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Weather Blamed for Marine City Tug Crash


High winds may have been to blame in a crash involving a tug/barge on the St. Clair River near Marine City early this morning.

The tug Doug McKeil, which was pulling the barge Ocean Hauler, crashed into the Edison Dock on the U.S. side of the river after leaving a Canadian dock and turning south, according to preliminary news media reports from the area.

No injuries were sustained, and the vessels were not damaged. They continued on their way to Amherstburg, Ont. There was, however, some damage to the dock. Vessel traffic in the area was not affected.


Algoisle Fits Out, Heads for Thunder Bay


4/30 UPDATE: After experiencing engine trouble in southern Lake Huron, Algoisle was towed to Sarnia's North Slip Thursday afternoon by the tug Menasha. It is unknown how long repairs will take. Canadian Olympic is also in port for unspecified repairs, and Maumee is still in lay-up status.

ORIGINAL REPOT: After four years of inactivity, Algoma Central Marine's bulk carrier Algoisle resumed service this week. After departing Hamilton, she passed upbound through the Welland Canal Sunday bound for Thunder Bay and a load of grain.

The vessel was built in 1963 as Silver Isle.

Reported by: Alan Howard, Barry Hiscocks

Algoisle at the Homer Bridge in the Welland Canal
Entering Lock 4
At Lock 3


Mackinaw Museum Idea Gets Cold Shoulder at Cheboygan


A committee of city officials has recommended that the city of Cheboygan, Mich., not become involved as an entity to take over the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw after the ship is decommissioned in 2006.

The next step would be for any local citizen's groups to explore the venture - then other communities will get their chance to bid on preserving the giant icebreaker.

Behind the recommendation was the cost of turning the vessel into a museum, and projecting the number of tourists who would come to see the ship and what they would pay for admission.

"The city isn't in a position where it can assume an operation that is 'iffy' in any way," City Manager Scott McNeil said. "There's no way that the four of us on the committee could imagine bringing in the kind of numbers to justify putting the city in that position."

He said that financing the day-to-day upkeep of the ship would go well beyond the dollars needed to convert it to museum status. There were also the questions of how to display it and where to provide for the ancillary services needed to make the attraction accessible to visitors.

"To keep the Mackinaw here in the river we were looking at an annual operation cost of $500,000, and that assumed we could arrange land acquisition and the cost of being able to drydock the boat, arrange parking, and it just went from there," he emphasized.

 "We know there's a lot of interest out there to keep the Mackinaw here,"

McNeil said. "I think it will come to a point where Cheboygan will need to say they'll take it or not, but the citizens will now get their chance to look at the project. After that, the hope is that the ship will at least stay in the Straits area."

The Mackinaw has been based in Cheboygan for many years.

Reported by: Cheboygan Daily Tribune

Mackinaw at her Cheboygan dock in 1998  (Photo by Roger LeLievre)


Rochester Residents Turn Out to Greet Spirit of Ontario


Hundreds of onlookers were on hand Tuesday to greet the fast ferry Spirit of Ontario 1 as it arrived in its new home port, Rochester, N.Y.

Spectators waved, and the crew eagerly waved back. And the Rochester Yacht Club fired its cannon several times as a salute to welcome the vessel, which had just completed a more than 15,500 nautical-mile journey from its birthplace in western Australia.

”It’s one of those great sights that I will retain forever,” Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson Jr., told the Rochester Democrat Chronicle. “For those who said this day would never come, I told you so. It’s here.”

The $42.5 million ferry, which will travel between Rochester and Toronto, could be a boon for economic development as tourists travel through the country’s newest
international border crossing, supporters say. There is some skepticism, though, about whether the project will be as successful as advertised.

The first day of service, which has been delayed due to an accident the vessel suffered in New York harbor a few weeks ago, has not been announced.

Still ahead is the official transfer of the vessel from Austal Ships, the Australian shipbuilder that delivered the vessel, to Canadian American Transportation Systems. The ferry must also be inspected by both the U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada.

The Coast Guard also announced that there are no plans to shut down the Genesee River to boat traffic when the ship cruises in and out of the port. The agency had been worried about smaller boats getting in the way of the ferry or being pushed around by the jet wash. But after watching the ship pull in, the Coast Guard decided the ferry would not pose a hazard.

However, the Coast Guard will enforce a 25-yard security zone around the ferry while it is docked. Anyone violating that space faces a $10,000 fine.

The ship will make about a dozen trial runs between Rochester and Toronto to familiarize the crew with the voyage.

Reported by: The Rochester Democrat-Chronicle

Spirit of Ontario 1 arrives at Rochester. Note the Coast Guard vessel enforcing the security perimeter. (Photo courtesy Jack McKie)


Sundew Could Be Open to Public By July 4


The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, the group that will take over ownership of the USCG Sundew when the vessel is decommissioned next month, hopes to have her open to the public by the Fourth of July.

Plans are also in the works to allow groups to spend the night on the vessel.

The DECC already owns and operates two historic ships tied up at the DECC docks: the ore carrier William A. Irvin and the tug Lake Superior.

Dan Russell, an official for the DECC, told local TV station KSTP that “What we are trying to do is get something that really represents Duluth and Lake Superior, that's appropriate for the harbor.  What's exciting about the Sundew, it not only served the harbor, it was launched here.  It’ll be a complete homecoming.”

On May 27 the Sundew will motor the half mile from the Coast Guard base to the dock at the back of the DECC.  Delivery is free, but ‘shipping and handling’ will cost the DECC $2,500. 

Meanwhile, KSPT rode along on the Sundew’s last icebreaking mission and reported mixed feelings from crew members. 

Quartermaster Jesse Martus is among those who are sentimental about the old boat.  "I love this boat, he said.  “I love the technology of it. I love the shape of the vessel, how round it is. I know the sounds of it, the sound of the engine.  I can almost tell what rpm it's at when I'm sleeping at night. I sleep better on this boat, than I do at home. I do."

Mike Davis, another crewmember said, "It is kind of cool just knowing I'm one of the last crew that's on this boat."  

This is a particularly emotional trip for skipper Stephen Teschendorf.  He has an unusual honor.  He is the last commanding officer of the Sundew and he will be the first man to take charge of the ship that will replace her, the Alder.

"It's great to able to write the last chapter of the Sundew, the older ship. And then be involved with writing the first few chapters of the Alder."

Reported by: KSTP-Duluth, Dave Wobser

Sundew in Marquette recently (Photo by Lee Rowe)


Owners to Invest $90 Million in Mines This Year


Owners of Minnesota taconite facilities plan to spend nearly $90 million this year on capital improvements for their mines and processing plants, according to a state report.

"The reason behind it is that the two big companies, U.S. Steel and Cleveland-Cliffs, are doing better," Peter Clevenstine, the report's author, told the Duluth News Tribune. "They have to feel that when they put their money into a plant, that there is a payback."

The owners' planned investments represent a sharp increase from the $37.7 million spent in 2003 and $49.4 million in 2002.

Among this year's spending:

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and Laiwu Steel Group -- new owners of the former EVTAC mine -- plan to spend $10 million at the facility, now named United Taconite.

Ispat Inland Inc would like to increase its pellet capacity. If additional capacity is approved, more money could be invested into the plant this year.

Reported by: Al Miller


Port Report


Welland Canal

Monday Images

Fednav's Federal Schelde in
Port Colborne harbor approaching Clarence Steet bridge above Lock 8.  Passing the Ron Hon Paul J. Martin, the remains of Algogulf and Kinsman Enterprise are visible in the background.
Canadian Miner exiting Lock 7 downbound on her way to Port Cartier.
English River upbound at Port Robinson.
Panamanian flagged tanker North Defiance upbound clearing Lock 7.
American tanker Gemini waiting in Lock 6 for traffic.

 Reported by: Bill Bird

Green Bay

April images from Jason Leino

Alpena inbound Green Bay
Alpena unloading
Alpena departing Green Bay
Calumet tying up to the dock
Calumet at C. Reiss coal dock
Calumet - another view at the dock
Cason J. Callaway arriving Green Bay
Callaway - bow view
Callaway getting ready to unload
Catherine Desgagnes bow view
Desgagnes - stern view
Earl W. Oglebay and tug Indiana
Earl W. Oglebay departing Green Bay
Fred R. White Jr. throwing off lines at Western Lime
Great Lakes Trader unloading stone at Western Lime
McKee Sons at the Fox River Dock
McKee Sons departing Green Bay
Menominee at the K&K dock
Tugs pushing the Menominee
Philip R. Clarke - bow view
Clarke unloading stone at Great Lakes Calcium


Monday was a busy day at Marquette, with the Wilfred Sykes, Michipicoten and Kaye E. Barker all taking turns at the upper harbor, and the Adam E. Cornelius arriving late in the lower harbor.

Herbert C. Jackson is expected in on Thursday at the upper harbor, and the H. Lee White with stone in the lower harbor.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Photos by Kris Rowe
Wilfred Sykes, bow view
Sykes, wide view
Michipicoten, wide view
Kaye E. Barker
Barker’s cabins, scraped for painting
Adam E. Cornelius arriving late at the lower harbor


Expected in Montreal Thursday will be the general cargo Balticland, which will proceed to Toledo after her stop in Montreal. She is one of the oldest salty to go up the Seaway, having been built in 1977.

On March, 19, 1990, when named Pollux, a violent explosion ripped open hatches while the vessel was loading toxic waste at the port of La Baie, Quebec (Port Alfred). On May 17, she entered the Seaway heading for Port Weller Shipyard where she was repaired. She emerged from there with a new name, Nomadic Pollux. She became Balticland last year.

Reported by: René Beauchamp


Fast-Ferry Update


Photos by: Ron Walsh
Spirit of Ontario 1 in the St. Lawrence Seaway Monday. She has a 9 a.m. Tuesday arrival time for Rochester, N.Y.
Another view
Stern view

Video by Peter Carter
Entering the Iroquois Lock
Leaving the Iroquois
Under the International Bridge at Ogdensburg

Lake Express, seen recently at her shipbuilder's dock in Mobile, Ala. Her current ETA for Milwaukee is May 17. She is now awaiting sea trials, and her trip into the Great Lakes will take about two weeks. (Photo courtesy Zizzo Group)


Port Report



Last week was active in the Alpena area. The Buffalo brought a load of coal to Lafarge last Thursday evening. On Friday the Pathfinder unloaded a cargo of dolomite at Stoneport, then took on a cargo of stone. The Joseph H. Thompson was anchored offshore and loaded after the Pathfinder.

Also on Friday, the American Republic arrived in Alpena around 6:30pm and headed into the Thunder Bay River to deliver another load of coal for the Louisiana Pacific plant. The Republic brought the first load of coal to the plant back in January. Anchored out in Thunder Bay was the Saginaw, waiting for the departure of the Republic so it could come into the river. The Saginaw came in between 1-2 a.m. and proceeded to unload sand at the Alpena Oil Dock on the other side of the river.

On Saturday morning, the J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound into Lafarge and the Saginaw was heading out into the horizon. The Iglehart departed before noon and was headed to Detroit and Cleveland. The Steamer Alpena was expected into Lafarge Sunday afternoon depending on the weather. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity has been delivering to ports on Lake Michigan and will be back in Alpena sometime on Monday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

American Republic arriving
American Republic at the dock
American Republic stern view
Pathfinder loading


The Michipicoten continues to make her regular runs between Marquette and Algoma Steel.  The CGC Sundew made her last stop at Marquette on Thursday.  She will be decommissioned in May.

 Lee A. Tregurtha came into Marquette with coal and then took on a load of ore.  She is sporting her other bow anchor again, after having it returned to her on her last trip.

The Philip R. Clarke made an unusual trip to Marquette with a load of petcoke on Saturday.  Many boatwatchers lined up to see her approach.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Sundew docked at Marquette's lower harbor park
Lee A. Tregurtha, bow view, sporting both anchors
Wide view
Philip R. Clarke approaching, bow view
Approaching, turning
Approaching, fishing boat near
Bow view, at the dock

Clarke passes the breakwater light as it enters Marquette’s Upper Harbor Saturday (Brian Halbrook photo)

Cleveland Images

Cuyahoga backing out of the Cuyahoga River through the Conrail Bridge.
Tug California inbound the Cuyahoga River for their dock in the old river bed.
Another view
California, stern view
Barge D2006 & tug Valerie B outbound the Cuyahoga.
Fred R White Jr loading at Lakefront.
Another view
Sunken tug at Gordon Park.
Tug Bonnie G at Gordon Park.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Twin Ports
Indiana Harbor arriving in the Duluth shipping canal. (Friday)
Presque Isle just off the Duluth piers in some large waves. (Thursday)
Stern view as she heads under the Aerial Lift Bridge. (Thursday)
Marllis T departing Duluth shortly after the Indiana Harbor arrived. (Friday)
Marllis T with the outer lighthouse. (Friday)
Middletown on the open waters of Lake Superior just after departing Duluth. (Friday)
Paul R Tregurtha arriving Duluth with the tour boat Vista Star. (Friday)
Reported by: Brian Peterson

Veerseborg at the General Mills elevator in Duluth. (Sunday). Photo by: Glenn Blaskiewicz

Saginaw River

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. arrived at the Consumers Power Plant Dock in Essexville around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  She finished unloading just before 7, but was delayed at the dock for two inbound vessels.

The Fred R. White, Jr. was at the front range around 9 p.m. with stone for the Bay Aggregate Dock in Bay City.  This is the first visit of the season by an Oglebay Norton vessel.  She was outbound early Friday morning

Following inbound was the combo, Joseph H. Thompson - Jospeh H. Thompson, Jr. was passing the front range at about 11:30 p.m.  They stopped at the Sargent Dock in Essexville to lighter before continuing upriver to the Saginaw Rock Products dock to finish unloading.  She was delayed over three hours on her downbound trip like she was on her last visit.  This time due to maintenance work on Liberty Bridge.

Also outbound from Saginaw  on Thursday was the Algoway where she had unloaded at an unspecified dock.
Also on Thursday, the Great Lakes Trader - Joyce L. VanEnkevort lightered at the Sargent Dock in Essexville before heading upriver to a Zilwaukee dock to finish.  The pair returned to the Saginaw River early Sunday morning with a split load for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw.
Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Welland Canal

Shipping activity on the Welland Canal on Thursday, April 22, 2004.
BBC Peru in Lock 3 in the Welland Canal.
BBC Peru departing Lock 3 upbound.
John B. Aird raising in Lock 7 with a load of iron ore for Burns Harbor, Indiana.
Aird passing the Gemini above Lock 7.
English River tied up at Port Colborne, Ontario.
Peter R. Cresswell passing under Bridge 5 heading downbound for Lock 3.
Peter R. Cresswell entering Lock 3 with a load of salt for Bowmanville, Ontario.
Dust collectors recently installed on the Cresswell for cement cargos.
Remains of Algogulf (left) and Kinsman Enterprise at Port Colborne.

Reported by: Philip Nash


The new Staten Island Ferry Guy V. Molinari has been on sea trials for the last few days. On Saturday afternoon as the Molinari was returning to dock at Marinette Fuel & Dock as the Chios Pride arrived off Marinette. The Chios Pride was assisted up to the William H. Donner in a strong wind by the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick. The Chios Pride is unloading a cargo of pig iron from Brazil.

Also this weekend, the new Staten Island ferry John J. Marchi was moved out to the launch area at Marinette Marine. The launch is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 1. Launch time will be posted on the info search page as soon as the date is confirmed.

The Virginiaborg departed Menominee early Sunday morning after loading wood pulp.

Reported by: Dick Lund, Scott Best

Chios Pride approaches the lighthouse
Close up inside the piers
Tugs holding Chios Pride while mooring alongside the Donner
John J. Marchi on the ways at Marinette Marine



Spirit of Ontario In Seaway on Way to Rochester


The twin-hulled catamaran ferry Spirit of Ontario 1 , nicknamed “The Breeze,” arrived in Montreal at sunrise Saturday morning on her delivery voyage to Rochester, N.Y. Despite various reports, she is not yet flying the flag of convenience of the Bahamas. Her port of registry is Freemantle and the Australian flag was still flying at the stern Saturday afternoon.

The vessel entered the Seaway at CIP 2 Sunday, shortly after 7 a.m. By Sunday afternoon, she was at Beauharnois waiting for winds to die down.

Another catamaran will transit the Seaway later this year, this one for Lake Michigan, the Lake Express.

Reported by: René Beauchamp, Kent Malo

Photos by: Kent Malo
Spirit of Ontario 1, showing catamaran hull
Spirit of Ontario 1, underway at Montreal

On board Saturday
This is where the foot passengers will enter the vessel. There is a set of doors on both sides, to the right is a duty free shop, the stairway on the left leads to the business class lounge and seating for all classes
Rows of comfortable seating. There is a cafeteria in the center of the vessel
Passenger lounge located at the forward end of the vessel, offering a panorama view
The console and seating area of the person operating the vessel, note the numerous navigating screens above and at eye level
The vehicle deck, with doors fore and aft, it is being used in the mean time for storage of materials
The Cats logo emblazoned on the port side of the vessel
This is what the operator sees while seated at the console on the bridge
This is where the captain controls the vessel while docking and leaving. The ship has one such station located on either side of the vessel

The next set of photos were taken Sunday
Spirit of Ontario 1 skimming across Lake St. Louis towards Lock 3 at Beauharnois
Spirit of Ontario 1 in Cote Ste. Catherine lock, resembling a giant manta ray. A vehicle loading door is at center. She's a tight fit with a beam of 78 feet, only a foot to spar on each side of the lock
Spirit of Ontario 1 exiting the Cote lock in the south shore canal flying the Australian flag and with Fremantle as her home port painted on her stern. The  life rings indicate Nassau as her port of registry


Fast-Kat Pulls Out of Lake Michigan Cross-Ferry Service


A company that planned to start Lake Michigan passenger ferry service between the Twin Cities and Chicago has shelved the proposal and reportedly gone out of business, according to a recent story in the Benton Harbor News Palladium.

LEF Corp. of Grand Rapids did not have the funding to follow through on its plan to operate a high-speed ferry during the warm weather months, said Cindy LaGrow, executive director of Berrien County Economic Development.

LaGrow said the company informed her it was dropping the project for the second consecutive year.

"LEF has pulled out and disbanded," she told the newspaper. "However, I believe the future is bright for the service."

LaGrow said that although LEF did not succeed, the idea of a cross-lake ferry service has sparked a lot of community interest. "We're discussing trying to do some prospecting for private companies in ferry service," LaGrow said. "They (LEF) had an extremely good idea, and I think the market is there for it."

LEF announced in December that it would attempt to start Fast-Kat Ferry Service in May. The company attempted a start-up in 2003 but lacked sufficient money and was not able to lease a vessel.

A different company, Lake Express, will begin its own fast-ferry service from Muskegon to Milwaukee June 1.

Reported by: Benton Harbor News Palladium


Weirton Steel Sold to ISG


A federal bankruptcy judge approved the $237 million sale of Weirton Steel Corp. to Ohio‚s International Steel Group last Thursday, saying he was convinced the company can no longer survive on its own.

Although the sale is painful to many parties, it is the only alternative to secure the future of the mill and its 3,000 employees, said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge L. Edward Friend II.

Friend rejected a creditors group’s arguments that ISG’s offer was too low and that the time line for the auction made it impossible for third parties to participate. He ruled that the selling price was fair and reasonable, and that other potential bidders had adequate time to make an offer.

He also said ISG dealt with Weirton in good faith and that other prospective bidders had equal access to the company, its records and its union.

Friend said he studied the company’s history and found it was losing an average of $100 million a year since employees bought it from its previous owner in 1984. “This company cannot stand alone,” the judge said. “It can’t run on $100 million losses per year.”

The acquisition of Weirton would make ISG the nation’s largest steelmaker in terms of production capacity, ahead of U.S. Steel.

Reported by: Frank Frisk


Cutter Sequoia Delivered to U.S. Coast Guard 


The U.S. Coast Guard officially accepted the Coast Guard cutter Sequoia Wednesday in a ceremony aboard the vessel. The cutter was launched at Marinette Marine Corporation on Aug. 23, 2003 and has since been undergoing outfitting and sea trials. This date marks the first day the ship's crew will take responsibility for the cutter and the cutter will be placed into a temporary “In-Commission Special” status. The cutter's official commissioning will take place at her homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam. 

Sequoia is the fifteenth Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender and the tenth “B Class” cutter built by Marinette Marine Corporation. Currently the Coast Guard has contracted for eleven “B Class” cutters. The “B Class” cutters will join the five “A Class” cutters built by Marinette Marine that are operating worldwide

Sequoia’s primary missions are Aids to Navigation, Marine Environmental Protection, Search and Rescue, and Domestic Ice Breaking.  The principal characteristics of Sequoia are: Length: 225 ft, Beam: 46 ft, Draft: 13 ft, and Displacement: 2,000 Long Tons. The major equipment aboard Sequoia will be 2 Caterpillar 3608, 3100 Brake Horse Power Engines for propulsion which will power a single shaft, Bird Johnson Controllable Pitch Propeller; a Bow and Stern thruster, which provide 460 and 550 Horsepower respectively; in addition to one 20 Ton Hydraulic 60 foot telescoping beam Appleton Crane.  Power generation is to be provided by 2 Caterpillar 3508, 450 kilowatts generators. 

The cutter is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Matthew Meilstrup. She carries a crew of eight officers and 42 enlisted who become the “plankowners” of the new vessel.

Reported by: U.S. Coast Guard


Security on Increase at Port of Montreal


The Port of Montreal is upgrading its security system to meet tough new international standards, corporation president Dominic Taddeo told The Canadian Press Tuesday.

He said the upgrade is part of a federal review of security plans for Canadian ports amid concerns about crime and terrorism.

"We'll be issuing new identity cards that will allow us to improve on these (current) identity cards," he said at the corporation's annual meeting.

The Canadian government will enforce new security regulations introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency. The IMO has asked all maritime operators to implement a number of measures by July 1, including restrictions on unauthorized weapons and limited access to vessels and docks.

Similar new regulations are also scheduled to take effect at U.S. ports, including the Great Lakes, July 1.

Ports on both sides of the border have been under close scrutiny for two years following reports that said the waterfronts were beset by sporadic policing and lax security-pass systems.

An international consulting firm, Bureau Veritas, is drafting a new security plan for the Montreal port that includes more entry gates and restricted access. An official with Veritas described holes in the current security perimeter.

He said at one port entrance in Montreal "there is no gate, there is no control, people can go in there. By July 1st, there's going to be gates and controls and stuff like that," he said.

The ports of Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax were singled out by the March 2002 Canadian Senate report as vulnerable points of entry into Canada. All have since announced improved security measures, including 24-hour surveillance and bomb-detection sweeps.

Reported by: The Canadian Press


Nothing Lamb-Like About March Limestone Trade


Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled nearly 500,000 net tons in March, the strongest start for the trade since 1998, and nearly double the month's five-year average.  It should be noted, however, that the harsh winter of 2002/2003 delayed resumption of the stone trade until April, so a comparison with a year ago would be misleading.

For the year, the lakes stone trade stands at 750,000 tons, again more than double the 5-year average for the January-March timeframe.

Reported by: Lake Carriers Association


New Ferries to be Named John J. Marchi and The September 11th


New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced that the second and third new Staten Island Ferry boats will be named the John J. Marchi and The September 11th.

Staten Island Ferry riders are anticipating the arrival of three new boats being built by the Manitowoc Marine Group in Marinette, Wis. Each will carry about 4,500 passengers and up to 40 vehicles. The three boats cost nearly $120 million and they will replace the Kennedy Class Boats, which are nearly 40 years old.

The first boat in the fleet, named after Guy V. Molinari, was christened in Wisconsin on Sept. 20, 2003, and will be ready for passenger service by this fall.

Senator John J. Marchi has served in the New York State Senate since 1957. Recently, he was recognized by the National Conference of State Legislatures as the longest serving legislator - at all levels - in America.

“The September 11th is a name that recognizes “everything Staten Island has given our City,” Bloomberg said.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre


Spirit of Ontario May Be In Rochester Early Next Week


The Spirit of Ontario ferry left New York City on Monday morning, continuing its trip from Australia, and is expected to arrive in  Rochester early next week, depending on weather.

The ferry has been at a shipyard in New York City, undergoing repairs after it hit a pier April 1 at South Street Seaport. The $42.5 million vessel suffered a gash and hole in its side above the waterline.

The maiden passenger voyage, which had been scheduled for April 30, has been delayed by the accident in New York. Canadian American Transportation Systems, the private company starting the service, has not announced a new launch date.

Reported by: Kent Malo


Port Report



 The new Marinette Marine-built Staten Island ferry Guy V. Molinari was towed from MMC Wednesday by the Basic Marine tugs Escort and Erika Kobasic. They took their time going through the Ogden Street bridge and then headed for the open water of Green Bay and her first day of sea trials. Not wanting to have to pass back through the bridge, the Molinari docked behind the William H. Donner at Marinette Fuel & Dock for the night. Several days of sea trials are projected.

 In other news, the Virginiaborg entered the Menominee River around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. She was carrying a load of wood pulp for a local warehouse. Wednesday afternoon she shifted from the warehouse's east (deep draft) dock to the west dock and will probably leave sometime on Thursday (weather permitting).

Reported by: Dick Lund

Photos by: Dick Lund
Close-up of the Molinari with the Escort in the front and the Erika Kobasic trailing
The tow passes through the piers out into the bay
(L to R) William H. Donner, Viking I and Virginiaborg at the West Dock

Photos Courtesy Marinette Marine Corp.
Guy V. Molinari departing on sea trials Wednesday. The tug Erika Kobasic assists. Note new Coast Guard cutters at Marinette Marine
Side profile
Another view


Monday evening the M/V Fred R. White Jr. made a relatively rare trip to the Rouge River to deliver stone to the Ajax Dock just above the Conrail Bridge. “Fast Freddy” departed the Rouge stern first heading to the fuel dock at 10:45 p.m.

Photos by: Nathan Nietering
Arthur M. Anderson docked at the Marblehead Dock in the Rouge before unloading a cargo of stone 4/3/04
Another view
McKee Sons/Invincible unloading a cargo of aggregates at the Jefferson Marine Terminal in the old Rouge Riverbed  4/10/04
Algorail looks like it got converted to a straight decker. Seen across from Zug Island, unloading a cargo on the Detroit River  4/11/04 

Twin Ports

Early morning boatwatchers in the Twin Ports got an eyeful Tuesday as eight vessels loaded, unloaded or waited for berths. On the Duluth side, Vancouverborg was backed into the AGP berth to load, Herbert C. Jackson was docked at the port terminal waiting for a grain berth at CHS in Superior, Canadian Prospector was unloading at St. Lawrence Cement, Atlantic Patroller was unloading bentonite at Hallett 6, and Cason J. Callaway was way up river unloading stone at the Reiss Inland dock. On the Superior side, CHS had a rare early season two-fer with Ziemia Lodzka loading in berth 1 and Quebecois loading in berth 2. Columbia Star was at the nearby Midwest Energy Terminal loading coal.

Reported by: Al Miller

Photos by: Brian Peterson
Atlantic Patroller at Hallet #6
Canadian Olympic arriving
Canadian Olympic under the Aerial Lift Bridge
Earl W Oglebay unloading at Cutler Stone
Close up of bow
Federal Polaris loading at AGP
Tug Minnesota
Tug North Dakota
Stern View
Pilot boat on its way out to a saltie
Vancouverborg at Port Terminal waiting to loat at AGP
Ziemia Gornoslaska departing Harvest States
Ziemia Lodzka, assisted by tugs

Atlantic Patroller loading
Atlantic Superior silhouette
Stern view under the Blatnik Bridge
Canadian Prospector at St. Lawrence Cement
Callaway sailing under bridge
Columbia Star departing into heavy wind
Herbert C. Jackson
Quebecois at Harvest States
Roger Blough arriving


The Michipicoten is making regular runs between Marquette and Algoma Steel at the Soo. Also in on Tuesday was the Charles M. Beeghly with a load of coal. She then took on ore. The H. Lee White is expected in with stone later this week, and the Joe Thompson and Lee A. Tregurtha should be coming in for ore.

Reported by: Lee Rowe, Art Pickering

Photos by: Lee Rowe
Marquette Breakwall Light on a calm day
Charles M. Beeghly, bow view

Beeghly, wide view, unloading coal


Canada Steamship Lines's Spruceglen arrived in Halifax April 17 for one week of maintenance. She is showing signs of a rigorous winter's work on the bauxite run from South America to Port Alfred. Painting will not be part of the work however - it's still too cold in Halifax.

Once alongside, she pumped out most ballast and her bowthruster is completely clear of the water. Her bulbous bow is also completely clear, and her keel is visible beneath. She will not be reflagged, and has lots of work according to a CSL official.

The tanker Algosar left the graving dock at Halifax Shipyard Ltd. on April 19. She had been in the drydock since April 7 for regular maintenance. On April 20 she shifted to the Imperial oil refinery to load.

Reported by: Mac Mackay

Saginaw River

On a very windy Monday morning, the J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound the Saginaw River passing through Bay City around 7:30 a.m. She continued upriver to the LaFarge Terminal to unload cement. The Iglehart was outbound for the lake on Tuesday morning.

The Joseph H. Thompson was also inbound a few hours behind the Iglehart. Thompson stopped at the Wirt dock in Bay City to lighter before continuing upriver to finish unloading at the Saginaw Wirt dock.  This is the first cargo delivered to either of the Wirt docks this season.  The Thompson & Thompson Jr. were outbound late Monday night.  The pair ran into problems as the Central Michigan Railway bridge was in the closed position blocking the channel.  After over an hour of waiting, the bridge opened and they were on their way to the lake.

Tuesday morning saw the Richard Reiss calling on the Saginaw River for the first time for her new owners. The Reiss stopped at the Bay Aggregates dock to lighter and then continued upriver to the Buena Vista dock to finish unloading. She made a quick stop at Bay City Wirt on the way upriver to allow the downbound J.A.W. Iglehart to pass.  The Reiss was outbound Tuesday afternoon.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Photos by: Todd Shorkey
Richard Reiss at Wheeler's Landing
Stern view
Agawa Canyon inbound at Wheeler's Landing last week
Stern view

Photos by: Steven Hause
J.A.W. Iglehart upbound on its first visit of the season, April 7.
Great Lakes Trader, outbound from Saginaw, April 13.
Joseph H. Thompson, unloading at Wirt Stone Dock, Saginaw, April 19.
J.A.W. Iglehart, alongside E.M. Ford, April 19. Crew members appear to be doing some welding on the hull from a workboat.

Welland Canal Images

Shots taken along Welland Canal Tuesday April 20th.
Algoway upbound clear of Lock 7
Catherine Desgagnes downbound approaching wall above Lock 7
BBC Ecuador upbound clear of Lock 2 on her first visit to Welland

Reported by: Bill Bird


The veteran Joseph H. Frantz began her 79th season late last week when she fit out and left winter lay up at Toledo’s old Interlake Iron Dock. This year, as last, she sails for Great Lakes Associates under charter from Oglebay Norton Marine Services. She was due at Stoneport today.

American Spirit docked Tuesday night in Toledo at the CSX #2 dock, reportedly for repairs to a clutch. Repairs were completed and she was upbound past Detroit early this morning.

Oglebay Norton's self-unloader Wolverine is also reported fitting out this week. There is no activity around Buckeye and Courtey Burton at this time.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman, Ben McClain

Owen Sound

Saginaw is the first grain carrier in Owen Sound this season. She is among the first to use the relatively new hopper for self-unloaders (Frontenac was the first and only ship to use it last year) at the Great Lakes Elevators.

Reported by Ed. Saliwonchyk, Brook Shipp

Photos by: Ed. Saliwonchyk
Bow view unloading grain at Great Lakes Elevators in Owen Sound
Stern view

Quebec Harbor

Mariam IV ( Panama), former Lady Franklin, heading east Sunday after pilot change
Canadian ice-reinforced bulker Arctic unloading concentrated nickel from Deception Bay in the Canadian Arctic at Beauport terminal on the St. Charles
Ocean Express, one of the two fast summer pilot boats on station in Quebec Harbor
Small freighter Emily-C (Isle of Man) en route for the port of Trois-Rivieres
Quebec Pilot Station with Emily-C changing pilots, the harbor tug Ocean Charlie to the left and the Federal Venture, arriving from Brazil

Reported by: Frederick Frechette


Spirit of Ontario Security Concerns Rochester Boaters


The new high-speed ferry Spirit of Ontario will begin docking at the Port of Rochester soon. But security measures required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has many Genesee River boaters fuming.

When the ferry is docked at the port, a 25-yard security perimeter will be established around the vessel and boaters will not be allowed within the boundary. The measure will effectively close the county boat launch and push all boat traffic to the east side of the Hojack swing bridge any time the ferry is docked, effectively cutting the river in half for boaters.

”It basically ruins the summer,” boater Bill Reinis, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Any boater who comes within the security boundary – which expands to 100 yards when the ship is on the lake – will face a $10,000 fine.

The Coast Guard must also escort the vessel in and out of the river – and, when the country is at a high terrorism alert, all the way to the Canadian border. The ferry is the top priority because of security issues, according to a local Coast Guard spokesman.

One of the biggest complaints — and one that the Coast Guard and city officials are trying to fix — involves the boat launch.

Because the ferry will be docked overnight from 9:15 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. at first, many people won’t be able to use the boat launch during peak times. And what happens if a boater doesn’t make it back to the boat launch in time and is stuck on the water?

A physical barrier may be erected on the river between the launch and the swing bridge so the launch could remain open. That would prevent boaters from traveling right next to the ferry.

The city plans to move the launch south as part of its River Street revitalization project. But it won’t be relocated in time.

Worried that the jet wash from the massive ship could be hazardous for smaller boats, the Coast Guard also may be forced to close the Genesee when the ferry is operating in the river. It will be shut down at least the first time the ship pulls into the dock to determine whether other boat traffic will be negatively affected.

Canadian American Transportation Systems, the company launching the ferry, doesn’t expect any major problems for boat traffic on the river.

Spirit of Ontario

Reported by: Jason Leslie


Signal Beacon Triggers Air, Land Search Near Conneaut


A life raft’s signal beacon apparently prompted a search effort last Monday night and Tuesday morning near Conneaut, Ohio. U.S. Coast Guard helicopters and a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance team, ordered into action from Virginia, scoured a big chunk of Conneaut to locate a distress signal officials feared was coming from a fallen airplane.

Their search ultimately led them to a life raft aboard a tug moored at the Pittsburgh and Conneaut Dock Co. Investigators found a distress locator aboard the life raft had been knocked over accidentally, automatically activating the radio-controlled device, said a spokesman at Ashtabula’s Coast Guard station.

No emergency was reported, and no one was injured, the spokesman said.

Reported by: Conneaut Star-Beacon


Hollyhock Commissioning to Take Place Despite Damage


The new USCG cutter Hollyhock, damaged March 25 in a collision in the St. Marys River, will not be repaired in time for her commissioning ceremony April 30 at Port Huron.

Meanwhile, a story in the Port Huron Times Herald this past weekend said that the Coast Guard is close to finishing their investigation into how and why the Hollyhock hit the Stewart J. Cort during icebreaking operations. 

Damage estimates are between $45,000 and $60,000 to repair the Hollyhock. The impact crumpled the upper bow of the Hollyhock and knocked off its jackstaff.

When the hull will be repaired is yet to be determined, but the Hollyhock is to leave sometime this week for a yet-undetermined location for regularly scheduled repairs.

Hollyhock damage

Reported by: Jason Leslie


Site Work Begins for New City of Milwaukee Dock


Construction work has begun on the largest maritime heritage development of its kind in northern Michigan. The National Historic Landmark vessel S.S. City of Milwaukee will soon be placed into a new development at the Moonlight Motel and Marina on the north U.S. 31 corridor in Manistee.

The Luedtke Marine Engineering Company has initiated seawall and dredging work, which is to be completed by May 1. The ship is tentatively scheduled to be moved to the new location by mid-May and be open to the public for tours on Memorial Day weekend. The site will host the 350-foot historic passenger/railroad carferry with 35 overnight rooms, museum and boxcar exhibits, and rental facilities. On shore there will is a 25-unit motel, marina, RV campground, beach and picnic grounds along with planned historic railroad cars and railroad car loading apron that connects to the ship’s tracks to land. It is hoped that work will be finalized within the next two years. Purchase of the site and a portion of development costs are being funded with a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Loan.

The development is expected to be a boon to the region’s tourism economy.

Preservationists are applauding the work as a demonstration of how historic preservation can provide both cultural and economic benefits. The S.S. City of Milwaukee, entering service in 1931, is the last remaining traditional Great Lakes railroad car ferry, a unique type of vessel that plied the lakes for over a century. The National Historic Landmark ship is anticipated to draw 30,000 visitors the first year and upwards of 90,000 when fully developed.

Permits for the project were initially delayed over concerns regarding the backfilling of a seawall extension required to allow fire equipment access to the ship and the vessel’s perpendicular extension from shore. In a compromise plan, the ship and loading apron will be excavated 65 feet shoreward, and a new fish-spawning habitat will be created elsewhere on the property to mitigate the area being filled. The final plan has won approval from all regulatory agencies, which included the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and local fire, building, planning and soil erosion control authorities. Senator Carl Levin’s office monitored the final approval process insuring prompt action by federal regulators, since the mandated window for completing the process of dredging and moving the ship is now down to less than two months. Mike

Brougham, Executive Director with the National Historic Landmark Corporation, indicated the “final permit agreements work well to insure that a safe and environmentally sound plan is implemented.”

Luedtke Engineering’s Derrick Boat #12 will be performing much of the site work. The 1938 steam derrick boat, originally hand fired with coal, is a contemporary of the S.S. City of Milwaukee. “Having the old steam derrick here suits us just fine,” says Jed Jaworski, curator with the project.

“It’s value added, a piece of living history just like the City of Milwaukee,” he adds. Many spectators are anticipated to watch the derrick boat in operation, with its myriad of chug-a-lug sounds and billows of steam. The derrick boat will be utilized to install sea wall, dredge and drive piling for the new fifty-foot marina slips.

The S.S. City of Milwaukee – National Historic Landmark is a non-profit membership corporation. Volunteers are being sought to assist with the project including repainting of the ship in its historic colors, tour guides, restoration and more. To learn more about the project, membership opportunities and volunteering visit or telephone the office at (231) 723-3587.

Reported by: Richard Taber

Tug Chris E. Luedtke
Luedtke, another view, with dredge
Steam dredge
Dredging for the seawall extension
Installing of the seawall extension

Video clips
Barge on the move and steam winch starts up to lower a spud. (1.4 MB)
The steam crane swings and dips the bucket back into the water. (1.4 MB)
Dredging for the seawall extension. Note the crane's steam sounds. (1.4 MB)


Port Report


Twin Ports – Pace is Picking Up

Saltie traffic in the Twin Ports took off last weekend. Federal Polaris arrived April 16 to unload at the port terminal. Late in the day it shifted to the nearby AGP grain elevator to load. After Gordon C. Leitch cleared the CHS elevator early in the evening of April 16, the Ziemia Gornoslaska took its place. Arriving over the weekend were Atlantic Patroller, carrying bentonite to unload at Hallett 6, Vancouverborg to load at AGP and Ziemia Lodska to load at CHS. The only grain elevators not to load a ship so far this season have been the General Mills elevators in Duluth and Superior.

Midwest Energy Terminal also is operating full bore. The dock is scheduled to load eight vessels this week. Paul R. Tregurtha was there April 18. Scheduled to load at Canadian Olympic, April 19; Columbia Star, April 20; Oglebay Norton and Middletown, April 22; and Indiana Harbor, Paul R. Tregurtha and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. on April 23. The Middletown's unusual visit will be to load coal for delivery to the Xcel Energy generating station in Ashland, Wis.

Reported by: Al Miller

Photos by: Brian Peterson
Halifax departing April 16
Oglebay Norton departing April 17


 Saginaw River – Easter Traffic

A pleasant Easter Sunday saw the Joseph H. Thompson calling on the Saginaw River.  The Thompson made her way to the upper Saginaw to unload at the Burroughs Dock.  The pair finished unloading and were outbound early Monday.

On Tuesday, the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader called on the Sargent dock in Essexville to lighter.  The pair then continued upriver to the Saginaw Rock Products dock to finish unloading.  After turning in the Sixth Street Basin, the duo tied up at the Wirt Dock in Saginaw to await the upbound passage of the Agawa Canyon before continuing outbound for the lake.

The Agawa Canyon was inbound for the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee to unload.  Once finished, she turned and was outbound, passing through Downtown Bay City around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Early Thursday morning saw the Indiana Harbor making her second delivery of coal to the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville this season.  She finished her unload and was outbound for Light 12 stern first to turn around and head for the lake around 8:30 a.m.

Joseph H. Thompson inbound clearing Veteran's Bridge
Indiana Harbor outbound at the Saginaw River Front Range

 Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Sault Ste. Marie – Fog and Wind Slow Ships

UPDATE: Due to poor visibility, the U.S. Coast Guard closed the St. Marys River early this morning from DeTour to the Soo Locks.

Saturday and Sunday traffic at the Soo was slowed Saturday due to fog on the lower river. By afternoon, the warm sun burned off most of the haze for upbounders Algonova, Yarmouth, Atlantic Patroller, Zimia Lodska, Armco, Vancouverborg, Edwin H. Gott, and Earl W Oglebay.

Sunday cooled off, bringing rain and strong winds and forcing a drastic minus 24 inches in the upper pool. Sunday downbound traffic included Burns Harbor, St. Clair, American Spirit, Catherine Desgagnes, Herbert C. Jackson (at Algoma) Goviken, Algonorth and Oglebay Norton. Upbound was Canadian Olympic, Quebecois, Saginaw, Canadian Prospector, McLeary’s Spirit and Cason J Callaway.

Reported by: Jerry Masson

Photos by: Ben and Chanda McClain
James R. Barker through the fog
Barker, down at Mission Point
Saltie Yarmouth upbound
Middletown, stern view
Atlantic Patroller
Algoville passes Yarmouth above the locks


Kingston – Saltie Delayed by Engine Trouble

UPDATE: Malyovitza got underway again at 1755 Sunday heading east. Her engine trouble was a coolant problem in number six piston. She gave an eta of 2015 for Crossover Island.

At 1430 Sunday the saltwater vessel Malyovitza reported problems with her engines near the foot of Wolfe island ( Quebec Head) She is trying to get to the south side of the channel to go to anchor. Seaway Clayton is calling several vessels to report the problem. Malyovitza, which is eastbound in the Seaway, has put out a security call as well.

The American Narrows of the Seaway was closed to navigation from 2000 April 17 to 1200 April 18. The visibility was too low to allow ships through. Fog finally lifted at noon but it took another hour for visibility to improve at Cape Vincent so pilots could be sent to vessels. Eastbound traffic included the Algocen (anchored 1 mile west of light 229, since 2000) Malyovitza ( 2.3 mikes W of Tibbetts Point) and the Algocatalyst. (1.8 miles W of Grenadier Island) The Tug Salvor (light tug) was tied to the Cape Vincent breakwall. The Federal Elbe, Atlantic Erie and Diamond Star were all anchored waiting to pass westbound.

The CCGS Griffon was in Lake Ontario, working on the NOAA weather buoy, then she was going to go to Galloo Island because of  weather. The English River is also eastbound for Bath.

The local harbor is a beehive of activity as the local tour boats get ready for the season. Inspections are coming shortly for the Island Queen III, Island Belle and Island Star. The Canadian Empress is being readied for another cruise season. Two Brockville boats, the General Brock and Sea Fox, are also being worked on prior to launching for the season. The Senator, from Ottawa, is still at the wall with a for sale sign on it. It appears not to be leaving this season.

Reported by: Ron Walsh

Hamilton – James Norris Leaves Lay-up

Sunday, April 18 saw Algoway arrive at 5 a.m. and go to anchor on the lake side of the Burlington Piers due to very heavy fog. She finally entered the harbor at 9:45 a.m., when the fog lifted slightly, and then departed at 4 p.m. The Canadian Miner departed at 1 p.m. and the James Norris on her first trip of the season departed at 2 p.m. Nanticoke arrived through the fog at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday April 17, had the Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spencer departing at 7 a.m. heading back to Superior. The Emerald Star arrived at the Petro Canada Pier in Oakville (Bronte) at 8 a.m. The CSL Laurentien  arrived in Hamilton at 9:30 a.m. with iron ore pellets from Point Noire for Stelco. The Laurentian departed at 4:30 p.m.,heading to the Welland Canal. Federal Schelde departed at 12 p.m. Canadian Miner arrived at 7:30 p.m. with iron ore pellets from Port Cartier for Dofasco. CSL Niagara   arrived at 8 p.m. with iron ore pellets from Superior for Stelco.

On Friday, April 16, the tug Jane Ann IV and her barge Sarah Spencer arrived at 930 p.m., going to Stelco with iron ore pellets from Superior.

Thursday, April 15, Quebecois arrived at 4:30 p.m. with iron ore pellets for Dofasco. The tug John Spence and barge McAshpalt 401 arrived at 8 p.m., and after discharging her cargo of asphalt for IKO Industries, headed to the Heddle Dry Dock for some repairs that are expected to take a week.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Toronto – Excursion Vessels Prepare for Season

Saturday 17th: The English River was the only arrival today. (Due to a trick of the light, the hull and water were barely indistinguishable and it appeared that the big white deckhouse was moving along all by itself.)

Sails were bent on the schooner Empire Sandy and on the Toronto Brigantine's vessels Pathfinder and Playfair today.

Mariposa Cruise Line's tour boat Mariposa Belle was out on its first charter of the season this morning and she did a second charter this afternoon.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's tender Kwasind went into service for the season this morning.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons


The steamer Alpena returned to its namesake city on Saturday after delivering to Green Bay, Wis. It took on more cement at Lafarge and departed by early afternoon heading for Milwaukee. The J.A.W. Iglehart was in port Sunday evening loading cement. The Iglehart had made stops at Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit on its previous trip.

The Jacklyn M barge Integrity was in St. Joseph and is expected to be back in Alpena on Tuesday.

The Joseph H. Thompson was taking on cargo at Stoneport on Sunday. Also, the Lee A. Tregurtha was scheduled to load Sunday night after the Thompson.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain


Early last Friday afternoon, the steamer Herbert C. Jackson was outbound on the Rouge River. She is shown below at the Fort Street Bridge. She had just completed unloading a cargo of taconite at Severstal Steel and was bound for the CSX Dock in Toledo.

After taking on fuel at Sterling Fuel on the Detroit River, the Armco headed upbound past the J. W. Westcott mail station in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge. The J. W. Westcott II also made its typical mid-river delivery of crew, mail papers and supplies to the Armco as she passed.

Jackson bow view
Another view
Stern view
Fantail shot

Armco profile
Westcott heads back to dock after servicing the Armco
Armco passes under the Ambassador Bridge


Milwaukee – Cresswell Brings Salt

The Peter R. Cresswell arrived in Milwaukee Friday to deliver 26,450 metric tonnes of road salt. The weather was perfect as Capt. Peter Schultz backed the Cresswell from the port entry, under the Hoan Bridge, around the corner and up against the municipal dock in the inner harbor.

Reported by: Jim Zeirke

Cresswell at the light at the entrance to the inner harbor
Going under the Hoan Bridge
Cresswell ready to unload.  The salt pile in the background was unloaded by the Calumet earlier last week.  It will remain there until July, reason unknown
“Canadian pride” – the Canadian flag on flying proudly near the ACM logo on the stack


Buffalo – Iglehart Arrives

The cement boat J.A.W. Iglehart came in on the sunny and warm afternoon of the 16th. She was met by the tug Washington at the breakwall and escorted into the harbor around 1:30 p.m. They then slowed down to allow the tug Ruby to clear the Buffalo River Entrance Channel with her barge as she headed outbound for the Black Rock Canal.

The Washington stayed alongside the Iglehart all the way up to the dock and then gave her a light shove on the stern to help ease the ship against the LaFarge Cement dock on Ganson Street.

According to a crewmember, security has been tightened on all lake vessels and cameras have been added to keep an eye on the Iglehart’s gangway and main deck. These cameras feed raw video to TV screens on the main deck and to a recording device that tapes the images for security threats.

Calumet arrived at the sand pile at 4:30 a.m. She is scheduled back Wednesday with coal for NRG in Tonawanda.

Ruby, shown pushing her barge around Lighthouse Point.  
Iglehart coming up the Buffalo
Washington lightly shoving the stern in to help hold her to the wall

Marinette/Menominee – New Pulp Crane Arrives

Wagenborg’s Vancouverborg offloaded a new crane this past weekend to handle wood pulp.

Crane being unloaded; ferry Viking 1 in background
Stern view

Reported by: Tom Wiater

Holland – Richard Reiss Visits

The Richard Reiss came into Holland last Tuesday to deliver the first load of coal for the year at the James De Young Power Plant.

Reiss passing Kollen Park - note fish jumping in foreground
Reiss unloading coal

Reported by: Dale Rosema


Desgagnes, Vancouverborg Open Marinette, Menominee


Catherine Desgagnes was the first ship of the 2004 shipping season in Marinette, Wis. She arrived about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning with a load of pig iron for Marinette Fuel & Dock. Around 8:30 p.m. that night, the Vancouverborg arrived and went to anchor out in the bay of Green Bay. She was destined to wait a while. The Ogden Street Bridge between Menominee and Marinette has been undergoing a major renovation. The drawbridge needed to be “balanced” before they could lift it, and it took a while before they got it going. A lift was attempted at noon on Wednesday to no avail. Another lift was scheduled for 3 p.m., but still no go. Finally, around 4 p.m. the bridge opened and the Vancouverborg turned around and headed in. As she approached the Menominee North Pier Lighthouse, a group of fishermen in their small boats drew a series of short warning blasts from the Vancouverborg’s horn. She then headed through the drawbridge and proceeded up-river to a local warehouse with her (now) customary load of pulp.

Reported by: Dick Lund, Scott Best

Catherine Desgagnes’ load of pig iron is unloaded by the craneship William H. Donner
Vancouverborg at anchor off the Menominee North Pier Lighthouse at noon
Finally on her way in to open Menominee’s shipping season shortly after 4
Through the bridge as work continues on the deck of the bridge
At the dock, tucked in between the carferry Viking 1 and the former railroad car float Manitowoc
At the warehouse dock
Passing through the Ogden St. Bridge
Fish tug Joseph R inbound the Menominee River


Port of Detroit Celebrates Opening


The Port of Detroit officially celebrated the port opening with a joint dinner of the Detroit Propellor Club and the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. The dinner was held at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle in Detroit. W. Steven Olinek, DWCPA's Deputy Director, gave a "State of the Port Address." The program included the presentation of the J.L. Hudson Trophy honoring the first foreign-flagged vessel to arrive at the Port of Detroit.

The Federal Polaris, a Bahamian-flagged vessel, became the first ship when it arrived at Nicholson Terminal & Dock Company at 9 a.m. April 10.

"We're very pleased to welcome the Federal Polaris to Detroit and to inaugurate another international shipping season. This trade adds significantly to the region's economic well-being," said Olinek.

The Federal Polaris had set sail from Fos, France on March 23, with a cargo of steel coils, under the command of Captain Reynaldo P. Derige.

Reported by: Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority


Spirit of Ontario Captain Overcorrected, Coast Guard Says


The ferry Spirit of Ontario hit a dock two weeks ago in Manhattan because the captain was unfamiliar with currents in the East River, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday.

The high-speed ferry hit, which is bound for Rochester N.Y., the pier while docking April 1 at the South Street Seaport, resulting in a 25-foot gash and a hole in the ship above the waterline.

The captain “tried to overcorrect to straighten the bow and that most likely resulted in the vessel coming in contact with the pier,” Tom Sperduto, a spokesman with the Coast Guard, told a Rochester newspaper. Sperduto said that the accident was not major and Capt. Han Tiemes, who was piloting the ship at the time, faces no charges. Alcohol and drugs were not involved, he said.

The ferry is currently being repaired and it’s unknown when the ship will arrive in Rochester. The accident has resulted in a delay for the launch of the ferry, which was supposed to begin regular passenger service on Lake Ontario between Rochester and Toronto on May 1.

Reported by: Jason Leslie


Archeologists Excavate 218-year-old Shipwreck


It's been three years since a resident of the Lake Huron town of Southampton, Ont., noticed several wooden timbers pushing up through the sand on the local beach.

A team of archeologists is preparing to excavate an area of beach near the the Lake Huron town of Southampton, Ont. Several wooden timbers pushing up through the sand are thought to be the remains of the merchant schooner the Weazell – believed to be the oldest shipwreck ever discovered on the Great Lakes.

The wreck is to be fully excavated starting May 17 – the beginning of an estimated eight-week venture to open up the entire interior of the vessel as well as the full exterior on the starboard side.

“It's believed to be the earliest shipwreck ever found (on the Great Lakes), and we'll be able to learn a lot about the ship's constructions from its remains,” Ken Cassavoy, a marine archeologist, told the Toronto Star.

The discovery of the schooner dates was made in April 2001, when low Lake Huron water levels and a spring ice scour uncovered about a dozen ship frames that were noticed by a Southampton resident.

Two short periods of test archeological excavations on the site have revealed the presence of remains of the wreck, which is believed to be the Weazell, a schooner built in 1786 in Detroit for John Askin, a prominent merchant. Historic references state the ship carried furs, muskets, rum, flour, fish and other goods through Michigan and Ontario during the late 1700s.

A team consisting of archeologists from across Ontario is volunteering its time to carry out excavation of the wreck, which will likely uncover artifacts that could help confirm the date and identity of the vessel

Reported by: Bill Woods


Grant Loss Delays Toledo Lighthouse Plan


Plans to transform the Toledo Harbor Light into a restaurant / inn have been sidetracked after organizers lost a $500,000 grant that would have gotten the project underway, according to a story in the Toledo Blade.  Still, proponents vowed the 100th birthday bash in July for the lighthouse will go on as planned.

A group of enthusiasts have been planning a centennial celebration for the lighthouse July 16-18 at Maumee Bay State Park. The event was to have generated support - especially in matching dollars for the grant - for Maumee Bay's Romanesque beacon.

The group's priority is to preserve the three-story lighthouse, though some members envisioned an inn and restaurant specifically. The estimated cost for the renovation project would be $2.5 million.

Reported by: Dave Wobser


Fednav's Lake Ontario drydocked in Antwerp.


The familiar saltie Lake Ontario, which was sitting at the repair docks of Antwerp Ship Services yard for the past two weeks, was placed in their number 6 drydock last Saturday. Workers  removed her prop and the tube-like rudder, and  also cut a hole in her hull just forward of her propeller, for reasons unknown.

Lake Ontario in drydock
Another view
Stern view
Awesome reflection

Another view

Reported by: Chris Rombouts


Duluth Seeks Funds to Examine Docks


Something’s eating submerged steel pilings in Duluth, and the Twin Ports is seeking federal and state funds to find out just what that is.

Unless the issue is addressed within the next five years, steel pilings will be so badly compromised that costly replacement will be the only option, Jim Sharrow, facilities manager for the port of Duluth, told the Duluth News Tribune this week.

It may cost $200,000 to $250,000 to diagnose and identify a treatment for the corrosion.

Lt. Col. Thomas Magness of the Army Corps of Engineers is also interested in the project

“This is not just an issue facing the private sector,” Magness said. “The Corps owns about half the subsurface steel in the port. So we have a lot at stake as well.” He said Corps staff has been unable to pin down the cause of the unusually aggressive corrosion.

The damage first was noted in 2000. The corrosion could threaten the structural integrity of docks and loading facilities throughout the port.

Reported by: Justin Lang


Port Report



Southdown Challenger tied up at Milwaukee's Heavy Lift dock Tuesday as annual USCG inspections took place.

The barge Cemex Conquest arrived at the Milwaukee breakwall early Monday morning April 12, at the same time the Great Lakes Towing tugs Arkansas and Virginia were shifting the Southdown Challenger to the Port of Milwaukee's Heavy Lift Dock. The tugs had been at work before sunrise assisting the first foreign vessel of the year, Federal Polaris, into one of the port’s outer slips.

Last fall “Southdown” was painted out on the bow of the Conquest. An unmanned barge has less stringent (and costly) naming requirements then a self-propelled vessel like the Southdown Challenger. At this time it appears the Southdown Challenger will remain as such.

Cemex Conquest unloading at the Milwaukee Cemex Cement dock April 12.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde


Images of Wednesday traffic
Algosoo departing Twin Ports
Algosteel arriving, stern view.

Images of Tuesday traffic
Algosoo entering the canal
Draft marks – she's loaded with salt
CSL Niagara arriving light
Passing through the canal
Algosoo arriving under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at night after going out into the lake to pump her holds

Images of Monday traffic
Alpena backing into LaFarge
Bow view with Ariel Lift Bridge
Stern view.
Jane Ann IV heading back to Burlington Northern after fueling
Stern view
Kapitonas Andzejauskas at Harvest States
Montrealais at Peavey
Sundew doing what it does best
Taking a winter buoy out of the water
USCG launching one of it's smaller boats

The Vista Fleet took its two tour boats out of their winter berths Tuesday morning. The Vista Star was the first out. The Minnesota Slip Draw Bridge had problems opening so the Vista Star tied up along the face until workers where able to open the bridge. Afterward the Vista King came out of lay-up to take its place along the face.

MN Slip Bridge, only one side will open
Vista Star sailing through the harbor
Vista King

Reported by: Brian Peterson


The Herbert C. Jackson and Michipicoten arrived in Marquette on Wednesday to load taconite. The bright, sunny day made for an easier job for the pin knockers and deck hands. Lee A. Tregurtha is expected on Thursday, as well as the possible return of the Michipicoten.

Herbert C. Jackson at the dock
A dusty load
Bow of the Herbert C. Jackson with the Michipicoten seen
through the dock. An ore train is above

On Monday, April 12, the Charles M. Beeghly left Marquette with a load of ore.  As she was backing out and turning she emitted agreat deal of black smoke.  Fishing must have been good in the harbor as many fishing boats were out.

Charles M. Beeghly backing away from the dock
Bow view and turning, lots of black smoke
Passing the breakwall
Leaving, smoke now white

Reported by: Lee Rowe

St. Marys River

Operation Taconite, the U.S. Coast Guard’s name for the spring icebreaking operation on the St. Marys River, ended at midnight Monday. Call in points have changed back to summer reporting stations in the river. Due to recent reports of shoaling in the Rock Cut, vessels are requested to stay 75 feet on either side of the center line. 

Scenic view of Columbia Star in the lower St. Marys River recently.

Reported by: Jerry Masson

Photos by: Ken Hamilton
Columbia Star passing upbound at Mission Point Tuesday
Wide view
Algolake downbound at Mission Point Tuesday
Stern view
John J. Boland entering locks, seen from the Canadian side

Green Bay

Mark Hannah and Barge E-63 at U.S. Oil
Close up of tug

Reported by: Jason Leino


Maumee, the last remnant of Sarnia's winter fleet, remains tied up, even though she was thought to have had a sailing date of last Thursday. Crews, which were aboard earlier this week, along with U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, have reportedly departed.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons

Traverse City

Vessels at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy recently.
Training vessel State of Michigan
Stern view
Tug Anchor Bay
Stern view
An old Coast Guard search and rescue craft

Reported by: Brian Peterson


Southdown Challenger Fits Out for 98th Season


The Southdown Challenger began her 98th season on March 29 when galley and engine room crews reported back to the boat. Crews from Milwaukee-based Midwest Maritime Corp. also gave the Challenger a fresh coat of paint this spring. On Saturday, April 10, steam was raised in the main boilers officially bringing the Challenger back to life. The balance of the crew is due back Monday morning.

Great lakes Towing is scheduled to shift the Challenger to the Port of  Milwaukee heavy lift dock sometime Monday. The Challenger must be moved away from the Cemex dock to make way for the Susan Hanna & barge Conquest. Following Coast Guard inspections, the Challenger will depart for Charlevoix, Mich., later this week.

A fresh coat of paint for the Challenger.
Draft marks. Note the riveted hull plates.
Steam begins to raise up to the operating pressure of 180 pounds in the starboard boiler.
Steam rises from the stack.
‘Sam,’ the Challenger's friendly steward, shows off the new stove installed in the galley over the winter. Note the juicy steaks, ready for cooking.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde


‘Know Your Ships’ Now Available


The 2004 edition of  “Know Your Ships” book has arrived from the printer and all pre-orders have been mailed..

“Know Your Ships” is now in its 45th year. To order, or view sample pages:

“Know Your Ships” 2004 cover image

Reported by: Marine Publishing Co.


Birchglen Reflagged to Barbados


Friday’s edition of the Toronto Globe & Mail carried a story indicating that Canada Steamship Lines’ Birchglen, which was just reflagged Canadian a year ago, has been reflagged to Barbados, with a new home port of Bridgetown instead of Montreal. The vessel’s Canadian crew has reportedly been replaced by Ukrainians. 

It is unknown if her sistership, Spruceglen, will be similarly reflagged, or how this may affect Spruceglen’s service into the Great Lakes.

Birchglen was built in 1983 for the new-defunct Misener fleet of Great Lakes vessels.

Birchglen at the Soo Locks last April.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre


Permit Denied, Ex-Fireboat Towed to Escanaba


The former fireboat Joseph Medill, which has been dockside in Algoma, Wis., since December 2002 in hopes of being sunk as a dive site just south of the city, was towed, under cover of darkness, to Escanaba between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and sunup Saturday after being denied a permit to sink her by the DNR.

It is not known what her eventual disposition will be.

Joseph Medill at Algoma in March

Reported by: Wendell Wilke


New Fednav Saltie Spotted in Europe


The recently-delivered Federal Kushiro was seen leaving the port of Antwerp in Belgium April 9.

Federal Kushiro entering the Berendrecht lock on her way out of port.
Stern view
OOCL Montreal departs.
Another Seaway visitor, Pomorze Zachodine, leaving the Berendrecht lock in Antwerp outbound on April 1.  The tug Union 8 is pulling her off the wall.

Reported by: Chris Rombouts


Port Report


Twin Ports

Sunday saw the full range of vessel traffic in the Twin Ports. Mesabi Miner arrived to fuel and then load taconite pellets at the DMIR ore dock; Armco arrived in the morning to unload stone at CLM in Superior; Indiana Harbor was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal while Canadian Transport waited out on the lake for its chance at the dock; the first saltie of the season, Kapitonas Andzejauskas, was at CHS grain terminal waiting to load Monday; and Alpena was due in late.

Reported by: Al Miller

Photos by Brian Peterson
Armco off the Duluth shipping canal.
Entering the canal.
Stern view.
Indiana Harbor just off the Duluth shipping canal.
Stern view in the harbor.


Both Cuyahoga and Herbert C. Jackson arrived in Marquette on a snowy Saturday morning, and began loading almost immediately.

The Middletown and DorothyAnn/Pathfinder loaded ore in Marquette on Friday.  The American Mariner brought a load of stone to the lower harbor.  The Cuyahoga, making a very rare appearance, and Herbert C. Jackson were due on Saturday with the John J. Boland arriving on Sunday. The Cuyahoga may make a quick turnaround and arrive late Sunday as well.

The James R. Barker brought coal to Marquette on Wednesday, April 7th, and finished unloading on Thursday.

H. Lee White took on a load of ore at Marquette last Monday after bringing stone to the lower harbor. The Charles M. Beeghly brought a load of coal to the upper harbor WE Power Plant and also took on ore.

Strong winds on Lake Superior kept the Armco at anchor for more than a day, delaying her trip to Marquette. She arrived last Sunday night for a load of ore.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

James R. Barker unloading coal. (Photo by Kris Rowe)

Photos by Lee Rowe
Cuyahoga, at the dock
Pin knockers working in the snow
Herbert C. Jackson
Herbert C. Jackson/Cuyahoga bows

H. Lee White leaving
Charles M. Beeghly unloading coal
Train engines on top of dock
Armco at night
Waves over the breakwall in Marquette's upper harbor


While only hoping for a chocolate bunny or two, Manistee ship enthusiasts received the Richard Reiss in their Easter baskets Sunday as Grand River Navigation's newly acquired vessel made its first stop in Manistee. This was the vessel's first trip in since changing ownership, and possibly her first trip to Manistee ever. The vessel arrived at the piers around 7 a.m. Sunday, and headed upriver to the Tondu Cogeneration plant with a load of Western coal from South Chicago's KCBX dock. The vessel was expected to depart between 3 and 4 p.m. outbound for Lake Michigan.

This was Manistee's second dry bulk shipment of the year, the first being the Mckee Sons, who arrived on April 1st, also with a load of coal for Tondu. The Capt. Ralph Tucker, Manistee's regular caller arrived in port Saturday evening at 11:50 p.m. for the General Chemical dock to load brine for Amherstburg. She was expected to depart by 2 p.m. Easter Sunday.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak

Capt. Ralph Tucker at the Mackinac Bridge, headed for Manistee. (Photo by Brian Peterson)


Calumet arrived in Milwaukee just behind the Jacklyn M/Integrity Thursday night April 8. After unloading a portion of its salt cargo on the dock, the Calumet proceeded down to the south end of the inner mooring basin. With the starboard bow to the west and the port stern to the east they were able to get into position to off-load the balance of the salt into a storage building.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Calumet unloading

Green Bay

The first vessel in this season was the J.A.W. Iglehart with a load of cement for LaFarge Monday afteroon. The second one is was the John. G. Munson with coal for the Fox River Dock Tuesday night.  The Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder arrived Wednesday morning with coal from Sandusky for the Fox River Dock. The Alpena arrived Thursday morning with cement for LaFarge.

J.A.W. Iglehart at Lafarge
Close up of the Crapo and Iglehart bows
John G. Munson arrives in Green Bay       
John G. Munson unloads at Fox River Dock   
Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder

Reported by: Jason Leino

Saginaw River

J.A.W. Iglehart departed the Essroc Terminal in Carrollton Thursday afternoon and headed upriver to turn in the Sixth Street Turning Basin before heading outbound for the lake.  The Iglehart arrived Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S Coast Guard Cutter Acacia arrived in the Saginaw River and was working aids to navigation on Friday.  The Acacia is setting the summer Entrance Channel bouys normally set by the now retired Bramble and the recently damaged Hollyhock.

J.A.W. Iglehart downbound at Veteran's Park in Saginaw||
Stern view at Cheboyganing Creek
USCGC Acacia inbound at the Consumers Energy Dock 

Reported by: Todd Shorkey


Richard Reiss loaded at Stoneport during the early morning hours on Thursday. This was its first visit to the Stoneport dock in many years. It had been anchored offshore since Wednesday afternoon waiting for the departure of the Joseph H. Thompson, which was around midnight. The Reiss left by 9 a.m. and was headed for a Lake Michigan port. The Sam Laud backed up to the dock once the Reiss was clear and got tied up to begin taking on cargo. The McKee Sons was also anchored nearby waiting to load after the Sam Laud.

Wednesday was a busy day at Lafarge, with the J.A.W Iglehart and the Jacklyn M / barge Integrity taking on cement,

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Joseph H. Thompson
Richard Reiss loading at Stoneport, bow view
Reiss, profile
Richard Reiss departs
Sam Laud, McKee Sons, Richard Reiss off Stoneport
Sam Laud departs

Port Huron Images

American Mariner (bow view) April 5. (Photo by Rich Kelly)
American Mariner (stern view) (Photo by Rich Kelly)
Sam Laud passes St. Clair April 9 (Photo by Roger LeLievre)
Sam Laud stern view (Photo by Roger LeLievre)
Walter J. McCarthy heads upbound at Port Huron April 9 (Photo by Roger LeLievre)
McCarthy stern, with laid up Maumee in background (Photo by Roger LeLievre)
Crewmen repairing damage to USCG Hollyhock April 9
Another view (Photo by Roger LeLievre)
Canadian Transport upbound April 9. (Photo by Clayton Sharrard)

Chicago Images

John G. Munson, backing in the Calumet River, past the McKee Sons and the Kaye E. Barker. McKee Sons and the Barker were at the KCBX terminal in South Chicago. (March 31)

The John D. Leitch unloading salt at the storage yard across the Calumet River from the KCBX terminal. (April 7)

Reported by: H. Lund

Detroit Images

J.A.W. Iglehart a few days before fitting out (March 10). (Photo by Angie Williams)
Richard Reiss, upbound on her first trip up the Detroit River for Lower Lakes Towing/Grand River Navigation, fitting just so between the Riverfront Apartments on the right, and the Buhl Building on the left (March 30). (Photo by Angie Williams)
Another view
View just down from the Renaissance Center/GM World Headquarters. (Photo by Angie Williams)
Canadian Progress (Photo by Angie Williams)
CSL Tadoussac upbound in the Detroit River. (Photo by Angie Williams)

Wednesday afternoon the Charles M. Beeghly made her first trip into the Rouge Plant for the season, bringing the second cargo of taconite for the year to Severstahl Steel plant. Severstahl was formerly the Rouge Steel Company, located at the Ford Motor Rouge complex in Dearborn. The Beeghly is shown outbound at the Short Cut Bridge in the Rouge after unloading her cargo Wednesday night.


The tug Karen Andrie and her barge, A-397, were the first vessels of the 2004 season. They came in around 1 p.m. on Friday and headed down the Black Rock Canal with the Andrie pushing from the notch of her barge. When they reached the CN Railroad Harbor Draw swing bridge they were forced to wait in the middle of the channel while two trains passed. After the second train cleared the bridge the tender was unable to release the electrical connections on the West side of the bridge. The tug captain decided on an unusual move. He had his men tie the starboard bow of the barge to the swing bridge's center pier to keep her from drifting around the narrow channel near the bridge.

A repairman was called in from Canada and he crossed the International Bridge around 2 p.m. and then checked in with the two border patrol agents on the U.S. side. To the tug crew's relief he was able to get the bridge unlocked quickly. The Andrie then released from the pier and backed full to center herself in the canal before heading through the bridge into the lock. They carefully maneuvered past the work vessels moored at the Upper West Guide Wall construction area and proceeded into the Black Rock Lock Chamber.

After locking through downbound, they headed out into some light ice on the Niagara River at the lower entrance to Black Rock Harbor. Once clear of the small ice field they went down to the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to unload for the night. They were back out on the morning of the 10th around 6 a.m.

Karen Andrie and her barge sitting in the Black Rock Canal at the turn above the CN Harbor Draw bridge waiting on a pair of trains.
Karen Andrie close up.

BIDCO Marine Group restarted work at the Black Rock Lock’s upper tie up wall last week. The steel sheet pile retaining wall and dock face are being rebuilt and fendered. Ship captains have complained about underwater protrusions in this area for many years. The wall is used by vessels to sneak aside and allow ships proceeding in the opposite direction to pass. This is the only place that two ships can fit side by side in the entire length of the channel from the North Entrance in Buffalo Harbor to the lock itself.

The strip from the CN Railroad swing bridge to the lock has been used in the past as a lay-by dock for vessels with mechanical problems or when a captain has chosen to wait on weather but still be in a position to get underway quickly to run the canal. The project was started early in 2003 by the Luedtke firm and is now being finished by local firm BIDCO at a total cost of $4.3 million.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski

Calumet passing through this section of the Black Rock Canal.


Sunday had the tug Reliance and her empty tank barge departed at 6: 30 a.m. Peter R. Cresswell departed at 12:30 p.m for Detroit. The Algoisle was shifted from Pier 26 to Pier 10 with the help of two tugs.

Saturday saw the Peter R. Cresswell depart Hamilton at 1 a.m. to clean her holds in Lake Ontario before returning at 10:30 a.m. She proceeded to Dofasco to load slag. The tug John Spence and the barge McAshpalt 401 departed at 2 a.m. The Jo Spirit departed Pier 26 at 2:30 p.m. heading down the lake. Michipicoten arrived at 4:30 p.m. The Catherine Desgagnes departed at 5 p.m. and the tug Reliance and a loaded tank barge arrived at 6 p.m. going to Pier 23. The Algomarine departed at 10 p.m. heading to the Welland Canal and onto to Detroit with slag from Dofasco.

Friday, CSL Laurentien arrived at 12:30 p.m., going to Stelco with coal from Conneaut. After unloading, she will be going to Sept. Isles to load iron ore pellets. The Algomarine arrived at 1:30 p.m. with salt for Pier 26. The Peter R.Creswell arrived at 5:30 p.m. with coal for Dofasco, and after discharging her cargo went back out onto the lake to clean holds. She also went to Dofasco to load slag for Detroit. The Saginaw arrived at 7:30 p.m .from Toledo with soya beans for CanAmerica. After unloading, she was expected to head to Erie.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


The bulker Yarmouth was in port unloading steel coils and rebar from Turkey Saturday. She is expected to leave for Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., late Tuesday to load cargo for Brazil.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher, Mark Leitch

Photos by: Jim Gallacher
Yarmouth stern view.
2nd Officer Artur Khalatov.
Yarmouth bow view.
Yarmouth full starboard view.
Tug Lac Manitoba.

Photos by Mark Leitch
Tug Whitby
Tug Bagotville
RCL Tug 11 on barge


Milwaukee Ferry Remains Are Discovered


Spotted Saturday, April 10 in the yard of Miller Compressing, a Milwaukee scrap dealer, was the remains of the James L. Ferebee. The Ferebee was operated by the City of Milwaukee to ferry workers from a parking lot at the foot of National Ave. to the city's sewage treatment plant on Jones Island. It saved workers from making a longer drive to work. Budget cuts and increased maintenance took the ferry out of service in the 1980s. The Ferebee spent many years out of the water at a local marine contractor before being sold for scrap.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

James L. Ferebee high and dry


Force 5 Cleans Out Closets


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STB Approves CN Purchase of Great Lakes Fleet


The federal Surface Transportation Board on Friday approved the proposed purchase of Great Lakes Transportation  – which includes Great Lakes Fleet – by Canadian National Railway, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

The STB's approval means the sale will proceed quickly. Duluth media outlets said CN will complete the purchase by mid-May.

CN announced late last year that it plans to purchase Great Lakes Transportation so it can obtain ownership of a short but critical stretch of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway that links CN's Canadian routes with its U.S. lines composed of the former Wisconsin Central and Illinois Central railroads. The purchase of Great Lakes Transportation's former U.S. Steel transportation properties - an all-or-nothing deal - includes the eight-vessel Great Lakes Fleet and all of the DMIR, including ore docks in Duluth and Two Harbors.

So far, CN has said only that it will close the DMIR's shops in Proctor, Minn. However, last fall CN officials reportedly were considering shipping taconite pellets through the idle dock at Taconite Harbor. Such a move could jeopardize the future of the DMIR's Duluth ore dock.

Reported by: Al Miller


Twin Ports' First Saltie Expected Early Today


The first saltie to reach Duluth-Superior this season is expected to be the Lithuanian-flag Kapitonas Andzejauskas about 9 a.m. April 10.

The ship will arrive at the Duluth Ship Canal and proceed to the CHS grain terminal in Superior to load 10,150 metric tons of wheat destined for Italy. It is scheduled to depart April 13.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority will hold its traditional welcome ceremony for the captain and crew of Kapitonas Andzejauskas on Monday.

Kapitonas Andzejauskas was built in 1978 and is operated by Lithuanian Shipping Company. The local agent is Duluth's Guthrie-Hubner Inc.

The first salties typically arrive in the Twin Ports in the first days of April. The earliest saltie to arrive was the LT Argosy on April 1, 1995.

Reported by: Al Miller


Spirit of Ontario Debut Delayed Due to Damage


Officials connected with the high-speed ferry Spirit of Ontario said Thursday that damage caused last week when the ferry struck a pier in New York City will likely delay plans for both the April 30 black-tie inaugural trip and the May 1 regular-service start-up.

Once it starts, the ferry will take passengers and vehicles between Rochester and Toronto two or three times a day.

”I think it’s fair to say we’re probably going to have some delay in service start-up,” Howard Thomas, president of Canadian American Transportation Systems, the private company launching the ferry, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “It’s just difficult to give anyone a specific date.”

”It’s like dominos,” Thomas said. “The repairs have got to get done. They have to get done to a specific level. Then the Coast Guard has to inspect it. Then they have to confirm that it’s 100 percent seaworthy. Then it leaves New York. Then it (travels) to the St. Lawrence River – and you can get stuck in traffic jams in the St. Lawrence very, very easily. Then it’s got to come into Rochester.

After the ferry arrives, CATS’ three onboard crews still have to be trained in “life-saving, basic and medical” procedures, a process that could take about two weeks, Thomas said.

Damage to the vessel includes a 25-foot scrape and an 8-foot gash and hole above the waterline.

Reported by: Jason Leslie


New Barge Construction Begins at Toledo Shipyard


Workers at the Toledo Shipyard on Monday began construction of the yard's first new vessel since the mid-1980s, while shipyard managers hope that upcoming improvements will help land more such projects in the future.

“This is the beginning of the rebirth of shipbuilding in our community,” U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said after a crane operator swung a plate of steel into position for the 391-foot, double-hulled tank barge that Manitowoc Marine Group is building at the shipyard, with delivery to Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc., scheduled for November.

The barge's construction will proceed without benefit from the renovation program at the yard, toward which Kaptur secured a $2 million federal grant last fall. Planned improvements include new cranes, expansion of the fabrication shop, and construction of a new “high-bay” facility - an enclosed building in which sections of new ships can be constructed before assembly is completed in one of the shipyard's drydocks. 

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, which owns the shipyard, will pay $7.5 million of the renovation's cost, while Lucas County has pledged $1.5 million and the city of Toledo $1 million. Manitowoc, whose subsidiary Toledo Shiprepair operates the yard, is spending $500,000 on new equipment for the facility.

“It's gonna be interesting,” said Dan Roughton, a yard foreman from Toledo who has worked there since the mid-1980s, hiring on as the last new vessels before the current barge were built. “It's been just about 18 years since we built anything.”

Reported by: Jason Leslie, Toledo Blade


60th Anniversary Reunion for Mackinaw Crew Planned


The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw Association will hold its 60th reunion celebration Aug. 12-Aug. 14 in Cheboygan, reports a recent story in the Cheboygan Daily Tribune.

Some who return for the reunion may do so because it might be the last time they will see the Mackinaw. The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2006. The keel has been laid for the new vessel, under construction in Marinette, Wis., and the disposition of the original is still unknown.

“We're expecting more than 300 reservations from as far away as Alaska and California,” said Ed Pyrzynski, former crewmember and event organizer. “So far there have been responses from crew members in 18 states. When you figure in the spouses and family members who will come along, it's quite a boost for the economy to have this reunion.”

The association has planned an open house on board the ship for Aug. 12, as well as a golf outing. There will be a commanding officer's luncheon held Aug. 13 for former executive officers and commanding officers. A cruise of the Straits of Mackinac will take place that afternoon for attendees.

On Aug. 14, a softball game will feature a team from the ship's present crew against a team of alumni crew members, followed by a family picnic. The group has also scheduled an afternoon tour of the Opera House. The Gold Dust Ballroom will host a dinner Aug. 13, followed by a dance Aug. 14 to celebrate the anniversary.

Pyrzynski said the group is still trying to connect with former crew members who have moved and may not have received invitations to the event, mailed in February. He said that current addresses of shipmates may be reported to him at (231) 627-5585.

Reported by: Jason Leslie


Westcott Company Returns to Service


The J.W. Westcott Co. return to 24 hour operations Wednesday morning with the arrival of the U.S. mail boat J.W. Westcott II at the company's dock below the Ambassador Bridge.  Capt. Len Tanner piloted the 50-foot work boat from the dock at Gregory's Marina for the short trip down river. The back up mail boat Joseph J. Hogan then sailed downbound and took up her place at the Westcott Company Dock.

This is the J.W. Westcott Company's 109th season on the river. Winter work on the Westcott fleet included normal maintenance and painting.

The first vessel serviced by the mail boat for the 2004 season was the downbound Algosteel.

As crews returned the mail boats to the station another crew was in Port Huron preparing to take the Pilot Boat Huron Maid downbound to Detroit. The Huron Maid departed Port Huron about 8:30 a.m. under command of Fleet Capt. Sam Buchanan. The Maid arrived at the J.W. Westcott Co. dock about 2 p.m. and took up position behind the J.W. Westcott II. The Huron Maid is used for pilot changes in the Detroit River.

Huron Maid at the Port Huron Pilot Boat Station on the Black River.
Port Huron Pilot Boat Huron Belle.
Westcott Fleet Capt. Sam Buchanan takes the Mid into the St. Clair River.
Tugs Robin Lynn and Sans Souci at the entrance to the Black River.
Downbound on the St. Clair River, our trip will take about 5 hours.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acacia (WLB 406) based in Charlevoix, MI. working buoys in the St. Clair River.
American Mariner upbound.
Approaching the Recor Edison Coal dock.
Paul R. Tregurtha unloading.
Stern view.
McKee Sons unloading at Marysville.
Close up.
Tug Invincible in the notch.
Fawn Island Construction.
Quick stop for lunch at Sans Souci on Harsen's Island.
Quick order to go, we're trying to keep a head of the Algosteel.
Downbound in the Cutoff Channel.
Our speed slows without the current on Lake St. Clair and the Algosteel gains on us.
American Spirit upbound.
Spirit and Steel passing above the St. Clair Crib Light.
Another view.
Stern view of the Spirit.
Continuing on.
Another Spirit stern view.
Algosteel downbound at the Crib Light.
Leaving the Crib astern.
Algosteel stern view.
Canadian Coast Guard's new Cape Storm heads for Tobemory.
Flying through the Spirit's wake.
St. Clair Crib Light
Windmill Point Lighthouse.
Entering the Detroit River.
Middletown upbound off Belle Isle.
Close up of stack exchanging salutes.
Stern view, Livingston Memorial Light on Belle Isle in the background.
William Livingston Memorial Light.
Detroit Skyline through the haze.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
William Clay Ford Pilothouse.
Web cam atop the pilothouse mast.
Small boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Belle Isle on Patrol.
New lighthouse at Chene Park.
Passing the GM Building
Back up mail boat Joseph J. Hogan at her Detroit Dock.
J.W. Westcott II on station.
Capt. Len Tanner greets us at the dock.
Capt. Buchanan eases the Huron Maid into the dock.
Ready for a new season of pilot changes.
J.W. Westcott II.
Molly the station's cat is glad to have crews back 24 hours a day.
Office Manager Paul Jagenow and Capt. Sam discuss the trip.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss


Port Report



Tuesday morning Hamilton Energy arrived from Hamilton to bunker Montrealais, which is expected to depart winter lay-up soon.

Tuesday morning McKeil's harbor tugs shifted Canadian Ranger from Pier 52 to Pier 35's south wall, just west of the Atlas crane.

The tour boat Oriole went into service Tuesday morning. The island ferry Sam McBride is being readied for service on the Easter weekend. It was out on trials Tuesday afternoon.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons

Sturgeon Bay

Roen Salvage had two barges go into one-half of Bayship's floating drydock Monday. Palmer Johnson has launched it’s newest luxury yacht,”Four Wishes,” which was towed from the Palmer Johnson fabrication building to Bayship where it was then towed into the other half of the floating drydock. Also the Pathfinder came back to Sturgeon Bay Tuesday to finish her bow thruster repair and departed later in the day. Near the end of this month, the newest Staten Island ferry is going into drydock for a paint job. After getting that job completed, construction of the hot oil barges are to begin.

Reported by: Darren Hesler


The Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived in Milwaukee Monday evening with a load of coal. With their bowthruster out of service, the Dorothy Ann used the Great Lakes Towing tug Arkansas. After departing Milwaukee, the tug and barge headed for Sturgeon Bay for repairs.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder back into the inner harbor.
Tug Dorothy Ann pushing
Arkansas assists Pathfinder in making a turn

Arkansas close up


Algoway made a stop at Amcor at the foot of 9th street Wednesday with a load of ash. Algoway passed through the Berry Bridge at 6 a.m. and departed at 1:30 p.m.

Reported by: Charles Mackin


The Columbia Star unloaded Wednesday at Cleveland Bulk Terminal, and the Middletown was due in later Wednesday night. The Armco is headed for Ashtabula’s Pinney Dock for Thursday.

Reported by: Bill Kloss


English River came into port overnight and was unloading early today (Wednesday) at the Essroc dock. It is expected that she will be underway by early morning.

McKeil's harbor tugs shifted the Barge Laviolette - which has been rafted to Canadian Mariner on the west wall of Pier 35 since its winter storage cargo of raw sugar was unloaded - over to the west wall of Pier 52 Wednesday morning.

The tour boat Miss Kim Simpson, which was hauled out for the winter at the Outer Harbor Marina, was relaunched Wednesday morning. She returned to her summer berth in the York St. slip in the afternoon.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons

Sault Ste. Marie

One sign winter is just about over … the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent Monday afternoon removing ice booms between the islands near Mission Point. The tug Owen M. Frederick and crane barge Harvey were on the scene for much of the afternoon. The booms are placed each fall to prevent drifting ice from blocking the Sugar Island ferry lane.

Reported by: Jerry Masson

Saginaw River

It was a busy evening on the Saginaw River Tuesday night and it continued into Wednesday with no less than 7 vessels moving in the system.  The Joseph H. Thompson was outbound late Tuesday evening after unloading at the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee.  She ran in to some bridge trouble in Bay City as the Central Michigan Railway Bridge was closed, blocking the river.  The Thompson, which had already passed through Vet's Bridge, backed back through to tie up at the old Bay Aggregates dock. Shortly after, the bridge was opened and she was back on her way out to the lake.

The American Republic was inbound early Wednesday morning, calling on the Bay Aggregates dock to unload.  She was outbound later in the morning after her first trip of 2004 to the Saginaw River.

The CSL Tadoussac was also inbound behind the Republic Wednesday morning.  The Tadoussac called on the Essroc Terminal in Essexville to unload clinker.  She is expected to be outbound during the day Wednesday.

The tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 passed the front range lights inbound for Saginaw Wednesday morning.  The security calls did not indicate the dock.

The Sam Laud called on the Bay Aggregates dock, unloading there into the afternoon.  She was ready to depart, but waited at the dock until the Undaunted passed by upbound, before leaving for the lake, backing out stern first for Light 12 of the Entrance Channel to turn.

The J. A. W. Iglehart passed the front range lights late Wednesday afternoon on her way up to the LaFarge Cement Dock in Carrollton to unload. 

The Tug Mark Hannah called on the Dow Chemical Dock in Bangor Twp as well on Wednesday.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Joseph H. Thompson upbound at Cass Avenue
Tug close up
Stern view


Early Season Images


Downbound Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin approaching the west wall in the ice field and fog at Eisenhower Locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Massena, N.Y., on opening day, March 25. (Photo by Kathy Ori) 

St. Lawrence tugboat Robinson Bay escorting ahead of downbound Cedarglen through the ice field in the Wiley-Dondero Canal between Eisenhower and Snell locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Massena N.Y. March 25. (Photo by Kathy Ori)

Arthur M.Anderson loading at Stoneport in March. (Ben & Chanda McLain)


Government Donates Sundew to Duluth


As expected, the federal government announced late last week that it will donate the USCGC Sundew to Duluth.

The 180-foot buoy tender, built in Duluth during World War II, will be decommissioned in late May. Plans call for the ship to be docked near the ore boat William A. Irvin, where it will serve as a museum.

Reported by: Al Miller


Repairs Underway on Spirit of Ontario


Crews have started to repair the damage on the fast ferry Spirit of Ontario, which hit a pier last Thursday in New York City. The vessel was en route from its builder in Australia, to Rochester, N.Y.

Crews are working inside the ferry cutting away some of the damage. Wednesday the ferry will be moved across the East River to the Brooklyn Navy Shipyard where GMD Shipyards will make the repairs.

The Coast Guard is still investigating the accident that left a 21-foot hole in the starboard side of the ferry. The ferry is still controlled and operated by Austal, the Australian company that built it. Canadian American Transportation Systems, CATS, the company that will take ownership of the ferry once it reaches Rochester says Austal is still responsible for the ferry.

The new material is already being pre-fabricated in South America at Austal USA.  They’re already shaping up the material so when it comes up it’s just like putting a jigsaw piece together again and it’s all ready to go,” said CATS Technical Manager Bob Mansfi. The accident is not expected to delay the planned April 30 service launch.

Reported by: Rich Nicholls

View of Spirit of Ontario docked in New York (damage is on the other side of the vessel)


Port Report



Kingston was a busy area Sunday. There was a gale warning for Lake Ontario, along with snow, and temperatures below freezing  as well. At 11 a.m., the Algoville was off  Point Petre, and reported winds of 340 degrees and 26 knots along with 5.5 metre waves (approx. 18 feet).

English River was westbound from Bath with a load of cement,  headed for Toronto. The Stephen B. Roman  was eastbound for Picton. The CSL Tadoussac was westbound at Sodus from Picton. She loaded cement clinker for Essexville Mich. According to some crew it took 30 hours to load and was snowing and freezing when they left Picton. He said they were going for a couple of ore loads after Essexville.

Reported by: Ron Walsh


The steamer Alpena arrived in port Sunday morning after being anchored in the bay due to high winds. The Alpena took on another cement cargo at Lafarge after delivering to Cleveland and Marysville the past few days. It was expected to depart late in the evening.

Three other vessels were also anchored  in Thunder Bay (off of Alpena) on Sunday. One of them was the Philip R. Clarke, which was scheduled to go to Stoneport once the weather improved.

The J.A.W Iglehart made its first trip up to Lake Superior last week, delivering to  Heron Bay, Ont.  The Iglehart is expected to be in Green Bay Monday.

The Jacklyn M /barge Integrity were in port on Friday to load and are heading for Waukegan, Ill.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Sunday saw the Sidsel Knutsen at the Petro Canada Pier in Oakville (Bronte ). The Halifax arrived in Hamilton at 8:30 a.m., coming from Superior with iron ore pellets for Stelco. After discharging she departed in the afternoon for the Welland Canal. The Algocatalyst arrived off the Petro Canada Piers in Oakville at 8 a.m., dropping anchor 1/2 mile off shore to await the departure of the Sidsel Knutsen on Monday.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Saturday morning around 8:30 a.m. the Canadian Progress sailed into the Twin Ports, headed to the Midwest Energy coal dock to load. After the Progress passed St. Lawrence Cement, Canadian Miner departed to clean out it's cargo holds. The crew of the Canadian Miner demonstrated some impressive ship handling while departing in high winds without the aid of a bow thruster. Once in the main channel, the Miner departed thru the Superior entrance and sailed well offshore on Lake Superior.  Once her cargo holds where cleaned out she came back into the harbor thru the Duluth entrance. She was assisted to Harvest States, to load grain, by two "G" tugs.

Saturday, shortly after 3:30 pm the Middletown made its first appearance in the Twin Ports this season.

Friday morning the USCG search and rescue boat was spotting gliding out onto the crystal smooth waters of Lake Superior. Also, the Canadian Miner worked well into the night at St. Lawrence Cement unloading cement.

Reported by: Brian Peterson, Anna Backstrom

Photos by: Brian Peterson
Canadian Progress just off the Duluth shipping canal.
Under the lift bridge.
Stern view.
Under the high bridge.
Canadian Miner departing.
Canadian Miner unloading at night.
Leaving St. Lawrence Cement dock.
Stern view.
Canadian Miner in ice.
Canadian Miner at Harvest States grain elevator.
American Spirit bow view passing Rice’s Point.
American Spirit.
Canadian Transport at Midwest Energy.

Photos by: Anna Backstrom
Middletown just off the Duluth entry.
In between the piers.

Soo Locks

Cold temperatures tightened ice flow in the channels Saturday night, stopping the upbound Canadian Olympic and Indiana Harbor. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw was called to assist the two vessels, stuck at Mud Lake Junction Buoy. The downbound Saginaw locked through and tied at the lower pier due to mechanical problems. The MacArthur lock officially opened Saturday, helping with ice flows breaking away from shore ice. Also downbound were Michipicoten and Stewart J. Cort. 

Reported by: Jerry Masson

River Rouge  

After unloading a cargo at the Marblehead Dock on the Rouge River early Saturday, the steamer John G. Munson departed outbound. Her spot at the Marblehead dock was quickly filled by the steamer Arthur M. Anderson about 30 minutes later.  

Anderson at Marblehead dock in the River Rouge.
Jefferson Avenue bridge at night.

Reported by Michael Koprowicz


The tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 were back for their third visit of the week Saturday morning. The pair passed through Independence Bridge in Bay City shortly before 7 a.m. on the way upriver to the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. This was the first commercial delivery of the season to the upper river.

Also inbound was the Indiana Harbor. She called on the Consumers Energy plant at the mouth of the Saginaw River to deliver coal. This was the first visit by Indiana Harbor since early in 2000.  Coal deliveries to Consumers are usually handled by the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey


The Agawa Canyon departing Sarnia government dock layup at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Another view
Passing Hollyhock
Another season begins

Reported by: Bill Demsky


Herbert C. Jackson, sporting her new coat of paint, came into Marquette for a load of ore on Friday (minus some scraped off at the bow by ice). This was the Jackson’s first trip of the season.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Bow view
Jackson at dock.


Lake Michigan Rising This Spring


A snowy beginning to 2004 is raising the level of Lake Michigan, experts say.

Readings as of March 26 were 7 inches above last year's average levels for March, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the lake remains 17 inches below its long-term monthly average.

The lake's level should rise an additional 4-5 inches in the next month, but it's not expected to get much higher than that. Officials predict that Lake Michigan's level will be up 5 inches this summer compared to 2003, when levels were close to uncharted record lows. Snow-water equivalents this year are 40 percent above average, said Tim Calappi, a physical scientist with the Corps. "It's certainly been a wet winter,'' he told the Escanaba Daily News. "There's a lot more runoff as compared to last year.'' 

All of the Great Lakes are into their seasonal rise. Lake Michigan usually peaks in July, then drops substantially in the fall.

Reported by: Al Miller


Badger Called Vital to Manitowoc Tourism


The carferry Badger is an intricate part of the success of Manitowoc’s tourism industry.

“The Badger literally delivers hundreds of thousands of passengers on our doorstep each season from May through October. Many of these passengers spend lots of time and money in our community,” Kathleen Galas, president of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau, told the Manitowoc Herald Times recently.

According to research provided by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the 2002 economic impact of tourism in Manitowoc County is about $136 million.  

“Car ferry passengers largely contribute to this economic impact,” Galas said. 

West Shore College in Michigan also did a study that indicated the Badger contributes $18 million to Manitowoc’s tourism economy each year, or about 13 percent of the total economic impact from tourism, she added.

The trend of car ferry visitors has changed in the last three or four years, according to Visitor Services Coordinator Holly Beckman. Passengers arriving or departing on the Badger are staying in the area longer, compared to leaving town as in previous years.

According to Galas, from mid-June to Labor Day the number of visits at the VIC triple because of car ferry traffic.

Reported by: Jason Leslie


Airboat Tested by U.S. Coast Guard at Sault Ste. Marie


A 23 ft. airboat with the ability to transit on ice and water has arrived at Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie for ice search and rescue testing and training. The airboat and two crew members have been temporarily transferred from United States Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich. for approximately two weeks in order to test the boat's abilities on the ice conditions in the St. Marys River.

The airboat has an endurance of approximately three hours and can go up to 25 knots (about 30 mph) depending on the combination of ice and water in which it is operating.

Reported by: USCG

Photos by: B. Barnes

Airboat on open water
Works fine on ice too
Airboat as seen from the back


FedNav Boat in Antwerp


Frequent Great Lakes and Seaway visitor Lake Ontario was spotted March 28 in Antwerp (Belgium). She was sitting along the repair docks at the shipyard. It is unknown what kind of repairs she was undergoing.

Lake Ontario in Antwerp.

Reported by: Chris Rombouts



Hamilton Wants Cargo Ferry Link to N.Y.


The Hamilton Port Authority and Ontario provincial government officials met last week to discuss the possibility of a cross-lake, cargo trailer ferry service between Hamilton and Oswego, N.Y.

The Hamilton Spectator reported that port officials are pushing for the creation of the "short-sea" shipping service, which they say would ease congestion near regions in and around the QEW, as well as reduce traffic tie-ups at the Buffalo, N.Y.-Fort Erie, Ont. border.

The HPA proposal would transport 90 to 110 trailers at a time, overnight, about three times a week to start, the newspaper reported. The barge trip is expected to take about 12 hours.

Ontario-bound trucks from the U.S. would drive to Oswego port rather than heading west along the I-90 on the southern side of Lake Ontario through Buffalo and up into Canada, according to the proposal. The trailers would be loaded onto a barge, and the truck and driver would return home. The barge would travel the 265 kilometres along the shore of Lake Ontario, passing through the Burlington Ship Canal to Hamilton Harbor. There, the trailers would be removed from the barge and connected to other tractors to continue the journey. The process would be reversed for U.S.-bound trucks.

Officials indicated that if the service was a success, they would also attempt a second ferry service between Prescott, Ont., and Hamilton, via the St. Lawrence River, so that truckers could avoid traffic congestion on the 401 through Toronto.

Reported by: Jason Leslie


Former Lakes Visitors Sold for Demolition


 The following vessels, all visitors to Great Lakes ports under at least one name, were sold to be broken up according to the January and February editions of Marine News published by the World Ship Society. In brackets, next to the name of the vessels is the year the ship transited the St. Lawrence Seaway for the first time bound for the Lakes.

The general cargo Abdul S arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan 3/11/2003 to be broken up. In the Seaway as Luise Leonhardt (1986) and Sunpassat (1988).

The bulk carrier Litohoro arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh 19/11/2003. In the Seaway as Sweet Flag (1977).

The general cargo Loumar arr. Mumbai, India 11/6/2003. In the Seaway as Pavel Dauge (1977).

The bulker, B26 class Nicholas Trader arr. Shenzhen, China about 13/3/2003. In the Seaway as Camilla M. (1976), Kasos (1980) and Anna (1988). See photo.

The bulker Thanh Binh was sold to Vietnam breakers . Reported 8/2003. In the Seaway as Fernside (1970) and Astron (1989.

The general cargo Unije arr. at Aliaga, Turkey under tow 9/9/2003. In the Seaway as Matsufukujin Maru (1975).

The bulker Idris Bey arr. at Aliaga in tow 13/10/2003. In the Seaway as Beta Fortune (1994).

The ore carrier Mekong arr. Alang 24/12/2003. In the Seaway as Dneprodzerzhinsk (1973).

The ore carrier Pursat arr. Alang 14/12/2003. In the Seaway as Donskoy (1979).

The general cargo, Freedom class Rizcun Enterprise arr. Alang 30/12/2003. In the Seaway as Santo Pioneer (1978).

The bulker Unian arr. Xinhui, China about 6/8/2003. In the Seaway as Anja Leonhardt (1983).

Other vessels sold for demolition, not Seaway visitors, include:

Manila Star I, a container ship converted from a general cargo (Marindus class) built at Sorel in 1979 as Jozef Chelmonski arr. Xinhui, China from Hong Kong about 24/12/2002. Only two Marindus out of 25 are still in service namely Calvados under the name MSC Angela and Boleslaw Ruminski, the last one built, under the name Indonesia Star. Only two Marindus vessels visited Great Lakes ports, Babor and Biban, and both were sold to be broken up last year.

Two cruise ships which called in Montreal over the years were sold to be demolished at Alang, India. Apollo was a frequent liner in Montreal in  the sixties and up to 1972 as Empress of Canada. Also later as the cruise ship Mardi Gras, the first or one of the first cruise ships owned by Carnival Cruises Line. New Orleans did occasional trips to Montreal and Quebec City under the names Argentina, Monarch Star and Bermuda Star.


Reported by: René Beauchamp


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 1890, INDIANA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 220’, 1178 gt) was launched by Burger and Burger at Manitowoc, WI for the Goodrich Transportation Company.  The total cost of the vessel was $135,000.

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 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 Crown was renamed Amoco Indiana after being transferred from Standard Oil Company in a sale to the American Oil Company for $10 each ship. Each 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) color.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Steve Haverty, 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


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.

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

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)

On 04 April 1908, ALEXIS W. THOMPSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 504’, 6437 gt) was launched by West Bay City Shipbuilding Co. (hull #625) in W. Bay City, Michigan for Valley Steamship Co. (W.H. Becker, Mgr.).  She lasted until 1962 when she was towed to Hamilton, Ontario for scrapping by Steel Co. of Canada, Ltd. 

The Harbor Tug and Fire Boat EDNA G. was launched April 4, 1896

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 canaller 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, Dave Swayze, Steve Haverty, 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


Today in Great Lakes History - April 03

On 3 April 1991, the pilothouse of the WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1) was moved by barge towed by the Gaelic tug 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.

On 3 April 1969, RALPH MISENER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 730’, 19,160 gt, built in 1967 at Montreal, PQ) suffered serious fire damage to her engine room during fit-out at Port Colborne, Ontario.

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, Steve Haverty, 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


Darkness Shrouds Richard Reiss' First Trip to Milwaukee


The Richard Reiss arrived at Milwaukee’s breakwall at 11 p.m. Thursday with a cargo of salt, disappointing Milwaukee boat watchers out of some photo opportunities. The Reiss was outbound at the inner piers at 5:30 a.m., just a few minutes before sunrise. This is her first visit to the port since her purchase by Grand River Navigation earlier this year.

Richard Reiss, bow view
Reiss outbound
Reiss and sunrise

Reported by: Andy LaBorde 


Docking No Breeze for Spirit of Ontario


Spirit of Ontario, the new ferry slated to begin cruising on Lake Ontario later this month, ship struck a pier while docking in New York City on Thursday morning, causing damage that may jeopardize her first passenger voyage to Toronto on April 30.

The aluminum catamaran, nicknamed "The Breeze," had a 25-foot scrape and a gash on its starboard side above the waterline, and two 4-inch-square pieces of piling wood were stuck in the hull. No one was injured.

”The damage is purely superficial and well above the waterline and can be repaired,” Howard Thomas, president of Canadian American Transportation Systems, the company launching the ship, told the Rochester News Democrat. “We do not see this as a major delay at all.”

The vessel was docking when it struck Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport.

Reported by: Jason Leslie


Marquette Activity


The John J. Boland got a load of ore in Marquette on Thursday. Michipicoten, Herbert C. Jackson, Armco, H. Lee White, and Charles M. Beeghly are in the line-up for the next few days.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

John J. Boland loading (Photo by Kris Rowe)
Michipicoten (Photo by Lee Rowe)


Twin Ports Report


The tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort was backing out of the drydock at Fraser Shipyards late on the afternoon of April 1. The tug spent several days in drydock. It was expected to rejoin the barge Great Lakes Trader, which spent several days tied up at Hallett Dock.

Also in port April 1 was Algosoo to load at Midwest Energy Terminal. Canadian Miner brought the first load of cement into St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth. Once emptied and cleaned, it is expected to load grain at CHS.

The first saltie of the season for the Twin Ports now appears as though it may be Kapitonas Andzejauskas, due in port next week to load grain.

Reported by: Al Miller
Photos by: Brian Peterson

Algosoo loading coal at Superior Midwest Energy
Joyce L. VanEnkevort in dry-dock at Fraser shipyard.
Close up.
Canadian Miner discharging at St. Lawrence cement.
Another View.


Toronto Welcomes Season’s First Saltie


The first salty of the season, Toro arrived in Toronto late Tuesday night and began unloading its raw sugar cargo at the Redpath Dock.

The schooner Empire Sandy has shifted from its winter berth at Pier 4 to its summer berth at the foot of Spadina Ave. Also, the charter vessel Enterprise 2000 shifted to its summer berth at the foot of Yonge Street  from its winter berth at Pier 35.

The fire tug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie tested its water cannons earlier this week. The Mackenzie was re-engined and overhauled during the winter.

The English River was in port Friday, unloading her first cargo of cement for this city this season. She has already delivered a load to Oswego.

The Port Authority’s derrick barge T.H.C. 50 was busy placing “Keep Out” buoys for the Island Airport in the innner harbor Friday afternoon. The derrick was not tended by a Port Authority tug. McNally Construction Inc.’s tug Bagotville provided the motive power for this operation.

The charter boat season kicked of Friday evening with charters aboard the schooner Kajama and the big trimaran Enterprise 2000. It couldn’t have been a pleasant charter for either group as the weather was totally uncooperative.

Two charter vessels which will not see action this season are Empress of Canada and Jubilee Queen. Each vessel is registered to a separate company, but they have the same owner, and due to his illness, the business has folded and the boats are for sale.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons


Lake Carriers Reports Positive Season Opener


Active U.S.-Flag Lakes Fleet More Than Double  Year Ago

The active U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet totaled 45 dry and liquid-bulk cargo vessels on April 1, more than double the total recorded a year ago, and an increase of 22 percent compared to the month’s average. Equally important, the April 1 tally is the highest since 2000, when 51 U.S.-flag lakers were in service. Most of the increase comes in the category of vessels that carry iron ore, limestone and coal.

January Coal Shipments Strong

Coal shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 1,475,052 net tons in January, more than double the volume that moved during the first month of 2003.  The January 2004 total also represents an increase of 28 percent compared to the month’s 5-year average.  While the upturn obviously reflects strong demand, fueled, in part, by the harsh weather in January, the coal trade also benefited from the one-time extension of the closing date for the Soo Locks to Jan. 24, 2004.  The additional nine days of navigation allowed for several more shipments of western coal from Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wis.

U.S.-Flag Lakes Trade Soars In January

The surge in demand for iron ore that developed in late 2003 translated into one of the strongest Januarys for the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet in recent memory.  U.S.-flag lakers moved 3.5 million net tons of iron ore in January, an increase of nearly 70 percent when compared to a year ago, and 52 percent when compared to the month’s 5-year average.  The iron ore total also reflects the one-time extension of the closing date for the locks at Sault Ste, Marie. To meet demand, the Jan. 15 closing was extended to Jan. 24, and during that period, U.S.-flag lakers carried an additional 536,000 net tons of iron ore from Lake Superior ports.  Iron ore continued to move from Escanaba, Michigan, until early February.

U.S.-flag coal cargos totaled 650,000 net tons in January, nearly a five-fold increase compared to a year ago.  Compared to the month’s five-year average, the January U.S.-flag coal float represents an increase of more than 50 percent.  That total includes nearly 200,000 tons of western coal that were delivered to Lake Superior destinations after January 15.  Coal shipments from Lake Erie and Lake Michigan ports in U.S.-flag lakers continued until January 11 and 19 respectively.

Reported by: Lake Carriers Association


Saginaw River Passages


The tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 unloaded at the Bay Aggregates dock on Tuesday, departing for the lake late in the afternoon. She stated she was headed to Cedarville to load for a return trip to Bay Aggregates and would be back in a few days.  The Undaunted arrived back in the Saginaw River on Thursday, arriving at Bay Aggregates early in the afternoon.  After unloading, the pair departed for the lake around 8:30 p.m.

The tug Karen Andrie and barge A-391, which had arrived to unload at Triple Clean in Essexville on Sunday departed the dock and was outbound for the lake on Monday.

The tug Mark Hannah, with her tank barge, were outbound Friday morning from the Dow Chemical dock in Bangor Township.  The pair had unloaded there overnight.  Also moving in the river on Friday was the Buffalo. Calling on the Bay Aggregates dock, Buffalo made her first appearance of 2004, unloading during the afternoon hours.  She was outbound by early evening.

Tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette unloading Tuesday at Bay Aggregates
Gregory J. Busch at Pier 7 Marina
Buffalo unloading at Bay Aggregates on Friday
Buffalo outbound at Essroc
Stern view near Consumers Energy

Reported by: Todd Shorkey


McKee Sons Opens Manistee


The Grand River Navigation vessel McKee Sons was the first bulk freighter of the year to call on Manistee. She arrived at the piers at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday with a load of Western coal for the Tondu Cogeneration plant. The vessel loaded at the South Chicago KCBX dock. Grand River Navigation retains the coal contract for Tondu for the year. It is likely that the newly acquired Richard Reiss will make an appearance in Manistee as the year goes by. Tondu had run out of coal 3 weeks ago, and coal had been trucked in to serve the plant’s needs. Brine shipping continues to thrive in Manistee, and the first stone vessel of the year is expected within the next two weeks.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak


Algoway Unloads at River Rouge


Algoway paid a visit to Morton Salt Co. on the Rouge River Tuesday. She encountered the John J. Boland at the entrance to the Rouge, and the tug Barbra Andrie and her barge A-390, at the Marathon dock, further upstream.

The load was needed as stockpiles were depleted. After unloading, the Algoway, departed Morton, pulled backward out to the Detroit River by tugs. She headed across the Detroit River to Ojibway for another load of salt for Morton Salt, a short distance of just a couple of miles. (All this and Detroit Salt Mine is right across the street.)

Meanwhile, fleetmate Algomarine has left winter lay up at Owen Sound.

Algoway unloads
Barbara Andrie and barge
New salt (blue) over old

Reported by: Michael J. Alpers


Planning Progresses for Detroit Passenger Terminal


An environmental assessment for a new Detroit River marine passenger terminal has been completed, according to a recent Michigan Department of Transportation press release.  Public comments on the assessment will be taken until April 20.

MDOT is undertaking the project for the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority.  The project, if it goes forward, will include dock renovations and a new passenger terminal.  The preferred site is south of Atwater Street, between Bates and Randolph streets.

Reported by: Tom Hynes


Quebec Harbor Update


Birchglen’s bow high out of the water for unspecified repairs on a foggy March 26.
Birchglen’s stern in St. Charles
Cedarglen unloading grain products on March 28, after arriving from Windsor.
Cedarglen, bow view
Bulk carrier Bluewing loading wheat for Cyprus
Bulk carrier Mount Fuji waiting to load wheat for Algeria.
Tanker Saamis Adventurer ( Panama ) unloading refined petroleum product at St. Charles
River installations. This ship is the winner (2004) of the annual Gold Cane award, the first foreign ship of the year.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette


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.

The J.L. Mauthe (now Pathfinder (3) entered service in 1953.

April 2, 1975 - The State of Michigan filed a Federal Court suit to stop the Grand Trunk Railway from selling the GRAND RAPIDS. It was felt that selling the ferry would build a stronger case for abandonment of the entire ferry service.

In 1900, the JOHN MINER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 134’, 273 gt, built in 1866 at Detroit as a bark) was purchased by S. R. Chamberlain from Frank Higgie for $800.  She only lasted until 19 October 1902 when she was lost in a storm on Lake Huron.

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, Steve Haverty, 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


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.

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.

In 1887, W. T. Botsford & Company of Port Huron, MI bought the COLORADO (wooden propeller package freighter, 254’, 1470 gt, built in 1867 at Buffalo, N.Y).  She was added to their two other vessels:  DEAN RICHMOND and ROANOKE.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Steve Haverty, 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 Stalls Saginaw in St. Marys River


The steamer Saginaw was stuck in the lower St. Marys River Tuesday night, slowing downbound traffic. Katmai Bay was able to get the steamer moving and open the channel for the convoy waiting at the locks. Downbound traffic included Mesabi Miner, Oglebay Norton, Edgar B. Speer, Arthur M Anderson, Algosteel, James R. Barker, Paul R. Tregurtha and Algocape. Upbound traffic consisted of the Algosoo, Pineglen and Canadian Prospector.

Reported by: Jerry Masson


Middletown On the Move


The steamer Middletown left winter lay-up at Toledo Wednesday. After a stop at Sterling Fuel, she continued upbound, headed for Calcite, Mich. Armco, which was laid up for much of last season, also returned to service this week, sailing from Toledo to Marquette for ore.

Reported by: Angie Williams


Sarnia Traffic Report


Still in lay-up at Sarnia are the Agawa Canyon, Algorail and the Maumee. Upbounds yesterday included the Peter R Creswell to Goderich, the Pineglen and the Canadian Prospector via the Shell dock at Corunna. Downbounds noted were the CSL Laurentien and the Algonova, which docked in Sarnia.

Reported by Stephen R. Peck


Twin Ports Report


Traffic was busy in the twin ports Tuesday.  The Indiana Harbor arrived in the morning to load coal at Midwest Energy.  She had to wait upstream for the Algolake to finish loading.

James R Barker departed sometime overnight and Philip R. Clarke moved up the DM&IR dock to load at taconite.  The Clarke spent the day yesterday waiting for the Barker.

Cason J. Callaway ventured way up the St. Louis River, where boats seldom travel, to unload limestone, and was expected to move to Two Harbors to load.

The Charles M. Beeghly and the Joyce L. VanEnkevort both entered Fraser Shipyards in Superior overnight of March 29-30. The Beeghly was docked in the yard Tuesday morning. There was no word on why the vessel had entered the yard. The Trader was tied up at Hallett Dock in Duluth. No word on the reason for the shipyard visit.

Reported by: Brian Peterson, Al Miller

Photos by: Brian Peterson
Algolake departing Duluth.
Under the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Heading out onto Lake Superior.
Cason J. Callaway unloading limestone at a St. Louis River dock..
Philip R Clarke at DM&IR.
Clarke, another view
Bow view.
Great Lakes Trader, minus her tug, at the Hallet Dock.
Indiana Harbor waiting for the Algolake.
Paul R. Tregurtha at Murphy Fuel.
James R. Barker at DM&IR loading taconite.
Barker, Clarke, night view.


Recent Port Huron Images


Photos by Clayton Sharrad
John G. Munson passes beneath the Blue Water Bridges March 27.
Huron lightship museum
View of Blue Water Bridges from Huron
USCG Neah Bay upbound, passing Algoma Central vessels laid up at Sarnia.


Gold Coin to Commemorate Seaway Construction


In an article in the Toronto Star recently, The Royal Canadian Mint announced that the 2004 $100 gold coin would mark the 50th anniversary of the start of construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The 14 karat coin was designed by John Mardon and shows a Seaway ship passing under a lift bridge.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons


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