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USCG to break ice between Mackinac Island, St. Ignace

2/28 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – This Saturday, the Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay will break up the ice separating Mackinac Island and St. Ignace, Mich.

At the request of Mackinac Island community leaders, Captain of the Port Sault Ste. Marie will open the waters between St Ignace and Mackinac Island at 8 a.m. on March 3. Much of the ice has already deteriorated due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

Mobile Bay will break up the remaining fields of ice to enable local ferries to service Mackinac Island. The U.S. Coast Guard reminds all recreational ice users to plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  February 28

Lake Michigan
Algosteel was off the Door Peninsula headed for Milwaukee with salt Tuesday night.

Toronto, Ont. – Gerry Ouderkirk
McKiel's tug Leonard M and barge Niagara Spirit are unloading crushed stone at the old Essroc dock. They pair was in port last week as well. The Villiers Street slip from which they are unloading is slated to be landfilled as part of the Don River restoration project.

 

Rand Logistics forms Conneaut Creek Ship Repair

2/28 - Jersey City, NJ – Rand Logistics Inc. has expanded its existing vessel maintenance and services business with the introduction of Conneaut Creek Ship Repair Inc., a full-service ship repair, fabrication and industrial maintenance company.

Conneaut Creek Ship Repair is located in Ashtabula, Ohio, and is staffed to manage projects of all sizes, with recent contracts awarded by U.S. government agencies and private industry. CCSR’s capabilities and service offerings include, but are not limited to, heavy fabrication and repair services including steel, stainless steel and aluminum fabrication; ship repair while dockside or underway; vessel construction; U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M remediation; conveyor and track repairs; engine and generator repowering and new installations; heavy duty winch repair and maintenance; dock fabrication, installation and repair; and commercial diving services.

The Conneaut Creek team is led by Senior Director Joseph Craine, who has more than 35 years of marine and heavy industry repair and maintenance expertise. Besides overseeing capital projects and related winter work on Rand vessels during the 2017-2018 winter season, Conneaut Creek has already been awarded a number of new pieces of business, including a crane barge conversion project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District and dockside ship repair on a commercial vessel.

Rand Logistics

 

Pig iron production at Lorain mill expected by end of 2018

2/28 - Lorain, Ohio – One of Republic Steel’s blast furnaces could fire again in Lorain, according to a company that hopes to make pig iron there. Lorain Pig Iron LLC on Feb. 21 announced it is “engaging technical service providers necessary to review and submit proposals for the recommissioning of Republic Steel’s Blast Furnace 4,” known as BF4 in Lorain.

The company, known as LPI, is a jointly owned operation of Republic Steel and ERP Iron Ore LLC. LPI announced it expects to commence production of pig iron at BF4 by the end of the year.

“LPI seeks to introduce a new beginning in U.S. steelmaking, where its U.S. blast furnaces will provide pig iron for the growing production of ‘electric arc furnace’ steel and foundries,” the company announcement said. “LPI will fully integrate its affiliated metallurgical coal mines, coke batteries and iron ore mines as it proudly reintroduces merchant pig iron production to North America.”

The announcement referred to blast furnaces and electric arc furnaces, the heating methods for refining iron and other raw materials for use.

The blast furnace will be recommissioned in partnership with the United Steel Workers and is expected to produce and distribute more than 1 million tons of pig iron a year to customers in the United States, according to Lorain Pig Iron LLC.

The company announced it is negotiating agreements with Republic Steel and other groups for the recommissioning and use of BF 4.

Lorain Pig Iron LLC will start evaluating the recommissioning of Republic Steel’s Blast Furnace 3, or BF 3, which could increase production of pig iron in Lorain to more than 2 million tons a year.

The announcement served as a follow-up to the companies’ agreement in summer 2017. In July last year, Republic Steel and ERP Iron Ore LLC announced their memorandum of understanding to partner on producing up to 1 million net tons of pig iron a year at Republic Steel’s Lorain mill.

The joint venture will serve the increasing demand for virgin iron required to produce steel in the electric arc furnace, or EAF, sector, according to the companies’ statement from July 2017.

ERP Iron Ore announced it would send iron ore pellets to Lorain via rail from its plant in Reynolds, Indiana, which was built at a cost of more than $400 million, according to the companies.

Republic Steel made regional news in 2011 when the company announced plans for a new electric arc furnace, an $85 million addition that was expected to create almost 450 jobs at its Lorain mill.

Morning Journal

 

Coast Guard breaking ice to bring Beaver Island much-needed fuel

2/28 - Beaver Island, Mich. – When you live year-round on Beaver Island in the northern reaches of Lake Michigan, running low on fuel supplies can be a little worrisome in the winter. That’s because there's a lot of ice between your island and the boat carrying the fuel.

Two U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers were on their way Tuesday to make sure the much-needed fuel delivery makes it to Beaver Island, which sits nearly 27 miles northwest off the Charlevoix coast.

The Mobile Bay was breaking ice into the island's harbor. On Wednesday the Mackinaw will be escorting a tug pulling a barge loaded with fuel products, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie.

The delivery was supposed to happen Tuesday, but the plan was pushed back because of high winds. The tug Shamrock is pulling the fuel load from Manistique, along the southern rim of the Upper Peninsula.

"The Mobile Bay will prepare tracks to the Old Coast Guard Station near Whiskey Point. The two cutters will then ensure the tug/barge is safely moored before departing," the Coast Guard said. The military alerted people to their delivery plans days in advance. They're reminding anyone who uses the ice for recreational activities to be cautious and to steer clear of the shipping channels.

Beaver Island's few hundred year-round residents were expecting a fuel delivery late last year. But ice coverage grew quickly in northern Lake Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac this winter, meaning that last load of fuel could not reach the island.

"We're running a little short on gasoline for the winter," said Steve West, executive director of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. "We're very appreciative of the Coast Guard for coming out." Beaver Island is about 13 miles long and 6 miles wide. It has two gas stations.

 

Victory II cruise ship visits to Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay canceled

2/28 - Green Bay, Wis. – Two visits by a cruise ship bringing international visitors to Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay this summer are canceled. The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the cancellation Friday.

A letter from the owner of the cruise ship, Victory Cruise Lines, says the ship that was making the two visits to Wisconsin is being remodeled in Europe and won't be ready in time for the planned stops.

The Victory II was scheduled to dock at Green Bay's Leicht Park on July 17 and July 20. Victory Cruise Lines says it won't be ready before July 27, when it begins a cruise in Montreal, Canada, and continues with its planned itineraries from that date on.

Victory Cruise Lines says it's revising its schedules for 2019 and 2020 to include Wisconsin. "With more time and flexibility for the future, I can guarantee that we will be back in your ports within the coming seasons," chairman Bruce Nierenberg said.

The visitors and convention bureau says it will be represented at a cruise industry trade show next month in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to talk with other cruise lines. It says there are seven other cruise companies active on the Great Lakes.

WBAY

 

Annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival Saturday

2/28 - March 3 is the date of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival, formerly known as the "Ford Seahorses" show. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Mich. Diving and equipment vendors will be set up in the atrium to visit between programs. Fresh and saltwater presentations include the Schooner Plymouth, the 60th Anniversary of the Carl D Bradley, Dave Trotter's new program on the Clifton, Presque Isle (MI) shipwrecks, and Thumb Area shipwrecks, a program on octopus and cuttlefish, Malaysian diving, and Robert McGreevey's show on Lost Legends of the Lakes, among others.

Details at www.GreatLakesShipwreckFestival.org

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 28

VENUS (steel propeller bulk freighter, 346 foot, 3,719 gross tons) was launched on 28 February 1901, by the American Ship Building Company (Hull #307) at Lorain, Ohio for the Gilchrist Transportation Company, converted to a crane-ship in 1927. She was renamed b.) STEEL PRODUCTS in 1958, and lasted until 1961, when she was scrapped at Point Abino, Ontario, the spot where she had run aground and partially sunk while being towed for scrap.

The lighthouse tender MARIGOLD (iron steamer, 150 foot, 454 gross tons, built in Wyandotte, Michigan) completed her sea trials on 28 February 1891. The contract price for building her was $77,000. After being fitted out, she was placed into service as the supply ship to the lighthouses in the Eleventh District, taking the place of the WARRINGTON. The MARIGOLD was sold in 1947, converted to a converted to dredge and renamed MISS MUDHEN II.

The rail ferry INCAN SUPERIOR (Hull#211) was launched February 28, 1974, at North Vancouver, British Columbia by Burrard Drydock Co. Ltd. She operated between Thunder Bay, Ontario and Superior, Wisconsin until 1992, when she left the Lakes for British Columbia, she was renamed b.) PRINCESS SUPERIOR in 1993.

OUTARDE was launched February 28, 1906, as a.) ABRAHAM STEARN (Hull#513) at Superior, Wisconsin by Superior Ship Building Co.

In 1929, the Grand Trunk carferry MADISON, inbound into Grand Haven in fog and ice, collided with the U.S. Army dredge General G.G. MEADE, berthed on the south bank of the river for the winter. Damage was minor.

1965: The bow section of the tanker STOLT DAGALI, broken in two due to a collision with the passenger liner SHALOM on November 26, 1964, departed New York for Gothenburg, Sweden, under tow to be rebuilt. The ship had been a Seaway trader as a) DAGALI in 1961, 1962 and 1963.

1974: The Dutch freighter AMPENAN visited the Great Lakes in 1960 and 1961. It arrived at Busan, South Korea, for scrapping as c) OCEAN REX.

1995: CHEM PEGASUS, a Seaway trader as far as Hamilton in 2012, was launched on this date as a) SPRING LEO.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 27

Lake Huron
Algosteel was upbound with an AIS destination of Milwaukee on Monday night.

Lake Erie
Algoma Hansa and Algocanada were in western Lake Erie Monday night with USCG Griffon. Tug Everlast and barge at Nanticoke. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder were headed for Cleveland after loading stone.

 

'Perfect storm' of conditions leads to above-normal ice cover

2/27 - Petoskey, Mich. – With this winter's wide weather swings, it may be surprising for some to learn that the Great Lakes saw their ice cover percentage reach well above the average yearly peak.

Although this winter has chilled Northern Michigan residents at times with stretches of below-zero temperatures, those have been punctuated by several mid-season warm-ups featuring numerous days with well-above-normal temperatures.

Although this year's Great Lakes peak ice coverage did not approach the nearly completely frozen-over conditions the lakes saw in the winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15, the lakes did see a peak ice coverage at about 69 percent around Feb. 11, according to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

In fact, on that date, the agency reported that Lake Erie was about 91 percent frozen over, Lake Michigan was at 51 percent, Lake Huron was at about 81 percent, Lake Ontario was at 15 percent, Lake Superior was at 77 percent and Lake St. Clair was nearly 94 percent covered.

Indeed, even as of Saturday, the Great Lakes were reported to be nearly 49 percent covered by ice. Last year at the same time, the lakes were just 6.2 percent covered and at the same time in 2016 they were just 12.9 percent covered by ice.

The average peak ice coverage for the Great Lakes since officials began recording data around 1973 is about 55 percent. As for yearly maximum ice coverage, the highest was recorded in 1979 at 94.7 percent and the lowest was in 2002 at 11.9 percent. The second-highest (92.5 percent) and second-lowest (12.9 percent) yearly maximums for ice cover both occurred more recently — in 2014 and 2012, respectively.

Scott Rozanski, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, said the Great Lakes owes much of its ice cover this winter to a "perfect storm" of ideal ice-forming conditions that started in to mid- to late- January.

Rozanski explained there are numerous factors that impact how much and how quickly ice forms on the Great Lake.

He said a period of very cold weather in late December and early January primed the Great Lakes to "create a lot of ice very quickly."

He said the two other main factors that come into play are water temperatures and wind. He said the absence of wind during really cold spells not only provides a calm surface on which ice can form more quickly, but also keeps the water temperature at the surface more consistent, because wave action doesn't stir mix the colder layers with warmer layers of lake water.

When those cold temperatures came in, we did not have a lot of waves and ice was able to grow very, very quickly.

This was particularly noticeable during a period in early February from about Feb. 2 to Feb. 12, when daily highs were in the teens or low 20s and overnight lows were regularly in the single digits. During that same approximate time frame, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 12, the ice coverage on the Great Lakes grew from about 15 percent to the season peak of 69 percent.

Rozanski said now, even as ice coverage begins to wane for the season as spring approaches, winter's ice coverage can have multiple impacts that linger into spring and summer.

He said it can have an impact on lake levels, as water is lost by evaporation during the winter when there is more ice cover. Similarly, when ice is in place, it greatly reduces the potential for lake effect snow. He said it will also have an impact on how quickly the lakes warm up when warmer weather arrives. Correspondingly, cooler lakes often translate into somewhat cooler spring temperatures, especially near the lakeshore.

That means the common Northern Michigan springtime weather forecast of "cooler near the lakes" could be especially common this coming spring.

"Generally speaking, when you break a mid-winter pattern that trends toward what we seen recently, you will have a spring that last a little longer and it's a little harder to break toward warmer weather, especially near the lakes," Rozanski said.

Petoskey News Review

 

Upper Midwest Scuba show is Saturday in Minnesota

2/27 - This Saturday (March 3) is the annual Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show in Bloomington, Minn., sponsored by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society (the event was formerly known as "Dive into the Past"). Details are at www.umsatshow.org

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 27

GOLDEN SABLE was launched February 27, 1930, as a.) ACADIALITE (Hull#170) at Haverton-Hill-on-Tees, United Kingdom by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

In 1916 MOUNT STEPHEN, formerly of Canada Steamship Lines, struck a mine and sank off Dover, England, while carrying coal as part of a convoy but the crew was rescued.

The former Great Lakes trader GEORGETOWN, built at Buffalo in 1900, sank in 1917 as ETRETAT in a storm off the Bay of Biscay while carrying barreled oil although there was some suspicion of enemy action.

1917: GEORGETOWN was built at Buffalo in 1900 and sank on this day enroute from New York to Le Havre in heavy weather while carrying barreled oil. The ship went down as b) ETRETAT off Ile D'Yeu, Bay of Biscay, and there was lingering suspicion of enemy action being involved.

1966: In 1966, the Greek Liberty ship EUXEINOS was abandoned in the Atlantic 360 miles southwest of the Azores after developing leaks the previous day. She had made three trips through the Seaway as MOUNT ATHOS in 1959. The crew was picked up by a passing tanker and delivered to Halifax.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 26

Port Huron
USCG Hollyhock arrived back at her home dock sometime Sunday.

Windsor, Ont.
Algosteel was loading salt on Sunday.

Lake Erie
Algoma Hansa was at Nanticoke on Sunday. Tug Everlast and barge were waiting off Port Dover to get in to Nanticoke. CCGS Griffon was also in the area.

 

Stranded U.S. Navy sailors help out at Montreal mission

2/26 - Montreal, QC – A crew of American sailors who found themselves stranded in Montreal because of ice in the St. Lawrence River decided to make the best of their unexpected shore leave and lent a hand at a local homeless shelter.

The crew of the newly commissioned USS Little Rock left Buffalo, N.Y. on Dec. 16 to head to Mayport, Fla. through Halifax. But the sudden cold snap just before Christmas led to the early formation of ice on the St. Lawrence Seaway, forcing the ship – which is not designed to operate in ice – to come to a halt in Montreal on Christmas Eve.

With the ice unlikely to break up until the end of March, the 70-member crew has been stuck in the Port of Montreal with little else to do besides practice mission training exercises.

When Nancy Dossous, the volunteer co-ordinator at the local Welcome Hall Mission, heard about the crew, she decided to reach out. “We saw this as a great opportunity. We have over 3,000 people that benefit from the food they receive for free every week here at the Marche Bonne Acceuil. So I thought sailors that are stuck here, let's see if we can make something happen,” she told CTV Montreal.

Last Friday, a few of the sailors arrived to help unload boxes and serve food to some of those who come to the Welcome Hall market to stock up on groceries. The sailors want to keep a low profile while in Montreal and were not able to do interviews, but Dossous says her team gave them a warm welcome.

Sailors have always been close to Dossous’s heart; her own father was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

“So as an American, I was super-excited to bring these American sailors here, but also as a Montrealer, I'm really excited to show them how we reach out to those in need, how we respond to immigrants, how we respond to families living under the poverty line," she said.

The mission is always in need of volunteers to help with sorting and distributing food and clothing – particularly during the cold winter months. “Sometimes, you feel like you need a small army to get this done -- which is great because we have the Navy today,” she said.

View a video here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/stranded-u-s-sailors-help-out-at-montreal-mission-1.3817561

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 26

The completed hull of the BELLE RIVER (Hull#716) was floated off the ways February 26, 1977, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. Renamed b.) WALTER J. MC CARTHY JR in 1990.

JOSEPH L. BLOCK (Hull#715) was launched February 26, 1976, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp.

On 26 February 1874, the tug WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE JR. was launched at Port Huron Dry Dock. Her dimensions were 151 feet overall, 25 foot 6 inches beam, and 13 foot depth. Her machinery was built by Phillerick & Christy of Detroit and was shipped by rail to Port Huron. She cost $45,000. Her master builder was Alex Stewart.

On 26 February 1876, the MARY BELL (iron propeller, 58 foot, 34 gross tons, built in 1870, at Buffalo, New York) burned near Vicksburg, Michigan.

The Liberty ship BASIL II, a Seaway visitor in 1960, ran aground on a reef off the west coast of New Caledonia as EVER PROSPERITY in 1965 and was abandoned as a total loss.

ANGLEA SMITS, a Seaway trader in 1983, was abandoned and believed sunk in the Atlantic en route from Norway to Australia in 1986.

1947: The T-2 tanker ROYAL OAK came to the Great Lakes in 1966 as b) TRANSBAY and was rebuilt at Lorain. The vessel departed later in the year as c) TRANSHURON. But as a) ROYAL OAK, it caught fire on this day in the Pacific off Esmeraldas, Ecuador, and had to be abandoned by the crew. The vessel was later reboarded and the fires extinguished. The listing vessel almost sank but it was salvaged and rebuilt for Cities Service Oil.

1965: The Liberty ship BASIL II came through the Seaway in 1960. It ran aground on a reef off New Caledonia as d) EVER PROSPERITY. The vessel was traveling in ballast and had to be abandoned as a total loss.

1981: A spark from a welder's torch ignited a blaze aboard the MONTCLIFFE HALL, undergoing winter work at Sarnia. The fire did major damage to the pilothouse and accommodations area, but the repairs were completed in time for the ship to resume trading on May 27, 1981. It was still sailing in 2013 as d) CEDARGLEN (ii).

1986: ANGELA SMITS, a Seaway trader for the first time in 1983, developed a severe list and was abandoned by the crew on a voyage from Norway to Australia. The hull was sighted, semi-submerged, later in the day in position 47.38 N / 07.36 W and was believed to have sunk in the Atlantic.

1998: The Abitibi tug NIPIGON was active on Lake Superior and often towed log booms from the time it was built at Sorel in 1938 until perhaps the 1960s. The vessel also saw work on construction projects for different owners, and left the Seaway for the sea on December 12, 1988. It was operating as b) FLORIDA SEAHORSE when it sank in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. All 5 on board were rescued.

2011: Fire broke out on the bridge of DINTELBORG while enroute from the Netherlands to Virginia. The ship was taken in tow the next day by the ROWAN M. McALLISTER out of Providence, R.I. The repaired Dutch freighter was back through the Seaway later in 2011. The tug was also a Seaway caller in 2012, coming inland to tow the fire ravaged PATRICE McALLISTER back to Providence.

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

 

Interlake Steamship launches 2018 season with Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder

2/25 - Middleburg Heights, Ohio – The Interlake Steamship Co.’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departed winter layup Saturday to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal.

Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder met up with the CCG Griffon, which was hovering a few miles out into the lake. Griffon escorted Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder to about Ashtabula, then the pair was left on their own to get to Marblehead, where they were expected early Sunday.

A workhorse of Interlake’s nine-vessel fleet, the 700-foot Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder is one of Interlake’s two River-Class vessels, a designation given to ships that can traverse the narrowest harbors of the Great Lakes.

“We are excited to kick off our 2018 navigation season with one of the longest River-Class vessels capable of transiting the winding Cuyahoga River,” says Brendan O’Connor, Interlake’s Vice President of Marketing and Marine Traffic. “With its unique Z-drive (360-degree) propulsion systems, the Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder is the most maneuverable vessel in the U.S. Great Lakes fleet.”

While the Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder gets underway, the eight other vessels in the Interlake fleet remain at lay-up docks and shipyards around the Great Lakes for a few more weeks in the final stages of more than $20 million worth of winter work projects. Project highlights include extensive steel renewal, dry dock inspections and an exhaust gas scrubber installation on the longest ship on the Great Lakes, the 1,013.5-foot Paul R. Tregurtha.

Propelled by a long-term vision to create the most efficient and environmentally friendly responsible fleet on the Great Lakes, Interlake committed to an Emission Reduction Program in 2015 to outfit more than half of its fleet with freshwater scrubbers. The Tregurtha retrofit represents the final phase of that program and will become the fifth vessel in the fleet to discharge a signature steam plume when she sails later this spring.

The Interlake Steamship Co., Gene Polaski

 

Beaver Island icebreaking activities set for Tuesday

2/25 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Coast Guard cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay will conduct icebreaking operations near Beaver Island, Mich., Tuesday. The Mackinaw will assist the tug Shamrock from Manistique, Mich. to Beaver Island. The Shamrock is pulling a barge loaded with fuel products to replenish Beaver Island’s dwindling supply. The Mobile Bay will prepare tracks to the old Coast Guard Station near Whiskey Point. The two cutters will ensure the tug/barge is safely moored before departing. The Coast Guard reminds all recreational ice users to plan their activities carefully, use caution on the ice, and stay away from shipping channels.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  February 25

Lake Huron
USCG Hollyhock was downbound on the upper end of the lake Saturday night, perhaps heading for her Port Huron home port.

Windsor, Ont.
Algosteel was downbound for Windsor to load salt on Saturday. By Saturday night she was at the shiploader.

Lake Erie
Algoma Hansa was at Nanticoke on Saturday. Tug Everlast and barge were waiting to get in to Nanticoke.

 

Schallip brings ship-handling expertise to newest ice cutter

2/25 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – A Sault Area High School graduate has been assigned to report as the executive officer of the United States Coast Guard’s newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker starting this summer.

Michele Schallip graduated from the high school in 1993, and began her maritime journey in the Great Lakes. She is the daughter of Robert Jr. and Mary Ann Schallip of Barbeau, Mich. Since joining the Coast Guard, she has spent the bulk of her career in the Pacific Northwest.

Schallip is currently stationed in Seattle where she serves as Chief of Waterways Management for the USCG’s 13th District. She plans on starting her new duties aboard the USCG Cutter Healy this summer, but has been piloting ice cutters for the better part of 18 years.

She attributes the start to her USCG career to working on ferries and tour boats between high school and college. She has decked on the Neebish Island ferry and Soo Locks tour boats before becoming a pilot.

“I like to come home often, and I’m still involved with the Great Lakes Captain Association and International Ship Masters Association,” she said. “It (early work experience) made the transition to the Coast Guard a lot simpler for those who haven’t worked on maritime cutters going in.”

In between school years at Central Michigan University in the mid 1990s, the USCG commander put her time in on the small vessels in Lake Huron. She accumulated enough time she was able to get her pilot’s license in 1995.

Schallip started out on the law enforcement side of the USCG before moving towards the waterway buoy management side. She compared piloting her cutters to a Soo Locks tour boat. “The first cutter was 370 feet, much bigger than a tour boat,” she said, but admitted. “Ship handling is ship handling. Once you get used to the controls and nuances it’s all pretty much the same.”

Now that Schallip is closer to the end of her USCG than the beginning, she mentioned her assignment to the Healy was a fine time to start giving back to other Coast Guard members. “I’m the person responsible for personnel and budget and making sure the captain has all the resources to complete the mission,” she said. “It’s kind of more about helping the junior and paid officers.”

Shallip concluded, “I take great pride coming from a Great Lakes maritime background, even though I haven’t been stationed there, I still refer back to home.”

Soo Evening News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 25

CREEK TRANSPORT was launched this day in 1910, as a.) SASKATOON (Hull#256) at Sunderland, England, by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co.

1964: CISSOULA, a Greek freighter that visited the Seaway in 1961 and 1965, was abandoned after a collision in fog with the Swedish vessel SOLKLINT off Selsey Bill in the English Channel. The damaged freighter was taken in tow and repaired. It was delivered to shipbreakers at Hsinkang, China, on September 24, 1969.

1968: AZAR first came to the Great Lakes as c) CELESTE in 1960 and returned with one trip under this, her fifth name, in 1967. The Liberian-registered, but Canadian-built freighter went aground off Cuba enroute from Venezuela to Tampa, Florida. The ship suffered extensive damage when it caught fire on February 29 and was declared a constructive total loss. It is believed that the hull was dismantled locally.

1978: The Italian freighter ANTONIO was the last saltwater ship to transit the Welland Canal in 1965. It ran aground off Chios Island, Greece, enroute from Constanza, Romania, to Vietnam as e) OMALOS. The ship was refloated on March 1 but laid up at Piraeus, Greece, and subsequently sold, at auction, for scrap. The vessel was broken up at Megara, Greece, beginning on June 13, 1983.

1979: The Panamanian freighter d) FENI was damaged in a collision on the Black Sea at Sulina Roads, Romania, with ATLANTIS STAR and had to be beached. The ship was refloated on February 28 and repaired. It had been a Seaway trader as a) DEERWOOD in 1960 and returned as b) SEBASTIANO in 1969. The ship was scrapped as f) SIRLAD at Split, Yugoslavia, following an explosion off Algeria, on January 3, 1982.

1994: BANDERAS visited the Great Lakes from 1975 through the 1980s. It was abandoned by the crew off the coast of Brazil as b) AEGEAN TRADER due to a fire in the accommodation area. The vessel was towed to Valencia, Spain, to be unloaded and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping as c) EGE TRADE on August 11, 1994.

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

 

Algoma Innovator departs Croatia; will arrive in Canada in March

2/24 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central Corporation has announced that the recently completed Algoma Innovator, the first of two new Equinox Class 650’ self-unloading dry-bulk freighters has commenced its voyage from Croatia to Canada. The vessel departed the 3 Maj shipyard in Croatia on Feb. 23, and is expected to arrive in mid-March carrying a cargo of bauxite.

Algoma Innovator will be the sixth Equinox Class vessel added to the company’s domestic fleet and will be joined by the Algoma Sault in operations this spring, bringing the total vessels in the class to seven, comprising four gearless bulkers and three self-unloaders. Five additional vessels are under development contracts.

“With the addition of the new class-leading vessels to our domestic fleet, the 2018 navigation season is already turning out to be an exciting one” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma. “The Algoma Innovator will be a leader in the river-class segment and we look forward to being able to offer more flexibility to our customers.”

Algoma has another four ships under development at the 3 Maj shipyard with a fifth ship under construction at Yangzijiang shipyard in China.

Algoma Central Corporation

 

New tugboat rumbles into action

2/24 - Picton, Ont. – There’s a steady rumble on the Sheri Lynn S, one that can easily be heard above the sound of the icebreaking tugboat’s two powerful engines. Thick chunks of ice bounce off the steel hull as it pushes its way through the channel between Amherst Island and the mainland.

Operating out of the H.R. Doornekamp Construction Ltd.’s Picton Terminals, the tugboat is a new addition to local waters. “This is all new for this company,” said Capt. Joe Farish, who this winter has been at the helm of the tug, breaking ice between the Picton area and Howe Island.

Much of the tug’s time has been spent keeping the channels open around the Amherst Island ferry docks during their reconstruction and along the routes being used to move equipment and materials to the island during the construction of the wind turbines there.

The Sheri Lynn S is a Damen Stan Tug 1606 designed to work in ice. There is only one other tugboat like the Sheri Lynn S in Canada. In addition to the weight of the ship, Farish explained that the waves pushed out from the tug help grind up the ice and keep the channels open.

The tug’s two Caterpillar engines generate more than 1,200 horsepower and can push the tug at more than 10 knots. The 16.76-metre-long, 92-ton tugboat was built by the same company contracted to build the new ferries for Amherst and Wolfe islands.

The Whig Standard

 

Kathryn Spirit demolition underway at Beauharnois

2/24 - Beauharnois, Que. – After about six and a half years, and thanks to the mayor of Beauharnois, the demolition of Kathryn Spirit has been underway since January. But it was only around Feb. 15 that it became more visible with the dismantling of external sections.

Kathryn Spirit was built as Swedish-flag Holmsund in 1967 by AB Lindholmens Varv at Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1997 Holmsund was sold to a Norwegian operator for service between the Great Lakes and Europe and renamed Menominee. McKeil Marine Ltd of Hamilton, Ont., purchased Menominee in 2006, renaming her Kathryn Spirit and transferring her to Canadian registry. She was primarily used for the transport of bulk commodities on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

In 2011, after a period of lay-up, Kathryn Spirit was sold to the Groupe St-Pierre for scrapping. The company decided that they would carry out the demolition at Beauharnois in the Greater Montreal area on the shores of Lake Saint-Louis. The mayor of Beauharnois opposed the operation, even though it would take place in an area zoned for industry, due to fears about environmental pollution.

Rene Beauchamp, BoatNerd News Archive

 

Port Reports -  February 24

Lake Erie
Algoma Hansa was at Nanticoke on Friday. Algosea was westbound on Lake Erie for Sarnia with CCGS Samuel Risley assisting. Tug Everlast and barge were also bound for Nanitcoke and the CCGS Griffon was conducting ice ops in the area.

 

After strong 2017, Port of Cleveland prepares for its 50th anniversary season

2/24 - Cleveland, Ohio – Reporting solid numbers during the 2017 navigation season and looking ahead to an even stronger 2018, the Port of Cleveland has announced developments aimed at continuing to build Northeast Ohio’s global competitiveness.

More than 200 leaders, experts and influencers from across the maritime industry gathered in Cleveland for the 2018 Great Lakes Waterways Conference on February 6 and 7. The annual bi-national meeting between the US and Canada focused on topics including autonomous technology, government partnerships, wind energy and vessel safety.

In 2017, the port saw an overall increase in economic activity including handling 464,000 metric tons of general cargo (iron, steel and steel slabs). “International tonnage increased almost 20 percent compared to 2016 due to increased business in a number of sectors, including non-containerized steel, imported containers, and a number of project cargo moves to various power plants around the Midwest,” says Dave Gutheil, Vice President, Maritime & Logistics at Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

In 2017, the port also welcomed nine passenger vessels to Cleveland, which brought 1,500 passengers to the city. “We expect this number to double during the 2018 season,” says Gutheil. “The rise in luxury and sight-seeing cruises speaks to the growing tourism sector in Greater Cleveland.”

These water-based trips, ranging from sightseeing and customized dining to private charters on Lake Erie and along the Cuyahoga River, typically showcase points of interest including historic bridges, lighthouses, a Coast Guard station, Cleveland’s distinctive skyline and more.

Acting as a critical gateway between Northeast Ohio and the global economy, the port handles a variety of cargoes including steel, wind turbine components and bulk products. It is one of the largest ports on the Great Lakes and the first major US port of call on the Great Lakes for ships transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway. Over 20,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in annual economic activity are tied to the roughly 13 million tons of cargo that move through Cleveland Harbor each year.

“Since 1968, the port has been a critical engine for our community, a key to Northeast Ohio’s global competitiveness and an important partner in building Cuyahoga County’s future,” says Jade Davis, Vice President, External Affairs at Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. “As we prepare to celebrate our 50th Anniversary year, we look forward to continued growth and exciting developments that will impact our region in a positive way.”

American Journal of Transportation

 

Coast Guard, local agencies conducting rescues in flooded S.W. Michigan

2/24 - St. Joseph, Mich. – The Coast Guard and local agencies are conducting house-to-house rescues and assisting with evacuations in southwest Michigan experiencing flooding from the St. Joseph River.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station St. Joseph received a call at 8:15 a.m. Thursday requesting a welfare check on two people living in a mandatory evacuation zone in Sodus Township, approximately three miles east of St. Joseph. The station personnel requested assistance from the Sodus Township Fire Department. Fire department personnel were unable to reach the persons after arriving on scene due to the water level and location of the two people in distress.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan command center launched response crews from Station St. Joseph. The Coast Guard crew arrived on scene at 8:45 a.m. and were able to assist the two persons from their flooded residence.

Crews from Coast Guard stations St. Joseph and Michigan City, Ind., and local agencies to include Royalton Township and Sodus Fire Departments, are conducting similar rescues and evacuations from flooded neighborhoods. More than 40 people have been rescued along with numerous pets.

"These operations highlight our inter-agency cooperation and notable working relationship between the Coast Guard and local responders," noted Lt. Cmdr. Bryan Swintek, search and rescue coordinator for Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. "This is a result of our collective training between Station St. Joseph and partnering agencies."

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 24

The Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s RICHARD V. LINDABURY (Hull#783) was launched February 24, 1923, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. Purchased by S & E Shipping (Kinsman) in 1978, renamed b.) KINSMAN INDEPENDENT. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1988.

The founder of Arnold Transit Co., long-time ferry operators between Mackinac Island and the mainland, George T. Arnold filed the Articles of Association on Feb. 24, 1900.

On 24 February 1920, TALLAC (formerly SIMON J. MURPHY and MELVILLE DOLLAR, steel propeller, 235 foot, built in 1895, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was on a voyage from Colon, Panama to Baltimore, Maryland, when she stranded and was wrecked 18 miles south of Cape Henry, Virginia.

1975: The MOHAMEDIA foundered in the Red Sea enroute from Djibouti to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with a cargo of livestock that included 1300 cattle, 700 sheep and 118 camels. One member of the crew was also lost. The vessel had been a Seaway trader as b) ULYSSES CASTLE in 1969 and c) ITHAKI CASTLE in 1973.

1976: FRAMPTONDYKE visited the Seaway in 1969. It sank following a collision with the ODIN in the English Channel enroute from Rotterdam, Netherlands, to Cork, Ireland, as b) WITTERING. All on board were rescued.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 23

Sarnia, Ont.
Algosteel arrived on Thursday and tied up next to Algowood.

 

Ohio, Army Corps settle lawsuit over dredging of Cleveland Harbor

2/23 - Cleveland, Ohio – The state of Ohio and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have settled a lawsuit filed over the dredging of the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel in 2016.

The settlement requires Army Corps to bear the cost of placing the sludge from the bottom of the river into containment dikes in 2016 and 2017.

The settlement, noted in a document filed in federal court Wednesday, resolves agreements the state made that it would reimburse the Army Corps for any costs associated with placing sediment into facilities if it lost its lawsuit.

In past years, the Army Corps has fought demands by the state to dispose of sediment dredged from the shipping channel into containment dikes instead of in Lake Erie, arguing that the sediment would not adversely harm the lake's ecosystem. At issue was the sediment dredged of the sixth mile, which serves the ArcelorMittal steel mill.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said the sludge would pollute the lake. The Army Corps eventually relented, dredging in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and placing the sediment into dikes.

Senior U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent ruled in a separate lawsuit in May that the Army Corps abused its discretion in 2015 when it decided the sludge was suitable to be dumped into Lake Erie.

Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said in an email that "we are happy to put this dispute behind us. We hope to work cooperatively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the future."

The Army Corps has already received a water quality certification for its 2018 dredging project, its spokesman Andrew Kornacki previously said.

Kornacki said Wednesday that he could not address the settlement, but said the Army Corps has worked well with the state over the past year. There are plans to dredge the harbor as early as May 2018 and to place the sediment into a disposal facility, he said.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

2018 Bager Gathering filling up

2/23 -  Our popular gathering on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger has returned for 2018 and is filling up fast. 13 staterooms remain available for Friday night.
Click here for the schedule

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 23

EDWIN H. GOTT arrived at Two Harbors, Minnesota, (her first trip) February 23, 1979, with the loss of one of her two rudders during her transit of Lake Superior. The other rudder post was also damaged. She was holed in her bow and some of her cargo hold plating ruptured as a result of frozen ballast tanks. Even the icebreaker MACKINAW suffered damage to her port propeller shaft on the trip across frozen Lake Superior.

At Port Weller Drydocks Ltd., the keel of the new bow section for HILDA MARJANNE was laid on February 23, 1961, while at the same time the tanker hull forward of her engine room bulkhead was being cut away.

On 23 February 1929, SAPPHO (wooden propeller passenger ferry, 107 foot, 224 gross tons, built in 1883, at Wyandotte, Michigan) burned at her winter lay-up dock in Ecorse, Michigan. She had provided 46 years of service ferrying passengers across the Detroit River. She was neither repaired nor replaced since the Ambassador Bridge was nearing completion.

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

 

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor breaks three-year tonnage record again

2/22 - Shipments rose 7.7 percent last year at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, which helped set a three-year cargo record for the second straight year.

Steel shipments grew 38 percent last year to the deepwater port on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Portage and Burns Harbor, while large dimensional cargoes increased by 27 percent.

That included the most valuable shipment to ever pass through an Indiana part: the ICARUS liquid argon particle hunter that was shipped from Switzerland to the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, last summer.

Overall, the Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons of cargo in 2017. It was a five person increase over the previous year and the second highest amount in the ports' 57-year history.

It was also the fourth straight year the Ports of Indiana handled more than 10 million tons, a 50 percent increase over the previous four-year period.

"Ports of Indiana experienced a historic year and we look forward to extending our growth spurt in 2018," CEO Rich Cooper said. "The arrival of world-class companies like Metro Ports and POSCO Steel in 2017, combined with unprecedented shipping levels at Mount Vernon and the development of major expansions at Jeffersonville and Burns Harbor, have the Ports of Indiana well positioned to help drive long-term future growth of Indiana businesses and our state economy."

A major expansion is planned at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, which will get federal funds to build two new rail yards, a new shipping berth, a truck marshalling yard and a new cargo terminal for transfers between ships, barges, rail cars, and trucks.

"Investing in our infrastructure is critical to the ports' ongoing growth," Ports of Indiana Vice President Jody Peacock said. "Developing new cargo terminals, unit train capabilities and intermodal facilities are required to maintain a modern port system that provides our customers with access to global markets and a sustainable competitive advantage. All three of our ports also became 'fiber ready' in 2017, and we're continuing to look for ways our ports can add value for existing businesses and attract new multimodal companies to Indiana."

NW Indiana Times

 

Midland to hear proposal on accepting S.S. Keewatin

2/22 - Midland, Ont. – A group is hoping the town of Midland will accept a deal to take in the S.S. Keewatin.

Time may be ticking on a proposal to keep the historic S.S. Keewatin steamship along the shores of Georgian Bay. The Titanic-era steamer was brought to Port McNicoll by Skyline International and restored into a tourist attraction. The harbor lands have since been sold and the Keewatin needs a new home.

“The history of the Great Lakes is focused in this area right around here and the volunteers that helped build the ship and help build this business all come from the Midland area,” says Eric Conroy, a spokesperson with the Friends of the Keewatin.

Skyline is offering to give the ship to Midland, along with $2 million in incentives to help move and maintain it. In exchange, Skyline wants a tax receipt. The ship was recently appraised at $48 million. The mayor says it's a big request to consider.

“Council will review the basic information then decide if it has enough merit to go to staff in which case it will go to staff who will do an analyses,” says Mayor Gord McKay.

Skyline is proposing the ship be moved to the town dock until a permanent home can be created at the former coal docks known as the Unimin site. “We have the best historic area in all of Canada with Sainte Marie, the shrine, Discovery Harbour, Huronia museum and Keewatin all in one place they should be kept all in one place,” says Conroy.

Skyline made its pitch to Midland council on Monday night and wants councillors to make a decision by March 19. It says there are other parties interested in buying the ship and possibly moving it out of the region.

CTV News

 

Port Reports -  February 22

Straights of Mackinac - USCG Bristol Bay was breaking the ice above White Shoal light Wednesday afternoon, with the Algosteel following behind. By 10 p.m. they were east of the Mackinac Bridge making good speed. Algosteel is headed for Sarnia.

 

Coast Guard authorizes Saturday transit in Lake Erie Islands

2/22 - Detroit, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to authorize a tug and barge to transit into the Regulated Navigational Area known as the Lake Erie Islands Saturday. They will enter the RNA on the southeast side of Kelly's Island and transit to the Lafarge Marblehead Stone Dock located in Marblehead, Ohio. They will conduct a cargo transfer and then depart the RNA Sunday using the same route they entered on their way to Cleveland.

 

Marinette Marine awarded Navy design contract

2/22 - Marinette, Wis. – On Monday the U.S. Navy awarded five different companies including Marinette Marine Corporation a $15M contract to evolve the design of the FREMM-frigate into the next generation U.S. Navy guided missile frigate. The FREMM design is from Marinette Marine's parent company, Fincantieri, based in Italy. Currently the Italian design is in service as an anti-submarine frigate with the Italian, and French Navies and is part of the next generation of frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

Closely matched to U.S. Navy requirements, there are six FREMM frigates in service with the Italian Navy and have successfully completed multi-role missions worldwide.

The design changes are being put together by Marinette Marine's American design team. If the company wins the post-design construction contract with the U.S. Navy these future FFG(X) ships would be built at Fincantieri shipyards in the United States.

According to the company's website, the shipyards operated in the United States are at Marinette Marine and Sturgeon Bay, with a repair facility in Ohio.

Marinette Marine's and Fincantieri has been building the Freedom class variant of the U.S. Navy's Litoral Combat Ship (LCS) in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono addressed the design contract award by saying “We are committed to continue to play a part in the development of the U.S. Navy’s small surface combatant strategy, central to our customer’s long-term goals for fleet size, and the growth of export for the American shipbuilding industry.”

The navy also awarded 15-million dollar design contracts to Austal USA, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Bath Ironworks and Huntington Ingalls Industries. The U.S. Navy will evaluate the designs over the next 16 months and send a final request for proposal out in 2019 with an anticipated construction contract awarded in 2020.

WeAreGreenBay.com

 

Help wanted: Candidates with dry bulk or tug/barge experience

2/22 - We offer full time employment opportunity on Canadian-flagged Great Lakes self-unloading tug/barge cement carriers. We are looking for candidates with some dry bulk or tug/barge experience. We offer high salaries and benefits including 2 months onboard with one month off paid vacation, medical coverage and Family Security Plan all under collective agreement.

We expect from candidates strong communication skills and good work ethic. Candidates must be able to travel to the U.S. portions of the Great Lakes area and must have a valid Canadian passport, all applicable Transport Canada certificates and a valid medical certificate issues by Transport Canada. Please send your resume to Human Resources

Fettes Shipping Inc.
3385 Harvester Rd. Suite 250
Burlington, ON L7N 3N2
Fax 905 333-6588
Email fettes-glits@fettesshipping.com.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 22

On 22 February 1920, the Goodrich Line’s ALABAMA (steel propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 272 foot, 2,626 gross tons, built in 1909, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) ran aground on a concrete obstruction which was the foundation of the old water-intake crib in Lake Michigan off Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The SIDNEY O. NEFF (wooden package freighter, 149 foot, 346 gross tons, built in 1890, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) took off the ALABAMA’s cargo and then harbor tugs pulled the ALABAMA free. Repairs to her hull took the rest of the winter and she didn’t return to service until May 1920.

February 22, 1925 - The ANN ARBOR NO 7 made her maiden voyage. On 22 February 1878, the 156 foot wooden freighter ROBERT HOLLAND was purchased by Beatty & Co. of Sarnia for $20,000.

1942: The Great Lakes canal-sized bulk carrier GEORGE L. TORIAN of the Upper Lakes and St. Lawrence Transportation Co. had been requisitioned for saltwater service in the bauxite trade in 1941. The ship was torpedoed by U-129 off the coast of British Guiana in position 09.13 N / 59.04 W and sank quickly. Most of the crew were killed.

1945: H.M.C.S. TRENTONIAN was a Flower Class naval corvette that had been built by the Kingston Shipbuilding Company and completed at Kingston, Ontario, on December 1, 1943. It was torpedoed and sunk by U-1004 near Falmouth, England, and went down stern first. Six on board, one officer and 5 enlisted crew members, were lost.

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

 

Seaway to open for the new season March 29

2/21 - The opening of the 2018 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times

Soo Locks March 25.

March 29 at 8 a.m.
• Welland Canal: March 29 at 8 a.m.
• Montreal / Lake Ontario Section.  Vessel transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed.

 

Canadian Coast Guard to break up Grand River ice jam

2/21 - The Canadian Coast Guard has been called in to help alleviate flooding concerns at the mouth of the Grand River. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon will arrive Tuesday near Port Maitland, where the Grand flows into Lake Erie, to attempt to break up an ice jam.

If the ice jam were left unchecked, it could cause sudden and unpredictable flooding in the area.

Coast Guard officials say recreational users of the ice around Port Maitland should stay away on Tuesday and remove any fishing huts that may still be in place. Ice conditions will remain unsafe in the area for several days.

The CCGS Griffon was previously brought to the Grand River to break up ice in 2011.

CTV

 

Coast Guard conducts ice rescues on Saginaw Bay

2/21 - Detroit, Mich. – The Coast Guard conducted two ice rescues on Saginaw Bay Sunday, rescuing one man who had fallen through the ice while on an ATV and another man who became stranded while ice fishing.

The Coast Guard was contacted by Bay City emergency 911 stating that an ice fisherman about two miles off of Pinconning State Park, heard someone screaming for help at approximately 7:30 a.m.

A Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center watchstander issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Station Saginaw River ice rescue team and an Air Station Detroit aircrew.

The ice rescue team trailered an airboat to Pinconning State Park and launched onto the ice. With the help of Bay City Fire Department on shore, the ice rescue team was able to locate the 52-year-old within 10 minutes, about two miles offshore. At the same time, the helicopter crew also arrived on scene and deployed a rescue swimmer onto the ice.

The man was pulled out of the water and onto the airboat. He was hoisted and transported by Coast Guard helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital suffering from severe hypothermia.

In the second case, an ice rescue crew from Station Saginaw River rescued a fisherman at about 4:30 pm. after he became stranded on ice on Saginaw Bay about eight miles east of Pinconning State Park. The man had spent the previous night on the ice and was unable to return to shore after a crack developed around his shanty.

The Coast Guard is urging people to stay off of all ice as warmer temperatures, rain and wind continue to weaken ice. In addition, fog will make it easier for a person to become disoriented. Conditions are becoming extremely dangerous. Decisions to venture out onto the ice can be deadly.

USCG

 

Upriver Toledo, Huron season cargo totals listed

2/21 - Here are the cargo totals from last season for the Toledo docks upriver from Nabisco, as well as for Huron.

Nabisco/Kraft:
14 total vessels, 6 unique (all from LLT/GRN)
Most frequent visitor: Mississagi (6 times)

ARMS/Hansen-Mueller:
11 total vessels, 6 unique
Most frequent visitor: Calumet (5 times)

Lafarge:
30 total (all 3 of the cement tug/barges made a similar number of visits)
Alpena only came in twice

The Andersons elevators (combined "K" & "E"):
30 total, 22 unique
Most frequent were the Cuyahoga and Manitoulin, with 4 visits each

ADM elevator:
15 total, 12 unique
Most frequent: Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirit (4 times)

Kuhlmans Bulk:
5 total, 3 unique
Most frequent: Saginaw (3 times)

Huron, Ohio:
17 vessels, 5 unique
Most frequent: Cason J Callaway (6 times)

First vessel to any of these docks for the 2017 season was the Samuel de Champlain / Innovation, calling on Lafarge on March 18. She was also the last vessel past the Craig Bridge this past season, coming in on Christmas Day. The first to go all the way upriver was the Algoma Discovery to Andersons on March 29, with the last for the season being Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirit departing ADM on Dec. 14.

Aaron J. Border

 

End-of-season thanks to CSL's Canadian seafarers on behalf of the shore-side team

2/21 - The last of CSL’s lakers was laid up for the 2017-18 season on Saturday, February 17, marking the close of one of the most challenging and dangerous end-of seasons in recent history. Through ice, wind, sleet and snow, CSL crewmembers managed to bring in all ships safely and professionally. In this new video, members of CSL’s shore-side team express their gratitude for a job well done.

https://www.cslships.com/en/media-center/news-events/end-season-thank-you-csls-canadian-seafarers-behalf-shore-side-team

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 21

EDWIN H. GOTT arrived at Two Harbors, Minnesota, (her first trip) February 21, 1979, with the loss of one of her two rudders during her transit of Lake Superior. The other rudder post was also damaged. She was holed in her bow and some of her cargo hold plating ruptured as a result of frozen ballast tanks. Even the icebreaker MACKINAW suffered damage to her port propeller shaft on the trip across frozen Lake Superior.

At Port Weller Drydocks Ltd., the keel of the new bow section for HILDA MARJANNE was laid on February 21, 1961, while at the same time the tanker hull forward of her engine room bulkhead was being cut away.

On 21 February 1929, SAPPHO (wooden propeller passenger ferry, 107 foot, 224 gross tons, built in 1883, at Wyandotte, Michigan) burned at her winter lay-up dock in Ecorse, Michigan. She had provided 46 years of service ferrying passengers across the Detroit River. She was neither repaired nor replaced since the Ambassador Bridge was nearing completion.

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

 

Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

2/20 - Traverse City, Mich. – Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press.

The utility plans to generate 40 percent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said in an interview ahead of the public announcement Monday. She said the utility will also will rely on natural gas, hydropower and improved efficiency to meet customer needs.

Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Co., which supply most of Michigan's electricity, are among many U.S. providers moving away from coal even as President Donald Trump's administration boosts fossil fuels and seeks to unravel former President Barack Obama's policies that promoted cleaner power.

"We believe that climate change is real and we can do our part by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and we also believe it doesn't have to cost more to do it," Poppe said. "We believe we're going to be on the right side of history on this issue."

Coal, some of which moves by Great Lakes freighter, is becoming less competitive as the cost of producing renewable energy steadily falls, she added.

Environmental groups praised the move after the utility officially announced the move Monday. But they also urged the utility to make the transition from coal to renewable sources in less than 22 years.

Power companies are under increasing pressure to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which are trapping heat in the atmosphere and promoting what scientists describe as a dangerously warming climate that will endanger human health and natural systems.

A 2016 state law set a renewables target for Michigan utilities of 15 percent by 2021. Environmentalists are circulating petitions for a statewide ballot initiative that would require 30 percent by 2030, which Consumers Energy and DTE have criticized as unnecessary.

Poppe told the AP that Consumers Energy will file a plan by June with the Michigan Public Service Commission with a detailed timetable for phasing out coal and supplying its customers with power from a mix of renewable and traditional sources. Commission approval will be needed before the utility can proceed.

The utility closed seven of its 12 coal-fired plants in 2016, which the company said had lowered its carbon generation by 38 percent from 2008 levels. Its long-term strategy will yield an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions, Poppe said.

Rapidly developing technology and falling prices are making green energy more cost-effective than it was even a decade ago, when many in the industry warned that mandating use of renewables would drive up rates. Particularly helpful are improvements of systems for storing renewable energy for use when the wind isn't blowing or skies are cloudy, Poppe said.

Consumers Energy owns two wind turbine farms and buys power from a third. It co-owns with DTE a hydroelectric plant on Lake Michigan. The utility says it is upgrading its natural gas infrastructure around the state.

The Associated Press

 

Everything you wanted to know about the Yankcanuck

2/20 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – The date, May 4, 1889 marks the launching of a ship that was built by the Detroit Dry Dock company under the name S.S. Manchester.

One of the unique features of this ship was that it had a composite hull meaning that the hull was constructed with iron frames and keel with wooden planking. The Manchester carried a variety of cargo around the ports of the Great Lakes for many years. It was sold several times, undergoing a number of name changes in the following years.

In 1928 it was converted to a crane-equipped vessel. On December 31, 1945 the ship was sold to Captain Feliciano Manzzutti from Sault Ste. Marie.

He made the final name change for this ship on June 3, 1946 when it became known as the Yankcanuck of the Yankcanuck Transportation Company. The ship name relates directly back to the husband and wife owners. Eleanor Manzzutti was an American (Yank) while Captain Manzzutti was a Canadian (Canuck) so a combination of the two terms produced Yankcanuck.

However after sailing the Great Lakes for 70 years, the last composite hulled steamer on the Great Lakes suffered damage forcing the decision to have it dismantled and set on fire at Saw Mill Bay in 1960.

However, it did not take long to resurrect the ship name and construction of a new ship began on September 20, 1962 in Collingwood Ontario when the keel was laid. The M.V. Yankcanuck was built by Canadian Shipbuilding and Engineering for Yankcanuck Steamship Limited.

On April 27, 1963, in front of invited guests, spectators, and officials, the new Yankcanuck was christened with the traditional bottle of champagne.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.sootoday.com/columns/remember-this/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-the-yankcanuck-842455

 

Port Reports -  February 20

Lake Michigan
Algosteel was still stopped northwest of Beaver Island Monday night enroute to Sarnia. Weather conditions in the area may be a factor.¬

Sarnia, Ont.
Tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes arrived sometime Monday and docked in front of Algocanada.

 

Pink barge Big Hope 1 promotes cancer research on visit to Indiana-Burns Harbor

2/20 - Portage, Ind. – The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed a unique visitor Monday. Big Hope 1, a bright pink barge owned by Ceres Barge Line, made its first appearance at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor travelling from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to reach the port.

The barge’s cargo – a large storage tank measuring 171 feet in length and 342,000 pounds bound for a refinery in the Midwest – is being unloaded by port stevedore Federal Marine Terminals (FMT).

Big Hope 1 has generated more than $861,000 in donations to Mary Crowley Cancer Research since its launch in 2012. The mission of Mary Crowley Cancer Research is to expand treatment options for all cancer patients through investigational vaccine, gene, and cellular therapies. Ceres Barge Line employee, Vince Schu and his wife Julie, conceived Big Hope 1 to bring cancer awareness to the shipping industry as they both have family members affected by cancer.

“‘Big Hope 1’ was built by Ceres Barge and painted pink for cancer awareness,” said Vince Schu. “She launched in 2012 from Jeff Boat in Jeffersonville, Ind., after she received her pink paint, which was donated by Sherwin Williams. Since then, the barge has been traveling the inland waterways raising funds and awareness for cancer research.

“The money is used to help offset costs for patients receiving clinical testing,” he added. “The name ‘Big Hope’ was selected as most of the patients at Mary Crowley have some type of stage 4 cancer and this is their last hope for treatment. Mary Crowley Cancer Research creates a medicine based on patients’ individual DNA and cancer type. They have made great strides and with continued support may someday find a cure.”

Both FMT and the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor contributed a portion of the revenues generated by the shipment to Mary Crowley Cancer Research.

“It’s an honor to have Big Hope 1 at our port,” said Burns Harbor Port Director Ian Hirt. “We are proud to help promote awareness and support for this important cancer research effort.”

 

Wisconsin's icebreaker ferry ride through Death's Door

2/20 - Washington Island, Wis. – It’s just a two and a half hour drive from Green Bay, Wis., to the tip of the Door Peninsula where the family owned Washington Island Ferry awaits to take you on a five mile, thirty minute boat ride to another world.

There are 600 full time residents on Washington Island, and the heritage of the islanders is dominated by descendants from Norway and Iceland.

Located in Door County, Wisconsin, the derivation of the name Door derives from the pioneers who dubbed the waters off the tip of the peninsula “Death’s Door”.

Listen to the podcast with Richard Purinton at the ferry docks for an insider’s view of island life and the story of operating one of the only family owned year-round ferry services in America.

View photos and view at this link: http://kcbx.org/post/wisconsins-ice-breaker-ferry-ride-through-deaths-door#stream/0

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 20

On February 20, 1959, Interlake Steamship Co.’s HERBERT C. JACKSON (Hull #302) was launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan.

The Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker DES GROSEILLIERS (Hull #68) was launched February 20, 1982, at St. Catharines, Ontario by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd.

On 20 February 1903, the straight-deck steamer G. WATSON FRENCH (steel propeller, 376 foot, 3,785 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. (Hull #608). She lasted until 1964, when she was scrapped by Lakehead Scrap Metal Co. at Fort William, Ontario. The other names she had during her career were b.) HENRY P. WERNER in 1924, c.) JOHN J. BOLAND in 1937, and d.) ALGOWAY in 1947.

1940: A fire broke out in the cargo hold of the package freighter KING at Buffalo when insulation, being installed for refrigeration purposes, ignited. Several firemen were overcome by the smoke, but damage to the ship was negligible.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 19

Lake Michigan
Algosteel was still stopped northwest of Beaver Island Sunday night enroute to Sarnia.

Lake Huron
Tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes were downbound for Sarnia on Sunday evening.

 

Wisconsin's icebreaker ferry ride through Death's Door

2/19 - Washington Island, Wis. – It’s just a two and a half hour drive from Green Bay, Wis., to the tip of the Door Peninsula where the family owned Washington Island Ferry awaits to take you on a five mile, thirty minute boat ride to another world.

There are 600 full time residents on Washington Island, and the heritage of the islanders is dominated by descendants from Norway and Iceland.

Located in Door County, Wisconsin, the derivation of the name Door derives from the pioneers who dubbed the waters off the tip of the peninsula “Death’s Door”.

Listen to the podcast with Richard Purinton at the ferry docks for an insider’s view of island life and the story of operating one of the only family owned year-round ferry services in America.

View photos and view at this link: http://kcbx.org/post/wisconsins-ice-breaker-ferry-ride-through-deaths-door#stream/0

 

Marine City businesses brainstorm ferry options

2/19 - Marine City, Mich. – Marine City businesses are looking for ideas to get the Bluewater Ferry back on the water. The ferry connecting Marine City and Sombra, Ontario, was disabled a month ago when floating ice smashed part of its Canada-side dock.

“When I look at a potential loss of revenue for the city, for businesses, what can we do?” John Stewart, owner of Anita’s Riverfront Grille, asked a group of business owners, residents, city officials and visitors on Thursday. They were gathered at the downtown Marine City restaurant to talk about the impact the lost Sombra traffic was having on the city. Stewart asked them to be creative. “I’d like to challenge you to think those things up," he said. "And I’d like to follow it up with another brainstorming session next week to come up with something.”

The causeway connecting mainland Sombra to the Canadian Customs office and the ferry’s dock was crushed by ice Jan. 11. Since then, ferry owners have explored different options to repair the causeway and reopen the ferry. The region’s member of Canadian Parliament Marilyn Gladu has also pressured national leaders for funding for repairs, and a Sarnia resident has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money.

Stewart said he is feeling the effects of fewer Canadian customers.

“Every week I run down to the Mexican village to pick up tortillas from a factory there, and they said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘What do you mean, what’s going on?’ ‘Oh, you’re not getting as many as you usually get.’ ‘Well, we’re having some challenges right now,’” he said. “So even as little a company as I am, going and getting this from another little company, they’ve noticed I’ve had a drop.

“So, it does have an impact. … It’s going to have its biggest impact in Marine City, but it does have an effect across the street, across the region, so that’s what I know.”

Marine City Manager Elaine Leven and Stewart said it was difficult to quantify how much has been lost by local businesses. Leven said a resolution to support the ferry that was added to Thursday night’s City Commission agenda was going to be sent to the St. Clair County Board for consideration.

“We’ve got hopefully a lot of information and background and support from the local level, county and state letting them know this is important to us,” she said.

It may have no effect on Canadian leaders. “We were told last night that the Canadian government would not give us anything,” ferry owner Rob Dalgety said Friday. “So now we’re scrambling to try and fund this on our own and with the help of everyone donating.”

Previous options ranged from $2.5 billion to $4 million, but Dalgety said his family is now considering a truss-type bridge with a single pier in the middle.

Ferry operators have until March 15 to finish construction before an environmental restriction would put it on hold until July. Rob Dalgety and his brother Morgan met with a bridge manufacturer Friday.

He didn’t have an official cost — although officials on Thursday tossed around a $1.5 million estimate — and said he’d have a pretty good idea what will happen by Tuesday after it’s officially bid.

However it ends up, Dalgety said they’ve been grateful for all the help. As of Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe campaign for the ferry had raised $5,170. The campaign’s founder Helen Cole, of Ontario, was also present at Thursday’s Marine City business gathering.

Times Herald

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 19

The b.) TROY H. BROWNING, c.) THOMAS F. PATTON was towed from the James River with two other C4s, LOUIS MC HENRY HOWE, b.) TOM M. GIRDLER and MOUNT MANSFIELD, b.) CHARLES M. WHITE, to the Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, Maryland, February 1951, to be converted to a Great Lakes bulk carrier according to plans designed by J.J. Henry & Co., New York, New York.

Wolf & Davidson of Milwaukee sold the JIM SHERIFFS (wooden propeller, 182 foot, 634 gross tons, built in 1883, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to Kelley Island Line on 19 February 1887.

1981: The Indian freighter JYOTI VINOD, a Seaway caller as a) JALAZAD beginning in 1969, departed Bombay with a cargo of jute, general freight and school buses. The nightmare voyage, which proved to be its last, did not reach Tema, Ghana, until December 23, 1981

1992: VIHREN, a Bulgarian built and flagged bulk carrier, was driven on the breakwall at Tuapse, USSR, in severe weather. The vessel later broke in two. The ship first came inland in 1983, headed for Thunder Bay. The two sections of the hull were refloated and each arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling in August 1992.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 18

St. Marys River
Tanker Algocanada departed Sault, Ont., Saturday and was downbound on Lake Huron Saturday night for Sarnia. USCG Neah Bay was assisting her through the ice.

Lake Michigan
Algosteel was northwest of Beaver Island Saturday night enroute to Sarnia.

Lake Erie
Tanker Algosea was unloading at Nanticoke Saturday, with Algonova waiting for the dock.

 

Great Lakes icebreaking a borderless issue

2/18 - Welland, Ont. – There’s no border when it comes icebreaking and assisting vessels in and out of Canadian and American ports on the Great Lakes.

Canadian Coast Guard vessels, such as CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley, can routinely be found clearing shipping lanes on Lake Erie to places such as Erie, Pa., and to Conneaut and Toledo, Ohio, and American coast guard cutters can be found assisting ships to Port Colborne and Nanticoke and clearing out Thunder Bay.

The two coast guards recently joined forces to break up ice jams that posed a high risk of flooding for communities in Michigan and Ontario on the St. Clair River.

Clearing those shipping routes, breaking out ports and breaking up ice jams are duties the two agencies share on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system. They recently signed an updated memorandum of understanding on those services.

“With our partners at the United States coast guard we are truly one team supporting the safe, economical and efficient movement of ships in the heart of North America,” said Julie Gascon, assistant commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region. “Our updated memorandum allows us to better share information, equipment and personnel between countries. By working together we ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and into and out of community harbours.”

Gascon recently signed the updated memorandum of understanding with the United States coast guard Ninth District Commander Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan.

The Canadian Coast Guard Central and Arctic region takes in all of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, while the American Ninth Coast Guard District does the same on the U.S. side. Both deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, aids to navigation and icebreaking.

The updated memorandum of understanding strengthens the mutual commitment for ensuring vital icebreaking operations in the Great Lakes region including the main connecting navigable waterways, Georgian Bay and the St. Lawrence River from Tibbetts Point, N.Y., to as far east as Cornwall, a release from the Canadian Coast Guard said. Similar agreements also exist for search and rescue, environmental response, maritime security and marine communications and traffic services.

It also authorizes the exchange of personnel on coast guard icebreakers. Temporary exchanges, when conditions allow, will enhance familiarity with each other’s procedures when cooperating in shared waters, often on joint missions.

“Our partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard is crucial for our mutual success on the Great Lakes and surrounding waterways,” said Nunan. “As the beginning of this winter’s severe conditions have demonstrated, we need to work together to provide seamless service to our communities and keep commerce flowing,” she said.

Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, said icebreaking is an important government service, supported by industry fees, that helps the Canadian and U.S. economies. “Ship operators, ports and other stakeholders rely on the joint service of Canadian and U.S. coast guards to clear channel choke points.”

He said the chamber is thankful for the hard-working men and women of both coast guards for their efforts this winter. “The unusually difficult ice conditions this January underscores the urgency of upgrading and expanding coast guard icebreaking resources,” Burrows said in a release.

He said the shipping industry delivers vital supplies such as road salt, heating oil and construction materials in the winter to cities across the Great Lakes and in the lower St. Lawrence River.

“Every winter, ships deliver products such as road salt to promote safe travel in cities hard-hit by winter conditions and heating oil for homes. These deliveries allow mining and energy companies to run their operations in the most cost-effective and efficient way, thus safeguarding jobs in their communities.”

St. Catharines-based Algoma Central Corp. is one of those companies delivering goods throughout the winter. Its freighters carry road salt from Compass Minerals’ mine in Goderich to U.S. cities such as Milwaukee, Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit.

“Winter marine shipping and the support of coast guard services allows us to more efficiently run our Goderich mining operation all year long. Moving our road salt by ship is by far the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to reach our customers,” Rick Ruzzin, Compass Minerals’ senior director of logistics, said in the chamber release.

He said winter shipping also allows the company the flexibility of delivering salt to cities and municipal customers that may need more product than originally anticipated to help keep people safe during adverse weather.

The chamber’s release said Algoma also plans to deliver salt from K+S Windsor’s mine in Windsor to Detroit and Chicago.

Algoma CEO Gregg Ruhl said there’s great demand for Algoma’s shipping services in the winter months. “We could do more to support North American industries with expanded ice-breaking services,” he said in the chamber release.

Algoma also operates three double-hulled tankers that carry product between Imperial Oil’s Nanticoke and Sarnia refineries all-year round, allowing it to produce gasoline, heating oil and other fuels for heavy equipment.

Those tankers also transport fuels to Sault Ste. Marie for homes and businesses throughout the region.

View photos and a video at this link: http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2018/01/31/icebreaking-a-borderless-issue

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 18

IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR participated in an historic special convoy with DOAN TRANSPORT, which carried caustic soda, led by C.C.G.S. GRIFFON arriving at Thunder Bay, Ontario on February 18, 1977. The journey took one week from Sarnia, Ontario through Lake Superior ice as much as six feet thick, and at one point it took four days to travel 60 miles. The trip was initiated to supply residents of the Canadian lakehead with 86,000 barrels of heating oil the reserves of which were becoming depleted due to severe weather that winter.

The b.) JOSEPH S. YOUNG, a.) ARCHERS HOPE, was towed to the Great Lakes via the Mississippi River and arrived at the Manitowoc Ship Building Co., Manitowoc, Wisconsin on February 18, 1957, where her self unloading equipment was installed. This was the last large vessel to enter the Lakes via the Mississippi. She was the first of seven T-2 tanker conversions for Great Lakes service. Renamed c.) H. LEE WHITE in 1969, and d.) SHARON in 1974. SHARON was scrapped at Brownsville, Texas in 1986.

The Murphy fleet was sold on 18 February 1886. The tugs GLADIATOR, KATE WILLIAMS and BALIZE went to Captain Maytham, the tug WILLIAM A. MOORE to Mr. Grummond, the schooner GERRIT SMITH to Captain John E. Winn, and the tug ANDREW J. SMITH to Mr. Preston Brady.

1980: PANAGIS K. arrived at Alexandria, Egypt, on this date and was soon placed under arrest. The ship was idle and in a collision there with NORTH WAVE on January 23, 1981. The hull was abandoned aground, vandalized and, on October 12, 1985, auctioned off for scrap. The ship first traded through the Seaway in 1960 as a) MANCHESTER FAME and returned as b) CAIRNGLEN in 1965, again as c) MANCHESTER FAME in 1967 and as d) ILKON NIKI in 1972.

1983: A fire in the bow area during winter work aboard the Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier RICHELIEU (ii) at Thunder Bay resulted in the death of three shipyard workers.

2010: The sailing ship CONCORDIA visited the Great Lakes in 2001 and participated in the Tall Ships Festival at Bay City, MI. It sank in the Atlantic about 300 miles off Rio de Janeiro after being caught in a severe squall. All 64 on board were rescued from life rafts after a harrowing ordeal. 2010: The tug ADANAC (Canada spelled backwards) sank at the Essar Steel dock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It was refloated the next day.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 17

St. Marys River
Tanker Algocanada was docked in Sault, Ont., unloading on Friday.

Lake Michigan
Algosteel was upbound past Sheboygan, Wis., Friday night enroute to Sarnia.

Lake Erie
Tanker Algosea was unloading at Nanticoke Friday night, with Algonova due next at the dock. CCGS Griffon was providing ice breaking services.

 

Lawmaker praises $2.5M more for southwest Michigan harbors

2/17 - Benton Harbor, Mich. – President Donald Trump’s proposed 2019 budget cuts funding for the Great Lakes in some areas, but it pledges millions more in another. The budget proposed Monday would appropriate $108.7 million for Great Lakes Navigation Operations and Maintenance, $2.5 million more than last year.

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, a longtime advocate for Lake Michigan harbors, said Wednesday this is great news for southwest Michigan. “This funding is critical towards dredging, operations and maintenance of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Harbor and the Holland Harbor,” he said in a news release. “Ensuring our harbors remain open and ready for business is essential to jobs and economic activity up-and-down Southwest Michigan.”

Holland Harbor is to get $600,000 and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Harbor is to get $1.5 million.

Trump’s 2019 budget would cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 90 percent. Earlier this week, Upton, in a statement to The Detroit News, said that Michigan deserves better than this.

The budget includes $108.7M for Great Lakes Navigation O&M. This is a $2.5M increase over the 2018 Budget.

Overall the budget includes $40M for dredging 21 projects. Repairs to the Poe, Black Rock, and Chicago Locks were also included in the budget.

Trump is proposing a $4 trillion-plus budget that projects a $1 trillion or so federal deficit, according to the Associated Press.

Herald Palladium

 

New tug ordered for St Lawrence Seaway icebreaking

2/17 - The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp (SLSDC) has ordered an ice-class tug for maintaining the key shipping channel between the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic. It will likely replace the tug Robinson Bay, built in 1958.

It has ordered a TundRA 3600 design tug from Gulf Island Fabrication to be built at a shipyard in Jennings, La. This tug will operate from Q3 2019 in the U.S territorial limits of the St Lawrence Seaway between Lake Ontario and Massena in New York state.

Its primary function will be operating between the Snell and Eisenhower locks, with typical duties being icebreaking and ice-management services in the winter, handling navigation aid buoys and pushing the SLSDC’s buoy and gate lifter barges. It will also have secondary roles in fire-fighting and pollution response.

Robert Allan designed this 36 m tug with a beam of 13.7 m and navigational draught of 4.9 m. It will be classed by ABS as an Ice Class 1A tug and powered by engines that are compliant with US Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 requirements.

Tug Technology & Business

 

Winter shipping supports major Great Lakes-St. Lawrence industries, cities

2/17 - Ogdensburg, N.Y. – It may be a little-known fact, but ships deliver vital supplies such as road salt, heating oil and construction materials in the winter to cities across the Great Lakes and in the lower St. Lawrence River on behalf of North American industries.

“Every winter, ships deliver products such as road salt to promote safe travel in cities hard-hit by winter conditions, and heating oil for homes,” says Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “These deliveries allow mining and energy companies to run their operations in the most cost effective and efficient way, thus safeguarding jobs in their communities.”

“Ship operators, ports and other stakeholders rely on the joint service of Canadian and U.S. Coast Guards to clear channel choke points,” said Burrows in a press release. “This is an important government service, supported by industry fees, that helps the Canadian and U.S. economies. We are thankful to the hard-working men and women of the Coast Guards for their efforts this winter. The unusually difficult ice conditions this January underscores the urgency of upgrading and expanding Coast Guard icebreaking resources.”

In addition to Coast Guard services, ship operators contract private ice-breaking services of tugs where ice conditions permit.

This winter, Burlington-based McKeil Marine’s tug and barge units are delivering aggregates (stone) from Picton Terminals (Picton, Ont.) for construction projects in Toronto and Amherst Island. Montreal-based CSL Group’s ships are carrying salt from the Magdalen Islands to Montreal and Quebec City.

St. Catharines-based Algoma Central Corporation’s freighters are carrying road salt from Compass Minerals’ mine in Goderich, Ont., to U.S. cities such as Milwaukee, Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit. Algoma also plans to deliver salt from K+S Windsor’s mine in Windsor, Ontario to Detroit and Chicago.

“Winter marine shipping and the support of Coast Guard services allows us to more efficiently run our Goderich mining operation all year long. Moving our road salt by ship is by far the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to reach our customers. Winter shipping also allows us the flexibility of delivering salt to cities and municipal customers that may need more product than originally anticipated to help keep people safe during adverse weather,” Rick Ruzzin, senior director, logistics, Compass Minerals, said.

Algoma also operates three double-hulled tankers that carry product between Imperial Oil’s Nanticoke and Sarnia refineries all-year round, allowing it to efficiently produce gasoline, heating oil and other fuels for heavy equipment. Tankers also transport fuels to Sault Ste. Marie for homes and businesses throughout the region.

“We’re proud of our crews who work diligently through ice and snow to safely deliver products to the communities we serve,” said Gregg Ruhl, chief operating officer, Algoma Central Corporation. “There’s great demand for our shipping services in the winter months. We could do more to support North American industries with expanded ice-breaking services.”

North Country Now

 

Report: Bathymetry estimated at $20,000 for Sarnia Harbor

2/17 - Sarnia, Ont. – Sarnia might need to keep closer tabs on the riverbed in its harbor, but measuring its depth costs about $20,000 every time. That’s according to a report to city council from Peter Hungerford, Sarnia’s recently retired director of economic development and corporate planning.

His six-page report details the $3.5-million dredging project that ultimately resulted in at least 31,800 cubic metres of sediment being trucked to land at Sarnia’s airport about a year ago. Ongoing bathymetry is being recommended to see how quickly sediment pushed down from Lake Huron moves into the harbor again.

There’ve been no decisions yet about what the City of Sarnia will do, said city solicitor Scott McEachran. “We’ll have to look at whether we go every other year, what the plan is,” he said. “And if things haven’t changed much, we may try to stretch out that time as well.”

It depends on what the results are, he said. “If there’s almost no change in two years, then we may be able to stretch it out maybe three or four years.”

Hungerford has previously said dredging normally occurs every eight to 10 years. He also recommended 12-18 months lead-up before any future dredging project for permitting, soil sampling, and testing for potential fish species at risk.

The sediment dredged in late 2016 and early 2017 was too contaminated – with hydrocarbons, metals and other compounds – for open water disposal, and was trucked to the airport instead. It met provisions for disposal on land at the airport, city officials have said.

When the harbor was still property of the Government of Canada, about one third of the 25,000 cubic metres dredged in 2008 was contaminated and had to be disposed of on land, Hungerford said, in the report. The balance was tugged to open water about 16 kilometres away, he said.

The harbor and $8.4 million was divested to the City of Sarnia in 2014. About $3.2 million of that sum remains. The recent dredge is the first with the City of Sarnia at the helm.

Hungerford’s report is a result of a recent council request for information about past harbor dredging. It’s anybody’s guess how much if any of the sediment will be too contaminated for open water disposal when dredging is required next, McEachran said.

The latest project brought depth to 8.4 metres below datum – long-term average water level, Hungerford said a year ago. An extra 0.2 metres was dug at the Sydney Smith dock, he said, where computer modeling shows sediment fills in faster.

Meanwhile legal talks are still ongoing between the city and contractors involved in the project, McEachran. Contractor Ocean Dredging DM Inc. has claimed extra costs and issued a $4-million construction lien against the property. The company believes the city underestimated the job when it was put out for tender; Sarnia’s stance is the company overdredged.

Various subcontractors are also involved in the lien. It’s unclear exactly how much sediment was removed.

Sarnia Observer

 

Climbing aboard a 1,000-foot ship in Sturgeon Bay

2/17 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – The vessels that have harbored for the winter in Sturgeon Bay are quite a sight to behold, and have attracted the eye of many local residents. Today, Justin Steinbrinck received a rare opportunity to come aboard one of these massive ships to learn more about their use and time in the Great Lakes, as well as hear all about the importance of their connection to Sturgeon Bay.

We were joined by representatives from Ficantieri Bay Shipbuilding, local historian and photographer Chris Winters who has had the opportunity to take images of the vessels to be remembered into the future, as well as members of the Door County Maritime Museum.

Read more and view videos at this link: http://fox11online.com/good-day-wi/climbing-aboard-a-1000-foot-ship-in-sturgeon-bay

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 17

IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR participated in an historic special convoy with DOAN TRANSPORT, which carried caustic soda, led by C.C.G.S. GRIFFON arriving at Thunder Bay, Ontario on February 18, 1977. The journey took one week from Sarnia, Ontario through Lake Superior ice as much as six feet thick, and at one point it took four days to travel 60 miles. The trip was initiated to supply residents of the Canadian lakehead with 86,000 barrels of heating oil the reserves of which were becoming depleted due to severe weather that winter.

The b.) JOSEPH S. YOUNG, a.) ARCHERS HOPE, was towed to the Great Lakes via the Mississippi River and arrived at the Manitowoc Ship Building Co., Manitowoc, Wisconsin on February 18, 1957, where her self unloading equipment was installed. This was the last large vessel to enter the Lakes via the Mississippi. She was the first of seven T-2 tanker conversions for Great Lakes service. Renamed c.) H. LEE WHITE in 1969, and d.) SHARON in 1974. SHARON was scrapped at Brownsville, Texas in 1986.

The Murphy fleet was sold on 18 February 1886. The tugs GLADIATOR, KATE WILLIAMS and BALIZE went to Captain Maytham, the tug WILLIAM A. MOORE to Mr. Grummond, the schooner GERRIT SMITH to Captain John E. Winn, and the tug ANDREW J. SMITH to Mr. Preston Brady.

1980: PANAGIS K. arrived at Alexandria, Egypt, on this date and was soon placed under arrest. The ship was idle and in a collision there with NORTH WAVE on January 23, 1981. The hull was abandoned aground, vandalized and, on October 12, 1985, auctioned off for scrap. The ship first traded through the Seaway in 1960 as a) MANCHESTER FAME and returned as b) CAIRNGLEN in 1965, again as c) MANCHESTER FAME in 1967 and as d) ILKON NIKI in 1972.

1983: A fire in the bow area during winter work aboard the Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier RICHELIEU (ii) at Thunder Bay resulted in the death of three shipyard workers.

2010: The sailing ship CONCORDIA visited the Great Lakes in 2001 and participated in the Tall Ships Festival at Bay City, MI. It sank in the Atlantic about 300 miles off Rio de Janeiro after being caught in a severe squall. All 64 on board were rescued from life rafts after a harrowing ordeal. 2010: The tug ADANAC (Canada spelled backwards) sank at the Essar Steel dock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It was refloated the next day.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 16

Lake Michigan
Algosteel, downbound with salt, arrived at Calumet Harbor Thursday afternoon to unload.

Windsor, Ont.
Algowood was still loading salt Thursday night.

Lake Erie
Tanker Algoma Hansa was unloading at Nanticoke Thursday night, with Algonova mid-lake headed for the same port.

 

Indiana Supreme Court rules Lake Michigan shoreline belongs to all

2/16 - Indianapolis, Ind. – The Indiana Supreme Court declared Wednesday in a landmark decision that Lake Michigan's shoreline is open to all, and adjacent property owners cannot exercise exclusive control of the beach between their homes and the water.

The 4-0 ruling by the state's high court definitively sets the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between the state-owned land under Lake Michigan and the interests of private property owners.

The high water mark, essentially the edge of the beach, is defined as the line on the shore established by the fluctuations of water and indicated by physical characteristics, such as a clear and natural line on the bank, shelving or changes in the soil's character.

Justice Mark Massa, writing for the Supreme Court, said the land extending from that line and continuing into and under the water of Lake Michigan was granted to Indiana at statehood, and has continuously been held in trust for Hoosiers since 1816.

Within that area individuals are entitled to access the water for the traditional purposes of navigation, commerce or fishing. The court also said, at a minimum, walking on the beach is a protected public use.

Beyond that, however, the justices said it's up to the General Assembly to decide whether to enact "any enlargement of public rights on the beaches of Lake Michigan."

The ruling settles a longstanding dispute that could have dramatically curtailed public access to the lake, and imperiled Northwest Indiana tourism, had the justices sided with the plaintiffs, Don and Bobbie Gunderson, of Long Beach.

The Gundersons claimed the deed to their lake-adjacent property in LaPorte County showed it extending to the water's edge, regardless of where the water's edge is at any given time. As such, they argued they are entitled to exclusive control over that land — meaning no one can use or access the beach by their house without their permission.

In his 29-page ruling, Massa takes apart the Gundersons' argument by tracing the history of littoral and riparian land rights from ancient English common law, through the U.S. Constitution and into the Indiana Code. He finds that land up to the ordinary high water mark consistently has been recognized as the exclusive province of the sovereign — be it the queen of England or the people of Indiana. And while the state has the right to convey that interest, it has not done so along the shore of Lake Michigan, Massa said.

The state high court ruling still potentially could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court as the exact boundaries of the portion of Lake Michigan that passed to Indiana at statehood is a question of federal law. Justice Geoffrey Slaughter, a Crown Point native, did not participate in the case. He has family members who own lakefront property in Ogden Dunes.

NW Indiana Times

 

Historic inn in heart of St. Clair gets a $35 million revival

2/16 - St. Clair, Mich. – There may be no greater symbol of the renaissance going on in towns along the St. Clair River than the $35 million restoration of the iconic St. Clair Inn in the city of St. Clair, Mich., which is expected to reopen in March 2019.

The inn was launched during the golden age of Michigan power boating, when the Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood boat companies, in plants along and near the St. Clair River, made the power boats that captured the country's fancy and brought manufacturing and wealth to the region.

The St. Clair Rotary Club decided in 1925 that the city should have a grand hotel befitting the area's status as the center of the boating world, and the St. Clair Hotel Corp. was formed. In July that year, a public offering raised $180,000 to build a 60-room hotel. When it opened on Sept. 22, 1926, it was the first U.S. hotel with air conditioning. The inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

In 2014, after a long decline under a series of ineffectual owners, the inn closed its doors. It was a gut punch to city and county residents. Generations of high school kids got their first jobs bussing tables or washing dishes there. For decades, members of Kiwanis and the Optimists and the Lions Club held their monthly meetings there. Couples got married there, their kids got married there, and their grandkids got married there.

Read the full story and see photos at this link: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180211/news/652621/historic-inn-in-heart-of-st-clair-gets-a-35-million-revival

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 16

EDWIN H. GOTT sailed on her maiden voyage February 16, 1979, in ballast from Milwaukee, bound for Two Harbors, Minnesota. This was the first maiden voyage of a laker ever in mid-winter. She was in convoy with three of her fleet mates; CASON J. CALLAWAY, PHILIP R. CLARKE and JOHN G. MUNSON each needing assistance from the U.S.C.G.C. MACKINAW to break through heavy ice 12 to 14 inches thick the length of Lake Superior. The GOTT took part in a test project, primarily by U.S. Steel, to determine the feasibility of year around navigation.

JAMES E. FERRIS was launched February 16, 1910, as the ONTARIO (Hull#71) at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

On February 16, 1977, a four-hour fire caused major damage to the crews' forward quarters aboard the W.W. HOLLOWAY while at American Ship Building's South Chicago yard.

February 16, 1939 - The state ferry CHIEF WAWATAM was fast in the ice in the Straits of Mackinac. She freed herself the next day and proceeded to St. Ignace.

The little tug JAMES ANDERSON burned on Long Lake near Alpena, Michigan, on the morning of 16 February 1883. Arson was suspected.

1943: WAR OSIRIS was built at Port Arthur, Ontario, now part of Thunder Bay, in 1918. It was mined and sunk as c) LISTO near Spodsbjerg, Denmark, while enroute from Larvik, Norway, to Emden, Germany, with iron ore.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 15

Lake Michigan
Algosteel, downbound for Chicago with salt, was just past the Door Peninsula Wednesday night. USCG Hollyhock, which had been assisting, was docked at St. Ignace.

Windsor, Ont.
Algowood was loading salt Wednesday. Algonova was stopped in the Detroit River Wednesday night.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 15

In 1961, HARRY R JONES, a.) D.G. KERR arrived at her final port of Troon, Scotland, where she was cut up for scrap the same year.

1990: The tug LOIS T. was swamped while docked at Hamilton and sank in a storm. The vessel was pumped out, refloated and repaired. It now serves as the Port Colborne based tug CHARLIE E.

1993: BELLE ISLE, an SD-14 cargo carrier, visited the Seaway when new in 1971. It was sailing as g) VAST OCEAN when it reported in on this day as sailing on the Sea of Japan. It was never heard from again and disappeared with all hands on a voyage from Vanimo, Russia, to Shanghai, China.

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

 

Algoma Sault continues her way to the Great Lakes

2/14 - The new Algoma Central Corp. vessel Algoma Sault departed Davao in the Philippines Feb. 12 as her delivery voyage to the Great Lakes continues. Her AIS is showing an ETA at Balboa for March 17. That would make her arrival in Canada, possibly Sept Iles, around the end of March. The vessel departed the Yangzijiang Shipyard in China on Feb. 3.

This is the Algoma Central Corp.’s third vessel named after Sault Ste. Marie. Her most recent predecessor, Algosoo, which entered service on the lakes in 1974, has been cut up for scrap in Port Colborne, Ont.

 

Port Reports -  February 14

Lake Michigan
Algosteel, westbound for Chicago with salt, was roughly off of Port Inland, Mich., Tuesday night. USCG Hollyhock was hove to north of Beaver Island.

Sarnia, Ont.
Algowood was still in port Tuesday, possibly refueling. She has an AIS destination of Goderich and may be readying for another salt run.

 

Ohio EPA gives OK for iron briquette facility along Maumee River

2/14 - Toledo, Ohio – Plans for a $700 million iron briquette manufacturing facility along the Maumee River received the green light from state environmental regulators Monday. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced it has issued a permit to build the facility, called IronUnits, on part of the former Gulf Oil refinery site on Front Street and Millard Avenue in East Toledo.

The facility, which will be serviced by lake freighter, is to be operated by Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., which has vowed to minimize fugitive dust particles and other forms of pollution.

Local environmentalist Sandy Bihn of Oregon has drawn comparisons to another recently built iron briquette facility in Portland, Texas. There an Austrian steel company called Voestalpine has angered residents for a number of pollution issues, including airborne particles that have settled on area waterways. Loose soot is blamed for turning a stream red.

Both Cleveland-Cliffs and the Ohio EPA are aware of the controversy at the Texas plant and vow a much cleaner, tighter operation at the East Toledo site. The company has said there are many fundamental differences between the Voestalpine plant and the one planned for this area, both in terms of technology and in how material will be stored and managed.

Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas pollutants are expected to be emitted along with other pollutants, but the Ohio EPA said none of the emissions will be at levels harmful to public health and the environment. The plant will produce 2.48 million tons of hot-briquetted iron a year, the agency said.

The East Toledo plant is scheduled to begin operation in 2020.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/02/12/Ohio-EPA-gives-OK-for-iron-briquette-facility-along-Maumee-River.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 14

MESABI MINER (Hull#906) was launched on this day in 1977, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. becoming the fourth 1,000-foot bulk carrier on the Great Lakes and Interlake's second. She had been built under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970 at a cost of $45.1 million.

Ford Motor Co., looking to expand its fleet, purchased the JOSEPH S. WOOD, a.) RICHARD M. MARSHALL on February 14, 1966, for $4.3 million and renamed her c.) JOHN DYKSTRA. In 1983, she was renamed d.) BENSON FORD. Renamed e.) US.265808, in 1985, she was scrapped at Recife, Brazil in 1987.

On February 14, 1973, the LEADALE’s forward cabins burned during winter lay-up at Hamilton, Ontario and were later repaired. Built in 1910, at Great Lakes Engineering Works (Hull#77) as a,) HARRY YATES, for the American Steamship Co. renamed b.) CONSUMERS POWER in 1934, c.) FRED A. MANSKE in 1958 and d.) LEADALE in 1962. Scrapped at Cartagena, Columbia in 1979.

1997: The SD 14 cargo ship PATRICIA M. was a Seaway trader in 1974 and returned as c) SELATAN in 1991. It was sailing as d) NIKA II when it stranded on a breakwall near Veracruz, Mexico, while inbound, in ballast, to load sugar. The hull was refloated on March 8, towed to an anchorage and declared a total loss. It was broken up for scrap at Tuxpan, Mexico, beginning on April 27, 1997.

2000: ZAFIRO, a Seaway trader in 1984, sank as d) ZAFIR off Calabria, Italy, after a collision with the ESPRESSO CATANIA while carrying 6000 tons of cement clinker. Thirteen sailors were lost or missing.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 13

Mackinac Straits
USCG Hollyhock was working with Algosteel, westbound for Chicago with salt, in Straits ice on Monday.

Sarnia, Ont.
Algowood was in port Monday, possibly refueling. She has an AIS destination of Goderich and may be readying for another salt run.

Lake Erie
Algoma Hansa was eastbound mid-lake for Nanticoke on Monday night.

 

View from space shows growing Great Lakes ice, snow cover

2/13 - The clear skies over Michigan today gave us a great look at growing ice on the Great Lakes and the fresh snow over our land.

Great Lakes ice cover percentage has expanded to 69 percent. The ice cover is growing rapidly and very close to doubling in percentage in just the last eight days.

Lake Erie is 91 percent covered with ice. Lake Huron only has 19 percent open water. Lake Superior is now 77 percent covered with ice. Lake Michigan has 51 percent ice cover. Finally, Lake Ontario only has 15 percent ice cover.

This is currently the most ice on the Great lakes since the winter of 2015-2015.

Read more and see the ice map at this link: http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2018/02/view_from_space_shows_growing.html

 

Propose budget pushes deep cut to Great Lakes funding

2/13 - Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump's budget proposal for next year again calls for drastic cuts in Great Lakes restoration efforts.

Like the budget proposal made about this time last year, Trump is looking to nearly eliminate funding for a $300-million program that helps restore Great Lakes water quality by improving fish habitat, cleaning up polluted waterways and protecting wetlands. Trump's earlier efforts to defund it have so far been rejected, as the program enjoys the support of Republicans as well as Democrats in the Upper Midwest.

Read the full story at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/02/12/great-lakes-funding-michigan/329654002

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 13

POINTE NOIRE was launched February 13, 1926, as a.) SAMUEL MATHER (Hull#792) at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co.

February 13, 1897 - PERE MARQUETTE (later named PERE MARQUETTE 15) arrived in Ludington on her maiden voyage, with Captain Joseph "Joe" Russell in command.

1941: The first WESTCLIFFE HALL, overseas to assist in the war effort, was damaged when hit by a bomb while two miles off Whitby High Light. The ship was repaired and returned to the Great Lakes after the war. It last sailed as b) WHEATON in the Misener fleet before scrapping at Hamilton in 1965-1966.

1973: MITERA MARIA loaded street cars on deck during a Great Lakes visit to Toronto in August 1967. The ship sustained fire damage in the engineroom at Karachi, Pakistan, as d) MARBELLA and sold for scrap. The 25-year old vessel was broken up at Gadani Beach in 1974.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 12

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel departed with salt for Chicago Sunday evening, with Algowood waiting to enter port. CCGS Samuel Risley was ready to assist either vessel as needed.

Detroit, Mich.
Downbound Algoma Hansa and upbound Algocanada were stopped in the Detroit River Sunday night. Algoma Hansa was headed for Nanticoke, while Algocanada was bound for Sarnia.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 12

RED WING was launched February 12, 1944, as a.) BOUNDBROOK (Hull#335) at Chester, Pennsylvania by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., a T2-SE-A1 Ocean Tanker. She was renamed b.) IMPERIAL EDMONTON in 1947. In 1959, she was brought to Port Weller Drydocks for conversion to a bulk freighter for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., renamed c.) RED WING. Scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1987.

1965: MARGIT, a Danish vessel, came inland in 1964 for one trip. It suffered an explosion and fire in the engine room about 1,000 miles southwest of Honolulu on a voyage from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Calcutta, India, and had to be abandoned. Three members of the crew were killed and the ship was burning fiercely when last seen. The drifting hull later grounded at Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands, and was found, still burning, on March 11, 1965. The ship was a total loss.

1975: E.B. BARBER was in winter quarters at Port Colborne when a fire broke out in the engine room. Local fire fighters contained and extinguished the blaze.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 11

Lake Huron
USCG Hollyhock finished assisting the Algowood through heavy Straits ice on Saturday. Algowood is on her way to Goderich. Hollyhock was tied up at St. Ignace Saturday night

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel continued loading salt Saturday night.

St. Clair and Detroit Rivers
USCG Morro Bay was working flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Track maintenance in Lake St. Clair and assist with the escorts of Algoma Hansa and Algocanada as needed. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley was expected to escort Algoma Hansa and Algocanada. When time allows they will conduct flushing operations in the St. Clair River. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon was moored in Amherstburg for maintenance returning to service on Monday.

 

GoFundMe campaign launched to help Marine City ferry

2/11 - Marine City, Mich. – An online fundraising campaign was launched this week to return the Sombra-Marine City ferry to service. The Bluewater Ferry has been closed since an ice jam in the St. Clair River crushed the causeway linking Sombra and the ferry dock and Canadian Customs building Jan. 11.

That region’s member of Parliament, Marilyn Gladu, has been lobbying national officials to finance repairs. But as of this week, Rob Dalgety, who owns the ferry with his brother, said they hadn’t had any luck.

Ontario resident Helen Cole took the reins, launching a GoFundMe campaign with a steep $2.5 million goal, which is what the brothers have said construction would cost. As of Friday morning, $3,385 had been donated by nearly 50 individuals.

“Someone just donated $500, that’s really exciting,” Cole said on Wednesday. “The goal is a lofty goal. We started out with a small goal to raise seed money, and there were questions, I thought, about how it was going to cost two and a half million (dollars), so we changed it so it what it would actually cost is showing.”

But the brothers said they were leaning toward a less costly option — installing culverts and backfilling limestone, Morgan Dalgety said, in order to meet a mid-March construction deadline. Regulations would prohibit work in the river through sometime in July because of fish spawning. Last week, Gladu said the lag in getting national funding meant the deadline could not be met, potentially leaving the ferry idle another eight months.

Rob Dalgety said even if construction can't start, he and his brother are discussing alternatives. Among those is restarting daily service as a passenger ferry for pedestrians but not vehicles so, he said, people “can at least go and visit” either side of the river.

“We’re throwing options out to get the port running so we’re not closed the whole time,” Dalgety said. “It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we are talking about it, anyhow.”

On Wednesday, Gladu addressed Canada’s House of Commons about funding for the Bluewater Ferry.

“It’s been 27 days since the border crossing in my riding was crushed by ice from Coast Guard traffic and closed,” she said. “The ferry serves as a much-needed economic link between Canada and the U.S. Now businesses on both sides of the border are threatened with closure, and constituents in my riding are extremely concerned. When will the prime minister take action and get this border crossing open?”

In response, Canadian officials reiterated the belief that the Canadian Coast Guard was on a shipping lane nowhere near the Sombra shoreline on Jan. 11 but agreed to meet with local leaders on the issue. “There’s still meetings, still hope on our side,” Dalgety said. “That even if we can’t get some money and we have to go and get a loan or do something to get up and running because right now, we can’t do anything.”

Do donate to the online campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/savebluewaterferry.

Port Huron Times Herald

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 11

On 11 February 1994, the tug MARY E. HANNAH and an empty fuel barge became trapped in the ice in the Pelee Passage on Lake Erie. The vessels were freed by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter NEAH BAY and the Canadian Coast Guard ship SAMUEL RISLEY.

E. B. BARBER (Hull#111) was launched in 1953, at Port Arthur, Ontario by Port Arthur Ship Building Co. Ltd.

NIXON BERRY was sold to Marine Salvage for scrap on in 1970, she was the former a.) MERTON E. FARR.

BEN W. CALVIN (Hull#388) was launched in 1911, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co.

The keel was laid for ROY A. JODREY (Hull#186) on February 11, 1965, at Collingwood, Ontario by Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. The tanker IMPERIAL CORNWALL was retired on February 11, 1971.

Albert Edgar Goodrich, the founder of the Goodrich Steamboat Line, was born in Hamburg, New York, near Buffalo on 11 February 1826.

February 11, 1918 - Amid blasts of whistles from nearby ships and factories and the cheers of several hundreds of people, the cargo steamer Asp was launched at the Polson Iron Works. Fears that the launching could not be carried out because of the thickness of the ice proved unfounded. Gangs of men cut away the ice barrier and at 3:20 the vessel slipped easily into the water without any mishap. Curiosity was aroused when one of the ice cutters found a three-foot alligator frozen just under the surface of the ice. Whether or not it escaped from some sailor or from the local zoo is not known.

1987: UNILUCK first came through the Seaway in 1977. The vessel was sailing as b) TINA when it reported water entering the engine room and cargo holds in the Sula Sea off the Philippines. The crew said they were abandoning the ship but no trace of them or their vessel was ever found.

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

 

More than half the Great Lakes are covered in ice

2/10 - Detroit, Mich. - You're not the only one who's freezing this winter. With southern Michigan engulfed in another winter storm, the Great Lakes have crossed the halfway point in ice concentration. Combined, they are 54.36 percent covered in ice as of Thursday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Great Lakes Coast Watch.

That's the highest ice concentration total on Feb. 8 of a Michigan winter since 2014, when the Great Lakes were 77.97 percent covered in ice. Later that year, in March, the Great Lakes nearly froze over, reaching a staggering 92.19 percent ice coverage.

In 2017, the ice coverage was 15.28 percent. In 2016, it was 4.71 percent.

Here's the breakdown of each of the Great Lakes in ice coverage this year (along with Lake St. Clair), compared to 2017 on the same date:

Lake Superior: 55.63 percent ice coverage (On this day in 2017: 6.97 percent)
Lake Michigan: 38.97 percent (On this day in 2017: 17.29 percent)
Lake Huron: 63.73 percent (On this day in 2017: 19.72 percent)
Lake Erie: 90.42 percent (On this day in 2017: 35.52 percent)
Lake Ontario: 16.38 percent (On this day in 2017: 6.21 percent)
Lake St. Clair: 99.23 percent (On this day in 2017: 92.08 percent)

Detroit Free Press

 

Port Reports -  February 10

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel was loading salt Friday night.

Lake Michigan
Algowood was being assisted through the ice west of the Mackinac Bridge Friday night.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 10

UHLMANN BROTHERS was launched February 10, 1906, as a.) LOFTUS CUDDY (Hull#341) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. The MARKHAM (Twin Screw Hopper Suction Dredge) was delivered February 10, 1960, to the Army Corps of Engineers at Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1998, The Ludington Daily News reported that a private investment group (later identified as Hydrolink) was planning to start cross-lake ferry service from Muskegon, Michigan to Milwaukee running two high-speed ferries.

On 10 February 1890, NYANZA (wooden propeller freighter, 280 foot, 1,888 gross tons) was launched at F. W. Wheeler's yard (Hull #63) in W. Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. In 1916, she was renamed LANDBO and she lasted until abandoned in 1920.

In 1975, a fire onboard CRISPIN OGLEBAY a.) J.H. HILLMAN JR of 1943, caused $100,000 damage to the conveyor and tunnel while she was laid up at Toledo. The forward end of CRISPIN OGLEBAY is now ALGOMA TRANSFER (C.323003).

1973: The CUNARD CAVALIER was launched at Seville, Spain. It first appeared on the lakes in 1978.

1981: A pair of former Seaway traders collided in the Mediterranean off Algiers and one sank. The FEDDY had been inland as b) SUNSEA in 1969, c) SAGA SAILOR in 1971 and as d) ELLY in 1976. It went to the bottom with the loss of 32 lives. This ship had been enroute from Boston to Volos, Italy, with a cargo of scrap steel. The second vessel, SOUNION, survived. It had been to the Great Lakes as a) SUGAR CRYSTAL in 1968 and was back as b) SOUNION in 1979. It sailed until scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, following arrival as c) MED VITORIA on April 17, 1993.

1982: TEXACO BRAVE (ii) was pushed off course by the ice and current and struck the bridge crossing the St. Lawrence at Quebec City damaging a mast and the radar. The vessel still sails as d) ALGOEAST.

1984: Scrapping of the Italian freighter b) VIOCA got underway at La Spezia, Italy. The ship made 8 trips through the Seaway as a) BAMBI from 1959 to 1964.

1984: The AEGIS FURY arrived at Shanghai, China, for scrapping as e) WELL RUNNER. The ship first came to the Great Lakes in 1972.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Brian Bernard, Dave Swayze, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

Port Reports -  February 9

Lake Huron
Algosteel was off Goderich Thursday night, being assisted into port by CCGS Samuel Risley.

Lake Michigan
Algowood was off the Door Peninsula headed for Goderich Thursday night.

 

Port of Cleveland infrastructure investments set stage for continued growth

2/9 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Board of Directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Port of Cleveland) met recently to review and approve two critical infrastructure investments that will position the agency for continued growth as it fosters economic development in greater Cleveland.

The Port board approved a project to reconfigure and improve the Port’s Sediment Processing & Management Facility (SPMF). Over 225,000 cubic yards of sediment must be dredged from the Cuyahoga River Federal Navigation Channel annually to maintain sufficient depth for large ships and maritime commerce.

The Port developed the SPMF two years ago to sort sediment and maximize storage space in the existing Confined Disposal Facility (CDF); which saves the costs of building a new facility, in excess of $150 million.

The new SPMF upgrades will allow the Port to process up to 160,000 cubic yards annually for sale and beneficial reuse. That represents over 65 percent of the total material, and any remaining sediment of poorer quality will continue to be placed into permanent storage in the CDF. The SMPF work is expected to extend the useful life of the CDF by 20 years to at least 2037.

In addition to the SPMF, the board also approved an application for permits to install new bulkheads at the Port’s bulk terminal. The project involves installation of 1,185 new feet of waterfront bulkheads, along with upgrades to tie rods, maritime fenders, and the rehabilitation or replacement of mooring equipment.

A total of $6.4 million in federal grant funding will cover more than 75 percent of the cost of the work. Maintaining capacity on the bulk terminal dock is critically important, as the Port continues to experience growth, including a 19 percent increase in international tonnage shipped through the port during 2017.

“The Port of Cleveland had another strong year in 2017, but we remain laser-focused on positioning our facilities for continued growth,” said Will Friedman, Port President and CEO. “These new investments in our facilities will ensure that the Cuyahoga River remains open for shipping, that our CDF capacity is used as efficiently as possible, and that our bulk terminal docks are in top condition and able to accommodate the continued uptick in cargo traffic we expect in years to come.”

Port of Cleveland

 

ISMA freighter cruise raffle winners announced

2/9 - Freighter Cruise winner: Martin & Kris Reinelt
$1,000 cash: Jack Ader
Trip on the Badger: James Zabel
“Touch a Freighter Trip”: Brent LeBrie

ISMA Toledo No. 9 Lodge

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 9

EAGLESCLIFFE, loaded with 3,500 tons of grain, sank two miles east of Galveston, Texas on February 9, 1983, after the hull had fractured from a grounding the previous day. She began taking on water in her forward end en route to Galveston. To save her the captain ran her into shallow water where she settled on the bottom in 20 feet of water with her bridge and boat deck above water. All 16 crewmembers and one dog were rescued. She was built for the Hall Corp. of Canada in 1957 at Grangemouth, Scotland as a.) EAGLESCLIFFE HALL, renamed b.) EAGLESCLIFFE in 1973.

The ALEXANDER LESLIE was launched February 9, 1901, as a.) J T HUTCHINSON (Hull # 405) at Cleveland, Ohio by American Ship Building Co.

The HOMER D. WILLIAMS suffered extensive fire damage to her side plating and forward lower cabins during her lay-up at Toledo, Ohio on February 9, 1971. The fire was started by a spark from welding that caused the tarpaulins stored in the hold to catch fire.

February 9, 1995 - The founder of Lake Michigan Carferry, Charles Conrad, died at the age of 77.

In 1899, JOHN V. MORAN (wooden propeller package freighter, 214 foot, 1,350 gross tons, built in 1888, at W. Bay City, Michigan by F. W. Wheeler & Co. (Hull#44) was cut by the ice and developed a severe leak during a mid-winter run on Lake Michigan. The iron passenger/package freight steamer NAOMI rescued the crew from the sinking vessel. The MORAN was last seen on the afternoon of 12 February 1899, drifting with the ice about 20 miles off Muskegon, Michigan. She was a combination bulk and package freighter with hatches in her flanks as well as on her deck.

1964: The Collingwood built tug PUGWASH (Hull 85 - 1930) was torn from its moorings at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. The vessel drifted out to sea and sank.

2009: The SONATA suffered engine failure in the Gulf of Finland and had to be towed to Talinn, Estonia, for repairs. It was arrested there, sold at auction and broken up for scrap locally. The ship had been a Great Lakes visitor first as c) RENTALA in 1988 and was back as d) MARY W. in 1990 and f) LANGESUND in 2000.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 8

Lake Michigan
Algowood was departing Chicago for Goderich Wednesday night. Lake Huron
Algosteel was off the Michigan shore opposite Goderich Wednesday night, possibly waiting on weather.

St. Clair and Detroit Rivers
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay was working flood mitigation by breaking up ice jam in St. Clair River. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley was scheduled to escort the Algocanada and Algoma Hansa from Sarnia to Detroit. Then escort the Leo A. McArthur from Detroit to Sarnia. Once complete they will assist with flood mitigation as time and operations allow.

Lake Erie
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon was expected to escort Algoma Hansa from Detroit to Nanticoke.

 

Michigan working to bring autonomous vessels to Great Lakes

2/8 - Autonomous vehicles are making their way towards the highways and streets of America, and between the automakers and the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, Mich., is playing a big role in developing the technology for autonomous vehicles.

Since Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, what about autonomous vessels on the lakes? Michael Beaulac of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, within the Department of Environmental Quality, joined Stateside to talk about the future of autonomous vessels and vehicles on the lakes.

Listen to the full conversation at this link: http://michiganradio.org/post/ship-without-captain-michigan-working-bring-autonomous-vessels-great-lakes

 

Coast Guard reminds public to avoid ice near active shipping routes

2/8 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie reminds the public to stay away from active shipping lanes while partaking in recreational ice activities or using ice as a means of transportation. Ice is unpredictable and dangerous, significantly ranging in thickness in even a small area. Transiting the ice near shipping lanes or Coast Guard transit lanes is dangerous.

It is recommended to wear appropriate clothing and be physically capable of self-rescue in case of falling through while venturing out on the ice. It is also best practice to leave an ice plan with someone ashore and to not go out alone.

The Coast Guard continues to encourage people to remember the acronym I.C.E; Information - including current weather conditions; Clothing - proper for the water temperature; Equipment - radios, life jackets and ice awls.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 8

While in lay-up on February 8, 1984, a fire broke out in WILLIAM G. MATHER's after accommodations killing a vagrant from Salt Lake City, Utah, who started the fire that caused considerable damage to the galley.

On 8 February 1902, ETRURIA (steel propeller freighter, 414 foot, 4,653 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. (Hull#604). She was built for the Hawgood Transit Company of Cleveland but only lasted three years. She sank in 1905, after colliding with the steamer AMASA STONE in the fog off Presque Isle Light in Lake Huron.

1983: EAGLESCLIFFE sank in shallow water at Galveston, Texas, while carrying a cargo of cattle freed for Tampico, Mexico. The ship developed hull cracks and subsequently broke in two during an August 1983 hurricane. The canal sized bulk carrier operated on the Great Lakes as a) EAGLESCLIFFE HALL (ii) from 1956 through 1971 and went south in 1974.

1990: LE SAULE NO. 1 received a hole in the bow after striking the Yamachiche Beacon in the Lake St. Peter area of the St. Lawrence and went to Sorel for lay-up. The damage was later repaired at Les Mechins.

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

 

Work on Cuyahoga remains afloat despite Rand bankruptcy

2/7 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Heddle Marine’s efforts to bring new life to Port Weller dry docks is continuing, despite the financial problems of one of its clients. The Cuyahoga, a 189-metre-long cargo ship operated by Lower Lakes Towing, is currently in the dry dock being overhauled by workers from Heddle Marine – the first ship that has spent winter months at the dry dock since 2015, when Algoma Central Corp. entered a short-term lease to conduct maintenance work on some of its vessels.

Although Lower Lakes Towing’s U.S.-based parent company Rand Logistics Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection on Jan. 30, Heddle Marine spokesman Shaun Padulo said his company’s plans for the dry dock are continuing. “It hasn’t been an issue for us,” he said.

Although Padulo said he could not provide details about the issue, he said suppliers including Heddle were assured they would not be adversely impacted by the bankruptcy protection.

Meanwhile, Padulo said work to restore the dry dock is continuing. “I think having an actual vessel in the facility has been a huge boost to morale, certainly with the personnel that are there.”

He said work on the ship continues on schedule, and “we’re looking forward to re-delivering the vessel on time at the opening of the seaway.” The company expects to hire 43 people at the peak of the project, in addition to 20 contractors. “We’re currently bidding on three additional projects for the facility for this year. There may be some other projects coming in as well,” Padulo said.

“They’re not all ship-repair related. There are a number of other activities going on as well – fabrication work and some other large industrial projects.”

Rand Logistics, which was $236 million in debt, announced its intention to file for bankruptcy protection in November as part of a restructuring plan that included a debt-for-equity swap with its lender, Lightship Capital LLC. Rand is one of the largest bulk freight shipping providers in the Great Lakes region.

St. Catharines Standard

 

Westcott crew honored for Detroit River rescue

2/7 - Detroit, Mich. – Ryan Gazdecki, senior captain of the J.W. Westcott II mail boat, had just been finishing work one day last April when he and his deck hand saw emergency crews gathered along the Detroit River at Belle Isle.

"We just kind of ran down there to see what was going on," Gazdecki said, adding that he and his deck hand, Joseph Buchanan, soon learned that a pregnant woman and police officer had fallen in.

The pair sprinted back to the J.W. Westcott II, untied it, and approached from downstream as the woman and EMT held onto a chain against the current, Gazdecki said. They helped both of them into the boat and were back on shore within 15 minutes.

Last Friday, Gazdecki and Buchanan, both members of the International Shipmasters Association, were given the group's Grand President's Award for their life-saving actions.

Outgoing association president Lee Barnhill presented the award at the group's formal dinner during the 128th Annual ISMA Grand Lodge Convention. The convention, held at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, included 200 maritime professionals.

The dramatic rescue also involved Detroit police officers Brian Gadwell and Steven Rauser, along with emergency medic Chris Ward, a certified diver who jumped into the water to help.

The Detroit Free Press

 

Port Reports -  February 7

Lake Huron
Algosteel was eastbound on the north end of the lake for Goderich Tuesday night.

Lake Michigan
Algowood was nearing Chicago with her salt cargo Tuesday night.

 

Museum group could bring other pieces of transportation heritage to waterfront

2/7 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – The Alexander Henry could have some company at Pool Six next summer. The Lakehead Transportation Museum Society, which led efforts to have the decommissioned icebreaker back to Thunder Bay, is pursuing plans to have a pair of Brill trolley buses and the James Whalen tugboat relocated to the waterfront later this year.

Charlie Brown, president of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society, on Monday night told Thunder Bay city council discussions have been ongoing with administration to have the other historical pieces incorporated as a complete site.

“The Brills themselves, we could bring them over actually very quickly if we can extend our area on the lease in a small way and set some pads down. We could set those up and enclose them in a fence protected area,” Brown said.

“We do have the room to shift the (Alexander Henry) back about 30 feet and we believe there’s enough room and enough water we can bring over the James Whalen.”

The Brill trolley buses, built at the former Canadian Car Foundry at the current Bombardier plant location just after the Second World War, were brought back to Thunder Bay in 2001 after being rescued from a scrap yard in British Columbia. The restored vehicles have spent the past several years in storage at the Thunder Bay Transit garage awaiting a permanent home.

The 112-year-old James Whalen tugboat is moored at the Kaministiquia River Heritage Park on the south side of the city.

Kelly Robertson, the city’s manager of community services, said administration has some work ahead before considering a relocation, including tracking down the ownership documents of the ship to pave the way for a potential transfer to the museum society.

“I also need to follow up with the (museum society) on the current mooring of the James Whalen tug,” Robertson said. “It’s appended to the existing dock so I’m not sure what the implications are going to be of removing the ship from that dock. We have to do some homework on that.”

While the status of those two transportation heritage artifacts remains up in the air, Brown said the Alexander Henry is being targeted to be open to the public in late May and a ceremony is planned for July 18 to mark the 50th anniversary of the ship’s dedication at the former Port Arthur Shipyard.

The former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker arrived in the city in June after being towed across the Great Lakes from Picton, Ont. However, the ship was temporarily docked at the old iron ore pier during a four-month delay while a lease agreement between the museum society, city and Thunder Bay Port Authority was ironed out. The Alexander Henry was finally brought to Pool Six in November.

While the group is planning to host tours and other events onboard the former icebreaker, they have ruled out following the lead of the previous owners of the ship and converting it into a bed and breakfast.

“She’s in excellent condition but the restrictions put on us to run it as an actual hotel, it’s not feasible for us,” Brown said. “Certainly, with the tours we have planned plus the special events, I think we’ll still be doing extremely well as far as the budget is concerned.”

TBNewswatch

 

Waterways Conference to evaluate Great Lakes development, success

2/7 - The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is this week in downtown Cleveland. Sessions over the two-day meeting will focus on autonomous technology, government partnerships, and Great Lakes developments.

Cleveland Cliffs, an iron ore manufacturer, is opening the plant, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes. It produces hot briquetted iron, using new technology. The iron will then travel to steelmaking companies in Ohio and Indiana.

Joe Cappel is Vice President of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. He says the new plant will be a boon to marine traffic out of Toledo. “We’ll be in the 10-12 million ton per year category – that makes us one of the largest U.S. ports on the Great Lakes system,” said Cappel. “The 2 million inbound tons will come in on approximately 100 lake trading vessels.”

Representatives from the Toledo Port and Cleveland Cliffs will speak this week at the event. Cappel says it’s an exciting sign of a possible future for the region. “People look at the Great Lakes shipping industry as really a dying industry,” said Cappel. “At least at the Port of Toledo, that certainly is not the case.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will give a navigation system update Wednesday. Josh Feldmann of the Army Corps Buffalo District will speak about some of the agency’s challenges – chiefly having enough money for things like dredging operations and navigation structure maintenance. Feldmann says the aging state of breakwaters and other structures puts ships at risk.

“We’re losing stone – it’s being displaced, it’s settling, it’s moving,” said Feldmann. “Some of them are 100 years old, most of them are more than 50 – stone work and bulk heading work is not cheap work.”

The Corps’ other challenges include the need to replace one of the Soo Locks connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron, as well as the management and reuse of 3.5 million cubic yards of material dredged from Great Lakes waterways. Great Lakes Today

Ideastream

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 7

HURON (Hull#132) was launched February 7, 1914, at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works for Wyandotte Transportation Co. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1973.

In 1973, ENDERS M. VOORHEES closed the Soo Locks downbound.

In 1974, ROGER BLOUGH closed the Poe Lock after locking down bound for Gary, Indiana.

1965: The Liberty ship GRAMMATIKI visited the Seaway for one trip in 1960. The vessel began leaking in heavy weather on the Pacific enroute from Tacoma, Washington, to Keelung, Taiwan, with a cargo of scrap. The vessel, also slated to be scrapped, was abandoned by the crew the next day and slowly sank.

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

 

Algoma Central Corporation takes delivery of Algoma Sault

2/6 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Algoma Central has taken delivery of the Algoma Sault, the second seaway-max Equinox-class self-unloading bulk carrier from Yangzijiang Shipyard in China. The vessel departed China Feb. 3 and is expected to arrive in Canada in late March, resulting in the ship being available for service in the upcoming navigation season.

Algoma Sault will be the seventh Equinox-class vessel to join Algoma’s domestic dry-bulk fleet, which now includes four gearless bulkers and three self-unloaders. Five additional vessels are under development contracts.

“The addition of the Algoma Sault to our domestic fleet will further strengthen our position on the Great Lakes and we look forward to her arrival,” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma. “The Algoma Sault is the second Equinox- class 740-foot self-unloader to be delivered and she will join her sister ship, the Algoma Niagara, in operations this spring,” he added.

In addition to the two new 740-foot self-unloaders, Algoma Conveyer, which the company acquired in 2017 at auction from the failed Nantong Mingde shipyard, is undergoing refurbishment and final construction at the shipyard, and is expected to be completed and delivered in early 2019.

Algoma Central Corporation

 

Port Reports -  February 6

Lake Michigan
Algosteel unloaded her salt cargo at Milwaukee early Monday and was back upbound for Goderich in the evening. Algowood was west of Beaver Island on her trip to Chicago with salt.

Lake Erie
Algosea was unloading at Nanticoke Monday.

 

Saltie scrappings

2/6 - Vessels with Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway connections reported as a Casualty or Sold for Demolition, taken from February 2018 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: none

Demolitions: Pavel Vavilov (8131893; Russia) 16,253 / 1981 - bulk carrier (1st trip into Seaway 1981) by Murmansk Shipping Co. (MSC) Russia, to Salgaocar Engineers Pvt Ltd., India and arrived Alang 02/07/2017. Commenced demolition 07/07/2017.

Wan Li (8508723; Palau) Iasos-15, Platytera-10, Kolguyev-07 (1st trip into Seaway 2004), Great Laker-02 (1st trip into Seaway 1994), Green Laker-94 (1st trip into Seaway 1987) 16,344 / 1987 - bulk carrier By Wan Li Shipping Ltd. (Fujian Wanjia International Shipping Ltd) Hong Kong and sold to Bangladesh breakers and arrived at Chittagong 15/06/2017. Commenced demolition 25/07/2017.

Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Funding shortfall could dock Pride of Baltimore II tall ship for season

2/6 - Pride of Baltimore II, the tall ship that serves as a goodwill ambassador from Baltimore and Maryland to the world, won’t be able to sail this year unless organizers can raise more than $500,000, its executive director said.

“It’s alarming, to be honest,” said Rick Scott, who heads the nonprofit that owns and operates the Pride. “This is one of the most critical times our organization has experienced in recent decades. We may not be able to fulfill our mission.”

The Pride, which has visited the Great Lakes frequently, received $1.5 million from the state spread over the past three fiscal years, but does not have a “firm commitment” for fiscal 2019 and beyond, he said. The rest of the Pride’s annual operating budget of about $1.2 million comes from private donations, grants, appearance fees, souvenir sales and day sails.

Scott said the nonprofit Pride of Baltimore Inc. is in discussions with the city and state. He plans to speak before the City Council on Monday evening as part of an all-hands-on-deck campaign to seek private and public funding for this year’s sailing season, which generally runs from late March to the beginning of November.

He said he needs to raise $230,000 by March, plus another $300,000 by July, or the ship will not be able to sail this season. Should it be idled, Scott said, the Pride would have to lay off some of its staff. It has a year-round captain, sails with a crew of 11 and keeps a full-time office staff of four.

The topsail schooner is modeled on the Baltimore clippers that were once built in the city and helped the young United States win the War of 1812. The first Pride of Baltimore sank in a sudden squall in 1986, killing its captain and three crew members. Pride II will turn 30 this October.

Scott said the ship already has declined an invitation to the Tall Ships Challenge, a racing series and festival, to be held in the Gulf of Mexico in April to coincide with New Orleans’ tricentennial. The Pride finished first in three of the five races in the Tall Ships Challenge in the Great Lakes in 2016.

“We’re sad the Pride won’t be a part of it this year,” said Bert Rogers, executive director of Tall Ships America, the Newport, R.I.-based organization of more than 150 such vessels that organizes the challenge. “The Pride is one of the stars in our galaxy,” he said. “She’s extremely well regarded not just nationally but internationally.”

Rogers said tall ships require “a big commitment” financially, a challenge for many of his group’s vessels. “While we do great work, we’re not curing cancer,” he said. “It’s largely an industry that relies on discretionary money.”

The Baltimore Sun

 

Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron above chart datum

2/6 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – More seasonable conditions returned to the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron basins in January. Nonetheless, both lakes continue to see the effects of a wet spring and summer, and water levels of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron remain well above average as a result.

The monthly mean level of Lake Superior in January was 183.65 m (602.53 ft), the 2nd highest on record (1918 - present) and the highest since January 1986. Lake Michigan-Huron’s mean January level was 176.73 m (579.82 ft), the 15th highest on record and the highest since 1998. The high levels coupled with strong winds and waves have resulted in shoreline erosion and coastal damages across the upper Great Lakes system. Lake ice may provide a level of protection to some areas of the shoreline, but additional shoreline erosion and coastal damages may occur this winter should active weather continue.

In consideration of the continuing high water levels in the upper Great Lakes, the International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), will continue to release outflows of up to 2,510 cubic meters per second (cms) (88,640 cubic feet per second (cfs)) through the winter. This flow is 100 cms (3,530 cfs) more than the normal winter maximum prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012. Actual outflows may vary depending on hydrologic and ice conditions, as well as maintenance activities at the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River, all of which have been directed to flow at their maximum available capacity.

The gate setting of the control structure will be maintained at the current setting (eight gates open 26 cm each, which is equivalent to approximately one gate fully open) during the month of February. This setting is expected to continue throughout the winter, as is typically the case when gates become frozen in ice. Likewise, there will be no change to the setting of Gate #1, which supplies a flow of about 15 cms (530 cfs) to the channel north of the Fishery Remedial Dike.

The net water supplies to Lake Superior were below average in January. The level of Lake Superior fell 9 cm (4 in) last month, while on average the lake declines 7 cm (3 in) in January. The Lake Superior level at the beginning-of- February is 32 cm (13 in) above average, 17 cm (7 in) above the level recorded a year ago at this time, and the 2nd highest on record. The level of Lake Superior is expected to continue its seasonal decline in February.

The net water supplies to Lake Michigan-Huron were below average in January. The level of Lake Michigan-Huron remained stable last month, while on average the lake declines 2 cm (0.8 in) in January. The level of Lake Michigan-Huron is 46 cm (18 in) above its long-term average beginning-of-February level, 26 cm (10 in) higher than it was a year ago and the 125th highest on record. The level of Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to continue its seasonal decline in February.

Lake Superior News

 

1893 fishing schooner to offer day sails out of Erie this summer

2/6 - Erie, Pa. – The Flagship Niagara won’t be the only ship in port at the Erie Maritime Museum this summer. The fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard, built in 1893 in Essex, Ma., will offer public day sails, school day sails and sail-training voyages out of Erie while the Niagara is away on its Great Lakes sail-training schedule in 2018 and 2019.

The two-masted schooner is owned by the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. The vessel’s sparred length is 125 feet. In the early 1990s, the South Street Seaport Museum restored the vessel to its original 1893 appearance, and outfitted the ship to accommodate trainees on educational voyages.

“One of the things we hear all the time in the museum from out-of-town guests is they don’t understand why the Niagara isn’t always here,” Flagship Niagara League Executive Director Shawn Waskiewicz said.

“The museum is beautiful, we have a lot to offer, but the Niagara is our No. 1 artifact here, and people don’t understand why we go to other ports and do other festivals outside of Erie,” he said. “Now they won’t be asking that question anymore.”

Waskiewicz said the two-year collaboration will allow the Flagship Niagara League to expand Erie Maritime Museum visitor services.

“This ship (Lettie) is going to be in Erie all the time, so when the Niagara is gone, there’s always going to be a vessel here,” Waskiewicz said.

Niagara crew will operate the schooner, providing 90- and 120-minute day sails on Presque Isle Bay, sunset cruises, and cruises during Eight Great Tuesdays events. Day sails aboard the Lettie G. Howard will start May 25 and continue through mid-September, and can be booked at www.flagshipniagara.com.

Niagara Capt. Billy Sabatini said 319 day sails are scheduled on the Lettie. Operating both vessels will require the hiring of additional crew, he said.

Waskiewicz said he hopes to have the Lettie G. Howard arrive in Erie no later than May 20. Day sails will be offered five days a week, he said.

The Lettie will sail to Erie in May via the Erie Canal (officially known as the New York State Canal System), expanding the South Street Seaport Museum’s celebration of the Erie Canal’s bicentennial.

GoErie.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 6

On 06 February 1952, the LIMESTONE (steel propeller tug, 87 foot 10 inches) was launched at Bay City, Michigan, by the Defoe Shipyard (Hull #423) for the Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company. Later she was sold to U.S. Steel and in 1983, to Gaelic Tug Company who renamed her b.) WICKLOW. She is currently owned by the Great Lakes Towing Company and is named c.) NORTH CAROLINA.

LORNA P, a.) CACOUNA was damaged by fire at Sorel, Quebec, which was ignited by a welder's torch on February 6, 1974.

ALVA C. DINKEY (Hull #365) was launched February 6, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co.

HALLFAX (Hull#526) was launched February 6, 1962, at Port Glasgow, Scotland by William Hamilton & Co. Ltd.

On February 6, 1904, the PERE MARQUETTE 19 went aground on Fox Point, Wisconsin approaching Milwaukee in fog. Engulfed in ice and fog, she quickly filled with water.

On 06 February 1885, Capt. William Bridges of Bay City and A. C. Mc Lean of East Saginaw purchased the steamer D.W. POWERS (wooden propeller freighter, 140 foot, 303 gross tons, built in 1871, at Marine City, Michigan) for the lumber trade. This vessel had an interesting rebuild history. In 1895, she was rebuilt as a schooner-barge in Detroit, then in 1898, she was again rebuilt as a propeller driven steamer. She lasted until 1910, when she was abandoned.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 5

Lake Michigan
Algosteel was downbound with salt for Milwaukee Sunday night.

St. Marys River
Tanker Algocanada finished her unload at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and was downbound past DeTour Sunday early evening.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood departed for Chicago with salt on Sunday.

Lake Erie
Algosea was unloading at Nanticoke Sunday night. Algonova will be next in to unload.

 

USCG Mobile Bay to host veterans support group ship ride

2/5 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay will sail from Sturgeon Bay, WI this Wednesday Feb. 7.

Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay will embark members of the Employees Support of Guard and Reserve and spend a few hours in the ice near the Port of Sturgeon Bay. The cutter will depart mid-morning from their home moorings, travel west into Sturgeon Bay and then return a few hours later. Mobile Bay will limit its activity to the defined ice breaking track. Every effort will be made to minimize the cutter’s wake and subsequent impact on the surrounding fields of ice.

USCG

 

2018 Gatherings

2/5 -  The Gatherings 2018 page has been updated. Due to popular demand, the Badger cruise has been reinstated.
Click here for the schedule

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 5

ASHLAND, in a critically leaking condition, barely made Mamonel, Colombia, on February 5, 1988, where she was scrapped.

February 5, 1870 - Captain William H. Le Fleur of the Pere Marquette carferry fleet, known as "the Bear" was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On February 5, 1976, the carferry WOLFE ISLANDER III was inaugurated into service between Kingston and Wolfe Island Ontario. Later that night, two blocks over, a Kingston resident noticed the captain turning off the running lights of the 'ol WOLFE ISLANDER as she joined her already winterized sister, the UPPER CANADA.

1972: CHRISTIANE SCHULTE, a West German Seaway trader, went aground at Khidhes Island, Cyprus, while on fire and was abandoned by the crew. The ship was traveling from Lattakia, Syria, to Mersin, Turkey, as b) CITTA DI ALESSANDRIA and was a total loss.

1977: The Israeli freighter TAMAR, a Seaway caller in 1959 and 1961, was gutted by a fire in the Aegean Sea south of Thira Island as c) ATHENA. The vessel, enroute from Mersin, Turkey, to Albania, was towed into Piraeus, Greece, on February 12, 1977. It was a total loss and scrapping began at Eleusis in January 1978.

1982: The Canadian tanker JAMES TRANSPORT spent 10 hours aground in the St. Lawrence near Batiscan, Quebec.

1996: A shipboard fire caused extensive damage to the Jean Parisien docked at the stone docks in Port Colborne. No one was injured in the blaze, which took two hours to extinguish and was the second one on board a ship in two days.

Data from: Gerry Ouderkirk, Max Hanley, Brian Johnson, Ahoy & Farewell II and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

Cleveland-Cliffs weighs options for expansion

2/4 - Marquette, Mich. – A proposed Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. expansion in its mining operations could mean good things for Marquette County and the Empire Mine. The proposed expansion could herald the addition of up to 900 high-paying jobs in Marquette County, Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves told about 100 community leaders at the company’s annual breakfast on Friday.

“It would bring a lot of jobs to the area because we will be restarting a pellet plant, a pellet plant that is totally shut down at this point,” Goncalves said. “We are talking double the number of people employed here in Michigan. The Empire is not operating, but the Empire is not dead. We can bring operations back from idle, anytime we choose to do so.”

But the company still needs to decide which state to expand in — Michigan or Minnesota. A decision, Goncalves said, Cliffs would likely make before the end of the year.

The company expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron, or HBI, in the Great Lakes region by 2020, with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, Ohio. But Cliffs needs enough stock to supply the electric arc furnaces in the the proposed $700 million HBI plant.

Goncalves said Michigan operations have an advantage over the proposed Minnesota expansion. “I can get things accomplished here a lot faster because of established things. We have a mine here, we have a pit — we have everything. We even have a pellet plant at that site,” Goncalves said.

As of the fourth quarter of 2017 Cliffs has 100 percent ownership of both the Tilden and Empire mines, he said.

The biggest obstacle — the removal of a significant amount of rock or soil covering the mineral deposit, known as overburden — has the potential to cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the proposed Minnesota operation, he said.

In Minnesota, the company has acquired more than half of the available land for a potential mining operation at a site in Nashwauk, Goncalves said, but the area holds a confusing mix of state-owned and privately owned mineral rights.

“It’s cheaper to go through the Minnesota route,” Goncalves said. “(But) it’s longer in terms of time to execute in Minnesota. Especially because there’s not a lot of consensus in terms of what they want.”

The Nashwauk mining operation would be less expensive because the ore is closer to the surface, Goncalves said, but the permitting process in Minnesota could take up to five years,. “The cost to implement Nashwauk is a lot less; however, time is the only thing you can’t recoup. Even money you can recoup, but time you cannot,” he said.

Ultimately, Goncalves said a show of support from local residents and communities might slant Cliffs’ decision in Michigan’s favor.

“If Michigan demonstrates that they have a resolve, a unified resolve behind Cliffs growing mining here, we will be here,” Goncalves said. “Because I don’t feel like I have that type of support in Minnesota, and that’s a lot more important to me than just dollars.”

State Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, who attended the breakfast, said the announcement gives her hope. “We all have a role to step up and make sure that we keep Cliffs’ investments here,” Cambensy said. “I am excited to work with them. I have no doubt the leadership can work together to make this happen.”

Cambensy said the focus on building a new economy in the U.P. is necessary as the region evolves. “We still have a $1 billion industry in our backyard. I think some regional economic developers look at mining as an industry of the past, instead of seeing the opportunities in clean, 21st century mining technology,” Cambensy said. “My hope is that we can start to have a conversation about the next generation of iron ore mining in the U.P. and how it could spur further regional growth and development.”

Operations at the Tilden Mine should continue for decades, regardless of where Cliffs decides to expand, Goncalves said.

“The Tilden Mine has a long life of mine ahead of it,” he said. “So we are in great shape with Tilden, and we are going to be producing at the Tilden no matter what for at least the next 30 years.”

Mining Journal

 

Port Reports -  February 4

Lake Michigan
Algosteel was downbound with salt for Milwaukee Saturday night.

St. Marys River
Tanker Algocanada continued to unload Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood was loading salt for Chicago on Saturday. St. Clair River
Tanker Algoma Hansa was downbound Saturday, likely headed for Nanticoke.

Lake Erie
Algonova was unloading at Nanticoke Thursday night. Algosea was mid-lake headed for Nanticoke, escorted by CCGS Griffon.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 4

The two sections of the a.) WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY, b.) PAUL R. TREGURTHA) were joined at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. and float-launched on February 4, 1981, (Hull #909).

In 1977, ROGER BLOUGH arrived at the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, Ohio for winter lay up and a 5-year hull inspection. She had departed South Chicago after unloading on Jan 25th and the trip took 10 days due to weather and heavy ice.

February 4, 1904 - Captain Russell of the PERE MARQUETTE 17 reported that Lake Michigan was frozen all the way to Manitowoc.

In 1870, The Port Huron Weekly Times reported that “a Montreal company has purchased all the standing timber on Walpole Island Indian Reservation [on the St. Clair River…] A large force of men are employed in hewing, cutting and delivering the same on the banks of the river in readiness for shipment… The proceeds of the sale of timber on Walpole Island will probably amount to $18,000 to $20,000, to be distributed among the Indians of the island to improve their farms.

1964: OCEAN REGINA, which would become a Seaway visitor in 1971, ran aground in the Makassar Strait, Indonesia, while enroute from Geraldton, Australia, to China. The ship was refloated February 11.

1965: The Liberty ship IRINI STEFANOU visited the Great Lakes in 1959 and 1960. It struck a reef, 1 mile west of the San Benita Islands, Baja Peninsula and had to be beached. The vessel was enroute from Vancouver, British Columbia, to London, England, with timber. While abandoned, the hull was refloated on February 25 and taken to Los Angeles for examination. They discovered a serious distortion of the hull and it was broken up at Terminal Island.

1970: ARROW, a Liberian tanker quite familiar with Great Lakes trading, stranded in Chedebucto Bay, while inbound from Venezuela to Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. The ship broke in two as a total loss on February 8 spilling millions of gallons of oil. This resulted in a major environmental problem and clean up took two years and $3.8 million.

1976: A fire aboard the freighter KERKIS broke out in #3 hold off the northern coast of Sicily. The vessel was brought into Milazzo, Italy, the next day and when the hold was opened on February 12, the blaze flared up again. The hull was beached as a total loss. It had begun Seaway trading as a) BYSANZ in 1959 and was back as b) ALSATIA beginning in 1967.

1984: The former MANCHESTER RENOWN was idle at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, as c) EDESSA. The ship was being reactivated when a fire broke out and destroyed the upper works. The vessel was sold to Taiwan shipbreakers and arrived at Kaohsiung on April 6, 1984. It had begun Seaway trading as a new ship, in 1964.

1992: PATRICIA was wrecked at Crotone, Italy, and abandoned. The hull was visible years later, partially submerged. The ship began Seaway service as a) RUMBA in 1971 and was back as b) JANJA in 1975, c) JANJE in 1979 and e) FIGARO in 1988.

1999: The former BAUNTON caught fire in #1 hold 350 miles west of Dakar, Senegal, as c) MERSINIA and was abandoned by the crew. The ship, enroute from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, with cocoa beans in bulk, was a total loss and was delivered to Spanish shipbreakers at Santander for dismantling on January 21, 2000. It first came through the Seaway in 1981 when it was a year old.

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

 

Port Reports -  February 3

Straits
Algosteel was anchored behind Mackinac Island/Bois Blanc Island Friday night. She has salt for Milwaukee.

St. Marys River
Tanker Algocanada arrived to unload Friday in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood was arriving late Friday evening.

Sarnia, Ont.
Algoma Enterprise has arrived for winter lay up. Algoma Hansa was in the St. Clair River Friday headed for Sarnia, escorted by CCGS Samuel Risley.

Lake Erie
Algonova was unloading at Nanticoke Thursday night.

 

St. Lawrence Seaway, 59th season statistics

2/3 - Opening day: March 20. Closing day: January 11, 2018. Number of days of commercial navigation: 298 days. Note: The official closing day was Dec. 31. However, because of severe winter conditions in addition to a ship, the Federal Biscay, blocking the passage to other ships at Snell Lock, the Seaway closing had to be postponed by 11 days.

Last upbound vessel at St. Lambert: Florence Spirit on Dec. 29 bound for Ashtabula, later changed for Hamilton

Last new foreign-flag vessel upbound at St. Lambert: Leila H on Dec. 11 bound for Côte Ste-Catherine.

Last foreign-flag vessel upbound: Billesborg on Dec. 22 bound for Windsor, later changed for Hamilton.

Last foreign-flagged vessel downbound: Federal Biscay on January 11. Last non-commercial vessels of the season downbound: Three tugs together in the same lockage: Ocean Tundra, Ocean Serge Genois and La Prairie on January 11.

A total of 223 foreign-flag salties entered the Seaway in 2017 including 44 new ones. Actually, however, one of them was the same vessel that was renamed in the Lakes, SCL Anita becoming Talia H at Windsor in August. Furthermore, a regular caller, the BBC Alabama was renamed Pia at Burns Harbor in June.

Rene Beauchamp

 

Waterfront art gallery, transportation museum receive provincial funding

2/3 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – The waterfront in downtown Thunder Bay may see even more expansions in the years to come, including the new location for the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and a transportation museum.

On Wednesday, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced $5 million in funding through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation’s Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program for the a new Thunder Bay Art Gallery on the waterfront.

An additional $1 million was announced for the city of Thunder Bay for waterfront redevelopment at Prince Arthur’s Landing to prepare the site for the new art gallery and expand the Sleeping Giant Parkway, as well as $150,000 to the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society to help transform the Alexander Henry into an interactive transportation museum.

“We are building on the amazing success story that is Thunder Bay’s waterfront,” Wynne said. “I’ve seen the changes that have happened. It is quite remarkable.”

“We live in a period of rapid change,” Wynne continued. “In an uncertain time, it’s very important that government have a plan to confront that uncertainty. Part of that plan is investing in communities. Thunder Bay getting some support through the NOHFC to make sure your community can thrive, that is exactly what government is positioned to do.”

When asked if the province can afford a $5 million investment for an art gallery, Wynne responded by asking if the government can afford not to invest in communities. “This is about history, it’s about art, and it’s about the culture of the city but it’s also about the economy,” she said. “The economy includes all of that.”

Lakehead Transportation Museum Society president Charlie Brown said the group is very thankful for the funding, which he said will help convert the icebreaker, Alexander Henry, which was built at the Port Arthur Shipyard and entered service in 1959, into a museum ship.

“We have such a transportation history here,” Brown said. “The Lakehead Transportation Museum Society is all about preserving that history, not only for this generation, but for generations to come.”

Brown added the Alexander Henry is expected to be opened in May of this year and host tours and events, with some rooms in the ship being converted to mini-museums. Brown hopes the Alexander Henry at the Pool 6 site will become the centerpiece of a transportation museum that could include the Brill Buses and the tug James Whalen. “These projects are about building a waterfront that connects the past and the present,” Wynne said.

TB Newswatch

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 3

In 1960, The Ludington Daily News reported that the S.S. AVALON, formerly the S.S. VIRGINIA, had been sold to Everett J. Stotts of Artesia, California.

On 03 February 1899, the steamer GEORGE FARWELL (wooden propeller freighter, 182 foot, 977 gross tons, built in 1895, at Marine City, Michigan) burned while laid up near Montreal, Quebec. She had just been taken from the Great Lakes by her new owners, the Manhattan Transportation Company, for the Atlantic coastal coal trade, The loss was valued at $50,000 and was fully covered by insurance. The vessel was repaired and lasted until 1906 when she was lost near Cape Henry, Virginia.

1939: LUTZEN came ashore in dense fog at Nauset Beach, Chatham, Mass., off Cape Cod. The vessel rolled over on its side with its cargo of frozen fish and fruit. The small ship had been built at Fort William, (now Thunder Bay) in 1918.

1970: The tanker GEZINA BROVIG sank 300 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. An explosion in the main engine on January 31 blew a piston through the side of the ship and it gradually sank. The vessel had been a Great Lakes trader beginning in 1965.

1993: The former Spanish freighter MARTA, a Seaway trader in 1981, was sailing as b) PROSPERITY when it began leaking in a storm. The ship subsequently broke in two and sank with the loss of 5 lives. The vessel went down 120 miles west of Sri Lanka while enroute from Jordan to Madras, India.

1996: An engine room fire aboard the C.S.L. self-unloader JEAN PARISIEN at Port Colborne resulted in about $250,000 in damage.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection and the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.

 

USCG Alder to conduct rare February transit

2/2 - Duluth, Minn. - Coast Guard cutter Alder will sail from its Duluth homeport Friday at 9 a.m. The ship recently underwent repairs to both main diesel engines and now must test them. The cutter will travel the Superior Front Channel and then enter Lake Superior through the Superior Entrance Channel. After several hours of testing in open water, the ship will return to homeport, retracing the path previously travelled. Every precaution will be taken to minimize incidental ice breaking outside the established shipping channels.

 

Michigan City approves Lake Michigan cruise ship

2/2 - Michigan City, Ind. – City officials in northwest Indiana have approved plans for a cruise ship that would take fun-seekers out along the Lake Michigan coastline. The Michigan City Port Authority voted to allow a tour ship to operate out of the Washington Park Marina on the Lake Michigan shore, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported

The ship would be similar to those docked at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Michigan City Port Authority Harbormaster Tim Frame said that plans call for a 70-foot, 150-seat ship that would offer tours and dinners cruises to destinations such as New Buffalo, Michigan. "We're looking at this to bring in tourism, to give people something else to do on the lakefront," Frame said. "There will be wine and beer and dinner. He'll start with dinner cruises and sightseeing and expand from there."

Frame said cruise ships visited the city in 1920s or 1930s, but he said none have operated out of the lakeside city in modern history. "It's a nice feature," Frame said. "It's been quite a while since we've had anything like this."

Frame said that the cruise ship could embark on its maiden voyage on Memorial Day and run through Oct. 31.

Associated Press

 

Port Reports -  February 2

Lake Huron
Algowood was eastbound for Goderich Thursday night, while Algesteel was headed westbound with salt for Milwaukee.

St. Marys River
Tanker Algocanada was upbound in the lower river Thursday night headed for Soo, Ont.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel cleared at 8 a.m. upbound with salt for Milwaukee. Algowood was downbound east of the Mackinac Bridge with a destination of Goderich.

Sarnia, Ont.
Algoma Enterprise was in the south end of Lake Huron Thursday night, most likely cleaning her holds before laying up in Sarnia for the rest of the winter.

Lake Erie
Algonova was unloading at Nanticoke Thursday night. Algoma Hansa was headed for Sarnia, escorted by CCGS Samuel Risley.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 2

SAMUEL MATHER, a.) PILOT KNOB (Hull #522) had her keel laid February 2, 1942, at Ashtabula, Ohio, by Great Lakes Engineering Works.

February 2, 1939 - CHIEF WAWATAM went to the shipyard to have a new forward shaft and propeller placed.

1913: The wooden passenger and freight carrier MANITOU sustained fire damage at Owen Sound and sank at the dock. The vessel was refloated, repaired and operated to the end of the 1939 season.

1972: IRISH SPRUCE first appeared in the Seaway in 1960. The ship was enroute from Callao, Peru, to New Orleans with zinc and copper concentrates as well as coffee, when it ran aground on Quinta Suero Bank (14,25 N / 81.00 W) off the coast of Nicaragua. The ship had its back broken and became a total loss.

1981: EDOUARD SIMARD and JAMES TRANSPORT collided in the St. Lawrence River east of Port Neuf, Quebec. Both received bow damage.

1981: ARTHUR SIMARD received extensive bottom damage after going aground in the St. Lawrence. It was enroute from Montreal to Sept-Iles, but returned to Trois Rivieres to unload and then to Montreal for repairs.

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

 

Rand Logistics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

2/1 - In a filing with the SEC Tuesday, Great Lakes operator Rand Logistics, Inc. reported that, along with certain of its U.S. subsidiaries, it had filed voluntary Chapter 11 petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The bankruptcy filings enable Rand Logistics, which has $236 million of debt, to effectuate a pre-packaged plan of reorganization based on a debt-for-equity swap with Lightship Capital LLC, an affiliate of private equity investor American Industrial Partners.

The subsidiary debtors in the Chapter 11 cases are Rand Finance Corp., Rand LL Holdings Corp., Grand River Navigation Company, Inc., Lower Lakes Transportation Company, Black Creek Shipping Company, Inc. and Black Creek Shipping Holding Company, Inc. None of the company’s Canadian subsidiaries have filed petitions for bankruptcy protection either in the United States or Canada, and they will continue their operations in the ordinary course of business.

The holders of the company’s secured debt have agreed to forbear from taking any action with respect to the Canadian subsidiaries during the expected timeline of the bankruptcy cases.

Marine Log

 

Great Lakes growing as a cruise destination

2/1 - The Great Lakes region is growing 'quite dramatically' as a cruise destination this year while two major new government initiatives are embracing the business with infrastructure development plans.

Eight ships will cruise the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River in 2018, offering 85 departures between May and October. The ships are Pearl Mist, Victory I and Victory II, Hamburg, Jacques-Cartier, Canadian Empress, Grande Mariner and Grande Caribe.

“A solid base of business is appearing now with Pearl Seas Cruises and Victory Cruise Lines establishing themselves,” Stephen Burnett, executive director of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, told Seatrade Cruise News. 2018's eight ships will swell to 12 in the coming years, he added.

What's more, in a major development, the Conference of Great Lakes Governors & Premiers has embraced cruising by creating a group to help the business grow. The group met Friday in Detroit and is in the process of developing a “structure, plan and war chest to go forward. “This is a huge thing. It could be a game-changer,” Burnett said.

The Conference of Great Lakes Governors & Premiers unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec and Wisconsin who work together to foster environmentally responsible economic development.

In another boost, mayors of key Canadian Great Lakes cities—from as large as Toronto to as small as Midland, Ontario—have decided to engage in research to better understand the infrastructure and capital needs of ports interested or involved in the cruise business. The province of Ontario has committed $250,000 for this study. A request for proposals is being reviewed and is expected to be issued soon.

Burnett said Ontario offers fabulous destinations for cruise visitors, but if the ships cannot get on the dock, this is a moot point. All in all, “It's an extremely pivotal time,” Burnett said. 'It's quite dramatic to see the level of political interest.'

2018's deployment supplies 11,523 available berths for the season. Each cruise calls at a minimum of seven ports and, in some cases, nine ports, for a total of 720 scheduled in the region. According to Burnett, if the ships sail full, they'll deliver nearly 100,000 passenger port visits.

Looking ahead, Ponant is scheduled to visit the Great Lakes in 2019, and Hapag-Lloyd's new Hanseatic Inspiration in 2020.

Plus, Burnett's talking to a “whole bunch of other cruise lines that are looking for somewhere that doesn't have terrorists. There's a great discomfort with some of the exotic regions and the general world unrest.”

He added the opening of Cuba is “incredibly impactful” since a number of ships that visit the Great Lakes can go there in the off-season, making for lucrative year-round deployment.

A further sign for optimism is all the small ships in the order book. According to Burnett, the St. Lawrence Seaway locks can take vessels carrying up to about 600 passengers.

Seatrade Cruise News

 

Marquette OKs plan for lighthouse property

2/1 - Marquette, Mich. – The lighthouse property overlooking McCarty’s Cove and the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette will ultimately be turned into a public park for all to enjoy, city officials say.

The final plan, which was prepared by local consultants Sanders and Czapski Associates, was unanimously approved Monday evening by the Marquette City Commission. The park project is estimated to cost between $1.6 million and $2.3 million.

The entire park site will be open to public access during daylight hours, similar to Presque Isle Park, according to the final report. The city will remove the chain link fence; extend Arch Street to Coast Guard Road to reduce vehicle traffic; improve the west parking lot; install a gate at the west end of the gravel driveway, which will be the entry to the lighthouse; install signage to identify historic resources and control circulation; rehabilitate the captain’s residence for a short-term rental unit; relocate the multiuse path partially onto the historical site and more.

Several meetings and public forums were held in 2017 prior to completion of the final report, which is meant to be a “road map” toward renovating the property as time and funds allow, meeting notes state.

“This is a plan that’s going to take a lot of time by itself,” Commissioner Mike Plourde said. “It’s going to cost a lot of money. We’re not going to jump into it with both feet right now and spend a whole lot of money that we don’t have. I think the … commission, as a whole, really wants to develop this property well.”

Plourde said the city will take its time developing the park to ensure construction is done right the first time.

The more than 5-acre waterfront parcel that was previously occupied by the U.S. Coast Guard was deeded to the city in July 2016. The parcel contains four structures, including the historic lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a captain’s residence, a Coast Guard Station and storage garage. Most of the structures were built in the late 1800s with the lighthouse being the oldest, dating back to 1866.

The site was formerly a training ground for a large number of Coast Guard personnel after the start of World War II. The last modifications to the lighthouse were made in the early 1960s when the “schoolhouse style” two-story structure was painted red.

In 2002, the Marquette Maritime Museum obtained a 30-year lease from the Coast Guard to begin preservation efforts and to conduct public tours, according to commission meeting documents.

Mining Journal

 

Port Reports -  February 1

Lake Michigan
Algowood was upbound from Milwaukee headed for Goderich Wednesday night.

Lake Huron
Tanker Algocanada was upbound on Lake Huron Wednesday night headed for Soo, Ont.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel was loading salt on Wednesday.

Detroit, Mich.
Algoma Enterprise continued to unload salt Wednesday at a Rouge River dock.

Lake Erie
Algonova was unloading at Nanticoke Wednesday night. Algoma Hansa was headed for Nanticoke, escorted by CCGS Samuel Risley.

 

2017 final Seaway saltie statistics

2/1 - The 2017 Seaway shipping season officially ended when the saltwater vessel Federal Biscay cleared Montreal on Jan. 18. The date was the latest closing date ever, making 2017 the longest season in its history.

The season began with the opening of the Seaway on March 20. During 2017 there were a total of 216 vessels that made westbound, or upbound, transits through the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, N.Y. This number was down 13 vessels from the 2016 total of 229 vessels that made westbound transits through the Eisenhower Lock.

Those 216 vessels represented 20 nations. Of the 216 vessels, there were 42 first-time visitors, down 10 from the 2016 total of 52 newcomers. The season also saw 452 westbound transits through the Eisenhower Lock. The 452 transits were up 13 transits from the 2016 season total of 439 transits. The 2017 season total of 452 westbound transits also marks the fourth consecutive year that westbound transits through the Eisenhower Lock had exceeded 400 or more transits beginning with the 2014 season.

The busiest month for transits during 2017 was November, with 60 transits, followed closely by October with 56 transits. The highest total during the last few years was in 2015 when 72 vessel transits occurred in November.

The Singapore-registered tanker Bro Anna made the most westbound transits in 2017 with a total of 13, while the tanker Travestern, built in 1993, became the oldest saltwater vessel to transit the system during the 2017 season.

A breakdown of the monthly transits at the Eisenhower Lock during the 2017 shipping season is as follows: March/April: 58; May: 50; June: 48; July: 51; August: 47; September: 51; October: 56; November: 60 & December: 31, for a total of 452 transits.

There were two saltwater vessels renamed in Great Lakes ports in 2017. The BBC Alabama, which transited the Seaway on May 28, became Pia while at Burns Harbor on June 16. Pia returned inland with that name later in 2017. Another saltwater vessel, SCL Anita, which transited the Seaway on July 8, was renamed Talia H while at Windsor on Aug. 12. The vessel did not return inland with that name in 2017.

Other noticeable changes that occurred in 2017 were the saltwater vessel the Hemgracht, which made two Seaway trips in early April and late May. She returned inland later in 2017 in late November under Canadian registry with the name Nunalik. The saltwater vessel Taiga Desgagnes, which transited the Seaway system on April 27 under Antigua & Barbuda registry, was reflagged Canadian in late May and was again reflagged to Barbados registry about mid-November. The saltwater vessel BBC Volga transited the Seaway on July 4 under Antigua & Barbuda registry and was reflagged Canadian about July 18 and again to Barbados about mid-November. The tanker Golden Oak was a busy visitor to the Seaway system in 2017 making three trips under Canadian registry. They were reflagged to the Marshall Islands registry about mid-December.

The tanker Travestern made two Seaway trips in 2017 under the Marshall Islands flag and was later reflagged Canadian about early August and then returned to Marshall Islands registry in early December. The saltwater vessel Nomadic Milde made three transits through the Seaway in 2017. For her first one about mid-August she was under the Isle of Man registry, while the latter two, in October and December respectively, she was under the Marshall Islands registry.

Denny Dushane

 

Proposed Lake Michigan marine sanctuary sparks fears of federal overreach

2/1 - Sheboygan, Wis. – When he tried rousing a small audience last year against a proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary, Jim Zeiler turned to a familiar reference.

“What are those nine words that Reagan warned us about? Somebody blurt it out,” Zeiler said from inside the Sheboygan County GOP headquarters building. On cue, a few audience members offered: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

That was last July, when Zeiler, president of the Hudson-based Citizens for Responsible Zoning and Landowner Rights, headlined a listening session aimed at highlighting his and other opponents’ concerns about the proposed sanctuary.

Much of the lobbying against the sanctuary is rooted in the fear the federal government will dip more of its toes in the Great Lakes — threatening Wisconsin’s sovereignty.

Sanctuary supporters describe those concerns as outlandish. And leaders of a Michigan community report that no such federal power grab has materialized in the 17 years since a marine sanctuary was established on Lake Huron.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has outlined plans to create a sanctuary that would cover about 1,075 square miles of Lake Michigan and protect 37 shipwrecks and 80 unexplored potential shipwrecks and other cultural resources off the coasts of Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties.

An alternative plan would extend the sanctuary to waters off Kewaunee County, expanding the potential sanctuary territory to 1,260 square miles and protecting 38 shipwrecks and 95 unexplored potential shipwrecks.

Views maps and a photo gallery at this link: http://www.htrnews.com/story/news/2018/01/31/trump-executive-order-noaa-wisconsin-lake-michigan-marine-sanctuary-shipwrecks-manitowoc-sheboygan/1004247001

 

Help wanted: Fettes Shipping Inc.

2/1 - We offer full time employment opportunity on Canadian-flagged Great Lakes self-unloading tug/barge cement carriers. We are looking for candidates with some dry bulk or tug/barge experience. We offer high salaries and benefits including 2 months onboard with one month off paid vacation, medical coverage and Family Security Plan all under collective agreement. We expect from candidates strong communication skills and good work ethic. Candidates must be able to travel to the U.S. portions of the Great Lakes area and must have a valid Canadian passport, all applicable Transport Canada certificates and a valid medical certificate issues by Transport Canada.

Please send your resume to Human Resources:
Fettes Shipping Inc.
3385 Harvester Rd. Suite 250
Burlington, ON L7N 3N2
Fax 905 333-6588
Email fettes-glits@fettesshipping.com.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  February 1

On 01 February 1871, the SKYLARK (wooden propeller steamer, 90 tons, built in 1857) was purchased by the Goodrich Transportation Company from Thomas L. Parker for $6,000.

On February 1, 1990, the U.S.C.G.C. MESQUITE was officially decommissioned.

The steamer R. J. GORDON was sold to M. K. Muir of Detroit on 1 February 1883.

In 1904, ANN ARBOR NO. 1 found the rest of the ferry fleet stuck in the ice outside Manitowoc. She made several attempts to break them loose, she became stuck there herself with the others for 29 days.

In 1917, ANN ARBOR NO 6 (later ARTHUR K. ATKINSON) arrived Frankfort, Michigan, on her maiden voyage.

On 1 February 1886, Captain Henry Hackett died in Amherstburg, Ontario, at the age of 65. He and his brother, J. H. Hackett, organized the Northwestern Transportation Company in 1869.

In 1972, ENDERS M. VOORHEES locked through the Poe Lock downbound, closing the Soo Locks for the season.

1966: The Liberty ship IOANNIS DASKALELIS came through the Seaway for one trip in 1962. It was abandoned in heavy weather as d) ROCKPORT on the Pacific and taken in tow. The vessel slowly sank about 600 miles from Midway Island on February 5. ROCKPORT was enroute from Vancouver to Japan and three dramatic photos of the ship sliding beneath the surface appeared in a number of newspapers.

1969: The third LUKSEFJELL to visit the Great Lakes was anchored at Constanza, Romania, as b) AKROTIRI when there was an explosion in the engine room. A roaring fire spread throughout the midships accommodation area and the blaze claimed the lives of 21 of the 25 crewmembers on board. The hull was sold to Romanian shipbreakers and broken up in 1970.

1974: AMETHYST ran aground off River Douro, on the northeast coast of Portugal, while inbound for Leixos with maize from New Orleans. The vessel had been anchored waiting to enter the river when heavy weather swept the area. The vessel dragged anchor, stranded and, on February 6, broke in two as a total loss. It first came through the Seaway in 1971.

1981: The former ANDERS ROGENAES and MEDICINE HAT came inland in 1964. It ran aground as h) YANMAR at Guayaquil, Ecuador, while outbound for Port Limon, Costa Rica. An onboard crankcase explosion followed on February 23. The vessel was a total loss and sold for scrapping at Brownsville, Texas. Work began on dismantling the ship at that location on June 12, 1981.

1988: L'ORME NO. 1, the former LEON SIMARD, struck a pipe while docking at St. Romauld, Quebec, in fog. A fire and explosion followed that damaged the ship and wharf. Repairs were made and the ship was last noted sailing as d) GENESIS ADVENTURER under the flag of Nigeria.

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

 



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