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Maumee in Buffalo

04/30
The Maumee delivered a load of coal to the Huntley Power Plant in Tonawanda, NY on Monday. She arrived at 10:00 p.m. to unload. This is the second cargo by the fleet this season to Tonawanda. The Calumet visited a few weeks ago.

Tonawanda is on the Niagara River, just north of Buffalo. This is her first trip through the Buffalo Ship Canal under her new name. She previously came through as the Calcite II. The vessel visited Buffalo harbor last year as the Maumee delivering sand.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski and Dan Sweeley




Sykes Returns

04/30
Monday the Wilfred Sykes inbound passing the Saginaw River Front Range Lights about 7:00 a.m. The Sykes stopped at the Essexville Sand & Stone dock to lighter before departing for the Wirt Dock in Saginaw just after 10:00 a.m. to finish unloading.

There were a few tense moments during her trip upriver to Saginaw as the Sykes struck Buoy 24 located between Liberty and Veterans Memorial Bridges. She stopped all engines and coasted clear of the buoy, with the buoy running down the port side of the hull. The Coast Guard was in contact with the Sykes and no damage was done.

This section of the river is very difficult to navigate as the Central Michigan Railway and Liberty Bridges are very close together and on a bend in the river just before the Veterans Bridge.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes upbound at Smith Park.
Stern view.
Unloading at Essexville Sand & Stone.
Another view.

Reported by: Dale Stephan and Todd Shorkey




Virginiaborg in Menominee

04/30
Monday the Virginiaborg arrived in Menominee with a cargo of bleached wood pulp for K&K Warehouse. This is her second trip to Menominee in the past year. Last fall the Virginiaborg arrived in Menominee on its maiden voyage. The Selvick tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick remain tied up at the K&K dock. Saturday morning the saltie Marinette arrived in Menominee at the K&K dock to unload a small cargo of lumber from Germany. The Marinette was assisted to dock by the Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick. The Marinette was delayed arriving in Menominee because of a problem with a piston on one of its main engines while upbound for Menominee.

While unloading in Menominee engine room crews were busy repairing the problem. The Marinette departed about 6:00 p.m. Saturday bound for Duluth to finish unloading.

Virginiaborg unloading at K&K East dock.
Wide view at the K&K dock.
Marinette enters port Saturday morning.
Looking into the #3 cargo hold as lumber is unloaded.
Spare anchor sitting on Marinette's deck.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Lakes Ore Trade Down By 42 Percent In March

04/30
Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 934,830 gross tons (1,047,010 net tons) in March, a decrease of 42 percent compared to a year ago. The decline came entirely at U.S. ports; loadings at eastern Canadian ports were essentially the same as a year before.

On a Season-To-Date basis, the ore trade is down 33 percent. For the first time since the mid-1990s, Escanaba, Michigan, shipped a significant amount of iron ore by vessel in February.

Starting this season, Lake Carriers' Association will be producing the monthly iron ore shipment report for the American Iron Ore Association and therefore, the table below also tracks iron ore vessel shipments to all North American points as well as all-rail shipments.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

04/30
Port officials are expecting an increase in tonnage in wood products this season, and Monday was a good example of what can be expected. The saltie Marinette was docked at the Duluth port terminal to unload lumber from Europe. The ship has the same large unloading rig as the Menominee. Also Monday, two tugs were bringing down three barges of lumber from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Later this week the saltie Flinterduin is due in port with a cargo of wood pulp, which will be used by one of the paper mills in the region.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw News

04/30
The CSL Tadoussac was inbound early Monday morning as she passed the Pump-Out Island at around 3:00 a.m. The vessel proceeded inbound to the Essroc Terminal in Essexville where she unloaded clinker, then departed for the lake later in the afternoon.

Following the Tadoussac was the John J. Boland. The Boland passed Light 1 of the Saginaw River Entrance Channel around 5:30 a.m. She was inbound for the Bay Aggregates Dock in Downtown Bay City where she lightered before departing for the Sargent Dock in Saginaw to finish. The Boland was headed to the 6th Street Turning Basin to turn and head downbound for the lake at 10:00 p.m.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
John J. Boland upbound approaching Liberty Bridge.
Close up view.
Stern view.
Boland unloading at Bay Aggregates.
Squeezing through the Central Michigan Railway Bridge.
CSL Tadoussac unloading at Essroc.
Another view.
Wilfred Sykes approaching the Tadoussac.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Huron and Sandusky Traffic

04/30
Sunday the Reserve was unloading stone in Huron, Oh. while the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and Frontenac were loading coal in Sandusky.

Reserve in Huron.
Profile.
Stern view.
Frontenac waiting to loading.

Reported by: Don Lee




Cornelius Unloads

04/30
The Adam E Cornelius was in Erie on Monday to unload at the Mounfort Terminal. The vessel arrived at about 8:30 am and departed at 3:30 Monday afternoon. The vessel slowed on arrival to allow for the passage of the J.S. St. John, outbound to dredge sand.

Adam E. Cornelius inbound.
Stern View.
J.S. St. John outbound.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Toronto Update

04/30
Monday the tour boats Nelvana, Ste. Marie I and Island Princess VI. were launched at Pier 35 by a shore side crane.

Rough weather on Sunday caused the T.I.M., the Toronto Island Marina tender to snap the deck cleats on her island dock in the gale force winds and went adrift in the island lagoon briefly.

The saltie Palawan took away two Seaflight (Katran) hydrofoils last week that had been sold. The cement barge Metis is loaded with the Stephen B. Roman's last cargo, so she may be used as a transfer barge this season.

At 3:15 p.m. McKeil tugs started pulling the Seaway Queen away from her berth. They secured her along the wall just west of the RCYC city dock, they then went and pulled Canadian Venture away from 35 South and put her on 35 North where the Queen had been. Then, they took the Queen back and moored her outside the Venture.

Work on the River Gambler is proceeding at the drydock. A generator that was damaged a few days ago will not be replaced, as it was an auxiliary. Next on the drydock is Norm Rogers's schooner Alison Lake.

The Canadian Transport remains docked in Toronto as engine repairs continue.

The saltie Milo appears to have completed unloading raw sugar at the Redpath dock. Hatches were closed and smoke was billowing from its stack shortly after 5:00 p.m.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Craig Ritchie




Seaway Traffic

04/30
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Sunday and Monday.

Jumbo Spirit passing Brockville around 2:00 p.m. Monday.
Wave from the bridge.
Stern view.
Flintereems passing on Sunday.

Reported by: Peter Carter




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




New Fednav Ship on the Seaway

04/29
The 656-foot Federal Weser, one of Fednav's newest ships, entered the Seaway Saturday on it first trip up the Seaway. On Sunday night the 2001 built vessel was on Lake Ontario as it heads upbound for Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Transfer Visits Saginaw

04/29
The Canadian Transfer was inbound the Saginaw River Sunday morning passing through the Liberty Bridge in Bay City around 8:30 a.m. She was headed up to a Saginaw Dock with a cargo of Potash.

The Canadian Transfer completed unloading Sunday night and was outbound passing the Front Range on her way to the lake at 9:40 p.m.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Canadian Transfer upbound approaching Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Stern View at Liberty Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Marquette Loading

04/29
The Charles M. Beeghly loaded taconite at Marquette's upper harbor Saturday. The H. Lee White also loaded taconite after bringing a load of stone for the mines to the lower harbor.

Beeghly loading.
H. Lee White loading.
Close up.
Rail cars drop their load of taconite.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




River Rouge Update

04/29
On Saturday the Arthur M. Anderson was unloading stone at the Marblehead Dock on the Rouge River, just below the Jefferson Ave. Bridge. The tug Rebecca Lynn and barge A-397 was loading up river at the Marathon Oil dock, and the Ford Rouge Complex was empty of ships.

Anderson unloading.

Reported by: Nathan Nietering




Toledo Traffic

04/29
Below are images of traffic in Toledo on Sunday.
Tug William Hoey in the Maumee River.
barges Manitowoc, Roanoke and Windsor in the Frog Pond.
Buckeye at the Torco Dock.
Gordon C Leitch inbound for Anderson's Grain Dock, the old Cargill Dock.
Olympic Mentor (Greece) at the Toledo World Terminal.
William Hoey beginning to pull the Leitch's stern up river into a 25 knot wind.
Pulling on the stern.
Finished with her tow, the William Hoey heading back to the Gaelic Dock.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toronto News

04/29
Stephen B. Roman arrived Saturday and rafted to the barge Metis. The Fire tug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie and harbor police responded to a call to remove a body from the slip just to the west of the ferry docks Sunday morning.

The Greek saltie Milo was unloading at Redpath Sugar. The Federal Hudson departed over night.

Reported by: Gerry O.




MHSD members recognized

04/29
The Marine Historical Society of Detroit, Inc. is pleased to announce that several members were recognized at the Society's annual dinner banquet held April 20, 2002 at the St. Clair Inn, St. Clair, Mich.

Rene Beauchamp of Montreal was named the Society's Historian of the Year. Perhaps best known for his annual publication of Saltie passages into and out of the St. Lawrence Seaway System, Rene has taken many pictures of all types of ships in the Montreal area and has been a valuable contributor to the Society. His work was featured in the Society's 1998 calendar.

Wayne H. Garrett of Troy, Mich. and Louis J. Cahill of St. Catherines, Ont., each received a William J. Luke Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Wayne Garrett has been a member of the Society since 1972 and over the years, has served as president and vice-president, as well as chairman of the calendar committee, program chair, awards chairman and dinner meeting chairman. He also has made great contributions to the Society's publications such as the books Great Lakes Ships We Remember III, Ahoy and Farewell II and the soon to be re-released Ahoy and Farewell I, which has undergone extensive revisions thanks to Wayne and his book committee.

Lou has been a friend and long term member of the MHSD for over 25 years. In that time he has generously and graciously hosted Society visits to the Welland Canal. He has arranged many tours of the Port Weller Dry Docks facility including meetings with CEO Alan Thoms. Lou also made arrangements for our group to visit Welland Central Control. He sent us invitations to special events such as the Port Weller Dry Docks open house and christening ceremonies. He had obtained several distinguished speakers for our Annual Dinner meetings, notably Alan S. Thoms, Wayne Smith and Peter R. Cresswell.

Lou received his plaque, ironically from Wayne Garrett, at the opening of the season on the Welland Canal on March 26.

The dinner marks the debut of the prestigious Luke award, named after William J. Luke, a member of the MHSD from 1948 until his passing in 1997. Bill was a major contributor and good friend to the Society and its members in many ways. By naming the award after him, the Society recognizes the dedication and selfless contributions he made to the MHSD over the 49 years he was a member. Recipients of the Luke Award embody that dedication and giving spirit.

Also recognized at the meeting were milestone members
Fifty year members Arthur A. Nantau of Venice, Fla. and J. Albin Jackman of Redford, Mich.

Twenty-five year members Capt. Robert E. Bourne, Boynton Beach, Fla.; Alexander Clarke, Duluth; Paul J. Collins, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; Donald B. Corbett, Forest, Ont.; John W. Frost, Frankfort, Mich.; William E. Hamilton III, Rosebush, Mich.; G.I. Longhurst, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; D.B. MacAdam, Goderich; William D. McCart, Jr., Sarnia; Scott McLellan, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont..; Jack Messmer, Lancaster, N.Y.; Rod Morrison, Kingston, Ont.; James Pastorino, Ann Arbor, Mich.; J. Edward Schwartz, Bingham Farms, Mich.; Robert A.F. Tully, Lansing, Ill.; Wendell Wilke, Algoma, Wisc.; Capt. Eldon Willard, Stella, Ont. and James L. Williams, Ocala, Fla.

The Advisory Council and membership of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit salutes these special members on their achievements.

To learn more about the Society, visit www.mhsd.org on the Internet.

Reported by: Jon Ottman - President, Marine Historical Society of Detroit




Weekly Updates

04/29
The weekly updates have been uploaded.
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This week we spot light the Stewart J. Cort as it turns 30 years old.

Each day this week in the Historic gallery we feature a new classic Great Lakes shipping image with 160 new images in the gallery.




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




U.S. Steel posts first-quarter loss, expects profits later

04/28
United States Steel Corp. posted a net loss of $96 million in the first quarter, but company officials said rising steel prices and an increase in orders should enable the company to become profitable again later this year.

"We are encouraged by improving economic conditions in both the U.S. and Europe," said U.S. Steel Chairman and CEO Thomas Usher.

U.S. Steel's operations include the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron, Minn., which ships taconite pellets through the DMIR dock in Two Harbors. The portion of the company that includes Minntac lost $12 million in the first quarter, but the company said that was significantly less than it lost in the fourth quarter of 2001.

Reported by: Al Miller




Sykes Returns to Stone Port

04/28
The Wilfred Sykes arrived around noon on Saturday to load another cargo of stone, this being its third trip to Stoneport this year. In past years it was rare to see the Sykes off of the Lake Michigan Trade. She finished unloading and departed about 10:00 p.m.

At anchor was the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder waiting to load after the Sykes.

Sykes loading.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Twin Ports Report

04/28
Early risers on the Twin Ports waterfront Saturday were rewarded with a view of three classic lakers arriving in port at the same time. Cason J. Callaway and Armco arrived through the Duluth ship canal, with Callaway proceeding to the DMIR ore dock to unload stone while the Armco crossed over to Superior to discharge stone at the CLM dock. Quebecois arrived through Superior Entry, then proceeded slowly down Superior Front Channel to slide into the berth the Peavey Connors Point grain elevator.

Elsewhere in port, Paul R. Tregurtha was finishing its load at Midwest Energy Terminal, departing about 9 a.m. Taking its place at the loading berth was Algolake, which had been tied up at the Duluth port terminal. Nearby, the Iryda was backed partly out of the AGP grain elevator berth so it could finish its load.

After unloading, the Armco was scheduled to proceed to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets and the Callaway was scheduled to head to Two Harbors to load pellets.

Armco arrives at the CLM dock.
Closeup of Armco's bow.
Quebecois creeps up the Front Channel.
Quebecois angles in toward the Peavey dock.
Quebecois deckhands wait to be put over the side to handle lines.
Quebecois making the Peavey dock.
A Quebecois crewman handles the stern line.

Reported by: Al Miller




Busy day in Saginaw

04/28
The saltie Jumbo Spirit departed the Dow Chemical Dock Saturday morning, turning off the dock and heading outbound around 7:00 a.m. She had arrived at the Dow Dock on Wednesday to unload machinery.

The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader finished unloading and headed for the 6th Street Turning Basin. She was outbound around 8:30 a.m.

The Algorail was inbound passing the Pump-Out Island at 11:15 a.m. She was headed up to the Buena Vista Dock. Algorail and the Joyce L. Van Enkevort were in radio communication and arraigned a pass at the Bay City Wirt Dock, just above the Independence Bridge.

Todd Shorkey
Algorail inbound at Consumers Energy.
Close Up.
Stern View at the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse.
Joyce L. Van Enkevort - Great Lake Trader downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern View at Independence Bridge.
Algorail approaching Great Lakes Trader.
Passing.
Great Lakes Trader past Algorail.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Goderich News

04/28
On Friday evening, the Agawa Canyon turned around out in the lake with the help of tugs Dover and Debbie Lyn and backed into the loading spot at the salt mine dock. Many residents turned out to watch along the pier as the crewmembers waved back to the crowd.

Just as the excitement was dying down, another ship was spotted on the horizon. The Algoway came in later and after waiting her turn, loaded during the night. She left about 10:00 a.m. Saturday heading north up Lake Huron.

Saturday afternoon a tug and barge were also spotted heading north on the lake, and there was speculation that they were going to dock in Goderich. By evening no other vessels were in port. It's an unusual event to see traffic on the lake that is not headed specifically for the Port of Goderich, as it is far off the shipping lanes.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Detroit Traffic

04/28
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Saturday morning.
Tug Magnetic & barge Dal 20 at the Detroit Water Intake across from Grassy Island.
Close up.
Stern view.
Mississagi upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Welland Traffic

04/28
Below are images of traffic on the Welland Canal Saturday.
Olympic Mentor upbound for Toledo.
Stern view.
Canadian Progress upbound above Lock 3.
Stern view.
Gordon C. Leitch inbound Port Weller.
Close up.
Stern view Barge Norman McLeod and tug Salvor downbound.
Stern view.
Close up of the tug Salvor.
Passing the Saginaw.
Close up of the Saginaw.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Hamilton Update

04/28
The Beluga Obsession remained moored to the north face of Pier 10 and has been since Thursday, however, no loading activity was seen Saturday morning.

The Halifax was unloading iron ore at Stelco and the Hamilton Energy finished refueling the Halifax at 10:30 a.m.

McAsphalt 401 remains in Heddle's Dry Dock for refit and the tug John Spence is in the other drydock. Work continues on the tug William J. Moore (ex Alice A.) and looks to be near completion.

Over at Pier 25, there is activity aboard the Canadian Provider. Work was being done on deck with one or two hatch covers removed. Exhaust was coming from the stack and some of the paper has been removed from the pilot house windows.

An ULS laker was seen leaving Hamilton Harbor around 11:00 a.m. and was headed towards the Welland Canal and another laker was seen out in Lake Ontario headed towards Hamilton.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon and Bill Bird




Kingston Update

04/28
The Seaway was extremely busy Saturday. Vessels which have passed or are due to pass westbound were:

Canadian Leader - ore to Hamilton
Olympic Mentor - manganese ore to Toledo
Stephen B. Roman - bulk cement for Toronto
Atlantic Huron - ore from Pointe Noire to Hamilton
Tug Steelhead and dead ship ferry boat
Jerry Newberry and barge - for Michigan City
Jean Parisien - iron ore pellets from Pointe Noire to Hamilton
Lake Superior - steel products for Hamilton and Erie
Flintereems - bleached wood pulp for Duluth
Flinterduin - bleached wood pulp for Duluth
Mapleglen (W)
Algoville (W)
Vega Desgagnes - jet fuel for Hamilton

The eastbound traffic is as follows:
John B. Aird - from Hamilton
CSL Niagara - coal from Ashtabula to Trois Rivieres
Tug Progress
Jade Star - from Bronte
Johanna C - grain from Duluth
Vancouverborg - sugar beet pellets from Duluth

The tug Steelhead was listed as westbound, 1000 Coi, with a dead ship ferryboat in tow.

The first SAR mission for the CCGC Bittern occurred Saturday as she left Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, at 3:00 p.m. to assist a large pleasure craft which had become tangled in a fishing net in the Upper Gap area.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




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




First Trip for Reserve

04/27
This Friday afternoon the classic steamer Reserve came into Stoneport to load its first cargo of stone after leaving layup on Thursday. It was loading for Huron, OH. Loading before the Reserve on Friday morning was the Maumee.

Reserve loading.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Busy Day in the Twin Ports

04/27
Late afternoon Friday saw a lot of vessel movement in the Twin Ports. About 430 p.m., the saltie Dobrush was outbound from the harbor after spending several days loading grain at Cenex Harvest States in Superior. On its way out, the vessel passed starboard-to-starboard with the saltie Stefania 1, which had been anchored out on the lake for several days waiting to load at Cenex. Stefania 1 was assisted by two tugs from Great Lakes Towing Co., while Dobrush was making the unusual move of departing with no tugs.

While the Dobrush was departing, the Algosoo was in St. Louis Bay, winding in the turning basin off the DMIR ore dock and then docking at Midwest Energy Terminal. About an hour later, Paul R. Tregurtha arrived to wait for the coal dock berth.

Midwest Energy Terminal has a comparatively light weekend scheduled. Only Algolake is due there Saturday and only Algobay on Sunday. Indiana Harbor is scheduled to arrive Monday to load a rare cargo for delivery to Ashtabula for First Energy.

Dobrush outbound at the port terminal.
Dobrush outbound approaching Duluth entry.
Dobrush, at right, passing starboard-to-starboard with Stefania 1.
Stefania 1 inbound.
GLT tug on Stefania 1's bow does the pulling with assistance from the freighter's engine.
GLT tug on the stern works to swing the stern around or slow the vessel's progress, as needed.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

04/27
Thanks to severe weather on Superior earlier this week that caused vessels to take shelter, traffic in and out of Marquette's harbor has heated up a bit. The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived early Friday morning at the upper harbor ore dock followed by the American Mariner who is making it first appearance of the season in Marquette.

As soon as the Tregurtha departed, the Charles M. Beeghly arrived. In the lower harbor the H. Lee White arrived for its third visit of the season to deliver a load of lime stone for the mines. Today the H. Lee White will make its second visit to the ore dock when she moves to the upper harbor after the American Mariner departs.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
Lee A. loading.
Close up.
Wide view.

Reported by: Art Pickering and Lee Rowe




Detroit Traffic

04/27
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Friday.
Barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann outbound the Rouge River going through the Fort Street Bridge after unloading at Rouge Steel.
Close up.
Peonia (Liberia) upbound off the Ojibway Salt Dock headed for Morterm waiting for the Yankcanuck to depart the dock.
Stern view.
Yankcanuck heading downbound off Belanger Park.
Stern view off Grassy Island.
Put-In-Bay at Nicholson's.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

04/27
There were no active vessels in Toledo early Friday morning. Due to the wind storm on the upper Great Lakes during the past several days, vessels scheduled to arrive at the various dock sites here have been delayed.

Tentative eta's for vessels scheduled to arrive at the CSX Docks are as follows. The Lee A. Tregurtha on Sunday. The American Mariner on Monday, followed by the Algomarine and John G. Munson on Tuesday.

Tentative Torco Ore Docks schedule: the Middletown on Tuesday, followed by the Armco on Wednesday.

Other vessel arrivals during the next several days will be the Canadian Transfer bringing in a load of potash most likely bound for Andersons "K" Elevator, and the Olympic Mentor bound for the T.W.I. Docks to unload cargo. The tug Cheraw and large crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock while the tug Frank Palladino Jr. and another small tug remain in the small drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

Work crews continue working on the ex Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire.

Recent views of Toledo Shipping.
Cedarglen (ex Cartierdoc) loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator. This is her first trip into Toledo under her new name.
Reserve and David Z. Norton in lay-up at the Lakefront Docks getting ready to sail.
Wolverine outbound Maumee Bay. She just departed from her winter lay-up berth at the Torco Ore Docks.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Seaway Traffic

04/27
Below are images of traffic at the Iroquois Lock Friday.
Pintail entering the lock.
Departing.
Frontenac upbound with taconite for Nanticoke.
Stern view.
Close up of the prop wash.
Heading for Nanticoke.
Virginiaborg upbound for Menominee, MI. with a cargo of bleached wood pulp.
Virginiaborg secure at the lower wall awaiting Algocen.
Algocen departing the lock.
Algocen passing downbound with wheat for Montreal.
Close up.
Stern view.
Algocape downbound with wheat for Port Cartier.
Entering the lock.
Stern view.
In the lock.
Canadian Leader upbound with iron ore pellets for Hamilton.
Tug Progress tied up for repairs.

Reported by: Dave Beach




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.




Huron to Get Wider

04/26
The Atlantic Huron is being prepared to go to dry dock at Port Weller next winter for widening and renewal of her ballast tanks. The work will mark the final step in a rejuvenation process that includes new steel for her double-bottoms, as well as steelwork and painting in her cargo holds. The Huron will leave Port Weller in the spring of 2003 two feet wider and with increased cargo lift.

A key vessel in the CSL fleet as a bulker since 1985 and as a self unloader since 1989, the Huron worked extensively in the gypsum trade on the East Coast as well as the Great Lakes and Nova Scotia trades. She now needs extensive steel renewal in the ballast tanks, having withstood North Atlantic weather and salt water corrosion all these years.

"This project presented unique challenges in that inner and outer bottom plating was in good condition, but the internal structure in the double-bottom needed replacing," explained Jim Phillips, Director of Fleet Development. "This steel was replaced in dry dock in Halifax last winter (2001). Cargo hold steelwork and cargo hold painting is being done this winter (2002) in Thunder Bay."

The main project of side tank renewal will be carried out at Port Weller. This will involve prefabrication of hull units, then the strip-out of existing structure and replacement with the new wider side tanks.

The vessel will be increased in breadth from 76 feet to 78 feet, with new side structure faired-in to the existing hull lines at the forepeak and engine room bulkheads. As with the earlier forebody and CSL Tadoussac projects, the wider hull will provide increased displacement and greater cargo lift at the same drafts. The modifications will extend the life of the vessel, and keep the Atlantic Huron a strong performer for many years to come. More information on the Atlantic Huron.

Reported by: Ron LaDue and Canada Steamship Lines




First Cargo of Pig Iron

04/26
Thursday morning the Amelia Desgagnes arrived in Marinette to unload a cargo of Pig Iron at Marinette Fuel and Dock. The Amelia Desgagnes is the first Desgagnes ship of the season, normally the Catherine Desgagnes arrives in early April with the first load of pig iron. By Thursday evening the Amelia Desgagnes much of the cargo had been offloaded by the crane barge William H Donner.

Friday evening or Saturday morning the Marinette will arrive to unload about 1,100 tons of wood pulp at the K&K Warehousing dock. The Virginiaborg is also due early next week with another cargo of wood pulp.

Amelia Desgagnes unloading in Marinette. Scott Best
Close up. Dick Lund
Close up of bow along the Donner. Scott Best
Side View unloading pig iron. Scott Best
In goes the Bobcat for the final clean-out. Dick Lund

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Salties at Burns Harbor

04/26
The Federal Yukon and Federal Saguenay opened the shipping season at Burns Harbor, Indiana this week carrying in loads of steel. The two salties were being unloaded at the terminal in the Lake Michigan port.

The Stewart J. Cort visited the Bethlehem Steel dock, earlier in the week.

Federal Yukon unloading.
Close up of the Federal Saguenay.
Bow view.

Reported by: Kent Armstrong




Cliffs posts first-quarter loss, predicts better second half

04/26
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. lost nearly $13 million in the first quarter of this year, but company officials said they expect business to improve in the second half of 2002.

North America's largest iron ore supplier Wednesday reported a net loss of $12.8 million for the first quarter. The company lost $9.6 million during the same period last year.

"While business conditions are improving, we expect to report a loss in the second quarter and for the full year 2002,'' said John S. Brinzo, Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. chairman and chief executive. "However, we are projecting our results to be profitable in the second half of 2002 and look for a further improvement in financial results in 2003.''

Among the bright spots for later this year is Cliffs' recent contract to supply taconite pellets to International Steel Group, which purchased the steelmaking assets of bankrupt LTV Steel Corp.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette News

04/26
Gail winds are preventing vessels from traveling on Lake Superior. The Mesabi Miner, which arrived on Tuesday, was still tied to the ore dock in Marquette on Thursday. The American Mariner was scheduled to arrive Wednesday but has been change to some time today along with the Charles M. Beeghly and the Lee A. Tregurtha.

In other news, production at the Empire mine is expected to increase by 1 million tons this year after a new order for ore was received earlier this week. With the increase production, about 130-150 miners will be called back to work in May. This is good news for the region and should impact the amount of ore being shipped out from the ore dock in Marquette.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Alpena Update

04/26
The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity arrived at Lafarge Thursday morning to load cement for Milwaukee. Also in port Thursday was the Fred R. White Jr. which brought the first cargo of coal into Lafarge for the 2002 season.

The Alpena is expected in port today to load.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Detroit Traffic

04/26
Below are recent images of traffic on the Detroit & Rouge Rivers Thursday.

Tug Patricia Hoey and Marysville waiting at Warner Petroleum in the Rouge for the Herbert C. Jackson to pass before they could fuel her in the Rouge Slip.
Herbert C. Jackson passing through the Fort Street Bridge.
Cuyahoga upbound at Grassy Island, bound for the Sterling Fuel Dock.
Stern view.
Atlantic Erie downbound at Grassy Island after unloading at the Blue Circle Dock in the Rouge River.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

04/26
The Reserve departed her winter lay-up berth at the Lakefront Docks around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Around 1:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon the David Z. Norton departed from her winter lay-up berth at the Lakefront Docks. As of now the remaining vessels left in layup at Toledo are not expected to sail during 2002. They are the American Republic, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Joseph H. Frantz.

The John J. Boland arrived at the CSX Coal Docks in the early afternoon to load coal, she is expected to depart during the evening. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge still remains at the B-P Dock. The tug Cheraw and crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock, while the tug Frank Palladino Jr. and another small tug remain in the small drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

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

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday evening, followed by the American Mariner and Algomarine on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Armco on Sunday, followed by the Middletown on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ashtabula & Conneaut Update

04/26
On Thursday afternoon the CSL Niagara was loading coal at the NS Coal Dock in Ashtabula, Oh. Also in port was the saltie Alexis unloading at Pinney Dock.

Over in Conneaut the Wolverine was inbound about 9:00 p.m.

Reported by: Jeff Miller




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.




St. Clair Towed

04/25
The St. Clair was upbound under tow in the St. Clair River Wednesday morning after losing power in the lower river early that morning. Contaminated fuel apparently caused all three of her engines to foul and she was forced to go to anchor in the river.

The tug Manitou from Port Huron was on the bow with the Detroit based tugs Wyoming and Pennsylvania on the stern. The St. Clair, which is loaded with coal, passed the Salt Dock at 8:45 a.m. heading for Marysville, Mi. where she will under go inspection.

Pictures by Mike Nault
St. Clair towed upbound.
Manitou on the bow.
Close up.
Tow passing.
G tugs on the stern.
Tow heads upbound.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks, Mike Nault and Larry Stocking




Rare Visit for Saginaw

04/25
The Saginaw River had an unusual visitor on Wednesday as the Heavy Lift Ship Jumbo Spirit arrived at the Dow Chemical International Dock. The saltie is carrying machinery from Holland and was at the dock most of the day.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Jumbo Spirit at Dow International Dock.
Another view.
Stern View.
Highlighted by the sunset.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Mississagi Visits

04/25
Mississagi paid a visit to Parry Sound on Georgian Bay Wednesday morning. The vessel unloaded a cargo of salt carried from Windsor. It departed shortly after noon heading back to Lake Huron.

Mississagi unloading.
Mississagi leaving the harbor at Bob's Point.
Making the turn heading for Three Mile Point.

Reported by: R. Walker




Jiimaan in Sandusky

04/25
The Pelee Island ferry Jiimaan made a special trip into Sandusky, Ohio Wednesday. The Jiimaan normally operates between Leamington, Ont. and Pelee Island.

Jiimaan at dock.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Marinette Upbound

04/25
On Wednesday afternoon the Marinette was passing through the Welland Canal upbound for her name sake port in Wisconsin. The vessel makes regular trips with wood pulp to the Lake Michigan port. Also in the canal upbound Wednesday was the Alexis of Istanbul registry.

Marinette upbound.
Entering Lock 3.
Close up of her special cranes.
Stern view.
Approaches the Glendale Bridge.
At the approach to Lock 4.
Entering the lock.
Alexis upbound above Lock 7.
Close up of superstructure.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Cheraw Update

04/25
The tug Cheraw and crane barge Simonsen remain in the dry dock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing survey and repairs. On Wednesday the propeller was removed from the tug.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Twin Ports Report

04/25
Brisk winds Wednesday cast uncertainty on some vessel arrivals on Lake Superior. By late afternoon, a stone-laden Cason J. Callaway was anchored in Whitefish Bay waiting for weather. Presque Isle was scheduled to leave Two Harbors on Wednesday, weather permitting; and Roger Blough and Edwin H. Gott were due at Two Harbors on April 25 weather permitting.

The Speer, Gott, Presque and Blough are all in their usual taconite runs between Two Harbors and Gary and Conneaut. The Callaway is carrying stone to DMIR Duluth, Arthur M. Anderson was due at Detroit on Wednesday and Calcite on April 26, Philip R. Clarke is making a run from Conneaut to Fairport to Toledo, and John G. Munson is due in Lorain on April 27 and Calcite on April 28.

In the Twin Ports, Oglebay Norton took the unusual step of docking at Hallett 5 on Wednesday, reportedly for repairs before shifting to Midwest Energy Terminal to load. Elsewhere, Canadian Enterprise was loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal, Burns Harbor was expected at BNSF ore dock, Dobrush was loading grain at Cenex Harvest States and Stefania 1 was anchored on the lake waiting for Cenex Harvest States.

Reported by: Al Miller




Miner waits in Marquette

04/25
After unloading Tuesday, the Mesabi Miner remained tied up at Marquette's upper harbor Wednesday. The 1000-footer is possibly waiting out stormy weather on Lake Superior.

Miner at the dock.
Stern view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Detroit Traffic

04/25
Below are recent images of traffic on the Detroit River.

Lake Guardian upbound at Grassy Island Wednesday evening.
Stern view.
Tug Norma B at the Wyandotte Yacht Club. She is assisting a derrick barge that is dredging at the yacht club.
Tug Patricia Hoey at the Gaelic Dock.
Barge Marysville at the Warner Petroleum Dock.
Tug Salvor with the barge Norman Mc Leod Tuesday.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toronto Update

04/25
The saltie Palawan departed Wednesday and Federal Hudson arrived and went to Pier 52 with the assistance of McKeil tugs. The charter boat Northern Spirit 1 was that night for her first charter of the season. Work crews were busy on Metis again Wednesday.

The Palawan arrived into port Tuesday afternoon and had to go to anchor briefly until three of Seaflight 2000's hydrofoils could be shifted away from Pier 51 to make room for her to dock ahead of the salty Beluga Obsession. In other port news the River Gambler was dry docked Tuesday and the Canadian Transport remains idle at Pier 35.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Lightship for Sale

04/25
The 1952 built lightship Nantucket II is for sale. For a mere 1.8 million you can own your own lightship complete with 5-1/2 Million Candlepower light.

Click here for more details.

Reported by: John Belliveau




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.

Data from: 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




Sykes Returns

04/24
The Wilfred Sykes paid her second visit to the Saginaw River on Tuesday with a split load for the Wirt stone docks in Bay City and Saginaw.

After unloading part of her cargo at Bay City during the night, the vessel continued up to Saginaw early in the morning. The Sykes had completed unloading at Saginaw late in the afternoon and was outbound through Bay City Tuesday evening.

The Buffalo entered the river at about 2:00 p.m. Tuesday with a load for the new Bay Aggregates dock in Essexville.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Challenger Fitout

04/24
Engine room and galley crew started fitting out the cement carrier Southdown Challenger on April 15. The deck department personal are expected to report back to work on April 29 with a tentative departure date of May 2.

The Challenger is currently loaded with a winter storage load and it has not yet been announced if the ship will unload at the Cemex terminal in South Chicago where the vessel is laid up or whether the load will be delivered to another terminal, perhaps Ferrysburg, Michigan.

Reported by: John Cull




Marquette News

04/24
The harbors of Marquette continue to receive vessels daily. Very early Monday the Lee Tregurtha made a visit to the upper harbor. That night a Canadian Coast Guard vessel arrived and docked at the U.S.C.G Station in the lower harbor.

The Herbert C. Jackson also loaded at the ore dock in the upper harbor Monday night and Tuesday morning appeared to be ready to get under way.

The Mesabi Miner arrived in port a day later than expected and was unloading coal. The Algomarine arrived for a return visit Tuesday afternoon to load taconite.

Dredging was taking place at the Presque Isle Marina as it is prepared for the coming boating season.

Pictures by Lenvil King Jr.
Algomarine loading.
Close up.
Miner unloading.
Close up.
Dredging at the Marina.

Reported by: Art Pickering and Lenvil King Jr.




Stone Port & Alpena

04/24
The Arthur M. Anderson arrived at Stoneport Tuesday morning to load. The ship looks very nice with its new paint job. Waiting at anchor was the Armco. It will load in the evening after the departure of the Anderson.

The Alpena came into its namesake port Tuesday morning to load cement at Lafarge. It is heading for Green Bay.

Anderson loading.
Armco anchored off port.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Goderich Update

04/24
The Peter R. Cresswell came in early Monday morning to load. The vessel was assisted into position at the salt mine by the MacDonald Marine tugs. She loaded all day and left at 4:00 p.m. At that time, the Algorail moved into place. She had been waiting behind the mine and was also helped to back into her spot at the dock by the tugboats. Her horn was heard in town around midnight, so she was probably loaded and ready to go then.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo News

04/24
The St. Clair was loading coal at the CSX Docks and was expected to depart late Tuesday afternoon. The Amelia Desgagnes and Olympic Merit remain at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Nanticoke departed from the ADM/Countrymark Elevator around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Cedarglen was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator and was expected to depart Tuesday evening. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Canadian Progress today. The John J. Boland on Thursday, followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha and American Mariner on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Sunday, followed by the Middletown on Tuesday.

The tug Cheraw and crane barge Simonsen and the tug Frank Palladino and another small tug remain in both dry docks at Toledo Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the B-P Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

04/24
The tour boat River Gambler entered the Toronto Drydock Tuesday. The wave attenuators which have been on the dock will be towed by C & C Marine's Patricia D. to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

The salty Beluga Obsession arrived in port Monday and was assisted by McKeil tugs Atomic and Glenevis to a berth at Pier 51. The James Norris departed around 9:00 a.m. The Canadian Transport remains idle at Pier 35. A large tug and barge combo was anchored in Humber Bay Monday.

The Port Authority's heavy lift crane barge T.H.C. 50 was working at the entrance to Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club Tuesday.

Steel framing for a new pilothouse has been started on the Glenmont tug conversion. Happy Hippo, the amphibious tour bus/boat was out for a training run yesterday.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

04/24
The Lighthouse Information Center at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City reopens for the season on May 8 at 9:00 a.m. Regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through October 13. It is located in the 1907 Fog Signal Building, just east of the Mackinac Bridge on the south shore of the Straits of Mackinac.

View old photographs of life at Old Mackinac Point, peruse a copy of the Historic Structures Report which will be used as a blueprint for the stations' restoration, and browse the many nautical gift items available. All donations and proceeds from purchases will go towards the lighthouses' restoration.

Reported by: Jim Belisle




Daily Updates

04/24
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the Sam Laud.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the James Watt.




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 fleet mate 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.

Data from: 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




Algowood in Dry Dock

04/23
Crews at Pascol Engineering wasted no time and began repairs on the Algowood shortly after it arrived on Saturday in Thunder Bay. Work consists of replacing a 70-foot by 8-foot section of hull. The vessel was holed in the number 1 port side tank. The vessel also received large dents at the port side number 5 tank. Work is expected to take two to three weeks. The damaged section had been cut out by Saturday night.

In other port news, the Algocen was loading United Grain Growers "a" elevator.

Tugs guide the Algowood to Pascol Engineering on Saturday morning.
Heading for the entrance of the dry dock.
Turning.
Entering the dry dock.
In position ready for the dock to be drained.
Algocen loading.
Crewman painting the draft marks, this image gives a nice idea on just how big these 730-footers really are.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Palawan Visits Erie

04/23
The ro-ro vessel Palawan arrived in Erie Monday unloading machinery. The vessel, which is the former Scan Partner, was scheduled for Detroit but came to Erie entering port around 9:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Unloading did not begin until Monday and the vessel departed at 5:00 p.m. She reported that she was headed for Port Colborne anchorage for the night, with a pilot order for 6:00 a.m. this morning, when she was to head in ballast for Toronto.

The saltie Lake Superior is schedule to visit Erie sometime next week.

Palawan outbound.
Close up.
She throws quite a wake.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Lee A. in Marquette

04/23
The Lee A. Tregurtha loaded taconite pellets at Marquette's ore dock on Monday. Expected to arrive today are the Herbert C. Jackson, Mesabi Miner and Algomarine.

Lee A. completes her load.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Toledo News

04/23
The Armco finished unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock and departed early Monday afternoon. The Amelia Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Salt water vessel Olympic Merit was also unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The Nanticoke was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The Cedarglen was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator.

There were no coal boats at the CSX Docks at the time of this report.

The tug Cheraw and barge Simonsen were in the main drydock, while the tug Frank Palladino Jr. and another small tug were in the small drydock at Toledo Shipyard.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the St. Clair at scheduled for 7:00 a.m. this morning (she will be departing from her winter layup berth at the CSX #2 Dock). The Canadian Progress and John J. Boland on Thursday. The Algomarine and Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday, followed by the Algomarine and John G. Munson on Monday.

The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Armco on Sunday, April 28.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ashtabula Update

04/23
On Monday evening the Middletown made its first appearance of the season in the Lake Erie port. Sunday afternoon the Canadian Progress was in port loading coal at the Norfolk Southern coal dock. It departed in the early evening hours.

That evening the H. Lee White arrived at Pinney Dock to unload. She was followed by the Atlantic Erie who arrived to load coal at the Norfolk Southern coal dock. It was still at the coal dock loading early Monday evening.

Reported by: Jeff Miller




Toronto Update

04/23
Canadian Transport remains idle at Pier 35 and Sunday the James Norris was in at Pier 52 with a shore side crane working around her stern.

The four Seaflight 2000 hydrofoils have been relaunched at Pier 51 and they are being readied for their cross-lake service.

The steam excursion vessel Pumper left her winter berth in Hamilton Sunday around noon and moved to her summer station at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson News

04/23
Early Sunday morning the Canadian Navigator arrived in port with a cargo of limestone. The James Norris was in port last Thursday. She arrived with limestone from Colborne, Ont. at about 10:30 p.m. She completed unloading and was out bound early Friday for Toronto.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Seaway Traffic

04/23
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Monday.

Lykes Runner passing about 8:00 a.m.
Close up of stack.
Atlantic Cedar pushing a barge through a snow storm

Reported by: Peter Carter




Daily Updates

04/23
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the Buffalo.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Merle M. McCurdy in the Cuyahoga River, 1978.




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.

Data from: Max Hanley, 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




Sykes Heading for Bay City

04/22
The Wilfred Sykes is making a return trip to the Saginaw River this week. The Sykes was due to load at Stoneport about 1:00 a.m. Monday morning. She may have to wait for the Pathfinder to finish loading. Depending on her loading time she should arrive in Bay City Monday evening. This will be the second trip for the Sykes to Stoneport this year.

Reported by: Jim Bearman and Ben & Chanda McClain




Earl W. Departs

04/22
The Earl W. Oglebay began the 2002 season Saturday by departing Cleveland at noon. She was reportedly heading for Marblehead to load stone for a return trip to Cleveland.

The cement boats English River and St. Marys II were both in town unloading on Saturday as well.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Busy Weekend in Goderich

04/22
The saltie Fraser was in Goderich on Sunday. She was in loading grain at the harbor elevators and was assisted in by three tugs. The Fraser may be the first salties of the season for the Lake Huron Port.

The Algoport arrived on Thursday, loaded all day, and left for Montreal late in the evening. Interesting that she has the Algoma centennial dates painted on her stack. Friday the Canadian Transfer arrived in the afternoon. Saturday evening brought in the Algoway. She will likely load until far into the morning hours, with a strong wind blowing salt dust every where.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Marine news from the Quebec City area

04/22
It was reported in the Journal de Quebec that the frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec suffered severe hull damage while attempting to dock at the Davis Industries yard last week. The frigate was entering the yard with the assistance of two tugs for a regular overhaul that was expected to last two months. The incident was the result of the combination of currents and a strong easterly wind which pushed the ship onto the concrete wall causing a 35 meters tear and a hole. A Canadian Navy spokesperson was unable to estimate how long these additional repairs would take.

It was also reported that Groupe Ocean was selected by the Quebec Government to undertake the modernization of the two Quebec ferries, the Alphonse Desjardins and Lomer Gouin at a cost of 9.3 million (Can). Both ferries have been a familiar site in Quebec for 30 years and operate 12 months a year often in difficult winter conditions. The work will be performed at Groupe Ocean’s shipyard located at Ile aux Coudres 60 some miles east of Quebec City beginning with a first ferry in September then on the second one next January with a completion date planned for May 2003.

There will be no interruption of service, as a back-up ferry will be called in to replace the one in repairs. The repairs will provide for a larger and more functional wheelhouse, a complete overhaul of the electrical system, better accommodation for the passengers and finally bow thrusters to facilitate the dockings.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Escanaba Update

04/22
Below are images taken on Sunday at Escanaba.

Tug Joseph H. Thomson Jr. has returned to notch of the barge..
LE Block in long term lay-up.
Close up of bow.
Stern view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Milwaukee News

04/22
The Canadian Transfer arrived before daylight Sunday with a cargo of salt. The Saginaw turned during the night and is now ready to start loading grain Monday morning.

The Canadian Transfer used the strong easterly winds to their advantage as they turned in the inner harbor prior to departing. With the Saginaw docked across the harbor it was a tight fit.

Transfer unloading.
Stern view with the Saginaw in the back ground.
Starting to turn.
Turning.
Tight fit.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Pathfinder Loading

04/22
On Sunday the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder loaded a cargo of stone for Detroit. It arrived around 3:00 p.m.

Stern view loading.
Recent shots from the Soo:
Pineglen.
Dobrush.
Brunto in Rock Cut.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




St. Clair Traffic

04/22
There was a small parade of down bound vessels in the St. Clair River Sunday morning. The first was Adam E. Cornelius, followed closely by tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer (the former Adam E. Cornelius). Not far behind was Cason J. Callaway, followed by Maumee. Maumee had previously gone up on Friday. A good start to a dark and gloomy day.

Below are images taken on the St. Clair River Saturday and Sunday.
Maumee downbound Sunday.
Adam E. Cornelius passing the St. Clair Inn Cason J. Callaway. Close up pilot house. Sarah Spencer and tug Jane Ann IV. Pilot boat Huron Bell upbound followed by the Fraser and Johanna-C.
Close up of Huron Bell.
Stern view.
Fraser passing with the hatch covers open.
Hatch covers open to air out holds.
Stern view under the bridge as she heads for Goderich.
Johanna-C upbound for Milwaukee.
Pilot boat comes along side Fraser.
Fraser and Johanna-C.
Kaye E. Barker upbound.
Close up of the Barker's pilot house.
Stern view.
Lee A. Tregurtha flowing closely behind.
Stern view.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Lee A. Departs Rouge

04/22
The Lee A Tregurtha departed Rouge Steel Saturday afternoon. Below are images of the vessel outbound the Rouge River at the Jefferson Street Bridge on.

A shot from the bow thruster as she approaches the bridge.
Lined up for the bridge.
Close up of the pilot house.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Carrier Wanted

04/22
General Motors is looking for a company to transport product from mines to a General Motors foundry in Saginaw, Mi. and Defiance, Ohio, via a Toledo dock. Products include: coal, sand, coke, pig iron, aluminum, clay, etc. Please contact Terry Kelly 989 752-5000, Ext-190; Fax-2002.




Weekly Updates

04/22
The weekly updates have been uploaded.
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This week we continue to spot light the American Steamship Co. fleet in the Fleet Photo Gallery. Stop by each day this week for a new feature vessel.

Each day this week in the Historic gallery we feature a new classic Great Lakes shipping image.

Also included in the updates are new video clips in the multi-media section.




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.

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




Algowood in Thunder Bay

04/21
The Algowood picked up her anchor Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. and proceeded to the North Entrance of the breakwall where she was met by the tugs Peninsula and George N. Carleton. The Algowood spent the night anchored outside the breakwall after arriving at around 11:45 p.m. Friday night. She was guided to the entrance of the drydock at which point Pascol Engineering Workers took the lines and placed them on the shore bollards. The Algowood crew then operated the deck winches and pulled the boat slowly into the drydock as the Workers walked the lines from bollard to bollard along the dock. After the gate was secured, the water was pumped out. Around noon the bow of the Algowood was swarming with officials surveying the damage.

Algowood arrives.
Algowood enters the harbor.
Mapleglen loading at Richardson on Thursday.
Canadian Mariner at UGG a.
Lake Michigan at UGG m.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Rush of Traffic Continues

04/21
Heavy traffic continues in the Rouge River after it was closed for about 10 days. Saturday afternoon the Kaye E. Barker departed Rouge Steel followed 15 minutes later by the Lee A. Tregurtha. The waiting Charles M. Beeghly took up positions at the Rouge Steel Dock and began unloading. The Halifax moved up the St. Marys Cement dock to allow the two to pass. The Herbert C. Jackson was downbound in the system heading for the Rouge.

Rouge Steel receives regular deliveries but rarely more than two vessels at once.

The tug Rebecca Lynn and barge A 397 were upbound Saturday afternoon and will wait at Zug Island for their turn to transit the river. The tug and barge are heading to the Marathon. While at Zug Island the tug will move the barge in the more maneuverable push position for the trip up the Rouge.

The delay in traffic comes as clean up crews have a series of oil recovery booms blocking the river. The booms must be moved to allow traffic to pass, clean up crews are not available after 9:00 p.m. limiting the time of day a vessel can transit the river.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




River Current Causes Problems

04/21
Saturday morning the Vancouverborg attempted to depart K&K dock in Menominee after unloading its cargo of wood pulp. The current in the Menominee River is extremely strong right now due to melting snow and recent heavy rains. The Vancouverborg made three attempts to turn in the turning basin near K&K dock but the current was too strong.

On the Vancouverborg's second attempt they became stuck on the bottom with their bow against the dock at K&K. Finally the Vancouverborg came back to the dock after about two and a half hours of struggling in the river and called for a tug.

About 1:00 p.m. the Selvick tug Jimmy L arrived in Menominee to assist the Vancouverborg out through the bridge and past the breakwall into Green Bay. The next boat in port should be the Marinette next Saturday.

Vancouverborg moving away from K&K dock.
Vancouverborg trying to back into the turning basin against the current using full power.
Vancouverborg attempts to back off the bottom while the bow rests on K&K dock.
Tug Jimmy L inbound Menominee River.
Jimmy L under full power moving the Vancouverborg in the River.
Jimmy L leads Vancouverborg through the Ogden Street Bridge .
Vancouverborg through the bridge.
Vancouverborg and Jimmy L outbound Menominee River to the Bay.

Reported by: Scott Best




Saginaw Arrives

04/21
Despite stiff northeast winds the Saginaw was able to enter the Milwaukee harbor Saturday morning. The wind did prevent the Saginaw from turning in the inner harbor for a normal port side tie up at the Nidera grain elevator. With the Saginaw not loading on Saturday the crew was busy putting on a fresh coat of gray paint to the starboard side of the hull.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Seaway Salties

04/21
Entering the Seaway Saturday morning for Cleveland with general cargo was the heavy load carrier Jumbo Spirit. Her previous trip up the Seaway occurred in 1997. At that time, Jumboship was painted in large letters on her hull. It has been replaced since by her owner's website address.

Following her in the afternoon was the small cargo ship Beluga Obsession ( 3,222 grt.) bound for Toronto. She is now flying the German flag and is registered at Elsfleth. Last year, she called at Hamilton and Detroit and was Maltese-flag, her port of registry being then Valletta.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




ASC Week in Grand Haven

04/21
Last week seemed to be American Steamship Co. week in the port of Grand Haven. The Verplanks dock saw the arrivals of the Sam Laud on Wednesday and the Buffalo on Thursday. The John J. Boland arrived Friday morning with a load of coal for the Sims Power plant of the Board of Light & Power.

American Steamship has the new coal contract this year for the power plant, which for years has been serviced by the Interlake Steamship Co. Boat watchers in port expect few, if any, Interlake vessels in the port this year.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Green Bay Update

04/21
With a stiff North wind blowing and a channel reduced to 200 feet in width at Grassy Island by dredging, the John G. Munson arrived shortly before noon at the mouth of the Fox River with a load of coal for the Fox River Docks. The mouth of the Fox was crowded Saturday with the Munson and the tugs Steven Asher and the Mark Hannah and their consorts, all having to do their jobs in the same small space of river.

The tug Mark Hannah pushing the barge E63 arrived at the U.S. Oil Dock at the mouth of the Fox River at 8:10 a.m. Saturday. The Hannah and her consort moved very gingerly around the tug Steven Asher and a derrick dredge barge that is working the west side of the channel just out from the river mouth. Steven Asher is moving barges between the dredge site by Grassy Island and the Fox River Dock slip.

With temperatures in the 80's this week, six inches of snow predicted for tomorrow, and the boats moving again, it is definitely spring in the upper Great Lakes.

Reported by: Tim Nixon




Saginaw News

04/21
The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible entered the Saginaw River Friday morning, passing the Pump-Out Island at 8:10 a.m. She stopped at the Bay City Wirt Dock to lighter before departing at 2:30 p.m. for the Wirt Crow Island Dock. The McKee Sons unloaded Wirt Stone mix at both docks.

Later in the evening, the Sam Laud arrived, passing the Pump-Out Island at 8:00 p.m. The Laud was heading to Crow Island to unload.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Tug Invincible/Barge McKee Sons upbound on the Saginaw at Essroc.
Unloading at Bay City Wirt Dock.
McKee Sons upbound at Liberty Bridge.
Bow View - Notice new paint.
Stern View.
Sam Laud upbound past the Front Range.
Passing the Consumers Energy Plant.
Stern View.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

04/21
The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge still remain at the B-P Dock. The Charles M. Beeghly is expected to arrive late Saturday afternoon at the CSX Docks to load coal. There are no other active boats in port at the time of this report.

Tentative vessels scheduled to arrive here in the next several days will be the Cedarglen (ex Cartierdoc) headed for one of the 3 grain elevators upriver to load grain. This will be her first trip into Toledo under her new name. Also the Amelia Desgagnes is scheduled into the T.W.I. Dock to unload pig iron. Several salt water vessels are also due in at the T.W.I. Dock to unload cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel today. The St. Clair (departing from her winter layup berth at the CSX #2 Dock) on Tuesday, followed by the Canadian Progress and John J. Boland on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Adam E. Cornelius late Sunday evening, followed by the Armco on Monday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ashtabula and Conneaut

04/21
Friday night the CSL Laurentian was inbound Ashtabula Harbor to load at Norfolk Southern's coal dock. The Laurentian expected to depart about 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The Canadian Enterprise awaiting to take the Laurentian's spot at the Norfolk Southern coal dock. At noon the Federal Oshima was outbound from Ashtabula Harbor after unloading at Pinney Dock.

In Conneaut the Calumet was inbound to load at the P&C Coal Dock.

Reported by: Jeff Miller




Seaway Traffic

04/21
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Friday.

Saltie Jakov Sverdlov.
Stern view.
Canadian Leader.
Frontenac upbound near Morrisburg, Ontario. Keith Giles
Another view. Keith Giles

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




Daily Updates

04/21
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the John J. Boland.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Wahcondah in 1959.




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.

Data from: Max Hanley, 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




Algowood Arrives

04/20
Friday night the damaged Algowood arrived in Thunder Bay. The vessel anchored off port and then entered Saturday morning. The Wood is expected to enter the dry dock at Pascol Engineering this weekend and crews will survey and then repair the vessel.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Convoy Opens Rouge River

04/20
After being closed due to a mysterious oil spill, the Rouge River opened Friday afternoon to a convoy of traffic. The parade was led by three Interlake vessels. The Kaye E. Barker entered the river first Friday afternoon. The Lee A. Tregurtha followed a half hour later after waiting at Zug Island for the river to open. Bringing up the rear of the Interlake fleet was the Charles M. Beeghly. All three vessels were heading to unload taconite at Rouge Steel. The Barker and Tregurtha took up positions at the dock and began unloading. The Beeghly waited in the turning basin for space at the dock. Early Saturday morning the Herbert C. Jackson dropped anchor in lower Lake Huron to wait for traffic in the Rouge to clear.

Following the Interlake trio was the tug Barbara Andrie with the barge A390 for the Marathon Terminal at Fordson Island.

Next came the Halifax heading to St. Marys Cement. The Halifax had been anchored in the Detroit River waiting for the opening.

Tugs from Gaelic Tugboat Co. passed out bound as soon as the river opened, Gaelic's dock is on the Rouge River near Rouge Steel.

No source has been found for the massive spill that closed the river. Even as the boats passed a few clean up vessels were still working the river. An estimated 30,000 gallons of oil were dumped into the river closing it for ten days.

Tug Push Hog at the Fort Street Bridge. She brought a spud barge into the Rouge River to work on the oil problem.Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




Twin Ports Report

04/20
Armco began its first trip of the season on Friday, departing Duluth DMIR ore dock late in the morning. The previous evening, Arthur M. Anderson left Fraser Shipyards in Superior bound for Two Harbors. Fraser is now empty of lakers. The Elton Hoyt II and John Sherwin are laid up a short distance away at the old Meehan Seaway Terminal dock.

BNSF ore dock also was busy Thursday night and Friday. The Oglebay Norton backed away from dock about 7 a.m., turned in the turning basin and departed out Superior Entry. At the same time, Stewart J. Cort -- which had been anchored out on the lake -- turned in a tight circle to bring it into the entry just a few minutes after the ON had cleared.

Other vessels in port included the Alpena, unloading at the Duluth cement terminal.

Midwest Energy Terminal will be busy over the weekend. Canadian Olympic and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. are both expected there Saturday and Indiana Harbor and Mesabi Miner are due Sunday.

When the terminal began operating, it was mainly served by the McCarthy (then named Belle River) and the St. Clair. During the '90s, however, the McCarthy became a sporadic visitor to the dock and the St. Clair virtually stopped loading there altogether. The McCarthy has been a regular caller at the dock the past several years now, and it continues that trend this season. The boat is scheduled to load twice more in April and five times in May. Interestingly enough, the St. Clair is reviving its old role -- at least temporarily -- with three loads scheduled for May.

Reported by: Al Miller




St. Clair River

04/20
The Sidsel Knutsen departed Sarnia and went to the fuel dock around 3:00 p.m. She is eventually going to head downbound with a part load. The Maumee was up bound at 5:00 p.m. followed later by Edgar B. Speer. After dark, Mesabi Miner, Algomarine and Algocape all went up bound. Algosoo came down with the load of coal received from Algowood at the Soo.

Pictures by: Clayton Sharrard
Maumee upbound.
Close up.
Algolake upbound.
Close up.
Passing off the light ship Huron.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Toledo News

04/20
The Algomarine finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed around 11:00 a.m. Friday morning. The tug Rebecca Lynn and barge were at the B-P Dock. There are no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Charles M. Beeghly on Saturday. The Algosteel on Sunday. The St. Clair on Tuesday, followed by the Canadian Progress and John J. Boland on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco and Adam E. Cornelius on Sunday.

The following vessels remain in layup at Toledo:
Torco Ore Dock: Reserve, David Z. Norton
Lakefront Dock: Buckeye**, ex Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire
CSX Coal Dock: Courtney Burton**, St. Clair
CSX Frog Pond: long term layup--ex N/S Railway carfloats: Roanoke, Manitowoc, Windsor
Old Interlake Iron Dock: American Republic
Hocking Valley Joseph H. Frantz**
City Dock: Museum vessel: Willis B. Boyer
Note: vessels marked with ** are not expected to sail during 2002, they are in for long term layup.
The St. Clair is expected to sail on Tuesday, April 26, when she is scheduled to load coal at the CSX Docks.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Daily Updates

04/20
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the Adam E. Cornelius.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Stadacona in 1975.




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.

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




Algowood Departs

04/19
Three days after grounding in the St. Marys River the Algowood is heading for repairs.

Last night about 9:45 p.m. the Algosoo pulled away from the Algowood and sailed downbound for Nanticoke, Ontario carrying the Wood's cargo of coal.

The lightering operation was interesting as the Algosoo first took on cargo facing up stream. With the Algosoo tied to the Algowood, the Algowood's self unloading boom was positioned over the Soo's cargo holds and the load of coal was transferred. With three quarters of the cargo on board Thursday afternoon, the Algosoo pulled away from the Algowood and turned to face down bound. She then tied up to the Wood facing down stream. This allowed the Wood's boom to reach the Soo's forward cargo holds.

Shortly after the departure of the Algosoo last night the Algowood turned in the river and headed for the Soo Locks passing through about 11:35 p.m. The Algowood will cross Lake Superior to Thunder Bay where permanent repairs will be made in Pascol Engineering's dry dock. It is unknown how long the Algowood will be out of service but work will begin on the vessel as soon as it arrives.

The Algowood was on a trip from Duluth to Nanticoke, Ontario when it grounded in the St. Marys River Monday. No cause has been disclosed for the grounding, which initially closed the river.

Unloading continued Thursday morning. Ken Hamilton
Algosoo facing down bound Thursday afternoon. Ken Hamilton
Close up of their bows. Ken Hamilton
Unloading starts about mid night Thursday as light blaze on the decks of the Algowood and Algosoo. Ken Hamilton
Algowood waits at the Carbide Dock Wednesday. She does not appear to be listing as she was after refloating Tuesday. Ken Hamilton
Algowood at the Carbide Dock for inspection Tuesday. Lee Rowe
Close up of the Algowood aground Monday afternoon. Ken Hamilton
Scroll down to Tuesday's news for more pictures of the Algowood aground


Reported by: Jerry Masson, Ken Hamilton Rob Farrow and SooToday.com




Employee agreement will send workers back to ISG mill

04/19
International Steel Group Inc., which owns the steelmaker assets of the former LTV Steel Corp., has reached an agreement with employees that allows them to go back to work and begin restarting operations.

ISG probably will restart its Cleveland steel mill first, then move to its Indiana Harbor plant, a spokesman said. He cautioned that the company's growth depends on the strength of the nation's economy.

Steelmaking operations likely will resume in early summer. LTV produced 8 million tons of steel a year, but ISG is expects to have the potential to make 6 million tons a year.

Reported by: Al Miller




Paterson Awaits Deal on Shipping Incident

04/19
The vice chairman of N.M. Paterson and Sons Ltd. said last summer's bridge accident that resulted in the total loss of MV Windoc caused his company to end its 87-year-old Great Lakes shipping business.

Donald Paterson criticized the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, which has authority over the Welland Canal and the Allenburg Bridge. The accident occurred Aug. 11, 2001, when the bridge's lift span descended as the Windoc passed beneath it, knocking off the ship's pilothouse and stack, causing a fire that resulted in the vessel's loss.

In a news release issued Thursday, Paterson said he's "outraged by the refusal of the Seaway Corporation, the President and Board, their insurance company and their lawyers to deal with a claim for damages caused by the constructive total loss of the Windoc."

Paterson said their team’s initial investigation of the incident shows no indication of wrongdoing on the company’s part. He says there are no charges, or even the suggestion of charges, pending against his crew members.

N.M. Paterson and Sons is working closely with its legal counsel, Marler and Associates of Montreal, to recover the losses from the Seaway Corporation. Paterson adding his company has subpoenaed the Seaway’s Director of Operations, who has refused to appear.

Although he didn't provide details in the news release, Paterson said, "It was the fire and ultimate writing off of the ship that’s caused the company to get out of the shipping business."

N.M. Paterson and Sons Ltd. recently sold three vessels to Canada Steamship Lines and offered its remaining non-operating vessels for sale.

N.M. Paterson and Sons Ltd. was founded in 1908 by Norman McLeod Paterson. The company remains 100 percent Canadian and family owned. The company continues to be very active in the agri-food industry (grain handling, marketing, agricultural chemical sales, and feed grain manufacturing), both domestically and internationally.

Reported by: N.M. Paterson and Sons Ltd.




Sidsel Knutsen Repairs

04/19
The Sidsel Knutsen is officially the first saltie to arrive in Sarnia and was awarded the Top Hat in a recent ceremony. Wednesday the vessel remained at the Government Dock with her bow ballasted down for repairs in the area of her propeller. The propeller appears to be new as crews work on the vessel.

Sidsel Knutsen at the Government Dock. Clayton Sharrard

Reported by: Doug Schilz




Jackson Loads

04/19
The Herbert C. Jackson loaded taconite pellets at the Marquette ore dock Thursday, after waiting out Wednesday for a berth at the dock.

Jackson loading.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Seaway News

04/19
The Seaway entities plan to implement the Automatic Identification System (AIS) in Seaway waters beginning April 1, 2003. Vessels with a gross tonnage of greater than 300, length over 65-feet or carry more than 50 passengers it must have an AIS transponder meeting the IMO standards. These will determine information such as position, speed and course using DGPS corrections.

Mariners were also advised of communication procedures at all locks and bridges. This includes an announcement, at bridges remote from locks, on the normal working channel, that the operator intends to commence lowering the bridge. No doubt this is a result of the Windoc incident.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Investigators may trace oil to source

04/19
Investigators say they have a good chance of finding those responsible for last week's oil spill on the Rouge River.

An estimated 15,000 gallons of oil has leaked into the Rouge River, causing a sheen of oil to spread along 27 miles of the Detroit River. So far about $800,000 has been spent, waterfowl have died and the Rouge River was closed to boat traffic.

Those involved in the cleanup said the oil may have been dumped by someone trying to avoid paying for its disposal, or it might have accidentally leaked from a plant or business. Regardless of the cause, however, they said the culprit could be located.

"Once they have the chemical fingerprint of the spill, it's almost as detailed as the DNA of a human being," Richard Charter of Environmental Defense, told the Detroit Free Press. "It takes some time for that sleuthing, but you can tell in great detail the origin of the oil and what processes it's been through."

The Environmental Protection Agency has ruled out ships as a potential source of the oil, saying it appears more likely to be industrial waste.

Reported by: Al Miller




Twin Ports Report

04/19
As expected, the steamer Armco returned to service April 18. Two tugs from Great Lakes Towing assisted the vessel in leaving its winter berth in Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Armco proceeded to the DMIR ore dock in Duluth to load taconite pellets.

Adam E. Cornelius paid a rare visit to the CLM dock in Superior on April 18 to unload stone.

Traffic was busy in the Twin Ports early on April 18. At one point, barge Sarah Spencer and tug were moving into St. Louis Bay toward the DMIR ore dock, passing an outbound CSL boat and the Columbia Star, which was docked at the Midwest Energy Terminal.

The Spencer loaded quickly at DMIR and departed by midday. It was immediately followed into the dock by Armco. Cason J. Callaway was due late in the day to unload limestone.

Edwin H. Gott spent part of Thursday anchored off Duluth, waiting for Oglebay Norton and Presque Isle to load at Two Harbors. The Oglebay Norton took on a partial load of ore in Two Harbors and then headed for Superior (Burlington Northern) to load the other compartments with a different grade of ore. These cargoes will be delivered to National Steel on Zug Island in Detroit.

Arthur M. Anderson was scheduled to depart its layup berth at Fraser Shipyards and proceed to Two Harbors late in the day. After being scheduled for the ore dock several times, Arthur M. Anderson appeared to be ready to depart late Thursday from its layup berth in Fraser Shipyards. Great Lakes Fleet's recorded message had the vessel scheduled to leave during the evening and arriving in Two Harbors near midnight. It's to load for Gary. It's arrival in Two Harbors may be delayed by brisk winds and delays resulting from having two 1,000-footers loading ahead of it.

Pictures by Kent Rengo
Armco returning to service assisted out of the Fraser Shipyard in Superior with the G-tugs North Dakota on the bow and the Minnesota at the stern.
Minnesota between the Armco and the Anderson.
Adam E. Cornelius at the Cutler Magner dock in Superior, ready to unload a cargo of stone.
Columbia Star departing the Midwest Energy coal dock in Superior.
Sara Spencer loading at the DM&IR #6 Ore Dock in Duluth as the Armco arrives.
Paul R. Tregurtha backing to the coal dock.
Another view.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay News

04/19
Valley Camp Terminal has been purchased by SynFuel Technologies. Local media reported that the deal was finalized on April 1. SynFuel is planning to build a 1.9 billion dollar petroleum coke power plant in the area and may utilize the Valley Camp facility to receive shipments of petroleum coke.

The Algowood is scheduled to arrive in port late Friday night. She will be dry docked at Pascol Engineering for hull survey and repair work. Algowood's fleet mate Algontario sits idle at the Pascol Engineering dock after receiving major hull damage when she grounded in the St. Mary River in the spring of 1999.

Boats currently in Port are: Mapleglen-arrived Thursday and spent part of the day loading at Richardson Elevator. Thursday evening she shifted over to United Grain Growers "a". Canadian Mariner also arrived Thursday and was loading at United Grain Growers "a". The Lake Michigan was loading at United Grain Growers "m" (Agricore United). Pintail loading at Western Elevator #10 up the Kaministiqua River. The tug Radium Yellowknife remains in winter layup and it is unknown when she will sail with her Radium Lumber Barges.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Owen Sound Update

04/19
The Chi-Cheemaun is receiving a complete exterior repaint for the coming season. The bow was lifted Thursday morning as maintenance was conducted on the loading ramp.

Reported by: D. Shearman




Toledo Report

04/19
The CSL Laurentien finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed around 10:30 a.m. When the Laurentien departed the Munson then backed down to the CSX Docks where she began loading coal around 11:15 a.m. She was expected to depart late afternoon bound for Green Bay, Wisconsin. The John G. Munson arrived very early Thursday morning at the T.W.I. Dock to unload a coal cargo possibly petroleum coke.

The Wolverine departed from her layup berth at the Torco Dock around 10:00 a.m. bound for Calcite, Michigan. The Middletown departed from her lay-up berth at the CSX# 2 Dock around 2:00 p.m.

The tug Mary E. Hannah and her barge was at the B-P dock loading cargo. The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the T.W.I. Dock waiting for the tug Mary E. Hannah and barge to depart from the B-P Dock.

There were no grain, cement or saltwater vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Friday. The Algosteel and Charles M. Beeghly on Saturday. The St. Clair on Tuesday, followed by the Canadian Progress and John J. Boland on Thursday. The next schedule ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Adam E. Cornelius and Armco on Sunday the 21st.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Traffic

04/19
Below are images of traffic on the Welland Canal Thursday.

Oakglen downbound at Port Colborne.
Federal Oshima.
Canadian Leader.
Gordon C. Leitch downbound with grain from Toledo.
Algocape.

Reported by: Dan Sweeley




Seaway Traffic

04/19
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Thursday.

Olympic Merit in the noon hour mist.
Close up of her superstructure.
Federal Fraser upbound.
Petrolia Desgagnes passing.
Palawan passing.
Profile of bow.
Palawan and Capt. Henry Jackman pass.
Capt. Henry Jackman.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Daily Updates

04/19
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the H. Lee White.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Algoway (1) on the St. Clair River.




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.

Data from: Jody Aho, 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




Algowood to Thunder Bay for Repairs

04/18 1:30 p.m. update
Shortly after 8:00 p.m. last night the Algosoo departed Algoma Steel for the Algowood's position below the locks. She locked through down bound in ballast enroute to the Carbide Dock to take on the Algwood's cargo of coal. About 11:30 the Algosoo was tied along side the Algowood and off loading began about mid night.

This afternoon the Algosoo turned with tug assistance to face down bound to complete the off load from the Algowood. At that time they expected to be along side another 6 hours.

The Algowood is expected to depart for Thunder Bay where it will under go permanent repairs at Pascol Engineering. Her departure time from the Soo has not been announced and gale warnings were posted on Lake Superior.

The Algowood was on a trip from Duluth to Nanticoke, Ontario when it grounded in the St. Marys River Monday.

Unloading continued Thursday morning. Ken Hamilton
Unloading starts about mid night as light blaze on the decks of the Algowood and Algosoo. Ken Hamilton
Algowood waits at the Carbide Dock Wednesday. She does not appear to be listing as she was after refloating Tuesday. Ken Hamilton
Algowood at the Carbide Dock for inspection Tuesday. Lee Rowe
Close up of the Algowood aground Monday afternoon. Ken Hamilton
Scroll down to Tuesday's news for more pictures of the Algowood aground


Reported by: Jerry Masson, Ken Hamilton, SooToday.com and Brian Kloosterman




Oglebay Sailings

04/18
Three Oglebay Norton vessels are expected to get a later start on the 2002 season today. The Armco will depart Superior, WI. and the Middletown and Wolverine will depart their winter lay-up docks in Toledo.

Reported by: Andy Hering and Jim Hoffman




Rouge Set to Reopen

04/18
The Rouge River in Detroit is expected to open to commercial traffic today after being closed due to a mysterious oil spill that dumped at least 10,00 gallons of oil into the Rouge and Detroit Rivers.

All of the oil booms placed in the river have been removed and the Lee A. Tregurtha was waiting to sail up river to Rouge Steel.

Investigators have not determined the source of the oil but the river was closed to all traffic while the clean up took place. The Rouge is home to many bulk and liquid cargo docks including Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




Holland Opener

04/18
The shipping season at Holland opened at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday as Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived at Brewer's dock with about 5,000 tons of riprap stone. The foggy trip from Cedarville had taken 30 hours.

In preparation for the opening, the Coast Guard had set the lighted markers last week Tuesday and the dredging at the channel mouth was completed on the 14th.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Vancouverborg Arrives

04/18
Wednesday afternoon the Vancouverborg arrived off Menominee, MI with a cargo of wood pulp for K&K Warehouse in Menominee. About 6:30 p.m. the Erica Kobasic and a barge arrived from Escanaba to unload part of the Vancouverborg's cargo to allow them to make the dock and get over the sand bar at the mouth of the river.

The Vancouverborg will have to deal with a very strong current in the river. Recent warm weather has quickly melted a record snow fall in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the Menominee River is near flood stage in some areas up river, but the effects are also being felt even near the mouth of the river. The Vancouverborg should be in port unloading for a few days.

Erica Kobasic and barge prepare to depart Marinette Fuel and Dock.
Vancouverborg anchored off Menominee Lighthouse.
Erica Kobasic and barge outbound Menominee River.
Stern view heading out to the Vancouverborg.

Reported by: Scott Best




Tadoussac Visits Saginaw

04/18
The CSL Tadoussac arrived on the Saginaw River Wednesday to unload clinker at the Essroc Terminal. After unloading throughout the day Wednesday, she departed stern first, backing out Light 12 of the Entrance Channel to turn and head for the lake. Tadoussac departed around 8:15 p.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Indiana Harbor in for Repairs

04/18
The 1000-footer Indiana Harbor was docked on the face of Zug Island Wednesday with a load of coal. The vessel suffered an unloading system problem while unloading at the Recor Edison Coal Dock on the St. Clair River. It is unknown why the vessel had to sail all the way to Detroit for repairs.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




Norris on Stone Trade

04/18
The stone trade for the St. Lawrence Cement plant in Clarkson, Ontario opened very early Tuesday morning. The Upper Lakes Group vessel, James Norris, a regular in this trade arrived at 12:04 a.m. with a cargo of limestone from Colborne, Ontario. This classic vessel returned just after noon on Wednesday with her second cargo of stone from Colborne.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




City of Milwaukee may weigh anchor

04/18
The car ferry City of Milwaukee may be moving to a new dock -- either in Manistee or in another Great Lakes city -- in an effort to boost the number of visitors to the historic vessel.

After lying idle in Elberta for many years, the former Ann Arbor car ferry was moved to Manistee three years ago. The vessel is docked on Manistee Lake, several blocks east of U.S. 31.

The Society for the Preservation of the SS City of Milwaukee, the volunteer group that owns the boat, says its location -- marked by highway signs but not visible to passing tourists or close to the city's popular Riverwalk -- cuts down on the number of visitors. Jed Jaworski, the boat's curator, told the Manistee News Advocate that 10,000 people visited the boat last year, well below the 30,000 that were projected.

Preliminary talks have been held about moving the City of Milwaukee to a location that's closer to downtown Manistee and visible from the highway. The volunteer group also is looking for a less expensive site than the boat's present location, which is rented for $24,000 a year.

The group isn't limiting its options to Manistee. Last week, it decided that a permanent location for the vessel must be selected by the end of this summer. Group officials are contacting several cities once served by car ferries -- including Chicago, Milwaukee, Manistique, Ludington and Muskegon -- to assess whether the boat could be moved to a new port.

Since moving the City of Milwaukee to Manistee, volunteers have been working to adapt it to life as a museum ship and community attraction, including use for school programs, a 35-room bed-and-breakfast inn, and dinner theater. More rooms are being readied for use and new programs are planned for summer.

To contact the SS City of Milwaukee, call the shipboard office at 231-398-0328 or the corporate office at 231-882-7670. To find out more about the historic car ferry, information can be found at the ship's web site: www.carferry.com




Soo Traffic

04/18
Below are images of the traffic on Wednesday.
Stewart J. Cort Upbound for the locks. Ken Hamilton
Algonova at the Government/Purvis Dock in Soo, Ontario. Ken Hamilton
Mississagi downbound from Duluth above the locks at Point Louise. Jerry Masson




Marquette News

04/18
The Charles M. Beeghly unloaded coal at Marquette's Presque Isle station Wednesday and then shifted forward to begin loading ore.

The Herbert Jackson waited an anchor for a berth. The Great Lakes Trader came in and loaded ore on the other side of the dock from the Beeghly. It was a busy, sunny day for shipping in Marquette.

Beeghly unloads coal as the Jackson waits off shore.
Beeghly shifts forward to load ore.
Beeghly loading, bow of the Great Lakes Trader can be seen on the other side of the dock.
Great Lakes Trader arriving.
Close up loading.
Herbert C. Jackson anchored off Marquette.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Detroit Traffic

04/18
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Wednesday.

Barge Ocean Hauler and tug Doug McKeil just departing Morterm downbound for the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.
Indiana Harbor tied up at Zug Island.
Stern view.
Corps tug Demolen, former Metacom, tied up at the Corps Dock in Detroit.
W N Twolan and Mc Allister 132 unloading at the Motor City Intermodal Dock.
Stern view.
Close up of the tug.
J W Westcott II.
Westcott Station.
Huron Maid.
Susan W. Hannah downbound at the Ambassador Bridge. Southdown Conquest at the Cemex Dock in Detroit and was proceeding down to the Sterling Fuel Dock
Another view.
Stern view.
Dean tug Neptune III in Ojibway Slip.
Stern view.
Barge Norman Mc Leod at Morterm.
Algorail loading salt at Ojibway.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

04/18
There were no coal or ore vessels in port Wednesday.

The Gordon C. Leitch remained at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain. She completed loading Wednesday evening and departed.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Laurentien and John G. Munson on Thursday. The Algomarine on Friday, followed by the Algosteel and Charles M. Beeghly on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius and Armco on Sunday.

Pictures by Mike Nicholls
Mary E Hannah on the Maumee River.
American Republic at the Interlake Steel Dock on the Maumee River.
Stern view.
Frank Palladino Jr. in the Merce Shipyard.
Museum ship Willis B. Boyer.
Stern view.
Gordon C Leitch at the Cargill Dock in the Maumee River.
Leitch passing through the N & S Maumee Railroad Bridge.
Leitch approaching the Anthony Wayne Memorial Bridge on the Maumee River.
Joseph H Frantz in the Hocking Valley Slip on the Maumee River.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Report

04/18
Stefania 1 finally made it into port Tuesday night around 8:00 p.m. and went on the hook while waiting for Dobrush to depart Redpath Sugar docks. McKeil tugs assisted both vessels. Stefania 1 began unloading her raw sugar cargo Wednesday morning.

Canadian Transport came in early Wednesday morning and moored at Pier 35 for repairs.

Painting has been completed on the tug Ned Hanlan which has been ashore at the Port Authority's Keating Channel yard since last fall.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's veteran tender Hiawatha (built in 1895) was out for engine trials Tuesday. She has had some interior modifications done over the winter. She will be Coast Guard inspected next week and is expected to return to service on May 4th weekend.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary with a sail past on May 24th weekend. The celebrity tug THEODORE TOO is expected for this event. It is unclear if the bankruptcy of the tug's owners will affect the appearance.

Winter tarps were removed from the sidewheel steam ferry Trillium Tuesday. She will be in charter service soon.

The Queen City yacht Club tender went back into service Tuesday.

The police patrol boat MU-01, which was hauled out last week at Eastern Marine Services was back on patrol Wednesday. On Tuesday the Ministry of Environment vessel Monitor VI was in the yard at Eastern Marine Services undergoing repairs. Centre Island ferry dock buoys were laid Wednesday afternoon from the deck of the barge M.T.M. 11. The ferry service workboat supplied power for the barge.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Daily Updates

04/18
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the American Mariner.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Niagara on Saginaw Bay in 1980.




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.

Data from: Jody Aho, 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




Algowood Moved, Traffic Resumes

04/17 10:00 p.m. Update
Shortly after 8:00 p.m. the Algosoo was ready to depart Algoma Steel above the Soo Locks. She will lock through down bound in ballast enroute to the Carbide Dock to take on the Algwood's cargo of coal. Once the cargo is off loaded the Algowood is expected to depart for Thunder Bay where it will under go repairs at Pascol Engineering.

1:00 p.m. Update
Wednesday afternoon the Algowood remains at the Carbide Dock awaiting the arrivial of another vessel to take on its cargo of coal. The Algosoo will dock along side fleet mate Algowood and take on the cargo later today. The Algosoo was expected to unload at Algoma Steel above the Soo Locks this afternoon and then head down bound to lighter the Wood. Original Report
After blocking the St. Marys River for one day, tugs were successful in moving the Algowood shortly before 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The damaged vessel was moved along side the Carbide Dock on the U.S. side of the river.

The survey vessel James Bray was called to do a sweep of the area where the Algowood grounded near the ice boom. After the survey traffic in the river resumed about 12:30 p.m. There were 12 vessel were waiting to transit upbound and 7 vessels were waiting to pass downbound.

At the Carbide dock divers were surveying the Algowood. Once the survey is complete the vessel's owner, Algoma Central Marine, will present a transit plan to the Coast Guard.

The departure of the Algowood will depend on the extent of the damage. The vessel may sail with temporary repairs or it may be necessary to off load the cargo of coal to another vessel and immediately sail for a dry dock.

Early survey of the vessel shows multiple holes in the No. 1 ballast tank and other large scrapes and insets on the port side where the vessel ran out of the channel. No leaking was reported in the cargo hold.

A transit plan is expected to be presented this morning.

Check back for updates

The Algowood was on a trip from Duluth to Nanticoke, Ontario when it grounded in the St. Marys River Monday morning.

Algowood at the Carbide Dock for inspection Tuesday. Lee Rowe
Close up of the Algowood aground Monday afternoon. Ken Hamilton
Scroll down to Tuesday's news for more pictures of the Algowood aground


Reported by: Jerry Masson, Scott McLellan, Bruce Tomlinson, Lee Rowe, SooToday.com and Brian Kloosterman




Algowood Moved, Traffic Resumes

04/17 10:00 p.m. Update
Shortly after 8:00 p.m. the Algosoo was ready to depart Algoma Steel above the Soo Locks. She will lock through down bound in ballast enroute to the Carbide Dock to take on the Algwood's cargo of coal. Once the cargo is off loaded the Algowood is expected to depart for Thunder Bay where it will under go repairs at Pascol Engineering.

1:00 p.m. Update
Wednesday afternoon the Algowood remains at the Carbide Dock awaiting the arrivial of another vessel to take on its cargo of coal. The Algosoo will dock along side fleet mate Algowood and take on the cargo later today. The Algosoo was expected to unload at Algoma Steel above the Soo Locks this afternoon and then head down bound to lighter the Wood. Original Report
After blocking the St. Marys River for one day, tugs were successful in moving the Algowood shortly before 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The damaged vessel was moved along side the Carbide Dock on the U.S. side of the river.

The survey vessel James Bray was called to do a sweep of the area where the Algowood grounded near the ice boom. After the survey traffic in the river resumed about 12:30 p.m. There were 12 vessel were waiting to transit upbound and 7 vessels were waiting to pass downbound.

At the Carbide dock divers were surveying the Algowood. Once the survey is complete the vessel's owner, Algoma Central Marine, will present a transit plan to the Coast Guard.

The departure of the Algowood will depend on the extent of the damage. The vessel may sail with temporary repairs or it may be necessary to off load the cargo of coal to another vessel and immediately sail for a dry dock.

Early survey of the vessel shows multiple holes in the No. 1 ballast tank and other large scrapes and insets on the port side where the vessel ran out of the channel. No leaking was reported in the cargo hold.

A transit plan is expected to be presented this morning.

Check back for updates

The Algowood was on a trip from Duluth to Nanticoke, Ontario when it grounded in the St. Marys River Monday morning.

Algowood at the Carbide Dock for inspection Tuesday. Lee Rowe
Close up of the Algowood aground Monday afternoon. Ken Hamilton
Scroll down to Tuesday's news for more pictures of the Algowood aground


Reported by: Jerry Masson, Scott McLellan, Bruce Tomlinson, Lee Rowe, SooToday.com and Brian Kloosterman




Soo Traffic

04/17
Below are images of the traffic on Tuesday.
Traffic waits for the river to reopen below the Soo Locks.
George A. Stinson is the first to pass upbound.
Burns Harbor upbound.
Flags flying from the forward mast.
Mesabi Miner downbound.
Mesabi Miner and Burns Harbor pass above the locks.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Canadian Transfer Departs

04/17
The Canadian Transfer finally departed her winter lay-up dock in Sarnia Tuesday afternoon. The Transfer backed from the North Slip and entered the St. Clair River heading in ballast to load at Meldrum Bay.

Reported by: Bruce Hurd




Mississagi Departs Duluth

04/17
The Mississagi took advantage of a brief break in the fog that has persisted in the Duluth-Superior Harbor during much of the last 36 hours and left at 10:45 a.m. Central time Tuesday from D.M.&I.R. with a cargo of ore. This was the Mississagi's first Duluth visit under her new name and ownership; she arrived in Duluth about 10:00 p.m. Monday. The Canadian Enterprise also used the window of opportunity, leaving about 20 minutes before the Mississagi with coal from SMET.

Reported by: Jody Aho




Green Bay Update

04/17
The Philip R. Clark arrived at the mouth of the Fox River at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night with a cargo of limestone. The barge St. Mary's Cement was in bound Monday morning at 5:00 a.m. On its way in, the Coast Guard requested a sharp look-out for a missing canoeist.

Reported by: Tim Nixon




Alpena News

04/17
The Alpena arrived into port Monday evening to load cement at Lafarge. The J.A.W Iglehart is heading to Muskegon for temporary lay-up. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity were in Milwaukee Tuesday to unload.

The Adam E. Cornelius loaded at Stoneport early Monday morning.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Port Huron Traffic

04/17
Below are images of traffic on the St. Clair River Tuesday.

Algonova upbound.
Canadian Transfer upbound after departing her lay-up dock.
Close up of bow.
Sidsel Knutsen across the river.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Detroit Traffic

04/17
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Tuesday morning.

CSL Tadoussac upbound above Fighting Island North Light.
Close up.
Stern view.
Annie M. Dean downbound just above Fighting Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

04/17
There were no coal or ore vessels in port on Tuesday. The Cuyahoga arrived Monday morning to load grain at Andersons "K" Elevator, she finished loading grain and departed late that evening. The Gordon C. Leitch also arrived on Monday and she went to Andersons "E" Elevator to load grain, She remained at this dock site on Tuesday loading grain.

Due to the Algowood grounding on the St. Marys River which closed navigation for a day, several vessels due in to Toledo for the CSX and Torco Docks have been delayed arriving. Tentative vessel eta's for the CSX Docks will be the CSL Laurentien, John G. Munson, and Algomarine on Thursday. The Algosteel on Friday, followed by the Charles M. Beeghly on Saturday.

Tentative eta's for vessels due at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius and Armco on Sunday.

The tug Cheraw and derrick Simonsen were placed in the large dry dock at Toledo Shiprepair on Tuesday.

Pictures by TZ
Cheraw in place on the dry dock.
Simonsen in the dry dock.
View from the north end of the dry dock as the water is drained.
Another view of the Cheraw.
Frank Palladino Jr. in the small dry dock.
Stern view.
Kayla Marie in the small dry dock at Toledo Shiprepair.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ashtabula Harbor

04/17
On Tuesday evening the Algoport was outbound from Pinney Dock. The entered Lake Erie heading to Huron, OH. for additional unloading.

Reported by: Jeff Miller




Seaway Traffic

04/17
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Tuesday.

Algocen.
Federal Oshima comes out of the fog.
Strange Attractor.
Stern view.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Daily Updates

04/17
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the St. Clair.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Chicago Trader and Charles C. West in the C Docks frog pond area awaiting there fate.




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.

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.

Data from: Jody Aho, Max Hanley, 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




Algowood Moved, Traffic Resumes

04/16 3:00 p.m. update
The tugs were successful in moving the Algowood and shortly before 10:00 a.m. the Algowood was being moved along side the Carbide Dock on the U.S. side.

The survey vessel James Bray was called to do a sweep of the area where the Algowood grounded near the ice boom. This will verify that the bottom is clear of any obstructions before opening the river to traffic. At 10:00 a.m. Soo Traffic posted a two hour delay for startup of vessel traffic in the river.

Traffic in the river resumed about 12:30 p.m. The first vessel to proceed downbound was Canadian Olympic followed by the Algomarine, which was the first ship through the locks this morning. First upbound vessel through the locks was the George A. Stinson, followed by the Burns Harbor. This morning 12 vessel were waiting to go upbound and 7 vessels were waiting to head downbound.

Divers were surveying the Algowood at the Carbide dock. Once the survey is complete the vessel's owner, Algoma Central Marine, will present a transit plan to the Coast Guard. The departure of the Algowood will depend on the extent of the damage. The vessel may sail with temporary repairs or it may be necessary to off load the cargo of coal to another vessel and immediately sail for a dry dock.

Early survey of the vessel shows multiple holes in the No. 1 ballast tank and other large scraps and insets on the port side where the vessel ran out of the channel. No leaking was reported in the cargo hold.

A transit plan is expected to be presented by Wednesday morning.

8:30 a.m. update
Coast guard marine safety officers boarded the Algowood at 7:30 a.m. for a final inspection before moving the ship to the Carbide Dock. The tug Missouri and Florida from Great Lakes Towing took a position on the middle of the hull on either side of the ship At 3:30 a.m. the tug Avenger IV arrived on scene to attach her cables for the tow.

At 8:00 a.m. the first attempt was made to move the Algowood. The tugs push and pulled but could not free the vessel, as the Algowood had become hung up on the anchor chains from the ice boom. at 8:30 a.m. they were attempting to free the Algowood for the chains.

In the winter ice booms are placed at the edge of the channel to help control ice flowing down the St. Marys River.

Check back for updates.

Original Report
The Canadian-flag bulk carrier Algowood grounded and began taking on water in the St. Marys River below the Soo Locks Monday morning while moving downbound through an area of heavy fog near a bend in the river known as Mission Point. Reason for the accident is unknown at this time. The side of the shipping channel off Mission Point is lined by piles of heavy rocks.

Witnesses said they heard the incident but could not see it due to fog. They described the noise as metallic banging and creaking, followed by the sound of an anchor dropping.

The Algowood's No. 1 port ballast tank flooded and the vessel took on a severe list. The flooding was bought under control but the water level in the flooded ballast tank remained at 29 feet.

The vessel stopped in the channel and dropped anchor. The stern of the Algowood blocked the shipping channel and the busy St. Marys River was closed to commercial traffic from Six Mile Point to the Soo Locks. A number of vessels went to anchor or tied up at the locks.

Divers from Purvis Marine surveyed the damage to the Algowood Monday afternoon, and the tugs Missouri and Florida from Great Lakes Towing were standing by. Crews working with the Coast Guard and Algoma Central Marine, the vessel's owner, made plans to salvage the vessel.

Through the night, water was pumped into the Algowood's number four and five starboard ballast tanks in an attempt to adjust her draft to 27 feet, three inches. Repairs were to continue and a move was expected this morning. Once clear of the channel the Algowood will be moved to the Carbide dock on the U.S side of the river.

The Algowood was on a trip from Duluth where it loaded coal on Saturday for the Ontario Power Generating station at Nanticoke, Ontario.

On June 1, 2000 the Algowood experienced structural problems while loading stone at Bruce Mines, Ont. A loading error caused the vessel to bend in the center section causing damage in the millions of dollars. Repairs were completed at Port Weller Dry Docks the following months. Also of interest, 21 years ago today the Algowood departed on its maiden voyage.

In early April 1999, fleet mate Algontario grounded in the lower St. Marys River. The Algontario was never repaired and remains in lay-up at Thunder Bay.

Pictures by: Ken Hamilton
Close up of the Algowood aground.
Another view.
Port side view.
Close up.

Algowood aground.
wide view.
Close up of bow.
Close up of stern.

The images below show the conditions in the river at the time of the grounding. Kathleen & Bruce Tomlinson
Canadian Olympic downbound behind the Algowood, only the top of the pilot house is visible above the fog.
Another view.
Soo Locks Live Cams

Check back for updates

Reported by: Jerry Masson, Scott McLellan, Bruce Tomlinson, SooToday.com, Roger LeLievre and Brian Kloosterman




Yarmouth Grounds

04/16
Monday afternoon, the bulker Yarmouth went aground shortly after leaving Montreal where she took on fuel. After losing power due to a faulty generator, the vessel dropped one anchor and turned around. She then went aground on the northern side of the channel and developed a slight list. She was freed around 5:30 p.m. by the tugs Ocean Intrepide and Ocean Jupiter which towed her to the Pointe-aux-Trembles anchorage nearby. Coast Guard inspectors were expected to board the vessel on Monday.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Rouge oil spill is largest on lakes in 12 years

04/16
Clean-up efforts continue on a mysterious spill that's put at least 10,000 gallons of waste oil into River Rouge and the waters beyond.

Officials say the industrial-grade waste, first discovered last Wednesday, is floating down the Detroit River and into Lake Erie. The spill is the biggest to occur on the Great Lakes since 1990, when the tanker Jupiter exploded on the Saginaw River in Bay City, spilling more than 10,000 gallons of gasoline, EPA officials said.

Environmental officials said they've used containment booms and vacuums to remove part of the oil. About 80 people are working on the project and so far about $500,000 has been spent on the clean-up.

Investigators have not determined the source of the oil. Investigators will take samples from industries near the Rouge in an attempt to match up the spilled oil with a source.

As the oil has moved south with the current, some waterfowl have died and others are being cleaned by clean-up workers.

The Rouge River has been closed to commercial traffic while the clean up is taking place. The Rouge is home to many bulk and liquid cargo docks including Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Al Miller




St. Lawrence River & Seaway Shipping News

04/16
Transport Canada reported that the barge Canadian Explorer has been renamed Barge Laviolette in December. In early April she was still called Canadian Explorer by the pilots who are shifting her from time to time within the Port of Trois-Rivières limits where she is being used as a storage barge. On April 11 the barge was still named Canadian Explorer, having been renamed on paper only.

On April 10 that Mantadoc was given the new name Teakglen. The new name had been correctly applied on the starboard side but it was not the case on the port side where it had been painted backwards. By now, the name has been repainted the right way.

Carisbrooke Shipping , a regular Seaway customer is having up to ten ships upgraded in the Netherlands for trading to the Great Lakes. They are larger than the current visitors and will look somewhat like the ones owned by Green Shipping.

Thirteen different cruise ships are expected in Montreal between May and October according to the Port of Montreal cruise ship schedule released last week. This figure include the small ones Canadian Empress with 30 trips, Niagara Prince, 5 trips and Grande Caribe, 4 trips. Others will be the Rotterdam with 7 trips, Le Levant, 4 trips, Norwegian Sea (3), c.Columbus (2), Royal Princess (2), Nantucket Clipper (8), The World (1), Braemar (1), Silver Shadow (1) and Astor (1).

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Sidsel Knutsen in for Repairs

04/16
The Sidsel Knutsen was docked in Sarnia Monday for repairs. The vessel is in at the Sarnia Government Warf on the South side. She is backed in with the bow heavily ballasted down. The heavily skewed propeller is completely out of the water and it appears they are working on the shaft seal. The Government docks have been fenced off on either end and no one is being allowed near the vessel except workers.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




U.S. Gypsum Coming Down

04/16
It appears that demolition of the venerable U.S. Gypsum plant in Alabaster is well underway. The main processing plant is now leveled. The towers that carried gypsum to an off-shore loading crib since the 1920s (as well as the crib itself) remain intact in Lake Huron.

The plant was idled after the partial collapse of one of the towers two years ago. At that time, the costs for repairing the facility were deemed too excessive, and the property is now for sale.

On Saturday a few miles to the north, ASC's Buffalo was loading gypsum at National Gypsum Company while fleet mate Sam Laud passed upbound after unloading stone in Bay City.

Reported by: Ross Ruehle




Semi-Silent Spring

04/16
The 2002 dry-bulk shipping season on the Great Lakes has gotten off to one of its slowest starts in recent memory. U.S.-Flag lakers moved a mere 1.8 million tons of cargo in March, a decrease of 35.5 percent compared to a year earlier and not even half what the fleet was moving just four years ago.

It is immediately apparent that the problems confronting American steelmakers will again impact this shipping season. U.S.-Flag iron ore cargos in March were down by 1 million tons. Much of that decrease reflects the continued idle status of LTV Steel. All iron ore transshipments were destined for LTV's Cleveland Works. Its Indiana Harbor mill was a major consumer of direct shipments. International Steel Group (ISG) is preparing to reopen the mills and recently signed a contract for its iron ore requirements, but it will probably be several months before there is any impact on the trade.

March coal loadings into U.S. bottoms were in line with last year. There was a slight increase in limestone cargos. The fall-off in cement partially reflects the extended closure of the Norfolk Southern bridge at the mouth of Cleveland's Cuyahoga River that delayed the sailing of a large cement carrier for 20 days and prevented other cement carriers from delivering to Cleveland.

As a result of weak demand for iron ore, U.S.-Flag Great Lakes operators had only 34 of their 67 vessels in operation on April 1, a decrease of two hulls compared to a year ago. However, turn the clock back to April 1, 1998, and the active fleet totaled 60 vessels. As of today, eight U.S.-Flag lakers do not have a sail date for 2002. Included in that total is one of the 1,000-footers. That vessel alone represents a seasonal carrying capacity of 2.5 million tons (more if water levels were not at their lowest level in 35 years).

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

04/16
At last report Monday morning, Arthur M. Anderson was scheduled at the DMIR dock in Two Harbors on April 16. Also scheduled to make its first load of the season there is Oglebay Norton, which was due on April 17 before the Soo River was closed by the Algowood grounding.

The Joe Block, which for the past few seasons has taken periodic loads of ore out of DMIR Duluth, is due at the Duluth ore dock on April 21 to unload stone. It's then scheduled to proceed to Two Harbors to load taconite pellets.

The smaller vessels of Great Lakes Fleet are making the rounds in the stone and coal trade. Cason J. Callaway departs Calcite on April 16 bound for Duluth's Reiss Inland dock on the 17th. Philip R. Clarke was scheduled to depart Calcite on April 15 and arrive in Green Bay late April 16. John G. Munson was scheduled to depart South Chicago on April 16 bound for Toledo on the 18th.

Reported by: Al Miller




Goderich News

04/16
The Capt. Henry Jackman loaded salt all day Monday. At one point there was some welding observed on a gangplank, but otherwise a normal loading day. She is headed to both St. Catherines and Valleyfield with chemical and road salt.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Detroit Traffic

04/16
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Monday evening.

Algolake downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Roger Blough downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

04/16
Early Monday morning the Oglebay Norton departed her winter lay-up berth at the T.W.I. Dock and is now bound for Superior, Wisconsin to load coal. The John J. Boland was due in late Monday afternoon at the CSX Docks to load coal. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Laurentien and Algosteel on Wednesday. The John G. Munson on Thursday, followed by the Charles M. Beeghly on Friday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Saturday, followed by the Armco on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ashtabula Harbor update

04/16
Monday evening the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was in port at Ashtabula taking on coal at the Norfolk Southern coal dock.

Reported by: Jeff Miller




Know Your Ships 2002

04/16
The 2002 edition of the popular "Know Your Ships: Guide to Boatwatching on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway" is now available for shipment 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 the first Great Lakes 1,000-footer, Stewart J. Cort, as Vessel of the Year. The Cort marks her 30th birthday this season. Also featured are 10 pages of colorful stack markings and flags of Great Lakes and Seaway fleets (updated every year), a guide to Great Lakes marine museums and profiles of the Soo Locks, Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway. All-new selection of outstanding vessel photographs from around the Great 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 $4 s-h (Michigan residents ad 6% sales tax).




Daily Updates

04/16
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Package freighter Battleford on the Kam River 1961.




Today in Great Lakes History - April 16

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

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

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.

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




Algowood Aground, Taking on Water

04/15 7:40 p.m. update
A diver from Purvis Marine was surveying the Algowood Monday afternoon. It is expected that repairs will continue throughout the night. The vessel is not expected to be moved move Tuesday morning when it will be moved to the Carbide Dock. Two tugs from Great Lakes Towing were on scene as crews plan for the salvage of the vessel.

The Algowood is on a trip from Duluth where is loaded coal on Saturday for Nanticoke, Ontario.

Traffic in the river delayed by the grounding:
Upbound
George A Stinson 1103 9 Mile
Burns Harbor 1220 9 Mile
Lake Michigan 1003 Detour
Charles M Beeghly 0545 Detour
Herbert C Jackson 1656 Detour
Atlantic Erie Still To Check In

Down
Algosteel 0909 Pt Louise
Canadian Olympic 0900 Pt Louise
Lee A Tregrutha At Lock Wall Below
Canadian Leader 1145 Pt Louise
Mesabi Miner 1516 Gros Cap
John B Aird 1627 Gros Ca

Pictures by: Ken Hamilton
Close up of the Algowood aground.
Another view.
Port side view.
Close up.

Original Report
Algowood called the U.S. Coast Guard at 9:15 a.m. this morning reporting they were aground and taking on water. The vessel came to a complete stop in the middle of the channel and dropped anchor. The flooding area has been identified as number one port tank with a ballast reading of 29-feet. At 9:30 p.m. the vessel reported that the flooding had stopped.

The tug Adanac from Purvis Marine responded to assist the Algowood with support pumps to control the water. A marine inspector from Soo Control has also been dispatched.

The Algowood is in the lower St. Marys River in the Mission Point area aground on the port side and listing heavily. There is no danger of the vessel sinking, the channel is only 28-feet deep. The area was blanketed by thick fog this morning, there is no word if the weather contributed to the accident.

The stern of the vessel is currently blocking the shipping channel and the St. Marys River is closed to commercial traffic. It is closed from Six Mile Point to the Soo Locks. All vessels in the area are to go to anchor. Ships locking through downbound will be allowed to tie at the approach piers. The Canadian Olympic backed up to the MacArthur pier and the Lee A. Tregurtha remains tied to the Poe Pier.

On June 1, 2000 the Algowood experienced structural problems while loading stone at Bruce Mines. A loading error caused the vessel to bend in the center section. The multi million dollar repairs were completed at Port Weller Dry Docks the following months. In early April 1999 fleet mate Algontario grounded in the lower St. Marys River. The Algontario was never repaired and remains in lay-up at Thunder Bay.

Check back for updates.

Algowood aground.
wide view.
Close up of bow.
Close up of stern.

The images below show the conditions in the river at the time of the grounding. Kathleen & Bruce Tomlinson
Canadian Olympic downbound behind the Algowood, only the top of the pilot house is visible above the fog.
Another view.
Soo Locks Live Cams

Reported by: Jerry Masson, Scott McLellan and Brian Kloosterman




Oglebay Norton Scheduled to Depart Today

04/15
The 1000-foot Oglebay Norton is scheduled to leave her winter lay-up berth at the T.W.I. Dock this morning bound for Superior, Wisconsin to load coal. Last season the Oglebay Norton was one of the first vessels to fit out for the 2001 season and second upbound vessel through the Soo Locks.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Calumet Unloads

04/15
The Calumet was unloading coal at the NRG Huntley plant in Tonawanda, NY about 1: 00 p.m. Sunday. The vessel was expected to complete unloading and depart Sunday evening.

In other port news, Luedtke work barges and tug boats were on the west upper tie-up wall at the Black Rock Lock. They are in port to do improvements to the upper lock area.

The Herbert C. Jackson went up the Buffalo River to the ADM Standard elevator on Friday evening and departed sometime on Saturday. The vessel had excellent press coverage as she was photographed for the front cover of the local news paper and made an appearance on local TV news broadcast as background footage for the weather report.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Sykes Loads

04/15
Sunday the Wilfred Sykes was loading taconite in Escanaba for Indiana Harbor. The vessel departed Escanaba that afternoon and gave a salute as she passed Sand Point - just like the Ryerson used to.

Wilfred Sykes.

Reported by: Eric and Sandy Chapman




PM 41 in Ludington

04/15
The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted remain busy since returning to service. Sunday the pair were in Ludington unloading agricultural lime.

Unloading.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Saginaw Visits Thorold

04/15
Saturday the Saginaw was at Berth 5 in Thorold to unload coke from Chicago. The vessel arrived in a heavy fog that covered the area.

Saginaw moving through the fog.
Crew members on deck.

Reported by: T. Parker




Twin Ports Report

04/15
The last members of the Twin Ports winter fleet are expected to depart this week. Arthur M. Anderson is scheduled for the DMIR dock in Two Harbors on April 15. The vessel was moved out of its layup berth on Friday and had exhaust coming from its stack. Armco is scheduled to load at the DMIR in Duluth on April 18.

several salties and lakers are making their first trips of the season to the Twin Ports. Among them are Mississagi, which is scheduled for the DMIR on April 15 and the barge Sarah Spencer, due at DMIR on April 16.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette update

04/15
The Algosteel loaded taconite pellets at Marquette's upper harbor Sunday with a bigger crew on the dock, they were dropping many chutes at a time. The Algomarine was due back late Sunday night after having loaded on Saturday.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
Algosteel loading.
Bow view.
Crews opening the gates for each chute.

Reported by: Lee Rowe and Art Pickering




Soo Traffic

04/15
Below are images of traffic passing the Soo and the Straits of Mackinac over the weekend.

Edwin Gott downbound.
Mesabi Miner.
Mesabi Miner in the lock.
Lee A Tregurtha.
Indiana Harbor leaving the lock. A problem with the gates left her sitting in the lock for half an hour.
Indiana Harbor passing fleet mate Walter J. McCarthy Jr.
Peter Creswell.
Canadian Olympic.
Scott Purvis in the MacArthur lock wall.
Another view.
Sugar Islander II.
Mackinac and Straits Express back from Cheboygan. The Straits will run within the next week or two.
Huron leaving for Mackinac Island.
Huron's new pilothouse interior.
Ottawa, Algomah, Chippewa, and Mackinac Islander await the summer season at the Arnold Transit Dock.
Sacre Bleu laid up in Mackinac City.
Straits of Mackinac II in Mackinac City. The dock is being rebuilt for the 2002 season.

Reported by: Sean Whelan




Toledo News

04/15
The H. Lee White finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed on Sunday morning. The John J. Boland followed her loading coal and she departed late Sunday afternoon. The Algosoo was due in Sunday evening to load coal. Tentative vessel eta's for the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on a return visit today. The CSL Laurentien and Algosteel on Wednesday followed by the John G. Munson on Thursday.

Tentative vessel eta's for the Torco Ore Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Saturday, followed by the Armco on Sunday the 21st.

The Gemini left her lay-up berth at the old Interlake Iron Dock several days ago and is now out sailing.

CSL Tadoussac towed from the Toledo dry dock last week.
Another view.
Stern view.
Outbound Maumee Bay.
Stern view.
The photographer in the small boat is Jim taking the above pictures. TZ
Tug Cheraw and large crane barge Simonsen at the pump out station on Maumee Bay (just north of the Torco Ore Dock complex).
Close up of the Cheraw.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ashtabula Update

04/15
Sunday morning the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkenvort were inbound with a load of ore. The pair spent the day unloading and departed about 6:30 p.m..

The Canadian Progress was inbound at 8:00 p.m. to load coal at NS Coal Dock. Norfolk Southern's coal dock has a very large supply of coal to be shipped.

Reported by: Jeff Miller




Seaway Traffic

04/15
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Sunday.

Federal Kivalina.
Stern view.
Algoport.
Yarmouth passing Brockville at about 10:30 a.m.
Vancouverborg passing.
Close up of the bow.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Badger Gathering

04/15
Plan on making early reservations for this years cruise on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger. Last years event was popular as the group cruises from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, Wi. aboard the last active coal fired vessel on the Great Lakes.

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Weekly Updates

04/15
The weekly updates have been uploaded.
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This week we spot light the American Steamship Co. fleet in the Fleet Photo Gallery. Stop by each day this week for a new feature vessel.

Each day this week in the Historic gallery we feature a new classic Great Lakes shipping image.




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.

Data from: Max Hanley, 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




Cliffs to supply pellets to ISG mills

04/14
Cleveland-Cliffs announced Friday that it signed a 15-year agreement with International Steel Group to supply the company's steel mills with about 5 million tons of taconite pellets each year.

The agreement means Cliffs' four taconite plants in Minnesota and Michigan's Upper Peninsula likely will run near capacity next year. Last year, Cliffs sold about 8.4 million tons of pellets.

Cliffs also announced that it spent $13 million to purchase ISG common stock, giving the taconite producer a 7-percent share in ISG, which recently purchased the steelmaking assets of bankrupt LTV Steel Corp.

ISG is expected to begin producing steel in June. That will require Cliffs to supply 1.5 million to 2 million tons of pellets this year. How much pellet tonnage ISG eventually consumes each year will depend on its success in selling steel made at its four blast furnaces.

How Cliffs' four mines will benefit remains unclear. However, Michigan State University professor Peter Kakela told the Duluth News Tribune that wholly owned, low-cost producer Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay, Minn., could be one of the big winners in the deal. Northshore Mining ships pellets directly from its dock in Silver Bay.

Another beneficiary could be Hibbing Taconite, which Cliffs manages and partly owns. Hibbing Taconite ships pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior, Wis.

Reported by: Al Miller and Lee Rowe




Ira Departs Marinette

04/14
Saturday afternoon the Ira departed Marinette after finishing unloading it's cargo of pig iron. The Ira arrived in Marinette on Tuesday. At 9AM the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and William C Selvick arrived and tied up behind the Ira at Marinette Fuel and Dock while unloading on the Ira was finished up. By 12 noon the tugs were hooking up the tow lines and getting underway. Saturday's nice weather brought many fishing boats into the Menominee River that the tugs and Ira had to deal with, close to 40 fishing boats were at the mouth of the river along. Once the Ira was pointed in the right direction the tugs headed back to Sturgeon Bay, and the Ira attempted to blow the tugs a salute but its whistle got stuck. The next arrival in port should be the Vancouverborg with a cargo of wood pulp for K&K later next week.

Selvick Tugs move into position for the tow.
Jimmy L leads the tow down the channel as fisherman watch from breakwall.
William C. Selvick on the bow as Ira passes.
Close up (another view).
Tow near the mouth of the river (note fishing boats to the right).
Ira heads upbound on Green Bay.

Reported by: Scott Best




Marquette Update

04/14
The Algomarine returned to Marquette to load ore Saturday. She will return again on Monday. The Lee A. Tregurtha was due Saturday night, with the Algosteel due today. It was a beautiful day weather wise, which makes it easier for those working the chutes. The workers manually open the gate on the dock pocket allowing the ore to fall down the chutes to the vessel below.

The Kaye Barker had to wait for the chutes to be reloaded Friday after the Great Lakes Trader departed.

Algomarine at the dock.
Close up.
Worker opening the gate.
Two chutes down.
Algomarine backing from the dock.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Goderich Remains Busy

04/14
The salt mine in Goderich remained busy at the end of last week. The Algorail was in Friday morning and loaded all day in the rain. She is headed to two different ports; Loraine will get 5,000 tons of fine crush salt, to be used in chemical plants and Toledo is receiving 15,000 tons of road salt. The Algorail is expected back in port early next week.

The Agawa Canyon made her first visit of the season on Saturday, arriving around noon, and loading until well into the evening. The crew had a lovely day to work with, and many of the Goderich residents took advantage of the warm, sunny day to walk out the pier to observe the loading procedure. The Agawa Canyon is also headed to two different ports - Milwaukee, with 5,000 tons of fine crush salt, and Muskegon, with 14,000 tons of road salt.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Saginaw News

04/14
The Sam Laud entered the Saginaw River at about 7:00 a.m. Saturday on her first trip of the season. The vessel was unloading during the morning at the old Bay Aggregates dock near downtown Bay City.

The Laud completed unloading late in the afternoon. She went up to the Airport Turning Basin and was then outbound for the lake around 5:00 p.m.

The J.A.W. Iglehart remained tied alongside the E.M. Ford in Saginaw on Saturday morning. The Iglehart had arrived on Monday to deliver cement. The vessel has apparently been unable to turn in strong currents for the outbound transit.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
Sam Laud at Bay Aggregates.
Iglehart alongside Ford.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

04/14
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Saturday evening.

Spar Ruby (Norway) upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Strange Attractor (Cyprus) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Busy Day for the Westcott II

04/14
Saturday the U.S. Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II remained busy making deliveries on the Detroit River.

Shortly before noon the downbound George A. Stinson received a delivery.
Heading for the Stinson.
Coming along side.
Cargo is loaded aboard through the gang way door.
Another view.
Crew inside the engine room.
Delivery complete the Stinson heads for Zug Island.
Next is the Canadian Progress.
Capt. Sam Buchanan guides the Westcott II in.
Deck hand Dave Tozer takes the mail bag.
The Progress continues downbound.
Next is the upbound Algoway.
Coming along side.
Mail bucket is lowered.
Flags flying.
Continues upbound.
Westcott II returns to the dock.
Pilot boat Huron Maid.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Toledo News

04/14
The H. Lee White was due in late Saturday evening to load coal at the CSX Docks. The next scheduled coal boats for the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland and Algosoo today. The John J. Boland on Monday, followed by the CSL Laurentien on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the CSX docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on April 20 followed by the Armco on April 21. As of now the Oglebay Norton is scheduled to depart its lay-up berth at the T.W.I. Dock on Monday and will be sailing on its first voyage of the season.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

04/14
Mississagi was unloading stone at the Lafarge dock at West 3rd Saturday morning. At 9:00 a.m. a G tug was standing by for the outbound tow. Mississagi departed in a heavy fog about 11:00 a.m. The fog held during the day at some times limiting Visibility to 300 yards. In spite of this the cement barge St. Marys II and tug Sea Eagle II arrived and were berthed at Blue Circle at 3:00 p.m. The Gemini was unloading at a fuel dock near West 3rd street.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Lake Erie Update

04/14
Eastern Lake Erie was busy Saturday, with vessels in Erie and Conneaut. The John J. Boland arrived in Erie around 9:00 a.m. that morning with a load of gravel. The Philip R. Clarke was due Saturday evening with a load of salt from Fairport Harbor.

In Conneaut, the Calumet was loading coal for Buffalo.

That evening the Clarke arrived shortly after 8:00 p.m.. The Herbert C. Jackson was due at the Conneaut Coal dock at 11:45 p.m. . There was much discussion between the Clarke, Boland, Jackson, J.S. St John and P&C Coal Dock of conditions in the area.

Boland Inbound.
Stern View.
Calumet loading in Conneaut.
Close Up.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Daily Updates

04/14
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the George A. Stinson.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of Great Lakes shipping - Today's image is the Metis in 1975.




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 Lake head.

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.

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




Calumet Due for Tonawanda

04/13
The Calumet is due for her first run to the Huntly Plant in Tonawanda, NY. this morning. She is taking the place of the Richard Reiss and will be the first self unloader, other than the Reiss to use the Black Rock Canal / Lock in roughly 5 to 6 years since her days as the Myron C. Taylor with USS.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Laud Departs

04/13
The Sam Laud departed her winter lay-up berth in Sturgeon Bay Thursday morning. About 8:45 a.m. CST the Laud was upbound on Green Bay.

Departing Bay of Sturgeon Bay in light fog.
Out bound Sherwood Point.
Upbound Green Bay with a tailing wind.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Problem Valve Slows Traffic

04/13
Ships waiting to transit the Soo Locks Friday were lining up due to delays in lowering the water levels in the lock chamber. Normally two valves are used to lower the ships but with one valve out of service the dump time has increased to twenty six minutes.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Chicheemaun Ready for 2002 Season

04/13
The car ferry Chicheemaun is now the only large vessel left in the Owen Sound Harbor. Thursday afternoon she was backed out into the Outer Harbor and turned. She was then backed into her berth in the Inner Harbor.

There are several short excursions and dinner cruises planned before the Chicheemaun enters service on May 3 from Tobermory.

Reported by: David Shearman




Ice Boom Removed

04/13
Friday a Corps of Engineers tug and barge removed part of the ice boom from the western end of the Little Rapids Cut in the St. Marys River to allow for two way traffic in the area. During the winter months upbound traffic would slow or check down to allow safe passage for downbound ships.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Tug Iroquois Launched

04/13
Friday the tug Iroquois was launched in Toronto. Owner Tony Bradley, who works for the Port Authority at the Outer Harbour Marina, operated the travel lift crane himself as the tug was returned to the water.

Iroquois ready for launch.
Another view.
New bunting spells Iroquois from the deck up, followed by her registry number and port of registry.
Stern view.
Moved to the water.
Another view.

Reported by: Gerry O.




New Security for Chicago Waterfront

04/13
Increased security following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks means boaters are now barred from six areas in Lake Michigan off Chicago and its suburbs.

No-boating zones have been established to protect Chicago's water intake and filtration points at 68th and 79th streets. Recreational boaters also are barred from the waters near Navy Pier, although commercial vessels such as dinner cruise boats will still be able to use the area. Also closed to boaters are the waters off the now-closed nuclear power plant at Zion, Ill.

"We're concerned about every imaginable act of sabotage, of any act that might damage or cause disruption to normal life," said Coast Guard spokesman Paul Roszkowski.

Boaters who challenge the zones could face seizure and forfeiture of their boats and up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

04/13
The Kaye E. Barker came to Marquette's upper harbor and tied up at 3:00 p.m. Friday. She was expected to begin loading some time after 11:00 p.m.

The Algosteel was due in that evening, with the Algomarine scheduled for today.

Thursday strong winds, high seas, and fog had impacted shipping in and out of Marquette. Even with the bad weather, shipping continues at a brisk pace. Arriving Thursday was the Algomarine.

Pictures by Lee Rowe

Kaye E. Barker passing the breakwall.
Approaching the dock.
Ready to load.
Close up of the bow.
Algomarine anchored off shore Thursday.
Inbound.
Approaching the dock.
Loading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe and Art Pickering




Detroit Traffic

04/13
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Thursday evening.

Halifax downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Capt Ralph Tucker downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
John B Aird upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Vaasaborg / John B Aird passing at Fighting Island North Light.
Vaasaborg (Holland) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

04/13
Friday there were no coal or ore boats in port. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the H. Lee White on Saturday. The John J. Boland and Algosoo on Sunday, followed by a return visit of the John J. Boland on Monday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius now due on Saturday morning 20 April.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

04/13
Thursday the tour boats Kajama and Torontonian shifted to their summer docks. Pathfinder, Patrcia D. and the RCYC's wave attenuators were refloated at the drydock, and Soderholm's Diver III removed the spud barge from the Ward's island lagoon and returned it to their dock in the Turning basin. The Police boat MU-01 has been hauled out at Eastern Marine Services for work.

Recent picture taken at the Toronto Dry Dock.
Diver III & barge.
Pathfinder and wave attenuators on Toronto Drydock.
Patricia D.
Torville on the dry dock.
Water blasting the S.T.V. Pathfinder.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Seaway Traffic

04/13
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario and the Iroquois Lock.

Passing Brockville on Friday.
Aegean Sea passing about 11:00 a.m.
Stern view.
Gordon C. Leitch that afternoon.
Brockville and Iroquois Lock Thursday
Canadian Navigator at the Iroquois Lock.
Close up of bow.
Mapleglen passing the Navigator.
Close up.
Forward cabins.
Stern view departing the lock.
Another view.
Mapleglen passing Brockville.
Close up of bow.
Close up of stern cabins.
Stern view.
Another view.
Nanticoke.
Another view.
Close up.
Stern view.
Mark Hannah and barge locking through.
Close up.
CCG Advent.
Stern view.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Volunteers Wanted

04/13
The Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee is seeking volunteers to work aboard the historic carferry in Manistee, MI.

Click here for more information




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.

Data from: 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




CSL Tadoussac Departs

04/12
The CSL Tadoussac was removed from the drydock at the Toledo Shipyard Thursday with the assistance of the "G" tugs Illinois and Louisiana. She was towed downriver and the tugs were released from the tow near the T.W.I. Docks. The CSL Tadoussac then proceeded outbound Maumee Bay for her next port of call.

Pictures by TZ
Tadoussac pulled from the dry dock.
Close up of the tugs.
CSL Tadoussac outbound.
Close up.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Heavy Weights Released

04/12
The heavy weight ice breakers Mackinaw and Samuel Risley have been released from Operation Taconite, this Coast Guard ice operation covers the Straights of Mackinaw, St. Marys River and Lake Superior.

The Mackinaw finally departed Whitefish Bay on Thursday and the Risley a few days before. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Katmai Bay and Biscayne Bay remain in the area to assist as the ice field above the locks melts. The ice field starts melting and begins to flow towards the lower lakes.

Vessel traffic has been moving quite well and a forecast for above freezing temperatures should keep it moving.

Most ice problems are now at the lock gates as the 1000-footers push ice into the lock approaches.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman and Jerry Masson




Ice Recap

04/12
At the end of March and the beginning of April ice conditions in Whitefish Bay and the St Mary's river were difficult. Icebreaker service was, and remains, necessary to keep the commercial traffic moving, both lakers and salties. At the same time some areas of the river were open and this allowed the Coast Guard to start placing their summer buoys.

The icebreakers that worked in the area were the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley and the USCG Cutters Mackinaw, Katmai Bay, Biscayne Bay and Neah Bay. When necessary the icebreakers would work through the night to keep the various channels and tracks open. They also spent much time flushing narrow places such as the Rock Cut and Middle Neebish Channel.

The buoy tender working in the area was the USCGC Buckthorn. The Samuel Risley also did some buoy work when buoys were carried away by the ice. Below are a few photos taken from the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley while it was working in the area.

Menominee heads for the locks.
Algonova upbound.
Buckthorn with a load of buoys.
Buckthorn placing buoys.
Algolake upbound.
Algolake and Algobay passing.
Lake Ontario upbound at 9 Mile.
Columbia Star upbound at the Nicolet Ranges.
Sugar Islander ferry.
John B. Aird heads for the Poe Lock.
Paul R. Tregurtha downbound.
Mackinaw.
Algocen downbound.
Atlantic Cedar in the Poe Lock.
Canadian Prospector departing the Poe downbound.
Adam E. Cornelius downbound at Mission Point.
Oakglen.
Edgar B. Speer.
Indiana Harbor upbound.
Drummond Islander.
Atlantic Cedar escorting a tug and barge.
Chios Pride escorted through the ice.
Close up.
Atlantic Cedar returning.
Gros Cap light.
Algolake.
Atlantic Huron upbound.
George A. Stinson.
Mackinaw upbound at the locks.
Katmai Bay downbound.
Lake Charles heads for the Poe.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Group Sees Future for Canadiana in Dive Attraction

04/12
The Grimsby Conservation Club is hoping to move the hull of Canadiana from its present location in Port Colborne to the Grimsby Harbor. Once there, they will sink the boat so that it can become a reef and diving attraction. The Canadiana was used to ferry passengers back and forth between Buffalo and Crystal Beach starting in the 1920's.

The Canadiana made its last run in 1956. In the 80's she spent over a year at the bottom of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, from there she was towed to the old scrap yard at Ramey's Bend in Port Colborne, were she has spent over 10 years rusting away.

All that remains of the ship is the hull and a rusting skeleton from the upper deck. The owner of the Canadiana is reported to be receptive to the idea of donating the ship. The Club will need to raise about $20 000 to have the ship moved. Then the rusting frame will need to be removed before the ship is sunk in about 40 feet of water.

Canadiana last summer. Mike Nicholls
Canadiana in 1959.

Reported by: Launy Paul




Taconite producers expect better year

04/12
Managers of several Minnesota and Michigan taconite plants expect to increase production this year but admit their industry's long-term future depends on cutting costs.

Pellet production in Minnesota totaled 31. 5 million tons last year, the lowest level since 1986. The season was marred by the permanent closing of LTV Steel Mining Co., leaving the state with six taconite plants.

This year, managers anticipate that tariffs on imported steel, higher steel prices and cost-cutting measures at the taconite plants will increase demand for pellets.

"I think there's a lot of reason to be optimistic,'' Jim Swearingen, general manager of U.S. Steel's Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron, Minn., told the Duluth News Tribune. "When it comes to Minntac, I am very optimistic. And when I look at the taconite business, I do think it will be in Northeastern Minnesota, though in the future it may not be configured as we now know it.''

Clouding the industry's future, however, is the declining number of blast furnaces. Taconite pellets are used to fuel that blast furnaces that produce raw steel. However, the number of blast furnaces in the United States has dropped from 317 in operating 30 years ago to 29 operating today.

Analysts expect more blast furnaces to close in the next several years, cutting demand for taconite pellets even further. But the remaining blast furnaces likely will run at greater capacity, which will ease the cuts.

To compete, pellet producers say they must cut costs in transportation, supplies, taxes and labor.

"For sustainable, low-cost operations, the key is reduced costs,'' Jonathan Holmes, manager and vice president of Ispat Inland Mining Co. near Virginia, told the newspaper. "Cost reductions have to become a way of life if we are going to stay in business.''

Reported by: Rob Jackson




Lakes Limestone Trade Resumes

04/12
Limestone shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 248,080 net tons in March, an increase of roughly 100,000 tons compared to a year ago. Because so much stone is washed before loading, the trade generally does not resume in earnest until temperatures warm in early April.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Strike Continues

04/12
While it looked hopeful earlier in the week, the latest update for the striking crew members of Eastern Region Ferries was to 'hang in there'. While some progress is being made, the process is very slow. The strike could possibly last another two or three weeks.

Eastern Region Ferries crew members are members of the Ontario Public Service or OPSEU and have been without a contract since December 31, 2001. On March 13, talks between OPSEU and Management Board broke off and the union went on strike.

Eastern Region Ferries include the Glenora Ferry and the Wolfe Island Ferry. The Glenora Ferry has been tied up since the strike began. The Wolfe Island Ferry has continued to operate under an Essential Service Agreement between the union and management.

Some residents of Wolfe Island are getting fed up and tempers have flared on occasion, especially toward crew members on the Wolfe Islander III. The reduced schedule has some people feeling like they are being held prisoner. One resident recently stated, "We have not committed a crime, we have not had the benefit of a trial, but we have been sentenced." The OPSEU strike is entering its fifth week.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Toledo Update

04/12
The Montrealais was loading grain at the Andersons "E" Elevator and was expected to depart by the late Thursday afternoon. The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen departed from the Shipyard this morning and proceeded to the pump out station on Maumee Bay for some minor repair work to the tie up pilings at this facility.

The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was loading cargo at the B-P Dock. The Alpena was at the Lafarge Dock unloading cement.

There were no coal or ore boats in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland and H. Lee White on Saturday, followed by the Algosoo and John J. Boland on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on April 19.

The following boats remain in lay-up at Toledo:
Torco Ore Docks: Reserve, David Z. Norton, Wolverine
Lakefront Docks: Buckeye, ex Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire
CSX Coal Docks: Courtney Burton, Middletown, St. Clair
CSX Frog Pond: ex N/S Railway carfloats: Manitowoc Roanoke, Windsor
T.W.I. Dock: Oglebay Norton
Old Interlake Iron Dock: Gemini, American Republic Hocking Valley Joseph H. Frantz
City Docks: Museum vessel: Willis B. Boyer

Pictures by TZ
Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen departing.
Outbound for Cleveland.
American Republic in lay-up.
Tug William Hoey on the stern of the Algoway.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




News Updates

04/12
I have an early start on Friday and some of the news and pictures will be delayed until tonight.




Daily Updates

04/12
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the Vandoc.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the Alexander Leslie in the St. Marys River, 1966.




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).

Data from: 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




CSL Straight Deckers

04/11
CSL's fleet of straight deckers was busy on the Welland Canal Wednesday. Upbound that morning was the Oakglen and downbound was the Mapleglen. The two saluted each other with 1 long and 2 short blasts as the Oakglen waited for the Mapleglen to pass above Lock 7.

Downbound Wednesday night was fleet mate Cedarglen. If the newly renamed Teakglen had been in the canal, it would have been all of the “glen" boats through the canal for the first time in the same day.

Other interesting traffic in the canal included the Canadian Leader which departed her layup berth in Toronto and was upbound.

Pictures by Alex Howard
Oakglen passing under the Glendale Bridge.
Close up.
Approaching Lock 4.
Slowing.
Trip upbound continues, entering Lock 7.
Half raised in the lock.
Fully raised and waiting for the gates to open.
Departing the lock.
Mapleglen approaches Lock 7.
Oakglen slides along the wall.
Oakglen and Mapleglen exchange salutes.
Oakglen heads for Port Colborne.
Canadian Leader above Lock 7.
Canadian Leader passing the guard gate.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Alex Howard




Sauniere Departs

04/11
Algoma's Sauniere departed Port Weller Dry Docks on Wednesday. The vessel arrived in December for work consisting of bottom plate replacement, new hydraulic hatch covers and refit of her unloading boom. The Sauniere's first trip for the season is to Magdalene Island, Quebec to load salt. Last night the vessel was stopped at Wharf 2 above Lock 1 for unknown reasons.

Reported by: John Stark




Iglehart Remains at Dock

04/11
The Saginaw River continued running with a very strong current on Wednesday due to heavy recent rains. As a result, the J.A.W. Iglehart remained tied to the E.M. Ford at the Lafarge Dock in Carrollton. The strong currents are preventing her from turning at the Turning Basin.

The Iglehart arrived Monday morning to unload cement.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
J.A.W. Iglehart waiting at the Lafarge Dock.
Another View.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Oil Slick Delays Traffic

04/11
Shipping traffic on the Rouge River in Detroit was delayed on Wednesday as U.S. Coast Guard and environmental officials investigated a heavy oil slick in the river.

Officials estimate that 500 gallons of oil were illegally dumped into a storm drain along the Rouge River. This oil seeped into the Rouge River and flowed into the Detroit River. The oil slick was reported as far down river as the Livingston Channel.

A crew from Marine Pollution Control in Detroit was working to clean up the spill as it moved toward Lake Erie. The Coast Guard said that about 200 gallons were discovered in the Rouge River and about 300 gallons were found in the Detroit River.

Officials said that it could take Marine Pollution about 48 hours to remove the oil from of both rivers.

At one point traffic was halted in the Rouge River delaying the departure of the Kaye E. Barker from Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Joe Woytta and Keith Norton




Season begins at Port Inland/Cedarville

04/11
The Michigan Limestone Operations Port Inland Facility near Gulliver, MI began its shipping season Wednesday afternoon with the arrival of the Wilfred Sykes at 3:00 p.m. The Sykes is schedule to return to Port Inland Saturday afternoon. Right now no other boats are on the schedule to load. Port Inland was one of the last stone docks to open for the season with most other docks beginning their season a few weeks ago.

The stone dock at Cedarville, MI opened its season on Monday afternoon with the arrival of the Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted. Wednesday afternoon the tug Gregory J Busch and a barge were loading at Cedarville, with the Pere Marquette 41 due back on Friday and the Sam Laud and Fred R White Jr. due over the weekend.

Other stone dock traffic:
Port Dolomite
4/12
Pere Marquette 41
4/14
Fred R. White
4/15Pere Marquette 41

Port Calcite
Algorail was scheduled to depart around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday . The John J. Boland and Philip R. Clarke were at anchor. The Buffalo and Calumet were also expected.

Reported by: Scott Best




Tregurtha Loads

04/11
The Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at Marquette's upper harbor (Presque Isle) power plant Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. with a load of coal.

Unloading.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




McKee Sons at Stoneport

04/11
On Wednesday the barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible loaded at Stoneport. It arrived in the morning and was expected to depart by 5:00 p.m. It was a nice spring day and the crew was painting the sides of the ship with a fresh coat of gray. The load of stone is going St. Joseph, MI.

McKee Sons Loading.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Lake Guardian in Rochester

04/11
The research vessel Lake Guardian arrived in Rochester about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The research vessel started operations last week and have been working Lake Ontario doing air and water testing .

They will be in Rochester until Friday doing atmosphere testing, from there they go back on the lake and will be staying there until the end of the month.

Reported by: Michael Melich




Twin Ports Report

04/11
Arthur M. Anderson won't be coming out of layup for another week. It's still at Fraser Shipyards and is now scheduled to load in Two Harbors on April 15. Armco also is still at Fraser. It's due at DMIR in Duluth to load on the 18th.

The pace at Midwest Energy Terminal remains steady. The lineup includes Indiana Harbor and Algolake due in Wednesday and Paul R. Tregurtha on Thursday. Four vessels are scheduled for Sunday, including Canadian Olympic, John B. Aird and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Mesabi Miner is posted as loading that day at both Midwest Energy and DMIR Duluth. It's unclear whether that indicates a schedule change or split cargo.

The pace is picking up at DMIR Duluth, with more vessels appearing on the dock schedule. Roger Blough is due back there again Friday. Sarah Spencer and Atlantic Erie are due April 16; Armco, April 18; and Tadoussac, Halifax and Cason J. Callaway (unloading stone), April 19.

At DMIR in Two Harbors, Columbia Star and Edwin H. Gott are due Wednesday, to be followed by Presque Isle and Joe Block on April 12; Edgar B. Speer and Arthur M. Anderson, April 15; and the Gott on the 17th.

Reported by: Al Miller




Sturgeon Bay Update

04/11
The barge 5101 was removed from the Graving Dock at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. on Wednesday. It was moved to Berth #8, in place of the tug Karen Andrie which was placed into the floating dry dock.

After the barge cleared the Graving Dock, the James R. Barker was moved from Berth #15 and placed into the Graving Dock for its 5 Year survey. The tug Jimmy L., William C. Selvick and Escort II from Selvick Marine preformed the moves with the aid of the tug Bay Ship.

The Sam Laud which was scheduled to depart Wednesday but remained at Berth #5.

Capt of Jimmy L. taking photo's from wheel house, of the boat watchers on the dock.
Bow of 5101 coming out of Dock.
Tug Bay Ship pulling 5101 out of dock.
Heading to Berth #8.
Jimmy L. preparing to pull the Barker out of Berth #15.
Out of berth sliding over to graving dock.
Bay Ship puts on the power, all 120 Horse Power.
Ship Yard crew waiting for lines from graving dock.
Barge 5001 Berth #8 Karen in drydock.
Close up of Karen in dock.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Alpena Update

04/11
The Alpena came into Lafarge early Wednesday morning to load cement. It left around 9:00 a.m. heading for Detroit. The J.A.W Iglehart is expected into port sometime on Thursday depending on the weather and currents in the Saginaw River. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity is in Milwaukee.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Toledo News

04/11
The Algoway arrived at the Kuhlman Dock early Wednesday morning to unload cargo. She departed late Wednesday afternoon. The salt water vessel Lake Michigan arrived at the T.W.I. Dock early that morning and departed late afternoon.

The CSL Tadoussac remains in drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing rudder repairs.

The Montrealais was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain.

There were no coal or ore boats in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Thursday. The H. Lee White and John J. Boland on Friday, followed by the Algosoo on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on April 19.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

04/11
Harbor activity is picking up in Toronto. Port Authority tugs were busy with harbor area buoys on Wednesday.

The Centre Island ferry Thomas Rennie was out for engine trials Wednesday - she undergoes Coast Guard inspection today. The spring schedule begins on Friday when the ferry Wm. Inglis enters service for the season.

Also out on trials Wednesday was Mariposa Cruise Line's tour boat Showboat Royal Grace. Great Lakes Schooner Co.'s Kajama was busy bending on sails that afternoon and running the auxiliary engine at the dock.

Late Wednesday the 3-masted schooner Empire Sandy and the tour boat Wayward Princess left their winter berths and shifted to their summer docks.

At the drydock, work on the tug Patricia D. and the S.T.V. Pathfinder was completed and they will be refloated today. The tour boat River Gambler is next in line for drydocking.

CCG Griffon departed harbor early Tuesday and Canadian Leader departed her winter lay-up berth during the night.

On Friday the long awaited relaunch of the tug Iroquois (ex- J. G. Fleck) will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Outer Harbor Marina. Owner Tony Bradley brought the tug to Toronto in 1995 by truck from the Ottawa River and it has been shorebound since undergoing a major rebuild.

Work crews have been busy the week working on the cement barge Metis, getting her in shape for the season. Welders have been continuing their efforts on the Glenmont rebuild at the same dock.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Seaway Traffic

04/11
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Wednesday.

Stolt Aspiration passing.
Stern view.
Close up of stack.
Pintail upbound about 4:00 p.m.
Close up of her cabins.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Brig Niagara Visit

04/11
On August 9, 2002, the U.S. Brig Niagara will be at Marquette's Mattson Park as a fundraiser for Marquette's Maritime Museum. the Niagara was taken over by Commodore Perry when his own ship was battered. He and his crew then sailed the vessel to a victory over the British fleet--immortalized by Perry's words, 'We have met the enemy and they are ours.'

The battle gave control of the Upper Great Lakes to the United States during the War of 1812 and secured further American expansion into the Old Northwest. The Niagara was reconstructed in 1988.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Daily Updates

04/11
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the former Quedoc.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the Ernest T. Weir (now Courtney Burton) as she wore a new coat of paint for her first trip of the season in 1971.




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.

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




Sykes Visits Saginaw

04/10
The classic steamer Wilfred Sykes made her first-ever visit to Bay City and Saginaw Tuesday, delivering a split load of limestone to the Wirt Stone docks at Bay City and Saginaw.

The Sykes finished a partial unload and departed the Wirt dock in Bay City about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday after the outbound Algorail had cleared. The Algorail had finished unloading several hours earlier at the GM dock in Saginaw.

The Sykes' transit up to Saginaw took the entire morning, as she was slowed by strong currents caused by recent rain. She reached the Wirt dock at Saginaw about 1:00 p.m. Unloading went well and she started up for the turning basin in Saginaw at 4:30 p.m. The crew completed a successful turn against a strong current and was outbound from Saginaw at 6:00 p.m.

Earlier that day the J.A.W. Iglehart was dealing with the same currents at the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw after unloading at the Lafarge terminal. The Iglehart, with considerably less power than the Sykes, was unable to complete the turn earlier in the day.

The Iglehart backed down the river and tied up at the Peavy dock, just upstream from Lafarge to await better conditions. She was stilled waiting Tuesday night and expected to depart at 6:00 a.m. this morning.

Unloading early Tuesday morning. Todd Shorkey
Sykes completes unload in Bay City. Todd Shorkey
Sykes departs Bay City headed for Saginaw, around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Stephen Hause
Another view. Roger LeLievre
Passing the Princess Wenona as she approaches the Veterans Bridge in downtown Bay City. Stephen Hause
Arriving at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. Roger LeLievre
Crewmen from the Sykes handle the lines as the vessel ties up at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. Roger LeLievre
Sykes unloads at the Wirt Stone Dock at Saginaw. Roger LeLievre
View onboard unloading. Roger LeLievre
View of Saginaw River from atop Sykes' unloading rig. Roger LeLievre
Close up of the Wilfred Sykes' stack, showing Central Marine Logistics logo. Roger LeLievre
Looking down into Sykes' #1 hold. Roger LeLievre
Citation for Bravery, displayed on the Wilfred Sykes It honors the ship and crew for their efforts in saving crew of the Henry Steinbrenner, which sank on Lake Superior May 11, 1952. Roger LeLievre
Unloading finished, the Sykes is ready to depart the Wirt Dock in Saginaw. First she must continue upstream to turn around. Roger LeLievre
Headed for the turning basin. Dave Wobser
Leaving the turning basin. Stephen Hause
Outbound. Stephen Hause
Iglehart docked at Lafarge. Andy Severson
Bow view. Andy Severson

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan, Ryan Kenny, Todd Shorkey, Dave Wobser, Roger LeLievre and Andrew Severson




Westcott II Returns to Service

04/10
The U.S. mail boat J.W. Westcott II returned to service Tuesday morning. The new 240 horse power Detroit Diesel engine roared to life about 11:00 a.m. as Capt. Sam Buchanan backed the 50-foot work boat from the dock at Gregory's Marina onto the Detroit River.

This is the J.W. Westcott Company's 107th season on the river, the Westcott II returned to service six months after it was raised from the river bottom following a sinking in which two crew members were lost.

The Westcott II has become an icon representing the company, in a season that lasts 252 days the work boat is on station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crews service all passing ships delivering mail, freight and acting as the pilot boat for the Port of Detroit.

Crews spent the winter rebuilding the Westcott II with new electronics, wiring and a new engine. The interior was refurbished and modifications were made to parts of the deck.

The back up mail boat Joseph J. Hogan is expect to return to the station west of the Ambassador Bridge later this month. The Port Huron based pilot boat Huron Maid remains at the station to be used for some pilot changes.

The first vessel serviced by the mail boat for the 2002 season was the upbound Philip R. Clarke.

Westcott II at Gregory’s Marina.
Capt. Sam Buchanan back the mail boat from the dock.
Heading for the Detroit River.
A card hangs in the pilot house in memory of Capt. Kathy Nasiatka and Dave Lewis who were lost in the sinking last fall.
Passing down town Detroit.
The Philip R. Clarke will be the first vessel serviced of the new season.
Approaching the Clarke.
The mail pail is lowered to deck hand Dave Tozer.
Delivery complete the vessels exchange salutes as intern Justin Kreimes waves.
Stern view as the Clarke picks up speed.
Heading down river for the Westcott Co. station.
Another view.
Passing beneath the Ambassador Bridge.
Turning for the station.
Approaching the dock.
Capt. Buchanan guides the Westcott II in.
Capt. Don Carns prepares the forward lines.
Docked and ready for the next service call.
Huron Maid at the dock.
Cuyahoga upbound, its new variable pitch propeller appears to be working nicely as the vessel quickly passed.
Stern view.
Barge Norman McLeod and tug Salvor.
Close up of Salvor.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




John D. Leitch Renaming

04/10
The former Canadian Century spent the past winter at Port Weller Dry Docks undergoing a mid body reconstruction. On May 14th. at 11:00 a.m. the vessel will christened and re-named in a private ceremony held at the dry docks. The new name will be John D. Leitch.




Boland Departs

04/10
The John J. Boland departed Bay Ship Sturgeon Bay, at Tuesday morning heading up bound to begin her 2002 shipping season.

The USCG Mobil Bay is working the ice tract in Green Bay and up and around the tip of Door County, in the area of Washington Island and Portes Des Morts "Deaths Door" where the tract has been closing.

Boland backing out of berth #2.
Boland out Bound Sturgeon Bay.
Tug Karen Andre at berth waiting for her barge to come out of dry dock.
Anson Bell at fit out berth next to Edward Ryerson.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Ira Arrives

04/10
Tuesday morning the Ira arrived in Marinette to unload the first cargo of pig iron for the season at Marinette Fuel and Dock. The Ira was assisted up river along the William H. Donner by two tugs from Selvick Marine Towing. A high demand for pig iron by local foundries has left winter stockpiles at the Fuel dock very low. Marinette Fuel and Dock is expecting three more loads of pig iron in April.

Last year on April 9 the Ira's sister ship Ivi attempted to enter port at Marinette but came aground on a sand bar at the mouth of the river.

Ira docked along the Donner at Marinette Fuel and Dock.
Bow view of Ira unloading .
Remaining pile of pig iron on the dock after the winter .
View from the dock of Ira unloading pig iron .
Pig iron falls to the dock from one of Donner's cranes.

Reported by: Scott Best




Marquette Update

04/10
The Lee A. Tregurtha unloaded coal Tuesday and the Algomarine was scheduled to arrive later that day. On Monday the Algomarine and Kaye E. Barker loaded taconite pellets in the fog at Marquette's upper harbor.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
Lee A. Tregurtha unloading.
Another view.
Algomarine loading in the fog.
Kaye E. Barker loading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe and Art Pickering




Busy day in Milwaukee

04/10
The Quebecois, under the command of Capt. Gerry Greig was taking on a cargo of corn for Quebec City. (The Canadian Miner is undergoing some hull work and won't be out until later this spring. In the meantime Capt. Greig is "on loan" to the Quebecois.)

Unloading salt across the inner harbor Tuesday morning was the Algowood. Just after daylight the Calumet arrived behind the Algowood awaiting its turn to unload salt. At noon the Algowood departed, carefully backing down along side the Calumet. While this was taking place the Saginaw was entering the outer harbor to unload salt.

Four boats in Milwaukee's harbor at the same time can mean only one thing; the harbor will be empty for the next week.

Pictures by Andy LaBorde
Quebecois loads corn with the Calumet in the back ground.
Deck view opening hatch covers.
Hold filling with corn.
Interior view of the pilot house.
Algowood backing past the Calumet.
Close up of the Calumet.
Stern view as the Algowood towers over the Calumet.
Saginaw unloads.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde and Ben Wohlers




Toledo Update

04/10
The Algosteel was loading coal at the CSX Docks. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Thursday, followed by the H. Lee White and John J. Boland on Friday. There are no vessels scheduled into the Torco Ore Dock at this time.

The CSL Tadoussac remains in drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing rudder repairs.

At 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning the Montrealais arrived under tow of the Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey/William Hoey. The tow was headed upriver to load grain at one of the 3 elevator complexes.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Spar Ruby in Oshawa

04/10
The Spar Ruby arrived in Oshawa today to unload steel rods, she is expected to depart on Thursday bound for Duluth. The tugs Atomic and Glenevis are docked in Oshawa.

Spar Ruby unloading.
Steel rod unloaded.
Close up of accommodations.
Tug's Atomic & Glenevis in port.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Dredge Liberty Island Christened

04/10
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company's new trailing dredge Liberty Island arrived in Port Everglades Sunday, April 7. The new dredge, built at Bay Shipbuilding Company last year at a cost of over $90 million, departed the Lakes late in the season bound for salt water.

Late afternoon on Tuesday, April 9, with flags flying the vessel was christened at berth 25 in Port Everglades Florida with a large crowd in attendance.

Bow view of Liberty Island at Berth 25 Port Everglades Florida.
Stern view.
View of the christening activities.

Reported by: Bill Hoey




Daily Updates

04/10
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the former Mantadoc.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the Roger Blough and Sugar Islander ferry at Mission point during April, 1973.




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.

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




Sykes Due this Morning

04/09
The Wilfred Sykes finished loading in Stoneport Monday afternoon and departed at 4:30 p.m. for docks in Bay City and Saginaw. Monday night the Sykes was carefully moving down Lake Huron in weather that had reduced visibility to near zero. The vessel was expected to arrive about 2:30 a.m. in Bay City depending on the weather.

If the weather cooperates the vessel could be unloaded and out bound from Saginaw later this morning.

This once rare trip for the Sykes is expected to be common place this year as the vessel visits the Saginaw River and Detroit.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Paterson to sell remaining boats

04/09
Just weeks after disposing of its active vessels, N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. of Thunder Bay offered its remaining three inactive vessels for sale.

Paterson posted the Quedoc, Vandoc and Windoc for sale on an "as-is/where-is basis with all existing faults." The boats can be purchased individually or together.

The fleet's sale notice said the vessels are being sold with no competitive restrictions. In other words, a buyer could use the vessels in any trade. Often, fleets that sell vessels will restrict their use to trades that don't compete with the seller.

The vessels are for sale by sealed tenders, which will be opened at the Paterson office on May 3. Bidders must deposit with N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited a sealed envelope marker "bid for "the name of vessel." The purchase price must be paid within 72 hours of the acceptance of the bid.

The Quedoc and Vandoc are laid up on the Kaministiqua River in Thunder Bay. Windoc is at Pier 8 in Hamilton, Ontario.

In March, Paterson announced the sale of its active vessels -- Paterson, Cartierdoc and Mantadoc -- to Canada Steamship Lines. They have been renamed the Pineglen, the Cedarglen and the Teakglen, respectively.

Visit patersongrain.com for more information.

Reported by: Brian McCaughrin and Al Miller




Lakes Coal Trade Off To Slow Start

04/09
Coal loadings at U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports in March totaled 903,837 net tons, a decrease of 37.3 percent compared to year earlier. Most of the fall-off came at Lake Erie ports; combined shipments from Toledo, Sandusky, Ashtabula and Conneaut barely topped 500,000 tons, a decrease of 46 percent. It is, however, much too early to declare there are any trends evident in these totals.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

04/09
The Twin Ports grain trade took off over the weekend as three salties arrived for grain. On Monday morning, Yarmouth was loading at Cargil B1 in Duluth, Koningsborg was loading at Cenex Harvest States in Superior and Vaasaborg was loading at Peavey in Superior. Herbert C. Jackson was due later in the day to fuel and then load grain at the Peavey elevator.

Halifax and Frontenac are shaping up to be regulars this season at the DMIR ore docks in Duluth. Halifax was loading Monday and, according to the dock, due back April 18 and 28. Frontenac is due April 9 and again on the 24th.

On Tuesday, Arthur M. Anderson is tentatively scheduled to depart its layup berth in Fraser Shipyards. Also that day, H. Lee White is scheduled to make an unusual appearance at the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw Update

04/09
The J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound the Saginaw River Monday morning. She was passing through the Independance Bridge around 8:30am on her way to the LaFarge Terminal in Carrollton. After passing through Veteran's Bridge in Downtown Bay City, the bridge tender notified the Iglehart that the next bridge, Lafayette, was having electrical problems and couldn't open.

The Iglehart checked back her speed then stopped in the river for a half an hour until the Lafayette Bridge was repaired.

The Algorail was also inbound on Monday. She passed through the Bay City bridges around 8:30pm on her way to the Buena Vista Dock.

Outbound around the same time, the Tug Gregory J. Busch and her barge passed the upbound Algorail at the old Bay Aggregates Dock before completing her trip down the Saginaw River.

Iglehart inbound. Dave Wobser
Close up. Dave Wobser
Stern view. Dave Wobser
Upbound approaching Independence Bridge. Todd Shorkey
Passing the old Fletcher Oil dock. Todd Shorkey
Close up at Wheeler's Landing. Todd Shorkey
Stern view. Todd Shorkey

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




Toledo News

04/09
The Algolake finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed early Monday morning. Several hours later the Canadian Olympic arrived at the CSX Docks to load coal. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel on Tuesday. The John J. Boland on Thursday. The H. Lee White and John J. Boland on Friday, followed by the Algomarine on Sunday.

There are no ore boats scheduled into the Torco Ore Docks at this time. The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The CSL Tadoussac remains in drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing rudder repairs.

The Montrealais was due sometime Monday to load grain at one of the three grain elevators located up the Maumee River.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Kingston News

04/09
The CCGS Simcoe has recommissioned many of the lighted aids to navigation in the area. She headed for Prescott on Saturday. The Simcoe met the CCGS Griffon in Big Sandy Bay and transferred equipment on Saturday. The Griffon then went west toward Oshawa and Toronto working on aids to navigation. The CCGC Bittern is back in the water and ready for SAR duty here in Kingston. Work has begun to ready the Kingston and the Islands Boatline vessels for the summer season

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Seaway Traffic

04/09
Below are images of recent traffic passing Brockville, Ontario.

Chios Pride passing Monday morning.
Wave from the bridge.
Spar Ruby passing Monday afternoon.
Close up of stack.
Oakglen passing Sunday.
Close up.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Great Lakes Exhibit Extended

04/09
The Midland County Historical Society of Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, MI, has extended their exhibit called "Great Lakes, Great Boats Shipping on the Inland Seas" until June 2. The collection includes vessel photos, history and videos. Midland Center for the Arts is located off of Eastman Ave. approximately four miles south of the Eastman Ave./Business US-10 exit in Midland. The exhibit is open 1000 a.m. to 600 p.m. daily. Free admission is compliments of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation.

On Tuesday, May 21 at 730 p.m. at the Carriage House Hall, 3200 Cook Road, Midland, the Midland County Historical Society will feature "Great Storms of the Great Lakes" with Ric Mixter as part of the Heritage Program Series. Ric's presentation includes a 20-minute video called Great Storms of the Great Lakes. It is a portion of an exciting new documentary entitled Lake Fury Storms of the Century, chronicling the gales that ravaged the Great Lakes.

Ric is Airworthy Production LLC's media specialist, with nearly 20 years of experience in television and radio. He has written and produced six documentaries, including the award-winning Edmund Fitzgerald Investigation and Deep Six Titanics of the Great Lakes. He is also producer and host of "Great Lakes Indepth," a top-rated program airing internationally on the Outdoor Channel and PBS.

An hour before the Heritage Program Series at 630 p.m., the Midland County Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary with cake and a sneak peek at what is coming in the next 50 years.

The program will take place at 730 p.m. Tickets are free to MCHS members or $3.00 each and are available at the MCFTA Box Office, 1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland. Or call 989-631-8250.

Visit www.mcfta.org




Daily Updates

04/09
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the former Cartierdoc.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw on a early season break out.




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.

Data from: Jody Aho, 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




Sykes Departs

04/08 5:00 p.m. Update
The Wilfred Sykes finally left Stoneport at 4:30 p.m. today, with an ETA of 3:30 a.m. for Bay City. They expect to spend most of the day in the river as they lighter first in Bay City and then complete the unload in Saginaw.

8:00 a.m. Update
Frozen cargo has delayed loading of the Wilfred Sykes at Stoneport. She is not expected to depart for Bay City/Saginaw until about 11:00 a.m. Monday morning, which would put her in Bay City after mid night tonight.

Original Report
The classic steamer Wilfred Sykes made a rare call to Stoneport on Sunday evening. The Sykes held at anchor off Stoneport until around 8:00 p.m. Sunday to allow Great Lakes Trader to complete loading.

She was scheduled to depart at 3:00 a.m. Monday morning for Bay City. If there are no problems, that ETD could put her in Bay City around noon. However Great Lakes Trader took longer than usual to load due to ice in the cargo, which may also be a problem and thus delay the Sykes as well.

An unfavorable weather forecast for the Saginaw River area could also play a factor in the Sykes' arrival and departure times. Heavy rain is in the forecast for today and Tuesday, which can increase currents in the river. This once rare trip for the Sykes is expect to be common place this year as the vessel visits the Saginaw River and Detroit.

The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort is taking the cargo to Zug Island, Detroit.

Sykes at anchor Sunday.
Docking.
Ready to load.
Great Lakes Trader loading.
Backing from the dock.
Turning off the dock.
Deaprting Stoneport for Detroit.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




St. Marys River Closed

04/08
The U.S. Coast Guard closed the St. Marys River from Mud Lake to the Soo Locks early Monday morning. The closure was due to poor visibility (fog) in the lower river. The downbound Algocape, Presque Isle and Roger Blough were allowed to proceed down, lock through and tie at the east pier. As the supply ship Ojibway was already dispatched, it had permission to service the Presque Isle and Blough in the approaches.

Ice remains a problem at the Locks as downbound traffic is pushing ice up to the lock gates.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




First Saltie in Thunder Bay

04/08
The first saltie of the new season arrived on March 31. The Chois Pride arrived dockside at United Grain Growers "M" to begin loading grain, this was the earliest date a saltie has arrived in the Lake Superior Port. She departed April 4 after finishing loading at Mission Terminals. She is bound for Puerto Rico with just under 20,000mt of cargo.

In other port news, the last loads are leaving Valley Camp after which the plant is scheduled to shut down permanently. The Agawa Canyon loaded Potash on the 5 and the Algoway was loading on the 6.

The Cedarglen, ex-Cartierdoc, made her first trip to port under her new name. She pulled into United Grain Growers on the evening of the 5th. She is expected to finish loading on the 7th at Sask Pool 7a before heading back down the lake.

Other boats loading this weekend of the 6th and 7th are, Mapleglen, Sarah Spencer/Jane Ann IV, Lake Ontario and the Atlantic Huron. The Mapleglen finished loading at Mission Terminals and departed Sunday afternoon. The Spencer will finish up at Sask Pool 7a before heading for Duluth to unload. The Lake Ontario was loading at Thunder Bay Terminals Saturday and finished around 2:00 p.m. Sunday with the help of the tugs Point Valour and Glenada. The Federal Kivalina arrived Sunday and went to anchor waiting to load.

The W.N. Twolan is ready to leave on another trip to Duluth with a load of lumber on the barge McAllister 132 but is delaying departure due to the storm system passing over that end of the lake. The system was dumping snow in this area and not expected to pass until late on Sunday. It is a 24 hour trip for the Twolan and there are not many places to pull into for shelter along the way to Duluth, MN.

The Algosoo was removed from the Pascol Engineering drydock Saturday and is preparing to depart in the near future.

Halifax departed Keefer Sunday after having engine turbine repairs. She departed at 3:30 p.m. and will head for Duluth. She originally attempted to leave on March 23 but suffered turbine problems.

Chois Pride first saltie to arrive this season.
Cedarglen first trip back with new name.
Jane Ann IV - returning to Spencer.
Algoway taking one of the last loads from Valley Camp.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Lake Michigan Opens Oshawa

04/08
The Lake Michigan arrived in Oshawa on Saturday evening, she is the first ship of the season to dock at the Port of Oshawa. The ship was unloading steel beams using two dockside cranes. It was expected to depart this evening or Tuesday morning destined for Toledo to unload pipes and machinery and will then continue on to Burns Harbor to unload more machinery.

Wide View of the Lake Michigan unloading.
Bow view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Westcott II ready to Return to Service

04/08
The U.S. Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II is expected to enter service Tuesday morning marking the J.W. Westcott Company's 108th season on the Detroit River. The Westcott II has been undergoing a refit after last fall's tragic sinking where two crew members were lost.

Crews spent the weekend making final preparations to the Westcott's new Detroit Diesel engine.

Westcott II returning to the water last week.




CSL Tadoussac Update

04/08
The CSL Tadoussac remains in the Toledo Shiprepair Dry Dock under going rudder repairs. The vessel was towed to Toledo in late March and is expected to remain in dry dock for another week. It is expected to depart around April 16.

CSL Tadoussac in dry dock last week. Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Groupe Ocean Inc acquires Trois-Rivières Boatman Group

04/08
Groupe Ocean of Quebec City has announced the acquisition of the Trois-Rivières Tug company for an estimated sum of several million dollars (C). This transaction will now assure the presence of Groupe Ocean in the St. Lawrence River ports of Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Sorel and Montreal. Trois-Rivières Tugs date back to 1949 and provided towing, salvage and pilot boat services in the area. With the addition of their four tugs and other marine equipment, Groupe Ocean will now offer a fleet of 17 tugs and 274 employees within the eight different divisions of Groupe Ocean: towing and docking facilities, pilot boat service, ship repairs and construction, salvage operations and barge rental along with diving services. Groupe Ocean tugs working last winter.
Ship assist work.
Another ice breaking view.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Marquette Report

04/08
Marquette's upper harbor has remained busy but the lower harbor will finally see some action this week. Saturday an American Steamship vessel was now anchored just outside the lower harbor waiting to enter. Very strong winds are preventing the vessel from docking at the Board of Light and Power's dock.

Friday the Charles M. Beeghly became the second ship to make a return visit to Marquette this season. She was closely followed by the Algomarine who made her first visit of the season and is only the second Canadian vessel of the season.

Saturday night the Kaye E. Barker was expected to arrive for its first visit of the season and following close behind was the Algomarine which will become the third vessel to make a return trip.

The arrivals were pending the wind conditions which were very strong Saturday.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Busy Weekend in Goderich

04/08
The Algowood came into Goderich harbor Saturday afternoon and docked behind the salt mine to wait for the Algosteel. The Algosteel arrived mid-afternoon and after turning around out in the lake, backed into the harbor with the help of two tugboats.

Backing in with tug assistance is needed when vessels turn in the fairly small inner harbor. She loaded until well in the evening, then departed for Milwaukee.

The Algowood was loading salt Sunday morning and afternoon and then departed for Buffalo. Their departure left the harbor looking very bare, it is not too often the port has two big lakers in at the same time. Many of the Goderich residents turned out to watch the activity. At one point crew members were observed touching up the paint on the water marks on the hull, as the Algowood waited to load.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toronto News

04/08
Saturday the Strange Attractor departed for the Welland Canal and the English River arrived at the Lafarge dock. The charter boat Enterprise 2000 was out for her third charter this season. On Friday the Port Authority set out the island airport "Keep Out" buoys in the harbor.

Reported by: Gerry O.




St. Lawrence Seaway and River news

04/08
The cruise ship Arcadia has finally been sold. On April 2, crews were painting out the funnel markings and the new name Caribic Star, under the Panamanian flag having replaced the Greek one. She was under arrest and for sale in Montreal since last summer following her short period of service between Great Lakes ports. As of Sunday morning she was still listed as Arcadia on the Port of Montreal website.

So far this season only one new saltie transited the Seaway locks, the tanker Ellen Knutsen which called at the port of Valleyfield and Clarkson to deliver a cargo of hydro cracker bottoms. She was also the first saltie to come back from the lakes.

There was only one tow also. It involved the tug Jerry Newberry which towed the flat barge Maritime Trader from Hamilton to Point Tupper, N.S.

Other interesting transits were the recently renamed Cedarglen (ex Cartierdoc) and Pineglen (ex Paterson) Also the new USCGS Sycamore on her delivery trip to Alaska. She spent about 36 hours in Montreal before resuming her trip from Marinette.

As of Saturday morning the Mantadoc, which wintered in Montreal, had not been renamed Teakglen yet. However, the name Mantadoc had been painted out everywhere on her hull except on the stern. The CSL funnel markings were painted on a few days before. The new name is expected to be painted on the hull this week.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Know Your Ships 2002

04/08
The 2002 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 the first Great Lakes 1,000-footer, Stewart J. Cort, as Vessel of the Year. The Cort marks her 30th birthday this season. Also featured are 10 pages of colorful stack markings and flags of Great Lakes and Seaway fleets (updated every year), a guide to Great Lakes marine museums and profiles of the Soo Locks, Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway. All-new selection of outstanding vessel photographs from around the Great 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 $4 s-h (Michigan residents ad 6% sales tax).




Weekly Updates

04/08
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This week we spot light the former Paterson Fleet in the Fleet Photo Gallery. Stop by each day this week for a new feature vessel.

Each day this week in the Historic gallery we feature a classic spring shipping image.




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.

Data from: Joe Barr, 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




Ice Still Causing Problems

04/07
Ice in the St. Marys River continues to cause problems for ships moving in the river.

Early Saturday morning the West Neebish Channel in the Rock Cut, usually reserved for downbound traffic only, was pressed into service to pass upbound vessels that were unable to use the regular channel on the east side of Neebish Island due to ice buildup in the narrow channel.

The Stewart J. Cort passed up around 5:30 a.m. Friday She was followed later in the day by the John B. Aird. The Aird first attempted to use the upbound channel but became stuck and backed up to pass upbound through the rock cut.

The Rock Cut is a manmade channel about 20 miles downstream from the Soo Locks.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman and Roger LeLievre




Goderich Top Hat

04/07
On Tuesday morning the Algowood arrived from Sarnia, Ontario to load salt for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Captain Doug Taylor signed the traditional "Top Hat" as part of the ceremony marking the arrival of the first ship of the season.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Twin Ports Report

04/07
Several terminals in the Twin Ports were busy Saturday, including the DMIR ore docks with unusual back-to-back callers.

Roger Blough arrived early in the day to load at the shiploader of DMIR Duluth. About six hours later the Mesabi Miner arrived, also for the ore dock. The Miner fueled at the Murphy Oil terminal and then waited for the Blough to clear DMIR.

Off the Miner's bow at the port terminal was the saltie Menominee, which had been in port several days to unload lumber. By midday Saturday, the crew had the ship's engine running and were closing up the hatches prior to departing.

Also in port was Algocape, the first straight-decker of the season for the Twin Ports. Algocape was completing a load at Cenex Harvest States in Superior.

Algocape finishing its load of grain at Cenex Harvest States elevator.
Close up of Algocape.
Mesabi Miner fueling at the Murphy Oil dock.
Stern view of Menominee shortly before its departure from Duluth.
Roger Blough under the shiploader at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth.
Close up of the Blough's bow.
Close up of the deck, with one conveyor dumping pellets.
Ore cars atop the DMIR dock.

Reported by: Al Miller




Cleveland News

04/07
The barge St. Marys II completed its cement unload at the Blue Circle silos Saturday morning and departed Cleveland at 11:00 a.m. The barge Pathfinder unloaded stone at the Lafarge dock at West 3rd that morning and was outbound at 2:00 p.m.

The Calumet made it first visit of the year to load at the salt dock. The Neah Bay returned Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. from ice breaking duties at the Soo.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Welland News

04/07
Saturday the steamer Saginaw was upbound at Lock3 while Canadian Transport was downbound approaching Lock2 with another load of coal for Hamilton. The Algoeast was at the fitout wall at Port Weller while her fleet mate, Algocatalyst was secure at wharf 16 in Port Colborne for repairs. Also downbound was the Oakglen with its first cargo of grain for Montreal.

Saginaw approaching the Glendale Bridge.
Exiting Lock 3.
Canadian Transport downbound.
Stern view.
Algoeast at Port Weller.
Algocatalyst at dock.
Pumping off ballast.
Stern view.
Oakglen at Port Colborne in a snow squall.
Passing stone dock in Port Colborne.
Oakglen heading for Lock 7.
Passing the guard gate.
At the approach wall.
Oakglen close up.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Daily Updates

04/07
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the former Paterson.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the George A. Sloan opening the shipping season at the Soo Locks in April, 1965.




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. Marys 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




Calumet Departs

04/06
The Calumet departed her layup berth in Hamilton Friday and was heading upbound above Lock 7 at noon. Downbound in the same area was the barge Norman McLeod and tug Salvor.

Pictures by Alex Howard
Calumet departing Lock 7.
Close up of stack.
Calumet upbound.
Close up.
Stern view.
Tug Salvor and barge Norman McLeod.
Close up of barge's stern.
Another view.
Entering the lock.
Close up of the Salvor.
Federal Kivalina upbound above Lock 7 Thursday.
Bow view.
Close up of stern.
Stern view.
Canadian Navigator downbound between Locks 1 and 2 Thursday.
Close up of bow.
Cabins.
Close up of stern.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard and Patricia Burgon




Reiss Moved

04/06
The Richard Reiss was moved from her winter berth on Friday, since she will not run this year. The tug Rhode Island gave a security call at 6:40 a.m. that she and the Iowa would be inbound in10 minutes.

Around 7:00 a.m. the tugs docked behind the Reiss to prepare for the tow. A half hour later the Rhode Island took the stern line and the Iowa the bow. The tugs wasted no time in moving the Reiss. By 8:40 a.m. the Richard Reiss had been pulled in bow first to the West Slip and was being tied up by Erie Sand employees.

Moving the Reiss was necessary to receive cargos at the Mounfort Terminal, along with sand from the J.S. St John, which made its first trip April 1.

Rhode Island inbound.
Tugs approach the Reiss.
Tugs tied behind the Reiss.
Tow gets underway.
Away from dock.
Pulling the Reiss forward.
Approaching the West Slip.
Guiding the tow to dock.
Iowa guides the Reiss.
Bow view.
Video of the tow. 4.6 meg

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Construction to start this summer on iron nugget plant

04/06
With the final piece of financing now in place, construction is scheduled to begin in August of a Minnesota pilot plant that produces iron nuggets.

Mesabi Nugget announced Thursday that it had secured the last financial commitment needed to construct the $24 million demonstration plant at Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay.

When it becomes operational in April 2003, the plant will use taconite concentrate to produce 25,000 tons a year of iron nuggets. The nuggets will contain 95 percent iron compared to the 65 percent iron content of most taconite pellets.

Iron nuggets can be used to make steel by mini-mills with electric furnaces and foundries. Project developers tout the nuggets as a possible next step for Minnesota iron ore industry.

If it proves successful, the demonstration plant eventually could be expanded to produce 325,000 tons of nuggets each year. Taconite for the nuggets will come from Northshore Mining Co.'s mine near Babbitt.

Loans for the demonstration project come from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, Minnesota's 21st Century Minerals Fund, Kobe Steel Ltd., Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Steel Dynamics Inc., and Ferrometrics, a Minnesota consulting company.

An official from one fleet has indicated that iron nuggets could be carried by lake freighters. However, the nuggets likely would amount to less tonnage that taconite pellets and would eliminate the backhaul of limestone used in flux pellets.

Reported by: Al Miller and Greg Gilbert




Roman Unloads

04/06
The cement boat Stephen B. Roman was unloading in Rochester, NY. Friday.

Roman inbound.
In Rochester.
Pilot house.
View forward. Reported by: Michael Melich




Conquest Visits Ferrysburg

04/06
The Southdown Conquest and tug Susan W. Hannah were unloading cement in Ferrysburg Friday. At 6:00 p.m. it had departed the dock and was near the railroad swing bridge and in the turning basin. It was being assisted in the turn by a smaller tug. By 7:00 p.m. the pair were leaving the channel heading for Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Dale Rosema




Marquette News

04/06
The Peter R. Cresswell arrived on schedule Friday in Marquette. The Cresswell was in port to load taconite. The Algomarine and Charles M. Beeghly are due in port on Sunday.

Cresswell loading.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Saginaw Update

04/06
The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader departed the Saginaw Rock Products dock early Friday morning after unloading during the night. The vessel passed outbound through downtown Bay City at about 10:00 a.m.

Pictures by: Stephen Hause
Great Lakes Trader passing through Bay City approaching the Liberty Bridge.

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




Hamilton Report

04/06
The saltie Agean Sea was moored on the north face of Pier 10 Friday with no unloading activity seen.

Over at Pier 14, Fednav's Lake Michigan was still in the process of unloading steel products directly on transport trucks that were waiting in lineup at the dock.

At Heddle Marine, the barge McAsphalt 401 is in drydock for refit. In the other floating drydock, are both the tug Lac Vancouver and the excursion vessel Oriole (Mariposa Cruise Line from Toronto). The tug William J. Moore (ex Alice A.) now has its new pilot house constructed and placed on the vessel.

Friday afternoon the Saginaw unloaded a cargo of iron ore from Duluth at Stelco and later that afternoon shifted over to Pier 27 to load crushed stone. Also at Stelco that afternoon was the CSL Niagara unloading a shipment of coal from Conneaut and departed later in the afternoon.

The Canadian Provider and James Norris remain at Piers 25-26. The Canadian Miner is still docked at Dofasco. The Montrealais is showing signs of activity as there was exhaust coming from the stack and the windows in the pilothouse are no longer covered.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Iroquois Lock Traffic

04/06
Below are images taken Friday of Seaway traffic at the Iroquois Lock.

Catherine Desgagnes upbound with pig iron for Toledo.
Approaching the lock.
Close up.
Catherine in the lock.
Canadian Navigator making wall above Iroquois downbound with salt for Sept Iles.
Entering the lock.
Close up of cabins.
Navigator in position.
Departing the lock.
Heading down river.

Reported by: Dave Beach




Quebec City Harbor

04/06
Algoma's Algoville arrived on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. at Section 18 (Bunge's river terminal) with a cargo of grain. Saltwater vessel and regular seaway caller Irma was loading grain at Bunge (Section 28, estuary terminal). Structural repairs to the hull of Lake Carling were completed yesterday by Industries Ocean team. The vessel seems ready to get back to work as it sits now Section 52, in order to load iron ore pellets for Point Lisas, Cuba.

Expected arrivals for the coming days include the twins Jade Star and Diamond Star at Ultramar Section 86 and 87, Algoport with salt, Sidsel Knutsen, Ellen Knutsen and Cap Romuald with a cargo from Algeria.

Reported by: J.F. Boutin




Daily Updates

04/06
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the J.B. Ford.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is traffic lined up above Nine Mile Point in the St. Mary's River in 1972.




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


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




Ice Threatens to Close River

04/05
Ice conditions Thursday night remained difficult in the St. Marys River. The upbound tug Anglian Lady and barge PML 2501 were stopped in ice in the lower river waiting for Coast Guard cutter assistance. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay was working to open the upbound channel near Green Point.

The U.S. Coast Guard Mackinaw received a call to assist the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer trapped in ice above the locks in the upper river. With both upbound and downbound channels blocked by ice, officials were assessing conditions to determine whether to close the river until the shipping lanes are cleared.

About midnight the Mackinaw was successful in breaking the Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spencer free. In the lower river the Neah Bay broke out the Anglian Lady. With traffic again moving, the Coast Guard was sorting out the11 upbounders and 6 downbounders and what order they will transit.

Wednesday night the upbound Agawa Canyon was transiting the lower St. Marys River when heavy ice caused the vessel to stop. The turns in the river slowed the ship and finally the ice was too thick near Green Point, stopping the ship. The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley was stopped in the ice at Lime Island and was called to assist.

Also stopped in the ice behind the Canyon was the Edwin H Gott. The two vessels were freed and escorted to the Soo harbor where the Risley turned in the river and escorted the downbound Edgar B Speer to Lime Island for a safe passage.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Stinson Begins 2002

04/05
George A. Stinson was scheduled to leave its layup berth at Duluth's Hallett Dock 5 on Thursday to load at the BNSF ore dock in Superior. The Stinson's departure leaves only Armco and Arthur M. Anderson remaining from the ports' winter layup fleet.

Algocape finished unloading at St. Lawrence Cement on Thursday and went out on the lake to clean its holds. It's due back to load grain at the Cenex Harvest States terminal in Superior.

Adam E. Cornelius, an uncommon visitor on western Lake Superior, paid a call Thursday to Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay.

The DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors is handling some vessels besides those of Great Lakes Fleet. Columbia Star was due there Thursday and again April 10. Joe Block, in seasons past a periodic caller at the Duluth ore dock, is expected in Two Harbors on April 6. On the flip side of that equation, the Roger Blough - which in recent seasons has seldom called at Duluth - is scheduled to load pellets at DMIR Duluth on April 6. Mesabi Miner is due there the same day.

Reported by: Al Miller and Carl E. Carlson III




Sykes Departs

04/05
Early Thursday morning the Wilfred Sykes departed lay-up at Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. The Sykes departed Berth 8 and proceeded to the turning basin where she turned and departed through the Michigan Street bridge heading for the Ship Canal and Lake Michigan.

While the Sykes was departing from Berth 8, the motor yacht Anson Bell, built by Palmer Johnson Yachts of Sturgeon Bay, was prepared to be towed to a dry dock section at Berth 8. The Anson Bell was then winched onto the dry dock. The dry dock and yacht will be placed at the deep end of Berth 8 and the dock will then be flooded allowing the Anson Bell to float free of the dock.

Once the Anson Bell is free and clear, the dock will be refloated and all of the towing gear will be removed from the dock. The section of the dock will be re attached to the remainder of the dry dock and readied for repair of ships.

While this was being completed, The American Mainer was being towed dead ship from Berth 2 to Berth 8 where the Sykes departed from.

Remaining Ships at Sturgeon Bay: American Mariner, John J. Boland, Sam Laud, James R. Barker and Edward Ryerson.

Sykes making the turn.
Mate taking Pictures of the Edward Ryerson.
Past stern of Ryerson.
Motor yacht Anson Bell.
Dry Dock section ready for Anson Bell.
Towed past section of a new barge under construction.
Props and wheels under yacht.
Front end loader which did the towing.
Mariner along side of Fleet Mate John J. Boland.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Challenger Fit Out

04/05
Engine room personal will report aboard the cement boat Southdown Challenger on Monday, April 15 to begin preparations for the 2002 sailing season. The Challenger is docked in South Chicago and is the oldest operating vessel on the Great Lakes.

Reported by: John Cull




Alpena Delayed

04/05
The Alpena was due to depart 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning but ended up leaving at 5:00 p.m. that evening. The Alpena sounded a Master's Salute after clearing the Main Street bridge and then continued on her way back to Alpena, MI where she is due sometime today.

Reported by: Jason Leino




No Replacement for Acacia

04/05
The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it will not replace the Coast Guard cutter Acacia when the aging ship is decommissioned in 2006. The Acacia has made Charlevoix, MI its home port since it replaced the Cutter Mesquite which sank after running aground in Lake Superior. The Cutter Sundew was moored in Charlevoix prior to the Mesquite.

This may be the final nail in the ship watching coffin for Charlevoix. The coal fired power plant in Boyne City closed a few years ago ending the ritual of watching the USS Steel boats work their way through the channel and the harbor. On a busy summer Saturday one could watch the Calcite II or Myron C. Taylor work their way through the pleasure boat anchored in the harbor.

Reported by: D. Weston




Wreck Found

04/05
A 125 year old shipwreck has been found about 16 north of Sarnia. Divers located the City of Port Huron in 33 feet of water last summer, but only recently announced their find. The wooden steam barge, built in Port Huron in 1867, disappeared on Sept. 4 1876, while carrying a load of iron ore. There was no loss of life.

Reported by: Andy Greenlees and Gerry O.




Steady Traffic in Marquette

04/05
The ore dock in Marquette's upper harbor continues to receive vessels on a daily basis since April 1. Wednesday the Herbert C. Jackson made its first visit of the season. The arrival of the Peter Cresswell Thursday night became the first ship to make a return trip to Marquette this season.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw Update

04/05
The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader arrived inbound at the Pump Out Island giving a security call around 7:00 p.m. Thursday night. She stopped at Essexville Sand and Stone to lighter before departing for Saginaw Rock Products to finish unloading.

The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible departed the Saginaw Rock Products Dock, headed for the 6th Street Turning Basin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning. She had completed her turn and was downbound for the lake by 10:45 a.m.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey and Stephen Hause
McKee Sons upbound Wednesday night at Independence Bridge.
Passing E.M. Ford Thursday.
Outbound passing the Carrollton Bar.
McKee Sons downbound at Cheboyganing Creek.
Stern View.
E.M. Ford at Lafarge Thursday morning.
Close up.
Joyce L Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader inbound at the Front Range.
Close Up.
Stern view at Consumers Energy.

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




Loading in Goderich

04/05
The salt trade continues with the Algorail arriving at 8:00 a.m. Thursday. The vessel spent all day loading and then departing shortly after 4:00 p.m. She is headed to Milwaukee and Muskegon

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo News

04/05
The salt water vessel Vaasaborg was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading wood pulp. She is the first saltie of the season to visit this facility.

There were no active coal, grain or ore boats in port Thursday morning. The Saturn departed from her lay-up berth at the Lakefront Docks late Wednesday afternoon bound for Hamilton, Ontario to load cargo.

The CSL Tadoussac remains in drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing rudder repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algolake on Sunday. The Canadian Olympic, and Algosteel on Monday. The H. Lee White, and John J. Boland on Wednesday followed by the John J. Boland again on Thursday.

The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Friday.

The following vessels remain in lay-up at Toledo.
Torco Ore Dock: Wolverine, David Z. Norton, Reserve
Lakefront Dock: Buckeye, ex Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire
CSX Coal Docks: Courtney Burton, Middletown, St. Clair
CSX Frog Pond: ex N/S railroad car floats: Roanoke, Windsor, Manitowoc
T.W.I. Dock: Oglebay Norton
Old Interlake Dock: Gemini, American Republic
Hocking Valley Dock Joseph H. Frantz
City Dock: Museum ship Willis B. Boyer

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

04/05
The St. Marys II and tug Sea Eagle were unloading at the Blue Circle silos on the Cuyahoga River Thursday afternoon.

The Buffalo was downbound at the Eagle Street bridge backing into collision bend at 3:30 p.m. Without tug assist in strong currents she turned around and continued bow first downriver.

At the same time the Mississagi was upbound also unassisted at the Carter Road bridge. Collision bend is one of the few portions of the Cuyahoga were two ships can pass. The Mississagi moved slowly forward while the Buffalo completed its turn and then they passed in front of the old Jims Steak House.

The Mississagi had a difficult time with the turn to the Eagle Street bridge at Collision bend. Several backing moves and turns were required to make this turn due to the heavy current. Later a tree branch was seen in a porthole on the forward end but no hull damage was seen. It is not known where the tree branch was picked up.

Buffalo turning.
Complete4 ready to head downbound.
Mississagi passing.
Another view.
Buffalo's stern and Mississagi turning for Eagle Street.
Buffalo bow under the Carter Road Bridge.
Making the next turn downriver.
Mississagi under the Lorain Carnegie Bridge.
Stern shot heading upriver.
Close up of the tree branch stuck in the porthole.
Maumee visited port earlier this week.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton Update

04/05
The window covers have been removed from the bridge of the Calumet and crews appear to be preparing her to sail. Steam is up on the Montrealais. She spent the winter at Dofasco's coal dock.

The window covers are still on the bridge of Canadian Miner at the Dofasco ore dock and it appears that a contractor's container has been placed on the main deck. Crews are preparing the James Norris at Pier 25 to begin the season in mid-April. She will resume the Colborne to Clarkson limestone shuttle. The window covers are still on the bridge of Canadian Provider at Pier 25 although crews were seen working near the stern.

Calumet at Pier 10.
Canadian Miner at Dofasco.
Canadian Provider.
Another view.
Provider and James Norris.
Close up of the Norris.
Stelco's 'D' blast furnace in Hamilton. It has been in cold idle since November 2000. At full production it could go through about 50 boatloads of iron ore a year.

Reported by: R. Aitchison




Toronto Report

04/05
Hamilton Energy returned to port Thursday to fuel the Quebecois and Strange Attractor. Quebecois later departed her winter lay-up berth and Strange Attractor was turned with the assistance of McKeil's tugs, so that she now sits stern-first in the Redpath slip. After she finishes unloading she will head up the lakes for Thunder Bay.

CCG Griffon departed early Thursday morning.

The Port Authority's tug Wm. Rest and the crane barge T.H.C. 50 were laying navigation buoys in the Eastern Gap Thursday. Dredging has ceased in the Ward's Island lagoon, but Soderholm's spud barge and crane remain moored in the lagoon.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson Update

04/05
The 2002 season opened at the Petro Canada pier in Clarkson, Ontario Thursday. The first tanker of the season was the Ellen Knutsen. She arrived at about 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning from Montreal with a cargo of hydrocracker bottoms.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Theodore Too For Sale

04/05
The tug Theodore Too is expected to be offered for sale as its owners, Cochran Communications Incorporated, is ceasing its business.

Theodore is a specially built representation of the popular children’s TV show tug. Last summer the tug toured the Great Lakes and has visited 76 cities all over eastern North America.

Theodore Too on the Seaway in 2001.


Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Daily Updates

04/05
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the Alpena.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the August Ziesing at Toledo during Spring fit out late 1960's.




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 Steve Robert 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


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




Twin Ports First Saltie

04/04
The Menominee was the first saltie of the season for the Twin Ports. The vessel arrived in Duluth about 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and docked at the Clure Marine Terminal, where it is unloading lumber from Germany. Menominee, built in 1967 in Sweden, features unusual unloading gear on deck.

Algocape opened the St. Lawrence Cement terminal, arriving earlier this week. The vessel was expected to complete unloading on Wednesday.

Menominee unloading lumber at the Duluth port terminal.
Algocape unloading at St. Lawrence Cement.
Another view of Algocape.

Reported by: Al Miller




First Saltie in Menominee

04/04
Menominee, Mi received its first foreign ship of the year Wednesday when the Dutch-flagged Wagenborg ship, Koningsborg, paid a visit to K&K Warehouse. She is carrying a load of wood pulp. Wagenborg picks up this season where they left off last year when Menominee saw 10 Wagenborg ships from the middle of September to the middle of December.

Koningsborg at K&K Warehouse dock (from across the Menominee River).
Koningsborg unloading with her hatch covers piled like cordwood on her deck.
Another view.
Stern view with a load of baled pulp going on a truck two of Marinette Marine's new Coast Guard ships in the background

Reported by: Dick Lund




Lorain Pellet Terminal may move to Cleveland

04/04
Cleveland's port authority is looking to move the Lorain Pellet Terminal to Cleveland's Whiskey Island, according to media reports.

Moving the pellet terminal to Cleveland would put it closer to the former LTV steel mills that are scheduled to be reopened under new ownership of International Steel Group. Gary Failor, executive director of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, estimated the move could save International Steel $1 million a year.

Until LTV's blast furnaces were idled a few months ago, lakers carrying taconite pellets docked in Lorain and their cargo was transferred to boats small enough to navigate the Cuyahoga River and feed the LTV steel mill.

Mark Tomasch, spokesman for International Steel Group, confirmed that the company is working with the port to bring the iron ore loading operation to Cleveland.

Reported by: Greg Yeck




Crewman Evacuated

04/04
The Doug McKeil and the Ocean hauler went to anchor just off the south east tip of Stoney Island Tuesday. The tug contacted U.S. Coast Guard Group Buffalo indicating that their cook was burned. Buffalo asked for the person's condition and said the Air Ambulance from Fort Drum was flight checking their helicopter at that time.

The helicopter lifted the crew member from the Doug McKeil a short time later. The Doug McKeil was on a trip carrying Calcium Chloride to Oswego

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Barker Loads

04/04
Wednesday the Kaye E. Barker made its first visit to Stoneport for the 2002 season .It was a cold and blustery day for loading as she took on a cargo for South Chicago . The Great Lakes Trader was at anchor awaiting the Barker's departure.

Barker Loading.
Bow view.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Leitch Downbound

04/04
Wednesday the Gordon C. Leitch was downbound in the Welland Canal as it sailed for Baie Comeau with grain loaded in Thunder Bay. This is the first trip for the Leitch since it entered lay-up in December of 2000.

Leitch above Lock 7.
Close up.
Bow view.
Close up of the distinctive forward cabins on the Leitch.
Stern view.
Approaching Lock 7.
Entering the lock.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Westcott Returns to the Water

04/04
The U.S. Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II returned to the water last Friday for the first time since it sank in October, 2001. The Westcott under went extensive rebuilding this winter that included a newly rebuilt Detroit Diesel 6-cylinder engine, all new electronics and controls. The Westcott II was lowered into the Detroit River at Gregory's Marina and moved to a dock for final fitout.

The mail boat service on the Detroit River is expected begin on the morning of April 8.

Westcott II is lifted from the dock.
Moved to the water.
Returning to the water.
Stern view.
Moved along side the Joseph J. Hogan.
The engine not yet running, the Westcott was towed on the hip of the Hogan a short distance across the marina.
Close up.
Westcott Co. President Jim Hogan (left) and Capt. Sam Buchanan during the move.
Moved to the dock.
Intern Justin Kreimes keeps the bow off the dock.
New engine.
Interior view.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Coast Guard ends search for missing anglers

04/04
The search for three fishermen missing on southern Lake Michigan ended Tuesday when the Coast Guard called off a rescue effort that involved more than 100 people.

"Given the magnitude and intensity of the search, there's no reasonable hope for survival," said Capt. Bruce Ross, the Coast Guard's search coordinator.

Tauras P. Gaizutis, 31, of Chicago, his brother Rimas, 30, of Beverly Shores, Ind., and their friend Martynas Meskauskas, 28, of Lithuania, left a Hammond, Ind., marina on Sunday to fish for coho and never returned. Searchers found nothing but two lifejackets that family members identified as possibly belonging to the brothers.

Searchers employed six boats, seven helicopters and an airplane equipped with night-vision gear to search much of southern Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Al Miller




Green Bay Cement

04/04
The first cement boat of the year arrived in Green Bay Wednesday morning. The Alpena arrived about 9:15 a.m. with a load of cement for Lafarge. She is expected to depart at 6:00 a.m. this morning.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Alpena News

04/04
The Alpena visited its namesake port on Tuesday morning to load cement for Green Bay and should be back some time on Friday . The J.A.W Iglehart is expected to load at Lafarge early Thursday morning.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw Report

04/04
The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible arrived in the Saginaw River Wednesday afternoon. She stopped to lighter at the Essexville Sargeant Dock before proceeding upriver at 10:00 p.m. for the Saginaw Rock Products Dock. The McKee Sons is the first freighter of the season to go all the way upriver to Saginaw.

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




Sarnia Update

04/04
The Algoway departed the North Slip around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening and proceeded down to the Imperial Oil Fuel dock. It departed Imperial Oil upbound for the lake around 10:15 p.m. The Algorail departed the Sydney Smith Dock around 10:10 p.m. and proceeded upbound for Lake Huron.

Repairs to the hole in the Canadian Transfer's bow have begun. By late Wednesday a small square cut had been made in the bow where the hull had been punctured and there was also some activity on board.

A Grand River/ Lower Lake Towing vessel (possibly the Maumee), was unloading at the stone dock located just south of the Black River in Port Huron.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Detroit Report

04/04
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Wednesday.

Brunto (Norway) first saltie of the year in Detroit. Unloading at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Cedarglen upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Mapleglen upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

04/04
The tug Salvor and barge Norman McLeod was at the Sun Dock loading cargo Wednesday. The CSL Tadoussac remains in drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing rudder repairs.

The Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX Docks. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algolake on Sunday. The Algosteel and Canadian Olympic on Monday. The H. Lee White on Tuesday, followed by the Adam E. Cornelius on Wednesday.

The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Friday. It appears that the Vaasaborg due in at the T.W.I. Dock in the next day or two will be the first salt water vessel of the season for the Port of Toledo.

No vessels have departed from the winter lay-up fleet since the last update.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland News

04/04
Sunday the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore transited through the Welland Canal, the same day as the Cedarglen. The new cutter is on her delivery trip to her home port of Cordova, Alaska. The Sycamore was launched at Marinette Marine in Wisconsin.

This year will be another early start for the Niagara Falls Maid Of The Mist tour boats. The boats will be going into the water this week with the opening day being set for April 8.

This marks the third time in the last four years the tour boats have started on the 8th of April. Last year was the earliest on record, when they opened for business on April 4.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Toronto Update

04/04
Two late afternoon arrivals in port Wednesday. CCG Griffon came in and tied up for the night. Hamilton Energy came in and fueled Canadian Leader. Quebecois had steam up that afternoon and running lights on in the evening.

In addition to S.T.V. Pathfinder, the tug Patricia D. was dry docked along with the wave attenuators which she towed to the drydock.

Port Authority workers were loading freshly painted harbor buoys on the heavy lift crane barge T.H.C. 50 Wednesday afternoon, in preparation for placing them soon.

Dredging continues in the Ward's island lagoon.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Iroquois Lock Traffic

04/04
Below are images taken Wednesday of Seaway traffic at the Iroquois Lock.

Pineglen entering the Iroquois Lock about 10:00 a.m.
Federal Kivalina upbound at Cardinal.

Reported by: Dave Beach




Group hopes for Grant

04/04
The Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum in Muskegon is seeking two grants to help it upgrade LST 393 and to develop a curriculum for schoolchildren.

LST 393 was used in the Normandy Invasion of World War II and later served as a cross-lake car ferry on Lake Michigan. The museum also operates the submarine Silversides and the Coast Guard Cutter McLane.

The museum is seeking a $32,000 state grant that would pay the cost of opening the large bow doors that once enabled vehicles to enter and leave the ship's hull. Once the doors were opened, a glass panel would be installed behind them with a smaller, lockable door for patron access.

The second grant is $10,500 to develop an education curriculum that would attract teachers and their classes to the museum.

Reported by: Al Miller




Updates

04/04
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the S.T. Crapo.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the Comeaudoc in the St. Marys River 1964.




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


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




Undaunted Arrives

04/03
The Pere Marquette opened its operating season for 2002 Tuesday after sitting idle all of last year. She entered the Menominee River about 8:45 a.m. that morning and was at Marinette Fuel and Dock Co.'s Dock at 9:00 a.m. When she came in Green Bay was mostly free from ice; however, by early afternoon an onshore wind had brought the ice back and the bay is again filled with ice.

There was no sign of the new conveyor to be used in unloading, as only an onboard crane was visible. The tug-barge is in Marinette, Wis. to pick up a load of pig iron product used in the steel industry.

PM41 entering the Menominee River. Scott Best
Close up. Scott Best
Another view. Scott Best
At Marinette Fuel & Dock . Dick Lund
Dick Lund
Loading (crane ship William H. Donner in foreground). Dick Lund

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund



Integrity Returns to Service

04/03
The tug Jacklyn M. and cement barge Integrity has returned to service for the season. The tug was fitted with two new 20 cylinder EMD engines over the winter. Work started late in 2001 to remove the old 8 cylinder, 48,000 pound Caterpillar diesels. The pair departed Milwaukee on April 1 and were expected to load in Alpena this morning.

Reported by: Robin Greathouse and Ben Wohlers




Owen Sound Departures

04/03
The Algosteel departed its winter lay-up berth in Owen Sound Tuesday. The Algoma Canyon was preparing to depart that evening. At 7:30 p.m. the crew were conducting lifeboat and "man overboard" drills.

Reported by: David Shearman




Fleet Very Slow To Return to Operation

04/03
Only 34 of the 67 U.S.-Flag lakers available for service this year were in operation on April 1. That's a decrease of two hulls compared to a year ago and likely the lowest April 1 total since the early 1980s. The 34 vessels in service on April 1 represented only 56 percent of available carrying capacity.

The troubled state of America's steel industry continues to have significant impacts on the U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet. Not only is the April 1 total one of the lowest in recent memory, a number of vessels are not currently scheduled to operate in 2002. A survey of U.S.-Flag operators finds 8 vessels with no sail date in 2002. Included in that total is one of the 1,000-foot-long super carriers. A ninth vessel has no firm sail date and another has postponed its sailing until early May.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Group Ocean purchases Trois-Rivières Remorqueurs

04/03
A deal was reached Tuesday afternoon between Groupe Ocean of Quebec City and Trois-Rivières Remorqueurs of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Group Ocean becomes the owner of the only remaining independent harbor tug operator between Montreal and the North Shore. The fleet of tugboats services the port of Trois-Rivières and Becancour on the St. Lawrence River. The company also operates pilot boats at the Pointe-de-Ormes pilot station located above the Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivières and a small fleet of workboats and barges at Quebec City predominantly to offer garbage services to the growing number of cruise ships calling the port.

The tugs become part of Groupe Ocean following the acquisitions of Quebec Tugs, McAllister Towing and Omnimar of Sorel. Groupe Ocean also owns a shipyard located in St-Bernard-de Ile aux Coudres 70 miles east of Quebec City. The shipyard is currently building two tugboats for a Danish company, a model slightly larger that their successful Ocean Intrepid class. The new tugboats are also based on a Robert Allen design, the Vancouver based architect who specializes in the design of modern tugboats.

Reported by: Bruno Boissonneault




Sycamore in Cleveland

04/03
The new USCG cutter Sycamore stopped in Cleveland last week on her delivery trip to her home port of Cordova, Alaska. The Sycamore was launched on July 28, 2001 at Marinette Marine.

Sycamore docked.
Another view.
Bow view.
Other pictures in port
Corps of Engineers Dock.
USS Cod.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Goderich News

04/03
The Algowood arrived early Tuesday morning and loaded salt until about noon. It snowed much of the morning, making a miserable job of it. She is headed off to Milwaukee and is expected back at the mine later this week.

The Canadian Navigator also arrived in the morning and loaded all afternoon and into the evening. She will be taking her load of salt to St. Catherines.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Buoys Placed in Buffalo

04/03
The US Coast Guard Cutter Bramble was working the buoys in Buffalo Harbor on Sunday. She shifted from the North Entrance to the Seneca Shoal area around 7:00 p.m.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Toronto Update

04/03
Dredging continues in the Ward's Island lagoon, but the Toronto Conservation Authority has run out of funds and the operation will likely finish today.

Toronto Marine Police unit MTP-07 responded to an emergency call this afternoon and they pulled the body of a white male from the ferry slip between the ferries Sam Mcbride and Thomas Rennie.

At the dry dock, the four vessels wintering on the dock were refloated and S.T.V. Pathfinder went on the dock.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Kingston News

04/03
The Seaway season is in full swing around Kingston, Ont. The Stephen B. Roman departed Picton, for Oswego Tuesday, with cement while the English River departed Bath for Buffalo, also carrying cement. The CCGS Simcoe was coming upriver for aids work. Last night she reported 1.5 to 2 mile visibility at Quebec Head in snow.

The snow produced low visibility earlier at Cape Vincent and 2 to 3 miles in the American Narrows. It had been snowing heavily since 2:00 p.m.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Historic lighthouse binoculars stolen from visitor center

04/03
A pair of antique binoculars once used by the lighthouse keeper on Lake Superior's Michigan Island were stolen recently from a display case at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Bayfield, Wis.

The binoculars once belonged to Keeper Ed Lane, who tended the Michigan Island light from 1902 to 1939. His daughter donated them to the National Park Service in 1983.

The binoculars are made of brass and inscribed with the name of Preston C. Hudson, who was adjutant of the 8th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. The Lane family acquired the binoculars in the 1890s.

An NPS employee noticed the binoculars were missing March 25. A reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of the person who stole them.

"These binoculars belong to the American people. They are a part of all our heritage," said Clay Alderson, acting superintendent of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Reported by: Al Miller




Updates

04/03
The "Fleet Spot Light" continues each day this week in the Fleet Photo Gallery - Today's featured vessel is the E.M. Ford.

Picture of the Day returns in the "Historic Photo Gallery" as we feature classic images of spring shipping - Today's image is the Joe S. Morrow entering the MacArthur Lock in 1969.




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




Second Top Hat for Mississagi

04/02
Capt. Hugh Pink received his second top hat and cane of the week as the Mississagi opened Manistee's dry bulk shipping season on Monday. This was the vessel's first trip in to Manistee under her current name, although she made numerous trips to Manistee as the George A. Sloan. She arrived at 3:00 p.m. with a load of limestone from Manitoulin Island for the Seng #1 Dock.

This marked the first Lower Lakes Towing Vessel in to Manistee. As perhaps a sign of rising water levels, the vessel loaded to a draft of 21-feet, one foot more than the deep draft of last year. More LLT vessels are expected in the next few weeks, as Port Inland has yet to open, and Seng's has a large demand for stone.

Capt. Pink was presented with an engraved cane, and a traditional top hat to mark the occasion.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Undaunted and PM 41 Return to service

04/02
The tug Undaunted and the barge Pere Marquette 41 return to service Monday after lying idle the past year. The tug and barge start her 2002 season casting off at about 2:00 p.m. from Ludington, Mich.

Pere Marquette Shipping Co. vice president and co-owner Don Clingan announced recently that new company manager Chuck Leonard has so far lined up 27 cargoes this season.

"I think we believe the economy has started to turn and some of the industries we were servicing have got a better outlook than they had 12 months ago," Clingan said.

Although the tug and barge were idle, workers were busy making improvements to the craft. They rebuilt one of the tug's engines and serviced its electrical drive systems. A new conveyor was designed and built for the barge, enabling it to handle aggregate up to 15 inches in diameter. A new crane on the barge is twice as large as the previous crane.

The tug Undaunted also has a new master, Tom Dawes of New York.

The tug-barge's first job in 2002 will be to pick up a load of iron product to be used in the steel industry in Marinette, Wis., and deliver it to Chicago.

Reported by: Max Hanley, Bob Vande Vusse and Al Miller




Authorities search southern Lake Michigan for missing anglers

04/02
U.S. and Canadian coast guard units and local authorities continued searching southern Lake Michigan on Monday for three missing fishermen and their small boat.

The men departed Hammond, Ind., on Saturday in a white 16-foot fiberglass boat with an outboard motor. They were expected to return the same day. Family members notified authorities on Sunday that the men were overdue, and the search began late that day.

Three helicopters from the Coast Guard, Chicago Fire Department and Lake County, Ind., sheriff’s department searched the lower half of the lake Sunday night and continued Monday. A Chicago Police boat and a Coast Guard boat conducted 20-mile sweeps along the southwestern shore. The Civil Air Patrol and a Canadian C-130 aircraft also assisted.

Reported by: Al Miller




Twin Ports Report

04/02
Canadian Prospector pulled into the Cenex Harvest States grain elevator in Superior about 7 a.m. Monday, making it the first grain boat of the season to call in the Twin Ports. A tug from Great Lakes Towing broke ice in the loading berths at other grain elevators later in the day.

The Menominee is expected to be the Twin Ports' first saltie of the season. It's expected to arrive April 2 carrying about 4,700 metric tons of German lumber to be unloaded at Duluth's port terminal.

Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was limbering up its engines and taking on ballast Monday. It's scheduled to load April 2 at Midwest Energy Terminal. It will carry 60,000 tons of coal to the generating station in St. Clair, Mich.

The McCarthy will be coming in on the end of a long line-up at the coal dock. The Mesabi Miner was loading there Monday to be followed by the Paul R. Tregurtha, which spent the day docked at the port terminal. Next will come Canadian Olympic, and then the McCarthy.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

04/02
Shipping is getting off to a very slow start in Marquette. During the short period in March, only one vessel made a visit to Marquette, that being the Paul Tregurtha. As a result compared to 2001, shipping is down considerably. Over-all for both harbors, shipping is down by 88%. The upper harbor is down by 83% and the lower harbor is down by 100% since no vessels visited during the month of March. How much of this is impacted by the announcement made earlier this month in which Cleveland Cliffs stated they would increase ore shipments by rail is unknown at this time.

April is off to a good start, the first ore ship arrived Monday afternoon. The Charles M. Beeghly becomes the first vessel to load ore this year and it is the first time in several years that a U.S. vessel was the first to take on a load of ore at the onset of the shipping season. The Algosoo was due in last week however, as of Monday the vessel has yet to arrive. This morning the first Canadian vessel of the season will arrive, that being the Peter R. Cresswell.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
Beeghly arrives.
Approaching the dock.
Ready to load.
Coal unloaded at the Presque Isle Power Plant.

Reported by: Art Pickering and Lee Rowe




Leitch Stops at Soo

04/02
The Gordon C. Leitch was experiencing steering troubles Monday coming down from Lake Superior. Engineers onboard were able to make the necessary repairs coming into Whitefish Bay but when making the approach to the Soo Locks the captain asked permission to tie at the West Piers make sure everything was in working order before transiting the river system.

Other traffic included the upbound Philip R. Clarke, Burns Harbor, CSL Laurentien, Algocen, Edgar B. Speer, Yarmouth and Menominee. Downbound was the Atlantic Cedar, Gordon C. Leitch, Presque Isle, Canadian Enterprise and Samuel Risley.

Pictures taken Saturday by Paul Beesley
Presque Isle upbound at Pt. Louise.
Scott Purvis upbound just above the locks. She was proceeding to the Algoville which was anchored 4 miles west of Gros Cap. The Algoville was believed to be undergoing repairs.
Algobay upbound at the Mud Lake junction.
Algonova as she arrived at the Mud Lake junction buoy downbound.
Pineglen downbound approaching the Mud Lake junction. This image shows the ice cover at the top of Mud Lake.
Rock Cut. CCGS Samuel Risley was tasked to break out and flush the Rock Cut and downstream to Moon Island. The Risley went both up and downbound in this area, even though it is only a downbound route. This view is looking upbound (north) as we approached. It looks much like the ice in the Livingstone Channel, all mush and down to the bottom.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Paul Beesley




Barker Visits Green Bay

04/02
Green Bay received an unusual visitor Monday when the Kaye E. Barker arrived at the mouth of the Fox River about 5:20 p.m. It was loaded with a cargo of coal for the Reiss Dock and was held up a bit by the GB&W RR Bridge, but the Mason Street Bridge tender made a few calls to get it open for the Barker.

Reported by: Jason Leino and Tim Nixon




Season ready to begin in Menominee/Marinette

04/02
The shipping season in Menominee and Marinette is ready to begin. The first arrival in Marinette will be the Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted which are scheduled to arrive sometime today at Marinette Fuel and Dock to load pig iron dust, the leftovers of pig iron after it is screened. That cargo will be taken to the Chicago area.

Across the river in Menominee, the Wagenborg salty Koningsborg is due at K&K the mid week with the first cargo of wood pulp from Finland. The river has very little ice and ice in the bay has also broken up since last week when the ice was still very thick in places.

Barge Pere Marquette 41 expected today.
Tug Undaunted.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Frontenac Visits Saginaw

04/02
The Frontenac arrived inbound the Saginaw River Monday about 4:15 p.m. She was carrying a cargo of cement clinker for the Essroc Dock in Essexville. She is the first buck carrier for the Saginaw River this season.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Frontenac upbound the Saginaw River past Consumers Energy.
Close up.
Bow view.
Stern View at Bay Harbor Marina.
Night View at Essroc.
Another night view.

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




Sarnia News

04/02
The Algoway, Algorail and Canadian Transfer are all that remains of the Sarnia Lay-up fleet. The Peter R. Cresswell departed around 7:00 a.m. Monday upbound for Lake Huron. The Algowood departed around 4:30 p.m. The Algoway is scheduled to depart Tuesday or Wednesday. The engines are running on both the Algoway and the Algorail but neither was ballasted down as of 5:00 p.m. Monday.

There is no apparent action aboard the Canadian Transfer nor has there been any attempt to repair the hole in her bow. The Algoville was refueling at Imperial Oil and upon departure turned and proceeded downbound. The Dorothy Ann and the barge Pathfinder where at the Stone dock just south of the Black River on the Port Huron Side.

The tug Everlast remains at the Government Docks. The tug Salvour is now pushing the barge Norman McLeod. Monday afternoon the pair arrived in the Rouge River to unload. It will continue working with the barge until the Everlast is back in service. The Everlast could be out of service for some time as replacement parts are coming from Japan.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Detroit Update

04/02
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Monday.

CGB 12002 and Bristol Bay downbound at Grassy Island.
Canadian Navigator and tugs Carolyn and Patricia Hoey. The Navigator was upbound the Detroit River and inbound the Rouge to the Conmix dock in Detroit.
Ready to turn.
Patricia Hoey in the lead.
Turning.
Close up.
Carolyn Hoey working.
Another view.
Indiana Harbor downbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.
Tug Robin Lynn downbound with a barge and small tug San Souci headed to the Dean Marine Railway in La Salle. She is the ex Gaelic tug Susan Hoey.
Stern view.
Between ships bird watching is popular at Grassy Island. Here is a gaggle of Tree Swallows.
Algolake upbound at Grassy Island. Headed for Sterling Fuels.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

04/02
Monday the Cuyahoga was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. The CSL Tadoussac remains in drydock at the Shipyard undergoing rudder repairs. The tug Susan Hannah with her barge Southdown Conquest was unloading cement at the Cemex Dock by the Shipyard.

The Lee A. Tregurtha finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed Monday morning. About an hour later the Canadian Transport arrived to load coal. The Buffalo has departed her winter layup berth at the CSX #2 Dock and proceeded over to the #3 Dock for her U.S. Coast Guard inspection. When finished with the inspection the Buffalo proceeded over to the old CSX Ore Dock where she will follow the Canadian Transport loading coal.

The Middletown was moved from the Torco Ore Dock by the "G" tugs Illinois and Louisiana to the CSX #2 Dock. She is tied up in front of the St. Clair. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Tuesday. The Algolake on Saturday, followed by the Algosteel and Canadian Olympic on Monday.

The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the H. Lee White on Tuesday, followed by the Adam E. Cornelius on Friday.

The following vessels remain in layup at Toledo:
Torco Dock: Wolverine, David Z. Norton, Reserve
Lakefront Docks: Buckeye, Saturn, ex Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire
CSX Coal Docks: Courtney Burton, Middletown, St. Clair
CSX "Frog Pond": N/S Railway carfloats: Manitowoc, Roanoke, Windsor
T.W.I. Dock: Oglebay Norton
Old Interlake Iron Dock: Gemini, American Republic
Hocking Valley Dock: Joseph H. Frantz

CSL Tadoussac in dry dock Monday. Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

04/02
The Maumee was unloading stone Monday afternoon at the Osborne dock above West 3rd Street. The Fred R. White Jr. was due in this evening with stone from the Marblehead quarry.

The first saltie of the year for Cleveland arrived Monday from Spain. The Norwegian flagged Brunto arrived in the morning and was welcomed during a noontime ceremony. After unloading cargo here she is to continue to Detroit and Chicago to complete her unload.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Duluth to start Lakewalk repairs

04/02
Repairs to a section of Duluth's popular Lakewalk -- damaged last fall by a storm -- are expected to be finished by Memorial Day.

City councilors were expected to approve a $201,000 contract to repair about 100 yards of boardwalk, a shorter section of washed-out asphalt pavement, rip-rap and ornamental fencing.

Repairs are expected to begin this week and be finished by May 23 -- well before the start of the city's summer tourist season.

A stretch of the lakeshore walkway running from the Fitger's Brewery Complex to the Vietnam Memorial was damaged by waves during a storm on Nov. 27, 2001. Temporary repairs kept the stretch of Lakewalk open throughout the winter.

City officials are meeting with the Corps of Engineers to devise a plan to place boulders off shore from the vulnerable section of Lakewalk. The boulders, which would be submerged, would force waves to break before reaching shore, thus reducing the impact on the walkway.

Reported by: Al Miller




April Fools

04/02
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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 fleet mate 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 bow thruster. 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


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




Cedarglen Damaged

04/01
Sunday morning the newly named Cedarglen was secured in the Welland Canal below Lock One after seemingly hitting the Snell Lock with her bow. After being inspected by Seaway officials, she was found to have a two-foot tear in the beam eight-feet from the water line.

It was decided safe to move and was underway by noon Sunday on her way to Port Colborne, where it will undergo immediate repairs.

Cedarglen at Wharf 2.
Another view.
Close up of damage on bow.
Wide view.
At the dock.
Stern view.
Close up of name and stack.
Another view.
After cabins.

Reported by: Jason Junge and Alex Howard




First Coal for Grand Haven

04/01
Grand Haven received its first shipment of coal late Sunday afternoon. The Adam E. Cornelius backed into the pier head entry (unusual for a coal boat) as it made its way to the power plant dock. Interlake has had the coal delivery contract for the past few years, so the arrival of the Cornelius was a surprise.

Reported by: David Swain




Anchor Search

04/01
The tug Annie M Dean and barge resumed the search for the Canadian Olympic's anchor using a clam bucket. The upbound Amherstburg Channel was closed with traffic being diverted to the downbound Livingston Channel.

Reported by: David Cozens and Mike Nicholls




Twin Ports Report

04/01
Canadian Prospector is expected to arrive at Cenex Harvest States on April 1 to become the first grain boat in the Twin Ports this season. Algocape is due at St. Lawrence Cement, to open the season there.

The tug W.N. Twolan and lumber barge arrived in Superior over the weekend to unload lumber Hallett 8.

Reports of the Cason J. Callaway's departure on Friday were premature. Although scheduled to depart, the boat remained in port two more days, eventually moving from its lay-up berth at Garfield D dock across the slip to the Duluth Port Terminal. The boat finally left late Sunday afternoon bound for Two Harbors.

The DMIR's ore dock in Two Harbors already is at a steady pace. The lineup there includes Presque Isle and Cason J. Callaway, March 31; John G. Munson, April 1; Philip R. Clarke and Edgar B. Speer, April 2; Edwin H. Gott, April 4; and Roger Blough and Indiana Harbor on April 5.

The DMIR dock in Duluth is off to a slower start this season. The schedule there is Saginaw, April 1; Mesabi Miner, April 6; Frontenac, April 9; barge Sarah Spencer and Armco, April 15; Paul M. Martin, April 16; and Tadoussac, April 17.

Reported by: Al Miller




Escanaba News

04/01
The Joseph L. Block was loading at the Escanaba ore dock Sunday. The tug and barge Joseph H. Thompson remain in lay-up.

Block loading.
Barge Joseph H. Thompson.
Tug Joseph H. Thompson Jr.

Reported by: Eric & Sandy Chapman




Calcite and Stoneport news

04/01
The Fred White Jr. opened the Port of Calcite when she arrived Friday evening. She left about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, bound for Ontario Stone in Cleveland.

The Wilfred Sykes is scheduled to load at Stoneport on Sunday April 7. The vessel is expected to make what was a very rare trip for Bay City.

Central Marine Logistics and Interlake Steamship have reportedly agreed to some type of cargo swapping deal. This will mean the Sykes will be making trips up the Saginaw River and down to Rouge Steel in Detroit. The last time the Sykes visited the lower lakes was in 1998.

Reported by: Jim Bearman




Thunder Bay Pictures

04/01
Below are recent images taken in Thunder Bay.

Sarah Spencer, the first arrival for the 2002 season.
Arriving.
Pineglen fitout.
Bow view.
Wide view.
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley in port for ice breaking.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Detroit Update

04/01
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Sunday.

Fred R. White Jr. down below Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Capt Ralph Tucker at Morterm Dock waiting for the Ocean Hauler to depart the General Chemical Dock.
Stern view.
Columbia at Nicholson's.
Helene in winter lay-up at Nicholson's.
Gaelic's barge Marysville on Nicholson's drydock. Note the fishing boat under the barge.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Conneaut, Oh. Pictures

04/01
Below are recent images taken in Conneaut, Oh.

Presque Isle unloads first cargo of taconite for the season at P&C dock 4.
Conneaut fire men take a short boatwatching break on a nice day.
Presque Isle departing Conneaut first trip of season.
Close up of the tug unit departing.
In the gap and out of Conneaut Harbor.
U.S. Coast guard Bramble passes a few miles off Conneaut Light.
Canadian Progress loading second load of year from P&C.
Adam E. Cornelius loads third load of season.
Close up of bow.
Heavy equipment preparing coal pile for beginning of season.
Conneaut Light during a February gale.

Reported by: Tom N.




Montreal Pictures

04/01
Below are recent images taken in Montreal.

Fed Nav vessel Artic Registered in Montreal.
Ice breaking Bow of the Artic.
CSL Niagara entering the South Shore Canal on her way to the Lower tie up wall day before opening ceremonies.
CSL Niagara stern view up bound at calling in point 2.
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at Cote Ste. Catherines wharf with engine problems.
Mapleglen downbound above Lock 2.
Mapleglen about to enter lock 2 at the Cote South Shore Canal.
Mapleglen passing the Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin.
The Mantadoc on March 26 at sec M4.
The nav aids tender Tracy working the South Shore Canal above lock 2 clearing what little ice there was.
Stern view Tracy upbound above Lock 2.

Reported by: Kent Malo




Hamilton Update

04/01
Three more vessels have departed lay-up in Hamilton. The Capt. Henry Jackman left on Friday, while the Canadian Navigator moved over from the Dofasco dock Friday morning and moored into the space vacated by the Jackman at Pier 26. On Saturday, both the Canadian Navigator and the Algolake left Hamilton.

This still leaves the Montrealais and Canadian Miner at Dofasco; the Canadian Provider and James Norris at Piers 25 and 26; and the Calumet at Pier 11.

The CCG Limnos is no longer in Heddle Marine's floating drydock. Work still continues on the tug William J. Moore.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Trouble For Ferry Crew

04/01
The Wolfe Islander III departed on a medical call on Saturday. The ferry left Wolfe Island at 100 p.m., leaving cars and passengers behind to pick up a sick patient returning home to the island from hospital. The Essential Service agreement between the union and management stated "...emergency vehicles only" so the regular passengers were forced to wait for another two hours.

Upon arriving in Kingston, crew members were confronted with vehicles that parked on the apron, forcing the ferry to either "take them or tow them". In the end, cooler heads prevailed and the cars were allowed aboard.

The crew members of the Wolfe Islander III are members of OPSEU who have been on strike since March 13. The ferry normally makes 19 round trips per day. During the strike, an essential service agreement between management and the union agreed upon 7 round trips per day with 3 round trips on weekends. On Friday, March 22, the agreement was amended to include two extra runs on weekdays, with five round trips on Sunday. Saturdays would remain at 3 round trips.

According to an article in the Heritage Newspaper, Island Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek stated, "It's inexcusable. The present level of service in no way meets the health and safety needs of our community, but while we are the users, we have no place at the (bargaining) table... the ferry service is more important to us than the 401 or the Don Valley Parkway would be to Toronto residents, because we have no other options!"

The strike will soon be entering its fourth week with no end in sight.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Saginaw River businesses worry about river levels, push to resume dredging

04/01
Several businesses in Michigan's Saginaw and Bay counties say falling water levels and lack of dredging in the Saginaw River threaten to make shipping by boat uneconomical.

About 15 companies along the river in Bay and Saginaw counties - members of the Upper Saginaw River Alliance - use the river to transport asphalt, stone, fertilizers and coal into the region. But lack of dredging in the upper river near Saginaw is forcing businesses to reduce the size of cargoes carried by Great Lakes freights or to switch to other forms of transportation.

"This is a front-burner issue," Steve G. Black, vice president of Saginaw Future Inc., an economic development agency in Saginaw County, told the news media. "The Saginaw River is part of the critical infrastructure in this area."

The situation is better in Bay County, where the Corps of Engineers has a 20-year plan in place to perform maintenance dredging in the river and place the dredge spoils on an island in Saginaw Bay. Shippers and local government officials are reviving efforts to find a disposal site for spoils from the upper river from Bay City to the CSX Bridge in Saginaw.

Within a year, county officials hope to identify a 400-acre rural site, preferably within a mile of the river, for disposal of dredge spoils. The regulation-laden job involves nearly a dozen federal, state and county agencies.

The Corps of Engineers regularly dredged the upper reaches of the Saginaw River until mid-1990s, when the disposal site it was using was filled.

Dock companies on the upper river said there's a real threat that they may be forced to abandon the river if it isn't dredged.

Donald P. Rosenberg, area distribution manager for Southfield-based Lafarge Inc., said the company has faced rising costs in recent years to ship cement from its factory in Alpena to the company's dock near Zilwaukee. The company already must reduce the loads in its vessels so they can clear shallow spots in the river.

"If it continues, it won't take us long to be uncompetitive," Rosenberg said.

Louie Herman, general manager of Crop Production Services in Bay City, said poor shipping conditions are forcing the company to transport some of its fertilizer product by rail car, resulting in higher freight charges.

"We can't get into Saginaw anymore, and we're very concerned about the Zilwaukee (dock) being shut down," Herman said. "It's hurting agriculture. It's hurting the farmers in the area. We just can't get stuff in here at good freight rates."

Reported by: Al Miller




Weekly Updates

04/01
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This week we spot light the Cement Boats of Inland Lakes Management in the Fleet Photo Gallery. Stop by each day this week for a new feature vessel.

Each day this week in the Historic gallery we feature a classic spring shipping image.




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


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




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