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Saginaw Ready for Lay-up

12/31
After unloading a salt cargo at the Osborne Dock in the Rouge River Sunday night, the Saginaw was expected to depart with the assistance of a Great Lakes Towing tug about 9:00 p.m. and proceed upbound for Sarnia and lay-up.

The Saginaw will join the Maumee as part of Sarnia’s lay-up fleet.

Saginaw inbound the Rouge at the Jefferson Street Bridge. She unloaded at the Osborne Dock just below the Conrail Bridge.
Close up.
Stern view.
Mapleglen at the ADM Dock just after she arrived for winter lay-up.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Barker on Dry Dock

12/31
The Kaye E. Barker entered into the 1000-foot Graving Dock at Bay Ship Building during the night.

The Graving Dock crew placed the Barge A-697 in the East end of the dock prior to the Kaye E. Barker's arrival. In this respect two smaller vessels maybe docked at the same time saving time and cost to the owners.

Tugs working on the job were the Selvick Marine tugs Jimmy L, William C. Selvick and the tug Bay Ship.

Kaye E. Barker pilot house with lights on.
Bow of Kaye E. in the dry dock dock.
Stern of Kaye E. and sections of New Barges being Built at Bay Ship .
Stacks of Kaye E. Barker (Lakes Shipping Company) and the James R. Barker and Mesabi Miner (Interlake Steamship Co.).

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Twin Ports Report

12/31
Monday could be the Twin Ports' last busy day of the season.

Indiana Harbor is scheduled to arrive for winter lay-up at Hallett dock while H. Lee White is expected to lay-up at the Duluth port terminal.

For cargoes, Algowood is scheduled to arrive at the Cutler Magner dock to unload salt, then shift to Midwest Energy Terminal to load coal for Nanticoke. Canadian Olympic and John B. Aird also are scheduled to arrive today to load coal for Nanticoke. Midwest Energy Terminal has no vessels scheduled to load after today.

The DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors remains active. Joe Block, Cason J. Callaway and Presque Isle are all scheduled to load there on Dec. 31. Edwin H. Gott is due there Jan. 2. Cason J. Callaway is en route but delayed by weather.

Foul weather prompted several vessels of USS Great Lakes Fleet to anchor on Saturday and Sunday. The fleet reported at midday Sunday that Cason J. Callaway was anchored in the Straits of Mackinac, waiting for the weather to moderate before proceeding to Two Harbors. Philip R. Clarke was at anchor on Lake Erie with no eta for Ashtabula and John G. Munson was anchored in the St. Marys River with no etc for Conneaut.

Reported by: Al Miller




St. Clair River Traffic

12/31
Below are recent images of traffic passing Port Huron.

Algosteel in the lake Huron cut from Port Huron on Saturday.
Close up passing under the Blue Water Bridges.
Gemini heading for the St. Clair River.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Visitor To Oswego, NY

12/31
Saturday the English River entered Oswego Harbor about 4:45 p.m. from Bath, Ontario with a load of cement for the Lafarge elevator terminal. The crew reported a rough crossing on Lake Ontario, but after they were done unloading, they were going to be heading back across again to Bath. "It's Christmas time," a crew member said. "We all want to be home with our families."

Reported by: Mary and Jeff Swingle




Gemini in Cleveland

12/31
Saturday the Gemini was in Cleveland unloading at Fleet Supply on the Cuyahoga River. She departed at 3:00 p.m. with the assistance of the G tug Idaho.

Tow headed down the river.
Gemini passing.
Tug Idaho in the lead.
Stern view.
Heading for Lake Erie.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Pre Christmas Sale Extended

12/31:
The huge sale on shipping items has been extended until January 5. New items and prices will be posted on January 7. his is time to stock up on your items, price increases for the New Year will affect Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping items. Some items will increase and some will be discontinued.

Hats normally priced $15.00 are now $7.50, Interlake desk flags regular $7.50 now $3.75. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.
Click here to view merchandise or send you order by e-mail




Today in Great Lakes History - December 31

Upon suggestion from the U.S. Maritime Commission, surplus World War II cargo vessels, many of which had laid up on the James River, were made available for sale under the Great Lakes Vessel Sales Act of 1950 (enacted September 28, 1950) to be converted for Great Lakes use. The Act allowed Great Lakes fleets to purchase up to 10 surplus ships by December 31, 1951 and receive a 90% cost subsidy to convert and refurbish them for Lakes use. The first such conversion occurred when the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. of Cleveland, OH bought the NOTRE DAME VICTORY on December 10, 1950.

The GEORGE M. HUMPHREY was laid up for the last time at the old Great Lakes Engineering Works slip at River Rouge, MI beginning December 31, 1983.

The QUEDOC (2) was laid up for the last time on December 31, 1984 at Toronto, Ont. along side the SENATOR OF CANADA.

On 31 December 1884, ADMIRAL (wooden propeller steam tug, 49 gt, built in 1883 at Chicago) had her boiler explode in Chicago harbor. All four of the crew were killed.

In 1884 the PERE MARQUETTE NO. 1 ran aground at Ludington.

December 31, 1919 - The entire Ann Arbor carferry fleet was tied up in Frankfort due to bad weather.

On 31 December 1889, H. M. Loud of Oscoda, Michigan sold the 551 ton wooden schooner ANGUS SMITH to Mitchell Brothers of Marine City, Michigan for $16,000. The vessel was built in 1871.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Barker Arrives for Lay-up

12/30
The Kaye E. Barker arrived for repairs and winter lay-up Saturday night. The vessel entered the dry dock at Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay, WI assisted by the tug Jimmy L. and an unidentified tug. Wind and sheet ice were no challenge for Capt. Robert Thibodeaux as he guided the ship for Sturgeon Bay.

The Barker unloaded a cargo of coal in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Cresswell Waits

12/30
The Peter R. Cresswell came into Goderich Saturday at noon, between snow squalls. At one point she had to wait on the lake as a squall blew in and made the visibility so low that even the two tugs out by the break wall came back and tied up at their dock to wait out the storm.

After about a half an hour they were able to go out and assist her to the north side of the mine. This is where ships are tied up when another is expected to enter or leave the inner harbor, but there were no other ships in sight at that time.

That evening the tugs were turning the Saginaw near the grain terminals and then maneuvered into position at the salt mine dock.

The Peter R. Cresswell is expected to load after the Saginaw is finished, as she is supposed to be taking a load of salt to Milwaukee.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Trader Loads

12/30
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort were loading at Marquette's Presque Isle ore docks Saturday. One deckhand spent a lot of time shoveling snow off the deck.

Loading.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Simcoe Working Aids

12/30
The Canadian Coast Guards Ship Simcoe was working Aids to Navigation near Kingston on Thursday and Friday. This part of the Seaway sees very little traffic after the sesonal closing.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Hamilton, Port Dover & Port Stanley

12/30
Below are images from Hamilton, Port Dover and Port Stanley taken on Thursday.

Gordon C Leitch in Hamilton.
Windoc behind the Leitch.
Tug Pacific Standard.
Algogulf.
Stern view.
Lower Lakes Slip. Calumet, Mc Kee Sons and Mississagi they are in the same slip as the Algogulf.
Another view.
Close up.
Calumet.
Stern view.
Tug Alice A on the small dry dock at Heddle Marine. The Le Vent was on the large dry-dock.
Provmar Terminal II.
Canadian Provider in Hamilton.
Another view.
Workboat Provider.
James Norris.
Close up at dock.
Capt Henry Jackman, Algolake and Canadian Prospector.
Canadian Miner, Montrealais and Canadian Navigator.
Canadian Prospector.
Montrealais & Canadian Navigator at Dofasco.
Canadian Miner at Dofasco.
Algolake.
Capt Henry Jackman.
Provmar Terminal in Hamilton.
C.C.G.S. Cape Mercy in a very snowy Port Dover.
Harbor Princess I. ex Garden City, ex tug Johnny B. in Port Dover.
fishtug G W Jackson inbound Port Stanley.
Another view.
drillrig Timesaver II in Port Stanley.
Sarah No 1 in Port Stanley.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Today in Great Lakes History - December 30

On December 30, 1987 the THOMAS WILSON under tow in the North Atlantic heading to be scrapped, parted her towline and sunk near position 34_08'N by 61_35'12"W (approximately in line with Cape Hatteras, NC) early the next day.

GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) was launched December 30, 1926.

The first steel carferry PERE MARQUETTE was launched in nearly completed form on December 30, 1896. The ship was built for the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad (predecessor to the Pere Marquette) and entered service just a few weeks later.

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


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




Block Stops in Sturgeon Bay

12/29
The Joseph L. Block made an unscheduled stop Friday afternoon to go to Bay Ship for a minor repair. She entered into the Bay from Lake Michigan and went to the Steel Face Dock at the ship yard. The Block was expected to depart at first light this morning, but will be returning later in the season for winter lay-up.

In the bay between the bridges.
Bow of Block passing the stern of Edward L. Ryerson .
Cool job for the look out with the temperature at 12 degrees.
Stern of Block passing stern of Ryerson .
Boat watchers taking Pictures as Block passes thru Michigan Street Bridge.
Stern of Block passing through Michigan Street bridge.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Oglebay Closes Port Inland

12/29
On December 19 the Earl Oglebay arrived at Port Inland shortly after noon to load the last cargo of the year from Port Inland, the Oglebay loaded that stone for Cleveland Osborne dock and then entered winter lay-up. Along with the Wolverine and Wilfred Sykes the Earl Oglebay was a frequent visitor to Port Inland this season. The first load of stone from Port Inland will likely be loaded in late March or early April. Meanwhile, the Pathfinder is loading tonight at Stoneport and is the last ship of the year at Stoneport. Cedarville stone dock has been closed since early December and Calcite closed the middle of December along with Port Inland.

Reported by: Scott Best




Seaway Results

12/29
The St. Lawrence Seaway suffered a dismal shipping season in 2001. Analysts are predicting a continued slump in cargo volumes next year as well. Cargo volume was down 11.4 per cent in 2001.

Seaway president Guy Veronneau blamed the poor season on a slump in the steel industry, a poor grain harvest on the prairies, and low water levels on the Great Lakes.

Coal was the only transport commodity to grow in volume over the previous year. The seaway closed its locks on Monday after the final ship passed through the system at St-Lambert, Quebec. The system is scheduled to reopen on March 26.

Reported by: Bill Bird




Beeghly in Rouge

12/29
Friday the Charles M. Beeghly was headed up the Rouge River to Rouge Steel.

Charles M Beeghly inbound the Rouge River at the Shortcut Bridge.
Charles M Beeghly at the Jefferson Street Bridge.
Stern view.
Fireboat Curtis Randolph at the Jefferson Street Bridge.
Stern view.
Faust barge Comanche and tug Cormorant at the Jefferson Street Bridge. Comanche was one of the barges that was recently returned from Massena, NY.
Tug Cormorant.


Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Lay-up List Update

12/29
Click here for the latest lay-up information




Today in Great Lakes History - December 29

B.F. JONES (2) was launched December 29, 1906 as a) GENERAL GARRETSON.

KINSMAN INDEPENDENT (1) was launched in 1906 as a) WILLIAM B. KERR.

The GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) was christened on December 29, 1926.

The GOLDEN HIND was laid up for the last time on December 29, 1985 at Toronto.

On 29 December 1813, ARIEL (4-gun armed schooner, 112 t, built in 1813 at Erie, PA as part of Perry's fleet) ran aground in a squall at Black River (now Buffalo) and was burned by the British.

CAROLINE (wooden sidewheeler, 71', 46 t, built in 1822 at New York City) was chartered to transport arms and munitions to Navy Island near Buffalo. On 29 December 1837, she was commandeered by about 60 Canadian rebels under the command of a Royal Navy officer at Schlosser on the Niagara River. In the fight that followed, she was set afire, abandoned and allowed to drift down the river. Some sources say that she went over the Falls. This incident caused hostile feelings along the U.S. northeastern frontier for many months.

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


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




Everlast Moves Back into Notch

12/28
Thursday afternoon the tug Everlast was preparing to depart its temporary lay-up berth and make her way back to the barge Norman McLeod. The tug moved to make way for the CSL Tadoussac that was expected to arrive shortly for lay-up.

Also expected to arrive yesterday the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer with another load destined for the Robin Hood mill. The Seahound was tied up in the harbor, while work has begun on the Canadian Transport for more engine repairs. She reportedly has been running on one engine since suffering an engine room fire this summer. The tug Petite Forte was also in winter lay-up at the Wharf 10 stone dock.

Everlast prepares to depart.
Close up.
Stern of the Norman McLeod (right) bow of the former Tarantau.
Everlast on the move.
Passing.
Approaching the barge.
In the notch.
Canadian Transport at dock.
Close up.
Petite Forte at Warf 10.
Looking north.
Snow covered towing winch.
Close up of pilot house.
Seahound under a blanket of snow.
Snow covered street in Port Colborne.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Fred R. White Jr. in Port Washington

12/28
The Fred R. White Jr. slipped into Port Washington about 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night. This is the White's first trip into the Lake Michigan port this season. The vessel was delivering coal for Wisconsin Electric.

Reported by: Chris Wesendorf




Twin Ports Report

12/28
Vessel traffic is expected to remain steady in Two Harbors into the New Year but it may soon be coming to an end in Duluth and Superior.

The DMIR dock in Duluth currently has only the John G. Munson scheduled to take a partial load on the night of Dec. 27. Midwest Energy Terminal has the Algosoo scheduled for Dec. 28 and the Algowood, Canadian Olympic and John B. Aird scheduled for Dec. 30. After that, no vessels are scheduled, although last year the dock handled several boats after the first of the year.

After an unusually dry and mild December, temperatures are now remaining below freezing and falling close to zero degrees at night, resulting in ice formation throughout the harbor.

Traffic is scheduled to be steadier in Two Harbors, however. The DMIR dock there currently has the following lineup John G. Munson (completing a partial load) and St. Clair on Dec. 28, Edgar B. Speer and Cason J. Callaway on Dec. 30, Presque Isle and Philip R. Clarke on Dec. 31, and Columbia Star and Edwin H. Gott on Jan. 1.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

12/28
The Herbert C. Jackson and the Algomarine were at the ore docks in Marquette Thursday loading. The Jackson arrived Wednesday night, but was just taking off her hatches and preparing to load at 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

Jackson loading.
Close up.
Algomarine loading.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Today in Great Lakes History - December 28

The HENRY FORD II was laid up in the Rouge Steel slip at Dearborn, MI on December 28, 1988.

On 28 December 1907, CALDERA (steel propeller freighter, 504', 6328 gt) was launched at W. Bay City, MI.

On 28 December 1881, the steamer R. J. GORDON arrived in Port Huron from Marine City on her maiden voyage with a large number of passengers. She was powered with a steam engine with an 18" cylinder and 20" stroke. Her dimensions were 116' long with a 26' beam. She cost nearly $20,000 and was built to run between Algonac and Lexington.

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


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




Hibbing Taconite schedules more shutdowns

12/27
Hibbing Taconite Co. announced Wednesday that it expects to produce about 6.8 million tons of iron ore pellets in 2002 -- a reduced output that will require the plant to make two four-week shutdowns in the coming year, according to Duluth media reports.

The plant, located in Hibbing, Minn., can produce 8 million tons of pellets a year at maximum capacity. To accommodate the anticipated reduced production, the plant will close for four weeks starting Feb. 3 and again on July 21.

Bethlehem Steel owns 70.3 percent of Hibbing Taconite while Stelco owns 14.7 percent and Cleveland Cliffs Inc. owns 15 percent and manages the operation. The plant ships pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior, Wis.

Reported by: Al Miller




Frontenac Departs

12/27
The Frontenac was finally able to depart early Wednesday morning, after spending Christmas the Essroc Dock. High winds delayed her departure. She departed stern first for Light 14 to make her turn, departing around 8:15 a.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Marquette Loading

12/27
The Lee A. Tregurtha and the Charles M. Beeghly were both loading at Marquette's ore dock Wednesday while the Herbert C. Jackson waited. The Algomarine was also expected to load Wednesday, making this a busy day at the dock.

Lee A. Tregurtha loading.
Bow view.
Beeghly loading.
Jackson waits.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Busy Holiday at Goderich

12/27
Goderich harbor was busy over Christmas. The Oakglen docked at the grain terminals on the morning of December 24 and remained there Wednesday. The Algorail also came into port in the morning and began loading salt from the mine.

The mine was closed for the Christmas holidays after the day shift and the Algorail was left to tie up over Christmas. The remaining salt was loaded Wednesday morning (Boxing Day) and then departed, looking very festive with many strings of Christmas lights and a cheery Santa perched on the end of the unloading boom.

The Peter R. Cresswell docked at the salt mine late Wednesday morning and looked to be almost full that evening. According to mine workers, this is a busy time as they try to get as much salt out on the ships before the end of the shipping season.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo Update

12/27
The Adam E. Cornelius arrived for winter lay-up at the CSX Ore Dock. The David Z. Norton arrived for winter lay-up at the Torco Dock she is astern of the Reserve. The Wolverine was due in for winter lay-up at the Torco Dock Weds. afternoon, she will head into the docksite first and tie up directly across from the David Z. Norton.

When she is secured the Middletown will then arrive at the Torco Dock late Wednesday afternoon and tie up directly across from the Reserve.

The Oglebay Norton is due in for winter lay-up at the T.W.I. Dock on Thursday. There are several tug/barges in dry dock at the Shipyard. Gaelic Tugboat Company still has their tugs Susan Hoey and William Hoey stationed at Toledo yet, while Great Lakes Towing Company has there tugs Illinois, Louisiana, and Montana stationed here.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Duluth Lay-up

12/27
Paul R. Tregurtha at lay-up.
Close up of bow.
George A. Stinson.
Armco.
Arthur M. Anderson and Roger Blough at Fraser Ship yard.
Another view.
Close up Arthur M. Anderson.
Close up of pilot house.
Bow thruster tube.
Elton Hoyt 2nd and John Sherwin at lay-up.
Presque Isle departing port.
Close up of tug.

For more lay-up information visit the 8th Annual Lay-up List

Reported by: Steve Haverty




Coal Cargo

12/27
It was a busy season for coal. Below are shots of vessels loading at Sandusky and unloading at other ports.

John B. Aird loading in December at Sandusky.
On deck.
Another view.
Loading the H. Lee White at Sandusky.
Coal is dumped from rail car.
American Republic unloading at Morton Salt North Dock, Manistee, MI in November.
View down the boom.
Another view.
Looking forward.

Reported by: Mike Moore




ASC-Soundings Newsletter

12/27
Available online is the latest edition of the American Steamship Company newsletter. Click here to view




Today in Great Lakes History - December 27

The SAVIC (Cliffs Victory) cleared the Welland Canal Christmas night 1985 and finally anchored at Pointe aux Trembles near Montreal, Que. December 27th awaiting another load of scrap. The SAVIC remained there the entire winter, because the underwriters ordered that her hull be re-enforced by welding straps to her stress points for her overseas journey.

The THOMAS LAMONT as a single tow arrived at Aliaga, Turkey on December 27, 1987 where she was scrapped. The LAMONT was one of the last bulkers that retained her telescoping hatch covers to the very end.

Data from: Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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




Sturgeon Bay Update

12/26
The John J. Boland entered into Bay Ship Berth #3 for winter lay-up on Christmas Eve.

The ship yard is expecting the Herbert C. Jackson to arrive for lay-up today. Later in the week her fleet mate Kaye E. Barker is due in the yard for a shaft bearing repair and winter lay-up. The Barker will unload in Milwaukee before heading to the ship yard.

When the work on the Barker is completed, the Edgar Speer will come straight into the Graving Dock for her 5-Year Survey.

Picture by Vic DeLarwelle
Boland at lay-up dock.
Close up.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Oglebay Norton On Final Trip of Season

12/26
The 1000-foot Oglebay Norton was unloading at the St. Clair Edison Coal dock on the St. Clair River Tuesday night. This will be the last trip of the season for the vessel. Once finished unloading, the Oglebay Norton will head up in to Lake Huron to clean the holds, then sail downbound for Toledo where it will lay-up at Toledo World Industries.




St. Clair River Traffic

12/26
The Halifax was unloading at the Blue Circle Cement Dock in the Rouge River in the snow at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Unloading in the snow.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Wintering Vessels

12/26
Another update on wintering vessels. CSL Niagara is expected to arrive today in Montreal for winter lay-up at Shed 3. This dock is used during the summer and fall months by cruise ships calling on the port.

Still operating on the St. Lawrence River is the Algocen. Tuesday morning it departed Sorel-Tracy for Quebec City.

The Seaway closed late Monday night. All the remaining ships stopped in Montreal except the CCGS Tracy that went to Sorel-Tracy and the Petrolia Desgagnés that spent the night at the lower wall of the St. Lambert Lock. She cleared the entrance of the Seaway at Calling In Point No.2 at about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. She was downbound for the Hydro-Quebec plant at Sorel-Tracy.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Seaway Radio Message

12/26
The Seaway issued its final notice for the 2001 closing on Monday. After 8:00 a.m. on Monday vessels will be accepted in the system by written agreement only.

On Dec. 24 the water temperature at St. Lambert was 1.9 C as compared to 0.0 C in 2000 and 0.5 C for a ten-year average. At midnight Dec.23 there were 6 vessels above St. Lambert as compared to 4 in 2000. They have all cleared the Seaway by 2400 Dec. 24. The thinning of aids in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section is continuing.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Today in Great Lakes History - December 26

In 1981 the ENDERS M. VOORHEES laid up for the last time at Duluth's Hallett Dock #5.

On 26 December 1916, the wreck of the wooden self-unloading freighter TOPEKA was leveled by dynamiting. She sank just off Windsor/Sandwich, Ontario in the Detroit River on 15 April 1916 in a collision with the small steamer CHRISTOPHER. Her machinery was removed prior to dynamiting.

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


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




Last Passage for St. Lambert

12/25
The last vessel of the season downbound at St. Lambert Lock was the Petrolia Desgagnes. This is the same vessel that opened the Seaway upbound last spring. It cleared the lock about mid night and tied up at the lower wall, a pilot will board at 8:00 a.m.

Reported by: Kent Malo




Low Water in Saginaw

12/25
Monday the Frontenac was at anchor in Saginaw Bay. Early that afternoon the vessel started calling for water level readings. The first level was reported to be at minus 1 inch, by late Monday night the level had dropped to minus 11 inches. A southwest wind blowing all day had pushed the water out into the bay.

Reported by: Lon Morgan




Twin Ports Report

12/25
With the end of the season three weeks away, only one or two vessels a day are now calling in the Twin Ports.

Sunday's only callers were Presque Isle and Indiana Harbor, both loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal. On Monday, the Burns Harbor was loading at BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Vessels expected to spend at least part of Christmas Day in port include American Mariner, making a rare call to the DMIR ore dock in Duluth, Algobay, loading at Midwest Energy Terminal, and Stewart J. Cort, loading at BNSF ore dock. Two Harbors expects a busy Christmas with Edwin H. Gott and Columbia Star both calling at the shiploader.

The Twin Ports lay-up fleet grew over the weekend when the George A. Stinson arrived to lay up at Hallett 5.

Reported by: Al Miller




Seaway East Update

12/25
Monday there were no vessels listed as westbound in the Seaway. The eastbound parade included the Spar Garnet, Millennium Raptor, Grigory Aleksandrov, Lykes Energizer, Solta, Petrolia Desgagnes. The Algolake and tug Invincible were eastbound in the Welland canal. The Halifax, Peter R. Cresswell and John B. Aird were westbound on Lake Erie. The CSL Laurentian was eastbound and expected at CIP 16 about 11:50 p.m.

All lighted Aids to Navigation have been removed down to the Iroquois Lock, the eastern sector of the Seaway is quiet for the Winter. The planned reopening date is March 26, 2002, weather and ice permitting. There may be the occasional cement cargoes out of Bath and Picton.

The weather is returning to normal and the area has experienced temperatures below 0 C and a snow squall warning was in effect for Monday night. The only activity for a few months will be the local ferries which keep traveling with the help of bubble systems.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Ice Free

12/25
As the lakes remain mostly ice free from Duluth to the lower lakes it was a very different story this time last year. In December 2000 the lakes had suffered through three weeks of freezing temperatures that allowed heavy ice to form on the lakes and rivers. By late December 2000 the ice brought shipping traffic on the lower lakes to a stand still and required the Coast Guard and private tug companies to keep traffic moving.

Click here for images from last year's ice breaking efforts




Pre Christmas Sale Extended

12/25:
The huge sale on shipping items has been extended until January 5. New items and prices will be posted on January 7. his is time to stock up on your items, price increases for the New Year will affect Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping items. Some items will increase and some will be discontinued.

Hats normally priced $15.00 are now $7.50, Interlake desk flags regular $7.50 now $3.75. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.
Click here to view merchandise or send you order by e-mail




E. M. Ford

12/25:
It was 22 years ago this Christmas morning that the stern of the 1898 built E.M. Ford was resting on the bottom of Milwaukee's outer harbor. The bow settled to the bottom Christmas night.

The Ford was torn free from its temporary lay-up location by a fierce northeast storm on Christmas Eve. The Ford was loaded with a winter storage load, but could not travel up the river to the Huron Cement terminal for lay-up until the S.T. Crapo arrived with its final load after Christmas.

The Ford was directed to slip #1 in the outer harbor by city harbor workers. Normally a safe location unless a storm from the northeast is brewing, slip #1 faces northeast and is in a direct line with the main harbor entrance. It was a clear sunny day when the crew of the Ford laid the boat up a few days before Christmas and went home for the holiday.

The five man crew still on board was no match for the storm that continued to build throughout the day on the 24th. The stern began to work loose by early afternoon, eventually swinging far enough to the south to strike the seawall on the opposite side of the slip. By late afternoon, with seas running 10 to 15-feet, the Ford was completely free of all its mooring lines. The surge created by the wind continually pounded the Ford into the seawall at the West End of the slip.

With seas now at almost 20-feet there were little shore crews and two Great Lakes Towing tugs could do but stand by and watch. One of the tugs was sent to the Presque Isle in the inner harbor. The G-tug spent the night pushing against the laid up Presque Isle to keep it from leaving the dock.

The Ford was patched and raised by late January 1980 and towed to Sturgeon Bay for extensive repairs. But not before the now hardened cargo of cement was removed. Litigation between National Gypsum and the City of Milwaukee went back and forth until just a few years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court made a final ruling involving payment of interest.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Today in Great Lakes History - December 25

The E.G. GRACE carried 14,797 tons of taconite ore on her last trip out of Taconite Harbor, MN bound for South Chicago, IL and then was laid up at Ashtabula, OH on December 25, 1976 with engine trouble which often plagued the six "Al" ships powered with Lentz-Poppet engines. The lay-up of the E.G. GRACE lasted until April, 1984 when she became the first Maritimer to be sold for scrap.

Data from: Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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




Cartierdoc Enters Lay-up

12/24
Friday the laid up Manitoulin was moved to Section 19 from Section 18 across the Richelieu in the port of Sorel-Tracy to make room for the Cartierdoc expected the following day.

Cartierdoc arrived Saturday for winter lay-up but had difficulties in tying up. She collided with the Turcotte Bridge Saturday morning and caused so much damage that the bridge will be closed to road traffic for several weeks. The only damage to Cartierdoc was her bowsprit that was folded backwards. There were no details available on the accident. In August the Cartierdoc's sister ship, Windoc was severely damaged by a bridge in the Welland Canal.

Vehicles have to use the bridge located upriver which is part of Highway 30. Pedestrians are still allowed to use the sidewalks on the Turcotte Bridge.

Sunday the Manitoulin tied up alongside of Cartierdoc and forward of the Alcor, her demolition having been not completed yet following an injunction from the town of Sorel-Tracy to stop the work on account of noise and dust pollution in a residential zone.

Reported by: René Beauchamp and André Guévremont




Rare Trip for Wolverine

12/24
The Wolverine docked in Marquette, MI at 8:00 a.m. Sunday to load taconite for Ashtabula, Oh. This is the Wolverine's first trip to Marquette in two years.

Reported by: Scott Best




Sauniere Arrives at Port Weller

12/24
Sunday afternoon the Sauniere arrived and secured above Lock 1 before sliding across to the Port Weller Dry Docks fitout berth. She was assisted by the tug Vac and was secured there by 3:00 p.m. Work consisting of bottom plate replacement, plus repairs to her boom and hydraulics are to be completed at the dry docks.

Sauniere docked above Lock 1.
Bow view
Tug Vac starts the Sauniere across the canal.
Mid channel.
Approaching the Fit Out Dock.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Last Vessel at Port Authority Piers in Oswego, NY for 2001

12/24
The Upper Lakes Group vessel Canadian Navigator brought the last load of the year with 24,000 Metric Tons of rock salt to the Port Authority Pier at Oswego, NY Saturday night. Originally scheduled for early morning Saturday, she was delayed in the upper lakes when the salty Millenium Raptor lost power and blocked the shipping channel. This resulted in the Navigator having to drop anchor below the Edison Plant, while crews got the Millenium Raptor back under way and set back the arrival time in Oswego into the early evening hours.

While this was the last bulk carrier to visit for the 2001 season; the port remains open for the occasional shuttle run on Lake Ontario to Lafarge, Essroc, and Sprague Oil terminals through out the winter.

Reported by: Tom Moriarty




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

12/24
Arriving for lay up in Montreal Sunday was the Canadian Voyager. She arrived from Port Cartier and unloaded a cargo of soybeans. According to reports, she is not to go back in service her career coming to an end.

Expected to be the last vessel to exit the Seaway will be PETROLIA DESGAGNÉS late today. Preceding her will be the SOLTA, the last foreign-flag vessel of the season. PÉTROLIA DESGAGNÉES was also the last vessel for the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

For the 2001 navigation season in the Seaway, there were a total of 256 salties that transited the locks. Actually, a few of those ships were the same vessels under two different names such as Federal Fraser that also transited as Fraser. There were only 69 new ones amongst them, one of the lowest on record since the opening of the Seaway in 1959. The lowest figure was 65 in 1995.

New ones include vessels which transited for the first time (51) and vessels that also transited for the first time but under a new name such as FRASER mentioned above. From the total of 69, the small ship AQUILA transited for the first time under that name and then was renamed CYGNUS in the Great Lakes, so is counted as two different ships in this report.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Run Away Train

12/24
A runaway CSX train loaded with coal and acetone, came crashing into parts of the Port of Rochester, on Sunday afternoon. The 24 rail cars derailed and caught fire. The fire took houses, buildings, and an undetermined number of pleasure craft that had been put in storage for the winter.

The U.S. Coast Guard put their new patrol boat to work, helping the land based firefighters with controlling the fire from the Genesee River near the old NYC swing bridge. The only injury that happened, was the conductor of the train who jumped off the train when he knew that it wasn't going to make the curve in the tracks. If this had happened in the summer the results could have been disastrous.

A dike has been built to catch the run off from the foam and water used to put the fire out, as it would run into the river and cause more problems. It will take several days to clean up the area, the ruptured tank cars and smashed coal cars are scattered in the area as well as the burned out buildings and homes.

Reported by: Ron LaDue




Toledo News

12/24
The CSL Laurentien was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator and was expected to depart later Sunday afternoon or evening. The Algomarine finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed Sunday morning. She was the last coal boat of the season and the CSX Docks are now closed down until next Spring.

The David Z. Norton is expected in Toledo for winter lay-up late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Hennepin loading coal at the C&O #3 Coal Dock, with the Ben W. Calvin at the #2 Dock waiting to load.
Calumet outbound Maumee Bay, she just finished unloading a salt cargo at the A.R.M.S. Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Seaway East Update

12/24
The last eastbound saltie, the Solta has passed Kingston. There were five salties in the Seaway, all eastbound on Sunday. In Order they were, the Piyi D 1:50 p.m. at Lower Beauharnois, Spar Garnet 1:22 p.m. Iroquois lower wall, Millenium Raptor 1:38 p.m., Lykes Energizer 2:30 p.m. exchanged pilot at Cape Vincent and Solta 5:38 p.m. Cape Vincent. She was expected at Crossover at 10:30 and that should clear our sector as there are no vessels listed as upbound last night.

The Welland Canal shows no vessels and Lake Erie only showed the St. Clair in Long Point Bay at 12:52 p.m. while the Algolake is heading their for 9:45 p.m.

The cement trade is still going on in the Kingston area. The Stephen B. Roman was in Picton Sunday and expected to arrive in Toronto today. The English River was in Bath and also headed for Toronto.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Boating Television Series Begins its Third Season

12/24
This January marks the third season of Great Lakes Ports O’ Call, a boating and travel television show available to public broadcasting stations nationwide. The series features ports of interest for recreational boaters and travelers around the Great Lakes area. Segments on navigation and port tours are included, as well as people of special interest, safety features, history of the featured port and stories relating to events, entertainment and the overall splendor of the Great Lakes.

Detroit Public Television (WTVS Channel 56) will air the new season weekly on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. beginning January 5. This is the same time slot the series aired last year. The series will also be seen in the area on WFUM Flint and WGTE Toledo at different times. Additional markets can be found at www.greatlakesportsocall.com.

Featured ports in order of broadcast this year are
#301 Port Clinton, OH #306 Caseville, MI #310 Erie, PA
#302 Kewaunee, WI #307 Port Washington, WI #311Frankfort, MI
#303 Ashtabula, OH #308 Detroit, MI #312 Beaver
Island, MI #304 Munising, MI #309Holland, MI #313 Goderich, ON
#305 Presque Isle, MI

The 13 episode series will be uplinked via satellite to PBS stations throughout the United States and Canada. Great Lakes Ports O’ Call is created and produced by Video Images, Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Over 45 markets nationwide chose to broadcast the series during the winter/spring season of 2001 to more than 21 million households.

Executive Producer Thomas Durant comments “We have been overwhelmed by the positive comments from viewers. We are looking forward to our third season.”

Dan Gaitens, Senior Programming Associate at WTVS-TV/Detroit comments “Great Lakes Ports O’ Call obtained well above average audience numbers for a PBS program. We believe this series to be both unique and worthwhile. This because the program provides segments for the recreational boater’s knowledge and interest, and it does so without excluding the general viewer. We know of no program on TV now that balances these various aspects so well.”

The program is hosted by veteran radio personality Foster Braun of WJR Detroit. A web site at www.greatlakesportsocall.com is available with links to ports visited, underwriting sponsors, and to other nautical sites of interest. It also includes a list of PBS stations airing the series. The new season is underwritten by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, Lakeside Marine/Tiara Yachts, Four Winns Boats and Lakeland Boating.




Pre Christmas Sale Extended

12/24:
The huge sale on shipping items has been extended until January 5. New items and prices will be posted on January 7. his is time to stock up on your items, price increases for the new year will affect Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping items. Some items will increase and some will be discontinued.

Hats normally priced $15.00 are now $7.50, Interlake desk flags regular $7.50 now $3.75. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.
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Seasons Greetings

12/24:
Happy Holidays to all, the web site has seen another year of phenomenal growth and I thank everyone for their hard work in contributing to the site and thank the regular viewers for their continued support.

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Today in Great Lakes History - December 24

December 24, 1969 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 made her last trip out of Ludington pulled by 2 tugs. She was sold to Norfolk and Western Railway Company to be converted into a river ferry barge and renamed ROANOKE.

On 24 December 1910, ALSAKA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 165', 348 t, built in 1878 at Detroit, formerly ACORN) was sheltering from a storm a few miles from Tobermory, Ontario, when she caught fire from an overheated boiler and burned to a total loss. She was originally built as a sidewheel passenger vessel and when rebuilt in 1889, her engine went into the steamer FRANK E. KIRBY.

On 24 December 1875, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels at winter lay-up at St. Clair, Michigan -- Scows: ANNA H. MOORE, A. MONROE, MYRTLE, CLIPPER VISION, J. SNADERS and B. MONROE; Steamers: BERTIE DAHLKE and HELEN; Schooners: JOHN RICE and M. R. GOFFE; Barges: MILLIN and JUSTIN R. WHITING; Tug: C. M. FARRAR; and Dredge: H. LIFIAN.

On Christmas Eve of 1979 While at her temporary dock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the E.M. Ford sank when gale force winds forced her from her moorings and repeatedly slammed her bow into the dock facing. By Christmas morning her stern was settled on the bottom, her engine room flooded. Her storage cargo of powdered cement was partially flooded also. By afternoon, the proud steamer lay sunken at her dock. She stayed on the bottom for several weeks as crews had to remove a solid 3 feet of hardened cement and patch her holed bow. On January 20th, 1980 she was refloated and towed to Bay Shipbuilding where work began on rebuilding her.

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


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




Last Salties Clear Welland Canal

12/23
Saturday the last of the ocean going vessels still in the upper lakes were downbound in the Welland Canal with the Millenium Raptor and the Grigoriy Aleksandrov at Lock 7. The Grigoriy Aleksandrov was the last vessel to clear the Welland and was the last vessel to transit the Soo Locks for the season.

Millenium Raptor approaching Lock 7.
Stern view entering the lock.
Grigoriy Aleksandrov downbound.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Tonnage Down for Season

12/23
The Seaway was officially closed Friday but there were still 23 ships in the system to be cleared. Tonnage for the season was down from the previous seasons due to the North American recession and the Windoc accident. At the end of November 3 689 vessel passages had transported 37.5 million tonnes of cargo through the seaway. (1 tonne = 1 000kg or 2206 lb.) This was down from last year's tonnage when 42.6 million tonnes had passed through the Seaway at the end of November 2000.

The warm December may have helped the total tonnage carried. A slow down was noted in September but was worse than the Seaway authorities expected. In October, they awarded the contract to repair the Allenburg bridge and the cost was $ 780, 000.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Strike Continues

12/23
Striking engineers represented by the Canadian Marine Officers Union may be in for a long strike as negotiations broke down in Montreal Wednesday night.

The dispute was originally centered on wages and the length of a new contract when members went on strike November 30. At that time the union wanted three years with three per cent wage increases each year, while the companies wanted a five-year deal with a three per cent raise in year one, plus cost of living increases in the following years.

The St. Catharines Standard Newspaper reported that negotiations broke down last week over the issue hiring practices. Currently an engineer seeking employment has to submit his name to the union and pay dues to become a member of the hiring hall. When a company is looking to hire a crew member the union submits a list of workers from the hiring hall that the company can choose from.

A spokesman from Algoma told the paper that the hiring hall doesn't have the "right people" and the company wants the flexibility to find workers elsewhere.

Effected by the strike are engineers working for Canada Steamship Lines, Algoma Central Corp., and N.M Patterson & Sons. Other engineers have replaced the striking engineers, with the ships still running it may be a long strike.

Reported by: John Stark




Beeghly at Anchor

12/23
Saturday the Charles M. Beeghly was at anchor in Lake Huron.

Beeghly at anchor with engine running.
Another view.

Reported by: Don Coles




Last Saltie for Goderich

12/23
Things are winding down in Goderich, with the departure of the last saltie of the year on Wednesday. The Andromeda departed fro the Lake Huron port after taking on a load of soybeans for Belgium. The Canadian Enterprise was at the salt mine Friday afternoon loading salt, and is currently headed north on Lake Huron. No ice has been noted yet anywhere in the harbor.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




St. Clair River Traffic

12/23
Below are images of traffic on the St. Clair River Saturday.

Downbound Samuel Risley, Fred R White Jr. and David Z Norton. Upbound Bramble going to remove buoy's 3 & 4 in the Huron Cut.
Fort Gratiot Light.
Samuel Risley downbound in the Huron Cut.
Passing the light.
Stern view.
Fred R White Jr. downbound in the Huron Cut with Bramble, David Z Norton & St. Clair in the background.
Fred R White Jr. downbound in the Huron Cut.
Stern view.
Unidentified Purdy Fishery tugs upbound into Lake Huron.
David Z Norton downbound in the Huron Cut.
Passing the lighthouse.
Maumee laid up in Sarnia's North Slip.
Bow view.
Macassa Bay in the North Slip.
Tugs Le Taureau, Sandra Mary and Menasha in Sarnia's Government Slip.
Bow view.
Duc D'Orleans in Sarnia.
Samuel Risley fueling at the Shell Dock in Corunna.
Carferry Daldean.
Carferry Ontamich.
Tug Tammy Lynn at Courtright.
Tug Nancy A Lee and Hammond Bay at Port Lambton.
Close up of the tour boat Hammond Bay.
Walpole Islander on Walpole Island.
City Of Algonac on Walpole Island.
Sign#44 Season's Greetings.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

12/23
The CSL Laurentien was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator. The Algomarine was unloading a cargo of oats at Andersons "K" Elevator. The American Mariner finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed this morning. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algobay at 8:00 p.m. followed by the Algomarine at 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

When the Algomarine is finished unloading her cargo of oats she will proceed to the CSX Coal Docks and will follow the Algobay loading coal, this should be sometime Sunday morning. The Algomarine will be the last scheduled coal boat of the season for the CSX Coal Docks.

The David Z. Norton is expected to lay-up in Toledo on Sunday. Most likely she may go astern of the Reserve and lay-up at the Torco Dock complex.

Hennepin upbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge and will be heading for the salt dock to unload her cargo of road salt.
Quebecois tied up at the City Dock waiting to load grain at one of the Elevators upriver. Canadian Leader is seen in the background she is also waiting for a loading dock at one of the Elevators.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Buffalo Report

12/23
On Wednesday the H. Lee White made a rare appearance in Buffalo carrying a load of Pet Coke. The cargo was unloaded at the Gateway Terminal for NYSEG Sommerset Power Plant.

H, Lee White entering the Buffalo Harbor South Breakwater Gap.
Starting her turn into the Outer Harbor South End Basin near the Stoney Point Lighthouse.
White as she comes to a stop just off St. Lawrence Cement and starts backing into the Lackawanna Slip (Bethlehem Ship Canal).
Recently closed Coke Ovens to the left in this image.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Seaway Update

12/23
Saturday afternoon there were 17 ships listed as between Port Colborne and Montreal. The Sauniere was westbound below Snell lock and headed for repairs in Port Weller. The Progress was eastbound at CIP 6/7 followed by the Lake Erie at Maitland, Millenium Eagle just past Sodus, Andromeda west of Sodus, Canadian Navigator west of Newcastle, Spar Garnet west of midlake and Piyi D east of CIP # 15. The Mapleglen was westbound near Midlake.

The Welland Canal showed the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin westbound at Lock 6, the Frontenac westbound above Lock 7 and the Saginaw westbound at the Guard Gate. The Millenium Raptor was eastbound above Lock 7 as were the Sea Eagle II and Grigoriy Aleksandrov. The English River and Halifax were eastbound in the Port Colborne area.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Pre Christmas Sale Extended

12/23:
The huge sale on shipping items has been extended until January 5. New items and prices will be posted on January 7. his is time to stock up on your items, price increases for the new year will affect Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping items. Some items will increase and some will be discontinued.

Hats normally priced $15.00 are now $7.50, Interlake desk flags regular $7.50 now $3.75. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.
Click here to view merchandise or send you order by e-mail




Today in Great Lakes History - December 23

The IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR was selected to participate in the three-year winter navigation experiment during which the Soo Locks remained open all year. On December 23, 1976, at the very onset, she ran aground entering ice-jammed Parry Sound on Georgian Bay in a blinding snow squall. One of her cargo tanks ruptured spilling 1,800 barrels of diesel oil.

The SAVIC (Cliffs Victory) was downbound past Detroit, MI December 23, 1985 by-passing a 15,000 ton load of scrap because of the lack of time to clear the Seaway.

CHARLES DICK was sold for scrap to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ont. on December 23, 1976.

The SIR TREVOR DAWSON was laid up after the War until December 23, 1920 when she was sold to Pioneer Steamship Co. and renamed c) CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON (3).

On 23 December 1905, JAMES B. WOOD (steel propeller freighter, 514', 7159 gt) was launched at W. Bay City, MI. In 1913, she was renamed ARCTURUS.

On 23 December 1885, MARY MARTINI (wooden propeller passenger-package freight vessel, 85', 91 gt, built in 1877 at W. Bay City) stranded on Brule Point, 13 miles east of Grand Marais, MN on Lake Superior in fair weather. A navigational error was blamed. She became a total loss but her passengers and crew were taken off by the Duluth tug T. H. CAMP.

In 1903 the PERE MARQUETTE 20 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage.

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


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Le Vent Departs Port Weller

12/22
Friday afternoon the jet fuel barge Le Vent departed the Port Weller Dry Dock fitout wall with the assistance of tugs Vac and Carrol C1 on its way to Hamilton for completion.

The departure of the Le Vent made way for the expected arrival of the Sauniere, which is due in for bottom plate replacement before the closure of the Welland Canal. 49 plates plus repairs to her boom and hydraulics are to be done at the dry docks.

Preparing to depart.
Le Vent is pulled from the fit out dock at Port Weller.
Tug Vac leads the tow.
Just off the wall.
Close up of notch.
Stern view entering Lock 1.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Maumee Enters Lay-up

12/22
Friday the Maumee docked in the North Slip in Sarnia for the winter. The Maumee is the first vessel to enter lay-up in Sarnia.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Twin Ports Report

12/22
With grain traffic down to a trickle and several boats already laid up, the focus in Twin Ports shipping now turns mainly to Midwest Energy Terminal

Scheduled to load coal Saturday are Indiana Harbor, bound for Silver Bay, Minn., and Oglebay Norton, bound for St. Clair, Mich. After that, all cargoes now scheduled for the rest of the season are destined for Nanticoke. They are: Presque Isle and Indiana Harbor, Dec. 23; Algobay, Dec. 25; Algosoo, Dec. 26; Algowood, Dec. 27; John B. Aird, Dec. 28; and Canadian Olympic, Dec. 30.

DMIR ore dock in Duluth currently has only two vessels scheduled - American Mariner is due for a rare visit on Dec. 24 and St. Clair is due for a rare visit Dec. 26. This dock often is troublesome for shipmasters in December when heavy ice can build up in the slip. This year’s mild weather, however, has meant trouble-free access, with ice forming in the harbor only in the past couple days.

The DMIR dock in Two Harbors is much busier. The lineup there includes Cason J. Callaway, Dec. 23, Philip R. Clarke and Edgar B. Speer, Dec. 24, and Columbia Star and Edwin H. Gott, Dec. 25.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw River News

12/22
The barge Integrity and tug Jacklyn M arrived about 6:00 a.m. Friday morning with cement for the Lafarge Cement Dock in Saginaw.

Following closely behind was the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. They lightered at the Burrough's dock near the I-75 Bridge, then continued up the river to finish unloading at Saginaw Rock Products.

Adam E. Cornelius was inbound at the pump out station at 4:48 p.m. She was enroute to the Bay Aggregate Dock in Bangor Township with stone.

The Gemini was seen unloading petroleum products at the Ashland/Marathon Dock in Bay City that afternoon.

The Sam Laud arrived at approximately 5:45 p.m. The Laud tied up at the Essroc Dock in Essexville to wait for the outbound Great Lakes Trader to pass before continuing on to Saginaw. The Sam Laud later passed under the I-75 Bridge at 11:05 p.m. heading to unload at Saginaw Rock.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader upbound passing the Gemini at Ashland-Marathon Dock.
Joyce L./Great Lakes Trader close up.
Stern View clear of Independence Bridge.
Adam E. Cornelius unloading at Bay Aggregates - Bangor Township.
Sam Laud waiting at Essroc.
Adam E. Cornelius another view.
Cornelius (left) and Sam Laud.
Gemini unloading at Ashland-Marathon.
Joyce L./Great Lakes Trader downbound.
Passing the Gemini.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Welland Canal Update

12/22
The Welland Canal was busy with self-unloaders Friday. The Algosoo and Atlantic Huron were upbound while the Algorail, Mississagi and Canadian Transport had the right of way downbound. The East side of the twin Flight Locks is closed with construction underway. This allows for one-way traffic through locks 4, 5 and 6. CMOU members, who seem to be settling in for a long winter, were picketing the Algorail at Lock 7.

Algorail, Mississagi and Canadian Transport.
Algorail passing.
Christmas decorations.
Stern view.
In Lock 7.
Striking engineer picketing.
Algosoo upbound.
Passing Algorail.
Mississagi.
Stern view heading for Lock 7.
Close up.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Clarkson News

12/22
Traffic in the Lake Ontario port of Clarkson has been very slow since the beginning of December. Action picked up a little this week, on Monday morning the James Norris was in with stone for St. Lawrence Cement. A big surprise Friday was the arrival of the Saginaw at 2:00 p.m. with another load of stone. Upper Lakes Group boats, primarily the Norris, usually handle this run.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Seaway Update

12/22
The water temperature at St. Lambert actually rose 0.1 C to 3.0 C. Last year the temperature was 0.0C and the ten-year average is 0.9 C. There were 18 salties above St. Lambert and 8 above Port Weller. This compares to 14 and 2 respectively , in 2000. The east side of the flight locks is now closed for the season.

The number of vessels in the Seaway system remains about the same. At approximately 2026, The Atlantic Erie is eastbound at Cote Ste. Cathrine and the Alessia is eastbound at Beauharnois. The Catharin C is east of Summerstown and the Progress is eastbound at Prescott. The Mapleglen is westbound past Massena.

Lake Ontario shows the Lake Erie eastbound and going to anchor 2.8 miles SW of Tibbetts Point, at 1937. She will get underway at 0650/22 for 0715 pilot exchange. The Frontenac is westbound past Midlake.

The Welland Canal shows Canadian Transport Eastbound at Lock 1, Atlantic Huron westbound at the Flight Locks, Millennium Eagle Eastbound above lock 7, Andromeda eastbound above Port Robinson, Canadian Navigator eastbound through Lock 8, Spar Garnet in lock 8, eastbound, Sea Eagle II eastbound at Bridge 21 and the Piyi D eastbound at Port Colborne.

The Algosoo is westbound at Long Point while the Grigory Aleksandrov, the last saltie through the Sault, is eastbound at South East Shoal at 1937.

The next Seaway radio message will be Monday, Dec. 24. Weather is expected to be good for several days. Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are ice free.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Today in Great Lakes History - December 22

The SAVIC (Cliffs Victory) finally arrived at Masan, South Korea December 22, 1986 for dismantling there which was completed in 1987.

DETROIT EDISON (2) grounded on Gray's Reef in northern Lake Michigan, December 22, 1980, inflicting heavy damage to 350 feet of her bottom.

The GORDON C. LEITCH (1) was laid up on December 22, 1981 no longer economically able to compete and was used for grain storage at Toronto.

RAYMOND H. REISS arrived at Ramey's Bend, Port Colborne, Ont. on December 22, 1980 for scrapping there.

LIGHTSHIP 103 was commissioned December 22, 1920.

On 22 December 1922, CORNELL (wooden propeller tug, 72', 66 gt, built in 1888 at Buffalo) foundered somewhere between Cleveland and Erie, PA while enroute to new owners in Syracuse, NY. She had a crew of 8. The weather was clear and mild with almost no wind. She had just been put back into service and inspected after several years of idleness. Her ice-encrusted lifeboat was found on 26 December, 25 miles east of Long Point, containing the frozen body of the fireman.

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


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




Saltie Blocks Channel

12/21
On Thursday morning, the Millenuim Raptor lost power near Buoy 19 in Lake St. Clair. The strong northwest wind swung the ship crossways in the channel. Power was restored shortly after, and the vessel worked her way around using her anchor and proceeded upbound. She anchored mid-afternoon below the St. Clair Edison power plant to evaluate the incident.

While the ship was having difficulty in the lake, the downbound Canadian Navigator turned around below Fawn Island (the last area wide enough to turn until the Detroit River) and went to anchor below the Edison plant. Soon after, she turned again, and continued downbound.

Reported by: George Lee




Last Saltie Through the Soo

12/21
As saltwater vessels continue to head off the lakes before the closing of the Seaway, the Gregoria Alexander marked the last saltie to clear the Soo Locks for the season. It was downbound Thursday after loading grain in Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Mike Cleary




McKee Sons Loads

12/21
The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons were in Milwaukee Thursday loading a winter storage cargo of soy beans. The cargo is bound for Hamilton, Ont. The McKee Sons should just reach the Welland Canal check in point before the canal closes on Monday. Being home for Christmas can be very motivating for a boat's crew.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Last Load at Calcite

12/21
The last load of stone was loaded at Calcite in Rogers City, MI Thursday. The Adam E. Cornelius was expected to depart Calcite about 1:00 p.m. headed for Essexville to unload.

Reported by: Mark Keaser




Algonova Uses Mac Lock

12/21
Algonova was passing above the Soo locks on Thursday. It was dispatched to the MacArthur Lock which is unusual after the events of September 11. The Soo Locks Canal Park is now closed for the season allowing the tanker to use the nearest lock to the park .

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Busy Finish For Port of Oswego, NY

12/21
Bulk carriers with loads of salt are completing final deliveries to Oswego, NY this week. A very busy end of the week sees a rare rush to the salt docks at the Port Authority Terminal, with both the Saginaw and an Upper Lakes Group vessel calling.

The Saginaw arrived about 7:00 p.m. Thursday and discharged 16,000 MT of rock salt onto the cold docks.

Scheduled for Saturday with an approximate arrival time of 7:00 a.m. is an Upper Lakes Group boat, who finished loading last night and departed. It will also be bringing in a load of salt - 24,000 MT. This will most likely be the last of the Inter-system vessels to utilize the port this season; however shuttle runs across Lake Ontario to Lafarge, Essroc, and Sprague Oil will continue during the winter once again on an as needed basis.

Reported by: Tom Moriarty




Bad Year For Taconite

12/21
The troubled steel industry is reflected in Iron Range taconite pellet production which took a nosedive last year, as shipments dropped by 30 percent, or 13 million tons.

Officials project 31.5 million tons of taconite pellets will be produced by the end of this year, compared to about 45 million tons that were produced last year.

The Iron Range has struggled since the shutdown of the LTV Plant in Hoyt Lakes. Layoffs and idling by National Steel, Hibbing Taconite, EVTAC, and Northshore Mining also had an impact.

Reported by: Glen Kingsford




Toledo Update

12/21
The Algosteel was unloading stone at the CSX Stone Dock Thursday, when finished she was expected to shift over to the coal dock to load coal. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the American Mariner today, followed by the Algobay and Algomarine on Saturday. The Algomarine is the last scheduled coal boat of the season for the CSX Docks. There are several tug/barges in drydock at the Shipyard. There are no new lay-ups to report at this time.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Traffic

12/21
Below are images of recent traffic in Cleveland.

Southdown Challenger unloading.
Close up of bow.
Christmas Tree on the unloading boom.
G Tug dock at the Carter Road Bridge. Triton, Ohio, Idaho and two more G Tugs, plus the Barge Milwaukee in the background.
Santa shows off on a jet ski.
Stops to wave.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Artist Pat Norton

12/21
Well-known Great Lakes artist Pat Norton, whose watercolors of Great Lakes freighters and lighthouses are a familiar sight in homes all around the region, died December 19 in Florida. She had been battling cancer for almost a year. Pat often painted the passing vessels right from the deck of her home at Barbeau, Mich., ideally situated just to the left of the Neebish Island ferry dock on the St. Marys River. After selling their property at Barbeau two years ago, she and her husband Roger moved to Sutton's Bay, Mich., but returned last year to a new home at DeTour, Mich., so they could again be on the river.

Visitation is at the Reamer Funeral Home, Pickford, Mich., Sunday 4-8 p.m. The funeral is at 11:00 a.m. Monday Dec. 24.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Today in Great Lakes History - December 21

The 437-foot bow section of the Roger Blough was float launched December 21, 1968 less ballast tanks because the existing dry dock wasn’t wide enough to accommodate her 105-foot width.

The WILLIAM G. MATHER was laid up for the last time December 21, 1980 at the Hocking Valley coal dock at Toledo, OH.

AMOCO ILLINOIS was laid up for the last time at Bay City, MI on December 21, 1980.

HOCHELAGA (2) was laid up on December 21, 1981 for the last time at Cardinal, Ont.

The OUTARDE (3) operated until December 21, 1983 when she was laid up for the last time at Toronto.

On 21 December 1891, the whaleback steamer CHARLES W. WETMORE tied up at the dock at Everett, Washington, ending a voyage of 93 days that started in Philadelphia and went around the tip of South America.

On 21 December 1879, CITY OF TOLEDO (wooden propeller package freighter, 413 gt, built in 1865 at Ogdensburg) was carrying winter provisions from Milwaukee to Ludington. In a white squall, she struck a reef and was stranded 7 miles north of Ludington, a few hundred yards from shore. Some of the crew made it to shore and sought help. The local Lifesaving Station was only in the planning stages, but a crew captain was on hand. He hastily assembled a volunteer lifesaving crew and over a five hour period, rescued all on board. None of the 24 person crew was lost.

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


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




Mailboats Enter Lay-up

12/20
Wednesday morning the J. W. Westcott mail boats entered winter lay-up at Gregory's Marina behind Belle Isle on the Detroit River. That morning the back up mail boat Joseph J. Hogan departed the Westcott dock with the mail boat J. W. Westcott II in tow.

The engine that was damaged in a sinking this fall has been removed from the Westcott II and it will receive a new engine this winter. The interior of the vessel has been cleared of all equipment and wiring which will also be replaced.

The pilot boat Huron Maid will continue to service vessels and take pilots to salt water vessels from the Westcott dock. The Huron Maid is expected to head for lay-up in Port Huron today or Friday.

Pictures by John Belliveau
Joseph J. Hogan & J.W. Westcott II.
Huron Maid returning to dock.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan




HMCS Haida Moves to Hamilton

12/20
Canada's most decorated warship will get a new permanent home and a much-needed refit as well.

Sheila Copps, Canada's federal Heritage Minister and Hamilton MP announced Tuesday a five million dollar commitment from Parks Canada to move the ship to Hamilton harbor and restore the 58 year old vessel.

Haida will be moored next to HMCS Star and the two will be part of the Canadian Discovery Center on Marine Conservation being constructed by Parks Canada at Pier 8 in Hamilton.

At the moment Haida is tied up at Ontario Place in Toronto where she's been for the past 30 years. To get her out of a 5 foot deep moat a channel will have to be cut through Ontario Place's main access road and parking lot.

Because corrosion has weakened the ship, Haida might have to be placed in a floating dry dock for the trip to Hamilton.

Haida was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943, one of 27 Tribal class destroyers built in England. Her World War two campaign in the English Channel, at Normandy, in the Bay of Biscay and the Arctic resulted in the sinking of nine enemy vessels on her own and she was instrumental in helping sink five others.

Decommissioned and ready to be sold for scrap in 1963, Haida was sold for $20,000 to a group of naval enthusiasts and moved to Toronto. Eventually it was sold to Ontario for $1 and became part of Ontario Place. The warship was declared a National Historic site in 1984.

John Byrne, president of the 400 member Friends of HMCS Haida, says his group will try to raise 2 million dollars for the project. It's expected Haida will be at her new home by the summer of 2003.

Reported by: Bill Bird and Wally Wallace




Beaver Delays Boland

12/20
Wednesday the John J. Boland arrived in Marquette to load taconite pellets. As the Boland was pulling in to the ore dock the power on the dock went out about 9:30 p.m.

A beaver had been at work gnawing on trees alongside a pond near the ore dock. One of the trees fell across the power lines, cutting out power for the dock and surrounding area. Last night crews were working to restore power.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Tug and Barge Wait

12/20
Early Wednesday morning the tug W. N. Twolan and barge McAllister 132 arrived at the Bondar Marina in Sault Ste Marie, Ont. downbound from Thunder Bay. Visibility slowly decreased during the day and by afternoon the rain mixed with wet snow moved in across the harbor delaying their departure time.

At the dock.
Close up of lumber loaded on the barge.
Another view.
Low visibility.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Destroyer For Dive Attraction

12/20
A meeting of the Waterfront Access Kingston gave plans for the decommissioned Restigouche Class Canadian destroyer, HMCS Gatineau to be towed to Kingston in April of 2002. It is planned that the ship could be a tourist attraction in Kingston for that summer and work will be done prepare the vessel for sinking the following Spring.

It is planned that the dynamite charges will be set off and the vessel scuttled on June 1, 2003. The place of sinking was to be off Nine Mile Point but a better location has been charted of the South Shore of Howe Island. This is in 106-feet of water and a much more sheltered dive site.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Twin Ports Report

12/20
Although the last salties of the season are long gone, a small amount of grain continues to move through the Twin Ports as the Herbert C. Jackson loaded Wednesday at the Cenex Harvest States elevator. The vessel was scheduled to depart by late afternoon or early evening. Vessels using the ports' elevator and ore dock berths have been blessed with mild temperatures and a lack of ice that usually clogs berths this time of year. However, temperatures were expected to drop to about 5 degrees Wednesday night, which may herald the formation of thicker ice across the harbor.

Reported by: Al Miller




Muskegon Update

12/20
The Fred R. White Jr. enter the channel shortly after noon Wednesday and headed to the paper mill to unload coal. The McKee Sons was unloading stone at the Verplank dock. Shortly after 4:00 p.m. it was on the way out the channel into a snow squall and stormy Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Don Geske




Saginaw River News

12/20
The David Z. Norton was outbound Wednesday morning, passing through Independence Bridge around 7:30 a.m. She had unloaded overnight at the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Docks. After passing through Independence, the Captain thanked all of the bridge operators for their professionalism through the season and said goodbye until next season.

The Adam E. Cornelius passed through Independence Bridge upbound, just before the downbound Norton, and pulled up to the Bay City Wirt Dock to allow the Norton to pass. Once clear, she headed up to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City to unload. The Cornelius finished by early afternoon, turned at the Airport Turning Basin and was outbound for the lake around 2:00 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton passes the Adam E. Cornelius at Bay City Wirt.
Stern View of the Cornelius.
Norton stern view at Ashland-Marathon.
Adam E. Cornelius unloading at Bay Aggregates.
Another View.
Cornelius downbound in the afternoon snow.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

12/20
The Mississagi was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator and was scheduled to depart early Wednesday evening. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was loading coal at the CSX Coal Docks and was expected to depart in the early afternoon.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the American Mariner and Algosteel on Thursday. The Algobay on Friday. The Algomarine on Saturday, as of now she will be the last coal boat of the season.

There are no new lay-ups to report at this time. Several vessels are due in port next week for winter lay-up. The Saturn has departed the Lakefront Docks. There are several tugs/barges at the Shipyard.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Traffic

12/20
Below are photos of traffic on the Welland Canal Wednesday.

Peter R. Cresswell above Lock 1.
Stern View.
Saginaw passing the Cresswell below Lock 2.
Close Up.
Stern View.
CSL Laurentien above Lock 7. While in the Lock she was picketed by the CMOU.
Stern View.
Algocatalyst above Lock 3.
Stern View.
Gunay A above Lock 7.
Lake Michigan downbound at Bridge 11.
Jade Star upbound at Port Colborne.
Stern View.
Kapitonas A. Lucka downbound above Lock 8.
Stern View.
Calumet inbound Port Colborne.
Passing the Griffon.
Stern View.
Griffon docked in Port Colborne.
Everlast.
Norman McLeod.
The Pilot Boat Office in Port Colborne is ready for Christmas.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Seaway Update

12/20
Wednesday was a typical day as the Seaway nears closing. No less than 27 ships were under way between Lake Erie and Montreal.

The water temperature at St. Lambert only fell 0.1 C to 3.2 C. Last year it was 0.0 C and the ten year average is 0.8 C At 2400 Dec. 18, there were 24 salties above St. Lambert and 13 above Port Weller as compared to 29 and 10 respectively last year.

About 100 p.m. the Solta was upbound at the St. Lambert Lock. The Algosoo was westbound at Cote Ste. Catherine while Canadian Provider and Jean Parisien were westbound at Bridge 7 and Beauharnois respectively. Sealink was eastbound above St. Louis Bridge and the tug Salvor was westbound. The Arizona Dream was eastbound at Iroquois lock, followed by the Antalina at the Prescott Bridge, the Orsula west of brockville and the Federal Maas due at Crossover at 140 p.m.

The English River was westbound on Lake Ontario with a load of cement, while the CSL Niagara was eastbound 5m west of Main Duck Islands at 1510 and giving 2030 for Crossover. The Transitorius and Saginaw were eastbound while the Petite Forte was westbound near Port Weller piers. The Stephen B. Roman departed Picton with cement for Oswego. She only drew 18' 10" forward and 19' 8" aft as she was bound for Oswego. She was due at Psyche shoal at 630 p.m. and Oswego at 845 p.m.

The Welland Canal had the CSL Laurentian eastbound at Bridge 5, the John B. Aird westbound below the Flight locks, the Gunay A was below the flight locks, peter R. Cresswell was westbound in the flight locks, Halifax was westbound above lock 7, while the Lake Michigan and Kapitonas A Lucka were eastbound.

Lake Erie showed the Calumet eastbound while the Cuyahoga and Algobay were westbound.

The tugs Robinson Bay and Performance continued to remove lighted aids in the U.S. Seaway. They removed Buoy 234 and then tied up at the Clayton Town dock Wednesday afternoon.

Rain and snow were forecast but the temperature is forecast to remain above freezing for the next two days at least.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Pre Christmas Sale

12/20:
Just in time for the holidays. All items in stock including Interlake Steamship and other companies Dec. 16th-25th 50%
Hats normally priced $15.00 are now $7.50, Interlake desk flags regular $7.50 now $3.75. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.
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Today in Great Lakes History - December 20

The SAMUEL MATHER (5) was towed from Ashtabula on December 20, 1975 to Port Colborne, Ont. where her boilers were converted to oil-fired burners by Herb Fraser & Associates and renamed c) JOAN M. McCULLOUGH.

The FRONTENAC (4)'s scrapping process was completed there December 20, 1985.

The CRISPIN OGLEBAY (1) hauled her last cargo, a load of salt, into Rochester, NY on December 20, 1973 and then was laid up at Kingston, Ont. for the winter.

The Keel was laid for the PERE MARQUETTE 22 on December 20, 1923.

In 1910 the PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) was launched at South Chicago. She was the only Great Lakes carferry to be built in Chicago.

December 20, 1979 - The Interstate Commerce Commission approved the termination of the C&O's Milwaukee run. C&O terminated the run the following year.

On 20 December 1867, ALIDA (wooden propeller packet/tug, 81', 58 gt, built in 1856 at Saginaw, MI) had her boiler explode in the Saginaw River. She caught fire and burned to a total loss. This little packet/tug was the only steamer to regularly venture up the Saginaw River beyond the mouth of the Flint River.

On 20 December 1873, the Great Western ferry MICHIGAN was finally launched at the Jenkins yard in Walkerville, Ontario. Her launching was originally scheduled for 18 December, but she stuck on the ways. She was built for use on the Detroit River and her dimensions were 282' x 72'6" beam.

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


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




Reiss Enters Lay-up

12/19
The Richard Reiss arrived at the Mounfort Terminal in Erie, PA early Tuesday Morning, ending a season that included 35 trips into Erie with gravel. Her December 18 lay-up is later than 1999 and 2000, when she laid up on Dec. 9 and 14, respectively. Her fleetmate, the J. S. St. John is expected to lay-up sometime this week.

For more lay-up information visit the 8th Annual Lay-up List

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Middletown Visits Marquette

12/19
The Middletown made a rare appearance at Marquette Tuesday to take on a load of taconite pellets. While it has been a slow season, the ore dock is expected to continue loading at the docks until the Soo Locks close.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Saginaw River News

12/19
The Earl W. Oglebay was outbound from Bay City at about 10:00 a.m. Tuesday after unloading during the night at the Wirt docks in Essexville and Bay City.

On her outbound transit, the Oglebay passed the Agawa Canyon, that had just docked at Essexville and was beginning to unload her cargo.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
Earl W. Oglebay passing Agawa Canyon at Essexville.
Santa rides atop the pilot house.
Stern view of Earl W. Oglebay outbound.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Unloading early Tuesday morning.
Another view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

12/19
The Calumet was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator and was expected to depart early Tuesday evening. The Canadian Transport was loading coal at the CSX Coal Docks. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin today, American Mariner and Algosteel on Thursday and the Algobay on Friday. The Algomarine has now been added to the schedule and is due in on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Kingston Update

12/19
There was heavy eastbound traffic and some westbound movement Tuesday. The Peter R. Cresswell left Morrisburg and was westbound. The Emerald Star was also westbound.

The water temperature at St. Lambert had fallen 0.9 C to 3.3 C Tuesday. Last year it was 0.1 C and the ten-year average is 1.2 C. There were 29 salties above St. Lambert , 33 in 2000 and 18 vessels above Port Weller, 13 in 2000.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Salties Above Port Colborne

12/19
Mellenium Eagle - ETD Detroit 18/1900
Piyi D - ETD Milwaukee 18/1700
Kapitonas A. Luka - ETA Port Colborne 19/0400
Gunay A. - ETA Port Colborne 19/0430
Lake Michigan - ETA Port Colborne 19/0500
Andromeda - ETD Goderich 19/0800
Alessia - ETA Huron Cut 19/0730
Spar Garnet and Millinium Raptor were to anchor at the Soo over night and start down at first light this morning.
Grigoriy Aleksandroy - ETD Thunder Bay 19/1900
In Hamilton - Concord EDT 19/1200
Upbound to Hamilton was the Catharina C. that was downbound and turned around at Prescott when a cargo was found for her in Hamilton. She should arrive Hamilton about 19/1100 (she only does about 11.5 knots) departing the following day (weather permitting)




Pre Christmas Sale

12/19:
Just in time for the holidays. All items in stock including Interlake Steamship and other companies Dec. 16th-25th 50%
Hats normally priced $15.00 are now $7.50, Interlake desk flags regular $7.50 now $3.75. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.
Click here to view merchandise or send you order by e-mail




Today in Great Lakes History - December 19

The ASHLAND was launched December 19, 1942 as the L6-S-B1 class bulk carrier a) CLARENCE B. RANDALL (1). She laid up for the last time on the same day in 1979.

The ELMGLEN (2) ran aground December 19, 1989 near Johnson Point in the Munuscong Channel of the St. Marys River. Downbound loaded with grain, she had been diverted to the Munuscong Channel because of difficulties encountered by her fleetmate BEECHGLEN in the ice clogged West Neebish Channel.

Because of the increased demand for iron ore during the Korean conflict more ships were needed and as a consequence the yards on the Great Lakes were operating at capacity. In December 1950 the Republic Steel Corp. bought 70% of Nicholson--Universal stock in order to purchase ships from the surplus fleet.

On 19 December 1927, ALEXANDRIA (wooden propeller freighter, 97', 201 gc, built in 1902 at Chatham, Ontario) burned in the harbor of Little Current, Ontario off the Government Dock where her remains still lay.

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


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




Calumet in Toledo

12/18
7:00 a.m. update
With the assistance of a Great Lakes Towing Company tug the Calumet was able to be moved and secured at Andersons "K" Elevator at approximately 3:45 a.m. this morning.

She is expected to load a storage cargo of soybeans and spend the winter at Hamilton, Ontario.

Original Report
As the Calumet was approaching the Andersons "K" Elevator late Monday evening the very strong river currents caused by the recent heavy rains caused her to swing broadside in the river against the Norfolk Southern South Railroad Bridge. She is almost in the exact same position as the Nanticoke was stuck in October. She had no tugboat assistance as she was approaching the Elevator.

Tugs have been ordered to remove her from her present position. She was scheduled to load a winter storage cargo of soybeans for Hamilton, Ontario.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Last Saltie for Duluth-Superior

12/18
The Port of Duluth-Superior’s last ocean vessel of the season is expected to depart today, December 17, while Great Lakes traffic should continue for another month.

The Norwegian-flag Spar Garnet is expected to complete loading about 18,600 metric tons of soybeans destined for Naantali, Finland, at AGP Grain Limited, Duluth, at about 11:30 p.m. She should pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge shortly thereafter.

The Montreal-Lake Ontario and Welland Canal sections of the St. Lawrence Seaway are scheduled to close to traffic December 24. Laker traffic in the Port is expected to continue into mid-January because of the fixed closing date for the Sault Ste. Marie Locks of midnight January 15.

The Spar Garnet’s departure will mark the close of the Port’s 2001 St. Lawrence Seaway oceangoing vessel navigation season. With no Canadian vessels remaining in Port scheduled to make a full transit of the Seaway system, her exit will also bring the Port’s 2001 St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season for all vessels to a close.

The Port’s final ocean vessel of last year’s Seaway navigation season was the Marshall Islands-flag bulk carrier Lake Champlain on December 16. The Port’s last vessel of the season to fully transit the Seaway system in 2000 was the Canadian laker Algosound on December 18.

The Spar Garnet’s scheduled exit at 11:30 p.m. today is expected to be preceded by the 6:30 p.m. departure of the English-owned Millenium Raptor, which is loading about 19,000 metric tons of durum wheat at Superior’s Cenex Harvest States for carriage to Tunisia. The Millenium Raptor was also the Port’s first ocean vessel arrival for the season on April 4, 2001.

The 590-foot bulk carrier Spar Garnet was built in 1985 at Sasebo Heavy Industries Co., Japan. Commanded by Captain Rajesh Bawa, she is operated by Fednav International, Ltd., Montreal. Local agent for the vessel is Fedmar International and the stevedore is Ceres, Inc.

AGP Grain and Fedmar International have the distinction of loading the last ocean ship for this and the past two seasons (the Spar Garnet, the Lake Champlain and the Lady Hamilton).

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority




Run Away Barge

12/18
U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating a runaway barge floating down the St Marys River in the early hours of December 15. A downbound freighter was called and asked to keep a sharp lookout for a barge reported floating free in the vicinity. The ships captain called back in a few minutes later saying he could see a man standing on the floating barge but there was no movement. "..He was just standing there". The man was rescued by airboat and taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and unable to speak English. Ontario Provincial Police are also investigating the incident.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Northshore Mining resumes production

12/18
Northshore Mining Co. resumed limited production of taconite pellets on Dec. 17 after an eight-week shutdown.

The company, which mines taconite near Babbitt, Minn., and ships out of Silver Bay, Minn., shut down Oct. 14 because of slack demand for taconite pellets. The company has expected to return to full production this week but instead is operating at reduced capacity because of continuing weak demand. About 40 of the mine's 500 employees remain laid off indefinitely.

Northshore Mining is expected to produce about 2.8 million tons of pellets this year, well below its capacity of 4.3 million tons.

Overall, Minnesota taconite producers are expected to turn out 31.2 million tons of pellets, their lowest production since 1986.

Reported by: Al Miller




Wolverine Loads

12/18
Saturday morning the Wolverine docked at Port Inland to load stone for Detroit. The Wolverine made a number of trips to Port Inland last week. They are scheduled to be the last boat of the year at Port Inland this Thursday after they unload a cargo of coal at Charlevoix. Since it was Saturday night, Steward Mark Thompson prepared grilled steaks for the crew to enjoy. The Wolverine is due to lay-up sometime after Christmas in Toledo.

Wolverine at Port Inland loading dock.
On board view of stone loading at Port Inland on the Wolverine.
Menu of Saturday night dinner.
1st assistant's dog Brett plays with some of the crew on the dock before we returned to Menominee. (Brett often comes on board the boat and the crew loves it, everyone pets him and gives him treats.)

Reported by: Scott Best




Darya Devi Grounding

12/18
On December 6 the saltie Darya Devi ran aground while transiting northbound in the St. Mary's River enroute to Thunder Bay. The vessel broke-free while at anchor and came to rest on the soft river bank. Commercial salvage responded and towed the vessel to safe water.

Reported by: Mike Carson




Twin Ports Report

12/18
Vessel traffic in Duluth and Superior is winding down, with the final salties of the season departing Monday night.

The Spar Garnet was expected to depart about 10 p.m. Monday after loading about 18,600 metric tons of soybeans at the AGP grain elevator in Duluth. Scheduled to depart a few hours ahead of the Spar Garnet was Millenium Raptor, which loaded about 19,000 metric tons of durum wheat at Superior’s Cenex Harvest States elevator.

Final figures aren’t yet available, but the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says the Twin Ports handled 147 visits by salties through the end of November. At the Duluth port terminal, 12 salties had called through the end of October. Traffic at the terminal this season included cargoes of lumber, wood pulp and steel as well as several special heavy-lift cargoes. Most of those vessels then departed with grain cargoes.

With the salties gone, traffic in the Twin Ports now focuses on Midwest Energy Terminal, the ore docks and a few remaining domestic or Canadian grain cargoes.

At Midwest Energy Terminal, vessels are currently scheduled through Dec. 27, when Algowood is expected to load coal for Nanticoke. This week’s lineup includes Algowood, St. Clair and Columbia Star on Dec. 19; Indiana Harbor, Dec. 21; and Oglebay Norton and Presque Isle, Dec. 22. Most of the remaining cargoes are destined for Nanticoke, although Oglebay Norton will be hauling its load to Silver Bay.

At the DMIR ore docks, Edwin H. Gott is due to make an uncommon appearance on Dec. 18. After that, the only vessels now scheduled are CSL Tadoussac on Dec. 19 and Dec. 28.

At the BNSF ore dock, traffic, traffic on Dec. 17 included Burns Harbor and American Mariner.

The Twin Ports’ winter lay-up fleet grew Sunday, when the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at the Duluth port terminal. It’s docked near the St. Lawrence Cement terminal. It joins Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Roger Blough, Arthur M. Anderson and Armco in winter fleet. Port officials expect 12 to 14 vessels to winter here, but the names and numbers won’t be certain until the last few days.

Reported by: Al Miller




Goderich News

12/18
The Federal Maas departed early Monday morning, while the Andromeda continued loading grain. For such a small ship, she seems to be taking a long time to load.

The Saginaw docked at the salt mine Monday afternoon and was still loading when the Capt. Henry Jackman was assisted in to the harbor by the tug Dover that is decked out in Christmas lights and another tug at 7:30 p.m. She will wait on the north side of the mine until the Saginaw departs.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Saginaw River Report

12/18
The David Z. Norton was outbound the Saginaw River early Monday morning after unloading at the Bay City & Saginaw Wirt Docks. The Norton had a slow outbound trip due to morning fog. Radio traffic indicated that she was headed to Stoneport to load one last time for the Wirt Docks.

The Earl W. Oglebay was inbound late Monday night passing the Pump Out Island around 11:00 p.m. She is carrying a split load for the Essexville and Bay City Wirt Docks.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton downbound in the morning fog.
Close up at Bay City Wirt.
Stern view clear of Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

12/18
Monday the American Republic arrived at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock for lay-up. The Philip R. Clarke finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed in the morning.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Laurentien, Canadian Transport, and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin today. The American Mariner, and Algosteel on Thursday, followed by the Algobay on Friday, she will be the last coal boat of the season for the CSX Dock complex. There are several tug/barges in drydock at the Shipyard.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Lac Des Iles loading a grain cargo at the Midstates Elevator.
The tanker Venus approaching the Sun Oil Dock. Taken from the Craig Bridge.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Port Colborne Update

12/18
Sunday the Cartierdoc was departing Lock 8 with her last load of grain for the season. Right behind her was the barge Sarah Spencer and tug Jane Ann IV locking through backwards taking her winter storage cargo of grain to the Robin Hood terminal.

The Mississagi was next to travel downbound with a cargo of salt destined for the industrial dock in Thorold. The J.A.W. Iglehart was traveling upbound after visiting a Lake Ontario port. Workers on board the tug Everlast were readying her for a Coast Guard inspection.

Cartierdoc departing Lock 8.
Stern view.
Close up.
Close up of Jane Ann IV.
At the lay-up dock.
Mississagi.
Stern view.
Iglehart upbound.
Close up.
Stern of the Everlast at dock.
Another view.
Close up of superstructure.
Close up the aft deck.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Seaway East Report

12/18
The water temperature at the St. Lambert lock Dec. 17 was 4.2 C that is 0.7 C lower than Dec. 14. Last year it was 0.1 C and the ten-year average is 1.3 C. The temperature is still high. As of midnight Sunday there were 33 salties above St. Lambert, as compared to 38 in 2000 and 22 above Port Weller, as compared to 16 in 2000.

Draft reductions have been postponed until Dec. 23. There are about 23 salt water ships still heading out of the system for the Atlantic. The last one is scheduled to arrive at Cape Vincent at midnight Dec. 24. This total does not include lakers.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




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Today in Great Lakes History - December 18

The NANTICOKE was launched December 18, 1979.

GEORGIAN BAY was launched during a snow storm on December 18, 1953

The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was laid up for the last time December 18, 1981 at Cleveland.

On December 18, 1921 gale force winds drove the CARMI A. THOMPSON ashore at Buffalo, NY where she was laid up with grain for winter storage. She ended up wedged between the LOUIS W. HILL and the MERTON E. FARR. The THOMPSON was released on January 5, 1922 but required the replacement of 156 hull plates before her return to service.

The ALABAMA was launched in 1909.

On 18 December 1899, BARGE 115 (steel whaleback, 256', 1169 gt, built in 1891 at Superior, WI) was carrying iron ore in a storm on Lake Huron when she broke from her tow steamer well out in the lake. She went ashore five days later at Pic Island off Thunder Bay, Ontario, and broke up. Her crew was thought to be lost, but they showed up days later after a long trek through the wilderness.

On 18 December 1959, BRIDGEBUILDER X (propeller tug, 71', 46 gt, built in 1911 at Lorain, Ohio) foundered in a storm while enroute from Sturgeon Bay to N. Fox Island on Lake Michigan. Two lives were lost. She had been built as the fish tug PITTSBURG. In 1939, she was converted to the excursion boat BIDE-A-WEE. Then she was converted to a construction tug for the building of the Mackinac Bridge and finally she was rebuilt in 1958 as a logging tug.

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


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Block Stops at Soo

12/17
Transiting the St Marys River Sunday was the Joseph L Block. The vessel made an unscheduled stop at the Soo for a few hours. The downbound Joe Block locked through and was allowed to tie on the east center piers for unknown repairs. At noon, the ship was ready to sail and was cleared by US Coast Guard officials.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Andromeda in Goderich

12/17
The multipurpose saltie Andromeda was loading grain in Goderich on Sunday. The 386-foot vessel has been trading between Europe, the USA and Canada transporting parcel cargo.

Registered in the Netherlands, the Andromeda is heading off the lakes after unloading a cargo of wood pulp in Duluth.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo Report

12/17
Sunday the Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin waiting to follow and the Philip R. Clarke due in late that evening to follow the Martin.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX docks will be the CSL Laurentien today, Canadian Transport on Tuesday, and the American Mariner on Wednesday. The Algosteel and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin are due on Thursday, followed by the Algobay on Friday.

The Algobay is scheduled to be the last coal boat of the season for the CSX Dock complex.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Duluth Update

12/17
The John Sherwin and Elton Hoyt 2nd are happily nestled in together at the Superior Municipal dock for what may be more than just a "nap". Below are a few images taken just after the tow.

Bernard Kaner, 64, of Duluth, passed away August 30. Bernie was the last of the male Kaners, who operated the bumboats in the Twin Ports. At the age of 11, His Father Hymen, his brother Lawrence and their cousins Abe, Isadore, Sidney and Henry invented the concept, when they began selling goods out of packsacks to crewmembers aboard visiting steamships.

Bernie started young as well, working hard in the family trade, taking a break in the late 1950s to attend college and serve in the US Army. In 1962, he was managing the Duluth-Superior Excursion Company (now the Vista Fleet) when he returned to bumboat service, operating the Kaner I on the 12-hour night shift. His father took the 12-hour day shift, hitting every vessel visiting the Duluth docks.

He retired from the business in 1993 and laid up the Kaner I, which was built in 1959 as the TED. The vessel was sold to Acme Marine Services, operator of the Marine Trader, in 1998.

Bernie would visit us often on the Trader, stopping by to tell stories, still recovering from his long career on the bumboats. "In order to be successful in the business," he would say, "you give up your life. We did it for the money, that's why we did it."

He will be missed.

Bumboats Marine Trader and Marine Supplier (formerly the Kaner I) rafted at N.P. #2.
Sherwin and Hoyt bows.
Sherwin being moved out of the shipyard by G-tugs.
The pilothouse of the Sherwin.
The galley.
Office.
Upper engine room.
Interlake logo painted on the engine room floor.
Engine room office.
Boilers and engine room controls.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel, Zenith Tugboat Company




Travels

12/17
Below are images taken by Mike Nicholls on recent trips around the lakes.

Valley Camp at the Soo.
Le Voyageur laid up at the Soo.
Nokomis laid up at the Soo.
Mackinac Islander at St. Ignace.
Stern view.
Sacre Bleu at St. Ignace.
Cadillac laid up at Mackinaw City.
Straits of Mackinac II at Mackinaw City.
Michigan & Great Lakes in Cheboygan.
Stern view.
Mackinaw at Cheboygan.
Stern view.
tug Amber Mae at Cheboygan.
ferry Polaris at Cheboygan.
Fish & Wildlife Service boats Grayling & Togue at Cheboygan.
Togue.
Ryba tugs Kathy Lynn & Rochelle Kaye at Cheboygan.
from left to right Straits Express, Mackinaw Express, Island Express, Joliet, Marquette and La Salle at Cheboygan laid up for the winter. This will be the first time the Arnold Catamarans will be left in the water for the winter.
La Salle laid up in Cheboygan.
Marquette laid up in Cheboygan.
ferry Kristin D at Cheboygan.
Tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes unloading in Toledo.
Stern view.
Tugs Susan & William Hoey in Toledo.
Stern of William Hoey.
Jet Express & Jet Express II on marine railway in Port Clinton, OH.
Tug Tyler Perry in Port Clinton, OH.
Stern view.
ferry Shirley Irene at Marblehead, OH.
Nanticoke at Cargill, Toledo. OH.
museum ship Willis B Boyer at Toledo. OH.
Barbara Andrie & barge in Monroe, MI.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Weekly Updates

12/17
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Today in Great Lakes History - December 17

C.L. AUSTIN was launched December 17, 1910 as a) WILLIS L. KING

With an inexperienced Taiwanese crew, boiler problems and the collapse of Lock 7's west wall in the Welland Canal, SAVIC's (CLIFFS VICTORY) departure was delayed until December 17, 1985 when she departed Chicago under her own power.

The NEW QUEDOC sank at her winter moorings at Midland, Ont. December 17, 1961 with a load of storage grain. The sinking was caused by the automatic sea valves that were accidentally opened.

The ROGERS CITY (2) was laid up for the last time at Calcite, MI on December 17, 1981.

On December 17, 1955, in heavy fog, the B.F. AFFLECK collided head-on with her fleetmate HENRY PHIPPS in the Straits of Mackinac. Both vessels were damaged but were able to sail under their own power for repairs.

In 1905 the Anchor Line steamer JUNIATA was launched at the yards of the American Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland. The JUNIATA was the first large passenger boat built in Cleveland since the NORTH LAND and NORTH WEST. Today the JUNIATA exists as the National Historic Landmark MILWAUKEE CLIPPER.

On 17 December 1875, the steamboat JENNISON of Captain Ganoe's line which ran between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven burned at Grand Rapids. She was laid up for the winter just below the city on the Grand River. She was insured for $12,000.

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


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Hamilton Energy Arrives

12/16
Saturday afternoon the Provmar tanker Hamilton Energy arrived below Lock 1 with the assistance of the McKeil tug Glenevis for an engine replacement that will take place at Port Weller Dry Docks. Work has begun on the refit of the Canadian Century.

Also in the canal was the upbound Millenium Eagle making a late season run to the upper lakes. Downbound was the CSL Laurentien, Aegean Sea and the CCGS Griffon was above Lock 7 deploying winter channel markers.

Hamilton Energy below Lock 1.
Aegean Sea passing.
Stern view.
Tug Glenevis.
Sign on deck.
Talking with the crew.
CSL Laurentien.
Canadian Century at Port Weller Dry Docks.
Aegean Sea downbound.
Millenium Eagle upbound.
Griffon docked, the small work barge is used to set the winter marker.
Close up of the work barge.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Port of Green Bay remains busy

12/16
A saltie loaded tallow from the Anamax terminal last week and the coal docks have been stocking up for the winter. On Friday, the cement boat Alpena made what might be her last visit to this port for the season.

Saturday the John G. Munson was unloading coal at the Fox River dock. The Maumee was unloading coal at Georgia-Pacific. The tanker Gemini was due with a load of fuel oil on Saturday and the Cason J. Calloway was also due in port yesterday.

Maumee passing through the Mason Street Bridge.
Passing former fleet mate John G. Munson.
Maumee maneuvering in downtown turning basin.
Maumee heads out into the Bay of Green Bay.

Reported by: Jeff DuMez




Whiskey Island

12/15
The Cleveland Port Authority has approved 3.6 million dollars to build a road leading to the Cleveland Bulk Terminals on Whiskey Island. This will allow stone and ore unloaded there to be moved by truck as well as rail that is the only way off the dock right now. Ontario Stone will benefit from the new access as the can take delivery of stone using larger vessels rather than using smaller boats that must come up the river to unload. The CBT dock is operated by Oglebay Norton so they would find use for some of their ships in the coming years but it would hurt the fleets using smaller boats as they would not have cargoes into town before departing with salt. Vessels sailing for Lower Lakes Towing and Grand River Navigation frequently make the trips up the river.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Emery on the Move

12/16
The Erie based sand sucker John R. Emery is expected to depart its home port today. She has reportedly been sold to Osborne Materials of Fairport Harbor and will depart sometime today for Fairport. It is unknown whether or not she will be renamed.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




U.S.-Flag Ore Cargos Now Down By 10 Million Tons

12/16
U.S.-Flag iron ore cargos fell substantially again in November. The 4.3 million tons loaded represent a decrease of 21.4 percent. For the season, the U.S.-Flag iron ore float is down by more than 10 million tons. That's enough cargo to keep three 1,000-footers busy from late March until mid-January.

Increased coal availability, coupled with the need to build stockpiles for the winter, push the U.S.-Flag coal trade to 2.5 million tons in November, an increase of 14 percent. Mild weather facilitated stone production in November, so that trade also increased slightly.

For the season, U.S.-Flag carriage stands at 93 million tons, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to the same point in the 2000 navigation season. With many U.S.-Flag lakers laying up much earlier than normal, the gap will grow before the season ends.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Thunder Bay News

12/16
Traffic in the port of Thunder Bay is beginning to slow. With the end of the season near, only a few salties and a hand full of lakers are scheduled to arrive to load.

Friday saw a bit of action as one laker arrived and a several salties shifted docks. About 9:00 a.m., under threatening skies, the tug W.N. Twolan and barge McAllister132 headed out onto the lake. The forecast was for favorable weather but around Thunder Cape the duo was met with heavy seas and freezing spray. They eventually turned around and returned to port to dock at the Old Ore Dock, where the Radium Yellowknife sits quietly tied up. The Twolan and barge are attempting to deliver over 5,000mt of softwood lumber to Detroit and return here in time to make one more trip down before the season ends.

At the same time the Twolan left her dock in the morning, the saltie Antalina was assisted out of the Thunder Bay Terminal dock and over to Valley Camp up the Mission river. Around 4:00 p.m. Canadian Steamship Line's CSL Niagara made an appearance and took her place dockside at Thunder Bay Terminals. Shortly afterward the saltie Spring Breeze departed Saskatchewan Pool 7b with just over 16,000mt of cargo. Her next stop will be Montreal. Another saltie was loading at the Cargill elevator at the Mission River entrance.

The Canadian Coast Guard ship Samuel Risley, has finished her work changing buoys in Port. She sailed downbound on Thursday to continue her work on the lakes. Also departing Thursday was the Cartierdoc, who was making her last trip of the year to Thunder Bay. Another sure sign that freeze up is approaching, is that most of the fishing tugs in Current River were taken out of the water last week and laid up onto blocks for the winter.

Tugs at the Current River landing.
Two tugs in winter lay-up on blocks.
Samuel Risley changing a buoy with Federal Fuji anchored.
Sarah Spencer visiting Richardson Elevator.
Cartierdoc on her last visit for this season.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Toledo Update

12/16
The Buffalo is in winter lay-up at the CSX #2 Dock. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, and Philip R. Clarke on Sunday. The CSL Laurentien on Monday. The Canadian Transport on Tuesday. The American Mariner on Wednesday followed by the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Algosteel, and Algobay on Thursday.

The following vessels are now in lay-up at Toledo. The Reserve, Buckeye, Saturn, and the ex Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire are at the Lakefront/Torco Dock complexes. The Courtney Burton, and Buffalo at the CSX Docks. The Norfolk Southern railway carfloats Manitowoc, Roanoke, and Windsor at The CSX Docks "Frog Pond" area. The Joseph H. Frantz at the Hocking Valley "South" Dock.

More vessels from the ASC and Oglebay Norton Fleets are expected in for lay-up soon. There are several tugs/barges in drydock at the Shipyard.

Pointe Noire headed downriver after loading a grain cargo.
Middletown as a straight decker approaching the C&O Ore Dock to unload ore pellets from Silver Bay, Minnesota. Note the ice on the bow of the vessel.
Tug Curly B of Lake Michigan contractors dredging fleet at Toledo just north of the Torco Dock complex.
William A. Whitney in Gaelic colors outbound Maumee Bay. She is the bow tug handling the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers large hopper dredge Markham tow from the Shipyard. Eventually the Markham would be headed overseas to England.
General pushing two large barges loaded with stone headed for Monroe, Michigan harbor project.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Kingston Update

12/16
The weather in the Kingston area Saturday was clear and cold. Visibility was unlimited after snow and winds stopped traffic Friday night. There was a parade of eastbound vessels in the Seaway and the first westbound vessel was the Patterson in St. Lambert Lock.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




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Today in Great Lakes History - December 16

On December 16, 1966 while loading at Montreal, the CABOT ( b CANADIAN EXPLORER) rolled over on her side and sank with a loss of two lives. She was refloated on January 18, 1967.

In 1983 HILDA MARJANNE's forward section, which included a bow thruster, was moved to the building berth at Port Weller Dry Docks where it was joined to CHIMO's stern. The joined sections would later emerge from the dry dock as the b) CANADIAN RANGER.

The IMPERIAL BEDFORD was launched December 16,1968.

J.W. McGIFFIN was launched December 16, 1971.

The tug/barge PRESQUE ISLE departed light from Erie December 16,1973 on its maiden voyage bound for Two Harbors, MN. (This was the latest maiden voyage date at that time.) There the PRESQUE ISLE loaded 51,038 long tons of taconite pellets for delivery to Gary, IN. After this ice covered trip, the vessel returned to Erie for winter lay-up. The PRESQUE ISLE was the second thousand foot vessel on the Great Lakes (the Erie-built STEWART CORT which came out in 1972 was the first) and was the last large vessel built at the Erie shipyard.

While in tandem tow on the way to scrapping with the former Ford Motor Co. steamer ROBERT S. McNAMARA, the BUCKEYE MONITOR developed a crack in her deck amidships. The crack extended down her sides to below the waterline and she sank at 0145 hours on December 16, 1973 at position 43°30'N x 30°15'W in the North Atlantic Ocean.

BENSON FORD (2) made her last trip to the Rouge where she was laid up on December 16, 1984.

The PIC RIVER was the last to use the old Welland City Canal on December 16, 1972 as the new Welland by-pass opened the following spring.

The WILLIAM A. IRVIN sustained bottom damage in Lake Erie and laid up December 16, 1978 at Duluth, MN.

THOMAS WILSON operated until December 16, 1979, when she tied up at Toledo. During that final year, the vessel carried only thirty cargoes and all were ore.

On 16 December 1906, ADVENTURER (wooden propeller steam tug, 52', built in 1895 at Two harbors, MN) broke her moorings and went adrift in a gale. She was driven ashore near Ontonagon, MI on Lake Superior and was pounded to pieces.

On 16 December 1954, the 259' bulk carrier BELVOIR was launched at the E. B. McGee Ltd. yard in Port Colborne, Ontario. She was built for the Beaconsfield Steamship Co. She sailed in the last years before the Seaway opened. During the winter of 1958-59, she was lengthened 90 feet at Montreal. She left the Lakes in 1968 and later sank in the Gulf of Honduras with the loss of 21 lives.

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


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Closing Dates

12/15
Soo Locks
MacArthur Lock - December 22
Poe Lock - January 15, 2002

On Saturday morning there were 30 boats above the Soo Locks scheduled to transit downbound before the end of the season. 11 US, 7 Canadian, and 12 foreign.

Welland Canal
8:00 a.m. December 24 Upbound at CIP15 and downbound at CIP16
Eastern side of the Flight Locks - 8:00 a.m. December 21.

Montreal-Lake Ontario Section
Clearance date - midnight December 20 Surcharges for December 21 to 23 have been waived. Surcharges for December 24 remain in place.

Reported by: Ron Walsh, Mike Cleary and Jerry Masson




Saginaw River News

12/15
The Algoway was outbound from Saginaw on Friday morning after unloading during the night at the GM dock. According to reports, she delivered a load of salt from Goderich.

The David Z. Norton passed the Front Range inbound at about 3:10 p.m. Friday. After delivering part of her load in Bay City, she was upbound during the evening for Wirt stone dock at Saginaw.

This was the second visit by both vessels to the Saginaw River since Wednesday. Commercial vessels have entered the Saginaw River more than 20 times to deliver cargoes during the first two weeks of December.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Marquette Report

12/15
The Adam Cornelius loaded pellets at Marquette Friday and the Paul R. Tregurtha brought in a load of coal to the Presque Isle plant.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Kingston Update

12/15
There was lots of activity in the area as the Stephen B. Roman cleared Picton for Oswego. The English River was westbound from Bath and the Jean Parisien was inbound for Picton.

Visibility at the American Narrows was reduced to one mile at 7:40 p.m. due to snow. There were Gale Warnings up for all of Lake Ontario.

The Montrealais was headed for Hamilton where she will unload and then go to lay-up. The crew hopes to be off by Sunday if possible. The Mikhail Strekaslovsky is expected to arrive at Ogdensburg at 10:20 p.m. and then to Montreal.

At 10:53 p.m. the Goviken could not make a pilot exchange with the Cape Vincent Pilot boat. The snow and winds caused reduced visibility. The pilot boat returned to the dock and the Goviken was heading back westward to anchor.

The only eastbound vessel was the Algocen who was due at Cape Vincent about 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning. She may have had to anchor as well, the American Narrows were closed to navigation due to reduced visibility in wind and snow

It was a busy day with no less than 21 ships was received.
Actual Traffic Data for Dec. 14
Langenes (E) 0937 Mason Point, 1100 Crossover
Montrealais (W) 0938 Rock Island, 1210 Cape Vincent, 1545 Point Petre, 15/0310 Burlington iron ore, The vessel will off load and then go to lay-up.
Olga (E) 1040 Cape Vincent, 1400 Crossover, 14 100 tons of Duluth Wheat, Montreal for bunkers then to Algiers.
English River (W) from Bath
West Kap (E) 1305 Cape Vincent, 1600 Crossover
Ziemia Zanojska (E) 1400 Cape Vincent, 1720 Crossover
Mikhail Strekaslovsky (E) 1520 Cape Vincent, 1825 Crossover, 2020 Ogdensburg, next port of call, Montreal
Oakglen (E) 0941 Iroquois
Capt. Henry Jackman (W) 1040 Iroquois, 1430 Crossover, 1800 Cape Vincent, 2120 Sodus
Lake Erie (W) 0941 Maitland, 1350 Cape Vincent, 1715 Sodus, 15/0100 CIP# 15
Algosoo 0941 Cornwall (E?)
Concord (W) 0941 Ingleside, 1415 Crossover, 1720 Cape Vincent, 2040
Sodus, 15/0515 Burlington Piers
Canadian Provider (E) 0941 Bridge 7 Seaway
Jean Parisien (E) 1335 Midlake, 1615 Sodus, 1820 False Duck Islands , bound for Picton
Grigorly Alexsandrov (W) 0948 past CIP # 15
Sea Eagle II (E) 0948 Port Weller
Goviken (E) 1620 Midlake, 1840 Sodus,
Algocatalyst (W)
Quebecois (W)
Stephen B. Roman (SW) departed Picton, cement, 20'1"F, 21'2"A, 1600
Psyche Shoal, 1815 Oswego Piers
Algocen (E) 1820 Midlake


Reported by: Ron Walsh




Seaway Radio Message

12/15
The water temperature at St. Lambert has fallen from 5.0 C to 4.9 C from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14. Last year it was 0.0 C and the ten years average is 1.4 C. As of midnight Dec. 13 there were 40 salties above St. Lambert, as compared to 40 in 2000 and 33 salties above Port Weller as compared to 28 in 2000.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




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Today in Great Lakes History - December 15

The ROBERT KOCH went hard aground December 15, 1985 on Sheldon Point off Oswego, NY loaded with 2000 tons of cement when her towline parted from the tug R. & L. NO.1. Dragging her anchors in heavy weather, she fetched up on a rocky shelf in 16 feet of water 300 yards off shore.

The NORTHCLIFFE HALL (2) departed Kingston on December 15, 1974 headed for Colombia with a load of newsprint. She traded briefly in the Caribbean and then laid up at Houston, TX. later to return to the lakes.

On December 15, 1972 the GEORGIAN BAY was reported as the last ship to pass through the city of Welland as the new $8.3 million by-pass channel was to be ready for the beginning of the 1973 shipping season. (Actually two other ships, the TADOUSSAC and PIC RIVER, followed her through.)

The JOHN E.F. MISENER (2) was laid up for the last time on December 15, 1982 at Port McNicoll, Ont.

JOE S. MORROW was launched December 15, 1906.

The RED WING (2) was laid up for the last time at Toronto on December 15, 1984 due in part to the uneconomical operation of her steam turbine power plant.

The ROGERS CITY (2) cleared Lauzon on December 15, 1987 in tow of the Maltese tug PHOCEEN on the first leg of her tow to the cutters torch.

On December 15, 1988, Purvis Marine's ANGLIAN LADY departed Mackinaw City with the CHIEF WAWATAM under tow, arriving at the Canadian Soo the next day. During the winter of 1988-89, Purvis removed items tagged by the State (including the pilot house) and began converting her into a barge.

On 15 December 1888, GEORGE W. ROBY (wooden propeller, 281', 1843 gt,) was launched at W. Bay City, MI. She was built by F. W. Wheeler (hull #45).

Below is a winter lay-up list as published in the Port Huron Times on 15 December 1876.
At Port Huron -- Steam barges: ABERCORN, BIRKHEAD, BAY CITY, H. D. COFFINBURY, WILLIAM COWIE, N. K. FAIRBANK, GERMANIA, GEORGE KING, V.H. KETCHUM, MARY MILL, MARY PRINGLE, E. W. POWERS, D. F. ROSE, SALINA, TEMPEST. Propellers: CITY OF NEW BALTIMORE. Tug: CORA B. Schooners and Barges: T. Y. AVERY, BUCKEYE STATE, GEORGE W. BISSEL, KATIE BRAINARD, D. K. CLINT, DAYTON, S. GARDNER, A. GEBHART, C. G. KING, T. G. LESTER, MARINE CITY, H. R. NEWCOMB, J. H. RUTTER, REINDEER, C. SPADEMAN, SAGINAW, ST. JOSEPH, TAYLOR, TROY, C. L. YOUNG, YANKEE. At Marysville -- D. G. WILLIAMS, 7 tow barges, JUPITER, and LEADER.

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


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Busy day in Menominee

12/14
Thursday was a busy day in Menominee, the Alessia arrived just after midnight with a load of wood pulp for K&K. About 3:00 p.m. the Calumet arrived in Menominee with a load of coal for Menominee Paper Co. This is the Calumet's first trip into the Lake Michigan Port. The Calumet unloaded and departed by 8:00 p.m. heading to Calcite for a load of stone.

Side view of the Alessia unloading from across river.
Cypress, Donner and Alessia from up river.
Close up at K&K Warehouse dock unloading.
Inbound Menominee.
Stern shot.
Work boat bringing line to shore.
Unloading at Menominee Paper Co.
Wide view.
Close up of Calumet.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Building Stockpiles Pushes Coal Over 5 Million Tons In November

12/14
With many customers needing to build their winter stockpiles, the Lakes coal trade totaled 5.1 million net tons in November, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the corresponding period last season. The coal availability problems that so impacted loadings at Lake Erie ports for most of the season appear to be resolved. As a result, shipments from Lake Erie rose 34 percent, or 730,000 tons.

Although Superior Midwest Energy Terminal saw its November shipments slip slightly, the facility's season-end tally will represent a new record for the 8th year in a row.

November's strong performance pushed coal's season-to-date total to 38,251,088 tons, an increase of 2.3 percent compared to last season's end-of-November total.

Video of the loading process at SMET. (6.5 meg -Windows Media Player)

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Last Load of Salt for Alpena

12/14
The Algorail delivered the last load of salt for the season at the Alpena Oil Dock on Thursday. It arrived around 11:00 a.m. to unload the salt. This is the second time this year the Algorail has visited Alpena. The crew had the ship decorated for Christmas with lights around the pilothouse, Santa at the end of the unloading boom, and Santa and his reindeer on the stern cabins.

It departed sometime after 4:00 p.m.

The Fred R. White Jr. unloaded coal at Lafarge Wednesday night. The Alpena was in Green Bay and will head back to load cement at Lafarge in Alpena sometime on Saturday. The J.A.W Iglehart was heading for Buffalo. The Jacklyn M/barge Integrity were leaving Waukegan, IL and coming back to Alpena on Saturday.

The Philip R. Clarke was loading at Stoneport on Thursday. The David Z. Norton and H. Lee White were scheduled to load after the Clarke.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Scheduled Closing

12/14
Due to the early lay up of many Great Lakes ships, the MacArthur Lock at Soo Ste Marie is scheduled to close December 22. This will allow work crews an early start on winter maintenance with the Poe Lock remaining open until January 15, 2002.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Hamilton Energy to Drydock

12/14
The fuel vessel Hamilton Energy is scheduled to enter the dry dock at Port Weller Dry Docks this winter for repowering. The Hamilton Energy was hit directly in the stern by a saltie in Hamilton harbor this spring. The Energy was hit so hard it snapped her rudder post and drove her propeller shaft through her gearbox and smashed her engine casting off .

She has been moved around the harbor this season by a tug from McKeil Marine.

This has been a busy week in Hamilton Harbor with many ships in loading or unloading steel or fuel. United Storage is expecting 2-3 ships in the next week to take on the last loads of tallow for the season.

Reported by: Wally Wallace




Toledo News

12/14
The Nanticoke was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading a grain cargo on Thursday. The John G. Munson was at the CSX Coal Docks loading coal.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin on Saturday, followed by the Algomarine, and Philip R. Clarke on Sunday. The Reserve arrived at the Torco Docks for winter lay-up. More vessels are expected in soon for lay-up.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Busy Season for Saginaw

12/14
The Saginaw River has had a busy season this year with 359 vessels passing on the river. Last season there were only 325 ships logged at this time.

Low water levels may have some effect on the numbers as vessels need to make more trips to carry the same tonnage.

Reported by: Lon Morgan




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12/14:
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Today in Great Lakes History - December 14

On December 14, 1984, the William Clay Ford (1) laid up for the final time at the Rouge Steel plant in Dearborn.

The JIIMAAN was towed out of dry dock on December 14, 1992 by the tugs JAMES E. McGRATH and LAC VANCOUVER to the fitout dock for completion.

The CHICAGO TRIBUNE was sold for scrap in 1988 and was towed up the Welland Canal on December 14, 1988 by the tugs THUNDER CAPE and MICHAEL D. MISNER to Port Colborne, Ont.

On December 14, 1926, the W.E. FITZGERALD was caught in heavy seas and suffered damaged frames and hull plating. Repairs consisted of replacing nearly 25,000 rivets and numerous hull plates.

The package freighter George N. Orr, a recent war acquisition from the Canada Atlantic Transit Company is wrecked off Savage Point, Prince Edward Island on December 14, 1917. She was enroute to New York City with a load of hay.

On 14 December 1883, MARY ANN HULBERT (wooden schooner-barge, 62 gt, built in 1873 at Bayfield, WI) was carrying railroad workers and supplies in tow of the steamer KINCADINE in a storm on Lake Superior. She was sailing from Port Arthur for Michipicoten Island. The HULBERT was overwhelmed by the gale and foundered, The crew of five plus all 15 of the railroad workers were lost.

December 14, 1903 - The PERE MARQUETTE 20 left the shipyard in Cleveland on her maiden voyage.

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


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Buffalo enters lay-up

12/13
American Steamship's Buffalo arrived at its lay-up dock in Toledo Wednesday. The vessel arrived over night and waited until day light to enter the river.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Busy Day at the Soo

12/13
Salt water vessels passing through the Soo Locks Tuesday may have set a record. Vessel traffic from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. included 9 upbounds and 15 downbounds. Not all were salties but combined with the lakers the total of 24 transits is a banner day in recent years.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Goderich Update

12/13
Wednesday was a busy day in Goderich Harbor. The Algoway arrived in the morning and began loading salt at 11:00 a.m. It departed later that afternoon. The Federal Maas moved from the Grain Elevator about 5:30 p.m. to allow the Mikhail Strekalovskiy to depart. Both were assisted from port with the tugs Dover, Debbie Lyn, and Ian Mac. The Mass anchored in the lake over night to allow the Andromeda to arrive Thursday morning.

Pictures by Jim Bauer

Federal Mass preparing to load.
Algoway departing the salt dock.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Saginaw River News

12/13
December continues busy on the Saginaw River, with two more vessels visiting on Wednesday.

The Algoway entered the river shortly after midnight and was upbound during the night for the GM dock at Saginaw. She secured at the dock shortly after 6:00 a.m., departed around noon, and was outbound from Sixth Street at 12:45 p.m.

The David Z. Norton was inbound on Wednesday morning for Bay City. She departed the Wirt dock in Bay City late in the afternoon after the Algoway cleared. The Norton was outbound at the Front Range at 6:15 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey

David Z. Norton unloading at Bay City Wirt.
Another View of the Norton.
Algoway downbound approaching the David Z. Norton.
Algoway passing the Norton.
Algoway close up.
Stern View.
USCG Cutter Bramble upbound at Essroc.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Cleveland Update

12/13
Tuesday the St. Marys II and tug Sea Eagle were in Cleveland and unloading at the Blue Circle cement silos at Jefferson Street on the Cuyahoga River. The Maumee arrived at 4:30 p.m. to load salt on the old river on Whiskey Island. To enter this dock the ship must come in the river entrance under the Conrail bridge stern first and make a 120 degree turn to the west then a 45 degree turn to the south under the Willow Street bridge. These turns are accomplished with the help of a G tug. The tug Idaho assisted the Maumee this evening and made it through the difficult turns with no problems.

The Maumee entering the river under the Conrail Bridge.
Beginning the turn onto the old river.
Close up of the tug Idaho.
Stern shot of the Maumee making the turn The Jackknife Bridge is no longer used.
Idaho heeled over to turn the Maumee.
Bow of the Maumee clearing the docks of a bar.
Maumee Using its bow thruster to work through the bridge and feeding the seagulls in the process.
Maumee passing through the Willow Street Bridge.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Port Inland Update

12/13
The season at Port Inland is beginning to slow down, but has been extended due to the milder than normal weather so far this fall. The Canadian Transport was scheduled to make a rare trip to Port Inland Wednesday afternoon, it will be the first Upper Lakes boat to load at Port Inland since the Canadian Navigator loaded at Port Inland almost two months ago. Oglebay Norton boats such as the Wolverine and Fred R White also scheduled to load through this weekend.

The following are the shipping totals for Port Inland for the time period of October 22 to November 22: The totals remained nearly the same for this time frame compared the last month, with the same number of boats loaded, 31 and 17 different boats loading down just 1 from last month.
Joseph L Block - 1
Wilfred Sykes - 6
Wolverine - 2
Earl W Oglebay - 4
Algoway - 1
Sam Laud - 2
Calumet - 1
Fred R White - 2
Middletown - 1
Maumee - 1
Herbert C Jackson - 1
Capt. Henry Jackman - 1
David Z Norton - 1
American Mariner - 1
Agawa Canyon - 1
Buffalo - 1
Algowood - 1

Reported by: Scott Best




Seaway Radio Message

12/13
Water temperatures at the St. Lambert Lock remain high. Tuesday's temperature was 5.0 C as compared to 0.0 C last year. The ten year average is 1.6 C It has fallen from 6.8 C on the 7th, 5.8 on the 10th, and 5.4 on the 11th.

As of Midnight Dec. 11 there were 47 ocean vessels above Montreal as compared to 45 last year and 38 above Port Weller as compared to 29 last year.

Any upbound vessel entering the Seaway is considered as a wintering vessel. The surcharges for Dec. 21 to 23 have been waved but the surcharges for Dec. 24 are still in effect. Thinning of lighted aids in the Montreal- Lake Ontario section began Tuesday.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Bittern was pulled from the water Tuesday in Kingston.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Today in Great Lakes History - December 13

The CANADIAN ENTERPRISE entered service on December 13, 1979.

On December 13, 1989 the HENRY STEINBRENNER (4) was laid up at Toledo's Lakefront Dock.

The G.A. TOMLINSON (2) arrived under her own power at Triad Salvage Inc., Ashtabula, OH on December 13, 1979 to be scrapped.

The THOMAS WILSON ran aground in the St. Marys River on December 13, 1976. The accident required lightering before she would float free.

On 13 December 1872. the Port Huron Times added three vessels to those in winter lay-up at Port Huron: Steamer MARINE CITY, tug JOHN PRINDEVILLE, and wrecking tug RESCUE.

December 13, 1906 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 departed for Manitowoc with her first cargo.

In 1929 the McLouth Steamship Company filed a claim against the City of Port Huron for $687 because its sand sucker, the KALKASKA, was held up for 27-1/2 hours in the Black River because of an inability to open the north span of the Military Street Bridge.

On 13 December 1961, SWEDEN (formerly L. C. SMITH, steel propeller, 414', 4702 gt, built in 1902 at W. Bay City, MI) arrived in tow at Savona, Italy for scrapping.

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


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Miner Enters Lay-up, Republic in for Repairs

12/12
Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI remains busy. Tuesday morning the American Republic entered into the bay from Lake Michigan, heading to the ship yard for minor repairs, she tied up to the Steel Face Dock. The Republic is loaded with cargo and the repairs will be quickly completed.

The Republic was sailing on Lake Michigan for Benton Harbor, MI when her crew discovered some type of cracks.

About the same time the Mesabi Miner entered the Bay and headed for Berth #15 at Bay Ship. She tied up for the winter, rafted to her fleet mate the James R. Barker.

The tug Rebecca Lynn entered Bay Ship on Sunday, the tug was uncoupled from her barge and the tug was placed into the small day dock for minor repairs. Work completed she was refloated and sailed away on Monday.

Bay Ship Building.
Close up.
American Republic in for repairs.
Miner and Barker in lay-up.
Rebecca Lynn arrives Sunday.
Close up.
Drege Ship Liberty Island on final out fit dock.
Gantry crane at Bay Ship.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




LTV closing idles 1,600 workers in Indiana

12/12
LTV Corp. has dismissed more than 1,600 workers at its Indiana Harbor Works plant in East Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another Indiana steel company, National Steel Corp., has confirmed that it is in discussions with U.S. Steel to become part of a merged national steel company.

U.S. Steel, Bethlehem Steel and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel have been negotiating the formation of a single, giant steel making operation that could produce steel more efficiently and help eliminate overcapacity in the industry.

But U.S. Steel officials said the plan would not work without considerable support from the federal government, particularly in helping carry retiree pension and health-care costs and mitigating the effects of foreign competition.

LTV isn't participating in the merger talks, said Mark Tomasch, a spokesman for the Cleveland-based steelmaker.

"LTV is going out of business. We are marketing the facilities, and our first choice is to sell them as an entire unit, but some portions may be sold off separately," Tomasch told the Tribune.

Even as the merger talks progress, problems for the steel industry continue to mount. Sheffield Steel, a small producer in Sandy Springs, Okla., last week became the 29th steel company to file for bankruptcy since 1997.

Reported by: Mike Jackson




Saginaw River News

12/12
Tuesday morning was busy on the Saginaw River, with the arrival of three vessels during the early hours.

The American Mariner was inbound about 3 a.m., going to the new Bay Aggregates dock about one mile upstream from the mouth of the river. She was followed a couple of hours later by the Frontenac, which was going to the Essroc dock almost directly across from Bay Aggregates.

The Agawa Canyon was inbound at 8 a.m., passing between the other two vessels on her way up the GM dock at Saginaw. It departed late in the afternoon and was outbound from Sixth Street in Saginaw during the early evening.

The Frontenac was also backing out from Essroc early in the evening. At 8:30 p.m. the vessel was backing out at the pump out station.

A Coast Guard buoy tender was also in the river this week, setting winter aids to navigation. The tender was outbound from her dock in Bay City at 8 a.m. Tuesday to work the aids near the Charity Islands at the mouth of the Saginaw Bay.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

12/12
The salt water vessel Westkap finished unloading her cargo at the T.W.I. Dock and departed in the late afternoon Tuesday. The Algosteel was loading coal at the CSX Docks and was expected to depart in the early evening. The Calumet was due in about 6:00 p.m. and will follow the Algosteel loading coal. The H. Lee White is due in around 11:30 p.m. and will follow the Calumet loading coal.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Lee A. Tregurtha today followed by the John G. Munson, Maumee, and CSL Laurentien on Thursday.

The Reserve is due in Toledo for winter lay up this morning. She went to Ashtabula to unload her last ore cargo for the season.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Helen Evans downbound from the Cherry Street Bridge after loading a grain cargo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - December 12

The push tug a) PRESQUE ISLE (2) was launched December 12, 1972 as Hull #322 by the Halter Marine Services, Inc., New Orleans, LA.

The SPINDLETOP (e BADGER STATE) was launched December 12, 1942 for the United States Maritime Commission.

The WHEAT KING returned to Port Weller Dry Docks on December 12, 1975 for lengthening to the maximum Seaway size of 730 feet overall for the iron ore and grain trade thus ending her salt water activities.

One unusual trip for the WOODLAND occurred when she arrived at Toronto, Ont. on December 12, 1987 to load a 155 foot, 135-ton self-unloading unit for delivery to the Verolme Shipyard in Brazil where the Govan-built Panamax bulk carrier CSL INNOVATOR was being converted to a self-unloader.

On Monday December 12, 1898, the AURORA was fast in the ice at Amherstburg, Ontario, when a watchman smelled smoke. The crew tried to put out the fire, but to no avail. They were taken off the burning vessel by the tug C.A. LORMAN. The ship burned to the water's edge.

On December 12, 1956, the once proud passenger vessels EASTERN STATES and GREATER DETROIT were taken out onto Lake St. Clair where they were set afire. All the superstructure was burned off and the hulls were taken to Hamilton, Ontario, where they were scrapped in 1957.

On 12 December 1872, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels at winter lay-up at Sarnia, Ontario:
Schooners: MARY E. PEREW, KINGFISHER, UNADILLA, ONEONTA, AMERICAN, J.G. MASTEN, PELICAN, UNION, B. ALLEN, and CAMDEN;
Brigs: DAVID A. WELLS, WAGONER, and FRANK D. BARKER;
Barks: C.T. MAPLE, EMALINE BATES, and D.A. VanVALKENBURG;
Steamer: MANITOBA.

On 12 December 1877, U.S. Marshall Matthews sold the boiler and machinery of the CITY OF PORT HURON at auction in Detroit, Michigan. Darius Cole submitted the winning bid of $1,000.

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


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Investigation Finds Nanticoke Grounding was an Accident

12/11
A US Coast Guard investigation has determined the grounding of the Nanticoke that blocked Maumee River traffic for three days was accidental.

The agency has recommended that ship captains "closely monitor the wind directions as well as the Maumee River depth and current speed prior to vessel movement" said Petty Officer Rick Minnich, spokesman for the Toledo marine safety office.

The 730-foot Nanticoke was wedged between the river banks On October 17 when it prepared to leave the Anderson's elevator with a load of soybeans for Quebec. Three other ships had to wait for the stuck ship, which narrowly missed hitting the busy 2-track railroad swing bridge. Seven tugs worked to free the Nanticoke and get her on her way.

The ship's captain, Benjamin Powell, told the Coast Guard that the crew had been using mooring lines and deck winches to pull the ship backward along the dock face (up river) to prepare for departure. As they pulled, they saw that the stern was swinging away from the dock. The current was strong because of heavy rains and strong westerly winds that pushed Lake Erie water toward the East.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Late Rally Can't Offset Season-Long Losses In Stone Trade

12/11
Shipments of limestone and gypsum from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports totaled 4,442,619 million net tons in November, an increase of 11 percent compared to the same period last year. However, for the season, the trade stands at 34.6 million tons, a decrease of 3.7 percent. While mild weather at the beginning of December has extended production at a quarry or two, it is highly unlikely that this month's total will be able to erase the season-long deficit in stone.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Coast Guard searches Lake Michigan for missing plane

12/11
Coast Guard units and officers from the Chicago Police Marine Unit searched southern Lake Michigan on Sunday night and Monday for a missing small plane carrying four people.

A four-seat, single-engine Cessna 182 was en route Sunday evening from Dayton, Ohio, to Racine, Wis., when it disappeared from air traffic control radar screens and lost radio contact. Authorities believe the aircraft went down about five miles off Evanston, Ill.

At midday Monday, Coast Guard officials said they still considered their work to be a rescue mission, although they acknowledged the odds of finding survivors were slim. Water temperatures in southern Lake Michigan are about 45 degrees.

The Coast Guard had more than 60 people searching an area of 572 square miles. Units involved included a helicopter based in Traverse City, Mich., a 41-foot rescue boat and a 25-foot boat. Also searching were a Chicago Marine Police patrol boat. Volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard Auxiliary each provided one private plane for the search.

Reported by: Chris Evans




Norton Delivers Coal

12/11
The David Z. Norton arrived in Alpena about 3:30 p.m. on Monday. It came up the river to unload coal at the Louisiana Pacific Plant.

The Alpena arrived at Lafarge early Monday morning. It had tied up at the coal dock to wait until the tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity and the J.A.W Iglehart load cement first.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Twin Ports Report

12/11
Grain traffic remains steady in the Twin Ports as the season nears its end. Five of the ports' seven grain berths were occupied Monday morning, with loading proceeding smoothly in mild, dry conditions. In Duluth, Algocen was at General Mills and Isolda was loading at AGP. On the Superior side, Isadora was loading at Peavey while Cenex Harvest States had a full house with Dimitris Y and Olga.

Other docks also were busy Monday. Andromeda was unloading wood pulp at the Duluth port terminal while Canadian Voyager was unloading cement at the St. Lawrence Cement terminal. Midwest Energy Terminal was loading Oglebay Norton, with Algowood and Paul R. Tregurtha due in the same day. The Tregurtha is scheduled to take another load of coal to Taconite Harbor. The last vessel now scheduled for Midwest Energy Terminal is Canadian Enterprise on Dec. 26.

Ore traffic is expected to hold steady in Two Harbors for the coming week. Edwin H. Gott and Edgar B. Speer are both due there Dec. 12, to be followed by Columbia Star on the 13th, Joe Block and Presque Isle on the 15th, and Cason J. Callaway on the 17th.

At DMIR Duluth, the Hon. Paul Martin is due Dec. 11, then there's a gap in the schedule until Edwin H. Gott on Dec. 17, CSL Tadoussac on Dec. 20, and Frontenac on Dec. 27.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw River News

12/11
Late season shipping traffic remains steady on the Saginaw River, with four vessel visits on Sunday and Monday.

Arriving on Sunday were the Earl W. Oglebay, with a split load for Bay City and Saginaw, and the J.A.W. Iglehart, with a load of cement for the Lafarge terminal at Saginaw.

The Oglebay cleared her dock in Saginaw around 4:00 a.m. Monday and was outbound during the early morning hours. Shortly after turning at Sixth Street in Saginaw, she met the upbound Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader, which was bringing in a load for Saginaw Rock Products.

The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader cleared her dock about noon Monday and was outbound early in the afternoon, passing the steamer Saginaw, which had arrived at the Burrough's dock just below the I-75 bridge at Zilwaukee.

The Iglehart cleared the Lafarge dock about 2:30 p.m. and was outbound during the late afternoon. The Saginaw cleared Burrough's in the evening and was outbound after turning at Sixth Street at 10:00 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Steamer Saginaw Upbound at Essroc Dock.
Close up.
Stern view.
Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader Downbound at Bay City Wirt.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update - Frantz Arrives

12/11
The Joseph H. Frantz arrived at the Hocking Valley South Dock Monday morning for winter lay-up. The following vessels are now in lay-up at Toledo: Buckeye, Saturn and the Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire at the Lakefront Dock complex. The Courtney Burton at CSX #1 Dock. The Norfolk Southern Railroad carfloats Manitowoc, Roanoke, and Windsor at the CSX Docks "Frog Pond" area. The Joseph H. Frantz as mentioned above.

The salt water vessel Westkap was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Calumet, and H. Lee White on Tuesday. The Algorail, and Algosteel on Wednesday. The Lee A. Tregurtha, Maumee, John G. Munson, and CSL Laurentien on Thursday, followed by the Philip R. Clarke on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lake Erie Report

12/11
Monday was a busy day on western Lake Erie. The Richard Reiss was at Lafarge stone dock at Marblehead, Ohio loading limestone. The Cuyahoga traded places with the Reiss about 12:30 p.m. In Sandusky the CSL Laurentian was loading coal at the Norfolk & Southern coal dock.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Weekly Updates

12/11
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Today in Great Lakes History - December 11

TEXACO CHIEF (2) was launched December 11, 1968.

The H. LEE WHITE (2) collided with the Greek salty GEORGIOS on December 11, 1974 near St. Clair, MI and had to return to Nicholson's dock at Detroit, MI for inspection.

On December 11, 1979 while about 11 miles off Manitou Island near the Keweenaw Peninsula, the ASHLAND's engine stalled due to a faulty relay switch. Caught in heavy weather and wallowing in the wave troughs, she put out a distress call. True to Great Lakes tradition four vessels immediately came to her assistance: two thousand footers, LEWIS WILSON FOY and EDWIN H. GOTT, along with WILLIS B. BOYER and U.S.C.G. cutter MESQUITE.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1) loaded her last cargo at Duluth, MN. December 11, 1984.

PERE MARQUETTE 21 passed down the Welland Canal ( loaded with remnants of Port Huron's Peerless Cement Dock) on December 11, 1974 towed by the tugs SALVAGE MONARCH and DANIEL McALLISTER on the way to Sorel, Que. where she was laid up.

The fishing boat Linda E. vanished on Lake Michigan along with its three crewmen on Dec. 11, 1998.

WHEAT KING was laid up for the last time December 11, 1981.

On 11 December 1872, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels in winter lay-up in Port Huron:
Sailing Craft:
A.H.MOSS, FOREST HUNTER. MARY E. PEREW, SEA BIRD, REINDEER, T.S.SKINNER, L.W.PERRY, ADAIN, LITTLE NELLIE, MAGGIE, PRINCE ALFRED, CAPE HORM, KITTIE, JOHNSON (wrecker), CHRISTIANA, HOWE, C.G.MEISEL, AUNT RUTH, W.R.HANNA, IRONSIDES, GOLDEN FLEECE, JOHN L. GROSS, WARRINGTON, ANGLO SAXON, MOORE, LADY ESSEX, ANNIE, FORWARDER (sunk), GROTON, NORTHWEST, FRED H. MORSE, GEM OF THE LAKES, D.J.AUSTIN, CZAR, JAMAICA, ANNIE (scow), AND HATTIE.
Sidewheel Steamers: 8th OHIO, WYOMING (lighter).
Propeller Steam Barges: W.E.WETMORE, SANILAC, CITY OF DETROIT.
Tugs: KATE MOFFAT, TAWAS, HITTIE HOYT, FRANK MOFFAT, J.H. MARTIN, JOHN PRIDGEON, BROCKWAY, GLADIATOR, CORAL, GRACE DORNER (small passenger vessel), AND C.M. FARRAR.

On 11 December 1895, GEORGE W. ADAMS (wooden schooner-barge, 231', 1444 gt, built in 1875 at Toledo, Ohio) was in tow of the steamer CALEDONIA with a load of coal, bound from Cleveland for Chicago. Her hull was crushed by ice and she sank near Colchester Shoals on Lake Erie. A salvage operation on her the following summer was a failure.

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


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




Canadian Century Arrives

12/10
Sunday the Canadian Century entered the Port Weller Dry Docks where it was built 34 years ago to undergo a mid-life refit. Assisting were the tugs Vac, Miseford and McGrath.

The $25-million (C) refit will be similar to the work that the shipyard completed on the CSL Tadoussac last winter. The bow and stern sections will remain intact, along with most of the main deck. The cargo hold and the rest of the midsection will be replaced with a new, larger cargo hold, a one-belt self-unloading system with a flat tank top.

The Port Weller crews have been working since about May building the new midsection. When it returns to service by the spring of 2002 it will not only carry more cargo, but will improve efficiency through the increased use of technology.

This is an important contract for Port Weller Dry Docks that has remained busy the past few years converting ships in the Canada Steamship Lines fleet and repairs for other fleets.

Related links
Port Weller Dry Docks.
History of the Canadian Century.


Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




More Early Lay-ups

12/10
The Courtney Burton laid up in Toledo Sunday afternoon at the CSX #1 Dock. The Joseph H Frantz was unloading in Marine City that afternoon and will sail to Toledo to lay-up some time today.

For more lay-up information visit the 8th Annual Lay-up List

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Jeff Thoreson




Mississagi Draws a Crowd

12/10
The Mississagi made an unexpected visit to Alpena on Sunday. It arrived at the Alpena Oil Dock around 9:30 a.m. to unload salt. Usually the Algoma boats bring salt into Alpena. This is the first time the Mississagi has been in Alpena since it was on the coal run to Lafarge for USS Great Lakes Fleet (George A Sloan). Many people came down to see the classic laker.

It finished unloading before 1:00 p.m. and backed out of the river to turn around in the bay.

The Joseph H. Frantz delivered coal to Lafarge on Saturday. The J.A.W Iglehart loaded cement for Saginaw on Saturday. The Wolverine also delivered coal to Lafarge on Sunday.

The Alpena and the Jacklyn M barge Integrity are scheduled to load cement at Lafarge today.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Toledo Update

12/10
The salt water vessel Westkap was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock Sunday. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Calumet, H. Lee White, and Algorail on Tuesday. The Algosteel on Wednesday, followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha, Maumee, John G. Munson, and CSL Laurentien on Thursday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Franquelin headed downriver from the Cherry Street Bridge. she just finished loading a grain cargo.
Avondale heading down river from the Cherry Street Bridge. She just finished loading a grain cargo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Weekly Updates

12/10
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Today in Great Lakes History - December 10

CEDARGLEN loaded her last cargo at Thunder Bay, Ont. on December 10, 1984 carrying grain for Goderich, Ont.

Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. of Cleveland, OH bought the NOTRE DAME VICTORY on December 10, 1950. She would later become the CLIFFS VICTORY.

The IRVIN L. CLYMER was laid up at Superior, WI on December 10, 1985 for two seasons before returning to service April 30, 1988.

An explosion occurred in the IMPERIAL LEDUC's (b NIPIGON BAY ) forward tanks on December 10, 1951. This happened while her crew was cleaning and butterworthing the tanks. Five crew members were injured with one eventually dying in the hospital. Multiple explosions caused extensive damage in excess of $500,000.

On December 10, 1905 the WILLIAM E.CORY finally was pulled free and refloated after grounding in late November.

FRANK A. SHERMAN laid up for the last time at Toronto on December 10, 1981.

Donated by Cleveland-Cliffs to the Great Lakes Historical Society on December 10, 1987, the WILLIAM G. MATHER was to become a museum ship at Cleveland's waterfront.

PAUL H. CARNAHAN and her former fleetmate, GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (2), arrived safely under tow at Kaosiung, Taiwan on December 10, 1986 for scrapping.

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

On 10 December 1891, a fire started on MARY (2-mast wooden schooner, 84', 87 gt, built in 1877 at Merriton, Ontario) when an oil stove in the kitchen exploded. The vessel was at anchor at Sarnia, Ontario and damages were estimated at $10,000. The CORISANE (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 137', 292 gc, built in 1873 at Marine City, MI) was tied up alongside MARY and she also caught fire but the flames were quickly extinguished. She was towed away from MARY by the ferry J. C. CLARK.

The PERE MARQUETTE 3 ran aground in 1893 north of Milwaukee.

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


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




Santa arrives in Erieau

12/09
The commercial fishermen and the local fire department of Erieau, Ont. joined efforts Saturday to do a special event for children. Santa arrived in a totally unique fashion, on a commercial fish tug. Coming into the harbor from Lake Erie with festive decorations blowing the horn was the tug Miss MacKenzie, owned and operated by Mike Pilon of Pilon fisheries, carrying a precious cargo to the anxiously waiting crowd, Santa himself.

Once he arrived at the dockside the children that were full of hot chocolate and apple cider were bursting at the seams to greet the old fella himself, truthfully the adults were just as excited. It was a much bigger turnout than originally anticipated. Once off the tug, Santa proceeded to go into the crowd of people where he collected the letters that the children had written.

This is an annual event for the village of Erieau which is well known as a major hub for commercial fishing and once known as a shipping port for great lake freighters in years past.

Photos by Jack Reynolds
Tug arrives.
Anxious crowd looks on.
Close up of Santa on the tug.
Santa making his rounds.

Reported by: T. Parker




Duluth's Lakewalk recovering from storm

12/09
Repairs have begun to Duluth's Lakewalk, and engineers estimate that the final repair bill be range from $350,000 to $500,000.

A section of the popular Lakewalk, which runs for more than 3 miles along Lake Superior, was damaged by waves Nov. 26-27. A 60-foot section was washed out and about 200 yards of boardwalk were damaged.

A contractor hired by the city last week used rip-rap to fill a 60-foot section of washed-out embankment and then laid a gravel path over the fill. With the path in place, this section of the Lakewalk is scheduled to reopen next week.

Workers also have removed much of the debris that was forced beneath the boardwalk, leaving it humped and uneven. This will keep the boardwalk from warping over the winter. Some of the damaged boardwalk already is passable again.

Most of the repair work will be done next spring, when the damaged section of boardwalk will have to be removed so its foundation can be replaced. Some ornamental fencing also must be repaired.

Elsewhere along the Lakewalk, few signs remain of the storm. A picnic area near 21st Avenue East that was covered with debris has been partially cleaned and is undamaged.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

12/09
The Port of Thunder Bay has been very active with boat traffic during the past few days and is expected to peak later this week as Salties start to rush to be out of the seaway by the deadline later this month.

On Saturday, 8 vessels were in Port. The Canadian Miner finished loading at Cargill, she backed out and proceeded out the Mission entrance. This Prompted the Saltie Daviken to pull her anchor up and proceed into Cargill with the help of two tugs. This maneuver caused the Oakglen to wait until the Daviken was tied up, before backing out of the Mission Terminals and heading over to the South entrance where she again had to wait, this time until the Saltie Ziemia Zamojska finished up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a. By 5:30pm the Oakglen was secured dockside.

At the same time the Oakglen was making her move, the Canadian Provider was making hers. After finishing up at UGG"a", she backed out the North entrance with the help of the tug Glenada guiding her bow. She headed out and crossed the Bay, passing the Oakglen off of the Welcome Islands. She then proceeded into the Mission river where she tied up at Mission Terminals by 5pm. Meanwhile, the Canadian Miner had entered the South breakwall entrance and pulled into the UGG"m" slip, tying up at around 4:30pm.

The Algocape was also in Port on Saturday but she was finishing her loading at Agricore. By 2:00pm she was out into the Bay and heading down the lake with a cargo of wheat. The Saltie Darya Devi is loading at Richardson and was the subject of a hull inspection by commercial divers. The Tug Rosalee "D" was used as the dive boat while the inspection took place. The reason for the inspection was unknown at this time. The Saltie Goviken is also in Port loading. At the time of this writing, the Canadian Transfer was arriving in Port and heading for Valley Camp up the Mission River.

Another 9 or 10 Salties are scheduled to visit this Port in the next several days. Other vessels to visit the Port in the last few days were, Mantadoc (making her last trip here this season), Algolake (making her last trip up), Marilis T, Sarah Spencer, Quebecois, Federal Rideau, Dobrush, Peter R. Cresswell, Lake Charles and Ida.

Canadian Voyager loading.
Algolake arrives.
Algonova.
Canadian Mariner loading.
Canadian Venture.
Algocen.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Toledo Update

12/09
The salt water vessel Westkap was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock Saturday. The Courtney Burton is due in Toledo for winter lay-up late Saturday night or early Sunday morning after unloading cargo at Detroit.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the Calumet, Algosteel, H. Lee White, and Maumee on Tuesday. The Algorail on Wednesday. The Lee A. Tregurtha, John G. Munson, and CSL Laurentien on Thursday, followed by the Philip R. Clarke on Friday. The Torco Ore Docks are closed down for the season.

Classic view of Toledo Shipping
Nicolet loading coal at the Lakefront #2 Coal Dock at Toledo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

12/09
The Spar Garnet was unloading steel projects at the Lakefront Docks Saturday. The David Z. Norton arrived at noon to unload stone at the Ontario dock on the Old River. The Great Lakes towing barge Milwaukee is now berthed on the river near collision bend. The local G tug fleet is also nearby including the large tugs Triton and Ohio.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Seaway Radio Message

12/09
According to the Seaway Radio notices the water temperature , at the St. Lambert lock, Montreal has risen 0.8C, between Dec. 3 and Dec.7. It has gone from 6.0C to 6.8C This is in sharp contrast to 2000 when it fell 2.0C , from 2.3C to 0.3C in the same time frame. This is also 3.5 C above the 10 year average which is 3.3C. The warm weather might permit the Seaway to remain open longer than expected.

As of Dec. 6, 2400 there were 55 salties above St. Lambert and 41 above Port Weller. This is almost exactly the same as 2000, when there were 54 above St. Lambert and 42 above Port Weller.

The power to length and minimum draft restrictions were to go into effect Dec.7 but they have been postponed indefinitely. The draft reduction scheduled for the Seaway on Dec. 15 has been postponed until Dec. 20

The water temperature at St. Lambert can be key because Montreal is further North than other points where the water temprature is reported.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Today in Great Lakes History - December 09

JUPITER (2) was christened December 9, 1975.

The JEAN PARISIEN left Quebec City on her maiden voyage December 9, 1977.

CLIFFS VICTORY ran aground December 9, 1976 near Johnson Point in the ice­-laden Munuscong Channel of the St. Marys River.

The FRANK C. BALL ( b) J.R. SENSIBAR, c) CONALLISON) was launched on December 9, 1905.

The ARTHUR B. HOMER was towed by the tugs THUNDER CAPE, ELMORE M. MISNER and ATOMIC to Port Colborne, Ont., December 9, 1986, and was scrapped there the following year.

HILDA MARJANNE was launched December 9, 1943 as a) GRANDE RONDE.

The keel for the SHIERCLIFFE HALL was laid on December 9, 1949.

On 9 December 1871, CHALLENGE (wooden schooner, 96', 99 t, built in 1853 at Rochester, NY) missed the piers at Sheboygan, WI in heavy weather, stove in some of her planking and sank. She was a particularly sleek craft, actually designed as a yacht and once owned by the Light House Service as a supply vessel.

On 9 December 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that "the old railroad ferry steamer UNION at Detroit is having machinery taken out and preparing to go into permanent retirement, or perhaps to serve as a floating dining room for railroad passengers."

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


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Mailboat Refloated

12/08
The J.W. Westcott II was refloated Friday at Nicholson Terminal on the Detroit River. The mail boat has been there since it was raised from the Detroit River on Oct. 29. Nicholson's crews removed the remaining water from the hull, engine, gearbox, and fuel tanks.

A welding team then repaired all of the damaged steel, this included replacing sections of the deck, cabin, mast, safety rail, deck hatches, and window frames. The glass team then installed all new windows with rubber gaskets replacing the wood window frames.

Nicholson's large crane No. 9 hoisted the Westcott II back into the river at 1:15 p.m. According to scales on the crane, the Westcott weighs just shy of 31,000 lbs.

The Westcott Co. would like to publicly thank the Nicholson Terminal and Dock Co. for their outstanding efforts put toward repairing the Westcott II. They have done an outstanding job in a timely manner and it is truly appreciated.

The Westcott II will be towed back to the Westcott Main dock in the early morning hours on Saturday, after some cleaning and lay-up prep, she will then be towed to Gregory's marina behind Belle-Isle for the winter.

Bids are currently being considered for repowering with a possibly new engine.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan




Roger Stahl departs for Massena

12/08
Under the command of Capt. Bill Cline, Gaelic Tugboat Company's big tug Roger Stahl departed for Massena for the final two barges of a ten barge tow. The barges had been used for a dredging job near Massena and are being returned to Detroit. They had been delivered to the job site a year ago. Also aboard as engineer is the Gaelic Fleet engineer, Jim Storen. It is expected the tug will arrive in Massena on Monday morning to pick up the barges.

Capt Bill Cline on the bridge of the Roger Stahl.
Chief engineer Jim Storen confers with pilot Bruce Stevens.
Tug Roger Stahl outbound the Rouge River at Fort Street.

Reported by: William Hoey, Gaelic Tugboat Co.




Kasteelborg Arrives, Donner Moved

12/08
Friday morning the Kasteelborg arrived off Menominee and went to anchor to be lightened by the Selvick tug William C Selvick and a barge owned by Basic Marine. Shortly after noon the Kasteelborg came into the K&K dock in Menominee. The Kasteelborg will be the final load of wood pulp for this year.

About 3:00 p.m. the Selvick tugs William C. Selvick and Carla Anne Selvick came along side the William H Donner which has been docked at Marinette Fuel and Dock for the past few years. It will be moved to the K&K dock in Menominee so that crews can remove the pilothouse this winter along with some other projects. The pilot house will be refurbished and used as an office by K&K Warehouse.

William C. Selvick with a Basic Marine barge with wood pulp lightered from Kasteelborg.
Kasteelborg turning in Bay prior to entering Menominee River.
Approaching Menominee North Pier Lighthouse.
Passing the Lighthouse.
In the Menominee River.
Close-up of pilot house.
Entering the harbor.
Stern shot heading up-river to K&K Warehouse dock.

Selvick tugs William C Selvick and Carla Anne Selvick arriving in Menominee, the William C towed the Carla Anne from Sturgeon Bay to save fuel. The tugs entered the river side by side.
Donner at Marinette Fuel and Dock.
Casting off the lines on the Donner.
Tow gets underway.
Stern view after passing through bridge.
Another view of tow underway.
Donner at K&K dock in Menominee.
Donner and Kasteelborg at K&K dock.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Saginaw update

12/08
The Algorail entered the Saginaw River at 9:00 a.m. Friday, going up to the GM dock at Saginaw. At about noon, the vessel tied up at the Sargent dock below the I-75 bridge to allow the outbound Earl W. Oglebay to pass, then proceeded up to her dock.

The Oglebay had arrived in the river late Thursday evening and unloaded at the Wirt docks in Bay City and Saginaw. She passed the Front Range outbound at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

The tug Mark Hannah was outbound from Dow Chemical in Bay City and about 1:00 a.m. Friday and the CSL Tadoussac was outbound from Essroc in Essexville at about 10:00 a.m. Both vessels had arrived on Thursday.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Algorail upbound at the Lake State Rail Bridge.
Close up.
Stern view at Ashland-Marathon.
CSL Tadoussac preparing to depart Essroc.
Backing stern first out of the river past Consumers Energy.
Tadoussac passing the Front Range.
Earl W. Oglebay Downbound at Dow Chemical.
Close Up.
Stern View Passing Essroc.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

12/08
Friday the salt water vessels Westkap and Aegean Sea were at the T.W.I. Docks unloading cargo. The Philip R. Clarke was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading a coke cargo. There are no coal or grain vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the Atlantic Erie late Friday evening, followed by the Calumet, Algosteel, H. Lee White, Algorail, and Maumee on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton News

12/08
Friday afternoon did not see to much vessel activity in Hamilton. Over at Pier 14, the Orsula was still unloading steel products and has been since December 5th.

The Windoc and the Gordon C. Leitch are still moored at Pier 8. McKeil's tug Alice A. is still in drydock. There was no vessel activity seen either at Stelco or Dofasco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Welland Canal and Hamilton Pictures

12/08
Friday the heavy lift vessel Project Europa was at Wharf 2 in Port Weller harbor, preparing to load two 240 Ton boilers destined for Texas. At Lock 2 the Montrealais was heading downbound with most likely her last cargo of the season.

In Hamilton Friday the Windoc and Gordon C. Leitch were at Pier 8 with no apparent activity on either of them. The CSL Trillium and Lorena 1 were tied together and idle, as were many of McKiel tugs. Also in the McKiel yard was the Imperial London, Jean Raymond and an unknown hull that had the forward bridge sections of the old P&H Beechglen sitting on her deck. The salty Orsula was unloading steel products at Pier 12 while a McKeil tug was dry docked on the Heddle Marine floating drydock. Algogulf was still at Pier 10 with no activity.

Project Europa.
Close up.
Boiler prepared for loading.
Close up.
Montealais.
Windoc in Hamilton.
Close up.
Stern view.
Orsula.
Beechglen pilothouse.
Close up.
Imperial London.
Jean Raymond.
Gordon C. Leitch.
Stern view.
Lorena 1 and CSL Trillium.
Algogulf.
Tug on the floating dry dock.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Today in Great Lakes History - December 08

The CANADIAN ENTERPRISE was christened December 8, 1979.

JAMES DAVIDSON was laid up for the last time on December 8, 1969 at Toledo, OH.

The MERLE M. McCURDY collided with U.S. Steel’s PHILIP R. CLARKE opposite Grosse Pointe Farms, MI on Lake St. Clair, December 8, 1974.

On 8 December 1886, BELLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 61', 40 gc, built in 1866 at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) burned while frozen in at anchor.

On 8 December 1854, WESTMORELAND (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 200', 665 t, built in 1853 at Cleveland) was carrying supplies for Mackinac Island, including liquor and supposedly $100,000 in gold. She capsized in a storm due to the heavy seas and the weight of the thick ice on her superstructure. She sank in the Manitou Passage in Lake Michigan and dragged one of the loaded lifeboats down with her. 17 lives were lost. There were many attempts to find her and recover her valuable cargo, but her wreck wasn't found until 1874, twenty years after she sank.

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


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LTV to Remain Open

12/07
LTV Corp. reached an agreement Thursday in federal Bankruptcy Court to keep its steel mills in working condition until February and to support the efforts by the steelworkers union and others to secure federal funding to save the company.

A judge is expected to sign the agreement this morning when the hearing resumes over LTV's proposal to shut down and sell off its facilities. Part of the agreement permits LTV to stop producing steel as soon as it is signed.

LTV is the nation's third-largest integrated steel company and producer of about 5 percent of U.S. steel, says it can no longer afford to operate LTV Steel. If the company shuts down, about 7,500 employees would lose their jobs at the mills in Cleveland, Hennepin, Ill., and East Chicago, Ind., and the coke plants in Warren, Ohio, and Chicago.

The agreement is reported to put the company's shut down request on hold until Dec. 19. At that point a judge would reconvene the hearings to decide whether the financing plan shows promise or whether LTV should be allowed to go ahead with plans to sell its assets.

The deal gives the union and its supporters two weeks to win federal approval of a $250 million emergency loan guarantee. LTV officials testified this week that the federal loan guarantee board has not approved the loan because the company has been unable to show it could repay the money.

LTV filed for bankruptcy in December of last year and was reported to be losing 2 million dollars a day while operating. Problems in the steel industry are being blamed on imports of foreign steel, a depressed economy and over capacity in the U.S. industry.

Reported by: Chad Michaels and Glen Kingsford




Christmas Tree ship

12/07
For the second year in a row the U. S. Coast Guard's Mackinaw sailed into Chicago Harbor with a cargo of Christmas trees to be distributed to needy families through the United Way. The crew loaded about 500 trees in northeast Wisconsin for the delivery.

The Mackinaw has been performing port security up and down Lake Michigan, this special event was greeted earlier this week by a large crowd filled with holiday cheer and a band as it pulled into Navy Pier.

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

Reported by: Art Pickering




Algoma Steel amends its reorganization plan

12/07
Algoma Steel this week filed an amended plan of arrangement and reorganization with a Canadian court as part of its efforts to restructure the company and return to profitability.

Algoma ran into financial trouble when steel prices hit a 20-year low last year at a time of weak demand and a flood of cheap imports hit North American markets. It filed for bankruptcy protection last April.

Hap Stephen, the man charged with restructuring the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, company, told the Reuters news agency that the amended plan provides for contributions from stakeholders that will reduce costs and improve cash flow.

"The contributions will enable Algoma to continue to operate as a viable North American steel company," Stephen said in a statement.

The plan depends on changes in the collective agreement of workers, which would achieve savings of C$65 million ($41 million) for 2002, and C$53 million in 2003, and C$35 million after that. A total of C$20 million will be returned to employees in 2004 and 2005.

Reported by: Phil Barry




New Partnership for Great Lakes Cruise Company

12/07
The Great Lakes Cruise Company of Ann Arbor and Port Huron's Acheson Ventures have formed a new partnership dedicated to continuing the revitalization of passenger cruising on the Great Lakes. "In 1997, decades after the demise of passenger cruising on the Great Lakes, German cruise line Hapag-Lloyd brought their 418-passenger cruise ship MV Columbus, filled primarily with German cruisers, to sail the Great Lakes. By 1999, the Great Lakes Cruise Company operated the first American charter of the MV Columbus. Since then, we have added the 90-passenger French luxury yacht Le Levant, and cruise enthusiasts from as far away as Thailand have contacted us regarding the unique and exciting opportunity to sail the beautiful Great Lakes," describes GLCC President Chris Conlin.

As the "Gateway to the Upper Great Lakes" Port Huron will welcome passengers from all five GLCC cruises to her newly renovated Southside cruise ship terminal, starting in 2002. "With a facility built specifically for modern day Great Lakes cruising, it is entirely possible to make Port Huron the premier hub and most active cruise ship terminal on the Great Lakes," states Paul Maxwell of Acheson Ventures. "In addition to its many benefits to cruising, bringing hundreds of passengers to our new cruise terminal will also serve to further the revitalization of the city's Southside waterfront."

During the 2002 cruise season, GLCC will offer five exciting cruise itineraries aboard the MV Columbus and Le Levant, the two finest ships now sailing the Great Lakes. Le Levant will cruise from June 18 - 26, 2002 from Chicago to Toronto, with a stop in Port Huron. In September, four departures are planned for the much larger MV Columbus, one of which will disembark in Port Huron while the other three will both start and finish at the new Southside terminal. The first night of the last three MV Columbus cruises will feature an overnight stay at a hotel and excursions in Port Huron.

As the industry leaders and experts, the Great Lakes Cruise Company looks forward to many years of offering their unique cruise product and is delighted to have found such a willing and dedicated partner in Acheson Ventures.

For more information on the Great Lakes Cruise Company and their 2002 cruise schedule, please visit www.greatlakescruising.com

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Steel woes prompt early lay-up for Oglebay Norton fleet

12/07
Like many fleets, Oglebay Norton is laying up its fleet early this season and cutting back on winter repairs because of the economic troubles hammering the U.S. steel industry, a company official told the Toledo Blade newspaper.

Oglebay Norton generally operates its 12 vessels into early January. This year all vessels will be laid up by the end of December, said Mike Siragusa, Oglebay Norton’s vice president and general manager.

The Buckeye already has been laid up in Toledo and the Armco ended its season Wednesday in Superior. The Courtney Burton will lay up this week. Siragusa said the Armco and the Burton normally would have been carrying cargoes for LTV Steel if the steelmaker hadn’t shut down its mills recently.

In addition to early lay-ups, Oglebay Norton is postponing 30 percent of the repairs it had planned for nine ships scheduled to spend the winter in Toledo. The cutbacks will cost Toledo firms about $1 million.

"When the industry hits times like these, only the most required maintenance is done," Glen Nekvasil, spokesman for the Lake Carriers’ Association, told the newspaper. "They're not going to send unsafe ships out, but anything that doesn't have to be done is put off."

Other Great Lakes fleets are feeling the pain along with Oglebay Norton, especially since LTV Steel Corp. declared bankruptcy and announced that it would permanently cease operations.

"LTV, if not the largest, is one of the very largest users of U.S.-flag bulk transportation on the Great Lakes," said Michael Scheidt, senior vice president of the American Steamship Co. "Without that tonnage moving, there's a loss of use for vessels."

As recently as 10 years ago, Siragusa said, LTV accounted for 35 percent of Oglebay Norton’s business. Since then, the company has bought several Michigan quarries and its fleet now handles more cargoes for the construction industry. Even with that diversification, LTV still accounted for one-eighth of Oglebay Norton’s traffic.

Reported by: Tim Erickson




Saginaw update

12/07
The tug Mark Hannah was inbound on the Saginaw River at about 10:00 a.m. Thursday, pushing a barge for the Dow dock in Bay City.

The Buffalo was inbound about 1:00 p.m. Thursday, going up to the Valley Asphalt dock at Saginaw. She was departing the dock about 10:35 p.m.

The CSL Tadoussac arrived in the river at about 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, going to the Essroc cement plant. She expected to depart at about 3:00 a.m. this morning.

The Mississagi was outbound from the GM dock at Saginaw on Wednesday morning after unloading overnight.

The Earl W. Oglebay was inbound late Thursday night arriving at the Front Range at 11:20 p.m. She will lighter at Bay City Wirt before proceeding up to Saginaw Wirt to finish.

Buffalo upbound at the Ashland-Marathon Dock.
Buffalo Close Up.
Stern View at Independence Bridge.
Mississagi passing Bay City Wirt Wednesday.
Approaching Independence Bridge.
Bow close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

12/07
Below are images traffic around the Detroit River Thursday.

Tug Shannon at the Gaelic Dock.
Gaelic Tug Dock, Diamond Belle, Jack & Queen, Carolyn Hoey & Patricia Hoey.
C.C.G.S. Thunder Cape downbound at Grassy Island. She was headed for Canadian Coast Guard Base Amherstburg for the night.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Today in Great Lakes History - December 07

On December 7, 1969 the TEXACO CHIEF (2) collided with the Canadian bulker PETITE HERMINE near Prescott, Ont. and suffered light damage.

In 1990 the ENERCHEM LAKER was sold to Environment Protection Services, Inc., Panama and departed Montreal on December 7, 1990 for off Lakes service with the new name d) RECOVERY VIII.

The LEADALE (2) sank in the Welland Canal on December 7, 1982 and was declared a constructive total loss.

The GEORGE R. FINK (2), under tow, arrived at Gandia, Spain prior to December 7, 1973 for scrapping.

W.W. HOLLOWAY was laid up December 7, 1981 for the last time at Toledo’s frog pond.

On December 7, 1932, the MARQUIS ROEN caught fire at Meacher's dock at Bay City, and before the fire was brought under control, the cabins and after end were destroyed.

Captain John Roen of the Roen Steamship Co. died on December 7, 1970.

On December 7, 1906 the R.L. IRELAND stranded on Gull Island in the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior.

PERCIVAL ROBERTS, JR. was launched December 7, 1912 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

The steel side-wheel passenger steamer EASTERN STATES was launched on December 7, 1901, by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company for the Detroit and Buffalo Steamship Company.

The railcar ferry ANN ARBOR No. 2 was launched on December 7, 1892.

In 1906 the ANN ARBOR NO. 4 arrived Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

December 7, 1909 - Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 (1) foundered in Lake Erie with a loss of all hands.

On 7 December 1894, KEWEENAW (steel steamer, 291', 2511 gt, built in 1891 at W. Bay City) was seen groping toward the coast of the State of Washington in a severe gale. With distress signals flying, she put back to sea and foundered. She was built by F.W. Wheeler (hull #73) for salt water service. Built in two pieces, she was towed down the St. Lawrence and reassembled at Montreal.

On 7 December 1866, M. BALLARD (2-mast wooden schooner, 116', 288 t, built in 1855 at Cleveland) was lost with all hands in a storm on Lake Ontario.

The wooden propeller bulk freighter MORLEY was launched at Marine City on 7 December 1878. She was on the stocks for two years and was built for the Morley Brothers and Hill. She was a double decker with side arches between decks with iron straps. She also had iron trusses running through the center. Her boiler was on the main deck and she had the engine from the tug WM. PRINGLE. She had three spars, a centerboard, and could carry 45,000 bushels of grain.

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


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




Strike has little effect

12/06
A strike by Canadian Marine Officers’ union against Great Lakes fleets apparently is having little effect on marine traffic, according to a report in the Fairplay Daily News.

Algoma Central Marine has had trouble delivering salt to a customer in Windsor because of actions by Canadian Auto Workers supporting the walkout, an Algoma official said.

Mario Elrick, CMOU vice president, said the union has received reports of one or two vessels suffering mechanical problems because engineers weren’t available.

The union is attempting to have all cargoes carried by the Algoma, Paterson and Canada Steamship fleets declared “hot cargo” by unions around the lakes. Elrick told Fairplay that the union is disappointed that the Seafarers International Union of Canada has not supported the CMOU strike.

Reported by: Chris Wellington




Last Load for the Season

12/06
Wednesday the Charles M. Beeghly arrived in Grand Haven with a load of coal for the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power plant. This shipment of coal from Conneaut is the 13th of the season and the last shipment for this dock until next spring.

Reported by: David Swain




Stormy Lake Superior

12/06
With another winter storm developing rapidly over western Ontario, vessels were beginning to talk of staying put for the night in Thunder Bay Wednesday. According to weather forecasts, the system was expected to pass over north western Lake Superior late last tonight and then move off over the north eastern end of the lake by this morning. It originated in Colorado and has been tracking in a northeast direction. With this weather system, 30cm (12") to 40cm (16")c of snow is expected in some areas north of the lake. Winds were expected to build to around 55 mph by midnight with waves reaching as high as 20 feet at the peak of the storm. The high winds mixed with the snow were expected to create whiteout out conditions at times creating zero visibility.

Wednesday afternoon in Thunder Bay the winds were northeast at 30 mph, temperature is plus 2c or 33f and it was raining. Temperatures were suppose to fall off dramatically in the tail of this passing system.

The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer was moving over to Keefer Terminals, were it looks like they will tie up and weather out the storm. Out in the bay, the saltie Dobrush was dragging her anchor in the winds and had to reposition herself. The saltie Marilis T had finished loading and was heading to anchor to wait on the weather, as was the Peter R. Cresswell. Other Vessels at anchor include, Algolake (waiting for Thunder Bay Terminals), Federal Rideau, Ziemia Zamojska, Dobrush (heading to Thunder Bay Terminals) and one unknown saltie. The Mantadoc was loading at Richardson Elevator and the Quebecois is moving into UGG "a".

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Twin Ports Report

12/06
The end-of-season grain rush seems a little slower than usual, but several vessels are in port for grain and more are expected. Weather has been mostly mild, so vessels have been able to load steadily and avoid the late-season backups that can make this time of year so hectic.

In port Wednesday for grain were Utviken at AGP in Duluth; Algonorth at General Mills in Duluth, and Vancouverborg and Chios Pride, both loading at Cenex Harvest States. Inviken was scheduled to arrive. Rain and episodes of freezing rain were expected to cause some delays.

The steamer Armco arrived at Fraser Shipyards in Superior on Dec. 5 for winter lay-up.

The Ontario Power generating station at Nanticoke is scheduled to be busy this month. Of the 15 vessels currently scheduled to load at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, 10 are destined for Nanticoke. They include some rare callers, including Presque Isle (loading Friday) and St. Clair (loading Dec. 11 and Dec. 18).

Reported by: Al Miller




Detroit Traffic

12/06
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Wednesday.

Canadian Enterprise downbound at Grassy Island.
Maumee upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Roger Stahl & Commanche upbound at Fighting Island South Light.
Close up of the Stahl.
Stern view.
John J Boland downbound at Fighting Island South Light.
Stern view.
Canadian Century loading at Ojibway Salt Dock.
Algosteel downbound off Nicholson's.
Algosteel and Canadian Century.
Roger Stahl & Commanche approaching Nicholson's.
Crew at work tying up the barge. l to r: Bob Frederickson & Capt. Bill Palmer, Jimmy the engineer and a deckhand.
Capt. John Wellington bringing the tow to the dock.
Roger Stahl departs Nicholson's for the Rouge River.
Another view.
Joseph H Frantz downbound at Nicholson's.
Roger Stahl passing through the Jefferson Street Bridge over the Rouge River.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

12/06
The Canadian Leader was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator Wednesday. The Capetan Michalis finished unloading her cargo at the T.W.I. Dock and departed on Tuesday. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX docks will be the Cason J. Callaway today, followed by the Calumet, Algosteel, and H. Lee White on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Update

12/06
Wednesday work was ongoing aboard the new barge Norman McLeod while her tug Everlast was returning from a trip on Lake Erie, possibly for a shakedown of her engines. Dismantling of Tarantau continues quickly as she is slowly being pulled towards shore from the stern with cables located on ground. Everlast tied up at her lay-up berth at Wharf 16. The Capt. Henry Jackman was waiting to enter Lock 8 downbound.

Everlast returns.
Close up.
Passing the Norman McLeod.
Fit out work on the McLeod.
Close up.
Crane at the bow.
Close up of the notch.
Stern view at Wharf 16.
Towering over the dock.
Bow view.
Scrapping of the Tarantau.
Capt. Henry Jackman downbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Today in Great Lakes History - December 06

In 1988 the HON. PAUL MARTIN was renamed b) ATLANTIC ERIE.

The H. LEE WHITE (2) was launched December 6, 1973.

The CONSUMERS POWER (3) was laid up for the last time at Erie, PA on December 6, 1985.

On December 6, 1988 an arsonist set fire to the after end of the FORT CHAMBLY while she was laid up.

The GOLDEN HIND was launched December 6, 1951 as a) IMPERIAL WOODBEND.

LAWRENDOC (2) was launched December 6, 1961 at the Collingwood Shipyards.

On December 6, 1909 while upbound at "Mud" Lake on the St. Marys River in a blinding snow storm, the HARRY A. BERWIND collided with the loaded HENRY STEINBRENNER (1) which received a 70 foot wide hole on her starboard side and sank up to her cabins.

On 6 December 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that the Port Huron Dry Dock Co. had been declared bankrupt and Mr. John Johnston had been appointed assignee of the company by the U.S. District Court.

The OCONTO grounded near Charity Island in Saginaw Bay on 6 December 1885. The passengers and crew were saved. She was built at Manitowoc in 1872 by Rand & Co. and owned by Capt. Gregory W. McGregor and Rensselaer VanSycle. She was later recovered but only lasted until July 1886 when she went down in the St. Lawrence River with a valuable cargo of merchandise. Although several attempts were made to recover her, she remains on the bottom and is a frequent charter dive target to this day.

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


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




Armco Heads For Lay-up

12/05
The Armco was passing through the Soo Locks Tuesday afternoon heading upbound for lay-up. The Armco is expected to arrive in Superior, Wisconsin this afternoon and enter lay-up at Fraser Shipyard.

Last year the Armco sailed until December 29. Her early lay-up is a repeated story unfolding in the steel industry of ships without cargos.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Jeff Thoreson




U.S. Steel, Bethlehem discuss industry consolidation

12/05
U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel said Tuesday that they are discussing a consolidation of the troubled domestic steel industry.

"U.S. Steel believes that consolidation of the industry under the right circumstances will be a positive step toward restoring the health of this vital part of the American economy," Thomas J. Usher, board chairman of U.S. Steel’s parent company, USX Corp., told the Associated Press.

Bethlehem Steel Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 15, said it is among the companies in preliminary discussions with U.S. Steel.

Any consolidation would require a labor agreement allowing reduced employment, reduced operating costs, increased productivity and government help with health-benefit and pension costs that hurt the industry, Bethlehem Steel officials said.

Neither company said if any other steel companies were involved in the discussions.

U.S. Steel purchases taconite pellets from the Minntac plant in Minnesota and receives them from USS Great Lakes Fleet. Bethlehem Steel operates its own ore carriers, which haul pellets from Hibbing Taconite through the BNSF ore dock in Superior, Wis.

Reported by: Al Miller




LTV Petitions to Close

12/05
On Tuesday the senior management of LTV steel Corp. petitioned a federal bankruptcy court to allow the company to cease all steelmaking operations and sell its steel assets because it can no longer afford to operate. The company wants to put its two coke plants in a cold idle status, and put its finishing plant in Hennapin, Ill, and its two primary plants in Cleveland and East Chicago on a "Hot idle" status for 60 days.

The judge put off a decision to rule Tuesday and said he would take more testimony today. The judge said he could not decide whether LTV should close its doors. He said he is ruling on the narrower point "of whether I should substitute my judgment for the company's judgment of how to proceed", reports local media.

LTV Steel is the nation's third-largest integrated steel company producing about 5 percent of the U.S. steel. A shutdown would affect the mills in Cleveland, Hennepin, Ill., and East Chicago, Ind., and 7,500 employees would lose their jobs.

LTV executives defended the proposal to shut down, a move that critics contend is premature.

Reported by: Ken Boerman and Roger LeLievre




Paterson Remains at Anchor

12/05
The Paterson remained anchored off of Buoys 11 and 12 in Lake Huron Tuesday. The Shelley Machine and Marine Vessel Shelmar 2 was headed out to it around 6:00 p.m. The Shelmar 2 is usually used by the Algoma vessels for transporting supplies, replacement parts and technical staff.

It is unknown why the Paterson remains at anchor but it may be related to mechanical problems or the strike by engineers represented by the Canadian Marine Officers Union.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




December 1 Vessel Survey

12/05
The active U.S.-Flag Lakes fleet numbered 53 vessels on December 1, a decrease of seven hulls compared to a year ago. Two of the fleet's 1,000-foot-long supercarriers have already ended their season - the James R. Barker on November 23, and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on November 26. The early idling of two of the fleet's most efficient vessels is proof positive that the steel crisis continues to enshroud Great Lakes shipping.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Gangbuster Month For Conneaut Coal

12/05
Coal shipments from the Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Company totaled 1,048,011 net tons in November. That total represents one of the few times in the past 10 years or so that a Lake Erie port has shipped more than 1 million tons of coal in a single month. (The last time was in October, 1997, when Toledo loaded 1,009,647 n.t.) Coal supplies sufficient to meet pent-up demand from Canadian utilities drove Conneaut to load 41 cargos in November. For the season, coal loadings at Conneaut stand at 5.6 million tons.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Toledo Update

12/05
The Canadian Leader was at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator loading grain Tuesday. The Nanticoke was at the CSX Coal Docks loading coal. The salt water vessel Capetan Michalis was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. Tuesday the vessel was riding high out of the water and should be departing the dock site at any time. There are several tug/barges in drydock at the Shipyard.

The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and CSL Laurentien are scheduled in to load grain in port within the next several days. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Cason J. Callaway on Thursday, followed by the Calumet and H. Lee White on Monday. The Torco Ore Docks are closed down for the season.

Classic Views of Toledo Shipping
Consumers Power in Erie Sand Fleet colors headed outbound Maumee Bay. She has just finished loading a coal cargo at the C&O Coal Docks.
Westdale loading grain at the Andersons Elevator. Note the bumboat Deweys alongside the vessel to take care of the ships crew.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Canadian Leader Loading

12/05
Below are images the Canadian Leader loading in Toledo on Tuesday.

Bow view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Traffic picks up on the Welland

12/05
Traffic on the Welland Canal was noticeably busier Tuesday with the Atlantic Huron, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Federal Polaris, Olympic Merit, Saginaw and Algoport all downbound. The Algowood, Mekhanik Kurako and the Canadian Miner were upbound. The Atlantic Huron was in the holiday sprit, decked out in Christmas lights.

Striking CMOU members were seen picketing at Locks 1, 4 and 7.

Algowood upbound.
Mekhanik Kurako.
Canadian Miner upbound.
Approaching the wall.
Crewmember takes out the stern wire.
A part is hoisted aboard the Miner.
Atlantic Huron downbound.
Christmas lights on the Huron.
Saginaw in Lock 6 East.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Today in Great Lakes History - December 05

Tanker SATURN was launched in 1973 as a) SATURN (4) for Cleveland Tankers.

SIR JAMES DUNN was launched in 1951.

The keel was laid for the E.G. GRACE on December 5, 1942. This was the last of the six ships built by AmShip in the L6-S-A1 class for the United States Maritime Commission and was traded to the Interlake Steamship Company in exchange for older tonnage. She would later become the first of the "Maritime Class" vessels to go for scrap in 1984.

On 5 December 1874, the steam barge MILAN was scheduled to be hauled ashore at Port Huron to replace her "Mississippi wheel" with a propeller.

The wooden 100' schooner BRILLIANT was close to Sheboygan, Wisconsin on 5 December 1857 where she was scheduled to pick up a load of lumber when she went on a reef close to shore and sank. No lives were lost.

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


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




Unusual Cargo Barged from Cleveland to Lorain

12/04
The big tug Ohio and its barge Milwaukee were on the move again last weekend. The tug and barge unit picked up a heavy lift cargo in Cleveland on Friday and moved it to Lorain. The cargo was a shipment of four incinerator casings constructed of fiberglass. The casings were made in India, were shipped to Europe then Cleveland via ocean freighters, and then barged by the Towing Company. The casings were offloaded at the Jonick dock in Lorain, and were then trucked by special permit to the final destination of Ross Incineration in Grafton, Ohio.

Loading and securing were done by Federal Marine Terminal personnel in Cleveland. Great Lakes Towing veteran Captain Lou Toth ran the Ohio, skillfully managing the tow in winds up to 30 knots on Lake Erie during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Bow view of the barge.
Close up of the incinerator casing.
Taking the barge on the hip.
Tug and barge at dock.

Reported by: Jerry Popiel, Great Lakes Towing




Rare Visitor

12/04
Monday the Canadian Olympic made a rare appearance at Meekhof's Dock in Grand Haven with a load of stone. This is only the second visit of the year by an Upper Lakes Group vessel. The bulk of the Canadian presence on the waterfront is either from Algoma or Lower Lakes.

Reported by: David Swain




Winter boating at Mackinac Island

12/04
A big transition for Mackinac Island occurred on November 24 with the return of the ferryboat Huron. Built in 1955, the steel hull traditional boat is the only waterborne transportation in the winter weather. Captain Keith Duffton brought the 92-foot boat out of her lay-up in St. Ignace. During the summer, Huron underwent a major refit, including the replacement of steel on the deck, damaged by the use of salt. The pilothouse was gutted and an all oak interior was added. All new navigation controls and GPS were installed. With a 600hp Caterpillar engine, the boat traveling at about 14 miles per hour, makes the run just under 30 minutes. Arnold Transit runs this boat because of the passenger cabin on the upper deck and she is a single screw. "Huron" decked out in holiday lights, will operate until the ice proves to thick to break.

In the mean time, all three catamarans, Straits Express, Mackinac Express and Island Express left their berths at the island dock bound for Cheboygan at 1000 a.m. on December 3. This is the first time the boats have wintered in the river. Arnold Transit doesn't expect their new ramp to be in place before ice forms in St. Ignace bay. The three "Cats" will join the Star Line ferry fleet laid up as well in the Cheboygan River.

Reported by: Sean Whelan




Twin Ports Report

12/04
Grain traffic was heavy in the Twin Ports on Monday morning. In Duluth, Ima was loading at AGP. In Superior, Montrealais was loading at Peavey while Federal Yukon and Algoville were loading at Cenex Harvest States. Utviken was anchored out waiting for AGP.

In the ore trade, Halifax arrived early to load at DMIR in Duluth.

Two Harbors continues to see a mixed bag of vessels Joe Block was there Dec. 3; Oglebay Norton is scheduled for Dec. 4; Edwin H. Gott, St. Clair and Edgar B. Speer are set for Dec. 5; and Joe Block is due back Dec. 8.

At the Duluth dock, Mesabi Miner is scheduled for Dec. 4; John G. Munson, Dec. 8; CSL Tadoussac, Dec. 8 and back again on the 20th.

Reported by: Al Miller




Detroit Traffic

12/04
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Monday.

Charles M Beeghly upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Four ships, from left to right: Gunay A at Nicholson's, Federal Polaris, Charles M Beeghly and the Capt Henry Jackman at the Ojibway Salt Dock.
Federal Polaris and Beeghly.
Federal Polaris (Bahamas) downbound off Great Lakes Steel.
Stern view.
Great Lakes Trader / Joyce L Van Enkevort downbound off Belanger Park.
Close up of the Joyce L.
Stern view.
Barge Lac St Jean (the Detroit to Windsor Truck Ferry) and the tug Stormont downbound off Zug Island.
Close up of the Stormont.
Stern view.
American Republic downbound, turning into the Rouge Short Cut Canal.
Stern view.
Close up.
Capt Henry Jackman loading at the Ojibway Salt Dock.
Millenium Raptor (Cayman Islands) upbound at Grassy Island bound for the Morterm Dock in Windsor.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

12/04
The Canadian Transfer arrived at Andersons "K" Elevator to unload cargo. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed this morning, The John G. Munson shifted over from the #2 Dock to the #4 loading dock as soon as the Martin left.

The salt water vessel Capetan Michalis remains in port unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The Michalis is reported to be carrying magnesium chloride that is like a very fine sand product. The vessel had a full load of the cargo and is unloaded by 2 to 3 cranes into semi trucks. This process takes a long time to unload.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX docks will be the Calumet due 11pm Monday evening. The Nanticoke on Tuesday. The Philip R. Clarke on Friday, followed by the Maumee on Saturday afternoon. There are several tugs and barges in the Shipyard drydocks. The Torco Ore Docks are closed down for the season.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Update

12/04
Monday afternoon was quiet along the Welland Canal except for a few self-unloaders making a transit. The Nanticoke was upbound heading for Lock 7 while the Canadian Century departed Lock 2 upbound passing the downbound Algowood, which was fully loaded and preparing to enter Lock 2. No pickets were seen.

Nanticoke using its bow thruster to line up for Lock 7.
Closer.
Another view.
Close up of the web address.
Stern view in Lock 7.
Canadian Century upbound.
Stern view.
Century passes the Algowood.
Algowood approaching Lock 2.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Hamilton Update

12/04
Monday afternoon saw more activity in Hamilton Harbor. Moored at Pier 10 in front of the Algogulf was the saltie Dimistris Y unloading steel products. Also unloading steel products were the Lykes Raider at Pier 12 and the Prabhu Daya at Pier 14.

The Yarmouth remained moored at Pier 25 at the Agrico facilities and has been there since November 29. The Canadian Provider was unloading iron ore pellets at Dofasco while being refueled by the Hamilton Energy. Waiting its turn to unload iron ore pellets also at Dofasco was the Canadian Miner.

At 2:10 p.m. the Kapitonas A. Lucka transited the Burlington Ship Canal into Hamilton Harbor and then went to anchor in the bay.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - December 04

ALGOSOO (2) was the last ship built on the Lakes with the traditional fore and aft cabins, her maiden voyage took place today in 1974.

The IMPERIAL QUEBEC entered service on December 4, 1957.

LIGHTSHIP 103 completed her sea trials December 4, 1920.

At 0210 hours on December 4, 1989 the MESQUITE ran aground in 12 feet of water at a point one-quarter nautical mile off Keweenaw Point. After a struggle to save the ship, the 53 persons aboard abandoned ship at 0830 hours and boarded the Indian salty M/V MANGAL DESAI which was standing by.

On 4 December 1873, a gale struck Saginaw bay while the CITY OF DETROIT of the G. T. Line was carrying 8,000 bushels of wheat, package freight and 26 crew and passengers. She was also towing the barge GUIDING STAR. The barge was cut loose in the heavy seas at 3:30 am and about 7:00 am the CITY OF DETROIT sank. Captain Morris Barrett of the GUIDING STAR saw three of the CITY OF DETROIT's crew in one lifeboat and only one in another lifeboat. The CITY OF DETROIT went down stern first and the passengers and crew were seen grouped together on and about the pilothouse. Capt. Barrett and his crew of seven then abandoned GUIDING STAR. They arrived at Port Elgin, Ontario on 6 December in their yawl with their feet fully frozen. The barge was later found and towed in by the tug PRINDEVILLE.

On 4 December 1838, THAMES (wooden passenger/package-freight side-wheeler, 80', 160 t, built in 1833 at Chatham, Ontario) was burned at her dock in Windsor, Ontario by Canadian "patriots" during a raid on Windsor involving more than 500 armed men.

The M/V Emerald Isle completed her maiden voyage from Beaver Island to Charlevoix on December 4, 1997. Her first cargo included a few cars and 400 passengers. Emerald Isle replaced Beaver Islander as the main ferry on the 32 mile run.

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


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





Strikers Picket Mantadoc at the Welland

12/03
Striking CMOU members were picketing on Saturday holding up truck traffic at the entrance to Wharf 6 where the N.M. Patterson vessel Mantadoc was unloading bauxite. Two police cars were on hand to make sure the trucks were able to get through.

Engineers of the Canadian Marine Officers Union began a strike at midnight Friday. Fleets affected by the strike are Algoma Central Corp, Canada Steamship Lines and N M Paterson & Sons.

Strikers temporarily block the entrance.
Another view.
Mantdoc unloading.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Norton in Saginaw

12/03
The David Z. Norton continued her frequent visits to the Saginaw River on Sunday, arriving in the morning with a split load for the Wirt docks at Bay City and Saginaw. After lightering at Bay City, the vessel proceeded up the river to Saginaw at about 2:00 p.m.

The Norton has sailed into the Saginaw River more than 25 times so far this season, with ten of those trips occurring within the past month.

The tug Karen Andre arrived in the river about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, pushing a barge to the Triple Clean dock in Essexville. She was followed into the river a short time later by the Maumee, with a load for Saginaw Rock Products. The Maumee was outbound during the evening hours, and the Andre departed about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan, Todd Shorkey and David Piotrowski




Algorail Delivers Salt

12/03
The Algorail arrived at the Alpena Oil Dock around 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. It unloaded over 11,000 tons of salt. This is the first time this year the Algorail has visited Alpena.

The Earl W. Oglebay is expected into Lafarge to unload coal on Sunday morning. The Fred R. White Jr. is also scheduled into Lafarge to unload coal on Sunday afternoon. The Alpena was expected on Sunday evening to load cement.

The Jacklyn M and barge Integrity was in South Chicago Saturday. The J.A.W Iglehart was in Detroit on a week long lay-up and is expected to depart today.

The Cason J. Calloway loaded at Stoneport on Saturday, with the David Z. Norton anchored waiting its departure.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Vancouverborg in Menominee

12/03
Thursday evening after the Menominee departed K&K dock the Vancouverborg picked up anchor and came into port. It docked at the K&K East dock, Saturday afternoon it shifted to the west dock to finish unloading its cargo of wood pulp. The Chios Pride remains at Marinette Fuel and Dock unloading pig iron. The Kasteelborg is due into Menominee later this week with more wood pulp.

Vancouverborg at K&K east dock.
Vancouverborg shifting to west dock with Chios Pride in background.
Vancouverborg at west dock.
Side view of Vancouverborg.
Stern view note the starboard list.
Another view of Vancouverborg unloading.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Ile aux Coudres shipyard wins contract to built two Danish Tugs

12/03
Industries Ocean Shipyard located at Ile aux Coudres (50 miles East of Quebec City) a well known Island to all seafarers sailing in the Lower St. Lawrence River, has been selected by the Danish firm Nordane to build two Z drive tugs for a total estimated cost of 40 M $ Can. along with an option to build two other tugs at a later date.

Each tug will be 33.5 meters( 110 feet) in length and will be driven by two 3,000 hp MAK engines for a total power plant capacity of 6,000 hp.

This contract is expected to provide work for a period of 2 ½ years for over 150 workers.

Industries Ocean shipyard is a branch of Groupe Ocean, an important tug and salvage firm based in Quebec City.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Marquette News

12/03
More bad news hit the Marquette Iron Range last week when the Empire Mine, one of two mines in the area, closed its operations. CCI officials decided to halt pellet production when LTV Steel halted its production and closed their doors. Nearly 900 miners in the Upper Peninsula are affected by the shut down that began Nov 24. About 50 personnel remain in the mine area to maintain the facility.

The LS&I Railroad may be next to begin lay-offs as a result of the closure. LS&I Railroad moves pellets from the mines to the ore dock in Marquette. There has been some talk locally that as a result of this closure, transportation of pellets may go all rail which may halt all ship pellet traffic in and out of Marquette.

The following vessels have made visits to Marquette since Nov. 8.
Lower Harbor:
American Mariner (x2)
John J. Boland

Upper Harbor:
Lee A. Tregurtha (x6)
Charles M. Beeghly (x5)
American Mariner (x4)
Kaye E. Barker (3)
Adam E. Cornelius (x3)
Great Lakes Trader (x3)
Peter R. Cresswell (x3) first visit under new name
Herbert C. Jackson (x2)
Algosteel (x2)
H. Lee White (x2)
John J. Boland
Courtney Burton
Paul R. Tregurtha
Armco

Reported by: Art Pickering




Sarnia Update

12/03
The Dobrush was in Sarnia at the Sarnia Elevator but no loading or unloading was taking place. Work is expected to resume on Monday. Another foreign vessel and the Paterson where anchored off of Lake Huron Cut Buoys 11 and 12. The foreign vessel may have been waiting for a pilot and the Paterson was probably waiting for space at the elevator.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Toledo News

12/03
The Jean Parisien was loading grain at the Andersons "K" Elevator. The salt water vessels Capetan Michalis and Lake Charles were unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The Catherine Desgagnes was unloading pig iron at the T.W.I. Dock. The Canadian Transport was loading coal at the CSX Dock. The Joseph H. Frantz made a return visit to the old Interlake Iron Dock to have work done on the stern of the vessel around the propeller/shaft area.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin late Sunday evening. The John G. Munson on Monday. The Nanticoke and Calumet on Tuesday The Cason J. Callaway on Thursday, followed by the Maumee on Saturday. There are several tugs/barges in drydock at the Shipyard. The Torco Ore Docks are closed down for the season.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Storm Aftermath

12/03
The storm that battered western Lake Superior on Tuesday and Wednesday left behind many mementos of its power.

Observers have said the direction of the wind and waves was somewhat different than during a typical nor'easter, and that resulted in some portions of the city's shore suffering worse damage than usual.

An approximately 200-yard stretch of the city's popular Lakewalk was damaged by waves, with portions of the boardwalk being broken apart and sections of asphalt pavement being undermined. The city and the state department of transportation have pledged to lay down a temporary gravel path this winter and repair the walkway next spring. Other sections of the Lakewalk that were covered with rocks are being cleared and reopened. Most of the remaining two miles of walkway were not damaged. One small stretch was covered with gravel but that has been cleared.

Elsewhere along the city's lakeshore, some areas -- mostly points of land -- bear witness to the power of wind-driven water. A tour Saturday morning showed the following

--One picnic area along the Lakewalk had several pebbles the size of basketballs tossed up onto the grass -- about 20 feet above water level and 30 feet from the edge of the bluff. The waves rushing back into the lake dug a big furrow in the bank. The bluff was probably saved by an old concrete breakwall that had been built years ago and covered by soil and rip-rap. It's exposed now but it held back the soil.

--On another rocky bluff, hundreds of pebbles ranging in size from baseballs to basketballs were tossed into the brush -- about 20 feet above water level and 10 to 20 feet back from the edge of the bluff.

--A creek that enters the lake in a protected little canyon it's created over the centuries had created a pond about two feet deep and 30 feet around which was protected by a gravel bar. Storms typically would alter the bar but the pond would remain. This storm filled the pond with gravel and mounded it up about a foot above the height of the old bar.

--The gravel beach below Leif Erickson Park was wiped out and probably altered for decades to come. This is a low-lying area of basalt bedrock covered by gravel - small stones rounded and polished by erosion. The storm swept away all the gravel, exposing an area of convoluted bedrock that hasn't seen daylight in at least 20 years and probably far longer. In some areas, the gravel had been as much as five feet deep. At the top of this beach -- where the clay bank begins about 50 feet from the old shoreline -- a new field of boulders has been piled up. Several are so big a man cannot put his arms around them, and they are nestled in among hundreds of smaller rocks ranging in size from baseballs up to suitcases.

--Also on the beach below Leif Erickson Park were three one-foot-square timbers -- each about 10 to 12 feet long and fastened together with iron spikes -- tossed up on the rocks about 30 feet from the water line. Several other large hewn timbers were washed up along the shoreline. These most likely are from the submerged remains of the breakwall that formed Duluth's old outer harbor before the ship canal was dug in 1871.

--On the other hand, a couple of other beaches that were rip-rap rock and small pieces of waste concrete are now covered with fine gravel beaches. While beaches just a few hundred yards away were being washed into the lake, these areas were being made into new beaches -- it all just depended on which direction a particular piece of shoreline faces.

The damaged portion of the Lakewalk appears to be easily repairable. The 200-yard stretch from the Fitger's complex to the Vietnam Memorial consists of boardwalk and an asphalt bike path running side by side. The bike path is intact except for a 30-foot section that was undermined. The rest merely needs a good sweeping. The boardwalk is mostly intact. However, the waves lifted up the boardwalk and then deposited rocks and logs underneath it, leaving it humped and uneven for about 150 yards. Most of the underlying foundation is intact, however, so it appears the boardwalk just needs to be removed, the debris cleaned up and then the boardwalk re-installed. The worst damage is to a 40-foot section where the bluff washed out. In addition, several hundred feet of ornamental fencing was knocked down.

Reported by: Al Miller




Detroit Traffic

12/03
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Sunday.

Ziemia Zamojska (Poland) upbound off the Rouge Short Cut headed for the Belle Isle anchorage.
Stern view.
American Mariner unloading coal on Zug Island in the Short Cut Canal.
George A Stinson unloading at the Zug Island Ore Dock.
Stern view.
Gunay A (Turkey) in the Ojibway Anchorage.
Stern view.
Kathrin (Switzerland) unloading at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
J W Westcott II being repaired at Nicholson's.
Mikhail Strekalovskiy (Russia) unloading at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Quebecois upbound just below Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Quebec Pictures

12/03
Below are images taken in late October.

Paterson Downbound St Lambert lock Oct.23,01.11:00am bound for Quebec City.
Canadian Provider with the load from "Windoc" at elevator 4 Montreal harbor unloading unloading arms and deck and hold photos.
The new locks in the Lachine canal this is lock 3 and looking east you can see Five Roses Flour Mills on the right of the swing bridge.
Lock 4 being rebuilt in the lachine canal. The whole Lachine Canal project will cost taxpayers 93 million dollars cdn slated to open next Summer 2002.
The gantry at Lasalle Coke all whoever sailed in the Lachine canal will remember the crane which was used to offload Keystone Shipping boats, there is talk of building a deck as an observation tower using the existing steel structure as the base. .
The old lighthouse at Coteau Landing at the western end of the Soulanges Canal still stands there today a bit rusty and hidden from view by the vegetation growth look elusive and eerie. .
Ship being sunk as an artificial reef at Snake Island British columbia the ex naval vessel is the "Cape Breton"Aux Repair Vessel which was scuttled on Saturday at 12:45 near Nanaimo B.C. Just in passing I served on the sister ship "Cape Scott" of which was scrapped in Texas 1969 the "Cape Breton" was one of the last Park class boats built during the WWll and probably one of the last ones around.
Another view.

Reported by: Kent Malo




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12/03:
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Updates

12/03
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Today in Great Lakes History - December 03

The CANADIAN AMBASSADOR was launched December 3, 1982.

ROBERT W. STEWART (b. AMOCO MICHIGAN) was launched in 1927.

In 1909 the LeGRAND S. DEGRAFF collided with the steamer HARVARD while downbound in the Detroit River in fog.

The IRVING S. OLDS was laid up for the final time on December 3, 1981 at the Hallett Dock #5, Duluth, MN due to market conditions and her inability to compete with the 60,000 ton carrying capacity of the self-unloading thousand foot bulk freighters.

On 3 December 1872, the officers and crew of the schooner E. KANTER arrived home in Detroit, MI. They reported that their vessel was driven ashore near Leland, MI in Lake Michigan on 26 November and was broken up by the waves.1898, PACIFIC (wooden propeller passenger/package freighter, 179'. 918 gt, built in 1883 at Owen Sound, Ontario) caught fire at the Grand Trunk dock at Collingwood, Ontario. She burned to a shell despite a concerted effort to save her. She was later towed out into Georgian Bay and scuttled.

On 3 December 1850, HENRY CLAY (2-mast wooden brig, 87', 163 t, built in 1842 at Huron, Ohio) was driven ashore at Point Nipigon in the Straits of Mackinac. She suffered little damage, but she was high and dry and unsalvageable. Her crew and passengers were picked up by the passing steamer TROY.

Back during the rough days of November on the lakes, the crews of the Imperial Oil Tankers, would wet the tablecloths in the mess rooms, to keep their plates, glasses and silverware from sliding off the tables.

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


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

12/02
Saturday afternoon in the Rouge River the Mississagi had just arrived at the Morton Salt Dock below Fort St. while the Charles M. Beeghly was just finishing her turn in the Ford Turning Basin to head out bound. Looking down the center of the draw on the Fort Street Bridge it looked like it would be a tight fit for the Beeghly to pass.

With the stern of the Beeghly near the north bank of the Rouge and holding a short distance off the Fort Street Bridge, the ship was skillfully maneuvered around the Mississagi. The two ships were close as they passed side to side. As the Beeghly was turning back to the line up for the NS Bridge, it had to turn the ship toward the Mississagi. This passing took about 15 minutes. Never once did the two ships touch nor did the Beeghly touch any dock or bridge. A very fine job for crew of the Beeghly.

Reported by: Mike Jackson




Saginaw River Update

12/02
Saturday morning the Karen Andrie with a barge at the Saginaw River Front Range Lights. She was en route to the Triple Clean LiquiFuels Dock in Essexville.

Following close behind was the Maumee who passed the Front Range Lights at 10:56 a.m. for the Rock Products Dock in Saginaw.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Karen Andrie and barge A-397 upbound at Smith Park.
Tug Karen Andrie.
Stern view.
Maumee upbound at Essroc.
Another view. Note the colors of her former fleet showing through on this hard working ship. A more permanent paint job will be applied at its next dry docking. The current paint job was applied when the vessel changed ownership in the spring and it then quickly entered service. A full paint job for a vessel is very expensive as the hull must be sand blasted and prepared.
Bow Close Up.
Stern View at Dow Chemical.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Ashtabula Report

12/02

. Century at dock.
Stern view.
Buoys that have been removed for the winter.


Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Cleveland Update

12/02
Saturday the American Mariner was unloading taconite at the CBT dock on Whiskey Island and departed at 10:00 a.m. The lakefront docks were very full that morning with the Isadora, Mikhail Strekalovskiy and Lake Charles all berthed to unload steel coils. The Agean Sea arrived at 10:30 a.m. through the east end of the breakwall and berthed at the Lakefront Docks with the assistance of two G tugs.

In town were marches for support of the LTV Steel Mill. The docks at LTV look to be completely empty of taconite.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton News

12/02
Saturday afternoon saw a fair amount of vessel activity in Hamilton Harbor. The Windoc and the Gordon C. Leitch were still in their usual places at Pier 8. The Arizona Dream was moored at Pier 10 with no unloading activity seen and has been this way for a week.

The Millenium Raptor was unloading steel products at Pier 14; wire rod was being unloaded out of the bow hold and steel beams out of the stern hold. McKeil's tug Alice A was in Heddles floating drydock.

The saltie Yarmouth was moored at Pier 25. Although the vessel was not unloading fertilizer, the crew was being kept busy repainting the ship's name on the bow and stern sections of the vessel.

Working in front of the Yarmouth's bow at Pier 25 was McKeil's tug Bonnie B III and a barge.

Over at Dofasco, the Canadian Leader was unloading iron ore pellets and also moored to the dock was the Canadian Voyager, also loaded with iron ore pellets waiting its turn to be unloaded.

Anchored in Hamilton Harbor were two salties, Prabhu Daya and Federal Maas, both being loaded with steel products.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

12/02
A drive down Cherry Street Saturday afternoon revealed the following. The Seaway Queen is moored at the east end of the harbor awaiting an unknown fate.

Further down the road next to the drawbridge the Algoisle sits in seasonal lay-up. On the other side of the bridge the McKeil tugs Lac Como and Atomic are ready for action. Meanwhile the Redpath Sugar dock was empty.

Reported by: Bill Blair




Today in Great Lakes History - December 02

OTTERCLIFFE HALL was launched December 2, 1968 .

The GEORGE R. FINK (2) (b - ERNEST T. WEIR 1). under tow passed Gibraltar on December 2, 1973 and arrived at Gandia, Spain prior to December 7, 1973 for scrapping.

GOVERNOR MILLER was launched in1937.

The NIPIGON BAY last ran in 1982 and was laid up at Montreal on December 2nd.

Twenty-five years ago today, the brand new carferry Wolfe Islander III sailed into Kingston from Thunder Bay Ontario. The new 55 car ferry would replace the older ferries Wolfe Islander and Upper Canada.

On 2 December 1874, the steam barge GERMANIA was launched at King's yard in Marine City, MI. The Port Huron Times of 4 December 1874 reported that she "is probably the cheapest boat ever built in Marine City, wages and material, iron, etc. being very low." This was due to the nation just recovering from the "Panic of 1873". The vessel's dimensions were 144' overall x 56'2" x 11'9.

On 2 December 1832, the wooden schooner CAROLINE was carrying dry goods worth more than $30,000 from Oswego to Ogdensburg, NY in a violent storm. She capsized and sank off Ducks Island on Lake Ontario with the loss of one life. Five survived in the yawl and made it to the island in 6 hours. After much suffering from the cold and snow, they were rescued by the schooner HURON.

Duluth - December 2, 1950 - In the early part of this week there were as many as 41 Great Lakes vessels lined up in the Duluth-Superior harbor awaiting their turn to take on their cargoes of iron ore. Freezing temperatures prevailed at the Head of the Lakes and ore steaming operations permitted loading only of about ten boats per day.

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


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




Canadian Engineers Out on Strike

12/01
Engineers who are members of the Canadian Marine Officers Union began a strike at midnight Friday. Fleets effected by the strike are Algoma Central Corp, Canada Steamship Lines and N M Paterson & Sons.

The union is in dispute with shipping companies over a reduction in the number of onboard engineers and crew wages.

The striking members were expected to start picketing at midnight. An official with Algoma Central reported that the company was prepared for a strike and planned to use non-union engineers and intends to conduct business as usual in spite of the picket lines. No comments were available from the other companies affected. The engineers contract expired May 31, 2001.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Storm washes up traces of Duluth's first harbor

12/01
The storm that battered western Lake Superior on Tuesday and Wednesday washed ashore several large timbers that are believe to be the remains of a submerged breakwall that formed Duluth's harbor before the present ship canal was dug in 1871.

The remains of the breakwall are submerged about 200 yards off Duluth's Canal Park. The end of the sunken cribs is marked by a red nun. The breakwall was built to form a harbor for Duluth. A grain elevator and railroad terminal once supplied wooden propellers and schooners that called there. The breakwall was allowed to deteriorate after the ship canal was dug and harbor industries moved onto the sheltered waters of Superior Bay.

Meanwhile, city and state crews began cleaning up several hundred yards of the Lakewalk that were damaged by 17-foot waves or covered with large rocks kicked up by the waves. A temporary path will be built to replace the section that was washed out. City officials say the asphalt-and-boardwalk path will be permanently repaired next spring.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw Visits Grand Haven

12/01
The Saginaw arrived at the upper Meekhof's dock Friday with a load of stone from Meldrum Bay. Before her arrival she had lost bow thruster power. As a result, she needed tug assistance to back down the Grand River after unloading. The G-tug South Carolina arrived from western Lake Michigan to nudge her downstream into the lake. G-tug appearances in Grand Haven are very rare.

Reported by: David Swain




Saginaw Update

12/01
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann entered the Saginaw River early Friday morning headed to the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. She completed her unload and was outbound early in the afternoon.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Pathfinder/Dorothy Ann downbound at Bay City Wirt.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Crew Change in Windsor

12/01
On Friday the Mississagi was at the salt dock in Windsor. While loading at the dock crew members were rotated.

Mississagi at dock.
Crewmen on deck.
Ready to go.
Another view.
On deck.
Close up of the stack.

Reported by: T. Parker




Toledo Report

12/01
The Frontenac finished loading grain at the Andersons "K" Elevator and departed late Friday morning with the "G" tugs Illinois and Louisiana assisting her downriver. The Mapleglen finished loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator and departed by mid afternoon with the "G" Tugs Illinois and Louisiana assisting her downriver. The Cuyahoga arrived at Andersons "E" Elevator earlier Friday, she shifted over to the ADM/Countrymark Elevator to load grain when the Mapleglen departed.

The Kaye E. Barker was due in at the CSX Coal Docks late Friday evening to load coal. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the American Mariner, Sam Laud, and Canadian Transport on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Marine Mart Today

12/01:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 1 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

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

Look for me at the Know Your Ships table.




Today in Great Lakes History - December 01

On December 1, 1974 the Canadian motor vessel JENNIFER foundered on Lake Michigan in a storm. Her steel cargo apparently shifted and she foundered 24 miles southwest of Charlevoix, MI. The JENNIFER went to the bottom in water too deep for any salvage attempt.

The FRED G. HARTWELL, the last boat built for Franklin S.S., was delivered to her owners on December 1, 1922 but her maiden voyage didn't occur until early 1923 because of unfavorable weather conditions.

The SASKATOON’s ownership was transferred to the Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal on December 1, 1913 when the company was formed and all six vessels of the Merchants Mutual Line were absorbed by CSL in 1914.

The HUDSON TRANSPORT was put up for sale by Marine Salvage in December 1982.

On December 1, 1934, the United States Coast Guard cutter ESCANABA was involved in the rescue of the crew of the whaleback HENRY CORT off the piers at Muskegon, Michigan.

On 1 December 1875, BRIDGEWATER (3-mast wooden schooner, 706 t, built in 1866 at Buffalo as a bark) grounded on Waugoschanee Point in the Straits of Mackinac. She was released fairly quickly and then was towed to Buffalo, NY for repairs. In Buffalo, she was gutted by fire. In 1880-82, the propeller KEYSTONE was built on her hull.

In 1909 the Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 (1st) sank on Lake Erie, 31 lives were lost.

December 1, 1985 - The SPARTAN broke loose from her moorings at Ludington in a storm and ended up near Buttersville Island. She was pulled off on December 5 by the Canonie tugs SOUTH HAVEN and MUSKEGON with the help of the CITY OF MIDLAND 41. It took about 10 hours.

On 1 December 1875, the Port Huron Times reported: "The schooner MARY E. PEREW went ashore in the Straits of Mackinac and by the brave efforts of the people on shore, her crew was rescued from perishing in the cold. Her decks were completely covered with ice and the seas were breaking over her. The vessel has a large hole in her bottom made by a rock that came through her. She will prove a total loss." On 7 December 1875, that newspaper reported that MARY E. PEREW had been raised by a wrecker and would be repaired.

On 1 December 1882, DAVID M. FOSTER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 121', 251 t, built in 1863 at Port Burwell, ON as a bark) was carrying lumber from Toronto to Oswego, New York in a storm. She was picked up by a harbor tug outside of Oswego for a tow into the harbor, but the tow line broke. The FOSTER went bows-on into the breakwater. She was holed and sank. No lives were lost. Her loss was valued at $3,300.
Image of the Foster Photo used with permission of Historical Collections of the Great Lakes/BGSU

On 01 Dec 1934, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA (WPG-64) (165', 718 gt, built in 1932 at W. Bay City, MI) was involved in the rescue of the crew of the whaleback HENRY CORT off the piers at Muskegon, Michigan; also that winter, she delivered food to the residents of Beaver Island, who were isolated due to the bad weather.
Image of the Escanaba Photo used with permission of Historical Collections of the Great Lakes/BGSU

The SULLIVAN BROTHERS (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 430', 4897 gt, built in 1901 at Chicago, IL as FREDERICK B. WELLS) grounded at Vidal Shoal on Tuesday evening, 01 Dec 1953. She was loaded with grain and rested on solid rock. She was recovered.
Image of the Frederick B. Wells Photo used with permission of Historical Collections of the Great Lakes/BGSU

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


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