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Jackson Unloads

04/30:
The Herbert C. Jackson departed the ADM Standard Elevator in Buffalo Sunday after unloading her first load of grain. She departed backwards under tow of the tug Mississippi at 8:00 p.m. The Jackson is the largest vessel (by tonnage) to transit the Buffalo River, she cleared the South abutment of the Ohio St. Bridge by just eight-feet. The Jackson then turned 180 degrees at the North Entrance and headed out of the breakwall onto a moonlit Lake Erie at 10:00 p.m.

She had arrived upbound on the Buffalo River about 11:00 p.m. Saturday night with grain from Superior, WI.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




St. Clair loses Thrusters

04/30:
At 4:20 p.m. the St. Clair was passing Mission Point in the St. Marys River below the Soo Locks following the Atlantic Huron upbound. She was headed for the Poe Lock when her bow thruster would not start. The tug Missouri was requested to help guide the ship through the locks when it was discovered that the stern thruster was also disabled.

The lockmaster advised the St. Clair to dock at the Carbide Dock until the necessary repairs were made before proceeding through the locks. The St Clair backed down with the assistance of the tug to the dock.

The lockmaster requested the upbound saltie Marinette to slow his speed until the St Clair was backed safely into the slip at the Carbide Dock.

Shortly before 6:00 p.m. the St Clair had the stern thruster working. The bow thruster was not working but the vessel was cleared to proceed through the locks with a tug escort.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman and Jerry Masson




MHSD Dinner

04/30:
Saturday night the Marine Historical Society of Detroit held its 57th annual Dinner Meeting at the St. Clair Inn. The program featured a presentation by Mr. Scott Misener, former President, CEO and Chairman of Misener Shipping. The program, "Seaway, Ships and Politics," highlighted the rise and fall of Misener Shipping from Mr. Misener's perspective. The program was enjoyed by over 80 members and their guests.

Pictures by Bill Hoey
Advisory Council member Jim Jackson emceeing the event.
Artist and historian Paul LaMarre received the society's "Historian of the Year" award. Paul and his family
Richard Wicklund is presented with a pin for 25 consecutive years as a member of the society.
Mr. Misener presenting.

The St. Clair River provided plenty of traffic during the cocktail hour. Pictures by N. Schultheiss
Sam Laud downbound.
Close up of bow.
Laud passing the upbound Paterson.
Close up of the Paterson.
Bow.
Stern view.
Richard Reiss upbound followed by the St. Clair.
Close up of the Reiss.
Close up of her stack.
Stern view.
Close up.
St. Clair upbound.
Stern view.
John B. Aird upbound.
Stern view.
Reserve upbound.
Close up.
Panoramic.
Stern view.
Saltie Kapitan Rudney.
Atlantic Huron unloading down river at the Lambton power station.

Reported by: Bill Hoey




Twin Ports Report

04/30:
Edgar B. Speer remained under repair in Duluth on Sunday. The fleet said it expected the boat to depart about 5 p.m. bound for Two Harbors.

Great Lakes Trader made one of its rare appearances in Duluth on Sunday, arriving in port about 9 a.m. to load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal. Even more rare is its destination: Ashtabula with approximately 29,000 tons of "Black Thunder" coal for Firstenergy.

Another rare caller scheduled for Midwest Energy Terminal is Canadian Century, which is due May 1 to load for Nanticoke.

After loading a cargo for Nanticoke on Sunday, Indiana Harbor is due back in the Twin Ports on May 7 to load about 61,000 tons of coal for Silver Bay, Minn.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena News

04/30:
Monday the Fred .R White Jr. is expected at the Lafarge Coal Dock some time around 6:00 p.m. to unload. The Alpena is headed to a Lake Superior port. the barge Integrity is sailing for South Chicago with a cargo loaded in Alpena. The J.A.W Iglehart is returning from Saginaw, it is unknown if she will enter temporary lay-up once in port.

Reported by: Ben McClain




Cleveland Update

04/30:
Saturday the American Republic was running the LTV shuttle and departed Cleveland about 11:00 a.m. for Lorain. The St. Marys II was unloading cement at the river dock. The barge McKee Sons entered the river at 7:00 p.m. for Ontario Stone.

The Adam E. Cornelius made a rare appearance in Cleveland that afternoon arriving at 3:00 p.m. She backed in through the main harbor entrance and docked starboard side to Dock 20 to unload stone. Cornelius was carrying a split load of #57 washed, #4 and #8 stone and spent about 7 hours unloading this cargo into different piles on the dock.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Toronto Report

04/30:
Toronto marine heritage took a hit last week from the City Council in the latest round of budget cuts. The Council put The Pier marine museum's future in question. The museum has been open less than three years and the doors will close June 30th, after Council refused a $200,000 bail out. Mayor Mel said that the museum attracted less than 10% of the annual visitors that a consultant predicted would come. Councilors asked for a staff report on turning the site into a center celebrating the city's many cultures. Adding insult to injury, Council voted to place advertising on the Island ferries again. Councilor Jack Layton called it, "Tacky City 101" after the $240,000 revenue generator passed. What's to become of the art and artifacts remains a mystery.

In other Toronto news, the charter boat Wayward Princess was broken into on Tuesday night. Thieves stole the Loran C, but left the GPS, and they stole all the beer except the light beer.

The winter tarps came off the Island ferry William Inglis on Wednesday. Stephen B. Roman came in and unloaded her cement cargo on Tuesday and was still in port Sunday, the vessel may have entered a temporary lay-up.

The final new bow plating on the tug Glenmont, undergoing rebuilding, went into place this week.

The Port Authority derrick barge T.H.C. 50, tug William Rest, and workboat Osprey were out placing the tall ship "Keep Out" buoys on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday the charter vessel Pioneer Queen and Pioneer Princess underwent Canada Coast Guard inspection. The Princess went out on her first charter Saturday night.

Spirit of Rochester underwent U.S.C.G. inspection on Tuesday, and after minor repairs was refloated on Friday afternoon, following which she departed for Rochester.

Also on Friday, Toronto Hippo Tours had their amphibious craft in the harbor tailed by the water taxi R. G. Jetta, which carried a photographer/cinematographer doing promo work.

McKeil tugs Atomic and Lac Como departed Saturday at high speed and had not returned as of Sunday afternoon. Both have had their light blue hulls repainted black this past week.

Toronto Brigantine's sail-training vessel Pathfinder was out all weekend, perhaps getting ready for this year's tall ship parade.

English River was in on Saturday and out on Sunday.

Seaflight 1 and another hydrofoil were relaunched on Saturday at Pier 51. Two other large hydrofoils remain on shore, as well as the two smaller hydrofoils that were once owned by Shaker Cruise Lines ashore in the C. & C. Marine yard next dock over.

Queen City Yacht Club are tendering for a new aluminum tender, to look like a smaller version of the classic cruise vessel Oriole, with birdcage pilothouse and tall stack.

The charter vessel Nelvana will be launched on Wednesday at the Atlas crane in Toronto Harbor.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson, Ontario News

04/30:
Late Wednesday night the James Norris was in port again to unload stone at the St. Lawrence Cement pier. She was out by 7:00 a.m. Thursday. Friday morning the James Norris was approach the St. Lawrence Cement pier. She was alongside and starting to discharge stone into the hopper by 11:40 a.m. The cement company's stockpile appears to be low, so we are probably in for many more shipments over the coming weeks.

Thursday the Jade Star was in all day loading at the PetroCanada dock. She left mid evening.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Brockville Update

04/30:
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, ON. Sunday.

Isolda downbound about 2:00 p.m.
Melissa Desgagnes passing.
Stern view.
Federal Rideau passing Brockville at about 7:00 p.m.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Raffle Winners

04/30:
At Dossin Museum's "Spring Fit- Out Party" on Saturday the drawing was held for the most recent International Shipmaster Association lodge raffle. Lodge President Ken Gerasimos drew the winning ticket, which was held by Mary Taylor, of Gibraltar, Michigan. Sometime this summer, Mary and three friends will enjoy a six day trip as passengers on the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.

The Detroit Lodge would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket for the raffle and the American Steamship Company for donating the trip.

Reported by: Paul M. Jagenow




Help Wanted Marine Superintendent - Hull

04/30:
N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited is looking for an individual to serve in the capacity of Marine Superintendent in the operating office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The individual must have a minimum of ten years experience sailing on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Waterway including time served as ships captain, experience in human resource management, budgeting and maintenance of freshwater fleet vessels.

The successful candidate will oversee and coordinate a number of activities for the company’s fleet, including safety, training, cargo work, stability and stress, navigation, planning and claims.

Please reply in confidence by May 11, 2001 with detailed resume and references by facsimile to 807-475-3493.

N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited is committed to equity in employment.




Website Updates

04/30:
The weekly updates have been uploaded. Included is information on the 2nd Annual series of Boatnerd Gatherings. Note: my main computer at home is not working and I am updating the site through an old laptop. I lost some information last week but have updated the first two Gatherings on the Carferry Badger and the Soo Locks.

Click here for easy to navigate updates




Today in Great Lakes History - April 30

The IRVIN L. CLYMER returned to service April 30, 1988 after a two season lay-up.

HOWARD HINDMAN (2) grounded heavily when her steering cable parted at Little Rapids Cut in the St. Marys River, April 30, 1969. Due to the extensive damage, she was sold later in May of that year to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ont. for scrap.

The RED WING (2) tow arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan on April 30, 1987 for dismantling.

The steel-hulled bulk carrier SHENANGO was launched on April 30, 1909.

On 30 April 1842, the side-wheeler COMMODORE BARRIE collided with the schooner CANADA about 10 miles off Long Point in Lake Ontario. The COMMODORE BARRIE became disabled and then sank about an hour and a half later. Her passengers and crew were rescued by the CANADA.

On 30 April 1878, ST. LAWRENCE (2-mast wooden schooner, 93', 111 t, built in 1842 at Clayton, NY) was carrying timber when she caught fire from the boiling over of a pot of pitch which was being melted on the galley stove. The vessel was well out on Lake Michigan off Milwaukee. The fire spread so rapidly that the crew had no time to haul in canvas, so when they abandoned her, she was sailing at full speed. The lifeboat capsized as soon as it hit the water, drowning the captain and a passenger. The ST. LAWRENCE sailed off ablaze and was seen no more. The rest of the crew was later rescued by the schooner GRANADA.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Maumee Departs on First Trip

04/29:
The Maumee departed the North Slip in Sarnia at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. This is the vessels first trip under that name. The Maumee is scheduled to arrive in Stone Port, Michigan at 7:00 a.m. this morning to load a cargo for an unknown port.

The Maumee had to wait for several vessels to pass upbound, those included the St. Clair, Atlantic Huron, John J. Boland and the Paterson. The Maumee saluted the downbound Saginaw as they passed around Buoys 5 and 6 in the Lake Huron Cut.

Pictures by N. Schultheiss
Maumee at dock Saturday afternoon.
Close up of her pilot house.
Steam coming from her stack.
Stern view.
Panoramic of the Maumee.

Maumee and Mississagi.
Mississagi docked behind the Maumee.
Close up of her pilot house.
Bow view.
close up.
Mississagi's stack.
Panoramic of the Mississagi.

Fleet mate Calumet at the Government Dock.

Please e-mail with Maumee sightings or pictures

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin and Jason Junge




Twin Ports Report

04/29:
The Twin Ports were busy Saturday with vessels loading taconite pellets, coal and grain, unloading cement, and undergoing repairs.

Edgar B. Speer ducked into port overnight and tied up at the port authority's former Cargill C dock. The vessel was ballasted down by the bow, raising its propellers partly out of the water. A wheeled crane and several work trucks were parked at the vessel's stern all day.

Mesabi Miner pulled into port in the morning, fueled and then proceeded to DMIR ore dock to load. At the same time, Oglebay Norton was loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal. After leaving the coal dock, the Oglebay Norton tied up at the port terminal, reportedly for brief repairs. Jean Parisien followed her into the Midwest Energy Terminal.

Also at the port terminal, Canadian Prospector was tied up at St. Lawrence Cement to unload. That terminal has seen little activity this season.

Two Fedmar boats were wasting no time over the weekend. Lake Erie was loading at Cenex Harvest States while Federal Maas was loading at Cargill B1. Weekend loading is fairly unusual at this time of year, although much more common than 10 or 15 years ago.

Finally, for the past couple days exhaust has been coming from the stern-thruster exhaust stack on Cason J. Callaway, dock in Fraser Shipyards. No sign of any exhaust coming from its main stack.

Reported by: Al Miller




Hamilton Update

04/29:
Saturday afternoon the Halifax was rafted to the CSL Niagara at the Stelco Coal Dock. The Niagara was unloading onto the coal dock. The boom on the Halifax appeared to be extended over to the Niagara as though it was going to unload into the Niagara that would then unload directly onto the dock.

The Algocen was unloading iron ore at Dofasco. The Saturn is still moored at Pier 10.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Brockville Report

04/29:
At 3:00 p.m. Saturday Canadian Steamship Line's self-unloader Nanticoke sailed past Brockville heading west in the St. Lawrence River towards Lake Ontario. She was returning from Montreal and her destination was unknown.

Reported by: Keith Giles




Today in Great Lakes History - April 29

On April 29, 1975, the Sam Laud entered service.

Launched this date in 1976 was the a) SOODOC (2)

On April 29, 1977 while inbound at Lorain, the IRVING S. OLDS hit a bridge on the Black River which extensively damaged her bow, tying up traffic for several hours.

A fender boom fell on the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY's pilot house in the Poe Lock at the Soo in 1971.

On 29 April 1865, L.D. COWAN (wooden schooner, 165 t, built in 1848 at Erie, PA) was driven ashore near Pointe aux Barques, MI in a storm and wrecked.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Another Trip for the Iglehart

04/28:
Within hours of reaching the lay-up dock in Alpena Friday, the JAW Iglehart received orders to load a cargo of cement for the Lafarge terminal in Saginaw. Her future lay-up plans are now in question.

Reported by: Mike Flint




GRN/LLT update

04/28:
Thursday crews remained busy working on the Mississagi, Maumee and Calumet.

No official sail dates have been announced but the Mississagi may depart on Tuesday. Her new paint job in the Lower Lakes Towing is almost complete. The Maumee was still in port Friday and was expected to depart on her first trip last night sailing north to load.

The Calumet could depart the Government Dock on Sunday or Monday sailing for her first load at a Lake Erie port. She is scheduled to unload in Grand Haven, MI. at Construction Aggregates on Thursday. Crews were expected to finish painting her port side today.

Pictures by T. Parker taken Friday afternoon
Mississagi at dock.
Stern view.
Crews painting.
Deck hand Dave Parker.
Another view.
Stern view of the Maumee.
Calumet now has the crossed U.S. and Canadian flags painted on her pilot house.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin and David Swain




Changes Official

04/28:
The purchase of the Algoscotia by McKeil Marine was announced on Tuesday. The tanker has been renamed Capt. Ralph Tucker. The tug Point Carrol has been renamed Tony MacKay.

Reported by: Howard Whan




Twin Ports Report

04/28:
Cason J. Callaway, still laid up at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, is scheduled to load May 2 at the DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors. This would be the vessel's first trip since undergoing more than $3 million worth of engine room automation and boiler rehabilitation work.

The Cenex Harvest States grain elevator in Superior is clearly the busiest in the Twin Ports so far this season. In the past week it finished loading Mina Cebi on Tuesday, and then loaded Herbert C. Jackson on Wednesday, Kinsman Independent on Thursday and Millenium Eagle on Friday. Next up are salties Lake Erie, Pintail and Dobrush. All loading has been done at Berth 1. Berth 2 remains idle and no railcars have been spotted on that side of the terminal.

The DMIR ore dock in Duluth continues to handle an interesting mix of boats. Mesabi Miner and Atlantic Erie are due April 28, to be followed by John G. Munson on May 1, and James R. Barker and Nanticoke on May 4.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw News

04/28:
The J.A.W. Iglehart departed the Lafarge terminal at Saginaw early Friday morning and was outbound through downtown Bay City shortly after bridge hours ended at 8:30 a.m. The vessel had arrived at Saginaw early on Thursday. This was her first visit to the Saginaw River since November 1999.

The Sam Laud had been unloading at Bay Aggregates during the early morning. After the Iglehart passed her outbound, the Laud cleared the dock and proceeded up the river to Saginaw Rock Products to finish unloading. The Laud had completed her work there by early afternoon and was outbound from the turning basin in Saginaw at 2:15 p.m.

Iglehart underway. Stephen Hause
Stern view. Stephen Hause
Iglehart passing through Veterans Bridge. Todd Shorkey
Sam Laud unloading at Bay Aggregates. Todd Shorkey

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Sarnia Update

04/28:
Friday morning the Algobay backed into the Grain Elevator Dock with the help of the tug Menasha. Underwater welders were performing repair work on her hull. The vessel reportedly developed a crack along one of her port side welds about mid ship.

The Pathfinder was docked on the U.S. side across from Shell Corunna at the stone dock just below the Marysville Edison Dock. She was not unloading but had the boom fully extended out over the dock at 90 degrees there was a small pile of stone on the dock that looked like unloading had been started but then stopped.

The Anglian Lady was at the Shell dock in Corunna and the Algoeast was at the Esso dock.

Pictures by T. Parker
Algobay at dock.
Closer look.
Another view.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin and Doug Schilz




Toledo Report

04/28:
The Algoville was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge departed from the Hocking Valley dock and is now out sailing.

The Philip R. Clarke was unloading salt at the A.R.M.S. Dock and departed late Friday morning. The tanker Gemini is in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company dock. The John J. Boland remains in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock, she may be in for some sort of repair work, it is unknown at this time when she will sail.

There were no coal, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the CSL Niagara, Charles M. Beeghly, and Canadian Progress on Monday, followed by the Frontenac late Tuesday evening.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve, and Courtney Burton on Saturday morning, followed by the Buckeye on Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Spring Fit Out at the Dossin Museum

04/28:
The Dossin Museum in Detroit hosts the annual Spring Fit Out event today on Belle Isle. Tour the Sea Scout vessel, the Gray Fox at the restored wharf next to the Museum. Events will also include ship-in-bottle makers from a number of states. They will be presenting talks and demonstrations of the ship-in-bottle craft. This is a first for the Great Lakes region. Early in April, an exhibit of ships-in-bottles opened in the Dossin Museum's DelRoy Hall and includes ships-in-bottles made by craftsman from 16 states and 3 foreign countries. This exhibit will last through January 2002 and is an official part of Detroit's 300th Anniversary Celebration.

Visit www.glmi.org or call 313-852-4051 for more information

Reported by: Joe Barr




Model Builder

04/28:
William J Halen, 63 passed away on Sunday. William was a noted builder of highly accurate ship models for the Great Lakes Historical Society in Vermilion, Ohio. A memorial service is to be held today at 1:30 p.m. His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Great Lakes Historical.

Reported by: Kent Gurney




Picture of the Day

04/28:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Quedoc at lay-up in Thunder Bay.

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 28

The 660 ft. forward section of the a) LEWIS WILSON FOY (b) OGLEBAY NORTON) was launched April 28,1977.

LAKE WABUSH (b) CAPT. HENRY JACKMAN) was christened and launched April 28, 1981

On April 28, 1971 while upbound from Sorel, Que. for Muskegon, MI with a load of pig iron, LACHINEDOC (2) struck Rock Shoal off Little Round Island in the St. Lawrence River and was beached.

On April 28, 1906 the J. PIERPONT MORGAN was launched.

April 28, 1897 - The F&PM (Flint & Pere Marquette) Steamer No. 1, bound from Milwaukee for Chicago ran ashore just north of Evanston. She released herself after a few hours.

The barge LITTLE JAKE was launched on 28 April 1875 at East Saginaw, MI. She was owned by William R. Burt & Co. Her dimensions were 132' x 29' x 9'.

On 28 April 1877, the steam barge C. S. BALDWIN went ashore on the reef at North Point on Lake Huron during a blinding snow storm. The barge was heavily loaded with iron ore and sank in a short time. The crew was saved by the Lifesaving Service from Thunder Bay Station and by the efforts of the small tug FARRAR.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Iglehart to Lay-up

04/27:
When the J.A.W. Iglehart departs Saginaw she will head to Alpena where she is expected to enter short term lay-up until May 10. The reported cause of the lay-up is poor weather conditions in the region that has caused construction projects to progress at slower than expected rates. The cement plant in Bath has been undergoing repairs and vessel have not been able to load.

In other fleet news, the barge Integrity is due to arrive for her 5 year survey at Bayship in Sturgeon Bay, WI. on May 14. The survey is expected to keep the barge out of service for about a week.

Reported by: Mike Flint




Salvage work resumes on sunken barge

04/27:
Divers are back at work on the work barge that sank last November in Duluth harbor. The divers have been at work on the barge for several days this week, and a large tug was at the site Thursday afternoon. An attempt reportedly will be made next week to raise the barge.

Reported by: Al Miller




GRN/LLT update

04/27:
Wednesday the Maumee is almost completely painted in the new color scheme and has the stack painted with the Grand River Navigation/Lower Lakes Towing emblem. She was expected to depart on her first trip Thursday night, sailing north to load.

The Mississagi has her stack painted and emblem installed on the shore side of the stack while the water side of the stack does not have the emblem yet. Crews have the hull on the port side (water side) painted up in the new color scheme but the starboard side (shore side) still need to be finished, her bow was painted for last Saturday's christening. The Mississagi's departure date is unknown but could be some time this weekend, check back for updates.

The Calumet appears as it did for the Christening. Her port side needs to be painted and there are no emblems installed on her stack. The Calumet could depart the Government Dock on Sunday or Monday sailing for her first load at a Lake Erie port.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




LTV threatens to Close Mill

04/27:
LTV threatens to close Indiana Harbor Works on May 15 LTV Corp., operating under bankruptcy protection, will close is massive Indiana Harbor plant May 15 if union leaders refuse to accept a concessions package given to Steelworkers, the Associated Press reported.

Phil Moore, vice president of United Steelworkers of America Local 1011, which represents LTV's East Chicago workers, said LTV officials offered the proposal April 24, than left the negotiating table in Pittsburgh once union leaders rejected parts of the plan. Company officials are scheduled to meet with LTV's board of directors early April 27 and return to the bargaining table with union leaders later in the day, he said.

If union negotiators are unwilling to accept the company's offer, LTV will close its doors and shutter Indiana Harbor Works, Moore said.

The Cleveland-based company filed for protection from creditors on Dec. 29. It announced two weeks ago that it would close a mill at its Cleveland Works and eliminate about 900 jobs there by mid-June. The company employs 17,500 people, including 3,000 at the East Chicago steel mill.

Reported by: Al Miller




Cleveland-Cliffs Reports First Quarter 2001 Results

04/27:
Wednesday Cleveland-Cliffs Inc reported a net loss of $9.6 million or the first quarter of 2001. In the first quarter of 2000, Cliffs recorded a net loss of $3.5 million.

John S. Brinzo, Cliffs' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, ``The deterioration of fundamentals in the North American steel industry is continuing to have a significant impact on our iron ore business. Our principal focus in 2001 is increasing cash flow to improve our financial condition and position the Company to take advantage of opportunities and deal with the restructuring of the North American steel industry. Financial results will be adversely impacted as we take the necessary actions to minimize year-end inventory levels in a period of excess production capacity.''

First quarter results are historically not representative of annual results due to limited shipments of iron ore pellets on the Great Lakes during the winter months. The higher loss in the first quarter of 2001 was mainly due to higher mine costs, lower pellet sales volume and a greater loss from Cliffs and Associates Limited (CAL), partly offset by a higher average price realization on pellet sales. Higher operating costs were principally due to costs associated with production curtailments at the Northshore and Hibbing Mines and higher natural gas and diesel fuel prices. Pellet sales in the first quarter of 2001 were .5 million tons versus .7 million tons in 2000. The average price realization increased in 2001 primarily due to the mix of sales under various contracts. First quarter 2001 results benefited from the sale of non-strategic lands and also included a $1.9 million pre-tax charge for restructuring activities.

Total iron ore pellet production at Cliffs-managed mines decreased to 6.9 million tons in the first quarter of 2001 from 9.8 million tons in 2000. Cliffs' share of first quarter production was 2.8 million tons, unchanged from 2000.

Following is a summary of production tonnage for the first quarter of 2001 and 2000:

                               (Tons in Millions)
                     --------------------------------------
                     First Quarter 2001  First Quarter 2000
                     ------------------  ------------------
                              Cliffs'             Cliffs'
                      Total    Share      Total    Share
                      -----    -----      -----    -----
Empire                 1.9       .7        1.8        .4
Hibbing                1.0       .2        2.0        .3
LTV Steel Mining         -        -        1.8         -
Northshore              .9       .9        1.1       1.1
Tilden                 1.7       .7        1.7        .7
Wabush                 1.4       .3        1.4        .3
                      -----    -----      -----    -----
Total                  6.9      2.8        9.8       2.8
                      -----    -----      -----    -----
                      -----    -----      -----    -----

The 2.9 million ton decrease in total production was principally due to the permanent closure of LTV Steel Mining Company at the beginning of 2001, and production curtailments at the Northshore and Hibbing Mines. On January 9, 2001, Northshore idled its smaller pelletizing line for an estimated nine-month period to reduce full year 2001 production by approximately 700,000 tons. Hibbing operations were idled for six weeks in the first quarter. Cliffs' share of production in the quarter was unchanged despite the curtailments at Northshore and Hibbing due to the Company's increased ownership of the Empire Mine.

Outlook
Difficult conditions in the North American steel industry have reduced the iron ore pellet requirements of Cliffs' customers and some of the mines' steel company partners. Production curtailments have been implemented at the Northshore and Hibbing Mines in Minnesota, and reductions at the Empire and Tilden Mines in Michigan are scheduled this summer.

While there continues to be uncertainty regarding the pellet requirements of certain customers, Cliffs' pellet sales for the full year 2001 are currently expected to approximate 11 million tons. This assumes about three million tons of sales to LTV Corporation after considering LTV's recent announcement that it will close one of its blast furnaces in Cleveland by the middle of 2001. While Cliffs' sales projection for 2001 assumes LTV will purchase its iron ore pellet requirements from the Company, LTV has neither affirmed nor rejected its ore purchase contract with Cliffs. Separately, LTV continues to meet its obligations as a 25 percent partner in the Empire Mine, but has neither affirmed nor rejected its ownership in Empire.

On April 23, 2001, Algoma Steel Inc., a 45 percent owner of the Tilden Mine, announced that it was initiating a financial restructuring and, as part of the process, had obtained an Order for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Order protects Algoma from creditors during the restructuring process. The Company expects Algoma to continue to meet its obligations at the Tilden Mine.

Given Cliffs' production capacity of 12.8 million tons, and the plan to significantly reduce inventory by the end of the year, the Company currently expects to curtail its share of mine production by about 4 million tons, or roughly one-third of capacity. With fixed costs representing approximately one-third of total production costs, Cliffs' financial results for the balance of the year will be significantly impacted by costs associated with the production curtailments.

Brinzo said, ``Cliffs is taking decisive actions to reduce its cost structure, strengthen its competitiveness and ensure that the Company remains well positioned during this very challenging period.'' To partially mitigate the adverse impact of production curtailments, the Company has intensified its cost reduction efforts, including the following:

  • A 20 percent salaried workforce reduction at the Empire Mine in January.
  • A 25 percent reduction in the Cleveland Office staff in early March.
  • A 15 to 20 percent salaried workforce reduction at the Hibbing Mine in April.
  • Employment levels and organizational structure are being evaluated at other locations.
  • Outsourcing of various support services is being implemented.
  • We are working with suppliers of purchased materials and equipment to further reduce prices.
  • Continuous improvement and employee involvement efforts as part of our ForCE 21 initiative are beginning to show benefits in operating efficiencies and maintenance costs.
  • All mine operations are taking actions to minimize energy costs. The adverse impact of high energy costs, which penalized Cliffs' operating earnings by $14 million in 2000, is continuing in 2001.

Brinzo concluded, ``While we cannot control the marketplace for iron ore and other ferrous metallics products, we can minimize adverse impacts by producing the highest quality products at the lowest possible cost. I am confident that Cliffs will successfully meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that are ahead in 2001.''

Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest supplier of iron ore products to the North American steel industry and is developing a significant ferrous metallics business. Subsidiaries of the Company manage and hold equity interests in five iron ore mines in Michigan, Minnesota and Eastern Canada. Cliffs has a major iron ore reserve position in the United States and is a substantial iron ore merchant.

Reported by: Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.




Stelco Posts Loss

04/27:
Canada's biggest steelmaker, reported on Wednesday it posted a huge first-quarter loss, higher than analyst estimates, because of reduced shipments, lower prices and higher costs.

The steelmaker lost C$60 million compared with a profit of C$29 million a year earlier. Stelco's sales fell about 20 percent to C$637 million from C$796 million in the previous year's quarter. Canadian and U.S. steelmakers have seen their profits and sales dwindle, and some have even filed for bankruptcy, as a glut of cheap imports has led to oversupply, dragging down steel prices to levels not seen in 20 years.

Stelco said an 8 percent reduction in shipment levels to 1.17 million tons and an average drop of C$81 a ton in average revenue, to C$542 a ton, hit its sales.

In addition, weak demand, rising natural gas prices, high customer inventories caused by low-priced imports and weakness in the auto sector contributed to the loss.

Canada's Customs and Revenue Department imposed provisional duties on a dozen countries for dumping hot-rolled steel sheet and strip steel in Canada. The action was prompted following a January probe sparked by a complaint from Algoma Steel Inc.

Algoma, Canada's third-largest steel producer, on Monday posted wider first-quarter losses, buckling under an ongoing weak market, and sought court protection from creditors to buy it time to renegotiate its mounting debt.

Despite sluggish demand, Stelco's Alfano said his mills were now operating at 85 percent capacity, up from 76 percent during the first quarter. During the quarter, Stelco cut back production at its Hilton Works and Lake Erie Steel Co. operations.

Stelco's shares have risen about 14 percent so far this year, but have been outperformed by two other major Canadian steelmakers, Dofasco Inc. and IPSCO Inc., which have risen about 25 percent and 47 percent respectively in the same time.

Reported by: Stelco Inc.




Saginaw News

04/27:
The Wolverine was downbound on the Saginaw River Thursday about noon.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wolverine passing in the river.
Passing through the Liberty Bridge.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

04/27:
The John J. Boland has been in temporary lay-up at the CSX #1 Coal dock for several days now. It is unknown when she will depart. The tanker Gemini is in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge is in lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. There was an unknown "Andrie" tug/barge unit at the T.W.I. Dock.

The saltwater vessel Toro arrived and departed from the T.W.I. Dock on Wednesday after unloading cargo. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed Anderson's "K" Elevator recently. The Cuyahoga arrived at one of the Anderson grain complexes earlier Thursday and departed that evening with a corn cargo for Port Colborne, Ontario.

The Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey and William Hoey were towing the Algoville upriver Thursday evening bound for ADM/Countrymark Elevator where she will load a grain cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the CSL Niagara, and Charles M. Beeghly on Monday followed by the Frontenac, and Canadian Transport on May 2. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve and Courtney Burton on Saturday, followed by the Buckeye on Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Busy Lake Erie

04/27:
Eastern Lake Erie was busy in America and Canada, with most of the action on the American side in Erie. The day started with the Yankcanuck in Conneaut loading coal, the Paul R. Tregurtha sailing for Nanticoke and the Canadian Transport headed for Conneaut. In Erie, the Bramble was replacing buoys and around 3:30 p.m. the 174-foot sand carrier J.S. St. John came in. About an hour later, the Richard Reiss followed.

The Cutter Bramble was scheduled to leave Erie at 9:30 p.m. and the American Mariner is due in at 10:00 p.m. with a load for the Mounfort Terminal.

Bramble.
Bow View.
J.S. St. John inbound.
Stern View with Bramble in background.
Reiss bow view.
Stern view.
Preparing to place a buoy.
Unloading the St. John by crane.
Viking I and Lansdowne.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Hamilton Report

04/27:
Thursday the CSL Laurentien was unloading iron ore pellets at Stelco's iron ore dock. The Hamilton Energy was along side fueling the Laurentien.

The tanker Saturn was still moored at Pier 10. The Algocatalyst remains in the dry dock.

The Algomarine was loading aggregate at Pier 26. The portable dockside conveyor belts were being moved forward and the Algomarine was being winched back to start loading the forward cargo hold. The Gordon C. Leitch has been moved to Pier 25.

Exterior repairs to the stern section of the Provmar Terminal appear to have been completed.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Former Captain

04/27:
Capt. William "Bill" Yonkers died in a Sarasota, FL, nursing home on 31 March. In his earlier years he commanded freighters but is best remembered as Bob-Lo's Senior Captain, always sailing the Ste. Claire.

Reported by: Dave Glick and Oscar Rosso




Picture of the Day

04/27:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Montrealais loading in Superior.

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 27

On April 27, 1993 the WOLVERINE (4) ran aground on Surveyors Reef near Port Dolomite near Cedarville, MI and damaged her hull.

The ASHCROFT, upbound on Lake Erie in fog, collided with Interlake's steamer JAMES H. REED on April 27, 1944. The REED, fully loaded with ore, quickly sank off Port Burwell, Ont. with a loss of twelve lives. The ASHCROFT suffered extensive bow damage below the water line and was taken to Ashtabula, OH for repairs.

On April 27, 1973 the bow section of the SIDNEY E. SMITH, JR. was towed to Sarnia by the Malcolm tugs TABOGA and BARBARA ANN. The two sections of the hull were scuttled and land-filled to form a dock facing.

The WILLIAM P. SNYDER, JR. left Ecorse light on her maiden voyage April 27, 1912 for Duluth, MN to load iron ore.

On April 27, 1978 the TROISDOC (3) was downbound with corn for Cardinal, Ont. when she hit the upper end of the tie-up wall above Lock 2.

On April 27, 1980, after loading pellets in Duluth, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES stopped at the Seaway Dock to load a large wooden stairway (three sections) on deck which was taken to the AmShip yard at Lorain. It was used for an open house on the newly built EDWIN H. GOTT in 1979.

On April 27, 1953, the Reserve entered service.

On April 27, 1984, the Charles M. Beeghly struck the breakwall while departing Superior on her first trip since the 1981 season. The vessel returned to Fraser Shipyards in Superior for repairs.

On 27 April 1876, the Port Huron Times reported, "The steam barge MARY MILLS arrived up this morning and looks 'flaming'. Her owner said he did not care what color she was painted so long as it was bright red, and she has therefore come out in that color."

On 27 April 1877, the 40' 2-mast wooden schooner VELOCIPEDE left Racine, WI for Muskegon, MI in fair weather, but a severe squall blew in and it developed into a big storm. The little schooner was found capsized and broken in two off Kenosha, WI with her crew of 2 or 3 lost.

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


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




Wooden Shoes for Frantz

04/26:
The Joseph H. Frantz arrived at the Holland, MI. break wall at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday and proceeded through Lake Macatawa with no difficulty. She arrived at the Brewer dock at 7:00 a.m. and began unloading her cargo of limestone. In honor of being the first vessel of the 2001 season to enter the Lake Michigan port, her captain and chief engineer were each awarded a pair of wooden shoes.

The barge McKee Sons was a close second when it docked at Brewer's at 4:00 p.m. also carrying a load of limestone. She quickly unloaded and departed that evening.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Jackson loads grain in Superior

04/26:
Following a two-day delay, the Herbert C. Jackson on Wednesday finally got to the #1 berth at Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior to load grain.

The Jackson arrived in Superior on April 22 and unloaded stone at the CLM dock. The vessel was finished by mid-day, but had to sit idle Monday while a storm delayed grain loading and Tuesday while waiting for the saltie Mina Cebi to finish loading.

Sometime during the night of April 24-25 the Jackson shifted into the grain elevator's berth and began loading early Wednesday morning. A quick turn-around was expected, with the Jackson possibly due to sail Wednesday evening.

Kinsman Independent arrived in the Twin Ports on the evening of April 25 on its first trip of the season. The vessel was scheduled to call at Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior.

Jackson loading.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tow Departs

04/26:
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday the fore body of the former Louis R. Desmarais was upbound heading for Lock 2 in the Welland Canal. Tug Progress on the bow and the Vac on the stern. After several days of weather delays the conditions Wednesday appeared ideal for the tow to Port Colborne. The hull is being towed to International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne for scrapping.

Reported by: Barry Andersen




Sarnia Update

04/26:
There was a lot of activity around the North Slip as crews continue to fit out the Mississagi and the Maumee. Workers were painting the hull of the Maumee, and heavy spray could be seen from topside, possibly from a power cleaner. Smoke could be seen from the stack of the Mississagi and workers were busy about the stern of the ship. Much of the hull, however, remains unpainted.

Crews were putting the logo on the Maumee's stack around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. The Maumee may depart on her first trip late Thursday night, sailing north to load. The Calumet could depart the Government Dock on Sunday or Monday sailing for her first load at a Lake Erie port. The Mississagi's departure date is unknown but could be some time this weekend, check back for updates.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre and Stephen Hause




USX to split energy, steel businesses

04/26:
USX Corp. plans a reorganization that would separate its energy and steel businesses, spinning off its steel operations into a freestanding, publicly traded company. USX is parent to two divisions: USX-U.S. Steel Group and USX-Marathon Group.

Each division's stock is traded separately on the New York Stock Exchange. The planned spin-off would completely separate Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel from Marathon, which is based in Houston. USX said splitting the businesses will give the companies more flexibility to expand through acquisitions. The new steel company will be known as United States Steel Corp.

Shareholders of USX-U.S. Steel Group common stock will become shareholders in the new company. U.S. Steel, like other American steel makers, has been struggling, saying unfairly traded foreign imports are hurting business. In the first quarter of the year, the USX division reported a loss of $98 million, or $1.12 a share, when taking into account one-time costs.

U.S. Steel owns the Minntac taconite plant in Mountain Iron, Minn. Most of its taconite pellets are shipped through Two Harbors, Minn., in a long-term contract with USS Great Lakes Fleet.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tugs Depart

04/26:
The G-Tug Maine arrived in Milwaukee Tuesday night from Chicago and departed Wednesday afternoon with the tug Superior in tow. Their destination will be Cleveland where the Superior will undergo repairs. The Superior was damaged late last year when they brushed up against the break wall in Ludington, MI. following a loss of steering.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Busy Day in Lorain

04/26:
Wednesday was a busy day in Lorain, OH. Schedule in port were four boats Wednesday and three today. The James R. Barker was unloading a cargo of taconite and the American Republic was departing on the shuttle run to Cleveland. The Buckeye was anchored out side waiting to unload. The Earl W. Oglebay was due in Wednesday night to load.

Republic passing from the deck of the Barker.

Reported by: C. Rohn-Tielke




Atlantic Huron in Erie

04/26:
The Atlantic Huron entered Conneaut at noon Wednesday heading for the P&C Coal Dock. Due to low water levels, she turned in Lake Erie and backed into Conneaut Harbor. The Yankcanuck was also in port at the stone dock. It appeared that two men were working on her port side for unknown reasons.

Huron backing in.
Close up of her stern.
Bow View.
Conneaut Lighthouse.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




CSL Laurentien in the Seaway

04/26:
Wednesday the CSL Laurentien was upbound in the Seaway. She passed through the Iroquois Lock that afternoon on her trip to Hamilton.

CSL Laurentien upbound for Hamilton.
Stern view.
In the Iroquois Lock.
Work crew waiting to board.
Boarding ladder on the Laurentien.
Departing the lock.
Crew member talks to those on shore.
Diamond Star approaching CSL Laurentien below Iroquois at about 3:45 p.m.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Busy Simcoe

04/26:
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Simcoe was along side her berth Wednesday in Prescott, Ontario. The past spring marks her 39th year of placing Aid to Navigation on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario from the Beauharnois Locks to the Welland Canal. Her work also included placing U.S. buoys from Niagara N.Y. to Oswego N.Y.

This spring she was on a number of ice breaking tasks and escort assignments on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quite. The Simcoe placed over 200 Aid to Navigation this spring.

Reported by: Larry D. Easter




Buoy Work

04/26:
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay was loading Aids to Navigation Wednesday in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Loading behind the Selvick tug yard.
Bouys in storage.
Moving a buoy to the cutter.
Loaded on to the Mobile Bay's barge.

Reported by: Orrin Royce




Thunder Bay Update

04/26:
The Halifax was in port Tuesday loading at Thunder Bay Terminals and departed Wednesday. The Canadian Voyager was loading at Cargill and the Melissa Desgagnes was at Agricore. The long term lay-up of the Algontario continues but earlier this week she was moved from the Keefer Terminals back over to Pascol Engineering where she had spent all last summer. No news on what will become of her after the ground in the St. Marys River.

The Oakglen also paid a visit on Monday loading at Agricore and Saskatchewan 7a and departing Tuesday. Other departed boats this past week include Canadian Venture and Canadian Leader.

The Federal Yukon was loading at UGG "A" and the new Federal Yoshino was at Richardson's after loading at Cargill and Saskatchewan 7a. The port has had six salties in here in the last two weeks with the first name "Federal". They have been the Hudson, Oshima, Yoshino, St. Laurent, Agno and the Yukon.

The tanker Diamond Star was unloading at Petro-Can on Saturday and the tanker Algonova came up the Mission river to Petro-Can in Sunday's snowstorm. Both have since departed.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Toledo Report

04/26:
The Fred R. White Jr. was removed from the shipyard dry dock on Tuesday evening by Great Lakes Towing Company tugs, shortly after she departed Toledo.

Wednesday the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator. Future grain boats due in the next day or two will be the Cuyahoga going to one of the Anderson Grain Elevators and the Algoville going to the ADM Countrymark Elevator.

The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains in lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. Her fleet mate the James A. Hannah with barge is due to arrive in Toledo with in the next few days. The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats for the CSX Dock will be the CSL Niagara and Charles M. Beeghly on Monday. The Canadian Transport is due in Tuesday evening, followed by the Frontenac on Wednesday morning. The next scheduled ore boats for the Torco Dock will be the Reserve and Courtney Burton on Saturday morning. The Buckeye on Tuesday morning followed by the Reserve, and Courtney Burton on Thursday morning.

The saltwater vessel Toro is due in at the T.W.I. Dock during the next several days.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

04/26:
Entering the Seaway in Montreal Wednesday morning was the tug Metacom on her delivery trip to Detroit to new owners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who intends to give her a new name. About a month ago, she had been transferred from the US Navy to the new owners at New London, Conn. where she was based. This is not her first time in the lakes as she was built by Marinette Marine Corp. in 1974. Before entering the St. Lambert Lock, she had to tie up below the lock and wait for a Seaway inspector. She then resumed her trip and stop above Upper Beauharnois lock for the night.

The tug Robert H. that was reported sold remains at Three Rivers, QC. Once she departs, she will have been renamed Kellan Pacific and will sail to Guayaquil, Ecuador by way of the Panama Canal.

Another renaming took place in Montreal on April 9 when the small cargo ship, Eyptian-flag Ras Sedr was renamed Norgate Canada on charter to Norgate Line for a service to Cuba.

With the Seaway transit of the Swiss-flag Marie Jeanne expected today, the number of new ships in the Seaway/Great Lakes so far this year will rise to eleven and three others are expected within a few days. Those are the tanker Caribbean Trader, the small cargo ship Pinega, 6 418 gr.t. and the Friendship class MILL ex Millenium Yama that was under repairs in Quebec City since last year.

Upbound on the river Wednesday for Montreal was the Federal Mackenzie. The Fednav markings on her funnel were reported to have been painted out.

Reported by: René Beauchamp
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Coming Soon

04/26:
The Federal Rhine departed Tampa, Florida on April 24 after loading fertilizer for the lakes. She is due to arrive in Contrecour around May 3. She then calls at Hamilton and then Duluth to load grain for her outbound voyage.




Help Wanted Marine Superintendent - Hull

04/26:
N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited is looking for an individual to serve in the capacity of Marine Superintendent in the operating office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The individual must have a minimum of ten years experience sailing on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Waterway including time served as ships captain, experience in human resource management, budgeting and maintenance of freshwater fleet vessels.

The successful candidate will oversee and coordinate a number of activities for the company’s fleet, including safety, training, cargo work, stability and stress, navigation, planning and claims.

Please reply in confidence by May 11, 2001 with detailed resume and references by facsimile to 807-475-3493.

N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited is committed to equity in employment.




Picture of the Day

04/26:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Algoway in the St. Clair River.

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 26

ALGOWEST was launched April 26, 1982.

Sea trials were conducted April 26, 1984 on Lake Ontario for the CANADIAN RANGER.

An unfortunate incident happened on the SEWELL AVERY as four crew members were injured, one critically, when a lifeboat winch housing exploded shortly after a lifeboat drill in 1978.

CANADOC was launched April 26, 1961.

BENSON FORD (1) was launched in 1924.

In 1982, carferry service from Frankfort, MI ended forever when railroad service to that port was discontinued and the remaining boats (Arthur K. Atkinson, Viking, and City of Milwaukee) were laid up. City of Milwaukee is being preserved as a museum ship by the Society for the Preservation of the City of Milwaukee

On 26 April 1902, M.P. BARKLOW (wooden schooner, 104', 122 gt, built in 1871 at Perry, OH), loaded with salt, was anchored off S. Bass Island in Lake Erie to ride out a gale. Nevertheless she foundered and four lives were lost, the skipper, his wife, their son and one crewman.

On 26 April 1926, THOMAS GAWN (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 171', 550 gt, built in 1872 at Lorain, OH as a 3-mast schooner) sprang a leak and sank at River Rouge, MI in the Detroit River. The wreck was removed the following month and abandoned. She had a 54 year career.

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


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




Independent Stops

04/25:
The Kinsman Independent made an unscheduled stop Tuesday in the St. Marys River. At 10:50 a.m. the Independent called U.S. Coast Guard requesting a tug to assist them and push the vessel to a safe anchorage area. Details were not clear but it was reported that there was some type of leak in the engine room.

The tug Missouri was dispatched from the Soo and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay was underway to assist if needed. The Independent was on her first trip of the season and stopped in the shipping channel at Nine Mile Point.

The vessel went to anchor out side of the channel and the tug Missouri turned back for the Soo and reported that Independent will make the repairs themselves. The Coast Guard reported that they would stay with the vessel.

The Independent was upbound under her own steam and passing upbound through the MacArthur Lock about 4:15 p.m.

Entering the MacArthur Lock (right). from the Soo Locks Live Cam

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Hull Returns

04/25:
The former hull of the Louis R. Desmarais was scheduled to be towed Tuesday from Port Weller Dry Docks in the Welland Canal. The forebody departed the dry dock fitout berth shortly after 11:00 a.m. With high winds increasing as the tugs Vac and Progress headed for Lock 2, difficulty was encountered tying up below Lock 2.

It was decided to return to the fitout berth and await more favorable conditions to tow the hull for scrapping at International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne.

The "Louis R. Desmarais" has been partially painted off the hull. The transit is being made with the name "RAIS" showing on the starboard bow and with the "CANADA STEAMSHIP LINES" billboard painted over.

Pictures by: Marian Grzybowski
The hull at dock last winter.
Close up of the bow.

Reported by: Barry Andersen




Environmental group blasts coal-fired Nanticoke plant, urges Ontario to convert it to burn natural gas

04/25:
Ontario’s Nanticoke coal-fired power plant is Canada’s biggest air polluter and should be converted to burn natural gas, a major environmental group says.

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance says the Nanticoke generating station on Lake Erie discharged 5.2 million kilograms of dangerous air pollutants in 1999. The group placed the power plant at the top of its recently released list of Canada’s top polluters.

Nanticoke, the largest coal-fired generating station in North America when rated by generating capacity, is owned by Ontario Power Generation, the provincial electric utility. The plant burns coal shipped by Great Lakes freighters from ports in Ohio and Wisconsin.

OCAA’s pollution rankings were based on Environment Canada figures from an inventory it keeps of the toxic releases by Canadian businesses.

"I think what [the data] tell us is that phasing out dirty coal-fired generating stations is the type of action that is needed to reduce air pollution in Canada," OCAA spokesman Jack Gibbons told the Globe and Mail newspaper.

The group wants the Ontario government to convert Nanticoke to run on natural gas, a cleaner fuel that would dramatically reduce pollution levels.

Ontario Power spokesman John Earl acknowledged that Nanticoke has large emissions, but he said this reflects the size of the facility, which produces 17 per cent of the electricity used in Ontario.

He said the station is cleaner than many coal-fired plants in the United States, and will improve its environmental performance under a new $250-million anti-pollution plan.

The Nanticoke plant already burns a considerable amount of low-sulfur coal mined in the western United States. The plant is a destination for many vessels loading low-sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior. Between April 24 and May 5 alone, the terminal is scheduled to load seven vessels with coal consigned to Nanticoke.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw in Saginaw

04/25:
The Saginaw passed the Front Range Light early Tuesday morning entering her name sake river for the GM dock in Saginaw. The water level was at -24" and dropping with 22 mph winds out of the south with gusts to 32mph. She departed the dock at noon and was outbound for Lake Huron during the afternoon.

Reported by: Lon Morgan, Stephen Hause and Todd Shorkey




Ranger III Departs

04/25:
The U.S. National Park Service Ranger III began its 2001 season Tuesday as it was passing through the Portage Canal in Michigan's upper peninsula. Departing her homeport of Houghton, Michigan, the 165-foot packet vessel will spend the season carrying passengers and cargo to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior.

In the Portage Canal.
Passing.
Another view.

Reported by: Jim Noetzel




Muskoka Steamers

04/25:
The new passenger cruise vessel, Wenonah II, is now taking shape at Gravenhurst, Ontario. She is designed outwardly to resemble a traditional inland lake steamer, especially the former steamer Cherokee of 1907. While in these times, she will be diesel propelled , she will have a dining room seating 86 passengers and will be 127-feet long and 28-feet wide of 470 GRT.

She will offer cruises on the Muskoka Lakes along with the steamer Segwun of 1887 and our steam yacht Wanda III of 1915. Wenonah II is being built in sections by McNally Marine in Belleville, ON and the hull is being moved in sections to Gravenhurst, ON for assembly. At present, three of the seven sections have been delivered.

She is scheduled to enter service at the end of September 2001 and will be the second largest passenger boat ever on the Muskoka Lakes and, certainly, the finest furnished. She, along with Segwun and Wanda III, are owned by the Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society, a non-profit society designed to perpetuate the traditions indefinitely of the Steam Era in Muskoka.

Segwun is offering two 2-night and two 3-night cruises on the Lakes during early June and early September, with the passengers staying overnight at one of both of the Windermere House Hotel or the Cleveland's House Resort.

Further information on these sailings can be obtained at (705) 687-6667

Reported by: Dr. Gordon C. Shaw




Marquette Report

04/25:
Fleet mates paid a visit to Marquette's upper harbor early this week. The Lee Tregurtha arrived early Sunday to take on a load of ore and the Charles Beeghly arrived Monday for a load of ore.

The Canadian Transfer was scheduled to arrive at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

As reported yesterday, Algoma Steel has filed for reorganization and protection from creditors due to foreign steel dumping. They join several other American steel companies who also have filed for bankruptcy due to foreign steel dumping.

It is not known at this time what affect this action will have on shipping in and out of Marquette. Algoma is a 40 percent partner in one of two mines in Marquette County. It should be noted that so far this shipping season, Algoma has been a major fleet shipping ore out of Marquette that includes Algoma vessels as well as other contracted vessels like the Sara Spencer and the Canadian Transfer.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Soo Update

04/25:
Tuesday morning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey vessel James Bray was working the lower Soo harbor at the Bayfield Dike (Rock Pile). Water level readings in the area were recorded at minus 14 inches. A loaded ship with a 27 foot draft would have a difficult time in the area. The Bray is conducting the survey on a 24 hour a day schedule, returning to base only for crew changes.

Downbound was the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer, Cutter Biscayne Bay, Paul R. Tregurtha, Federal Saguenay (at anchor in Wiskey Bay) and the Roger Blough.

Upbound included the Mesabi Miner, Lake Erie, Kinsman Independent, Courtney Burton, WN Towlan and barge (stopped at Lime Island), Federal Yukon, Lake Guardian, Armco, Canadian Transfer (at anchor) and Canadian Navigator. The Island Express was in Soo Harbor testing engines.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Toledo Report

04/25:
The Fred R. White Jr. was in drydock at the Toledo shipyard Tuesday. Her visit to the dry dock is believed to be related to damage suffered early in the month. On April 7 the White was undergoing temporary repairs to damage in the Soo.

The tug Karen Andrie with her barge A-397 was at B-P Dock on Tuesday. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains in lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock.

There was an unidentified Canada Steamship Lines self unloader (possibly Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin) loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator. The Algosteel was due in Tuesday evening to load coal at the CSX Dock.

The next scheduled coal boat will be the Sam Laud due in early this morning followed by the CSL Niagara and Charles M. Beeghly on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve, and Courtney Burton on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto News

04/25:
Spirit of Rochester finally made it across the lake today and went onto Toronto Drydock Tuesday afternoon for her 5 year survey.

Chios Charity arrived from Costa Rico at the Redpath Sugar dock and was boarded by a number of Customs agents. She was assisted in berthing by the McKeil tug Lac Como.

Nautical Adventures Inc. has acquired the barge Cordraulic, which wintered at Toronto near the Atlas Crane on Pier 35. The barge has been converted to a houseboat and was used here last fall during the shooting of a Steven Segal movie as his floating location trailer.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Brockville Update

04/25:
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, ON. on the St. Lawrence River Tuesday. Seaway authorities were out with a radar gun enforcing the speed restrictions in the river.

Pictures by Peter Carter
Radar gun check the Isa's speed.
Isa entering the Iroquois Lock about 10:30 a.m.
In the lock.
Federal Hudson passing Maria Town about 9:30 a.m.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Picture of the Day

04/25:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Oakglen downbound at the Soo.

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 25

The b) PAUL R. TREGURTHA was christened April 25, 1981 as the a) WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY.

On April 25, 1973 the self-unloading boom on the TADOUSSAC (2) collapsed while she was at Sandusky, OH.

In 1925 the Ann Arbor 4 was back in service after running aground on February 13th off Kewaunee, WI.

In 1973 it was announced that the City of Saginaw 31 would be scrapped after a fire which destroyed her cabin deck in 1971.

ENERCHEM LAKER was launched April 25, 1958 as a) ROCKCLIFFE HALL (2).

BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS was launched April 25, 1942.

WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE was launched April 25, 1908.

The PERCIVAL ROBERTS, JR. sailed light on her maiden voyage April 25, 1913 from Lorain to load ore at Two Harbors, MN.

On April 25, 1954, the T.R. McLagan (now Oakglen) entered service. At 714'6", she took the title for longest vessel on the Great Lakes from the Joseph H. Thompson, beating the Thompson by three inches. The Thompson had held the honor since November 4, 1952.

METEOR (2) was launched in 1896 as a) FRANK ROCKEFELLER.

On April 25, 1949, GRAINMOTOR collided with the abutment of the railroad bridge above Lock 2 of the Lachine Canal.

The wooden schooner OTTAWA was launched on 25 April 1874 at Grand Haven, MI. She was owned by Capt. William R. Loutill and could carry 180,000 feet of lumber.

T. S. CHRISTIE (wooden propeller, 160', 533 gt) was launched at F. W. Wheeler's yard (hull #22) in W. Bay City, MI on 25 April 1885. She was built for the Bay City & Cleveland Transportation Company at a cost of $45,000. Originally built as a double deck vessel, she was cut down to a single decker at Chicago in 1902.

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Weather Delays Grain

04/24:
Heavy rain, freezing rain and snow on April 22-23 slowed or halted grain loading in the Twin Ports. Several salties due to leave Sunday or Monday remained at the elevators on Monday.

Herbert C. Jackson, reportedly scheduled to load grain, remained at the CLM dock in Superior waiting for a berth at Cenex Harvest States.

Kinsman Independent is scheduled to arrive April 24 for Cenex Harvest States berth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Former Hull Ready for Tow

04/24:
The former hull of the Louis R. Desmarais was scheduled to be towed from Port Weller Dry Docks Monday morning for scrapping at International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne. High winds kept the hull at the dock and it is expected to be moved today by the tugs Progress and Vac, weather permitting.

The hull is all that remains of the former Desmarais. Over the winter an entirely new hull was attached to the engine-room portion of the vessel and launched this spring as the CSL Laurentien.

This was the third of three CSL vessels to have forebody replacements at Port Weller Dry Docks, as part of a $100 million, three-forebody contract with Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering. The preceding vessels, christened in 1999 and 2000 respectively, were the CSL Niagara, and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin.

Pictures by: Marian Grzybowski
The hull at dock last winter.
Close up of the bow.

Reported by: Trish Atwood




Ore Docks

04/24:
The DMIR ore dock in Duluth has an interesting line-up of vessels scheduled over the next several days. Reserve is due April 24, Mesabi Miner on April 25 and Nanticoke on April 26. Regular callers John G. Munson and Frontenac are both due April 30 and Halifax is due May 1.

At the Two Harbors ore dock, St. Clair is due to make one of its occasional visits on April 24.

Reported by: Al Miller




Turid Knutsen Grounds

04/24:
The saltie Turid Knutsen, carrying a cargo of xylene, grounded last week when approaching the Snell Lock in the Wiley-Dondero Canal in the St. Lawrence Seaway. No damage resulted to the vessel and no pollution was released. The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Buffalo held the vessel at the Snell Lock upper wall until an inspection was completed.

The vessel was released at 6:25 p.m. to proceed once the protest on the Cornwall Bridge concluded. Vessel grounding was not related to protest activities.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Steel Woes Bring Sluggish Start For U.S.-Flag Fleet

04/24:
With steel production down more than 11 percent this year, it is little surprise that the Great Lakes iron ore trade in U.S.-Flag bottoms got off to a slow start. Direct shipments of iron ore (those are cargos delivered directly to steel mills or to docks where they are loaded into trains for final delivery) totaled 1.4 million tons, a decrease of 24.1 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. Iron ore transshipments (the Lorain/Cleveland shuttle) were essentially unchanged.

Coal loadings in U.S. hulls were down by 16.5 percent in March and stone cargos numbered but a few. The only bright spot was an early resumption of the salt trade in U.S.-Flag vessels.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers' Association




Fit out at Diamond Jack's in Detroit

04/24:
The big push is on the finish up the fit out of the three popular tour and dinner vessels at Detroit and Wyandotte. Diamond Belle has already been moved out of the fit out space at the Gaelic tugboat yard to Stroh's River Place.

Diamond Queen in nearing ready as the last spots of paint and a new sound system are installed. Diamond Jack, the Wyandotte tour boat will take another week to complete.

The vessels are all scheduled for school field trip cruises beginning in early May. Diamond Jack's will be offering a special discount for Boatnerd.com users, which you will read about as the regular season trips are closer at hand.

Diamond Jack at the Gaelic yard fit out dock.
Diamond Queen nearing completion at the Gaelic Tugboat yard.
Capt. Brian Smith installs a new sound system on board the Diamond Queen.
Engineer George Fitzhugh and mate Bob Seech painting the Diamond Queen.
Kaye E. Barker passes the fit out docks at Gaelic.
Engineer Bob Levy painting the pilot house on board the Diamond Jack. Welder Tim Mullins repairs a portion of the Diamond Jacks boat deck.

Reported by: Diamond Jack's River Tours




Canadian Agency Finds Dumping

04/24:
The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) announced last week that they had determined that 99.6% of the imports of hot rolled steel sheet imports from Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Macedonia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Ukraine and Yugoslavia are being dumped at margins as high as 49.0%. The CCRA also announced the termination of the investigation covering subject goods from Thailand on the basis that none of the product imported during the period of investigation was dumped. In addition they made a preliminary determination of countervailable subsidy on imports from India averaging approximately $63 per metric tonne.

The CCRA has imposed, effective April 19, provisional dumping duties ranging from 5.1% to 96.0% of the export price and provisional countervail duties ranging from $38 to $146 per metric tonne on subsidized imports from India.

The complaint, which resulted in this investigation, was filed by Algoma Steel Inc. and was supported by the other Canadian producers of hot rolled steel sheet.

Alexander Adam, President and CEO of Algoma Steel Inc., welcomed "the ruling as a step toward restoring a reasonable and stable pricing environment for steel," but added "that a long-term solution to the continuing onslaught of unfairly traded imports is crucial to the future of the Canadian steel industry."

Reported by: Algoma Steel




Algoma Steel Files for Protection From Creditors

04/24:
Algoma Steel Inc. announced Monday that it is initiating a restructuring of its financial obligations.

As part of this process, the company has sought and obtained an Order for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA") before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The effect of the Order is to stay the Company's current obligations to creditors, including First Mortgage Note holders and Suppliers.

The company said its net loss in the quarter was C$76.8 million ($49.5 million), or C$1.43 a share, compared with a loss of C$9 million, or 17 Canadian cents a share, in the corresponding quarter last year. First-quarter sales declined to C$227.5 million from C$303.5 million.

Mr. Alexander Adam, President and Chief Executive Officer of Algoma Steel said, "This is the responsible course of action to take in our circumstances. The Order will enable our ongoing business to continue while we negotiate a restructuring plan with our stakeholders.

"This is a restructuring, not a bankruptcy. We deserve the opportunity to restructure the obligations so that we can come out this a stronger company," Adam said in an interview.

"We have secured additional financing which will allow us to continue to carry on business as usual during this restructuring period. This will include continuing to supply and service our customers, paying for goods and services supplied after the Order and the ongoing payment of wages and benefits to employees.

"We are committed to making this process work so that we can continue to play a major role, not only in Sault Ste. Marie and Northern Ontario, but in Canada as well. Our 4,000 employees, 8,000 pensioners and thousands of indirect jobs depend upon us. Our annual wage and pension payments exceed C$300 million. We buy more than C$150 million in local goods and services each year and we pay substantial amounts of local, provincial and federal taxes.

"The major challenge that we face is on our balance sheet and the weakness in short-term steel markets. We are amongst the best integrated steel producers on an operating basis and one of the lowest cost producers in North America. In recent years we have rationalized production, refocused our product mix, invested more than C$1 billion in state-of-the art facilities and reduced our employment levels and operating cost structure.

"The key contributing factors to today's announcement are the impact of unfairly traded off-shore steel in our North American markets and high debt service costs associated with our recent capital expenditure program.

"The dumping of unfairly traded steel by off-shore producers has had an extremely negative impact on the Canadian and US steel industries. Imports have risen from 20% of domestic Canadian consumption in 1995 to 44% in 2000. So, even though the demand for steel has increased in Canada, Canadian producers are having an increasingly difficult time in benefiting from that growth. Unfair trading practices, global overproduction and resulting price collapses have already compelled a number of North American producers to initiate court-supervised restructurings.

"We will endeavor to maximize the recovery to stakeholders in our restructuring plan. It is impossible to predict the final details that will be presented for their approval or to speculate on any other actions that might be taken.

Today we are initiating a process and the outcome will be the subject of discussions with our stakeholders."

Algoma Steel Inc. is Canada's third largest integrated steel producer. It and predecessor companies have conducted operations in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, since 1901. Principal revenue-generating activities include the manufacture and sale of rolled steel products, including hot and cold rolled sheet and plate.

Algoma's shares were halted on the Toronto Stock Exchange Monday morning. They were down 3 Canadian cents at 36 Canadian cents. They have traded between C$2.12 and 30 Canadian cents in the past year.

Reported by: Algoma Steel




Cliffs Comments On Algoma Steel's Financial Restructuring

04/24:
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc commented Monday on Algoma Steel's Order for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Ontario, Canada. Algoma is a 45 percent owner in the Cliffs-managed Tilden Mining Company L.C., located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The other owners of the Tilden Mine are Cliffs at 40 percent and Stelco Inc. at 15 percent.

Cliffs currently has less than $1 million in trade receivables from Algoma, all of which relate to rail transportation. As of last week, Algoma was current on its cash funding obligations at the Tilden Mine; however, it is premature to speculate on Algoma's actions subsequent to obtaining the Order.

John S. Brinzo, Cliffs' chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We have a long and valued relationship with Algoma Steel which we would expect to continue. We are extremely disturbed that yet another North American steel company has been forced to seek protection from creditors due to unfairly traded steel imports."

The Tilden Mine was originally scheduled to produce 7.8 million tons of pellets in 2001. The production level was planned to be reduced to about 6.8 million tons. The timing and duration of the shutdown is now under review. The Tilden Mine employs about 800 individuals and has an annual local economic impact of over $200 million. The Empire and Tilden Mines, and Cliffs' other operations in Michigan, employ about 2,000 individuals.

Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest supplier of iron ore products to the North American steel industry and is developing a significant ferrous metallics business. Subsidiaries of the Company manage and hold equity interests in five iron ore mines in Michigan, Minnesota and Eastern Canada. Cliffs has a major iron ore reserve position in the United States and is a substantial iron ore merchant.

Reported by: Cleveland-Cliffs Inc




Soo News

04/24:
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers survey vessel James Bray was out early working in the upper approaches to the west gates of the locks. She was taking readings because of low water levels. After spending time at dock she continued the survey Monday evening working the upper west approach to the lock and continuing up to the Vital Shoals area. The Bray has been working this area for at least a week and now has extended the survey into nighttime hours.

Rain and heavy fog slowed vessel traffic at the Soo Monday morning. By noon vessel traffic had increased. Upbound was the Canadian Progress, Middletown, St. Clair, Cutter Biscayne Bay (going to the U.S. Coast Guard base at the Soo), Reserve, Halifax, Dobrush and the Pintail. The Lake Guardian was upbound for the Carbide Dock.

Downbound was the Atlantic Erie, Algobay, Buckeye, Canadian Transfer, Algonova, Edgar B. Speer and the James R Barker.

The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sara Spencer was experiencing difficulties with her bow thruster in the upper St. Marys River. Divers may be called to survey the problem at her next port of call.

Part of the ice boom has been removed at Mission Point allowing two way traffic into the cut.

Busy afternoon at the Soo. from the Soo Locks Live Cam

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Busy Day in Muskegon

04/24:
Sunday the Joseph H. Frantz made its first trip of the season into Muskegon. The 618-foot ship docked at the Sappi Paper Mill at 3:00 p.m. to unload coal. No departure time was available.

Saturday three vessels were in port starting with the David Z. Norton arriving about 4:00 a.m. at the Verplank Dock to unload stone. After a partial unload she departed from the dock shortly before 8:00 a.m. bound for to Ferrysburg, MI. to finish the unload.

The Saginaw arrived about 12:30 p.m. and docked at the Verplank Salt Dock at 1:15 p.m. After a partial unload she departed and headed to Ferrysburg to finish the unload.

The barge Integrity and tug Jacklyn M. was the third ship on Saturday. The tug and barge docked at the Lafarge Cement Terminal and unloaded cement. She departed on Sunday morning about 3:30 a.m.

Reported by: Scott Golin and Ike Stephenson




Toledo Report

04/24:
Monday the Fred R. White Jr. was in drydock at Toledo Ship Yard . The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains in lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. The tug Karen Andrie with her barge was at the B-P Dock.

The John G. Munson was at the CSX Docks loading coal and was expected to depart during the afternoon. The next scheduled coal boats are expected this morning. They will be the Sam Laud followed by the Algosteel, followed by the CSL Niagara late Sunday evening.

The next scheduled ore boats for the Torco Dock will be the Courtney Burton and the Reserve due in Friday evening, followed by the Reserve early Thursday morning, May 3.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Busy day in Clarkson

04/24:
Monday afternoon was a busy time in Clarkson, Ont. as three vessels were in port. At the Petro Canada pier the Jade Star was loading. The St. Lawrence Cement dock was busy with two vessels visiting. Upper Lakes' James Norris was on the east side of the pier discharging what appeared to be limestone into the hopper. On the west side the Canadian Prospector was loading.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Brockville Update

04/24:
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, ON. and the Iroquois Lock.

Ivi departing the Iroquois Lock downbound with grain loaded in Duluth.
Federal Oshima departing with grain from Thunder Bay.
Federal Oshima departing the Iroquois Lock.
Nanticoke passing about 8:00 p.m.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Sailor

04/24:
Sunday evening the U.S. Coast Guard Group Milwaukee responded to a call from the wife of the operator of a sailboat aground in the fog on a trip from Waukegan, Ill., to Belmont Harbor, Ill. The operator had contacted his wife via cellphone after running aground in 5 feet of water. He was unsure of his position and had very limited visibility in dense fog.

Rescue boats from Station Kenosha and Station Calumet Harbor as well as a helicopter from Air Facility Muskegon all responded in an attempt to locate the vessel. The helicopter located the vessel and remained on scene until surface units arrived. The operator was taken off the vessel.

Salvage efforts of the sailboat are pending.




Picture of the Day

04/24:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Southdown Challenger entering Grand Haven.

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 24

The ONTADOC (2) (b) MELISSA DESGAGNES) sailed from Collingwood on her maiden voyage April 24, 1975 for Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. to load steel for Duluth, MN.

The D.M. CLEMSON (2) departed Lorain on her maiden voyage April 24, 1917 to load iron ore at Duluth, MN.

The B.F. JONES (2) left Quebec April 24, 1973 in tandem with her former fleetmate EDWARD S. KENDRICK towed by the Polish tug KORAL heading for scrapping in Spain.

The wooden schooner WELLAND CANAL was launched at Russell Armington's shipyard at St. Catharine's, Ontario. She was the first ship built at St. Catharine's and the first to navigate the Welland Canal when it opened between St. Catharine's and Lake Ontario on 10 May 1828.

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Sykes Departs Again

04/23:
The Wilfred Sykes departed Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, WI. early Sunday morning to the Bay of Green Bay for vibration tests. After being out several hours she returned to Bay Ship and the results were checked. The final result came out as the new parts installed last winter required break in time to match the existing parts.

With this the Sykes departed Sturgeon Bay at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening heading out to Lake Michigan and up bound to pick up her first load of the season.

Turning in the turning Basin by the 1000-foot Graving Dock.
Heading to Green Bay for trials Sunday morning.
Riding high out bound.
Departing through the Michigan Street Bridge Sunday evening.
Past the bow of the Ryerson.
Through the Bay View Bridge.
Entering Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal.
Crew on deck.
Out into the lake from canal.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Naked men pulled from Detroit River

04/23:
Saturday morning two intoxicated men decided to remove all of their clothing and go for an early morning swim in the Detroit River.

The men quickly found that the cold water temperature was unbearable, but were unable to climb out of the river. Witnesses summoned the J.W. Westcott Company boat crew for help. The Westcott crew, along with a crew member who was waiting for the Indiana Harbor boarded the mail boat J.W. Westcott II and pulled the men to safety. Detroit authorities were called but the men left before they arrived.

Reported by: Capt. Samuel Buchanan




Algoma will be owner of Straits of Mackinac, dive site for Neptune' s Nimrods

04/23:
The city of Algoma, Wis., is willing to become the owner of a former car ferry that a dive club wants to sink in Lake Michigan for use as a recreational and training site.

Neptune' s Nimrods, a 40-member dive club, wants to sink the steamer Straits of Mackinac 1 1/2 miles off shore and three miles south of Algoma. If state approval is granted, the club wants to sink the vessel in May 2002.

Algoma officials invited the club to make a presentation April 2 to its city council after the Kewaunee County Board voted in March against taking ownership of the 201-foot care ferry.

The club needs a permit from the state Department of Natural Resources before it can sink the ferry. As part of the process, the club must find a governmental body -- like a county or city -- that will take ownership of the vessel.

The Algoma City Council passed a resolution 6-1 indicating it would be willing to take ownership of the ship once its sunk and would help facilitate the permit process through the DNR.

The Straits of Mackinac would become the first intentionally sunk dive site in Wisconsin and the largest in the Great Lakes. There are approximately 100 such sites in the United States.

Reported by: Al Miller




Twin Ports Report

04/23:
Duluth-Superior was unusually busy Sunday morning.

Herbert C. Jackson was unloading stone at the CLM dock in Superior; Oglebay Norton was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal; Paul R. Tregurtha was at the Murphy Oil fuel dock waiting for the berth at Midwest Energy; Lake Ontario was loading bentonite at Hallett dock; Mina Cebi was at Cenex Harvest States; Federal Saguenay was at the AGP elevator.

Out on the lake, Isolda was at anchor waiting for a grain berth and Algolake was waiting for the Midwest Energy Terminal berth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw News

04/23:
The Adam E. Cornelius completed unloading her cargo of stone cargo and departed the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. She headed upriver to the airport turning basin and was downbound headed to the Saginaw Bay by 3:45 p.m.

The Halifax finished unloading early Sunday afternoon, but waited to depart until 7:30 p.m. allowing the downbound Adam E. Cornelius and the inbound Algoway to pass. The Halifax was assisted by the tug Gregory J. Busch who took her in a stern tow out to Lights 11 & 12 where she was able to turn around.

The Algoway was inbound at entrance Lights 11 & 12 around 5:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. She indicated she was headed up to the Buena Vista Dock

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Halifax unloading.
Close up.
Another view.
Adam E. Cornelius unloading.
Close up.
Departing.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

04/23:
The Courtney Burton was unloading ore at the Torco Dock Sunday and was scheduled to depart that afternoon. The tug Karen Andrie with the barge A-397 was at the B-P Dock. The H. Lee White and John G. Munson were due in at the CSX coal dock later Sunday evening.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Sam Laud and Algosteel on Tuesday followed by the CSL Niagara on Sunday April 29. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve and Courtney Burton on Friday afternoon followed by the Reserve on Wednesday evening May 2.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Brockville Update

04/23:
Sunday afternoon the saltie Spar Opal registered in Bergen, Norway, passed Blockhouse Island, Brockville, ON. on its way down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal. It is carrying a cargo of peas, which it picked up in Thunder Bay on April 16. Other traffic passing on Sunday afternoon is shown below.

Pictures by Peter Carter
Cartierdoc passing.
Bogdan.
Close up.
Black Swan.
Close up of the Spar Opal.

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




Great Lakes Cruise Conference & Exhibition

04/23:
Today the two day Cruise Michigan & Cruising the Great Lakes conference starts at the Holiday Inn Fairlane in Dearborn, MI. The event features a trade show and speakers. On Tuesday the exhibition will be open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 616-857-1701

Reported by: Ralph Diehl




Help Wanted

04/23:
The Great Lakes Towing Company is soliciting applications for fleet captain. The Cleveland-based marine transportation company seeks the captain for immediate hire.

Prefer seasoned master with thorough tug/barge familiarity. Desire a strong manager who is computer literate and a good communicator. Responsible for: shoreside facility and vessel inspections and condition; supervision of specialty tows; performance of towing as directed; quality control and supervision of tug crews. Competitive salary, health plan, downtown parking pass; 401(k) pension.

Fax resume to: 216-621-7616, attention Marine Personnel.
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Website Updates

04/23:
The weekly updates have been uploaded. Included is information on the 2nd Annual series of Boatnerd Gatherings.

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 23

In 1953 the 1953 Pere Marquette 22 was cut in half, then pulled apart and lengthened by 40 feet, as part of a major refit at Manitowoc, WI. Also during this refit, her triple expansion engines were replaced with Skinner Unaflow, and her double stacks were replaced with a single, tapered stack. The refit was completed August 28, 1953.

On April 23, 1966 the JOSEPH S. WOOD was towed to the Ford Rouge complex at Dearborn, MI by her new owners, the Ford Motor Company.

The FORT YORK was commissioned April 23, 1958.

On April 23, 1980 the ARTHUR B. HOMER's bow thruster failed while maneuvering through ice at Taconite Harbor, MN, resulting in a grounding which damaged her bow and one ballast tank.

The JOSEPH S. SCOBELL was launched April 23, 1891 as a) GRIFFIN (1).

On April 23, 1972, PAUL H. CARNAHAN arrived at the Burlington Northern Docks at Superior, Wisconsin to load 22,402 gross tons of iron ore bound for Detroit, opening the 1972 shipping season at Superior.

On 23 April 1859 at about midnight, the schooner S. BUTTLES was fighting a severe gale. She was carrying staves from Port Burwell to Clayton and sprung a leak while battling the gale. While manning the pumps, one man was washed overboard, but his shipmates quickly rescued him. Capt. Alexander Pollock beached the vessel to save her about 10 miles east of the Genesee River.

On 23 April 1882, GALLATIN (2-mast wooden schooner, 138', 422 t, built in 1863 at Oswego, NY) was carrying pig iron from St. Ignace, MI to Erie, PA when she sprang a leak in a storm on Lake Erie. She struck bottom on Chickanolee Reef and foundered in shallow water at Point Pelee. Her crew was saved from the rigging by the fishing sloop LIZZIE.

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Three Christenings in Sarnia

04/22:
It was a historic day in Sarnia as three vessels were christened Saturday beginning new careers for the Grand River Navigation Company and Lower Lakes Towing.

The former Myron C. Taylor, George A. Sloan and Calcite II were purchased from USS Great Lakes Fleet in late March. The Taylor has been renamed Calumet, the Sloan Mississagi and the Calcite II Maumee. All three vessels were expected to be christened at the Government Dock but high winds kept the Mississagi and Maumee at dock in the North Slip.

With the crack of the traditional bottle of champagne, the Calumet was christened first at the Government Dock. Donna Rohn, wife of Grand River Navigation's president Mark Rohen successfully broke the bottle on the vessel's hull with one swing. The company then generously opened the vessel for tours to all those in the large crowd that had gathered to witness the event.

A private tug took company officials and the sponsors of the Mississagi and Maumee to the North Slip. The Maumee was christened next by Martha Pierson, the champagne bottle shattered against the hull with one swing.

The final christening was the Mississagi. Judy Kehoe struck the bottle against the hull, breaking it open with one swing. The Mississagi will sail under the Canadian flag for Lower Lakers Towing. She is expected to depart on her first trip some time at the end of the week.

Combined, Lower Lakes Towing and their U.S. affiliate Grand River Navigation operate a fleet of six vessels including one tug and barge. An impressive fleet for a company that is only six years old. The company has built their business by purchasing smaller and older vessels from other fleets and running them safely and efficiently servicing various bulk commodity trades on the Great Lakes.

Pictures by N. Schultheiss and T. Parker
Calumet at the Government Dock.
Mississagi in the North Slip.
Maumee docked ahead of the Mississagi.

Frank Bravener welcomes the crowd at Paddy Flahterty's restaurant.
Robert Pierson, President of Lower Lakes Transportation speaks.
Mark Rohn, President of Grand River Navigation speaks.
Scott Bravener, President of Lower Lakes Towing speaks.

About to swing the champagne bottle against the Calumet.

Tug along side the Maumee.
Martha Pierson prepares to Christen the Maumee.
Bottle cracks open on the Maumee.

Tug moves along side the Mississagi.
Flags flying on the Mississagi.
Christening of the Mississagi.

Crew members pose for a picture.
Christening program with art work by Paul LaMarre.

Video of the Calumet Christening. 1.8 meg
Video of the Maumee. 3.1 meg
Video of the Mississagi. 3.5 meg
Another video of the Mississagi. 860k

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Metis to see Service

04/22:
The cement barge Metis was towed to Heddle's drydock in Hamilton for a 1.3 million dollar refit. The barge was towed from its dock in Windsor last week where it was used as a tnsafer/storage barge. Once the refit is completed, the Metis will either return to use as floating storage barge at one of Essroc's Great Lakes terminals or as an operating cement barge for Essroc Canada.

The barge is owned by Essroc and managed by Upper Lakes Group. She is rumored for possible work in the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River cement trade with McKeil's newest tug Point Carrol, which has been renamed b] Tony Mackay.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt, Gerry O., Wally Wallace and Patricia Burgon




Sykes Returns

04/22:
The Wilfred Sykes returned to Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, WI. early Saturday morning. The Sykes left the Bay of Sturgeon Bay through the ship canal early Friday evening and sailed up bound to the tip of the Door County and returned down bound on the Bay of Green Bay.

The Sykes tied up off the Face of the Steel Dock at Bay Ship.

The ship was scheduled to make a trip into Green Bay to complete vibration tests early Saturday afternoon, with increasing winds from 31 to 45 mph on the Bay, it is very unlikely she will leave dock for vibration trials in the heavy winds.

Shaft Vibration specialist were called in from Green Bay, to conduct the test.

Back at Bay Ship .
Another view.
Close up.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Challenger in Milwaukee

04/22:
The Southdown Challenger returned to Milwaukee Saturday afternoon with a full load of cement. With winds gusting from the Southwest at up to 40 MPH, the Challenger took advantage of the G tugs Virginia and Arizona. After completing another tow in the outer harbor the tugs hooked up to the Challenger and assisted the Challenger up to their dock on the Kinnickinnic River.

Challenger inbound.
Passing under the Hoan Bridge.
Passing through the rail road bridge.
Tug Virginia on the bow.
Approaching the dock.
Tight fit.
At the dock.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




New Cutter Launched

04/22:
The newest Juniper class cutter built for the U.S. Coast Guard at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI. was launched Saturday. After fit out she will be stationed in San Francisco, CA.

Pictures by Scott Best and Eric and Sandy Chapman
Preparing to launch.
Another view.
Sliding into the river.
View from across the river.
In the river.
Another view.
Tieing the lines.
Movie of the launching. 1.4 meg

Reported by: Scott Best and Sandy Chapman




Independent Ready to Sail

04/22:
The last U.S. bulk grain freighter Kinsman Independent is preparing to start a new season. She was expected to depart early this morning.

In other port news, there was a line of hopper cars spotted along the dock at the Gateway Terminal in Lackawanna at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. In the past, this had been a sign of a coming boatload. There is little storage product left on either side of the Lackawanna Canal/Bethlehem Slip.

Independent at her lay-up dock.
Stern view.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Crewman Air Lifted

04/22:
A wheelsman was air lifted from the Oglebay Norton Friday by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from air station Traverse City. The patient was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, MI. The Oglebay Norton was north of Presque Isle in northern Lake Huron at the time. There was no update on his condition at the time of this report.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman




Grand Haven Update

04/22:
Saturday the David Z. Norton entered the harbor around 11:00 p.m. after spending the day anchored in the fog and high seas. The Saginaw came in just behind her. The Norton is unloading at Verplanks dry bulk and the Saginaw at Meekhof's dry bulk.

Reported by: David Swain




Saginaw News

04/22:
The Wolverine was inbound Saturday morning passing Lights 11 & 12 at 10:05 a.m. She was upbound to the Bay City Wirt Dock to lighter before heading to the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish unloading.

With low water levels boats must off load a certain amount of cargo before proceeding up to Saginaw. The Pathfinder reportedly had difficulty making the trip to Saginaw earlier in the week loaded to 19 feet. The Wolverine would not head upriver to Saginaw until her draft was lightened to less than 19 feet. The Wolverine finished lightering by 2:10 p.m. and departed for the Saginaw Wirt Dock to complete unloading her cargo of stone.

The Halifax was at anchor three miles north of the Saginaw River Entrance Buoys. She arrived early Saturday, but because of the brisk west southwest winds the water level dropped during the day. She will have to wait for the water level to come back up before entering. It is expected that she will be going to the Essroc Cement Dock in Essexville.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Unloading at Bay City Wirt Stone Dock.
Stern view.
View from the dock.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Passing Detroit

04/22:
Below are pictures taken on a rainy Friday and Saturday morning on the Detroit River.

The tanker Ralf Tucker, upbound at Detroit Friday afternoon.
After calling at Lorain, the Indiana Harbor was seen passing upbound in the rain at Detroit at 7:00 a.m.
The IVI, downbound at the Detroit GM Headquarters.

Reported by: Pat Pavlat




Cleveland Update

04/22:
The American Republic was unloading at LTV lower Saturday morning and departed Cleveland at 1:00 p.m. The Tecam Sea was at the lakefront docks unloading steel coils.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Welland Canal Report

04/22:
Friday the storage barge Metis was leaving Lock 7 and was being towed by the tug Vac on the bow and the McKeil tug Progress on the stern. The stiff wind was giving the Vac a hard time as she was on a 45 degree angle leaving the lock.

The dismantling of the Tarantau is still ongoing at International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne.

At Lock 4 the Canadian Voyager was locking through.

In Hamilton the transfer tanker Provmar Terminal was at Heddle Marine's with the floating dry dock under the stern of the tanker. The bow tanks were being drained of oil and ballast water was being pumped in as the drydock needed to lift the stern high enough to get access to the hole in the stern hull section. The Provmar Terminal is to be raised out of the water enough by Sunday that welders can start repairs to the hull after it was holed by a saltie early in the month.

Reported by: Wally Wallace




Hamilton Update

04/22:
Saturday evening the Toro was at Pier 12. The cement barge Metis was moored on the north face of Pier 14. The tanker Saturn has been moored in front of the Algogulf Pier 10 since last weekend and is in ballast.

The tanker Jo Spirit is unloading at Pier 23 and the tug James A. Hanna and barge Hanna 5101 are moored north of Jo Spirit at Pier 23.

The Provmar Terminal is being repaired on site with the stern section lifted up in a floating drydock provided by Heddle Marine.

The Canadian Prospector was unloading iron ore at Dofasco. At 4:35 p.m. the Federal Maas passed through the Burlington Ship Canal into Hamilton Harbor. It was met by the McKeil Marine tugs - Paul E. #1 and Lac Vancouver plus the Nadro Marine tug Miseford. The Federal Maas was escorted into Pier 23 at 5:30 p.m. to dock north of the James A. Hanna tug and barge.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Report

04/22:
The Canadian Voyager departed Pier 52 Friday afternoon for her first trip of the season. Mariposa Cruise Line's tour boat Showboat Royal Grace made her first appearance Friday afternoon. Wm. Rest and T.H.C. 50 placed the Humber Bay "Keep Out" buoys for the Island Airport.

Nautical Adventures' Wayward Princess has her first charter of the season Saturday night.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - April 22

ST.CLAIR (2) was christened April 22, 1976 at Bayship.

The CHICAGO TRIBUNE laid up for the last time at Toronto on April 22, 1986.

HOCHELAGA (2) lost her self-unloading boom during a windstorm at Windsor, Ont. on April 22, 1980. As a consequence she made ten trips hauling grain as a "straight decker".

CHARLES M. WHITE was commissioned April 22, 1952 at South Chicago. She was soon recognized as one of the fastest ships on the Great Lakes because of her ability to reach speeds in excess of 17 knots (19.6 mph).

On 22 April 1871, the 210', 4 mast wooden schooner JAMES COUCH was launched at Port Huron, MI. She was named for a prominent Chicago businessman of the times.

On 22 April 1872, EVA M. CONE (wooden schooner, 25 t, built in 1859 at Oconto, WI)was carrying lumber from Port Washington to Milwaukee on an early-season run when she struck on ice floe, capsized and sank just outside of Milwaukee harbor. Her crew made it to safety in her lifeboat.

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Sykes Departs

04/21:
The last ship of the winter lay-up fleet departed Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay late Friday afternoon. The Wilfred Sykes departed a long winter lay-up at Bay Ship. She was assisted by the tug Jimmy L. from Selvick Marine do to strong winds out of the South. She will be heading to pick up her first load of the 2001 season. As the Sykes headed out to the lake she passed her fleet mate Edward L. Ryerson at its lay-up berth.

Wilfred Sykes out of her berth heading for Michigan St. Bridge.
Passing through Michigan St. Bridge .
Coming up on the Ryerson.
Abreast Fleet Mate.
Clear of Ryerson.
Heading up the Bay to Lake.
Heading for Bay View Bridge.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Tanker Departs

04/21:
The tanker Ralph Tucker, operated by McKeil Marine, departed Port Stanley early Friday. While attempting to turn in the outer harbor Turning Basin, the ship became stuck. Locals had advised against turning in the basin, most ships have backed out of the harbor in recent years. With the assistance of a local fish tug the Tucker was freed approximately five hours later.

Harbor dredging which had started late last fall is scheduled to start again in mid July after the fish spawning season has ended. Dean Construction that has the Annie M. Dean and work barges on site won the contract for harbor dredging last year. Dredging began late last fall due to the wait for dredging approval from the Province of Ontario's Ministry of the Environment. Transport Canada had hoped that the dredging could have began earlier last year.

Reported by: Joan Wilton




Indiana Harbor in Lorain

04/21:
The Indiana Harbor made a rare appearance in Lorain Friday afternoon to unload taconite. She arrived about 4:00 p.m. and was seen with a boarding ladder down to the waters edge on her outboard side.

In Cleveland the American republic was unloading ore at LTV upper Friday afternoon and was downbound at about 6:00 p.m. The barge Kellstone I and tug James Palladino had departed the break wall at the same time.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Body of Polish sailor identified

04/21:
A body that washed ashore last week on Duluth's Park Point has been identified as Tomasz Wlodarczyk, a 34-year-old sailor who was reported missing last November after he failed to return to the Polish saltie Ziemia Chelminska.

The St. Louis County medical examiner ruled that Wlodarczyk drowned. How he drowned could not be determined.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay News

04/21:
Friday was a cold and rainy day in Thunder Bay on Lake Superior. The Canadian Venture was loading at UGG "A", the Saltie Gunay-A was at Richardson's and the Saltie Millenium Hawk was at UGG "M".

Late Friday night the Canadian Venture was trying at leaving UGG "A" and exit the harbor. At midnight she had been struggling for more than an hour and was assisted by the tug Point Valour. The ice conditions around the elevators continue to cause havoc to the boats.

The Glenada assisted the Saltie Gunay-A out of the Richardson's elevator slip and out of the harbor.

The tanker Diamond Star reported that she was inbound near the Welcome Islands and will anchor over night and then proceed up the river some time today to Esso where they will unload 5,869 metric tons of Low Sulphur Diesel.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Saginaw Update

04/21:
The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. completed unloading her cargo of coal at Consumers Energy in Essexville and departed the dock at 9:30 Thursday morning. She backed down the shipping channel to turn at lights 11 & 12.

The Barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann called inbound the Saginaw River passing the pump out island at 2:10 Thursday afternoon. She stated that she was headed all the way up the river to the Saginaw Rock Dock.

The Tug Karen Andrie/Tanker Barge A-397 offloaded Thursday at Triple Clean Liquifuels in Essexville. She was downbound to the bay around 10:40 p.m. after the Karen Andrie moved from the notch of the barge to a towing position.

The Dawes Marine Tugs Apache and Sea Chief were also inbound this evening going to the Essroc Dock to assist crews from Luedke Engineering.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Erie Update

04/21:
All of Erie Sand and Gravel's fleet were in Erie, PA. F/newy, as the Reiss entered Erie around 1:00 p.m. The J.S. St. John followed her by 20 minutes, and the Reiss entered slowly due to bad weather.

Richard Reiss.
Stern view.
J.S. St. John.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Toronto Update

04/21:
Thursday saw a flurry of harbor activity as Wm. Rest and T.H.C. 50 assisted by the Port Authority's new workboat OSPREY placed "Keep Out" buoys near the Island Airport.

The Works Dept. tug Ned Hanlan was refloated and out on trials.

The Parks Dept. work boat and barge were out dropping the Centre Island stake buoys Thursday. Centre Island service began Saturday with the Thomas Rennie going into service.

C. & C. Marine's tug Patricia D. made another run with the barge Rock Prince to the R.C.Y.C. to clean up from last week's fire, which destroyed a storage shed and 9 yachts and damaged 10 other yachts. The R.C.Y.C. tender ESPERANZA was refloated Saturday after a winter rebuild from the waterline down. The tender HIAWATHA is still in Hamilton after last year's sinking. She underwent Coast Guard inclining tests Wednesday and may return to Toronto this week.

Spirit of Rochester, which was supposed to be dry docked last week, stayed in Rochester due to last week's wind storm. She has been rescheduled for dry docking this week.

Reconstruction work on the tug Glenmont continues at a snail's pace. Some additional bow plating was added in the past week. Work also continues on Jaguar II's new upper deck and on Empire Sandy, which has a noticeable port list due to all of the concrete and steel ballast which has been removed during her renovations.

Canadian Voyager had steam up again Thursday.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Brockville Update

04/21:
Below are images of vessels passing Brockville, Ontario in the Seaway. The Maineborg was heading upbound passing Brockville about 2:30 p.m. on its way to Cleveland.

Jo Spirit.
Maineborg upbound.
Another view.
Close up of her bow.
Maineborg cabins.

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




Today in Great Lakes History - April 21

The EDWIN H. GOTT cleared Two Harbors with her first cargo, 59,375 tons of iron ore, on April 21, 1979 bound for Gary, IN.

The WILLIS L. KING (b) C.L. AUSTIN) departed on her maiden voyage with a load of coal from Toledo on April 21, 1911 bound for Superior, WI.

On April 21, 1988 the BIRCHGLEN was towed off the Great Lakes by the tugs ELMORE M. MISNER and ATOMIC bound for Sydney N.S. to be scrapped.

OAKGLEN (1) was launched April 21, 1923 as a) WILLIAM H. WARNER.

HOMER D. WILLIAMS was launched in 1917.

April 21, 1998 - The PERE MARQUETTE 41 (former CITY OF MIDLAND 41) was towed to Sturgeon Bay from Muskegon for the remainder of the conversion. She was towed by the Mary Page Hannah and the Carl William Selvick.

On 21 April 1868, GERTRUDE (2-mast wooden schooner, 137', 268 t, built in 1855 at Cleveland) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she was cut by the ice four miles west of Mackinaw City and sank in deep water. Her crew made it to shore in the yawl.

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First Ship for Manistee

04/20:
The Earl W. Oglebay arrived in Manistee at 5:00 a.m. Thursday and tied up at the T.E.S. Filer City dock at 7:00 a.m. She carried 13,000 tons of coal for the TONDU Co Generation plant from Conneaut, Ohio.

As captain of the first freighter of the year, Eric Lindgren was presented a top hat and gold cane by members of the Manistee County Historical Museum and Chief Engineer Mike Aten received a gold cane from the staff of T.E.S. Filer City, a power generating plant.

As a statement of the low water levels, the Oglebay's deepest draft was 18 feet. The captain was quoted as saying "You need a 20 ft. ladder to get from the docks to the fishing boats". This was one of the latest arrivals for a first boat of the season on record. Usually the first ship is in by April 10th. The Doug McKeil and the barge Ocean Hauler have been regular visitors since February, but the Oglebay marked the first dry bulk shipment of the year.

It had been thought for several weeks that the McKeil tanker Ralph Tucker would be the first powered vessel to reach Manistee as she was purchased to operate steadily out of Manistee on a year 'round basis carrying calcium chloride. McKeil barges have already carried five cargoes of calcium chloride from Manistee this year.

After unloading, the Earl W. Oglebay departed around 3:15 p.m. bound for Port Inland. The Ralph Tucker is expected to make a visit to the General Chemical dock within the next few weeks.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak and the Manistee County Historical Museum.




Townsend Arrives

04/20:
Early Thursday morning the Paul H. Townsend arrived in Sturgeon Bay, from winter lay-up in Milwaukee. She entered the 1000-foot Graving dock at Bay Ship for her 5 year survey.

A tug from Roen Salvage and two work barges followed her into the Bay through the Shipping Canal, the tug and barges are returning from the Detroit area after completing a dredging job.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay was at the mouth of Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay replacing Aids to Navigation.

Townsend leaving ship canal entering Sturgeon Bay. Vic DeLarwelle
Roen Tug and Barges following Townsend. Vic DeLarwelle
Passing off the bow of the Ryerson. Vic DeLarwelle
Passing through the Michigan St. Bridge followed by Selvick Marine tug. Vic DeLarwelle
Townsend and tug Carla Anne. Orrin Royce
Tug Escort II waiting for Townsend. Vic DeLarwelle
Tugs turning Townsend to line up with Graving Dock. Vic DeLarwelle
Tug Bay Ship pulling her into dock. Vic DeLarwelle
Another view. Orrin Royce
Tug Escort II tailing. Orrin Royce
Boat watchers looking on. Vic DeLarwelle
Tug Jimmy L. stands by as Townsend slides into dock. Vic DeLarwelle
USCG Mobile Bay returning to her berth. Vic DeLarwelle

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and Orrin Royce




Southdown Challenger Departs

04/20:
The Southdown Challenger completed fit out and departed Milwaukee Thursday afternoon. The challenger backed out to the city's heavy Lift dock to warm up the boats main engine. Chief Engineer Mike Laituri pronounced the Skinner Uniflow ready to go and Captain George Herdina and the crew of the Challenger were underway for the start of the vessels 95th season.

"A team" deckhand Bonita Vinyard & watchman Mike Cushman.
Dave Jarvis 1st assistant engineer at the throttle.
3rd Mate Bill Kishel (L) and 1st mate Rocky Groh (R).
warming up Milwaukee's Heavy Lift dock.
Chief Engineer Mike Laituri.
Captain George Herdina.
Skinner Uniflow Engine.
Engine camshaft.
one of the main boiler gauges.
Backing out.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Work in Sarnia

04/20:
Work crews were busy Thursday repainting the hull of the Calumet gray. The Mississagi and Maumee were still docked in the North Slip as crews continue their fit out. The two vessels in the North Slip may be moved to the Government Dock for Christening on Saturday.

Pictures by N. Schultheiss
Calumet early Thursday morning at the Government Dock.
Bow view.
Crews begin to paint the hull gray.
Another view.

Close up of a paint can.
Close up of name board.
Painting continues early afternoon.
Red stripe is painted.
Another view.
Wide view about 1:30 p.m.
Paint crew poses for a picture.

Mississagi at dock.
Close up bow and pilot house.
View on deck.
Work on the boom.
Engineers preparing to start engine.
Engine control room.
Life rings have been repainted with her new name.
Close up of her name board.
Ships bell on top of the pilot house.

Bow view of the Maumee.
On deck.
Her classic dining room.
Emergency steering.
Name on the pilot house.
Life rings and survival equipment are marked with the new name.
Stern view.

Other traffic passing by Thursday morning
Paul R. Tregurtha downbound at the head of the St. Clair River.
Wide view.
Passing under the Blue Water Bridges.
Tanker Diamond Star upbound.
Stern view.
Wolverine downbound.
Close up of the flags on her bow.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss, Mike Koprowicz and Peter Whitfield




Jackson Scheduled to Load Grain

04/20:
The Herbert C. Jackson appears to be taking over the grain trade from fleet mate Elton Hoyt 2nd. The Hoyt will remain in lay-up for the 2001 season. The Jackson is scheduled to load grain in Duluth on Sunday for Buffalo.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Late Start for the Sykes

04/20:
The Wilfred Sykes was scheduled to depart her lay-up dock in Sturgeon Bay today sailing to load her first cargo at Port Inland. Engine problems caused the late start for the vessel.




Buckeye Sails

04/20:
Departing her extended lay-up is the Buckeye. She sailed Thursday from Toledo to Taconite Harbor.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Scott Kiel




Cliffs wants to acquire Hibbing Taconite

04/20:
The president of Cleveland-Cliffs says his company's top priority is to acquire majority ownership in Bethlehem Steel's Hibbing Taconite Co.

Speaking to reporters April 18 in Duluth, Cliffs President and CEO John Brinzo said the company hopes to acquire at least 85 percent of the taconite producer located near Hibbing, Minn. "Hibbing Taconite is a very low-cost operation as North American properties go, and it produces a very fine, high-quality product."

Bethlehem Steel has said it wants to sell its share of the 25-year-old taconite mine and processing plant. Bethlehem owns 70.3 percent of Hibbing Taconite, while Cliffs currently owns 15 percent and Steel Company of Canada owns 14.7 percent.

Hibbing Taconite can produce up to 8 million tons of taconite pellets each year. It is served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and ships pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Cliffs is in the "discussion stage" with Bethlehem about a possible purchase, Brinzo said.

The possible purchase of Hibbing Taconite is a sign that Cliffs plans to move ahead despite the current troubles facing the iron ore and steel industries.

"We have to find ways to position Cliffs to be a more powerful force in the industry," Brinzo said. "We are looking to be bigger. We are not looking to shrink the company."

Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest iron ore producer in North America, with extensive holdings in Minnesota and Michigan.

Reported by: Al Miller




Milwaukee Cruise Boat

04/20:
The dinner cruise boat 'Edleweiss II' was returned to the water Thursday at the Port of Milwaukee's Heavy Lift dock. The boat's engines were rebuilt over the winter.

The unique low profile of the Edleweiss I & II allows them to sail without the need to raise the various bridges over the Milwaukee River.

Edleweiss II is lowered to the water.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Twin Ports Report

04/20:
The same Twin Ports grain elevators that were busy last season are off to busy starts this season. On April 19, Cenex Harvest States in Superior was loading Amonikos and was scheduled to receive Mina Cebi later the same day. Also in Superior, Peavey Connors Points was loading Gunay A, a frequent visitor here. In Duluth, AGP was finishing the load for Isa and was scheduled to handle Federal Saguenay the same day. Isolda is scheduled to arrive April 20, also for AGP. So far this season, Cargill and both General Mills elevators have seen little or no traffic.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Pairs

04/20:
Fleet mates have been arriving in Marquette by the pair. Last week the Herbert C. Jackson and the Charles M. Beeghly arrived. Over the weekend, it was the Algomarine and the Capt. Henry Jackman and on Tuesday it was the Algomarine and the Algosteel.

Wednesday night two vessels from the American Steamship Company were in port. The American Mariner arrived first in Marquette's upper harbor and then the H. Lee White arrive late Wednesday afternoon at the lower harbor with a load of stone for the mines. After unloading, the White made the short trip to the upper harbor to join the American Mariner. Both vessels were still in port Thursday morning.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Today in Great Lakes History - April 20

On April 20, 1960, the Arthur B. Homer entered service. She was the last vessel built by the Great Lakes Engineering Works.

The 3-mast schooner CAMDEN was launched at Cleveland on 20 April 1872.

On 19 April 1884, EUROPE (wooden propeller, passenger/package freight vessel, 136', 628 gt, built in 1870 at St. Catharine's, Ontario) was almost totally destroyed by fire at St. Catharine's. The remains of her hull were later rebuilt as the barge REGINA.

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Port Stanley Opens

04/19:
The McKeil tanker, Ralph Tucker, entered Port Stanley harbor Wednesday with a load of Urea Ammonia Nitrate from Trois Rivieres for McAsphalt Industries. This is the first ship to be able to enter Port Stanley Harbor in two years after heavy silting prevented traffic from entering the port. The Captain of the Tucker was presented with the silk top hat for being the first ship of the 2001 season, by Port Stanley councilor, Bruce Mungar.

Emergency dredging took place last year to allow vessels to enter port. The Tucker appeared to be momentarily grounded on the soft bottom at the harbor entrance, but managed to free themselves and tied up at the west pier shortly after. Dredging is expected to continue after July 15.

The tanker is expected to depart early this morning, they intend to turn the vessel in the turning basin so it can depart bow first.

Reported by: Joan Wilton




Barge Towed

04/19:
The cement barge Metis was towed from its dock on the Detroit River Wednesday night. The transfer barge was moved from the dock in Windsor with the tug Progress on the bow and the tug Stormont on the stern. Once reaching the Detroit River Light the Stormont was released and headed back up river to dock in Windsor. The destination of the Metis is unknown, the tug Progress gave an arrival time for Port Colborne suggestion the barge would transit the canal.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Independent Prepares to Start new Season

04/19:
The US Coast Guard inspectors were aboard Kinsman Independent on Wednesday morning. They were conducting radio tests with the Buffalo Base at 10:00 a.m. in preparation to get underway this morning.

Independent at her lay-up dock.
Stern view.
View on deck.
Pilot house.
Another view.
Chart room.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Milwaukee Fit Out

04/19:
Wednesday was a busy day for the crew of the Southdown Challenger and USCG Group Milwaukee MSO personnel. As the deck crew was completing the annual ritual of painting the hull, the Coast Guard was busy testing and inspecting the Challenger's machinery.

The crew had some hard choices to make Wednesday night for dinner. 'Sam', the Challenger Steward, prepared fish & chips, stuffed cabbage rolls and corn beef & cabbage.

Thursday the entire crew will undertake the fire & lifeboat drill. Captain George Herdina expects to sail sometime Thursday afternoon for Charlevoix, MI.

Also on Wednesday the Paul H. Townsend completed fit out and departed Milwaukee for Sturgeon Bay under the command of Captain Wally Watkins. They will undergo a 5 year inspection at Bay Ship.

Paul H. Townsend departs.
Challenger fitting out.
Crew members paint the hull.
Tight fit.
Can of paint.
Painting her markings.
Painting the draft markings.
Sam, the Challenger's Steward shows the lunch menu.
Stuffed cabbage rolls for lunch.
Fishing tug D&S departs.
Fishing tug Ida.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Commerce Department Findings

04/19:
Bethlehem Steel Corporation welcomed preliminary determinations announced by the U.S. Commerce Department Monday finding that hot-rolled carbon steel products imported from India, Indonesia, South Africa and Thailand benefited from countervailable subsidies.

"The subsidy measures described in today's countervailing duty notices are typical of the unfair practices our industry faces in virtually every part of the world and every product sector," said Duane R. Dunham, Bethlehem Steel's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We see this in both developed and, in Monday's announcements, developing countries. That is why maintaining our trade laws is so important. As price-competitive as the domestic industry has become, and with all the restructuring we have gone through, we cannot compete against the deep pockets of foreign governments that subsidize our competitors."

The Commerce Department calculated subsidy margins as high as 34% ad valorem, a very substantial subsidy for a commodity product like hot-rolled steel. The Department had already announced high preliminary subsidy margins on hot-rolled steel products from Argentina, and later this month will announce preliminary antidumping findings for all five countries subject to countervailing duty investigations, as well as China, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Romania, Taiwan and Ukraine.

These cases were filed after dumped and subsidized imports surged in 2000 -- reaching levels comparable to those of the 1998 steel crisis, driving down prices and profits, and displacing sales of U.S. producers. Unfairly traded hot-rolled carbon steel imports from the eleven respondent countries totaled 3,367,669 tons in January to August 2000, an increase of over 111% from the same period in 1999 and over 400% from the same period in 1998. Imports of hot-rolled carbon steel products from these eleven countries captured over 16% of the domestic market in 2000 (January - August). This compares to an average import market share of 9.6% in the same period in 1999 and 4.2% in the same period for 1998.

Reported by: Al Miller




Gaelic Tugs

04/19:
Wednesday evening Gaelic's tug Shannon departed the Rouge River bound for Toledo to pick up the Barge LSC 236, which has just completed her 5-year USCG inspection at Toledo Ship. The pair will immediately return to Detroit to load at Mobil-Exxon Trenton to begin the oil shuttle to the St. Clair Edison plant at Recor Point.

Gaelic Tugboat's Maintenance team has finished the winter maintenance on the tug Roger Stahl and will begin sailing about the 1st of May. Trips are scheduled to Massena, NY, Chicago, Buffalo, and Oswego. The Tug Carolyn Hoey will return to Nicholsons drydock on Thursday to finish her rudder repairs, taking about a week.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

04/19:
Expected to finally leave the Port of Quebec on Friday will be the general cargo ship, Friendship class Mill, formerly the Millenium Yama. She arrived there a year ago under tow following a main engine breakdown and fire in the engine room off Godbout, QC on the St. Lawrence River. At that time, she was on her way to Great Lakes ports.

Sold to buyers reportedly in Ecuador is the 257 gr.t. tug Robert H. that has been in lay-up at Three Rivers for several years. For the trip to Ecuador, she will be reflagged to Panama. This tug is a Norton class tug built during the 2nd World War by Montreal D.D.and commissioned on June 5, 1944. Eight of them were built for the Royal Canadian Navy and she was named Heatherton until 1977 when acquired by Three Rivers Boatmen. Up to that time, she was in service on the west coast and based at Esquimalt, B.C. For a short spell, she had been owned by Dept. of Public works from 75 to 77.

Aground for a few hours off Plum Island on the St. Lawrence River on Wednesday morning was the Bahamas-flagged Daviken downbound from the upper lakes with a load of grain. She was heading for Baie Comeau to top off. She was refloated with the help of the tugs Ocean Intrepide from Montreal and H-9901 from Sorel, both owned by Groupe Ocean. Needing underwater inspection, she then proceeded to Lanoraie anchorage from where she resumed her trip to Baie Comeau. Plum Island is situated on the north shore of the main channel of the St. Lawrence River and is between the village of Verchères and the Contrecoeur docks. The cause of the grounding is not known. The water level is very high, so high that vessels must reduced speed to avoid erosion on the shores.

Going aground at exactly the same spot last year in August was the Ocean Intrepide herself and she was freed by her fleetmates.

Shifting from the Verreault drydock to an anchorage at Les Méchins on April 10 was Cartierdoc to make room for the Arctic which was waiting at anchor for a few days.

Still laid up at Matane is the hopper/dredger BV Rayna, it has been in lay-up since the end of the 1994 navigation season. Since then, her wheelhouse has been removed. She was originally the canaller Charles R. Huntley built in 1926 at Glasgow, Scotland. Laid up alongside her is a large fishing vessel with her name painted out.

Reported by: René Beauchamp
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Tug and Barge in Oshawa

04/19:
Wednesday the barge Ocean Hauler and tug Doug McKeil were docked and unloading at the east side of the Oshawa Port. The barge was riding high in the water and the unloading of its calcium chloride appeared to be nearing completion.

Wide view of the tug and barge.
Closer view.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Twin Ports report

04/19:
A hectic weekend is scheduled for Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior. Algobay and Canadian Transport are both scheduled to load Saturday for Ontario Power in Nanticoke. On Sunday, Oglebay Norton and Paul R. Tregurtha are scheduled to load for Detroit Edison in St. Clair; Algolake is scheduled to load for Ontario Power in Nanticoke; and Columbia Star is scheduled to load for Muskegon. With each 1,000-footer needing about 8 hours to load, some spillover is likely.

Great Lakes Trader is scheduled to call at Midwest Energy Terminal on April 24 to load about 28,000 tons of coal for FirstEnergy in Ashtabula - a destination that may be a first for a vessel loading at SMET.

Reported by: Al Miller




Soo News

04/19:
The large red crane that spent the winter between Mac and Poe Lock working on the maintenance of the MacArthur Lock was making its way down the St Marys River on a barge with tug Champion, en route to Charlevoix Michigan. The tug and barge departed the Soo Harbor at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The ninety foot passenger ferry Mackinaw Express and twin, Islander Express, have departed their winter berth at the Soo and were downbound in the St Marys River heading back to Mackinaw Island for the summer.

Downbound Wednesday was the Mackinaw Express, Island Express, Paul R. Tregurtha, tug W.N. Towlan and barge, Purvis tug Atlantic Cedar, Cutter Buckthorn, tug Champion with her barge and the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer.

Upbound was the Edgar B. Speer, Federal Saguenay, Courtney Burton, Mesabi Miner and the Armco.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Saginaw Update

04/19:
The Algoway arrived during the night Wednesday at the Buena Vista Dock near Saginaw. After discharging part of her cargo there, she moved up to the old General Motors dock to finish unloading. She departed the GM dock at about 10:15 a.m. and was outbound during the afternoon.

The Buffalo was unloading during the early afternoon Wednesday at the Sargent dock near the I-75 bridge. She later moved up to the Valley Asphalt dock adjacent to the First Street turning basin in Saginaw to finish unloading. The vessel departed the dock about 8 p.m. and was turned and outbound by 8:30 p.m.

The Algorail called at the Northstar dock in Essexville on Wednesday afternoon. She turned off the dock at 8:00 p.m. to head outbound.

Late Wednesday night the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inside the outer buoys of the Saginaw Bay. McCarthy is expected to arrive at the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville shortly after 1:00 a.m.. She has slowed down out in the bay to allow the outbound Buffalo to pass.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Ryan Kenny, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




April 1 Vessel Survey

04/19:
The major U.S.-Flag Great Lakes lines had only 38 of their 67 vessels in service on April 1, a decrease of 13 vessels compared to a year ago. The sluggish start reflects the troubled state of America's steel industry. The continued dumping of foreign steel into the United States (some 120 million tons during the period 1998-2000) has delayed the sailing of many U.S.-Flag lakers and will idle two ore carriers this season - Central Marine's Edward L. Ryerson and Interlake Steamship's Elton Hoyt 2nd. Also currently not scheduled to sail this season is the straight-decker Kinsman Enterprise. Reduced demand for grain has idle the Enterprise since 1996.

The total fleet count - 67 vessels - is a decrease of two from 2000 and reflects the sale of the George A. Sloan to a Canadian-Flag operator and the all-but-official retirement of the cement carrier E. M. Ford.

Reported by: The Lake Carriers' Association




Aerial Views

04/19:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over the St. Clair River and lower Lake Huron Wednesday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Saginaw unloading stone in Marysville.
Canadian Venture on the St. Clair River.
Jean Parisien.
Jean Parisien stern view.
Atlantic Huron.
Canadian Transfer.
McKees Sons.
McKees Sons port side.
McKees Sons stern view.
Algowest.
Oglebay Norton.




Today in Great Lakes History - April 19

Sea trials were completed for the CANADIAN TRANSPORT April 19, 1979 and she departed Port Weller on her maiden voyage the next morning.

The GEORGE A. STINSON's self-unloading boom collapsed onto her deck due to a mechanical failure on the night of April 19, 1983 at Detroit. No injuries were reported. She continued hauling cargoes without a boom most of the year until it was replaced on September 20th of that year.

On April 19, 1951 CLIFFS VICTORY began her much publicized 1,000 mile journey up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers through the Illinois Waterway pushed by a towboat to Lockport, IL where two GLT tugs took up the tow through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL was launched April 19, 1954.

RICHARD TRIMBLE was launched April 19, 1913.

The A.M. BYERS sank in a head-on collision with the upbound steamer E.M. FORD, whose steering gear failed, on the night of April 19, 1956. The collision occurred 2 1/2 miles south of Algonac, MI in the South Channel of the St. Clair River.

On April 19, 1950, the Wilfred Sykes entered service, departing Lorain, Ohio for Toledo, Ohio to load coal on her maiden voyage. The Sykes also became the largest vessel on the Great Lakes, taking the honor from Pittsburgh Steamship Company's Leon Fraser class (the "Supers") which had held it since June 21, 1942.

April 19, 1917 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 5 broke off her starboard shaft and bent the rudder stock on the rocky corner of the old Goodrich dock in Manitowoc.

On 19 April 1880, the Port Huron Times reported the results of a severe gale: "The schooner CHRIS GROVER, ashore near Oscoda, is reported going to pieces. The crew is aboard. The schooner ATHENIAN, lumber laden, is reported to have gone ashore off Au Sable and to be a complete wreck. The schooner HATTIE JOHNSON is abandoned on Goose Island shoal. The cabin and part of her deck are gone. The stern is gone from her mizzen and the gale probably broke her up completely and her outfit and cargo may prove a total loss." The GROVE and the JOHNSON were later recovered and put back in service.

On 19 April 1884, EUROPE (wooden propeller, passenger/package freight vessel, 136', 628 gt, built in 1870 at St. Catharine's, Ontario) was almost totally destroyed by fire at St. Catharine's. The remains of her hull were later rebuilt as the barge REGINA.

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New Blades for Erie

04/18:
The Atlantic Erie appears to be receiving new propeller blades as she is docked in Hamilton with her bow ballasted down. Tuesday morning three blades were being unpacked beside the vessel in Hamilton, with crews from Fraser Ship Repairs working on a platform on the propeller. One of the old blades was upright on the ground and it appeared that a large piece was missing from it.

Reported by: M. Graham




Return Visit for the Algoway

04/18:
For the second time in three days, the Algoway is back in the Saginaw River system. At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the Algoway gave a security call and reported that she was heading to the Buena Vista Dock.

The Algoway had a short delay in downtown Bay City as the Central Michigan Railway Bridge was in the closed position and she had to wait for railway officials to arrive and open the bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




Low Water at the Soo

04/18:
Because of high winds and lower pool water level readings Tuesday evening the downbound Rt. Hon. Paul Martin decided to anchor in Whiskey Bay. Afternoon readings were -19 inches compared with upper pool readings of 1 inch.

Downbound traffic included the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Algonova, Katmai Bay, James Bray (surveying the river bottom), Cutter Buckthorn, Yankcanuck, Algocen, Oglebay Norton, Diamond Star and Oakglen.

Upbound were the John G. Munson, Middletown and saltie Gunay A.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Barker Waits

04/18:
Tuesday the Kaye E. Barker was still docked at the KCBX terminal in South Chicago after loading on Monday. Inclement weather moved into the region late in the day Monday sending waves crashing over breakwalls.

Reported by: Jim Golembieski




Crew Member Evacuated

04/18:
Monday U.S. Coast Guard Group Detroit received a medevac request from the Joseph H. Frantz who was traveling on lower Lake Huron. A 48-year-old male crewmember was suffering from abdominal pain and other symptoms. A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit rescue helicopter was launched and lifted the man from the deck of the Frantz. He was transported to the Port Huron Hospital and was reported to be in stable condition, diagnosed with kidney stones.




Great Lakes Fleet news

04/18:
Edwin H. Gott and Presque Isle were both reported to be anchored off Gary on Tuesday afternoon waiting for high winds to subside before they attempted to enter port. The vessels are carrying taconite pellets from Two Harbors.

Philip R. Clarke and John G. Munson are both scheduled to make the unusual move of unloading partial cargoes of stone in Duluth. The Clarke is due April 18 to unload a partial cargo of stone at Hallet 5 dock in Duluth, then deliver the remained to the DMIR ore dock. From there it will proceed to Two Harbors to load taconite pellets for Gary. On the same day, the Munson is scheduled to unload a partial stone cargo at Hallett 5, then unload the rest at the Reiss Inland dock in Duluth. Once empty, it will load at the DMIR ore dock with pellets consigned for Conneaut.

Reported by: Al Miller and David French




Milwaukee News

04/18:
All remaining crews reported back to the Paul H. Townsend and Southdown Challenger on Monday. Both boats should be departing their winter lay up docks before the end of the week. The Challenger will be headed to Charleviox, MI while the Townsend sails to Sturgeon Bay and their 5 year inspection.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde and R. Greathouse




Grand Haven Traffic

04/18:
The Lake Michigan port of Grand Haven, MI. is expecting two visitors later in the week. The Adam E. Cornelius is due in early Thursday morning with a load of stone for Meekhof's Dock . The Saginaw is expected to unload at the dock on Friday. Both times may be delayed due to high winds on Lake Michigan Tuesday.

Reported by: David Swain




Boland in Erie

04/18:
The John J. Boland brought a load of gravel into Erie, PA. for the Mounfort Terminal. She entered Erie about 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in a heavy snowstorm. The Boland turned in Presque Isle bay before docking to unload.

Boland inbound.
Stern view.
Turning in the Bay.
Another View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




No Hurry To Start Stone Trade

04/18:
There was no great rush to resume the stone trade in 2001. Shipments from U.S. and Canadian ports totaled 150,000 tons in March, a decrease of 58 percent compared to 2000.

Reported by: The Lake Carriers' Association




Ride through the Soo

04/18:
Below is a Quick Time move clip from the Mackinaw departing the Poe Lock at the Soo. This footage is from a story filmed on board the Mackinaw by the TV show Great Lakes Indepth.

Video clip. 2.4 meg

Reported by: Ric Mixter




Today in Great Lakes History - April 18

On her maiden voyage April 18, 1980 the AMERICAN MARINER left Sturgeon Bay light for Escanaba, Mich. to load 31,322 gross tons of taconite pellets for Ashtabula, Ohio and arrived there on April 26th.

The MONTCLIFFE HALL began trading on the Great Lakes on April 18,1978.

The PATERSON (2) was launched April 18, 1985. She was the last straight deck bulk freighter built on the Lakes and was built to the maximum size permitted to lock through the Seaway.

BETHLEHEM (2) was launched April 18, 1917 as a) MIDVALE.

Problems occurred on the ALASTAIR GUTHRIE's first trip of the year on April 18, 1979 when she began taking on water in the engine room while loading grain at the International Multifoods elevator at Duluth, MN. Her stern settled to the bottom of the slip with 12 feet of water in the engine room.

The RED WING (2) was sold for scrap on April 18, 1986.

On April 18, 1960 the ROBERT C. STANLEY struck Vidal Shoal in Whitefish Bay about 1.5 miles above the Soo Locks, and tore a hole in her bottom.

STONEFAX was launched April 18, 1903 as the straight deck Lake Bulk Freighter a) SINALOA.

April 18, 1936 - Albert W. Ackerman, chief engineer of the Pere Marquette carferries for 35 years, died (Friday afternoon) at the Paulina Stearns hospital.

On 18 April 1848, the wooden schooner TRIBUNE went missing in lower Lake Michigan. Her fate was unknown until native fishermen discovered her masts standing upright off Cathead Point in November 1849. All ten of her crew were lost.

On 18 April 1885, the schooner-barge ELEANOR was launched at Mount Clemens, Michigan. Her dimensions were 185' overall, 32' beam and 11'3" depth. She had three spars and was the consort of the steam barge A. WESTON. She was built for the Tonawanda Barge Line and was named after Capt. William DuLac's wife.

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St. Marys River Closes

04/17:
Blowing snow, which dropped an unexpected four inches on the ground at Sault Ste. Marie Monday, caused the U.S. Coast Guard to close the St. Marys River between the Soo Locks and the Mud Lake junction buoy due to poor visibility from noon until 5:00 p.m. Among vessels affected were the upbound Canadian Leader and the downbound vessels North Challenge, Paterson and Yankcanuck. Although traffic had returned to normal by early the evening, the Yankcanuck elected to stay anchored near Nine Mile Point in the lower St. Mary’s River until weather conditions on Lake Huron moderated.

Monday was a busy day for traffic at the Soo: besides the above-mentioned vessels, the Indiana Harbor, Ivi, Armonikos, CSL Niagara, Algomarine, Burns Harbor and Diamond Star were upbound, while the Fossnes locked downbound. In addition, Capt. Henry Jackman was anchored in the upper river awaiting pier room at Algoma Steel.

The wintry weather was quite a change from Easter Sunday, which was sunny and warm.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre, Jerry Masson and Brian Kloosterman




Bethlehem Orders Pellets

04/17:
Bethlehem Steel reportedly has ordered an additional 300,000 tons of taconite pellets this year from Hibbing Taconite, enabling the Minnesota taconite producer to cancel a scheduled summer shutdown. Hibbing Taconite, located near the northern Minnesota city of Hibbing, ships its pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Operation Taconite Ends

04/17:
Operation Taconite, the Coast Guard ice breaking actives covering the Straits of Mackinac, St. Marys River and Lake Superior, was closed for the season on Monday. Icebreakers accumulated 1064 hours for vessel assistance, 660 hours for preventative ice breaking and 760 hours for miscellaneous work. Total hours for ice breaking during Operation Taconite was 2485 hours.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman




CSL Laurentien Downbound

04/17:
The CSL Laurentien enter the St. Clair River and passed down at the Blue Water Bridge at 7:00 p.m. Monday evening. This is the Laurentien's first trip downbound loaded with grain from Thunder Bay. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon secured at the Government Wharf at 8:00 p.m.

The Calumet, the former Myron C. Taylor, now has the name painted on the bow.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Atlantic Erie Unloads

04/17:
The Atlantic Erie unloaded iron ore over the weekend at Stelco. Monday night it was at Pier 26 in Hamilton Harbor, tipped down at the bow. Crews appeared to be working on the vessel's cort nozzle or rudder. Repair or maintenance work was also taking place on the self unloading system.

Atlantic Huron was unloading at Stelco on Monday evening. Monday afternoon the Jean Parisien was also at Stelco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Lake Ontario in Goderich

04/17:
Monday morning the Lake Ontario arrived in Goderich Harbor. The McDonald tugs Dover, Donald Bert and the Debbie Lyn assisted the saltie into the inner harbor and helped to turn her before she tied up at the grain wharf to load. The turning and docking took about one hour.

Also in port is the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Hurd. The Caper Hurd is stationed for the navigational season in Goderich.

Lake Ontario arrives.
Assisted into port by the tugs.
Close up of the tug Dover.
Entering the inner harbor.
Turning the Lake Ontario.
In the harbor.
Cape Hurd at dock.
Bow view. The Willow Glen can be seen in the background, it is used to store grain.

Reported by: Keith Giles




Oshawa Update

04/17:
The saltie Lake Erie was docked at the east side of the port unloading steel I beams Monday. She is expected to depart late this afternoon or early evening.

The tug Doug McKeil and the barge Ocean Hauler are docked at the west side of the port with a load of calcium chloride loaded at Manistee, MI. They will unload the cargo when they move to the east side of the port after the Lake Erie departs.

Lake Erie unloading.
Stern view of the Doug McKeil.
tug and barge.
Close up of Doug McKeil.
View through the tug and barge.
Close up of the barge's notch.
Foss tanker preparing to fuel the Doug McKeil.
Fuel line is hauled aboard.
Deckhand on the Ocean Hauler.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Twin Ports Report

04/17:
The DMIR ore docks are maintaining a steady pace early in the season. The line-ups this week include: Duluth: CSL Niagara, April 17; Frontenac, April 18; Philip R. Clarke (stone), April 18; Jean Parisien, April 20; Atlantic Erie, April 21. Two Harbors: Edgar B. Speer, April 16; Roger Blough, April 17; John G. Munson, April 19; Edwin H. Gott, April 19; Presque Isle, April 20.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay News

04/17:
The crews of the boats in the Thunder Bay harbor over the weekend where greeted with a mid-April snowstorm that brought gusty winds and 7-inches of snow.

The Spar Opal lifted it's anchor and moved into UGG"M" to load, it had been at anchor outside the breakwall for three days due to the weather. The Federal Hudson remains at the Pascol Engineering Dock with some type of repair work going on in its forward hold. Late Monday afternoon equipment was being removed from the hold by crane.

The Federal Oshima arrived and proceeded to dock behind the Federal Hudson at the Pascol Lay by dock.

The Oakglen finished loading just before 7:00 p.m. and was downbound past the South break wall entrance by 8:00 p.m. with 20,804 metric tons of wheat. The Algocen departed Cargill shortly after with 23,695 metric tons of wheat.

Near Thunder Cape the Algocen was over taking the Oakglen with the Oakglen announcing that it would be taking the northern route down Lake Superior. The Oakglen is bound for Goderich and the Algocen is bound for Quebec City.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Marquette Update

04/16:
Traffic in and out of the upper harbor continues on a steady stream. The James Barker was still in port Monday morning but had departed by noon. The Algosteel was scheduled to arrive at 4:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, by 5:00 p.m. she was not in sight. The Algomarine is due back to Marquette today and with the arrival of that vessel, the Canadian vessels will even up the number of vessels visiting Marquette with the U.S. vessels.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Toledo Report

04/17:
Monday the Buckeye was at the Torco Dock fitting out. The tug Karen Andrie with her barge A-397 was at the B-P Dock, they departed in the afternoon and the tanker Gemini arrived at this dock site soon after to unload. The tug Mary A. Hannah with her barge remain at the Hocking Valley Dock awaiting orders.

The next scheduled coal boats due in will be the Canadian Progress this afternoon followed by the Algomarine on Friday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco this morning followed by the Reserve on Friday afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

04/17:
The Fred White was unloading ore at LTV upper Monday afternoon and was downbound at the West 3rd Street Bridge at 5:00 p.m. The barge St. Marys Cement and tug Sea Eagle departed Cleveland at about 3:00 p.m. and headed east. The Sam Laud arrived off Cleveland at the same time and headed up river presumably to unload at LTV.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Today in Great Lakes History - April 17

The 610 foot aft section of the JOHN B. AIRD passed upbound through the Soo Canal April 17, 1983 in tow of the tugs WILFRED M. COHEN and JOHN McLEAN heading for Thunder Bay where it was assembled with the 120 foot bow section.

STADACONA (2) was launched April 17, 1929.

On April 17, 1977, the Algolake entered service.

April 17, 1970 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 was sold to the Norfolk & Western Railway for $100,000.

On 17 April 1840, the wooden side-wheeler CATARAQUI was burned to a total loss during a great fire which destroyed much of the waterfront area of Kingston, Ontario.

On 17 April 1874, CHARLES J. KERSHAW (wooden propeller, 223', 1324 gt) was launched at the Ballentine shipyard at Bangor, Michigan.

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Undaunted and Pere Marquette 41 up for sale

04/16:
Lack of available cargo is prompting the Pere Marquette Shipping Co. to indefinitely idle its tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41, and to offer both vessels for sale.

Company spokesman Thom Hawley said the tug and barge will remain tied up in Ludington because the company can't find enough cargoes to make it worthwhile operating them. The tug-and-barge combination has been listed for sale, but no offers have yet been received.

Lake Michigan Carferry Service in Ludington has hired some Pere Marquette Shipping employees, while others have found maritime jobs elsewhere on the Great Lakes.

Hawley said the vessels are mechanically sound and ready for service if the company can either sell them or secure profitable contracts. The company is maintaining its sales staff in an effort to line up cargoes.

Pere Marquette 41 formerly was the car ferry City of Midland, which operated out of Ludington from 1940 until 1989. The ferry was mothballed in Ludington harbor until it was cut down to a barge in 1998 and renamed Pere Marquette 41.

The barge began carrying freight in June 1998 and it continued until December 2000. Its last run came after the barge was repaired following damage caused by an October 2000 storm on Lake Michigan. Hawley said the accident had no bearing in Pere Marquette Shipping Co.'s decision to suspend service this spring.

Reported by: Al Miller and Gary A. Putney




Sarnia Fit Out

04/16:
Crews remain busy fitting out the former USS boats in Sarnia. Saturday crews were painting the new names on the Calumet and Maumee. Smoke was seen coming from the Maumee's stack Saturday afternoon and the Calumet and Mississagi are in various stages of fit out.

The Mississagi and Maumee are expected to depart on their first trips during the week of April 23, the Calumet in early May. Painting of the vessels in Grand River Navigation/Lower Lakes Towing colors is expected to begin some time this week.

Pictures taken Saturday
Calumet at the Government Dock still showing the "Myron C. Taylor" name.
Bow view.
Looking forward on the Calumet.
Emergency steering on the stern.
Work in the cargo hold.
In side the classic pilot house.
Full size bath tub in the former passenger quarters.
Later that afternoon the name has been painted out on the Port side.
Starbord side bow is prepared for painting.
Close up.
"Myron C. Taylor" is painted out.
Her former identity covered.
Stern view.

"Maumee" is painted on the stern of the former Calcite II.
The letters are cut from large sheets of masking tape.
Another view.
The cut out letters are painted black.
Tape is removed.
"Maumee Cleveland OH." pained on the stern.
Former name painted out on bow.
New name is painted on.
Engine running on the Maumee.
View from the Mississagi.

Mississagi.
Mississagi name below the aft cabins. Former name "George A. Sloan" can be seen on the hatch crane on deck.
Wide view of the name on the pilot house.
Wheel in the pilot house of the Mississagi.
Builders name on top of a bollard on deck.
The stack still painted in "Tin Stackers" colors.
5 gallon cans of paint wait on deck.

Pictures taken Sunday by T. Parker
Mississagi upper bow is painted white.
Maumee is painted on the pilot house of the vessel.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Ford to Move

04/16:
The cement storage vessel J. B. Ford is expected to be towed from her dock in South Chicago to Superior, WI. in the next month. The vessel last sailed under its own power in 1985. New cement silos built by Lafarge Cement in South Chicago make the Ford's capacity extra.




CSL Laurentien Downbound

04/16:
The CSL Laurentien locked downbound through the Poe Lock at the Soo shortly after 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. The Laurentien must use the Poe Lock because her new length and beam are now too large for the MacArthur Lock. She is en route to an unknown port after loading her first cargo since being rebuilt at Port Weller Dry Docks over the past winter. She is carrying a grain cargo loaded at Cargill, Agricore and Saskatchewan Poll 7A in Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Craig Gammon




McKee Sons in Milwaukee

04/16:
The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible, under the command of Captain Pat Hart, arrived in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon with a load of salt. This is the first time the McKee Sons has been to Milwaukee since Grand River Navigation took over the operation of the barge.

McKee Sons arrives.
Stern view at the dock.
Captain Pat Hart looks down at the barge from the tug.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Federal Saguenay Grounds

04/16:
The Federal Saguenay was attempting to enter Hamilton Harbor Thursday morning in foggy conditions, when it grounded on a sandbar at the entrance to the Burlington Canal. The Hamilton Spectator reports that the ship remained aground for about five hours after which time it was refloated with the assistance of two Hamilton tugs. Although the visibility was poor at the time of the incident, a Transport Canada official said that low water levels were probably a factor.

The vessel then proceeded to Pier 23 to discharge. There was no reported damage to the vessel in the incident. The Federal Saguenay was expected to depart Hamilton for Duluth last night.




Reiss in Erie

04/16:
The Richard Reiss was in Erie unloading on Easter Sunday at the Old Ore Dock. She came in around 5:00 a.m. and departed around noon.

In other Erie news, it is rumored that the long idled carferry Viking 1, in Erie since October 1996, may soon be sold to a buyer who intends to put her in use on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The former restaurant Lansdowne is also rumored to be used as a restaurant and if this happens, the Viking will be moved to the West Slip and the Lansdowne moved where the Viking currently sits.

Reiss at dock.
The Reiss leaving
Close up of her stack. Note the Santa Claus behind it.
Stern View.
The Lansdowne. Vandalism to the vessel occurred while in Buffalo.
The Viking's bow.


Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




IVI Departs

04/16:
The IVI departed her dock Marinette, WI. Sunday after unloading a cargo of pig iron. She is heading upbound for Duluth where it is expected today to load a cargo of grain.

The Selvick tugs assisted her out of port and then headed back to their dock in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Pictures by Orrin Royce
Tug Carla Anne Under IVI's bow.
Carla Anne towing.
IVI departing.

Reported by: Scott Best, Dick Lund and Orrin Royce




New Coast Guard Cutter

04/16:
The newest Juniper class cutter built for the U.S. Coast Guard at Marinette Marine was moved to the launching ways on Friday. The Aspen will be launched on Saturday morning. After fit out she will be stationed in San Francisco, CA.

Pictures by Dick Lund and Orrin Royce
Aspen on the dock and the Cutter Maple in the water.
Close up of the Aspen.
Close up of the Maple.
Stern view of the Aspen.
Wide view.

Reported by: Scott Best, Dick Lund and Orrin Royce




Busy day in Detroit

04/16:
Friday was a busy day in Detroit on the Detroit River and River Rouge. The Earl W. Oglebay arrived in the River Rouge shortly after noon. Columbia Star was at Sterling Fuel and Departed upbound about 3:30 p.m. Upbound about 4:00 p.m. was the Joseph H. Frantz, which docked at Sterling Fuel shortly after the Columbia Star left. Downbound passing the J.W. Westcott at 4:30 p.m. was Interlake's Lee A. Tregurtha with a load of taconite bound for Rouge Steel. Upbound at 5:00 p.m. the Southdown conquest passed the Westcott Station.

Reported by: K. Nietering




Algosoo Visits

04/16:
The Algosoo arrived in the port of Goderich on Friday. The tugs Dover and Debbie Lynn assisting her into dock. She loaded a cargo of salt for Ogdensburg, New York where she is expected today.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Nanticoke in Prescott

04/16:
At 11:00 a.m. Saturday the Nanticoke was at the loading side of the Elevator in Prescott , Ont. She had arrived on Friday afternoon to load for an unknown destination.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Marquette Update

04/16:
It was very busy weekend for the ore dock at Marquette's upper harbor. Sunday the Capt. Henry Jackman and the Algomarine were both docked and the James R. Barker could be seen off in the distance heading into the upper harbor.

The Algosteel is scheduled to arrive this morning. With all the recent visits of Algoma Central vessels, it appears so far that rail service from the mines to Algoma's steel plant in Soo, Ont. has not affected vessel visits thus far. Currently, Algoma vessels have 40% of all vessel visits to Marquette so far this season.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw River News

04/16:
Easter Sunday was no holiday on the Saginaw River, with visits by three vessels to Saginaw area docks and a fourth to Essexville.

The Algoway arrived late Sunday morning with a load of potash for the Wirt dock in Saginaw, after lightering in Essexville. Just as the vessel was departing in the afternoon, the Cuyahoga was arriving at the Buena Vista dock, adjacent to the Wirt dock. The Cuyahoga departed Sunday evening.

The Saginaw entered the river early in the evening, going to the old General Motors dock in Saginaw. Both the outbound Algoway and Cuyahoga pulled into docks along the river to allow the inbound Saginaw to pass. Also visiting the Saginaw River on Sunday was the Frontenac, which arrived in the evening at the Essroc cement plant in Essexville.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

04/16:
Sunday was a quite day in the Port of Toledo. Crews on the Buckeye continue fitting the vessel out for the new season. The tug Mary E. Hannah and her barge are still awaiting orders. The next coal vessel will be the Canadian Progress due in Tuesday afternoon. The next ore boat will be the Armco due in Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lorain Update

04/16:
Lorain, Ohio's Lake Front pellet terminal remains busy. Vessels continue working the shuttle carrying pellets from Lorain to the LTV steel mill in Cleveland. The Wolverine and the American Republic were running the shuttle to Cleveland last week and the Fred R. White Jr. has been shuttling over the weekend.

The Middletown was in Friday and the Great Lakes Trader was in Sunday morning on what could be her first trip ever to Lorain. The Mesabi Miner is expected on Wednesday. All are carrying taconite from the upper lakes.

Reported by: Ned Gang and Barb Demko




Swap Meet

04/16:
The Welland Canal Ship Society will be having its annual swap meet on Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. The popular meet will be held at the Donut Works that is beside the Homer Bridge over the Welland Canal in St. Catharines. All are welcome and light refreshments will be available.

Reported by: Ralph Martens




Today in Great Lakes History - April 16

ALGOLAKE's sea trials were held April 16, 1977.

ALGOWOOD departed on her maiden voyage April 16, 1981 from Owen Sound, Ont. light for Stoneport, MI taking on stone there for Sarnia, Ont.

The BURNS HARBOR's keel was laid on April 16, 1979.

CEMENTKARRIER was launched April 16, 1930.

The W.K. BIXBY (c) SIDNEY E. SMITH, JR. (2) entered service on April 16, 1906.

On April 16, 1986 the WILLIAM A. IRVIN was sold for $110,000 to the Duluth Convention Center Board.

On 16 April 1870, the fore-and-aft schooner L. W. PERRY was launched at the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard in Port Huron. She was owned by J.L. Woods of Lexington, MI and commanded by Capt. M. Hyde. Her dimensions were 128' keel, 133' overall, 26' beam and 9' depth. She cost $29,000 and was built for the lumber trade.

On 16 April 1873, DAVID BALLENTINE (wooden propeller, 221', 972 gt) was launched at Bangor, Michigan. She was built by Thomas Boston.

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CSL Laurentien Loads First Cargo

04/15:
The CSL Laurentien arrived in Thunder Bay early Friday morning and went to load at Cargill Elevator. She later moved to Agricore and continued loading. The Laurentien then moved to Saskhuewan Pool 7a about 5:00 p.m. to finish loading. She departed Thunder Bay late Saturday night sailing downbound.

In other news, the Spar Opal was anchored outside the break wall waiting to enter after the CSL Laurentien departed. The Paterson was in port loading and was expected to move to UGG"A".

The saltie Federal Hudson is at Pascol Engineering for unknown repairs. Saturday crews appeared to be working in a forward cargo hold.

Pictures by Rob Farrow
CSL Laurentien loading her first cargo.
MAC Gagne at dock. The Gagne survives at the port as a sediment holding barge.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




IVI Unloading

04/15:
Saturday the IVI continued to unload its cargo of pig iron in Marinette, WI. After unloading the IVI will sail for Duluth where it is expected on Monday to load a cargo of grain.

IVI unloading at the crane ship William H. Donner.
Close up.
Crane on the Donner drop as load of pig iron to the dock.
Close up of the IVI.
Stern view of the IVI.

Reported by: Scott Best




Salties in Milwaukee

04/15:
The Federal Agno and the ISA shared slip #1 in the Port of Milwaukee Saturday. It is rare for two ships to be in this slip at the same time. The ISA was unloading steel while the Federal Agno was discharging "construction aggregates." Stone via foreign ships is very unusual here.

Unloading in Slip #1.
Federal Agno unloading stone.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Saginaw River News

04/15:
The Algoway arrived at the Saginaw River Front Range around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. She was heading for the North Star Dock in Essexville for a partial unload, then she was to proceed up to the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish unloading.

The tug Dorothy Ann and Barge Pathfinder arrived Saturday morning at the Bay Aggregates Dock. The vessel departed the dock early in the afternoon and was outbound shortly after 2:00 p.m.

The Coast Guard buoy tender Bramble was continuing to set navigational aids in the Saginaw Bay on Saturday. The Bramble reported that they finished work for the day about 1:40 p.m. due to increased winds.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Pathfinder unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

04/15:
The Algosteel finished loading coal at the CSX Dock about 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and departed. The Lee A. Tregurtha then shifted over from the #2 Dock and began loading coal. She was expected to depart later that afternoon.

The Federal St. Laurent arrived at the T.W.I. Dock to unload cargo.

The Buckeye is fitting out at the Torco Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains at the Hocking Valley Dock awaiting orders.

The next scheduled coal boats will be the Canadian Progress on Tuesday evening followed by the Algomarine on Friday afternoon.

The next schedule ore boats due in at the Torco Dock were the Reserve on Saturday evening followed by the Armco on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - April 15

CANADA MARQUIS was launched April 15, 1983.

SAM LAUD was christened April 15, 1975.

On April 15, 1977 the CONALLISON's self-unloading boom collapsed while unloading coal at the Detroit Edison Trenton, MI power plant in the Trenton Channel of the lower Detroit River.

The W.W. HOLLOWAY suffered a fire in the fantail while in dry dock following her re powering at AmShip on April 15, 1963 causing $15,000 damage.

J.P. MORGAN JR. left Lorain light April 15, 1910 on her maiden voyage to load iron ore at Duluth, MN.

The JOE S. MORROW entered service April 15, 1907.

JOHN P. REISS left Lorain on her maiden voyage April 15, 1910 with coal for Escanaba, MI. She was the first of three bulkers built in 1910 for Reiss interests.

The IMPERIAL COLLINGWOOD began service April 15, 1948. On April 15, 1955, the Detroit Edison (2) entered service, departing Manitowoc, Wisconsin for Port Inland, Michigan on her maiden trip.

On April 15, 1985, the William Clay Ford (2) (formerly Walter A. Sterling and presently Lee A. Tregurtha) departed Fraser Shipyards for the D. M. & I. R. ore docks in West Duluth for her first load in Ford Motor Company colors.

April 15, 1930 - While going up Manitowoc River to dry dock, the WABASH rubbed the parked steamer Theo Roosevelt and damaged her upper works forward.

On 15 April 1862, ELISHA C. BLISH (wooden propeller tug, 81', 107 t, built in 1857 at Black River, OH) sank near shore at Algonac, MI when a steam pump was accidentally left in an open position and she flooded. She was raised and lasted another two years when she "went missing" on Lake Huron.

On 15 April 1872, the Port Huron Daily Times announced that the HURON was chartered by a circus company for the season. They intended to perform at many Lake ports throughout the summer.

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Name Changes Announced

04/14:
Grand River Navigation has announced the new names of the former USS vessels purchased by the company on March 31.

The George A. Sloan will be renamed the Mississagi, Thursday crews were seen painting the name on the vessel in Sarnia's North Slip. The Myron C. Taylor will be renamed the Calumet, after the Calumet River in Chicago. The Calcite II will be renamed the Maumee, after the river in Toledo.

A small army of workers are busy fitting out the three vessels. The Mississagi and Maumee are expected to sail the week of April 23 and the Calumet shortly after. Each vessel will be painted in the Grand River/Lower Lakes Towing colors before they depart on the maiden voyage for their new owners.

Thursday Mississagi was painted on the pilothouse of the former Sloan. Friday crews were painted the name on the bow. The Calumet was moved to the Government Dock earlier in the week.

Crewman painting the new name on the Mississagi Thursday. T. Parker

Reported by: Grand River Navigation and Doug Schilz




Ohio Ports

04/14:
The James R Barker made a rare stop to load coal in Conneaut, OH. Friday. She was expected to arrive Thursday night but went to anchor to wait out the high winds. The Barker came in all the way to the coal dock bow first. It is rare to see a vessel come in bow first to load coal, normally they back to the dock. Because of her size, The Barker was unable to get far enough in the slip for the first coal rake to reach the hatches all the way at the stern.

While the Barker was maneuvering the Canadian Enterprise loaded coal and departed at 11:00 a.m. for the Lambton Power Station on the St. Clair River.

The Canadian Century was loading coal in Ashtabula at noon Friday, possibly for Lambton. In Lorain, the Middletown was unloading, while the Fred R White Jr. was loading for the LTV shuttle.

At 1:00 p.m. the American Mariner cleared the break wall in Cleveland after completing a leg of the LTV shuttle. She headed west on Lake Erie. The Richard Reiss arrived at the upper Osborne Dock in Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. The Fred R White, Jr. was expected at the Cleveland break wall at 7:15 pm.

Reported by: Mike Madigan




Bramble in Saginaw

04/14:
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble was working Aids to Navigation in the Saginaw Bay Friday afternoon. She tied up at the Consumers Energy Dock around 7:30 p.m. Friday. This is the area where the Coast Guard stores winter and summer Aids to Navigation.

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Saginaw River was working the Saginaw River, placing lighted summer buoys upriver using their Aids to Navigation/Utility craft #49422.

Bramble coming in from Saginaw Bay.
Bramble turning at front range.
Bramble docking next to stored Aids to Navigation.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Amherst Islander Saves The Day

04/14:
On Tuesday April 10, the residents of Howe Island were without ferry service due to shifting ice. Both cable ferrys were unable to move through large areas of shifting ice that floated free from nearby bays due to a change in wind direction.

The Amherst Islander, idle since February 2000, was pressed into service as an emergency icebreaker and the ferries returned to service by mid afternoon.

The Amherst Islander is the former ferry for Amherst Island on Lake Ontario. It is now served by the Frontenac II. The ferry Wolfe Islander III resumed service between Kingston and Marysville, Wolfe Island (the summer ferry terminal) on Friday.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Twin Ports Report

04/14:
April 13 marked the busiest day so far this season for the Twin Ports grain trade. Under skies that were finally clear, Pilica was loading at Cargill B1, Utviken was under the loading arm at AGP and, across the harbor in Superior, the bright red, brand new Federal Hunter could be seen loading at Peavey Connors Point. Another saltie, Black Swan, was anchored out on the lake waiting for a berth.

Canadian vessels dominate the Midwest Energy Terminal's loading schedule for the next few days. Canadian Transport was backing into the dock about 7:30 a.m. April 13. Algolake was due at the dock later in the day. The dock will remain busy this weekend, with Algobay due today and Paul J. Martin, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Oglebay Norton all due Sunday.

Following a couple days of strong winds and heavy rains, much of Duluth-Superior harbor is free of ice. The ice that remains generally is broken and scattered, with some large floating sheets of dark ice.

Reported by: Al Miller




South Chicago News

04/14:
The Saginaw made its first trip of the season to South Chicago Friday. The Saginaw unloaded stone at the Marblehead dock. The Joseph L. Block departed with coal from KCBX about 3:00 p.m. Chicago time.

Reported by: Gary Clark




Toledo Report

04/14:
Friday the Algosteel finished unloading cargo brought in from Thunder Bay, Ontario at the A.R.M.S. Dock and proceeded down river bound for the CSX Coal Docks to load a coal cargo. The John J. Boland arrived at the CSX Dock shortly after the Algosteel and will follow her loading coal.

The Russian tanker Leonid Utesov was able to depart Anderson's "K" Elevator Friday morning with the "G" tugs Illinois, and Louisiana handling the tow downriver. The tow proceeded to the T.W.I. Dock where the Utesov will have her mast re- installed before she will proceed to Montreal to load a vegetable oil cargo for overseas delivery.

The saltie Mini Ciba finished unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock and departed yesterday morning.

The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains at the Hocking Valley Dock awaiting orders. The research vessel Lake Guardian spent Thursday night at the CSX #2 Dock and departed Friday morning for an unknown destination.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Lee A. Tregurtha this morning followed by the Canadian Progress early Monday morning. The next scheduled ore boats for the Torco Docks will be the Reserve due in Saturday evening followed by the Armco on Monday evening.

There were no grain vessels in port at the time of this report.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal Update

04/14:
Below are photos of Traffic in the Welland Canal on Friday. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley and the tug Jane Ann IV departed the dry dock at Port Weller Dry Docks and returned to service. Both vessels shared the large dry dock for repairs.

Pictures by Jeff Thoreson
CSL Tadoussac at Port Weller Dry Docks.
Samuel Risley.
Jane Ann IV upbound. She was headed from Port Weller Dry Docks to her barge in Port Colborne.
Another view.
Barge Sarah Spencer in Port Colborne.
Sten view of the barge.
Tarantau being scrapped.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson and Bill Bird




Aerial Views

04/14:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over the Detroit River and St. Clair Rivers earlier in the month and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Oakglen on the St. Clair River.
Philip R. Clarke at Sterling Fuel.
Former USS boats in Sarnia.
Samuel Risley on the St. Clair River.
Indiana Harbor on the St. Clair River.
Algocen on Lake Erie.
Algocen Passing the Detroit River Light.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble.
EPA's Lake Guardian.
Pilot change on the North Challenge from the J.W. Westcott.
Tug John Spence and barge.
Columbia Star passing Amherstburg, ONT. in the lower Detroit River.
Columbia Star passing the Coast Guard base.
Mina Cebi on Lake Erie.




Today in Great Lakes History - April 14

On April 14, 1961 the FORT CHAMBLY departed Toronto, Ont. on her maiden voyage bound for the Canadian Lakehead.

The COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS sailed on her maiden voyage April 14, 1926 clearing Lorain for Toledo, OH to load coal.

The GLENEAGLES lost her self-unloading boom April 14, 1977 while unloading at the CSL stone dock at Humberstone, Ont.

On April 14, 1984, vessels around the Great Lakes were battling one of the worst season openers for ice in recent memory. The Ernest R. Breech (now Kinsman Independent) and the Herbert C. Jackson spent the entire day battling ice off the Duluth entry, while the St. Clair River was choked with ice.

On 14 April 1873, the Port Huron Daily Times gave the following report of shipbuilding work going on in Port Huron: "Mr. Fitzgerald is up to his eyes in business with a large barge in process of construction and a good sized schooner still on the stocks. Mr. Thomas Dunford has in hand the repairs of the large scow T. S. SKINNER and she is being rapidly healed of the damage done to her in the collision with the INTERNATIONAL last Fall. At Muir's yard the [schooner] canaler on the stocks is rapidly approaching completion. At the [Port Huron] Dry Dock Company's yard, they are busy as bees docking and repairing vessels and work upon the new tug for Moffat & Sons is [being] pushed ahead very rapidly." Unfortunately, later that year the "Panic of 1873" struck and all shipyard work was stopped while the country tried to recover from that economic depression.

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LTV to close Cleveland Mill

04/13:
LTV will close one of its two Cleveland mills on June 14 eliminate 900 jobs as the struggling steel maker tries to turn a profit.

Permanently closed will be the Direct Hot Charge Complex (DHCC) and the associated C-1 blast furnace, located on the West Side of the Cleveland Works. The DHCC, which has an annual raw steel capacity of about 2 million tons, consists of a basic oxygen furnace steelmaking shop, a continuous slab caster and hot strip mill.

The West Side plant has building dating to 1912 and is reported to cost as much as $500,000 in daily losses. The West Side plant makes low-priced commodity steel which is the most vulnerable to foreign competition, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The impact of the closing on Great Lakes shipping is unknown at this time, the LTV complex is served by lakers from the American Steamship Company, Oglebay Norton and other fleets.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Mike Delaney




Hoyt to Sit out 2001

04/13:
The Elton Hoyt 2nd was expected to begin fit out in the next week and prepare her to sail in late April. Yesterday crews were notified of a change in plans and the Hoyt will remain in lay-up for the season. It is unknown if LTV's announcement yesterday had anything to do with this decision.

Reported by: Rob Kennedy




Storm System Brings High Winds

04/13:
High winds through out the Great Lakes caused delays Thursday. A strong low pressure center over Lake Superior was move northeast trailing a cold front extending to lower Lake Michigan. Gale warnings were up from Lake Superior to Lake Erie.

The Edgar B. Speer was traveling on northern Lake Michigan near the Straits of Mackinac and reported a wind speed of 60 miles per hour. On Southern Lake Michigan the Oglebay Norton reported winds clocked at 56 mph. The James R. Barker measured a wind speed of 38 miles per hour on eastern Lake Eire. On Lake Ontario the Canadian Prospector reported winds at 45 mph. The Port of Cleveland was closed Thursday afternoon to all commercial traffic as winds of 45-50 mph made it too dangerous for vessels to move in the Cuyahoga River.

In the St. Clair River, the Paterson was turned away the fuel dock due to the high winds. Other vessel chose to remain at their docks or go to anchor and wait for the winds to calm.

Early Thursday morning the storm system had produced storm force winds over Lake Erie. The powerful westerly winds and tight pressure gradient caused the water to pile up over the eastern end of Lake Erie with lake levels just over 10 feet at sunrise, according to the National Weather Service. The winds diminished through out the day and lake levels returned to near normal on the eastern end of the lake but caused water levels to rise on the western end of the lake.

Wednesday afternoon the National Weather Service reported that the water level at Toledo was at 68 inches above chart datum or 36 inches above the recent average. The water level was expected to remain close to this level until about 6:00 p.m. and then begin falling as the wind continues to diminish.

Reported by: Mike Flint




St. Joe-Benton Harbor troubled by low water

04/13:
Great Lakes freighters will have difficulty navigating the St. Joseph River Harbor this year unless money can be found for dredging, officials say. The latest reminder of how far water levels have fallen in the harbor came April 8 when the freighter Buffalo was slowed by a sand bar off the North Pier, then churned mud in the inner harbor water to deliver a load of limestone. To reach the Consumers Asphalt Co. dock on the Benton Harbor side of the harbor, the boat first had to unload 3,000 tons of its 15,000-ton cargo at McCoy Docking on Marina Island.

Local officials and businesses have appealed to U.S. Rep. Fred Upton's office for help. An Army Corps of Engineers survey crew was investigating water depth this week. Although no money is budgeted for inner harbor dredging this year, the government might make emergency funds available. The Army Corps pays for outer harbor dredging annually. That work will take place this spring and will pare down the sand bar off the North Pier that hindered the Buffalo. But outer harbor dredging covers only the section from the pier ends upstream to the Lake Michigan shoreline. The inner harbor, including the turning basin to the Bicentennial Bridge, is dredged infrequently, primarily because of limited space to store soil after removal.

Reported by: Erdean Kelly and Al Miller




Gemini Waits

04/13:
It was a rough day on the Saginaw River Thursday. With wind gusts out of the South in excess of 40 mph, The river dropped from the -5 to -9 inches below chart datum it has been running this year to more than -32 inches below chart datum. A drop in river depth of more than two feet.

The tanker Gemini, who unloaded at the Ashland/Marathon Dock late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning was unable to depart at daylight as planned due to the weather. She has now stated she will depart Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. weather permitting.

Wide view at the dock Thursday morning.
Gemini at the dock. In this image the receding water level can be seen. This is the dock where the tanker Jupiter exploded and burned in 1990.
Gemini Close up.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Clarke Returns to Erie

04/13:
The Phillip R. Clarke was back in Erie Thursday with another salt cargo for the Mounfort Terminal. The cargo was loaded in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. She gave a 45-minute security call around 2:00 p.m. but did not arrive until about 3:15 p.m. due to strong winds. She had no estimated time of departure, her next destination is Calcite, MI. Saturday.

Clarke arrives.
Stern View.
Turning to Dock.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




English River Opens Buffalo

04/13:
The English River was the first boat to enter Buffalo Harbor for the 2001 season on Thursday morning. She went up the Buffalo River backwards with the tugs Mississippi and New Jersey around 4:00 a.m. and spent the day unloading cement at the Ohio St. Lafarge Plant. She was due to depart some time last night. High winds may delay her departure.

The North Challenge experienced engine intake problems at 8:00 p.m. Thursday when she ran into ice after departing the Welland Canal at Port Colborne. She was expected to spend about a half hour clearing the intakes before continuing up Lake Erie.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon was breaking ice in the area and was expected to work track maintenance off Point Abino, half way between Buffalo and the Welland Canal before stopping out on the lake for the night. The Griffon will then escort the English River out of Buffalo early this morning.

English River unloading at the dock last season.
Close up.
On deck.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




IVI Enters Marinette

04/13:
The IVI reached Marinette, WI. Thursday afternoon and is docked along side the William H. Donner unloading its cargo of pig iron. The saltie lightened its cargo in Chicago in order to enter the river that is affected by low water levels. Last night only one of the cranes on the Donner was operating, this could delay the IVI's unloading time.

She is expected to remain in Marinette for a few days while unloading, the Selvick tugs are tied up by the K&K wharehouse dock. The Catharine Desgagnes departed Wednesday.

Pictures by Orrin Royce
Catherine turning alongside Donner.
Catherine Desgagnes departing.
Tug Carla Anne Selvick and the anchored IVI.
IVI and William H. Donner below the bridge at Marinette Fuel dock.

Reported by: Scott Best and Orrin Royce




Marquette Update

04/13:
Marquette's upper harbor continues to remain busy. Wednesday the Lee Tregurtha arrived for its second visit of the year delivering a load of coal for Wisconsin Electric. Also arriving was the John B. Aird who continues to make the short shuttle run between Marquette and Soo, Ont. With her arrival, she now has six visits this season to Marquette and leads all vessels with the number of visits to Marquette.

Early Thursday morning the Charles M. Beeghly pulled into the ore dock for its first visit. Vessel traffic was expected to be slowed as the low pressure system moved across the region bringing dense fog, high winds, and heavy rain with thunderstorms.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Thunder Bay News

04/13:
The Algoville arrived Wednesday as did the Federal Fraser, Daviken and the Lady Hamilton. All were busy loading on Thursday. The saltie Fosses was at Saskatchewan 7b and the Canadian Miner showed up Thursday evening and went into Saskatchewan 7a.

The Algoway left its winter lay-up dock on Monday and loaded at UGG "A" and Valley Camp. She was ready to leave Wednesday morning but decided to wait out the weather behind Thunder Cape. The forecast for the last few days has been heavy rain and gale force winds. Thursday evening she was still anchor. The Algorail left her winter berth on Tuesday and proceeded to Valley Camp to load. She left the dock last night and appeared to be joining the Algoway anchored out in the bay.

Pictures by Rob Farrow
Algocape the first arrival of 2001, loading at Agricore.
Barge Sarah Spencer with tug Jane Ann IV breaking ice. Loading at Saskatchewan 7a, second boat of 2001.
Lake Superior, first saltie arriving UGG"H".
Canadian Prospector - loading at Richardson's.
Windoc loading at Saskatchewan 7a for her first trip down of 2001.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Toledo Report

04/13:
Thursday the tug Karen Andrie with her barge had departed the CSX #2 Docks and has returned to service. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains at the Hocking Valley Docks awaiting orders.

The Russian tanker Leonid Utesov has finished unloading her liquid fertilizer cargo at Anderson's "K" Elevator but remained at the dock due to strong gale force westerly winds. It was unknown when she would depart. When she does get underway she will be towed by Great Lakes Towing Company tugs to the T.W.I. Dock to have one of her masts re-installed. Once that is completed she will then proceed to Montreal to load a vegetable oil cargo for overseas delivery.

The Buckeye is fitting out at the Torco Dock and is scheduled to sail late next week.

At the time of this report there are no coal, grain, or ore vessels at this port. The next scheduled coal boats due in Friday morning at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel, and John J. Boland, followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday morning and the Canadian Progress on Sunday morning.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco dock will be the Reserve on Friday evening followed by the Armco on Monday evening.

With gale warnings posted on all of the Great Lakes due to strong westerly winds, weather delays will most likely be encountered by the vessels that are expected in port.

There was an unknown saltie (possibly "Mini Cibi") unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Docks.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

04/13:
The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible arrived Wednesday and unloaded at Ontario 4. The pair then moved to the Salt Dock and departed around noon for Milwaukee. The Isolda came in for 24W at 9:30 a.m. The Stephen B. Roman came in overnight Wednesday for Essroc and was supposed to depart about noon.

Pictures by TZ
Mckee Sons at the Salt Dock.
Close up of the tug Invincible in the barge's notch.
Stephen B. Roman at dock.
Isolda arrives.
At dock.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Seaway East Update

04/13:
The tug John Spence and the McAsphalt 401 barge tied up at the Cape Vincent breakwall late Thursday afternoon due to weather conditions on Lake Ontario. Early that morning the Canadian prospector reported a heavy rainstorm, off Sodus, N.Y., with winds of 45 knots. The Spence expects to be at Cape Vincent until some time this morning, at least.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Fleet in Cleveland

04/13:
Below are images from Cleveland last week when Lower Lake Towing and Grand River Navigation had their sailing fleet all in the Cuyahoga River

Cuyahoga passing the Saginaw.
McKee Sons passing.
Stern view heading out to the lake.
Cuyahoga in the Toledo ship yard dry dock.

Reported by: C. Parker




Today in Great Lakes History - April 13

The RICHARD REISS lost her boom April 13, 1994 when it collapsed at Fairport, OH.

The GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (2) struck a shoal in Whitefish Bay, near Gros Cap, April 13, 1956, when forced off channel in a shifting ice pack, and nearly sank.

On 13 April 1872, the wooden schooner-barge JOSEPH PAIGE was launched at the Wolf & Davidson yard in Milwaukee. Her dimensions were 190' x 32' x 12', 626 gt.

The passenger/package freight vessel OCEAN was launched at Andrews & Sons shipyard in Port Dalhousie, Ontario on 13 April 1872. She was placed in service on 27 April 1872, loading iron at Kingston for Chicago.

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First Vessel for Marinette

04/12:
The First ship of the season arrived in the Lake Michigan port of Marinette, WI. Wednesday and its was not the IVI. The Catherine Desgagnes arrived with a cargo of pig iron at Marinette Fuel and Dock.

Two days ago the saltie IVI attempted to enter the river she got stuck on a sandbar at the mouth of the river. She gave up trying to enter and was heading to Chicago to lighten before she heads back to try again. An unusual start to the season in Menominee and Marinette.

Reported by: Scott Best




Iron nuggets could be shipped by boat

04/12:
Iron nuggets that someday may be made from Minnesota taconite could be shipped by boat, officials say.

"We're fairly sure that iron nuggets are going to move in a manner than would be transparent between nuggets and taconite pellets,'' Larry Lehtinen, president of Mesabi Nugget Corp., told the Duluth News Tribune. "You probably couldn't load the boat up as full, but they should be able to load and unload similarly.''

Mesabi Nugget is a newly formed company that plans to develop the world's first commercial iron nugget plant. The $70 million, 300,000-ton-per-year iron plant could be operating in the fall of 2004 at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. Adding more "modules" eventually could boost production to 2 million tons a year.

Shipping iron nuggets across the Great Lakes or transporting them by rail or truck will remain much the same, but some alterations probably would be necessary, said shipping officials.

Iron nuggets weigh about 350 pounds per cubic foot, compared to about 130 pounds per cubic foot for taconite pellets.

Equipment that currently loads and unloads taconite pellets could be used for iron nugget transportation, James Skinner, supervisor of marine operations for Great Lakes Fleet Inc., told the newspaper.

To handle the increased density and smaller size of the nuggets, conveyor belts carrying nuggets would likely have to be equipped with tighter-fitting skirts to prevent spillage or larger horsepower motors.

Great Lakes vessels, though differing in size, would likely haul smaller tonnages of nuggets.

"There's no problem in shipping it,'' said Skinner. "But with the density, we could only haul so much because of the (low) water levels. Because there would be a higher price paid for it, the costs (of shipping) might actually improve.''

Mesabi Nugget would likely ship about 10 boatloads of nuggets per year at about 24,000 to 25,000 tons per shipment, Lehtinen said.

Kobe Steel Ltd., Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, Mesabi Nugget and one other unnamed domestic steelmaker are potential equity partners in the proposed project. The nuggets, containing about 97 percent iron, would sell for about $148 per metric ton. Taconite pellets, which contain about 65 percent iron, sell for about $35 a ton.

The nuggets would be sold to electric furnace operators that produce steel from scrap, integrated steel producers or foundries. Kobe Steel has developed and owns rights to the Itmk3 process that forms the nuggets.

Reported by: Al Miller




Soo Locks

04/12:
The Black Swan was halfway into the MacArthur Lock Wednesday when it began having difficulty moving due to the ice in the chamber. A Great Lakes tug was assisting the vessel into the lock at the time and was standing by. Flushing the lock was tried, but it took flushing and the ship's engine power to back the salty enough to move most of the ice out of the lock. When cleared, the salty was able to reenter the Mac upbound.

The Canadian Transfer was next to lock down and the MacArthur lock got its first downbound ship of the season. The lockmaster officially called the Canadian Transfer as the first to use the Mac Lock downbound.

The USACE tug Fredrick and barge were lifting timbers off the west side of the Poe Lock Wednesday evening putting both locks back in service. After the huge cranes were lifted off the grassy area between the Mac and Poe Tuesday, all that was left was planking and timbers.

The remodeling and work on the administration building located between the MacArthur and Poe Locks is expected to be finished next week. The lockmasters tower was being remodeled leaving the lockmaster and staff in temporary quarters.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Barge to Return to Service

04/12:
The National Post reported Monday that the Irving Whale, a barge raised from the Gulf of St. Lawrence five years ago after sinking in 1970 while carrying 7,250 kgs of pcb laced oil, will sail again under a new name. The 269-foot barge is being refitted in Nova Scotia, for use as a deck barge to transport wood chips and will be renamed the ATL 2701. The barge was refloated in 1996 and the remaining oil in its tanks was removed.

Reported by: David Bowie




Clarke Visits Erie

04/12:
The Phillip R. Clarke was in Erie early Wednesday, unloading salt at the Mounfort Terminal. She finished unloading and departing around 8:00 a.m. She brought the cargo from Fairport about 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and arrived in Erie by 1:00 a.m. The Clarke and the J.S. St. John passed port to port as the St. John went out to suck sand and the Clarke turned in the bay to depart.

Bow view.
Close up.
Stern view.
Close up of Clarke's stern.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Buffalo Mill to Close

04/12:
Buffalo will loose 70 jobs and 2.85 million pounds of daily flour milling capacity when ConAgra closes its Childs Street Plant in June of this year. Company officials have stated that the 1925 built mill is too old and inefficient to compete in today's market place. The plant is located at the Child's Street bend in the Buffalo River and is supplied with grain by the attached Lake and Rail Elevator. ConAgra bought the complex from International Multifoods about 13 years ago.

This will leave the ADM Standard and the General Mills Frontier as the last active elevators in a city that once had an entire waterfront based on the grain industry. The state has offered proposals for low cost power and plant upgrades but at this time it appears to be too late.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Twin Ports Report

04/12:
Traffic in the Twin Ports is starting to pick up with the arrival of more salties to load grain. On April 11, Federal Hunter was tied up at the Duluth port terminal waiting to move to Peavey Connors Point; Nogat was at Cenex Harvest States No. 1 waiting for the rain to quit so it could load; Utviken was expected to arrive for AGP; and Pilica was expected to arrive for Cargill B1.

Cason J. Callaway, which spent the winter at Fraser Shipyards in Superior receiving automated engine controls and undergoing boiler refurbishing, is now listed as departing April 19 or 20 by the Canal Park Maritime Visitors Center.

American Mariner remained tied up at the Duluth port terminal through the morning of April 11. Apparently it was waiting for Burns Harbor to load at BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

04/12:
Marquette's upper harbor had a busy day Tuesday with the arrival of two vessels. The John B. Aird continues to shuttle between Soo, Ont and Marquette and made its second trip of the week. Last season the Canadian Transfer made over 100 trips back and forth on the shuttle.

Also visiting Tuesday and making its first appearance in Marquette was the Herbert C. Jackson. The Jackson is the second vessel from the Lakes shipping company to arrive in Marquette for a load of ore. The first was the Lee Tregurtha that visited last week. The John Aird is due back into Marquette late Wednesday night.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw River News

04/12:
The Sam Laud entered the river early Wednesday morning on her second visit this week. The vessel was outbound on the river late in the afternoon. She unloaded at the Saginaw Asphalt Dock in Saginaw.

The tanker Gemini arrived at the Marathon/Ashland Dock in Bay City at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. They anticipated about 18 hours to off load, but will probably depart after first light.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

04/12:
The Algomarine finished loading coal at the CSX Dock Wednesday morning and departed. The next scheduled coal boats due in will be the Algosteel followed by the John J. Boland on Friday morning and the Lee A. Tregurtha will be due in Saturday afternoon.

The Armco was at the Torco dock unloading ore and was expected to depart in the early evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in will be the Reserve on Friday evening followed by the Armco on Monday evening.

The tug Karen Andrie with her barge A-397 remain at the CSX #2 Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains at the Hocking Valley Dock awaiting orders.

The Russian tanker Leonid Utesov was at Anderson's "K" Elevator unloading liquid fertilizer. When the Utesov is finished unloading she will then proceed to Montreal to load vegetable oil for overseas delivery.

The Buckeye was at the Torco Dock fitting out.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - April 12

NANCY ORR GAUCHER was launched April 12, 1967 as the a) LANA.

Fuel Tanker LAKESHELL (3) was launched April 12, 1969.

The A.A AUGUSTUS departed Cleveland on her maiden voyage April 12, 1910 bound for Green Bay, WI with a load of coal.

HUDSON TRANSPORT was launched April 12, 1962.

On April 12, 1955 while upbound from Monroe, MI to load iron ore at Duluth, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES had the honor of opening the second century of navigation through the St. Marys Falls Ship Canal that was celebrated with great pomp and ceremony.

On 12 April 1880, the wooden 2-mast schooner-barge JUPITER was launched at Marysville, MI after being rebuilt under the supervision of James Bowers. She was originally built in 1857 at Irving, NY and after this rebuild, she lasted another 21 years.

On 12 April 1892, UGANDA (wooden propeller, 291', 2053 gt) was launched at W. bay City, Michigan at F. W. Wheeler's yard (hull #88).

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CSL Laurentien Upbound

04/11:
The CSL Laurentien was upbound in the Detroit River early this morning on her first trip. She was expected at the Crib Light in Lake St. Clair about 2:30 a.m. The Laurentien is sailing to Thunder Bay to load her first cargo. She should pass through the Soo Locks tonight and arrive in Thunder Bay on Wednesday.

The Laurentien cleared Port Weller Monday afernoon and headed into Lock 1 from Wharf 2, where last minute work was completed after her sea trials. The traditional dressing up of the vessel to indicate her maiden voyage added some color to the passage.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls and Barry Andersen




White Stops for Repairs

04/11:
The Fred R White was docked at the Carbide Dock in Sault Ste Marie for most of the day Tuesday as crews inspected damage to her hull. The damage from an unknown source was reported to be an 8-inch hole in a ballast tank just above the water line. No other details were available at the time of this report.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Brian Kloosterman




Elton Hoyt 2nd to sail

04/11:
Crews are expected to begin reporting back aboard the Elton Hoyt 2nd in the next week and prepare her to sail on April 28. This is a surprise fit-out for the vessel as she was expected to remain in lay-up this season. It is unknown how long the vessel will stay out.

Reported by: Rob Kennedy




State trooper saves wayward tour boat

04/11:
A Minnesota state trooper is being credited with saving a Duluth tour vessel from damage after he used car-towing straps to prevent it from drifting away from its dock.

Duluth police received an anonymous tip about 10:15 p.m. April 8 that the tour boat Vista King had been set adrift from its moorings behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Changing winds were alternately pushing the 72-foot vessel into the harbor basin and then back close to the dock.

Trooper Michael LeDoux arrived at the scene to assist. Duluth police said LeDoux took from his trunk some nylon straps with metal hooks that he uses to tow cars. Throwing the straps over the Vista King's railing, he managed to hook the vessel and tie it to a post, which bent but held. Police and Vista Fleet officials credited LeDoux with preventing almost certain damage to the vessel.

Vandals are suspected of having released the vessel, which was well secured with numerous mooring lines. Vista Fleet officials noted that releasing a vessel carries a federal civil penalty of $10,000.

Reported by: Al Miller




IVI Sails for Chicago

04/11:
Monday night when the IVI attempted to enter the Menominee River, it appears that they touched the soft sandy bottom according to the owner of Marinette Fuel and Dock. This season the river is five inches lower than last year and Monday the river was down an additional six inches, almost a foot total.

Crews planned to bring the IVI into port once water levels rose and the wind died down. Tuesday about 4:00 p.m. the IVI picked up anchor and headed for Chicago, it appears she will lighten there before attempting to re-enter the river..

The tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick departed Marinette Fuel dock about 3:30 p.m. after spending the day there.

The area where the IVI got stuck is closer to the lighthouse than where the Millennium Eagle grounded in November 1999.

Also in port Tuesday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple went out into the Bay for the first time to conduct sea trials.

IVI at anchor.
USCG Maple outbound.
Maple heads out to the lake.
Tugs dock near the William H. Donner.

Reported by: Scott Best




Barker Departs

04/11:
The Kaye E. Barker departed he lay-up dock at Rouge Steel in Detroit late Tuesday night. She is sailing upbound after an extended winter lay-up.

Reported by: Michael Nicholls




Reiss Sails

04/11:
The Richard Reiss departed Erie, PA. on her first trip of the 2001 season Tuesday about 5:00 pm. She is believed to be headed to Marblehead, Ohio to load for Erie.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




March Coal Totals Are A Mixed Bag

04/11:
The first coal totals of the young navigation season show mixed results. Shipments of low-sulfur coal from Superior Midwest Energy Terminal totaled 414,705 net tons, a decrease of 165,000 tons. Coal loadings at the KCBX terminal in South Chicago totaled 86,586 net tons. Last year, KCBX did not ship its first coal cargo until April.

Coal shipments from Lake Erie ports declined 20 percent to 950,000 tons. The decline was not unexpected. In 2000, the Lake Erie coal trade resumed on March 3; this year, the first coal cargo was not loaded until March 17.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

04/11:
John G. Munson and Arthur M. Anderson are both due in Duluth on April 11. The Munson will unload stone at the DMIR ore dock then load pellets for Conneaut. Anderson will unload stone, then proceed to Two Harbors on the 12th to load pellets for Conneaut. However, severe weather predicted for Wednesday could alter their schedules.

Both DMIR docks have settled into a steady pace of vessels, including some infrequent callers. During the remainder of this week, DMIR in Two Harbors will load Roger Blough, Arthur M. Anderson, Edwin H. Gott and Presque Isle. St. Clair is scheduled to make a rare call there April 12. In Duluth, Columbia Star is scheduled for one of its infrequent visits on April 15. Regular-caller Frontenac is due again April 17.

With the departure last weekend of Adam E. Cornelius, only two vessels remain from the Twin Ports lay-up fleet. Cason J. Callaway remains in Fraser Shipyard with a fresh paint job and, apparently, engine room and boiler work continuing. Elton Hoyt II remains at the berth used for long-term lay-ups.

American Mariner made one of its occasional visits to the Twin Ports on April 10 to deliver stone up the St. Louis River at Reiss Inland dock. By late afternoon the vessel was tied up at the Duluth port terminal, likely waiting for George A. Stinson to clear the BNSF ore dock.

A corpse found washed ashore on Duluth's Minnesota Point is being examined to determine whether it may be the remains of a Polish sailor who disappeared last fall from a saltie docked in the Twin Ports, a local television station reported April 10. The sailor left the ship to make a phone call and never returned. He left all his possessions in his cabin.

Reported by: Al Miller




Soo News

04/11:
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Katmai Bay and Buckthorn were working in the St. Marys River Tuesday. They were replacing Aids to Navigation and maintaining ice patrols. The Corp of Engineers tug and crane barge worked on the ice boom at Mission Point .

Traffic in the MacArthur Lock is restricted to upbound vessels only.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Owen Sound Update

04/11:
Monday the Agawa Canyon departed her lay-up dock in the harbor and sailed to Calcite, MI. to load for Sarnia.

This leaves the Chi Cheemaun and Mapleglen in winter lay-up. Work on the Mapleglen appears to be quiet from the outside, indications are that she will be out by the end of the month.

The carferry Chi Cheemaun has received a new paint scheme. A series of three narrow tapered dark blue to faded blue (towards rear) stripes above three similar light blue stripes now occupy the area where the ONTC color bands were. The stack is two tone blue and as of yet no identifying symbol appears but considering as they are still painting.

Reported by: Peter Bowers




Saginaw River News

04/11:
The Cuyahoga was upbound in the Saginaw River passing the Independence Bridge at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. She was headed to Saginaw, but it is unknown which dock. She was outbound the river Tuesday night passing the Front Range around 9:30 p.m.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

04/11:
The Canadian Century finished loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed Tuesday morning. The next scheduled coal boats will be the CSL Niagara followed by the Algomarine today.

The Buckeye remains at the Torco Dock and is fitting out and should be out sailing around 20 April. The tug Karen Andrie with her barge A-397 remains at the CSX #2 Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains at the Hocking Valley Dock awaiting orders.

The Russian saltwater vessel Leonid Utesov arrived at the T.W.I. Dock Tuesday morning. She is the first overseas vessel to open the port and official welcome ceremonies were held aboard the vessel by City and Port Authority officials. She departed the T.W.I. Dock around 6:00 p.m. under tow of the G tugs Illinois, and Louisiana and proceeded upbound the Maumee River bound for Andersons "K" Elevator to unload her liquid fertilizer cargo.

At the time of this report there are no grain or ore vessels in port. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algosteel, followed by the John J. Boland on Friday and the Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco due in Wednesday afternoon followed by the Reserve on Friday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Help Wanted

04/11:
Grand River Navigation is now accepting applications for permanent positions aboard Great Lakes self-unloaders. We are filling positions for 1st and 2nd Assistant Engineers, unlimited horsepower. For more information or to receive an application please contact Grand River Navigation at 517-734-8555 or click here to e-mail (employment inquires Only)




Unique Welland Canal Information Booklet Available

04/11:
For the first time, tourists and Niagara residents visiting the Welland Canal this year will have printed information available to answer their questions regarding the world famous waterway and its operations.

A unique 16-page booklet is now available to answer 27 questions that are regularly asked by many of the million or more annual canal visitors. From trivia to the unique engineering data extending along the 43-kilometer route from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, "Q & A" reveals Canal information that until now was not widely known. Copies will be available at $2 each at Canal Tourist Centers.

Margery Ritchie of Thorold, who has served as a volunteer guide at the St. Catharines Lock 3 Welland Canal Centre for more than 10 years, has researched and compiled the information/education report based on her extensive experience answering the most frequently asked questions posed by visitors. Canal historians have also contributed.

Sponsored by the Niagara Marine Group, representing Niagara's major marine industry, in association with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, "Questions and Answers" has been published and distributed by the Welland Canals Foundation, a volunteer not-for-profit organization.

"This new booklet is a valuable contribution to public understanding of this great engineering feat, the Welland Canal", said Tim Dool, Executive Vice President, Algoma Central Corporation and Chair, Niagara Marine Group. "It will be useful for students, those in the marine industry and our many visitors, and we congratulate the Welland Canals Foundation".

The sponsoring Niagara Marine Group will distribute the booklet through schools, libraries, and museums. Members are: Algoma Central Marine Corporation, Canada Steamship Lines, Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering, Canal Marine, Fraser Ship Repair, Latcham Marine Services, Millen Marine & Industrial Supply Ltd., Port Weller Dry Docks, Seaway Marine Transport, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Upper Lakes Group Inc.

The attractive pocket size publication, featuring a colorful image of the famed flight locks and a downbound SeawayMax self-unloader, was formally launched March 23, when the Canal's 173rd season got underway at St. Catharines and Port Colborne.




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Today in Great Lakes History - April 11

IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR entered service on April 11, 1974 light for Montreal, Que.

The J.W. McGIFFIN was christened at Collingwood on April 11, 1972.

The PHILIP D. BLOCK sailed on her maiden voyage April 11, 1925 with coal from Huron, OH bound for delivery at Indiana Harbor, IN.

The A.E. NETTLETON was launched April 11, 1908.

On April 11, 1970 in Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay the STADACONA (3) encountered thick ice and suffered bow damage. She developed a hairline crack in her bow and to alleviate the leakage her cargo was shifted from her forward hold to her after compartments with her self-unloading equipment. This maneuver raised her bow enough to keep her from sinking before she reached safety.

ENDERS M. VOORHEES was launched April 11, 1942 .

On April 11, 1964 while upbound on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, a boiler burst on board the WILLIAM A. IRVIN killing one of the crew and injuring two others.

April 11, 1948 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 7 ran aground just south of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

On 11 April 1874, the new tug E.H. MILLER burned at her dock at Willow Island in the Saginaw River. Her loss was valued at $9,000 and there was no insurance. Although considered to be a total loss, she was rebuilt and lasted another 46 years.

On 11 April 1878, ALASKA, a wooden bulk freighter, was launched at J. P. Clark's yard in Detroit. Her dimensions were 180' overall, 28' beam, and 10' depth.

The navigation season at the Canadian Sault Canal was unofficially opened at 7:15 AM, 11 April 1955, when the MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246', 1558 gc, built in 1903 at Buffalo, NY as J. S. KEEFE) locked up bound for the Algoma Steel dock. Because the MANZZUTTI wintered over at the Soo, its Captain, John B. Perry, was not eligible for the traditional top hat and silk gloves presented to the first captain through the locks. So this was not the official opening of navigation at the Soo. The first boat through the American locks was expected the following day.

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IVI Arrives

04/10:
The saltie IVI arrived off Menominee, MI. in Lake Michigan Monday evening. She attempted to enter the Menominee River with the assistance of the tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick. A strong north east wind had been blowing all day, the IVI would get close to being lined up to the channel and then get blown out again. The powerful tugs were able to maneuver her but the wind was too much to enter the break wall. After about two hours of battling the wind and strong current, it was decided to have the IVI go to anchor until morning when either another tug can help assist or the winds will have died down enough to get into the channel. The tugs are docked behind the William H Donner while the IVI is anchored in the bay.

The IVI is carrying a cargo of pig Iron.

Tugs working with the IVI.
Working off the lighthouse.
Tug Jimmy L. working on the bow.

Reported by: Scott Best




Thousand Footers in the Twin Ports

04/10:
The Twin Ports were busy with 1,000-footers on April 9. Stewart J. Cort spent the morning loading at BNSF ore dock. Once it cleared in early afternoon, George A. Stinson was expected to move into the dock. Also in Superior, Indiana Harbor was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal while across the bay in Duluth, Oglebay Norton was loading taconite pellets at the DMIR ore dock.

Reported by: Al Miller




Lake Guardian Sails

04/10:
The EPA research vessel Lake Guardian began her spring cruise by sailing from Milwaukee on April 5. The Guardian became icebound in the Green Bay/Sturgeon Bay area on Sunday and had to be freed by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay. The Guardian is the EPA's largest research vessel and sails the Great Lakes obtaining samples and information on the waters and sediments across the lakes.

Reported by: Ted Amling




Saginaw River News

04/10:
The David Z. Norton proceeded up to the Wirt Stone Dock at Saginaw overnight from Bay City to finish unloading. The vessel departed the dock shortly after 9:00 a.m. Monday and was outbound after turning. This is the Norton's second visit to the Saginaw River since Saturday.

The Sam Laud passed the Front Range at 11:50 a.m. Monday, going to the Bay Aggregates dock.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

04/10:
Expected to leave Quebec City Monday afternoon or evening was the chemical tanker North Challenge for the Great Lakes. She will be on her first visit.

Dorothea, the first foreign-flag saltie to transit the Seaway this year was also the first one to return from the lakes late Sunday. She has a load of corn.

The recently acquired McKeil Marine tanker Ralph Tucker ,ex Algoscotia sailed up the St. Lawrence River for the first time on April 7 heading for Quebec City. She took a cargo for delivery at Sept-Iles where she was expected Monday.

Another recently renamed tanker, the Sichem Sif is expected downbound in the Seaway today. She is the former Malene Sif renamed at Clarkson, Ont. on March 31.

Her duty as a "movie star" over, Cecilia Desgagnés had her temporary name of Lady Panama painted out Sunday and she shifted back to section 56N where she had wintered. Monday morning, she departed for Rimouski.

In Montreal at section B8 Saturday was the small Egyptian-flag container ship Ras Sedr. There was scaffolding hanging on her stern with a man standing on it, a crewmember was painting out the name and port of registry. Monday, the name on the bow had been painted out.

On Saturday the icebreaker George R. Pearkes cleared the Seaway bound for Sorel-Tracy as the ice situation was finally under control in the Seaway canals and locks.

Reported by: René Beauchamp
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Toledo Report

04/10:
The Buckeye is the only vessel left in lay-up at Toledo. Monday crews were going through the fitout process and she is expected to sail around 20 April. The tug Karen Andrie with the barge A-397 remains at the CSX #2 Dock. The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains at the Hocking Valley Dock awaiting orders.

At the time of this report there were no coal, grain or ore vessels in port. The next scheduled coal boat due in at the CSX Dock will be the Canadian Century expected Monday evening followed by the CSL Niagara, and Algomarine today. The next scheduled ore boat for the Torco Dock will be the Armco due in Wednesday morning followed by the Middletown on Friday morning.

A Russian saltwater tanker Leonid Utesov is expected later this week for Andersons "K" Elevator to unload liquid fertilizer.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

04/10:
Spirit of Rochester is due for dry docking in Toronto on Wednesday. Monday the Armonikas was at Pier 51 and Spar Opal was still in at Pier 35. BBC Denmark has departed, as has Stephen B. Roman. English River came in Monday afternoon.

The Toronto Star recently announced that the Toronto Port Authority had appointed a new harbormaster. Lisa Raitt, a 32 year old lawyer, is believed to be the first female harbormaster of a major Canadian port. She was formerly secretary and general counsel for the Port Authority.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Prescott News

04/10:
The Paterson arrived in Cardinal Sunday with a load of corn for the Canada Starch Company. After unloading the Paterson moved upstream to finish unloading into the Port of Prescott elevator as storage for the Canada Starch for later use.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Meeting Rescheduled

04/10:
The Saginaw River Marine Historical Society meeting in Bay City has been rescheduled from April 14 to Saturday, April 21 due to the Easter holiday. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, on Center at Grant streets in Bay City.

Reported by: Stephen Hause




Marine Mart Cancelled

04/10:
The Nautical Mart held in Royal Oak, MI. scheduled for April 28 has been cancelled.

Reported by: Al Hart




Update Delays

04/10:
My home computer crashed early Monday morning after I had uploaded the news. I resorted the system Monday night but updates will be delayed until Tuesday night.




Today in Great Lakes History - April 10

TEXACO CHIEF (2) was christened April 10, 1969.

The GODERICH (1) was sold April 10, 1963 to the Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Railway Co. and renamed e) AGAWA (2).

The keel was laid April 10, 1952 for the WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1)

The SINCLAIR GREAT LAKES was christened on April 10, 1963

On April 10, 1973 the ARTHUR B. HOMER departed the shipyard with a new pilothouse. She had suffered extensive damage the previous fall in a head on collision on the Detroit River.

April 10, 1912 - ANN ARBOR No. 5 struck her stern against the channel in Manitowoc, bending her rudder, and damaging her port shaft.

On 10 April 1875, the propeller EMMA E. THOMPSON was launched at East Saginaw. She was built for Capt. D.F. Edwards of Toledo and cost $20,000. Her dimensions were 125' x 26' x 10'. In 1880, she was rebuilt as a schooner and then returned to a propeller in 1881 when she was given the engine from the propeller AKRON.

On 10 April 1882, ESPINDOLA (wooden schooner, 54 tons, built in 1869 at Manitowoc, WI) was carrying railroad ties when she was overwhelmed by a storm and went to pieces one mile north of the Chicago waterfront. No lives were lost, but four crewmen were rescued by a tug after having been in the water for some time.

The MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246', 1558 gc, built in 1903 at Buffalo, NY as J. S. KEEFE) of the Yankcanuck Steamship Ltd. was the first vessel through the Canadian locks at the Soo for the 1954 navigation season. She entered the Canadian canal about 8:15 AM on 10 April 1954. The locking of the MANZZUTTI was not considered the official opening of the season at the Soo since she wintered in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and the first vessel must come up the St. Mary’s River from Lake Huron or Michigan. President Dave Bows of the Kiwanis Club, pointed out the club’s $1,000 marine contest is based on the first such vessel though the Michigan Sault locks only. The U.S. Coast Guard reported six inch ice in the lower St. Mary's River.

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Museum ship Meteor to open by Memorial Day

04/09:
The whaleback steamer Meteor, now a museum in Superior, will reopen by Memorial Day after some changes to improve safety.

Last month the Superior Fire Department told the Superior City Council that the department wouldn't allow the museum ship on Barkers Island to open this year until life-safety issues were corrected. Among concerns cited were an insufficient number of exits and exit lights, a lack of fire extinguishers, minor electrical concerns and flammable waste. A quantity of bunker fuel oil also remains aboard the vessel.

The Superior Public Museums Board put together a committee to address the safety issues. Plans for correcting safety issues will allow the ship to open by Memorial Day, about one week later than usual, said Superior Museums Board President Jan Bower.

But removing fuel does not mean the board will have to remove the oil that has remained in a holding tank of the ship since 1971. Oil in the holding tank in the ship is not a fire hazard, and the Superior Museums Board will be allowed to open the ship once the safety issues are corrected, Fire Chief Stephen Gotelaere told the Duluth News Tribune.

"(Corrosion and oil) was noted only because the ship's been out there 30 years in the sand, and it will corrode faster than if the ship was in water,'' he said.

Oil in the holding tank and corrosion of the ship were brought to the administration and council's attention because of potential environmental damage that could happen if the oil started to leak from the ship, Gotelaere said. The museum board is working on a plan to clean up the oil in the holding tank, and work to correct the safety issues will be done by the museum's maintenance man, Bower said.

The Meteor was built in 1896 and was turned into a museum in 1970.

Reported by: Al Miller




Grand River Navigation update

04/09:
Activity remains busy on the trio of vessels recently acquired by Grand River Transportation from USS Great Lakes fleet. The former Myron C. Taylor was to be moved from the North Slip to the Government Dock on Saturday but high winds kept her rafted to the Calcite II.

A small army of workers are busy fitting out the three vessels. The former George A. Sloan and Calcite II are expected to sail the week of April 23 and the former Myron C. Taylor shortly after. Each vessel will be painted in the Grand River/Lower Lakes Towing colors and renamed before they depart on the maiden voyage for their new owners.

Pictures taken Saturday
Bow view of the Calcite II and Myron C. Taylor.
Panoramic of the boats in the North Slip.
George A. Sloan.
On deck of the Sloan.
Close up of name on hatch crane.
Hall way of the crews quarters.
Work on her boilers.
In the Sloan's pilot house.
Art work on the binnacle.
Looking forward.
The Taylor and Calcite II from the Sloan.
rudder and propeller.

180 degree view on deck of the Myron C. Taylor.
Engine control room on the Taylor.
"To do" list in the engine control room.
Looking into the cargo hold.
Crew's room.
Hall way in passengers quarters. Note the beautiful dark hard woods. USS used these quarters for the crew after the Taylor stopped carrying passengers.
Former passenger lounge.
Chef Richard Ball prepares meals for the hard working crews onboard the Taylor.
Looking aft in the Taylor's pilot house.
Looking forward from the top of her stack.

Looking aft on the Calcite II's deck.
Engine control room of the Calcite II.
Looking forward at her engine.
Steering engine.
The departing USS crew leaves a message on the white board in the dining room.
Crew members room.
180 degree view in the Calcite II's cargo hold.
View from atop her unloading boom.
Pilot house.
Sun sets on the North Slip.

Reported by: Neil Schultheiss




CSL Laurentien Completes Sea Trials

04/09:
The CSL Laurentien completed sea trials over night on Lake Ontario. She returned to the Welland Canal and docked below Lock 1 ahead of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley. When the Laurentien departs she will head upbound to Thunder Bay to load her first cargo.

The Samuel Risley is expected to take her place in the Port Weller Dry Dock this afternoon. Joining the Risley in the large dry dock will be the tug Jane Ann IV. She will leave her barge Sarah Spencer and enter for rudder repairs.

Reported by: Skip Gillham and Paul Beesley




Challenger fit out

04/09:
Engine and Galley crews reported back to the Southdown Challenger April 2 to begin fitting out the Challenger for its 95th season.

At lay up all the machinery is disassembled and inspected. Scheduled maintenance is performed and parts requiring work are sent out for repair. One of the first projects at fit out is the reassembly of the main boilers and the steam powered main generators. First Engineer Dave Jarvis is overseeing the reassembly of the main engine condenser pump. The steam turbine disk was refurbished over the winter.

The top of the Challenger's stack will have a stainless steel band this year. Rather then being for looks it's designed to survive the boiler chemicals that are part of the steam exhaust.

The forward end crews are scheduled to report back April 16. The Challenger should sail April 18 or 19.

Challenger at dock.
Looking forward.
First engineer Dave Jarvis at work.
Conditioning a turbine.
Close up.
Generator.
Close up of stack.
Engineer Kevin Rogers.
Lube pumps.
Dinner is prepared.
Saturday dinner's are traditionally steaks on a freighter.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Saginaw in the Welland

04/09:
Sunday the Saginaw was upbound in the Welland Canal after delivering a load of salt from Cleveland to Bowmanville, ONT.

Pictures by Dave Parker
Saginaw passes over traffic at the Thorold Tunnel.
Underway.
Arriving in Port Colborne.
Crewman is landed.

Reported by: T. Parker




Integrity Waits

04/09:
Over the weekend the barge Integrity and tug Jacklyn M. stopped in Grand Travers Bay off Traverse City on Lake Michigan. The pair were waiting for ice conditions in the Straits of Mackinac to improve.

Reported by: Mark Hansen




Federal Hunter in Ashtabula

04/09:
The Federal Hunter arrived in Ashtabula, Ohio Saturday. The Hunter is a new ship and the last of the Oshima class of vessels built in Japan.

pictures by TZ
Federal Hunter arrives off Ashtabula.
Bow view at dock.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Bayfield Opener

04/09:
Navigation at Bayfield, WI was opened Sunday when the ferry Island Queen made the first run between Bayfield and LaPointe, on Madeline Island.

Reported by: Harvey Hadland




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

04/09:
Downbound for Montreal in the Seaway Friday morning was the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR. She was well ahead of her scheduled time and was allowed to spend several hours in the St. Lambert Lock.

For the third time in three months, another ship was renamed in Montreal. Atlantic Trader sailed for overseas on April 3. She had arrived in Montreal on March 27 with the name Hanseatic Trader. She is a sister-ship to Anna Desgagnés and the two Lykes Lines vessels that visited Great Lakes ports last year, Lykes Energizer and Lykes Winner. Those vessels are known as the Astrakhan class.

On April 3 at Quebec City the roll-on/roll-off container ship Dart 10, previously named Mont Ventoux, was ordered to go back to England with her military cargo by the Canadian Government. There was fear that some of her cargo might cause an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. This vessel was also scheduled to dock in Montreal at section 48. Laid up nearby is the Aivik which also was named Mont Ventoux from 1980 to 1990.

In the Seaway, the ice is still slowing navigation but as much as past weeks. Last week several vessels could not moved, not because of the ice but because of a lock of pilots. One of them is IVI built in 1979. A sister-ship and fleetmate is the IRA built also in 1979. Both of them are regular Seaway callers since they were built and they always kept their original names. Last week the IVI departed Montreal. for Marinette, WI loaded with pig iron.

Reported sold for demolition according to the March 2001 edition of "Marine News" were the following salties that visited Great Lakes ports over the years. Sold to Bangladesh breakers was B.A. Chris under the name Accord. Also sold to them was Khulla that transited the Seaway as the Spanish Guardo. Delivered to breakers at Alang, India was Bhavabhuti, also Kiki Yemelos which arrived there under the name Haci Sefer Kalkavan and the Fortune type Kocaeli I on Dec. 12, 2000. At Mumbai, India, the SD14 type Fulvia arrived on Nov. 23 and the Freedom type Comet arrived on Dec. 20 under the name Lady Olga.

Reported by: René Beauchamp
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SPAR in Quebec

04/09:
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar arrived in Quebec City on Sunday morning for a three day visit. The Spar is docked at Section 27 in the St. Charles River and will be sailing on April 11 for the Port of Charlottetown PEI then on to Halifax.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Thunder Bay Update

04/09:
Vessels calling on Thunder Bay over the weekend were met by rain and high winds. The harbor ice is now covered with a thin layer of water that should help in saturating it and breaking it up.

The Montrealais came in early Saturday morning and went into Richardson's and Sunday was at Cargill. The Windoc finally left her winter lay-up dock and went over to Cargill Saturday morning. She then attempted to move over to Saskatchewan 7a, but was stopped in the ice and had to wait for help. She finally moved over Saturday night.

The Lake Superior departed for Montreal Sunday night about 8:35 p.m. with about 23,900 metric tons of three different kinds of wheat. The Montrealais left about 20 minutes behind her with about 23,500 metric tons of wheat headed for a St. Lawrence Port.

There are only two boats left in winter lay-up. The Algorail and the Algoway, apparently the crews were to report Sunday.

The Canadian Prospector arrived just after dark on Friday and docked at P&H. She then moved over to Richardson's Saturday night. The Canadian Transfer was still at Valley Camp and the Lake Superior was still loading at UGG "A". The Oakglen departed late Saturday.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw River News

04/09:
The tug Invincible pushing the barge McKee Sons was downbound the Saginaw River passing the Liberty Bridge in Bay City at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The David Z. Norton was inbound the Saginaw River giving a security call passing Light 1 at 8:30 p.m. She was heading to the Bay City Wirt Dock with a load of stone.

pictures by Todd Shorkey
McKee Sons passing through the Liberty Bridge.
Port side close up.
Bow close up.
Approaching the Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey and Stephen Hause




Cleveland Update

04/09:
The current on the Cuyahoga abated over night Sunday allowing all vessels to make their respective docks and unload. The Pathfinder was departing Cleveland at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Wolverine tied up at Southdown Cement.
Captain on the bridge wing as lines are slipped.
Delaware takes up the tow forward.
Bow of the Wolverine as they begin to move.
Tug James Palladino with barge Kellstone I.
stern view of tug James Palladino.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Toledo Update

04/09:
The CSL Niagara was loading coal at the CSX Dock Sunday and was scheduled to depart late that morning or early afternoon. The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo.

The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the Hocking Valley Dock standing by awaiting orders. The tug Karen Andrie with her barge A-397 was still at the CSX #2 Dock undergoing repairs.

The next coal vessel due in will be the Canadian Century due in this morning followed by the John J. Boland, CSL Niagara, and Algomarine on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore vessels due in at the Torco Dock will be on Wednesday with the Armco due in the morning, followed by the Courtney Burton in the evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Buffalo Report

04/09:
The first arrival of the 2001 season should be the English River on the morning of the 12th with cement for Lafarge on Ohio St. She will take the usual two tugs going up stern first and one going out.

The Kinsman Independent is due to depart the General Mills Frontier Elevator on the Buffalo Ship Canal on April 19 if her fit out goes as planned.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Toronto Update

04/09:
The Spar Opal arrived Saturday morning to Pier 35 with McKeil tug assistance. BBC Denmark remained at the Atlas crane. Sonderheim's workboat Diver III appears to have arrived over night. Saturday she picked up her spud barge, which wintered in the Turning Basin and she took it across the harbor and out the west gap. Last fall she was working at Ontario Place.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Trip for Two aboard an Lower Lakes Ship

04/09:
Once again Lower Lakes Towing Ltd, has donated a trip for two aboard one of their vessels, to the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. The drawing will be held August 5 during their annual Canal Days celebration. Tickets are $2.00 each, 3/$5.00 or 10/$15.00. Ticket sales and inquiries can be made by contacting:
Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum
P.O. Box 572
Port Colborne, On
L3K 5X8

S.A.S.E. preferred. This draw does not include transportation to the vessel. The time of the trip to be mutually agreed upon.




USS Silversides to Appear in Movie

04/09:
For four days in late June the museum submarine USS Silversides in Muskegon will be used for filming a World War II movie titled "Below". The Silversides reportedly will be towed into Lake Michigan for some of the filming. The film will be produced by giant Miramax Films.

Reported by: Tom Gerger




Today in Great Lakes History - April 09

On April 9, 1960, the Murray Bay (1) (now Comeaudoc) entered service as the first Canadian 730-footer.

The LAWRENDOC (2) was christened jointly with her Collingwood-built sister ship MONDOC (3) on April 9, 1962.

The Wilson Marine Transit Co., Cleveland purchased the FINLAND on April 9, 1957 and resold her the same day to the Republic Steel Corp., Cleveland with Wilson Marine acting as manager.

April 9, 1930 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 entered service under the command of Estan Bayle.

On 9 April 1871, the wooden "rabbit" BAY CITY (152', 372 gt, built in 1867 at Marine City) had just loaded 270,00 feet of lumber in Bay City for Tonawanda, NY when a fire broke out ashore. The ship was set adrift at 11:00 a.m. to get away from the lumber yard blaze. However, as the crew watched the shore fire, sparks smoldered in the ship's cargo. At 2:00 p.m., she burst into flame. Four tugs and a steam-powered fire engine brought along side on a lighter fought the blaze to no avail. The vessel was scuttled to put out the fire. A few days later she was raised and repaired at a cost of $4,000.

On 9 April 1885, laid-up vessels BURLINGTON and CHURCH were hit by the barge ALLEN and forced into the Military Street bridge at Port Huron, Michigan, crashing into the structure and completely blocking the Black River and disabling the bridge. The blame was placed on the Spring thaw.

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CSL Laurentien Moved from Dry Dock

04/08:
The CSL Laurentien was pulled from the drydock at Port Weller Dry Docks with the assistance of the tugs Progress and James E McGrath around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon after a sticking gate on the deep dock was opened. She was swung around to face downbound and the bow of the Laurentien touched the wall above Lock 1 leaving a mark. The Laurentien then tied up above Lock 1 to take on ballast.

Reported by: Jason Junge




Cuyahoga Current

04/08:
Heavy rains and the resulting strong current cause problems in Cleveland Saturday. At 8:00 a.m. the Wolverine was tied up at the Southdown cement dock waiting for tug assistance to continue upriver to LTV. The tug Delaware was dispatched earlier but was detained by the Center Street swing bridge that had mechanical difficulties. Once the tug arrived the Wolverine proceeded upriver fighting the current.

The St. Marys II and tug Sea Eagle were next in line upriver with the assistance of the tug Idaho. At the same time the American Republic entered the mouth of the river and took station behind the St. Marys II. Also in Cleveland at the time were the J.A.W. Iglehart at Lafarge and the salty Isa at the lakefront docks.

At 10:30 a.m. the barge Kellstone and tug James Palladino entered the river. At 3:00 p.m. the Iglehart departed Cleveland for points east. The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann was approaching the harbor from the west.

The current continued to run strong throughout the day and all but one vessel had to tie up before reaching its dock. The American Republic was able to reach LTV unassisted and unloaded a portion of its cargo at LTV lower then transferred to LTV upper to complete its unload.

The Wolverine was unable to make it upriver to LTV and spent the afternoon at the Lafarge terminal near West 3rd Street. The St. Marys II tied up at Collision bend across from the fireboat station. The Kellstone was halted less than a mile short of its dock and tied up at the Southdown Cement dock the Wolverine had used earlier. The Pathfinder backed into Dock 20 at the mouth of the river that would indicate she may be unloading stone there or moving to the Osborne docks on the Old River. With storms expected Saturday evening in the area the current may continue to run strong for some time.

J.A.W. Iglehart assited by the Idaho. TZ

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Busy Saginaw River

04/08:
The American Mariner departed the Bay Aggregates dock shortly after midnight Saturday and was outbound after turning and awaiting the arrival of the David Z. Norton.

The David Z. Norton arrived at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City overnight Saturday to lighter, then proceeded up to the Wirt dock at Saginaw early Saturday morning to finish unloading. She departed the Wirt Dock in Saginaw at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday and was outbound after turning. The vessel is scheduled to load in Stoneport and then return to the Saginaw River.

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was upbound on the Saginaw River at the Bay City Wirt Dock shortly before 7:00 p.m. She had waited at the dock until the David Z. Norton passed downbound. The McKee Sons is headed to the Saginaw Rock Dock.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Steve Pajak




Twin Ports Report

04/08:
Strong northeast winds April 7 prompted several lakers to drop anchor rather than attempt to enter ports on western Lake Superior. James R. Barker was anchored off Duluth during the morning, waiting for the winds to drop before entering the Duluth ship canal bound for the DMIR ore dock. Edwin H. Gott and Presque Isle were both anchored off Two Harbors. Both vessels were expected to enter Two Harbors sometime overnight.

The Twin Ports' second saltie of the season is Goviken. It's loading at the AGP elevator.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette News

04/08:
Friday Marquette's upper harbor had two visitors arriving late due to dense fog on Lake Superior. The John B. Aird arrive shortly before noon to take on a load of ore for Algoma steel in the Soo.

Shortly after the John J. Boland made its second visit of the season. No vessels were scheduled for Saturday however, the John B. Aird is scheduled to make a return today arriving at 3:00 a.m. weather permitting.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Soo Update

04/08:
Saturday the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay was working in the upper St. Marys River as ice flows drift into the Soo Harbor. The Cutters Katmai Bay and Biscayne Bay were working in the lower river.

Upbound vessel traffic in the river included the Canadian Enterprise and Fred R. White Jr. who was moored at the Carbide Dock . The White was at the dock for unknown repairs. By late evening the vessel was ready to get underway but will stay, due to high winds and poor visibility. In the lower river Saturday night was the Indiana Harbor.

Downbound was the Frontenac, Algonova, John J. Boland (at anchor), Paul R. Tregurtha, H Lee White, Edgar B. Speer and the John B. Aird.

Saturday afternoon winds were 30-40 mph with light rain and overcast skies. A storm warning was issued for Lake Superior overnight.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Sturgeon Bay Update

04/08:
The American Steam Company's Sam Laud departed Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay early Saturday morning. She sailed out through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal into lake Michigan. Her first Port of Call was unknown.

The Lake Guardian entered the canal after the San Laud cleared the shipping channel and proceeded to the Bay of Green Bay. At the mouth of Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay the Lake Guardian became stuck in the ice ridge. The U.S.C.G. Cutter Mobile Bay was responded about 5:00 a.m. and worked to free the Lake Guardian in the predawn heavy fog. After freeing the Guardian she was to escort her up Green Bay to open water. The Bay of Green Bay is still about 80 percent ice covered.

Guardian in the ice ridge through the fog.
Mobile Bay passing down her side.
Mobile Bay passing down starboard side.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Toledo Report

04/08:
Friday morning the Courtney Burton arrived at the Torco Ore Dock to unload. She is the first ore boat of the season for this docksite. The Reserve was the next scheduled ore boat due in early Saturday morning.

The Melissa Desgagnés was due in at the CSX Coal Dock late Friday afternoon for an 11:00 p.m. start to load coal. The next scheduled coal boat was the CSL Niagara expected late Saturday evening. She will be followed by the John J. Boland, Canadian Century, and Algomarine all due in on Monday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - April 08

The sea trials for the AMERICAN REPUBLIC were conducted in Green Bay on April 8-10, May 4-11 and 18, 1981.

The J.A. CAMPBELL was the first bulk carrier to load taconite pellets that were shipped from Reserve Minings Davis Works at Silver Bay MN on April 8, 1956.

On April 8, 1957 Great Lakes Steamship stock holders voted to sell the entire 16 ship fleet to four fleets.

On April 8, 1977 at Toledo the G.A. TOMLINSON required an estimated $235,000 to outfit her machinery for the up coming season.

The R.E. WEBSTER was launched April 8, 1905 as a) ELBERT H. GARY.

On April 8, 1969, LEON FALK, JR. entered Duluth harbor to become the first vessel to arrive from the lower lake region opening the 1969 shipping season at the head of the lakes. She loaded almost 20,700 tons of iron ore bound for Great Lakes Steel in Detroit.

The ELBERT H. GARY was launched on April 8, 1905.

April 8, 1998 - An unidentified worker was injured in a fall aboard the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 while it was being converted to a barge in Muskegon.

8 April 1871 was a bad day on the St. Clair River. The schooner A. MOSHER had favorable winds, so the captain decided to save the cost of a tow and sail up the St. Clair River without assistance from a tug. In the strong current at Port Huron, the vessel hit some old dock timbers, went out of control and collided with the down bound 3-masted schooner H. C. POST. The POST's main and fore masts were carried away in the collision. After some vehement arguing, the MOSHER sailed on while the POST anchored in mid-river while her skipper went ashore. The schooner JESSE ANDERSON then sailed out of the Black River and rammed right into the side of the POST. This finished the wrecking of the POST's aft mast. The ANDERSON went out of control and went aground on the river bank. The tug GEORGE H. PARKER tried to assist the ANDERSON, but she also got stuck on the mud bank. It was several hours before everything got cleaned up and river traffic was back to normal.

The steam ferry JULIA, owned by C. McElroy of St. Clair, Michigan, started running between St. Clair and Courtwright, Ontario on 8 April 1878. She was formerly named U. S. SURVEYOR. Before JULIA took over this service, the ferries R. F. CHILDS and MARY MILLS served in this capacity.

The steamer MANCOX (steel propeller crane freighter, 255', 1614 gt, built in 1903 at Superior, WI, originally H. G. DALTON) of Yankcanuck Steamship Lines was first through the Sault locks for the 1958 season at 7:05 AM on 8 April 1958. In locking through the Canadian lock, the MANCOX became the first ship to come through the new lock gates which were installed during the winter months. The American Sault locks had been ready for traffic since March 26 but the Canadian locks had the first ship.

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Mariner Visits Saginaw River

04/07:
The American Mariner arrived about 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Saginaw River Front Range Lights. She headed upriver arriving at the Bay Aggregates dock around 7:30 p.m. with a load of stone. She also stated that she should have a six hour unload time before going up to the airport turning basin to turn and head out to the bay.

Mariner working her way through the Central Michigan Railroad Bridge and the Liberty Bridge in Downtown Bay City.
Boatwatchers line the river walk as the Mariner passes Veterans Park in Bay City.
Close up of the American Mariner .
The Mariner's stern clears the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The Mariner works her way into the Bay Aggregates Dock.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Risley Waiting

04/07:
Friday the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley was docked at the north end of the sand dock below Lock One in the Welland Canal. The Risley is expected to enter Port Weller Dry Docks Monday following the departure of CSL Laurentien. The Risley expects to be at Port Weller 3 or 4 days.

Reported by: Bill Bird




IVI sailing for Marinette

04/07:
The saltie IVI is heading to Marinette, WI. with a cargo of pig Iron. It will probably be several days before she arrives, as she was transiting the Welland Canal Friday. The IVI should be the first vessel of the season in Menominee/Marinette, the season is usually opened by the Pere Marquette 41 or Catherine Desgagnés. The demand for Pig Iron appears to remain high despite a pending law suit against the foundries in the area that use the pig iron.

Reported by: Scott Best




Mac Lock Prepares for Opening

04/07:
Friday afternoon the last of the stop logs was removed from the upper end of the MacArthur Lock at the Soo. The lock was then refilled and will open for navigation at midnight tonight. Friday the lock was filled and emptied many times.

Reported by: Gordon R. Earl




Funding for the Badger

04/07:
The Ludington-based Lake Michigan Carferry Company won't be receiving $1.2 million to upgrade the engine of the SS Badger under a move by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lake Michigan Carferry Co. was slotted to receive funds to help replace coal-fired steam engines with diesel engines in the boat that travels across Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wis. Two new engines would cost $7.2 million, legislative staffers said.

Reported by: Mike Flint




Toronto Update

04/07:
Friday morning the BBC Denmark was in at the Atlas crane and before noon the McKeil tugs Atomic and Lac Como assisted Lady Hamilton out of her Redpath Sugar berth.

Spirit Of Rochester, which was scheduled for dry docking last fall, is due here next week. Her owner, Capt. Don Shur, is also the owner of the tug Cheyanne II, still sunk in the Genesee River. Following the Spirit on the drydock will be Mariposa Cruise Line's Torontonian and after that the firetug WM. Lyon Mackenzie is scheduled for drydocking and inspection.

On Wednesday the McKeil tugs moved both Canadian Venture and Canadian Voyager to Pier 52. The previous day they shifted Canadian Mariner and Algoville into the Turning Basin.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Iroquois Lock Update

04/07:
Below are images of vessel passing near the Iroquois Lock.

Candian Olympic downbound carrying corn loaded in Toledo Wednesday.
Gunay-A upbound for Ludington, MI.
Ivi upbound for Marinette, WI.
Pilica sailing upbound for Duluth.
Pilica stack.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Thunder Bay Pictures

04/07:
Below are images of Thunder Bay and Sarnia in March.

Saginaw and Cuyahoga in Sarnia.
Capt. Henry Jackman and Algolake.
Algonova.
Tug Glenda.
Stern view.
Algosteel and tug Peninsula.
Close up.
Canadian Transfer and Nanticoke.
MAC Gagne.
Tug Peninsula in the North Harbor.

Reported by: Paul Beesley and Dave Fowler.




Today in Great Lakes History - April 07

The CANADIAN TRANSPORT (2) was christened April 7, 1979.

The tanker ROBERT W. STEWART (b AMOCO MICHIGAN) was delivered to Standard Oil Co. on April 7, 1928 as the second largest tanker in service at the time of her launch.

JAMES LAUGHLIN was launched April 7, 1906.

The EMORY L. FORD was sold on April 7, 1965 to the Reiss Steamship Co. and renamed b) RAYMOND H. REISS, the last boat purchased by Reiss.

TEXACO BRAVE (1) arrived at Ramey's Bend from Toronto April 7, 1975 in tow of tugs G.W. ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE for scrapping.

In 1974 the THOMAS W. LAMONT loaded the initial shipment of ore for the season at the D.M. & I.R. ore docks in Duluth.

On 7 April 1871, the tug S.V.R. WATSON was towing the schooner S.G. SIMMONS out of Chicago harbor at noon when the WATSON stalled. The schooner plowed into her broadside, causing the tug to tip on her beam ends, take on water and sink. Four men were trapped below decks and drowned; two survived. The WATSON was later raised and returned to service.

On 7 April 1873, the contract for the building of a new carferry, MICHIGAN, for the Great Western Railway was awarded to the Jenkins Brothers of Windsor, Ontario. The new vessel was planned for service on the Detroit River. Her engines were built at Montreal by Canada Engine Works for a cost of $100,000. The hull alone cost $600,000.

Although the locks are not scheduled to open until Thursday, 12 April 1962, the Canadian Sault harbor was officially opened Saturday, 7 April 1962, when the tanker IMPERIAL LONDON pulled into the Imperial dock between the two hospitals. Captain Russel Knight accepted the traditional silk top hat. The IMPERIAL LONDON, carrying almost 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline, led the IMPERIAL SIMCOE, loaded with 19,000 barrels of fuel oil for household heating, up the St. Mary ‘s River to the Sault.

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


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Lower Lakes Transportation Announces New VP Marketing

04/06:
Lower Lakes Transportation Company Inc. is pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Pierson has accepted the position of Vice President of Marketing of the company. Mr. Pierson will be responsible for all marketing functions for the company including marketing of the Grand River Navigation fleet. Robert is a seasoned shipping executive with over 35 years of experience in senior positions in the Great Lakes shipping industry. He will continue to be based in Buffalo, New York in his new position.

Reported by: Lower Lakes Transportation Company Inc.




Grand River Navigation Announces New President

04/06:
Grand River Navigation Company is pleased to announce that Mark Rohn has accepted the position as President of the company. Mr. Rohn has many years of experience in the Great Lakes shipping industry including his most recent position with Oglebay Norton. Mr. Rohn will be responsible for all aspects of the operation of the company's vessels including the McKee Sons and the recently acquired George A. Sloan, Myron C. Taylor and Calcite II. Mark will be based in Cleveland in his new position.

Reported by: Grand River Navigation Company Inc.




Alpena opens Green Bay

04/06:
The Alpena arrived in Green Bay shortly before noon Thursday to unload cement at the Lafarge Dock. She tied up to the S.T. Crapo that is used as a transfer vessel. The Alpena is the first vessel of the season for Green Bay.

Reported by: Jeff DuMez




Owner proposes new restaurant for the Lansdowne; Viking owner says sale and re-use still possible

04/06:
Two former Great Lakes car ferries could be going back to work, according to their owners.

The restaurant company that owns the Lansdowne is proposing to re-open the vessel as a restaurant in Erie, Penn., and the owner of the Viking said a sale of that vessel could still happen.

Specialty Restaurants Corp. of Anaheim, Calif., plans to spend at least $1.5 million to $2 million to get the Lansdowne in shape again and to make some improvements to the Sassafras Street pier where the boat would be permanently moored.

The 324-foot Lansdowne spent many years shuttling railcars between Detroit and Windsor. After being taken out of operation, it was converted to a floating restaurant in Detroit. After that venture failed, the vessel lay idle for about 10 years. It's been in Erie the past 18 months.

"We are absolutely going to do a first-class restoration. I think it's going to be a very attractive facility when we get it finished,'' David Tallichet, chairman and CEO of Specialty Restaurants Corp., told the Erie Times News. He said the restaurant could open by December.

Under the plan, the Lansdowne would be moved from the north end of the Sassafras Street pier to the northeast side of the pier, where the Viking I is now docked. The main deck would be used for the restaurant and banquet space. Banquet facilities would be on the second deck and the roof deck would be where people could drink cocktails, eat appetizers and snack foods and enjoy a view of the bay. Two railroad observation cars, mounted on the front of the vessel, would be incorporated into the restaurant's design.

The Viking, a 348-foot former Lake Michigan car ferry has been docked in Erie for about three years while the owner, Contessa Cruise Lines, looks for a buyer. Contessa is based in Brownsville, Wis., about 50 miles north of Milwaukee.

Tim Michels, managing director of Contessa, said he hopes to sell the Viking to a Midwestern buyer who would use the vessel to haul cargo on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. He declined to name the possible buyer.

"We're kind of beyond negotiations. It's just a matter of making sure it's right for both of us,'' Michels said. Contessa had been seeking $1.7 million for the Viking, he said.

If the sale falls through, Contessa could put the Viking into operation in Erie as a ferry service between Erie and Ontario, Michels said. The ferry would haul both vehicles and their passengers, and could do double-duty by transporting new trucks and cars between the United States and Canada, he said.

However, that project would require $3 million to $4 million in renovations to the Viking and for infrastructure improvements -- utilities, ramps, customs check-in points and parking lots -- on both the U.S. and Canadian sides, he said.

Reported by: Jeff Benson and Al Miller




Busy Day in Lorain

04/06:
Wednesday evening saw heavy activity in the Lorain Harbor. The James R. Barker was unloading taconite at the LTV Lakefront Dock on her second trip of the season. Behind the Barker was the American Republic loading taconite for the shuttle run to LTV up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

The Saginaw arrived with a load of stone for the Falbo Construction dock that is located up the Black River just beyond the railroad bridge. The Saginaw had to pass both boats at the LTV dock with very little clearance and go through the bascule bridge on an angle. All this delayed traffic on Route 2 for at least 20 minutes.

The LTV Terminal was expecting the Wolverine at noon Thursday to load taconite for the shuttle to Cleveland. The Charles M. Beeghly is due in Saturday morning with a load of taconite from the upper lakes to unload.

Reported by: Ned Gang and Barb Demko




SPAR Update

04/06:
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR was passing upbound on the St. Lawrence Seaway Thursday morning. At 8:30 a.m. she passed under the 1000 Islands International Bridge between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, New York. About 12:30 p.m. she locked through at the Iroquois Lock.

The SPAR is heading for a stopover at Montreal and then Quebec City before proceeding to her station in Alaska via the Panama Canal.

Underway below the Iroquois Lock. Peter Carter
Entering the lock. Keith Giles
Close up of her bridge. Keith Giles
Close up of her bow. Peter Carter
Deck shot. Peter Carter
Departing the lock. Peter Carter

Reported by: Joan Baldwin, Keith Giles, Dave Beach and Peter Carter




Emerald Isle On the Move

04/06:
Clear blue skies helped to welcome the Beaver Island ferry Emerald Isle Wednesday as it made her first run of 2001 Wednesday with cargo and a few passengers. The ferry runs between Beaver Island and Charlevoix.

Emerald Isle will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until May, when she begins daily round trips for the summer.

Reported by: Sean Whelan




Provmar Terminal Refloated

04/06:
Thursday evening the Provmar Terminal was afloat at Pier 24 in Hamilton Harbor. The Utviken struck the Provmar Terminal on Sunday causing the vessel's stern to sink. Damage to the Terminal is visible with considerable damage to the fuel transfer ship's aft cabins.

Hamilton Energy dock at the Provmar Terminals in Hamilton in 1999. John Belliveau

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Thunder Bay Update

04/06:
The tug W. N. Towlan and empty lumber barge arrived in Thunder Bay Thursday. The pair had a tough time getting through the ice. The tugs Glenda and the Point Valour were assisting.

They were expected to move to Keefer Terminal due to the thick ice in the Harbor that blocks the way to the Great West Timber's Dock. GWT is having to truck the lumber over to Keefer and load the barge there.

The Lake Superior arrived Wednesday and the Canadian Transfer was again loading at Valley Camp.

The remaining lay-up fleet has various levels of activity on board. The Windoc had its engines running a few days ago, but there is little outward activity on the Algoway and the Algorail.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Marquette News

04/06:
Marquette's Lower Harbor finally had its first commercial vessel of the season Wednesday. The H. Lee White arrived with a load of stone for the ore mines in Marquette County. After unloading late that night, the vessel departed for another location. The H. Lee White is the first vessel to arrive loaded and enter into the dock area of the lower harbor area since the Buffalo attempted to back-in last December and grounded due to low water levels. The White had no problem backing into the dock area yesterday.

In other news, local media announced earlier this week that the Lake Superior and Ispheming Railroad (LS&I) was purchased by CCI which is the parent company of the ore mines in Marquette County. LS&I is the rail carrier of ore from the mines in Marquette County to the ore dock at Marquette plus manages and operates the ore dock. LS&I has been supporting CCI for years however has been a separate company until recently. CCI officials felt that their services to CCI were extremely important and therefore wanted to incorporate the railroad company in with CCI.

Another story released this week was that Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont has triple its ore shipment deliveries by rail from the mines in Marquette County. Algoma has had rail shipments for a couple of years and felt that immediate product delivery and use of the ore is a benefit to the company as a cost saving measure. In addition, Algoma has stated that ore by rail arrives in much better condition then by ship because the ore is handled less.

What affect this will have on vessel traffic in and out of Marquette is not known at this time. Of the five or six shipments of ore out of Marquette this season, three shipments were to Algoma carried by the barge Sara Spencer who made two visits and the Algosteel with one visit.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Muskegon Update

04/06:
Wednesday the Capt. Henry Jackman was in Muskegon. The ship arrived from Milwaukee after a partial unload and unloaded her remaining salt cargo at the Verplank Salt Dock. She entered the channel at 7:25 p.m. and docked at 8:10 p.m. She was expected to depart around 2:00 a.m. Thursday.

Tuesday the barge Integrity and tug Jacklyn M. was docked in Muskegon with an unknown departure time. Her arrival time was not available but after unloading cement she remained docked at the Lafarge Dock due to ice conditions in the Straits of Mackinaw.

Reported by: Scott Golin and Ike Stephenson




Toledo Report

04/06:
Thursday the Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX Dock, with the Lee A. Tregurtha waiting to follow. The Karen Andrie was still undergoing repairs at CSX #2 Dock, she was disconnected from her barge A-397. The next coal boat due in will be this afternoon and that will be the Melissa Desgagnés followed by the CSL Niagara late Saturday evening.

The Courtney Burton will be the first ore boat of the season and is due in Friday morning at the Torco Dock. The Reserve will follow early Saturday morning. There were no grain boats in port at the time of this report.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

04/06:
The Saginaw came down from CBS Thursday and turned around out in the lake and back to Dock 20 to wait for the McKee Sons and Cuyahoga to come out of the Old River Bed that afternoon. She would then move to the Salt Dock. The English River was inbound early this morning on what is expected to be a busy day in Cleveland.

Pictures by TZ
Turning.
Close up of her stern passing under the bridge.
Using the bow thruster.
Close up of the Idaho on the stern.
Towed through the Flats.
Close up of the tug Idaho.
Passing the old Coast Guard station.
At the dock.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Bill Kloss




Kingston (Seaway East) Update

04/06:
Ice is still causing problems with the buoys around Cape Vincent. Light 233 was reported to be 1.9 miles east of its charted position. Last night the Mina Cebi was heading to anchor, east of Carelton Island. She is expected to get underway at 6:00 a.m. today when her pilot arrives.

The Algosoo deposited a load of salt on the wharf at the Port of Prescott and departed Monday morning and was quickly followed by the Canadian Century with another load of salt.

The Jade Star was about eight hours behind the Diamond Star upbound Wednesday in the St. Lawrence.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Iroquois Lock

04/06:
Wednesday the bulk carrier Antalina entered the Iroquois Lock upbound at 3:30 p.m. She was followed by the Mina Cebi upbound at 5:12 p.m. The tug Salmon II, pushing a 50-foot barge with a crane or derrick on it was waiting for the Mina Cebi to clear the lock so it could proceed to Morrisburg, ON. for the night.

Antalina approaching the lock. Peter Carter
Close up of her stack. Peter Carter
Entering the lock. Keith Giles
Exiting the lock. Keith Giles
Meni Cebi entering. Keith Giles
Departing. Keith Giles
Underway. Peter Carter

Reported by: Keith Giles and Peter Carter




Federal Rhine in Tampa

04/06:
Fednav's "Federal Rhine" called in Tampa on April 2, having completed a rough Atlantic crossing from Russia with steel. The ship then departed for other Gulf ports to finish discharging, before it loads in Houston and Tampa for the lakes.

Other Fednav vessels that have called Tampa this winter include Federal Bergen and Federal Baffin. The Federal Rhine is expected in the Seaway this week as she heads for Contrecoeur and Hamilton. After Hamilton she sails upbound for Duluth to load grain.

Fednav routinely sails its vessels to Tampa and other Gulf ports in the winter when the lakes are closed. Former lakers that call on Tampa are the Ambassador, formerly the Canadian Ambassador, as well as the Melvin Baker III, which used to be the Atlantic Superior, both sailing for CSL International.




Open House at Maritime Academy

04/06:
Great Lakes Maritime Academy is hosting its spring open house on Saturday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The academy is located at 715 E. Front Street in Traverse City, MI. The open house features tours of the ship handling simulator that is a realistic depiction of a pilot house with a program that simulates a 730-foot ship in the St. Marys river. The academy also has diesel and steam engine simulators and an engine workroom with ship engines. They also have two vessels, the Northwester and Anchor Bay.

For more information call 800-748-0566 Ext. 1200. or visit www.nmc.edu/maritime

Reported by: Larry Sonnabend




Today in Great Lakes History - April 06

ALGOLAKE was christened April 6, 1977, she was the first maximum-sized ship of this type in Algoma's fleet with all cabins aft.

The HON. PAUL MARTIN departed Collingwood April 6, 1985 on her maiden voyage to load grain at Thunder Bay, Ont. bound for Quebec City, Que. She was the largest vessel built at Collingwood as a result of the new Seaway regulations that allowed increased hull lengths beyond the previous maximum overall of 730' to transit the lock systems.

PRAIRIE HARVEST (c) MELVIN H. BAKER II) sailed on her maiden voyage in 1984.

On April 6, 1990 CANADOC (2) was laid up at Montreal, Que. never to sail again.

NOTRE DAME VICTORY (b CLIFFS VICTORY) was delivered to Interocean Steamship Co. on April 6, 1945 under charter from the U.S.M.C.

FERNDALE (2) was launched April 6, 1912 as a) LOUIS R. DAVIDSON

April 6, 1931 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 set a world record sailing 101,000 miles in her first year of service.

On 6 April 1872, the schooner I.N. FOSTER was launched from the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard at Port Huron. She was classified as a "full-sized canaler" since she was as large as a vessel could be to pass through the Welland Canal. Her dimensions were 143' overall, 26'2" beam, 11'6" depth, 437 tons.

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


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Accident Causes Sinking

04/05:
Sunday the saltie Utviken collided with the Provmar Terminal in the Hamilton causing it to sink. The Provmar Terminal is a fuel transfer ship permanently docked at Pier 24 on the Lake Ontario port. Also damaged in the accident was the small delivery tanker Hamilton Energy that was docked at the Provmar Terminal.

The collision ripped a hole about 13-feet in the Provmar Terminal's stern near the engine room. The hole missed the oil-filled cargo hold but caused the stern of the ship to sink rapidly.

Divers were called to assess the damage to the Provmar Terminal and plans will be made to raise it.

The Utviken was reported to have sustained damaged in the incident and is being repaired in Hamilton. The Norwegian owned ship was carrying slab steel from Brazil as it was being guided by tugs into Pier 23.

Hamilton Energy dock at the Provmar Terminals in Hamilton in 1999. John Belliveau

Reported by: David Bowie




Mail Boat returns to Service

04/05:
The U.S. Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II entered service Wednesday morning marking the J.W. Westcott Company's 107th season on the Detroit River. The Westcott Co. provides mail delivery, freight services and is the pilot boat for the Port of Detroit. Mail delivery is made by the 46-foot J.W. Westcott II mail boat as it pulls along side a moving vessel and crews drop a 5 gallon bucket for delivery. The service is often referred to as "Mail by the Pail."

The Westcott crew departed the winter lay-up dock at Gregory's Marina behind Belle Isle on the Detroit River about 8:00 a.m. They raced downbound to their station below the Ambassador Bridge to pick up a mail delivery for the first vessel of the year, the Lee. A. Tregurtha.

The Westcott Co.'s back up mail boat, Joseph J. Hogan will return to station later in the month.

Crews prepare the Westcott as the sun rises.
The Westcott's diesel engine roars to life.
Looking forward in the Westcott II.
The white band at the water line now shows a gold stripe.
The back up mail boat Joseph J. Hogan sports a red hull this year.
Passing the Oakglen on the trip down.
Capt. Sam Buchanan (right) and deck hand Dave Lewis.
J.W. Westcott II arrives at its dock.
After picking up mail, the Westcott departs her dock for a delivery to the Lee. A. Tregurtha.
The mail pail is hosted back onto the Lee A.
Stern view of the Lee A. as she heads for the Rouge River.
Along side the Saginaw.
Wheelsman Chuck Parker picks up the mail.
Stern view as the Saginaw heads downbound.
John J. Boland arrives downbound.
Moving closer.
Materials are loaded through the engine room gangway door.
Delivery complete, the Boland continues downbound.
Algomarine continues downbound for Toledo after a delivery.
Canadian Prospector upbound.

330 degree view of the Westcott Co. Station on the Detroit River.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




First saltie of the season in Twin Ports

04/05:
The port of Duluth-Superior's 20021 St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season officially opened April 4 when the 617-foot Millenium Raptor passed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge at 1:24 a.m. en route to the Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior.

Early that morning, workers were aboard the ship to begin loading grain. At 3 p.m. that day, a crowd of port, maritime, business, government and civic officials crowded into the vessel's bridge to welcome Capt. Alexander Sidorenko and his crew to the Twin Ports. This is the captain's first trip on the Great Lakes and to the Twin Ports. He and the crew were recipients of numerous plaques, hats and other gifts. The captain graciously welcomed all aboard his vessel.

Millenium Raptor entered the Seaway March 27 and proceeded to Ashtabula, where it delivered 18,950 tons of titanium slag from South Africa. In Superior, it is loading 18,600 metric tons of durum wheat bound for Tunisia. (Tunisia and other North African countries are major consumers of the durum wheat grown by many farmers in northwestern Minnesota and the Dakotas). Capt. Sidorenko and many of his crew members are from Vladivostok, Russia. Millenium Falcon's stay in the Twin Ports will be brief. It is scheduled to depart today.

Dockside view of Cenex Harvest States terminal No. 1 berth (also known as the annex or the gallery) and the Millenium Raptor.
Deck view from the ship's bridge.
The welcoming party crowds into the Millenium Raptor's bridge.
Durum wheat pouring into the ship's hold.
Captain Alexander Sidorenko (facing camera) is greeted by Davis Helberg, (far right) director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Reported by: Al Miller




First Saltie for the Port of Detroit

04/05:
Wednesday marked the official opening of the Port of Detroit's international shipping season. The Port of Detroit welcomed its first ocean-going vessel of the 2001 shipping season, the Bahamian vessel, Daviken. The Daviken arrived upbound about at the Detroit Marine Terminals, Inc.

"The Port Authority is proud to observe this tradition which recognizes the importance that maritime transportation has played in the 300 year history of Detroit's regional economy," said John Jamian, DWCPA's executive director. This year's official port opening will be celebrated with a joint luncheon of the Detroit Propellor Club and DWCPA, at which the Hudson Trophy will be presented to the ship's agent.

The Daviken set sail from Antwerp, Belgium with a cargo of steel coils on March 9, 2001 under the command of its Captain, Florentino L. Garcia, Jr. The Bahamian flagged ship is 728.8 feet long with a 75.7 foot beam. Nassau, Bahamas is its home port.

Daviken approaching Detroit Marine Terminals on the Detroit River.
Docked and unloading.
Passing close on her bow.
Stern view unloading.
Looking up at her stack.
Panoramic of the Daviken at DMT.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Fleet Mates In Cleveland

04/05:
Lower Lakes Towing and its U.S. subsidiary Grand River Navigation were well represented in Cleveland Wednesday. In port was Lower Lakes Towing's Cuyahoga, freshly painted from the dry dock and the barge McKee Sons. The Saginaw was expected to arrive that evening. This is believed to be the first time all three have been in one port at the same time.

The McKee Sons and Cuyahoga were unloading at Ontario 4, when the Cuyahoga finished she was expected to head out and turn and then back into the Salt Dock Wednesday evening. The Saginaw was scheduled to arrive that evening for West 3rd and then will load salt after her fleet mate.

Other traffic in port included the American Republic on a Lorain to Cleveland shuttle and the Petite Forte departing Blue Circle Cement in the afternoon. The David Z. Norton was expected to depart lay-up at Ontario 4 last night following the Cuyahoga out.

Pictures by TZ
Cuyahoga inbound passing the old Coast Guard Station.
Cuyahoga's pilot house.
Stern cabins.
Passing under the rail road bridge.
Bow view of the Cuyahoga, recently painted in Toledo.
Fleet mates unloading.
Bow view of the McKee Sons unloading.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




American Mariner Sails

04/05:
The American Mariner departed Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay Wednesday about 5:15 p.m. The Mariner departed through the ship canal into Lake Michigan for her first trip of the 2001 shipping season. She was assisted by the tug William C. Selvick

Upon leaving her berth at Bay Ship the Mariner had to make a turn to head her to Green Bay. Fleet mate Sam Laud was taking on fuel, the Mariner had to clear her stern then head down the Bay until the turning Basin and then make a 180 turn back for the Lake.

Stern Shot at Bay Ship. Vic DeLarwelle
Tug William C. standing off the bow. Vic DeLarwelle
American Mariner turns 180 degrees to head out to lake. Vic DeLarwelle
Mariner at Dunlap Reef, Laud and Sykes at the ship yard. Orrin Royce
Starting away from basin. Orrin Royce
Tug turning the ship. Orrin Royce
Bow clears Michigan Street Bridge. Vic DeLarwelle
Off the stern of the Ryerson. Vic DeLarwelle
Passing through the Bay View Bridge heading in to canal. Vic DeLarwelle

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and Orrin Royce




Middletown Departs

04/05:
Wednesday afternoon the Middletown departed her winter lay-up dock in Toledo for the 2001 season. Below are images of the crew practicing the required lifeboat drills before they departed.

Boarding the life boat by ladder.
Moving away from the Middletown.
Rowing.
Raising the lifeboat.

Reported by: Sharon Bouchonville




MacArthur Lock Opening

04/05:
The MacArthur Lock will be opened for the 2001 season Sunday just after midnight. The locked closed in December and underwent extensive repair and maintenance work over the winter. The Mac is able to accommodate any ship up to 730-feet in length and is often the lock used to lift salt water ships from the level of Lake Huron to the level of Lake Superior.

Reported by: Dan Fletcher




Aids to Navigation

04/05:
The Amherstburg Channel in the Detroit River has opened for the season to upbound traffic. The Livingstone Channel is now restricted to downbound traffic. In the winter buoys are removed from the Amherstburg Channel and the Livingstone is used for alternating one way traffic.

All the lighted buoys from Crossover Island to Lake Ontario have been installed. Buoy 227 was reported extinguished and light buoy 232 was reported out of position. 24 hour navigation is in progress in this area.

Due to favorable weather conditions, the maximum allowable draft in the St. Lawrence Seaway will be increased to 80.0 dm or 26-feet 3-inches at 12:01 a.m. on April 9.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Twin Ports Report

04/05:
Adam E. Cornelius came out of drydock Wednesday afternoon at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The vessel is scheduled to move to the BNSF ore dock on April 7 to load taconite pellets.

Both Charles M. Beeghly and Mesabi Miner were expected at Taconite Harbor on April 4 to load some of the stockpiled taconite pellets from the now-closed LTV Steel Mining Co. Great Lakes Trader is due there Saturday.

Reported by: Al Miller




Milwaukee Update

04/05:
The Capt. Henry Jackman arrived in the Port of Milwaukee Wednesday morning with the first salt cargo of the season. Milwaukee is a major distribution point for road salt. For the first time in years most of the huge stockpiles of salt have disappeared due to the areas above average snowfall this past winter.

Monday afternoon the Jean Parisien arrived to load grain. This is probably the first time the Parisien has ever been to Milwaukee to load grain.

Jean Parisien loading grain across the harbor.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Saginaw River News

04/05:
The Buffalo arrived at the Saginaw Rock Products dock at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, this is the Buffalo's first visit of the season to the Saginaw River.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Buffalo inbound passing the Essroc Dock/Smith Park area in Essexville MI.
Close up.
Buffalo continues upbound. in the back ground a CSX freight train crossing the Lake State Railroad bridge which had closed behind the Buffalo to allow the train to pass.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Sarnia update

04/05:
Activity is bustling around the trio of vessels recently acquired by Grand River Transportation from USS Great Lakes fleet. The George A. Sloan was moved Wednesday afternoon to a position astern of the Myron C. Taylor and Calcite II. Water was observed coming from the Sloan’s engine room discharges. Work was being done on the Calcite’s cargo hold and crews were evident working on the after ends of all three vessels.

The Singapore-flagged saltwater tanker Sichem Malene, which changed its name last Saturday while in Clarkston from Malen Sif, was tied at the Sidney E. Smith dock Wednesday, while the tug John Spence and barge were at the Government Dock awaiting space at the petroleum docks downstream, where Algoeast and Gemini were moored. Other afternoon traffic included the downbound Algocape and Algonova.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley departed Sarnia about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday for Windsor where they will stay the night. From Windsor the Risley will head to Port Weller to spend the weekend below Lock One on the western wall before entering drydock on Monday.

Pictures by Kristina Parker
Along side the Sloan.
Bow view.
Sun sets on her propeller.
Strern view of the Taylor and Calcite.
Equipment along side.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre, Paul Beesley and T. Parker




Toledo Report

04/05:
The Canadian Olympic finished loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator and departed around 1:30 p.m. with the Gaelic tug Susan Hoey assisting her on the stern as she was headed downriver. The Paterson was still loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator and was expected to depart late in the afternoon or evening depending on how the loading process went. The Gaelic Tugboat Company will handle the Paterson tow.

The CSL Niagara arrived at the CSX Coal Dock Wednesday morning to load coal, She was expected to depart later that evening. The Algomarine arrived in the afternoon and will follow the CSL Niagara to load coal. The next scheduled coal boat will be the Lee A. Tregurtha due in very early this morning to follow the Algomarine.

The Melissa Desgagnes is due in Friday afternoon.

The first scheduled ore boat for the Torco Dock will be the Courtney Burton due in Friday morning followed by the Reserve late Friday evening. The Gemini, Middletown, and Joseph H. Frantz have all departed their lay-up berths recently and are now out sailing.

The tug Karen Andrie with her barge still remains at CSX #2 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Buffalo Ice Boom

04/05:
The New York State Power Authority has delayed removal of the Niagara River Ice Boom for the time being. Heavier than usual ice in the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie will be allowed to thaw to prevent damage to the Power Authority intakes and shore side property. Critics say the boom causes undesirable weather effects and holds down the temperature near the shore of the lake.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Brockville Update

04/05:
The tanker Diamond Star was upbound in the Seaway Wednesday morning. She passed Brockville, ON at 11:40 a.m. The Maple Grove followed her about five minutes later. The small Package Freighter was downbound on the St. Lawrence River to pick up cargo at Massena, NY.

Diamond Star bow.
Diamond Star stern view.
Maple Grove.

Reported by: Keith Giles




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Today in Great Lakes History - April 05

On April 5, 1984 the joined sections of the HILDA MARJANNE and CHIMO's emerged from the Port Weller Dry Dock as the b) CANADIAN RANGER.

Sea trials for the PRAIRIE HARVEST (c) MELVIN H. BAKER II) were complete on April 5, 1984.

The G.G. POST was launched April 5, 1902 as a) LUZON

April 5, 1977 - Chessie System announced that the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 would be withdrawn from service and only the SPARTAN and BADGER would run for the season.

On 5 April 1854, AMERICA (wooden side-wheeler, 240', 1083 t, built in 1847 at Port Huron) was bound for Cleveland from Detroit. After the captain had set her course and gone to bed, the 2nd mate changed the course to the north. The 1st and 2nd mates disagreed about the course and as they awoke the captain, the ship ran aground near Point Pelee. Wave action reduced the vessel to rubble but no lives were lost.

On 5 April 1879, the 3-mast wooden schooner RESUMPTION was launched at the Wolf & Davidson yard in Milwaukee, WI. Her dimensions were 143' x 29' x 10', 294 gross tons, 279 net tons.

April 5, 1962 the SteveRobert W. Stewart was renamed to Amoco Michigan, The William P. Cowan was renamed to Amoco Illinois, the Edward G. Seubert was renamed Amoco Wisconsin and the Red Crow was renamed Amoco Indiana...after being transferred from Standard Oil Company in a sale to the American Oil Company for $10 each ship. Each ship traded in their names and their well known red superstructure for a typical white paint job instead which stuck with them until their end. The only change came to the Amoco Indiana when she traded in her black hull for Medusa (now Southdown) hull color.

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


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First saltie of the season expected in Twin Ports

04/04:
The English-owned saltie Millenium Raptor was expected to open Duluth-Superior's St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season with a scheduled 9 p.m. arrival March 3.

The vessel will dock at the Cenex Harvest States grain elevator in Superior, where it will load about 18,600 metric tons of spring wheat bound for Tunisia.

Reported by: Al Miller




CSL Laurentien Preparing to Sail

04/04:
Tuesday the new CSL Laurentien was partially floated in the large dry dock at Port Weller Dry Docks. Her engine vents near the stacks were open and it appeared her engines would be running shortly. She is expected to depart for sea trials early this month.

Reported by: Jason Junge




Last of Sarnia's Lay-up Fleet Departs

04/04:
Sarnia's lay-up fleet has departed for the season with the exception of the Grand River Navigation boats undergoing fit out.

The departure of the Capt. Henry Jackman, Algolake and tug W. N. Towlan with its barge left the Government Dock empty except for the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley. The Risley was expected to depart for Port Weller Dry Docks Tuesday but was still in Sarnia Tuesday evening.

The Algomarine backed out from wintering in the North Slip near the Cargill Elevators after doing fire drills, whistle tests and other fit out tests through out the day. Shortly before 9:00 p.m. she reported on that she was at Light 7 in Lake Huron and would head toward Goderich for engine testing and return to Light 7 within 6 hours. She was then expected to stop at the Imperial Oil fuel dock before continuing on to Toledo.

Farther down river the St. Clair was departing the Shell Oil fuel dock upbound.

Reported by: Steve Lennox and Jamie Kerwin




Saginaw River Update

04/04:
Tuesday the Frontenac was outbound from the Essroc Dock in Essexville passing the Front Range lights about 12:30 p.m. She backed down the river out into the Saginaw Bay to turn around.

The Barge Pathfinder Tug Dorothy Ann arriver later that afternoon with a split load for Bay Aggregates and the Saginaw Asphalt dock. At 9:10 p.m. they were preparing to depart Bay Aggregates heading upriver to the Asphalt dock.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Frontenac backing past the dredging operation.
Frontenac backing past the Front Range heading into Saginaw Bay.
Pathfinder heading upriver.
Passing through the Independence Bridge.
Downriver from the Independence Bridge passing the Total Petroleum Dock and the old Rupp Oil Dock.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Lon Morgan and Brian Ferguson




Republic Technologies files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

04/04:
Republic Technologies International filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week, citing market conditions that make it impossible for the steelmaker to pay suppliers and meet its debts. While the company hasn't made any decisions on how the filing will affect workers or specific plants, Republic plans to continue producing steel and paying wages and benefits to its 4,600 workers and its retirees, said John Willoughby, vice president of human resources.

Republic, based in Fairlawn, Ohio, is the nation's largest producer of high quality steel bars. It operates plants in Lorain, Canton, and Massillon, Ohio, Beaver Falls, Pa., Chicago and Harvey, Ill., Gary, Ind., Lackawanna, N.Y., Cartersville, Ga., Willimantic, Conn. and Hamilton, Ont. The company was formed in 1999 with the combination of Republic Engineered Steels Inc., Bar Technologies Inc. and U.S. Steel/Kobe Steel. U.S. Steel retained Lorain Tubular and operates it on the same site as the Republic facility.

Lorain Tubular gets its steel from Republic. But operations at Lorain Tubular should continue normally, since Republic plans to continue operating. Filing for Chapter 11 gives a company a chance to reorganize while alleviating pressure from creditors. ''Although our cash flow from operations has been positive for four straight quarters, we took this step because extremely difficult market conditions have made it impossible for us to meet our financial obligations,'' said Joseph F. Lapinsky, Republic's president and chief executive officer. ''Chapter 11 will give us the opportunity to restructure these obligations. ''A combination of factors, including a dramatic drop in order volume, a weak automotive market, significant price pressure from competitors and an increase in supplier prices, especially for energy, contributed to Republic's situation, Willoughby explained.

The Lorain facility receives about 8 to 10 loads of taconite each season. The taconite is delivered to the Republic Dock, the old National Tube Lorain Works dock, up the river. Because of the narrow channel the dock receives deliveries from the smaller Great Lakes freighters.

Reported by: Ned Gang and Al Miller




Heavy Traffic at the Soo

04/04:
Ice flowing down from Whitefish Bay is starting to make its way through the St Marys River, causing delays to vessels locking through the Poe Lock. With only one lock available, waiting time to lock through Tuesday was four to five hours at one point.

By noon, U.S. Coast Guard Group Soo advised that the harbor was full to all up and downbound traffic. Vessels were docked at the lower approach to the MacArthur, Poe and Davis Locks waiting for their turn to pass upbound.

The downbound Indiana Harbor was delayed in the lock due to ice buildup. The 1000-footer had to back and flushing the ice, a common practice when heavy ice is push into the lock. Too much ice in the chamber causes the ship to line up improperly, straining the ship, timbers and gates.

Downbound traffic at noon was the Indiana Harbor, Stewart J. Cort and tanker Algonova. Upbound vessels included the Arthur M. Anderson, Algolake, the big tug Atlantic Cedar owned by Purvis Marine, the tug W.N. Towlan and barge, Mesabi Miner and H. Lee White.

Working in the lower St Marys River was the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, Katmai Bay and Neah Bay.

Images from the Soo Locks Live Cam
The Anderson waits below the Poe Lock on her first trip of the season.
Close up.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Scott Best




Mail Service to Return to River

04/04:
The U.S. Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II will enter service at 9:00 a.m. today. The J.W. Westcott Co. of Detroit has been providing service to passing freighters for over 100 years from their station on the Detroit River. Today the Westcott Co. provides mail delivery, freight services and is the pilot boat for the Port of Detroit.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan




Departing Lay-up

04/04:
Departing lay-up Tuesday was the Charles M. Beeghly. She departed her lay-up dock in Superior to load in Taconite Harbor for Lorain, OH.

The barge McKee Sons with the tug Invincible departed Port Colborne to unload in Cleveland. The barge had wintered in Port Colborne at Wharf 12 while the tug under went dry docking and other work in Hamilton, ONT. on Lake Ontario.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers' Association




Iron Nugget Plant Proposed

04/04:
Northshore Mining Co. in Silver , Minn., may become the site of the world's first commercial iron nugget demonstration plant.

"This is new millennium technology,'' Larry Lehtinen, president of Mesabi Nugget Corp., told the Duluth News Tribune. Lehtinen's newly formed company would operate the nugget plant.

Major players in the project include the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., and Kobe Steel Ltd. of Japan. The nugget plant would provide about 100 jobs and provide a new use for Iron Range taconite.

Nuggets produced at the plant would contain a high concentration of iron. They could be used by both integrated steelmakers and in electric arc furnaces at mini-mills that now use mainly scrap steel.

Under the proposal, Mesabi Nugget Corp. would buy iron concentrate from Northshore Mining Co. and turn it into nuggets at a $70 million facility at Northshore. The plant would produce 300,000 tons of iron nuggets per year. If successful, four or five additional modules could be built at the shuttered LTV Steel Mining Co. in Hoyt Lakes or at other Iron Range taconite plants, Lehtinen said. LTV is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The nuggets -- fired in a rotary furnace with coal, natural gas and fuel oil up to temperatures of 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit -- would contain 97 percent iron. Construction of the plant would be include $20 million in equity from Cleveland Cliffs, the IRRRB, an unidentified steel company and $50 million in debt equity from the state's 21st Century Minerals Fund. That fund, designed to encourage development of a value-added taconite product in Minnesota, contains roughly $80 million.

Permitting the plant could take two years and cost $10 million. The process could begin as soon as May. Construction could start in spring 2003 with a fall 2004 startup.

While taconite pellet production is expected to remain viable for decades, a product made from taconite with a higher value could extend the industry's life and boost the region's economy.

One question that has never been addressed is whether these nuggets or other value-added iron products would be transported by Great Lakes freighter or rail.

Reported by: Al Miller and Mike Delaney




CSL in Milwaukee

04/04:
The CSL self unloader Jean Parisien arrived in Milwaukee Monday afternoon to load grain. This is probably the first time the Parisien has ever been to Milwaukee to load grain.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde and Ben Wohlers




Gull Isle Replacing Buoys

04/04:
On Monday the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Gull Isle from the Amherstburg Coast Guard base in the Detroit River replaced many winter spar buoys in Lake Erie and the Detroit River with summer lighted navigational aids. The Gull Isle also towed a drag line for two sunken winter spar buoys lost over the winter, both buoys were located. Tuesday the Gull Isle was observed replacing navigational aids in the Amherstburg channel.

Reported by: Kevin B. Sprague




Toledo Report

04/04:
Tuesday the Canadian Olympic was at Anderson's "E" Elevator loading grain. The Paterson was at Anderson's "K" Elevator also loading grain.

The John B. Aird arrived at the CSX Coal Dock about 11:00 a.m. to load coal, she was expected to depart sometime that evening. The next scheduled coal boats will be the CSL Niagara, followed by the Algomarine and Lee A. Tregurtha expected on Wednesday.

The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Courtney Burton Friday morning, followed by the Reserve late Friday evening.

The tug Karen Andrie with her barge is at CSX #2 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Restraining order Denied

04/04:
A federal bankruptcy court Saturday denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented LTV Steel Corp. from selling its defunct Minnesota taconite plant to any party other than Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Cliffs managed the mine and held the first option to buy it. Meanwhile, Cominco American Inc., the world's largest producer of zinc concentrate, is interested in the LTV Steel Mining Co. property, the Duluth News Tribune reported April 3.

Officials of Cominco want to extract a 600-ton sample of minerals this summer from what's known as the Babbitt Deposit, about six miles south of Babbitt and east of the defunct LTV Steel Mining Co., according to Marty Vadis of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "They would like to establish a relationship with the LTV owners and do a pilot plant,'' Vadis told the East Range Economic Response Team on Monday. "They are intending to do a lease, plan to take 600 tons this summer, and they are interested in the LTV plant.''

If Cominco opens a precious metals mine at the site, Vadis said projections are that 200 people would be employed in a pilot project stage and 1,000 if an open pit mine were developed.

Reported by: Al Miller




Ice Breaking on the Today Show

04/04:
Today there will be a story on NBC's "Today Show" about Ice Breaking on the St. Marys River. There will be clips of the Katmai Bay, Biscayne Bay, and Oglebay Norton.




New Edition Of ASC Newsletter

04/04:
The latest edition of the American Steamship Company's company newsletter, Soundings, was recently published to the company's web site. Individual articles can be viewed online or the entire issue can be downloaded.

Visit www.americansteamship.com

Reported by: American Steamship Company




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Today in Great Lakes History - April 04

The keel was laid April 4, 1978 for the Fred R. White Jr.

Sea trials of the tanker ROBERT W. STEWART were run on April 4, 1928

CEDARGLEN was launched on April 4, 1925 as a) WILLIAM C. ATWATER

HARRY W. CROFT was launched April 4, 1908 as a) FRED G. HARTWELL (1)

The E.G. GRACE became the first Maritimer to be sold for scrap when she was sold to Marine Salvage April 4, 1984.

JEAN-TALON was launched April 4, 1936 as a) FRANQUELIN (1)

The Harbor Tug and Fire Boat EDNA G. was launched April 4, 1896

On April 4, 1983 and on April 4, 1984, the William Clay Ford (1) opened the inter-lake shipping season at Duluth. While the William Clay Ford was traditionally among the first vessels to visit Duluth-Superior, it was coincidence that she opened the port on the same day during her last two seasons in service.

On 4 April 1872, the schooner JOHN WESLEY was launched from Bailey's yard at Toledo, OH. She was built for Skidmore & Abairs. She was classed as a full sized canaler and cost $22,000.

On 4 April 1881, the last two vessels of the Northern Transit Company, CHAMPLAIN and LAWRENCE, were sold to D. H. Day & Company of Grand Haven, MI.

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


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Anderson Departs

04/03:
The Arthur M. Anderson departed berth #15 at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay Monday afternoon.

The Anderson headed out the Sturgeon Bay ship canal and will be upbound on Lake Michigan to the Soo. She will pass upbound and on to Two Harbors for her first scheduled load of the season.

After repairs and flushing the boilers, and sensors for the automation of the system, the Anderson is ready to Sail. The Anderson is scheduled for complete automation of the boilers and engine room next winter at Fraser Ship Yard Duluth MN.

Captain on the bridge wing.
Entering Michigan Street Bridge.
Through the bridge heading up the Bay.
Anderson passes the bow of the Ryerson.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Cornelius towed to Dry Dock

04/03:
Monday the Adam E Cornelius was towed from her lay-up berth at the Port Authority slip around port terminal under the Blatnik Bridge to Frazier Shipyards. Assisting were the G Tugs North Dakota and North Carolina.

Pictures by Andrew Tubesing
Cornelius backs out of her slip and turns toward Port Terminal.
North Dakota towing Cornelius.
Stern of Cornelius with North Carolina helping make the turn at Port Terminal.
Activity atop her super structure.
Cornelius with North Carolina in Tow.
Cornelius and North Carolina with John Sherwin as a backdrop.
The trio heads for the Blatnik Bridge.
Trio closer to Bridge.
Cornelius framed by spans of the Old and New Highway 53 Bridges.

Reported by: Andrew Tubesing and Al Miller




Erie Opener

04/03:
Erie, PA. received its first boat Monday when the American Republic entered with a load of stone for the Old Ore Dock. The Republic arrived at about 11:00 a.m. in fog and rain. Her visit also marks the earliest opening in recent history, the other having been April 2, 1996, when the Algoway arrived for the Old Ore Dock. No activity of fit out was on the Richard Reiss, so she will likely fit out shortly before or after Easter.

The Republic arrives.
Stern View.
Republic and Reiss. This shows how thick the fog was, the distance between the Reiss and the Republic's turn is only about 1000 feet.
The Republic unloading.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Twin Ports Report

04/03:
As more boats enter service this season, the taconite trade on western Lake Superior is developing a steady pace. On April 2, Philip R. Clarke was loading in Two Harbors; Halifax was loading at DMIR in Duluth; George A. Stinson was at BNSF ore dock in Superior; and Courtney Burton was due at Silver Bay.

Charles M. Beeghly was backed out of the drydock at Fraser Shipyards sometime Sunday or Monday. As reported above, the Adam E. Cornelius took her place in drydock.

Also scheduled to call at Two Harbors are John G. Munson, April 3; Arthur M. Anderson, April 4; Edgar B. Speer and Roger Blough, April 5; Edwin H. Gott, April 6; and Presque Isle, April 7. At DMIR in Duluth, scheduled vessels include Frontenac, April 5; James R. Barker, April 7; and Oglebay Norton on April 8. BNSF in Superior is scheduled to handle Burns Harbor on April 3.

Reported by: Al Miller




Soo News

04/03:
Soo transits upbound included the Algosteel, Columbia Star, Burns Harbor, John G Munson, Courtney Burton, Mackinaw, Canadian Transport and Millenium Raptor. Downbound was the Great Lakes Trader, Bristol Bay and James R Barker. The Great Lakes Trader stopped for about two hours at the pier below the locks. It is unknown why the tug and barge stopped.

Ice tracks in the St Marys River are finally softening due to the much needed help from the 140-foot Bay Class icebreakers from the U.S. Coast Guard. All tracks have been cleaned out and maintained daily for easier transits without delays or stops.

In the last two weeks, some icebreakers were noted to be working 18 hour days to keep up with ice problems in the river.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Owen Sound Update

04/03:
Chi Cheemaun is currently receiving a new paint scheme. A series of narrow blue to faded blue (towards rear) stripes now occupy the area where the ONTC color bands were. The stack is still blue but considering they have just started painting, the final picture could be quite different.

Agawa Canyon had her main deck sandblasted over the weekend and a new deck surface is currently being applied. It is expected to sail by mid week. The Algowest departed on Sunday.

Mapleglen is quiet with winter maintenance now all but complete.

Reported by: Peter Bowers




Toledo Report

04/03:
Monday morning the Buffalo finished loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed. The Fred R. White Jr. then followed the Buffalo to load coal and she departed in the afternoon.

The tug Karen Andrie with her barge remained at the CSX #2 dock.

The Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey, and William Hoey towed the Paterson upriver Monday morning to one of the grain elevator complexes to load.

The next scheduled coal boat will be the John B. Aird due in early this afternoon, followed by the Algomarine, CSL Niagara, and Lee A. Tregurtha on Wednesday.

The Courtney Burton is still the first scheduled ore boat of the season for the Torco Dock, she is now due in Friday morning, followed by the Reserve on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto News

04/03:
The fire tug William Lyon Mackenzie responded to a large fire Sunday night out on the Toronto Islands. 9 yachts burned along with a workshop at the RCYC. Several police watercraft were also called to the scene to assist.

Monday was the first day of service for the RCYC ferry Kwasind, which probably delivered a number of worried club members to the island.

Lady Hamilton, which anchored in Humber Bay last Friday, sailed into Toronto Harbor Monday. She was assisted to Pier 52 by tugs Atomic and Lac Como. Two hours later Lady Hamilton shifted over to the Redpath Sugar refinery to deliver her cargo of raw sugar.

Algoisle, which had wintered at Pier 52, was towed into the Cherry St. basin to continue her lay-up.

The Toronto Harbor tour boat Enterprise 2000 had two charters on Sunday, which illustrates that the cruise business is already up and running here in Toronto.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Ron Beaupre




Kingston (Seaway East) Update

04/03:
On March 30, the tug John Spence was in Oswego and he reported to the Saturn that Oswego Harbor was ice free. On Monday most of the lighted aids are in the Seaway Channel above Snell lock and nighttime navigation has begun. The only missing buoys are near Clayton where the tugs Robinson Bay and Performance are still encountering too much ice for the buoys. They have to do some ice breaking before installing in that area.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

04/03:
Two vessels that wintered in Montreal returned to service Sunday. The Algoville departed for Sept-Iles and Sauniere for the Magdelen Islands. The Melissa Desgagnés was expected to leave Montreal Monday afternoon for the Seaway. Algoport, which wintered at Sorel, departed Monday morning for Sept-Iles.

Still docked in Quebec City is the ferry Trans-St. Laurent she was expected to leave on March 23 for Rivière-du-Loup. According to the Port of Quebec, she will leave from there on April 8. According to the brochure with her schedule, she will enter into service on April 12 between Rivière-du-Loup and St. Siméon on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Arriving on schedule at Quebec City on Sunday was the Federal Hunter, the last one of the Oshima class of vessels built in Japan. Her next port of call is Ashtabula, Ohio.

Monday morning the Cécilia Desgagnés was still being used for a movie under the name Lady Panama. Both the Panamanian flag and US flag had been hoisted behind her accommodation block. For the needs of the movie, a dozen or so containers had been loaded on her deck.

There was a lot of ice Monday morning in the Seaway above the locks slowing traffic including Federal Hudson that spent four hours in the St. Lambert Lock. The tankers Saturn and Jade Star, downbound for Montreal, had to tie up at Côte Ste. Catherine for a few hours.

Reported by: René Beauchamp
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Doug McKeil Back In Amherstburg

04/03:
Late Sunday night, the tug Doug McKeil and barge arrived at the General Chemical dock in Amherstburg.

Reported by: Kevin B. Sprague




Coal Restriction Will Hurt Coal Trade

04/03:
Ontario power plants facing coal restrictions Mississauga's Lakeview generating station must stop burning coal by 2005 under strict new pollution limits announced last month by Ontario's environment minister. In addition, the province's five other coal-fired electrical generating plants will face stricter limits on sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The caps will drastically reduce current limits on six fossil-fuel plants currently owned by Ontario Power Generation; the limits on smog-causing nitrogen oxides will be reduced by 53 per cent, while the cap on acid rain causing sulphur dioxide will be cut by 25 per cent. Ontario intends to deregulate its electricity market this year, although no date has been announced. The new pollution limits will help keep a promise to match or exceed the smog requirements of the U.S. Environmental Pollution Agency.

Many of the plants receive coal deliveries by U.S. and Canadian freighters.

Reported by: Al Miller




Today in Great Lakes History - April 03

On April 3, 1991 the pilothouse of the WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1) was moved by barge towed by Gaelic tug's CAROLYN HOEY and placed on a specially built foundation at the Dossin Museum for display facing the Detroit River as a fully equipped pilot house.

LIQUILASSIE was launched April 3, 1943 as a) TEMBLADOR.

On 3 April 1872, the passenger/package freight steam barge ROBERT HOLLAND was launched at Marine City, MI. She was towed to Detroit by the propeller TRADER to have her machinery installed.

On 3 April 1876, the Port Huron Times reported "The wreck of the schooner HARMONICA, which has been missing for a month or more, has been discovered on the beach near Whitehall completely buried in the ice. Four are supposed to have perished."

On 3 April 1894, WILLIAM H. BARNUM (wooden propeller freighter, 219', 937 gt, built in 1873 at Detroit, MI) was carrying corn on her first trip of the season. She was reportedly in poor condition and was insured only for this voyage. Her hull was cut by floating ice and she sank about two miles east of present Mackinac Bridge. The tug CRUSADER got her crew off before she sank.

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


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

04/02:
Sunday the Algocape became the first upbound vessel into the port of Thunder Bay for the 2001 season. She docked shortly before 5:00 p.m. at the Mission Terminal Elevator. The Algocape’s Captain will receive the ceremonial top hat for the first vessel to arrive in port. The Algocape is loading for Montreal, Quebec.

The Algonova arrived a few hours later and docked at the Petro-Canada Oil Dock.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Steamer Saginaw Makes First Visit to the Saginaw River

04/02:
The Steamer Saginaw was upbound the Saginaw River Sunday on her first visit of the season. She gave a security call at the Front Range light at 9:55 p.m. and indicated she was going to the Buena Vista / Crow Island Dock.

The Saginaw also coordinated passing with the tug Steven Asher's dredging operations. The Asher is working on the new unloading site for Bay Aggregates, which will be moving from downtown Bay City to the Old Amoco dock in Bangor Township. The move should be complete by the 2002 shipping season. Bay Aggregates receives frequent shipments of stone from ASC and Interlake.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




Beeghly Ready to Depart

04/02:
Sunday shutters on the Charles M. Beeghly's pilot house were off, its navigational equipment was operating and there were a few G Tugs at its stern. Engines were producing smoke as it was preparing to depart its winter lay-up dock for the 2001 season.

Reported by: Colt Edin




Pathfinder Departs

04/02:
The tug Dorothy Ann and Barge Pathfinder departed Sturgeon Bay and Bay Ship Building Sunday. The pair departed early morning in a mix of snow, rain and fog.

The remaining ships at Bay Ship in winter lay-up fleet, are Wilfred Sykes, Sam Laud, American Mariner, and the Arthur M. Anderson who returned for repairs.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




U.S. Coast Guard SPAR

04/02:
The U.S. Coast Guard's newest Cutter, the SPAR, was visiting Cleveland, Ohio. On Sunday crew members were able to visit the Football Hall of Fame in nearby Akron. On Monday the SPAR will take on provisions and Tuesday local members of SPAR (female enlisted World War II vets) will be visiting the vessel.

The ship is scheduled to sail for the Welland Canal Tuesday evening. The SPAR is scheduled to make numerous stops on its delivery voyage including Montreal, Quebec City, PEI, and Halifax. Janet Reno is scheduled to sail with the vessel while off the Florida Keys. The vessel is tentatively scheduled to arrive at Kodiak, Alaska on June 17.

Reported by: Mark Shumaker




Twin Ports Report

04/02:
Vessel traffic in the Twin Ports is still light this early in the season. April 1 traffic included Alpena, arriving overnight for the Lafarge cement docks in Superior and Duluth. The vessel is the first cement boat of the season in the Twin Ports. Other visitors included Oglebay Norton, which stopped for fuel before proceeding to the DMIR ore dock. Although the Oglebay Norton arrived about 9:00 a.m. on a brisk morning, about 20 boatwatchers were on hand at the Duluth ship canal. Indiana Harbor also arrived to load at Midwest Energy Terminal with coal bound for Nanticoke.

Oglebay Norton off Duluth.
Oglebay Norton entering the Duluth ship canal.
Closeup of the bow.
Passing beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Full view.
Deckhands handling lines at the port terminal.
Fuel boom being extended from the Murphy Oil fuel dock to the vessel.
Movie of the vessel in Duluth harbor. 450k

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette News

04/02:
Sunday the ore dock was busy with the arrival of two vessels. The Great Lakes Trader made its second visit of the season that morning and the Algosteel was expected to make its first visit of the season when it arrives early afternoon. The Algosteel's arrival will also be the first vessel from the Algoma fleet to arrive this season.

In other news, during the month of March only seven vessels visited Marquette Harbors. The lower harbor is still waiting for its first commercial vessel of the season however the U.S.C.G. Mackinaw paid a visit to assist the first commercial vessel back on March 16. As for the upper harbor, 6 vessels made visits to the ore dock lead by the James Barker and the Sara Spencer which both had two visits. Also visiting was the Great Lakes Trader and the John Boland. Vessel traffic should start heating up shortly.

Pictures by Jim Noetzel
Sarah Spencer loading at the Ore Dock.
James R. Barker on the other side of the dock.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Soo Report

04/02:
Saturday the cutter Mackinaw was downbound in the upper St Marys River and will meet the Bristol Bay locking through to the upper river into Whitefish Bay. The Cutter Katmai Bay was working with Mobile Bay from Detour to Lake Nicolet in the lower river with Neah Bay and Biscayne Bay working the Straits area .

Temperatures have been cold enough overnight to refreeze the brash ice in the traffic lanes but plate ice is causing problems in the river system. Saturday's Soo Evening News reported that there were seven icebreakers working in the Straits area and St Marys River, this according to Coast Guard Group Sault.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay was expected to head back to her normal assignment in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday. On Lake Michigan Grays Reef Channel will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Brian Kloosterman




Sarnia Update

04/02:
The Capt. Henry Jackman backed away from the Sarnia Government Dock, turned and headed down to the Shell fuel dock about 4:30 Sunday. It was expected to depart upbound from the fuel dock about 8:20 p.m. She was running at a reduced speeding as she is breaking her engines in. This would suggest that some type of engine work took place over her short winter lay-up. The Algolake was also ready to depart. She gave one long and two short blasts as a send off to the Jackman.

In the North Slip, the Algomarine was completing final fitout work and is expected to depart Tuesday.

The George A. Sloan is rumored to be moving to the Government Dock from the North Slip for fit out once the two Algoma vessels have cleared.

Pictures by T. Parker
Risley at the Government Dock.
Capt. Henry Jackman and Algolake behind the Risley.
Algomarine testing her engine.
Video of the Algomarine. 1.4 meg

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Toledo Report

04/02:
Sunday the tug Karen Andrie with her barge was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. When finished unloading she will proceed to the CSX # 2 dock and lay there for five days.

The John G. Munson was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock and departed late in the afternoon. The Buffalo was due in at the CSX Dock early Sunday evening scheduled for an 11:00 p.m. start. The Fred R. White Jr. was due in late Sunday evening and will follow the Buffalo.

The next scheduled coal boat will be the John B. Aird due in Tuesday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco dock will be the Courtney Burton due in Thursday evening followed by the Reserve early Saturday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Know Your Ships 2001

04/02:
The 2001 edition of the popular "Know Your Ships: Guide to Boatwatching on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway" is now available from Marine Publishing Co. "Know Your Ships" offers complete information on nearly 2,500 U.S., Canadian and International-flag vessels that pass our shores, including owner and port of registry, vital statistics, and former names.

This year's "Know Your Ships" takes an in-depth look at Canada's Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., the 2001 Fleet of the Year, with an illustrated fleet profile. Also featured are 9 pages of colorful stack markings and flags of Great Lakes and Seaway fleets, a guide to Great Lakes marine museums and profiles of the Soo Locks, Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway. A section listing engine data for U.S. and Canadian-flag vessels is new this year, as are more than 50 new photographs from around the lakes and Seaway.

Order from Marine Publishing Co., Box 68, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. 49783, or on-line at www.knowyourships.com. Price is $14.95 plus $3 s-h (Michigan residents ad 6% sales tax).




Help Wanted

04/02:
American Maritime Officers (AMO)
AMO, the largest Licensed Union on the Great Lakes, is looking for Licensed Officers to fill Deck, Engine and Steward positions. AMO contracted companies offer the best wage and benefits package on the Great Lakes.

Employment Requirements Include:
Engine:
U.S. Coast Guard Third Assistant Engineer's License, steam or motor, any horsepower (or higher rating)

Deck:
U.S. Coast Guard First Class Pilot's License and FCC Marine Radio Operator's Permit (inspected vessels) or
U.S. Coast Guard Mate, 1,600 gross tons or higher rating (uninspected vessels)

There are also unlicensed employment opportunities through AMO in both the deck and engine departments of U.S. Great Lakes vessels.

For further information or membership application, contact:
Terry P. Pelfrey
Dispatcher, Great Lakes
(419) 255-3940
(800) 221-9395


Grand River Navigation
Grand River Navigation is now accepting applications for permanent positions aboard Great Lakes self-unloaders. We are filling the following positions: O.S., A.B.s, oilers, cooks, engineers, mates and captains. For more information or to receive an application please contact Grand River Navigation at 517-734-8555 or click here to e-mail (employment inquires Only)


Diamond Jack's River Tours
Diamond Jack's River Tours, operators of three passenger vessels in Detroit and Wyandotte have summer employment openings. Many college students and retirees are employed each summer aboard the Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle and Diamond Queen for charter and tour sailing's. A MMD is not required as the vessels are under 100 gross tons. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and drug free. For more information call Steve Carrothers: 313-843-9376.

Visit www.diamondjack.com for more information.




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Today in Great Lakes History - April 02

On April 2, 1951 CLIFFS VICTORY was towed, bound for New Orleans, LA, with her deck houses, stack, propeller, rudder and above deck fittings stored on or below her spar deck for bridge clearance. She was outfitted with two 120 foot pontoons, which were built at the Baltimore yard, that were attached to her hull at the stern to reduce her draft to eight feet for passage in the shallow sections of the river/canal system.

LEON FALK, JR was launched April 2, 1945 as a) WINTER HILL, a T2-SE-Al World War II single screw fuel tanker for U.S. Maritime Commission.

CLIFFORD F. HOOD was launched April 2, 1902 as the straight deck Bulk Freighter a) BRANSFORD.

The SENATOR OF CANADA sailed under her own power on April 2, 1985 to Toronto, Ont. where she was put into ordinary next to her fleetmate the QUEDOC (2). She was later scrapped in Venezuela.

The WHEAT KING was lengthened by an addition of a 172'6" mid-section (Hull #61) and received a 1000 hp bowthruster. This work reportedly cost $3.8 million Cdn and was completed on April 2, 1976.

On April 2, 1953, the J.L. Mauthe (now Pathfinder (3) entered service.

April 2, 1975 - The State of Michigan filed a Federal Court suit to stop the Grand Trunk Railway from selling GRAND RAPIDS. It was felt that selling the ferry would build a stronger case for abandonment of the entire ferry service.

On 2 April 1874, A.H. HUNTER (wooden propeller tug, 58', 28 gt) was launched at Saginaw, MI. She was built for Donnelly & Clark of Saginaw by Wheeler. The engine was built by Bartlett & Co. of Saginaw. Her boiler and some other equipment were from the almost new tug KATY REID that burned at Salzburg, MI in October 1873.

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


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Tanker Sold

04/01:
McKeil Marine has purchased the Algoscotia and will officially take delivery on Monday in Halifax. The tanker will be renamed Ralph Tucker. Ralph Tucker is a long time friend of Evans McKeil and was a Captain on their tugs.

The tanker will be employed in the Calcium Chloride trade, most likely from General Chemicals in Amherstburg, Ontario.

Reported by: Chris Jackson




Burton Arrives

04/01:
Courtney Burton arrived in Marine City, McClouth yards about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. She was carrying a load of crushed limestone. After unloading she is expected to depart Marine City and sail upbound for Silver Bay to load ore for Toledo.

Reported by: Duane Upton




Renaming

04/01:
The saltie Malen Sif changed her name Saturday while in Clarkson to Sichem Malene. The tanker flies the Singapore flag and is expected to depart Clarkson for Sarnia about 10:00 a.m. today.

Reported by: Howard Whan




Sarnia Update

04/01:
Sarnia's remaining lay-up fleet was busy with activity Saturday.

In the North Slip, a small army of workers has descended on the former USS boats. The sale of the vessels was finalized Friday and crews are hard at work fitting out the boats. No date was giving but they may sail as soon as the end of the month. Noticeably absent from the stern of the George A. Sloan is the American flag that was flying before the sale.

Behind the former USS boats, crews are fitting out the Algomarine. Smoke was seen periodically coming from her stack. She is expected to depart on Tuesday to load in Toledo for Sault Ste. Marie.

The two Algoma vessels that wintered at the Government Dock were expected to depart Saturday. The Algolake was scheduled to depart about 4:00 p.m. and sail upbound for Superior, WI. to load for Nanticoke.

Rafted to the Algolake was the Capt. Henry Jackman, she was preparing to depart also about 4:00 p.m. to take on a split load in Goderich for Milwaukee and Muskegon.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley was at the Government Dock. Crews on the Risley were performing various maintenance on the ship as they wait for the dry dock at Port Weller Dry Docks. The Risley is expected to depart on Tuesday.

Former USS boats.
Another view.
Calm waters reflect.
Stern view.
Wide view of sterns.
Full parking lot around the trio.

Algomarine.
Samuel Risley at the Government Dock.
Close up of her crane.
Panoramic view of the river from the Risley's pilot house.
Capt. Henry Jackman preparing to depart.
Smoke from the Algolake's stack.
The American Republic passes downbound.
The Sidney E. Smith Dock. The vessel sank in the river June 5, 1972 after being hit by the Parker Evans. Her cabin were stripped off and the stern section was towed to this spot and made into the dock.
Port Huron Pilot boat Huron Maid upbound at Point Edward.
Goviken upbound.
Stern view.
Halifax upbound.
Close up.
Stern view.
Paul R. Tregurtha downbound passing St. Clair, MI.
Another view.
Panoramic of the Tregurtha.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Thunder Bay Update

04/01:
A week after the start of the season when the Nanticoke, Frontenac and the Algosteel left their winter berths, activity in the harbor is increasing.

The Canadian Transfer has been moved over to Valley Camp to load. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sundew arrived shortly after noon Saturday to work icebreaking operations in port. The Sundew is expected to remain in Thunder Bay over the weekend to break ice in preparation for the first upbound boat of the season, which is expected Monday. The Algocape may take the honors, it is scheduled to arrive late tonight.

Saturday evening the Canadian Navigator was pulled out of Pascol Dry Dock and placed at the Lay by dock in preparation for its first trip of the year to Duluth early this week.

Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Toledo News

04/01:
Saturday the tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was loading at the B-P Oil Dock. The Philip R. Clarke arrived at the A.R.M.S. Dock very early Saturday morning to unload another salt cargo.

The Buffalo is now scheduled to load coal at the CSX this evening. She is expected to be followed by the Fred R. White Jr. on Monday morning.

The first tentative scheduled ore boat for the Torco Dock will be the Courtney Burton late Thursday evening, followed by the Reserve on Saturday, April 7.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

04/01:
Saturday the Fred R. White Jr. arrived off Cleveland about 8:00 a.m.. She was upbound to deliver ore to the LTV works.

The new U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR docked at the Lakefront Docks about 8:00 a.m. The ship departed Cleveland heading west at 9:00 a.m. She was later seen cruising offshore west of Cleveland.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Car Driven off Dock

04/01:
Friday night a man drove an auto into a slip at the Torco Dock around 7:00 p.m. The auto was reported stolen. Witnesses reported the car drove past the office area at a high rate of speed and disappeared. Police and fire crews followed the tracks to the waters edge. Drivers located the car and removed the body. The I.D. of the man is not public at this time. The car was pulled from the slip around 9:00 p.m. The incident took place where the Courtney Burton was tied for the winter.

Reported by: Scott Ousky




Today in Great Lakes History - April 01

The a) STEWART J. CORT was commissioned on April 1,1972.

In April 1965, the J.A. CAMPBELL was renamed c) BUCKEYE MONITOR.

Realizing that the bulk trades were too competitive, Captain John Roen's Roen Transportation Co. sold the CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN to the American Steamship Co. (Boland & Cornelius, mgr.) on April 1, 1947 for $915,000.

The ROY A. JODREY started her first full season opening navigation at the Soo Locks April 1, 1966 with a load of stone for Algoma Steel.

Dismantling of the G.A. TOMLINSON (2) began on April 1, 1980 and was completed eight months later in December.

April 1, 1903 - Gus Kitzinger of the Pere Marquette Line Steamers, acquired the PERE MARQUETTE 3 & 4 from the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

Sailors at Chicago went on strike on 1 April 1871 for an increase in pay. They were getting $1.50 a day. Some ship owners offered $1.75 but when word came that the Straits of Mackinac were clear of ice, the sailors demanded the unheard of daily wage of $3.25. Although some ships stayed in port, the $1.75 wage was accepted and the barks MARY PEREW, J.G. MASTEN and C.J. WELLS, along with the schooners DONALDSON, PATHFINDER and CHAMPION set sail on 1 April 1871.

On 1 April 1904, CONDOR (2-mast wooden schooner, 58', 22 gt, built in 1871 at Sheboygan, WI), while lying at anchor in the Kalamazoo River at Singapore, MI, was crushed by ice moving out in the Spring breakup.

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


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