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Dominion Bridge meeting

02/28:
Creditors of Dominion Bridge Corp. met in Montreal on 26 Feb. and agreed to adjourn until 13 May so that the liquidation of assets can be finalized and trustees can establish the amount of money available for each of the categories of creditors. Dominion Bridge is the parent of Davie Industries Inc.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




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02/28:
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Today in Great Lakes History - February 28

INCAN SUPERIOR was launched February 28, 1974

OUTARDE (2) was launched February 28, 1906 as a) ABRAHAM STEARN.

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

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Port of Milwaukee update

02/27:
The Port of Milwaukee handled 2.95 million tons of cargo last year, compared to 3 million tons in 1997. The figure includes 200,000 tons of steel (the same as in 1997) and 10,000 tons of Food for Peace grain shipments in the fourth quarter for India, Russia and several Balkan countries.

Also, the port plans to have a new 50,000-square-foot steel distribution warehouse completed by 15 April. The facility, which has an overhead crane and is meant to handle steel coils, will be leased by Federal Marine Terminal Inc.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




City of Milwaukee Update

02/27:
The Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee has fulfilled another provision of the agreement recently that was signed by the Society and the Village of Elberta. A hull survey has been conducted on the Historic Landmark carferry and was found to be in "great shape".

City of Milwaukee is the last of the "classic" carferries, surviving nearly as-built. Sister ships included the Pere Marquettes 21 & 22, Grand Rapids and Madison, and the Ann Arbor #7.

The SPCM is anxious to complete the remaining steps necessary to open up the carferry as a museum ship. To accomplish this, the Society needs to raise $570,600.

For information on donations or Society memberships, please visit the Society's website.




Bridge Repair Possible

02/27:
Plans to repair the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth have moved ahead this week. The city tenitively wants to close the bridge down for repairs between January and March of 2000. This could delay some shipping for the port at the beginning of the new season.

Repairs would include: overhaul of the electronic system, new motors, axles, bearings and wheels being installed and repairs to the deck.

Reported by: David French




Today in Great Lakes History - February 27

GOLDEN SABLE was launched February 27, 1930 as a) ACADIALITE.

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Fire Onboard the George A. Sloan

02/26:
Radio station WDOR in Sturgeon Bay, WI. reported that there was a fire in the hold of the George A. Sloan on Wednesday afternoon.

A conveyor belt was said to have caught fire, creating a very smokey fire. The cause is unknown and damage was seemingly confined to the belt.

Local fire fighters and shipyard personnel were able to bring the fire under control.

The George A. Sloan is docked at Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Reported by: Edward Elliott




New Plant Proposed

02/26:
John Lefler, former CEO of Gulf States Steel, today is expected to be named chief executive officer of Minnesota Iron & Steel Co.

Lefler will lead efforts to build a $1.3 billion plant in Nashwauk, Minn., that would produce taconite, direct-reduced iron and steel. If built, the plant would be located on the site of the former Butler Taconite plant, which was closed and dismantled several years ago.

Also today, the company is expected to announce that it has secured several major investors in the project as well as offer details on its application for a state economic development grant.

Plans call for the plant to produce 3.6 million tons of taconite concentrate each year and 2.5 million tons of direct-reduced iron, which would be used in making 2.5 million tons of coil steel.

So far, there has been no discussion on whether any of the taconite concentrate or direct-reduced iron briquets would be shipped by rail or Great Lakes vessel. The site has access to the BNSF railroad, which operates an ore dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




More Diesel Power Rumors

02/26:
The lastest rumors have the Cason J. Callaway being converted to diesel power next year. Following the Callaway, one USS steamer will be dieselized each year.

Reported by: D. Ocean




Today in Great Lakes History - February 26

The completed hull of the BELLE RIVER (b) WALTER J. McCARTHY JR.) was floated off the ways February 26, 1977.

JOSEPH L. BLOCK was launched February 26, 1976.

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Icebreaking update

02/25:
Operation Taconite:
On 24 Feb., the icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB 83) escorted the tug/barge James A. Hannah eastbound through Michigan's Straits of Mackinac.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Port Washington Mystery Schooner

02/25:
A group of researchers has recently finished an analysis of the footage the Coast Guard shot of the schooner found off Port Washington during the Linda E search.

The group created a site map of her and captured some stills from the footage. Work continues to try to identify her

The analysis can be viewed online Click here

Reported by: Brendon Baillod




Upcoming Event

02/25:
This Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 a.m. SLIDE-O-RAMA. Mr. Al Jackman who has indexed the Harry Wolf Collection of Great Lakes vessels will be at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum to assist you in picking your favorite boat photo and viewing it on the screen. $2.00 non-members, G.L.M.I. Members Free.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum is on Belle Isle Detroit, MI - 313.852.4051
Visit the Great Lakes Maritime Institute for more great events.




Today in Great Lakes History - February 25

CREEK TRANSPORT was launched this day in 1910 as a) SASKATOON (1)

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More on the Ryerson

02/24:
Unconfirmed reports have the Edward L. Ryerson not sailing this season. One of the reasons behind her staying to the wall is because ISPAT has awarded a contract to American Steamship Company for the Indiana Habor to haul iron ore this season.

Reported by: D. Ocean




Alpena Moved

02/24:
The Alpena has moved from her winter lay-up berth at LTV to the Lafarge dock near the mouth of the Cuyahoga. This was to allow the David Z. Norton to begin the shuttle run up to LTV Steel's Cleveland Works.

Reported by: Mike Reindel




Today in Great Lakes History - February 24

The KINSMAN INDEPENDENT (2) was launched February 24, 1923 as a) RICHARD V. LINDABURY.

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Norton Opens 1999 Great Lakes Shipping

02/23:
The 1999 Great Lakes shipping season began yesterday when the M/V DAVID Z. NORTON (Oglebay Norton Company) began loading iron ore pellets at Cleveland Bulk Terminal for delivery to LTV Steel's Cleveland Works at the end of the commercial section of the Cuyahoga River.

The next vessel scheduled to resume operations is the self-unloading cement barge MEDUSA CONQUEST. The vessel is expected to depart its winter berth in Chicago on Friday or Saturday and sail for Charlevoix, Michigan.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers' Association




Strong Season for Twin Ports

02/23:
An increase in the number of salties loading grain resulted in a 4 percent tonnage increase for Duluth-Superior during the 1998 shipping season. The ports loaded 38.9 million tons of cargo, which was their second best season in this decade. That was a 1.2 million ton increase over the previous season.

Overall, the ports received 672 visits from U.S.-flag vessels, 236 from Canadian-flag vessels and 198 from salties. The calls by salties was up significantly over the previous season, a fact that port officials attributed to the increased number of ships bringing imported steel to the United States and then booking grain cargoes for their outbound trip.

Reported by: Al Miller




Salties in the News

02/23:
According to Lloyd's, the St.Vinvent & Grenadine flag BALTIC TRADER, 6,263 gr.t., Oskarshamm, Sweden for Oran, Algeria, grounded in lat 55 27.6N, long 10 45. 6E on Feb 19. She was one of the new salties in the Seaway last year when she went to Hamilton.

The following ships were sold to be broken up according to Lloyd's. The 1973 built OURIOS will be dismantled in China, the Fortune type 1975 built JOLLITY will end her days in Bangladesh and the B26 type SENTOSA also built in 1975 will be scrapped in India. All of them visited Great Lakes ports over the years.

According to "Marine News" published by the World Ship Society, the 1945 built YW-127, a tank vessel, formerly owned by the US Navy and built at Sturgeon Bay, was scutted 16-07-1998 on the Shark River Artificial Reef, about 16 miles off Pt. Pleasant, N.J.

Reported by: René Beauchamp Click here to visit Seaway Ships 1998




Oglebay Fit-out

02/23:
Crews are scheduled to arrive for fit-out on the Middletown, Reserve and Buckeye on March 6th. They will be hard at working getting the boats ready for the 1999 season.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Icebreaking update

02/23:
Operation Taconite:
On 19 Feb., the U.S. Coast Guard's Katmai Bay-class Icebreaking Seagoing Tug U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) escorted the tug Michigan eastbound through Michigan's Straits of Mackinac, then assisted the ferry Sugar Islander in the St. Marys River. On 20 Feb., the icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB 83) escorted the Michigan westbound through the straits.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Mr. Charles M Beeghly obituary

02/23:
On February 18,1999 Charles M Beeghly died. Mr. Beeghly was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive officer for the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corportation. He retired on December 31, 1968. Mr. Beeghly held various positions with the company and served on the Board of Directors of others. Some of those companies were Cleveland Cleffs Iron Company, PPG Industries, Gulf oil, Columbia Gas, and the American Iron and Steel Institute. The Interlake Steamship Company has a iron ore boat named in his behalf.

Reported by: Jeff Pepka




Work on the Navigator

02/22:
The CANADIAN NAVIGATOR is having some bow repairs done while at her Winter lay-up facility in Hamilton, Ont. Crews are working to repair a large crack and inner structural damage from when the NAVIGATOR hit a dock last Summer.

A temporary patch was applied at the time of the accident, till perminate repairs could be done during lay-up.

As of Saturday Febuary 20th, crews have used 30 tons of steel to fix the damage to the starboard side of her bow. Once completed with the inner structure repairs, they will patch the 25 foot hole that was cut out from her bow to access the damaged inner area, then the NAVIGATOR will be sent to the painters for fresh paint. Reported by:

Reported by: John A. Harris




Sykes to sail

02/22:
The latest reports have the Wilfred Sykes scheduled to sail from Sturgeon Bay on March 16th. The 99-00 shipping season is less than a month away and the Soo Locks will open in 30 days.

Reported by: Gary Clark




Goderich Hosting 85th Annual Mariners Service

02/22:
The Goderich Signal-Star reports the 85th Annual Mariners Service will be held at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich, Ontario on Sunday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. The 'bless the fleet' service is held each year for sailors and all who go to sea. The church will be decorated with flags and marine memorabilia. Items are donated by local residents and by the Goderich Museum for the Mariners' Service.

On November 9, 1913 a terrible storm hit the Great Lakes, 24 vessels were lost on Lake Huron, 8 near Goderich. Many lives were lost including sailors from Goderich. The Knox church held a mass funeral for the sailors which was attended by an estimated 1,400 people from all denominations. Since 1914 to this day the service originally known as the "Sailors and Fishermen's Service" is held in recognition for those who make their living on the waters and as a memorial service for those who lost their lives on the Lakes. For more information regarding the service call 519-524-7512.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Ice Breaking Makes National News

02/22:
The Weather Channel has been airing what was about a 2 or 3 minute spot on Great Lakes shipping in the winter. In this spot they talked about the SUNDEW showing a lot of great footage of her breaking ice and interviewed a few of her crew members.

There was also a wonderful bit of footage of the CHARLES M. BEEGHLY making her way in ice. Truly a nice little piece of footage.

Reported by: Sharyl Williams




Sarnia Report

02/21:
A survey of Sarnia yesterday found the Algonova laid-up along side the Algorail in the North Slip.

There is a lot of work being done to the unloaders on the Algorail and Algoway.

The Canadian Coast Guard ship Griffon was at the Government Dock having work done on her buoy crane. Also there, the Algosoo is having work done on the unloader and prop.

Reported by: Matt Miner




Risley in Cleveland

02/21:
Another Canadian Coast Guard vessel was spotted in Cleveland yesterday. The Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender Samuel Risley is docked near the William G. Mather Museum and the Coast Guard station. It is unknown how long she has been in town and there were no signs of activity on Saturday.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Today in Great Lakes History - February 21

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

The keel of the new bow section for the 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.

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

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Strike at Fraser Update

02/20:
Three striking crane operators at Fraser Shipyards in Superior reached a settlement with the company on February 18. They and other shipyard workers have returned to work.

Reported by: Al Miller




Port Weller Update

02/20:
The work at Port Weller Dry Docks on the new forebody for the J.W. McGiffin is progressing very well.

The forebody replacement involves removing the original cargo hold portion of a vessel foreward of the engine room and accommodation area and replacing it with an entirely new section. The procedure is expected to add up to 25 years of service life to the vessel. On the Information Search page, there is a thread where viewers are suggesting new names for the McGiffin.

The Canadian Transfer is below Lock 2 minus her rudder. She will enter the dry dock again for replacement.

She damaged the rudder on December 24th when she struck the Short Cut Bridge in the Rouge River. It was in early November that the Transfer cleared the Thunder Bay Dry Dock after spending two months under going rudder repairs to damage suffered in the Saginaw River in early September.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Family of woman sues Lake Michigan Carferry

02/20:
The family of a woman who suffocated in her bed on the S.S. Badger is suing the carferry line in a Wisconsin court, the Ludington Daily News reported yesterday.

Edith Lambert of Mount Vernon, Wash., died July 22, 1997, when she was accidentally trapped in a collapsible bed in her stateroom. Lambert, 84, was found trapped and unconscious in the fold-down bed when the ferry was 45 minutes out of Manitowoc. A crew member administered CPR and Capt. Bruce Masse turned the Badger around and returned to Manitowoc, where Lambert was pronounced dead.

Lake Michigan Carferry Inc. secured all the Badger’s beds in the open position following the accident so passengers cannot raise or lower them. Company spokesman Thom Hawley said the Badger’s beds were collapsible for 44 years until the change was made, and said he is not aware of any similar accidents occurring during those years.

Reported by: Max S. Hanley




Today in Great Lakes History - February 20

On February 20, 1959, the Herbert C. Jackson was launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan.

The DES GROSEILLIERS was launched February 20, 1982.

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

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Strike at Fraser

02/19:
Three crane operators who are members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 are on strike at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, the Duluth News-Tribune reported February 18. Work at the shipyard slowed after the strike began February 11 as members of other unions refused to cross the picket line. Wages and fringe benefits are the issue.

In addition to the vessels in the shipyard, Fraser also is working on the George A. Stinson at Duluth's port terminal. Work continued Thursday on the Stinson. Several plates had been removed from the starboard bow and welders could be seen working inside.

Reported by: Al Miller




Traffic in Cleveland

02/18:
The tug Mary Hannah and barge headed upriver near the West 3rd Street Bridge yesterday morning. She passed the barge Kellstone I at the limstone docks.

Reported by: Mike Reindel




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 CCGS GRIFFON arriving at Thunder Bay, Ont. on February 18, 1977. The journey took one week from Sarnia, Ont. 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 JOSEPH S. YOUNG (1) was towed to the Great Lakes via the Mississippi River and arrived at the Manitowoc Ship Building Co., Manitowoc, WI on February 18, 1957 where her selfunloading equipment was installed. This was the last large vessel to enter the Lakes via the Mississippi. She was the first of seven T2 tanker conversions for Great Lakes service.

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Boland to the Wall, Ryerson Iffy

02/17:
Latest reports have it that the Ryerson will not be sailing this year. There is a slim chance she will sail, but at this time her chances do not look good.

The outlook for the season is even dimmer for the John J. Boland, she will not see service in 1999. In recent years the Boland has been carrying salt to various cities around the Lakes, this latest news leaves one to question what vessel will take over her salt trade.

All shipyard work orders for both boats have been cancelled.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Tug floods at Oswego dock

02/17:
The tug Gull began flooding the afternoon of 13 Feb. at its mooring in Oswego, N.Y. Personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station Oswego and Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Buffalo, N.Y., responded and found 1.2 meters/4 feet of water in the tug's engine room. P-1 pumps were put in place and a pollution containment boom deployed in case the 5,700 liters/1,500 gallons of fuel aboard spilled. The Gull's owner, AMCAP Equipment Corp. of Miami, hired a contractor to remove the oily water from the engine room and a subsequent investigation found that the flooding was caused by a leak in the fire pump system.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Yankcanuck on the Move

02/17:
The M/V Yankcanuck arrived in the Soo Harbour on Tuesday afternoon. She was escorted by the USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay. The 140 foot icebreaker then headed downbound and was seen heading down the upbound channel rounding Johnson Point at Neebish Island enroute to St Ignace.

The Purvis Marine vessel was in Sarnia in the early part of February loading salt for lower ports.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Port Stanley Commercial Fishing Vessels Heading To Erieau

02/17:
The commercial fishing vessels G.W. Jackson & L.R. Jackson headed out of Port Stanley Harbor Sunday morning at 5:00am. The winds were out of the North and pushed the ice out into Lake Erie which made it easier for the boats to travel. They made it to Erieau at 09:30am that Sunday morning. They will be fishing for pickerel & bass, Port Stanley Harbor is still ice covered. Reported by Richard Hill

Reported by: Richard Hill




Icebreaking update

02/17:
Operation Taconite:
The U.S. Coast Guard's Katmai Bay-class Icebreaking Seagoing Tug U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) did track maintenance on 13 Feb. in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac and escorted the tug Michigan westbound. On 15 Feb., the U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay escorted the James A. Hannah through the straits.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Task force forming to evaluate U.S. maritime needs

02/17:
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater has invited interested groups and individuals to join a task force that will send the U.S. Congress a report by 1 July identifying maritime improvements in the United States needed to handle trade through 2020. Congress called for the task force in a bill passed last year for the U.S. Coast Guard.

In a 2 Feb. letter, Slater said the group will "examine the capability of the MTS (marine transportation system); the adequacy of depth of approach channels and harbors; the capability to dispose of dredged materials; the future of the navigational aid system; and the cost to the federal government to accommodate projected increases in waterborne commerce."

The group, to be chaired by members of the Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration, will meet for the first time on 12 March. Slater will deliver an initial progress report to the White House a week later.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Over a Quarter Million Served

02/16:
The main page to this web site topped 250,000 visits yesterday. This is counting since November 1995. A salute to everyone for making the site a success!




Sweetwater Seas Historical Trivia has been updated with three new articles from the late 1800's and early 20th century.



Today in Great Lakes History - February 16

The EDWIN H. GOTT sailed on her maiden voyage February 16, 1979 in ballast from Milwaukee, bound for Two Harbors, MN. This was the first maiden voyage of a laker ever in mid-winter. She was in convoy with three of her fleetmates; CASON J. CALLAWAY, PHILIP R. CLARKE and JOHN G. MUNSON, each needing assistance from the U.S.C.G. 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.

The JAMES E. FERRIS was launched February 16, 1910 as the ONTARIO (4).

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 Chicago yard.

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Trial ordered for figurehead theft

02/15:
Paul Ehorn of Elgin, Ill., was ordered to stand trial last week in Michigan's Presque Isle County District Court for receiving or concealing stolen property and violating the Michigan Aboriginal Records and Antiquities Act.

Ehorn is accused of removing a 1.5-meter/5-foot figurehead from a 54.3-meter/178-foot schooner than sank in Lake Huron 120 years ago. Under Michigan law, it is illegal to remove anything from a shipwreck in Michigan waters. He allegedly removed the dragon figurehead more than 10 years ago and donated it to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wis., where it is on display.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




And the Winner is

02/15:
Saturday night, at the International Ship Masters' Association Detroit Lodge #7 annual Dinner Dance a winning ticket was drawn in the Courtney Burton trip raffle.

Mr. Jim Russell was the lucky winner. Jim was called out of bed at 10:30 by phone to inform him that he and 5 friends will be enjoying a cruise this season on the flagship of the Oglebay Norton fleet.

The Detroit Lodge would like to thank all who participated.

If you would still like a chance at a Great Lakes freighter cruise, the Cleveland Lodge is now offer a chance for you to take a trip on the Kaye E. Barker! Tickets are now only $5.00.
Click here for details




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Administration Finds Evidence of Steel Dumping

02/14:
A story from the Associated Press reports that Japan and Brazil face steel tariffs of up to 71 percent following a Clinton administration ruling Friday that they may have illegally dumped steel in the United States. The preliminary finding that producers from those countries sold steel in U.S. markets at price dramatically below production costs or home-market prices triggers a full investigation that could lead to tariffs by this summer.

In the meantime, the U. S. Customs Service will collect cash deposits or bonds from imports to cover any duties later applied retroactively. Commerce Secretary William Daley said the steel industry would get immediate relief as a result.

Wary of further aggravating a troubled Russian economy, the Commerce Department held off announcing findings in a similar complaint against that country, saying the United States could reached a settlement agreement by next week to avert tariffs.

Imports of hot-rolled carbon steel from Japan, Brazil and Russia jumped more than 60 percent during the first six months of 1998. compared to 1997. The U. S. producers blame at least 10,000 layoffs and three company bankruptcies on the import surge. There are already signs that imports dropped in December because of fears of retroactive tariffs from Japan and Russia, and Friday's ruling could begin to lower imports from Brazil.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Today in Great Lakes History - February 14

The MESABI MINER was launched on this day in 1977 becoming the fourth thousand 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 on February 14, 1966 for $4.3 million

On February 14, 1973 the LEADALE's forward cabins burned during winter lay-up at Hamilton, Ont. and were later repaired.



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EVTAC Forced to Reduce Production, Lay off Employees

02/13:
Minnesota's EVTAC Mining Co. will reduce its production of taconite pellets and layoff at least 100 employees by late May because of foreign steel imports, falling pellet prices and the recent explosion at a power plant at Rouge Steel in Detroit.

EVTAC President Dave DeLeo told company suppliers that "the crisis is real" and that all jobs at EVTAC are potentially at risk unless the company can find ways to cut costs over the next year.

The company had planned to produce 5 million tons of pellets this year. Now, however, it will idle one of its two pellet furnaces in May, cutting production to between 4.1 million and 4.4 million tons. If EVTAC's financial situation does not improve, the furnace may be idled permanently, the company said.

With its Furnace No. 1 idle, EVTAC will focus on improving efficiency on its Line 2 furnace. After a year, the company hopes to increase Line 2's production from 4.1 million tons to as much as 4.7 million tons.

The company is asking its vendors and suppliers for suggestions on how to cut costs. It also is examining ways to cut costs in labor, transportation, taxes, utilities and capital improvements.

EVTAC officials blame the crisis on the glut of foreign steel imports, high production costs at the plant and falling pellet prices. The explosion at the River Rouge generating station forced Rouge Steel to idle two blast furnaces that consume 450,000 tons of EVTAC pellets each year.

EVTAC is located in Eveleth, Minn., and formerly was known as Eveleth Mines. It is owned by Rouge Steel, A-K Steel and Stelco. It ships pellets through the DMIR ore docks in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller and David French




Two more tenders ordered from Marinette Marine

02/13:
The U.S. Coast Guard said 12 Feb. that Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis., has been awarded contract options for two Juniper-class seagoing buoy tenders. The vessels, to be named the Aspen and the Sycamore, will be delivered in 2001 and 2002. The contract is worth about U.S.$60 million.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Midwest Energy Benefits From New Contract

02/13:
Midwest Energy Resources Co., which operates a large coal-shipping dock in Superior, Wis., is benefitting from a renegotiated contract between Detroit Edison and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad that was announced Feb. 11.

The agreement calls for about 23 million tons of Powder River Basin coal to be shipped this year by BNSF to Midwest Energy and to Chicago for Detroit Edison.

The announcement comes just weeks after Midwest Energy completed its most successful season, shipping 16 million tons of coal aboard Great Lakes freighters loaded in Superior. Midwest Energy also ships coal to customers by train.

Fred Shusterich, president of Midwest Energy, said the company has been operating under the agreement for the past year. He said the company expects tonnage for 1999 to be as good or slightly better than that for 1998.

Reported by: Al Miller




Vessel owner arraigned in Michigan

02/13:
Gregory Busch, 46, was arraigned 11 Feb. in Marquette, Mich., on charges that he violated the U.S. Clean Water Act by knowingly discharging oil into U.S. territorial waters. Busch was indicted by a federal grand jury in Marquette on Jan. 19 after an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and the Criminal Invesigations Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Busch, of Carrolton, Mich., is a U.S. Great Lakes commercial vessel owner. If convicted, he could face three years in prison and a U.S.$250,000 fine.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Today in Great Lakes History - February 13

The POINTE NOIRE was launched February 13, 1926 as a) SAMUEL MATHER (4).

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City of Milwaukee and Elberta agree

02/12:
The Village of Elberta and the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement regarding the disposition of the S.S. City of Milwaukee.

Specific details of this agreement have been submitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan for full review and approval.

However, the general agreement provides for a period of time in which the Society will seek approval of the Michigan Department of Transportation to moor the S.S. City of Milwaukee at one of the MDOT controlled slips in the Village of Elberta. The Society will submit for approval, a comprehensive plan for the use the MDOT property and the S.S. City of Milwaukee to the Village of Elberta within a specified period of time.

As part of the settlement, both lawsuits involving the parties, one in state district court and one in federal district court, would be dismissed. The Society had alleged in the federal case that certain omissions had occurred in the grant applications submitted by the Village of Elberta. The granting agencies have stated that they are, and have been, satisfied with Elberta’s grant applications and their interpretation of historic 106 requirements affecting the grants they administer.

Society President, Max Hanley stated that in the heat of litigation, it may have been suggested that Village representatives or it’s President, Gregory Jenks, were personally responsible for improprieties involving the Village grant applications. The Society did not intend to suggest any personal improprieties on the part of either said representatives or Mr. Jenks and apologizes for any misconception in that regard.

Both parties hope to continue the productive dialogue which has been established through the mediation process and subject to approval of the comprehensive plan to be submitted to the Village under the terms of the agreement, the Village conditionally supports the objectives of the Society in its efforts to preserve the historical heritage of the S. S. City of Milwaukee.

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Longshoreman Recovers $3.2 Million Verdict

02/12:
A longshoreman employed by Nicholson Terminal & Dock in River Rouge received a verdict in Wayne County Circuit Court on Wednesday an amount in excess of three million dollars.

The longshoreman was injured in 1996 on the Steamer J.A.W. Iglehart, operated by Inland Lake Management. A material hoist collapsed, dropping a large steel plate onto the longshoreman's foot.

Reported by: Darryl Hutchins




Hydro Movie Madness at Dossin Museum

02/12:
Saturday -- March 20th -- Hydro Movie Madness at Dossin Museum, Detroit
From the 11am Museum opening until the movies begin, we will have several collectors displaying their treasures (Maybe an impromptu swap meet). Then join us as we watch movies on the big screen --10'x12' beginning at 1pm - always something different.

This time the program will feature a group of news reels from the 1930's and 40's, remember Pathe News at the Saturday Matinees?

Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle - 313.852.4051

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Today in Great Lakes History - February 12

RED WING (2) was launched February 12, 1944 as a) BOUNDBROOK

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Work at the Duluth Port Terminal

02/11:
The Presque Isle has a fresh new paint job and the winter paint crew is now working on Roger Blough.

A small wheeled crane and plenty of trucks have been gathering each day around the engine room gangway to the George A. Stinson.

Reported by: Al Miller




Davie Industries files proposal

02/11:
Davie Industries Inc. filed proposals to its creditors under Canada's Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on 9 Feb., followed by parent Dominion Bridge Corp. on 10 Feb. The proposals are identical, and call for the sale of assets to first repay debts to the Canadian government as well as provincial governments, secured claims, preferred claims and unsecured claims.

Secured claims primarily are opwed to the Bank of New York, Lamar Investments Inc. and Wellgate International, totaling about Canadian$60 million. Most of the amount is expected to be repaid through the proceeds of the sale of Dominion Bridge's 63 percent participation in McConnell Dowell Corp., announced 4 Jan. The proceeds may total C$85 million, with the remaining money allocated to subsidiaries for other debts.

A general meeting of Davie Industries creditors will be held no later than 2 March and a general meeting for Dominion Bridge no later than 3 March.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Sea-Land Service leaving Montreal

02/11:
Sea-Land Service Inc. will end its container service between Montreal and northern Europe on 1 April. Partners Maersk Line and P&O Nedlloyd Container Line Ltd. will continue with the same schedule and the same number of ships, though a third partner may be sought. Maersk Line had two ships and Sea-Land Service one, with P&O Nedlloyd Container Line chartering slots.

Sea-Land Service joined Maersk Line and P&O Nedlloyd Container Line in launching the service 17 months ago. Ships on the service are said to be sailing at 85 to 90 percent full.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Plan for Milwaukee lighthouse backed

02/11:
Milwaukee County's Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment on 9 Feb. backed a plan to preserve the North Point Lighthouse in Lake Park along the city's lakefront. Under the plan, Water Tower Preservation Fund Inc. will have two years to raise U.S.$750,000 to preserve the lighthouse and convert the two and a half-story keeper's quarters into an exhibit space for maritime artifacts and meeting areas for community groups. The county will lease the tower, house and land to the group, a venture of Lake Park Friends and Water Tower Landmark Trust. The county will get 3 percent of gross revenue from rentals and other fees.

It is hoped to restore the cast iron tower and the clapboard house for tours. Among groups interested in the project are the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, which may display artifacts.

Also, American Hostels Inc.-Wisconsin Council had asked the county to turn the property into a "world class" hotel.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Kelleys Island Car Ferry Holed

02/10:
A story in the Sandusky Register reports that a ferry heading to Kelleys Island from Sandusky Monday morning struck a submerged object, piercing part of its hull near the engines and causing it to take on water.

The SHIRLEY IRENE, owned by Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Lines, was about one mile east of the Marblehead Lighthouse when it struck the object and began taking on water around 6:40 a.m., said Lt. Commander Tim Cherry of the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Toledo.

The 130-foot ferry's master decided to try to return the ferry to its Sandusky dock in the relative safety of Sandusky Bay rather than attempt to make Kelley's Island in open Lake Erie.

The master and the two-man crew managed to get the ferry back into the bay. But when they realized they couldn't make it to their dock, they headed for shallower water, grounding Shirley Irene near the Cedar Point Marina, Cherry said. Coast Guard Station Marblehead and the Ohio Division of Watercraft aided the stricken vessel. The Coast Guard brought pumps to help drain the flooded engine compartments.

Two engines were damaged by the water and a third overheated, Cherry said.

The ferry was refloated and reached her home dock under her own power between 3-3:30 p.m.

Shirley Irene was scheduled to leave yesterday for Toledo Shipyards, escorted by a Cleveland-based tugboat, to undergo repair and allow Coast Guard investigators to examine the damage.

Reported by: D. Kishman, Mike Reindel and Rex Cassidy




U.S.-Flag Share of U.S./Canada Trade Grows 31 Percent In 1998

02/10:
Jones Act lakers continued to increase their share of the U.S./Canada (Cross-Lakes) trade during the 1998 season. U.S.-Flag carriage in the Cross-Lakes trade topped 4.1 million tons, an increase of 31 percent compared to 1997. Jones Act 1,000-footers now routinely move 3 or 4 iron ore cargos to Canada each month. Last year also saw two coal cargos move to Canada in U.S.-Flag 1,000-footers.

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Group Seeks Return To Fair Trade In Steel

02/10:
The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, a broadbased coalition of maritime interests, recently sent the following letter to the Great Lakes delegation in Washington seeking their assistance in restoring order to the world steel trade to the United States.

January 8, 1999

Dear Senator/Dear Representative:

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force was founded in 1992 to promote a dynamic U.S.-Flag fleet on the Great Lakes and international waterborne commerce via the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Task Force draws its membership from virtually every segment of Great Lakes shipping and thus represents both labor and management from U.S.-Flag operators, shipboard unions, longshoremen, shipyards, dredgers, ...

The purpose of this letter is to forward our Resolution urging Congress and the Administration to restore order to the world steel trade to the United States. As you know, the Asian crisis and Russia’s faltering economy have prompted many foreign steelmakers to ship their excess production to the United States and offer it at prices below the cost of production.

GLMTF is uniquely qualified to counsel on this issue. Our members depend on BOTH a healthy domestic steel industry and imports of specialty steels and steel products via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Iron ore and other raw materials required for steel production are the backbone of domestic Great Lakes shipping and thus the livelihood for our U.S.-Flag carriers, their American-citizen crews and the shipyards that build and maintain Jones Act lakers. On the other hand, imported steel represents the vast majority of inbound cargo via the Seaway and so creates hundreds of jobs for American longshoremen. Furthermore, those salties arriving laden with steel then load American grain for export to world markets.

The key point to our Resolution is we oppose unfair trade. GLMTF recognizes the need for a strong American steel industry and steel imports to meet niche or short-term markets. If we restore order to the world steel trade to the United States, we can strike the proper balance that benefits everyone.

If you have any questions, or need more information, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.

Sincerely,
John D. Baker
President




Today in Great Lakes History - February 10

UHLMANN BROTHERS (2) was launched February 10, 1906 as a) LOFTUS CUDDY

The MARKHAM (Twin Screw Hopper Suction Dredge ) was delivered February 10, 1960 to the Army Corps of Engineers at Cleveland, OH.

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Fire in Montreal

02/09:
Another container ship had some problems lately in Montreal. On Feb.5, there was a fire in the electrical room of the Cyprus-flag, 1982 built SEA-LAND CANADA at her berth. No ones was hurt.

The vessel was shifted to a dock upstream, at section 29, almost astern to Ferbec wintering at section 25. She is being repaired at this location and will leave for Felixstowe, England within a week.

Firemen took 35 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Icebreaking update

02/09:
Operation Coal Shovel:
On 5 Feb., the U.S. Coast Guard's Katmai Bay-class Seagoing Icebreaking Tug U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) assisted the Yankcanuck from the Detroit River to Cleveland and the tug Mary E. Hannah to Toledo, Ohio. The next day, the U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay assisted the tug Shannon into Toledo and the Mary E. Hannah outbound.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Yankcanuck in Cleveland

02/09:
The Yankcanuck was recently seen unloading salt on the Cuyahoga at the Osterland Dock. Reports indicate that the salt will be delivered to several small communities in the greater Cleveland area.

Reported by: Al Leonard and Rex Cassidy




European Union approves Cargill deal with Continental Grain

02/09:
The European Union has approved Cargill Inc.'s purchase of the Commodities Marketing Group of Continental Grain Co. The deal, announced 10 Nov., includes 65 facilities and other equipment used to store, process and transport grain.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




New Web Page

02/09:
Sweetwater Seas Historical Trivia - A collection of historical news articles from around the Great Lakes Region.

This collection is from articles that author and historian David Swayze has found while compiling research on Great Lakes shipwrecks for his on-line database and other writings.

Mr. Swayze comments, "These articles have little historical significance. I've just found them interesting and want to share them with the people who enjoy Lakes' history."

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Today in Great Lakes History - February 09

EAGLESCLIFFE, loaded with 3,500 tons of grain, sank two miles east of Galveston, TX 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 crew members and one dog were rescued.

The ALEXANDER LESLIE was launched February 9, 1901 as a) J.T. HUTCHINSON

The HOMER D. WILLIAMS suffered extensive fire damage to her side plating and forward lower cabins during her lay-up at Toledo, OH on February 9, 1971.

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Herbert C. Jackson - Elton Hoyt 2nd Update

02/08:
Interlake Steamship greatly appreciates all the concern for the well-being of the vessels' crew of the steamers Herbert C. Jackson and Elton Hoyt 2nd. Interlake was notified almost immediately of the blast by the vessel personnel. Although in close proximity to the blast, there is no damage to the vessels and the crews are in good spirits.

Our prayers for full recovery go out to those who may have been injured and we extend our condolences to the families of those killed in the blast.

C.K. Minton, Fleet Superintendent
Interlake Steamship Company




Marine Engines Latest Target of Pollution Crackdown

02/08:
A story in the February 7th Toledo Blade reports that Federal regulators are keeping busy looking for ways to tune up America's air pollution laws. Inevitably, they test market forces, and in one way or another, pass the costs of cleaner air along to the public.

Now on the heels of passing regulations aimed at making outboard motors on recreational boats more fuel efficient, the USEPA is at it again with watercraft. This time the target is diesel, commercial shipping vessels equipped with engines of 50 horsepower or greater, as well as tugs, dredges, and medium-to-large fishing boats. The goal is to reduce the amount of pollutants produced by marine engines.

The agency estimates that by 2020, the shipping industry can achieve reductions of 3% for carbon monoxide, 9% for hydrocarbons, 12% for particulate matter, and 23% for nitrogen oxide, if the current proposal is approved. Comments are being accepted through February 28,

"I guess it's safe to say the EPA is looking at the whole ball of wax" Glen Nekvasil, spokesman for the Cleveland-based Lake Carriers Association, said. The association represents US companies that haul freight and cargos on the Great Lakes. On Thursday, some of its members met USEPA officials aboard a docked vessel in Toledo to learn more about the proposal.

Mike Brand, manager of product environment management for Cummins Engine Company, a Charleston SC based manufacturer affected by the regulations, said the agency's prediction of a 5 per cent cost increase is reasonable. The regulations are set up for approval soon, but are to be phased in no sooner than 2004, depending on the type of engine.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Today in Great Lakes History - February 08

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

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Today in Great Lakes History - February 07

HURON (4) was launched February 7, 1914



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Today in Great Lakes History - February 06

The LORNA P. was damaged by fire ignited by a welder's torch on February 6, 1974.

ALVA C. DINKEY was launched February 6, 1909

The HALLFAX was launched February 6, 1962

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

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Explosion at Ford Rouge update

02/05:
Investigators announced yesterday that they have pinpointed the cause of the Ford Rouge power plant explosion to a furnace inside Boiler 6.

Monday's explosion killed one worker and injured 21 others. Rouge Steel is still with out power and some of the mill's customers are looking into other suppliers for steel products




Boat Show this weekend

02/05:
The 1999 Detroit Boat Show will be held Saturday, February 6th through the 14th at Cobo Hall.

Members of the International Shipmasters Lodge will staff the Great Lakes Maritime Institute's booth. Your opportunity to talk with Captains, Mates and Associates in the Great Lakes Maritime Industry.

Contact John Polacsek at 313.852.4051 for additional information.




Shipwreck Presentation

02/05:
The Marsh Collection Society presents a Heritage Day event "Shipwrecks of the Pelee Passage"
An illustrated talk by John Karry and Grant Black. The event will be held this Sunday, February 7, 1999 at 2 pm. at the Senior's Centre, 179 Victoria St., Amherstburg, ON free admission.

Please call (519) 736-9191 for more information or e-mail Marsh Collection Society




Today in Great Lakes History - February 05

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

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More Detroit River Sightings

02/04:
The ALGOISLE moved from her lay-up berth at the Morterm Limited slip in Windsor and docked at the ADM Terminal to unload the cargo of grain she was storing.

The YANKCANUCK is now docked at Morterm on the Detroit River side, apparently for repairs before heading upbound.

Reported by: James H. Neumiller




Saginaw River Hard on Ships in 1998

02/04:
The Saginaw River seemed to be a little tough on vessels this past season. In all 4 vessels had major grounding accidents in the River in 98. Included are the Charles E. Wilson that made contact with the bottom early in the season. The Cuyahoga also grounded more severely in roughly the same spot between Liberty and Veterans memorial bridges in Bay City. Right after its completion the Canadian Transfer damaged its rudder while making a delivery of stone. The tug barge Mckee Sons grounded once again (second time in a few years for this vessel) in the same area as The Wilson and Cuyahoga. Lastly everyone held there breath as the Frontnac had to use its rudder to break ice while backing in to the bay after a delivery to Essroc Cement.

Hopefully with the spring dredging and smarter drafts the carnage will be reduced in 1999.

Reported by: Brian Ferguson




Maumee River

02/04:
According to the February 2nd Toledo Blade, included in the new 1.77 trillion dollar U.S. budget proposal is money for a study to realign the shipping channel in the upper range of of navigation of the Maumee River.

Treacherous currents in this area, near the Conrail Drawbridge, has caused ships to strike this bridge seven times between 1986 and 1993. The current is particularly dangerous during times of high water in the river in the spring.

Ships navigate the Maumee River as far as the Interstate 75 bridge to access three large grain elevators that are located at the head of navigation, just upstream from the Conrail Drawbridge.

Reported by: Jim Flury




Cargo for Labatts

02/04:
Lakes Terminals and Warehousing on the East side of the dock in Port Stanley are expected to receive five - 25' steel rings from Europe on a sea going vessel this April. The rings will then be trucked to the Labatts Brewing company in London Ontario.

It is reported that the cost to transport the cargo to London, ON. from Port Stanley will be more than the cost to ship them from Europe. The operation will require a police escort and power lines to be lifted, it is 27 miles from Port Stanley to London.

Reported by: Richard Hill




Soo Traffic 50 - Years Ago

02/04:
From Skillings Mining Review - January 22, 1949
During the 1948 interlake navigation season on the Great Lakes, a total of 24,294 vessel passages were recorded on the canals at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario, according to a report by the Detroit District Corps of Engineers. Compared with the 1947 season, this is an increase of 2,020 passages, or 9% for the season. Freight tonnage carried by these vessels totaled 115,893,446 short tons, an increase of 5,161,874 short tons, or 5% over the 1947 season.

The increasing popularity of passenger travel on the Great Lakes is reflected in the increase of 24% in the number of passengers on vessels passing through the Soo Canals to 112,101 for the 1948 season.

Reported by: Dave Wobster




Today in Great Lakes History - February 04

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

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Yankcanuck in Cleveland

02/03:
The Yankcanuck was unloading salt at the Osterland Co. Dock just North of the West 3rd Street Bridge. The vessel has no self-unloading equipment so a hydraulic excavator mounted to the ships deck was being utilized. The excavator was equipped with a large clamshell bucket.

Reported by: Albert Leonard




Gemini on the Move

02/03:
Tanker GEMINI was seen loading calcium chloride at Amherstburg, Ontario Monday evening at 9:00 pm.

She is a rare visitor to this dock which usually loads the McKeil barge SALTY DOG.

Reported by: James H. Neumiller




Work on the Cuyahoga

02/03:
Since arriving in Port Stanley on January 8th the Cuyahoga crew and contractors have worked non-stop.

The steam steering system was removed and a new hydraulic system will be installed this month. This work was done in preperation for her engine replacement next year. The repowering will be done by replacing her current 2,500 horsepower Lentz 4-cylinder compound steam engine (last on the Lakes) with the 2,700 horsepower diesel engine (EMD 16645 E-7) salvaged from the M/V Nicolet.

While sand blasting crews work in the cargo holds, another crew has disassembled the self unloading elevator and trucked away most parts for replacement or upgrading. The crews are hard at work, the vessel is scheduled to depart on March 25th.

Reported by: Ted Coombs




Yankcanuck in Cleveland

02/03:
The Yankcanuck was unloading salt at the Osterland Co. Dock just North of the West 3rd Street Bridge. The vessel has no self-unloading equipment so a hydraulic excavator mounted to the ships deck was being utilized. The excavator was equipped with a large clamshell bucket.

Reported by: Albert Leonard




Gemini on the Move

02/03:
Tanker GEMINI was seen loading calcium chloride at Amherstburg, Ontario Monday evening at 9:00 pm.

She is a rare visitor to this dock which usually loads the McKeil barge SALTY DOG.

Reported by: James H. Neumiller




Icebreaking update

02/03:
Operation Taconite:
On 1 Feb., the lead vessel of the U.S. Coast Guard's U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101)-class Icebreaking Seagoing Tug assisted the tanker Algonova northbound through the St. Marys River. The Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Mobile Bay (WTGB 103) was to transfer to Operation Taconite from Operation Oil Can on 2 Feb. to assist the tug Michigan through the Straits of Mackinac.

Operation Coal Shovel:
The Coast Guard's Balsam-class Seagoing Buoy Tender U.S.C.G.C. Bramble (WLB 392) escorted the Yancanuck southbound through the Detroit River on 1 Feb. Earlier, the Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) escorted the Yancanuck, as well as the tug Mary E. Hannah, through western Lake Erie to Cleveland.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Season Over; May See Slight Increase For U.S.-Flag Fleet

02/03:
The 1998 shipping season came to an end at approximately 0420 on January 30, 1999 when the cement carrier PAUL H. TOWNSEND (Inland Lakes Mgt.) arrived her winter lay-up berth in Milwaukee. The 1998 season began on February 20 when the self-unloader EARL W. OGLEBAY (Oglebay Norton Company) began moving iron ore within Cleveland Harbor.

Estimated totals indicate that U.S.-Flag carriage increased slightly on the Great Lakes during the 1998 season, but it must be stressed that the cement and liquid bulk totals below are estimates and all other commodities are subject to final verification. What is for certain is that dumped steel significantly impacted the Lakes Jones Act fleet. The initial tally for iron ore shows a decrease of 580,000 tons, yet at one point in the season, U.S.-Flag ore cargos were 2.3 million tons ahead of 1997's pace.

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Time is Running Out

02/03:
Time is running out for your chance to win a trip on the Courtney Burton.
The International Ship Masters' Association raffle drawing will be held on February 13, 1999. Any entries that are receive at the Detroit address by February 10th will be entered in the drawing.

Grand Prize is a trip for you and 5 friends aboard the COURTNEY BURTON, flagship of the Oglebay Norton fleet.

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Explosion at Ford Rouge

02/02:
At least one person was killed and several others seriously injured when a large explosion rocked the Number 3 Boiler area in the power plant at the Ford Rouge Plant Complex in Dearborn, MI yesterday.

The fire took more than three hours to bring under control. The explosion hit with such intensity that it blew the clothing off of employees inside and rocked several other buildings around the complex. Debris was scattered over a large area and blew out windows on cars parked nearby.

As of last night, the Rouge complex is without power and all shifts have been canceled. Best estimates to reopen parts of the complex is late tonight.

Located directly behind and across the channel from the powerhouse is the wintering Herbert C. Jackson. Just in front of the Jackson is the Elton Hoyt 2nd, also wintering at the Rouge.

Click here for an article from the Detroit News. The article includes a picture of the building, if you look on the left side of that picture you can see the Jackson in the back ground.




Icebreaking update

02/02:
Operation Taconite:
On 29 Jan., the lead vessel of the U.S. Coast Guard's U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101)-class Icebreaking Seagoing Tug did track maintenance in the St. Marys River and assisted the Yankcanuck.

Operation Oil can:
The Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Mobile Bay (WTGB 103) did ice clearance operations with the tug Erika Kobasic on the morning of 29 Jan. in preparation for the launching of the Coast Guard's Ida Lewis-class Coastal Buoy Tender Anthony Petit (WLM 558) at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis.

Operation Coal Shovel:
Over the weekend, the Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) and the Balsam-class Seagoing Buoy Tender U.S.C.G.C. Bramble (WLB 392) did track maintenance and vessel assists. On the morning of 29 Jan., the U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay worked from Cleveland to the entrance of the Detroit River while the U.S.C.G.C. Bramle assisted the tug Karen Andrie, sailing to Toledo, Ohio. On 30 Jan., the two assisted the tug Mary E. Hannah to Toledo. On 31 Jan., the U.S.C.G.C. Bramble assisted the Gemini from Toledo to Detroit and the Karen Andrie in western Lake Erie and the Detroit River entrance.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Grain weighers return

02/02:
Employees of the Canadian Grain Commission begun returning to work after the Canadian Wheat Board called on the Canadian government to enact legislation that would have forced the grain weighers to return to their jobs. Management personnel had taken over grain weighing operations at Montreal, Port Cartier and Sorel in Quebec, and elsewhere, after employees of the Canadian Grain Commission went on strike. Representatives of the commission must be present when bulk carriers are loaded with grain to certify the quality and quantity of grain in order to maintain export standards. Commission workers have not had a salary increase since the wages of public servants were frozen in 1991 and new contract offers from the federal government have been rejected.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




New maritime center for Milwaukee?

02/02:
A proposal has been disclosed to build a 50,000-square-foot building at the City of Milwaukee's Municipal Pier, at the end of East Michigan Street. Headed by the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Education Association, the building would house its operations as well as those of Great Lakes Future (a non-profit educational group), the Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, which is now at the central Milwaukee Library. The Milwaukee Public Schools may also take some space, as may the Great Lakes Water Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, among others.

The tip of the pier is currently occupied by Pieces of Eight, a restaurant built in the 1960s, and the Milwaukee Board of Harbor Commissioners wants to move it into the new building as well. The current restaurant would be demolished for use as a park and an unpaved turnaround. The pier is built on landfil that was deeded to the city, hence its interest.

The structure would incorporate offices, classrooms, a library and schooner support facilities, as well as a visitor's center for the city.

Groundbreaking for the two-story structure may come as soon as early September. Zimmerman Design Group, an architectural firm in Wauwatosa, Wis., is already working on plans. The firm's conceptual plans call for a design based on maritime imagery that uses "green building" techniques.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Today in Great Lakes History - February 02

On February 2, 1981 ARTHUR SIMARD grounded in the St. Lawrence River on her way from Montreal to Sept Iles, Que. with a cargo of diesel oil and suffered extensive bottom damage.

The SAMUEL MATHER (6) (a) PILOT KNOB (1) had her keel laid February 2, 1942.

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Townsend Update

02/01:
The Paul H. Townsend arrived Jan. 30 for a short lay up in Milwaukee. Plans call for the Townsend to spend approx. 30 days in Milwaukee before fitting out and departing for St. Joe, MI with their storage load.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Crewman Injured in Explosion

02/01:
A crewman aboard the containership CANMAR SPIRIT was injured by an explosion in the engine room on Jan. 27 when the vessel was upbound on the St.Lawrence River off Repentigny, Que. a few miles downstream from Montreal.

The ship was arriving from Lisbon, Portugal. The crewman succombed to his injuries at the hospital less than 24 hours later. The ship is 28 years old having been built in 1971 at Birkenhead, England in 1971. Until 1982, she was named CP Trader and was used between Europe and Quebec City by Canadian Pacific (CP Ships).

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Icebreaking update

02/01:
Operation Taconite:
On 28 Jan., the lead vessel of the U.S. Coast Guard's U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101)-class Icebreaking Seagoing Tug did track maintenance in the St. Marys River and assisted the tug Michigan eastbound through the Straits of Mackinac.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Grain weighers on strike in Canada

02/01:
Management personnel have taken over grain weighing operations at Montreal, Port Cartier and Sorel in Quebec after employees of the Canadian Grain Commission went on strike. Representatives of the commission must be present when bulk carriers are loaded with grain to certify the quality and quantity of grain in order to maintain export standards. Commission workers have not had a salary increase since the wages of public servants were frozen in 1991 and new contract offers from the federal government have been rejected.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Traffic on St. Clair River

02/01:
Spotted in Sarnia yesterday was the Algonova upbound at 10:30am and the Yankanuck downbound 11:30am.

Reported by: Steve Vanden Bosch




Erie Spotted on East Coast

02/01:
The Atlantic Erie was recently seen in Camden, NJ. About every six weeks a CSL vessel will unload gypsum along the Delaware River. The Atlantic Erie is the usual vessel.

Reported by: Mike Harting




Steamer Lady Elgin

02/01:
Oral arguments were held January 27th before the Illinois Supreme Court with the court to decided if the State of Illinois is entitled to the wreck of the steamer Lady Elgin or if it is the property of a commercial diver.

The diver, Harry Zych, located the wreck in 1989. Zych then purchased the rights to the vessel from Cigna Property and Casualty Company, which was the successor to the carrier which insured the Lady Elgin at the time of her loss. After Zych made his claim public (although not the location of the wreck) the State of Illinois laid claim to the remains on behalf of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The State maintains that the vessel was abandoned by her insurers since they took no action to locate the steamer. Zych's attorneys countered that there was no search for the Lady Elgin because the technology to locate her remains did not exist until recently.

It will probably several months, at least, before the Court decides the case.

The steamer Lady Elgin went down in Lake Michigan off Wilmette in 1860 with great loss of life after a collision with a schooner.

Reported by: Lew Clarke




Raffle Winners

02/01:
Grand traverse Lodge #23's Boat Trip Raffle Results held over the weekend:

American Steamship 1,000 footer 5-7 day trip: Camilla Ross
SS Edward L. Ryerson 3-5 day trip: Mark Fraley
SS Badger round trip: Steve Hughes
Tallship Malabar, sunset dinner cruise on Grand Traverse Bay: Tom Holbert
All trips are for a group of four people and are arranged during the regular sailing season (after ice).

Grand Traverse Lodge thanks all who participated.
Capt. Dean Hobbs

There is still time to win a trip on the Courtney Burton - Click here




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02/01:
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International Shipmasters Association Convention

02/01:
The Grand Traverse Lodge #23 hosted a very successful and enjoyable convention over the weekend.
My salute to the Grand Traverse Lodge and all who attended.




Today in Great Lakes History - February 01

On February 1, 1990 the MESQUITE was officially decommissioned.

In February 1951 the b) CHARLES M. WHITE was towed from the James River with two other C4s, LOUIS McHENRY HOWE and SCOTT E. LAND, to the Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, MD to be converted to a Great Lakes bulk carrier according to plans designed by J.J. Henry & Co., New York, NY.

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

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