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Twin Ports Report

04/30:
Kinsman Independent made its second call of the season April 29 at the General Mills grain elevator in Duluth. The boat is also scheduled to load at the General Mills S elevator in Superior.

Louis R. Desmarais finally departed the Twin Ports April 29 as it left the BNSF taconite dock in Superior. The vessel was drydocked in Superior for several days after damaging its Kort nozzle.

Reported by: Al Miller




Update on the Canadian Transfer

04/30:
Latest reports from the Port Weller Drydocks has the scheduled re-delivery date for the M.V. Canadian Transfer as Friday 7th August 1998. The new vessel, E.R. from Canadian Transfer, cargo holds and bow from the Hamilton Transfer will use the wheelhouse at the forward end. The wheelhouse at the aft end is being removed by Port Weller Dry Docks.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Vessel Delivered to Great Lakes Maritime Academy

04/30:
The Great Lakes Maritime Academy has taken delivery of the 55' former Army Corps of Engineers survey vessel "NorthCentral". The vessel's name has been changed to "Northwestern" to reflect GLMA's affiliation with Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan. A crew of 6 from GLMA is scheduled to depart the COE dock in Detroit at 1600 hours April 29 for the delivery trip to Traverse City. The Northwestern is due in Traverse City at 2000 hours April 30 after a refueling stop in Alpena.

Reported by: Gary Schweitzer




Rumor Mill continues

04/30:
Crew members aboard the E.M. FORD report that there was early talk of her sailing this season, but that is all it was. Reports are that it would cost approximately 1/2 million dollars to put her back into service, a cost the owners did not feel would be worth investing. When asked, "due to the IGLEHART being down for repairs, would ILM put her into service if it was warranted", the reply was: "No, the CRAPO would be used in that case". So, the big question remains; Will the FORD sail for her 100th birthday? Insiders say, not!

This rumor should bounce back and forth until she sails or the season ends.

Reported by: John A. Harris




Today in Great Lakes History - April 30

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

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

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

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

Data from: Jody Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

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




USNPS Ranger III opens 1998

04/29:
The USNPS RANGER III will open the 1998 season to Isle Royale National Park today, April 29th, departing at 0900. This will be the 40th operating season for RANGER III. Cargo includes 20 tons of roofing shingles, Park service small craft, reefer/dry stores and household goods for Park employees and researchers.

Reported by: Bill Hanrahan




Oglebay Norton mailing offer for Global Stone

04/29:
Oglebay Norton Co. said 27 April that on 24 April, it started mailing formal offers to buy all outstanding common shares of Global Stone Corp. for Canadian$7.80 per share. The offer, announced 15 April after a pre-acquisition agreement was signed, will expire 15 May. The manager for the offer is ScotiaMcLeod Inc. and the depositary is Montreal Trust Co. On 27 April, Global Stone began mailing a recommendation to shareholders that they accept the offer.

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





Seaway Shipping Off to a Good Start

04/29:
A mild winter and little spring ice on the St Lawrence River permitted an opening a week earlier that usual. This has made for a very good start according to spokeswoman Rhonda M Worden of the St Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. Traffic has been busy and of the 181 ships so far, 76 have been ocean vessels and 104 have been lakers. These numbers are up compared with last year, when 51 ocean vessels and 98 lake vessels had passed through by this time. Since the Seaway opened in 1958, more than 2 billion tons of cargo have passed through its 13 locks and connecting channels stretching 346 miles from Montreal to Lake Erie. It is estimated that Seaway shipping activity is responsible for nearly 50,000 jobs and has an economic impact on the country of $2.2 billion in personal income, $1.9 billion in business revenues, $102 million in state and local taxes, and $156 million in federal taxes each year. Grain is the largest cargo by volume transported on the Seaway system but traffic has been heavy this year for shipments of steel and iron ore according to Ms. Worden.

Reported by: Joan Baldwin




Drawbridge in Toldeo

04/29:
The Toledo Blade in its April 27 edition reported that the excursion vessel Christopher Columbus, which called in Toledo last year during its Great Lakes excursions, will this year bypass Toledo for Detroit. A major reason, according to the article, was the delay encountered at the CSX Railroad drawbridge when attempting to leave the Maumee River for Lake Erie. The article went on to mention that delays at two of the three railroad drawbridges are often reported by freight and passenger ship captains. The Conrail and CSX drawbridges, which must receive permission from railroad dispatchers in Dearborn, MI and Jacksonville, FL respectively to open were cited most often. The NS bridge, which is under the control of a local Toledo dispatcher, was cited rarely, if at all. Sometimes, ship captains do not even bother to file complaints with the Coast Guard, claiming that their complaints are never acted upon. One captain noted that no action would be taken "until someone clips one." (a bridge)

Reported by: Jim Flury




E.M. Ford Fit-Out ?

04/29:
The "Rumor Mill" is again in full gear regarding the boats. The hot one now is that ILM is going to fit-out the E.M. Ford and send her to each of the companies' 12 delivery ports in celebration of her 100th birthday. We all hope that this one unfolds.

Reported by: Todd L. Davidson




Cornelius Reports Fire

04/29:
Last Friday the captain of the Adam E. Cornelius radioed to Soo Control that a fire had started on Neebish Island (in the St. Mary's River). Most of the residents of the Island and part of the Chippewa County Fire Department worked for 8 hours to save a large part of the Island and get the fire under control.

Reported by: Norm Scott




Carferry Works Sessions

04/29:
The first session will be held from Tuesday, May 6th through Sunday, May 10th. The second session will begin on Tuesday, June 30th, and continue until Sunday, July 5th. Both sessions will begin at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, and last through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. During the work sessions, members can work on the project(s) of their choices. These range from work aboard the boat (painting, plumbing, electrical, etc) to work in the community (passing out brochures, picking up supplies, etc). Priority work during the May work session will be towards completing our exterior hull painting project. Interior painting preparations will be made in the engine room, flicker, and steering station compartments. Limited work is needed in the engine room and flicker, to prepare these areas for visitors once the ship is opened to the public.

On Saturday, May 9th, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., the S.P.C.M. will host a member open house aboard the carferry. This event is free to S.P.C.M. members, and $5.00 for guests. The schedule for the open house will be as follows: 12:00-12:50 p.m. Tours of ship. 1:00-1:50 p.m. Brats and S.P.C.M. souvenirs available. 2:00-3:20 p.m. S.P.C.M. Key Members will update everyone on status of carferry3:30-4:50 p.m. Members may bring their own slides or videos for showing. Members must bring their own carousel trays-a Kodak carousel projector, slide screen, T.V. and V.C.R. will be provided. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Wrap-up and tours of the ship.

The June 30th to July 5th work sessions will focus on restoration of the aft-pilot house and other interior work. Exterior and car deck painting may also be done as needed.

Our goal for this week will be to get the ship in shape for our annual Fourth of July fireworks outing.

The July 4th fireworks outing will begin at 6:00 p.m. July 4th. Brats and souvenirs will be availablefrom 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tours of the ship will only be available at 8:30 p.m.. The Elberta fireworks begin at dusk. Last year, over 70 members and guests attended this event. There is nocost for members to attend. Guests may attend for $5.00 a person. We hope to host other work sessions during the course of the summer. Due to problems scheduling sessions in advance, volunteers are needed to supervise the sessions. Once sufficient volunteers can be obtained, we could publish a regular work session schedule. If you are interested in working aboard the carferry, please call George Micka at (616) 759-6328 or during work sessions at the carferry (616) 352-6150.

Reported by: Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee




Today in Great Lakes History - April 29

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

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

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

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

Data from: Jody Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

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




Busy day for the Twin Ports

04/28:
April 27 was a busy day for grain shipping in the Twin Ports. Canadian Ranger was loading at Harvest States 1 in Superior, Gunay A was loading at Peavey Connors Point in Superior, Atlantic Hickory was unloading at Duluth's Cargill B2 elevator and Federal Frasier was due in to AGP in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller




More on the Barker in Drydock

04/28:
Reports from the shipyard indicate that the repairs are to the Kaye E. Barker's hub and tailshaft, the tailshaft was not bent as it was reported. The vessel is also under going her 5 year survey and a paint job.

Reported by: Dan Ocean




News from the Seaway

04/28:
Lately, a few interesting ships transited the Seaway. One of them was the tug ESCORT PROTECTOR bought from West coasts interests by McKeil Marine a few months ago. She was towing a barge assisted by another McKeil tug, possibly the GLENEVIS which spent the winter months in Montreal. ESCORT PROTECTOR is a twin to their JOHN SPENCE and was built in 1972 at New Westminster, B.C. by star Shipyards Ltd. Grossing 718 t., she carried four other names since 1972. She started life as Nordic VI when built for Nordic Offshore Services. One year later, Fednav Ltd. bouht her and was renamed Fednav 6. In 1981, Seafed Avalon was the new name applied by new owners Federal Commerce & Navigation. Two years later, she was renamed Arctic Mallik by Arctic Transportation who sold her in 1990 to Somnus Enterprises No.10 Ltd. of Vancouver becoming then Escort Protector for operation by Northwest Navigation Ltd. of Vancouver.

Another transit was the excursion vessel UGLYDUCK on her delivery trip to Chicago. Her gross tonnage is 97 t. I have no other datas on that one at this time.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Trader on the Buffalo River

04/28:
The Enerchem Trader made a successful trip up the Buffalo River with the tugs New Jersey and Mississippi on the evening of the 26th. She was seen outbound at South Park Ave., being towed backwards to the Republic Steel Turning Basin at 7PM on the 27th. She is currently filling in for the Stephen Reinauer who is on her way to Buffalo from New York City and is due in on May 3rd.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Power Loss

04/28:
The Calcite plant at Rogers City, MI was without power Friday night and part of Saturday, causing several scheduled vessels to reroute to other destinations. A spokesman at the front gate stated the next arrival would be the JOSEPH H. FRANTZ at 10:00pm, Saturday. This was a definate inconvenience to boatwatchers, like myself, whom traveled far for naught.

Reported by: John A. Harris




Niagara remembered

04/28:
As part of the Historic Preservation and Wisconsin Archaeology Week from 9 May to 18 May, "Fire on the Lake: The Wreck of the Steamship Niagara" will be presented from 1000 to 1400 16 May at Harrington Beach State Park in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. Slide and video footage will remember the Niagara, which caught fire and sank on 24 Sept., 1856, about 0.8 kilometers/0.5 miles offshore and 14 kilometers/8.5 miles north of Port Washington, Wis. Between 100 and 165 people were killed. The sidewheel passenger steamer left Sheboygan, Wis., about 1400 and was lost two hours later. The 68.6-meter/225-foot vessel is in 15 meters/50 feet of water with 7.9 meters/26 feet over the wreck.

A state park sticker is required. For information, telephone 414-285-3015. For information on other activities during the week, call Megan Matthews at the Wisconsin State Historical Society, 608-264-6501.

Reported by: Steve Schultz

From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





USNSCS Grayfox Dedicated

04/28:
The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. ship GRAYFOX was dedicated on April 26 at a commissioning ceremony held in the Mariners Church near the Hart Plaza in Detroit.

The ship was donated to the Sea Cadet program by the US Navy at Jacksonville, FL. She was built in Marinette, WI in 1985 designated TWR 825 Torpedo Weapons retriever. She measures out at a length of 120', beam of 25' and draught (FLD) of 7'6". Twin 1100hp Caterpillar Diesels are her power.

After the dedication, she sailed to her new home port of Port Huron at a site on the Black River. Captain of the GRAYFOX is LCDR William Barnhardt NSCC.

Reported by: John Meyland




Lake Ontario Water Regulation

04/28:
Update on Lake Ontario Water Regulation -Monday, April 27, 1998
The flow of the Ottawa River into Lake St. Louis continues to decline. This morning, the Lake St. Louis level at Pointe Claire was at 22.17 m. The downstream water level condition is considered no longer a constraint in the Lake Ontario outflow.

Several small increases in the Lake Ontario outflow took place the past few days. On April 24, the flow was increased from 9500 m3/s to 9600 m3/s. The next day, the flow was increased to 9700 m3/s. Yesterday, two flow increases raised the outflow to 9900 m3/s.

The current outflow of 9900 m3/s is also the maximum allowable amount specified by the L-Limit in Regulation Plan 1998. Plan 1998's L-Limit defines the maximum allowable Lake Ontario outflow while maintaining acceptable velocities and sufficient water depths in the international reach of the St. Lawrence River for Seaway navigation.

The daily mean Lake Ontario level yesterday was 75.44 m. The highest daily level this year to-date was 75.46 m, which first occurred on April 17 and last on April 23. No significant amount of rain is forecasted for the Lake Ontario basin in the next few days. We expect that the level of Lake Ontario will continue to decline very slowly.
Prepared by the Regulation Representatives

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - April 28

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

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

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

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

Data from: Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Algorail breaks loose

04/27:
There were a few tense hours yesterday morning at the Marblehead Stone Dock. The Algorail arrived early Sunday morning and began loading with no problems. At about 1030 the winds unexpectedly picked up to 20-30mph out of the northeast. Apparently she parted a stern wire and a piece of poly line. The stern swung off the dock 40-60 feet. They got her back against the dock and got her boom back in. The surge was bad enough that they could not put any crew on the dock to let off the wires. They held the boat close to the dock as they could using both bow and stern thrusters and the main engine. C.G. Station Marblehead got a 44' MLB underway and picked up some crew from the starboard gangway which was in the lee. The Coast Guard took the crew back to the Station which is next door to the loading dock. The crew was transported by land to the dock and were able to get the lines off and the boat departed safely.

As of 1500 Sunday the crew was still at Station Marblehead and the Algorail was in the lee waiting for the weather to improve.

Reported by: Brian McCune




Winds Cause Delay

04/27:
Strong winds April 26 on western Lake Superior caused delays and kept shipmasters alert. Edwin H. Gott and Roger Blough anchored off Two Harbors, waiting for the winds to drop before entering port. Frontenac dropped anchor off Superior rather than try Superior Entry in the winds. In Duluth, Algosound and St. Clair both found entering port to be a challenge in the winds, which were around 41 mph. Adding to the difficulty was a saltie moored in the harbor's inner anchorage and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., which was departing the Midwest Energy Terminal at the same time the two vessels were entering port. Algosound had trouble turning and making the dock at St. Lawrence Cement, prompting its master to apologetically ask the McCarthy and St. Clair to hold up for several minutes.

Reported by: Al Miller




Twin Ports Round up

04/27:
Louis R. Desmarais is scheduled to leave Fraser Shipyards roughly between 6 and 8 a.m. April 27. Radio traffic indicated the vessel may load at the DMIR ore dock before departing. It was in Fraser for repairs to its Kort nozzle.

Also, Canada Steamship Lines is making the best of a bad situation by giving the Louis R. Desmarais a fresh coat of paint while she under goes repairs.

The Lee A. Tregurtha was unloading at the Cutler Stone dock in Superior yesterday. This is a some what rare ship for the twin ports and even more rare for that dock.

Reported by: Al Miller and Glenn Blaszkiewicz




Enerchem Trader to Buffalo

04/27:
The ENERCHEM TRADER was due at the wall in Buffalo Harbor heading up to Mobil yesterday at 1730. This may be the first trip up the river for an Enerchem boat.

She is making this run after the Emerald Star attempted entry up River on Tuesday but was too high to clear the bridges.

Reported by: Tom Coonly




Tow Arrives

04/27:
The big Great Lakes Towing tug Ohio arrived in Milwaukee with the tugs Kentucky & Virginia late Thursday afternoon. They were completing the last leg of a Great Lakes cruise that saw them deliver replacement tugs to Sault Ste. Marie and Chicago, as well as return the refurbished Chicago fireboat to its home port. The Ohio departed Milwaukee with the tugs Washington & Kentucky later in the evening bound for Cleveland.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Barker in Shipyard

04/27:
The Kaye E. Barker was reported in dry dock in Sturgeon Bay for a bent propeller shaft, it is not known at this time how it got bent. The vessel went in on the 17th and should be out around the 28th. Reports are that they will use the MAUTHE propeller shaft and propeller. Crews are working around the clock trying to get her ready. They are also going to give her a paint job while in dry-dock.

Reported by: Wayne Oien




Legislation to preserve lighthouses introduced

04/27:
U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wis., introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives last week to preserve two 19th-century lighthouses in the Apostle Island National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. The Outer Island and Raspberry Island Lighthouses were built during the U.S. Civil War and are said to be in jeopardy due to erosion.

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





Sanctity of Grave Kills Plan to Blast Ship for Ignots

04/27:
The Canadian government will not permit a salvage company to carry out a controversal plan to dynamite a sunken ocean liner in a bid to recover nickel ingots, a federal official said Thursday. The ignots worth an estimated $700,000 are in the hold of the Empress of Ireland, a Canadian Pacific liner that sank in the St Lawrence River in May 1914 after a collision with a Norwegian coal ship. The liner sank in 15 minutes, killing 1,014 people, including 150 leaders and band members from the Canadian branch of the Salvation Army. Only 463 people survived.

A coalition of museum officials, marine archaeologists and the Salvation Army had appealed to the government to stop the salvage operation. Andy Mitchell, the federal secretary of state for parks, said Thursday that it is illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada to interfere with human remains, including the skeletons still aboard the sunken wreck. Mitchell said, "I will therefore be working in a timely manner with my Quebec colleagues to ensure that, if necessary, the law will be applied and the desecration of the site will not occur."
[Watertown Daily Times, April 24,1998]

Reported by: Joan Baldwin




Today in Great Lakes History - April 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

On April 27, 1953, the Reserve entered service.

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

Data from: Jody Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Today in Great Lakes History - April 26

ALGOWEST was launched April 26, 1982.

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

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

CANADOC was launched April 26, 1961.

BENSON FORD (1) was launched in 1924.



Data from: Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Today in Great Lakes History - April 25

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

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

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

BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS was launched April 25, 1942.

WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE was launched April 25, 1908.

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

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

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

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

Data from: Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

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

04/24:
Work continues on repairing the LOUIS R. DESMARAIS in Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The damage is to her propeller and Kort nozzle. Cause of damage remains under investigation. She may have passed through a shallow spot in the harbor or sucked some submerged object through the nozzle. She will likely remain in the yard the next couple of days.

Reported by: Thom Holden




Star too Tall

04/24:
The Emerald Star attempted entry up the Buffalo River on Tuesday but her air draft was too high for lift bridges. She was unable to make the trip and it is unknown where she headed.

Reported by: Tom Coonly




Algoway in Marquette

04/24:
Seaway Self-Unloader, ALGOWAY, made uncommon back-to-back trips to Marquette on April 20 and 22 loading taconite for Algoma Soo. Canadian visits are normally by ALGOMARINE and ALGOSTEEL.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Algoport Spots Brush Fire

04/24:
Wednesday around 9:00 PM the M/V ALGOPORT called into Sarnia Traffic to report a brush fire in the St. Clair flats. It was rather amusing since you don't usually get brush fire reports from a ship.

Reported by: Scott Tomlinson




Fuel in Duluth

04/24:
Murphy Oil USA Inc. has agreed to build a ship refueling station at the Duluth port terminal and hopes to have it operating by September, the Duluth News-Tribune reported April 23.

Duluth-Superior have been without a regular refueling service since last year, when Koch Industries sold its Reiss Marine fuel tanker to a Mexican company. Reiss Marine was a common sight around the Twin Ports for many years as it refueled lakers and salties at their loading berths. Koch reportedly sold it because the single-hull vessel faced growing liability costs and environmental regulatons following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. Since its departure, ships have been fueling by tank trucks, a time-consuming process.

Murphy's plan calls for it to sign a complex 20-year lease. it will renovate an existing building at the terminal and install four large bulk tanks capable of holding up to half a million gallons of No. 2 and No. diesel fuel. The fuel will be trucked in from Murphy's refinery in Superior. Ship's entering or leaving port will pull alongside the terminal dock and load fuel through a swinging boom.

Reported by: Al Miller




ASC contributes to library branch

04/24:
American Steamship Co. has donated U.S.$3,347 to the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., branch of the American Merchant Marine Library Association, which places publications aboard vessels in the North American Great Lakes. The money was raised through the company's annual charity raffle.

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





A.W.O. mandates program for members

04/24:
American Waterways Operators has adopted a no-tolerance policy for towing operations of its members, which will now have to comply with the group's Responsible Carrier Program. New members will have to comply within two years of joining and current members must take action by 1 Jan., 2000. Third-party audits will be done to confirm the compliance. The program, begun as a voluntary system in 1994, mandates requirements for equipment handling, management and training.

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





ABS funds fellowship

04/24:
The American Bureau of Shipping has established an annual fellowship at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. The fellowship recognizes the International Maritime Organization's 50th anniversary and will pay for tuition for a master's of science degree in maritime safety and enivronmental protection.

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





Today in Great Lakes History - April 24

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

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

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

Data from: Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

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




More on the Desmarais

04/23:
On Tuesday the Louis R. Desmarais entered Frasership Yards for unknown repairs. Reports are that the Louis R. Desmarais lost three prop blades. No word on how long it will take to fix.

Reported by: Glenn Blaszkiewicz




Oglebay Norton Loses steering

04/23:
The M/V OGLEBAY NORTON blew not one but two hydraulic lines while heading downbound in the St. Mary's River System. Again a vessel's emergency stern anchor was deployed for the second time in one day here on the St. Mary's. Getting the initial problem fixed the first time wasn't the charm as they had to repeat the procedure once more about an hour later. Steering was affected and lost both times, but after rectifying the problem she made it back underway again.

Reported by: Jonathan Kelly




Flordia in Northern Michigan?

04/23:
Although spring like temperatures have reached the northland around Sault Ste. Marie, is it far from Flordia. That is unless you mean the TUG FLORDIA owned by Great Lakes Towing. She replaces the MAINE who is going to serve in South Chicago.

Reported by: Jonathan Kelly




Indiana Harbor Sightings

04/23:
A rare visit to Indiana Harbor on Tuesday, the ATLANTIC HURON was spotted unloading her cargo into Inland Steel's hopper at their 7 H dock. Her registry is Montreal. The WILFRED SYKES also arrived around 23:30 Tuesday night. Today we expect to see the ADAM E.CORNEILUS at Indiana Harbor. On Friday the JOESPH H. THOMPSON and the STEWART J. CORT are schedualed to arrive at 02:00. The CORT at Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor and the JOE T. at LTV Steel in Indiana Harbor. The HERBERT C. JACKSON plans on being in Burns Harbor on Sunday at 02:00 and the EDWARD L. RYERSON 07:00 at Indiana Harbor

Reported by: Kevin Kelley




Tow Arrives

04/23:
The City of Midland 41 tow arrived in Sturgeon Bay yesterday morning where it is expected that the "notch" for the tug will be fitted to the former carferry.

Speaking of the tug, the new pilot house was installed on the former King's Pointer today.

Reported by: Max S. Hanley




Today in Great Lakes History - April 23

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

The FORT YORK was commissioned April 23, 1958.

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

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

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

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Provider Loses Power

04/22:
The CANADIAN PROVIDER lost her power near Big Point (St. Mary's River) while approaching the locks downbound yesterday.

The stern anchor was dropped to bring the ship under control but the anchor and 200 feet of chain was lost. The Provider was able to tie above the locks and after the water depth in the lock approaches was checked, things returned to normal. The Provider resumed her downbound passage around 14:30.

The ALGONOVA arrived at the Government Dock in Soo Ontario at 06:30 on the 20th and is expected to depart this morning.

Reported by: Scott McLellan




Under Tow

04/22:
The City of Midland 41 is officially gone since she was pulled out of Muskegon yesterday afternoon. She was pulled by two tugs from Sturgeon Bay, one was the Mary Page Hannah (One that pulled from Ludington on the first trip.) She was under tow across Muskegon lake at 4:00 p.m. and cleared the pier head at about 4:45 p.m.

Reported by: Mike Modderman




Canadian Boat Enters Fraser

04/22:
After pausing at the Duluth port terminal on April 20, Louis R. Desmarais moved into Fraser Shipyards in Superior on the afternoon of April 21. Canadian vessels rarely enter the Fraser yard.

Reported by: Al Miller




Drummond Islander II Arrives

04/22:
sometime in the last two days, MCM Marine's Drummond Islander II showed up in Holland. Yesterday she was tied up at the foot of Dock Street. Her business in Holland is unknown.

Reported by: Robert VandeVusse




Door County to host maritime events in May

04/22:
Several maritime events are planned as part of Door County, Wisconsin's,Festival of Blossoms next month.

On 9 May, Bay Shipbuilding Co. and Palmer Johnson Inc. in Sturgeon Bay will be open for self-guided tours sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club. The hours are 1000 to 1600 and admission is U.S.$5 for adults and U.S.$2 for children.

On 16 and 17 May, from 0900 to 1600, the Fifth Annual Door County Lighthouse Walk will be held. Five lighthouses can be toured for U.S.$10 per adult and U.S.$5 for ages 5 to 17, while boat access to five others will be available. They include: Sherwood Point (1883), at Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay, which will have its normally-closed grounds open; the Canal Station (1899) at the Lake Michigan entrance to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, which will open its grounds; the Range Lights (1869) in Baileys Harbor will be open; Cana Island north of Baileys Harbor will have its keeper's house open but access will be by shuttle bus; and Eagle Bluff (1868) in Peninsula State Park will be open for U.S.$3.

Chambers Island Light (1858) will be part of a five-hour tour that starts with a departure on the Quo Vadis from Fish Creek, twice on 16 May at 0800 and 1310 and 17 May at 1030. Each includes a 2.4-kilometer/1.5-mile hike each way. The cost is U.S.$25 and reservations are required. Telephone 920-743-5958.

The Yankee Clipper will provide a boat and walking tour of the Pilot and Plum Island lights. Two trips will leave daily from Gills Rock at 0930 and 1310. Cost is U.S.$12 for adults and U.S.$7 for children 4 to 11. Telephone 920-854-2972.

Pottawatomie Lighthouse (1836) will be accessible by the Washington Island ferry (800-223-2094) and the Karfi fery (920-847-2252) from Washington to Rock Island. The Island Clipper is offering a tour past St. Marin and Poverty Islands to Rock Island for lunch and a 1.6-kilometer/one-mile walk each way to the light. Plum and Pilot will be circled on the return. Lighthouse historian Steve Karges will provide narration. The tour leaves Gills Rock at 0900 both days and returns at 1500. Telephone 920-854-2972. Cost is U.S.$25 for adults and U.S.$15 for children 4 to 11.

For other lighthouse information, telephone 920-743-5958. The walk is sponsored by the Door County Maritime Museum.

From 29 to 31 May, the schooner Madeline will visit Fish Creek and sunset cruises will be ofered from the Town Dock from 1900 to 2100. Donations of U.S.$25 for adults and U.S.$10 for children under 12 with an adult are accepted. Tours will be given of the vessel on 30 and 31 May from 1100 to 1700. Donations of U.S.$3 for adults and U.S.$1 for children under 12 are encouraged. The 28-meter/92-foot ship is a replica of a vessel that sailed northern Lake Michigan until the mid-1800s. The visit is sponsored by the Gibraltar Historic Association, Town of Gibraltar, Fish Creek Civic Association and Friends of Gibraltar.

Finally, from 9 May to 27 Sept., the Door County Maritime Museum will have an exhibit in its Mezzanine Gallery highlighting the past 150 years of Wisconsin maritime history. On 23 May and 30 May, actors will provide visitors with history in period costumes and a special program on schooners will be offered to children. Museum hours are 0900 to 1800.

Reported by: Steve Schultz

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 22

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

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

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

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

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Seaway update

04/21:
The CSL Laker NANTICOKE is returning to the St Lawrence after a winter down south which included some refit work in dry Dock in Vera Cruz. She was expected to arrive at the L'Escoumins Pilot Station in the St Lawrence River below Quebec last night, enroute to Montreal.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Update on Lake Ontario Regulation

04/21:
Monday, April 20, 1998
The flows of the Ottawa River and other tributaries into Lake St. Louis continue to decline. On Saturday, the Lake Ontario outflow was increased from 9200 m3/s to 9300 m3/s. Yesterday (Sunday), it was increased to 9500 m3/s . At present, the Lake St. Louis level at Pointe Claire is slightly below flood stage.

The daily mean Lake Ontario levels for the period April 11-19 are: 75.43, 75.43, 75.43, 75.44, 75.44, 75.45, 75.46, 75.45 and 75.45 m. The estimate for today?s mean level is 75.45 m. There are indications that the lake may have peaked last Friday but it is still too early to tell.

Due to the continuing very high flows from Lake Erie, we expect that the current Lake Ontario level will undergo very little change for several more days, and that the subsequent decline will be slow. For comparison, in 1997, Lake Ontario peaked at 75.37 m during the period May 18-25. In 1993, the level peaked at 75.65 m during the period May 2-8.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - April 21

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

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

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

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

HOMER D. WILLIAMS was launched in 1917.



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Hamilton Transfer in Dry Dock

04/20:
HAMILTON TRANSFER has been moved from Pier 12 in Hamilton, Ontario and is now in a drydock at Pier 14 shipyard. Her aft cabins have been removed down to deck level, and everything forward of the aft cabins is freshly painted with black on the hull and white on the cabins. She has CANADIAN TRANSFER stenciled on her bow, but still has HAMILTON TRANSFER on the stern.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Tow Planned

04/20:
It is planned that the Former City of Midland will be towed to Sturgeon Bay to complete her conversion on Tuesday.

Reported by: Mike Modderman




Elberta Village Council Turns Down SPCM's Request

04/20:
The Board of Directors of the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee will made their proposal to the Elberta Village Council on Thursday, April 16th. In spite of obvious overwhelming public support for the carferry in the form of letters, phone calls, and a pettition drive which netted over 250 signatures, 52 of which from Elberta residents, the council turned down the Society's request.

The S.S. City of Milwaukee, a National Historic Lankmark, has been served with an eviction notice from the Village of Elberta effective April 19, 1998.

The Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee asks that you send your letters of support to:
The Elberta Village Council
P.O. Box 8
151 Pearson Elberta, MI 49628
or call: Gregory Jenks at (616) 352-6325

Complete details of the Elberta Village Council meeting can be found at the SPCM website, http://www.carferry.com.




Tug Ohio and tow

04/20:
The Tug Ohio passed upbound throught Port Huron yesterday, with the tugs Florida and Indiana in tow. Bringing up the rear was a fireboat with no name. The group was heading for DeTour and then to Chicago.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Today in Great Lakes History - April 20

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

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 19

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

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

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

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL was launched April 19, 1954.

RICHARD TRIMBLE was launched April 19, 1913.

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

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

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Update on the Emerald Star

04/18:
The EMERALD STAR was back at the Total docks in Bay City on Friday. The damage she suffered from her recent collision with the AGAWA CANYON was substantial. A dock worker at Total said the 20-30 foot gash on her port fore-section was filled with cement as a temporary fix. There was also large scrapes and a big dent near her bow anchor.

Reported by: John A. Harris




Iglehart in for Inspection

04/18:
Last week the J.A.W. Igleheart entered the Fraser Shipyard for her 5-Year inspection. She will remain in Superior until later this month. She entered The shipyard after delivering a load to the LaFarge Cement terminal.

Reported by: J.K.




Regulars in Duluth

04/18:
Duluth's DMIR ore dock is seeing its usual mixed bag of callers this season. Joe Block called April 16 to load while Arthur M. Anderson was there to unload stone. Cason J. Callaway will unload stone there April 17. Louis R. Desmarais and Adam E. Cornelius are due in to load April 20.

Reported by: Al Miller




Court moving ahead with Harbor Maintenance Tax refunds

04/18:
The U.S. Court of International Trade has placed a two-year statute of limitations on shippers that seek refunds of U.S. Harbor Maintenance Tax payments made on export cargoes. Refunds will be paid with interest to shippers that file varifiable claims. More than 4,000 claims have been filed. The court has ordered that the U.S. government design a claim form by 6 May and decide what kind of proof of payment will be needed.

On 31 March, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Harbor Maintenance Tax unconstitutional. The unanimous ruling struck down a federal regulation passed in 1986 that collects money on exports from any U.S. port to fund maintenance of ports. A tax of 0.125 percent was levied on the value of any cargoes handled at U.S. ports.

Reported by: Steve Schultz

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Montreal gets dredging approval

04/18:
Montreal has receved permission from the Canadian government to dredge sections of the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
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Update on Lake Ontario Regulation

04/18:
Friday, April 17, 1998
The flows of the Ottawa River and other tributaries into Lake St. Louis continue to decline. On Tuesday night, the Lake Ontario outflow was increased from 8900 m3/s to 9000 m3/s. Yesterday afternoon, it was increased to 9200 m3/s . At present, the Lake St. Louis level at Pointe Claire is slightly below flood stage.

Yesterday?s daily Lake Ontario level reading was 75.45 m, about 57 cm higher than average for this time of year. There was heavy rain in parts of the Lake Ontario basin yesterday and this no doubt helped raise the lake one centimetre from the previous day. Nonetheless, we believe the lake level has just about stabilized unless significant rainfall returns in the next 5-10 days. If indeed Lake Ontario has peaked, the subsequent decline in the level will be slow, due to the continuing very high flows from Lake Erie.

The accumulated over-discharge deviations are 23540 m3/s-weeks, equivalent to 73 cm lowering effect relative to Plan 1958-D. The computed pre-project level is 75.94 m, which is 50 cm higher than the actual level.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - April 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Update on the Agawa Canyon

04/17:
After colliding with the EMERALD STAR on the 10th of April, the AGAWA CANYON arrived at Crow Island in Saginaw, MI., Thursday morning. Her scars from the collision were quite noticeable and included one large dent (approx. 12 ft. sq. in diameter) near the port bow, as well as 2 small wrinkles next to corporate logo. Besides the aforementioned damage, it was business as usual for the AGAWA CANYON.

Still no word on why the vessels collided. Reports are that a tape of the incident clearly shows the loaded Agawa Canyon veering from her normal approach along the south wall across the canal to strike the smaller Emerald Star, then exiting the Poe Lock. Neither the video image or still photos of the ensuing collision suggest a reason for the larger vessel to veer across the canal.

Reported by: John A. Harris




Regulars in Duluth

04/17:
With the season now well under way, the regulars -- Paul Tregurtha, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Columbia Star -- are back on their run to Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior. Paul Tregurtha and Indiana Harbor called there April 15. Due next are Canadian Transport April 17, Walter J. McCarthy jr. April 19, Paul R. Tregurtha April 20 and Columbia Star April 20. Canadian Transport already has made several trips to the coal dock this season and may soon establish itself among the other regular callers.

Reported by: Al Miller




More vessels Sail

04/17:
Yesterday saw the last U.S. grain boat, the KINSMAN INDEPENDENT depart Buffalo to load in Duluth.

Also sailing was the MEDUSA CHALLENGER from Milwaukee to Charlevoix.

Reported by: Lakes Carriers' Association




U.S. Coast Guard proposes ballast water regulation

04/17:
The U.S. Coast Guard proposed a regulation and voluntary guidelines on 16 April to control the introduction of foreign aquatic species into U.S. waters by vessels. Foreign species that have "invaded" in recent years through ballast water include Asian clams, hydrilla, purple loosestrife and zebra mussels.

The proposed regulation calls for mandatory reporting and sampling for almost all vessels entering U.S. waters after voyages from foreign locations or other nearshore areas beyond the open ocean. It will implement the U.S. National Invasive Species Act of 1996, amend existing regulations for the U.S. Great Lakes and establish voluntary ballast water exchange guidelines for all other U.S. waters.

Comments on the regulation are due by 9 June. They can be sent to Docket Management Facility, (USCG-98-3423), U.S. Department of Transportation, Room PL 401, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590. Additional information is available from Lt. Larry Greene, U.S. Coast Guard project manager, Office of Response (G-MOR), 2100 Second St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20593-0001. Greene can be contacted by telephone at 202-267-0500 or facsimile at 202-267-4547. An Internet notice can be found at (www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html).

Reported by: Steve Schultz

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 17

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

STADACONA (2) was launched April 17, 1929.

On April 17, 1977, the Algolake entered service.

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New Great Lakes "JARC" (Jones Act Record Cargo) In March

04/16:
Cargo movement in March by Great Lakes Jones Act carriers has established a new modern-day record for the domestic trades on the nation's Fourth Seacoast. Shipments of dry- and liquid-bulk cargos in U.S.-Flag lakers totaled 3.7 million net tons. It is entirely possible that this is the highest March "float" in the history of Great Lakes shipping, with the possible exception of the year-round navigation demonstration program of the mid-1970s.

This fast start comes on the heels of a record-setting 1997 navigation season. Jones Act lakers moved more than 125 million net tons of dry- and liquid-bulk cargo last year.

The most significant increase in March came in the stone trade. With a mild winter in the region, several stone docks resumed shipping two or so weeks ahead of schedule, and as a result, U.S.-Flag stone cargos neared half a million tons.

Iron ore cargos in U.S. bottoms totaled 2,562,734 net tons, an increase of 27.3 percent compared to a year ago. Including iron ore moved on Cleveland's Cuyahoga River in February, the season-to-date total for U.S.-Flag iron ore is 2.7 million tons, an increase of 34.5 percent.

Lakes Jones Act operators had 58 of their 70 vessels in service as April began and 62 as of today. Two more ships, a grain carrier and cement carrier, should resume operations within the next few days. Only two U.S.-Flag lakers are uncertain of their sail dates for 1998. The straight-decker KINSMAN ENTERPRISE is available if demand for grain warrants her activation. The cement carrier E. M. FORD can likewise be put in service if demand so requires.

Reported by: Lakes Carriers' Association




Seaway News

04/16:
Other interesting ships to go up the Seaway lately are PETROLIA DESGAGNES which departed the Port of Quebec for her maiden trip on April 13 for Morrisburg, Ont. where she arrived two days later. There was also lately the passenger ferries KATRAN-1 and WATERWAYS I both going to Toronto on their delivery trip. The first one, Panamanian-flag, is an hydrofoil and the second one, Maltese-flag, a catamaran. During the night of April 14-15, ALGONOVA left Montreal for the Great Lakes after unloading at the Shell Oil dock. I do not know her destination yet.

A new cruise ship to be seen in the Seaway this year will be the GRANDE MARINER operated by American Canadian Caribbean Line of Warren, R.I. She is expected in Montreal for her first cruise on July 5.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




News from Buffalo

04/16:
The Mackinaw will be open for tours at the Erie Basin on the Buffalo River from 1 to 5PM on the 17th of April.

Also in the Buffalo news department: As of the night of the 15th the Kinsman Independent is lit from stem to stern at her dock at the Lake and Rail Elevator and should be going down river any day.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Southern Lake Michigan Report

04/16:
The CANADIAN VENTURE should have departed Inland Steel by now, as she arrived Sunday morning in Indiana Harbor. I'm sure her load was put on hold until the EDWARD L. RYERSON finished unloading her cargo on Tuesday. (4-14) Upcoming visitors this weekend include: WILFRED SYKES, HERBERT C. JACKSON, ST. CLAIR, RYERSON, STEWART J. CORT, MEDUSA CHALLENGER, and a few more.

Reported by: Kevin Kelley




American Steamship Enters 1998 Season

04/16:
During the third week of March, American Steamship Company entered the 1998 navigation season with the first active vessel of its fleet of 11 self-unloaders with total carrying capacity of 400,000 deadweight. This is the largest carrying capacity of any fleet operating on the Great Lakes, and includes three 1000-foot carriers, one of which (George A. Stinson) is managed.

Most of the ASC self-unloaders were active by April 1, with the last two being the Sam Laud from Sturgeon bay shipyard on April 2 and the John J. Boland from Superior on April 8.

During the past winter, ASC installed new Sperry adaptive digital gyroscope steering control systems on its Charles E. Wilson and H. Lee White.

The following masters and chief engineers have been assigned to the 11 self-unloaders operated by ASC:
Indiana Harbor -Capt. J. VanDongenCh. Eng. D. Bertrand, Sr.
Walter J. McCarthy -Capt. L. SmythCh. Eng. K. Sloor
George A. Stinson -Capt. R. GallagherCh. Eng. T. Sufak
St. Clair -Capt. F. ParsonsCh. Eng. F. Mulvahill
American Mariner -Capt. C. DavisCh. Eng. C. Campbell
H. Lee White -Capt. P. JimesonCh. Eng. M. Marteny
Charles E. Wilson -Capt. C. WerdaCh. Eng. K. Marcelle
American Republic -Capt. T. Kehl/W. MillarCh. Eng. J. Martinson
Buffalo -Capt. D. KortmanCh. Eng. M. Lamp
Sam Laud -Capt. H. PersonCh. Eng. A. Desmond
John J. Boland -Capt. D. DembnyCh. Eng. P. Baker


Reported by: Dave Wobser




Oglebay Norton Signs Agreement to Acquire Global Stone Corporation

04/16:
Oglebay Norton Company announced yesterday it has signed an agreement with Global Stone Corporation of Oakville, Ontario, Canada pursuant to which Oglebay Norton will make a tender offer for all the common shares of Global Stone. Global Stone is the fifth largest producer of lime in North America, and had net revenues of Cdn. $151 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1997.

Oglebay Norton's offer price for the Global Stone Shares will be Cdn. $7.80 per share, payable in cash. There are approximately 32 million common shares outstanding, including option shares. Oglebay Norton officials said that it is anticipated that the bid will be mailed to Global Stone's shareholders on or before April 27, 1998. Completion of the bid will be subject to certain terms and conditions, including a minimum tender of two- thirds of the shares outstanding. Both companies noted that the transaction could be completed by May 31, 1998.

``We believe that Global Stone is an excellent strategic fit, and advances our stated desire to grow through selected value-added acquisitions,'' stated John N. Lauer, Oglebay Norton's president and chief executive officer.

``The Acquisition of this well-managed company combined with our current industrial sands operations and our pending acquisition of the Port Inland limestone operations in Michigan, will make our industrial minerals businesses the largest single operating segment of Oglebay Norton. We welcome warmly the management and employees of Global Stone into our company.''

``Global Stone's strengths lie in its ownership of vast reserves of limestone,'' said Robert R. Stone, Global Stone's Chairman. ``We are very pleased to have the opportunity to join a company that shares our core qualities -- excellent products, strong operating efficiencies and exceptional customer service -- and has competent and motivated management. Global Stone is excited about Oglebay's growth plans, and will bring additional opportunities to achieve this strategy.''

Global Stone will become a business unit of Oglebay Norton under the continued direction of Global Stone's present senior management.

Global Stone's products, lime, chemical limestone and aggregate stone, are used in a variety of manufacturing processes and industries, including iron and steel, pulp and paper, chemical, environmental, agricultural and construction. Global Stone has more than 700 employees, and has eight operations in Canada and the United States.

Reported by: James H. Neumiller




Today in Great Lakes History - April 16

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

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

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

CEMENTKARRIER was launched April 16, 1930.

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

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

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Iglehart in for Repairs

04/15:
The J.A.W. Iglehart now has moved into drydock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. No word on the reason.

Reported by: Al Miller




Bramble Returns

04/15:
The USCGC BRAMBLE is back in Port Huron after a 4 month tour in the Carribbean. A crewman aboard the BRAMBLE stated she will enter drydock in June for minor repairs and fresh paint. The BRAMBLES hull showed much ocean wear, as well as some visible ice damage. She will remain docked at Port Huron till June, unless an emergency takes her out.

Reported by: John A. Harris




Coal off to a Strong start

04/15:
Western Coal Trade Off To Rousing Start
The impressive numbers just keep rolling in. Coal loadings at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in March totaled 406,505 net tons, a 30.8 percent increase over the corresponding period last year and the highest March total for the dock since it began operations in 1976.

Lake Erie Coal Full Out In March
Coal shipments from Lake Erie ports in March totaled 748,739 net tons, an increase of nearly 600,000 tons compared to a year ago. The March coal trade from Lake Erie ports is one of the strongest on record.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Update on Lake Ontario Regulation

04/15:
Tuesday, April 14, 1998
During this past weekend, flows of the Ottawa River and other tributaries into Lake St. Louis continued to decline. Several increases in the Lake Ontario outflows took place while maintaining Lake St. Louis levels below flood stage. This morning, the Lake Ontario outflow is at 8900 m3/s. Another outflow increase is expected later today.

All gates of the Iroquois Dam were adjusted to fully open position yesterday.

Yesterday's daily Lake Ontario level reading was 75.43 m, about 55 cm higher than average for this time of year. The level has remained the same at 75.43 m the past three days and it appears the lake is fast approaching its spring peak level.
Prepared by the Regulation Representatives

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - April 15

CANADA MARQUIS was launched April 15, 1983.

SAM LAUD was christened April 15, 1975.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cement in Duluth

04/14:
J.A.W. Iglehart brought the first load of the season April 12 to the LaFarge cement terminal in Duluth. After unloading, the vessel proceeded to Fraser Shipyards on the morning of April 13.

Reported by: Al Miller




Seaway News

04/14:
The ALGONOVA arrived at the Shell Oil dock in Montreal yesterday. She is fully painted in Algoma Tankers Ltd. livery.

About to make her first trip in the Seaway last night was the Norwegian ship MUNKSUND. She is a sister-ship to MENOMINEE which completed four trips in the Lakes last year. Ref: My book Seaway Ships.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Ferry service Begins 1998

04/14:
The M/V Lakerunner arrived in Port Dalhousie today, ready to commence another season of cross-lake Ferry service on western Lake Ontario.

The Lakerunner will be the first vessel in nearly 40 years to offer repeat seasons as a cross-lake ferry on western Lake Ontario.

The Captain for her cross-lake voyage of this day was owner/President Ihab Shaker. A Master Mariner with deep-sea experience, Captain Shaker was featured on television, radio and print media as being the first to repeat service in 4 decades. At the relatively young age of 37, Captain Shaker has achieved what many others proposed and reintroduced cross-lake service to Lake Ontario's Niagara to Toronto corridor.

On Tuesday, April 14, the Lakerunner departs Port Dalhousie at 6:45am to commence her second season of service. She will be joined by a Hydrofoil (now underway to Canada) on June 1st pending her certification and re-flagging (including payment of duty) to offer service to Port Dalhousie, Niagara on the Lake and Lewiston, New York.

For information please contact Peter Green (a regular reader and occasional poster here) at 1-888-VIA-LAKE (1-888-842-5253).




Today in Great Lakes History - April 14

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

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

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

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

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Collision at the Soo update

04/13:
The Agawa Canyon and Emerald Star, which collided Friday afternoon at the Soo Locks, returned to service Saturday following inspections by U.S. and Canadian safety officials.

The 646-foot Agawa Canyon and the 406-foot Emerald Star left the Soo about 3:15 p.m. Officials from the Coast Guard and Transport Canada are still trying to determine how the ships collided at the locks. The collision left a "clearly visible crease" in the Emerald Star's hull.

Reported by: Al Miller




SYKES leaves the Bluewater Area

04/13:
The steamer WILFRED SYKES left the waters of the St Clair River, upbound into Lake Huron at 5AM on Easter Sunday April 12, 1998. This was following its downbound voyage to Ashtabula on April 10th. It presented a striking appearance as it passed the Bluewater Bridge as the lights upon shore, aided with a bright moon, illuminated the unique and appealing colors of the Inland Steel Fleet. And in addition the SYKES was using its searchlight towards the Canadian shore, all this created an unforgetable memory for this ship lover. As a added bonus, the barge PATHFINDER was directly behind the SYKES by just a few minutes as they headed for the expanses of Lake Huron.

Reported by: Ray Bawal Jr.




Port of Toledo Update

04/13:
Presently Toledo Shipyard is crowded with vessel's. On Sat. 11 April 98 the CHARLES E. WILSON went into drydock for repairs. The tug FRANK PALLIDINO JR. is in the small drydock for misc. work. Also at the yard is the passenger vessel from Sandusky, Ohio GOODTIME 1. The tankers GEMINI , and SATURN are in temporary layup, as well as the tug MARY E. HANNAH with her barge. The HALIFAX is presently at the Anderson's Elevator she loaded a grain cargo for Seaway delivery. She can't leave the dock due to very strong river currents in the area from the recent heavy rains of several days ago. The ship's crew and tug crews are monitoring the river every several hours. Once the current subsides to a safe level , the HALIFAX then will be able to leave the dock. The HALIFAX looks very sharp in her new red hull color scheme.

Reported by: J. R. Hoffman




Seaway News

04/13:
The first saltie of the year in the Seaway, ZIEMIA TARNOWSKA was expected back from the Lakes late yesterday and was to take bunker. In the Lakes, she called at three ports, Cleveland, Chicago and Thunder Bay. She was to call at Burns Harbor too but it was canceled or replaced by a call at Chicago.

The first new saltie of the year, TECAM SEA is back from the Lakes since April 7 when she was downbound for Sorel. Several lakers and othe canadian ships are still laid up in Montréal

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Pathfinder Visits Marine City

04/13:
On April 11, 1998 the barge PATHFINDER was seen to be docked at the McClouth Yard at Marine City, Michigan. This is the first visit of this vessel to this location as either the PATHFINDER, or as the J L MAUTHE. The only other known Interlake vessel known to have docked at Marine City over the past couple of seasons was the HERBERT C JACKSON.

The port of Marine City has been relatively busy so for this season with the OLIVE MOORE / MCKEE SONS, and JOSEPH H FRANTZ, and FRED R WHITE JR having unloaded cargoes over the past few weeks at this location.

Reported by: Ray Bawal Jr.




Unusual visitor to Lake Ontario

04/13:
The Myron C. Taylor was eastbound from Port Weller Saturday. She was due at Midlake, at 1220, and was bound for Oswego, NY.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Pathfinder visits McLouth

04/13:
An unexpected observation late Saturday afternoon was the ITB Pathfinder/Joyce L. Van Enkevort unloading stone at the McLouth dock.

Reported by: John Meyland & Dave Michelson




Sloan Delivers first load

04/13:
The George A. Sloan was the first boat of the season to arrive up the Black River to the USS/KOBE Steel Mill in Lorain Oh. She delivered a load of blast furnace trim at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday.

Reported by: Jack Heider




Today in Great Lakes History - April 13

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

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

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Today in Great Lakes History - April 12

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

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

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

HUDSON TRANSPORT was launched April 12, 1962.

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

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Collision at the Soo

04/11:
The Agawa Canyon and Emerald Star collided Friday afternoon at the Soo Locks, causing "extensive structural damage" to the Emerald Star, according to the Duluth News-Tribune.

The 604-foot Agawa Canyon reportedly suffered minor damage. Both vessels were forced to tie up to undergo Coast Guard inspection. No injuries were reported. The Emerald Star, a tanker, was empty and did not leak any pollutants, the Coast Guard reported.

The Coast Guard told the newspaper that the 406-foot Emerald Star was exiting the Poe Lock upbound and destined for Thunder Bay. The Agawa Canyon was downbound heading into the MacArthur Lock. It was carrying Potash from Thunder Bay to Burns Harbor.

The two vessels collided just outside the locks. "The Emerald Star wasn't all the way out of the locks," said Petty Officer Dan Spisso."But it was existing when this occurred. I'm not really sure how it happened. That's what's being investigated."

"(The Emerald Star) wasn't gas-free, which makes for a volatile situation with the fumes," Spisso said. "They're more dangerous when they're empty, collision-wise."

Reported by: Al Miller




Today in Great Lakes History - April 11

IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR entered service on April 11, 1974 light for Montreal, Que.

The J.W. McGIFFIN was christened at Collingwood on April 11, 1972.

The PHILIP D. BLOCK sailed on her maiden voyage April 11, 1925 with coal from Huron, OH bound for delivery at Indiana Harbor, IN.

The A.E. NETTLETON was launched April 11, 1908.

On April 11, 1970 in Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay the STADACONA (3) encountered thick ice and suffered bow damage. She developed a hairline crack in her bow and to alleviate the leakage her cargo was shifted from her forward hold to her after compartments with her self-unloading equipment. This maneuver raised her bow enough to keep her from sinking before she reached safety.

ENDERS M. VOORHEES was launched April 11, 1942 .

On April 11, 1964 while upbound on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, a boiler burst on board the WILLIAM A. IRVIN killing one of the crew and injuring two others.

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Bubbles

04/10:
The Edward L. Ryerson's first trip down Lake Michigan was done at reduced speed due to bubbles. The water softener solution used in the boiler system, for some unknown reason, created foam. As a result there was less water available to produce steam for the main engine. This caused the reduced speed. The problem was corrected once they reached Indiana harbor. The thought of the mighty Ryerson cruising down the lake blowing giant bubbles out of its stack is somewhat amusing.

Reported by: J. Duchario




News From the Twin Ports

04/10:
John J. Boland loaded at Midwest Energy Terminal April 8 but spent the night tied up at the Duluth port terminal.

A couple of unusual port calls are scheduled for vessels in Great Lakes Fleet. Philip R. Clarke will load at Ashtabula for delivery to Wyandotte on April 12, and George A. Sloan is due at Alabaster on April 10.

Adam E. Cornelius is back on its regular run to the DMIR ore dock in Duluth. It's next call is set for April 9

Reported by: Al Miller




All Canada Steamship Lines boats sailing

04/10:
Company officials Report that all of the CSL Boats that sailed last year are out. They expect a busy season.

Reported by: J.J. Van Volkenburg




Dinner Meeting

04/10:
The Marine Historical Society of Detroit will be hosting their Annual Dinner meeting April 25th at the St. Clair in. This years program will be "The Milwaukee Clipper - A Legend Saved" The featured speaker will be film maker Mark Howell, Board Member of the Great Lakes Clipper Preservation Association -- a non-profit group which has recently purchased the Milwaukee Clipper. Mr. Howell will present his video highlighting the career of the venerable passenger steamer, recently updated to reflect her return to her former homeport of Muskegon, Michigan. This program is currently being featured on many PBS stations throughout the Midwest. Join the Society for a look at one of the most famous passenger steamships to have sailed the Great Lakes.

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Update on Lake Ontario Regulation

04/10:
Thursday, April 9, 1998
On April 7, two increases in the Lake Ontario outflow brought the flow from 5500 m3/s to 6400 m3/s. Two increases took place yesterday which brought the flow to 7300 m3/s. This morning, the flow was increased to 7800 m3/s. Further flow increases will continue to the maximum amount possible without causing flood stage downstream.

As mentioned in our previous report, the gates at the Iroquois Dam were at their smallest ever open setting on March 30 to suppress the extremely high water levels on Lake St. Lawrence. With the steady increases in the flow at the power dam at Cornwall/Massena since April 5, conditions on Lake St. Lawrence and above Iroquois Dam (Cardinal, Ontario, for example) have been gradually improving. As a result, a larger open setting at the Iroquois Dam was made yesterday, and another larger setting later to-day. We expect the Iroquois Dam will return to its fully open position within the next few days.

The flow of the Ottawa River to the Montreal area appeared to have peaked early this week. However, the flow remains very high and is currently about 6100 m3/s. The rapid decline in the flows of other tributaries into Lake St. Louis and downstream helped make flow increases at Cornwall possible since Sunday.

Yesterday?s daily Lake Ontario level reading was 75.42 m, about 59 cm higher than average for this time of year. The level under strict application of Plan 1958-D would now be about 76.15 m. The computed Lake Ontario level under unregulated conditions would now be about 75.95 m, which is 53 cm higher than actual.

The weather forecasts call for mostly sunny sky for the next four days. Have a happy Easter weekend.
Prepared by the Regulation Representatives

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - April 10

TEXACO CHIEF (2) was christened April 10, 1969.

The GODERICH (1) was sold April 10, 1963 to the Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Railway Co. and renamed e) AGAWA (2).

The keel was laid April 10, 1952 for the WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1)

The SINCLAIR GREAT LAKES was christened on April 10, 1963

On April 10, 1973 the ARTHUR B. HOMER departed the shipyard with a new pilot house. She had suffered extensive damage the previous fall in a head on collision on the Detroit River.

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Pathfinder Visits Saginaw

04/09:
The Pathfinder was inbound the Saginaw River yesterday heading to Saginaw Rock. Her first time ever as the Path Finder or the Mauthe.

Reported by: Dan Maus




Today in Great Lakes History - April 09

On April 9, 1960, the Murray Bay (1) (now Comeaudoc) entered service as the first Canadian 730-footer.

The LAWRENDOC (2) was christened jointly with her Collingwood-built sister ship MONDOC (3) on April 9, 1962.

The Wilson Marine Transit Co., Cleveland purchased the FINLAND on April 9, 1957 and resold her the same day to the Republic Steel Corp., Cleveland with Wilson Marine acting as manager

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More Lower Lakes Activity

04/08:
Reports from Inland Steel are that the Joseph L. Block was in Ashtabula yesterday and will be departing this morning. The Wilfred Sykes was loading in Ecanaba yesterday and is due into Ashatula either late on Thrusday or early Friday.

Reported by: Rob Cioletti and John Belliveau




News From the Twin Ports

04/08:
David Z. Norton paid a rare call to the Twin Ports April 7 when it loaded coal at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior for delivery to Taconite Harbor.

The arrival April 6 of the Twin Ports' first saltie of the season -- Federal St. Laurent -- was quickly followed by the April 7 arrival of Spar Jade for the Peavey Connors Point elevator in Superior

John J. Boland, last of the Twin Ports winter layup fleet, is scheduled to depart Fraser Shipyards today to load taconite pellets at the DMIR dock in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Know Your Ships 1998

04/08:
The 39th edition of "Know Your Ships," the annual, 128-page guide to boats and boatwatching on the Great Lakes and Seaway, is now available from Marine Publishing Co. Besides accurate vessel and fleet listings for all Great Lakes vessels from tugs to 1,000-footers, this year's "Know Your Ships" includes expanded listings of international flag vessels trading into the Lakes and Seaway plus a full page of saltie stack markings. All fleet stack markings and flags have been updated to reflect a number of changes from last season (the only such guide to do so yearly), and an annual "Vessel of the Year" has also been added (the popular Edward L. Ryerson gets the honors). "Know Your Ships" also features handy tips for boatwatchers, including phone numbers to track vessel movements and information about following lakers on-line. As usual, the fine work of many outstanding marine photographers sample the shipping scene from Duluth to Montreal. To order, visit the Marine Publishing Co, home page at www.knowyourships.com or call (734) 668-4734. Price is $12.95 plus 10% s/h (Michigan residents add 6% tax).




First Saltie Arrives in Detroit

04/08:
April 7, 1998 not only marks the day of the Detroit Tigers' season opener, but also the opening of Port of Detroit's international shipping season. The Port of Detroit will welcome its first ocean-going vessel of the 1998-shipping season, the ``Kapitonas Kminskas,'' today at 9 a.m. at Nicholson Terminal and Dock Company.

John Jamian, Executive Director and Steven Olinek, Deputy Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA) will welcome the Lithuanian-flagged vessel. The Kapitonas Kminskas sailed from Klaipeda, Lithuania via Norway, via Montreal through the Seaway bound for Detroit. Its cargo contains steel coils that will be unloaded at Nicholson Terminal & Dock Co.

The Port Authority will make a formal presentation to the ship's master, Captain Povela as well as the Hasserodt Marine Agency, Ltd. and Nicholson Terminal & Dock Co. honoring them for the opening of Detroit's international shipping season.

The 1998 shipping season follows a very good 1997 season for Detroit in which cumulative international tonnage figures exceeded one million metric tons. Detroit was the largest importer of steel and the second largest exporter of bulk products on the Great Lakes last year.

If you would like additional information pertaining to this event, please contact April Dawson at 313-331-3842.

Reported by: Marine Historical Society of Detroit




Today in Great Lakes History - April 08

The sea trials for the AMERICAN REPUBLIC were conducted in Green Bay on April 8-10, May 4-11 and 18, 1981.

The J.A. CAMPBELL was the first bulk carrier to load taconite pellets that were shipped from Reverve Minings Davis Works at Silver Bay MN on April 8, 1956.

On April 8, 1957 Great Lakes Steamship stock holders voted to sell the entire 16 ship fleet to four fleets.

On April 8, 1977 at Toledo the G.A. TOMLINSON required an estimated $235,000 to outfit her machinery for the up coming season.

The R.E. WEBSTER was launched April 8, 1905 as a) ELBERT H. GARY.

On April 8, 1969, LEON FALK, JR. entered Duluth harbor to become the first vessel to arrive from the lower lake region opening the 1969 shipping season at the head of the lakes. She loaded almost 20,700 tons of iron ore bound for Great Lakes Steel in Detroit.

The ELBERT H. GARY was launched on April 8, 1905.

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Enerchem Refiner Freed

04/07:
ENERCHEM REFINER was freed late on April 5. After inspection, she was allowed to resume her trip to Montreal where she arrived at about 7 PM the next day docking at the Shell Oil facility.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Incredible Start For 1998 Stone Trade

04/07:
Stone shipments from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports neared half a million tons in March. Simply put, this is the best start to that trade in modern times. Mild weather allowed stone docks to resume shipping at least two weeks ahead of their normal schedule.

453,292 net tons were shipped last month compared to only 18,869 net tons in March 1997.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Holland's Season Opener

04/07:
The shipping season opened at Holland on Sunday with the arrival of the Wolverine early in the afternoon. She brought a load of aggregate to Brewer's Dock.

The Ogelbay Norton info tape indicated that the Fred White was to load in Toledo yesterday for Holland. It is expected that her cargo will be the first load of coal for the season for the James De Young power plant.

The shorerline in Holland may be in for a change this year. Verplank's has acquired the old cement silos at the foot of Dock Street, east of their facility. They plan to demolish them in order to expand their dock sspace here. No timetable has been announced, but they have already received the required approvals from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




More on the Majestic Star

04/07:
More information on the vessel transiting the Seaway: the gambling vessel MAJESTIC STAR is the former President Casino-V which entered the Seaway with that name back in 1994 on Sept.6. She is the first casino ship to have ever transited the St. Lawrence Seaway. She had been built in l972 at Jacksonville, FL by Bellinger Shipyards under the name Dayliner for the Hudson River Day Line Inc. to make cruises out of New York City. She was sold in l990 and renamed New Yorker. In l994, she acquired her third name when converted into a casino vessel and renamed President Casino-V. Last year, a vessel with the same name of Majestic Star (2) went up the Seaway on her delivery trip from the shipyard. MAJESTIC STAR (1) will be renamed again when starting her new career on the east coast. I believe she will operated out of New York, so coming back to her original port. MAJESTIC STAR (1) is named as such since l996. At one time, there was reports her actual name was Majestic Star Casino. I took pictures of her and the word "casino" is not part of the name.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Monday's Update on Lake Ontario Regulation

04/07:
Monday, April 6, 1998
To provide some relief from serious flood conditions on the St Lawrence River from Lake St. Louis to Lake St. Pierre, the Lake Ontario outflow was reduced from 5600 m3/s to 5200 m3/s near midnight on March 30. The following morning, with downstream flood levels still rising, the flow was reduced further to 4700 m3/s. This flow is near the record minimum of 4500 m3/s that occurred during the drought of 1965.

The series of drastic flow reductions during the period of March 28-31, from near maximum flow (10200 m3/s) to near minimum flow, were in response to the rapidly rising flood conditions downstream on Lake St. Louis, Montreal Harbour and the St. Lawrence River downstream. The snow melt in the Ottawa River basin and other tributaries flowing into the St. Lawrence River, along the reach that extends from Lake St. Lawrence to Lake St. Pierre, occurred much earlier and at a much faster rate than usual.

As the flows at the Moses-Saunders power dam (at Cornwall/Massena) were being reduced, the water levels upstream of the dam on Lake St. Lawrence rose rapidly. It was necessary to partially close the Iroquois Dam (about 60 km upstream of the power dam) to suppress the Lake St. Lawrence levels. On March 30, the Iroquois Dam opening was reduced to the smallest ever on record, with several gates completely closed. While the partial closure of the Iroquois Dam helped moderate the Lake St. Lawrence levels somewhat, the levels at Saunders Headwater peaked at 74.20 m on April 3, and was close to flood stage. The water level immediately upstream of the Iroquois Dam was also very high. Though not a flood stage, the very high water levels caused some inconvenience to one industry at Cardinal.

Lake St. Louis at Pointe Claire was above flood stage during March 28-31, while Montreal Harbour level rose above flood stage on March 30. As soon as the level at Montreal Harbour fell below flood stage on April 5, the Lake Ontario outflow was increased to 5100 m3/s. This morning, with downstream conditions continuing to improve, the outflow was increased to 5500 m3/s. All the tributaries flowing into the critical sections of the St. Lawrence River have peaked and it is likely that the Ottawa River flow near Montreal has also peaked this past weekend. Steady increases in the Lake Ontario outflow are expected from now on to ensure maximum possible flows in order to slow the rising levels on Lake Ontario and minimize the spring peak level.

According to information provided by the Seaway authorities, 24 ships transited the Lake Ontario - Montreal section of the St. Lawrence River between March 26 and March 31. A number of ships were delayed because strict cargo, vessel and traffic restrictions were in place for the first three days while the flow in the river was 10200 m3/s. With the flow at the Cornwall-Massena power dam reduced starting March 28 to relieve downstream flooding, the fast currents that were restricting navigation in the St. Lawrence River above Cornwall-Massena were reduced. The Seaway authorities lifted their restrictions on March 28, and normal navigation began on March 29.

Yesterday's daily Lake Ontario level reading was 75.36 m, about 53 cm higher than average for this time of year. The level under strict application of Plan 1958-D would now be about 76.13 m. The computed Lake Ontario level under unregulated conditions would now be about 75.92 m, which is 56 cm higher than actual.
Prepared by the Regulation Representatives

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - April 07

The CANADIAN TRANSPORT (2) was christened April 7, 1979.

The tanker ROBERT W. STEWART (b AMOCO MICHIGAN) was delivered to Standard Oil Co. on April 7, 1928 as the second largest tanker in service at the time of her launch.

JAMES LAUGHLIN was launched April 7, 1906.

The EMORY L. FORD was sold on April 7, 1965 to the Reiss Steamship Co. and renamed b) RAYMOND H. REISS, the last boat purchased by Reiss.

TEXACO BRAVE (1) arrived at Ramey's Bend from Toronto April 7, 1975 in tow of tugs G.W. ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE for scrapping.

In 1974 the THOMAS W. LAMONT loaded the initial shipment of ore for the season at the D.M. & I.R. ore docks in Duluth.

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Enerchem Refiner Aground in Seaway Update

04/06:
The Enerchem Refiner went aground around 17.30 Thursday night. She was en route from Sarnia to Montreal. According to a newspaper report, she is carrying Bunker C., a product used as fuel for ships. It is reported no damages was found to the ship. Two tugs owned by McKeil left Montreal to try to refloat her Saturday after unloading a part cargo into a barge coming from Hamilton towed by another McKeil tug, the John Spence. The names of the tugs that left Montreal are Pacific Standard and Jerry Newberry.

You may recall she was the first canadian ship upbound in the Seaway this year when she transited at St. Lambert lock on March 27 bound in ballast for Sarnia.

Reported by:René Beauchamp




News From the Twin Ports

04/06:
Steam is up on the John J. Boland and crewmen are reporting aboard. The vessel, which spent the winter in Fraser Shipyards in Superior, will be the last of the Twin Ports lay-up fleet to get under way this season.

The first saltie into Duluth-Superior this year is expected to be Federal St. Laurent arriving about noon today. The ship is going to the AGP grain elevator in Duluth to load 19,800 tons of spring wheat bound for Seaforth, England. The AGP elevator has seen little use in recent years, although last year it was busier than usual and most of the customers seemed to be Fednav vessels.

Two more vessels from Great Lakes Fleet are now under way. George A. Sloan departed Superior on April 2 to load at Two Harbors with ore bound for Gary. Myron C. Taylor was loading at Calcite April 3 with stone for Cleveland.

St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth received its first caller of the season April 2 when Algontario arrive to unload. Canadian Ranger arrived in Superior April 2 to become the first ship of the season to load at Harvest States elevator.

Reported by: Al Miller




Comeaudoc at the Wall

04/06:
From a recent conversation with N.M. Paterson and Sons Limited, it looks like the Comeaudoc will once again stay at the wall in Montreal. Officials stated "they have no plans to fit her out this season". She has been laid up in Montreal since Dec. 4, 1996.

Reported by:Todd L. Davidson




Gambling Vessel to stop in Montreal

04/06:
Expected in Montreal yeaterday was the gambling vessel Majestic Star from the Great Lakes and on her way to the US east coast. She is making a call in Montreal to take bunker.

Reported by:René Beauchamp




Bittern Arrives for Season

04/06:
One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the CCGC Bittern. The vessel arrived at Kingston, on Saturday, April 4, 1998. Vessel is on duty for SAR.

Reported by:Ron Walsh




McKee Sons Visits Marine City

04/06:
Barge McKee Sons, pushed by the Olive L. Moore, offloaded at the McLouth Stone Dock in Marine City MI. on Saturday, April 4. It is Believed that this is the first time into this dock for the vessel.

Reported by:Ron Black




Oglebay Norton Annouces Fleet Officers for 1998

04/06:
Oglebay Norton began the season with the mv EARL W. OGLEBAY in the Aurora pellet shuttle in Cleveland. The last boat to enter the season was JOSEPH H. FRANTZ on April 2.

The Captains and Chief Engineers assigned to the 12 vessels of the Oglebay Norton fleet for 1998 are:
COLUMBIA STAR -Capt. Mike Capser Ch. Eng. Andy Sturgess
OGLEBAY NORTON -Capt. C. Markakis Ch. Eng. Robert Calder
FRED R. WHITE -Capt. Ralph Yanik Ch. Eng. Mike Aten
WOLVERINE -Capt. Patrick Nelson Ch. Eng. D. Schartner
DAVID Z. NORTON -Capt. Alan Ward Ch. Eng. Jay McElroy
EARL W. OGLEBAY -Capt. Alan Gintz Ch. Eng. Steve Hess
JOSEPH H. FRANTZ -Capt. Eric Lindgren Ch. Eng. Jerry Zorsch
MIDDLETOWN -Capt. Ted Olm Ch. Eng. Charles Abel
ARMCO -Capt. Robert Noffze Ch. Eng. Jerry Mach
RESERVE - Capt. Zenith Zak Ch. Eng. Willie Keyes
COURTNEY BURTON -Capt. Gary Mielke Ch. Eng. Joe Zdankowski
BUCKEYE -Capt. Joe Jaworski Ch. Eng. Robert Kohler


Reported by: Dave Wobser




Seaway Self Unloaders opens 1998 Season

04/06:
During the fourth week of March, Seaway Self Unloaders entered the 1998 navigation season in which its fleet will expand to a total of 22 ships.The first active self-unloader was ALGOMARINE departing from the Soo bound for marquette, MI.

In July, the conversion of the 730-foot ALGOWEST is scheduled for completion at Port Weller Dry Docks, and in August the conversion of the 650-foot CANADIAN TRANSFER is expected to be finished, also in Port Weller, expanding the fleet to 22.

Those appointed as captains and chief engineers of the Algoma central owned carriers including those assigned to SSU for the 1998 season are:
JOHN B. AIRD -Capt. A. Strong Ch. Eng. E. Zielonka
AGAWA CANYON -Capt. B. Wolstenholme Ch. Eng. O. Gooding
ALGOBAY -Capt. J. Wilhelm Ch. Eng. W. Kondratowicz
ALGOCAPE -Capt. C. Ball Ch. Eng. B. Broydell
ALGOCEN -Capt. J. Hougesen Ch. Eng. D. Kilpatrick
ALGOGULF -Capt. W. Draenger Ch. Eng. G. Blagdon
ALGOISLE -Capt. C. Wheeler Ch. Eng. R. Miller
ALGOLAKE -Capt. G. Kendall Ch. Eng. P. Stanley
ALGOMARINE -Capt. B. Sevor Ch. Eng. B. Adams
ALGONORTH - Capt. Ch. Eng. C. D'Souza
ALGONTARIO -Capt. R. Whyte Ch. Eng. H. Wright
ALGOPORT -Capt. G. Kranenburg Ch. Eng. K. Mankiewicz
ALGORAIL -Capt. G. Grattan Ch. Eng. I. Gates
ALGORIVER -Capt. A. Rasmussen Ch. Eng. A. Mair
ALGOSOO -Capt. N. Boughners Ch. Eng. J. Billard
ALGOSOUND -Capt. D. Taylor Ch. Eng. M. Patton
ALGOSTEEL -Capt. C. Williams Ch. Eng. F. Brown/W. Halder
ALGOVILLE -Capt. S. Koutsogiannis Ch. Eng. S. Van Galen
ALGOWAY -Capt. N. Olsen Ch. Eng. K. Glover
ALGOWEST -Capt. Ch. Eng. S. Danielski
ALGOWOOD -Capt. G. MacDonald Ch. Eng. P. Pennock
JACKMAN -Capt. B. Walker Ch. Eng. T. Clarke
SAUNIERE -Capt. J. Fraser Ch. Eng. D. Dugunay/D. Michalo


Reported by: Dave Wobser




Update on Lake Ontario Regulation

04/06:
Reductions in Lake Ontario Outflows Made to Relieve Downstream Flooding

Exceptionally warm weather, beginning this past weekend, resulted in rapid snow melt, high inflows and a sudden rise in water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Heavy rainfall during the week also compounded the flooding problem in the Montreal area. To provide a measure of relief from the serious flood conditions on Lake St. Louis and elsewhere in the Montreal area, the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control directed a series of large reductions in Lake Ontario outflows.

The rapid snow melt caused record high flows in some of the tributaries to Lake St. Louis and Lake St. Peter near Montreal. Lake St. Louis began to rise abruptly late on March 27 and exceeded flood stage the next day. The spring melt in the lower portion of the Ottawa River basin, which was also brought on by the warm weather, has resulted in high flows to the Montreal area that have come much earlier than usual. Heavy rainfall during the week also exacerbated flooding conditions on Lake St. Louis and brought significant moisture to the Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River basins.

Since late December 1997, the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control has been releasing as much water as possible from Lake Ontario without causing ice jams or flooding downstream. A short ice season this winter has allowed the Board to achieve record outflows during the month of March of 10,200 cubic metres per second (360,000 cubic feet per second), which was the flow until March 27. Beginning on March 28, the series of large flow changes was initiated, which brought the outflow to a record low of 4,700 cms (166,000 cfs) by March 31. In spite of the drastic flow reductions, the levels of Lake St. Louis and the Montreal Harbour rose above flood stage.

The large Lake Ontario outflow reductions also resulted in high water levels on Lake St. Lawrence. To prevent the water from rising above flood stage on Lake St. Lawrence, gates at the Iroquois Dam have been set at an all time minimum open setting.

The level of Lake Ontario has risen nine centimetres (3.5 inches) since March 28 when Lake Ontario outflows were reduced to alleviate flooding in the Montreal area. The lake is presently at 75.26 metres (246.92 feet) above sea level, 50 centimetres (20 inches) above average. The International Joint Commission notes that the flows to Lake Ontario from Lake Erie will remain high for the foreseeable future. Depending on precipitation during the next few weeks, Lake Ontario could rise another 10 to 30 centimetres (four to 12 inches).

The International Joint Commission advises shoreline communities to prepare for the potential continuation of high water levels and other users of the system to prepare for the potential of high flows in the St. Lawrence River.

The Board continues to monitor conditions closely on a continual basis and will adjust the flows as needed to provide all possible relief from high water on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The International Joint Commission was created under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters along the Canada-United States boundary. Its responsibilities include approving certain projects that would change water levels on the other side of the boundary. If it approves a project, the Commission's Orders of Approval may require that flows through the project meet certain conditions to protect interests in both countries. For more information, visit www.ijc.org on the Worldwide Web.

The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control was established by the Commission in its 1952 Order of Approval. Its main duty is to ensure that outflows from Lake Ontario meet the requirements of the Commission's Orders. The Board also develops regulation plans and conducts special studies as requested by the Commission. For more information, visit www.islrbc.org/ on the Worldwide Web.

Provisional water level gauge readings, updated every three hours, can be found at www.opsd.nos.noaa.gov on the Worldwide Web.

Reported by: John Whitehead




Today in Great Lakes History - April 06

ALGOLAKE was christened April 6, 1977, she was the first maximum-sized ship of this type in Algoma's fleet with all cabins aft.

The HON. PAUL MARTIN departed Collingwood April 6, 1985 on her maiden voyage to load grain at Thunder Bay, Ont. bound for Quebec City, Que. She was the largest vessel built at Collingwood as a result of the new Seaway egulations that allowed increased hull lengths beyond the previous maximum overall of 730' to transit the lock systems.

PRAIRIE HARVEST (c) MELVIN H. BAKER II) sailed on her maiden voyage in 1984.

On April 6, 1990 CANADOC (2) was laid up at Montreal, Que. never to sail again.

NOTRE DAME VICTORY (b CLIFFS VICTORY) was delivered to Interocean Steamship Co. on April 6, 1945 under charter from the U.S.M.C.

FERNDALE (2) was launched April 6, 1912 as a) LOUIS R. DAVIDSON



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Today in Great Lakes History - April 05

On April 5, 1984 the joined sections of the HILDA MARJANNE and CHIMO's emerged from the Port Weller Dry Dock as the b) CANADIAN RANGER.

Sea trials for the PRAIRIE HARVEST (c) MELVIN H. BAKER II) were complete on April 5, 1984.

The G.G. POST was launched April 5, 1902 as a) LUZON

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Enerchem Refiner Aground in Seaway

04/04:
The Enerchem Refiner is standed and aground just south west of Hamilton Island, east of Stanley Island in a rather narrow channel. She is owned by Enerchem Transportinc.from Mtl.Que. Her dimensions are 391x55x27. She is carrying some 69.327 gross of fuel and had deployed downwind and downcurrent, floating containment floats. A small local tender, the "Simec", was assissting her. She also had a smalltender amidship on her port side. Apparently, instead of heading south towards the Hamilton Island Buoys (Very close to the Island) She headed in a more northernly direction towards a channel tower, struck bottom at her bow and the current(3kts) swung her stern towards the tower, pointing her bow northwards(towards shore) Her bow is slightly raised. She's fully loaded. Around 18:00 The Coastguard "Simcoe" was steaming to her aid. Update later today.

Reported by: Jim LeBlanc




Today in Great Lakes History - April 04

The keel was laid April 4, 1978 for the Fred R. White Jr.

Sea trials of the tanker ROBERT W. STEWART were run on April 4, 1928

CEDARGLEN was launched on April 4, 1925 as a) WILLIAM C. ATWATER

HARRY W. CROFT was launched April 4, 1908 as a) FRED G. HARTWELL (1)

The E.G. GRACE became the first Maritimer to be sold for scrap when she was sold to Marine Salvage April 4, 1984.

JEAN-TALON was launched April 4, 1936 as a) FRANQUELIN (1)

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

On April 4, 1983 and on April 4, 1984, the William Clay Ford (1) opened the inter-lake shipping season at Duluth. While the William Clay Ford was traditionally among the first vessels to visit Duluth-Superior, it was coincidence that she opened the port on the same day during her last two seasons in service.

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News From the Twin Ports

04/03:
An early spring storm that hit Minnesota March 31-April 1disrupted vessel traffic on western Lake Superior. Canadian Transport and Tadoussac remained in Duluth April 1 waiting for gale force winds to subside. Philip R. Clarke went to anchor off Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Roger Blough delayed its arrival at Two Harbors until the wind shifted to a more favorable direction.

Canadian ships, once a rarity at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, are becoming steady customers. Canadian Transport loaded April 1 and Canadian Olympic is due in April 2, followed by Canadian Enterprise on April 1.

Cleveland-Cliffs is pondering whether to build a pig iron plant at its Northshore Mining Co. taconite plant in Silver Bay, Minn. A Cliffs spokesman said the company is "in the preliminary stages of evaluation" of the project. Pig iron contains about 95.5 percent iron, compared to 87 percent iron in direct reduced iron and about 66 percent in taconite pellets. .

Reported by: Al Miller




News From Thunder Bay

04/03:
The M/V LADY HAMILTON was the first foreign vessel into the Port Of Thunder Bay for the 1998 shipping season. She arrived at the P&H Elevator at 1715 on Wednesday. The tug Robert John & Peninsula assisted her to the dock. Captian Keith Nunes and Chief Engineer Vasu Vasanthasenan were to receive honors from city officials yesterday. This could be the earliest opening for a foreign vessel in the history of the port.

The M/V CANADIAN RANGER departed her winter layup berth at Pascol yesterday at 7:15 pm.She went to anchor off the North Piers for ballasting and waiting for the weather to clear. She is headed to Duluth.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Medusa Fleet resumes fit out

04/03:
The Medusa Challenger is now once again fitting out. The continuation of hull work on the Medusa Challenger is scheduled for May at Bayship, so it looks like business as usual for 1998.

Medusa was bought by Southdown Inc last month and all work had stopped on the vessels.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




U.S. Harbor Maintenance Tax unconstitutional

04/03:
The U.S. Supreme Court on 31 March declared the U.S. Harbor Maintenance Tax nconstitutional. The unanimous ruling strikes down a federal regulation passed in 1986 that collects money on exports from any U.S. port to fund maintenance of ports. A federal appeals court reached the same decison last year.

The Supreme Court's decision, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said that the tax "does not qualify as a permissible user fee." The U.S. Constitution bans taxes on exports but not user fees. Ginsburg wrote that the tax "is not a fair approximation of services, facilities or benefits furnished to the exporters." The decision also stated: "This does not mean that exporters are exempt from any and all user fees designed to defray the cost of harbor development and maintenanec. It does mean, however, that such a fee must fairly match the exporters' use of port services and facilities."

A tax of 0.125 percent is levied on the value of any cargoes handled at U.S. ports. Importers pay the fee along with customs duties but exporters and domestic shippers, who do not pay duties, paid the harbor tax on a quarterly basis.

The issue reached the Supreme Court in United States v. United States Shoe Corp., No. 97-372. United States Shoe had challenged the tax by filing a refund lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Reported by: Steve Schultz

From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





Lauzon Dry Docks divested to Davie Industries

04/03:
The Champlain and Lorne dry docks at Levis, Quebec, were divested by the Canadian government to Davie Industries Inc. on 31 March. Also known as the Lauzon Dry Docks, the deal includes the 15 hectares/37 acres of land and all facilities including buildings, turbines and turbo-generators.

The government will pay Canadian$20 million/U.S.$14 million for repair work to the dry docks as well as projected net operating costs. In return, Davie Industries must keep the dry docks operating for 10 years.

The Lorne dry dock was built between 1878 and September 1886 while the Champlain dry dock was constructed from 1914 to 1918. They were leased on an as needed basis by Davie Industries, which is the sole user and also owns the adjacent land. The company also leases 5.1 hectares/12.5 acres at present.

The Lorne dry dock is in fairly good condition, according to the government, but is often too small for many projects. While the Champlain dyry dock is twice as large, it needs significant repairs. A total of C$12 million/U.S.$8.5 million would need to be invested for continued government operation, but C$6.2 million/U.S.$4.4 million has been lost over the past seven years.

Reported by: Steve Schultz

From the weekly electronic publication "The World Maritime News"





American Republic finds Body

04/03:
The body of a young woman was found yesterday in the Cuyahoga River near the East Bank of the Flats, police said. Crew members of the American Republic freighter spotted the body at 11:15am. They reported their discovery to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ports and Harbors Bureau of the Cleveland Police Department.
reported in the April 2 Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Port Stanley's Commercial Fishing

04/03:
Port Stanley's Commercial Fish Species Caught For 1997

Yellow Perch 829,812 LBS
Yellow pickerel 2,032,188 LBS
White Bass 297,369 LBS
Rainbow Smelt 8,501,253 LBS

Total Fish Caught 11,846,435 LBS
Value $7,599,973.00

Lake Erie Wide Value In Fish Caught-
$33,600,000.00
33,000,000 LBS Caught For All Of Lake Erie
Thanks to the Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association Port Observer for Port Stanley Harbour.

Reported by: Richard Hill




Today in Great Lakes History - April 03

On April 3, 1991 the pilothouse of the WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1) was moved by barge towed by Gaelic tug's CAROLYN HOEY and placed on a specially built foundation at the Dossin Museum for display facing the Detroit River as a fully equipped pilot house.

LIQUILASSIE was launched April 3, 1943 as a) TEMBLADOR.

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News Delay

04/02:
Computer troubles again, sorry for the delay. My old machine is limping along..




Twin Ports Activity

04/02:
George A. Sloan backed out of drydock in Fraser Shipyards on April 1 and appeared ready to get under way.

Halifax brought the first load of grain to the Twin Ports April 1, unloading at Cargill B2 in Duluth. The vessel presented an interesting sight in its relatively new red paint job.

Reported by: Al Miller




Pathfinder in Detroit

04/02:
Pathfinder made a visit yesterday to River Rouge at the U.S. Gypsum dock. She arrived at approximately 5am and was still unloading at noon. It is rare to see an Interlake boat called at this dock. It is mainly visited by U.S. Steel stone boats or the Richard Reiss.

Reported by: John Belliveau




Cuyahoga loads at Wharf 12

04/02:
The Cuyahago was loading stone at wharf 12 in the Welland Canal Port Colborne. She has become the primary boat that loads stone for the Cleveland Dock. Cleveland requires a boat that is 650' Algorail, Agawa Canyon and Algoway have been the boats that have taken over since Westdale Shipping Ltd. went under in 1983.

Reported by: J. J. Van Volkenburg




Toledo Update

04/02:
Wolverine left Toledo on 3/31/98 in the afternoon, no word on her destination.

Joseph H. Frantz planned departure date from Torco dock in Toledo is today, Thursday 4/2/98

Reported by: John Belliveau




Sarnia Empty

04/02:
The last two winter-fleet boats left Sarnia yesterday afternoon - The John B. Aird and the Algoway.

Reported by: Jim Luke




Norris above the Locks

04/02:
The James Norris entered Thunder Bay on the 29th. She arrived at the Valley Camp Dock to load Potash and departed early morning on the 30th.

This was her first trip on Lake Superior since 1995 when she visited Marquette and loaded taconite for the Soo.

Reported by: Ron Konkol and Rod Burdick




First New Saltie

04/02:
Tecam Sea, the first new saltie of the season entered the Seaway on schedule March 29 and was bound for the Baillargeon dock at Côte Ste. Catherine to unload fertilizer. From there, she will go to Oshawa. This vessel had four former names and was in the Great Lakes under her two original names of Rich Alliance and then Monte Bonita. She belongs to a class known as "lake bulkers" because those ships were built with Seaway fittings and the lakes trade in mind. More information on that vessel can be found in past editions of Seaway Ships.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Algonova being painted

04/02:
Algoma Tankers Ltd.'s Algonova (5,038-gt, 3,164-nt 122.1-meter/400.5-foot motor tanker built in 1969 by Canadan Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd. at Collingwood, Ontario) is having its hull painted in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ship has carried the names A.G. Farquharson and Texaco Chief.

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





Erie-built cutter decommissioned

04/02:
The U.S. Coast Guard's "White"-class Coasal Buoy Tender U.S.C.G.C. White Heath (WLM 545) was decommissioned at 1330 31 March at the Coast Guard's facility in the North End of Boston. The vessel was laid down 4 June, 1943, and launched 21 July, 1943, at Erie Concrete & Steel Supply Co. in Erie, Pa. It was commissioned as the U.S. Navy self-propelled lighter YF 445 on 9 Aug., 1944, and was transferred to the Coast Guard on 9 Aug., 1947. The U.S.C.G.C. White Heath worked from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, to Cape Cod, Mass., and will now be transferred to Tunisia.

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





Bid made for Dominion Bridge

04/02:
American ECO has made an offer of Canadian$92.5 million/U.S.$65.0 million for Dominion Bridge Corp., which owns Davie Industries Inc. at Levis, Quebec. Royal Millennia Group Ltd. has offered C$14 million/U.S.$10 million for Davie Industries.

Reported by: Steve Schultz
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Welland Canal open for 1998 shipping season

04/02:
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (March 30, 1998) – Against the backdrop of a $100 million contract to Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd. St. Catharines, Ont. by Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, Que., the Welland Canal officially opened Tuesday for its 170th consecutive season. More than 400 people attended the morning ceremony under blue skies and warm temperatures.

Prominent members of the marine industry joined St. Lawrence Seaway Authority representatives and the public for the traditional Top Hat ceremony at Lock 3. The Top Hat was presented to Capt. Mark Leaney, master of the S. S. Canadian Leader. His was the first up-bound ship into Lock 3 in St. Catharines. St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Acting President Michel Fournier officially declared the Canal open for the 1998 navigation season.

"Our 1997 season was highly successful," said Fournier. "We moved nearly 50 million combined tonnes through the Montreal-to-Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal sections of the Seaway. We remain optimistic for 1998, and anticipate strong cargo movements throughout the year." Fournier also acknowledged the hard work of Seaway employees and contractors in Niagara, where some 30 major contracts, part of the Seaway Authority's $16 million asset renewal program, were completed this winter. "Because of their efforts, we are able to open a week earlier than scheduled." Upper Lakes Group Inc. President Marcel Rivard congratulated Capt. Leaney, Chief Engineer Claudin Tremblay, and crew of the S.S. Canadian Leader, a member of the Upper Lakes fleet, on opening the Welland for the second time since the Leader was built. "On behalf of Upper Lakes Group, I would also like to offer our best wishes to the Welland Canal, its operators and all its users for a safe and prosperous season," said Rivard.

News of the announcement by Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal, Que., of a $100 million contract to St. Catharines, Ont.-based Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering created renewed optimism in the Niagara marine community. The significant investment will ensure a minimum of 300 jobs year-round for the next three years at CSE's Port Weller Dry Docks, where work on the CSL fleet renewal program will take place.

The S. S. Canadian Leader is travelling up-bound in ballast to Duluth, Minn., the vessel will load 26,500 metric tonnes of U.S. grain bound for Baie Comeau, Que. Capt. Leaney resides in Port Colborne, Ont. He has been sailing with Upper Lakes Group since 1974, and was appointed Master in 1984. This is his first season as Master of the Leader.

The ceremony on the Welland is the longest-running Top Hat ceremony on the Canadian Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. Tuesday marked the beginning of the canal's 170th consecutive navigation season, tying early opening records set in 1980 and 1995. The schooner Anne and Jane made the first transit of the original Welland Canal in 1829. The Welland Canal links Lakes Ontario and Erie, and is part of the 3,700-kilometre St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959 and provides uninterrupted navigation nine months each year from Duluth, Minn. and Thunder Bay, Ont. to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Reported by: Marine Historical Society of Detroit




Update on Lake Ontario Regulation

04/02:
Monday, March 30, 1998
The exceptionally warm weather this past weekend has resulted in record high flows for some of the tributaries flowing into Lake St Francis and Lake St. Louis. The inflows to Lake St. Louis, in terms of timing and magnitude, far exceeded what was anticipated prior to the weekend, and their effect is still being felt today.

As mentioned in last Thursday?s update, Seaway navigation between Lake Ontario and Montreal began on March 26, with cargo, vessel and traffic restrictions in effect. The Lake Ontario outflow was maintained at 10200 m3/s when navigation resumed.

Early on March 28 (Saturday), Lake St. Louis level began to rise abruptly. The first reduction in the Lake Ontario outflow took place early that morning. For the rest of the day and through Sunday, a series of large flow reductions took place, with the objective of preventing flood levels on Lake St. Louis. However, even with these reductions, we could not keep up with the rapidly rising inflows. By Sunday, the flow of the Ottawa River reached 5000 m3/s (on March 26 the actual flow was about 1580 m3/s). Later that night, the flow of the Chateauguay River into Lake St. Louis apparently reached 1180 m3/s, which would be a new record maximum flow (on March 27 the actual flow was 50 m3/s).

Lake St. Louis at Pointe Claire began to exceed the 22.2 m mark in the morning of March 28, and remained at about 22.3 m the rest of that day. On March 29, the levels stayed at about 22.33 m during the day but rose further starting that evening such that, by early this morning, it reached 22.40 m. The flood level of Lake St. Louis is 22.33 m. At noon today, the Lake Ontario outflow was reduced to 5600 m3/s.

The series of flow reductions at the Moses-Saunders hydropower dam at Cornwall/Massena the last two days have resulted in extremely high water levels on Lake St. Lawrence. Though not at flood stage, they are beginning to generate calls from local riparians. To suppress the water levels on Lake St. Lawrence, the gates at the Iroquois Dam were partially closed early this morning, with gate settings at the lowest point ever (a new record minimum open setting).

At noon today, the Lake St. Lawrence level at Long Sault is at elevation 74.07 m, and may rise further due to the westerly wind and the flow reduction at noon. The Iroquois Dam opening is being reduced further. The river level immediately above the Iroquois Dam is also rising. Close monitoring of the situation continues.

Yesterday's daily Lake Ontario level reading was 75.18 m, about 43 cm higher than average for this time of year.
Fisheries and Oceans - Government of Canada

Reported by: John Whitehead




A sick day well spent

04/02:
Upon awakening this morning (3/31), I found myself stricken with a vicious bout of "freighter Flu". The only cure for this ailment: a trip to Port Huron to see JOE BLOCK. At 9:50 this morning, I was cured--a sick day well spent.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Correction

04/02:
Algobay in the Seaway -- she cleared the US locks on March 26, not 27 and cleared St.Lambert lock on March 27.
Incorrect name for Melvyn H.Baker III -- the correct name is M. H. Baker III.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Today in Great Lakes History - April 02

On April 2, 1951 CLIFFS VICTORY was towed, bound for New Orleans, LA, with her deck houses, stack, propeller, rudder and above deck fittings stored on or below her spar deck for bridge clearance. She was outfitted with two 120 foot pontoons, which were built at the Baltimore yard, that were attached to her hull at the stern to reduce her draft to eight feet for passage in the shallow sections of the river/canal system.

LEON FALK, JR was launched April 2, 1945 as a) WINTER HILL, a T2-SE-Al World War II single screw fuel tanker for U.S. Maritime Commission.

CLIFFORD F. HOOD was launched April 2, 1902 as the straight deck Bulk Freighter a) BRANSFORD.

The SENATOR OF CANADA sailed under her own power on April 2, 1985 to Toronto, Ont. where she was put into ordinary next to her fleetmate the QUEDOC (2). She was later scrapped in Venezuela.

The WHEAT KING was lengthened by an addition of a 172'6" mid-section (Hull #61) and received a 1000 hp bowthruster. This work reportedly cost $3.8 million Cdn and was completed on April 2, 1976.

On April 2, 1953, the J.L. Mauthe (now Pathfinder (3) entered service.

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Flash Back 1970


April 1, 1970, U.S. Steel boats Callaway, Clarke and Anderson wait in Soo Harbor for the locks to open for the season. The Naugatuck is at right (the Clarke was the official first boat). Although the first trips may have been easy the rest of the month wasn't --- ice jams delayed lockings by as much as 36 hours, and the Canada Steamship Lines Stadacona was nearly lost after her hull was punctured by ice in Whitefish Bay The master bailed out the incoming water with the self-unoading equipment, according to an article in the Soo Evening News.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Today in Great Lakes History - April 01

The a) STEWART J. CORT was commissioned on April 1,1972.

In April 1965, the J.A. CAMPBELL was renamed c) BUCKEYE MONITOR.

Realizing that the bulk trades were too competitive, Captain John Roen's Roen Transportation Co. sold the CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN to the American Steamship Co. (Boland & Cornelius, mgr.) on April 1, 1947 for $915,000.

The ROY A. JODREY started her first full season opening navigation at the Soo Locks April 1, 1966 with a load of stone for Algoma Steel.

Dismantling of the G.A. TOMLINSON (2) began on April 1, 1980 and was completed eight months later in December.



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