer, he had a column showcasing high school sports and athletes titled "It's Prep-Posterous," and as a feature writer he interviewed the likes of Jack Benny, Harry Reasoner and Buddy Hackett.

Davis left the newspaper in 1968 to become the port's public relations director. He joined Upper Great Lakes Pilots, Inc., in 1972 and served as president of North Central Terminal Operators beginning in 1977 before his appointment as port director in 1979. Davis retired in 2003 after 24 years as executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Davis was a past-president of the Duluth Superior Propeller Club and current president of the Duluth Superior Harbor Club. He held offices in several national maritime organizations, including as 1994-95 chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities, an organization representing all major ports of the western hemisphere. He was named Great Lakes Person of the Year in 1992, was presented the U.S. Coast Guard's Meritorious Public Service award in 1999 and received an honorary doctorate in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In 2007, he was inducted into the Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame in Sault Ste Marie, Mich.

After his retirement, Davis turned his focus back to Esko and served on the boards of the Esko Educational Foundation, the Esko Tree Board and the Carlton County Historical Society. In his last years, he served as secretary of the Esko Sports Alliance and organized the creation of the Esko Sports Alliance Hall of Fame.

Davis was a gifted writer and storyteller and had a quick wit. During his years as port director, he was a columnist for "Lake Superior Magazine" and the "Journal of Commerce" and in retirement wrote for "Great Lakes Seaway Review." He was the editor of "Pride of the Inland Seas: The Illustrated History of the Port of Duluth-Superior" (2004), "Esko's Corner: An Illustrated History of Thomson Township" (2013) and "Thomson Township's Night of Terror" (2018). During his final months, Davis was writing his own book-he would often say "memoir" was too pretentious-a collection of life experiences and stories about the places he traveled and the people he met. The working title of the book was "Did I Ever Tell You...?" He was writing the final chapter when he died.

Davis's death would have given him a chance to provide a definitive response to a frequently asked question: "Have you lived in Esko all your life?" He would respond to that question enthusiastically by saying, "Not yet!" The truth, however, is that Davis lived in Duluth for about 10 years but returned to his original home after his father died, and, despite opportunities elsewhere, chose to stay because of his love for the woods, the wildlife and the Esko community.

Davis's life will be celebrated at a "Sail Away" at Pier B Resort in Duluth on Monday, November 12, beginning with a time to gather as family and friends from 10:30 am until a service at 11:30. To honor his commitment to the Esko community, family asks that donations be made to the Esko Educational Foundation and the Davis Helberg Scholarship. Donations can be sent to Esko Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 27, Esko, MN, 55733.

 

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.

 

Scrap tow of former laker Manitoba to leave Montreal Sunday

10/14 - Nito, formerly the Manitoba, will be departing Montreal at the end of the Ocean Delta's towline at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The vessel was built in 1967 at Collingwood Shipyards in Collingwood, Ontario, for the N.M. Paterson & Sons fleet as Mantadoc. In 2002, Paterson left the shipping business and Mantadoc was sold to Canada Steamship Lines and renamed Teakglen, although it did not operate as such until the fall of 2002 when it made its only trip under that name with a storage load of grain for Goderich, Ontario. The ship was used as a grain storage hull from 2002 until 2005 when it was sold to a new company, Voyageur Marine Transport Ltd., which repainted the ship a bright blue and renamed her Maritime Trader.

In 2011 the vessel was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. of Port Dover, Ontario, and renamed Manitoba. With her demise, this leaves only the Cedarglen of the Canada Steamship Lines’ fleet, formerly the Cartierdoc, as the last remaining member of the Paterson fleet. Manitoba’s last full season of operation was 2015-16. She was in lay up at Hamilton before departing on April 16, 2016 for Montreal, arriving under her own power for her final lay up on April 17, 2016.

 

Sault Ste. Marie receives first shipment of road salt ahead of winter

10/14 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – It’s still peak fall color season in Northern Michigan. However one thing is reminding us winter is right around the corner: Road salt.

On Saturday afternoon, the Algoma Sault unloaded just over 17,000 tons of the salt in Sault Ste. Marie. The salt will be distributed throughout the eastern Upper Peninsula. The rest of the vessel’s cargo will be unloaded in the Houghton area.

This salt shipment isn’t enough for the Upper Peninsula winters. Another shipment will arrive next week.

9&10 News

 

Port Reports -  October 14

Superior, Wis.
Stewart J. Cort arrived mid-morning Saturday to load. She departed mid-evening, with Algoma Spirit taking her place at the BN shiploader.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on Oct. 13th at approx. 00:15 for Indiana Harbor. The Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 13th at approx. 04:15 and departed Two Harbors on the 13th at 17:57 for Conneaut. Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 13th at 21:53 for South of #1 for BFT. She later shifted to North of #2 for pellets and from 03:30 to 04:02 she shifted to North of #1 to finish loading blast furnace trim. She departed from North of #1 at approx. 11:30 on the 13th and ten went to North of #1, spent a few minutes there and was outbound Two Harbors on Oct. 13th at 12:16 for Detroit. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 14th are the Edwin H. Gott and the Mesabi Miner. The Gott should arrive early in the morning.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Lee A. Tregurtha arrive at 20:28 on Oct. 12th. The Joseph L. Block departed Silver Bay on Oct. 13th at 08:45 for Indiana Harbor. As of 19:30 on the 13th the Tregurtha was still at the dock. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Oct. 14th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. As of 19:30 on Oct. 13th she was unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday October 13th: 2:47 CSL Niagara arrived at G3 to load grain. 12:25 Federal Ruhr departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel. Expected for Sunday: Baie St Paul and Federal Asahi.

St. Marys River – Joy Fett
Algoma Spirit arrived to unload road salt Saturday at the Carbide Dock. She has a split load; the remainder will go to the Houghton-Hancock area.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Stoneport: 9:00 Kaye E Barker arrived and after loading departed for Marquette. Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: 16:52 H Lee White arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes departed for Burns Harbor. Drummond Island : 6:16 Cuyahoga arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron Ports
Saturday, McGregor Bay: 3:55 Samuel de Champlain arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Terminal to unload and departed at 17:44 for Alpena. North Channel: Algoma Innovator weighed anchor and proceeded to Thessalon.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
American Mariner was unloading coal at Zug Island Saturday morning. Mississagi arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving late Saturday night was the Hon. James L Oberstar. She headed up the river with a cargo of ore for Severstal Steel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Oct 13 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 10 - Algocanada at 0300 - Departures - Oct 12 - (back to Nanticoke dock) Algosea at 1746

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 11 - CSL Tadoussac at 1511 - Oct 12 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1355, Algosea at 1754 - Oct 13 - Algoma Buffalo at 1156 - Departure - Oct 12 - CSL Tadoussac at 2231

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 13 - NACC Argonaut at 0132

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 13 - Algoma Guardian at 0304, Michipicoten at 0530, Atlantic Huron at 0636, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0723, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1038, Lubie (Bhs) at 1242, Algoma Discovery at 1751 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1901

Downbound -
Oct 12 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1831 - Oct 13 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) at 0627, Algoma Harvester at 0713, Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0816, Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1033, Algoma Enterprise eta 2045 and Baie Comeau eta 2300

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - (for weather) Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0757 (stopped wharf 12) - Oct 12 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) stopped wharf 1 at 0100 and Frontenac stopped at wharf 16 at 1355 (approx. - Departed - Oct 12 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1605 (continuing upbound) and Oct 13 - Frontenac departed wharf 16 at 0900 approx. westbound

Hamilton:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Kaministiqua at 1313 - Anchored - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 2020 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 9 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1344 - Oct 11 - Thunder Bay at 2335 - Oct 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1105 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 13 - (for the canal) - Algoma Guardian at 0102, Michipicoten at 0333, Lubie (Bhs) at 1021, and Algoma Discovery at 1552

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 1952

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1706 - Departure - Oct 12 - Adfines Sun (Mlt) (ex Osttank Holland-11) at 248 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1901

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 13 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 0748

 

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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.

 

 

U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes down 8 percent in September

10/13 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.26 million tons of cargo in September, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago. The September float was also 6.6 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 3.5 percent compared to a year ago.

Coal loads totaled 1.25 million tons, a decrease of 33 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone totaled 2.85 million tons, an increase of 5.5 percent compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 57.6 million tons, a decrease of 4.8 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargos total 31.25 million tons, a decrease of 3.7 percent. Coal loadings total 7.75 million tons, a decrease of 17.6 percent. Limestone totals 15.7 million tons, an increase of 2.9 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Algoma cancels 4 remaining contracts at Croatia Shipyard

10/13 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central on Friday announced that it has taken steps to cancel its remaining four new build construction contracts with a Croatian shipyard The cancellation notices have been sent to the shipyard as a result of the yard’s failure to secure refinancing and Algoma has no assurance that the shipyard will be able to complete the four vessels. The company will now initiate the process to be reimbursed for contract installments paid to date, including issuing demands under related refund guarantees.

Every effort is being made to replace the cancelled vessels and the company remains confident of their ability to provide capacity in the interim.

Algoma Central Corp

 

Banner year for grain shipments at the Port of Hamilton

10/13 - Hamilton, Ont. – Agricultural product shipments in Hamilton Harbour have more than doubled over the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2017. As further evidence of a banner year, Hamilton Port Authority officials say Friday, at one point, the harbour had 11 ships, most of them picking up agricultural products.

The number of ships may have been a record, said Ian Hamilton, CEO and president of the Hamilton Port Authority.

Shipments of agricultural products are up by 109 per cent in the January-to-September 2018 total, relative to the same period in 2017. Cargo overall is trending 17 per cent higher than last year.

The results are noteworthy because the port authority over the past several years has been trying diversify beyond products related to steelmaking. In particular, the port authority has invested heavily with private partners in grain terminal facilities with a focus on winter wheat, corn, soya beans and canola.

The terminals take the products from trucks and keep grains in silos until they are picked up by ships.

One outcome of the increased terminal capacity, Hamilton said, is that Hamilton-area farmers have a "more cost effective, efficient way to get their product to international market."

The port authority has three main players that operate agricultural product terminals — G3, Parrish and Heimbecker and Richardson International, said Hamilton.

This year has been strong, in part, because of increasing trade as a result of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union as well as a drought in Europe leading to grain traders looking to North American markets, he said.

More than 60 per cent of all the grains exported from Ontario go through the port of Hamilton, said Hamilton. "Compared to 10 or 15 years ago, our volume would have quadrupled," he said.

Hamilton Spectator

 

Port Reports -  October 13

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Friday was a busy day in the Duluth-Superior harbor after the recent storm kept vessels from crossing Lake Superior. American Century led the parade of arriving ships, passing under the lift bridge at 01:24 to load coal at Midwest Energy. American Spirit was inbound at 02:56, and headed to CN to load iron ore pellets. Cason J. Callaway followed at 06:02 with limestone for the C. Reiss dock. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 11:30 to load at Midwest Energy after American Century, which departed at 13:11 for St. Clair. Cason J. Callaway was outbound light at 19:48 for Two Harbors to load, and American Spirit was expected to depart Duluth before midnight. Also in port Friday was Federal Biscay, unloading cement at CRH; Paul R. Tregurtha, at anchor waiting to load coal after the McCarthy; and Philip R. Clarke, loading sinter at Hallett #5. She had arrived on Thursday night and unloaded limestone before beginning to load late Friday morning. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor arrived at 04:19 Friday morning to load ore pellets at Burlington Northern. She was expected to depart around 22:00. Stewart J. Cort is expected Saturday morning, with Algoma Spirit also on the schedule.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 11th at 22:06. She departed on the 12th at 08:52 for Conneaut. The Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on the 11th at 23:15 for North of #2 lay-by. After the Speer departed, the Presque Isle shifted to South of #2 between 09:09 and 09:34. As of 19:30 on the 12th the Presque Isle was still loading. Arriving Two Harbors on the 12th at 09:39 was the Lee A. Tregurtha for North of #2 lay-by. At approx. 18:05 on Oct. 12th the Tregurtha departed the dock and was outbound Two Harbors at 18:21 heading for Silver Bay. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 12th is the Cason J. Callaway after unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock. As of 19:30 on Oct. 12th she had just departed the fuel dock heading for Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors early in the morning is the Indiana Harbor.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
As of 19:30 on Oct. 12th the Joseph L. Block was still at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. Probably loading fines, usually a slow load. Due Silver Bay on the 12th will be the Lee A. Tregurtha after departing Two Harbors. Silver Bay has no scheduled inbound traffic on Oct. 13th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday October 12th: 4:21 saltie Americaborg departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 12:42 Algowood departed Keefer Terminal for Quebec City. 19:22 G3 Marquis arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Saturday: CSL Niagara.

St. Marys River
The Purvis Marine tug Wilfred M. Cohen and her barge PML 9000 went aground on the north side of the channel almost across from the Sugar Island ferry dock Friday morning (the same place where the Calumet went aground in 2017). The Purvis tug Anglian Lady freed them a few hours later and they headed back to Soo, Ont., most likely for inspection. Traffic was not delayed. Downbound traffic Friday included Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, CSL Welland and, after dark, Americaborg, Hon. James L. Oberstar. Upbounders included Defiance/Ashtabula (to Essar) and Stewart J. Cort early, followed by Edwin H. Gott late.

Lake Michigan Ports
With the weather moderating, Alpena made it into Muskegon to unload cement on Friday. Federal Schelde and John D. Leitch were in Burns Harbor. Roger Blough was at Gary. Federal Bristol departed Milwaukee for Duluth, while Lake St. Clair left the same port for Montreal.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Stoneport: Algoma Buffalo departed for Nanticoke. Calcite:1:53 John G Munson departed and is downbound on Lake Michigan. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Drummond Island: Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 18:25 Calumet departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Alpena: 15:14 Samuel De Champlain departed for MacGregor Bay. North Channel: 6:06 Algoma Innovator went to anchor between St Joseph Island and Drummond Island.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault departed with salt for the Soo on Friday early evening. It is not known as yet if she is carrying the annual salt loads for the Soo and Hancock, Mich., areas.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived early Friday morning with stone for the Carmeuse Dock. Arriving later was the H Lee White, with coal for the south end of Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Oct 12 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 10 - Algocanada at 0300 - Oct 11 - Algosea at 1852 and Frontenac at 1459 - Departures - Oct 12 - (back to Nanticoke dock) - Frontenac at 1855 and Algosea at 1746

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1355, Algosea at 1754 and Frontenac at 1900 - Departures - Oct 12 - Frontenac at 1449 eastbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 9 - American Mariner at 1632 - Departed Oct 11 at 2049 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 11 - Regalica (Lbr) at 1843 - Oct 12 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 0039 (stopping at wharf 1), NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0207, NACC Argonaut at 1330 -

Downbound -
Oct 11 - Algoma Discovery at 1055, CSL St Laurent at 1231 and Michipicoten eta 2105 - Oct 12 - Tim S Dool at 0014, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0026, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1200, Oakglen at 1221, Frontenac at 1320 (to wharf 16) and Capt Henry Jackman at 1831

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - (for weather) Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0757 (stopped wharf 12) - Oct 12 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) stopped wharf 1 at 0100 and Frontenac stopped at wharf 16 at 1355 (approx. - Departed - Oct 12 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0554 approx, and Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1605 upbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 12 - Algoma Guardian at 0141, Michipicoten at 0937 and Algoma Discovery at 1245 - Anchored - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 (from the dock) - Oct 9 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0826 - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 2020 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 7 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1844 - Oct 9 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1344 - Oct 11 - Thunder Bay at 2335 - Departures - Oct 11 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2220 for Cleveland - Oct 12 - (eastbound) - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-11) at 1701 and Ojibway at 2020 eastbound

Bronte:
Docked - Oct 9 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1943 - Departed Oct 11 at 0519 eastbound

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1706 - Oct 11 - Adfines Sun (Mlt) (ex Osttank Holland-11) at 1139

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 10 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 2054 - Departed Oct 12 at 1457 eastbound

 

Family tugboat business serves growing ‘saltie’ trade at Thunder Bay

10/13 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Couched in the lee of Lake Superior’s legendary Sleeping Giant, the tugs Glenada and Miseford slipped through the water of Lakehead Harbour, fronting the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, heading for the James Richardson International Terminal and the grain-laden ship BBC Mississippi.

Capt. Nathan Dawson maneuvered the 1,200-hp Glenada to the ship’s stern. Capt. Stan Dawson, at the helm of the 900-hp Miseford, navigated to the bow, nose to nose with the ship.

Both tugs put a line up to the ship and waited for the pilot to give the command to let go the ship’s mooring lines. Capt. Stan applied throttle to Miseford’s Detroit Diesel Quad-71 pack. The four Detroit Diesels wailed loudly, churning the single screw into a boil of water as the tug began to nose the ship back.

Capt. Nathan took up the slack in Glenada’s line and applied only enough pull on the ship’s stern to counteract the wind’s intent to push the ship back to the dock. Too much pull and the bow of the ship could slip between the large dock fenders, potentially damaging the structure and/or the ship, and causing a headache of paperwork.

Once clear of the terminal, Miseford moved to the port shoulder of the ship and Glenada to the port quarter. The tugs pushed and pulled respectively, turned the ship outbound and let go the lines. With the ship’s stern receding, the tugs headed back to their moorage at the Agricore United Terminal slip near Intercity. Historically, Intercity was the demarcation between Port Arthur and Fort William, often called the Lakehead, before amalgamating into the city of Thunder Bay in 1970.

Capt. Gerry Dawson, the owner of Thunder Bay Tug Services, is Nathan’s father and Stan’s brother. Gerry’s wife, Sharon, and son Davis manage the company office. The company’s founding coincided with the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, opening up the Great Lakes to larger international ships, or “salties” as they are called.

Gerry’s parents — Elliott, an engineer on a cement laker, and Wealthy, a lab worker at a Canada cement plant in Point Anne, Ontario — met, married and bought the 38-foot Joyell.

“They sailed up to Thunder Bay on a whim and saw there was a need for a bum boat,” said Gerry Dawson. The couple formed Thunder Bay Marine Services in 1959 and, with Joyell, began selling goods and services, including film processing and dry cleaning, to the crew of ships at anchor. Later the couple acquired the 58-foot Rosalee D., Thunder Bay’s original pilot boat. The boat’s large stern deck lent itself to line-handling and hauling garbage from the visiting ships.

“I bought my parents out in 1983,” said Gerry. “In 1989 there was a 16-month strike and there were no tugs here.” To fill the void, Capt. Roger Hurst and engineer Roland Frayne rented the tug Ivan Purvis from Purvis Marine in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and formed Thunder Bay Tug Services.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.professionalmariner.com/March-2016/Family-tugboat-business-serves-growing-saltie-trade-at-Thunder-Bay

 

Public asked to shape the future of Lime Island

10/13 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as it develops an updates general management plan for the Lime Island Recreation Area. The 932-acre island tied with a 6.5 acre parcel on the mainland in Raber Township.

“The park’s remote setting makes it a perfect spot for hiking, fishing swimming, wildlife watching, hunting, watching the freighters and other activities,” said Corey Butcher, park manager. “The quiet retreat offers a boat dock, cabins powered by solar panels, and tent camping on wooden platforms.”

According to a DNR press release announcing this effort, Lime Island has a rich history as an industrial complex and vessel refueling depot due to its close proximity to the St. Marys River shipping lanes. Some of the original historical structures have been partially restored and repurposed as rental cabins or interpretative buildings.

To better determine what the public would like to see happen at the Lime Island Recreation Area, an online survey has been created to take public input. To access the survey, which will be offered through Oct. 31, utilize michigan.gov/limeisland.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes. The questions are comprised to determine the level of use, how people come to the island and what their motivation is in making those visits.

With an eye to the future, the DNR is also seeking information to determine if there should be new development to fill future recreational needs at this location including the possible creation of a new campground and perhaps even ferry service from the mainland.

After compiling survey data, the DNR plans to hold an open house at a yet-to-be-determined time in 2019 to give the public the opportunity to review and comment on the draft plan.

Soo Evening News

 

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

 

Great Lakes shipping legend Davis Helberg passes away

10/12 - Duluth, Minn. – A Great Lakes legend – Davis Helberg– died peacefully at home in Esko on Wednesday after a courageous fight with cancer. He formerly directed the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, was a vessel agent with Guthrie-Hubner and a reporter with the Duluth News Tribune.

A memorial service is being planned for Monday, Nov. 12 in the ballroom at Pier B Resort on the Port of Duluth-Superior waterfront.

 

Port Reports -  October 12

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Weather conditions on Lake Superior finally calmed enough to allow Joseph L. Block to depart at 06:09 Thursday morning for Silver Bay to load ore. Federal Biscay remained docked at CRH, where she has been for over a week unloading cement. Philip R. Clarke was due at 23:00 to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. At the Superior entry, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 06:31 with a cargo of iron ore pellets for Nanticoke. Her fleetmate CSL Assiniboine then arrived from anchor at 08:15 and began loading. She was due to depart around 21:30 Thursday night.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer and the Presque Isle are due Two Harbors on Oct. 11th between 21:30 and 22:30. As of 18:30 on the 10th the Speer was approx. 20 miles NE of Silver Bay and the Presque Isle was about 10 miles behind. Both those boats took the north shore route. Due Two Harbors on the 12th is the Lee A. Tregurtha. She went south and took the Michigan shoreline route.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining saw the arrival of the Joseph L. Block at 10:35 on the 11th after unloading stone and waiting on weather in Duluth. Another possibility for Two Harbors on the 12th could be either Philip R. Clarke or Cason J. Callaway. The Clarke is due Duluth with stone on the 11th and the Callaway is due on the 12th. Supposedly there is one more cargo of blast furnace trim to be loaded in Two Harbors this year and it should be loaded on one of those boats. Up until 18:00 on the 11th the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. had been showing a Silver Bay destination, but as of 18:30 on the 11th her AIS switched to Superior. She took the same route as the Lee A.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 9th: 22:59 Tecumseh departed G3 for Windsor. Wednesday October 10th: 7:12 Algoma Harvester departed Richardson Current River Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:38 Algoma Harvester departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 21:30 Federal Ruhr arrived and went to anchor in the northeast corner of the bay near Pass Lake. 21:44 Algowood arrived from Two Harbors to wait on weather. She went to anchor north of Pie Island. Just after midnight on Wednesday morning she recorded an 86 mph wind gust off the north shore near Castle Danger, Minn.Thursday October 11th: 8:29 Federal Ruhr weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 13:37 CSL Welland departed Viterra A for Montreal. 15:33 Algowood weighed anchor and proceeded to Keefer Terminal. Expected for Friday: CSL Niagara due at 19:00.

Lake Michigan Ports
Kaye E. Barker was unloading at Muskegon on Thursday. Alpena has an AIS destination of Muskegon but was anchored across the lake for weather Thursday night. Lake St. Clair and Federal Bristol were at Milwaukee, with Baie St. Paul due. Federal Schelde remained at Burns Harbor, with John D Leitch due. Federal Asahi was at South Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Stoneport: Algoma Buffalo arrived to load. Calcite: Dorothy Ann arrived to load. 9:15 Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Duluth Superior. 10:26 Dorothy Ann departed for Cleveland. 10:57 John G Munson weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Port Inland: Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load. Drummond Island: Calumet was scheduled to load but due to high winds she went to anchor in the St Marys River.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Mississagi departed for Lorain. Bruce Mines: 6:00 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load trap rock but due to weather went to anchor. Alpena: G L Ostrander departed for Milwaukee. 2:28 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault, which had been at the grain dock, was at the salt dock Thursday night.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Oct 11 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 10 - Algocanada at 0300 - Oct 11 - Algosea at 1852 from the dock and Frontenac at 1459 - Departure - Oct 11 - Algosea at 1650 back into to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 11 - Michipicoten at 1035 and Frontenac at 1900 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 11 (eastbound) - Algoma Hansa at 0307 and Michipicoten at 1754

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 9 - American Mariner at 1632

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 10 - CSL Laurentien at 2001, Baie Comeau at 2044 and Algoma Niagara at 2240 tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 2310 - - Oct 11 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0545, Robert S Pierson at 1234, Regalica (Lbr) at 1848

Downbound - Oct 11 - Algoma Hansa at 0633, Floretgracht (Nld) at 0818, Radcliffe R Latimer at 0851, Algoma Guardian at 0930, Algoma Discovery at 1055, CSL St Laurent at 1231 and Michipicoten eta 2105

Welland Canal docks:
Docked -(for weather) Oct 11 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0757 (stopped wharf 12) and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1902 (stopped at wharf 13

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 11 - Ojibway at 1250 - Docked - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 (from the dock) - Oct 9 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0826 - Oct 11 - Wicko (Bhs) 1948 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 2020 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 6 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2150 - Oct 7 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1844 - Oct 9 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1344 - Departures - Oct 11 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0555, Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 1007

Bronte:
Docked (from Port Weller anchorage) - Oct 9 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1943

Clarkson:
Docked - Oct 11 - Robert S Pierson at 0010 - Departed - Oct 11 at 1049 for the canal

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1706 - Oct 11 - Adfines Sun (Mlt) (ex Osttank Holland-11) at 1139

Toronto:
Docked - Oct 10 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 2054 - Departures - Oct 11 (for Hamilton - Wicko (Bhs) at 1738 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 1811 and McKeil Spirit at 1800 eastbound

 

Lake Superior in good shape, but not in the clear

10/12 - Houghton, Mich. – Conditions are largely good in Lake Superior, said Rob Hyde. But steps will have to be taken to keep it that way.

Hyde, a Great Lakes program officer for Environmental and Climate Change Canada, Canada’s environment department, spoke Tuesday at one of two public events as part of the State of Lake Superior Conference. The three-day conference is hosted by the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

The department is one of more than 30 federal, state, provincial and tribal government organizations that collaborate to restore and protect the lake through the Lake Superior Partnership Working Group. Those agencies are working with another 170 communities, businesses, nongovernmental entities and academics around the lake, including at Michigan Technological University, Hyde said.

“We’re looking to make sure we understand and maintain our understanding of the condition of the lake, talk about what’s really stressing the lake, and we work together to always try to identify what additional actions are necessary to restore and protect the lake,” he said.

That means listening to other members as well as outside groups with knowledge around the lake, he said.

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a compact between the U.S. and Canada, sets objectives for the Great Lakes. People should be able to swim, drink and fish. Pollutants shouldn’t be present in amounts that harm fish and wildlife. Lakes should be free of algae growth and invasive species.

Lake Superior scored a “good” on most indicators, including drinking, swimming, pollutants, habitats and species, algae and miscellaneous. Two were only “fair”: eating and invasive species. Groundwater was left undetermined due to a lack of scientific consensus. (The same indicators for Lake Erie found one good, three fair, one fair to poor and four poors.)

The “fair” for eating reflects fish advisory consumption in some areas. Some invasive species also continue to spread.

Trends can be reversed, Hyde said. Lake trout, now plentiful, were nearly wiped out in the 50s by sea lampreys, overfishing and habitat degradation.

Mercury, which is toxic, can reach humans through contaminated fish. After government clampdowns in the 1990s, emissions, from sources such as mining and fuel combustion, decreased by 82 percent from 1990 to 2015. Remaining major sources nearby are taconite mining in Minnesota and two coal-fired power plants in the U.S. The largest mercury source is atmospheric, largely coal-fired plants from the U.S. and globally.

“The trend of mercury in the atmosphere is also decreasing, so that is other good news,” he said.

Stressors in the lake include invasive species, climate change, chemicals, and fragmented habitats.

The partnership’s management plan has commitments to enhance lamprey control efforts and to eliminate the phragmites plant, a dense wetlands plant that crowds out native species. It’s already harmed beaches and biodiversity in the lower Great Lakes, Hyde said.

Climate change could increase the temperature water temperature by as much as 12 degrees by the end of the century, Hyde said. (After the panel, attendees overwhelmingly selected climate change as the greatest issue facing the lake.) Cold-water fish, such as brook trout, would be stressed. More extreme rain events are also likely, as are more algae blooms.

The Daily Mining Gazette

 

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.

 

Proposal for new $922M Soo Lock in Trump's hands now

10/11 - Washington, D.C. – A long-proposed plan to build a new navigation lock on the Great Lakes in Michigan — and put thousands of people to work — won final approval in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, a key step toward making the project reality.

The Senate voted 99-1 in favor of a $4.4 billion package of water infrastructure projects and spending that included a measure authorizing $922 million to be spent on the new lock at the iconic Soo Locks in Sault St. Marie on the Upper Peninsula.

Once funded, construction of the new lock could put some 15,000 people to work. The U.S. House already approved the bill, so now it goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.

For decades, Great Lakes shippers and their supporters in Michigan have argued for the construction of a second lock capable of handling the largest vessels on the Lakes, saying that if the one lock at the Soo currently able to handle those vessels broke down, it could send ripple effects through the economy.

The Soo Locks lower or raise cargo vessels and other boats between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes along what would otherwise be a dangerous 21-foot drop along the St. Marys River.

The Free Press first reported some years ago on the details of a Homeland Security report that indicated that a prolonged shutdown of the existing Poe Lock could lead to a potential recession, depending on the time of year, because there would be no other adequate way to get iron ore pellets to steelmakers, in turn affecting auto and appliance manufacturers and others.

Almost all of those iron ore pellets are moved on the big 1,000-footers, which only the 50-year-old Poe Lock can currently handle.

James H.I. Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association, the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes, praised Congress for moving the lock project forward. “Many members of the Great Lakes delegation played a key role in advancing construction of the lock, but in particular I must thank Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI) for their commitment to this project. Their dedication to twinning the Poe Lock pushed the project over the top.”

The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, connect Lake Superior to the lower four Great Lakes. In a typical year, as much as 80 million tons of cargo pass through the Soo Locks. However, roughly 90 percent of that cargo transits the Poe Lock. The other lock, the MacArthur, is too small to accommodate the most efficient ships in the fleet.

“The American steel industry gets all its waterborne domestic iron ore through the Soo Locks,” said Weakley. “A Department of Homeland Security study found that if the Poe Lock went down for six months, domestic steel production would grind to a halt and 11 million Americans lose their jobs. A second Poe-sized lock is critical to our nation’s economic well-being and national defense capabilities.”

Detroit Free Press, Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Fall storm hammering the Twin Ports

10/11 - Duluth, Minn. – Wind gusts of 50 mph were common across the region on Wednesday as a strong fall storm hit, causing power outages, swamped roads and large waves and flooding along Lake Superior’s shore.

Water-swollen roads in Canal Park didn’t deter the wave-watchers from making their way to the shore, where waves crashed over the large boulder wall and the water flowed through the Lighthouse parking lot and onto Canal Park Drive.

The Canadian freighter CSL Assiniboine, anchored in Lake Superior just off Duluth, reported winds up to 64 mph and 20-foot waves. But the highest gust reported came just after midnight Wednesday morning from the Canadian freighter Algowood, which measured a wind gust of 86 mph, well into hurricane force range, off the Minnesota North Shore near Castle Danger, according to the National Weather Service.

The easterly winds were blowing so hard, and pushing so much Lake Superior water into the harbor that the water level in the harbor increased 10 inches Wednesday morning, the Weather Service reported.

The city of Duluth advised the public to not venture to the lakeshore or into areas closed by flooding, including Brighton Beach and parts of Canal Park. Duluth officially has received more than an inch of rain in the last 24 hours on top of several recent days of rain. That’s softened the ground enough in some areas that big trees are being uprooted and falling over.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  October 11

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Traffic in the Duluth-Superior harbor was at a standstill on Wednesday as the area was pounded by 12-16 foot waves and wind gusts of 50-60 miles per hour. In port were Joseph L. Block, tied up at CN after discharging limestone and awaiting departure; Federal Biscay, unloading cement at CRH; Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, docked at the BN dock in Superior waiting to depart with iron ore pellets; and CSL Assiniboine, at anchor outside the Superior entry.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algowood departed Two Harbors at approx. 23:40 on Oct. 9th. She loaded for Quebec City. Shortly after departing Two Harbors she recorded wind gusts of 86 mph off Castle Danger, MN. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Oct. 11th is the Edgar B. Speer. The arrival will depend on Lake Superior weather conditions.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 10th and none scheduled on Oct. 11th, but the Joseph L. Block is in Duluth waiting on weather and could possibly be going to Silver Bay.

St. Marys River
With winds on Lake Superior dying down, vessels that had been on the hook resumed their westbound trips. American Century and American Spirit were underway in the upper St. Marys River in the afternoon, with the Burns Harbor and Hon. James L. Oberstar following in the evening. Other Soo traffic included downbounders Mississagi, CSL Tadoussac, Saginaw, Oakglen, Cuyahoga (to Essar) and, later, Roger Blough and Tecumseh. Presque Isle, Cason J. Callaway and, late, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. were upbound.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort and Federal Schelde continued unloading Wednesday at Burns Harbor. The Cort departed at 9 p.m. Great Republic was at Buffington. Wilfred Sykes arrived Wednesday afternoon at Indiana Harbor. Federal Asahi was at S. Chicago. Federal Bristol and Lake St. Clair remained at Milwaukee. CSL Niagara was at Green Bay.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Stoneport: 7:00 Olive L Moore arrived to load and departed at 20:00. She is down bound on Lake Huron. Calcite: 11:14 Cason J Callaway departed for Duluth Superior. 11:22 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived to load. 19:19 John G Munson arrived and went to anchor. Port Inland 7:55 Kaye E Barker arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Innovator arrived from Thessalon to take a partial load and later departed for Sarnia.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Thessalon: Algoma Innovator took on a partial load of gravel and departed for Meldrum Bay to finish loading with limestone. 14:00 Mississagi arrived to load gravel. Mackinaw City: 11:20 John Marshall arrived.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was at the grain elevator Wednesday.

Saginaw River
Wednesday was a busy day on the Saginaw River. First up was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder, which unloaded limestone in Essexville. Next was the Samuel de Champlain/Innovation, with cement for Lafarge. Lastly, Calumet arrived with stone for Saginaw.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Everlast/Norman McLeod were at the Marathon Dock Wednesday morning. Herbert C. Jackson arrived late Wednesday night with ore for Severstal Steel. In Detroit, the tug Spartan and barge Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Arriving later, the James R Barker was waiting for the Spartan/Spartan 2 to depart the terminal so she could take their place.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Oct 10 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 8 - Algocanada at 1339

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 8 - Algoma Hansa at 1458 - Departed - Oct 9 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18) & barge Margaret at 2211 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 9 - American Mariner at 1632

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 9 - Federal Champlain at 1344 (correction see Hamilton arrivals) - Oct 10 Algoma Enterprise at 0451, Algoma Spirit at 0554, Algosea at 1651, CSL Laurentien at 2001 and Baie Comeau at 2049.

Downbound -
Oct 9 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 1617, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1917 and Baie Comeau at 1954 - Oct 10 - Cape Dawsn (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0439 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1104

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 9 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 2028 approx. - Departed - Oct 10 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) departure time 0230 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 10 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0309, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0648, Baie Comeau at 1020 - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 (from the dock) - Oct 9 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0826 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 6 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2150 (from the anchorage) - Oct 7 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1844 - Oct 8 - Manitoulin at 1201 from Clarkson - Oct 9 - Algoma Spirit at 0811, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1344 and Algoma Enterprise at 1714 - Departures - Oct 9 - Manitoulin at 0119 eastbound and (for the canal) - Algoma Enterprise at 0238, Algoma Spirit at 0352, Baie Comeau at 1835 and Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 2028

Bronte:
Docked (from Port Weller anchorage) - Oct 9 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1943

Clarkson:
Docked - Oct 9 - Robert S Pierson eta 2352

Mississauga:
Docked - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1706 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Oct 10 - McKeil Spirit at 1527 - Docked - Oct 4 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0002 (to Redpath dock) - Oct 8 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1535 - Departure - Oct 10 - NACC Argonaut at 1832 eastbound

 

Tug Jane Ann IV advertised for sale for scrap

10/11 - A post on the web site Facebook Marketplace Community has solved the mystery of what will become of the long-idled tug Jane Ann IV. The tug, which was formerly mated to the barge Sarah Spencer, is for sale for scrap. The price is $100,000.

Multiple items, including anchors, port holes, doors and tools, are also for sale. The tug was recently towed to Calcite, Mich., where it was recently pulled ashore.

The 150-foot-long tug was built in 1978 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding of Tokyo, Japan as Ouro Fino for Petroleo Brasilero. In 1981 she was renamed Bomare. In 1993 she was sold to Secunda Marine Canada and was renamed Tignish Sea. In 2000, the Tignish Sea was sold to Halifax Grain Elevators Ltd. and renamed Jane Ann IV. She was converted to an articulated tug with the installation of a Hydraconn coupler system. This system was removed earlier this year for possible use on another vessel. She last operated in 2009 and has suffered extensive damage since then due to sinking at her dock.

This leaves the fate of the Sarah Spencer, laid up in Toledo and needing extensive steel work, even more in doubt. The Transport Canada web site still lists her owner as TGL Marine Holdings or Toronto, Ont.

 

Updated list of new saltwater visitors for 2018

10/11 - As of October 1 there were 29 new saltwater vessels that have made westbound transits into the Great Lakes/Seaway system for 2018 at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, N.Y.

The list incudes Adfines Sky, Anet, Arsland, Atlantik Miracle, BBC Luanda, BBC Polonia, Calypso, Cape Dawson, Emanuele S, Erin Schulte, Falstria Swan, Federal Dart, Federal Dee, Federal Nagara, Isabelle G, IT Intrepid, Johanna G, Kitikmeot W, Lolland, Maple Lea, Mississippi Star, Momentum Scan, MTM Antwerp, NACC Alicudi, Rike, Senja, Sichem Marseille, Sten Fjord and Tasing Swan.

Three of them have had changes since their first inland voyages. They are the BBC Luanda renamed CLI Pride and registered in Antigua and Barbuda and renamed on or about August 22; the tanker Kitikmeot W, which now flies the Canadian flag and was registered Canadian on or about July 3; and the tanker Sten Fjord, renamed Kivalliq and registered Canadian on or about June 14.

Denny Dushane

 

Mackinac Island listed as top U.S. island by Conde Nast Traveler

10/11 - Mackinac Island, Mich. – People around the world continue to realize what Michiganders have known for a long time. Mackinac Island is a treasure. The popular vacation spot was among the winners in this year's Conde Nast Traveler readers choice awards list of Best Islands in the United States.

More than 429,000 readers submitted millions of ratings as part of the award, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world's cities, hotels, resorts, airports, islands, airlines, and cruise lines - both positive and negative.

Mackinac Island was listed as No. 6 on the list, alongside tropical paradises like Maui and Oahu and picturesque getaways like Nantucket and Hilton Head.

"Hold up your hand to represent the mitten shape of Michigan and imagine Mackinac Island as a speck just above the tip of your middle finger, where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan," Conde Nast Traveler's team noted.

"No motored transportation is allowed on the island, so tourists and locals alike travel by horse and carriage or bicycle. It's anchored by the stately columned porch of the historic Grand Hotel, which is looking great for 131 years old."

M Live

 

Supreme Court asked to overturn ruling guaranteeing public access to beaches

10/11 - Indianapolis, Ind. – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to overturn the February ruling by Indiana's highest court that Lake Michigan's shoreline is open to all.

Attorneys for Bobbie and Don Gunderson, who previously owned a lakefront home in the LaPorte County town of Long Beach, late last week filed a petition for a writ of certiorari that asks the nation's high court to set the water's edge as the boundary of lake-adjacent properties — with no requirement to provide public access to Lake Michigan beaches.

If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, the ramifications of any decision by the justices are likely to extend well beyond Indiana's 45 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline; the Gundersons are asking the high court to apply the water's edge standard to all the land adjacent to all five of the Great Lakes.

"With thousands of miles of Great Lakes beaches hosting millions of visitors every summer — and with thousands of private owners facing that public influx to land they thought was their own — the stakes are unquestionably high," the Gundersons said.

"How to define the boundaries of the states' equal-footing title in the beds of the Great Lakes is an important question of federal law that has not been, but should be, settled by this court."

The Indiana Supreme Court determined, through an exhaustive review of historical property law, that the ordinary high water mark — essentially the spot where beach becomes land — is the boundary between the state-owned land under Lake Michigan and the interests of private property owners.

Within that shoreline area individuals are entitled to access the water for the traditional purposes of navigation, commerce or fishing, the court said.

The Hoosier justices also said, at a minimum, walking on the beach is a protected public use, and the General Assembly is empowered to enlarge the public's rights on Lake Michigan's beaches.

The Gundersons claim in their petition for U.S. Supreme Court review that the Indiana ruling, and a similar 2005 decision by the Michigan Supreme Court, upset a longstanding consensus in the Great Lakes states that held private ownership extended to the water's edge, wherever that edge may be at any given time.

They argue that having a standard based on vegetation changes is confusing and prone to be applied differently in different states.

Moreover, they posit the Indiana standard reaches well beyond the high tide public-private property boundary that applies to oceanfront land, to claim "title to a huge swathe of scenic and valuable real estate that private landowners had thought was theirs" adjacent to the non-tidal Lake Michigan.

"This aggressive theory cries out for this court's intervention," the Gundersons said.

"If a perception that Great Lakes beaches are public becomes widespread, that would make it much more difficult as a practical matter to unwind Indiana's new rule."

The Indiana attorney general's office and other participants in the original case, including Alliance for the Great Lakes, Save the Dunes and the Long Beach Community Alliance, now have at least 30 days to respond to the Gundersons' petition for Supreme Court review.

Nearly every case appealed to the nation's high court ultimately fails to garner sufficient interest from four of the nine justices and is denied certiorari, leaving the lower court ruling in force.

This one, however, may attract some extra attention since Chief Justice John Roberts grew up in Long Beach.

NW Indiana Times

 

 

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.

 

Another gale takes aim at Lake Superior; waves 12-16 feet expected

10/10 - There are gale warnings in effect for western Lake Superior. There is a wave warning in effect as well.

The forecast calls for northeast winds gusting to 50 knots Wednesday, with waves building to 12-16 feet by Wednesday morning. On the southern portion of Lake Superior, Duluth is expecting significant onshore waves which could cause lakeshore flooding. The water level of Lake Superior is high, making the shoreline more prone to damage from waves.

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade down 5 percent in September

10/10 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore from U.S. ports on the Great Lakes totaled 5.9 million tons in September, a decrease of 5 percent compared to a year ago. However, shipments did outpace the month’s 5-year average by 4.9 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 38.9 million tons, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to the same point in 2017. The gap has been decreasing over the course of the shipping season. At the end of April, iron ore shipments were down nearly 14 percent.

Through September iron ore loadings are 6.8 percent ahead of their 5-year average for the first three quarters.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Lakes limestone trade up nearly 4 percent in September

10/10 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in September, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos also bettered the month’s 5-year average by 8 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.9 million tons, an increase of 1.8 percent, or 54,000 tons compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 685,000 tons, an increase of 12.4 percent, or 76,000 tons.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 20.8 million tons, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 17 million tons, an increase of 3.1 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 3.8 million tons, an increase 5.8 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  October 10

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 09:13 Tuesday with limestone to discharge at CN. She was tentatively expected to depart just before midnight for Silver Bay, however was likely delayed by the gale-force winds on western Lake Superior. Federal Biscay remained in port offloading cement at CRH. In Superior, Roger Blough departed at 06:55 Tuesday with iron ore pellets for Gary, and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was inbound at 08:20 to load at BN. She was still at the dock Tuesday night, likely waiting for the weather to improve. Her fleetmate CSL Assiniboine was on the hook outside the Superior entry.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Oakglen departed Two Harbors on Oct. 9th at 10:15. As of 19:15 on the 9th her AIS hasn't been updated, but she'll go to Quebec City. Arriving off Two Harbors on Oct. 9th at 02:57 was the Algowood. She got underway at 11:00 and arrived the breakwall at 11:48 on Oct. 9th for South of #2 shiploader. As of 19:15 on the 9th she was still at the dock. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 10th is the Edgar B. Speer, but that is tentative with gale warnings up on the west half of Lake Superior. As of 19:15 the Speer was near Gros Cap light. The Joseph L. Block was still unloading in Duluth as of 19:15 on the 9th, and could end up in Two Harbors to load.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 9th and none scheduled for Oct. 10th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 9th: 10:40 Tecumseh departed Superior Elevator and shifted over to G3 to load grain. 11:55 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 16:50 saltie Americaborg departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Wednesday: Federal Ruhr due at 17:00.

North Shore
Tuesday October 9th: With a strong low pressure system moving north toward the Great Lakes, various warnings are in effect around Lake Superior. One such warning includes a gale warning. As a result, these downbound vessels have opted for the northern route: Roger Blough and CSL Tadoussac were moving but hugging the North Shore. The upbound American Century was in Goulais Bay and waiting on weather.

St. Marys River – Joy Fett
The St. Marys River was closed at 9 p.m. Monday due to heavy fog. Edwin H. Gott and Algoma Discovery were tied up above the locks at West Pier. American Century was tied up below the locks along with the Radcliffe R. Latimer. Mesabi Miner and Hon. James L. Oberstar were stopped at the 9 Mile Anchorage. Vessels finally began moving in the late morning Tuesday. Downbound traffic for Tuesday included Mesabi Miner, Radcliffe R. Latimer, Edwin H. Gott, Algoma Discovery, CSL St Laurent, Algoma Guardian, Herbert C. Jackson and Frontenac. Upbounders included Cuyahoga, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Saginaw, Edgar B. Speer, American Spirit and, late, Mississagi, Philip R. Clarke and Federal Ruhr. With northeast gales in the forecast, the Oberstar went on the hook in the upper river Tuesday evening. American Century was in Goulais Bay on the Canadian side.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort and Federal Schelde were unloading Tuesday at Burns Harbor. John G. Munson was at Buffington. Federal Asahi was at S. Chicago. Federal Bristol and Lake St. Clair remained at Milwaukee. Alpena was in Green Bay.

Limestone Ports
Correction: Philip R Clarke arrived Monday at Calcite to load instead of Port Inland. Tuesday, Calcite: 0:32 Great Republic departed for Buffington. 3:53 Calumet arrived to load. 15:03 Philip R Clarke departed for Duluth Superior. 15:08 Calumet departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. Port Inland: Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. Port Dolomite: Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder departed for Bay City. Wilfred Sykes weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. After loading the Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Bruce Mines: Algoma Compass departed for Ashtabula. Thessalon: 11:31 Algoma Innovator arrived to load gravel. Alpena: Calumet departed for Calcite. 17:41 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products.

Detroit/Rouge River – Raymond H.
Lee A Tregurtha was unloading ore at Severstal Steel Tuesday evening.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Oct 9 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 8 - Algocanada at 1339

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 8 - Algoma Hansa at 1458 - Docked - Oct 7 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18) & barge Margaret at 1702

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 9 - American Mariner at 1632

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 9 - G3 Marquis at 0436, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 0541, Algoma Strongfield at 0829 and Federal Champlain at 1344

Downbound -
Oct 8 - Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) at 1933 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2337 - Oct 9 - Algoma Enterprise at 0222, Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0519, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 1211, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1500, tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 1617, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1917 and Baie Comeau at 1954

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 9 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 2028 approx. - Departed - Oct 8 - Mia Desgagnes at 2401 for Clarkson, Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1251 for Mississauga and Sten Moster (Gib) at 1700 for Bronte - Oct 10 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) departure time 0230 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 9 - Algoma Spirit at 0811, Shoveler (Cyp) at 0826 (anchored), Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1344 and Algoma Enterprise at 1714 - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 (from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 6 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 1545 and - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2150 (from the anchorage) - Oct 7 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1844 - Oct 8 - Manitoulin at 1201 from Clarkson - Departures - Oct 9 - G3 Marquis at 0122 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrivals (from Port Weller anchorage) - Oct 9 - Mia Desgagnes at 0211 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 1943 - Departure - Oct 9 - Mia Desgagnes at 1936 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 9 - Robert S Pierson at 1514

Mississauga:
Arrival - Oct 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1706 from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 4 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0002 (to Redpath dock) - Oct 8 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1535 - Oct 9 - NACC Argonaut at at 0438

 

Surfer uses Beaver Island ferry's wake to ride for miles on Lake Michigan

10/10 - Charlevoix, Mich. – Catching a ride on the ferry to Beaver Island is a Michigan adventure everyone should experience. Catching a wave off the ferry to Beaver Island is something else entirely. You don't need to tell Michigan surfer Ryan Bezemek that, because that's exactly what he did on Lake Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Armed with just his balance and a hydrofoil board, the Grand Rapids native surfed four miles in the wake of the Beaver Island Boat Company Ferry.

The feat was captured on video by his friend Ryan Sugnet, who filmed while another friend Logan Stanley drove a jet ski owned by Tom Boike nearby.

"We had this idea throughout the summer," Bezemek said. "But we weren't sure if it was achievable. We were kind of surprised when it worked. It took us a couple tries, but once I got up I did it seamlessly. I was stunned and excited that we actually made it happen."

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/10/surfer_uses_beaver_island_ferr.html

 

 

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
Cuyahoga departed Duluth early Monday morning for Sault Ste. Marie with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. Her fleetmate Michipicoten, which had arrived on Sunday evening, then began loading, and was outbound around noon with her ore cargo. Federal Biscay continued discharging cement at CRH. In Superior, Frontenac loaded iron ore pellets at BN during the first half of the day Monday before departing at 14:47. Roger Blough was inbound at 15:23 and began loading. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was expected at 22:30.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay - Gary Putney
The CSL St-Laurent departed Two Harbors between 05:30-06:30 on Oct. 8th for Quebec City. The CSL Tadoussac then shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. She then departed on Oct. 8th at 16:22 for Nanticoke. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 8th was the Oakglen. This is only her 2nd trip to western Lake Superior this year. She arrived bow first, turned, then backed stern first about 1/2 way into the dock. She then departed, went into Agate Bay, turned, then went bow first into the shiploader dock. Probably will be loading for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on the 9th is the Algowood. Another possible boat for Two Harbors is the Joseph L. Block. She has a load of stone for the Twin Ports and will arrive there on Oct. 9th. Could end up in Two Harbors to load Minorca pellets. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 8th and none scheduled for Oct. 9th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 8th: 0:10 Radcliffe R Latimer departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sydney, NS. Expected for Tuesday: CSL Welland due at 9:00.

Milwaukee, Wis. - Paul Erspamer
Lake St. Clair remained in Milwaukee's inner harbor Monday, loading at the Cofco International elevator. Federal Ruhr shifted inside to a berth at the heavy lift dock on Jones Island. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest departed northbound onto Lake Michigan about 5:30 Sunday evening.

Limestone Ports Report
Sunday, October 7: Port Dolomite: Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. 9:05 Joseph L Block arrived to load and departed at 19:57 for Duluth Superior. Drummond Island: 21:20 H Lee White arrived to load. Calcite: 22:30 John J Boland arrived to load. 23:00 Great Republic arrived to load. Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Monroe. Monday, Calcite: 14:33 John J Boland departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 17:30 Cason J Callaway arrived and went to anchor. 18:55 John Marshall departed for Stoneport. Port Inland: Manitowoc arrived to load. 14:37 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Port Dolomite Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived to load. 22:09 Wilfred Sykes arrived and went to anchor. Drummond Island: 10:42 H Lee White departed and is down bound on Lake Huron .

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday October 7: 7:58 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products and departed at 12:26 for Detroit. 21:55 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Monday, 8:00 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay. 18:33 Calumet arrived to unload. Bruce Mines: 21:00 Algoma Compass arrived to load trap rock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Oct 8 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 8 - Algocanada at 1339

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 8 - Algoma Hansa at 1458 - Docked - Oct 7 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18) & barge Margaret at 1702-

Buffalo:
Arrival - Oct 8 -tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0420 - Departure - Oct 8 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 1143 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 6 - John D Leitch at 060 (stopping at wharf 16) - Oct 7 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1323, Wicko (Bhs) at 2106, to anchor, Mia Desgagnes at 2200 to anchor, Sten Moster (Gib) at 2149 and Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 2149 - Oct 8 - John D Leitch from wharf 16 at 1130 westbound

Downbound -
Oct 7 - Algoma Transport at 1704, Raba (Lbr) at 1900 and Cedarglen at 2015 - Oct 8 - Fivelborg (Nld) at 0354 for Glasgow, Algoma Spirit at 1426 and Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) at 1933,

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Oct 7 John D Leitch stopped at wharf 16 at 1534 approx - Departed Oct 8 at 1130 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 7 - Wicko (Bhs) at 2115 (awaiting dock space in Toronto), Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12)at 2227 approx. Mia Desgagnes eta 2155 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 2300 - Departed - Oct 8 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1354 for Toronto and Fivelborg (Nld) at 2038 for Glasgow

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 8 - G3 Marquis at 0509 and Manitoulin at 1201 from Clarkson - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 (from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 6 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 1545 and - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2150 (from the anchorage) - Oct 7 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1844

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 7 - Manitoulin at 1742 - Oct 8 - Robert S Pierson at 0440 - Departures - Oct 8 - Manitoulin at 0934 for Hamilton and Robert S Pierson at 1512 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 4 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0002 (to Redpath dock) - Oct 7 - McKeil Spirit at 0542 - Oct 8 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1535 - Departure - Oct 8 - McKeil Spirit at 1704 eastbound

Kingston:
Arrival - Oct 7 - Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 0729 - Departed Oct 8 at 1803 westbound for the canal

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 9

On 08-09 October 1871, NAVARINO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 184 foot, 761 tons, built in 1870, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was lying at a dock when the Chicago fire swept through the city. The vessel tried to pull away from the dock and get to the safety of Lake Michigan, but the wind, which was being drawn into the fire held her against the dock. She burned to a total loss; no lives were lost. Her machinery was later salvaged and used in the new propeller MENOMINEE.

The CHIMO was moved onto the Port Weller Dry Dock on October 9, 1983, where workers began to cut her apart forward of her aft-located pilothouse and engine room. Upon completion Upper Lakes Shipping renamed her b.) CANADIAN RANGER.

GULF MACKENZIE (Hull#435) was launched at Sorel, Quebec, by Marine Industries, Ltd. on October 9, 1976. Renamed b.) L. ROCHETTE in 1985, departed the lakes and renamed c.) TRADEWIND ISLAND in 1995 and d.) KEMEPADE in 2003.

Pioneer Shipping Ltd's SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER arrived in the Welland Canal on her delivery trip October 9, 1983, en route to her formal christening at Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sold off the lakes and renamed b.) LADY HAMILTON in 1995. Brought back to the Lakes as VOYAGEUR PIONEER in 2006. Renamed KAMINISTIQUA in 2008.

JAMES DAVIDSON (Hull# 288) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, by Detroit Ship Building Co. on October 9, 1920, for the Globe Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio (G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.)

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

COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER sailed from the Great Lakes Engineering Works on her maiden voyage on October 9, 1911, to Toledo, Ohio, where she loaded coal bound for Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The SCHOONMAKER was the largest vessel on the Great Lakes when she came out. For much of the decade this vessel either broke or held many bulk cargo records. Renamed b.) WILLIS B. BOYER in 1969. Since 1987, the BOYER serves as a museum ship in Toledo, Ohio, with her original name recently restored.

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

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

On 9 October 1895, AFRICA (wooden propeller steam barge, 135 foot, 352 gross tons, built in 1873, at Kingston, Ontario) was towing the schooner SEVERN in a storm on Lake Huron when she struck a reef, 15 miles south of Cove Island light on Lake Huron. AFRICA broke up in the storm, all 11 of her crew were lost. SEVERN went ashore near Bradley Harbour and broke up. The crew was rescued by a fish tug from Stokes Bay.

1907: CYPRUS cleared Superior with a cargo of iron ore for Lackawanna, N.Y., on only the second trip. The vessel sank two days later and there was only one survivor. The hull was found on the bottom of Lake Superior in 2007 in 460 feet of water.

1922: TURRET CROWN ran aground off Cove Island, Georgian Bay, but was later salvaged.

1944: The German freighter LUDOLF OLDENDORFF, a Great Lakes trader as a) WESTMOUNT (i) and as e) TRACTOR, was sunk by British aircraft at Egersund, Norway.

1968: BUCKEYE, under tow for scrapping overseas, began drifting in rough weather when the anchors were unable to hold off Port Colborne. The ship was blown aground west of the city and the hull remained stuck until November 29.

2001: The Maltese flag freighter SYLVIA ran over a buoy below the Eisenhower Lock and the mooring chain was wrapped around the propeller. The cable was freed and the ship proceeded to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs arriving October 19 and returning to service on October 27. The ship had previously been inland as a) CHIMO when new in 1981 and first returned as d) SYLVIA in 2000. The vessel was noted as h) INTERCROWN and registered in Cambodia as of 2010.

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

 

USCGC Katmai Bay heading back to the lakes

10/8 - The USCGC Katmai Bay sailed from Halifax Sunday morning en route to its home base of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The cutter left the lakes in April 2017 for a service life extension in Baltimore.

Mac Mackay

 

Port Reports -  October 8

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity departed Duluth at 03:11 Sunday morning with coal from Midwest Energy. Michipicoten was expected a few minutes after 19:30 to load ore at CN. Also in port was Cuyahoga, a rare visitor to Duluth, which had arrived on Saturday and was at CN loading. Her expected departure time was unknown. Federal Biscay, which arrived last week, has been at CRH offloading powdered cement. In Superior on Sunday, Algoma Discovery departed at 14:22 with a load of ore pellets from BN. Her fleetmate Algoma Guardian was inbound from anchor at 14:47 to load, and was expected to depart early Monday morning. Frontenac was on the hook waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
After the CSL St-Laurent arrived North of #2 in Two Harbors on Oct. 6th she then departed the dock and was outbound Two Harbors at 20:15. She anchored in Burlington Bay at 21:04 on Oct. 6th. The Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Oct. 7th at 00:38 for Indiana Harbor. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 7th at 01:16 after being anchored off Sand Island. The Gott departed Two Harbors on Oct. 7th at 15:03 for Gary. The CSL St-Laurent got underway from anchorage on Oct. 7th at 11:15. She stopped SW of Two Harbors to await the Gott's departure and she arrived stern first thru the piers at 15:45 on Oct. 7th. She went to South of #2 shiploader. She is loading for Quebec City. Also arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 7th was the CSL Tadoussac at 11:15. She went to North of #2 for lay-by. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 8th is the Oakglen. She will be making only her second trip to western Lake Superior this year, both being to load in Two Harbors. Possibly due late on Oct. 8th is the Algowood, but more than likely she will arrive Two Harbors early on the 9th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Oct. 7th at 13:37 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 8th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday October 7th: 7:25 Radcliffe R Latimer arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 11:52 Algoma Harvester arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 16:30 Algoma Sault departed Superior Elevator for Goderich. 22:10 Tecumseh arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain.  

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Sunday included Presque Isle, Paul R. Tregurtha, American Mariner, Stewart J. Cort and, late, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Upbounders included Oakglen, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Sharon M 1 and barge and, late, Algowood.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Oct 7 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 5 - Manitoulin at 2351 - Oct 7 Baie St Paul at 0411 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinaurer-18) & barge Margaret at 1702. Departures - Oct 6 - Manitoulin at 2216 eastbound - Oct 7 - Baie St Paul at 1351 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 6 - Gardno (Bhs) at 1759, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1947 and CSL Niagara at 2054 - Oct 7 - Tim S Dool at 0412, Baie Comeau at 0503

Downbound - Oct 6 - Baie Comeau at 0550 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0901, Kaministiqua at 1001, Algoma Equinox at 1902 - Oct 7 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0107, CCGS Limnos, Algoma Transport at 1704, Raba (Lbr) at 1900 and Cedarglen at 1948

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 7 - Wicko (Bhs) eta 2105 (awaiting dock in Toronto), Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) eta 2150, Mia Desgagnes eta 2155 and Sten Moster (Gib) eta 2200 - Departed - Oct 7 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1140 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 7 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1844 and CCGS Limnos at 2030 - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Oct 7 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 (from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 - Oct 5 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Oct 6 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 1545 and - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 2150 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 7 - (for the canal) - Tim S Dool at 0210 for the canal, Baie Comeau at 0303

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 6 - Mia Desgagnes at 2249 (from Port Weller anchorage) - Departed Oct 7 at 2011 for Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 6 - Robert S Pierson at 1716 - Oct 7 - Manitoulin at 1742 - Departure - Oct 7 - Robert S Pierson at 0208 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 4 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0002 (to Redpath dock) - Oct 7 - McKeil Spirit at 0542 - Departure - Oct 7 - NACC Argonaut at 0953 eastbound

 

Updated Seaway transit statistics for 2018

10/8 - As of Oct. 1 there were 366 westbound transits at the Eisenhower Lock made by 193 saltwater vessels. This is up 61 transits from the same time period of March/April through Oct. 1, 2017 and is also up 95 transits from the 5-year average period from 2013 to 2017. For September 2018, there were 63 transits, up 12 transits from September 2017 and up 19 transits from the 5-year average for September from 2013-2017. There were also 29 new saltwater vessels making their first inland voyage by October 1. A breakdown so far of the monthly transits by saltwater vessels at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, N.Y., for the 2018 shipping season is as follows:

March/April: 68
May: 63
June: 61
July: 54
August: 57
September: 63

Thus far, with the current Seaway transit statistics and the elevating transit numbers, the 2018 shipping season could by year's end be one of the highest years ever for westbound saltie transits.

Denny Dushane

 

Plan to sink freighter for reef gets mixed reactions

10/8 - Port Washington Wis. – A nonprofit organization’s plan to sink a freighter two miles off the mouth of the Port Washington harbor and sculptures created by area students off the breakwater met with mixed reaction from the Common Council last Tuesday.

Although the city was asked to be a co-applicant with the Shipwreck Education and Preservation Alliance in its application for a Department of Natural Resources permit to place structures at the bottom of the lake, aldermen tabled action until their Wednesday, Nov. 7, meeting saying they had too many questions to make a decision Tuesday.

Aldermen asked for additional information on SEAPA itself, how it would fund the six-phase project, potential city liability and the potential impact on the fishery, among other things. “I’m not ready to vote on this,” Ald. John Sigwart said. “I’m not comfortable with it yet.

“I don’t know that we know enough about the probability of success yet. It seems to me this is a very expensive project that may have value for tourism. I don’t see anything saying it’s of value to the perch. I really don’t see that here, the value to the fishery.”

Ald. Jonathan Pleitner added, “It’s a great project. I would just like to get more information. I think that would go a long way.” Ald. Dan Benning also noted that aldermen received a significant amount of information about the project shortly before the meeting and they need more time to review it.

Several residents at the meeting spoke in support of the project, including C.T. Whitehouse, a noted sculptor who said the artistic aspects could set Port apart from other communities and “turn it from a stopover to a destination. This is an opportunity we should embrace.”

SEAPA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to shipwreck preservation, freshwater education and aquatic habitat restoration, has proposed a six-phase, $9.97 million project intended to create artificial reefs off Port’s shore that it says will improve the aquatic environment and help restore native fish levels.

The initiative will also develop a public access into the lake, aid in educational efforts at local schools and colleges, help local police, fire and dive teams train for emergencies and increase tourism, said SEAPA President Tish Hase, co-owner of Port Deco Divers in Port Washington.

The organization is seeking permits from the DNR and Army Corps of Engineers for the first two phases of its project, which involve sinking a 200 to 600-foot-long freighter in 110 feet of water two miles off the mouth of the harbor and having local high school students create sculptures that will be anchored to the lakebed at varying levels outside of the breakwater. The city needs to be a co-applicant for the DNR permit because it has riparian rights in the area where the sculptures would be located, officials said.

We Energies has agreed to be a co-applicant for the first phase for the same reason, Hase said.

These phases will create artificial reefs that would create a “supersized” habitat where native fish such as lake trout and yellow perch can thrive, said Hase and SEAPA Vice President Joe Frank, who is also co-owner of Port Deco Divers.

“What we’re trying to do here is bring back healthy fish species,” Frank said. “These (structures) are all going to be habitat that brings back indigenous species. We have to take an active step to make that happen. This is probably the best, cheapest option for the community. When we do dives, we don’t see fish anymore,” Hase added.

The third phase would involve submerging a 41-foot wooden fishing vessel similar to the Linda E. — the last fishing tug out of Port Washington — in 50 to 70 feet of water to create a reef for larger aquatic species to use as habitat, as well as some sculptures. The fourth phase would require sinking a number of clean vehicles to create not only fish habitat but also an area for local emergency crews to use for training and education.

A 25-step staircase from the breakwater to the lakebed would be created as the fifth phase of the project, allowing public access to the lake, and fish cribs would be placed along the breakwater wall. The last phase involves long-term fundraising to support the project.

The first phase of the project, sinking of the freighter, is estimated to cost between $5 million and $6.8 million, while the projected price of the second phase is $540,000.

The project would also relieve pressure on shipwrecks in the area by providing divers with a destination, according to SEAPA. The DNR is reviewing the application to see if it meets standards for underwater structures, looking at the potential impact on habitat, water quality and navigation, among other things, Webb said.

If it meets those standards, Webb said, the department will issue the permit.

Because the project would be the first of its kind in the Great Lakes, Hase said, it would prompt interest and publicity that will draw donors. “Right now we’re not asking the city for money,” Hase said, adding she’s already applied for some grants for the project. She will find out the results of one grant application in mid-November, she said, and another application is due next month.

Fundraising, she said, will begin in earnest after SEAPA obtains the permits.

The organization has hired Artificial Reef International, a Florida firm that specializes in creating artificial reefs by sinking ships, to procure the freighter, which would be cleaned of anything that could contaminate the lake before being sunk, Hase said.

Ozaukee Press

 

Mystery solved? Shipwreck may be oldest found in Lake Erie

10/8 - Toledo, Ohio – Shipwreck hunters who spent eight days this summer unearthing and examining the remains of a schooner in Lake Erie in Ohio think it’s most likely a sailing ship that sank nearly two centuries ago. That would make the wreckage the oldest ever found in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.

But there’s a bit of debate among the marine archaeologists and shipwreck hunters who are trying to identify the wreck about how confident they are it is indeed the Lake Serpent that sank in 1829.

So far, there are several signs that say it’s a match, according to the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which on Thursday released the findings from its work this summer.

Divers determined the wreck’s size and stone cargo point to it being Lake Serpent, and they uncovered what appears to be a carving at the ship’s bow, the museum said. Historical records show the Lake Serpent had a serpent’s head carved near the front — an unusual feature for a vessel of that era.

The site also seems to be near where the Lake Serpent was thought to go down near Kelleys Island off the Ohio shoreline.

Carrie Sowden, the Great Lakes museum’s archaeology director, said it all adds up, but she was hesitant to say that it’s definitely the Lake Serpent. “I don’t know what else it could be, but there’s still enough unknown that we haven’t seen,” she said, adding that divers plan to take another look at the site next year.

Some parts of the wreckage are still covered in several feet of mud and sediment. “You never know what’s under the sand,” Sowden said.

Lake Erie is a graveyard for hundreds of vessels taken down by violent storms that can whip up in a hurry. Many have been found in recent years by a small, dedicated band from the museum and the Cleveland Underwater Explorers club.

While identifying these wrecks often relies on circumstantial evidence, what makes their latest attempt difficult is that the Lake Serpent was constructed before ship builders began including hull numbers or name plates onboard.

Also, visibility was limited around the wreck and it was torn apart more than expected, making it tough to find key features, the museum said.

The schooner was built in 1821 in Cleveland at a time when the city had less than 1,000 residents. Its job was to carry cargo — produce, flour, whiskey, limestone — to ports along the lakes.

It went down eight years later. The body of one crew member was spotted in the lake days later while the bodies of the captain and his brother washed up on the shore of Lorain County in the fall of 1829, according to a newspaper report.

Tom Kowalczk, who spotted the wreckage on his sonar screen in the summer of 2015, said he’s pretty confident it’s the Lake Serpent because there are enough findings that line up.

That includes the unique carving they found on the ship and the large stones they came across — the Lake Serpent was said to be carrying stone from a Lake Erie island. “We haven’t found anything that says it’s something different,” he said.

David VanZandt, director of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, said there’s enough evidence for him to say he’s almost certain the wreckage that sits nearly 50 feet (15 metres) below the surface is the Lake Serpent.

Toronto Sun

 

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

 

Port Reports -  October 7

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The Presque Isle shifted from 22:00 to 22:29 from North of #2 after taking a partial cargo at the gravity dock to South of #2 shiploader on Oct. 5th. She then departed on Oct. 6th at approx. 07:15 for Gary. Indiana Harbor arrived on Oct. 5th at 23:00 and went to North of #2 lay-by. She shifted to South of #2 after the Presque Isle departed. As of 19:15 on Oct. 6th the Indiana Harbor was still at the loading dock. Arriving Two Harbors on Oct. 6th was the CSL St-Laurent at 19:08 stern first. As I file this report she was still backing in Agate Bay. Probably will turn and go into North of #2 for lay-by. The Edwin H. Gott went to anchor on Oct. 5th between 23:15 and 23:30 behind Sand Island to await South of #2. As of 19:15 on Oct. 5th she was still anchored. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 7th is the CSL Tadoussac. On Oct. 5th the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. after she didn't enter Silver Bay ran checked down to Duluth and went to SMET to load coal.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Oct. 6th at 13:44. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 7th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday October 6th: 8:46 Algoma Sault arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Sunday: Radcliffe R Latimer due at 8:00. Algoma Harvester due at 15:00. Tecumseh due at 22:00.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Calcite: 2:58 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. 13:38 John Marshall arrived. 18:32 John G Munson departed for Gary Harbor. Port Inland 3:16 Philip R Clarke departed for Marine City. Port Dolomite: Algoma Innovator arrived to load. Joseph L Block arrived and went to anchor. Drummond Island: 7:59 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder departed for Bay City. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 10:20 Algoma Buffalo arrived and went to anchor. 14:00 Algoma Compass departed for Windsor. Algoma Buffalo weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Port Huron, Mich.
USCH Hollyhock, under tow of the tug Manitou, left for drydock in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Oct 6 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 5 - Manitoulin at 2351 - Departure - Oct 6 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0611 for the canal and Harbour Feature (Por) at 1816 westbound -

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 5 - Oakglen at 0941, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1846 and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 2145 - Oct 6 - CSL Welland at 0102, John D Leitch at 0606, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0910, Mamry (Bhs) at 1007, Gardno (Bhs) at 1759, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1944 and CSL Niagara eta 2030

Downbound - Oct 6 - Baie Comeau at 0550 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0901, Kaministiqua at 1001, Algoma Equinox at 1902

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 2300 from Bronte - Oct 6 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1920 - Departed - Oct 6 - Mia Desgagnes at 2032 to Bronte

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 6 - Harbour Progress (Por) at 1545, Baie Comeau at 1903 - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Sep 28 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1230 from Oshawa - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Sep 29 - Oct 1 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 - Oct 5 - Tim S Dool at 0951 and Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Departures - Oct 6 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1644 for Detroit

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 6 - Mia Desgagnes eta 2137 approx. (from Port Weller anchorage)

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 6 - Robert S Pierson at 0655

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 4 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0002 (to Redpath dock) - Oct 6 - NACC Argonaut at 0833 - Departure - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1444 eastbound

 

 

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.

 

Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse lens will soon retire to a new home

10/6 - Kewaunee, Wis. – After nearly 90-years of service, the Fresnel lens in the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse is about to retire to a new home. By month’s end, the lens will be removed from the lighthouse and moved to the Kewaunee County Historical Society on Ellis Street.

Jayne Conard, president of the Friends of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse, says while the lens’s working life is over it will still offer some illuminating maritime history in its new home.

The Fresnel lens is one of 70 still in operation in the United States and one of 16 on the Great Lakes.

Listen to the full story at this link: https://www.doorcountydailynews.com/2018/10/02/kewaunee-pierhead-lighthouse-lens-will-soon-retire-to-a-new-home

 

Programs announced for Gales of November Nov. 2-3 at Duluth

10/6 - Duluth, Minn. – The annual Gales of November conference, sponsored by the Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association, will be held in Duluth Nov. 2-3. Besides a free Friday night gala, there will speakers, exhibitors and many other events.

Programs include:
• Fred Stonehouse on the History of Great Lakes Cruises
• Tom Crossmon on the POV of an ROV for Rescue/Recovery & Wreck Searches
• Tamara Thomsen on How to Get Your Wreck on the National
• Jim Sharrow on Designing a Great Lakes Freighter
• C. Roger Pellet on the Whales (Whalebacks) of Lake Superior
• Christian Dalbec on Over/Under Big Lake Photography
• Paul Scinocca on Hunting the Elusive Maritime Photos
• Dennis O’Hara on Capturing Webcam Images
• Tony Dierckins on the Lake Superior & the History of Local Brewing
• Grant Merritt’s Environmental Autobiography

Friday Luncheon Speaker: Brett Seymour, Deputy Chief, NPS Submerged Resources Center, on a virtual 3D Isle Royale Shipwreck Tour. Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Paul LaMarre III, executive director of the Port of Monroe, Michigan, on Saving the Col. James M. Schoonmaker.

Gales of November is the LSMMA's premier fundraising event for the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. What began almost 30 years ago as a small gathering of divers sharing shipwreck pictures, has grown into a two-day educational and networking event.

The winners of the annual Cruise of a Lifetime event will also be announced on Nov. 3. Lear more, or register, at this link:

To register, or for more information, visit this link: https://lsmma.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=605134&module_id=314236

 

Port Reports -  October 6

Superior, Wis.
Algoma Spirit loaded at BNSF and departed in the late afternoon. Stewart J. Cort took her place at the shiploader. Algoma Discovery will be next to load after the Cort departs sometime Saturday. Algoma Guardian and Frontenac are also due at BNSF.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors at 17:10 on Oct. 5th. She went to North of #2 gravity docks where she will take on a partial load before shifting to South of #2 shiploader. Also due Two Harbors on the 5th is the Indiana Harbor. As of 17:15 on the 5th she was abeam of Silver Bay. Due Two Harbors on the 6th is the Edwin H. Gott. As of 17:15 on the 5th she was NE of Outer Island. Also due Two Harbors on Oct. 6th is the CSL St-Laurent.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Oct. 5th at 04:42 and then departed on the 5th at 16:22. As of 17:15 her AIS hadn't been updated. Arriving off Silver Bay shortly after the Joyce L. departed, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. made a couple of attempts to enter Silver Bay, but then headed south on the lake for the Wisconsin side, possibly to Sand Island or the Herbster area. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 6th is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday October 5th: There were no ship movements at the port on Friday. The saltie Americaborg was at Keefer Terminal.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Algoma Buffalo arrived & berthed in the Fox River about 11 p.m. Thursday. Alpena was expected in Green Bay from its namesake city on Friday afternoon.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Floretgracht remained in Milwaukee's inner harbor Thursday night, unloading at the heavy lift dock on Jones Island. Federal Ruhr was at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor delivering steel. Lake St. Clair was expected from Detroit mid-day Friday. Prentiss Brown & barge St. Marys Challenger were expected with cement from Charlevoix on Friday.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Stoneport: Sam Laud departed for Cleveland. 14:30 Great Republic arrived to load. Calcite: 18:30 H Lee White arrived to load. Friday, Stoneport: Great Republic departed for Toledo. 14:30 Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: 14:42 H Lee White departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. 14:54 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. 15:30 John G Munson arrived to load. Port Inland: 8:19 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Drummond Island: 20:10 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: 11:30 Algoma Compass arrived and went to anchor.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena 17:29 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay. St Ignace: 7:12 The cruise ship Victory 1 arrived for shore excursions and at 13:27 departed for Mackinac Island arriving there at 13:45. Friday, Spragge: 1:57 Algoma Innovator arrived to unload slag and departed at 16:29 for Port Dolomite. Bruce Mines: 10:00 Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock and departed at 20:25 for Calumet. Mackinac Island: 18:57 the cruise ship Victory 1 departed for Chicago.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
The Saginaw made its first visit of this season, arriving early Wednesday and departing early Thursday evening. She unloaded grain at the main elevator.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Algoma Transport passed under the Charles Berry Bridge around 8:15 a.m. Friday, headed for Jonick Dock & Terminal to take on a load of coke breeze.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Oct 5 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 3 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0847 - Oct 5 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0951 and Manitoulin eta 2330

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 4 - Mississagi stopped wharf 12 at 2116 after departing wharf 2 at mid-day approx. and Federal Dee (Mhl) eta 2145 from Oshawa - Oct 5 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0311, Federal Schelde (Bds) at 0341, Algowood at 0735, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0814, Oakglen at 0941, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1440 to Port Weller anchorage and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1846

Downbound - Oct 4 -Tim S Dool at 1920 - Oct 5 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0149, CSL Laurentien at 0352, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 0720, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 1234, Baie Comeau at 1231

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 2300 from Bronte - Oct 5 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 1446 - Departures - Oct 3 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 2200 for Toronto - Oct 5 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 2145 approx.

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 4 - Mississagi wharf 12 at 2116 - Departure - Oct 5 - Mississagi (from wharf 12 at 0800 approx. westbound)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 5 - Tim S Dool at 0951 and Three Rivers (Atg) at 2004 - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Sep 28 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1230 from Oshawa - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Sep 29 - Thunder Bay at 0338, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1640 - Oct 1 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 - Departures - Oct 5 - (for the canal) Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0058, Algowood at 0446, eastbound - Andean (Cyp) at 0516 and Thunder Bay at 1725

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1505 (anchored off the dock for weather) - Departed - Oct 4 at 2108 for Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0655 - Departure - Oct 5 - Robert S Pierson at 2108 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 4 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0002 (to Redpath dock) and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1823 (returned to harbour) - Departure - Oct 5 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0025 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 4 - NACC Quebec at 1315 - Departed - Oct 5 at 1121 eastbound

 

Michigan lawmakers fight decision to close EPA facility on Grosse Ile

10/6 - Grosse Ile, Mich. – State lawmakers are fighting a decision to close an Environmental Protection Agency office on Grosse Ile.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Twp.) introduced a resolution urging President Donald Trump and acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler to reverse their decision to close the EPA’s Large Lakes Research Station on Grosse Ile. Along with state Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Camilleri also sent a letter to Wheeler on Oct. 4, urging him to reconsider the move.

“The EPA station in Grosse Ile plays a critical role in our state’s response to environmental emergencies,” Camilleri said. “At a time when Michigan is experiencing a flurry of environmental crises, closing this facility will result in delayed response times and, in turn, put our families and our state’s natural resources at risk.”

The letter outlines several concerns with the closure, which is slated for early 2019 and would relocate operations and personnel to Ann Arbor. The resolution comes on the heels of local opposition led by Grosse Ile Township Supervisor Brian Loftus, who explained his stance to The News-Herald in August.

Loftus said the on-scene coordinators currently located at the station are the first responders to any type of incident that could have an environmental impact, such as chemical spills. He pointed out that the EPA has the resources to mitigate and contain such emergencies, but time is of the essence and moving personnel to Ann Arbor could cause delays.

“Sixty-five percent of their responses are between the I-75 corridor, between Detroit and Monroe,” he said. “Imagine trying to respond from Ann Arbor on a (Michigan football) game day. They would never get there on time.”

The letter from Camilleri and Chang echoes this sentiment. “Every minute is critical in protecting residents in our community and our natural resources, and relocating the personnel will delay emergency response from the previous 20 minutes to over an hour. This delay could not be coming as a worse time, with the McLouth Trenton site’s southern portion potentially being added to the Superfund National Priorities List.”

Aside from the vitality of quick response times — the Large Lakes Research Station has responded to 475 oil spills and releases of chemical and hazardous substances over the past 16 years, including emergencies at the McLouth Steel and Marathon refinery sites — the letter says there don’t appear to be any significant cost savings associated with the move.

Furthermore, the letter states, the research station’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has played a key role in restoring “biological and physical integrity” to Michigan waterways.

“The effectiveness of the Grosse Ile EPA station in mitigating environmental disasters and implementing the highly successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative here in Michigan cannot be overstated,” Chang said. “I hope President Trump and Acting Administrator Wheeler will reconsider their decision to close the station as they reflect on its importance to the people of Michigan.”

News Herald

 

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.

 

Algoma Central cancels order with Uljanik shipyard

10/5 - Zagreb, Croatia – Canada's Algoma Central Corporation last Friday terminated a contract for a bulk cargo vessel that was ordered to be built by the Uljanik Group, the Pula-based shipbuilding company said on Monday.

The reason cited for the contract termination was the shipyard's inability to deliver the vessel on time, the shipyard said, noting that actual construction work on the ship had not yet begun.

In early September, Uljanik's clients had terminated contracts for four other ships. The Cayman Islands-based Auto Marine Transport had cancelled an order for a car and truck carrier on September 1, after cancelling another order for the same type of ship. On that same date, Norway-based Siem Shipping also terminated contracts for car carriers, the construction of which hasn't been started.

The new cancellation add to the shipyard's problems, which is trying to find a new strategic partner willing to finance a restructuring plan intended to save the company, employing more than 4,000 workers, from looming bankruptcy.

Total Croatia News

 

Fight over historic Manitoulin Island ship moves from courthouse to ballot box

10/5 - A citizens group has failed in its legal fight to save a historic steamship on Manitoulin Island. But now the fate of the SS Norisle could depend on who is elected mayor of the small town where it's moored.

"I think what we have to do is take a second look at what's going on here," says Dave Ham, a member of the SS Norisle Steamship Society, who is now running for mayor in the Township of Assiginack.

The society spent years, and according to Ham over one million dollars, restoring the Norisle, which was a passenger ferry on Lake Huron from 1946 to 1974.

In December 2016, the society filed suit against the municipality, which had announced plans to remove the ship from the Manitowaning harbour and have it sunk in the Tobermory area to entertain diving tourists. "Well, I think that's a tremendous waste," says Ham.

The lawsuit was recently settled, with the township's ownership of the Norisle reaffirmed and in exchange the municipality is reimbursing the citizens group for $45,000 spent removing asbestos from the ship.

Ham, who previously served nine years as the local reeve, says saving the ship was "part of the decision-making process" for throwing his hat into the mayor's race this election.

He faces four other candidates, including incumbent mayor Paul Moffatt.

He says taxpayers in Assiginack, a municipality of about 900 people on the eastern end of Manitoulin Island, shelled out $250,000 in legal fees to fight the failed lawsuit.

"I'm glad that's it's taken care and you can't go back, but it should never have happened," says Moffatt.

He says very few voters have asked him about his platform on the Norisle during this campaign. "I don't think you'd find many voters in Assiginack that would support something like that. I think any that I have spoken to are only too happy to see the stern of the Norisle heading up Manitowaning Bay," Moffatt says.

It has been a rough retirement for the Norisle and its sister ship the SS Norgoma, which has also been called a rusty eyesore. Sault Ste. Marie city council has ordered that the Norgoma, which has recently served as a museum ship, be removed from the city's waterfront this spring.

CBC

 

Port Reports -  October 5

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Neither Two Harbors nor Silver Bay saw any traffic on Oct. 4th due to weather conditions on Lake Superior. Tentatively due in Two Harbors on Oct. 5th are the Presque Isle and Indiana Harbor.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay did see the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrive off Silver Bay the night of Oct. 3rd, but weather conditions didn't allow them to enter and they proceeded to Duluth and were loading at the CN ore dock in West Duluth on Oct. 4th. Due Silver Bay on Oct. 5th are the Joyce L. VanEnevort/Great Lakes Trader and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. The Joyce L. VanEnevort/Great Lakes Trader spent the better part of 24 hours anchored in Bete Grise Bay. As of 16:00 on Oct. 4th she is underway off Eagle Harbor. The Joyce L. had been scheduled for Duluth, but will load in Silver Bay instead.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday October 4th: 2:58 Algoma Equinox weighed anchor and departed for Quebec City. 18:11 tug Candace Elise and her barges AM 2100 and AM 2101 departed Midcontinent Terminal (former CN ore dock) for Burns Harbor. 18:14 saltie Americaborg arrived at Keefer Terminal. 20:24 saltie Raba departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Montreal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Oct 4 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 3 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0847 and CSL Tadoussac at 1614 - Departure - Oct 3 - CSL Tadoussac at 2345 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 3 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1642, and Radcliffe R Latimer at 2123 - Oct 4 - Mississagi at 0359 to wharf 2 - departed mid-day approx. upbound), Algoma Transport at 0413, Harbour Feature (Por) at 1407 and Federal Dee (Mhl) eta 2145 from Oshawa

Downbound - Oct 3 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1409, Mississagi at 1642 (stopping wharf 12 at 1848 - departed at 2206 for wharf 2) and Algowood eta 2211 - Whitefish Bay at 0657 and Tim S Dool at 1920

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Sep 28 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1524 - Sep 30 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 1020 (awaiting dock in Toronto) - Oct 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1336 - Departed - Oct 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 2230 for Bronte

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 3 - Mississagi at 1848 (stopped at wharf 12) - Departures - Oct 3 - Mississagi (from wharf 12 at 2206) for wharf 2

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 4 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0704 and Algowood at 1219 - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Sep 28 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1230 from Oshawa - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Sep 24 - Andean (Cyp) at 0028 - Sep 29 - Thunder Bay at 0338, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1640 - Oct 1 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 - Departures - Oct 4 - Evans Spirit at 1825 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1505 (anchored off the dock for weather) - Departure - Oct 4 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1216 for Nanticoke

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 3 - Robert S Pierson at 0820 - Departure - Oct 4 - Robert S Pierson at 0628 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Oct 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1925, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 1951 - Oct 4 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 0002 (to Redpath dock) and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0028 and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1823 (retuned to harbour) - Departures (eastbound) - Oct 4 - Brant (Cyp) at 004, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1647 and Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 1731

Oshawa:
Arrival Oct 4 - NACC Quebec at 1315 - Departure - Oct 4 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 1852 for Windsor

 

Port of Oswego upping ante on grain exports

10/5 - This is nothing to be taken with a grain of salt. All types of grain shipments are riding a robust wave this year, according to the latest St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation data.

“Grain is, quite frankly, a new sector for us,” said William Scriber, acting executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority. “We’ve never exported this much in the last 50 years. We never reached the pinnacle of what we can actually accomplish,” said Scriber, noting that the port will be turning storage buildings over more frequently as the grain market accelerates. Now we will be turning out buildings over five times a year whereas previously, we only turned them once,” he said.

Grain tonnage was up 16.3 percent from January-August this year to 5.4 million metric tons from 4.7 million in the year-ago period on the Seaway. He said the port was recently notified from Purdue Agribusiness to get ready to receive new grain. Soybeans are typically mature by late September and harvested in October and November. “They are starting to cut soybean now, so we will be ramping up in the next week and will receive over a million bushes of soybeans,” he said.

The port also handles other grains such as wheat and corn.

“There is a huge demand in the market right now for soybeans worldwide,” Scriber said. “Purdue Agribusiness is basically making this their major export focus in New York state.”

Scriber said most all soybeans are being diverted to the port to ship. This wave of activity grew as a result of discussions centered earlier this year on creating a United States Department of Agriculture export center at the port. As a result, the port successfully applied for and received a USDA export license.

Earlier this year, the port had more than 120 million bushels of soybeans on site.

“We scheduled our first ships in August for offloading, and we have loaded two ships with more than 24,000 metric tons of soybean. We have three more scheduled for the remainder of the season, which is October and November,” said Scriber, noting the port — in conjunction with its partnership with Purdue — has exported 60,000 metric tons of soybeans this year

Scriber said the goal is to reach 100,000 metric tons within the next year or two.

Oswego County Business

 

Rand Logistics announces 2018 Marine Miracle Month program results

10/5 - Jersey City, N.J. – Rand Logistics Inc., a provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region, announced the company has raised in excess of $150,000 for children’s charities designated by its customers and vendor partners as a result of its annual Marine Miracle Month Program.

Now in its third year, Rand donates $0.05 for every ton of cargo carried by its fleet during the month of August to nonprofit organizations with a primary focus on the health and wellbeing of children. Rand’s customers select the children’s charity of their choice, and Rand makes donations in each participating customer’s honor. The donation amount is based upon the total tons each customer shipped during the month of August and totals in excess of $134,000 this year.

New for this year’s Marine Miracle Month, a variety of Rand’s vendor partners operating in the Great Lakes region have signed on to augment the program, donating an additional $18,000 to their own children’s charities in honor of Rand’s Marine Miracle Month.

“We are overwhelmed by the continued interest and positive response that our customers, vendor partners, employees, and community organizations have shown towards the initiative, enabling us to expand the program and exceed last year’s program results,” said Aaron Degodny, Rand’s Co-President & Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer.

“The support of our vendor partners to use Marine Miracle Month as a platform for their own charitable initiatives highlights how industry can collaborate to support the needs of children in our communities. With more than 35 participating customers this year, and four of our key vendor partners, 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 and suppliers.”

Qualifying not-for-profit organizations selected by Rand’s participating customers and vendors 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

 

Demolitions from Journal of the World Ship Society

10/5 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition taken from October 2018 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None reported

Demolitions:
Astal (7532741; Niue) (Coastal 202-17, Barbara Kessel-13, Ita Jamie Baxter-97, Jamie A. Baxter-93 - first trip down the Seaway from builder's yard 1977) 1,855 / 1977 - pusher tug. By Ace Ship Recycling Pte Ltd (Trinitas Ship Management Pvt Ltd), Singapore, to Ayaan Ship Breaking, Pakistan and arrived Gadani Beach 20/01/2018 - commenced demolition 02/02/2018

Brightway (8116984; Belize) (Rising Star-13, Polydefkis-11 (first trip into Seaway 2006), Arklow Dawn-03, Daisy Green-00, Uri-97, Falknes-93 (first trip into Seaway 1996), Fitnes-88 (first trip into Seaway 1986), Falknes-86- 8,351 / 1983 - general cargo. By Brightway Distribution Ltd (Credo-Plus Navigation Ltd), Belize, to Metco Shipbreakers, Pakistan and arrived Gadani Beach 04/02/2018 - commenced demolition 14.02.2018

Cyber (7721237; Palau) (Aleksandr Suvorov-17 - first trip into Seaway 1986) 16,257 / 1979 - bulk carrier. By Jupiter Shipping Inc. (Nabeel Shipmanagement FZE), St Kitts & Nevis, to Shree Sai Baba Ship Breaking, India and arrived Alang 06.02.2018 - commenced demolition 13.02.2018

Zenith Star (8405438; Panama) (Fair Swan-13, Chem Adriatic-07, Kilchem Adriatic-00 (first trip into Seaway 1993), Andreas Z-90, Shoun Jupiter-89) 4,509 / 1984 - products tanker. By Zenith Fuel & Energy Ltd (Aurum Ship Management FZC), Liberia to Ship Trade Corp India, and arrived Alang 11.02.2018 - commenced demolition 24.02.2018

Report compiled: by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  October 5

On this day in 1954, the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY was christened at Lorain. The HUMPHREY successfully completed her sea trials on 10/6 and carried 191,214 tons of iron ore in nine trips before laying up for the season.

Upbound with a load of limestone on Lake Superior on October 5, 1965, the PETER A.B. WIDENER reported broken steering gear and possible damage to steering mechanism and screw after encountering gale force winds and high waves near Isle Royale. Fleetmates HENRY PHIPPS and HENRY H. ROGERS responded to the vessel, and dumped oil on the 10-foot seas to calm them. The USCG WOODRUSH arrived from Duluth, and towed the vessel to Duluth.

On October 5,1876, GRACE GREENWOOD (3-mast wooden schooner, 124 foot, 306 tons, built in 1853, at Oswego, New York) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba, Michigan, to Michigan City, Indiana, when she foundered in a storm while coming in to St. Joseph harbor for shelter. No lives were lost. She was the first vessel built by George Rogers and her launch was initially sabotaged by someone jamming a file into the ways.

On Saturday afternoon, October 5, 1997, while passing White Shoal Light on their way to Charlevoix, the MEDUSA CHALLENGER was hit by a waterspout. The only damage reported was a spotlight on the pilothouse bridge wing lifted out of its support and crews bikes stored on deck rose vertically. The 1906, built boat was also reported to have been vibrating in an unusual manner. Another boat in the area reported wind gusts of almost 100 mph in the brief storm. That same day the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan was hit with a violent storm that blew down trees a foot in diameter.

The ARTHUR B. HOMER, loaded with ore, was in a head-on collision on October 5, 1972 with the unloaded Greek salty NAVISHIPPER at Buoy 83, in the Detroit River's Fighting Island Channel. NAVISHIPPER reportedly had no licensed pilot aboard at the time, a violation of maritime law. There were no injuries, but the HOMER suffered extensive bow damage up to and including part of her pilothouse. The former was repaired, operated through 1980 and was scrapped at Port Colborne in 1987. The latter was also repaired and eventually towed into Cadiz, Spain, for scrapping as f) CRYSTAL on December 2, 1981, when the tailshaft fractured on November 25, 1981.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL was in collision with steamer RICHARD V. LINDABURY on a foggy October 5, 1962, off Grosse Pointe Farms in Lake St. Clair. The canaller suffered a 12-foot gash on her port side forward of her after cabins and sank. She was raised October 7 and taken to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. On October 5, 1967, while outbound on the Saginaw River after discharging a load of limestone at Saginaw, Michigan, the J. F. SCHOELLKOPF JR's steering failed which caused her to hit the west side of the I-75 Zilwaukee Bridge. The SCHOELLKOPF JR incurred little damage but the southbound lanes of the bridge were out of service for several days until repairs were completed.

The ARTHUR H. HAWGOOD (Hull#76) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, by West Bay City Ship Building Co. on October 5, 1907, for the Neptune Steamship Co. (Hawgood, mgr.), Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) JOSEPH BLOCK in 1911, and c.) GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER in 1969. Scrapped at Ramey's Bend in 1980.

On October 5,1889, BESSEMER (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 178 foot, 436 gross tons, built in 1875, at St. Clair, Michigan) was carrying iron ore along with her consort SCHUYLKILL (wooden schooner, 152 foot, 472 gross tons, built in 1873, at Buffalo, New York) in Lake Superior. They were struck by a rapidly rising gale and ran for the Portage Ship Canal. It became obvious that BESSEMER was sinking. The two collided and went onto a reef at the mouth of the canal and they both broke up quickly. The crews were able to jump onto the breakwater. The wrecks partly blocked the canal until they were dynamited the next September.

On October 5,1877, TIOGA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 549 tons, built in 1862, at Cleveland) was towing two barges in a storm on Lake Erie when she caught fire. The high winds fanned the flames. Her crew escaped to the barges and were later picked up by the steamer BADGER STATE. The burned out hulk of TIOGA sank the next day in 30 feet of water off Point Pelee. This was her first year of service as a bulk freighter; she had been built as a passenger steamer and was converted in 1877.

On October 5, 1900, the lumber hooker SWALLOW was involved in a collision in the early morning hours and ended up ashore near Cherry Beach. A week later, she was lightered and freed, then taken to Detroit for repairs. She foundered in a storm one year later (18 October 1901).

On October 5,1904, CONGRESS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 267 foot, 1,484 gross tons, built in 1867, at Cleveland as the passenger vessel NEBRASKA) was seeking shelter at South Manitou Island on Lake Michigan when she caught fire. The fire spread quickly. To prevent it from destroying the dock, a courageous tug skipper got a line on the CONGRESS and towed her out on the lake where she burned for 13 hours and then sank in 26 fathoms of water. No lives were lost.

1904: HUNTER, a wooden passenger and freight steamer, was destroyed by a fire at Grand Marais, MI. There were no injuries.

1932: JOHN J. BOLAND JR., enroute from Toledo to Hamilton with coal, took on water and sank after the cargo shifted. Four lives were lost when the vessel went down about 10 miles off Barcelona, NY.

1941: MONDOC stranded off the east coast of Trinidad on her first trip on the bauxite run. The crew took to the lifeboats and was saved.

1964: DENMARK HILL went aground off the Porkkala Lighthouse in the Baltic Sea enroute from Nicaro, Cuba, for Porkkala, Finland. The vessel was refloated October 7 with considerable bottom damage.

1988: ENERCHEM REFINER struck the #1 East Outer Light while upbound in the Detroit River and received major damage that was repaired at Lauzon.

1999: MONTE AYALA, a Seaway caller in 1975, began to leak in #1 hold and then list while anchored at St. Brieuc Bay while inbound for Brest, France, as d) JUNIOR M. The cargo of ammonium nitrate was unloaded. The ship was arrested, abandoned by the owners, auctioned off for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, on August 21, 2000.

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

 

18-foot waves predicted for Lake Superior

10/4 - Strong northwest winds behind a severe weather-making storm will also produce huge waves on Lake Superior. Waves are expected to build to 14 to 18 feet in the southeastern part of Lake Superior.

Winds are expected to howl at up to 60 mph for the Keweenaw Peninsula. Other parts of Lake Superior should have 45 mph to 55 mph sustained winds. With the northwesterly winds, waves will build as they move across Lake Superior from northwest to southeast.

As of 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Stewart J. Cort and Hon James L. Oberstar were anchored in the lee of Whitefish Point. Cedarglen was in the lee of the southern end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, while Joyce L. VanEnkevort was stopped in the lee of the northern tip. American Mariner was anchored off the south end of Washburn Island. Roger Blough and John J. Boland were at anchor north of St. Ignace. Paul R. Tregurtha, Lee A. Tregurtha and Herbert C. Jackson were in the lower St. Marys River north of DeTour and appeared on AIS to be at anchor. Algoma Buffalo was stopped just east of St. Ignace off the lower Michigan shore, with the tug Anglian Lady and barge stopped just to the west of them.

An 18-foot tall wave is about as high as a two-story house.

View weather maps at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2018/10/18_foot_waves_predicted_for_la.html

 

Port Reports -  October 4

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 3rd at 11:49. As of 19:30 on Oct. 3rd the Speer was still at the loading dock. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 4th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay late on Oct. 3rd. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Oct. 4th. An update on the Callaway. After unloading stone at C. Reiss she stayed in Duluth to load at Hallett #5.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday October 3rd: 2:21 Cedarglen departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. But with a strong cold front moving across Lake Superior and gale warning in effect, she would go for shelter in Keweenaw Bay and wait on weather. 15:59 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Current River Terminal downbound. 16:24 the saltie Raba weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 17:39 Algoma Equinox departed G3 and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands to wait on weather.

Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes went to Muskegon Wednesday, not Grand Haven as was reported in Wednesday’s news. As of Wednesday evening, she was still in port, likely due to weather. Algoma Compass was also unloading at Muskegon Wednesday night. Floretgracht was at Milwaukee. Mesabi Miner was unloading at Indiana Harbor. John G. Munson was arriving at Gary in the late evening. Buffington was expecting Philip R. Clarke and Joseph L. Block was headed for Burns Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Meldrum Bay: Algoma Buffalo arrived to load and departed at 17:00. Due to weather she took a course south and off of Calcite changed course toward the Straits of Mackinac.

Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Marine City. Sam Laud weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Calcite: 11:28 Lee A Tregurtha departed for Duluth Superior but has gone to anchor in the St Marys River to wait out weather. Port Inland: Joseph L Block departed for Burns Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday: With gale warnings flying a number of boats have gone to anchor or have been altering their course to follow a leeward shore. John J Boland and Roger Blough went to anchor off St. Ignace Wednesday night. Anglican Lady has gone to anchor off of Mackinaw City. Little Current: 7:33 the cruise ship Victory 1 arrived for shore excursions. 17:47 She departed for St. Ignace sailing in the lee of Manitoulin Island. Spragge: Algoma Innovator was due in but she is across the North Channel in the lee of Manitoulin Island waiting out the weather. Midland: 16:57 Frontenac departed and is now off the Bruce Peninsula east of Tobermory waiting out weather.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Commercial vessel passages on the Saginaw River totaled 18 for September. This is a slight decrease from the same month last year, when there were 20. This was on par with the 5-year average of 18 passages however. For the year to date, there have been 103 commercial vessel passages. This is the highest number at this point of the season since 2009, when there were 119 passages by the end of September. Last season, there were 97 passages at the end of September. For the 5-year time frame, September 2018 totaled 13 passages above the average of 90.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Oct 3 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 2 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1742 - Departed Oct 3 at 0826 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 1 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0452 - Oct 3 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0847 and CSL Tadoussac at 1614 - Departure - Oct 3 - Chem Norma at 0841 for Green Bay

Buffalo: (Tonawanda)
Arrival - Oct 1 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0618 (Buffalo) - docked Tonawanda at 0840 approx. - Departed - Oct 3 from Tonawanda at 0554 approx. - arrived Buffalo at 0742 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 2 - Algoma Hansa at 1632 and Algoma Guardian at 1744 - Oct 3 - CSL St Laurent at 0223, Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0539, Baie Comeau at 0724, Algoma Harvester at 1219, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1642, and Radcliffe R Latimer eta 2025 -

Downbound - Oct 2 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt)(ex Sider Alicudi-18) eta 2155 - Oct 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0134, Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 0937, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1015, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1056, light tug Kimberly Anne (Ame) at 1232, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1409, Mississagi at 1642 (stopping wharf 12) and Algowood eta 2140

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Sep 28 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1524 - Sep 30 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 1020 (awaiting dock in Toronto) - Oct 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1336 - Departed - Oct 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 2230 for Bronte

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 3 - Algoma Hansa at 0128, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0949, Mississagi at 1848 (stopped at wharf 12) - Departures - Oct 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1643 and Algoma Hansa at 1932

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 3 - Federal Columbia (Mhl) at 0915 and Evans Spirit at 1749 - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Sep 28 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1230 from Oshawa - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Sep 24 - Andean (Cyp) at 0028 - Sep 29 - Thunder Bay at 0338, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1640 - Oct 1 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 - Departures - Oct 3 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0337 for Toledo and Algoma Strongfield at 1053 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrivals - Oct 2 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1357 from Port Weller anchorage - Oct 3 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0028 (from Port Weller anchorage) - Departure - Oct 2 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 2325 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Oct 3 -Radcliffe R Latimer at 0102 and Robert S Pierson at 0820 - Departure - Oct 3 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1859 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrivals - Sep 29 - Brant (Cyp) at 0915 from Port Weller anchorage - Oct 3 - Hamburg (Bhs) (ex c Columbus-12) at 1951

Oshawa:
Arrival - Sep 28 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 0842

 

Corps Values: Army engineers keep things moving

10/4 - Detroit, Mich. – Boats large and small pass through the many harbors along the Great Lakes most days of the year. Who ensures they can navigate those waterways safely? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does.

One of the corps’ responsibilities is to maintain navigation by dredging harbors—that is, removing silt from the bottom of rivers to prevent vessels from getting stuck. If something needs repair or replacement, such as a pier, the engineers fix it or build a new one.

“We are construction experts,” says Lt. Col. Greg Turner, commanding officer of the corps’ Detroit district. That expertise will come in handy when it’s time to build a new shipping lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The U.S. House authorized almost $1 billion to build a new lock in the Soo, a project that was first proposed in 1986, but never funded. President Donald Trump pledged to “fix” the lock as part of his proposal to improve America’s infrastructure. Turner says it would take at least seven years to build a lock large enough to handle the largest ships on the Great Lakes. Only one lock, the Poe, fits the bill now.

Turner says building a new lock is his top priority. “Of the four locks, only two are still in working condition,” Turner says. “The other two are over 100 years old that we’ve put out of service. The remaining locks are 75 years old and 50 years old.”

The C.O. notes that nearly all of the domestically produced high-strength steel comes from iron ore that passes through the Soo locks, making the St. Marys River the linchpin of the U.S economy.

“It affects the automobile industry, it affects the appliance industry, it affects almost anything that we make in America with high-strength steel,” Turner says. More about the mission

Navigation is just one of the Army Corps of Engineers’ responsibilities. It also helps local communities manage their flood risk and works with them on environmental restoration projects. Lt. Col. Turner’s troops are involved in the reconfiguration of Galloway Creek, a tributary of the Clinton River.

“What we’re doing is taking what was a creek running through a residential area and a golf course and changing how the creek works, and make it into a more natural stream bed,” Turner says.

Not just builders

The Army Corps of Engineers employ about 34,000 people, not all of whom are engineers. “There are biologists, financial experts, economists, a lot world-class experts work for the corps,” Turner says.

As for the future of a new lock at the Soo, the colonel says the economic benefit would be almost twice the cost to build it.

Click on the audio player to hear the conversation with WDET’s Pat Batcheller. https://wdet.org/posts/2018/10/03/87354-corps-values-army-engineers-keep-things-moving

 

Interlake Steamship Co. seeks photos for 2019 calendar

10/4 - Hey Great Lakes photographers, the folks at Interlake Steamship Co. wants you to hit them with your best shots. The company is looking for fabulous pictures of the fleet’s ships taken during the last year (October 2017-the present) to feature on next year's Interlake Steamship calendar.

The vessels include 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.

Winners will not only have their photo featured on a 2019 wall calendar, they’ll receive either a 4’x7’ or 3’x5’ Interlake house flag.

How To Enter: Please email pictures (high resolution preferred) to Chrissy Kadleck at ckadleck@interlake-steamship.com

The Details: In the email, include your full name, address, contact information and any details about the photo. You can submit as many photos as you would like. All photos must be titled with your name (i.e. Smith1, Smith2, etc)

Please Note: 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.

Deadline: All photos must be received by 1200 Friday, October 12.

Interlake 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.

 

Great Lakes largest cruise welcomes hundreds of Germans to shore

10/3 - Alpena, Mich. – In the distance where Lake Huron connects to the waves crashing against the rocks on shore, the largest Great Lakes cruise ship made its way to the sunrise side on Monday. It carries 420 passengers, 170 employees, all 15–thousand tons anchored in the water with many locals waiting to catch sight of the Hamburg cruise ship.

“Tourism is a big thing here, and this will even make it bigger if we get more of these cruise ships coming in,” said Alpena resident Richard Lefevere.

It’s been a 12-day journey for hundreds of tourists waiting to touch land. Passengers were loaded on to orange boats called tenders. Ship crews boated groups of 50 through the Thunder Bay River to the edge of the loading dock near the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Peter Wagner was one those passengers on the ship, assisting a number of German travelers to tour parts of Northeast Michigan for a day. “It’s a fantastic experience for us Germans to see the wonderful cities here.” he said, “to meet very nice and friendly people and have such a lot fun here.”

The Hamburg is able to visit the Great Lakes because it’s small enough to cruise through small towns like Alpena.

“I don’t remember all the places we’ve been,” said Horst Halden, “but we really enjoy where we have been.” Halden traveled with his wife. His family is no stranger to the States. A nephew lives another major city.

The tourists flew to Chicago to start their journey and will dock in Montreal at the end of 21 days. “When people are traveling they want to purchase souvenirs,” said Anne Gentry, “They want to buy things from the place that they stopped.”

Gentry is the executive director of Alpena’s Downtown Development Authority. She volunteered with the Maritime Heritage Center, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to greet travelers and pass out maps.

The town has worked for quite some time to orchestrate this day to fruition. Gentry said, “I think it shows that we are a viable tourist destination.”

By the time the sun sets, Alpena’s new friends will be on their way. Until next time. The luxury cruise line will return later this month.

WBKB11

 

Port Reports -  October 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Ems departed Duluth at 02:58 Tuesday with a load of grain from CHS 2, and American Spirit arrived at 11:44 to load iron ore pellets at CN. Cason J. Callaway was due at 20:00 with limestone to unload at C. Reiss. Also in port was Fivelborg, loading beet pulp pellets at Gavilon. In Superior, Roger Blough departed at 06:22 with iron ore pellets from BN, and Manitoulin was inbound at 06:48 to load. She was expected to depart around midnight, and Baie St. Paul was due next to load at BN.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no boat traffic on Oct. 2nd. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 3rd is the Edgar B. Speer. Another possibility is the Cason J. Callaway. She's due Duluth on Oct. 2nd in the evening to unload limestone and could go to Two Harbors to load pellets/BFT after Duluth.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson on Oct. 2nd at 04:03 after unloading stone in Duluth at Hallett #5. The Jackson then departed Silver Bay on Oct. 2nd at 13:32 for Cleveland. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Oct. 3rd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 1st: 23:14 Saginaw departed Superior Elevator for Owen Sound. 23:56 Cedarglen departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain. Tuesday October 2nd: 9:42 Federal Katsura departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sorel. 19:01 the saltie Raba arrived and went to anchor. 21:06 Federal Caribou departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel.

Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort finally departed Burns Harbor Tuesday morning. H. Lee White arrived. Wilfred Sykes was loading slag at Indiana Harbor and was due to depart for Grand Haven in the late evening.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Stoneport: 16:39 Kay E Barker departed and is upbound on the St Marys River. Olive L Moore arrived to load. Sam Laud arrived and went to anchor. Calcite: Great Republic departed for Cleveland. 20:09 Lee A Tregurtha arrived to load. Port Inland: Joseph L Block arrived to load. Drummond Island: 6:16 Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load and departed at 17:30 for Fairport. Meldrum Bay: 5:30 Algoma Compass arrived to load and departed at 17:00 departed for Muskegon.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: G L Ostrander departed at 1:50 for Detroit. 7:13 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Bruce Mines: Mississagi departed for Port Coulborne. Midland: 7:26 Frontenac arrived from Thunder Bay to unload wheat.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Oct 2 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 2 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1742

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Oct 1 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0452 - Departure - Oct 2 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0031 eastbound

Buffalo: (Tonawanda)
Arrival - Oct 1 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0618 - docked Tonawanda at 0840 approx.

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 1 - Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1625, Americaborg (Nld) at 1803, CSL Assiniboine at 1905 and Algoma Discovery at 2206 - Oct 2 - Michipicoten at 0128, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0402, Algoma Enterprise at 0817, Algoma Sault at 0904, Algoma Hansa at 1632 and Algoma Guardian at 1744 - Downbound - Oct 1 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 1458, Harbour Feature (Por) at 0427, Algoma Niagara at 0946, Damia Desgagnes at 1430 and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) eta 2155

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Sep 28 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1524 - Sep 30 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 1020 (awaiting dock in Toronto) - Oct 1 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1321 (from Bronte - for weather) - Departure - Oct 2 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1205 approx. (back to Bronte)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 2 - none - Anchored - Sep 26 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2359 from the dock - Sep 28 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1230 from Oshawa - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Sep 24 - Andean (Cyp) at 0028 - Sep 28 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0556 - Sep 29 - Thunder Bay at 0338, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1640 - Sep 30 - Algoma Strongfield at 0500 - Oct 1 - Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2013 - Departures - Oct 1 - Michipicoten at 2324 - Oct 2 - Algoma Enterprise at 0546,

Bronte:
Arrival - Oct 2 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1357 from Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 1 - Robert S Pierson at 1321 - Departed Oct 2 at 0807 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Sep 29 - Brant (Cyp) at 0915 from Port Weller anchorage - Oct 2 - Radcliffe R Latimer eta 2355

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Tuesday NACC Argonout unloaded cement.

 

Environmental groups say "no" to potential Line 5 tunnel

10/3 - Several environmental groups are stepping up their efforts against an expected plan to build a tunnel for an oil pipeline that passes through the Mackinac Straits. A spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder says the state is still “reviewing studies and working through all possible options” for what to do with Line 5.

But environmentalists believe the governor has already decided. “In the waning days of his administration, Gov. Snyder is trying to fast track approvals for Enbridge to build an oil pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac,” says Sean McBrearty with the group Clean Water Action.

“Building a tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac would not only be unnecessary, and take too long to complete, it would also come with a significant risk of explosion,” says McBrearty. “If electrical utility lines run through the tunnel as well, everything needed to create a massive explosion under the Straits would be present.”

Environmental groups expect the governor will announce the tunnel plan soon.

Officials with Enbridge (one of Michigan Radio's many corporate sponsors) say it will take five to seven years to build, and they say it'll cost upwards of a half billion dollars. The company maintains that building a tunnel is one option being considered.

“Our focus is and has always been the safe and reliable delivery of energy for Michigan. Line 5 is a vital part of Michigan’s energy infrastructure, having safely delivered energy for more than six decades. Improvements we have already made through our rigorous inspection and maintenance programs, along with ongoing discussions with the state, will make a safe pipeline even safer,” says Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy.

Concerns about the aging pipeline have led to calls to shut it down. The fear is the pipeline will break and spew oil into the fragile Great Lakes ecosystem.

Michigan Radio

 

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

 

Great Lakes freighters moved 10 million tons in August

10/2 - Great Lakes freighters moved 10 million tons of cargo to ports like the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in August, roughly on par with the same time a year ago and with the five-year average float for August.

The Lake Carriers' Association reported U.S.-flagged lake freighters have shipped 48.4 million tons so far this year, a decrease of 4.1 percent as compared to the same period in 2017. Iron ore cargoes decreased 3.7 percent to 26.55 million tons and coal by 13.7 percent to 6.5 million tons over the first eight months of the year, while limestone rose 2.3 percent to 12.8 million tons.

In August, iron ore cargoes rose 6.8 percent to 5 million tons, the second straight month ore shipments topped 5 million tons.

Shipments of iron ore, a crucial steelmaking input that Northwest Indiana's steel mills rely on, outperformed the 5-year average in August, according to the Cleveland metro-based Lake Carriers' Association. Ore cargoes on the Great Lakes are 7.2 percent ahead of the five-year average for the first eight months of the year.

Shipments of coal stayed about steady at 1.6 million tons in August, while shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone fell 10 percent to 2.9 million tons.

NWI Times

 

Port Reports -  October 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson departed Duluth at 01:41 Monday morning with iron ore pellets from CN. CSL Laurentien was outbound at 16:00, carrying the same cargo. Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 16:30 to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. She was expected to depart around 23:00 Monday night for Silver Bay. Federal Ems continued taking on grain at CHS 2, and was expected to wrap up her load and depart at about the same time. In Superior, Tim S. Dool departed at noon Monday with iron ore from Burlington Northern, and Roger Blough arrived at 13:20 to load. Fivelborg also arrived via the Superior entry at 15:50, and tied up at Gavilon to load beet pulp pellets. The Blough was due to depart from BN just before midnight, and Manitoulin was expected shortly thereafter to load.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Oct. 1st and none scheduled for Oct. 2nd.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 1st. Silver Bay has the Herbert C. Jackson and American Spirit due on Oct. 2nd. The Jackson will be arriving after unloading stone stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday October 1st: 0:07 Algoma Equinox arrived and went to anchor. 2:42 Saginaw arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 3:26 tug Candace Elise arrived at Midcontinent Terminal (former CN ore dock) with two loadline hopper barges: AM 2100 and AM 2101. AM 2100 and AM 2101 are being loaded with scrap steel. 6:06 Cedarglen arrived at Keefer Terminal. 12:28 Federal Caribou arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 17:54 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 21:11 Tecumseh departed G3 downbound. 21:25 Algoma Equinox weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain.

Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort remained at Burns Harbor Monday night waiting on repairs to dock equipment. Wilfred Sykes and Hon. James L. Oberstar were at Indiana Harbor. Floretgracht was at South Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Monday, Stoneport: 4:58 Cason J Callaway departed for Duluth Superior. Kaye E Barker arrived to load. Calcite: 7:58 H Lee White departed for Buffington. 8:13 Great Republic arrived to load.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben Chanda McClain
On Monday the tug G.L Ostrander and barge Integrity arrived at the Lafarge dock. It remained in port throughout the day waiting for product to be available to load. The cruise ship MV Hamburg anchored offshore of Alpena around noon on Monday. A ship tender boat brought passengers to the NOAA building where they were greeted by local dignitaries and then able to visit the city. The Hamburg departed the bay before nightfall, heading to it next destination. The Alpena is expected in port Tuesday morning after delivering to Superior, Wis.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Alpena: Samuel De Champlain finished loading cement and departed for Milwaukee. 6:18 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products. 11:00 The cruise ship Hamburg arrived and after shore excursions were completed she departed at 18:35 for Windsor. Bruce Mines: 9:22 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator loaded salt Sunday for Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. She arrived at the export dock Monday evening.

Erie, Pa. – Jeff Benson
The St. Clair has been moved from its lay up berth to the dry dock at DonJon Shipbuilding in advance of an anticipated return to service this fall. The G tugs New York and Rhode Island were in town to move the ship. Calumet unloaded salt at Mountfort Terminal, and was then shifted to load sand for Presque Isle State Park across the channel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Oct 1 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Sep 30 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0452 and Harbour Feature (Por) at 0645 - Departure - Sep 30 -(westbound) tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2046 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2230

Buffalo: (Tonawanda)
Arrival - Oct 1 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0618 - docked Tonawanda at 0840 approx.

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 1 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 0547, Capt Henry Jackman at 0751, Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1020, Federal Asahi (Mhl) at 1625, Americaborg (Nld) at 1803, CSL Assiniboine at 1905 and Algoma Discovery eta 2140 - Downbound - Sep 30 - Michipicoten at 1427, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1505 and NACC Argonaut at 1705 - Oct 1 - Algoma Enterprise at 0429, and Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 1458

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Sep 28 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1524 - Sep 30 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 1020 (awaiting dock in Toronto) - Oct 1 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1321 (from Bronte - for weather)

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Sep 30 - Algoma Buffalo at 1315 (stopped at wharf 6 in Thorold) - Departed Oct 1 early morning upbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 1 - Michipicoten at 0338, Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 0932 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2013 - Anchored - Sep 14 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2135 from the dock - Sep 28 - Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1230 from Oshawa - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Sep 24 - Andean (Cyp) at 0028 - Sep 28 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0556 - Sep 29 - Thunder Bay at 0338, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1640 - Sep 30 - Algoma Strongfield at 0500. Departures - Sep 30 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0043 for Belgium and Algoma Discovery at 1932 westbound

Bronte:
Sep 30 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0619 from Hamilton

Clarkson:
Arrival - Sep 30 - Robert S Pierson at 0427 - Departed Sep 30 at 1332 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Sep 29 - Brant (Cyp) at 0915 from Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
Arrival - Sep 28 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 0842 from Hamilton

 

Decision time for Green Bay’s Renard Island

10/2 - Green Bay, Wis. – After years of discussion, the future of Renard Island, a 55-acre island just off Bay Beach in Green Bay, is about to be decided.

Created from dredged sediment from the late 1970's through the 90s, it's now crunch time for the island. "It's time to put pencil to paper and make some decisions on what the end-use for that island is long term," says Dean Haen, Brown County Port Director.

Haen says input during the month of October will be comprehensive and led by consulting firm SmithGroup, hired to plan and develop the island's future.

"Economists, you got environmental engineers, you got waterfront planners, you got just a group of professionals that are going to help us figure out the end-use of the island and with that we'll be talking with the stakeholders, the neighbors in the area, potential users of the island, Convention and Visitors Bureau, PMI and others, as well as the public," says Haen.

Public input begins during a listening session next Tuesday, October 2, at 6 p.m. at the Neville Public Museum.

Haen says all ideas are welcome, and some already floating around include an amphitheater, walking trails, fishing piers, a boardwalk, an observation tower, an RV park, and miniature golf to name just a few.

Haen says it's an exciting time and a unique opportunity for the community.

After next Tuesday's listening session, there will be an intense three-day brain-storming session involving the public to finalize the plan. That will be held October 16 through October 18 at the T2 Accelerator space in the Rail Yard Innovation District on Broadway Street.

WBAY

 

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
John G. Munson arrived Duluth at 04:20 Sunday morning to discharge limestone at C. Reiss. John J. Boland was outbound at 13:02 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy. The Munson shifted to CN on Sunday evening to load iron ore pellets. CSL Laurentien was inbound at 19:39, also for ore. Federal Ems continued loading grain at CHS 2 on Sunday. At the Superior entry, Alpena departed at 11:43 after unloading cement at Lafarge. Tim S. Dool was expected around 22:45 Sunday night to load ore at BN.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors at approx. 06:05 on Sept. 30th for Zug Island. Arriving on Sept. 30th in Two Harbors was the Edwin H. Gott at approx. 07:05. She departed at 19:22 on Sept. 30th for Gary.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Departing Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Sept. 30th at 08:38 was the Mesabi Miner for Indiana Harbor. Neither Two Harbors nor Silver Bay have any scheduled traffic on Oct. 1st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday September 30th: 12:55 Frontenac departed G3 for Midland. 14:17 Tecumseh weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 16:31 Algowood departed Viterra A downbound. 19:18 Federal Baltic departed Richardson Main Terminal for Quebec City. Expected late Sunday: Algoma Equinox, tug Candace Elise with loadline hopper barges AM 2100 and AM 2101. Expected for Monday: Saginaw, Cedarglen, Federal Caribou and Kaministiqua.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Sunday included Hon. James L. Oberstar, James R. Barker and Victory/James J. Kuber. Upbounders included Herbert C. Jackson, Fivelborg, Federal Caribou, Manitoulin (from Algoma) and Kaminstiqua.

Muskegon, Mich.
Algoma Compass unloaded at Verplank on Sunday.

Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Fleetmates Joseph L. Block and Wilfred Sykes were at Indiana Harbor. Floretgracht was at South Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, September 30th Stoneport: Joseph H Thompson arrived and after loading departed for Detroit at 6:56. Cason J Callaway arrived at 11:40 to load. Calcite: 11:45 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. 15:47 H Lee White arrived to load. Port Inland: American Mariner departed for Buffington. Meldrum Bay: 4:40 Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth Superior.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Alpena: 18:18 Samuel de Champlain arrived to load cement products.

Cleveland, Ohio
Cement carrier NACC Alicudi made her first visit to the port on Sunday, assisted by the tugs Cleveland and Iowa.

Fairport, Ohio
Philip R. Clarke was in port Sunday evening.

Erie, Pa.
Calumet arrived Sunday to unload.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Sep 30 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Sep 30 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0808 - Departed at 1100 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Sep 29 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1800 - Sep 30 - Cuyahoga at 0307, Michipicoten at 0528, Harbour Feature (Por) at 0645, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1110 from the anchorage. Departure - Sep 30 - Michipicoten at 1048 eastbound, Cuyahoga at 1825 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Sep 29 - NACC Argonaut at 0731. Departure Sep 30 1534 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Sep 29 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1524 from Hamilton - to anchorage, Harbour Feature (Por) at 1632 and Raba (Lbr) at 1714 - Sep 30 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 0130 and Algoma Spirit at 1223 - Downbound - Sep 29 - G3 Marquis at 1022 and Algoma Discovery at 1201 - Sep 30 - Algoma Buffalo at 0924 (to wharf 6), McKeil Spirit at 1329, Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 1349, Michipicoten at 1427, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1505 and NACC Argonaut at 1705

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Sep 28 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1524 and Raba (Lbr) - (update - did not anchor) - Sep 30 - Algoma Discovery at 0553 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 1020 (awaiting dock in Toronto) - Departure - Sep 30 - Algoma Discovery at 1237

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Sep 30 - Algoma Buffalo at 1315 (stopped at wharf 6 in Thorold)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Sep 30 - Algoma Strongfield at 0500, Algoma Discovery at 1445 - Anchored - Sep 14 - Arsland (Mlt) at 2135 from the dock and Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1230 from Oshawa - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Sep 24 - Andean (Cyp) at 0028 - Sep 26 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1645 - Sep 28 - Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 0556 - Sep 29 - Thunder Bay at 0338, Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1640 from the anchorage - Departures - Sep 30 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0534 for Bronte, Algoma Spirit at 1030 for the canal and Ojibway at 1745 eastbound

Bronte:
Sep 30 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0619 from Hamilton

Clarkson:
Arrival - Sep 30 - Robert S Pierson at 0427 - Departed Sep 30 at 1332 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Sep 29 - Brant (Cyp) at 0915 from Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
Arrival - Sep 28 - Federal Dee (Mhl) at 0842 from Hamilton

 

Windsor Port Authority planning new outdoor marine museum

10/1 - Windsor, Ont. – Soon, a new community space will open in West Windsor that celebrates the city’s maritime and economic history.

The Windsor Port Authority is teaming up with the Sandwich Teen Action Group to create an outdoor marine museum that will display indigenous and marine artifacts along a tree-lined path that will open up into a space for community events, socialization, relaxation and an annual Christmas Tree display.

“More than a dozen display panels will trace port development from the traditional lands of the First Nations to the arrival of European settlers, to the major port of national strategic interest that is Windsor today,” the port authority said in a news release.

The project is made possible with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Port Windsor has contributed to a dozen community projects over the past year including neighbourhood cleanups, the Sandwich Teen Action Group, Open Streets, and sculptures of Chief Tecumseh and Hiram Walker. It is the third largest port in Ontario.

Blackburn News

 

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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