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Trump touches on Soo Locks at Michigan rally

4/30 - Detroit, Mich. – President Trump ended his rally in Macomb County Saturday with encouraging words for the crowd of his supporters. He touched on a wide range of national issues, as well as things pertinent to the state’s election and Northern Michigan.

“We know what we’re doing with your locks,” said President Trump. “We’re gonna start that as soon as I get back.”

During his speech, President Trump said that a fix for the Soo Locks is long overdue.” Your lock isn’t working too well, it’s not working too well,” said President Trump. “It hasn’t been fixed in 50 years, in all fairness.”

The president says he’s looking into what needs to be done immediately to fix the aging Poe Lock. “I told your congressmen, ‘Write that name down for me,'” said President Trump. “It’s the Army Corps of Engineers. We’re gonna be calling them. It could be tonight, depending on the time we get back.”

One of those congressman is Republican Jack Bergman, who rode over with the president to the venue. Congressman Bergman says the aging infrastructure dominated the conversation. “He wants to know what we need here in Michigan as it relates especially to the greater needs of the country,” said Bergman. “We explained to him if the Soo Locks shut down, manufacturing shuts down across the country.”

“After spending all that money in the Middle East, can you imagine? And we can’t fix a lock… we’ll get it fixed,” said Trump. It was also clear that part of the president’s reason for stopping in Michigan is to increase Republican voter turnout in midterm elections.

9 & 10 News

 

Port Reports -  April 30

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the American Spirit on Saturday the 28th at approx. 20:30 for South of #2. She departed Sunday the 29th at 06:10 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors on Sunday the 29th at 06:20 was the Edwin H. Gott for South of #2. The Gott departed Sunday the 29th at 16:20 for Gary. Due Two Harbors on Monday the 30th is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 29th and none scheduled for the 30th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday April 28th at 23:49 Cuyahoga departed for Owen Sound. On Sunday at 5:06 Algoma Niagara departed for Detroit. 11:05 CSSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load. 14:00 The saltie Osogovo arrived and went to anchor.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
The James L. Kuber/Victory departed Marquette at 12:30 Sunday. The Joseph H. Thompson Jr. arrived at 22:15 to load.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben and Chanda McClain
Great Republic arrived at Lafarge on a chilly Friday afternoon. It backed in and unloaded coal at the dock. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation returned late Saturday night to take on another cargo of cement under the silos.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Kushiro continued her stay at the grain elevator on Sunday. Capt. Henry Jackman was loading salt.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Apr 29 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 29 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0620 - Departures westbound - Apr 29 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0029 and tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1745

Long Point bay anchorage:
Arrival - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2029 (anchored)

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 28 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick, Azoresborg (Nld) and McKeil Spirit - Apr 29 - Tecumseh at 0233, CSL Assiniboine at 0920, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0727, BBC Polonia (Atg) at 1757 - Downbound - Apr 28 - Saginaw at 1751 to wharf 6 - Apr 29 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0142, Saginaw out of wharf 16, Algoma Harvester at 1000, CSL St. Laurent at 1546, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1729, Algoma Equinox at 1931

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Apr 28 - Saginaw into wharf 6 at Thorold at 2214 - departure - Apr 29 - Saginaw at 0800 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 - Apr 29 - Labrador (Cyp) at 0142 - departure - Apr 29 - Labrador (Cyp) at 2000

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 28 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2327 - Apr 29 - Saginaw at 2027 - Docked - Apr 26 - Yulia (Lbr) at 0755 - Apr 27 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2230 and Mottler (Cyp) at 2239 from Toronto - Apr 28 - Algoma Discovery at 1540 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 - Departures - Apr 28 - Rosy (Lbr) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17 MCT Stockhorn-016 HHL Caspian-08) at 2311 - Apr 29 - Whitefish Bay at 1113 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 28 - Robert S Pierson at 2325 - departure - Apr 29 - at 1423 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Apr 29 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0645 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0822

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 30

30 April 1894 - The TRUANT (wooden propeller tug, 73 foot, 28 gross tons, built in 1889 at Toronto, Ontario) burned to a total loss near Burnt Island in Georgian Bay. The fire started under her ash pan.

On 30 April 1890, the wooden dredge MUNSON and two scow barges were being towed from Kingston, Ontario, by the tug EMMA MUNSON to work on the new Bay of Quinte bridge at Rossmore, Ontario, six miles west of Kingston when the dredge started listing then suddenly tipped over and sank. No lives were lost.

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

HOWARD HINDMAN of 1910, grounded heavily when her steering cable parted at Little Rapids Cut in the St. Marys River, April 30, 1969. Due to the extensive damage, she was sold in May of that year to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ontario, for scrap and was scrapped at Bilbao, Spain in 1969.

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

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

On 30 April 1878, ST. LAWRENCE (2-mast wooden schooner, 93 foot, 111 tons, built in 1842, at Clayton, New York) was carrying timber when she caught fire from the boiling over of a pot of pitch which was being melted on the galley stove. The vessel was well out on Lake Michigan off Milwaukee. The fire spread so rapidly that the crew had no time to haul in canvas, so when they abandoned her, she was sailing at full speed. The lifeboat capsized as soon as it hit the water, drowning the captain and a passenger. The ST. LAWRENCE sailed off ablaze and was seen no more. The rest of the crew was later rescued by the schooner GRANADA.

1909: RUSSIA foundered in heavy weather in Lake Huron not far from Detour, MI. The ship was en route from Duluth to Alpena and ran into a heavy gale. Sources vary on the loss to life.

1929: D.M. PHILBIN ran aground in a high winds and snow 6 miles west of Conneaut after mistaking the airport beacon for the Conneaut Light and stranding on a sandbar off Whitman's Creek. The hold was flooded to keep the hull safe and it was released with the aid of tugs on May 7. The vessel was renamed c) SYLVANIA prior to returning to service

1984: The fish tug STANLEY CLIPPER sank in a storm on Lake Erie southeast of Port Dover, near Ryerson Island and all three men on board were lost. The hull was located, refloated and rebuilt as the tug NADRO CLIPPER. It currently operates as c) A.I.S. CLIPPER and is often moored below Lock 1 of the Welland Canal when not in service.

1991: The hull of BEECHGLEN buckled while unloading corn at Cardinal, ON, with the bow and stern settling on the bottom. The ship was strapped together, refloated and towed to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs arriving at the shipyard on May 26.

1999: GLORY MAKOTOH, a Panamanian general cargo carrier, sank in the South China Sea off Hainan Island as d) FELIZ TRADER on this date in 1999. The vessel had been a Seaway trader in 1983 under the original name. Eight crewmembers were rescued from the lifeboats but 13 sailors were lost.

2000: The small passenger ship WORLD DISCOVERER visited the Great Lakes in 1975. It hit a reef or large rock off the Solomon Islands on April 30, 2000, and had to be beached on the island of Ngella. The 127 passengers and 80 crew were saved, but the ship was a total loss and potential salvors were driven off by a hostile local population.

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

 

Vessels renamed at Montreal

4/29 - Three ships were renamed in Montreal recently, including two Algoma lakers sold for recycling overseas, Algoma Olympic – now Oma – and Algolake – now Gola. Their Canadian registries have also been closed and, according to the Port of Montreal website they are now owned by Gresco Ltd. The other vessel renamed was the Qimu, a work boat that arrived from Valleyfield on April 26 and renamed Ocean Albatros soon after by the Groupe Ocean.

Algosteel has also concluded her final voyage. She arrived at Montreal’s Sec. 56 on Saturday and will soon be recycled overseas.

Rene Beauchamp

 

Port Milwaukee welcomes first international ships of 2018 season

4/29 - Milwaukee, Wis. – The first two vessels of Milwaukee’s Seaway shipping season were loading and unloading at docks at Port Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 24.

The Federal Mackinac delivered steel on the east side of Port Milwaukee’s Jones Island. The Isolda was loaded with Wisconsin-grown grain at the COFCO silos in the Port’s inner harbor.

The Saint Lawrence Seaway opened the 2018 international shipping season late last month, restarting waterborne trade with ports in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Officials say while these are the first oceangoing ships calling on Port Milwaukee in 2018, more than 40 lakers and barges have already handled cargo here this year.

View a video at this link: http://fox6now.com/2018/04/24/port-milwaukee-welcomes-first-international-ships-of-2018-season

 

Port Reports -  April 29

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure of the John D. Leitch on Saturday the 28th at 03:42 for Quebec City. As of 19:45 on the 28th the American Spirit had checked down off Two Harbors getting ready to enter Agate Bay for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Sunday morning the 29th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 28th and none scheduled for Sunday the 29th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Friday April 27th 19:37 Evans Spirit departed for Baie Comeau. 19:39 Tim S Dool arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Saturday April 28th 11:58 The saltie Wicko departed for Montreal.At 12:53 Cuyahoga arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 14:15 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 17:11 Algoma Niagara arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.18:32 Baie Comeau departed for Duluth. 20:50 Tim S Dool departed for Port Cartier.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Michipicoton arrived at the Presque Isle Ore Dock on 4/28/2018 at 9:04 and departed at 13:36 for the Soo.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
John J. Boland departed the Fox River about 7:30 p.m. Friday, proceeding up the Bay, through Death's Door Passage & southbound on Lake Michigan. Algoma Innovator arrived in Green Bay about 10:30 p.m. Friday from Goderich, docking and unloading salt at the Fox River Dock on the west side of the Fox River. She departed for Stoneport Saturday in the late morning. H. Lee White was inbound to Green Bay (from Calcite) in northern Lk. Michigan Friday evening, expected early Saturday.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Isolda exited the Milwaukee breakwater about 8 p.m. Friday, proceeding up Lake Michigan for Montreal. Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation departed for Alpena about 10 p.m. Friday. Prentiss Brown & barge St. Mary's Challenger arrived from Charlevoix about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, proceeding to their Kinnickinnic River terminal to unload. Lake Express commenced its season of cross-lake ferry service between Milwaukee & Muskegon Michigan on Friday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Kushiro continued her stay at the grain elevator on Saturday.

Port Huron / Great Lakes Maritime Center
Algoma Harvester, John G. Munson, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and CSL St-Laurent were downbound on a slow Saturday. Herbert C. Jackson was upbound.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday April 28 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 27 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0451 and tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2046

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 27 - Algoscotia at 1909, Algoma Mariner eta 2134 - Apr 28 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1123, Azoresborg (Nld) at 1906 and McKeil Spirit at 1948 - Downbound - Apr 27 - CSL Assiniboine at 2218 - Apr 28 - Algoma Discovery at 0002, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0232, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0515, Virginiaborg (Nld) at 1723 and Saginaw at 1751

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Apr 28 - Saginaw into wharf 6 at Thorold - eta 2205 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 - Apr 28 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1658 - departure - Apr 28 - 2300 approx. eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 (to anchorage), Algoma Discovery at 1540 - Docked - Apr 22 - Whitefish Bay at 1821 - Apr 26 - Yulia (Lbr) at 0755 - Apr 27 - (Rosy (Lbr) ( SCT Stockhorn-17 MCT Stockhorn-016 HHL Caspian-08) at 0441, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2230 and Mottler (Cyp) at 2239 from Toronto - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 - Departures - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1516 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 27 - Robert S Pierson at 0020 - departure - Apr 28 - 0013 eastbound

Toronto:
Departures - Apr 27 - Mottler (Cyp) at 2041 for Hamilton - Apr 28 - English River at 1738 eastbound

 

341 workers go on strike at Goderich salt mine

4/29 - Goderich, Ont. – Hundreds of workers at the Compass Minerals salt mine in Goderich walked off the job Friday afternoon. In total, 341 miners, electricians and hourly employees are involved in the strike action.

The company and union have been in contract talks since March. Union leaders say seniority, overtime and benefits are among the major outstanding issues.

In a statement from Compass Minerals the company said: “While we are disappointed Unifor has chosen to strike, it remains Compass Minerals’ goal to negotiate a collective agreement that focuses on the safety of our employees and represents the current operational environment of the Goderich Mine,” said Compass Minerals’ Anthony Sepich, senior vice president, salt. “Our employees are essential for the success of our organization and the company plays an important role in the Goderich community. We are committed to work with the union to negotiate an agreement that achieves this goal.”

Compass Minerals says work will continue at the site with other employees. Forty-eight of the mine’s employees were laid off in February.

CTV

 

Former Seaway salties scrapped or renamed

4/29 - The following saltwater vessels have been scrapped. Each made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway System.

The first to be scrapped was the BBC Lena (IMO 9147693) which last visited as the Lena J in 2015 on its only visit with that name. This vessel was once known as the Lena from 1998 until January 2015. It became the Lena J and held that name from 2015 until February 2017. The vessel arrived at Alang, India about March 29 or March 30, 2018 for scrapping.

Another vessel that arrived for scrapping was the tanker Lanark (IMO 8517059) which arrived at Alang, India on or about March 30- 31, 2018 for scrapping. This vessel has had a long history and has visited with at least four of its previous names. The vessel was once known as the Kapitan Rudnev, a name it carried from 1988 until December 2003. It first visited as such in 1998. Later it was renamed Lake Maya and held that name from 2003 until March 2006 and first visited as such in 2004. The vessel was again renamed Songa Maya in 2006 and it carried this name from March until December 2006. It also visited as such in 2006 before its rename to Sichem Maya. As the Sichem Maya, it held this name from 2006 until August 2007 and also visited as such in 2006 and its only visit with that name and the last time it visited our shores.

From 2007-2018, but never came inland with any of them. The Sichem Maya became the Silver Wind from August 2007 until February 2010. In 2010 the ship took up the name Avana II and carried that name until July 2010 when it was sold and renamed Simple II. It carried this name from 2010 until January 2014 when it was sold and renamed once again to the Simple and it carried that name from 2014 until February 2015 when it was renamed the Paros Wind. The ship was renamed Cliona and it carried this name from about 2015 to 2017 before receiving its final name the Lanark.

The following saltwater vessels have been renamed with each having made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway System. Dimitrios K (IMO 9216602) has been renamed the Supertramp of the Marshall Islands flag. The vessel was first known as the Cedar from 2001 until December 2003. It first came inland as such in 2001. It was later renamed the Atlantic Castle and held this name from 2003 until July 2007 and also visited as such for the first only time in 2006. The ship was next renamed the Ladytramp and it carried this name from 2007 until 2018 but did not return inland as such.

Marlene Green (IMO 9247405) has been renamed the DZ Yantai of Liberian registry. Marlene Green first visited as such in 2007 and last visited as such in 2012. The ship was later renamed Clipper Marlene and it carried this name from 2012 until 2018 but did not return inland as such.

BBC Nevada (IMO 9349289) has been renamed Ocean Might of Liberian registry. This vessel was once known as the Jasper, a name it briefly held from 2006 until June 2007 when it was renamed Beluga Federation. It first visited as such in 2006 and last visited as such in 2008. It then had four other names. In 2011, the Beluga Federation was renamed the Jasper again and carried that name for a brief time in 2011 before being renamed Frida Scan in December 2011. In December 2013 it was renamed Thorco Diva, a name it carried from 2013 until 2015 when it was renamed BBC Nevada.

Finally, the tanker Don Felix I (IMO 7382976) has been renamed the North Star of Panama. This vessel may be familiar as the Desgagnes tanker Petrolia Desgagnes which was sold off lakes in 2011 and later renamed that year.

Denny Dushane

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 29

29 April 1896 - W. LE BARON JENNEY (steel tow barge, 366 foot, 3422 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler & Company (Hull #120) at West Bay City, Michigan for the Bessemer Steamship Company of Cleveland, Ohio. She went through eight owners during her career, ending with the Goderich Elevator and Transit Company, Ltd. who used her as a grain storage barge under the name K.A. Powell. She was scrapped in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1974.

On 29 April 1875, the wooden schooner CLARA BELL of Sandusky was wrecked in a gale off Leamington, Ontario. Captain William Robinson was drowned.

On April 29, 1975, American Steamship’s SAM LAUD entered service.

Launched this date in 1976, was the a.) SOODOC (Hull#210) by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. Renamed b.) AMELIA DESGAGNES in 1990.

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

A fender boom fell on the pilothouse of the steamer GEORGE M. HUMPHREY in the Poe Lock at the Soo in 1971.

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

1909: AURANIA was the only steel hulled ship sunk by ice on the Great Lakes. The vessel was lost in Whitefish Bay after being holed and then squeezed by the pressure of the ice pack near Parisienne Island. The crew escaped onto the ice and pulled a yawl boat to the J.H. BARTOW.

1952: W.E. FITZGERALD hit the Burlington Lift Bridge at the entrance to Hamilton Bay after a mechanical problem resulted in the structure not being raised. The north span of the bridge was knocked into the water, resulting in traffic chaos on land and on the water.

1959: PRESCOTT went aground near Valleyfield, Quebec, while downbound in the Seaway only four days after the waterway had been opened. It got stuck trying to avoid a bridge that had failed to open and navigation was blocked until the CSL bulk carrier was refloated the next day.

1969: HOWARD HINDMAN ran aground at the Little Rapids Cut in the St. Marys River after the steering cables parted. The ship was released and temporarily returned to service but the vessel was badly damaged and soon sold for scrap. It came down the Welland Canal with a cargo of road salt on June 6, 1969, and was towed to Bilbao, Spain, with the HUMBERDOC, arriving on September 6, 1969.

1976: The British freighter GLENPARK was three years old when it first came through the Seaway in 1959. It was sailing as c) GOLDEN LEADER when it ran aground off Goto Island, southwest Japan while on a long voyage from Chungjin, China, to Constanza, Romania. The hull broke in two and was a total loss.

1998: The Panamanian freighter DENEBOLA first visited the Seaway in 1973. The ship was sailing as d) TAE CHON, under the flag of North Korea, when it was in a collision with the YANG LIN in thick fog on the Yellow Sea and sank. The vessel was enroute from Yantai, China, to Chittagong, Bangladesh, when the accident occurred and one life was lost.

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

 

Port Reports -  April 28

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival Thursday night the 26th at 20:26 of CSL Laurentien for South of #2. When she arrived Two Harbors she came into Agate Bay stern first, then turned and went bow first into the dock. She departed Two Harbors Friday the 27th at 06:05 and went to anchor SW of Two Harbors. She got underway at approx. 13:15 arriving at Duluth at approx. 15:20 going to the Port Terminal. She wasn’t showing a discharge destination. Arriving off Two Harbors Thursday the 26th at approx. 21:10 was the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin that went to anchor off Burlington Bay. She got underway on Friday the 27th at 07:30 going to Superior to load. Arriving Two Harbors on the 27th at 07:32 was the Edgar B. Speer. She departed at 16:10 on the 27th for Gary. Arriving off Two Harbors on the 27th was the John D. Leitch at approx. 09:50 going to anchor off the piers. She was underway at 15:45 arriving at 16:55 for South of #2. Tentatively scheduled for Two Harbors on the 28th is the American Spirit, but she could possibly be switched to Duluth. Possibly due late Saturday the 28th is the Edwin H. Gott, that as of 18:45 was below the Soo in the St. Marys. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Friday the 27th and none scheduled for Saturday the 28th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday 20:10 USCGC Alder departed for ice operations to Isle Royal, once completed she will proceed to Duluth. The saltie Wicko shifted to G3 to continue loading grain. On Friday, April 27th 2:15 Evans Spirit arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 11:30 Algoma Niagara arrived and went to anchor.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Michipicoten departed the Presque Isle Ore dock at 1:26 on April 27th.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none are due until Sunday when the Manitowoc is expected in the late morning to load. Manitowoc is expected to return on May 1 in the early afternoon to load. Due in on May 2 is the Mississagi in the late morning to load. Three vessels round out the schedule on May 3 with the Manitowoc returning again in the early morning to load. The Great Republic is due in the late morning to load, while the Wilfred Sykes is expected in the late evening.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none are due in until Sunday when the H. Lee White arrives in the morning to load. Wilfred Sykes is expected on May 3 in the early morning to load. This will be the Sykes' first trip for 2018 from its layup berth in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
John G. Munson loaded on Friday and was expected to depart at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. The first two to arrive will be in the afternoon with the Joseph H. Thompson due in the early part, while in the mid-afternoon the Kaye E. Barker is expected. In the evening, Philip R. Clarke and Algoma Innovator are due. This will be the Algoma Innovator's first visit to Stoneport. Due Sunday is the Herbert C. Jackson in the early morning. Two vessels are due Monday, April 30 with the first being the Frontenac in the morning while the Hon. James L. Oberstar makes a rare appearance Monday in the mid-afternoon. All times listed are estimates and can change due to weather and traffic.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance loaded in Calcite on Friday at the South Dock but had no departure time listed. Two other vessels were due on Friday with the first being the Algoma Buffalo, formerly the Buffalo of the ASC fleet. They were expected in the late afternoon to early evening hours to load at the North Dock. The Great Republic was also expected to arrive in the evening on Friday for the South Dock and would get the dock upon the barge Ashtabula's departure. This will be the Algoma Buffalo's first visit to Calcite since her rename and also being reflagged from U.S. to Canadian registry.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Kurshiro continued loading grain on Friday.

Port Huron/Sarnia
Algoma Sault passed under the bridges at about 8:30 p.m. Friday on her maiden voyage to the upper Great Lakes. She waited below the bridge until the downbound Saginaw had cleared the narrow channel. Algoma Sault was followed by Philip R. Clarke.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The barge Joseph H. Thompson and tug Joseph H. Thompson Jr. unloaded at the Torco Dock on Friday. Also due at Torco is the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory on Monday April 30 in the early evening. There is nothing scheduled for the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. At the CSX Coal Dock, the barge Ashtabula and tug Defiance are due to load on Monday, April 30 in the morning. Also due at CSX to load is the Saginaw on May 3 in the early morning. CSL Niagara remains at the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock in relation to the CSL strike.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday April 27 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Apr 27 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 0451

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 26 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) eta 1830 Apr 27 - Florence Spirit at 0010, Esta Desgagnes at 0212, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0523, Algowood at 1700, tug Sea Eagle II &barge St. Marys Cement II at 1749, Algoscotia at 1909, Algoma Mariner eta 2116 - Downbound - Apr 27 - CSL Assiniboine eta at 2205 and Algoma Discovery eta 2335

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Apr 25 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1754 approx. to wharf 16 - departure - Apr 26 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 2313 for Nanticoke

Port Weller anchorage: Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 27 - Rosy (Lbr) ( SCT Stockhorn-17 MCT Stockhorn-016 HHL Caspian-08) at 0441, Sten Moster (Gib) at 1327 from the anchorage, Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2215 and Mottler (Cyp) eta 2300 - Docked - Apr 26 - Yulia (Lbr) at 0755 - Apr 27 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 - Departures - Apr 26 - Florence Spirit at 2315 - Apr 27 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1327, Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 1906

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 27 - Robert S Pierson at 0020

Toronto:
Docked - Apr 22 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0611 (unloading at Redpath) - Apr 22 - English River at 1230 - departure - Apr 27 - Mottler (Cyp) at 2041 for Hamilton

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Friday the Canadian Coast Guard bouy tender Griffon set buoys in Oswego harbor.

 

Algoma Sault heads for upper lakes

4/28 - The new Algoma Sault, built in China in 2017 for the Algoma Central Corp. fleet and the second 740-foot long Equinox-class self-unloading vessel, was upbound on the Detroit River Friday around noon on her first trip. By mid-afternoon the ship was starting to enter into Lake St. Clair and eventually the St. Clair River. She is on her way to Indiana Harbor, Ind., to unload a cargo of coke loaded at Hamilton, Ont.

Denny Dushane

 

Lake Express Ferry departs on first voyage of season

4/28 - Milwaukee, Wis. – The Lake Express Ferry departed Friday morning on its first official voyage of the 2018 season. The four-engine vessel shuttles passengers, cars, bicycles and pets between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan. Each trip across Lake Michigan takes two-and-a-half hours.

The ferry's travel schedule through June 14 includes two daily round trips. There will be three daily round trips from June 15 to September 3. The travel season typically ends at the end of October.

WISN-TV

 

One end of severed Straits cable capped, sealed

4/28 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The south side of one of the two severed utility cables owned by American Transmission Company was soldered, capped, sealed and laid on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac in its original position Thursday.

A tug, barge and a remotely operated underwater vehicle were used to permanently seal and cap the ends of the two severed ATC utility cables.

Operations to seal and cap the remaining ends of the two severed cables will continue throughout this weekend. ATC is currently preparing a long-term plan to remove the damaged cables, under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Additionally, Consumers Energy is developing a plan, under the oversight of the Unified Command, to respond to the damage to their deenergized, retired cables in the Straits of Mackinac. The company reported to the Unified Command that there is no free flowing fluid within their retired cables. Consumers Energy is currently working to obtain a sample of the affected line to test for chemical properties within the 46 kV cable.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 28

28 April 1856 - TONAWANDA (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 202 foot, 882 gross tons) was launched by Buell B. Jones at Buffalo, New York.

On 28 April 1891, the whaleback barge 110 (steel barge, 265 foot, 1,296 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. in W. Superior, Wisconsin. In 1907, she went to the Atlantic Coast and lasted until she suffered an explosion, then sank after burning, near the dock of Cities Service Export Oil Co., at St. Rose, Louisiana, on March 3, 1932.

The 660-foot-long forward section of Bethlehem Steel's a.) LEWIS WILSON FOY (Hull#717) was launched April 28,1977, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Renamed b.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991 and c.) AMERICAN INTEGRITY in 2006.

Nipigon Transport Ltd.'s straight deck motorship a.) LAKE WABUSH (Hull#223) by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., was christened and launched April 28, 1981. Renamed b.) CAPT HENRY JACKMAN in 1987, and converted to a self-unloader in 1996.

On April 28, 1971, while up bound from Sorel, Quebec, for Muskegon, Michigan, with a load of pig iron, LACHINEDOC struck Rock Shoal off Little Round Island in the St. Lawrence River and was beached.

On April 28, 1906, Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s J. PIERPONT MORGAN (Hull#68) by Chicago Ship Building Co., was launched. Renamed b.) HERON BAY in 1966.

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

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

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

1971 ZENAVA, the former REDFERN, ran aground, caught fire and sank off Burin, NF while under tow from Rose Blanche, NF to Marystown, NF. The former bulk canaller was being used to transport, freeze and store fish.

1976 The first ALGOSEA was inbound on its first trip to the Great Lakes when it hit the wall below Lock 1 of the Welland Canal and then, below Lock 2, the ship was blown sideways across the canal after problems with the cables. The ship was enroute to Port Colborne for conversion to a self-unloader; it was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2011 as SAUNIERE.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

CSL strike ends

4/27 - Officials with Canada Steamship Lines say the strike by 36 permanent deck officers that began on Saturday is now over. The company told CBC News on Thursday that an agreement was reached with the Canadian Service Merchant Guild.

Officials said operations will return to normal as soon as possible. The strike only affected the self-unloading ships in its Canadian fleet, according to CSL; its conventional bulk carriers and ships in the company's international fleet remained operating normally.

CBC

 

Duluth-Superior safety zone lifted

4/27 - Cleveland, Ohio Update: Friday morning the Coast Guard lifted the previously established a safety zone in the Port of Duluth-Superior. The safety zone from buoy gated pair "3" and "4" in the vicinity of Barker's Island southeast through the harbor, including the Superior entry and Allouez Bay has been cancelled. All vessels are now free to enter and transit the area.

Original report: The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has established a safety zone in the Port of Duluth-Superior Thursday in response to the Husky Refinery incident to protect personnel and vessels from possible air quality hazards.

All vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting or anchoring within the safety zone. The safety zone includes all waters from buoy gated pair "3" and "4" in the vicinity of Barker's Island southeast through the harbor. This includes the Superior entry and Allouez Bay.

Vessels impacted may contact the Captain of the Port's representative on VHF-FM Channel 16. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation and in contact with federal, state and local partners.

The fire was reported as being out Thursday night.

USCG

 

Kaministiqua loses steering, blocks traffic

4/27 - At 10:35 a.m. Thursday the Kaministiqua lost steering and anchored above Iroquois Lock, blocking traffic. Among the vessels delayed was the downbound Algosteel, which is on her final trip. Vessel traffic began moving again in the evening.

Ron Beaupre

 

Port Reports -  April 27

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Correction to Wednesday report: When Lee A. Tregurtha arrived on Wednesday it went to Graymont in Superior with a load of coal from Sandusky, Ohio, not Fraser Shipyards. American Integrity arrived Duluth on Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. She was outbound during the evening. Lake Ontario continued loading grain at Riverland, and Alpena was still moored at Lafarge in temporary layup.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the arrival Wednesday the 25th at 23:41 of the Lee A. Tregurtha. The Tregurtha had unloaded coal at Graymont in Superior. She departed on Thursday the 26th at 06:38 for Nanticoke. Arriving Two Harbors on the 26th at 07:07 was the Joseph L. Block coming from Duluth after loading a partial cargo of blast furnace trim. She departed at 13:05 on the 26th for Indiana Harbor. As of 19:45 on the 26th the CSL Laurentien was 30 minutes east and due Two Harbors. Also in the same area was the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin showing a Duluth destination, but could end up in Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Friday the 27th are the Edgar B. Speer, John D. Leitch, and American Spirit. The Tregurtha and the Block loaded at South of #2. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of American Century on Thursday the 26th for Cleveland at 11:01. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on the 27th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Thursday April 26th 14:32, G3 Marquis departed for Port Cartier. Destination update: CSL St-Laurent is now showing Baie Comeau.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed the upper harbor at 13:35 with Michipicoten arriving at 21:05.

St. Marys River
Heavy ice in the locks area continues to delay traffic, with vessels arriving in the system being told it could take as long as a day to work their way through the lineup and up or down through the locks.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Kurshiro continued loading grain on Thursday. Algoma Innovator was loading at the salt dock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday April 26 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 25 - Algocanada at 0244 - departure - Apr 26 at 1802 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 25 - CSL Welland at 2227 - Apr 26 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0500, Isa (Cyp) at 0639, Algoma Sault at 0932 (first trip into Great Lakes), tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1528 and Federal Ruhr (Mhl) eta 1830 - Downbound - Apr 26 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0415 and Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 1515

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Apr 25 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1754 approx. to wharf 16

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 26 - Yulia (Lbr) at 0755 - Docked - Apr 17 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Apr 23 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 2005 approx. from the anchorage - Apr 23 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0643 - Apr 24 - Florence Spirit at 1130 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Departure - Apr 26 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0251, Isa (Cyp) at 0432, Sten Fjord (Mhl) at 0719 for Montreal and Algoma Sault at 0726 (1st trip into Great Lakes)

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 26 - Robert S Pierson at 2320 approx.

Toronto:
Arrival - Docked - Apr 22 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0611 (unloading at Redpath) - Apr 22 - English River at 1230 - departure- Apr 26 - McKeil Spirit at 1523 eastbound

 

Algoma Sault update

4/27 - The new Algoma Sault departed Hamilton per Marine Traffic at 0726 on April 26. They are heading to Indiana Harbor, Ind., with a load of coke from Hamilton and are due in the evening on April 28.

Denny Dushane

 

Severed utility cables at Straits will be capped, sealed

4/27 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The Unified Command approved a plan developed by American Transmission Company, contracting with Durocher Marine and T&T Subsea, to cap and seal the two severed utility cables in the Straits of Mackinac, Wednesday.

Thursday, a tug, barge, and remotely operating underwater vehicle commenced operations to cap the ends of the two severed ATC utility cables.

One by one, the ends of severed cables will be lifted to the surface of the water, to solder and affix a permanent cap. The caps will be wrapped with the existing outer steel armor wires of the cables and banded with steel clamps. Once the ends of the cables are soldered, capped, and sealed, they will be laid on the bottom of the Straits in their original position. Afterwards, concrete mats will be placed over the ends of the two cables to prevent them from moving.

During the course of the operation, a back pressure will be applied to the shore side ends of the cables to prevent any additional spillage of mineral oil into the Straits of Mackinac.

To date, 612 gallons of mineral oil have been extracted from the two severed cables and the effort is ongoing. Together, the two cables hold a maximum of 800 gallons of mineral oil.

Additionally, during the ROV assessment of the ATC cables, deenergized and retired 46kV cables owned by Consumers Energy were also found to be damaged. The cables were installed in 1956 and, deenergized and retired in 1990.

Consumers Energy reported to the Unified Command that there is no free flowing fluid within their retired cables.

Chemical testing of the material in the cable will be completed to gauge any risk to the environment due to the damage. A representative from Consumers Energy has joined the Unified Command in Mackinaw City, to coordinate a plan to respond to their damaged cables. Emergency managers from Mackinaw, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties have been notified of the discovered damage to the Consumers Energy cables.

The Unified Command continues to communicate with other utility companies in the Straits to ensure that all steps are taken to assess and mitigate any further damage to active and retired infrastructure.

Wildlife biologists from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services program, personnel from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Coast Guard Marine Science Technicians continue to survey the area, on the water, from shore and from the air, to look for any signs of pollution or impacted fish and wildlife.

No impacts to the environment or wildlife have been identified.

The Coast Guard marine casualty investigation into vessel activity that may have caused the damage to the ATC cables is ongoing.

To report affected wildlife or animals acting abnormally please call the USDA at (517)-336-1928. To report any oil sheen or pollution, please call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

USCG

 

Help wanted: Deck officers for Fettes Shipping

4/27 - Our company is looking for deck officers with dry bulk or tug/barge experience. We offer high salaries and benefits, medical coverage and Family Security Plan all under collective agreement. We expect from candidates strong communication skills and good work ethic. Candidates must be able to travel to the U.S. portions of the Great Lakes area and must have a valid Canadian passport, all applicable Transport Canada certificates and valid medical certificate issues by Transport Canada.

Please send your resume to Human Resources
Fettes Shipping Inc.
3385 Harvester Rd. Suite 250
Burlington, ON L7N 3N2
Fax 905 333-6588
Email fettes-glits@fettesshipping.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 27

27 April 1889 - ROMEO (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #51) at West Bay City, Michigan, for service on the Òinland route (Oden, Michigan to Cheboygan, Michigan & Bois Blanc Island) along with her sister JULIET (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons), launched the following day. The vessels had twin screws for maneuverability along the northern rivers. ROMEO lasted until 1911, when she was abandoned at Port Arthur, Texas. JULIET was converted to a steam yacht and registered at Chicago. She was abandoned in 1912.

The H.A. HAWGOOD (4-mast wooden schooner, 233 feet) was launched at 2:00 p.m. on 27 April 1886, at F.W. Wheeler's shipyard in W. Bay City, Michigan.

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

The ASHCROFT, up bound on Lake Erie in fog, collided with Interlake's steamer JAMES H. REED on April 27, 1944. The REED, fully loaded with ore, quickly sank off Port Burwell, Ontario, with a loss of twelve lives. The ASHCROFT suffered extensive bow damage below the water line and was taken to Ashtabula, Ohio, for repairs. Later that morning on Lake Erie fog still prevailed and the PHILIP MINCH of the Kinsman fleet collided with and sank the crane ship FRANK E. VIGOR. This collision occurred at 0850 hours and the ship, loaded with sulphur, sank in the Pelee Passage in 75 feet of water. All on board were saved.

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

Shenango Furnace's straight deck steamer WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR left Ecorse, Michigan, in ballast on her maiden voyage April 27, 1912, for Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore.

On April 27, 1978, the TROISDOC was down bound with corn for Cardinal, Ontario, when she hit the upper end of the tie-up wall above Lock 2, in the Welland Ship Canal.

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

On April 27, 1953, the steamer RESERVE entered service.

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

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

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

1914 - The BENJAMIN NOBLE disappeared with all hands in Lake Superior. The wreck was finally located in 2004 and it lies 10 miles off Two Harbors, MN. The discovery was confirmed in July 2005.

1915 The COLLINGWOOD stranded near Corsica Shoal while downbound in Lake Huron with a load of grain.

1965 After being forced to spend the winter at Toronto when an early build up of ice prevented it from leaving the Great Lakes, the Greek freighter ORIENT MERCHANT ran aground near Port Colborne and required repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship had begun Seaway trading in 1960 and was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, arriving on November 17, 1967, as ZAMBEZI.

1970 The Israeli freighter ESHKOL began Great Lakes trading right after being built in 1964. The ship was in a collision with the fishing boat MELISSA JEAN II in the Cabot Strait on this date in 1970. It arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping as ESKAT on September 29, 1982.

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

 

Updates -  April 27

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Blacky, Duzgit Endeavour, Fairchem Friesian, Federal Alster, Federal Baltic, Federal Beaufort, Federal Elbe, Federal Hudson, Federal Mackinac, Federal Ruhr, Federal Yukon, Finnborg, Harbour First, Lake St. Clair, Mottler, Narew, Osogovo, Rosy, Sten Arnold, Sten Fjord Tasing Swan and Yulia.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 27

27 April 1889 - ROMEO (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #51) at West Bay City, Michigan, for service on the Òinland route (Oden, Michigan to Cheboygan, Michigan & Bois Blanc Island) along with her sister JULIET (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 70 foot, 61 gross tons), launched the following day. The vessels had twin screws for maneuverability along the northern rivers. ROMEO lasted until 1911, when she was abandoned at Port Arthur, Texas. JULIET was converted to a steam yacht and registered at Chicago. She was abandoned in 1912.

The H.A. HAWGOOD (4-mast wooden schooner, 233 feet) was launched at 2:00 p.m. on 27 April 1886, at F.W. Wheeler's shipyard in W. Bay City, Michigan.

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

The ASHCROFT, up bound on Lake Erie in fog, collided with Interlake's steamer JAMES H. REED on April 27, 1944. The REED, fully loaded with ore, quickly sank off Port Burwell, Ontario, with a loss of twelve lives. The ASHCROFT suffered extensive bow damage below the water line and was taken to Ashtabula, Ohio, for repairs. Later that morning on Lake Erie fog still prevailed and the PHILIP MINCH of the Kinsman fleet collided with and sank the crane ship FRANK E. VIGOR. This collision occurred at 0850 hours and the ship, loaded with sulphur, sank in the Pelee Passage in 75 feet of water. All on board were saved.

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

Shenango Furnace's straight deck steamer WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR left Ecorse, Michigan, in ballast on her maiden voyage April 27, 1912, for Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore.

On April 27, 1978, the TROISDOC was down bound with corn for Cardinal, Ontario, when she hit the upper end of the tie-up wall above Lock 2, in the Welland Ship Canal.

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

On April 27, 1953, the steamer RESERVE entered service.

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

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

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

1914 - The BENJAMIN NOBLE disappeared with all hands in Lake Superior. The wreck was finally located in 2004 and it lies 10 miles off Two Harbors, MN. The discovery was confirmed in July 2005.

1915 The COLLINGWOOD stranded near Corsica Shoal while downbound in Lake Huron with a load of grain.

1965 After being forced to spend the winter at Toronto when an early build up of ice prevented it from leaving the Great Lakes, the Greek freighter ORIENT MERCHANT ran aground near Port Colborne and required repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship had begun Seaway trading in 1960 and was scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, arriving on November 17, 1967, as ZAMBEZI.

1970 The Israeli freighter ESHKOL began Great Lakes trading right after being built in 1964. The ship was in a collision with the fishing boat MELISSA JEAN II in the Cabot Strait on this date in 1970. It arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for scrapping as ESKAT on September 29, 1982.

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

 

Algosteel on her last trip before scrapping

4/26 - According to a tweet Wednesday by the Algoma Central Corp., the Algosteel is headed to Quebec with her final cargo, after which she will be scrapped. “After 41 years of hard-working service with us, it is now time for her to retire,” the tweet read.

After passing through the Welland Canal Wednesday during the day, Algosteel was transiting mid-Lake Ontario Wednesday evening at 10 p.m. Algosteel was built in 1966 at Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon, Que., as A.S. Glossbrenner. The vessel was converted to a self-unloader in 1989.

Two other Algoma vessels, Algolake and Algoma Olympic, were also retired this month and are awaiting overseas scrap tows.

 

Mediation underway as Canada Steamship Lines deck officer strike continues

4/26 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – A strike by deck officers on some Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) vessels isn't having an effect on Thunder Bay's port yet, but that will change if the strike continues for too long, says the CEO of the city's port authority.

The strike by 36 permanent deck officers on CSL's 12 self-unloading vessels began on Saturday, the company confirmed this week in an email to CBC.

Thunder Bay Port Authority CEO Tim Heney said the affected self-unloading vessels "were engaged heavily in iron ore shipments right now, so they'd probably have a bigger impact on that, initially, than they will in grain. But they'll have an impact," he said. "The ship supply has an impact.”

Grain is the highest-volume cargo handled at the Thunder Bay port, with more than 7.2 million metric tonnes passing through the port during the 2017 season. Iron ore, meanwhile, hasn't been handled at the port since 1986, according to historical cargo statistics published on the port authority's website.

CSL said the strike is only affecting the self-unloading ships in its Canadian fleet; conventional bulk carriers and ships in the company's international fleet are operating as normal.

Heney said the CSL self-unloaders are being tied up until the strike is resolved; the 225-metre-long CSL ship Baie Comeau is currently tied up at Thunder Bay's Keefer Terminal due to the strike, Heney said.

CSL didn't disclose the issues that led to the strike. The striking deck officers are represented by the Canadian Merchant Service Guild. A person who answered the phone Tuesday at the guild's Ottawa office said the guild had no comment.

CSL said a mediation process is underway to resolve the strike.

CBC

 

Saltie season opens at Port of Thunder Bay

4/26 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – The vessel Federal Bering became the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Thunder Bay for the 2018 navigation season, berthing at Richardson’s Main elevator Sunday, April 22. The vessel loaded 21,200 metric tonnes of western Canadian wheat.

The supply chain for Canadian grain is the longest grain supply chain in the world, and the Seaway route through Thunder Bay is a critical link. Once loaded, Federal Bering will embark on a 7,800 kilometre journey to the destination port of Casablanca, Morocco.

Federal Bering, a 200-metre ocean carrier fitted for the Great Lakes, was delivered brand new to Canadian shipping company Fednav in 2015. Fednav is Canada’s largest international dry-bulk ocean transportation group. Fednav vessels directly exported 1 million tonnes of grain and potash from the Port of Thunder Bay in 2017.

Federal Bering Captain Philips Kuruvilla and Chief Engineer Mario Peter Andrades were welcomed to the port in a ceremony. The port carried on its tradition of bestowing a top hat to the captain of the vessel opening up ocean-carrier trade at the furthest inland port in Canada.

City of Thunder Bay Councilor Rebecca Johnson was on hand to provide a welcome from the city, while Bill Hryb of Thunder Bay Shipping offered remarks as the vessel’s local agent.

Lake Superior News

 

Port Reports -  April 26

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Correction to Wednesday report: Kaye E. Barker arrived Duluth on Tuesday morning, fueled, and then unloaded limestone at Hallett #5 before dropping anchor in the harbor to wait to load at Midwest Energy. This was the cargo of stone that could not be delivered last week in Marquette due to ice conditions. Algoma Equinox arrived in Superior Wednesday morning to load ore at BN. Lee A. Tregurtha also arrived via the Superior entry, but moored at Fraser Shipyards. Alpena remained docked at Lafarge, where she has been for over a week. She is presumably waiting for another cargo before departing. Lake Ontario continued loading at Riverland Ag in Duluth, and Joseph L. Block was at Hallett #5. Thunder Bay was at anchor outside the Superior entry waiting her turn to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 02:08 on Wednesday the 25th. She departed on the 25th at 08:55 from South of #2 for Detroit. Due Two Harbors on the 26th are the CSL Laurentien and, late on the 26th or early on the 27th, the John D. Leitch. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century on the 25th at 15:23. Her AIS was showing Two Harbors, but she ended up in Silver Bay. Silver Bay has no scheduled inbound traffic for Thursday the 26th. The Lee A. Tregurtha, as of 19:30 on the 25th, was unloading coal in Superior and could possibly end up loading pellets in Two Harbors or Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay Ont.
On Wednesday April 25th 4:31 after loading coal at Thunder Bay Terminals, Saginaw departed for Thorold. 8:00 G3 Marquis arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 19:22 Algoma Harvester departed for Quebec City. 21:30 CSL St Laurent departed. 21:45 The saltie Wicko arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 21:48 G3 Marquis shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading. Update; Ojibway is now showing Windsor as her destination.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived in the Upper Harbor at 19:03 Wednesday.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Tuesday and none were expected until Wednesday when the Herbert C. Jackson was due in the early morning and also the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted in the late morning. The H. Lee White is expected to arrive on Saturday in the evening.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Calumet arrived on Tuesday during the lunch hour to load. Due in on Wednesday in the late afternoon was the Philip R. Clarke. Manitowoc is expected to arrive on Thursday in the late morning and is due to return on Saturday in the early afternoon.

Green Bay, Wis.
Algoma Buffalo arrived with salt Wedesday night with the tug Erika Kobasic assisting her through the ice.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Capt. Henry Jackman was anchored off of Stoneport on Wednesday. There were no other vessels due in Wednesday to load. There are no vessels scheduled for Thursday. Two vessels are due in on Friday, with the John G. Munson due first in the early morning followed by the Kaye E. Barker in the mid-afternoon. Joseph H. Thompson is due on Saturday in the early morning.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
John G. Munson and Cason J. Callaway loaded on Wednesday. The Munson was at the North Dock and was due to depart at about 4 p.m. while the Callaway was at the South Dock and was due to depart at 4:30 p.m. Herbert C. Jackson was also expected to arrive on Wednesday in the late afternoon for the South Dock and would get the dock upon the Callaway's departure.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Kurshiro continued loading grain on Wednesday. Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Mississagi was expected at the CSX Coal Dock to load on Wednesday in the evening. Also due at CSX is the barge Ashtabula and the tug Defiance on Monday, April 30 in the late morning. There is nothing scheduled at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. At the Torco Dock, the Joseph H. Thompson is expected on Thursday in the evening and also the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory are due on Sunday during the early morning. American Mariner departed its lay up berth during the late afternoon on Tuesday, the last vessel of Toledo's 2017-18 winter lay up fleet to depart. This leaves three vessels all in long term lay up left in port. Manistee is at the Hocking Valley South Dock, tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer are near the Midwest Stone Dock and the CSX Docks and American Valor is near the Lakefront Docks. Also arriving in port on Tuesday in the early evening was Algoma Innovator on its first ever visit to Toledo. They unloaded a cargo of oats from Thunder Bay, Ont.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday April 25 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 24 - Manitoulin at 1025 and CSL Assiniboine at 2009 - Apr 25 - Algocanada at 0244 - Departures - Apr 24 - Manitoulin at 1800 westbound - Apr 25 - CSL Assiniboine at 0719 westbound

Long Point bay:
Arrival (anchored) - Apr 24 - CSL Assiniboine at 1308 - departed at 1900 for Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 25 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1426 and CSL Welland eta 2200 - Downbound - Apr 25 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0001, Harbour First (Por) at 0107, Algosteel at 0208 (on her last trip headed to Quebec City) at 0208, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0834 and tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1716

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Apr 25 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1754 approx. to wharf 16

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 24 - Florence Spirit at 1130. Docked - - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage) - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Apr 23 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 2005 approx. from the anchorage - Apr 23 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0643 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Departure - Apr 24 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 2242 for Montreal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 24 - Robert S Pierson at 2214

Toronto: Arrival - Apr 24 - McKeil Spirit at 0421 - Docked - Apr 22 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0611 (unloading at Redpath) - Apr 22 - English River at 1230

 

William A. Irvin slip setback nearing end, city says

4/26 - Duluth, Minn. – The $6.1 million Minnesota Slip seawall reconstruction project, on hold since early March, was void of activity again last Friday as it sat fenced off from the rest of Harbor Drive.

Heavy equipment on site sat quiet on what was a desolation row of a construction site. The William A. Irvin continued to float in the middle of the slip, and the turf along the dock wall had some time ago been dug down to the original timber cribbing which dates to the late-1800s.

The project began in late January, when contractors moved the Irvin so workers could get at replacing the deteriorating dock wall with new steel sheet piling. Six weeks later, the Army Corps of Engineers stopped work in order to seek further approval through the historic preservation process — an apparently overlooked step in the lead-up to the project. The News Tribune previously reported that AMI Consulting Engineers of Superior had been contracted to lead the project.

Jim Filby Williams, director of public administration for the city, said the city, Corps and others were working to reduce disruptions to the activities in Superior Bay behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Currently the undocked tourist freighter Irvin, the harbor tour boats of the Vista Fleet and multiple charter fishing operations face setbacks if forced to be out of operations deep into May.

"We anticipate approval from the Corps next week to proceed with the final two components of the project: installation of new dock walls and restoration of walkways," Filby Williams said in a statement.

The project shutdown has been a constant worry for Justin Steinbach, owner of the Vista Fleet. He said with the slip closed, he won't have anywhere to dock the Vista Queen, the smaller of two touring boats including the Vista Star. He's already had to cancel reservations for the Queen for May, and faces a 30 percent hit on his bottom line as long as the boat has nowhere to dock. Docking in the slip gives her protection from the wave action the Queen can't get elsewhere.

"The Star can last out there (in the bay)," Steinbach said, "but the Queen would get bashed against that south-facing wall (behind the DECC)."

Because of delays to date, Steinbach said he was expecting to be back fully operating no sooner than the start of June. But in a detailed statement helping to explain the city's imbroglio, the Corps of Engineers supported the city's quicker timeline for getting the project back on track. Chad Konickson, a chief in the Regulatory Branch, said the Corps expects final agreement within a week and a permit to work immediately to follow.

"The Corps of Engineers has coordinated information provided by the city and their consultant with the Minnesota State Historical Preservation Office," Konickson said. "The information supports the Corps' February determination that the Minnesota Slip seawall repair project will not have an adverse effect on the historical integrity of the Minnesota Slip, the seawall or the William A. Irvin."

Konickson went on to say the historic preservation office has provided "preliminary" agreement with the Corps' decision.

For Steinbach, getting contractors back to work would be better news than he's been used to hearing lately.

"Losing that 30 percent would be a serious detriment to our operations and our employees," he said. "The Vista Fleet will make it, but without the Queen it will hamper our ability to be our best."

Duluth News Tribune

 

Frontenac captain gets top hat as first arrival at Midland

4/26 - Midland, Ont. – An annual tradition continued April 23, as Mayor McKay presented Frontenac Captain Mark Leaney with the James Playfair top hat. The top hat is presented to the captain of the first cargo ship to arrive in Midland Harbor at the start of each shipping season.

View a photo gallery at this link: http://www.ourmidland.ca/general-news/shared-news/shared-an-annual-tradition-continued-this-morning-as-mayor-mckay-presented-frontenac-c-2018-04-23

 

“Know Your Ships” book author offers events in Port Huron, St. Clair Shores

4/26 - In what has become an unofficial kick-off to spring, “Know Your Ships” guide editor and publisher Roger LeLievre will be on hand at the Great Lakes Maritime Center Saturday at Vantage Point in Port Huron, signing copies of the 2018 edition. The event runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Books and other items will be available for purchase. Joining him will be other members of the KYS crew, as well as Great Lakes cartoonist / illustrator Don Lee. Lee’s nautical cartoons have often appeared on various Facebook shipping sites, and he will have his easel on hand to sketch your likeness (tips appreciated). The Maritime Center is at 51 Water St. at the mouth of the Black River.

On Monday, April 30, LeLievre will offer an illustrated program at 7 p.m. at the St. Clair Shores District Library that will explore the 59-year history of “Know Your Ships” and how it is produced today. Admission is free. The library is at 22500 Eleven Mile Rd.

 

Grand Haven pier to be closed again during Coast Guard Fest

4/26 - Grand Haven, Mich. – Visitors to Grand Haven will soon be able to walk a portion of the pier again. Construction resumed on the city’s south pier on Tuesday. Workers are installing two fences along the span. When construction crews aren’t working, the first fence will open, allowing visitors to walk partway down the pier.

The project is now expected to run until fall, meaning the pier will be closed again for Grand Haven’s summer Coast Guard Festival.

Crews began the $2.6 million concrete repair project in 2016. However, their work has been delayed numerous times, including when higher water levels on Lake Michigan churned up large waves. In order to work on the concrete, crews need the pier to be dry.

"The water levels are up this year from last year by several inches, so yes, the water levels are affecting the work out here," Tim O'Bryan of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. "On a calm day like today, they shouldn't have any issues. But most of the time, there's some sort of westerly wind and any westerly wind or boat wake will cause them problems. They're only working about 8 to 12 inches off the water's surface."

In December, Grand Haven officials announced they had reached their $1 million fundraising goal to restore the pier’s iconic catwalk.

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Maritime Academy harbor getting upgrades

4/26 - Traverse City, Mich. – The bollards and fenders that are used to moor the T/S State of Michigan will be moved out and beefed up to keep the ship from bouncing around in waves coming off the Grand Traverse Bay.

Northwestern Michigan College will pay Team Elmer's $385,000 to install the new mooring bollards and larger fenders in the harbor basin and to relocate a fence at the federal harbor where the ship is berthed as part of NMC's Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

But NMC President Tim Nelson is quick to point out that the work is being paid for by the federal government, which owns the ship, though NMC pays to operate it.

Nelson said when the wind blows out of the north the harbor captures too much wave energy. About two or three years ago a storm crushed the "bumpers," he said. The larger bumpers will keep the ship from rocking around when those waves come in.

Several requests for proposals were sent out and got several inquiries, though Team Elmer's was the only company to submit a proposal, according to information from NMC. The NMC Board of Trustees unanimously approved giving the project to Elmer's.

Record Eagle

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 26

26 April 1891 NORWALK (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 209 foot, 1007 gross tons) was launched by William DuLac at Mount Clemens, Michigan. At first, she was not able to get down the Clinton River to Lake St. Clair due to low water. She lasted until 1916, when she was sold to Nicaraguan buyers and was lost in the Caribbean Sea that autumn.

On 26 April 1859, the wooden schooner A. SCOTT was carrying limestone blocks for a large Presbyterian church being built at Vermilion, Ohio. The vessel was driven ashore near Vermilion by a gale and was quickly pounded to pieces. Her insurance had expired about ten days earlier. No lives were lost.

Algoma's new straight deck bulk freighter ALGOWEST (Hull#226) of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., was launched April 26, 1982. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1998, and renamed b.) PETER R. CRESSWELL in 2001.

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

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

Paterson's CANADOC (Hull#627) by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., was launched April 26, 1961.

BENSON FORD (Hull#245) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched in 1924.

In 1982, carferry service from Frankfort, Michigan ended forever when railroad service to that port was discontinued and the remaining boats (ARTHUR K. ATKINSON, VIKING, and CITY OF MILWAUKEE) were laid up. CITY OF MILWAUKEE is preserved as a museum ship by the Society for the Preservation of the CITY OF MILWAUKEE.

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

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

1902 The wooden schooner barge GRACE B. GRIBBLE was holed by ice and sank in Lake Erie off Point Pelee after the hull was punctured by an ice flow. Three sailors were lost.

1958 CIANDRA, a Great Lakes visitor from West Germany as early as 1953, ran aground in the St. Clair River at the south end of Stag Island on this date in 1958. Due to a dispute, there was no pilot on board at the time. The ship was stuck for about 3 hours. It later burned and capsized at Singapore as e) MESONGO on September 9, 1977, and was refloated and then scrapped in 1979.

1981 The Norwegian freighter ASKOT visited the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1962 and returned under the flag of Greece as DIAKAN MASCOT in 1972. It was observed lying off Aden, as c) TYHI with the engine room flooded on this date in 1981. The hull was later refloated and arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakstan, for scrapping on April 28, 1982.

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

 

Algoma Olympic, Algolake one step closer to scrapyard

4/25 - Reports from Montreal indicate that Algoma Olympic and Algolake have had their logos painted out. Algoma Olympic has been renamed Olympic and Algolake has been renamed Lake in preparation for overseas scrap tows. The saltwater tug VB Hispania is due at Montreal May 18, but it is unknown which vessel she will tow away. This is the same tug that towed the Peter R. Cresswell and John B. Aird to scrap.

 

Norgoma no longer welcome at Bondar Marina, Sault council decides

4/25 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – After 43 years on the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront, M. S. Norgoma is being evicted. Sault Ste. Marie City Council has voted to end the museum ship’s berthing rights at Roberta Bondar Marina effective Aug. 31. The city will now work with the St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre to arrange to have the historic former package freighter moved out. Ward 2 Councillor Sandra Hollingsworth fought the decision, remarking that the Sault’s downtown is more of an eyesore than the Norgoma. ”If we let the Norgoma go, we’re just demonstrating that we’re micro-thinkers,” Hollingsworth said.

SooToday

 

Port Reports -  April 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Kaye E. Barker arrived Duluth on Tuesday morning and stopped for fuel at Husky Energy before dropping anchor in the harbor to wait to load at Midwest Energy. Michipicoten arrived in the early afternoon and headed to CN for iron ore. During the evening, Virginiaborg finished loading at Peavey and departed, and Joseph L. Block arrived with limestone to discharge. On Tuesday night, Great Republic was loading coal at Midwest Energy, Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort was discharging limestone at Hallett #5, Lake Ontario was loading grain at Riverland Ag, Labrador was loading at CHS, and Alpena remained at Lafarge in Superior. Roger Blough was loading ore at BN, while Algoma Equinox was on the hook off the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors had no traffic on Tuesday the 24th. Due Two Harbors on the 25th are the American Century, that was of 19:30 on the 24th, just west of Whitefish Point. Also due Two Harbors on the 25th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort / Erie Trader which, as of 19:30 on the 24th, was unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor on the 24th at 03:00. As of 19:30 on the 24th she was just departing Silver Bay. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Wednesday the 25th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Tuesday April 24th at 4:07, Algoma Harvester arrived at G3 to load. 12:45 CSL St Laurent arrived at the Superior Elevator to load. 17:30 Saginaw arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 18:43 Federal Bering departed for Quebec City.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
The Joe H. Thompson Jr. departed the Presque Isle ore dock at 12:17. The James L. Oberstar is upbound for Marquette.

Escanaba, Mich. – Paul Erspamer
Herbert C. Jackson was in Escanaba (from Lorain) Tuesday, arriving early afternoon. By 7 p.m. Jackson was outbound and through the Rock Island Passage into northern Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation departed onto Lake Michigan for South Chicago at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fleetmates G.L. Ostrander and barge Integrity were expected in their place on Wednesday with cement from Alpena. Federal Mackinac remained unloading at Terminal 2, outer harbor. Isolda continued loading at the Nidera grain elevator, inner harbor.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Sunday the Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation were in port loading cement at Lafarge. Two vessels called at Lafarge on Monday. The tug G.L Ostrander and barge Integrity were under the silos taking on cargo and Calumet arrived in the afternoon to unload coal. Tuesday afternoon brought another regular visitor, the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41. It tied up at the Lafarge dock to unload cargo.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo was loading salt for Milwaukee Tuesday. Federal Kushiro was at the grain elevator.

Toledo, Ohio
American departed her layup berth Tuesday for Calcite, Mich., to load stone. Algoma Innovator paid her first visit to the port on Tuesday evening to unload oats from Thunder Bay. John J. Boland was inbound at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday April 24 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 24 - Manitoulin at 1025 and CSL Assiniboine at 1308 (anchored)- Departed - Apr 24 - Algosea at 0316

Long Point Bay:
Arrival (anchored) - Apr 24 - CSL Assiniboine at 1308

Buffalo:
Arrival - Apr 23 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 2357 - departed Apr 24 - 0841 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 23 - Cedarglen eta for 2215 - Apr 24 - Tim S Dool at 0218, ASI Clipper, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0701 Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0908, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 1146 and Algoma Strongfield at 1955. Downbound - Apr 24 - Algosea at 0655, Oakglen at 0726, Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagracht-13), CCGS Griffon at 1037, Kaministiqua at 1827 and Federal Margatree (Mhl) eta for 2220

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 24 - Florence Spirit at 1130. Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage) - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Apr 22 - Tim S Dool at 0640 - Apr 23 - Algoma Strongfield at 0434 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 2005 approx. from the anchorage - Apr 23 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0643 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156. Departures - Apr 24 - Tim S Dool at 0018 and Algoma Strongfield at 1821

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 23 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0845 - departed - Apr 24 at 1900 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 24 - Robert S Pierson at approx. 2230

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 24 - McKeil Spirit at 0421 - Docked - Apr 22 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0611 (unloading at Redpath) - Apr 22 - English Rver at 1230

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 25

25 April 1890 - The Collins Bay Rafting Company’s tug ALANSON SUMNER (wooden propeller tug, 127 foot, 300 gross tons, built in 1872, at Oswego, New York) burned at Kingston, Ontario. She had $25,000 worth of wrecking machinery onboard. The SUMNER was repaired and put back in service.

On 25 April 1888, JESSIE MAGGIE (wooden schooner, 63 foot, 49 gross tons) was re-registered as a 2-masted schooner. She was built on a farm in Kilmanagh, Michigan, in 1887, as a 3-masted schooner and she was launched near Sebewaing, Michigan. It took 16 spans of oxen to haul her over frozen ground to the launch site. She lasted until 1904.

Interlake Steamship’s WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY (Hull#909) of American Ship Building Co., was christened April 25, 1981. Renamed b.) PAUL R. TREGURTHA in 1990.

On April 25, 1973, the self-unloading boom on Canada Steamship Lines a.) TADOUSSAC of 1969, collapsed while she was at Sandusky, Ohio. She sails today as b.) CSL TADOUSSAC.

In 1925, the ANN ARBOR 4 was back in service after running aground on February 13th off Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

In 1973, it was announced that the CITY OF SAGINAW 31, would be scrapped, after a fire which destroyed her cabin deck in 1971.

Hall Corp. of Canada's bulk canaller a.) ROCKCLIFFE HALL (Hull#615) by Davie Shipbuilding & Repair Ltd., was launched April 25, 1958. Converted to a tanker in 1972, renamed b.) ISLAND TRANSPORT, and c.) ENERCHEM LAKER in 1987.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS (Hull#824) by American Ship Building Co., was launched April 25, 1942.

Mutual Steamship Co.'s WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE (Hull#41) by Great Lakes Engineering Works, was launched April 25, 1908. Renamed b.) S B WAY in 1936 and c.) CRISPIN OGLEBAY in 1948. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1974.

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

On April 25, 1954, CSL's, T.R. MC LAGAN entered service. At 714 feet 6 inches, she took the title for longest vessel on the Great Lakes from the JOSEPH H. THOMPSON, beating the THOMPSON by three inches. The THOMPSON had held the honor since November 4, 1952. MC LAGAN was renamed b.) OAKGLEN in 1990, and was scrapped at Alang, India in 2004.

Whaleback a.) FRANK ROCKEFELLER (Hull#136) by the American Steel Barge Co., was launched in 1896, for the American Steel barge Co., Pickands, Mather & Co., mgr. Converted to a sand dredge and renamed b.) SOUTH PARK in 1927, and converted to a tanker and renamed c.) METEOR in 1945.

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

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

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

1941 The CANADIAN SIGNALLER was built at Collingwood as Hull 63 in 1919. It was torpedoed and sunk as d) POLYANA by U-103 en route from from Sunderland, UK to Freetown, Sierre Leone, with a cargo of coal. It was attacked just before midnight April 24 and sank in the early hours on this date with all 25 on board being lost.

1968 The Misener steamer EVERETTON ran aground in the St. Lawrence on this date in 1968. Although the damage was considered minor, the ship was sold to Marine Salvage for scrap, resold to Spanish shipbrakers and arrived under tow at Bilbao, on September 23, 1968, for dismantling.

1998 The wooden goelettes MONT NOTRE DAME and MONT ROYAL were destroyed by a fire at St. Joseph-de-la-Rive, Quebec, where they were being preserved ashore as museum ships. MONT NOTRE DAME was one of the first units in the Transport Desgagnes fleet while MONT ROYAL was known to have been a Great Lakes visitor.

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

 

Strike update: Canada Steamship Lines

4/24 - Some CSL self-unloaders are continuing to operate, with striking navigational officers replaced by personnel from laid-up vessels. CSL Tadoussac arrived at Sarnia for lay-up on Monday.

 

Port Reports -  April 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth early Monday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. Great Republic arrived later in the day, and headed to Hallett #5. Labrador was at CHS loading grain, Virginiaborg continued loading grain at Peavey, and Alpena was still docked at Lafarge. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was due late Monday night for Midwest Energy. Algoma Discovery loaded at Burlington Northern in Superior for much of the day Monday before departing early in the evening. She was replaced at the dock by Stewart J. Cort.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure Sunday the 22nd of the Edwin H. Gott at 22:57 for Gary. Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors Monday the 23rd at 06:26 for North of #2 where she took on a partial load. She shifted on Monday the 23rd from 10:35 to 10:57 to South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Monday at 18:35 for Gary. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on the 24th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Monday the 23rd. Due early Tuesday the 24th is the Indiana Harbor.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
On Sunday April 22nd at 18:16 Algoma Innovator departed for Toledo. 21:23 Ojibway shifted to Viterra A to finish loading. On Monday April 23d 12:42 Ojibway departed (AIS still shows Thunder Bay).

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Kaye E. Barker left for Duluth at 14:06 as the Joseph H. Thompson Jr arrived in the upper harbor at 19:17.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Isolda was loading at the Nidera Grain elevator in Milwaukee's inner harbor on Monday. Federal Mackinac was unloading steel at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor. Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation were expected with cement from Alpena overnight Monday. Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 departed onto Lake Michigan just after midnight Sunday night, headed for Alpena.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Margaree has cleared Goderich with a destination of Montreal. Alogma Buffalo has a load of salt for Green Bay, Wis. Federal Kushiro was entering Goderich harbor Monday night.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday April 23 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Apr 21 Algosea at 1052 - Departed - Apr 22 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1742 - Apr 23 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0629

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 23 - Narew (Lbr) at 0802 from anchorage and John D Leitch at 1028 from Hamilton, Cedarglen eta for 2215 - Downbound - Apr 22 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2124 - Apr 23 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0741, Algoma Transport at 0833 and Tecumseh at 1258

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit entered shipyard north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning and light tug Kaliutik at 2210 approx. to fitout wall at shipyard - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 - Apr 22 - Narew (Lbr) at 0700 - Departure - Apr 23 - Narew (Lbr) at 0730 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 23 - Algoma Strongfield at 0434 from anchorage off Burlington and Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0643 - Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage) - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Apr 23 Federal Baltic (Mhl) at 2005 approx. from the anchorage - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 Departures - Apr 23 - John D Leitch at 0829 for the canal and Jiimaan (ferry) out in lake on sea trials after winter dry docking at Heddle Marine - retuned to dock in he early evening

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 23 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0845

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Robert S Pierson at 0551 - departed - Apr 23 at 1934 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Apr 22 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0611 (unloading at Redpath) - Apr 22 - English Rver at 1230

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Monday tug Wilf Seymour and barge Alouette Spirit unloaded aluminum.

 

Great Lakes forecast shows slight change in high-water mark

4/24 - The Great Lakes typically reach a high water level in the middle of summer. The forecast for high water levels this summer shows just a slight decrease from last year. Before we look at this summer, let's get an update on current water levels of the Great Lakes.

All of the Great Lakes, except Lake Ontario, are higher than this time last year. Lake Superior is one inch higher than April 2017. Lakes Michigan and Huron are 5 inches higher than this time last year. Lake Erie is 7 inches higher.

Lake Ontario is coming off devastating flooding and record high spring water levels last year. Lake Ontario is 15 inches lower than this time last year.

All of the Great Lakes are still higher to much higher than the long-term April average. Lake Erie is 2 feet higher than average. Lakes Michigan-Huron are 18 inches higher than average. Lake Superior is 8 inches higher and Lake Ontario 7 inches higher than average.

All of the Great Lakes are lower than record levels, with Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lakes Michigan-Huron and Lake Ontario 6 inches, 8 inches, 16 inches and 24 inches below record water levels, respectively.

View graphics at this link: http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2018/04/great_lakes_water_levels_forec.html

 

Shipwreck found in Lake Erie could be nearly 200 years old

4/24 - Toledo, Ohio – Shipwreck hunters are planning to excavate around a Lake Erie wreck this summer that they think could be the remains of a schooner that went down nearly two centuries ago. Its size, design and location point toward it being a sailing ship called the Lake Serpent, which sunk in 1829, the National Museum of the Great Lakes said Monday.

That would make it one of the oldest wrecks ever discovered on Lake Erie. The shallowest of the Great Lakes where violent storms whip up in a hurry is home to hundreds of wreckage sites. Many have been found in recent years by a small, dedicated band of hunters.

To determine whether the latest discovery to be announced is indeed the Lake Serpent, divers will first need to get a closer look at wreckage and move away the sediment covering part of the ship.

"Because it's so small, that makes it very, very old," said Tom Kowalczk, who spotted the wreckage on his sonar screen in the summer of 2015. "That puts it way back to an early time frame and really limits the possibilities."

Members of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers and the museum have been digging through historical records and newspaper clippings to come up with the names of vessels it might be. They've narrowed the list to three, with the Lake Serpent being the most likely answer, said Carrie Snowden, the museum's archaeology director.

The schooner was built in 1821 in Cleveland at a time when the city had less than 1,000 residents. Its job was to carry cargo - produce, flour, whiskey, limestone - to ports along the lakes.

It went down eight years later with a load of stone and a small crew near Kelleys Island off the Ohio shoreline. The body of one crewmember was spotted in the lake days later while the bodies of the captain and his brother washed up on the shore of Lorain County in the fall of 1829, according to a newspaper report.

The ship had an unusual carving of a serpent's head in the bow.

Read more and see the sonar image at this link: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/shipwreck-lake-erie-lake-serpent

 

Coast Guard icebreaking today in Round Lake, Lake Charlevoix

4/24 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay will conduct icebreaking operations in Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix this Tuesday. The icebreaker will enter Round Lake and travel south to Ironton, Mich. The Coast Guard is conducting the breakout in support of the Ironton Ferry. The icebreaker will make every effort not to disturb shore fast ice. All recreational users of the ice should avoid shipping channels, plan their activity carefully, and use caution near the ice, especially in these areas.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 24

24 April 1882 - The ferry HAWKINS (wooden propeller ferry, 73 foot, 86 gross tons, built in 1873, at Au Sable, Michigan) was renamed JAMES BEARD. She had received a thorough overhaul and was put in service between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, on 25 April 1882. She lasted until 1927, when she was abandoned.

On 24 April 1872, the 3-mast wooden schooner JENNIE GRAHAM was sailing up Lake Huron to pick up a load of lumber. She was light and at full sail when a sudden squall caused her to capsize. Two crewmembers were trapped below decks and died. Captain Duncan Graham was washed away and drowned. The remaining seven crewmembers clung to the overturned hull for about an hour and then the vessel unexpectedly turned upwards and lay on one side. The crew was then able to cut away a lifeboat and get in it. They were later picked up by the schooner SWEEPSTAKES. The GRAHAM was salvaged and taken to Port Huron for repairs.

ONTADOC sailed from Collingwood, Ontario, on her maiden voyage on April 24, 1975, for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to load steel for Duluth, Minnesota. She was renamed b) MELISSA DESGAGNES in 1990. Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s D.M. CLEMSON (Hull#716) of the American Ship Building Co., departed Lorain on her maiden voyage April 24, 1917, to load iron ore at Duluth, Minnesota.

The B.F. JONES left Quebec on April 24, 1973, in tandem with her former fleet mate EDWARD S. KENDRICK towed by the Polish tug KORAL heading for scrapping in Spain. The wooden schooner WELLAND CANAL was launched at Russell Armington's shipyard at St. Catharines, Ontario. She was the first ship built at St. Catharines and the first to navigate the Welland Canal when it opened between St. Catharine's and Lake Ontario on 10 May 1828.

1948 A collision between the HARRY L. FINDLAY and the Canadian tanker JOHN IRWIN occurred in the St. Clair River, near Recors Point on this date. The stem bar was twisted and plates set back on the American bulk carrier and these were repaired at Lorain. It later sailed as c) PAUL L. TIETJEN. The tanker saw further service as c) WHITE ROSE II, d) WHITE ROSE and e) FUEL MARKETER (ii).

1975 The Canadian self-unloader SAGUENAY sustained minor damage in a collision in Lake St. Clair with the Panamanian freighter FESTIVITY on this date. The latter had begun coming to the Great Lakes in 1966. It had been damaged in a grounding on July 18, 1977, and arrived at Bilbao, Spain, for scrapping on November 9, 1977.

1989 GENERAL VARGAS arrived at Green Bay and was being towed by the tug MINNIE SELVICK when the latter was crushed against pilings around a railway bridge and sank. All on board were rescued but the tug was a total loss. The Philippine registered freighter had begun Great Lakes trading as a) BRUNTO in 1977 and reacquired that name in 1994. It was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, as f) LINDEN after arriving on July 19, 2011.

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

 

CSL strike sends self-unloaders to layup

4/23 - Navigation officers on Canada Steamship Lines’ self-unloader fleet went on strike at noon on Saturday. Navigation officers at CSL gave 72-hour notice of strike action at noon on April 18 after contract negotiations failed. Affected vessels were going into layup over the weekend.

On Sunday, Baie St. Paul was at the wall in Johnstown, Ont., while Salarium and Atlantic Huron were at Montreal. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and Thunder Bay were idled at Nanticoke. Whitefish Bay was at Hamilton on Sunday with an AIS message that read “on strike.” CSL Laurentien was tied up at Sarina Sunday and CSL Tadoussac was downbound at the Soo Sunday for the same port. CSL Assiniboine was downbound at Soo on Sunday for Nanticoke. CSL Niagara arrived at the Midwest Overseas Dock in Toledo Sunday evening and the Frontenac had arrived at Midland, Ont. Baie Comeau was diverted to Thunder Bay.

The following statement was issued Sunday via email by Martine Rivard, CSL Group Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer:

“Despite our attempts at establishing a dialogue with the Canadian Merchant Service Guild, which represent 36 deck officers, the strike notice expired (Saturday) at noon. Unionized deck officers working on CSL's 12 Canadian self-unloading vessels are officially on strike. We regret this unfortunate situation as CSL Group has always offered excellent working conditions and, most importantly, has always strived to reach win-win agreements.

“The strike's beginning implies that we must adapt our operations. We are now implementing a contingency plan that will allow the company to operate at an essential service level. While fully respecting the Canadians Laws, a part of the self-unloading vessels' fleet will continue to operate in the strike period. Despite those operations, this means that, in a near future, some employees will have to go back home.

“As you know, this strike comes after CSL tabled two offers that were both recommended by the Guild and that, to our surprise, were then rejected. Until the very last minute, we have tried to reach an agreement in principle to keep working together and reach a fair agreement. We continue to believe that there are ways to reinitiate a constructive dialogue.

“As this strike begins, I wish to thank you for your many gestures of support. We must continue to ensure the safety of our employees and those who may come in contact with our ships through this period of time. Our high safety standards remain at the heart of our contingency plan as we strive to reduce the impact of this work stoppage on our operations.”

 

Another strong shipping season expected

4/23 - Duluth, Minn. – The 2018 shipping season in the Twin Ports is looking to be as strong as last year, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. During the Blessing of the Port event Thursday night, Port Authority public relations director Adele Yorde gave an overview forecast of what the 2018 shipping season is expected to look like.

"When we said at the end of last season that it was a robust season, it was. It was the most iron ore that we had shipped out of this port in 10 years," she said. "We really thought we would start just as strong this year. The demand is certainly there, but it was that darn ice that has slowed things down a bit."

Currently Lake Superior has about 5.8 percent ice coverage with a lot of cover between Marquette, Mich., and Whitefish Bay, Mich., after a strong storm over the weekend compressed the ice along the shore, according to the Marquette National Weather Service. The ice is so thick that the freighter Kaye E. Barker became stuck near Marquette's upper harbor Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw had to assist the Barker Thursday.

"Sometimes it's deceiving — until we get a nor'easter like we did this year to realize — just what happens when those ice packs move," Yorde said. "So thanks and special blessings are in order for the Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard for breaking tracks and recutting tracks and keeping at least slow moving vessels going through both at the Whitefish area and the St. Mary's River."

Yorde said there is no indication that the strong demand for iron ore is going to decrease anytime soon, so the port is looking at another strong year.

"Minnesota iron ore accounts for about 80 percent of first-pour steel in this country," she said. "So that demand will stay strong."

According to Yorde, 35 percent of the iron ore that left the Twin Ports left aboard Canadian lakers was bound not only for Canada, but also for transloading for foreign companies. But due to tariffs implemented by President Donald Trump this year, it's unclear what kind of affect it will have in the future on international trade due to repercussions from other countries. Canada is currently exempt from the tariffs.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  April 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Virginiaborg arrived Duluth from anchor on Sunday afternoon and headed to Peavey to load either grain or beet pulp pellets. Labrador was due late Sunday night to load grain. In Superior, Burns Harbor departed from BN with ore on Sunday evening, and Algoma Discovery was expected to arrive from anchor to begin loading. Alpena remained tied up at Lafarge.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Edwin H. Gott at 14:02 on Sunday the 22nd for South of #2. As of 20:45 she was still loading. Due Two Harbors Monday the 23rd is Presque Isle. Baie Comeau was due to load in Two Harbors, but due to the CSL strike she went to Thunder Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure on Sunday the 22nd of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 02:31. As of 20:45 she wasn’t showing a new AIS discharge port. Due Silver Bay on Monday the 23rd will be the Indiana Harbor. As of 20:45 on the 22nd she was in the St. Marys River below the Soo.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday April 22nd 7:33 Ojibway arrived at G3 to load grain. 12:07 Federal Bering weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 13:01 Baie Comeau arrived at Keefer Terminal to lay up until the current labor dispute between CSL and their navigation officers is settled.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Kaye E. Barker spent another day outside of the lower harbor as the CG cutter Morro Bay worked on breaking ice, Later returned to the upper harbor to likely stay the night. The Michipicoten arrived in the upper harbor at 16:12.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo was loading salt on Sunday. Algoma Buffalo was waiting to load next. Federal Margaree was at the grain elevators.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday April 22 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Apr 19 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1620 - Apr 21 - Algosea at 1052 - Apr 22 - Thunder Bay at 1211 (due to strike - safe port) and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2012 from anchorage - departure - Apr 22 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1742 for Tracy and Thunder Bay at 1742 westbound

Long Point bay anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 22 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0129

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 21 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 2031 - Apr 22 - G3 Marquis at 0811 and Wicko (Bhs) at 1025. Downbound - Apr 22 - Algowood at 0243, Whitefish Bay at 0428, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0925, Damia Desgagnes at 1002, Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Hamza Efe Bey-08)

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit entered shipyard north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning and light tug Kaliutik at 2210 approx. to fitout wall at shipyard - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 (anchored) - Apr 19 - Wicko (Bhs) at 2128 - Apr 22 - Narew (Lbr) at 0700 - departure - Apr 22 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1005 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Tim S Dool at 0640, John D Leitch at 0755, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1108 and Whitefish Bay at 1821 (due to strike - safe port). Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage) - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Apr 21 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) 1407 - Departures - Apr 22 - G3 Marquis at 0621

Anchored off Burlington:
Arrival - Apr 22 - Algoma Strongfield at 0422

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Robert S Pierson at 0551 - departure Apr 22 at 0009

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 22 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0611 (at Redpath dock) and English River at 1230

 

Coast Guard reopens Thunder Bay rescue station

4/23 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – After being closed since the end of November, the Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Thunder Bay opens for a new season this weekend. That's despite the fact that ice conditions on Lake Superior are hardly favourable for boating.

The local base is staffed with a crew of eight coast guard personnel, split into two crews of four members each, working a two week on/two weeks off rotation. They use the 14-metre motor lifeboat Cape Chaillon.

The Thunder Bay station is the last of the seasonally-operated Great Lakes rescue stations to reopen. Eight others resumed operation earlier this month. A coast guard spokesperson says safe recreational navigation begins with preparation and consultation of the available up-to-date information.

Canadian Coast Guard

 

ROV deployed to survey underwater cables in Straits of Mackinac

4/23 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The Unified Command announced that the American Transmission Company deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to better assess damage to the affected ATC utility cables, Sunday.

ATC contracted with Durocher Marine and T&T Subsea to provide tugs, a barge, and an ROV to assess the damage to the utility cables.

The ROV will obtain underwater, visual imagery of the cables, and the images obtained will provide the Unified Command with the information needed to determine how best to deal with the damaged cables.

Under the oversight of the Unified Command, the American Transmission Company continues to extract mineral oil from two damaged cables in the Straits of Mackinac.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 23

23 April 1907 - The SEARCHLIGHT (wooden propeller fish tug, 40 foot, built in 1899, at Saginaw, Michigan) capsized and sank while returning to Harbor Beach, Michigan, with a load of fish. The vessel had been purchased by Captain Walter Brown and his son from the Robert Beutel Fish Company of Toledo, Ohio, just ten days before. The sale agreement stated that the tug was to be paid for with fish, not cash. All six crew members drowned.

On 23 April 1883, STEPHEN S. BATES (wooden schooner, 97 foot, 139 tons, built in 1856, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was bound from Horne's Pier, Wisconsin, with posts and hardware for Chicago when she was driven into the shallows just north of Grosse Point, Illinois, by a storm and broke up. No lives were lost.

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

On April 23, 1966, the b.) JOSEPH S. WOOD, a.) RICHARD M. MARSHALL of 1953, was towed to the Ford Rouge complex at Dearborn, Michigan by her new owners, the Ford Motor Company. She was renamed c.) JOHN DYKSTRA.

Canada Steamship Lines’ FORT YORK was commissioned April 23, 1958.

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

The a.) GRIFFIN (Hull#12) of the Cleveland Ship Building Co. was launched April 23, 1891, for the Lake Superior Iron Mining Co. Renamed b.) JOSEPH S. SCOBELL in 1938, she was scrapped at Rameys Bend, Ontario, in 1971.

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

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

On 23 April 1882, GALLATIN (2-mast wooden schooner, 138 foot, 422 tons, built in 1863, at Oswego, New York) was carrying pig iron from St. Ignace, Michigan, to Erie, Pennsylvania, when she sprang a leak in a storm on Lake Erie. She struck bottom on Chickanolee Reef and foundered in shallow water at Point Pelee. Her crew was saved from the rigging by the fishing sloop LIZZIE.

1916 The grain laden COLLINGWOOD stranded in Whitefish Bay due to ice and fog and was not released until April 27.

1929 The canaller IMARI was on its delivery trip from Port Talbot, Wales, to Canada when it lost the propeller blades, due to ice, off Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia. The vessel later sailed the Great Lakes as b) DELAWARE, d) MANICOUAGAN, e) WASHINGTON TIMES HERALD and f) MANITOULIN.

1945 EFTYCHIA, a Greek freighter, came to the Great Lakes for one trip in 1961. Earlier, as the British freighter RIVERTON, it had been torpedoed by U-1023 off southwest England on April 23, 1945, and three lives were lost. The vessel arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as c) BOAZ ESPERANZA for scrapping on March 20, 1969.

1975 WESTDALE (ii) ran aground at the entrance to Goderich harbour while inbound with grain and was stuck for 15 hours before being pulled free.

1988 QUEDOC (iii) was upbound in the Seaway when it was in a collision with the BIRCHGLEN (I) under tow for scrap, and went aground in Lake St. Louis near Buoy 2A. Four tugs were needed to pull the ship free and it went to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

1991 MARINE TRANSPORT operated around Maritime Canada but had come to the Great Lakes as c) C. OMER MARIE. It ran into ice and sank on April 23, 1991, about 10 miles off Cape Race, NF. The vessel was under R.C.M.P. surveillance when it was lost and all on board were rescued only to be arrested.

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

 

CSL navigations officers on strike; vessels heading to lay up

4/22 - Navigation officers on Canada Steamship Lines’ self-unloaders went on strike at noon on Saturday, according to multiple reports from around the Great Lakes. CSL has made no official statement as yet. The fleet’s vessels have already begun tying up.

Saturday evening Baie St. Paul was already at the wall in Johnstown, Ont., and Salarium was arriving Montreal, with Atlantic Huron not far behind in Quebec City heading for Montreal. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Whitefish Bay and Thunder Bay will be in Nanticoke by Sunday morning, followed by CSL Assiniboine and then CSL Tadoussac in couple of days. CSL Laurentien has a destination of Sarina, CSL Niagara was in Lake Huron with a Quebec destination and the Frontenac was headed for Midland. Baie Comeau is bound for Two Harbors but could be diverted to a Canadian port.

Navigation officers at CSL gave 72-hour notice of strike action at noon on April 18 after contract negotiations failed.

 

Port Reports -  April 22

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algosteel and American Spirit departed Duluth early Saturday morning, the latter with iron ore pellets from CN. Alpena remained docked at Lafarge, where she has been for the past few days. Virginiaborg dropped anchor off Duluth waiting to load grain at CHS. In Superior, Burns Harbor began loading at Burlington Northern on Saturday morning, and was expected to depart during the evening. Algoma Discovery was at anchor waiting to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure of the Oakglen at 01:30 on Saturday the 21st for Quebec City. Algosteel arrived Two Harbors on Saturday the 21st at 07:57 for South of #2 after fueling in Duluth. She departed on Saturday the 21st at 16:47 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on the afternoon of Sunday the 22nd are Edwin H. Gott and Baie Comeau. Also due Two Harbors is Presque Isle that at 19:00 on the 21st was stopped below the Soo. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of John J. Boland on Saturday the 21st at 00:46 for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on the 21st at 18:12 was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday April 21st 8:09 Algoma Innovator arrived on her first trip to Thunder Bay to load grain at Viterra B. 14:24 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Hon.James L. Oberstar departed Marquette at 0:05, with the Michipicoten following at 14:03. Kaye E Barker has now spent three days outside the lower harbor packed in with ice and still loaded with stone for Shiras. At 06:48 the CG cutter Morro Bay arrived from the Soo to assist the Barker but has not seemed to have much success in breaking her free.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara continued to load salt Saturday. Algoma Buffalo was waiting to load next. Federal Margaree was at the grain elevators.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday April 21 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Apr 19 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1620 and Apr 20 - CSL Laurentien at 1516 - Apr 21 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2107 approx. - Departure - Apr 21 - CSL Laurentien at 0421 westbound

Long Point bay anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Algosea at 1635

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 20 - Osogovo (Mlt) eta at 2235 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement eta at 2257 - Apr 21 - CSL St. Laurent at 0419, Algoma Harvester at 0509, Algoma Equinox at 1314, Algonova at 1629 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2031 - Downbound - Apr 20 - Algoma Enterprise at 2345 - Apr 21 - John D Leitch at 1835

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit entered shipyard north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning and light tug Kaliutik at 2210 approx. to fitout wall at shipyard - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Departure - Apr 20 - light tug kALIUTIk (spelling is correct) at 1430 approx. for Sarnia

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 (anchored) - Apr 19 - Wicko (Bhs) at 2128

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage) - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Apr 21 - G3 Marquis at 1042 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Apr 21 - Federal Baltic (Mhl) 1407 - Departures - Apr 21 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0026 for Cleveland and Algoma Harvester at 0243 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Algonova at 2157 from Port Weller anchorage - departure - Apr 21 - at 1441 for the canal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Robert S Pierson at 0551

Mississauga:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Esta Desgagnes at 0503 - departure - Apr 21 - 0817 eastbound

Toronto:
Docked - Apr 17 - McKeil Spirit at 1220 - Departure - Apr 20 English Rver at 1448 eastbound - Apr 21 - McKeil Spirit at 1305 eastbound

 

3 high schoolers rescued from Detroit River

4/22 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three high school students who fell into the Detroit River after their rowboat became swamped by the wake of passing vessels, Saturday morning.

The students were members of the Grosse Ile High School crew team and had been practicing near the northern point of Grosse Ile, Michigan while their coach monitored in a nearby jon boat.

Coast Guard Station Bell Isle's 25-foot Response Boat - Small crew were on patrol for a rowboat regatta race taking place nearby and were alerted by local fishermen at approximately 9 a.m. that the crew team had fallen into the water.

The Coast Guard smallboat crew arrived on scene and rescued two males from the water and one female who had just gotten into the jon boat and was exhibiting hypothermic symptoms. The rest of the high school crew team had already been helped into the jon boat.

The Coast Guard crew called local EMS and transported the students to shore and waited for EMS to arrive. The students were then transported to a local hospital to be evaluated for hypothermia.

"In this case we were lucky we were already on scene and were able to get to them quickly because local fishermen alerted us," said Petty Officer Jake Mills who was the coxswain aboard the Coast Guard small boat and a boatswain's mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle. "Even though it's sunny out, it's still very cold water. Always be prepared when you go out on the water. You never know what could happen."

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 22

22 April 1873 - ST. JOSEPH (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 150 feet, 473 gross tons, built in 18,67 at Buffalo, New York) was sold by the Goodrich Transportation Company to Charles Chamberlain and others of Detroit, Michigan, for $30,000.

On 22 April 1872, Capt. L. R. Boynton brought the wooden propeller WENONA into Thunder Bay to unload passengers and freight at Alpena, Michigan. The 15-inch-thick ice stopped him a mile from the harbor. The passengers got off and walked across the ice to town. Later, because of the novelty of it, a couple hundred people from Alpena walked out to see the steamer. In the evening, Capt. Boynton steamed back to Detroit without unloading any of the cargo.

American Steamship Co.'s, ST. CLAIR (Hull#714) was christened April 22, 1976, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE of 1930, laid up for the last time at Toronto on April 22, 1986.

CSL's HOCHELAGA lost her self-unloading boom during a windstorm at Windsor, Ontario, on April 22, 1980. As a consequence, she made 10 trips hauling grain as a straight-decker.

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

On 22 April 1871, the 210-foot, 4-masted wooden schooner JAMES COUCH was launched at Port Huron, Michigan. She was named for a prominent Chicago businessman of the time.

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

1917: NEEPAWAH, formerly part of Canada Steamship Lines, was captured by U53 a German submarine and sunk by timed bombs. The vessel had been carrying pyrites from Huelva, Spain, to Rouen, France, and went down about 120 miles west of Bishop's Rock.

1924: BROOKTON lost her way in heavy snow and ran aground on Russell Island Shoal near Owen Sound. The vessel was released the next day with the help of a tug. Her career ended with scrapping at Hamilton as g) BROOKDALE (i) in 1966-1967.

1947: HARRY YATES (ii) stranded on Tecumseh Reef, Lake Erie, but was soon released. The vessel became c) BLANCHE HINDMAN (ii) in 1960 and was scrapped at Santander, Spain, in 1968.

1955: Fire destroyed the historic wooden passenger steamers MAID OF THE MIST and MAID OF THE MIST II at their winter quarters in Niagara Falls, ON. The blaze broke out due to an errant welding spark during the annual fit-out and the Niagara Falls Fire Chief suffered a heart attack and died at the scene.

1968: ALHELI, a Lebanese registered Liberty ship, made three trips to the Great Lakes in 1964. The vessel began leaking 900 miles east of Bermuda while en route from Almeria, Spain, to Wilminton, DE, with fluorspar on this date and was abandoned by the crew. The ship went down April 24.

1972: CHAMPLAIN arrived in Canada from overseas in 1959 and saw occasional Great Lakes service. It became f) GILANI in 1970 and toppled on her side at Vercheres due to the swell from a passing ship on April 22, 1972. The ship was refloated several days later.

1973: An explosion in the engine room of the C.P. AMBASSADOR blew a six-foot-hole in the side of the hull during a storm about 420 miles east of Newfoundland. The ship was abandoned, save for the captain and chief engineer, and was towed into St. John's, NF on May 4. It had been a Great Lakes visitor as a) BEAVEROAK beginning when new in 1965. The damage was repaired and the vessel resumed service on July 14, 1973. It was eventually scrapped as f) FLAMINGO at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, following arrival on April 30, 1984.

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

 

Icebreaking starts Monday for Keweenaw Waterway

4/21 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Coast Guard Cutter Alder starts the break out of the Keweenaw Waterway this Monday.

At the request of the National Park Service, the Coast Guard will break out the west end of the Keweenaw Waterway, April 23. The Park Service plans to launch the Ranger III later in the week. Alder will approach from the west and then establish a track in the ice under Houghton-Hancock Bridge. The icebreaker will not transit Portage Lake and the east end of the Keweenaw Waterway. Alder will leave by the same track she arrived to avoid disrupting stable shore fast ice.

All recreational users of the Keweenaw Waterway should plan their activities carefully, and use caution near the ice.

USCG

 

US Navy's next USS Indianapolis ship launched in Lake Michigan

4/21 - Marinette, Wis. – The U.S. Navy officially christened the fourth vessel to bear the USS Indianapolis name in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wis., on the border of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The new combat ship was christened on Saturday and launched into the Menominee River on Wednesday morning, April 18. Lockheed Martin hosted the christening ceremony, and Jill Donnelly, wife of Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, is the ship's sponsor and handled the breaking of a bottle across its bow.

"The future USS Indianapolis honors more than a city, it pays tribute to the legacy of those who served during the final days of World War II on board USS Indianapolis," Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in a news release.

"This ship will continue the proud legacy of service embodied in the name Indianapolis, and is a testament to the true partnership between the Navy and industry."

The second ship to bear the USS Indianapolis name was sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945, as it was returning from delivering key components for the atomic bomb to a Pacific island. The Navy says the ship with 1,196 sailors on board sank in about 12 minutes, and only 317 crewmen survived the attack, sinking and days spend in shark-infested waters.

Read more and view a video of the launch at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2018/04/uss_indianapolis.html

 

Port Reports -  April 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity departed Duluth on Friday morning with coal from Midwest Energy. After spending a few days at Port Terminal, CSL Tadoussac departed during the afternoon for Nanticoke with ore. American Spirit spent the day loading iron ore pellets at CN, and Alpena remained docked at Lafarge. Manitoulin arrived in Superior Friday morning to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was expected to depart by Friday night.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Edgar B. Speer at 00:48 on Friday the 20th. She departed at approx. 10:00 on the 20th for Gary. Getting underway off Two Harbors on the 20th at 10:00 was the Oakglen that arrived stern first thru the piers at approx. 10:15. She then turned in Agate Bay and went bow first into South of #2. As of 19:40 she was still loading, probably for Quebec City. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on the 21st. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the John J. Boland on the 20th at 17:48. Due Silver Bay on Saturday the 21st is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday April 20th destination update for Cuyahoga is Toledo. 3:49 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load. 8:00 USCGC Alder began ice operations. 14:07 Tecumseh departed for Sorel. 16:40 USCGC Alder docked at Keefer Terminal. 19:00 Kaministiqua shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Thick ice continues to choke the south harbor near Shiras Dock. Kaye E Barker returned outside of the north harbor still loaded with stone as the Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived at 11:20 with the Michipicoten following at 11:49.

Holland, Mich.
The barge Pere Marquette 4 tied up at Padnos about 1940 hours Friday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood departed downbound with salt on Friday. Algoma Niagara took her place at the salt dock. Federal Margaree was at the grain elevators.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday April 20 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Apr 19 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1620 -departure - Apr 20 - CSL Laurentien at 1516

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 19 - Evans Spirit at 1928, light tug Kaliutik at 2047 and Harbour First (Por) at 2356 - Apr 20 - Algosea at 0758, Capt Henry Jackman at 0828, light tug Kaliutik from wharf 52 at 1420 approx., Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0840, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1927, Osogovo (Mlt) eta at 2215 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement eta at 2320. Downbound - Apr 19 - CSL Welland at 1745 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2209 - Apr 20 - Algoma Spirit at 1451, Algoscotia at 1728 and Algoma Enterprise eta at 2310

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Apr 19 - barge Niagara Spirit entered shipyard north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning and light tug Kaliutik at 2210 approx. to fitout wall at shipyard

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 (anchored) - Apr 19 - Algonova at 0204 (waiting for Bronte dock) - Apr 19 - Wicko (Bhs) at 2128 - Departure - Apr 20 - Algonova at 2002 for Bronte

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 20 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0148 and Algoma Harvester at 0553 - Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage) - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Departures - Apr 19 - Esta Desgagnes at 1830 - Apr 20 -Mandarin (Cyp) at 0231 for Quebec City,

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 19 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) docked at 0219 - departed Apr 20 - at 1206 for Montreal

Clarkson:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Robert S Pierson at 0551

Mississauga:
Arrival - Apr 20 - Esta Desgagnes at 0503

Toronto:
Docked - Apr 17 - McKeil Spirit at 1220 - Departures - Apr 19 - Wicko ( Bhs) at 2128 for Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Apr 18 - NACC Quebec at 1210 from Port Weller anchorage - Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637 - Departures - Apr 20 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 0646 eastbound and Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1645 for the canal

 

Norgoma supporters plan strategy for City Council meeting Monday

4/21 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – Sault College nursing student Chelsea Wieja is expected to make her local political debut next week, helping lead the charge to save the M.S. Norgoma. The former Hollywood Joe's hairstylist/colorist was chosen to make the case at next Monday's City Council meeting for the museum ship's preservation, representing both the city's municipal heritage committee and cultural advisory board.

Representatives of the two groups huddled in a computer training room at the Civic Centre to plan strategy for the presentation to council. Sean Meades, a member of both organizations, will prepare talking points for Wieja. Meades plans to focus largely on the Norgoma's cultural value and the city's financial investment.

Councillors will be asked Monday to vote on seizing the Norgoma to offer it to Chicago businessman Peter Gregos-Nicols, who wants to remove it from the Sault and turn it into a travelling maritime museum. The decision was on council's agenda two weeks ago but was deferred to Monday's meeting.

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change contacted the city last summer with concerns about a tarp that was seen floating in the Bondar Marina, collecting lead-contaminated paint chips falling from the 68-year-old vessel. The province wants to know the city's plan for both the paint chips and the boat.

Lloyd Beilhartz, chairperson of the municipal heritage committee, and Chris Rous, chair of the cultural advisory board, will be present Monday to answer any tough questions from councillors. The two committees have also submitted a joint written report to council, but Rous cautioned Wieja to avoid just reading from that document because councillors will already be familiar with it.

"They're all very smart people. They'll read it," Rous said.

Monday's presentation should instead focus on "making our points . . . it needs to be very clear," Rous advised. Ward 2 Councillor Sandra Hollingsworth agreed that Wieja's verbal presentation will be critical. "That is really going to drive changing people's opinions," Hollingsworth said.

Historic images of Norgoma on the St. Marys River will also form part of Monday's presentation. A representative from the St. Marys River Marine Heritage Centre, which has owned the rusting package freighter and former car ferry for the past 37 years, is also expected to speak at Monday's council meeting.

Soo Today

 

“Know Your Ships” program Saturday evening in Algonac

4/21 - “Know Your Ships” editor/publisher Roger LeLievre will offer a program on the history of the annual Great Lakes shipping publication Saturday at the Algonac Historical Maritime Museum, 1240 St. Clair River Dr., Algonac, Mich. Doors open at 6 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5 (donation to the museum); books will be on sale at a $5 discount.

Know Your Ships

 

McKeil family makes $1-million donation to McNally House hospice

4/21 - Grimsby, Ont. – McNally House marked its 10th anniversary with the announcement of $1-million donation that will help it begin a new chapter of providing palliative care services.

During a celebration at Edgewater Manor in Stoney Creek on Wednesday night, Blair and Kathy McKeil announced a $1-million donation to the Grimsby-based hospice to help support the creation of a new wellness center for palliative care. While early in the planning stages, the center will allow for additional palliative care services in west Niagara beyond what McNally House is able to currently offer patients and their families.

Blair McKeil is vice chairman of Mckeil Marine Ltd., which operates a large fleet of tugs, barges and cargo vessels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

“This is an incredible gift that will help launch us forward in a whole new level of service over the next 10 years,” McNally House board president Murray Bain said following the announcement. “We are extremely grateful to the McKeil family for their generosity and commitment — we could not move forward with a project like this in the future without their incredible contribution.”

While the hospice does provide six beds with 24-hour specialized palliative care to people living with a terminal illness, along with supports for their families, McNally House is aiming at expanding its services to those who are not imminently dying. While those individuals and their families are navigating the system with treatment, said Bain, they can look at offering a palliative approach to care through psychosocial and spiritual supports, advance-care planning, caregiver education and patient day wellness programs.

Niagara This Week

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 21

21 April 1907 Peter West, a fireman on the JOHN C. GAULT (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 218 foot, 519 gross tons, built in 1881, at Buffalo, New York, converted to a bulk freighter in 1906, at Detroit, Michigan) fell overboard and drowned in Lake Huron. The news was reported to Capt. J. W. Westcott when the GAULT sailed past Detroit, Michigan, on 23 April 1907.

On 21 April 1863, SEABIRD (wooden side-wheel steamer, 638 tons, built in 1859, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich from Capt. E. Ward for $36,000. She served primarily on the Lake Michigan west-shore and Lake Superior routes until she burned in 1868.

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

Interstate Steamship's a.) WILLIS L. KING (Hull#79) by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, departed on her maiden voyage with a load of coal from Toledo, Ohio on April 21, 1911, bound for Superior, Wisconsin. Renamed b) C. L. AUSTIN in 1952 and was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1985.

On April 21, 1988, P & H Shipping Ltd.'s, d.) BIRCHGLEN, a.) WILLIAM MC LAUGHLIN, was towed off the Great Lakes by the tugs ELMORE M. MISNER and ATOMIC bound for Sydney, Nova Scotia, to be scrapped. Panda Steamship Co., G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.'s a.) WILLIAM H. WARNER (Hull#784) by American Ship building Co., was launched April 21, 1923. Renamed b.) THE INTERNATIONAL in 1934, c.) MAXINE in 1977, d.) J. F. VAUGHAN in 1981 and e.) OAKGLEN in 1983. Scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 1989.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co's, HOMER D. WILLIAMS (Hull#720) by American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, was launched in 1917.

April 21, 1998 - PERE MARQUETTE 41 (former CITY OF MIDLAND 41) was towed to Sturgeon Bay from Muskegon for the remainder of the conversion. She was towed by the tugs MARY PAGE HANNAH and the CARL WILLIAM SELVICK.

On 21 April 1868, GERTRUDE (2-mast wooden schooner, 137 foot, 268 tons, built in 1855, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she was cut by the ice four miles west of Mackinaw City and sank in deep water. Her crew made it to shore in the yawl.

1963: The hull of the Swedish freighter HELGA SMITH cracked en route from Montreal to Kristiansand, Norway, and the crew abandoned the ship. The vessel was taken in tow but sank April 23 while ten miles off Cape Broyle, Newfoundland. The ship had been completed in December 1944 and had been a Seaway trader since 1960.

1981: The Italian freighter DONATELLA PARODI first came inland in 1965 at the age of 8. It was sailing as f) MARIKA K. when a fire broke out in the engineroom on this day in 1981. The vessel was en route from Varna, Bulgaria, to Karachi, Pakistan, when the blaze erupted on the Mediterranean some 60 miles east of Crete. The ship was abandoned by the crew but towed to Eleusis, Greece. It was laid up, later put under arrest and was partially sunk. Following an auction, the hull was pumped out, towed into Aliaga, Turkey, on May 18, 1987, and broken up.

1986: ALGOPORT was inbound at Grand Haven, MI with a cargo of salt when it hit the seawall.

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

 

Freighter trapped in Lake Superior after storm compresses ice along U.P. shore

4/20 - Marquette, Mich. – The gale-force winds of last weekend's storm might be over on Lake Superior, but some Great Lakes freighters are still dealing with the consequences.

The freighter Kaye E. Barker became trapped in the compressed ice near Marquette on Wednesday as she was trying to reach the area's lower harbor, the National Weather Service said. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw was sent to break the ice and free the ship Thursday. Although she is loaded with stone for the Shiras dock, AIS Thursday night showed the Barker moored at the north side of the ore dock. Tug Victory and barge James L. Kuber were on the south side.

Recent winds have blown Lake Superior's ice tightly against the Upper Peninsula shoreline. "Strong winds and high waves from the early week storm compressed the remaining ice cover between Marquette and Whitefish Bay," the NWS said. The agency shared a satellite image that shows the iced-in condition of the bay.

The Barker, built in 1952, is owned by the Interlake Steamship Company.

View photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/freighter_trapped_in_whitefish.html

 

Icebreaker clears the way for trade when the Great Lakes freeze

4/20 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Billions of dollars worth of commerce passes through the Great Lakes every year, and keeping those vital shipments flowing gets tricky when the lakes freeze in winter.

Cutting through all that ice is a big job, so Tom Skilling hitched a ride on the deck of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw as it crossed the upper Great Lakes to see how it's done.

On a beautiful but bitterly cold day, the Coast Guard had three days to re-open the shipping lanes near the Soo Locks. But they were facing up to four feet of solid ice. After using the Mackinaw to break through the ice nearby, the Soo Locks officially opened at midnight on March 25, when the American Century earned this year’s bragging rights to be the very first vessel to pass through.

The Coast Guard says they can see ice on the upper Great Lakes until June.

View a video at this link: http://wgntv.com/2018/04/18/massive-icebreaker-ships-clear-the-way-for-trade-when-the-great-lakes-freeze

 

Unhampered by Prairie backlog, it’s open season for grain in Thunder Bay

4/20 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Grain may be backlogged at elevators on the Prairies, but it remains smooth sailing at the Port of Thunder Bay this spring. Though still early in the Great Lakes navigation season, port authority CEO Tim Heney views no change in activity at the western Lake Superior port. “It’s starting to roll pretty good now. We’re not seeing anything unusual,” he said.

The port opened to navigation on March 27 with the arrival of the first grain vessel, the CSL Welland. The backlog that’s the subject of many national media stories is mainly affecting the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s main West Coast grain port, explained Heney.

The major Class 1 railroads have experienced one of the worst winters in quite a while, plagued by cold temperatures and plenty of snow through the Rocky Mountains. It’s the second time in four years that freight has been stalled in elevators on the Prairies, and many grain haulers are blaming the railways.

Some of the pain for grain growers, Heney said, might have to do with some of the after-effects of Ottawa’s decision de-monopolization the Canadian Wheat Board in 2012. Western farmers may be hanging onto their grain longer, causing a transportation backlog downstream.

“Everyone’s a grain trader,” said Heney. “The price starts to go up, and they all want to deliver at the same time. The (transportation) system is not designed for that. The Wheat Board used to call it in and controlled the flow.”

Heney said railroads and the shipping companies want to run steady all the time and have trimmed their rolling stock and fleets to do that.

In decades past, Canada’s rail and marine network was set up to handle the spring and fall grain surge. “Those days are gone. It’s not like that anymore,” said Heney.

The last time this happened, Ottawa tried to legislate the railways into moving grain faster, under threat of stiff penalties. Heney remembers the late Hunter Harrison, the CEO of Canadian National Railway at that time, wanted to divert grain to Thunder Bay.

“The more you legislate to Vancouver, the more jammed up it becomes,” he said. For the large Panamax ships anchored in the Port of Vancouver waiting to take on cargo, Heney said once they reach seven days in demurrage (the cost calculated of leaving a ship at anchor), they must move to re-anchor further offshore.

Vancouver’s headaches represent a great promotional opportunity for Thunder Bay. With 1.2 million tonnes of storage capacity, the city’s waterfront grain elevators were only half-filled with last year’s Prairie crop in early April.

Once the grain cars start rolling into Thunder Bay at a brisk pace – as many as 2,200 cars a week – Heney said at that rate it will still not draw down their stock. “We have lots of capacity to move it this way. I don’t know if any of it’s going to. But there’s certainly lots of room (for it).”

With Prairie grain just starting to arrive in the port, Heney said there’s no word of grain being diverted to Thunder Bay. “Once they ramp it up, this is the fastest place to move the grain to.”

Coinciding with the start of the shipping season, Heney outlined the port authority’s development plans at its annual luncheon on April 5. To better handle project cargoes, rail spurs on the property are being reconfigured to create more laydown space and more rail car loading spots are being added.

It’s another big year for incoming cargo such as imported German pipe and heavy pressure vessels headed for Alberta, wind turbines and electrical transformers to Manitoba, and Luxembourg steel destined for the Prairie cities. Construction of a new 50,000-square-foot heated warehouse is also in the works. Bombardier leases another warehouse on the property.

Northern Ontario Business

 

Port Reports -  April 20

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival Wednesday the 18th at 22:25 of the American Century. She departed, stern first out to the lake, at 10:20 on the 19th. She turned and headed down the lake with an AIS destination of Indiana Harbor. Arriving off Two Harbors for anchor at approx. 13:00 on the 19th was the Oakglen. She had been anchored off Duluth for about 24 hours, departing Duluth at approx. 11:00 on the 19th. As of 19:30 she remained at anchor off Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors late Thursday the 19th or early on Friday the 20th is the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 19th. Due Silver Bay on the 20th is the John J. Boland, but as of 19:30 she was at anchor in Whitefish Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont. Thursday April 19th 8:30 USCGC Alder began ice operations. 14:55 Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 19:55 Frontenac departed for the ADM Flour Mill in Midland. 21:02 Cuyahoga departed Keefer Terminal; AIS destination shows the Soo.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens Joseph H. Thompson Jr. arrived at 1:06 followed by the Victory / James L. Kuber at 2:35. The Thompson Jr. departed at 10:19 headed for Toledo.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas Federal Margaree spent Thursday at the grain elevators. Algowood was loading salt.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday April 19 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke: Arrival - Apr 18 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1027 - Apr 19 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1620 -departure - Apr 19 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1824 for the canal

Long Point Bay anchorage: Arrival - Apr 17 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2047 - departed - 4.19.1556 for Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal: Upbound - Apr 18 - John D Leitch at 2321 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2230 (to fitout wall at Port Weller shipyard, - Apr 19 - Baie Comeau at 0215, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0730, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0840, light tug Ecosse at 1758, Evans Spirit at 1928 and light tug Kaliutik at 2130 and Harbour First (Por) at 234. Downbound - Apr 17 - Algoma Guardian at 2239 - Apr 18 - Algonova at 1554 - Apr 19 - Baie St Paul at 0556, USCG 45723 at 0945, CSL Welland at 1745,

Welland Canal docks: Arrival - - Apr 18 - Algoma Guardian stopped SW wall above lock 7 at 0444 (overdraft) - Docked - Departures - Apr 18 - Algoma Guardian at 2030 (overdraft) from SE wall above lock 7 to wharf 2 - Apr 19 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II mid morning downbound, barge Niagara Spirit entered shipyard north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and light tug Leonard M at fitout wall at shipyard

Port Weller anchorage: Arrival - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 (anchored) - Apr 19 - Algonova at 0204 (waiting for Bronte dock)

Hamilton: Arrivals - - Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage), Mandarin (Cyp) at 0112 - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428, and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Apr 18 - Esta Desgagnes at 1142, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1452 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Apr 18 - Esta Desgagnes at 1142, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1452 - Departures - Apr 18 - Falstria Swan (Da) (ex Ingrid Jakobsen-12) at 2316 - Apr 19 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0607, Esta Desgagnes at 1830 for Clarkson, light tug Ecosse at 1524 and light tug Kaliutik at 2130

Bronte anchorage: Anchored - Apr 17 - Sarah Desgagnes - Arrival - Apr 18 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1855 (anchored to await dock)

Bronte: Arrival - Apr 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1552 - Departed - Apr 19 at 0044 eastbound - Apr 19 - Apr 19 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) docked at 0219

Clarkson: Arrival - Apr 19 - Esta Desgagnes at 2004 (anchored) - Docked - Apr 17- John D Leitch at 1552 from anchorage off Clakson - departed - Apr 18 at 2051 for the canal

Toronto: Arrival - Apr 18 - Baie Comeau at 1635 - Docked - Apr 17 - McKeil Spirit at 1220 and English River at 1902 - Apr 19 - Departures - Apr 19 - Baie Comeau at 0019 and English River at ,

Oshawa: Arrivals - Apr 18 - NACC Quebec at 1210 from Port Weller anchorage - Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637

 

Angels pitching in $3M for Titanic project

4/20 - St. Catharines, Ont. – More than a year after first floating the idea, plans to build a Titanic museum in Niagara Falls are steaming ahead with no icebergs in site. Fuelled with a $3-million commitment from the Niagara Angel Network, proponents of the attraction hope to welcome aboard their first passengers by the middle of next year.

While celebrating investments made in the past three years totaling just more than $12 million to help establish 29 businesses including several in Niagara, Angel Network executive director Terry Kadwell also announced plans to pitch in for the Experience Titanic interactive museum planned for Niagara Falls.

He said the organization chose to get involved in funding the Titanic project because of the jobs the attraction is expected to create.

"Factoring in construction and operating staff, this could very well bring over 250 full-time and part-time (jobs) to the Niagara region," Kadwell told members of the Angel Network — a group of local venture capitalists — during a meeting at The St. Catharines Club Wednesday evening.

DV3 Imagineering Inc. director David van Velzen, who spearheaded the project first announced in January 2017, said the $21-million facility will give visitors the chance to experience what it might have been like to be aboard the doomed ship that sank on April 14, 1912.

For instance, he said, the attraction will include a platform that will shudder, simulating hitting an iceberg.

"The idea is to allow people to experience what it is to be in first class, second class, in the engine room," he said. "The idea is basically to start at the bottom in the engine room. We'll have video and sounds and smoke, we'll recreate you being in the engine room. Then we'll start to bring you up. Then you'll be in first class in all the opulence, the whole thing. And then we're going to drive you right back down to the ocean floor."

While the developers are working with other lenders to finance the rest of the project, Kadwell said the funding provided by the Angels will be earmarked specifically for the attractions within the facility.

"It's going to take a lot of capital to do something like that. It's taken longer because we need to do it right," he said. "There's no other location like Niagara Falls for this."

St. Catharines Standard

 

Updates -  April 20

The Fleet Photo Galleries have been updated. Thanks to Matt Miner for taking on this major project; updates are ongoing.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 20

On 20 March 1885, MICHIGAN (Hull#48), (iron propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 215 foot, 1,183 tons) of the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railroad was sunk by ice off Grand Haven, Michigan.

The sidewheeler NEW YORK was sold Canadian in 1877, hopefully at a bargain price, because when she was hauled out on the ways on 20 March 1878, at Rathburn's yard in Kingston, Ontario, to have her boiler removed, her decayed hull fell apart and could not be repaired. Her remains were burned to clear the ways.

On 20 March 1883, the E. H. MILLER of Alpena, Michigan (wooden propeller tug, 62 foot, 30 gross tons, built in 1874, at East Saginaw, Michigan) was renamed RALPH. She was abandoned in 1920.

1938: ¬ A fire of an undetermined cause destroyed the passenger steamer CITY OF BUFFALO while it was fitting out for the 1938 season at the East 9th St. Pier in Cleveland The blaze began late the previous day and 11 fire companies responded. The nearby CITY OF ERIE escaped the flames, as did the SEEANDBEE.

2011” ¬ The Indian freighter APJ ANJLI was built in 1982 and began visiting the Great Lakes in 1990. It was sailing as c) MIRACH, and loaded with 25,842 tons of iron ore, when it ran aground 3 miles off the coast of India on March 20, 2011. Four holds were flooded and the crew of 25 was removed. The hull subsequently broke in two and was a total loss.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, “Ahoy & Farewell II” and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes down 13 percent in March

4/19 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 1.8 million tons of cargo in March, a decrease of 13 percent compared to a year ago. However, the March float topped the month’s 5-year average by more than 15 percent.

Iron ore cargos for steel production dominated the month. Cargos totaled 1.4 million tons, a decrease of 17 percent. That no iron ore moved from Escanaba, Michigan, is a factor in the decrease. That port used to resume iron ore shipments in early to mid-March. However, the mine that shipped through Escanaba has been indefinitely idled. Therefore, the iron ore trade to domestic steelmakers could not resume until the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., reopened on March 25.

March coal shipments dipped by more than half, but limestone cargos nearly quadrupled to 185,000 tons.

Year-to-date U.S.-flag carriage stands at 3.3 million tons, a decrease of 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017. (Only one cargo [limestone] moved in February.) Iron ore cargos are down by 20 percent. Coal trails a year ago by 70 percent, but limestone has more than quadrupled.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

First Ship Ceremony welcomes the Federal Weser

4/19 - Superior, Wis. – Superior Mayor Jim Paine officially welcomed Captain Umesh Sharma and his crew aboard the Federal Weser on Monday during the annual First Ship Ceremony.

The Weser sailed in on Thursday evening. She's loading grain at the CHS Terminal in Superior. All 22 crewmembers are from India. The port authority said they left a port in Romania, and delivered a load of steel to Sault Ste. Marie before heading here.

Many were on board to recognize the first ocean-going vessel for the season, including: US Coast Guard - MSU Duluth, several local elected officials from both Duluth and Superior, the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Ceres Terminals, National Cargo Bureau, and Daniel's Shipping Services.

Also, Visit Duluth was part of the fun. The organization said that 2,600 people entered the First Ship Contest and the winner was Linda Hanby from Middleton, Wis. She was only off by 19 minutes, guessing 10:05pm. The Weser sailed in at 9:46pm.

WDIO

 

Port Reports -  April 19

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Whitefish Bay departed Duluth mid-afternoon Wednesday with ore from CN. CSL Niagara replaced her at the dock, and was still loading Wednesday evening. Oakglen was on the hook off the Duluth entry waiting to load after her fleetmate. CSL Tadoussac was moored at Port Terminal waiting out a delay after loading ore at BN on Tuesday. Federal Weser remained at CHS taking on wheat, and Alpena continued discharging cement at Lafarge. James R. Barker was expected late Wednesday night to load coal at Midwest Energy. In Superior, Thunder Bay arrived to load ore at BN on Wednesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors should see the arrival of the American Century between 21:00-22:00 on Wednesday the 18th. At 18:30 on the 18th she was north of Outer Island. Due Two Harbors on the 19th is the Edgar B. Speer. As of 18:30 on the 18th she was at the Soo. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Tuesday the 17th at 19:57. As of 18:30 on the 18th she was still at the dock. Arriving Silver Bay on Wednesday the 18th was the H. Lee White at 04:39; she departed at 13:09 on the 18th for Cleveland. The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure of the Algoma Spirit at 13:40 on Tuesday the 17th for Quebec City. Roger Blough shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 13:38 to 14:00 on the 17th. As of 22:00 she was still at the loading dock. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson at 11:39 on Tuesday. She was delayed arriving at the dock due to high winds. She departed on the Tuesday the 17th at 19:51 for Cleveland.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday April 17th 23:30 USCGC Alder arrived and went to anchor east of the Welcome Islands. Wednesday April 18th 9:00 USCGC Alder began ice operations by breaking out the Mission River channel to the G3 elevator. At 11:20 she proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to assist with Cuyahoga shifting to Keefer Terminal. 13:30 Federal Yoshino arrived and went to anchor. 16:57 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Kaye E. Barker arrived Wednesday for the lower harbor before getting stuck in ice near 16:08. Unable to get herself unstuck, she will likely spend the night there. Michipicoten arrived in the upper harbor at the Presque Isle Ore Dock at 18:16 to take on a load of iron ore.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Margaree spent Wednesday at the grain elevators.

Toledo, Ohio
Activity aboard the long-idle tug Jane Ann IV Wednesday is leading to speculation she has been sold. One possible use could be for removal of parts to be installed on another tug.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday April 18 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Apr 18 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1027 - Docked - Apr 17 - Algonova at 0908 - Departure - Apr 18 - Algonova at 1231 for the canal

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 17 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1613 (anchored) and Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2028 - Departure - Apr 18 tug Leo A McArthur & barge at 1026 for dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 17 - Algoma Discovery at 2250 - Apr 18 - Damia Desgagnes at 0827, Algoma Niagara at 1009, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1048, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1512

Downbound - Apr 17 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2149 and Algoma Guardian at 2239 - Apr 18 - Baie Comeau at 0235, tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0417, CSL Laurentien at 0505, CCGS Pierre Radisson at 0612, Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 0702 and Algonova at 1554

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Apr 17 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement moved to wharf 12 at 1712 - Apr 18 - Algoma Guardian stopped SW wall above lock 7 at 0444 - Docked - Apr 13 - at wharf 12 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1700 - Departure - Apr 18 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement early morning and Algoma Guardian at 2030 from SE wall above lock 7

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 (anchored) - Apr 16 - NACC Quebec awaiting dock at Oshawa - Departure - Apr 18 - 0807 for Oshawa

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 17 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0444 - Apr 18 - Esta Desgagnes at 1142, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1452 - Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage), Mandarin (Cyp) at 0112 - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (ex Falcon-09) at 0428, Falstria Swan (Da) (ex Ingrid Jakobsen-12) at 0620, and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Departures - Apr 18 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 0755, Robert S Pierson at 0800 eastbound and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1918 eastbound

Bronte anchorage:
Docked - Apr 17 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1552 - Arrival - Apr 18 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tu) at 1855 (anchored to await dock)

Clarkson:
Docked - Apr 17- John D Leitch at 1552 from anchorage off Clakson

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 18 - Baie Comeau at 1635 - Docked - Apr 17 - McKeil Spirit at 1220 and English River at 1902

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Apr 17 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1723 - Apr 18 - NACC Quebec at 1210 from Port Weller anchorage - Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637 - Departure - Apr 18 tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1048 for the canal

 

First polar-class dual-fuel chemical tanker christenedC

4/19 - - Canadian shipping company Desgagnés has christened and launched the Mia Desgagnés, the world's first polar-class dual-fuel oil/chemical tanker. The vessel represents an investment of over $50 million, including nearly $9 million for the addition of dual-fuel/LNG equipment.

Last May, the company named the first dual-fuel asphalt-bitument-chemical tanker Damia Desgagnés. Mia is a short form of Damia, and was chosen because originally the Mia was to be an asphalt-bitumen twin of the Damia Desgagnés, and means "drop of seawater" in Hebrew.

With a deadweight capacity of nearly 15,000 tons and tanks with a capacity exceeding 17,000 m³, the Mia Desgagnés is suitable for transporting refined petroleum products or chemicals. She was built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey using an original concept and specifications developed by Desgagnés to optimize safety, environmental performance and operational efficiency.

The ship has a double hull and Polar 7 certification. She’s equipped with a variable pitch propeller as well as bow and stern thrusters for high maneuverability. Her generators’ power output of over 3MW allows her, through her generator/motor integrated in the propulsion shaft, to reach a cruising speed of up to seven knots without using the main engine. This flexibility further improves safety.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/first-polar-class-dual-fuel-chemical-tanker-christened#gs.auI3ozU

 

Senate drops measure to exempt ship ballasts from Clean Water Act

4/19 - The U.S. Senate voted narrowly Wednesday against a measure that would have pulled some significant Clean Water Act protections for the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters.

The measure, which would have removed the Environmental Protection Agency from managing contaminated ballast water discharges from freighters and turned it over to the U.S. Coast Guard, was fiercely opposed by Great Lakes conservation and environmental groups.

Those groups viewed it as a giant step backward in compelling the shipping industry to better disinfect its ship-steadying ballast water, which can be contaminated with unwanted species from around the globe.

Contaminated ballast water is how some of the Great Lakes’ most notorious invaders are believed to have arrived in the world’s largest freshwater system, including zebra and quagga mussels, spiny waterfleas, round gobies and the fish-killing VHS virus.

Shipping industry advocates have been pushing for the change for years, arguing that the existing ballast water management program is too complicated because it is handled by both the Coast Guard and EPA. Many states also have their own ballast regulations

The idea was to streamline and standardize treatment requirements for an industry that, by its nature, must operate in multiple jurisdictions.

The problem, according to the conservation groups, is that the Coast Guard is ill-suited to manage this form of biological pollution and cannot compel the shipping industry to limit its discharges under the authority of the Clean Water Act, which is administered by the EPA.

Read more at this link: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2018/04/18/senate-drops-measure-exempt-ship-ballasts-clean-water-act/529421002

 

Ferry service to Neebish Island remains suspended

4/19 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. –  Ferry service to Neebish Island was suspended Saturday morning. Last weekend’s storm force winds and significant deposits of snow forced the EUP Transit Authority to suspend ferry operations.

The EUP Transit Authority announced the start of a modified schedule last Wednesday after island residents went nearly two weeks without ferry service. Last weekend’s storm sent ice down from Lake Nicolet effectively blocking the ferry crossing again. Coast Guard ice breakers work to flush ice in the lower river to create space for this new ice to go. The current weather forecast calls for increased sunshine and a slow rise in daily temperature which will help the ice blocking the channel to deteriorate. Island residents who need supplies should contact Mr. Jamie Pringle, Captain of the Neebish Island Ferry. Mr. Pringle is the Coast Guard’s liaison to Neebish Island. Calls for medical emergencies should be placed to 911.

 

Obituary: James Carrick

4/19 - James Tyrone Carrick (Jim), 74, passed away Tuesday evening, April 10, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He was very active in the Soo Locks Visitors’ Center Association as a board member and treasurer. Jim Carrick. In addition to his financial responsibilities and participation at special events, he designed the annual Engineers Day T-shirts and wrote the group’s newsletter.

A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Faith Lutheran Church or the Soo Locks Visitors’ Center Association.

Soo Locks Visitors Center Association

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 19

19 April 1884 - The KASOTA (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 246 foot, 1660 gross tons, built in 1884 at Cleveland, Ohio) was launched by Thomas Quayles & Sons at Cleveland, Ohio for Capt. Thomas Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio. The hull was painted green with white bulwarks and upper works.

On 19 April 1956, the newly-converted cement carrier E.M. FORD had her steering equipment break when she was abeam of Harsens Island on the St. Clair River. She plowed head-on into the down bound freighter A.M. BYERS which was loaded with dolomite for Buffalo, New York. The BYERS sank in just 17 minutes and the FORD anchored. No lives were lost.

Sea trials were completed for Upper Lakes Shipping's CANADIAN TRANSPORT on April 19, 1979, and she departed Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd., on her maiden voyage the next morning.

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

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

Hall Corp. of Canada's a.) HUTCHCLIFFE HALL (Hull#261) by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Quebec, was launched April 19, 1954.

Pittsburgh Steamship's steamer RICHARD TRIMBLE (Hull#707) of the American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, was launched April 19, 1913. She was scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota between 1978 and 1981.

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

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

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

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

1915: PALIKI of the Algoma Central Railway fleet was carrying steel rails to Chicago when it ran aground on Simmons Reef near the Straits of Mackinac.

1922: LAMBTON, a steel lighthouse tender, was last seen on the date by the MIDLAND PRINCE. It was lost with all hands on Lake Superior somewhere south of Michipicoten Island while delivering lighthouse keepers to their stations. Wreckage was later located but no bodies were ever found.

1927: DAVID S. TROXEL was damaged in a storm on Lake Superior. Plates and rivets worked loose and there were problems with the rudder. The ship was renamed c) SONOMA later in 1927 and was scrapped by Stelco in Hamilton as d) FRED L. HEWITT in 1962.

1938: REDRIVER had loaded coal at Charlotte, NY and was crossing Lake Ontario when it ran aground, due to fog, near Point Petre.

1939: VALLEY CAMP ran aground on Cole's Shoal, near Brockville, due to fog and part of the cargo of coal had to be lightered before the ship was refloated with the help of the tug SALVAGE PRINCE on April 24.

1940: SANDLAND battled through heavy ice to open the port of Port Colborne on this date in 1940. The ship had a cargo of scrap steel from Detroit for the Algoma Steel mill.

1956: A.M. BYERS was loaded with limestone and bound from Drummond Island to Buffalo when it sank in the St. Clair River following a collision with the E.M. FORD on this date in 1956. The ship was hit on the port side abreast of the pilothouse but all on board were rescued. The ship was later salvaged and repaired becoming b) CLEMENS A. REISS (ii) in 1959 and c) JACK WIRT in 1970.

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

 

Michigan official: Tugboat damaged Great Lakes pipelines

4/18 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – Recent damage to underwater oil and electrical lines in the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan that’s blamed for an insulation fluid spill was caused by a tugboat dragging its anchor, Michigan’s attorney general announced Tuesday.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said he notified Vanenkevort Tug and Barge that he’s planning civil action against the company because of the damage believed to have been caused April 1 by the tug named Clyde S. Vanenkevort in the Straits of Mackinac.

“The vessel ignored markers in the channel and clearly identified hazards on navigational charts that make clear that an anchor should not be deployed in this area of Straits,” Schuette said in a statement.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Vanenkevort Tug and Barge, based in Escanaba, Michigan.

Two electric cables leaked 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of insulation fluid containing mineral oil and benzene. Enbridge Inc.’s twin Line 5 pipelines carry crude oil and liquefied natural gas. The company has said the pipelines were dented but that the integrity of the lines weren’t compromised.

Under Michigan law, causing such a leak is punishable by a civil fine of up to $25,000 per day of the discharge, as well as damages for harm to natural resources, attorney’s fees and court costs, Schuette said. He said those responsible for the anchor deployment or maintenance also could face criminal charges or other legal liability.

An anchor strike had been suspected in the damage, but officials hadn’t previously released details, including of who might be responsible.

Enbridge announced Monday afternoon it has restarted its Line 5, which was shut down over the weekend. The company blamed a power outage. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had pushed for a temporary shutdown because of high winds and heavy currents in the Straits of Mackinac.

Line 5 carries 23 million gallons (87 million liters) of oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. The segment that crosses the 5-mile-wide (8-kilometer-wide) straits linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan is divided into two side-by-side pipes that were laid on the lake bottom in 1953.

The ruined power cables are owned by American Transmission Company. The Coast Guard and other agencies have been monitoring the straits by boat and air but have reported no sheen or other evidence of pollution. Plans call for using an underwater vehicle to check the damaged cables and pipeline.

The Associated Press

 

Algoma Compass registry opened

4/18 - Algoma Compass, the former Adam E. Cornelius, had her Canadian registry opened on Tuesday. She recently left long-term layup at Huron, Ohio, and is now at the Donjon drydock at Erie, Pa., for inspection and repairs prior to reentering service.

 

U.S. Senate voting this week on looser rules for ships dumping ballast water

4/18 - Milwaukee, Wis. – The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a measure this week that conservation groups say could have devastating — and permanent — consequences for the Great Lakes.

The legislation attached to the U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act calls for giving the Coast Guard the exclusive authority to regulate the shipping industry when it comes to discharging ship-steadying ballast water that can harbor invasive species.

As the law currently works, both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard share management of ballast water discharges. The shipping industry contends this situation, along with varying state ballast regulations, has created a regulatory quagmire and that the new measure will streamline things for the industry and still protect the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters.

Conservationists contend ballast water management belongs in the hands of the EPA, and stripping the agency of that authority means significantly weaker protections for the Great Lakes that have been ravaged for decades by contaminated ballast water discharges.

The push to loosen the regulations is the latest chapter in an environmental saga that started in the early 1970s, when the EPA made a decision that had momentous consequences for the Great Lakes: It quietly removed contaminated ballast discharges from the list of industrial pollutants to be regulated under the newly adopted Clean Water Act. The rationale at the time was that ship-steadying ballast tanks weren't a form of pollution because they held nothing but seawater.

“This type of discharge generally causes little pollution,” the EPA explained when it published the regulation granting the shipping industry exemption in 1973, “and the exclusion of vessel wastes from the (Clean Water Act) will reduce administrative costs drastically.”

Read more at this link: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/special-reports/great-lakes/2018/04/17/u-s-senate-voting-week-looser-rules-great-lakes-ships-dumping-ballast-water/520637002

 

Port Reports -  April 18

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Whitefish Bay loaded ore at CN on Tuesday after the departure of Erie Trader. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was at Midwest Energy loading coal, and was expected to depart during the evening. CSL Niagara was at Port Terminal waiting for Whitefish Bay to finish loading. Federal Weser continued loading wheat at CHS, and Alpena was moored at Lafarge offloading cement. CSL Tadoussac loaded her first cargo since re-entering service at Burlington Northern in Superior on Tuesday. She departed during the evening, however then arrived via the Duluth entry.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Following another poor day of weather in Marquette, the Lee. A Tregurtha changed course for its new destination of Silver Bay. The James L. Kuber (docked in the Soo) and the tug Joseph Thompson JR. (upbound in the St. Marys River) are still expected to arrive within the next day or so with temps increasing and weather improving.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Margaree has cleared Toledo, upbound for Goderich.

Sarnia, Ont. – Marc Dease
Algoma Buffalo departed Sarnia Tuesday afternoon on her first trip under her new name and flag. She is heading up bound to Stoneport for a load of stone, and was followed into Lake Huron by the Manitoulin which overtook the slower Algoma Buffalo which was running at reduced speed.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday April 17 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Apr 17 - Algonova at 0908 and CSL Laurentien at 1112 - Departure - Apr 17 - CSL Laurentien at 2047

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 17 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1613 (anchored) Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 17 - Algoscotia at 0401, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0746. Algowood at 0824, Downbound - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1131, Algoma Guardian at 2130 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2130,

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Apr 17 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement moved to wharf 12 at 1712 from wharf 16 - Docked - Apr 13 - at wharf 12 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1700

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 16 - NACC Quebec awaiting dock at Oshawa

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 17 - Isa (Cy) at 0102, Sten Fjord (Mhl) at 0428, Falstria Swan (Da) (ex Ingrid Jakobsen-12) at 0620, Robert S Pierson at 0634 and Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 1445 from anchorage - Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage), Mandarin (Cyp) at 0112 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 16 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 2036 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 and Sten Moster (Gib) at 0156 - Departures - Apr 17 - Algowood at 0604 and Algoma Discovery at 2120 approx.

Anchored off Hamilton:
Arrival - Apr 16 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1843 (anchored awaiting weather) - Departure - Apr 17 at 1320 eastbound

Bronte anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 16 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1018 - Departure - Apr 17 - Algoscotia - early morning for Port Weller

Clarkson:
Arrival - John D Leitch at 1515 (anchored) from Port Weller anchorage (awaiting weather)

Toronto:
Arrivals - Apr 17 - McKeil Spirit at 1220 and English River at 1902

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637

 

National Museum holds underwater archaeology workshop

4/18 - Toledo, Ohio – The National Museum of the Great Lakes will hold its annual Underwater Archaeology Workshop on April 28 and April 29 at the museum in Toledo. The purpose of the workshop is to train interested parties in the art and science of underwater archaeology. Diving experience is not required, explained Carrie Sowden, Director of Archaeology, as conducting underwater archaeology is both an in water and out of water experience.

In the workshop, participants will attend lectures on all aspects of underwater archaeology on Saturday and participate in a simulated survey (above water) on the Schoonmaker museum ship on Sunday. Later in May, participants can also participate in underwater and above water activities at White Star Quarry in a practicum session. Later this summer, attendees can participate in an actual survey of a Lake Erie shipwreck. The price of the workshop also includes dinner on Saturday night featuring Dr. John O’Shea of the University of Michigan, who will discuss his research on 9,000-year-old hunting sites on the floor of Lake Huron.

For more information call 419-214-5000 extension 200 or go to www.inlandseas.org to register. The museum is located at 1701 Front St., Toledo Ohio 43605

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 18

18 April 1907 - At least 20 freighters were anchored at De Tour, Michigan, waiting for the frozen St. Marys River to break up. The vessels found their provisions running low after waiting for about a week and they bought everything edible in De Tour.

The U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender ASPEN (steel propeller tender, 117 foot, 277 gross tons, built in 1906, at Toledo, Ohio) was sent to Cheboygan, Michigan to get more provisions. De Tour did not have railroad facilities at this time and therefore was compelled to stretch the provisions from the last boat in the fall through winter until a boatload of supplies was delivered in the Spring.

On 18 April 1889, the CITY OF RACINE (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 220 foot, 1,041 tons) was launched by Burger & Burger at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Goodrich Transportation Company. The vessel was ready for service three months later. Her total cost was $125,000.

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

Hall Corp. of Canada’s b.) MONTCLIFFE HALL began trading on the Great Lakes on April 18, 1978. Renamed c.) CARTIERDOC in 1988 and d.) CEDARGLEN in 2002. Built in 1959 in Germany as the a.) EMS ORE, she was purchased by Hall Corp. in 1977. Converted to a bulk carrier with the addition of a forward cargo section at Davie Shipbuilding in Lauzon, Quebec.

PATERSON (Hull#231) was launched April 18, 1985, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. She was the last straight deck bulk freighter built on the Lakes and was built to the maximum size permitted to lock through the Seaway. Renamed b.) PINEGLEN in 2002.

Johnstown Steamship's a) MIDVALE (Hull#167) of Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 18, 1917. Renamed b.) BETHLEHEM in 1925 and scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1974.

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

Upper Lakes Shipping's RED WING was sold for scrap on April 18, 1986.

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

Superior Steamship Co.'s a.) SINALOA (Hull#609) of the West Bay City Shipbuilding Co., was launched April 18, 1903, as a straight deck bulk freighter. Renamed b.) WILLIAM F. RAPPRICH in 1924, c.) SINALOA in 1927. Converted to a self unloader in 1931. Renamed d.) STONEFAX in 1960. Scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1971.

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

On 18 April 1848, the wooden schooner TRIBUNE went missing in lower Lake Michigan. Her fate was unknown until native fishermen discovered her masts standing upright off Cathead Point in November 1849. All 10 of her crew were lost.

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

1945 The steel barge GEORGE T. DAVIE, en route from Oswego to Kingston with 1,100 tons of coal and under tow of the SALVAGE PRINCE, began leaking and sank off Nine Mile Point, Lake Ontario, in 85 feet of water. The hull was located by divers in 1999. The ship had once been part of Canada Steamship Lines.

1989 ENERCHEM AVANCE spent 7 hours aground in the St. Marys River below the Soo Locks on this day in 1989. At last report the ship was under Nigerian registry as e) ERINGA.

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

 

S.S. Badger's dock damaged in weekend storm, no delays expected in season start

4/17 - Manitowoc, Wis. – Over the weekend, the S.S. Badger's dock in Wisconsin was damaged in storms, but officials say don't worry – repairs will happen sooner rather than later.

According to a statement from Lake Michigan Car Ferry, the dock sustained damage due to high winds and heavy waves eroding the shore. Company officials are headed to Manitowoc to assess the damage and meet with city officials to discuss immediate repair work. The repairs should be completed before the start of the sailing season on May 11, the company statement assured.

The S.S. Badger shuttles people and cars across Lake Michigan from Ludington, Mich. to Manitowoc, Wis. More than 2.5 million passengers have been served since 1953. The S.S. Badger was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior on February 2016.

WZZM

 

Lakes will reap benefits from passage of Coast Guard Authorization Act

4/17 - Cleveland, Ohio – Protection of the environment and promotion of waterborne commerce will be well served by Senate passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act. The bill, S.1129, includes provisions that will protect the Great Lakes from oil spills and non-native species and facilitate shipping during the ice season.

“This bill is a real win-win for the Lakes,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of the Lake Carriers’ Association, the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes. “It is equally concerned with safeguarding our environment and fostering waterborne commerce, the most efficient mode of transportation for dry-bulk cargos.”

S.1129 authorizes a new U.S. Coast Guard Center of Expertise for Great Lakes oil spill preparedness and response. Although no crude oil moves on the Great Lakes, light heating oils, gasoline, asphalt and various chemicals are transported and the Center will enhance protection of what is the source of drinking water for more than 30 million North Americans.

The bill incorporates the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) that will replace the current patchwork quilt of separate, even conflicting regulations on commercial vessel ballast water discharges by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes States with a uniform set of regulations which draws on the regulatory, technical and scientific expertise of each.

Weakley stressed the VIDA provisions heighten regulation of ballast water discharges. “Vessels will now be governed by stricter and more uniform regulations and the bill retains the requirement that oceangoing vessels exchange their ballast before entering the Lakes even after they install ballast water treatment systems.”

U.S.-flag lakers will benefit from the provision authorizing construction of a new Great Lakes icebreaker of the same caliber as the Mackinaw, currently the only U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker stationed on the Lakes. While the Mackinaw is fairly new, it was launched in 2006, the other U.S. Coast Guard vessels charged with icebreaking date back as far as 1979. Even though several of those vessels recently have undergone service life extension, a number suffered significant casualties this past winter. As a result, cargos totaling 1.8 million tons were either delayed or outright cancelled in December and January.

“The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet cannot reliably meet the needs of commerce with only one U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker on the Lakes. I urge the Senate to pass S.1129 as soon as it is brought to a vote.”

Weakley noted that facilitating waterborne commerce in and of itself is a boon to the environment. “Vessels are the greenest mode of transportation,” he said. “They use less fuel and produce few emissions in the movement of cargo than do trains and trucks.”

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  April 17

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
After virtually no activity during the weekend due to the winter storm, vessel traffic resumed on Monday. Indiana Harbor arrived to load coal at Midwest Energy, Michipicoten and Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort loaded ore at CN, and Alpena arrived with cement for Lafarge. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Whitefish Bay were at anchor off Duluth waiting to load, and CSL Niagara and CSL Tadoussac were expected late Monday night. Federal Weser continued loading wheat at CHS, and Algoma Enterprise was loading ore at BN.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Edwin H. Gott on Monday the 16th at 01:40 for South of #2. She then departed at approx. 18:15 on the 16th for Gary. Departing Two Harbors on the 16th was the Presque Isle after waiting on weather at North of #2. She departed at approx. 07:55 for Conneaut. When she departed she went stern first out to the lake, turned, then went down the lake. Arriving Two Harbors on the 16th was the Roger Blough at 11:55 for North of #2 layby. Also arriving Two Harbors on the 16th was the Algoma Spirit at approx. 18:30 for South of #2. She arrived off Two Harbors on the 16th and went to anchor at approx. 08:50 after being anchored off Sand Island waiting on weather. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader had been scheduled for Two Harbors, but was sent to Duluth. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival on Monday the 16th of the Herbert C. Jackson around 20:30 arriving from Duluth after unloading stone and waiting on weather. Due Silver Bay Tuesday evening the 17th will be the H. Lee White.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday 23:40 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. Monday April 16th 7:35 CCGS Samuel Risley began ice operations. At 8:00 the boats waiting for weather began departing. Whitefish Bay for Duluth, CSL Niagara for Superior, CSL Tadoussac, on here first voyage since coming out of long-term layup, for Superior and CSL Welland for Quebec City. 10:00 CCGS Samuel Risley left the port area and was traveling along the north shore of Superior, possibly back to the Sault.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
There was no activity on the Presque Isle Ore Dock for 4/16/18. Due to poor weather the Lee A. Tregurtha was delayed, but is expected to arrive at the dock morning to midday 4/17/18.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was still loading salt on Monday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday April 16 - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 16 - CSL Laurentien at 1212 (anchored) - Anchored - Apr 14 - Algonova at 0611

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 16 - Kaministiqua at 0755. Downbound - Apr 16 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 0525, Robert S Pierson at 0611, Maria Desgagnes at 1025, Cedarglen at 1223 and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1754,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 13 - wharf 16 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1700 and at wharf 12 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1700

Port Weller anchorage:
Departures - Apr 16 - NACC Quebec at 0634 for Oshawa, Kaministiqua at 0655 for the canal, Algoma Discovery at 0840 for Hamilton and John D Leitch for Clarkson - Arrival - Apr 16 - NACC Quebec returned to anchorage awaiting weather improvement

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 16 - Algoma Discovery at 1139 and Algowood at 1252 from Humber Bay anchorage and tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 2036 - Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 13 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0625 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage), Mandarin (Cyp) at 0112 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 and Apr 13 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0303 - Departure - Apr 16 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1819

Anchored off Hamilton:
Arrival - Apr 16 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1843 (anchored awaiting weather)

Bronte anchorage:
Arrivals - Apr 16 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1018 and Algoscotia at 1100 (anchored awaiting weather)

Clarkson:
Arrival - John D Leitch at 1515 (anchored) from Port Weller anchorage (awaiting weather)

Humber Bay anchorage:
Departure - Apr 16 - Algowood mid-morning for Hamilton

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 12 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1211

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 17

17 April 1871 - The wooden brig ST. JOSEPH was carrying lumber from Ludington, Michigan, to Chicago, Illinois. Her hold was filled and lumber was stacked on deck so she was indeed overloaded. A gale developed and the deck load shifted, then was lost. ST. JOSEPH became waterlogged in mid-lake. Her crew remained with her until 19 April when the propeller ST. LEWIS found them 35 miles southwest of Pentwater, Michigan, and took them there. The tug ALDRICH towed the waterlogged brig in for repairs.

The first vessels through the Straits of Mackinac for the 1870 season were the CITY OF BOSTON and the CITY OF NEW YORK, both owned by the Northern Transportation Company. They passed through the Straits on 17 April 1870. The following day they passed Port Huron but could only go as far as Algonac, Michigan, since the St. Clair River had an ice jam which raised the water level by two feet and was causing flooding.

The Collingwood-built, 610-foot aft section of the JOHN B. AIRD passed up bound through the St. Marys Falls Canal on April 17, 1983, in tow of the tugs WILFRED M. COHEN and JOHN MC LEAN heading for Thunder Bay, Ontario, where it was assembled with the 120-foot bow section.

Canada Steamship Lines a.) STADACONA (Hull#24) was launched April 17, 1929, by Midland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. She was renamed b.) NORDALE in 1969 and was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, in 1983. She was the first vessel scrapped at the old Algoma Steel Dock in Port Colborne.

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

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

On 17 April 1874, CHARLES J. KERSHAW (wooden propeller, 223 foot, 1,324 gross tons) was launched at the Ballentine shipyard at Bangor, Michigan.

1961: FREEMAN HATCH was built at Sturgeon Bay and completed in December 1942. It left the Great Lakes the following spring for service for the British Ministry of War Transport. It was sold and renamed b) CHARLES M. in 1950 and became c) HOUSTON in 1953. The vessel was sunk on this date in 1962 during the attempted, anti-Castro, Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

1982: CHEMICAL TRANSPORT ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Dark Island as channel markers were out of position due to the wind and ice conditions. The vessel lightered some cargo to fleetmate JAMES TRANSPORT and then went to Sorel for repairs. In 2009, the ship was reported as lying burned out and derelict near Lagos, Nigeria, after an explosion and fire as c) REAL PROGRESS on June 1, 2001.

1990: RESERVE ran aground in the St. Marys River while downbound with a load of iron ore for Toledo on this date in 1990. The ship stranded in a snowstorm and had to be lightered to the WILLIAM R. ROESCH before going to Fraser Shipyard for repairs.

1997: ALGOLAKE got stuck on Vidal Shoal, St. Marys River while bound for Algoma Steel with a cargo of iron ore. The ship was lightered and released. After unloading, the vessel went to Thunder Bay for repairs.

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

 

Great Lakes area slammed with April storm: Vessels delayed, damage reported

4/16 - High winds, waves, snow and flooding made the weekend miserable in the Great Lakes area. The bad weather delayed vessel traffic on most of the Great Lakes, with most vessels going to anchor or staying put at docks.

Traffic on Lake Superior was sticking close to the north shore to stay in the lee of the land as winds gusted over 50 mph. Several vessels were weathering the storm at anchor Sunday in the lower St. Marys River, among them Great Republic, Lee A. Tregurtha, H Lee White, Frontenac, American Spirit, Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader, Hon. James L. Oberstar and Burns Harbor. Algoma Guardian and Saginaw were downbound in Mud Lake at 10 p.m. Sunday, however it was unclear if they were going to anchor as well.

In the Mackinac Straits, the salties Isolda and Federal Kushiro remained anchored off St. Ignace, east of the bridge, on Sunday. Manitowoc was stopped just to the west. John J. Boland was stopped in the lee of Seul Choix Point.

On Lake Erie, Mississagi, Edgar B. Speer and CSL Laurentien were on the hook Saturday and Sunday the lee of Point Pelee.

Joseph L. Block, which had been anchored on Lake Michigan Saturday night just South of Frankfort/Elberta, resumed her trip to Cedarville late Sunday afternoon.

In Detroit, where the J.W. Westcott Company recently resumed 24/7 operations on the Detroit River with the mailboat J.W. Westcott II, easterly winds at 30 mph had water levels up about 30 inches Sunday morning. Some waves were washing onto the dock itself.

Flooding was an issue in several areas. High water caused serious damage to the docks at Miller Ferry in Port Clinton, Ohio, and boats had to be moved out into the lake at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday the company was working on getting temporary dock space closer to Toledo and expected to have tired crews off the lake by 6 p.m.

The Lake Michigan carferry Badger is scheduled to start service on May 11, however photographs posted on line Sunday night showed the roadway leading to the ferry apron had washed away. One of the apron counterweights came loose as well. A damage assessment has not yet been made.

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority advised customers Sunday on its Facebook page that service to Drummond Island, Mich., might be delayed or stopped entirely due to weather. (We are) “looking at east winds sustained at 25-30 knots with higher gusts,” the post said.

At the Mackinac Straits, Enbridge Energy temporarily shut down the recently damaged Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac due to the storm. The National Weather Service forecast for the straits Sunday afternoon called for snow and sleet, gusting winds and waves of 7 to 12 feet high — occasionally around 12 feet.

In the Monroe, Mich.-Toledo, Ohio, area, Lake Erie was overflowing into residences along the lakeshore, causing evacuations. Initial estimates were that between 50 and 80 homes had severe flooding. The water began receding Sunday. Further north, rising waters in Saginaw Bay also prompted evacuations.

In Toronto, wind gusts of 60 mph were recorded Sunday afternoon, and most traffic was stopped in the Welland Canal.

 

Ship first to use new Monroe dock: Huron Spirit brought a load of steel coils

4/16 - Monroe, Mich. – A ship docked for the first time last Wednesday at the Port of Monroe’s newest dock. The new $3.6 million intermodal dock, which was finished last year, was made possible through a $3 million loan from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The Huron Spirit, a flat deck cargo barge, brought 8,000 tons of steel coils to be unloaded at the port. The shipment featured 477 26½ tons of coiled steel, which will be trucked to Detroit to the automotive plants. The steel came from Stelco in Ontario.

“This is the first vessel to use the new dock made possible by the MEDC and MDEQ,” said Paul C. LaMarre III, port director. “It’s the perfect type of cargo to come through because our largest staging area is right next to the dock.”

The unloading went off without a hitch. “It proves we can handle the commodity efficiently and economically and serve the regional market,” LaMarre said.

With recent tariffs placed on overseas steel, LaMarre expects the port will receive similar shipments from Canada because that country and Mexico do not have such tariffs. “We have an opportunity for Canadian steel to come in larger volumes which will boost the steel industry over time,” LaMarre said. “Canada is well-suited to send coiled steel to the auto manufacturers.”

This first load is considered a trial but will likely lead to more steel cargo at the port. “We all hope it will be a sustainable business,” LaMarre said.

The port also is increasing its bulk cargo by rail this shipping season, which opened late last month. It has formed a partnership with Norfolk Southern and recently completed a trial shipment of finished steel bar stock to Mexico.

On the rail side, the port also will send synthetic gypsum by rail to Indiana. “As long as cargo touches the port, it’s good for the community,” LaMarre said. “It has a positive impact overall.”

The first European vessel of the season will likely come from Spliethoff Lines later this year.

View photos at this link: http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180414/ship-first-to-use-new-dock

 

Future USS Indianapolis christened at Marinette Marine

4/16 - Marinette, Wis. – Winter Storm Evelyn didn't keep the future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) from being christened in Marinette Saturday. Indianapolis was christened by breaking a champagne bottle across the ship's bow.

In a news release from Lockheed Martin, LCS 17 will be the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the Indianapolis name. She will undergo additional outfitting and testing at Fincantieri Marinette Marine before her anticipated delivery next year.

Winds from the winter storm prevented the ship's launch. It's been rescheduled for Tuesday. In February, a keel-laying ceremony was held for the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the next littoral combat ship to be built at Marinette Marine.

Fox 11

 

Port Reports -  April 16

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Weather is still a major factor for boat traffic. The Presque Isle remained at North of #2 at the CN ore docks in Two Harbors as of Sunday the 15th at 18:45. She is waiting on weather before she departs. As of 18:45 on the 15th Algoma Spirit remained at anchor behind Sand Island, Wis., where she is waiting on weather before she continues on to Two Harbors. Edwin H. Gott, as of 18:45 on the 15th, was abeam of Grand Marais, Minn., heading for Two Harbors. She should arrive, weather permitting, early in the morning on April 16th. Also due Two Harbors is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Her last position was west of Slate Island in Northern Lake Superior. Herbert C. Jackson continued to wait on weather at Hallett #5 in Duluth. She is due to load at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay. As of 18:45 on the 15th she was still at Hallett.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday April 15th destination update: Algoma Guardian for Baie Comeau. Whitefish Bay and CSL Niagara, both destined for Duluth/ Superior to load iron ore, arrived and went to anchor to wait out the weather. 9:31 CCGS Samuel Risley began ice operations in the main anchorage. 13:20 Federal Bering, the first saltie of the year, arrived from Burns Harbor, and went to anchor. 16:21 CSL Welland shifted from Viterra A to the main anchorage. Once the weather subsides she will be departing for Quebec City.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was making her visit to load salt on Sunday. Algosteel left Saturday evening for Milwaukee.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Sunday morning for Picton, Ont. This was her maiden visit to Rochester.

Welland Canal and regional report, Sunday April 15 – Barry Andersen
High winds still keeping vessels anchored.

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Apr 15 - CSL Assiniboine steaming at slow speed due to weather from Port Colborne

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Apr 14 - Algonova at 0500

Buffalo:
Arrival - April 13 - Manitoulin at 0900 - Departure - Apr 15 - at 1347 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - no traffic - Downbound - Apr 14 - Federal Rideau (HKg) at 1431 - stopped in lock 6 at 1859 for weather - Apr 15 - underway around 0600

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 13 - wharf 16 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1700 and at wharf 12 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1700

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 14 - CSL Assiniboine at 2230 from Nanticoke - Departure - Apr 15 at 1650 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 14 - NACC Quebec at 1809 for Oshawa - downbound - John D Leitch at 2048 and Algoma Discovery at 2258 - upbound - Kaministiqua at 2254

Hamilton:
Docked - Apr 12 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Apr 13 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0625 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage), ferry Frontenac II at 0019 and Mandarin (Cyp) at 0112 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 and Apr 13 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0303 -

Bronte anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 14 - Sarah Desgagnes - docked at 0900 - Departed dock for anchorage at 1020 - Apr 15 - (waiting for weather to improve) - Algoscotia bound Bronte - slow speed - no eta - Departed - Apr 15 - Sarah Desgagnes from anchorage at slow speed

Humber Bay anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 14 - Algowood at 1930 - anchored

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 12 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1211

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637

Carlton Island anchorage:
Anchored upbound for port of Hamilton- Apr 15 - Isa (Cyp) at 0214, Blacky (Cyp) at 0357, Sten Moster (Gib) at 0607, Falstria Swan (Da) at 1503 and for Nanticoke - Bro Alma (Sgp)

 

Sonar will be deployed in Straits to assess utility cable damage

4/16 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The Unified Command has announced that the American Transmission Company is slated to deploy sonar scanning technology and a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to better assess damage to the affected utility cables this week, as soon as weather conditions no longer pose a danger to responders.

ATC contracted with Durocher Marine and T&T Subsea to provide tugs, a barge, and an ROV to assess the damage to the utility cables. A tug retrofitted with sonar side-scanning technology will locate the damage in the utility cables, and the ROV will obtain underwater, visual imagery of the cables. The images obtained will provide the Unified Command with the information needed to determine how best to deal with the damaged cables.

Throughout the weekend, responders worked shoreside and continued mineral oil extraction operations. To date, more than 300 gallons of mineral oil has been extracted from the utility cables. In addition, wildlife professionals from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) Wildlife Services program conducted wildlife surveillance from land and did not observe any impacted birds or wildlife.

When weather conditions no longer pose a danger to responders, USDA-APHIS wildlife professionals, MI DEQ environmental experts, and Coast Guard marine science technicians will resume efforts to survey the area from vessels and airplanes to identify any impacts to the environment. No impacts have been identified so far.

The Coast Guard marine casualty investigation into the vessel activity that may have contributed to damage to the ATC cables and the three dents in the Enbridge pipelines is ongoing.

The Unified Command encourages the public to report any sightings of pollution or affected wildlife. To report affected wildlife or animals acting abnormally please call the USDA at (517)-336-1928. To report any oil sheen or pollution, please call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 16

16 April 1907 - In a blinding snowstorm, the LOUIS PAHLOW (wooden propeller package freighter, 155 foot, 366 gross tons, built in 1882, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was towing the DELTA (wooden schooner, 134 foot, 269 gross tons, built in 1890, at Algonac, Michigan) on Lake Michigan. She went off course and ran onto the rocks at the Clay Banks, six miles south of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The DELTA made it to anchorage before she also grounded. The Lifesaving Service rescued both crews. Both vessels were eventually freed, repaired and put back in service.

On 16 April 1872, the THOMAS W. FERRY (wooden schooner, 180 feet) was launched at the J. Jones yard at Detroit, Michigan. She cost $40,000 and was owned by P. J. Ralph & Son and A. C. Burt.

ALGOWOOD departed on her maiden voyage April 16, 1981, from Owen Sound, Ontario, in ballast for Stoneport, Michigan, taking on limestone there for Sarnia, Ontario.

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

BURNS HARBOR's keel was laid at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, as (Hull#720) for Wilmington Trust Co., Bethlehem Steel Co., manager, on April 16, 1979.

CEMENTKARRIER (Hull#175) of the Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at Haverton Hill-on-Tees, England, was launched April 16, 1930, for Canada Cement Transport Ltd.

Reiss Steamship Co.'s a.) W.K. BIXBY entered service on April 16, 1906. Renamed b.) J. L. REISS in 1920 and c.) SIDNEY E. SMITH JR in 1971. She sank in a collision with the Hindman steamer PARKER EVANS under the Blue Water Bridge on June 5, 1972.

On April 16, 1986, U.S. Steel's steamer WILLIAM A. IRVIN was sold for $110,000 to the Duluth Convention Center Board.

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

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

1897: The wooden schooner INGEBORG FORREST was a total loss in a spring gale near the entrance to Pentwater, Michigan, on this date in 1897.

1906: EUGENE ZIMMERMAN was upbound with coal on its maiden voyage when it collided with the SAXONA in the Mud Lake section of the St. Marys River on this day in 1906. The new bulk carrier was hit on the port bow and sank. The hull was raised on May 20, repaired and returned to service. It was renamed b) GRAND ISLAND in 1916 and last operated in 1960. After work as a grain storage hull named c) POWEREAUX CHRIS, the vessel was towed to Hamburg, West Germany, for scrapping in 1964.

1959: T.R. McLAGAN of Canada Steamship Lines ran aground on a shoal off Amherst Island, Lake Ontario, and was released on April 18.

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

 

Algoma Buffalo officially registered

4/15 - Canadian registry was opened on April 12 for Algoma Buffalo, the former American Steamship Co. vessel Buffalo. Algoma Compass, the former Adam E. Cornelius, has yet to enrolled, according to the Transport Canada database.

 

Storm brings potential for Lake Superior shoreline flooding

4/15 - Duluth, Minn. – A massive spring storm bringing blizzard conditions to parts of the Upper Midwest will bring strong east winds that could cause flooding along Lake Superior's shore.

With high winds sweeping the area, vessels either remained where they were in port or were hugging the north shore of the lake.

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a lakeshore flood warning for coastal areas of western Lake Superior because of winds gusting to 45 mph that will whip the big lake into a frenzy.

That happened last October, causing major damage in some areas of Park Point, the South Shore and North Shore and the Apostle Islands. While Lake Superior water levels have dropped some since October, they remain well above normal — adding to any flood potential.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  April 15

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Due to winds and waves, ship traffic was at a standstill in Duluth on Saturday. Mesabi Miner was docked at CN, and Herbert C. Jackson was at Hallett #5. Federal Weser was at CHS 1. Algoma Enterprise and Roger Blough were at Port Terminal awaiting docks, and Stewart J. Cort was at Burlington Northern in Superior.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
There was very little activity on Saturday the 14th because of weather. The Algoma Spirit arrived off Sand Island, Wis., on the 14th at approx. 10:30 and went to anchor to await weather before she continues on to Two Harbors. On Friday the 13th the Presque Isle shifted between 21:30 to 22:10 from South of #2 to North of #2 to await weather. Due Two Harbors are the Edwin H. Gott and the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Both were in eastern Lake Superior heading for the North Shore. No ETA Two Harbors for either. Herbert C. Jackson was at Hallett #5 waiting on weather before continuing on to Northshore Mining in Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday April 14th at 11:00 CSL Tadoussac departed, and after leaving the port area took a course to the south west towards Duluth. 14:02 Algoma Guardian departed (AIS still shows Thunder Bay) 14:40. With severe winter-like weather and a gale warning in effect for Saturday and Sunday CSL Tadoussac reversed course and returned to the Thunder Bay main anchorage, arriving at 18:08.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
There was no activity Saturday on the Presque Isle Ore Dock.

Mackinac Straits
Salties Isolda and Federal Kushiro were anchored off St. Ignace, east of the bridge. Manitowoc was stopped to the west. John J. Boland was stopped in the lee of Seul Choix Point.

Frankfort, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was anchored on Lake Michigan Saturday night just South of Frankfort/Elberta for weather.

Grand Haven, Mich. – Bill Van Lopik
As of 5:30 pm EDT Saturday, three vessels were anchored off Grand Haven, waiting out rough weather. Cason J. Callaway was stopped south of the Grand Haven pierheads and the John G. Munson and Kaye E. Barker were both anchored north of the pierheads. The Barker’s destination is Grand Haven, the Callaway and Munson are heading for other ports.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel continued to load salt for Milwaukee on Saturday. Algoma Innovator is due.

Toledo, Ohio
Thanks to the strong northeast winds blowing on Lake Erie, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday the water level was a plus 76.4 inches. This is about 3 feet (36 inches) higher then the normal water levels. The northeast winds are to stay strong into Sunday before shifting to the southeast.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday April 14 - Barry Andersen High winds from NE and freezing rain delaying some vessels

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 11 - Algosea at 0512 - Apr 13 - CSL Assiniboine at 2102 - Apr 14 - Algonova at 0500 - Departures - Apr 13 - Algosea at 2139 for the canal - Apr 14 - Algonova at 0611 to anchorage and CSL Assiniboine at 0650 for anchorage

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Apr 14 - CSL Assiniboine at 0851 - departed - Apr 14 at 1329 for Port Colborne anchorage

Buffalo:
Arrival -April 13 - Manitoulin at 0900

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 13 - Oakglen at 2329 - Apr 14 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 0601 and Kaministiqua at 2215 - Downbound - Apr 14 - Algosea at 0126, John D Leitch at 0803, Algoma Discovery at 0834 and Federal Rideau (HKg) at 1431 - stoped in lock 6 at 1859 for weather

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Apr 13 - wharf 16 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1700 and at wharf 12 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1700 - Docked - Apr 11 - Frontenac at wharf 19 (ADM Milling) at 1615 approx. - Departure - Apr 13 - Frontenac at 0301 from ADM Milling westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 14 - CSL Assiniboine at 1840

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - Apr 14 - NACC Quebec at 1809, John D Leitch at 1609 and Algoma Discovery at 2150 approximately

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 13 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0625 - Apr 14 - Algoma Sault at 0006 (maiden voyage), ferry Frontenac II at 0019 and Mandarin (Cyp) at 0112 - Docked - Apr 12 - Damia Desgagnes at 0335, Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 and Apr 13 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0303 - Departure - Apr 13 - Damia Desgagnes at 2259 for Sorel-Tracy

Bronte anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 14 - Sarah Desgagnes docked at 0900 - departed dock for anchorage at 1020

Humber Bay anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 14 - Algowood at 1930 - anchored

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 12 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1211

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637

 

Updates -  April 15

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Brant, Bro Alma, Fairchem Friesian, Federal Kushiro, Federal Margaree, Federal Nakagawa, Harbour Fashion, Isa, Lake St Clair, Mandarin, Mitiq, Ocean Castle, Sten Moster, Virginiaborg and Wicko.
 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 15

15 April 1907 - The Rutland Line’s OGDENSBURG (steel propeller package freighter, 242-foot, 2329 gross tons, built in 1906, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying 50,000 bushels of corn, a big consignment of flour and general merchandise from Chicago to Ogdensburg when she stranded on Point aux Barques on Lake Huron in a storm. Although she was leaking in her forward compartment, she was freed after some cargo was jettisoned.

15 April 1907 - The Welland Canal opened for the season with the first vessel being the SAMUEL MATHER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 530 foot, 6,751 gross tons, built in 1906, at Wyandotte, Michigan) carrying coal from Cleveland, Ohio to Prescott, Ontario.

On 15 April 1881, the Market Street Bridge in Mount Clemens, Michigan, was taken down to allow the newly built VIRGINIUS to pass down the Clinton River to Lake St. Clair, where she was taken in tow by the CITY OF NEW BALTIMORE. The VIRGINIUS was towed to Port Huron where her engine was installed and she was fitted out for service.

Misener's CANADA MARQUIS (Hull#257) of Govan Shipyards Ltd, Govan, Scotland, was launched April 15, 1983. Renamed b.) FEDERAL RICHELIEU in 1991, c.) FEDERAL MACKENZIE in 1991, d.) MACKENZIE in 2001 and CSL's e.) BIRCHGLEN in 2002.

American Steamship Co.'s SAM LAUD was christened April 15, 1975.

On April 15, 1977, the CONALLISON's, a.) FRANK C. BALL of 1906, self-unloading boom collapsed while unloading coal at the Detroit Edison Trenton, Michigan, power plant in the Trenton Channel on the lower Detroit River.

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

Pittsburgh Steamship's steamer J. P. MORGAN JR left Lorain in ballast April 15, 1910, on her maiden voyage to load iron ore at Duluth, Minnesota.

Masaba Steamship's steamer JOE S. MORROW entered service April 15, 1907.

The steamer JOHN P. REISS left Lorain, Ohio on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1910 with coal for Escanaba, Michigan. She was the first of three bulkers built in 1910 for Reiss interests. The other two were the steamers A. M. BYERS and the PETER REISS.

The tanker IMPERIAL COLLINGWOOD began service April 15, 1948.

On April 15, 1955, American Steamship's steamer DETROIT EDISON entered service, departing Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for Port Inland, Michigan, on her maiden trip.

On April 15, 1985, the e.) WILLIAM CLAY FORD, formerly d.) WALTER A. STERLING and presently f.) LEE A. TREGURTHA) departed Fraser Shipyards for the D. M. & I. R. ore docks in West Duluth for her first load in Ford Motor Company colors.

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

On 15 April 1862, ELISHA C. BLISH (wooden propeller tug, 81 foot, 107 tons, built in 1857, at Black River, Ohio) sank near shore at Algonac, Michigan, when a steam pump was accidentally left in an open position and she flooded. She was raised and lasted another two years when she "went missing" on Lake Huron.

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

1967: MAPLE HILL began visiting the Great Lakes in 1959. The British-flag freighter had been built at Montreal in 1943 as a) FORT VERCHERES and was renamed c) DIOPSIDE in 1966. It collided with and sank the Swedish freighter IREVIK in the Baltic Sea on this day in 1967. MAPLE HILL was renamed d) ENTAN in 1969 and arrived at Hirao, Japan, for scrapping on June 30, 1970.

1987: An attempt to steal navigation equipment using a cutting torch resulted in a fire that caused major damage to the upper deck of the GRAND RAPIDS. The retired Lake Michigan carferry had been idle at Muskegon since 1971. It was eventually sold for scrap in 1989 and broken up at Port Maitland, ON in 1994.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy & Farewell II” and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

First saltie, Federal Weser, arrives in Twin Ports

4/14 - Duluth, Minn. – The first oceangoing vessel of the 2018 commercial navigation season, the Federal Weser, arrived at the port of Duluth-Superior at around 9:41 p.m. on Thursday.

The Federal Weser was expected to start loading Monday morning at the CHS terminal on the Superior side of the harbor — 21,400 metric tons of durum wheat bound for Algeria. If all goes according to plan, departure could be late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4431191-first-saltie-arrives-twin-ports

 

Seiche sloshes Lake Michigan before weekend storm

4/14 - Ludington, Mich. – A massive push of wind with the incoming storm created an interesting phenomenon on Lake Michigan Friday.

The force was enough to almost completely bury the Ludington North Breakwater underwater. Nine minutes later, the sloshing water receded into the depths of Lake Michigan, revealing very low levels. This slosh of water created by wind is called a seiche. These are fairly rare on Lake Michigan, but not unprecedented.

The Ludington water level gauge recorded the water redistribution. Within an hour, there was a 1.5 foot change in water level.

Seiches are caused when strong wind pushes water ahead of it into a downwind shore. The wind will often push the water over its banks as the system slams into the coast. After it passes, the water returns to the lake and sloshes back and forth between shores until it once again finds equilibrium.

A wind gust of 42 mph was measured in Ludington at the time of Friday’s seiche.

Todd and Brad Reed Photography in Ludington captured the dramatic shoreline change, which began at 12:18 p.m. Friday. Click here to view photos: http://www.woodtv.com/weather/seiche-sloshes-lake-michigan-before-weekend-storm/1120726246

 

Saginaw Bay could rise over 3 feet on strong northeast wind

4/14 - A lakeshore flood watch is in effect for Bay County and Tuscola County at the base of Saginaw Bay in Bay City. Strong northeast winds will push water from the main body of Lake Huron into Saginaw Bay and the Saginaw River.

The lake level at Essexville is expected to rise 41 inches. The peak water level should occur during the day Saturday. Water levels should begin to go down Sunday morning, as winds turn to blowing out of the northwest.

A lakeshore flood watch means water from Saginaw Bay or the Saginaw River could flood shoreline roads and property. Keep an eye on the rising water levels if you live close to Saginaw Bay. Also remember to not drive through flooded roadways, especially if there is a bridge over a creek or stream emptying into Saginaw Bay.

M Live

 

Port Reports -  April 14

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the departure of the American Spirit on Thursday the 12th at 23:40 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors on Friday the 13th was the Presque Isle at 10:45 for South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 13th she was still at the ore dock. Due Two Harbors on Saturday the 14th is the Algoma Spirit that should arrive early in the morning. Tentatively due on Saturday is the Edwin H. Gott, but as of 17:30 Friday she was below the Soo. With gale warnings up, that will affect times. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort / Great Lakes Trader on the 13th at 03:18. Not on the schedule for Silver Bay, but a possibility is the Herbert C. Jackson that unloaded stone at Hallett #5 in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday April 13th 1:04 Ojibway departed(AIS still shows Thunder Bay). 1:37 Algoma Guardian weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:37 Saginaw departed after loading coal for the Sault. 13:03 Assisted by the tugs Point Valour and Glenada. CSL Tadoussac departed the Current River Shipyard and proceeded on a brief shakedown to the main anchorage. 16:20 she went to anchor.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
James L. Kuber departed Friday at at 07:41. The Hon. James L. Oberstar departed at 15:41.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none are expected until Saturday when the Joseph L. Block is due in the late evening to load. Saginaw is also due on Sunday in the early morning to load. Gales are forecast for the weekend, so ETAs will most likely change.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The first vessel for the 2018 season will be the Cason J. Callaway on Sunday at noon. Also expected will be the Joseph L. Block on Thursday, April 19 in the early morning to load. Gales are forecast for the weekend, so ETAs will most likely change.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading Friday and none are expected until Sunday when the Algoma Buffalo, the former Buffalo from the ASC, fleet is due in the late morning to load. There are no vessels due Monday. Gales are forecast for the weekend, so ETAs will most likely change.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none are expected to arrive until Sunday when the Manitowoc is due in the early morning to load at the North Dock. Gales are forecast for the weekend, so ETAs will most likely change.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algosteel was loading salt on Friday.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The saltwater vessel Federal Margaree recently arrived in Toledo and is currently docked at the Midwest Overseas Terminal. Another saltwater ship, the Federal Rideau and a fleetmate of the Federal Margaree, was just departing Toledo after loading a grain cargo on Friday late afternoon. The ASC 1,000-footer Indiana Harbor departed from its lay up dock at the Midwest Overseas Terminal on Thursday afternoon and that leaves only its fleetmate American Mariner among active vessels in Toledo for winter lay up. She is due to sail in late April.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday April 13 - Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 11 - Algosea at 0512 - Apr 13 - Thunder Bay at 1343 - Departure - Apr 13 - Thunder Bay at 1900 westbound

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Apr 13 - CSL Assiniboine at 0917

Buffalo:
Arrival -April 13 - Manitoulin at 0900

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 12 - Labrador at 2233 - Apr 13 - CCGS Griffon at 0706, USEPA Lake Guardian at 0817, Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagracht-13) at 0821
Downbound - Apr 12 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1857 - Apr 13 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 0226, English River at 1448, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1643 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1544

Welland Canal docks:
Arrivals - Apr 13 - wharf 16 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1700 and at wharf 12 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1700 - Docked - Apr 11 - Frontenac at wharf 19 (ADM Milling) at 1615 approx. - Departure - Apr 13 - Frontenac at 0301 from ADM Milling westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Delayed - Apr 13 - Mitiq (Nld) (ex Emmagracht-13) for Windsor

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 13 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0625 and Algoma Sault at 2345 approximately (maiden voyage) - Docked - Apr 12 - Damia Desgagnes at 0335, Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 and Apr 13 - Ocean Castle (Mlt) (ex Federal Mattawa-16) at 0303

Bronte:
Docked - Apr 11 - Mia Desgagnes (first trip into the Seaway) at 2002 - Departure - Apr 13 at 1155 for Montreal

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 12 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1211

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637

 

Shipyard reaches milestone with completion of first large-scale ship repair

4/14 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Thunder Bay's shipyard reached a milestone over the winter, completing its first large-scale project since being purchased two years ago. The shipyard – owned by Heddle Marine Service – spent about four months repairing Canada Steamship Lines' 223-metre ship CSL Tadoussac.

It was a big step up from the smaller vessels, such as tugs, that have been worked on in the time since Heddle purchased the dormant shipyard in 2016, said company sales and marketing manager Shaun Padulo.

"I think that this was a very significant milestone," he said. "The operators, the major shipping companies in Canada – the Algomas, the CSLs, Rand Logistics of this world, I think, perhaps, were hesitant at going to Thunder Bay, because the yard had been shut down for so long."

"At the same time, Thunder Bay poses some unique issues," Padulo said. "Obviously, the weather is a bit of a challenge."

Padulo said the CSL Tadoussac project "proved to the industry" the shipyard can handle larger vessels, and he hopes at least one similar-sized ship, if not two, will be at the shipyard next winter.

Padulo couldn't share too many details about the work done on the CSL Tadoussac. He said it was essentially repair and maintenance work, needed to get the ship – which has been moored in Thunder Bay for the last few years – ready to go back into service this shipping season.

Padulo said Heddle is partnered with Thunder Bay company Fabmar Metals Inc. Heddle owns the shipyard, while Fabmar brought in people to work on the Tadoussac over the winter. Padulo said there's a core group of about 25 people, but the company brought in many more to do the CSL Tadoussac work.

"Typically, that's how ... shipyards operate," Padulo said. "During the spring and summer, there's projects that are ongoing, but the major works are always done in the fall and the winter [while the Seaway is closed]."

The availability of skilled trades workers is a challenge for the industry, however, Padulo said. "In the shipyard, we're definitely going to need welders, fitters," he said. "We'll need electricians, we'll need mechanics."

"A big one is blasting and painting, that's something that we'll look at needing, potentially, our own crews," Padulo said. "We're going to try to become as self-sufficient as possible, [while] at the same time using key suppliers in the Thunder Bay area."

Padulo said the company plans to have discussions with Confederation College about the possibility of training students for work in the shipyard.

"The marine industry poses some unique challenges," he said. "We find, actually, it's hard to hire a welder that's used to working in certain conditions, and then bringing him into a shipyard. There's a lot of different positions, like overhead positions, you're sometimes welding old steel to new steel, or vice-versa, which is an art in and of itself. Some people love it, some people find it challenging and prefer to move on."

CBC

 

Shipping community urges swift passage of Coast Guard authorization bill

4/14 - Toledo, Ohio – Companies and organizations dependent on Great Lakes shipping are urging the Senate to quickly approve the Coast Guard Authorization Bill (S.1129) when it comes before them next week. The bill would set funding for all U.S. Coast Guard operations this year and next. Key Great Lakes missions that would be funded include search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, pollution response and icebreaking.

Of particular importance is the provision that authorizes construction of a new Great Lakes icebreaker as capable as the heavy icebreaker Mackinaw. The Mackinaw was built in 2006, but the other vessels charged with icebreaking date as far back as 1979. While this past winter was not as harsh as the arctic-like winters of 2013/2014 and 2014/2015, U.S.-flag Great Lakes carriers had to cancel or delay more than 1.8 million tons of cargo because the U.S. Coast Guard was unable to meet the needs of commerce. A number of their icebreakers suffered casualties that kept them out of service for significant periods of time.

S.1129 also authorizes a new Coast Guard Center of Expertise for Great Lakes oil spill preparedness and response. This is very important as the lakes are the source of drinking water for more than 30 million North Americans.

The bill includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which consolidates the current patchwork system of separate and sometimes conflicting regulations on commercial vessel ballast water discharges by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes states into a unified regulatory system in which each has roles that play to their regulatory, technical, and scientific strengths. As the Coast Guard’s ballast water regulatory system has matured over time, the initial uncoordinated efforts between states and the federal government to stop the introduction of non-natives species will be integrated. VIDA does not eliminate the regulation of commercial vessel ballast water, rather it improves it by imposing stricter and more uniform requirements on vessels bringing foreign ballast water into the Great Lakes.

Senate passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act will continue and enhance the Coast Guard’s priority missions of maritime safety, homeland security, and environmental protection on the Great Lakes.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Lake Michigan shipping season: High water levels but not all-time highs

4/14 - Green Bay, Wis. – According to predictions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Michigan is in for another season of high water levels. Predictions are based on a century of historic data and computer models which use the variables of precipitation, evaporation and runoff to determine future water levels.

If predictions hold true, and water levels again remain high, what does this mean for Green Bay?

There are some significant benefits to higher water levels. Boats are easier to get in and out of harbors, and the deep water certainly makes it easier to navigate with less danger of running aground. The impact on shipping at the Port of Green Bay is that vessels are able to carry more cargo because of the sufficient depth. More cargo means a higher economic impact to the area. Of course, the downside to high water levels are the dangers of erosion, flooding and bigger waves, all which can lead to structural or shoreline damage.

If recent months are any indication of what’s to come this spring and summer, there will be no shortage of H2O. In the month of February, levels were 11 inches higher than February 2017 and 18 inches higher than the February average. January and February are the months with the lowest levels of the year; and March and April are when we see levels rise as snow and ice melt, and rain showers down.

While there was a lower than average amount of snowfall this winter, it should be noted that ice cover on Lake Michigan peaked higher in January than it did at any point in 2017. And there wasn’t that much evaporation last fall; in fact, evaporation has been below average and precipitation has been above average since 2013. Looking back to 2017, the high precipitation in the spring added to already high levels of water. Lake Michigan was 19 inches above its long-term average in October.

So, we’re starting off this spring with more water than last year. Although Lake Michigan is not predicted to break record high water levels, the levels are expected to stay above average. In fact, for June, levels are estimated to be almost 4 feet above average. Water levels on all of the Great Lakes have consistently been above their historical averages for the past few years.

What we can learn from looking back at the history of water levels is that, high as though they may seem at this point, the levels still go up and down. Just five short years ago, in January 2013, we were experiencing record lows. Two years later and 4 feet higher, the opposite experience began. However, it’s still nowhere near the record highs of 1986. Yes, water levels will be high once again this spring, but it’s only a matter of time before they decline once again.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 14

14 April 1965 The GEORGE A. SLOAN (steel propeller bulk freighter, 603 foot, 9057 gross tons, built in 1943, at River Rouge, Michigan) was the first commercial vessel through the Soo Locks. The SLOAN (now MISSISSAGI) received Sault Ste. Marie's official tri-centennial flag to fly all season. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce in turn received the Pittsburgh Fleet flag, and it flew below the United States flag on the flagpole on top of the Ojibway Motor Hotel all season.

On 14 April 1872, the MESSENGER (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 150 foot, 444 gross tons, built in 1866, at Cleveland, Ohio) left Manistee, Michigan in a storm for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After battling ice flows near shore, she made it to open water but the heavy seas snapped her rudder post. She was unmanageable and four members of the crew left in the yawl to try to get help. Although they were only a few miles from port, the men struggled for hours against the wind, waves and ice before they finally made it back to Manistee, Michigan, where they got a tug to go out and tow the MESSENGER in for repairs.

On April 14, 1961, FORT CHAMBLY departed Toronto, Ontario, on her maiden voyage bound for the Canadian Lake head.

Interlake Steamship's COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS (Hull#791) sailed on her maiden voyage April 14, 1926, clearing Lorain for Toledo, Ohio, to load coal.

CSL's steamer GLENEAGLES lost her self-unloading boom April 14, 1977, while unloading at the CSL stone dock at Humberstone, Ontario. Renamed b.) SILVERDALE in 1978, she was scrapped at Windsor, Ontario, in 1984.

On April 14, 1984, vessels around the Great Lakes were battling one of the worst season openers for ice in recent memory. The ERNEST R. BREECH (now OJIBWAY) and HERBERT C. JACKSON spent the entire day battling ice off the Duluth entry, while the St. Clair River was choked with ice.

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

1965: Fire broke out in the #2 hold of the CAPETAN VASSILIS en route from Madras, India, to Rotterdam with a cargo of sunflower seeds while 60 miles off the Mediterranean island of Crete. The crew abandoned the vessel and it sank on April 16. The ship had been built at Superior, Wisconsin, as TULLY CROSBY in 1944 and returned to the lakes as c) SPIND in 1952-1953, as d) HEILO in 1953 and e) CAPETAN VASSILIS in 1956.

1977: CANADIAN OLYMPIC ran aground in the St. Lawrence off Heather Point near Brockville. The ship was loaded with ore and en route from Sept Iles to Ashtabula. The navigation channel was blocked. The vessel was lightered to MAPLEHEATH and released at 1057 hours on April 16. The ULS self-unloader spent three weeks at Port Weller Dry Docks undergoing repairs to the damage.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy and Farewell”.

 

First saltie of the 2018 shipping season is on its way to Port of Duluth-Superior

4/13 - Duluth, Minn. – The first saltie of the 2018 commercial navigation season, the Federal Weser, was expected to arrive around 10 p.m. Thursday. Its official arrival time will be recorded when the ship passes beneath Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge.

Federal Weser is expected to start loading Monday morning at the CHS terminal on the Superior side of the harbor – 21,400 metric tons of durum wheat bound for Algeria. If all goes according to plan, departure could be late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Built in 2002, the 656-foot bulk carrier is named after a major river in western Germany and flies the flag of the Marshall Islands. Part of the Fednav fleet, the Federal Weser last visited the Twin Ports in 2015. On this year’s transit, it stopped along the way to deliver a load of steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Federal Weser has 22 crewmembers and is under the command of Captain Umesh C. Sharma. The local vessel agent is Daniel’s Shipping Services. Stevedoring is being handled by Ceres Terminals, with tug assists provided by the Great Lakes Towing Company. It appears to be the first of a half-dozen salties that will be making their way to the Twin Ports via the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System during the next couple of weeks.

Boat watchers typically line the Duluth Ship Canal to take photos and greet the first saltie of the season, but time of day and weather conditions play a factor in crowd size. An invitation-only First Ship Ceremony is being planned for Monday afternoon aboard the vessel for community leaders and representatives from the maritime industry to officially welcome the captain and crew. Invited guests include representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, mayor’s office, Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, Duluth Seaway Port Authority and other civic leaders. Visit Duluth representatives also will be on hand to announce the winner of the 2018 First Ship Contest. Over 2,200 entries were received in this year’s contest, cosponsored by Visit Duluth and the Port Authority.

“Some of the world’s highest-quality grains move from farmers’ fields in Minnesota and North Dakota through the Port of Duluth-Superior to customers in countries across Europe, North Africa and points beyond,” said Kate Ferguson, director of business development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “When it comes to shipping everything from agricultural products and iron ore to heavy equipment and project cargoes, the Port of Duluth-Superior literally links the heartland of North America to the world.”

The arrival of the first saltie always serves to remind residents and tourists alike that the Port of Duluth-Superior is an international seaport. Situated 2,342 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, this Port anchors the westernmost edge of the entire Great Lakes-Seaway System, which reopened for business just a couple of weeks ago. The Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., opened at 00:01 Sunday, March 25, with the American Century being the first upbound vessel to lock through. Four days later, the Seaway season got underway as the Algoma Niagara locked through the Welland Canal. Challenging ice conditions have slowed early-season transits in the eastern end of Lake Superior and through the St. Marys River, but Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers have been working in tandem to establish tracks and assist vessels through those sections.

 

Coast Guard ends Operation Coal Shovel, Operation Taconite continues

4/13 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Coast Guard ended Operation Coal Shovel, a domestic icebreaking operation, Monday. Coal Shovel encompasses ice-breaking in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair / Detroit River system, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers work together to break ice in these waterways as conditions worsen throughout the winter.

Operation Taconite domestic icebreaking operations continue.

Taconite is the largest of the two operations and is the largest domestic icebreaking operation in the U.S. Taconite is primarily responsible for ensuring the successful transport of cargo amid the harsh winter conditions of the northern Great Lakes.

The Coast Guard provides icebreaking assistance in U.S. waters where commercial icebreaking resources are either unavailable or incapable of handling the difficult ice conditions. Under the CAN/US agreement, Taconite may also provide icebreaking in Canadian waters such as Georgian Bay or the port of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Critical waterways in Taconite's area of responsibility include the Straits of Mackinac, Whitefish Bay, and the St. Marys River. Extreme weather conditions, narrow channels, relatively shallow waters, the Soo Locks, and the large number of vessels transiting the St. Marys River make it a particularly challenging icebreaking environment.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  April 13

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry during the day on Thursday, although Duluth's first saltie of the season, Federal Weser, was on western Lake Superior Thursday evening bound for the Twin Ports. She will load grain at the CHS elevator once she arrives. Mesabi Miner was also due late Thursday night to load iron ore pellets at CN. Roger Blough remained docked at Port Terminal on Thursday waiting out a delay, while Burns Harbor was at BN in Superior loading ore.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
After loading at the shiploader at the CN ore dock in Two Harbors the Cedarglen shifted between 10:55 to 11:15 to South of #1 for unknown reasons. She then departed the dock at 14:35 clearing the breakwall at 14:55. When departing, she backed from South of #1 out to the lake, turned and went down the lake. This all happened on Thursday the 12th. Her destination is Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on Thursday the 12th at 14:07 was the American Spirit for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Friday the 13th are Presque Isle in the morning and late in the day Algoma Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure on Thursday the 12th at 09:42 of American Integrity for Cleveland. Arriving Silver Bay on Thursday the 12th at 12:04 was Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. As of 19:30 on the 12th she was still at the dock. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Friday the 13th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday April 12th 2:39 Ojibway arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 7:37 Robert S Pierson arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 10:15 CSL Welland arrived and went to anchor. 14:02 Tecumseh departed for Windsor. 16:41 Ojibway shifted to the Superior Elevator to finish loading. 17:00 CSL Welland weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 17:50 Robert S Pierson departed for Thorold. 17:59 Saginaw arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 19:00 Algoma Guardian arrived and anchored south of the Mission River.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Algoma Innovator arrived at Cedarville on Wednesday on its first ever visit to that port in the late afternoon. This was also their first load at least from a Great Lakes port. According to their AIS, they will take the stone load to Sombra, Ontario to unload. Also expected to arrive is the Saginaw on Sunday in the morning and the Joseph L. Block is expected on Monday in the morning as well to load.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Denny Dushane
The barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory departed Bay Shipbuilding and also winter lay up on Wednesday evening. That leaves the American Courage, which has not sailed since 2015 and is not expected to sail in 2018, laid up along with the Wilfred Sykes and also the Paul R. Tregurtha. Both the Sykes and Tregurtha sailed in 2017 and each are expected to sail in 2018. The Sykes is getting work done on its boilers, while the Paul R. Tregurtha is getting a gas exhaust scrubber system installed. The barge Cleveland Rocks is in the large graving dock being converted to a cement carrier. Also laid up at Sturgeon Bay is the tug Invincible, which is not expected to sail in 2018.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
John J. Boland and John G. Munson loaded at Calcite on Thursday with the Boland loading at the South Dock. They were expected to depart the dock at 1:30 p.m. The Munson loaded at the North Dock and was expected to depart the dock at 1 p.m. Due Friday are the barge Erie Trader and the tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort in the late evening for the South Dock to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt Henry Jackman cleared first yesterday, down bound laden w salt for Hamilton Ontario. Argentia Desgagnes cleared w grain also, down bound for Long Pond Newfoundland.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Indiana Harbor departed her winter layup berth on Thursday. Her AIS has not been updated. All that remains from the winter layup fleet is the American Mariner at the CSX#2 Dock at Toledo. She is scheduled to sail during late April sometime. Kaye E. Barker arrived at the Torco Dock on Thursday during the late morning to unload ore pellets. Also due at Torco on Saturday during the late evening are the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory. There is nothing scheduled for the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. At the CSX Coal Dock, the Kaye E. Barker was expected to arrive on Thursday during the late afternoon to load. Cuyahoga is due at CSX on Wednesday just after midnight to load. The Tug Sea Eagle II along with the barge St. Marys Cement II remained in port at the St. Marys Cement Dock on Thursday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday April 12 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 11 - Algosea at 0512 and CSL Niagara at 1232 - departure - Apr 11 - CSL Niagara at 2109 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 10 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1448 - Apr 11 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2357 - Apr 12 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 0816 and Labrador (Cyp) at 2245 Downbound - Apr 11 - Algoma Niagara at 1835 - Apr 12 - G3 Marquis at 0715, Algoma Strongfield at 1151, Capt Henry Jackman at 1652, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1740, Argentia Desgagnes at 1823 and tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 2359 approx.

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 11 - Frontenac at wharf 19 (ADM Milling) at 1615 approx.

Port Colborne anchorage:
Apr 11 - Virginiaborg (Nld) at 2359 for Chicago - Apr 12 - departed at 1720

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 12 - Damia Desgagnes at 0335, Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0838 and Evans McKeil at 1613 - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) 1835- departures - Arp 11 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2137 Bronte:
Docked - Apr 11 - Mia Desgagnes (first trip into the Seaway) at 2002

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 12 - Wicko (Bhs) at 1211

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario) at 1637

 

New Algoma Sault enters the Seaway for Hamilton

4/13 - Algoma Sault, the second 740-foot long Equinox-class self-unloading vessel built in China for the Algoma Central Corp., entered the St. Lawrence Seaway for the first time at the St. Lambert Lock early on Thursday morning. It is expected to arrive in Hamilton sometime on April 13 with iron ore pellets loaded in Port Cartier, Que.

Denny Dushane

 

Ferry service to Neebish Island restored

4/13 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Ferry service to Neebish Island was restored Wednesday evening. On Thursday the EUP Transit Authority announced a plan to operate the ferry during da light hours, as ice conditions permit.

Scheduled ferry service to Neebish Island was halted March 30th, 2018 due to unsafe ice conditions. Strong northwesterly winds and abnormally cold temperatures created an ice jam which prevented the restoration of service. The ferry was out of service a total of 12 days. During the service outage, an assortment of Coast Guard icebreakers worked the ice above and below the ferry crossing in an effort to clear the ice jam. On Wednesday, CGC Mackinaw worked the ice plug free and flushed it down river. While service was interrupted a privately owned airboat and a Coast Guard air boat team, deployed to the scene from Saginaw, attended to the exigent needs of Neebish Island residents.

Residents of Neebish Island are reminded to check with the ferry operators before leaving for the mainland. The ice above the crossing is still significant and without warning may block the crossing again. Residents should remain mindful of this until ice is gone so as not to get trapped on the mainland. The Coast Guard will keep an icebreaker in the vicinity until the ice no longer threatens to impede navigation.

USCG

 

Seaway’s Pacesetter Award winners announced

4/13 - Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) has announced that six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are receiving the agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2017 navigation season.

The six ports earning the Pacesetter Award for 2017 are: the Port of Chicago (Ill.), the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority (Ohio), the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor (Ind.), the Port of Lorain (Ohio), the Port of Monroe (Mich.), and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (Ohio).

“Congratulations to the six Great Lakes ports being recognized as Pacesetter Award recipients for their achievements during the 2017 navigation season,” said SLSDC’s Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook. “The Seaway System realized a 9 percent tonnage increase from 2016 to 2017, with a 25 percent increase in U.S. export cargoes. This strong performance reflects the commitment, hard work, and vision of the teams of professionals at these ports.”

The SLSDC Pacesetter Award was established in 1992 to recognize the achievements of U.S. ports whose activities resulted in increasing international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway, excluding Canada, in comparison to the previous year. Over that time, the SLSDC has distributed more than 139 Pacesetter Awards to 14 different Great Lakes/Seaway ports.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

 

Help wanted: Second cooks for Key Lakes

4/13 - S – Key Lakes, Inc., a division of Keystone Shipping Co., is looking for new Second Cooks to add to their fleet.

Duties as a Second Cook: The Second Cook reports to the Steward and assists in the preparation of three meals a day for the crew. Part of this work is the preparation of food and salad bars, baked goods, etc. S/He cleans and handles food, works with sharp and mechanized kitchen utensils, and hot ovens and grills. The Second Cook cleans kitchen utensils and galley equipment as well as the galley, stocks the freezers and galley store room. This entails duties such lifting bags of food, boxes of canned good, cleaning solutions, etc. The lifting requirements for this position are 50 lbs. Furthermore, the Second Cook keeps track of the food supplies used/needed for ordering and is responsible for the items needed for the salads, baked good as well as the relish tray. Additionally, job duties include the handling of all linen, and making up the sets for crew rooms.

Detailed information can also be found at https://jobsite.gcaptain.com/job/second-cook/40421875/#

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 13

13 April 1872 - The schooners MARY TAYLOR and ANTELOPE wooden were racing to Oswego, New York, trying to beat a large block of drifting ice. The ice won and blocked the harbor entrance. The ANTELOPE became icebound about a quarter of a mile from the piers and remained there for one day. The MARY TAYLOR got within 500 feet of the pier and remained there for five days until the tug MAJOR DANA broke through the ice.

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

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

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

1917: The steel canaller STRATHCONA was built at Dundee, Scotland, in 1900 and came to the Great Lakes that summer. The ship had several owners before being requisitioned for war service in 1915. It was stopped by U-78 near Ronaldshay, England, while traveling from Tyne, England, to Marseilles, France, with a cargo of coal on this date in 1917. Enemy bombers attacked sinking the ship. Nine crew members were lost while another 3 were taken prisoner.

1937: The Norwegian freighter REIN was a frequent pre-Seaway caller to the Great Lakes. It had been built in 1900 and was inland as early as 1908. The ship was carrying wood pulp when it was wrecked off Helman Island, 2 miles south of Wick, Scotland, while traveling from Lyngor, Norway, to Preston, UK on this date in 1937. REIN was a total loss.

1956 Winds and ice pushed the ore laden GEORGE M. HUMPHREY on a shoal in Whitefish Bay en route from Superior to Zug Island. The vessel was salvaged and taken to Lorain for repairs.

1959: GLENEAGLES was proceeding through ice in Lake Erie when it abruptly stopped. The trailing WESTMOUNT could not stop as quickly and rammed the stern of its CSL fleetmate. GLENEAGLES had to be towed to Lorain for repairs that included a new rudder.

2010: The rebuilt ALGOBAY went aground while upbound in the St. Marys River on its first trip to the upper lakes. The vessel had to go to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

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

 

Donjon winter ship repair season extended

4/12 - Erie, Pa. – The Erie shipyard is expected to remain a very busy place until early May, far later than normal. In fact, it has been the busiest winter season ever. Four ships are now at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair.

Two are in the massive dry dock, while the other two are docked in nearby slips. And since January, five other ships have come in for repairs and required inspections. The total of nine ships is the most ever, and it has been the most lucrative winter season ever for Donjon. The extended season means 140 workers are still on the job.

In a normal season, the number would be down to about 100. "This is great for employment,” Assistant General Manager Rick Hammer said. “We are able to extend the work that we have and keep people employed a little longer here."

Managers think comments from satisfied ship owners have helped to boost business, along with the completion of repairs to the dry dock.

View a video at this link: http://www.erienewsnow.com/story/37923931/shipyard-winter-repair-season-extended

 

USS Indianapolis launch delayed due to weather

4/12 - Marinette, Wis. – Due to the forecasted winds, the planned launch of the future USS Indianapolis at Fincantieri Marinette Marine has been postponed from Saturday to Tuesday. The time for the Tuesday launch has not been announced yet, according to Katharine Scruggs, spokesperson for Lockheed Martin, the general contractor.

The forecasts of winds in excess of 40 mph are too much to launch the littoral combat ship, she said. The other ceremonies associated with the launch, including the ship’s christening, will still happen Saturday.

LCS 17 is the ninth Freedom-variant to be launched at Marinette Marine. The even-numbered ships in the program are built at an Alabama shipyard.

WLUK

 

Line 5 oil pipeline in Straits of Mackinac dented by ship

4/12 - Detroit, Mich. – The same "vessel activity" that appears to have damaged submerged electric cables in the Straits of Mackinac last week, causing a leak of 550 gallons of benzene-containing coolant, may have also caused three dents just discovered in the Line 5 oil and natural gas liquids pipeline, also underwater where lakes Michigan and Huron connect.

Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge, who owns and operates Line 5, informed state officials late Tuesday of the dents, characterized as "very small" and posing "no threat to the pipeline," Gov. Rick Snyder's office said in a statement Wednesday.

"An anchor strike was the largest risk identified in a previous independent analysis of the Enbridge pipeline, which is apparently what happened in the Straits last week," Snyder said.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy, in an e-mail to the Free Press Wednesday, said the dents were discovered in reviews undertaken following news of damage and coolant leaking from Wisconsin-based American Transmission Co. submerged power cables in the Straits. The cables lie a few hundred yards west of the western-most of Enbridge's twin pipelines, Duffy said.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/04/11/enbridge-line-oil-pipeline-straits-mackinac/507506002/

 

Port Reports -  April 12

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the departure of the Algoma Discovery at 06:55 on Wednesday the 11th for Hamilton. Arriving off Two Harbors at approx. 07:05 on Wednesday was the CSL Laurentien. She got underway at approx. 07:58 on Wednesday and arrived stern first through the piers at approx. 08:10. She turned in Agate Bay and went bow first into South of #2. She departed at 18:35 on the 11th for Nanticoke. Originally scheduled to load in Duluth, Cedarglen made a U-turn off French River, Minn., and went back to Two Harbors and anchored off the piers at approx. 12:10 on the 11th. She got underway at approx. 18:20 and arrived stern first thru the piers at 18:45, turned, and went bow first into South of #2. Due Two Harbors during the day on Thursday the 12th is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Integrity at 09:29 on Wednesday the 11th. As of 19:30 on the 11th she was still at the ore dock. Due Silver Bay on Thursday the 12th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday April 11, destination update: Algowood to Hamilton. At 6:47 Tecumseh arrived at the Superior Elevator to load. At 7:00 CCGS Samuel Risley began ice operations at the main anchorage and shipping channel, returning to the coast guard station at 13:00.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Philip R. Clarke arrived Wednesday at sunset to load ore at LS&I. The visit was a first since 2013.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Algoma Innovator arrived at Cedarville on Wednesday to load. This is its first visit to Cedarville and its first cargo loaded in a Great Lakes port. Also due is the Joseph L. Block, expected Monday, April 16 in the early morning to load.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Alpena remained unloading in the Fox River on Wednesday, having arrived from the port of Alpena Tuesday afternoon. Tug Michigan / barge Great Lakes departed Tuesday afternoon for the St. Lawrence.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain / barge Innovation arrived from Alpena after 9 a.m. Wednesday and proceeded to their silo on Jones Island in the inner harbor. Algosteel departed onto Lake Michigan after 10 p.m. Tuesday headed for Stoneport. G.L. Ostrander / barge Integrity remained berthed at the wall on Jones Island in the inner harbor. Lake Express is at its outer harbor terminal, ready to commence cross-lake ferry service to Muskegon on April 27.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Algosteel was expected to arrive on Wednesday in the late afternoon to load. Also due on Wednesday was the barge Menominee along with the tug Olive L. Moore in the evening. There are no vessels due in for Thursday. Due Friday is the Joseph H. Thompson in the early morning. Expected Saturday is the Algoma Buffalo the former Buffalo of the ASC fleet. It is expected to arrive to load in the late afternoon on Saturday and will be arriving from the lay up dock in Sarnia.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
John J. Boland and the Great Republic arrived to load Tuesday. The Boland was loading at the South Dock and was expected to depart on Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. Loading at the North Dock was the Great Republic and was due to depart on Wednesday at around 9 a.m. John G. Munson was expected Wednesday at noon for the North Dock after departure of the Great Republic.

Goderich, Ont. –Denny Dushane
Algoma Niagara arrived on its first visit Saturday, April 7 in the early afternoon. It departed on April 10 in the late afternoon after loading salt at Compass Minerals for Johnstown, Ont., where they are expected sometime on April 12.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Joseph H. Thompson arrived at the Torco Dock on Wednesday during the late morning to unload ore pellets. Also due at Torco is the Kaye E. Barker on Thursday in the late morning. There is nothing scheduled at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. At the CSX Coal Dock, Kaye E. Barker is due to load on Thursday in the late afternoon. Due at CSX on Tuesday, April 17 is the Cuyahoga in the early evening. Vessels in port included the saltwater vessel Federal Rideau, still loading a grain cargo at one of the upriver elevators, along with the tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II at the St. Marys Cement Dock. The ASC 1,000 footer American Spirit departed their lay up berth in Toledo early on April 10. They had originally departed on April 4 but returned a few days later for unknown reasons. Another ASC 1,000 footer, the Indiana Harbor, is in lay up still at the Midwest Overseas Dock, however they are expected to sail this week. American Mariner also remains in layup at the Ironville Dock but is expected to depart sometime in late April.

Fairport, Ohio – Dave Merchant
Tuesday evening a crew was working on repairing a side plate near Calumet's starboard bow, directly below the forward fairleads. They had cut out a rectangle of plating between frames, and were grinding the edges of the hole preparatory for welding. The vessel sustained ice damage near Sault Ste. Marie recently.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewster
McKeil Spirit arrived Wednesday morning with bulk cement for Lehigh Cement.

Welland Canal and regional report Wednesday April 11 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 11 - Algosea at 0512 and CSL Niagara at 1232

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 10 - Algoma Transport at 1930 - Apr 11 - Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 0026, John D Leitch at 1000, Whitefish Bay at 1015, Brant (Cy) at 1026 (to anchorage) and Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 1448. Downbound - Apr 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1831, Algoma Harvester at 1952, Algoma Equinox at 2100 and Tim S. Dool at 2315 - Apr 11 - CSL St. Laurent at 0938, Frontenac at 1553 and Algoma Niagara at 1835

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Apr 11 - Frontenac at wharf 19 at 1615 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 11 - Brant (Cy) at 1035 - departed at 1925 eastbound

Hamilton:
Docked - Apr 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 0537 from Toronto - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) 1835 - arrivals - Apr 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0929, Virginiaborg (Nld) at 1112 and John D Leitch at 1500 - departures - Apr 11 - for the canal - John D Leitch at 0758, Brant (Cy) at 0839, Virginiaborg (Nld) at 1228

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 11 - Mia Desgagnes (first trip into the Seaway) at 0800 - out to anchorage at 1059 - back to dock at 2002,

Oshawa:
Arrival - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario at 1637

 

Federal Dart delivered to Fednav

4/12 - Fednav has taken delivery of its latest ship, Federal Dart. Earlier this month, she departed Busan, South Korea, for Wilmington, Del. Built by Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. at Oshima, Japan, she seems to be a sister ship or near sister to the B class and C class such as Federal Bering, Federal Bristol and Federal Churchill. Her length is 656 feet (200 meters).

Rene Beachamp

 

Algoma Innovator and Algoma Sault updates

4/12 - Algoma Innovator departed Indiana Harbor and the Mittal East Dock on Tuesday in the early afternoon after delivering a cargo of bauxite loaded in Greece. It arrived at Indiana Harbor on April 9. The vessel arrived in Cedarville to load on Wednesday.

Algoma Sault departed Port Cartier on April 10 in the late afternoon after arriving on April 8 to load its first cargo of iron ore pellets. The vessel arrived in Sept Iles, Que., for a crew change and a change of registration from Tuvalu to Canada. From Port Cartier, Algoma Sault will travel to Hamilton, Ont., where they are due April 13 to unload.

Denny Dushane

 

Shipping season opens with exemption for fuel tax on Bunker C in Michigan

4/12 - Clare, Mich. – When Michigan legislators enacted the Motor Fuel Tax Act in April 2000, the intention was to provide funding for road maintenance and improvements with a tax on motor vehicles that use the roadways throughout the state. Because they operate on the waterways, all commercial marine fuel users are exempt from the 26.3-cent per gallon Michigan fuel tax and specification for the types of fuel commonly used by vessels were included in the original legislation. However, one type of marine fuel was omitted from the legislation back in 2000 – fuel oil commonly known as Bunker C.

Without the new legislation, commercial marine fuel suppliers like Warner Petroleum would have been required to charge end-users who would then have been required to apply for a refund from the Michigan Treasury. Now, with the signing of House Bill 5039, the reimbursement process is replaced with an upfront exemption which is typical of other states and provinces across the Great Lakes region.

“It didn’t make a lot of sense to require vessel operators to file paperwork for a refund of a tax that is reimbursed 100% of the time,” said Harry C. Warner, CEO of Warner Petroleum Corporation. “And it didn’t make much sense for the State of Michigan to devote staff to processing this paperwork either.”

“The omission of bunker fuel from the commercial marine fuel specifications was clearly an oversight by the legislature and we’re glad they’ve made the correction,” added Warner.

Bunker fuel is a black, very viscous, heavy fuel oil, similar in appearance to tar with limited uses and not used in any over-the-road vehicles. Warner Petroleum Corporation is a major supplier of marine fuels from multiple locations, to the merchant fleets sailing on the Great Lakes through its Detroit terminal dock, mobile facilities, and marine tank vessels.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on March 20, 2018 and takes immediate effect, in time for the start of the 2018 Great Lakes shipping season.

Warner Petroleum Corporation

 

Paul C. LaMarre III named Historian of the Year by Detroit group

4/12 - Detroit, Mich. – Paul C. LaMarre III, director of the Port of Monroe, has been named the 2018 Historian of the Year by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. The award is given annually for significant accomplishments in furthering maritime history and preservation.

A plaque was presented in the Detroit area recently by Roger LeLievre, president of the group. In introducing the award, LeLievre said “There are a lot of things that went into choosing Paul LaMarre, but the most important was that he saved the Schoonmaker.”

LaMarre is widely credited as being the driving force behind the restoration of the 1911-built laker Col. James M. Schoonmaker at Toledo, Ohio. Without his efforts, LeLievre said, the vessel would likely have been sent for scrap.

A board member of the Great Lakes Historical Society’s National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, LaMarre is also a long-time member of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit and serves on the group’s advisory council. He is on the board of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich., and has contributed articles about Great Lakes ships and shipping to numerous publications. He recently served as co-editor of the book “The Legend Lives On: SS Edmund Fitzgerald” by Christopher Winters, published by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

“I consider it to be a humbling honor to join the ranks of so many of my mentors,” LaMarre said. “My father and his fellow historians of MHSD instilled within me the love for Great Lakes history which I strive to preserve past, present, and future in all that I do.”

After graduating from the California Maritime Academy in 2003, LaMarre worked as a merchant mariner on the Great Lakes until joining the U.S. Navy, where he piloted an F/A-18 Hornet. After discharge, he worked with for the Gaelic Tugboat Co. on the Detroit River and holds an unlimited third-class Great Lakes pilot’s license. He became director of the Willis B. Boyer museum ship in Toledo in 2007, shepherding it through a massive restoration and rechristening it to its original name of Col. James M. Schoonmaker. The freighter is the focal point of the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum in Toledo, which he played a key role in developing.

LaMarre is an active member of the American Great Lakes Ports Association, the American Association of Port Authorities and the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. He is vice president of the International Shipmasters’ Association’s Toledo lodge.

His father, Paul C. LaMarre Jr., a respected Great Lakes maritime artist, received the same award in 2001.

Marine Historical Society of Detroit

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 12

On 12 April 1896, PETER DALTON (propeller tug, 63 foot 49 gross tons, built in 1880, at Grand Haven, Michigan) caught fire off Grosse Pointe, Illinois, while returning to Chicago with the salvaged schooner A.J. DEWEY in tow and the boiler of the JOHNSON. The fire burned her in two before she finally sank. The DALTON's crew and the DEWEY were rescued by the tug WELCOME.

On 12 April 1874, the tug D.N. RUNNELS was launched Runnel's yard at the north end of the 7th Street Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan. As the tug splashed into the Black River, the flag at her bow was unfurled with her name on it. Commodore Runnels distributed oranges to the crowd of onlookers.

The tanker a.) LANA (Hull#151) was launched April 12, 1967, by Aktiebolaget Lodose Varv A/B at Lodose, Sweden. Renamed b.) NEW ORLEANS in 1988 and c.) NANCY ORR GAUCHER in 1989, she departed the Lakes in 1994. Renamed d.) PETRAWAK in 1996 and e.) TONGA in 2000.

Tanker LAKESHELL (Hull#389) of Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, Quebec, was launched April 12, 1969, for Shell Canada Ltd.

Pioneer Steamship's steamer a.) A.A. AUGUSTUS (Hull#374) of American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, departed Cleveland on her maiden voyage April 12, 1910, bound for Green Bay, Wisconsin, with a load of coal. She was sold to Canadian registry in 1961, and renamed b.) HOWARD HINDMAN. She was scrapped at Bilbao, Spain, in 1969.

Hall Corp. of Canada's tanker HUDSON TRANSPORT (Hull#629) of the Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec, was launched April 12, 1962.

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

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

On 12 April 1892, UGANDA (wooden propeller, 291 foot, 2,053 gross tons) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan, at F.W. Wheeler's yard (Hull #88).

1949: The corvette H.M.C.S. BATTLEFORD was Hull 95 from the Collingwood Shipyard and it was commissioned at Montreal on July 31, 1941. The ship was sold to the Venezuelan Navy becoming b) LIBERTAD in 1946 and was wrecked on this date in 1949. 1991: CHANDA hailed from India and first came to the Great Lakes in 1978. The ship was laid up Bombay, India, on May 5, 1988, after 20 years of service. It was moved to the scrapyard on April 11, 1991, but a major fire erupted in the engine room April 12 during dismantling operations.

1993: MELISSA DESGAGNES ran aground in the St. Lawrence, two miles east of the Eisenhower Lock, at 2352 hours. The ship was en route from Windsor to Newfoundland with wheat and floated free, after being lightered, on April 15.

2009: SCARAB was 16 years old when it first came through the Seaway in 1999. The ship was sold and renamed JASPER in 2002 and never returned to our shores. It was anchored off Fatsa, Turkey, when it got blown aground on this date in 2009. Some 2000 tons of fertilizer had to be removed for the ship to float free and it went to Tuzla, Turkey, for repairs.

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

 

Algolake, Algoma Olympic enter lay up at Montreal; scrapping likely

4/11 - Algoma Central Corp.’s self unloaders Algolake and Algoma Olympic have arrived at Montreal and gone into lay up at Section 56. Although no official announcement has been made, reports indicate the two vessels will eventually be sold for scrap, likely overseas.

Algolake was built in 1977 and Algoma Olympic was built in 1976. The vessels are the latest from the fleet to be retired as new ships built overseas enter service.

 

Soo Locks shipping season off to slow start

4/11 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – It’s been more than two weeks since the Soo Locks opened for shipping, but things are off to a slow start. Ship captains have been seeing delays in traffic due to icy conditions. Ice even damaged one freighter over the weekend.

It is slower than the past couple years, but right now it’s not out of the ordinary. Ice is expected both up and down the St. Marys River this early in the season. But with the weather staying consistently cold, there’s a concern that delays could be an issue later in the year.

“This is fairly typical to have quite a bit of ice in the start of spring because this year, since it hasn’t warmed up enough, I think it will last a lot longer than typical,” said area engineer Kevin Sprague.

“The spring really didn’t warm up enough so we still have a lot of ice. The upper river is all ice covered up in the Whitefish Bay, and there’s a lot of ice in the lower river as well, so it slows down the ships,” Sprague explained.

Ships moving slowly through the area is not much of an issue right now, but could be down the road. “It’s really critical, especially for the steel mills and the coal fired power plants in the lower lakes,” said Sprague.

One hundred percent of the country’s taconite supply, a mineral used for steelmaking, will move through the locks. “Right now their stockpiles are at their lowest at the end of the winter, so it’s really important to get the iron ore moving,” explained Sprague. “We still have a lot of traffic, it’s just a lot of challenge for the ships themselves to move through the river.”

Although a slower time at the locks, it hasn’t slowed ‘boat nerds’ from making their way to the Soo. Linda Bell witnesses it firsthand.

“A ‘boat nerd’ is someone who comes through just before the Locks open and gets a new ‘Know Your Ships’ book for the year and really goes through it,” Bell explained.

She’s already had a bunch of people stop in her store, Das Gift Haus, across the street from the locks. “Yes, it is exciting and people are coming up now to visit,” said Linda. “They’re excited about the boats going through.”

Right now they are seeing just over 10 ships a day come through the locks. The Coast Guard is working practically nonstop to continue to break up the ice in the area.

9 & 10 News

 

Fire breaks out on Kathryn Spirit

4/11 - Beauharnois, Que. – Fire broke out Tuesday morning in a boat being dismantled in Beauharnois. According to preliminary reports, an engine in the crippled vessel caught fire, creating a plume of smoke that was visible from kilometres away.

Firefighters from Beauharnois and Chateauguay were called to put out the fire, while officials from the Public Safety Ministry were also on hand.

The Kathryn Spirit has been docked in the St. Lawrence River for years, and work to tear apart the ship began in January.

The Beauharnois fire chief told CTV News that all flammable liquids were removed long ago, but that some liquids had been absorbed by materials such as insulation. They suspect some of those soaked materials caught fire, but that everyone on the vessel managed to get out safely.

Several hours after the fire broke out it was still too hot for firefighters to approach the room where the fire was burning, but crews were preparing to pump foam into the room and extinguish the flames.

CTV

 

Port Reports -  April 11

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the departure of Joseph L. Block on Tuesday the 10th at 03:55 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Tuesday the 10th at approx. 16:30 was the Algoma Discovery for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Wednesday the 11th is the CSL Laurentien that should arrive in the morning. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Tuesday, but arriving Wednesday the 11th will be American Integrity.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
At 3:13on Tuesday, Radcliffe R. Latimer departed for Halifax. 9:05 CCGS Samuel Risley resumed ice operations 13:49 Manitoulin departed for Buffalo. 16:53 CCGS Samuel Risley returned to her berth at the coast guard station. 19:04 Algowood departed. Her AIS still shows Thunder Bay.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Two vessels are expected Wednesday, with the first being the barge Menominee and the tug Olive L. Moore in the mid-afternoon to load. Also due in Wednesday is the Algosteel in the early evening. Due in Thursday is the Joseph H. Thompson in the early evening, and for Friday, John G. Munson is expected to arrive during the early evening. For Saturday, the Saginaw is due during the early morning. Also due for Saturday is the Algoma Buffalo, the former Buffalo of the ASC fleet. They are expected to arrive during the late evening on Saturday from their lay up berth in Sarnia.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Great Republic and John J. Boland were expected to arrive on Tuesday in the late afternoon. Great Republic is to load at the North Dock, while the John J. Boland will be loading at the South Dock. Two vessels are due in Wednesday during the late afternoon, John G. Munson for the North Dock and the Manitowoc for a yet unknown dock. There are no vessels due Thursday.

Goderich, Ont. –Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared earlier Tuesday, down bound with salt for Johnstown Ont. Capt. Henry Jackman took her place at the loading dock. Argentia Desgagnes is headed for Goderich and will probably go to the grain dock.

Sarnia, Ont. – Brad Kelch
Algoma Spirit was at North Slip Tuesday undergoing repairs to her starboard side hull near the stern (she has been there since at least Monday). Algoma Hansa pulled into the government dock at approx. 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Algoma Buffalo is still at the Sidney Smith dock and has had her new name, Algoma Buffalo, painted on her bow.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Joseph H. Thompson is expected at the Torco Dock to unload ore pellets on Wednesday in the late afternoon. Also due at Torco is the Kaye E. Barker on Thursday in the late morning. There is nothing scheduled for the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Due at the CSX Coal Dock to load is the Kaye E. Barker on Thursday in the late afternoon. Also due at CSX is the Cuyahoga on Tuesday, April 17 during the early evening. The saltwater vessel Federal Rideau remained in port upriver Tuesday at one of the grain elevators loading a grain cargo. Vessels in lay up are the American Mariner at the Ironville Dock and expected to sail later in the month, the Indiana Harbor at the Midwest Overseas Terminal Dock and expected to sail sometime this week, and the American Spirit at one of the CSX Docks.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday April 10 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Departure - Apr 10 - tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 1357 westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 10 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 0012, Algosea at 0502, English River at 0505, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0629, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0631, Algoma Transport at 1930 downbound - Apr 9 - Atlantic Huron (departed wharf 12 - Apr 10 - John D Leitch at 0018 - Apr 10 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0646, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1831, Algoma Harvester at 1952, Algoma Equinox at 2100 and Tim S. Dool at 2315

Welland Canal docks:
Apr 8 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helena-12 Hamza Efe Bey-08) (note - corrected former names) tied-up PWDD fitout wall at 1615 - departure - Apr 10 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit (barge correction) from wharf 16 at 0445, Tasing Swan (Da) from Port Weller dry dock fit out wall at 1632 for Sarnia

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 10 - Algosea at 0502 (for traffic) - Apr 8 - anchored - Lake Ontario (Atg) at 1810 - departures - Apr 10 - Algosea at 0435 for canal and Lake Ontario (Atg) at 1210 for Oshawa

Hamilton:
Docked - Apr 8 - Algoscotia at 0323 and Brant (Cyp) at 0537 from Toronto - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) 1835 - arrival - Apr 10 - Virginiaborg (Nld) at 1112 - departure - Apr 10 - Algoscotia at 0555 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Apr 10 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 completed as Lake Ontario at 1637

 

Ice traps U.P. island residents

4/11 - Barbeau, Mich. – Residents of an Upper Peninsula island have been trapped by ice jams for a week and a half and are trying to wait out an unusual onslaught of subfreezing temperatures until ferry service is restored.

The situation has become untenable enough that one island family over the weekend convinced the U.S. Coast Guard to activate its air boat and evacuated their three grandchildren from Neebish Island. The cutter Neah Bay spent a day trying to break loose the freighter Mesabi Miner from thick ice in the West Neebish Channel.

Ice floes or blockages are one of the hazards of living on sparsely populated Neebish Island, an eastern Upper Peninsula community in the St. Mary’s River that connects Lake Superior to the north and Lake Huron to the south. Every year, the about 40 winter inhabitants keep watch for broken up ice that floats down from Lake Superior and often causes blockages in the narrow waterways surrounding the island.

The Neebish Island Ferry — which connects island residents to the Michigan mainland and surrounding islands — stopped operating March 30 after getting a warning of the impending ice jams from the U.S. Coast Guard two weeks earlier. The ferry normally operated year-round, but on a reduced schedule from Oct. 1 through Memorial Day.

One private air boat or a helicopter are the only other ways off the island, which has no gas station, grocery story or airstrip.

“This could be a long haul,” said 85-year-old Dot Tyner, who has lived on the island for 65 years. “We’d be lucky if it clears in a couple of weeks.”

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/04/09/ice-traps-upper-peninsula-michigan/33692271

 

Updates: Algoma Innovator, Algoma Sault and Mia Desgagnes

4/11 - Algoma Innovator (IMO 9773375), the first 650-foot long Equinox-class self-unloading bulk carrier built in Croatia for Algoma Central Corp., arrived at Indiana Harbor, Ind. and the Mittal East Dock to unload its first cargo bauxite on April 9. They had loaded the cargo from Greece. After unloading, they are expected to load next in Cedarville/Port Dolomite, Mich.

Algoma Sault (IMO 9619282), the second 740-foot long Equinox-class self-unloading bulk carrier built in China for Algoma, departed from Sept Isles, Que., on April 8 and arrived at Port Cartier the same day to load its first cargo iron ore pellets for Hamilton. Algoma Sault was still in Port Cartier loading on April 10.

Finally, the tanker Mia Desgagnes (IMO 9772278), the second tanker built for the Groupe Desgagnes fleet in Turkey, departed Montreal on April 9 where they had arrived on April 3 after spending the winter in Europe trading. This is their first visit to the Great Lakes/Seaway system and they are headed to Oakville, Ont. The Mia Desgagnes is a sister ship to another tanker, Damia Desgagnes, built in 2017.

Denny Dushane

 

Councillors to vote on seizing M.S. Norgoma, handing it over to U.S. businessman

4/11 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – Assuming no dredging is necessary, it will still cost the city $35,000 to get the Norgama out of Bondar Marina so it can be hauled off by Peter Gregos-Nicols of Chicago

Sault Ste. Marie City Council was asked to seize the Museum Ship Norgoma and offer it to Chicago businessman Peter Gregos-Nicols. Council voted to defer this matter to its April 23 meeting.

A staff recommendation calls for taking the M.S. Norgoma back from St. Mary's River Marine Heritage Centre, the not-for-profit group of volunteers that has owned the rusting package freighter and former car ferry for 37 years.

The group's 1981 agreement with the city allows the 68-year-old boat to be reclaimed for $1 if it's not maintained in a safe and attractive condition. Last summer, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change contacted the city with concerns about a tarp that was found floating in the Bondar Marina, collecting lead-contaminated paint chips that were falling from the 185-foot-long vessel. The province wanted to know the city's plan for both the paint chips and the boat.

Depending on who you talk to, the Norgoma has either graced or disgraced Sault Ste. Marie's waterfront since 1975. "It's a long time. That boat has to go," Mayor Christian Provenzano told a council meeting last September. "I personally believe that boat has to leave the downtown area," the mayor said.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/councillors-to-vote-on-seizing-ms-norgoma-handing-it-over-to-us-businessman-844203

 

Presentation: “Sharing the Waterways with Large Vessels”

4/11 - Learn how to protect your vessel and passengers when operating near big ships on the lakes, rivers and narrow channels of the Great Lakes at a free safety presentation for all fishing, sailing, motor and personal watercraft boaters on May 5 in Port Huron.

Capt. George Haynes, a U.S.-registered pilot from the Lakes Pilots Association, Port Huron, Michigan, will give two presentations, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Great Lakes Maritime Center.

Topics include: Federal Law and Rules of the Road, Ships Maneuvering Abilities and Limitations, Right of Way and Crossing in Open Lake Channels, Night Time Safety Open Water Encounters Large Ships in Small Rivers and Do’s and Don'ts Tugs, Barges & Tow Lines Collision Responses.

Capt. George Haynes

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 11

In 2015, 18 vessels that had been stuck in 35 square miles of crushed ice up to eight feet thick on Eastern Lake Superior were moving again with the Wednesday arrival of the heavy Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson.

11 April 1890 - CHENANGO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 176 foot, 696 gross tons, built in 1887, at Detroit, Michigan) was carrying 40,000 bushels of wheat from Toledo, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York, when she caught fire off Erie, Pennsylvania. She was partially consumed by the fire and sank in four fathoms of water with no loss of life. She was later raised at great expense and rebuilt as the steamer LIZZIE MADDEN.

On 11 April 1882, GALATEA (3-mast wooden schooner, 180 foot, 606 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull#13) at W. Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until she stranded and broke up at Grand Marais, Michigan, in the "Big Storm" of 1905.

The tanker IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR (Hull#57) of the Port Weller Drydocks Ltd., entered service on April 11, 1974, running light for Montreal, Quebec.

Canada Steamship Lines’ J.W. MC GIFFIN (Hull#197) was christened at Collingwood on April 11, 1972. Port Weller Drydocks attached a new forebody in 1999, and she was renamed b.) CSL NIAGARA.

Pioneer Steamship's steamer PHILIP D. BLOCK sailed on her maiden voyage April 11, 1925, with coal from Huron, Ohio, bound for delivery at Indiana Harbor, Indiana.

Wilkinson Transportation Co.'s steamer A.E. NETTLETON (Hull#176) of the Detroit Ship Building Co., was launched April 11, 1908. She was scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1973.

On April 11, 1970, in Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay, CSL's steamer STADACONA of 1952 encountered thick ice and suffered bow damage. She developed a hairline crack in her bow and to alleviate the leakage her cargo was shifted from her forward hold to her after compartments using her self-unloading equipment. This maneuver raised her bow enough to keep her from sinking before she reached safety.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s steamer ENDERS M. VOORHEES (Hull#288), of the Great Lakes Engineering Works, was launched on April 11, 1942. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1989.

On April 11, 1964, while upbound on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, a boiler burst on board the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s WILLIAM A. IRVIN, killing one of the crew and injuring two others.

April 11, 1948 - ANN ARBOR NO 7 ran aground just south of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

On 11 April 1874, the new tug E.H. MILLER burned at her dock at Willow Island in the Saginaw River. Her loss was valued at $9,000 and there was no insurance. Although considered to be a total loss, she was rebuilt and lasted another 46 years.

On 11 April 1878, ALASKA, a wooden bulk freighter, was launched at J. P. Clark's yard in Detroit, Michigan. Her dimensions were 180 feet overall, 28 foot beam, and 10 foot depth.

The navigation season at the Canadian Sault Canal was unofficially opened on 11 April 1955, at 7:15 a.m., when the MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246 foot, 1,558 gross tons, built in 1903, at Buffalo, New York as J.S. KEEFE) locked up bound for the Algoma Steel dock. Because the MANZZUTTI wintered over at the Soo, its captain, John B. Perry, was not eligible for the traditional top hat and silk gloves presented to the first captain through the locks. So this was not the official opening of navigation at the Soo. The first boat through the American locks was expected the following day.

1964: NORCO had been used to carry pulpwood from Michipicoten to Green Bay from about 1938 to 1957. The vessel had been built at Ecorse, Michigan, for deep-sea service as INCA in 1915, and returned inland in the 1920s. It went back to the sea in 1959 and stranded at Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, on this date in 1964 while en route from Tampa to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, with a cargo of phosphate.

1994: AMERICAN MARINER was downbound in the St. Marys River when it struck a rock above the Soo Locks and had to go to the shipyard in Erie to repair the damage.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy & Farewell II,” the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

Ferry service to Neebish Island remains halted due to ice

4/10 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Neebish Island residents are still without ferry service. Coast Guard ice breaking assets are steadfast in their effort to clear the ice jam down river but conditions have only gotten worse since the ferry service was first halted.

Scheduled ferry service to Neebish Island was suspended April 2 due to excessive ice cover. The ferry has not operated since the previous Friday morning, leaving the island community without ferry service for 10 days. Strong northwesterly winds and abnormally cold temperatures have plagued Coast Guard efforts to restore ferry service.

EUP Transit Authority and Coast Guard officials revisit the emergent needs of Neebish Island residents several times a day. Contingency plans include the dispatch of a Coast Guard helicopter, use of a privately owned airboat, and the Coast Guard airboat team, deployed to the scene from Saginaw, MI, to manage community service requests during the suspension of ferry service. Island residents who need supplies should contact Jamie Pringle, captain of the Neebish Island Ferry. Mr Pringle is the Coast Guard’s liaison to Neebish Island. Calls for medical emergencies should be placed to 911.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  April 10

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Edwin H. Gott departed Duluth with ore from CN at noon on Monday. James R. Barker was expected late Monday night to load. In Superior, CSL Assiniboine departed from Burlington Northern in the morning, and Thunder Bay arrived at noon and began loading. She was still at the dock as of Monday evening.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the departure of the G3 Marquis Monday the 9th at 08:30 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on Monday the 9th was the Joseph L. Block at 16:25 for South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday the 10th is the Algoma Discovery and tentatively the CSL Laurentien, which should arrive late Tuesday the 10th or early Wednesday the 11th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Monday the 9th at 17:34 for "Browns Town". There is no scheduled traffic for Northshore Mining on Tuesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday April 8th 22:18 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading. 22:42 Algowood finished refueling at Keefer Terminal and proceeded to the G3 elevator to load grain. Monday April 9th 2:06 Radcliffe R Latimer arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 6:05 With repairs completed Manitoulin shifted back to the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 20:00 With assistance from Point Valour, Algoma Strongfield departed for Port Cartier.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara was loading salt on Monday, with Capt Henry Jackman tied up at the North Pier.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived early on Monday morning to load at the CSX Coal Dock. At the Torco Dock, Calumet arrived in the early evening on Monday to unload ore pellets. John D. Leitch also loaded at CSX, arriving on Sunday in the late afternoon and departing on Monday in the early morning. The tug Samuel De Champlain and the barge Innovation were also in port on Sunday morning to unload at the Lafarge Cement Dock. They departed Sunday during the late evening. In addition to the Martin and Calumet, the saltwater vessel Federal Rideau was upriver at one of the grain elevators loading cargo. The G tug Colorado was also upriver with the Federal Rideau. There have been three vessels that have departed from their winter lay up berths. The first to leave was the Evans Spirit on April 6, followed by American Integrity late on April 8. Great Republic departed April 9 in the late afternoon. There are still three active ships, all from ASC, in lay up: American Mariner at the Ironville Dock, American Spirit at one of the CSX docks and Indiana Harbor at the Midwest Overseas Dock. They are expected to depart in the next few days.

Erie, Pa – Jeff Benson, Barry Anderssen
Algoma Hansa departed Erie Monday after her five-year year hull inspection. AIS shows Sarnia as her destination.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday April 9 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Apr 8 - tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 0812 and Algoma Enterprise at 1109 - departure - Apr 9 - Algoma Enterprise at 1154 westbound

Welland Canal:
upbound - Apr 8 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2141 and Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 2210 - Apr 9 - CSL Welland at 0015, Baie St Paul at 0251, Maria Desgagnes at 0854, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1149, Algoma Guardian at 1132
downbound - Apr 8 - Algoma Mariner at 1737 and USEPA Lake Guardian at 0842 from the anchorage, tug Sharon M I & barge Niagara Spirit at 0606 (unloading at wharf 16) and Atlantic Huron at 0855

Welland docks:
Docked - Apr 8 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12) tied-up PWDD fitout wall at 1615 - Apr 9 - tug Sharon M I & barge Niagara Spirit stopped at wharf 16 to unload) and Atlantic Huron arrived at wharf 16 at 1331

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Apr 9 - USEPA Lake Guardian at 0230 - departed at 0803

Port Weller anchorage:
Apr 8 - arrival - Lake Ontario (Atg) at 1810

Hamilton:
Docked - Apr 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 0537 from Toronto and Algoma Guardian at 0616 - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) 1835 - departure - Apr 9 Algoma Guardian at 0958

Mississauga:
Docked - Apr 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0657 - arrival - Apr 8 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0647 from Port Weller - departed - Apr 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1502 for Dordrecht, the Netherlands

 

Photos: Algoma Compass leaving Huron, Ohio

4/10 - On April 7, the Algoma Compass, formerly Adam E. Cornelius, departed for Erie, Pa., under her own power for repairs and inspection before returning to service. View a photo gallery here: http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201804070007

 

Coast Guard, partners continue response in Straits of Mackinac

4/10 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The Unified Command, comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, a representative of numerous Michigan tribes, and the responsible party, American Transmission Company, continued to oversee response efforts Monday.

Work to extract the remaining product from two cables continued through the weekend. ATC, a transmission-only electric utility, contracted North Shore Environmental to remove product from the cables. North Shore Environmental is vacuuming the mineral oil from a shore-side facility a through a less than one-inch-diameter void in the cables that stretch three-and-a-half miles across the Straits of Mackinac.

To date, approximately 250 gallons of mineral oil has been extracted from one of the utility cables. Work to remove product from the second damaged cable will commence when the first one is complete. Each cable can hold up to 400 gallons. Product in each cable was secured Tuesday, April 3, and there is no evidence of any ongoing release. The estimated spill of mineral oil from the leak is 600 gallons.

The mineral oil in the cables acts as an insulator to ensure the integrity of the electricity within the cable.

A Coast Guard marine science technician and an environmental quality analyst for Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality transited the Straights of Mackinac by boat on Saturday and Sunday and observed no signs of pollution. Another Coast Guard marine science technician was present onboard an overflight on Saturday and Sunday and saw no signs of a sheen.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist also surveyed the area on the water and from the shore to look for any signs of pollution or impacted fish and wildlife. No impacts to the environment or wildlife have been identified.

“During the weekend, we surveyed the areas near Mackinac, Round, and Boise Blanc Islands. We then surveyed near the shoreline of Mackinaw City and went west of the bridge,” said Anthony Wilson, wildlife specialist with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS, Wildlife Services). “We did not see any oil sheen or injured wildlife. We observed more than 1,200 water fowl including long-tailed ducks, common mergansers, herring gulls, common loon and even a bald eagle.”

“Our top priorities remain protecting public health, the safety of the communities in the region and responders, and to limit the environmental impacts from the product that was discharged,” said Coast Guard Capt. Marko Broz, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the response. “I am very pleased with the partnership thus far between the federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to ensure the safe extraction of the remaining mineral oil in the two cables and to identify any signs of pollution or negative impact to the environment and wildlife. Moving forward, our focus remains on the effective extraction of the oil from the two cables, protecting wildlife, and identifying any further damage to infrastructure in the Straits.”

The mineral oil leak from ATC's utility cables remains under investigation. All entities responsible for active utility lines that cross the Straits have been notified by the Unified Command to ensure that all steps are taken to assess and mitigate any further damage to infrastructure or risk to public health and the environment. There have been no further indications of damage or possible pollution. However, the utilities are continuing to conduct assessments of their infrastructure.

The U.S. Coast Guard is designated as the lead federal agency for directing and overseeing removal and cleanup efforts by the responsible party in the coastal zone.

To report affected wildlife, please call the USDA at (517)-336-1928. To report any oil sheen or pollution, please call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

For more information, contact the Point Le Barbe Response at the Joint Information Center via email at PointLeBarbeResponseJIC@gmail.com or call District 9 Public Affairs at (216) 902-6020.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 10

10 April 1868 The ALPENA (wooden side-wheel passenger-package freight steamer, 653 tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich from Gardner, Ward & Gardner for $80,000.

On 10 April 1861, UNION (wooden propeller, 170 foot, 465 tons) was launched and christened at the Bates yard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for the Goodrich Line. She cost $19,000. The engines, machinery and many of the fittings were from the OGONTZ of 1858. This was the first steamer built by the Bates yard.

The tanker TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193), was christened April 10, 1969. She was renamed b.) A G FARQUHARSON in 1986 and c.) ALGONOVA in 1998. She was sold Panamanian in 2007 and renamed PACIFICO TRADER.

The d.) GODERICH of 1908 was sold April 10, 1963, to the Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Railway Co. and renamed e.) AGAWA. Renamed f.) LIONEL PARSONS in 1968, and served as a storage barge at Goderich, Ontario until 1983, when she was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The keel was laid April 10, 1952, for the steamer WILLIAM CLAY FORD (Hull#300) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works.

The SINCLAIR GREAT LAKES (Hull#1577) of the Ingalls Iron Works, Decatur, Alabama, was christened on April 10, 1963.

On April 10, 1973, the ARTHUR B. HOMER departed the shipyard at Lorain, Ohio, with a new pilothouse. She had suffered extensive damage on October 5, 1972, in a head on collision with the saltie NAVISHIPPER on the Detroit River.

April 10, 1912 - ANN ARBOR NO 5 struck her stern against the channel in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, bending her rudder, and damaging her port shaft.

On 10 April 1875, the propeller EMMA E. THOMPSON was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan. She was built for Capt. D.F. Edwards of Toledo and cost $20,000. Her dimensions were 125 feet x 26 feet x 10 feet. In 1880, she was rebuilt as a schooner and then returned to a propeller in 1881, when she was given the engine from the propeller AKRON.

On 10 April 1882, ESPINDOLA (wooden schooner, 54 tons, built in 1869, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was carrying railroad ties when she was overwhelmed by a storm and went to pieces one mile north of the Chicago waterfront. No lives were lost, but four crewmen were rescued by a tug after having been in the water for some time.

MANZZUTTI (steel crane ship, 246 foot, 1558 gross tons, built in 1903, at Buffalo, New York as a.) J S KEEFE) of the Yankcanuck Steamship Ltd., was the first vessel through the Canadian locks at the Soo for the 1954 navigation season. She entered the Canadian canal on 10 April about 8:15 a.m. The locking of the MANZZUTTI was not considered the official opening of the season at the Soo since she wintered in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and the first vessel must come up the St. Marys River from Lake Huron or Michigan. President Dave Bows of the Kiwanis Club, pointed out the club’s $1,000 marine contest is based on the first such vessel though the Michigan Sault locks only. The U.S. Coast Guard reported six-inch ice in the lower St. Marys River.

1905: The 400-foot steel-hulled bulk carrier GEORGE B. LEONARD arrived in Cleveland with ice damage and leaking bow seams.

1941: The first CEDARBRANCH ran aground at the mouth of the Etobicoke Creek, west of Toronto and had to be lightered to float free.

1949: The former J.H. PLUMMER, once part of Canada Steamship Lines, was reported wrecked, due to stranding in fog, while six miles southwest of Shaweishan on this date in 1949. The vessel was sailing as f) TUNG AN, and was en route from Tsingtao to Shanghai, with scrap steel.

1953: The Finnish freighter ANGELA came to the Great Lakes in 1952 and was wrecked on April 10, 1953, at Frisland, Isle of Coll, due to heavy weather. The vessel was travelling in ballast from Larne, Northern Ireland, to Goole, UK, and was a total loss.

1965: A collision in the Lake St. Peter section of the St. Lawrence involved the TRANSATLANTIC and HERMES. The former, a West German freighter, caught fire and capsized with the loss of three lives. The vessel was salvaged in August and eventually scrapped at Sorel. It had been coming to the Great Lakes for the Poseidon Line since 1961. The latter, a Dutch carrier, never came through the Seaway and was scrapped at Calcutta, India, as NIKI R. in 1985-1986.

1977: HILDA MARJANNE ran aground on a sandbar at Sarnia after leaving the Government Dock with a cargo of corn. It was released the next day with the help of the tug DARYL C. HANNAH.

1989: The canal-sized bulk carrier IROQUOIS, b) TROISDOC (ii), was built in 1955 but left the Seaway as c) KOBA in 1983. That vessel foundered in the Gulf of Mexico, near Isla de Lobos, on this date in 1989 while en route from Tampico to Progresso, Mexico.

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

 

Calumet, damaged by ice near Soo Locks, resumes trip

4/9 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The cold temperatures aren’t helping to melt the ice, some of it two feet thick, on the St. Marys River and Whitefish Bay. And the ice is creating havoc for vessel traffic.

The freighter Calumet was damaged by ice Friday upstream of the Soo Locks. After temporary repairs at the Soo, she continued her trip to Toledo on Sunday. At this time, it’s unknown to what extent the freighter was damaged.

9&10 News

 

Port Reports -  April 9

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth at noon on Sunday to load iron ore pellets at CN. She was still loading during the evening. CSL Assiniboine was due in Superior Sunday night to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the departure of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. at approx. 17:40 on Sunday the 8th. As of 19:30 she wasn't showing a discharge destination. Arriving off Two Harbors in the early afternoon of Sunday the 8th was the G3 Marquis. She arrived Two Harbors on Sunday the 8th at approx. 17:45 after the departure of the McCarthy Jr. The G3 Marquis went to South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Monday afternoon is the Joseph L. Block that was underway in Lake Superior Sunday night after being delayed in Whitefish Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S.VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on April 8th at 12:20. As of 19:30 she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Monday the 9th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday April 8th, 3:00 CCGS Samuel Risley began ice operations. 7:42 Frontenac departed for Port Colborne. 7:54 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Superior Elevator. 13:21 CCGS Samuel Risley docked at the Thunder Bay Coast Guard Station. 18:24 Algowood arrived at Keefer Terminal. 20:47 Algoma Strongfield departed the Superior Elevator and is shifting to one of the Richardson terminals to finish loading.

St. Marys River
Northwesterly winds and thick ice stopped traffic on Lake Superior just outside of Whitefish Bay Sunday. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson was working to keep a track in the ice open. Stuck in the ice were the upbound Joseph H. Thompson, Jr. Radcliffe R. Latimer, Joseph L. Block and Thunder Bay. Downbound traffic included H. Lee White, Joyce L. Van Enkevort, Tim S. Dool, Stewart J. Cort, CSL St. Laurent, Presque Isle, Michipicoten, CSL Niagara, Algoma Equinox, Algoma Harvester and Hon. James L Oberstar. Federal Weser was at the Algoma export dock. At 10 p.m. Sunday, Cedarglen, Kaye E Barker, Algoma Discover and CSL Laurentien were anchored in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour.

Goderich, Ont. –Bruce Douglas
Algosteel loaded salt Sunday, and departed for Milwaukee. Algoma Niagara took her place at the salt loader.

Sarnia, Ont.
Buffalo had her name and homeport painted out on Sunday in preparation for becoming Algoma Buffalo. There was lots of activity on board. Algoma Spirit was in the North Slip with her port side bow anchor down.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
English River was unloading cement on Sunday.

Erie, Pa. – Jeff Benson, Barry Andersen
Tug Dorothy Ann and Algoma Compass were put in the Don Jon dry dock together Sunday afternoon. Dorothy Ann is in for a five-year inspection, Algoma Compass for the same plus other work. Algoma Hansa was at the Erie Port Authority dock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday April 8 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Apr 8 - tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 0812 and Algoma Enterprise at 1109 - departure - Apr 8 - Algonova at 0630 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 7 - Ojibway - Apr 8 - Argentia Desgagnes (ex Ofmar-17) at 0623 - 1st trip to the canal, Tasing Swan (Da) at 1435 from anchorage, Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 2210 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2235 approx. Downbound - Apr 8 - Kaministiqua at 0754 and Algoma Mariner at 1737 and USEPA Lake Guardian at 0200 approx.

Welland docks:
Arrivals - Apr 8 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12) tied-up PWDD fitout wall at 1615

Port Weller anchorage:
departure - Apr 8 - Tasing Swan (Da) at 1410 from anchorage

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Brant (Cyp) at 0537 from Toronto and Algoma Guardian at 0616 - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) 1835

Mississauga:
Docked - Apr 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0657 - arrival - Apr 8 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0647 from Port Weller

Toronto:
Docked - Apr 5 - Brant (Cyp) at 0633 - departure - Apr 8 at 0537 for Hamilton

Johnstown, Ont. – Joanne Crack
Evans Spirit secured at the Port of Johnstown Sunday morning to take on a cargo of soybeans. She is expected to be in port 24 hours before departing down for Trois-Rivières, QC.

 

Plan says Lake Huron in 'fair' condition, seeks progress

4/9 - Chicago, Ill. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to tackle the most serious threats facing Lake Huron and the St. Marys River. A report made public Friday by EPA's regional office in Chicago assesses the lake's ecosystem problems, sets research and monitoring priorities and outlines steps toward improvements.

It says Lake Huron is in "fair" condition overall. Among challenges are chemical contaminants, invasive species and nutrient pollution. A partnership including government agencies and native tribes in the U.S. and Canada will work together toward solving the problems.

The report was developed under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which calls for the two nations to issue updated management plans for each of the lakes on five-year cycles.

Read the details of the plan at this link: https://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/lake-huron

Associated Press

 

Updates -  April 9

The Saltie Gallery is up and running for the season. Images have been added of Adfines Sea, Brant, Bro Anna, Chem Norma, Federal Bering, Federal Churchill, Federal Rideau, Federal Weser, Federal Yoshino, Isolda, Labrador, Lake Ontario, Sten Arnold, Tasing Swan and Tufty.

 

Boatnerd Gatherings Planned

4/9 - Boatnerd Badger Gathering – A few staterooms are still available for the June 1-2 overnight Stay on the S.S. Badger in Ludington, Michigan, followed by a round trip across Lake Michigan. A Wisconsin Shoreline Cruise is an option after the Badger is docked Manitowoc and before the return trip to Ludington. Reservations are a must for this fun event. See the Gatherings page for complete details.

Annual Soo Freighter-Chasing Cruise – This annual 3-hour event during the Engineer’s Weekend at the Soo Locks usually sells out. A buffet dinner is part of the trip to take close-up photos and videos of traffic in the St. Marys River. The cruise is limited to 100 passengers and advance reservations are required. Don’t be left out. See the Gatherings page for complete details.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 9

09 April 1890 - W.H. SAWYER (wooden propeller freighter, 201 foot, 746 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #66) at West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1928, when she sank off Harbor Beach, Michigan.

On 09 April 1868, SEABIRD (wooden side-wheel steamer, 638 tons, built in 1859, at Newport (Marine City), Michigan, was sailing on her first trip of the season from Manitowoc to Chicago. At 6 a.m. off Waukegan, Illinois, the porter cleaned out the ashes in the cabin stove and threw the hot coals overboard into the wind. The coals were blown back aboard and a blaze quickly engulfed the vessel. Only two survived. They were picked up by the schooner CORNELIA. 102 were lost. The vessel was uninsured and this was a severe financial blow to the new Goodrich Transportation Company.

On April 9, 1960, Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.'s a.) MURRAY BAY (Hull#164), of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., entered service as the first Canadian 730-footer. Renamed b.) COMEAUDOC in 1963, she was scrapped at Port Colborne in 2003.

LAWRENDOC (Hull#174) was christened jointly with her Collingwood-built sister ship MONDOC (Hull#173) on April 9, 1962.

The Wilson Marine Transit Co., Cleveland purchased the b.) FINLAND, a.) HARRY COULBY (Hull#163) of the Detroit Ship Building Co., on April 9, 1957, and resold her the same day to the Republic Steel Corp., Cleveland with Wilson Marine acting as manager. Renamed c.) PETER ROBERTSON in 1969 and d.) MARINSAL in 1975.

On April 9, 1930, the CITY OF FLINT 32 entered service under the command of Estan Bayle.

On 9 April 1871, the wooden "rabbit" BAY CITY (152 foot, 372 gross tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) had just loaded 270,000 feet of lumber in Bay City for Tonawanda, New York, when a fire broke out ashore. The ship was set adrift at 11 a.m. to get away from the lumberyard blaze. However, as the crew watched the shore fire, sparks smoldered in the ship's cargo. At 2 p.m., she burst into flame. Four tugs and a steam-powered fire engine brought alongside on a lighter fought the blaze to no avail. The vessel was scuttled to put out the fire. A few days later she was raised and repaired at a cost of $4,000.

On 9 April 1885, the laid-up vessels BURLINGTON and CHURCH were hit by the barge ALLEN and forced into the Military Street bridge at Port Huron, Michigan, crashing into the structure and completely blocking the Black River and disabling the bridge. The blame was placed on the spring thaw.

1913: Ice sliced through the wooden hull of the steamer UGANDA in the Straits of Mackinac and the vessel sank near White Shoal. The crew was rescued by the JOHN A. DONALDSON, and there was no loss of life.

1962: On November 28, 1961, fire had broken out aboard the IQUITOS off the coast of Mexico while the ship was en route from Callao, Peru, to Manzanillo, Mexico, with a cargo of fishmeal. The vessel had been a pre-Seaway trader as RUTENFJELL beginning in 1936 and as POLYRIVER beginning in 1951. The blazing freighter was abandoned by the crew. The ship did not sink and drifted for weeks before being spotted February 2, 1962. The hull was considered a hazard to navigation and was sunk on this date, southeast of the Christmas Islands by a U.S. destroyer, in 1962.

1968: MENIHEK LAKE was in a minor collision with the anchored PETITE HERMINE in the Lake St. Francis section of the St. Lawrence, and the latter's anchor chain damaged the propeller of MENIHEK LAKE.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy & Farewell II” and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

Port Reports -  April 8

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the departure on Saturday, April 7, of the John G. Munson at 07:22 for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors at 13:21 on April 7th was the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arriving from Marquette. As of 19:30 on the 7th she was still at the shiploader. Due Two Harbors Sunday morning, April 8, is the G3 Marquis. The Joseph L. Block is tentatively due on Sunday, but as of 19:30 she was at anchor in Whitefish Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Saturday, but due Sunday the 8th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She should arrive sometime in the morning.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday April 6th, 22:15 Manitoulin shifted from the Richardson Current River Terminal to Keefer Terminal probably due to a mechanical failure and to have repairs completed. 23:17 After assisting Frontenac the tug Point Valour proceeded to Viterra A to assist CSL St Laurent depart at 1:34 Saturday for Quebec City. She sailed out to Thunder Cape then reversed course and spent the day in the bay to wait out weather. 9:52 CCGS Samuel Risley resumed ice operations. 15:34 CSL St Laurent resumed her journey; hopefully the backlog of boats will have cleared by the time she reaches the Sault. 17:35 CCGS Samuel Risley returned to its berth at the coast guard station.

St. Marys River
The Calumet of Lower Lakes Towing Co. has been tied up downbound at the lower end of the Soo Locks pier since late Friday afternoon, getting repairs to its starboard front bow due to ice damage. Commercial Diving & Marine Services Inc. has been onsite and in the water attempting repairs to allow the vessel get back underway. She is headed for Toledo.

Straits
The new Algoma Innovator was westbound through the Straits headed for Indiana Harbor with her first load early Sunday.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Cuyahoga arrived at the Alpena Oil Dock at 7:30 am on Saturday. It unloaded a cargo of road salt from Goderich, Ontario. This was the first load of salt for season at the dock. Also in port on Saturday were the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41, unloading product at Lafarge. The Alpena is expected to return early Sunday morning for another cargo of cement.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce McCreath, Bruce Douglas
At noon Saturday, Algosteel was loading salt and Algoma Niagara was inbound.

Huron, Ohio – Linda Lewis
On April 7, the Algoma Compass, formerly Adam E. Cornelius, departed for Erie, Pa., under her own power for repairs and inspection before returning to service.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday April 7 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Apr 3 - Algonova at 2315

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 6 - Isolda (Cyp) at 2243 - Apr 7 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 0245. Algoma Enterprise at 0750, John D Leitch at 1340, tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 1401, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1607 and Ojibway eta 2116. Downbound - Apr 7 - Damia Desgagnes at 0612, Evans Spirit at at 0754, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Mays Cement, and Algoma Guardian at 1627

Welland Canal docks:
Apr 6 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Mays Cement at wharf 12 - 1033 - Apr 7 - departed mid-day approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Apr 5 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1550 from Clarkson - Apr 6 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12) at 0410 from from Clarkson and Algoma Enterprise at 1902 - departure - Apr 6 - Algoma Enterprise at 0720

Hamilton:
Arrival - Apr 6 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2357 - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - departures - Apr 7- Florence Spirit at 0223 for Sorel, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1345 for Toledo and Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1455 for Three Rivers,

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0657

Toronto:
Departure - Apr 7 - McKeil Spirit at 1255 for Picton - docked - Apr 5 - Brant (Cyp) at 0633

 

Obituary: William Herbert Barnes

4/8 - William Herbert Barnes died April 3, 2018, at the age of 68. A lifetime lover of the water, he worked at the Toronto Island Ferry for more than 40 years and was a fixture as captain of the Ongiara

He is survived by his wife Eileen, sons William (Megan) and James (Ruth) and his sisters Wilma (Bill) and Janie (Bob). There will be a gathering held Sunday, April 15th from 2-5 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Funeral Centre in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the MS Society would be appreciated.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 8

08 April 1871, NAVARINO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 184 foot, 761 tons, built in 1871, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) entered service for the Goodrich Transportation Company. She only lasted until 09 October 1871, since she burned in the Great Chicago Fire.

BAY CITY (wooden propeller stem barge, 152 foot, 262 gross tons, built in 1867, at Newport [Marine City], Michigan) had just been rebuilt at Bay City and then refitted at Fitzgerald & Leighton’s yard in Port Huron, Michigan. On 08 April 1871, (some sources give the date as 10 April 1871), on her first trip out from the shipyard, she caught fire and burned to the water line. She was rebuilt again and lasted until 1891, when she burned again.

The sea trials for AMERICAN REPUBLIC were conducted in Green Bay on April 8 thru 10, May 4 thru 11 and 18, 1981.

Interlake Steamship Co.’s steamer J. A. CAMPBELL of 1913, was the first bulk carrier to load taconite pellets that were shipped from Reserve Mining’s Davis Works at Silver Bay, Minn., on April 8, 1956.

In 1957, Great Lakes Steamship stockholders voted to sell the entire 16-ship fleet to four fleets.

In 1977 at Toledo, G.A. TOMLINSON required an estimated $235,000 to outfit her machinery for the upcoming season.

On April 8, 1905, Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s steamer a.) ELBERT H. GARY (Hull#66) was launched by the Chicago Ship Building Co. Renamed b.) R.E. WEBSTER in 1963, she was scrapped in 1973 at Santander, Spain.

In 1969, LEON FALK JR. entered Duluth harbor to become the first vessel to arrive from the lower lake region opening the 1969, shipping season at the head of the lakes. She loaded almost 20,700 tons of iron ore bound for Great Lakes Steel’s Zug Island in Detroit.

April 8, 1998 - An unidentified worker was injured in a fall aboard the CITY OF MIDLAND 41, while it was being converted to a barge in Muskegon.

April 8, 1871, was a bad day on the St. Clair River. The schooner A MOSHER had favorable winds, so the captain decided to save the cost of a tow and sail up the St. Clair River without assistance from a tug. In the strong current at Port Huron, the vessel hit some old dock timbers, went out of control and collided with the down bound 3-masted schooner H.C. POST. The POST's main and fore masts were carried away in the collision. After some vehement arguing, the MOSHER sailed on while the POST anchored in mid-river while her skipper went ashore. The schooner JESSE ANDERSON then sailed out of the Black River and rammed right into the side of the POST. This finished the wrecking of the POST's aft mast. The ANDERSON went out of control and went aground on the riverbank. The tug GEORGE H. PARKER tried to assist the ANDERSON, but she also got stuck on the mud bank. It was several hours before everything got cleaned up and river traffic was back to normal.

The steam ferry JULIA, owned by C. Mc Elroy of St. Clair, Michigan, started running between St. Clair and Courtright, Ontario on 8 April 1878. She was formerly named U S SURVEYOR. Before JULIA took over this service, the ferries R.F. CHILDS and MARY MILLS served in this capacity.

The steamer f.) MANCOX (steel propeller crane freighter, 255 foot, 1,614 gross tons, built in 1903, at Superior, Wisconsin, as a.) H.G. DALTON) of Yankcanuck Steamship Lines was first through the Soo Locks for the 1958, season at 7:05 a.m. on 8 April 1958. In locking through the Canadian lock, the MANCOX became the first ship to come through the new lock gates, which were installed during the winter months. The American Soo Locks had been ready for traffic since March 26, but the Canadian lock had the first ship.

1941: The newly-built PRINS WILLEM II first came to the Great Lakes in May 1939. There was a mutiny on board at Sandusky, Ohio, in June 1940, as the crew did not want to return to their now-occupied homeland. The ship was torpedoed off Cape Farewell, Greenland, on April 8, 1941, while travelling from Halifax to London. An estimated 10-12 members of the crew perished.

1942: The first NOVADOC was sailing as g) ARA when it hit a mine and sank off Borkum, Germany, while en route from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Rotterdam, Holland in 1942. The ship had been built as CANADIAN PATHFINDER and was listed as Hull 69 of the Collingwood shipyard. It had also sailed the Great Lakes as b) NORMAN M. PATERSON and c) NOVADOC (i) before being sold to British interests in 1927.

1982: The Canadian-owned QUEBEC came through the Seaway in 1969. It had been built in 1959 as ALICE BOWATER but never came inland under that name. It was sailing as d) BLUE SEA when there was an engine room explosion and fire on April 8, 1982, in the Mediterranean near the Kerkennah Islands in the Gulf of Gabes off Tunisia. The gutted hull was towed to Sfax, Tunisia, on April 12. It was sold for scrap and arrived at Bizerta, Tunisia, for dismantling on July 7, 1984.

2001: The CHERYL C., the fifth name for the ship, was carrying a cargo of steel when it sank on April 8, 2001. The vessel ran aground near Peniche, Portugal, north of Lisbon, due to a navigational error. The 1597 gross ton ship had been built in 1983 and came through the Seaway, under Barbados registry, for the first time on April 22, 1998, with clay for Ashtabula. It made its last inland voyage in November 1999.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Vessel activity may have caused oil leak

4/7 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The mineral oil leak in American Transmission Company’s utility lines may have been caused by vessel activity in the Straits of Mackinac. In addition to the ongoing environmental response, the Coast Guard initiated a marine casualty investigation Friday.

The Unified Command initiated notifications to entities responsible for other lines that cross the Straits to ensure that all steps are taken to assess and mitigate any potential damage to infrastructure or risk to the public health and the environment. Currently, there are no new indications of possible pollution.

The Coast Guard and ATC will continue to conduct overflights throughout the week as well as surveying the water from vessels. No oil sheen or indications of pollution are present.

The Unified Command’s effort to extract oil from ATC’s utility lines is ongoing. The estimated mineral oil spill from ATC’s utility lines remains at 600 gallons.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  April 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After loading at CN throughout the day, Presque Isle departed Duluth on Friday evening. CSL Niagara arrived Superior during the evening to load ore at BN. The reactivated CSL Tadoussac is on the schedule to load pellets at BNSF #5 on Tuesday.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the departure Thursday, April 5th, of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 22:38 for Detroit. John G. Munson, as of 19:30 on the 6th, was arriving Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors Saturday morning the 7th is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., arriving from Marquette after unloading coal. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 6th and no traffic scheduled on the 7th. So far this season 7 boats have loaded in Silver Bay with all the cargoes loaded for Cleveland.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday April 5th 20:00 CCGS Samuel Risley docked at the Thunder Bay Coast Guard Station. 22:00 Tim S. Dool departed for Baie Comeau. Friday April 6th 8:47 CCGS Risley resumed ice operations. 12:14 Frontenac arrived and anchored south of the Mission River. 15:13 Algoma Equinox departed for Port Cartier with the assistance from the tug George N Carleton.

17:10 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal. 20:37 Algoma Harvester departed for Quebec City. 21:51 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to the G3 elevator to load.

Marquette, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The ASC 1,000-footer Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at the upper harbor coal dock to unload a coal cargo on Thursday in the early morning and they departed the dock on Friday in the early afternoon. It was their first visit to Marquette for the 2018 season and also the first vessel to deliver coal to the upper harbor coal dock for the season.

St. Marys River
Traffic continued to be delayed significantly Friday, with wind-blown ice causing plate ice to shift above the locks, which means new tracks must be cut. Vessels were lined up below Whitefish Bay and above DeTour waiting their turns to proceed.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Friday and none are expected until Saturday when the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore are due in the early afternoon to load.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Manitowoc became the first vessel to load at Calcite, opening up the stone dock on Thursday morning. They were still loading at the North Dock on Friday with no known departure time. Due on Saturday is the Philip R. Clarke in the late morning, loading at the South Dock.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben and Chanda McClain
On Monday (4-2) the tug Undaunted along with the barge Pere Marquette 41 unloaded cargo at Lafarge. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation returned to port Thursday morning for another load of cement. On Friday morning the Alpena took on cement as well and departed for Whitefish, Ont.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce McCreath
Cuyahoga arrived to load salt around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Sarnia, Ont. – Brad Kelch
Thunder Bay arrived Sunday at Sarnia's North Slip for what looked to be repairs to her rudder/propeller. She was upbound on Lake Huron Friday headed for Superior, Wis.

Toledo, Ohio
Evans Spirit left winter layup dock around 4:20 p.m. Friday. Calumet is due to arrive at the Torco Dock on Saturday to unload ore pellets in the late afternoon. Also expected are the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory on Tuesday, April 10 during the early afternoon. There is nothing due for the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. At the CSX Coal Dock, John D. Leitch is due to arrive to load on Sunday in the late afternoon. Also due at CSX the same day in the late afternoon is the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin to load. Arriving back in Toledo on Friday was the ASC 1,000 footer the American Spirit at the CSX Docks. They departed their lay up berth originally on Wednesday, April 4. It is unknown why they returned to Toledo. Vessels in port at the time of this report on Friday inckluded the saltwater vessel Federal Rideau at the Midwest Overseas Dock and the Algoma Mariner was also at that dock. The Saginaw was upriver at one of the grain elevators. Vessels that remain in lay up included the American Mariner at the Ironville Dock, Indiana Harbor at the Midwest Overseas Dock, American Integrity at the CSX #2 Dock and the Great Republic at the Torco Slip #3.

Huron, Ohio
Algoma Compass was expected to depart Huron Saturday morning. Her destination will be Donjon’s dry dock at Erie, Pa., where she will under go inspection and repairs prior to returning to service.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday April 6 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Apr 3 - Algonova at 2315 - Apr 5 - CSL Laurentien at 2009 - departures - Apr 5 - Algocanada at 2112 and Apr 6 - CSL Laurentien at 0752 for Thunder Bay

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 5 - Algoma Innovator (on maiden trip) at 2237 - Apr 6 - Tasing Swan (Da) at 0335, Algoma Discovery at 0654, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1738 and Algoma Enterprise at 1832 (anchored) and Isolda (Cy) at 1054 approx.

Downbound - Apr 6 - Ontario Explorer, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0451, Whitefish Bay at 0750 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Mays Cement at 0800

Welland Canal docks: arrival - Apr 6 - Tasing Swan (Da) stopped wharf 2 at 0410 for fuel, Algoma Innovator stopped at wharf 16 briefly and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Mays Cement at wharf 12 - 1033

Port Weller anchorage: Arrivals - Apr 5 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-12) at 1550 from Clarkson, Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12) at 0410 from wharf 2 and Algoma Enterprise at 1902

Hamilton:
Arrival - at docks - Apr 1 - Florence Spirit at 2044 - Apr 2 - Federal Churchill at 1640 - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - departed Apr 6 - Tufty (Cy) at 0339 for Sorel, for the canal - Algoma Discovery at 0515 and Algoma Enterprise at 1139 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1007 for Montreal Bronte:
Departure - Apr 6 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1302 eastbound

Mississauga:
Departures - Apr 6 - Tasing Swan (Da) at 0127 for wharf 2 Port Weller and Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1405 for Port Weller

Toronto:
Docked - Apr 5 - Brant (Cyp) at 0633

Point Edward Bay:
Anchored - Apr 6 - English River at 1312 from Bath

 

Updates: Algoma Innovator, Algoma Sault and Mia Desgagnes

4/7 - Three new vessels built in overseas shipyards for their Canadian owners will soon be making their first visits to Great Lakes ports.

Algoma Innovator (IMO 9773375), the first 650-foot long Equinox-class self-unloader built for Algoma Central Corp. departed the Welland Canal on Friday in the late morning. It is heading to Indiana Harbor to unload a cargo of bauxite.

Algoma Sault (IMO 9619282), the second 740-foot long Equinox-class self-unloading bulk carrier built in China for Algoma Central Corp., was still at Sept Isles on Friday. It arrived there on April 3 for a change in registry and crew change. The ship arrived with a foreign crew and was registered in Tuvalu. Once they depart Sept Isles, they will load their first cargo, iron ore pellets, at Port Cartier, Que.

Also remaining in Montreal was the tanker Mia Desgagnes (IMO 9772278), built in 2017 in Turkey and the second tanker built for the Groupe Desgagnes fleet. Upon departure from Montreal, it will head to Oakville, Ont. The vessel arrived in Montreal on April 3 from Europe where it spent the winter trading.

Denny Dushane

 

Coast Guard announces first civil penalty for 2017 illegal charter operations

4/7 - Chicago, Ill. – A U.S. Coast Guard Hearing Officer imposed a $14,000 civil penalty to Jim Finnegan of Prospect Heights, Ill., on March 19, 2018 for operating a commercial passenger vessel in violation of federal regulations.

As part of a concerted effort by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, officials were able to determine that on July 29, 2017, Finnegan operated the 31-foot cabin cruiser Irish Wake as a passenger vessel. Nine of the 11 passengers onboard paid Finnegan via a web-based application to get underway for a four-hour-voyage.

Operators who take on paying passengers are considered to be operating a charter vessel. Operating a charter vessel without the required documents and license may be a violation of federal law, and the operator could be subject to criminal or civil liability.

The owner was found violating the following federal regulations:

Operating in commercial service without a licensed operator onboard - $5,000, Failure to enroll in a drug-testing program - $5,000,

Operating with more than six paying passengers without a valid Certificate of Inspection - $2,000, and

Operating with more than six paying passengers without a “Stability” letter issued by the Coast Guard - $2,000.

If the boat is carrying more than six paying passengers, it is required to be inspected by the Coast Guard. The Certificate of Inspection should be displayed in an area accessible to passengers.

“Regulations are in place to help ensure the safety of passengers,” said Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago. “Illegal Passenger Vessel operations pose a significant hazard to life, property and the marine environment.”

Anyone who wishes to verify the inspected status of a vessel, or who wishes to report a vessel suspected of operating illegally, may contact Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago at 630-986-2155.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 7

On April 7, 1997, LEE A. TREGURTHA suffered an 18-foot hull fracture in her port bow near the bowthruster tunnel while downbound in the upper St. Marys River due to heavy ice. She proceeded to the De Tour Coal Dock, where repairs were made overnight and she continued on her trip on April 8, 1997.

On 07 April 1906, the Goodrich Transportation Company, which was incorporated under the laws of the State of Wisconsin in 1868, was dissolved and a new company, the Goodrich Transit Company, was incorporated under the laws of the state of Maine. This was just for financial reasons, and other than the name and the port of registry of the vessels, everything else remained the same. The vessels in the company at the time were CHICAGO, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, CITY OF RACINE, GEORGIA, INDIANA, IOWA, SHEBOYGAN, VIRGINIA, and tug ARCTIC.

Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.'s new CANADIAN TRANSPORT was christened April 7, 1979.

The tanker ROBERT W. STEWART, b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN was delivered to Standard Oil Co. on April 7, 1928, as the second largest tanker in service at the time of her launch.

JAMES LAUGHLIN (Hull#16) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 7, 1906, for the Interstate Steamship Co., Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. Later renamed b.) HELEN EVANS, she was scrapped at Cartagena, Columbia, in 1983.

The EMORY L. FORD was sold on April 7, 1965, to the Reiss Steamship Co., and renamed b) RAYMOND H. REISS, the last vessel purchased by Reiss.

TEXACO BRAVE of 1929 arrived at Ramey's Bend from Toronto on April 7, 1975, in tow of tugs G. W. ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE for scrapping.

In 1974, the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.'s steamer THOMAS W. LAMONT loaded the initial shipment of ore for the season at the D.M. & I.R. ore docks in Duluth.

On 7 April 1871, the tug S.V.R. WATSON was towing the schooner S.G. SIMMONS out of Chicago harbor at noon when the WATSON stalled. The schooner plowed into her broadside, causing the tug to tip on her beam ends, take on water and sink. Four men were trapped below decks and drowned; two survived. The WATSON was later raised and returned to service.

On 7 April 1873, the contract for the building of a new carferry, MICHIGAN, for the Great Western Railway was awarded to the Jenkins Brothers of Windsor, Ontario. The new vessel was planned for service on the Detroit River. Her engines were built at Montreal by Canada Engine Works for a cost of $100,000. The hull alone cost $600,000.

Although the locks are not scheduled to open until Thursday, 12 April 1962, the Canadian Sault harbor was officially opened Saturday, 7 April 1962, when the tanker IMPERIAL LONDON pulled into the Imperial dock between the two hospitals. Captain Russell Knight accepted the traditional silk top hat. The IMPERIAL LONDON, carrying almost 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline, led the IMPERIAL SIMCOE, loaded with 19,000 barrels of fuel oil for household heating, up the St. Marys River to the Sault.

1941: The PORTADOC had been requisitioned by the British Ministry of War Transport and was en route from Saint John, NB, to Sierra Leone with a cargo of coal when it was torpedoed by U-124 off the coast of Africa. The crew spent six days on the open sea before landing at French Guinea. They were taken prisoner by the Vichy French forces and the Chief Engineer died before there was a prisoner of war exchange. The vessel, part of the Paterson fleet, had also sailed on the Great Lakes as a) EUGENE C. ROBERTS and b) JAMES B. FOOTE.

1968: CAPTAIN LEONIDIS ran aground in the Messier Channel, Chile, while travelling from Santos, Brazil, to Valparaiso, Chile. The vessel stranded April 7, 1968, and became a total loss. It had first come to the Great Lakes as the Norwegian freighter d) FANA in 1964 and returned as e) CAPTAIN LEONIDIS in 1966. The hull remains aground and appears to have been used by the Chilean Navy for target practice.

1979: GEHEIMRAT SARTORI dated from 1951 and had been a pre-Seaway caller to the Great Lakes. It returned through the new waterway for three trips in 1959 and was sailing as c) SEA ROVER when it was lost on this date in 1979. The cargo shifted in heavy weather on the Mediterranean while the ship was en route from Civitavecchia, Italy, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It sank about eight miles off Punta Cornacchia.

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

 

Lafarge dock on Marblehead damaged, repairs will take months to complete

4/6 - Marblehead, Ohio – The Marblehead dock relied on by Lafarge Marblehead Quarry to ship aggregate materials was severely damaged by a three-day storm on March 18-20 that buffeted the Marblehead Peninsula with gale force northeast winds. After the storm, Lafarge officials noted some damage to the dock.

“For the safety of our employees, contractors and vessels coming to our quarry we have closed the dock until it can be fully repaired and is safe for operations to resume,” said Jocelyn M. Gerst, head of U.S. communications for Lafarge Holcim. It is expected the dock will be closed down for repair for at least a few months.

The Marblehead Quarry distributes roughly 95 percent of materials via lake vehicle, said Gerst. Without that critical access, production will be significantly cut.

“As a result, we have taken the hard step to lay off a number of employees,” said Gerst. “Our hope is to be able to welcome them back to work as soon as construction is complete and the dock is safe.”

Lafarge is working with Hinckley, Ohio-based Great Lakes Construction and Geo Gradel company to develop new designs, including working with the original engineer who built the dock 30 years ago. Lafarge has to complete this stage and go through the permitting processes, as well, but hopes to have the dock operational in a few months.

The Beacon

 

Port Reports -  April 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Presque Isle arrived Duluth mid-morning Thursday to load ore at CN, and remained there throughout the day. In Superior, Roger Blough departed from BN with ore at sunrise, and Stewart J. Cort arrived to load. She was still loading as of Thursday evening.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore dock in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Thursday, April 5th, at 01:50. She departed Two Harbors on the 5th at 10:35 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on April 5th at 13:25 was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. Her AIS had been showing Duluth, but she was changed to Two Harbors. As of 19:30 on Thursday the 5th, she was still loading at the CN dock. Due Two Harbors on Friday, April 6th, are John G. Munson and the G3 Marquis. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner at 13:31 on April 5th after arriving on Thursday the 4th at 20:04. Her unload destination is Cleveland. H. Lee White arrived Silver Bay on Thursday, April 5th, at 13:45. As of 19:30 she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on Friday the 6th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday April 4th Destination update for Kaministiqua to Sorel, Quebec. 22:55 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain. CCGS Samuel Risley finished ice operations for the day. Thursday April 5th 2:34 With the assistance of the George N Carleton, Algoma Harvester arrived at G3 to load grain. 7:05 CCGS Samuel Risley began ice operations for the day. 9:49 the George N Carleton proceeded to Current River and assisted the Algoma Equinox to dock at the Richardson Main Terminal. 11:11 Atlantic Huron departed with a load of coal for Sydney Nova Scotia, assisted by the tug Glenada.

St. Marys River
Traffic was slowed significantly Thursday after wind-blown ice sent buoys off station and into the channel in the lower river. Above the locks the plate ice keeps moving due to the winds and new tracks must be cut. Vessels were lined up below Whitefish Bay and above DeTour waiting their turns to proceed.

Toledo, Ohio
5:20 p.m. update Thursday April 5: Algoma Mariner was on Lake Erie. A rough eta for Toledo would be around mid-morning on Friday depending on her sailing speed on Lake Erie. When the Federal Rideau is finished unloading her cargo at the Overseas Dock she will eventually head up river to the Anderson's Elevator to load a grain cargo. Down the road a bit, the saltie Federal Margaree will be arriving at Toledo, but she is still quite a ways out yet.

Huron, Ohio
Algoma Compass did not depart Thursday afternoon as had been previously announced because the dry dock set to receive her will not be ready until Friday. Departure time is unknown; her destination will be Donjon’s dry dock at Erie, Pa., where she will under go inspection and repairs prior to returning to service.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday April 5 - Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
Docked - Apr 3 - Algonova at 2315. Apr 4 - Algocanada 0001

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 5 - Algoma Mariner at 0323, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0435, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1135, Algoma Niagara at 1301 and Algoma Innovator eta 2200 (maiden trip from Croatia). Downbound - Apr 5 - Algoma Enterprise at 0938 and Ontario Explorer at 2050 Welland Canal docks: arrival - Apr 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at wharf 2 at 0249 - Apr 5 - departed 1115 eastbound

Port Weller anchorage: Arrivals - Apr 3 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1625 and Tasing Swan (Da) at 1820 - both from Clarkson - Apr 4 - Algoma Mariner at 1129, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1248 - Apr 5 - departures - Algoma Mariner, Federal Weser (Mhl) , for Mississauga - Tasing Swan (Da) at 0920 and Adfines Sea (Mlt)

Anchored off Burlington: Apr 4 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0122 - departure Apr 5 at 0820 eastbound

Hamilton:
At docks - Mar 31 - Tufty (Cy) at 0024 - Apr 1 - Florence Spirit at 2044 - Apr 2 - Federal Churchill at 1640 - Apr 3 - Algoma Niagara at 2047 and Apr 4 - Algoma Discovery at 0323 and - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2026 - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - departed Apr 5 - Algoma Niagara at 1102

Off Bronte:
Anchored ; Apr 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0930 - docked - Apr 5 at 1013

Mississauga:
Arrivals - Apr 5 - Tasing Swan (Da) at 1146 and Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1242

Toronto:
Arrival - Apr 4 - English River at 2013 - Apr 5 - Brant (Cyp) at 0633 - departure - English River at 0818 for Bath

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
Algoma Olympic, which was anchored for two days to allow for engine repairs, will be going to Quebec City to unload and then to Montreal for lay up and eventual scrapping.

 

Damaged Mississagi got emergency repair in Monroe

4/6 - Monroe, Mich. – The Mississagi sought safe harbor in Monroe March 29, making it the first ship to dock at the port this season.

It wasn’t a planned arrival. The Mississagi arrived March 29 in need of a place to make repairs, said Port Director Paul C. LaMarre III. “The ship was not carrying cargo but needed a place to seek safe harbor for emergency repairs,” he said. “It was here 24 hours.”

The ship was traveling from Lake Superior to the St. Marys River when it struck ice that put a hole in the ship’s bow. The crew was able to apply a temporary patch before it docked in Monroe for the repairs, LaMarre said. The Mississagi was on its way to the Port of Toledo for a coal load.

Built in 1943 in Ecorse, the ship is among the oldest vessels on the Great Lakes. One of the port’s objectives is to offer full-service ship repair, LaMarre added.

“The port proved to be an excellent location for the repair,” he said. “This is a perfect example of the vision we have at the port to be a place that offers ship repair services in the future.”

The Great Lakes shipping season opened last week. The Soo Locks opened March 25 while the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened March 29. The Great Lakes as a whole is planning for a busy 2018 shipping season fueled by new business and infrastructure expansion.

“We have great potential to build on the recent economic momentum of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipping,” said Bruce Burrows in a news release. “2017 was a major turnaround with significant cargo increases fueled by global economic recovery.” Burrows is the president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the bi-national association that represents more than 130 marine industry stakeholders.

“We expect 2018 to be another strong year in shipping. U.S. Great Lakes ports have made significant investments in infrastructure and services that are attracting new business to their respective regions and facilitating American cross-border and international trade,” he said.

In 2017, the Port of Monroe had its most diverse cargo come through. While its average tonnage was down from 2016, there were many successes. The port’s tonnage was 1,782,479.77 metric tons down from 2,385,372.89 metric tons in 2016.

LaMarre said this year will be similar. The port still plans to move coal, limestone, petroleum coke, synthetic gypsum, stone and liquid asphalt during the year. Two liquid asphalt shipments have arrived at the port already, including the most recent delivery Tuesday.

“We are not going to break tonnage records because more coal is being sent by rail versus marine,” he said. “The diversification of cargo in the last few seasons provides a number of opportunities for the port.”

Next week, the port expects its first vessel to unload cargo at its new intermodal dock, which was finished last year.

The $3.6 million project included money the port received from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It received a $3 million loan from the MEDC’s investment funds for dredging and dock installation. The dock created two large, cellular cofferdams, which allows ships to be moored against the port.

Monroe Evening News

 

Oil spill response continues in Straits

4/6 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – A Coast Guard marine science technician and an environmental quality analyst for Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality surveyed the Straits of Mackinac onboard a vessel Thursday afternoon. The responders did not identify any mineral oil sheens, signs of pollution, or adverse impacts to the environment or wildlife.

Members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are deploying to the scene to survey the area for any wildlife that may be affected by the mineral oil spill.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new calculation for the trajectory of the spill is to the east and northeast of the utility line, due to changing weather conditions. The entities responsible for the operation of the water intakes in the surrounding communities have been notified of the change in trajectory, however there is still low risk to drinking water and the environment due to the product’s low toxicity and dilution in the waterway. The mineral oil is not known to be leaking from the source at this time, and the estimated amount of oil spilled remains at 600 gallons.

In the mineral oil, there is a dielectric fluid that contains a benzene compound.

“The benzene molecule is known to cause cancer but these larger chemicals (benzene compounds in the dielectric fluid) have not been classified as causing cancer," said Edward Primeau, an industrial hygienist from the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team.

Crews continue to extract the oil from the affected two utility lines.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 6

The a.) LOUIS R. DAVIDSON (Hull#95) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works was launched April 6, 1912, for the American Steamship Co. Later renamed b.) DIAMOND ALKALI in 1932, c.) DOW CHEMICAL in 1939 and d.) FERNDALE in 1963. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1979.

April 6, 1931 - The CITY OF FLINT 32 set a world record sailing 101,000 miles in her first year of service.

On 6 April 1872, the schooner I.N. FOSTER was launched from the Fitzgerald & Leighton yard at Port Huron, Michigan. She was classified as a "full-sized canaller" since she was as large as a vessel could be to pass through the Welland Canal. Her dimensions were 143 foot overall, 26 foot inch beam, 11 foot 6 inch depth, 437 tons.

1942: The CANADIAN FARMER was Hull 65 of the Collingwood shipyard and it was launched there on December 27, 1919. The vessel was sailing as c) SHIN KUANG when it was sunk by Japanese surface naval forces on the Bay of Bengal.

1949: FORT WILLDOC of the Paterson fleet and the JAMES E. McALPINE of the Brown Steamship Co. collided in Lake Superior, above Whitefish Point, on this date. Both ships were damaged and needed repairs.

1972: The freighter STAR OF REWIAH had been built at Collingwood as Hull 105 and launched as the corvette H.M.S. COMFREY on July 28, 1942. The ship was later converted to a cargo carrier and was sailing under this sixth name when it ran aground off the Ashrafi Lighthouse in the Gulf of Suez and declared a total loss on this date in 1972. It was traveling in ballast from Suez, Egypt, to Safaga, Egypt, at the time.

1978: The self-unloader TARANTAU was blown aground due to the wind and shifting ice pack in Lake Huron above Port Huron and had to be freed by the tug BARBARA ANN.

1979: A violent spring storm found LABRADOC (ii) on Lake Erie where the cargo shifted and the vessel took on a precarious list. All on board were removed fearing the ship would roll over and sink. But it survived and was towed to safety eventually undergoing repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks. The vessel left Great Lakes service in 1988 and operated on deep sea runs as b) FALCON CREST until scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1994.

1992: An explosion and fire in the tunnel of HALIFAX occurred while the CSL ship was upbound in the St. Marys River. One sailor was killed and two more injured while the ship sustained internal damage. It went to Thunder Bay for repairs.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, “Ahoy & Farewell II,” the Father Dowling Collection, the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

CSL Tadoussac may leave this week

4/5 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – CSL Tadoussac has left drydock at Heddle Marine in Thunder Bay. AIS showed tugs the Point Valour and Glenada on site Wednesday. The vessel was moved to Heddle back in December. In January the CEO of the Port of Thunder Bay announced the vessel was leaving long-term lay-up and would run in 2018. She has a tentative sailing date of April 7.

 

Federal Rideau is Toledo’s first saltie

4/5 - Toledo, Ohio – Toledo’s first ocean-going ship of the 2018 Great Lakes season arrived at the local port Tuesday morning to deliver a cargo of pig iron.

The Federal Rideau arrived at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s general-cargo dock after having spent the night at anchor in Maumee Bay because buoys have yet to be placed for the Maumee River channel, according to Joe Cappel, the port authority’s vice president of business development.

The ship, flagged in the Marshall Islands but owned by a Canadian company, Fednav, that has a fleet specializing in St. Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes trades, carried about 24,000 tons of pig iron loaded at Mariupol, Ukraine and destined for one of the Toledo area’s electric-arc steel mills.

The Rideau will spend several days unloading the pig iron and then sail upriver to The Andersons to load corn bound for North Africa, Mr. Cappel said.

The port authority in the past has held welcoming ceremonies for the first overseas ships, or salties, to arrive at the local port each shipping season, but has not done so in recent years.

The St. Lawrence Seaway had opened for the season Thursday, and the Federal Rideau was one of the first ships through. Several Great Lakes vessels had called in Toledo this season before its arrival.

Toledo Blade

 

Three new overseas builds arrive in Canada

4/5 - Three new vessels built in overseas shipyards for their Canadian owners arrived in Canada recently before eventually sailing for Great Lakes destinations.

The first to arrive was the Algoma Innovator IMO 9773375 and the first 650-foot Equinox-class self-unloading bulk carrier built at the 3 Maj shipyard in Croatia. They arrived in Montreal on March 29 and departed in the evening on April 3 for Indiana Harbor with a cargo of bauxite.

Arriving next was the new Groupe Desgagnes tanker Mia Desgagnes IMO 9772278 in Montreal on April 3. This vessel was built in Turkey at the Besiktas shipyard. Upon departure from Montreal, they will head to Oakville, Ontario.

The last of the threesome to arrive in Canada was the new Algoma Sault IMO 9619282 and the second 740-foot long Equinox-class self-unloading bulk carrier built in China at the Yangzijiang shipyard. The Algoma Sault arrived in Sept Isles, Quebec on April 3 for both a crew change and change of registry. Upon departure from Sept Isles the Algoma Sault will then load at Port Cartier their first load and cargo of iron ore pellets. Both the Algoma Innovator and the Algoma Sault had a foreign crew and registered in Tuvalu before they were reflagged Canadian. The Mia Desgagnes had been trading in Europe all winter before arriving in Canada to begin their trading.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  April 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., and Burns Harbor all departed Duluth during the morning on Wednesday. Cason J. Callaway arrived mid-morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. She was followed into port by Roger Blough, which headed down to Burlington Northern in Superior to load. Both vessels were still at their respective docks on Wednesday evening.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
On Wednesday, April 4th, Two Harbors saw the departure of the Algoma Guardian at approx. 09:45. As of 19:40 on the 4th her AIS wasn’t showing a discharge port. Due Two Harbors late on the 4th/early on the 5th is the Lee A. Tregurtha. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Herbert C. Jackson on April 4th at 07:51. As of 19:40 on the 4th she was showing no discharge port. Arriving Silver Bay on April 4th is the Mesabi Miner. On April 4th at 17:40 the H. Lee White was running checked down near Grand Portage, Minn., showing a Silver Bay destination.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday: With a severe storm promising near gale force winds from the north a number a vessels were taking the north shore route around Lake Superior. 21:31 USCG Morro Bay departed for Duluth and was conducting ice ops on her voyage south. The vessels travelling north from the Sault were escorted by the CCGS Samuel Risley, which is bound for Thunder Bay. On Wednesday April 4th 6:43 Tecumseh departed (AIS shows Thunder Bay). 9:09 Tim S Dool arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Both vessels were assisted by the tug Point Valour. The Point Valour next proceeded to the shipyard and with fleetmate Glenada towed CSL Tadoussac from the dry dock and moored her to the shipyard main dock to finish fitting out for the coming season. At 13:11 CCGS Samuel Risley arrived and broke out a channel to the mouth of the Kam River adjacent to Thunder Bay Terminals. She continued ice ops through the anchorage to the Current River entrance. 15:41 Atlantic Huron arrived and went to anchor. 16:46 Point Valour arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals, broke out the slip area and assisted Atlantic Huron to dock. 18:36 CSL St. Laurent arrived and went to anchor. 19:24 Kaministiqua departed (AIS shows Thunder Bay) with the assistance from the tug Glenada. 21:15 Glenada was clearing ice at Viterra A.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Fleetmates Calumet and Michipicoten visited the LS&I ore dock on Wednesday.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Wednesday and none are expected until Thursday when the John G. Munson is due in the morning to load weather permitting. Two additional vessels are expected on Thursday, the Cuyahoga and Saginaw, with no times listed. All times in this report are estimates and can change due to weather and ice conditions.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Manitowoc was expected at Calcite late on Wednesday evening to load at the North Dock, weather permitting. It will be the first vessel at Calcite for the 2018 season. Three vessels are expected on Saturday with Philip R. Clarke and John G. Munson due in the morning. The Clarke will be loading at the South Dock, while the Munson will be loading at the North Dock. Also due on Saturday during the early afternoon is the Great Republic. Due for Monday, April 9 are two vessels, the H. Lee White in the late morning for the South Dock and a return visit from the John G. Munson during the early evening for the North Dock.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Calumet is expected at the Torco Dock to unload ore pellets on Friday in the early morning. Also due at Torco are the tug Victory and the barge James L. Kuber on Monday, April 9 in the morning. There are no vessels scheduled for the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. Due at the CSX Coal Dock to load is the John D. Leitch on Saturday in the early morning, and on Sunday the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected to arrive during the mid afternoon. The ASC 1,000 footer American Spirit has departed its winter lay up berth Tuesday in the late afternoon. Of the six 1,000 footers that were laid up in Toledo, two are still in lay up, the Indiana Harbor at the Midwest Overseas Terminal along with the American Integrity at the CSX #2 Dock. Other vessels in lay up are the American Mariner at the Ironville Dock, Evans Spirit at the Overseas Dock and the Great Republic at the Torco Slip #3. Vessels in port at the time of this report were the tug Petite Forte along with the barge St. Marys Cement at the St. Marys Cement Terminal, the Saginaw at one of the riverfront elevators unloading a grain cargo from Port Colborne and the tug Wilf Seymour and barge Alouette Spirit along with the salty the Federal Rideau. Expected in port soon is the Algoma Mariner arriving in ballast for an unknown dock.

Welland Canal & regional report April 4 – Barry Andersen
(Extreme winds have resulted in ships delays)

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - April 3 - Algonova at 2315 - April 4 - Algocanada 0001

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Algoma Mariner at 1025, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1135 Downbound - April 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1805

Welland docks: April 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II stopped at wharf 2 at 0249
Port Weller anchorage: Arrivals - April 3 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1625 and Tasing Swan (Da) at 1820 - both from Clarkson - April 4 - Algoma Mariner at 1129, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1248
Anchored off Burlington - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0122

Hamilton:
Arrival - Apr 4 - Algoma Discovery at 0323 - at docks - Mar 31 - Tufty (Cy) at 0024 - April 1 - Florence Spirit at 2044 - Apr 2 - Federal Churchill at 1640 - April 3 - Algoma Niagara at 2047 - anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - April 4 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2026

Bronte:
Anchored: April 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0930

Toronto:
Arrival - April 4 - English River at 2013

 

Fishermen stuck on fishing tug rescued near Beaver Island

4/5 - Last week, two tribal fishermen attempted to transit from Charlevoix to Beaver Island, in a fishing tug, and became stuck in the ice about ½ mile off of St. James Harbor, Beaver Island.

As the fishermen waited for assistance, a Coast Guard air crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City delivered food and water via helicopter. The Coast Guard helicopter then landed on Beaver Island and coordinated with Beaver Island local law enforcement to obtain firewood to air drop to the fishermen.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock transited from Green Bay, WI, to Beaver Island to assist the fishermen. The Hollyhock expertly positioned herself alongside the fishing tug, near dangerously shallow waters, to deploy an ice rescue team.

The ice rescue team attached a tow line to the bow of the fishing tug, and used an inflatable ice rescue boat to bring the towline to shore. From shore, a good Samaritan used a winch to tow the fishing tug to safety.

View images at this link: http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/fishermen-stuck-in-fishing-tug-rescued-near-beaver-island

 USCG

 

Coast Guard, partners respond to spill in Straits of Mackinac

4/5 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – A Unified Command has been established in response to a mineral oil release from a utility line in the Straits of Mackinac, Monday.

The Coast Guard established the Unified Command comprised of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, county emergency managers, local tribes, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Protection Agency, and the responsible party to oversee the pollution response and mitigate any risks to the environment.

Initial reports from the responsible party indicate that approximately 600 gallons of product has been released. The maximum potential for the spill is more than 4,000 gallons. There have been no reported impacts to wildlife, and responders will continue to assess as work progresses.

American Transmission Company, the responsible party, has activated their Oil Spill Response Plan. Currently, there is no pressure on the affected lines and the oil is not known to be leaking from the source. ATC will remove the oil from the lines via vacuum as well as conduct overflights to monitor the spill.

The product is comprised of mineral oil, a thin and light substance. Samples of the product have been sent for laboratory analysis. Given the dilution of the product and mobility of fish, there is a low risk to fisheries and wildlife. The greatest threat is to waterfowl or shore birds that may come in contact with the product floating on the surface. Due to the inaccessibility of the shorelines from ice, there is a low-risk threat to the public since they are unable to come in contact with the oil. The dilution of the oil and distance from the bridge provide additional protection from the product.

There are two water intakes in the general vicinity, but given the dilution of the oil and the distance of the intakes from the source of the discharge, there is no significant threat to drinking water at this time.

Commercial vessel traffic has not been impacted.

"Our top priorities are to protect public health, the safety of both responders and communities in this region, and limit the environmental impacts as we contain and clean-up the spill as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Capt. Marko Broz, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the response. "We are responding in cooperation with our federal, state, local and industry partners and have experience from actual spills on/in ice to draw from, as well as lessons from other areas around the country and around the world."

The Coast Guard received notification of the potential spill from the American Transmission Company on Monday evening. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was deployed to conduct an overflight of the area. Additionally, response teams from Sector Sault Sainte Marie were dispatched to investigate. The Coast Guard does not approve or regulate pipelines or pipeline response plans. Those are approved and regulated by the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

The Coast Guard's role is to oversee the response efforts and ensure that the responsible party is responding in accordance with their established plan. For more information contact email the Point Le Barbe Response at the Joint Information Center at PointLeBarbeResponseJIC@gmail.com or District 9 Public Affairs at 216-902-6020.

 

Chequamegon Bay ice-breaking operations announced

4/5 - Sault Ste, Marie, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay will open the waters between Bayfield and Madeline Island, Wisconsin, Saturday morning. At the request of local officials, Morro Bay will conduct the break out of Chequamegon Bay. The ice road linking the mainland to the island is no longer serviceable which renders this action necessary.

USCG

 

Port Huron Blessing of the Fleet will be Saturday

4/5 - The Blessing of the Fleet will be held at noon outside the Great Lakes Maritime Center, 51 Water St., in downtown Port Huron. The event marks the 2018 shipping season and remembers those sailors lost at sea. If bad weather prevails, the ceremony will be held inside.

 

Help wanted: Fettes Shipping Inc.

4/5 - We offer full time employment opportunity on Canadian-flagged Great Lakes self-unloading tug/barge cement carriers. We are looking for candidates with some dry bulk or tug/barge experience.

We offer high salaries and benefits including 2 months onboard with one month off paid vacation, medical coverage and Family Security Plan all under collective agreement.

We expect from candidates strong communication skills and good work ethic.

Candidates must be able to travel to the U.S. portions of the Great Lakes area and must have a valid Canadian passport, all applicable Transport Canada certificates and a valid medical certificate issues by Transport Canada.

Please send your resume to Human Resources

Fettes Shipping Inc.
3385 Harvester Rd. Suite 250
Burlington, ON L7N 3N2
Fax 905 333-6588
Email fettes-glits@fettesshipping.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 5

On 05 April 1890, INDIANA (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 220 foot, 1,178 gross tons) was launched by Burger and Burger at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Goodrich Transportation Company. The total cost of the vessel was $135,000.

On April 5, 1984, the joined sections of the HILDA MARJANNE and CHIMO emerged from Port Weller Dry Dock Ltd., as the b.) CANADIAN RANGER.

Sea trials for Canada Steamship Lines new bulk freighter, PRAIRIE HARVEST (Hull#227) of Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., were complete on April 5, 1984. She operates on the Lakes today as the self-unloader d.) ATLANTIC HURON.

The a.) LUZON (Hull#54) of the Chicago Ship Building Co. was launched for the Erie Steamship Co., E.D. Carter, mgr., on April 5, 1902. Renamed b.) JOHN ANDERSON in 1924 and c.) G. G. POST in 1933. She was scrapped at Izmir, Turkey, in 1972.

April 5, 1977 - The Chessie System announced that the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 would be withdrawn from service and only the SPARTAN and BADGER would run for the season.

On 5 April 1854, AMERICA (wooden side-wheeler, 240 foot, 1,083 tons, built in 1847, at Port Huron, Michigan) 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, Ontario. 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, Wisconsin. Her dimensions were 143 foot x 29 foot x 10 feet, 294 gross tons, 279 net tons.

April 5, 1962, the tanker ROBERT W. STEWART was renamed b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN, The WILLIAM P. COWAN was renamed b.) AMOCO ILLINOIS, the EDWARD G. SEUBERT was renamed b.) AMOCO WISCONSIN and the RED CROWN was renamed b.) AMOCO INDIANA, after being transferred from Standard Oil Company in a sale to the American Oil Company for $10 for each ship. Each ship traded in their names and their well-known red superstructure for a typical white paint job which stuck with them until their end. The only change came to the AMOCO INDIANA when she traded in her black hull for the blue paint of c.) MEDUSA CONQUEST, d.) SOUTHDOWN CONQUEST, e.) CEMEX CONQUEST and f.) ST MARYS CONQUEST. She operates today as a self - unloading cement barge.

1921: The Imperial Oil tanker IMPOCO (ii) had combined Great Lakes and coastal trading and had gone as far afield as the Mediterranean Sea and the Falkland Islands during World War One. The 8-year old vessel stranded at Blonde Rock, Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, on this date in 1921 while en route from Halifax to Saint John with a cargo of gasoline. The ship was lightered, salvaged on May 4, and beached at Charles Harbour and then at Halifax as not worth repair. The hull was apparently not scrapped until 1953.

1983: The small Finnish freighter KENITRA visited the Great Lakes in 1957. It was abandoned by her crew in the Red Sea while sailing as d) ALASKA on this date in 1983. It had developed a severe list while traveling from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Mersin, Turkey, and sank the same day.

1996: The Liberian freighter STEEL FLOWER ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Wellesley Island while upbound on this date in 1996 and was stuck for two days. The ship had also been a Seaway trader as a) FEDERAL RHINE (i) from 1978 to 1992, as STEEL FLOWER from 1994 to 1996 and as c) NARRAGANSETT from 1997 to 1999 before going to Alang, India, for scrap later in 1999.

1999: The PATERSON (ii) ran aground in Lake St. Francis and was stuck for two days. The ship went to Les Mechins, QC for repairs and returned to work on May 13. The vessel now sails for Canada Steamship Lines as b) PINEGLEN (ii).

1999: ALGONTARIO ran aground at Johnsons Point in the St. Mary's River while upbound with a load of cement from Clarkson to Duluth. The ship was released April 7 and, after unloading, was laid up at Thunder Bay until eventual repairs and a return to service on October 10, 2004. The vessel was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping in 2011.

Data from: Skip Gilham, Steve Haverty, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection and the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Algoma Innovator, Algoma Sault now registered in Canada

4/4 - Algoma Innovator was re-registered in Canada April 3 and the port of registry was changed from St. Catharines to Toronto. Its original date of registration was October 20, 2017.

Algoma Sault was also re-registered in Canada April 3, but port of registry remains as Sault Ste. Marie. Its original registration date was November 21, 2017. Both ships were temporarily registered overseas for their delivery trips to Canada.

Mac Mackay

 

Residents on small Michigan island have been stranded by ice for 5 days

4/4 - Neebish Island, Mich. – Residents of Michigan's Neebish Island have had to stay put for days after excessive ice build-up in the St. Marys River that surrounds them forced the suspension of their ferry service, which they use to reach the mainland Upper Peninsula.

The island sits in the middle of the river, about 15 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie. It's one of the easternmost points of Michigan's U.P., nearly rubbing elbows with Canada. The ferry stopped its daily runs on Friday morning, halted by ice clogging the river's West Neebish Channel, called the Rock Cut.

The St. Marys River is the waterway connector for Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Freighters coming and going from the Soo Locks use the river and pass on both sides of the island. The U.S. Coast Guard and the local transportation service that runs the island's ferry announced Monday afternoon that the runs to and from Neebish were stopped until further notice.

Authorities have emergency plans in place in case there is a problem on the island.

"Last week's wind events fractured most of the shore ice above the ferry crossing and sent it cascading down river. With the lower river still packed with ice, there is no place for this newly-broken ice to go," said LTJG Sean V. Murphy, who handles public affairs communications for the Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie.

Coast Guard cutters have been in the area clearing ice, but the cold, snowy forecast does not look promising for a quick fix.

Read more at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/residents_on_one_michigan_isla.html

 

U.S. Coast Guard, agencies respond to utility line leak in Straits of Mackinac

4/4 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with local, state and federal partners, is working with the American Transmission Company to respond to a leak from a utility line in the Straits of Mackinac, approximately two miles west of the Mackinac Bridge.

The Coast Guard received notification that an electrical line cased with mineral oil might be leaking into the Straits of Mackinac yesterday afternoon. Upon notification, Coast Guard crews traveled to the area to investigate, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew conducted an overflight but neither detected an oil sheen.

The utility line’s owner, the American Transmission Company, determined that there is a leak in the utility line that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, approximately 12,000 to 15,000 feet off shore. The leaking product is composed predominately of mineral oil which is used to insulate the utility line. American Transmission Company has taken action to control the leak including securing the utility line which is currently inoperable. There is no impact to power supply to the local communities. The cause of the leak is currently under investigation.

Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie personnel are working with the Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, local tribes, and county emergency managers to oversee the pollution response.

“Safety of the public and our responders is our top priority," said Captain Marko Broz, U.S. Coast Guard Federal On Scene Coordinator. "We are further committed to protecting the environment and ensuring a proactive response.”

“The DEQ is working closely with the American Transmission Company and federal, state, local, and tribal partners to coordinate an efficient response, protect the natural resources of the Great Lakes, and ensure public health and safety,” said Scott Schaefer of Michigan DEQ.

Coast Guard responders will remain on scene and continue to coordinate with partner agencies and the American Transmission Company in response to the spill.

 

Port Reports -  April 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke and American Century arrived Duluth early Tuesday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound during the early afternoon, and headed to Midwest Energy for coal. Herbert C. Jackson departed during the evening after stopping for fuel at Husky Energy (formerly Calumet). She was bound for Silver Bay to load. In Superior, Burns Harbor arrived mid-morning Tuesday to load at BN. She was still at the dock Tuesday evening.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the arrival of Edgar B. Speer at 08:32 on Tuesday, April 3rd. As of 19:30 on Tuesday she was still loading. Her destination is Conneaut. Arriving off Two Harbors on April 3rd at 18:02 was the Algoma Guardian. She went to anchor. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on April 4th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the John J. Boland on April 3rd at 00:32 and departure at 09:39. Due Silver Bay Tuesday night is the Herbert C. Jackson after departed the Twin Ports Tuesday afternoon. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Wednesday, April 4th, are Mesabi Miner and H. Lee White.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, 23:30 Tecumseh arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River. Tuesday April 3d 0:01 Kaministiqua arrived at the main anchorage and went to anchor. At 6:00 Tim S Dool arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River. 9:00 Tecumseh proceeded to the Superior Elevator, arriving at 10:20 with the assistance of USCG Morro Bay and the tug Point Valour. Point Valour cleared ice at the G3 elevator then proceeded to Current River and broke out the main dock at the Shipyard. 10:55 Kaministiqua weighed anchor and proceeded to the James Richardson Main Terminal with the assistance of the USCG Morro Bay to the Current River entrance. Point Valour and George N Carleton assisted the Kaministiqua into dock. The Point Valour proceeded back to the shipyard and resumed ice ops in preparation for the departure of CSL Tadoussac. George N Carleton broke out the James Richardson Current River Terminal adjacent to the Shipyard.

Toledo, Ohio
Algoma Mariner has cleared the last lock on the Seaway and is now on her way to Lake Ontario. She is sailing as a light vessel with no cargo onboard. She is due to arrive at Toledo on Thursday 5 April. However with the strong winds forecast for late Tuesday and on Wednesday she may be delayed. She is not on the coal dock list at this time and it is unknown to which dock she is bound.

Welland canal regional report for Tuesday, April 3 – Barry Andersen

Welland Canal:
Upbound - April 2 - G3 Marquis at 2037 - Apr 3 - Baie Comeau at 0325, Agoma Strongfield at 0353, Algocanada at 0847, Damia Desgagnes at 1335 (first trip into the lakes). Downbound - Apr 2 - Algoma Niagara at 2047 - Apr 3 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0902, Algoma Discovery at 1000, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II. At docks: - departure - Apr 3 - Saginaw from wharf 20 westbound. At Port Weller anchorage: Apr 3 - Algocanada at 0054, Adfines Sea (Mlt) and Tasing Swan (Da) at 1214 for Port Weller

Hamilton:
Arrival - Apr 3 - Algoma Niagara at 1130 and Algoma Discovery at 2320 approx. Docked - Mar 31 - Tufty (Cy) at 0024 Apr 1 - Florence Spirit at 2055 - Apr 2 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1640

Bronte:
Departure - Mar 2 Algocanada at 2311

Clarkson:
Departures - due to weather - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1053 and Tasing Swan (Da) at 1214 to Port Weller

 

High water levels affect Grand Haven pier repair timeline

4/4 - Grand Haven, Mich. – Lake Michigan’s near-record water levels could have an affect on how long it takes to wrap up work on the last phase of Grand Haven’s south pier reconstruction project. According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Area Engineer Tom O’Bryan, the lake is nearly 6 inches higher than it was last spring.

Officials say the pier resurfacing project will resume in May, and the work will affect the outer, lower section of the pier and require approximately 75 working days to complete. Given the increased water levels, wave action could have an even greater impact on construction plans, they added.

“Everybody wants this project done, but it will take longer if boaters don’t adhere to the ‘no wake’ (warning) as they come in and out of the channel,” O’Bryan said.

As a result of the anticipated delays due to water and weather, the completion date for the pier resurfacing project is now expected to be October. It was previously expected to be done by the 2018 Coast Guard Festival.

“Any amount of water splashing up on the surface adds a massive amount of time to the day’s work, as we have to stop, get out of the way and wait for the water to drain away before we can continue with that activity,” said Terry Andrews, lead weld and fabricator foreman for the main contractor, The King Co.

Construction officials say any amount of surface water will interfere with pouring concrete, welding and installing the steel forms. “The guys are working within 6 inches of the water for a lot of the work that needs to be done, and the water is definitely an issue,” said Dave Herweyer, a King Co. engineer. “Even less than a foot now of a wave causes problems.” The catwalk cannot be reinstalled until the pier resurfacing is complete. Even so, crews from The King Co. are currently rebuilding the catwalk structure offsite. This work includes fabricating 56 new arches, or “bents,” and restoring one of each of the three types of bents used in the original catwalk. The three restored bents will be incorporated into the reinstalled catwalk.

Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb, City Manager Pat McGinnis and Save the Catwalk chairperson Erin Turrell visited The King Co. on March 22 to assess the project’s progress. Herweyer said the bents will be completed by August and stored inside until they can be reinstalled on the completed pier in spring 2019.

If the pier resurfacing project is finished before October, The King Co. plans to pour most, if not all, of the concrete bases for the bents. For the sake of structural integrity, all of the bents must be installed and tied together with their steel rails, and can’t be partially installed and left out for the winter.

“Unfortunately, Mother Nature has pushed back our plans to have the catwalk back by 2018, but I’m confident that we can count on celebrating a newly installed catwalk in spring 2019,” Turrell said

Grand Haven Tribune

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 4

04 April 1903: The first steamer to pass upbound through the Straits of Mackinac was the LUZON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 353 foot 3,582 gross tons, built in 1902 at Chicago, Illinois). She was heavily coated with ice, even to the top of the pilothouse due to fighting a gale on Lake Huron.

On 04 April 1908, ALEXIS W. THOMPSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 504 foot, 6,437 gross tons) was launched by West Bay City Shipbuilding Co. (Hull #625) at 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 keel was laid at Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on April 4, 1978, for the Columbia Transportation Div., Oglebay Norton Co.'s FRED R. WHITE JR (Hull#722).

Sea trials of the tanker ROBERT W. STEWART (Hull#802) of American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio were run on April 4, 1928. Renamed b.) AMOCO MICHIGAN in 1962, she was sold off the lakes in 1969 and renamed c.) SHUKHEIR. Scrapped in Egypt in 1989.

WILLIAM C. ATWATER (Hull#249) was launched on April 4, 1925, by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, for the Wilson Transit Co. Renamed b.) E. J. KULAS in 1936, c.) BEN MOREELL in 1953, d.) THOMAS E. MILLSOP in 1955. Sold Canadian in 1976, renamed e.) E. J. NEWBERRY and f.) CEDARGLEN 1981. Scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario in 1994.

FRED G. HARTWELL (Hull#112) was launched April 4, 1908, by the Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Mutual Steamship Co., G. A. Tomlinson, mgr. Renamed b.) HARRY W. CROFT in 1917. Scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1969.

Interlake Steamship's E.G. GRACE became the first Maritimer to be sold for scrap when she was acquired by Marine Salvage on April 4, 1984.

JEAN-TALON was launched April 4, 1936, as a.) FRANQUELIN (Hull#1517) by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. for the Quebec and Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd.

The harbor tug and fire boat EDNA G was launched April 4, 1896, by the Cleveland Ship Building Co., as (Hull#25), for the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railroad Co.

On April 4, 1983, and on April 4, 1984, the WILLIAM CLAY FORD, opened the shipping season at Duluth, Minnesota. While the WILLIAM CLAY FORD was traditionally among the first vessels to visit Duluth-Superior, it was coincidence that she opened the port on the same day during her last two seasons in service.

On 4 April 1872, the schooner JOHN WESLEY was launched from Bailey's yard at Toledo, Ohio. 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, Michigan.

1969: The Liberty ship CORINTHIAKOS made three trips to the Great Lakes beginning in 1960. It had been built as a tanker but rebuilt as a bulk carrier in 1955. The ship was sailing under Liberian registry as h) PACSTAR when it ran aground in a storm on the north shore of Toshima, Tokyo Bay en route from Kure, Japan, to Portland, Oregon, in ballast. The bottom was opened to the sea and the engine room was flooded. Salvage efforts were unsuccessful and the ship was abandoned as a total loss and sold for scrap.

1969: The self-unloader HOCHELAGA of Canada Steamship Lines hit the breakwall stern first while turning with the help of tugs at Conneaut, Ohio. The cargo of coal was lightered to MANITOULIN and HOCHELAGA had to go to Port Colborne for repairs.

1997: ELIJIANNI, a Greek bulk carrier, had visited the Great Lakes in 1979. It was sailing as d) KEKOVA when it was in a collision with the VASILIOS III, a Greek tanker, in the Sea of Marmora on this date in 1997. There were temporary repairs to the port bow but the 27-year-old vessel was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling on June 2, 1997.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze , Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, “Ahoy & Farewell II,” the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

Due to excessive ice cover, Neebish Island ferry service is suspended

4/3 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The Neebish Island Ferry ceased scheduled operations on Friday morning due to significant ice buildup in the West Neebish Channel of the St. Marys River, also known as the Rock Cut. Last week’s wind events fractured most of the shore ice above the ferry crossing and sent it cascading down river. With the lower river still packed with ice, there is no place for this newly broken ice to go. Coast Guard ice breaking assets remain focused on clearing the ice but the forecast of sub-freezing temperatures and additional snow do not favor a quick resolution.

Capt. Marko Broz, Commander of Sector Sault Ste. Marie met with Pete Paramski, Director of EUPTA, to discuss the emergent needs of Neebish Island residents. Contingency plans addressed the use of local law enforcement assets, the dispatch of a Coast Guard helicopter, use of a privately owned airboat, and the deployment of a Coast Guard air boat team to manage exigent community service requests that may arise during the suspension of ferry service.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  April 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth harbor on Monday, and Herbert C. Jackson remained moored at Fraser Shipyards. She should depart for Silver Bay on Wednesday. American Century, Philip R. Clarke, Mesabi Miner, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. are expected to arrive on Tuesday.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Neither Two Harbors nor Silver Bay had any traffic on Monday the 2nd. Due Two Harbors Tuesday on the 3rd is the Edgar B. Speer. She should arrive in the morning. Also due Two Harbors is the Algoma Guardian. She should arrive later in the day. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay should see the arrival of the John J. Boland early Tuesday for the ore dock.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday April 2nd, 8:05, USCG Morro Bay began ice ops in the shipping channels and main anchorage. 9:46 Whitefish Bay departed for Becancour Quebec. 12:30 USCG Morro Bay docked at Keefer Terminal. 17:05 tug George N. Carleton departed for the James Richardson Main Terminal. Arriving in Current River at 18:36 she began clearing ice in preparation for either Tecumseh or Kaministiqua, both arriving later Monday. It can be assumed that the Carleton’s fleet mate Robert John (without an AIS) is also in the area.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Hon. James L. Oberstar, Michipicoten and Robert S. Pierson all visited the LS&I ore dock on Monday.

St. Marys River
James R. Barker was stuck in West Neebish Channel ice on Monday. Freed by the USCG, she proceeded as far as St. Ignace, where she anchored for weather in company with the Edwin H. Gott. Atlantic Huron was anchored for weather above DeTour Monday night. Mississagi was stopped at the lower Mac Lock pier, also presumably for weather. Canadian icebreaker Pierre Radisson was working in Whitefish Bay.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Rideau was in the anchorage Monday night. She is due in Toledo to load grain on Tuesday, weather permitting.

Port Weller, Ont.
Cuyahoga came off the drydock at Port Weller Monday and headed west through the Welland Canal for Windsor. She looked great in her new coat of paint.

Hamilton, Ont.
Algoma Olympic departed Hamilton Monday heading east to Quebec City to unload the cargo she was unable to deliver in January due to ice conditions. After that, it is expected she will go to Montreal for lay up and eventual sale for scrap.

Welland Canal regional report – Barry Andersen
(Note: Ship traffic in the canal was halted for nearly seven hours Sunday due to ship arrestor repairs at Lock 7.)

Welland Canal April 1 Upbound: Algoma Enterprise, Algoma Equinox, Algoma Spirit. Apr 2: CSL Assiniboine at 0353, Capt Henry Jackman at 1430, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1815 and G3 Marquis at 2037. Downbound: CSL Welland, Baie St Paul, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2351. Apr 2: Baie Comeau at 0021, English River at 0407, CCGS Griffon (replacing navigation aids throughout the canal), John D Leitch at 0811 and Algoma Niagara at 2047. At docks in the canal: May 2 - Saginaw at wharf 20; Cuyahoga departed old Port Weller Dry Dock after five-year inspection and hull painting. Port Weller anchorage: arrival on Mar 30 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12) at 2230 awaiting dock at Clarkson. Apr 2 departure at approx. 1115 for Clarkson

Port Colborne anchorage Apr 2: arrival English River at 0107 and departure 0334.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Mar 31 - Tufty (Cy) at 0024, Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 (anchored), G3 Marquis at 2127 - Apr 1 - Florence Spirit at 2055. Departure - Apr 1 - Algoma Olympic at 1827 for Quebec City - Apr 2 - G3 Marquis at 1856

Bronte: docked - Apr 1 Algocanada at 1415

Clarkson: Apr 1 - arrival - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0935 to west dock from Port Weller anchorage Apr 2 - Tasing Swan (Da) at 1304 east dock from Port Weller anchorage

Toronto: Arrival - Apr 2 - McKeil Spirit (ex Ardita-18) at 0610 from Picton on her maiden trip into the lakes

 

Casualties and Demolitions

4/3 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition, taken from April 2018 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: Diana (9370082) 9,556 / 2007 general cargo (1st Seaway trip 2014) Owned by Peter Doehle Schiffahrts KG Germany. Stranded in heavy weather after engine failure on 19/01/2018 in Haifa Bay, Israel in pos. 32.53.04 N., 35.04.24E. The ship was refloated with tug assistance 6/02/2018 and towed to port of Haifa. She had come from Dunkirk with steel

Demolitions: Artova (8618059; Panama) (Med Prodigy-14, Frigga-04 (1st trip into Seaway 2003), Sun Bird-96, Ines-03, Sun Bird-93, Ines-92, Sina-88, launched as Thule) 3,230 in 1987 general cargo. By S Shipping Ltd., Marshall Islands to Turkish breakers - arrived Aliaga 21.08.2017 - commenced demolition 23.08.2017 Compiled by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Toledo’s H Hansen Industries handles behemoth-sized repair jobs

4/3 - Toledo, Ohio – High atop the John J. Boland, a 680-foot-long lake freighter, there’s a fevered rush to finish the off-season repairs and get the ship back to the open lakes where it can start making money.

“It’s hell week,” said Daniel Hutchison, the assistant vice president of engineering for the American Steamship Co., which owns the Boland. “That’s what we call getting the boats out — hell week.” It’s March 21, and within days the John J. Boland will be loaded with coal at the Port of Toledo and set course for the heavily industrialized Zug Island just south of Detroit.

For the last three months, the Boland has been tied up in Toledo, where H Hansen Industries has been overseeing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of work, ranging from hanging new steel inside its cargo hold to adding 12 feet to its already massive unloading boom.

“You get a different size up here, don’t you,” asks Scott Shealy, the vice president of business development for Hansen, as we stroll across the deck.

The freighters look big when they’re coasting down the Maumee River. They are absolutely enormous up close. Shealy, who gave up a career in software development to come back to Toledo and slowly take over the Hansen business from his father-in-law, is giving us a tour of a part of industrial Toledo few people know about — let alone have the opportunity to see.

Founded in 1922 by Norwegian immigrant Hans Hansen, Toledo-based H Hansen Industries has grown into the largest maintenance provider on the Great Lakes. This year, 18 freighters cruised into Toledo for work ranging from shoring up bulkheads to engine overhauls. The firm, based on Summit Street, has freighters stowed at slips all the way up the Maumee River to the mouth of Lake Erie.

Like the ships themselves, the size of the work can be mind-boggling. Hanson will remove main propulsion gears weighing upwards of 30,000 pounds. One ship received a new rubber conveyor belt weighing 58,000 pounds. Frequently, welders will cut holes into the sides of the ship just so work crews can get large parts out, serviced, and back in.

Even as the repair season winds down, there are still dozens of Carhartt-wearing laborers toiling away both onshore and on the ships. Workers at large cutting tables precisely trim thick sheets of steel that will soon be hoisted up and welded into place. Officials say they will hang more than 1 million pounds of new, American-made steel by the end of the season.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.toledoblade.com/NewsSlide/2018/04/02/H-Hansen-Industries-handles-behemoth-sized-repair-jobs.html

 

Cleveland Cliffs announces groundbreaking for Ohio plant

4/3 - Toledo, Ohio – Cleveland Cliffs announced Monday it will be holding a groundbreaking event on April 5 to celebrate the construction of its first hot-briquetted iron (HBI) production plant.

The company is investing $700 million to build one of the world’s most modern and efficient iron making plants, generating a total of 130 new jobs in Toledo, Ohio. At peak construction, 1,200 people will be working on the site.

The Toledo plant will produce 1.6 million metric tons per year of customized high-quality HBI, and will make Cleveland-Cliffs the sole producer of high-quality customized feedstock for the domestic electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmakers located in the Great Lakes region.

Cliffs’ domestically produced HBI will supply a Great Lakes market currently estimated at 3 million metric tons, which is currently supplied exclusively by imports of commercial quality pig iron and HBI from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Brazil and Venezuela, among others. Start-up of the plant is expected to happen in the summer of 2020.

“Today we are launching a new era for the iron and steel industry in the United States,” said Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As Cleveland-Cliffs begins the construction of the first hot-briquetted iron (HBI) production plant in the Great Lakes region, we are taking the initial steps to enable EAF steelmakers to produce the specs associated with high margin steels for sophisticated end markets, such as automotive and others.

“For several decades, Cleveland-Cliffs has been supplying the American steelmakers in the Great Lakes with customized pellets to feed their blast furnaces,” Goncalves added. “With the growth in participation of EAFs, it was just a matter of time for Cliffs to become a supplier of these important steelmakers. Our HBI will be for the EAFs the same great feedstock our taconite pellets are, and will continue to be, for our blast furnace clients.”

“We’re excited that Cleveland-Cliffs is expanding their presence in Ohio by building the very first hot-briquetted iron plant in the Great Lakes region,” said Ohio Governor John R. Kasich. “The great work of JobsOhio, their local partners and the company’s trust in the Toledo workforce will create hundreds of new jobs and greater economic opportunities for families throughout this region.”

Cleveland-Cliffs will be live streaming the groundbreaking event from the project’s construction site on April 5. Interested viewers can pre-register to view the live broadcast via Cliffs’ website.

Upper Michigan Source

 

Noted maritime artist, author Jim Clary dies

4/3 - Port Huron, Mich. – Noted maritime artist Jim "Cap'n Jim" Clary died Saturday. He was 78. Clary, who had galleries in St. Clair and Port Huron, was famous for his depictions of shipwrecks such as the Titanic and the Edmund Fitzgerald. He was the official artist for the 1983 search headed by Robert Ballard that found the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic.

Kenny McKay said Clary, who had been a professional artist since 1968, was his friend. "He was a good friend of mine, and he was an author, artist and historian," McKay said. "He was well liked and he liked everybody."

McKay said he volunteers at the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce, and the chamber office used to be next to Cap'n Jim's Gallery in the Riverview Plaza. "I would rap on the wall and let him know the coffee was ready," he said.

Clary's gallery had been in St. Clair for 25 years until he moved to Port Huron in 1996. He moved back to St. Clair in 2011. A big booster of the area, Clary just recently was using his Facebook page to document the ongoing renovation of the St. Clair Inn

Retired jeweler Pat Coughlin said he had known Clary since he started American Diamond Importers in 1989 in the plaza. He said Clary lived an adventurous life. "He traveled a lot," he said. "His big thing was the Edmund Fitzgerald, did a lot of renderings on that. He did so much on the Great Lakes and the shipping along the river that everybody loves so much."

Coughlin said he took a trip on the Paul R. Tregurtha a few years ago and was not surprised to see Clary's artwork on the walls of the freighter. "They had a bunch of his prints all over the dining room, the living room," he said. "It was really something to see."

Clary annually created a Christmas print that he sold with the proceeds going to the Salvation Army and to St. Joseph's Academy in Richmond. "Obviously, he was full of life with a lot of great stories," Coughlin said.

Clary was the author of several books including "The Last True Story of the Titanic," "Superstitions of the Sea," "Ladies of the Lakes" and "The 1913 Storms."

In 2012, Clary, his brother Ben and two others used metal detectors to find pieces of a War II-era fighter plane that crashed in a farm field in Casco Township. The plane, a P-38D Lightning, was piloted by 2nd Lt. Alfred Voss, a native of Elgin, Illinois, assigned to the 94th Pursuit Squadron stationed at Selfridge Air Base.

Both Coughlin and McKay said they'll miss Clary. "He was a very social guy," Coughlin said. "He liked to hang out at the mall and talk to everybody who came by. He is going to be missed. He was just a very colorful character."

Port Huron Times Herald

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 3

On 03 April 1969, RALPH MISENER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 730 foot, 19,160 gross tons, built in 1967, at Montreal, Quebec) suffered serious fire damage to her engine room during fit-out at Port Colborne, Ontario. She went overseas for scrap in 2012 as b.) GORDON C. LEITCH (ii).

On April 3, 1991, the pilothouse of the WILLIAM CLAY FORD of 1953 was moved by a barge towed by Gaelic tug's CAROLYN HOEY and placed on a specially built foundation at the Dossin Museum for display facing the Detroit River as a fully equipped pilothouse.

The tanker a.) TEMBLADOR (Hull#15) of the Barnes Ð Duluth Shipbuilding Co., was launched April 3, 1943, for the Creole Petroleum Corp, for off lakes use. She later sailed on the lakes as b.) LIQUILASSIE.

On 3 April 1872, the passenger/package freight steam barge ROBERT HOLLAND was launched at Marine City, Michigan. 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, Michigan completely buried in the ice. Four are supposed to have perished."

On 3 April 1894, WILLIAM H. BARNUM (wooden propeller freighter, 219 foot, 937 gross tons, built in 1873, at Detroit, Michigan) 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 in the Straits of Mackinac about two miles east of present Mackinac Bridge. The tug CRUSADER got her crew off before she sank.

1942: The second TABORFJELL to visit the Great Lakes for the Fjell Line was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic east of New Jersey on this date by U-576. The vessel was en route from Matanzas, Cuba, to New York and Montreal with sugar. The three survivors waited for 20 hours before being rescued. Another 17 crewmates perished. The 1339 gross ton vessel first came inland shortly after being delivered in August 1938.

1975: The self-unloader J.W. McGIFFIN of Canada Steamship Lines was blown aground in the Welland Canal near Thorold. Two holes were punched in the hull and they were repaired at Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship was rebuilt as CSL NIAGARA in 1999.

Data from: Skip GIllham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection and the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University, “Ahoy & Farewell II” and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

Traffic delayed in Welland Canal as vessel strikes ship arrestor

4/2 - CSL Welland, downbound entering Lock 7, struck the ship arrestor at 1418 Sunday. Traffic was still not moving eight hours later. This is a developing story.

 

Algoma Equinox opens Port of Hamilton

4/2 - Hamilton, Ont. – Algoma Equinox Captain Peter Schultz of Algoma Central Corporation was greeted at the Port of Hamilton this morning with the traditional Top Hat. Captain Schultz was welcomed by Tony Robinson of ArcelorMittal Dofasco and Hamilton Harbormaster Vicki Gruber.

The Equinox delivered a load of 27,000MT of iron ore, which was loaded in Two Harbors, Minnesota last season. The vessel overwintered in Thunder Bay, and departed for Hamilton on Monday

Hamilton Port Authority

 

Icebreakers working to clear Great Lakes

4/2 - A third Canadian Coast Guard ship has been added to the fleet of Canadian and U.S. icebreakers already working to open the Great Lakes as the 2018 shipping season gets underway with the opening of the Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway Thursday.

During a briefing on icebreaking operations Tuesday, Julie Gascon, the coast guard's assistant commissioner for the Central and Arctic Region, said the medium-class icebreaker CCGS Pierre Radisson made its way through the St. Lawrence Seaway's Montreal-Lake Ontario section and docked in Toronto. On Sunday she was nearing the Soo Locks.

The Pierre Radisson, she and Stacy Dufour, Central and Arctic Region superintendent of icebreaking said, would head to Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior to assist vessels through a heavy ice pack. It would join the CCGS Samuel Risley and U.S. Coast Guard's Mackinaw, both already in the area.

"We are working all over the Great Lakes," said Dufour, adding icebreakers would also head to Thunder Bay. "The Martha L. Black will move into the Montreal-Lake Ontario section and into Lake Saint-Louis to assist shipping there."

With the Pierre Radisson's move into the upper Great Lakes, it brings to 11 the total number of icebreakers working on both sides of the border. The Radisson had been working heavy ice on the upper St. Lawrence River before being moved.

Gascon said the move was part of a plan undertaken by both the Canadian Coast Guard's Central and Arctic Region and United-States Coast Guard, District 9, which covers the Great Lakes. The plan also took into account the opening of the Seaway system.

Greg Lick, the Canadian Coast Guard's director general of operations, said if there are severe ice conditions on the Great Lakes, the agency can surge more icebreakers in from other areas, including the Atlantic region.

Both Martha L. Black and Pierre Radisson were moved into the lakes in 2014 and 2015 due to severe ice conditions. The Coast Guard also has a new arrangement which allows it to hire additional assets for short-term needs and periods to assist with icebreaking. It could be used if one of the aging icebreakers were to break down as well.

Welland Tribune

 

Port Reports -  April 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Herbert C. Jackson remains tied up at Fraser Shipyards for some thruster repair work.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the departure of the Edwin H. Gott on Sunday April 1st at 07:06 for Gary. Next scheduled traffic for the CN ore docks will be the Edgar B. Speer, which could arrive late on Monday, but will probably arrive early on Tuesday. Norhshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Easter Sunday, but should see the arrival of the John J. Boland later in the day on April 2nd. As of 16:30 on April 1st she was upbound at the Soo Locks.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday April 1st, 9:15 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra A to load grain. Tecumseh, Kaministiqua and Tim S Dool were delayed by ice conditions in the St Mary’s River. The CCG Pierre Radisson arrived and helped break out the delayed boats. Having another heavy ice breaker in the area will help keep things on schedule over the next two weeks.

St. Marys River
With high winds dying down, vessel traffic in the river began to move again late Sunday morning, and there was soon a line-up for the locks. Upbounders included Hon. James L. Oberstar, John J. Boland, American Century, Philip R. Clarke, Mississagi, Kaministiqua, Tecumseh and Burns Harbor. Downbound traffic included Algoma Discovery early, followed by Robert S. Pierson and James R. Barker. CCGS Samuel Risley was escorting the downbounders. CCSG Pierre Radisson departed the locks at 7:45 p.m. headed to Lake Superior. Mackinaw, Bristol Bay and Mobile Bay were working in Mud Lake. Michipicoten got underway from Algoma around 8 p.m. for her first trip of the season. Three upbounders – Edgar B. Speer, Tim S. Dool and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. – were in the DeTour area at 10 p.m.

Southern Lake Michigan
Roger Blough was at Gary Sunday night, with Presque Isle next to unload. Stewart J. Cort arrived at Indiana Harbor in the evening. Cason J. Callaway was at Buffington. Alpena was at S. Chicago.

Toledo, Ohio
The saltwater vessel Federal Rideau was in the Welland Canal on Sunday and will arrive during the day on Monday. Most likely she will be going to the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock. She will be the first overseas vessel to arrive at Toledo for the 2018 season. There will be a welcoming ceremony for her.

Welland Canal regional report March 31 – Barry Andersen
Welland Canal upbound Mar 31: tug Ocean A Gauthier and Ojibway at 1007 (to wharf 2), Algoma Guardian at 1230, CSL St. Laurent at 1540, Atlantic Huron at 1705, Federal Rideau) at 1922 (anchored) and Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1610 (anchored). Welland Canal downbound Mar 31: Algoma Enterprise, Algosea at 00354, G3 Marquis at 0637, CSL Assiniboine at 1500 and Algocanada at 2017. At docks in canal: Ojibway at wharf 2. Cuyahoga remained in Port Weller dry dock, Saginaw was at wharf 20.

Port Weller anchorage: Arrivals Mar 30: Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12) at 2230 awaiting dock at Clarkson. Mar 31: Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1610 from Clarkson

Hamilton: Mar 31: Arrival, Algoma Enterprise at 1358. Anchored, Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835, Algocanada at 2017 (off Burlington) and G3 Marquis at 2125. Departure Apr 1: Algoma Enterprise at 0738, Algoma Equinox at 1102 and Algoma Olympic at 1827

Toronto: Mar 31: Departure Algoma Guardian at 1102. Apr 1: Algoma Spirit at 1345

Welland Canal regional report April 1 - Barry Andersen

Welland Canal: Upbound, Apr 1: Federal Rideau (Hkg) at 0850, Algoma Enterprise at 1028, Algoma Equinox at 1230 and Algoma Spirit at 1550. Downbound, Apr 1: Algocanada, Florence Spirit at 0912, CSL Welland at 1045, Baie St Paul at 1050, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2330 and Baie Comeau at 2359. At docks in canal: Cuyahoga remains in Port Weller dry dock, Saginaw at wharf 20. Departure: Ojibway from wharf 2 at approximately 0813 for Sorel.

Port Weller anchorage: Arrivals Mar 30: Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12) at 2230 awaiting dock at Clarkson. Apr 1 departure: Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 0807 approximately for Clarkson

 

Thunder Bay port authority CEO optimistic about 2018 shipping season

4/2 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – A backlog of grain, coupled with increasing shipments of relatively-unusual cargo like steel, wind turbines, and pipe, should all add up to a busy year at Thunder Bay's port, the CEO of the city's port authority says.

"There's a lot more carryover this year than usual," Tim Heney said Thursday. "It was a rough winter in the prairies; they had a lot of trouble getting grain across the Rockies to Vancouver, so there's more leftover this year than usual, which bodes well."

"The prices are starting to come up a bit, so the farmers are going to want to start shipping it," he said. "It's looking very positive at this point."

Thunder Bay's port, Heney said, is well-positioned to handle a surge in grain shipping, as it has the capacity to move large quantities of grain. "We really only run about half to 30 per cent of capacity of the port," he said. "To handle surges is what Thunder Bay can do."

But it's not just grain quantities that have Heney optimistic. "We've had the first shipment of pipe last year, repeat shipments of steel will be here again," he said. "And we're looking for a lot more wind turbines this year than we've done in prior years, as well. It's going to be a good year, I think."

The Thunder Bay port's shipping season officially opened last week, when the first ship, CSL Welland, arrived in port on Tuesday, March 27. The annual Top Hat Ceremony kicking off the season was held Thursday.

This year's opening is slightly later than average, Heney said, as things usually get underway by about March 24.

CBC

 

Miller expects bigger boat to enhance Lake Erie islands ferry service

4/2 - South Bass Island, Ohio – At some point during the height of the busy tourist season on this Lake Erie oasis, as they shuttled thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles back and forth from the mainland, someone inside the Miller Boat Company had to step back and say to the rest of the staff: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

The new ferry for the Miller Boat Line is being designed by the Elliott Bay Design Group of Seattle. The 140-foot craft is expected to cost $7 million and will be capable of carrying 600 passengers, or 28 standard automobiles and 250 passengers.

Miller Boat Line will add a 140-foot-long ferry to its fleet in 2019, and this craft will be capable of carrying 28 automobiles and 250 passengers each trip. The versatile ship is also capable of toting five full semi-trucks and 250 passengers, or if it is just moving people, it will hold 600 passengers.

“Our business is growing, and as we went through last spring and saw how busy we were, we knew we needed another boat,” said Jake Market, vice-president of resources for the Miller Boat Line. “We toyed around with the concept of lengthening one of the boats in our fleet, but when you build a boat from scratch, you get a much better boat.”

The oldest ferry in the current fleet was built in 1983, while the newest vessel, the “Put-in-Bay,” was built in 1997 and then lengthened to 136 feet in 2010.

“Demand has increased steadily over the past few decades, and it is time for us to add another boat to our fleet instead of lengthening another vessel,” Miller Boat Line co-owner Bill Market said.

Read more and view photos and a video at this link: http://www.toledoblade.com/MattMarkey/2018/03/31/Miller-expects-bigger-boat-to-enhance-Lake-Erie-islands-ferry-service.html

 

Neebish Island residents marooned due to ice jam

4/2 - Neebish Island, Mich. – Neebish Island residents have had no ferry service since Friday afternoon due to an extreme ice jam at the Neebish Island ferry crossing just north of Rock Cut on the St. Marys River. The Coast Guard has been doing their best to get the two-inch thick ice moving again.

Recent warm weather has dislodged the ice from the upstream shorelines and it has bottlenecked at the ferry crossing. Downbound freighter traffic the next day or two hopefully will get the ice moving once and for all. For service updates, go to www.eupta.net.

USCG

 

U.S. warship stuck in Montreal since December due to ice resumes trip home

4/2 - Montreal, Que. – An American warship stuck in Montreal since Christmas Eve has finally resumed its trip to its homeport in Florida. Port of Montreal spokesperson Mélanie Nadeau said the ship left around 6:15 a.m. Saturday.

The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo on Dec. 16 but was trapped by ice at the Port of Montreal less than two weeks into its maiden voyage. A spokeswoman for the Navy said officials decided to wait until weather conditions improved before allowing the ship to continue its journey to Mayport, Fla., out of concern for the safety of the ship and crew.

Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson confirmed the ship finally left the city early on Saturday after spending more than three months in Montreal. It is expected to arrive in Florida early next month after making several port visits along the way.

In a statement, the Navy thanked the city for the hospitality it showed the stranded crew. "We greatly appreciate the support and hospitality of the city of Montreal, the Montreal Port Authority and the Canadian Coast Guard," said the USS Little Rock Commanding Officer Cmdr. Todd Peters.

The warship was equipped with temporary heaters and 16 de-icers designed to reduce ice accumulation on the hull, and the crew was provided with cold-weather clothing in light of the change to their winter plans.

The ship's departure may be a relief to some nearby condo dwellers, who complained over the winter about the constant rumble emanating from the vessel's generators. In response, the lights illuminating the ship were dimmed and adjustments were made in February to a soundproofing, acoustic barrier wall surrounding the generators, the Port of Montreal said at the time.

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 2

A total of 60 ore boats departed Cleveland between March 31 and April 2 to start the 1948 shipping season.

On 02 April 1900, the JOHN MINER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 134 foot, 273 gross tons, built in 1866, at Detroit, Michigan 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 April 2, 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY was towed, bound for New Orleans, Louisiana, 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, a 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 for the Bransford Transit Co., (W. A. Hawgood, mgr.).

SENATOR OF CANADA sailed under her own power on April 2, 1985, to Toronto, Ontario, where she was put into ordinary next to her fleet mate the QUEDOC. She was scrapped in Venezuela in 1986.

WHEAT KING was lengthened by an addition of a 172 foot 6 inch mid-section (Hull #61) and received a 1,000 h.p. bowthruster. This work reportedly cost $3.8 million Canadian and was completed on April 2, 1976.

On April 2, 1953, the straight deck bulk freighter J. L. MAUTHE (Hull#298) of the Great Lakes Engineering Works entered service for Interlake Steamship Co. She operates currently for Interlake as the self-unloading barge PATHFINDER.

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.

On 2 April 1874, A. H. HUNTER (wooden propeller tug, 58 foot, 28 gross tons) was launched at Saginaw, Michigan. 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, Michigan in October 1873.

1976: WHEAT KING was refloated at Port Weller Dry Docks. It had arrived on December 12, 1975, and was lengthened to 730 feet over the winter. The ship would only sail six years with the new dimensions and was retired at the end of the 1981 season.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Jody Aho, Russ Plumb, “Ahoy & Farewell II,” Father Dowling Collection and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 

A coal idea: Museum ship, beloved laker to switch roles

4/1 - In an unusual turn of events, the much-loved steamer Arthur M. Anderson and the museum ship Valley Camp will swap roles in 2018, with the Anderson becoming a tourist attraction at the Soo and the Valley Camp running ore from Two Harbors to Quebec. The Valley Camp is being used due to her Seaway-friendly size.

The move was praised by government officials who said her antiquated propulsion system is a perfect example of bringing back coal-fired technology. “What was good enough for Calvin Coolidge is good enough for us,” said Energy Secretary Livin N.D. Passt.

The 1917-built vessel will receive modern upgrades including AIS and satellite communications, however technicians are still trying to get the boat’s TV sets to show something other than “Happy Days.”

 

Ahead of it’s time? Shipper logging out of self-driving lakers
 

4/1 - The Outer Lakes fleet has scrubbed the idea of self-driving boats because no one in the company office can remember the password needed to start the engines.

“We tried 1234," but to no avail," said Chief Engineer/Programmer "Scotty" McScottyFace. "Someone suggested trying the name of my cat, but I only have a pet snake named Slytherin and that didn't work either.”

There is an upside to the dilemma, however. With no one on board, the engine department can't blame the deck department for the fiasco, and vice versa.

 

Foster parents for boats? Fleet adopts a Bland new idea

4/1 - Great Lakes shipping conglomeration Bland Illogistics has announced a new Adopt-A-Ship program. Instead of sinking their own money into operating their fleet, boatnerd “foster parents” can now sink their cash into such things as upkeep and crew costs.

“This is a far better use of your personal savings than sending your kids to college or saving for retirement,” said Lois Steam, a lawyer for the firm. “Just think about it. You can see ‘your vessel’ float by and utterly astonish your friends by saying ‘I sunk every dime I had into that lovely tug/barge.’ You can actually watch their jaws drop.” Vessels could even be named after sponsors if they are willing to pay for fuel, she added.

 

Lethal force field to project the fleet sparks a warning

Lethal-force-field-to-project-the-fleet2.jpg (133964 bytes)4/1 - In a dramatic reversal of policy, the Department of Homeland Security has abandoned fencing off docks and locks in favor of fencing off the boats themselves. Installation of invisible but lethal force fields that will keep ships safe begins immediately on the oats carrier Wilford F. Brimley, with other vessels to follow suit soon.

In this way, unauthorized persons will be kept off the ships and the crews, known for wandering away to places like drugstores, malls and barber shops, will be secured safe on board. It will also keep pesky marine photographers away. When asked about cost, a DHS spokesman said “Don’t worry – Boatnerds will pay for it.”

Photographers who insist on taking close-up pictures from small boats have received a special warned to keep at least one foot between themselves and the bows of passing vessels at all times in order to prevent instant electrification, said force field fabricator Frank N. Fuerter.

Photographers don’t seem to mind the idea of the force fields, however they are fuming at the one-foot rule. “Typical government overreach,” said prolific Duluth boat stalker Len S. Crafter. “Next thing you know they’ll want me out at four feet, and that’s just plain dangerous! Everyone knows it’s much safer the closer you get.”

 

Not a cheesy idea: Crews looking forward to burgers afloat

Crews-looking-forward-to-burgers-afloat.jpg (182945 bytes)4/1 - The popular East Pier drive-in burger dive near the Soo Locks will open a float-through delivery operation later this year to serve passing vessels, much to the delight of Great Lakes sailors tired of more traditional, but ultimately boring fare such as Saturday Steak Night and all-you-can-eat Jumbo Shrimp on their boats.

Car hops, or in this case, boat hops, will wear bright orange PFDs for safety when taking orders. Taking a cue from the Detroit mail boat J.W. Westcott II, money will be placed in a so-called “Burger Bucket” and lowered over the side, with the burgers going aboard by return hoist.

A competing restauranteur, Clyde “Big” Seaburger, expressed his disgust at the idea. “Those spoiled sailors are always wanting to have it their way, he snorted from behind a cloud of hot grease. “When it comes down to it, special orders for the boats don’t upset us, unless you ask us to cut the cheese.”

 

New lock at Soo gets a lift from Go Fund Me plan

New-lock-at-Soo-gets-a-lift-from-Go-Fund-Me-plan.jpg (101519 bytes)4/1 - Funding for a new Poe-sized lock at the Soo has finally been approved. Government officials say construction will begin on April 1, however no year was specified. “We would like to get the lock done as soon as possible, yet we don’t want to rush into anything,” said government spokeswoman Stormy Watters.

In related news, a Go Fund Me campaign has been set up to raised the estimated bazillions needed to built the lock. As of yet no one has contributed.

 

Photobombing ferry will go dark during the day

Photobombing-ferry-will-go-dark.jpg (95605 bytes)4/1 - Acquiescing to the desires of Boatnerd photographers at Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie, the Sugar Island ferry (“Proudly Getting In the Way of Marine Photographers Since 1932”) has announced it will only operate between dusk and dawn. However, the ship’s horn will sound every 5 minutes in daytime, just to keep boat watchers on their toes.

 

 

Marine museums explode around lakes, are underwhelmed with tourists

Marine-museums-explode-around-lakes.jpg (128661 bytes)4/1 - In response to over a decade of requests from Boatnerds, there are now museum ships located every 10 miles around all five Great Lakes. The unfortunate and completely unexpected side effect is that there are no more Canadian or U.S.-flagged commercial vessels left to carry cargo.

“Hey, at least we are preserving history,” observed Franklin W. Benjamin, director of the Paul R. Sherwin museum complex in DeTour. “Why just last week we had 2 visitors. Next year we hope to double that.”

 

Seagoing spruce-up now available for rusty boats

Seagoing-spruce-up-now-available.jpg (140716 bytes)4/1 - Vessel operations, stung by social media criticism that their boats “need paint,” have come up with a time-saving and cost-effective way to spruce up their ships.

Employing technology that’s been in use for decades by shore-based carwashes, ship owners have decided to invest in a patented “Paint the Boat as You Float” system that will employ a series of nozzles and blowers to paint and dry vessels as they slowly sail though.

In a related development, Agawa Decentralized Corp. has purchased the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and returned it to service. It has become the best-painted boat in the fleet, and other ship owners are green with envy.

“We cover the world, and all your unsightly rust too,” said Williams Sherwin, president of the Paint the Boat as You Float company.

 

 

Mudd’s my name, ship captaining is my game

Mudd’s-my-name,-ship-captaining-is-my-game.jpg (139185 bytes)4/1 - Leaked photos from numerous Star Trek fan sites show the Canadian laker Algoma Enterprise has been chartered by the United Federation of Planets. She will carry dilithium ore from the port of Memory Alpha under command of Captain Harcourt Fenton “Harry” Mudd.

In a first for the Federation, and at Mudd’s insistence, the vessel will have an all-female crew. In doing so, Mudd has vowed “Laddie, I am going to boldly take this ship where no man, er woman, has gone before.”

 

 

 

Compiled by Dave Nobbe, Roger LeLievre and Don Lee

Happy April Fools Day! See below for the real news.

 

 

Port Reports -  April 1

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker departed the CN shiploader in Two Harbors on Saturday March 31st at 18:35 for Indiana Harbor. Edwin H. Gott arrived off Two Harbors on Saturday March 31st at 06:05 and went to anchor. She got underway at approx. 18:45 and arrived at approx. 19:10 on Saturday the 31st for the shiploader. At 19:30 on the 31st the CSL Laurentien was still at anchor off Two Harbors. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Two Harbors on Sunday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on March 31st. The John J. Boland was on the schedule to arrive Sunday, but as of 19:30 on March 31st she was at anchor in the St. Marys River near Detour, showing no ETA for Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday March 31 at 08:30, USCG Morro Bay broke out the mouth of the Kam River to the Lakehead Tugboats Inc. dock. She next proceeded to work on the channel to the Current River entrance. At 09:00, the tugs George N Carleton and Teclutsa were able to leave their dock and proceeded to the old CN ore dock where they were joined by Thunder Bay Tug Services tugs Point Valour and Glenada to assist the departure of Algoma Discovery. At 14:35 Algoma Discovery departed for Hamilton with her winter storage load of iron ore.

St. Marys River
Due to strong winds and shifting ice, several vessels were anchored Saturday evening in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour. They included Hon. James L. Oberstar, John J. Boland, American Century, Thunder Bay, Philip R. Clarke and CSL Niagara. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader tied up on the pier below the Poe Lock. Algonova was unloading at the Purvis dock in the lower harbor on the Canadian side.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Joseph L. Block is due Easter Sunday during the early morning to load. They will be coming from Indiana Harbor and will be the Block's first trip into Cedarville for the 2018 season.

Southern Lake Michigan
Roger Blough was nearing Gary with her first cargo of the season Saturday night. Cason J. Callaway was unloading at S. Chicago.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
There were no vessels loading on Saturday and none are due until Sunday when the Manitowoc is expected in the early morning. They will be arriving from winter lay up in Sarnia.

Amherstburg, Ont. – Robert Spearing
CCGS Pierre Radisson was upbound in the Amherstburg Channel at 09:30 Saturday on its way to Lake Superior.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
H. Lee White loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Saturday. This was her first cargo for the 2018 season. At anchor and waiting to load next was Algoma Niagara. There is nothing due at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. At the Torco Dock, the Calumet was due on Saturday in the early evening and are due to return on Saturday, April 7 in the early evening. John J. Boland loaded at the CSX Coal Dock on Thursday and departed early Friday morning to unload at the Rouge Shortcut Coal Dock on Zug Island. Other than the John J. Boland and the H. Lee White, there have been no other vessel vessel departures in the past few days. Vessels that remain in lay up include the American Mariner, Indiana Harbor, Evans Spirit, American Integrity, Great Republic and American Spirit. In long term lay up are the Manistee, tug Jane Ann IV / barge Sarah Spencer and American Valor.

Huron, Ohio
Painters have now applied the name Algoma Compass to the bow of the former Adam E. Cornelius after finishing work on the stern on Friday. The vessel is expected to go to drydock in Erie, Pa., as soon as work is finished on Algoma Hansa.

Hamilton, Ont.
The 66-year-old Ojibway departed Hamilton Friday but wound up being towed to Port Weller Saturday morning with unspecified mechanical issues.

 

Longtime Duluth shipping leader looking forward to retirement

4/1 - Duluth, Minn. – He's had a hand in shaping the Duluth waterfront for years. But after more than four decades in the maritime industry, Jim Sharrow, Director of Port Planning and Resiliency, is looking forward to retirement. "Just excited, about the next stage in my life. It's kind of like graduating from high school or college. I'm moving on to a really new phase in my life," he said on Wednesday.

Right out of college, the young engineer helped design vessels like the Edgar B. Speer and the Edwin H. Gott. He spent 28 years with Great Lakes Fleet. Then, it was on to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Wednesday was his final Port Authority meeting. He shared with the commissioners and staff that he's really enjoyed his career with them, which has included working on more than 20 projects that have changed the landscape of the port.

He's especially proud of his work on the harbor corrosion project, ballast water treatment, and the re-use of material dredged from Erie Pier.

His peers recognized his accomplishments. Rick Revoir, one of the commissioners, said, "We knew with your leadership and oversight that those projects would be done right. So thank you for your outstanding contributions to the port and the broader Great Lakes community. We wish you the best in retirement."

Sharrow said he'll continue to keep his engineering license, and will be active on different committees, but in a volunteer capacity instead. He also is a leader with the Duluth Superior Sailing Association and the Duluth Boat Club.

As for his work, the lakers are a visible lasting legacy all can enjoy. "As far as my grandkids are concerned, those are my ships," he laughed.

Sharrow's last day is Friday, April 6th. His duties will be split by others in port administration.

WDIO

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  April 1

On 01 April 1887, W. T. Botsford & Company of Port Huron, Michigan bought the COLORADO (wooden propeller package freighter, 254 foot, 1,470 gross tons, built in 1867, at Buffalo, New York). She was added to their two other vessels: DEAN RICHMOND and ROANOKE.

STEWART J. CORT was commissioned on April 1, 1972.

In April 1965, Interlake's steamer J. A. CAMPBELL was renamed c.) BUCKEYE MONITOR after being purchased by the Buckeye Steamship Co.

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.

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, a.) D. O. MILLS, began in Ashtabula, Ohio, on April 1, 1980, and was completed eight months later.

April 1, 1903 - Gus Kitzinger of the Pere Marquette Line steamers, acquired the PERE MARQUETTE 3 & 4 from the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

Sailors at Chicago went on strike on 1 April 1871, for an increase in pay. They were getting $1.50 a day. Some ship owners offered $1.75 but when word came that the Straits of Mackinac were clear of ice, the sailors demanded the unheard of daily wage of $3.25. Although some ships stayed in port, the $1.75 wage was accepted and the barks MARY PEREW, J G MASTEN and C J WELLS, along with the schooners DONALDSON, PATHFINDER and CHAMPION set sail on 1 April 1871

On 1 April 1904, CONDOR (2-mast wooden schooner, 58 foot, 22 gross tons, built in 1871, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin), while lying at anchor in the Kalamazoo River at Singapore, Michigan, was crushed by ice moving out in the spring breakup.

1941: ROBERT W. POMEROY had served the Eastern Steamship Co. as well as Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. while on the Great Lakes from 1923 to 1940. It went overseas and worked for the British Ministry of War Transport hauling coal on coastal routes. While north bound on April 1, 1942, the ship hit a mine and, four minutes later, a second mine and went down in the North Sea off Norfolk, U.K. Twenty-two survived although two were injured when the boiler exploded.

1942: The Norwegian salty GUDVANG came to the Great Lakes in 1939. It was intercepted by a German patrol boat between Denmark and Norway, while trying to escape to England, on this date in 1942. The ship was sunk by gunfire and the crew became prisoners of war.

1968: GHISLAIN was more at home on the St. Lawrence, but had delivered pulpwood to the Great Lakes in the late 1960s. It had several escapades during these years including a grounding while entering Yarmouth, NS with 1400 tons of herring on this date in 1968. The vessel was repaired at Liverpool, NS. It was listed as g) ANIK in 1974 and in need of repairs. While it was not deleted from LR until 1986, the ship was likely broken up in the mid-1970s.

1983: REGENT MARIGOLD visited the Great Lakes in 1975 under Panamanian registry. It was sailing as d) LEXINGTON when the hull fractured in a storm while en route from Bukpyong, South Korea, to Bangladesh. It went down on this date about 200 miles northwest of Penang, Malaysia.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Ahoy & Farewell II, Father Dowling Collection and the “Great Lakes Ships We Remember” series.

 



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