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Port Reports -  November 30

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
BBC Kansas arrived Duluth at 00:37 Thursday morning, and moored at Riverland Ag to load grain. American Mariner was outbound with grain from General Mills at 12:48. Polsteam's Narew dropped anchor off the Duluth entry at 13:00, and is waiting for the BBC Kansas to complete loading at Riverland. Federal Margaree was also in port, loading grain at Gavilon. There is no traffic expected in Superior until Saturday, when Burns Harbor is due to load iron ore pellets at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed Two Harbors on Nov. 28th at 19:56. As of 19:45 on Nov. 29th her AIS hadn't been updated. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 29th at 12:56 was the Lee A. Tregurtha. As of 19:45 on Nov. 29th she was still at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 30th in the morning is the Algoma Discovery. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 29th and none scheduled for Nov. 30th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 28th: 22:34 Tecumseh arrived and went to anchor. Thursday November 29th: 1:04 saltie Prosna departed Richardson Current River Terminal and went to anchor. 1:29 saltie Wigeon departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 1:44 Tecumseh weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 3:50 Thunder Bay arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 11:54 Federal Weser arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Friday: G3 Marquis

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon finished her unload on Thursday and departed for Thunder Bay.

Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura arrived at Milwaukee on Thursday. John D. Leitch, Federal Barents and Wilfred Sykes were at Burns Harbor Thursday evening. John J. Munson was unloading at Gary. American Integrity was unloading at Indiana Harbor. Saltie Beatrix was docked at the entrance to the Calumet River. Wilfred Sykes is expected at Grand Haven Friday morning.

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle departed the grain elevators on Thursday. Capt. Henry Jackman arrived to load salt.

Sarnia, Ont.
Mississagi was being towed by the tug Manitou Thursday evening in lower Lake Huron. They were headed for Sarnia. Mississagi has unspecified engine problems.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Federal Shimanto arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo Thursday morning. Philip R Clarke arrived late Thursday night, unloading stone at AK Steel.

Toledo, Ohio
Salties Mandarin, Irma and BBC Georgia were in port on Thursday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 29 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Departures - Nov 28 - Algonova at 0724 for Nanticoke dock, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2217 westbound - Nov 29 - tug Albert (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-18) & barge Margaret westbound and Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1635 approx. westbound

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 29 - Algonova at 0753, James R Barker at 1240 and Bro Agnes (Sgp at 1650 from the anchorage

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 28 - Algoma Compass at 1401, Algoma Enterprise at 1552 and Florence Spirit at 1916 - Nov 29 - CSL Niagara at 0151, light tug Jarrett M & barge MM142 at 0544, Algoma Strongfield at 0823, CSL Welland at 0946, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1027, Rodopi (Mlt) at 1307 and NACC Argonaut at 1706 Downbound - Nov 29 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0928

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 28 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware - moved over to wharf 13 (Robin Hood mill dock) at 1606 approx.- Nov 29 tug Jarrett M & barge MM 142 (barge dropped at dry dock) - tug continued - Departure - Nov 29 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware from wharf 13 at 1140 approx. westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 28 - CSL Niagara at 0345 - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1643 - Departed - Nov 29 - CSL Niagara at 0130 approx. westbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 28 - Jana Desgagnes at 2345 - Nov 29 - YM Jupiter (Mlt) at 0120 and Victoriaborg (Nld) at 1456 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Nov 26 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Nov 28 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0110 - Departures - Nov 29 - Algoma Strongfiield at 0601

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 27 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1513 - Departed dock Nov 29 at 0915 for the anchorage - Anchored Nov 29 at 0926 - Departed at 1440 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) - Departures - Nov 29 - McKeil Spirit at 0057, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0138 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1645 (all eastbound)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223 - Departed Nov 29 - at 0941for Thunder Bay

 

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 November 30, 1910, ATHABASCA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 263 foot, 1,774 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.

On 30 November 1934, HENRY CORT (steel propeller whaleback crane vessel, 320 foot, 2,394 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.

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

On November 30, 1981, A.H. FERBERT 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.

1905: The steel consort barge MADEIRA stranded at Split Rock, while under tow of the WILLIAM EDENBORN, broke in two and became a total loss.

1908: D.M. CLEMSON (i) disappeared on Lake Superior while upbound with a cargo of coal from Lorain to Superior. All 24 on board were lost and only 2 bodies were ever found.

1911: Three lives were lost when the wooden steamer RALEIGH sank off Port Colborne. The crew took to the yawl boats but these capsized. Spectators on shore helped pull the sailors to safety.

1922: MAPLEHURST foundered near the West Portage entry Lake Superior while upbound with coal. The captain sought shelter from a storm but the engine failed and the anchors did not hold. There were 11 casualties and the ship was a total loss.

1924: MAPLEDAWN was wrecked at Christian Island, Georgian Bay while downbound with barley. The hull was pounded and could only be salvaged in pieces for scrap about 1942.

1926: CITY OF BANGOR stranded on Keweenaw Point in a blizzard with zero visibility. The ship fell into the trough and was carried ashore. It could not be salvaged and the hull was cut up for scrap during World War II.

1943: RIVERTON, aground for two weeks at Lottie Wolf Shoal, Georgian Bay, was released and taken to Collingwood for repairs. It resumed sailing in 1944 as MOHAWK DEER.

1945: OUTARDE (i) sank at the Consul-Hall Coal Dock, Clayton, NY after being repeatedly pounded against the structure in a wild storm and holed by an underwater piece of steel. The ship was finally refloated on April 18, 1946.

1961: ALGOWAY (i) was damaged while shifting at Port Arthur when it hit a discarded underwater oxygen tank.

1987: A fire aboard the ULS self-unloader CANADIAN PIONEER at Nanticoke damaged the wiring under the control panel. The ship went to the Welland Dock for repairs and then left the Seaway for Sorel where it was reflagged Vanuatu and renamed b) PIONEER.

1997: The tug CAROLYN JO suffered a fire in the engine room off Snake Island, Lake Ontario, and had to be towed to Kingston. The ship is still sailing as d) SEAHOUND.

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

 

New Pelee Islander II finally scheduled to sail starting next May

11/29 - Kingsville, Ont. – MPP Rick Nicholls said Thursday that the fancy new ship will finally start sailing May 1, almost a year after it arrived in Canada from Chile, where it was built. The ferry arrived with great fanfare in June, but has continued to sit at the dock in Leamington with no indication when it may begin operations.

It was initially scheduled by Ontario’s transportation ministry, which owns the boat, to begin ferrying people to the island in mid-September following training and endorsement by Transport Canada. But that didn’t happen.

Countless rumors have been floated as to why the stylish modern ferry has continued to sit, but inquiries by Nicholls to MTO finally brought a response that the delay is connected to certification — primarily on a safe evacuation procedure.

Transport Canada this year has been engaged in rewording of what’s known as “safe manning certification,” the MPP said. The Pelee Islander II got caught up in the process and was forced to remain docked until the regulation was finalized and approved.

It took much longer than anyone expected,” Nicholls said. “The biggest thing with our ministry is the safety of people and cargo. The certification basically deals with the number of (adequate) crew members on a ship.” Transport Canada finally signed off on all documentation regarding the changed regulations on Nov. 9.

“The sad part is Transport Canada had an opportunity to speed up the certification in the fall,” Nicholls said. “But now we are into winter and (the ferry) won’t be ready for service until the spring.”

Asked if he was certain the ferry will begin operation next May with no further delays, the MPP responded: “I’m comfortable with that.”

The Owen Sound Transportation Company is the operator of the Pelee Island ferries — currently the Jiimaan and Pelee Islander. The Pelee Islander II is supposed to replace the 58-year-old Pelee Islander, although the full process could take about two years. The Jiimaan, in operation since 1992, also needs to undergo repairs.

The Pelee Islander II is designed to accommodate 399 people and 34 cars — or four tractor-trailers and 16 cars. It is roughly the same as the Jiimaan, although the older ship can’t accept as many tractor-trailers. The Pelee Islander can only take 199 passengers and 10 cars.

Nicholls expressed disappointment that the island’s residents and tourists have been negatively impacted by the ongoing certification delays. “It’s not fair to the Pelee Island residents and visitors,” he said. “The island is a big tourist attraction, so it’s been an upsetting situation the boat has not been put into service and won’t be sailing until May 1.”

Windsor Star

 

Port Reports -  November 29

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Margaree arrived Duluth at 07:55 Wednesday morning after unloading in Thunder Bay, and tied up at Gavilon to load grain. American Century departed at 08:24 after loading coal at SMET, and Michipicoten followed her out at 08:29 with a load of iron ore pellets for Nanticoke. American Mariner, which had arrived on Tuesday evening, was loading grain at General Mills on Wednesday, and is expected to depart mid-day Thursday. In Superior, St. Clair loaded at Burlington Northern before leaving at 14:35 with her ore cargo.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors on Nov. 28th at 12:08 for Zug Island. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader then shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. As of 17:40 on Nov. 28th she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 29th is the Lee A. Tregurtha in the afternoon. The H. Lee White departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Nov. 28th at 14:07 for Cleveland. When the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Silver Bay she had no AIS destination. Her AIS in now showing Ashtabula. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 29th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 28th: 11:05 Federal Nagara weighed anchor and proceeded up the Mission River to load at MobilEx Terminal. 13:02 saltie BBC Kansas departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth, where she will load wheat. 13:33 Algoma Innovator departed G3 for Hamilton. 15:35 saltie Solina weighed anchor after 6 days in the harbor and proceeded to G3 to load wheat. 18:28 Baie St Paul departed Viterra A downbound. Expected late Tuesday: Tecumseh. Expected for Thursday: Thunder Bay and Federal Weser.

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon remained in port on Wednesday.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura departed Burns Harbor for Milwaukee Wednesday night. Wilfred Sykes and Federal Barents remained in port. Manitowoc was in S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle remained at the grain elevators on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
CSL Assiniboine arrived Wednesday afternoon to unload salt at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. Arriving a short time later was the Kaye E Barker. She had ore for AK Steel. Arriving late that night was the Hon. James L Oberstar, also carrying ore for AK Steel.

Cleveland, Ohio
Salties Federal Shimanto and Isa were in port Wednesday night, as was USCG Abbie Burgess.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 28 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 27 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1744 - Nov 28 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1236 and Algonova at 1700 - Departure - Nov 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0700 for Cleveland

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147 - Departed Nov 28 at 1230 to the anchorage

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 27 - G3 Marquis at 1545, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1645, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1904 and Algonova at 2250 - Nov 28 - Algoma Buffalo at 0636, Algoma Comass at 1401, Algoma Enterprise at 1552 and Florence Spirit at 1916

Downbound - Nov 27 - Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) eta 2203 - Nov 28 - Algoma Harvester at 0900 and Federal Leda (Mhl) at 1140

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 28 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware departed wharf 12 - moved over to wharf 13 (Robin Hood mill dock at 1606 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 28 - Algoma Enterprise at 0000 and CSL Niagara at 0345 - Departed - Nov 28 - Algoma Enterprise at 1530

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 28 Algoma Strongfield at 0528 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Nov 26 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Nov 27 - Algoma Compass at 2109 - Nov 28 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0110 from the anchorage - Departures - Nov 28 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 0057 for Ireland, Algoma Buffalo at 0345 and Algoma Compass at 1045 (both for the canal)

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 27 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12)

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 (Redpath dock) - Nov 27 - McKeil Spirit at 0312, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1326 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1549 -

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Black, coarse sand to be pulled from Lake Superior harbor: Here's why

11/29 - The federal government has come up with money for removing additional waste mining sands from a section of Lake Superior off Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

The Environmental Protection Agency is providing $946,000 to dredge stamp sands from an ancient riverbed north of Buffalo Reef. The coarse, black sands were generated in the early 1900s as a byproduct of copper processing and dumped in the lake. They're drifting toward the 2,220-acre reef, an important fish spawning area.

EPA previously gave $3 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design and carry out the dredging. Officials say the extra funding will pay to dredge an additional 50,000 cubic yards of the sands, bringing the total being removed to 157,500 cubic yards.

The Corps says the work will be done next year.

Associated Press

 

Rand Logistics appoints new vice president and CFO

11/29 - Jersey City, N.J. – Rand Logistics, Inc. recently welcomed J.D. Kern as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to the Office of the Presidents. In this role, Mr. Kern is responsible for all aspects of the company's financial management. He brings to Rand more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience and is a published author and frequent presenter on finance and accounting topics.

“With the company’s new ownership by American Industrial Partners, Rand has incredible opportunities ahead as demand continues to strengthen for the commodities that its vessels carry, it leverages the capital investments made over the years, and it continues to focus on growing the organization,” said Mr. Kern.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Kern spent four years at FlexiVan, Inc., one of the largest intermodal chassis providers in North America, as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Kern's responsibilities included leading the finance team in all facets of accounting, treasury, tax, and credit while negotiating and executing new finance facilities, and supporting a variety of business development opportunities.

Rand Logisitics

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 29

In 1953, BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, Captain H. C. Buckley, transported the last iron ore of the season through the Soo Locks. The ore originated at Two Harbors and was unloaded at Conneaut. After unloading, the FAIRLESS headed for Monroe, Michigan, for layup.

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 1,000 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.

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. Marys River where cracks were found in her deck; the TOWNSEND proceeded to Sault Ste. Marie where she was taken out of service. The TOWNSEND sank in the Atlantic on October 7, 1968, while being towed overseas for scrap.

E. B. BARBER was laid up for the last time at Toronto, 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.

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 up bound 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.

1902: The wooden bulk freighter CHARLES HEBARD (i) stranded on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior at Point Mamaise in a snowstorm. The hull broke up but all on board were rescued.

1950: ESSO ROCHESTER, a T-2 tanker, broke in two in heavy weather off Anticosti Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence while enroute, in ballast, from Montreal to Aruba. The two sections were taken in tow but the bow had to be cut loose in a storm on December 21, rolled over and was lost. The stern was taken to Newport News, VA and rebuilt. It was a Seaway trader in 1959 and scrapped at Onimichi, Japan, in July 1966.

1959: VILJA went aground in fog while outbound through the Brockville Narrows. The 14-year old ship was refloated on December 13 and had to spend the winter at Prescott. The Norwegian-flag freighter never returned inland and was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as c) SILVER HOPE in 1974.

1960: FRANCISCO MORAZON went aground on the rocks of South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan and the remains of the hull are still there.

1960: CATO II, a small survey vessel, was cut loose by vandals at Port Dalhousie, drifted with the current into Lake Ontario, and stranded on the rocks of the west pier off Port Weller. Despite gale force winds and cold, the hull was salvaged the next day. At last report, the ship was still intact and was owned by Seneca College of Toronto.

1964: The MARIA COSULICH was wrecked at the breakwall at Genoa, Italy, when the engine failed while outbound. The crew was saved but the vessel was a total loss. It had been built at Sturgeon Bay in 1943 as WILLIAM HOMAN.

1985: JALAGODAVARI sliced into the St. Louis road and rail bridge on the Seaway and navigation had to be suspended for seven days. The vessel was removed, taken to Montreal and arrested for damages. The ship was repaired and survived until scrapping as f) BLUE OCEAN in 2000-2001.

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

 

Great Lakes museum offers early tours of tugboat Ohio before restoration

11/28 - Toledo, Ohio – When the National Museum of the Great Lakes formally puts the tug Ohio on display next spring, it plans to make the 115-year-old vessel look as it did during the 1970s, a peak period for tugboat operations on the lakes.

But today, it looks as if it has spent the past two years moored downwind from a salt mine — which is, in fact, the case.

The widespread rust on the Ohio’s exposed metal surfaces will be plain to see by people who take up the museum’s offer of pre-restoration tours this weekend, as will be the emptiness of its crew quarters and the absence from its pilot house of the brass ship’s wheel, which has already been taken out for restoration.

“We have had such a significant demand for people to see the tug right away, we came up with a program to make that possible — The Tug Ohio: Before and After Experience,” said Christopher Gillcrist, the museum’s executive director.

Tours will be available every 45 minutes, starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, with each day’s last tour starting at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are free for museum members and $15 for nonmembers, with the latter including museum admission for that day.

Ticketholders “will be invited back to see the tug prior to her public grand opening once the restoration is complete,” the museum said in its announcement of the before-and-after tours.

During the “before” tours, docents escorting participants will discuss the histories of the Ohio and its operator, Great Lakes Towing; issues related to tugboats and towing in general; and the museum’s restoration plans.

As of Monday morning, Mr. Gillcrist said, more than 200 people had obtained tickets.

The maximum for each tour is 40 people, and while walk-up admissions will be allowed, it will be on a space-available basis, the museum director said. Tour times closest to midday Saturday, when the museum is holding a Christmas-tree event, are filling up fastest and may not be available for walk-up reservations, he said.

The tugboat’s slippery walking conditions mean tour participants should wear “sensible shoes and clothing,” the museum cautioned.

Overall, the museum is in the midst of a $70,000 campaign, both in cash and in-kind donations, to restore the tug, which was donated to the museum last summer by Great Lakes Towing.

Paul LaMarre III, who as chairman of the Great Lakes Historical Society’s vessel committee is overseeing the tug’s restoration, said repairs to the Ohio’s hull that included sealing two through-hull fittings for engine-cooling water were completed before the Ohio was towed to the museum site Oct. 18.

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/city/2018/11/26/great-lakes-museum-offers-tugboat-tours-before-vessel-restoration/stories/20181126227

 

Port Reports -  November 28

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit arrived Duluth at 00:04 Tuesday morning, after two failed attempts to enter the ship canal due to high winds, and headed to CN to load iron ore pellets. She loaded throughout the day and was outbound at 19:02. American Century came in at 19:30 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Trudy was expected to depart from Riverland Ag with a load of grain before 20:00, and American Mariner was due in at 20:30 to load grain at General Mills. Also in port was Michipicoten, which began loading ore at CN after the American Spirit's departure. She was tentatively expected to depart around midnight. In Superior, Frontenac was outbound at 04:51 with a load of ore from Burlington Northern, and St. Clair arrived at 10:27 to load. She is due to depart early Wednesday morning.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Nov. 27th at 01:14 for Conneaut. After the Speer departed the Joseph L. Block shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. She departed on Nov. 27th at 07:33 for Indiana Harbor. Edwin H. Gott, upon arriving off Two Harbors on Nov. 27th, stopped off the breakwall. The Gott was underway at 07:55 on Nov. 27th and arrived at 08:16 for South of #2. The Gott departed for Conneaut on Nov. 27th at 18:37. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 27th at 13:17 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader for North of #2 lay-by. She had no limestone cargo for the Twin Ports. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 27th at 19:05 was the Indiana Harbor that went to South of #2 shiploader dock after running checked down on the North Shore all day on the 27th.0 There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Nov. 28th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Nov. 27th at 11:41. As of 19:30 on Nov. 27th she has no updated AIS destination. Arriving Silver Bay on Nov. 27th was the H. Lee White at 14:51. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 28th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 27th: 7:30 Algoma Innovator arrived at G3 to load grain. This is her first ever visit to G3. 13:38 Oakglen departed Viterra A for Montreal. 13:50 Baie St Paul departed Viterra B and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain. 16:52 Tim S. Dool departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 17:42 tug Candace Elise and her barges AM 2100 and AM 2101 departed Midcontinent Terminal (former CN ore dock) for South Chicago. 18:24 saltie Wigeon weighed anchor after 4 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 18:29 Federal Margaree departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth, where she will load grain. 19:03 Federal Nagara arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Wednesday: Tecumseh.

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon arrived Tuesday, assisted by the tug Texas.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura remained at Burns Harbor on Tuesday. Burns Harbor was unloading. John D. Leitch was anchored offshore. Great Republic was at Buffington. Mesabi Miner was at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Port Inland: 2:43 Wilfred Sykes departed for Burns Harbor. Drummond Island: 5:35 Cuyahoga arrived to load and at 18:24 departed. She is down bound on Lake Huron.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Bruce Mines: Manitowoc departed for Calumet. Tuesday, Spragge: 1:05 Cuyahoga departed for Drummond Island

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle remained at the grain elevators on Tuesday.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Manitoulin arrived Tuesday morning to unload coal at the Motor City Materials dock.

Toledo, Ohio
Alpena was unloading cement on Tuesday. Salties Irma, Mandarin and Federal Yukina were also in port. Algocanada remained at Ironhead Marine.

Cleveland, Ohio
Federal Shimanto and Isa were in port Tuesday night.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 27 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 27 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1744

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 26 - Algoma Discovery at 0625. CSL Assiniboine at 1826, BBC Georgia (Atg) at 2116 and tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 at 2102 to wharf 1 - Nov 27 - tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 up to dry dock at 0750, G3 Marquis at 1545, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1645 and Radcliffe R Latimer at 1904

Downbound - Nov 25 - Kaministiqua at 1842 - Nov 26 - Wilson T Cooper, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0555 (stopping at wharf 52) at 1438, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0809, Cedarglen at 1154 and Algoma Niagara at 2216 - Nov 27 - Algoma Buffalo at 0151, Algoma Compass at 0815 and Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabma-17, Western Voyager-07) eta 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519 - Nov 26 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopped wharf 52 - Port Weller dry dock fitout wall) at 1438 - tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 (stopped wharf 1) at 2120 - Nov 27 - Departed wharf 1 at 0750 for Port Weller dry docks fit out berth wall - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement left fit out wall at approx 0845 for Toronto - light tug Jarrett M left wall at 0905 bound for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 27 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 013, Algoma Buffalo at 1812 and Algoma Compass eta at 2115 - Anchored - Nov 26 - Whistler (Lbr) at 1520 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Nov 26 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2237 - Departures - Nov 27 - for the canal - G3 Marquis at 1413 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1441

Clarkson:
Anchored off dock - Nov 26 - Algoma Enterprise at 1903 - Nov 27 - Robert S Pierson at 1621 - Departed - Nov 27 Algoma Enterprise at 0323 - Docked Nov 27 at 0325

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 27 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12)

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1440 - Nov 27 - McKeil Spirit at 0312, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1326 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1549 from Bowmanville - Departure - Nov 27 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0050 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

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

 

Maritime Center looking for new tenant as deli owners retire

11/28 - Port Huron, Mich. – For the past six years, Debbie and Joe Belcher have stood behind the counter of Waterfront Deli at Port Huron's Great Lakes Maritime Center. They served sandwiches, soups and salads to boat watchers and Vantage Point trail walkers.

Soon, the couple will retire to Tennessee, about 45 minutes north of Nashville. They seek to be closer to their children and grandchildren. One daughter already lives there, and a second is set to move there soon. "Our little grandbaby is two today," Debbie Belcher said on Monday.

She said they have no grand sweeping retirement plans beyond "family time." They posted their retirement on the deli's Facebook page on Monday.

The couple has been in the deli business in Port Huron for nearly a decade. They operated Superior Backstreet Deli out of 324 Superior Mall before moving into the Maritime Center about six years ago. Coffee Harbor originally occupied the Maritime Center concessions spot, moving out in March 2013.

The center closes on Nov. 30 for the season, and is set to reopen in March for the spring, they said. The Belchers will head south shortly after it closes this week.

For the couple who've spent the better part of a decade serving customers in St. Clair County, the retirement is bittersweet. "It's hard," Joe Belcher said.

The Maritime Center is owned by Acheson Ventures. Acheson Ventures vice president of operations Mike DeLong said the company is looking for a new vendor to take over the space in time for reopening on March 24. The space might remain a deli, but that could change.

"We're open to all options," DeLong said. "It's sad. They were great — we didn't want them to leave."

Anyone who wants to visit the Waterfront Deli before Debbie and Joe leave can find more information at bit.ly/2r7s1ty, their Facebook page at facebook.com/DeliWaterfront

Anyone interested in moving into the Maritime Center can contact Acheson Ventures at (810) 966-0900.

Port Huron Times Herald

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 28

In 1949, sea trials for the largest freighter built on the Great Lakes, the WILFRED SYKES, were held off Lorain, Ohio. SYKES was converted to a self-unloader in 1975.

In 1942, the Canadian grain carrier JUDGE HART grounded and then sank in Ashburton Bay, Lake Superior. The entire crew of the JUDGE HART was rescued by the JAMES B. EADS, Captain Stanley J. Tischart, and the whaleback JOHN ERICSSON, Captain Wilfred E. Ogg.

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.

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

On November 28, 1983, while up bound 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 soon be renamed b) SEWELL AVERY.

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

BENSON FORD 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 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 November 1905, (the same storm that claimed the steamer MATAAFA). She was recovered.

On her third trip in 1892, the ANN ARBOR NO 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 NO 4 left Cleveland bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage. The ANN ARBOR NO 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 caused by an overheated stove in the ferry dock waiting room. The blaze started at 3 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.

1918: The bow section of the former passenger steamer NORTH WEST sank in Lake Ontario. The ship had been cut in two for a tow out of the Great Lakes. The stern was later rebuilt as b) MAPLECOURT.

1923: LINDEN, a wooden bulk carrier, burned as a total loss in Tawas Bay.

1932: The Canadian freighter GEORGIAN stranded at Munising while downbound from Port Arthur to Detroit. The crew was rescued on December 3. The first salvage attempt failed on December 5 and the vessel was not released until May 1933.

1961: IQUITOS, enroute from Callao, Peru, to Manzanillo, Mexico, with fish meal, caught fire off the coast of Mexico and was abandoned by the crew. The vessel first visited the Great Lakes as a) RUTENFJELL in 1936 and returned on numerous occasions. It was back as b) POLYRIVER from 1951 to 1958. The abandoned IQUITOS drifted for months and was finally sunk by a U.S. destroyer as a hazard to navigation about 100 miles southeast of the Christmas Islands, on April 9, 1962.

1966: The Liberty ship TEGEAN ran aground on The Sisters rocks in fog south of Halifax while inbound for bunkers. All on board were saved by Coast Guard and Navy helicopters. The hull broke into 3 pieces and was dynamited by Navy divers as a hazard on December 16, 1966. The vessel had traded through the Seaway as b) ST. MALO in 1962.

1981: LONDON EARL went aground at Pointe aux Trembles while outbound from Thunder Bay to Hamburg, West Germany, with a cargo of wheat. Five tugs released the ship, with only minimal damage, on November 30. The vessel later returned through the Seaway as b) OLYMPIC LIBERTY beginning in 1983, as c) STABERG in 1990 and as d) ITHAKI in 1996. It was scrapped at Alang, India, in 2001.

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

 

U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes down 4-plus percent in October

11/27 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in October, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago. The October float was also 7.7 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 2 percent compared to a year ago.

Coal loads totaled 1.25 million tons, a decrease of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone totaled 2.6 million tons, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 66.7 million tons, a decrease of 4.7 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargos total 36 million tons, a decrease of 3.5 percent. Coal loadings total 9 million tons, a decrease of 16.4 percent. Limestone totals 18.3 million tons, an increase of 1.6 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  November 27

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 08:59 Monday morning, and tied up at Midwest Energy to load coal. Joseph L. Block left port at 12:36 with a load of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5, and John G. Munson was outbound 13:27 after loading ore at CN. American Spirit and Michipicoten were both expected between 19:30 and 20:30 Monday night to load ore, and the Tregurtha was expected to depart from SMET at 20:30. Reggeborg, which has spent the last few days loading grain at Gavilon, was due to depart around 21:00. Trudy was topping off her load of grain at Riverland Ag on Monday after shifting to that dock mid-day from CHS 1. At the Superior entry, Stewart J. Cort departed at 12:26 with a load of ore for Burns Harbor, and Frontenac arrived from anchor at 13:09 and began loading at BN. She was due to depart at 22:30 Monday night.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on Nov. 26th at 11:58 for Indiana Harbor. The Edgar B. Speer had arrived off Two Harbors on Nov. 25th at approx. 21:40 and then proceeded to off Duluth and anchored until the American Integrity was almost loaded. The Speer was inbound Two Harbors on Nov. 26th at 12:56. She had got underway off Duluth on the 26th at approx. 09:05. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 26th at 14:57 for North of #2 lay-by was the Joseph L. Block. She had loaded BFT at Hallett #5 in Duluth and she'll complete her load with iron ore pellets in Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 27th is the Edwin H. Gott, that as of 19:55 on the 26th, running checked down South of Rock of Ages. Also due Two Harbors on Nov. 27th was the Indiana Harbor. As of 21:55 on the 26th she was running checked down East of Keweenaw. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. when she arrived off Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had arrived according to AIS, but ran checked down on the North Shore all night on Nov. 25th/26th before arriving Silver Bay on the 26th at 11:46. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 26th is the H. Lee White. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due the Twin Ports on Nov. 27th with limestone and she could figure in the North Shore mix when it comes to loading iron ore pellets after her discharge.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 25th: 21:46 Federal Kivalina weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load oats. Monday November 26th: 11:42 Oakglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 14:23 Federal Danube departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 14:34 Baie St Paul arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 15:00 Tim S. Dool departed Richardson Current River Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 17:04 saltie Prosna weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:02 saltie Blacky arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Tuesday: Algoma Innovator and Federal Nagara.

Marinette, Wis.
Federal Yukon is due early Tuesday.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
On Sunday afternoon the Presque Isle barge was pulled out of the graving dock at Bay Shipbuilding. It was in for some repair work and got a nice new paint job. She really looks sharp laying across the end of the docks in the south yard.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Weser and Federal Katsura remained at Burns Harbor on Monday. John D. Leitch and Burns Harbor are due sometime Tuesday.

Limestone Ports
Monday, Calcite: Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. 12:56 John J Boland departed for Marine City. 14:23 Saginaw departed for Algoma Steel Sault Ste Marie. 14:32 Philip R Clarke arrived to finish loading. Port Inland: Cuyahoga arrived to load and at 5:02 departed for Spragge. 5:34 Calumet arrived and went to anchor. 8:15 Undaunted arrived to unload and at 9:57 departed. 12:47 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Philip R Clarke took on a partial load and departed for Calcite. 1:09 Dorothy Ann arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Spragge: 18:36 Cuyahoga arrived to unload limestone. Bruce Mines 9:00 Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock. Alpena: 17:18 John J Boland arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, Ont.
Isabelle remained at the grain elevators on Monday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Arriving early Monday morning was the Thunder Bay. She had a split load of salt for 2 Detroit docks. She unloaded first at the Motor City Materials dock on the Rouge River. After unloading there, she shifted to the Detroit Bulk Storage dock to finish her unload. Arriving later was the Herbert C Jackson with ore for AK Steel. Next was the Lee A Tregurtha, stopping to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The final vessel of the day was the Capt. Henry Jackman, arriving to unload salt at the Motor City Materials dock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Nov 26 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 25 - Spruceglen at 0808, Taiga Desgagnes at 0916, Baie Comeau at 1547, tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1923 (to wharf 1), and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2238 - Nov 26 - light tug Leonard M at 0423 (to wharf 1), Manitoulin at 0425, Algoma Discovery at 0625. CSL Assiniboine at 1826, BBC Georgia (Atg) at 2012 and tug Jarrett M & barge MM 180 eta 2030

Downbound - Nov 25 - Kaministiqua at 1842 - Nov 26 - Wilson T Cooper, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0555, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0809, Cedarglen at 1154, Algoma Niagara eta 2030 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2300,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 19 (correction) - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1838 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519 - Nov 25 - (to wharf 1) tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1953 - Nov 26 - tug Leonard M at 0445 to take over barge Niagara Spirit - Departure - light tug Evans McKeil at 0539 for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 26 - light tug Evans McKeil at 0749 (from Port Weller), Whistler (Lbr) at 1503 and G3 Marquis at 2034 - Anchored - Nov 26 - Whistler (Lbr) at 1520 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl at 1934 - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 Departures - Nov 26 - Algoma Sault at 0026, Algoma Equinox at 0703, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0445 for Toronto,

Hamilton anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 26 Algoma Enterprise at 0919 from Clarkson anchorage - Departed - Nov 26 at 1730 for Clarkson anchorage again - Anchored - Nov 26 at 1903

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Anchored off Clarkson - Nov 25 - Algoma Enterprise 1347 (awaiting dock) - Departures - Nov 16 - Robert S Pierson at 0118 eastbound and Algoma Enterprise at 0744 for anchorage off Hamilton due to weather

Humber Bay:
Anchored - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0755 - Departed at 1255 for Toronto

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 25 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 2050 - Nov 26 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1400 from Hamilton - Departures - Nov 25 - NACC Argonaut at 2320 eastbound - Nov 26 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0809 for Hamilton

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Midwest’s summer temps projected to increase more than any other part of country

11/27 - Michigan and the Midwest are already feeling the effects of climate change, which will grow and worsen as temperatures climb throughout this century, according to a new report.

The second part of the fourth National Climate Assessment looks at impacts, risks, and mitigation efforts across the U.S. It’s the work of scientists and experts from across a variety of federal agencies. While officially released by the White House, its conclusions are sharply different from the Trump administration’s position on climate change

“The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans’ physical, social, and economic well-being are rising,” the assessment says. “These impacts are projected to intensify—but how much they intensify will depend on actions taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the risks from climate change now and in the coming decades.”

The report looks at the likely impacts on different areas of the country, including the Midwest. Among its findings and projections for the region:

• Summers will be hotter. Warm-season temperatures are projected to increase more in the Midwest than any other region of the country—by an average of more than four degrees by mid-century. In the winter, the frost-free season is projected to increase 10 days by 2045, and 20 days by 2065.

• Increased spring humidity will cause more rainfall, with serious implications for agriculture. It will lead to more potential for water-logged soil, reducing planting time and causing more soil erosion.

• Rising growing-season temperatures will have a “pervasive” effect on forests. The region will likely have less tree growth and possibly “widespread tree mortality.”

• The Great Lakes are at risk from rising temperatures. Current trends toward rising surface temperatures and declining ice cover will continue. Changes in the seasonal stratification of lake temperatures and higher summer evaporation rates will stress the lakes, possibly wiping out some species.

• Higher temperatures will worsen existing air quality problems, with particularly negative impacts on industrial centers, low-income communities, children and the elderly.

• The habitats of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks will continue expanding throughout the region, likely leading to more cases of illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme Disease.

• Climate change will create conditions that make harmful cyanobacterial blooms like the persistent blooms in western Lake Erie more frequent and widespread. A combination of factors, including higher water temperatures and more agricultural runoff from more frequent rains will create favorable conditions for those events.

The timing of the assessment’s release on Black Friday raised some eyebrows, and questions about whether the Trump administration was trying to bury it. But on a Friday conference call, officials behind the report mostly ducked repeated questions about that. They said the timing had to do with getting the information out before two important upcoming environmental conferences, and “was not altered or revised in any way in response to outside pressure.”

Michigan Radio

 

Can you walk the beach? Supreme Court may decide

11/27 - Long Beach, Ind. – Two Michigan groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an Indiana case that would determine if lakefront property rights extend all the way to the water.

If the court considers the issue, it has the potential to redefine where people can -- and can’t -- walk on all Great Lakes beaches that aren’t publicly owned.

Save our Shoreline, a Michigan non-profit comprised of Great Lakes property owners, and the Whalesback Preservation Fund LLC, which owns Lake Michigan land near Leland, have filed a brief led by the Cato Institute in support of two Indiana land owners.

Don and Bobbie Grunderson of Long Beach, Indiana, contend their lakefront property extends to the water’s edge and landowners have the right to limit who uses the beaches on their properties.

The Gundersons argue that a ruling by Indiana’s high court, and a similar 2005 decision by the Michigan Supreme Court, upset a longstanding consensus in the Great Lakes states which held that private ownership extended to the water’s edge, wherever that edge was at any given moment. The Indiana court ruled that a different and more nebulous standard, the ordinary high water mark, is the limit of the landowners’ property.

The issue may gain additional attention because Long Beach is the hometown of Chief Justice John Roberts, who lived in the town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago from the 1960s until leaving for Harvard University in 1973.

The Indiana ruling being appealed not only unsettles property interests in Indiana, but “implicates the property boundary for tens of thousands of other families who own property on the shores of the Great Lakes,” according to the brief filed by the Michigan groups.

The Supreme Court won’t decide until next year whether to consider arguments. The court is giving the Indiana attorney general’s office an extra two months for a response to the request the Gundersons for the Supreme Court review. That response is now due Jan. 11, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

The Gundersons want to appeal a February decision by the Indiana Supreme Court that set the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between state-owned land under Lake Michigan and private property.

They want the U.S. Supreme Court to definitively set the water’s edge as the boundary of lake-adjacent properties for all five Great Lakes — with no requirement to provide public access to the beach.

Property rights groups elsewhere also have begun filing amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs, urging the high court to rule in the Gundersons’ favor.

Read more at this link: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2018/11/25/lake-michigan-beach-rights/38599189

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 27

At 4:00 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 45 degree 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 Waiska 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.

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

AVONDALE 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 steamer on until the storm subsided. She was pulled off four days later by the Roen tug JOHN PURVES.

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

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. Cut down to a rail barge at Nicholson's, Ecorse in 1970, renamed b.) ROANOKE.

On Monday, 27 Nov 1996, the Cyprus flag MALLARD of 1977, 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, 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.

1905: LAFAYETTE stranded at Encampment Island, Lake Superior, broke in two and was a total loss. MANILA, its consort barge, also came ashore but was later salvaged.

1942: JUDGE HART stranded at Fitzsimmons Rock, Ashburton Bay, Lake Superior, enroute to Toronto with 101,500 bushels of grain. All on board were rescued and the ship later slid off the rocks, drifted and sank.

1981: LOUKIA, a Greek flag visitor to the Great Lakes in 1976, arrived at Monrovia, Liberia, as f) DESPOULA and was abandoned. The vessel was looted before being sold for scrap. On September 2, 1982, while under tow for Yugoslavia for dismantling, the vessel broke loose in heavy seas and grounded about 14 miles north of Monrovia.

2006: SPAR OPAL had mechanical problems and ran aground near the Iroquois Lock. It was released on November 29. It did not return through the Seaway in 2007 but was back for two final trips in 2008. The ship was renamed h) ARWAD PRINCESS in 2012 and re-registered in Belize.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 26

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson arrived Duluth at 04:45 Sunday morning with a load of limestone for Hallett #8. Joseph L. Block was inbound at 08:21, and tied up at Hallett #5 to unload stone. She was expected to depart at 21:45 for Two Harbors. Also in port was Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort, which had arrived on Saturday night, discharged limestone at Hallett #5, and then shifted to CN early Sunday afternoon to load iron ore pellets. She was due to depart around midnight. The Munson was expected to shift to CN after the VanEnkevort's departure to load. Reggeborg and Trudy both continued loading grain at Gavilon and CHS 1, respectively, on Sunday. In Superior, Roger Blough loaded at BN Sunday morning before departing at 12:52. Stewart J. Cort was inbound at 13:39 to load ore, and was expected to depart early Monday morning. Frontenac was due at 21:15, however she will likely anchor to wait for the Cort to complete loading.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 25th at 17:38 for South of #2. The Edgar B. Speer should be near Two Harbors on Nov. 25th between 21:00-22:00. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 26th in the late afternoon is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on Nov. 25th at 19:06. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 26th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 25th: 9:42 Federal Kivalina arrived and went to anchor. 17:45 Tim S. Dool arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 20:31 Federal Leda departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. Expected for Monday: Baie St Paul and saltie Blacky.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura and Federal Weser were in Burns Harbor Sunday night. Federal Nagara departed S. Chicago for Thunder Bay.

Limestone Ports
Sunday November 25th Stoneport: 19:00 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. Calcite: 1:52 Dorothy Ann departed for Bay City. 2:04 Calumet arrived to load. 10:03 John J Boland arrived to load. 19:00 Calumet departed and is down bound for Lake Michigan. Saginaw arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 20:00 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: 1:12 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load and at 14:53 departed for Lorain.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday November 24th Alpena: 21:29 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Detroit. 23:40 Undaunted arrived to unload. Sunday, Alpena: Undaunted departed. Parry Sound: 15:32 after an extended layover Algoma Innovator departed.

Goderich, Ont.
Saltie Isabella was still at the grain elevator on Sunday. Capt. Henry Jackman was at the salt dock.

Saginaw River
American Century arrived Sunday morning to unload coal at the Consumers Energy dock. Inbound later was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder with stone for the Bay Aggregates dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Alpena arrived to unload cement at Lafarge Sunday afternoon.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 25– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departure - Nov 23 - tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 1510 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 23 - tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 1520 approx. - Nov 25 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 1147 - Departure - tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 0955 approx westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor - Departed Nov 25 at 1614 for Windsor

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 24 - Thunder Bay at 1720 and Isa (Cyp) at 2322 - Nov 25 - Spruceglen at 0808, Taiga Desgagnes at 0916, Baie Comeau at 1547, tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1923, Tecumseh at 1946, and Federal Welland (Mhl) eta 2215

Downbound - Nov 24 - Algoma Transport at 0545 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 1511 - Nov 25 - Algoma Enterprise at 0120, Algoma Spirit at 0547, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1106, Osogovo (Mlt) at 1248, Ina (Lbr) at 1131, Iryda (Cyp) at 1420, and Kaministiqua at 1842

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 25 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 0050 - Departures - Nov 25 - eastbound NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1145 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0715 for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 25 - Barnacle (Cyp) at 0402 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 0912 - Anchored - Nov 21 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 23 - Algoma Sault at 1705 and Algoma Equinox at 2229 - Departures - Nov 25 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1600 for the canal

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 23 - Mia Desgagnes at 1918 - Departed Nov 25 at 0219 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Nov 25 - Robert S Pierson at 1623 - Anchored off Clarkson - Nov 25 - Algoma Enterprise 1347 (awaiting dock)

Toronto:
Arrived - Nov 25 - NACC Argonaut at1048 - Docked - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
On Sunday, McKeil Spirit was unloading cement at Lehigh Hanson Dock. She departed Sunday afternoon for Picton, Ont.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 26

In 1952, the PHILIP R. CLARKE was launched at the American Ship Building yard at Lorain, Ohio. The 647- foot-long freighter became the flagship of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. She was lengthened by 120 feet in 1974 and converted to a self-unloader in 1982.

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 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 side wheel 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, 2,988 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 sea gate, 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, 1,419 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 refloated 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.

1924: The wooden steamer J.C. FORD was destroyed by a fire while on the St. Marys River near DeTour.

1940: The coal-laden CHEYENNE went aground in a storm near Port Colborne while enroute to Montreal. The ship was released on December 1. It last sailed as c) SORELDOC (ii) in 1965 before being scrapped at Hamilton.

1942: L.E. BLOCK went aground in the Straits of Mackinac during a snowstorm.

1951: JOHN H. PRICE was at Ste. Anne des Monts to load pulpwood when a storm swept the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The ship broke loose early the next day, drifted to shore and was pounded on the rocks. All on board were saved and the vessel was refloated May 30, 1952.

1964: The Norwegian tanker STOLT DAGALI, a Seaway caller as a) DAGALI in 1960-1962, was sliced in two by the passenger vessel SHALOM about 28 miles southeast of the Ambrose Channel Light Vessel. The stern of the tanker sank but the bow was rebuilt using the stern of the C.T. GODSTAD that had grounding damage. The rebuilt ship resumed sailing as STOLT LADY.

1979: Despite clear visibility, PIERSON DAUGHTERS and JABLANICA collided off Alexandria Bay, NY, and both ships were damaged. The latter went aground on Broadway Shoal and had to be lightered before being released. It was a regular Seaway trader and was also back as b) ELLIE beginning in 1993. The ship was scrapped at Alang, India, as d) PINE TRADER in 2009.

1981: EURO PRINCESS, a Seaway trader beginning in 1976, went aground in the Atlantic near Sable Island and the crew of 26 was airlifted to safety. Despite a cracked hull, the ship was refloated and was back on the Great Lakes as c) EUROPEGASUS in 1985 and survived until scrapping in India in 1997-1998.

2000: The former BALSA I, a Seaway trader beginning in 1981, reported taking water off Hainan Island in the South China Sea and sank. The crew was saved by a passing freighter.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic in Duluth on Saturday, however Great Lakes Trader was expected around midnight with a load of limestone for Hallett #5. In port was Trudy, loading grain at CHS 1, and Reggeborg, taking on grain at Gavilon. Algoma Compass departed BN via the Superior entry at 03:49 Saturday with a load of ore for Hamilton, and Roger Blough was due at 20:30 to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Niagara departed Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd at 21:26 for Quebec City. The James R. Barker shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 21:26 and 21:49 on Nov. 23rd. She departed Two Harbors on Nov. 24th at 09:39 for Nanticoke. There was no other traffic in Two Harbors on the 24th. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 25th are the American Integrity and the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 24th. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 25th is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, November 24th: 10:12 Federal Margaree arrived at Keefer Terminal. 15:16 saltie Wigeon arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Sunday: Tim S. Dool and Federal Kivalina.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura and Federal Weser were in Burns Harbor Saturday night. Federal Nagara was at S. Chicago. Cuyahoga was headed for Muskegon.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Calcite: 5:49 American Mariner departed for Green Bay. 5:558 Dorothy Ann arrived to load. 10:53 Great Republic departed for Buffington. Port Inland: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and at 5:32 departed for Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, St Ignace: 7:43 Mesabi Miner arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, Ont.
Saltie Isabella was still at the grain elevator on Saturday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Inbound Saturday morning was the Hon. James L Oberstar with ore for AK Steel. Next was the Indiana Harbor, calling on Zug Island to unload ore. The barge PML 9000, being pushed by the Anglian Lady, was receiving repairs after striking a dock yesterday morning. Her original destination was Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload steel coils.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 24 - Barry Andersen
Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 22 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 0404 - Departure - Nov 23 - tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 1510 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 23 - (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0129 and tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 1515 approx. - Departure - Nov 23 - Patras (Mlt) at 0129 eastbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor - Nov 24 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 1231 and Mandarin (Cyp) at 1538 for Toledo - Departures - Nov 24 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 1408 for the canal and Mandarin (Cyp) at 1725 for Toledo

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 23 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1938, Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1629, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) eta 2130, Irma (Cyp) at 2350 - Nov 24 - Algoma Harvester at 0149, Mandarin (Cyp) at 0318, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0403, Thunder Bay at 1720 and Isa (Cyp) eta 2110

Downbound - Nov 24 - Ojibway at 1359 and Algowood at 2143 - Nov 24 - Algoma Transport at 0545, Patras (Mlt) (Gan-Sword-10) at 1101, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1126 and Belasitza (Mlt) at 1511

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1519

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 24 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 0040 Anchored - Nov 21 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 23 - Algoma Sault at 1705 and Algoma Equinox at 2229 - Departures - Nov 22 - Algoma Enterprise at 1239 - Nov 23 - Algoma Harvester at - 2358 - Nov 24 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0112 and Federal Seto (Mhl) at 1857

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 23 - Mia Desgagnes at 1918

Toronto:
Docked - Docked - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 - Nov 22 - Irma (Cyp) at 0927 - Nov 23 - Robert S Pierson at 1246 - Departure - Nov 23 - (eastbound) - Robert S Pierson at 2356

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Arrival: McKeil Spirit at about noon with cement for Lehigh Hanson.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 25

In 1890, the WESTERN RESERVE delivered a record cargo of 95,488 bushels of wheat from Duluth to Buffalo.

In 1913, the schooner ROUSE SIMMONS, Captain August Schuenemann, departed Thompson Harbor (Michigan) with a load of fresh cut Christmas trees bound for Chicago. Somewhere between Kewaunee and Two Rivers, Wis., the SIMMONS was lost with all hands.

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 down bound at Sault Ste. Marie for service on the Canadian West Coast. Renamed PRINCESS SUPERIOR in 1993.

ROBERT C. STANLEY was laid up for the last time November 25, 1981, at the Tower Bay Slip, Superior, Wisconsin. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1989.

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 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. Built in 1927, as a.) GEORGE M. HUMPHERY.

On 25 Nov 1905, the JOSEPH G. BUTLER JR (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 525 foot, 6,588 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.

1904: B.W. BLANCHARD stranded near Alpena, MI and was wrecked. The ship had become unmanageable in heavy weather while enroute to Detroit with a cargo of lumber and was a total loss.

1908: NORTH STAR sank in Lake Huron off Port Sanilac after a collision with NORTHERN QUEEN. The accident occurred in dense fog and the ship went down quickly. All were saved.

1927: THOUSAND ISLANDER cleared Sarnia for Midland under tow of C.S.L. fleetmate COLLINGWOOD and they encountered heavy weather on Lake Huron. The ship was overwhelmed southeast of Thunder Bay Island and sank.

1950: The cargo of steel and package freight aboard the C.S.L. steamer WEYBURN shifted on Lake Ontario in a wild fall storm and the ship took on a precarious list and almost capsized. The ship was escorted to Toronto by RENVOYLE where the problem was corrected.

1971: The Greek freighter ESTIA sank on the Caribbean north of French Guiana after a violent engine room explosion. The ship was bound for Brazil with phosphates and all on board were saved. The vessel had been a Great Lakes visitor as MANCHESTER SPINNER beginning in 1963.

2003: The yacht ALISON LAKE, rebuilt at Toronto from the U.S. Coast Guard ship SAUK, hit a submerged object and sank in very deep water south of Key West, FL. All on board were rescued.

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

 

Barge PML 9000 damaged after striking pier in Detroit River

11/24 - Detroit, Mich. – A Canadian barge was stuck in Detroit Friday after alliding with a pier just below the Ambassador Bridge, U.S. Coast Guard Detroit officials say.

The incident occurred at 9:41a.m. when the tug Anglian Lady, pushing the loaded barge PML 9000, was traveling from Sault Ste. Marie. Ont., to the Nicholson Terminal on the Detroit side of the Detroit River, said Justin Bommer, ensign of the Coast Guard.

"They were heading to Nicholson to offload steel coils and then they would have headed to Windsor, however, when they got to the terminal, they struck the pier," Bommer said. "There is a report of damage."

The pier was struck on the port side and created a hole above water level on the barge. There is nine feet of water in the thruster room and voids are inaccessible due to cargo, he said. The tug’s crew tried to get the barge under control using the rudder, but it wasn't responding. The tug next attempted to go in reverse, but it was too late.

Bommer said there were no injuries reported to anyone in the eight-member crew and Coast Guard investigators were en route Friday afternoon to examine the scene. "We're not sure the extent of the damage and it's unclear what happened," Bommer said.

The tug and barge are owned by Purvis Marine of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. They loaded their cargo at the Algoma steel plant in that city.

The Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  November 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth ship canal on Friday, with none scheduled until Saturday afternoon when the Great Lakes Trader is due with a load of limestone. Trudy shifted from Port Terminal early Friday after unloading clay, and began taking on grain at CHS 1. Reggeborg was at Gavilon loading grain. In Superior, Burns Harbor departed in the early hours of Friday with a load of ore from BN, and Algoma Buffalo arrived from anchor and began loading. She was expected to finish loading and depart by Friday evening. Algoma Compass was on the hook off the Superior entry waiting her turn to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Algoma Niagara arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd at 08:23 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on Nov. 23rd she is still at the loading dock. Also arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd was the James R. Barker at 17:52 for North of #2 lay-by. HarborLookout is showing the Joseph L. Block due Two Harbors late on Nov. 24th, but her AIS is showing her going to Duluth. Otherwise there is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on No 24th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Lee A. Tregurtha depart on Nov. 23rd at 04:56 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 24th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 23rd: 6:51 Cedarglen departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 7:04 Federal Leda weighed anchor after 5 days in the harbor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 7:42 Federal Danube arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:34 saltie Solina arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Saturday: salties Federal Margaree and Wigeon.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Calcite: Calumet departed and was down bound on Lake Michigan. 8:01 American Mariner arrived to load. 13:58 John G Munson departed for Duluth Superior. 14:00 Great Republic weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Port Inland: Cason J Callaway arrived to load and at 17:24 departed for Detroit. Wilfred Sykes was anchored for weather Friday near Charlevoix but was underway for Port Inland by mid-evening. Drummond Island: Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived Thursday to load and at 6:39 Friday departed for Duluth Superior.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Federal Katsura and Federal Weser were at Burns Harbor Friday. St. Clair is due. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Baie St. Paul was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Nagara was on the Calumet River. Philip R Clarke is due at Buffington Saturday morning.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: Algoma Innovator weighed anchor and departed for Parry Sound. Parry Sound: Algoma Innovator arrived to unload road salt. Friday, Alpena: 16:20 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont.
Saltie Isabella was at the grain elevator on Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Edgar B Speer arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel Friday morning. Manitowoc arrived at Zug Island to load coke. Arriving last was the H Lee White with coal for Zug Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday 23 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 22 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 0404 - Departure - Nov 23 - tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 1510 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 23 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0129 and tug Michigan & barge Great lakes at 1515 approx.

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 22 - John D Leitch at 1037, Algoma Enterrprise at 1453 and Beatrix (Nld) at 1910 - Nov 23 - Irma (Cyp) at 1155 (anchored), Narew (Lbr) at 0202, Oakglen at 0350, Federal Yukina (Mhl) at 1629, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1938 and Federal Shimanto (Mhl) eta 2130

Downbound - Nov 22 - Mississagi 0726 (stopping at wharf 12), Algoma Sault at 1725, Robert S Pierson at 2013 and Algonova at 2015 - Nov 23 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at0236, CSL St. Laurent at 0746, Baie Comeau at 1208, Ojibway at 1359 and Algowood eta 2100

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 22 - Mississagi (stopped wharf 12) at 0840 approx. - Departure - Nov 23 - Mississagi at 0415 approx westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 - Nov 22- Irma (Cyp) at 1115 - Departure - Nov 23 - Irma at 2135 approx. for Toledo

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0139, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0447 and Algoma Sault at 1450 - Anchored - Nov 21 Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 - Nov 21 - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0207 - Nov 22 - Algoma Enterprise at 0237 and Algoma Harvester at 1955 - Departures - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1637

Bronte:
Arrival - Nov 23 - Mia Desgagnes at 1521 (anchored) - docked at 1918 from anchorage - Departed Nov 23 - Algoscotia at 1852 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 22 - NACC Argonaut at 2244 - Nov 23 - Robert S Pierson at 1246 - Docked - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 - Departed - Nov 23 - NACC Argonaut at 1433 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223 - Nov 22 - NACC Quebec at 0637 - Departed NACC Quebec at 1433 eastbound

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Friday, McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 24

On this day in 1966, Hjalmer Edwards became ill while working as a second cook on the steamer DANIEL J. MORRELL. He was transferred to the hospital at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan when the MORRELL transited the locks for the last time on Thanksgiving Day. Five days later, the DANIEL J. MORRELL sank during a severe storm on Lake Huron with just Dennis Hale as its lone survivor.

On 24 November 1945, SCOTT E. LAND (steel propeller C4-S-A4 cargo ship, 496 foot, 10,654 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 Karachi, Pakistan, in 1981.

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

ROSEMOUNT, stored with coal, 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 NO 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, 1,089 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.

1905: ARGO missed the entrance to the harbor at Holland, MI while inbound from Chicago and went aground. All on board, an estimated 72 passengers and crew, were rescued by breeches buoy in a very challenging task. The ship was salvaged in January 1906.

1938: The idle former passenger ship CITY OF BENTON HARBOR was gutted by a fire at Sturgeon Bay.

1970: C.W. CADWELL hit a submerged rock in the Niagara River near Queenston and was stranded.

1988: KATIA was abandoned off Nova Scotia, enroute from Brazil to Carleton, QC, and all 27 on board were taken off by rescue helicopter. Despite salvage efforts, the listing ship sank November 26. It had been through the Seaway earlier in 1987 after previous inland voyages as c) TIMI in 1978 and d) HAPPY MED in 1981.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Desgagnés takes delivery of new dual-fuel Polar-class tanker Paul A. Desgagnés

11/23 - The Canadian shipping company Desgagnés has accepted delivery of Paul A. Desgagnés, a new-generation product tanker. The newbuilding was delivered to its owner on October 31, 2018, following the completion of its construction in Turkey.

Paul A. Desgagnés is the third in a series of four product carriers ordered by the company at the Besiktas shipyard located in Yalova near Istanbul, Turkey.

“The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés to the Desgagnés fleet — as for the addition of the Damia Desgagnés and the Mia Desgagnés — is the result of multiple innovations and tremendous work; as her predecessors, she is the source of great pride,” Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés, said.

The Paul A. Desgagnés is a dual-fuel/LNG oil/product and chemical tanker that can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG). She is double-hulled and holds a Polar 7 ice class confirming its capacity to navigate in ice-laden waters. With a deadweight of 15,000 tons at 7.8 meters draft, its cargo tanks can hold up to 17,505 cbm at 98% capacity.

As informed, the new vessel represents an investment exceeding CAD 50 million, of which almost CAD 9 million are solely dedicated to the dual-fuel/LNG motorization.

The newbuilding leaves Turkey on November 22 and is expected in Canada in the first half of December this year.

World Maritime News

 

Port Reports -  November 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Kaye E. Barker arrived Duluth at 05:38 Thanksgiving day, and headed to Hallett #5 to discharge limestone. Measbi Miner was outbound at 07:49 with iron ore pellets, and Michipicoten arrived at 13:19 to load at CN. The Barker shifted to Midwest Energy mid-afternoon Thursday to load petroleum coke. Also tied up in port was Trudy, which was still offloading at Port Terminal. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor arrived before sunrise Thursday to load iron ore pellets at BN. Reggeborg was inbound at 16:23, and tied up at Gavilon to load grain. Algoma Buffalo and Algoma Compass were both at anchor off the Superior entry waiting to load at BN after the Burns Harbor, which was expected to depart at 01:00 Friday.

Two Harbors–Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors had no traffic on Nov. 22nd. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 23rd are the Algoma Niagara in the morning and later in the afternoon the James R. Barker. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Nov. 22nd at 19:12. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Nov. 23rd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 21st: 22:44 saltie Osogovo departed Superior Elevator for Sète, France. Thursday November 22nd: 3:32 saltie Iryda departed Viterra A and went to anchor. 6:31 saltie Iryda weighed anchor and departed for Montreal. 7:27 Cedarglen arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 19:14 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Sorel. Expected for Friday: salties Federal Danube and Solina.

Escanaba, Mich.
Tug Zeus is in the Northshore Marine (Basic Marine) Dry Dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Herbert C Jackson arrived to unload ore at AK Steel. Later on, the tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge Endeavor arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. The last arrival of the day was made by the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. They stopped to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal before continuing on to Marine City.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 22 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 22 - tug Albert & barge Margaret at 0404 and tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes at 0820

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 21 - Algoma Hansa at 1920 - Nov 22 - Frontenac at 0200 - Departures - Nov 22 - Frontenac at 1204 westbound and Algonova at 1500 eastbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 22 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 1832 for Windsor

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 21 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (departed wharf 12), Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0317, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0952, Tim S Dool at 0650, John D Leitch at 1037, Algoma Enterrprise at 1453 and Beatrix (Nld) at 1910

Downbound - Nov 21 - Federal Rideau at 1328 and Esta Desgagnes at 1426 - Nov 22 - Mississagi 0726 (stopping at wharf 12), Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1020, tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1655, Algoma Sault at 1725, Robert S Pierson at 2013 and Algonova at 2015

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 19 - Algosea (stopped wharf 17) at 2210 - westbound upon departure - Nov 22 - Mississagi (stopped wharf 12) at 0840 approx. - Departures - Nov 21 - Algosea at 0907 westbound - Nov 22 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (from wharf 12) at 0640 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 - Nov 22- Beatrix (Nld) at 0830, Irma (Cyp) at 1115 - Departure - Nov 22 - Beatrix (Nld) at 1845 for Cleveland

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 22 - Algoma Enterprise at 0237 and Algoma Harvester at 1955 - Anchored - Nov 21 Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2040 (from the canal) - Nov 21 - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0207 - Departures - Nov 22 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0053 for Goderich, Tim S Dool at 0455 and Tufty (Cyp) at 2005

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2100 - Docked - Nov 18 - Irma (Cyp) at 0536

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 23

In 1940, the CONSUMERS POWER, a.) HARRY YATES of 1910, collided with the MARITANA on the Detroit River. The MARITANA sustained $11,089.91 in damage. MARITANA was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1947.

On 23 November 1863, BAY OF QUINTE (wooden schooner, 250 tons, built in 1853, at Bath, Ontario) was carrying 7,500 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 Straits of Mackinac. She was salvaged and put back in service, but she only lasted a few months.

After discharging her cargo, the SAMUEL MATHER, launched as a.) PILOT KNOB b.) FRANK ARMSTRONG (1943-73), proceeded to DeTour, Michigan, laying up for the last time at the Pickands Mather Coal Dock on November 23, 1981. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1988.

In 1987, the self-unloader ROGERS CITY was towed out of Menominee, Michigan, for scrapping in Brazil.

STADACONA'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, 1,000 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 up bound 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.

CSL NIAGARA a.) J. W. McGIFFIN, 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 re-launched as a SeawayMax carrier in June 1999.

1901: QUITO stranded off Lorain, Ohio, and broke up in a Lake Erie storm. All on board were saved.

1902: SILVANUS J. MACY was last observed battling heavy seas in Lake Erie off Port Burwell. The coal laden, wooden steamer was lost with all hands.

1936: A fire at Portsmouth, Ontario, just west of Kingston, destroyed several idle wooden steamers including the SIMON LANGELL and PALM BAY. Their remains were towed into Lake Ontario and scuttled in 1937.

1961: AMVRAKIKOS ran aground on Pancake Shoal, Lake Superior, on its first and only visit to the Great Lakes. This World War Two vintage Liberty ship was refloated on November 26, loaded scrap steel at Toledo for Japan and was the last saltwater ship of the 1961 season to depart the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1997: AN TAI, an SD 14 cargo carrier registered in Belize, began to list and then the hull cracked at the dock in Port Klang, Malaysia. The ship sank at the wharf the next day. The vessel had visited the Great Lakes, first as a) LONDON GRENADIER in 1972 and again as b) FIRST JAY in 1979. Subsequent salvage efforts failed and the hull was cut into sections, taken out to sea, and dumped in a fish breeding grounds.

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

 

New Soo Lock funding included in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2019 work plan

11/22 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has submitted its work plan for 2019 to Congress. According to the Corps, the plan includes $32 million as an initial outlay for the design and construction of a new, second lock at the Soo Locks and is prepared by the Corps as an outline of how it will allocate funding for its work in the year ahead.

A letter from October, written by Congressman John Moolenaar, who is a long-time supporter of building a new lock at the Soo Locks, includes a request for funding in the work plan. The bipartisan letter was signed by 27 other members of Congress from Great Lakes states.

The total cost of the new lock is estimated to be $922.4 million.

WPBN/WGTU

 

USCGC Mackinaw loads 1200 Christmas trees for Chicago families in need

11/22 - Cheboygan, Mich. – The crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw in Cheboygan are getting ready for a special operation in Chicago. On board with them are more than 1,000 Christmas trees.

In just over a week the coast guard will help deliver 1200 Northern Michigan trees to families in the Windy City.

“The Christmas tree ship dates back to the late 1800s early 1900s when the city of Chicago would predominately get their Christmas trees from the Upper Peninsula,” Commander John Stone said.

“It’s an opportunity to provide some good will as well as commemorate the rich maritime tradition up here on the Great Lakes,” he added. It’s a tradition they continue to honor in memory of the Rouse Simmons.

“About 1912, the most famous of the Christmas tree ships, the Rouse Simmons, sank with all hands. We, along with Christmas Tree Committee down in Chicago, started to commemorate their loss every year since,” Stone explained.

For 19 years the crew in Cheboygan has continued to make this special delivery. “It’s always nice because we got the ceremony down in Chicago and it’s a blast. It’s kind of a legacy of an old tradition,” ET-2 Joseph Coach, said.

“I kind of joined the Coast Guard to help serve and help the community and this is kind of a different way of doing it,” Coach added.

The ship will take off next Monday and will be in Chicago by the end of next week.

View a video of the tree loading at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2018/11/20/uscgc-mackinaw-loads-up-1200-christmas-trees-for-chicago-families-in-need/

 

Manitoba scrap tow update

11/22 - AIS shows the Ocean Delta arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, anchorage Sunday morning, left the former Manitoba (renamed Nito for the tow) there, and headed for Algeciras, Spain. Manitoba will be scrapped in the coming months.

 

Port Reports -  November 22

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth at 05:07 Wednesday to load ore at CN, and American Century was outbound at 13:25 with a load of coal from Midwest Energy. The Miner was expected to depart around 20:00, as was Ina, which has been loading wheat at Riverland Ag for the past few days. Trudy was still tied up at Port Terminal. In Superior, St. Clair was outbound at 01:27 Wednesday after loading iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Nov. 21st at 22:29 for Gary. The Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 22nd at 02:25. She departed for Zug Island on Nov. 22nd at 15:54. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 22nd. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Nov. 20th at 22:38 for Indiana Harbor. Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 21st. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 22nd is the Lee A. Tregurtha. Due in the Twin Ports on Nov. 22nd to unload limestone is the Kaye E. Barker. She could possibly load up the North Shore after her Twin Ports discharge.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 21st: 6:24 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:12 Saginaw departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Toledo. 12:54 tug Candace Elise arrived at Midcontinent Terminal (former CN ore dock) with two loadline hopper barges: AM 2100 and AM 2101. AM 2100 and AM 2101 are being loaded with scrap steel. 13:04 saltie BBC Kansas arrived from Escanaba, Mich. She proceeded to Keefer Terminal to unload steel parts. 14:28 saltie Prosna departed Keefer Terminal and went to anchor. 15:25 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. Expected for Thursday: Cedarglen and Federal Danube.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Calcite: 14:18 Great Republic arrived and went to anchor. 14:35 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. 14:41 John G Munson arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
Joseph L. Block was at Burns Harbor Wednesday night, with Steward J. Cort due on Thanksgiving Day. Roger Blough was at Gary. Baie St. Paul was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Nagara was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Bruce Mines: Robert S Pierson departed for Toronto. Alpena: Algoma Innovator with a load of road salt for Parry Sound, arrived and went to anchor, probably to wait out weather.

Saginaw River
Alpena arrived with cement for the Lafarge dock in Essexville on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Wednesday the Federal Yukon, who had been at anchor in the Ojibway Anchorage for 3 days, weighed anchor and tied up at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. Arriving later was the Michigan/Great Lakes. They fueled at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal before continuing to their destination of Nanticoke.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 21 ¬¬– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 21 - Algoma Hansa at 1852, Algonova at 1738 and Algosea at 2001

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - Algocanada at 0752 - Nov 21 - Algoma Hansa at 1920, Algonova at 1838, Algosea at 2009 - Departures - Nov 20 - Esta Desgagnes at 1342 and Algocanada at 2343

Buffalo:
Docked - Nov 20 - USCG Abbie Burgess at 0221 - Departed Nov 21 at 2005

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 21 - Florijngracht (Nld) at 0214, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 0704, Algoma Enterprise at 0854, Esta Desgagnes at 0936 - Departures - all for the canal Nov 21 - Florijngracht (Nld) at 1105, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1306, Algoma Enterprise at 1155, Esta Desgagnes at 1426

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1713 (stopped wharf 12) - Nov 20 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0943. tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1246 (stopped at wharf 13)

Downbound - Nov 20, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1417, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 and NACC Argonaut at 2030 - Nov 21 - Esta Desgagnes at 1426

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload - Nov 20 - CSL Tadoussac (stopped wharf 16) at 1810 - Nov 19 - Algosea (stopped wharf 17) at 2210 - westbound upon departure - Nov 20 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (stopped wharf 12) at 1436 - Departures - Nov 21 - Algosea from (wharf 17) at 0907 approx westbound and tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour (from wharf 13) at 1805 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 - Departure (eastbound) - Nov 20 - Reestborg (Nld) at 0400 approx eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 21 - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0207, Tim S Dool at 0809, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1846 - Anchored - Nov 21 Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1915

Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 20 - Tufty (Cyp) at 1550 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Nov 20 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 for Windsor - Nov 21 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1038 for Sorel, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1427 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2100 - Docked - Nov 18 - Irma (Cyp) at 0536

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223

 

Lost Belle Isle lighthouse lens stuck in court tug of war

11/22 - Detroit, Mich. – A modern-day treasure hunter has defied the federal government by refusing to surrender rare lighthouse lenses, including one that disappeared from Belle Isle decades ago, according to federal court records.

The records chronicle the ongoing fight between the government and a treasure hunter, chart the winding, black-market path of lighthouse lenses worth approximately $600,000 and detail the government’s decades-long hunt to recover artifacts that were once discarded like trash.

Antique hunter Steven Gronow, a real-estate developer and former auto parts baron who lives in a lighthouse-shaped mansion near Howell, had escalated a two-year legal battle by refusing to relinquish the artifacts despite U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ordering he surrender the two-foot-tall, beehive-shaped lenses earlier this year.

Instead, Gronow last month stood up U.S. Coast Guard officials and a rare lens expert — known as a lampist — who was hired to secure the artifacts in specially-designed crates. When they arrived at Gronow’s 9,825-square-foot estate, Gronow was gone, leaving the lampist and Coast Guard officials outside the gates, speaking in vain through a squawk box with the antique hunter’s wife.

On Monday, Gronow faced a stern judge who ordered him to surrender the lenses by early February or risk having federal agents forcibly enter his home, and face unpleasant options, including fines and jail.

"There's an easy way and a hard way to do this," the judge told a jeans-clad Gronow.

Gronow didn't fight the order but expressed bewilderment that he ended up in a federal courtroom after devoting his life to preserving pieces of maritime history.

"These essentially were thrown in the trash 70 years ago," Gronow told the judge. "And after not caring for 75 years, I'm sued."

The judge's order moved the public closer to being able to view the century-old Belle Isle lens for the first time in more than 80 years.

"If it becomes something that is more or less accessible to the public for viewing, that would be a good thing," said John Polacsek, retired curator of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

The mystery surrounding the lens dates to the late 1930s, when the lens was moved from inside the Belle Isle lighthouse on the southeast tip of the island.

The two-foot-tall glass lens resembles a giant beehive and was made in the early 1880s. The lens relies on a revolutionary design that focuses light into a single beam that can travel more than 20 miles.

The U.S. government bought the lens for a planned lighthouse on the southeast part of Belle Isle in 1881. The lens, developed by French physicist and engineer Augustin-Jean Fresnel, was installed later in the Belle Isle lighthouse, a square, red-brick tower with an attached two-story brick building.

Fresnel lenses, however, are fragile, expensive to fix and tough to clean. Many were replaced with automated beacons while some were scavenged for brass components during World War II, dropped down elevator shafts, tossed from lighthouse towers, dumped in the sea or sold by Coast Guard stations.

The Belle Isle lens did not suffer such a fate.

The Belle Isle lighthouse was decommissioned in 1930 as part of plans to build the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse less than a mile away on the northeast part of the island. The original Belle Isle lighthouse was demolished in 1943.

The lens was moved to the Livingstone lighthouse in 1935 or 1936, according to the Coast Guard, but a fog enveloped its fate. Joel Stone, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum’s senior curator, had heard it was destroyed.

Others heard it was stolen.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/11/19/lost-belle-isle-lighthouse-lens-stuck-court-tug-war/1987860002

 

Fednav installs ballast water treatment systems on seven more vessels.

11/22 - Fednav hassigned a contract with Norwegian BWT specialist Optimarin for the supply of seven USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS). Five of the units will be fitted on existing vessels within the 63-strong Fednav fleet, with two deliveries set for newbuilds.

The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year. Fednav initially ordered one retrofit and four newbuild units in 2017 and is now rolling out further installations.

Optimarin made its initial retrofit delivery to Fednav earlier this year, with Goltens installing an OBS on Federal Kumano at MPG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The first newbuild orders concerned projects at Oshima shipyard in Japan.

OBS has now been successfully retrofitted in over 200 vessels. The system has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR & MLIT Japan

World Maritime News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 22

In 1947, the Canadian tanker BRUCE HUDSON broke down shortly after departing Port Stanley, Ont. The U.S. tanker ROCKET, Captain R. B. Robbins, managed to get a line on the HUDSON and tow her 50 miles through high seas and a snow storm to shelter behind Point Pelee. Later, the tug ATOMIC arrived on scene and towed the Hudson to Toledo for repairs.

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

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.

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 - 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."

1878: The wooden passenger and freight steamer WAUBUNO was lost with all hands, 14 crew and 10 passengers, on Georgian Bay.

1898: ARTHUR ORR went aground on Isle Royale when the steering gear failed in a severe storm. It was later released and survived until scrapping at Hamilton in 1947-1948.

1898: S.S. CURRY was leaking badly after it struck a reef off Duck Island, Lake Huron.

1906: J.H. JONES, en route from Owen Sound to Lions Head, was lost with all hands. The wooden passenger and freight steamer went down in 60 mph winds.

1907: Fire broke out aboard the wooden freighter LIZZIE MADDEN shortly after clearing Bay City for Little Current. The crew was rescued by the LANGELL BOYS. The burning hull drifted ashore on Little Charity Island in Saginaw Bay and was a total loss.

1911: JOLIET sank in the St. Clair River following a collision with the HENRY PHIPPS. It had been anchored due to fog when hit and all on board were saved. The remains were dynamited as a hazard to navigation.

1919: The wooden steamer MYRON sank off Crisp Point, Lake Superior and 17 crew were lost.

1950: The former Canada Steamship Lines canaller MAPLETON was destroyed at the Port of Suez, Egypt as b) EASTERN MED when a fire broke out while loading oil drums. The remains of the ship were scrapped.

1975: PIERSON DAUGHTERS hit bottom off North Colban Island in the St. Lawrence and had to go to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs after unloading the cargo of iron ore at Conneaut.

1988: The Dutch flag freighter POOLSTER first came through the Seaway in 1969. It suffered an engineroom fire off Kuwait as e) ATLANTIC REEFER while bound for Dubai on this date. The badly damaged ship was towed to Sharjah and then sold for scrap. It was renamed f) VOYAGER I for the trip to Gadani Beach, Pakistan, and the vessel arrived April 4, 1989, for dismantling.

1998: SPAR OPAL went aground inside the breakwall at Port Colborne due to high winds and was released by the tugs UNDAUNTED and WELLAND. The ship had also been a Seaway trader beginning in 1984 as a) LAKE SHIDAKA, in 1991 as b) CONSENSUS ATLANTIC, and in 1992 as c) FEDERAL MATANE (i). It began Great Lakes service as e) SPAR OPAL in 1997.

2000: PRINSES IRENE of the Oranje Lijn made 16 trips into the Great Lakes, with passengers and freight, from 1959 through 1963. The vessel was observed beached at Jakarta, Indonesia, as c) TANJUNG OSINA on this date and appeared to be badly rusted and burned out. The hull was later reported to have been broken up.

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

 

Lakes shippers stayed busy through October

11/21 - Port Huron, Mich. – U.S. Great Lakes ports and the St. Lawrence Seaway had a busy October, according to a news release from the Chamber of Marine Commerce, fueled by increases in shipments of grain, salt and construction materials.

Overall cargo shipments via the seaway from March 29 to Oct. 31 were 30.5 million metric tons, an increase of 4 percent from the same time last year, according to the news release. U.S. grain shipments were 1.9 million metric tons year-to-date, up 44 percent from the same period last year, according to the news release. Cement and clinker volumes through the seaway were up 20 percent for the year.

Salt shipments had increased because of imports from Egypt and Morocco in the wake of a 12-week strike at the Goderich Mine in Ontario, according to the news release.

The Port of Green Bay moved 268,000 tons of cargo in October with its year-to-date totals up 10 percent. October was the port's second busiest month, trailing only August with 275,000 tons. At the Port of Toledo, grain shipments are up 45 percent compared to 2017, according to the news release.

Iron ore accounted for 16.5 million of the 27.6 million short tons of cargo moved through the Port of Duluth-Superior through October, according to the release.

Times Herald

 

Port Reports -  November 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten left Duluth at 02:13 Tuesday with a load of iron ore pellets for Sault Ste. Marie. Paul R. Tregurtha, which had arrived late Monday night, was outbound at 16:22 after loading coal at Midwest Energy. American Century was due just before midnight to load at SMET. In port was Ina, loading wheat at Riverland Ag, and Trudy, discharging clay at Port Terminal. At the Superior entry, St. Clair was inbound at 08:40 Tuesday to load ore at BN, and is expected to depart early Wednesday morning.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algowood departed Two Harbors on Nov. 20th at 01:50 for Quebec City. The Algoma Transport departed anchorage off Two Harbors and arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 20th at 02:05 for South of #2. She departed on the 20th at 12:49 for Quebec City. The Edwin H. Gott had gone to anchor off Duluth on Nov. 19th and got underway on Nov. 20th at 10:45 and arrived Two Harbors at 13:20 for South of #2. Her AIS is showing a Gary destination. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 21st is the Indiana Harbor. She has been running checked down all day on the 20th and is currently East of Silver Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Nov. 20th at 10:03. As of 19:30 on Nov. 20th she was still at the dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 21st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 20th: 12:49 CSL St Laurent departed G3 for Quebec City. 13:20 Ojibway departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel. 13:21 saltie Iryda arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 15:13 saltie Prosna weighed anchor and proceeded to Keefer Terminal. Expected late Tuesday: tug Candace Elise with barges AM 2100 and AM 2101. Expected for Wednesday: Kaministiqua and saltie BBC Kansas.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday Calcite: 9:50 Olive L Moore departed for Fairport. 11:55 Manitowoc arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Kaye E Barker departed for Duluth Superior. Brevort: John G Munson departed for Green Bay. Port Inland: Calumet weighed anchor and proceeded to Green Bay.

S. Lake Michigan Ports
James R. Barker was at Indiana Harbor Tuesday. Federal Nagara remained at S. Chicago. Cason J. Callaway was due at Gary.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 14:45 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products. Bruce Mines: 5:00 Robert S. Pierson arrived to load trap rock.

Goderich, Ont.
Algoma Innovator left Tuesday for Parry Sound. Federal Cedar remained at anchor north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich. Capt. Henry Jackman is also Goderich-bound.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
A trio of tugs arrived during the morning hours on Tuesday. First was the Sarah Andrie and her tank barge, arriving at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload. Next was the Mary E Hannah, calling on Zug Island. It's possible they were loading her barge with slag. Rounding out the tugs was the Madison R, tying up near Fordson Island. Arriving later in the morning was the Lee A Tregurtha with ore for AK Steel. Later in the afternoon, the Sarah Andrie shifted to Nicholson's Detroit Terminal. Arriving later was the Philip R Clarke with stone for the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. Shortly after her, the tug Spartan and her tank barge Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load. After loading, she shifted to Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal. Taking her place at the terminal to fuel was the Cuyahoga. Rounding out the busy day was the Joyce L VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. They called on Zug Island to unload ore.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 19 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 19 - (from Nanticoke dock) - Algocanada at 0823 and Algonova at 1738

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - Esta Desgagnes at 2158 - Departures (out to anchorage) - Nov 19 - Algocanada at 0752 - Nov 20 - Algonova at 1716

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 20 - USCG Abbie Burgess at 0221

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1713 (stopped wharf 12) - Nov 20 - Solina (Bhs) at 0228, Wigeon (Lbr) at 0943. Algoma Spirit at 1012, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1246, Baie Comeau at 1312, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1511, light tug Salvage Monarch at 2016 to assist the Federal Seto (Mhl) out to piers

Downbound - Nov 19 - Whitefish Bay at 1258, Manitoulin at 1506, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 (stopped wharf 16) and Algosea eta 2129 - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) departed wharf 6 at 0700, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1417, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 and NACC Argonaut eta 1935

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload and CSL Tadoussac at 1810 (stopped wharf 16) - Nov 20 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement stopped wharf 12 at 1436 - Departure - Nov 20 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 0700 approx. downbound for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 and Reestborg (Nld) at 2234 - Departures (eastbound) - Nov 20 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (ex (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0239, Lyulin (Mlt) at 0715

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Baie Comeau at 0329 - CSL Laurentien at 0752 and Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1913 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Solina (Bhs) at 0125 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 - Nov 18 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 2240 - Nov 19 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0555 - Nov 20 - Tufty (Cyp) at 1550 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Nov 19 - Solina (Bhs) at 2216 for Thunder Bay - Nov 20 - Algoma Spirit at 0743, CSL Laurentien at 1058 eastbound and Baie Comeau at 1107

Toronto:
Arrivals - Nov 20 - Whistler (Lbr) at 0621 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2100 - Docked - Nov 18 - Irma (Cyp) at 0536 - Departures - Nov 19 - McKeil Spirit at 2310 eastbound - Nov 20 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0734 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 20 Rodopi (Mlt) at 1223 - Departed - Nov 20 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1154 for Thunder Bay

 

Cuyahoga River’s recovery since 1969 fire documented in new film on YouTube

11/21 - Cleveland, Ohio – The water quality improvements the Cuyahoga River has undergone since its iconic fire almost 50 years ago are well-documented. Now, another chapter has been added to the environmental success story: the release of a new documentary film on the YouTube channel.

The 12-minute video, "Celebrating the Comeback of the Burning River, 1969-2019," traces the years since the fire instigated the launch of the federal Clean Water Act by environmentalists, and the river's inspiring transformation since then.

The film is illustrated by archival footage and interviews with some of the key participants in the river's rebirth, such as river advocates Elaine Marsh and Jane Goodman, and the Ohio EPA's Bob Wysenski and Bill Zawiski. The movie was produced by the Ohio EPA.

For those too young to remember the black-and-white images from local television newsreels, the film presents horrific scenes of fiery plumes of smoke on the river, fire boats pumping water on a burning railroad trestle, dead fish floating on the surface, and thick blobs of oil bobbing in the poisonous water – all accompanied by a haunting musical soundtrack.

Read more and view the film at this link: https://www.cleveland.com/metro/2018/11/cuyahoga-rivers-recovery-since-1969-fire-documented-in-new-ohio-epa-film-on-youtube.html

 

Reporter visits salt mines 2,000 feet below Lake Erie

11/21 - Fairport Harbor, Ohio – Ohio drivers probably haven't given much thought about where the salt road crews use to keep the winter roads safe comes from. Much of it is mined 2,000 feet below Lake Erie.

Todd Meany, a reporter with the local Fox news outlet, took a 4 1/2 minute elevator ride down into the mine, and then drove 3 1/2 miles out to give a rare glimpse of what happens inside the Morton Salt mines.

Watch the videos to get a glimpse of what happens 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at this link: https://fox8.com/2018/11/16/todd-kicks-it-in-the-salt-mines-2000-feet-below-lake-erie

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 21

In 1934, the package freighter EDWARD L. LOOMIS, Captain Alex McKenzie, collided with the W. C. FRANZ, Captain Alex McIntyre, about 30 miles southeast of Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron. Four crewmen on the FRANZ drowned when the lifeboat turned over while being lowered.

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 F & 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.

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

In 1924, 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 NO 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.

1883: The boiler exploded aboard the salvage tug ERIE BELLE while working to free the schooner J.N. CARTER in the Kincardine area of Lake Huron. The former was wrecked but the boiler is still on what has become known as “Old Boiler Beach”.

1902: BANNOCKBURN disappeared on Lake Superior without a trace. Its final resting place has never been found. 1906: The wooden steamer RESOLUTE anchored off the Eastern Gap at Toronto to ride out a storm but the wind switched battering the vessel until it sank. The hull was salvaged in October 1907 and rebuilt as the JOHN ROLPH.

1936: HIBOU was lost in Owen Sound Bay within two miles of the dock and seven perished. The hull was refloated in 1942.

1941: HENRY C. DARYAW, requisitioned for war and on its delivery voyage stranded on rocks in the Brockville Narrows, rolled over and slid off into deep water and sank. It was to have been used on the east coast as a tender for ocean ships. One life was lost.

1957: MONTFAUCON was built at Wyandotte, MI in 1920 and later operated on the Great Lakes as b) E.M. BUNCE. It was at Naples, Italy, as g) ANNA MARIA IEVOLI when an internal explosion caused damage that led to the ship being scrapped.

1959: MOSES GAY was built at Duluth in 1943. It was severely damaged as e) HEANGURA in a storm at Ostra Kvarken, Sweden, and went aground. While salvaged, the ship was tied up at Turku, Finland, and sold for scrap in January 1960.

1961: The British freighter RAPALLO was anchored at Istanbul, Turkey, when struck and damaged by two different freighters, both out of control due to high winds. The vessel was repaired and began Seaway trading in 1963 for the Ellerman Wilson Line.

1961: The former Paterson canaller GANANDOC left the Great Lakes as b) SUGARLAND in October 1961. It had a brief career in the south and went aground at Arcas Reef, Bay of Campeche, while inbound for Coatzacoalcos, Mexico with 2,877 tons of phosphoric rock from Tampa. The ship was abandoned on November 26 as a total loss.

1962: BRO, a Norwegian pre-Seaway visitor as early as 1953, was abandoned by the crew after taking a severe list en route from Seville, Spain, to Rotterdam, Netherlands. The ship was taken in tow, reached Lisbon, Portugal, and was repaired.

1982: CAPTAIN PANAGOS D.P. went aground at Farasan Island in the Red Sea en route from Trois Rivieres, QC to Bandar Abbas, Iran. Fire broke out in the engine room and the ship was gutted. The hull was refloated and was noted lying off Qatar “derelict” in December 1986 and finally scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as c) JENNY in 1988. The vessel first came through the Seaway as PANAGOS D. PATERAS in 1977 and returned as CAPTAIN PANAGOS D.P. in 1980.

1994: The Russian freighter FASTOV, upbound for Green Bay with pulpwood on its first trip to the Great Lakes, lost power and struck the Shell dock at Corunna, ON, resulting in considerable damage to the structure. The vessel returned inland as d) EVANGELOS in 1999 and was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, as f) JONA in 2011.

2007: The engine aboard the Lake Erie passenger ship JIIMAAN became disabled after the vessel snagged a fish net off Kingsville and the vessel grounded briefly.

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

 

Stephen B. Roman now headed for Bermuda en route to scrappers

11/20 - Early in the morning of Nov. 19, Stephen B. Roman met the launch Eastcom off Halifax, then continued on without entering port. The ship is now giving Bermuda as its next port of call.

For the ship's trip to the scrappers, the well-known Dutch ship delivery company Redwise is providing crew and management. It is assumed that the ship had one or more Canadians aboard for advice during the trip through Canadian waters, and they disembarked off Halifax.

Mac Mackay

 

Port Reports -  November 20

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit arrived Duluth at 06:24 Monday morning, and headed to CN for a load of iron ore pellets. Her fleetmate Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound at 09:06 to load coal at SMET. During the evening, Michipicoten arrived at 17:21 to load at CN, and Polsteam's Ina entered port at 19:14 and tied up at Riverland Ag to load wheat. Paul R. Tregurtha was expected at 23:30 to load at Midwest Energy after the McCarthy, which was due to depart around 21:30 Monday. American Spirit should finish loading early Tuesday morning. Also in port was Trudy, still at Port Terminal unloading clay. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort left the BN dock at 08:55 Monday with a load of ore for Burns Harbor. St. Clair is due at 09:00 Tuesday to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on Nov. 19th at 09:53 for Indiana Harbor 7H. Arriving off Two Harbors on Nov. 19th at approx. 05:15 was the Algowood. She stopped SW of the Two Harbors breakwall. She got underway at approx. 10:05 and arrived the breakwall at 10:22 for South of #2. As of 19:45 she was still loading, but is showing an AIS destination of Quebec City. Also arriving off Two Harbors on Nov. 19th was the Algoma Transport. She went to anchor NE of the Two Harbors breakwall at 11:08. The Edwin H. Gott was due Two Harbors on the 19th, but at 19:45 it looks like she's headed to Duluth, possibly to fuel or to take a delay at the Port Terminal. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 20th is the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 19th, but due Nov. 20th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She will be arriving after unloading limestone in Marquette. An update on the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader: She went to Cleveland to unload her Silver Bay iron ore pellets cargo.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday November 19th: 2:59 Saginaw arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 8:12 saltie Prosna arrived and went to anchor. 8:55 Federal Leda arrived and went to anchor. 9:38 Ojibway arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: saltie Iryda and tug Candace Elise with barges AM 2100 and AM 2101.

Escanaba, Mich. – Lee Rowe
BBC Kansas was in port Monday delivering machinery headed for Cleveland Mining. Monday evening she was headed out into Lake Michigan with no next port showing on AIS.

S. Lake Michigan
Great Republic was in Buffington Monday night. Hon. James L. Oberstar and James R. Barker were at Indiana Harbor. Wilfred Sykes departed Indiana Harbor in the early evening. Federal Nagara was at S. Chicago. Algoma Niagara was due at Burns Harbor late Friday or early Tuesday.

Limestone Ports
Monday, November 19th Port Inland: 10:43 Philip R Clarke departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. 14:11 Calumet arrived to load and departed at 21:51. She went to anchor off of the harbor. Brevort: 2:08 John G Munson arrived at the Sand Products Dock to load limestone. Calcite: Olive L Moore arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont.
Algoma Innovator was loading salt on Monday. Federal Cedar remained at anchor north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Alpena arrived with cement for Lafarge before sunrise on Monday morning. After finishing her unload at St. Mary's Cement, the Capt. Henry Jackman was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The tug Rebecca Lynn tied up along the riverfront to wait for the Capt. Henry Jackman to depart the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Arriving a short time after was the tug Evans McKeil, towing a barge. They called on Zug Island to load coke. Later in the evening, the tug Sharon MI and barge Huron Spirt arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload. Soon afterwards, the Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Nov 19 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 18 - Algocanada at 0845 - Nov 19 - Algosea at 0653 - Departed - Nov 19 - Algosea at 1543 for the canal

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac at 0238 and Algonova at 1636 - Departures - Nov 18 - Algoma Buffalo at 2351 westbound - Nov 19 - CSL Tadoussac at 1427 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 18 - Cedarglen at 1257, Algoma Enterprise at 1453 tug Sarah Andrie & barge A-410 at 1458, and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1823 - Nov 19 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 0217, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0425, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0435, USCG Abbie Burgess at1515 and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1713

Downbound - Nov 18 - Tecumseh at 1650, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 2225 - Nov 19 - Atlantic Huron at 0609, Lyulin (Mlt) at 0806, Reestborg (Nld) at 1011, Baie Comeau at 1029, Whitefish Bay at 1258, Manitoulin at 1506, CSL Tadoussac at 1742 and Algosea eta 2030

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload - Nov 18 - Federal Delta (Mhl) (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold to continue unloading)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 18 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0040 - Nov 19 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0755 approx. - Departures - Fraserborg (Nld), Vancouverborg, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1255 approx., Sarah Desgagnes and Jana Desgagnes at 1645 approx. - all eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 19 - Algoma Spirit at 1636 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Solina (Bhs) at 0125 and Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 - Nov 18 - CSL Laurentien at 0752 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 2240 - Nov 19 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0555 -Departure - Nov 18 - Algoma Enterprise

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2027 - Departed Nov 19 at 0807 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 16 - Wigeon at 1124 - Nov 18 - McKeil Spirit at 0430 and Irma (Cyp) at 0536

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 17 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1043 (from the anchorage)

 

Submerged oddities will be pulled from Rouge River — including 8 cars

11/20 - Detroit, Mich. – A century's worth of bad environmental practices by local industries is slated for dredging out of the "Old Channel" around Zug Island, in a more than $50-million federal project to improve long-standing pollution problems on the Rouge River.

Arising from the murk with potentially health-harming, ecology-wrecking pollution will be eight or so cars, mysteriously sunk in the 15- to 26-foot depths of the channel.

"Who knows? Maybe we'll find Hoffa finally," quipped Steve Check, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, referring to Jimmy Hoffa, the long-missing and presumed murdered former Teamsters president.

The Old Channel wraps around Zug Island, with its counterclockwise flows entering the main channel of the Lower Rouge River — a reversal of its natural flows created when Henry Ford in the early 1900s expanded a shipping canal to the Detroit River to feed his vast Rouge Plant.

Dozens of industries operated in the area from the 1800s — iron and steel mills, coking, tar and paper manufacturing, along with heavy shipping and train traffic to supply the factories' resource needs. Those operations continued for generations at a time when there was little concern about — let alone regulation of — industry environmental practices.

"At one point, there were about 82 million gallons of industrial waste per day going through that channel" and out in the Rouge and Detroit rivers, untreated, said Rose Ellison, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"That was in the day that these river channels were deemed an acceptable way to get these wastes off the land and away from people."

The main contaminants of concern polluting the channel and its sediments are poly aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, which are potentially cancer-causing. The primary sources were years of operation by the Detroit Tar and Detroit Coke plants. Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, an industrial chemical, are also present.

"There are other contaminants there, but (PAH) are the main one," Ellison said. "If we go after the PAH, we're going to get many of the other contaminants as well." Channel bank stabilization work is underway now, with the dredging expected to be completed by summer 2020.

So, where'd those cars come from? Were they abandoned there? Ditched stolen cars? Or worse? Nobody involved with the cleanup project is sure. They were discovered on the channel bottom via side-scan sonar as the project area was evaluated, Ellison said.

"When we take them out, we're going to have to call the police," Ellison said. "They'll get the VIN numbers and figure out why they ended up there."

Once cleared by the police, the cars and other large debris will be moved to appropriate landfills or scrapyards, Check said. "There's all kinds of stuff down there — telephone poles, giant sections of concrete from old foundations," he said. "An old boat, an old freighter anchor," Ellison added.

Honeywell Inc., which now owns the Detroit Coke property, is voluntarily contributing more than $20 million to the Old Channel dredging work through the Great Lakes Legacy Act, a 2002 federal law allowing the EPA to partner with private entities to address Areas of Concern, designated locations around the Great Lakes with significant, impactful environmental degradation. Thirty-one Areas of Concern have been designated around the five Great Lakes, with four areas since delisted because of restoration work.

The collaboration has been in the works since 2010, planning and preparing for the work that's now begun.

Read more and view maps/images at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2018/11/18/rouge-river-channel-sunken/1992047002

 

Carl D. Bradley shipwreck survivor to speak at 60th anniversary Sunday

11/20 - Alpena, Mich. – He knew if they made it till daylight, they would survive. Sixty years later, the last remaining survivor of the S.S. Carl D. Bradley has more than just survived. Frank Mays, now 86, has been making a world-traveling adventure of his life, spared on that fateful night as 33 of his shipmates perished. He and First Mate Elmer Fleming were the lone survivors of the shipwreck, but Fleming has since passed away.

Mays will visit his birthplace, Rogers City, on Sunday for the 60th Anniversary of the S.S. Carl D. Bradley, at 1 p.m. at Rogers City Theater, 257 N. 3rd St. The free event will include Mays, John Janzen — a diver who retrieved the ship’s bell in 2007 — and Ann Belanger presenting her Emmy-winning documentary “November Requiem,” about the shipwreck, which happened in Lake Michigan on Nov. 18, 1958. The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum in Rogers City is hosting the event, one of three memorial bell-tolling services in November.

Mays vividly remembers the night of the shipwreck. “Something like that, I’ll never forget,” he said in a phone interview on Thursday. “It’s burned in my mind, with all the details.”

He was one of four men on the life raft in the freezing cold, where they waited for 15 hours. Mays wrote the 2003 book “If We Make It ’til Daylight: The Story of Frank Mays,” as told to Pat and Jim Stayer and Tim Juhl.

“All I can do is lie on the raft and endure,” Mays says in the book. “The cold November wind cuts through my wet clothing like a knife. … Our hands grow numb as we grip the small slats of wood that make up the deck. Time has lost all meaning. The night is black as coal, and we get little warning before the monster waves hit us. I’ve never felt so cold and helpless.”

“I told them ‘If we make it till daylight, we will be found,'” Mays said on Thursday. “And two of the four of us made it till daylight. … The other two men on the life raft were not dressed as warmly as Elmer and I were, because we were on watch and we were fully dressed.”

He said the other two men had finished their shifts and were in their bunks when the ship cracked in two when gale-force winds thrust it atop one of the many 24- to 30-foot waves, with some rogue waves at 40 feet.

“After it went down, U.S. Steel said it never broke in two,” Mays explained, adding that they told him he was delirious and not remembering things right. He assured them he could not forget exactly what he saw, because he was there, and he knows what happened. He was 26 at the time, a week away from his 27th birthday. Most of the men who died in the shipwreck were from Rogers City, and most were around the same age as Mays at that time.

Mays said he got a job onshore for a while, but the company made it clear they were not going to make it easy for him to stay employed there. “They told me in 1959, ‘If you want to work for U.S. Steel, you’ve got to go back on the boats’,” Mays said.

He was not interested in doing that, and he knew they said that to get him to leave, so he did. He found work with various companies, including Medusa first in Charlevoix, then in York, Pa., before moving down to Florida in 1982, where he lives today. “I built a home down here, retired and here I am,” he said from his Dade City, Fla., home.

For Mays, retirement is not a time to slow down. It’s a time to live this great adventure called life. He estimates he has traveled to at least 80 different countries around the world, and he has visited every continent except for Antarctica. He even joined the Peace Corps at age 68, because “he needed something to do.”

“I’ve been to Moldova, China, Thailand three times, Sri Lanka, Myanmar … all over Europe,” Mays said. “You name it, I’ve been there. I just can’t see myself sitting there watching TV all the time.” Mays just visited Cuba in September.

He said his son and daughter know he’s going to enjoy his life traveling, and they support his endeavors. “I told my kids, when I go, you can have my material things, but the money’s mine,” he said with a laugh.

His son Eric Mays lives in York, Pa., and his daughter Laine Mays lives in Tampa, Fla. He has three grandkids. His wife of 35 years, Veronica “Toodie” Mays, passed away in 1998. The couple loved traveling the world together.

This year, Roger P. Hulett wrote the book, “A Lot More To Do: The Remarkable Life of Frank Mays,” which tells more about all the adventures Mays has taken over the years. “My book is about the energies and how he lives his life,” Hulett said. “He ziplined in Cost Rica when he was in his mid-70s.”

Hulett added that Mays has also ridden a camel and gone whitewater rafting in his later years. “His curiosity is that of a scientist, a sociologist, a mechanic, a discoverer, a researcher, a teacher, and a survivor, but without any doubt, truly an adventurer,” Hulett says in his book.

The memory of nearly losing his life, and grieving the loss of 33 mates is forever etched in Mays’ mind. He continues to enjoy the miracle of life he has been given, but has and will continue to play an active role in remembering and honoring the men lost 60 years ago.

“In 2007 the divers went down and they removed the bell from the ship,” Mays said. “I was the first one to ring the bell,” after its retrieval.

The first of this year’s three November bell-tolling services was held at the GLLMM on Nov. 10 for the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, and another is scheduled on for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, for the S.S. Daniel J. Morrell, which sank in Lake Huron 52 years ago on Nov. 29, 1966.

For more information, contact the GLLMM at 989-734-0706.

“This is the only museum on the Great Lakes whose sole purpose, the mission, is to honor the people that served on the Great Lakes,” Hulett said.

Another showing of “November Requiem” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, as part of the Sanctuary Cinema Series at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena. For more information about that event, call 989-884-6200.

Alpena News

 

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Today in Great Lakes History -  November 20

In 1948, the ROBERT HOBSON was blown against the Duluth-Superior breakwall as she tried to enter the harbor during a 68-mph gale. Damage to the vessel was kept to a minimum when Captain John Mc Nellis ordered the seacocks opened to settle the HOBSON on a sandbar. Renamed b.) OUTARDE in 1975, she was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario in 1985.

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.

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 opened the vessel for tours to all those in the large crowd that had gathered to witness the event. She was built in 1953 as a.) JOHN J. BOLAND.

Hall Corporation of Canada's EAGLESCLIFFE HALL was launched in 1956, at Grangemouth, Scotland. Sold off the lakes, renamed b.) EAGLESCLIFFE in 1974, she sank two miles east of Galveston, Texas, on February 9, 1983.

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.

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 side wheel 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 MacLaren died after 42 years with the railroad. He was succeeded by his brother Robert until Leland H. Kent was named fleet engineer in 1925.

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. 1917: JOHAN MJELDE, built at Cleveland in 1916, was sailing as b) STORO when captured by the German submarine U-151 near the Azores and, after 22 tons of copper were removed, the ship was scuttled on November 26.

1920: J.H. SHEADLE ran aground on the rocks at Marquette when the steering failed while backing from the dock. The ship was badly damaged. It last sailed in 1979 as e) PIERSON INDEPENDENT.

1943: The former LAKE FINNEY, later a Pre-Seaway trader in the 1930s as SANTA EULALIA, was torpedoed and sunk by British forces as the enemy ship c) POLCEVERA off Carlovassi, Italy. 1966: The Liberty ship MOUNT EVANS made two trips through the Seaway in 1961. It stranded off Mapingil, Philippines as h) EASTERN ARGO on this date in 1966. The hull was refloated with damage and then towed to Taiwan for scrapping in 1967.

1990: GINA, a Lebanese freighter, began leaking at Varna, Bulgaria. The ship was later taken to Piraeus, Greece, and laid up. The superstructure was removed and installed on a fire damaged vessel while the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, in October 1991 and dismantled. GINA had been a Great Lakes trader as a) MARCOSSA-I in 1972

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

 

Port Reports -  November 19

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Sunday other than the departure of Cason J. Callaway, which left port at 03:08 with a load of iron ore pellets from CN. Trudy remained in port unloading clay at Port Terminal. In Superior, Roger Blough spent the day Sunday loading ore at BN, and was expected to depart at 19:00 for Gary. Stewart J. Cort was due around 23:30 to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 18th at 13:41. The Algowood should arrive Two Harbors early on Nov. 19th. Due later in the day on Nov. 19th are the Algoma Transport and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 18th and none scheduled for Nov. 19th. The H. Lee White is now showing "Cleveland" as her AIS destination. The Joyce L. VanEnekort/Great Lakes Trader still doesn't have an updated AIS destination, but on Sunday she was downbound on Lake Huron. She probably has either a Cleveland or Ashtabula destination.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 18th: 14:47 Federal Rideau departed G3 downbound. 15:03 tug Anglian Lady departed Heddle Marine / Fabmar Metals for Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Her barge PML Ironmaster will remain at drydock for inspection. 15:12 CSL St Laurent weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 15:50 saltie Osogovo arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:46 Federal Dart departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Montreal. Expected for Monday: Saginaw, Ojibway and salties Prosna and Federal Leda.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, Stoneport: 5:59 Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Marquette. Calcite: 8:08 Great Republic departed for Buffington. Port Inland: Calumet departed for Grand Haven. 18:31 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 20:38 Dorothy Ann arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass departed for Windsor.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Thessalon: Cuyahoga departed for Windsor. Alpena: 13:20 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Detroit.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley visited on Saturday, arriving at 3:30 pm. She may have been stopping for fuel or supplies, as she departed later in the day.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Cedar remained at anchor Sunday north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich. Algoma Innovator was loading salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Sunday morning to load/unload. Arriving later was the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge Delaware. They called on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. The Federal Danube and Capt. Henry Jackman were still in port unloading.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 18 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 18 - Algocanada at 0845 and Algoma Buffalo at 1224

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) - Departed Nov 18 at 0835 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 17 - (westbound) - Nov 18 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0554 - Departures - Nov 18 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 0043 for Windsor and Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0518 for Cleveland

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 17 - Algocanada at 1403, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1549, Algoma Sault at 1655 and Kaministiqua at 2345 - Nov 18 - Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) at 0234, Baie St Paul at 0348, NACC Argonaut at 0600, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 0807, Algosea at 0933 (from the anchorage), tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 1018, Cedarglen at 1257, Algoma Enterprise at 1453 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2130

Downbound - Nov 17 - Fraserborg (Nld) at 1106, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1420, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1526, Oakglen at 1551, Spruceglen at 1645, Algosea departed wall above Lk.1 to run sea trials at 1855 and G3 Marquis at 2210 - Nov 18 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0538, Federal Delta (Mhl)

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload Nov 16 - light tug H H Misner (stopped West Street) at 1616 - Departures - Nov 18 Federal Delta (Mhl) at 0835 approx to go out into Lake Erie to head downbound, Algoma Strongfield at 1150, Tecumseh at 1650 and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) eta 2130

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 1100 approx from Bronte - Nov 17 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 2100 - Nov 18 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0040, Fraserborg (Nld) at 0115, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 0245, Federal Alster at 0405 and Jana Desgagnes eta 2030 - Departures - Nov 17 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1902 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0015, Resko (Bhs) at 0800 approx. and Mia Desgagnes at 1800 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 0155 and CSL Laurentien at 0752 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 - Departures - Nov 17 - Florence Spirit at 2256, Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 2301 - Nov 18 - tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 0736 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230,

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2027

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 17 - Jana Desgagnes at 1948 - Departed Nov 18 at 1917 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 18 - McKeil Spirit at 0430 and Irma (Cyp) at 0536 - Docked - Nov 16 - Wigeon at 1124

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 17 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1043 (from the anchorage)

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Sunday the USCG buoy tender Abby Burgess unloaded buoys for winter storage.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 19

On this day in 1939, in a 24-hour-period, there were 132 transits of the Soo Locks. There were 71 upbound passages and 61 downbound passages.

On this day in 1952, Mrs. Ernest T. Weir smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of the largest freighter built on the Great Lakes and the 690-foot ERNEST T. WEIR slid down the ways at the Lorain yard of American Ship Building Company. The new vessel had a crew of 38 under the command of Captain W. Ross Maitland and Chief Engineer C. F. Hoffman.

On 19 November 1897, NAHANT (wooden propeller freighter, 213 foot, 1,204 gross tons, built in 1873, at Detroit, Michigan) 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 in 1974 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The keel for 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. McCURDY was laid up for the last time at Buffalo, New York, on November 19, 1985. She was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, in 1988.

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. Six of the seven aboard the MARINETTE were lost including the woman cook and her 13-year old daughter. 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, 3,734 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.

1904: PHILIP MINCH caught fire 8 miles off Marblehead, Ohio, and sank in the navigation channel. All on board got off safely and rowed to Sandusky in the lifeboat. The remains were dynamited in 1906.

1914: C.F. CURTIS foundered in Lake Superior, 7 miles east of Grand Marais, with the loss of 14 lives. The towing barges ANNIE PETERSON and SHELDON E. MARVIN also went down after the trio ran into high winds and snow.

1956: The year old West German freighter WOLFGANG RUSS was beached in the St. Lawrence near Ile d'Orleans after a collision with the Cunard Line vessel ASIA. The former was inbound for Sorel and had to lightered and taken to Lauzon for repairs to the large hole in the side of the hull. The vessel began Great Lakes visits with the opening of the Seaway in 1959 and made 28 inland trips to the end of 1967. It arrived off Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping as b) KOTRONAS BEACH on Feb. 4, 1980.

1977: The Canada Steamship Lines self-unloader FRONTENAC grounded off Grassy Island in the St. Lawrence and about 5,000 tons of ore had to be lightered to the SAGUENAY to float free.

1979: The Liberian freighter DANILA was damaged when it struck the west pier while inbound at Port Weller in fog. The vessel first visited the Seaway as a) MAERSK CAPTAIN in 1976 and was back as b) DANILA in 1979. The ship was scrapped at Alang, India, as d) JAY BHAVANI in 1991-1992.

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

 

Maid of the Mist's crew feel the pain of tighter US visa policy

11/18 - Niagara Falls - The U.S. government’s tighter immigration policy appears to have swept up some employees in a small transportation company that’s also a beloved tourist attraction: the Maid of the Mist.

Two seasoned Canadian captains at the Maid of the Mist – those boats that run tourists breathtakingly close to Niagara Falls and return them to shore about 20 minutes later, sopping wet but safe – said they were let go this month after being told that the U.S. company could not obtain seasonal work visas for them. About six Canadian crew members have been affected, the captains said.

“We were in shock,” Capt. Paul Chaperon said this week.

Chaperon, whom I met through a mutual friend during a visit to Niagara Falls, posted his bad news on Facebook. For him, it meant the abrupt end of a career, just as he was nearing retirement.

Chaperon, a native of the island nation of Mauritius who first went to sea as a teenager, said he started working for the Maid of the Mist 14 years ago. The nature of the job – which navigates the Niagara River back and forth across the U.S.-Canadian border – also helped create an unusual situation in regard to the Canadian employees’ visa status.

That’s because the boats, whose keels were laid in Canada, are flagged as Canadian vessels. When the company lost its lease on the Canadian side of the river and moved to the United States, Chaperon and other Canadians who remained with the company were required to obtain seasonal H-2B visas from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Chaperon said obtaining those visas had been routine every year – until now.

“We can’t work anymore because of that immigration policy,” Chaperon said.

The captains’ story is one that has played out across entire industries as seafood processors, farmers and others feel the effects of the Trump administration’s “America First” policies. This past winter, the administration announced that it would for the first time ever distribute the temporary visas through a lottery instead of on a first-come, first-served basis. Congress also eliminated a rule saying workers who had received such visas before could receive them again without counting them toward the annual cap.

Supporters say the tighter policies have given U.S. citizens first dibs on some jobs and helped drive up wages. Critics say the hard-line immigration policies have created labor shortages and higher costs that will eventually hit consumers.

Kevin Keenan, a spokesman for the company that operates the Maid of the Mist, confirmed that there was an issue with the visas but declined to say more. A USCIS spokesman said the agency was simply following the law.

As such, the administration has been relentlessly pursuing merit-based policy and regulatory immigration reforms, including a thorough review of employment based visa programs so they benefit the American people to the greatest extent possible in fulfillment of the President’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order,” the spokesman said.

As travel goes, the Maid of the Mist probably delivers more enjoyment per distance traveled than most vessels. Each boat – Maid of the Mist VI and Maid of the Mist VII – packs about 600 people per trip. They don ponchos and ooh and ahh at the Niagara River’s 167-foot drop.

The boats have been making the short circuit around the falls for more than 130 years, the company’s website says. The tours start in the spring after the last of the river ice has broken up and continue until late autumn. In 2018, about 1.6 million people took the trip.

Captains need about five years’ experience before they get a good understanding of the churning waters at the base of the falls – though Capt. Rod MacDonald has said that for him and other Canadians on the crew, it’s only about as challenging as driving a car on ice or snow, the website says.

But for Chaperon and MacDonald, the joyride came to an end when the boats were hauled from the water and dry-docked until next season and the company told them the news about the visas.

“We’re sort of hung out to dry,” MacDonald, 57, who lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, said in an interview. “They didn’t give us much information. [The U.S. government] just tightened down on the work visas – that’s all they said.”

MacDonald, who has piloted Maid of the Mist boats for about 30 years, said the job was so much fun that he never thought about quitting. He’s not sure what he’ll do next. “It hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said.

Washington Post

 

Port Reports -  November 18

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth at 00:44 Saturday morning with iron ore pellets from CN. Michipicoten, which had arrived late Friday evening, then loaded at CN before leaving port at 09:20. Cason J. Callaway was next at the dock, after discharging the limestone she had brought in at C. Reiss. She was still loading ore Saturday evening with no departure time listed. Trudy was still tied up at Port Terminal unloading her cargo of clay. In Superior, Edgar B. Speer arrived at 07:18 Saturday morning to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was expected to depart around 22:15, and her fleetmate Roger Blough was due around the same time to load at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the Hon. James L. Oberstar on Nov. 16th at 22:34 for Indiana Harbor. Two Harbors had no boat traffic on Nov. 17th. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 18th are the American Integrity and the Algowood. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Nov. 16th at 22:06. As of 19:30 on Nov. 17th she didn’t have an updated AIS destination. Arriving Silver Bay on Nov. 17th was the H. Lee White at 01:37. She departed on Nov. 17th at 14:31. As of 19:30 on Nov. 17th she didn’t have an updated AIS destination. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Nov. 18th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday November 17th: 9:47 Federal Dart weighed anchor after 8 days in the harbor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 13:33 CSL St Laurent arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. 16:04 tug Anglian Lady arrived with barge PML Ironmaster. They proceeded to drydock at Heddle Marine / Fabmar Metals. Anglian Lady will depart on Sunday while PML Ironmaster remains for inspection. 16:46 saltie Drawsko departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. Expected for Sunday: saltie Osogovo.

Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block was due at Indiana Harbor early Sunday. Mississagi was due at Green Bay early Sunday morning, with John G. Munson due later in the day.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Port Inland: 23:10 Joseph L Block departed for Indiana Harbor. 23:33 Calumet arrived to load. Saturday, Stoneport: 0:27 Algoma Buffalo departed for Nanticoke. 3:00 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load. Calcite: American Mariner departed for Burns Harbor. 6:22 Manitoulin departed for Sarnia. 6:45 Great Republic weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Thessalon: Joseph H Thompson departed for Marine City. Cuyahoga arrived to load gravel.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Cedar remained at anchor Saturday north of Sarnia. Her AIS destination reads Goderich.

Port Huron, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was upbound for Indiana Harbor on Saturday morning, passing under the Blue Water Bridge around 11 a.m. She has a load of iron ore fines that she loaded at AK Steel in Detroit.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Robert S Pierson arrived early Saturday morning to load coke at Zug Island. Next in was the Olive L Moore/Menominee with stone for the Carmeuse Dock. The tug Capt. Keith arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload her barge during the afternoon. Arriving next was the Federal Danube, calling on Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo. The first of a trio of vessels arriving Saturday night was the Kaye E Barker, loaded with ore for AK Steel. Not long after, the Capt. Henry Jackman arrived at the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload cement clinker. The Indiana Harbor was the last vessel of the day, calling on Zug Island to unload ore.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 17 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 17 - (eastbound) - CSL Assiniboine at 0427, Algoma Enterprise at 0519 and Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0637

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0322 - Departed - Nov 17 at 0912 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) - Departure - Nov 17 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0328 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 17 - (westbound) - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1028 (for the Soo),Iryda (Cyp) at 1534 for Thunder Bay and Belasitza (Mlt) at 2030 for Windsor - eastbounds - Fraserborg (Nld) at 1106, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 0713, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0920, Oakglen at 1044 and Spruceglen at 1645Departed - Nov 17 - (all for the canal) - Fraserborg (Nld) at 1030, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1359, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1510, Oakglen at 1533 and Spruceglen at 1615 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2000 for Thunday Bay and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 2005 for the Soo

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 15 - Robert S Pierson at 2202 - Nov 16 - Esta Desgagnes at 0157, Reggeborg (Nld) at 0320, Capt Henry Jackman at 0553, BBC Kansas (Atg) at 0706 (ex Amber-16, Thorco Denmark-15, Freya Scan-13, Opal Gallant-11, Beluga Foundation-11) at 0706, Algoma Niagara at 0822, and Baie Comeau at 1756 - Nov 17 - Iryda (Cyp) at 0418, Belasitza (Mlt) at 0857, tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1056, Algocanada at 1403, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1549, Algoma Sault at 1655

Downbound - Nov 16 - (anchored Port Weller) - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0654 and Resko (Bhs) at 1438 - Nov 17 - CSL Assiniboine at 0757, Algoma Enterprise at 1003 , Fraserborg (Nld) at 1106, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1420, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1526, Oakglen at 1551 and Spruceglen at 1645

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 14 - Federal Seto (Mhl) - stopped wharf 2 at 0654 to unload Nov 16 - light tug H H Misner (stopped West Street) at 1616 - Departures - Nov 17 departed - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (from wharf 52 dry dock fitout wall) at 0608 eastbound and Algosea out of Port Weller Dry Dock facility at 1420 approx - over to wall above Lk 1 at 1451 - to take on ballast - departed at 1855 approx for sea trials

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 1100 approx from Bronte - Nov 17 Resko (Bhs) at 0110, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0444 and Maccoa (Cyp) eta 2100 - Departures - Nov 17 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0900 and 1740 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 17 - BBC Rushmore (Atg) at 0920 Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230 - Nov 16 - Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 0430 and tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 1100 - Nov 17 - Florence Spirit at 0400 - Departures - Nov 17 - (Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0125 for Liverpool, (Iryda (Cyp) at 0151 for Thunder Bay, Algoscotia at 0326 eastbound, tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 0729 for the canal, Algoma Equinox at 1223 eastbound and Maccoa (Cyp) at 2100 for Ireland

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1613

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 17 - Jana Desgagnes at 1948

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 16 - Wigeon at 1124 - Departure - Nov 17 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0209 eastbound

Oshawa:
Anchored- Nov 16 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2033 - Nov 17 - Departed anchorage for the dock at 1039 - Arrival - Nov 17 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1043 (from the anchorage) - Departed - Nov 17 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0762 eastbound

 

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.

On 18 November 1873, the tug CRUSADER was launched at 1:20 p.m. 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 snowstorm 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.

1911: TURRET CAPE stranded near Cove Island, Lake Huron and was not released until 1912. It last sailed as c) WALTER INKSTER and was scrapped at Port Dalhousie in 1959.

1926: The passenger and freight carrier MONTREAL was built at Toronto in 1902. It caught fire and burned near St. Joseph de Sorel in the St. Lawrence River while operating late season in a freight only capacity. The superstructure was destroyed and the vessel was beached. Five deckhands, believed trapped in the bow area, died.

1958: CARL D. BRADLEY sank in Lake Michigan with the loss of 33 lives.

1970: SILLERY, a Canadian freighter that operated on the St. Lawrence, was heavily damaged aft due to an engineroom fire while enroute from Sept-Iles to Montreal. The ship was a total loss. The bow was later removed and transplanted to sistership CACOUNA which received collision damage on July 6, 1971. The latter was later lost on Lake Michigan as c) JENNIFER on December 1, 1974.

2006: JOHN G. MUNSON hit the Shell Fuel Dock at Corunna and knocked about 200 feet of the structure into the St. Clair River.

Data from: Skip Gilham, 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.

 

Maritime organizations join forces for unique training ops on Great Lakes

11/17 - A first-of-its-kind initiative between the United States Coast Guard and Lake Carriers’ Association has had MH-65 Dolphins and MH-60 Jayhawks whirring above Interlake Steamship Co. vessels since May.

The rescue exercises, intended to simulate real-life medical evacuations, are the result of a joint agreement between the two maritime organizations which became official Oct. 31, 2017.

“The experience gained by both Coast Guard and Lake Carriers’ crews will greatly enhance both organizations’ capabilities,” Rear Admiral Joanna M. Nunan, commander, 9th Coast Guard District, said at the time the agreement was announced. “The opportunity to build familiarity and proficiency with hoisting from Great Lakes commercial vessels will better prepare our pilots for hoist operations during time-critical emergencies.”

Training with the USCG Air Stations in Detroit and Traverse City has been a great opportunity for both the Coast Guard crews and Interlake’s shipboard crews, says Paul Christensen, director of operations and security at Interlake, the largest privately held U.S. Flag-fleet on the Great Lakes.

“A year ago we had a medical emergency aboard a vessel and the USCG was able to come out to get the sailor the medical attention he needed,” says Christensen. “Even though the evacuation went well, this training allows our crews to have an understanding how to safely work with Coast Guard helos.”

James H.I. Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association, the industry group that represents U.S. flagged vessels on the Great Lakes, says he was pleased to formalize the program with the Coast Guard and “get it off the ground.”

“Amazingly, this is the first time in the country this program has been implemented,” Weakley says. “The key to its success has been and will continue to be the execution at the operational level. The response by Interlake and both Coast Guard Air Stations has exceeded my expectations. It will pay dividends for our sailors and for those in other parts of the country, as the Coast Guard aviators leave the Great Lakes better trained and more proficient.”

Capt. Steve Hughes is master of Interlake’s 826-foot M/V Lee A. Tregurtha, one of the vessels that has participated in a handful of hoist exercises on Lake Huron this season. He says the training is very relevant to what might happen on a bulk carrier moving cargo nonstop from March to January. Participating in these exercises has also been a welcome break in the day-to-day routine for his crew of nearly two dozen mariners.

“They also understand that there is the very real possibility that this training may be put to good use in the future, so the incentive was there to get as much out of it as possible,” Hughes says.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.interlake-steamship.com/media/newsroom/maritime-organizations-join-forces-for-unique-training-ops-on-the-great-lak

 

90-year-old shipwreck, caused by herd of cows, discovered in Lake Huron

11/17 - Lake Huron – An international team of shipwreck hunters today announced their discovery of the Manasoo, a steel steamer that sank in Lake Huron 90 years ago this fall - a deadly tragedy blamed in part on the shifting of a huge herd of cows it was ferrying from an island to the mainland.

The 178-foot steamer sank abruptly on Sept. 15, 1928. Sixteen of the 21 people on board died, along with the 115 cows and one bull that had been loaded onto the boat from Canada's Manitoulin Island, which lies east of Michigan's Drummond Island in the U.P.

The five survivors - the captain, three sailors, and the cows' owner - drifted on a raft for 60 hours. They were suffering from exposure and in rough shape when they were found by another steamer in the Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron which is slightly separated from the big lake by Canada's Bruce Peninsula.

On June 30 of this year, shipwreck hunters Ken Merryman and Jerry Eliason, both from Minnesota, and Cris Kohl from Windsor, Ontario, found the Manasoo sitting in just over 200 feet of water near the Georgian Bay port town of Owen Sound.

They describe the wreck as "amazingly intact," with her pilot house and unusual mid-ship staircase seemingly untouched.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.mlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/11/14401ed0dd7630/90yearold-shipwreck-caused-by.html

 

Port Reports -  November 17

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 19:44 Friday evening with a cargo of limestone to unload at C. Reiss, and Michipicoten was due around 21:00 to load iron ore pellets at CN. James R. Barker, which arrived on Thursday and spent all of Friday at CN loading, had been expected to depart at 17:30 Friday evening, but was still tied up as of 20:00. Also in port was Trudy, discharging clay at Port Terminal. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Friday other than the Hon. James L. Oberstar, which departed at 10:13 after unloading limestone at Graymont. She headed for Two Harbors to load ore.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 16th at 12:17 after unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. As of 19:30 on Nov. 16th the Oberstar was still at the loading dock. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic on Nov. 17th, but the Callaway is due Duluth on Nov. 16th to unload stone, so she could end up in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Nov. 16th at 11:25. As of 19:30 on the 16th she was still at the loading dock. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 17th is the H. Lee White. She was, as of 19:30 on the 16th, approx. 25 miles East of Grand Marais, Minn. after unloading coal in Munising, Mich. There is no other inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 17th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday November 15th: 23:22 Algoma Strongfield departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. Friday November 16th: 1:08 saltie Drawsko weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:17 Atlantic Huron departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Point Tupper, NS. 18:35 Whitefish Bay departed Viterra A for Montreal. Expected for Saturday: CSL St Laurent and tug Anglian Lady with barge PML Ironmaster.

Lake Michigan ports
Edwin H. Gott was at Gary Friday night. Algoma Transport was at Indiana Harbor. St. Clair is due at Indiana Harbor early Saturday. Philip R. Clarke is due at Gary on Saturday.

Limestone Ports
Friday, Stoneport: 4:00 Algoma Buffalo arrived and went to anchor. 6:31 Olive L Moore departed for Detroit. Algoma Buffalo weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Calcite: 5:30 Manitoulin arrived to load. Port Inland: Joseph L Block arrived to finish loading. Port Dolomite: 13:30 Algoma Innovator departed for Windsor.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Thessalon: 11:35 Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load gravel.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster departed with grain, and by Friday night she was on the hook in the Port Dover anchorage. Federal Cedar is due in Goderich but was anchored above Sarnia Friday night.

Saginaw River
On Friday, Walter J McCarthy Jr. unloaded coal at the Consumers Energy dock

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Saginaw was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Friday afternoon. Wilfred Sykes was loading fines up the Rouge River and was expected to depart around midnight.

Lake Erie Ports
Federal Alster, Algoma Enterprise, CSL Assinibone and Bro Agnes were in the Port Dover anchorage Friday night. John J. Boland was at Ashtabula. Frontenac was stopped off Fairport. Federal Danube remained at Cleveland.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Nov 16 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departed - Nov 16 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0308 for Nanticoke dock, CSL Assiniboine at 1011, Algoma Enterprise at 1508 and Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1827

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0322 - Departed - Nov 16 - Algonova at 0103 westbound and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0227 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) and tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 1514,

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Reggeborg (Nld) at 1533 - Departed - Nov 16 NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0044 for Cleveland and Reggeborg (Nld) at 1805 for Toledo and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) eta 2240

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 15 - Prosna (Lbr) at 1553, Robert S Pierson at2202 - Nov 16 - Esta Desgagnes at 0157, Reggeborg (Nld) at 0320, BBC Kansas (Atg) at 0706 (ex Amber-16, Thorco Denmark-15, Freya Scan-13, Opal Gallant-11, Beluga Foundation-11) at 0706, Algoma Niagara at 0822, and Baie Comeau at 1756. Downbound - Nov 16 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0654 and Resko (Bhs) at 1438

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0654 approx. - Departures - Nov 16 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (from E.S Fox dock at Port Robinson) stopped at Dry Dock fitout berth at 1820 for weather

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 16 - tug Mary E Hannah & barge A-410 at 1100 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) - Florence Spirit at 2115. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, and - Nov 14 - tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit at 0145, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 (from the anchorage), Algoma Equinox at 1208 and Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 1856 - Nov 15 -Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0515 tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230, Algoscotia at 1935. Departures - Nov 15 - Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2321 to Port Weller anchorage. Stella Polarius (Nld) at 1455 for Belgium

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 16 - Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 0124 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1740

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 15 - Robert S Pierson at 0511 - Departed Nov 15 - at 2000 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 15 - NACC Argonaut at 1758 - Nov 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement at 0209, Baie Comeau at 0748, Wigeon at 1124, (Departed - Nov 16 - Baie Comeau at 1622 for the canal and NACC Argonaut at 1646 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1817 - Nov 16 Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2033 (anchored off the dock)

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
Departure: McKeil Spirit at 09:30 Friday for Picton, Ont.

 

Six tall ships already confirmed to dock in Sarnia next summer

11/17 - Sarnia, Ont. – The Bluenose II is setting a course for Sarnia Bay. The famous schooner depicted on the Canadian dime is one of at least six tall ships confirmed to attend the 2019 Sarnia Tall Ships Challenge. The fleet of majestic sailing vessels will tie up in Centennial Park from Aug. 9-11, and crowds of up to 100,000 people could be on hand to see them and meet the crews.

The Picton Castle, a three-masted training vessel based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and currently on its seventh voyage around the world, is also coming. Other confirmed participants include the Empire Sandy, Denis Sullivan, Fair Jeanne and Appledore IV.

The city has agreed to underwrite the festival and contribute $30,000 US and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton has agreed to cover one-third of that.

Tickets to view the ships will be available in coming week. They will include general admission, deck tour tickets and exclusive sail-away tickets aboard the Empire Sandy, a 200-foot schooner that can carry up to 275 passengers.

With a budget of about $500,000 the festival could generate $3 million in economic activity for the community, City Hall estimates. The event will be a great opportunity to “put the welcome mat out,” said Dave Brown, who co-chaired the 2000 Tall Ships Festival.

The tall ships coming from Canada, the U.S. and around the world are crewed by cadets and civilian enthusiasts under the command of professional captains and sailors. Toronto, Midland, Kingsville and Brockville are the other anticipated Canadian ports of call, along with several U.S. cities.

Sarnia Journal

 

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 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, 7,637 gross tons, built in 1905, at Chicago, Illinois as WILLIAM E. COREY) 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, 7,053 gross tons, built in 1906, at Chicago, Illinois) was running up bound 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, 6,490 gross tons, built in 1905, at W. Bay City, Michigan, as HENRY C. FRICK) 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, and the after section sank the next day.

The propeller JOHN STUART burned about two miles from Sebawaing, 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.

1902: The wooden steamer ROBERT WALLACE sank 13 miles out of Two Harbors while towing the barge ASHLAND.

1922: CITY OF DRESDEN was anchored off Long Point due to high winds and some of the cargo was thrown overboard. The ship beached on the west side of Long Point and broke up as a total loss. One sailor perished.

1922: MALTON went aground on Main Duck Island in Lake Ontario and was stuck until November 30.

1936: The steering cable of the SIDNEY E. SMITH gave way entering the harbor at Fairport, Ohio, and the ship stranded on the break wall. While released on November 22, the heavily damaged vessel was broken up for scrap the following year.

1939: VARDEFJELL, which inaugurated regular Great Lakes service for the Fjell Line in 1932, was torpedoed and sunk as b) KAUNAS 6.5 miles WNW of Noord Harbor, N. Hinder Light, River Schelde.

1996: SEADANIEL went aground at Duluth due to high winds after the anchors dragged. The ship was released, undamaged, by tugs. It last visited the Great Lakes in November 1998 and arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on May 5, 1999.

Data from: Skip Gillham, 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.

 

Senate passes bill to keep ballast water containing invasive species out of lakes

11/16 - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set rules requiring that ocean-going ships entering the Great Lakes treat ballast water before the water is released into the lakes.

The new policy is contained in a funding bill for the U.S. Coast Guard, and it comes after conservationists and the shipping industry have sparred for years over regulation of ballast water, a pollutant.

Under the measure, the EPA would regulate ballast water and the Coast Guard would enforce the rules. The bill keeps many clean water protections while making it more difficult for states to enact protections that go beyond the federal measure.

Three new non-native species have been discovered in the Great Lakes in the last four years. In all, the lakes have been damaged by more than 180 invasive and non-native species, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This “biological pollution” has included quagga and zebra mussels, which have decimated fish populations and spurred algae outbreaks, including an outbreak that polluted the public drinking water supply of Toledo, Ohio, for two days in 2014.

The EPA removed ballast water from the list of industrial pollutants in the 1970s that would be regulated under the Clean Water Act. The thinking at the time: The water in tanks were not pollution because they contained only seawater.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.jsonline.com

 

Algoma Central issues quarterly report

11/16 - St. Catharines, Ont. - Algoma Central Corporation has announced its results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30.

All amounts reported below are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share data and unless otherwise noted. Third quarter and year to date 2018 highlights include:

• A 16% increase in revenue in the third quarter and a 14% increase for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to the same periods in 2017. • EBITDA increased 8% during the third quarter and 32% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

• Net earnings from continuing operations increased 35% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. This was due to higher operating earnings, including higher earnings from joint ventures and a gain on the disposition of assets within the Domestic Dry-Bulk fleet.

For the third quarter of 2018:
• Domestic Dry-Bulk net earnings increased 8% as a result of improved freight rates.

• Product Tanker revenue increased 24% compared to 2017. The segment is experiencing strong customer demand from its major customer. Subsequent to the quarter, the strong outlook for volumes and sustained levels led the decision to purchase a sixth full size product tanker.

• Ocean Self-Unloaders revenue increased 28% compared to the prior year. This was mainly as a result of the fleet being at full utilization with the return of the Algoma Integrity to the Pool.

• Steps were taken to begin the cancellation of four shipbuilding contracts with a Croatian shipyard as a result of delays encountered in the construction of the ships. • During the third quarter, a new joint venture, NovaAlgoma Bulk Holdings (“NABH”) was created. NABH has interests in four deep-sea bulkers operating internationally and is managed out of Lugano, Switzerland.

“Customer demand is strengthening and we expect this will continue to have positive impacts on daily rates in the Domestic Dry-Bulk segment,” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma. “In order to provide capacity, we are currently reviewing options to replace the cancelled vessels and in the meantime we look forward to the arrival of the Algoma Conveyer from China in early 2019,” Mr. Soerensen added.

Read the full report here: http://www.algonet.com/the-company/news/news-release

 

Port Reports -  November 16

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at 02:29 Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. She was outbound at 14:23 for St. Clair. Reestborg finished loading at CHS 1 mid-afternoon Thursday and anchored in the inner harbor, and was tentatively expected to depart at 18:00. James R. Barker was due at 19:45 to load iron ore pellets at CN, and Hon. James L. Oberstar was expected at 23:00 with a load of limestone for Graymont. Trudy remained at Port Terminal offloading her cargo of clay. In Superior, Burns Harbor was outbound at 09:29 Thursday with ore for her namesake port, and CSL Tadoussac arrived at 10:12 and began loading. She was due to depart around 21:00.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at 20:24 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Nov. 15th at 14:10 for Zug Island. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic on Nov. 16th, but the Hon. James L. Oberstar is due the Twin Ports late on Nov. 15th to unload stone at Graymont in Superior. She could possibly end up in Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 15th, but due on Nov. 16th are the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader and the H. Lee White. The White will be arriving from Munising, Mich., after unloading coal, so she could arrive on the 17th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 14th: 22:49 Federal Rideau arrived and went to anchor. Thursday November 15th: 17:44 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 19:24 saltie Drawsko arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. She is waiting for Algoma Strongfield to depart Superior Elevator. 21:21 saltie Lyulin departed G3 for Bari, Italy. 21:23 Federal Rideau weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load canola. Expected for Friday: tug Anglian Lady with barge PML Ironmaster.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Thursday included Edwin H. Gott early, followed by Oakglen, St. Clair and Philip R. Clarke in the afternoon. Upbound traffic included Cason J. Callaway and H. Lee White (headed for Munising). Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin moved over to the Algoma Export Dock to load. Cuyahoga left Algoma for Marquette.

Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor Thursday night. American Spirit and Algowood were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Leda was at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Stoneport: 5:00 Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: 6:41 After taking on a partial load Herbert C Jackson departed for Port Dolomite. 6:48 American Mariner arrived to load. 20:35 Great Republic arrived and went to anchor. Port Dolomite: 13:42 After taking on a partial load Joseph L Block departed for Port Inland. Herbert C Jackson arrived to finish loading and at 19:36 departed for Cleveland. Algoma Innovator arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: Undaunted arrived to unload and at 2:11 departed for Sault Ste Marie. 7:17 Samuel DE Champlain departed for Milwaukee. 18:13 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster departed late Thursday afternoon with grain. Federal Cedar is expected to arrive Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Thursday, the Manitoulin arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone. After she finished her unload, she stopped at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Later, while her barge was being loaded, the tug Calusa Coast tied up at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Making a rare trip up the Rouge Thursday night was the Wilfred Sykes, fresh from repairs in Toledo. She was to load iron fines/slag at AK Steel. Arriving last was the Lee A Tregurtha, with ore for AK Steel.

Lake Erie Ports
After undergoing repairs, Wilfred Sykes departed Toledo Thursday about 5 p.m. for Detroit to load. She had arrived at the CSX #3 dock the previous Thursday. Algoma Compass arrived in the late afternoon. Osogova and Algoma Enterprise were also in port.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 15 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2324

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Algonova at 0733 - Nov 14 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1544

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0001 tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1508 (for Tonawanda dock) and tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 1514

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1440 for Cleveland

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 14 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (stopped wharf 13), tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 at 1445 (stopped at wharf 17, CSL St Laurent at 0010, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0242, light tug Radium Yellowkniffe at 1613, Federal Seto (Mhl) at 1624 (to wharf 1) with tug Radium Yellowknife assisting and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) eta 2055 (to Port Weller anchorage) - Nov 15 - light tug Lois M at 0850, Prosna (Lbr) at 1553 and Ojibway at 1652

Downbound - Nov 14 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0208 (stopped wharf 1 at 00330 - bound Montreal), Isadora (Cyp) at 0939, Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16 - moved over to ADM wharf 19E) - Nov 14 - John D Leitch at 0001, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0259, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1122 and Baie Comeau at 1813

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Federal Seto (Mhl) at 0654 approx. - Departures - Nov 14 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour (departed from wharf 1 at 1740) eastbound - Nov 15 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (departed wharf 13 down to E.S Fox dock at Port Robinson), (westbound) tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 (departed from wharf 16) at 1230 approx. and Frontenac at 1304 (from wharf 19E)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 15 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1230, Algoscotia at 1754 and Florence Spirit eta 2100

Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock) Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2310 (from the anchorage) - Nov 14 - tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit at 0145, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 (from the anchorage), Algoma Equinox at 1208 and Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 1856

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 2039 - Departed Nov 15 at 1235 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 15 - Robert S Pierson at 0511 - Departed Nov 15 - at 2000 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 15 - NACVC Argonaut at 1758 - Departed - Nov 15 Prosna (Lbr) at 1405 for Thunder Bay

Oshawa:
Arrival - Nov 15 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1817

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was unloading bulk cement at Lehigh Cement Dock Thursday.

 

New mast for schooner Madeline under construction

11/16 - Traverse City, Mich. – How do you make a log cylindrical? Simple. You cut it so it has four sides, then again so it has eight, then 16, then 32 and finally make it a proper cylinder.

Although, in the case of the 47-foot-long, 3,700-pound white pine that’s on it’s way to becoming the newest mast for the schooner Madeline, the final shape will be more reminiscent of a cone.

Maritime Heritage Alliance volunteers are about a week into the month-long process of carving the mast, which will be the fifth for the schooner. “The maintenance is the hard part,” said Rod Jones, who has been one of the Madeline’s captains for more than 25 years. “Most volunteers haven’t done something like this. How do you learn what they did in the 1800s?”

The Madeline is a reconstruction of an 1845 schooner that was the first non-Native American school in Traverse City. The schooner is owned by the Maritime Heritage Alliance and was launched in 1990 after five years of construction. A total of 165 volunteers put in 40,000 hours to build the 56-foot, twin-mast craft.

Read more and see photos at this link: https://www.record-eagle.com

 

Updates

11/16 - The saltie gallery has been updated with the following vessels: BBC Germany, Holandia and Miena Desgagnes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  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 up bound 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, 4,795 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 NO 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.

1901: The wooden freighter ELFIN-MERE was damaged by fire at Green Bay after a lamp exploded in the engineroom. The crew got away safely although an engineer was burned. The vessel was rebuilt the following year and returned to service in 1903 as b) CHARLES B. PACKARD.

1908: PASCAL P. PRATT was carrying anthracite coal from Buffalo to Milwaukee when it caught fire in the engineroom off Long Point, Lake Erie. The blaze spread quickly and the wooden vessel was beached. All of the crew got away safely. The hull burned to the waterline and the remains sank.

1923: GLENSTRIVEN, loaded with 160,000 bushels of oats, was wrecked at Cove Island, Georgian Bay in wind and fog. The vessel was enroute to Midland and was salvaged December 5 by the Reid Wrecking Co. The damage was too severe to repair and the hull was scrapped at Collingwood in 1924.

1927: JOLLY INEZ stranded at Saddlebag Island in the False Detour Channel and was abandoned.

1964: THOMAS F. COLE and INVEREWE collided in heavy fog off the southern end of Pipe Island in the St. Marys River. Both ships were repaired but the latter was later lost as d) THEOKEETOR off Mexico following another collision on June 20, 1973.

1965: The LAWRENCECLIFFE HALL sank in the St. Lawrence after an early morning collision with the SUNEK off Ile d'Orleans. The former, a laker in the Halco fleet, rolled on its side but all on board were saved. The ship was refloated in March 1966, repaired and returned to service. It later sailed as DAVID K. GARDINER and CANADIAN VENTURE before scrapping at Alang, India, in 2005. SUNEK received bow damage but this was repaired and this ship was scrapped at Barcelona, Spain, as b) NOTOS in 1979.

1967: CALIFORNIA SUN, a Liberty ship, made one trip through the Seaway in 1966. It suffered an engineroom explosion off Nicobar Island on the Indian Ocean and was gutted. The abandoned ship was taken in tow by JALARAJAN, a familiar Seaway salty, and delivered to the Seychelles.

1978: MONT ST. MARTIN was battered by a storm on Lake Erie and escorted to Southeast Shoal area by the STEELTON.

1978: NYX visited the Great Lakes in 1958 and returned through the Seaway in 1959. It sustained severe fire damage at Sidon, Lebanon, as c) DOMINION TRADER. It was subsequently blown aground by strong winds November 30-December 1 and broke in two.

1979: ALDORA dragged anchor while off Port Weller and was blown aground, only to be freed the same day. This ship was scrapped at Vado, Italy, in 1985-1986.

1979: SARONIC SEA was also anchored off Port Weller when it dragged anchor and stranded at the foot of Geneva Street in St. Catharines. The hull was not refloated until December 6. The ship had first visited the Great Lakes as RAVNANGER in 1964 and was later a victim of the war between Iran and Iraq, being shelled with mortar fire at Basrah on September 25, 1980.

1986: CARINA, an SD-14, first came through the Seaway in 1969. It was abandoned by the crew as d) HYMETUS when the hull cracked in heavy weather 180 miles SSE of Hong Kong while enroute to Shanghai, with steel. The ship sank the next day in the South China Sea.

2009: CSL ASSINIBOINE went aground near Cardinal. It had to be lightered and was released on November 21.

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

 

Stephen B. Roman on her way overseas for likely scrapping

11/15 - The cement carrier Stephen B. Roman departed Toronto Wednesday morning under her own power. Although her AIS reports she is bound for Halifax, her ultimate destination is expected to be a Turkish scrapyard. The tug Salvage Monarch assisted in turning her around. The Roman is now registered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The vessel was built as the package freighter Fort William for Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) of Montreal, Que., in 1965. Fort William was the last package freighter designed for Great Lakes trading. She was also the last package freighter built for Canada Steamship Lines and the largest in the "Fort Class" of Great Lakes freighters She is the last of the large Fairbanks-Morse powered lakers, and with the rent retirement of English River, the last of the CSL package freight fleet.

She was converted to a cement carrier in 1983. Beginning in 2017, management of this vessel was taken over from the Algoma Central Corp. by McKeil Marine Ltd., and sailed her last this spring, laying up at Toronto March 22. She was replaced on her runs by the newly-converted McKeil Spirit, which was formerly the saltwater cargo vessel Ardita.

 

Port Reports -  November 15

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth at 04:57 Wednesday morning, loaded coal at Midwest Energy, and was outbound at 16:54. Reestborg was tied up at CHS 1 loading grain, and Trudy continued to discharge clay at Port Terminal. In Superior, St. Clair departed at 05:55 with an ore cargo from BN, and Burns Harbor arrived at 13:29 and began loading. She is expected to depart at 06:00 Thursday morning. CSL Tadoussac was due around 20:30 Wednesday night to load after Burns Harbor, however she will likely wait at anchor for the dock.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at approx. 04:00 for Gary. The Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at approx. 01:43 for North of #2 lay-by. The Clarke had unloaded stone in Duluth. She was originally scheduled to load in Duluth, but was switched to Two Harbors. After the Gott departed the Clarke shifted to the shiploader dock and departed Two Harbors on Nov. 14th. at 10:29 for Gary. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 14th at approx. 20:00 is the Indiana Harbor. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled on Nov. 15th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 14th at 18:33 for Cleveland. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 15th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 14th: 7:44 saltie Lyulin arrived at G3 to load grain. 13:37 Algoma Strongfield arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:00 Oakglen departed Viterra A downbound. 20:21 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Expected late Wednesday: Federal Rideau. Expected for Thursday: Atlantic Huron and saltie Drawsko.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a cold and snowy Wednesday included Resko, Lee A. Tregurtha and, late, Vancouverborg and Fraserborg. Upbounders included James R. Barker, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Atlantic Huron and Drawsko.

Lake Michigan ports
At Sturgeon Bay Wednesday, Presque Isle was in the BayShip graving dock about half painted, and the tug was tied up on the wall on the south end of the yard. Alpena departed Green Bay in the early evening headed back to her namesake port. Federal Leda and Calumet were at South Chicago, however the Calumet departed upbound in the mid-evening. American Spirit was due at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Calcite:15:41 John J Boland departed for Ashtabula. 22:05 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load. Port Inland 3:40 Hon. James L Oberstar departed for Superior. 5:01 Manitowoc arrived to load and at 18:13 departed for Cleveland. Port Dolomite:19:43 Joseph L Block arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Algoma Innovator arrived to unload cement clinker at the St. Mary's Cement dock Wednesday morning. Arriving next was the Everlast/Norman McLeod. They arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to unload. Next in was the Federal Niagara, arriving at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo. Lastly, the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Wednesday undergoing repairs. A Thursday departure for Detroit to load is possible. Algoma Enterprise, as well as the salties Ina and Osogovo, were also in port. Sam Laud was loading at Marblehead Wednesday evening. Federal Danube was at Cleveland. Roger Blough was unloading at Conneaut. American Integrity was headed for Ashtabula.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 14 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2324 - Nov 13 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1054 - Departures - Nov 14 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1127 westbound and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1535 to Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 14 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1544

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 1440 for Cleveland

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 13 - light tug Salvor at 1441, Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1814, Spruceglen at 2011, G3 Marquis at 2024 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2020 - Nov 14 - tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (stopped wharf 13), tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0139 (stopped wharf 16), tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 at 1445 (stopped at wharf 17, CSL St Laurent at 0010, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) at 0242, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0329 (stopped wharf 1), light tug Radium Yellowknife at 1613, Federal Seto (Mhl) at 1624 (to wharf 1) with tug Radium Yellowknife assisting and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) eta 2055. Downbound - Nov 13 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0208 (stopped wharf 16 at 0336 - bound Montreal), Isadora (Cyp) at 0939, Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16 - moved over to ADM wharf 19E)

Welland Canal docks:
Nov 13 -Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16 - Nov 14 - moved over to ADM wharf 19E) at 0104 approx., tug Ecosse & barge MM Newfoundland (stopped wharf 13), tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0139 (stopped wharf 16), tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0330, tugs tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 142 and barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 at 1445 (stopped at wharf 17). Departure - Nov 14 - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 0139 (departed wharf 16) at 2035 approx. for Buffalo

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 14 - tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit at 0145, Algoma Equinox at 1208 and Carolus Magnus (Bbs) (SCT Breithorn-17, MCT Breithorn-16) at 1856. Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 14 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0340 (out from the dock). Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2310 (from the anchorage) - Nov 14 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0705 (from the anchorage).

Departures - Nov 13 - CSL Niagara at 2321 eastbound - Nov 14 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 2039

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 14 Isadora (Cyp) at 0045 - Departed at 1250 for Italy

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 13 - Robert S Pierson at 1102 - Departed at 0456 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653 - Departed - Nov 14 - Stephen B Roman at 0901 approx for Halifax - final destination Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Wednesday, CSL’s Thunder Bay loaded soybeans.

 

LCA issues statement on passage of federal ballast water legislation

11/15 - Cleveland, Ohio – Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes since 1880, has issued the following statement on passage of the 2018 U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act, which includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA):

“Lake Carriers’ Association is pleased with the Senate passage of the 2018 U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act including the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). VIDA is the result of many stakeholders coming to the table to craft this final version. VIDA is a good balance, achieving protection of both the economy and the environment. Importantly, it includes Great Lakes-specific provisions that provide the flexibility to establish uniform practices and standards more protective of our Great Lakes. Over the next few years, LCA looks forward to engaging with our government and regional partners to develop practical and implementable regulations to meet the letter and spirit of the bill.”

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

38th Annual Marine Mart Saturday in St. Clair Shores

11/15 - The 38th Annual Marine Mart, sponsored by the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The new location is the VFW 1146 Bruce Post, 28404 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, Mich. (between 11 and 12 Mile on Lake Saint Clair). Admission is $7 (early bird admission 9:30-10:00 a.m. - $10). Children ages 12 and under are free. Items for sale include ship models, photos, artifacts, ship china, artwork, postcards, books and more.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 15

In 1883, the schooner E. FITZGERALD, Captain Daniel Lanigan, went ashore and was completely covered with ice. The crew of six drowned while attempting to make shore in the yawl. A couple days after the loss, Mrs. Lanigan received a prophetic letter from her son stating he was tired of sailing and this would be his last trip.

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 built, to Lorain, Ohio, in 1977.

PAUL THAYER left Lorain on her maiden voyage November 15, 1973, light for Escanaba, Michigan to load iron ore. Renamed b.) EARL W. OGLEBAY in 1995.

On November 15, 1974, 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 Royale.

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, 5,712 gross tons, later b.) J.L. REISS, then c.) 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.

1901: The consort barge JOHN SMEATON broke loose of the steamer HARVARD and came ashore on the rocks off Au Train, Mich., and rested in 4 feet of water. The crew was safe and the ship released at the end of the month by Reid Wrecking and went to Superior for repairs.

1909: The Canadian freighter OTTAWA foundered stern first off Passage Isle, Lake Superior when the cargo of grain shifted. The crew, while they suffered terribly, were able to reach the safety of Keweenaw Point in the lifeboats after 12 hours on the open lake in wild seas.

1915: A. McVITTIE took out the gate at Lock 12 of the Third Welland Canal leading to a washout.

1919: J.S. CROUSE was enroute from Glen Haven to Traverse City when fire was discovered around the stack. The blaze spread quickly. The ship burned to the water line and sank in Sleeping Bear Bay, Lake Michigan.

1920: The wooden hulled steamer MAPLEGULF broke her back in a Lake Ontario storm. It was considered beyond economical repair and beached at Kingston.

1931: A storm forced the wooden passenger and freight steamer WINONA back to Spragge, Ontario, and the next day the ship was found to be on fire over the boiler. The vessel was towed from the dock to protect a pile of lumber and it became a total loss.

1952: The newly-built tanker B.A. PEERLESS lost power and went aground below the Detroit River Light. It was refloated on November 17.

1975: The ocean tanker GATUN LOCKS made one trip through the Seaway in 1959. The vessel was lying at Piraeus Roads, Greece, as c) SUNARUSSA when it was gutted by a fire. The hull was sold for scrap in 1977 and broken up at Laurion, Greece, beginning on April 26, 1977.

1981: ALFRED was gutted by a fire off Benghazi, Libya, after the blaze broke out in the engineroom. The hull was scuttled 100 miles out in the Mediterranean on November 24. The ship had been on the Great Lakes earlier in the year and first traveled inland as a) ALFRED REHDER in 1972.

1994: The Turkish freighter FIRAT was blown ashore at Port Everglades, FL by Hurricane Gordon when the anchors failed to hold. The ship was a beach attraction until lightered and released on November 26. FIRAT first came through the Seaway in 1990 and was scrapped at Alang, India, in 1997, after sailing 27 years under the same name.

2007: CALUMET was damaged when it struck a wall at Cleveland while moving to the salt dock. It was sold for scrap and departed for Port Colborne two days later.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 14

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth at 13:06 Tuesday afternoon, and headed to Hallett #5 to unload limestone. Vancouverborg left port at 14:23 with a cargo of grain from the Gavilon elevator. Reestborg weighed anchor and arrived at 16:30 to load grain at CHS 1, and her fleetmate Fraserborg was outbound at 17:25 with cargo from the same dock. The Clarke was expected to shift to CN Tuesday night to load iron ore pellets. At the Superior entry, St. Clair arrived at 13:55 Tuesday to load at BN. She is expected to depart at 07:00 Wednesday morning.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine departed Two Harbors on Nov. 13th between 01:30 and 02:00 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 13th at 17:25 was the Edwin H. Gott. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 14th is the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 13th at 16:54. She was originally scheduled to load in Duluth. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled on Nov. 14th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 13th: 15:12 saltie Resko departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 15:43 Oakglen arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 16:00 Algoma Compass departed Viterra B for Toledo. Expected for Wednesday: saltie Lyulin and Algoma Strongfield.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a snowy Tuesday included CSL Tadoussac, Algoma Strongfield and Indiana Harbor during the day and, after dark, American Century, Whitefish Bay and Federal Rideau. Saginaw was downbound in the late afternoon and Stewart J. Cort was downbound late. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was at Algoma.

Lake Michigan ports
Great Republic was at Buffington Tuesday night. Federal Leda was at South Chicago. Calumet unloaded at Holland and departed in the evening. Kaye E. Barker was headed for Ferrysburg.

Limestone Ports
Tuesday, Stoneport: 0:05 Olive L Moore arrived to load and at 8:49 departed for Saginaw. Cason J Callaway arrived to load. Calcite: 3:13 Joseph H Thompson Jr. departed for Fairport. John J Boland arrived to load. Port Inland: Kaye E Barker departed for Ferrysberg.11:27 Hon. James L Oberstar arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 9:38 American Mariner departed for Bay City.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Alpena: 6:22 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Tuesday.

Saginaw River
The tug Sharon MI and barge Huron Spirit arrived at the Bay Aggregates dock Tuesday to unload stone. Inbound that night was the Olive L Moore/Menominee, loaded with stone for Saginaw. Right behind the Moore/Menominee was the American Mariner. She had stone for an unspecified dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Tuesday, Federal Cedar arrived at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload general cargo.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Tuesday undergoing repairs. Algoma Enterprise, Sea Eagle II, Victory/ James L. Kuber as well as the salties Ina and Osogovo were also in port.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 13 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Nov 12 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1354 and tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2324 - Departure - Nov

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Baie Comeau at 1850 - Departure - Nov 13 - Baie Comeau at 0603 westbound, Algoma Hansa at 1020 for the canal - Nov 13 Algoma Innovator at 0739 westbound

Buffalo -
Arrival - Nov 12 - NACC Argonaut at 0655 - Departed Nov 12 at 2337 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 12 - Algoma Transport at 1304, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1351, tug Ecosse departed wharf 1 with barge M/M Newfoundland mid-afternoon, tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 1622 (stopped wharf 2 at 1706 approx.), and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2256 - Nov 13 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0032, Manitoulin at 0219, tug Kimberly Anne & scow 142 at 0500 to wharf 1 and tug Madison R & barges GL-141 & BTI 2010 at 0534 to wharf 1, Michipicoten at 0936, light tug Salvor at 1441, Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1814, Spruceglen at 2011, G3 Marquis at 2024 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2020

Downbound - Nov 12 - tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1201, Tim S Dool at 1338, CSL Laurentien at 1456, Capt Henry Jackman at 1731 and CSL Welland at 2016 - Nov 13 - NACC Argonaut at 0140, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 0208 (stopped wharf 16 at 0336 to unload), Algoma Harvester at 0744, Isadora (Cyp) at 0939, Frontenac at 1809 (stopped at wharf 16)

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Departures - Arrivals - Nov 12 - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat #10 - arrived wharf 1 at 1725 - Nov 13 - tugs Kimberly Anne with scow 142 - arrived wharf 2 at 0500 approx. and tug Madison R & barges GL-141 & BTI-2010 arrived wharf 2 at 0534 approx. and tug Ecosse with barge M/M Newfoundland at E.S. Fox dock at Port Robinson - Departures - Nov 13 - all upbound - afternoon - tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with scow 17 and Derrick boat #10 and tugs Kimberly Anne & Madison R with scow 42, GL-141 and BTI-2010

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 13 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1421 (to the anchorage) and tugs Evans McKeil and Jarrett M with Niagara Spirit eta 2400. Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 11 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0940. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 and CSL Niagara at 2119 - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1901 (from the anchorage) and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2310 (from the anchorage). Departures - Nov 12 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2145 for Cleveland, Michipicoten at 0524 and G3 Marquis at 1833

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 13 - Algoma Buffalo at 0415 and Robert S Pierson at 1102 - Departed - Nov 13 Algoma Buffalo at 1811 for the canal

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653

 

Port Huron’s ex-USCG Bramble advertised for sale

11/14 - Ads have been appearing on maritime broker sites for the former USCG cutter Bramble, most recently at Port Huron as an operational museum ship.

Bramble (WLB-392) is one of the 39 original 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942-1944 for the United States Coast Guard.

View one of the ads at this link: https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1944/cutter-zenith-dredge-co--3254442

 

Stand Up For Great Lakes present $15K at Fitzgerald memorial ceremony

11/14 - Whitefish Point, Mich. – The crew from Stand Up for Great Lakes presented a $15,000 check to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society during the annual memorial ceremony of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.

The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, just 14 miles from Whitefish Point.

According to their Facebook page, the money was raised during this summer’s paddleboard crossing of Lake Superior. They also presented the Historical Society with a log they picked up in the middle of the lake during the paddle.

View a video at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2018/11/12/stand-up-for-great-lakes-present-15k-check-at-s-s-edmund-fitzgerald-memorial-ceremony

 

Tall Ships Festival returns to Cleveland for first time in years

11/14 - Cleveland, Ohio – It's been a group effort to bring the 2019 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival to the city's waterfront this coming summer. Monday, Mayor Frank Jackson made the announcement, in collaboration with Cuyahoga County, Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA), and Destination Cleveland.

The festival will bring 10 ships to the city's port July 11-14. Those ships will stop in Cleveland and several other ports around the Great Lakes.

The event will feature waterfront events and showcase the history of the maritime industry in Cleveland. People will also be able to board the ships, participate in sail-aways, and go out into Lake Erie. The festival was last in Cleveland in 2013.

The ships will be docked north of First Energy Stadium.

Cleveland.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 14

ALGOBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 719 foot, 22,466 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 crewmembers.

On November 14, 1934, the WILLIAM A. REISS grounded off Sheboygan and was declared a constructive total loss. Built as the a.) FRANK H. PEAVEY in 1901, renamed b.) WILLIAM A. REISS in 1916. She was scrapped at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1935.

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 buoy tender MESQUITE (Hull#76) was launched November 14, 1942, at a cost of $894,000, by Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Co. at Duluth, Minnesota. MESQUITE ran aground off Keweenaw Point on December 4, 1989, and was declared a total loss. MESQUITE was scuttled off Keweenaw Point on July 14, 1990.

On November 14, 1952, the SPARROWS POINT, b.) BUCKEYE entered service for Bethlehem Steel Corp. Reduced to a barge at Erie, Pennsylvania, and renamed c.) LEWIS J KUBER in 2006.

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 three survivors were rescued by three 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 snowstorm 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.

1922: The composite hulled freighter JOS. L. SIMPSON was upbound on Lake Ontario from Ogdensburg to Milwaukee when it stranded at Tibbett's Point. The repair bill was close to $12,000 but the vessel returned to service and last operated in 1957 as YANKCANUCK (i).

1933: The wheat laden D.E. CALLENDAR stranded in Lake Erie off Long Point and was a total loss. The hull was salvaged in 1934 and laid up at Toledo. It was taken to New Orleans during World War Two for reconstruction as a barge but the change was never registered and the hull was likely scrapped.

1933: The wooden tug FLORENCE sank off False Duck Island in a storm that brought snow, high winds and waves on Lake Ontario. All 7 on board were saved and taken aboard the barge PETER G. CAMPBELL.

1943: RIVERTON stranded at Lottie Wolf Shoal, Georgian Bay and declared a total loss. Later salvaged and repaired, it returned to service as MOHAWK DEER.

1960: ISLAND KING II was destroyed by a fire while laid up for the winter at Lachine, QC. The vessel had been built as DALHOUSIE CITY and operated across western Lake Ontario between Toronto and St. Catharines from 1911 until the end of the 1949 season before being sold and moving to Montreal.

1966: The Liberian freighter FREIDA went aground at Poe's Reef, Lake Huron, and had to be lightered by MAITLAND NO. 1. The ocean ship began Great Lakes terading as c) SEAWAY STAR in 1960 and returned as d) DEALMOUTH in 1962 and as e) FREIDA earlier in 1966.

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

 

New tech helps vessels enter St. Lawrence Seaway locks

11/13 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has partnered with Canada's CSL Group to develop a system to help facilitate a vessel's approach and entrance into locks along the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Initial deployment of the lock entry assist system technology will be on board the CSL St-Laurent, a 22,600 gross tonnage Trillium class bulk carrier owned by Montreal-based CSL. The ship operates on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes.

The company said the system comes in response to the increasing size of vessels operating on the seaway and lakes.

"When entering the locks along the seaway, the clearance for larger vessels is minimal, and the lock entry itself has become increasingly difficult. Damage to both the ship and the lock walls can be avoided by facilitating the ship's approach path to the locks, thereby making the operation safer, faster, and altogether more efficient," a company release said.

The system uses high performance global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to measure the ship's position to centimetre accuracy as it enters a lock.

"Speed adaptive controls, together with allocation of the thruster and rudder, ensures that the vessel enters the lock in a consistent manner every time, while minimizing the influence of external forces from wind and current,” stated Joonas Makkonen, Wärtsilä's vice-president of voyage solutions. “During the entry, the system automatically controls the vessel's lateral position and heading, allowing the operator to focus on controlling the speed of the vessel, the release said.

A customized touch screen interface is also being developed to simplify the operation and improve situational awareness.

"CSL is committed to working with qualified partners and regulatory agencies to improve operational safety and efficiency for vessels sailing the seaway and Great Lakes system," said Frédéric Jauvin, vice-president of global technical services. "We believe that modern technology supports this ambition, and Wärtsilä's lock entry assist system represents a positive step forward for us and for the industry as a whole." The two companies has worked closely for years and CSL's fleet includes a number of Wärtsilä solutions.

St. Catharines Standard

 

Port Reports -  November 13

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic in Duluth on Monday was John G. Munson, which departed at 10:15 after loading iron ore pellets at CN. Tied up in port were Fraserborg, loading grain at CHS 1; Vancouverborg, loading grain at Gavilon; and Trudy, which arrived late Sunday night and was unloading clay at Port Terminal. Reestborg dropped anchor outside the Duluth harbor Monday morning, and is waiting to load grain at CHS. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort was docked at BN for the second day in a row Monday as she experienced loading delays. She left port at 17:11 for Burns Harbor.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine arrived Two Harbors at noon on November 12th for South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 12th she was still at the dock. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 13th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity on Nov. 12th at 02:29 for Ashtabula. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Nov. 13th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday November 12th: There were no ship movements at the port on Monday. Federal Dart has been at anchor in the harbor since arriving Saturday. The saltie Resko was loading grain at Richardson Main Terminal. Algoma Compass was loading grain at Viterra B. Expected for Tuesday: Oakglen.

Limestone Ports
Monday, November 12th Calcite: 0:52 Cason J Callaway departed for Detroit. 12:37 Great Republic departed for Buffington. 15:10 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load. Port Inland: 18:25 Kaye E Barker arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 14:00 American Mariner arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: 13:50 The cement carrier Alpena departed and headed downbound on Lake Michigan. Cheboygan: 10:33 USCG Mackinaw departed and was downbound on Lake Michigan.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Monday.

Saginaw River
Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived Monday to unload cement at Lafarge

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
The tug Karen Andrie arrived during the wee hours of Monday morning to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Next was the American Century, also fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Continuing the line of vessels in need of fuel was the Whitefish Bay, arriving Monday evening. The Cason J Callaway arrived at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock to unload stone. Lastly, with the assistance of the tugs Wyoming and Wisconsin, the Atlantic Huron called on the US Gypsum dock to unload gypsum from Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Monday undergoing repairs. James R. Barker was also in port unloading.

Welland Canal and regional report for Monday Nov 12 –Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 12 - Algonova at 0726 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - Algoma Hansa at 2247 - Nov 12 - Algonova 0733 and Algoma Innovator at 0944 - Departure - Nov 12 - Algoma Buffalo at 0545 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 11 - NACC Argonaut at 1728, Algoma Innovator at 1750 and Ina (Lbr) at 2105 - Nov 12 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0320, tug Molly M I & barge M/M Newfoundland at 0612 (to wharf 1 to drop off barge), Algoma Enterprise at 0658, Osogovo (Mlt) at 0746, Drawsko (Bhs) at 0905, Algoma Transport at 1304, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1351, tug Ecosse departed wharf 1 with barge M/M Newfoundland mid-afternoon, tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with Scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 1622. Downbound - Nov 11 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0959, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1404, tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1736 (unloading at wharf 16), tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 2325 - Nov 12 - Thunder Bay at 0123, Damia Desgagnes at 0330, Algoma Buffalo at 0928, Algoma Sault at 1101, tugs Evans McKeil & Jarrett M with barge Niagara Spirit at 1201, Tim S Dool at 1338, CSL Laurentien at 1456 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1731

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Nov 11 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1810 - Nov 12 - tug Molly M I & barge M/M Newfoundland at 0630 (dropped barge at wharf 1 to await tug Ecosse), light tug Ecosse (to take barge M/M Newfoundland up to E.S.Fox dock at Port Robinson) and tugs Kurt R Luedtke & Gretchen B with Scow 17 and Derrick boat 410 at 1725

Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Departures - Nov 12 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 0439 approx. westbound, light tug Molly M I at 0612 from wharf 1 for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 9 - downbound - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Nov 11 - upbound - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1757 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 1825 - Nov 12 - Drawsko (Lbr) at 0305, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0500 - Departures - for the canal - Nov 12 - Patras (Mlt) at 0250 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 0730, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1215 eastbound and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) early morning eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0728, Michipicoten at 0834 and G3 Marquis at 1411. Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 11 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0940 and Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2050. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 and CSL Niagara at 2119 - Nov 12 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1901 (from the anchorage. Departures - Nov 12 - Algoma Guardian at 0520 eastbound and Algoma Enterprise at 1446 for the canal,

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 10 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2129 - Departed - Nov 12 - 0709 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653 - Docked - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Departed - eastbound

 

Updates

11/13 - The saltie gallery has been updated with these images: Acadia Desgagnes, Argentia Desgagnes, BBC Kansas, BBC Rushmore, Carolus Magnus, Celisus Mumbai, Claude A Desgagnes, Eemsgracht, Federal Delta, Federal Hudson, Floretgracht, Gardno, Holandia, Ina, Kitikmeot W, Lubie, Maccoa, Miena Desgagnes, Prosna, Reestborg, Regalica, Stade, Trudy and Zelada Desgagnes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 13

In 1952, the 626-foot SPARROWS POINT successfully completed her sea trials and departed Chicago on her maiden trip. The new Bethlehem boat, the largest boat to enter the lakes via the Mississippi River Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, was under the command of Captain Wilfred Couture and Chief Engineer James Meinke. She was lengthened to 682 feet in 1958, converted to a self-unloader in 1980, renamed b.) BUCKEYE in 1991, converted to a barge in 2006, renamed c.) LEWIS J. KUBER.

ARAB (2-mast wooden schooner, 100 foot, 158 tons, built in 1854, at Buffalo, New York) 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 (later LAKE WABUSH and ALGONORTH) arrived at Singapore, where she was lengthened 202 feet.

CONDARRELL was laid up for the last time on November 13, 1981. Built in 1953 as a.) D. C. EVEREST, she was renamed b.) CONDARRELL in 1982.

GEORGE HINDMAN was in collision with the British salty MANCHESTER EXPLORER on Lake St. Louis, above the Lachine Lock in 1956. Built in 1921, as a.) GLENCLOVA, renamed b.) ANTICOSTI in 1927, c.) RISACUA in 1946, d.) GEORGE HINDMAN in 1955, and e.) ELIZABETH HINDMAN in 1962. Scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota, in 1971.

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

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

In 1984, 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, 1,187 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.

JAMES DAVIDSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 587 foot, 8,349 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.

An 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.

The Toledo Blade published the following vessel passages for Detroit on this date in 1903: -Up- VOLUNTEER, AMAZON, HARLOW, 12:30 Friday morning; ROCKEFELLER, 4:20; MARISKA, 4:40; FRENCH, 5:20; CONEMAUGH, 6; S M STEPHENSON, FAUSTIN, barges, 7:30; OLIVER, MITCHELL, (sailed), 7:50; AVERILL, 8.

1909: The steamers CHARLES WESTON and WARD AMES collided in lower Whitefish Bay. The former, which had been at anchor waiting to head downbound through the Soo Locks, ran for shore but settled on the bottom. The ship was saved, repaired and last sailed as c) SAUCON for Bethlehem Transportation before being scrapped at Hamilton, ON in 1950.

1909: JAMES H. HOYT went aground on a reef about two miles off the northeast corner of Outer Island after the engine was disabled in a snowstorm. The vessel was refloated November 29 and later became the BRICOLDOC.

1929: BRITON was wrecked in Lake Erie off Point Abino. The stranded vessel was battered for two days before being abandoned as a total loss.

1934: WILLIAM A. REISS (i) stranded off Sheboygan while inbound with 7025 tons of coal from Toledo. The ship was refloated November 17 with heavy damage and considered a total loss.

1942: H.M. PELLATT, a former Great Lakes canal freighter, was sailing as f) SCILLIN under the flag of Italy, when it was hit by gunfire from the British submarine H.M.S. PROTEUS while 9 miles off Kuriat, Tunisia, and sank.

1956: The downbound and grain-laden GEORGE HINDMAN and the upbound MANCHESTER EXPLORER collided in fog on the St. Lawrence above Lachine and both ships were damaged.

1958: LUNAN, a Pre-Seaway trader on the Great Lakes, sustained major bottom damage in a grounding on the St. Lawrence near Murray Bay. The ship was refloated, towed to Lauzon for repairs and it returned to service as b) MARIDAN C. in 1959.

1967: SANTA REGINA, the first American saltwater vessel to use the St. Lawrence Seaway, put into San Francisco with boiler problems and machinery damage while headed from Los Angeles to Saigon, South Vietnam as f) NORBERTO CAPAY. The vessel was sold at auction and towed to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping in 1969.

1971: The small St. Lawrence freighter C. DE BAILLON, better known as a) DONNACONA NO. 2 and b) MIRON C., went aground at Mont Louis and was a total loss.

1975: There was a boiler explosion on the Egyptian freighter CLEOPATRA after leaving Hartlepool, England, for Alexandria, Egypt, and 8 crewmen were severely injured with at least one fatality. The former Victory Ship first traveled through the Seaway in 1963. It was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1981.

1976: OCEAN SOVEREIGN lost steering at Sault Ste. Marie and was wedged into the wall at the Soo Locks. The rudder was damaged and the Greek saltie had to be towed to Lauzon, Quebec, for repairs. The vessel initially traded inland as a) BOLNES in 1970 and returned as b) OCEAN SOVEREIGN for the first time in 1973. It was scrapped at Ulsan, South Korea, as d) MARIA JOSE after being blown aground from the anchorage during Typhoon Vera on September 27, 1986.

1979: A steering failure put VANDOC aground at Harvey Island in the Brockville Narrows. The vessel spent time at Port Weller Dry Docks after being released.

1996: JOLLITY reported it was taking water in the engine room (Pos: 17.47 N / 119.20 E). The ship was was taken in tow two days later and reached Hong Kong on November 18. The vessel was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, in 1999.

1997: ARCADIA BERLIN visited the Great Lakes in 1971 when it was a year old. The ship was carrying bagged cement and sailing as f) ALLISSA when it collided with and sank the Ukrainian vessel SMENA off Yangon, Myanmar. The former was apparently laid up with collision damage and scrapped at Alang, India, in 1998.

2002: WILFRED SYKES was inbound with a cargo of limestone when it went aground in Muskegon Lake. Some of the cargo was lightered to PERE MARQUETTE 41 and the stranded ship was pulled free.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 12

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth at 16:29 Sunday afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Fraserborg arrived from anchor at 17:14 and tied up at CHS 1 for a load of grain. The saltie Trudy was expected at 19:30 Sunday night to discharge clay at Port Terminal. Also in port were American Spirit and John G. Munson, both loading iron ore pellets at CN. The Spirit had been expected to depart at 17:00, however both ships were still tied up as of 19:00. In Superior, Vancouverborg arrived at 07:43 and headed up to Gavilon to load grain. Edgar B. Speer departed from Burlington Northern at 09:50 with ore, and Stewart J. Cort came in at 10:04 and began loading. She was expected to depart around 22:00.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on Nov. 11th at approx. 03:40 for Conneaut. The John D. Leitch arrived Two Harbors at approx. 04:10 on Nov. 11th. She departed Two Harbors at approx. 16:01 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 12th in the morning is the CSL Assiniboine. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of American Integrity on Nov. 11th at 00:29. As of 19:15 on Nov. 11th she was still at the loading dock. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 12th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 11th: 1:18 Frontenac departed G3 for Port Colborne. 12:42 Algoma Compass arrived at Keefer Terminal. 14:04 saltie Resko arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 14:59 Algoma Compass departed Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain.

Lake Michigan ports
Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port Sunday. Hon James L Oberstar was due.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the grain elevators Sunday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
After waiting for the outbound Damia Desgagnes, the Lee A Tregurtha weighed anchor and headed upriver to unload at AK Steel. Later, her fleetmate Paul R Tregurtha arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Finally, the tug Mary E Hannah and her tank barge arrived at the Buckeye Terminal to load/unload petroleum products.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Sunday undergoing repairs. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed for the Soo. Tecumseh was up river loading grain.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 11– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 9 - Algonova at 1100 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2235 - Departures - Nov 10 - Algoma Hansa at 2224 (to Nanticoke dock) - Nov 11 - Algoma Enterprise at 0021 for the canal and Algoma Buffalo at 0850 approx., (to Nanticoke dock)

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Nov 10 - CSL Tadoussac at 2257 - Nov 11 - Michipicoten at 0556, Algoma Buffalo at 0916 - Departures - Nov 11 - CSL Tadoussac at 0848 westbound and Michipicoten at 1441 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
Departures - (all for the canal) Nov 11 - Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 0806, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1026 and Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0917

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 2252 and Algowood at 2329 - Nov 11 - Algoma Strongfield at 1027, Whitefish Bay at 1129, Atlantic Huron at 1216, NACC Argonaut at 1728, Algoma Innovator at 1750, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1757, Osogovo (Mlt) at 1825 and Ina (Lbr) at 2112

Downbound - Nov 10 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2313 - Nov 11 - Algoma Enterprise at 0521, Algoma Discovery at 0620, Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 0857, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0954, Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0959, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1404, tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1736 (unloading at wharf 16), tug Spartan & barge Spartan II eta 2300

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Nov 11 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1810 - Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 9 - Departures - Nov 11 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys II Cement (departed wharf 16) at 0540 westbound for weather and tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 (departed wharf 1 eastbound) at 0705

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 9 - downbound - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Nov 11 - upbound - Ina (Lbr) at 1720, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1757 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 1825 - Departures - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 2230 for the canal - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0510 for Toronto, and Tundra (Cyp) at 0815 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 11 - Algoma Guardian at 0115, Holandia (Atg) (ex BBC Nebraska-17, Martin-16, Nordana Emilie-16, Rickmers Mumbai-14, Beluga Endurance-11) at 2011, CSL Niagara eta 2100 Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 9 - Federal Mosel at 2255 - Nov 11 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0940 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Nov 8 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0630 (from the anchorage), Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 and Algoma Guardian at 1156 - Departures - Nov 11 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1310 for Ireland,

Anchored off Burlington:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Robert S Pierson at 1643 - Departured - Nov 11 at 0136 eastbound

Mississauga:
Departed - Nov 10 - Algowood at 2150 approx. for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 11 - Prosna (Lbr) at 0653 - Docked - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Departed - Nov 11 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1314 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 12

In 1920, FRANCIS WIDLAR stranded on Pancake Shoal in Lake Superior and was written off as a total constructive loss of $327,700. The wreck was purchased by Mathews Steamship Company in 1921 and placed back in service as BAYTON. The BAYTON sailed until 1966, and the hull was later used as a temporary breakwall during construction at Burns Harbor, Indiana.

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, THOMAS F. COLE (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,268 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, ALVA C. DINKEY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 7,514 gross tons, built in 1909, at Lorain, Ohio) and GOVERNOR MILLER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 593 foot, 8,240 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, PANAY, upbound on Lake Superior for Duluth, Minnesota, in rough weather, was one of the last vessels to see the down bound JOHN OWEN which, apparently later the same day, disappeared with all hands. Renamed b.) WILLIAM NELSON in 1928, and c.) BEN E. TATE in 1936. Scrapped at Bilbao, Spain in 1969.

On 12 November 1881, BRUNSWICK (iron propeller bulk freighter, 248 foot, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan) was carrying 1,500 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 snowstorm, the tug got lost and the towline 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.

1881: BRUNSWICK sank in Lake Erie after a collision with the CARLINGFORD. The wooden hulled, coal-laden steamer, made a run for the American shore but the effort fell short. Three lives were lost.

1914: The wooden steamer COLONIAL began to leak on Lake Erie and was beached in Rondeau Bay only to be pounded to pieces by gale force winds. All on board were rescued.

1967: The Swedish freighter TORSHOLM began visiting the Great Lakes as early as 1953. The ship was enroute from the Seaway to Stockholm when it ran aground near Uto, Sweden, and became a total loss.

1968: CLARA CLAUSEN, a Danish freighter, ran aground at Les Escoumins on the St. Lawrence and was abandoned. After being salvaged, the vessel came to the Great Lakes in 1970 and was rebuilt at Kingston as ATLANTEAN.

1974: BELVOIR (ii), enroute from Puerto Cortes, Honduras, to Corpus Christi, Texas, with a load of ore concentrates, struck a submerged object in the Gulf of Honduras and sank. Only 4 crew members are rescued while the other 21 were presumed lost.

1980: The former Lake Michigan rail car ferry PERE MARQUETTE 21 left the Great Lakes in 1974. It was lost on this date as the barge d) CONSOLIDATOR. It was hit by Hurricane Jean off the coast of Honduras while carrying a load of truck trailers.

2005: SPAN TERZA, an Italian freighter, first came through the Seaway in 1977 and returned as b) ANANGEL HORIZON in 1983. It was damaged on this date as d) SALAM 4 in a collision near Dondra Head, Sri Lanka, with SHANGHAI PRIDE and had to go to Colombo for assessment. The ship was repaired and eventually scrapped as e) ALINA at Xinhui, China, in 2009.

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

 

 

USCG Abbie Burgess heading from Maine to Lake Ontario

11/11 - The Marinette, Wis.-built USCG Abbie Burgess (WLM-553) was upbound on the St. Lawrence River Saturday, and should be taking a pilot at Escoumins at daybreak Sunday. AIS is giving its destination as Lake Ontario. Her homeport is Rockland, Maine. It is believed she is coming into the lakes to assist with annual aids to navigation removal efforts.

Mac Mackay

 

Port Reports -  November 11

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 10th at 13:00 for South of #2. As of 19:30 she was still loading, but her AIS is showing a Conneaut destination. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 11th in the morning is the John D. Leitch after having been delayed by weather. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Nov. 10th, but due on Nov. 11th is the American Integrity.

Grand Marais, Minn.
Saturday November 10th: 11:59 Research vessel Kiyi departed for Ashland, Wis.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday November 10th: 5:50 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 6:28 Algoma Harvester departed Viterra A and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 13:30 saltie Isadora departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 17:08 Federal Dart arrived and went to anchor. 18:26 Algoma Harvester departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. Expected for Sunday: Algoma Compass and saltie Resko.

Lake Michigan ports
Calumet was at Manistee Saturday evening. Burns Harbor was at her namesake port. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Indiana Harbor was at Indiana Harbor. American Mariner was headed for Muskegon.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the elevators Saturday.

Saginaw River
Mississagi arrived Saturday with salt for Zilwaukee.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Lee A Tregurtha was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Saturday morning. She was loaded with ore for AK Steel, but spent the entire day tied up at the terminal. Inbound later was the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge. They called on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load.

Lake Erie Ports
Wilfred Sykes remained at Toledo Saturday undergoing repairs. Tim S. Dool was upriver loading grain. Baie Comeau was at Sandusky. Federal Cedar was at Cleveland.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 10 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 8 - Algonova at 2326 - Nov 9 - Algoma Buffalo at 0915, Algoma Hansa at 1722, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2210 - Nov 10 - Algoma Enterprise at 0108, and CSL Tadoussac at 0702 - Departure - Nov 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1834 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0923 (delayed), Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 1313 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1455

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 9 - Algoma Buffalo eta 2128. Downbound - Nov 9 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 0621 (stopped wharf 1 for weather) and Tundra (Cyp) at 1639 - Nov 10 - Algoma Spirit at 0031, Robert S Pierson at 0123,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 9 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys II Cement (stopped wharf 16) at 2311 for weather and tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 (stopped at wharf 1) at 1746 for weather

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - downbound - NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 0253, Tundra (Cyp) at 0554, Prosna (Lbr) at 1334

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - Algoma Guardian at 1156, BBC Germany (Gib) (ex Leda-08 at 1809 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 2224 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 0906 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Nov 8 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0630 (from the anchorage), Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Nov 10 - Iryda (Cyp) 0150 - Departures - Nov 9 - BBC Germany (Gib) at 2206 eastbound - Nov 10 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 0015 and Kaministiqua at 0243

Anchored off Burlington:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Algoma Spirit at 1611 and Robert S Pierson at 1643 - Departures - Nov 10 - (westbound) Whitefish Bay at 1800 approx and Algoma Spirit at 1800 approx.

Mississauga:
Anchored - Nov 10 - Algowood at 0537 (off dock for weather) - bound for the canal

Toronto:
Docked - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 11

The Port of Huron, Ohio received its first grain boat in seven years when Westdale Shipping's AVONDALE arrived at the Pillsbury Elevator on November 11, 1971, to load 200,000 bushels of soybeans for Toronto, Ontario.

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. Also: 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 its moorings on her car deck 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 pilothouse, were rescued by Captain Clyde Cross and his 2 crewman, Gustave Fisher and Joe Fontane of the fishing tug THREE BROTHERS. CONNEAUT of 1916, 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: of the Interlake fleet, Capt. Charles W. Allen, sank in 215 of water off Pentwater, Michigan. There were no survivors among the crew of 33.

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, 1,806 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'Orleans 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 Desgagnes 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 Desgagnes purchased the ALCOR from its Greek owners.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913, from the journal of John Mc Laughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.

Tuesday, November 11, 1913: I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were above Presque Isle. It is still blowing hard and quite a sea running. Presque Isle at 1:45 a.m., Thunder Bay Island at 4:30 a.m., Harbor Beach at 1:00 p.m., we are about in the River at 7:05 p.m. It is fine tonight, wind gone down.

1940: The famous Armistice Day storm claims the ANNA C. MINCH, WILLIAM B. DAVOCK and NOVADOC (ii), on Lake Michigan and leaves CITY OF FLINT 32 and SINALOA aground and damaged.

1946: The former Canada Steamship lines bulk canaller LANARK was scuttled off the coast of Ireland with a load of World War Two bombs.

1977: The 380-foot, 8-inch long West German freighter GLORIA made 4 visits to the Great Lakes in 1959-1960. It went aground on the Adriatic at Sestrice Island as d) ARISTOTELES. While the 25-year old hull was refloated, it was declared a total loss and towed to Split, Yugoslavia, for scrapping.

1980: The DINIE S. suffered an engineroom fire at Palermo, Italy and became a total loss. The ship had visited the Seaway as a) CATHERINE SARTORI (1959-1967) and b) CURSA (1967) and was sailing under a seventh name. It was scrapped at Palermo in 1985

1980: CITY OF LICHFIELD stranded near Antalya, Turkey, while leaving the anchorage in heavy weather as c) CITY OF LEEDS. The ship was refloated but never sailed again and was eventually scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 1984. The ship had visited the Great Lakes in 1964.

1995: JAMES NORRIS was loading stone at Colborne, ON when the wind changed leaving the hull exposed to the gale. The ship was repeatedly pounded against the dock until it settled on the bottom. Subsequent hull repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks resulted in the port side being all welded while the starboard remained riveted.

1995: The Cuban freighter AREITO had a mechanical problem in the St. Lambert Lock and had to be towed back to Montreal for repairs. This SD-14 class vessel was scrapped at Alang, India, as e) DUNLIN in 2001.

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

 

Algoma Central buys tanker; will be named Algonorth

11/10 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central Corporation has purchased a 2008 built product tanker which will become the seventh tanker within the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet.

The 16,958 dwt, 472-foot-long vessel Ramira will be re-named the Algonorth (IMO 9362152), after the company held a “Name the Tanker Contest,” in which all employees were able to take part. The ship is scheduled to depart Gothenburg, Sweden on November 12, and head for Canada, at which time the vessel is expected to begin operations within the product tanker fleet.

She was registered with Transport Canada on Friday.

This will be the second Algonorth to serve Algoma. The first, a bulk carrier built in 1971, was scrapped at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in 2012-13.

“We have been in the product tanker business for over 20 years,” said Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer at Algoma. “While it is important that we add this quality asset to our fleet to continue to meet our customers’ needs, the true backbone of Algoma Tankers is our experienced and qualified crews who operate these ships skillfully day and night, 365 days a year,” Mr. Ruhl added.

 

Memorials mark 43rd anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald loss

11/10 - Saturday will mark 43 years since the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior. For many, the tragedy and the legend live on. The freighter sank in Lake Superior during a storm on Nov. 10, 1975. Memorials will be held at various locations around the Great Lakes. Here are three of the largest.

Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point
Saturday 7 pm

This event is always held on November 10, at 7 pm, which is the moment this most famous of Great Lakes shipwrecks was lost. Part of this year’s ceremony will be dedicated to the late Cheryl Rozman, who was instrumental in the recovery of the ship’s bell for the museum in 1995. Cheryl remained very close to the people of the Shipwreck Society until her passing in 2018.

19th Annual Lost Mariners Remembrance
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Belle Isle, Detroit
Satiurday 6 pm to 8 pm

The vessels and mariners lost during this storm will be honored in this year’s presentation by Kevin Magee, founder of Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE). A lantern vigil at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor begins the night, followed by a performance by Lee Murdock, Great Lakes balladeer, and an Honor Guard escort of the memorial wreath to the Detroit River for receipt by the Honor Flotilla of Great Lakes vessels. Tickets are sold out, but the public is welcome to watch the flotilla from the riverbank adjacent to the museum at no charge. The event will be streamed on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/boatnerd

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting
Split Rock Lighthouse
Two Harbors, Minn.
Saturday 11 am – 6 pm

The lighthouse, fog signal building, and visitor center will be open. Costumed interpreters will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center. At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crewmembers are read to the tolling of a ship's bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon. Cost: Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

 

Port Reports -  November 10

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker returned to Duluth at 06:57 Friday morning after unloading in Silver Bay, and tied up at CN to load iron ore pellets. Fraserborg arrived at 13:41, dropped anchor inside the harbor for inspection, and then left port at 17:08 and anchored offshore. She is expected to arrive on Sunday to load grain at CHS 1. Also arriving on Friday was the US Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock, which came in at 15:07 and moored in the Port Terminal slip. No further traffic is expected in Duluth or Superior until mid-day Saturday.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Nov. 9th. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 10th, weather permitting, are the Roger Blough and the John D. Leitch. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker on Nov. 9th at 03:21 after unloading coal. She is currently in Duluth at the CN ore dock loading iron ore pellets. Due Silver Bay late on Nov. 10th or early on the 11th is the American Integrity.

Grand Marais, Minn.
Friday November 9th: 3:00 Research vessel Kiyi arrived from Bayfield, Wis. She would go to berth at the breakwall in the inner harbor. She would remain there Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 9th: 9:33 Algoma Harvester arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Expected for Saturday: Frontenac and Federal Dart.

North Shore
Friday November 9th: With winter storm and gale warnings in effect in and around Lake Superior numerous vessels opted for a northerly route parallel to the Canadian coast. This list includes upbounders Frontenac, Edgar B Speer, John G Munson, Roger Blough, American Spirit and John D Leitch; and the downbound Alpena. On western Lake Superior the forecast was 35 mph winds with 12-24' waves.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Alster remained at the elevators on Friday.

Saginaw River
The saltie Florijngracht arrived in Bay City Friday to unload general cargo. The John J Boland arrived with stone for the Bay Aggregates dock.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
After unloading salt Friday, the Saginaw shifted to load coke at Zug Island. Arriving later was the tanker Damia Desgagnes. She called on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. The tug Spartan and her tank barge Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to load/unload.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Nov 9 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Algonova at 1531 - Nov 8 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) eta 2100

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 8 - Algocanada at 0642 - Departed Nov 8 at 2325 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025 - Departed Oct 8 at 0729 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 0148, Baie Comeau at 0536, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0840 and Algoma Buffalo eta 2100. Downbound - Nov 8 - Cedarglen at 1951 and Algoma Guardian at 2222 - Nov 9 - Algocanada at 0334, tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 0621 (stopped wharf 1 for weather), BBC Germany (Gib) (ex Leda-08) at 0730 , Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0949 and Tundra (Cyp) at 1639

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 9 - tug Sarah Andrie & barge A 390 at 1746 (stopped wharf 1 for weather)

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 2015 and NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Departure - Nov 9 - Algoma Hansa at 0130 approx. for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 9 - Algoma Guardian at 1156, BBC Germany (Gib) (ex Leda-08 at 1809 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) eta 2135 - Anchored - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0407, Kaministiqua at 2130 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Nov 8 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 0630 (from the anchorage), Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 and Iryda (Cyp) eta 2109 - Departures - Nov 8 - Tim S Dool at 0413 for the canal - Nov 9 - Algoma Innovator at 1710 eastbound and Baie Comeau at 0342 for the canal

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 8 - Jana Desgagnes at 1103 from Hamilton - Departed Nov 9 at 0836 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Departures - Nov 8 - (both eastbound) NACC Argonaut at 0150 and McKeil Spirit at 0859

 

‘Books and Boats’ to feature authors and more in Port Huron on Saturday

11/10 - Port Huron, Mich. – Join several Great Lakes authors, as well as photographers and others from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today for “Books & Boats” at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron.

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

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

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

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

Great Lakes Maritime Center

 

Great Lakes Maritime Academy anchored by past, sails toward future

11/10 - Traverse City, Mich. – Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy stands strong as the “gales of November” hammer slate-gray waves against its docks. Its history reveals both the wonder and the danger of sailing the lakes.

It’s the latter that will be remembered when the Academy holds its 43rd annual Mariners Memorial Service at noon Nov. 9 at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus.

The Academy became part of what is perhaps the best-known maritime tragedy of modern times when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975. Although the vessel’s sinking is one of several in recent times, folk musician Gordon Lightfoot’s haunting classic, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” has burned its loss into the nation’s collective memory.

The fates of two men tie the Academy to the Fitzgerald. One was David Weiss, a 22-year-old Academy cadet sailing on the ship at the time of its sinking. The other is Thomas Bentsen, a 23-year-old former cadet who was also on board. Each year NMC honors those lost on the Fitzgerald, along with other mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans.

Weiss and Bentsen are only two of hundreds of men and women who have passed through the Academy, which opened in 1969. Its establishment in Traverse City is thanks to the dreams of businessman and philanthropist Les Biederman, who moved from Philadelphia to Traverse City in 1939 and established a media empire.

Biederman strongly believed in education and was instrumental in the 1951 founding of NMC. He also dreamed of a floating college. That idea eventually led to the establishment of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

John Brian was an early Academy graduate.

“I grew up in Frankfort and have always loved and respected the majesty and beauty of the Great Lakes,” said Brian, now a retired Merchant Marine Deck Officer. “This career allowed me to see them change through the seasons, something I loved to photograph. I never ceased to be enthused about being a mariner.”

Over its nearly 50-year history the Academy has experienced major changes. The types of degrees offered have increased, the vessels used for training have changed, and the Academy’s land-based facilities have been vastly improved.

Initially, cadets earned a three-year Associates Degree. In 1999 NMC expanded the program to a four-year bachelor’s degree in partnership with Ferris State University. Cadets earned their first three years of credit from NMC, their last year through Ferris State. Then in 2013 NMC began offering its own four-year degree.

Regardless of the degree they earn, students who graduate from the Academy are practically guaranteed a job — and a long and lucrative career. Brian knew this when he chose to become a mariner after retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve.

“Part of what drew me to the Merchant Marine was the great compensation. The pay and benefits are high,” he said. “That said, there is also great sacrifice. I was away from my family and wife for six to seven months at a time. My taking that job was a decision my wife and I made as a couple, for the benefit of our family.”

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/great-lakes-maritime-academy-anchored-by-past-sails-toward-future/article_810cd386-67c8-5705-9d58-ede5299f2e62.html

 

Daring rescue saved sailors entombed for days in 'White Hurricane' shipwreck

11/10 - Gull Rock, Lake Superior – When people talk in awed tones about the Great Storm of 1913 that exploded over the Great Lakes like a four-day "meteorological bomb," their words are often laced with death.

They tell of the giant waves that rolled huge ships before sucking them underwater, sinking at least a dozen. They describe the snow squalls whipped up by cyclone-force winds that pushed other ships right out of the lakes, leaving them stranded on rocky beaches. They talk of the 250 sailors and crew believed lost in our inland seas while this storm raged.

This famous "White Hurricane" would go down in the books as the worst natural disaster in the Great Lakes.

But looking back more than a century ago, perhaps what stands apart is a nail-biting drama that played out just off the tip of Michigan's northernmost peninsula. It's the story of a shipwrecked crew who refused to die - and the stubborn determination of men from two U.S. Life-Saving stations in the Upper Peninsula who overcame nearly impossible odds to save them.

"When you look at the Waldo rescue, that crew was stuck on that ship for over 90 hours, not knowing whether they were going to be rescued or not," said Mark Rowe, trustee and maritime chairman of the Keweenaw County Historical Society who has done presentations on the wreck.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/11/daring_rescue_saved_sailors_en.html

 

Safety group: 2018 has been deadly year on Great Lakes

11/10 - Holland, Mich. – A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it's recorded more than 100 drownings. The Holland Sentinel reports the hot summer may have been a factor in the increase. The deaths include 39 in Lake Michigan and 35 in Lake Erie.

The deaths have prompted efforts to increase safety along Great Lakes beaches. Among those who died was 20-year-old Brandon Schmidt, who drowned in Lake Michigan in August off of western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports his mother Brandi Donley notes that warning signs, safety equipment, education and training are needed.

Donley says: "It can happen to anyone."

The Associated Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 10

On this day in 1892, whaleback barge 102 loaded 2,073 tons of iron ore at Superior consigned to Cleveland. This was the first shipment of Mesabi Range iron ore carried by Oglebay Norton.

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, Michigan.

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. Renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 1998, sold off the lakes, renamed c.) GENESIS EXPLORER in 2005.

The STEELTON 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, 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 collided with her towing tug MAINE and as a result her bow was punctured. The GYPSUM was beached to prevent sinking.

Pittsburgh Steamship's WILLIAM A. IRVIN (Hull#811) was launched November 10, 1937, at Lorain, Ohio. The IRVIN serves as a museum ship in Duluth, Minnesota since 1986.

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 were 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 bottom in the St. Lawrence Seaway on 10 November 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.

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.

1900: The iron package freighter ARABIAN went aground 8 miles west of Whitefish Point, Lake Superior due to heavy weather. The ship was salvaged with only minor damage. It was later part of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet and was broken up about 1939.

1903: The passenger and freight steamer ATLANTIC was destroyed by a fire on Georgian Bay enroute to Parry Sound. The blaze apparently started in the cargo of hay that had become soaked with coal oil while riding out a late fall storm off Spruce Island west of its destination.

1922: Fleetmates GLENMAVIS and GLENCLOVA were in a collision at Montreal. Both were repaired and remained as part of the Great Lakes fleet for years as ACADIAN and GEORGE HINDMAN (ii) respectively. 1936: SIR WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN was upbound in Lake Huron and ran into a fall storm that damaged 62 automobiles as part of the deckload of new Packard & Chrysler cars.

1968: MANTADOC and FRANCOIS L.D. collided in heavy fog on the Seaway and sustained considerable bow damage. Both were repaired and the former still sails as d) MANITOBA while the latter was scrapped at Alang, India, as b) CINTA in 1987.

1989: ELPIS, Freedom Class deep sea freighter, first came through the Seaway in 1978. It raised considerable ire after stranding on a coral reef off Key Largo, FL while carrying sugar to Mexico. When it was refloated on November 12, the ship was seized by U.S. Marshals until assessment of the damage to the delicate coral reef could be made. The ship was later released and survived further trading until being scrapped at Alang, India, as c) CITY OF HOUSTON, in 2001.

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

 

Lake Superior water level high

11/9 - Plenty of rain in the region that has followed a summer drought has caused the water in Lake Superior to creep toward record high levels. However, the lake’s levels right now are actually about four centimetres lower than a year ago.

Tammy Cook, the chief administrative officer with the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority, says they monitor monthly reports on the levels of Lake Superior provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

“The beginning of November level, compared to the beginning of month average for the period between 1918 and 2017, shows Lake Superior is 29 centimetres above the average that we typically see at the beginning of November,” she said. “However, compared to one year ago, it’s four centimetres below.”

According to statistics, Lake Superior broke all-time low records in 2007 and all-time high records in 1986.

The Chronicle-Journal

 

Port Reports -  November 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth at 06:33 Thursday morning after loading coal at SMET, and headed for Silver Bay to unload. The only other vessel in port was Alpena, which had arrived late Wednesday evening and was unloading cement at Lafarge. She was expected to depart via the Superior entry early Friday morning. The BN dock in Superior saw no traffic on Thursday, and doesn't have any scheduled traffic until Saturday.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on Nov. 7th at 23:56 for Gary. Upon the Gott's departure the Hon. James L. Oberstar shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 23:58 to 00:22. The Oberstar then departed Two Harbors on Nov. 8th at 13:17 for Indiana Harbor. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 9th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Century on Nov. 8th at 01:26 for Ashtabula. Arriving Silver Bay on Nov. 8th was the James R. Barker at 10:39 with coal from SMET. According to the HarborLookout schedule she's due back in the Twin Ports on Nov. 9th to load iron ore pellets at CN-Duluth, so it's a coal only trip to Silver Bay. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 9th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday November 8th: 13:25 CSL Laurentien departed Viterra A for Montreal. 21:04 Federal Clyde departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Sorel. Expected for Friday: Algoma Harvester.

S. Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor unloading Thursday evening. Federal Rideau was departing for Milwaukee. St. Clair was waiting for the dock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra was replaced by Federal Alster at the elevators on Thursday. Calumet was loading salt with Mississagi waiting.

Saginaw River
GL Ostrander/Integrity were unloading the Lafarge dock in Essexville Thursday morning. Arriving later was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder. They unloaded at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
H Lee White was unloading stone at the McCoig Concrete dock Thursday morning. Arriving next was the CSL Assiniboine. She had salt for the Detroit Bulk Storage dock. The unbound American Integrity arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Next in was the Saginaw. She unloaded salt at the Prairie Materials dock in the Short Cut Canal. Not long after the Saginaw arrived, the Samuel De Champlain/Innovation called on the Lafarge dock to unload cement. Next in was the Great Republic, loaded with stone for Zug Island. Arriving last was the Algoma Compass. Her dock was unknown.

Toledo, Ohio
Wilfred Sykes arrived at the CSX #3 dock Thursday for repairs.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 8 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Algonova at 1531 - Departure - Nov 8 - Algocanada at 0630 (back into Nanticoke dock)

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025 - Departed Oct 8 at 0729 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 7 - Federal Delta (Mhl) at 2302 for wharf 12 Port Colborne, Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2336, Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) at 0052, Resko (Bhs) at 0251, Damia Desgagnes at 0450, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0508, Tim S Dool at 0612, Thunder Bay at 0959, CSL Welland at 1129 and Algoma Hansa.

Downbound - Nov 8 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0752, Baie Comeau at 0535, NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 0838, Cedarglen at 1951 and Algoma Guardian eta 2031

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - Nov 8 - Algoma Hansa at 2015 NACC Alicudi (Mlt) (ex Sider Alicudi-18) at 2018 - Departures - Nov 7 - Federal Delta 2245 for the canal and, Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2320 - Nov 8 - Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) at 0030, Damia Desgagnes at 0435, Resko (Bhs) at 0235 and Whitefish Bay eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540, Baie Comeau at 1920 and Iryda (Cyp) eta 2110 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 8 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 1540 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0407, Tim S Dool at 0441, Algoma Innovator at 1440, Kaministiqua at 2130 Florence Spirit at 2208 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315 (from the anchorage) - Departures - (for the canal) Nov 7 - Resko (Bhs) at 1801 for Thunder Bay, Baie St Paul at 2327, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2341 for Cleveland - Nov 8 - Tim S Dool at 0413 for the canal, (eastbounds) - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0420, Jana Desgagnes at 0942 Algoma Mariner at 0955 and Florence Spirit at 1437

Mississauga:
Arrival - Nov 8 - NACC Argonaut at 0150 eastbound and Jana Desgagnes at 1103

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Nov 6 - McKeil Spirit at 0145 and NACC Argonaut at 0539 - Departures - McKeil Spirit ay 0859 eastbound

 

US spends $736K on River Rouge dredging project set to start in April 2019

11/9 - Detroit, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has awarded a contract for $736,000 to dredge River Rouge in Detroit with the goal of removing 66,500 cubic yards of shoal material.

Cheboygan-based Ryba Marine Construction Company will remove the shoal material and place it at the Pointe Mouilee Confined Disposal Factory at the mouth of the Huron River, according to a news release. Shoal is defined as a sandbank that makes the water shallow, and its removal is meant to aid the River Rouge staying accessible for the movement of cargo.

"Dredging is the removal of sediments and debris from the bottom of lakes, rivers, harbors, and other water bodies," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports on its website.

"It is a routine necessity in waterways around the world because sedimentation -- the natural process of sand and silt washing downstream -- gradually fills channels and harbors. Dredging often is focused on maintaining or increasing the depth of navigation channels, anchorages, or berthing areas to ensure the safe passage of boats and ships."

This project is separate from the Lower Rouge River Old Channel clean-up, and is scheduled to start in April 2019 and end in June of that year.

The dredging project will take place from Dix Road to I-75, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. Only the lower two and a half miles of the river is used as a shipping channel "from the turning basin to the river's mouth at the south end and joins the Detroit River at the westerly limit of the City of Detroit."

"This contract to dredge the federal channel in the River Rouge is important to keeping this navigation project open for movement of cargo critical to local and national industry," Dave Wright, chief of operations in the Detroit District, said in the release.

Cargo identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as coming into the River Rouge as coal, iron ore, petroleum, slag, cement, limestone, lignite, fuel oil, salt, sand and gravel. In the Detroit District, the corps is responsible for maintaining 91 harbors, and four connecting channels which includes those connecting to Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/11/river_rouge_dredging.html

 

Port Washington group hopes to sink ship in Lake Michigan

11/9 - Port Washington, Wis. – A group in Port Washington wants to sink a ship just off the coast of Lake Michigan. The non-profit says it'll cost millions of dollars but bring much more to the area.

Tish Hase is the co-owner of Port Deco divers and she's also the president of the Shipwreck Education and Preservation Alliance or SEAPA, the group hoping to sink a ship off Lake Michigan.

"The plane's about 2 miles out, about 3,400 feet from the plane we'll be placing the big vessel in from the plane, about 70-80 feet of water we'll be placing some other vessels," says Hase.

It's a multi-phase, $9.9 million project, and the ship will help create a community of artificial reefs. It starts with sinking a large vessel, between 200 and 900 feet. SEAPA has brought on Artificial Reefs international, they've sunk skips all along the east coast, often done with carefully executed explosions.

Hase is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR to get the right permits. "With the deteriorating fish we have in Lake Michigan, we don't see fish as we dive anymore," said Hase.

Hase says the sunken ship will create a habitat for fish, be an underwater classroom for universities to study invasive species and algae, create tourism, and make a big difference in conservation.

"We need it to preserve our great lakes, the great lakes is 20% of our drinking water for the world. If we don't preserve it and start protecting it and the native fish that are in it, we're not going to have it in 20, 30 years or 40," said Hase.

CBS68

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 9

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.

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 was part of the Oglebay Norton fleet. Renamed b.) AMERICAN CENTURY in 2006.

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 STADACONA of 1909, renamed b.) W. H. McGEAN in 1920, was renamed c.) ROBERT S. McNAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division on November 8, 1962. The McNAMARA was rescued from potential scrapping when Ford purchased her for $80,000 and spent $15,000 for renovation at AmShip's Toledo yard. J. P. MORGAN JR. arrived in 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. as "The Class of 1906."

On 08 Nov 1986, B. F. AFFLECK (steel propeller freighter, 588 foot, 7,964 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 is now the CANADIAN TRANSFER.)

1981: EMERALD, the former LACHINEDOC, sank in the Persian Gulf during heavy weather while carrying steel mesh and aggregates. Nine members of the crew were missing while another three were rescued.

2007: SPIRIT OF NANTUCKET, the former NANTUCKET CLIPPER, struck an uncharted object in the Intercoastal Waterway and had to be beached. The ship was repaired at Norfolk, VA and resumed its journey to the Pacific for a new career as an Alaska cruise ship after earlier Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and East Coast service.

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

 

Mariners’ Church to host Great Lakes Memorial services this weekend

11/8 - Detroit, Mich. – November 10 marks the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which resulted in the loss of 29 lives. Detroit’s Mariners’ Church will hold two events this weekend to honor those who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes.

On Saturday, the actual anniversary, maritime historian Frederick Stonehouse will discuss the tragedy at 11 a.m. Stonehouse has authored more than 30 books on Great Lakes maritime history including the best-seller The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

On November 11, sailors, members of the Armed Services, Sea Cadets, first responders, recreational boaters, and the Mariners’ congregation and guests will take part in the ceremonial ringing of the bell to commemorate the loss of lives on the Edmund Fitzgerald. This year’s ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.

The Mariners’ Church dates back to 1842 and serves as a “House of Prayer for All People.” It’s the oldest structure along the Detroit River. The church was moved in 1955 to its current location to make way for the Civic Center redevelopment.

Curbed Detroit

 

Ship carrying beer vats ends Port of Ogdensburg season

11/8 - Ogdensburg. N.Y. – This weekend marked the arrival of the Port of Ogdensburg’s final ship of the season, a vessel carrying large vats for beer making headed for points in central New York.

The Federal Danube, flying under a Marshall Islands flag, was scheduled to bring a cargo of large industrial vats headed for beer makers in the Utica area, according to officials with the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. The boat was scheduled to dock early this week and begin unloading cargo.

The exact arrival and unloading of ships along the St. Lawrence Seaway System can vary depending on weather conditions and other factors, according to officials.

The St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season has been robust this year, with tonnage of several commodities like wheat and other agricultural products remaining ahead of last year’s pace.

This summer the Port of Ogdensburg was also lauded for playing a noteworthy part in this year’s shipping season along the international waterway with Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority officials announcing in July that the port set new records for the amount of cargo handled, with longshoremen credited with unloading eight ships within a 35-day period. Most of the ships were carrying wind turbine parts.

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis said capping off the port’s season with the arrival of a ship carrying components for New York state’s growing brewery field illustrates the importance of the harbor’s role in helping grow business across the state and region.

“The Port of Ogdensburg is a vital component to the Northern New York economy as demonstrated by project cargo, agricultural feeds, road salt and the individuals and firms benefiting from the port activity,” Mr. Davis said on Thursday. “Records were set this year, which clearly demonstrates the need for long-term port expansion to secure future economic activity for the region.”

Officials at the OBPA are currently working to deepen the St. Lawrence River itself at the Ogdensburg harbor and to expand the docking terminal to accommodate more than one ship at a time. The port also recently completed a multi-million-dollar expansion that enhances its capacity to store agricultural commodities such as grain on site.

In October, Seaway officials said total cargo shipments via the St. Lawrence Seaway between March and September had reached 25.7 million metric tons, up 4.1 percent over the same period in 2017. U.S. grain exports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway helped lead the way, according to the report.

A new shipping report is expected in the coming weeks, looking at shipments along the corridor heading into the final weeks of the shipping season.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Port Reports -  November 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived Duluth at 01:46 Wednesday morning, and headed to Graymont to unload limestone. Indiana Harbor was outbound at 12:55 after loading iron ore pellets at CN. James R. Barker and Alpena were both expected to arrive between 20:00 and 20:30 Wednesday, the former to load coal at SMET and the latter with a load of cement for Lafarge. At the Superior entry, Burns Harbor departed at 05:51 with an ore cargo from BN. Michipicoten arrived at 06:16, loaded, and departed at 12:09 for Nanticoke. Hon. James L. Oberstar left port at 12:43 via the Superior entry after unloading, and headed for Two Harbors to load ore.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac departed Two Harbors on Nov. 7th between 04:30-05:00 for Nanticoke. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 7th at 14:37 was the Edwin H. Gott. Her AIS destination is already showing Gary. Also arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 7th was the Hon. James L. Oberstar after unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. She arrived Two Harbors at 17:30 for North of #2 lay-by. Two Harbors has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 8th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century on Nov. 7th at 04:22. As of 19:30 she is still at the loading dock. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 8th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday November 7th: 7:06 CSL Laurentien arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 18:32 Federal Beaufort departed Keefer Terminal for Sorel. 18:41 Algoma Discovery departed Richardson Current River Terminal downbound. 19:34 Federal Clyde departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators on Wednesday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
American Spirit started off a very busy Wednesday, arriving to unload ore at Zug Island. The Edgar B Speer, with the assistance of the Patricia Hoey, docked at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving next was the Mississagi. She unloaded salt at the Motor City Materials dock, which she loaded at Ojibway Salt in Windsor. Not long after the Mississagi, the Federal Leda, with the assistance of the tug Wyoming, docked at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal to unload. Next up was the tug Evans McKeil and her barge. They loaded coke at in the Short Cut Canal at Zug Island. The tug Mary E Hannah and her tank barge arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Company's Rouge River terminal. Next up was the Kaye E Barker, with ore for AK Steel. Following close behind was the Olive L Moore/Menominee, with stone for the St. Clair Aggregates dock. The final arrival of the day was made by the Algoma Enterprise.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Nov 7 - Barry Andersen winds reported gusting 30 to 40 knots have kept vessels at anchor - dropping down late this evening

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Oakglen at 0447, Algocanada at 0930 (from Nanticoke dock), CSL Assiniboine at 1031, Algonova at 1531 - Departures - Nov 7 - Oakglen at 1225 and CSL Assiniboine at 1650

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 6 (all vessels anchored at Port Weller for weather) - tug Wilf Seymour at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (on first trip into the Great Lakes from builders), Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) eta 2130 - Nov 7 - Damia Desgagnes at 0033 and Resko (Bhs) at1907 Downbound - No traffic Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Whitefish Bay at 0920, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (1st trip into the Great Lakes) and Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) at 2220 - Nov 7 - Damia Desgagnes at 0033 and Resko (Bhs) at 1907 - Departure - Nov 7 - Federal Delta etd 2245 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0407 - Kaministiqua eta 2210 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215, Jana Desgagnes at 0310 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1645 - Nov 7 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 0530 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 5 - Baie St Paul at 0100, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0207 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0330 (from the anchorage) - Nov 7 - Algoma Innovator at 1440, Tim S Dool at 0441, Algoma Mariner at 1544 - Departures - Nov 7 - Resko (Bhs) at 1701 for Thunder Bay

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 5 - Mia Desgagnes at 0856 - Departed - Nov 7 at 0808 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Nov 6 - McKeil Spirit at 0145 and NACC Argonaut at 0539

 

Richardson Terminals mark 100 years on Thunder Bay's waterfront

11/8 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Over the last century, there has been a constant presence on the Thunder Bay waterfront as an employer, landmark, and more recently, a driver of change in local agriculture. The towering grain elevators of Richardson Terminals have the rare distinction of being under the same ownership for 100 years.

“We are still in the same location and the same company, while others have closed, amalgamated, or changed hands,” said Gerry Heinrichs, plant manager for the terminal.

The Thunder Bay Richardson Terminals, also known locally as JRI, consists of two elevators side-by-side: one on Marina Park Drive and the other on Shipyard Road, located in the north end of the city. It is one of four terminals located in Canada. The others are in Hamilton; Sorel-Tracy, northeast of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River; and Vancouver.

The Thunder Bay Terminals are the furthest inland of the company's port elevators, connecting Western Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, and are regarded as major hubs for shipping to the United States, Mexico and South America.

This summer, it celebrated the centennial with a big family-friendly party for employees past and present, including the commemoration of an inukshuk, quarried from local amethyst-studded granite, in a small park next to its Marina Park Drive Terminal.

Heinrichs said the elevators themselves have a lot of history, with decades of infrastructure and upgrades layered on each other, as well as several generations of workers that have come and gone.

History is everywhere on the grounds. From the giant concrete James Richardson and Sons motif on the main walkway on the Marina Park Drive elevator, to the decades-old gangways and doors alongside state-of-the-art cleaning machines and loading systems.

Their day-to-day operations have stayed largely the same for those 100 years. Grain products are transported, cleaned, graded, inspected for hazards like mould and gravel, stored in elevators and loaded onto ships bound for domestic and international markets. Over the decades the port has faced numerous challenges, including radical changes in transport and a decline in business in the port as a whole.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/regional-news/thunder-bay/port-elevators-contribute-to-northwestern-ontarios-agricultural-renaissance-1111595

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 8

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, 2,320 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 its bonds. It was purchased by a new Grand Trunk subsidiary, the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company. This vessel had a long career both on the Lakes and in the Caribbean. She was finally scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1970.

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, a.) HENRY FORD II, was moved to Toledo's C & O Frog Pond on her way to the cutter's torch.

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, 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, 1,918 gross tons, built in 1884, at Wyandotte, Michigan) collided with the iron freighter PHILADELPHIA in a thick 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. Eight 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.

CITY OF FLINT 32 ran aground at Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1947.

1885: ALGOMA hit Greenstone Rock off Isle Royale, Lake Superior and became a total loss. There were 46 casualties and only 16 on board were saved.

1887: OSCEOLA ran aground on Flat Rock Reef, Saginaw Bay, and all on board were rescued. The ship was abandoned as a total loss in December but refloated in the spring of 1888 and rebuilt.

1910: WASAGA caught fire and burned off Copper Harbor while seeking shelter in a storm, but all on board survived.

1921: ARAGON stranded off Salmon Point, Lake Ontario. It was released the following year but declared a total loss. The hull was sold and rebuilt and last sailed as BAYANNA in 1962.

1921: The wooden schooner barge MARY E. McLAUCHLAN sank in a storm on Nipigon Bay, Lake Superior.

1947: WILLIAM C. WARREN ran aground near Presque Isle Point, Lake Huron, while downbound with grain and had to be abandoned to the underwriters. It was not released until the following year.

1969: The Norwegian tanker CATE BROVIG hit the wall while upbound at the Eisenhower Lock and had a hole punched in the hull. The vessel was headed for Duluth. The ship first came inland in 1959 and was scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia as c) STAVROS T. in 1976.

1974: IRIS had come to the Great Lakes in 1969 and 1971. It sank as d) EUROPEAN PERSISTENCE while 510 miles southeast of Bermuda after developing leaks while enroute from Tampa to Venice. All on board were rescued.

1991: The former Swedish freighter FALKON, a first time Seaway trader in 1984, sank as c) APPOLONIA FAITH off the southwest coast of Sardinia while traveling from Valencia, Spain, to Piraeus, Greece. Two lives were lost.

Data from: Skip Gillham, 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.

 

Traffic stopped on Lake St. Clair

11/7  - The tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee were underway about 8 p.m. Wednesday night on their downbound  trip to unload in the Rouge. No damage was reported and it appears the vessel did not leave the channel.

Original Report: Wednesday afternoon the tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee lost steering while transiting downbound on Lake St. Clair. The tug and barge are stopped in the channel below the St. Clair Cutoff Channel near Light 30. Traffic in the area is unable to pass and starting to back up. At 6 p.m. the downbound Kaye E. Barker, Algoma Enterprise, Limnos and Cedarglen were stopped or running at greatly reduced speed waiting for the tug and barge to clear. Off Detroit the Edgar B. Speer was stopped in the Belle Isle Anchorage

 

Lakes limestone trade down 7.5 percent in October

11/7 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.4 million tons in October, a decrease of 7.5 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos also trailed the month’s 5-year average by 4.6 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.8 million tons, a decrease of 6 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 568,000 tons, a decrease of 14.6 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 24.2 million tons, an increase of 1.9 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 19.8 million tons, an increase of 1.7 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.4 million tons, an increase 2.6 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Lake Superior levels higher in October

11/7 - The International Lake Superior Board of Control reports that wet weather in October has resulted in a significant rise in Lake Superior water levels. The lake rose three inches last month compared to an average decrease of two inches in October.

The above average levels combined with strong winds and waves continue to result in shoreline erosion and coastal damage. Lake Superior is now 11 inches above average for the beginning of November but is two inches below what it was last year at this time.

The lake is expected to begin a seasonal decline in water levels this month.

KDAL Duluth

 

Che-Cheemaun returns to Owen Sound after drydocking

11/7 - The ferry Che-Cheemaun returned to her winter berth at the west side of the interior harbor wall in Owen Sound on the weekend. She was at Sturgeon Bay. Wis., the previous week having her propeller repaired and balanced. On Monday she was turned around to face the city proper for the Festival of Northern Lights, were she serves as a major attraction.

Paul Martin

 

Port Reports -  November 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
CSL Tadoussac departed Duluth at 10:10 Tuesday after unloading limestone at Hallett #8, bound for Two Harbors to load. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 10:59 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Indiana Harbor was inbound at 14:19 to load ore at CN. The Tregurtha was expected to depart at 23:00 Tuesday night. In Superior, Burns Harbor spent the day at Burlington Northern loading iron ore pellets, and was tentatively expected to depart late Tuesday night

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL Tadoussac arrived Two Harbors at 16:09 on Nov. 6th after spending the day cleaning out her cargo holds after unloading salt at Hallett #8 in Superior. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 7th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 6th at 12:18 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 7th is the American Century. The Hon. James L. Oberstar is due in the Twin Ports early on Nov. 7th to unload stone at Graymont in Superior. A possibility she could end up in Two Harbors for iron ore pellets. When the American Integrity left Silver Bay on Nov. 3rd she was showing an Ashtabula destination. As of 19:15 on the 6th she is stopped off Cleveland now showing a Cleveland destination.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday November 6th: 6:07 Algoma Discovery arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 14:35 Tecumseh departed Viterra A for Windsor. 17:55 saltie Isolda departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 19:04 Federal Clyde weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected for Wednesday: CSL Laurentien.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Tuesday.

Sarnia, Ont.
Wilfred Sykes, in a rare visit to the area, arrived to unload stone Tuesday evening. She is expected to finish her unload at a dock near Fawn Island, then head to Detroit to load fines.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Cuyahoga was unloading coke in the Shortcut Canal Tuesday morning. Arriving next was the John J Boland. She unloaded coal at Zug Island. The GL Ostrander/Integrity called on the Lafarge dock. She arrived from Toledo, and had unloaded in Detroit 2 days earlier. The tug Sarah Andrie and her tank barge arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. The Joyce L VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader tied up at an unknown dock along the riverfront Tuesday evening.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Nov 6 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 6 - Oakglen at 0447, Algocanada at 0930 (from Nanticoke dock), CSL Assiniboine at 1031, Algonova at 1531

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927 - Departed dock Nov 6 at 0924 approx. for the anchorage

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 6 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1025

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 3 - Algoma Equinox at Baie St Paul at eta 2140 - Nov 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0213, Oakglen at 0926, Algoma Spirit at 1039, Baie Comeau at 1305, CSL Assiniboine at 1624, Mississagi at 1523, Florijngracht (Nld) at 1919, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 2218 and Algoma Harvester at 2243 - Nov 6 - Kitikmeot W (Can)(ex Icdas 09-18) at 0113, tug Wilf Seymour at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (on first trip into the Great Lakes from builders), Trudy (Lbr) (ex Cresty-09) eta 2130 and Damia Desgagnes at 2250. Downbound - Nov 5 - Algoma Innovator at 1425, Whitefish Bay at 2039 Oct 6 - Eemsgracht (Nld) at 0106 and Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 0147

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1334 - Nov 6 - Whitefish Bay at 0920, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 1440, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1927, Federal Delta (Mhl) at 1944 (1st trip into the Great Lakes), Departures - Nov 6 - (eastbound) Lubie (Bhs) at 0150 approx. and Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 2110 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals Nov 6 - Algoma Innovator at 0423, Tim S Dool at 0441, Algoma Mariner at 1544 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 (from the dock) and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215, Jana Desgagnes at 0310 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0645. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0205 - Nov 5 - Baie St Paul at 0100, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0207 and Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0330 (from the anchorage). Departures - Nov 5 - Algoma Harvester at 2043

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 5 - Mia Desgagnes at 0856

Toronto:
Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Nov 6 - McKeil Spirit at 0145 and NACC Argonaut at 0539

 

Canadian Coast guard looks to squeeze more years from oldest ship

11/7 - The Canadian Coast Guard plans to squeeze another five years of service, and maybe more, out of the oldest vessel in its fleet. The 55-year-old science vessel Hudson is one more example of the uncertainty surrounding Canada's shipbuilding program.

CCGS Hudson was supposed to be replaced as early as 2014 as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. But the project to build the replacement at Vancouver's Seaspan shipyard still has no budget, confirmed construction start date or timeline for completion.

In the meantime, the Hudson is now expected to be in service until 2023 and possibly longer.

"At least, yes," said Mario Pelletier, the coast guard's deputy commissioner. "As we get closer to those dates we will look and … see if we need the ship around for a bit longer. We'll look at the work that needs to be done."

The goal, he said, is to keep the Hudson in operation until a new offshore oceanographic science vessel is delivered.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/coast-guard-vessel-hudson-refit-replacement-shipbuilding-strategy-1.4887361

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 7

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, 2,320 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 its bonds. It was purchased by a new Grand Trunk subsidiary, the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company. This vessel had a long career both on the Lakes and in the Caribbean. She was finally scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1970.

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, a.) HENRY FORD II, was moved to Toledo's C & O Frog Pond on her way to the cutter's torch.

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, 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, 1,918 gross tons, built in 1884, at Wyandotte, Michigan) collided with the iron freighter PHILADELPHIA in a thick 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. Eight 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.

CITY OF FLINT 32 ran aground at Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1947.

1885: ALGOMA hit Greenstone Rock off Isle Royale, Lake Superior and became a total loss. There were 46 casualties and only 16 on board were saved.

1887: OSCEOLA ran aground on Flat Rock Reef, Saginaw Bay, and all on board were rescued. The ship was abandoned as a total loss in December but refloated in the spring of 1888 and rebuilt.

1910: WASAGA caught fire and burned off Copper Harbor while seeking shelter in a storm, but all on board survived.

1921: ARAGON stranded off Salmon Point, Lake Ontario. It was released the following year but declared a total loss. The hull was sold and rebuilt and last sailed as BAYANNA in 1962.

1921: The wooden schooner barge MARY E. McLAUCHLAN sank in a storm on Nipigon Bay, Lake Superior.

1947: WILLIAM C. WARREN ran aground near Presque Isle Point, Lake Huron, while downbound with grain and had to be abandoned to the underwriters. It was not released until the following year.

1969: The Norwegian tanker CATE BROVIG hit the wall while upbound at the Eisenhower Lock and had a hole punched in the hull. The vessel was headed for Duluth. The ship first came inland in 1959 and was scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia as c) STAVROS T. in 1976.

1974: IRIS had come to the Great Lakes in 1969 and 1971. It sank as d) EUROPEAN PERSISTENCE while 510 miles southeast of Bermuda after developing leaks while enroute from Tampa to Venice. All on board were rescued.

1991: The former Swedish freighter FALKON, a first time Seaway trader in 1984, sank as c) APPOLONIA FAITH off the southwest coast of Sardinia while traveling from Valencia, Spain, to Piraeus, Greece. Two lives were lost.

Data from: Skip Gillham, 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.

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade up nearly 6 percent in October

11/6 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 5.8 million tons in October, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments also outpaced the month’s 5-year average by nearly 9 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 44.7 million tons, a decrease of 1.8 percent compared to the same point in 2017. The shortfall has been decreasing over the course of the shipping season. At the end of April, iron ore shipments were down nearly 14 percent.

Through October iron ore loadings are 7.2 percent ahead of their 5-year average for the January-October timeframe.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Fednav's new Federal Delta enters Seaway for the Great Lakes

11/6 - Federal Delta (IMO 9805271), built in 2018 at Oshima Shipbuilding Ltd. in Oshima, Japan, arrived in Montreal, Quebec, on November 4 and departed early in the morning on November 5 enroute to Port Colborne, Ontario.

This is the ship's first visit to the Great Lakes/Seaway system. She is one of four new Handy-size bulkers built for Fednav in 2018 in Japan at Oshima, with the others being Federal Nagara (IMO 9805257), Federal Dart (IMO 9805242) and Federal Dee (IMO 9805269), all of which have now made voyages into the Great Lakes/Seaway system.

Federal Delta and her sisterships are all registered in the Marshall Islands with each having a length of 199.98 meters and a beam of 23.76 meters. Each has four deck cranes, whereas some of their earlier fleetmates from Oshima have three deck cranes.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  November 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
CSL Tadoussac arrived Duluth at 10:26 Monday morning and tied up in the Hallett #8 slip to unload limestone. She is expected to depart early Tuesday for Two Harbors to load. At the Superior entry, St. Clair departed at 08:20 with iron ore pellets from BN, and Algoma Guardian arrived from anchor at 09:35 and began loading. She was due to depart at 21:30 Monday night. Also arriving on Monday was Burns Harbor, which came in at 16:05 and docked at Lakehead Pipeline to take a delay. She is expected to load at BN after the Guardian's departure.

Two Harbors - Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The only traffic Two Harbors had on Nov. 5th was the arrival of Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. at 13:04 and the departure of Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. at 13:56. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Nov. 6th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on Nov. 5th at 18:07. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 6th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday November 5th: 9:17 Tecumseh arrived at Viterra B to load grain. She would later depart Viterra B and shift over to Viterra A to load grain. 10:27 saltie Isolda weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 12:28 Algoma Enterprise departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Detroit. 13:02 Cedarglen departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 13:02 saltie Isadora weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. Expected for Tuesday: Algoma Discovery.

Lake Michigan Ports
Algoma Compass arrived at Green Bay Monday with a load of limestone for GLC.

Limestone Ports
Monday, Stoneport: Olive L Moore/Menominee arrived to load. Calcite: 14:09 Hon. James L Oberstar departed for Duluth Superior. Meldrum Bay: 18:00 Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load. Drummond Island: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Upon departure she will make a rare trip down Lake Huron to unload at two St. Clair River docks on the Canadian side. She will return north after loading at Detroit.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday. With the bad weather letting up, all boats that waited out the gale weighed anchor and were underway to their original destinations. 2:10 Algoma Compass, 5:40 American Mariner both for Green Bay. 8:13 Undaunted for Kingsville, 8:39 Samuel De Champlain for Alpena. 9:00 Sarah Andrie for Detroit.9:38 Frontenac for Midland. John G Munson for Gary. 13:10 Wilfred Sykes for Drummond Island. 17:47 Anglican Lady and is down bound on Lake Michigan. McGregor Bay: 8:36 The cement carrier departed for Alpena. Alpena: 16:50 Samuel De Champlain arrived and tied up at the unloading dock. 20:05 The cement carrier Alpena arrived and proceeded to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Monday.

Saginaw River
Calumet arrived with stone for Saginaw.

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

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Nov 5 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 3 - Algoma Equinox at Baie St Paul at eta 2140 - Nov 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0213, Oakglen at 0926, Algoma Spirit at 1039, Baie Comeau at 1305, CSL Assiniboine at 1624, Mississagi at 1523, Florijngracht (Nld) at 1919, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 2130 and Kitikmeot W (Can) (ex Icdas 09-18) eta 2340. Downbound - Nov 4 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1258, Mississagi at 1337, Algoma Equinox at 2034 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2343 - Nov 5 - Lubie (Bhs) at 0242, Algoma Buffalo at 0438, Harbour Feature (Por) at 0903, CSL St Laurent at 1017, Algoma Innovator at 1425, Whitefish Bay at 2039 and Eemsgracht (Nld) eta 2110

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) -

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) at (Nld) at 1109 - Nov 5 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 0117, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1110 and Lubie (Bhs) at 1334 - Departures - Nov 10 - Eemsborg at 0410 approx. eastbound - Nov 5 - (eastboound) Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1530, Patras (Mlt) at 1615

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 4 - Baie St Paul at 2357 - Nov 5 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0207, Algoma Harvester at 0314 and Mississagi at 0425. Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Nov 5 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0200 (from the dock) and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0215. Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 and Federal Danube ( Bds) - correction stopped at Ogdensburg - Oct 3 - Manitoulin at 0849 - Nov 4 - Jana Desgagnes at 1913 - Nov 5 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0330 (from the anchorage). Departures - Nov 5 - for the canal - Mississagi at 1224 and Florijngracht (Nld) at 1602 for Cleveland

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1322 - Departed Nov 5 at 0853 for the dock. Docked - Nov 5 - Mia Desgagnes at 0856

Toronto:
Arrival - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 4 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1045 - Departure - Nov 4 - NACC Argonaut at 1453 eastbound

Oshawa:
Departures - Nov 5 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0949 eastbound and Floringracht (Nld) at 1602 for Cleveland

Ogdensburg:
Docked - Nov 1 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 2315

 

National Museum offers ‘Tug Ohio – Before and After Experience’

11/6 - The National Museum of the Great Lakes will make available a limited number of tours of their newest acquisition – the tug Ohio. “We have had such significant public demand from people to see the tug right away we came up with a program to make that possible –The Tug Ohio Before and After Experience,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director.

Gillcrist described the program as a chance for the general public and members of the museum to see the tug prior to its restoration this winter and spring, and then return in the late spring to see how she has changed in presentation. During the initial viewing this fall, participants will be led through the tug by docents who will discuss the history of Great Lakes Towing, the history of the tugboat, issues related to towing in general and plans for the Ohio’s restoration.

Later in the spring of 2019, these same participants will be invited back to see the tug prior to her public grand opening once the restoration is complete and to watch her rechristened as the Museum Ship Tug Ohio. “Yes, we will break a champagne bottle over her gunnel,” he said.

The “Before” tours will be held Friday through Sunday November 30, December 1 and December 2. Members of the museum will be admitted free of charge to the special tours but must register at Tugohio.eventbrite.com or contact museum staff to reserve their space. The general public is invited to participate but there is $15 per person charge which includes admission to the museum on that day. The general public can register and pay at Tugohio.eventbrite.com as well. Because the tug is not yet restored, children under 12 will not be admitted as this is a hard hat tour. There are a limited number of tickets offered per day and tickets will be for specific time periods on each day. For more information contact the staff at the National Museum of the Great at 419-214-5000 extension 0.

 

Obituary: Henry Barkhausen: avid sailor, maritime historian

11/6 - Henry Noyes Barkhausen, an authority on Great Lakes maritime history, died peacefully on October 6 at age 103 at his Lake Forest, Ill., home.

His deep interest in the history of sailing vessels on the Great Lakes led him, with assistance from Elizabeth Cutler of Milwaukee (a daughter of Edmund Fitzgerald after whom the ill-fated freighter was named), to form the Association of Great Lakes Maritime Museums in 1984, which is now the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.

In addition, he was a key supporter of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wis., with a particular focus on their collections. He purchased a substantial volume of historical materials from a retired Great Lakes sailing captain from Manitowoc in the 1930s and later donated it and many other items to the museum, the foremost institution of its kind among the many maritime museums on the Great Lakes.

Barkhausen was also a dedicated conservationist, serving in the early 1970s as the Director of the Illinois Department of Conservation, and 45 years thereafter as a trustee, chairman, and life trustee of the Illinois Nature Conservancy. His most noted achievement was his pivotal role in preserving and helping to restore the Cache River Wetlands in southern-most Illinois, a wetland region of international significance on which federal and state and private conservation organizations have collaborated and which boasts the greatest biodiversity found in Illinois. That the Cache River Wetlands visitor center and natural history museum bears his name is a testament to his efforts.

Henry is survived by his wife Alice, with whom he shared a remarkable 77 years, and his five children: Sarah (Ned) Rossiter of Concord, MA; Joan (David) Grubin of NewYork City; Henry (Lele) of Winnetka; David (Sue) of Lake Bluff; and John (Deborah) of Warren, Vt, as well as eleven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. His remains will be buried with his parents and sisters in the Friendship Township Cemetery outside Harbor Springs, Mich. A service will be held at their Lake Forest Place senior residence on December 8.

Any memorial contributions may be made to the Harbor Point Lighthouse Fund via the HPA office or the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, 349 E. Main St., Harbor Springs 49740.

Harbor Light

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 6

On 06 November 1880, the W. R. HANNA (2-mast scow-schooner, 86 foot, 103 gross tons, built in 1857), carrying 1,600 tamarack railroad ties to Toledo, sank in Lake Huron in a snowstorm. 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, Michigan, (now Harbor Beach). s the sun set 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 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 snowstorm. 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 US266029, a.) WILLIAM CLAY FORD was towed from Nicholson's River Rouge dock November 6, 1986, by tugs TUSKER and GLENADA to Port Maitland, Ontario for scrapping.

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 towed to safety by Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s 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 fireproof walls and new flooring. The engine room equipment and the unloading gear were also refurbished.

On November 6, 1897, the Minnesota Steamship boat MARIPOSA (steel, 348', 2898 gross tons, built in 1892, Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio) under the command of Capt. Frank Root, rescued the two remaining survivors of the wreck of the package freighter IDAHO (wooden package freighter, 220', 915 gross tons, built in 1863, Peck & Masters, Cleveland, Ohio.) off Long Point, Ontario on Lake Erie. The MARIPOSA'S first mate, Capt. Myron K. Chamberlain, had sighted the two Idaho survivors clinging to the 100' spar of the sunken IDAHO. Gale winds and seas of 12'-15' overtook the IDAHO taking with it to their deaths 19 crewmen including Captain Alexander Gillies. "In what is considered one of the greatest accomplishments of ship handling and rescue by a major Great Lakes vessel,” Capt. Root and his crewmen were able to turn the MARIPOSA around ("rolling her rails under") three times in the midst of a gale, bringing their vessel right up to the spar where IDAHO Second Mate Louis LaForce Jr. and Deckhand William Gill were pulled "half dead" on board the MARIPOSA by the officers and deck crew. Both LaForce & Gill recovered. An appreciative City of Buffalo, (hometown to most of the IDAHO crew), and the Minnesota Steamship Company awarded Capt. Root a gold watch, and instructed him to award his first mate and chief engineer each an extra month's pay, and the MARIPOSA crew each an extra half month's pay for a job well done.

At 10 p.m. on November 6, 1975 the newly refurbished sidewheel ferry TRILLIUM was towed from the drydock at Ramey's Bend, Ontario, down the Welland Canal by the Canada Dredge & Dock tugs G. W. Rogers and BAGOTVILLE, arriving at Toronto on early on a foggy November 7.

1918: CHESTER A. CONGDON cleared Fort William with grain and stranded on Canoe Rock, Isle Royale in rough weather and poor visibility. The crew was rescued but the ship broke up and was listed as the first $1 million dollar loss in Great Lakes’ history.

1928: A.W. THOMPSON served as a Great Lakes consort barge before going to the Atlantic in 1918. The vessel foundered 60 miles south of Brunswick, GA, enroute from Wilmington, DE to a Gulf of Mexico port.

1968: OAK HILL visited the Great Lakes for seven trips in 1961-1962. It arrived at Singapore under tow as c) AGENOR on this date with leaking in the engine room while on a delivery trip to Chinese shipbreakers at Whampoa. The vessel was resold for scrapping in Singapore.

1969: REINHART LORENZ RUSS made 22 trips through the Seaway from 1960 through 1966. It sank as b) NAIS one mile off Raffles Light, Singapore, after a collision with the Norwegian tanker BERGEBRAGD (68/80,003) and one life was lost.

1981: LA LOMA, an early and frequent Seaway trader, arrived at Cape Town, South Africa, with hull damage as e) AEGEAN SUN. The ship was traveling from China to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was assessed as beyond economical repair and laid up at Mombasa. The vessel was eventually sold to Pakistani shipbreakers and arrived at Gadani Beach under tow on April 18, 1985, for dismantling.

1983: EVA MARIA C., a Seaway caller in 1976, developed leaks as c) LAGADA BEACH and sank about 200 miles northeast of Aden. The vessel was enroute to Bandar Abbas, Iran, with iron and steel products.

Data from: Skip Gillham, 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.

 

Boatnerd fundraising drive heading toward goal

11/5 - Thank you to everyone who has donated to the current Boatnerd fundraising drive so far. Although we don’t have a specific goal in mind, we hope to raise an amount similar to when we would hold trip raffles - $10,000 - $25,000. These funds will be used to launch our much-needed site redesign and fund our operating budget for the next few years.

To our corporate users, we are a 501 (c) 3 non profit and welcome all donations. We often hear from HR, Traffic Departments and Marketing for assistance in those areas. We’re happy to help and would appreciate any financial support from the companies that find Boatnerd useful.

 

Port Reports -  November 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The 30-knot winds and 8-10 foot waves on western Lake Superior prevented any vessels from arriving Duluth on Sunday. CSL Tadoussac is expected at 0800 Monday with limestone, however her actual arrival time is weather dependent. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 01:58 Sunday, loaded at BN, and departed at 13:30 with iron ore pellets for Burns Harbor. St. Clair came in at 14:43 and began loading at BN. She was expected to depart mid-morning Monday. Algoma Guardian was on the hook outside the Superior entry on Sunday waiting to load.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
When the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd she had no discharge port AIS. She is going to Indiana Harbor. On Nov. 3rd the American Spirit shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 19:21 to 19:59. She departed Two Harbors on Nov. 4th at 11:39 for Zug Island. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic for Nov. 5th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival and departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Nov. 4th. She arrived at 01:18 and departed at 10:27 for Indiana Harbor-West. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 5th is the Mesabi Miner. She should arrive late in the day, weather permitting.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday November 4th: 11:17 Algoma Enterprise arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 11:23 Federal Clyde arrived and went to anchor. 16:10 saltie Isadora arrived and went to anchor. 19:03 saltie Isolda arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Monday: Tecumseh.

Lake Michigan Ports
Vessel traffic was hugging the Michigan shore Sunday night due to high winds. Herbert C. Jackson was stopped off Michigan City. Philip R. Clarke was arriving at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Fraserborg remained at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Sunday, November 4: Stoneport: 6:03 Kaye E Barker arrived to load and at 17:35 with a following sea departed for Marquette. Calcite: 1:31 American Mariner departed for Green Bay. 17:24 Hon. James L Oberstar arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, November 4th Alpena: 0:19 the cement carrier Alpena departed for McGregor Bay. McGregor Bay: 10:24 the cement carrier Alpena arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Terminal to unload. With a SE gale blowing on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron a number of boats have taken shelter until the weather passes. American Mariner, Algoma Compass, Anglican Lady and Undaunted have anchored just south of the Mackinac Straits at Trails End Bay. Wilfred Sykes and Sarah Andrie have anchored off of Mackinac City. Samuel de Champlain has anchored off of Cheboygan. John G Munson and Frontenac have gone to anchor in the St Marys River above Black Rock Point, Drummond Island.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Sunday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Sunday, the Lee A Tregurtha arrived with ore for AK Steel. Next in was the GL Ostrander/Integrity with cement for Lafarge. Joseph H Thompson Jr/Joseph H Thompson arrived to fuel at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. After fueling, the CSL Laurentien arrived at Zug Island to unload ore from the Seaway. Arriving next was the H Lee White. She unloaded coal at Zug Island. Arriving Sunday night were the tugs Nickelena and Mary E Hannah. They tied up along the riverfront between the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal and the Lafarge terminal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Nov 4 ¬– Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage -
Anchored - Nov 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1035 - Departed Oct 3 at 2047 eastbound

Nanticoke:
Docked - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927 - Nov 4 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1930. Departed - Nov 4 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1803 eastbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 3 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0857 and Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1445 and Baie St Paul eta 2140. Downbound - Nov 23 - McKeil Spirirt at 2335 Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) (departed wharf 2 at 1003 for Port Weller anchorage), USS Wichita (LCS-13) at 0346 on maiden trip from builder's yard to Mayport, FL.) with tug Ocean A Gauthier assisting, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0716, Baie Comeau at 1005, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1047, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1258, Mississagi at 1337, Algoma Equinox at 2030 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) eta 2100

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) departed wharf 2 at 1003

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Eemsborg (Nld) at (Nld) at 1109 - Nov 4 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1357 - Departed - Nov 3 - Finnborg (Nld)at 0700 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrival - Nov 4 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1452 (from assisting USS Wichita - LCS-13) down the canal on her maiden voyage to Mayport, FL) and Jana Desgagnes at 1913 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Nov 4 - Tufty (Cyp) (from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 - Federal Danube ( Bds) at 2209 - Oct 3 - Manitoulin at 0849. Departures - Nov 3 - Robert S Pierson at 1936 eastbound - Nov 4 - (eastbound) - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1152 for Port Weller anchorage) and Vancouverborg at 1329 for Chicago

Bronte:
Anchored - Nov 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1322

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Nov 4 - NACC Argonaut at 1453 eastbound

Oshawa:
Anchored - Oct 3 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1431 -Oct 4 - Floringracht (Nld) at 0806 (from port Weller anchorage) - Departed - Nov 4 - Stade (Atg) at 0728 eastbound

 

‘Books and Boats’ to feature authors and more in Port Huron on Saturday

11/5 -Port Huron, Mich. – Join several Great Lakes authors, as well as photographers and others Nov. 10 for “Books & Boats” at the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron.

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

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

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

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

Great Lakes Maritime Center

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 5

At 2 a.m. 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.

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. Her forward end was replaced at Port Weller in 2001, and renamed b.) CSL LAURENTIEN.

On her final trip, the IRVIN L. CLYMER passed up bound 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 Shipyard and tied up, blowing one last three long and two short salute from her whistle. In 1993, she was sold to Azcon Corp. of Duluth, Minnesota for scrapping.

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 shipyard on November 5, 1910, and personally inspected the hull which was being built according to his patented design. This vessel, the WILLIAM P. PALMER, 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, 4,795 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, 4,219 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 gale 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.

The 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 judgment 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 judgment 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 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 shoreside 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.

1885: The Canadian Pacific passenger and freight steamer ALGOMA cleared Owen Sound on its final trip with 11 passengers and headed for the Canadian Lakehead.

1897: IDAHO departed Buffalo and was caught in a wild storm on Lake Erie. The wooden passenger and freight carrier fell into the trough and only two survived. They had climbed the mast and were plucked from the crow's nest the next morning in a heroic effort by the crew of the MARIPOSA.

1940: SPARTA was wrecked near the Pictured Rocks after stranding on a reef in a heavy gale. The hull was abandoned on November 11 but salvaged in 1941 and never repaired.

1957: The Finnish freighter KORSO struck a drifting World War Two mine off Cape Mondjego, Portugal, and sank as a belated casualty of the conflict. The vessel had been built at Kingston, ON in 1942 as H.M.C.S. IRONBOUND and converted for mercantile use in 1948.

1962: EDWIN REITH, a West German salty, grounded near Tibbetts Point, Lake Ontario, and had to be lightered to P.S. BARGE NO. 1. It was released and came to Toronto to unload on November 14.

1967: The Canadian laker MOHAWK DEER, enroute to La Spezia, Italy, for scrapping, ran aground in the Gulf of Genoa near Portofino, Italy, and sank the next day.

1987: CATHARINA WIARDS sank in the Red Sea as d) TRADER after the engine room flooded during a voyage from Augusta, Italy, to China. The vessel was a year old when it came through the Seaway for the first time in 1970.

1991: OLYMPIC PEACE, a Seaway trader for the first time in 1976, arrived at Piraeus, Greece, with damage to the main engine cooling system as c) FREE PEACE. It was later seized by Banco-Hellenique and sold at auction. The ship was scrapped in China during 1994 as e) PATMOS I.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson departed Duluth at 00:34 Saturday morning with iron ore pellets from CN. Michipicoten arrived at 05:25, loaded at CN, and then left port at 14:35. The next vessel on the arrival schedule, CSL Tadoussac, isn't due until Sunday night. In Superior, Roger Blough arrived at 11:23 Saturday and began loading ore at Burlington Northern. She is expected to depart early Sunday morning.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd at 21:27 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd at 21:49 was the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. She departed on Nov. 3rd at 19:25. She has yet to have an updated AIS. The American Spirit arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd at 10:07 for North of #2 lay-by. As of 19:40 on Nov. 3rd she is shifting to South of #2. She departed North of #2 at 19:21. There is no traffic due Two Harbors on Nov. 4th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity on Nov. 3rd at 05:57 for Ashtabula. Due Silver Bay early on Nov. 4th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday November 3rd: 13:09 Cedarglen arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:29 Frontenac departed G3 for Midland. Expected for Sunday: Algoma Enterprise and salties Federal Clyde and Isadora.

Lake Michigan Ports
The tanker Bro Anna arrived at Green Bay on Saturday. Wilfred Sykes was unloading slag at Grand Haven. Fraserborg was in S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Saturday, Stoneport: Herbert C Jackson departed for Milwaukee. 12:00 John Marshall arrived to load and at 16:48 departed for Cheboygan. Calcite: 4:31 Sam Laud departed and was down bound on Lake Huron. 4:37 American Mariner weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. 15:56 Philip R Clarke departed for Burns Harbor. Port Inland: 7:33 Great Republic arrived to load and departed at 15:54 for Ashtabula.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Alpena: 7:28 John Marshall departed for Stoneport. 13:47 G L Ostrander arrived to load cement products and departed at 18:54. She is down bound on Lake Huron. 20:21 the cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Owen Sound: 18:08 Chi Cheemaun arrived for winter layup. Since the close of the Manitoulin Island-Tobermory ferry season she has been in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for inspections and repairs.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Saturday. Algoma Buffalo was loading salt.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Capt. Henry Jackman was unloading cement clinker at the St. Marys Cement dock Saturday morning. Arriving next was the Mesabi Miner, stopping at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Next was the tug Calusa Coast and her tank barge, calling on the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. After the Mesabi Miner departed, the tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge took her place at the dock. The parade of vessels calling on the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal continued with the arrival of the tug Candace Elise and her barge. The last arrival of the day was the Indiana Harbor, which unloaded ore at Zug Island.

Toledo, Ohio
BBC Germany was at Gradel's dock just above the CSX bridge on Saturday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Nov 3 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage
Anchored - Nov 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1035

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 3 - Algocanada at 0927 - Docked - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1330

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 2 - Algonova at 2222 - Nov 3 - Algoma Discovery at 0240, CSL Laurentien at 0455, Reestborg (Nld) at 0852, Whitefish Bay at 0930, light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 0936. Downbound - Nov 1 - Eemsborg (Nld) (stopped at wharf 2) - Nov 2 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1350, G3 Marquis at 1604, Manitoulin at 1718, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1921 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2208 - Nov 3 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0246. Algowood at 1046 and McKeil Spirit eta 2330

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 2 - Eemsborg (Nld) at 0903

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 3 - Finnborg (Nld) at 1225 - Departed Oct 3 at 2000 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 2 Federal Danube ( Bds) at 2209 - Nov 3 - Robert S Pierson at 0630, Vancouverborg (Nld) at 0704 and Manitoulin at 0849. Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Oct 3 - Tufty (Cyp) (from the dock) -Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 - (from the anchorage) - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 - Departures - Nov 2 - (eastbound) - Algoma Discovery at 2209 and Florence Spirit at 2315 - Nov 3 - (eastbound) Robert S Pierson at 1936 Algoma Strongfield at 2156

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Robert S Pierson at 1731 - Departed Nov 3 at 0459 westbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Nov 3 - NACC Argonaut at 1756 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up, awaiting a departure date for Montreal)

Oshawa:
Anchored - Oct 3 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1431 - Docked - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

World Ship Society - Casualties / Demolitions for November 2018

11/4 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection - reported as a Casualty or Sold for Demolition, taken from November 2018 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None

Demolitions:
Lanark (8517059; Panama) Cilona-17, Paros Wind-16, Simple-15, Simple II-13, Avana II-10, Silver Wind-10, Sichem Maya-07 (1st trip into the Seaway 2006), Songa Maya-06 (1st trip into the Seaway 2006), Lake Maya-06, (1st trip into the Seaway 2004), Kapitan Rudnev-03 (1st trip into the Seaway 1998) - 10,498 / 1988 - chemical / products tanker. By Raven Shipping SA (Fides Ship Management LLC), Marshall Islands, to Gohilwad Shipbreakers, India and arrived Alang 25.02.2018 - commenced demolition 31.03.2018

Report prepared by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 4

The Great Lakes Steamship Company steamer NORWAY passed downbound through the Soo Locks with 6,609 tons of rye. This cargo increased the total tonnage transiting the locks in 1953 to 120,206,088 tons – a new one-season tonnage record. Renamed b.) RUTH HINDMAN in 1964, she was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1978.

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 Abino 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.

JOSEPH G. BUTLER JR (steel bulk freighter, 525 foot, 6,588 gross tons) 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.

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, TEXACO CHIEF was renamed A.G. FARQUHARSON. She was renamed c.) ALGONOVA (i) in 1998.

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. Built as the WILLIAM G. CLYDE in 1929, CALCITE II is awaiting scrapping as c.) MAUMEE.

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

CSL's NIPIGON BAY was launched November 4, 1950.

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

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

UNITED STATES GYPSUM of 1910 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.

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 that 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 degrees on November 5 and Superior reached 74 degrees 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.

The 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.

In 1980 the tug LAUREN CASTLE sank while towing the AMOCO WISCONSIN near Lee Point in Traverse Bay. Engineer William Stephan was lost.

1891: The iron freighter NORTH, which had become the first ocean ship to be cut in two and brought to the Great Lakes, arrived at Collingwood to be rebuilt as b) CAMPANA for the passenger & freight trades on the upper lakes.

1898: The wooden passenger and freight steamer PACIFIC burned at the Grand Trunk Railway dock in Collingwood along with the freight sheds and their contents. The blaze had begun the previous evening and roared for hours. The vessel was valued at $65,000.

1959: WESTRIVER arrived at Halifax for repairs after an earlier engine room explosion on Lake Superior had left the ship with significant damage.

1967: PEARL LIGHT, a World War II Empire ship, came through the Seaway for one trip in 1965. It was wrecked off Vietnam as g) HABIB MARIKAR while enroute from Dalian, China, to Chittagong, Bangladesh, with bagged cement. One life was lost.

1972: INLAND TRANSPORT went aground off Garden Island Bank, near Little Current, Manitoulin Island, and received major hull damage that led to the retirement of that Halco tanker after one more trip.

1991: CARLI METZ struck the wall below Lock 2 of the Welland Canal and the vessel had to go to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. It had been inbound for the first time earlier in the year and returned in 1992. It was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, as d) METZ ITALIA in 2001.

1993: ZIEMIA ZAMOJSKA, while under tow, struck the raised 106th Street Bridge on the Calumet River at Chicago resulting in damage to the structure and traffic problems. The corn-laden vessel received a hole in the port bow, which was repaired at Montreal.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century departed Duluth at 00:15 Friday with coal for St. Clair. Eemsgracht came in at 02:00, and backed into the Port Terminal slip to unload general cargo. John G. Munson was inbound an hour later with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. Cason J. Callaway departed from CN at 08:45, and James R. Barker arrived at 09:04 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Early Friday afternoon, the Munson shifted over to CN and began loading ore. Eemsgracht was tentatively expected to depart around 21:00. There isn't any traffic expected through the Superior entry until Saturday, when Roger Blough is due at 11:30 to load iron ore pellets at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Nov. 1st at 19:38 and departed Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd between 05:30-06:00 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd at 11:17 was the Edgar B. Speer. As of 17:30 she was still at the loading dock. The Speer is loading for Conneaut. Also due Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. As of 19:30 on Nov. 2nd the McCarthy Jr. was approx. 15 miles East of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 3rd is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Integrity on Nov. 2nd at 11:18. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay late in the day on Nov. 3rd. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Nov. 3rd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday November 2nd: 0:52 Federal Beaufort departed Richardson Current River Terminal and proceeded to Keefer Terminal. 4:04 saltie Lubie departed Viterra B for Montreal. 16:37 CSL St Laurent departed G3 for Quebec City. 17:03 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. Expected for Saturday: Cedarglen.

Lake Michigan
Alpena departed Green Bay in the evening Friday. Isolda was at Milwaukee. Burns Harbor was unloading at her namesake port. Kaye E. Barker was at Buffington. Wilfred Sykes was at Indiana Harbor unloading stone, after which she will load slag. Fraserborg was at S. Chicago.

Limestone Ports
Thursday, Calcite: 22:58 John J Boland arrived to Load. Drummond Island: 23:03 Joseph H Thompson Jr departed for Fairport. Friday, Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Monroe. 16:17 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load. Calcite: 5:28 Philip R Clarke arrived and went to anchor. 13:29 Sam Laud arrived to load. 17:33 American Mariner arrived and went to anchor. 18:07 John J Boland departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. Philip R Clarke weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Friday, three vessels were tied up in the Thunder Bay River. The research vessel Spencer F. Baird and the tug Paul L. Luedtke were both docked in the river. Algoma Buffalo made its second delivery of road salt to the area on Friday afternoon. It backed into the river and added to the growing pile of salt at the Alpena Oil Dock. The tug John Marshall was tied up at Lafarge on Friday as well.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Alpena: 11:34 Algoma Buffalo arrived to unload road salt. 14:44 John Marshall arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload. 17:47 Algoma Buffalo departed for Goderich. McGregor Bay: 5:50 Algoma Compass arrived at Fisher Harbour to unload road salt. 9:10 She departed and is west bound on Lake Huron.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Tundra remained at the elevators Friday.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H. The tug Sharon M 1 and barge Huron Spirit arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal Friday afternoon. The Hon. James L Oberstar arrived with ore for AK Steel.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Nov 2 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1330 - Departures - Nov 2 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1323 westbound

Buffalo: (Tonawanda)
Arrival - Oct 31 - tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 0829 - Tonawanda at 1100 approx. - Departed - Tonawanda Nov 2 at 0728 approx. - Buffalo at 1007 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Nov 1 - Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1620, Capt Henry Jackman at 1810 and Algoma Sault at 1953 - Nov 2 - Tecumseh at 0935, CCG Limnos at 0950 and Algonova eta 2140. Downbound - Nov 1 - Eemsborg at 2216 Nov 2 - Algoma Mariner at 0043, Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16, Luebbert-13) at 0901, Algoma Hansa at 1324, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1350, G3 Marquis at 1604, Manitoulin at 1718, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1921 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) eta 2145,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks) - Nov 2 - Eemsborg (Nld) at 0903

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 2 - Resko (Bhs) at 0115 and Algoma Strongfield at 1302 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 and Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 2305 (from the dock) - Nov 2 - Florence Spirit at 1900 (from the dock) - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 - (from the anchorage) - Nov 1 - Algoma Discovery at 0119, Tufty (Cyp) at 0802 - Departures - Nov 2 - Erin Schulte (GBr) at 01808 for Great Britain

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Robert S Pierson at 1731

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 2 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0236 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Nov 2 - NACC Argonaut at 0714 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

New salties for 2018

11/3 - As of October 31, 38 new saltwater vessels called at various ports along the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. They are the following ones: Adfines Sky, Amarant, Anet, Arsland, Atlantik Miracle, BBC Luanda, BBC Polonia, Calypso, Cape Dawson, Celsius Mumbai, CLI Pride, Eemsgracht, Erin Schulte, Falstria Swan, Federal Dart, Federal Dee, Federal Nagara, Gardno, Isabelle G, Johanna G, Josef, Kitikmeot W., Lolland, Maple Lea, McKeil Spirit, Mia Desgagnés, Miena Desgagnés Mississippi Star, Momentum Scan, NACC Alicudi, NACC Argonaut, Nordic Ace, Onego Rio, Rike, Senja, Sichem Marseille, Sten Fjord, Tasing Swan.

One of them, BBC Luanda was renamed overseas during the year and came back twice under the name CLI Pride. A new one is expected in a few days, the Federal Delta. Possible new ones: Holandia and Carolus Magnus. To be confirmed.

René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 3

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 sunk. Three lives were lost.

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 eight miles south of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and sank. Ten 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, 6,553 gross tons, built in 1905, at Superior, Wisconsin.)

1928: CANADIAN TRADER was Hull 39 of the Port Arthur shipyard. Following a sale to Japanese interests, the ship departed Seattle on this date in 1928 on its delivery voyage, still as c) GUILDA SCUDERI, and was never seen again.

1953: The tug J.A. CORNETT went hard aground about seven miles north of Clayton, NY and was leaking badly. The vessel was eventually refloated and survived at Port Dover, ON at least as recently as 2011. It has been laid up there since 1992 and is now in derelict condition.

1965: The tug MISEFORD was towing the barge CHARLES W. JOHNSON when they were caught in a storm on the St. Marys River. The tug was pulled over on her side and rested on the bottom. MISEFORD was salvaged in the spring of 1966 and remains in service in 2012 as a harbor tug at Thunder Bay, Ont.

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

 

Port Reports -  November 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block departed Duluth at 04:14 Thursday morning, destined for Indiana Harbor with a load of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5. Cason J. Callaway was inbound at 08:17 with limestone to discharge at C. Reiss, and Paul R. Tregurtha left port at 09:50 after loading coal at Midwest Energy. American Century, which was originally scheduled to load in Silver Bay, arrived at 13:48 and began loading at SMET instead. The Callaway was expected to shift to CN on Thursday evening to load iron ore pellets. At the Superior entry, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 10:08 Thursday with a cargo of ore from BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor arrived Two Harbors on Oct. 31st at 20:24 for the shiploader. She departed Nov. 1st at 09:42 for Detroit. Arriving Two Harbors on Nov. 1st was the Edwin H. Gott, arriving between 19:30-20:00. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 2nd are the Edgar B. Speer and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. American Century was scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, but on the morning of Nov. 1st she arrived off Silver Bay and after a few minutes continued down the North Shore to the Twin Ports to load coal at SMET. Due Silver Bay on Nov. 2nd is the American Integrity.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday October 31st: 21:50 saltie Lubie departed Viterra A and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain. Thursday November 1st: 14:39 saltie Eemsgracht departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth-Superior. Approximately 17:00 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. She is waiting for CSL St Laurent to depart G3. 19:34 Federal Satsuki departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
Presque Isle arrived in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday for drydocking and to receive her five-year inspection. Roger Blough, which has spent the past few days at the shipyard, departed mid-day Thursday for Duluth. Bay Shipbuilding's newest construction, the tank barge Kirby 155-03 and tug Ronnie Murph, were conducting sea trials on Thursday. Once completed, the pair will leave the Lakes for service in the Gulf of Mexico. American Courage remains in long-term layup at the shipyard, however reports indicate she will sail next season.

S. Lake Michigan
Federal Clyde and Burns Harbor were at Burns Harbor Thursday night. St. Clair was unloading at Indiana Harbor.

Limestone Ports
Thursday November 1, Stoneport: 15:30 Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: Calumet departed for Cleveland. 8:48 Kay E Barker departed and is down bound on Lake Michigan. Drummond Island: 13:41 Joseph H Thompson arrived to load. Port Dolomite: H Lee White departed for Erie. Port Inland: 0:17 Manitowoc departed for Cleveland.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday November 1, updated destination for the cement carrier Alpena is Green Bay. Bruce Mines: Mississagi departed for Cleveland.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo was loading salt Thursday, with saltie Tundra at the elevators.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
On Thursday, the Clyde S VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arrived at Zug Island to unload ore. Next was the Defiance/Ashtabula, arriving with coal for Zug Island. The Everlast/Norman McLeod, who had been docked at the Marathon Terminal for the past several days, shifted to the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel. Arriving next was the Herbert C Jackson with ore for AK Steel. American Mariner arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal to fuel, marking the last arrival of the day. USN Wichita arrived, assisted by the Monroe-based tug Wisconsin.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Nov 1 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Departed -(for Nanticoke docks) - Oct 31 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 2015 - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1321

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0454 - Oct 31 - CSL Tadoussac at 0743 and tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 2025 - Nov 1 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1330 - Departures - (both westbound) Oct 31 - CSL Tadoussac at 2028 - Nov 1 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1221

Buffalo:
Docked - Oct 29 - American Mariner at 2255 (from the anchorage) - Departed Nov 1 at 0021 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 31 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0746, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1829 and Algoma Guardian at 2110 - Nov 1 - McKeil Spirit at 0400, John D Leitch at 0902, Isadora (Cyp) at 1332, Baie Comeau at 1509, tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1620, Capt Henry Jackman at 1810 and Algoma Sault at 1953. Downbound - Oct 31 - Floragracht (Nld) at 1627 - Nov 1 - CSL Niagara at 0308, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11, completed as Lake Ontario) at 0633, Algoma Transport at 1322, Adriaticborg (Nld) at 1350, Eemsborg eta 2150 and Algoma Mariner eta 2340

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800 (onto shelf at former Port Weller Dry Docks)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 1 - Algoma Discovery at 0119, Tufty (Cyp) at 0802, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1941 (to anchor) and Florence Spirit at 1533 - Anchored - Nov 1 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 1100 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440 -Oct 28 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 29 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 - (from the anchorage) and Erin Schulte (GBr) at 1550 - Departures - Oct 31 - Algoma Enterprise at 2240 - Nov 1 - Wicko (Bhs) at 0453 for Ireland and Isadora (Cyp) at 1122 for Thunder Bay

Clarkson:
Arrival - Nov 1 - Robert S Pierson at 0716 - Departed Nov 1 at 1607 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Nov 1 - NACC Argonaut at 0824 - Docked - Mar 22 - Stephen B Roman at 2025 (laid-up) - Departure - Nov 1 - Tufty (Cyp) at 0556

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

50th Cook marine holiday card available at National Museum

11/2 - The National Museum of the Great Lakes has announced the offering of their 50th Alexander Cook Marine holiday ard. Since 1968, Alexander B. Cook, artist, board member and volunteer curator at the museum, has produced a watercolor that is used as the museum’s annual holiday card. The card has gone through numerous changes over the years as technology has made possible cost efficient four-color printing. What has never changed is the fact that each year the card features a winter maritime scene.

“The holiday card is almost as old as the organization itself,” said Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “Alex generously donates the use of the painting that is then reproduced as the holiday card and then sold through our museum store. Since 1968, we estimates sales of the card have topped $100,000.”

In his 50th card, Cook chose a local Ohio scene that he was familiar with having lived in Lakewood, Ohio, for many years. Cook’s current card features a 1950s tugboat leaving the port of Rocky River with famous Eell’s Point in background. A Christmas tree stands lit on the top of Eell’s Point. Cards sell in packs of 10 with envelopes for $14, but can also be purchased individually. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount. To view the card, interested parties can visit www.nmglstore.org. You can order the card on line or call 419-214-5000, extension 200.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 2

On 02 November 1924, TURRET CROWN (steel propeller "turret ship,” 253 foot, 1,827 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, a.) W.F. WHITE, to the International Marine Salvage scrap dock at Port Colborne, Ontario, where demolition began that month.

H.C. HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, Ohio, for scrapping, arriving there November 2, 1981.

On November 2, 1948, FRANK ARMSTRONG collided head-on with the c.) JOHN J. BOLAND of 1905, a.) STEPHEN B. CLEMENT, 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 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.

The keel of the new section, identified as Hull #28, was laid down on November 2, 1959. A new forward pilothouse and a hatch crane were installed and her steam turbine engine and water tube boilers were reconditioned. The vessel was named c.) RED WING after the Detroit Red Wing hockey team, honoring a long association with Upper Lakes Shipping and James Norris, the founder of ULS, and his two sons, James D. and Bruce, owners of the National Hockey League team.

In 1971, the Lake Michigan carferry BADGER was laid up due to a coal strike.

On 2 November 1889, FRANCIS PALMS (wooden schooner, 173 foot, 560 tons, built in 1868, at Marine City, Michigan, as a bark) was sailing from Escanaba to Detroit with a load of iron ore when she was driven ashore near Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Her entire crew was taken off by the tug GLADIATOR that also pulled in vain while trying to free the PALMS. The PALMS was pounded to pieces by the storm waves. November was a bad month for the PALMS since she had previously been wrecked on Long Point in Lake Erie in November 1874, and again at Duluth in November 1872.

During the first week of November 1878, The Port Huron Times reported wrecks and mishaps that occurred during a severe storm that swept over the Lakes on Friday and Saturday, 1-3 November. The information was reported on 2, 4 & 5 November as the reports came in. The same reports will appear here starting today: The Port Huron Times of 2 November 1878: "The schooner L. C. WOODRUFF of Cleveland is ashore at the mouth of the White River with her foremast gone. She is loaded with corn. Three schooners went ashore at Grand Haven Friday morning, the AMERICA, MONTPELIER, and AUSTRALIAN. One man was drowned off the AUSTRALIAN. The schooner WORTS is ashore and full of water on Beaver Island. Her cargo consists of pork for Collingwood. The tug LEVIATHAN has gone to her aid. The schooner LAKE FOREST is ashore at Hammond's Bay, Lake Huron, and is full of water. She has a cargo of corn aboard. The tug A J SMITH has gone to her rescue. The barge S. C. WOODRUFF has gone down in 13 feet of water off Whitehall and her crew is clinging to the rigging at last accounts. A lifeboat has been sent to her relief. The barge RUTTER is in 25 feet of water and all the crew are now safe."

On 2 November 1874, PREBLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 98 foot, 166 tons, built in 1842, at Buffalo, New York as a brig) was lost in a storm off Long Point on Lake Erie and broke up in the waves. The steamer ST PAUL rescued her crew.

On 02 Nov 1862, BAY STATE (wooden propeller, 137 foot, 372 tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) was bound for Lake Erie ports from Oswego, New York when she broke up offshore in a terrific gale in the vicinity of Oswego. All 22 onboard, including six passengers, lost their lives. The shoreline was strewn with her wreckage for miles.

PAUL H. CARNAHAN was christened at the foot of West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan on 02 Nov 1961. She had been converted from the tanker b.) ATLANTIC DEALER to a dry bulk cargo carrier by American Ship Building Co. at Lorain, Ohio and came out on her maiden bulk freighter voyage just two weeks before this christening ceremony.

1912: JUNO, which had lost the barge P.B. LOCKE the previous day on Lake Ontario, arrived safely at Cobourg and then sank at the dock.

1923: The wooden steamer WESEE caught fire in Lake Erie off Middle Bass Island and burned as a total loss. The crew took to the yawl boats and all were saved.

1956: The former schooner J.T. WING, which had operated as a museum at Belle Isle in Detroit until condemned due to rotting timbers, was burned.

1981: FROSSO K., an SD 14 ocean freighter, suffered an engine room fire enroute from Vancouver to Japan. The ship was towed back to Vancouver November 15 and repaired. It first came through the Seaway in 1974 and arrived at Cartagena, Columbia, under tow, for scrapping on February 15, 1995, as e) MAMER.

1981: The West German freighter POSEIDON first came through the Seaway in 1962 and became a regular inland trader. It was abandoned, in leaking condition on this date, as e) VIKI K. in the Red Sea. There was some suspicion that the vessel was scuttled as part of an insurance fraud. 1988: PETER MISENER struck a shoal while upbound in the Saguenay River for Port Alfred with coke. There was major damage and the ship went to Montreal for repairs.

2001: AUDACIOUS stranded at Keleman Island, Indonesia, but was refloated two days later. The damage was severe and the vessel was laid up at Singapore and then sold to shipbreakers. The ship arrived at Alang, India, to be broken up, on April 27, 2002. The ship visited the Great Lakes as a) WELSH VOYAGER in 1977, and returned as b) LONDON VOYAGER in 1982 and c) OLYMPIC LEADER in 1983. It made its first inland voyage as d) AUDACIOUS in 1996 and its final call in 2000.

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

 

Manitoba scrap tow update

11/1 - As of Halloween night, the scrap tow of the former laker Manitoba was just west of the Azores. The tow expects to reach the scrap yard in Aliaga, Turkey on November 24.

 

Port Reports -  November 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Wednesday other than the Michipicoten, which left port at 00:16 with iron ore pellets from CN. Joseph L. Block spent the day at Hallett #5 loading blast furnace trim, and was tentatively expected to depart at 20:00. Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 20:30 to load coal at Midwest Energy. In Superior, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was expected to arrive at 21:30 to load ore at BN.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algowood departed Two Harbors on Oct. 31st between 01:30-01:45 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on Oct. 31st is the Indiana Harbor. Her AIS is showing a 20:40 arrival time. Due Two Harbors on Nov. 1st is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Oct. 31st, but due Silver Bay on Nov. 1st is the American Century.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday October 30th: 23:11 Federal Hunter departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Montreal. 23:55 Federal Beaufort weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. Wednesday October 31st: 19:34 CSL St Laurent arrived at G3 to load grain. Expected for Thursday: Frontenac.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a sunny Wednesday included Edwin H. Gott, Frontenac and John G. Munson. Downbounders included Federal Elbe, Victory/Kuber, Federal Hunter and, after dark, Mesabi Miner and Cuyahoga late.

Lake Michigan Ports
Algoma Innovator arrived with salt for the C Reiss dock in Escanaba on Wednesday. She was still unloading in the late evening. Isolda, Federal Clyde and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. Great Republic was docked on the Cal River.

Limestone Ports
Wednesday, Stoneport: Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. Calcite: 1:14 John G Munson arrived to load. 6:39 Kaye E Barker arrived and went anchor. 8:09 Calumet arrived to load. 17:20 John G Munson departed and was up bound on the St. Marys River Wednesday night. Kay E Barker weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Port Inland: 13:52 Manitowoc arrived to load. Port Dolomite: H Lee White arrived to load.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Spragge: 1:38 Mississagi arrived at the Lafarge dock to unload and departed at 7:59 for Bruce Mines. Bruce Mines: 13:01 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock. Alpena: 2:59 Calumet departed for Calcite. 20:05 The cement carrier Alpena departed.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading salt Wednesday, with saltie Tundra due Thursday morning at the elevators.

Saginaw River
American Integrity arrived at the Consumers Energy dock to unload coal on Wednesday.

Sarnia, Ont.
Saginaw was undergoing repairs at the Government Dock Wednesday as the G3 Marquis took on a load at the elevator.

Detroit-Rouge River, Mich. – Raymond H.
Walter J McCarthy Jr. was fueling at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal Wednesday morning. Arriving later was her fleetmate American Spirit, carrying ore for Zug Island. Arriving later that night was the Philip R Clarke. She had limestone for the Carmeuse Dock.

Toledo, Ohio
Manitoulin was up river loading grain Wednesday night.

Sandusky, Ohio
American Mariner was loading Wednesday night. Federal Alster was also in port.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Oct 31 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Oct 30 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0542 - Oct 31 - tug Evans McKeil & barge Niagara Spirit at 1709 approx.

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0454 - Oct 31 - CSL Tadoussac at 0743

Buffalo:
Docked - Oct 29 - American Mariner at 2255 (from the anchorage)

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Oct 30 - tug Evans McKeil with tug Jarrett M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1429, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1526, Cedarglen at 2200 and Algoma Equinox at 2310 - Oct 31 - BBC Germany (Gib) at 0107 (ex Leda-08) at 0132, Blacky (Cyp) at 0746, Federal Rideau (Mhl) at 1829 and Algoma Guardian eta 2100. Downbound - Oct 30 - Baie Comeau at 1730 and Algoma Enterprise at 1939 - Oct 31 - Spruceglen at 0806. Algoma Discovery at 1056 and Floragracht (Nld) at 1627

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Oct 23 - Algosea at 0800

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Oct 31 - Algoma Enterprise at 1105 and Erin Schulte (GBr) at 1550 - Docked - Aug 29 - CCGS Martha L Black (icebreaker) at 0618 (Heddle Marine) - Oct 25 - Lyulin (Mlt) at 1440, and Wicko (Bhs) at 2300 -Oct 28 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1545 - Oct 29 - Isadora (Cyp) at 0501 and Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1110 - Oct 31 - Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 1225 (from the anchorage) - Departures - Oct 31 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0317 for Sarnia, Ojibway at 0858 eastbound and Algoma Guardian at 1909 for the canal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Robert S Pierson at 1818 - Departed Oct 31 at 0310 eastbound

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

Oshawa:
Arrival - Oct 30 - Stade (Atg) at 0729

 

Fednav's new Federal Delta due in Montreal headed for Great Lakes

11/1 - Federal Delta (IMO 9805271), built in 2018 at the Oshima Shipbuilding Ltd., in Oshima, Japan is expected to arrive in Montreal on Nov. 4 for the first time since built. The vessel will be coming from Providence, Rhode Island, and once it departs Montreal it will be heading into for Port Colborne, Ont. And most likely to ports beyond. Federal Delta is one of four new Handy-size bulkers built at the Oshima Shipyard in 2018 for Fednav. The others are Federal Nagara IMO (9805257), which first came inland in early August, followed by Federal Dart (IMO 9805245), which has made two inland visits so far, with the first in mid-August and another in late October. Federal Dee (IMO 9805269), a sistership to the others, and Federal Delta first came inland as well in September. All four of the new Fednav ships are registered in the Marshall Islands which each being 199.98 meters in length and 23.76 meters in width. Each has four deck cranes, whereas some of their previous fleetmates by Oshima Shipyard have three deck cranes.

Denny Dushane

 

Gales of November this weekend in Duluth

11/1 - This weekend the 31st Annual Gales of November, a maritime heritage event, will offer presentations, exhibitors and a silent auction. Key speakers include Brett Seymour, deputy chief of the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center based in Denver, telling about a project taking underwater photos with a team at Isle Royale National Park in preparation for creating a virtual 3D tour of the shipwrecks there (noon Friday at The Sports Garden).

Saturday at the DECC, you can hear Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, Michigan, talk about growing up in a maritime family, working on boats on the Great Lakes, and how he led a grassroots campaign that saved and restored the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, a historic freighter that’s now a museum ship (noon Saturday, the DECC). Gales of November is a major fundraiser for the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association in Duluth. Lake Superior Magazine hosts a Friday evening gala from 5-7 p.m.

Lake Superior Marine Museum Association

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  November 1

The LEHIGH, Captain Edward P. Fitch in command, cleared the Great Lakes Engineering Works yard at River Rouge, Michigan, to begin her maiden trip on this day in 1943. The LEHIGH was one of two Maritimers (the other was the STEELTON) acquired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. as part of a government program to upgrade and increase the capacity of the Great Lakes fleet during World War II. Bethlehem exchanged three older vessels, the JOHNSTOWN of 1905, the SAUCON, and the CORNWALL, plus cash for the two Maritimers.

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 was rescued by the Lifesaving Service. The vessel later broke up in the waves.

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

MAITLAND NO 1 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 of 1954 returned to service in the grain trade on November 1, 1986, after a 3-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 November 1957.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE (steel propeller carferry, 347 foot, 2,988 gross tons, built in 1931, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) made her last run for Grand Trunk's rail car ferry service on 01 November 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 P & H Shipping's f.) ELMGLEN on 01 November 1984. She had a long career, being built in 1909, at Ecorse, Michigan as the a.) SHENANGO (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot. 8,047 gross tons).

1907: WILLIAM E. REIS settled on the bottom of the St. Clair River following a collision with the MONROE C. SMITH. It was finally refloated for good on December 7 after several earlier efforts were short lived. The former last sailed as SASKADOC in 1966.

1908: TELEGRAM, a wooden passenger and freight carrier, stranded at Horse Island, Rattlesnake Harbour, Georgian Bay. The ship caught fire when the stove upset and the vessel was a total loss. All on board were rescued.

1912: The barge P.B. LOCKE, under tow of the JUNO, was lost in a storm on Lake Ontario enroute from Pointe Anne to Toronto.

1921: The Canadian wooden freighter CANOBIE, a) IRON KING received major storm damage on Lake Erie and arrived at Erie, Pa., in a leaking condition. The ship was stripped of valuable parts and abandoned. It later caught fire and subsequently scuttled about 2 miles offshore.

1924: GLENLYON stranded at Menagerie Island, Siskiwit Bay, Lake Superior while enroute to Port Colborne with 150,000 bushels of wheat. It had been seeking shelter in a storm but grounded as a total loss and then sank over the winter. All on board were saved.

1929: KEYSTATE and the schooner MAGGIE L. collided in the St. Lawrence near Clayton, NY, and the latter was lost.

1956: JAMES B. EADS and fleetmate GREY BEAVER were in a collision in western Lake Ontario and both received bow damage.

1965: High winds blew the Taiwanese freighter KALLY aground on a mud bank at Essexville, MI while inbound to load a cargo of scrap. The ship was released the next day.

2000: The Panamanian freighter OXFORD was only two years old when it came through the Seaway in November 1984. It got caught in typhoon Xangsene, as d) MANILA SPIRIT, on this date in 2000. The ship, still flagged in Panama, was driven aground and then sank off Hualien, Taiwan. One crewman was apparently able to swim to shore but the other 23 sailors were missing and presumed lost.

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

 



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