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Grain trade picking up

05/31:
The Canadian Explorer and Canadian Mariner are due out of winter layup next week. The Mariner is at Port Weller DD and the Explorer at pier 35 in Toronto.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Unusual calls by the USS fleet

05/31:
Two vessels from Great Lakes Fleet will be making unusual port calls this week. Arthur M. Anderson will call in Gladstone in the first few days of June while Myron C. Taylor is due in Milwaukee May 30.

Meanwhile, Edwin H. Gott is becoming a semi-regular in Duluth. The vessel is due at the DMIR ore docks June 3, for at least its third call of the season.

Reported by: Al Miller




Kinsman Enterprise moved

05/31:
The Kinsman Enterprise has been moved from the Bethlehem Ship Canal to the Old Port of Buffalo terminal "A". She is tied up to the peir on her starbord side and is facing out to the lake. This may have been in preperation for the Aird's arrival since Kinsman Enterprise was taking up dock space normaly used for salt or stone.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Siscowet docks in Thunder Bay

05/31:
The U.S. Geological Survey research vessel Siscowet docked in Thunder Bay on Thursday night. It's participating in a joint research project with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. On Friday, the boat will spend the day working around the bay and the Sibley Penninsula. The crew is surveying the population of forage fish like smelt and herring. Research from last year indicates both populations are in decline but not enough to be worried about yet.

Reported by: Richard Boon




Clipper group offers to buy ship for $1

05/31:
A group dedicated to saving the Milwaukee Clipper and bringing it back to Muskegon has offered to purchase the former car ferry for $1. But the ship's rapidly deteriorating condition may halt the effort.

A Muskegon-based group calling itself The Great Lakes Clipper Preservation Association Inc. appeared this week before the Hammond, Ind., Port Authority in the hopes of saving the ship and bringing it back to its former home port. Under the plan presented, the group wants to purchase the ship for $1 from the authority and have it towed back to Muskegon as a maritime museum and convention center.

The port authority, which has owned the answer financial and logistical questions surrounding the plan. Port authority officials are anxious to find a new owner for the ship, which is at a temporary berth in the Calumet River south of Chicago.

Jim Plant, who heads the group that has been labeled "Clipper Huggers" by Hammond-area media, said the Muskegon offer appears to be the only one on the table designed to save the ship, which operated year-round out of Muskegon from 1941 through 1970. The only other interest is from scrap dealers.

Organizers, he said, hope to have a Hammond-based casino finance the estimated $20,000 towing fee as a contribution to help Hammond clean up its waterfront.

The group, he said, also has a verbal commitment that would allow the ship to be berthed at the West Michigan Dock & Market Corp. The proposal presented to the port authority estimates it would cost $100,000 to partially restore the vessel.

But Plant said the six-person delegation that toured the ship Tuesday was shocked by the deterioration and vandalism that has occurred since the ship was removed from the Hammond Marina 14 months ago. The 500-pound ship's bell, dating back to the ship's earlier career as the passenger ship Juniata, recently was stolen. Rust is attacking the hull, and interior paint is pealing badly because the ship was not heated during the past winter. Plant said the group is so concerned by the ship's condition it may reconsider its effort to bring the ship back to Muskegon.

The group will meet Tuesday to decide whether to continue its effort to save the Clipper. "We were very disappointed when we toured the ship," Plan said. "There has been a lot of vandalism and deterioration. As it sits today, we cannot bring it back into Muskegon's harbor without a lot of people questioning what we are doing."

Robert J. Nelson, director of the Hammond Marina and a staff member for the port authority, said among their concerns is the apparent lack of financial backing, a specific site to berth the ship and the absence of endorsements by local government and business leaders.

Nelson said after trying to find a new home for the Clipper for more than two years, the port authority may have no choice but to sell the ship for scrap.

"The last thing the Hammond Port Authority would like to see is the boat go up for auction and sold for scrap," he said.



Reported by: Chuck Vincent

Edited from a story by TERRY JUDD appearing in Friday's Muskegon Chronicle



Today in Great Lakes History - May 31

The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 cleared Manitowoc in 1973 in tow of the tug HELEN M. McALLISTER, this was the first leg of her tow to the cutters torch

From the new book Ahoy & Farewell II

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Sea Maid

05/30:
The small 1680 DWT, 1984 built Danish dry cargo vessel SEA MAID can be sail assisted according to Lloyds Register. She reported at Crossover Island at 05/29 1744 en route to Cleveland with steel

The former Paterson vessel MONDOC was sold to Jamaican owners in 1979 and renamed CORAH ANN under the Jamaican flag. She was reflagged to Belize in 1996. In March of this year she was offered up for sale at Auction in Kingston Jamaica

Reported by: John Whitehead and Rene Beauchamp




Mercy visit -1997 update

05/30:
On Thursdays 8pm bulletin the Carribean Mercy had Orders to depart Montreal at 2200 Thursday for CGRH (Grand Haven MI). This is one day earlier than expected.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - May 30

The Columbia Star began her maiden voyage in 1981 from Sturgeon Bay to load iron ore pellets at Silver Bay, MN for Lorain, OH. She was the last of the 1000 footers to enter service and, excluding tug-barge units or conversions, was the last new Great Lakes vessel on the American side.



Dates by Jody L. Aho and from the new book Ahoy & Farewell II

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Pair of T2's

05/29:
Yesterday the Lee A. Tregurtha and the Middletown were five minutes apart upbound near the Soo. A unique opportunity to see the former T2 tankers together again. Later fleet mates Lee A. tregurtha (upbound ) and Paul R. Tregurtha (downbound) passed just below nine mile point.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Manitowoc bridge rammed

05/29:
A barge rammed the 10th Street Bridge in Manitowoc, Wis., on 22 May. The tow was waiting for the bridge to open when the span malfunctioned. The tow attempted to stop but when it was apparent an allision would occur, the barge was aimed at a concrete section of the bridge. Though damaged, the bridge's condition was not serious enough to force it to close.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Mercy visit -1997

05/29:
The Panamanian registered CARRIBEAN MERCY missionary/medical ship arrived in Montreal 5/27 in preparation for her 1997 visit to Great Lakes ports. The good looking white hulled 2152 GRT vessel (formerly passenger ship POLARLYS) was built in Denmark in 1952. On her last visit in 1995 she departed with a full load of medical supplies after stops at Grand Haven MI, Chicago, Duluth, Cleveland, and Toronto. She is expected to transit the Seaway-East area late this week on her voyage west. See next Friday evenings Seaway-East Vessel Passage Report for an update on her position."

Reported by: John Whitehead




American Mariner loses an engine

05/29:
Last Saturday the American Mariner was upbound in the St. Clair River. She was followed by the Canadian Provider, then the George A. Sloan. The Mariner reported one of their engines had to be shut down and told the Provider and the Sloan to pass. It took about 2 hours for the Mariner to make it from Marine City, MI to Marysville, MI. The Mariner tied up at the Marysville power plant to complete repairs.

Reported by: Dave Marcoux and John Belliveau




Signs of Summer

05/29:
The fuel saving and shorter route through the Strait of Belle Isle (North of Newfoundland), for vessels destined to the Heart of North America is now open. The issue of ice maps for the area is being discontinued.

The American passenger vessel NANTUCKET CLIPPER, is expected inbound at Escoumains Pilot 5/29 at 4am. en route to the Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaway for another series of summer cruises

Reported by: John Whitehead




Cable TV on the lakes

05/29:
Reports are that a few boats in the Great Lakes fleet have now been fitted with DSS marine satellite TV systems. These system are similar to the home roof top units but can track the satellite while under way. Looks like the crews wont have to be in port to catch the hockey game.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Today in Great Lakes History - May 29

ROBERT S. McNAMARA was Launched in 1909 as a) STADACONA (1)

JAMES R. BARKER was Float launched in 1976

TADOUSSAC (2) Prematurely launched herself on this day in 1969

from the new book Ahoy & Farewell II

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Ryerson's always a crowd pleaser

05/28:
Relief Captain Eric Treece gave the Memorial Day boat watchers at the Soo a day to remember as he brought the Edward L. Ryerson down at Mission Point Monday afternoon. The banks were lined with people waiting to see and hear the Queen of the lakes. The Ryerson let out with 2 long Masters salutes that were captured on scores of video cameras. Later most of the crowd ventured down to the Rock Cut where another salute was given to the "Ryerson fan club."

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Unusual callers in the Twin Ports

05/28:
Two vessels are scheduled to make unusual calls in the Twin Ports. American Mariner is expected to make a rare call May 27 at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior. On May 28, Oglebay Norton is scheduled to load at Midwest Energy Terminal with a coal cargo bound for Silver Bay. From there it goes to Taconite Harbor to load a downbound cargo.

Reported by: Al Miller




Today in Great Lakes History - May 28

THOMAS W. LAMONT departed Toledo on her maiden voyage May 28, 1930 bound for Duluth, MN where she loaded iron ore.

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Charles E. Wilson has close call in the Saginaw River

05/27:
The CHARLES E. WILSON had a close call in the Saginaw River yesterday in what the skipper desribed as " being dangerously close to an unopened bridge". The Wilson had to reverse her engines and drop the stern anchor when the Lafayette Bridge (across the Saginaw River at Bay City) failed to open for the vessel.

The bridge tender reported having radio difficulty and claimed he didn't hear the 4 radio calls, and 4 blasts of the whistle. After some waiting the bridge opened, and the WILSON proceeded to the airport turn basin, and left the system.

Reported by: Lon Morgan




Tug Venture Removed from Soo Compensating Works

05/27:
The tug Venture and its barge were cleared from the compensating works at the Soo on Saturday. The vessel had rolled after becoming pinned against the gates last week (see story dated 5/21). The work accomplished by the tug Rochelle Kay from Ryba Construction of Cheboygan Mi., the Venture's owner.

Reported by: Jeffrey Smeed




Port Weller Lands C$300,000 job on MV TZINI Correction

05/27:
TZINI is Greek for JEANNIE. The Greeks put the English spelling on the bow, and Greek on the stern. That's why there is often confusion with the port of registry also.

Reported by: John Whitehead and Anil Soni




EDWIN H. GOTT arrives at Nanticoke, Ontario

05/26:
The EDWIN H. GOTT arrived at Nanticoke on May 25, 1997, and unloaded her cargo of taconite pellets into Stelco's receiving dock which juts into Lake Erie. The Taconite upon being unloaded into a hopper, is then carried up into Stelco's storage yard, by conveyor belts. As of 4PM May 25, 1997 she was still unloading.

Reported by: Ray Bawal, Jr.




Port Weller Lands C$300,000 job on MV TZINI

05/26:
The MV TZINI (Greek flag) entered Port Weller Dry Dock on Thursday, May 22, for repairs caused by a grounding recently in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The vessel proceeded to Detroit to unload a cargo of ferro manganese before coming to Port Weller. Local news reports named the ship JEANNIE with Liberian registry but this is incorrect. Port Weller recently achieved ISO 9000 certification. They credit this achievement as part of the reason for securing this contract which will take approximately 10 days and cost C$300,000. ISO certification puts the company in an excellent competitive situation. It is demanded by many governments and business, particularly in Europe.

Reported by: David Bull




Today in Great Lakes History - May 26

In 1979 the FRED R. WHITE, JR. departed the shipyard on her maiden voyage to load iron ore pellets at Escanaba, MI for Cleveland.

The J.A.W. Iglehart began its maiden Great Lakes voyage in 1965

The Halifax (former Frankcliffe Hall) began its maiden voyage in 1963

SCOTT MISENER (3) was launched in 1954

from the new book Ahoy & Farewell II

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 25

WALTER J. McCARTHY JR. was re-christened by Linda McCarthy, the wife of Detroit Edison Company's newly-retired Chairman Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., at Edison's Marysville, MI power plant on May 25, 1990.

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Port Weller Dry Docks activity

05/24:
The Canadian Mariner is in Port Weller Dry Docks and all her black paint is off the ship's starboard side. I do not know the story on the work.

The Seaway Queen is at the wall along the canal and is pumped out completely. She is at Port Weller Dry Docks for her 5 year inspection.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




HMCS CORMORANT on Lake Ontario

05/24:
The HMCS CORMORANT passed Cape Vincent ,westbound, on Tuesday, May 20, at 1830. She was bound for OSWEGO NY and is a navy ship, with deep diving submarines. The CORMORANT was part of the dive on the Edmund Fitzgerald etc.

Reported by: Ron Walsh and John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - May 24

In 1980 the M/V BURNS HARBOR was christened for the Wilmington Trust Co., (Bethlehem Steel Co., Mgr.) Wilmington, DE.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC was launched in 1976

CHICAGO TRADER arrived at Ashtabula, OH on May 24, 1977 for scrapping (scrapping did not begin until May 1, 1978 by Triad Salvage Inc.)

The CLIFFS VICTORY set a record (by 2 minutes) for the fastest time from Sault Ste. Marie to Duluth, in 1953. She logged a time of 17 hours and 50 minutes. The CHARLES M. WHITE had been declared the fastest earlier that year by the Cleveland papers.

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Superior News

05/23:
Algonorth is loading May 23 at Harvest States grain elevator in Superior. The ship's agent brought by visitors interested in seeing the vessel's ballast filtration system.

Joseph L. Block was maneuvering early May 23 in the mouth of the channel leading to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. It wasn't clear whether the vessel was backing out of the channel after a quick overnight visit to the yard or simply making an awkward turn to back into the DMIR ore dock.

Reported by: Al Miller




Wisconsin calls for a U.S.S. Manitowoc

05/23:
The Wisconsin Senate on 20 May approved a measure calling on the U.S. Secretary of the Navy to name the third Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine the U.S.S. Manitowoc. SSN 23 would thereby honor the Wisconsin city in which 28 attack submarines were built during World War II. The proposal has been forwarded to Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the state's congressional delegates and the Secretary of the Navy.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Outflows from Lake Ontario

05/23:
SEAWAY NOTICE No. 7 -- 1997
The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation have been advised by the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control, that flows higher than normal for this time of the year, will be run in the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section for an indefinite period of time.

These flows will create current velocities higher than normal in the navigation channels and variations in the normal current patterns may occur.

Mariners are advised to take these conditions into account when transiting the Montreal- Lake Ontario Section.

Reported by: St. Lawrence Seaway Authority




Today in Great Lakes History

May 23 has been a busy day in Great Lakes shipping history:

In 1990 the William J. DeLancey was re-christened as b) PAUL R. TREGURTHA. She is the largest ship on the Great Lakes and also the last Great Lakes ship built at AmShip, Lorain.

The FRED R. WHITE, JR. completed her two day sea trials in 1979.

The H. LEE WHITE (2) also completed her sea trials on this day in 1974.

On the morning of May 23, 1974, the HENRY STEINBRENNER (3) traveling downbound in Lake Erie, collided with the upbound Canadian tanker, CARDINAL (3) at Pelee Passage. The STEINBRENNER suffered approximately $100,000 in damages to her port side and was repaired at Lorain, OH. The CARDINAL (3) limped into North Bay Harbor, Pelee Island with a damaged bow and listing, and never sailed again.

The WILLIAM G. MATHER (2), was christened and launched this day, 1925 for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co., Cleveland, OH

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Aquarama moved

05/22:
The Aquarama has been moved from the Union Ship Canal in Lackawanna to the old Cargil Pool Elevator pier in Buffalo Harbor. She was spun around and now has her bow toward the city instead of out to the lake. No vessel has tied up there since the elevator closed many years ago.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship COLUMBUS plans 5 lakes cruises for 1998

05/22:
The 1997 Great Lakes cruising season of the new 13,950-ton Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship COLUMBUS sold out within weeks of their announcement in Germany in November 1996. As a result, Hapag-Lloyd plan to offer five Great Lakes cruises in 1998, when the COLUMBUS will arrive in early August, as opposed to late September this year. The new 420-passenger German-built cruise ship delivers to Hapag-Lloyd next month. This year also marks the 150th Anniversary of Hapag-Lloyd, a company first incorporated in Hamburg in May 1847. All of Hapag-Lloyd's passenger and cruise activities have now been consolidated in the famous Ballindamm headquarters in Hamburg. Tickets are still available for this year's September 10 COLUMBUS overnight mini-cruise from Port Colborne to Toledo, from The Mariport Group Ltd, in Cambridge, Ontario, on (519) 624-5513 or 1-800-319 9997. In Europe, contact Griffin Maritime Limited in London, England, on +44 (171) 723-2450.

Reported by: Kevin Griffin




Marinette Marine part of MARITECH project

05/22:
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected nine projects for negotiation from the fiscal year 1997 MARITECH competition. Combined, the nine are expected to receive a total of $36 million in government funding matched by $39.2 of industry money. MARITECH, part of the National Shipbuilding Initiative, is an effort to develop and apply advanced technology to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. shipbuilding industry.

Among the nine is "Transitioning to a 21st Century Advanced Manufacturing Facility, Phase II." The project will develop and deploy a design,manufacturing and information system, with concentration on engineering and material control. Design and manufacturing practices from the automotive and aerospace industries will be evaluated and adapted to a small shipyard. Software for materials tracking, prediction of material and resource requirements and anticipation and resolution of emerging problems will be developed and implemented. The project will also develop procedures for extended work with suppliers via electronic communication, purchasing marine equipment using "just-in-time" methods and a vendor rating system. The project involes Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis., and Grant Thornton L.L.P. of Appleton, Wis.

Reported by: Steve Schultz

From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Today in Great Lakes History

On May 22, 1942 the IRVING S. OLDS was launched in Lorain, Oh. The Lake Bulk Freighter was built by the American Ship Building Co. as Hull #825 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH.

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Tug rolls over at Soo Locks

05/21:
The tug Venture rolled over yesterday while working in the area of the compensating works at the Soo Locks. The tug and barge became pinned against the gates by strong water pressure and was unable to free her self. Commercial assistance was called, but in their efforts to pull her free the tug rolled. All crew members escaped and there were no reports of injuries.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Manitoulin has trouble in the Rouge

05/21:
This past Sunday the Manitoulin was inbound the Rouge River (Detroit, MI) heading for Rouge Steel escorted by the tug Pennsylvania at the bow and the Wyoming at the stern. As the Manitoulin cleared the Conrail railroad bridge the current caught it and she was heading right for the river bank. The tugs were trying their best to keep her from hitting and it nearly missed the bank by about 7 to 10 feet! She was then stuck for about 10 minutes and finally they broke free and proceeded up the river to Ford Rouge.

Reported by: Dave Marcoux, Robert Cioletti, and John Belliveau

Image of the tugs working to free her




Twin Ports round up

05/21:
After laying off Duluth for about a week, the Oakglen finally entered port May 19. It's docked at the Harvest States elevator layby berth waiting for Federal Rhine to finish loading May 20. Once again this year, Harvest States appears to be using only one of its two loading berths.

After delivering cement and then anchoring on Lake Superior for several days, Quebecois returned to Duluth May 19th to begin loading at Cargill B1 elevator.

A couple of interesting vessels - American Mariner and Joseph H. Thompson - were due in Taconite Harbor May 20 to load.

Tug Evans McKeil and barge Salty Dog paid a rare visit to Duluth over the weekend to load at Hallett 6.

Reported by: Al Miller




Busy day in Goderich

05/21:
On Sunday, May 18th the AGAWA CANYON completed loading a cargo of salt and departed Goderich at 7:30 a.m. The ALGORAIL arrived off Goderich as the AGAWA CANYON departed. The ATLANTIC HICKORY with barge SARAH SPENCER was also heading to Goderich. The ALGORAIL let the ATLANTIC HICKORY proceed in first and she tied up at the elevators. The ALGORAIL tied up at the salt dock and began loading. The MANTADOC was due Goderich at 12:30 p.m. (5/20) for the elevators.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Carferry news

05/21:
The carferry S. S. BADGER began the 1997 season one day late due to a broken boiler tube. She was scheduled to begin service on Friday, May 16, but the boiler tube broke during the night and delayed the Friday sailing. Passengers were offered a 20% discount to make the trip on Saturday or later. On Monday, May 19 her starboard engine blew a piece of piston ring which stuck in her exhaust valve. This caused a 2 hour and 10 minute delay in leaving Manitowoc for her return trip. The return trip was slower than usual due to only partial power being applied to the starbord engine to avoid additional problems. The trip took nearly 4-1/2 hours compared to the usual 4-hours. Docking at Ludington was a bit of a trick due to using only the port engine. Plans were to work all night Monday to pull the starboard piston and replace the broken ring.

The canvas side curtains on BADGER's upper aft deck have been replace with steel panels and windows, making a nicer area on cold May days. This is the area where vehicles were carried when she still carried railroad cars on the main deck.

Oglebay Norton's MIDDLETOWN was unloading coal from Ashtabula in Manitowoc when BADGER departed on Monday. The MIDDLETOWN's skipper, Capt. Winslow Anderson, was on board the BADGER heading for vacation at his home in Michigan. The occasion called for whistle salutes between the vessels as BADGER left Maintowoc. MIDDLETOWN was due to leave Manitowoc late Monday afternoon to head for Two Harbor to load taconite.

Reported by: Dave Wobser and Max S. Hanley




Door County WI Lighthouse Tour

05/21:
The Door County Wisconsin Martime Museum sponsored their 4th annual Lighthouse Walk the weekend of May 17-18. A highlight of this years tour was the availability of a landing on Plum Island. No civilians have been allowed on the island for many years. Plum Island was formerly a Lighthouse and Life Saving station. It served as a summer USCG station until about 5 years ago when the Coasties moved to Washington Island. The island houses the Plum Island Range Lights which guide boats into Green Bay and Escanaba, thru the Death's Door Passage, from Lake Michigan. There is also the original brick duplex light keeper's dwelling and fog signal building, on the south side of the island. On the NW side is the former U. S. Life Saving Service station. The main building is a large 2-story wooden structure with a lookout tower. There is also a fairly current 3-stall boathouse. Local rumor is that the Wisconsin DNR has obtained control of the island and will turn it into a daytime only park. This means they would tear down the historic buildings, as is their want. The range lights will remain as an active USCG navigation aid.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Today in Great Lakes History

On May 21, 1938, the John Hulst entered service as the first vessel on the Great Lakes to use steam turbine propulsion via reduction gear to the propeller shaft. Turbo-electric plants on the Great Lakes came before this, but the Hulst (and the Governor Miller, William A. Irvin, and Ralph H. Watson later that summer) marked the beginning of the era of a direct drive turbine via reduction gear for use on the Lakes.

Submitted by: Jody L. Aho

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Gott going to Nanticoke

05/20:
The Edwin H. Gott is due the Duluth DMIR ore dock at 2130 on the 21st. She will be loading for Nanticoke Ontario, this is the second USS ship to load for the steel plant. She will arrive in Nanticoke at 0700 on the 25th.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




News from Port Colborne and the Welland Canal

05/20:
The Mapleglen in slated for her 5 year inspection and will require drydocking. The survey should take several weeks because there is quite a list of things that need to be done. They are unsure if they will go to Port Weller or not.

The Seaway Queen has been at the fitout wall at Port Weller above Lock 1 for several weeks---as is the Canadian Mariner in the drydock.

Unconfirmed reports are that Paterson's Comeaudoc x Murray Bay may never sail again.

Reported by: Joe Van Volkenburg




Algolake visits Port Stanley

05/20:
The Algolake entered Port Stanley harbour on Tuesday May 13, at 0600 hours with a shipment of under 9000 tons of Potash for Lakes Terminals & Warehousing. This was the first shipment of Potash Lakes Terminals has received this year. The crew did a great delivery job and where in and out of the harbour within 3 hours.

Reported by: Richard Hill




U.S. Coast Guard contract

05/20:
J.F. Brennan Co. of La Crosse, Wis., has received U.S.$56,678 from the U.S. Coast Guard in Cleveland for fender pile replacement.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Today in Great Lakes History

On May 20, 1960 the STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT sank on Lake Huron two miles above Port Huron, MI in a collision with the steamer AUGUST ZIESING with no loss of life. She was raised three days later and taken to the Great Lakes Engineering Works at River Rouge, MI for repairs and then was laid up at Windsor, Ont.

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Herbert C. Jackson Visits Manistee

05/19:
A rare first time visit to Manistee was enjoyed by Manistee boat watchers Sunday afternoon, May 18th, when Interlakes Herbert C. Jackson came to Manistee with a load of stone for Sengs Dock. No problems were encountered by the Jackson and it was nice to see a different ship. The crew was unfamiliar with the Manistee River and compared as worse than the Cuyahoga river. Interlake now has the Slag contract along with stone so more ships will be coming.

A busy day was also enjoyed in Ludington where the Wilfred Sykes and the David Z. Norton were both unloading at the same time on Saturday, May 17th. If all is well the Wolverine will be into Manistee at 19:00 hrs to unload coal.

Reported by: Kevin Gray and Chris Franckowiak




U.S.S. Fahrion to make Great Lakes cruise

05/19:
The U.S. Naval Reserve's Oliver Hazard Perry-class Guided-Missile Frigate U.S.S. Fahrion (FFG 22) will be making the Navy's Canadian/U.S. Great Lakes cruise this summer. The ship will depart for the cruise on 13 June. The U.S.S. Fahrion will be in Milwaukee on 1 and 2 Aug. with a ceremony at noon 1 Aug. and public tours both days from 1300 to 1900. After Milwaukee, the frigate will sail to Chicago. Other dates and locations will be announced.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Grain traffic in the Twin Ports

05/18:
Twin Ports grain traffic remains strong this spring. On May 17, Canadian Leader was loading at Harvest States (unusual for a weekend) while Halifax was unloading at Cargill B2 and American Mariner was unloading at General Mills. Grain boats due in May 17 or 18 include Federal Rhine, Pomorze Zachodnie, Oak, Grant Carrier and possibly Oakglen.

St. Clair is becoming a regular this season at Silver Bay. She's due there again May 18.

Reported by: Al Miller




S.S. Badger embarkes on her maiden voyage for 1997

05/17:
With one long blast from her whistle, the S.S. Badger eased away from her dock and embarked on her maiden voyage for 1997 at 8:32 AM. Just as she was clearing the channel, she gave 2 longs and 2 shorts from her whistle and headed out into Lake Michigan.

She was about 24 hours behind schedule because of a faulty tube in one of her boilers, but there were a lot of happy faces this morning at LMC as the S.S. Badger carried on the 100 year tradition of cross-lake carferry service.

Reported by: Max S. Hanley




Middletown making unusal trip

05/17:
The Middletown is making an unusual trip from the Ashtabula coal dock to Manitowoc Wisconsin Reiss dock due at 1400 on the 19th. This trip is very unusual for the Middletown.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Barge dewatered in Ohio

05/17:
On 7 May, the fire department in Eastlake, Ohio, reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in Cleveland that a barge was sinking at the dock at the Chagrin River Lagoon Yacht Club in Eastlake. The Coast Guard sent personnel from Cleveland and Coast Guard Station Fairport Harbor, Ohio, and with the fire department and the vessel's owner, used six 10-centimeter/four-inch pumps to dewater the barge.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Badger Delayed

05/17:
The Lake Michigan car ferry, SS Badger was unable to make her first scheduled trip of the season do to mechanical problems.

Reported by: Ken Ottmann




Le Chene No.1 renamed Enerchem Trader

05/16:
The Le Chene No.1 which is laid up in the North Slip in Point Edward has been repainted from the red hull to dark green, and the name of Enerchem Trader has been painted on.

Reported by: Dan Ocean




Stephen Reinauer back on the lakes

05/16:
The tug barge Stephen Reinauer-George Morris is back from the East Coast for the season. She began trips into Buffalo with a load of gas from Nanticoke on 5-14.She is waiting at the Mobil dock for the wind to die down at 9PM on thursday.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Stone Loadings at U.S. Ports Up 43 Percent in April

05/16:
Shipments of limestone and gypsum from the eight U.S. loading ports on the Lakes totaled 2,775,860 net tons in April, an increase of 43.3 percent compared to a year ago. The fast start reflects not only continued high demand, but also more typical ice conditions this spring, and thus vessel delays were few.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association

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Station Sault Ste. Marie to get housing

05/16:
The first phase of a U.S.$10.8 million contract for construction of 60 family housing units at U.S. Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was awarded 14 May to Devere Construction Co. of Alpena, Mich. The initial award of U.S.$2.99 million requires Devere Construction to complete 11 units, with construction to begin this summer for completion in July 1998. Two more phases will follow. The contract will create about 100 new jobs, according to Devere Construction. The Coast Guard's Facilities Design and Construction Center in Norfolk, Va., will supervise site design and will manage the construction contract.

About 140 Coast Guard personnel are based at Sault Ste. Marie. Families are currently living in privately owned residences, rental units in the area and Coast Guard leased housing up to 32 kilometers/20 miles away. There is no U.S. government-owned housing in Sault Ste. Marie.

Reported by: Steve Schultz

From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





LCA's 1996 Annual Report Released on May 9

05/16:
LCA's 82-page 1996 ANNUAL REPORT will be mailed on May 9. Highlights from the 1996 edition will be made available on LCA's homepage during the coming weeks.

Copies of LCA's ANNUAL REPORT are free to individuals with a business relationship to the industry. However, due to the significant costs of production, a fee of $20 must be charged the general public and even these requests will be answered depending on availability.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association


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Injured crewman evacuated by Coast Guard

05/15:
The tug Atlantic Hickory & barge Sarah Spencer departed the Cargill elevator in Thunder Bay yesterday. An Injured crewman had to be taken off the ship when they were approximately 66 miles out into Lake Superior. The crewman was transported by a Coast Guard vessel to Silver Islet and then by ambulance to the hospital. No word on type of injuries or the condition of the crewman.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Update on the Algolake

05/15:
New details on the Algolake running aground last month (see story dated 4/18) in the St. Mary's River have been reported. The vessel was originally thought to have grounded because of a buoy anchor that was pushed into the Algoma Steel harbor channel by ice. Reports now indicate that a large unmarked bolder was the cause of the accident and the vessel never left the channel. What ever the cause, damage was extensive. A roughly 200 foot long hole was torn in the hull. It took Pascol Engineering in Thunder Bay three weeks to repair the damage and the ship is now back in service

Reported by: Dan Ocean




Twin Ports host Canadian vessels

05/15:
The Twin Ports on May 14 were the destination for a wave of Canadian vessels. Canadian Ranger was loading at Harvest States elevator in Superior while Canadian Leader and Oakglen lay at anchor on Lake Superior waiting for elevator berths. Halifax was arriving for taconite pellets at BNSF in Superior while Quebecois was due in with cement for St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth. Tadoussac was loading bentonite at Hallett 6 - the westernmost dock on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The vessel reportedly is bound for Point Noire, one of the easternmost points on the Seaway.

Reported by: Al Miller




Grand Haven studies how to repair Boardwalk

05/15:
Grand Haven is studying plans to fix their boardwalk, to fix damage caused by the WILFRED SYKES. Asphalt and wood boardwalks are being considered, although the entire cost of a wooden boardwalk wouldn't be paid by the ship's insurer.

Reported by: George Micka




Today in Great Lakes History

Thursday, May 15, the Philip R. Clarke--the first of the AAA class of vessel--turns 45. The Clarke began her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio on this date in 1952.

Submitted by: Jody Aho

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S.S Badger ready for another season

05/14:
With the strike of a match on May 12, the fires were lit in the boilers and the S.S. Badger car ferry is preparing for her sixth season as a passenger and auto vessel.

The Badger, which sports a new exterior paint scheme this year, will be open for public tours on the evening of May 15. Following a dockside breakfast and flag dedication ceremony the next morning, the ship will leave her home port of Ludington, Michigan bound for Manitowoc, Wisconsin on the first of more than 400 such round trips she will make between the two ports in 1997.

Upon returning to Ludington Friday evening, there will be a ceremony at the dock to unveil a marker commemorating the listing of the S.S. Badger and the Ludington dock facilities on the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites. Passengers will then embark for a sold-out Shoreline Party Cruise and fireworks display. The fun will continue on the west side of Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon, with a second Shoreline Cruise (which is also sold out) scheduled from Manitowoc. On Sunday, the Badger will resume her normal spring sailing schedule of one daily round trip; twice-daily trips will run from June 20 - August 24.

The 410' S.S. Badger was built in 1952, and accommodates over 600 passengers and 180 automobiles. This year, in addition to the new paint job, visitors will discover improvements to the ship's interior that include video viewing areas with recliner airline-style seats and an expanded outdoor deck. 1997 marks 100 years of car ferry service between Ludington and Manitowoc.

Reported by: Kari Karr

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Mauthe conversion news

05/14:
Name choices are still anyone's guess but Interlake is reported as considering PATHFINDER for a rename. The system to mate tug to barge is still under debate, the two would connect by either an Intercon or Blundworth articulation system.

With the conversion to a barge slowly making progress, the question of how she will be pushed remains. Possibilities include: the former Richmond Bay, a 5,800-hp tug purchased recently from Amoco Corp., the 128 foot tug Richmond Bay which is owned by Moran Towing (Moran and Interlake are owned by a partnership headed by James Barker and Paul Tregurtha), or a new tug built for that purpose. Interlake expects the barge to be ready for service by the end of summer, althought it may be well into 1998 before the tug and barge are finally working as a complete unit.
Speculation in the boatwatchers circles is that Sunday's trip by the Hoyt up the Cuyahoga to LTV may have been a test to demonstrate that a vessel this size could negotiate the river.

Reported by: Dan Ocean




Idling of tanker fleet

05/14:
With the idling of the fuel tanker Reiss Marine (see story dated 05/08), vessels calling at the Twin Ports no longer can fuel while they load. James R. Barker elected to fuel at the Duluth port terminal May 13 before proceeding to its loading berth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Infrequent visitors arrive

05/14:
Two mid-afternoon arrivals on Tuesday to the Twin Ports are also two boats that are infrequent visitors to the harbor. Anchored in the inner anchorage is the CANADIAN RANGER and anchored in the lake is the OAKGLEN. Both boats, along with the CANADIAN LEADER, await Harvest States gallery. The RANGER and the OAKGLEN are seen in the Twin Ports on the average of once or twice a year.

Reported by: Gary A. Putney




Elton Hoyt 2nd leaves Cleveland

05/13:
The Elton Hoyt 2nd left the upper LTV dock around noon on 12 May and began making her way down the river assisted by the Great Lakes tug Idaho.

So now we know that a 698 foot long vessel can make it all the way up the Cuyahoga River. Perhaps we'll begin to see other vessels that normally do not call on Cleveland.

Reported by: Robert Martel




Oak loads in Thunder Bay

05/13:
The "Oak" is docked at Thunder Bay's Keefer Terminal. It arrived Saturday and will spend the rest of the week being loaded with 7-million board feet of timber from Buchanan Forest Products. The ship will then head to Britain. At least three more similar loads of timber are expected to be shipped from Thunder Bay this season.

Reported by: Richard Boon




Twin Ports Report

05/13:
Adam E. Cornelius seemed destined to battle the wind over the weekend in Duluth. In the face of stiff winds May 11, the boat made its way up the St. Louis River and into the DMIR ore docks while light. It left early May 12 in the face of gale warnings on Lake Superior.

Canadian Leader anchored off Duluth on May 12. The straightdecker is scheduled to remain there until May 15 before coming in to load.

St. Clair is making an unusual trip to Silver Bay May 11. It will likely anchor on the lake until evening, when Middletown is expected to complete its load.

James R. Barker is making its second trip in recent weeks into the DMIR ore dock in Duluth. The Barker usually loads coal in the Twin Ports.

Reported by: Al Miller




Aquarama to shift docks

05/13:
The former WWII troop carrier a) Marine Star b) Aquarama is to shift docks this Friday moving to No. 1 Slip North. The move will be made with the help of tugs. She was towed to Lackawanna, Ny. in 1995 under her original name Marine Star with the hopes of converting her to a casino/gaming ship.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




High water levels cause flooding, speed restrictions

05/13:
The Ottawa River Regulating Board is trying to dispell rumours that operation of the Carillon Dam was responsible for much of the flooding recently in waterfront towns. In resonse to some 300 phone calls a day it has stated that the dam was built to generate electricity for local use and has a temporary storage pond capacity of only 250 million cu. metres of water, and consider this peanuts compared to a spring run-off of 30 billion cu. metres of water in the Ottawa River. Current flooding in the area was blamed on a 20 year flood cycle. The Ottawa River flows into the St Lawrence River near Montreal. Ship speed restrictions have been imposed from Montreal up to 80 miles to the east, as a result of currently high water heights.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Elton Hoyt 2nd to LTV UPDATE

05/12:
The Elton Hoyt 2nd passed (very slowly) under the Detroit-Superior bridge crossing the Cuyahoga in the early evening Sunday (5/11). It had one tug in front, one in the rear, with a third standing by. The Center Street drawbridge was open for at least 15 minutes. She arrive a day ahead of schedule. What makes this trip so special is that no vessel this large has ever attempted a trip that far up the river, the Hoyt is 60' longer than any other vessel to make the trip.

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(updated every minute)


Reported by: Randy Reese




Cement transfer in Milwaukee

05/12:
The tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys II carrying cement arrived in Milwaukee to unload their cargo into the waiting tug Triton and barge St. Marys I. They tie up in the outer harbor and act as a mother ship to the Triton/St. Marys I. The Sea Eagle unloads into the Triton after which the Triton then takes the load up river to the St. Marys dock. The Triton will then return to the Sea Eagle and takes a second load to Waukegan or back up the river to the Milwaukee dock. St. Marys II holds 18,500 tons and the smaller St. Marys I carries 9,400 tons.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




LeCHENE NO. 1 painted in Enerchem colors

05/12:
The laid up ex-Soconav tanker LeCHENE NO. 1 which has been idle Point Edward, Ontario is being repainted in Enerchem colors. She was sold to CIBC at Marshal's Sale in Montreal on April 7, since sold again to EnerChem of Montreal (see story dated 04/20). The hull is in the process of being painted a dark green, and as of May 11, 1997 this process is about 75% complete. No name has been painted on the vessel, however.

Reported by: Ray Bawal Jr.




Prospector working on a Sunday

05/12:
Canadian Prospector was loading May 11 at Harvest States elevator in Superior. Pretty unusual for a boat to load grain on a Sunday this early in the season. Prospector apparently wanted to free the HSC berth for Canadian Leader or Canadian Trader, both of which were due to arrive May 11.

Reported by: Al Miller




EXPLORERS FIND SUNKEN BRADLEY IN TWO PARTS

05/11:
When the Carl D Bradley sank in 1958, the two surviving crewmembers swore it broke in half. The company that owned the ship claimed it went to the bottom of Lake Michigan in one piece.

On Thursday, the crewmen were proven correct when explorers reported that the Bradley lies broken in two pieces at the bottom of a 370 feet deep trench.

The halves of the ship remain upright and both pieces are resting about 90 feet apart and nearly inline, according to Expedition '97 co-leader Jim Clary.

Clary told the Alpena News that the vessel appears to have little structural damage, other than at the break.

The only survivor of the accident still alive accompanied the explorers on the expedition. Frank Mays, who is retired and lives in Florida, said the Bradley split in two before it sank.

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J.A.W. Iglehart heads out

05/11:
J.A.W.Iglehart's stay at Fraser Shipyards was a short one. It departed Duluth shortly after sunrise May 10.

Reported by: Al Miller




Update on the Mauthe Conversion

05/10:
It appears that a delay in the signing of the contract for the conversion of the Mauthe has pushed the completion date back to some time in November at the earliest. The only work completed over the winter was the removal of asbestos by Robinson Environmental Inc. from Green Bay, Wi.

As far as progress on the project, as of May 9th all uneeded wiring has been removed (about 65 cubic yards of waste), work has begun on the extraction of piping, the stack has been removed, boiler 50% removed, aft spar deck 50% removed, I have seen 1 to 2 semi trailers of scrap steel leave each day, the notch is scheduled to take 30 days to cut beginning on July 1st.

Reported by: Dan Ocean




Repairs in the Twin Ports

05/10:
J.A.W. Iglehart is now in the big drydock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. No word on the reason.

After undergoing four days of repairs at Duluth's port terminal, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. moved across the harbor May 8-9 to begin loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Reported by: Al Miller




Unusual trips for the USS fleet

05/10:
John G. Munson and George A. Sloan are both scheduled to make some unusual port calls in the next few days. The Munson is scheduled to take a partial cargo in Two Harbors on May 10, then go to Thunder Bay (for coal?) on May 11 to complete a load for Burns Harbor. Sloan is due into Alabaster, Mich., on May 13.

Reported by: Al Miller




St. Marys I fills in for Challenger

05/09:
The tug Triton and barge St. Marys I will be hauling for Medusa Cement out of Charlevoix while Medusa Challenger is at Bayship for the next month. The Challenger is expected to be on the drydock for at least 4 weeks for another session of bottom replacement.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Elton Hoyt II sails

05/09:
Elton Hoyt II left its winter layup berth in Superior and departed Duluth shortly after 1 p.m. May 8 en route to Taconite Harbor. The Hoyt was the second-to-the-last member of the Twin Ports winter fleet to start the season.

Reported by: Al Miller




Federal Rhine forced to unload in Toledo

05/09:
Fednav's brand new Federal Rhine on her 1st inland lakes voyage was headed for Cleveland with a near full load of steel products. Apparently, labor disputes and no contract between the union and the terminal forced the Rhine to move onto Toledo to discharge. Toledo's sheds are basically full and are currently struggling to find space for this surprise port visitor. Definitely an historic 1st trip.

Reported by: J Luke




Presque Isle makes unusual trip

05/09:
The ITB PRESQUE ISLE is making an unusual trip, she departed Duluth on Wednesday , May 7th with a cargo destined for NANTICOKE, ONTARIO. At 3:00 p.m. (May 8th) the PRESQUE ISLE was due Nanticoke on Saturday, May 10th at 1:30 p.m. Cargo weight was 54,483 gross tons.

Reported by: Philip Nash




RESERVE calls at Marine City

05/09:
The Oglebay Norton steamer RESERVE arrived at the McClouth Stone Yard in Marine City, Michigan on May 7, 1997. The RESERVE is one of the larger vessels (767 feet in length) to dock in that city, as it usually served by smaller carriers of the Oglebay Norton, and American Steamship fleets.

Reported by: Ray Bawal Jr.




Reiss Marine up for sale

05/08:
Reiss Marine, the small tanker that fueled hundreds of ships in the Twin Ports for many years, is idle this year and up for sale. The company apparently could not compete on fuel prices with fuel docks on the lower lakes. The Seaway Port Authority of Duluth is considering adding a fuel depot to its marine terminal, but until then there's no word on how vessels are fueling in the Twin Ports.

Reported by: Al Miller




Seaway Queen in for survey and repairs

05/08:
Reports are that the Queen is in Port Weller for a five year inspection and major engine repairs. She will sail this season but probably not until the fall. There is still no decision about her future.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




First tug/barge of the year due in Duluth

05/08:
The Joseph H. Thompson Jr./Joseph H. Thompson is due to arrive in Duluth on May 8, going to the DMIR ore docks. She will be the first tug/barge to arrive in Duluth this year (except for the Presque Isle). Tug/barges aren't to common in Duluth, especially the Joseph H. Thompson.

Other notable vessel movements occuring in Duluth are the arrival of the J.A.W. Iglehart unloading cement at Lafarge on May 7, the Elton Hoyt 2nd departing Fraser shipyards for Taconite Harbor on the 8th, and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. shifting from the Port Terminal to Midwest Energy after her repairs, on the evening of the 8th.

Reported by: Andy Hering




Lots of coal, few boats

05/08:
As the MESABI MINER docked in Port Washington, WI at 10:00 last night it was the second time this big boat has visited the dock this year. Port is getting lots of coal, nearly 150,000 tons already, but in only four dockings so far.

It looks like a banner year for coal, but not so good for boat watchers. With the expected electricity shortage this summer, the coal dock is being filled quickly. It has a storage capacity of about 400,000 tons.

Reported by: Paul Wiening




Twin Ports News

05/08:
Duluth's port terminal hosted back-to-back salties this week. Med Viareggio arrive May 5 to unload steel coils. The vessel left May 6 and, within a couple of hours, the saltie Menomonee was in the warehouse berth to unload. The Menomonee's deck is dominated by two rather odd-looking unloading rigs that appear capable of handling containers as well as opening and closing hatches.

J.W. McGiffin was in Duluth on May 6 to unload grain at the Cargill elevator. The vessel is scheduled to shift to the BNSF ore dock in Superior for outbound cargo.

Reported by: Al Miller




Killing the Canadiana

05/08:
The beautiful Canadiana is about to be lost. This very historic, 215 foot, three decked, turn-of-the-century, passenger steamship could be gone forever, by the end of summer. This would be a tragedy beyond words.

It is something that does *not* have to happen!

The S. S. Canadiana Preservation Society is ready and able, right now, to proceed with the restoration of her hull and to bring her back to Buffalo. She can sail again, for many decades to come.

The society was awarded $400,000 two years ago with the stipulation that it raise $118,000 as its portion of the total cost. When that was done, the group was to go forward with the restoration. The Money was rasied by the society.

Now, the New York State D.O.T. says it will not give the $400,000.00. It is unclear exactly why the money is not being released, but this will destroy the entire project. The D.O.T. appears to be complying with those who oppose the Canadiana.

It is explained in great detail on the Canadiana web page

Please write the Governor of New York to save this vessel:

Governor George E. Pataki
Executive Chamber
State Capital
Albany NY 12224

Thanks very much for your help.

Floyd Baker
President of The S. S. Canadiana Preservation Society, Inc.
fbaker@webpay.com
tel. (716) 833-2998
fax. (716) 833-2999




Seaway Queen arrives

05/07:
The Seaway Queen arrived at Port Weller yesterday about 4:00 P.M. EST. She was towed across Lake Ontario and is to go to the fit-out berth. Apparently her future is still in doubt.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Elton Hoyt 2nd to Cleveland?

05/06:
The Elton Hoyt 2nd is scheduled to depart Superior, WI, Thursday, May 8. The current orders have them making their first trip from Taconite Harbor to LTV Steel in Cleveland. If this does happen, she would be the largest boat to make that trip up the Cuyahoga. It should be interesting to watch! After that the plan is to resume the normal Marquette, MI, to Rouge Steel runs, plus whatever may come along.

Reported by: Jim Mihalek




News on the tug Cheteck

05/06:
The ex US Navy harbor tug Cheteck was spotted at the old Port of Buffalo pier on the outer harbor on 5-6-97. She was sitting in the notch of the crane barge Mcaully. The Cheteck has been repainted from Navy grey to Army Corps colors. She will be doing some maintanace work around Buffalo Harbor for the next few weeks and will be using the port pier as a home base of sorts. This makes it easier to get her out to the harbor area than having her at the Army Corp yard down the Black Rock Canal.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




McCarthy in for repairs - Port Terminal received 1st cargo

05/06:
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. tied up at the Duluth port terminal May 5 for four days of unspecified repairs.

Duluth's port terminal received its first cargo of the season when saltie Med Viareggio arrived May 5 with steel coils. Another saltie, the Menomonee, is due later this week.

Reported by: Al Miller




Spencer delivers grain

05/05:
The Barge Sarah Spencer (Adam E. Coenelius) was in Miland On. (Georgian Bay) over the weekend delivering grain.

Reported by: A.Woudstra




Elton Hoyt 2nd getting ready to sail

05/05:
Fitout crews are aboard Elton Hoyt 2nd and the vessel had steam coming from its stack on the afternoon of May 5. The Hoyt has been in lay-up at Fraser Shipyards in Superior since December 27, 1996.

Reported by: Jim Mihalek and Al Miller




Boland aground in Sandusky update

05/05:
The Boland was refloated around 1300 Friday and towed back to the coal dock. After inspection she was cleared to proceed to Ecorse MI. Two tugs were need to free her, the tug Illinois who was assisted by the big G-Tug Ohio.

Reported by: Brian McCune




Paterson set new record

05/05:
The largest U.S. grain shipment in Great Lakes history was loaded in the Twin Ports May 5, 1996, by the Canadian laker Paterson, according "Minnesota's World Port," published by the Seaway Port Authority of Duluth. The Paterson loaded 28,941.6 metric tons of soybeans at Harvest States Cooperative elevator in Superior. The record-breaking tonnage wasn't noticed until researchers reviewed data during the past winter.

Reported by: Al Miller




Twin Ports round up

05/05:
Duluth's port terminal gets its first visitor of the year May 4 when Med Viareggio arrives with steel coils.

Roger Blough is due to make an unusual call May 7 to the BNSF dock in Superior. The Blough loaded there several times last season.

Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior likely will have quite a backup May 5, with Paul R. Tregurtha, Columbia Star and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. all due to arrive that day.

The 37-year-old tank farm at the Duluth Port Terminal is in the final stages of dismantling. Although it saw occasional use through the years, the tank farm never lived up to the expectations set after the Seaway opened. The Seaway Port Authority of Duluth reports that the tank farm site may be redeveloped as a maritime fueling facility.

Reported by: Al Miller




Grampa Woo crew member to speak in Duluth

05/05:
On May 14 at 7:00 P.M. Dana Kollars, one of two men plucked from the excursion boat Grampa Woo when it went adrift in a storm on Lake Superior last fall, will talk about his experiences at the next entertainment meeting of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association. The meeting will be held at the Canal Park Marine Museum in Duluth.

Reported by: Lake Superior Marine Museum Association




Boland aground in Sandusky

05/03:
The John J. Boland arrived 5/1 and unloaded salt at the Erie Sand and Gravel dock in Sandusky. She then proceeded to move to the coal dock, after loading for Ecorse she ran aground . Evidently the combination of 50+ mph winds from the Southwest and the low water created by the wind helped her wandered out of the channel. I heard that the G-tug ILLINOIS came from Toledo to try to get her free but was unsucsessful. I saw the Illinois heading back late this morning (5/2) and as far as we know the Boland is still stuck. Probably wait for the water to come back now that the wind has come around to the Northeast. If that doesn't work they will probably have to lighter her.

The Boland was refloated and is currently (4/3 11:30am EST) upbound in the Detroit River

Reported by: Brian McCune




1997 Marks a Trio of Anniversaries

05/03:
The Stewart J. Cort inaugurated the era of the 1,000-footer 25 years ago this week. She made her maiden voyage upbound through the Soo Thursday May 4, 1972. Also, the Roger Blough marks her 25th anniversary in June. Also 25 years ago this June, the Parker Evans sank the Sidney E. Smith Jr. at Port Huron.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Busy day in Milwaukee

05/03:
On May 2, the J.A.W. Iglehart arrived 6 hours after the Alpena and had to wait for the vessel to finish unloading. The Kaye Barker was unloading a cargo of coal, the Middletown arrived and tied up behind the Iglehart and waited for the Barker to finish unloading. Three boats in the Milwaukee inner harbor at once is a rarity.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Fednav busy on the Lakes

05/02:
The FEDNAV. fleet prominent in the Great Lakes as usual includes FEDERAL AALSUND -eastbound for Montreal, FEDERAL FRASER and FEDERAL BERGEN westbound for Duluth,and the FEDERAL FUJI is west bound for Chicago. The FEDERAL Mackenzie is headed for Milwaukee and the newest vessel FEDERAL RHINE, in Montreal unloading sugar, is expected to depart shortly for the lakes. Several other Federal ships have already visited the Lakes this year"

Reported by: John Whitehead




April Coal Shipments from SMET Up almost 50 Percent

05/02:
Loadings of western coal at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, totaled 1,173,614 net tons in April, an increase of 48.9 percent. The increase reflects the absence of heavy ice formations which a year earlier delayed the resumption of shipping from Lake Superior ports. However, another factor is that every cargo loaded in April was carried by a 1,000-foot-long vessel, the must efficient in the U.S.-Flag Lakes fleet.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association

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May 1 Vessel Utilization Rates

05/02:
Major U.S.-Flag carriers on the Great Lakes had 61 of their 70 ships and tug/barge units in service on May 1, a decrease of 3 vessels compared to a year earlier.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association

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Berth of ship may not be easy

05/02:
Water lines, time, river depth and the United States Navy are all hurdles in the efforts to bring the guided missile destroyer USS Charles F. Adams to a final berth in Bay City.

The Saginaw Valley Naval ship Museum committee, in its quest to bring the ship to Bay City in 1998, Thursday discussed the proposed site for the ship. If it come to Bay City, the 437-foot ship would be the only guided missile destroyer on display in the nation.

The major concern is that a water line that crosses the Saginaw River south of Veterans Memorial Bridge would lay beneath the ship, if it's docked at the ship committee's first choice for a berth. The site is just south of the bridge on the east bank of the river.

The water line, owned by Consumers Energy, is buried 10 feet under the river bed. Company and city officials worry that the pipe might burst if the ship ever rests on the river bottom.

Reported by: Dan Maus


Edited from a story appearing in the Thursday Bay City times




Clarke Breaks Own Record for Jones Act Salt Trade

05/01:
The PHILIP R. CLARKE has again set a new U.S.-Flag record for the Lakes salt trade. The 767-foot-long self-unloader took on 27,621 net tons of salt at Fairport Harbor, Ohio, on April 26. The Clarke broke the record she set just one month ago when she loaded 25,325 net tons.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Taylor to depart lay-up berth

05/01:
Myron C. Taylor departed its winter layup berth in Sturgeon Bay on April 30 and proceed to Stoneport, where it will load on May 1 with a cargo for Saginaw. The only vessel from Great Lakes Fleet that is not active so far this season is Calcite II, which remains in the Fraser Shipyards in Superior.

Edgar B. Speer's brief stop at the Duluth port terminal April 30 appeared to involve work on its bowthruster.

Reported by: Al Miller




Bomb threat closes Seaway update

05/01:
Yesterday's bomb threat caused major road traffic jams. Road bridges were not opened until the afternoon.Shipping was not affected much. The eastbound laker Quebecois was held at Beauharnois Lock for a couple of hours

Reported by: John Whitehead




News from Buffalo

05/01:
Work has begun by New York State Power Authority tug-barges on removing the Niagara River Ice Boom in Buffalo Harbor. Now that the boom has been breeched Buffalo Harbor is clear of all remaining ice except for in some of the smaller slips. The two tug-derrick barge units are moored at the old Connecting Terminal Elevator on the Buffalo River when not in use.

Cleveland's passenger vessel Nautica Qeen is also in town this week to promote tourism between the two cities. She is tied up just ahead of the guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Little Rock in the Buffalo River entrance channel at the Visiting Ship's dock.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Fire in the boilers

04/30:
In perparation for the coming season, the crew aboard the Lake Michigan Car Ferry BADGER fired her boilers today. The 1952 built ferry was brought back to service in 1992, operating between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI. This year's initial crossing will be May 16, marking 100 years of car ferry service.

Reported by: Max S. Hanley

For more information on the cross-lake service, vistit the S.S. Badger Home Page



Carbide Dock Activity

04/30:
The Carbide Dock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan which for many years did not receive a cargo, has had two cargoes unloaded in less than 24 hours. April 28th saw the RESERVE arrive with a cargo of stone while the ARTHUR M ANDERSON arrived on the 29th to unload coal.


Reported by: Scott McLellan




Bomb threat closes Seaway

04/30:
At 0952 A.M., Seaway Beauharnois VHF reported navigation closed in the South Shore Canal (Pont Mercier lifting railway Bridge), due to bomb advisory. The Southshore Canal is the first 12 mile section of the Seaway for In bound vessels from Montreal, and the last section outbound. It appears a bomb scare was received and the area is being searched. The location described by Seaway Beauharnois VHF (Mercier Bridge) is composed of 2 high level road spans and 2 low level lifting span railway bridges known as CPR bridges. Traffic resumption was announced by Beauharnois VHF at 11:46A.M.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Courtney Burton has troubled trip

04/30:
On her first trip in to Manistee this season, the Courtney Burton ran into some trouble yesterday. She was first delayed by high winds, and a moderate sea for 5 hours. After She finally proceeded down the river at 4:30, one of the Manistee bridgetenders was not at his post. This nearly caused captain Bobby Tilley to stop the ship. After proceeding through the first bridge, a 41 foot fishing boat got in the ship's way. The boat was moored on an outcropping in the Manistee river. Captain Tilley came out on the bridgewing, and personally asked the men to move their boat, as it was in a dangerous position. The boat was safe after the incident, and not damaged. At the end of her journey, the ship docked at Tondu Cogeneration to unload coal.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Imperial St. Clair damages bow?

04/30:
On Sunday, April 27, 1997, the IMPERIAL ST CLAIR tied up at the Government Dock in Sarnia, Ontario. It appears that she had some bow damage below the waterline. Divers were surveying the area but it is unclear what the problem was.


Reported by: Ray Bawal Jr.




Jackson makes trip into Saginaw

04/30:
The Herbert C. Jackson passed upbound late yesterday afternoon for Crow Island/ Saginaw. What makes this trip significant is that the Jackson is a very infrequent visitor here and it's nice to see some new faces occasionally.

Reported by: Dan Maus




Windsor's First Salty of 1997

04/29:
The first saltie of the 1997 shipping season for Windsor was the Utviken (Bahamas). She arrived at Morterm Limited with steel coils on Sunday morning. The port has also been busy with Canadian vessels delivering aggregates and cement and well as salt being carried from the Ojibway Mine and grains from the ADM Terminal.

Reported by: James Neumiller




Headed for the Twin Ports

04/29:
Columbia Star is due to arrive April 29 at the Duluth port terminal for repairs before shifting the Midwest Energy Terminal to load. Edgar B. Speer will make a rare visit to Duluth April 30 when it's expected to arrive at the port terminal for maintenance.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tug and barge delayed by ice

04/29:
The tug W N TWOLAN and barge McALLISTER 132 became stuck in slush ice in the upper St. Mary's River on Sunday (April 27). The ice is estimated to be 3 to 6 feet deep. The tug became stuck because it lacked power to push the barge. Other river traffic was unaffected and the Coast Guard was assisting. The MACKINAW arrived early on Monday (28th). The TWOLAN resumed her downbound transit for Detroit this afternoon clearing the locks around 15:00.

Reported by: Scott McLellan




Canadian Seaway legislation dies

04/29:
With the Canadian Parliament dissolved in preparation for elections on 2 June, pending legislation has died. This includes a bill to privatize Canadian ports and Canada's operation of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The bill had recently passed the Canadian House of Commons.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





L'orme No. 1 renamed

04/28:
Well known in the Lakes, the Canadian Tanker L'ORME N0.1, former Socanav ship, built 1976 at Sorel.QC. was renamed TRADEWIND OCEAN-PAN, and departed Quebec City for the Atlantic April 21 1997. destination unknown

Reported by: John Whitehead




Foreign flag visitors to the lakes

04/28:
Foreign Flag Vessels (freighters) in Seaway and Great Lakes.

1986- NEW -149 REGULARS -279 (Record high since 1981)
1995- NEW -65 REGULARS -162 (worst year since 1981)
1996- NEW -78 REGULARS -185

From "SEAWAY SHIPS 1996". first printing April 1997. with kind permission of Seaway historian and author - Rene Beauchamp (514) 355-3891.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Chance to win a trip on the Barker

04/28:
International Ship Masters' Association Cleveland Lodge #4 is offering a Chance to win a trip on the Kaye E. Barker

Grand Prize: One Trip for 4 Adults aboard SS KAYE E. BARKER to be taken during September 1997 PLUS $250 toward transportation expenses (Winner must be flexible concerning scheduling and port of departure/return.)

2nd Prize: $100
3rd & 4th Prize: $ 50 each

DONATION: $5.00 per Ticket

Click here for more information





Rouge Steel earnings up

04/28:
Saturday's Detroit News reports that Rouge Steel of Dearborn reported first-quarter earnings up 39 percent, boosted by improved blast furnace production and a bigger share of the automotive sheet steel market.
Net Income was $9.3 million, or 42 cents a share - up from $6.7 million, or 31 cents a share, for the first quarter of 1996

Reported by: the Detroit News




News from the Twin Ports

04/28:
Two Harbors is seeing some unusual callers this year. Both Adam E. Cornelius and Joseph L. Block have made trips there in the past few weeks.

First boat of the season into Ashland, Wis., may be Arthur M. Anderson, which is due May 1 with a partial load of coal from Toledo. The first part of the cargo is due to be unloaded at the Soo.

Reported by: Al Miller




International St Lawrence River Board of Control's Waters Report

04/28:
As of April 23, 1997: The flow of the Ottawa River into the St Lawrence River near Montreal remained very high this last week. Conditions on Lake St Louis in the Montreal Area were being monitored closely, and the Lake Ontario flows adjusted accordingly, to ensure maximun Lake Ontario outflows without causing flooding.The present Lake Ontario outflow is at the maximum possible considering conditions downstream. With the Ottawa River outflow expected to increase in the next several days, the Lake Ontario outflow may need to be reduced, to prevent flooding downstream.

Reported by: John Whitehead




New Ports in the Vessel Passage section

04/28:
Three new ports added to the Vessel Passage section:
Grand Haven and Holland, Seaway East, and Southern Lake Michigan vessel passages.
This bring the section to a total of 21 ports and two fleets!




New Toronto - Port Dalhousie Ferry

04/28:
Shaker Cruise Lines "Lake Wave" arrived at Port Dalhousie this morning and is to begin a regular service April 28. For more infomation contact Marilla Czulo at 416-364-3938 fax 416-364-3220 or 1-888-842-5253

Reported by: Roger Tottman




USS Fleet busy on Lake Erie

04/26:
Boats from Great Lakes Fleet are busy on Lake Erie again this season. Arthur M. Anderson is making periodic runs with coal from Conneaut to Dunkirk while Philip R. Clarke is due in Buffalo April 26 with cargo from Fairport.

Reported by: Al Miller




Vote ends concern of strike

04/26:
Maintenance of Way employees for the Duluth Missabe & Iron Range Railway have approved a new labor agreement. The ratification vote ends the concern of recent weeks that a strike this summer would shut down the DMIR. The railroad carries 40 percent of the taconite pellets produced on Minnesota's Iron Range from production plants to docks in Duluth and Two Harbors. It serves USX's Minntac plant, Inland Steel's Minorca Mine and Eveleth Mines.

Reported by: Al Miller




New web page on-line

04/25:
Now on-line - Diamond Jack's River Tours. The Detroit based company offers 2 hour narrated Detroit River sightseeing tours aboard the Diamond Jack and Speciality Cruises and Charters aboard the Diamond Belle and Diamond Queen. I've taken many trips aboard the fleet, I highly recommend it.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




News on the Aquarama

04/25:
According to an article in the Buffalo News the Aquarama is due to leave Buffalo on or about the 17th of May.She may head to either Erie, Port Weller, or a repair yard near New York City. This move depends on weather the owners choose to keep her on the lakes or try a venture near the ocean ports.The vessel is supposed to be overhalled so it can operate under its own power.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Barge headed for Detroit

04/25:
The barge Twolan left Thunder Bay, Ontario for Detroit on Wednesday, April 23. It's loaded mainly with 2x4's from Buchanen Forest Products. The trip is expected to take five days. The barge will make the trip out of Thunder Bay every eight days. The Twolan is captained by Stan Dawson.

Reported by: Richard Boon




Flooding in mid-west effects Twin Ports

04/25:
The severe flooding in the Dakotas and western Minnesota is delaying some grain shipments to Duluth-Superior. High water has cut some Burlington Northern rail lines and disrupted shipment of grain to regional elevators. That, port officials say, has slowed the flow of grain into elevators in Duluth and Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Bill to privatize seaway advances in Canada

04/24:
A bill to privatize Canadian ports and Canada's operation of the St. Lawrence Seaway was passed last week by the Canadian House of Commons. Ports would be transferred to local authorities, while the 13 locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway operated by Canada would be managed by a nine-member consortium of businesses. Tolls would fund the management of the seaway. In addition, the bill states that pilotage on the St. Lawrence River has to pay for itself, rather than rely on the Canadian government to cover any shortfalls. The Canadian Senate has taken up the bill.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Miner looses power

04/24:
At 6:18 A.M. EST on April 23 Upper Lakes Group's Canadian Miner lost power while passing Belle Isle in the Detroit River. She dropped anchor and called on two tugs for assistance. The vessel was towed to Windsor where her crew made repairs. Once again under her own power, she was cleared by the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards to proceeded upbound about 9:00 P.M. EST April 23, 1997.

Reported by: Skip Meier




Tadoussac looses power

04/24:
Yesterday the "Tadoussac" was anchored, at Wilson Hill anchorage due to engine problems. Approval from inspectors was needed before she could continue.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Survey of Pt. Stanley harbour

04/24:
Transport Canada is presently checking the depth of the water around Pt. Stanley harbour to see if dredging will be necessary this year. Dredging is usually done every 2-3 years. The last dredging was done in 1995.

Reported by: Richard Hill




Tugs & Dredges

04/22:
Lake Michigan Contractor's tug Douglas B. Mackie has been freshly painted and is sporting the name Shirley Joy. It is currently tied up at Cleveland along with several of their dredges.

Durocher Dock and Dredge Inc. is dredging the Erie Harbor east canal basin. These are slips west of the dry-dock, directly behind the Erie Maritime Museum. The Champion, Meaghan Lee and Ray Durocher are working with several dredges at the site.

Reported by: Mark Shumaker




Unusual Callers Due in Duluth

04/22:
Some uncommon boats are due to load at DM&IR in Duluth over the next few days. The St. Clair is due April 24, the Roger Blough on the 25th, and the Presque Isle and James R.Barker are due in on the 27th. The Blough and the Presque Isle have been loading exclusively at Two Harbors so far this year, while the St. Clair and the Barker have both made a few trips to Taconite Harbor. This will be the first trip to DM&IR in Duluth for each vessel this shipping season.

Reported by: Andy Hering




Canadian Venture over draft

04/22:
April 20/97 On entering St Lambert Lock, west bound, the laker CANADIAN VENTURE was found to be over draft up to 6". After shuffling fuel and pumping out fresh water tanks she was allowed to proceed at reduced speed and under her own risk. She reported "westbound at Cape Vincent, 0421/1937, destination CIDH

Reported by: John Whitehead and Bill Kenwood




Canadian Mariner enters dry dock

04/22:
The Canadian Mariner went into dry dock at Port Weller Monday April 21. The type of work being done is not known. Possibly a five year inspection?

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Development Corp. Administrator to resign

04/22:
Gail C. McDonald, administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., will resign 1 May. She became the administrator in January 1996. A successor has not been announced.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Train derailment

04/22:
A train derailment on the Conrail Bridge in Ohio has the Coast Guard issuing "urgent Notice to Mariners". A rail car carrying sodium hydroxide derailed this evening in the area of 41' 30' 1 N 82' 52' W. The Coast Guard reports the problem should be cleaned up sometime today.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Grand Haven Traffic

04/21:
Sunday afternoon April 20 Grand Haven MI had the following traffic:
Algosteel was finishing unlaoding at Verplank's. The Wilfred Sykes arrived to unload at Verplanks at 13:15.

Reported by: Steve Vanden Bosch




More on the Coal Orders for Port Washington WEPCO plant

04/21:
It was originally reported on 4/19 that the Wisconsin Electric Power Co. generating plant has already placed orders for 600,000 tons of coal, setting them on a record pace.

Paul G. Wiening adds this historical perspective:

Until the local power plant was rebuilt in the 1980s, the average season total was over 800,000 tons of coal. That was when the facility had five generating units. Now it only has four, so overall coal usage will be less.

However, when the plant was expanded to five units in 1949 and for the next two decades while it was operating at peak efficiency, Port Washington would quite often receive in excess of one million tons per year. The last time that happened was in 1970. Even into the mid 1980s tonnage would reach 800,000 on a regular basis.

The plant was rebuilt over a 3-4 year period in the early 1990s, and tonnage had dropped to 300,000 tons or less. But this has been regularly increasing over the past five years. So far Port has received nearly 90,000 tons already but in only two ships, PAUL R. TREGURTHA and MESABI MINER.

I don't know what the plan is, but if it keeps going at one 1000-footer every three weeks with 45,000 tons, it will require only 14 ships to reach 600,000 tons.

Reported by: Paul G. Wiening




Canadian Navigator underway

04/21:
Sunday afternoon April 20, Canadian Navigator was below lock 1 at Port Weller and taking on supplies. She appeared to be heading downbound through the seaway.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




CHARLES E WILSON Visits Marine City

04/21:
The American Steamship Company's CHARLES E WILSON visited Marine City, Michigan on April 19, 1997. This is the second American Steamship vessel to dock in Marine City this season, the first being the SAM LAUD which arrived a few weeks ago. Until last season American Steamship vessels were a rare sight at this port, as it was usually served by ships of the Oglebay Norton fleet since the mid-eighties.

Reported by: Ray Bawal Jr.




Unusual traffic expected in the Twin Ports

04/21:
Two Harbors is scheduled to receive some unusual callers this week. Mesabi Miner and Joe Block are due there April 21 and Adam E. Cornelius is expected April 22.

Reported by: Al Miller




Southern Lake Michigan Traffic

04/21:
On Sunday 4/20/97, the STEWART J. CORT is schedualed to arrive at Bethlehem Steel, Burns Harbor @16:00. On Monday 4/21/97, the PHILIP R. CLARKE is due @ 01:00 @ BUFFINGTON HARBOR to discharge half their load, then move 2.5 miles east and dump the rest of her load at USX WORKS in the slip at GARY, IN. Also look for the KAYE E. BARKER to unload at the Marblehead dock in the CALUMET RIVER, @ APPROX. 23:00, 4/21/97. On Tuesday 4/22/97, the BURNS HARBOR is due at Burns Harbor @ 02:00. The CHARLES M. BEEGHLEY is due at Inland Steel also on tuesday @ 03:00 in INDIANA HARBOR. Later this week look for the WILFRED SYKES, PAUL R. TREGURTHA, EDWARD L. RYERSON,and the MESABI MINER to all travel to the south end of lake MI.

Reported by: Kevin Kelley




Lake Ontario visits Capitol 6

04/21:
Duluth's AGP grain elevator - formerly known as Capitol 6 or "Cap 6" - already has its first caller of the season. The Seaway-max freighter Lake Ontario arrived April 19 and moved under the elevator's loading boom. The elevator has been used sparingly in recent years, so it was encouraging to see a vessel there this early in the season.

Reported by: Al Miller




Update on the ex Socanav fleet

04/20:
L'Orme No.1 sold at Marshal's Sale in Montreal on April 7 to Venezuelan Buyer. Ship re-flagged Panamaniann due to leave Canada for Caribbean area on April 18. 1997.

Le Chene No.1, sold to CIBC at Marshal's Sale in Montreal on April 7, since sold again to EnerChem of Montreal, will stay in Canadian flag.

Le Saule No.1, sold at Marshal's Sale in Montreal on April 7 to CIBC, ship is again for sale, through address below.

W.M. Vacy Ash, still under arrest in Brest France and for sale.

If interested call Ocean Marine Charter 506 532 1260 or fax 506 532 6300.

Reported by: Kieran J. Shanahan and Joe Chirco




Big Coal Orders for Port Washington WEPCO plant

04/19:
Look for lots of boatwatching in Port Washington, WI this summer. The Wisconsin Electric Power Co. generating plant there has already placed orders for 600,000 tons of coal, setting them on a record pace. The previous coal record there is 700,000 tons for an entire season.

Reports are that the effort to stockpile large quantities of coal is due to an expected shortfall of generating and distribution capacity in the Upper Great lakes Region this coming summer.

Reported by: Jim Zeirke




Algolake Refloated

04/19:
Sault Ste. Marie radio station CHAS and the Sault Star are reporting through Broadcast News that the Algoma Central Freighter, Algolake, has been refloated. The giant laker ran agroung Thursday on Vidal Shoal as it was approaching a dock at Algoma Steel. Officials say they believe the grounding was caused by a buoy anchor that was pushed into the Algoma Steel harbor channel by ice.

Reported by: Richard Boon and Bill Kenwood




Agawa Canyon visits Twin Ports

04/18:
Agawa Canyon, an occasional but welcome visitor to the Twin Ports, was in port April 18 unloading salt at the Cutler-Magner dock in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Algolake aground

04/18:
Algoma Central's ALGOLAKE has run aground in the St. Mary's River. She was downbound with taconite for Algoma Steel and ran aground in the Canadian Channel heading into Algoma Steel. There is damage to number 1 and 2 ballast tanks, the ship is taking on water but is is no danger. A portion of the cargo is being off loaded into a Purvis Marine barge.

Reported by: Scott McLellan and Bill Kenwood




News round up

04/18:
The M/V Burns Harbor was stuck hard directly under the Mackinac Bridge on Tuesday, April 8. High winds in excess of 60 mph the previous day had blown windrows of ice 15 feet high in the area. The tug Malcom finally freed the downboundBurns Harbor.

The upbound Indiana Harbor was forced to backdown at Round Island Passage due to thick ice on April 7 and use the South Channel passage south of Round Island.

The J.A.W Iglehart is in the process of fitting out, she entered a short term lay-up in Milwaukee on March 29 .

Reported by: Johnny Duchario




Update on name change

04/18:
The Melvin H. Baker II will be renamed Atlantic Huron on April 23. The hull has been painted red, the new Canadian Steamship lines hull colour.

Reported by: Jim Bearman




New Ports in the Vessel Passage section

04/18:
Two new ports added to the Vessel Passage section:
Kingston and Thunder Bay vessel passage.




Amherst Islander under tow

04/18:
The Tug Atomic left Kingston on Wed. April 16, towing the disabled ferry Amherst Islander. The Amherst Islander suffered ice damage to its propeller last winter. The ship is being taken for repairs. I do not know the destination at this time but Oshawa is likely.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




U.S.-Flag Iron Ore and Coal Trades Off to Fast Start

04/17:
With ice conditions much more normal, U.S.-Flag Great Lakes carriers got off to a fast start in the iron ore and coal trades. Iron ore cargos loaded in U.S. bottoms in March totaled 2,012,484 net tons, an increase of 44 percent compared to the corresponding period in 1996. A year ago massive ice formations slowed the resumption of the dry-bulk trades.

Coal cargos in U.S.-Flag lakers in March tripled to 450,000 net tons.

U.S.-Flag carriers in the Jones Act trades also moved quantities of cement, salt and liquid-bulk products in March. A complete report on March U.S.-Flag carriage will be ready next week.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Toledo's grain future?

04/17:
The silos that line the banks of the Maumee River at the Port of Toledo are filled with tons of grain-all waiting to be shipped out by land or sea. But officials said Wednesday (4/16) the port's future as a major grain terminal is in trouble because of a proposed Chicago Board of Trade rule change that eliminates Toledo as a delivery point for corn and soybean futures contracts.

Seven grain elevators operate in the area, employing 120 full-time workers and dozens of extra people during the grain season. Grain shipments through the port last year, via ship or train, totaled 62 million bushels, down from the 98 million bushels in 1995, but slightly above the yearly average of 59 million.

If the Board's proposal is approved by the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the port's grain shipments could be reduced by at least 25 million bushels a year, according to Jim Hartung, president of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.

The board on Tuesday approved eliminating Toledo as a delivery point in 1999 and using grain elevators along the northern Illinois River instead. Toledo is one of three delivery points for futures contracts; the others are St. Louis and Chicago. A delivery point is a site where grain bought under futures contracts is stored in elevators. The grain is shipped later to markets in the United States and overseas.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Lake Michigan Southern Ports

04/17:
The DAVID Z. NORTON is expected at the Port Of Indiana on Thursday 4/17/97 at 17:00. The EDWARD L. RYERSON is expected at Inland Steel, Indiana Harbor on Saturday, 4/19/97 at 06:00. The JOESPH H. THOMPSON left Indiana Harbor Wednesday, 4/16/97 early AM. and is returning 4/18/97. Look for the WILFRED SYKES, MESABI MINER, and the STEWART J. CORT to all arrive on Sunday,4/20/97 to the south end of Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Kevin Kelley




Manistee Gets Second Ship Of Season

04/16:
Looking good with a fresh coat of paint, American Steamship's Sam Laud unloaded coke at the old Great Lakes Dock today, April 16. The Sam Laud was preceded by Oglebay Norton's Wolverine which opened the season at Manistee by delivering coal to the Tondu Energy Power Plant on Thursday, April 10.

Reported by: Wayne Gray




Kinsman Independent makes first trip of season to Superior

04/16:
Domestic grain traffic in Duluth-Superior has commenced with the arrival of Kinsman Independent. The vessel is loading April 16 at Peavey Connors Point elevator in Superior. The KI's arrival marks the third leg of the Twin Ports grain traffic, coming on the heels of the arrival and departure of the first saltie carrying grain and arrival of the first Canadian laker.

Reported by: Al Miller




South Chicago Doings

04/16:
The Sam Laud and Charles M. Beeghly were both loading coal at KCBX this morning (4/15). A beautiful sunny morning at that. Meanwhile, the Edward L. Ryerson was unloading at Indiana Harbor. The Ryerson departed approx. 0800. A interesting morning on the South Side!

Reported by: Gary R. Clark




Grain in the Twin Ports

04/15:
The Twin Ports grain industry is suddenly hopping. Four vessels are loading April 15: Algosound at Harvest States, American Mariner at Great Northern S, Algontario at Cargill and saltie Kapitonas Sevcenko at Peavey Connors Point.

Reported by: Al Miller




Crapo moved

04/15:
The S.T. CRAPO has shifted to Collision Bend in the Cuyahoga River. She has been in lay-up since September 4, 1996. This spot is a better place to keep her now that the river is busy.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Port of Thunder Bay report

04/15:
QUEDOC-Vandoc-W.E.D.
tug W.N.TWOLAN & barge McALLISTER 132-Great west Timber
GORDON C. LEITCH-P&H EL.
CCGS SAMUEL RISLEY-Mot. base
CANADIAN PROVIDER-Sask. Pool 7A
"OMISALJ"-Western Pool IO-Thunder Bay's first foreign vessel for 1997

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Canadian Navigator out of Port Weller Dry Docks

04/15:
Canadian Navigator came out of the Port Weller Dry Docks yesterday April 14, 1997 and is fitting out at the wall. She enter Port Weller December 19, 1996 to begin her conversion to a self-unloader

Reported by: Roger Tottman




First salty arrives Twin Ports

04/15:
The first Salty of the season, the Lithuanian Motor Vessel Kapitonas Sevcenko, arrived in Duluth, Monday afternoon at 3:04 PM. She is now at Peavey Connors Point elevator in Superior loading wheat for Malta.

Reported by: Ken Newhams and Al Miller
visit Duluth Shipping News for an image of the ship arriving




Twin ports report

04/15:
American Mariner mades its first appearance of the season in the Twin Ports on April 14. The vessel made one of its periodic calls to Superior's seldom-used Great Northern Elevator S (now owned or leased by General Mills) to load grain.

Oglebay Norton is tied up at the Duluth port terminal April 14, ballasted down by the bow so work can be down around its stern. The vessel is scheduled to shift later today to load at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Reported by: Al Miller




Detroit Marine Terminal's first arrival

04/15:
Detroit Marine Terminal received it's first cargo shipment of the year on Friday, April 11, 1997 when the Lake Ontario (Ex Federal Danube) docked in the evening hours. The vessel is loaded with 24,800 metric tons or 1288 prime quality steel coils destined for Thyssen Steel Group's Coil Processing Center. Discharge commenced Monday morning, the 14th - and should finish Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting.

Reported by: J. Luke




U.S.C.G. maintenance contract awarded

04/15:
Sonag Co. Inc. of Menomonee Falls, Wis., has received a U.S.$327,990 contract from the U.S. Coast Guard's Ninth District in Cleveland for property maintenance and repairs.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Dennis Hale Sole Survivor Program

April 19 Bay City, MI Central High School auditorium
Offered by the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society
See and hear Dennis Hale, the only survivor of the wreck of the S/S Daniel J. Morrell which sank in Lake Huron in November 1966 . Tickets are $8.00 in advance or $10.00, at the door.
Send to: SRMHS 707 Sibley St. Bay City, Mi. 48706 Program is being held at Bay City Central High School auditorium 1624 Columbus St. (east Side of Bay City) All Proceeds go to the Building of a Museum by the Society.
Contact Dan Maus for more information





RYERSON loads in Marquette

04/14:
Inland Steel's, EDWARD L. RYERSON, made her first visit to Marquette since the early 1960's on April 12 and loaded taconite for Indiana Harbor. The visit was Marquette's first straight-decker since the JL MAUTHE in October of 1992. On the other side of the ore dock that day, JAMES R. BARKER was unloading her second western coal cargo of the 1997 season for Marquette.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Sailing dates

04/14:
KINSMAN INDEPENDENT - Departed Buffalo on April 12 for Duluth/Superior
MIDDLETOWN - April 11 departed Toledo for Marquette

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Salties and Grain

04/14:
As of April 13, the Kapitonas Sevcenko is scheduled to be the first saltie in the Twin Ports this season. It's due late Monday.

Canadian Trader has opened the season for the always-busy Harvest States Co-op elevator in Superior, she arrived at 8:54 a.m. Sunday.

Reported by: Al Miller and Gary A. Putney




Seaway Traffic

04/14:
As of April 13, Sauniere (W) 2140 sodus going to the canal; Algoport (E) 2140; Cape Vincent coal 0105/14 Crossover; Algobay - anchored 1.2 miles East of Charith Shoal Lighted buoy- engine problem; H. M. Grifith (W) 0040/14; Algowest (W) 2250 Crossover; John B. Aird (W) 2340 Crossover

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Ranger III ready to open 1997 season

04/14:
USNPS RANGER III is tenatively scheduled to open ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK on Tuesday April 29, from the Park's dock in Houghton, Michigan. Delivered to Isle Royale National Park in September of 1958, this will be the start of the 40th season for RANGER.

Reported by: K. Hanrahan




Mariner's Workshop on Navigation and Electronic Charts '97

04/14:
The Canadian Shipowners Association presents: Marinerís Workshop on Navigation and Electronic Charts í97, an event held in collaboration with the Port of Montreal on May 14 and 15, 1997. The purpose of the workshop is:
1.To demonstrate the latest technology in electronic charting and navigation
2.To discuss the implications of implementing shipboard electronic navigation-related
technologies with a particular emphasis on time, cost, and benefits.

Visit the Canadian Shipowners Association home page for complete details





Duluth-Superior News

04/12:
The St. Lawrence Cement Terminal in Duluth received its first caller of the season April 11 when Algontario arrived to unload.

Unusual early season callers to North Shore ports include H. Lee White due to arrive in Taconite Harbor April 13 and Fred R. White Jr arriving in Silver Bay April 12.

Reported by: Al Miller and Gary A. Putney




First salty into the Port of Toledo

04/12:
Fednav International's 734-foot LAKE SUPERIOR (Ex-FEDERAL THAMES) was the first salty into the Port of Toledo. She arrived on Tuesday, April 8 with a load of steel for processing at the North Star Steel plant in Delta, Ohio. She was met with appropriate ceremonies by Port and City officials.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Halcyon Sails Again-Sort of

04/12:
The research vessel Halycon was moved out of Muskegon Thursday still on the barge on which it sat, following being lifted off the bottom of Muskegon Lake last October. The vessel had been given to the NOAA as a gift from the Army Corp of Engineers and was schedule to become a research ship on the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, she leaked and sank after being brought into the Great Lakes last year from the Atlantic coast. The Halcyon is being moved to Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI for further inspection and storage until her future is decided. She may be given to U of M's Marine Architecture School. The ship was the topic of a recent ABC story about government waste.

Reported by: Mark Howell




Kingston Area Shipping

04/12:
The shipping season is under way here. The SAR cutter CCGC Bittern is back on station as of Wed. April 9. The CCGC Spray is west bound heading for its station. (Quebec Head 1710 stopping over in Kingston.) The Seaway showed the Canadian Progress (W) 1708 Crossover,Canadian Leader (E) 1901 Crossover, Saturn, from Oswego ,along south shore, 2017 mid-lake heading for the canal, Frontenac out of Picton with a load of clinker, (W) 1810 False Ducks, going to the canal and Essexville Michigan.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




First "salty" of the season at Detroit

04/11:
The first "salty" of the season arrived at the Port of Detroit on 10 April. The Kapitonas Sevcenko (Lithuanian-registry 14,631-dwt bulk carrier built in 1977, operated by Lithuanian Shipping Co.) docked at the Nicholson Terminal and Dock Co. Steven Olinek, deputy director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, made a presentation to the ship's master, Alfridas Ulozas.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Fred R. White Jr. Makes Unusual Trip

04/11:
Yesterday, 4\10 The Fred R. White Jr. made an unusual trip of loading coal at Toledo CSX dock and delivering it to the Detroit Edison plants in Marysville and Harbor Beach. It is not unusual for the vessel to load coal in Toledo, but to deliver a split-load to these ports is a rarity. After it unloaded it is currently upbound headed to Silver Bay for a load of Taconite Pellets. The Middletown is departing the lay-up dock AM tomorrow to the Ashtabula coal dock to load.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




New Cargo Record

04/11:
The 1997 Great Lakes shipping season is just weeks old, but already a new U.S.-Flag cargo record has been set. On March 28, the steamship PHILIP R. CLARKE loaded 25,325 net tons of salt at Fairport Harbor, Ohio, for delivery to Toledo, Ohio. This cargo surpasses the previous record of 25,320 tons carried by the AMERICAN REPUBLIC in 1987.

The 767-foot-long self-unloader CLARKE is one of 10 U.S.-Flag lakers operated by USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc.(USS GLF) of Duluth, Minnesota. The vessel normally works the iron ore, coal and stone trades, but the harsh winter has depleted salt stockpiles around the Great Lakes, so USS GLF is aiding customers by utilizing larger vessels in that trade at the beginning of the season. In total, USS GLF will load four salt cargos in March and April in the CLARKE and sistership ARTHUR M. ANDERSON.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association

Visit the LCA's home page for complete details




Sailing dates

04/11:
JOHN J. BOLAND - April 10 departed Sturgeon Bay for Stoneport
MEDUSA CONQUEST - April 10 departed Sturgeon Bay for Charlevoix

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Ryerson departs Milwaukee

04/10:
Ryerson departed Milwaukee at approximately 10:30 AM Wednesday morning. (April 9)
The reported boiler problems can be typical of a vessel coming out of long term lay-up.

Reported by: Neil Schultheiss




Port Stanley receives first cargo of 1997

04/10:
The CANADIAN OYLMPIC opened the 1997 shipping season in Pt. Stanley, Ontario, Wednesday, April 9th. She unloaded a cargo of coal for the St. Mary`s Cement Company. Captain Peckford received the traditional "Top Hat" Ceremony for the first commercial ship of the season. The OLYMPIC had to wait outside for a couple of days due to weather.

Reported by: Philip Nash




Remaining openings for sailing school

04/10:
The Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan is seeking to fill the final remaining openings for its new class which will begin August 17th. Anyone interested in finding out what it takes to become an officer (deck or engine) on a U.S. flag Great Lakes vessel should contact Judy Rokos at 1-800-748-2566 x-1200 immediately!

Reported by: Neil Schultheiss
Visit the GREAT LAKES MARITIME ACADEMY home page for more details




Oglebay Norton Departures

04/10:
The Joseph H. Frantz departed lay-up today, heading upbound to Stoneport to load for Bay City. This is the vessel's 72nd shipping season. The Earl W. Oglebay moved over to Lorain today to start the first of 3 shuttles to Cleveland LTV Steel. The only other Oglebay Norton vessel still in lay-up is the Middletown, which is due out of lay-up on the 11th..

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Ice Jams Maid of the Mist

04/10:
A massive ice jam in the lower Niagara River has caused severe flooding at the Maid of the Mist yards about a mile downstream from the falls. The three story office and workshop building was flooded to a depth of three feet over the second floor and two of the Maids were floated off their winter cradles. As of this morning the water had receeded to normal levels but the boats and the floating docks were resting on the ice. Damages have yet to be determined but the average opening date of mid-May may be pushed back a couple of weeks.

Reported by: Mal Bunting




Sailing dates

04/09:
H. LEE WHITE - April 9 departed Toledo for Wyandotte
RICHARD REISS - April 9 departed Erie for Marblehead
JOSEPH H. FRANTZ - April 9 departed Toledo for Stoneport
EARL W. OGLEBAY - April 9 departed Toledo for Lorain

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Ryerson experiences boiler problems

04/09:
Monday night the Edward L. Ryerson radioed Group Milwaukee that they had lost their turbine due to boiler problems. They were 5 miles off the beach dead ship between Port Washington and Milwaukee headed to Indiana harbor with 26,066 tons of taconite on their first trip of the season. Emergency generators were maintaining lights and steering. The Great Lakes Towing tug Superior departed Milwaukee later that night and towed the Ryerson to Milwaukee for repairs. They arrived early Tuesday (April 8) and were assisted by the tug California. Partial boiler operation had been resumed by the time they entered the Milwaukee harbor.They were inside the breakwall by 0800. The GLT tug Washington assisted in docking the Ryerson at the liquid terminal dock in the outer harbor. The Ryerson was still docked at 1730 Tuesday.

Reported by: Greg C. Sieren




More on the Sykes

04/09:
The Wilfred Sykes did significant damage to the sheet piling and concrete sidewalk as it was negotiating the Grand River in Grand Haven last week. The Sykes was loaded with slag bound for the VerPlank docks in Grand Haven MI when strong currents in the Grand River and heavy winds pushed it into the sheet piling doing damage to about 65' of the seawall. Damage to the Sykes was minimal.

Reported by: Johnny Duchario




Wind and ice cause delays

04/08:
April 7--- traffic exiting the Welland Canal -Port Colborne was on hold---because of the ice. The ice was solid from Port Colborne,Ontario across to Silver Creek, New York. The wind was such that it was too thick to handle.

Algontario x CSL Winnipeg was at above warf 12 just below Lock 8 for 2 days standing by. The Coast Guard cutter Griffon was standing by at warf 16.

The Griffon escorted Algomarine to Buffalo the day or two before and will escort it back after unloading.

Reported by: Joe Van Volkenburg




Arthur M. Anderson battles the weather

04/08:
A good indication of the ferocity of last weekend's storm is the Arthur M. Anderson, which arrived in Duluth on Tuesday with a heavy coating of ice on deck. The vessel is unloading at the DMIR dock before heading to Two Harbors.

Reported by: Al Miller




Indiana harbor Has A Reunion Of Sorts

04/08:
On Monday, April 7, the Inland Steel docks in Indiana Harbor was filled with the JOE BLOCK, WILFRED SYKES, and the ADAM E. CORNEILIUS, with the EDWARD L. RYERSON at 04:30 Tuesday morning. However the RYERSON broke down and had to be towed into Milwaukee,WI. The word down here is that the problem may be with the 3/4 year old fuel. Also due at Indiana Harbor across the canal at LTV Steel on Tuesday 4/8 is the ITB JOE THOMPSON and the JOE THOMPSON JR. about 0800 and the RESRVE is due approx. 1800. Over at the Port of Indiana, (Burns Harbor, Portage, IN) the STEWART J. CORT was in most of 4/7 and the wee hours of 4/8. The BURNS HARBOR is expected back with her 2nd load of the season 1700 on 4/8 and the SAM LAUD is also expected at noon at the international port on the west arm of the port. Look for the ITB MCKEE SONS and THE INDIANA HARBOR to arrive at LTV in INDIANA HARBOR on Wednesday 4/9 at 0600 and 0200 repectively.

Reported by: Kevin Kelley




Metro Machine lays off workers in Erie, Pa.

04/08:
Metro Machine Corp., based in Norfolk, Va., has laid off 70 employees. Most are from two shipyards in Pennsylvania, at Chester and Erie. Metro Machine cited a lack of work as the reason. The firm now employs a total of 160 people. In addition, Metro Machine has requested that Virginia postpone a loan payment until the end of 1998. The firm barrowed U.S.$15.5 million in 1994 to buy part of Pennsylvania Shipbuilding in Chester. Metro Machine planned to build product tankers at the yard, but has not received any orders.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Oglebay Norton Fitout Dates

04/08:
Earl W. Oglebay - April 8th
Joseph H. Frantz - April 8th
Middletown - April 11th

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak and J.V. Pepka




Typical Start for Lake Michigan Coal Trade

04/07:
With ice conditions much less severe than a year ago, coal resumed shipping from South Chicago in March. Shipments totaled 37,083 net tons. Last year, with so many ships delayed by ice, the Lake Michigan coal trade did not resume until April.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




High winds open ice field

04/07:
The strong winds accompanying a nasty spring storm April 5-6 were a mixed blessing in the Twin Ports. The winds disrupted vessel schedules and prompted Armco to remain at the DMIR dock April 7 waiting for improvement in the weather. On the other hand, the winds pushed away the ice field lingering off the Duluth and Superior entries, leaving a large area of open water.

Reported by: Al Miller




Port of Cleveland

04/07:
Ziemia Chelminska unloading rolled steel coils and the Cuyahoga was unloading sand at the Ontario Stone dock.

Reported by: CeiBob




Ryerson Loads first cargo

04/07:
Inland Steel's, EDWARD L. RYERSON, loaded her first cargo since January of 1994 on April 6 in Escanaba. She had fresh paint and looked great! She was at the ore dock with fleetmate, WILFRED SYKES.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




ITB JACKLYN M. headed to Shipyard this weekend

04/07:
The ITB JACKLYN.M. (ANDRE INC.) reportred that they're going to the shipyard for warrenty work on the barge INTEGRITY. Also will replace both screws on the tug. Company optimism hopes for a 7 day turn around.

Reported by: Kevin Kelley




RESERVE makes rare visit

04/07:
Oglebay Norton's, RESERVE, loaded a rare cargo of ore in Escanaba on April 4. She normally loads at Lake Superior ports. The cargo was delivered to Indiana Harbor. She was in port to unload coal, which is a normal trip, but shifting to the ore dock after unloading, is rare.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Sailing dates

04/07:
GEORGE A. STINSON - April 5 departed Toledo for Superior
EDWARD L. RYERSON - April 5 departed Sturgeon Bay for Escanaba
BUCKEYE sailed 4/4 from Toledo to Duluth.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Grant given to Milwaukee to promote the Badger

04/07:
The Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau is receiving a U.S.$9,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin to help promote the city's Passport to the Best of Wisconsin. The promotion is from 16 May to 30 June and 25 Aug. to 12 Oct. Specifically, the promotion is meant to attract tourists from Michigan to visit the area using the Badger, sailing between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. Participating hotels in Milwaukee will offer 20 percent discounts. Milwaukee is one of five areas in the state promotion, and the grant was awarded through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's Joint Effort Marketing program. The funding, matched by local money, will pay for newspaper advertisements.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





High winds delay shipping

04/07:
On Sunday the Lee A. Tregurtha was inside the protection of Whitefish point, but may not have gotten any further last night, as 3 other boats are stuck in the ice that the wind has packed into whitefish bay. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was busy trying to free the other 3 boats to get them to the locks.
Gale warnings are up for most of the Lakes

Reported by: Bob Gilreath




George A. Stinson begins the 1997 season

04/06:
The George A Stinson departed her winter lay-up in Toledo around 6:00 A.M. (EST) bound for Superior. She is now under contract to American Steamship Company and sporting the new stack markings.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Ryerson underway

04/06:
The Edward L. Ryerson left Bay Shipbuilding around 1400 Saturday - under the cover of rain and fog. She had been in long term lay-up since January 24,1994

Reported by:R.K. Thompson




Grain in Duluth

04/06:
Duluth received its first grain boat of the season April 5 when Halifax arrived to unload at Cargill and General Mills before shifting to the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Holland MI harbor to be dredged

04/05:
Working under a U S Army corps of Engineers contract, Andrie, Inc, a Muskegon MI marine dredging firm, plans to dredge an average of two feet from the bottom of Lake Macatawa along the 110 foot wide channel and the 400 foot wide turning basin at the Holland pier.
The work is expected to continue through the month of April.

Reported by: John Noonan




Seaway Radio Message No. 4 - 1997

04/05:
This is the final Radio Message for the 1997 opening period.

MONTREAL-LAKE ONTARIO SECTION

The Montreal-Lake Ontario section is generally open water except for a deteriorating ice cover with a broken ships track on eastern part of Lake St. Francis . A broken ice cover exists on the South Shore Canal, and from Snell to one mile above Eisenhower Lock.

Navigation will be restricted to daylight hours in some areas. The commissioning of lighted aids is underway. Details will be issued by the appropriate Traffic Control Centres. Mariners are warned to exercise extreme caution in the use of winter markers as the position of the markers may have been affected by ice. Ice breaker assistance will be available on Lake St. Francis if required.

It is extremely important that vessels transiting through all ice covered areas proceed at the slowest safe speed in order not to disturb the ice fields.

Progress on the removal of the Prescott-Ogdensburg and Galop booms will be provided by the Traffic Control Centre as required.

WELLAND CANAL

Both sides of the flight locks are in operation.

Ice conditions are moderate in the eastern half of Lake Erie.

Vessels intending to transit the eastern end of Lake Erie are advised to contact Seaway Long Point or Seaway Welland for current information on ice conditions. Ice breaker assistance will be available if required.

Reported by: St. Lawrence Seaway Authority
Visit the Authority's home page for complete details





Port of Cleveland

04/04:
Today at 1523 hours the Cuyahoga was leaving the Port and the American Republic was waiting to enter. The Wolverine had her engines on because the diesel fumes were exiting her funnels.
Wednesday of this week the Niagara (historic sailing vessel) was in dry dock at the slip south of Akozo Salt Co.

Reported by: CeiBob1




Holland MI harbor to be dredged

04/04:
Working under a U S Army corps of Engineers contract, Andrie, Inc, a Muskegon MI marine dredging firm, plans to dredge an average of two feet from the bottom of Lake Macatawa along the 110 foot wide channel and the 400 foot wide turning basin at the Holland pier.
The work is expected to continue through the month of April.

Reported by: John Noonan




First cruise ship to Duluth

04/04:
The first cruise ship to visit Duluth in about 30 years is scheduled to arrive in port Oct. 3, the Seaway Port Authority of Duluth announced April 3.

The new cruise ship Columbus, owned by Germany's Hapag-Lloyd Tours, will dock for about 12 hours at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Two Great Lakes cruises, each with 420 passengers, are sold out. Both cruises were marketed in Europe.

Twin Ports officials are hoping to persuade Hapag-Lloyd to use Duluth as the starting point for cruises starting in 1998.

Reported by: Al Miller




SMET Off To Fast Start

04/04:
Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wis., loaded five 1,000-footers in March for a total of 310,845 net tons of low sulfur coal. Last year, ice conditions on Lake Superior were so severe that SMET did not load its first cargo until April.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




George A. Sloan starts 1997 season

04/04:
The GEORGE A. SLOAN departed Sturgeon Bay for Calcite yesterday, April 3

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Seaway News release

04/04:
(OTTAWA, April 2, 1997)-- The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority today announced that the 39th navigation season on the Montreal-Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal sections of the St. Lawrence Seaway is now officially underway with the passage of the first ship through the St. Lambert lock this morning at 10:30 a.m. The Algocape, a bulker operated by Algoma Central Marine, is carrying iron ore from Pointe-Noire (Quebec) to Indiana Harbor in the United States.

Seaway Authority President Glendon R. Stewart noted that the 1997 season is expected to be busy and that many carriers and Great Lakes ports are anticipating strong cargo movements throughout the year. Another successful season is anticipated in 1997. said Mr. Stewart. The healthy trade levels recorded last year should be maintained for iron ore, general cargo, which includes steel slabsand steel products, coal and other bulk. The only cloud in the sky may be with the movements of Canadian and American grains which are always unpredictable.

To maintain its near-perfect record of safety and reliability, The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority just completed a $15,000,000 major maintenance program on both sections of the system during its three month winter shutdown. Part of the work included dredging at Port Weller Dry Docks and the removal of Bridge 20 at the Welland Canal. These improvements should reduce transit times through both areas.

The Seaway is once again looking forward to welcoming new vessels to the system. Forty-four ships transitted the Seaway for the first time in 1996. This year, The Authority will greet three new ships built by Fednav and will salute others which are currently being refitted to make them more efficient in the system. It s refreshing to see that the marine industry believes in the Seaway and is heavily investing in its future , said Mr. Stewart. These new and refitted vessels plying the Seaway are a sign of confidence.

The Seaway is a successful transporter of goods from the heartland of North America to international markets. Last year, the St. Lawrence Seaway recorded its highest overall traffic volume since 1988.

Reported by: St. Lawrence Seaway Authority

Visit the Authority's home page for complete details





Seaway Radio Message No. 2 - 1997

04/04:
MONTREAL-LAKE ONTARIO SECTION
The Montreal-Lake Ontario section opened to navigation today, April 2 at 0800 hours.

The Montreal-Lake Ontario section is generally open water except for a medium ice cover with a broken ships track on Lake St. Francis from the upper entrance of the Beauharnois canal to Lancaster. A broken ice cover exists on the South Shore Canal,and from Snell to one mile above Eisenhower Lock.

Navigation will be restricted to daylight hours until the commissioning of lighted aids has been completed. Mariners are warned to exercise extreme caution in the use of winter markers as the position of the markers may have been affected by ice.

Ice breaker assistance will be available on Lake St. Francis if required.

It is extremely important that vessels transiting through all ice covered areas proceed at the slowest safe speed in order not to disturb the ice fields.

One section of the Prescott-Ogdensburg and one section of the Galop ice boom have been opened providing an opening of 121 meters, the opening is marked with navigation aids. A second section of the Galop boom is being removed today, the channel opening will be 240 m.

WELLAND CANAL

The Welland Canal opened to navigation today, April 2 at 0800 hours.
Both sides of the flight locks are in operation.
Ice conditions are moderate in the eastern half of Lake Erie.

Vessels intending to transit the eastern end of Lake Erie are advised to contact Seaway Long Point or Seaway Welland for current information on ice conditions. Ice breaker assistance will be available if required.

Reported by: St. Lawrence Seaway Authority
Visit the Authority's home page for complete details





More on the opening of the canal

04/04:
The Algocape (Canadian-registry 15,969-gt, 29,709-dwt, 13,472-nt, 223-meter/730-foot bulk carrier built in 1967 by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd. at Lauzon, Quebec; owned and operated by Algoma Central Marine) was the first ship to enter the St. Lawrence Seaway when it opened 2 April. The ship, carrying iron ore to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, entered the system at the St. Lambert Lock at Montreal. Though it was previously thought that high water levels would cause restrictions on night navigation, the levels have lowered and no restrictions are in place.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Griffon to wait off Buffalo for Algomarine

04/03:
The Breaker Griffon is waiting at 9 PM (EST) in the ice off Buffalo for the Algomarine to unload and depart Lackawanna . She is scheduled to leave the dock at 3:30 AM Friday morning.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




First Westbound Cargo Thru Welland Canal Is Cement For Cleveland

04/03:
The cement barge ST. MARYS CEMENT II is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland this afternoon (April 3) with 16,000 tons of cement. This shipment represents the first westbound cargo thru the Welland this season.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Port of Indiana

04/03:
The Port of Indiana saw many familiar faces on Monday and Tuesday as the STEWART J. CORT and the BURNS HARBOR arrived with their first loads this week at Bethlehem Steel,Portage,IN.

Reported by: Kevin Kelley




Thursday sailing dates

04/03:
CHARLES E. WILSON - April 3 departed Sturgeon Bay for Stoneport
SAM LAUD - April 3 departed Toledo for Ecorse
WOLVERINE - April 3 departed Cleveland for Marblehead
COURTNEY BURTON - April 2 departed Toledo for Stoneport

Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Hard Start for Grand Haven MI shipping season

04/03:
The "Wilfred Sykes" , the first ship of the year to enter the Grand Haven Mi harbor, collided with a sea wall near the foot of Franklin Street shortly before 7:00 AM April 2, 1997. The collision damaged some 60 feet of sea wall, and shattered its concrete cap. There was no apparent damage to the "Sykes" which continued on up the channel to a dock in Ferrysburg MI.

In April 1995, the "Elton Hoyt II" damaged the same sea wall - in approximately the same area - when wind caught it's stern as the ship was turning at the rivers bend.

Reported by: John Noonan and William & Barbara Shetterly




News from Saginaw

04/03:
Alpena cleared Saginaw early Wednesday afternoon, she departed the LaFarge dock in Carrollton on Tuesday. Seems there was too much current in the Saginaw River and the tug Gregory J Busch was called to help the Alpena out.

Reported by: Lon W Morgan




Welland Canal Officially Opened for 1997

04/02:
At 11:00 am today Capt. Bud Robinson, master of LOUIS R. DESMARAIS was presented with the top hat to mark the official opening of the Welland Canal during ceremonies at Lock 3 alongside the St. Catharines Historical Museum. The event was watched by an enthusiastic crowd of onlookers including school children and a delegation from Erie, Pennsylvania where the DESMARAIS completed winter drydocking and refit. The ship showed the new Canada Steamship Lines hull colour which is really the red carried by its bulkers in the days when it had bulkers. As well the alignment of stack colours is changed with the black smokeband continuing down the after sude and the white and red following in similar fashion. The ship was in transit from Erie to Bowmanville, Ontario, to load 25,000 metric tons of cement clinker for Detroit, Michigan.

Reported by: David Bull




Abigail Burgess to be launched

04/01:
The U.S. Coast Guard's Ida Lewis-class Coastal Buoy Tender Abigail Burgess (WLM 553) has been rolled out at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis., and will be launched 5 April. WLM 553 is named for the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, who at age 14, kept two lights on an island operating during a storm while caring for her family as well. The ship was ordered in February 1995 with two others at a cost of U.S.$36.5 million.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





More on the Ryerson

04/01:
The Edward L. Ryerson is due in Escanaba on Saturday April 5, to load for Indiana Harbor. The Ryerson has been in long term lay-up at Bay Shipbuilding since January 24,1994.

Reported by: the Jim Grill




Tuesday sailing dates

04/01:
AMERICAN REPUBLIC - April 1 departed Toledo for Ecorse
AMERICAN MARINER - April 1 departed Sturgeon Bay for Marquette
OGLEBAY NORTON - March 27 departed Toledo for Escanaba
ST. MARYS CEMENT - Entered service on March 27


Reported by: the Lake Carriers Association




Port of Toledo starts 1997 season

04/01:
HERBERT C. JACKSON opened the shipping season at the Port of Toledo when she arrived March 31 to load 15,000 tons of coal at the CSX Docks for delivery to the Great Lakes Steel plant in Ecorse, Michigan. JACKSON arrived about 12 hours earlier than expected due to the need for coal at the steel plant. AMERICAN REPUBLIC and CANADIAN TRANSPORT are scheduled to load coal on April 1. The first salt water boat is expected at the port later in the week. More than 800 vessels are expected to call on the Port of Toledo this season.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Oglebay Norton Sailing Dates

04/01:
Wolverine - April 2nd
Courtney Burton - April 2nd
Buckeye-April 3rd

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak





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