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Saltie Chios Pride Aground at Menominee

11/30

Chios Pride was stuck fast Monday at the channel entrance of the Menominee River about 200-300 hundred yards off the lighthouse on the red side of the channel. Selvick tugs worked all morning to free her, then USCG ordered engines all stop until a salvage plan could be put in place. Monday night the tugs Erika Kobasic, Jimmy L and William C. Selvick returned to dock, with plans to meet the Chios Pride at 0700 Tuesday and attempt to move her. The pilot is confident that with the three tugs and shifting of ballast water they will get her free.

Reported by Scott Best
 

 


Cheboygan Group Ready to Raise Funds for Mackinaw

11/30 

A group seeking to keep the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw in Cheboygan, Mich., as a museum has nearly completed its incorporation as a nonprofit and gained support of local officials.

The Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Inc. organization now hopes to begin raising money for the project. Its goal is to convert the giant icebreaker to a maritime museum and bed-and-breakfast after it is decommissioned in 2006.

The group hopes to move it to a location just east of Gordon Turner Park in the Joseph F. Doyle Recreation Area. The site is owned by the city. Jim Stevens, chairman of the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Inc., said the organization should have an easier task converting the ship to its new use than some other preservation projects.

"We'll be way ahead of most museums because of the Mackinaw's size and the way it's been maintained," Stevens told the Cheboygan Daily Tribune for a recent story. "The Mac will stay equipped as it is and be thoroughly maintained until the day it's turned over to us. The bridge, the engine room, all of the instruments and fixtures will stay onboard. The ship is even air conditioned."

Reported by The Associated Press, Jason Leslie
 

 


Port Report

11/30

Toledo

Reported by Jim Hoffman
The saltwater vessel Federal Leda was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The saltwater vessel Batur-5 was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator. The Algocape was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. The saltwater vessel Yarmouth was at the Midwest Terminal Dock (ex T.W.I. Dock) unloading cargo. The John J. Boland was loading coal at the CSX Docks.

At the Shipyard complex the barge Cleveland Rocks and tug Cheraw are tied up at the riverfront dock area. The casino boat Detroit Princess is tied up at the old Interlake Iron Dock just north of the yard. In the large drydock the new oil barge remains under construction. Most of the hull of the barge is completed, yard crews are now constructing the stern notch area of this vessel.

The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Wednesday, Charles M. Beeghly and Lee A. Tregurtha on Thursday, followed by the Phillip R. Clarke on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Docks will be the

Atlantic Huron on Thursday,  Halifax on Saturday, followed by the Algosteel on Tuesday. The Algosoo is tentavively scheduled for the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Thursday.

The dredge Buxton II with the tug Muskegon and related work vessels are dredging the ship channel in the river between the Coast Guard Station and the Midwest Terminal Dock.

Saginaw River

Reported by Todd Shorkey
Richard Reiss, which unloaded overnight at the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee, was outbound the Saginaw River early Monday morning passing through the Lafayette Bridge in Bay City around 6 a.m.

The tug Invincible & barge McKee Sons were also outbound on Monday, late in the afternoon. The pair lightered Sunday night at Bay City Wirt and then continued upriver to Saginaw Wirt to finish. The unload took longer than expected due to a sticky cargo the didn't want to come out of the holds.  They were outbound at the Lake State Railway bridge around 5 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay

Reported by Wendell Wilke
The tug/barge Jane Ann IV / Sarah Spencer were at the yard at Bay Shipbuilding Monday. The tug was on the drydock while the barge was dockside.

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 30

On 30 November 1896, CITY OF KALAMAZOO (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 162 foot, 728 gross tons, built in 1892 at South Haven, Michigan) burned at her lay-up dock at South Haven, Michigan with the loss of four lives.  She was rebuilt and lasted until 1911 when she burned again.

On 30 November 1934, HENRY CORT (steel propeller whaleback crane vessel, 320 foot, 2394 gross tons, built in 1892 at W. Superior, Wisconsin as PILLSBURY) was driven onto the north pier at Muskegon, Michigan in a storm.  The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA rescued her crew, but one Coast Guardsman lost his life.  The vessel settled in shallow water and then broke in half.  Her remains were scrapped the following year.

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

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

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, Quebec where she was cut down to a barge for off-Lakes use.

On 30 Nov 1967, the CITY OF FLINT 32 was laid up, never to run again.

On 30 Nov 1900, ALMERON THOMAS (2-mast wooden schooner, 50' foot, 35 gross tons, built in 1891 at Bay City, Michigan) was carrying gravel in a storm on Lake Huron when she sprang a leak and ran for the beach. She struck bottom and then capsized. She broke up in twenty feet of water near Point Lookout in Saginaw Bay, No lives were lost.

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.

On 30 Nov 1910, ATHABASKA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 263 foot, 1774 gross tons, 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.

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

 


Heavy Weather Sends Soo Ships to Anchor

11/29

A severe fall storm passing through the Sault Ste. Marie area  sent ships to anchor overnight due to high winds and poor visibility. Winds at Detour were 35 to 45 mph, Whitefish Point reported 5 foot seas with winds gusting 60-80 mph. Water level at the Rock Cut was -14 inches Sunday afternoon, upper pool readings were higher than normal, reading +24.

At anchor in Whitefish Bay were Algolake, Edwin H Gott, Roger Blough, Paul R Tregurtha, Canadian Prospector, Vega Desgagnes and Mississagi. In the lower river, Presque Isle, Herbert C. Jackson, Charles M. Beeghly, Wolverine and Middletown were among those on the hook.

Reported by Jerry Masson
 

 


Funeral Service Remembers Al Sykes

11/29

Family, friends and shipping enthusiasts gathered at the H.L. Cudney Funeral Home in  Welland, Ont., Friday Nov. 26th to celebrate the life of Alan Gordon Sykes, who passed away earlier this week in his 53rd year. Opening remarks and the eulogy were delivered by Rev. Carl Emke of Southminster and Lyons Creek United Churches in Niagara Falls.

Sykes was one of the founding members of the Welland Canal Ship Society, was a member of the Welland Canals Foundation and of the International Shipmasters Association, Lodge 20.  He had the distinction of being one of the few to be elected president of the Association who was not a ship captain or employee. In addition he was a member of both the Toronto and Detroit Marine Historical Societies.

Al distinguished himself as a marine historian and photographer, and he enjoyed making presentations for the local Canal Society. He also wrote articles about Great Lakes ships for various Ontario newspapers and historical journals.
With an excellent memory on ships past and present Al might even be able to beat Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings if all the categories had to do with ships, according to Rev. Emke.

At the time of his death, Sykes was making plans to decorate Club Roma in St. Catharines for a luncheon Tuesday marking the 175th anniversary of the Welland Canal.

He loved to collect marine memorabilia, especially china that related to ships. Along with Skip Gillham, Al co-authored "The Pulp and Paper Fleet: A history of the Quebec and Ontario Transportation Company.” It was long a dream of Al to write a history of the Misener fleet. In Al's memory, Skip has begun work on the project.

Al Sykes will be buried this week in a private ceremony.     

Reported by Bill Bird
 

 


Storm Sinks 2 Barges Filled with Scrap Steel at Gary

11/29

A storm that swept snow and strong winds into northern Indiana on Wednesday sank two barges loaded with scrap steel that were docked at U. S. Steel's harbor, officials said.

The barges either tipped and swamped in the waves or had holes banged in their hulls as they pounded against the dock's moorings.

Two other barges that were docked at USX during the storm are listing as if they suffered hull damage and appear likely to sink.
 
Reported by Dave Wobser
 

 


Photo Gallery

11/29

Photo Gallery
 

 


Port Report

11/29

Marinette/Menominee

Reported by Scott Best
The week before and after Thanksgiving have typically been busy in Menominee and Marinette and this season will be no exception as local docks build up stockpiles for the winter ahead. Thursday morning the Algomarine arrived in Marinette with a load of salt for Marinette Fuel & Dock this was the Algomarine's thrid trip this year to Marinette. As soon as the Algomarine departed the Catherine Desgagnes arrived to finish unloading her pig iron cargo alongside the William H. Donner. By Friday morning the Pere Marquette 41 & Undaunted arrived at MF&D also with a load of pig iron. For the week ahead the Chios Pride should arrive off Menominee Sunday night and enter port early Monday with a cargo of pig iron from Brazil. On Wednesday the Staten Island Ferry Sen. John J. Marchi is scheduled to depart Marinette Marine. She is supposed to leave the Lakes for New York this year before the Seaway closes.

Saginaw

Reported by Todd Shorkey, Gordy Garris
The tug Joseph H. Thompson, Jr. & barge Joseph H. Thompson were outbound the Saginaw River late Sunday afternoon after unloading in Saginaw.  The pair were delayed a number of hours during their departure due to strong winds and dropping water levels.

The tug Invincible & barge McKee Sons was inbound late Sunday afternoon calling on the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City to unload.

Sunday evening saw the Richard Reiss also inbound. Her security call indicated that she was headed to the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee to unload.

 

 


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 traveling 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.

On 29 November 1886, ALFRED P WRIGHT (wooden propeller tug, 56 gross tons, built in 1877 at Buffalo, New York) was towing the schooner A J DEWEY in a blizzard and gale in the harbor at Manistee, Michigan.  The towline parted and fouled the WRIGHT’s propeller.  Disabled, she capsized and her crew clung to the overturned hull.  One crewman swam 1000 feet to shore and summoned the U.S. Lifesaving Service.  The WRIGHT’s and DEWEY’s crews were both rescued but three lifesavers were lost in this effort.

E B BARBER was laid up for the last time at Toronto, Ontario on 29 Nov 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, Michigan 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 Great Lakes Towing Co. tugs AMERICA and OHIO.

The SYLVANIA was in a collision with the DIAMOND ALKALI in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River on 29 Nov 1968 during a snow squall. SYLVANIA's bow was severely damaged.

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 foot, 350 tons, 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 foot wooden propeller NORTHERN QUEEN, which had been involved in a collision with the 136 foot 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.

On 29 Nov 1902, BAY CITY (1-mast wood schooner-barge, 140 foot, 306 gross tons, built in 1857 at Saginaw, Michigan as a brig) was left at anchor in Thunder Bay by the steamer HURON CITY during a storm. BAY CITY's anchor chain parted and the vessel was driven against the Gilchrist dock at Alpena, Michigan and wrecked. Her crew managed to escape with much difficulty.

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
 

 


Port Report

11/28

Milwaukee

Reported by Andy Laborde
The 329' long heavy lift ship Tracer departed Milwaukee's heavy lift dock Friday afternoon. On board was a large Bucyrus International power shovel. A similar shipment took place this past August on the Atlantic Pride. The Tracer passed the inbound Integrity in the outer harbor.

The Tracer makes the turn to line up for the main harbor entrance
Part of the Bucyrus shovel can be seen secured to the deck.
Passing the Integrity.

Alpena

Reported by Ben & Chanda McClain
The Alpena arrived at Lafarge on Friday afternoon to load cement for South Chicago. The J.A.W Iglehart also came into port and tied up at the coal dock to wait for the departure of the Alpena, which was around 7:30 pm. The Iglehart took on cargo for Superior, WI.

The G.L Ostrander barge Integrity was in port on Thursday and is now delivering on Lake Michigan.

The Kaye E. Barker loaded at Stoneport on Saturday followed by the McKee Sons. The Richard Reiss was anchored offshore to load after midnight.            

Toledo

Algoisle finished loading Saturday at The Andersons Kuhlman Facility. Seaguardian II made her way down to Midwest Terminals of Toledo from The Andersons Erwin Facility. Federal Leda remains alongside ADM Elevators. She was floating high and today was not loading. Christmas lights have been strung on the aft doghouse of S.S. Willis B. Boyer. Detroit Princess is out of the short drydock of Toledo Shipyard. She's sporting a new paint job and her fancy funnels are up. She is moored just downstream of the yard. Cheraw remains at Toledo shipyard and barge Cleveland Rocks as well. Menominee pulled out of Midwest Terminals of Toledo. Daniella of Jumbo Shipping came in there with the assistance of Illinois and Idaho of Great Lakes Towing. No activity at the CSX RR Docks. Tug Muskegon and dredge Buxton II lie idle in the slip by the old Bayview Armory. USCG UTB 41480 was out on patrol.

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 28

On 28 November 1867, MARQUETTE (wooden bark, 139 foot, 426 tons, built in 1856 at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) was carrying corn from Chicago to Collingwood, Ontario when she sprang a leak during a storm on Lake Huron.  She was run ashore on Hope Island on Georgian Bay.

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.

Old postcard shows Mataafa wreck 99 years ago today.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's maiden voyage was 28 Nov 1976, to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ontario,  Her name honors the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

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 (Hull#827) was launched at Lorain, Ohio on 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) US265808 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, Wisconsin 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 Royale in Lake Superior during a major storm on 28 Nov 1905 (the same storm that claimed the steamer MATAAFA). She was recovered.

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 foot, 894 gross tons, 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, Minnesota. 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 foot, 306 tons, built in 1862 at Buffalo, New York) 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.

On 28 Nov 1874, the propeller JOHN PRIDGEON JR was launched at Clark's shipyard in Detroit, Michigan. She was built for Capt. John Pridgeon. Her dimensions were 235 x 36 x 17 feet. The engines of the B F WADE were installed in her.

On 28 Nov 1923, the Detroit & Windsor Ferry Company and Bob-Lo docks were destroyed by a fire cause by an overheated stove in the ferry dock waiting room. The blaze started at 3:00 a.m.

CANADIAN TRANSFER underwent repairs most of Tuesday, 28 Nov 2000, at the Algoma Steel dock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She had run aground the previous night in the Canadian channel approaching Algoma Steel. 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.

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

 

 


Thorold Hosting Contest for Ship With Best Decorations

11/27

The city of Thorold, on the Welland Canal, is holding a best-decorated ship contest in December, with the captain of the winning vessel receiving a plaque in recognition of the honor.
 

Members of the Thorold Tourism Committee will judge the ships as they enter Lock 7 in Thorold throughout the month. The contest is meant to draw more visitors to the Lock 7 - Welland Canal area.
 

Reported by Terry Dow, Thorold Tourism Committee
 

 


Port Report

11/27

Marquette

Reported by Lee Rowe
The Wolverine brought in a load of coal and then took on ore on Tuesday. The Michipicoten also took on ore. The Mesabi Miner arrived with a load of coal and had to wait in the harbor until the coal unloader was free.

New fencing at the ore dock includes a guard shack that workers/sailors must go through before entering/leaving the dock. The workers’ parking lot is also being fenced in.

Saginaw River

Reported by Gordy Garris, Todd Shorkey
The McKee Sons and the tug Invincible were inbound the Saginaw River early Wednesday afternoon. The pair lightered at the Sargent dock in Essexville befor proceeding upriver to complete unloading in Saginaw. It is believed that the pair unloaded at the Saginaw Rock Products dock. The pair was outbound from Saginaw around 8 p.m.

The Canadian Transfer was downbound the Saginaw River Friday afternoon, passing through Bay City around 1 p.m.  She had unloaded overnight in Zilwaukee before turning in the Sixth Street basin and departing downbound for the lake. The Transfer had to check back to allow the inbound McKee Sons to make the Sargent dock in Essexville before continuing outbound.
 
The tug Invincible & barge McKee Sons were inbound early Friday afternoon with a split load.  She called on the Sargent dock in Essexville to lighter before continuing upbound to finish unloading at the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee. The pair was expected to be outbound late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Toronto

Reported by Charlie Gibbons
Canadian Ranger was still unloading Friday night at Redpath Sugar dock. The Stephen B. Roman was also in at the Essroc terminal.

An interesting scene on the Queen Elizabeth highway Friday morning just outside of Oakville was the Ministry of the Environment research vessel Great Lakes Guardian on the back of a flat bed truck heading towards Toronto the hard way.

At the Keating Channel work is progressing again with the building of the new excursion vessel Yankee Lady 4. The hull has now been painted white and construction has begun on the upper deck bulwarks.

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 27

At 4 a.m. on 27 November 1872, the wooden schooner MIDDLESEX was struck by a terrible winter storm on Lake Superior.  The winds caught the vessel with such force that she listed at a 45o angle and her cargo shifted.  In danger of sinking, the crew jettisoned much of the cargo and the ship righted herself.  Her lifeboat and much of her rigging and sails were washed away.  She limped into Walska Bay and anchored to ride out the storm.  However, she had developed a leak and it was so cold that her pumps had frozen.  To save the vessel, she was run ashore and sank in shallow water.  The crew climbed into her rigging until the tug W D CUSHING rescued them.

The ALGOSEA entered lake service as a self-unloader for the first time with salt loaded at Goderich, Ontaio 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, Ohio on November 27, 1975, to load soybeans.

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

On 27 November 1886, COMANCHE (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 322 tons, built in 1867 at Oswego, New York) was carrying corn in a storm on Lake Ontario when she ran on a shoal and sank near Point Peninsula, New York. 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.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 collided with the WABASH in heavy fog in 1937.

In 1966 the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 ran aground at Ludington, Michigan in a storm. Stranded on board were a number of passengers and 56 crewmen. Ballast tanks were flooded to hold the vessel 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.

On 27 November 1866, the Oswego Advertiser & Times reported that the schooner HENRY FITZHUGH arrived at Oswego, New York with 17,700 bushels of wheat from Milwaukee. Her skipper was Captain Cal Becker. The round trip took 23 days which was considered "pretty fast sailing."

The CITY OF FLINT 32 was launched in Manitowoc on 27 Nov 1929.

On Monday, 27 Nov 1996, the Cyprus flag MALLARD up bound apparently bounced off the wall in the Welland Canal below Lock 1 and into the path of the CANADIAN ENTERPRISE. It was a sideswipe rather than a head on collision. The ENTERPRISE was repaired at Port Weller Dry Docks. The repairs to the gangway and ballast vent pipes took six hours. The MALLARD proceeded to Port Colborne to be repaired there.

At 10:20 p.m. on Monday, 27 NOV 2000, the CANADIAN TRANSFER radioed Soo Traffic to report that 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.

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

November 26

On 26 November 1856, CHEROKEE (2-mast wooden schooner, 103 foot, 204 tons, built in 1849 at Racine, Wisconsin) foundered in a gale 7 miles south of Manistee, Michigan on Lake Michigan.  All aboard (estimates range from ten to fourteen persons) were lost.

The U.S.C.G.C. 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 (Hull #9) at Midland, Ontario by Midland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

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 foot, 669 tons, built in 1846 at Detroit, Michigan) 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 foot, 301 gross tons, built in 1868 at Toledo, Ohio) 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.

The ANN ARBOR NO 5 (steel carferry, 359 foot, 2988 gross tons) was launched by the Toledo Ship Building Company (Hull #118) on 26 Nov 1910. 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 Nov 1881, JANE MILLER (wooden propeller passenger-package freight "coaster", 78 foot, 210 gross tons, built in 1878 at Little Current, Ontario) departed Meaford, Ontario for Wiarton-- sailing out into the teeth of a gale and was never seen again. All 30 aboard were lost. She probably sank near the mouth of Colpoy's Bay in Georgian Bay. She had serviced the many small ports on the inside coast of the Bruce Peninsula.

HIRAM W SIBLEY (wooden propeller freighter, 221 foot, 1419 gross tons, built in 1890 at E. Saginaw, Michigan) was carrying 70,000 bushels of corn from Chicago for Detroit. On 26 Nov 1898, she stranded on the northwest corner of South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan during blizzard. (Some sources say this occurred on 27 November.) The tugs PROTECTOR and SWEEPSTAKES were dispatched for assistance but the SIBLEY re-floated herself during the following night and then began to sink again. She was put ashore on South Fox Island to save her but she broke in half; then completely broke up during a gale on 7 December 1898.

During the early afternoon of 26 Nov 1999, the LOUIS R. DESMARAIS suffered an engine room fire while sailing in the western section of Lake Ontario. Crews onboard the DESMARAIS put out the fire and restarted her engines. The DESMARAIS proceeded to the Welland canal where she was inspected by both U.S. and Canadian investigators. No significant damage was noted and the vessel was allowed to proceed.

 

 


Thanksgiving on the Great Lakes

11/25

Here’s the Thanksgiving menu from the American Steamship Co. steamer John J. Boland from 1992. The Boland now sails under the Canadian flag as Saginaw; Capt. Jim VanDongen retired earlier this year from the Indiana Harbor. Submitted by Andy LaBorde.

Str. John J. Boland
Thanksgiving Menu
November 26, 1992

Capt. Jim VanDongen
Chief Engineer Paul Baker
Steward John O’Konski

Appetizers

Relish Tray
Shrimp Cocktail
Deviled Eggs
Soups
Oyster Stew
Homemade Chicken Rice

Entrees

Roast Tom Turkey with Sage Dressing
Broiled Beef Tenderloin with Buttered Mushrooms
Broiled Lobster Tail with Drawn Butter

Vegetables

Buttered Squash
Broccoli Spears with Cheese Sauce
Whipped potatoes with Giblet Gravy
Baked potato with Sour Cream

Desserts

Mincemeat Pie
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Assorted Ice Cream

Holiday Favors

Soda Pop-Apple Cider-Egg Nog
Clamato Juice Cocktail-Fresh Fruit Basket
Assorted Chocolates-Hard Candy-Fruitcake
Dinner Mints-Assorted Mixed Nuts-Gum
 

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Boatnerd.com

 

 


Final Bells for Great Lakes/Seaway Historian Al Sykes

11/25

Al Sykes, 53, a well-known Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway shipping enthusiast, author, photographer and historian, died suddenly at his home in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday.

He was a member of the International Shipmasters’ Association, the Toronto Marine Historical Society and the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, and had written articles on Great Lakes ships for various newspapers in Ontario. He was also collaborator (with Skip Gillham) on a number of books, including “Pulp and Paper Fleet: A History of the Quebec and Ontario Transportation Co. Services will be held Friday afternoon.

Reported by Bill Bird

Al Sykes aboard the S.S. Pumper in the Niagara River, 2002.
 

 


Australian Government May Foreclose on Spirit of Ontario

11/25

The Australian government is close to foreclosing on Rochester's high-speed ferry Spirit of Ontario, possibly within days or weeks, the city's corporation counsel told the Rochester Chronicle and Democrat on Tuesday.

"I can't believe it's going to be much longer than that," said attorney Linda Kingsley.

Officials at the Export Finance and Insurance Corp., an arm of the Australian government that provided a $22.5 million loan guarantee for the ferry project, declined comment.

It's unclear whether foreclosure would be good or bad news for Rochester officials, who are floating a business proposal to buy the ship from the private ferry company and turn the service into a publicly run operation. The city has already made an offer to Canadian American Transportation Systems. Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. has said that EFIC has other potential buyers for the $42.5 million Spirit of Ontario.

The lasted less than three months in operation this year because the ferry company said it ran out of money. The vessel made its last voyage between Rochester and Toronto on Sept. 7.

 Reported by Rochester Chronicle and Democrat

 

 


Port Report

11/25 

Duluth-Superior
Reported by Al Miller

Cason J. Callaway was in drydock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior on Wednesday undergoing repairs to a leaking stern bearing.

Elsewhere in port Wednesday, at midday the Middletown was entering port bound for the DMIR ore dock while CSL Tadoussac was approaching Superior Entry bound for the BNSF ore dock. Also expected at BNSF was Burns Harbor.

In the coal trade, Canadian Enterprise was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal at midday. Canadian Transport arrived off Duluth about 1 p.m. and went to anchor to wait for the coal dock.

Cheboygan

Reported by Brent Michaels
The tug/tanker barge combo Michigan/Great Lakes has been sitting in Cheboygan, Mich., for the last couple days with what looks to be a half load since Tuesday afternoon. She may be waiting for weather. 

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 25

On 25 November 1857, ANTELOPE (wooden schooner, 220 tons, built in 1854 at Port Robinson, Ontario) was driven ashore by a gale near St. Joseph, Michigan.  Five lives were lost.  She was recovered the next year and rebuilt.

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.

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

CITY OF MILWAUKEE (Hull #261) was launched November 25, 1930, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. She was sponsored by Mrs. Walter J. Wilde, wife of the collector of customs at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She entered service in January of 1931.

On 25 November 1866, F W BACKUS (wooden propeller, 133 foot, 289 tons, built in 1846 at Amherstburg, Ontario) was carrying hay, horses and cattle off Racine, Wisconsin. 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.

On 25 November 1874, WILLIAM SANDERSON (wooden schooner, 136 foot, 385 gross tons, built in 1853 at Oswego, New York) 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.

During a storm on 25 November 1895, MATTIE C BELL (wooden schooner, 181 foot, 769 gross tons, built in 1882 at E. Saginaw, Michigan) was in tow of the steamer JIM SHERRIFS on Lake Michigan. The schooner stranded at Big Summer Island, was abandoned in place and later broke up. No lives were lost.

On 25 Nov 1947, the b.) CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN was renamed c.) ADAM E CORNELIUS by the American Steamship Co. in 1958 CORNELIUS was renamed d.) CONSUMERS POWER.  Eventually sold to Erie Sand, she was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1988.

On 25 Nov 1905, the JOSEPH G BUTLER, JR (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 525 foot, 6588 gross tons) entered service, departing Lorain, Ohio for Duluth on her maiden voyage. The vessel was damaged in a severe storm on that first crossing of Lake Superior, but she was repaired and had a long career. 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.

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

This is a small sample, the books 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

 

 


Oil Spill Off Newfoundland a Threat to Wildlife

11/24 

Stormy seas kept containment crews at bay Monday as estimates of an oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland increased dramatically.

As much as 170,000 litres of oil could have dumped into the ocean during a malfunction aboard the Terra Nova oil platform. Original estimates said about 40,000 litres had spilled. "It's a large spill," said Fred Way, acting chairman and CEO of the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, which monitors the industry in the province. "It's not an Exxon Valdez category, but it's a large spill."

The board has suspended operations at Terra Nova until further notice.

Bob O'Brien, of the environmental group Ocean Net, said the area is home to many nesting birds and there will be habitat destruction. "You're dealing with nature and its forces," he said. "I think the infrastructure that we have in place to clean up spills is probably very adequate, but you can't fight nature and its forces."

O'Brien said he's comfortable that Petro-Canada has been diligent in preparing for such a spill. "We just need a weather break right now," he said.

The spill was the largest yet for Canada's East Coast offshore industry. But it was tiny when compared with other major spills around the world. In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez leaked 42 million litres of oil when it ran aground on the coast of Alaska.

Reported by the Canadian Press
 

 


Port Report

11/24 

Duluth-Superior

Reported by Al Miller
The venerable J.B. Ford was pulled from drydock at Fraser Shipyards on Tuesday morning. The vessel looks sharp with a new paint job for its hull and stack. Two tugs from Great Lakes Towing were in the yard Tuesday to take the Ford back to its mooring at LaFarge Cement's Superior terminal. The Ford was in the yard for an inspection and painting.

While the Ford was returning to its role as a storage barge, Cason J. Callaway was at Hallett Dock 5 to unload stone. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, it was sitting at the dock with its boom inboard. It was due next in Two Harbors to load taconite pellets.

Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Tuesday for its usual duty of carrying coal from Midwest Energy Terminal. The vessel is booked for at least eight more trips this season from the coal dock, with the latest loading scheduled for Jan. 5. All the trips are to St. Clair, Mich. Other Interlake coal cargoes include two booked for Herbert C. Jackson to haul coal to Marquette, and two for Mesabi Miner to haul coal to Taconite Harbor.

John J. Boland was due to make a rare call Tuesday in Ashland to unload coal for the Xcel Energy power plant. Form there it was to proceed to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets.

Sturgeon Bay

Reported by Wendell Wilke
The new tug Capt. Hagen, building at Bayship for off-lakes use, was out on sea trials on Monday.

Saginaw River

Reported by Gordy Garris
Joyce L. VanEnkevort and the barge Great Lakes Trader were inbound the Saginaw River late Tuesday afternoon. The pair had to lighter at Sargent Essexville before proceeding upriver to complete unloading at the Saginaw Rock Products dock. The pair were expected to be outbound late Tuesday evening.

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

11/24

On 24 November 1945, SCOTT E LAND (steel propeller C4-S-A4 cargo ship, 496 foot, 10654 gross tons) was launched at Kaiser Corporation (hull #520) in Vancouver, Washington for the U.S. Maritime Commission.  She was converted to a straight-deck bulk freighter at Baltimore, Maryland in 1951, and renamed TROY H BROWNING.  In 1955, she was renamed THOMAS F PATTON.  After serving on the Great Lakes, she was scrapped in Pakistan in 1981.

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, Ontario 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 SOUTHDOWN 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 Mc Gulpin Point west of Mackinaw City to avoid sinking.

The ROSEMOUNT (2), stored with coal, inadvertently sank alongside CSL's Century Coal Dock at Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 1934.

Paterson’s PRINDOC (Hull#657) was launched November 24, 1965, at Lauzon, Quebec by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

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

On 24 Nov 1881, LAKE ERIE (wooden propeller canaller, 136  foot, 464 gross tons, built in 1873 at St, Catharine's, Ontario) collided with the steamer NORTHERN QUEEN in fog and a blizzard near Poverty Island by the mouth of Green Bay. LAKE ERIE sank in one hour 40 minutes. NORTHERN QUEEN took aboard the crew but one man was scalded and died before reaching Manistique.

The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 entered service in 1931.

On 24 November 1905, ARGO (steel propeller passenger/package freight, 174 foot, 1089 tons, built in 1896 at Detroit, Michigan) dropped into a trough of a wave, hit bottom and sank in relatively shallow water while approaching the harbor at Holland, Michigan. 38 passengers and crew were taken off by breeches' buoy in a thrilling rescue by the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

NEPTUNE (wooden propeller, 185 foot, 774 gross tons, built in 1856 at Buffalo, New York) was laid up at East Saginaw, Michigan on 24 November 1874, when she was discovered to be on fire at about 4:00 a.m. 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.

November 23

On 23 November 1863, BAY OF QUINTE (wooden schooner, 250 tons, built in 1853 at Bath, Ontario) was carrying 7500 bushels of wheat to Toronto when she was driven ashore on Salmon Point on Lake Ontario and wrecked.  No lives were lost.

On 23 November 1882, the schooner MORNING LIGHT (wooden schooner, 256 tons, built in 1857 at Cleveland, Ohio) was sailing from Manistee for Chicago with a load of lumber when a storm drove her aground off Claybanks, south of Stony Lake, Michigan.  One crewman swam to shore, the rest were saved by a lifesaving crew, local fishermen and the tug B W ALDRICH.  Earlier that same year, she sank near St. Helen Island in the Strats of Mackinac.  She was salvaged and put back in service, but she only lasted a few months.

After discharging her cargo, the SAMUEL MATHER (6) proceeded to De Tour, Michigan 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, Michigan for scrapping in Brazil.

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

On 23 November 1872, Capt. W. B. Morley launched the propeller JARVIS LORD at Marine City, Michigan. Her dimensions were 193 feet x 33 feet x 18 feet, 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 tons, built in 1863 at Buffalo, New York) 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

On 23 November 1853, the Ward Line's wooden side-wheeler HURON struck an unseen obstruction in the Saginaw River and sank. She was raised on 12 December 1853, towed to Detroit and repaired at a cost of $12,000. She was then transferred to Lake Michigan to handle the cross-lake traffic given the Ward Line by the Michigan Central Railroad.

The carferry GRAND HAVEN was sold to the West India Fruit & Steamship Co., Norfolk, Virginia in 1946 and was brought down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana for reconditioning before reaching Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach, Florida. She was brought back to the Lakes and locked upbound through the Welland Canal on 23 Nov 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.

The CSL NIAGARA passed Port Huron, Michigan on 23 Nov 1999, on her way to Thunder Bay to load grain. This was her first trip to the upper lakes since the vessel was relaunched as a SeawayMax carrier in June 1999.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty, 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

 

 


Fisherman Rescued From Foggy Lake Huron

11/22

A 33 year old fisherman from Kettle Point, Ont., was rescued late Friday morning after a successful joint effort by several Canadian and U.S. marine agencies.

Dennis Joseph left Kettle Point on Wednesday morning to tend to his fishing nets approximately 1-2 miles into Lake Huron from the eastern shore community, north of Sarnia. Fog enveloped the area quickly, and the commercial fisherman, who was carrying no electronics, was reported overdue and missing later the same day. Dense fog hindered the air search until conditions improved by early Friday morning.

A Canadian Forces Hercules search and rescue aircraft from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont., successfully located Mr. Joseph approximately 14 miles SSW of Goderich. A USCG Dolphin helicopter arrived on scene shortly after, lowered a basket, and rescued the man who had been adrift for over 50 hours in a 16 ft. boat. The fisherman was then transported to Sarnia, where he was in good condition, but suffering from exposure and mild hypothermia.

Participants in the successful search and rescue effort included 2 Canadian Military fixed wing aircraft, 2 USCG helicopters, 1 CCG helicopter, 1 Ontario Provincial Police helicopter, an Ontario Provincial Police marine unit, the CCGS Cape Hurd from Goderich, as well as a number commercial fisherman from Kettle Point.

Reported by The Sarnia Observer and Barry Hiscocks
 

 


Pilot Boats in the Spotlight

11/22  

With seasonable weather slipping away and the harsher December working conditions coming soon, Sea Service's District III pilot boat crews are reading their respective vessels for the change. One of the largest pilotage districts in the world, District III serves the western Great Lakes of Lake Huron, Michigan and Superior, with regular pilot boat service available to the Great Lakes ports of Duluth, Superior, Chicago and Burns Harbor. Most pilot boats keep working long after the last pleasure boat is hauled out, often in brutal ice conditions and gale force seas.

Based in Duluth, the 50-foot 'Sea Bear' (Ex: Narrows) was built by the noted Massachusetts shipyard of Gladding-Hearn, originally for the Sandy Hook Pilots of New York. Specifically built for pilot work’s challenging conditions, she features high bulwarks for ocean seas, double spray rails, heavy-duty fendering and reinforced framing for ice breaking. Special pilot safety items such as the towable "Lifesling" recovery system, pilot over board hoist gear, area flood lighting, DSC / GPS distress electronics, pilot harness anchor clips and non-icing heated decks, all make the pilot's hazardous job safer.

Also serving Duluth-Superior, the 40-foot 'Sea Eagle' (Ex: CG40856) is a former U.S.C.G. Air / Sea Rescue & Patrol craft. In fact, she was Admiral Bennis’s initial command craft in New York Harbor's evacuation and security operations during the September 11 attacks. Renamed in honor of the Coast Guard’s tall ship training vessel and now based in Duluth, she is normally laid up by Thanksgiving. Toughly built for comfort and speed in moderate seas, her 30 knots reduces the Twin Port’s pilot's service passage time from the normal 20 minutes to about 8 minutes.

In Chicago, the 42-foot 'Sea Pilot‚ makes the 2-3 mile trek out to the saltie’s anchorage dependably, day or night, calm or gale. Designed by the noted nautical architect Robert Bruce as a competent ocean passage-maker, this heavier commercial version of his Œ Waverunner‚ series of vessels was Built by Green Bay’s Lee Patterson & Sons. Her semi-displacement hull has a substantial deadrise and bow flare to cut through the notoriously steep waves in southern Lake Michigan. The high bulwarks, sturdy handrails and safety equipment make her a dry and stable boat that is quite effective for pilot boat work.

(Pictures in the Photo Gallery)

Reported by Capt. Edward Montgomery

 

 


Port Report

11/22 

Marquette

Reported by Lee Rowe
The Charles M. Beeghly brought a load of coal to Marquette's WE Power Plant on a rainy Saturday.  She took on a load of ore before leaving. The Saginaw was expected in on Sunday to load ore.


Sarnia

Reported by Barry Hiscocks
The M/T Gemini departed the Government Dock in Sarnia last Tuesday morning after spending approximately 17 days undergoing unspecified repairs. It has been rumored throughout this season that the Gemini may possibly be reflagged Canadian, however that has not yet occurred. Gemini is operated by Cleveland Tankers, of which Algoma Tankers has part interest.

After several months of lay up in Hamilton, the ULS bulker Quebecois arrived at Cargill Elevators in Sarnia late Friday to load corn. The Quebecois departed late Sunday night for the St. Lawrence Seaway.

The McKeil Marine tug Salvor (formerly Esther Moran ) arrived in Sarnia over the weekend for an unspecified term of lay up. The tug Salvor had left her tank barge at the old CN Rail ferry dock, prior to making the short journey upriver to the Government Dock, light tug.

The very pristine fish tug Mar-Vel-Ann is once again in Sarnia for the late fall and winter fishing season in southern Lake Huron.

Sunday afternoon traffic included the upbound Canadian Transport and Atlantic Patroller. Downbound vessels included the CCGS Griffon and Federal Fuji.

Quebecois arrives at Sarnia (Bill Bird)|
Mar-Vel-Ann (Wade P. Streeter)
Atlantic Patroller at St. Clair Sunday (Roger LeLievre)
CCGS Griffon on Sunday (Roger LeLIevre)

Parry Sound

Reported by Paul Beesley
The Mississagi arrived in Parry Sound on Nov. 18 with the last load of salt to be delivered this year.

(Pictures in the Photo Gallery)

 

 


Weekly Photo Gallery

11/22

Photo Gallery

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 22

On 22 November 1860, WABASH VALLEY (wooden propeller, 592 tons, built in 1856 at Buffalo, New York) was caught in a blizzard and gale off Muskegon, Michigan on Lake Michigan.  Her skipper thought they were off Grand Haven and as he steamed to the harbor, visibility dropped to near zero.  The vessel ran onto the beach.  Her momentum and the large storm waves carried her well up onto the beach where she broke in two.  Her machinery was salvaged and went into the new steamer SUNBEAM.

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

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

On 22 November 1869, CREAM CITY (3-mast wooden bark, 629 tons, built in 1862 at Sheboygan, Wisconsin) 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, Michigan-Kewaunee, Wisconsin 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 foot, 366 tons, built in 1856 at Irving, New York) 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

November 21

On 21 November 1861, ENTERPRISE (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 64 foot, 56 tons, built in 1854 at Port Huron, Michigan) was driven ashore near Bark Shanty at the tip of Michigan’s “thumb” on Lake Huron.  The storm waves pounded her to pieces.  Her outfit was salvaged a few days later.

On the evening of 21 November 1890, the scow MOLLIE (wooden scow-schooner, 83 foot, 83 gross tons, built in 1867 at Fairport, Ohio) left Ludington, Michigan with a load of lumber.  About 8:00 p.m., when she was just 25 miles off Ludington, she started to leak in heavy seas, quickly becoming waterlogged.  Capt. Anderson and his two-man crew had just abandoned the vessel in the yawl when the steamer . & P M NO 4 showed up, shortly after midnight.  The rough weather washed Capt. Anderson out of the yawl, but he made it back in.  At last a line from the F & P M NO 4 was caught and made fast to the yawl and the crew made it to the steamer.  The men had a narrow escape, for the MOLLIE was going to pieces rapidly, and there was little likelihood of the yawl surviving in the gale.

The PATERSON (Hull#113) was launched November 21, 1953, at Port Arthur, Ontario by Port Arthur Ship Building Co. Ltd.

In 1924, the MERTON E FARR slammed into the Interstate Bridge that linked Superior, Wisconsin with Duluth, Minnesota, 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 foot, 197 gross tons, built in 1857 at Buffalo, New York) slipped her moorings at Lower Black Rock in the Niagara River and went over the falls. 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. Wisconsin. She made port safely, but the wind was so high that she could not hold her course up the river without assistance. The tug ARCTIC 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 foot, 33 tons, built in 1856 at Albany, New York) 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. One 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.

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

 

 


Need to Buy Ferry Urgent, Mayor Says

11/20 

The city must save Rochester's high-speed ferry service before the ship is sold elsewhere and sails away for good, taking a boatload of taxpayer money with it, Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Friday.

The mayor announced his plan Thursday to turn the cash-strapped private ferry service into a publicly run operation. The proposal involves creating a public authority — the Rochester Port and Ferry Authority — that would sell government-backed bonds to buy, own and run the ferry. The initial cost to purchase the ship, pay off previous debts and get the service running is estimated at $40 million.

"We must act soon," Johnson said. "Without fast action, this service could be lost to this community."

The senior lenders who hold the rights to the ferry "already have potential buyers in Europe and other places," he said. If it's sold, the city and state, which have spent $1.3 million and $14 million, respectively, on the ferry itself could lose their investment. In all, taxpayers have invested about $50 million in the ship, ferry terminal and infrastructure at the port, Johnson said.

Reported by Jason Leslie, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

 

 


Port Report

11/20

Sarnia

Reported by Les Reading
Spruceglen was in at the Government Dock at Sarnia on Thursday. Fleetmate Cedarglen was downbound. Gemini was gone from the Sydney Smith dock where she had been for several days. USCG Cutter Hollyhock was out on the river and passed in the early afternoon up to Lake Huron. Mesabi Miner was also seen downbound.

An Ontario man was missing on lower Lake Huron about 30 miles above Sarnia on the Canadian shore on Thursday after setting out on Wednesday to check fish nets. The Canadian Coast Guard along with a U.S.C.G. helicopter, assisted by provincial police and a Canadian Department of Defence aircraft were searching the area around Kettle Point for the man and his approximately 17 foot boat. Fog and low cloud were hampering the search.

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 20

On 20 November 1854, BURLINGTON (2-mast wooden Brig, 80 foot, 117 tons, built in 1842 at Cleveland, Ohio) was driven hard aground near Port Bruce, Ontario on Lake Huron while trying to assist the stranded Canadian bark GLOBE.

The SAGINAW was christened at the Government Dock in Sarnia, Ontario 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.

Hall Corporation of Canada’s  EAGLESCLIFFE HALL (2) was launched in 1956 at Grangemouth, Scotland.

The ferry WOLFE ISLANDER was christened on November 20, 1946, at Marysville, Wolfe Island. The new ferry was the unfinished OTTAWA MAYBROOK which was built to serve the war effort in the south Pacific Ocean. She replaced two landing barges which were pressed quickly into service following the condemned steamer WOLFE ISLANDER, a.) TOM FAWCETT of 1904, which had served the community for 42 years. Officially christened WOLFE ISLANDER by Mrs. Sarah Russell, it took five tries before the champagne bottle finally broke on her port side.

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, New York. All of the crew was rescued. Early the next morning at 0305 hours she slid off the shoal, rolled on her side and sank in 150 feet of water.

Pittsburgh Steamship’s steamer RALPH H WATSON (Hull#285) was launched in 1937, at River Rouge, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

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 foot, 480 tons, built in 1852 at Trenton, Michigan as the sidewheeler FOREST CITY) was carrying coal when she was cast adrift east of Erie, Pennsylvania 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, Ohio for Frankfort, Michigan on her maiden voyage.

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

On 20 Nov 1871, the schooner E B ALLEN was sailing from Chicago to Buffalo with a load of corn when she crossed the bow of the bark NEWSBOY about six miles off the Thunder Bay Light on Lake Huron. The NEWSBOY slammed her bow deep into the schooner's hull amidships and the ALLEN sank in about 30 minutes. The crew escaped in the yawl. The NEWSBOY was badly damaged but did not sink.

On 20 Nov 1999, the Bermuda-flag container ship CANMAR TRIUMPH went aground on the St. Lawrence River, off Varennes about 15 kilometers downstream from Montreal. She was the third vessel to run aground in the St. Lawrence River that Autumn. The Canadian Coast Guard reported that she was having engine problems and the CBC News reported that the vessel's rudder was damaged in the grounding.

On Saturday morning. 20 Nov 1999, Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin, launched the 175-foot Coast Guard Cutter HENRY BLAKE. The BLAKE was one of the "Keeper" Class Coastal Class Buoy Tenders. Each ship in the "Keeper" class is named after a famous American lighthouse keeper.

Data from: Joe Barr, Brian Johnson, 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

                       

 


Rochester Officials Want to Buy Spirit of Ontario

11/19 

Unhappy with progress in restarting Rochester's troubled private high-speed ferry service, city officials want to buy the ship and turn it into a publicly run operation.

The proposal involves creating a public authority that would sell government-backed bonds to purchase, own and run the ferry. The initial price tag would be about $40 million.

"We have tried every way we could to make this deal work with a private-sector solution. It is not possible," Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Wednesday. "Do we throw up our hands in despair and let it go? Or do we do something that ... will evoke some controversy in terms of more public money being spent on the ferry?"

The goal is to have the ferry back in service in the spring and operate year-round.

The city proposal faces legislative hurdles — the top one being getting the state to approve the creation of the new authority. The plan also likely will face public opposition.

Canadian American Transportation Systems, its lenders and political leaders have been negotiating behind the scenes in an attempt to restart the service.

Reported by Jason Leslie, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
 

 


Weather Channel To Tell Christmas Tree Ship Story

11/19 

A ship loaded down with freshly cut spruce trees, its deck covered with festive holiday decorations. The captain welcomes children and their families aboard to select that perfect tree that will greet them Christmas morning.  For more than a century, this scene has played out along the Chicago waterfront, first aboard 19th century schooners, now aboard modern-day Coast Guard vessels.  It's all part of the legend of the Christmas tree ship, guided by a man who died at its helm, carried on by the wife and daughters determined to honor his legacy, and embraced by a city that refuses to let the tradition die. 

On Sunday, Nov. 28, The Weather Channel shares this story as it premieres "The Christmas Tree Ship: A Holiday Storm Story" at 9 p.m. Part of the filming was done aboard the tall ship Denis Sullivan, based in Milwaukee.

The story begins with Herman Schuenemann, a mariner in the lumber trade whose business combined with his love of Old World traditions leads him to sell Christmas trees from the deck of his ship docked along the Chicago River. In time, his wife and three daughters join him in the annual enterprise, bringing their holiday cheer to the thousands of Chicagoans who welcome the season with a visit to the Christmas Tree Ship.

As its popularity grew, the practice of selling trees from the ship took on increasing importance to Schuenemann's business, and at the end of a rough year in 1912, he needed the financial boost the sale of the Christmas trees would bring.  Sailing from the Michigan shore to return to Chicago, Schuenemann couldn't know that it would be his last trip.

Caught in gale force winds and laden with thousands of trees, Schuenemann's ship, the Rouse Simmons, strained in Lake Michigan's turbulent waters.  As the gale turned into blizzard conditions, the crew struggled to keep the schooner afloat.  Rescuers searching the following day found no sign of the boat, or of any wreckage.  The Rouse Simmons was gone.

Knowing what her father would want, the eldest daughter, Elsie, immediately rented a ship to be docked along the Clark Street Bridge and set to selling trees from that ship to the people of Chicago.  For that and 20 years after, his wife and daughters continued the legacy that Herman Schuenemann had started in the late 1800's.

Years later, the U.S. Coast Guard resurrected the tradition of the Christmas tree ship, loading one of its own icebreakers, the Mackinaw, with trees cut from the forests of northern Michigan and giving them away to needy families from the decks of the boat docked at historic Navy Pier in Chicago

This year, the USCG Mackinaw, loaded with freshly cut Christmas trees from northern Michigan, will dock at  Navy Pier in Chicago from Dec. 3-5, handing out the trees to some of the city's neediest families.

After its premiere on November 28, "The Christmas Tree Ship: A Holiday Storm Story" will re-air several times the following week on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m., Dec. 2 at 12 p.m., Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., Dec. 4 at 1 and 4 p.m., and Dec. 5 at 12 and 5 p.m.  It will also encore on Christmas Eve at 8 and 11 p.m. and once more in 2004 on Dec. 30 at 8 and 11 p.m.

Reported by PR Newswire
 

 


Wreck of Etta Belle Discovered on Lake Ontario

11/19

The wreck of the Etta Belle, an oak-hulled schooner that foundered and sank in 1873, has been located about eight miles northeast of Sodus Point on Lake Ontario. Its full load of coal is still visible, bulging from two cargo holds, and coated with zebra mussels.

The Etta Belle, found by two Rochester divers who specialize in hunting Lake Ontario shipwrecks, is the oldest cargo-carrying schooner found on the southern shore of the lake.

"It was a nice story," said Jim Kennard of the ship, which went down on Sept. 3, 1873, in relatively calm weather. "Everybody got off." Kennard is 61-year-old Eastman Kodak Co. electrical engineer and a diver since 1970. In September 2003, he and diving partner Dan Scoville, 31, were aboard their 16-foot search boat, motoring shoreward after a little engine trouble. Kennard had left his self-designed side-scan sonar running, and what looked like an outcropping of rock showed up on the screen. "We saw something that looked like something," he said. "It was enough to get us to come back."

The ship, rebuilt in 1870 from a Canadian boat constructed in 1852, sprang a leak just under the waterline on the port bow. After an hour of frantic pumping, the captain and his crew gave up, retreating into a small yawl for an eight-mile row to shore.

The wreck of the Etta Belle "was like seeing history," said Scoville, who explored the old ship in half-hour intervals. "It's still exactly the way it was."

 

 


Port Report

11/19

Saginaw

Reported by Todd Shorkey
The tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort & barge Great Lakes trader arrived Wednesday morning with a split cargo.  The pair lightered at the Bay City Wirt dock before continuing upriver to finish unloading at the Wirt Stone dock in Saginaw.  After dealing with a long unload due to a sticky cargo, they were outbound for the lake Wednesday evening.
 
Also outbound on Wednesday after unloading was the tug Invincible & barge McKee Sons.  The pair had unloaded at the Buena vista dock and were outbound for the lake late in the afternoon.
 
Alpena

Reported by Ben & Chanda McClain

The J.A.W. Iglehart, which had arrived late Tuesday to unload at the LaFarge Terminal in Carrollton, was outbound for the lake just ahead of the VanEnkevort/Trader early Wednesday evening.

The J.A.W Iglehart returned to port on Thursday to load  cement after delivering to Saginaw. The Iglehart departed before 4 p.m. to head for Milwaukee. The Buffalo was waiting out in the bay for the Iglehart to clear the channel and pass by so it could go into Lafarge. The Buffalo tied up by dark and proceeded to unload coal.         

The steamer Alpena is at the Sturgeon Bay shipyards undergoing its five year inspection. The G.L Ostrander barge Integrity is expected to be in Toledo, OH on Friday. The Arthur M. Anderson took on cargo at Stoneport on Thursday, followed by Great Lakes Trader late in the evening.

Toledo

Reported by Jim Hoffman
The Olympic Merit was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator. The Canadian Navigator was unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock. The Philip R. Clarke was due into the CSX Docks late Thursday evening to load coal. The tug Donald C. Hannah with her barge was at the B-P Dock. The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Lee A. Tregurtha and CSL Laurentien on Monday, followed by the H. Lee White and Sam Laud on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Docks will be the John B. Aird on Friday, followed by the Nanticoke on Saturday.

At the Shipyard the barge Cleveland Rocks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Cheraw remain tied up at the riverfront dock while the new oil barge under construction and the casino boat Detroit Princess remain in both drydocks.

The dredge Buxton II with the tug Muskegon and related equipment are dredging the ship channel in the Maumee River by the Coast Guard Station/T.W.I. Dock area.

Escanaba/Marquette            

Reported by Lee Rowe
The Joseph L. Block brought a load of coal to Escanaba on a foggy Wednesday.  Thursday the Fred R. White, Jr. brought an unusual load of stone to Marquette's upper harbor, using the hopper normally used for coal. She then took on a load of ore.  The Herbert C. Jackson was expected at the lower harbor Thursday evening with a move to the upper harbor Friday morning. The Lee A. Tregurtha was also expected at the ore dock on Friday afternoon.
 

 


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Today in Great Lakes History

November 19

On 19 November 1897, NAHANT (wooden propeller freighter, 213’, 1204 gt, built in 1873 at Detroit, MI) caught fire while docked near Escanaba, Michigan.  Firefighters were hampered by sub-zero temperatures and she burned to a total loss.  The fire jumped to the dock and did $300,000 worth of damage.  Two of the crew were burned to death.  The wreckage of the vessel was still visible from the Escanaba lighthouse 100 years later.

American Steamship’s  SAM LAUD (Hull#712) was launched on this date in1974 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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

The keel for the JOHN T HUTCHINSON (Hull#1010) was laid November 19, 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

The Kinsman Transit Co.’s steamer MERLE M MC CURDY was laid up for the last time at Buffalo, New York 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, MC DOUGALL, 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.

On 19 Nov 1886, the steamer MANISTIQUE was towing the schooner-barges MARINETTE and MENEKAUNEE, all loaded with lumber, in a NW gale on Lake Michigan. The gale lasted three days. The barges broke loose after a long fight against the elements and both were wrecked near Frankfort, Michigan. 6 of the 7 aboard the MARINETTE were lost including the woman cook and her 13-year old daughter. The MENEKAUNEE broke up before the Lifesaving Service could get to her and all seven aboard died. When the Lifesaving Service arrived on the beach, they found a jumbled mass of lumber and gear and the ship's dog keeping watch over the dead bodies. The dog also died soon after the Lifesaving crew arrived.

EMPIRE MALDON (steel tanker, 343 foot, 3734 gross tons) was launched on 19 November 1945, by Sir James Laing & Sons, Ltd., at Sunderland, United Kingdom for the British Ministry of War Transport She was sold to Imperial Oil Co. of Canada in 1946 and renamed IMPERIAL HALIFAX and served on the Maritime Provinces-East Coast trade. In 1969, she was purchased by Johnstone Shipping, Ltd. of Toronto and served on the Great Lakes. She lasted until 1977 when she was scrapped by United Metals, Ltd. in Hamilton, Ontario.

On Friday morning, 19 Nov 1999, shortly after leaving the ADM dock in Windsor, the salty AVDEEVKA lost power in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River. The main engine on the vessel quit while she was abreast of Grassy Island and she began drifting downstream. The stern anchor was dropped and then the port side bow anchor. She began swinging towards the middle of the channel with her stern outside the channel when the main engine was restarted and she headed back upstream for the Belle Isle anchorage. Once in the anchorage a team from the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the vessel to investigate. She was released the next day. It is reported that the vessel lost power due to main fuel valve being left closed after routine maintenance during her stay at the ADM dock.

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

                                    

 


Cheboygan Coast Guard Readies Dock for New Mackinaw

11/18

A major overhaul of the Coast Guard moorings on the Cheboygan River will begin this spring in preparation for the arrival of the new U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, due to homeport in Cheboygan next October, according to a story in the Cheboygan Daily Tribune. The estimated cost of the project will be between $1 million and $5 million.

The job will be two-fold, according to Ensign James Conner, the present Mackinaw's public affairs officer. Some of the work will be to prepare the existing dock for the new Mackinaw and other work will be done to build new facilities.

"There's a lot of work planned," explained Lt. Cmdr. Michael Barner, the Mackinaw's engineering officer. "There will be dredging done at the site and upgrading of the main dock to service the new Mackinaw and preparing the other dock for the old Mackinaw. They'll start as soon as we get back from spring icebreaking. The work will have no effect on the operation of the ship."

The new Mackinaw and the existing Mackinaw will both be based here until the older vessel is decommissioned in 2006 and a final disposition is made. The project includes the demolition of two existing 19-pile dolphins and installation of four new 19-pile dolphins; provide rip rap shore protection; exterior utilities consisting of electrical, natural gas, water, sanitary, and communications links for the vessels.

According to Barner, a group of eight to 12 maintenance personnel will be stationed in Cheboygan to service the new Mackinaw and will not regularly sail with the ship.

Construction plans call for a 1,315-square-foot building addition with brick veneer exterior walls and interior partitions. In addition, 50-ton bollards will be installed, supported on steel H-piles; a wharf extension will be built with concrete filled pipe piles, steel support system and reinforced concrete deck. A floating pier with two guide piles will also be necessary to support the new Mackinaw.

With the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Acacia now set for decommissioning, the new Mackinaw will be expected to assume the Acacia's buoy-tending duties as well as break ice. This should mean that the ship will be at sea many more days per year than the current Mackinaw has been while operating with a smaller on-board crew.

The Coast Guard's Facilities Design and Construction Center will reveal the proposals Dec. 9.

Reported by Cheboygan Daily Tribune, Jason Leslie

 

 


St. Lawrence Seaway Closing Dates Listed

11/18

Montreal-Lake Ontario Section
The clearance date for the 2004 navigation season is 23:59 hours, December  20. (The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24.)

Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59  hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Vessels will be allowed to transit St. Lambert Lock up to 23:59 hours December 29th weather and operating conditions permitting.

Welland Canal
The closing of the Welland Canal is scheduled to take place at 23:59 hours on December 26th. Any transits of the Welland Canal after 23:59 hours, December 26th, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Vessels will be allowed to transit the Welland Canal up to 23:59 hours December 29th weather and operating conditions permitting.

Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canal (United States)
The official closing date for the Sault Ste. Marie Locks (U.S.A.) is 2400 hours January 15, 2005.

Ports East of Montreal
Vessel owners and operators are advised that there are a number of ports east of the Seaway (St. Lambert Lock) on the St. Lawrence River that remain open to navigation during the winter months.

Reported by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

 

 


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Today in Great Lakes History

November 18

On 18 November 1869, EQUATOR (wooden propeller package freighter, 184 foot, 621 tons, built in 1857 at Buffalo, New York) was trying to pull the schooner SOUTHWEST off a reef near North Manitou Island on Lake Michigan.  A storm swept in and EQUATOR foundered in the relatively shallow water.  She was thought to be unsalvageable but was re-floated in 1870.  Her hull was extensively rebuilt and became the barge ELDORADO in 1871 while her engine was used in the tug BISMARCK.

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

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's sea trials were conducted on 18 November 1976. Her maiden voyage was on 28 November 1976, to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ontario.. Her name honors the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

The bow and stern sections of the vessel that was to become the STEWART J CORT were built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Systems, Inc., Pascagoula, MS, as hull 1173. That 182 foot vessel, known as "STUBBY" was launched on 18 Nov 1969. "STUBBY" sailed under its own power from the Gulf of Mexico through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal to Erie, Pennsylvania where the sections were cut apart by Erie Marine, Inc. and the 818 foot mid section was added -- making the Lakes first thousand footer.

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, Michigan. Her dimensions were 138 foot overall, 125 foot keel, 23 foot beam, and 12 foot depth. She was built for Mr. G. E. Brockway of Port Huron.

On 18 November 1842, CHICAGO (wooden passenger & package freight sidewheeler, 105 foot, 166 tons, built in 1837 at St. Joseph, Michigan) 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.

On 18 November 1882, DROMEDARY (wooden propeller, 120 foot, 255 gross tons, 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 was 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, Wisconsin 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.

On 18 November 1881, the schooner JAMES PLATT left Bay City with a cargo of lumber for Chicago. However, she was wrecked on Lake Michigan during a terrible snow storm during the first week of December and never made it to Chicago. The storm lasted two full days and six of the crew survived but the rest were lost.

The ANN ARBOR NO 4 ran aground on Green Isle, the island in Green Bay to the north of her course between Sturgeon Bay and Menominee on 18 Nov 1913. ANN ARBOR NO 3 pulled her off undamaged after about 2 hours work.

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

 

 


Permanent Repairs Continue on Damaged Menominee

11/17

Repairs continue on the damaged saltie Menominee at Montreal. According to Jack Hines, owner of Mount Royal Walsh Inc. ship repairs, the work is of a permanent, rather than temporary, nature. He said the ship was built in Sweden with good quality steel, and added “if she did not hit the wall at Beauharnois, she would have been good for another 37 years.”

The Menominee, built in 1967, is old by ocean standards, and fears were this accident would have sealed her fate with the scrapyard. Her sister ship, Marinette, went to Alang, India, to be scrapped last year.

Menominee damaged her port side near the bow when she hit the wall at the Beauharnois Lock in the St. Lawrence Seaway last week. Repairs are expected to take around 13 days.

Reported by Kent Malo 

(Pictures in the Photo Gallery)
 

 


Judge Confirms Oglebay Norton Reorganization Plan

11/17 

Oglebay Norton said that United States Bankruptcy Judge Joel B. Rosenthal of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware Tuesday confirmed the company's second amended joint plan of reorganization.

Confirmation affirms that all reorganization requirements have been met under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and clears the way for Oglebay Norton to emerge from chapter 11 protection. The company said it expects to be able to satisfy all conditions to effectiveness of its plan and anticipates emerging from chapter 11 by the end of December or early January. The company and its wholly owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 on February 23, 2004.

"The confirmation of our plan signals a new beginning for Oglebay Norton," said Michael D. Lundin, president and chief executive officer. "The court has affirmed that our plan of reorganization is reasonable and provides the best value for creditors. The company will emerge from bankruptcy court protection with a de-levered balance sheet, strong momentum and a continued focus on serving our customers."

Lundin credited the commitment of the company's employees and the support of customers, vendors and lenders for preserving and growing the business during bankruptcy. He thanked the creditors' committee and management's outside advisors for their hard work in expeditiously navigating the chapter 11process.

Lundin said the company intends to continue to pursue the strategic operating plan that management put in place in 2002, but was unable to execute fully due to the financial challenges that culminated in the chapter 11 filing.

"We are confident in our ability to implement this strategy and return Oglebay Norton to sustained profitable growth while generating cash flow to pay down debt," Lundin said.

As previously disclosed, the strategic plan is based on the company's core competencies of extracting, processing and providing minerals. The strategy is to expand current markets and develop new ones for the company's core limestone and limestone fillers businesses while maximizing the profitability of the industrial sands, lime and marine units. Management remains in active discussions to sell all or portions of the company's mica operations.

Reported by Oglebay Norton Co.

 

 


Tug Auction at Duluth Draws No Bids

11/17

No bidders emerged recently as the tugboat Lake Superior, a former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug and a floating tourist attraction in Duluth since 1996, went on the auction block.

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center out the 61-year-old retired vessel up for sale at an asking price of at least $130,000. Convention center officials planned to unseal the bids last Friday but had none to open.

"We've got to kind of regroup and think about it again. We honestly thought the tug would sell," said Bob Hom, the center's operations director.

Hom and others have decided that the Lake Superior won't return for public viewing next summer. It will be removed from the slip between the convention center and Canal Park. The ore carrier William A. Irvin and the Coast Guard cutter Sundew will remain in the museum.

"Tourists just don't have the time to tour three boats," said Dan Russell, the center's executive director.

The buoy tender Sundew, launched in Duluth in 1944, was decommissioned in May and opened for tours in July. The Irvin, launched in 1938 and the former flagship of U.S. Steel's Great Lakes Fleet, is the highlight of the floating museum.

An estimated 35,000 visitors walked through the Lake Superior this year. By comparison, about 75,000 toured the Irvin, the convention center estimated.

Reported by Jason Leslie

Photos by Roger LeLievre

Lake Superior (right) with Sundew this past summer.
Lake Superior and William A. Irvin

 

 


Cleveland Moves Ahead On Ferry Service to Port Stanley

11/17

Cleveland port officials have turned their attention to Canadian requirements for a proposed Lake Erie ferry service
.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority hopes to launch a commercial and passenger ferry from Cleveland to Port Stanley, Ont., in the spring of 2006.

To hit this target the port must begin building a multimillion-dollar terminal on Dock 28 next summer. The port, however, wants the federal government to pay for the terminal, and Congress has yet to approve a transportation bill.

In the meantime, Rose Ann DeLeon, the port's director of strategic development, and consultant Stuart Theis will travel to Port Stanley next week to discuss the ferry operation with their Canadian counterparts. DeLeon also hopes to arrange a December meeting with Canada's new minister of transportation.

The Port Authority commissioned a study last year that concluded demand was strong for a ferry and that such a service could make money. In September, the port chose a Dutch company, Royal Wagenborg, as the best candidate to revive ferry service in Cleveland. Wagenborg's proposal envisions two vessels, one based in Cleveland and the other in Canada. The company would initially lease ferries before building its own.

Reported by Jason Leslie, Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

 


Port Report

11/17
 

Saginaw River

Reported by Todd Shorkey
The Saginaw River had an unusual visitor on Monday as the Purvis Marine tug Avenger IV and her tank barge arrived to unload a cargo.  The pair were unloading at the Triple Clean Liquifuels dock in Essexville during the day and they were expected to depart late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
 
Also in port on Monday was the American Republic, which called on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.  She arrived around 4 p.m. and unloaded until early into the evening before departing for the lake.

Toledo

Reported by Jim Hoffman
The saltwater vessel Bright Laker was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. The tug Karen Andrie with her barge were unloading cargo at the Murphy Oil Dock by the old Toledo Edison Acme Plant. The tug Holly Ann with her barges were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The H Lee White was scheduled into the CSX Docks late Monday evening to load coal.

The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Lee A. Tregurtha on Tuesday. The Philip R. Clarke on Thursday. The Arthur M. Anderson on Friday, followed by a return visit of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boat due into the Torco Ore Docks will be the Canadian Navigator on Thursday.

At the Shipyard the barge Cleveland Rocks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Cheraw were tied up at the riverfront dock area. The new oil barge under construction and the casino boat Detroit Princess remain in both drydocks at the yard.  While in the drydock the Detroit Princess is being repainted with a black hull, white cabins with red trim.

At the Bayview Park Armory area directly across from the Coast Guard station the dredge Buxton II and tug Muskegon with related work vessels are dredging the channel/docksite areas around the armory.

For the tugboat enthusiasts the tugs Bessie B., Cheraw, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Josephine, Prairieland, Mighty Jake, Mighty Jessie, Susan Hoey, William Hoey, Holly Ann, Karen Andrie, and Muskegon are all at Toledo at the present time.

Vessels remaining in layup around Toledo are the Courtney Burton at the Lakefront Docks and the railroad carfloats Pere Marquette 10, Roanoke, and Windsor at the CSX Docks "Frog Pond" area.


 

 


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11/17

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Today in Great Lakes History

November 17

On 17 November 1884, PHOENIX (wooden propeller wrecking tug, 173 gross tons, built in 1862 at Cleveland, Ohio) caught fire in one of her coal bunkers at 7:00 a.m. while she was tied up to the C. S. R. Railroad slip at Amherstburg, Ontario.  Several vessels, including the Dunbar tug SHAUGHRAUN and the steam barge MARSH, tried to save her.  The SHAUGHRAUN finally got a line on her and pulled her away from the dock and towed her near Norwell’s wharf where she burned and sank.

On 17 Nov 1969, the RIDGETOWN (steel propeller bulk freighter, 557 foot, 7637 gross tons, built in 1905 at Chicago, Illinois) was laid up at Toronto for the last time with a load of grain. In the Spring of 1970, Upper Lakes Shipping, Ltd. sold her to Canadian Dredge & Dock Co., Ltd. of Toronto. She was sunk at Nanticoke, Ontario for use as a temporary breakwater during the construction of harbor facilities in the Summer of 1970. Still later, she was raised and sunk again in the Summer of 1974 as a breakwater to protect marina facilities at Port Credit, Ontario.

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

In the morning of 17 November 1926, the PETER A B WIDENER (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7053 gross tons, built in 1906 at Chicago, Illinois) was running upbound on Lake Superior in ballast when it encountered strong Northeasterly winds. About six miles Southwest of the Rock of Ages Light on Isle Royale, the captain gave orders to change course for Duluth, Minnesota. There was no response because the wheel chains had parted from the drum, thus disabling the rudder. Repairs cost $4,000.

On 15 Nov 1972, the MICHIPICOTEN (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 549 foot, 6490 gross tons, built in 1905 at W. Bay City, Michigan) departed Quebec in tow of Polish tug KORAL for scrapping in Spain. The tow encountered bad weather and the MICHIPICOTEN broke in two during a major fall storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Her forward section sank on 17 November off Anticosti Island the after section sank the next day.

The propeller JOHN STUART burned about two miles from Seewaing, Michigan 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 foot, 962 gross tons, built in 1868 at Cleveland, Ohio) 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 Au Sable, Michigan. She had a load of 500 barrels of flour and 7,000 bushels of grain. She was recovered and lasted another seven years.

On 17 November 1880, GARIBALDI (2-mast wooden schooner, 124 foot, 209 tons, built in 1863 at Port Rowan, Ontario) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Ontario. She anchored to ride out the storm, but after riding out the gale for 15 hours, her anchor cable parted and her crew was forced to try to bring her into Weller’s Bay. She stranded on the bar. One of the crew froze solid in a standing position and his ghost is supposed to still haunt that area. The vessel was recovered and rebuilt. She lasted until at least 1898.  

November 16

On 16 November 1870, BADGER STATE (3-mast wooden bark, 150 foot, 302 tons, built in 1853 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) stranded and wrecked at Sleeping Bear Dune on Lake Michigan during a storm.

The tug portion of the PRESQUE ISLE (Hull#322) built by Halter Marine Services, New Orleans, Louisiana, was upbound in the Welland Canal on November 16,1973, en route to Erie, Pennsylvania to join with the barge.

FRED R WHITE JR (Hull#722) was launched in 1978 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

On 16 Nov 1909, the JAMES S DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4795 gross tons, built in 1906 at W. Bay City, Michigan) 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.

The steel bulk freighters SIR JAMES DUNN and GEORGIAN BAY in tow of the Panamanian tug MC THUNDER arrived at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping on 16 Nov 1989, 129 days after departing Thunder Bay.

On 16 November 1887, PACIFIC (wooden propeller freighter, 187 foot, 766 gross tons, built in 1864 at Cleveland, Ohio) was loaded with lumber bound from Deer Park, Michigan for Michigan City, Indiana. 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 at Frankfort, Michigan 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, Interlake’s JOHN SHERWIN entered lay-up in Superior, Wisconsin and has not seen service since.

On 16 November 1869, ADELL (2-mast wooden schooner, 48 foot, 25 gross tons, 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.

On 16 Nov 1883, MANISTEE (wooden side-wheeler, 184 foot, 677 tons, built in 1867 at Cleveland, Ohio) broke up in a gale west of the Keweenaw Peninsula off of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. This is one of Lake Superior’s worst disasters. Estimates of the number who died range from 23 to 37.

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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11/16

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Port Report

11/15

Saginaw River

Reported by Todd Shorkey, Gordy Garris
Two regular visitors to the Saginaw River a few years ago, but seldom seen in the past two both called on the river Saturday.  The John J. Boland called on the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City Saturday morning to unload.  She was back outbound during the early afternoon.

The David Z. Norton arrived late Saturday night with a split load.  She stopped at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City to lighter before continuing upriver to finish at the Saginaw Asphalt dock.

The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader were in bound the Saginaw River early Sunday morning with a split load for Sargent Essexville and Saginaw Rock Products.

The downbound David Z. Norton had arranged to pass while the pair were unloading at the Sargent Dock in Essexville. The pair was back out bound passing through the Bay City bridges early Sunday afternoon. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader have proven to be to most often visitor this year-toping out with 23 visits.

The David Z. Norton was out bound the Saginaw River late Sunday morning after unload at Saginaw Asphalt Paving overnight.

Toronto

Reported by Bob Bennett, Charlie Gibbons
The Wendy B departed the Port of Toronto at 0700 Sunday on her way to Oakville. For the last 25 years her former owner Capt. J Gordon Bennett who past away in the spring had volunteered the his tug to take out veterans from both the Navy and Merchant Marine Services on the first Sunday after Remembrance Day for their own services to their fallen mates. In keeping with this tradition his family has continued the service this year in remembrance to Captain Bennett and the veterans.  

The saltie Pochard arrived in Toronto Friday morning and began unloading raw sugar at the Redpath dock.

Montreal

Reported by Ron Walsh
Saturday’s Port of Montreal chart showed five Desgagnes vessels in Montreal. The Thalassa, Petrolia, Cecilia, Camilla and Melissa Desgagnes are all in Montreal. Some are listed as layup or wintering vessels and only the Camilla has an etd, Nov. 21, listed.

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 15

On 15 November 1871, EVERGREEN CITY (wooden propeller freighter, 193 foot, 624 gross tons, built in 1856 at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying lumber camp supplies when she was driven on to the southwest coast of Long Point on Lake Erie by a westerly gale.  She hogged and broke up.  Most of her cargo and fittings were stolen over the winter.  Surprisingly, she was recovered and rebuilt in 1872-1873 but only lasted until 1875 when she was abandoned at Buffalo, New York.

The cargo mid-body of the then under construction GEORGE A STINSON was towed from Toledo, where it was constructed, to Lorain, Ohio in 1977.

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

On November 15, 1974, the W W HOLLOWAY struck an embankment at Burns Harbor, Indiana 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.

On 15 November 1894, ANTELOPE (Wooden Schooner, 56 foot, 32 gross tons, built in 1878 at Grand Haven, Michigan) capsized in a storm while trying to make harbor at Grand Haven, Michigan. 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."

On 15 November 1869, W W ARNOLD (wooden schooner, 426 gross tons, built in 1863 at Buffalo, New York) was carrying iron ore when she was driven ashore near the mouth of the Two Hearted River on Lake Superior during the great gale of November 1869. The violent storm tore the schooner apart and she sank quickly losing all hands (11) including several passengers.

On 15 Nov 1905, the W K BIXBY (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 480 foot, 5712 gross tons, later J L REISS, then SIDNEY E SMITH JR) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan for the National Steamship Co. (M.B. McMillan). She lasted until 1972 when she was wrecked at Sarnia, Ontario in a collision with the PARKER EVANS.

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

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

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 14

On 14 November 1883, E. FITZGERALD (2-mast wooden schooner, 135’, 298 t, built 1870 at Port Huron, MI) was carrying wheat on Lake Erie in a winter’s gale.  She was completely covered with ice when she was wrecked in the shallows off Long Point.  All six of the crew drowned while trying to reach shore in the yawl.  None of the bodies were ever found.

The ALGOBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 719 foot, 22466 gross tons, built at Collingwood, Ontario in 1978) departed Sept Iles, Quebec on 14 Nov 1978, with an iron ore pellet cargo for Sydney, Nova Scotia when 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 (Hull#826) was launched November 14, 1942 at Lorain, Ohio for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

The U.S. Coast Guard ‘s MESQUITE (Hull#76) was launched November 14, 1942, at a cost of $894,000, by Marine Iron  & Shipbuilding Co. at Duluth, Minnesota.

On November 14, 1952, the SPARROWS POINT (now BUCKEYE) entered service for Bethlehem Steel Corp..

On 14 November 1879, C G BREED (2 mast wooden schooner, 140 foot, 385 tons, built in 1862 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was carrying 24,000 bushels of wheat from Detroit to Buffalo when she capsized and sank in a sudden squall near Ashtabula, Ohio 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 CITY OF FLINT 32 was freed by the tug JOHN F CUSHING assisted by the PERE MARQUETTE 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 a.m. and the vessel was driven ashore at Ford's Shoals, 4 miles east of Oswego harbor. No lives were lost.

On 14 November 1892, the 2-mast, 95 foot wooden schooner MINNIE DAVIS was rammed on a dark night by the 2-mast, 117 foot wooden schooner HUNTER SAVIDGE near Amherstburg, Ontario. The DAVIS sank, but no lives were lost. The wreckage was removed in May, 1893.

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

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

 

 


Saltie Menominee Hits Wall at Beauharnois

11/13 Update

Menominee suffered extensive damage Tuesday, much more than was originally thought. The vessel will undergo repairs that are now estimated to take at least another 10 days.

The Menominee hit the approach wall at Beauharnois prior to entering Lock 3, the Norwegian freighter was upbound for the ports of Toledo and Green Bay when the incident occurred. The vessel was escorted back to Montreal where repairs are ongoing.

Reported by Kent Malo.

More photos in today's Photo Gallery.
 

11/11 

The Norwegian vessel Menominee, loaded with lumber for Toledo and Green Bay, hit the wall at Beauharnois Tuesday morning causing a 30 foot by 3 foot gash on the port side above the waterline.

Details were not available as to why the vessel hit the wall. The Menominee was escorted back to Sec 44 in Montreal by the Groupe Ocean tug Laprairie. Repairs are underway by Mount Royal Walsh Marine and should care expected to be completed in four to five days.

Reported by Kent Malo

Full view
Close up of the damage

 

 


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11/13

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Today in Great Lakes History

November 13

ARAB (2-mast wooden schooner, 100 foot, 158 tons, built in 1854 at Buffalo, New York) had beached on 01 November 1883 near St. Joseph, Michigan during a storm, but quick work by salvagers got her free.  However on 13 November 1883, while being towed to Racine, Wisconsin, she capsized and sank well off of Arcadia, Michigan.  One man lost his life, an engineer who was desperately trying to start her pumps when she rolled.

On November 13, 1976, the TEMPLE BAR (currently Algoma’s 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, Minnesota for delivery to Buffalo, New York.

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 (Hull#373) was launched November 13, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co..

The HOMER D WILLIAMS was involved in a collision with the steamer OTTO M REISS at Duluth November 13, 1917.

In 1984 the HOMER D WILLIAMS was towed to Thunder Bay, Ontario 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, Michigan for Chicago. She was commanded by Capt. A. McTavish.

On 13 November 1883, H C.AKELEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 240 foot, 1187 tons, built in 1881 at Grand Haven, Michigan) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she encountered a heavy storm off Holland, Michigan. 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, Michigan 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 PERE MARQUETTE 8, then in 1916 he joined the Pere Marquette carferry fleet. His first command was the str. PERE MARQUETTE 15. Then for 10 years he served as master of the PERE MARQUETTE 17, and after the launch of the CITY OF FLINT 32 in 1929, he served as master of the PERE MARQUETTE 22.

On 13 November 1865, CLARA PARKER (3-mast wooden schooner, 175 foot, 425 gross tons, built in 1865 at Detroit, Michigan) 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.

On 13 November 1888, LELAND (wooden steam barge, 148 foot, 366 gross tons, built in 1873 at New Jerusalem, Ohio) burned at Huron, Ohio. She was valued at $20,000 and insured for $15,000. She was rebuilt and lasted until 1910.

The JAMES DAVIDSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 587 foot, 8349 gross tons, built at Wyandotte, Michigan in 1920) entered service on 13 Nov 1920 for the Globe Steamship Co. (G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.) when she loaded 439,000 bushels of wheat at Duluth, Minnesota for delivery to Buffalo, New York. She was the last ship built at Wyandotte, Michigan

The unnamed salty (formerly RANGUINI) arrived at Milwaukee's heavy lift dock on Saturday night, 13 Nov 1999, to load a large desalinization filtration system built in Milwaukee for Korea. The vessel entered the Seaway in ballast for Milwaukee on 09 Nov 1999. The following day, the crew rigged scaffolding over the side so the new name BBC GERMANY could be painted on the ship.

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

 

 


Final Bells for Head Purser Fred Whitney

11/12

A memorial service was held in Seely's Bay, Ont., for Fred Whitney, head purser for the St. Lawrence Cruise Lines from 1983-2000. He was responsible for many of the details that made the Canadian Empress, (and the Victorian Empress) such a successful cruise. Fred Whitney was well known for his kindness to people and his wonderful sense of humor.

Reported by Ron Walsh
 

 


Port Report

11/12
 

Saginaw River
Reported by Gordy Garris

The Joseph H. Thompson Jr. was inbound the Saginaw River late Wednesday morning with a split load for Bay City Wirt and Saginaw Wirt the Thompson was out bound from Saginaw late Wednesday evening.

The Algorail was in bound the Saginaw River late Monday morning with a load of salt for the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. The Algorail was back out bound in Bay City early Monday afternoon.

The Mckee Sons/Invincible were also in the river on Monday. The pair were out bound from Saginaw late Monday morning after unloading overnight at the Bay Wirt and Saginaw Wirt docks.

Marquette
Reported by Lee Rowe

The Herbert C. Jackson left Marquette Thursday morning after spending the night tied up because of the weather. Michipicoten came in for a load of ore.  The new Coast Guard Cutter Alder came into Marquette to do buoy-tending duties. She tied up at Mattson Park in Marquette's lower harbor for the night before resuming her work.
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 12

On 12 November 1878, JAMES R BENTLEY (3-mast wooden schooner, 170 foot, 575 tons, built in 1867 at Fairport, Ohio) was carrying grain when she struck a shoal in heavy weather and foundered off 40-Mile Point on Lake Huron.  Her crew was rescued in the rough seas by the bark ERASTUS CORNING.

On 12 Nov 1964, the THOMAS F COLE (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7268 gross tons, built in 1907 at Ecorse, Michigan) collided with the British motor vessel INVEREWE off the south end of Pipe Island on the lower St. Marys River in foggy conditions. The COLE suffered severe damage to the port bow and was taken to Lorain for repairs.

On 12 Nov 1980, the ALVA C DINKEY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7514 gross tons, built in 1909 at Lorain, Ohio) and GOVERNOR MILLER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 593 foot, 8240 gross tons, built in 1938 at Lorain, Ohio) arrived near El Ferrol del Caudillo, Spain for scrapping in tow of the FedNav tug CATHY B. Demolition by Miguel Partins began on 28 Nov 1980, at Vigo, Spain.

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 foot, built in 1881 at Wyandotte, Michigan) was carrying 1500 tons of hard coal in a night of fitful squalls in Lake Erie. CARLINGFORD (wooden schooner, 155 foot, built in 1869 at Port Huron, Michigan) 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, New York. 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.

On 12 Nov 1886, the tug WM L PROCTOR (wooden tug, 104 foot, 117 gross tons, built in 1883 at Buffalo, New York) left Oswego, New York with the schooner-barges BOLIVIA and E C BUCK in tow before a big storm struck. During the snow storm, the tug got lost and the tow line broke. Alone, the PROCTOR finally made it to Charlotte, New York, badly iced up, but there was no word on the barges. They were presumed lost with all onboard.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, 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
 

 


Saltie Menominee Hits Wall at Beauharnois

11/11 

The Norwegian vessel Menominee, loaded with lumber for Toledo and Green Bay, hit the wall at Beauharnois Tuesday morning causing a 30 foot by 3 foot gash, on the port side above the waterline. Details were not available at the present time as to why the vessel hit the wall. The Menominee was escorted back to Montreal sec 44 by the Groupe Ocean tug Laprairie. Repairs are underway by Mount Royal Walsh Marine and should be completed in four to five days.

Reported by Kent Malo

Full view
Close up of the damage

 

 


Split Rock, Whitefish Mark Fitzgerald Sinking

11/11 

The 29th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald was commemorated Wednesday with a ceremonial beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse.

The "Fitz" sank in Canadian waters on its way to Detroit in a fierce storm Nov. 10, 1975. The cause of the wreck remains a mystery. The entire 29-man crew perished without a distress signal being sent. The wreck was found several miles north of Whitefish Point.

The Split Rock lighthouse and fog signal building, which are usually closed this time of year, reopened for the day and a film about the Fitzgerald was shown in the Split Rock Lighthouse theater. The names of the 29 crew members were read to the tolling of a ship's bell. For 19 years, employees at the decommissioned lighthouse have honored the crew and all other shipwreck victims with a dusk beacon-lighting ceremony.

After the ceremony, the beacon was lit and the tower opened for visitors to tour. This is the only time of the year when the public can see the lighted beacon from inside the lighthouse.

The program will likely be expanded next year for the 30th anniversary, when there will likely be greater interest.

The Lake Superior Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum hosted its own ceremony yesterday, which included ringing the ship's bell recovered from the Fitzgerald.

Reported by Jason Leslie

New photo gallery on the building of the Fitzgerald.  Click here to view
 

 


Suez Canal Reopened After Grounded Tanker Freed

11/11 

The Suez Canal reopened to shipping Tuesday after tugs moved a stranded oil tanker that had caused the longest stoppage in almost 30 years in the strategic waterway, a senior official said.

Shipping through the canal resumed after coming to a standstill late on Saturday when the 154,000 deadweight-tonne Liberian-flagged vessel Tropic Brilliance ran aground, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Ahmed Aly Fadel said in a statement.

Fadel said the operation to refloat the tanker was a success and there were no leaks from the tanker's 84,000-tonne cargo of crude. Officials earlier said some 25,000 tonnes had been removed so tugs could tow the tanker out of the way.

An official said a convoy of some 46 vessels that had been stuck in the canal had resumed their journey from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. Another 55-ship convoy was preparing to head south later through the canal, a key international trade route.

Officials said an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the incident, which port sources earlier said had caused more than 100 waiting vessels to be backed up inside and outside the canal.

Gulf Agency Company (GAC) shipping agents said the laden tanker became stranded after its steering failed and that it suffered damage to its bow, rudder and propeller. GAC said no oil spill had been reported as a result of the grounding.

Canal sources said the closure was the first in almost three decades to last longer than a day. The Suez Canal is a major source of hard currency revenue to Egypt. Officials estimate daily losses caused by the closure were about $7 million dollars.

Reported by Jason Leslie
 

 


Russian Steelmaker Makes Bid For Canada’s Stelco

11/11

Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal has made an offer to acquire the assets of Stelco Inc. a bankrupt Canadian steelmaker. Severstal bought Dearborn based Rouge Industries (Rouge Steel) earlier this  year.

Russian steel giant OAO Severstal's offer to purchase Stelco Inc. will depend largely on the Canadian company's ability to restructure its massive debt and get help with its pension deficit, Russian industry experts warn.

Severstal's non-binding offer to acquire all Stelco assets, assume its debt and contribute $400-million to capital improvements had been anticipated for several weeks, and is seen as in keeping with Severstal chairman Alexei Mordashov's ambitions to become a world player in the steel industry.

But industry analysts at home in Russia say Severstal's ambitions may be overriding its concern for the bottom line.

"My concern as an analyst is whether this empire building will result in added value, which I'm not necessarily sure about," said Vasily Nikolaev, an analyst with Moscow's Troika Dialog brokerage. "What they bought in the U.S., and what they are trying to buy now is a distressed asset. It's located in a great market . . . but also in a market where all the cost inputs are much more expensive than in Russia, obviously, and so expensive that the companies are only profitable at the current, extremely high steel prices.

Reported by Ed Chaput, Toronto Globe & Mail
 

 


Port Report

11/11
 

Sturgeon Bay

Reported by Wendell Wilke
As of Wednesday at Bay Shipbuilding Co., the tug James A. Hannah was in the graving dock. The new tug Capt. Hagen is back at the fitout wall. She had been on the drydock from 11/4-11/9/04. The new barge building for Penn-Maritime now has the name Key West on her hull. She will mate up with the tug Capt. Hagen for delivery to saltwater yet this year.

Toledo

Reported by Jim Hoffman
The Saginaw was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator. The Cason J. Callaway was due into the CSX Docks late Wednesday afternoon to load coal. The Frontenac was due into the Torco Docks Wednesday evening to unload ore. The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Lee A. Tregurtha and a return visit of the Cason J. Callaway on Thursday. The Amelia Desgagnes is scheduled for on Friday, followed by the CSL Laurentien on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boat due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the CSL Laurentien on Sunday, after unloading ore she will then shift over to the coal dock to load coal.

At the shipyard the new oil barge is under construction and the river casino boat Detroit Princess remain in both drydocks. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Cheraw still remains tied up at the riverside dock area of the yard.

Toronto

Reported by Charlie Gibbons
The tug Commodore Straits and barges BIG543 and BIG 549 were loading grain this afternoon at the Prescott, Ontario elevator -bound for Trois Riviers, Quebec.

At Bath, Ontario the English River was anchored awaiting the departure of the J.A.W. Iglehart which was loading cement at the Lafarge dock.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty inaugurated the new cable ferry Frontenac Howe Islander in a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon on Howe Island. The new ferry replaces the Frontenac County Ferry, built at kingston, Ontario in 1974. The old ferry is sitting in Kingston awaiting transit up the Rideau Canal to a new home on the Ottawa River.

The trawler Miss Kristy departed Toronto late Monday night bound for the N.Y. State barge canal. As of 6 p.m. today they were in the fourth lock en route to a new home in the Bahamas.
 

 


Photo Gallery

11/11

Photo Gallery
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 11

On 11 November 1883, NEMESIS (2-mast wooden schooner, 74 foot, 82 gross tons, built in 1868 at Goderich, Ontario) was wrecked in a terrific storm that some called a hurricane.  She went ashore near Bayfield, Ontario on Lake Huron.  She may have been recovered since her registration was not closed until 1907.  In 1876, this little schooner rescued all but one of the crew from the sinking freighter NEW YORK.

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, Michigan. 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, Michigan. 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, MIchigan.

On 11 November 1872, the schooner WILLIS collided with the bark ELIZABETH JONES 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 foot, 1806 gross tons, 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 foot. 475 gross tons, 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.

On 11 November 1835, the 2-mast wooden schooner COMET was carrying iron and ashes on Lake Erie when she foundered in a gale, one mile northwest of Dunkirk, New York. Just her topmasts protruded from the water. All seven on board lost their lives, including a passenger who was a college student bound for Vermont.

In a storm on the night of 11 November 1874, The schooner LA PETITE (3-mast wooden schooner, 119 foot, 172 gross tons, built 1866, J. Ketchum, Huron, Ohio) was on Lake Michigan carrying a cargo of wheat and corn from Chicago when she sprang a bad leak and tried first to reach Ludington, then Manistee. Before reaching safety, she grounded off Big Point au Sable, eight miles from land, in eight feet of water. Previous to striking, the vessel had lost her bowsprit and foremast. After she struck, her main and mizzenmasts went by the board, and the schooner began to break up rapidly. The crew clung to the forecastle deck, and when that washed away, four men were drowned. Captain O. B. Wood had his arms broken by the falling off a square-sail yard. When he fell into the water, the ship's dog jumped in and kept him afloat until they were rescued by the crew of the steam barge CHARLES REITZ. Of the 10 crewmen, six were saved. The LA PETITE was salvaged and repaired and lasted until 1903 when she was lost in another storm.

On 11 Nov 1999, the Maltese-flag bulk carrier ALCOR was examined by personnel from Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, a salvage company and the vessel's owners in hopes of forming a plan to save the vessel. She ran aground on a sand bar off the eastern tip of d'Orléans Island on the St. Lawrence River two days earlier. This vessel did not visit Great Lakes ports under the name ALCOR, but she did so under her two previous names, firstly as PATRICIA V and then as the Soviet flag MEKHANIK DREN. The Groupe Desgagne finally refloated the Alcor on 05 Dec 1999, after part of the cargo of clinker had been removed. The ship was then towed to Quebec City. Later, it was reported that Groupe Desgagne purchased the ALCOR from its Greek owners.

Storm of 1913

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913, from the journal of John Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh Mc Nichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John Mc Alpine 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.

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

 

 


Final Bells for Hanna, Bethlehem Steel Manager

11/10

Robert B. Wright longtime vessel personnel manager for Hanna Mining Company and later Bethlehem Steel Corporation passed away on Nov. 6.  Services will be held at the Baker Funeral Home, 206 Front Street, Berea, Ohio on Friday Nov. 12  at 11 a.m. with visitation at the funeral home on Nov. 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

Reported by Jane M. Gallagher
 

 


Port Report

11/10

Duluth-Superior

Reported by Al Miller
Workers at Fraser Shipyards in Superior Tuesday hoisted the 62-foot L.L. Smith Jr. from the water to a winter berth on land so it can undergo its five-year inspection. Two Manitowoc cranes were used to lift the boat, which weighs about 60 tons. The Smith is owned by the University of Wisconsin-Superior, which uses it as a biology research vessel for students and scientists, and to conduct various biology and ecology education programs for schoolchildren and adults.

Smith on the hoist

Escanaba

Reported by Lee Rowe
The Columbia Star loaded ore in Escanaba Tuesday afternoon. The Joseph L. Block was expected on Wednesday with a return again on Sunday.

 

 


Building of the Edmund Fitzgerald Photo Gallery

11/10

The Great Lakes Maritime Institute has created a special web feature on its web site detailing the building of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

This feature includes official shipyard photographs detailing the building of the Edmund Fitzgerald from the archives of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit.

The Fitzgerald was built by Great Lakes Engineering works as Hull 301 at its yard in River Rouge, Michigan on the Detroit River. The vessel was launched on June 7, 1958. On November 10, 1975 the Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior with all hands.
Click here to view
 

 


Photo Gallery

11/10

Photo Gallery
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 10

On 10 November 1901, the ROBERT A PACKER (wooden freighter, 209 foot, 921 tons, built in 1882 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was found by the wrecking tug RUMBLE eleven miles north of off De Tour, Michigan ablaze and abandoned by her crew.  Captain Isaac Zess of the RUMBLE fought the flames for four hours and then was helped by the THOMAS W PALMER.  The fire was speedily extinguished with both vessels pouring water on the flames and the PACKER was tied up at the dock in DeTour.

On 10 November 1887, A BOODY (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 287 gross tons, built in 1863 at Toledo, Ohio) struck the Port Austin reef on Lake Huron and was declared a total loss.  However, after ten days of hard work, the BOODY was finally pulled off the reef.

The EDMUND FITZGERALD foundered on Lake Superior during a severe storm November 10, 1975, at approximately 7:10 p.m. about 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan at position 47 0'N by 85 7'W in Canadian waters.

IMPERIAL ST CLAIR (Hull#57) was launched November 10, 1973 , by Port Weller Drydocks at St. Catharines, Ontario.

The STEELTON (2) sailed on her maiden voyage for Bethlehem Steel Corp. on 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, Ontario 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.

Pittsburgh Steamship’s WILLIAM A IRVIN (Hull#811) was launched November 10, 1937 at Lorain, Ohio.

November 10, 1892,  the carferry ANN ARBOR NO 1 left the shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

In 1895, the first major accident caused by cars coming free on the car deck of a rail ferry happened when the ANN ARBOR NO 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 NO 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.

ATLANTIC (formerly MANITOULIN, wooden propeller passenger/package freight, 147 foot, 683 gross tons., built in 1880 at Owen Sound, Ontario) 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 1856, ST JOSEPH (wooden propeller steam barge, 170 foot, 460 tons, built in 1846 at Buffalo, New York) stranded and was wrecked near Fairport, Ohio. No lives were lost.

November 10, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 was back in service after damaging several plates in October.

The tanker MARIA DESGAGNES struck the bottom St. Lawrence Seaway on 10 Nov 1999. After temporary repairs were made, the vessel was cleared to proceed to Hamilton, Ontario to discharge its cargo of jet fuel. A survey of the seaway was completed with no indications as to what caused the vessel to ground.

On 10 November 1887, BLAZING STAR (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 265 tons, built in 1873 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) 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.

Storm of 1913

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913, from the journal of John Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh Mc Nichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John Mc Alpine 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
 

 


Shipwreck Museum to Hold Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony

11/09

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society will hold its annual memorial ceremony for the sailors who were lost in the wreck of the Great Lakes steamer Edmund Fitzgerald on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Shipwreck Museum. The public is invited to attend.

A simple ceremony will include reflections, music and tolling of the Fitzgerald's bell - 29 times for each missing crewman - with one more toll to remember all mariners who have been lost on the Great Lakes. Refreshments will be provided following the ceremony.

For more information, contact the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society at 635-1742 or visit their Web site at www.ShipwreckMuseum.com.
 

 


Grounded Tanker Closes Suez Canal

11/09

Egyptian authorities closed the Suez Canal for the first time in 30 years on Monday after a disabled oil tanker defied tugs trying for a second day to free the waterway and release over 60 blocked ships.

The canal authority said the closure of one of the world's major waterways would remain in place for at least three days, "until a new order," said a statement carried by the official Egyptian news agency Mena.

The Suez, which earns Egypt around $7.9 million a day, was last closed after the October 1973 war and reopened in January 1975. An average of some 50 vessels each day use the canal, which links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

The reason for the closure was the Liberian-registered vessel Tropic Brilliance, which was immobilized Sunday near Ismailiya, 140 kilometers northeast of Cairo. It remained unclear on Monday exactly how the ship had run aground.

The stricken 89,000-ton tanker is lying across the canal, preventing ships from passing, and defying efforts by several tugs - including a giant one, the Adel Ezzat, sent late Sunday - to shift it.

Some 46 ships heading toward the Red Sea are lying off the coast and in the Port Said area north of the canal. Another 20 are blocked in the Bitter Lake area in the south, heading from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, authority officials said. The Bitter Lake region can hold up to 300 waiting ships, officials said.

Port sources say the tanker will have to be partly discharged before it can be moved, but the Adel Ezzat lacks the necessary pumping equipment. The authority says it will take at least two days for another tug to reach the area.

Reported by Dick Lund

 

 


Spirit of Ontario Stalled Until Spring

11/09

The Spirit of Ontario – the financially-troubled fast ferry between Toronto, Ont. and Rochester, N.Y. – will spend the winter laid up at her Rochester dock.

"We pretty much agreed that this ferry isn't going to float again until next spring," Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. told the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle Friday. There's no reason to rush the ferry back into service until all of the issues that contributed to its suspension of service are taken care of, he said.

The ferry started service to Toronto in June, but lasted less than three months before shutting down. It now sits idle in the Genesee River at Rochester. Many  supporters had hoped it would restart this fall.

Canadian American Transportation Systems, the private ferry company, blamed the stoppage on money problems and government bureaucracy. Since then, CATS, its financial backers and city, state and federal officials have been trying to figure out whether and when the service should resume.

CATS needs to raise new capital, restructure its debt, increase revenue and reduce costs. The financial backers remain committed to restarting the service, Johnson added.

Reported by Jason Leslie
 

 


Construction Starts on Asian Carp Barrier

11/09

Construction of a permanent electric barrier to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes began last week on the Illinois River. Federal officials say the first phase will be complete and operating in February, 2005. A working-but-deteriorating barrier currently is in place.

"The canal is the key pinch point. It is the one place where the fish can move between the Mississippi basin and Lake Michigan directly," said Chuck Shea with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agency is in charge of building the $9.1 million barrier across the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at a site 30 miles downstream from Lake Michigan.

Asian carp surfaced as a major Great Lakes concern in 2002 when news reports began to circulate that the big fish had spread throughout the Mississippi basin and were moving up the Illinois River, expected to enter Lake Michigan within a year. The carp are known to exceed 100 pounds and eat 40 percent of their body weight each day, stripping waters of the necessary plankton that other species need to survive. They breed prolifically and take over entire ecosystems, pushing out popular game fish.
 

 


Port Report

11/09

Alpena

Reported by Ben & Chanda McClain
Sam Laud was unloading coal at Lafarge Monday evening. It was backed into the coal dock so it could head straight out when finished. The steamer Alpena also arrived around 4:30 p.m. to take on cement. Both vessels were expected to leave before 10 p.m.

J.A.W. Iglehart was in port on Saturday loading cement. It is delivering cargo to Detroit and Buffalo. The G.L Ostrander barge Integrity was expected to be in Muskegon on Monday.

The David Z. Norton loaded at Stoneport on Monday. The McKee Sons, American Republic, Great Lakes Trader, and the Joseph H. Thompson were on the schedule for Tuesday.

 

Welland Canal

Reported by Jimmy Sprunt
Downbound overnite was a small excursion vessel from Sandusky, the Zephyr, bound for Philadelphia. The ship is leaving the lakes via the Erie Canal.

 

 


Photo Gallery

11/09

Photo Gallery
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 09

On 09 November 1869, EXCELSIOR (wooden propeller river steamer and ferry, 40foot, 28 tons, built in 1861 at L caught fire and was destroyed while taking on wood.  She was owned by Samuel Hunt of St ewiston, New York). Charles, Michigan and was primarily used as a ferry on the Saginaw River.

The EDWIN H. GOTT's keel was laid November 9, 1977, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The aft section of the ATLANTIC SUPERIOR (Hull #222) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. November 9, 1981.  The section was towed to Thunder Bay, Ontario for completion.

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 at Lorain, Ohio.

NORMAN B REAM was laid up at Duluth, Minnesota 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 foot, 835 gross tons, built in 1889 at Marine City, Michigan) was destroyed by fire at her home port of Marine City. The wreck lay in the Belle River until dynamited in the 1930’s 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 Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh Mc Nichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John Mc Alpine 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
 

 


Port Report

11/08

Duluth-Superior
 
Reported by Al Miller

Three Superior grain berths were occupied Sunday morning, with at least two vessels loading -- not unusual for this late in the season. Isolda was loading at the Peavey elevator, which has seen a slight upturn in traffic in recent weeks. Nobility was loading at the Cenex Harvest States 1 berth while Algoisle -- making a rare call in the Twin Ports -- occupied CHS 2.

Late in the afternoon, Edgar B. Speer passed down the front channel from Duluth to the BNSF ore dock in Superior to load pellets for Gary, with delivery on Nov. 10. As the Speer was slowly motoring past the work barge dredging the turning basin, the Middletown was outbound under the Duluth Aerial Bridge.

On Saturday, participants at the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association's Gales of November event were treated to a timely call by Arthur M. Anderson, which was inbound early in the morning with stone for delivery to the Hallett 6 dock and the DMIR ore dock. The taconite stockpile at the ore dock is quite low -- perhaps one vessel load -- but the stone stockpile is huge. After unloading, the Anderson headed to Two Harbors, where it loaded taconite pellets early Sunday for delivery to Gary.

 

Buffalo                                        

Reported by Brian Wroblewski
Calumet came in Saturday night after waiting in the Long Point Bay anchorage area for about 24 hours on account of high winds. She unloaded until 10:30 this morning and departed for the lake with the tug Washington pulling at her stern. They encountered swirling winds while passing the Great Northern Elevator and the General Mills Frontier Elevator but careful ship handling allowed the tow to pass uneventfully. The Calumet was clear of the harbor piers by 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
English RIver was unloading at the LaFarge plant on Ganson Street Sunday morning as well. H. Lee White also unloaded stone at the Gateway Trade Terminal in Lackawanna this weekend.

 

 


Photo Gallery

11/08

Photo Gallery
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 08

The NIMROD (3-mast wooden schooner, 184 foot, 559 tons, built in 1873 at Toledo, Ohio) was carrying 37,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Buffalo.  On 08 November 1874, she encountered thick fog on Lake Erie and the large double decked schooner MICHIGAN collided with her.  The MICHIGAN continued on her course while the NIMROD filled with water and sank in 70 feet of water off Port Burwell-Port Stanley, Ontario.  The crew escaped in the yawl and were picked up by the schooner GRANTHAM.  The wreck was discovered in 1978 when Capt. Robert Hamilton, a commercial fisherman, snagged his nets on it.

The COLUMBIA STAR (steel propeller bulk freighter, 1000 foot, 35,923 gross tons) was launched November 8, 1980, at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (Hull#726) .   She is part of the Oglebay Norton fleet.

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 Great Lakes Engineering Works built steamer a.) STADACONA (1) of 1909, renamed b.)  W H MC GEAN in 1920, was renamed c.) ROBERT S. MC NAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division on November 8, 1962. The MC NAMARA 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 for scrapping.

PETER A. B. WIDENER passed down the Welland Canal November 8, 1986, towed by the tugs TUSKER and GLENADA en route to Lauzon, Quebec.   From there she was towed overseas for scrapping. When built, the PETER A.B. WIDENER and fleet mates 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 08 Nov 1986, the B. F. AFFLECK (steel propeller freighter, 588 foot, 7964 gross tons, built in 1927 at Toledo, Ohio), 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 tons, built in 1874 at Dunville, Ontario, had been purchased for the job of salvaging the schooner M. E. TREMBLE.  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.

On 8 November 1877, KATE L BRUCE (3-mast wooden schooner, 307 tons, built in 1872 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was carrying wheat in tow of the tug JOHNSON when she was let go in heavy weather. She disappeared with all eight of her crew off Alpena, Michigan. A bureau containing her papers washed ashore in August 1878. The sunken wreck was discovered in 6 fathoms of water in Thunder Bay during the Autumn of 1879.

The forebody of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER arrived in Prescott on 05 Nov 2000, under tow of the Trois Rivieres tug DUGA. It remained there for three days. The previous March, it was reported that the hull was undergoing 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.)

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

 


Port Report

11/07

Toledo

Reported by Jim Hoffman
The saltwater vessels Greenwing and Calliroe Patronicola were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The saltwater vessel Miljet finished loading grain and departed from the ADM/Countrymark elevator Saturday morning under tow of the "G" tugs Illinois and Idaho. When this tow is finished the two tugs will meet the Federal Yukon out in Maumee Bay and tow her upriver to the ADM/Countrymark Elevator where she will load grain. The Algonorth was finishing up loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator, when the Federal Yukon tow is finished the 2 "G" tugs will then tow the Algonorth out.

The new oil barge under construction and the river casino boat Detroit Princess remain in both drydocks at the Shipyard. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Cheraw is also docked at the yards riverfront dock.

The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the T.W.I. Dock. The tug Tradewind Service with her barge was at the B-P Dock. The tugs Prairieland, Josephine, Mighty Jake, Mighty Jessie, Susan Hoey, and William Hoey were tied up at the George Gradel  docksite.

There were no vessels at the CSX or Torco Docks at the time of this report. Due to recent gales around the lakes vessels have been delayed arriving at these 2 docksites. The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Algosoo, Philip R. Clarke, and Lee A. Tregurtha on Tuesday. The Phillip R. Clarke makes a return visit on Wednesday followed by the Amelia Desgagnes and Sam Laud on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Canadain Navigator late Saturday evening (6th, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Sunday, CSL Niagara on Monday followed by the Frontenac on Wednesday. The Midwest Terminal Stone Dock has the Saginaw due in late Monday morning.

 

Marquette

Reported by Lee Rowe
The Herbert C. Jackson brought coal to Marquette's Shiras Steam Plant on Saturday, then moved to the upper harbor to take on ore.  The Kaye E. Barker brought coal to the WE Power Plant, also on Saturday, and then took on ore.  The Lee A. Tregurtha was expected later, but strong winds were predicted for the lake for Saturday night, which could keep the ships from moving.
 

Saginaw River

Reported by Todd Shorkey
The J.A.W. Iglehart was outbound the Saginaw River Friday evening after unloading at the LaFarge Terminal in Carrollton.

On Saturday, the Adam E. Cornelius was inbound headed for the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City.  She arrived late in the morning to unload and was finished, turned and headed outbound late Saturday evening.
 

St. Ignace

Reported by Tom Lindholm
Peter R. Cresswell was anchored in Moran Bay at St. Ignace Saturday, apparently waiting out the wind. Another vessel appeared to do the same thing down Lake Huron off Bois Blanc Island. Both were seen at 4:30 p.m.

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 07

On 07 November 1871, M. COURTRIGHT (wooden schooner, 276 tons, built in 1856 at Erie, Pennsylvania) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan.  She struck bottom after her anchor dragged.  She then became waterlogged.  The crew abandoned in the yawl. The vessel went ashore several miles south of Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The revenue cutter ANDREW JOHNSON tried in vain to pull her free but couldn’t.  The COURTRIGHT broke up a few days later.

On 7 November 1852, ST LOUIS (wooden side-wheeler, 190 foot, 618 tons, built in 1844 at Perrysburg, Ohio) was carrying railroad cars when she capsized and sank in a gale off Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie. She was owned by Beer & Samuel Ward.

On 07 Nov 1906, the Grand Trunk carferry GRAND HAVEN (steel carferry, 306 foot, 2320 gross tons built in 1903 at Toledo, Ohio) 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. This vessel had a long carrier both on the Lakes and in the Caribbean. She was finally scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1970.

Image of the Grand Haven from the Father Dowling Collection

The T-2 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), a.) HENRY FORD II,  was moved to Toledo’s C & O Frog Pond on her way to the cutter's torch.

The ARTHUR B HOMER (Hull#303), was launched November 7, 1959, for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Cleveland, Ohio. She was the last ship built by Great Lakes Engineering at River Rouge, Michigan.

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.  Renamed b.) JOHN H MC GEAN in 1916 and c.) CLIFFORD F HOOD in 1943.  The HOOD was scrapped in Bilbao, Spain in 1974.

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, Indiana.

On 7 November 1893, ALBANY (steel propeller package freighter, 267 foot, 1918 gross tons, built in 1884 at Wyandotte, Michigan) 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, Michigan. 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 foot, 132 gross tons built in 1856 at Goderich, Ontario) 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, Wisconsin in 1947.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, 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

 

 


Old Chief Wawatam Dock In Danger of Collapse

11/06

One of the last vestiges of St. Ignace's long history as a cross-lake railhead is in danger of a collapse from winter exposure or at the hands of scrappers, St. Ignace, Mich., city manager Pete Heckman reported this week.

The long-abandoned loading ramp and counterweight structure left over from a century of carferry operations across the Straits of Mackinac at the "Chief Wawatam Dock" may not survive the winter, Heckman warned the city council on an article in the Sault Ste. Marie Evening News. He said the wooden pilings beneath the large iron counterweights have deteriorated to the point where only three ancient pilings support the heavy ramp structure on the exposed south side of the abandoned carferry dock.

Nearly a century old, the structure supported an elaborate cable-operated mechanism for raising and lowering the wooden rail ferry ramp used by the retired carferries Chief Wawatam and Sainte Marie on the St. Ignace side of the Straits rail crossing. The heavy iron structure is the only identifiable remnant of the carferry era, which ended in the early 1980s, when Chief Wawatam was permanently retired from service.

Reported by Sault Evening News, Jason Leslie
 

 


New Saltie Bluebill Makes Twin Ports Debut

11/06 

One of a new breed of compact ocean freighters designed specifically for easy handling in the Great Lakes arrived in the Twin Ports this week to take on a load of grain, the Duluth News Tribune reports..

It was the inaugural visit to the port for the Bluebill, named after the diving duck. The Bluebill took on 21,500 metric tons of wheat and soybeans at Duluth's AGP Grain Limited elevator. The 658-foot vessel will carry the load to northern Europe.

The Antigua-flagged Bluebill, built in Shanghai, China, is operated by the Montreal-based Canfornav company and is owned by Harren & Partner of Bremen, Germany. Last year, Canfornav added two other duck-named vessels, the Puffin and Pochard, for use in the St. Lawrence Seaway system and oceans. The Bluewing, a sister ship to the Bluebill, was the first of the new class of "handy size" freighters to arrive in the Twin Ports in November 2002.

 

 


Port Report

11/06

Saginaw River

Reported by Gordy Garris
The J.A.W. Iglehart was in bound the Saginaw River early Friday morning. The Iglehart headed up river to unload at the Carrollton Lafarge Terminal. The Iglehart was out bound through the Bay City bridges at 6 p.m.

The Canadian Transfer was in bound shortly after 12 p.m. with a split load for Sargent Essexville and Sargent Saginaw. The Transfer was out bound from Saginaw two hours behind the Iglehart.

 

Toronto

Reported by Charlie Gibbons
The salty Isolda has departed Redpath Sugar, and it was replaced by Canadian Ranger, which is unloading the last of it's cargo (previously reported as what appeared to be sand) at the sugar plant. Canadian Ranger dumped a pile of raw sugar on the dock at Pier 51 during the last week.

At Toronto Drydock, the trawler Miss Kristy was refloated Thursday, and the dock is now occupied by five small vessels: the tour boats Island Princess and Harbour Star, the barge Cordraulic, the sailboat Wild Irish Rose, and a Chris Craft cabin cruiser will all winter on the drydock. Miss Kristy will be departing the Lakes shortly for a new home in the Bahamas.

 

Kingston

Reported by Ron Walsh
There is a special event amateur radio station N8F, operating from the Whitefish Point Lighthouse this weekend. They are commemorating the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I worked them on 3850 LSB. Anyone wishing to listen to them should be able to hear them with no problem. The operator is Ralph.

It seems only appropriate that we had a Gale Warning for Lake Ontario last night and today. Winds of 50 knots and very high seas were reported. The Algoville went to shelter in Prince Edwaard Bay and left this afternoon when the seas abated a little.  There were still reports of 40-knot winds in Oswego and 35 plus off Prince Edward Point. 13' waves were predicted for Friday evening.

On Lake Erie, the winds have caused several ships to go to the lee of Long Point Bay. At 2000 EST Friday, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Algosoo, Calumet, Cleveland, Algolake, H. Lee White and English River

 

 


Photo Gallery

11/06

Photo Gallery
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 06

On 06 November 1880, the W. R. HANNA (2-mast scow-schooner, 86 foot, 103 gross tons, built in 1857) was carrying 1,600 tamarac railroad ties to Toledo on Lake Huron in a snow storm.  She sprang a leak off Pointe aux Barques and filled so fast that the pump was of no use.  She broached to and rolled over when about 5 miles north of Sand Beach (now Harbor Beach), Michigan as the sun set and the snow storm turned into a blizzard.  The icy waves swept over the hull while the crew clung on as best they could.  Four hours later, they drifted past Sand Beach, not 500 feet from the breakwater.  They shouted for help, saw lights moving here and there on the breakwater, but no help came.  When the wind shifted and started to blow the vessel out into the Lake, the skipper cut away the weather lanyards and the vessel righted herself and they dropped the anchor.  The weather was freezing cold; and there was no dry place left.  The cabin was gone and the only spot out of water was on one side forward - a space about four feet wide by ten feet long.  The waves kept washing over the waterlogged vessel, drenching the crew.  The crew survived through the night.  Heavy snow kept falling, cutting visibility to almost zero.  Finally, at 10:00 a.m., the following morning, the storm broke and the propeller H. LUELLA WORTHINGTON (wooden propeller freighter, 148 foot, 375 gross tons, built in 1880 at Lorain, Ohio), which was in the harbor, saw the wreck and rescued the crew.  The skipper of the WORTHINGTON stated that he had heard the cries of the crew throughout the night, but couldn’t navigate in the blinding snow storm.  He was awake all night waiting for the storm to break so he could rescue the crew.

On 06 November 1867, ALBEMARLE (3-mast wooden schooner, 154 foot, 413 gross tons, built in 1867 at Buffalo, New York) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba, Michigan to Cleveland, Ohio in a storm when she stranded and wrecked near Point Nipigon in the Straits of Mackinac.  This was her first year of operation.  She had been put into service just the previous July.

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

On November 6, 1913 the J. H. SHEADLE left Fort William, Ontario bound for Erie, Pennsylvania 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 06 Nov 1985, Desguaces Heme began scrapping the LEON FALK JR in Gijon, Spain. This vessel was built in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1945 as the tanker a.) WINTER HILL, (504 foot, 10,534 gross tons) and then was converted to a 710 foot, 12,501 gross ton bulk freighter in Baltimore, Maryland in 1960-61.

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

On 6 November 1827, ANN (wooden schooner, 53 foot, 58 tons, 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, Pennsylvania. 7 Lives were lost, including 5 passengers. 6 survived.

In 1912 the Pere Marquette Railroad announced plans to build a new roundhouse at Ludington, Michigan, 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.

On 6 November 1883, GUIDING STAR (3-mast wooden schooner, 139 foot, 324 tons, built in 1869 at Oswego, New York) was carrying coal to Milwaukee in fog when she went ashore 12 miles north of Milwaukee. Four of the crew made it to shore in the yawl, but it was wrecked in the process. The rest of the crew was finally rescued by the Milwaukee Lifesavers.

Crews began painting the hull of the SAGINAW (formerly JOHN J. BOLAND) in the colors of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. (gray) on 06 Nov 1999 at Sarnia, Ontario. The vessel had recently been purchased from American Steamship Co. Inside the vessel, crews were gutting the living quarters to remove asbestos and add fire proof walls and new flooring. The engine room equipment and the unloading gear were also refurbished.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, 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

 

 


Lake Express’ First Season Called a Success

11/05

After an early end to its inaugural season, the Lake Express high-speed ferry that crossed Lake Michigan in 2 1/2 hours is getting a rave review from Michigan tourism officials, according to a story that moved Thursday on the Associated Press.

"We all had visions of what we thought might happen and in the end, the first season was a banner year for all involved," said Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce. "But the best news is that now that we understand the potential, we can really move forward for a fantastic season next summer."

The final run of the year was Sunday morning. A lack of strong marketing for November and December and a period of rough weather in October caused the Milwaukee-based company to announce in mid-October that it was ending the season last weekend, rather than Jan. 1.

"Our issue this year was that we were not successful in getting the word out that we would operate through the fall," Lake Express President Ken Szallai told The Muskegon Chronicle. "Our message was not strong enough nor early enough.  "But next year we will redouble our advertising efforts," the former director of the Port of Milwaukee said. "We need to let people know that this is not a traditional ferry that will stop at the end of September."

Service is to resume April 30.
 

 


Steel Shipments at Milwaukee Up Sharply

11/05

Imports of steel products at the Port of Milwaukee are up more than 200 percent from last year as European steel pours into the Midwest for factories making everything from appliances to automobiles. The port received 97,000 tons of foreign-made steel products from January through mid-October, up from 31,000 tons for the same period in 2003, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

That pace of activity is expected to continue through December as companies rush to stockpile steel before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes for the winter. The Port of Milwaukee is getting steel from the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg and other countries, said Eric Reinelt, acting port director. "We have had some Asian steel in the past, but this year the freight rates are favoring our European connections," he said.

Steel products received at the port have shot up at an "unprecedented pace" this year, Reinelt said. "I think it bodes well for the economy in 2005 if companies are ordering this much steel now."

Reported by Jason Leslie, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

 

 


Manitowoc Co. Could Build Coast Guard Response Boats

11/05

Manitowoc Co. is one of three finalists for a $400 million contract to build high-speed "response boats" for the U.S. Coast Guard, crafts that will replace a fleet of utility boats that have been in service for more than 25 years.

Nov. 15 is the deadline for Manitowoc Co. and two competitors to submit final price quotes for building 180 of the Coast Guard boats starting as early as next summer. Winning the contract would be important for Marinette Marine Corp., an 800-employee division of Manitowoc Co., located in Marinette.

"We need this kind of work to keep people employed," Dennis McCloskey, Marinette Marine president, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Coast Guard wants to replace an aging fleet of 41-foot boats that have been the workhorse at stations across the country since the 1970s. Now part of the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard wants boats that are faster and more technologically advanced than the older utility boats.

The new 45-foot boats would be used for search and rescue missions and security patrols in harbors and shipping lanes. They would be equipped twin inboard diesel engines with a top speed of about 45 miles per hour. The boats would have mounted weapons, night surveillance gear and the latest available radar and communications equipment.

If Manitowoc Co. wins the contract, it would build about 90 of the boats at its Marinette ship yards. The rest of the boats would be built in Seattle by Kvichak Marine Industries, a Manitowoc Co. partner.

The contract would result in at least five years of work for the two companies, which would build the same boat. Manitowoc Co. would be the primary contractor, and Kvichak would be secondary.

Reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Laura Williams

 

 


Indiana Businessmen Saved Survivors of Gemini Accident

11/05

Two Valparaiso, Ind., businessmen who recently went on a fishing trip on the Detroit River came back with a fishing story that will be hard to top, according to a report in Wendesday’s Northwest Indiana Times.

Mike and Mark Brown witnessed the tanker Gemini crush a much smaller 36-foot boat, breaking the smaller boat in half and sending its four occupants into the frigid waters.

The Browns, in their tiny 14-foot fishing boat, fished all four men out of the water within about 10 minutes -- most likely saving their lives. Mike Brown said he and his brother were the only two fisherman near the crash, and it might have been too late by the time the tanker got back to the crash site. One man was struggling for his life when rescued by the Browns. Mike Brown said the Gemini's captain said, "You guys just saved four lives."

"The four rescued men, who were from Maryland, came away from the Oct. 23 accident with only minor injuries. The owner of the boat that was destroyed was asleep down below and awoke in the dark water, Mike Brown said. Brown said he and his brother were enjoying a weekend fishing trip in the Detroit area when they saw the smaller boat pass the tanker, then turn directly into its path. But because large ships push a big wake in front of them, the smaller boat got turned up and crushed. The Browns had to weave their way through the wreckage to make the rescue.

The Gemini is currently in lay-up unrelated to the incident at Sarnia, Ont.'s Government Dock.

Reported by Jason Leslie
 

 


Port Report

11/05

Duluth-Superior

Reported by Al Miller

Joseph H. Frantz came out of Fraser Shipyards overnight Wednesday and by Thursday morning was loading at Cenex Harvest States 1. Loading appeared to be proceeding quickly under clear skies, and the vessel was expected to depart by the end of the day. J.B. Ford remains in the shipyard, occupying the small drydock.

Elsewhere, Bluebill was loading at AGP, Oglebay Norton was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal and Philip R. Clarke was unloading stone at Reiss Inland dock in Duluth before proceeding to the BNSF ore dock to load. The Algowood was anchored out on the lake waiting for the coal dock.

An interesting vessel movement is scheduled for Sunday, with Middletown expected to load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal for delivery to the CLM dock, about a mile away.

 

Sault Ste. Marie

Reported by Jerry Masson
Due to rain & gale force winds at the Soo Thursday night, the upbound Canadian Olympic, Arthur M. Anderson and Edwin H. Gott anchored at Whitefish Point. Downbound was Spar Opal, Algocen, John J. Boland and Buckeye. Water level reading above the locks was +23 inches, lower pool-5 inches, rock cut-minus 10 inches below datum. Winds were gusting from 30-40.

 

Saginaw River

Reported by Todd Shorkey
The Adam E. Cornelius was outbound the Saginaw River from the Sixth Street turning basin early Thursday morning.  She had unloaded overnight at Saginaw Asphalt.

 

 


Photo Gallery

11/05

Photo Gallery
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 05

At 2:00 AM on 05 November 1884, the steamer GRACE GRUMMOND (iron side-wheel excursion steamer, 138 foot, 250 tons, built in 1856 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the survey steamer JEFFERSON DAVIS, specifically for the survey of the Great Lakes) burned at Grand Haven, Michigan.  Her cargo of apples, pears and potatoes was also destroyed.  No lives were lost.  After the fire she was towed to Chicago to lay up until it was decided what to do with her. It is not known if she ever operated as a steamer again, but in 1887 she was rebuilt as a schooner at Milwaukee. She was one of the only sizable iron-hulled schooners ever used on the lakes. In 1904, as a tow-barge, she was sold Canadian and renamed BALTIC (C.116760). She was later used as a breakwater at Clear Creek, Ontario and was finally scrapped in 1939.

On 05 November 1852, BUCKEYE STATE (3-mast wooden bark, 132 foot, 310 tons, built in 1852 at Black River, Ohio) stranded off S. Milwaukee Point on Lake Michigan in a storm and was then broken up by waves.  This was her first year of operation and she had been in service less than three months.

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

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. In 1993, she was sold to Arzon Corp. of Duluth, Minnesota for scrapping

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.

On 05 Nov 1917, a foggy and rainy day, the JAMES S DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4795 gross tons, built in 1906 at W. Bay City, Michigan) sank in a collision with the steamer ROBERT FULTON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 424 foot, 4219 gross tons, built 1896 at Wyandotte, Michigan) 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 foot, built in 1867 at Hamilton, Ontario) 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 foot, 215 tons, 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.

On 5 November 1869, TITAN (wooden schooner, 132 foot, 361 gross tons, built in 1856 at Oswego, New York) was carrying 17,500 bushels of wheat on Lake Michigan in a terrific gale. She was driven toward shore. Her anchors were dropped as she came close in and they held for about an hour. However, the ship finally dragged ashore, losing both of her masts and breaking up as she struck. Of the nine on board, only one survived and that one was found crawling along the beach in a dazed state. When she was new, TITAN broke the record by completing the trip from Chicago to Oswego in only 8 days and 4 hours. Her record only lasted one day since the schooner SURPRISE broke it by 6 hours the following day.

In the summer of 1875, the propeller EAST ran down and sank the tug JOE MAC, not even pausing to save her crew from drowning. The following winter Messrs. Seymour & Co., owners of the JOE MAC, obtained a judgement in a U.S. Court against the owners of the EAST. Since the EAST was a Canadian vessel, they were unable to seize her because the judgement could only be effected in American waters. On Sunday morning, 05 Nov 1876, the steam tug SEYMOUR, with a United States Marshal and posse on board, proceeded up to Allen's (presumably at Ogdensburg, New York), and there lay in wait for the EAST, which went up by the Crossover light channel into American waters. The SEYMOUR ran out and captured the vessel and brought her to Averell's wharf in U.S. waters to await justice.

CALCITE II arrived in Sarnia at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, 05 NOV 2000, for lay-up. After leaving Cleveland the previous day, she anchored in Western Lake Erie, so she could arrive at the North Slip in Sarnia when shore side personnel would be on-hand to assist. A chartered bus from Rogers City left about noon to take many of the crew home. Around 4:10 p.m., the downbound MYRON C TAYLOR passed her fleetmate CALCITE II, perhaps for the last time in USS Great Lakes Fleet colors, and she blew her sister an extended 3 long and 2 short master salute. The TAYLOR was bound for Cleveland with a load of stone.

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

 

 


Port Report

11/04

Toronto

Reported by Charlie Gibbons
The salty Isolda is almost finished unloading at Redpath Sugar. Still unloading what appears to be sand, at Pier 51 is Canadian Ranger. James Norris is dumping road salt onto the dock in the Ship Channel east of Cherry Street. Stephen B. Roman is in at essroc with another cargo of cement.

 

Marquette

Reported by Lee Rowe
Great Lakes Trader/Joyce VanEnkevort loaded ore at Marquette on a rainy Election Day. The Joseph H. Thompson and Wolverine were expected late Wednesday with the James R. Barker bringing coal on Thursday. The Wolverine was expected at Shiras Power Plant with coal on Wednesday.

 

Toledo

Reported by Jim Hoffman
There were no vessels in port other than an unidentified tug/barge at the B-P Dock at the time of this report.

The Charles M. Beeghly was due into the CSX Docks to load coal on Wednesday evening. The next scheduled coal boat due into the CSX Docks will be the Philip R. Clarke on Sunday. Algosoo and Lee A.Tregurtha, plus the Clarke again, are due Monday, followed by the Beeghly again Wednesday.

The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Friday, Canadian Navigator on Saturday and CSL Niagara on Sunday, followed by the Frontenac on Wednesday.

Future vessel arrivals at this port within the next day or two will be the Algosteel bringing in a cargo of oats to be unloaded at one of the docksites. The Algonorth and the salt water vessel Federal Yukon are due in to load grain.

The casino boat Detroit Princess and the new oil barge under construction remain in both drydocks at the shipyard.

 

 


Photo Gallery

11/04

Photo Gallery

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 04

On 04 November 1883, MAYFLOWER (wooden propeller freighter “steam barge”, 185 foot, 623 gross tons, built in 1852 at Buffalo, New York) was carrying lumber when she stranded in a gale off Point Albino near Buffalo, New York where the waves pounded her to pieces.  The crew made it to shore in the yawl.  She was built as a very fine passenger steamer for the Western Transportation Line then in 1868 she was rebuilt as a “steam barge”.

On 4 November 1875, SWAN (wooden propeller tug, 11 gross tons, built in 1862 at Buffalo, New York) caught fire while lying out in the Saginaw River near East Saginaw. She was abandoned by the crew and burned to the water’s edge.

The JOSEPH G BUTLER JR (steel bulk freighter, 525 foot, 6588 gross ttons) was launched on 04 Nov 1905 at Lorain, Ohio for the Tonopah Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.). She lasted until 1971 when she was stripped of her cabins and scuttled, along with HENRY R PLATT JR., at Steel Co. of Canada plant, Burlington Bay, Hamilton, Ontario, as breakwater and fill.

The CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was registered at Toronto, Ontario on 04 Nov 1977, but didn't enter service until the spring of 1978 because of mechanical difficulties during her sea trials.

On 04 Nov, 1986, the TEXACO CHIEF (2) was renamed A G FARQUHARSON. She is now the ALGONOVA.

CALCITE II departed Cleveland at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 04 Nov 2000, on her last trip for USS Great Lakes Fleet. She sailed upbound for Sarnia, Ontario where she spent the winter in lay-up. Grand River Transportation had entered into a sale agreement with USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. for the purchase of the CALCITE II, GEORGE A. SLOAN and MYRON C. TAYLOR.

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

NIPIGON BAY was launched November 4, 1950.

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, Ohio on November 4, 1972, resulting in damage 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, Michigan.

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 that 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, Minnesota 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 tons, built in 1857 at Buffalo, New York) 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 on 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 foot, 322 tons, 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

 

 


101-Year-Old J.B. Ford Drydocked at Duluth

11/03

The steamer J.B. Ford was moved into the small drydock at Fraser Shipyard Tuesday at 2 p.m. The vessel was slid along the wall using the winches, taking only 15 minutes from start to finish.  

The 101-year-old hull will be blasted and primed then receive a fresh coat of paint.  After work is completed, she will return to her function as a storage hull in Superior. LaFarge expects to get many more years of service from this classic steamship.  

The Ford was retired from service 19 years ago this month, having laid up in Milwaukee on 15 November 1985 with engine problems.

In tug news at Duluth, fans of the "G-tug" North Carolina will be happy to learn the tug has been fit out and should return to service yet this year. Laid up after the 2001 season, many thought the tug would not see service again.  A favorite among tug enthusiasts, she is not a true G-tug, but was built in 1952 for US Steel as the Limestone for docking ships, primarily their own "Bradley Fleet" at Rogers City.  After working for Gaelic Tug in Toledo and Cleveland for much of the 1980s, the tug was purchased by the Great Lakes Towing Company in 1990.  

MCM is busy dredging in the Duluth harbor with their tugs Mohawk and Peach State tending. Along with their own mechanical dredge and scow NO. 55, they have been renting scows from Marine Tech and Billington Contracting, which include No. 16, No. 17, MTI H-1, and Coleman.

On the East Coast, Zenith Tug has sold its canaller Hudson to a firm in New Jersey.  Hudson was built in 1946 by and for John Matton & Sons at Cohoes, NY for service on the Erie Canal. Originally the Margaret Matton, the tug was later renamed Fort Lauderdale then Evening Light before becoming the Hudson in 1993.  Working in Boston as the Evening Light, the tug was a sister to the Evening Star, which later became Ferriss Marine's Protector in Detroit.

The big ship docking tugs Barbara McAllister, Reid McAllister (former Railroad tug) and the vintage Wilmington were all scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean this past weekend, after being stripped and cleaned at Charleston. The tugs have been purposely sunk on an artificial reef site, which will provide excellent fish habitat and dive attractions.  

(Pictures in today’s Photo Gallery)

Reported by Franz Von Riedel

 

 


Is a Hovercraft Service Headed for Lake Ontario?

11/03

A startup Canadian company wants to establish a hovercraft service on Lake Ontario, according to a story in Monday’s Rochester Democrat-Chronicle.

Hover Transit Services of Bolton, Ont., is reportedly trying to raise money to start the service, which would be based in Oshawa and serve Toronto, Hamilton and St. Catharines initially. People are looking for alternatives to crowded highways and railways as they travel to Toronto, said Dale Wilson, vice president of operations.

The company has talked about eventually expanding to the United States, but those plans might be accelerated if the Spirit of Ontario — a Rochester-to-Toronto high-speed ferry that shut down in early September — doesn't return to service, he said. Rochester is a prime candidate because of the infrastructure built to serve the ferry.

The main obstacle to Hover Transit's plans of starting as early as next year is money. The company has secured about 35 percent of the $7 million it needs to launch the service, Wilson said.

Reported by Jason Leslie

 

 


Cast-off Forebody Moved to Welland Canal Scrapyard

11/03 

The forebody of the Jean Parisien was towed up to Port Colborne this morning for scrapping. The lead tug was Progress, with Vac and Seahound on the stern. The forebody was separated from the vessel’s stern section recently at Port Weller Drydock, and a new forebody is being built.

Reported by Jimmy Sprunt

(Photos by Alex Howard)
Progress and Parisien forebody in lock
In the canal, bow view
Stern view

 

 


Port Report

11/03

St. Ignace

Reported by Todd J.  Mayer
The Calumet off-loaded a partial cargo of coal in St. Ignace Monday morning, a rare call for the veteran laker. The other half was reportedly consigned to Gladstone, Mich.
 

Saginaw River

Reported by Gordy Garris
Agawa Canyon was in bound the Saginaw River Late Tuesday night with a load for the Buena Vista Stone Dock. The Agawa Canyon was expected to be out bound from Saginaw early Wednesday morning.

 

 


Photo Gallery

11/03

Photo Gallery
 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 03

On 03 November 1907, tug ESCORT (wooden propeller, 45 foot, 40 gross tons, built in 1894 at Port Colborne, Ontario) tried to pass the barge BENJ HARRISON at the mouth of the Niagara River.  In a navigational error, the tug sheared under the barge’s bow, was run over and sank.  Three lives were lost.

The B. A. PEERLESS sailed on her maiden voyage November 3, 1952, bound for Superior, Wisconsin where 110,291 barrels of crude oil were loaded destined for British-American's refinery at Clarkson, Ontario. 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. The vessel lasted until 1991 when she was broken up.

On 3 November 1898, PACIFIC (wooden propeller passenger/package freighter, 179 foot. 918 gross tons, 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 foot, 368 tons, built in 1846 at Black River, Ohio) 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.

Dismantling of the H. C. HEIMBECKER began on 03 Nov 1981, by Triad Salvage Company at Ashtabula, Ohio and was completed the following year. This vessel was originally named GEORGE W Perkins (steel bulk freighter, 556 foot, 6553 gross tons, built in 1905 at Superior, Wisconsin.)

On November 3, 1910, ATHABASCA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 263 foot, 1774 gross tons, built in 1883 in Scotland) collided with the tug GENERAL near Lime Island in the St. Mary's River. As a result of the collision, the GENERAL sank. She was later recovered and rebuilt as a bulk freighter and lasted until she was broken up in 1948.

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

 

 


Port Report

11/02

Duluth-Superior
 
Reported by Al Miller

Fraser Shipyards in Superior is normally quiet during the season, but it's been active lately. And now, it's offering a unique photo opportunity. After laying the shipyard dock for several days, Joseph H. Frantz last week was moved into the yard's large drydock, reportedly for bottom repairs. On Friday, tugs moved the venerable J.B. Ford into the shipyard. The vessel is riding high, exposing its rusted lower hull. The vessel, used for storage at the LaFarge Cement terminal in Superior, is docked in front of the small drydock, possibly indicating it's in the yard for repairs rather than disposal.
 

Saginaw River

Reported by Todd Shorkey, Gordy Garris
The Fred R. White unloaded at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City Saturday morning after arriving overnight.  She completed her unload and was outbound for the lake late in the morning.

Also arriving Saturday morning was the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41. The pair traveled upriver to unload in Saginaw, but the dock was not immediately known.

Water levels in the Saginaw River Saturday and Sunday were down by 30 inches because of the wind blowing out of the south, which made it almost impossible for freighters to proceed through the river.

The Mckee Sons/Invincible were inbound the Saginaw River shortly after 6 a.m. with a split load for Sargent Essexville and Saginaw Rock Products Dock. The pair arrived up river in Carrollton at 10 a.m. The Mckee Sons was expected to be out bound late Sunday evening.

The Pere Marquette 41/Undaunted were in bound the Saginaw River after the Mckee Sons and passed the Mckee Sons once she docked at Sargent Essexville. The pair went up river and unloaded at the Burroughs Dock. The Pere Marquette was back out bound shortly before 12 p.m.

 

Halifax

Reported by Mac MacKay
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley has made a surprise trip to Nova Scotia. The ship, which has rarely strayed from the Great Lakes, has arrived in Shelburne, Nova Scotia for refit at Shelburne Ship Repairers (an Irving shipyard). The ship is presently alongside preparing for haul out on Tuesday morning, November 2. Late this afternoon, CCGS Louisbourg, a fisheries patrol craft, arrived from Gaspe. She will also be hauled out on Tuesday on Shelburne's marine railway.

The yard's cradle, which has a capacity in excess of 2500 tonnes, will be divided in two to haul the two ships of vastly different sizes.
 

Sarnia

Reported by Barry Hiscocks
The tanker Gemini is laid up, with anchors down, at the Sarnia Government dock. Her report to Sarnia Traffic indicated she would be there at least a week. Crews were observed on-board on Monday doing unspecified repair work.

The Evans McKeil left the Government Dock Monday morning for Sun Oil at roughly 4 a.m. to deliver the new reactor, which was brought in last week by the saltie Jumbo Vision. The tug Menasha and her barge preceded them by a few minutes in order to be in place when the McKeil arrived. However around 3:30, the Evans McKeil returned with the loaded barge along with the assistance of the Menasha, back to the Government Dock for modifications before unloading can take place. The wind over the weekend prevented the original scheduled unloading.

Gemini at Sarnia Monday
Evans McKeil
Turning the reactor
Reactor aboard barge Labrador Spirit

 

 


Today in Great Lakes History

November 01

On 01 November 1880, NINA BAILEY (wooden schooner, 30 tons, built in 1873 at Ludington, Michigan) filled with water and went out of control in a storm on Lake Michigan.  She struck the North Pier at St. Joseph, Michigan and capsized.  Her crew climbed up on her keel and were rescued by the Lifesaving Service.  The vessel later broke up in the waves.

The Grand Trunk Western was granted permission by the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 1, 1978 to discontinue its Lake Michigan service between Muskegon, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The MAITLAND NO1 made her maiden voyage on November 1, 1916, from Ashtabula, Ohio to Port Maitland, Ontario, transporting rail cars with coal for the steel mills at Hamilton, Ontario.

SCOTT MISENER (3) returned to service in the grain trade on November 1, 1986 after a three-year lay-up

On 1 November 1917, ALVA B. (wooden steam tug, 74 foot, 84 gross tons, built in 1890 at Buffalo, New York) 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 foot, 385 tons, built in 1854 at Ohio City, Ohio) 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.

On 1 Nov 1862, CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL (2-mast wooden schooner, 105 foot, 182 tons, built in 1830 at Cape Vincent, New York) was driven aground between Dunkirk and Barcelona, New York during a storm. All hands were lost and the vessel was a total loss.

The Mackinac Bridge was opened to traffic on 01 Nov 1957.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE (steel propeller carferry, 347 foot, 2988 gross tons, built in 1931 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) made her last run for Grand Trunk’s rail car ferry service on 01 Nov 1978. In the Fall of 1978 after termination of Grand Trunk's carferry service, she was then chartered to Ann Arbor Railroad. She is currently a museum ship at Manistee, Michigan.

Port Maitland Shipbreaking Ltd. began scrapping the ELMGLEN on 01 Nov 1984. She had a long career, being built in 1909 at Ecorse, Michigan as the SHENANGO (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot. 8047 gross tons).

November 02

On 02 November 1924, TURRET CROWN (steel propeller “turret ship”, 253 foot, 1827 tons, built in 1895 in England) was driven ashore in a gale on Meldrum Point on the north side of Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron.  Her hull was wrecked during the storms that winter.  She was cut up and removed for scrap the following year.

On November 2, 1984, the tugs ATOMIC and ELMORE M MISNER towed the ERINDALE to the International Marine Salvage scrap dock at Port Colborne, Ontario where demolition began that month.

The H C HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, Ohio 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, Ontario. Both vessels were badly damaged and resulted in one fatality on the BOLAND. The ARMSTRONG was towed to Toledo, Ohio 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, Michigan on Lake Superior in mid October.
 

 



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