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Sunken Barge Update

11/30:
By evening on Nov. 29, salvors had been unable to raise the 200-foot work barge that sank in Duluth harbor earlier this month. They said they'd keep trying.

Reported by: Al Miller




Roger Stahl at it Again

11/30:
The Tug Roger Stahl departed the Faust Construction yard with two crane barges, the "Derrick #4" and the "Commanche" at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday with the assistance of the tug Carolyn Hoey. The tugs had a six hour delay waiting for the Jefferson Avenue Bridge in the Rouge River. The bridge was closed due to a head on collision by two automobiles on the bridge. Capt. John Wellington has reported 15 mph East South East wind with a one to two foot sea, the tow was estimating the Port Colborne inspection dock at 3:30 a.m. this morning.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Co. William Hoey, Jr.




Rare Calls for USS Boats

11/30:
Two of the USSGLF steamers will be making rare calls in the next few days. The Callaway will call on Marathon ONT with stone from Calcite arriving late morning or early afternoon on the 1st.

John G. Munson will call on Thunder Bay ONT with coal from Toledo. She is set to arrive early on December 3rd.

Reported by: David French




Movies in Toronto

11/30:
The tour boat Stella Borealis has been working with a film crew shooting a movie called "Jet Jackson". Another movie "Never Let Her Go" recently wrapped up shooting in Frenchmans Bay, east of Toronto. They used the RCYC's launch Running Bear for the movie. In other Toronto news, the Spirit of Rochester is due on the drydock at the end of this week for her five-year inspection.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Twin Ports Report

11/30:
Most of the recent grain traffic in Duluth-Superior is focused on just three elevators: Cenex Harvest States, Peavey and AGP. On Nov. 29, Montrealais was calling for a tug to help it clear the tight quarters of Cenex Harvest States berth 2. Canadian Voyager had made the uncommon move of anchoring in the harbor during the day, waiting to replace Montrealais as soon as it cleared. The Voyager's master was asking for two G-tugs to help. Millennium Amethyst was expected to clear berth 1 at Cenex Harvest States. Ira and Great Laker have been anchored on the lakes waiting for that berth, and saltie Toro is due in Friday looking for a berth at Harvest States. Ivi was due to dock at the Peavey elevator. Makeeva was finishing up at AGP, to be replaced by Lok Maheshwari. Later this week, Federal Hudson and Aegean Sea are due to arrive for AGP.

Nobody's going to get any rest this weekend at Midwest Energy Terminal. Friday's lineup includes Columbia Star, Paul Tregurtha, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., and Canadian Enterprise. That's followed Saturday by Canadian Olympic and Sunday by James R. Barker and St. Clair.

Armco arrived in Duluth about midday for the DMIR ore dock. Indiana Harbor is due there the 30th and Joe Block on Dec. 4. The dock's schedule currently includes Oglebay Norton, which would be a rare visit, but Midwest Energy Terminal also has the ON scheduled for that day.

DMIR in Two Harbors has a steadier schedule, including Roger Blough on Dec. 1; Edgar B. Speer and Cason J. Callaway, Dec. 2; John G. Munson, Dec. 3; Presque Isle, Dec. 4; Arthur M. Anderson, Dec. 5; and Edwin H. Gott, Dec. 6.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/30:
Wednesday the Algocape was loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator. The Cuyahoga was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. The barge Kellstone I with her tug remain in drydock at the Shipyard. The tanker Saturn remains in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock.

The Mellissa Desgagnes was still at the T.W.I. Dock unloading aluminum ingots, once finished unloading she was expected to proceed over the CSX Docks to load coal later Wednesday evening.

There was an unidentified saltie at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The next scheduled coal boats after the Mellissa Desgagnes today followed by the John J. Boland, Algomarine, John G. Munson, and American Republic. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Buckeye on this afternoon, the Reserve on Friday morning followed by the Armco on Saturday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Seaway Traffic

11/30:
Tuesday, one saltie went up the Seaway. The Turkish-flag MINA CEBI was upbound in ballast for the Soo. Expected to leave Montreal Wednesday for Great Lakes ports is LAKE SUPERIOR with a load of steel.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




October Tally Adds To Stone Increase

11/30:
The Great Lakes stone trade again performed strongly in October. Shipments total 4,811,805 net tons, an increase of 4.8 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. For the season, the stone trade stands at 31,929,286 net tons, an increase of 785,000 tons. The trade has benefited from the addition of the large self-unloading barge Great Lakes Trader and the reactivation of the McKee Sons.

September stone loadings totaled 4,746,633 net tons, an increase of 9 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports that month (954,668 n.t.) are the highest monthly total ever recorded by LCA's cargo survey.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Mark Your Calendar

11/30:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 2 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

The Harbor Hill Marina will again be hosting the annual Marine Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marine Mart features dealers selling books, photographs, postcards, artwork and artifacts. For more information call 313-852-4051

Click here for a map to the Marina.

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 30

The CANADIAN PIONEER suffered a major engine room fire on November 30, 1987 at Nanticoke.

On November 30, 1981 the A.H. FERBERT (2) was laid up for the last time at the Hallett Dock #5, Duluth, MN.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 passed down the Welland Canal on November 30, 1973 in tow of the tugs JOHN PURVES and YVON SIMARD en route to Sorel, Que. where she was cut down to a barge for off-Lakes use.

In 1967 the City of Flint 32 was laid up, never to run again.

On 30 November 1910, ATHABASKA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 263', 1774 gt, built in 1883 in Scotland) collided with the tug GENERAL and sank near Lonely Island in Georgian bay. No lives were lost. She was later recovered and rebuilt as a bulk freighter and lasted until she was broken up in 1948.

The schooner S. J. HOLLY came into the harbor at Oswego, New York on 30 November 1867 after a hard crossing of Lake Ontario. The previous day she left the Welland Canal and encountered a growing gale. Capt. Oscar Haynes sought calm water along the north shore, but the heavy seas and freezing winds made sailing perilous, The ropes and chains froze stiff and the schooner was almost unmanageable. The only canvas out was a two reef foresail and it was frozen in place. With great skill, the skipper managed to limp into port, having lost the yawl and sustained serious damage to the cargo. Fortunately no lives were lost.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Canadian Transfer Update

11/29:
Canadian Transfer, who ran aground Monday night in the Canadian channel approaching Algoma Steel at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., underwent repairs most of Tuesday at the Algoma Steel dock. During the afternoon she had a noticeable list to starboard, perhaps done deliberately to allow work on her damaged port side. She departed her dock sometime Tuesday night and reported in to Soo Traffic as outbound at Gros Cap around 10 p.m. headed for an unknown destination.

The Transfer was drawing 23 feet 9 inches at the time she fetched up, apparently on a channel-bottom obstacle, according of a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard as reported in the Soo Evening News. The channel in that area has a depth of 24 feet. Canadian Transfer was freed by two Purvis Marine tugs. The vessel suffered a crack or hole in the hull plating about 10 feet from the bottom along its port side, the newspaper article said. No was reported injured.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Sunken Barge Update

11/29:
After several weeks of preparation by a team of divers, salvors on Tuesday began pumping air into a 200-foot work barge that sank in Duluth harbor. The barge had not been refloated by Tuesday evening, but the workers said they were hopeful it would regain buoyancy over night.

Reported by: Al Miller




Interesting Cargo in Milwaukee

11/29:
The salt water vessel Utviken has delivered a new cargo for the Port of Milwaukee; fly ash. Fly ash is an ingredient in concrete.

On Sunday morning the Utviken began loading large off road sized dump trucks at the Port's Terminal One in the outer harbor. The ships deck cranes were fitted with clam buckets. The trucks shuttling the fly ash to a new, yet unfinished storage and distribution facility on Jones Island.

Monday morning the Utviken was shifted to the ports inner harbor to complete the unloading closer to the storage site.

Next year 8 ships are expected in Milwaukee with this cargo.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Busy Day for Saginaw

11/29:
The Saginaw River was host to five vessels in just 12 hours. The Joseph H. Frantz came up early this Tuesday morning sailing for the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. The Louis R. Desmarais came in early Tuesday morning going to Essroc in Essexville. Also arriving was the Wolverine for Bay City's Wirt Dock to unload part of her cargo and finishing at the Saginaw Wirt Dock. The Saginaw came in and when to Saginaw Asphalt in Zilwaukee. She was outbound from the 6th street turning Basin at about 9:30 p.m. Out in Saginaw Bay was the Frontenac heading inbound for Essroc in Essexville. She is taking her time coming in because the Louis R. Desmarais is still at Essroc and is taking longer than normal to unload. The Desmarais will move up to another dock and wait for the Frontenac to dock before backing out into the bay and turning around.

Pictures below by T. Parker
Saginaw at the Buena Vista dock.
The Saginaw's small boat is used with the low water.
The water is too low for the vessel to dock against the river bank.
The McNeil family was out to greet the Saginaw.

Reported by: Dan McNeil and Lon Morgan




Twin Ports Report

11/29:
Most Twin Ports elevator berths were busy Tuesday as the fall grain rush continued. In Superior, Kinsman Independent was loading at Peavey, Montrealais was finishing its load at Cenex Harvest States #2 and Millennium Amethyst was loading at Cenex Harvest States #1. In Duluth, Makeevka was loading at AGP, Voorneborg was at General Mills and barge Sarah Spencer was unloading at Cargill B2. Waiting for berths were Lok Maheshwari at the port terminal, and Canadian Voyager, Ivi and Great Laker, anchored on the lake.

Midwest Energy Terminal also was busy. James R. Barker cleared the terminal in early morning and Canadian Transport quickly loaded and departed by about mid-day. Oglebay Norton was due at the dock late that night.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/29:
Tuesday the Canadian Progress is loading coal at the CSX Dock with the Melissa Desgagnes scheduled to follow late in the evening. The Algocape was being towed by the Gaelic tugs Patricia Hoey and Susan Hoey, bound for the Anderson's "E" Elevator to load grain.

The tanker Saturn remains in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock north of the shipyard. The barge Kellstone I with her tug are in drydock at Toledo Shipyard.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the John J. Boland expected this evening followed by the Algomarine, American Republic, and John G. Munson on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats will be the Buckeye on Thursday morning followed by the Reserve on Friday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Seaway Traffic

11/29:
Entering the Seaway Monday were three salties, SWALLOW bound for Erie, IRMA bound for Cleveland and VAASABORG also bound for Cleveland. All are loaded with steel or steel products.

Salties expected to enter the Seaway later on this week: Atlantic Queen for Ashtabula, Axion for Côte Ste.Catherine, Federal Rhine for Thunder Bay, Iryda for Cleveland, Marinus Green for Toledo, Mina Cebi for the Soo, Orla for Thorold, also Millenium Eagle, Storm and Kopalnia Halemba.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Today in Great Lakes History - November 29

On November 29, 1966, the Daniel J. Morrell sank approximately 20 miles north of Harbor Beach in Lake Huron. Her nearly identical sistership, the Edward Y. Townsend, was travelling about 20 miles behind the Morrell and made it to the Lime Island Fuel Dock in the St. Mary's River where cracks were found in her deck; the Townsend proceeded to Sault Ste. Marie where she was taken out of service. The Townsend sank in the Atlantic on October 7, 1968, while being towed overseas for scrap.

E.B. BARBER was laid up for the last time at Toronto, Ont. on November 29, 1984.

On November 29, 1903 snow and stormy seas drove the two-and-a-half year old J.T. HUTCHINSON onto an uncharted rock (now known as Eagle River Reef) one-half mile off shore and 10 miles west of Eagle Harbor, MI near the northwestern coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

On November 29, 1974 the PERE MARQUETTE 21 was loaded with remnants of Port Huron's Peerless Cement Dock, which reportedly were bound for Saudi Arabia, and cleared there in tow of the GLT tugs AMERICA and OHIO.

The SYLVANIA was in a collision with the DIAMOND ALKALI in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River on November 29, 1968 during a snow squall and received a new bow as a result.

The propeller BURLINGTON had barges in tow upbound on Lake Erie when she was damaged by the ice and sank in the Pelee Passage.

On 29 November 1856, ARABIAN (3-mast wooden bark, 116', 350 t, built in 1853 at Niagara, Ontario) had stranded on Goose Island Shoal, 10 miles ENE of Mackinac Island ten days earlier. She was relieved of her cargo and was being towed to Chicago by the propeller OGONTZ when a gale blew in and the towline parted. ARABIAN made for shore, her pumps working full force and OGONTZ following. During the night they were separated and ARABIAN sank off Point Betsey in Lake Michigan. Her crew escaped in her yawl.

In 1903 the Pere Marquette 19 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage. Captain John J. Doyle in command.

On 29 November 1881, the 149' wooden propeller NORTHERN QUEEN, which had been involved in a collision with the 136' wooden propeller canaller LAKE ERIE just five days before, struck the pier at Manistique so hard that she was wrecked. Besides her own crew, she also had LAKE ERIE's crew on board.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Anderson Departs Muskegon

11/28:
The Arthur M. Anderson departed Muskegon, MI Sunday evening sailing north to resume her trip to Duluth. The vessel arrived on Saturday after developing boiler problems on the trip up from Gary, Indiana. The Anderson's 767-foot length made Muskegon the best port to stop for repairs. Repairs were completed by Northern Boiler of Muskegon.

Other traffic Sunday included the Alpena at the Lafarge Cement dock with the Fred R. White Jr. due Monday night for Verplank and the Columbia Star today at noon for the B.C. Cobb Plant with coal.

View from Heritage Landing showing Mart Dock.
Northern Boiler truck docked at the Anderson as Frosty the Snowman watches from the unloading hopper.
Reported by: Ike Stephenson, Scott Golin, Patrick Waldron and Dan McCormick




Low Water at the Soo - Update

11/28:
Water levels in Soo Harbor inched upwards enough Monday morning to permit downbound traffic, which had been halted Sunday afternoon after readings fell to as much as minus 19 inches below datum, to resume. The Columbia Star hove anchor in the lower river around 9 a.m., as did vessels that had been waiting between Gros Cap and the locks. Among those passing downbound were the Cason J. Callaway, Olympic Melody, Paul R. Tregurtha, Canadian Provider, Roger Blough, Algobay, Grant Carrier and George A. Stinson. The Philip R. Clarke also headed downbound Monday evening.

Upbound Monday included the Reserve, Presque Isle, Oglebay Norton, the Mackinac Straits carferries Mackinac Express and Straits Express, bound for winter work at the MCM Marine drydock in the Soo, and the saltie Orsula. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Buckthorn is busy placing winter aids to navigation in the lower St. Mary’s River, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ tug Owen M. Frederick is overseeing the ice boom assembly at Mission Point.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Canadian Transfer Grounds

11/28:
At 10:20 p.m. Monday the Canadian Transfer radioed Soo Traffic to report the vessel was aground off Algoma Steel and "taking on water but in no danger." The crew reported that they had two anchors down and one line on the dock. Purvis Marine was contacted.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Coal Dock Closes

11/28:
The coal dock at Cargill Salt, formerly Diamond Crystal on the St. Clair River recently closed. Many ships unloaded at the dock and will now unload at the Detroit Edison Dock in Marysville, MI. and trucked to Cargill. New railroad tracks appear to be in place also at Edison Marysville.

Reported by: B. Short




Bethlehem Steel To Close Burns Harbor Slab Mill

11/28:
Skillings Mining Review reports that Bethlehem Steel Corp. announced November 15 that it plans to permanently close its slab mill and cease ingot making at its Burns Harbor division on the shore of Lake Michigan near Chicago.

Dune R. Duhham, chairman, president and CEO, said "the recent investment in new wide-slab caster at our Sparrows Point division (on Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, MD), and ingot making capability at the Coatesville, PA operation enable us to serve all of the markets we want to serve, including specialty plates, without the ingot teeming and slabbing operation at Burns Harbor.

There was no indication, in the story, how great a reduction of raw materials would be required at Burns Harbor.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Mark Your Calendar

11/28:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 2 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

The Harbor Hill Marina will again be hosting the annual Marine Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marine Mart features dealers selling books, photographs, postcards, artwork and artifacts. For more information call 313-852-4051

Click here for a map to the Marina.

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 28

On November 28, 1905, the Pittsburgh Steamship Company vessel Mataafa was wrecked as it tried to re-enter the Duluth Ship Canal in a severe storm. The Mataafa had departed Duluth earlier but had decided to return to safety. After dropping her barge in the lake, the vessel was picked up by waves, was slammed against the north pier and was swung around to rest just hundreds of feet offshore north of the north pier, where it broke in two. Much of the crew froze to death in the cold snap that followed the storm, as there was no quick way to get out to the broken vessel for rescue. The Mataafa was repaired prior to the 1906 season; she ultimately ended her career as an automobile carrier for the T.J. McCarthy Steamship Company and was sold for scrap in 1965.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's maiden voyage was November 28,1976 to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ont.

On November 28, 1983 while upbound after leaving the Poe Lock the INDIANA HARBOR was in a collision, caused by high winds, with the downbound Greek salty ANANGEL SPIRIT resulting in a 10 foot gash in the laker's port bow.

LANCASHIRE was launched November 28, 1942 she would be renamed b) SEWELL AVERY

The CATHY B. towed the GOVERNOR MILLER to Vigo, Spain on November 28, 1980 where she was broken up.

The BENSON FORD (2) was renamed e) US.265808 and departed River Rouge on November 28, 1986 towed by the Sandrin tugs TUSKER and GLENADA bound for Ramey's Bend in the Welland Canal.

FRONTENAC (4) arrived at the Fraser Shipyard, Superior, WI on November 28, 1979. Her keel, which had hogged four feet, was declared a constructive total loss.

The BRANSFORD stranded on a reef off Isle Royal in Lake Superior during a major storm on November 28, 1905 (the same storm that claimed the steamer MATAAFA).

On her third trip in 1892 the Ann Arbor #1 again ran aground, this time three miles north of Ahnapee (now called Algoma). There was $15,000 damage to her cargo.

In 1906 the Ann Arbor #4 left Cleveland bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

The Ann Arbor #4 ran aground off Kewaunee in 1924.

On 28 November 1905, AMBOY (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 209', 894 gt, formerly HELENA) was carrying coal in tow of the wooden propeller GEORGE SPENCER in a gale on Lake Superior. In an effort to save both vessels, AMBOY was cut loose. The SPENCER was disabled quickly and was driven ashore near Little Marais, MN. AMBOY struggled against the gale for a full day before finally going ashore near Thomasville, Ontario on 29 November. No lives were lost from either vessel.

On 28 November 1872, W. O. BROWN (wooden schooner, 140', 306 t, built in 1862 at Buffalo) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Superior when she was driven ashore near Point Maimanse, Ontario and pounded to pieces. Six lives were lost. Three survivors struggled through a terrible cold spell and finally made it to the Soo on Christmas Day.

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


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Plans to Raise Barge

11/27:
Salvors say they will attempt on Wednesday to raise the 200-foot work barge that sank earlier this month in Duluth harbor. Divers will pump air into the barge in an effort to re-float it.

Reported by: Al Miller




Low Water at the Soo

11/27:
Low water in the St. Mary’s River Sunday delayed several vessels. Around 3:00 p.m. the Columbia Star dropped the hook in the Hay Lake anchorage below the Soo Locks. She was joined in the early evening by the tanker Jade Star, which is bound for the Government Dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The Cason J. Callaway secured to the Soo Locks’ West Center Pier also in mid-afternoon. By evening, the Roger Blough and Algobay were anchored in Whitefish Bay. The water level in the Neebish Cut was reported as much as 19 inches below datum during the evening.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Rare Caller in Marinette

11/27:
The Upper Lakes Vessel Gordon C Leitch was in Marinette, WI. Sunday unloading a cargo of pig iron. This is the first time that Pig Iron has been brought to Marinette by a straight deck Canadian laker. It is also the first time in several years that an Upper Lakes vessel has visited Marinette, the Last was the Canadian Olympic a few years ago with a cargo of salt.

The 730-foot Leitch dwarfed the Donner as it was unloaded. This is expected to be the last load of Pig Iron for the Fuel dock this season.

The Leitch along side the Donner.
Bow view.
One of the Donner's cranes reaches into the hold of the Leitch.
Close up.

Reported by: Scott Best




Erie Update

11/27:
The James A. Hannah and barge Hannah 5101 came into Erie, PA. on Sunday. The tug and her barge docked at the West Slip, Metro Machine Dock at 1:40 p.m. It is unknown why the barge is in Erie.

Tug and barge arrive.
Close up of tug.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Mark Your Calendar

11/27:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 2 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

The Harbor Hill Marina will again be hosting the annual Marine Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marine Mart features dealers selling books, photographs, postcards, artwork and artifacts. For more information call 313-852-4051

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11/27:
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11/27:
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Today in Great Lakes History - November 27

The ALGOSEA entered Lake service as a self-unloader for the first time with salt loaded at Goderich, Ont. and passed downbound in the Welland Canal November 27, 1976 for Quebec City.

The AVONDALE (2) was condemned and was not allowed to carry cargo after she arrived at Toledo, OH on November 27, 1975 to load soya beans.

The steam barge CHAUNCY HURLBUT was launched at the shipyard of Simon Langell at St. Clair, MI on Thanksgiving Day, 27 November 1873. She was built for Chandler Bros. of Detroit.

On 27 November 1886, COMANCHE (wooden schooner, 137', 322 t, built in 1867 at Oswego, NY) was carrying corn in a storm on Lake Ontario when she ran on a shoal and sank near Point Peninsula, NY. A local farmer died while trying to rescue her crew of 8. His was the only death. She was later recovered and rebuilt as THOMAS DOBBIE.

In 1929 the City of Flint 32 was launched in Manitowoc.

The Pere Marquette 22 collided with the Wabash in heavy fog in 1937.

In 1966 the City of Midland 41 ran aground at Ludington in a storm. Stranded on board were a number of passengers and 56 crewman. Ballast tanks were flooded to hold the steamer on until the storm subsided. She was pulled off four days later by the Roen tug JOHN PURVES.

The propeller MONTGOMERY, which burned in June 1878, was raised on 27 November 1878. Her engine and boiler were removed and she was converted to a barge. She was rebuilt at Algonac, Michigan in the summer of 1879.

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


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Anderson Visits Muskegon

11/26:
The Arthur M. Anderson arrived in Muskegon, MI. Saturday, tying up at the Old West Michigan Mart Dock. There were Boiler Works trucks alongside the vessel. The crew was busy decorating the rails with Christmas lights, Frosty the Snowman is visible on the hopper house. This is the first time in years a USS-GLF Boat has visited Muskegon.
Reported by: Dan McCormick




Busy Morning for the Mail Boat

11/26:
Saturday was a busy morning for the U.S. Mail Boat, J.W. Westcott II.

The day started with a delivery to the downbound Great Lakes Trader.
Stern view.
The Trader's Steward made sure the Westcott's crew had plenty for lunch.
Following behind the Trader was the tug James A. Hannah and barge.
Approaching the stern of the tug.
Close up of the barge's notch.
Delivery complete the pair continue downbound.
Algoriver passed the Mail Boat Station upbound.
Crew on deck preparing to drop the mail bucket.
Closer look at her forward section.
Along side, the bucket is dropped as we pass under the Ambassador Bridge.
Delivery complete the Algoriver pulls away.
Close up of her stern.
The Westcott returns to station.
Across the river the Algoway was unloading at the stone dock and the Halifax was fueling at Sterling Fuel.
The saltie Stef Ania I was unloading at DMT.
Another view.
Click here for more information on the Mail Boat.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Toledo Update

11/26:
The grain trade slowed on Saturday with no grain vessels at the Elevators. at the A.R.M.S. Dock just below the I-280 Bridge. After unloading her grain cargo she will proceed over to the CSX Docks to load coal.

The tanker Saturn is in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock just north of the Shipyard. The barge Kellstone I is in drydock at the shipyard undergoing repairs from her recent grounding at Kelley's Island.

The Melissa Desgagnes and an unidentified saltie were at the T.W.I. Dock. The Reserve was at the CSX Dock loading coal with the Algosteel and Jean Parisien waiting to follow.

The next scheduled coal vessels will be the Melissa Desgagnes scheduled to arrive Monday afternoon, the Canadian Progress on Tuesday morning, Algomarine on Wednesday evening. The John J. Boland, American Republic, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and John G. Munson are scheduled in on Thursday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco this afternoon, the Reserve on Friday and the Armco and Fred R. White Jr. on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Christmas Tree ship

11/26:
After 89 years, the Christmas Tree Ship is returning to Chicago. On December 1st, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will sail into Chicago Harbor, with a cargo of Christmas trees to be distributed to needy families through the United Way. The bright red ship will be decorated from stem to stern and will dock at Navy Pier. Starting at 5:00 p.m. there will be a re-enactment play, caroling, and a performance by the U.S. Navy Band, all at no cost to the public.

The Mackinaw will be open for free public tours on December 2 and 3 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The event is a re-enactment of the arrival of the three masted schooner Rouse Simmons. Each year in the late 1800's and early 1900's the Simmons would arrive in Chicago with its decks loaded with Christmas trees that were sold directly to the public from the deck of the ship. This tradition continued until 1912 when the Simmons was lost in a storm.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Whistle Stop

11/26:
Below is an article from the "Imperial Oil Fleet News," Gordon R. McKean Editor, Spring 1951 issue.

Years ago, when Lawrence Hartje was a young lad, not long out of his apprenticeship in a British shipyard, he found that one of the most hated duties to be performed by engine room staff was the repairing of a stuck whistle. Usually when the whistle stuck the weather was of freezing temperature and driving sleet or snow had caused the whistle failure. And usually, the darn thing always seemed to go on the hummer in the middle of the night and at a time when it was essential to get it repaired as quickly as possible.

Mr. Hartje can recall numerous occasions when he was rousted out of his bunk and, with pants hastily pulled on over pajamas, ordered aloft to repair the ornery piece of equipment. Climbing up the ice coated ladders, with the ship pitching and tossing and the spray, snow and wind tearing at every fiber in a man's body isn't much fun. Then to have to fiddle around trying to loosen ice coated nuts and bolts with bare fingers was just so much more of a very memorable ordeal. The impression made upon young Hartje was a lasting one.

And so, when Imperial Leduc started out on her trials in Georgian Bay, early in April, it was found that the man responsible for the installation of equipment aboard the ship, had carried out the practice now in common use where a ship's funnel has a sheathing around it, of installing the whistle right in this sheathing. It was found that the back of the whistle was accessible from the inside of the funnel sheathing and that there was a handy platform on which the engineer might stand while making repairs.

But there was one more touch. The arrangement of ladders leading up to the back of the whistle made it possible for a man anywhere in the after end to reach the whistle platform, without going outside for such as a moment! Lawrence Hartje was, of course, the man responsible.

Reported by: Ron LaDue




Today in Great Lakes History - November 26

The MESQUITE departed Charlevoix and locked through the Soo on November 26, 1989 to begin SUNDEW's normal buoy tending duties on Lake Superior.

The ELIZABETH HINDMAN was launched November 26, 1920 as a) GLENCLOVA.

November 26, 1910 - The Ann Arbor #5 was launched. She was the first carferry to be built with a seagate, as a result of the sinking of the Pere Marquette 18 in September of 1910.

On 26 November 1872, the steamer GEO. W. REYNOLDS burned at 1 o'clock in the morning at the dock in Bay City. The fire supposedly originated in the engine room. She was owned by A. English of East Saginaw.

On 26 November 1853, ALBANY (wooden sidewheel passenger/package freight, 202', 669 t, built in 1846 at Detroit, MI) was carrying passengers and miscellaneous cargo in a storm on Lake Huron.. She was making for the shelter of Presque Isle harbor when the gale drove her over a bar. Her crew and 200 passengers came ashore in her boats. Plans were made to haul her back across the bar when another storm wrecked her. Her boiler and most of her machinery were recovered the following year.

LAKE BREEZE (wooden propeller, 122', 301 gc, built in 1868 at Toledo, OH) burned at her dock in Leamington, Ontario on 26 November 1878. One man perished in the flames. She was raised in 1880 but the hull was deemed worthless. Her machinery and metal gear were removed in 1881 and sold to an American company.

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Sarah Spencer Update

11/25:
The tug Jane Ann IV pushing the barge Sarah Spencer continues on with the new Bark River Connector system installed at Bay Shipbuilding. Captain Dave Yager of the Spencer reported that the tug and barge are enroute to Port Colborne and have experienced heavy weather, which the pair has handled well. The pair also has shown their maneuverability threading their way to the dock. The pair was to next head to Duluth and then to Midland. Pictures of the new system

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and Dee Yager




Gemini in Buffalo

11/25:
The Great Lakes Towing Co. tug Mississippi was assisting the Gemini up the Buffalo River to Mobil Oil in Buffalo Friday. The tow began at about noon and moved up the river very quickly. Before the tow the Mississippi was seen up the river breaking ice before meeting the Gemini in the North Gap of the breakwall.

Reported by: Mike and Cathy Madigan and Mike Madigan, Sr.




Bridge Out

11/25:
The Door County Advocate reports that the Michigan Street Bridge in downtown Sturgeon Bay will remained closed to vehicle traffic until a replacement gear is built and installed on the west lift span on or about Dec. 13.

The bridge was taken out of service on Nov. 13. when the U.S. Coast Guard ordered the bridge to remain in the open position to keep the Federal waterway beneath the bridge, Sturgeon Bay Shipping channel, open to commercial ship traffic. Vehicle traffic is rerouted to the Bay View bridge one half mile to the south until repair is completed.

The bridge open for ship traffic.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Twin Ports Report

11/25:
Several vessels from USS Great Lakes Fleet are scheduled to be in the Twin Ports over the next several days. Edwin H. Gott is scheduled to unload pellets at Nanticoke, then return to the BNSF ore dock in Superior again Nov. 29 for another load. Philip R. Clarke is due to arrive at the port terminal on Nov. 26 for brief repairs before proceeding on to Two Harbors the same day to load. John G. Munson is due to unload at the Reiss Inland dock on Nov. 27.

Midwest Energy Terminal was idle on Thanksgiving Day, but making up for it on Friday. Canadian Enterprise arrived under sunny but hazy conditions about 10 a.m. Algobay, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Columbia Star were all due to follow the same day.

A stretch of cold weather has left much of the Duluth and Superior harbors covered with a thin coating of ice -- a bit early for this time of year, and much earlier than the past three years. A couple small areas of Lake Superior that were sheltered from the wind by Minnesota Point had skim ice Friday morning.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/25:
The Courtney Burton was at the Torco Dock unloading ore pellets on Friday. The Reserve was scheduled to arrive Friday evening to unload ore then will shift to the CSX Dock to load coal. she will start loading coal at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. The next scheduled coal boats due in Saturday after the Reserve will be the Algosteel and the Jean Parisien. On Sunday the Melissa Desgagnes is expected to arrive in the late evening followed by the Canadian Progress on Monday evening. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin has had a change of orders and will not load coal on Tuesday as scheduled.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco dock will be the Armco on Sunday followed by the Reserve on Thursday morning and the Armco again on Saturday, Dec. 2

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Trip Auction Tonight

11/25:
The Rotary Club of St. Catharines will auction a trip donated by Algoma Central Corp. Between 11:30 p.m. and midnight tonight you can bid on a 8-10 day Seaway Cruise for 4 People on one of the Algoma boats. The cruise will head down the St. Lawrence Seaway and back to your starting point on the Welland Canal.

The auction price starts at $4000.00 (Can.) MasterCard and Visa accepted.
Call 905-688-5001 to place your bid after 11:30 p.m. Please mention you saw it on Boatnerd and are bidding on item 4905, "8-10 Day Seaway Cruise for 4 People."

Reported by: Glenda Peattie and Rita Smith




Today in Great Lakes History - November 25

INCAN SUPERIOR was withdrawn from service after completing 2,386 trips between Thunder Bay and Superior and on November 25, 1992 she passed downbound at Sault Ste. Marie for service on the Canadian West Coast.

On November 25, 1947 the b) CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN was renamed c) ADAM E. CORNELIUS (2).

ROBERT C. STANLEY was laid up for the last time November 25, 1981 at the Tower Bay slip, Superior, WI.

CITY OF MILWAUKEE was launched November 25, 1930

On November 25, 1905, the Joseph G. Butler, Jr. entered service, departing Lorain, Ohio for Duluth on her maiden voyage. The vessel received damage in a severe storm on her first crossing of Lake Superior. This vessel was repaired and re-entered service; she was renamed Donald B. Gillies in 1935 and Grovedale in 1963. She was sunk as a dock in Hamilton in 1973 and finally sold for scrap in 1981.

On 25 November 1866, F. W. BACKUS (wooden propeller, 133', 289 t, built in 1846 at Amherstburg, Ont.) was carrying hay, horses and cattle off Racine, WI. She was run to the beach when it was discovered that she was on fire. Her crew and passengers disembarked. The tug DAISY LEE towed her out while she was still burning, intending to scuttle her, but the towline burned through and she drifted back to shore and burned to the waterline. Her live cargo was pushed overboard while she was still well out and they swam to shore.

November 25, 1930 - The Grand Trunk carferry City of Milwaukee was launched in Manitowoc. She was sponsored by Mrs. Walter J. Wilde, wife of the collector of customs at Milwaukee. She entered service in January of 1931.

On 25 November 1874, WILLIAM SANDERSON (wooden schooner, 136', 385 gt, built in 1853 at Oswego, NY) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Michigan when she foundered. The broken wreck washed ashore off Empire, Michigan near Sleeping Bear. She was owned by Scott & Brown of Detroit.

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New name, new owners for Millennium Yama

11/24:
The bulkcarrier Millennium Yama (DWT 23540, 509 feet, 1979, BHS flag) docked in Quebec City Harbor since early summer has been renamed MILL and has new Greek owners. The Mill will remain registered in the Bahamas. A spokesperson from the Agencies Oceaniques du Bas St-Laurent of Quebec City reported Thursday that a group called Harp Management of Greece was having the ship repaired. The large engine components are expected to arrive by container by the end of December. Repairs should take over a month to complete before the Mill can once again sail.

The Mill (ex Millennium Yama) encountered a major engine breakdown in early summer in the lower St-Lawrence River off Baie Comeau. The vessel was towed to Quebec City and has remained idle ever since. Several rumours had filtered about her future and a sudden name change these last days broke the silence.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Amelia Desgagnes Unloads

11/24:
The Amelia Desgagnes was in Marinette Thursday unloading Pig Iron that it carried from Sorel, Quebec. This is the second straight year that crews at Marinette Fuel and Dock have worked on Thanksgiving Day, last year they unloaded the Millenium Eagle.

The Amelia Desgagnes is a rare visitor to Marinette, normally the Catherine or Melissa Desgagnes comes to Marinette.

Desgagnes docked at the William H. Donner.
A shore side crane takes a load of pig iron.

Reported by: Scott Best




Sea Chief Departs

11/24:
The tug Sea Chief and barge carrying a truck cargo believed to be destined for Duluth, left Erie Thursday morning at 11:10 a.m. The same cargo that was loaded in Erie for shipment to Duluth about 5 weeks ago. The tow was expected to leave Monday but weather kept the tug and barge in port.

Dawes Marine of North Tonawanda, N.Y. owns Sea Chief, a recent acquisition. She was formerly A.S.A.C.E. Washington and before that ST-1944.

Sea Chief and barge at dock.
Ready to depart.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson and Gerry O.




Tug Stops in Kingston

11/24:
The McKeil tug Progress tied up at the Crawford wharf on Wednesday for electrical repairs. She was expected to depart for Hamilton later in the evening.

The Progress was a familiar sight in Kingston during the early 1980's when she was the P.J. Murer owned by Bishop Marine. Two winters were spent here as an icebreaking tug assisting the carferry Wolfe Islander III.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Bridge Returns to Service

11/24:
Bridge 3 in Welland Canal has been returned to service. Last Sunday a motor failure caused the bridge to become stuck open at the midway position. Crews were able to fully raise the bridge allowing shipping traffic to pass but not vehicle traffic.

Thursday was a busy day in the canal with Aegean Sea, Halifax, Saginaw, United, and Mapleglen all between Lock 1 and Lock 4. An Upper Lakes boat whose name was not visible in Lock 4 and an Algoma boat just entering between the piers below Lock 1.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Twin Ports Report

11/24:
Although most elevators don't operate on holidays because vessel masters don't want to pay overtime for the grain millers, the AGP elevator in Duluth was working on Thanksgiving Day to complete loading the Spar Ruby. The vessel departed during the afternoon.

Other vessels at Twin Ports grain elevators included Paterson at Peavey, the now familiar Konigsborg at General Mills and Canadian Provider at Cenex Harvest States. Anchored out were Grant Carrier, Ivi, Great Laker and possibly Amethyst.

Also working on Thanksgiving Day was the DMIR ore dock, where Indiana Harbor was preparing to dock late in the afternoon.

Reported by: Al Miller




Barge Strikes Bridge

11/24:
On November 12 a barge being pushed by tug Windy City, 141 gt, built 1979 struck the Chicago Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River, causing an undetermined amount of damage and forcing the rerouting of traffic for up to a week. Traffic on Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street on the west to Larrabee Street on the east will be detoured to Division Street.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chad Robuck said initial findings indicate the accident occurred when the master of Windy City, which is operated by Lemont-based Illinois Marine Towing, maneuvered the barges to avoid hitting a canoe. Windy City was coming around the turn, pushing two barges when the lookout on the front barge reported seeing a canoe. The master put the vessel in reverse to try to stop, Robuck said. The forward momentum pushed them into the bridge, he said.

The Windy City is the former was Chicago Peace [U.S.612974] and was renamed after Sept. 30, 2000.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 24

On November 24, 1990, the Kinsman Independent ran hard aground off of Isle Royale. The vessel was on its way to load grain in Thunder Bay when she ended up 25 miles off course. The damage to the vessel was nearly $2 million, and she was repaired at Thunder Bay before the start of the 1991 season.

On November 24, 1950 while bound for South Chicago with iron ore, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES collided with the upbound steamer ELTON HOYT II (l) (now the MEDUSA CHALLENGER) in the Straits of Mackinac during a blinding snow storm. Both vessels received such serious bow damage that they had to be beached near McGulpin Point west of Mackinaw City to avoid sinking.

The ROSEMOUNT (2), stored with coal, inadvertently sank alongside CSL's Century Coal Dock at Montreal on November 24, 1934.
The THOMAS F. PATTON was launched November 24, 1945 as a C4-S-A4 cargo ship for U.S. Maritime Commission (U.S.M.C. Hull #2370) as a) SCOTT E. LAND.

PRINDOC (3) was launched November 24, 1965.

November 24, 1892 - The Ann Arbor #1 ran aground on her first trip just north of the Kewaunee harbor.

November 24, 1931 - The City of Saginaw 31 entered service.

On 24 November 1905, ARGO (steel propeller passenger/package freight, 174', 1089 t, built in 1896 at Detroit, MI) dropped into a trough of a wave, hit bottom and sank in relatively shallow water while approaching the harbor at Holland, MI. 38 passengers and crew were taken off by breeches' buoy in a thrilling rescue by the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

NEPTUNE (wooden propeller, 185', 774 gt, built in 1856 at Buffalo) was laid up at East Saginaw, Michigan on 24 November 1874 when she was discovered to be on fire at about 4:00 AM. She burned to a total loss.

The ANN ARBOR NO. 1 left Frankfort for Kewaunee on November 24, 1892. Because of the reluctance of shippers to trust their products on this new kind of ferry it was difficult to find cargo for this first trip. Finally, a fuel company which sold coal to the railroad routed four cars to Kewaunee via the ferry.

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Zoitsa S. Loses Power

11/23:
The saltie Zoitsa S. narrowly missed striking the Duluth ship canal's north pier Nov. 20 after its engine shut down as the vessel was leaving port.

The ship, loaded with wheat bound for Italy, was lining up its approach on the canal late Monday night when it lost power and began drifting toward the inner portion of the north pier near the Paulucci Building. Crewmen dropped the ship's anchors, which dragged the vessel to a stop just short of striking the pier. A fixed television weather camera showed the vessel within about 30 feet of the pier.

A television news report said the engine shut down because "it was running too slowly."

Following a Coast Guard inspection, the Zoitsa S. left port without incident early Tuesday.

Reported by: Al Miller and Steven Sliwka




Sam Laud Grounds

11/23:
Tuesday evening the Sam Laud ran aground while attempting to enter Manistee Harbor. She was loaded with coal from Toledo, Ohio and bound for Morton Salt. She was maneuvering in 20-knot winds and 5-foot seas when she ran aground on the north side of the channel about 40-feet off the north pierhead.

This site is notorious for shoaling and locals estimate the depth at about 17-19 ft. in the area where the vessel was. After several attempts to free herself, the ship swung perpendicular to the harbor entrance. About 8:00 p.m. crews were pumping out tanks in hopes of gaining a few inches of freeboard. The same situation happened to the Joseph H. Frantz in 1990.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Tow awaits weather in St. Clair River

11/23:
The tug W.N. Twolan and barge McAllister 132 loaded with six million board feet of lumber anchored below Recors Point waiting for strong southwest winds to abate. On Tuesday morning, the tow got underway in a light northwest breeze. As the pair headed down the river the wind increased and forced the tug to turn and return upbound to an anchorage one mile below Fawn Island. They are bound for the Intermodal Dock on the Detroit River, and cannot connect to the barge in the push mode when Lake St. Clair is rolling.

Reported by: George Lee




Armco Docks

11/23:
The Armco made an unusual stop at the Carbide Slip in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. on Tuesday. The vessel remained at the dock overnight and departed at noon Wednesday locking upbound through the Poe Lock.




Salties in Oshawa

11/23:
The salties Toro and Magic Swan were unloading in Oshawa, Ont. Tuesday. The Toro was docked on the West Side of the port entrance and the Magic Swan on the East Side. Both were unloading steel rods. The Toro is expected to depart Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. The Magic Swan is likely to leave within the same time frame.

Toro and Magic Swan unloading in Oshawa.
Magic Swan as seen from the Toro's deck.
Port side of the Toro.
The Toro's cranes.
Jim Gallacher in the Toro's Engine Room Control Centre.
Toro's Hitachi B&W engine.
Builder's plaque.
Engine cylinder heads.
Showing the size of the engine, Jim stands next to it.
One of the vessel's generators.
Starting air reservoir's
Spare cylinder heads.

Jim Gallacher sailed on the MV Neritopsis in 1955 and includes the pictures below for comparison of the different eras. The engine was much larger in comparison to the Toro's but had less than half the BHP.
5th Engineer at the MV Neritopsis main controls.
Neritopsis engine top and fireman.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Bridge Remains Out of Service

11/23:
Bridge 3 in Welland Canal remained out of service Wednesday after a motor failure caused the bridge to become stuck open at the midway position Sunday. Later that day crews were able to fully raise the bridge, clearing the way for shipping traffic in the canal.

One of the motors that powers the bridge was removed for repairs and is expected to be repaired and back in service by Friday at the latest. Motorist wishing to cross over the canal are using one of the other near-by bridges.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Toledo Update

11/23:
Wednesday the Spring Laker was at Anderson's "K" Elevator loading grain. The John J. Boland was at the CSX Docks loading coal.

The barge Kellstone I with her tug was at Toledo Shipyard for repairs after her recent grounding at Kelley's Island.

The Middletown was at anchor due to low water levels in Western Lake Erie. It is unknown when she will be able to enter the river for the Torco Dock to unload ore. Once finished unloading she will shift over to the Coal Docks to load.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the Algosteel, Jean Parisien and Mellissa Desgagnes on Saturday. The Canadian Progress is scheduled to arrive on Monday, followed by the RT. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Tuesday. This will be the Martin's first trip to the coal docks since sailing under her new name.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock after the Middletown will be the Reserve and Courtney Burton on Friday, followed by the Armco on Saturday and the Reserve on Wednesday.

The unidentified saltie at the T.W.I. Dock from several days ago was the Antalina. There was another unidentified saltie at the T.W.I. Dock on Wednesday. The Mellissa Desgagnes is scheduled to arrive at the dock in the next few days.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Thanksgiving Menu Items

11/23:
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, below are menus from Thanksgiving dinner aboard freighters.

The Southdown Challenger 1999
Appetizers: oyster & shrimp cocktail, assorted olives & vegetables, apple cider, stuffed celery, chefs salad, jello.
Soups: oyster stew & chicken noodle.
Entree: roast tom turkey w/sage dressing & wild rice, lobster tail w/butter sauce, baked Virginia ham w/pineapple rings, mashed potatoes, buttered peas, sweet potatoes, cooked squash, giblet gravy, hot dinner rolls, cranberry sauce.
Desserts: mince meat, apple, peach and pumpkin pie, whipped cream, ice cream, fruitcake, mint chocolate, plain & sugared dates.
Refreshments: coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate, soft drinks, cigarettes, candy, gum.

1997 Thanksgiving menu from the Burns Harbor.
Thursday menu: pea soup, shrimp cocktail, roast turkey & ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing & yams, apple & pumpkin pie.
Friday's menu: beef barley soup, grilled tenderloin, lobster w/drawn butter, asparagus, onion roasted & Italian roasted potatoes, peach & pumpkin pie.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde








Today in Great Lakes History - November 23

The GRAND HAVEN was brought back to the Lakes and locked upbound through the Welland Canal on November 23, 1964. She was intended for roll on/roll off carrier service to haul truck trailers laden with steel coils from Stelco's plant at Hamilton, Ont.

After discharging her cargo, the SAMUEL MATHER (6) proceeded to De Tour, MI laying up for the last time at the Pickands Mather Coal Dock on November 23, 1981.

In 1987 the ROGERS CITY (2) was towed out of Menominee, MI for scrapping in Brazil.

STADACONA (3)'s sea trials were completed on November 23, 1952 and was delivered to CSL the next day.

On 23 November 1872, Capt. W. B. Morley launched the propeller JARVIS Lord at Marine City, MI. Her dimensions were 193' x 33' x 18', 1000 tons. She was the first double decker built at Marine City. Her engine was from Wm. Cowie of Detroit.

On 23 November 1867, S. A. CLARK (wooden propeller tug, 12 t, built in 1863 at Buffalo) was in Buffalo's harbor when her boiler exploded and she sank.

November 23, 1930 - The Ann Arbor carferry Wabash grounded in Betsie Lake. She bent her rudder stock and her steering engine was broken up.

On 23 November 1853, the wooden schooner PALESTINE was bound from Kingston to Cleveland with railroad iron at about the same time as the like-laden schooner ONTONAGON. Eight miles west of Rochester, New York, both vessels ran ashore, were pounded heavily by the waves and sank. Both vessels reported erratic variations in their compasses. The cargoes were removed and ONTONAGON was pulled free on 7 December, but PALESTINE was abandoned. A similar event happened with two other iron-laden vessels a few years previously at the same place.

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Low Water Sends Vessels to Anchor

11/22:
Gale warnings and low water brought shipping to a virtual halt on the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers Tuesday. Westerly gales on Lake Erie caused low water conditions on eastern Lake Erie. The water level at Gibraltar, MI. was forecast to be plus 14-inches, last night it was measured at minus 1-inch. Waiting in the Belle Isle Anchorage Tuesday was the Edgar B. Speer. This is the first time in recent memory that a thousand footer waited in the anchorage. The Speer is heading downbound for Conneaut, OH.




Tadoussac Arrives

11/22:
The Tadoussac tied up at the Cargill Dock in Sarnia at about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. On Monday evening the vessel became stuck while approaching the harbor at Sarnia. The water level was -9 below datum Monday night.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks




Toledo Update

11/22:
Due to the strong westerly gales and low water conditions in Western Lake Erie, vessels have been delayed arriving at TOledo. The John J. Boland had a tentative eta of 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night for the CSX Coal Docks to load coal. The Middletown had a tentative eta of 7:30 pm for the Torco Dock to unload ore, when finished she will shift over to the CSX Dock to load coal.

At the time of this report there were no grain vessels in Port. The Jean Parisien, Algosteel and Mellissa Desgagnes are the next scheduled coal boats, expected Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Courtney Burton on Thursday followed by the Reserve and Armco on Friday.

The barge Kellstone I and tug James Pallidino should be arriving at Toledo Shipyard after the recent grounding incident at Kelleys Island after weather conditions improve on Lake Erie.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Brockville Traffic

11/22:
Below are images of vessels passing through the Seaway at Brockville Monday.

Yankcanuck passes.
Sealink underway.
Toro.
English River passes.
Federal Fraser passing in the blinding snow.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Low Water Strands Duck Hunters

11/22:
The U.S. Coast Guard Station Marblehead responded to a call reporting three men stranded about a half mile offshore in western Sandusky Bay Monday. Strong west winds throughout the day had steadily pushed the water out of the shallow bay and the men's boat grounded in the mud. Station Marblehead attempted a surface rescue but was unsuccessful. An Air Station Detroit helicopter was launched and recovered all three men, the eldest showing signs of hypothermia.




Hard Dive Failure

11/22:
The hard drive that hosts my e-mail service failed Tuesday afternoon. Service was restored about noon Wednesday and no e-mail appears to have been lost. Some news updates may be delayed until Thursday Morning.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 22

Scrapping of the SPRUCEGLEN was completed on November 22, 1986 by Lakehead Scrap Metal Co. at Thunder Bay. The SPRUCEGLEN was the last Canadian coal-fired bulker.

The FRONTENAC (4) while in ballast sustained major structural damage from grounding on Pellet Reef attempting to enter Silver Bay, MN at 2140 hours on November 22, 1979.

On 22 November 1869, CREAM CITY (3-mast wooden bark, 629 t, built in 1862 at Sheboygan, WI) was carrying wheat in a gale when she lost her way and went ashore on Drummond Island. She appeared to be only slightly damaged, but several large pumps were unable to lower the water in her hull. She was finally abandoned as a total wreck on 8 December. She was built as a "steam bark" with an engine capable of pushing her at 5 or 6 mph. After two months of constant minor disasters, this was considered an unsuccessful experiment and the engine was removed.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE was chartered to the Ann Arbor Railroad Co. and started the Frankfort, MI-Kewaunee, WI service for them on November 22, 1978.

November 22, 1929 - The City of Saginaw 31 went out on her sea trials.

On 22 November 1860, CIRCASSIAN (wooden schooner, 135', 366 t, built in 1856 at Irving, NY) was carrying grain in a gale and blizzard on Lake Michigan when she stranded on White Shoals near Beaver Island. She sank to her decks and then broke in two. Her crew was presumed lost, but actually made it to Hog Island in the blizzard and they were not rescued from there for two weeks.

A final note from the Big Gale of 1879. On 22 November 1879, the Port Huron Times reported, "The barge DALTON is still high and dry on the beach at Point Edward."

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


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Barge Kellstone I Update

11/21:
The barge Kellstone I remained at Kelly's Island Sunday. After receiving the updated weather forecast, the tow chose to remain at the Island and wait for the weather to subside before sailing for the Toledo Shipyard.

The barge ran aground near the Kellstone Dock on Kelley's Island on Nov. 16 while being pushed by the new tug James Palladino. The barge, carrying 10,000 tons of stone, was lightered enough to be refloated. A U.S. Coast Guard inspection of the barge on Nov. 19 revealed only minor damage to the barge and none to the tug. It was certified as seaworthy enough to be towed to Toledo for permanent repairs.




Tadoussac Grounds

11/21:
While approaching the Sarnia Government Dock Monday evening the Tadoussac stopped suddenly, having made contact with the bottom about 150 feet west of the Sydney E. Smith Dock. The Sarnia based tug Menasha was on the stern and was able to stop the stern from swinging towards shore. The Menasha docked at the Government Dock waiting for the water level to rise so they can try and move the Tadoussac. The Tadoussac dropped her anchors and requested a check down from passing vessels. The area where the Tadoussac stopped is reported to be a mere 20 feet deep.

Last night the vessel planned to wait for the water level to rise. The water level was -9 below datum at 8:00 p.m. The Tadoussac is drawing 25.6 feet forward. The vessel appears to be sitting on the edge of a 20-foot shallow area.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Block Departs

11/21:
The Joseph L. Block departed Bay Ship Building Monday morning. The vessel arrived on Sunday to apparently take shelter from the weather.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Leitch Anchors

11/21:
Then Gordon C. Leitch anchored near Prescott this Monday afternoon, due to local snow squalls. She later continued her voyage westward and was due at Cape Vincent at 9:05 p.m. the Tug Progress has been tied to the Cape Vincent break wall since Monday afternoon due to weather. There were gale warnings and snow squall warnings in effect over night.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Mackinaw Visits

11/21:
The U.S. Coast Guard's ice breaker Mackinaw was in Owen Sound over the weekend to take part in the festival of light celebrations. The vessel was open for tours each day. This visit was reported to be her first into the port in two years.

Reported by: Mike Bannon




Twin Ports Report

11/21:
Frequent rain and snow over the past two weeks has collided with the fall grain rush, causing a backup of grain ships in the Twin Ports. Monday morning five ships -- anchored well off shore -- were barely visible through the snow showers. They included Ivi, Spar Opal, Grant Carrier, Great Laker and Paterson, which apparently will pay one of its rare calls to the Twin Ports. Inside the harbor, Zoitsa was at Cenex Harvest States, Fossnes was at Cargill, Algocen was at Peavey and Federal Yukon was the latest in this season's string of Fedmar ships to call at the AGP elevator.

Also, Jean Parisien paid a rare call at Midwest Energy Terminal. On Nov. 21, Buckeye was make one its rare calls to the dock to load coal for the power plant in Taconite Harbor.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/21:
Monday the Lee A. Tregurtha was loading coal at the CSX Coal Dock. There was an unidentified saltie at the T.W.I Dock. No grain vessels were in port at on Monday. The next scheduled coal boats will be the John J. Boland due in this morning, followed by the Fred R. White Jr. Wednesday morning. They will be followed by the Jean Parisien, Algosteel, and Melissa Desgagnes scheduled to arrive on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats will be the Middletown this morning, Courtney Burton on Thursday evening followed by the Reserve and Armco on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ocean Hauler Grounds

11/21:
Last week the tug Doug McKeil with the 320-foot barge Ocean Hauler grounded 200 feet off the Sault Ontario Government Dock in the Sault Harbor. The vessel was refloated and returned to the docks at Sault Ste. Marie for inspection. The barge was carrying liquid calcium chloride.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 21

The PATERSON (1) was launched November 21, 1953.

In 1924 the MERTON E. FARR slammed into the Interstate Bridge that linked Superior, WI with Duluth, MN. causing extensive damage to the bridge. The bridge span fell into the water but the FARR received only minor damage to her bow.

On 21 November 1869, the ALLIANCE (wooden passenger sidewheeler, 87', 197 gt, built in 1857 at Buffalo) slipped her moorings at Lower Black Rock in the Niagara River and went over the fall. She had been laid up since the spring of 1869.

November 21, 1906 - The Pere Marquette 17 encountered one of the worst storms in many years while westbound for the Wisconsin Central slip in Manitowoc. She made port safely, but the wind was so high that she could not hold her course up the river without assistance. The tug Artic assisted, and as they were proceeding through the 10th Street Bridge, a gust of wind from the south drove the ferry and tug against the north pilings of the 10th Street Bridge. The Arctic, pinned between the ferry and the bridge, was not damaged, but she crushed the hull of a fishing tug moored there, sinking her, and inflicted damage of a few hundred dollars to the bridge.

November 21, 1923 - Arthur Stoops, the lookout on the Ann Arbor #6 was drowned while stepping from the apron onto the knuckle to cast off the headline.

On the night of 21 November 1870, C. W. ARMSTRONG (wooden propeller steam tug, 57', 33 t, built in 1856 at Albany, NY) burned at her dock at Bay City, Michigan. No lives were lost.

More incidents from the Big Gale of 1879. On 21 November 1879, the Port Huron Times reported, "The schooner MERCURY is ashore at Pentwater. The schooner LUCKY is high and dry at Manistee; the schooner WAUBASHENE is on the beach east of Port Colborne. The schooner SUMATRA is on the beach at Cleveland; the large river tug J. P. Clark capsized and sunk at Belle Isle in the Detroit River on Wednesday [19 Nov.] and sank in 15 minutes. On e drowned. The schooner PINTO of Oakville, Ontario, stone laden, went down in 30 feet of water about one mile down from Oakville. At Sand beach the barge PRAIRIE STATE is rapidly going to pieces.

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Barge Kellstone I Update

11/20:
Operations on the barge Kellstone I appear to have been completed on Sunday with the tugs Triton and James Palladino planned to depart Kelley's Island heading for the Toledo Shipyard with the Barge.

The tug Frank Palladino and Benjamin Ridgeway both departed Cleveland about 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The Triton has returned to Cleveland.

Below are pictures of the tug and barge entering Cleveland last Sunday.
James Palladino arrives with the barge Kellstone I.
Wide view.
Stern view.
Heading up river.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Block Visits Bay Ship

11/20:
Sunday Morning the Joseph L. Block arrived in Sturgeon Bay and docked at berth 15 at Bay Ship building. It is unknown what type of repairs the Block requires and when it will depart.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Bridge Delays Traffic

11/20:
Sunday Bridge #3 at Carleton Street in Welland Canal became stuck open at midway position. As a result the traffic in the area was halted as crews worked quickly to restore service to the bridge. The saltie Kapitonas Andzejauskas was waiting to depart Lock 2. Algoma's Algowood was tied up below Lock 2. The Algolake was awaiting transit upbound from Lock 1. Service to the bridge was restored later that afternoon and traffic resumed.

Reported by: Roger Tottman and Thomas Hribar




New pushing system with Sarah Spencer

11/20:
The tug Jane Ann IV pushing the barge Sarah Spencer reported that they departed Detour downbound in Lake Huron pushing the loaded Sarah Spencer in strong winds. Captain D. Yager reports that this will be the real test with the new notch system. They cleared Stoneport on Saturday evening and Captain Yager (former Captain on Atlantic Hickory) reports that "The tug handles the barge remarkably well. If I had the Hickory we would be anchored in the river for a day or two waiting for the weather to die out but with this tug and thanks to this new notch system I was able to steam right through this wind with only a loss of speed of 1 mph. This is a hell of a lot better than towing."

The new tug was mated to the barge after having a Bark River Connector system installed at Bay Shipbuilding. This system allows the tug and barge to be held together using pins on the tug fitted to a rack on the barge. The former tug was held in the notch of the barge by lines, in heavy weather it was necessary for the tug to move out of the notch and tow the barge.

The Sarah Spencer is enroute to Port Colborne with a load of grain.

Pictures of the new system

Reported by: J. Butler




Erie Pennsylvania Update

11/20:
The Tug Sea Chief with a barge from Davis Marine Towing in Escanaba, docked at the Mounfort Terminal Sunday at about noon. It is believed to be picking up the same cargo that was loaded in Erie for shipment to Duluth about 5 weeks ago. The tow was expected to leave Monday weather permitting. The forecast calls for high winds and snow squalls. The Tug appears to be a former Army Corps of Engineers Tug.

The tug and barge.
Sea Chief holds the barge at dock.
The tug Sea Chief pushing the barge to dock.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Mark Your Calendar

11/20:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 2 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

The Harbor Hill Marina will again be hosting the annual Marine Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marine Mart features dealers selling books, photographs, postcards, artwork and artifacts. For more information call 313-852-4051

Look for me at the Know Your Ships table.




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11/20:
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Today in Great Lakes History - November 20

The Saginaw was Christened at the Government Dock in Sarnia in 1999. Bonnie Bravener and Wendy Siddall broke the traditional bottle of champagne adding the second vessel to Lower Lakes Towing's fleet. The company then generously opened the vessel for tours to all those in the large crowd that had gathered to witness the event.

The EAGLESCLIFFE HALL (2) was launched in 1956 at Grangemouth, Scotland.

At 2240 hours on November 20, 1974 the ROY A. JODREY ran aground on Pullman Shoal, located at Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, NY. All of the crew were rescued. Early the next morning at 0305 hours she slid off the shoal, rolled on her side and sank in 150 feet of water.

RALPH H. WATSON was launched 1937.

On 20 November 1872, the sidewheel steamer W. J. SPICER was finally laid up and the crew dismissed. She had served for many years as the Grand Trunk ferry at Fort Gratiot on the St. Clair River.

On 20 November 1880, BAY CITY (wooden barge, 199', 480 t, built in 1852 at Trenton, MI as the sidewheeler FOREST CITY) was carrying coal when she was cast adrift east of Erie, PA by the steamer JAMES P. DONALDSON in a storm. She was driven ashore and wrecked. Her crew was saved by the U.S. Lifesaving Service using breeches' buoy. November 20, 1898 - Ann Arbor #3 left Cleveland for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

November 20, 1924 - Pere Marquette fleet engineer Finlay MacLaren died after 42 years with the railroad. He was succeeded by his brother Robert until Leland H. Kent was named fleet engineer in 1925.

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


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Barge Kellstone I Update

11/19:
The Great Lakes Towing Company tug Triton departed Cleveland on Friday en route to assist in lightering the barge Kellstone I. The Triton was in Sandusky Saturday preparing the barge Inland 2401 for the operation.

At noon Thursday the tug James Palladino and barge Kellstone I were departing the Kelley's Island Stone Dock when the barge ran aground about five hundred feet off the dock.

The tug James Palladino recently took over pushing duties from the tug Frank Palladino Jr. The James was recently fitted with new engines.

Below are pictures of the tug and barge entering Cleveland on Sunday.
James Palladino arrives with the barge Kellstone I.
Wide view.
Stern view.
Heading up river.

Reported by: Mark Harris




Coast Guard Cutter in the Canal

11/19:
Spotted in the Welland Canal Saturday was the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Cape Mercy. The 47-foot search and rescue vessel is headed to Port Dover where it will replace CCGC Spray that is being sent to the East Coast. Cape Mercy is one of ten such ships to be built for the Great Lakes all with the first name Cape. According to a crew member Cape Mercy has a top speed of 26 knots.

Reported by: Bill Bird




Fleetmates in Sarnia

11/19:
Fleetmates George A. Sloan, Calcite II and Myron C. Taylor are ready to begin their winter lay-up in Sarnia's North Slip. The trio is rafted together awaiting the sale of the vessels to Grand River Navigation some time early next year. Below are images taken on Saturday.

Fleetmates at dock.
Closer view.
Bow view.
Heavy lines will hold the trio at their winter berth.
Three sterns.
Another stern view.
Panoramic of the rudders and propellers.
Stern view from West Side of the North Slip.
Close up of the classic sterns.

In Detroit that morning the Armco was downbound.
Another view through light snow showers.
Crews from the J.W. Westcott Co. were making a crew change on the John J. Boland in the Rouge River Short Cut Canal.
On the way to Sarnia we caught the Oglebay Norton making the turn to the coal dock at Recor Point.
Federal Mackenzie was downbound.
Mackenzie' bow passing the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Buffalo Update

11/19:
Buffalo will see two vessel arriving today carrying grain. The Elton Hoyt 2nd and Kinsman Independent are both due in later today.

The tanker Gemini docked at the Lake and Rail Elevator on the Buffalo River at the Hamburg St. turn Saturday morning due to poor visibility. The vessel was expected to wait until morning before heading the rest of the way up to Mobil Oil. This is the first time in recent memory that a tanker docked at a grain mill.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Today in Great Lakes History - November 19

The The SAM LAUD was launched today in1974.

CONGAR (2) was launched November 19, 1945 as a) EMPIRE MALDON.

The keel for the JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was laid November 19, 1942.

The MERLE M. McCURDY was laid up for the last time at Buffalo, NY on November 19, 1985.

On 19 November 1842, the wooden schooner BRANDYWINE was carrying flour in a storm on Lake Erie when she capsized and then drifted to the beach near Barcelona, New York. One passenger's body was found in the cabin, but the entire crew of 6 was lost.

More incidents from the terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, the Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list of vessels that foundered as it appeared on 19 November 1886. "The barge EMERALD near Kewaunee, 5 lost. The barge F. M. DICKINSON near Kewaunee, 3 lost. Two unknown schooners (one supposed to be the HELEN) near Port Sherman. One unknown schooner near Hog Island Reef. The barge NORTH STAR near East Tawas, the fate of the crew is unknown." The list then continues with vessels ashore. "The barge WALLACE and consort on Choclay Beach, east of Marquette. The schooner SOUTH HAVEN near Pt. Sherman. The schooner MARY near Blenheim, Ontario. The schooner PATHFINDER near Two Rivers, the cargo and vessel are a total loss. The schooner Cuyahoga and two scows in North Bay. The schooner P. S. MARSH and an unknown schooner at St. Ignace. The schooner HARVEY BISSELL near Alpena. The propeller CITY OF NEW YORK near Cheboygan. The schooner KOLFAGE near Goderich, Ontario has broken up. The propeller NASHUA on Grass Island, Green Bay. The barge BISSELL near Kewaunee. The schooner GOLDEN below China Beach. The propeller BELLE CROSS and barges across from China Beach. The schooner FLORIDA on Marquette Beach is a total loss. And the barges BUCKOUT, McDOUGALL, BAKER, GOLDEN HARVEST near East Tawas.

The schooner HATTIE JOHNSTON sailed from Milwaukee loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat on the night of 19 November 1879 and then a severe gale swept Lake Michigan. After two weeks, she was presumed lost with all hands. Aboard were Capt. D. D. Prouty, his wife and 8 crewmen.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Barge Damaged on Lake Erie

11/18:
At noon Thursday the tug James Palladino and barge Kellstone I were departing the Kelley's Island Stone Dock on their third voyage together hauling limestone to Cleveland. The barge ran aground about five hundred feet off the dock just after departure causing damage severe enough for significant amounts of water to enter. Dewatering wasn't possible, so the tug and barge remained just west of the island until refloating operations are possible.

The tug James Palladino recently took over pushing duties from the tug Frank Palladino Jr. The James was recently fitted with new engines.

Below are pictures of the tug and barge entering Cleveland on Sunday.
James Palladino arrives with the barge Kellstone I.
Wide view.
Stern view.
Heading up river.

Reported by: Mark Harris




Equipment Recovered From Sunken Barge

11/18:
A crane barge from Marine Tech succeeded Thursday in recovering a 60-ton excavator from the bottom of Duluth harbor. The machine was lost when a 200-foot work barge sank in the harbor earlier this month. Plans call for the barge to be raised in about a week.

Reported by: Al Miller




Halifax Under Repair

11/18:
The CSL steamer Halifax was tied up at Rouge Steel in Dearborn, MI Friday for repairs. Something appeared to be wound around its propeller shaft, two crewmen were working on the problem from a small aluminum boat. The Halifax is unloaded though they have heavily ballasted down the forward section of the ship so the propeller and rudder are above the water line. The Tadoussac also pulled in alongside the Halifax to unload iron ore.

Reported by: Douglas Strain




Millenium Amethyst Update

11/18:
Noon Friday the saltie Millennium Amethyst remained at Wharf 2 just below Lock One in the Welland Canal under going repairs. Crews working on the vessel appeared to have replaced the bow plate and were inserting the hawser rollers. The vessel had brushed the lock wall while entering the Eisenhower Lock and repairs were necessary for the vessel to safely transit the Welland Canal. The 1978 built Millennium Amethyst is sailing upbound in ballast to load grain in Duluth.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




ULS in Duluth

11/18:
ULS boats were holding a reunion of sorts in Duluth on Nov. 17 when three of the fleet's vessels lined up side by side by side. Canadian Olympic was unloading at the Cutler Magner dock. In the next slip, Canadian Mariner was waiting at the General Mills layby dock. And in the next slip over, Canadian Venture was completing its load at Cargill B1. A couple miles away, Canadian Transport was loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Reported by: Al Miller




Brockville Traffic

11/18:
Below are images of vessels passing through the Seaway at Brockville.

Friday
Cartierdoc at sunset.
Stefania-1 upbound in the snow.
Close up of the Stefania-1's stack.
Thursday
Lake Charles passing Atlantic Erie.
Clipper Eagle.
Stack of the Clipper Eagle.
Lake Charles stack.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Today in Great Lakes History - November 18

The CARL D. BRADLEY was lost in a violent storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958.

Sea trials were conducted on the Canadian Olympic November 18, 1976.

The bow and stern section of the STEWART J. CORT were welded together and launched on November 18, 1969.

The ASHCROFT was launched November 18, 1924 as a) GLENIFFER (2).

On 18 November 1873, the tug CRUSADER was launched at 1:20 p.m. on 18 November 1873 at the Leighton & Dunford yard in Port Huron, MI. Her dimensions were 138' overall, 125' keel, 23' beam, and 12' depth. She was built for Mr. G. E. Brockway of Port Huron.

On 18 November 1842, CHICAGO (wooden passenger & package freight sidewheeler, 105', 166 t, built in 1837 at St. Joseph, MI) was struck by a gale between Ashtabula and Conneaut in lake Erie. She lost both of her stacks and became unmanageable when her fires went out. She was driven ashore about 3 miles east of Silver Creek, New York and was wrecked. About 60 persons were on board and amazingly no lives were lost.

November 18, 1913 - The Ann Arbor #4 ran aground on Green Isle, the island in Green Bay to the north of her course between Sturgeon Bay and Menominee. Ann Arbor #3 pulled her off undamaged after about 2 hours work.

On 18 November 1882, DROMEDARY (wooden propeller, 120', 255 gt, built in 1868 at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) burned to a total loss at the dock at Hamilton, Ontario when her banked fires overheated. She was owned by Burroughs & Co. No lives were lost.

A terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, the Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list as it appeared on 18 November 1886. "The barge CHARLES HINCKLEY is ashore near Alpena. The schooner P. S. MARCH is ashore at St. Ignace. She will probably go to pieces. The schooner THOMAS P. SHELDON is ashore about 10 miles north of Alpena. The crew were rescued by the tug HAND. The schooner NELLIE REDINGTON is reported going to pieces at Two Rivers. Three of her crew reached harbor all right, but the other 7 men on board are in danger of their lives. The coal barges F. M. DICKINSON and EMERALD were driven ashore at Kewaunee Wednesday morning [17 Nov]. Three of the DICKINSON's crew were drowned, the other four floated ashore on a plank. The EMERALD's crew started ashore in the yawl, but 5 were drowned.

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


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

11/17:
Thursday morning the Charles M. Beeghly arrived at the Marinette Fuel and Dock to unload a cargo of coal that was loaded in Sandusky, Ohio. The stern of the 806-foot long Beeghly was against the dock, while the bow was up against the Donner's stern while it unloaded a massive pile of coal in the first snow of season. The Beeghly is one of the larger vessels to have visited the ports.

Beeghly unloads
Another view
Bow view along side the Donner
Close up through the driving snow.

Reported by: Scott Best




George A. Sloan Arrives

11/17:
The George A. Sloan arrived for winter lay-up in Sarnia's North Slip Thursday. The vessel docked about 4:30 p.m. and will remain in Sarnia all winter. She joins fleetmates Calcite II and Myron C. Taylor.

Calcite II and Myron C. Taylor in Sarnia Allen Mann

Reported by: Ron Locke and Blake A. Mann




Sturgeon Bay Update

11/17:
Wednesday was a busy day at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The Lake Michigan Carferry Badger moved from berth #3 to the 1000-foot drydock for shaft and propeller work. She was moved by Selvick tugs William C., Susan and Escort II.

The Sarah Spencer pushed by the tug Jane Ann IV left berth #15 heading to the Bay of Green Bay for trials. Tugs from Selvick marine assisted her departure. After completing sea trial the Jane Ann IV headed upbound for Thunder Bay to load a cargo of Grain.

The Saltie Lok Pratap departed Sturgeon Bay after hatch repairs were completed. On her way out the Lok Pratap passed the U.S. Coast Guard's Mobil Bay and her barge who were setting winter buoys and was just off the shipping channel.

The Badger is prepared to move by the tugs.
Moved to the dry dock
Close up of the Badger's stern
Eased into the dry dock

Now that the Badger is clear of the channel the Spencer is pulled from the dock
Clear of the dock
Bow view as the tug and barge are turned.
The tug Jane Ann IV pushing in the stern of the Spencer
Close up
Under sea trials out on the Bay
Sea trails completed they depart for Thunder Bay
Approching the Soo Locks on Thursday
In the MacArthur Lock

Lok Pratap departing
Tug working on her stern
Close up of her stern
Passing the Mobil Bay
Mobil Bay working Aids to Navigation.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and Matt Miner




Norton in Lorain

11/17:
Wednesday the David Z. Norton took on a load of taconite pellets at the Lorain Pellet Dock. The Norton departed Lorain for Cleveland at 2:35 p.m. passing the American Republic that was also taking on taconite pellets at the dock. The Norton exited the breakwall at 3:00 p.m. and immediately contacted Cleveland Coast Guard on the radio on channel 16. They then switched to channel 10 to discuss Cuyahoga River traffic. Both vessels are running a shuttle taking taconite pellets from Lorain to the LTV Steel Mill on the Cuyahoga River.

Norton approaches the American Republic.
Passing the American Republic.
Close up of the Norton.
Norton heads for the break wall.
About to pass through the opening in the breakwall to Lake Erie.

Reported by: Brian Schaft




Millenium Amethyst Update

11/17:
The saltie Millennium Amethyst remained at Wharf 2 just below Lock One in the Welland Canal Thursday under going repairs. Crews working on the vessel appeared to have cut out a piece of the hull on the starboard bow and welding the structure underneath. The vessel had brushed the lock wall while entering the Eisenhower Lock and repairs were necessary for the vessel to safely transit the Welland Canal. The 1978 built Millennium Amethyst is sailing upbound in ballast to load grain in Duluth.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




High Winds Send Roman to Anchor

11/17:
High wind conditions were evident on Lake Ontario last night. Near Kingston, winds were reported to be southwest at 23 miles an hour, with gusts to 29 mph. The winds were higher on the lake with gale warnings in effect for eastern Lake Ontario.

The Stephen B. Roman left Picton at 7:00 p.m. expecting to reach the False Duck Islands at 8:00 p.m. The crew decided to turn back and planned to anchor in the lee of Prince Edward Bay.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Diamond Queen on Dry Dock

11/17:
Wednesday morning as the Nicholson dry-dock crew finished pressure washing the hull of the Diamond Queen, an inspection team lead by Lt. Commander Brian Hall, underwriters inspector Fred Smitka, and owners representative Bill Hoey, Jr., made a complete inspection of the hull and sea valves of the vessel. The vessel was found to be in nearly new condition, without any major repairs required. The vessels shaft bearings, propellers and rudders were also approved for another five years of service. Nicholson's crew will be touching up the bottom paint on the vessel and should have it back into the water in a few days.

Stern view on the Dry-dock.
Propellers, shafts and rudders.
Bow view on the Dry-dock.
Port quarter view.

Reported by: William Hoey




Twin Ports Report

11/17:
Twin Ports grain elevators hosted a nice selection of lakers early Nov. 16. Elton Hoyt 2nd was preparing to start loading at Cenex Harvest States #1, Kinsman Independent remained at Peavey and Canadian Mariner was loading at Cargill. Meanwhile, one saltie was pulled into the layby berth ahead of the Hoyt, and another five salties lay at anchor on Lake Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/17:
The H. Lee White was loading coal at the CSX Dock Thursday. The saltie Great Laker was at the T.W.I. Dock, The saltie reported as unidentified yesterday was the Millennium Falcon. She departed Wednesday evening bound for Detroit.

The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Oil Dock, The tanker Saturn was at the Sun Oil Dock loading cargo and departed mid afternoon. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the Hocking Valley Dock.

The Nanticoke was loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator. The Catherine Desgagnes is scheduled to arrive Thursday afternoon at the T.W.I. Dock to unload pig iron.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the Sam Laud due in late this evening. The Algosteel, and Algomarine are expected on Saturday morning. The next scheduled ore boats will be the Courtney Burton and St. Clair today followed by the Armco and Reserve on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Denis Sullivan's Voyage

11/17:
The Denis Sullivan, a brand-new, l37-foot-long, three-masted schooner, built in Milwaukee during the past four years, was making her way through the Welland Thursday on a trip to Florida for the winter. She's a replica of a 19th century schooner, also built in Milwaukee back in 1874. She is absolutely gorgeous and was designed by naval architect Tim Graul of Sturgeon Bay.

This ship is the result of a more than l0-year journey by the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Education Association. Construction began in 1996 -- much of which was volunteer. The Menominee Nation, for example, donated six l50-year old white pines that became the masts.

All the electrical work was donated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. A crew of shipwrights led more than 300 volunteers in the actual building of the schooner, which cost over $4 million.

While in Florida, she will be joined by high school students from local schools for what is billed as "an adventure-based educational expedition" called Science Under Sail. The program is largely based in science and mathematics with students receiving instruction in oceanography, nautical science and maritime studies.

When she returns to Milwaukee next June l, she will act as a floating classroom, and also be available for short excursions of three hours into Lake Michigan. More personal information can be obtained by calling Therese Hamilton, director of sales and marketing at (414) 276-7700 or visiting www.wis-schooner.org.

Reported by: Roger Bailey




Today in Great Lakes History - November 17

The RIDGETOWN operated regularly until November 17, 1969 when she was laid up at Toronto with a load of grain.

On November 17, 1984 the EUGENE P. THOMAS was towed by the TUG MALCOLM to Thunder Bay, Ont. for scrapping by Shearmet.

In the morning of November 17, 1926 the PETER A.B. WIDENER was running upbound in Lake Superior in ballast when it encountered strong Northeasterly winds. When they reached a position six miles Southwest of the Rock of Ages Lighthouse on Isle Royale the captain gave orders to change course for Duluth, MN. There was no response because the WIDENER had lost its rudder. The captain ordered the ballast tanks pumped out and with the propeller and the wind, brought the ship into the wind and maneuvered it that way until they reached Duluth 115 miles away.

While under tow in 1972 to the Spanish shipbreakers the MICHIPICOTEN (2) broke in two and her forward section sank off Anticosti Island during a major fall storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The after section sank the next day.

The propeller JOHN STUART burned about two miles from Seewaing, MI at 9:00 p.m., 17 November 1872. She had been aground there for some time.

On 17 November 1887, ARIZONA (wooden propeller package freighter, 189', 962 gt, built in 1868 at Cleveland) was carrying oils and acid used in mining operations when her dangerous cargo caught fire as she approached the harbor at Marquette, Michigan in heavy seas. Poisonous fumes drove all of the crew topside, leaving the vessel unmanageable. She ran against the breakwater and the crew jumped off. The burning steamer "chased" the crew down the breakwater toward town with the poisonous fumes blowing ashore. She finally beached herself and burned herself out. She was later recovered and rebuilt.

On 17 November 1873, the wooden 2-mast schooner E. M. CARRINGTON sank in nine feet of water at AuSable, Michigan. She had a load of 500 barrels of flour and 7,000 bushels of grain. She was recovered and lasted another seven years.

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


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George A. Sloan Heads for Lay-Up

11/16:
The George A. Sloan departed the Marblehead Lime dock in the Rouge River early Thursday morning. While backing stern first through the Short Cut Bridge she blew the traditional first and last trip salute of 3 Long and 2 Short on her Typhon Steam Horn.

About a half hour later the Sloan passed the J. W. Westcott mailboat at 4:50 a.m. The mailboat went out and serviced the Sloan one last time. After servicing the Sloan, they thanked the J. W. Westcott mailboat for their service this year. They reported that the vessel was on her way to Sarnia for lay-up, next to the Calcite II, and the Myron C Taylor. The Sloan mentioned that they had intentions of stopping at Shell before reaching their lay-up dock.

Reported by: James Jackson, David French and Wade P. Streeter




Beeghly Heads for Marinette

11/16:
Interlake Steamship's Charles M. Beeghly is scheduled to arrive in Marinette, WI. this morning to unload a cargo of coal. It is rare to see an Interlake vessel in Marinette/Menominee and at 806-feet long, the Beeghly is one of the larger vessels to have visited the ports.

Reported by: Scott Best




Millenium Amethyst Stops for Repairs

11/16:
Wednesday the saltie Millennium Amethyst docked at Wharf 2 just below Lock One in the Welland Canal. Crews from Fraser Ship Repair were attending the vessel to repair damage on the starboard bow. The vessel had brushed a lock wall while entering the Eisenhower Lock and repairs were necessary for the vessel to safely transit the Welland Canal. The 1978 built Millennium Amethyst is sailing upbound in ballast to load grain in Duluth.

Reported by: Jason Junge and Roger Tottman




Twin Ports Report

11/16:
The Twin Ports were busy on the morning of Nov. 15, with a dozen vessels in various states of activity. Canadian Transfer was fueling at the port terminal before proceeding to BNSF ore dock; Indiana Harbor was entering port bound for Midwest Energy Terminal; Armco was unloading stone at CLM dock. At the elevators were Kinsman Independent, loading wheat at Peavey, Keizerborg loading beet pellets at General Mills in Duluth, Millennium Hawk loading durum at Cenex Harvest States #1, and Federal Fraser loading soybeans at AGP. Out on the lake were anchored Zoitsa, Ivi, Spar Opal, Grant Carrier and Canadian Mariner. More traffic was expected later in the day with Oglebay Norton and Canadian Enterprise due at Midwest Energy Terminal, and Elton Hoyt II due for grain. Edwin H. Gott is scheduled to make another of its occasional trips to Superior's BNSF on Nov. 20.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/16:
Wednesday the Nanticoke was towed upriver by the "G" tugs Illinois, and Louisiana around 8:00 a.m. bound for the Anderson's "E" Elevator to load grain. The Algonorth was finally able to depart Anderson's "K" Elevator early in the afternoon under tow of the Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey and Patricia Hoey. The water levels returned to plus 11 inches before they started dropping again. High winds caused the fluctuation.

The tanker Saturn was at the Sun Oil Company Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the Hocking Valley Dock. The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Oil Dock.

The saltie Great Laker and an unidentified saltie were at the T.W.I. Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the H. Lee White scheduled to arrive today followed by the Sam Laud late Friday evening. The next scheduled ore boats will be the Courtney Burton and St. Clair due in on Friday followed by the Armco and Reserve on Saturday. The Fred R. White Jr. is now scheduled to arrive on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Buy a Trip on a Working Freighter - Final Day

Auction Ends 11:59 p.m. tonight
11/16:
For the first time ever, the Interlake Steamship Company is offering a trip for four on the Kaye E. Barker in a Charity Auction held on this site. Different from the usual trip raffle, you can bid on the trip to guarantee you will be cruising on a working freighter in the summer of 2001. Auction ends November 16, 2000.
Current bid $4300

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 16

The tug portion of the Presque Isle was upbound in the Welland Canal on November 16,1973 en route to Erie to join with the barge.

FRED R. WHITE, JR. was launched in 1978.

In 1909 the JAMES S. DUNHAM encountered heavy seas and began hitting bottom where charts indicated 35 feet of water, even though she was in ballast and only drawing 17 feet of water. Rather than risk tearing the bottom out of her, the captain decided to beach her at Marble Point, just east of the Bad River outlet. After the heavy snow showers cleared, a message in a bottle was floated ashore to an observer.

Steamer SIR JAMES DUNN and GEORGIAN BAY, in tow of the Panamanian tug McTHUNDER arrived at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping on November 16, 1989, 129 days after departing Thunder Bay.

On 16 November 1887, PACIFIC (wooden propeller freighter, 187', 766 gt, built in 1864 at Cleveland, OH) was loaded with lumber bound from Deer Park, MI for Michigan City, IN. After leaving the dock, she grounded on a shoal due to low water levels. The nearby Lifesaving Service took her crew off and then returned for the captain's dog. She was broken up by a gale on 19 November.

In 1892 the Ann Arbor #1 arrived Frankfort on her maiden trip.

November 16, 1990 - MWT ceased operations, ending more than a century of carferry service. The last run was made by the Badger, with Capt. Bruce Masse in command.

In 1981 the John Sherwin entered lay-up and has not seen service since.

On 16 November 1869, ADELL (2-mast wooden schooner, 48', 25 gt, built in 1860 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was driven ashore during a storm about a half mile below Bay View Pier near Milwaukee. Her skipper had every penny he owned sunk into that vessel. He was able to salvage her rigging and spars and left them on the beach overnight. The next day he returned and found that all had been stolen during the night.

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


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Sunken Barge Update

11/15:
Divers were scheduled to dive to a sunken barge in Duluth harbor on Nov. 15 to begin salvage operations.

The 200-foot-by-40-foot work barge sank for unknown reasons Nov. 3 during routine maintenance dredging of Duluth's front channel. As the barge listed sharply, the excavator used for dredging slid into the water.

Divers were expected to inspect the excavator and prepare it for lifting. They're scheduled to return to the site Thursday to attach cables to the excavator so a crane barge can lift it out of the water the same day.

Once the excavator is removed, divers will begin preparing the barge for dewatering. The Coast Guard said that work is expected to take about a week.

An anti-pollution boom marks the site of the sunken barge. The green buoy marks the edge of the harbor's front channel.

Reported by: Al Miller




Munksund loads in Menominee

11/15:
One of the last vessels of the year for Menominee was loading Tuesday. The pulp vessel Munksund is loading pulp products at Great Lakes Pulp and Fiber. This is Munksund's third trip of the season to Menominee.

Also scheduled to arrive in port is a vessel carrying coal. Only one load of coal is delivered to the dock each season. The unknown vessel is scheduled to arrive some time tonight.

The port's season continues to wind down with the chance of one more load of pig iron to end the season.

Reported by: Scott Best




Navy Barges Continue On

11/15:
The Navy barracks barges built at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI. are completing their voyages. One barge was dropped off at Norfolk, VA. in October and the second cleared the Panama Canal on Nov. 11 and is due in San Diego on the Dec. 3.

The barges began their long trip in September with the tug Roger Stahl towing the barge off the lakes. The barges are called APLs (auxiliary personnel living) and are complete temporary living quarters for Navy crews of ships that are being repaired.

Reported by: Gaelic Tug Boat Company, William Hoey Jr.




Muskegon News

11/15:
With winds of 26 knots from the north west and waves topping the outer breakwater Muskegon had its share of vessels in harbor Tuesday.

At 10:30 a.m. the Fred R. White Jr. came to anchor on Muskegon Lake. Her typical stop is the Verplank dock to unload stone. It is not clear if the vessel is in port to unload or to seek refuge.

In the channel the tug Fischer Hayden and her barge with a Manitowoc crane on board were kept from work on a water pipeline project.

At the Coast Guard station on the south side of the channel was a Coast Guard rescue vessel and a NOAA research vessel. Near the entrance to the channel, near Port Sherman was another barge with a crane on it.

Reported by: Ike Stephenson




Monthly Water Level

11/15:
Precipitation for October was below average on all of the Great Lakes basins. For the last twelve months precipitation over the Lake Superior basin was below average, but the remaining lakes and the entire Great Lakes basin was above average.

During October the net supply of water to Lake Erie was above average and the remaining Great Lakes basins received below average water supplies.

Comparison of October monthly mean water levels to long-term (1918-1999)averages are shown below:
Lake Superior - 13 inches below average
Lake Michigan-Huron - 20 inches below average
Lake St. Clair - 8 inches below average
Lake Erie - 2 inches below average
The level of Lake Ontario was average.




Twin Ports Report

11/15:
Seven salties were in the Twin Ports on Nov. 14 to load, unload or wait for berths. The day also brought an array of interesting lakers: Kinsman Independent was waiting for an elevator berth, Kaye E. Barker was unloading stone at CLM before proceeding to DMIR to load, Armco was due to unload at CLM and then proceed to DMIR, and Reserve and Courtney Burton were both due at DMIR.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Vessel Traffic

11/15:
The number of vessels visiting Marquette dip slightly during the month of October when compared to the month of September. Local media sources have reported that tonnage out of Marquette is up compared to last year. Over all, Marquette experienced a 15% decrease in traffic during the month of October.

Starting off with the lower harbor, 5 vessels visited in October compared to 6 in September. This equates to a 20% decrease in traffic. The American Mariner made three of those visits while the Adam Cornelius and H. Lee White each made one visit.

The upper harbor experienced a 2% decrease when 42 vessels visited the ore dock in October compared to 43 visits in September. Leading the season with visits to the upper harbor is the Canadian Transfer with 79 visits through Oct 31st. Next with 36 visits is the Elton Hoyt, followed by the Lee Tregurtha with 27 visits, the Charles Beeghly with 25 visits, the American Mariner and the Kaye Barker each with 17, the John Boland with14, the H. Lee White with 12, Algomarine with 11, Algosteel with 10, the Herbert Jackson and the Adam Cornelius each with 8, the Great Lakes Trader with 7 visits, the Mesabi Miner, James Barker, and Paul Tregurtha each with 6 visits. the Courtney Burton and James Norris each has 4 visits, the Fred White has two visits, and the Capt. Henry Jackman, USCG Sundew, Algowest, Armco, Buckeye, and Middletown all have one visit each.

So far this year, Marquette has yet to see the following vessels: Agawa Canyon, Algobay, Algolake, Algorail, Algosoo, Canadian Century, Earl Oglebay, John Aird, Reserve, and the Sam Laud.

As for shipping companies both Interlake Steamship and Upper Lakes Group each have had 27% of the visits to Marquette this year. This is follow by American Steamship with 17% of the visits, Lakes Shipping Co with 15% of the visits, Algoma with 7% of the visits, Oglebay Norton with 3%, Upper Lakes Barge and Upper Lakes Towing each with 2% and the U.S.C.G with less than 1% of the visits.

Of the 321 vessels that have visited so far this year, 212 vessels or 66% fly the American flag while 109 vessels for 34% fly the Canadian fly.

Finally, vessel visits for the month of November are already ahead of October's figures. Presently, visits for the month of November are 36% ahead of October's figures. It appears that the winter may be starting slightly early this year.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Toledo Update

11/15:
The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains in lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. The tanker Saturn also remains in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock just north of the shipyard.

The Algonorth is at Andersons "K" Elevator finishing loading grain. Low water levels due to gale force westerly winds on Lake Erie may delay her departure from Toledo. The John G. Munson was due to arrive Tuesday evening at the CSX Dock to load coal.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the H. Lee White due in this evening followed by the Algosteel, then the Sam Laud on Friday evening.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the St. Clair on Thursday afternoon. She will be followed by the Courtney Burton and Buckeye on Friday and the Reserve and Armco on Saturday.

Gale force westerly winds on Lake Erie causing low water conditions for the western basin are forecast to be in effect for the next several days. This could cause delays for the vessels scheduled to arrive in port.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Buy a Trip on a Working Freighter - Only One Day Left

11/15:
For the first time ever, the Interlake Steamship Company is offering a trip for four on the Kaye E. Barker in a Charity Auction held on this site. Different from the usual trip raffle, you can bid on the trip to guarantee you will be cruising on a working freighter in the summer of 2001. Auction ends November 16, 2000.
Current bid $4200

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 15

The cargo mid-body of the then under construction GEORGE A. STINSON was towed to Lorain in 1977.

PAUL THAYER b) EARL W. OGLEBAY left Lorain on her maiden voyage November 15, 1973 light for Escanaba, MI to load iron ore.

On November 15, 1974 the W.W. HOLLOWAY struck an embankment at Burns Harbor causing extensive damage.

Departing Duluth on November 15, 1909, the BRANSFORD, encountered a gale driven snowstorm. She battled the storm the entire day only to end up on the rocks near Siskiwit Bay on Isle Royal.

SIDNEY E. SMITH, JR. was launched November 15, 1905 as the straight deck bulk freighter a) W.K. BIXBY.

On 15 November 1894, ANTELOPE (Wooden Schooner, 56', 32 gt, built in 1878 at Grand Haven, MI) capsized in a storm while trying to make harbor at Grand Haven, MI. 4 lives were lost.

November 15, 1924 - The carferry Pere Marquette was renamed Pere Marquette 15.

On 15 November 1875, the Port Huron Times reported that "there is little doubt but that the scow SUTLER GIRL has been lost with all hands on Lake Erie. She has now been overdue two weeks."

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


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Sturgeon Bay Update

11/14:
The saltie that entered Sturgeon Bay Friday night was the Lok Pratrap registered in Bombay, India. The vessel is at Bay Ship Building for hatch repairs and is expected to depart today or Wednesday.

On Saturday the tug Jane Ann IV came out of dry dock assisted by two Selvick Marine tugs. She was followed Sunday by the Sarah Spencer who was refloated and docked at berth #15. Monday the Jane Ann IV tried out the new connection system. The Jane Ann and Sarah are scheduled for sea trials today.

The Lok Pratrap's bow.
The Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spencer.
Jane Ann IV in the notch.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Tour Boat on Dry Dock

11/14:
Monday the passenger vessel Diamond Queen was moved under her own power Monday from the Gaelic Tugboat yard on the Rouge River to Nicholson's floating dry-dock in Ecorse. Captain Brian Smith who served as master of the vessel all summer as Diamond Jack's River Tours Detroit tour boat. The vessel is due for 5 year US Coast Guard, and underwriters dry-dock inspection which will take place on Wednesday. Tuesday Nicholsons dry-dock workers will pressure wash the vessel, and open up her sea chest valves to prepare for the inspectors. The photos below were taken by Bill Hoey, Jr. as the vessel was lifted by the dry-dock.

Bow view afloat in the dry-dock.
Stern view afloat in the dry-dock. Note that the dry-dock is 15 feet in the water to get under the Queen.
Stern view as the vessel is lifted out of the water.
View under the stern of the vessel of the propellers and rudders.
Bow view of the vessel lifted nearly clear of the water.
Close up view of the vessel coming clear.

Reported by: William Hoey




Toledo Update

11/14:
The Algonorth was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator Monday. She was expected to depart that evening depending on how the loading process goes. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains in temporary lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. The Saturn is also in a temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock just North of Toledo Shipyard. The Agawa Canyon was at the CSX Dock loading coal.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the John G. Munson scheduled to arrive today. The H. Lee White will follow her on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats for the Torco Dock will be the St. Clair on Thursday, followed by the Courtney Burton, Buckeye, and Armco all due in on Friday.

Tentative grain boats due in will be the Tadoussac, Nanticoke, and the saltie Spring Laker within the next week.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

11/14:
The saltie Yick Hua arrive loaded with steel from Belgium. She will unload part of the cargo at 32 East. The Richard Reiss was on the river Monday morning unloading at the Osborne Dock. The American Republic passed her downbound and then the David Z. Norton passed upbound making for a tight fit. The Republic and Norton are both running shuttles from Lorain, OH. to the steel mill. The Reiss departed with the tug Idaho.

The David Z. Norton departed the LTV Steel Mill later in the afternoon with the Idaho. The South down Challenger was inbound for her dock with the Idaho. She was expected to depart Monday night for Detroit. A U.S. Army Corp. tug was at dock 20 loading blocks.

Pictures by TZ
On deck looking forward.
Looking down the boom.
The pilot house.
The wheel in the Reiss' pilot house.
View aft from the pilot house.
American Republic approaches.
Passing.
Clear of the Reiss.
Bow view of the David Z. Norton.
Norton passes the Richard Reiss.
Stern of the Reiss as the Norton passes.
Army Corp. tug and barge loading.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Mike Madigan




Portage Canal

11/14:
Last week the Armco made a trip into the Portage Canal Waterway that cuts through Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The 767-foot freighter docked next to the Potage Lake Lift Bridge in Houghton, MI. The Armco used the canal to escape the rough weather on Lake Superior.

The number of vessel using the canal has dropped to only a few each season. This fall the Algorail, Algoway, Reserve, Armco and Courtney Burton have passed through. The Algoma self-unloaders delivered loads of road salt to Hancock, MI.

Below are pictures of vessels visiting the Portage Canal.
Reserve passing an old copper smelter.
Reserve passing under the bridge.
Stern view of the Courtney Burton.
Algorail passing under the bridge to deliver salt.

Reported by: Mark Sobczynski




Buy a Trip on a Working Freighter - Only Two Days Left

11/14:
For the first time ever, the Interlake Steamship Company is offering a trip for four on the Kaye E. Barker in a Charity Auction held on this site. Different from the usual trip raffle, you can bid on the trip to guarantee you will be cruising on a working freighter in the summer of 2001. Auction ends November 16, 2000.
Current bid $4150

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 14

The ALGOBAY departed Collingwood light for Stoneport, Mich. to load stone for Sarnia, Ont. Departing Sept Iles, Que. on November 14, 1978 with an iron ore pellet cargo for Sydney, N.S., she collided with the 90,000 ton Italian-flag ore carrier CIELO BIANCO. The Collingwood-built tug POINTE MARGUERITE, which was towing the big salty, was unfortunately crushed between the two vessels and sank, killing two crew members.

On November 14, 1934 the WILLIAM A. REISS grounded off Sheboygan, she was declared a constructive total loss.

Cracks across the ENDERS M. VOORHEES' spar deck were first noticed in a storm on Lake Superior November 14, 1942. Her fleetmate NORMAN B. REAM came to her assistance by releasing storm oil which helped calm the seas so the crew of the VOORHEES could run cables the length of her deck and winch them tight to arrest the cracking. She proceeded to the Soo escorted by the REAM and later sailed to the Great Lake Engineering Works for repairs.

The THOMAS WILSON (2) was launched November 14, 1942.

The MESQUITE was launched November 14, 1942 at a cost of $894,000.

On November 14, 1952, the Sparrows Point (now Buckeye) entered service.

On 14 November 1879, C. G. BREED (2 mast wooden schooner, 140', 385 t, built in 1862 at Milwaukee) was carrying 24,000 bushels of wheat from Detroit to Buffalo when she capsized and sank in a sudden squall near Ashtabula, OH in Lake Erie. 5 lives were lost, but 3 were saved. The 3 survivors were rescued by 3 different vessels. In 1940 following the Armistice Day Storm, The PM32 was freed by the tug John F. Cushing assisted by the PM 21.

In 1990 Glen Bowden (of MWT) announced that he would suspend cross-Lake Michigan ferry service indefinitely.

On 14 November 1886, the steamer BELLE WILSON was crossing Lake Ontario with a load of 11,800 bushels of oats when a severe gale and snow storm blew in. The vessel lost her rudder and the crew rigged sails, but these were blown away. Then they rigged a drag made of 600 feet of line and a log to help maneuver the vessel and they headed for Oswego, New York. This lasted for 12 hours, but the chain parted at 3:00 AM and the vessel was driven ashore at Ford's Shoals, 4 miles east of Oswego harbor. No lives were lost.

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Coast Guard Prepares for Winter

11/13:
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon arrived upbound in the St. Marys River Sunday and proceeded up to the lower approaches of the Canadian Lock Canal. She then began removing the buoys below the lock and then replacing them with winter markers.




News Round Up

11/13:
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the first ship to call at the then new elevator at Owen Sound. On November 13, 1925, the steamer Home Smith brought the first ever load of grain to the Great Lakes Elevators at Owen Sound. To celebrate this event the owners of the elevator had a dinner for the employees, past and present last Friday night.

When the Canadian Explorer stopped at Prescott Elevators last week, she was loaded with grain. The tugs were changed as they felt they needed additional horsepower for the tow once the barge was loaded. As for what will eventually be the consort for the big tug Everlast dock in Port Weller, a new barge is being built in China.

Herb Heimbecker of Parrish & Heimbecker Shipping passed away on October 17th. The funeral was attended by a large contingent of his fellow businessmen, family and friends. Representations included members of the Paterson and Parrish families.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre




Roger Stahl Heads Home

11/13:
Captain John Wellington and crew of the tug Roger Stahl were spotted in the Welland Canal Sunday morning. The tug was upbound above Lock 2 about 9:45 a.m.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Saginaw Update

11/13:
Sunday was the busiest day in several weeks at Saginaw, with visits by three vessels.

The EARL W. OGLEBAY arrived late in the morning at the Wirt Stone Dock near the I-75 Bridge. She was followed up the river by the BUFFALO, which arrived early in the afternoon at the Burrough's dock, just north of the bridge.

Both vessels were completing their unloading operations early in the evening as the JOSEPH H. FRANTZ also arrived. The Frantz docked at Wirt shortly after her fleetmate Earl Oglebay departed that dock.

The Oglebay proceeded up to First Street at Saginaw to turn, while the Buffalo apparently backed several miles down the river to the airport turning basin near Bay City. With the Buffalo leading, both vessels were outbound through Bay City at about 9 p.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause




Cleveland Report

11/13:
Sunday was a busy day with the English River arriving for Lafarge with assistance from the tug Delaware about 9:00 a.m. She unloader part of her cargo and departed about 4:00 p.m.

The Spring Laker was inbound at 10:00 a.m. with the tugs Idaho and Washington. The David Z. Norton was inbound heading for LTV at 5:00 a.m. She finished unloading and departed about 4:00 p.m. The American Republic was also inbound Sunday morning.

At 5:00 p.m. the saltie Millenium Falcon departed with the tug Washington. The Agawa Canyon arrived about 5:30 p.m. heading to unload at West Third. The Spring Laker departed about 9:00 p.m.

Pictures by TZ
Spring Laker arrives.
Tug Washington working with the Spring Laker.
English River.
Bow view.
Football fans stop to watch the Washington pass.
James Palladino arrives with the barge Kellstone I.
Wide view.
Stern view.
Heading up river.
Washington pushes on the bow of the Millenium Falcon.
Millenium Falcon with tug Washington.
Stern of the Millenium Falcon.
English River back out of the River into the sunset.
Stern view.
Sun sinks below her bow.
Not related to commercial traffic this sailboat ran into trouble.
View as the sailboat is towed in by Cleveland Marine Towing.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Mike Madigan




Fitzgerald Remembered

11/13:
The people of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota haven't forgotten the Edmund Fitzgerald and the 29 soles on board. From Detroit, White Fish Bay and to Duluth, special ceremonies were held this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In Detroit and in Duluth, special church services were held to remember the 29. At White Fish Point, some 17 miles from where the Fitzgerald went down, a special ceremony was held in the Maritime Museum attended by a large number of people. In Marquette, a play called "Holding Our Own" honoring the 29 is taking place on the campus of Northern Michigan University. It can be truly stated that the Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 will not be forgotten.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Boatnerd Clearance Sale

11/13:
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Today in Great Lakes History - November 13

On November 13, 1976 the TEMPLE BAR (e ALGONORTH) arrived at Singapore where she was lengthened 202 feet.

CONALLISON was laid up for the last time on November 13, 1981.

JAMES DAVIDSON entered service on November 13, 1920 when she loaded 439,000 bushels of wheat at Duluth, MN for delivery to Buffalo, NY.

The GEORGE HINDMAN (2) was in collision with the British salty MANCHESTER EXPLORER on Lake St. Louis, above the Lachine Lock in 1956.

J.P. MORGAN, JR. was launched November 13, 1909.

The HOMER D. WILLIAMS was involved in a collision with the steamer OTTO M. REISS at Duluth November 13, 1917.
In 1984 the WILLIAMS was towed to Thunder Bay, Ont. by the TUG MALCOLM for dismantling.

On 13 November 1870, the schooner E. FITZGERALD left Port Huron on her maiden voyage to load lumber at Au Sable, MI for Chicago. She was commanded by Capt. A. McTavish.

On 13 November 1883, H. C. AKELEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 240', 1187 t, built in 1881 at Grand Haven, MI) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she encountered a heavy storm off Holland, MI. She took the disabled tug PROTECTOR in tow but let her go when her own rudder broke off. AKELEY anchored but started to sink when she fell into the troughs of the waves. The disabled schooner DRIVER managed to save 12 of the crew who had taken to AKELEY's yawl before she went down. 6 lives were lost.

Captain W.H. Van Dyke was born at Escanaba, MI on November 13, 1871 and spent most of his life on the Great Lakes (he joined the crew of a schooner at the age of 15). He first captained the Pere Marquette Line Steamer No. 8, then in 1916 he joined the Pere Marquette carferry fleet. His first command was the Steamer 15. Then for 10 years he served as master of the Steamer 17, and after the launch of the City of Flint 32 in 1929, he served as master of the Steamer 22.

On 13 November 1865, CLARA PARKER (3-mast wooden schooner, 175', 425 gt, built in 1865 at Detroit) was fighting a losing battle with storm induced leaks, so she was beached 400 yards off shore near the mouth of the Pigeon River, south of Grand Haven, Michigan. The local Lifesaving Service plucked all 9 of the crew from the rigging by breeches buoy after the vessel had gone down to her decks and was breaking up.

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Roger Stahl Heads Home

11/12:
Captain John Wellington and crew of the tug Roger Stahl secured the two deck barges in the Grasse River early Saturday morning. They departed the Grasse River about 8:30 a.m. upbound for Detroit, with an e.t.a. for Cape Vincent at 7:00 p.m. Poor weather conditions may delay the tugs return.

The tug is expected back in Massena at the end of the month with two additional barges. These additional barges are to secure at the Saint Lawrence Seaway's Maintenance dock directly above Snell Lock.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company, William Hoey Jr. and Dave Beach




Taylor Enters Lay-up

11/12:
The Myron C. Taylor past her lay-up dock in Sarnia at first light Saturday morning and went to anchor in Lake Huron near Buoys 11 and 12.

About 5:00 p.m. the vessel entered lay-up joining the Calcite II in the North Slip at Sarnia. Earlier in the afternoon the Cason J. Callaway passed her soon to be ex-fleetmate and offered a salute.

Reported by: Blake A. Mann, Bill Bird




Southdown Challenger Update

11/12:
As of Saturday, the Southdown Challenger was sold to Wilmington Trust and the new vessel operator is HMC Ship Management, Ltd., a sister company of Hannah Marine Corporation. Their goal is to continue to operate the vessel exactly as it has been operated in the past. Crews working on the vessel will now be employees of HMC Ship Management, Ltd. rather than Southdown, Inc.




Toledo Update

11/12:
Saturday the Regina Oldendorff was at the ADM Elevator loading grain. The Algonorth was at Anderson's "E" Elevator. The Algosteel was at Anderson's "K" Elevator unloading cargo, once finished here she will proceed to Ashtabula, Ohio to finish unloading cargo. The Algonorth will then shift over to Anderson's "K" Elevator to load grain.

The St. Clair was at the Torco Dock unloading ore pellets, she departed in the early morning hours. Several hours later the Armco arrived to unload ore pellets.

The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge appears to be in temporary lay-up at the Hocking Valley Docks. It is unknown when she will depart.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the Jean Parisien due Sunday evening, the Agawa Canyon on Monday morning, the John G. Munson on Tuesday afternoon and the H. Lee White on Wednesday evening. The next scheduled ore boat will be the Reserve due in on Sunday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

11/12:
The Millenium Falcon arrived in Cleveland Saturday morning docking at 24 West with the assistance of the tug Idaho and Delaware. She had been waiting to enter since Friday morning because of high winds.

The David Z. Norton was inbound for Osborne Dock with a load of stone from Stoneport. The Norton was also delayed by the high winds as she crossed Lake Erie. The vessel went to anchor near Marblehead and again off Cleveland before making harbor.

The George Sloan arrived to unload stone at Ontario 1 about 11:00 a.m. She took her time coming in the harbor entrance as the seas were running into the harbor at an angle.

The Cuyahoga came arrived for Ontario 4 in the Old River where she unloaded stone. She departed with the tug Delaware at 3:30 p.m. to go out into Cleveland Harbor and turn to head back into the Salt Dock to load. The Cuyahoga had a slight delay departing Ontario 4 as she waited for the George A. Sloan to depart Ontario 1.

The David Z. Norton departed the Osborne Dock about 5:00 p.m. with the tug Idaho. Once clear of the river she releases the tug and headed for Lorain, OH. to start a shuttle run.

The tug Frank Palladino Jr. was sitting alone at the River Dock. The tug James Palladino is now pushing the barge Kellstone I. The tug was recently fitted with new engines.

Pictures by TZ
Millenium Falcon at 24 West.
David Z. Norton unloading.
Cuyahoga at dock.
Tug Delaware pulling on the Cuyahoga's stern.
Tug Frank Palladino Jr.
Tug Idaho through a fog of sea gulls.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Today in Great Lakes History - November 12

The THOMAS F. COLE was in collision with the British motor vessel INVEREWE off the south end of Pipe Island on the lower St. Marys River in foggy conditions November 12, 1964.

The ALVA C. DINKEY, towed in tandem with her former fleetmate GOVERNOR MILLER arrived near El Ferrol del Caudillo, Spain on November 12, 1980 for scrapping.

In 1980 the PERE MARQUETTE 21 renamed c) CONSOLIDATOR, foundered in the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras a victim of the hurricane Jean.

On November 12, 1919, the PANAY, upbound on Lake Superior for Duluth, Minnesota in rough weather, was one of the last vessels to see the downbound JOHN OWEN which, apparently later the same day, disappeared with all hands.

November 12, 1980 - The Consolidator, formerly the Pere Marquette 21, sank 17 miles off the coast of Honduras during Hurricane Jean. No lives were lost.

On 12 November 1881, BRUNSWICK (iron propeller bulk freighter, 248', built in 1881 at Wyandotte, MI) was carrying 1500 tons of hard coal in a night of fitful squalls in Lake Erie. CARLINGFORD (wooden schooner, 155', built in 1869 at Port Huron, MI) was also sailing there, loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat. They collided. After the skipper of BRUNSWICK made sure that the sinking schooner's crew were in their lifeboats, he ran for shore with his sinking vessel, but sank a few miles off Dunkirk, NY. A total of 4 lives were lost.

On 12 November 1835, the "small" wooden schooner ROBERT BRUCE was sailing from Kingston, Ontario to Howell, New York when she was wrecked west of Henderson, New York. Her crew of 4, plus one passenger, were all lost.

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Roger Stahl Update

11/11:
The tug Roger Stahl towing two loadline deck scows arrived in Massena, NY at 4:00 p.m. Friday. A heavy fog rolled in and visibility fell to zero. The tug secured just above the Snell Lock. The tug will put the barges into the winter berth below the Snell Lock this morning. The tug is scheduled to return to Detroit when finished.

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Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company, William Hoey Jr. and Dave Beach




Taylor Heading for Lay-up

11/11:
Myron C. Taylor was scheduled to unload in Detroit on Nov. 10 and then proceed to Sarnia for lay-up early on Nov. 11. Low water levels in the Detroit River Friday delayed her arrival at the Conners Creek Power Plant behind Belle Isle.

Fleetmate George A. Sloan was due in Cleveland on Nov. 10 and then bound to Port Gypsum on the 11th for cargo.

Reported by: Al Miller, Rob Cioletti and Jeff Thoreson




Pilot House Removed

11/11:
The M.A.C. Gagne, the former Saguenay, has had most of her forward accommodations removed. The entire pilothouse is removed in one piece, laying just off the starboard bow. Crews are reported to be cutting everything off except for a few of mates' cabins that will be left. There was no mention of removing her aft cabins.

The ship survives in Thunder Bay as a sediment holding barge, she was once the pride of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Plans for New Cruise Ship on the St. Lawrence

11/11:
The Le Soleil newspaper reported that a group named Les bateaux blancs du St-Laurent (The white ships of the St. Lawrence) announced plans to convert the former ferry MV Trois-Rivieres (length 58.4 m net tonnage 828 tons) into a small luxury cruise ship capable of carrying 140 passengers in 70 staterooms. The vessel would be named MV Richelieu sailing three to four night cruises on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers departing Montreal with stops at Quebec City, Pointe au Pic and Tadoussac. The cruises are an attempt to revive the tradition of past cruises by the Canada Steamship Line’s fleet of sleek twin funnelled white ships which disappeared from the St. Lawrence River in the mid sixties.(ss Richelieu, ss Tadoussac, Quebec, St. Lawrence)

The popularity of cruises has been on the rise and the group is focusing on the American, Canadian and Quebec markets. The group is also hoping to introduce winter cruises through the ice covered St. Lawrence River with the European market in mind. The cost of the conversion is estimated to be 10 million (Can) and the work will be performed at the shipyards of Verreault Industries of Les Mechins QC.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Thunder Bay Update

11/11:
The tug Avenger IV and barge Chief Wawatam arrived late Thursday afternoon to unload at the Keefer Terminal. She was unloading 28 steel tanks for the mine at Lac Des Iles. She departed shortly after 10:00 p.m. The cargo was loaded at Thessalon, Ontario in just five hours.

One of Thunder Bay's worst eyesores is slowly coming down. The old Saskatchewan Pool 6 Elevator is being demolished by Phillips Demolition. The tile silos should be gone by the end of the month. The workhouse will be knocked down by explosives sometime in December. The site will be used for lakefront development.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Interesting Tow

11/11:
Techno Venture towing Jean Redmond with Lac Manitoba cleared the Iroquois Lock Friday at 7:00 a.m. bound for Hamilton.

Reported by: Dave Beach




Today in Great Lakes History - November 11

The Armistice Day Storm of November 11, 1940 was one of the worst storms in the recorded history of Lake Michigan. In all, the storm claimed 5 vessels, and 66 lives. The storm hit late Monday afternoon, November 11th, with winds of hurricane proportions. The winds struck suddenly from the southwest at about 2:30 P.M. and were accompanied by drenching rain, which later changed to snow. The winds reached peak velocities of 75 miles per hour, the highest in local maritime history. Some of the vessels affected were:

City of Flint 32: Beached at Ludington, no damage. Jens Vevang, relief captain, in command. Her regular captain, Charles Robertson, was on shore leave.

Pere Marquette 21: Blown into a piling at Ludington, no damage, captained by Arthur Altschwager. She had 5 passengers aboard.

City of Saginaw 31: Arrived Milwaukee 6 hours late with over a foot of water in her hull. The wireless aerial was missing and her seagate was smashed by the waves. She was captained by Ed Cronberg.

Ann Arbor carferry "Wabash": A railcar broke loose from it's moorings on her cardeck and rolled over, nearly crushing a crewman.

The steamer Novadoc: Ran aground at Juniper Beach, South of Pentwater.

Two crewman (cooks) drowned when the ship broke in half. Seventeen crewman, found huddled in the pilot house, were rescued by Captain Clyde Cross and his 2 crewman, Gustave Fisher and Joe Fontane of the fishing tug "Three Brothers".

Conneaut (2) ran hard aground on Lansing Shoal near Manistique, MI. on Lake Michigan. She reportedly had lost her propeller and rudder. Two days later she was pulled off.

The SINALOA had taken on a load of sand near Green Island and was heading for Chicago through Death's Door on Wisconsin's Door Peninsula when the November 11th Armistice Day storm of 1940 struck in upper Lake Michigan. During the storm the SINALOA lost her rudder. The anchor was dropped but her anchor cable parted. In this helpless condition she ran aground at Sac Bay on Michigan's Garden Peninsula. Fortunately the stricken vessel was close to shore where the Coast Guard was able to rescue the entire crew. Declared a constructive total loss, her owner collected the insurance and forfeited the vessel to the Roen Salvage Co.

Anna C. Minch: Sank South of Pentwater with a loss of 24 lives.

William B. Davock: Sank with the loss of all hands.

The fishing tugs "Indian" and "Richard H.": Lost with all hands off South Haven.

On 11 November 1872, the schooner WILLIS collided with the bark ELIZABETH JOENS on Lake Erie and sank in a few minutes. The crew was saved.

On 11 November 1936, J. OSWALD BOYD (steel propeller fuel tanker, 244', 1806 gt, built in 1913 in Scotland) was carrying 900,000 gallons of gasoline when she stranded on Simmons Reef on the north side of Beaver Island. The U.S. Coast Guard from Beaver Island rescued the entire crew of 20.

On 11 November 1890, BRUNO (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 136'. 475 gc, built in 1863 at Montreal) was carrying coal to Cleveland with the schooner LOUISA in tow when she struck Magnetic Reef, south of Cockburn Island in Georgian Bay and sank in rough weather. No lives were lost.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913 from the journal of John McLaughlin transcribe by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.
Tuesday, November 11, 1913
I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were above Presque Isle. It is still blowing hard and quite a sea running. Presque Isle at 1:45 a.m., Thunder Bay island at 4:30 a.m., Harbor Beach at 1:00 p.m., we are about in the River at 7:05p.m. It is fine tonight, wind gone down.

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Saltie Strikes Break Wall

11/10:
While departing Cleveland Wednesday night about 9:35 p.m. the Federal Yukon hit the breakwall near the West Pier HeadLight. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the 630-foot vessel registered in Hong Kong was departing in light fog with out tug assistance when her bow struck the breakwall. The vessel went to anchor about a mile and a half off shore and was found to have a one-foot crack in the vessel's bulbous bow and taking on water. The flooding was contained and the crack was sealed with concrete.

Inspectors from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office boarded the vessel Wednesday and she was cleared to sail for Detroit about 3:00 p.m. to complete unloading. The vessel will then undergo permanent repairs.




Roger Stahl Update

11/10:
The tug Roger Stahl towing two loadline deck scows arrived at in eastern Lake Ontario at Cape Vincent at 7:00 p.m. Capt. Wellington reported excessive winds with blinding rain has caused the tow to make a temporary stop at Cape Vincent. The tow will likely wait until daylight to continue the trip down the Seaway to Massena, NY. Now in the protected waters of the St. Lawrence River, the powerful tug will change from towing the barges to the more maneuverable push mode.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company, William Hoey Jr.




Suken Barge Update

11/10:
Divers on Wednesday surveyed the sunken work barge Panama in Duluth harbor. Salvors will first attempt to raise the excavator that was aboard the barge when it sank last week near the front channel. Once that's done, they'll try to raise the barge, perhaps over the weekend, according to television news reports.

An anti-pollution boom marks the site of the sunken barge. The green buoy marks the edge of the harbor's front channel.

Reported by: Al Miller




Algosoo Visits Hamilton

11/10:
The Algosoo was load slag fines at the Eastport Drive Dock in Hamilton Thursday. The vessel arrived at 6:30 a.m. and was expected to take about 24 hours to load.

Reported by: Wally Wallace




One Billionth Ton

11/10:
At 06:35, Tuesday the one billionth ton of crude ore was dumped into the crusher at LTV Steel Mining Company. It was the fifth car on a train pulled by the 7210 and 7216 from mining Area 2W Extension. The first ton of ore was dumped on August 14, 1957 as Erie Mining Company began operation. Also of note is the 775,000,000 tons of stripping moved and the 317,000,000 tons of pellets moved by the companies (EMCo and LTVSMC). That's over 2 billion total tons of material moved by truck and/or rail in 45 years.

LTV Steel Mining Company produces taconite pellets for their steel mill customers. Founded as Erie Mining Company, it was one of the first taconite production facilities in Minnesota and in the iron mining industry. The construction of the Hoyt Lakes mine, plant and loading dock, and the power plant facilities at Taconite Harbor was completed in 1957 at a cost of $300 million.

Reported by: Steven Sliwka and Doug Buell




Twin Ports Report

11/10:
The Twin Ports were busy early Nov. 9, with Great Lakes Trader loading at Midwest Energy Terminal with coal bound for Taconite Harbor; Indiana Harbor departing the DMIR ore dock; and Reserve arriving for the ore dock.

Reported by: Al Miller




Ashtabula Update

11/10:
The Grant Carrier left the Pinney dock with the tugs Iowa and Rhode Island at 0700 Thursday morning. The Lita arrived for the Pinney dock and will be there unloading over the weekend. The Fred R. White Jr. was also in port unloading stone at the Pinney dock. She finished unloading and moved to the coal dock at 8:30 a.m.

Pictures by TZ
Grant Carrier departs.
Lita arrives.
Fred R. White Jr. loading.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Erie Pennsylvania Update

11/08:
Overcast skies and rain greeted the Richard Reiss as she arrived about 2:00 p.m. to unload stone in Erie at the Old Ore Dock Thursday. She finished unloaded and departed shortly before 7:00 p.m. The J.S. St. John continued making two runs a day stocking up on sand for the winter.

Richard Reiss unloading.
Reiss and John R. Emery.
The J.S. St. John.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Fitzgerald Programs

11/10:
Around the lakes many will be observing the 25th anniversary of the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

In Duluth the Gales of November Seminar takes place Nov. 10-12. www.lsmma.com 218-727-2497
In Detroit, Night Watch for the Fitz. at the Dossin Museum. Friday evening from 5pm-9pm www.glmi.org 313-852-4051




Buy a Trip on a Working Freighter

11/10:
For the first time ever, the Interlake Steamship Company is offering a trip for four on the Kaye E. Barker in a Charity Auction held on this site. Different from the usual trip raffle, you can bid on the trip to guarantee you will be cruising on a working freighter in the summer of 2001. Auction ends November 16, 2000.
Current bid $4,000

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 10

The EDMUND FITZGERALD foundered on Lake Superior during a severe storm November 10, 1975 at approximately 7:10 pm about 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, MI at position 47_0'N by 85_7'W in Canadian waters.
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IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR was launched November 10, 1973.

The STEELTON (2) sailed on her maiden voyage November 10, 1943.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY, in her first season of operation on November 10, 1943 during a Lake Superior storm, she developed a significant crack across her spar deck and 12 to 14 feet down both sides of her hull. As the hull worked in the heavy seas, the crack widened to as much as three to four inches. The crew ran cables between the fore and aft winches that maintained a force sufficient to hold the hull together.

November 10, 1972 in the vicinity of the entrance to the East Outer Channel near Amherstburg, Ont. the UNITED STATES GYPSUM (2) collided with her towing tug MAINE and as a result her bow was punctured. The GYPSUM was beached to prevent further sinking.

WILLIAM A. IRVIN was launched November 10, 1937.

November 10, 1892 the carferry Ann Arbor #1 left the shipyard in Toledo, bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

In 1895 the first major accident caused by cars coming free on the car deck of a railferry happened when the Ann Arbor #1 was on an eastbound voyage. Approaching Frankfort in a northwest gale, she rolled so violently that many of the car fastenings broke and the cargo began to move about on the car deck. None of the early rear-loading car ferries was equipped with a sea gate to protect the stern from the seas, and seven cars of flour and butter went off the deck of the #1 into the lake. Captain Charles Moody resigned from the Ann Arbor as a result of this incident and returned to the Pere Marquette and Goodrich lines.

November 10, 1911 - The Ann Arbor #4 was back in service after damaging several plates in October.

ATLANTIC (formerly MANITOULIN, wooden propeller passenger/package freight, 147', 683 Gt., built in 1880 at Owen Sound, Ont.) was bound for Byng Inlet with lumber camp supplies when she was caught in a storm and grounded in the lee of Pancake Island in Georgian Bay. Her cargo and aft cabin were thrown overboard to lighten her, but she caught fire and was destroyed. Her passengers and crew took to her boats and survived.

On 10 November 1887, BLAZING STAR (wooden schooner, 137', 265 t, built in 1873 at Manitowoc, WI) was sailing on Lake Michigan in fine weather with a load of lumber. However, she grounded on Fisherman Shoal near Washington Island, Wisconsin even though the wreck of the steamer I. N. FOSTER was in full view on that reef. The captain was unable to locate a tug to pull the BLAZING STAR off and later she broke up in heavy weather. No lives were lost.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913 from the journal of John McLaughlin transcribe by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.
Monday, November 10, 1913
I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were laying at anchor. It was blowing a living gale and kept it up. They hove up the anchor near 10 o'clock but monkeyed around until after dinner. We got under way. We passed the Light Ship about 3, and White Shoal at 5:15.
More entries from the Storm of 1913 tomorrow.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Roger Stahl Update

11/09:
The tug Roger Stahl with two loadline deck scows was in the Welland Canal Wednesday afternoon. They reported very heavy traffic in the canal, but hoped to be clear of the Welland by midnight. Considering the weather forecast, Capt. Wellington intends to put the barges back on the tow and run the south shore of Lake Ontario. If the weather predictions continue to be favorable, they should arrive Cape Vincent at 6:00 p.m. today and Massena, NY. Friday afternoon.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company, William Hoey Jr.




McKee Sons Visits Manistee

11/09:
The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible arrived in Manistee, MI. Wednesday bound for the Seng Dock #2 with petroleum coke from South Chicago's KCBX dock. The tug and barge anchored off the port in Lake Michigan about 11:00 a.m. waiting for the wind to calm. They entered the breakwall at 3:30 p.m.

This was her first trip in since 1994 when she visited the same dock. This is also the first time a Grand River Transportation/Lower Lakes Towing vessel has been in Manistee.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Hull of Canadian Explorer

11/09:
The Canadian Explorer tow transited the lower Beauharnois Lock shortly before noon Wednesday and was to anchor at the Pointe Fortier anchorage on Lake St. François as she was not allowed to meet other vessels in the canals between Lake St. François and Montreal. Vessels upbound in the Seaway canals were Mapleglen and Scan Atlantic.

She resumed her trip later in the afternoon and was expected to be in the lock at St. Lambert around 6:00 p.m. The lead tug was Avantage and Duga was pushing astern.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Taylor Unloads

11/09:
Unloading coal in Alpena, MI. Wednesday was the Myron C. Taylor. The port receives a load of coal about once a month. The Taylor was expected to enter winter Lay-up in Sarnia on Friday.

Reported by: Robin Greathouse




Salties Load Grain

11/09:
Wednesday evening the Regina Oldendorff was preparing to depart Sarnia with the assistance of the tug Menasha. The Fosness was waiting to enter the dock and will also be assisted by the Menasha. Both vessel were in port to unload fertilizer.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin and Doug Schilz




Integrity for Detroit

11/09:
The cement barge Integrity pushed by the tug Jacklyn M. was scheduled to make a rare trip to Detroit Wednesday. After unloading part of her cargo in Detroit she will sail upbound for Saginaw.

Reported by: Robin Greathouse




Twin Ports Report

11/09:
With recent weather delays, a number of ships are in the Twin Ports loading grain or waiting for a chance at the elevators. On the morning of Nov. 8, Isadora was a Cargill, Gunay A was finishing up at Cenex Harvest States, Mariupol was at AGP and Algosound was loading at Peavey. Ida, Zoitsa and Millennium Hawk were anchored on the lake.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/09:
Wednesday the John G. Munson was at the CSX Dock loading coal. The Canadian Century was scheduled to arrive later in the evening to load coal. The next scheduled coal boats will be the Algomarine and Canadian Olympic expected today followed by the Jean Parisien late Saturday evening. The next scheduled ore boats for the Torco dock will be the St. Clair this evening followed by the Armco on Friday evening.

Tentative grain boats scheduled to arrive in the next several days will be the saltie Regina Oldendorff for the ADM Elevator, the Algonorth and the saltie Spring Laker for one of the Anderson's grain complexes. Additional tentative grain vessels due in Toledo within the next several weeks will be the Tadoussac for one more trip, followed by the Nanticoke for two trips. At this time no other vessels are scheduled in for grain after the Nanticoke.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Algoma's Results

11/09:
Algoma Central Corp. released their 3rd Quarter report this week. Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2000 was $4,211,000 compared to $5,860,000 for the same period in 1999.

The earnings for the current quarter for the dry-bulk self-unloader and bulker fleets were negatively affected by several factors. These include a reduction in operating days due to lower shipments of grain through the Seaway and the unavailability of the Algowood, lower water levels in the Great Lakes and higher fuel prices.

Results for the tanker fleet improved over the previous year. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2000 was $5,158,000 compared to $7,285,000 for the same period in 1999.

The earnings decrease for the nine months in 2000 was primarily a result of the factors mentioned above and gains realized in 1999 on the sale of capital assets. Capital asset purchases for the three months ended September 30, 2000 totaled $1,038,000, most of which was spent on fleet renewal expenditures to the dry-bulk fleet.

Reported by: John Stark




International Ship Masters' Association

11/09:
Interest has been expressed to the Grand Lodge of the International Ship Master's Association regarding the rechartering the Bay City Lodge # 5 and the Buffalo Lodge # 1.

At this time the Grand Lodge is seeking Active Professionals holding licenses, Retired Professionals, and persons with an association to the Great Lakes Maritime Industry who would be interested in joining the Bay City Lodge. Please e-mail Wade P. Streeter for more information and an application. The Bay City Lodge hopes to organize and open by the end of November. If you need any further information about International Ship Master's Association please visit www.shipmaster.org




Today in Great Lakes History - November 09

The EDWIN H. GOTT's keel was laid November 9, 1977.

The aft section of the ATLANTIC SUPERIOR was launched November 9, 1981.

In the fall of 1962 the W.F WHITE left the Lakes for coal shuttle service in the Chesapeake Bay area passing down the Welland Canal November 9th.

The keel for the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (2) was laid November 9, 1953.

NORMAN B. REAM was laid up at Duluth, MN on November 9, 1960. In 1965 she would be sold and renamed b) KINSMAN ENTERPRISE (1).

In 1971 the City of Midland 41 was laid up due to coal strike.

On 9 November 1923, AZTEC (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 180', 835 gt, built in 1889 at Marine City) was destroyed by fire at her home port of Marine City, MI. The wreck lay in the Belle River until dynamited in the 1930s and what was left was placed on the previously raised barge PROVINCE which was then towed up the St. Clair River, into Lake Huron and scuttled.

On 9 November 1877, the Port Huron Times announced that the Lake schooners W. C. GRANT and CITY OF GREEN BAY had left Montreal on a voyage to Europe.

The Big Storm of 1913
On November 7, 1913, the storm responsible for sinking or damaging more vessels than any other began a six-day assault on the Great Lakes. The "Big Blow" of 1913 struck Lake Superior on November 7 and reached Lake Michigan by November 8.

At 10:00 p.m. on November 9, 1913 the HOWARD M. HANNA, JR. was blown broadside onto the Port Austin Reef (off the tip of Michigan's thumb on Lake Huron) by Northerly winds in excess of 60 mph during the Great Storm of 1913. The ship finally lost power and was driven onto the reef where she broke in two at hatch number seven.

On November 9, 1913 while downbound with ore, the FRED G. HARTWELL (1) encountered very strong southwest winds in Lake Superior. She reached a position one mile east of Iroquois Point, on Whitefish Bay and dropped her anchor to ride out the storm. Her anchor began to drag when the winds shifted to the north and increased to unprecedented gale-force velocity. This was the beginning of the "Great Storm" of 1913 which drove her aground onto a rocky bottom. The seas pounded her until her bottom plates were torn open and she sank the next day in twenty-six feet of water.

On November 9th during the Big Storm of 1913, the MATTHEW ANDREWS (1) was downbound in Lake Huron with a cargo of iron ore. Captain Lempoh decided to drop anchor rather than risk trying to enter the St. Clair River during the fury of the storm. Taking bearings for anchorage from Lightship 61 (stationed at Corsica Shoal), which unknown to him had been blown two miles off station, the MATTHEW ANDREWS (1) grounded heavily on Corsica Shoal.

Below is a first hand account of the storm from the journal of John McLaughlin transcribe by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.
Sunday, November 9, 1913
I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. They were loading us but awful slow, It is blowing hard and some snow falling and colder. We got away at 11:35 am. There is a heavy sea on and blowing a gale. We ain't making much headway, about 2 miles in 4 hours.
More entries from the Storm of 1913 tomorrow.

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

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




Nindawayma Tow Arrives

11/08:
The Nindawayma under tow of the tugs Point Carroll and Andre H. arrived and secured in Les Mechins, at Verreault at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Capt. Butler reports that the Point Carroll was expected to return to Halifax, NS a few hours after the tow arrived.

The Verreault Marine and Navigation Services Company purchased the Nindawayma. Verreault is a shipyard that has purchased the carferry for conversion to transport something other than cars. The conversion is expected to be complete in the spring or early summer of 2001. She will retain her Canadian registry.

Reported by: H. Locke, Frederick Frechette and Wayne E Beutel




Roger Stahl Departs for the Seaway

11/08:
Under the command of Captain John Wellington, the tug Roger Stahl departed Nicholson Terminal and Dock in Detroit Tuesday morning with two loadline deck scows bound for a large environmental job next year at Massena New York.

The tow is scheduled for inspection at Port Colborne at 9:45 a.m. this morning. The tow will be arranged with the Stahl pushing the barges for the trip down the Welland Canal. The barges will then be connected together with large turnbuckles and pushed as one unit through the Seaway system.

The tow should be ready to transit the Welland Canal around noon, pending traffic. If the tow goes as scheduled it should arrive Massena, NY. around 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Stahl Departs. William Hoey Jr.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




Armco Waits on Weather

11/08:
The Armco made a rare trip into the Portage Canal Waterway that cuts through Michigan's Upper Peninsula Tuesday. The 767-foot freighter docked about 1:00 p.m. next to the Potage Lake Lift Bridge in Houghton, MI. The vessel was unloaded and heading to Silver Bay to load Taconite. Strong south-southeasterly winds on Lake Superior would make it difficult to enter the harbor at Silver Bay. The Armco waited out the weather until about 5:30 p.m. when she departed.

The number of vessel using the canal has dropped to only a few each season. This fall the Algorail, Algoway, Reserve, Armco and Courtney Burton have passed through. The Algoma self-unloaders delivered loads of road salt to Hancock, MI.

Armco waits. Jim Noetzel

Reported by: Mark Sobczynski, Derek Tuoriniemi




Hull of Canadian Explorer

11/08:
The forebody of the former Canadian Explorer departed the Prescott, Ont. Grain Elevator Wednesday and passed through the Iroquois Lock at 3:00 p.m. The tug Advantage was pulling on the bow with the tug Duga on the stern.

In March it was reported that the hull was under going conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

The engine room portion of the former Canadian Explorer was mated to the forward section of the Hamilton Transfer in 1998 and now sails as the Canadian Transfer.

Reported by: D. Beach




Interesting Visitors on the St. Clair River

11/08:
Two unusual callers visited the Blue Water Aggregates dock at Marine City Tuesday. The Adam E. Cornelius finished unloading and departed about 8:25 a.m. The Canadian Navigator arrived at 9:00 a.m. to unload. This dock is normally serviced by vessel from the Oglebay Norton fleet.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks




Algobay Makes Back to Back Trips

11/08:
Conneaut has a regular visitor this week, the Algobay arrived on Sunday to load for Nanticoke and returned again on Monday. She turned inside Conneaut Harbor, which is unusual due to low water. The H. Lee White Unloaded in Erie, Penn. on Monday.

Algobay Monday in Conneaut Harbor.
Another view.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Algowood Departs

11/08:
The Algowood departed Sandusky, Ohio about 5:30 Tuesday with a load of coal for Hamilton, Ontario.

Reported by: Jack Lamb




Sale of the Challenger

11/08:
The new owner of the Southdown Challenger is reported to be New York based Citibank. Hannah Marine in Chicago is expected to manage the Southdown Challenger in addition to the Southdown Conquest. For reasons only the legal professionals understand, the Challenger was said to be required to be in Wisconsin waters while the sale was taking place.

The Mexican cement company CEMEX purchased the former owners of the Challenger, Southdown Cement. The Jones Act prevents CEMEX from direct involvement with the American crewed Challenger and Conquest.




November 1 Vessel Survey

11/08:
The major U.S.-Flag Lakes lines had 62 vessels in service on November 1, a decrease of two hulls compared to a year earlier.

The decrease reflects the idling of a cement carrier and a tanker. In the case of the tanker, the lay-up is temporary. The cement carrier is likely done for the season.

Since the survey, the small self-unloader Calcite II has entered season-ending lay-up.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Pace Slowed At SMET In October

11/08:
October loadings of low-sulfur coal at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal (SMET) slipped by 175,000 net tons compared to a year ago. For the season, shipments from SMET stand at 12.8 million tons, a decrease of 4.3 percent. Lower water levels and increased rail shipments to a major SMET customer account for the fall-off.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Toledo Update

11/08:
Tuesday the Canadian Miner was loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator. The Canadian Voyager was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator. Both vessels were expected to sail later Tuesday evening with the Gaelic tugs Patricia Hoey, and Susan Hoey assisting them downriver.

The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was loading cargo at the Sun Oil Dock. The next scheduled coal boats will be the John G. Munson, and Canadian Century due in today followed by the Algomarine, and Canadian Olympic on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the St. Clair due in on Thursday, followed by the Armco on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Update

11/08:
E.T.A.'s for Lake Erie
Federal Saguenay, 06:00; Capt. Henry Jackman, 08:25; Steven B. Roman, 09:45; Roger Stahl, 09:45.

Downbound
C.S.L. Niagara, Lock 7 23:11; Quebecois, Lock 8 23:15; saltie Eurasian Cherub docked at Wharf 16 (coal dock). Destination: Wharf 6 - Thorold Industrial Dock; Algowood, called in a Port Colborne piers 22:37. Cartierdoc, called in at a Port Colborne piers 23:31 dest: Wharf 18-2 fuel dock.

ETA's for Lake Ontario
Westwind 08:30 dest: Wharf 1 Port Weller East; Doug McKeil, 09:30.

Upbound:
Algoisle, Bridge 11 Allanburg at 23:23; Windoc, Lock 7 00:09; Jean Parisian, Lock 3 23:44; Leita, Lock 2 23:35; Nanticoke, Lock 1 23:31.

Reported by: Glenda Peattie




Buy a Trip on a Working Freighter

11/08:
For the first time ever, the Interlake Steamship Company is offering a trip for four on the Kaye E. Barker in a Charity Auction held on this site. Different from the usual trip raffle, you can bid on the trip to guarantee you will be cruising on a working freighter in the summer of 2001. Auction ends November 16, 2000.
Current bid $3500

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 08

The COLUMBIA STAR was launched November 8, 1980 at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

The BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and IRVING S. OLDS arrived on November 8, 1988 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

The STADACONA (1) was renamed ROBERT S. McNAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division. The McNAMARA was rescued from potential scrapping when Ford purchased her for $80,000 and spent $15,000 for renovation at AmShip's Toledo yard.

The J.P. MORGAN, JR. arrived at Avilés, Spain on November 8, 1980.

PETER A.B. WIDENER passed down the Welland Canal November 8, 1986 towed by the tugs TUSKER and GLENADA en route to Lauzon, Que. From there she was towed overseas for scrapping. When built, the PETER A.B. WIDENER and fleetmates J. PIERPONT MORGAN, NORMAN B. REAM and HENRY H. ROGERS were the first 600-footers built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.;"The Class of 1906."

On November 8, 1986, the B.F. Affleck, under tow of the tug Thunder Cape, went adrift on Lake Superior in a storm after the tug lost power. The tug Avenger IV was dispatched to pick up the Affleck, which was headed for scrap, and the tanker Eastern Shell towed the Thunder Cape to Thunder Bay for repairs.

BEN HUR, a wooden schooner-barge wrecker, 314 t, built in 1874 at Dunville, Ont., had been purchased for the job of salvaging the schooner M. E. TREMNBLE. On 8 November 1890, she was at the job near Port Huron in the St. Clair River when she was rammed and sunk by the schooner-barge SUPERIOR which was being towed by the steamer PASSAIC. BEN HUR settled on top of the schooner she was attempting to salvage and a lighter-scow she was using also went down with her.

On 8 November 1877, the bark GREAT WEST was carrying 262,000 feet of lumber from Caseville to Chicago. Much of it was piled topside. In a big storm on Lake Michigan, she lost her deck load. She then became waterlogged and finally went ashore near Hyde Park, Illinois on 10 November. The crew were all saved.

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

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




Nindawayma Tow

11/07:
The ferry Nindawayma in tow passed Quebec City Pilot station at noon Monday in company of tugs Point Carroll and Andre H. The tow is progressing slowly east at about six knots. They are sailing for Verreault Industries shipyard located at Les Mechins Qc , app 240 km east of Quebec City on the south shore of the St-Lawrence River along the Gaspe coast.

Captain Butler of the lead tug Point Carroll reported last night that the tow should arrive in Les Mechins some time Tuesday evening. The Captain reports the tow has been a very good trip and great weather.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette and H. Locke




Roger Stahl Heads for the Seaway

11/07:
The tug Roger Stahl is scheduled to depart the Nicholsons Terminal & Dock on the Detroit River at 7:00 a.m. this morning. The tug will be towing two deck barges bound for Massena, New York. The tow should arrive at Port Colborne Wednesday morning for inspection.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




Algowood Arrives

11/07:
The Algowood arrived in Sandusky, Ohio Monday afternoon to load coal for Hamilton, Ontario. This is her first trip since under going repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks.

Bow view as she arrives under overcast skies.
Preparing to load.

Reported by: Jack Lamb




Earl W. Oglebay Grounds

11/07:
While departing Port Inlet, MI, the Earl. W. Oglebay ran aground. Attempts using a tug to free the vessel were unsuccessful. The Earl W. lightered 1,000 gross tons of stone into fleetmate Joseph H. Frantz and was then able to be refloated . The vessel was inspected and cleared to continue on her trip.




New Tug in Toledo

11/07:
The tug Patricia Hoey was relocated from is base in Detroit to Toledo. The Fall grain rush and low water levels has created a need for a third tug in the port. It is unknown at this time how long the tug will be based in the port.

The Canadian Voyager is loading at Andersons "K" and the Canadian Miner is in at "E" and the Canadian leader was due at 1:00 a.m. Monday morning. The Leader will anchor to wait for the Voyager. The Voyager and the Miner should finish Tuesday night.




Scooner Sails

11/07:
The 3 masted schooner Denis Sullivan underwent sea trails Sunday off Milwaukee. The 137' long sailing vessel has been under construction since 1996 by the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Assoc. Most of the time and materials were donated for the project.

The ship was scheduled to sail for Florida on Monday, weather permitting. Strong NE gales today might delay the departure. The Sullivan is a school ship and will be used to educate children and adults in Florida this winter. It will serve the same purpose when it returns to Milwaukee next spring.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Sarnia Update

11/07:
The CSL Niagara departed about 5:15 p.m., backing out of the Sarnia elevator slip, and backing all the way down to the Black River where she then turned and headed downbound on the St. Clair River.

The Regina Oldendorff then shifted over to the elevator dock to finish unloading with the help of the tug Menasha. Regina Oldendorff has been unloading fertilizer but operations were put on hold as the vessel was moved across the harbor to allow the CSL Niagara to load. The saltie Fossnes is scheduled to arrive later this week to unload fertilizer.

The smoke that could be seen coming from the stack of the Calcite II yesterday, has now stopped. She had little activity showing on her today.

Two Algoma Tankers were seen at Imperial Oil a short distance down river.

Reported by: Doug Schilz and Jamie Kerwin




Toledo Update

11/07:
The Tadoussac departed Anderson's "E" Elevator on Sunday evening under tow of the "G" tugs Illinois/Louisiana. The Canadian Miner arrived early Monday morning and went to Anderson's "E" Elevator to load grain. The Canadian Voyager remains at Anderson's "K" Elevator loading grain.

The Reserve was at the Torco Dock unloading ore pellets. The saltie Clipper Eagle was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The next scheduled coal boats will be the John G. Munson, Canadian Century and Algomarine due in Wednesday afternoon followed by the Canadian Olympic on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats for the Torco Dock will be the St. Clair on Thursday afternoon followed by the Armco on Friday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Calcite II Update

11/07:
The Calcite II's arrival in Sarnia yesterday was timed so there would be shoreside personnel at the dock for lay-up. A correction to Monday's report, the captain on the Calcite II had made the dock at the grain elevators in Sarnia before.

Calcite II commemorative hats are available for sale. These are the same hats that the crew wore while departing the vessel for the last time. They feature an embroidered ship's wheel with an anchor. With the boat's name embroidered above them and 1929 and 2000 on each side of it.

They may be ordered by sending check or money order for $19.95 plus $3.50 for s/h ($23.45) to: Northern Lights Video
P.O. Box 378
Onaway, MI 49765
517-733-4115 for more info
ask for Ron or Tracie
please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery

Pictures on Sunday by Dave Wobser
Stern View of the Calcite II.
Bow view.
Close up.

Reported by: Ron B.




Welland Canal Update

11/07:
Vessel's sailing for the Lake Erie entrance:
Eurasian Cherub, 08:45 Nov. 8 destine for the Thorold Industrial Dock.
Downbound:
Tadoussac, cleared Port Weller pier at 22:45; Mapleglen, depart Lock 2 at 22:58; Canadian Provider, depart Lock 3 at 22:47; Black Swan, Port Robinson at 22:53; Halifax, holding off Port Weller Pier.
Upbound:
Grant Carrier, Wharf 18-2 Fuel Dock at 19:56; Manitoulin, Bridge 21 at 22:50; Algoriver, below Lock 8 at 23:01; Canadian Century, Lock 7 at 22:50; Canadian Ranger, Lock 3 at 23:05; J.A.W. Iglehart, Lock 1 at 23:00 stopping at Wharf 18-2, Fuel Dock.
No upbound e.t.a.'s

Reported by: Glenda Peattie




Behind the Scenes at the Welland Canal

11/07:
During our recent gathering at the Welland Canal we had the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and show the users of this web site what happens on the inside of canal operations.

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Buy a Trip on a Working Freighter

11/07:
For the first time ever, the Interlake Steamship Company is offering a trip for four on the Kaye E. Barker in a Charity Auction held on this site. Different from the usual trip raffle, you can bid on the trip to guarantee you will be cruising on a working freighter in the summer of 2001. Auction ends November 16, 2000.
Current bid $2400

Click here for more information




Today in Great Lakes History - November 07

The T2 converted laker HILDA MARJANNE's 1961 German-built hull forward of the engine room, minus her pilot house, was towed by the tugs G.W. ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE to Port Weller Dry Docks arriving there on November 7, 1983. This section was to become part of the CANADIAN RANGER.

On November 7, 1989 the SAMUEL MATHER (7) was moved to the Frog Pond on her way to the cutter's torch.

On November 7, 1905 the GRAND HAVEN was purchased by the Grand Trunk-Milwaukee Carferry Line, Milwaukee out of receivership when G.T.C.L. defaulted on its bonds.

The ARTHUR B. HOMER was launched November 7, 1959 for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Cleveland, OH. She was the last ship built by Great Lakes Engineering at River Rouge.

In 1902 the BRANSFORD rammed and sank the tug RECORD with a loss of a tug crewman in the Portage Lake Ship Canal in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

On November 7, 1913, the storm responsible for sinking or damaging more vessels than any other began a six-day assault on the Great Lakes. The "Big Blow" of 1913 struck Lake Superior on November 7 and reached Lake Michigan by November 8, where the Pittsburgh Steamship Company vessel Clarence A. Black was severely damaged by the waves at the dock in Gary.

On 7 November 1893, ALBANY (steel propeller package freighter, 267', 1918 gt, built in 1884 at Wyandotte, MI) collided with the iron freighter PHILADELPHIA in a think fog. PHILADELPHIA took ALBANY in tow to try to save her, but she sank a few miles off Pointe Aux Barques, MI. Her crew transferred to PHILADELPHIA, but they soon had to abandon her too since she also sank. 8 lives were lost, presumably when one of the lifeboats was run down by the still running, but abandoned, PHILADELPHIA.

On 7 November 1865, LILY DANCEY (2-mast wooden schooner, 92', 132 gc, built in 1856 at Goderich) was carrying grain in a gale on Lake Huron when she was driven ashore near Port Elgin or Kincardine, Ontario. Her cargo was later recovered, but the schooner broke up by 27 November of that year.

The City of Flint 32 ran aground at Manitowoc in 1947.

In 1906 the Grand Trunk carferry Grand Haven was put up for sale at a receiver's auction when the Grand Trunk Car Ferry Line defaulted on it's bonds. It was purchased by a new Grand Trunk subsidiary, the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company.

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

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




Nindawayma Tow

11/06:
Capt. Butler of the tug Point Carroll towing the Nindawayma reports that the tow cleared the Seaway about 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening and they expect to be in Quebec City around noon today, weather permitting.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: H. Locke




Calcite II Enters Lay-up

11/06:
Calcite II arrived in Sarnia around 6:00 a.m. Sunday for lay-up. A chartered bus from Rogers City left about noon to take many of the crew home to Rogers City. A crewmember said that only a few of the crew were going to work for the new owners. Under USS, the unlicensed department was crewed by the United Steelworkers and the licensed positions crewed by the AMO. It is believed that the union Master, Mates, and Pilots will be crewing the boats in all positions next season.

As the some of the crewmembers departed others were preparing the vessel for winter with the ballast tanks being pumped dry and winterized her.

Unconfirmed reports say that the Myron C. Taylor is due in Sarnia on the Nov. 10 and George A. Sloan on Nov. 15. The Taylor and Calcite II will sail under the US flag, and the Sloan is rumored to be reflagged Canadian.

Around 4:10 p.m., the downbound Myron C. Taylor passed her fleetmate Calcite II. As the Taylor passed the Calcite, perhaps for the last time in USS Great Lakes Fleet colors, she blew her sister an extended 3 long and 2 short master salute. The Taylor was bound for Cleveland with a load of stone.

Pictures by Dave Wobser
Stern View of the Calcite II.
Bow view.
Close up.

Reported by: Dave Wobser, Kristina Parker, Roger LeLievre and Jamie Kerwin




Algowood Returns to Service

11/06:
The Algowood departed Port Weller Dry Docks Sunday afternoon. She sailed upbound due at Lock 8 at 3:29 p.m. The vessel was scheduled to stop at the Port Colborne, fuel dock. After fueling, she was destine for Sandusky, Ohio where she was to load about 7:00 a.m. today for Hamilton, Ontario.

Algowood last Sunday at Port Weller Dry Docks. She was refloated on Saturday, Oct. 28. N. Schultheiss

Reported by: Philip Nash




Hull of Canadian Explorer

11/06:
The forebody of the former Canadian Explorer arrived in Prescott Sunday under tow of the Trois Rivieres tug Duga. The tow secured at the south side of Prescott elevator at 6:45 p.m.

In March it was reported that the hull was under going conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

The engine room portion of the former Canadian Explorer was mated to the forward section of the Hamilton Transfer in 1998 and now sails as the Canadian Transfer.

Reported by: D. Beach and Dave Wobser




Algocatalyst Sails

11/06:
Returning to service Sunday morning was the Algocatalyst that left Sorel for Montreal, section 103, Shell Oil Dock. She was laid up at Sorel since Sept.15

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Milwaukee Update

11/06:
In what might be the future of Great Lakes shipping, Milwaukee had four tug and barges in port Saturday. The tugs Rebecca Lynn, Susan W. Hanna, Jacklyn M and Petite Forte were all in town with their barge cargoes.

The crew of the Great Lakes Towing tug Arkansas did an excellent job assisting the tug Petite Forte to the Blue Circle Cement dock on the Menomonee River early Saturday morning. They had to navigate through 6 bridges over the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers to reach the dock.

Blue Circle Cement is the last dock to receive commercial cargoes up the once busy Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Sarnia Update

11/06:
The fall grain rush was very much in evidence Sunday at Sarnia. The CSL Niagara was loading at the grain elevator, with the saltie Regina Oldendorff, which had been unloading fertilizer earlier this week, moved over to the Government Dock side of the slip. She will move back once the Niagara is clear. The Mapleglen and Canadian Provider also passed downbound during the afternoon, while the Algoriver was upbound. The saltie Mariupol also moved into Lake Huron in mid-afternoon, preceded by the Frontenac.

On Saturday afternoon the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Griffon departed the Government Dock sailing upbound. The Griffon had been repaired in Sarnia after the Atlantic Huron struck the vessel on Sept. 25 in Lake Erie.

CSL Niagara loads. Kristina Parker


Reported by: Jamie Kerwin, Roger LeLievre, Doug Schilz, Kristina Parker, Dave Wobser and Larry Leverenz




Toledo Update

11/06:
On Sunday the Tadoussac was at Anderson's "E" Elevator loading grain. The Canadian Voyager was at Anderson's "K" Elevator loading grain. The Algosteel was at the CSX Docks loading coal. The next scheduled coal boats will be the John G. Munson, Canadian Century, and Algomarine due in on Wednesday followed by the Canadian Olympic on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats for the Torco Dock will be the Reserve today followed by the St. Clair on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Update

11/06:
Lake Ontario entrance e.t.a.'s Canadian Leader, 22:50; Yakov Furlov, 23:20; Sea Eagle II, 01:20; Yankcanuck, 03:45; Grant Carrier, 06:00.
Upbound Welland Canal
Isa at bridge 21, 22:07; Algosoo at Bridge 11, Allanburg 21:52; James Norris Lock 4 at 21:49.
Downbound for Welland Canal
Tug Doug McKeil, departed Port Weller 22:05; Oakglen, Lock 3 22:05; Algowest, Lock 8 21:59; Cuyahoga, Wharf 18-2, fuel dock 20:35.

Reported by: Glenda Peattie




Brockville Update

11/06:
Below are images of vessel passing Brockville, ONT. Sunday.
Lita upbound.
Closer look a the super structure.
Maria Desgagnes downbound.
Stern view.
Samuel Risley under the International Bridge at Ogdensburg.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Buy a Trip on a Working Freighter

11/06:
For the first time ever, the Interlake Steamship Company is offering a trip for four on the Kaye E. Barker in a Charity Auction held on this site. Different from the usual trip raffle, you can bid on the trip to guarantee you will be cruising on a working freighter in the summer of 2001. Auction ends November 16, 2000.
Current bid $2250

Click here for more information




Today in Great Lakes History - November 06

The b) US.266029 (WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1) was towed from Nicholson's River Rouge dock November 6, 1986 by tugs TUSKER and GLENADA to Port Maitland, Ont. for scrapping there in 1987.

On November 6, 1913 the SHEADLE left Fort William, Ont. bound for Erie, PA with grain and encountered fog, gale winds and a snow blizzard in one of the fiercest storms of the century.

On November 6, 1925 the Northern Navigation passenger steamer HAMONIC lost her propeller 20 miles west of Caribou Island in Lake Superior and was wallowing in gale force winds with gusts to 80 m.p.h. She was later towed to safety by the RICHARD TRIMBLE

On November 6, 1985, scrapping began on the Leon Falk, Jr. in Gijon, Spain.

On 6 November 1872, the wooden propeller tug MILDRED, while towing a vessel out of Alpena, had her engine fail. Soon she was in trouble and sank. The crew was saved.

On 6 November 1827, ANN (wooden schooner, 53', 58 t, built in 1819 or 1821 at Black River, Ohio) was carrying salt, general merchandise and passengers when she was driven ashore on Long Point almost opposite Erie, PA. 7 Lives were lost, including 5 passengers. 6 survived.

In 1912 the Pere Marquette Railroad announced plans to build a new roundhouse at Ludington, it still stands today.

On 6 November 1874, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels lost in the month of October and in the first week of November of that year: Propellers - BROOKLYN, FRANKFORT, NEW YORK; tug DOUGLAS; schooners - CITY OF PAINSVILLE, WANDERER, PREBLE, THOS. S. MOTT; and barges - CLIFTON and SHERMAN.

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

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




Nindawayma Tow

11/05: 10:00 a.m. update
The Nindawayma tow transited the Snell Lock about 6:30 a.m. this morning. It will be at Beauharnois around noon time. The tow cleared the Iroquois Lock at 1:06 a.m.

The other tow, tug Duga towing the former hull of Canadian Explorer from Hamilton is expected at Cape Vincent later on today. That tow reports their destination as Prescott, Ont.

Original Report At 3:00 p.m. Saturday the Nindawayma tow was reported to be entering the Seaway. Depending on weather and possible lock delays, the tug Point Carroll expects the trip to Montreal to take about 30 hours. The tow passed under the 1000 Islands International Bridge in the St. Lawrence River between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, New York at 5:55 p.m.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: D. Beach, René Beauchamp, H. Locke and Joan Baldwin




Calcite II Enters Lay-up

11/05:
Calcite II departed Cleveland at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning and sailed upbound for Sarnia and lay-up. The Calcite II docked in Sarnia's North Slip about 7:10 a.m. this morning.

Grand River Transportation has entered into a sale agreement with USS for the purchase of the Calcite II, George A. Sloan and Myron C. Taylor. The new company is expected to take over operation of the vessels next season. Grand River Transportation is the U.S. affiliate of the Canadian shipping company Lower Lakes Towing. Grand River Transportation is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. with an operations office in Rogers City, MI.

Reported by: Al Miller, Barry Hiscocks, Dave Wobser and Wade P. Streeter




Algowood Update

11/05:
The Algowood was scheduled to depart the Port Weller Dry Docks Saturday afternoon. According to the Welland Canal Vessel Passage tape she remains at Port Weller Dry Docks. The vessel is expected to depart some time today. The vessel was damaged in a loading accident and has been in the dry dock since July.

She will be heading to Sandusky, Ohio to load for Hamilton, Ontario.

Algowood last Sunday at Port Weller Dry Docks. She was refloated on Saturday, Oct. 28. N. Schultheiss

Please e-mail with updates or pictures.




Twin Ports Report

11/05:
Edgar B. Speer spent Nov. 4 undergoing bowthruster repairs at the Hallet 5 dock in Duluth.

Midwest Energy Terminal was busy Nov. 4, with Oglebay Norton arriving about midday to load, followed quickly by Canadian Olympic and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. The Canadian Olympic anchored on the lake -- about a mile out but close enough that boatwatchers could hear her anchor chain rumbling out of the locker -- while the McCarthy came in and tied up at the port terminal.

Two salties and two lakers were in the Twin Ports Nov. 4 for grain. Quebecois was topping off its load amidships by late afternoon. It began loading at Cenex Harvest States and completed its load at General Mills in Duluth.

Repairs on the Speer.
Close up.
Quebecois loading at General Mills in Duluth.
Another view.
Canadian Olympic passing behind Millenium Hawk en route to anchor.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. approaching Duluth.
The McCarthy passing beneath Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge.

Reported by: Al Miller




Cleveland Update

11/05:
Saturday was stone day on the Cuyahoga with three boats arriving early that morning. The American Republic was unloading stone at the Osborne Cuyahoga River dock in the morning. The Cuyahoga was unloading stone at Cuyahoga Road products at West 3rd. The Cuyahoga departed the dock at 11:30 a.m., being towed stern first by the G tug Delaware. She moved to the Salt Dock to load. The Algorail was unloading stone directly across from the Cuyahoga at Lafarge at the same time. It is very rare to see two boats unloading in this area simultaneously.

The Spar Garnet was berthed at the Ceres lakefront docks.

The American Republic began backing down the river soon after and had a slow trip moving past the Algorail which was still unloading.

The Fred R. White Jr. departed shortly before the Calcite II early Saturday morning and returned that evening to unloading ore at LTV.

Pictures by TZ
Algorail docks.
Algorail and Cuyahoga.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Toledo Update

11/05:
Friday the John G. Munson had to wait at the CSX Dock for additional coal to finish the loading process. She had to move further up the Dock so that the H. Lee White, and CSL Niagara could load. When these 2 vessels were finished loading The Munson's transit coal finally arrived early Friday morning. She finished loading coal and departed later Friday morning.

The Courtney Burton followed the Munson to load coal, She departed later in the afternoon. Several grain vessels are scheduled to arrive during the weekend: Tadoussac, an Upper Lakes Fleet vessel and the saltie Regina Oldendorff are all due in. The next scheduled coal boats due in will be the Algosteel, and Adam E. Cornelius expected on Saturday followed by the John G. Munson, Canadian Century, and Algomarine on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats will be the Buckeye on Wednesday followed by the St. Clair on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Update

11/05:
Upbound on Saturday morning: the Frontenac was at anchor off the Port Weller pier; Clipper Eagle in Lock 8 at 6:30 a.m.; Algosound in Lock 7 at 06:37; Capt. Henry Jackman departed Lock 3 with an e.t.a. of 8:36 for Lock 7.

Vessels due at the Lake Ontario entrance included the Louis R. Demerais expected at 9:50 a.m.; Halifax at 12:20; Federal Yukon 1:45.

Downbound from the Lake Erie entrance: Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II in Lock 4 with an e.t.a. of 9:42 a.m. at Lock 1.

Vessels due at the Lake Erie Entrance were the Mellenium Raptor at 7:50 a.m., Algosoo at 10:00 a.m. and the tug Doug McKeil expected at 11:15 a.m.

Reported by: Glenda Peattie




Today in Great Lakes History - November 05

The LOUIS R. DESMARAIS cleared Owen Sound, Ont. on her maiden voyage November 5, 1977 bound for Thunder Bay, Ont. to load 27,117 gross tons of iron ore for Stelco at Hamilton, Ont.

On her final trip, the IRVIN L. CLYMER passed upbound at the Soo on November 5, 1990 and arrived at Duluth two days later to unload limestone at the Hallet Dock #5 after which she moved to her final lay-up berth at Fraser's shipyard and tied up blowing one last three long and two short salute from her whistle.

The GRAND HAVEN was raised on November 5, 1969 from the Old River Bed where she sank on September 19, 1969. She was raised for scrapping

Mr. J.W. Isherwood visited the Great Lakes Engineering Works ship yard on November 5, 1910 and personally inspected the hull which was being built according to his patented design. This vessel, the WILLIAM P. PALMER (2) was the first vessel on the Great Lakes built to the Isherwood system of longitudinal framing.

The JAMES S. DUNHAM sank in collision with the steamer ROBERT FULTON, on a foggy and rainy November 5, 1917, just below Grassy Island on the Detroit River. Repairs for both vessels totaled $125,000.

On 5 November 1896, ACADIA (iron-framed wooden propeller, 176', built in 1867 at Hamilton, Ont.) was driven ashore and broke up in a gle near the mouth of the Michipicoten River in lake Superior. her crew made it to shore and five of them spent more than a week trying to make it to the Soo.

Port Huron Times of 5 November 1878: "The schooner J. P. MARCH is reported lost with all on board. She was lost at Little Traverse Bay on the northern shore of Lake Michigan. The MARCH was a three masted schooner and was owned by Benton & Pierce of Chicago."

On 5 November 1838, TOLEDO (2-mast wooden schooner, 98', 215 t, built in 1836 at Buffalo) was carrying dry goods valued at more than $100,000 up-bound on Lake Erie when she was driven ashore by a gale a half mile east of the mouth of the Grand River. She broke in two. No lives were lost.

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

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




Calcite II on Final Trip

11/04: 11:00 a.m. Update
Calcite II unloaded in Cleveland over night with what was the last cargo carried for USS Great Lakes Fleet. The vessel departed West Third at 5:30 a.m. this morning and should be at the Detroit River Light about 1:30 p.m. It's scheduled to arrive at Sarnia for lay-up early Sunday morning.

Grand River Transportation has entered into a sale agreement with USS for the purchase of the Calcite II, George A. Sloan and Myron C. Taylor. The new company is expected to take over operation of the vessels next season. Grand River Transportation is the U.S. affiliate of the Canadian shipping company Lower Lakes Towing. Grand River Transportation is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. with an operations office in Rogers City, MI.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Al Miller, Dave Wobser and Wade P. Streeter




Nindawayma Tow

11/04:
The tow of the Nindawayma cleared the Welland Canal Friday night and headed across Lake Ontario. Capt. Butler of the tug Point Carroll hopes to reach Les Mechins, Quebec in 4 to 5 days if the weather holds.

The Point Carroll and Nindawayma reached Port Colborne Friday morning. The tow met the tug Andre H. on Lake Erie, who took up position as the trailing tug on the tow and entered the Welland Canal.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: H. Locke, Wally Wallace, Jerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt




Algowood Expected to Depart Today

11/04:
The Algowood is scheduled to depart the Port Weller Dry Docks sometime this afternoon. The vessel was damaged in a loading accident and has been in the dry dock since July.

She will be heading to Sandusky, Ohio to load for Hamilton, Ontario. Tentative arrival time in Sandusky is 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Algowood last Sunday at Port Weller Dry Docks. She was refloated on Saturday, Oct. 28. N. Schultheiss

Please e-mail with updates or pictures.

Reported by: Philip Nash, Roger Tottman, Jerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt




Hull of Canadian Explorer Towed

11/04:
The Trois Rivieres tug Duga departed Hamilton Friday night with the forward section of the former Canadian Explorer's hull. They were reported to be downbound for Prescott or further.

In March it was reported that the hull was under going conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

The engine room portion of the former Canadian Explorer was mated to the forward section of the Hamilton Transfer in 1998 and now sails as the Canadian Transfer.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt.




Barge Sinks in Duluth - Update

11/04:
The 200-foot work barge that partially sank in Duluth harbor on Thursday apparently filled with water overnight and sank completely. By Friday morning it was completely out of sight, with only what appear to be a spud and some other sort of marker or mast remaining above the surface. By Friday afternoon an anti-pollution boom had been installed around the barge. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the barge Panama spilled an estimated 10 gallons of oil. A local TV station reported that the barge would be raised late next week.

An anti-pollution boom marks the site of the sunken barge. The green buoy marks the edge of the harbor's front channel.

Reported by: Al Miller




Zoitsa S Unloads

11/04:
The saltie Zoitsa S continued to unload her cargo of pig iron Friday at the Marinette Fuel & Dock Co. The vessel should finish unloading and be ready to depart sometime this weekend with the assistance of the Selvick tugs Jimmy L. and Carla Anne Selvick. This may be the last vessel of the year, with the exception of a possible visit by a pulp boat before the end of the season.

Docked along side the unloading ship William H. Donner.
Bow view.
The Donner drops a load of pig iron to the dock.
Selvic tugs Jimmy L. and Carla Anne Selvick.

Reported by: Scott Best




Sale of the Challenger

11/04:
Sale of the Southdown Challenger was expected to have been completed by the end of this week. The current thinking is that a large bank was to purchase the boat and lease it back to an American operator. Monterrey, Mexico based CEMEX Corp., the new owners of Southdown Cement, will be ineligible to operate the Challenger due to the Jones Act.




Grosse Ile Bridge Held At Fault

11/04:
The Federal Court in Detroit, Michigan held that the Grosse Ile Bridge Company was the sole cause of the September, 1992 allision involving the M/V H. Lee White. Judge Denise Page Hood, in a 40 page opinion issued on October 31, found that the bridgetenders did not open the draw promptly on signal, and that this negligence put the vessel in an emergency situation. The court rejected the Bridge's arguments that the vessel was making the passage at an excessive rate of speed, and without proper lookouts. The court also declined to find negligence on the part of the captain in failing, among other claims, to drop all three anchors as the vessel approached the draw.

On September 6, 1992 the White was in tow of the "G" tugs Colorado and Louisiana entering the Trenton Channel when she struck a section of the toll bridge knocking down a 150 foot span immediately east of the main river channel. The White was not damaged but a new section of the bridge had to be installed at a cost of $1.7 million. The bridge was back in service in late January, 1993.

Vindicated in the ruling was Captain John K. Gapczynski of the H. Lee White. Public opine held the bridge at fault since the accident, but the on going legal action caused Capt. Gapczynski a great deal of distress. Capt. Gapczynski passed away in 1998.




Tilden Mine to Shut Down For Two Weeks

11/04:
The Upper Peninsula Business Today reports that reduced demand for iron ore pellets will result in a two-week shutdown of operations at the Tilden Mine. The shutdown will commence on Nov. 12 and run through Nov. 25, according to Tilden Mine officials.

Tilden is managed by the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.

Production at the mine this year will be reduced from the originally scheduled 7.8 million tons to 7.3 million tons, company officials said. Algoma Steel Inc., the mine's largest shareholder, requested the reduced production level. The projected 7.8 million tons of taconite would have set a new company record for production.

The Tilden Mine employs more than 800 people. It is owned by Algoma Steel, Inc., 45 percent; Stelco Inc., 15 percent, and The Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company, 40 percent.

Demand for steel remains high but with steel imports up 17 percent for the first 2/3 of this year, demand for iron ore pellets is down.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Twin Ports Report

11/04:
The Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior has hosted a steady stream of straightdeckers in recent weeks. On Nov. 3 the Quebecois was loading in berth #2 while saltie Gunay A continued loading berth #1. Straightdecker Montrealais was expected later in the day to load at Peavey Connors Point elevator as soon as the saltie Black Swan completed its load there. In Duluth, Federal Saguenay was loading at AGP elevator.

Presque Isle was scheduled to arrive at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth late on Nov. 3. After unloading stone at the hopper, it will shift and take a partial cargo of taconite pellets from the gravity chutes before proceeding to Two Harbors to complete its load.

Charles M. Beeghly was in the Twin Ports on Nov. 3 to unload stone and then take on coal bound for the LTV power plant in Taconite Harbor. In the midst of its travels, it paused about sunset to fuel at the Murphy Oil depot in Duluth.

Beeghly at Murphy Oil.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toronto Update

11/04:
The brigantine Playfair came off the Toronto Drydock on Tuesday and was followed on by the tour boat Jubilee Queen on Wednesday morning. Jubilee Queen is undergoing inspection and minor repairs. She is expected to be refloated next week. The Queen is to be followed by the megayacht Lady Sandals (owned by The Sandals resort chain). This vessel is in the Welland Canal Friday and is coming to Toronto for repairs to a damaged stabilizer. In December the Spirit of Rochester is expected to return to Toronto for her five-year inspection.

The tanker Saturn has been sitting idle at Polson Street slip since last Friday.

All of the Seaflight hydrofoils have been lifted out at the C & C Marine yard. With the defunct Shaker hydrofoils, there are now six hydrofoils sitting on the dock.

Also out of service for the season and on the dock at Pier 35 are the tour boats Miss Toronto, Ste. Marie I, Island Princess and Harbour Star.

Thomas Dawes Marine, Buffalo, has acquired the decommissioned USACE tug Washington and intends to redocument her as SEA CHIEF.

The former fishing trawler/tug Miss Kristy; owned by Norm Rogers/Toronto Drydock Co. has been sold to Walter Pennell, the former owner of the tug Deer Lake, which was taken to Newfoundland for the Cabot celebrations a few years back, and then sold to a New York City owner last year. Miss Kristy, built in 1972, operated as a fishing trawler out of New Bedford, Mass. until about 1988, when she suffered an engine room fire. Norm Rogers bought it in 1989 and refurbished it in 1990; brought it to Toronto in 1991.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt.




News Reporters Wanted

11/04:
As the Boatnerds head home from the First Annual Gathering at the Welland Canal, our daily reporting and images will end. I would like to invite any boatwatchers in the area to send in news reports or interesting vessel passages. While attending the Gathering we recognized the important part the Welland Canal plays in the Great Lakes and Seaway system. This important area is poorly represented on the News Page and I would like to change that.

News Reporters are given full credit (if desired) for any information submitted. The credit line can also include any links to outside web sites and we can create an "About the Author Page."

For more information please e-mail.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 04

The CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was registered at Toronto, Ont. on November 4, 1977, but didn't enter service until the spring of 1978 because of mechanical difficulties during her sea trials.

The JOSEPH G. BUTLER, JR. was launched November 4, 1905 for the Tonopah Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.) Cleveland, OH.

HERON BAY (2) proceeded under her own power to Lauzon, Que. for her final lay-up on November 4, 1978.

NIPIGON BAY was launched November 4, 1950

The CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON (3) developed a sizable leak and almost sank November 4, 1925 during her tow to Superior after she struck a reef a few nights before.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY's keel was laid November 4, 1942.

UNITED STATES GYPSUM (2) grounded at Toledo, OH on November 4, 1972 resulting in damages totaling $125,000. Her propeller was removed and the rudder shaft was locked in position to finish the season as a manned barge on the coal run from Toledo to Detroit, MI.

The Joseph H. Thompson became not only the largest vessel on the Great Lakes but also the longest dry bulk cargo vessel in the world when it entered service on November 4, 1952, departing Chicago on its first trip.

Setting the stage for the fateful storm which followed less than a week later which sank the Edmund Fitzgerald, many locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin were setting all-time record high temperatures for the month of November during the period of November 4-6, 1975. Grand Marais, MN reached 67 on November 5 and Superior reached 74 on November 6, both all-time records for the month. Many other notable Great Lakes storms, including the Armistice Day storm of 1940 and the storm that sank the Henry Steinbrenner in 1953, were proceeded by record-setting warm weather.

On 4 November 1877, MARY BOOTH (wooden scow-schooner, 132 t, built in 1857 at Buffalo) was carrying maple lumber in a storm in Lake Michigan. She became waterlogged but her crew doggedly clung to her until she appeared ready to turn turtle. Then her crew abandoned her and she rolled over. She drifted in the lake for several days. The crew landed at White Lake, Michigan and they were near death.

Port Huron Times of 4 November 1878: "The propeller CITY OF MONTREAL is believed to have gone down on Lake Michigan Friday [1 NOV 1878]. The schooner LIVELY, laden with coal for Bay City, is reported ashore 6 miles above Sand Beach, having gone on at 12 o'clock Sunday night [3 NOV 1878]. The schooner WOODRUFF, ashore at Whitehall, is a total loss. Two men were drowned, one died from injuries received, and Capt. Lingham was saved. The tugs E. M. PECK and MYSTIC, which went from the Sault to the assistance of the propeller QUEBEC, were wrecked near where she lies, one being on the beach and the other sunk below her decks. Both crews were rescued and were taken to St. Joseph Island."

On 4 November 1856, J. W. BROOKS (wooden propeller, 136', 322 t, built in 1851 at Detroit) was carrying provisions and copper ingots to Ogdensburg, New York in a storm when she foundered on Lake Ontario, 8 miles northeast of False Ducks Light. Estimates of the loss of lives range from 22 to 50. In July 1857, she was partially raised and some of her cargo was recovered. She only had a five year career, but besides this final incident, she had her share of disasters. In July 1855, she had a boiler explosion and in May of that same year, she sank in Canadian waters.

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

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




Nindawayma Tow Arrives at the Welland Canal

11/03: 11:00 a.m. Update
At 10:40 a.m. the tow departed Warf 16 following an inspection. The tug Point Carroll is the lead tug with the Andre H. trailing the tow. The tow will have nothing to meet due to an overnight breakdown at Lock 1, this will make for a good run to Lock 7. At 10:57 a.m. the tow was in Lock 8 and has an e.t.a. of 1:30 p.m. for Lock 7.

Original Report
The Point Carroll towing the Nindawayma is heading across Lake Erie for Port Colborne. She is expected to meet the tug Andre H. about 5:00 a.m. and prepare to enter the Welland Canal. The tow will dock in Port Colborne about 6:00 a.m. where she will be inspected by an official with the St. Lawrence Seaway. Modifications where made to the Nindawayma to assure that it can safely transit the Seaway.

The inspection is expected to take two hours and the tow should be downbound in the canal at 10:00 a.m.

Pilot and photographer Don Coles caught the tow at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday about six miles north of the Blue Water Bridge.

The Nindawayma.
Point Carroll leads the ferry.
Stern view.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Howard Whan, Jerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt




Barge Sinks in Duluth

11/03:
A barge being used to dredge Duluth's harbor began taking on water Thursday morning and ended up partially submerged near the navigation channel. No one was injured, and there no initial reports about what caused the barge to take on water.

The barge, owned by Billington Contracting Inc., of Duluth, was performing maintenance dredging under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The barge had a tracked excavator aboard that was used to remove sediment from the harbor bottom.

About 7:35 a.m. Thursday, workers aboard the barge contacted the nearby Coast Guard station in Duluth to report that the barge was taking on water. The Coast Guard responded quickly, and the barge was maneuvered out of the 28-foot navigation channel into shallower water before it settled.

The barge now appears to be at or near the edge of the channel, resting on one side with its other side sticking several feet above the surface. The excavator is not visible but the barge's owner told the Duluth News-Tribune that he believed the 60-ton machine was still attached to the barge.

The barge's owner was working on a salvage plan Thursday afternoon to submit to the Coast Guard.

The barge resting on its side. Kent Rengo

Reported by: Al Miller, Kent Rengo and Steven Sliwka




Minntac to Shut Down Line

11/03:
U.S. Steel's Minntac plant will shut down one of its taconite pellet production lines at least for the rest of the year, and the company is laying the blame squarely on steel imports.

Minntac, located in Mountain Iron, Minn., ships most of its pellets through the DMIR dock in Two Harbors. The dock's tonnage is carried primarily by vessels of USS Great Lakes Fleet.

Minntac, the largest pellet producer in North America, will shut down one of its five agglomerator lines. The idled line accounts for 12 percent of the plant's production. A U.S. Steel spokesman in Pittsburgh told the Duluth News Tribune that as many as 140 of the plant's 1,400 workers could be laid off.

``The need to close the line can once again be attributed primarily to staggering volumes of steel imports, which are on pace this year to match the record levels of 1998,'' said Paul Wilhelm, U.S. Steel Group president. ``It has become all too clear to the steel industry that the import crisis is far from being over."

Reported by: Al Miller




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

11/03:
Arriving in Montreal on Thursday were two interesting vessels. The roll-on/roll-off container ship Lykes Winner is the former Thorshope, which completed two, trips in the Seaway last year and at least two more this year. She went to Pointe-aux-Trembles Anchorage and was to dock at section 62 thereafter.

The Bahamas-flag general cargo ship Kartal 7 also went to anchor before proceeding up the Seaway bound for Thorold. This is her first trip to the Lakes since 1993 when she went to Toledo in September of that year. At that time, she was registered in Turkey.

Renamed Richelieu a few weeks ago was the ferry Trois-Rivieres being converted into a coastal cruise ship at Les Méchins by the Verreault Shipyard. She is owned by "Les Bateaux Blancs du St. Laurent Inc." (The White Ships of the St. Lawrence Inc.) There is speculation that the ferry Nindawayma has also been purchased by them to become their second cruise ship in the fleet.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Zoitsa S in Marinette

11/03:
The salt water ship Zoitsa S arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock Co. on Wednesday afternoon with a load of pig iron. She is the former Nomadic Princess, owned by a private Greek interest and carries the flag of Malta. She was assisted into port by the Selvick tugs, Jimmy L. and Carla Anne Selvick.

Docked next to the crane ship, William H. Donner in Marinette. Dick Lund

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Frantz Returns

11/03:
Oglebay Norton's Joseph H. Frantz entered the Rouge River in Detroit yesterday making this her first trip below Detroit since June 16. She arrived at Detroit Lime shortly after 12:30 a.m. and was expected to spend about 5 hours unloading. The Frantz has been trading in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan ports since that time.

Reported by: James Jackson




Great Lakes Fleet Update

11/03:
After unloading at Cleveland, Calcite II is scheduled to proceed to Sarnia, according to USS Great Lakes Fleet. This may be its last trip under GLF colors.

Edgar B. Speer and Edwin H. Gott will both be in the Twin Ports on Nov. 5 -- a rare occurrence during the active season. The Speer is scheduled to tie up at the Hallett 5 dock for repairs -- apparently to its bowthruster -- before proceeding to Two Harbors to load. The Gott is scheduled to load pellets at the BNSF ore dock in Superior for delivery to Nanticoke, Ontario.

Reported by: Al Miller




Maria Desgagnes Upbound

11/03:
The tanker Maria Desgagnes passed upbound through Detroit Thursday morning at 4:00 a.m. bound for Sarnia, ONT. This was her maiden voyage through Detroit.

Reported by: James Jackson, Jerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt




New Plant at Lackawanna?

11/03:
Great Lakes Calcium Corp. of Green Bay, Wisconsin is exploring the possibility of building a Limestone crushing plant at the Gateway Trade Terminal in Lackawanna, NY. They are proposing a $2,000,000 investment for the equipment needed to reduce the stone to a fertilizer like product. The raw material would be brought in by boat, crushed, and then transshipped by rail or truck to the AES power plant at Somersett, NY. If the plan goes forward there will be an increase in Great Lakes vessel traffic to the Bethlehem Ship Canal in Lackawanna.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Twin Ports Report

11/03:
Despite the temporary loss of pellet tonnage from EVTAC, the DMIR ore dock is maintaining a fairly steady pace of boat traffic. Indiana Harbor arrived the morning of Nov. 2, Presque Isle is due for a partial load on Nov. 3, Arthur M. Anderson and Buckeye are due the 5th, and Reserve is scheduled for the 7th.

Midwest Energy Terminal is maintaining a steady pace with its regular callers: Paul R. Tregurtha was loading there Nov. 2; Charles M. Beeghly is due on the 3rd to load for Taconite Harbor, Oglebay Norton will load for Consumers Power at Cobb, and Canadian Olympic will load for Nanticoke; Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is due on the 4th to load for St. Clair.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/03:
The saltie Federal Fraser was unloading steel products at the T.W.I. Dock. She arrived and departed on Wednesday. Thursday the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator and departed later that afternoon under tow of the "G" tugs Illinois and Louisiana.

At the CSX Coal Docks the John G. Munson was loading coal with the H. Lee White, and CSL Niagara due in later that afternoon. The Fred R. White Jr. was scheduled to arrive at the Torco Dock late Thursday evening to unload ore.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the Courtney Burton due in this morning followed by the Algosteel and Adam E. Cornelius due in Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Dan Maus

11/03:
Daniel J. Maus, age 65 years, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at Mid- Michigan Medical Center. He was born on October 14, 1935 in Bay City to Francis and Edith Maus. Mr. Maus was a truckdriver for Wirt Stone. He was a member of St. Mary Church, charter member of Saginaw River Marine Historical Society, former Fire Chief for Glennie Volunteer Fire Department, and enjoyed sailing the Great Lakes. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Jim and Sue Maus of Wisconsin, John and Moira Maus of Glennie and Marla Boettcher of Midland; six grandchildren and his fiancee', Nancy Dorin of Bay City. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, November 4, 2000 in St. Mary Church. Rev. Fr. James G. Heller will preside. The Rite of Committal will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at Stapish West on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 o'clock and on Friday from 2- 4 and 6-8 o'clock. There will be a Wake Service at the funeral home on Friday evening at 7 o'clock. Mr. Maus will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 9 o'clock until the time of service. Stapish West 805 E. South Union, Bay City

Dan was also a frequent contributor to this web site and will be missed.

Reported by: Bay City Times




News Reporters Wanted

11/03:
As the Boatnerds head home from the First Annual Gathering at the Welland Canal, our daily reporting and images will end. I would like to invite any boatwatchers in the area to send in news reports or interesting vessel passages. While attending the Gathering we recognized the important part the Welland Canal plays in the Great Lakes and Seaway system. This important area is poorly represented on the News Page and I would like to change that.

News Reporters are given full credit (if desired) for any information submitted. The credit line can also include any links to outside web sites and we can create an "About the Author Page."

For more information please e-mail.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 03

The B A PEERLESS sailed on her maiden voyage November 3, 1952 bound for Superior, WI where 110,291 bbl of crude oil were loaded destined for British-American's refinery at Clarkson, Ont. The PEERLESS was built for the express purpose of transporting crude oil from the Interprovincial/Lakehead Pipeline terminus at Superior to B/A's Clarkson refinery.

Dismantling of the H.C. HEIMBECKER began on November 3, 1981 by Triad at Ashtabula and was completed the following year.

On November 4, 1986 the TEXACO CHIEF (2) was renamed b) A.G. FARQUARSON.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY was launched June 19, 1943.

On 3 November 1898, PACIFIC (wooden propeller passenger/package freighter, 179'. 918 gt, built in 1883 at Owen Sound, Ontario) caught fire at the Grand Trunk dock at Collingwood, Ontario. She burned to a shell despite a concerted effort to save her. She was later towed out into Georgian Bay and scuttled.

On 3 November 1855, DELAWARE (wooden propeller, 173', 368 t, built in 1846 at Black River, OH) was carrying general merchandise from Chicago to Buffalo with a stop at Milwaukee. She was driven ashore by a gale 8 miles south of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and sank. 10 or 11 of the 18 on board lost their lives. Within a few days, only her arches were visible above the water.

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

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




Nindawayma Heads Downbound

11/02:
The tow reached lower Lake Huron Wednesday afternoon where it was met by the tug Menasha to assist them down the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers. The tow waited for the Yankcanuck to clear before starting the trip downbound. They passed under the Blue Water Bridges about 6:00 p.m. with a pilot onboard the tow.

At 12:30 a.m. the tow was passing Belle Isle at the top of the Detroit River. A pilot change was completed as they passed the J.W. Westcott Co. Captain George Haynes was put aboard by the Mail/Pilot boat J.W. Westcott II, relieving Captain Pat Gallagher who brought the tow down from Port Huron.

Once clear of the river the tug Menasha will be released and the Point Carroll will take the Nindawayma across Lake Erie to Port Colborne, the Lake Erie entrance of the Welland Canal.

The tow should arrive in Port Colborne on Friday where it will be met by another tug for the tow up the Seaway. The carferry is being towed to Les Mechins, Quebec where it will reportedly be converted into a cable laying vessel.

Pilot and photographer Don Coles caught the tow at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday about six miles north of the Blue Water Bridge.

The Nindawayma.
Point Carroll leads the ferry.
Stern view.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin, Ron Locke, Barry Hiscocks, B. Short and James Jackson




Barge Refloated

11/02:
Mark Hannah, with assistance from the tug Mary E. Hannah, successfully freed its barge at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The barge had run aground in the channel entrance to Port Stanley at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

No damage was sustained to the tug or barge. After floating the barge the Mark was able to successfully enter Port Stanley by favoring the red buoy side of the channel and then discharged its cargo of liquid fertilizer. The barge ran aground in the middle of the channel in 13-feet of water on a shoal.




Mary E. Hannah in Hamilton

11/02:
The tug Mary E. Hannah and barge 3601 were in Hamilton Friday through Monday unloading at the UM Canada dock. The load was coal tar for VFT, which makes driveway sealer and roofing tars.

Reported by: Paul Wallace




Celebration Planned for Wolfe Island Ferry

11/02:
A committee of crew members has been selected to plan a celebration honoring 25 years of reliable, year-round service of the car ferry Wolfe Islander III this coming February 2001.

The 205 ft. 55 car ferry was christened at Port Arthur Shipyard by Mrs. Syl (Molly) Apps on August 15, 1975. The unique ferry would replace the older Wolfe Islander and Upper Canada by carrying more vehicles than the two older vessels combined. Her specially designed propulsion system (Aquamaster units) would enable her to move sideways, something her two older sisters were incapable of.

Her trip from Thunder Bay to Kingston (25 years ago this month) though uneventful, was just two weeks behind the tragic sinking of the now legendary Edmund Fitzgerald. Captain R.F.Fawcett accompanied by the late Captains Harold Hogan and Lewis Kiell, shared honors introducing their new vessel to friends and neighbors, anxiously awaiting her arrival. It wasn't until February, 1976, that then Ontario Minister of Transportation, the Honorable James Snow inaugurated service.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Regina Oldendorff in Sarnia

11/02:
The saltie Regina Oldendorff was in Sarnia Tuesday unloading.

Unloading.
Panoramic view with the Griffon under repairs at the Government Dock.

Report and pictures by: Teresa Parker




Twin Ports Report

11/02:
Edgar B. Speer is due back at the Duluth port terminal on Nov. 3 for repairs, apparently to its bowthruster. The boat isn't expected at Two Harbors until the 5th.

A couple of USS Great Lakes Fleet vessels are making unusual calls involving partial cargoes. John G. Munson will load in Toledo on Nov. 2 and then deliver part of that load to Green Bay on the 4th and the remainder to St. Ignace on the 5th. Presque Isle will unload stone at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth and then load a partial cargo of taconite pellets there and then proceed to Two Harbors for the remainder.

Reported by: Al Miller




Cleveland Update

11/02:
Wednesday morning the Vamand Wave came into 22E with two tugs. The Federal Mackenzie was in port docked across the slip at 24W. The Mackenzie took the tug Delaware out at 1:30 p.m. The tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II took a tug in at 6:00 p.m. for Blue Circle Cement. The H. Lee White was due for the Cleveland Bulk terminal late Wednesday night. The Alpena is due for Lafarge in the morning and another saltie is due to arrive at noon.

Tuesday the Richard Reiss departed of West Third at 6:00 a.m. with the tug Delaware. The Lakefront was busy. The Isadora departed at 9:00 p.m. Monday and the Federal Saguenay arrived at 24W. A U.S. Coast Guard was taken out of the water by Great Lakes Towing's floating dry dock.

Pictures by TZ
Vamand Wave at dock.
Stern view of the Federal Mackenzie.
Vamand Wave and Federal Mackenzie at dock.
Federal Mackenzie departs.
Mackenzie's bow.
Mackenzie is escorted out by a flock of seagulls.
Richard Reiss arrives.
Stern view.
Taking a stern line from the Reiss.
Coast Guard vessel at the GLT yard.
Loaded onto the dry dock.
Another view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Brockville Update

11/02:
Below are recent images of vessel passing Brockville, ONT. in the Seaway.
Wednesday
Stern view of the Sandviken.
Hope 1 passes.
Stern view.

Tuesday
Samuel Risley heading to replace the Griffon at Prescott station.
Algoport upbound.
Algoeast upbound.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Dan Maus

11/02:
Daniel J. Maus, age 65 years passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2000. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in the Bay City Times. Stapish West 805 E. South Union, Bay City




News Reporters Wanted

11/02:
As the Boatnerds head home from the First Annual Gathering at the Welland Canal, our daily reporting and images will end. I would like to invite any boatwatchers in the area to send in news reports or interesting vessel passages. While attending the Gathering we recognized the important part the Welland Canal plays in the Great Lakes and Seaway system. This important area is poorly represented on the News Page and I would like to change that.

News Reporters are given full credit (if desired) for any information submitted. The credit line can also include any links to outside web sites and we can create an "About the Author Page."

For more information please e-mail.




Gales of November Seminar

11/02:
Anyone interested in the Edmund Fitzgerald and other Great Lakes topics may want to consider spending the weekend of Nov. 10-12 in Duluth for the annual Gales of November seminar and ship tours, and other events.

Gales of November is a daylong event featuring speakers on a wide range of topics. It is sponsored by the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association and held this year in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, located right off Interstate 35 in downtown Duluth.

Speakers scheduled to appear include Capt. Dudley Paquette, retired master of Wilfred Sykes, who will talk about "The Night the Fitz Went Down"; Gerry Dawson, Thunder Bay tug captain, talking about rescuing two people from the cruise boat Grampa Woo adrift on Lake Superior; author Fred Stonehouse talking about "Haunted Ships"; Neil Howk with the National Park Service in the Apostle Islands, talking about "Lighthouses in the Movies"; and many more.

Featured dinner speaker is Capt. Jimmie Hobaugh, USCG ret., talking about "25 Years Ago: The Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered."

Weather permitting, participants also will be able to tour the Coast Guard Cutter Sundew and the Coast Guard's newest 47-foot lifeboat.

Cost of the day events is $15 per person for LSMMA members and $18 for non-members. Tickets for the Dinner Program are $25/$29.

To register or for information, call 218-727-2497 or see the LSMMA website at www.lsmma.com

Other events that weekend on the same subject include:
Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m. - Fitzgerald Commemoration and Lighting of the Beacon at Split Rock Lighthouse (about 35 miles north of Duluth on Minnesota Hwy. 61 - very easy to reach)
Nov. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Authors' book-signing party at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth.
Nov. 12, singer Gordon Lightfoot performs at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Tickets on sale by calling 218-722-5573. (Yes, he always sings "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" in Duluth).

Reported by: Al Miller




Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Turns Five

11/02:
November 1995 marked the launch of this web site.
Launched as Great Lakes Vessel Passage, it was a small site with only four sections and less than a dozen pictures in the single Photo Gallery.

Today it has grown into the most comprehensive resource for Great lakes Shipping online with over one million visits. My thanks go to all that have contributed to the web site and the viewers for their dedication and enthusiasm.
Neil




Today in Great Lakes History - November 02

CANADIAN EXPLORER entered service on November 2, 1983 bound for Duluth, Minn. where she loaded 851,000 bushels of corn.

PAUL H. CARNAHAN was christened on November 2, 1961 at the foot of West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, MI.

On November 2, 1984 the tugs ATOMIC and ELMORE M. MISNER towed the ERINDALE to the International Marine Salvage scrap dock at Port Colborne where demolition began that month.

The H.C. HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, OH for scrapping, arriving there November 2, 1981.

On November 2, 1948 the FRANK ARMSTRONG collided head-on with the JOHN J. BOLAND (2) in a heavy fog on Lake Erie near Colchester, Ont. Both vessels were badly damaged and resulted in one fatality on the BOLAND. The ARMSTRONG was towed to Toledo, OH for repairs.

In 1972 the A.E. NETTLETON's towline parted from the OLIVE L. MOORE during a snowstorm with gale force winds 17 miles west of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior. The barge developed a 15 degree list when her load of grain shifted. Three of her five member crew were air lifted by a U.S.C.G. helicopter to the MOORE to assist in re-rigging the towline. The NETTLETON was then towed the next day into the Lily Pond on the Keweenaw Waterway to trim her cargo.

The WILLIAM C. MORELAND was abandoned to the underwriters on November 2, 1910 as a constructive total loss, amounting to $445,000. She had stranded on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle Harbor, MI on Lake Superior in mid October.

The keel of the new section, identified as Hull #28, was laid down on November 2, 1959. A new forward pilothouse and a hatch crane were installed and her steam turbine engine and water tube boilers were reconditioned. The vessel was named c) RED WING (2) after the Detroit Red Wing hockey team, honoring a long association with Upper Lakes Shipping and James Norris, the founder of ULS, and his two sons, James D. and Bruce, owners of the National Hockey League team.

In 1971 the Lake Michigan Carferry S.S. Badger was laid up due to a coal strike.

On 2 November 1889, FRANCIS PALMS (wooden schooner, 173', 560t, built in 1868 at Marine City, Michigan as a bark) was sailing from Escanaba to Detroit with a load of iron ore when she was driven ashore near Beaver Island in lake Michigan. Her entire crew was taken off by the tug GLADIATOR that also pulled in vain while trying to free the PALMS. The PALMS was pounded to pieces by the storm waves. November was a bad month for the PALMS since she had previously been wrecked on Long Point in Lake Erie in November 1874 and again at Duluth in November 1872.

During the first week of November 1878, the Port Huron Times reported wrecks and mishaps that occurred during a severe storm that swept over the Lakes on Friday and Saturday , 1-3 November. The information was reported on 2, 4 & 5 November as the reports came in. The same reports will appear here starting today: Port Huron Times of 2 November 1878: "The schooner L. C. WOODRUFF of Cleveland is ashore at the mouth of the White River with her foremast gone. She is loaded with corn. Three schooners went ashore at Grand Haven Friday morning, the AMERICA, MONTPELIER, and AUSTRALIAN. One man was drowned off the AUSTRALIAN. The schooner WORTS is ashore and full of water on Beaver Island. Her cargo consists of pork for Collingwood. The tug LEVIATHAN has gone to her aid. The schooner LAKE FOREST is ashore at Hammond's Bay, Lake Huron, and is full of water. She has a cargo of corn aboard. The tug A. J. SMITH has gone to her rescue. The barge S. C. WOODRUFF has gone down in 13 feet of water off Whitehall and her crew is clinging to the rigging at last accounts. A life boat has been sent to her relief. The barge RUTTER is in 25 feet of water and all the crew are now safe."

On 2 November 1874, PREBLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 98', 166 t, built in 1842 at Buffalo as a brig) was lost in a storm off Long Point on Lake Erie and broke up in the waves. The steamer ST. PAUL rescued her crew.

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

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




Nindawayma Departs

11/01: 5:00 p.m. Update
At 3:30 p.m. the tow had reached lower Lake Huron with the tug Point Carroll and Nindawayma traveling in a large circle east of Buoys 11 and 12 as the wait for their assist tug. They are working on channel 7A (157.350). The tug Menasha met the tow after 3:30 p.m. and took the position as the trailing tug. The tow was waiting for the Yankcanuck to clear before starting the trip downbound. The Yancanuck passes Buoys 11 and 12 at 5:00 p.m. The tow did not give an e.t.a. for the Blue Water Bridges.

Pilot and photographer Don Coles caught the tow at 2:30 p.m. They were about five miles east of the shipping channel and about six miles north of the Blue Water Bridge. They were moving very slow with no wake.

The Nindawayma.
Point Carroll leads the ferry.
Stern view.

Original Report
The Nindawayma tow departed Owen Sound at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and is expected to pass under the Blue Water Bridge about Noon today. Capt. Butler reports good weather and that the tow is making better than expected speed, about 7.5 knots.

The tug Menasha from Sarnia will meet the tow in lower Lake Huron to assist them down the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers as the trailing tug. If they remain on schedule the tow should pass Detroit about 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Once clear of the rivers, the Menasha will be released and the Point Carroll will take the Nindawayma across Lake Erie to Port Colborne. Another tug will meet the tow there and assist through the Welland Canal and Seaway.

The carferry is being towed to Les Mechins, Quebec where it will reportedly be converted into a cable laying vessel.

Please e-mail with position updates or pictures.

Reported by: Don Coles, Mike Nicholls, Ron Locke, Andrew Severson, Dave Yager, Barry Hiscocks, Peter Bowers and Mike Bannon




Andre H. Heads Upbound

11/01:
The tug that will meet the Point Carroll and Nindawayma tow in Port Colborne is believed to be the Trois Rivieres tug Andre H. The tug was a fleet mate to the Point Carroll owned by ECTUG until a few of years ago. The tug was reported to be upbound in the Seaway yesterday for the Port Weller Anchorage.

Reported by: Dave Yager, Jerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt




Bayship Update

11/01:
Tuesday afternoon the Badger arrived in Sturgeon Bay for repair work. It is believed she will require work to a propeller and shaft. The carferry is docked next to the berth where she was built, her boilers will be shut down and cooled off as she begins her winter lay-up.

The tug Jane Ann IV returned to Sturgeon Bay Monday morning. She entered the small floating Dry Dock at Bay Ship Building to have work completed on her rudders. Tugs Escort II and Bay Ship assisted the Jane Ann IV into the dock.

The Sarah Spencer is now in the 1000-foot drydock having a new notch and Bloodworth system installed.

The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 remained dock at Bay Ship.

Badger Arrives.
Through the bridge.
Backing into the slip.
All stop.
Jane Ann IV standing off in the channel.
Bow view.
Tug Escort on the Jane Ann IV's bow and tug Bay ship on stern the Sarah Spencer can be seen in dry dock.
Jane Ann IV with tugs Escort and Bay Ship the bow of Ryerson can be seen in the picture. High and Dry in small dry dock.
Undaunted and Pere Marquette 41.
Construction of the world's largest boat hoist nearing completion.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Mark Hannah Aground In Port Stanley

11/01:
Tuesday afternoon the tug Mark Hannah with a loaded barge of liquid fertilizer from Chicago were aground on the soft bottom at the entrance to the Port Stanley Harbor. The tug Annie M. Dean which is working on the dredging operation provided assistance, but with little success. After a great deal of effort it appeared at 6:00 p.m. that they had suspended operations until morning.

Reported by: Ted Coombs




Rare Trip to Sarnia

11/01:
The tanker Maria Desgagnes was upbound in the Welland Canal last night bound for Sarnia. This is believed to be her first trip above the Port of Hamilton on Lake Ontario.

Reported by: Jerry O. and Jimmy Sprunt




Weather Sends Vessels to Anchor

11/01:
The Halifax anchored in Baie Comeau at 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, enroute to Port Cartier to unload her cargo of summer feed stone from Meldrum Bay Ont. Strong northeast winds and heavy seas delayed the vessels progress. The Manitoulin anchored off Manoir Richelieu at Pte Au Pic for the same weather.




Twin Ports Report

11/01:
Kinsman Independent was loading grain at the Peavey elevator in Superior on Oct. 31. Kroonborg was loading at General Mills and Ziemia Chelminska was at Cargill, both in Duluth. Gunay A was pulled into the layby slip at Cenex Harvest States undergoing repairs. Workers could be seen welding near the vessels stern tube. At anchor out on the lake, Canadian Provider was waiting for Cargill and Black Swan was waiting for Peavey.

Reported by: Al Miller




News Reporters Wanted

11/01:
As the Boatnerds head home from the First Annual Gathering at the Welland Canal, our daily reporting and images will end. I would like to invite any boatwatchers in the area to send in news reports or interesting vessel passages. While attending the Gathering we recognized the important part the Welland Canal plays in the Great Lakes and Seaway system. This important area is poorly represented on the News Page and I would like to change that.

News Reporters are given full credit (if desired) for any information submitted. The credit line can also include any links to outside web sites and we can create an "About the Author Page."

For more information please e-mail.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 01

Scrapping began November 1, 1984 on the ELMGLEN.

The Grand Trunk Western was granted permission by the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 1, 1978 to discontinue its Lake Michigan service between Muskegon, MI and Milwaukee, WI.

The MAITLAND NO.1 made her maiden voyage on November 1, 1916 from Ashtabula to Port Maitland, Ont. transporting rail cars with coal for the steel mills at Hamilton, Ont.

The SCOTT MISENER (3) returned to service in the grain trade on November 1, 1986 after a 3 year lay-up

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE made her last run for Grand Trunk’s rail car ferry service on November 1, 1978.

On 1 November 1917, ALVA B. (wooden steam tug, 74', 84 gt, built in 1890 at Buffalo) apparently mistook amusement park lights for the harbor markers at Avon Lake, Ohio during a storm. She struck bottom in the shallows and was destroyed by waves.

On 1 November 1862, BLACK HAWK (wooden brig, 138', 385 t, built in 1854 at Ohio City, OH) was carrying 19,000 bushels of corn and some stained glass when a gale drove her ashore and wrecked her near Point Betsie. In 1858, this vessel had sailed from Detroit, Michigan to Liverpool, England and back.

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

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




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