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Twin Ports Report

03/31:
H. Lee White is expected to leave its layup berth in Duluth on March 30 and get under way, possibly loading pellets at the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

As of the afternoon of March 30, John G. Munson had backed out of the drydock at Fraser Shipyards and was tied up at the dock.

Two Harbors has been busy so far this season, handling the larger GLF vessels as well as visitors like Charles M. Beeghly, which was due in March 30.

Reported by: Al Miller




Capt. Henry Jackman arrives in Toledo

03/31:
The M.V. Captain Henry Jackman arrived in Toledo yesterday evening at 2000 and proceeded up the Maumee River to the Anderson's Elevator with assistance from the tugboat "Carolyn Hoey". This is the first vessel into the turning basin this year and will be the first vessel to take a load of coal from the CSX Coal Docks this year.

Reported by: D. Ocean




Upper Harbor Stays Busy

03/31:
Marquette's upper harbor continues to stay busy with the arrival of a fourth ship in as many days. The Algomarine is scheduled to arrive at the Upper Harbor Wednesday, March 31 at 3 p.m. The Algo fleet appears to be keeping the LS&I Railroad and Ore Docks busy as this is the third ship in 4 days to arrive here in Marquette from the Soo. The Algosteel has visited Marquette twice since Sunday. The only other vessel to take ore from the upper harbor has been the Charles Beeghly which arrived late Sunday evening and departed early Monday. So far no ship traffic has been seen in Marquette's lower harbor with the exception of the USCG Icebreaker Mackinaw that visited last week.

This report comes from Art Pickering, Art will now contribute Marquette's Vessel Passage to this web site.
Please visit the Vessel Passage section for updates.





Icebreaking update

03/31:
Operation Taconite:
The U.S. Coast Guard's lead vessel of the U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101)-class icebreaking seagoing buoy tender did track maintenance in the lower St. Marys River in Michigan on 29 March while the U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) did track maintenance and flushing operations in the upper St. Marys. The Coast Guard's Balsam-class Seagoing Buoy Tender U.S.C.G.C. Sundew (WLB 404) worked in Duluth, Minn.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Risley In Portage Canal

03/31:
Houghton, Michigan - Tuesday morning the Canadian ice breaker Samuel Risley pushed its way through the remaining ice on the Portage Lake Shipping Canal. The 167-foot cutter was expected to take two hours to travel from the South Entry to the Portage Lift Bridge. It stopped briefly about 0945 at Houghton, where it picked up scientists from the University of Minnesota headed out to work on Lake Superior, where they will collect water samples from the bottom of Lake Superior.

The NPS vessel Ranger IV is expected to return to Houghton in a couple of weeks from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Reported by: Jim Grill




Today in Great Lakes History - March 31

Christening ceremonies took place on March 31, 1979 for the d) CANADIAN PROSPECTOR.

ROGER M. KYES (Renamed b) ADAM E. CORNELIUS) was launched March 31, 1973.

WILLIAM R. ROESCH was renamed b) DAVID Z. NORTON (2) in christening ceremonies at Cleveland on March 31, 1995. The PAUL THAYER was also renamed, EARL W. OGLEBAY, during the same ceremonies.

JOSEPH S. WOOD was sold to the Ford Motor Co. and towed from her winter lay-up berth at Ashtabula, OH on March 31, 1966 to the American Ship Building's Toledo, OH yard for her five-year inspection. A 900 hp bow thruster was installed at this time. She would be rechristened as the c) JOHN DYKSTRA (1) two months later.

J. CLARE MILLER was launched March 31, 1906 as a) HARVEY D. GOULDER. On March 31, 1927, the William McLauchlan (later Samuel Mather (5), Joan M. McCullough, and finally Birchglen) entered service, departing Sandusky, Ohio for Superior, Wisconsin on her maiden trip.

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

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

03/30:
Fraser Shipyards is empty now except for John J. Boland, in long-term residence, and John G. Munson, which is in drydock. On March 29, steam was up on the Munson, signaling that it's departure may be near.

It's back to business as usual at the BNSF ore dock in Superior as all its usual callers are returning for another season. Stewart J. Cort and Burns Harbor loaded March 28 and George A. Stinson is due back for its second load March 29.

Reported by: Al Miller




Capt. Henry Jackman Departs

03/30:
Algoma's Capt. Henry Jackman departed Sarnia winter lay-up at 10:15pm Sunday night. Some impressive examples of ship handling were necessary: backing out of the north slip and turn using the Government Dock; head downbound to Imperial fuel dock, turn upbound in order to fuel at the dock; then, after fueling, turn downbound for Lake Erie. Her destination was Toledo where her lay-up cargo of potash will be unloaded. Nice to see the 1999 Algoma Centennial houseflag flying.

Reported by: Andrew Torrence




Bramble in Saginaw River

03/30:
The Coast Guard buoy tender Bramble was working in the Saginaw River on March 29. The Bramble passed through Bay City in the morning and was setting buoys upriver in Saginaw during the afternoon.

Low water levels on the Saginaw River are much in evidence this spring, with large stretches of riverbed exposed along the banks. It is unlikely that the river will return to normal levels in the near future with the lack of precipitation in the region over the winter.

Reported by: Stephen Hause




Marquette update

03/30:
Marquette's first ore cargo of the season was loaded on Sunday, March 28. ALGOSTEEL loaded for Algoma Soo.

After some unloading problems, she is due back in Marquette on Tuesday, March 30.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Chief Wawatam Receiving Bow Thruster

03/30:
Workers were seen last Wednesday installing a bow thruster on Purvis Marine Lines' barge Chief Wawatam. The work is being undertaken from the ice at Goverment dock in Sault Ste. Marie Ont. The bow was high enough out of the water to expose the former carferry's old bow propeller shaft.

The Pere Marquette 41 also received a bow thruster during her conversion from carferry to barge last year.

Reported by: Tom Hynes




Port of Windsor

03/30:
This story appeared in Monday's Windsor Star.

The first saltie, scheduled to arrive in the Port of Windsor this season will be The Great Laker, she will arrive on April 6 or 7 from Mexico with bulk fluorspar for Allied Chemical in Amherstburg, according to Bill Waugh, of the Windsor Shipping Agency.

Waugh said saltie traffic likely will start to pick up in June, but he expects traffic this year to be "average," reflective of seaway shipping trends. Port officials traditionally present the captain of the first saltie with a framed photo to commemorate the opening of saltie season, and Waugh said foreign captains can amass quite a collection of photos and trophies during a season.

Ships can make the 610-mile run from Montreal to Windsor in three to four days. The Port of Windsor, Canada's third largest on the Great Lakes and among Canada's top 20 - is gearing up for another busy season of lake freighters and ocean ships.

Every year, according to port statistics, more than 8,000 commercial vessels pass through, carrying more than 100 million tonnes of cargo. The local port facilities typically handle about five million tonnes, and since Windsor's port can accommodate even the largest ships using the Great Lakes, cargos range from salt, stone, fluorspar, grain, lumber, steel, petroleum, goods in containers and heavy lift equipment.

A typical year can see 1,500 vessels call at the Windsor port, which is spread out along 22 km of waterfront mostly in the city's west end. There are 16 major docking facilities and 18 companies have operations connected with the port.

In 1998, 2,563 ships docked at the port, down slightly from 1997. They carried 5.7 million tonnes of cargo, a 1.6 per cent increase from 1997, and the main cargo was construction aggregates dropped off for area construction activities, followed by salt taken from the Windsor Salt mine.

Reported by: Dick & Barb Coburn




Today in Great Lakes History - March 30

The CHEMICAL MAR arrived at Brownsville, TX on March 30, 1983 in tow of the tug FORT LIBERTE to be scrapped there.

The ERINDALE was pressed into service after the LEADALE (2) sank in the Welland Canal. She was towed out of Toronto on March 30, 1983 by the tugs G.W. ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE for repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks. The ERINDALE re-entered service two months later.

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

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First Ship arrives in Thunder Bay

03/29:
The first vessel to arrive in Thunder Bay for the 1999 shipping season was the Mapleglen arriving Saturday. She was tied up yesterday at the U.G.G. 'A' elevator waiting to load a cargo of canola.

A ceremony by city officials will be held on Monday at noon, the captain of the first vessel to arrive each year receives a ceremonial top hat commemorating the opening of the navigational season.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Old Forebody Removed

03/29:
The old forebody of the McGiffin was pulled out of the Port Weller Dry Dock yesterday morning, it will be towed to Port Colborne next weekend for scrap.

The new forebody was moved into the dry dock, at 78 feet its a tight fit. Getting it into a lock could also prove exciting in a crosswind.

The 730-foot laker, launched in 1972, entered dry dock on November 25th. The joining of the new forebody should be completed in June.

The new ship will incorporate a design that takes advantage of the Seaway's new size allowances. The length of the vessel will increase to 740 feet from 730 feet. The breadth will be 78 feet, from 75 feet. The ships will also feature the latest in cargo-handling systems.

The two other CSL vessels are slated for forebody replacement in 2000 and 2001. The company also holds options to contract with CSE on two more ships which would be done in 2002 and 2003.

Reported by: Roger Tottman

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Interesting Trips for the USS Fleet

03/29:
Arthur M. Anderson will make two unusual early season calls, arriving in Fairport, Ohio, on March 29 to load for Buffalo, where it's due March 31.

Roger Blough will make its second trip of the season back to the Duluth DMIR ore docks.

Reported by: Al Miller




Sarnia's Lay-Up Fleet

03/29:
Reports from Port Huron yesterday have all but 2 of Sarnia's lay-up fleet with their engines up and running. Crews on board were seen practicing fire and life boat drills.

Also making her first appearance on the St. Clair River for the 1999 season was the Arthur M. Anderson.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Today in Great Lakes History - March 29

The PRINDOC (3) was sold off-lakes during the week of March 29, 1982 to the Southern Steamship Co., Georgetown, Cayman Islands and was renamed b) HANKEY.

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

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

03/28:
Columbia Star became the "official" first boat of the season in the Twin Ports when it arrive at 3:40 a.m. March 26 -- 38 minutes ahead of fleetmate Oglebay Norton. The Star fueled, then loaded coal at Midwest Energy Terminal. Tradition dictates that the first boat be an arrival from the lower lakes, even though Paul R. Tregurtha already had hauled three cargoes of coal from Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Icebreaking update

03/28:
The U.S. Coast Guard's Katmai Bay-class icebreaking seagoing tug U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) did track maintenance in the St. Marys River in Michigan on 25 March, then took a Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer to Lime Island before working on track maintenance above the island. The Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) did track maintenance in the South Channel of the Straits of Mackinac while the icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB 83) did track maintenance in Whitefish Bay and the upper St. Marys River.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Seaway Update

03/28:
Saturday afternoon the GORDON C.LEITCH was unloading at the Quebec Iron & Titanium dock at Sorel. Also there was ENERCHEM CATALYST which had returned to her "winter dock" on March 24.

As of Saturday, no other lakers had left Montreal.

The FERBEC left Montreal for Havre St.Pierre on March 25.

There are two other salties scheduled to go up the Seaway on opening day, Wednesday March 31. They vessels are the FEDERAL MACKENZIE and STOLT ASPIRATION. These are in addition to CHIOS PRIDE. It is unknown which one will be the first, maybe the CHIOS PRIDE.

The Maltese-flag bulker KOUROS V presently anchored at Pointe-aux-Trembles. It is believed that she will shifted to section 50 on Monday to get Seaway fittings.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Interlake Starting Fleet of 9 Self-Unloaders

03/28:
Interlake Steamship Company started the 1999 navigation season with the first two of its fleet of nine self-unloaders. The MESABI MINER was up bound at the Soo Locks on opening day, March 25, followed by JAMES E. BARKER a day later. On April 1, Interlake will complete its 1999 season opening with the sailing of the ELTON HOYT 2nd.

Captains and Chief Engineers for assigned to Interlake vessels for 1999 are as follows:
CHARLES M. BEEGHLEY - Capt. S. M. Briggs, Chief Eng. B. E. Stambaugh
MESABI MINER - Capt. T. J. Dayton, Chief Eng. B. J. Boehm
PAUL R. TREGURTHA - Capt. M. Hallin, Chief Eng. R. M. Limatta
JAMES R. BARKER - Capt. B. M. Laffey, Chief Eng. E. E. Wiese
LEE A TREGURTHA - Capt. J. L. Nuzzo, Chief Eng. G. L. Woods III
ELTON HOYT 2nd - Capt. S. D. Parker, Chief Eng. R. L. Cole
HERBERT C. JACKSON - Capt. J. C. Ruch, Chief Eng. D. R. Guay
KAYE E. BARKER - Capt. A. M. Tielke, Chief Eng. M. K. Early

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Stinson Opens American Steamship Season

03/28:
On March 22, American Steamship Co., which operates one of the larger Great Lakes fleet, entered the 1999 navigation season with the M/V GEORGE A. STINSON loading at Allouez for Zug Island.

In 1999 ASC will start with 11 self-unloaders, whic is the same number as in 1998, including ADAM E. CORNELIUS, which has completed three years with the fleet of Inland Steel Co. (now Central Logistics). The JOHN J. BOLAND will not start and remain laid up at the Fraser shipyard in Superior.

1999 officers for ASC will be:
AMERICAN MARINER - Capt. D. Dembny, Chief Eng. C. Campbell
AMERICAN REPUBLIC - Capts. T. Kehl/D. Bartels, CE J. Martinson
BUFFALO - Capt. J. MacFalda, CE M. Lamp
ADAM E. CORNELIUS - Capt. D. Kortman, CE P. Baker
CHARLES E. WILSON - Capt. W. Yowell, CE K. Marcelle
GEORGE A. STINSON - Capt. R. Gallagher, CE T. Sufak
INDIANA HARBOR - Capt. J. VanDongen, CE J. D. Bertrand
H. LEE WHITE - Capt. P. Jimerson, CE M. Martney
SAM LAUD - Capt. H. Person, CE T. Bradley
ST. CLAIR - Capt. F. Parsons, CE E. Mulvahill
WALTER J. McCARTHY - Capt. L. A. Smyth, CE A. Desmond

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Pacesetter awards announced

03/28:
Nine U.S. ports and seven terminals on the Great Lakes have received seventh annual U.S. Seaway Port Pacesetter Awards from Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. The awards are given to ports and terminals that have increases in foreign cargo volume shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway during the latest navigation season compared to the year before.

Ports winning the award were the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, the Seaway Port Authority of Duluth, Minn.; the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority; the Green Bay Port and Solid Waste Management Department in Wisconsin; the Illinois International Port District; the Port of Chicago; the Port of Milwaukee; the Port of Oswego (N.Y.) Port Authority; and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority in Ohio.

Terminals winning the award were AGP Grain Ltd. at Duluth, Anderson's at Toledo; Ceres Terminals at the Port of Cleveland; Federal Marine Terminals at Burns International Harbor in Portage, Ind.; K&K Warehousing at the Port of Menominee, Mich.; Lake Superior Warehousing at Duluth; and Mountfort Terminal at the Port of Erie, Pa.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Lakers featured on TV

03/28:
A special airing on KSTP in the Twin Cities featured many of the lakers that laid up in Duluth. The special was on Minnesota in Winter and all the footage was aerial footage from the station's helicopter. Lakers featured were the Stinson, Boland, Munson, Middletown, Anderson, Paul R. Tregurtha and Blough. Also featured was the Coast Guard cutter Sundew escorting the Beeghly into port for lay-up.

Reported by: David French




Our salute to Canada Steamship Lines continues today
with the history of the Saguenay

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Twin Ports Report

03/27:
Canadian Enterprise became the first Canadian vessel to arrive in the Twin Ports this season. It arrived overnight March 25-26 and tied up at the Duluth port terminal to await the loading berth at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Presque Isle got under way March 26, leaving its layup berth at the Duluth port terminal bound to complete its load at the DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors.

Reported by: Al Miller




Medusa Renames

03/27:
Unconfirmed reports have the Medusa Challenger and Medusa Conquest being renamed the Southdown Challenger and Southdown Conquest this Spring.

No word yet on a new paint scheme for the hulls.

The Medusa name is also being removed from all the company silos around the Lakes.

Medusa Cement was merged into a subsidiary of Southdown Inc. last July.

Reported by: D. Ocean




Thunder Bay Season Begins

03/27:
On Thursday the Canadian Enterprise was the first vessel to depart the Port of Thunder Bay for the 1999 shipping season.

She was towed from Pascol Engineering by the tugs Peninsula and George N. Carleton out the North Entrance. The vessel departed about an hour later for Superior, WI to load coal.

The first inbound vessel may be the Mapleglen on Monday, March 29, 1999.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Stinson heads for Zug Island

03/27:
The GEORGE A STINSON graced the waters of Lake St. Clair yesterday at 12:30 p.m. She was Heading for Zug Island, in Detroit for her first trip of many this year.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Nanticoke in Full Swing

03/27:
The first week of the new season is off to a fast start at the Port of Naticoke. Calling since Saturday March 20, 1999, have been:
Canadian Transport (already on her 6th trip with coal this week)
Tug Evans McKeil and McAsphalt barge
Gemini (gasoline for Toledo)
H.M Griffith (Lake Erie Steel Dock)
S.S. Cuyahoga expected soon for a few loads of aggregate which are waiting on the west wall.

Reported by: Dave Otterman




Midland Harbor

03/27:
The Samuel Risley was in Midland Harbour Thursday to break up the ice. She departed from Parry Sound early in the day and returned that evening.

She was in Midland Harbor to help break out the Tadoussac who should be leaving this weekend or early Monday.

Christopher Dunn notes that the tradition has always said not to start the first trip of a season on a Friday, it is considered bad luck. This is an old superstition that is sometimes followed today.

Reported by: Christopher Dunn and Tom Barber




More Vessels Start 1999 Season

03/27:
Roger Blough - March 24 from Duluth to Gary
Philip R. Clarke - March 24 from Sturgeon Bay to Calcite
Edwin H. Gott - March 25 from Sturgeon Bay for Head-of-Lakes
Arthur M. Anderson - March 25 from Duluth/Superior to Conneaut
Presque Isle - March 26 from Duluth to Gary

Reported by: Lake Carriers'Association




Today in Great Lakes History - March 27

EDWARD S. KENDRICK was launched March 27, 1907 as a) H.P. McINTOSH for the Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland, OH.

Nipigon Transport Ltd. (Carryore Ltd., mgr., Montreal, Que.) operations came to an end when the fleet was sold on March 27, 1986 to Algoma Central's Marine Division at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

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

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

03/26:
Roger Blough got under way yesterday, loading taconite pellets at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth and departing about 4:30 p.m. The Presque Isle and Arthur M. Anderson were due to depart Thursday Morning, but no word yet on John G. Munson, which remains in drydock in Superior.

It still isn't clear which boat will be the first from the lower lakes to arrive at the Twin Ports on March 26. Columbia Star was scheduled to be first through the Soo and is due at the Midwest Energy Terminal today at 2 p.m. However, Oglebay Norton is scheduled for the dock at 4:30 a.m.

The rush of vessels locking through upbound will create a quick backlog at the terminal. The dock's schedule for March 26 calls for Oglebay Norton at 4:30 a.m., Canadian Enterprise at 8 a.m. and Columbia Star at 2 p.m. That's followed by Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Algolake on March 27.

Reported by: Al Miller




Burns Harbor and Cort Sail

03/26:
Under clear sunny skies the Burns Harbor and Stewart J. Cort departed their Milwaukee lay up docks early Thursday morning. Both boats were flying their fleet flags.

As the Burns Harbor sailed under the Hoan bridge at the Milwaukee harbor entrance, Capt. Phil Fitch remarked over the radio, "Only 295 days 'till lay up."

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Cayahoga Fires Up Boilers

03/26:
On March 22nd the Port Stanley harbour was full of white steam as the Cayahoga fired up her boilers for the first time this season. Paint crews are busy painting her exterior while contrators hurry to finish last minute jobs.

So far this season she has received a new steering system, two cargo holds were painted, the self unloading elevator was rebuilt and the real jewel is a Sperry Electronic Steering Station. Its interesting to see the new steering station sitting beside the RCA Radio Direction Finder, a great piece of history.

Departure is planned for Saturday March 27th.

Reported by: Ted Coombs




Icebreaking update

03/26:
The lead vessel of the U.S. Coast Guard's U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101)-class icebreaking seagoing tug worked on track maintenance in Michigan's lower St. Marys River on 24 March. The vessel also assisted the Columbia Star near Winter PT Turn.

The Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) did track maintenance in the South Channel and assisted the James A. Hannah through Round Island Pass and the Susan W. Hannah through the Mackinac Bridge.

The icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB 83) did track maintenance in the upper St. Marys River and Whitefish Bay, Mich.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




More Vessels Start 1999 Season

03/26:
Sam Laud - March 24 from Toledo to Stoneport
Walter J. McCarthy, JR. - March 25 from Sturgeon Bay to Superior
Burns Harbor - March 25 from Milwaukee to Superior
Stuart J. Cort - March 25 from Milwaukee to Superior
Joseph L. Block - March 18 from Sturgeon Bay to Escanaba
J. A. W. Iglehart - March 24 from Chicago to Alpena
Charles M. Beeghly - March 22 from Superior to Two Harbors
Armco - 3/24 from Toledo to Taconite Harbor
Courtney Burton- 3/25 from Toledo to Stoneport
Buckeye - 3/25 from Toledo to Stoneport
Reserve - 3/25 from Toledo to Taconite Harbor

Reported by: Lake Carriers'Association




Southdown to improve Great Lakes facilities

03/26:
Southdown Inc. announced 25 March that its board of directors has approved a capital improvement project to increase production at its Charlevoix, Mich., plant by about 130,000 tons at an estimated cost of U.S.$11 million. Relatedly, another U.S.$12 million will be spent on improvements to the company's distribution system on the North American Great Lakes, including 50,000 more tons of storage at terminals in Chicago and Ferrysburg, Mich. Most of the capacity is expected to be available for the 2000 navigation season.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Appeal filed for harbor tax limitation

03/26:
U.S. exporters have filed an appeal to a federal court decision that would otherwise reduce harbor tax refunds. The exporters, led by Chevron Corp., Microsoft Corp., Pillsbury Co., Swisher International Inc., Xerox Corp. and others are seeking repayment for the full decade of the tax, which was imposed by the U.S. Congress to pay for maintenance of ports and terminals.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided last year that the export portion of the tax is unconstitutional and the Court of International Trade in New York applied a two-year statute of limitations. However, the limitation was extended 18 montsh because exporters had spent that amount of time in an unsuccessful attempt to file a class-action lawsuit.

But exporters want no statute of limitations at all. As part of claims by Swisher International, a challenge is being made under administrative rules of the U.S. Customs Service, which collected the tax. The Customs Service denied the protest, and the Court of International Trade affirmed it 6 Nov. But an appeal will not carry any time limitations and documents were filed 8 March with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Soo Locks Open

03/25:
The Charles M. Beeghly was set to be the first vessel of the 1999 season to clear the Soo Locks. The Beeghly was escorted by the USCG icebreaker Mackinaw (WAGB-83) and arrived at the Soo at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Beeghly was expecting the Soo Chamber of Commerce delegation yesterday afternoon.

Oglebay Norton's 1000-ft Columbia Star will be the first upbound vessel of the season. She checked in with Soo traffic at Detour at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. No upbound traffic ahead of her.

The Mackinaw is continues to work between the Soo and Whitefish Bay. She reported that the ice extends to the north end of Isle Parisianne.

The USCG cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101) departed Station Soo at daybreak yesterday and was working the lower St. Mary's river.

The U.P. Evening News reported on Tuesday that cracks recently discovered in the reinforced structure around the massive MacArthur lock gates will force restrictions in the use of the 56-year old lock in the upcoming season. Stan Jacek, area engineer for the Corps of Engineers, confirmed that some ship traffic will likely be diverted through the little used Davis lock for an indefinite period. The Corps will not use the outer gate of the MacArthur chamber, restricting the amount of leeway vessels have entering the lock. The MacArthur chamber has dual sets of gates at either end but use of the inner gate defeats the restraining cables normally lowered between a ship and the vulnerable lock gates. Among the special precautions being considered is a requirement that vessels using the lock advance by "warping" ahead on cables rather than on the ships' engines.

The cracks were discovered during the winter work that is nearing completion. They renewed joints along the lock's south wall and the huge valves that pass water in and out of the 800-ft lock gate.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Spate of incidents hits Great Lakes ships

03/25:
Three vessels operating in the North American Great Lakes were involved in separate incidents on 23 March.

At 0123 23 March, the Gordon C. Leitch hit the quay at Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, while maneuvering. Shell plating over the port bunker tank was torn and some fuel spilled.

That night, the Edgar B. Speer grounded in Duluth, Minn., while outbound. The Coast Guard's Balsam-class Seagoing Buoy Tender U.S.C.G.C. Sundew (WLB 404) was to check aids to navigation in the harbor the morning of 24 March.

Around the same time, the Jacklyn M./Integrity grounded while outbound from Lafarge Corp. in Alpena, Mich.

In both groundings, the events were brief and there was neither damage nor injuries.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Twin Ports Report

03/25:
Vessels continued to trickle out of the Twin Ports in anticipation of the opening of the Soo. Middletown departed at 3:20 p.m. March 23 with coal for Taconite Harbor and George A. Stinson departed BNSF ore dock. Edgar B. Speer departed sometime overnight March 23-24. St. Clair left its layup berth at Hallett Dock to load at the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Paul R. Tregurtha was due in March 24 for its third load of pre-Soo coal, and Roger Blough is scheduled to get under way this evening for the DMIR ore dock. On March 25, Arthur M. Anderson is due to depart.

Lee A. Tregurtha is decked out with several flags. The Interlake houseflag naturally has the place of honor at the foremast, but two flags are flying from the texas deck, including a Detroit Red Wings flag.

Hollywood scouts are expected in Duluth in the next few weeks to determine whether it should be used in shooting a movie titled "Lake Boat," about an 18-year-old's adventures aboard a Great Lakes freighter, the Duluth News-Tribune is reporting March 24. The other potential location is Toronto. While Duluth has Lake Superior and the William A. Irvin for location shots, Toronto has a better exchange rate.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw Season Openers

03/25:
According to American Steamship Company as of yesterday, their first visitor to the Saginaw River will the Sam Laud on March 31. Also note worth is a visit by the 1000 foot Walter J. McCarthy Jr. to the power station in Essexville on or about April 18th.

Also Olglebay Norton will open their season on the Saginaw River on or about the 1st of April. Oglebay Norton will probably send the Wolverine or one of her two sister ships (David Z Norton & Earl W Oglebay) for that trip.

Both Oglebay Norton, and American Steamship expressed concern with the low water levels on the river and they both said the dates as of now are probable but not set in stone.

Reported by: Brian Ferguson




Icebreaking update

03/25:
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 in the St. Marys River in Michigan on 23 March while the U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) did track maintenance in the South Channel.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Welland Canal to re-open in less than one week

03/25:
(St. Catharines, Ont.) - March 24, 1999 - The Welland Canal will officially open one week from today with the annual Top Hat Ceremony. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the St. Lawrence Seaway will be declared open in a ceremony March 31st at Lock 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The captain of Wednesday's first up-bound ship will be presented with the traditional top hat during the morning ceremony. Afterwards, the public is invited to a reception at the Lock 3 Complex.

Wednesday will mark the beginning of the first full year of navigation as the commercialized St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, and the 170th anniversary of the opening of the first Welland Canal in 1829.

The 3,700-kilometre St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959, and provides uninterrupted navigation nine months each year from Duluth, Minn. and Thunder Bay, Ont. to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The schooner Anne and Jane made the inaugural passage of the Welland Canal in November, 1829.

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
(905) 641-1932




Today in Great Lakes History - March 25

HENRY G. DALTON was launched March 25, 1916 for the Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH, the company's first 600 footer.

FRANK R. DENTON was launched March 25, 1911 as a) THOMAS WALTERS.

On March 25, 1927 heavy ice caused the MAITLAND NO.1 to run off course and she grounded on Tecumseh Shoal on her way to Port Maitland. Eighteen hull plates were damaged which required repairs at Ashtabula.

The ENDERS M. VOORHEES participated in U.S. Steel's winter-long navigation feasibility study during the 1974-75 season, allowing only one month to lay up from March 25th to April 24th.

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Beeghly First at Soo Locks

03/24: (1030 update)
Interlake's Charles M Beeghly will be the first ship through the Soo Locks for the 1999 Season.

The Beeghly arrived downbound fully loaded around 09:30 ( Mar 24 ) and is presently tied on the west center pier at the approach to the Poe Lock awaiting the opening at midnight.

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Reported by: Scott McLellan and Jerry Masson




Sault Saint Marie Locks Ready to Open

03/24:
The Soo Locks are scheduled to open in less than 24 hours at 12:00am Thursday. Many vessels departed their winter lay-up berths yesterday:

George A. Stinson from Superior to Detroit
St. Clair from Superior to Detroit
Kaye E. Barker from Superior to Two Harbors
Lee A. Tregurtha from Superior to Taconite Harbor
Pathfinder from Menomenee to Escanaba
Oglebay Norton from Toledo to Superior
Middletown from Superior to Taconite Harbor
Edgar B. Speer from Duluth to Two Harbors to Gary

Reported by: Lake Carriers'Association




Speer Delayed by Fuel Spill

03/24:
While fitting out at Duluth's port terminal yesterday, a small amount of fuel spilled from the Edgar B. Speer. Crews on board the Speer quickly deployed a containment boom in the water to catch the slick.

The Minnesota State Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, and an environmental clean-up crew were on hand shortly after the incident occurred to aid in the clean-up. The Speer's departure to Two Harbors was delayed by about 3 hours.

Reported by: Andy Hering




Twin Ports Report

03/24:
Middletown was preparing to start its season early March 23. At 7:30 the vessel was tied up in Fraser Shipyards but had its wheel turning and steam up. A GLT tug was near Middletown's stern, using its wheel to flush ice out of the berth. Middletown is scheduled to load at Midwest Energy Terminal today.

Other vessels are perking up. Steam was up on Kaye E. Barker on March 22, and crewmen aboard Lee A. Tregurtha had steam up, the shutters off the pilothouse and the Interlake houseflag flying from the foremast.

Reported by: Al Miller




Icebreaking update

03/24:
Operation Taconite:
The U.S. Coast Guard's Katmai Bay-class icebreaking seagoing tug U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) assisted the tug Barbara Andrie on 21 March westbound through Michigan's Straits of Mackinac and did harbor breakout work at St. James Harbor, Beaver Island, Mich. The vessel also established an initial track through the South Channel of the straits.

On the morning of 22 March, the captain of the port at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened the West Neebish Channel and re-established one way traffic in the West and Middle Neebish Channels.

The Balsam-class seagoing buoy tender U.S.C.G.C. Sundew (WLB 404) did ice breaking operations at Duluth, Minn., East Gate Basin, St. Louis Bay, Superior Front Channel and Superior Harbor.

The icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. Macknaw (WAGB 83) did harbor breakout work at Marquette, Mich.

The U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101) did track maintenance and flushing operations in the St. Marys River and escorted the Algonova upbound to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) did track maintenance in the lower St. Marys River.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Sam Laud Clears Dry Dock

03/24:
The M.V Sam Laud departed the Toledo Ship repair drydock with the assistance of two tugs from the Great Lakes Towing Company on Monday. The vessel was moved into the old Interlake furnace dock for preparations to start her season on Tuesday.

The same two tugs were involved in the incident two weeks ago where the Steamer Buckeye hit two railroad bridges and reportedly recieved a hole in her hull.

Reported by: D. Ocean




Montreal Update

03/24:
Enerchem Catalyst is still on a shuttle service from Montreal to the Hydro-Quebec plant at Tracy near Sorel.

The Panamanian flag bulker Chios Pride arrived at one of the Montreal anchorages yesterday waiting for the opening of the Seaway next week.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Algonova at Sault Ste. Marie

03/24:
The tanker Algonova was unloading at the Government Dock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario yesterday morning. She was safely escorted through the ice filled St. Marys River by the USCGC Katmai Bay.

Reported by: Scott McLellan




No Litton Here

03/24:
It was reported on Monday that the M.V. Presque Isle had the word "Litton" painted in white letters on her port stack. It appears that this report was incorrect and her stacks are painted all black.

Reported by: Glenn Blaszkiewicz




Today in Great Lakes History - March 24

ALPENA (1) was launched on March 24, 1909 as a) ALPENA (1).

IRVIN L. CLYMER was launched March 24, 1917 as a) CARL D. BRADLEY (1), the third self-unloader in the Bradley Transportation Co. fleet.

The SAMUEL MATHER (4) was transferred on March 24, 1965 to the newly formed Pickands Mather subsidiary Labrador Steamship Co. Ltd. (Sutcliffe Shipping Co. Ltd., operating agents), Montreal, Que. to carry iron ore from their recently opened Wabush Mines ore dock at Pointe Noire, Que. to U.S. blast furnaces on Lakes Erie and Michigan.

PETER ROBERTSON (2) was launched March 24, 1906 as a) HARRY COULBY (1)

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Twin Ports Report

03/23:
Activity is picking up in Duluth-Superior this week, with more vessels of the layup fleet getting under way.

George A. Stinson departed its winter berth at the Duluth Port Terminal early March 22, turned in the harbor basin and departed through the Duluth ship canal bound for the BNSF ore dock in Superior via Superior Entry. The Stinson's master apparently chose this route because the lake is free of ice while the harbor's front channel is still covered with ice despite the Mackinaw's passage last week. Coast Guard Cutter Sundew was getting under way, possibly to assist the Stinson in Superior.

Meanwhile, Charles M. Beeghly cleared its layup berth at Fraser Shipyards and spent two hours fueling at the Duluth port terminal. Edgar B. Speer, which was partially blocking the fuel berth, backed down the dock wall to allow the Beeghly room to dock. Aboard the Beeghly, there were the usual last-minute spring details: Over the radio, a local marine supply company promised to make a last-minute delivery as soon as a load of smoked fish arrived at the warehouse; the crew on the Beeghly reminded them that they wanted to send off two lifeboat covers to have the seams repaired. The Beeghly was expected to arrive at Two Harbors about midday March 22.

A brisk wind last week sent a field of brash ice down the lake, leaving the waters off Duluth-Superior clear of ice. Inside the harbor, open water is visible in areas with ship traffic: the turning basin near the lift bridge, at the turning basin near the port terminal and along Midwest Energy Terminal.

More action is expected March 23 with Edgar B. Speer and Kaye E. Barker due to depart for Two Harbors and Paul R. Tregurtha due to arrive for another load of coal to Marquette.

Midwest Energy Terminal will be busy this week, loading Paul Tregurtha on March 23, Middletown on March 24, Canadian Enterprise March 26 and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on March 27.

The line-up for the DMIR ore docks remains unchanged: For Two Harbors, Charles M. Beeghly on March 22; Kaye E. Barker, March 23; Presque Isle, March 26; and Edwin H. Gott, March 26. For Duluth, Roger Blough, March 24; Arthur M. Anderson, March 25; James R. Barker, March 27.

Reported by: Al Miller




Icebreaking update

03/23:
Operation Taconite:
The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB 83) worked over the weekend breaking ice near Thunder Bay, Ontario. The ship established tracks and conducted track maintenance at the Kaministikquia River and broke up an ice field near the Welcome Islands.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Marquette Report

03/23:
Marquette's second vessel of the season came early yesterday morning with the arrival of the Paul R. Tregurtha for the second time this season. However, high winds and waves kept the vessel from entering the upper harbor.

The Mackinaw was scheduled to arrive in Marquette's lower harbor yesterday morning for a 24 hour visit.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Gull update

03/23:
Over the weekend, three leaks were found in the piping system of the tug Gull in Oswego, N.Y. Some 11,00 liters/2,900 gallons of fuel, 1,100 liters/300 gallons of lube oil and more than 55,100 liters/14,500 gallons of oil/water were removed. An inspection found that the vessel is in poor condition and U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Buffalo, N.Y., amended a captain of the port order to state that the vessel is not to operate until it has been repaired to the satisfaction of the inspector and the Coast Guard.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Customs Service proposes vessel equipment change

03/23:
The U.S. Customs Service is proposing that vessel equipment unloaded for repair in the United States and then returned to the vessel do not have to be imported and then exported under customs regulations. In a notice in the U.S. Federal Register on 18 March, the Customs Service proposed amending the Customs Regulations so that vessel equipment could be temporarily landed without the need for a temporary importation bond.

Written comments are being accepted until 17 May at; Regulations Branch, U.S. Customs Service, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Third Floor, Washington, D.C., 20229.

For further information, contact Larry Burton, Office of Regulations and Rulings, at 202-927-1287.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Preservationists move forward to save S.S. City of Milwaukee

03/23:
The Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee is working hard to raise the funds necessary for the move to her permanent home to open her up as a museum. Since February 23rd, over $115,000 has been raised toward the goal of $620,000.

Another deadline has been met by the Society with the deposit of $35,000 in an escrow for the tow of the carferry. The Society had until the 23rd of March to meet this latest obligation.

For more information on the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee, as well as photographs of the ship, memberships and donating to the Society, please visit http://www.carferry.com




Today in Great Lakes History - March 23

The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously voted on March 23, 1978 to reject the U. S. Coast Guard's official report supporting the theory of faulty hatches in their EdmundFitzgerald investigation. Later the N.T.S.B. revised its verdict and reached a majority vote to agree that the sinking was caused by taking on water through one or more hatch covers damaged by the impact of heavy seas over her deck. This is contrary to the Lake Carriers Association's contention that her foundering was caused by flooding through bottom and ballast tank damage resulting from bottoming on the Six Fathom Shoal between Caribou and Michipicoten Islands.

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Montreal Report

03/22:
The first laker to leave her wintering dock in Montreal was the GORDON C.LEITCH on March 20. She went to Havre St. Pierre.

On the same day, the icebreaker GEORGE R. PEARKES exited the Seaway to return to her base at Quebec City.

Also on March 20th, the Panamanian flag bulker CHIOS PRIDE was upbound passing Cabot Strait on her way to Toronto. It can be assumed she will be the 1st salty of the season to transit the Seaway this year after waiting almost a week in Montreal.

She is not a newcomer having completed 3 trips in 1997 but not one at all last year. She is also known to ships observers under her five previous names. It is interesting to note she was built in two sections, the aft one at Toyama and forward one at Setoda, both locations in Japan. See page 4, in the publication "Seaway Ships 1997".

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Tall ship gets ready to set sail

03/22:
The historic tall ship Anna Kristina will be open for a final series of public tours on March 27 and 28 before its departure from the Great Lakes region.

The 108-foot wooden vessel and crew wintered in South Haven after participating in the 1998 Great Lakes Tall Ship Race, sponsored by the American Sail Training Association.

The ship is scheduled to depart from the Great Lakes in early April and will stop in Detroit, Halifax, Nova Scotia, for final preparations before voyaging across the North Atlantic to Norway.

The public will be able to board the vessel, in South Haven adjacent to the Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave., and will be treated to a view of shipboard life and the workings of the type of ship that played a significant role in Norwegian maritime history. The vessel will also be open for tours in Detroit at a new dock adjacent to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, updates to follow.

The Anna Kristina was built in Norway in 1889 as a cargo carrier and restored in the late 1970s. Since its restoration, the ship has traveled in nearly all the oceans of the world. Call 1-800-747-3810 or 637-8078 for more information.

Reported by: Steve Vanden Bosch




Images of new Forebody

03/22:
Canada Steamship Lines had uploaded a number of images on their website of the new forebody for J.W. McGIFFIN being floated out of the Port Weller drydock last Sunday.

Click here to view images


Reported by: Brian Bernard




Today in Great Lakes History - March 22

The GULF MACKENZIE sailed light March 22, 1977 on her maiden voyage from Sorel to Montreal, Que.

The Canal Tanker COMET was launched March 22, 1913.

THOMAS W. LAMONT was launched March 22, 1930.

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First Inbound to Duluth

03/21:
Duluth-Superior's first arrival of the season was Paul R. Tregurtha, which entered the Duluth ship canal shortly before 10 a.m. March 20. The vessel will load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal for another trip to Marquette.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw Season May Literally Start With A Bang

03/21:
With the ice melting and ships departing winter lay up, vessel traffic on the Saginaw River isn't far off. It will be interesting this season due to the fact that the River is the lowest it has been in years, creating numerous areas waiting to snag a vessel.

Last year the Charles E Wilson, Cuyahoga, McKee Sons, and Canadian Transfer all fell prey to the rivers muddy bottom. Dredging over the years has yielded little improvement in passability. It is still almost impossible for a vessel to take on a profitable load at the Grain Elevators due to shallow spots all along the bank.

Accidents such as the Joseph Frantz dragging anchors to avoid hitting a malfunctioning bridge a few seasons back haven't helped conditions either. Many Saginaw boat watchers hope the excellent views of vessels this season won't be lengthened by groundings.

Reported by: Brian Ferguson




Today in Great Lakes History - March 21

The CHEMICAL MAR sustained severe damage when sulfuric acid leaked into the pump room while discharging her cargo at the island of Curacao on March 21, 1982. Flooding occurred later and the vessel was declared a constructive total loss.

CLIFFS VICTORY was floated from the drydock on March 21, 1951, three months and two days after she entered the dock, and was rechristened b) CLIFFS VICTORY.

MARLHILL was launched on March 21, 1908 as a) HARRY A. BERWIND.

The GEORGE F. BAKER was sold to the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland on March 21, 1965, and was renamed b) HENRY STEINBRENNER (3).

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First Inbound to Duluth

03/20:
Duluth-Superior's first inbound vessel of the '99 season is expected to arrive today when Paul R. Tregurtha returns for another load of coal for Marquette.

Meanwhile, steam is up on the Middletown, Arthur M. Anderson and Charles M. Beeghly. The Beeghly is expected to be among the next vessels to get under way when it moves to the DMIR ore dock in Duluth on March 22.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tregurtha's Visit the Earliest

03/20:
PAUL R. TREGURTHA's arrival in Marquette with coal on Thursday, was the earliest coal arrival on record according to power plant officials. Unlike recent seasons, Marquette's Upper Harbor is ice free.

The first ore boat, ALGOSTEEL, is due in Marquette on March 27.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Icebreaking update

03/20:
Operation Taconite:
On 18 March, the U.S. Coast Guard's lead vessel of the U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101)-class icebreaking seagoing tug and classmate U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) did flushing operations in the lower St. Marys River. The icebreaker U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB 83) and the Balsam-class seagoing buoy tender U.S.C.G.C. Sundew (WLB 404) worked to establish tracks in Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis. Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Neah Bay (WTGB 105) is maintaining tracks and escorting tank vessels in the Straits of Mackinac.

On 17 March, the Mackinaw and Sundew assisted the Paul R. Tregurtha from Duluth, Minn., and worked in the harbor in Duluth and Superior, Wis. The Katmai Bay-class icebreaking seagoing tug U.S.C.G.C Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) assisted the tug Jacklyn M. eastbound through the Straits of Mackinac.

Operation Oil Can:
Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Mobile Bay (WTGB 103) did track maintenance 18 March from Escanaba, Mich., to Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

The Mobile Bay did track maintenance operations from Sturgeon Bay Wis., to Rock Island Pass, where Green Bay and Lake Michigan meet, on 17 March. The vessel then went to Escanaba, Mich., to wait out weather before returning to Sturgeon Bay.

Operation Coal Shovel:
The Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Bristol Bay (WTGB 102) did track maintenance and flushing operations in Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River in 17 March.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Toronto's First Visitor

03/20:
The Stephen B. Roman was to be presented with the Silk Hat yesterday afternoon for being the first ship into the Port of Toronto.

Reported by: Christopher Dunn




Montreal terminal operation sold

03/20:
Logistec Stevedoring Inc. will purchase the assets and operations of Federal Marine Terminals in Montreal from Fednav Ltd. The companies will also form a long-term contract for stevedoring and other terminal services at the Port of Montreal. The revenues of parent Logistec Corp. will increase by about $15 million (Canadian) as a result of the deal.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Gull in another Oswego incident

03/20:
While testing the outboard engines on their small boat 18 March, a crew from U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Buffalo, N.Y., found a sheen in Oswego Harbor near the Gull, an 81-foot tug. The crew boarded and found more than 1.8 meters/6 feet of water in the engine spaces and a bottle of Dawn dishwashing liquid on deck. The Gull's crew admitted discharging oil and dishwashing liquid to disperse the spill. The owner of the Gull, AMCAP Equipment Corp. of Miami, was issued a captain of the port order requiring the owner to hire a contractor to remove the mixture from the engine room, remove the 5,700 liters/1,500 gallons of fuel aboard and locate and repair the leak.

This is not the first time the Gull has been involved with the Coast Guard. On 13 Feb., the vessel took on 1.2 meters/4 feet of water in its engine room after a leak in the fire pump system.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




US Icebreakers work Thunder Bay Harbor

03/20:
The US Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Sundew will carry out ice breaking operations in Thunder Bay Harbor this spring. The Mackinaw will begin working the stretch between Thunder Cape (the Sleeping Giant) and the Harbor on Friday, March 19. The Sundew will join the effort over three days next week.

The Canadian Coast Guard ship Samuel Risley usually does ice breaking duty in Thunder Bay but will spend this spring working the Lower Great Lakes.

Reported by: Richard Boon




Port Stanley Pier

03/20:
Is it a bird? "no" is it a plane? "no" it is the Canadian Coast Guard Helicopter on the East Pier of Port Stanley. Crews from the Canadian Coast Guard were checking the East Pier for any winter damage. The pilot did an excellent job landing the Helicopter.

Reported by: Richard Hill




George R. Pearkes Update

03/20:
The ice breaker George R. Pearkes was exiting Lock 4 Eastbound yesterday evening. The vessel was heading back for Quebec city. It is reported that this is because the ice conditions in the Seaway are good for this time of the year.

Reported by: G.Belley




Hamilton Update

03/20:
The Canadian Provider and the Canadian Miner have changed places in Hamilton Harbour within the last week. The Provider is now at the Dofasco coal dock with the Canadian Leader (both empty), while the Miner is at Agrico and seemed to have taken on some cargo.

The Canadian Navigator has a patch on her starboard bow and looks to need a paint job.

Reported by: Marc Ouellette




Welland Canal's First Visitor

03/20:
The Welland Canal is to open March 31 with the annual Top Hat ceremony, beginning at Lock 3, St. Catharines, at 9:30 a.m.

This will mark the 53rd consecutive presentation of the ceremonial Top Hat since its reintroduction after World War II.

Reported by: Laura Bruce




Date Set for Sinking

03/20:
The date for the sinking of NIAGARA II is set for May 15th. The location is in a bay a few miles east of Tobermory between Driftwood Point and Little Cove.

Last fall the vessel was towed to Tobermory for the winter. She will be dropped into 90 feet of water as a divers' delight, dive attraction.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre




Algoma Trip

03/20:
Win a trip for 4 people aboard an Algoma Central Corporation Ship on the Great lakes and/or St. Lawrence Seaway.

Winner must be flexible regarding departure, return and time. Draw to be held Friday, July 16, 1999 at 8PM at the Huronia Museum, Midland. you need not to be present to win. The tickets are $10.00 each (Canadian).

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Jackson Sails

03/19:
The Herbert C. Jackson sailed yesterday, March 18 from her lay-up dock in the Rouge River to Alabaster .

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Arrival of the Paul R Tregurtha

03/19:
The shipping season for Marquette Michigan started a bit early this year with the arrival of the Paul R. Tregurtha yesterday. She arrived with a load of coal from Duluth for the Wisconsin Electric Company Power Plant.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Cleveland Shuttle run

03/19:
The David Z. Norton appears to be finished with the shuttle run from the Osborne docks to LTV. All of the winter stockpiles in Cleveland have been transferred to LTV. The Norton was leaving the mouth of the Cuyahoga on Wednesday afternoon.

Also in the Cuyahoga River is the Earl W. Oglebay at Ontario #4, she still has the shutters covering her windows on the pilothouse.

Reported by: Mike Reindel and Rex Cassidy




Paul R Tregurtha Wins Soo Crown

03/19:
The M/V PAUL R. TREGURTHA carried the most cargo through the Soo Locks during the 1998 navigation season - 3,219,646 net tons. All but one cargo was coal. The TREGURTHA is flagship of the Interlake Steamship Company fleet.

The largest cargo carried in a single passage last year was 69,528 net tons of iron ore in the M/V INDIANA HARBOR (American Steamship).

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Mackinaw in the News

03/19:
The boatwatchers favorite newspaper, the Duluth News Tribune ran a nice story yesterday on the Mackinaw helping to open the Duluth Harbor for the new season.

Reported by: Al Miller




Today in Great Lakes History - March 19

CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was launched March 19, 1960 as a) RUHR ORE.

INDIANA HARBOR was launched March 19, 1979.

CITY OF GREEN BAY (2) was launched March 19, 1927 as a) WABASH.

ALFRED CYTACKI was launched March 19, 1932 as a) LAKESHELL (1).

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Tregurtha Sails

03/18:
Duluth-Superior's 1999 shipping season got under way at 8:08 a.m. March 17 when Paul R. Tregurtha departed Midwest Energy Terminal with coal bound for Marquette. The Tregurtha's departure was slowed by ice in the harbor's turning basin and by brash ice on Lake Superior. The Cutter Sundew and Icebreaker Mackinaw both assisted the Tregurtha in clearing port. Once on the lake, the Sundew reported problems with brash ice clogging engine intakes below its waterline.

The Mackinaw had arrived in port on March 16 through Superior Entry, breaking a path down the front channel and over to Duluth harbor.

Also March 17, George A. Stinson had taken on ballast water and was exercising its unloading boom.

Reported by: Al Miller




Sykes Sails

03/18:
The Wilfred Sykes departed Sturgeon Bay at 6:00 AM Wednesday morning bound for Escanaba. Besides displaying their new Ispat stack logo, the Sykes has painted on both sides of the bow, "50 Years of Smooth Sailing".

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Operation Taconite update

03/18:
On 16 March, the U.S. Coast Guard's lead vessel of the U.S.C.G.C. Katmai Bay (WTGB 101)-class icebreaking seagoing tug did track maintenance in the lower St. Marys River in Michigan. The Katmai Bay-class U.S.C.G.C. Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104) escorted the tug James A. Hannah from the Round Island Passage Light to Spectacle Reef light and the morning of 17 March, was to assist the James R. Barker. Also, the Balsam-class Seagoing Buoy Tender U.S.C.G.C. Sundew (WLB 404) has joined Operation Taconite.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




First Trips Planned

03/18:
Here are the first trips planned for the following boats: Charles M. Beeghly expected at D.M.I.&R. Two Harbors on the March 22nd at noon.
Kaye E. Barker is also expected at D.M.I.&R. Two Harbors on the 23rd at noon.
Lee A. Tregurtha is expected at Taconite Harbor on the 23rd.
George A. Stinson is expected at BNSF in Superior on the 21st.

Reported by: David French




Today in Great Lakes History - March 18

ARSENE SIMARD was launched March 18, 1972.

PERE MARQUETTE 21 was launched March 18, 1924.

SYLVANIA was launched March 18, 1905.

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Superior Midwest Energy Terminal off to Fast Start

03/17:
Superior Midwest Energy Terminal is getting off to a fast start this year, even before the Soo opens. On March 16, crews start loading Paul R. Tregurtha, which spent the winter at the terminal dock. The vessel will depart today for Marquette and return to load again March 20 and March 23. Middletown is scheduled to load March 24, followed by Canadian Enterprise March 26 and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. March 27.

Reported by: Al Miller




Central Marine Starting the 1999 Season

03/17:
The latest Skilling Mining Review reports that during mid-March Central Marine Logistics, which acquired the fleet of the former Inland Steel Co. (now Ispat Inland Inc.) in 1998, is starting the 1999 Great Lakes navgation season with two self-unloaders. The two ships, which are bareboat chartered to Ispat Inland, will transport iron ore pellets and stone to Ispat Inland's major Indiana Harbor steel works in East Chicago.

Today, the 728-foot mv. JOSEPH L. BLOCK is scheduled to depart from the Sturgeon Bay shipyard bound for Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Company's Escanaba ore dock to load a cargo of Empire pellets for Indiana Harbor, followed the next day by the str. WILFRED SYKES also for Escanaba. After discharging in Indiana Harbor, the BLOCK is expected to proceed to Duluth for a cargo of Minorca pellets then trade from both ore ports. After the first load, the SYKES is expected to load again in Escanaba and then operate both in the stone trade from Port Inland as well as pellets from Escanaba.

In the 1999 season, the BLOCK is under the command of Capt. Tom Martineau with Robert Baxter, chief engineer. In 1998, Capt. Martineau was on the ADAM E. CORNELIUS, a chartered vessel now returned to American Steamship Company.

The SYKES is under the command of Capt. Ronald Brezinski with Jerald Berg, chief engineer. In 1998, Capt. Brezinski was on EDWARD L. RYERSON, a standard laker expected to remain laid up in 1999 in Sturgeon Bay.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Enerchem Catalyst Loading

03/17:
Yesterday, March 16, Enerchem Catalyst was loading at section 109 at Montreal-East, the cargo to be delivered this morning at the Hydro-Quebec plant at Tracy near Sorel.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Line up for DM&IR Ore Docks

03/17:
Two Harbors:
Edgar B. Speer, 3-23
Presque Isle, 3-26
Edwin H. Gott, 3-26
Duluth:
Roger Blough, 3-24
Arthur M. Anderson, 3-25
James R. Barker, 3-26


Reported by: Pat Clark




Upcoming Event

03/17:
The annual Port Washington, Wisconsin boat watchers' slide show has been scheduled for March 27, 1999. Born out of several years of friends gathering in basements and barrooms with their slide projectors, the event will once again be held at the Cove Room at the Harborside Motor Inn, in downtown Port Washington.

Always very informal, the event will begin about 2 o'clock that Saturday afternoon, with a small swap meet. Extra tables are available, just let me know ahead of time.

Bring some slides, short videos or movies, and join the fun. The afternoon slide show will be from about3:30-6:00. After a lunch break, the night owl section will run from 7:30 until about 10 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend, to either join in the presentations, or just watch and enjoy the show.

There is no admission charge, but we ask for a free-will offering to cover the cost of the room rental.

Hope to see you in Port Washington, for the annual Great Lakes Slide Show, Saturday, March 27, 1999 from 2 - 10:00.

Reported by: Paul G. Wiening




Today in Great Lakes History - March 17

The tanker LAKESHELL (3) reportedly leaked over 21,000 gallons of Bunker C oil into the St. Lawrence River on March 17, 1982 after suffering a crack in her cargo compartment caused by striking an ice floe.

GEORGE R. FINK was launched March 17, 1923 as a) WORRELL CLARKSON.

The PATERSON (1) suffered considerable stern damage during the weekend of March 17-18, 1973 during a gale when the MONDOC tore loose from her winter moorings at Goderich, Ont. and struck her.

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First Transit of the Soo Locks

03/16:
The Cutters Mackinaw and Katmai Bay cleared the Poe Lock of the Sault Locks upbound at 0930 yesterday. This is the first transit of the season even though the Locks do not open for navigation until March 25th.

The Mackinaw is bound for Duluth/Superior while Katmai is expected to work in the upper St. Mary's River.

Dave Wobser managed to catch the vessels locking through on the live cam.
Click here to view a live image of the locks New image every five minutes.

Reported by: Scott McLellan and Dave Wobser




Miner Sails

03/16:
The Mesabi Miner left her lay up berth at Bay Ship (Sturgeon Bay) as scheduled on Sunday. Her destination was Escanaba.

It took four tugs and some skillful line handling to move the Walter J. McCarthy and Edwin H. Gott out of the way so the Miner could depart. The process was slowed by a lack of adequate power for the winches on the Gott and McCarthy.

After clearing the shipyard about noon, the Misabi Miner headed northwest towards Green Bay. Heavy ice slowed progress until the tug Jimmy L. went ahead to break a track in the ice.

Reported by: Tom Hynes and Chris Wesendorf




Thompson Arrives at Escanaba

03/16:
Tug/Barge Joseph H. Thompson made her second visit of the young season to Escanaba on Sunday, March 14, loading taconite for Indiana Harbor.

At the North Reiss Dock, work contines on Interlake Tug Dorothy Ann. She is docked back-to-back with Joyce L. Van Enkevort which makes for an interesting side-by-side comparison.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Barker Making Progress

03/16:
The James R. Barker entered the St. Clair River upbound on Monday night at 11:45 PM. She is headed for Escanaba.

The first sign of spring on the River.

Reported by: Keith Childress




George R. Pearkes Correction

03/16:
The report yesterday stating that the George R. Pearkes entered the Seaway on the 13th was incorrect.
René Beauchamp reported that she entered on the 14th and I had unknowingly changed the date to the 13th when uploading. Please note this correction.




Today in Great Lakes History - March 16

BUFFALO (3) was launched March 16, 1978.

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Hull 77 Floated

03/15:
The new McGiffin Forebody was successfully floated out of the Port Weller Dry Dock around 11:00am yesterday morning.

The old hull was scheduled to enter the dry dock later in the day Sunday and cutting will begin this morning.

The 730-foot laker, launched in 1972, entered dry dock on November 25th. The removal of the existing forebody and joining of the new one will should be completed in June.

The new ship will incorporate a design that takes advantage of the Seaway's new size allowances. The length of the vessel will increase to 740 feet from 730 feet. The breadth will be 78 feet, from 75 feet. The ships will also feature the latest in cargo-handling systems.

The two other CSL vessels are slated for forebody replacement in 2000 and 2001. The company also holds options to contract with CSE on two more ships which would be done in 2002 and 2003.

Reported by: Roger Tottman

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Barker Sails

03/15:
The James R. Barker departed her winter lay-up in Erie yesterday at 6:30 pm. The Interlake thousand footer started backing from the dock at 3:30 and went 300 feet before tieing up for 2 hours.

At 5:25 she gave a security call and it then took her an hour to get to the channel.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Enerchem Catalyst and other Traffic

03/15:
ENERCHEM CATALYST arrived in Montreal early yesterday from the Verreault Shipyard at Les Méchins. Her hull has been painted in the Algoma colours but she still flies the Enerchem houseflag and her funnel markings are still the markings of Enerchem Transport Inc. Her port of registry remains Toronto. According to the Port of Montreal, her agent is Enerchem Ship Management. She tied up at section 28.

Expected to arrive at Les Mechins later on this week will be the Canadian-flag ore/oil carrier ARCTIC built by Port Weller D.D. in 1978. She is owned by Fednav.

Entering the St.Lawrence Seaway yesterday (March 14th) was the icebreaker GEORGE R.PEARKES. She tied up to the wall below St.Lambert lock to spend the night before starting to clear the ice in the Seaway above St.Lambert lock tomorrow, 15 days before its official opening on March 30.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Today in Great Lakes History - March 15

WESTCLIFFE HALL (2) was launched March 15, 1956.

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Twin Ports Report

03/14:
Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw is due at Duluth on March 16 to assist USCG Cutter Sundew in breaking out the harbor. On March 18, the Mackinaw will escort the Paul R. Tregurtha when it departs Superior with coal for Marquette. An officer aboard the Sundew told the Duluth News-Tribune that the ship's crew expects little trouble in opening up the harbor. Mild weather predicted for the coming week means the cutters will mainly need to break ice and flush out the harbor mouth. Broken but compacted ice on Lake Superior extends from the Duluth ship canal out about three miles.

Vessels on Lake Superior this season will be carrying less cargo per trip because the lake's water level is expected to be 6 inches below average by May. That will be 4 inches lower than its level a year ago. In February, the lake hit its lowest level since 1927. Vessel operators began reducing their loads late last season as the lake level fell from its high levels of 1997. For a 1,000-footer, each inch of lost draft means a loss of about 270 tons of cargo.

Reported by: Al Miller




EVTAC to cut 168 Jobs

03/14:
EVTAC, a taconite producer in Eveleth, Minn., announced March 12 that will permanently cut 168 jobs by June 5. Company officials told the Duluth News-Tribune that 1999 is a critical year for the plant, and that it must reduce costs by $3 a ton over the next two years to survive. EVTAC wants to reduce its production costs from $35 a ton to $32 a ton. Some of the laid-off employees may be rehired to replace retiring workers. Others may find jobs at other Iron Range taconite producers as those plants replace retirees.

As part of its drive to reduce costs, EVTAC is indefinitely idling one of its two furnace lines.

The cutbacks result from several factors, including increased steel imports to the United States and this winter's explosion at the Rouge Steel mill. EVTAC is owned by Rouge Steel, A-K Steel and Stelco.

Reported by: Al Miller and David French




Cleveland Report

03/14:
The David Norton continues to shuttle ore to the LTV plant up the Cuyahoga River. The loading point has switched from the bulk terminals dock on the lakefront to the Osborne dock on the river. It looks like one or two more trips will transfer all the winter ore left in Cleveland.

The Alpena is beginning to show signs of life. Several vents have been uncovered and there is steam being released fore and aft. The bridge is still covered so departure is not imminent.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Thompson sails

03/13:
The Joseph H. Thompson sailed on Wednesday for her first trip from Escanaba to Indiana Harbor.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Today in Great Lakes History - March 13

The keel for the IMPERIAL REDWATER was laid March 13, 1950.

On March 13, 1989 the Rouge Steel Co. announced the sale of its marine operations to Lakes Shipping, Cleveland (Interlake Steamship, mgr.)

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No Change for Enerchem Fleet

03/12:
Reports from Montreal and Sorel last weekend show that the Enerchem Trader has not been renamed yet and Enerchem Refiner at Sorel is also not renamed yet.

There are no external signs telling they had been sold to Algoma.

The Enerchem Catalyst arrived at Les Méchins on February 28th. The salty Spar Jade arrived at Les Méchins on Feburary 27th. She is a regular visitor to Great Lakes ports.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




City of Milwaukee Gaining Support

03/12:
Since signing an agreement with the Village of Elberta in February, the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee has raised over $35,000 toward it's goal of $620,000 to move the ship to the West slip in Elberta. An additional $35,000 is needed by the end of the month to cover towing costs that will be placed in an escrow fund.

The SPCM will host an informational meeting Monday, March 15 at the Mayfair Tavern, Elberta, Michigan. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will provide information about the efforts underway to preserve the 350' railroad carferry and adjoining West slip apron.

Thanks to generous paint donations, City of Milwaukee is being painted in Ann Arbor colors reminicent of the Ann Arbor #7 during the 1930s.

For more information on membership, tours and donating to the SPCM, please visit http://www.carferry.com




Commercial fisherman criminally charged

03/12:
James P. Dura, a 56-year-old Wisconsin commercial fisherman, was charged 10 March with breaking state law by placing nets in an area of Lake Michigan closed to commercial fishing at the time. Dura is believed to have left a group of gill nets several thousand feet long in an area off limits in January and February. As one net is thought to have been cut from its buoys, only dredging of the area may ensure its recovery unless it is located, according to a conservation warden's affadavit.

According to a criminal complaint, a warden in an aircraft found the vessel Sherry Lynn lifting nets in an area 11 miles east of Milwaukee on 22 Feb. The water is 33 fathoms deep, not the 60 fathoms that fishing vessels must work in January and February. When asked if he had fished as required, Dura allegedly said "I haven't fished 60 all year. It's hard going out nine to 10 miles. I am sure as hell not going to go 20."

When confronted later that day, Dura said he dropped two sets of gill nets in the area. Some 700 pounds of chubs and 93 pounds of chub roe with guts were recovered. Two days later, recovery of a net yielded lake trout that were dead. The other net has not been found.

Dura, who operates from Marinette and Milwaukee, had his 42-foot fishing vessel seized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Sherry Lynn, built 60 years ago, is docked at U.S. Coast Guard Group/Station Milwaukee. The vessel has a wooden hull with sheet metal plating.

Dura, of Marinette, will make an initial appearance in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on 22 March.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Today in Great Lakes History - March 12

RUTH HINDMAN (2) was launched March 12, 1910 as a) NORWAY.

G.A. TOMLINSON (2) was launched March 12, 1907 as a) D.O. MILLS.

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Coal for Michigan

03/11:
The first boat of the 1999/2000 shipping season, M/V PAUL TREGURTHA, is scheduled to arrive at the St. Clair Power Plant coal dock in the p.m. of March 26th. It will deliver a full load of coal from Superior, Wisconsin, for Detroit Edison's St. Clair Power Plant and Belle River Power Plant.

The WALTER J. McCARTHY is scheduled to arrive on March 30th with a split load, half for St. Clair-Belle River, and half for Monroe Power Plant.

The OGLEBAY NORTON is scheduled for March 31st, also with a split load.




Challenger Moved

03/11:
The Selvick tugs shifted the Medusa Challenger away from her dock yesterday morning.

Just after noon the Medusa Conquest arrived and proceeded up to the Southdown terminal to unload the first of two cargos in the Port of Milwaukee.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Tonnage figures for 1998

03/11:
A published report, citing industry sources, has stated that early estimates of iron ore cargoes carried by U.S.-registry vessels in the North American Great Lakes for the latest navigation season (ending 30 Jan.) dropped 582,000 tons to 62.8 million tons.

Total cargo tonnage for U.S.-registry ships increased 82,000 tons to 125.3 million tons. The figures include a 6 percent increase in limestone and gypsum to 31.6 million tons.

Coal shipments by both Canadian and U.S. vessels totaled 41.6 million tons, the highest since 1984, up 3 percent from 1997. Stone cargoes were at the highest level since 1974, up 4.8 percent from 1997 at 43.1 million tons.

Also, coal shipments from Superior Midwest Energy Resources at Superior, Wis., were up 6 percent to 15.6 million tons, while coal moving through Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., was up 7 percent at 14.2 million metric tons.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Today in Great Lakes History - March 11

The Keel was laid March 11, 1976 for the 660 ft. forward section of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

L'AIGLE was launched March 11, 1982 as a) ERRIA PILOT.

Sea trials were conducted on March 11, 1956 on the LACHINEDOC (2)

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Ship Grazes two Railroad Bridges

03/10:
According to a Toledo Blade article dated march 9, the Buckeye struck two railroad drawbridges on the Maumee River Monday as the ship was being towed from the Toledo Shipyard to the Torco Docks.

The Buckeye struck a fender that protects an abutment on the Norfolk Southern Bridge at 2:30 p.m. and then banged into similar wood piling at the CSX Bridge, about a mile downstream. Norfolk Southern reported no damage to the bridge or delays to railroad traffic. CSX reported that they had received no report of the incident. Coast Guard investigators were sent to inspect the bridges and the ship for damages.

The Buckeye, which had been in drydock at the Toledo Shipyard for about a month while undergoing repairs, was being towed by two Great Lakes Towing Co. tugboats. Neither the main or steering engines on the Buckeye were operating at the time of the incidents.

Reported by: Jim Flury




Still no Stripes

03/10:
USS Great Lakes Fleet's PRESQUE ISLE has recently received a complete hull painting at her Winter berth at the Duluth Port Terminal, but Great Lakes Fleet's bow stripes were not painted on. It was expected the bow stripes were going to be added and also her stacks changed to USS colors this Winter. Instead the hull of the barge and tug were repainted USS red and the tugs smokestacks repainted all black, same as last season.

There has been talk along the Duluth-Superior waterfront suggesting that there will be a late fit-out for the ROGER BLOUGH this year, possibly as late as August. Reduced pellet demand given as the reason. No official word yet from the fleet office. BLOUGH looks splendid at her Duluth Port Terminal lay-up berth after receiving a fresh coat of paint.

Reported by: Terry Sechen




Twin Ports Report

03/10:
Coast Guard Cutter Sundew was maneuvering Tuesday in Duluth Harbor to check repairs made to its engines over the winter.

Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw reportedly will be an early season visitor to the Twin Ports.

Vessels of USS Great Lakes Fleet that are laid up in the Twin Ports will begin getting under way March 23.

Meanwhile, the Paul R. Tregurtha reportedly will get under way March 17 to make two trips from Superior Midwest Energy Terminal to Marquette with coal for the power plant.

Reported by: Al Miller




First Arrival for the Port of Milwaukee

03/10:
The port had its first arrival of the season yesterday when the tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity arrived.

Winter weather has delayed the shift of the Medusa Challenger away from their dock to the Port of Milwaukee's Heavy Lift dock. Selvick tugs Bonnie Selvick and Jimmy L. are in town ready to go to work.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




First Arrival for Escanaba

03/10:
On Tuesday evening, with six members of the Bays de Noc Flotilla Coast Guard Auxiliary aboard, the Coast Guard vessel Mobile Bay arrived at the Municipal dock in Escanaba.

It was a nine hour trip from Menominee, MI to Escanaba. The Mobile Bay broke the first path through the ice in preparation for the 1999 shipping season.

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Reported by: Sandy Chapman




Today in Great Lakes History - March 10

CHARLES E. WILSON was launched March 10, 1973.

The ADAM E. CORNELIUS (1) was renamed b) DETROIT EDISON (1) on March 10, 1948.

FORT HENRY was launched March 10, 1955.

KINSMAN VENTURE was launched March 10, 1906 as a) JOHN SHERWIN (1).

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McKeil and Risley working in Ice

03/09:
The tug Evans Mckeil and barge McAsphalt 401 were stuck in ice in front of the Algonac State Park, St. Clair River yesterday evening. They were crosswise in the river close to the American shoreline.

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley arrived at about 18:00. The Risley reported about 4 feet of ice and was giving it everything she had to maintain 8 knots. Crews on the Risley were said to have suggested turning the tug and barge around and proceeding upstream to a safe mooring. At last report the Risley was standing by waiting for a decision from the vessel.

Reported by: Don Detloff




Pathfinder Almost ready to Sail

03/09:
A recent newspaper article reports that the $1 million work on the barge Pathfinder's cargo hold will make her unloading time approximately four hours faster.

It is expected that the work will be completed within two weeks and the barge is to sail sometime between the 15th and 20th of this month.

The new tug Dorothy Ann will go into service this May replacing the Joyce L. Van Enkevort.

Work consists of installing tapered hoppers in the hold. The new internal hoppers reduce the cargo volume but speed unloading time, with all cargo unloading by gravity.

Work is on going at K&K Warehousing in Menominee, MI.

Reported by: Timothy Corgan




Large gains for cross-lake trades

03/09:
According to industry figures, cross-lake trade by U.S.-registry vessels in the North American Great Lakes totaled 4.1 million tons in 1998. Cement rose 21 percent to 789,049 tons, iron ore was up 25 percent to 2.7 million tons, coal up 234 percent to 213,676 tons and limestone and gypsum up 656 percent to 342,064 tons.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Today in Great Lakes History - March 09

AMOCO ILLINOIS was launched March 9, 1918 as a) WILLIAM P. COWAN.

NOTRE DAME VICTORY (CLIFFS VICTORY) was launched on March 9, 1945, just 42 days after her keel was laid.

WIARTON (2) was launched March 9, 1907 as a) THOMAS LYNCH.

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Traffic on the St. Clair River

03/08:
At 10:15 yesterday morning the tug Evans Mckeil and barge McAsphalt 401 left the Goverment Dock in Sarnia heading downriver for the South Dock. At 12:15, the tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity checked in at the Salt Dock, St. Clair River heading north. Nice to see traffic in the river for a new season.

Reported by: Larry Leverenz




lay-up Reports

03/08:
Reports from Toledo and Sandusky yesterday have the Courtney Burton and Columbia Star look great in fresh coats of paint. There is steam up on the Reserve and work of various kinds being done on the Joseph H. Frantz.

The John R. Emery is all frozen in at Sandusky, looking quite forlorn.

Reported by: Roger LeLevre




Oglebay Norton Announces Formation of Holding Company

03/08:
Oglebay Norton Company Friday announced the completion of its earlier announced corporate restructuring to become a holding company.

According to John N. Lauer, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the company, the change in structure was accomplished through the merger of certain of the company's wholly owned subsidiaries and requires no action on the part of stockholders, bondholders, customers, vendors or others. Share certificates will not be exchanged and the company's name, Oglebay Norton Company; ticker symbol, OGLE; and state of incorporation, Delaware, will not change.

Mr. Lauer also noted, ``This reorganization completes our efforts to create a holding company structure in which all of our operations are wholly owned subsidiaries of the holding company. We believe that this structure will create greater flexibility in reaching our goal of being a highly profitable, growth company specializing in mining, processing and delivering industrial minerals.''

The three operating units will continue to operate independently under the direction of their current leadership. The marine transportation unit, which previously was not a subsidiary, now will be known as and operate under the name Oglebay Norton Marine Services Company.

Oglebay Norton Company, a Cleveland, Ohio-based company, is a leading supplier of essential natural resources for industrial and commercial customers. Through its three operating segments, Lime and Limestone, Industrial Sands, and Marine Transportation, it serves the environmental technologies, construction, oil and gas, ceramic, chemical, glass, electric utility and steel industries. The company's website is located at www.oglebaynorton.com.

Certain statements contained in this release are ``forward-looking'' in that they reflect management's expectations and beliefs regarding the future performance of the Company and its operating segments. Forward-looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of the Company, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Weather, oil prices, steel production, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic construction activity, the California economy and population growth rates in the Southwestern United States, all can impact revenues and earnings. Please refer to the Company's current and subsequent SEC filings under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, for further information.

Reported by: James H. Neumiller




Today in Great Lakes History - March 08

EUGENE P. THOMAS was launched March 8, 1930.

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Future of AAA's set for Discussion

03/07:
In a sign of what's likely to come for the AAA Class vessels of Great Lakes Fleet, James Sharrow, the fleet's director of engineering and maintenance, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center in Duluth's Canal Park. His topic: "Proposed Repowering of the USS steamers Anderson, Callaway, Clarke and Munson."

Reported by: Al Miller




Departure Dates for Bay Shipbuilding

03/07:
The following is a list of the anticipated departure dates for the winter fleet at Bay Shipbuilding. These dates are always subject to changes.

SYKES - March 17 INDIANA HARBOR - April 21
BLOCK - March 19 WALTER J. McCARTHY - March 26
RYERSON - unknown CORNELIUS - April 6
GOTT - March 24 CHARLES E. WILSON - April 6
CLARKE - March 24 FRED R. WHITE - April 15
CALLAWAY - March 26 MESABI MINER - March 14
TAYLOR - April 9 HANNAH BARGE - April 5
CALCITE II - April 15 RANGER III - April 12
SLOAN - April 5

Reported by: Rock A. Zimmerman




Today in Great Lakes History - March 07

The ALGOSOO suffered a serious fire at her winter mooring on the west wall above Lock 8 at Port Colborne, Ont. on March 7, 1986 when a conveyor belt ignited possibly caused by welding operations in the vicinity. The blaze spread to the stern gutting the aft accommodations.

TEXACO BRAVE (1) was launched March 7, 1929 as a) JOHN IRWIN (1).

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Busy Port of Milwaukee

03/06:
Galley and Engine room crews reported back to the Burns Harbor and Stewart J. Cort on Wed., March 3.

Selvick Marine Towing was scheduled to shift the still laid up Medusa Challenger to the Port of Milwaukee's Heavy Lift dock on Friday. This will clear the Southdown dock for the arrival of the Medusa Conquest. The Conquest will be making two back to back trips to Milwaukee to fill the Southdown silos. Selvick will then return the Medusa Challenger to the Southdown dock. (No activity as of noon yesterday. Tugs were delayed by weather)

The Paul H. Townsend returned to Milwaukee late Wed. night and went back in to lay up. The Townsend had delivered their storage load of cement to St. Joe MI.

The Jacklyn M and Barge Integrity are due to deliver a load of cement to Milwaukee's LaFarge silo late this weekend or early next week.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Escanaba Ready to Load

03/06:
Escanaba: The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Company/Wisconsin Central Railroad Ore Dock should load the first vessel on Thursday, March 11. The Bge Joseph H. Thompson, will shift from the C. Reiss Coal Dock to the Ore Dock to load that day, she will be followed by the MV Mesabi Miner, and the MV James R. Barker, as well as the Str. Wilfred Sykes. See Escanaba Vessel Passage for dates.

Reported by: Jim Grill




Great Lakes Towing Co. to Build New Tractor Tugs

03/06:
Latest reports have the towing company with plans to construct up to a dozen state of the art tractor tugs at it's shipyard located in Cleveland, OH.

Sources involved in the construction process have said that they will be versatile vessels, being able to work in many different types of marine work such as harbor towing, lake towing and escort/rescue work. The use of Cat engines and Ulstein z- drives will be the standard on all these vessels. The deployment of these tractor tugs will be among the so called "High Volume Ports" throughout the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Towing Co. is the largest American tugboat company on the lakes. With 50 vessels located in Puerto Rico, Pacific Coast, Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes they plan to see the next 100 years as succesful as the first.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




New contract for Canadian Seaway workers

03/06:
St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and 567 employees involved with its locks and bridges between Montreal and Lake Erie have agreed to a new two-year contract. The agreement gives personnel in the field, as well as supervisory staff and employees at the office in Cornwall, Ontario, 2 percent raises this year and next.

The agreement, negotiated by the Canadian Autoworkers Union, which represents the seaway workers, also includes new private pension plan and disability plans and changes to dental and health care programs.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




New Logo for Former Inland Fleet

03/06:
A call to Central Marine Logistics confirms that the former Inland steel fleet will now sail with the logo of Ispat International.

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Today in Great Lakes History

EUGENE J. BUFFINGTON was launched March 6, 1909.

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Great Lakes Towing fits out for 100th season

03/05:
Crews have been reporting for fit out to Detroit and Toledo for Great Lakes Towings 100th anniversary season. Crews were fitting out the tug "Illinois" in Detroit and the tugs "Louisiana" and "Montana" in Toledo these last few days.

The shifting of the S.S. Buckeye out of the dry dock at the Toledo Ship Repair will be the first ship tow of the 1999 season.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Taconite Harbor to Open

03/05:
Taconite Harbor is scheduled to begin the 1999 shipping season on March 23 with the arrival of the Middletown from Duluth with a load of coal for LTV Steel's power plant. The first boat to load pellets will arrive on March 24, name unknown, but it is one of the vessels currently laid up at Duluth.

Reported by: Mike Cleary




Port Stanley Harbor Open

03/05:
The commercial fishing vessel Bastien Brothers broke the bottle neck of Port Stanley harbor that was congested with ice. The wind was out of the north-north west and pushed all the ice out into Lake Erie. The Bastien Brothers was underway for two hours and she was then free from ice and was able to start fishing. There is still ice and debris under the left bridge which is farther up the creek in the Harbor.

Reported by: Richard Hill




New Pictures of the Delphine

03/05:
New images are online of the former Dodge luxury yatch Delphine. She is now in dry dock heading for a new life.

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Today in Great Lakes History - March 05

HARRY L. ALLEN was launched March 5, 1910 as a) JOHN B. COWLE (2).

LEADALE (1) was launched March 5, 1910 as a) HARRY YATES (1).

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Busy Winter for Oglebay Norton

03/04:
Oglebay Norton has been busy during lay-up with many changes being made on board their ships.

Among the major changes is that of the Fred R. White Jr. receiving a new 600 horsepower Ulstein stern-thruster at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The White is also being outfitted with an automated ballasting/unloading system. This system is new to any ship in the great lakes, and possibly the whole world. This system will operate unloading and ballasting at the same time during unloads and loadings to keep cargo flowing as fast as possible and to minimize stress on the hull.

Among other projects, the WOLVERINE's main engines, and the inboard engines on the Oglebay Norton were set to be overhauled, and the BUCKEYE was to receive new ceramic lagging on the conveyor belt drive pulleys to minimize slippage of the belt.

The main boilers on the RESERVE and MIDDLETOWN were also to be retubed.

Four of the ONCO vessels, the FRED R. WHITE JR, COURTNEY BURTON, ARMCO, and RESERVE were equipped with automated steering systems that will keep the vessels on the EXACT course all the time, allowing an extra trip each year due to time saved from being slightly off course. This technology has been used extensively in airliners, and has finally started to appear in the shipping industry.

Finally, many of the ONCO vessels will benefit from hold re-plating and painting, as well as general hull plate replacement.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Sailing Dates for the CORT and BURNS HARBOR

03/04:
Port of Milwaukee authorities report that the Bethlehem Steel ships STEWART J. CORT and BURNS HARBOR are tentatively scheduled to depart March 24 to begin their 1999 shipping season.

Reported by: Jim Zeirke




Today in Great Lakes History - March 04

CECILIA DESGAGNES departed Sorel, Que. March 4, 1985 bound for Baie Comeau, Que. on her first trip in Desgagnes colors.

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Townsend Sails

03/03:
After less than a month at lay-up, the Paul H. Townsend departed Milwaukee on Monday.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




New Service to Montreal

03/03:
A few months ago, it was announced by the Port of Montreal that another container shipping line was to begin operation later on this year. According to rumors, it will be the Japanese company Mitsui-O.S.K. Line of Tokyo. In the sixties and seventies, this company was sending cargo ships on a regular basis to Great Lakes ports. With their light blue hull and red funnel, they are colorful ships indeed.

The tug GULF IVY based at Vancouver has been sold to a company at the Soo, Ontario. In fact, she will be returning to the Lakes where she was in service under the name KAM from 1938 when she was built by Canadian Vickers in Montreal to 1967 when she was sold to west coasts owners and renamed GULF IVY.

She was renamed three other times since becoming Seaspan Explorer in 1980, Swiftsure X in 1981 and again Gulf Ivy in 1988.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




New Logo for Former Inland Fleet

03/03:
Reports from Sturgeon Bay have paint crews busy painting a new logo on the stack of the Wilfred Sykes. No word yet on what the new stack logo will look like.

Reported by: Mike D.




Today in Great Lakes History - March 03

The keel was laid on March 3, 1980 for the Columbia Star.

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Townsend shows signs of life

03/02:
Reports from the Port of Milwaukee on Sunday show signs of activity on the Paul H. Townsend. The gangplank was out and there were 3 cars parked at LaFarge. Her shutters that were covering the windows during lay-up have been removed.

Reported by: Sharyl Williams




First forum meeting to be held

03/02:
The first Great Lakes Regional Waterways Management Forum will be hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard in Cleveland on 12 March. According to the Coast Guard, it is the first time that an effort has been made on a regional level in the United States to address all aspects of waterways use, from environmental issues to recreation, commercial transport, economics and labor. The forum will specifically examine issues that cross federal and state jurisdictions or involve international topics.

The forum will develop a basic charter and hold a public signing ceremony. It will then meet once or twice each year to assess the Great Lakes region, prioritize areas of concern and pick one or two issues that the forum will work to resolve. Results and goals will be presented at the annual Marine Community Day.

Representatives be drawn from the American Great Lakes Port Authority, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Great Lakes Commission, the Lake Carriers Association, St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp., Transport Canada, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Maritime Administration, the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and representatives of commercial shipping, environmental groups and recreational boating.

The first meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the conference room next to the cafeteria at the AJC Federal Building.

Reported by: Steve Schultz




Opening date set

03/01:
The Montreal to Lake Ontario and Welland Canal sections of the St. Lawrence Seaway will open to navigation at 0800 31 March. In 1998, navigation opened on 26 March and ended 27 Dec.

Ron Walsh reports that the delay in opening is due to on going repair work.

Reported by: Steve Schultz and Ron Walsh




Catalyst on the Move

03/01:
Earlier last week, the tanker ENERCHEM CATALYST left her wintering berth at Sorel for Quebec City. From there, she will go to the Verreault Shipyard at Les Méchins.

We can speculate she will have an overhaul at that location and she will probably get a new name following her sale to Algoma in January.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




New Plant Finds Backers

03/01:
A taconite and steelmaking plant proposed for Minnesota's Iron Range now has three major financial backers, according to Minnesota Iron & Steel Co.

MIS hopes to build a $1.2 billion plant near Nashwauk that would produce taconite concentrate and direct-reduced iron briquets and use them in making rolled sheet steel. If built, the plant would be the world's first fully integrated mini-mill and employ about 1,000 people.

Backers include ITOCHU Corp. a Japanese trading company; Danieli & C, a leader in mini-mill technology based in Italy; and an unidentified major U.S. automaker. Both ITOCHU and the automaker would purchase some of the steel, which is used in making autos and appliances.

Because the plant would produce taconite concentrate and direct-reduced iron for onsite consumption, it apparently would not ship any of these products to other plants. Coils of sheet steel mostly likely would be shipped by rail.

Reported by: Al Miller




Another Cruise Winner

03/01:
At the annual International Shipmasters'Association Lodge #2 Dinner/Dance on February 27, the winning tickets were drawn for their Boat Trip & Quilt raffles.

The results are :
Boat Trip raffle winner - Vern Sweeting, Midland, Ontario

Quilt raffle winner - Roberta Eagle, Port Huron, Michigan

Port Huron Lodge #2 would like to thank everybody who supported their raffles.

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.
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Today in Great Lakes History - March 01

HENRY FORD II was launched March 1, 1924

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