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Grounded Pacific Huron freed by tugs; another saltie stalled

12/31 - At 7:45 p.m. Saturday, the tugs Ocean A. Simard and Evans McKeil assisted in freeing the Pacific Huron, aground since Wednesday in St. Lawrence River east of Clayton, N.Y. The vessel was moved back into the channel and at 10 p.m. was listed as being at anchor, possibly undergoing inspection before proceeding. The ship is loaded with soybeans. RJ Marine Associates, Donjon Marine Co., Inc. and SMIT Salvage were also active in the salvage effort.

As vessels race to beat today’s closing of the Seaway, the Billesborg of Panama departed Hamilton at 3:30 Saturday afternoon bound for Trois Rivieres, Que. At 6:20 she called Seaway Newcastle to report mechanical problems and was going to anchor north of Niagara-on-the-Lake. As of 10 p.m. Saturday she was still there.

Ron Walsh, Ron Beaupre, Barry Andersen

 

Wind, waves send Lake Superior lakers north

12/31 - NWS Marquette had gale warnings for most of Lake Superior Saturday for northerly gales 25 to 35 knots and waves 12 to 18 feet. In addition, there was a heavy freezing spray warning out, so vessels were taking the north shore route along the Canadian shore.

 

Wilf Seymour and barge remain aground

12/31 - Wilf Seymour and her barge Alouette Spirit, loaded with aluminum ingots bound for Oswego, N.Y., remained aground Saturday night on Lac St-Pierre. According to Transport Canada, an electrical fault affected navigation equipment which resulted in the tugboat deviating from the channel. The cause of the failure has been identified and has been repaired.

They have been stranded in Lac St. Pierre since the morning of December 25th. Transport Canada reports that a licensed pilot was at the helm of the tugboat at the time of the incident. The attempts have failed to get the vessels moving. A plan must be developed to lighten the contents of the barge before making another attempt, said Thursday Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

CBC, Tom Hynes

 

Port Reports -  December 31

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Saturday. Burns Harbor arrived in Superior very early in the morning to load ore at BN. At anchor waiting for the BN dock was Mesabi Miner, Algoma Discovery, and St. Clair. Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort, Algoma Equinox, G3 Marquis, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. were all on the hook off Duluth waiting to load in Two Harbors.

Two Harbors- Silver Bay
Indiana Harbor departed Two Harbors Saturday at 08:49. Arriving Two Harbors on Saturday at 09:10 was the Joseph L. Block. She had been anchored off Duluth since Thursday morning. As of 21:00 on Saturday she was still at the loading dock. Due next in Two Harbors is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader that has been anchored off Duluth since Thursday night. Also anchored off the Twin Ports are the G3 Marquis that anchored Saturday at 01:25, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. that anchored at 03:44 on Saturday and the Algoma Equinox that anchored on Saturday at 10:08. All are due to load in Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors or the anchorage off the Twin Ports on Sunday is the Edwin H. Gott. Departing Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Saturday was the Hon. James L. Oberstar at 02:40 for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Sunday.

Thunder Bay Ont.
Friday 22:00 Frontenac arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Saturday included Paul L. Tregurtha early and CSL Niagara late. Upbound traffic included CSL Laurentien, Algonova and CSL Assiniboine in the afternoon, and John G. Munson in the evening. Lee A. Tregurtha was anchored in Whitefish Bay Saturday possibly due to stormy weather at Marquette, her destination. Mackinaw was assisting vessels in the lower river Saturday, escorting upbound traffic as far as the Soo before turning around and heading back to groom tracks in the lower river near Lime Island. Expected upbound in the river Sunday morning are Victory/James L. Kuber (headed for Algoma), Thunder Bay (for Superior), H. Lee White (2 Harbors) and Herbert C. Jackson (Marquette).

Lake Michigan
Edgar B. Speer departed Gary Saturday evening for Duluth/Superior. Stewart J. Cort was off Sheboygan at 9 p.m., headed for Burns Harbor. Joyce L. VanEnkevort was behind her, headed for Indiana Harbor. Paul R. Tregurtha was at the north end of the lake, also headed for Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
After a few quiet days, Algosteel and Mississagi were eastbound in Lake Erie Saturday night and due to arrive to salt sometime Sunday.

Eastern Lake Erie Ports
Kaye E. Barker was unloading iron ore at CSX in Toledo Saturday. John J. Boland was loading coal. Manitoulin and Great Republic were in Sandusky Saturday. CSL Welland was at Ashtabula. Algoway departed Lorain with no destination listed on AIS, however she looked to be heading east. Algosteel was headed for Goderich.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen
Extreme cold conditions with ice building up slowing traffic

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (docked) - Dec 27 - Algocanada at 0600 - Dec 28 tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0833 from the anchorage - departure - Dec 29 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2352 for Green Bay

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 29 - Algosteel at 1357 for Lorain and Capt. Henry Jackman at 1542 and Mississagi at 2320 - Dec 30 - Algowood at 1209 and Algoma Enterprise at 1630

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 29 - John D. Leitch at 1600 - Dec 30 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0631, Algoma Niagara at 0908, Algoma Guardian at 1417, Kaministiqua at 1619, Saginaw at 1530 - turned around at Port Robinson then proceeded to wharf 12 and Robert S. Pierson at 1715 to wharf 18-1 stopped at 1946 to unload salt Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Dec 29 - tug Seahound at 0720 (to assist Cuyahoga into dock and break ice for her entry) - Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 to unload at 2027 approximately and Robert S. Pierson stopped at wharf 18-2 Port Colborne outer harbour at 1946 approximately to unload salt

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Dec 30 - Algoma Guardian at 1044 (anchored) - departed at 1357 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 29 - Tim S. Dool at 1940 and Dec 30 - Algoma Enterprise at 0140 and Cuyahoga at 0221 to unload - docked - Dec 25 - at dock 25-south (Richardsons) - Ojibway at 1103 and Dec 27 - Tecumseh at 0147 (docked alongside one another) - out to the anchorage - Dec 29 - Tecumseh at 1645 and Ojibway at 1715 to free up dock space for Cuyahoga - winter lay-up status at Federal Marine Terminal 14W - Dec 24 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2215 and Dec 30 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement at 0411, Dec 30 - Ojibway and Tecumseh returned to dock 25 S for winter lay-up - departures - Dec 30 - Algoma Enterprise at 1323 and Billesborg (Pan) (ex Clipper Angela-12) at 1531 for Trois Rivieres (last ocean vessel on Lake Ontario) - reported mechanical issues at 1940 approximately - anchored NE of the Niagara Bar, and Cuyahoga at 1922 - bound for drydocking at Port Weller DD (above L1 in the canal)

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 (short-term lay-up) - winter lay-up - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit arrived pier 522 at 0913 and Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 - arrival - Dec 29 - Mississagi at 1229 and Baie Comeau at 1553 - departed Dec 29 - Mississagi at 2106 for the canal

Montreal – Rene Beauchamp
Saturday evening, Camilla D, formerly Camilla Desgagnes, departed Montreal for her new owner in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

Algoma changes vessel layup ports

12/31 - Because of the severe ice situation in the Seaway, Algolake will winter at Valleyfield instead of Montreal. Algoma Olympic’s trip to Quebec City was canceled. She turned around and is now headed for Johnstown. Algoma Strongfield will winter in Montreal rather than Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Algoma was above the Cote St. Catherine Lock awaiting for the green light to proceed downbound for Port Cartier. The tug Ocean Tundra is giving assistance to vessels in the area of the lock.

The last commercial vessel to enter the Seaway was Florence Spirit Friday. She was anchored Saturday night on the western end of Lake St-Louis. Her destination is Ashtabula, Ohio, to unload pig iron.

Rene Beauchamp, Shipspotting

 

U.S. Coast Guard continues icebreaking operations for bay of Green Bay

12/31 - Milwaukee, Wis. – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to break ice at approximately 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday in support of Operation Taconite for two shipments arriving in the Port of Green Bay.

Icebreaking transits will increase in frequency for the first three weeks of January. The Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River, to include Marinette-Menominee and Sturgeon Bay. Ice transits will stabilize tracks through the thickening ice to ensure safe navigation and overall safe transport of commercial shipments.

There are four tanker transits destined for the Port of Green Bay planned for the month of January. Those who choose to recreate on or near ice-covered waterways may potentially put themselves at increased risk when recreating near still-operational shipping lanes.

The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, dress appropriately, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Recreational ice users should monitor VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, 21, or 23 for ice-breaking information.

These ice breaking operations are a part of Operation Taconite, the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice-breaking operation encompassing Lake Superior, St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay and all of Lake Michigan. For more information contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan at (414) 747-7190.

USCG

 

Updates -  December 31

The winter  Lay-up list updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 31

In 1905, B. F. JONES (Hull#15), 530 x 56 x 31 with a capacity of 10,000 tons, slid down the ways at Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Mich. The JONES was built at a cost of $400,000 for Jones and Laughlin Steel. She was declared a constructive total loss after a collision with the CASON J. CALLAWAY in the St. Marys River on August 21, 1955. Most of the hull was scrapped at Superior, Wis., in 1956. Part of the hull became the crane barge SSC-1. Her forward cabins and hatch crane and covers were installed on the SPARKMAN D. FOSTER.

In 1952, a total of 35 boats were laid up for the season at Cleveland. The WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN, GEORGE STEPHENSON, and ANDREW S. UPSON had storage cargoes of flax, the MICHAEL GALLAGHER had a storage cargo of wheat, and the remaining 31 vessels were empty.

In 1941, at the close of the shipping season, the Great Lakes fleet consisted of 513 boats of U.S. Registry and 279 boats of Canadian Registry.

At 4:00 p.m., 31 December 1895, the PURITAN (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 172 foot, 289 gross tons, built in 1887, at Benton Harbor, Michigan) burned at the dock in Oak Hill (Manistee), Michigan. She was a total loss.

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, Ohio bought the NOTRE DAME VICTORY (later CLIFFS VICTORY) on December 10, 1950.

GEORGE M. HUMPHREY of 1953 was laid up for the last time at the old Great Lakes Engineering Works slip at River Rouge, Mich., beginning December 31, 1983.

The QUEDOC, a.) NEW QUEDOC, was laid up for the last time on December 31, 1984, at Toronto, Ont., alongside the SENATOR OF CANADA.

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

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

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

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

1905: The whaleback Barge 126 had left the Great Lakes earlier in the year and was renamed b) BADEN. It stranded at Buzzard's Bay, Mass., enroute from Newport News, Va., to New Bedford, Mass., with coal and was a total loss. The crew of six was also lost.

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

 

Tug/barge and saltie remain aground as Seaway season winds down

12/30 - The tug Wilf Seymour and her barge Alouette Spirit were still aground Friday night on Lac St-Pierre. She was bound for Oswego, N.Y. It is unknown what efforts are being made to free her. With continuing sub-zero temperatures, the two may stay where they are until spring,.

The 623-foot bulk cargo carrier Pacific Huron ran aground Wednesday in St. Lawrence River east of Clayton, N.Y. and was still there Friday. The ship is loaded with soybeans. If she can’t be released immediately, she will miss the Sunday closing of the St. Lawrence Seaway for the winter. Shipping in the area is continuing as traffic can go around the vessel, the Coast Guard said.

Boatnerd.com

 

American Victory makes short trip to new slip

12/30 - Superior, Wis. – The Heritage Marine tugs Edward H. and Helen H. towed the long inactive self-unloader American Victory less than a mile Friday afternoon to a new dock for continued layup.

The move was from Elevator M to the long-inactive NP ore dock in Superior Wis. She was moved so that another vessel (possibly American Spirit) can be placed at Elevator M for the winter.

American Victory, which until recently was owned by the American Steamship Co., was laid up at Fraser Shipyard in Superior on Nov. 12, 2008 due to the economic downturn the country experienced that year. She was moved to Elevator M in 2013 to allow for work to be done on the dock at Fraser. Local reports indicate the move has been in the works since before the recent announcement of her sale to Algoma Central Corp.

Boatnerd.com

 

Cold snap has Great Lakes icing up fast, grinding freighters to a halt

12/30 - Detroit, Mich. – Boy, that escalated quickly! A blast of frigid air from the Canadian Arctic over the past several days has the Great Lakes rapidly freezing over. After two straight winters of below-average ice cover, this one is shaping up to at least meet long-term averages, or be even icier.

The Great Lakes cumulatively went from 3.3% to 9.4% ice covered in just five days, from Dec. 22 through Wednesday, with continued cold temperatures expected to keep that number rising quickly. The Great Lakes at this time last year had just 3.2% ice cover — and a scant 0.3% ice cover at this time in 2015.

Despite an unusually warm fall, ice coverage started in spots on Lake Superior on Nov. 16, said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.

"With this cold weather we're having now, I wouldn't be surprised if, even before this weekend, there was ice on Saginaw Bay, a little bit in the western part of Lake Erie, and certainly Green Bay," he said.

There's not much relief in sight for ice-making conditions. After a brief "warm-up" to the high teens to start the weekend, Detroit's forecast calls for high temperatures to drop back into the single digits to low teens well through next week.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/12/29/cold-snap-has-great-lakes-icing-up-fast-grinding-freighters-halt/985135001

 

Workers brave extreme cold to refloat tug in St. Marys River

12/30 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – Crews are making good progress in removing a tugboat from the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The Canadian Coast Guard has assumed command of the recovery because the vessel belonged to someone who has passed away.

The tugboat, named Dispatch II, took on water Christmas Eve while it was docked at the Bellevue Marina. Coast Guard officer Pamela McLaren told CBC News they have yet to determine a cause, as snow and ice conditions make it difficult to investigate.

The vessel contains an undetermined amount of diesel fuel and lubricant. McLaren says crews are monitoring the water for pollution, but there have been no signs of any at this point.

"The coast guard's mandate — through the Canada Shipping Act — is to respond to pollution. At this point there hasn't been any pollution reported, though we're on scene and attending to ensure that there isn't any." Meanwhile, Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services placed booms at the mouth of the marina.

If all goes as planned, the boat will be pulled out of the water by a crane later Friday. Crews are dealing with a very cold working environment, as well as ice and snow conditions, officials stated.

CBC

 

Lake Erie may see first December freeze-up since 2000

12/30 - A frigid blast from the Polar Vortex has caused temperatures to plunge over the Great Lakes, and this is expected to have a profound effect on Lake Erie, as the lake could go from nearly ice free to almost completely frozen before the end of 2017.

"If you haven't gathered by now, frigid weather will dominate the final week of 2017," said Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "The daytime high temperatures will struggle to reach -10 oC most days across the south, feeling even colder with windchill, while cottage country will see highs of -15 to -20 oC. This will result in dangerous wind chills at times."

With this Arctic air streaming across the Great Lakes, it sets up the potential for a quick freeze-up over Lake Erie, and forecasters in the National Weather Service office in Buffalo are saying that this could be the first time in 17 years that Lake Erie completely freezes over in December.

"Lake Erie has now dropped to 33F [0.6 oC] at Buffalo as of the morning of December 28th," they said in their Thursday forecast discussion. "These very cold temperatures could produce a lake freeze by the end of December. If the lake were to freeze in December it would be the first time the lake has frozen over in December since the year 2000, when the lake froze on the 31st."

It should be noted that, going back to when regular lake ice records began, in 1972, Lake Erie has never completely, 100 per cent, frozen over in December. The times it has completely frozen over - where 100 per cent ice coverage was reported for the entire lake surface - this didn't occur until at least mid-January.

The NWS Buffalo forecasters are not referring to 100 per cent ice coverage, however, but instead are looking at how much of the lake is being reported as "ice free".

According to records from NOAA's National Ice Center, Lake Erie was roughly half "ice free" as of December 28, 2000. By their next weekly report, though, on January 4, 2001, every part of the lake had at least some ice coverage, even if it was sparse (such as near the eastern end, in the images below). Overall, though, when NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) calculated the total ice coverage for that time period, it averaged out for the entire lake surface, at 73.2 per cent.

The Weather Network

 

Port Reports -  December 30

Two Harbors – Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of American Spirit on Friday at 11:15. Arriving Two Harbors on Friday at 12:29 was the Indiana Harbor. She departed anchorage off Duluth at 10:40 on Friday. As of 21:35 she was still at the loading dock. Still anchored off Duluth as of 21:30 on Friday were Joseph L. Block and the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, still waiting for a loading dock in Two Harbors. As of 21:30 on Friday the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was approximately 30 miles East of Two Harbors running checked down. Also as of 21:30 on Friday the G3 Marquis was SW of Silver Bay and as of 21:30 on Friday the Algoma Equinox was SE of Rock of Ages. The three boats have AIS destinations of Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Hon. James L. Oberstar at 20:42 on Friday. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Saturday.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
American Mariner arrived Friday morning at the Lower Harbor to unload the last coal cargo of the 2017-18 shipping season for the Steam Plant. She was expected to be the last vessel of the season at the Lower Harbor.

St. Marys River
Traffic moved without major problems with ice on a bright, sunny Friday. CCSG Samuel Risley led the Kaye E. Barker and the tug Sharon M 1 and her barge down through the Rock Cut in the morning. They were followed in the afternoon by American Century, American Integrity, Stewart J. Cort and Michipicoten (for Algoma) and, after dark, the tugs Anglian Lady and Wilfred M. Cohen with a loaded barge from Algoma (tied up at the Canadian Soo for the night), Joyce L. VanEnkevort Great Lakes Trader and Paul R. Tregurtha. Whitefish Bay was upbound around 2 p.m. As night fell, USCG Mackinaw was working with the Sharon M 1 near Lime Island, and the Risley was also in that area, operating ahead of the Cort. Around 9 p.m., Presque Isle, Lee A. Tregurtha and Edwin H. Gott were all in the lower river upbound. Vessels expected upbound Saturday include CSL Laurentien, Algonova and CSL Assiniboine.

Lake Michigan
Edgar B. Speer was due in at Gary early Saturday to unload. John G. Munson was upbound off Kenosha, Wis., Friday night headed for Superior, Wis. G.L. Ostrander and her barge departed Green Bay Friday afternoon for Alpena. Tug Jimmy L. assisted her out into the bay.

Toledo, Ohio – Jim Hoffman
As of 2 p.m. Friday, the cutter Morro Bay was continuing icebreaking operations in the Toledo Ship Channel from the coal docks out to the channel entrance and then back to the coal docks. John J. Boland and Evans Spirt were in port Friday night. Algoma Niagara departed earlier in the day for Hamilton.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday - Barry Andersen
Extreme cold conditions with ice build up slowing traffic.

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (docked) - Dec 27 - Algocanada at 0600 - Dec 28 tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0833 from the anchorage - Dec 28 - CSL Assiniboine at 0655 - Departures - (for Duluth/Superior) Dec 27 Whitefish Bay at 2241 - Dec 28 - CSL Assiniboine at 2315

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Departed - Dec 28 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0755 approximately to dock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 28 - Calumet at 1917 (from the anchorage) and Algoway at 0850 - 1822 at the piers and Manitoulin at 2134 - Dec 29 - Algosteel at 1357 for Lorain and Capt. Henry Jackman at 1542

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 28 Mississagi at 0619, Tim S. Dool at 1028, and Algowood at 2303 - Dec 29 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement at 0630, Algoma Enterprise at 1038, Cuyahoga at 1235 and John D. Leitch at 1600

Port Weller anchorage: Times are approximate for departures
Anchored - Dec 24 - Federal Biscay at 0059, and Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagacht-13) at 1834 - Dec 25 - Dec 27 - Beatrix (Nld) re-anchored at 1710 - Dec 28 - Calumet at 0838 - departures (eastbound for Montreal) - Dec 28 - Calumet at 1847 for the canal - Dec 29 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 0750, Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagracht-13) at 1452, Beatrix (Nld) at 1850

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Dec 29 - Algoma Enterprise at 0340 - departed at 0959 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 29 - Tim S. Dool at 1940 - docked - Dec 24 - Billesborg (Pan) (ex Clipper Angela-12) at 2007 (will be the last ocean vessel to head down Lake Ontario when she departs) - Winter lay-up status - Dec 24 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2215 - dock 14-west-FMT - Dec 25 - at dock 25-south (Richardsons) - Ojibway at 1103 and Dec 27 - Tecumseh at 0147 (docked alongside one another) – On Dec 29 Tecumseh at 1645 and Ojibway at 1715 were moved out to the anchorage so an incoming vessel can unload.

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 (short-term lay-up) - winter lay-up - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit arrived pier 522 at 0913 and Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 - arrival - Dec 29 - Mississagi at 1229 and Baie Comeau at 1553 - departed Dec 29 - Mississagi at 2106 for the canal.

 

Welland Canal closing update

12/30 - The Welland Canal has announced an extension to when when the waterway will close down for the season. The extension is for 7 hours and is good until 7 p.m. Dec 31, when all vessels must be clear of the system. Vessels must check in no later than 3 a.m. Dec. 30 in order to transit the canal. After 3 a.m. vessels will not be allowed to transit the canal.

 

Former Inland Seas Maritime Museum and historic house to be razed

12/30 - Vermilion, Ohio – The former Inland Seas Maritime Museum and Wakefield House will soon be demolished to make the lake more accessible to residents and visitors. The Vermilion Parks and Recreation Board unanimously voted in favor of demolition of the buildings on the property at a meeting earlier this month.

The city of Vermilion acquired the property for $1.65 million in 2014 when the Great Lakes Historical Society decided to move to Toledo. The funds for the purchase were raised through the city along with private donations; state and federal funds were also used, according to the minutes from the Dec. 19 meeting.

In 2015 and 2016, the museum continued to lease the property from the city, but did not renew the lease after 2016, at which time the city took over. When the city was originally thinking of purchasing the property in 2013, a public survey was done that identified public restrooms, additional parking, potential event space that may generate revenue and the idea of maintaining sightlines as needs for the property.

In January, the Parks and Recreation Board asked member Jon Logue to head a committee to decide what to do with the property. The committee reported its findings to the board at the Dec. 19 meeting.

The committee had an architect do a full assessment of the Wakefield House, which was built in 1909, and the museum addition, which dates back to the 1960s. The study showed that while the house itself was not in “the best shape,” the “museum addition was really in horrific shape,” according to the minutes.

The idea of fully restoring the 16,000 square feet worth of structures was considered, but the committee felt the $5 million of cost estimated for the restoration was too steep. The $5 million didn’t include the removal of asbestos, which is estimated to cost $150,000.

Logue said the committee looked at how the city would raise the $5 million, but also how much money it would take to maintain the buildings, saying “the ongoing maintenance and burden to the city were big considerations of the committee.”

The committee also explored demolishing the museum addition and restoring the Wakefield House itself. The committee concluded the home offers limited accessibility and is not the “kind of house for a huge gathering or rentable space.”

In the end, the committee recommended tearing both the home and the museum addition down to make room for something new, which will be more energy efficient and for which the annual costs will be much less than doing a restoration.

Another committee is expected to be formed next year to explore options for new buildings. Since the property belongs to the city, the demolition of the current buildings will have to go to bid, as will the new construction, according to the meeting minutes.

Chronicle-Telegram

 

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 sank near position 34.08'N by 61.35'12"W (approximately in line with Cape Hatteras, North Carolina) early the next day.

GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (Hull#796) was launched December 30, 1926, for Kinsman Transit Co. at Lorain, Ohio, by the American Ship Building Co. Renamed b.) CAPT JOHN ROEN in 1945, c.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1948 and d.) CONSUMERS POWER in 1958, scrapped at Taiwan in 1988.

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.

1981: VISHVA DHARMA came through the Seaway when new in 1970. The vessel was in a collision on this date with the ADMIRAL S. ALTINCAN and sustained damage to the forecastle and sides. The ship reached Istanbul, Turkey, enroute to Russia on January 7, 1982. The damage was repaired and it survived until scrapping at Bombay, India, in 1988.

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

 

Vessels, icebreakers win Thursday ice battle on the St. Marys River

12/29 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – It was a tough day Thursday for the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Beset in ice in the narrow channel on the east side of Neebish Island since Wednesday night, work began in earnest Thursday morning to get the upbound 1,000-footer moving again.

The USCG cutter Biscayne Bay was on the scene at first light, running tracks up the side of the vessel to relieve ice pressure and also venturing ahead to break a path in the ice, which had formed quickly due to a night of sub-zero temperatures. The McCarthy finally made through the worst of the ice and was upbound for the Soo Locks in the early afternoon. Biscayne Bay leading the way. Several vessels that had been stopped behind her got underway upbound, but had to stop again as the McCarthy Jr. continued to have difficulty with ice under the International Bridge and again at Point Aux Pins. Each time she was able to break free without assistance and by 8 p.m. was making good speed in the upper river.

When it was clear the McCarthy Jr. was going to make it out of the locks, other traffic began moving upbound, starting with Hon. James L. Oberstar. Mesabi Miner and G3 Marquis were next in line. Frontenac, Samuel deChamplain / barge Innovation (bound for Heron Bay, Ont.) and St. Clair were waiting their turn in the vicinity of Nine Mile with Algoma Discovery and Algoma Equinox lined up behind them.

Two downbound vessels, Edgar B. Speer and Cason J. Callaway, that had been stuck on the west side of Neebish Island below the Rock Cut, were freed by the CCGS Samuel Risley, which arrived on scene in the afternoon. Two other downbounders, Algoma Guardian and Manitowoc, were then able to continue their way to the lower lakes.

The tug Anglian Lady with her barge PML 2501 were downbound waiting their turn to lock through in the mid-evening, which also caused a delay for the McCarthy. The USCG icebreaker Mackinaw got underway from Green Bay Thursday, where she had been assisting vessels, and was expected on the St. Marys River sometime Friday. Samuel Risley was still assisting vessels in the lower river Thursday night.

Vessels expected downbound Friday include Kaye E. Barker, American Century, American Integrity and Stewart J. Cort. The Whitefish Bay is expected upbound.

“This is a common occurrence for ships to become stuck in the ice and when they do become stuck, the USCG and Canadian Coast Guard, we work together to get those vessels out of the ice as quick as possible,” says Lt. Sean Murphy, USCG Sector Sault.

With the Soo Locks scheduled to close on January 15, freighters waiting to go upbound are losing crucial time to load up on iron ore. “This is an important time of the year for them, they are trying to build up for those stockpiles that they are going to need, after we close the locks they are going to have about 10 weeks where they are not going to be able to move steel, so it’s a really important time of year for them,” added Joanne Gray of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Temperatures in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Wednesday night ranged from -17 at Mission Point to -21 on Lake Nicolet, with some areas reporting even lower readings. Although it was not predicted to be as cold Thursday night, the lows were still expected to be around zero, with more Siberian air on the way for Sunday.

Roger LeLievre and 9&10 News

 

Pacific Huron, still aground in St. Lawrence River, could be stuck here for winter

12/29 - Carleton Island, N.Y. – The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a large cargo ship that has run aground in the St. Lawrence River just west of Clayton, according to the U.S. Coast Guard in Buffalo. The 623-foot bulk cargo carrier the Pacific Huron ran aground Wednesday about 1,000 feet outside the St. Lawrence Seaway channel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The ship, which is loaded with soybeans, went aground between Carleton Island and Wolfe Island, just west of Wellesley Island, the Coast Guard said. There are no reported injuries to the crew, and no reported leaks, pollution, or flooding on the vessel, the Coast Guard said. The Maple Grove, a workboat used around the 1,000 Islands to transport building materials and backhoes, was seen in attendance on Thursday but there were no tugs reported nearby.

With the imminent closing of the Seaway locks, Pacific Huron may be spending the winter here.

Shipping on the seaway is continuing as traffic can go around the vessel through the navigation channel, the Coast Guard said. Inspectors will board the Pacific Huron, which flies the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, as soon as possible to conduct their initial investigation and additional assessments will be made, the Coast Guard said. On Thursday there did not appear to be any tugs working to free the vessel.

Syracuse.com

 

Wilf Seymour remains aground on Lac St-Pierre

12/29 - The tug Wilf Seymour was still aground Thursday night off Yamachiche, Lac St-Pierre. She was bound for Oswego, N.Y. It is unknown if she has her barge Alouette Spirit with her or what efforts are being made to free her. Information on this event is incomplete; if you have additional details please send to news@boatnerd.net

 

Port Reports -  December 29

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Mariner arrived Duluth early Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. James R. Barker arrived at sunrise, and docked at Calumet to fuel. American Mariner was outbound from Midwest Energy early in the afternoon, along with Great Lakes Trader, loaded with iron ore pellets. The Barker shifted to CN and began loading. She was expected to continue loading throughout the night. At Burlington Northern in Superior, Stewart J. Cort topped off her holds early Thursday morning and departed. CSL Niagara then arrived to load. She was still at the dock Thursday night, with Philip R. Clarke and Burns Harbor on the hook outside the Superior entry. Indiana Harbor, Joseph L. Block, and Erie Trader were also at anchor outside the harbor, waiting for dock space in Two Harbors

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Two Harbors Thursday at 19:40 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Thursday at 20:02 was the American Spirit, from anchorage off Duluth. She departed anchorage at 12:25 on Thursday. Arriving Two Harbors on Thursday at approx. 14:25 was the "G" tug Arkansas to assist the American Spirit in docking. Anchoring off Duluth on Thursday to await room at Two Harbors were Indiana Harbor at 00:35, Joseph L. Block at 02:01, and Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 19:30. Upbound above the Soo as of 20:30 on Thursday was the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. At the locks as of 20:30 on Thursday was the G3 Marquis. Both were showing AIS destinations of Two Harbors. Stopped in the St. Marys River as of 20:30 on Thursday was the Algoma Equinox, also showing Two Harbors as a destination. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure Thursday of the American Century at 01:59 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Friday is the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Originally her AIS was showing Two Harbors, it is now showing Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 9:51 USCG Alder arrived and began icebreaking operations on the Mission River, after which she proceeded to Current River, then to the old CN Ore dock and Keefer Terminal, in preparation for winter layups. She then headed to the mouth of the Kam River before departing for Duluth at 19:57. Frontenac is listed to arrive Friday and CSL Laurentien on January 1.

St. Marys River
John G. Munson lost steering and generator power above the locks in the late afternoon Wednesday, although she did retain main propulsion. She eventually dropped her anchor on the southern side of the channel and the tugs Indiana and Missouri were dispatched to stand by. With steering restored, the Munson was downbound at the locks around 8 p.m.

Toledo, Ohio – Jim Hoffman
The cutter Morro Bay went to the Midwest Overseas Dock Thursday evening and most likely will spend the night at that location. Algoma Niagara was between light 30 and the Pump Out Station headed for the coal docks.

Cleveland, Ohio
Great Republic arrived at Cleveland Thursday. Herbert C. Jackson with a load from Two Harbors is expected about noon Friday. Algoway, which had been rumored recently to be on her last voyage, has an ETA of 1700 Friday at Lorain.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen Extreme cold conditions with ice build up was slowing traffic significantly.

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 27 - English River at 1354 - departed Dec 28 at 0240 for Bath

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 27 - Algocanada at 0600 and Whitefish Bay at 0802 - arrival - Dec 28 - CSL Assiniboine at 0655 - departure - Dec 27 Whitefish Bay at 2241 for Duluth/Superior.

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 27 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1915

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 28 - Algosea at 00625, H. Lee White at 0601, CSL Welland at 0736, Robert S. Pierson at 0757, Calumet at 1917 (from the anchorage), Algoway at 0850 - 1822 at the piers and Manitoulin at 2100

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 27 Salarium from wharf 16 at 2001 approximately for Sydney N.S. and Algosteel at 2057 - Dec 28 - Baie St. Paul at 0453, English River at 0533, Tim S. Dool at 0603, Mississagi at 0619 and Algowood at 2245

Port Weller anchorage: (note: times are approximate for departures)
Anchored - Dec 24 - Federal Biscay at 0059, and Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagacht-13) at 1834 - Dec 25 - Dec 27 - Beatrix (Nld) re-anchored at 1710 - Dec 28 - Calumet at 0838 - departures (eastbound for Montreal) - Dec 28 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0900, Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 1500 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 1800

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 27 - Algoway at 2205 approximately from Oshawa and H. Lee White at 1627 - docked - Dec 24 - Billesborg (Pan) at 2007 - departures - Dec 27 - H. Lee White at 0240 for Sandusky, Algoway at 0615 for Lorain - Winter lay-up status - Dec 24 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2215 - dock 14-west-FMT - Dec 25 - at dock 25-south (Richardsons) - Ojibway at 1103 and Dec 27 - Tecumseh at 0147 (docked alongside one another)

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 - Dec 26 - CSL Laurentien at 1233 - departed at 1323 for weather and went to anchor off Toronto at 1420 approximately - Dec 27 - CSL Laurentien from anchorage to dock arriving at 0846 - departure - Dec 27 - CSL Laurentien at 2103 for Thunder Bay - Winter lay-up - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit arrived pier 522 at 0913 and Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 (short-term lay-up)

 

Bitter temps halt Sugar Island ferry for several hours

12/29 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Subzero temperatures stopped a Chippewa County ferry for more than five hours Wednesday morning. The cause was a frozen rudder.

It’s a very rare occurrence for the Sugar Island ferry to be shut down due to weather, but we are told that part of the reason was because of just how quickly everything froze. “It’s probably in the case where it got so cold, so quick,” crewmember Bill Wychopen said.

He and his team worked non-stop to free the ferry’s rudder from the ice. “It was a sledgehammer and a torch, basically down the hull there we had to heat it up bang on it a little bit there to get the casing hot enough.” Wychopen explained.

“Once we got a little bit of movement we could then use the prop to kind of help use the water current to erode the ice away and eventually it broke free,” he added. but that’s a little tricky navigating the ice and that in the winter,” Bill, said.

9 & 10 News

 

Updates -  December 29

The winter  Lay-up list updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 29

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

KINSMAN INDEPENDENT was launched in 1906, as a.) WILLIAM B. KERR (Hull#72) at Chicago, Illinois, by Chicago Ship Building Co. for the Weston Transit Co.

Kinsman's new GEORGE M. HUMPHREY was christened on December 29, 1926.

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

On 29 December 1813, ARIEL (4-gun armed schooner, 112 tons, built in 1813, at Erie, Pennsylvania, 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 foot, 46 tons, built in 1822, at New York City, New York) 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.

1935: The Norwegian freighter AGGA came to the Great Lakes as early as 1923 and returned on several occasions until at least through 1934. It had gone aground in the St. Lawrence on October 27, 1924 and again on November 25, 1925. The 1905-vintage cargo carrier was wrecked on this date at Gunnorstenarne, Sweden.

1974: The Swedish freighter RAGNEBORG was newly built when it came to the Great Lakes in 1947 and was a regular inland trader through 1963. The vessel was sailing as c) CHAVIN when the engine broke down and it was towed into Puerto Cortes, (not sure if it was Costa Rica or Honduras), and beached. It never sailed again and was still there as late as 1978.

1979: A spark from a welder's torch spread from the conveyor belt and gutted the pilothouse and officer's quarters of the NICOLET at Toledo. The vessel was rebuilt with a new pilothouse at Lorain and returned to service on April 4, 1981.

Data from: Skip Gillham, 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.

 

Ice delays begin in St. Marys River

12/28 - Noon update - On Thursday morning, the USCG cutter Biscayne Bay continued to work with the upbound Walter J. McCarthy Jr., beset in ice on the east side of Neebish Island since Wednesday night. By 11:30 a.m., the McCarthy was free and moving upbound. Biscayne Bay was enroute to get the Hon. James L. Oberstar, G3 Marquis, Mesabi Miner and Samuel de Champlain and her cement barge Innovation moving up behind the McCarthy Jr.

Meanwhile, the downbound Edgar B. Speer and Cason J. Callaway were beset in the ice at the lower end of the Rock Cut and will need assistance from the Biscayne Bay to get moving. Algoma Guardian was stopped near Nine Mile Point. Manitowoc was stopped at the locks however was expected to get underway around noon, with the tug Missouri assisting her. The tug Sharon M 1 and barge were headed to the Bondar Marina dock on the Canadian side to wait for traffic to clear.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley is scheduled to arrive on in the early afternoon and will assist the Biscayne Bay with ice breaking operations.

Frontenac (bound for Thunder Bay), St. Clair, Algoma Discovery and Algoma Equinox were headed for DeTour at 11 p.m. Nothing was due downbound, however the tug Anglian Lady was expected to be downbound from Algoma with her barge PML 2501 sometime in the afternoon.

Sub-zero temperatures in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Wednesday night ranged from -17 at Mission Point to -20 on Lake Nicolet, with some areas reporting even lower readings.

Original report 11 a.m. -  After a week of below freezing temperatures, ice is starting to cause significant delays in the St. Marys River.  The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay crew was working to free the  Walter J. McCarthy Jr. from the ice in the upbound Middle Neebish Channel of the St. Marys River, Thursday. After freeing the Walter J. McCarthy, the Biscayne Bay will then break out the Edgar B. Speer from the ice near Sawmill Point in the downbound channel of the St. Marys River.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley is scheduled to arrive on scene at noon and will assist the Biscayne Bay with ice breaking operations. Since the two vessels are currently stuck in the ice, upbound and downbound transits are currently restricted in the St. Marys River.

There are five vessels waiting to proceed down-bound and four vessels waiting to proceed up-bound in the St. Marys River.

If ice conditions continue to build it may cause vessels to head to lay-up, canceling one or two late season trips.

 

Saltie Pacific Huron aground

12/28 - 11 a.m. update -  Seaway Clayton contacted the Pacific Huron this morning asking for cargo and vessel details. They called back and asked if  had been contacted. The Pacific Huron reported that salvage tugs had been contacted. Clayton did say that they did not think tugs from Montreal would be available as they had all been tasked with jobs. The inspectors had an eta of 11 a.m. for the vessel. She is bound for Montreal loaded with soybeans. The forward portion of the 623-foot vessel is aground and their stern anchor is deployed. The vessel is 1,000 feet outside of the channel. There are no reported injuries to the crew, and no reported leaks, pollution, or flooding on the vessel.

The Algoma Olympic was anchored west of Tibbett's Point Thursday morning. At 9:40 a.m. they said they were picking up their anchor and proceeding westbound on the south side of Main Duck Islands to do sea trials.

Ron Walsh

Original Report:
The saltwater vessel Pacific Huron is aground in the St. Lawrence Seaway just east of Clayton, N.Y. near Fisher's Landing.  Further details as they develop.

 

Final trips being made by veteran Algoma bulkers

12/28 - Reports from a variety of sources on social media, including vessel crewmembers, indicate that the careers of Algolake, Algosteel, Algoma Olympic and Algoway are nearing their ends. Algolake, which recently finished discharging a cargo of salt at Johnstown, Ont., is reported to be headed to layup behind Elevator Four in Montreal, which has been the final resting place for many lakers bound overseas. Algosteel was in the Welland Canal Wednesday night headed to Toronto to unload salt. It will be her last visit to that port. Algoma Olympic was in Lake Ontario headed for Quebec City on what a crewmember has confirmed was her last trip. Algoway was arriving at Hamilton Wednesday night on what is believed to be her final trip, although her ultimate winter layup port is not yet known. All information is subject to change due to weather and other factors.

 

Wilf Seymour still aground in St. Lawrence River

12/28 - The McKeil Marine tug Wilf Seymour appeared to still be aground Wednesday night on Lac St-Pierre on the St. Lawrence River. Groupe Ocean tugs were in the vicinity Tuesday, however Wednesday night there were no tugs in evidence on AIS. It is unknown if she has her barge Alouette Spirit with her. Information on this event is incomplete; if you have additional details please send to news@boatnerd.net

 

USCG to close Grays Reef Passage

12/28 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The Coast Guard will close Grays Reef Passage Saturday at noon local time. Grays Reef Passage is located south of the Straits of Mackinac near White Shoal Light on Lake Michigan. Further inquiries can be made by phone to Sault Vessel Traffic Service.

 

Port Reports -  December 28

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Lakes Trader arrived Duluth early Wednesday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. She was followed into port by American Integrity, which docked at Midwest Energy. Both vessels were still in port during the evening, and were expected to depart by midnight. American Mariner and James R. Barker were both due late Wednesday night. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort loaded at Burlington Northern Wednesday, while CSL Niagara, Philip R. Clarke, and Burns Harbor waited at anchor.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Guardian departed Two Harbors on Wednesday at 4 a.m. for Hamilton. Arriving from lake anchorage was the Paul R. Tregurtha Wednesday at 04:24. As of 20:30 she was still loading. American Spirit remained at anchor off Duluth Wednesday night awaiting the Two Harbors shiploader. Due Two Harbors Wednesday night are Indiana Harbor and the Joseph L. Block. Both could anchor or go to lay-by at the Two Harbors docks. Tentatively due Two Harbors between Thursday and Sunday are the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, Hon. James L. Oberstar, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., G3 Marquis, Algoma Equinox, Edwin H. Gott, Thunder Bay and John J. Boland. All these arrivals are subject to ice and dock line-ups. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, as of 20:30 on Wednesday, has the American Century still loading. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic for Thursday.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on Wednesday included Saginaw early, followed by Lee A. Tregurtha, John D. Leitch, Cuyahoga, Herbert C. Jackson and John G. Munson. Edgar B. Speer and Cason J. Callaway were downbound late in evening, Upbound around 1 p.m. were Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was beset in the ice behind Neebish Island at mid-evening and was being assisted by USCG Biscayne Bay. Around 10 p.m. efforts to free her were stopped for the night. Hon. James L. Oberstar, G3 Marquis and Mesabi Miner were behind the McCarthy and would have to stop and wait for daybreak. With subzero temperatures, ice in the river is forming rapidly.

Green Bay, Wis.
Tug G.L. Ostrander and her cement barge were in port on Wednesday. The USCG icebreaker Mackinaw assisted them to their Fox River dock and was hove to Wednesday night in the bay of Green Bay, likely waiting for their departure.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Presque Isle was at Gary Wednesday night.

Midland, Ont.
CCGS Samuel Risley was clearing a path for the outbound Frontenac on Thursday evening.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 27 - Algocanada at 0600 and Whitefish Bay at 0802

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 25 - G3 Marquis at 1035, Algoma Hansa at 1347, Thunder Bay at 1520 - Dec 27 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1915 - departures - Dec 26 - Thunder Bay at 0738 for Windsor, G3 Marquis at 0810 for Two Harbours, Algoma Hansa at 1352 for Sarnia Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 27 - Mississagi at 0518, Algoma Niagara at 1123 - delayed until 1443,

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 26 - Salarium at 1840 (stopping at wharf 16) H. Lee White at 2104 for Hamilton and Algoma Olympic at 2252 (reported as her last trip) headed to Quebec City and Algosteel at 1952 - departure - Dec 27 Salarium from wharf 16 at 2001 approximately for Sydney

Port Weller anchorage: note: (times are approximate for departures)
Anchored - Dec 23 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0021, - Dec 24 - Sten Moster (Gib at 0049, Federal Biscay at 0059, Beatrix (Nld) at 0230 and Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagacht-13) at 1834 - Dec 25 - Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 1932 - Dec 26 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 2000. Departures - Dec 27 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0755, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 1530, Algoscotia at 1600, Finnborg (Nld) at 1814,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 26 - Salarium stopped wharf 16 at 1900 - Dec 27 - Beatrix (Nld) departed anchorage stopped wharf 2 at 1048 and Mississagi stopped at wharf 12 at 1515 - Dec 27 - departed Beatrix (Nld) at 1340 - returned to anchorage

Off of Burlington anchorage:
Anchored - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1202 - departed Dec 27 at 0034 for Bowmanville

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 27 - Algoway at 2205 approximately from Oshawa. Docked - Dec 24 - Billesborg (Pan) at 2007 - Dec 26 - Algoma Niagara from anchorage at 0445 and Ojibway from the anchorage at 2045 - departures - Dec 26 - Robert S. Pierson at 2301 eastbound - Dec 27 - Algoma Niagara at 0921 for the canal - winter lay-up status - Dec 24 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2215 - dock 14-west-FMT - Dec 25 - at dock 25-south (Richardson) - Ojibway at 1103 and Dec 27 - Tecumseh at 0147 (docked alongside one another)

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 - Dec 26 - CSL Laurentien at 1233 - departed - at 1323 for weather and went to anchor off Toronto at 1420 approximately - departed - 27 - CSL Laurentien from anchorage to dock arriving at 0846 - winter lay-up - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit arrived pier 522 at 0913 and Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827

Oshawa:
Arrival - Dec 27 - Algoway at 1123 - departed at 1643 for Hamilton

 

Updates -  December 28

The winter  Lay-up list updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 28

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

On 28 December 1907, CALDERA (steel propeller freighter, 504 foot, 6,328 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan.

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-inch cylinder and 20-inch stroke. Her dimensions were 116 feet long with a 26-foot beam. She cost nearly $20,000 and was built to run between Algonac and Lexington.

1980: DUNAV reported taking water in heavy seas off Central Japan, enroute from Hamilton, Ontario, via Los Angeles, to Tsingtao, China, with steel and was never seen again. Thirty-one sailors perished.

1980: HOLMSIDE, a Seaway trader beginning in 1960, hit a jetty while inbound at Casablanca, Morocco, as b) CABINDA and sank in the outer harbor with the loss of 9 lives.

1980: The former PRINS ALEXANDER, a Seaway trader for the Oranje Lijn beginning in 1959, struck a reef off Shadwan Island as f) POLIAGOS and sank in the Gulf of Suez. It was loaded with bagged cement and enroute from Piraeus, Greece, to Giza, United Arab Republic.

2011: An arson fire gutted the former NORMAC, most recently a restaurant ship at St. Catharines.

2011: MISSISSIPPIBORG ran aground leaving Pictou, Nova Scotia, with paper, but was refloated on the high tide only to go aground again on a second try. It had been a Seaway trader in 2011.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 27

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on Tuesday at 13:15 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Tuesday at 14:03 from lake anchor was the Algoma Guardian. As of 21:30 on Tuesday she was still loading. Paul R. Tregurtha went to anchor off Two Harbors at 14:30 after arriving off Two Harbors Tuesday morning. American Spirit went to anchor off Duluth Tuesday at 08:45 to await Two Harbors. American Integrity had been scheduled for Two Harbors, but is now due to load at SMET. Tentatively scheduled for Two Harbors on Wednesday are the Joseph L. Block and the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century at 19:13. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Wednesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday December 26th 16:24 John D. Leitch departed, destination unknown. 16:47 Cuyahoga departed for Hamilton. No other vessels are expected this week.

St. Marys River
With temperatures Tuesday morning around -8, ice was forming fast in St. Marys River. At 11:20 a.m., the upbound James R. Barker reported she could not make the turn at Stribling Point behind Neebish Island. The cutter Biscayne Bay was helping the Saginaw and Joseph L. Block in the vicinity of Lime Island and when finished headed to assist the Barker. Presque Isle had been anchored in that area since Monday, but was making preparations to get under way. Baie St. Paul was downbound and reported some difficulty making the Moon Island turn below the Rock Cut. Tim S. Dool was downbound behind her and the Defiance/Ashtabula were in the locks headed down after paying their last visit of the season to Algoma. Biscayne Bay quickly freed the Barker and she was at Mission Point around 3:30 p.m. followed by Joseph L. Block (for Two Harbors) and Saginaw (for Algoma, assisted by tug Adenac). Indiana Harbor was upbound after dinner. Kaye E. Barker remained at Algoma.

Green Bay, Wis.
Tug G.L. Ostrander and her cement barge were west of the Mackinac Bridge Tuesday night headed for Green Bay. The USCG icebreaker Mackinaw has been dispatched to assist her through rapidly thickening ice.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
St. Clair was at Buffington Tuesday night.

Goderich, Ont.
Algosteel departed Tuesday with a destination of Toronto.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac was still in port on Tuesday night.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 25 - G3 Marquis at 1035, Algoma Hansa at 1312, Thunder Bay at 1520 and Algocanada at 1607,

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 25 - John J. Boland at 1009, Algoma Discovery at 1303 and Algoma Equinox at 1403

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 25 - Algolake at 0203, Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) - (note: last ocean vessel of 2017 season to clear the canal), (ex Algoway at 1023 (note: vessel is on her last trip before heading for lay-up with scrapping to follow - no destination as of yet), Thunder Bay at 1038, Manitoulin at 1559, Salarium at 1840 (stopping at wharf 16) and H. Lee White at 2019 bound for Hamilton and Algoma Olympic at 2215

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Dec 25 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan Sword-10) at 0718 from Hamilton and Algoscotia at 0804 - anchored - Dec 22 - Harbour First (Por) at 1010 and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1735 - Dec 23 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0021, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 2000 - Dec 24 - Federal Biscay at 0059, Sten Moster (Gib) at 0049, Beatrix (Nld) at 0230 and Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagacht-13) at 1834 - departures - Dec 25 - Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 1742 - mechanical issues sent her back to the anchorage - arriving at 1932 approximately - Dec 26 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan Sword-10) at 0718 from anchorage back to Hamilton and Three Rivers (Atg) at 1601 approximately and ERIK (Atg) ex (BBC Louisiana-17) at 2000

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 26 - Salarium at 1900

Off of Burlington anchorage:
Anchored - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1202, CSL Laurentien at 1520 - departure - Dec 26 - CSL Laurentien at 1021 for Toronto

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 26 - Patras (Mlt) at 1807 (anchored) from Port Weller anchorage - docked - docked - Dec 24 - Billesborg (Pan) at 2007 - Dec 25 - Robert S. Pierson at 1323 - Dec 26 - Algoma Niagara from anchorage at 0445 and Ojibway from the anchorage at 2045 - departures - Dec 26 - John J. Boland at 0756, Algoma Discovery at 1048, Algoma Equinox at 1403, Torrent (Cyp) at 2018 for Sorel and Patras (Mlt) from anchorage at 2036 for Montreal

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit at 0913 - Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 - Dec 26 - CSL Laurentien at 1233 - departed - at 1323 - anchored off Toronto at 1420 approximately

 

Updates -  December 27

The winter  Lay-up list updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 27

SAVIC, b.) CLIFFS VICTORY cleared the Welland Canal on Christmas night 1985, and finally anchored at Pointe aux Trembles near Montreal, Quebec, on December 27, 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.

THOMAS W. 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.

1985:The wooden sailing ship CIUDAD DE INCA sank in shallow water at Portsmouth, Ontario, during a snowstorm. The vessel was refloated January 10, 1986, with machinery but no structural damage. It had come inland for the Lake Ontario Tall Ships Extravaganza in 1984. Due to an earlier problem, it had to stay out of American waters where it was subject to an arrest warrant due to the sinking of the MARQUES, owned by the same company, in a Tall Ships race from Bermuda to Halifax.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  December 26

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Baie St. Paul departed Two Harbors Monday morning at 02:05 for Quebec City. Cason J. Callaway then shifted from North of #2 to the shiploader and departed on Monday at 0:9:05 for Detroit. Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on Monday at 10:04 from outside of the Twin Ports. She was assisted to the dock by Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. As of 21:15 on Monday she was still loading. Algoma Guardian anchored off Two Harbors on Monday at 04:30 to await the departure of the Speer. Paul R. Tregurtha will arrive off Two Harbors early Tuesday morning. As of 21:15 on Monday she was NE of Silver Bay running checked down. Also due Two Harbors on Tuesday, tentatively, are American Spirit, American Integrity, and Joyce L. VanEnekvort/Great Lakes Trader. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson on Monday at 05:34. She departed at 15:20 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Tuesday is the American Century.

St. Marys River
Vessels were hugging the north shore of Lake Superior Monday due to weather. Downbound traffic at the locks on Monday included Hon. James L. Obsertar, Victory / James L. Kuber, CSL Assiniboine and Edwin H. Gott. Upbounders included Burns Harbor, American Mariner and Anglian Lady / barge. Kaye E. Barker was inbound DeTour for Algoma Steel around 11 p.m. Manitowoc was at Algoma Steel. Presque was at anchor above DeTour.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
St. Clair was at Buffington Monday. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was in in Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, Ont.
Algosteel remained at the salt dock on Monday.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac arrived to unload grain on Monday, assisted by CCGS Samuel Risley.

Detroit, Mich.
Saginaw arrived behind Zug Island on Christmas Eve day to load furnace coke for the Soo.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 25 - G3 Marquis at 1035, Algoma Hansa at 1312, Thunder Bay at 1520 and Algocanada at 1607,

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 24 - Algoma Hansa at 1709 - Dec 25 -

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 24 - Robert S. Pierson at 1830, Algoscotia at 2045, Capt. Henry Jackman at 2333 - Dec 25 - Algoma Niagara at 0121, John J. Boland at 0317, Algoma Transport at 1418

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Dec 25 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan Sword-10) at 0718 from Hamilton and Algoscotia at 0804 - anchored - Dec 22 - Harbour First (Por) at 1010 and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1735 - Dec 23 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0021, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1601 approximately, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) at 2000 - Dec 24 - Federal Biscay at 0059, Sten Moster (Gib) at 0049, Beatrix (Nld) at 0230 and Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagacht-13) at 1834 - departures - Dec 24 - Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1655 - Dec 25 - Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1222, Harbour First (Por) at 1425, Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 1742 - mechanical issues sent her back to the anchorage - arriving at 1932 approximately

Off of Burlington anchorage:
Anchored - Capt. Henry Jackman at 1202, CSL Laurentien at 1520

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 25 - Ojibway at 1105 (anchored), Robert S. Pierson at 1323, Algoma Niagara at 1747 (anchored) and John J. Boland at 1857 - - docked - Dec 22 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1020 - Dec 24 - Algoma Equinox at 1358 and Billesborg (Pan) at 2007 - anchored - Dec 25 - Algoma Discovery at at 1255 (from dock) - departures - Dec 23 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 2311 - Dec 24 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0457, Algoma Harvester at 0550, G3 Marquis at 1430 and Mitiq (Nld) at 1834,

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit at 0913 - Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827 and CSL Laurentien at 1959 - departed - Dec 23 - CSL Laurentien at 2029

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 26

In 1981, the steamer ENDERS M. VOORHEES laid up for the last time at the Hallett Dock #5 in Duluth, Minnesota.

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.

1909: The former whaleback steamer COLGATE HOYT, operating on the East Coast since 1906, was wrecked as c) THURMOND in a storm at Tom's River Bay, NJ enroute from Newport News, VA to Portland, ME with a cargo of coal.

1973: The Liberian freighter ADELFOI, a Seaway caller in 1972 and 1973, was under tow on the St. Lawrence due to engine trouble. The ship broke loose and came ashore at St. Laurent, Ile d'Orleans and became a total loss. It was refloated on May 9, 1974, and eventually towed to Santander, Spain, for scrapping.

1982: BELMONA was newly built when it visited the Great Lakes in 1962. It sank as e) RHODIAN SAILOR south of Taiwan after the holds were flooded in a storm. The ship was carrying bagged cement and there was only one survivor.

Data from: Skip Gillham, 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.

 

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Port Reports -  December 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth late Sunday morning only to depart again a few hours later and head for Two Harbors. CSL Assiniboine finished loading at BN early Sunday morning and was replaced at the dock by John G. Munson. She was outbound at noon. Tim S. Dool arrived from anchor and began loading. Stewart J. Cort, CSL Niagara and Michipicoten were waiting at anchor outside the harbor.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on Sunday at 05:54 and departed on Sunday at 16:40 for Detroit. Arriving Sunday from lake anchor at 16:58 was the Baie St. Paul. Also arriving Sunday from Duluth was the Cason J. Callaway at 17:45. She was on the schedule to load at the CN ore dock in Duluth, but she fueled only in Duluth. She went to North of #2 upon Two Harbors arrival. Running checked down north of Sand Island was the Edgar B. Speer, due Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Christmas Day are the Algoma Guardian and Paul R. Tregurtha. Upbound in Whitefish Bay was the American Spirit and in the St. Marys River was the American Integrity on Sunday night, both with Two Harbors destinations. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sunday. Herbert C. Jackson should arrive Silver Bay early Monday after being anchored in Whitefish Bay for several hours.

Thunder Bat, Ont.
Destination update: Frontenac for Midland Ont. On Friday 21:48 Algoway departed for Hamilton. On Saturday 15:29 Kaministiqua departed for Windsor. Saturday 0:28 John D. Leitch arrived at Viterra A to load. 2:31 Cuyahoga arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Sunday included Mesabi Miner, Whitefish Bay, Kaministiqua, Algoma Olympic and, late, Presque Isle and Hon. James L. Oberstar. Upbound traffic included Philip R. Clarke early, followed by Paul R. Tregurtha, Lee A. Tregurtha and, late, American Spirit, American Integrity, American Century and Manitowoc.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
St. Clair was due at Buffington, according to AIS, early Monday.

Goderich, Ont.
Algosteel was loading salt late Sunday.

Toledo, Ohio
The latest CSX Coal Dock update has the Joseph L. Block’s previously announced arrival canceled. She will be going instead to Two Harbors, Minn., to load ore.

Lake Erie ports
Algowood was at Sandusky and Algoma Transport was at Lorain Sunday night.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 23 - Algoma Mariner at 0850 - departures - Dec 24 - Algoma Mariner at 0353 and Algonova at 1028,

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 23 - Joseph L. Block at 2040 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2114 - Dec 24 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0704, Algoma Enterprise at 1054. Evans Spirit at 1435, G3 Marquis at 1610 and Algoma Hansa at 1709

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 23 - Algoma Discovery at 1617, tug Leo A. McArthur & barge Norman McLeod at 1758 - Dec 24 - Cedarglen at 0243, CSL Laurentien at 0427, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0522, Algoma Mariner at 0655, Robert S. Pierson at 1830, Algoscotia at 2045, Capt. Henry Jackman at 2300 approximately

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 21 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1600, Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1655 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1821 - Dec 22 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan Sword-10) bound Mississauga - Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 0944, Harbour First (Por) at 0955 and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1715 - Dec 23 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0021, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1601 approximately, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16, Clipper Anne-14, Marselisborg-12) - Dec 24 - Federal Biscay at 0059, Sten Moster (Gib) at 0110, Beatrix (Nld) at 0230 and Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagacht-13 at 1834 - departures - Dec 23 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0410

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 24 - Algoma Equinox at 1358 and Billesborg (Pan) at 2007 - docked - Dec 22 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0720, Algoma Harvester at 1857 - docked - Dec 22 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1020 - departures - Dec 23 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 2311 - Dec 24 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0457, G3 Marquis at 1430 and Mitiq (Nld) at 1834,

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit at 0913 - Dec 24 - Stephen B. Roman at 1827

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 25

E.G. GRACE carried 14,797 tons of taconite ore on her last trip out of Taconite Harbor, Minnesota bound for South Chicago, Illinois and then was laid up at Ashtabula, Ohio 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.

On 25 December 1849 the SISKAWIT (wooden schooner, 50 t, built in 1840) was sailing light on Lake Superior when a storm drove her onto a bar near the mouth of the Chocolay River, southeast of Marquette, Michigan, where she was wrecked. Those aboard had “kidnapped” her and her cargo at L’Anse a few days earlier.

1975: GEORGE M. CARL (ii), inbound at Toronto with a winter storage cargo of grain, missed the turn for the Western Gap and stranded in Humber Bay. Tugs pulled the ship free on December 27.

1981: The Halco tanker HUDSON TRANSPORT caught fire 200 miles east of Quebec City enroute from Montreal to the Magdalen Islands with 40,000 barrels of Bunker C. oil. The accommodation area was destroyed and 7 lives were lost. The ship was towed to Sept-Iles, unloaded and then to Montreal where it was declared a total loss. It later saw brief service as the barge b) SCURRY and went to Nigeria in 1992 as c) REMI.

1985: The former CLIFFS VICTORY passed down the Welland Canal as c) SAVIC, enroute to eventual scrapping in South Korea. It does not arrive there until Dec. 12, 1986.

2000: TWINSISTER had come to the Great Lakes in 1985. The vessel was reported to have caught fire in the engineroom as d) MELATI off Vung Tau, Vietnam, with the blaze spreading to the accommodation area. The listing freighter was abandoned by the 18-member crew and the ship was presumed to have sunk. It was located December 31 and found to have been looted by pirates. The ship arrived in Singapore, under tow, on January 4, 2001, and was apparently repaired, becoming e) WIN DUKE in 2003 and f) HAN LORD in 2006.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  December 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only vessel traffic in Duluth on Saturday was the departure of Mesabi Miner from CN before sunrise. Whitefish Bay cleared Burlington Northern in Superior later in the morning, and was replaced at the dock by CSL Assiniboine. She was still loading as of Saturday night. John G. Munson and Tim S. Dool were on the hook off the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors at approx. 16:00 on Saturday for Gary. Edwin H. Gott is due Two Harbors, but as of 18:30 she was running checked down. She will arrive Two Harbors late Saturday/early Sunday. Also due Two Harbors on Sunday are the Baie St. Paul and the Edgar B. Speer. They are also running checked down on Lake Superior. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Saturday. Due Silver Bay is the Herbert C. Jackson, but she was anchored behind Whitefish Point Saturday night.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Saturday included Salarium and Algoma Niagara early, followed by Frontenac, Indiana Harbor, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Erie Trader / Clyde S. VanEnkevort, Algoway (for Hamilton) and H. Lee White (for Hamilton). As she departed, Algoway’s captain bid the lockmaster farewell and said the vessel is to be retired at the end of the season. Upbounders included CSL Niagara, Stewart J. Cort, Edgar B. Speer and Herbert C. Jackson (went to anchor in the lee of Whitefish Point). Defiance / Ashtabula were at Algoma. Michipicoten left Algoma in the morning for Superior, Wis.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Manitoulin was still at South Chicago Saturday night. Burns Harbor and American Integrity were upbound at the south end of the lake for Lake Superior.

Goderich, Ont.
Algolake was due in to load salt early Sunday.

Lake Erie ports
Robert S. Pierson was in Toledo Saturday night, with Kaye E. Barker due. Algoma Transport was in Lorain. Sam Laud and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder were in Cleveland. Contrary to earlier reports, Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder did not lay up for the winter recently in Erie, Pa. She was assisted out of the drydock at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair at 0800 Dec. 22 by Donjon’s tug Elizabeth Anne. She sat along the west slip wall long enough to fuel up, take on provisions and reset her mooring lines, then departed Erie at 1230. She headed up the shore to Ashtabula to load overflow destined for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Algonova - Dec 20 - Algoma Mariner at 2342 - departure - Dec 22 -Algocanada at 1854 for Sarnia

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Algowood at 1900 - Dec 23 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0401, Saginaw at 0622, English River at 1400, Joseph L. Block at 2040 and tug Leonard M & bare Niagara Spirit ay 2048 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 22 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1247 - Dec 23 - Mississagi at 0724, COE Leni (Lbr) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 0838, Federal Biscay at 1258, Beatrix (Nld) at 1502, tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1615 and Algoma Discovery at 1617

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 23 - Algowood stopped wharf 12 at 1318 and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod stopped at wharf 16 at 1513 - departed 2031 approximately westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 21 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1600, Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1655 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1821 - Dec 22 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan Sword-10) bound Mississauga - Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 0944 and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1715 - Dec 23 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0021, Beatrix (Nld) at ____, Federal Biscay at _____ - departures - Dec 23 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0410

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 23 - Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagracht-13) at 0042, Joseph L. Block at 1030, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1632, G3 Marquis at 1903 and Billesborg (Pan) at 2007 - docked - Dec 22 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0720, Algoma Harvester at 1857 - docked - Dec 22 - Torrent (Cyp) from anchorage at 1020 - Dec 21 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1540 - departures - Dec 23 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0101, Algoma Spirit at 0703 for Toronto, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1403, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1806 and Joseph L. Block at 1852,

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 21 - Stephen B. Roman at 2024 - departed Dec 23 at 0005 eastbound - arrival - Dec 23 - Algoma Spirit at 0913

 

Canada's first dual-fuel, ice class product tanker delivered

12/24 - Canadian company Desgagnés has taken delivery of the motor tanker Mia Desgagnés, the nation's first dual-fuel oil/product and chemical tanker. Notably, the ice-class vessel can be powered by heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or LNG.

The tanker is second in a series of four product carriers and was custom-built according to an original concept developed by Desgagnés and ordered at the Besiktas shipyard located in Turkey.

At the global level, Mia Desgagnés is the first dual-fuel/LNG product/chemical tanker in service holding a Polar 7 ice class, confirming her capacity to navigate in ice-laden waters. She is also the first to sail globally equipped with her own individual equipment for LNG bunkering which can receive LNG by using up to four tanker trucks simultaneously. This unique feature enables her to be fueled efficiently in any port where LNG cryogenic delivery trucks are available, says the company, providing her flexibility and unique world operation capabilities in dual-fuel mode.

The bunkering system will also be installed onboard three other dual-fuel/LNG oil tankers.

Mia Desgagnés is double-hulled and has a deadweight of 15,000 tons at 7.8 meters draft. Her cargo tanks can hold up to 17,505 m3 at 98 percent capacity. She is equipped with a Wärtsilä 5RT-flex 50DF engine developing 5,450 kW power. She is also equipped with a variable pitch-propeller, a 750kW bow thruster, a 550kW stern thruster and a dynamic positioning system.

The vessel represents an investment exceeding $50 million, of which almost $9 million was dedicated solely to the dual-fuel/LNG systems. The Québec Government made a $700,000 contribution to the project. Mia Desgagnés will perform her first deliveries in Europe prior to heading to North America.

Maritime Executive

 

Door County Maritime Museum expansion to begin

12/24 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – An expansion project at the Door County Maritime Museum is a go. Museum leaders announced Friday that they have raised $2.5 million of what is now a $5.5 million goal for the project.

Expansion plans include a 10-story tower with an elevator ride to an enclosed observation deck with a 360-degree view of Sturgeon Bay. Each story will have a specific historical theme.

The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society says it expects to finish fundraising in mid-2018 and hopes to break ground in June. Construction is expected to take a year.

Fox 11

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 24

In 1973, a crewman from the Cleveland Cliffs steamer FRONTENAC fell overboard at 11:41 p.m. while the boat was at anchor off Stoneport, Mich. The FRONTENAC launched a lifeboat to search for the missing man. When he could not be found and the lifeboat had trouble returning to the FRONTENAC, a distress call went out. The American Steamship Co. steamer McKEE SONS, Captain Robert J. Laughlin, responded and received a Citation of Merit for rescuing the six sailors in the lifeboat on Christmas morning.

December 24, 1969 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 made her last trip out of Ludington, Mich., pulled by two tugs. She was sold to Norfolk and Western Railway Company to be converted into a river ferry barge and renamed b.) ROANOKE by Nicholson’s Terminal & Dock Co. at Ecorse, Mich.

On 24 December 1910, ALASKA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 165 foot, 348 tons, built in 1879, at Detroit, Michigan) was sheltering from a storm a few miles from Tobermory, Ont., when she caught fire from an overheated boiler and burned to a total loss. She was originally built as a side-wheel passenger vessel, her engine came from the JOHN SHERMAN of 1865 and went into the steamer FRANK E. KIRBY of 1890.

On 24 December 1875, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels at winter lay-up at St. Clair, Mich. -- 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 1979, while at her temporary dock in Milwaukee, Wis., the steamer 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.

1976: The former MARIA K., of 1956, visited the Seaway in 1963. It sustained a fire in the engine room as c) ASTYANAX at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The vessel was loaded with cement and became a total loss. It was scuttled in the Atlantic south of Abidjan, on November 18, 1977, after the cargo had solidified.

1977: The West German freighter MAGDEBURG began visiting the Seaway in 1959 and had made 31 voyages inland to the end of 1967. It was sailing from Hull, England, and Antwerp, Belgium, for East Africa when it ran aground at Haisborough Sand in bad weather. The ship was refloated the same day but with serious damage. It was sold for scrap and dismantling began in May 1978.

1982: TUKWILA CHIEF came through the Seaway in 1982 after previous visits as a) ESTHER CHARLOTTE SCHULTE as early as 1962. Fire broke out on board, two days out of Souris, PEI, with a cargo of potatoes. The blaze spread through the cabins and the ship was gutted. One sailor was lost but the remainder was rescued. The ship was brought to Sydney and, on September 20, 1983, was towed out into the deep waters of the Atlantic and scuttled.

1983: The Welland Canal pilot boat CISCOE was enroute to Port Dover for the winter when it lost power in heavy seas. The GRIFFON took the small ship in tow but it flipped over, broke loose and eventually sank. The 2 members of the crew were saved.

1987: The tug G.W. ROGERS left the Great lakes in November 1987 but sank at Albany, on this date during the trip south to the Netherlands Antilles. While refloated, it never made it south and was noted at Liberty Park, New York, in October 1997.

1997: The barge DUPUIS No. 10, under tow of the tug TECHNO-ST. LAURENT, sank in Lake Erie while bound from Buffalo to the Welland Canal. There were no casualties.

1999: The BARDE TEAM, enroute from Singapore with steel pipes, began taking on water, developed a list and sank in the Indian Ocean. It first came through the Seaway in 1976 as a) SAMSON SCAN and returned under her final name in 1992.

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

 

Coast Guard: Complacency led to 2016 grounding of Roger Blough on Lake Superior

12/23 - Duluth, Minn. – Complacency "desensitized" the crew of the Roger Blough to the hazards emerging around them and contributed to the ship grounding as it sailed out of eastern Lake Superior two springs ago, the U.S. Coast Guard says in its new and final report on the incident.

The grounding resulted in $4.5 million in damage to the ship and an unknown amount more spent to off-load the crippled freighter at sea — making the May 27, 2016 incident one of the rare modern marine casualties on the Great Lakes.

The grounding produced no injuries — except to bruise careers in a report which concluded crew leadership acted with "negligence" and "professional incompetence."

The 29-page report, issued Dec. 11, was repeatedly critical of the master and second mate — veterans of the Blough — saying at one juncture the bridge leadership was "relying on navigation by 'seaman's eye' rather than through navigational equipment" as it lined up to make a delicate pass of another ship at the mouth of the St. Marys River.

The report concluded by suspending the licenses of the master and second mate, whose names were redacted in the Coast Guard report and left out of the National Transportation Safety Board brief of the same incident. The NTSB report issued this summer came to mostly similar findings as the Coast Guard's.

The Blough belongs to the Great Lakes Fleet of ships owned by Canadian National Railway and operated by Duluth-based Key Lakes Inc. CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said both CN and Key Lakes are declining to comment on the Coast Guard conclusions, citing personnel matters.

The author of the report and its lead investigator, Lt. Daniel Every of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, told the News Tribune that complacency is a real concern within sailing. It's one of the reasons the Coast Guard transfers its sailors every few years, he said.

Read more and view illustrations at this link: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4377841-coast-guard-complacency-led-2016-grounding-freighter-lake-superior

 

U.S. Coast Guard begins Operation Coal Shovel

12/23 - Detroit, Mich. – The Coast Guard commenced Operation Coal Shovel domestic ice-breaking operations Friday. Operation Coal Shovel encompasses ice-breaking in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair / Detroit River system, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers work together to break ice in these waterways as conditions worsen throughout the winter.

The Coast Guard conducts domestic ice-breaking operations for the purposes of search and rescue and other operations such as flood mitigation and the facilitation of navigation to meet the reasonable demands of commerce.

The Coast Guard assists with flood mitigation when assistance is requested from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other emergency operations include opening channels to icebound communities or breaking ice for the ferries that serve them in order to ensure critical supplies of food, heating oil or access to medical assistance is maintained.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit provides command and control for Operation Coal Shovel, and may place restrictions or close waterways as ice conditions dictate. Due consideration is given to the need for cross channel traffic (e.g. ferries), the availability of icebreakers, and the safety of the island residents who use naturally formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland.

As the 2018 Operation Coal Shovel season begins, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard will continue to monitor potential hazardous ice conditions and conduct ice-breaking operations throughout the Great Lakes. Phone conferences are conducted regularly with maritime shipping company representatives to coordinate ice-breaking services and facilitate the movement of commercial vessels.

The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice-users plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Waterway-users and island residents should stay tuned to local media resources for the status of channel closures.

To report a person in distress or the need for search and rescue, contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Operations Center 24-hours a day at (313) 568-9560.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  December 23

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed Two Harbors Friday morning at 09:18 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving on Friday at 09:40 was the Algoma Olympic coming from lake anchor. As of 21:00 Friday she was still at the loading dock. Arriving Two Harbors on Friday at 15:41 was the Presque Isle. She went to North of #2. Due Two Harbors Saturday evening is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Friday at 10:07 for Cleveland. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday, 1:56 Salarium departed for Sydney. 2:05 Frontenac shifted to Richardson’s Current River Terminal to finish loading. 3:50 Algoway weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 11:22 Kaministiqua weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 17:10 Frontenac departed.

St. Marys River
Traffic was slow early in the day on Friday but picked up in the afternoon and evening. Upbound traffic included Edwin H,. Gott, Defiance/Ashtabula (to Algoma), and, after dark, Cason J. Callaway, John D. Leitch, Baie St. Paul and Cuyahoga. Downbounders included Kaye E. Barker in the late afternoon, followed by John J. Boland (AIS shows her on a rare trip to Hamilton).

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor was unloading in Burns Harbor Friday night. Lee A. Tregurtha was at Gary. Manitoulin was at S. Chicago.

Lake Erie ports
American Century was unloading coal at the power plant in Monroe Friday night. American Mariner and Manitowoc were at Sandusky. Sam Laud was shuttling ore up the Cuyahoga River at Cleveland, American Spirit was unloading at Whiskey Island and the saltie Coe Leni was outbound.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 16 - Algonova at 1022 and Algosea at 1220 - anchored - Dec 20 - Algocanada at 2342 - departures - Dec 21 - Algosea at 2116

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 22 - Algoma Guardian at 0331, Algolake at 0404, Robert S. Pierson at 0543, Harbour First (Por) at 0944 from Hamilton (anchored), Algoma Transport at 0952, Algosteel at 1045, Algoma Mariner at 1719 and Algowood at 1900

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 22 - Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 0343, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0440, Algoma Enterprise at 0534, Calumet at 0802, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 0934, Macassa Bay (tour boat), Finnborg (Nld) at 1303, Oakglen at 1450, Joseph L. Block at 2014 (for Hamilton)

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Dec 21 - tug Molly M I with Macassa Bay stopped at wharf 18-1 - tug continued on to Hamilton - Dec 22 - Macassa Bay departed dock

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 20 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15 Federal Matane-11 Lake Erie-04) at 2238 - Dec 21 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1600, Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1655 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1821 - Dec 22 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan Sword-10) bound Mississauga - departures - Hanse Gate (Atg) at 1720 (corrected), Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 0944 and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1715

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 22 - light tug Molly M I at 0420, Algoma Mariner at 0435, Sten Moster (Gib) at 0720, Algoma Spirit at 0900, Algoma Harvester at 1857 - docked - Dec 17 - Labrador at 2330 - Dec 20 - Three Rivers (Atg) from anchorage to dock at 0700 - Dec 21 - Algoma Guardian at 1117, Algolake at 1346, Algoma Transport at 1532 - Dec 22 - Torrent (Cyp) from anchorage at 1020 - Dec 21 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1540, and Jana Desgagnes at 2259 (anchored) - departures - Dec 21 - Jana Desgagnes at 2356 for Montreal - Dec 22 - Algolake at 0115, Algoma Guardian at 0129, Algoma Transport at 0751, Harbour First (Por) at 0757 and Algoma Mariner at 1512

Seaway
Reports indicate the newly built USS Little Rock, which passed Mariatown on Friday, experienced trouble with her steering and tied up on the lower wall below the Snell Lock. She may have to be towed to Montreal. At 10:30 p.m., AIS showed the tug Ocean Georgie Bain moored astern of Little Rock.

 

Perfect storm shrinks volunteer corps that protects Michigan shipwrecks

12/23 - Lansing, Mich. – Silently resting beneath the surface of the Great Lakes are hundreds of shipwrecks, protected by the state and a dwindling crew of volunteers. Michigan has designated 13 underwater preserves, from St. Joseph to the Straits of Mackinac, and from the Thumb to Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula. The state also has two federal underwater preserves.

The state preserves, which protect sunken ships and natural features, receive no state money. So protecting these sunken sanctuaries is left largely to volunteers with the nonprofit Michigan Underwater Preserves Council, which is based in St. Ignace and draws many of its members from communities near the protected underwater areas.

“Our volunteer corps is not expanding. It’s declining and it’s going to continue to decline,” said Ron Bloomfield, past president of the council. He also spent eight years on the state’s Underwater Salvage and Preserve Committee, an advisory panel.

Volunteers place marker buoys at the sites of shipwrecks, research the sunken ships, promote the preserves and check on the vessels to “make sure people aren’t stealing stuff off the wrecks,” said Bloomfield, who lives in Kawkawlin Township. The volunteers even raise the money to buy the marker buoys, he said.

“At one time there were approximately 50 to 60 volunteers spread throughout the preserve system,” he said. “I would venture a guess we now have less than 20 active volunteers mostly spread between three preserves, with a few in some of the other area.”

Read more at this link: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/perfect-storm-shrinks-volunteer-corps-that-protects-michigan-shipwrecks/article_a3cf5fa7-b46f-5f09-b615-b5c8b7442098.html

 

BayShip early lay-up list now available

12/23 - The tentative winter lay-up list for BayShip in Sturgeon Bay has been posted online. Download a PDF by following this link, then clicking on the words “this schedule.” http://www.sturgeonbay.net/plan/seasonal-information

 

Help wanted: Groupe Ocean

12/23 - Groupe Ocean is looking for a 2nd Engineer for their dredge which will be working in the Caribbean this winter. Requires Canadian certification plus 12 months watchkeeping time and certification to work offshore, a valid passport, valid Transport Canada medical, and be fluent in English or French. Work starts about January 10, 2018. If interested please contact Francois Turcotte at Francois.Turcotte@groupocean.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 23

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, c.) CLIFFS VICTORY was down bound past Detroit, Michigan, 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, Ontario, on December 23, 1976.

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

On 23 December 1905, JAMES B. WOOD (steel propeller freighter, 514 foot, 7,159 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan. In 1913, she was renamed b.) ARCTURUS.

On 23 December 1885, MARY MARTINI (wooden propeller passenger-package freight vessel, 85 foot, 91 gross tons, built in 1877, at W. Bay City, Michigan) stranded on Brule Point, 13 miles east of Grand Marais, Minnesota, 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.

1916: A.B. WOLVIN, a former Great Lakes bulk carrier that went to sea in 1911, sank in a gale on the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda. The crew of 26 were picked up by the BRAZIL, a two-year old Norwegian freighter.

1954: The former FEDERAL AMBASSADOR, while not a Great Lakes trader but once part of the Federal Commerce & Navigation of Montreal, foundered in the North Sea as c) GERDA TOFT

1963: The Greek passenger liner LAKONIA caught fire off Madeira with 1041 passengers and crew on board. While 132 lives were lost in the tragedy, another 470 were rescued by the freighters SALTA and MONTCALM. The latter was a regular Seaway trader beginning in 1960 and returned as b) CAPO SAN MARCO in 1971.

1986: MARINE COASTER, a Great Lakes visitor as e) EVA MARIE in the mid-1960s, was scuttled off Newfoundland.

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

 

Algoma Central Corporation announces purchase of 4 U.S. vessels

12/22 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central Corporation has reached an agreement with American Steamship Company of Williamsville, N.Y., to acquire four vessels. The text of a press released issued by Algoma late Thursday afternoon follows:

The Company has acquired the Buffalo, Adam E. Cornelius, American Valor and American Victory. The availability of these vessels presented an opportunity to expand Algoma’s vessel fleet and capacity at extremely attractive values. Both the Buffalo and Adam E. Cornelius will provide efficient capacity to serve customers in the river-class segment of Algoma’s Domestic Dry Bulk market. Both ships will complement the Company’s existing fleet to ship salt, aggregates, and other commodities. These additions enhance Algoma’s versatility in offering its customers different cargo sizes and vessel configurations to meet their specific needs

The steam powered American Valor and American Victory have the potential to be re-powered as motor vessels, converted to articulated tug barges, or have their forebodies mated with existing modern sterns; however, no immediate plan for these two vessels has been confirmed.

“Delivery of the vessels further solidifies our market position in the river-class segment where we see many opportunities”, said Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer at Algoma. “We are also working with our labour partners to develop a competitive labour structure for this segment.”

All four ships are former U.S. flag lakers that will be transferred to the Canadian registry for service in the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence trade. The Company’s purchase of these vessels and the on-going delivery of new builds combine to make the Company a leader in the marine industry. This acquisition illustrates Algoma’s innovative approach to the current market and highlights the potential for new growth in the Company.

Algoma Central Corporation

 

New USS Little Rock delayed by mechanical issues

12/22 - Port Colborne, Ont. – A U.S. navy warship named for Arkansas’ capital city that was to pass down the Welland Canal for its homeport in Florida docked in Port Colborne Wednesday afternoon due to a reported mechanical issue.

The USS Little Rock is one of a number of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) the navy will operate in waters close to shore. It was built in Marinette, Wis., at a cost of between US$300 million and $350 million.

It left Buffalo Wednesday morning and after the delivery of two pilots to it in the Port Colborne anchorage, some four kilometres offshore, it tied up along the east wall of the Welland Canal in the city with engine trouble.

The USS Little Rock is headed to Naval Station Mayport, its homeport in Jacksonville, Fla. The vessel resumed its downbound passage ion Thursday.

Welland Tribune

 

Cuyahoga will spend the winter at Port Weller

12/22 - St. Catharines, Ont. – For the first time in two years, a vessel will spend the winter months at Port Weller dry docks. The Cuyahoga, a 620-foot-long, self-discharge bulk carrier, is scheduled to arrive next Thursday, creating jobs for about 40 workers, said Blair McKeil from Heddle Marine.

It’s just the beginning of the Hamilton-based company’s plans for the facility that has been idle since 2015, when Algoma Central Corp. entered a short-term lease to conduct maintenance work on some of its vessels.

After years of instability at the dry dock previously shutdown in 2013 when Seaway Marine and Industrial Inc. filed for bankruptcy, McKeil and his business partner Rick Heddle hope to continue running the facility for years to come.

“It’s a long-term sustainable place to create a nice business,” said McKeil, whose company was awarded a St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. contract to run the facility more than a year ago.

For most of the past year, about 15 people as well as subcontractors have been quietly working “diligently repairing infrastructure” to get the mothballed facility up and running again. “Because the facility had been dormant, we were expecting a lot of little things were going to crop up that were unanticipated, more to do with infrastructure — power, water, that sort of thing,” McKeil said. McKeil said they preferred to “keep quiet about what we do,” wanting to make sure everything was running smoothly before they went public about their plans. Those plans include continuing to focus on ship repair and maintenance at the dry docks, as well as expanding services to include alternate work that is not marine related.

“We’re looking outside the box,” he said. “We’re not fooling ourselves with visions of grandeur. We’re really looking at and saying how can we make this a great place where we can provide some great work, but be here year-round, long term.”

For instance, they plan to keep workers busy between ships coming in for repairs by building sectional barges, among other projects. “We’re looking at different things like that, that we can manufacture both for domestic use or possibly to export,” he said.

“We’re creating grassroots work in an old-world business, while looking at how we change it to make sure it’s sustainable. A lot of times it’s feast or famine. That’s not what we’re about. We’re about sustainability. Our long-term strategy for this is long term — it’s 20 to 40 years.”

Both McKeil and Heddle have a long history in the marine industry. McKeil and Heddle grew up together as childhood friend living in Winona — a hamlet on Hamilton’s border with Grimsby.

Both men also both got their start in the marine industry together, working at a business McKeil’s father started 60 years ago — McKeil Marine. “If you look at McKeil’s history, I grew that thing from a small little family business doing less than $1 million a year, to close to $100 million a year in revenue,” McKeil said.

That business has continued to grow since McKeil sold it about two years ago, and once again teamed up with Heddle.

In addition to Heddle Marine’s headquarters in Hamilton, the company also runs shipyards in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and recently sparked new life into an idled dry dock in Thunder Bay.

“We spent our lives on the water here,” McKeil said. “It’s a way of life for us — the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence, the East Coast as well.”

St. Catharines Standards

 

Port Reports -  December 22

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth mid-day Thursday to load iron ore pellets at CN. Indiana Harbor was inbound a few hours later, and headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. John J. Boland loaded ore at BN in Superior for most of the day, and departed during the evening. Her fleetmate H. Lee White then shifted to the dock from Lakehead Pipeline and began loading. CSL Assiniboine, Whitefish Bay, John G. Munson, and Tim S. Dool were all at anchor off the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Two Harbors at 07:49 on Thursday. As of 20:30 she was still loading. Algoma Olympic anchored off Two Harbors at 12:45 on Thursday to await the departure of the McCarthy Jr. Indiana Harbor and Mesabi Miner both went to the Twin Ports to load. Due Two Harbors on Friday is the Presque Isle. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay late Thursday night is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. They are arriving after unloading stone in Marquette. At this time there is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, 22:15 Cedarglen departed for Sorel. Thursday, 1:15 Algoma Niagara arrived at Superior to load. 3:22 Salarium arrived at Thunder Bay Terminal to load coal for Sydney Nova Scotia. 3:49 Kaministiqua arrived at Viterra A to load. 7:42 Algoway arrived and went to anchor. 9:33 CG Alder arrived and began ice breaking operations on the Mission River. She then proceeded north and entered the harbor at Current River, then worked her way south through the main harbor to Thunder Bay Terminals at the mouth of the Kam River. 14:12 Kaministiqua departed Viterra A and went to anchor south of the Mission River. 17:09 CG Alder departed for Duluth. 20:10 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Thursday included Lee A. Tregurtha, Philip R. Clarke, Paul R. Tregurtha, Great Lakes Trader, Beatrix (last saltie of the season from Lake Superior), American Integrity, Algoma Discovery and, late, Cedarglen, Joseph H. Thompson and James R. Barker. Presque Isle was upbound just after lunch and Hon. James L. Oberstar was upbound in the early evening. Michipicoten and Victory/James L. Kuber left Algoma Steel upbound in the early evening.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was unloading at Burns Harbor Thursday evening.

Port Huron/Sarnia
Joseph L. Block was downbound Thursday on a rare trip with ore to Hamilton. The saltie Erik remains docked. Capt. Henry Jackman was tied up in the North Slip Thursday evening.

Toledo, Ohio
John D. Leitch departed the A.R.M.S./Hans Mueller dock area for Thunder Bay Thursday after unloading a cargo of oats. The tug Mississippi was on the bow. The tug Colorado was on the stern. Radcliffe R. Latimer also departed Thursday eastbound.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 16 - Algonova at 1022 and Algosea at 1220 - departures - Dec 20 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1218 - Dec 21 - CSL Niagara at 1329

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 21 - American Mariner at 0411 - departed at 0154

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 21 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan at 0550 and Mississagi at 0841 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1701

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 20 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1954, Algoma Transport at 2245 - Dec 21 - Algolake at 0137, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0543, USS Little Rock (departed wharf 16 at -0735 approximately)with tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon-17) assisting tow to Port Weller piers, Federal Rhine (Bds) at 0644, Federal Danube at 0933 and tug Molly M I with Macassa Bay at 1930

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 19 - light tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon-17) stopped West Street at 1512 (to assist USS Little Rock during canal transit) - Dec 20 - USS Little Rock from anchorage to wharf 16 at 1408 approximately (delayed) - departures - Dec 21 at 0735 approximately for canal transit - Ocean A. Gauthier assisted USS Little Rock Dec 21 - arrival - tug Molly M I & Macassa Bay

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 20 - Federal Weser (Mhl) from Hamilton at 1250, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15 Federal Matane-11 Lake Erie-04) at 2238, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2250 - Dec 21 - Federal Ems (Mhl) at 0328, Maccoa (Cyp) from Hamilton at 1520 approximately, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1600, Federal Rhine (Bds) at 1655 and Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1821 - departures - Dec 21 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0935, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1845 approximatelyHanse Gate (Atg) at 1901, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 2111 and Maccoa (Cyp) at 2200 approximately

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 20 - Harbour First (Por) at 1939 - Dec 21 - Algoma Guardian at 1117 and light tug Ocean A. Gauthier at 2040 approximately Docked - Dec 17 - Labrador at 2330 - Dec 20 - Three Rivers (Atg) from anchorage to dock at 0553 - anchored - Dec 17 - Torrent (Cyp) at 2330 - departures - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2151 - Dec 21 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1238- and Maccoa (Cyp) at 1252

Oshawa:
Arrival (anchored) - Dec 19 - Calumet at 0620 - departed anchorage at 1632 - docked - Dec 19 at 1634 - departed at 2356 for the canal

Bowmanville:
Arrival - Dec 21 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0019 - departed 1443 for the canal

 

Winter work kicks off at Great Lakes Shipyard

12/22 - Cleveland, Ohio – The start of the winter layup season at Great Lakes Shipyard is marked by the arrival of Andrie and Inland Lakes Management’s ALPENA. The laker will remain berthed in the yard for planned repairs and routine maintenance, as well as various inspections and miscellaneous renewals. Other winter layup, repair and construction work scheduled for this winter includes:

• American Steamship Company SAM LAUD: General maintenance and repairs and cargo hold slope plate renewals
• McKeil Marine Tug SHARON M1: Drydock and repairs
• Dann Marine Tug CALUSA COAST: Drydock and repairs
• Herr Fishery: Steel fabrication of 40-foot trap net boat

Recent completed maintenance and repair work includes:

• Miller Boat Line Ferry ISLANDER: 5-Year USCG drydock, inspection and repairs and cleaning/painting of ballast tanks
• GOODTIME III: 5-Year USCG drydock, inspection and repairs
• McKeil Marine Barge HURON SPIRIT: Emergency Steel Repair
• American Steamship Company H. LEE WHITE: Minor weld repairs in cargo tank

Great Lakes Shipyard

 

U.S. Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations for bay of Green Bay

12/22 - Milwaukee, Wis. – The Coast Guard has commenced icebreaking operations in the bay of Green Bay to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. Ice breaking efforts will continue periodically throughout December and January.

In support of the Port of Green Bay, the Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River. The tracks through the ice will extend to Marinette-Menominee, Sturgeon Bay and the port of Green Bay. There are two tanker transits destined for the Port of Green Bay planned for the month of December and three additional transits planned for the month of January.

Prior to each movement and any associated ice breaking, a 72-hour advance notice to the public will occur via broadcast notice to mariners on VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, 21 or 23, and public outreach.

Coast Guard waterway managers balance the needs of commercial operators moving the cargoes that fuel industry with those of recreational users enjoying the pristine natural beauty of the Great Lakes. Those who choose to recreate on or near ice-covered waterways may potentially put themselves at increased risk when recreating near still-operational shipping lanes.

These icebreaking operations are a part of Operation Taconite, the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest domestic ice-breaking operation. The operation encompasses Lake Superior, St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay and all of Lake Michigan, including the bay of Green Bay.

Members of the public who fish, operate a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or otherwise recreate on the bay of Green Bay during periods of ice cover should focus on this and future announcements to better inform their preparations.

The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, dress appropriately, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Recreational users should stay tuned to local media resources for the status of regional waterway closures.

For more information contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan at (414) 747-7190. USCG

 

Updates -  December 22

The winter  Lay-up list updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 22

SAVIC, b.) CLIFFS VICTORY finally arrived at Masan, South Korea, December 22, 1986, for dismantling, which was completed in 1987.

DETROIT EDISON grounded on Gray's Reef in northern Lake Michigan December 22, 1980, inflicting heavy damage to 350 feet of her bottom. She was later sold for scrap.

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

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

LIGHTSHIP 103 was commissioned December 22, 1920.

On 22 December 1922, CORNELL (wooden propeller tug, 72 foot, 66 gross tons, built in 1888, at Buffalo, New York) foundered somewhere between Cleveland and Erie, Pennsylvania while enroute to new owners in Syracuse, New York. 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.

1978: MARTHA HINDMAN hit the breakwall while inbound with a winter storage cargo of grain at Goderich and tore open the hull on the starboard side. The vessel settled on the bottom but was patched, pumped out and unloaded. It returned to service in 1979 as LAC DES ILES.

1982: NETANYA began Great Lakes trading for the Zim Israel Navigation Co. in 1960. It went aground off Diamond Point, Cuba, as c) KRIOS and sustained heavy damage. It was taken over by salvors and, while refloated, only saw brief service as a barge before being dismantled.

2001: The former Fednav bulk carrier FEDERAL SKEENA (i), was too big for the Seaway. It had been sold and was sailing as c) CHRISTOPHER when it disappeared, with all 27 on board lost, in the Atlantic north of the Azores.

2004: CANADIAN PROVIDER hit the dock at Redpath Sugar in Toronto and both the vessel and structure were damaged. The ship was inactive in 2005 but returned to service in May 2006.

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

 

Algoma Central Corporation announces purchase of Four U.S. vessels

12/21 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central Corporation has reached an agreement with American Steamship Company of Williamsville, N.Y., to acquire four vessels. The text of a press released issued by Algoma late Thursday afternoon follows:

The Company has acquired the Buffalo, Adam E. Cornelius, American Valor and American Victory. The availability of these vessels presented an opportunity to expand Algoma’s vessel fleet and capacity at extremely attractive values. Both the Buffalo and Adam E. Cornelius will provide efficient capacity to serve customers in the river-class segment of Algoma’s Domestic Dry Bulk market. Both ships will complement the Company’s existing fleet to ship salt, aggregates, and other commodities. These additions enhance Algoma’s versatility in offering its customers different cargo sizes and vessel configurations to meet their specific needs

The steam powered American Valor and American Victory have the potential to be re-powered as motor vessels, converted to articulated tug barges, or have their forebodies mated with existing modern sterns; however, no immediate plan for these two vessels has been confirmed.

“Delivery of the vessels further solidifies our market position in the river-class segment where we see many opportunities”, said Gregg Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer at Algoma. “We are also working with our labour partners to develop a competitive labour structure for this segment.”

All four ships are former U.S. flag lakers that will be transferred to the Canadian registry for service in the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence trade. The Company’s purchase of these vessels and the on-going delivery of new builds combine to make the Company a leader in the marine industry. This acquisition illustrates Algoma’s innovative approach to the current market and highlights the potential for new growth in the Company.

Algoma Central Corporation

 

Port Reports -  December 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Duluth's last saltie of the season, Beatrix, departed early Wednesday morning with wheat from CHS. She was followed out of port by American Integrity, which had loaded ore at CN. Whitefish Bay arrived just before noon to fuel before departing a few hours later and dropping anchor off Superior. James R. Barker departed from Midwest Energy mid-afternoon Wednesday. John G. Munson was due late in the evening to fuel at Calumet. In Superior, Algoma Discovery cleared Burlington Northern just after noon Wednesday, and John J. Boland replaced her at the dock. She was expected to complete loading by midnight. H. Lee White was waiting to load at Lakehead Pipeline, and CSL Assiniboine and Whitefish Bay were both on the hook outside the harbor.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Wednesday. Tentatively due on Thursday are Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Algoma Olympic, Mesabi Miner, and the Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of Joyce L. VanEnkevort / Great Lakes Trader on Wednesday at 01:20. There is no inbound traffic scheduled on Thursday for Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Destination updates: John D Leitch is bound for Toledo and Algoma Transport for Hamilton. Tuesday Dec. 19th, 19:45 Thunder Bay departed for Windsor. 23:30 Oakglen departed for Quebec City. Several boats destined for Thunder Bay waited out weather in Whitefish Bay and the St. Marys River. They were all underway Wednesday and are expected to arrive throughout the day Thursday.

St. Marys River
Vessels that had been anchored for weather Tuesday night departed Wednesday morning for various ports. Frontenac was at the locks upbound for Thunder Bay at 9 p.m., as was Kaye E. Barker bound for Marquette. Downbound traffic included Thunder Bay, Oakglen, Joseph L. Block, Manitowoc, American Spirit, American Century, Burns Harbor and Philip R. Clarke.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Edwin H. Gott was at Gary Wednesday night. Federal Biscay left South Chicago late in the afternoon for Montreal.

Goderich, Ont.
Algoma Enterprise was loading salt on Wednesday.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
After tying up at the Bay Aggregate slip on Tuesday, Herbert C. Jackson was outbound the Saginaw River on Wednesday morning. Shortly after, the GL Ostrander/Integrity were also outbound.

Sarnia, Ont. – Marc Dease
Buffalo arrived in the North Slip at Point Edward Tuesday night and Wednesday morning shifted back to the City Dock (Sidney E. Smith). Her U.S. flag was at half staff and an Algoma Ship Repair truck was on hand. Later in the day the Canadian flag was raised as her transition to a new, as yet-unnamed Canadian owner began.

Toledo, Ohio
Radcliffe R. Latimer was loading at the Midwest Overseas Dock on Wednesday night. John D. Leitch arrived in the evening with grain from Thunder Bay.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Federal Clyde departed from the Jonick Dock Wednesday evening and is underway to Mexico to offload. This was the last saltwater vessel for Jonick this year to haul screened nut coke. But the last vessel to Jonick Dock & Terminal is due in on Saturday to take on a load of coke breeze and will be loaded through the holiday weekend.


Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer Stephen B. Roman departed at 8:30 Wednesday morning.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1526 (anchored) Dec 16 - Algonova at 1025, Algosea at 1441 (anchored) - Dec 17 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0905 (anchored) - departed - Dec 19 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0551

Buffalo:
Arrived - Dec 16 - Calumet at 1250 - docked - Dec 2 - tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke - both at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock - departure - Dec 20 - USS Little Rock at 0900 with tug Washington assisting to the breakwall

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - light tug Molly M I at 2202 - Dec 20 - Calumet at 0522, Algocanada at 0813, Baie St. Paul at 1613, CSL Laurentien at 1830

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 20 - Algosteel at 0540, Dara Desgagnes at 0717, Algosteel at 0540, Algoma Strongfield at 0942, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15 Federal Matane-11 Lake Erie-04) at 1030, USS Little Rock at 1349 (to wharf 16), Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1640, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1954, Algoma Transport at 2210 and Algolake at 2359 approximately

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 19 - light tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon-17) stopped West Street at 1512 (to assist USS Little Rock during canal transit) - Dec 20 - USS Little Rock from anchorage to wharf 16 at 1408 approximately (delayed)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 19 - Algocanada at 0610 - departed Dec 20 at 0754 for Nanticoke - arrived Dec 20 - Federal Weser (Mhl) from Hamilton at 1140 approximately

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 19 - Dara Desgagnes at 0637 - departed Dec 20 at 0646 for Montreal - Dec 20 - USS Little Rock at 1028 - departed at 1334 for wharf 16

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 20 - Harbour First (Por) at 1939 Arrivals - Dec 18 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1803 (anchored) - docked - Dec 16 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2145 returning to load - Dec 17 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2302, Labrador at 2330 - Dec 18 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 0330 - Dec 20 - Three Rivers (Atg) from anchorage to dock at 0553 - anchored - Dec 17 - Torrent (Cyp) at 2330 - departures - Dec 20 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0500 for Sorel and Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0935 for Port Weller anchorage

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 19 - Robert S. Pierson at 1729 - departed Dec 20 at 0335 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival (anchored) - Dec 19 - Calumet at 0620 - departed anchorage at 1632 - docked - Dec 19 at 1634 - departed at 2356 for the canal

 

St. Marys River channel closures

12/21 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Vessel Traffic Service St. Marys River will close Pipe Island Passage (East of Pipe Island Shoal and North of Pipe Island Twins from Watson Reef Light to Sweets Point) at 1200 EST on December 23. The Pipe Island Course will become a two-way route.

USCG

 

Updates -  December 21

The winter  Lay-up list updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, date, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 21

In 1987, ASHLAND and THOMAS WILSON departed Quebec bound for a Taiwanese scrap yard. The tow line parted on 12/30 and the THOMAS WILSON sank on 12/31 off the coast of North Carolina. The ASHLAND was found 300 miles off course on January 2 1988. Due to sustained damage, the ASHLAND was resold to Columbian ship breakers where she arrived in critically leaking condition on February 5 1988.

On 21 December 1901, the MUSKEGON (composite propeller carferry, 282 foot, 1,938 gross tons, built in 1895, at Toledo, Ohio as SHENANGO NO 2) sank at Ludington, Michigan with a 10-foot crack on her starboard side. She was raised a week later and repaired.

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

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

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

CSL's HOCHELAGA was laid up on December 21, 1981, for the last time at Cardinal, Ontario.

The OUTARDE of 1906, 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 gross tons, built in 1865, at Ogdensburg, New York) 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.

1908: The AMERICAN EAGLE burned at the dock in Toledo.

1963: The French freighter DOUALA foundered southwest of Newfoundland while enroute from Montreal to Bordeaux, France. The vessel had been a Seaway caller from 1961 to 1963. Twelve sailors died.

1977: The former COL. ROBERT R. McCORMICK was taken out to sea at Miami as d) LINDA and scuttled. The ship had run aground off the Florida Keys in May. Once released, it was brought to Miami, unloaded and then abandoned by the owners.

1989: The second ELMGLEN ran aground in the Middle Neebish Channel when ice forced the ship out of the channel. The damage was serious but the vessel's certificate was extended to June 1990 and then the ship was retired.

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

 

Last saltie to depart as 2017 shipping season winds down in Port of Duluth-Superior

12/20 - Duluth, Minn. – The planned departure Tuesday night of the Beatrix – the last oceangoing vessel to leave the Twin Ports this year – signals the beginning of the end of the 2017 commercial shipping season in the Port of Duluth-Superior and across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.

Weather permitting, the Beatrix was set to finish loading 12,000 metric tons of spring wheat Tuesday night at the CHS elevator in Superior – grain bound for the United Kingdom. The 512-foot Wagenborg vessel flies the flag of the Netherlands. She was still docked at 9:30 p.m. local time Tuesday, and once she departs she will need to hurry as she needs to clear the Seaway locks by Christmas Day.

Great Lakes freighters will continue to move bulk cargoes in/out of this Port and across Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie through mid-January as weather conditions and icebreaking assists allow. The Soo Locks are scheduled to close at midnight on Jan. 15th.

Shipping through the Port of Duluth-Superior is poised to end on a strong note. The surge in shipments of Minnesota iron ore this season have outpaced records not seen in a decade – 17.5 million short tons through November – a 35 percent year-over-year increase. That momentum has already pushed the port’s total tonnage past 2016 season-end stats.

While grain shipments fell short compared to the last few years, coal has held steady and deliveries of project cargo and bulk cargoes like limestone, cement, clay and salt have helped move overall tonnage up 17 percent heading into the final stretch. Looking ahead, a half-dozen lakers will be spending winter layup here in the Twin Ports undergoing some heavy-duty maintenance and repair work in preparation for the Soo Locks to reopen March 25 and the 2018 commercial navigation season to commence.

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

 

Port Reports -  December 20

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors Tuesday morning at 06:11 for Hamilton. At 10 p.m. Tuesday she was checked down for weather near Isle Royale. After Hamilton, she will go to Toledo to load coal. Arriving Two Harbors at 08:36 on Tuesday was the Lee A. Tregurtha; she departed Tuesday night at approx. 21:30. Due Two Harbors, tentatively, on Wednesday are the Algoma Olympic and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Arrival on Wednesday will be dependent on the weather. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 06:35 on Tuesday. As of 21:30 on Tuesday she was still at the dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Wednesday.

Keweenaw Peninsula
John G. Munson was at anchor in the lee of the land waiting for weather Tuesday night.

St. Marys River
The MacArthur Lock closed for the season on Tuesday. With gales warnings in effect, Algoway, Kaministiqua and Algoma Niagara were anchored in the lee of Whitefish Point Tuesday night. Cason J. Callaway was on the hook below Lime Island. Pacific Huron was in the Nine Mile anchorage. Traffic morning on the river Tuesday evening included the upbound Algoma Olympic, Tim S. Dool, Salarium and Mesabi Miner. The Stewart J. Cort was outbound at DeTour at 8 p.m.

Straits of Mackinac (Round Island Passage) – Logan Vasicek Algoway was eastbound for Thunder Bay on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday night, Edwin H. Gott was westbound for Gary and Stewart J. Cort was westbound for Burns Harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Great Republic was at Indiana Harbor Tuesday night. St. Clair departed that port Tuesday early evening. Federal Biscay remained docked on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont.
Manitoulin was loading salt for Milwaukee Tuesday evening.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
GL Ostrander/Integrity continued to unload cement at Lafarge in Essexville on Tuesday. Herbert C. Jackson was inbound late Monday night with a split load for Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City and Saginaw. She was outbound midday, but tied up at the Bay Aggregate slip in the late afternoon for unknown reasons.

Sarnia, Ont.
At 10 p.m. Tuesday, AIS showed the Buffalo arriving at Sarnia for winter lay-up and transition to a new, as yet-unnamed Canadian owner. She tied up at the south end of the North Slip.

Detroit, Mich.
The mail boat J.W. Westcott II laid up for the season Monday at Motor City Marina in Wyandotte, Mich. This is the first time the boat has not wintered in Detroit.

Toledo, Ohio
At 7:25 pm Tuesday, Radcliffe R. Latimer of the Algoma fleet arrived at the Midwest Overseas Dock.

Sandusky, Ohio
Algolake was loading Tuesday night.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Tuesday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Erie, Pa. – Dan McNeil
Tug Dorothy Ann with Barge Pathfinder arrived for winter layup at DonJon Dec. 16

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1526 (anchored) Dec 16 - Algonova at 1025, Algosea at 1441 (anchored) - Dec 17 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0905 (anchored)

Buffalo:
Arrived - Dec 16 - Calumet at 1250 - docked - Dec 2 - tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke - both at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - Algocanada at 0514, light tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon-17) at 0122

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 18 - tug Molly M I & barge MM 170 departed wharf 13 at 2055 approximately - Dec 19 - Acadia Desgagnes at 0147, Dara Desgagnes at 0800, CSL St. Laurent at 0914 and Mississagi at 1353

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Dec 19 - light tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon-17) stopped West Street at 1512 Docked - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) stopped wharf 2 @ at 0135 - Dec 18 - tug Molly M I & barge MM 170 stopped at wharf 13 to load machinery for Hamilton - departures - tug Molly M I & barge MM 170 departed wharf 13 at 2055 approximately for Hamilton - Dec 19 -Federal Bering (Mhl) from wharf 2 at 0510 eastbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 19 - Algocanada at 0610

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 19 - Dara Desgagnes at 0637

Hamilton:
Arrival - Dec 19 - tug Molly M I & barge MM 170 at 0703 Arrivals - Dec 18 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1803 (anchored) - docked - Dec 15 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1139, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2100 - Dec 16 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2145 returning to load - Dec 17 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2302, Labrador at 2330 - Dec 18 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 0330 - anchored - Dec 16 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1550 - Dec 17 - Torrent (Cyp) at 2330 - departures - Dec 18 - tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon-17) for Port Colborne at 2234, tug Molly M I at 1900 westbound and Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2101 for Ghent Belgium

Clarkson:
Arrival - Robert S. Pierson at 1729

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Dec 19 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0351 - anchored - Dec 19 - Calumet at 0620 - departure - Dec 19 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1538 eastbound

 

Beaver Island Boat Company honors senior captain of 47 years

12/20 - Beaver Island, Mich. – As the Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) nears its last sail of the 2017 season, they are recognizing a crucial and beloved staff member on his retirement, Senior Captain Kevin McDonough, for his 47 years of dedicated service.

McDonough starting working for the ferry service in 1970 and has been guiding BIBCO’s ferries safely across Lake Michigan in various weather conditions for 47 years. McDonough has seen BIBCO change through old and new ferries, from the South Shore and the Beaver Islander on to the Emerald Isle built in 1997.

McDonough was instrumental in ensuring the Emerald Isle was built as designed and he sailed her as captain to every dry docking and through every one of her 20 years of service since then. It is through his leadership as senior captain that the boat company’s vessels have been maintained in such pristine condition and that BIBCO is well respected by the USCG and the industry for their safe operations.

McDonough has always approached his challenges with resourceful ideas and has been committed to resolve any issues that may arise. He has helped keep the Beaver Island Boat Company on a steady course for years, through his dedication and loyal service as senior captain and ultimately to the island residents and its many visitors.

“Kevin, we hope the best is yet to come for you in this next chapter of your life,” said Margo Marks, president of Beaver Island Boat Company. “Enjoy your retirement fishing, gardening, hiking the island and most important of all, spending time with your family. Congratulations on a wonderful career, and best wishes. It has been my pleasure to know you and to work with you.”

Beaver Island Boat Company

 

Lake Michigan’s Arctic shipwreck joins State Register of Historic Places

12/20 - Manitowoc, Wis. - The Arctic shipwreck, in the vicinity of Manitowoc, is the latest Lake Michigan shipwreck to be placed on the State Register of Historic Places, the Wisconsin Historical Society said Monday.

According to a press release from the Historical Society, "The Arctic, built in 1881 and sunk in 1930, is a tug that seems to straddle the two tug categories: harbor tug and lake tug. Although its construction identifies it as a harbor tug, unique to this vessel is that, historic documentation indicates that the strong hull construction of the Arctic allowed for participation in tasks set for wrecking tugs.

"Historic documents indicate that the Arctic participated in tasks designated for both harbor and lake tugs," the Historical Society press release added. "Whether this suggests that the Arctic was a hybrid harbor tug-lake tug vessel, or that the Arctic was built unusually strong for a harbor tug, or that the strength of the Arctic that allowed her to serve as both a harbor and lake tug was not unusual at the time — the answers to these questions are unknown because we simply do not have the comparative data from historic period Wisconsin harbor tugs. These are questions future archaeological study may answer."

State laws protect the shipwreck. Divers may not remove artifacts or structure when visiting the site. Removing, defacing, displacing or destroying artifacts or sites is a crime. For more about the Arctic Shipwreck and other historic Wisconsin shipwrecks, visit wisconsinshipwrecks.org.

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

 

Updates -  December 20

The winter  Lay-up list updated. Please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. Please include vessel name, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 20

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

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

SAGINAW was christened at the Government Dock in Sarnia, Ontario, in 1999. Bonnie Bravener and Wendy Siddall broke the traditional bottle of champagne adding the second vessel to Lower Lakes Towing's fleet. The company then opened the vessel for tours to all those in the large crowd that had gathered to witness the event. She was built in 1953 as a.) JOHN J. BOLAND.

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

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

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

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

On 20 November 1880, BAY CITY (wooden barge, 199 foot, 480 tons, built in 1852, at Trenton, Michigan as the sidewheeler FOREST CITY) was carrying coal when she was cast adrift east of Erie, Pennsylvania by the steamer JAMES P. DONALDSON in a storm. She was driven ashore and wrecked. Her crew was saved by the U.S. Lifesaving Service using breeches' buoy. November 20, 1898. ANN ARBOR #3 left Cleveland, Ohio for Frankfort, Michigan, on her maiden voyage.

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

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

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

On Saturday morning, 20 Nov. 1999, Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin, launched the 175-foot Coast Guard Cutter HENRY BLAKE. The BLAKE was one of the "Keeper" Class Coastal Class Buoy Tenders. Each ship in the "Keeper" class is named after a famous American lighthouse keeper. 1917: JOHAN MJELDE, built at Cleveland in 1916, was sailing as b) STORO when captured by the German submarine U-151 near the Azores and, after 22 tons of copper were removed, the ship was scuttled on November 26.

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

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

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

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

 

Buffalo on her way to Sarnia; possibly sold

12/19 - American Steamship Co.’s Buffalo left Manistee on Monday morning with a destination of Sarnia, Ont., on AIS. She is expected there about 2 p.m. Although no official statement has been made, members of the crew report they have been told she has been sold to an as-yet unidentified company.

The vessel is not owned by American Steamship Co. She has been leased from State Street Bank and Trust Co., Boston, Mass., and that lease is coming to an end. ASC may have elected to not renew the lease. Buffalo was built in 1978 at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

This is a developing story; please check back for details.

 

Shipping tonnage up in Seaway as year ends

12/19 - Massena, N.Y. – The Chamber of Marine Commerce announced Thursday that total tonnage of shipping through the St. Lawrence Seaway has increased considerably this year. Between March 20 and Nov. 30, 33.6 million metric tons of cargo traveled through the Seaway, an 8.5 percent increase over the same period last year.

“It’s just a reflection of improvements in the global economy,” said Julia Fields, director of communications for the Chamber. “We were expecting the year to be a better year ... but it’s been great to see nearly all the categories” of shipping increase.

A major increase came in shipping iron ore, with a total of 7.4 million metric tons being shipped by the end of November — 34 percent more than last year. Much of this was pellet ore from Minnesota and was sent via the Seaway to the Port of Quebec. Much of the ore was destined for Asian markets, but some of it was used domestically, too.

Steel from Europe and aluminum from Quebec also made their way up the Seaway to be used domestically in auto and other manufacturing.

While iron ore saw the most dramatic increase, dry bulk and general cargo were both up over last year. Dry bulk increased 12 percent and general cargo up 28 percent.

The Port of Duluth-Superior also reported a surge in project cargo, including everything from wind turbine sections from Indonesia to reactors for Colombia, both coming and going.

The shipping season is winding down, although the Coast Guard may decide to carry out ice-breaking activities to keep oil shipping to the Port of Green Bay.

As for what the new year will bring, “I don’t think anyone is making predictions,” said Ms. Fields.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Port Reports -  December 19

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After spending Sunday at anchor off Superior, John J. Boland arrived Duluth early Monday morning and headed to Fraser Shipyards to wait out a delay. American Century arrived during the afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy. Duluth's final saltie of the season, Beatrix, arrived an hour later and headed to CHS to take on wheat. American Integrity was inbound mid-evening to load ore at CN. Finnborg continued loading at CHS on Monday, and was expected to depart before midnight. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort finally completed loading and departed at sunrise Monday morning, and Burns Harbor shifted to the dock and began taking on iron ore pellets. She was still loading throughout the evening. Algoma Discovery was at anchor waiting for her turn at the dock.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors Monday at 07:12 for Gary. Philip R. Clarke shifted from North of #2 to the shiploader on Monday from 07:15-07:50. The Clarke departed Two Harbors on Monday at 15:35 and went to anchor off the Twin Ports at 17:35. Arriving Two Harbors on Monday at 20:23 was the Joseph L. Block. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday is the Lee A. Tregurtha. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Spirit on Sunday at 23:20 and she departed Silver Bay on Monday at 17:39. Due Silver Bay on Tuesday is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday, 22:52 Federal Danube departed for Montreal. Monday December 19th 0:44 Algoma Transport departed and at 12:46 John D Leitch departed, both are still showing Thunder Bay as their destination. 12:18 Thunder Bay proceeded to Viterra A to load. 16:51 Pacific Huron departed for Montreal. 18:57 Oakglen weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load. 19:00 Yulia departed for San Juan Puerto Rico.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
With a destination of "home" listed, Roger Blough arrived and was placed in the graving dock at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay over the weekend, becoming the second vessel to lay up there for the winter (the first was Wilfred Sykes). She joined American Courage, which has not seen service for the past two seasons.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
St. Clair was at Indiana Harbor Monday evening. Federal Biscay remained docked on the Calumet River.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Monday and none are expected to arrive until Tuesday when the Joseph H. Thompson is due in at noon loading at the South Dock.

Stoneport, Mich.
Herbert C. Jackson loaded on Monday and was expected to depart around 11 a.m. Also due in Monday was the barge Erie Trader / tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort in the evening. Due in Tuesday during the early afternoon is a return visit by the Herbert C. Jackson. Two vessels are expected Wednesday with the first being the St. Clair in the morning followed by Great Republic in the evening. Due Thursday is another return visit by the Herbert C. Jackson during the lunch hour. Due in for Friday is the Philip R. Clarke during the mid-afternoon.

Goderich, Ont.
Algosteel loaded Monday and departed in the afternoon.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
G.L. Ostrander/Integrity were inbound on Monday morning destined for Lafarge in Essexville to unload cement. On Monday night, Herbert C. Jackson was destined for Bay City and was expected to enter the river at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The barge James L. Kuber / tug Victory were expected to arrive at the Torco Dock to unload ore pellets on Monday in the early morning. Also due at Torco is the Kaye E. Barker on Tuesday in the early morning unloading ore pellets. There is nothing due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock and the last vessel to unload there for the 2017 season was the Manitoulin. At the CSX Coal Dock, the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory were expected Monday in the late morning to load. Also due at CSX is the Kaye E. Barker on Tuesday in the morning to load.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Monday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 16 - Algonova at 1025, Algosea at 1441 (anchored) - Dec 17 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0905 (anchored)

Buffalo:
Arrived - Dec 16 - Calumet at 1250 - docked - Dec 2 - tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke - both at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 17 - tug Molly M I & barge MM 170 headed to wharf 13, Federal Rhine (Bds) (registry corrected at 0151, Algoma Enterprise at 0443, Frontenac at 1021, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1130,

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 18 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0301, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0402, Isolda ( Cyp) at 0805, Andean (Cyp) at 0949 and Calumet at 1427

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) stopped wharf 2 @ at 0135 - Dec 18 - tug Molly M I & barge MM 170 stopped at wharf 13 to load machinery for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 18 - Frieda (Atg) (ex BBC Colorado-17) at 0030 - departed at 1145 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1803 - docked - Dec 15 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1139, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2100 - Dec 16 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2145 returning to load - Dec 17 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2302, Labrador at 2330 - Dec 18 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 0330 - anchored - Dec 16 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1550 - Dec 17 - Torrent (Cyp) at 2330 - departures - Dec 17 - Federal Rhine (Bds) at 2138 for Cleveland - Dec 18 - Algoma Enterprise at 0020 and Frontenac at 0824

 

Traffic increase at Windsor Port Authority a sign of city's thriving economy

12/19 - Windsor, Ont. – An increase in traffic at the Windsor Port Authority is sign of the city's booming economy, according to the CEO of the federal agency. David Cree said the number of ships using the port is up 10 per cent compared to the same time last year, with salt and grain as the hottest commodities.

"The economy in Windsor in the last few years is probably been the strongest it's been probably for decades," he explained. "We've had the automobile industry is going very strong, Local construction, both residential, commercial and highway, has been very strong over the last three or four years."

"When the local economy is doing as well as it is now, that's usually very good news for the port," he added. Cree said construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge is expected to bring even more traffic in the years ahead.

CBC

 

The bill for dredging Sarnia harbor keeps on climbing

12/19 - Sarnia, Ont. – The cost of dredging Sarnia harbor has risen again. Council approved an additional $260,000 on Dec. 11, bringing the bill to almost $3.5 million. It was the second time the city had to ante up an additional $260,000, putting the project about $500,000 over budget.

Dredging began in late 2016 to remove 30,000 cubic metres of sediment from the Government Dock and North Slip. Natural silting had made the harbor too shallow for fully loaded ships to berth. The extra money is for consulting and the cost of dealing with slightly contaminated water that seeped from excavated sediment piled at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport.

Several councillors were unhappy about the expense, but city solicitor Scott McEachran said the municipality would be sued if it didn’t pay up. In a closed-door session prior to the meeting two items of litigation or potential litigation were discussed.

Sarnia Journal

 

Coast Guard urges caution around ice on the Great Lakes as temperatures rise

12/19 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. Coast Guard is encouraging people to exercise caution in the coming days around ice on the lakes and waterways in the Great Lakes region. Rising temperatures and scattered showers over the next several days can pose significant risks to ice-related activities as the ice weakens and can appear to be more stable than it is.

People are reminded to always wear and use the proper safety equipment and have a means of communication with them at all times. Please inform family and friends of your plans before you go out and let people know when you expect to be back. To aid in remembering what to take into consideration this coming ice season, the following acronym can be helpful:

I – Information: check the weather and ice conditions, know where you are going, and know how to call for help.
C- Clothing: wear the proper anti-exposure clothes with multiple layers. If possible, wear a dry suit to prevent hypothermia, which can occur within minutes after falling through the ice.
E – Equipment: have the proper equipment before venturing out onto ice such as a marine band radio, a Personal Locator Beacon, life jackets and screw drivers or ice picks which can help you pull yourself out of the water if you fall through the ice.

USCG

 

Obituary: Paul Carroll

12/19 - (Howard) Paul Carroll, a well-known author and marine historian, died with family at his side in his hometown of Goderich, Ont. on Dec, 16 in his 74th year.

A "wharf rat" in his youth, Carroll brought forward the first Waterfront Development Plan for the long-term evolution of the Goderich shoreline and was involved with the sidescan sonar search for the steamer Wexford, lost in the 1913 storm. Carroll was recognized nationally when the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 Remembrance Committee received a Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, in 2014. The award recognized a weekend of remembrance for the Great Storm of 1913, in which more than 250 people perished. His books include “Wexford: The Elusive Shipwreck of the Great Storm of 1913” and “Four Years on The Great Lakes 1813-1816” (co-written by Don Banford.

Family will receive visitors at Falconer Funeral Homes - Bluewater Chapel, 201 Suncoast Drive, Goderich, Ont., Friday, Dec. 22 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Celebration of Life on Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Columbus Centre, 390 Parsons Court, Goderich (service at 11:00 a.m. with a celebration to follow until 3:00 p.m.). Donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice, or one of the following: Alexandra and Marine General Hospital Foundation, Huron Residential Hospice, or Foundation for Enriching Education Perth Huron.

 

Obituary: Captain James Sullivan

12/19 - Captain James Sullivan passed away suddenly at his home in Sombra, Ont., in his 95th year on Dec. 17. He was a long time employee of Misener Transportation and rose through the ranks to become captain on the Great Lakes a position he held for 33 years. In the latter years of his career he was appointed as Commodore of the Fleet. Friends and family will be received at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home, Brigden, on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 7:00-9:00pm. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 11 am with visitation starting at 10 am from the funeral home.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 19

ASHLAND was launched December 19, 1942, as the L6-S-B1 class bulk carrier a.) CLARENCE B. RANDALL (Hull #523) at Ashtabula, Ohio, by Great Lakes Engineering Works. She laid up for the last time on the same day in 1979.

ELMGLEN ran aground December 19, 1989, near Johnson’s 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 fleet mate 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 percent of Nicholson-Universal stock in order to purchase ships from the surplus fleet.

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

1959: The British freighter ALBANO, which had made three trips through the newly opened Seaway earlier in the year, ran aground at Rethymo, Crete, in heavy weather and was not refloated until December 27. It received extensive hull and engine repairs and was back on the Great Lakes in 1960.

1980: The tanker LAKESHELL (III) went aground at Telegraph Rock, near Parry Sound, due to high winds and ice. The vessel was lightered to IMPERIAL SARNIA and released December 21.

1998: SHURA KOBER first came to the Great Lakes under the flag of the USSR in 1971. The vessel went missing on the Mediterranean north of Cyprus as d) MARELIE after sending out a distress call. It disappeared with all hands.

2006: SELNES came through the Seaway in the 1980s after having been inbound as a) RISNES in 1978. The ship went aground off Stafnes, Iceland, as c) WILSON MUGGA and the crew were rescued by helicopter. It was expected to be broken up on location but was salvaged and repaired. It returned to service as d) KARIM in 2007 and became f) RAKAN M. in 2011.

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

 

Investigation underway after man falls from ship at Thunder Bay port

12/18 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating after a man fell overboard from a ship earlier this month at Thunder Bay’s port. The incident occurred Dec. 8 while the ship was preparing to leave the port. A man fell overboard into the water at about 8 p.m.

In a media release, the TSB identified the ship as the bulk carrier Federal Champlain.

“He was recovered by one of the terminal boats and was transported to hospital for treatment,” said TSB senior marine investigator Steven Neatt, adding the man was released from hospital “shortly afterwards.”

The Federal Champlain has left Thunder Bay. It docked in Montreal last Thursday night, and Neatt and another TSB investigator went on board to conduct interviews with crew and collect other information.

The ship resumed its voyage on Friday, heading for Quebec City, where it was expected to dock on Friday night. Neatt said he was going to be back on board Friday evening to finish up the field portion of the investigation.

“We’ll collect all our information, and we’ll do some examination and analysis,” Neatt said. “We’ll go over the documents and find if we can discover any underlying unsafe conditions, unsafe acts, any safety deficiencies that we want to communicate to the transportation industry as a whole.”

News Tread

 

‘Tis the season to post your Christmas cards

12/18 - The annual Christmas Card Gallery is now open on this site’s Information Search page. Please visit and post your Christmas cards

 

Camilla Desgagnés registry closed

12/18 - The Canadian registry of Group Desgagnés’ Camilla Desgagnés, built in 1982 in Germany, was closed December 12. Laid up at Montreal since Nov. 7, she has been renamed Camilla D. ahead of a possible scrap tow. Her port of registry is now Basseterre, which is the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis.

René Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  December 18

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John J. Boland arrived Duluth early Sunday morning and stopped at Calumet to fuel before departing a few hours later and anchoring off the Superior entry. CSL Niagara was outbound with iron ore pellets from CN shortly thereafter. Philip R. Clarke arrived a few minutes later, loaded with limestone. She departed early in the afternoon and headed for Two Harbors to load. Finnborg shifted from Port Terminal to CHS to load wheat on Sunday. Stewart J. Cort remained at Burlington Northern in Superior, but as of Sunday evening had not yet started loading due to some sort of delay. Burns Harbor was at Lakehead Pipeline waiting, and John J. Boland and Algoma Discovery were at anchor outside the harbor.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors Sunday morning at 01:56 and departed Sunday at 12:59 for Conneaut. Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on Sunday at 03:17 after unloading limestone in Duluth. She went to North of #2. After the Speer departed the Callaway shifted from 13:05-13:30 to the shiploader. She departed Sunday at approx. 20:15 for Ecorse. Also arriving Two Harbors on Sunday was the Philip R. Clarke arriving from Duluth after fueling. She arrived at 15:03 and went to lay-by at North of #2. Also arriving Two Harbors on Sunday was the Edwin H. Gott at 20:46. She went to the shiploader. Due early Monday morning is the American Spirit that will probably anchor and later on Monday the Joseph L. Block is due. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sunday and none scheduled on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
9:28 Oakglen arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River. 19:53 Algoma Strongfield departed for Port Cartier.

Green Bay, Wis.
Manitowoc arrived around 1300 Sunday with a load of salt for Great Lakes Dock. G tug North Dakota was out in advance breaking the few inches of ice that had accumulated near the mouth of the Fox River.

Munising, Mich. – Joe Case
The bulk carrier H. Lee White was docked at the Neenah Paper Mill unloading coal Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Biscay remained docked on the Calumet River Sunday.

Goderich, Ont.
Algosteel is expected to arrive Monday morning to load salt. The tug Escorte has replaced the tug Cote Nord in the harbor. She arrived on Dec. 17.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Sunday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman departed at 7:30 Sunday morning.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - Algoma Hansa at 2338 - Dec 16 - Algonova at 1025, Algosea at 1441 (anchored) - Dec 17 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0905 (anchored)- departure - Dec 17 - Algoma Hansa at 1335

Buffalo:
Arrived - Dec 16 - Calumet at 1250 - docked - Dec 2 - tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke - both at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS LITTLE ROCK

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 16 - Kaministiqua, - Dec 17 - Algoma Olympic at 0041, Tim S. Dool at 0543, Capt. Henry Jackman at 0646, Salarium at 0925, tug Molly M I & barge MM 170 at 1635, tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 2140

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 16 - Algowood at 2004, tug Millville & barge 1964 at 1054 (departed 16), Algoma Enterprise at 2348 - Dec 17 - Frontenac at 0626, Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) - departed wharf 6, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1030, Frieda (Nld) (BBC Colorado-17) at 1057, Algoma Hansa at 1657

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) stopped wharf 2 @ at 0135, Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) arrived wharf 6 at 1210 - Dec 16 - tug Millville & barge 1964 stopped wharf 16 at 1032 (on her maiden delivery voyage from Sturgeon Bay Shipyard) - departures (downbound) - Dec 16 - tug Millville & barge 1964 late evening to resume delivery voyage - Dec 17 - Leila H (Bds) mid-morning

Port Weller anchorage:
Departure - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2103 for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 17 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 0634, Algoma Enterprise at 1847, Frontenac at 2225 approximately and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 2300 approximately - docked - Dec 16 - Algoma Olympic at 1132 and Federal Weser (Cyp) back to load at 2059 approximately (returning to load) - docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec - 12 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 15 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1139, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2100 - anchored - Dec 12 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1529 - Dec 14 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0336 - departures - Algoma Mariner at 1549, Federal Weser (Cyp) at 1654, Algoma Niagara at 1720 - departures - Dec 16 - Algoma Olympic at 2227 - Dec 17 - tug Leo A. McArthur at 1926

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 15 - English River at 0952 - departure - Dec 17 - English River at 1540 for Bath

 

No details on future of Port Weller dry docks

12/18 - Port Weller, Ont. – Despite continuing hopes that the Port Weller dry docks will again be operational, the only recent activity apparent at the facility has been the demolition of a few buildings. St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. spokesman Andrew Bogora said a long-term lease to run the facility was awarded to Heddle Marine Service Inc. more than a year ago. But there has been no word about the facility reopening since then.

And the Hamilton-based shipbuilder that successfully bid on the request for proposals to lease the facility isn’t shedding any light on plans for the dry docks, either.

Contacted at his Hamilton office, Heddle Marine president Rick Heddle would not comment on his company’s plans for the dry docks, or having been awarded the contract to operate it. But if the owner of a competing firm had his druthers, the dry docks would have been up and running months ago.

Russell Industries founder and president Daniel Russell said he hoped to lease the facility for his company, Canadian Maritime Engineering. “We wanted to work with the existing union and develop significant amount of jobs,” the St. Catharines native said.

“We wanted to pay rent and pay taxes and were not seeking any government support. We wanted to work with the existing business community and develop a thriving business within the community.” Instead, the facility continues to sit idle.

“Not having people employed and neglecting and depriving a business community of the economic spin off the Port Weller assets appeared to be a superior proposal to ours,” he said.

Russell called it a “reckless disregard for the watershed environment that the Port Weller shipyard was designed to serve and provide to the marine industry and the watershed that millions of people depend on for their drinking water and wellbeing.”

“It’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed,” he added.

In October, Bogora told The Standard that a limited number of buildings near the bank of the Welland Canal the dry docks were being demolished to make room for cargo handling, but the office building or buildings near Lakeshore Drive would remain standing.

“This is simply a window to more economic activity in the Region, making optimal use of that land to permit new commercial activity,” Bogora said at the time.

The dry docks have been idle since 2015, when Algoma Central Corp. entered a short-term lease to conduct maintenance work on some of its vessels. It’s previous tenant, Seaway Marine and Industrial, went bankrupt in 2013 putting more than 100 people out of work.

Russell’s company Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. launched a Canadian International Trade Tribunal inquiry in July 2016, asking the agency to look into the procurement process used by the St. Lawrence Seaway to lease the federal-government-owned facility.

Canadian Maritime Engineering’s allegations included that the procurement process was not conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement on International Trade, bid evaluations were based on undisclosed criteria, and it wasn’t a fair, open, and transparent process.

The tribunal, however, ruled that it did not have jurisdiction in the matter and dismissed the complaint, allow the lease to Heddle Marine to proceed.

“We’ve gotten nowhere. We spent a ton of money on legal fees,” Russell said. “I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus, but I think this process was flawed.” He said his company has substantial experience and expertise, employing more than 500 people across the country. And although his company lost its bid to overturn the lease and run the facility, Russell said the “people who truly lost were the people of St. Catharines.”

Despite the delays, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle remains hopeful that people will be working at the dry docks again.

“I want the company to really control their destiny on this one as to when they have their opening, but I do know there’s a new tenant and they’ve been doing some preparatory work to start their business operations,” Bittle said, adding he believes those preparations included the recent demolition at the site. “I expect we’ll have more information in the future, but I’m clearly excited to see the new opportunities that are coming to Port Weller,” he said.

“St. Catharines, throughout our history, has always been tied to the canal and ship building and ship repair, and the dry docks have been down for quite some time. It’s exciting to see a new company coming in to continue that long history that we have in St. Catharines.”

While Bittle said he’s confident the facility will reopen in the future, he couldn’t predict how far into the future that might be.

The Seaway operates independently and is not required to consult with the government on day-to-day operations. Nevertheless, Bittle said the federal government has been kept in the loop regarding the dry docks “as best they can. But in terms of a specific opening, I’m not sure,” he said.

St. Catharines Standard

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 18

The 425-foot Finnish tanker KIISLA ran aground while transiting the North Entrance of Buffalo Harbor on the 29th of December 1989. The ship was inbound with xylene for the Noco Product Terminal in Tonawanda when it strayed from the navigation channel due to reduced visibility from heavy snow squalls and grounded near the #1 green buoy of the Black Rock Canal. She was towed off the rocks by tugboats from Buffalo and then tied up at the Burnette Trucking Dock (formerly the Penn Dixie Dock) on the Buffalo River for Coast Guard inspection. A diver found a 47-inch by 5-inch crack below the waterline at the #1 ballast tank, with a large rock firmly wedged in the outer hull plating, but with no damage to the inner hull or cargo tanks. The ship was cleared to head back to Sarnia to off-load her cargo before repairs could be made.

In 1921, 94 vessels were laid up at Buffalo with storage grain when a winter gale struck. The 96 mile-per-hour winds swept 21 vessels ashore and damaged 29 others. Three weeks were required to restore order to the Buffalo waterfront.

Canada Steamship Lines NANTICOKE (Hull#218) was launched December 18, 1979, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

The tug AMERICA freed the ore carrier IRVING S. OLDS in 1956, after the OLDS grounded entering the River Raisin from Lake Erie. The OLDS stuck at a 45-degree angle to the channel, while entering for winter lay up.

Canada Steamship lines GEORGIAN BAY (Hull#149) was launched during a snowstorm on December 18, 1953, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

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

On December 18, 1921, gale force winds drove the CARMI A. THOMPSON ashore at Buffalo, New York 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 Goodrich Transit Co.’s ALABAMA (Hull#36) was launched in 1909, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. Reduced to a barge in 1961.

On 18 December 1899, 115 (steel whaleback barge, 256 foot, 1,169 gross tons, built in 1891, at Superior, Wisconsin) 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 foot, 46 gross tons, 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.

1909: Ice punctured the hull of the F.A. MEYER, formerly the J. EMORY OWEN, on Lake Erie while enroute from Boyne City, Michigan, to Buffalo with a cargo of lumber. The crew was rescued by the sailors aboard MAPLETON.

1915: The canaller PRINCE RUPERT, requisitioned for World War 1 service, was lost at sea enroute from Newport News, Virginia, to Trinidad with a cargo of coal. It foundered P: 34.40 N / 74.45 W.

1932: A fire in the coal bunker of the BROWN BEAVER, laid up at Toronto with a winter storage cargo of wheat, brought the Toronto Fire Department to extinguish the blaze.

1947: The tug EMERSON was Hull 5 at the Collingwood shipyard and completed in 1903. The ship stranded at Punta Sardegna, in the Maddalena Archipelago, as f) GIULIANOVA. The hull broke in two January 8, 1948, and sank.

1950: The tug SACHEM sank in Lake Erie and all 12 on board were lost. The hull was later located, upright on the bottom. It was refloated October 22, 1951, reconditioned and returned to service. The ship became c) DEREK E. in 1990.

1962: RIDGEFIELD, a Liberty ship that visited the Great Lakes in 1961 and 1962, ran aground at the east end of Grand Cayman Island in ballast on a voyage from Maracaibo, Venezuela, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The hull was never removed and visible for years.

1968: The Canadian Coast Guard vessel GRENVILLE was trapped in an ice flow and rammed against the St. Louis Bridge along the Seaway. The crew was removed safely by stepping on to the bridge before the ship sank. It had been retrieving buoys. The hull received considerable ice damage over the winter but was refloated in June 1969, towed to Sorel and scrapped.

1975: TECUN UMAN visited the Seaway in 1969. It disappeared without a trace in heavy seas 250 miles east of Savannah, Georgia, enroute from Mobile, Alabama, to Port Cartier, Quebec, as b) IMBROS. All 22 on board were lost.

1985: FEDERAL ST. LAURENT (ii) collided with the Mercier Bridge in the Seaway with minor damage to both the ship and the structure. The vessel was scrapped at Chittagong, Bangladesh, as c) DORA in 2003.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 17

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors Saturday morning at 05:27 for Zug Island. Cason J. Callaway is due Two Harbors, but as of 20:30 on Saturday she was still unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on Sunday are the Edgar B. Speer and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Saturday and none scheduled on Sunday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday, 22:53 Mississagi arrived at the MobilEx Terminal to load potash. Saturday, 2:30 Yulia shifted to the anchorage and Algoma Strongfield took her place at the Richardson Main Terminal to load. 8:41 Pacific Huron arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 9:42 Thunder Bay arrived and went to anchor. 14:44 CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal. 15:46 Federal Danube weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to finish loading. 16:17 Mississagi departed for Oswego. 19:58 Federal Ems departed for Sorel. 19:28 Algoma Transport arrived at G3 to load grain. At 9:20 Algoma Strongfield shifted to Richardson’s Current River Terminal to finish loading. 19:43 John D Leitch arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 22:48 Cedarglen weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson’s Main Terminal to load.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
John G. Munson was at Gary Saturday night. James R. Barker was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay remained docked on the Calumet River.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
St. Clair remained at the South Dock loading on Saturday. They arrived on Friday morning. Also arriving on Saturday in the late morning was the Great Republic. They would be awaiting the departure of the St. Clair from the South Dock before shifting over to load. There are no vessels scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Due in for Tuesday is the Joseph H. Thompson in the morning for the South Dock.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
As the 2017 shipping season winds down, activity at Stoneport has been brisk. There were no vessels loading on Saturday and none were due to arrive. Three vessels are due for Sunday with the Manitoulin due in first during the morning followed by the Herbert C. Jackson at noon and the barge Great Lakes Trader tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort arriving during the mid afternoon. There are no vessels scheduled for Monday. Due to arrive on Tuesday is the Herbert C. Jackson during the late morning, followed by Great Republic arriving in the evening. Expected Wednesday is the St. Clair making a rare appearance. They are due in the morning to load. Due on Thursday is another return visit from the Herbert C. Jackson in the late morning.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Algoma Olympic is due at the CSX Coal Dock to load during the early morning on Monday. Also due at CSX on Monday will be the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory at noon. Kaye E. Barker is also due at CSX on Monday in the mid-afternoon to load. There is nothing due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock and this dock may be closed for the season. At the Torco Dock, the barge James L. Kuber along with the tug Victory are due on Monday in the early morning to unload ore pellets. Also due at Torco is Kaye E. Barker on Monday in the late afternoon to unload ore pellets.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Saturday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Hamilton, Ont. – Port of Hamilton
The tug Ocean A. Gauthier arrived in Hamilton Harbor last week to make the Port of Hamilton its permanent home. It will receive a new paint job in Ocean Group's distinctive bright blue and white during the spring 2018 fit-out. She is the former ArcelorMittal tug Vachon.

Rochester, N.Y. – Ton Brewer
Stephen B. Roman arrived at 8 Saturday morning to unload bulk cement at Lehigh Cement's Dock.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - Algoma Hansa at 2338 - Dec 16 - Algonova at 1025, Algosea at 1441 (anchored)

Buffalo:
Arrived - Dec 16 - Calumet at 1250 - docked - Dec 2 - tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke - both at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 15 - Cuyahoga at 1729 Dec 16 - Algosteel at 1247 and Algoma Niagara at 1922 and Kaministiqua at 2130

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 15 - Spruceglen, Algoma Olympic and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirirt at 1645 - Dec 16 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 0907, tug Millville & barge 1964 at 1054 (stopped wharf 16), Algowood at 1940 and Algoma Enterprise at 2155

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) stopped wharf 2 @ at 0135, Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) arrived wharf 6 at 1210 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2314 - Dec 16 - tug Millville & barge 1964 stopped wharf 16 at 1032 (on her maiden delivery voyage from Sturgeon Bay Shipyard) - departures - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1840 approximately Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 16 - Algoma Olympic at 1132 and Federal Weser (Cyp) at 2059 approximately (returning to load) - docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec - 12 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 15 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1139, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2100 - anchored - Dec 12 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1529 - Dec 14 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0336 - departures - Dec 16 - Saginaw at 0416, Ojibway at 1125 Algoma Mariner at 1549, Federal Weser (Cyp) at 1654, Algoma Niagara at 1720,

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 15 - English River at 0952 and Algosteel at 1123 - departure - Dec 16 - Algosteel at 1107

 

Navy commissions littoral combat ship Little Rock

12/17 - The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, New York. The future USS Little Rock, designated LCS 9, is the 10th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design.

It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and was commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Read more and see a video at this link: https://americansecuritytoday.com/navy-commissions-littoral-combat-ship-little-rock-take-virtual-tour

 

Picton Terminals makes significant investment in new 65-foot tugboat

12/17 - Picton, Ont. – Picton Terminals owner Hank Doornekamp turned the wheel hard port Sunday afternoon and set out on the open water, symbolically demonstrating the freedom of his family’s latest investment.

He was piloting the brand-new 65-foot tugboat Sheri Lynn S. — which arrived at the White Chapel Road port facility this week from Montreal on the tail end of a journey from Shanghai, China where it was finished — as part of a demonstration before about 30 people who came through the gates to get a glimpse of the vessel and the facility’s overall operations.

Built by the Netherlands-based Damen Group, the state-of-the-art 1,600 horsepower tug has ice-breaking capacity, sleeps four people, and features modern electronic navigation. While Ben Doornekamp, the owner-operator of the facility declined to discuss the purchase price on the record (similarly equipped used vessels are listed for sale online in excess of US $1.5 million) he said it represents a “major investment” for his company.

He said the purchase makes business sense. “One of our goals is getting things in house. We pay every time we bring a tug in and there’s no tugs that come here from Kingston or the county, they’re all from out of town,” he said. “It’s going to do some of the things we’ve hired tugs for before.”

The Sheri Lynn S. will serve as an assist tug when larger ships come into port at Picton Terminals. In addition to that support role, Doornekamp said it will push barges around the Great Lakes.

A local crew will be employed to work on the ship. Doornekamp said that crew will consist of three people for basic jobs, but when there’s more difficult work to be done there will likely be five people or more working on the boat.

As business grew to support the tug purchase, Doornekamp said the Picton Terminals team looked at the options available and decided against buying a ship already on the Great Lakes. Once the determination was made to have a new boat, they shopped around. A first preference would be to buy in Canada, but Doornekamp said that wasn’t feasible.

“We shopped out many companies — there’s only a few that build these tugs in Canada and it was years before they could make one,” he said. “With Damen, a lot of people class them as one of the best in the world. They build ship ranging from tugs like this to super yachts.”

He said there likely aren’t going to be many ships with comparable technology on the Great Lakes, unless other companies buy also buy new.

Picton Gazette

 

Collaboration aims to improve green shipping

12/17 - Superior, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior Lake Superior Research Institute announced the launch of its Great Waters Research Collaborative, a major project devoted to assessing effectiveness of tools for sustainable industrial, commercial and public use of the nation's Great Waters, especially green shipping. The project's immediate focus is assessing the effectiveness of ballast water management systems at preventing introductions of aquatic invasive species by commercial cargo ships. Specifically, the collaborative conducts type approval tests of candidate ballast water management systems for U.S. Coast Guard and International Maritime Organization certification review.

The project is also developing and testing methods for determining changes in invasive species introduction risk in the Great Lakes.

The Great Waters Research Collaborative comprises experienced researchers with diverse expertise from the Lake Superior Research Institute, the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute, and AMI Consulting Engineers to deliver a comprehensive research capacity for maritime-related environmental research services. The team brings more than 15 years of experience working together on ballast water research within the Great Ships Initiative, created by the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

Current collaborative projects include U.S. Coast Guard shipboard certification testing of promising ballast water management systems. It is constructing a Great Lakes-relevant global database of ballast-water uptake characteristics to improve understanding of the challenge conditions in which such systems must operate; assessing movements of organisms by laker ships through a Great Lakes Ship Discharge Monitoring Project; and bench-testing of prototype BWMS, all with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, via the Maritime Administration.

"The Great Lakes have been under assault by aquatic invasive species for decades," said Molly Flanagan of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. "We need effective ballast treatment systems and other prevention measures that are 'tried and proven' to work for the Great Lakes. The GWRC is our go-to source for this critical information."

"While lakers did not bring AIS to the Great Lakes region, we are working with GWRC to better understand their movement throughout the system where we trade," said Tom Rayburn of the Lake Carriers' Association. "We believe this will give all the vessel operators on the lakes the tools to refine prevention opportunities and further develop other practical and effective preparedness actions."

Superior Telegram

 

Dry dock facility offers more opportunities

12/17 - Port Weller, Ont. – There are opportunities for bringing new industry to the Port Weller dry docks, in addition to the docks themselves. While the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. is responsible for leasing “anything along the water and the wharf,” Colliers International Niagara sales representative Ralph Roselli said he has been working to either lease of sell the rest of the facility – including the 100,000 square-foot building located on site.

Roselli said there has been significant interest in the unique facility. “There has been lots and lots of activity,” he said. “There are a lot of balls in the air, and we’re constantly reviewing them.”

Roselli’s efforts have already had some success, recently facilitating a lease agreement for a portion of the property for the temporary outdoor storage of wind turbine blades, awaiting installation at renewable energy projects. But in addition to storage and warehousing opportunities, he said there is also a potential of bringing additional employers to the facility.

“I can’t say much, because we are in negotiations with a couple different groups,” Roselli said.

“In the time that I’ve been working on this site, you start to really realize ... there aren’t many places like this in the province, that actually have water facilities, 100,000 square feet, 180-tonne crane capacity, large power. There are a lot of attributes to this site.”

St. Catharines Standard

 

Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP, Canadian Pacific honor Private Robertson VC

12/17 - Burlington, Ont. - The Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Pacific Railway paid homage to a true Canadian hero December 10 2017 with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Private Robertson V.C.

Private James Peter Robertson was awarded posthumously the Victoria Cross for his extraordinary valor and devotion to duty while facing a hostile force in one of the most significant battles in World War I.

The plaque quotes the official 1918 London Gazette report on the actions which led to the Victoria Cross award. At Passchendaele Belgium Private Robertson led his platoon in an advance that resulted in the Canadians capturing the enemy’s machine gun, forcing them to retreat. When two of his platoon mates were badly wounded he went out and carried one of them in, under severe fire. He was killed just as he returned with the second man.

CP commissioned the plaque at the request of CP engineer Darrel Sundholm of Calgary Alberta. “After his family moved from Springhill Nova Scotia to Medicine Hat Alberta, James Peter Robertson joined the Canadian Pacific Railway, working his way up to locomotive engineer. He earned his nickname “Singing Pete” for his cheerful singing and whistling, whether in the cab or at the roundhouse,” said Sundholm. “The bravery that earned him the Victoria Cross made him a legend among locomotive engineers the world over.”

Steve Pauley, commanding officer of the Canadian Coast Guard ship named in Robertson's honor stated at the ceremony “In this, the 100th year anniversary of his death, it is our honor to share the story of Private Robertson’s service to our country and remember his ultimate sacrifice with dignity and respect.” Pauley added “This plaque will educate all who step aboard this ship for many years to come."

Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Operations center latest Presque Isle Lighthouse improvement Erie, Pa. – Climb the 78 stairs to the deck of the 68-foot-high Presque Isle Lighthouse, and you’re guaranteed tremendous views of the peninsula, Lake Erie and all of the park’s wonderful environs. If you’ve driven past the Presque Isle State Park landmark this fall, you’ve probably noticed work crews and scaffolding outside.

A two-bay garage built in the 1970s on the grounds near the lighthouse is undergoing a $300,000 facelift and transformation into an operations center that will open to the public in 2018. The project to renovate the 784-square-foot garage and add an additional 672 square feet began Oct. 23 and is scheduled to be completed in March.

When finished, the former garage area of the expanded 1,456-square-foot building will house a gift shop and an orientation room where the public can purchase tickets and watch a short video detailing the lighthouse’s history. The facility’s new addition will house a restroom, maintenance room, volunteer room, tool room and an office for lighthouse Executive Director Michael Sullivan.

Grants from the Presque Isle Partnership and the Erie Community Foundation, state funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and private donations are funding the operations center project.

An abundance of lighthouse improvements this year included lighting around the house, new sidewalks, an irrigation system, landscaping and a 40-foot flagpole, and fencing. Those improvements cost about $50,000, and were funded primarily by an Erie County Greenways Program grant and private donations.

Erie Times-News

 

Interlake calendar available at National Museum

12/17 - Toledo, Ohio – Looking for last minute gift ideas for the Great Lakes enthusiasts in your circle of friends and family – look no further. The National Museum of the Great Lakes has over twenty-five large format 2018 wall calendars from Interlake Steamship Company available for just $7.95, which includes shipping!

The 2018 Calendar is 24 inches in height by 18 inches wide and features eight photos of Interlake boats. The photographs include open water shots, as well as shots in recognizable places around the Great Lakes. There is also a background photo beneath the calendar of the Herbert C. Jackson on the Cuyahoga River that is spectacular. Each photo is in color.

Contact the National Museum of the Great Lakes at 419-214-5000 extension 200 to place your order.

 

Lay-up reports needed

12/17 - As the end of the shipping season approaches, please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. This will help us compile our annual lay-up list. Please include vessel name, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Updates -  December 17


Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Acadia Desgagnes, Andean, BBC Mississippi, BBC Vesuvius, Chem Norma, Claude A Desgagnes, Ebony Ray, Federal Champlain, Federal Katsura, Federal Ruhr, Leila H, Maria G, NACC Quebec, Nunalik, Tufty, Wigeon and Yulia.
 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 17

While breaking ice off Colchester Reef, Lake Erie on 17 December 1917, the HENRY CORT (steel propeller whaleback bulk freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons, built in 1892, at W. Superior, Wis., formerly a.) PILLSBURY) was in a collision with the MIDVALE (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580 foot, 8,271 gross tons, built in 1917, at Ashtabula, Ohio). The PILLSBURY sank in thirty feet of water 4 1/2 miles from Colchester Reef. Her crew walked across the ice to the MIDVALE. The wreck was located on 24 April 1918, four miles from its original position, with seven feet of water over her and raised later that year to be repaired.

C. L. AUSTIN was launched December 17, 1910, as a.) WILLIS L. KING (Hull#79) at Ecorse, Mich., by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

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

Paterson’s NEW QUEDOC sank at her winter moorings at Midland, Ont., on 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 was laid up for the last time at Calcite, Mich., 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, Ohio. 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 in Muskegon, Mich.

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.

1957: The Great Lakes-built LAKE HEMLOCK foundered in Long Island Sound.

1964: The former T-2 tanker GOOD HOPE, operating as a bulk carrier, ran aground in a blizzard at Ulak Island, in the Aleutians, as d) SAN PATRICK. The ship had loaded wheat and cattle feed at Vancouver for Yokohama, Japan, and all on board perished. It had been a Seaway trader in 1962.

1972: THOMAS SCHULTE began Great Lakes trading in 1957 and returned through the Seaway in 1959. It was sailing as c) CAPE SABLE when it sank with the loss of 13 lives in a gale 100 miles west of La Corunna, Spain. The vessel was enroute from Antwerp, Belgium, to Algiers, Algeria, with general cargo when it went down.

1977: STADACONA (iii) went aground after clearing the Manitoulin Island community of Little Current with a cargo of ore pellets. The ship was stuck for several days.

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

 

Algoma Central Corporation announces delivery of Algoma Innovator

12/16 - St. Catharines Ont. – Algoma Central has taken ownership of the Algoma Innovator from the Uljanik d.d. shipyard in Croatia.

The vessel is part of the company’s Equinox 650-foot-class of self-unloading dry-bulk lake freighters and is the first new forward mounted boom ship to be built in 45 years. The vessel has been engineered to be a leader in the river class business; its forward-mounted boom will permit cargo to be delivered into niche spaces allowing greater access and flexibility to customers.

The winter season in the North Atlantic does not provide safe conditions for a transit voyage by a lake freighter; consequently, the vessel is scheduled to depart Croatia mid February 2018 to be ready for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in late March. In addition, it is expected to come home with a cargo on board.

“Although we have taken delivery, we need to ensure conditions are optimal for the crew to sail home safely”, said Ken Bloch Soerensen, president and CEO of Algoma. “We look forward to having the Algoma Innovator join our fleet for the 2018 season. The flexibility and efficiency of this vessel will advance Algoma further in the marine industry allowing us to continually meet the needs of our customers,” Mr. Soerensen added.

Algoma Central Corporation

 

Exports of iron ore pellets lift St. Lawrence Seaway freight volumes

12/16 - Asian demand for U.S. iron ore is driving up freight volumes on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Overall cargo tonnage, including mining products and grain, rose by 8.5 per cent to 33 million tonnes on the water route as of the end of November, from the same period a year ago, the Chamber of Marine Commerce said on Thursday.

Shipments of iron ore pellets, which are used to make steel, rose by 34 per cent to 7.4 million tonnes as China secured raw materials to feed its manufacturing facilities. Demand was also aided by higher commodity prices, Canadian demand for domestic ore and U.S. tariffs that have spurred sales to U.S. mills on the lower Great Lakes.

The Port of Duluth-Superior at the western tip of Lake Superior is one of the main ore hubs on the Great Lakes. Most of the U.S. bulk ships that sail the Great Lakes are too big to traverse the Welland Canal that connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario, said Adele Yorde, a spokeswoman for Duluth Seaway Port Authority in Minnesota. Instead, smaller ships owned by Canada's Algoma Central Corp. and CSL Group carry much of the Minnesota ore destined for Quebec City, where it is transferred to ocean-going ships for foreign buyers.

"We've seen an increase in the number of Canadian lakers coming in to pick up those pellets this year," Yorde said by phone.

Read more, and view a video at this link: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/exports-of-iron-ore-pellets-lift-st-lawrence-seaway-freight-volumes/article37335098/

 

International shipping on the Great Lakes winding down this season

12/16 - St. Lawrence Seaway cargo is on pace to top 2016 with only a few weeks left in the international shipping season on the Great Lakes. Through Nov. 30, about 33.6 million tons of cargo passed through the system of locks while en route to Midwestern ports like the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, a 8.5-percent increase over the same period in 2016.

“It’s great to be where we are heading into the end of the year,” said Bruce Burrows, Chamber of Marine Commerce president. “The Seaway has recovered ground in key cargo commodities this season, particularly shipments of iron ore, while continuing to diversify by attracting more aluminum cargo and oversized machinery and components destined for the U.S. manufacturing and energy sectors.”

General cargo ships have risen by 28 percent so far this year, and dry bulk by 12 percent. Most dramatically, iron ore shipments rose 34 percent to 7.4 million tons between March and November.

In November, domestic freighters moved 8.5 million tons of cargo across the Great Lakes, a 1.3 percent year-over-year increase, according to the Lake Carriers Association. Iron ore cargoes for steelmaking rose 10 percent to 4.2 million tons, while limestone shipments soared by 27.5 percent.

So far this year, Great Lakes freighters have carried 78.5 million tons of cargo, a 3 percent year-over-year increase. Iron ore cargoes have rose 5.4 percent to 41.5 million tons over that period.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  December 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Mariner arrived Duluth early Friday morning to load grain at General Mills. She was followed into port by Joseph H. Thompson, which headed to CN to load ore, and American Integrity, which went to Midwest Energy. Both the Thompson and Integrity were outbound during the evening. Finnborg continued discharging cargo at Port Terminal. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort loaded at BN on Friday, and was expected to depart during the evening. Burns Harbor was at Lakehead Pipeline waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Presque Isle at 15:00 on Friday. She should depart Saturday morning. Due sometime Saturday afternoon in Two Harbors is the Cason J. Callaway arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner Thursday night at 21:42 for Cleveland. Silver Bay saw no traffic on Friday and none scheduled on Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday, 13:10 CG Alder arrived and proceeded up the Mission River, then continued on to the mouth of the Kam River. At 17:05 she departed for Duluth. 17:33 Algoma Strongfield arrived and went to anchor. 18:58 Acadia Desgagnes departed. Will update when her destination is known.

Grand Haven, Mich. – Sam Hankinson
Joseph L. Block tied up at the Coast Guard Station Friday morning waiting for weather.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Biscay remained docked on the Calumet River on Friday.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Great Republic arrived at Lafarge Wednesday evening to unload coal. On Thursday morning the tug G.L Ostrander and barge Integrity loaded under the silos at Lafarge. Fleetmate Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation made its way into port Friday night to take on another cargo of cement.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic departed downbound with grain for Quebec and beyond. Algwood cleared downbound with salt for Bécancour, Que., at 11 a.m. Friday. Algoway took the salt loading dock from her fleetmate.

Sandusky, Ohio
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was in port on Friday evening.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Friday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season. Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 14 - Frontenac at 1105 (docked) and CSL Assiniboine at 1327 (anchored) departed anchorage at 2014 and docked 2307 - Dec 14 - Algoma Hansa at 2338 from wharf 16 - departure - Dec 14 - Frontenac at 2150

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke - both at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0109 (stopped wharf 2) Leila H. (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) for wharf 6 at 0524, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement , - Dec 15 Algolake at 0642, Whitefish Bay at 1434 and Cuyahoga at 1720 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - Algosteel, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1902, Baie St. Paul at 1919, Baie Comeau at 2011, Federal Hunter (Mhl) 0200, Saginaw at 0554, Sten Idun (Gib) at 0819, Drawsko (Bds) at 0910, Algoma Harvester at 0928, Eemsborg (Nld) at 1127, Spruceglen at 1238, Algoma Olympic at 1330 and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirirt at 1645

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) stopped wharf 2 @ at 0135, Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) arrived wharf 6 at 1210 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2314

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 15 - Cuyahoga at 0903, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1139, Algoma Niagara at 1322 and Saginaw - Dec 13 - Ojibway at 1618 - docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec - 12 - Brant (Cyp) at 0045, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec 12 - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 2350 - anchored - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 and Dec 14 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0336 - departed - Dec 15 Brant (Cyp) at 0127 for Sorel and Cuyahoga at 1525 for the canal, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1620 for Montreal

Toronto:
Arrival - Whitefish Bay at 2338 - departed Dec 15 - Whitefish Bay at 1313

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046

 

USS Little Rock will have special meaning to some at warship's commissioning

12/16 - Buffalo, N.Y. – An estimated 9,000 spectators are expected at the new USS Little Rock's commissioning Saturday at Canalside, with excitement building in Buffalo for the ceremony marking the $440 million warship's entry into the Navy's fleet. But people in Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, are also excited.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and former Little Rock Mayor Tom Prince are in Buffalo with a contingent of about 40 citizens to witness the commissioning. "This is a tremendously significant event," Stodola said. "It is an opportunity for us to celebrate the unique character and friendship between Little Rock's citizens and the sailors on the ship."

When the ceremony starts, hundreds more in Little Rock will be watching. "We are having a watch party at a theater in Little Rock," said Stodola, who arrived here Thursday. "It will be live-streamed."

An estimated 300 Little Rock residents, perhaps more, will be watching in the Ron Robinson Theater, according to John Gill, a Little Rock attorney and a vice chairman of that city's Little Rock Namesake Committee — USS Little Rock LCS9. The city, the mayor said, could not be prouder to have its name associated with the Navy's newest class of combat ships charged with "keeping the world safe and promoting democracy throughout the world."

For the first time in the Navy's 242 years, a new ship will be commissioned beside a decommissioned ship of the same name. The former USS Little Rock is anchored at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park. It arrived here 40 years ago and is one of the park's main attractions.

Here's what those attending the commissioning Saturday need to know:

• Canalside security checkpoints open at 8 a.m. Everyone must pass through security checkpoints that include metal detectors and military working dogs. There will be bag inspections. Weapons are not allowed

• If possible, make use of public transportation to reduce congestion at parking lots near Canalside.

• Adults must have photo identification in addition to tickets. Children younger than 16 do not need photo ID, but they must be with an adult and have a ticket.

• No private boats are permitted within 100 yards of the USS Little Rock in the Buffalo River. Airspace above Canalside is also restricted, and that includes drones.

• Organizers urge spectators to pay close attention to the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

• The ceremony is expected to conclude at 12:30 p.m.

Public tours of the ship will begin after the ceremony, but only for those who had tickets to the ceremony, because those people will have gone through the security checkpoints. On Monday or Tuesday, the new USS Little Rock will depart for the Mayport Naval Station in Florida.

The Buffalo News

 

Picture gallery: ATB Millville and 1964 christening at Sturgeon Bay

12/16 - http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/picture-gallery/news/2017/11/28/atb-millville-and-1964-christening-nov-28/108107930/

 

Lay-up reports needed

12/16 - As the end of the shipping season approaches, please send reports of vessel lay-ups to news@boatnerd.net. This will help us compile our annual lay-up list. Please include vessel name, port and lay-up dock name (if known).

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 16

In 1949, the tow line between the tug JOHN ROEN III and the barge RESOLUTE parted in high seas and a quartering wind. The barge sank almost immediately when it struck the concrete piers at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Eleven crewmembers, including Captain Marc Roen, were safely taken off the barge without difficulty.

On 16 December 1922, the JOSHUA W. RHODES (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 4,871 gross tons, built in 1906, at Lorain, Ohio) struck bottom in the middle of the St. Clair River abreast of Port Huron, Michigan. Damages cost $6,179.32 to repair.

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.

IMPERIAL BEDFORD (Hull#666) was launched December 16,1968, at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co.

Canada Steamship Lines’ J.W. MC GIFFIN (Hull#197) was launched December 16, 1971, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards.

Litton Industries tug/barge PRESQUE ISLE departed light from Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 16, 1973, on its maiden voyage bound for Two Harbors, Minnesota. 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, Indiana. After this ice-covered trip, the vessel returned to Erie for winter lay-up. PRESQUE ISLE was the second thousand-foot vessel on the Great Lakes (the Erie-built STEWART J. CORT which came out in 1972, was the first).

While in tandem tow on the way to scrapping with the former Ford Motor Co. steamer ROBERT S. McNAMARA, 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.

BENSON FORD, a) RICHARD M. MARSHALL made her last trip to the Detroit’s Rouge River where she was laid up on December 16, 1984.

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

WOLFE ISLANDER III arrived in Kingston, Ontario on December 16, 1975. Built in Thunder Bay, she would replace the older car ferries WOLFE ISLANDER and UPPER CANADA on the Kingston - Wolfe Island run.

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

The Maritimer THOMAS WILSON operated until December 16, 1979, when she tied up at Toledo. During that final year, the vessel carried only 30 cargoes and all were ore.

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

On 16 December 1954, the 259-foot bulk carrier BELVOIR was launched at the E. B. McGee Ltd. yard in Port Colborne, Ontario. She was built for the Beaconsfield Steamship Co. and 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.

1939: GLITREFJELL was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by U-59 while sailing southwest of Norway. The vessel was newly built when it first came to the Great Lakes in 1934.

1941: The Norwegian freighter NIDARDAL, best remembered as LAKE GORIN, a World War One-class laker, foundered in the Atlantic P: 56.07 N / 21.00 W enroute from Freeport, Bahamas, to Manchester, England, with sulphur.

1962: ARISTOTELES of 1943 sank in the Atlantic 250 miles off Cape Vincent, Portugal, after developing leaks. The vessel, enroute from Detroit to Calcutta with steel, had first come inland in 1961. All on board were rescued by the Liberty ship HYDROUSSA, which had also been a Seaway trader in 1962.

1964: DONNACONA (ii) was disabled by a fire while downbound in Lake Huron and the forward cabin was burned out before a distress call could be sent. The ship was found, brought to safety and repaired.

1966: CABOT was loading at Montreal when the ship rolled on her side at Montreal and sank in 30 feet of water. Two lives were lost. It was righted on the bottom and refloated in January 1967 for a return to service. The stern of this vessel was cut off to help form CANADIAN EXPLORER in 1983 and has been part of ALGOMA TRANSFER since 1998.

1975: THORNHILL (i) went aground in the St. Marys River, was lightered and released.

1979: ARCHANGELOS ran aground in the St. Lawrence while outbound from the Great Lakes with a cargo of scrap. The ship was lightered and released December 21. It had to spend the winter in the harbor at Port Weller as it was too late to depart the Seaway that year.

1980: D.G. KERR (ii), enroute overseas to Spain for scrapping, was lost in the Atlantic, after it began leaking in bad weather.

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

 

With ice building, Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite

12/15 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie commenced Operation Taconite Thursday in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder was assigned to manage the ice breaking needs of western Lake Superior, specifically the twin ports of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis., as well as the Port of Thunder Bay, Ont. USCGC Biscayne Bay was assigned to the St. Marys River. In the coming days as ice growth expands on the Great Lakes, additional Coast Guard ice breakers will join the operation.

Operation Taconite is the Coast Guard’s largest domestic icebreaking operation. The operation encompasses Lake Superior, St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay, and all of Lake Michigan. In the coming weeks, various commercial waterways may close after due consideration is given to the protection of the marine environment, the need for cross-channel traffic (e.g. ferries) and the safety of the island residents; who in the course of their daily business use naturally formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland.

The implementation of Operation Taconite places additional movement criteria on commercial ships plying the Western Lakes, St. Marys River, and the Straits of Mackinac. These measures include restricting tanker transits to daylight in the presence of ice, reducing speeds by 2 miles per hour in specified locations to reduce incidental ice breaking, and requiring additional voice and position reporting points throughout the operation’s area of responsibility. The Coast Guard recommends all recreational ice users plan their activities carefully, dress appropriately, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels. Recreational users and island residents should stay tuned to local media resources for the status of regional waterway closures.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  December 15

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Two Harbors Wednesday night at 21:27 for Detroit. Arriving shortly thereafter was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She departed Thursday morning at 06:09. Due Two Harbors on Friday is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner at 04:49 on Thursday. As of 19:30 on Thursday she was still at the loading dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 17:35 Tecumseh departed for Sorel. 17:44 Federal Danube departed Viterra A and went to anchor. 18:50 CSL St Laurent shifted to Viterra A to finish loading. 19:57 Yulia weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson’s Main Terminal to load grain. Canada Steamship Lines’ inactive CSL Tadoussac was towed to the shipyard Thursday morning for inspection and a possible return to service.

St. Marys River
A slow Thursday morning saw Victory/barge James J. Kuber upbound to Algoma around 1 p.m. and Mississagi inbound at DeTour at about 2 p.m. for the same destination. Following them later in the day were Algoma Strongfield, Cason J. Callaway, tug Sharon M 1/ barge Huron Spirit, tug Olive L. Moore / barge Menominee and CSL Niagara. Saltie Pacific Huron was anchored above DeTour Thursday evening. American Century was downbound mid-morning followed in the evening by Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
The new ATB combo Millville/barge 1964 departed Bayship Wednesday for saltwater. The combo was anchored in southern Lake Huron Thursday evening. Roger Blough arrived at Bay Ship Thursday morning assisted by two of Selvick's tugs.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Edwin H. Gott was unloading at Gary Thursday night. Federal Biscay was at a dock on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic continued loading grain on Thursday. Algowood was loading salt in the evening, with Algoway arriving to take the dock after her fleetmate leaves.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Algoway unloaded overnight at the North Star Dock in Essexville. After unloading, she was assisted out of the river on Thursday morning by the Gregory J. Busch. On Thursday afternoon, John J. Boland arrived with a load of stone for Bay Aggregates and was expected to be outbound late on Thursday night.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Thursday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 14 - Frontenac at 1105 (docked) and CSL Assiniboine at 1327 (anchored)

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tugs Paul L. Luedtke and Karl E. Luedtke - both at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0109, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0254, Leila H. (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) for wharf 6 at 0524, Oakglen at 0830 and tug Petite forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1320

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Algoma Niagara at 1231, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 0920, Federal Ruhr at 1204, Algoma Niagara at 1231, Algoma Mariner at 1429, Cuyahoga at 1525, Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1557, Algosteel at 1639, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1718, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1902 and Baie Comeau at 1941

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - arrival -Dec 12 - Labrador (Cyp) stopped wharf 2 at 1437 to unload (part cargo) - departed Dec 13 at 0110 for Hamilton - arrivals - Dec 14 - Federal Bering (Mhl) stopped wharf 2 @ at 0135, Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) arrived wharf 6 at 1210 - departure - Dec 14 - Algoma Hansa dep wharf 16 at 1740 for Nanticoke

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 14 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1625 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1718 - departed Dec 14 - Sloman Helios (Atg) from anchorage at 1717 Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 12 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1325 (awaiting Labrador to complete unloading at wharf 2) - Dec 13 - Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) at 1405 bound Thorold wharf 6 - departure Dec 14 at 0520 approximately

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 14 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0336 (anchored) Dec 13 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1155 and Ojibway at 1618 - docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec - 12 - Brant (Cyp) at 0045, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec 12 - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 2350 - anchored - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - departure - Dec 13 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1226 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2342 - both for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 12 - Thunder Bay at 1121 and Whitefish Bay at 2338 - departed Dec 12 - Thunder Bay at 2057 for the canal

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046 and NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1726

 

Massive boiler arrives at Duluth harbor to be loaded onto ship

12/15 - Duluth, Minn. – A semi pulling a 442-ton industrial boiler made its way from Twig, Minn., to the Duluth harbor on Thursday, the final leg of a slow journey that started in Nebraska.

Workers used tall poles to lift power lines out of the way along the route as the convoy started in Twig at midday, traveled down U.S. Highway 53 to Haines Road, then Piedmont Avenue, then 24th Avenue West -- eventually reaching Superior Street and wending its way to the waterfront via Garfield Avenue.

The boiler was headed to the Clure Public Marine Terminal, where it was to be loaded onto the ship Erik and transported to Sarnia, Ont. The entire unit, consisting of two tractors, two flatbed trailers and the boiler, extended 350 feet and weighed 885,000 pounds.

The oversized load originated in Lincoln, Neb., and has crossed from the prairie to the north woods on a 20-axle trailer. Tip to tail, the rig measures 350 feet.

The boiler is indicative of the type of break bulk cargo the Port Authority had in mind when it spent $17.7 million to renovate the long-dormant docks C & D — a project that finished in 2016. "When we refurbished that dock — that whole pier — we made sure to reinforce it for heavy lift project cargoes," Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokeswoman Adele Yorde said. "Things are getting bigger and heavier and for this kind of overdimensional cargo, that dock is perfectly suited to handle it."

When it arrives at the port, the 442-ton boiler is set to be offloaded onto the dock and loaded by crane onto the oceangoing vessel Erik, Yorde said. The Erik was bound for Duluth on Tuesday after stopping in Thunder Bay. An oceangoing saltie, the Erik is taking the boiler only as far as Sarnia, Ont., on the southern tip of Lake Huron, Yorde said.

Yorde added that the boiler's movement was another product of the joint Port Authority-Lake Superior Warehousing venture, Duluth Cargo Connect. The multimodal logistics arrangement has been reaping benefits since it began in 2016 — with break bulk and container cargoes coming through the port by truck, rail and water at an ever-increasing rate.

In September, Duluth Cargo Connect announced an arrangement which had taken off with Canadian National Railway. CN is taking container cargoes from ports on the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts and running them through the port of Duluth by rail.

View a video of the boiler being moved at this link: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/traffic-and-construction/4374465-photos-video-king-road-big-boiler-makes-its-way-duluth-harbor

Duluth News Tribune

 

Opening borders: Cruise ship traffic could pick up if travel regulations streamlined

12/15 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Thunder Bay and other Lake Superior ports might have a better chance of attracting more cruise ships if customs and other regulations on travel were streamlined and made uniform, says the city’s main tourism booster. “We have to find ways to make it easier for (cruise ship operators) to develop itineraries (on the big lake) for customers,” tourism manager Paul Pepe said Tuesday.

Pepe will attend an international conference in Washington D.C. Thursday that is to look at ways of boosting cruise-ship traffic on the Great Lakes. One idea, Pepe said, is to emulate the Caribbean experience, which allows passengers to visit a variety of ports without having to go through customs every time their ship drops anchor.

Transportation experts agreed. Current travel restrictions on the Great Lakes “limit foreign-owned ships to movements between ports on opposite sides of the border, but not between two ports on the same side of the border,” University of Manitoba Prof. Barry Prentice said in a news release following a paper he wrote on the subject. “This limits the itineraries that are possible for cruises on the Great Lakes, making these cruises less attractive to tourists.”

Prentice added: “The Ontario government should press for an expansion of the waivers given to foreign shipping to allow for more competition on the Great Lakes by international cruise lines, or under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to permit European cruise lines to gain access.”

The frequency of cruise ships docking at Northern ports has been markedly uneven. Sault Ste. Marie received 26 ships last season, while Thunder Bay hasn’t had one visit in four years. That’s going to change next July, when a ship docks in Thunder Bay before returning to Duluth.

Pepe said the Lakehead hopes to see other cruise ships come in 2019 and 2020. While nearby Red Rock has also been able to attract cruise ships, there aren’t many places for them to stop along the North Shore. Pepe said Marathon, which has a large commercial wharf, has expressed an interest in becoming part of the cruise-ship loop.

The other obstacle is a shortage of cruise ships that are small enough to make it through the system of locks that connect the five Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence Seaway. “There are only 60 ships that can do that,” said Pepe. “The others are either too big or too wide.”

Pepe said if the infrastructure is in place and travel restrictions are modified to favour cruise ships, business would boom. “We often take what we have for granted, but we have to start thinking that (to tourists) we are as exotic as anywhere else,” he said.

Chronicle Journal

 

Army Corps drops appeal over 2015 dredging of Cleveland Harbor

12/15 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dropped its challenge to a federal judge's ruling that the agency abused its discretion when it refused to dredge the six-mile Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel in 2015.

Senior U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent ruled in May that the Army Corps erred two years ago when it said sediment was not harmful to Lake Erie's ecosystem and refused to dredge the area. That ruling -- that the Army Corps was in the wrong for the 2015 project -- followed a 2015 ruling in which Nugent forced the Army Corps to dredge and pay for the cost of dumping the sediment into containment dikes instead of the lake.

The Army Corps appealed Nugent's decision on Dec. 1. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dropped the case Monday after the Army Corps asked for the dismissal.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2017/12/army_corps_drops_appeal_over_2.html

 

‘Tis the season to post your Christmas cards

12/15 - The annual Christmas Card Gallery is now open on this site’s Information Search page. Please visit and post your Christmas cards

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 15

On 15 December 1902, the TIONESTA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 340 foot, 4,329 gross tons) was launched at the Detroit Ship Building Company, Wyandotte, Michigan (Hull #150) for the Erie & Western Transportation Company (Anchor Line). She was christened by Miss Marie B. Wetmore. The vessel lasted until 1940, when she was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario.

ROBERT KOCH went hard aground December 15, 1985, on Sheldon Point off Oswego, New York, loaded with 2,000 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. She spent the winter on the bottom but was released in July 1986 and taken to Contrecoeur, Quebec, for scrapping. The dismantling was finally completed at Levis, Quebec, in 1990-1991.

NORTHCLIFFE HALL 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, Texas, later to return to the lakes.

On December 15, 1972, 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, a.) SCOTT MISENER, was laid up for the last time on December 15, 1982, at Port McNicoll, Ontario.

JOE S. MORROW (Hull#350) was launched December 15, 1906, at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co.

RED WING 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 self-unloader ROGERS CITY cleared Lauzon, Quebec, on December 15, 1987, in tow of the Maltese tug PHOCEEN on the first leg of her tow to the cutter’s 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 of Michigan (including the pilot house) and began converting her into a barge.

On 15 December 1888, GEORGE W. ROBY (wooden propeller, 281 foot, 1,843 gross tons,) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan. 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.

1915: The passenger and freight steamers MAJESTIC and SARONIC of Canada Steamship Lines caught fire and burned while laid up at Point Edward, Ontario.

1952: The three-masted barquentine CITY OF NEW YORK came to Chicago for the World's Fair in 1933 and was also on display at Cleveland while inland. The famous ship had been active in Antarctic exploration and the Arctic seal hunt. The shaft broke on this date in 1952 and the vessel stranded off Yarmouth, N.S. Released at the end of the month, the vessel caught fire and stranded again off Chebogue Point as a total loss.

1973: RICHARD REISS (ii) broke loose in a gale at Stoneport, Michigan, and went aground with heavy bottom damage. The ship was refloated, repaired at South Chicago, and returned to service in 1974. It has been sailing as d) MANISTEE since 2005.

1983: CARIBBEAN TRAILER spent much of the summer of 1983 operating between Windsor and Thunder Bay. It was outbound from the Great Lakes when it was caught pumping oil in the St. Lawrence. The vessel remained active on saltwater routes until arriving at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping on August 29, 2009.

1987: The French bulk carrier PENMARCH began regular Seaway service when new in 1974. It was also back as b) PHILIPPI in 1985 and became c) MIMI M. in 1987. The ship was attacked by Iraqi aircraft December 15 and again on December 16, 1987. It reached Bushire, Iran, December 22 with heavy damage and was ultimately sold to shipbreakers in Pakistan.

2008: ALIKRATOR began Great Lakes trading in August 1983. It was moored in the estuary at Vilagarcia, Spain, as b) DOXA when a fire broke out in the accommodations area. One life was lost and another 8 sailors injured. The ship was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as c) ADO on June 29, 2009.

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

 

U.S.-flag shipping on the Great Lakes up slightly in November

12/14 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 8.5 million tons of cargo in November, an increase of 1.3 percent, or 114,000 tons, compared to a year ago. November’s shipments were, however, slightly behind the month’s long-term average.

Iron ore cargos for steelmaking totaled 4.2 million tons, a decrease of nearly 10 percent compared to a year ago. Coal loadings increased 30,000 tons to a total of 1,269,589. Limestone cargos increased 27.5 percent to 2.5 million tons.

Year-over-year U.S.-flag cargos total 78.5 million tons, an increase of 3.0 percent over the same point in 2016. Iron ore shipments have increased 5.4 percent to 41.5 million tons. Coal cargos have increased 1.9 percent to 12 million tons. While the 20.5 million tons of aggregate, fluxstone and scrubber stone shipped represent an increase of less than 1 percent, it is the first time this year the trade has outpaced last year’s year-to-date total.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Manistee towed to new lay-up dock at Toledo

12/14 - Toledo, Ohio – On Wednesday afternoon Dec. 13, the Manistee was towed from her lay-up berth at Toledo’s Lakefront Docks with the tug Nebraska on the bow and Colorado on the stern. The tow was bound for the Hocking Valley South Dock, near the Craig Bridge.

Manistee has been in long-term layup since Dec. 22, 2015. Manistee, a 1943 Maritime-class vessel, is the former Richard Reiss. Significant repairs are needed if she is ever to return to service, which at this time seems unlikely.

Great pictures can be taken of her at this dock from the sidewalk area on Front Street. The dock itself is in accessible to the general public and there are security cameras and security patrols working 24/7. The best view would be in the afternoon. Great Republic will be going to winter layup at the Lakefront Dock where the Manistee was tied up.

Jim Hoffman

 

Port Reports -  December 14

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The saltie Erik, formerly the BBC Louisiana, arrived Duluth early Wednesday morning to load general cargo at the Port Terminal. She was followed into port by Finnborg, which headed to the same dock to unload. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed just after noon with coal. Fleetmate Indiana Harbor was inbound a few hours later, and headed to Midwest Energy to load. James R. Barker departed during the evening after loading ore at CN. On the south side of the harbor, Michipicoten arrived early Wednesday morning to load at BN. Burns Harbor arrived later in the morning, and headed to Lakehead Pipeline to wait for the dock. Michipicoten was still loading as of Wednesday evening, and was expected to be outbound before midnight.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrived Two Harbors at 08:56 on Wednesday after unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. As of 20:00 on Wednesday she was still at the loading dock. Arriving off Two Harbors at 19:30 on Wednesday and at anchor as of 20:00 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She will enter after the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departs. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Wednesday and due in Silver Bay on Thursday morning is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday correction: Algoway loaded Potash for Essexville. Tuesday, 16:51 Saginaw departed for Hamilton. 19:43 Spruceglen departed for Baie Comeau. 22:20 Algoma Harvester departed for Sorel. Wednesday, 1:05 Yulia arrived and went to anchor. Federal Ems arrived at Richardson’s Current River Terminal to load grain. 12:51 Cedarglen arrived and went to anchor. 13:05 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson’s Main Terminal to load.

Straits of Mackinac (Round Island Passage) – Logan Vasicek
Stewart J. Cort and American Integrity were eastbound on Wednesday afternoon with destinations of Superior. Edwin H. Gott was westbound in the evening with a load of taconite for Gary.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Roger Blough was off the Door Peninsula Wednesday evening with an AIS destination of Sturgeon Bay. She is believed to be headed to Bay Shipbuilding for her five-year inspection and possible winter layup.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Edgar B. Speer was at Gary Wednesday evening. Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay was docked on the Cal River, with Hanse Gate leaving for Milwaukee and Pacific Huron departing for Thunder Bay.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was still loading grain on Wednesday. Algowood was headed to the salt dock in the late evening.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
As the Algoway began to make the turn into the Saginaw River on Wednesday morning, she was unable to break through the ice at the mouth of the river. As the vessel began to turn, it was gradually slowed to a halt in ice that had piled up from Monday and Tuesday’s winds. After backing up and attempting to ram the ice with no success, the vessel came to a stop just outside the river at approximately 11:15 a.m. In the evening, the Gregory J. Busch departed her dock in Carrollton and began the trip up the river to assist, arriving on the scene at 8:15 p.m. By 8:30 p.m. the Algoway was freed, and the Busch assisted her into the river. Algoway arrived the North Star Dock in Essexville at 9:20 p.m. to unload potash on what could be her last trip to the Saginaw River.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Wednesday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 9 - Algocanada at 0859 - departed Dec 12 at 2148 to anchorage - anchored - Dec 12 - at 2203 - departed Dec 13 at 0550 for Tracy

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS LITTLE ROCK

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Everlast & barge Norman McLeod (stopped wharf 13), Labrador (Cyp) at 1000 (to unload at wharf 2), light tug Escorte at 1206 (to assist Labrador docking, and Algoma Discovery at 1910 - Dec 13 - Algoma Transport at 0757, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement (departed wharf 12), Algoma Enterprise at 0905, John D. Leitch at 1105, Leila H. (Bds) at 1135, Sarah Desgagnes at 1142, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1531

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Orsula (Mhl) (ex Federal Calumet-97), Claude A. Desgagnes, Federal Champlain (Mhl), tug Spartan & barge Spartan II (departed wharf 13), Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin - Dec 13 Algocanada at 0829, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1241, Stephen B. Roman at 1612

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - arrival -Dec 12 - Labrador (Cyp) stopped at 1437 to unload - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod stopped wharf 6 at 1502, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II stopped wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1502 and Claude A. Desgagnes stopped wharf 16 at 1648 - departures - Dec 12 - Claude A. Desgagnes at 2016 approximately - Dec 13 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod departed wharf 6, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II departed wharf 13 and light tug Escorte departed West Street - westbound,

Port Weller anchorage:

Anchored - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0430 approximately - Dec 12 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1325 (awaiting Labrador to complete unloading at wharf 2) - Dec 13 - Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) at 1405 bound Thorold wharf 6 - departure - Dec 13 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 2043 for New York

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 13 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1155 and Ojibway at 1618 - docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec - 12 - Brant (Cyp) at 0045, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec 12 - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 2350 - anchored - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - departure - Dec 13 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1226

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430 - Dec 12 - Thunder Bay at 1121 - departed at 2057 approximately

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046 and NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1726

 

Titans of the Great Lakes: A glimpse into what life is like aboard the freighters

12/14 - Watch Algoma Central Corporation’s bulk carrier G3 Marquis easing herself into Montreal’s St. Lambert Lock, and you quickly come to the conclusion that Great Lakes navigation must largely be a case of a captain’s ability to squeeze a very big object into a very small space. G3 Marquis is 226 metres long — roughly the same size as Toronto’s TD Bank Tower laid on its side. The St. Lambert Lock, like all locks in the St. Lawrence Seaway, is 233.5 metres long. That’s tight enough, but factor in the ship’s maximum beam and the lock’s maximum width, and it leaves about 30 centimetres of clearance on either side. As the ship’s fat bow slowly edges into the lock, pushing a mass of water in front of her, it’s easy to imagine everyone on board sucking in their stomachs to make enough room.

Laden with 30,000 tonnes of iron ore taken on in Port Cartier, Que., G3 Marquis is one of a new generation of freighters on Canada’s Great Lakes fleet. Before the likes of G3 Marquis, plenty of crews for Algoma Central and its major rival, Canada Steamship Lines, sailed in ships older than they were. But in 2010, the Canadian government removed a 25 per cent tariff on foreign-built ships, and both companies embarked on ambitious programs using yards in China and, later, Croatia. CSL began bringing its Trillium class into service. Algoma Central announced its Equinox class, which included G3 Marquis. These new lakers are built to the absolute maximum size the seaway allows and are faster, less polluting and require smaller crews than their predecessors.

The common name for these ships, bulk carriers, sums up the kinds of cargoes they carry — iron ore pellets, wheat, soybeans, gravel, cement, even road salt. These ships can carry these bulky commodities, still key products of Canada’s economy, more cheaply and efficiently in terms of energy use than any other means of transportation. In 2010, Canadian-flagged freighters carried more than 142 million tonnes of cargo on the lakes; about 48,000 jobs depend on them directly. The business was worth more than $16 billion that year. But sailing as they do far out on the lakes, we don’t often see them. It leaves one to wonder: What’s life like aboard these fast-paced freighters, where the world shrinks to the size of a ship?

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/titans-great-lakes

 

CSL’s Whitefish Bay achieves record safety milestone

12/14 - Canada Steamship Lines’ Whitefish Bay has reached a historic safety milestone, achieving an unprecedented four operational years in the Great Lakes-St-Lawrence Seaway system without a single lost-time incident (LTI).

On December 10th, 2017, the 34,500 DWT Trillium Class self-unloading laker became the first in CSL’s Canadian fleet to earn a platinum SafePartners pennant. Since the vessel’s delivery and maiden voyage in 2013, not a single crewmember has suffered an LTI in the line of duty.

“Congratulations to the crew for this outstanding accomplishment that speaks volumes about the exceptional safety culture and leadership onboard Whitefish Bay,” said Louis Martel, President and CEO of The CSL Group. “It also demonstrates that achieving our goal of zero harm fleet-wide is attainable when we work as a team and accept no compromises when it comes to health and safety.”

Since the introduction of CSL’s homegrown SafePartners program in 2012, the safety performance of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet has improved by a remarkable 86 percent and transformed the safety mindset throughout the company.

“Receiving the platinum pennant shows that the SafePartners Program is working to improve our safety culture,” said Whitefish Bay Captain Kenny Thorne. “When everyone both onboard and ashore share the same goal of promoting world class safety, that’s when start seeing concrete results. “

CSL places the health and safety of its crews and employees as its highest priority. Through the collaborative and inclusive SafePartners program, CSL fosters a positive safety culture with the ultimate goal of achieving zero harm.

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Family of retired Capt. Anders Rasmussen seeks funds for cancer expenses

12/14 - Anders Rasmussen, formerly captain of the motor vessels Algolake and Kaministiqua, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of mesothelioma and has been undergoing months of chemo. He's now facing surgery in Boston. His family has started a fundraiser to help pay for their travel expenses and out of pocket insurance costs.

Capt. Anders gave us all many salutes over the years. It's time for us to return the favor. Please donate if you can at this link: https://www.youcaring.com/andersanddonnarasmussen-1042875

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 14

On 14 December 1902, JOHN E. HALL (wooden propeller freighter, 139 foot, 343 gross tons, built in 1889, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was towing the barge JOHN R. NOYES (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 333 gross tons, built in 1872, at Algonac, Michigan) on Lake Ontario when they were caught in a blizzard-gale. After a day of struggling, the NOYES broke loose and drifted for two days before she went ashore and broke up near Lakeside, New York without loss of life. The HALL tried to run for shelter but swamped and sank off Main Duck Island with the loss of the entire crew of nine.

On December 14, 1984, WILLIAM CLAY FORD laid up for the final time at the Rouge Steel plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

The JIIMAAN was towed out of dry dock at Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. on December 14, 1992, by the tugs JAMES E. McGRATH and LAC VANCOUVER to the fit out dock for completion.

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, Ontario.

On December 14, 1926, 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, was 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 gross tons, built in 1873, at Bayfield, Wisconsin) 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, Ohio on her maiden voyage.

1977: SILVER FIR, outbound from Great Lakes on her only trip inland, went aground at Squaw Island, near Cornwall and was released two days later.

1991: The small tug HAMP THOMAS sank off Cleveland while towing a barge. They were mauled by 12-foot waves but the barge and a second tug, PADDY MILES, survived as did all of the crew.

1997: CANADIAN EXPLORER of Upper Lakes Shipping and the ISLAND SKIPPER collided in the St. Lawrence at Beauharnois with minor damage. The former reached Hamilton and was retired. The latter was repaired and resumed service. It revisited the Great Lakes as late as 2010.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 13

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Yulia departed Duluth before sunrise Tuesday after unloading clay at Port Terminal. Later in the morning, Paul R. Tregurtha departed from Midwest Energy with coal, and American Century arrived to load at the same dock. Great Lakes Trader was inbound early in the afternoon with limestone for Hallett #5. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and James R. Barker were both due Tuesday night to load coal and iron ore pellets, respectively. American Century and Great Lakes Trader were expected to depart by midnight as well.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors Tuesday at 07:59 for Gary. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 21:00 Tuesday is currently unloading limestone in Duluth, so it will be early Wednesday morning before she arrives in Two Harbors. Also due Wednesday in Two Harbors later in the day is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Tuesday, but due later in the day on Wednesday is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday 19:18 Algoma Mariner departed for Hamilton. Tuesday 1:30 Baie Comeau departed for Montreal. 9:57 Federal Danube weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 13:58 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra B to load. 14:24 Erik departed for Duluth. 16:44 Acadia Desgagnes arrived at Keefer terminal to unload.

Straits of Mackinac (Round Island Passage) – Logan Vasicek
A slow day saw the Edgar B. Speer westbound for Gary, and the Anglian Lady westbound for Chicago.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block and Herbert C. Jackson were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Federal Biscay, Hanse Gate and Pacific Huron were at docks on the Cal River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was loading grain on Tuesday. Algosteel was loading salt.

Lorain, Ohio – Dave Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Tuesday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Port Burwell anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 12 - Stephen B. Roman at 0858

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 12 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1543

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS LITTLE ROCK

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - CSL Niagara at 0004, Algoma Strongfield at 0220, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0820, Labrador (Cyp) at 1000 (to unload at wharf 2), light tug Escorte at 1206 (to assist Labrador docking, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1047, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1305 (anchored) and Algoma Discovery at 1910 and Algoma Transport at 2205 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - CSL Niagara at 0004, English River at 0100, G3 Marquis at 0630, Orsula (Mhl) (ex Federal Calumet-97) at 1050, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1129, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1244, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1218, Algolake at 1326, Claude A. Desgagnes at 1600 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2030,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - arrival -Dec 12 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) stopped wharf 12 at 1334, Labrador (Cyp) stopped at 1437 to unload - tug Escorte assisted, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod stopped wharf 6 at 1502, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II stopped wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1502 and Claude A. Desgagnes stopped wharf 16 at 1648 - departures - Dec 12 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1845 and Claude A. Desgagnes at 2016

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mlt) at 0430 approximately - Dec 12 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1325 (awaiting Labrador to unload at wharf 2)

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 12 - Orsula (Mhl) (ex Federal Calumet-97) at 0717 - departed at 1015

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Algoma Discovery at 0015, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0629, Algoma Transport at 0753. Docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec - 12 - Brant (Cyp) at 0045, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - anchored - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - departures - Dec 11 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 2304 for Ireland, Algoma Discovery at 1729 and Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1929 for Quebec and Algoma Transport at 2000

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430 - Dec 12 - Thunder Bay at 1121 - departed at 2057 approximately, Whitefish Bay at 2310

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046 and NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1726

 

Canada 150: How the St. Lawrence Seaway changed the channel

12/13 - For the first half of the 20th century, the dream of harnessing the St. Lawrence River to the twin ends of large-vessel transport and hydroelectric generation must have seemed as timeless and enduring as the mighty waterway itself.

On both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, politicians had talked about building a navigable artery into the “heart of the continent,” where much of the population lived, for 50 years and more.

Presidents and prime ministers came and went. Engineering reports and feasibility studies piled up. Until finally an agreement was reached. And, for five years starting in 1954, construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project got done.

As the 150th anniversary of Confederation is marked this year, one of the achievements in which Canada can take pride is a project (now pretty much taken for granted) variously described over the years as the “8th wonder of the world,” “the greatest construction show on Earth,” and “a study in politics and diplomacy.”

If it was, famously, the longest-running unresolved issue in Canada-U.S. relations, it also remains the largest navigable inland waterway in the world, the largest frontier project jointly undertaken by two countries, and a heroically large infrastructure project.

Read more, and view photos, at this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada-150/2017/05/13/canada-150-how-the-st-lawrence-seaway-changed-the-channel.html

 

Cliffs acquires private mineral leases at former Essar site

12/13 - Cleveland-Cliffs is not letting the former Essar site go. In fact, on Monday, the company announced they have acquired certain real estate interests, including mineral and surface leases. The acreage acquired is approximately 553 acres, and the acreage being leased is around 3,215 acres.

Cliffs expects to leverage the interests to develop a financially sustainable plan for the site, according to their press statement. CEO Lourenco Goncalves said, "We are enthused about the acquisition of this property, which came into play after Chippewa failed to follow through on its obligation to obtain financing and a bankruptcy exit for Mesabi Metallics by October 31st. Despite several botched attempts by others, it is now the time for Cleveland-Cliffs to sit at the table with the other responsible parties and develop a realistic solution for this site."

Pat Persico, Director of Corporate Communications, continued with, "We are always interested in acquiring iron ore reserves, as part of our long-term strategic plan." She also said there are no plans in the short-term to get out on the land and start mining.

As we've reported, Virginia businessman Tom Clarke is working on bringing the former Essar project to reality, and has control of the state's mineral leases. We have not heard back from him as of Monday afternoon, on the Cliffs' news.

The leases and interests announced by Cliffs on Monday are from Glacier Park Iron Ore Properties, a private group.

WDIO

 

Ice prompts debate over Great Lakes spill response

12/13 - Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge is engaged in a debate with environmental groups over the operation of an aging underwater pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the narrow waterway between upper and lower Michigan.

Last month, Enbridge reached an agreement with Michigan governor Rick Snyder that allows it to continue operating the line, except during weather conditions that would interfere with a spill response. The agreement defined poor weather as wave heights over eight feet. In return, Enbridge promised to study the possibility of replacing the line – which sits above the surface of the lakebed – with a pipe buried in a tunnel. The firm said that it would also look at measures to reduce the risk of damage to the current pipeline from boat anchors.

On Sunday, Michigan's Pipeline Safety Advisory Board called for the governor to shut down the line until repairs are made to areas where the exterior protective coating is missing. It also requested that Gov. Snyder's deal with Enbridge should be revised to allow pipeline operations only when waves are three feet high or under. Local environmental advocates contend that these measures do not go far enough. These activists say that the board and the governor did not take into account a prominent feature of wintertime navigation on the Straits of Mackinac: ice. The Coast Guard is the only entity in the region with icebreakers, and its vessels are usually busy ensuring the safety of navigation during the wintertime. In the event of a spill, the service says, the nearest icebreaker could be up to two days away.

In congressional testimony last month, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said bluntly that his service is not prepared to handle the worst-case scenario for pipelines like Line Five. “I will go on the record and say that the Coast Guard is not Semper Paratus [always ready] for a major pipeline oil spill in the Lakes," he said.

Enbridge says that Line Five's dual 20-inch pipelines remain in excellent condition and have never experienced a leak in their 60 years of operation. The line is used to transport natural gas liquids, light crude oil and light synthetic crude, and it supplies most of Michigan’s propane.

“We’re committed to the letter and spirit of this important agreement [with the governor], and to the options outlined in the agreement that move us to a longer-term set of decisions about the future of Line Five," said Enbridge spokesman Guy Jarvis, speaking to Michigan Public Radio.

Maritime Executive

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 13

CANADIAN ENTERPRISE entered service for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. on December 13, 1979.

On December 13, 1989, Kinsman’s HENRY STEINBRENNER, a.) WILLIAM A. MC GONAGLE was laid up at Toledo's Lakefront Dock.

G.A. TOMLINSON, a.) D.O. MILLS arrived under her own power at Triad Salvage Inc., Ashtabula, Ohio, on December 13, 1979, to be scrapped.

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, Wisconsin on her first trip.

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, a.) L C SMITH, steel propeller, 414 foot, 4702 gross tons, built in 1902, at W. Bay City, Michigan) arrived in tow at Savona, Italy, for scrapping.

1899: BARGE 115 broke loose of the towing steamer COLGATE HOYT in northern Lake Superior and drifted for 5 harrowing days before it stranded on Pic Island on December 18. While feared lost with all hands, the crew managed to come ashore in the lifeboat, found their way to the rail line and hiked to safety. They were found December 22.

1906: JOHN M. NICOL was loaded with barbed wire when it stranded off Big Summer Island, Lake Michigan. The crew was rescued by fishermen in a gasoline-powered launch, but the ship broke in two as a total loss.

1916: BAY PORT, a whaleback steamer built at West Superior as a) E.B. BARTLETT in 1891, struck bottom in the Cape Cod Canal enroute to Boston with coal. The ship was refloated but sank again December 14 blocking the entrance to the canal. All on board were saved. The hull had to by dynamited as a hazard.

1939: The Russian freighter INDIGIRKA went aground in a blizzard off the coast of Japan while trying to enter Laperouse Strait, near Sarafatsu, Japan. The ship rolled on its side and was abandoned by the crew. It was carrying fishermen and political prisoners. A reported 741 died in the cargo holds after being left behind. Only a few were still alive when salvagers returned after the storm had subsided. The vessel had been built at Manitowoc, WI in 1919 as a) LAKE GALVA and was renamed b) RIPON before leaving the lakes the next year.

1965: The Liberty ship PONT AUDEMER made one trip through the Seaway in 1960. It was abandoned by the crew as d) VESPER following an engineroom explosion on the Mediterranean enroute from Marseilles, France, to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The vessel arrived at Cartagena, under tow on December 18, 1965. It was sold to Spanish shipbreakers and left for Villanueva y Geltru for dismantling on May 18, 1966.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Olympic finished unloading salt at Hallett #8 early Monday morning, departed, and then arrived in Superior a short while later to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. Paul R. Tregurtha returned to Duluth during the evening after making a quick run to Silver Bay with coal, and headed to Midwest Energy for another load. Yulia continued to discharge clay at Port Terminal, and Eemsborg remained at Peavey loading. She was expected to depart late Monday night, as was Algoma Olympic.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit arrived Two Harbors Monday at 05:16 and departed at 14:43. Arriving Two Harbors Monday night was the Edwin H. Gott at 21:00. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. She will be arriving from the Twin Ports late Tuesday night. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Paul R. Tregurtha at 14:30 on Monday after unloading coal. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Tuesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday 22:53 Federal Churchill departed for Montreal. Monday December 11, 00:59 Algoway finished loading coal and departed for Essexville. 10:03 the saltie Erik arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload. 11:40 Algoma Niagara departed for Hamilton. 13:08 Algoma Harvester arrived and went to anchor. 14:21 Cedarglen weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load. 17:56 Drawsko departed for Quebec City. 18:46 Algoma Harvester weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Current River Terminal to load. 18:47 Saginaw arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Joseph L. Block arrived at Port Inland to load during the evening on Saturday. Due to the cold weather, they were having a very slow load and by late Sunday morning they were still loading. Due Monday in the mid-afternoon was the Manitowoc, which is expected to be the last vessel for the 2017 shipping season.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block, Herbert C. Jackson and Stewart J. COrt were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Roger Blough was at Gary. American Integrity and St. Clair were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay, Hanse Gate and Pacific Huron were at docks on the Cal River.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Expected Monday was the John J. Boland in the late morning for the North Dock and Philip R. Clarke in the late evening for the South Dock. Due in Tuesday is the Cason J. Callaway in the early morning for the South Dock and the Joseph H. Thompson in the late morning for the North Dock. All times are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Due in Tuesday is the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore in the evening. Two vessels are due Wednesday with the Great Republic arriving first during the early morning followed by the St. Clair, making a rare appearance to Stoneport. There are no vessels due in for Thursday and Friday. Due in Saturday are two early morning arrivals, the Great Republic first followed by the Herbert C. Jackson. Due in for Sunday is the barge Great Lake Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort in the morning followed by the Manitowoc in the early afternoon.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was loading grain on Monday. Algosteel was loading salt.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin loaded at the Toledo Coal Dock on Monday. Also due at CSX was the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory Tuesday in the early morning. At the Torco Dock the Interlake 1,000-footer Mesabi Miner unloaded taconite ore pellets on Monday. The barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory were expected to arrive at the Torco Dock to unload on Monday in the late afternoon/early evening.

Fairport, Ohio – Dave Merchant
At 2200 Sunday evening, Joseph H. Thompson began unloading at the Osborne north stone dock, on the Fairport side. At 2230, John G. Munson was preparing to unload at the turning basin, upriver on the Grand River side.

Lorain, Ohio – Dave Merchant
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde passed under the Charles Berry Bridge around 8:45a.m Monday headed for Jonick Dock and Terminal to take on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season. She will most likely be in port until the end of the week, then will be underway to Mexico to offload.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 12 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1543 - departure - Dec 11 - Algosea at 1220

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 2345 approximately - Dec 10 - Manitoulin at 1026 - departures - Dec 10 - American Mariner at 0041 - Dec 11 - Manitoulin at 1619

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 11 - Baie St. Paul at 0553, Dara Desgagnes at 1245 and CSL Niagara at 2345

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 11 - CSL Welland at 2302, CSL Laurentien at 0117 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 0622, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 0731, Sarah Desgagnes at 0812, Algoma Discovery at 0930, Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0945, Algoma Spirit at 1132, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1336, Thunder Bay at 1410, Evans Spirit at 1635

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 9 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) stopped at wharf 2 at 2335 - departed at 2224 for Montreal

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 9 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1855 - Dec 10 - Baie St. Paul at 1831 - arrival - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mlt) at 0430 approximately - departure - Dec 10 - Baie St. Paul at 2315 - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0700 for Oshawa

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 11 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1915 - docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 Dec 8 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1230 - Dec 9 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1150 - Dec 12 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - anchored - Dec 9 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - departure - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0232

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 9 - Travestern at 0809 and BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 1352 from Port Weller anchorage - arrivals - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046 and NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1726 - departures - Dec 11 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 0742 for Norfolk, Va., and Travestern at 0919 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 12

On 12 December 1898, FANNY H (wooden propeller tug, 54 foot, 16 gross tons, built in 1890, at Bay City, Michigan) was sold by J. R. Hitchcock to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. She underwent a major rebuild in 1908, when she was lengthened to 60 feet.

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

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

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, Ontario 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, but was salvaged and rebuilt as a barge.

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 VAN VALKENBURG; 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.

1898: The wooden passenger and freight carrier SOO CITY sank at the dock in Holland, Mi after bucking ice while inbound.

1925: SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY stranded on a rocky shoal inside the breakwall at Fairport, Ohio. Hull repairs were listed at over $18,000.

1966: AMBROSE SHEA, a new Canadian carferry, was hit by a flash fire while under construction by Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel, Quebec, and sustained over $1 million in damage. Completion of the vessel was delayed by 3 months before it could enter service between North Sydney, NS and Argentia, Newfoundland. The ship arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping as d) ERG on June 22, 2000.

1972: SIR JAMES DUNN went aground in the St. Lawrence near the Thousand Islands Bridge while enroute to Sorel with grain.

1990: CLIPPER MAJESTIC was abandoned by the crew due to an engineroom fire off the coast of Peru. The vessel had been through the Seaway as a) MILOS ISLAND in 1981, MAJESTIC in 1989 and was renamed c) CLIPPER MAJESTIC at Toronto that fall. The damaged ship was towed to Callao, Peru, on December 13, 1990, and repaired. It also traded inland as d) MILLENIUM MAJESTIC in 1999 and was scrapped at Alang, India, as e) MYRA in 2012.

2009: The Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier SPRUCEGLEN (ii) went aground near Sault Ste. Marie and had to go to Thunder Bay for repairs.

2010: The tug ANN MARIE sank in the Saginaw River while tied up for the winter. It was salvaged a few days later.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 11

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth early Sunday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Algoma Olympic was inbound at noon with a cargo of salt for Hallett #8. The Tregurtha departed later in the afternoon, bound for Silver Bay to discharge. Salties Yulia and Eemsborg were both in port Sunday, the former unloading clay at Port Terminal and the latter taking on beet pulp pellets at Peavey. In Superior, Michipicoten loaded at Burlington Northern throughout the first half of the day before departing early Sunday afternoon.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors Sunday morning at 00:59 and departed at 10:08 on Sunday for Gary. Due Two Harbors Monday morning is the American Spirit and due late in the day on Monday is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Paul R. Tregurtha late Sunday with coal from SMET. She is not scheduled to load pellets in Silver Bay. There is no scheduled inbound traffic on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday 6:44 Algoma Mariner arrived at G3 to load. 14:33 Algoway arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 17:11 Spruceglen arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River.

Port Inland, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was outbound with stone Sunday night.

Straits of Mackinac (Round Island Passage)
On Sunday morning the American Integrity was westbound destined for Indiana Harbor, while the Edwin H. Gott was eastbound for Two Harbors. In the afternoon the American Century was eastbound with a destination of Superior, and the Roger Blough was westbound for Gary.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Cason J. Callaway was at Gary. St. Clair was at Buffington. Federal Biscay, Calumet, Hanse Gate and Pacific Huron were at docks on the Cal River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algolake was loading salt on Sunday. Federal Baltic was loading grain.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 0539 (anchored) - docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 2345 approximately - Dec 10 - Manitoulin at 1026

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Beatrix (Nld), Harbour Fashion (Por), Tecumseh at 2308 - Dec 10 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0039, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0221 and Stephen B. Roman at 1130

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Golden Oak at 0723, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1142 - Dec 10 - CSL Welland at 2210 approximately and CSL Laurentien at 2330 approximately

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 9 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) stopped at wharf 2 at 2335

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 9 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1855 - Dec 10 - Baie St. Paul at 1831

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 10 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 0629 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0541 - departed - Dec 10 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1008 for Sarnia and Beatrix (Nld) at 1950 approximately for Detroit

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1218 (anchored) Docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 and Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at Dec 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 Dec 8 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1230 - Dec 9 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1150 - anchored - Dec 9 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 and Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 10 - Robert S. Pierson at 0157 - departed at 1102

Mississauga:
Arrival - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1911 - departed Dec 10 at 0620 for Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541 - departed Dec 9 at 0712 for Windsor - Dec 9 - arrivals - Travestern at 0809 and BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 1352 from Port Weller anchorage

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 11

On 11 December 2002, after last minute dredging operations were completed, Nadro Marine’s tugs SEAHOUND and VAC took the World War II Canadian Naval Tribal-class destroyer H.M.C.S. HAIDA from her mooring place at Toronto’s Ontario Place to Port Weller Dry Docks where a $3.5M refit was started in preparation for the vessel to start her new career as a museum ship in Hamilton, Ontario.

TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193) was launched December 11, 1968, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

The H. LEE WHITE collided with the Greek salty GEORGIOS on December 11, 1974, near St. Clair, Michigan, and had to return to Nicholson's dock at Detroit, Michigan 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 1,000 footers, LEWIS WILSON FOY and EDWIN H. GOTT, along with WILLIS B. BOYER and U.S.C.G. cutter MESQUITE.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD loaded her last cargo at Duluth on December 11, 1984.

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

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

Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.’s 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. Side wheel 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 foot, 1444 gross tons, 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.

1911: A fire broke out in a wooden grain elevator at Owen Sound. The KEEWATIN was moored nearby for the winter but not yet locked in ice. The ship was moved to safety but the elevator was destroyed.

1963: MANCOX went aground in Lake St. Clair, near Peche Island, enroute from Sault Ste. Marie to River Rouge.

1984: The Yugoslavian freighter BEOGRAD, outbound in the Seaway with soybeans for Brazil, collided with the FEDERAL DANUBE at anchor near Montreal and had to be beached. The hull was refloated and arrived at Montreal for repairs on December 27. It was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as b) MURIEL in 1999. FEDERAL DANUBE (i) now operates for Canada Steamship Lines as c) OAKGLEN (iii).

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

 

Joseph L. Block returns to Grand Haven after 15-year absence

12/10 - Grand Haven, Mich. – Last Tuesday, a ship appeared off Grand Haven. It was not a ship that had been in port at any point this year, or the year before that, or the year before that. The ship was Central Marine Logistics’ self-unloading motor vessel Joseph L. Block, and it was loaded with a cargo of slag for Verplank’s dock in Ferrysburg. The Block crossed the pier heads at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, unloaded at Verplank’s, and backed out Wednesday morning shortly after sunrise.

The last time the Joseph L. Block was in Grand Haven was more than 15 years ago — May 22, 2002. It was built in 1976 by Bay Shipbuilding Co. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The ship’s namesake is Joseph Leopold Block, who became Inland Steel’s vice president in 1927 and then ascended to president in 1953. Mr. Block was later the CEO of Inland Steel and also chairman of the board.

The Block measures 728 feet long, 78 feet wide and 45 feet deep. It’s powered by two GM EMD 20-645-E7 diesel engines rated at 7,200 bhp, which allows the ship to travel at speeds of up to 17.3 mph.

Joseph L. Block is a fleetmate of the Wilfred Sykes. The Sykes is Grand Haven’s most frequent visitor over the past five years, and visited 19 times this season before laying up for the winter early. The Sykes is Grand Haven’s main slag boat, and loads the cargo in either Burns Harbor or Indiana Harbor, Indiana, for delivery to Meekoff’s D&M on Harbor Island or Verplank’s in Ferrysburg.

While the Sykes is laid up, the demand for slag still exists at those two docks in port, hence the reason for the Block to visit instead. The Block has essentially the same trade routes as the Sykes, but it is larger and occasionally makes travels to Lake Superior. The Sykes mainly stays on Lake Michigan.

The number of cargoes the port has received through the month of November is 97. The Sykes’ total of 19 visits is followed by the Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Conquest’s 13 times so far. We have seen 13 different U.S.-flagged vessels call on Grand Haven, as well as five different ships of Canadian nationality.

The port received its first cargo of December this past Sunday when Port City Marine’s articulated tug/barge Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger came in with a load of cement for the terminal in Ferrysburg.

Our total number of cargoes last year was an even 100. With the arrival of the Challenger, we are now two cargoes away from reaching our total from last season. There will likely be more ships in port, but weather is a huge factor, so there is no definite information on when we will get our next cargo

Grand Haven Tribune

 

Port Reports -  December 10

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Radcliffe R. Latimer departed Two Harbors Saturday at 10:15 for Quebec City. After the Latimer's departure the Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 to the shiploader from 10:22-11:00 on Saturday. She departed Two Harbors at 17:50 for Ecorse. Due Two Harbors late Saturday night was the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors late on Sunday is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining had no traffic on Saturday and none scheduled on Sunday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday, 15:07 Federal Danube arrived and went to anchor. 23:05 Algoma Spirit departed for Port Cartier. Saturday, 8:30 Drawsko weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. 15:10 Federal Champlain departed for Port Colborne. 17:03 G3 Marquis departed for Baie Comeau. 17:10 Algoma Niagara weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor was at Burns Harbor Saturday evening. Herbert C. Jackson was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay and Calumet were at docks on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was loading grain on Saturday. Algolake is expected on Sunday to load salt.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Indiana Harbor arrived at midnight on Friday night with coal for the Karn-Weadock power plant in Essexville, and was unloading throughout Saturday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen
Very heavy traffic upbound resulted in those transits being delayed.

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 9 - Algowood at 0732 - docked - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 0539 (anchored) - docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock - Dec 9 - American Mariner 1250 approximately

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 8 - COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) and Algoscotia - Dec 9 - English River at 005 - Acadia Desgagnes (ex Sider Tis-17) at 0538, H. Lee White at 0654, light tug H.H.Misner at 0739, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0945, Algosteel at 1120, Cedarglen at 1150, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1156, Beatrix (Nld) at 1710, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1910 and Tecumseh at 2315

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 9 - Algoma Equinox at 2146, Algoma Guardian at 2312 - Dec 10 - tug Leo A. McArthur at 0244, Baie St. Paul at 0435, Golden Oak at 0723, Tim S. Dool at 0818, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1142, Algoma Enterprise at 1240, Oakglen at 2144, tug Petite Forte Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1201

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 9 - COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) stopped to unload cargo at 0512 - departed - at 1700 approximately

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - Dec 7 - Travestern at 2115 - Dec 8 - H. Le White at 1605 - departures - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1705 - departed at approximately 1715 for Mississauga - Dec 9 - due to heavy upbound traffic - Beatrix (Nld) at 1230, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1445, Tecumseh at 1525 Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1445, Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 1630 and Three Rivers (Atg) at 1855 approximately

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 9 - Baie St. Paul at 0351 - departed 0416

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 9 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 (anchored) and Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1150. Docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 and Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at Dec 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 - anchored - Dec 8 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) from anchorage to dock at 1230

Mississauga:
Arrival - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1911

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541 - departed Dec 9 at 0712 for Windsor - Dec 9 - arrivals - Travestern at 0809 and BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 1352 from port Weller anchorage

 

St. Lawrence Seaway to undergo Transport Canada review

12/10 - Cornwall, Ont. – Just as it about to reach its 60th anniversary, the St. Lawrence Seaway is about to undergo a comprehensive review conducted by Transport Canada.

The review is one of several being undertaken by the federal government that will look at how to manage Canada’s various national transportation networks in the decades to come.

The government has quietly reached out to stakeholder along the St. Lawrence River such as the City of Cornwall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) and asked them to provide input in the review. The city’s chief administrative officer Maureen Adams confirmed the city was contacted and was invited to submit its feedback online. The MCA intends to ask Transport Canada for a presentation on the reviews scope.

According to Transport Canada spokesperson Annie Joannette, the review will centre around three main themes.

“The review’s main themes are examining are: factors and opportunities to encourage the Seaway’s commercial and economic development as a key strategic transportation corridor; factors and opportunities that have a direct impact on the Seaway’s long-term sustainability and competitiveness; and the Seaway’s governance, funding and service delivery model,” said Joanette.

Put plainly; the review is attempting to come up with a vision for how the seaway should operate over the next several years and decades as global economics continues to change. Andrew Bogora is a spokesman for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and said that fundamentally the government is looking at how marine will fit into a nation-wide transportation strategy.

“They will look, for example, at the long-term projections for tonnage on each of the different modes of transportation. They will look at economic trends and what the trade relationships that are foreseen in the future may imply for the amount of cargo that might move through each of the transportation networks,” said Bogora.

Some of those future trade relationships are quickly becoming pressing issues, said Bogora. The ratification of the Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, for instance, means that the government needs to understand what impact agreement will have on the Seaway because it will likely be one of the main ways goods from Europe will be transported.

Bogora says the review of the Seaway stems from a broader review of the Canadian Transportation Act that took place about a year ago. With that done, the federal government decided to conduct many more specific reviews of several transportation corridors considered vital to Canada’s economic future; of which the St. Lawerence Seaway is just one.

“Those reviews will be touching on virtually every mode of transportation,” he said. “The seaway is not being singled out. It’s part-and-parcel with a broader initiative.”

Transport Canada has set up a page for the St. Lawrence Seaway review on their website, LetsTalkTransportation.ca, to gather feedback from the public and stakeholders until Feb. 28. The ministry has also published a discussion paper which asks for information on factors that could positively or negatively impact the Seaway’s ability to compete as a transportation corridor. The government also wants to know what actions would increase that competitiveness, as well as feedback on the current management of the seaway.

Cornwall Standard Freeholder

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 10

The steamer EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND loaded the last cargo of ore for the 1942 season at Marquette.

CEDARGLEN, a.) WILLIAM C. ATWATER, loaded her last cargo at Thunder Bay, Ontario on December 10, 1984, carrying grain for Goderich, Ontario.

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

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

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

On December 10, 1905, WILLIAM E. COREY finally was pulled free and refloated after grounding on Gull Island Reef in the Apostle Islands in late November.

FRANK A. SHERMAN laid up for the last time at Toronto, Ontario 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 fleet mate, GEORGE M. HUMPHREY, arrived safely under tow at Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 10, 1986, for scrapping.

On 10 December 1891, a fire started on MARY (2-mast wooden schooner, 84 foot, 87 gross tons, built in 1877, at Merriton, Ontario) when an oil stove in the kitchen exploded. The vessel was at anchor at Sarnia, Ontario and damage was estimated at $10,000.

The CORISANE (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 137 foot, 292 gross tons, built in 1873, at Marine City, Michigan) 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.

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

1922: The wooden freighter JAMES DEMPSEY, built in 1883 as a) JIM SHERIFFS, was destroyed by a fire at Manistee, MI.

1963: The Canadian coastal freighter SAINTE ADRESSE went on the rocks off Escoumins, QC and was leaking in high winds while on a voyage from Montreal to Sept-Iles. Local residents helped lighter the cargo of beer and ale. The remains of the hull were visible at low water for several years.

1975: PAUL THAYER went aground in Lake Erie off Pelee Island. It was lightered to WOLVERINE and released Dec. 12 with extensive damage.

1994: The Maltese registered YIANNIS Z. entered Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, in leaking condition after apparently hitting bottom while enroute from Manzanillo, Cuba, to Peru. The ship was arrested for non-payment of the crew. The vessel had been a Seaway trader in 1970 as a) MATIJA GUBEC. The hull was sold at public auction on August 28, 1997, and apparently partially dismantled to become a barge. It was noted sinking at its moorings on October 14, 2006, under the name f) KELLYS MARK and subsequent fate is unknown.

2005: JOHN D. LEITCH hit bottom above the Eisenhower Lock and began leaking.

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

 

Northeastern Minnesota iron ore pellet production on the increase

12/9 - Hibbing, Minn. – Iron ore pellet production at northeastern Minnesota taconite facilities took a step forward in 2017. Pellet production at the six plants is forecast to reach 36.6 million tons in 2017, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue Minerals Tax Office.

It's the highest annual total since 2014 and a dramatic improvement from 2009 when a minuscule 17 million tons were produced during a nationwide steel and taconite industry downturn.

"It's a cautionary tale of optimism," said Kelsey Johnson, president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota. "It's slowly coming around, but there are still pressures much bigger than northeastern Minnesota."

Iron ore pellets produced at northeastern Minnesota mines are the primary ingredient used to make steel. Steel made from Minnesota iron ore is turned into automobiles, trucks, bridges, appliances, pipe, buildings, and other steel products consumed across the nation.

The 36.6 million tons is roughly 7.6 million tons above the 29 million tons of iron ore produced in 2016. The 2016 total included about 1.1 million tons of iron units from the former Magnetation facilities.

Two plants idled during portions of 2016, U.S. Steel's Keetac plant in Keewatin and Cleveland-Cliffs' United Taconite in Forbes and Eveleth, both made comebacks in 2017. Production of 4.4 million tons at Keetac and 4.3 million tons at United Taconite account for the boost in industry production compared to 2016.

"It's a good sign, but not a great sign," said Johnson of the increase. "Some folks are still struggling and there are still mining facilities waiting to come back up."

The Magnetation plants on the western Iron Range, now owned by ERP Iron Ore, along with Mining Resources in Chisholm, and Mesabi Nugget near Hoyt Lakes, remain idle. ERP Iron Ore plans to restart Magnetation's iron unit recovery operations and also plans to produce 7 million tons of pellets per year at the former Essar Steel Minnesota project near Nashwauk.

An increase in DR-grade pellet production at Cleveland-Cliffs' Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay and Babbitt and the production of a higher-grade pellet called the Mustang pellet at United Taconite, are two promising additions to the industry, said Johnson.

"It's a very exciting transition," said Johnson of the projects. "I think 2018 could bring about some very amazing opportunities and we need to go out of our way to support the innovations occurring across the Range and those operations that are idle to have a voice and come online again someday."

The production increase has corresponded to a boost in iron ore shipments from docks in Duluth and Superior, said Adele Yorde, Duluth Seaway Port Authority public relations director. Through October, 15.6 million tons had been shipped from the Twin Ports compared to a total of 14.7 million tons in 2016. Shipping continues to mid-January when the Soo Locks close.

"We end up seeing those shifts in production in terms of tons," said Yorde. "It's a huge climb, but we still have a ways to go to get back to where we were when were shipping 18.5 million tons before 2009."

Shipments for the year from Two Harbors were over 1.9 million tons through October, according to the Cleveland-based Lake Carriers' Association. A little more than 1.7 million tons was shipped from Two Harbors for all of 2016.

The 2018 forecast for iron ore pellet production is also solid. Production is forecast to reach 36.8 million tons, according to the Minerals Tax Office.

However, the industry still faces several issues. Action by the Trump administration on a Section 232 investigation which examines the impact of steel imports on national security, hasn't advanced. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, a former steel industry executive, has said a Section 232 report would be delayed until federal tax reform was resolved.

"We're pushing hard to get that (Section 232) done," said Johnson. "It would finalize work that the Obama administration did. We're surprised that the Trump administration, in its 'Make America Great Again,' has put it on the back burner."

Sulfate rules for water discharged by taconite plants, municipal wastewater plants, and other sources, remains in debate. And earlier this year, analysts said world iron ore prices would fall in fourth quarter of the year. However, a big dip in prices never materialized. Prices this week stood at about $69 per ton.

Analysts now predict a price decline in early 2018, said Johnson.

InfoForum.com

 

Ohio’s Miller Boat Line plans to add new ferry in 2019

12/9 - Put-In-Bay, Ohio – A Seattle-based design firm has been awarded a contract to design the next addition to the Miller Boat Line fleet. Elliott Bay Design group was chosen by Miller Boat Line out 300 firms to design a new 136-foot vessel capable of carrying 26 vehicles and 600 passengers on the Lake Erie route to and from South Bass Island.

The estimated cost of the new ferry is around $7 million and is expected to debut in May 2019, according to Miller Boat Line co-owner Bill Market.

Miller Boat Line is the only ferry service in the area to offer guests the option of taking personal vehicles to the island, and Market said the demand for the ferry's services has been on the rise. "I think people like the security of putting their luggage in their vehicles, and many are staying at the hotels for multiple nights so they like having their own vehicle," he said.

Market said the current fleet of vessels includes a 90-foot boat, two 96-foot boats and a 136-foot vessel that will be similar in design to the new vessel. "The design will be pretty much the same thing as our current vessels," Market said. "You always think about ways to reinvent the mousetrap, but in the end it will just be a better mouse trap."

The new vessel will feature better propulsion technology and improved efficiency for loading and unloading passengers.

Market said Miller Boat Line has not decided yet whether to drop the 90-foot ferry from its fleet or keep it as a backup vessel. "We might get rid of our smallest boat, but having an extra boat can come in handy when you think about maintenance and repair issues," Market said.

News Herald

 

Port Reports -  December 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Roger Blough arrived Duluth early Friday morning, and docked at Calumet to fuel before shifting down to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. Yulia arrived mid-morning to discharge clay at Port Terminal. During the afternoon, Eemsborg arrived via the Superior entry to load beet pulp pellets at Peavey, and Orsula was outbound with wheat from CHS. Claude A. Desgagnes departed after loading grain at Riverland Friday evening.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Radcliffe R. Latimer anchored off Two Harbors Thursday night at approx. 21:00. Arriving Two Harbors Friday morning at 03:38 was the American Integrity. She departed Two Harbors at 16:50. Arriving Two Harbors on Friday at 12:37 was the Presque Isle. She went to North of #2 and commenced loading. Arriving from lake anchor was the Radcliffe R. Latimer on Friday at 16:57. Due Two Harbors on Saturday late in the day is the Edgar B. Speer. There was no traffic at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Friday and none is scheduled for Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 19:25 Manitoulin departed for Buffalo. 20:26 Algoma Niagara arrived and anchored south of the Mission River. 21:13 Algoma Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. Friday, 00:01 Drawsko arrived and went to anchor. 0:57 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. Baie Comeau finished unloading at Valley Camp and proceeded to Viterra B arriving at 8:05 to load grain. 9:24 Federal Churchill weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 11:25 G3 Marquis arrived at the Superior Elevator to load.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor was at its namesake port unloading Friday night. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. American Century and Herbert C. Jackson were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay was at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Cuyahoga cleared early on Friday with salt for Parry Sound, Ont. Algoma Mariner cleared about 3 p.m. upbound for Thunder Bay after unloading grain. Federal Baltic was upbound just north of Sarnia with destination of Goderich. Algolake was upbound locking through Welland Canal, also headed for Goderich.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
0n Friday, Nov. 8, the McKeil tug and barge Alloulete Spirit arrived with a load of aluminum ingots.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - arrivals - Dec 8 (all anchored) - Dec 8 - Baie St. Paul at 0942 (anchored), Golden Oak at 1414 and Algowood at 1850 - departed - Dec 8 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0920 for Sarnia

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 0539 (anchored) - docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - John J. Boland at 1641, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 2208, Algowood at 2310 - Dec 8 - Thunder Bay at 0759, Algolake at 0940, Isolda (Cyp) at 1105, Algoma Harvester at 1414, CSL St. Laurent at 1807, COE Leni (Mhl) at 1914 (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 1914, Algoscotia at 2029 and English River at 2330

Welland Canal downbound:
arrivals - Dec 7 - Kaministiqua at 2227 - Dec 8 - John D. Leitch at 0024, Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0422, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0452, Algoma Guardian at 2150 and Algoma Equinox at 2125

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - Dec 7 - Travestern at 2115 - Dec 8 - H. Le White at 1605 - departures - Dec 7 - Sten Bergen at 2147 approximately - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1705 approximately 1715 for Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2128 approximately. docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - Dec 5 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - anchored - Dec 5 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) from dock to anchorage at 0115 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 - Dec 8 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0347, tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon) at 0443, (assigned to Hamitlon harbour and vicinity) - departures - Dec 8 - Algolake @ 0607, Ojibway at 0949 for Montreal, Algoma Harvester at 1226, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1319 and Algoscotia at 1844,

Mississauga:
Arrival - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1911

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - Dec 7 - Stephen B. Roman at 0036 and COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 1306 - departed - Dec 8 - Chestnut (Cyp) at 1600 approximately for Montreal and COE Leni (Mhl) at 1656 for Port Colborne

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541

 

Icy weather means buoy run for U.S. Coast Guard in Sturgeon Bay

12/9 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. - It was a windy, cold and icy Thursday, and the U.S. Coast Guard personnel aboard the Mobile Bay couldn’t have been happier — it meant a buoy run was in store for the 25 or so men stationed aboard the ice cutter.

Motorists shunned Thursday morning’s icy streets, but the Mobile Bay welcomed it. While navigating to a buoy station in the canal, an officer points out among his comrades that a large section of ice had formed in the lagoon at the Sunset Park boat landing. They all smiled and grinned with comic excitement.

The ice cutter invited about a half dozen family members and guests to witness a buoy run for part of the day. Mobile Bay was completing its bi-annual mission of lifting/swapping 68 buoys from Escanaba to the Green Bay harbor this past fall, saving its home-port of Sturgeon Bay for last.

The crew was replacing larger box-like lighted buoys for narrower torpedo-like buoys. “The summer buoys can’t take the ice,’’ said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Kingsley of the South Jersey region.

The winter buoys are designed to help prevent shifting ice plates from climbing over the top. The summer buoy has a higher top cage where the navigational light is housed. “After water splashes on top of the cage, the weight of the continuous layering of ice could easily sink the buoy,’’ he said, adding “The plate ice is strong enough to crush the hull of the summer buoy.’’

Ice plates could also drag the massive green and red buoys, its 65-foot attachment chain and 5,000-pound cement sinker out of sight when the ice begins to melt.

Retired Coast Guard member Bill Oldenburg of Sturgeon Bay was witnessing the operation Thursday for the first time in about 30 years. A guest aboard the cutter, Oldenburg says the operation was well executed. “The concept hasn’t changed,’’ he said. “A crane lifts the buoys. It brought back good memories. However, we were lifting larger buoys stationed in Oregon.’’

The buoy runs are the largest Great Lakes seasonal aids to navigation operation performed by the U.S. Coast Guard. There are about 1,200 buoys in the Great Lakes.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Collingwood visionary’s plan would put Norisle in a giant ‘bottle’

12/9 - Collingwood, Ont. – As the fate of the Norisle hangs in the balance, a Collingwood man has suggested an alternative to the ship being sunk by the Tobermory Maritime Association or made into an historical Great Lakes cruise ship by the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society.

“The Norisle was built in Collingwood, 200 km away from where she floats now in Manitowaning,” said Alder Francescut. “I have been following the lawsuit (by the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society against Assiginack Township) and I have another solution. I think she (the Norisle) should return home and be the heart of a Great Lakes museum we could build in Collingwood.”

As The Expositor has previously reported, the society began legal proceedings earlier this year when it learned of the municipality’s plans to sell the historical ship to the Tobermory Maritime Association (TMA) to be sunk and used as a dive site.

Mr. Francescut explained that Collingwood had hired a consulting company to develop a Waterfront Master Plan for the municipality to revitalize the city’s waterfront. “They were having public input sessions earlier this year and I presented my idea for a ‘Ship in a Bottle: The Collingwood Shipyards Great Lakes Museum’,” said Mr. Francescut. “It was well received by many of the community members in attendance.”

Mr. Francescut’s vision would include the draining and closing off of the original Collingwood shipyard drydocks, placing the Norisle high and dry up on blocks and building a large glass structure around the ship.

“This is the only drydock from the 1800s that still exists in the world,” claims Mr. Francescut. “The Norisle is the last of the Mohicans (of its kind) and it would be the main focus point of the museum. The ship is as beautiful today as it was when she was built and it would be a way to preserve it for future generations.”

Mr. Francescut also presented his idea at a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the shipyard. “Mr. Francescut spoke to me about his idea at the celebration,” said Collingwood Councillor Deb Doherty. “As a member of the community, anything that celebrates the heritage of Collingwood and brings tourism, while highlighting the waterfront, is something that I would support in principle.”

Mr. Francescut has yet to present his idea to either the Collingwood or Assignack council, but is hoping that something can be done to save the historic steamship. To Mr. Francescut, “gutting the Norisle” to make it into a Great Lakes cruise ship, as has been proposed by the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society, is only slightly better than sinking it. “The ship has survived all these years,” said Mr. Francescut. “It doesn’t need to change, it just needs to be preserved how it is. I want to get the idea out there that there is a way to do that.”

The Expositor spoke to Dave Ham, chair of the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society, about the ‘Ship in the Bottle’ museum concept. “He (Mr. Francescut) called me about a year ago,” said Mr. Ham. “I never gave it much thought. I can’t really say what the group (Steamship Society) would say about it and our meetings are on hold right now due to the lawsuit.”

Assignack CAO Alton Hobbs said prior to the lawsuit that the Norisle’s sale to the TMA wasn’t a done deal.

“Council’s position prior to the lawsuit was that they wanted the ship removed,” said Mr. Hobbs. “If the lawsuit was settled in Assignack’s favor, I’m sure council would be open to looking at any proposals for the ship.” As of press time on Monday, a court date for the legal proceeding had still not been set.

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 9

While tied up at Port Colborne, Ontario, waiting to discharge her cargo of grain, a northeast gale caused the water to lower three feet and left the EDWIN H. OHL (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 5141 gross tons, built in 1907, at Wyandotte, Michigan) on the bottom with a list of about one foot. The bottom plating was damaged and cost $3,460.19 to repair.

Cleveland Tankers’ JUPITER (Hull#227) was christened December 9, 1975, at Jennings, Louisiana, by S.B.A. Shipyards, Inc.

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

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

The FRANK C. BALL, b.) J.R. SENSIBAR in 1930, c.) CONALLISON in 1981) was launched at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works as (Hull #14) on December 9, 1905.

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

HILDA MARJANNE was launched December 9, 1943, as a.) GRANDE RONDE (Hull#43) at Portland, Oregon, by Kaiser Co., Inc.

The keel for Hall Corporation of Canada’s SHIERCLIFFE HALL (Hull#248) was laid on December 9, 1949, at Montreal, Quebec by Canadian Vickers Ltd.

On 9 December 1871, CHALLENGE (wooden schooner, 96 foot, 99 tons, built in 1853, at Rochester, New York) missed the piers at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 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 U.S. 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."

1910: JOHN SHARPLES of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co., stranded on Galops Island in the St. Lawrence due to low visibility. The vessel was holed fore and aft and not released until April 1911 with the help of the tug HECLA.

1943: SARNIAN, the first member of what became the Upper Lakes Shipping fleet, stranded on Pointe Isabelle Reef, Lake Superior, while downbound with 162,489 bushels of barley. The vessel was not refloated until July 24, 1944, and never sailed again.

1956: FORT HENRY, a package freighter for Canada Steamship Lines, hit Canoe Rocks approaching the Canadian Lakehead, cutting open the hull. It reached the dock safely, quickly unloaded, and went to the Port Arthur shipyard for repairs.

1968: NORTH CAROLINA lost power and sank in Lake Erie five miles west of Fairport, Ohio, in rough weather. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the three-member crew. The hull went down in about 30 feet of water and is a popular dive attraction.

1980: The salt-laden KINGDOC (ii) was released by the tugs POINT VALIANT and IRVING BIRCH after an earlier grounding at Pugwash, NS

1983: The saltwater ship d) IAPETOS was struck by Iraqi gunners in the Khor Musa Channel about 30-40 miles from Bandar Khomeini, Iran. It was abandoned and struck again by a missile and bombs on March 29, 1984. The vessel began Seaway service as a) JAROSA in 1965 and returned as b) IVORY STAR in 1973 and c) TURICUM in 1975. It was refloated about 1984 and scrapped at Sitalpur, Bangladesh.

2001: The former HAND LOONG, a Seaway trader beginning in 1977, sank as b) UNA in the Black Sea off Sinop, Turkey, enroute from Algeria to Romania with 11,000 tons of iron ore. Seventeen sailors were rescued but one was missing and presumed lost.

2003: STELLAMARE capsized on the Hudson River at Albany, N.Y., while loading turbines. The cargo shifted and three members of the crew were lost. The ship was righted, refloated and repaired as c) NANDALINA S. It was broken up for scrap at Aliaga, Turkey, as d) DOUAA A. in 2011. This heavy-lift freighter first came through the Seaway in 1989 and returned inland from time to time.

2011: VSL CENTURION lost its stern anchor while downbound in the Welland Canal at Port Colborne. Shipping was held up until it was found. The ship first visited the Seaway as a) SAGITARRIUS in 1990 and became d) PHOENIX SUN in 2012.

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

 

Lakes limestone trade up almost 19 percent in November

12/8 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.95 million tons in November, an increase of 18.8 percent compared to a year ago. November’s loadings were also 6.4 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.5 million tons, an increase of 21.2 percent compared to a year ago. It should be noted, however, that shipments from U.S. quarries in November 2016 were at their lowest level in more than a decade.

Shipments from Canadian quarries this November totaled 430,000 tons, an increase of one cargo in a mid-sized Great Lakes freighter.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 26.7 million tons, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 22 million tons, an increase of 7.6 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 2.2 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Steel production jumps by 15,000 tons

12/8 - Great Lakes steel production shot up to 631,000 tons last week, an increase of 2.43 percent and the second straight weekly gain. Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 616,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced in Lake and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana.

So far this year, U.S. steelmakers have produced 83.3 million tons of steel, about 4.3 percent more than they did during the same period in 2016. Domestic steel mills have been running at a capacity of 74.5 percent so far this year, up from 70.8 percent through the same time last year.

Domestic steelmakers used about 73.8 percent of their steelmaking capacity in the week that ended Dec. 2, up from 73 percent the previous week but up significantly from 67.3 percent at the same time a year earlier, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Some analysts say steelmaking capacity utilization of about 90 percent is considered financially healthy for the industry. Overall, U.S. national steel output rose by 17,000 tons last week to 1.72 million tons, an increase of 0.99 percent, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Production in the southern district, usually the second largest steelmaking region after the Great Lakes, dropped to 641,000 tons last week, down 1.53 percent from 651,000 tons a week earlier. Steel output in the Midwest swung back to 168,000 tons last week, up from 162,000 tons a week earlier.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  December 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth early Thursday morning with iron ore pellets from CN. Claude A. Desgagnes arrived a few hours later and moored at Riverland Ag to load grain. Orsula was at CHS loading wheat. In Superior, Algoma Discovery arrived Thursday night to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
As of 20:50 on Thursday Radcliffe R. Latimer was off Two Harbors. Looking at AIS she could possibly be going to anchor. Due Two Harbors on Friday are the American Integrity that was, as of 20:50 on Thursday, off Grand Marais, MN. Also due Friday is the Presque Isle. As of 20:50 on Thursday she was near Eagle Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader Thursday at 04:20 for Cleveland. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 12:08 Baie Comeau arrived at Valley Camp to unload salt. 15:09 Federal Ems weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 16:39 Federal Champlain arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash.

Muskegon, Mich.
Herbert C. Jackson remained in port on Thursday evening.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor Thursday night. American Spirit was at Gary.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Cuyahoga and Algoma Olympic were in for salt on Thursday. Algoma Mariner was at the grain elevator.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1905 - Dec 6 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0948 - departed - Dec 7 - Erik (Atg) at 0405 approximately for Cleveland

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS LITTLE ROCK

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0600, Spruceglen at 0752, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1745 John J. Boland at 1641, Algowood at 2310

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 6 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 2300 (to anchorage) - Dec 7 - Algolake at 0023, Volgaborg (Nld) (at 0835 from anchorage), tug Evelrast & barge Norman McLeod at 1415, Kaministiqua at 2400 and John D. Leitch at 2400

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 4 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803 and Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 1958 - departures - Nov 7 - Saginaw at 0545 approximately for Erie and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0655 approximately for Sandusky

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Algoscotia at 0153, Sarah Desgagnes at 1121 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 and Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1745 and Travestern at 2115 - departure - Dec 6 - Algoscotia at 1540 approximately for Hamilton - departure - Dec 7 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0540 for Sarnia and Sten Bergen (Gib) at 2200 for Sarnia

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 6 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 2318 - departed Dec 7 at 0809

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - Ojibway at 0545, Algoma Harvester at 0831, Algolake at 1339, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502, Algoscotia at 1753 - docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - Dec 5 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - anchored - Dec 5 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) from dock to anchorage at 0115 and - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - arrivals - Dec 7 - Stephen B. Roman at 0036 and COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 1306

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 8

On 08 December 1917, DESMOND (wooden propeller sand-sucker, 149 foot, 456 gross tons, built in 1892, at Port Huron, Michigan) sprang a leak off Michigan City, Indiana, during gale and then capsized within sight of the lighthouse at South Chicago, Illinois. Seven lives were lost. Six others were rescued by the tugs WILLIAM A. FIELD, GARY and NORTH HARBOR.

CANADIAN ENTERPRISE (Hull#65) was christened December 8, 1979, at St. Catharines, Ontario, by Port Weller Drydocks. Ltd.

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

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

On 8 December 1886, BELLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 61 foot, 40 gross tons, 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 foot, 665 tons, built in 1853, at Cleveland, Ohio) 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 cargo. Some reports indicate the wreck was found in 1874, however it was not discovered until 2010 by Ross Richardson.

1876: IRA CHAFFE was driven ashore in a severe snowstorm near the Chocolay River, Lake Superior, near Munising. All on board were saved and the ship was eventually released.

1909: Fire broke out in the hold of the CLARION off Southeast Shoal, Lake Erie. Six sailors who huddled on the stern were picked up in a daring rescue by the LEONARD C. HANNA the next day. Another 14 were lost when their lifeboat was swept away in the storm and one more perished when he went into the hold to fight the fire.

1909: W.C. RICHARDSON stranded on Waverley Shoal, 2 miles west of Buffalo. A storm had prevented entrance to Buffalo and the ship was riding out the weather on the lake. The hull had to by dynamited as a navigational hazard when salvage efforts failed. Five lives were lost.

1927: ALTADOC (i) stranded on the rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula when the steering failed while upbound, in ballast, for Fort William. The hull could not be salvaged and it was cut up for scrap on location during World War Two.

1927: LAMBTON stranded on Parisienne Shoal, Lake Superior, with the loss of 2 lives. The engine was removed for the FERNIE and the hull salvaged in 1928 for further work as the barge c) SALVUS.

1963: FORT ALBANY sank in the St. Lawrence off Lanorie after a collision with the PROCYON, and five members of the crew were lost. Heavy fog persisted at the time. The hull was refloated in June 1964, taken to Sorel, and scrapped.

1971: HARMATTAN was attacked with missiles and gunfire by Indian Naval units south of Karachi, Pakistan, and heavily damaged. Seven sailors were killed and the ship was abandoned. It arrived at Karachi March 2, 1972, and was scrapped. The ship had been a Seaway trader earlier in 1971.

1982: The Liberian freighter GENIE came through the Seaway in 1972. It was badly damaged by an explosion and fire on this date while laid up the Seychelles Islands. The hull was taken to Karachi, Pakistan, and scrapped in 1985.

1983: AKTION, a Seaway trader for the first time in 1970, was laid up at Piraeus, Greece, as e) ELISA when fire broke out and the vessel was heavily damaged aft. The hull was towed into Aliaga, Turkey, in October 1984, and broken up for scrap.

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

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade up slightly in November

12/7 - Cleveland, Ohio – Frequent weather delays hampered the iron ore trade on the Great Lakes in November. Shipments totaled 5.7 million tons, an increase of just 60,000 tons compared to a year ago. Loadings did fare better when compared to the month’s 5-year average, increasing by 260,000 tons, or 4.8 percent.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.2 million tons in November, again a small increase, 2.2 percent. Loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway decreased by 10 percent to 480,000 tons.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 54.9 million tons, an increase of 11.9 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 50.7 million tons, an increase of 14.7 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway total 4.2 million tons, a decrease of 13.2 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

High winds lead to low water, add to traffic delays

12/7 - High winds on Lake Erie created low water conditions in Western Lake Erie. The water gauge at Gibraltar had fallen from the average around 40" above datum early Tuesday morning to a low of 7" that night.

The winds create a seiche effect where the water is blown from the Western Basin of Lake Erie to the East end and then sloshes back and forth like water in a bath tub. While the water levels had bottomed out at 7" in the Western Basin,

the water level on the eastern end of the lake at Bufflo had risen to 89", close to 50 inches above recent averages.

The levels returned to 40" in the Western Basin about 7 a.m. Wednesday but started falling again, dropping over a foot in three hours that morning.

The Paul R. Tregurtha remained at anchor waiting for winds and water to enter Monroe. Anchored near by Wednesday morning were the Algoma Olympic and CSL Assiniboine.

 

Milwaukee’s port unloads 5,000 tons of steel

12/7 - Milwaukee, Wis. – About 5,000 tons of steel were unloaded at Port Milwaukee’s Terminal Two Monday afternoon.

News media were invited to the port to see the rolled bundles of steel being moved from the ship, the Federal Champlain, to the warehouse nearby. Port Milwaukee spokesperson Jeff Fleming said the steel will be shipped via truck or train to transportation companies or steel brokers who then give it to manufacturers to create any number of things.

Fleming estimated the total amount of steel moving through Port Milwaukee in 2017 will be around 170,000 to 190,000 tons. That will make 2017 the year with the second highest amount of steel to move through the port in recent decades, with the highest being in 2006 where more than 200,000 tons came through the port.

Fleming believes the big demand for steel from manufacturing companies is a good indicator for Milwaukee’s economy. He said the warehouses right now are “bursting at the seams” with all the raw materials that have come in for local use.

“Milwaukee is a manufacturing-intensive economy, more so than any other place around the country,” said Fleming. “The port is very pleased to play a role in that part of Milwaukee’s economy.”

Port Milwaukee Senior Trade Development Representative Peter Hirthe said the Federal Champlain carried the steel all the way from Belgium. It took 15 days to travel from there to Milwaukee: 10 days across the Atlantic Ocean and five days across the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. The ship is owned by Canadian shipping company Fednav and is the 33rd ship to arrive at the port carrying steel from Europe this year, said Fleming.

The port not only accepts tons of steel from ships but also gives them lots of Wisconsin-grown grain in return. All of the grain shipped to Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean is grown within 90 miles of Milwaukee, said Fleming. The port had the most seaway ships exporting grain last year and ranked second in that category this year, said Hirthe. A ship can carry a total of 20,000 bulk tons of grain. The port will send out a ship full of grain later this week or early the following week.

After the steel was finished unloading — around dinnertime — the Federal Champlain then left for Thunder Bay, Ont, where it will take Canadian grain from there to Europe, said Hirthe.

Shipping on the seaway closes at the end of December and will resume in April 2018, Fleming said.

UrbanMilwaukee.com

 

Port Reports -  December 7

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott got underway off Two Harbors Tuesday night at 23:35 after waiting on weather. She headed up the North Shore. Two Harbors had no traffic on Wednesday. Tentatively due on Thursday are the Radcliffe R. Latimer and the American Integrity. American Integrity was running checked down Thursday night on eastern Lake Superior after being anchored in Whitefish Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 15:32 on Wednesday. She arrived from the Twin Ports after being at anchor off Duluth and then unloading at Graymont in Superior. As of 20:30 she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Thursday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, 9:26 Michpicoten arrived from Superior and went to anchor south of the Mission River to wait out the storm. The weather let up and several boats departed staring at 9:23, Algoma Equinox bound for Port Cartier, Algoma Enterprise for Bath, Algoma Guardian for Port Cartier and Oakglen for Montreal. 9:53 Algonova shifted to Keefer Terminal to refuel. 12:00 Tim S Dool weighed anchor and departed for Quebec City. 13:03 Michpicoten resumed her trip to the Sault. 13:13 Algonova departed for Sarnia. 13:33 Claude Desgagnes finished unloading and departed for Duluth. After spending Tuesday sheltered in Bete Grise Bay on the Keweenaw Peninsula Algoma Spirit and Manitoulin arrived. 17:07 Algoma Spirit went to anchor. 17:40 Manitoulin docked at the Richardson Main terminal to load grain.

Holland, Mich. – Allen Walters
Manitowoc was unloading stone Sunday, Dec. 3 at Brewers.

Muskegon, Mich.
Herbert C. Jackson was inbound Wednesday evening.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
After being delayed by the windy weather, vessels finally started moving again in the area. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation arrived at Lafarge on Wednesday to load cement. Manitowoc was anchored out in the bay since Tuesday and tied up at Lafarge Wednesday evening after the departure of the Innovation. Manitowoc unloaded a cargo of coal. Fleetmate Cuyahoga also waited until Wednesday evening before making its way into the Thunder Bay River. It unloaded road salt at the Alpena Oil Dock throughout the evening.

Midland, Mich.
Wednesday at 9 p.m. the Frontenac was still anchored in Midland Bay.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Great Republic was still tied up at Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw on Wednesday, waiting for winds to subside before making her way out to the lake.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday - Barry Andersen Winds overnight Tuesday and Wednesday continued to delay some traffic.

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1905 - Dec 6 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0948

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 5 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1824 - Dec 6 - Evans Spirit at 1510

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 5 - Whitefish Bay at 1605 - Dec 6 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 2300 and Algolake at 2355

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 4 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803 and Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 1958

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Algoscotia at 0153, Sarah Desgagnes at 1121 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - departure - Dec 6 - Algoscotia at 1540 approximately for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 6 - Algoscotia at 1753 - docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - Dec 5 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - Dec 5 - (anchored off Burlington) Ojibway at 1959 and Federal Bristol (Mhl) from dock to anchorage at 01154

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - arrivals - Dec 5 - English River at 0114 - departure Dec 6 - English River at 1424 for Bath

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541

Carlton Island:
Anchored: Dec 6 - Algowood at 0225, COE Leni (Lbr) ( ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne13) at 0905, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 0738 and light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1417 (ex Vachon-17) being assigned to Port of Hamilton and area duties

 

Lake Superior level expected to be above average in 2018

12/7 - Houghton, Mich. – Lake Superior water levels are predicted to remain above average but decrease slightly in the coming months. The US Army Corps of Engineers released its latest six-month Great Lakes water level forecast Monday.

“The lake levels of the Great Lakes themselves, especially on Lake Superior, are very high compared to their long-term averages, and Lake Superior has only been higher during the period of record-high during the 1980s,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The forecast is determined using current lake conditions and anticipated weather patterns. The projected levels are compared with averages from 1918 to 2015.

“We do expect that the water levels in the spring on Lake Superior to be a couple inches higher than they were during the spring of 2017, and that still remains within 3-4 inches or so below the record highs of 1986. … Higher than average water levels are projected to continue, at least into 2018,” Kompoltowicz said.

The projection indicates a drop in levels through December, January and February. Halfway through March, the downward trend is expected to reverse as water levels increase through the spring months of April and May. All the projected levels are above average but still below the records.

Levels on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, St. Clair and Ontario are all above average, with Lake Ontario breaking records for May and June, the report found.

Projections indicate that lakeshore erosion issues could reappear in spring, but the spring dates have a wider range of possibilities and are difficult to pin down this far in advance. These high water levels come after record lows around 2010 to 2013.

Mining Gazette

 

Expect snow, not ice on the Great Lakes this winter

12/7 - Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that’s expected to continue this year. One of ice climatologist Jia Wang’s biggest jobs is the annual ice cover prediction for the Great Lakes. He’s with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Michigan, which tracks ice cover throughout the winter. This year, he expects the five lakes to have a 26 percent ice cover. That’s down from the historical average of 55 percent.

And Wang says that means a warmer, La Nina winter, with more lake effect snow. Cold winds can pick up moisture as they pass over the open water, dumping snow when they hit land.

Lake Erie (the shallowest Great Lake) and Lake Superior (the northernmost) are projected to get the most ice cover this year – 48 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

Wang cautions that his recent predictions have had mixed results. In 2016, his prediction was pretty close. But last winter he missed badly. NOAA predicted a 55 percent ice cover for the Great Lakes – the reality was more like 20 percent.

WBFO

 

Enbridge temporarily halts Line 5 flow amid high waves

12/7 - Lansing, Mich. – Buffeting wind and waves spurred Enbridge to temporarily shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac Tuesday for the first time since the Canadian energy company and Gov. Rick Snyder signed a legal agreement last week requiring it in extreme weather.

Strong winds caused waves higher than 8 feet in the straits. The twin pipelines underneath the water carries about 23 million gallons of oil and some liquid natural gas a day.

Enbridge will start the pipeline up again when the severe weather subsides.

The Detroit News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 7

On 07 December 1893, the hull of the burned steamer MASCOTTE (steel ferry, 103 foot, 137 gross tons, built in 1885, at Wyandotte, Michigan) was towed from New Baltimore to Detroit by the tug LORMAN for repairs. She was rebuilt and put back in service. She went through nine owners in a career that finally ended with another fire in Chicago in 1934.

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. Built for Hall Corp. of Canada as a.) ROCKCLIFFE HALL, converted to a tanker renamed b.) ISLAND TRANSPORT in 1985, and c.) ENERCHEM LAKER in 1986. Renamed e.) MORGAN TRADER in 1993, and currently serves as a bunkering tanker in Suez, Egypt as f.) ANNA II, renamed in 1997.

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

The GEORGE R. FINK, 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 in 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. (Hull#398) was launched December 7, 1912, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co.

The steel side-wheel passenger steamer EASTERN STATES (Hull#144) 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 (Hull#56), was launched on December 7, 1892 at Toledo, Ohio by Craig Ship Building Co. Sold in 1914 and cut down to a barge, renamed b.) WHALE in 1916, abandoned in 1927.

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

On 7 December 1894, KEWEENAW (steel steamer, 291 foot, 2511 gross tons, built in 1891, at W. Bay City, Michigan) 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 saltwater 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 foot, 288 tons, built in 1855, at Cleveland, Ohio) 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.

1909: MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO. 2 disappeared with all hands in the overnight hours of December 7-8 while crossing Lake Erie from Conneaut to Port Stanley with 30 loaded railway cars. The hull has never been located.

1912: The whaleback BARGE 134 was operating on the East Coast as b) BANGOR when it stranded and broke up near Hampton Roads, Va. The hull was salvaged by blasting and dredging in 1975.

1917: SIMCOE, of the Canadian Department of Marine & Fisheries, left the Great Lakes earlier in the fall for new work on the Bay of Fundy. It sent out an S.O.S. that it was sinking in heavy seas and the ship was never seen again. The only trace was a lifering that came ashore at Sable Island. There were 44 on board.

1927: KAMLOOPS, inbound for the Canadian Lakehead, disappeared with all hands overnight December 6-7. The hull was finally found by divers off 12 O'Clock Point, Isle Royale, in 1977.

1927: AGAWA stranded on Advance Reef, Georgian Bay along the south shore of Manitoulin Island. It spent the winter aground and was not released until Nay 16, 1928. The hull had been declared a total loss but was rebuilt at Collingwood as the ROBERT P. DURHAM and then later sailed as c) HERON BAY (i).

1927: The first MARTIAN went aground off Hare Island, Lake Superior and was not released until December 14.

1929: ULVA sank in the ice at Port Colborne but was raised, refitted and returned to service in 1930. The British built freighter operated between Maritime Canada and the Great Lakes until about 1939. It was torpedoed and sunk by U-60 northwest of Ireland on September 3, 1940.

1941: The tanker MAKAWELI was reported to be anchored at Pearl Harbor during the infamous Japanese attack and damaged. The ship was built at Ashtabula as COWEE in 1919 and returned to the Great Lakes for Lakeland Tankers in 1946.

1967: FIR HILL, a Seaway trader in 1961, went aground off Yasuoka, Japan, as d) UNIVERSAL CRUSADER. It was lightered and released but sold for scrap and broken up at Hirao, Japan, in 1968. 1969: The bulk carrier PETITE HERMINE and TEXACO CHIEF (ii) collided in fog near Prescott and both ships had slight damage. The former became c) CANADIAN HUNTER while the latter last operated on the lakes as c) ALGONOVA (i).

1976: The Liberian flag bulk carrier UNIMAR grounded leaving Thunder Bay with a cargo of grain and was not released until December 15.

1976: HARRY L. ALLEN of the Kinsman fleet went aground in Lake St. Clair, near St. Clair, Mich., and was held fast in the ice before being freed by tugs.

1982: LEADALE (ii) finished unloading salt at Thorold and backed into a concrete dolphin while departing the dock. A hole was punched in the hull and the ship sank while trying to get back to the dock. LEADALE was refloated December 19, towed to Port Colborne and scrapped by Marine Salvage in 1983. 1983: UNISOL had been docked at Chandler, Que., to load newsprint but left to ride out an approaching storm after being pounded against the dock. The ship ran aground while outbound and the crew was saved by a Canadian Forces helicopter. The vessel, noted as the first Peruvian flag freighter to transit the Seaway earlier that year, broke up in the storm.

1983: The Norwegian freighter WOODVILLE began visiting the Great Lakes in 1962. It ran aground near Palau Mungging, Malaysia, enroute from Bangkok, Thailand, to Malacca, Malaysia, as d) PETER RICH and was abandoned as a total loss.

1989: CAPITAINE TORRES, enroute from the Great Lakes, got caught in a vicious storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence on December 7-8 after the cargo shifted. All 23 on board were lost when the ship went down.

2005: ZIEMIA LODZKA collided with and sank the VERTIGO in shallow water in the Great Belt off Denmark. All were saved. The former began Great Lake trading in 1992.

2010: The passenger ship CLELIA II, a Great Lakes visitor in 2009, was hit by a monstrous wave in the Antarctic Ocean smashing the pilothouse window and damaging electronic equipment. The vessel made Ushusia, Argentina, safely and only one member of the crew had a minor injury.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The stormy weather conditions kept the Duluth harbor at a standstill on Tuesday. Mesabi Miner and Erie Trader arrived off the harbor during the morning, but dropped anchor waiting for the weather to improve. American Century left port during the evening, loaded with ore from CN. Orsula was docked at CHS, Philip R. Clarke remained in Fraser Shipyards, and Edenborg continued loading at Peavey. Stewart J. Cort was loading at Burlington Northern in Superior. Edenborg was tentatively expected to finish loading and depart before midnight, and Mesabi Miner was due to arrive and head to CN to load iron ore pellets.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
There was no boat traffic in Two Harbors or Silver Bay on Tuesday. Edwin H. Gott, after finishing loading, went to anchor off Two Harbors to await weather. As of 21:30 on Tuesday she was still at anchor. Due Two Harbors is the American Integrity, but as of 21:30 on Tuesday she was awaiting weather at anchor in Whitefish Bay. No ETA for Two Harbors. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She was anchored off Duluth waiting on weather. She still has to unload her limestone cargo in the Twin Ports before heading to Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday 21:34 Kaministiqua braved the gale and departed for Sorel. 21:58 Oakglen finished loading and went to anchor to wait out the weather. 22:19 Algoma Guardian shifted to the Richardson Mail Terminal to finish loading. Tuesday 2:05 Algoma Enterprise came north from Duluth and went to anchor to wait out the weather. 4:04 Algonova arrived at Suncor to unload petroleum products. 19:37 Algoma Equinox finished loading and went to anchor.

Marquette, Mich.
Burns Harbor was anchored offshore for weather.

St. Marys River
Due to high winds, several vessels were at anchor in the St. Marys River Tuesday night. Algoma Niagara, saltie Yulia and American Integrity were at anchor in the shelter of Whitefish Point. Baie Comeau was in Goulais Bay. In the lower river, Joyce L. VanEnkevort / barge Great Lakes Trader, James R. Barker, Lee A. Tregurtha, tug Defiance / barge Ashtabula, American Mariner, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Algoma Mariner, John D. Leitch, Algoma Discover, Radcliffe R. Latimer and Indiana Harbor were on the hook in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour. Federal Danube was at the Algoma export dock. Kaministiqua was downbound in at the locks in the late evening.

Mackinac Straits – Logan Vasicek
Joseph L. Block was westbound in the Round Island Passage during the early morning Tuesday, while the American Integrity was eastbound. The Block anchored between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island due to high winds, and was joined by American Spirit and Federal Champlain later in the day. Federal Biscay remained at anchor north of Bois Blanc Island on Tuesday, and the St. Clair was southbound in the south channel on Tuesday afternoon. Algoway, Sam Laud, Samuel deChamplain and Michigan remained at anchor in the south channel, and were joined by the CSL Laurentien on Tuesday evening. A little further south, Kaye E. Barker and USCG Mackinaw were anchored in Hammond Bay.

Port Austin, Mich.
Capt. Henry Jackman and G3 Marquis were anchored Tuesday night off Tawas City. Mississagi looked to be heading in to join them, but continued upbound hugging the shoreline. Cuyahoga was stopped off the tip of the thumb.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac unloaded grain and was anchored in Midland Bay Tuesday for weather.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Great Republic remained tied up at the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw on Tuesday due to high winds.

Sandusky, Ohio
Algolake and Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin were in port on Tuesday evening.

Cleveland, Ohio – Daniel McNeil
The oldest operating boat sailing on the Great Lakes, the 75-year-old steamer Alpena, arrived for winter lay-up Monday, December 4, in the early evening at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland Ohio. She has a winter storage load of cement that she will likely unload during the winter or during fit-out in the spring. This is a early lay up for the Alpena, as in years past she usually doesn't finish her season till early-to-mid January. The Alpena is the second ship this season to enter winter layup, the first being the steamer Wilfred Sykes, which entered winter layup at Sturgeon Bay Shipyard November 19.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen
(High winds delaying some traffic.)

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1905

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock.

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 4 - Saginaw at 0611 (stopped wharf 16 and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1854 - Dec 5 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0211 and Erik (Atg) at 1824

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 4 - BBC Mississippi (Atg) at 2236 - Dec 5 - Atlantic Huron at 0452 and Whitefish Bay at 1605

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 4 - Algoma Olympic to wharf 16 at 1526, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803 and Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 1958 - departure - Dec 4 Algoma Olympic at 1859

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 4 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1420 - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Algoscotia at 0153, Sarah Desgagnes at 1121 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - departure - Dec 5 - Erik (Atg) at 1807

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 (anchored off Burlington and Ojibway at 1959 - docked - Nov 29 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - departure - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0050 for Montreal,

Mississauga:
Docked - Dec 3 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0258 - departed - Dec 5 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - Dec 3 - Stephen B. Roman at 1934

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541 - departed Dec 4 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1526 for Detroit

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 6

On 06 December 1886, C. McElroy purchased the steamer CHARLIE LIKEN for use as a ferry at St. Clair, Michigan to replace the burned CLARA.

In 1988, Canada Steamship Lines’ HON. PAUL MARTIN was renamed b.) ATLANTIC ERIE.

American Steamship Co.’s H. LEE WHITE (Hull#711) was launched December 6, 1973, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co.

CONSUMERS POWER was laid up for the last time at Erie, Pennsylvania on December 6, 1985.

On December 6, 1988, an arsonist set fire to the after end of FORT CHAMBLY while she was laid up at Ojibway Slip in Windsor, Ontario.

GOLDEN HIND was launched at Collingwood, Ontario on December 6, 1951, as the tanker a.) IMPERIAL WOODBEND (Hull#147).

N.M. Paterson & Sons LAWRENDOC (Hull#174) was launched December 6, 1961, at the Collingwood Shipyards.

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.

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.

1906: MONARCH, carrying a cargo of bagged flour, struck Blake Point, Isle Royale and broke in two. The stern sank in deep water and the survivors huddled on shore. They were spotted the next day by the passing steamer EDMONTON who had help sent out from Port Arthur. Only one life was lost.

1906: R.L. IRELAND went aground off the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, while loaded with coal. Some of the crew rowed a lifeboat to Bayfield for help. The vessel was salvaged and last sailed as c) ONTADOC (i)in 1970.

1909: BADGER STATE caught fire at Marine City, drifted downstream and stranded off Fawn Island. The hull burned to the waterline. 1910: DUNELM went aground on Isle Royale while downbound with grain for Montreal. It was salvaged on December 21 and taken to Port Arthur for repairs.

1917: TUSCARORA, recently cut in two, towed through the Welland and St. Lawrence Canals, and rejoined at Montreal, sank with the loss of all hands off Cape Breton Island on the delivery voyage to the East Coast.

1924: MIDLAND PRINCE was swept onto a reef while under tow in the outer harbor at Port Colborne and sank the tugs JOSEPH H. and HOME RULE in the process. The laker was released the next day but the tugs were a total loss.

1961: The listing freighter MARIANGELA B. was abandoned on the Mediterranean south of Formentera, Spain, after the cargo of zinc shifted in a storm. The vessel was towed to Cartagena, Spain, on December 8 but soon sold to Italian shipbreakers for dismantling at La Spezia in 1962. The vessel had been built at Sturgeon Bay as LABAN HOWES in 1943.

1977: The passenger ship ROYAL CLIPPER caught fire in the engine room at Montreal. After five hours, the ship rolled on its side and sank. It was salvaged in 1982, towed to Port Maitland, and scrapped during 1984-1986.

1992: WILLIAM R. ROESCH was inbound at Holland, Mich., with a cargo of slag when it went aground. The ship was stuck for two hours.

2001: NANCY MELISSA visited the Great Lakes in 1980. It began taking water as e) EMRE BAY in the Ionian Sea and the crew abandoned the ship. The grain laden vessel was taken in tow to safety but was later sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as f) RESBE on April 9, 2003.

2002: SAGINAW sustained rudder damage while backing away at Thorold and had to go to Hamilton for repairs.

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

 

Stormy weather in forecast for northern Great Lakes

12/5 - Cold southwest winds 20-35 mph with gusts over 45 mph off Lake Michigan and the Straits will produce hazardous conditions from northwest Lower Michigan through the Straits and into the Upper Peninsula from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are expected, with localized amounts up to 13 inches possible.

9-10 News

 

Santa Claus comes to Port Huron on pilot boat

12/5 - Port Huron, Mich. – Cousins Jorja and Stella Beauvais and Jaycie Witulski came from northern Michigan to Port Huron where they received a special surprise on Saturday. Santa Claus was aboard the Lakes Pilots Association's boat, the Huron Spirit. The jolly old elf was wishing "Merry Christmas" to people up and down the Thomas Edison Parkway, including the cousins.

"I think it's just so amazing," said Jorja, who is 9. She and her sister, Stella, 9 months, and their cousin, Jaycie, 8, are from Presque Isle. "It was so nice to see Santa on a boat. I thought he was going to come on a sleigh, not a boat."

The girls are the grandchildren of Cliff and Linda Beauvais of Alpena. They said they just happened to be walking along the St. Clair River when Santa showed up.

"We grew up in Port Huron and we're here for a Christmas party," Cliff Beauvais said. "This was kind of special stuff."

Port Huron Times Herald

 

Port Reports -  December 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Orsula arrived at Duluth mid-morning Monday to load wheat at CHS 1. Algoma Enterprise, which had arrived just before midnight Sunday, departed around noon with petroleum coke from Midwest Energy. American Century remained at CN loading ore, and Edenborg continued taking on beet pulp pellets at Peavey. Philip R. Clarke remained moored at Fraser Shipyards. On the south side of the harbor, Burns Harbor finished loading at BN and departed during the morning Monday. Michipicoten arrived shortly thereafter, and was still at the dock as of Monday night. Philip R. Clarke was tentatively scheduled to shift down to BN after the Michipicoten's departure.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors Monday at 12:30. As of 20:30 Monday she was still loading. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic on Tuesday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Monday. Due Silver Bay on Tuesday, weather permitting, is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading stone at Graymont-Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, December 4, 0:41 Oakglen shifted to Viterra A to finish loading. 0:46 Algoma Guardian Arrived and anchored south of the Mission River. 16:14 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra B to load. 16:25 Algoma Mariner departed for Goderich. At 17:47 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:47 Algoma Guardian weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 19:05 Tim S. Dool finished loading and went to anchor south of the Mission River, probably to wait out the weather. 21:26 Federal Churchill arrived at the main anchorage and went to anchor.

St. Marys River
With a wind and storm warning in effect, vessels were beginning to go to anchor on Monday, with Indiana Harbor, James R. Barker, Lee A. Tregurtha, tug Defiance / barge Ashtabula and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort / barge Great Lakes Trader on the hook in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour Monday evening. Algoma Niagara was tucked in behind Whitefish Point. Traffic that was moving in the late evening included the downbounders Walter J. McCarthy, John D. Leitch, American Mariner and the upbound Manitoulin, Yulia and Baie Comeau. Federal Danube was heading into the Algoma export dock.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
G.L. Ostrander / barge Integrity arrived in Milwaukee Sunday night and unloaded Monday at their Jones Island terminal in the inner harbor. Federal Champlain departed from Milwaukee northbound up the Lake to Thunder Bay, Ontario about 5 p.m. Monday. Drawsko departed onto Lake Michigan Friday night first for Burns Harbor, then for Thunder Bay.

Mackinac Straits
Due to high winds, Algoway, tug Samuel de Champlain / barge and Sam Laud were at anchor east of the bridge. St. Clair was on the hook to the west. Fedeal Biscay was on the hook behind Bois Blanc Island.

Cedarville, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was loading stone on Monday. When finished, she remained at the dock due to weather.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Drawsko left Burns Harbor for Thunder Bay Monday late afternoon. Roger Blough departed Gary. Eemsborg was docked at the mouth of the Calumet River during the day, but departed in the late evening for (according to AIS) Duluth.

Port Austin, Mich.
Cuyahoga and Capt. Henry Jackman were anchored for weather Monday night off the tip of Michigan’s thumb.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Volgaborg was loading grain on Monday.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac was still unloading grain on Monday.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Great Republic arrived on Monday morning with a split load for the Buena Vista Dock in Saginaw and the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw. She was still unloading at Lafarge in Saginaw on Monday night. The USCG Hollyhock arrived in the evening and tied up at the Karn-Weadock Power Plant in Essexville.

Toledo, Ohio
Saltie Maria G arrived Monday and went up the river to load grain. She is former Gadwall from the Canfornav Fleet. As such, she has made several trips to Toledo during the past few years.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen (Overnight fog delayed traffic.)

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1837

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0022, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0942, CSL Assiniboine at 1610 and Algosea at 1953 - departed - Dec 3 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 1953 for Sarnia, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2156 - Dec 4 - CSL Assiniboine at 0840

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1715 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2100 - Dec 4 - Baie St. Paul at 0142, Algoma Olympic at 0332, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0425, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 0536, Saginaw at 0611 and Pacific Huron (Atg) at 1854

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Eeborg (Nld) at 2253 - Dec 4 - Cedarglen at 0219, algosteel at 0227, Tecumseh at 1033, BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1206 and Barnacle (Cyp) at 1614 and BBC Mississippi (Atg) at 2200

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - A;lgoma Olympic to wharf 16 at 1600, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1420 - destination Port Colborne

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Saginaw at 1156 and CCGS Constable Carriere at 2222 - Dec 4 - CCGS Private Robertson at 1851- docked - - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - departure - Dec 3 - Saginaw at 2139 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2325 - Dec 4 - Florence Spirit at 1403 eastbound and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Ocean Intrepid-16) at 0325 for Sarnia

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 4 - Robert S. Pierson at 0744 - departed at 1712 eastbound

Mississauga:
Docked - Dec 3 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0258

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - Dec 3 - Stephen B. Roman at 1934

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730 - departed Dec 4 - 1526

 

Steamer Jane Miller wreck discovered in Colpoys Bay

12/5 - Bruce Peninsula, Ont. – After 136 years on the bottom of Colpoys Bay, the Jane Miller has been found. The 78-foot package and passenger steamer that sank in a storm on Nov. 25, 1881, taking along some 25 people, was discovered in the summer lying intact on the lake bottom.

American shipwreck hunters Jared Daniels, Jerry Eliason and Ken Merryman made the discovery on July 27 and revealed their find on the 136th anniversary of the sinking. The ship is mostly structurally intact with its mast still standing, rising within some 75 feet of the surface. They also spotted what could be bodies on the wreck.

Merryman, who has been hunting for shipwrecks for over 40 years, said it was exciting to be able to find the Jane Miller after it had been lost for so long. “People call these things time capsules and they absolutely are,” Merryman said Sunday from his home in Minnesota. “That ship took on 10 to 20 tonnes of cargo, so now the archeologists have a snapshot of 1880s life on the Bruce Peninsula with what kinds of things are there.”

Local marine history author Scott Cameron said finding the Jane Miller is a major discovery for the area. He said there aren't very many ships left from the era, the wreck is mostly intact and it holds substantial archeological significance.

The Jane Miller was launched in 1879 from a small shipyard at Little Current on Manitoulin Island. The coastal steamer conducted a regular service between Collingwood and Manitoulin with stops along the way, taking passengers along with loads of goods like apples, butter, furniture, farm implements and other assorted freight up the eastern side of the peninsula and to Manitoulin Island.

The night it sank it sailed with a very heavy load from Owen Sound to Meaford, where more freight and passengers were picked up. In total, 25 people were aboard the ship, including the crew, passengers heading to destinations on the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island and 10 unidentified shantymen heading for the lumber camps on the peninsula.

The Jane Miller docked at Big Bay at 8:30 p.m. to pick up cordwood fuel before setting off to continue its journey amid streamers of snow and gale-force winds. Its next stop was said to be what was then known as Spencer's dock, midway between Big Bay and Wiarton. Witnesses on shore last saw what was assumed to be the Jane Miller heading in the direction of Wiarton as it passed through the gap between White Cloud Island and the mainland sometime after 9 p.m.

A brass plaque stands at Colpoy's Lookout Conservation Area, 11 kilometres east of Wiarton detailing the loss of the Jane Miller. In the days after the sinking some wreckage, personal items and freight were found. Searchers also noticed some bubbles and discoloration on the water, but the steamer itself was never found.

On July 27, 2017, the team of Daniel, Eliason and Merryman, with a permit from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, discovered the Jane Miller.

Merryman said they mostly shipwreck hunt on Lake Superior, but have also done some hunting on the U.S. side of Lake Huron, as well as Lake Erie and Lake Michigan. Merryman and Eliason have been hunting together for about 27 years and and have found 20 shipwrecks together. They also both found several shipwrecks before they teamed up. In July, the seasoned shipwreck hunters were in the Wiarton area with plans to search for the Manasoo and Jane Miller. After the weather made it difficult to search the open water where they believed the Manasoo is, they decided to look for the other ship.

Merryman, a founder of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, said history told them the Jane Miller went down between Big Bay and what was Spencer's dock. They decided to look past the dock location, theorizing that the captain, Andrew Port, might have shot past the dock in order to drift into it, or decided to continue on to Wiarton.

It was only on about the second or third pass the searchers realized success and their sonar picked up the wreck at 3:30 p.m. “We found it fairly quick and it was in a diveable depth,” said Merryman. “Nowadays that is fairly unusual. We weren't expecting that.”

The hunters aren't disclosing the exact location and depth of the wreck to allow government officials a chance to determine how to proceed with preservation and protection.

The next morning Merryman and the others headed back out to the site to dive and videotape the wreck. It was found sitting upright, three of the four large yawl davits that held the lifeboats still standing and the mast rising above. The hull is intact and the main deck cabins are intact, while the upper cabins have collapsed. Merryman said the wood on the side of the cabins had deteriorated and allowed them to see most of what was inside.

Their provincial permit didn't allow penetration of the wreck, but they made out what could be corpses on the ship.

Among some of the key features they made out were a fire extinguisher attached to the side of the ship, the ship's wheel, anchor and engine. Merryman could also make out a large stack of dishes that he suspected was cargo. Their dive lasted about 25 minutes and while Merryman said they would have liked to dive the wreck again, uncooperative weather and time constraints didn't allow for it.

He said he is hopeful that the government gets a chance to study the ship and see what is on the wreck. “We found it, but it is your wreck,” said Merryman, who said their permit allowed them to search and photograph the wreck before reporting it to the Ontario government, which they have done. The searchers have produced a video of the wreck, which can be seen at https://vimeo.com/244474805

Cameron expects the Jane Miller site will be protected since it is a gravesite and praised the dive team for not revealing the location.

“We certainly don't want people out there looking for it again,” said Cameron, who expects the Ontario Marine History Committee to protect the site, much like the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on Nov. 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. “You can't dive on the Edmund Fitzgerald and that is probably what will happen on the Jane Miller,” Cameron said.

Owen Sound Sun Times

 

Build the Huron Spirit pilot boat, raise money for maritime fund

12/5 - Port Huron, Mich. – For a donation of $25, ages 12 and up can now buy a nine-inch laser-printed paper model of the Huron Spirit pilot boat. All proceeds will be donated to the Community Foundation of St. Clair County – Maritime Fund.

The Maritime Fund supports programs that seek to preserve and enhance the waterways of St. Clair County, make the county a maritime destination, and provide young people the opportunity to pursue education in maritime studies.

The models are made by Lake Freighter Minis, LLC.

For sale at or send payment to:
Lakes Pilots Association
101 Water St.
Port Huron, MI 48061

Lakes Pilots Association is located across from the pilot boat dock. Include $6.65 for postage up to 3 kits. U.S. addresses only.

 

The arrival of the USS Little Rock at Buffalo

12/5 - View an image gallery at this link: http://www.wben.com/galleries/photos-arrival-uss-little-rock-canalside

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 5

In 1927, ALTADOC crashed on the rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula when her steering gear parted during a Lake Superior storm. The machinery and pilothouse of the wreck were recovered in 1928. The pilothouse was eventually refurbished in 1942 and opened as the Worlds Smallest Hotel in Copper Harbor, Michigan. The owners resided in the captains’ quarters, a gift shop was set up in the chart room, a guest lounge was set up in the wheelhouse, and there were two rooms for guests.

On 05 December 1897, the GEORGE W. MORLEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 193 foot, 1045 gross tons, built in 1888, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was sailing light from Milwaukee to Chicago when a fire started near her propeller shaft. It blazed up too quickly for the engineer to put it out and before he could get the fire pump started, the flames drove on deck. The firemen were kept at their posts as the vessel was steered to shore. She sank 100 yards off Greenwood Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. Luckily no lives were lost. The vessel’s engine was recovered in October 1898.

Tanker SATURN (Hull#218) was launched in 1973, for Cleveland Tankers at Jennings, Louisiana, by S.B.A. Shipyards, Inc.

SIR JAMES DUNN (Hull#109) was launched in 1951, for Canada Steamship Lines at Port Arthur, Ontario, by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

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-foot 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.

1909: HENRY STEINBRENNER (i) sank in a snowstorm on Mud Lake following a collision with the HARRY A. BERWIND. The superstructure remained above water and the ship was later refloated and repaired.

1927: The wooden steamer ADVANCE went aground off Manitoulin Island and two sailors were lost. The ship was salvaged but tied up at Cornwall later in the month and never operated again.

1935: The lumber carrier SWIFT caught fire at Sturgeon Bay and was a total loss. The remains were scrapped in 1936.

1935: The 65-year old wooden tug LUCKNOW burned outside the harbor at Midland and the ship was beached as a total loss.

1952: The wooden tug GARGANTUA departed Collingwood under tow and sought shelter from a storm early the next day behind Cabot Head. The ship was scuttled to avoid the rocky shore with the main part of the hull above water. The intent was to refloat the vessel in 1953 but it was abandoned instead.

1964: FAYETTE BROWN, enroute to Bilbao, Spain, for scrap, broke loose of the tug BARENTSZ ZEE in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and drifted aground on the south shore of Anticosti Island. Salvage efforts were not successful and the remains of the hull, now broken into many pieces, are still there.

1971: VENUS CHALLENGER was sunk by a missile in the India-Pakistan war while 26 miles south of Karachi. The ship broke in two and sank in 8 minutes. All 33 on board were lost. The vessel was completely darkened and going at 16 knots when hit. The ship had been a Seaway trader earlier in 1971 and as b) PLEIAS in 1968.

1976: TATIANA L. and RALPH MISENER sustained minor damage from a collision in the St. Lawrence. The former was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as c) LUCKY LADY in 2009, while the latter arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as c) DON in September 2012.

1987: The CASON foundered off Punta Rostro, Spain, enroute from Hamburg to Shanghai, due to heavy weather. There were 8 survivors but another 23 sailors perished. There were explosions and fires in deck containers and the hull broke in two during a salvage effort in May 1988. The ship had come through the Seaway as b) WOLFGANG RUSS in 1978 and FINN LEONHARDT in 1979.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth early Sunday morning with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. American Mariner departed from General Mills with grain later in the morning, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was outbound at noon with coal from Midwest Energy. American Century arrived a few hours later to load iron ore pellets at CN. Edenborg arrived via the Superior entry late Sunday afternoon to load beet pulp pellets at Peavey. Philip R. Clarke shifted to Fraser Shipyards Sunday night to take a delay after she finished unloading. In Superior, American Spirit arrived early Sunday morning to load ore at BN. She departed early in the afternoon, and Burns Harbor arrived during the evening to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Sunday. Due Two Harbors on Monday is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Sunday at 09:18. There is no traffic due Silver Bay on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, 11:20 Atlantic Huron departed for Sydney Nova Scotia. 17:49 Tim S. Dool arrived at G3 to load grain. 22:46 Algoma Mariner arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Sunday, 4:29 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 4:32 Oakglen arrived at Viterra B to load grain.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Barge Ashtabula and Lee A. Tregurtha loaded ore at LS&I on Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Drawsko was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Roger Blough was at Gary. Calumet and American Integrity were at Indiana Harbor. Manitowoc and Eemsborg were at docks on the Calumet River. CSL Laurentien was due early Sunday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway was loading at Sifto Dock on Sunday. She departed mid-evening upbound. Cuyahoga took her place and began loading salt. Volgaborg was loading grain.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac was unloading grain late Sunday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232 - Dec 2 - Algosea at 1720 and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1837

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0022, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0942, CSL Assiniboine at 1610 and Algosea from the anchorage to dock at 1910

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2236 - Dec 3 - Algolake at 0110, Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0237, G3 Marquis at 0818, Algoma Discovery at 0838, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15 Lake Erie-08) at 1415, Andean (Cyp) at 1630, Sarah Desgagnes at 1715 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2100

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - CCG Pennant Bay at 1937 (maiden voyage) tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2130 - Dec 3 - Saginaw at 0102, CSL Niagara at 0400, CCG Constable Carriere at 0750, Thunder Bay at 0727, Juno (Bds) at 1247, Eeborg (Nld) at 2150 and Cedarglen at 2250

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0227 - awaiting Clarkson dock - departed Dec 3 at 0110 approximately for Mississauga

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored: Dec 2 - Algoma Niagara at 1928 - departed at 2225

Hamilton:
Arrivals - anchored - docked - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Florence Spirit at 1402, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Dec 2 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Ocean Intrepid-16) at 1117 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - departure - Dec 3 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0022 for Toledo

Mississauga:
Docked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437 - departed Dec 1 at 2313 for Rotterdam - arrival - Dec 3 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0258

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 and English River at 1550 - Dec 3 - Stephen B. Roman at 1934 - departed Dec 3 - English River at 0618 for Bath

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730

 

Vessels with Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway Connections

12/4 - Reported As a Casualty or Sold for Demolition

Taken from December 2017 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None
Demolitions:

Tang (7708182; St. Kitts & Nevis) (Nedroma-17) - (1st trip into the Seaway 1983) - 16,013/1978 - bulk carrier. By International Bulk Carrier SpA (Sekur Holdings Inc) Algeria, to Bangladesh breakers and arrived Chittagong 9/05/2017 - commenced demolition 12/05/2017

Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Tugboat leads Toledo tree tradition

12/4 - Toledo, Ohio – A tugboat loaded down with Christmas trees and Santa Claus himself arrived at a Toledo dock Saturday in what has become an annual event for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Families with children and a few grown-ups cheered the arrival of the tug George Gradel outside the museum at the Marina District in East Toledo.

Among them was Laura Studyvin, 54, and her mother, Gloria Parker, 78, of Maumee. They grabbed their tree after men on the tugboat tossed them upon on the dock. “It’s a mother-daughter thing,” Ms. Studyvin said. “We think we’re not too old for Santa Claus to be bringing us a tree.”

“Second childhood, don’t you know,” chimed in Ms. Parker. “We love the museum.”

Nearly 100 people, including some tugboat aficionados, waited in the biting wind as the tug steamed through the opened Craig Memorial Bridge and pulled up to the dock. Santa Claus, played by museum volunteer Don Wallace of Maumee, cheered “Ho Ho Ho!” and “Merry Christmas” from a railing at the top of the tug to the waiting crowd, who cheered back.

The tugboat belongs to the Geo. Gradel Co., which has performed the annual service for the museum each of the last three years. The trees were locally grown, according to the museum. Museum spokesman Anna Kolin said Gradel used to have a Christmas tradition of sending a tug down the river carrying a sleigh. “They go above and beyond, decorating their tug and passing out ornaments,” Ms. Kolin said.

Josephine King, who works in the business with her father, John Gradel Sr., and brothers Mark and John, said the company is a marine contractor that operates eight tugs stationed in Toledo and Sandusky. It was started in 1903 by John Gradel, Sr.’s, grandfather, George Gradel.

Forty-four preordered trees were delivered this year, including 10 that were purchased by donors to be given to veterans, coordinated through Heroes in Action, said Ellen Kennedy, education manager for the museum. She said many boats used to conclude their shipping season by delivering loads of Christmas trees to Toledo to make a little extra money.

Toledo Blade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 4

In 1947, EMORY L. FORD, Captain William J. Lane, departed the Great Northern Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin, with the most valuable cargo of grain shipped on the Great Lakes. The shipment, valued at more than $3 million, consisted of 337,049 bushes of flax valued at $7 a bushel and 140,000 bushels of wheat.

On 04 December 1891, the side-wheel wooden passenger steamer JEANIE, owned by John Craig & Sons, caught fire at the Craig & Sons shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, and burned to the water's edge. She was valued at $25,000 and insured for $10,000.

Algoma Central Marine's ALGOSOO was the last ship built on the Lakes with the traditional fore and aft cabins; her maiden voyage took place today in 1974.

IMPERIAL QUEBEC entered service on December 4, 1957. Renamed b.) SIBYL W. in 1987, and c.) PANAMA TRADER in 1992. Scrapped in Mexico in 1997.

LIGHTSHIP 103 completed her sea trials December 4, 1920.

At 0210 hours on December 4, 1989, the U.S.C.G.C. 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 MANGAL DESAI, which was standing by.

On 4 December 1873, a gale struck Saginaw Bay while the CITY OF DETROIT of 1866 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 a.m. and about 7 a.m. 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 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 foot, 160 tons, 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.

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.

1920: The first RENVOYLE went to saltwater for war service in 1915. It foundered in shallow water on this date in the Bay of Biscay in 1920. Salvage attempts failed. The hull was broken up by the elements and part was scrapped on site.

1951: CAPTAIN C.D. SECORD was disabled and under tow of the SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY when it broke loose in a storm off Isle Royale. The ship was retrieved by U.S.C.G. WOODRUSH and taken to safety and eventually to Port Arthur for repairs.

1966: NAKWA RIVER sustained extensive fire damage at Montreal. The flames broke out while outbound from the Great Lakes.

1986: AMERICAN REPUBLIC was blown on the breakwall at Lorain, Ohio, and received a five-foot gash on the side about 15 feet above the waterline.

1990: IONIA caught fire in the engine room about 90 miles south of Puerto Rico while enroute from Tampa to Chittagong, Bangladesh. The damage was not repaired and the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, as f) ONIA in 1991 and scrapped. The vessel began Seaway service in 1971 as the British flag freighter ZINNIA, returned as b) TIMUR SWIFT in 1983 and as d) ZENOVIA in 1985.

1992: ZEUSPLEIN caught fire in the bridge at Campana, Argentina, and became a total loss. The vessel was sold to shipbreakers in India and arrived for scrapping on June 1, 1993. It had first traveled the Seaway as a) ZEUS in 1972 and had been rebuilt as a container ship in 1983.

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

 

Why the Great Lakes' largest freighter had to make emergency 360-degree turn

12/3 - Duluth, Minn. – Seeing a problem on the road and making a quick U-turn is one thing. Being alerted to a bridge ahead of you that won't raise means a wide turn and a whole lot of skill if you're the captain and crew of a 1,000-foot Great Lakes freighter.

The crew of the Paul R. Tregurtha had to pull a 360-degree maneuver on Friday morning when they learned the aerial lift bridge in Duluth, Minn., that they'd planned to go under had malfunctioned and was not raising properly.

To avoid a potential problem, the freighter did a wide turn before coming back under the bridge, which by then had resumed working. The spin maneuver was caught on an aerial camera and shared by Duluth TV station WDIO. View the video at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/why_the_great_lakes_largest_fr.html

 

Port Reports -  December 3

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors Saturday morning at 06:23 for Conneaut. Arriving at 23:07 on Friday was the Whitefish Bay. She departed Two Harbors at 14:40 on Saturday for Quebec City. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Sunday. Oakglen had been scheduled, but she's now headed to Thunder Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay was expected to see the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader later on Saturday arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading at Graymont in Superior. She departed the Twin Ports at approx. 18:00 on Saturday. There is no Sunday inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay.

St. Marys River
Tecumseh was downbound on Saturday afternoon, followed by Barnacle, Presque Isle and BBC Mississippi. Upbound traffic included Edenborg, Algoma Enterprise and Lee A. Tregurtha. Federal Danube was at the Algoma export dock.

Port Inland, Mich.
Sam Laud was loading limestone on Saturday night.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Drawsko, Calumet and Joseph L. Block were at Indiana Harbor Saturday night. Stewart J. Cort left for Superior early Saturday evening, while Federal Champlain was departing for Milwaukee just after 10 p.m. St. Clair was at Buffington. Eemsborg was docked at the mouth of the Calumet River.

Toledo, Ohio
Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin was loading coal at the CSX Docks Saturday. Federal Biscay was at the Midwest Overseas Dock. James L. Kuber finished unloading ore at the Torco Dock Saturday evening and proceeded upriver to Anderson's E Elevator to load grain. The following boats are due at the CSX Docks to load coal: James L. Kuber on Tuesday Dec. 5th and the John J. Boland on Wednesday Dec. 6th. Ashtabula is due at the Torco Ore Dock to unload ore on Tuesday Dec. 5th.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman finished unloading and departed at 3:30 Saturday afternoon for Picton, Ont.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen
Long Point Bay
Anchored - Nov 30 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1250 - departed - Dec 1 - at 2117 for dock - anchored Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232 - Dec 2 - Algosea at 1720 and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1837

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 1 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 2217 - arrival - Dec 1 - Baie Comeau at 1452 - departed - Dec 2 at 0031 for Windsor

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tugs Kurt R. Luedtke and Karl E. Ludtke at 1331 - departed at 1530 westbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 1 - Algoma Niagara at 2310 - Dec 2 - Algoma Spirit at 0732, Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) and Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2205 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 1 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2155 and light tug Ocean Cote Nord at 2200 (stopped at West Street wharf), Dec 2 - Algoma Transport at 0250, Ebony Ray (Sgp) (ex Millennium Park-13) at 0640, light tug Ocean Cote Nord, Algoma Strongfield at 0920, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1153, H. Lee White at 1400, Taagborg (Nld) at 1558 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 1 - light tug Ocean Cote Nord at 2219 - Dec 2 - departed approximately 1300 - stopped small boat dock at 1740 overnight

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-12) at 0227 - awaiting Clarkson dock

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored: Dec 2 - Algoma Niagara at 1928

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Ocean Intrepid-16) at 1117 and Brant (Cyp) at 1315 - docked - Nov 26 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 2124 - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Dec 01 - Florence Spirit at 0720 - departures - Dec 1 - Algoma Niagara at 2105 - Dec 2 - Algoma Spirit at 0523, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 0831,

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 01 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0706 - departed Dec 2 at 0420 for Nanticoke Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 01 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2212 - departed Dec 2 at 2017

Mississauga:
Docked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730

 

Lake Michigan expected to continue to rise this spring

12/3 - Grand Haven, Mich. – Lake Michigan is expected to continue to rise above long-term averages this spring, according to the latest data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District, said Lakes Michigan and Huron are expected to be 7-9 inches higher in spring 2018 compared to this past spring.

Lakes Huron and Michigan are measured as one unit by the Corps of Engineers.

According to the data, all of the Great Lakes are expected to remain above long-term averages when it comes to water levels through the spring. Lake Ontario is expected to be close to its long-term average, while the rest of the Great Lakes are expected to be significantly above averages.

Kompoltowicz said instances of erosion and shoreline flooding have occurred on all of the Great Lakes within the past few years. “Anytime you get those higher-than-average levels, the waves break closer and closer to infrastructure and shoreline protection,” he explained. “Erosion and shoreline flooding will continue under these circumstances.”

Kompoltowicz said the corps is working on updated forecasts for the Great Lakes’ levels, which will include predictions for next month through May 2018. “It’s certainly a concern for those with property along the Great Lakes, and the Great Lakes are very powerful bodies of water, which can stir up large waves very quickly,” he said.

Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, said water levels are part of a cyclical process. The Great Lakes normally rise in the spring as snow melts, peak in August or July, and then decrease in November and October as water evaporates from the lakes at a high rate.

Water levels usually hit a low for the year in the winter months. If that process continued with average snowfall, average runoff in the spring and average evaporation in the fall, then water levels would stay around the same, Gronwold said.

Since early 2013, precipitation in the Great Lakes region has been above average and evaporation has been below average. Gronewold said this is the cause behind the increase in water levels since 2013.

If there is an abundant snowfall this winter and wet conditions in the spring, it is possible that Lakes Michigan and Huron could approach the record high levels of 1986.

Grand Haven Tribune

 

Christmas Tree Ship arrives in Chicago

12/3 - Chicago, Ill. – A US Coast Guard ship has arrived at Navy Pier with 1,200 Christmas trees for needy families. It’s a reenactment of a Chicago tradition from the late 1800s. The Coast Guard Cutter the Mackinaw Christmas tree ship sailed from the Upper Peninsula following the route the original Christmas tree ship the Rouse Simmons sailed when it went down in a storm in 1912.

Commander John Stone says they sailed directly over the spot where the ship went down. “We conducted a solemn ceremony,” says Stone.

Captain Dave Truitt of the Chicago Christmas Tree Committee says the Captain of the Rouse Simmons, Herman Schuenemann, was a larger-than-life character, whose arrival in Chicago was always cause for celebration. “Everyone loved him,” says Truitt. “He was German. He drank beer.”

The wooden ship sits on the bottom of Lake Michigan off Two Rivers Wisconsin. The skeletons of Christmas trees are still in the hold.

View photos and a video at this link: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/12/02/christmas-tree-ship-arrives-in-chicago

 

Regarding news photo gallery and other updates

12/3 - Lately we have received many emails regarding our News Photo Gallery, which has not be updated for several months. At this point, we do not plan to resume posting to that gallery. At present there is no one available to update the galleries, which is a very time consuming task on our end due to outdated software we are financially unable to replace. The truth is, social media sites have long ago surpassed Boatnerd in the area of posting pictures. Sites like Facebook / Instagram have hundreds of people posting 24/7. There is no way Boatnerd, with its limited financial (we rely on donations to stay afloat) and personnel resources, could ever keep up. We suggest joining one or more of the many such groups that post dozens of pictures every day.

We'd like to remind everyone that our volunteers all have full time jobs, families, homes and lives to maintain. Sometimes volunteer projects have to be put on the back burner. Several individuals have volunteered to help with posting pictures and other aspects of the site, but due to the aforementioned software (circa 1995), that is just not practical. We thank them for their kind offers, however.

Finally, we'd like to remind readers that the Boatnerd News Page continues to be updated every day, aggregating information from many sources including social media sites and newspapers from around the region. Our volunteer puts in at least an hour or more daily, every day, 365 days a year doing this, and we thank him. Our Information Search and Regional Discussion boards remain active and are still a GREAT place to find out information. Our Vessel History write-ups have been recently updated with new information and photos; keep in mind this is also a time consuming, on-going process as ships join the fleet, change hands, are renamed or scrapped. It is a huge database.

Thank you for reading and supporting the site.

The Boatnerd Volunteers

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 3

In 1947, EMORY L. FORD, Captain William J. Lane, departed the Great Northern Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin, with the most valuable cargo of grain shipped on the Great Lakes. The shipment, valued at more than $3 million, consisted of 337,049 bushes of flax valued at $7 a bushel and 140,000 bushels of wheat.

On 04 December 1891, the side-wheel wooden passenger steamer JEANIE, owned by John Craig & Sons, caught fire at the Craig & Sons shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, and burned to the water's edge. She was valued at $25,000 and insured for $10,000.

Algoma Central Marine's ALGOSOO was the last ship built on the Lakes with the traditional fore and aft cabins; her maiden voyage took place today in 1974.

IMPERIAL QUEBEC entered service on December 4, 1957. Renamed b.) SIBYL W. in 1987, and c.) PANAMA TRADER in 1992. Scrapped in Mexico in 1997.

LIGHTSHIP 103 completed her sea trials December 4, 1920.

At 0210 hours on December 4, 1989, the U.S.C.G.C. 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 MANGAL DESAI, which was standing by.

On 4 December 1873, a gale struck Saginaw Bay while the CITY OF DETROIT of 1866 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 a.m. and about 7 a.m. 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 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 foot, 160 tons, 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.

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.

1920: The first RENVOYLE went to saltwater for war service in 1915. It foundered in shallow water on this date in the Bay of Biscay in 1920. Salvage attempts failed. The hull was broken up by the elements and part was scrapped on site.

1951: CAPTAIN C.D. SECORD was disabled and under tow of the SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY when it broke loose in a storm off Isle Royale. The ship was retrieved by U.S.C.G. WOODRUSH and taken to safety and eventually to Port Arthur for repairs.

1966: NAKWA RIVER sustained extensive fire damage at Montreal. The flames broke out while outbound from the Great Lakes.

1986: AMERICAN REPUBLIC was blown on the breakwall at Lorain, Ohio, and received a five-foot gash on the side about 15 feet above the waterline.

1990: IONIA caught fire in the engine room about 90 miles south of Puerto Rico while enroute from Tampa to Chittagong, Bangladesh. The damage was not repaired and the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, as f) ONIA in 1991 and scrapped. The vessel began Seaway service in 1971 as the British flag freighter ZINNIA, returned as b) TIMUR SWIFT in 1983 and as d) ZENOVIA in 1985.

1992: ZEUSPLEIN caught fire in the bridge at Campana, Argentina, and became a total loss. The vessel was sold to shipbreakers in India and arrived for scrapping on June 1, 1993. It had first traveled the Seaway as a) ZEUS in 1972 and had been rebuilt as a container ship in 1983.

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

 

 

Port Reports -  December 2

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algosteel departed Two Harbors Thursday night at 21:58 for Quebec City. Presque Isle arrived North of #2 in Two Harbors at 06:25 on Friday. After taking some cargo at the gravity dock she shifted to the shiploader and then departed at 16:30 on Friday for Gary. Edgar B. Speer arrived off Two Harbors Friday morning at 07:59 and went to anchor. She then arrived Friday at 16:49. Her AIS destination is already showing Conneaut. Due late Friday night is the Whitefish Bay. There is no other traffic scheduled for Saturday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw no traffic on Friday. Due Silver Bay later in the day on Saturday is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort / Great Lakes Trader arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading limestone.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday 21:39 Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Friday, 0:08 Cedarglen departed for Montreal. 10:47 Federal Ems arrived and went to anchor/ 11:42 Frontenac departed for Midland. 18:06 Tecumseh departed for Sorel. 20:04 Barnacle departed for Sorel. 22:02 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.

Manistee, Mich.
Great Republic was unloading Friday evening.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Champlain and Orsula were at Burns Harbor docks Friday evening. Stewart J. Cort and St. Clair were due. Edwin H Gott was at Gary.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Biscay will be arriving at Toledo mid to late Saturday morning depending on her speed while sailing across Lake Erie.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Federal Margaree departed heading east early Friday. She was entering the Welland Canal late Friday night.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay:
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 30 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1250

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - John D. Leitch at 2037, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2155 - Dec 01 - Algoma Guardian at 0015, Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 0618, Algoma Equinox at 0725, CSL Welland at 0847, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1856, Algoma Niagara at 2243

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - Algoma Spirit at 0048, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 0716, Algowood at 0738, Federal Seto ( Mhl) at 1251, John J. Boland at 1322 and Algoma Olympic at 1322, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2155 and light tug Ocean Cote Nord at 2200

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-12) at 0227 - awaiting Clarkson dock

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 01 - Algoma Niagara at 0622, Florence Spirit at 0720 and Algoma Spirit at 1333. Docked - Nov 25 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1747 - Nov 26 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 2124 - Nov 27 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 2219 - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Algoma Equinox at 1309 and Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 departures - Dec 01- Spruceglen at 0422, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0539 for Prescott, Algoma Equinox at 0602 for the canal, Algoma Niagara at 2105

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 01 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0706

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 01 - Robert S. Pierson at 1245 and Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2130 approximately

Mississauga:
Aocked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730

 

Obituary: Daniel J. Kobasic

12/2 - Daniel J. Kobasic, age 71, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday morning, November 30, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.

“Wooden ships, iron men” goes the old maritime saying. While Daniel Joseph Kobasic never sailed on the wooden ships, he was certainly an iron man, with an unparalleled work ethic and fierce determination. And although his life was tragically cut short by pancreatic cancer, he lived more in his 71 years than most. He was a carpenter, machinist, landscaper, fisherman, entrepreneur, pizza purveyor, ship builder, tug boat captain, storyteller and visionary. Daniel was also a father, grandfather, brother, and friend. By all accounts, he led a complicated and extraordinary life.

Born on August 10, 1946, Daniel was the second son and fifth child of Frank and Mary (nee Kolich) Kobasic. The very night he turned 18, he walked onto an iron ore freighter. As he was apt to say, “I left home with a paper bag and the shirt on my back”. Driven by ambition, Daniel worked his “way up the hawsepipe” and attended navigation school in New York. He overcame color-blindness to pass the red light/green light lantern test, and eventually became a celestial navigator, 2nd mate in the merchant marine. In lieu of the army, he served in the Vietnam war zone, hauled goods and weapons around southeastern Asia, and ultimately circumnavigated the globe three times.

After nearly 8 years on the ships, he returned to Escanaba, struggling to find self-employment, offering carpentry and landscaping work with little success. Heeding his then-wife’s suggestion, Daniel began construction on Shakey’s pizza restaurant. It was a risky endeavor for the young couple, and he broke ground on the property before securing financing. A gifted orator, Daniel found funding from Arnie Mackie at First National Bank, and Shakey’s opened in September 1973.

The pizza restaurant was merely a means to an end, however. He channeled profits from the thriving pizza business to build a fishing trawler. With no formal education in naval architecture, he built the Danicia K. in 1978 on land near the power plant in Wells, and a year later started Basic Marine. It was the modest beginning to an impressive maritime construction endeavor, building over 240 vessels that float in the fresh and saltwater lakes and seas.

After exiting the pizza-making business in 1986, he wholly devoted his attentions to Basic Marine, and together with his brother, business partner, and best friend, Claude Kobasic, he expanded the physical footprint of the business significantly during the late 80s and early 90s, adding a drydock to allow for the repair of larger vessels. He also launched Basic Towing, which ultimately grew to a fleet of 8 vessels. Two of the tugs were acquired on the East Coast, and he brought his 3 daughters along for the three-week long journey up the St. Lawrence Seaway. The tugs delivered vessels created at Basic Marine to destinations as far as Seattle via the Panama Canal. He also maintained a former World War II Coast Guard-cutter, the Erika Kobasic, as an icebreaker, freeing shipping lanes from their frozen confines in the winter. To quote a 2010 Daily Press article detailing the history of the company, “we would do well to remember that vast wealth and resources aren’t as important as good business sense, boldness to act, and an iron will to succeed.”

Daniel was a restless and driven individual, and happiest when embarking on a new project. His recent dock expansion project allowed the first saltwater merchant vessel into the area in 80 years, and returned Escanaba’s status as an international shipping port. The project expanded the dock from 450 to 1,200 feet, dredged the port to 28 feet, and included several thousand feet of steel sheeting to secure the shoreline. His unfinished dream to restore Escanaba’s North Shore to its original 1880’s glory will be carried on by his brother, Claude and nephew, Nicholas to honor his nostalgic labor of love.

He loved car rides, cigars, a good fish fry, Crown Royal, ice cream, and a well-prepared meal on a warm plate. He had a sparkling and often cutting sense of humor, and as anyone who spent time with him knows, he did not suffer fools. His musical tastes varied widely, from Pearl Jam to big band music to romantic piano ballads. He had an eye for design, and delighted in a well-made object. Daniel was an avid collector, and especially cherished wood stoves. He was proud of his Croatian heritage, and found solace in the Catholic faith of his ancestors, particularly in his last years. And he found true delight in riding bicycles with his youngest granddaughter, Gina. His legacy of generosity will continue through the many individuals and organizations that benefitted from his charitable heart.

In his brief but devastating illness, Daniel was devotedly and lovingly nursed by his youngest daughter, Krystal, with dedicated support from his middle daughter, Erika; and his brother, Claude.

He is survived his three daughters, Danica Stanciu of Washington, D.C., and her children, Nicolas and Elena, Erika and Steve Meyer of Milwaukee, the parents of his beloved Gina, and Krystal Kobasic and her fiancé Chris Bjuhr of San Francisco, CA; surviving siblings include, Catherine Wendt, Frank Jr. “Bud” (Audrey) Kobasic, Barb Darce, Joan Kobasic, Shirley Kobasic, John Kobasic, Claude (Bev) Kobasic, and Mary (Zahid) Hanif; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his sisters, Mary and Helen Lou.

Visitation for family and close friends will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m., Monday, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Father Rick Courier officiating. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials please be directed to the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association. Charitable donations may be made to:

The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association P.O. Box 954, Escanaba MI 49829 Web: https://www.upsteamandgasengine.org

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 2

On this day in 1942, the tug ADMIRAL and tanker-barge CLEVCO encountered a late season blizzard on Lake Erie. The ADMIRAL sank approximately 10 miles off Avon Point, Ohio, with a loss of 11. The CLEVCO sank 30 hours later off Euclid Beach with a loss of 19.

On 02 December 1857, the NAPOLEON (wooden propeller, 92 foot, 181 tons, built in 1845, at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, as a schooner) went to the assistance of the schooner DREADNAUGHT. In the rescue attempt, the NAPOLEON bent her rudder and disabled her engine. Helpless, she went on a reef off Saugeen, Ontario, and was pounded to pieces. Her engine, boiler and gear were salvaged in the autumn of 1858, and sold at Detroit, Michigan.

Hall Corporation of Canada’s OTTERCLIFFE HALL (Hull # 667) was launched December 2, 1968, at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

GEORGE R. FINK, b) ERNEST T. WEIR under tow passed Gibraltar on December 2, 1973, and arrived at Gandia, Spain, prior to December 7, 1973, for scrapping.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s GOVERNOR MILLER (Hull # 810) was launched in1937, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co.

NIPIGON BAY last ran in 1982, and was laid up at Montreal on December 2nd.

December 2, 1975, 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, Michigan. 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 feet overall x 56 feet 2 inches x 11 feet 9 inches.

On 2 December 1832, the wooden schooner CAROLINE was carrying dry goods worth more than $30,000 from Oswego to Ogdensburg, New York, 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 10 boats per day.

1964: The anchors of AGIOS NICOLAOS II dragged in a storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the ship drifted aground at Sea-Cow Head, near Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The ship was released and towed to Halifax but not repaired. It had first come through the Seaway as a) ALKAID in 1961 and made one trip inland as b) AGIOS NICOLAOS II in 1964. Following a sale for scrap, the ship arrived at Bilbao, Spain, under tow of the tug PRAIA DE ADRAGA, on April 2, 1965.

1967: The tanker LUBROLAKE and tug IRVING BEECH were blown aground on Cape Breton Island, near New Waterford, NS at a site called the No. 12 Stone Dump. Both ships were abandoned and broken up to the waterline there at a later date.

1976: PEARL ASIA went aground off Port Weller while waiting clearance to head upbound to Thorold with a cargo of bauxite. After being lightered to MAPLEHEATH, the vessel was pulled free. It had begun Seaway trading as a) CRYSTAL CROWN in 1960 and first returned as b) PEARL ASIA in 1971.

1977: KEFALONIA SKY arrived at New Orleans with engine trouble that was later deemed beyond economic repair. The vessel was sold for scrapping at Brownsville, Texas, in 1978. It had first visited the Seaway as NIEUWE TONGE in 1960 and returned as b) AMSTELDIEP in 1963.

2006: The tug SENECA broke loose of the SUSAN B. HOEY on Lake Superior and was blown aground 21 miles east of Grand Marais, Mich. It was refloated on Dec. 23 and taken to Sault Ste. Marie for assessment.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Roger Blough arrived Duluth mid-morning Thursday to load iron ore pellets at CN. Eeborg was outbound during the evening after taking on wheat at the CHS elevator. BBC Mississippi completed offloading her cargo of wind turbine parts at Port Terminal mid-day Thursday, and shifted to Hallett #5 to load bentonite. Her fleetmate BBC Vesuvius remained at Port Terminal's berth 8 loading. Both she and the Blough were expected to depart by midnight, weather permitting.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors at 10:35 on Thursday for Indiana Harbor-7H. Algosteel arrived Two Harbors at 11:29 on Thursday after anchoring off the Twin Ports Wednesday night. As of 20:45 she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Friday is the Edgar B. Speer that was anchored all day Thursday in Bete Grise Bay. She got underway for Two Harbors at approx. 17:00. Also due Two Harbors later in the day is the Whitefish Bay. The Presque Isle is showing a Duluth destination on AIS, but could end up in Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Thursday and none scheduled on Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 03:27 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. At 14:53 Juno departed for Gibraltar

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain / barge Innovation left Milwaukee early Wednesday, arriving in Benton Harbor that afternoon. G.L. Ostrander & barge Integrity arrived and docked at Jones Island after 10 p.m. Wednesday. Prentiss Brown / barge St. Marys Challenger were expected in Milwaukee from Charlevoix Thursday morning. Drawsko arrived in Milwaukee from Cleveland after 8:30 p.m. Thursday, docking with assistance of tug Minnesota at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Champlain, Orsula and Burns Harbor were at Burns Harbor docks Thursday evening. CSL Niagara was at Gary. American Century and Hon. James L. Oberstar were at Indiana Harbor. Volgaborg, Federal Churchill and John G. Munson were at docks on the Calumet River.

Toledo, Ohio
The tug Nebraska brought the tug Ohio from Cleveland on Thursday morning and left her at the Gradel dock. She may become a display at the National Maritime Museum.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Federal Margaree continued to load mill scale at the Jonick Dock and Terminal on Thursday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 29 - English River at 0617 - departed Nov 30 at 00221

Long Point Bay
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 24- Algocanada at 1854 - departures - Nov 30 - Algoscotia at 1233 for Tracy and Algonova at 1423 westbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 29 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1727, Kaministiqua at 1752, Oakglen at 1851, Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2239 and Edenborg (Nld) at 2351 - Nov 30 - John D. Leitch at 2030

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 29 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1719 - Nov 30 - English River at 0533, Sten Idun (Gib) at 1044, Algoma Niagara at 1506 and Algoscotia at 1559

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura at 0312 and John D. Leitch at 1745 - departed Nov 30 - Federal Katsura at 1220 approximately for Hamilton and John D. Leitch at 2015 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:  Anchored -- Nov 30 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1130 - departed at 1648 for Duluth/Superior

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0709, Algoma Equinox at 1309, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 Docked - Nov 25 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1747 - Nov 26 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 2124 - Nov 27 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 2219 - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Spruceglen at 1135, Florence Spirit at 1402, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642, Jiimaan ((Pelee island ferry) at Heddle dry dock at 2241 - departures - Nov 29 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 1732 - Nov 30 - Algoma Enterprise at 0650 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1946

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 29 - Dara Desgagnes at 1302 - departed Nov 30 at 1147

Clarkson:
Arrival - Robert S. Pierson at 1610 - departed - Mississauga:
Docked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437

 

USCG, Chicago set for today’s delivery of Christmas trees for needy families

12/1 - Chicago, Ill. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and members of the Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee will reenact a tradition dating back to the late 1800s, Friday and Saturday at Navy Pier.

The Mackinaw, serving once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship” and loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, is scheduled to return to Chicago Friday at 8:30 a.m., for a two-day event.

The Christmas trees, purchased by the Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee through private donations, will be offloaded Saturday by members of the Coast Guard and local youth volunteers including the Sea Cadets, Venture Crews, Sea Scouts and the Young Marines, following a brief, public ceremony beginning at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at the west end of Navy Pier in Polk Brothers Park. The ceremonial first tree will be presented to a representative of Ada S. McKinley Community Services on behalf of more than 1,200 deserving families who will be given a tree. The remaining trees will then be loaded onto trucks for distribution by 18 local community organization chosen by the Christmas Ship Committee.

The Mackinaw’s reenactment continues a treasured piece of Chicago’s maritime tradition. Herman Schuenemann, the captain of the original Christmas Ship, came to Chicago from Michigan for more than 30 years with fresh evergreens and wreaths for the holiday season during the late 1800s and early 1900’s. Captain Schuenemann and the Rouse Simmons was lost in a storm on Lake Michigan and sank with a crew of 16 between Kewaunee and Two Rivers, Wis., November 23, 1912.

During the transit to Chicago, the crew of the Mackinaw held a solemn tribute and dropped a wreath into the waters near the resting place of the Rouse Simmons, which was located in 1971.

Chicago’s boating community has been re-enacting the days of the Rouse Simmons landing in Chicago for the past 18 years. The Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee is comprised of and supported by all facets of the Chicago’s boating community, which includes: the International Shipmasters’ Association; Chicago Marine Heritage Society; the Navy League of the United States; Chicago yacht clubs; Friends of the Marine Community; the Chicago Yachting Association, the Cruise Ship Mystic Blue and others. Navy Pier hosts the event while staff lends support to this ongoing tradition.

The Committee, in conjunction with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and members of the Coast Guard Auxilliary, will also host educational programs for local area schools aboard the Mackinaw. More than 300 students from the Chicago area will learn about the role of the Coast Guard, the “Christmas Ship” tradition, observe a Sea Partners ecology presentation and experience a ship tour by Coast Guard Auxiliary. Members of the Mackinaw’s crew and volunteers from Chicago’s boating community will decorate the ship on Friday afternoon for the “Chicago’s Christmas Ship” event.

The Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., was commissioned in June 2006 and has a crew of 60. It is one of the Coast Guard’s most technologically advanced multi-missioned cutters. In addition to search and rescue and maritime law enforcement operations, this weekend's charitable activity takes place in conjunction with a scheduled aids to navigation mission in the southern region of Lake Michigan to remove seasonal buoys for winter maintenance and replace them with ice buoys to protect them from ice damage. Additionally, regular underway crew training and drills are being conducted in preparation for the ship’s primary winter mission of ice-breaking to keep commerce moving through the Great Lakes.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 1

In 1940, the Columbia Transportation steamer CARROLLTON laid up in the Cuyahoga River with a storage load of 75,000 bushels of potatoes.

On 01 December 1884, the N BOUTIN (wooden propeller tug, 68 foot, 46 gross tons, built in 1882, at Buffalo, New York) sank in ten feet of water near Washburn, Wisconsin. Newspaper reports stated that she was leaking badly and was run toward shore to beach her but no details are given regarding the cause of the leak. She was recovered and repaired.

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, Michigan. The JENNIFER went to the bottom in water too deep for any salvage attempt.

FRED G. HARTWELL, the last boat built for the Franklin Steamship Co., 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.

HUDSON TRANSPORT was put up for sale by Marine Salvage in December 1982.

On 1 December 1875, BRIDGEWATER (3-mast wooden schooner, 706 tons, built in 1866, at Buffalo, New York, as a bark) grounded on Waugoshance Point in the Straits of Mackinac. She was released fairly quickly and then was towed to Buffalo, New York, 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 sank on Lake Erie, 31 lives were lost.

December 1, 1985 - 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 foot, 251 tons, built in 1863, at Port Burwell, Ontario 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 towline 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.

On 01 December 1934, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA (WPG 64) (165 foot, 718 gross tons, built in 1932, at W. Bay City, Michigan) 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.

SULLIVAN BROTHERS (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 430 foot, 4897 gross tons, built in 1901, at Chicago, Illinois 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.

1934: The whaleback steamer HENRY CORT hit the north pier at Muskegon, MI and was wrecked. All on board were saved but one rescuer perished when the U.S.C.G. surfboat overturned. HENRY CORT was cut up for scrap on location during World War Two.

1961: The Canada Steamship Lines bulk canaller ELGIN struck the Charelvoix Bridge on the Lachine Canal when the structure did not open properly due to a faulty bridge mechanism. The waterway was closed for several days but the ship was not damaged.

1961: ARIE H., a Liberian flagged Liberty ship, went aground near the Snell Lock but was refloated and, the following day, departed the Seaway as the last oceangoing ship of the season.

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

 



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