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Rare Trip for the Saturn

05/31:
An infrequent visitor to Quebec City but a very familiar tanker on the lakes arrived in Quebec's capital Wednesday. The tanker Saturn was at Section 104 of Quebec City's harbor, waiting for room at the Ultramar terminal (section 86) where she was to load for Oswego, NY. Trips this far downbound the Seaway for the Saturn are rare, it was a unique opportunity for boatwatchers in the area to have a glimpse of the small but busy tanker.

Reported by: J. F. Boutin




McKee Sons in Sarnia

05/31:
The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible remained at the Government Dock in Sarnia Wednesday. The pair were reported to be at the dock for some type of repairs.

Tug and barge docked stern to stern.
Close up of the tug.

Reported by: T. Parker




Twin Ports Report

05/31:
Fedmar's red hulls were plentiful in Duluth on the morning of May 30 as Lake Superior backed into the main cargo berth at the Duluth port terminal, not far from where Federal Schelde was finishing its load of soybeans. The Federal Schelde was expected to depart Wednesday after spending more than a week in port.

Grain shipments have been slow in the past several weeks, so the arrival of Canadian Voyager was a welcome sight. The straight decker was loading at the Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior. This has been the busiest grain terminal in port this season. Peavey Connors Point, which was busy last season, has seen relatively little vessel traffic and its usually busy railroad sidings are empty.

Indiana Harbor was making a rare appearance at the BNSF ore dock in Superior. St. Clair was scheduled to make another trip to the DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena Update

05/31:
The J.A.W Iglehart loaded cement at Lafarge on Wednesday. It left at 3:30 p.m. heading for Detroit. The Alpena was due into port around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity was heading to Waukegen, IL to unload. The Paul H. Townsend is on a weeklong lay-up in Muskegon. It is expected to depart on June 3.

Reported by: Chanda Bruski




Saginaw News

05/31:
Three upbound vessels formed a convoy Wednesday morning on the Saginaw River on their way to Saginaw area docks. First in line was the Buffalo, which was heading to the Saginaw Rock Products dock. After unloading part of her cargo there, the vessel planned to shift across the river to finish unloading at the Valley Asphalt dock. The Buffalo had entered the river at 6:48 a.m.

Following a short distance behind the Buffalo was the steamer Saginaw, which had entered the river at 7:11 a.m. with a load for the old General Motors dock at Saginaw.

Close behind the Saginaw was the Sam Laud, which had entered the river at 5:18 a.m. The Laud had first lightered at Bay Aggregates in downtown Bay City. She then followed the other two vessels on her way up to the Buena Vista dock near the I-75 Bridge to finish unloading.

The three vessels could be seen within a few miles of one another as they transited the stretch of river between Bay City and Saginaw at about 10:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Joseph H. Frantz had completed unloading at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City and was outbound through Essexville at 11:00 a.m. The Sam Laud completed unloading early in the afternoon and was outbound from Saginaw at 2:00 p.m.

The Saginaw and Buffalo finished unloading later in the afternoon. The Buffalo was outbound from the 6th Street turning basin in Saginaw at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Saginaw one hour later.

Joseph H. Frantz in the turning basin. Todd Shorkey
Using every inch of space in the turning basin. Todd Shorkey
Backing. Todd Shorkey
A push from the bow thruster to complete the turning. Todd Shorkey
Joseph H. Frantz, outbound at Essexville. Stephen Hause

The Mark Hannah and barge passing Consumers Energy.Todd Shorkey
Sam Laud, upbound. Stephen Hause
Sam Laud passing below Veterans Bridge.Todd Shorkey
Sam Laud approaching Liberty Bridge.Todd Shorkey

Buffalo at Saginaw Rock Products dock. Stephen Hause
Buffalo downbound at Wheelers Landing. Todd Shorkey
Stern view. Todd Shorkey

Saginaw, upbound. Stephen Hause
Saginaw downbound at Veteran’s Park in Bay City. Todd Shorkey
Stern view. Todd Shorkey

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit River Traffic

05/31:
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Wednesday evening.

Algolake unloading coal in the Rouge River Short Cut Canal.
Bow view.
Great Laker (Myanmar) unloading at Morton Terminals.
English River off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Algomarine downbound.
Southdown Challenger downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Catherine Desgagnes loading at the ADM Elevator.
Catherine Desgagnes downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

05/31:
The Kaye E. Barker finished loading coal and departed from the CSX Coal Docks around 2:00 p.m. The Maumee arrived at the CSX Dock from Cleveland around 3:00 p.m. and started loading coal upon arrival. She finished around 5:30 p.m. and departed The CSX Dock site and is now bound for Menominee, Michigan to unload her coal cargo there.

The Algomarine was due in at the CSX Stone Dock on Wednesday evening from Windsor, Ontario to finish unloading her remaining stone cargo. Once unloaded she will shift over to the coal dock to load coal.

The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock. The American Mariner is in lay-up at the Torco Dock. The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock. The barge Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort is in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace).

There were no grain or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algomarine, Algolake, and CSL Niagara due in today. They will be followed by the Algosteel on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Docks will be the Courtney Burton this morning followed by the Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

05/31:
The Maumee departed CBS early Wednesday morning. About noon her fleet mate the Calumet with tug Idaho came out of Ontario 4 and turned in the outer harbor and went back to the Salt Dock to load. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay went out on to the lake in the afternoon. The American Republic departed around 1:00 p.m. on the shuttle run from Lorain to Cleveland. The tug Sea Eagle II and cement barge departed about 2:00 p.m. The English River was scheduled to arrive for her dock around midnight.

Pictures by TZ
Calumet turning with the tug Idaho.
Close up.
Another view.
Neah Bay passing the lighthouse.
Close up of Neah Bay.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Conneaut Update

05/31:
Wednesday was a busy day in Conneaut, OH. starting with a visit by the CSL Niagara early that morning to load coal for Nanticoke. The Roger Blough arrived about 9:30 a.m. with a load of taconite from Two Harbors, MN and departed at 5:00 pm as scheduled. About 7:00 p.m. the Bough's fleet mate John G. Munson arrived with ore from Duluth and will depart some time this morning

Other visitors to Conneaut earlier in the week were Yankcanuck Monday and Tuesday for her usual load of gypsum to Nanticoke and the CSL Niagara on Monday to load coal.

Pictures taken from the Ronnie S, a classic Great Lakes trap-net tug
Yankcanuck loading.
Close up of her crane.
Close up of stern.
Capt. Jim Anthony takes the Ronnie S. into the harbor.
Yankcanuck heads for Nanticoke.
CSL Niagara approaching port on Lake Erie.
Niagara backs into port.
Departing for Nanticoke.

Roger Blough unloading at Dock 4.
Blough bow straight in the slip.
Blough in the slip.
Passing the forward end, in the slip.
A view aft of forward cabins.
Unloading boom dumping taconite into the hopper at P & C ore dock.
Another view.
We pull a tree from the coal dock slip and approach the Blough's stern on our way out of slip.
The boom can be extended on either side, this image shows the opening on the port side.
Blough in outer harbor departing Conneaut P & C.
Passing the Conneaut light and back to Minnesota.

Reported by: Thomas Naykki and Capt. Jim Anthony




Toronto Report

05/31:
Shooting began Wednesday for the movie "True Blue" starring Tom Beringer. The producers are using the former U.S. fishing trawler Miss Kristy and calling it a "Dragon Boat". They have done their best to create an American atmosphere, having draped two large cloths over the stern of Canadian Mariner, sitting to the west of the set, to obscure her name and port of registry. They have also hoisted two American flags on the fire tug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie, which sits on Toronto Dry dock on the east side of the set.

As reported yesterday, McKeil's tugs went to Oshawa to assist the salty Darya Diva into port. They remained in Oshawa Wednesday.

Soderholm's tug Diver III and barge were in at the stone dock Wednesday afternoon.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Aerial Views

05/31:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake St. Clair Wednesday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Frontenac on Lake St. Clair.
Tanker Jade Star.
Algoeast.
George A. Stinson.
Catharine Desgagnes passing the Stinson.





Marine Mart

05/31:
June 2 is the annual Lake Huron Lore Marine Society Marine Mart held at the Port Huron Museum from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Books, Models, Videos, Historic Paper, Photographs and more will be offered. It is also an opportunity to see the Museum's Great Lakes Collection. Afterwards relax at the Blue Water Bridges and watch the ships go by.
Please call (810) 982-0891 for more information.

Reported by: Al Hart




Help Wanted Marine Superintendent - Hull

05/31:
N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited is looking for an individual to serve in the capacity of Marine Superintendent in the operating office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The individual must have a minimum of ten years experience sailing on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Waterway including time served as ships captain, experience in human resource management, budgeting and maintenance of freshwater fleet vessels.

The successful candidate will oversee and coordinate a number of activities for the company’s fleet, including safety, training, cargo work, stability and stress, navigation, planning and claims.

Please reply in confidence by May 11, 2001 with detailed resume and references by facsimile to 807-475-3493.

N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited is committed to equity in employment.




Today in Great Lakes History - May 31

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

The wooden barge FANNY NEIL was launched at the Muir, Livingstone & Co. yard in Port Huron on 31 May 1870. As was usual in those days, her name was not made public until the streamer bearing her name was unfurled at the launch.

May 31, 1924 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 21 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage. Captain Charles E. Robertson in command.

The wooden tug MOCKING BIRD was launched at 7:00 PM on 31 May 1873 (12 days late) at the Port Huron Dry Dock Company yard. Her master builder was Alex "Sandy" Stewart. Her dimensions were 123' x 23' x 8.4', 142 gt. The engine (26.5" x 30") was at the Cuyahoga Works in Cleveland at the time of launch, ready to be installed. Although this launch was twelve days late, it still did not go smoothly since MOCKING BIRD got stuck in the river. However, with some assistance from another tug, she was pulled free and was afloat at the dock by midnight. She lasted until abandoned at Marquette, Michigan in 1918.

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


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




McKee Sons in Sarnia

05/30:
The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible spent most of Tuesday at the Government Dock in Sarnia. She was reported to be having a problem with one of the tug's two engines. The tug was pulled from the barge's notch and they were docked stern to stern. Also in port was the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Gull Isle and tug Menasha.

Reported by: Brian Ferguson




Memorial Service

05/30:
Memorial services were conducted aboard the Polish ship, Isadora, in the port of Cleveland a week ago in memory of seaman Tomasz Wlodarczk, whose body recently washed ashore at Duluth, Minnesota.

Cleveland Seamen's Service enlisted the participation of Rev. Fr. Jan Wachala, St. Casimir Parish and Rev. Fr. Andrze Knapik, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, to conduct the service aboard ship in the Polish language for the crew and guests.

One member of this ship had served with the drowned victim in the past and the ceremony was held in Cleveland because of the availability of the Polish priest and the lengthier stay in port, which gave time to organize.

The traditional wreath was tossed into Lake Erie after the memorial prayers by the two priests and a eulogy from Isadora Capt. Tomasz Kowalewski, who was able to learn some details from the shipping line.

The ship Ziemia Chemielska left Duluth in November without the crewman, who had been on shore alone. A shore crew search was conducted with no avail when Wlodarczyk did not return. In April his body floated ashore. Coroner investigation found no foul play drugs or alcohol, just drowning, to be the cause of death. His remains were returned to Poland for internment.

Cleveland Seamens Service is a non religious volunteer service organization based at the port which greets all ships, providing hospitality, touring and shopping opportunities to the crews of the international vessels making a brief stay in Cleveland.

Reported by: Frank Swiderski




Saginaw News

05/30:
The Mississagi arrived at the Buena Vista dock near the I-75 Bridge early Tuesday on her second visit to the Saginaw River. The vessel had finished unloading at noon, and was outbound during the afternoon.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
Mississagi outbound through Zilwaukee.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit River Update

05/30:
Tuesday the Halifax was anchored in the Ojibway Anchorage off Windsor waiting for the Arthur M. Anderson to complete unloading at the Blue Circle Cement Dock in the Rouge River. This was an unusual trip for the Anderson.

The Lee A. Tregurtha departed Rouge Steel and was sailing down the Rouge River Tuesday evening. The Anderson waited in the Detroit River for the Tregurtha to clear, if the Anderson had moved to the dock the Tregurtha would have had a very difficult time exiting the river due to the location of the dock. Other vessel traffic in the area is shown below.

Halifax at anchor.
stern view.
Patricia Hoey upbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.

Pictures taken on Monday
Tug John Spence and barge Mc Asphalt 401.
The pair had waited for the weather to improve at Morton Terminal in Windsor. They headed downbound after receiving a report of favorable sea conditions at Detroit River Light.
Close up of the John Spence.
Close up of the barge.
Stern view.
Tug Muskegon at Monroe.
St Clair upbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

05/30:
The Reserve loaded coal at the CSX Dock and departed Tuesday afternoon. The Kaye E. Barker was due in later that evening to load coal. The Cuyahoga arrived at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator Tuesday morning to load grain. Depending on the loading process, she was expected to depart late afternoon or evening. The tanker Gemini was inbound Maumee Bay around 2:00 p.m., headed for the B-P Dock.

The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock. The American Mariner is in lay-up at the Torco Dock. The Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort is at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks was the Maumee at 1:30 a.m. this morning followed by the Algomarine, Algolake, and CSL Niagara on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Courtney Burton today at 6:00 a.m., followed by the Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Report

05/30:
Tuesday evening the Seamonarch II was unloading part of its cargo of steel products at Pier 8. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Limnos departed from CCIW Monday afternoon.

From the Burlington Piers, a tanker could be seen at the Oakville/Bronte Piers. Possibly the Diamond Star.

An unusual sight was to see the Agawa Canyon moored at Pier 23 unloading sand, from Brevort, Michigan. The vessel had just finished unloading to form one pile of sand, when it was being winched forward along the pier so that it could start unloading again to form a new pile.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

05/30:
The salty Elikon was unloading at Redpath Sugar dock this morning. McKeil's tugs Atomic and Lac Como were missing from their slip and are presumed to be working at Oshawa, where they are sent as needed.

Work on the firetug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie on Toronto Drydock is proceeding ahead of schedule. She may be refloated late next week.

The tug Miss Kristy was being readied today for a film shoot tomorrow. She is being used as a prop for the film "True Blue" starring Tom Beringer.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Join us on the Badger June 2

05/30:
Time is running out to book your passage on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger for our crossing this Saturday, June 2. The Badger is the last operating carferry on the lakes, at 410-feet she is steam powered and coal fired.

The crossing takes us from Ludington, MI. to Manitowoc, WI on Saturday June 2. The Lake Michigan Carferry has offered a special rate on the crossing and for those who are interested, a special rate for a stateroom on board in the "Badger Boatel" Friday night.

Our group will be treated to limited tours of the pilothouse and engine room of Badger. This is a rare opportunity to see the two Skinner Unaflow Steam engines that generate a combined 7,000 horsepower.

The cruise begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. departing Ludington, MI. After the three hour trip across Lake Michigan we arrive in Manitowoc, WI where you may choose to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and its World War II submarine U.S.S. Cobia all for a special discount rate. Other options in Manitowoc include exploring the city and the many lighthouses in the area or staying on the Badger for a shore line cruise (additional fare).

The cruise continues with our departure for Ludington at 6:00 p.m. (Central time).

To reserve your space on the Badger Click here

Offcial Lake Michigan Carferry web site.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum.




Today in Great Lakes History - May 30

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

During the economic depression known as the "Panic of '73", shipbuilding came to a stand still. Orders for new vessels were cancelled and worked was stopped on hulls that were on the ways. On 30 May 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that a recovery from the "Panic of '73" resulted in a surge of shipyard work at Marine City. "Shipyards are getting ready to start business again with full force. Mr. Fin Kenyon has begun building a steam barge for Kenyon Bros. [the PORTER CHAMBERLAIN]; Mr. George King is going to build a steam barge for Mr. Henry Buttironi [the GERMANIA]; Messrs. Hill and Wescott are going to build a side wheel passenger boat for Mr. Eber Ward [the NORTHERNER]; Mr. David Lester will build another steam barge [the CITY OF DULUTH]. There is one barge on the stocks built by Mr. Hill for Mr. Morley, that will soon be ready to launch [the N. K. FAIRBANK]."

At about 1:00 AM on 30 May 1882, the lumber hooker ROCKET, carrying shingles from Manistee to Charlevoix, capsized about four miles abreast of Frankfort, Michigan on Lake Michigan. The tug HALL found the vessel and towed her inside the harbor. The crew were saved, but the vessel was split open and was a total wreck.

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


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




Slow Trip for the Maria Desgagnes

05/29:
The Maria Desgagnes was upbound in the Detroit River Sunday morning. She was running at reduced speed because the water level had fallen to +13 inches. She was carrying a split load of gasoline and jet fuel from Montreal for the Shell lower dock in Sarnia.

Maria Desgagnes upbound.
Stern view.
Another view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Lafarge to Sell Blue Circle Assets

05/29:
Lafarge has announced that it has entered into an agreement for the sale to VOTORANTIM of assets currently owned by Blue Circle in the North American Great Lakes area, for a total amount of Euro 825 million.

The assets involved include:
-two cement plants (Bowmanville and St. Marys in the province of Ontario);
-a grinding station in Detroit, Michigan ;
-7 cement terminals on the US side of the Great Lakes ;
-39 ready-mix concrete plants in the province of Ontario ;
-some of Blue Circle aggregates assets, also in the province of Ontario, representing about 4 MT of annual sales.

The parties intend to consumate the transaction soon after the acquisition of BCI (Blue Circle Industries plc.) by LAFARGE, subject to the approval of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the confirmation of the agreement in principle reached with the Canadian Competion Bureau, as well as to other customary conditions. The BCI acquisition is expected to occur this summer.

Based in Sao Paulo, VOTORANTIM is the market leader in Brazil for cement (41% market share) and one of the ten largest cement producers in the world. It has 16 cement plants with a capacity of 25 MT per year. VOTORANTIM which had revenues of nearly Euro 4.7 billion in 2000, is also involved in many other businesses including pulp and paper and metals.

LAFARGE is world leader in building materials. It has 66 000 employees in 71 countries and holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions - Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. In 2000, the Group recorded sales of Euro 12.2 billion.

Reported by: Lafarge




Queen Trader Departs

05/29:
Monday the tanker Queen Trader was in the Seaway heading downbound after unloading in Hamilton. The tanker spent the weekend unloading liquor at Pier 23.

Queen Trader passing Brockville about 7:00 p.m. Monday.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Marinette and Menominee Update

05/29:
Monday the Catherine Desgagnes arrived in Marinette with cargo of Pig Iron to unload. The Maumee is schedule to deliver a cargo of coal for Menominee Pager Co. in Menominee. Her visit will be the first time that a GRN/LLT boat has ever been to Menominee, last year as the Maumee was in port twice with coal as the Calcite II.

Reported by: Scott Best




Saginaw News

05/29:
The Alpena finished unloading at the Lafarge Dock in Saginaw and was downbound Monday morning. She was passing through the Bay City bridges shortly after 9:00 a.m.

The Joseph H. Frantz arrived at the Bay City Wirt Dock early Monday morning with a split cargo for Bay City and Saginaw. She had completed unloading in Bay City and was upbound to the Valley Asphalt Dock at 10:15 a.m. The Frantz turned in Saginaw and was outbound for the Saginaw Bay, passing Cass Ave shortly before 7:00 p.m. Monday night.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Sarnia Update

05/29:
The Paterson was in Sarnia over the weekend loading grain at the elevators on the north side of the harbor. Early Monday morning she was loaded very low in the water and looked ready to depart.

At the Government Dock was the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Pride of Michigan. The 80-foot training vessel was in port over the weekend.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Marine Mart

05/29:
June 2 is the annual Lake Huron Lore Marine Society Marine Mart held at the Port Huron Museum from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Books, Models, Videos, Historic Paper, Photographs and more will be offered. It is also an opportunity to see the Museum's Great Lakes Collection. Afterwards relax at the Blue Water Bridges and watch the ships go by.
Please call (810) 982-0891 for more information.

Reported by: Al Hart




Website Updates

05/29:
The weekly updates have been uploaded.

Click here for easy to navigate updates




Today in Great Lakes History - May 29

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

JAMES R. BARKER was Float launched in 1976.

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

May 29, 1905 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 20, while leaving Milwaukee in a heavy fog struck the scow "Hiram R. Bond" of the Milwaukee Sand Gravel Company. The scow sank.

In 1909 the ANN ARBOR NO. 4 capsized at Manistique as a result of an error in loading a heavy load of iron ore.

On 29 May 1889, BAVARIA (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 145', 376 gt, built in 1873 at Garden Island, Ontario) was carrying squared timber when she broke from the tow of the steamer D. D. CALVIN and began to founder near Long Point in Lake Erie. Her crew abandoned her, but all eight were lost. The abandoned vessel washed ashore with little damage and lasted until 1898 when she was destroyed in a storm.

PLEASURE (wooden passenger ferry, 128', 489 gt) was launched at W. Bay City, MI on 29 May 1894. She was a small but powerful ferry, equipped with a 1600 HP engine. She operated on the Detroit River year round as a ferry and small ice breaker for the Detroit, Belle Isle and Windsor Ferry Company. She was broken up at Detroit in 1940.

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


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




Lake Superior Ore

05/28:
The ore ports on western Lake Superior were busy Sunday. George A. Stinson was loading in Superior, Roger Blough was loading at Two Harbors, Mesabi Miner was loading from the dwindling supply at Taconite Harbor, and Armco was scheduled to arrive late in the evening at Silver Bay. On Monday, Joseph H. Thompson is due into Taconite Harbor and Courtney Burton is scheduled for Silver Bay.

Reported by: Al Miller




Ralph Tucker Departs

05/28:
The Ralph Tucker departed the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg Sunday loaded with a split load of liquid calcium chloride for Morrisburg and Montreal. She arrived at Sterling Fuel at 4:45 p.m. to fuel before proceeding downbound.

Ralph Tucker loading at General Chemical in Amherstburg.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Thunder Bay Update

05/28:
The saltie Spar Jade left sometime late night on Saturday. She headed downbound after finishing her loading at Thunder Bay Terminals. The Lake Michigan also left early evening on Saturday after loading at Agricore.

The Algosteel was Downbound around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning after topping off at Thunder Bay Terminals and the Canadian Venture passed her upbound arriving in port around noon. The Venture loaded at Cargill and then moved over to Agricore at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning under clearing skies and calm waters. By late afternoon she was downbound with a full load.

The Canadian Provider arrived after midnight in the early morning hours of Sunday and began loading wheat at Richardson's. Late afternoon she was moved over to UGG"A" and was still loading there as of 9:00 p.m. The barge Sarah Spencer and tug Jane Ann IV was also an early arrival, docking at UGG"A".

The tug Radium Yellowknife and her barges are expected back in port in the next few days to pick up more lumber barges, after unloading in Superior this weekend. She was scheduled to leave Superior Sunday evening around 5:00 p.m.

The Algontario still remains idle at Pascol and the Canadian Transfer is still having work done to her hull in the Pascol Dry Dock.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Marquette Report

05/28:
Ship traffic in and out of Marquette has slowed considerably this past week. During the period Sunday, May 20 through May 26, only one vessel visited Marquette. Sunday three vessels were expected to visit starting with the Kaye E. Barker followed by the Algomarine and finishing with the Lee A. Tregurtha. No vessels were scheduled for Monday and the James R. Barker is due in on Wednesday.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Benton Harbor Traffic

05/28:
The Lake Michigan port was busy over the weekend. Saturday the Calumet unloaded part of her sand cargo loaded in Grand Haven at the Consolidated Dock in Benton Harbor. This is the first trip for the newly named Calumet to the port. There was dredging underway in the turning basin on Saturday. On Sunday the Sam Laud unloaded gravel then departed Benton Harbor / St. Joseph about 9:30 p.m.




Saginaw News

05/28:
The Alpena was inbound Sunday morning passing the Front Range Lights at 10:20 a.m. She was headed to the Lafarge Dock in Saginaw to unload a cargo of cement.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Alpena approaching Independence Bridge.
Passing through.
Stern View.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

05/28:
On Saturday the CSL Laurentien arrived at the A.R.M.S. Dock to unload grain from Thunder Bay, Ontario. She arrived around 7:00 a.m. and did a complete unload of cargo, she departed around 8:00 p.m. in the evening with two "G" tugs assisting her.

At the time of this report there are no coal, grain, or ore vessels in port. The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock, The American Mariner is in lay-up at the Torco Dock, The barge Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort remains at the old Interlake Dock.

The next scheduled coal vessels due in at the CSX Dock will be on Tuesday. The Reserve will have a 7:00 a.m. start when she arrives at the docksite after unloading her ore cargo at the Torco Dock.

The Reserve will be followed by the Maumee (8pm) and Kaye E. Barker (1130pm). On Weds. The Algomarine (8pm) followed by the Algolake (9pm). On Thursday the CSL Niagara (3pm) and on Sunday the Algosteel (1am). The next scheduled ore vessels will be the Reserve (6pm) on Monday. The Courtney Burton (10am) on Thursday followed by the Reserve (5pm) on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

05/28:
Sunday the tug James Paladino and her barge were outbound the Cuyahoga River. The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible were inbound for Ontario 4 at 5:00 p.m. The tug Sea Eagle and cement barge were expected about 11:00 p.m. taking two tugs up to the Blue Circle Cement dock.

Pictures by TZ
Bow view of the McKee Sons.
Close up of her starboard bow.
Port bow.
Bow on.
Tug invincible in the notch.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton Update

05/28:
Sunday evening, the CSL Niagara was unloading coal at Stelco's coal dock. The Hamilton Energy was alongside refueling the Niagara. The McKeil tug Glenevis is still alongside the Hamilton Energy.

Still in Heddle Marine's drydock, the cement barge Metis is having a fresh coat of grey paint applied to the hull as part of the major refit.

The CCG Limnos was moored at Canada Centre for Inland Waters.

The tanker Queen Trader was moored at Pier 23. The tanker was unloading and flying the dangerous cargo pennant from her mast.

ULS James Norris was unloading aggregate at the north face of Pier 12. The cargo was loaded in Prescott early Saturday.

The Norris passed the town of Prescott outbound Saturday on her way to Hamilton, the Canadian Prospector was about to pass her upbound, and the Canadian Leader passing downbound, resulted in quite a few Captain's salutes being blown between the three company ships. The tanker Saturn was upbound at Prescott/Ogdensburg at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The Diamond Star upbound Prescott/Ogdensburg 10:00 a.m. and was expected to overtake the tanker Saturn before the Brockville Narrows.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - May 28

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

May 28, 1900 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 15 cut down the scow SILVER LAKE, sinking her with the loss of one life.

On 28 May 1860, ARCTIC (wooden side-wheeler, 237', 861 t, built in 1851 at Marine City) drove ashore on the east side of Lighthouse Island in Lake Superior in a dense fog. The passengers and crew were able to make it to shore before a storm arose and pounded the ARCTIC to pieces. The passengers and crew were later picked up by the steamer FOUNTAIN CITY.

The ferry SARNIA made her first trip as a carferry between Port Huron and Sarnia on 27 May 1879. She had burned in January 1879, then was converted to a carferry and served in that capacity during the summer. In September 1879, she was converted to a barge.

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


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




New Life for the Landsdowne

05/27:
The Landsdowne has officially received a new life as a floating restaurant according to an announcement by the Erie Western Pennsylvania Port Authority (EWPPA). The EWWPA announced that they have signed a 25 year lease for the Sassafrass Street Dock space, which Specialty Restaurants Corp. of Anaheim will use to dock the former Detroit River rail ferry turned restaurant. The lease came after eight months of negotiation with Specialty, said Ray Schreckengost, director of the Authority. The company proposes to open a 1200 seat floating restaurant and banquet hall. Specialty president John Tallichet said that Specialty plans to spend $1.5 to $2 million to renovate her.

The Landsdowne will be docked where the carferry Viking I is currently docked and the Viking I will either be moved to another dock or out of town, said Schreckengost.

In other Erie news, the Buffalo fire tug Edward M. Cotter kicked off her Erie Memorial Day visit and the Richard Reiss was in Erie early Saturday morning.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




5-Year Survey Complete

05/27:
The cement barge Integrity was refloated Saturday at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The tug Jacklyn M. was expected to following soon. The barge was in dry dock for her 5-year survey. The pair were expected to be coupled sometime Saturday evening and departing Sturgeon Bay soon after heading for Alpena, MI to load.

Reported by: R. Greathouse




Detroit River Update

05/27:
Saturday was a busy day on the Detroit River.

Darya Ma Saturday morning at Nicholson's with Federal Fuji in the back ground which is at anchor.
Stern of Darya Ma showing both national flags.
Federal Fuji (Bahamas) at anchor.
Algosoo loading at Ojibway Salt. Notice crew members chipping pilothouse.
Bow view of Algosoo.
Ralph Tucker loading at General Chemical in Amherstburg.
Maumee upbound at the Livingstone Crossing. She reported to that she has a load of salt for Calcite and was stopping at Sterling Fuel.
Maumee stern.
Fred R White Jr downbound Saturday about 6:00 p.m.
White passing fleetmate Middletown.
Middletown, bow.
Close up of pilothouse. "AO71" and awards (left) display her proud WWII service as an oiler.
Middletown stern.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

05/27:
The CSL Niagara finished loading coal and departed early Saturday morning. Her fleetmate the CSL Laurentien was upbound on the Maumee River bound for one of the grain elevator complexes to load grain. The John J. Boland arrived soon after to load coal.

The barge Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort is at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) and it is unknown when she will depart. There are no outward signs of work on the tug or the barge and both units remain connected together. They appear as though they may be in for temporary lay-up.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Reserve, Maumee, and Lee A. Tregurtha on Tuesday. The Algomarine, and Algolake on Wednesday followed by the CSL Niagara on Thursday morning. At the Torco Dock the Fred R. White Jr. was due in late Saturday evening, followed by the Reserve on Monday evening and the Courtney Burton on Thursday morning.

The American Mariner is in lay-up at the Torco Dock complex. The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at CSX #1 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Clarkson Report

05/27:
Saturday weather saw gusty winds from the southeast with a mix of rain showers and sunny intervals. That evening the Emerald Star which had come over from Bronte with another cargo of gas oil base appeared to be close to completing the discharge of her cargo at the Petro Canada pier. Over at the St. Lawrence Cement the James Norris was in and appeared to be in the early stages of discharging another cargo of limestone from Colborne. She will likely sail very early Sunday morning.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Today in Great Lakes History - May 27

CANADIAN PIONEER was launched May 27,1981

NANTICOKE was christened in 1980.

CHARLES DICK was launched in 1922.

The PETER REISS left Duluth, MN May 27, 1910 on her maiden voyage with iron ore for Ashtabula, OH.

HENRY STEINBRENNER (4) was towed from Toledo's Lakefront Dock in 1994 for the scrap yard at Port Maitland, Ont.

The tug SMITH burned near Bay City on 27 May 1872. Her loss was valued at $7,000 but there was no insurance on her.

The ferry SARNIA made her first trip as a carferry between Port Huron and Sarnia on 27 May 1879. She had burned in January 1879, then was converted to a carferry and served in that capacity during the summer. In September, 1879, she was converted to a barge.

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


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




Tug and Barge Depart Bayship

05/26:
The tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes departed Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI Friday afternoon. The tug and barge had been at Bay Ship for a week.

The tug was uncoupled from the barge and placed in one of the small floating dry docks, the reason for her visit is unknown. The work was completed and the tug was refloated Thursday and reconnected to the barge Great Lakes. The pair departed the Sturgeon Bay into Green Bay upbound.

At Bay Ship.
Ready to depart.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Duluth - Superior Update

05/26:
The J.A.W. Iglehart departed early Friday morning, after finishing her unload at Lafarge in Duluth. The Columbia Star also left in the early morning with taconite pellets from DM&IR, headed for Ispat/Inland in Indiana Harbor. The Oglebay Norton footers seem to be working a new contract for Ispat/Inland, which for the last two years had been dominated by the Indiana Harbor.

The Cason J. Callaway topped off the early morning activity, coming in to unload stone at DM&IR before heading up the North Shore later in the evening to load in Two Harbors. The barge Sarah Spencer and tug Jane Ann IV arrived during the mid-morning to unload barley from Thunder Bay at the Cargill B2 elevator in Duluth. While the barge was unloading, the tug Jane Ann IV detached and went to fuel at Murphy's Port Terminal berth.

Later that afternoon the Charles M. Beeghly also fueled at Murphy upon arrival in the Twin Ports, before heading up the river to load taconite at DM&IR. Early evening arrivals included the Canadian Enterprise, coming in for coal at Midwest Energy, and the Kinsman Independent, arriving to load wheat at Cenex Harvest States. The Federal Schelde has been in port for a week now, trying to load soybeans at AGP in Duluth. Rain has continually delayed the process, as it did once again Friday after only a few short hours of loading.

Reported by: Eric Holst




Thunder Bay Report

05/26:
Traffic in and out of the Port of Thunder Bay was steady during the past week.

Early morning Friday the Lake Michigan, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and the Mantadoc slip into Port. The Lake Michigan was on her first trip of the year to this Port and docked at P&H elevator to load. The Martin on her second trip this year nosed into Thunder Bay Terminals to load and the Mantadoc, arriving for the first visit this season, pulled into Richardson's Elevator. By afternoon the Mantadoc had moved to UGG"A" to continue loading and by early evening was on her way back down the lake. The Martin was also loaded quickly and was turned around and downbound late afternoon. The Lake Michigan has moved over to Agricore to continue loading.

The Algosteel also arrived Friday docking at Valley Camp just before noon and then moving over to P&H Elevator later in the day. The tug Radium Yellowknife was still docked at the old Ore Dock beside Northern Woods, in preparation for another lumber barge tow. The Saltie Spar Jade was at anchor after loading at UGG"M".

The Canadian Transfer remains at Pascol Engineering Dry Dock as worked continues on the damaged area of her hull. Scaffold indicates the general area of work which seems to be about midship on the port underside.

Other boats in port this week included the Oakglen, Kapitonas Sevcenko, Quebecois, Strange Atractor, Algocape, Iryda, Algocen, W.N. Twolan/McAllaster, Algobay, Canadian Leader, Cartierdoc, Sarah Spencer, Algonova, CSL Laurentien and the CEC Crusader.

The CEC Crusader was in Port on Wednesday delivering 15 passenger rail cars that Via Rail bought in the United Kingdom and were shipped to Thunder Bay for refurbishment before entering service in eastern Canada. The cars were surplus from the English-French Channel. The contract was awarded to Bombardier who expected to refurbish the cars in Montreal but the Montreal facility had too much work so the contract was then awarded to the Thunder Bay plant.

The official announcement on Thursday by the plant manager said that this contract was perfect timing for the plant as 200 employees were scheduled for layoff in June following the end of the Toronto subway contract.

The manager said that most of the employees on the layoff would now be spared and the work should last for another two years. The first 15 cars were unloaded at Keefer terminal and will be moved over to the plant. The next shipment of 36 cars will occur sometime next month with similar shipments over the next few months. The contract is to refurbish 139 cars over the next 4 years and is worth $9.8 million (C).

CEC Crusader unloading passenger cars at Keefer Terminal.
Quebecois docking at Agricore.
Downbound from Thunder Bay Harbor.
Mantadoc at Richardson's Elevator loading.
Canadian Transfer docking at Pascol Engineering in the fog with a slight list to port.
Pumping out ballast water while dry dock is pumped out. Mantadoc at Richardson's Elevator loading.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Saginaw News

05/26:
The David Z. Norton finished unloading overnight and was outbound Friday morning. She gave a security call at the 6th Street Turning Basin in Saginaw at 8:15 a.m. The tanker Gemini was inbound Friday morning the pump out island around 9:15 a.m. She was headed to the Ashland-Marathon Dock in Bangor Township and was tied up and out of the way before the downbound Norton reached her.

A little more than an hour behind the Gemini, the Agawa Canyon was inbound. She tied up at the Essroc Dock to allow the downbound Norton to pass. By 12:10 p.m., she was back underway heading all the way upriver to Saginaw.

The tanker Gemini later departed the Ashland-Marathon Dock, turned in the river and was downbound the Saginaw River at 6:55 p.m. Friday evening.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Agawa Canyon inbound.
Close up.
Gemini inbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

05/26:
The barge Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort remained at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) on Friday. The tug Gregory J. Busch was at the River Dock area of the Shipyard while her barge was in drydock for survey/repairs. The salt water vessels ML Jet, and Pytheas were at the T.W.I. Docks unloading cargo and were expected to depart some time during the day.

The CSL Niagara started loading coal during the morning then shifted forward of the loading dock awaiting coal that was in transit, meanwhile Canadian Progress shifted over to the loading dock to load coal, she loaded her coal cargo and departed in the late evening. CSL Niagara then shifted back to the loading dock to finish loading coal and was expected to depart early Saturday morning.

The John J. Boland is the next scheduled coal vessel due in early this morning and will follow the CSL Niagara. The Armco was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Reserve scheduled for a 7:00 a.m. start on Tuesday followed by the Maumee, and Lee A. Tregurtha also due in later on Tuesday. The Algomarine, and Algolake are due in on Wednesday followed by the CSL Niagara on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Fred R. White Jr. late Saturday evening. The Reserve is due in on Monday evening followed by the Courtney Burton early Thursday morning.

The American Mariner remains in lay-up at the Torco Dock complex. The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Clarkson Report

05/26:
Early Friday afternoon the Emerald Star was in at the Petro Canada dock. She was discharging gas oil base stock. The Emerald Star has been shuttling between Clarkson and the shell refinery in Bronte, Ontario. Bronte is approximately 10 kilometers west of Clarkson along the north shore of Lake Ontario.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Today in Great Lakes History - May 26

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

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

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

SCOTT MISENER (3) was launched in 1954.

In 1923 the ANN ARBOR NO. 4 was towed to the shipyard in Manitowoc by the ANN ARBOR NO. 5 with the assistance of the tug ARTIC. The NO. 4 was completely overhauled and had all new cabins built on her main deck.

QUEEN OF THE LAKES was launched at the Kirby & Ward yard in Wyandotte, Michigan on 26 May 1872. She was the first iron hulled vessel built in Michigan.

On 26 May 1873, the iron propeller revenue cutter GEO. S. BOUTWELL was launched at Union Iron Works in Buffalo, NY. Her dimensions were 140' x 22' x 17.5', 151 gt. She served out of Savannah, GA (1874-1899) and Newbern, NC (1899-1907).

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


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




MacArthur Lock Closes

05/25:
The MacArthur Lock was closed on Thursday as welding crews were expected to work on the lock gate most of the morning. The largest of the locks, the Poe, was scheduled to be the only lock open for six or seven hours. It is unknown what type of repairs were needed. The MacArthur Lock under went extensive refurbishment this past winter.

The lock closure appeared to delay only the Samuel Risley who was ready to depart the Soo Harbor but due to ship traffic had to wait one hour to lock through upbound. At 6:30 p.m. the lock remained closed and it was unknown when it would reopen.

Soo traffic was brisk, upbound was the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Lake Michigan, Mantadoc, Canadian Enterprise, Kinsman Independent, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Presque Isle, Algosteel and Samuel Risley.

Downbound was the Middletown, WN Towlan and lumber barge, Courtney Burton, Strange Attractor and Laurentian.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




New communications system coming to the Seaway, Great Lakes

05/25:
Ships using the St. Lawrence Seaway this fall will have access to a new high-tech communications system that experts say will improve safety and efficiency.

Use of the system, known as the automated identification system or AIS, will become mandatory on the Seaway next year and be expanded to the Great Lakes in 2003. Adding the equipment needed to use the system - mainly a transponder and a computer -- will cost about $10,000 to $25,000 per ship.

Explained in detail earlier this week in Montreal, the system has been under development the past nine years and cost about $1.9 million to develop. The cost has been shared by the Canadian and U.S. seaway authorities as well as shippers that will use the system.

Currently, ships can tell exactly where they are in the Seaway, but they don't know the location of other ships. The new system will tell them what other vessels are in their vicinity and where they are in the lineup for locks - a feature that will enable them in some cases to slow down to save fuel.

The system can alert two ships that are approaching one another at what point they will actually pass each other, allowing them to alter course and cross in a better location. It also will provide ships with continuously updated weather information. The radio system now in use can be disabled by severe weather or blocked by land masses.

Seaway officials say AIS will allow better scheduling of inspectors and pilots, and enable authorities to respond to emergencies more quickly.

Putting AIS into operation involves connecting all traffic-control systems along the Canadian and U.S. portions of the waterway and erecting 10 communications towers.

Along with AIS, the Seaway is launching a web site that will allow shipowners to track their vessels.
Click here to visit the Seaway's web site
Click here for a preview of a real time map showing vessel positions

Reported by: Al Miller




Roger Stahl in Seaway

05/25:
The tug Roger Stahl was in the Seaway Thursday on what is expected to be her last in a series of towing jobs for a construction project in Massena, NY. Thursday afternoon she was downbound at the Iroquois Lock pushing a spud barge with a Linkbelt crane on deck.

The Stahl will then return to her home port of Detroit where she will continue working the rest of the season with various jobs on the lower lakes and scheduled trips to Chicago, Buffalo, and Oswego.

Reported by: Dave Beach




Mississagi Stops in Windsor

05/25:
Thursday the Mississagi was upbound in the Detroit River. The vessel stopped to fuel at Sterling Fuel in Windsor before continuing her on her trip carrying stone from Nanticoke for Lake Michigan Ports.

Mississagi upbound approaching the dock.
Close up of her stern.
Crew members radio the distance to the fuel dock.
Close up.
Wave from crew members on deck.
George A. Stinson unloads across the river on Zug Island.
Salty unloading at Detroit Marine Terminals.

Reported by: T. Parker




Twin Ports Report

05/25:
St. Clair cleared Fraser Shipyards sometime Wednesday evening and loaded at Midwest Energy Terminal. It had departed Duluth by Thursday morning.

Fresh from delivering coal to Ashland, Fred R. White Jr. was back in Duluth on May 24, this time loading under the gravity chutes at the DMIR ore dock.

Midwest Energy Terminal has a full lineup of its regulars scheduled over the holiday weekend. Canadian Enterprise and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. are due May 25; Oglebay Norton, May 26; and Paul R. Tregurtha, May 27. James R. Barker, an occasional caller at the terminal, is scheduled to load there May 29 with coal destined for Presque Isle, near Marquette.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw News

05/25:
The Algoway was outbound from the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw at about 11:00 a.m. Thursday after a rare visit to the Wirt stone docks at Bay City and Saginaw. Loads to the Wirt docks are normally delivered by ships of the Oglebay Norton Marine fleet.

As soon as the Algoway passed, the Paul H. Townsend got underway from beside the E.M. Ford at the Lafarge terminal at Saginaw and proceeded up to the turning basin. The Townsend had arrived with a load of cement on Wednesday.

All of the freighter traffic was playing havoc with vehicular traffic over the bridges. As a result, the bridge tenders were asking the captains to check down as slow as possible to allow time for vehicle traffic to clear up before the next bridge opening.

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was inbound on the river as the Algoway and Townsend were departing, heading up to the Saginaw Rock Products dock. The McKee Sons tied up in Bay City to allow the outbound vessels to pass, then proceeded up to her dock, arriving at about 6:00 p.m. She expected to remain at the dock until about midnight.

The David Z. Norton arrived at the Front Range lights at 6:43 p.m. She indicated that she would stop at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City before finishing the unloading at the Wirt Dock in Saginaw.

The tug Rebecca Lynn and barge departed the Triple Clean LiquiFuels Dock in Essexville at 10:35 p.m. and was outbound at the Front Range at about 11:00 p.m.

Despite strong currents in the river due to recent rain in the region, neither vessel experienced any difficulty while turning.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
Algoway, outbound from the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw.
Algoway, passing Townsend and E.M. Ford.
Paul H. Townsend, getting underway after Algoway had passed.
McKee Sons at the Saginaw Rock Products Dock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

05/25:
Thursday the barge Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort was docked at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) just North of the Shipyard. She may be in for possible repairs by shipyard work crews.

The Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX Docks. The tanker Gemini was loading cargo at the B-P Dock and departed during the late morning. The salt water vessels Pytheas, and ML Jet were unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Docks. There were no grain or ore vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal vessels due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Niagara, Canadian Progress, and John J. Boland today. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on this morning followed by the Fred R. White Jr. very early Sunday morning.

Great Lakes Trader dock in Toledo Thursday. Jerry Mihlbauer

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

05/25:
The salty Isadora was unloading at the Lake Front docks Thursday afternoon. The Saginaw departed Cleveland about 1:00 p.m. after unloading stone on the Old River. The Buffalo appears to be running the shuttle as well as the American Republic. The Buffalo was downbound at 1:00 p.m. and passed the docked Republic at West 3rd Street. The Republic continued upriver to LTV as soon as the Buffalo passed. the Buffalo departed Cleveland about 2:00 p.m. following the Saginaw to the West.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Toronto Update

05/25:
Thursday morning fog in Toronto filled the air with interesting radio chatter as vessel communicated their movements to one another. The Stephen B, Roman departed Lafarge cement as the William Rest and dump barge were inbound, and while that transpired the Algosoo was on the radio coordinating her movements with the other ships. The Algosoo was inbound for the Turning Basin.

Shortly after, the Federal Fuji docked at Pier 52 with McKeil tug assistance. McKeil was back out just after noon assisting the saltie Sylvia into the Redpath Sugar dock. Kea was still in at Pier 52-2 Thursday morning but departed mid-afternoon in fog. The Algosoo also departed after unloading.

Elsewhere in the harbor; reconstruction of the Glenmont continues. Empire Sandy underwent Coast Guard certification that morning and went out on her first charter of the season later that afternoon.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - May 25

On May 25, 1898, the Presque Isle was launched at the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland. The vessel is much better known as the cement carrier E.M. Ford, celebrating her 103rd birthday.

May 25, 1941 -- The former Pere Marquette carferry PERE MARQUETTE 17 was re-christened CITY OF PETOSKEY.

The wooden schooner J. C. DAUN was in her first year of service when she encountered a squall in Lake Erie on 25 May 1847 and she capsized five miles off Conneaut, Ohio. Four of the eleven on board were able to make it to her upturned keel, but one of them died of exposure during the night. In the morning, the schooner UNCLE SAM rescued the three remaining survivors. Later the steamer SARATOGA found the DAUN floating upside down, fully rigged with the bodies of some of the crew still lashed to the rigging. The DAUN was righted a few days later and towed in by the schooner D. SMART.

On 25 May 1854, DETROIT (wooden side-wheeler, 157', 354 t, built in 1846 at Newport, MI) was sailing from Detroit to Chicago with two lumber scows in tow. On Lake Huron, she collided with the bark NUCLEUS in heavy fog and sank. The exact location (15 miles off Pointe aux Barques) was not known until the wreck was discovered in 200' of water on 5 June 1994 by Dave Trotter and his determined divers.

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


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




Deadline looms in LTV’s future

05/24:
Financially troubled LTV Corp. says it may be forced to close if it cannot reach a contract agreement soon with its employees.

Cleveland-based LTV, the nation's third-largest steelmaker, has been operating under bankruptcy protection since filing for Chapter 11 on Dec. 29. It’s been working for weeks to reach a contract covering its 16,500 employees.

"We cannot continue to lose money," LTV spokesman Mark Tomasch told the Chicago Tribune. "If the agreement is not made in the very near future, the company's restructuring plan would not be able to go forward, and if that were to happen, the company would shut down permanently."

LTV is a major consumer of taconite pellets carried by Great Lakes vessels. Closure of its mills would affect several fleets unless other steelmakers increased their production.

Whether LTV’s threat of closure is a negotiating tactic isn’t clear. But the company lost $700 million last year and is now reportedly losing more than $1 million a day.

Officials of the United Steelworkers of America say they hope to reach a settlement with the company as soon as this week. The company is seeking concessions that include job reductions, the ability to assign additional duties to existing workers, and wage and benefit givebacks. The restructuring plan that LTV is aiming for would eliminate $800 million in annual costs.

Union officials say LTV's cash reserves won't drop low enough to force a shutdown until sometime in August. But they note that the company has said it needs an agreement finalized with the union by June 1.

Reported by: Al Miller




St. Clair's hull repairs

05/24:
St. Clair remained in Fraser Shipyards on Wednesday morning, with its stern ballasted down so far that the vessel's bow was lifted out of the water to make repairs possible.

The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Duluth reported that St. Clair had a 30-foot scrape and two fractures in a starboard ballast tank. The fractures were about 12 inches wide by 1 inch high. The vessel was never in danger, the Coast Guard said. "We assumed she touched bottom somehow, but when, how and where is all under investigation," Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Mark Peterson told the Duluth News Tribune.

St. Clair in Fraser Shipyards.
Closeup of the bow out of the water.
Another view of the bow.
The St. Clair was docked right behind the laid-up Elton Hoyt 2nd.

Reported by: Al Miller




Calumet in Grand Haven

05/24:
Wednesday the lucky boatwatchers in Grand Haven were treated to the maiden trip of the newly renamed Calumet. She was in port to load sand at the Construction Aggregates Dock. This was the first visit by the Calumet under her new name, she was last in as the Myron C. Taylor a few years ago. Grand Haven has now seen all three of the newly-named boats - the Maumee, Calumet, and Mississagi, over the last week and a half.

Reported by: David Swain




Scheduled Closure of lock

05/24:
Improvements to the local road system require the complete closure of Bridge 2 and 3 at the St. Lambert Lock to safely commission the new system. Navigation will be suspended at St. Lambert Lock on May 29 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for a period of 4 to 6 hours.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




LLT Update

05/24:
Wednesday Lower Lakes Towing's Saginaw was in Port Colborne loading stone. Over in Nanticoke the Mississagi was loading stone at the Hydro Plant.

Saginaw loading stone.
Crew members pose in front of the Mississagi.
Crew members board the Mississagi.

Reported by: T. Parker




Saginaw News

05/24:
The Paul H. Townsend was inbound the Saginaw River Wednesday morning passing the Front Range at 9:15 p.m. She was headed for the Lafarge Dock in Saginaw.

The Algoway gave a security call that evening as she was passing the Pump Out Island at 9:20 p.m. She was carrying a split load for Bay City and Saginaw. Shortly before midnight she was tied up at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City and indicated that she would be there for three hours before going up to Saginaw.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Townsend passing Wheelers Landing.
Close Up.
Passing through Liberty Bridge.
Stern view approaching Vet's Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

05/24:
The salt water vessel Langenes was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock on Wednesday. The Reserve was unloading ore at the Torco Dock. There were no coal or grain vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algomarine on Thursday morning, followed by the Canadian Progress, CSL Niagara, and John J. Boland on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco dock will be the Armco on Friday morning, followed by the Fred R. White Jr. on Saturday afternoon.

The American Mariner remains in lay-up at the Torco Dock complex. The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

05/24:
Wednesday evening the Buffalo was backing down the Cuyahoga River and departed Cleveland about 6:00 p.m. The American Republic arrived at 7:00 p.m. running the shuttle to LTV upper dock.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Conneaut Update

05/24:
The Algolake was in the Lake Erie port of Conneaut, OH. to load coal for Lambton Generating Station on the St. Clair River. Also in port was Yankcanuck for her regular load of gypsum for Nanticoke.

Algolake unloading.
Close up.
Wheelhouse.
Yankcanuck at dock.
Algolake passes the lighthouse heading into Lake Erie.

Reported by: Tom Naykki




Hamilton News

05/24:
Wednesday evening an Upper Lakes vessel was unloading iron ore at Dofasco. Possibly the Canadian Venture or Canadian Provider. The Lykes Inspirer was at Pier 12 unloading steel products from the aft hold and a gray bulk material from the forward hold. On the opposite side of Pier 12, a new small pleasure boat was in the sling of a dockside crane ready to be loaded.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

05/24:
The Toronto fire tug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie went on Toronto Drydock Tuesday scheduled. The Saginaw was in early unloading a cargo of stone. Unloading of Kea continued at Pier 52.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson Report

05/24:
Emerald Star spent Tuesday and all of Wednesday morning at the Petro Canada pier unloading. The James Norris came in to St. Lawrence Cement about mid morning Wednesday. She is unloading limestone and was expected to head out again late that evening.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Today in Great Lakes History - May 24

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

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC was launched in 1976

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

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

ALEXANDER B. MOORE was launched at Bangor, Michigan on 24 May 1873. She was built by Theophilus Boston at a cost of $85,000. She was 247' overall, 223' keel and could carry 70,000 bushels of grain. Although designed as a 4-mast schooner, she was built as a 3-master. The fourth mast was added two years later.

On 24 May 1875, the schooner NINA was bound from Michael's Bay to Goderich, Ontario, when she sprang a leak and went down in mid-lake. Her crew escaped in the yawl, but were adrift on Lake Huron for two days and two nights with only one loaf of bread to divide among themselves.

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


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




St. Clair's Under repair

05/23:
St. Clair was expected to load a new cargo of coal in Superior on Wednesday after undergoing repairs at Fraser Shipyards to a small hole in its hull.

The 770-foot vessel departed Duluth early Sunday with a cargo of coal. The boat reportedly got as far as Outer Island in the Apostle chain, about 90 miles out of port, when water was detected in a ballast tank. The vessel returned to Duluth as a precaution and transferred its cargo to fleet mate Indiana Harbor so crew members and repair workers could find the leak.

By late Tuesday, St. Clair was ballasted down sharply by the stern so shipyard workers could repair what was described by local news media as a small hole in a ballast tank near the starboard bow. The vessel did not have to enter drydock.

As of Tuesday evening, St. Clair was scheduled to arrive at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior about midafternoon Wednesday to load 40,000 tons of coal destined for Nanticoke.

Reported by: Al Miller




Great Lakes Transportation Files

05/23:
Great Lakes Transportation LLC (GLT) announced Tuesday it is filing with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) its Intent to Participate in the STB s upcoming regulatory review of the proposed merger between Canadian National Railway and Wisconsin Central Transportation Company.

This proposed merger could have a serious, negative impact on the communities and businesses involved in Great Lakes bulk shipping, said John E. Giles, GLT s president and chief executive officer. Canadian National has made clear in its filing with the Surface Transportation Board that it will try to expand Wisconsin Central s role in the movement of taconite iron ore by taking traffic off the Great Lakes and moving it solely over rail lines.

Giles pointed out that Lake shipping has been demonstrated to be the most efficient and safest way to move bulk commodities between points on the Great Lakes. According to Giles, Recent studies show that Lake shipments of taconite use 68% as much fuel and produce half as much pollution as corresponding all-rail movements. And while the all-rail movement of taconite to the southern end of Lake Michigan will impact every neighborhood along the rail route, "There's nobody living in the middle of Lake Michigan for our ore boats to disturb", said Giles.

As part of the formal process for reviewing railroad mergers as mandated by the STB, parties desiring to comment or participate in the regulatory proceedings are required to file a formal Intent to Participate with the STB. With the CN WC merger review, such notices must be received by the STB at its Washington DC offices no later than Friday, May 25. If you want to be heard, now's the time to get on the list. You can decide later to say nothing, but you won t be allowed to participate unless you take this step by May 25, said Giles.

For additional information, contact Mr. Peter D. Stephenson of Great Lakes Transportation at (218) 723-2017.

Great Lakes Transportation LLC, based in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, operates businesses engaged in bulk material transportation and handling, including the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad Company; the USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc.; the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company; and The Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Company. The Great Lakes companies operate in four states and on four of the Great Lakes.




Fred R. White in the Twin Ports

05/23:
Fred R. White was back in the Twin Ports on May 22 to unload stone at the CLM dock in Superior. Once it's done there, it will shift to Midwest Energy Terminal to take on its second load of coal for the Xcel Energy power plant in Ashland, Wis. After Ashland, the White is expected to return to Duluth to load at the DMIR ore dock.

White unloading stone in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Busy day in Burns Harbor

05/23:
Tuesday the Herbert C. Jackson was unloading stone at the Bethlehem Steel dock. The Norwegian registered Brunto was at the Cargill grain dock and the Lake Michigan was in the west arm of the harbor off-loading coils. As usual, the "G" tugs Arizona, Missouri and South Carolina were standing by. Today the John B. Aird and the Burns Harbor are expected in port.

Reported by: Ron Parduhn




Busy Alpena

05/23:
Tuesday was also a busy day in the Lake Huron port of Alpena. The Alpena was in her name sake port early that morning and departed with a cargo of cement by 9:30 a.m. The Joseph H. Frantz was unloading coal and J.A.W Iglehart arrived to load for Superior, WI. The Paul H. Townsend had to wait at anchor until the Frantz and Iglehart departed Lafarge. The Townsend entered port around 5:15 p.m. to load for Saginaw.

Reported by: Chanda Bruski




Toledo News

05/23:
The salt water vessel Langenes was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The tug Rebecca Lynne with her barge was at the B-P Oil Dock. There was an unidentified tug at the Shipyard.

There were no coal, grain, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Thursday morning. The CSL Niagara, Canadian Progress, and John J. Boland on Friday, followed by the Calumet on Saturday morning.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Wednesday afternoon, followed by the Armco early Friday morning and the Fred R. White Jr. on Saturday afternoon.

Future salt water vessel arrivals due in the next several days are the Pytheas, Lake Superior, and ML Jet.

The American Mariner remains in lay-up at the Torco Dock complex. The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

05/23:
A very rainy Monday saw a few charter boats out in Toronto Harbor and the salty Kea arrived at Pier 52 with the tug Lac Como assisting.

Tuesday the fire tug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie is was expected for drydocking at Toronto Drydock. It is expected that she will be on the dock for 2-3 weeks for modifications including installation of bow thrusters and Coast Guard inspection.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - May 23

The WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY was re-christened on May 23,1990 as b) PAUL R. TREGURTHA. She is the largest ship on the Great Lakes and also the last Great Lakes ship built at AmShip, Lorain.

H. LEE WHITE completed sea trials on May 23, 1974

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

The steel freighter SONOMA was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan on 23 May 1903. She was 416 feet long, 4539 gross tons. Through her career she had various names: DAVID S. TROXEL (1924), SONOMA (1927) and finally FRED L. HEWITT (1950). She was built for the Tomlinson fleet. She was converted to an automobile carrier in 1928, converted back to a bulk carrier in 1942 and then converted to a barge for grain storage in 1955. She was finally scrapped in 1962 at Steel Co. of Canada Ltd. at Hamilton, Ontario.

On 23 May 1889, the wooden steam barge OSCAR T. FLINT (218', 824 gt) was launched at the Simon Langell & Sons yard in St. Clair, Michigan. She lasted until 25 November 1909, when she burned and sank off Thunder Bay Island in Lake Huron.

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


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




St. Clair transfers cargo to Indiana Harbor

05/22: 10:30 a.m. Update
The St. Clair may have sustained hull damage below the waterline Sunday, prompting it to return to Duluth to unload its cargo into another vessel so the extent of damage can be determined.

At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the St. Clair and Indiana Harbor remained docked side-by-side at the Duluth Port Terminal while St. Clair's unloading boom transferred coal into Indiana Harbor. Once that process is completed Tuesday morning, crew members and shipyard workers will try to determine what sort of damage may have occurred to the starboard side of St. Clair's No. 1 compartment. "They're unloading her and they think they have a problem in the hull,'' Ed Ruisi of Guthrie-Hubner, Inc., the ship's agent in Duluth, told the Duluth News Tribune on Monday evening. "We don't know what the damage is, if there is any. That's why they are unloading her. Nobody knows what they hit. They just don't know." Ruisi told the newspaper that whether the boat is damaged can't be determined until the cargo is removed. The Coast Guard is expected to investigate.

The St. Clair loaded coal at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior and departed at 7:20 a.m. Sunday. It had passed Outer Island, about 90 miles out of port in Lake Superior when they suddenly turned back.

It returned to port that evening after the crew suspected it had been damaged. No word is available on what sort of damage may have occurred or how the crew determined that the vessel may have been damaged. St. Clair spent Monday tied up at the Duluth port terminal. Indiana Harbor arrived in port about 4:00 p.m. Monday and tied up alongside its fleetmate.Within about 30 minutes, St. Clair had begun transferring cargo to the bigger vessel. The two vessels are docked at the corner of the terminal near the entrance to St. Louis Bay, making the turn a tight fit for other vessels. The St. Clair was expected to move to Fraser Shipyard some time this afternoon.

Indiana Harbor and St. Clair docked side by side Tuesday morning at the Duluth Port Terminal. Al Miller

Original story
After being idled all day in Duluth, the MV St. Clair on Monday began the rare move of transferring its coal cargo into Indiana Harbor, which tied up alongside its fleet mate at the Duluth port terminal.

The St. Clair loaded at Midwest Energy Terminal sometime Sunday night, but by Monday morning it was tied up at the Duluth port terminal. Late in the day, the Indiana Harbor -- already due at Midwest Energy Terminal -- instead tied up alongside the St. Clair. By late afternoon, the St. Clair had begun transferring its cargo into the Indiana Harbor's hold, starting with the aft-most hatches.

To accomplish the transfer, Indiana Harbor had to tie up with its stern alongside the St. Clair's bow. This left several hundred feet of the Indiana Harbor's bow extending into the shipping channel where St. Louis Bay enters Duluth harbor. The saltie Neva Trader, departing from Cenex Harvest States grain elevator, elected to turn right and leave the Twin Ports through Superior Entry rather than try to round the Indiana Harbor's bow to make the turn toward the Duluth ship canal.

As of late Monday afternoon, no word was available on the reason for this rare vessel-to-vessel transfer -- possibly the first ever in the Twin Ports. Also, no word was available on whether the St. Clair was unloading part or all of its coal cargo. Even if it took the St. Clair's entire load, the Indiana Harbor would likely continue on to Midwest Energy Terminal to complete its load.

Pictures by Al Miller
A stern view showing Indiana Harbor tied up alongside St. Clair at the Duluth port terminal.
Closeup of the Indiana Harbor's stern.
Coal flows off the St. Clair's unloading boom into Indiana Harbor.
St. Clair discharging coal into Indiana Harbor.
Another view of St. Clair discharging coal.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




New Carferry Service for Lake Michigan

05/22:
The Lake Michigan Carferry company announced plans Monday for a new ferry service from Milwaukee to Muskegon by 2003.

The company will spend about $10 million to turn the 49-year-old steamer the Spartan into a modern ferry. It will have two restaurants, two movie theaters, four bars and a coffee shop.

The Spartan would be renamed Wisconsin Clipper and will have a reported capacity of 620 passengers and 200 cars. Two round trips are planned for summer months. One round trip is planned during other times for the four to five hour crossing. The crossing is will take about as long as its sister ship, the Badger, takes to travel from Manitowoc to Ludington.

Reported by: Scott Spencer




Trouble in the Poe

05/22:
The largest Lock at the Soo Locks, the Poe, has developed a hydraulic leak on the north arm at the west end of the lock. The U.S. Corps of Engineers are expected to replace the seal some time this morning. It is unknown how long the repair will take or if it will affect shipping. The Poe Lock is the only lock at the Soo that can handle vessels over 730-feet including the 13 thousand footers that ply the lakes.

The leaking hydraulic oil is organic based and does not pose a threat to environment.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman




Barge Chartered

05/22:
The Great Lakes Towing Company has chartered the deck barge Milwaukee to the Buffalo Industrial Diving Company of Buffalo, New York. Buffalo Industrial Diving has put the barge to work in construction and dredging work on Lake Ontario. The Milwaukee is chartered to customers on the Great Lakes for many types of projects. The barge has a special ship-model bow, which offers sea keeping and cargo protection in inclement weather.

Barge Milwaukee.

Reported by: Great Lakes Towing Company




Dry-Bulk Trades Down 7.3 Percent In April

05/22:
Shipments of iron ore, coal and stone from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports totaled 13.3 million net tons in April, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago.

With America's steel industry still beleaguered by dumped foreign steel, it is little surprise the April ore float was down. Shipments totaled 6.3 million tons, a decrease of 10.6 percent. For the season, the ore trade stands at 7.8 million tons, a decrease of 13.6 percent.

Coal loadings totaled 3.7 million tons, a decrease of 12.1 percent. There were slight increases at certain ports, but Lake Erie coal loadings slipped by 600,000 tons. Since the resumption of the coal trade in mid March, shipments stand at 5.1 million tons, a decrease of 13.8 percent.

Thanks to a strong performance at Canadian ports, the April stone trade registered a slight increase and so far is basically on a par with last year.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Thunder Bay Update

05/22:
The Canadian Transfer remains in Dry Dock at Pascol Engineering. The Kapitonas Sevcenko was still at Keefer Terminals Monday and had been there for two days after moving over from Richardson's. The Iryda was at Mission Terminals and the W.N. Towlan with her barge McAllister are at Great West Timber loading more lumber for another trip down the lakes.

The Algobay was loading at Thunder Bay Terminals, while the Cartierdoc moved from Richardson's and went over to Saskatchewan 7a early Monday evening. The Canadian Leader was at Richardson's after making an early evening move from Agricore.

The Quebecois departed Saskatchewan Pool 7a Sunday around 5:00 p.m. and headed down the lake. Sometime this past weekend the tug Radium Yellowknife also departed with more lumber laden barges.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw News

05/22:
The Sam Laud was arrived at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City on Monday morning , and later moved up the river to the Burroughs dock near the I-75 Bridge. She was outbound during the evening. This is her second visit to the Saginaw River since Saturday. The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder were on the river Monday evening.

Heavy rain was experienced on Monday around the Saginaw River basin. Strong currents are to be expected on the river during the next few days, which may have an effect on shipping this week.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

05/22:
The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the B-P Oil Dock. The salt water vessel Langenes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo.

The American Mariner is in lay-up at the Torco Dock complex. The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock. There were no coal, grain, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Wednesday evening, the CSL Niagara and John J. Boland on Friday evening followed by the Canadian Transport on Saturday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Wednesday afternoon, the Armco on Friday morning followed by the Fred R. White Jr. on Saturday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

05/22:
The American Republic was inbound Monday morning working the shuttle from Lorain to the LTV Steel Mill in Cleveland. She was followed by the tug Petite Forte with a cement barge for Blue Circle. The tug Barbara Andrie and barge were assisted into port by the tug Idaho for Marathon. That evening the saltie Pytheas arrived for 26 West with the tug Delaware

Picture by TZ
Pytheas inbound.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Weekly Updates

05/22:
The weekly updates are available, please click hear to view.




Today in Great Lakes History - May 22

The A.H. FERBERT (2) was launched this day in 1942. May 22nd was the tenth National Maritime Day and on that day 21 other ships were launched nationwide to celebrate the occasion. The "super" IRVING S. OLDS was launched the same day at Lorain, OH. This marked the last of the "Super Carrier" build program. The others were the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, LEON FRASER and ENDERS M. VOORHEES.

The SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY sailed under her own power down the Seaway on May 22, 1969 for the last time and arrived at Quebec City.

BAYFAIR was launched as the a) COALHAVEN in 1928.

While bound for Escanaba, MI to load ore, the JOSEPH BLOCK grounded at Porte des Morts Passage, on Green Bay, May 22, 1968 and was released the same day by the Roen tug ARROW. The BLOCK's hull damage extended to 100 bottom plates. Surrendered to the under-writers and sold in June that year to Lake Shipping Inc.

The 143' wooden brig JOSEPH was launched at Bay City, Michigan on 21 May 1867. She was built for Alexander Tromley & Company.

May 21, 1923 -- The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 was refloated after sinking at Frankfort the previous February.

CITY OF NEW BALTIMORE was launched at David Lester's yard in Marine City, Michigan on 22 May 1875. Her master carpenter was John J. Hill. She was a wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel built for the Detroit-New Baltimore route. Her dimensions were 96' keel, 101' overall x 20' x 6'6", 130 tons. Her boiler was made by J. & T. McGregor of Detroit. Her engine was built by Morton Hamblin & Company of St. Clair, Michigan. She was rebuilt as a tug in 1910 and lasted until abandoned in 1916.

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


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




Alcor at Ship Breakers

05/21:
The Journal de Quebec reported Sunday that the bulk carrier Alcor departed Quebec Harbor Saturday afternoon under tow of two McKeil tugs on her last journey. The trip westward to Sorel, QC took about twenty hours with the two arriving Sunday morning. The Alcor is now docked at Section 17 in the Port of Sorel QC.

The Alcor loaded with a cargo of clinker ran aground in the early hours of November 9, 1999 in the narrow passage off the eastern tip of Isle d’Orléans following an alleged steering problem. Later, a Transport Safety Board of Canada investigator (TSB) reported that the preliminary inspection of the dismantled steering gear had found no malfunction and that the Board was now investigating other causes, not only human but also environmental factors as well.

The Maltese bulk carrier was refloated on December 5, 1999 by the Groupe Desgagnes at an estimated cost of $3 million (C) after undergoing extensive temporary repairs to seal the large crack that had developed midship on both sides of the hull. Groupe Desgagnes then purchased the Alcor from its Greek owners.

The Alcor is now in the hands of the ship breakers, two Quebec firms, Multi-Pressage of St-Apollinaire, QC and Multi Recyclage of Montreal QC.

Both firms expect to complete the job in five months and draw over $700,000 (C) of scrap iron. A spokesperson indicated to the Journal the Quebec that once all the bills related to the venture have been paid they expect a profit of $100,000 (C) for a ship that was built in 1977 at a cost of $80 million dollars (C).

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Maumee in Grand Haven

05/21:
Sunday the Maumee was in Grand Haven to load sand at the Construction Aggregates. This is the third visit in the past for the Maumee. Her fleet mate Mississagi was in port last week and the Calumet is schedule for Construction Aggregates on Wednesday.

Reported by: David Swain




Twin Ports Report

05/21:
John G. Munson was back in Duluth late Saturday. The Munson unloaded stone at the Reiss Inland dock up the St. Louis River and then moved to DMIR ore docks to load under the gravity chutes at "west of six Missabe." The vessel departed Duluth about 4 p.m. Sunday, capping off a weekend that saw an unusual amount of activity by vessels from USS Great Lakes Fleet (Clarke in Saturday to unload stone, followed by the Gott here to load pellets).

Evans McKeil, a 110-foot tug built in 1936, separated from its barge to take on fuel Sunday morning. Meanwhile, Midwest Energy Terminal had an unusual pairing scheduled: St. Clair and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. were due in back to back. Back in the early and mid-80s, the St. Clair and then Belle River were the most common (and largely the only) callers at the dock.

John G. Munson steaming out the Duluth ship canal.
Closeup of the bow as it means a brisk northeast breeze.
A crewman on deck.
Steaming away from Duluth.
On Lake Superior.
Video of the Munson steaming onto Lake Superior. 176k
Evans McKeil departs the Murphy Oil fueling terminal in Duluth.
Crewmen on the Evans McKeil head to the pilothouse after handling lines on deck.
Elton Hoyt 2nd in lay-up at Fraser Shipyards in Superior.
Closeup of the Hoyt.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena Update

05/21:
The Alpena was in St. Joseph unloading Sunday and should be back in Alpena some time early this week. The Paul H. Townsend was in Muskegon and on Sunday was sailing for Waukegan, IL to finish unloading. The J.A.W. Iglehart was departing Cleveland after two straight trips to Bath, Ont. The Iglehart is scheduled to make a rare trip to Superior next week, the vessel's first trip on Lake Superior since last September.

the David Z Norton will be at the Lafarge Coal Dock some time this morning. The Joseph H. Frantz will visit port on Tuesday at the Lafarge Coal Dock.

Reported by: Ben McClain




Saginaw News

05/21:
The tug Mark Hannah and her barge were unloading at the Dow Chemical Dock in Bangor Township on Sunday. She stated she would be departing approximately 11:00 p.m.

The Wolverine gave a security call passing the Disposal Island inbound at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening. She was going to the Wirt Essexville Dock directly across the Saginaw River from the Mark Hannah. The Wolverine expected a 2:00 a.m. departure.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wolverine unloading.
Mark Hannah and barge.

Reported by: Lon Morgan, Todd Shorkey and Stephen Hause




Conneaut Update

05/21:
The Joseph H. Frantz was in Conneaut Sunday unloading 15,000 tons of limestone from Cedarville, MI. She shifted to the coal dock to load 12,500 tons of coal for Alpena at 6:00 p.m.

Other vessels scheduled to visit Conneaut this week:
5/21 Yankcanuck loading 5000 tons of gypsum for Nanticoke
5/22 Canadian Progress loading 29,500 tons of coal for Nanticoke
5/23 Algolake, load for Nanticoke
5/23 Yankcanuck, loading gypsum for Nanticoke
5/23 Arthur M. Anderson unload stone from Calcite
5/24 Canadian Progress, loading for Lambton
5/24 Roger Blough, ore from Two Harbors
5/25 Frontenac, loading for Lambton
5/26 Jean Parisien loading for Nanticoke
5/27 Halifax, loading for Port Credit
5/30 Roger Blough unloading ore from Two Harbors

Frantz unloading. TWN
Frantz backing. Jeff Thoreson
Close up of the Stern. Jeff Thoreson
Bow View. Jeff Thoreson

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson and TWN




Hamilton News

05/21:
Sunday morning the Canadian Prospector was unloading iron ore at Dofasco. It had arrived the previous evening through the Burlington Ship Canal at 5:30 p.m. The Lake Carling was at Pier 23 Saturday evening, but by Sunday morning had shifted over to Pier 12/14 to load steel products. Also at Pier 12/14 was the saltie Clio offloading some type of bulk cargo.

The Nanticoke and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin are expected into Stelco to offload iron ore.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Clarkson Report

05/21:
Clarkson saw a doubleheader as vessels were at two docks this weekend. Saturday the Emerald Star arrived at mid morning to unload hydro cracker bottoms at the Petro Canada refinery dock. Sunday morning she was still in and appeared to be in the final stages of reloading.

At 9:55 a.m. Sunday the James Norris was moving in alongside the St. Lawrence Cement Company dock. Within minutes the boom was rigged and limestone from Colborne was being discharged into the conveyor hopper. The company's stockpile is considerably higher than it was four weeks ago.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Station Toledo Open House

05/21:
Most, if not all, water rescue agencies in northwest Ohio/Western Lake Erie participated in an open house featuring floating & static displays at Coast Guard Station Toledo Saturday.

Represented were Coast Guard Station Toledo, Lucas County Sheriff Marine Division, Toledo Fire Water & Rescue Unit, Toledo Police Harbor Patrol, Washington Township Fire & Rescue, St. Vincent/MCO Life Flight helicopter, USCG Auxiliary, U S Power Squadron, & Western Lake Erie Safe Boating Council.

CG 4148 demonstrates fire suppression equipment.
Senior Chief Philip McKown heads the 25 person staff at Station Toledo.
Rescue and patrol vessels on display ranged from Lucas County personal watercraft [shown by Marine Div. Lt. McBroom] to USCG 41 footers- the backbone of the Coast Guard fleet.
Marine safety group booths.
Coastguardsman Dubord readies flares for a truly live fire display.
With the Port of Toledo in the background, the new Lucas County patrol boat approaches Station Toledo.
Life Flight landed next to Station Toledo for viewing.
In the Operations Room, Fireman John Ries handles radio & phone communications, direction finding equipment, & monitors weather instruments at Station Toledo.
Coastguardsman Ries shows a chart of the large area of Western Lake Erie Station Toledo covers.
As local TV rolls tape, Lucas County Sheriff James Telb, Chief McKown, Lucas Co. Marine Div. Lt McBroom, exhibitors & visitors watch Reverend Ed Gryczewski dedicate the new Lucas County boat & bless the entire rescue fleet assembled.
Toledo Fire Water Rescue Division shows special equipment to allow rescuers passage in the frequent low water levels in the area. Note the safe jet prop. Washington Township has hovercrafts for water and ice rescues.

Reported by: Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak




Today in Great Lakes History - May 21

The AMERICAN REPUBLIC’s maiden voyage was on May 21, 1981 from Sturgeon Bay light to Escanaba, Mich. to load ore pellets for Cleveland, Ohio.

HENRY G. DALTON's maiden voyage was on May 21, 1916.

UNITED STATES GYPSUM (2) in tow of the German tug FAIRPLAY X was lost in heavy weather on May 21, 1973 near Syndey, Nova Scotia.

The G.A. TOMLINSON (2) stranded near Buffalo, NY on Lake Erie May 21, 1974 suffering an estimated $150,000 in damage.

The 143' wooden brig JOSEPH was launched at Bay City, Michigan on 21 May 1867. She was built for Alexander Tromley & Company.

On 21 May 1864, the NILE (wooden passenger/package freight vessel, 190', 650 t, built in 1852 at Ohio City) was sitting at her dock in Detroit, Michigan with passengers, household goods, and horses and wagons aboard when her boiler exploded, destroying the ship and killing eight of the crew. Large pieces of her boiler flew as far as 300 feet while other pieces damaged houses across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. A large timber was thrown through the brick wall of a nearby shoe store, striking the cobbler in the back of the head and killing him. At least 13 other crew members and passengers were injured. The wreck was moved to the foot of Clark Street in Detroit in July 1864, where it remained until it was finally dynamited in August 1882.

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


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




Twin Ports Report

05/20:
Duluth harbor was busy for a few minutes Saturday afternoon when the Philip R. Clarke, Edwin H. Gott and tug Evans McKeil with barge Salty Dog 1 passed each other off the Duluth port terminal. The Clarke was outbound light after unloading stone, steaming toward the point where St. Louis Bay enters Duluth Harbor. It checked down and held to the right to pass the inbound Evans McKeil, pushing the barge loaded with calcium chloride (hence the barge's name, Salty Dog?) for delivery to Hallett Dock 6. After the two vessels passed, Edwin H. Gott pulled away from the Murphy Oil fuel terminal to proceed to the DMIR ore docks. The Gott is an unusual caller in Duluth, stopping by only occasionally to load taconite pellets for delivery to Nanticoke.

Philip R. Clarke outbound light in St. Louis Bay.
Tug Evans McKeil and barge Salty Dog 1 inbound Duluth Harbor.
Closer view of the tug.
The Clarke and tug/barge passing off the Duluth port terminal.
A view of the Clarke .
Closeup of the Clarke's bow .
Edwin H. Gott pulls away from the fuel dock to follow the tug/barge up the river.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw News

05/20:
The Sam Laud was inbound the Saginaw River Saturday morning, giving a security call at the Font Range around 11:30 a.m.. She stated she was headed to the Saginaw Rock Dock in Saginaw. The Laud was outbound later in the evening, passing the Airport Turning Basin about 9:30 p.m.

The Frontenac entered the Saginaw River early Saturday morning to unload at Essroc Cement in Essexville. She had finished unloading and departed Essroc stern first at 4:30 .p.m. She proceeded to Light 12 in the entrance channel where she turned around and headed out to the lake.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Sam Laud at the Independence Bridge.
Stern view.

Reported by: Lon Morgan, Todd Shorkey and Stephen Hause




Toronto Report

05/20:
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Queen City Yacht Club and Island Yacht Club staged their annual Commodore's Sailpast Saturday, filling the harbor with sailboats.

Toronto's newest charter vessel, Thames River Belle, made her first appearance in port Saturday taking a wedding group to the island. She wintered in Port Dover and made the Welland Canal transit as a private vessel.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - May 20

On May 20, 1909 while lying at the Lackawanna Coal Dock at Buffalo, NY, the LeGRAND S. DEGRAFF was struck by the SONORA which caused $4,000 in damage to the DEGRAFF.

The STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT sank on Lake Huron two miles above Port Huron, MI in a collision with the steamer AUGUST ZIESING on May 20, 1960 with no loss of life.

On May 20, 1967 during docking maneuvers in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River, the W.W. HOLLOWAY's KaMeWa propeller shaft sheared off and the propeller reportedly sank to the bottom.

The MERCURY (2) was launched May 20, 1912 as a) RENOWN.

HENRY STEINBRENNER (4) was launched May 20, 1916 as a) WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE (2)

On 20 May 1862, BAY CITY (wooden propeller tug, 199', 480 t, built in 1852 at Trenton, MI) sprang a leak in a storm and sank near Port Burwell, Ontario. She then washed in to shallow water. Her crew was rescued by the tug WINSLOW. Her engine and boiler were removed in June and July of that year.

On 20 May 1875, the passenger package freight vessel GLADYS was launched at D. Lestor's yard in Marine City, Michigan for the Toledo & Saginaw Transportation Company. Her dimensions were 135' overall x 26' x 10'. She had twelve staterooms and along with ample cargo space. The pilot house was forward, 8 feet square and 11 feet high. The engines, from the old ESTABROOK and, previous to that, from DAN RHODES, were two high pressure double engines acting on one shaft with an 8 foot propeller. She also had a pony engine to feed water to the boilers and wash the decks. She was sold Canadian in 1877 and renamed NORTHERN BELLE and lasted until November 1898 when she burned on Georgian Bay.

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


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




Cliffs, Minnesota Power bid for LTV taconite operation

05/19:
Cleveland-Cliffs and Duluth-based Minnesota Power have submitted a joint bid for the idle LTV Steel Mining Co. taconite facilities in Hoyt Lakes and Taconite Harbor in Minnesota.

LTV Steel Corp. closed the taconite plant in Hoyt Lakes and its ship loading and electrical generation facilities at Taconite Harbor on Jan. 5 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Under their joint bid, Cliffs would get LTV's 43-year-old taconite processing plant and all property related to the mining operation, including its 74-mile railroad and its 2,234-foot-long shiploading dock in Taconite Harbor. Minnesota Power would get the 225-megawatt power plant at Taconite Harbor and all property not related to mining.

Bidding for the LTV facilities ended May 17. LTV has been vague about how many bids it has received, putting the number somewhere between one and eight. The winning bidder is expected to be chosen next week, and then be sent to bankruptcy court for approval.

A Minnesota Power spokesman has said his company’s intent is to use the power plant to generate commercial electricity while keeping the facility available for eventual redevelopment of the LTV facility. Cliffs says it has no specific plans in mind for the plant but would not reopen it as a taconite producer competing against other Cliffs operations. The LTV site has a large taconite reserve.

Cliffs’ bid for the LTV plant does not signal a change in its interest in acquiring total ownership of Hibbing Taconite, which Bethlehem Steel has been shopping around for several months. Bethlehem has indicated it wants to sell its 70-percent share of the taconite plant before mid-year.

Industry analysts have suggested that if Cliffs acquires the LTV Steel Mining Co. taconite assets, the heavy-duty railroad from Hoyt Lakes to Taconite Harbor could be used to ship taconite pellets from Hibbing Taconite, lowering that plant’s production costs.

Meanwhile, vessels have continued to call at Taconite Harbor since the start of the shipping season to haul away pellets produced by LTV before the processing plant closed last winter.

Reported by: Mike Cleary and Al Miller




Twin Ports Report

05/19:
Windoc paid one of its rare calls to the Twin Ports on May 18, loading at Cenex Harvest States berth 2, which has seen little activity so far this season. Another infrequent visitor was the Joseph Block, which was under the shiploader at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth. Another sign of spring was the Wenonah, a small ferry that runs between Grand Portage, Minnesota, and Isle Royale. Crewmen were aboard the boat Friday checking life rafts before taking the boat up the North Shore for the summer.

Windoc at Cenex Harvest States berth 2.
Stern view.
Patterson houseflag flying from the Windoc.
Wenonah undergoing fitout.
Stern view of the Joe Block at DMIR.
Block departing Friday evening.
Close up of the pilothouse.
An engineer enjoying the sun.
Stern view.
Another view.
Video of her departure. 500k

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

05/18:
Vessels in and out of Marquette continue on a steady pace yet the number of vessels visit during the month of May appear to be down compared to last year. The H. Lee White made her seventh appearance of the year in the lower harbor earlier this week when she delivered a load of stone for the mines in Marquette County. Also making an appearance this week is the research vessel Kiyi that arrived in the lower harbor Friday and will remain in the area for a few of days.

Vessels continue to arrive daily in the upper harbor. The number of visits appear to be less then last year. Visiting since May 13 was the Algosteel with two visits, Algowest, H. Lee White and Charles M. Beeghly. The Algomarine was scheduled in early this morning.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw News

05/19:
Friday the current in the Saginaw River was running stronger than usual due to very heavy rainfall in the Saginaw River Basin during the week.

The Buffalo backed all the way down the river from the Rock Products Dock in Saginaw. The unusually strong river currents preventing her from safely turning in the turning basin.

The Saginaw was inbound her namesake river and passed the Buffalo at Light 12 in the Saginaw Bay while the Buffalo was turning to head outbound. The Saginaw was en route to the Buena Vista Dock in Saginaw. She called to see if the tug Kurt Luedtke was available for assistance if needed for her downbound trip. After checking with her home office, the Luedtke has authorization to head upriver to assist the Saginaw if needed.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Saginaw inbound.
Passing.
Bow profile.
Stern view.

Reported by: Lon Morgan, Todd Shorkey and Stephen Hause




Hamilton Update

05/19:
Friday evening the Lake Carling was anchored in Hamilton harbor in ballast. The Chemical Tanker Alioth is at Pier 11. Fed Nav's Lake Superior was at Pier 23 unloading steel products. There are two pleasure yachts being carried as deck cargo on the Lake Superior. The Algocape later entered the Burlington Canal for Hamilton.

On Lake Erie, the CSL Laurentien and Atlantic Erie were both on the move westbound. The Yankcanuck went into Nanticoke, followed by the Atlantic Erie.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Report

05/19:
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon was in at The Pier Museum dock promoting "Boating Safety Day" on Thursday. She departed early this Friday in fog.

Strange Attractor remains at the Redpath Sugar dock, but no work appears to be going on aboard her.

Stephen B. Roman came in with another load of cement and the charter boat Miss Toronto underwent trials for her annual Coast Guard inspection.

For the past few days the Toronto Star has been following the True North II inquest at Tobermory, Ontario in some detail. Two school children drowned June 16, 2000 when the vessel overturned in rough weather off Flowerpot Island, Georgian Bay. Details in thestar.com.

Also this week, fast lake ferry service between Rochester and Toronto was endorsed by the City's Economic Development and Parks Committee on Monday.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Join us on the Badger June 2

05/19:
There is still time to book your passage on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger for our crossing on Saturday, June 2. The Badger is the last operating carferry on the lakes, at 410-feet she is steam powered and coal fired.

The crossing takes us from Ludington, MI. to Manitowoc, WI on Saturday June 2. The Lake Michigan Carferry has offered a special rate on the crossing and for those who are interested, a special rate for a stateroom on board in the "Badger Boatel" Friday night.

Our group will be treated to limited tours of the pilothouse and engine room of Badger. This is a rare opportunity to see the two Skinner Unaflow Steam engines that generate a combined 7,000 horsepower.

Optional slide show and informal gathering aboard the Badger Friday night.

The cruise begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. departing Ludington, MI. After the three hour trip across Lake Michigan we arrive in Manitowoc, WI where you may choose to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and its World War II submarine U.S.S. Cobia all for a special discount rate. Other options in Manitowoc include exploring the city and the many lighthouses in the area or staying on the Badger for a shore line cruise (additional fare).

The cruise continues with our departure for Ludington at 6:00 p.m. (Central time).

To reserve your space on the Badger Click here

Offcial Lake Michigan Carferry web site.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum.




Picture of the Day

05/19:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Diamond Jack's tour boat fleet passing.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 19

SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY was launched May 19, 1906.

On May 19, 1973 the METEOR (2) was moved from the Pipeline Tankers dock to a permanent berth on Barkers Island at Superior to serve as a museum ship.

B.F. JONES (2) and EDWARD S. KENDRICK towed by the Polish tug KORAL and arrived for scrapping at Castellon, Spain, near Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19, 1973, a trip of over 4,000 miles.

The LAKE WINNIPEG in tow of the tug IRVING CEDAR arrived in Sacavém, North of Lisbon, Portugal on May 19, 1985. She was the largest Canadian laker and the first Seaway sized ship, as of that date, to be scrapped.

On 19 May 1835, PARROTT (wooden 2-mast schooner, 43', 20 t, built in 1834 at Ashtabula, OH) sailed for Detroit carrying iron, glass, whiskey, and hogs on deck. She never made it. The following day, west of Ashtabula, many of the hogs swam ashore and later a lot of gear from the boat drifted to the beach. No storm is mentioned and all six onboard lost their lives. She had been enrolled to a new owner the day before she set sail.

On 19 May 1876, the Port Huron Times reported that Capt. Alexander McDougall, formerly master of the steamer JAPAN, had built a large steam fish boat named SASKIWIT at Buffalo during the winter and was then sailing from there to Marquette, Michigan.

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


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




American Mariner Enters Lay-up

05/18:
Uncertainties over the future of U.S. steel makers have put the American Mariner into temporary lay-up. Crews were preparing the vessel on Tuesday at the CSX Torco Dock in Toledo. She joins her fleet mate Adam E. Cornelius who entered temporary lay-up in Toledo in early May.




Transfer Enters Dry Dock

05/18:
The Canadian Transfer arrived early Thursday morning and was anchored out in the fog. She moved into the Pascol Dry Dock and was tied up around noon. As of around 5:00 p.m. that night the Dry Dock was almost pumped out and ballast tank water was being pumped out.

The trip to dry dock is apparently the result of grounding in Goderich on Monday. The Transfer reportedly grounded while departing Goderich with a load of salt and started to take on water. She anchored out side of port until the Canadian Progress was able to off load her cargo that was bound for Chicago.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Mississagi in Grand Haven

05/18:
Thursday the Mississagi was unloading in Grand Haven unloading at Meekhof's Stone Dock. This is the first visit by this vessel under her new name. Shortly after the Mississagi fleet mate Maumee arrived, entering the Grand Haven Piers heading to load sand at the Construction Aggregates dock below Verplanks. A first to have two fleet mates in at the same time, under their former owners it was rare to see the Sloan or Calcite in Grand Haven.

Thursday night the Mississagi finished her unloading at Meekhof's and was currently trying to turn around in the rain-swollen Grand River. The river has been wreaking some havoc with the lakers; Buoy #6 was set adrift as the Maumee gunned her engine to make the dock.

Wednesday the Joseph H. Frantz was unloading in Ferrysburg at the Verplank dock. She required tug assistance from Andrie due to the fast current of the Grand River and the windy conditions. Tug assistance in Grand Haven is very rare. The Frantz departed about 9:45 a.m. after unloading limestone.

Reported by: David Swain and Dan McCormick




Corps in Menominee

05/18:
The Army Corps of Engineers arrived in at the Menominee River Wednesday afternoon. The tug Kenosha and barge Manitowoc arrived with a load of large rocks that will be placed along the break wall inside the harbor near the Menominee River boat launch. After that work is complete, it is unclear if they will work to remove the sand bar at the Mouth of the Menominee River that has troubled ships coming into and leaving Menominee/Marinette this season.

Tug and barge unloading stone.
Another view.
Close up of the Kenosha.
Stone is unloaded.

Reported by: Scott Best




Laud in Manistee

05/18:
The Sam Laud arrived in Manistee on Thursday morning with a cargo of coal for the Morton Salt Company. However it was delayed by fog and waited until 4:30 p.m. before making its way up the River to Manistee Lake and the dock.

Reported by: Steve Harold




Thunder Bay Update

05/18:
Thursday the saltie Kapitonas Sencenko moved from Richardson's over to Keefer Terminal around 5:00 p.m. The tug Radium Yellowknife and her three barges arrived back in port Thursday morning and docked at the old Ore dock beside Northern Wood Preserve. There are nine barges in total and the six that were left behind on the first trip had been loaded in preparation for the tugs return.

The Samuel Risley was also in port Thursday morning and docked at the Coast Guard Dock at Keefer. Late afternoon she was over at the entrance to the Mission River moving buoys that had been reported as out of position by boats earlier in the week.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Buffalo Update

05/18:
The Herbert C Jackson was expected at the Buffalo North Entrance around 3:00 a.m. this morning. If her unloading time is the same as the last trip she will probably depart on Saturday morning.

The Yankcanuck was docked at the TDX Wharf at 8:00 p.m. on the Thursday while the English River was seen unloading at Lafarge.

The tug Ruby was back in Buffalo on Wednesday. She tied up to a mud scow at the Cargill Pier on the Lakefront around last night. The Ruby is waiting for another tug to bring a crane barge up the Outer Harbor.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Hamilton Update

05/18:
Thursday afternoon the Canadian Leader was unloading iron ore at Dofasco. The Hamilton Energy was along side the Canadian Leader refueling it. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon departed Canada Centre for Inland Waters some time this week. Late Wednesday the Algobay was upbound American Narrows and the Atlantic Erie was inbound Nanticoke due around midnight.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Report

05/18:
Wednesday the Torontonian was floated off the Toronto dry dock. The steam side-paddle wheeler Trillium was out for trials, her first time off the wall this season.

Fit out on the Canadian Mariner continues, she is expected to depart soon. Unloading of Strange Attractor at Redpath Sugar was almost completed Wednesday. She was expected to depart some time over night.

Reported by: Gerry O.




St. Lawrence Seaway & River News

05/18:
The ferry Nondawayma arrived in Montreal on May 14 under tow of the McKeil tugs Carrol C.I and Bonnie B.III from Rimouski where she had been in lay-up since Dec. 22. Last fall, she had been sold to Groupe Verreault and was to be converted to a cable ship but the contract was canceled. She was towed to Montreal for further lay-up until a new buyer is found.

McKeil will have two other interesting tows in the very near future, both tows involving vessels to be broken up at Sorel. The damaged Alcor is expected to leave Quebec City for Sorel within a few days. Also expected to leave for Sorel within a few days but from Montreal will be the Ville Marie II, which has been used as a floating dock and restaurant ship since 1983. Used as the ferry Laviolette from 1947 when she was built and Dec.1967 when the Laviolette Bridge linking Ste. Angèle and Trois-Rivières was built, she was converted to the excursion vessel in 1976-77 and was in service out of Sarnia as Blue Water Belle for Avery Cruise Line. In 1981, she was sold again and renamed Caledonia operating in Toronto Harbor. Laid up for the entire 1982 season, she was acquired by Port of Montreal Cruises Inc. in Nov. of that year and arrived under tow in Montreal. on Nov. 10. She was renamed Ville Marie II in 1983 but never operated as an excursion vessel in Montreal as the Canadian Coast Guard never granted permission to the new owners to use it as such considering her conditions. At Sorel, she will be broken up by Multi Recyclage of Laval, QC.

On May 5, yet another vessel was renamed in Montreal when the Liberian-flag container ship Northern Joy ex CMA Xingang on charter to Senator Line became Canada Senator.

Departing St. Marc on the Richelieu River on May 3 for Quebec City under tow of tugs owned by Sam Vezina Inc. was the floating-theatre L'escale that has been for sale since 1999. She has been rented by a Canadian Government agency to be used at Hull, QC for the month of July when the event Francofolies will occurred. At Quebec City, she is being renovated by La Société des Traversiers du Québec and is expected to leave from there for the Seaway at the end of June. By the beginning of August, if she has not been sold by then, she will go back to her dock at St. Marc. Built 50 years ago, she had been the ferry Arthur Cardin until 1967 and was crossing between Sorel and St. Ignace-de-Loyola. Following her conversion to a floating-theatre in the late sixties, she was still self-propelled then and visited a few towns including Hull.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Proposed Ballast Water Regulation

05/18:
The Michigan legislature is once again considering legislation to regulate the discharge of ballast water into Michigan waters. Senate Bill 152, sponsored by Senator Ken Sikkema, would prohibit shipping companies from receiving certain state grants, loans and awards if their ships were not in compliance with ballast water practices proposed last year by the Shipping Federation of Canada. It would also create a "Hall of Shame" list to publicize the names of individual ships not in compliance.

This year's version of the bill reportedly has the support of shipping industry organizations because it has been stripped of the substantial fines that were proposed last year. Senator Sikkema and others admit that the proposed bill would not be very effective by itself but hope that it will encourage the US and Canadian federal governments to adopt similar legislation that would cover the entire Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River basin. The ultimate goal is to slow the introduction of non-native aquatic life into the Lakes.

Reported by: Tom Hynes




Fort Erie to buy Point Abino lighthouse

05/18:
Town councilors in Fort Erie, Ontario, voted earlier this week to buy the Point Abino lighthouse complex from the federal government and preserve it as a historic attraction.

The town will pay $1 for the 84-year-old lighthouse and $150,000 for the adjoining keeper's dwelling. In addition, the town must pay for cleanup of hazardous materials, such as asbestos floor tiles and lead-based paint in both buildings.

The Point Abino Lighthouse Preservation Society estimates that restoring the lighthouse will cost about $55,000 to $60,000. The figures include concrete repair and restoring service to the engine room, lens mechanism and fog horn.

However, to make the purchase work, the town also must work out a deal for public access to the lighthouse. The only road leading to the site passes through property owned by the Point Abino Association. The cottage owners have an electronic security gate and have been reluctant to relax their security policy for outsiders.

Fort Erie’s purchase agreement for the light has a clause that allows the town to withdraw from the deal within a year if it cannot negotiate land access to the site.

Point Abino light was built in 1917 to ships of dangerous rock shelves surrounding the point. It was removed from service in 1996, when the Canadian Coast Guard began marking the shoals with buoys.

Reported by: Al Miller




Coast Guard Open House

05/18:
Coast Guard Station Toledo will be hosting an open house on Saturday 19 may, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Various agencies will be represented to provide information on boating and boating safety, including Lucas County Sheriff Department, Toledo Police Marine Unit, St. Vincent's Lifeflight Helicopter, Toledo Fire Department dive team, the Western Lake Erie Safe Boating Council, the Power Squadron and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Information on courtesy vessel safety checks will also be provided. Come to the station for tours of the Coast Guard facility and boats that serve and protect western Lake Erie.

Reported by: BM3 Ryan Barone




Marine Mart

05/18:
June 2 is the annual Lake Huron Lore Marine Society Marine Mart held at the Port Huron Museum from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Books, Models, Videos, Historic Paper, Photographs and more will be offered. It is also an opportunity to see the Museum's Great Lakes Collection. Afterwards relax at the Blue Water Bridges and watch the ships go by.
Please call (810) 982-0891 for more information.

Reported by: Al Hart




Picture of the Day

05/18:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Wilfred Sykes entering Grand Haven.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 18

The ATWATER departed Sandusky, OH May 18, 1925 on her maiden voyage loaded with coal bound for Duluth, MN. She was the first freighter on the Great Lakes equipped with a gyro compass.

The JOHNSTOWN (2) cleared Erie May 18, 1985 for Quebec City under tow bound for Spain for scrapping. This vessel was the first post-war built U.S. laker to be scrapped.

On May 18, 1903 the MAUNALOA hit and sank the 69 foot wooden tug EDWARD GILLEN at Superior, WI

May 18, 1992 -- The BADGER made her maiden voyage for the newly formed Lake Michigan Carferry Service.

On 18 May 1853, CITIZEN (wooden schooner, 54 t, built in 1847 at Manitowoc) was driven aground 6 miles north of Chicago. The U. S. Navy steamer MICHIGAN tried in vain to pull her off, breaking a 14" hawser in the process. She was reportedly the first vessel built at Manitowoc, WI.

On 18 May 1882, AMERICAN EAGLE (wooden propeller, passenger packet & tug, 105', 161 gt, built in 1880 at Sandusky, OH) was racing off Kelley's Island on Lake Erie when her boiler exploded. Six lives were lost. She was later raised and repaired and lasted until 1908.

18 May 1894: A big storm swept the Lakes on 18 May 1894. The next day, the Port Huron Times gave the following account of the ship wrecks in that storm: "The big storm on Lake Michigan has cost the lives of many men. Only 2 men were saved from the schooner M. J. CUMMINGS, 6 lost. The C. C. BARNES is ashore at Milwaukee but the crew were saved. The schooner MYRTLE was wrecked just outside the government pier within a half mile of Michigan Blvd. in Chicago with 6 lost. The schooner LINCOLN DALL went to pieces at Glencoe, 8 miles north of Chicago. She was 196 tons. The schooner JACK THOMPSON, 199 tons, wrecked off 25th Street. The schooner EVENING STAR, 203 tons, wrecked off 27th Street but her crew was saved. The schooner MERCURY of Grand Haven, 278 tons, wrecked off 27th Street and her crew rescued. The schooner J. LOOMIS McLAREN, 272 tons, wrecked off 27th Street. The schooner RAINBOW of Milwaukee, 243 tons, wrecked off 100th Street; the crew was rescued. The schooner C. J. MIXER, 279 tons, wrecked off 100th Street; crew rescued. The schooner WM. SHUPE waterlogged and ashore at Lexington on Lake Huron. Four were drowned in an attempted rescue. The scow ST. CATHARINES is ashore at Rock Falls near Sand Beach. The crew reached shore safely but the boat will fare badly."

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


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




Calumet in Cleveland

05/17:
Wednesday morning the Cuyahoga and Calumet were both unloading at Ontario 4 in Cleveland's old river bed. They both departed that afternoon. This was the Calumet's first trip under the new name.

Also in port Wednesday were three vessels carrying cement. The Southdown Challenger arrived to unload that morning and departed Wednesday evening. The J.A.W. Iglehart was in Wednesday morning and the tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II were unloading and expected to depart on Thursday.

Pictures by TZ.
Calumet passing through the break wall.
Close up of bow.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Low Water in the Saginaw River

05/17:
The tug Gregory J Busch appeared to be on the mud bottom of the Saginaw River Tuesday due to strong South winds overnight pushing the water out of the Saginaw Bay. The water level was expected to rise with help from run-off from over night rain. he photo was taken from M-13 on the north side of Saginaw.

Gregory J Busch is tied up across the river from the GM Powertrain SMCO.

Reported by: Dale Stephan




Twin Ports report

05/17:
Kinsman Independent was back in the Twin Ports on May 16 to pay a rare call at the Cargill elevator loading wheat for Buffalo. The spring grain rush has slowed recently. As of Wednesday, the only other vessel in port for grain was the saltie Marillis T, loading at the Cenex Harvest States elevator. Federal Schedle is due here May 17 to load at AGP elevator in Duluth.

The Alpena was undergoing some sort of minor repairs as she unloaded at the Lafarge Duluth terminal on Tuesday afternoon. A workboat from Fraser Shipyards was seen tending to her bow just before noon, and a few hours later it was docked aft of the classic steamer in the Lafarge slip. The Alpena was scheduled to depart Duluth during the evening hours on Tuesday, but she didn't leave port until Wednesday afternoon, after stopping at the Murphy Port Terminal berth for fuel.

The three barges brought in by the tug Radium Yellowknife on Monday continue to be unloaded of their plastic-wrapped lumber cargo at the Hallett 8 pier in Superior. The other side of Hallett 8 now appears to be lined with dozens of semi-truck trailers.

The Coast Guard's new 49-foot buoy tender was servicing one of the two giant buoys near the Bong Bridge that mark the steam plant. The tour boats of the Vista Fleet were sailing the harbor, letting school groups and tourists enjoy the beautiful weather.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Thunder Bay Update

05/17:
The Saltie Lynx left Saskatchewan Pool 7a around noon Wednesday with the help of the tugs Peninsula and George Carleton. She then headed down the Lake. There were no other boats in Port until 8:00 p.m. when the Kapitonas Sevcenko arrived in the bay and went over to the North Entrance. There she was helped into the Richardson Elevator slip by the Tugs Glenada and Point Valour. She was docked up by 9:30 p.m.

The only other movement in the harbor Wednesday was the tug Robert W. She moved a barge from the Towland-Hewitson dock over to the Saskatchewan Pool 7a slip.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Picture of the Day

05/17:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Armco in the St. Marys River.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 17

BUCKEYE MONITOR was launched May 17, 1913 as a) ALTON C. DUSTIN.

NORTHCLIFFE HALL (2) collided with the Cuban salty CARLOS MANUEL DE CESPEDES in the St. Lawrence River above the Eisenhower Lock on May 17, 1980.

The E.G. GRACE arrived at Ramey's Bend May 17, 1984 in tow of the tugs GLENEVIS and GLENSIDE for scrapping.

May 17, 1941 -- The Ludington Daily News reported that the former carferry PERE MARQUETTE 17, which had been purchased by the state department for use at the Straits of Mackinac, was to be re-named CITY OF PETOSKEY.

The schooner ST. ANDREWS was launched at A. Muir's shipyard on the Black River in Port Huron, Michigan on 17 May 1875. This was a rebuild job, but Mr. Muir stated that it was the most complete rebuild he ever undertook since there was only a portion of the keel and bottom left from the old hull. Her new dimensions were 135' keel x 30' x 14', 425 tons (an increase of 102 tons).

At about 9:00 AM, 17 May 1885, the tug E. T. CARRINGTON (wooden side-wheel tug, 76', 57 gt, built in 1876 at Bangor, MI) was towing a raft of logs from L'Anse to Baraga, Michigan when she caught fire and burned to the water's edge. The crew was rescued by the steam yacht EVA WADSWORTH. The CARRINGTON was later rebuilt and lasted until 1907.

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


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




Integrity Enters Dry Dock

05/16:
The tug Jacklyn M. and the barge Integrity entered into Sturgeon Bay and Bay Ship Building, where the Integrity was placed into the 1000-foot Graving dock Tuesday afternoon. The tug and barge were uncoupled, and the Jacklyn M. was placed at Berth #9 while the Integrity is in the dry dock.

The cement barge Integrity is in for her Five Year survey.

Barge under tow. Vic DeLarwelle
Close up of the tug Susan L. Vic DeLarwelle
View from on board one of the tugs. Orrin Royce
Turned to enter the dry dock. Vic DeLarwelle
Another view. Orrin Royce
Tugs working on the bow. Vic DeLarwelle
Assisting. Vic DeLarwelle
Close up of tug Escort II . Vic DeLarwelle
Entering the dry dock. Vic DeLarwelle
In place. Orrin Royce
Jacklyn M. waits at Berth #9. Vic DeLarwelle

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and Orrin Royce




Twin Ports report

05/16:
Alpena made one of its periodic visits to Lake Superior this week, arriving in the Twin Ports May 14 to unload a partial cargo at the Lafarge terminal in Superior and then crossing the harbor to discharge the remainder at the Duluth terminal.

Vessels in the iron ore trade May 15 included Stewart J. Cort, scheduled for BNSF in Superior; Roger Blough due at Two Harbors late in the afternoon; and Reserve expected late at night in Silver Bay. Also scheduled for this week at the George A. Stinson for Taconite Harbor, Mesabi Miner for DMIR in Duluth and the Joe Block on one of its increasingly rare trips to Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Soo Traffic

05/16:
Columbia Star stopped at the Soo Tuesday morning at dock above locks for a reported faulty rudder angle indicator on the bridge. The Marine Safety Office from the U.S. Coast Guard was called onboard and the vessel was cleared downbound shortly afternoon.

Also passing downbound was the Edwin H Gott, Fred R White Jr., Burns Harbor, CCG Limnos, Indiana Harbor, Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer and the Canadian Coast Guard research vessel Kaiyi.

Upbound traffic included the Paul R. Tregurtha, Algosteel, Mesabi Miner, Federal Schelde, Charles M. Beeghly and Samuel Risley. The Soo was also host to three Canadian Coast Guard vessels the Samuel Risley, Limnos and Kaiyi.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Brian Kloosterman




Detroit Passage

05/16:
The Diamond Queen entered the Detroit River Tuesday evening, passing out of the Rouge River Short Cut Canal. She was sailing upbound to the company's dock at Stroh's River Place.

Downbound in the river was the Calumet, Montrealais, Algorail and Algomarine. The upbound Canadian Miner blew a salute to its fleet mate and the downbound parade.

Reported by: Mark A. Kubala




Hamilton Update

05/16:
Monday the saltie Spar Garnet was at Pier 23 unloading steel products. Also at Pier 23 was the tug James A. Hannah and the barge Hannah 5101. The CCG Griffon was moored at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters.

The cement barge Metis is in Heddles Marine floating dry dock undergoing a 1.3 million dollar refit. The barge was towed from its dock in Windsor last month where it was used as a transfer/storage barge. Once the refit is completed, the Metis will either return to use as floating storage barge at one of Essroc's Great Lakes terminals or as an operating cement barge for Essroc Canada.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Sundown Arrival at Clarkson

05/16:
As dark settled over Lake Ontario what had been two mere pin points of white light near the horizon slowly became larger Tuesday night. They materialized into masthead lights and a green starboard running light. By 8:15 p.m. a silhouette had established and through the glasses it was clearly the James Norris coming up the lake from Colborne. Shortly before 9:00 p.m. she was alongside the St. Lawrence Cement dock ready to discharge yet another cargo of limestone.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Join us on the Badger June 2

05/16:
There is still time to book your passage on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger for our crossing on Saturday, June 2. The Badger is the last operating carferry on the lakes, at 410-feet she is steam powered and coal fired.

The crossing takes us from Ludington, MI. to Manitowoc, WI on Saturday June 2. The Lake Michigan Carferry has offered a special rate on the crossing and for those who are interested, a special rate for a stateroom on board in the "Badger Boatel" Friday night.

Our group will be treated to limited tours of the pilothouse and engine room of Badger. This is a rare opportunity to see the two Skinner Unaflow Steam engines that generate a combined 7,000 horsepower.

Optional slide show and informal gathering aboard the Badger Friday night.

The cruise begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. departing Ludington, MI. After the three hour trip across Lake Michigan we arrive in Manitowoc, WI where you may choose to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and its World War II submarine U.S.S. Cobia all for a special discount rate. Other options in Manitowoc include exploring the city and the many lighthouses in the area or staying on the Badger for a shore line cruise (additional fare).

The cruise continues with our departure for Ludington at 6:00 p.m. (Central time).

To reserve your space on the Badger Click here

Offcial Lake Michigan Carferry web site.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum.




Picture of the Day

05/16:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: J.B. Ford in South Chicago.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 16

The CANADIAN PROSPECTOR passed upbound in the Welland Canal May 16, 1979 on her first trip after reconstruction with Labrador ore bound for Ashtabula, Ohio.

E.J. BLOCK was launched May 16, 1908 as the W.R. WOODFOR

IRVIN L. CLYMER departed Superior on May 15, 1981 and went to Duluth, MN to load 11,154 tons of taconite ore for Lorain. On May 16, 1981, having departed Duluth in 35 mph winds and ten foot seas, the CLYMER began taking on water in her ballast tanks. She returned to Duluth, and was quickly repaired.

On May 16, 1972, in dense fog, the ROBERT HOBSON struck the Peerless Cement dock at Port Huron, MI when her bow was caught by the strong current at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Damage to the hull was estimated at to $100,000.

In 1985 PONTIAC (2) was towed down the Welland Canal by the McKeil tugs GLENEVIS, ARGUE MARTIN and STORMONT bound for Quebec City. She would later be scrapped in Spain.

The tug B. W. ALDRICH burned at Ludington, Michigan on 16 May 1874. The damage was estimated at $5,000 and she was rebuilt.

May 16, 1997 -- The BADGER's planned first voyage of 1997 was delayed for one day because of a faulty boiler tube.

E. W. OGLEBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 375'. 3666 gt) was launched at F. W. Wheeler's yard (hull #114) at W. Bay City, MI on 16 May 1896. She lasted until she stranded on Shot Point, ten miles east of Marquette, MI on Lake Superior, during a heavy northeast gale and blizzard, on December 8, 1927. Shortly afterwards the hull was gutted by fire and declared a constructive total loss. The hull was removed, partially scrapped, and used as dock at Drummond Island, MI.

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


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




Callaway Departs

05/15:
After spending three days undergoing work at the Duluth port terminal, Cason J. Callaway departed Duluth about 11:00 a.m. Monday for sea trials on its new automated engine room. The vessel was expected to arrive at Two Harbors late in the evening to load its first cargo of the season.

In other Twin Ports news, a tug that appeared to be Radium Yellowknife with three barges in tow entered Duluth harbor about 6:30 a.m. Monday. The barges appeared to be carrying lumber wrapped in white plastic. The tug was proceeding up the St. Louis River to a dock that in Superior that's been used for lumber cargoes in the past.

After unloading at the CLM dock on Sunday, Herbert C. Jackson spent Monday at the Peavey Connors Point grain elevator in Superior. This was a much faster turnaround than its first grain cargo in the Twin Ports, when the boat was forced to sit idle for a couple days waiting for an elevator berth.

Edwin H. Gott is due to make one of its occasional calls at the DMIR ore docks in Duluth on May 19. John G. Munson is due back at the Reiss Inland dock in Duluth on its next trip.

Cason J. Callaway at the Duluth port terminal late Sunday. Al Miller
Radium Yellowknife at dock in Thunder Bay last week. Rob Farrow

Reported by: Al Miller




Maumee Visits Grand Haven

05/15:
The Maumee made its first visit to Grand Haven/Ferrysburg, MI Monday to load sand at the Construction Aggregates Dock. The cargo was taken to Benton Harbor and the Maumee was expected to return to Grand Haven about 6:00 p.m. today.

The Maumee will be joined in the river by the Earl W. Oglebay who is scheduled to unload at Verplanks some time today.

Reported by: David Swain




Tug Carolyn Hoey off Dry-dock

05/15:
Gaelic Tugboat dispatched their tug Patricia Hoey to retrieve the Carolyn Hoey from Nicholson's dry-dock. Only a few minor items are left in the total rebuild of the vessel that will be completed at Gaelic's repair yard on the Rouge River.

The Carolyn Hoey was built in 1951 as Atlas for the Interstate Towing Company and worked as a harbor tug at Houston Texas until purchased by Gaelic about 18 years ago. Gaelic installed a new 16 cylinder General Motors EMD engine at that time. The engine hour meter shows about 26,000 hours since its installation, and Gaelic has now completed its rebuilding. It is expected that it will operate another 15 to 20 years trouble free before its next rebuild.

Pictures by Mike Nicholls
Carolyn Hoey in Nicholson's dry-dock.
Stern view.
Close up of new rudder.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




James Norris Visits

05/15:
James Norris was in Clarkson, Ont. early Monday morning. She spent the day unloading limestone at the St. Lawrence Cement dock.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Open House at Ferry Terminal

05/15:
The Wolfe Islander III's 25 Year Anniversary began on Saturday, May 12, 2001. Celebrations feature an open house at the ferry terminal in Kingston Ontario that is located at the corner of Barrack and Ontario Street. Inside are a collection of stories and pictures of crewmembers and events that have taken place over the last 25 years.

Many of these stories are from the local newspaper, the Kingston Whig-Standard, from an era dating back more than sixty years. Also featured are photos of the ferry's construction which took place at Port Arthur Shipyard in 1975, as well as detailed pictures of the ferry's mid-life retrofit at Heddle Marine in Hamilton in 1999.

The display runs all week until Friday evening, May 18, 2001. On Saturday, May 19, there will be a dance/buffet at Sacred Heart School on Wolfe Island from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. to conclude festivities. The cost is $12.00/couple. All are welcome.

For any more info, please call the ferry terminal at 613-548-7227.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Picture of the Day

05/15:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: tug Anglian Lady towing the PML 2501.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 15

On May 15, 1997, the "This Day in History" feature started on this web site.

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

After extensive renovation at Fraser Shipyard, the IRVIN L. CLYMER departed Superior on May 15, 1981 and went to Duluth, MN to load 11,154 tons of taconite ore for Lorain.

On May 15, 1971 STONEFAX was sold for scrap.

The HOMER D. WILLIAMS collided with the Canadian steamer WHEAT KING in fog on the St. Marys River May 15, 1968 with no reported significant damage.

On 15 May 1854, GARDEN CITY (wooden passenger/package side-wheeler, 218', 657 t, built in 1853 at Buffalo) was sailing from Chicago to the Soo in a storm when she went on Martin Reef, west of Detour, MI and was wrecked. Her passengers were picked up by the steamer QUEEN CITY. On 24 May, she was stripped by a schooner and in July her anchor and chains were salvaged by the schooner MONTEATH. Later still, her machinery was recovered.

May 15, 1992 -- The S.S. BADGER was rededicated and began a new career as a non-railroad carferry.

At 3:30 AM, 15 May 1874, the tug TAWAS came along side of the schooner ZACH CHANDLER several miles off shore from Sand Beach, MI on Lake Huron. The boiler of the TAWAS exploded and she sank. Capt. Robinson, 2nd Engineer Dyson, Firemen Thomas Conners and James McIntyre, and Lookout Dennis Burrow were all on the tug and died in the explosion. The blast tore the CHANDLER's sails and rigging, and caused the death of one of her officers when he was struck on the head by a flying piece of debris. The CHANDLER drifted away in the heavy seas, but returned to pick up five survivors from the water. The TAWAS was built at Vicksburg, MI by Myron Williams in 1864. Her dimensions were 95' x 18'6" x 8'6". She carried the two old engines from the tug BLISH, which when new were 11 1/2" x 20", but having been bored out several times, were 15' x 20" at the time of the explosion. Her boiler was built by Mr. Turnbull of Corunna, Ontario.

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


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




Twin Ports Report

05/14:
Early risers in the Twin Ports caught a glimpse of several classic lakers Sunday. Cason J. Callaway remained at the Duluth port terminal with workers still busy in her engine room. A short distance away, a laden Herbert C. Jackson was fueling both its main bunker and its bow thruster bunker. Meanwhile, a couple miles up the St. Louis River, the John G. Munson was easing into the Reiss Inland dock to unload a partial cargo of stone. After her unload, she shifted back down the river to fuel at the Murphy berth of the Port Terminal. While fueling, she sat nose to nose with her fleet mate Cason J. Callaway, still preparing for her first voyage. DM&IR is now expecting the Callaway at their Two Harbors dock on the afternoon of May 15.

The Fred R. White Jr. left port early in the morning, bound for Xcel Energy in Ashland. The saltie Marilis T arrived early in the morning and headed to the Cenex Harvest States #1 elevator.

The Jackson spent the day unloading at the Cutler-Magner dock in Superior, not far from her idle fleetmates Elton Hoyt 2nd and John Sherwin. After her unload, the Jackson began loading her second cargo of wheat for Buffalo.

The Columbia Star arrived during mid-afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy in Superior for St. Clair. The Star passed the Munson and Callaway before turning around off of the Port Terminal and backing up the river into her berth.

As the Star passed, the Munson finished fueling, waited for the Star to begin her turn, and then followed her up the river. The Munson was bound for her fourth Duluth dock of the day, DM&IR's dock #6, where she loaded taconite pellets for Gary, Indiana.

pictures by Al Miller
Herbert C. Jackson fueling at the Murphy Oil terminal in Duluth .
Crew members aboard the Cason J. Callaway spent part of Saturday touching up the boat's name painted on the hatch crane.
Herbert C. Jackson starting to unload at CLM dock on Sunday morning.
Another view.
Late Sunday afternoon, the Munson fuels at the Murphy Oil terminal in Duluth.
Late Sunday afternoon, the Cason J. Callaway remained at the Duluth port terminal -- a good-looking boat even when it's not moving.
Columbia Star motors through Duluth harbor on its way to Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, where it will load about 61,000 tons of coal for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, Mich.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Thunder Bay Update

05/14:
The Montrealais was a Richardson's Sunday morning and then departed downbound on Lake Superior. The Canadian Voyager also departed after loading at UGG"A".

The Federal Rideau was loading at Cargill, UGG"M" and then moved to UGG"A" in the afternoon. She may depart today once loaded. The Peonia was at Mission Terminal loading and the Kamenitza was at Richardson's late Sunday afternoon. The Saltie Lynx was at anchor out in the bay.

The barge Sarah Spencer and tug Jane Ann IV arrived about 1:00 p.m. docked at Cargill. The Mapleglen arrived in port and moved to Saskatchewan Pool 7a and was docked around 9:00 p.m.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Toledo News

05/14:
The Federal Schelde was unloading fertilizer at the T.W.I. Dock on Sunday. The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at CSX #1 Dock. The Reserve was at the Torco Dock unloading ore.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Niagara and Philip R. Clarke arriving today. The Sam Laud on Tuesday evening. The Algomarine on Wednesday morning, followed by the Algomarine due back on May 22.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco this evening. The Fred R. White Jr. on Wednesday afternoon and the Reserve back again on Friday afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lake Erie Update

05/14:
The John J. Boland unloaded in Erie Sunday, arriving at about 3:30 a.m. and departing at 11:00 a.m. She docked at the Mounfort Terminal and unloaded gravel.

In Conneaut, the Yankcanuck continues to shuttle gypsum to Nanticoke and the Frontenac is working the Conneaut-Nanticoke coal shuttle. She arrived in Conneaut at 7:00 p.m. Sunday to load.

Boland unloading.
Departing.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Clarkson Report

05/14:
The Canadian Century arrived early Sunday arriving from Hamilton where she unloaded coal Saturday. The Century spent the day at the St Lawrence Cement dock.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Brockville Update

05/14:
Below are images taken as the vessel passed Brockville Ont on Friday.
Oakglen passing.
Bow view of the Sidsel Knutsen.
Stern view.
Strange Attractor.
Close up.
Canadian Navigator.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Open House

05/14:
The U.S. Coast Guard will hold an open house on Saturday May 19. The St. Ignace Coast Guard Station will have the 140-foot Bay-Class tug Biscayne Bay open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The station's new 47-foot self-righting motor rescue lifeboat will be ob display. There will be additional exhibits at the station at 1075 Huron St, in St Ignace, MI. For more information call the St. Ignace Coast Guard Station 906-643-6402.

Reported by: Lynn Ward




Picture of the Day

05/14:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Canadian Ranger entering the St. Clair River.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 14

On May 14, 1959, the Charles M. Beeghly and the Herbert C. Jackson both entered service. While the vessels have been fleetmates since 1967, the Beeghly got her start as the Shenango II for the Shenango Furnace Company.

On May 14, 1943, the Thomas Wilson entered service as the first of the sixteen vessels in the "Maritime" class.

The HOCHELAGA's self-unloading boom was installed on the RICHARD REISS, which had lost her boom April 13, 1994 when it collapsed at Fairport, OH. The REISS cleared the Port Weller Dry Docks, where her HOCHELAGA boom was installed, on May 14, 1994.

BLACK HAWK (wooden schooner, 98', 178 gt) was launched in East Saginaw, MI on 14 May 1861. Thomas A. Estes was her builder. She was active until abandoned in the Kinnickinnic River at Milwaukee in 1908. On 13 October 1913, she was filled with flammable material and burned off Milwaukee as a public spectacle for the Perry Centennial Celebration.

On May 14, 1905, the new Anchor Line passenger steamer Juniata made her maiden voyage from the yards of the American Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland to Detroit. Sailing under the command of Capt. Edward J. Martin she left Cleveland at 7:05 in the morning and arrived at Detroit shortly before 4. On board, in addition to several officials of the line was her designer, Frank E. Kirby.

Detroiters were treated to the sight of seeing both the Juniata and Tionesta together for the first time as Tionesta was loading for Duluth when the Juniata arrived from Cleveland and Juniata tied up alongside her older sister. The Juniata later departed for Chicago where her furnishings were installed.

On 14 May 1861, COMET (wooden side-wheeler, 174'. 337 gc, built in 1848 at Portsmouth, Ontario) collided with the 2-mast wooden schooner EXCHANGE, ten miles off Nine-Mile Point on Lake Ontario. Then an explosion rocked the COMET and she was destroyed by fire. 2 or 3 lives were lost, but the survivors reached Simcoe Island in a lifeboat.

Data from: Chuck Truscott, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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




Callaway gets up steam

05/13:
Cason J. Callaway remained at the Duluth port terminal on May 12, putting out varying amounts of steam and exhaust as it apparently underwent testing. A large water truck was alongside the boat's stern early Saturday morning pumping water aboard the vessel, and deckhands were busy painting on deck. As of Saturday afternoon, the vessel was scheduled to depart Duluth on May 13 to undergo sea trials and, assuming they are successful, proceed to Two Harbors to load taconite pellets.

Callaway at dock Friday.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tug Departs

05/13:
Saturday evening the tug Radium Yellowknife and three barges departed the port of Thunder Bay on their first voyage in the lumber trade. The tug and a tow of nine deck barges arrived in Thunder Bay in September of 2000.

The Algowest departed Pascol Engineering's dry dock Saturday evening after having her shaft repaired. Her destination is unknown.

Pictures taken last week by Rob Farrow
Yellow Knife at dock.
Algowest in for repairs.

Reported by: Ron Konkol and Rob Farrow




Superior officials want to get rid of old dredge

05/13:
As has long been rumored around town, Superior city officials are working to get rid of the retired dredge D.D. Gaillard, which has been sitting unused on Barkers Island since it was retired by the Corps of Engineers more than a decade ago.

According to a story in the May 12 Duluth News Tribune, Superior city councilors will soon consider whether to allow city staff to negotiate the dredge's removal from the island. Alliance Steel Construction Inc. of Superior already has submitted a proposal to remove the dredge at a cost of $23,600.

The Superior Public Museums board of directors has unanimously voted to support removing the dredge.

The Gaillard, a dipper dredge that handled some of the Corps' toughest dredging jobs, was placed on Barkers Island in the '80s with the intention of turning it into a museum to complement the nearby whaleback Meteor. However, the dredge was never opened to the public, reportedly because it contains a large amount of asbestos.

Reported by: Al Miller




Earl W. in St. Joe

05/13:
The Earl W. Oglebay was in St. Joseph, Michigan Saturday to unload. She arrived at the Lake Michigan port that morning carrying a cargo of stone from Port Inland.

At St. Joe.

Reported by: Rick Pasley




Detroit Update

05/13:
Below are images taken Saturday afternoon on the Detroit River.

American Mariner upbound.
Cargo loaded aboard from the Mailboat J.W. Westcott II.
Continues upbound.
Stephen B. Roman unloading in Windsor.
Stern view.
Saltie Claudia fueling at Sterling Fuel on her way to Chicago.
Stern view.
Wide view of the fuel dock.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Forne.
Former U.S. Navy tug Metacom at the Corps Dock.
Metacom's stack.
Stern view.
John J. Boland downbound.
Cargo is loaded through the gangway door.
Crewmember orders news papers.
Delivery complete, the gangway door is closed.
Off the stern of the Boland.
An unusual fly over of a B-17 and P-51 Mustang.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Toledo Report

05/13:
The Federal Schelde was unloading fertilizer at the T.W.I. Dock Saturday. The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock. There were no coal, grain, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Philip R. Clarke, and CSL Niagara Monday, followed by the Sam Laud on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco dock will be the Reserve on Sunday morning, followed by the Armco on Monday evening. The Algowood was scheduled in to unload stone at the CSX stone dock within the next day or two.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Erie Update

05/13:
The Richard Reiss was in Erie Saturday morning with a split load for the Mounfort Terminal and the Old Ore Dock.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Picture of the Day

05/13:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Seaway Queen loading in Sarnia.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 13

GEMINI was launched May 13, 1978.

The JUPITER made her maiden voyage May 13, 1976 from Smith's Bluff, TX loaded with lube oil bound for Marcus Hooks, PA.

On May 13, 1913 the THOMAS F. COLE collided with the barge IRON CITY on Lake St. Clair. The barge was cut in two.

Delivered May 13, 1943, the THOMAS WILSON departed under the command of Captain Henry Borgen on her maiden voyage from Lorain light bound for Duluth, MN to load iron ore.

The green-hulled schooner EMMA C. HUTCHINSON was launched at 4:00 PM on 13 May 1873 at the E. Fitzgerald yard in Port Huron. She was the largest vessel built at that yard up to that time. She was named for the wife of Mr. J. T. Hutchinson of Cleveland. Her dimensions were 195' keel, 215' overall, 35' beam, 14' depth, 736 tons. She cost $55,000. Frank Leighton was her builder and Matthew Finn the master fitter. She was outfitted by Swan's Sons of Cleveland. Her painting was done by Ross & Doty of Port Huron.

On 13 May 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that someone had stolen the schooner ANNIE FAUGHT and that John Hoskins, the owner, was offering a reward for her recovery.

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


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




Callaway prepares to get under way

05/12:
Cason J. Callaway was moved from Fraser Shipyards on Thursday evening, apparently entirely by tug power. The boat was tied up at the Duluth port terminal on Friday while shipyard workers and engine technicians continued working on its new automated engine room and boilers. At 5:00 p.m. Friday, the vessel was still at the terminal with a dozen pick-up trucks parked nearby. The recorded message for USS Great Lakes Fleet said the Callaway is expected to depart Duluth on May 12 for sea trials before proceeding to Two Harbors.

Workers' trucks are parked near the Callaway's stern Friday.
Vertical view of the Callaway at the dock .
Full view of the Callaway .
Workers pause on the Callaway's stern Friday afternoon.

Reported by: Al Miller




Hibbing Taconite to shut down for 5 weeks

05/12:
Hibbing Taconite Co. announced Friday that it will shut down for five weeks starting July 1 because of slack demand for taconite pellets.

Hibbing Taconite, mostly owned by Bethlehem Steel, ships pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior. The plant had been scheduled for a summer shutdown, but that was canceled several weeks ago when Bethlehem Steel increased its orders for pellets. News that the shutdown has been reinstituted comes as U.S. and Canadian steelmakers continue to struggle against steel imports.

Reported by: Al Miller




Algoway Grounds

05/12:
On Thursday the Algoway was aground in Kingsville, Ontario on Lake Erie between Amherstburg and Leamington. The vessel could not be freed by tugs and waited for a barge to lighten her. The vessel was refloated and sailed to Windsor to load for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. There was no report of damage in the grounding.

Reported by: Philip Nash and Jim Hoffman




Safety Board Reports Sunken Tour Boat Was Unseaworthy

05/12:
A Transportation Safety Board report into a fatal tour boat accident in Georgian Bay has found that the vessel was unseaworthy.

Two 12-year-olds -- Henrike Foerster of Paisley and Wade Simmons of Tiverton -- drowned last June 16th when the True North II sunk during a school field trip to Flowerpot Island, near Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. The other 11 students on board, as well as six school supervisors and the boat's captain, managed to swim to safety.

"A combination of too many things" caused the sinking of the True North II, safety board chairman Benoit Bouchard said.

The long-awaited safety board report, unveiled today in Port, Elgin, Ontario, stated that investigators found that when waves came over the bow of the boat, the water quickly found its way into the interior of the vessel.

They also discovered that there was no pre-departure safety briefing, inconspicuous life jacket signs, a life boat that went down with the ship and no way for the skipper to quickly radio for distress.

The board also found that during 28 annual inspections, modifications were overlooked that compromised the boat's watertight integrity.

The glass-bottomed boat was also only licensed to go out in fair weather but the vessel head out in near gale-force winds on the day of the tragedy, the report states.

As well, the report found that while the vessel was required to be crewed by two people, ship inspection certificates made no reference to the requirement of an additional crew member.

A coroner's inquest into the deaths begins Monday.




Carolyn Hoey in Dry Dock

05/12:
The Gaelic Tugboat Company's 2,000 hp tug "Carolyn Hoey" is in the finish up stages of a total rebuild. Nicholson Terminal & Dock Company has just completed sand blasting and installing two coats of Ameron epoxy paint to the hull. A new rudder has been built and installed along with a rebuild of the bearing surfaces on the propeller shaft. The propeller has been rebuilt, and a new shaft bearing has been installed.

Meanwhile, the Gaelic engineering staff has been rebuilding the tugs main engine and servicing other engine room equipment.

Nicholson's floating dry dock is viewed up close on the Diamond Jack's tour from Wyandotte on Thursdays through Sunday, each week beginning June 14. The former Bob Lo steamers are located across the slip from the dry-dock.

Bow view of the Carolyn Hoey on the floating dry dock.
Installing the new ice strengthened rudder and rebuilt propeller.
View of the side of the tug.
Stern view of the tug and floating dry-dock. The Columbia's stack can be seen above the dry dock wall.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




City of Milwaukee Awarded Grant

05/12:
The SS City of Milwaukee has been awarded a grant of $10,000 by the National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program, to help restore the water system aboard the ship. The Sloan Valve Company donated 14 flushvalve sets valued at approximately $1,700. Canadian National has awarded a grant of $1,500 towards the ship's restoration.

The S.S. City of Milwaukee is the last remaining traditional Great Lakes passenger/train ferry. The 70 year-old vessel is currently open to the public in Manistee, Michigan.

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




Marquette Update

05/12:
Thursday night heavy fog in the upper harbor and later high winds, caused the Courtney Burton to steam into Marquette's lower harbor for shelter and spent the evening waiting for the fog to lift and for the winds to subside. Early Friday morning after the arrival of the Algomarine, the Courtney Burton steamed up to the upper harbor where both vessels were being loaded with ore.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw News

05/12:
Traffic was heavy Friday on the Saginaw River with visits by five vessels, including the first appearance on the river by the Mississagi, formerly the George A. Sloan, under her new Lower Lakes Towing colors.

Arriving first during the early morning hours was the Buffalo, which delivered her load upriver at Saginaw. She was followed into the river by the David Z. Norton, which arrived shortly after 8:00 a.m. with a split load for the Wirt Stone Docks at Bay City and Saginaw. After she had finished unloading at Saginaw Rock Products, the Buffalo turned and sailed down the river to the Sargent dock near the I-75 Bridge, where she tied up during the early afternoon to allow the upbound Norton to pass. The Norton had finished unloading and was outbound during the early evening.

Also during the afternoon, the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived at the Bay Aggregates dock in downtown Bay City.

Their trips on Friday marked the fifth times all three vessels--the Buffalo, Norton, and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder--have visited the Saginaw River during the 2001 shipping season.

The Mississagi entered the river at about 6:30 p.m. to lighter at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City before proceeding later up to the Wirt Dock in Saginaw. After finishing her work in Bay City, the Mississagi moved up to the Bay Aggregates Dock to tie up ahead of the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder and allow the outbound Norton to pass.

Several hours behind the Mississagi was the Agawa Canyon, which was due to enter the river later in the evening on her way to a dock in Saginaw. This is the Canyon's first visit to the river this season.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Close up of the Mississagi in the river.
Docking at Wirt.
Extending unloading boom.
Unloading.
Inbound passing the Ashland Marathon Dock.
Close up.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




Toledo Update

05/12:
The Algosteel was at the CSX stone dock unloading stone Friday, once unloaded she was scheduled to move to the coal dock to load coal. The Federal Schelde was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading fertilizer. The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

There were no other vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats will be the Philip R. Clarke, CSL Niagara, and Sam Laud due in on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Sunday morning, followed by the Armco on Monday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

05/12:
The tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II was outbound Friday with the tug Idaho about 3:30 p.m. The American Republic was outbound about 5:30 p.m. after unloading at LTV. The Stephen B. Roman was scheduled to arrive at Essroc (Dock 20) at 6:30 p.m. to unload. The port is expecting a saltie to arrive 6:00 a.m. this morning for 24E.

Pictures by TZ
St. Marys Cement II outbound.
Tug Idaho leading.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Clarkson Report

05/12:
The James Norris docked at the St. Lawrence Cement dock in Clarkson shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Friday. She arrived from Colborne and spent the day discharging a cargo of limestone. She was expected to depart by mid evening on Friday.

The Norris is the second oldest operating Canadian hull on the lakes. She was launched at Midland, Ontario in 1952. The Cuyahoga is the oldest hull currently operational.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Picture of the Day

05/12:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Maumee departing Toledo.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 12

The CANADIAN EXPLORER was launched May 12, 1965 as a) CABOT.

The THOMAS WALTERS entered service on May 12, 1911 with coal from Sandusky, OH to Duluth, MN.

The carferry GRAND HAVEN was sold to the West India Fruit & Steamship Co., Norfolk, VA on May 12, 1946 and was brought down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, LA for reconditioning before reaching Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach, FL.

On 12 May 1875, the scow-schooner SEA BIRD of Chicago was driven onto the beach a half mile south of the harbor at Holland, MI by a Northeaster. After the storm, she was high and dry on the beach.

The wooden J. S. SEAVERNS ran aground and stranded near Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior on 12 May 1884. She had been carrying passengers from Chicago to Port Arthur. She was pulled free by a tug, but then sank. She was formerly a steam barge, being built on the bottom of the side-wheel tug JOHN P. WARD in Saugatuck in 1880. The WARD dated back to 1857, had burned in 1865, was then rebuilt as a schooner, and in 1880 was finally rebuilt as the SEAVERNS.

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


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




Calumet Departs

05/11:
The last of the former USS boats departed Sarnia on Thursday. The Calumet, the former Myron C. Taylor, pulled away from the Government Dock about 7:00 a.m. sailing on its first trip for new owners, Grand River Navigation. The Calumet was reported to be backing into the North Slip to turn and head downbound for the Shell Oil Fuel dock. The first cargo will be stone loaded at Calcite, MI for an unknown port.

Calumet at the Government Dock.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




STB says rail merger should be decided quickly

05/11:
A proposed rail merger that some people say could harm Great Lakes shipping should be treated as a minor matter and decided quickly, the federal Surface Transportation Board ruled May 9.

Regulators will decide by Sept. 7 whether to approve the merger of Canadian National Railway and Wisconsin Central. The next several months will be spent reviewing protests and requests for special provisions.

A lengthier analysis of the merger is sought by the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway and USS Great Lakes Fleet, which told the transportation board that the merger partners hope to develop an all-rail taconite transportation route from Minnesota's Iron Range to eastern steel mills.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority also has objected to the merger. Executive Director Davis Helberg said the merger could significantly reduce the waterborne transportation of taconite pellets. For that reason, the transaction deserved extensive scrutiny, he said.

Reported by: Al Miller




Ore Trade Pummels U.S.-Flag Fleet In April

05/11:
The continued collapse of America's steel industry was well evidenced on the Great Lakes in April. U.S.-Flag iron ore cargos for the region's steel makers slumped to 5.6 million net tons, a decrease of 13 percent from last April's deflated total. For the season, U.S.-Flag iron ore cargos stand at 7.5 million tons, a decrease of 14.1 percent.

The decrease comes as no surprise. Through April, domestic steel production is down by11.4 percent or 4.3 million tons. The production of one ton of steel in a domestic blast furnace requires 1.3 tons of iron ore, 1/2 ton of fluxstone and a quantity of met coal, so Great Lakes cargo movement will mirror the state of America's steel industry.

The dumping of foreign steel that has driven 16 American steel makers into bankruptcy in the past 3 years has had other ramifications in this young season. The ore carriers Elton Hoyt 2nd and Edward L. Ryerson have not sailed and another, the Adam E. Cornelius, has re-entered lay-up until business conditions improve.

The April totals for stone and coal showed slight decreases, but it is too early in the season to declare any trends for those commodities. Through April, shipments of all the dry-bulk cargos in U.S. hulls stand at 12.9 million tons, a decrease of 11.5 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Roger Stahl Moving Barges

05/11:
The Gaelic Tugboat tug Roger Stahl has been busy moving barges from Detroit to Massena, New York for a construction job. The photos below were taken on May 9 by the Faust Corporation, owners of the barges, as the Stahl was entering the Eisenhower Lock on the Seaway. Two barges are being pushed by the big tug with a total length of about 500 feet.

Entering the lock.
Tug and barges in the lock.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




A third cruise line to call at Duluth

05/11:
Cape May Light, a 224-passenger ship flying the U.S. flag, is expected to become the third modern cruise vessel calling at Duluth.

The ship, christened this month, next summer is scheduled to make two seven-day trips from Chicago to Duluth and two seven-day trips from Duluth to Detroit. The trips will take place in July and August, when sailing weather on Lake Superior is at its best.

American Classic Voyages Co. owns Cape May Light and its sister ship, Cape Cod Light. The vessels resemble classic coastal ships of the late 1800s. The two vessels, which cost a combined $89 million, will offer 28 Great Lakes cruises in 2002. Fares for the seven-night cruises begin at $2,585.

Cape May Light will join the 225-passenger Greek-flag Aracadia and the 420-passenger German-flag C. Columbus in calling at Duluth. Because it flies the U.S. flag, Cape May Light can sail between U.S. ports while the other two vessels cannot under provisions of the Passenger Services Act of 1886.

Reported by: Al Miller




Research Vessel Laurentian

05/11:
The Grand Haven Tribune reports that the Laurentian, a Great Lakes research vessel run by the University of Michigan, will cease operations this July. Insufficient funding has been reported as the reason for lay-up.

The vessel's captain, Gary Hooyenga, notes the 80-foot vessel is one of only two professional research vessels in the Great Lakes. The other is run by the University of Minnesota and is stationed in Duluth.

The Laurentian has been based in Grand Haven since it was built in 1974. The University of Michigan's aquatic research center has had similar vessels based in Grand Haven since 1952.

Reported by: David Swain




Thunder Bay News

05/11:
The Algowest remains in dry dock at Pascol Engineering and the Algontario sits idle at shipyard. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin left downbound about 6:00 p.m. Thursday and the Federal Mackenzie was also downbound about an hour later.

The Federal Polaris is still loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7b. The tanker Jade Star arrived late Thursday afternoon and proceeded up the Mission River to Petro-Can. The Irma arrived in the harbor last night and was assisted into Agricore by the tugs Glenada and Point Valour. She was docked by 9:00 p.m.

The Catherine Desgagnes had departed early Thursday morning apparently to unload her cargo in an unknown port. She returned to Thunder Bay last tonight docking at Cargill about 8:00 p.m.

Last night the tug W.N. Twolan's barge McAllister132 was about three quarters loaded with lumber should be departing sometime today.

Pictures by Rob Farrow
W.N. Twolan at Great West Timber.
Barge McAllister 132 is loaded at the dock.
Saginaw approaching the Kam River on Wednesday.
Vandoc in lay-up .

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Marquette Update

05/11:
Thursday morning the H. Lee White arrived in Marquette's lower harbor delivering a load of stone for the mines in Marquette County. The White has been the only commercial vessel this season to dock in the lower harbor, it has made about eight trips into the lower harbor. After unloading, the White should make the short trip to the upper harbor to take on a load of ore.

In other news, local media has announced that both mines in Marquette County will have a mandatory six-week shut down during the month of June or July. Exact dates have not been announce. The shut down is being blamed on steel dumping and the reduced need for ore at steel plants around the mid-west and Canada. There is no indication how this will affect shipments of ore out of Marquette during that period.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw News

05/11:
The Algorail entered the Saginaw River on Thursday morning going up to the Buena Vista dock near the I-75 Bridge. The vessel arrived at the dock at 1:30 p.m. and departed at 6:45 p.m.

On her trip inbound the U.S. Coast Guard requested the Alograil to wait at the mouth of the Saginaw River as they along with Bay City Fire Rescue were searching for a body a passing motorist called in between the Veterans and Liberty Bridges.

The "body" turned out to be a rower from the local rowing club passing under the bridge in his boat. The Algorail was only delayed for about ten minutes by the false alarm.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Approaching Liberty Bridge.
Close up.
Passing the Central Michigan Train Bridge.
Stern shot.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

05/11:
The Cuyahoga was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator Thursday and expected to depart late that afternoon or evening. The salt water vessel Federal Schelde was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading fertilizer.

The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

There were no coal or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algosteel this morning. the next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco dock will be the Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

05/11:
Thursday evening was a busy time in Cleveland. About 5:00 p.m. the American Republic was inbound with a load for LTV. The tug Karen Andrie was outbound to pick up the tug Barbara Andrie's barge and assist it up the Cuyahoga River. The Canadian Transfer arrived heading to Lafarge (West Third ) with the tugs Idaho and Delaware.

Pictures by TZ
American Republic passing the lighthouse.
Inbound.
Tug Karen Andrie.
Tugs Idaho and Delaware.
Delaware leads the Transfer through the Flats.
Close up of the tug.
Tugging on the bow.
Turning at Collision Bend.
Idaho working the stern.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton News

05/11:
The CEC Future remained at Pier 8 unloading sugar on Thursday. The saltie has shifted east along the pier face. The Diamond Star was unloading jet fuel at Pier 11 and appeared to be almost finished Thursday evening.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Clarkson Update

05/11:
The Sidsel Knudsen spent all day Wednesday alongside the Petro Canada pier in Clarkson loading cargo. This 22,000 ton Norwegian flag tanker was launched in Spain in 1993. Her homeport is Bergen, Norway.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Seaway Report

05/11:
At 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning the CSL Nanticoke was downbound at the Prescott/Ogdensburg International Bridge. She was followed at 10:30 a.m. by the saltie Marinette who is heading off the lakes. The Algoport was downbound at the bridge early Thursday afternoon. She was traveling light ship, unloaded. The small saltie Claudia passed under the bridge mid afternoon. The tug Sampson with barge and crane also passed on the river followed by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Caribou Isle.

The Canadian Navigator and Stephen B Roman were in Picton at the cement plant wharf. The hovercraft Commuter Express from Sorel Quebec, pulled into the Prescott elevator for the night before resuming her voyage downbound this morning.

On Lake Erie, the Canadian Transport pulled into Nanticoke to unload at the generating plant in the late afternoon.

Images taken as the vessel passed Brockville Ont.
Claudia passing.
Close up.
Stern view.
Algoport Passing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Capt. John Leonard

05/11:
Capt. John Leonard passed away Wednesday at the age of 77. Capt. Leonard was well known to many followers of Great Lakes shipping. A Toronto native, Captain Leonard began his Great Lakes sailing career at age 17 aboard Upper Lakes Shipping's steamer Victorious. During World War II, John spent two years serving the Royal Canadian Navy principally in North Atlantic convoy duty. He was master of the sand- sucker Charles Dick from 1958 to 1973, and retired in June 1983 from Quebec and Ontario Transportation Company's Chicago Tribune after a 42-year career on the Great Lakes.

Capt. John was a founding member of the Toronto Marine Historical Society and a long time member of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. In 1993 he was awarded the Marine Historical Society of Detroit's "Great Lakes Historian of the Year" award. Capt. Leonard was a regular at the various slide shows held around the lakes. Quick to share details from his first hand experience during a slide show, he had a tremendous wealth of knowledge about Great Lakes shipping.

John suffered a stroke at his home last Friday and passed away in peace Wednesday, May 9, 2001.
We will miss you Capt. John.

Visitation will take place Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon and evening at the George Darte Funeral Chapel on Carlton St. in St. Catharines (one block from Lock 2 of the Welland Canal). The funeral will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. from the St. Cyril and Methodist Church, Niagara St. at the QEW.

John is survived by his wife Pauline and four sisters.




Picture of the Day

05/11:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Algoville unloading in Indiana Harbor.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 11

On May 11, 1953, the Henry Steinbrenner went down in Lake Superior near Isle Royale with 17 of her 31 crewmembers. The storm followed an unseasonably warm and humid stretch of weather in northern Minnesota for that time of year which fueled the storm's fast growth. The high temperature of 87 degrees set in Grand Marais, Minnesota on May 8, 1953, still stands as that town's all-time record high for the month of May, and it is just eight degrees shy of the town's all-time record for any month.

The 144', 3-mast, wooden bark JESSE HOYT was launched at East Saginaw, MI on 11 May 1854. Later in her career, she was converted to a schooner and lasted until 1896 when she sank in Lake Michigan in a collision.

The A. WESTON (wooden steam barge, 164', 511 gt) left Mount Clemens, MI on her maiden voyage on 11 May 1882. She was built by William Dulac. Her hull was painted black. She was powered by a single 28" x 32" engine and she was designed for the lumber trade. She was sold Canadian in 1909 and was renamed CONGERCOAL. She lasted until she burned to a total loss at Fair Haven, NY on 10 May 1917.

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


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




Maumee Departs

05/10:
The Maumee departed Toledo Shipyard shortly after noon Wednesday with her starboard bow repairs completed. Crews at the shipyard replaced steel plates near her anchor pocket that were damaged in Cleveland last week. About half way out the Toledo Ship Channel she met her fleet mate Cuyahoga as she was inbound headed upriver to Anderson's "K" Elevator to load a grain cargo.

Pictures by Jerry Mihlbauer
Maumee departs.
Bow repaired.
Crews working on the bow.

Reported by: Jerry Mihlbauer and Jim Hoffman




Saginaw on Superior

05/10:
Lower Lakes Towing's Saginaw made a rare trip onto Lake Superior Wednesday heading for Thunder Bay.

She arrived about 5:00 p.m. rounding Thunder Cape and coming into the harbor. By 7:30 p.m. she was docked at the Towland-Hewitson dock and half an hour later was unloading stone onto the paved dock. After she is finished unloading at Towland she will be heading to the Lafarge Dock to unload more of the cargo.

The Saginaw is scheduled to load taconite in Duluth this afternoon at DM&IR.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and David French




Sturgeon Bay Update

05/10:
Early Wednesday morning the Joseph L. Block and the Paul H. Townsend departed Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The next port of call for the Townsend was Alpena, MI.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Canal Opens

05/10:
On Monday the Erie Canal opened for business. This year the entire 325-mile canal opened at once. Last year it was delayed in sections because of high water. When opened in 1825, the Erie Canal was the superhighway of pre-Civil War America. Today the only commercial traffic is the occasional barge as the water way is used primarily by pleasure craft.

Reported by: Ron LaDue




Twin Ports Report

05/10:
Ashland's Xcel power plant is back on the schedule for coal shipments. Fred R. White Jr. currently is scheduled to load May 11 with coal for the plant, to be followed by Courtney Burton on May 17. In years past, the occasional shipments of coal to Ashland were handled by Great Lakes Fleet's Arthur M. Anderson and John G. Munson.

Midwest Energy Terminal remains busy. After loading Columbia Star on May 8, the dock was loading Indiana Harbor on May 9 while Walter J. McCarthy Jr. waited for the berth.

The freshly painted, newly refurbished Cason J. Callaway remained in Fraser Shipyards on the morning of May 9. DMIR had it scheduled for a 6 p.m. arrival on May 10 in Two Harbors, although that arrival has changed several times.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

05/10:
Wednesday was a busy day in Thunder Bay. The Federal Polaris arrived early in the morning and proceeded to Saskatchewan Pool 7a to load grain. At 5:00 p.m. she had moved over to Saskatchewan 7b. The Federal Mackenzie who was in at Agricore Tuesday, moved over to Cargill around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon with the help of the tugs Peninsula and George Carleton.

The tug W.N. Twolan and barge McAllister 132 arrived in Port at 10:30 a.m. and docked at the Great West Timber dock to take on another load of lumber. The lumber is taken to Detroit and unloaded at a dock on the Detroit River.

At the same time the Twolan was moving through the Center Entrance, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was passing through the South Entrance. She docked at the P&H elevator slip. At 4:00 p.m. she moved over to Agricore to continue loading and as of 9:30 p.m. last night was in transit to the Pool 15 elevator in the Mission River.

The Canadian Venture finished loading at UGG"A" and departed down the lake at around 12:30 p.m. The Algowest remains in dry dock at Pascol Engineering.

The Catherine Desgagnes arrived at Valley Camp in the Mission River about 2:00 p.m. to unload 2,100 metric tons of pig Iron.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena Report

05/10:
The Paul H Townsend arrived in Alpena about 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday behind the J.A.W. Iglehart who was already loading. The Alpena was headed to South Chicago and the barge Integrity was in Muskegon.

The Earl W Oglebay is scheduled to unload at the Lafarge Coal Dock at 4:00 a.m. this morning.

Reported by: Ben McClain




Saginaw News

05/10:
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were inbound at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, passing through the downtown Bay City bridges. She was headed up to Saginaw.

The Joseph H. Frantz waited at the Anderson Dock in Saginaw for the Pathfinder to pass upbound before continuing her downbound trip. The Frantz passed through the downtown Bay City bridges around 9:30 a.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Passing through Bay City.
Close up.
Stern view.
Close up.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




Detroit River Traffic

05/10:
Tuesday the Marinette was fueling at the Sterling Fuel Dock in Windsor. Her departure downbound was delayed by the upbound tug Anglian Lady with her barge in tow. The Reserve was following about ten minutes behind, heading for the fuel dock.

The Marinette waited until the Anglian Lady passed and the Reserve slowed down. The Fred R. White Jr. passed the Reserve at reduced speed and cleared the Marinette.

The river clear, the Marinette turned downbound and the Reserve docked at Sterling.

Reported by: Mark A. Kubala




Toledo Report

05/10:
The Canadian Olympic finished loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator and departed in the early afternoon with the Gaelic tug Susan Hoey assisting her downriver, she was about one hour behind the Maumee. The salt water vessel Federal Schelde was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading fertilizer.

There were no coal or ore boats in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algosteel on Friday morning followed by the Sam Laud on Saturday afternoon The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco later on this evening followed by the Reserve on Sunday afternoon, and the Armco on Monday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

05/10:
The tug Sea Eagle and barge St. Marys II arrived off Cleveland about 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. She was still upbound to the Blue Circle Cement Dock at 3:00 p.m. assisted by tugs. The salty Neva Trader was unloading steel plates from Sweden at the Lakefront Docks.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Buffalo Update

05/10:
The English River arrived in Buffalo at noon on Wednesday. She was expected to depart early this morning.

The Yankcanuck made a rare appearance in Buffalo on the Wednesday morning. At 10:00 a.m. she was docked at the TDX Gypsum dock. The ship was docked facing the lake, it may have come up the City Ship Canal stern first. The Yankcanuck was docked at the old West Shore Coal Wharf and the crew seemed to be enjoying a cookout on her fantail.

This is the first time in many years that two Canadian vessels have been in the Buffalo River/City Ship Canal system at the same time. This is also the first time in recent memory that the Yankcanuck has made a trip into Buffalo.

Tug Mississippi takes the English River under tow.
Tow passing under the Sky Way Bridge.
Crew members land on the dock.
Bow view of the Yankcanuck at dock.
Stern.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Seaway Update

05/10:
The tug Roger Stahl and barges were down bound beneath the Prescott/Ogdensburg International Bridge at noon Wednesday. The tow passed through the Iroquois Lock at 1:00 p.m.

The Diamond Star was up bound Prescott mid morning. Early afternoon the tanker Gemini departed Lock 1 Welland Canal and sailed out onto Lake Ontario. Mid afternoon the Windoc was upbound Beauharnois Canal. The Paterson was downbound Prescott/Ogdensburg International Bridge.

On Lake Erie the Halifax departed Nanticoke just after noon. The tug Ruby with two barges was bound for Buffalo Harbor for the Black Rock Lock heading to North Tonawanda.

Reported by: Dave Beach




Picture of the Day

05/10:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Mississagi passing Sarnia on her first trip.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 10

On May 10, 1981, the Paul R. Tregurtha entered service. She became the largest vessel on the Great Lakes at that time, and at least in the last 130 years, she has held the honor of being the largest vessel on the Great Lakes longer than any other vessel.

On 10 May 1858, LEMUEL CRAWFORD (3 mast wooden bark, 135', 450 t, built in 1855 at Black River, OH) was carrying wheat from Chicago to Buffalo. She ran into a heavy gale and went out of control near Pelee Passage and struck a reef 1 1/2 miles off East Sister Island in Lake Erie. She began to sink immediately and the 13 onboard scrambled up her masts and lashed themselves to her rigging. After two days, they were finally rescued by the tug R.R. ELIOTT out of Detroit.

May 10, 1922 -- The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 ran aground at Green Isle. She was released with no damage.

The first Welland Canal was opened between St. Catharine's and Lake Ontario on 10 May 1828. The first vessel to navigate this route was the schooner WELLAND CANAL. This was a new vessel having been launched at St. Catharine's on 24 April 1828.

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


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




Sturgeon Bay Update

05/09:
Monday the Paul Townsend was moved from the large graving dock at Bay Ship and placed at Berth #15. Her departure date is unknown.

Sturgeon Bay, a short cut between the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, has seen an increase in tug and barge traffic in the Bay.

Tuesday the Joseph Block entered the Sturgeon Bay heading for Bay Ship. The Block is in for some type of unloading system repair. The Block was scheduled to depart early this morning.

Paul Townsend at Berth #15 Bay Ship.
Tug and barge passing Ryerson outbound to Lake.
Close-up.
Block entering Bay from the lake.
Passing off the bow of Ryerson.
Passing off stern.
Engineer taking in the view.
Passing through the Michigan Street Bridge.
Stern view.
At Bay Ship (steel face dock).

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Canadian Ports Driving Stone Trade

05/09:
Shipments of stone from U.S. and Canadian ports totaled 3,346,002 net tons in April, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to a year ago. The increase came entirely at Canadian ports; loadings at U.S. docks slipped by about 50,000 tons.

For the season, the stone trade stands at 3.5 million tons, a virtual tie with the same point in the 2000 navigation season.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Grand River Navigation Scheduled for Grand Haven

05/09:
The arrival of the Maumee at Construction Aggregates has been delayed as she is repaired in Toledo. The Aggregates dock is now expecting either the Maumee or the Calumet tentatively for Saturday.

Reported by: David Swain




SMET's First Full Month Of Season Positive

05/09:
Shipments of low-sulfur coal from Superior Midwest Energy Terminal (SMET) in April totaled 1,706,333 net tons, an increase of 8.4 percent compared to a year ago. The increase largely reflects that SMET loaded 20 cargos in 1,000-footers this April compared to 18 last year.

For the season, loadings at SMET stand at 2,121,038 net tons, a slight decrease from 2000.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Thunder Bay News

05/09:
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is expected in port today and was upbound through the Soo around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The tug W.N. Towlan and lumber barge McAllister 132 also passed through the Soo early Monday morning and was expected to arrive Tuesday. Although the strong winds experiencing Tuesday may delay their arrival.

The Algowest is still at Pascol Engineering for repairs. The Algocape left downbound at 2:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon after loading at P&H, Mission Terminal and finally UGG"A". She is bound for Trois Rivers with 24,202 metric tons of wheat.

The Canadian Venture was in at Agricore and then moved over to Richardson's at 5:00 p.m. The Federal Mackenzie arrived in Port late Sunday and went to Pool # 10 up the Kam River. She had moved over to Agricore late Tuesday night and was tied up by 9:45 p.m.

The small saltie Marie Jeanne arrived under sunny sky’s and proceeded to UGG"A" on Saturday. She departed Monday and was downbound through the Soo around noon Tuesday. The Paterson was also in port and departed downbound from Saskatchewan Pool 7a on Saturday afternoon.

Activity was noticed on the tug Yellowknife that is moored at the Old Ore Dock. Crews may be getting the tug and barge ready for use.

Pictures by Rob Farrow
Algowest in for repairs.
Yellow Knife at dock.
Marie Jeanne entering port.
Paterson departing.
Algocen en route to Cargill Elevator.
Wolf River still laid up at Thunder Bay Terminal slip.
Orsula loading at Richardson's.
Candian Leader heading to Cargill Elevator.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Toledo Report

05/09:
The barge Sarah Spencer with the tug Jane Ann IV was assisted by the "G" tug Illinois in to Anderson's "K" Elevator Tuesday morning to unload grain. They departed around 3:00 p.m. with the "G" tug Illinois assisting them downriver. The tug and barge was headed to Port Colborne, Ontario to finish unloading her grain cargo there. The Canadian Olympic was loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator.

The Maumee was still undergoing repairs at Toledo Shipyard unknown at this time when she will depart.

The Reserve was unloading ore at the Torco dock. the next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algosteel on Thursday afternoon followed by the Sam Laud on Saturday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Wednesday evening followed by the Reserve on Sunday afternoon. The salt water vessel Federal Schelde is expected in at the T.W.I. Dock in the next day or two.

The Cuyahoga is expected in sometime on Wednesday at the Anderson's "K" Elevator to load a grain cargo, she will be coming from Cleveland, Ohio after unloading a stone cargo there.

The tanker Gemini departed from her lay-up berth early this afternoon and is now out sailing. The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at CSX #1 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

05/09:
The Spar Garnet was at the Lakefront Docks Tuesday and was expected to depart that evening. The Cuyahoga arrived from the east at 8:00 p.m. and is due to unload stone at the Ontario docks.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Brockville Update

05/09:
At 11:40 a.m. Tuesday morning the Maineborg was passing Brockville, eastbound on the St. Lawrence River. Her next port of call is Montreal. Thirty minutes later the Brunto passed westbound. About 1:50 p.m. the Emerald Star passed Brockville eastbound. Her last port of call was Hamilton.

Maineborg passing.
Close up of bow.
Stern view.
Brunto westbound.
Close up.
Emrald Star passing.
Close up.

Reported by: Keith Giles




Legislators of the Year Named by Great Lakes Maritime Task Force

05/09:
Congressmen Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN) and Jack Quinn (R-NY) were named Legislators of the Year by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force at the Task Force's annual Informational Breakfast for the Great Lakes Delegation in Washington on May 2, 2001, after which GLMTF issued the following news release:

"Great Lakes Maritime Task Force is thankful there are Congressmen like Pete Visclosky and Jack Quinn who are dedicated to promoting and protecting basic American industries such as steel and Great Lakes shipping," said Daniel L. Smith, President of GLMTF and Vice President of American Maritime Officers, a union representing licensed officers on many U.S.-Flag "lakers." "Representative Visclosky is in the forefront of efforts to save America's steel industry from the unfair trade that has pushed 16 American steelmakers into bankruptcy in the past three years. He knows that if America's steel industry founders, hundreds of thousands of family-sustaining jobs at the mills and in supply industries will be gone forever and the country's national defense capabilities irreparably harmed."

GLMTF was founded in 1992 to promote domestic and international waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The coalition is a broad blend of labor and management drawn from U.S.-Flag ship operators and shipboard unions, terminal operators and longshoremen's locals, shipyards and others involved in waterborne commerce that have united to achieve this common goal. Great Lakes steel mills generate much of the cargo moving on the Great Lakes, so when unfair trade batters that industry, Great Lakes shipping is similarly impacted.

"The continued dumping of foreign steel is keeping one U.S.-Flag laker tied to the dock this season and delayed the spring sailing of many other American ships," said George J. Ryan, 1st Vice President of GLMTF and President of Lake Carriers' Association. "More ships and mariners would be idle, but Congressman Visclosky has continually prodded Federal agencies to enforce our existing trade laws until more effective protections are in place."

GLMTF also applauded Congressman Visclosky's ability to differentiate between dumped foreign steel and imports that supplement domestic production. "Even when operating full out, America's steel mills cannot meet all demand, " said John D. Baker, 2nd Vice President of GLMTF and President of the ILA's Great Lakes District Council that represents longshoremen at terminals the length of the Lakes. "The United States must import some steel, most particularly certain specialty steels. These steel cargos bring salties to the Lakes and those ships then leave with American grain in their holds."

Visclosky's selection also recognized his longstanding support for the Jones Act and other U.S. Cabotage laws that reserve domestic waterborne commerce to vessels that are U.S.-owned, -built and -crewed. "Foreign interests have tried to scuttle our Cabotage laws," said James J. Driscoll, Marketing Manager at Marinette Marine and 3rd Vice President of GLMTF. "Congressman Visclosky has always been among the first in the House to demand that America maintain a maritime policy that promotes a U.S.-Flag fleet and related maritime infrastructure."

Quinn's award recognizes his commitment to Great Lakes shipping and the American steel industry, the primary customer for vessels trading on the Inland Seas. "Great Lakes Maritime Task Force is indebted to legislators like Jack Quinn who make preserving good-paying jobs for Americans their top priority," said Daniel L. Smith, President of GLMTF and Vice President of American Maritime Officers, a union representing licensed officers on many U.S.-Flag lakers. "As a leader of the House's Steel Caucus, Congressman Quinn has battled to save Great Lakes region steel mills from the unfair trade that is ravaging them. There are many free traders in this country who would let steel and its supplier industries perish, but Jack Quinn understands that without a healthy steel industry, America's economic well-being and defense capabilities are jeopardized."

"Unfair trade in steel is keeping at least one U.S.-Flag laker in lay-up this year and delayed the fit-out of other vessels," said George J. Ryan, 1st Vice President of GLMTF and President of Lake Carriers' Association, the trade association representing companies operating U.S.-Flag "ore boats." "The situation would be worse, but Rep. Quinn has demanded that the Federal government enforce our existing trade laws until other measures are available to protect America's steel industry."

GLMTF's award also recognizes Congressman Quinn's understanding of the complexities of the steel trade. "The overseas trade to the Lakes depends on steel as its inbound cargo," explained John D. Baker, 2nd Vice President of GLMTF and President of the ILA's Great Lakes District Council that represents longshoremen at terminals throughout the Great Lakes. "However, those cargos consist primarily of specialty steels that are not manufactured in this country or slabs that American steelmakers need to maintain production and employment while a blast furnace is being relined. That kind of trade in steel is beneficial to all and therefore has not been targeted by legislation to address unfair trade in steel."

The current steel crisis is not the first time Congressman Quinn has stood up for American enterprise and workers. In the mid 1990s, foreign interests tried to abolish the Jones Act, the law requiring that cargo moving between U.S. ports be carried in vessels that are U.S.-owned, U.S.-built, and U.S.-crewed. Rep. Quinn was quick to cosponsor a resolution declaring the House in full support of the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime Cabotage laws.

"Congressman Quinn's ongoing support for the Jones Act is another reason for his stature among Great Lakes basin legislators," said James J. Driscoll, 3rd Vice President of GLMTF and Marketing Manager at Marinette Marine Corporation. "Even though U.S.-Flag lakers are the most efficient vessels in the world, they could not compete against foreign ships exempt from U.S. laws and taxation, built with subsidies and employing Third World crews for $15 a day. Without the Jones Act, the U.S.-Flag Lakes fleet and the 2,500 shipboard jobs it generates would be lost."

There are approximately 70 large U.S.-Flag vessels working the Great Lakes. During a navigation season that stretches from early March to late January, U.S.-Flag vessels typically haul more than 115 million tons of dry-bulk cargo. Iron ore for the steel industry is the primary cargo, followed by coal and stone. Other commodities include cement, salt, sand and various liquid-bulk products. Overseas commerce via the Great Lakes totals approximately 25 million tons. Ocean-going vessels deliver specialty steels and other products and depart with American and Canadian grain. In addition to the jobs created on ships and docks, Great Lakes waterborne commerce supports American workers at shipyards and their suppliers and marine service providers such as towing and dredging companies.

Past recipients of GLMTF's Legislator of the Year Award include Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-MN), David R. Obey (D-WI), and Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH) and Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI).

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Picture of the Day

05/09:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: aerial view of the Columbia Star turning at the Recor Power Plant on the St. Clair River.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 09

The Saginaw was launched May 9, 1953 as the John J. Boland making way for the keel of the Detroit Edison (2) to be laid.

On May 9, 1951 the CLIFFS VICTORY arrived at the South Chicago yard of the American Ship Building Co. completing her 37 day, 3,000 mile journey from Baltimore. There her deck houses, stack, masts, deck machinery, rudder and propeller were installed and the floatation pontoons removed.

The ROBERT C. NORTON (2) was laid up on May 9, 1980 for the last time at the Hans Hansen Dock at Toledo.

PETER REISS was launched May 9, 1910.

On 9 May 1864, AMAZON (2-mast wooden brig, 93', 172 t, built in 1837 at Port Huron as a schooner) was carrying coal from Cleveland for Lake Superior when she went out of control in a storm just as she was leaving the St. Clair River for Lake Huron. She was driven ashore near Point Edward, Ontario and was broken up by the wave action. At the time of her loss, she was considered the oldest working schooner on the Lakes.

May 9, 1900 -- The carferry PERE MARQUETTE (15) began carferry service to Milwaukee.

On Friday night, 9 May 1873, the schooner CAPE HORN collided with the new iron propeller JAVA off Long Point on Lake Erie. The schooner sank quickly. The only life lost was that of the cook.

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


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




May 1 Vessel Survey

05/08:
The major U.S.-Flag Great Lakes lines had 56 of their 66 vessels in service on May 1, a decrease of 6 hulls compared to a year ago. The reduction in vessel utilization rates reflects the problems confronting American steel and its suppliers.

Uncertainties over the future of LTV and other steel makers have kept the Elton Hoyt 2nd from sailing this season and put the Adam E. Cornelius into temporary lay-up in early May. Other inactive vessels include the straight-deckers Edward L. Ryerson and Kinsman Enterprise.

The U.S. fleet total has been reduced to 66 for the time being as it appears the barge Pere Marquette will not be returning to service.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Marinette Departs

05/08:
The Marinette departed Marinette, WI Monday morning after loading a cargo of pulpwood. The Marinette was scheduled to depart Sunday night after finishing loading late that afternoon. The tugs were ready to assist but the Marinette could not get her hatches to close properly. The saltie was also shifting cargo to make it easier to get past the sand bar at the mouth of the river. The Sevick Tugs tied up at the Fuel dock for the night.

Heading into Lake Michigan Monday morning. Orrin Royce
Departing. Orrin Royce
At dock Sunday night (from the Jimmy L.) Scott Best
Tug Jimmy L. at dock. Scott Best
Carla Anne Selvick from the Jimmy L. Scott Best

Reported by: Scott Best and Orrin Royce




Back to Back trips for the Stahl

05/08:
Tug Roger Stahl arrived Detroit from Sandusky around 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The crew took a quick break and replenished groceries and fuel. On Sunday morning Captain Wellington departed Nicholsons with two barges. The barges are bound for Messena, NY.

The Detroit Fireboat Curtis Randolph, under the command of Capt. Brendan Murphy, was working in the area and notified the fishing vessels to move out of the way, a typical scene in the area on a Sunday morning.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




Barge Refloated

05/08:
The Billington Contracting spud barge Panama that sank in the Duluth inner anchorage November 2, 2000 came to the surface Friday afternoon and is now in the small dry dock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The 210-foot barge was built in Texas as the ST-12 in 1942 and was stationed in Duluth while working on the Blatnik bridge project for Johnson Brothers. She was sold to Billington in 1999 and set up as a dredge.

Marine Tech Inc. used their crane barge B. Yetter (NO.2, 1985) and tug Nancy Ann (Chattanooga, 1910) to pump air into her tanks and at 12:10 p.m. the bow came up. At 12:25 p.m., the starboard side surfaced and at 12:35 p.m. the entire hull quickly popped up. The vessel was in very good shape and had minimal leaks.

Reported by: Acme Marine Services




Mailboat Assists in Recovery

05/08:
A woman's body was found floating in the Detroit River Saturday afternoon by a pleasure boater. The excited boater was almost in the same situation as they cut across the bow of the upbound David Z. Norton in order to get to the body. The J.W. Westcott Mailboat also noticed the body and stood by while the Detroit Fireboat Curtis Randolph, skippered by Bill Stevens, recovered the body and returned it to shore.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan




Sale Rumored

05/08:
The cement carrier Day Peckinpaugh's life in Erie Sand and Gravel colors may be coming to an end if rumors are true. The barge was rumored to have been sold to a buyer but no date was mentioned for her departure.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




First Cruise Ship

05/08:
The Norwegian vessel Seabourn Sun was the first cruise ship this year to dock in Quebec City. With a capacity of 814 passengers, the 204 meters white ship (37,845 gross) docked early Saturday morning at piers 93-94 shadowing the Old City and inaugurating a busy 2001 cruise ship season of 83 different calls including the Cunard QE2.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Windsor Becomes Homeport for MTS Arcadia

05/08:
Starting June 16, Windsor becomes the homeport for MTS Arcadia. The Arcadia is a 224 passenger Greek ship that will cruise the Great Lakes until the end of September.

Reported by: Ken Kilbreath




Dofasco chief urges Canada, U.S. cooperation on steel imports

05/08:
The head of financially battered Dofasco Inc. says U.S. mills routinely dump steel in Canada when they should be cooperating with Canadian steel makers to fight unfairly priced imports from overseas.

"Let's be honest, there isn't a U.S. mill shipping into Canada that couldn't be nailed for dumping because they're selling below the cost of production,'' John Mayberry told the Torstar News Service after Dofasco's annual meeting.

Mayberry said he and other North American steel executives will go to Washington in two weeks to voice their concerns about ``the import issue, the chaos it's caused, and why it's important we take action against the unfair imports.''

Dofasco, Canada’s largest steel maker by revenue, and its main rival Stelco Inc., both blame imports as a key factor behind first-quarter losses.

Dofasco lost nearly $19 million in its first quarter, down sharply from a profit of $66.2 million in the same period a year ago. Stelco recently posted a $60 million quarterly loss.

The issue of U.S.-Canada steel trade is a sensitive one because of strong cross-border ties between the two nations' steel industries. Dofasco owns half of a steel mill in Kentucky while Dofasco has a galvanizing mill joint venture with Indiana-based National Steel. Stelco also has coal and iron-ore mining interests in the United States.

Reported by: Paul Beesley and Al Miller




Laud Visits Erie, PA

05/08:
The Sam Laud was on a rare trip into Erie Monday morning unloading gravel at the Mounfort Terminal. She entered port at 1:00 a.m. and departed around 7:00 a.m.

Visiting the port last week was the Richard Reiss with a load for the old Ore Dock.

Laud unloading.
Away from the dock.
Passing by.
Close up of the pilothouse.
Heading out to Lake Erie.
Reiss arrives.
J.S. St. John outbound.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Buffalo in Waukegon

05/07:
American Steamship Company's Buffalo was in the Lake Michigan port of Waukegan Monday afternoon. The Buffalo was in the harbor unloading a cargo of gypsum at the National Gypsum dock.

Reported by: Lew Clarke




Emerald Star on Lake Ontario

05/08:
The Emerald Star continues shuttling in and around Lake Ontario. Monday the tanker arrived from Bronte, Ont and spent the day at Petro Canada unloading petroleum products.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Saginaw News

05/08:
Monday was a busy day on the Saginaw River. The David Z. Norton was upbound at Veterans Bridge in downtown Bay City at 7:00 a.m. She was sailing for the Wirt Stone Dock at Crow Island with a cargo of stone. She departed mid-afternoon and proceeded to the 6th Street turning basin before heading downriver.

The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were upbound that afternoon arriving at the Bay Aggregates dock around 4:00 p.m. After unloading her cargo of stone, she proceeded up to the airport turning basin around 9:00 p.m. and was headed back downriver to the bay.

The Frontenac arrived at the Essroc Dock in Essexville around 8:00 p.m. Monday night. She arrived with a cargo of clinker. The downbound David Z. Norton waited upriver at the Bay City Wirt Dock until the Frontenac tied up at Essroc before proceeding out to the bay.

The J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound at Lights 11 & 12 Monday night at 10:20 p.m. The Iglehart was headed to the Lafarge Dock in Saginaw and had to coordinate a passing with the outbound Pathfinder.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Norton in the river.
Passing.
Passing through the Lafayette Bridge.
Pathfinder passing through the Veterans Bridge.
Stern view of the Pathfinder.
Frontenac in the river.
Frontenac at Essroc in a thunder storm.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

05/07:
The unidentified laker that was at the CSX stone dock early Sunday morning was the Mississagi which was on her first trip out for her new owners.

Gaelic Towing Company provided towing assistance to two vessels Monday. The Canadian Olympic was bound for Anderson's "E" Elevator in the morning to load grain. The Algoway was bound for the Kuhlman Dock that afternoon to unload salt.

The Maumee was still undergoing repair work to her starboard anchor area, she may depart sometime on Tuesday depending on how the repairs go.

The Canadian Century is due in later on Monday evening to load coal. the next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John G. Munson on Tuesday morning and the Algosteel on Wednesday morning. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Tuesday morning and the Armco on Wednesday evening.

The tanker Gemini remains in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock. The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Update

05/08:
Monday evening the Algocatalyst had been removed from Heddle Marine's floating dry dock. About 6:30 p.m. smoke was seen coming from the stack and she departed about 15 minutes later. The Algocatalyst sailed out of Hamilton Harbor through the Burlington Ship Canal shortly after 7:00 p.m.

The Federal Rhine was at Pier 25 unloading fertilizer. At Pier 12 was the Lykes Energizer unloading steel and the cement barge Metis is now along the east wall of Pier 12/14 facing south. The CEC Future is at Pier 8 unloading sugar.

Two lakers were inbound about 8:00 p.m. The Montrealais with taconite arrived first passing through the Burlington Ship Canal followed by the John B. Aird carrying coal five minutes later, both were destined for Dofasco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Brockville Update

05/08:
Monday the Toro was in the Seaway passing Brockville Ont.

Toro passing.
Close up.

Reported by: Peter Carter




New Pictures

05/08:
New aerial views in the Aerial Photo Gallery.

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Picture of the Day

05/08:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Herbert C. Jackson unloading her first cargo of grain in Buffalo.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 08

COLUMBIA STAR was christened May 8, 1981.

EDGAR B. SPEER was launched May 8, 1980, after long delay because of labor strife.

The FRED R. WHITE, JR. was christened May 8, 1979 and was named for Oglebay Norton's then vice-chairman of the board.

On May 8, 1979 the ASHLAND struck the north entry pier of the Duluth Ship Canal while outbound loaded. Thick ice blowing in from Lake Superior had interfered with her maneuverability. She dropped her anchor to lessen the impact but drifted over the flukes ripping a two by five foot hole in her bottom port side forward. She was inspected and repaired at the Duluth Port Terminal. One anchor was lost.

The CHAMPLAIN's starboard side was damaged when she sideswiped the Swedish steamer BROLAND near the lower end of the St. Clair River cut-off, May 8, 1963.

May 8. 1936 -- The Pere Marquette Railway Co. announced plans to construct a new million dollar ferry dock at Milwaukee.

The 3 mast wooden schooner FRANK C. LEIGHTON was launched at 10:30 a.m. on 8 May 1875 at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron, eight months after work on her began. She was launched complete except for her mizzen mast which was just about ready to go in position. She was named for Capt. Leighton's son. Her dimensions were 138' keel, 145' overall, 26' beam and 12' depth. She cost $20,000 and was owned by Dunford & Leighton.

The 254' wooden freighter AMAZON was launched at A. A. Turner's yard at Trenton, MI on 8 May 1873.

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


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




Mackinaw In Sandusky

05/07:
The Mackinaw made a very rare appearance in Sandusky Bay Sunday night, the big icebreaker was docked at the coal dock all afternoon and evening. Coast Guardsmen in Marblehead said they thought it might be a morale stop for the crew since the cutter is on its way to a shipyard for maintenance.

Docked in Sandusky. Don Lee
Mackinaw passing Port Huron on Saturday. Matt Miner

Reported by: Don Lee




Maumee in Toledo

05/07:
The Maumee arrived at Toledo Shipyard very early Sunday morning for repair work. She docked at the riverfront dock. This is the Maumee's first visit to her namesake river.

While transiting the Cuyahoga River Friday night the Maumee's fire alarm sounded in the bow thruster room. The crew responded to the alarm and with out the bow thruster struck a bridge piling. The hull was damaged above the waterline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Maumee was given a permit to proceed to Toledo for repair. The damaged area is the starboard anchor pocket and the area just below the anchor pocket. Sunday shipyard crews were making repairs to the damaged area. The Maumee is expected to depart the Toledo Shipyard on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Twin Ports Report

05/07:
Cason J. Callaway remained at Fraser Shipyards in Superior on Sunday afternoon. The vessel's departure apparently has been rolled back a couple times. The DMIR ore docks currently have the vessel scheduled to load May 9 in Two Harbors.

The DMIR also reports that Columbia Star is scheduled to load taconite pellets in Duluth on May 8 and 14. Last season the vessel's visits to the Twin Ports were largely confined to loading coal. Other vessels of interest scheduled for the ore dock include Saginaw on May 10 and Arthur M. Anderson, unloading stone and loading pellets on May 10.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena Update

05/07:
Sunday the tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity and the Alpena loaded cement at Lafarge. The J.A.W Iglehart was expected on Monday morning to load. The Paul H. Townsend was expected to leave Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, WI on Monday and return to service.

Reported by: Chanda Bruski




Toledo Report

05/07:
The John B. Aird was at the CSX Dock loading coal she was expected to depart late Sunday morning or early afternoon. The Algomarine was due in later that night to load coal.

There was an unknown laker unloading stone at the CSX stone dock very early Sunday morning. There were no saltwater vessels, grain, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report.

The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock. She depart on Sunday after the strong northeasterly winds on Lake Erie subsided.

The next scheduled coal vessels due in at the CSX Dock will be the Canadian Century on Monday evening. The John G. Munson very early Tuesday morning, and the Algosteel on Wednesday morning. The next scheduled ore vessels due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Tuesday morning followed by the Armco on Wednesday evening.

The Gemini remains in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock. The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Brockville Update

05/07:
Below are images of vessel traffic in the Seaway passing Brockville Ont. Sunday the Dobrush was downbound at 11:10 a.m. and the Federal Rhine passed that evening about 8:30 p.m. On Saturday the Oakglen was passing.

Pictures by Peter Carter
Dobrush passing.
Stern view.
Close up of her stack.
Federal Rhine passing below a full moon.
Oakglen passing.
Stern view of the Oakglen.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Picture of the Day

05/07:
New picture of the day in the Original Photo Gallery: Mapleglen approaching Lock 2 in the Welland Canal.

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Today in Great Lakes History - May 07

On May 7, 1965, the Cedarville was struck by the ocean vessel Topdalsfjord in the Straits of Mackinac during dense fog. The Cedarville sank about forty minutes after the collision with the loss of ten crewmembers.

ALGOPORT was launched May 7, 1979

The HUTCHCLIFFE HALL entered service on May 7, 1954.

A.M. BYERS was launched May 7, 1910.

May 7, 1903 - The Benton Harbor, Coloma & Paw Paw Lake Railway was purchased by the Pere Marquette Railroad.

May 7, 1929 - The Pere Marquette notified Ludington it was interested in buying the frontage on Pere Marquette Lake that had been used by the Monroe Body Company. The city council asked $25,000 for the property, and the railroad agreed. Work on the No. 3 slip began a few months later.

On 7 May 1874, the schooner JENNIE MATHEWS was launched at Hardison's yard in Port Huron. The launch started very slowly but with the help of men pulling on ropes, the vessel slid into the Black River nicely. Her first skipper was Capt. McGifford and her owner was Mr. Hardison.

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


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




Cleveland-Cliffs to temporarily Close Mines

05/06:
Cleveland-Cliffs announced last week that it would shut down production at its Tilden and Empire iron ore mines. Both Marquette range mines will be closed for at least six weeks. Summer shutdown at the Tilden mine will start May 13 followed by the Empire on June 3. "The vacation shutdown relates to hourly workers, but salaried personnel will also be required to take some vacation time during this period," said company spokesman Don Ryan. The length of shut down will be reviewed periodically, he said. In all 1,700 employees are affected

Reported by: Brian Ferguson




Lower Lakes busy in Cleveland

05/06:
Lower Lakes Towing/Grand River Navigation fleet was filling the Cuyahoga River Saturday. The Cuyahoga was loading salt on the old river and departed Cleveland at 3:00 p.m. The Maumee had to wait overnight before traffic cleared for it to unload stone at the Osborne River Dock.

The Osborne dock is directly across from the Blue Circle cement dock. When both docks are being used there is no access to LTV. She then moved a few hundred yards downriver to complete her unload at a cement plant. Crewmembers reported she was headed to Fairport and then back to Cleveland to load salt. The Maumee departed around 4:30 p.m.

The McKee Sons was upbound on the river at 8:00 a.m. and tied up for the day at the Lafarge dock near West 3rd Street, she was apparently waiting for the Maumee to complete her unload and move to that dock.

The barge Kellstone I and tug James Palladino and barge St. Marys II and tug Sea Eagle were at their usual docks on the river unloading. The saltie Irma had completed her unload and was scheduled to depart Cleveland that afternoon. The David Z. Norton is running the LTV shuttle and departed Cleveland during the night.

Pictures by TZ.
Maumee unloading at the Osborne Dock.
McKee Sons at CBS.
Tug James Palladino.
Irma departing.
Close up stern view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Calumet Update

05/06:
Work continues on the Calumet at the Government Dock in Sarnia. The Calumet is now expected to sail on Wednesday. While the exact location of the first trip has not been revealed, the Calumet is expected to carry sand primarily in Lake Michigan with some loads of stone as well.

Reported by: Bill Bird




Marinette moved to Marinette

05/06:
The pulp boat Marinette was moved to Marinette Fuel and Dock Saturday morning to complete loading. The water on the far side of the bridge and near the K&K dock is not as deep as near the Fuel Dock so it was shifted along side the William H. Donner by the Tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvic. The pulp is brought across the bridge by semi truck and then lifted onto the Marinette by the Donner's cranes.

Marinette under tow.
Tug Jimmy L. on the bow.
Passing through the bridge.
Docking at the Donner.
Along side the Donner.
Bow view.

Reported by: Scott Best.




Thunder Bay update

05/06:
Canadian Leader moved from P&H over to Cargill on Saturday to top off her load of grain. The Paterson was departing Saskatchewan 7a in the afternoon and heading down the lake. The Paterson was following the barge Sarah Spencer who had departed UGG "A" and headed downbound.

The saltie Marie Jeanne arrived in port as the Spencer was backing out the North Entrance.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Marquette Update

05/06:
Traffic remains busy in the Lake Superior port of Marquette. In the lower harbor, the H. Lee White made yet another trip on May 4 with a load of stone for the mines in Marquette County. The H. Lee White has been the only vessel to deliver stone to the Board of Light and Power dock this season with five trips. Also visiting the lower harbor on May 4 for an overnight stay was the U.S.C.G. Sundew that arrived for its first visit of the season.

In the upper harbor, the Lee A. Tregurtha, Algomarine, H. Lee White, and the Great Lakes Trader all made visits. The Algomarine is tied with the Canadian Transfer for the vessel with the most visits to Marquette this season, each vessel has six visits. The Lee A. Tregurtha is following close behind with five visits this season.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw News

05/06:
The Algoway arrived at the Bay City Wirt Dock around 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning for a partial unload of stone. She departed at 10:50 a.m. heading upriver to Saginaw to finish.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Algoway arrives in Bay City.
Unloading.
Another view.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

05/06:
The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock. The John J. Boland was loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed in the afternoon. The Courtney Burton was at the Torco Dock unloading ore and departed during the morning.

The tanker Gemini remains in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace). The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the John B. Aird, and the Algomarine on Sunday. The Canadian Century on Monday. The John G. Munson on Tuesday, and the Algosteel on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Fred R. White Jr. on Monday. The Reserve on Tuesday, followed by the Armco on Wednesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - May 06

On May 6, 1984 the CANADIAN RANGER sailed from Port Weller on her maiden voyage to load coal at Toledo, OH.

In 1944 the HILDA (2) and the barge MAITLAND NO.1 started the rescue operation of freighter GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) which sank in a collision with the D.M. CLEMSON (2) in the Straits of Mackinac.

This day in 1923 the EDWIN E. SLICK was struck by the steamer J. LEONARD REPLOGLE in the ice on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior.

The HARVEY D. GOULDER entered service on May 6, 1906.

On May 6, 1934 the ROYALTON (1) helped rescue the steamer TEN which had lost power in a Lake Superior ice field and required a tow to safety.

On May 6, 1975 while unloading iron ore at Conneaut, OH, a leg and bucket from no.2 Hulett gave way and fell into the RALPH H. WATSON's cargo hold. A crane was rigged to remove the wreckage. A nine by twelve foot patch was required on her port side tank which was holed in the accident.

On 6 May 1847, CUBA (wooden schooner, 89', 139 t, built in 1844 at Peninsula, NY as a brig) was carrying wheat near Point Breeze, NY in Lake Ontario when she was run down and sunk in a collision with the steamer GENESEE CHIEF. No lives were lost.

On 6 May 1858, the barkentine E. S. ADAMS began her voyage from Amherstburg, Ontario to London, England with a load of walnut timber. The transatlantic portion of the voyage took only 26 days and the vessel was back on the Lakes in September 1858.

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


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




Marinette Loads

05/05:
The pulp vessel Marinette arrived in Menominee, MI. sometime during the early morning hours of Friday after locking downbound at the Soo around 11:00 a.m. Thursday. She loaded part of her cargo in Marathon and the rest in Menominee from Great Lakes Pulp and Fiber. The tugs Jimmy L. and the Carla Anne Selvic towed the Marinette in to the old K&K warehouse dock where the loading was taking place.

It was on May 4 of last year that the Munksund arrived in Menominee as the first pulp boat of the year.

Meeting the Marinette for the tow. Orrin Royce
Tow passing through the bridge. Orrin Royce
Marinette at the dock. Scott Best
Dock side view. Scott Best
View of cabins. Scott Best
Loading pulp. Scott Best
Stern view at the dock. Orrin Royce
Image of Bay Ship as the tugs depart for Menominee. Orrin Royce
Tug underway. Orrin Royce

Reported by: Scott Best and Orrin Royce




Saginaw in Muskegon

05/05:
The Saginaw was in Muskegon, MI. Friday. She entered the Lake Michigan port at 4:30 p.m. headed for the Verplank Dock to unload stone. After unloading part of her cargo she will depart for the Verplank Dock in Ferrysburg to finish unloading.

Saginaw inbound passing the Coast Guard Station.
Close up.
Close up of bow.
Close up of stack.
Stern view passing.

Reported by: Scott Golin




Algobay Unloads

05/05:
Algobay was unloading in Oshawa on Friday unloading part of her cargo of potash. The ship was docked on the east side of the port. She was expected to depart Friday evening to head for unloading in Hamilton and Contrecoeur, Quebec and then on to Summerside, Prince Edward Island to finish unloading the cargo.

Algobay at the dock.
Close up of bow.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Maumee Visits Cleveland

05/05:
The Maumee was navigating the bends in the Cuyahoga River Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. She waited for her fleet mate Cuyahoga to clear and was then to unload a cargo of stone. She will then move to the Salt Dock and load.

Reported by: Dale Updegrove




Thunder Bay update

05/05:
Friday there were only two boats in port, the Paterson arrived at UGG "A" at 11:00 a.m. that morning and then moved to Richardson's. The barge Sarah Spencer arrived that morning from Duluth around 10:30 a.m. docking at the P&H elevator. She later moved to UGG "A". The Spencer has already made five or more trips to the Lake Superior port this spring.

The Algocen departed Friday afternoon after loading at Cargill and UGG "A". Other departed boats in port on Wednesday and Thursday included the Orsula, Maineborg (departed for Duluth), Toro, Ira, Pomorze Zachodnie, Atlantic Huron, Canadian Prospector, Canadian Miner and the Canadian Transfer.

The Algowest was still in Pascol Engineering's Dry Dock for some type of repairs.

As of Thursday morning the harbor was ice free. Late Thursday the first power pleasure boat was out in the harbor chasing the Algocen. Earlier in the week there were quite a few boats in port but due to heavy fog, boatwatching was impossible.

The month of April saw nearly as much cargo being loaded in port as there was in April of last year. Loadings are expected to remain steady for the next few months before activity slows.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw News

05/05:
The Sam Laud was upbound on the Saginaw River Friday morning passing the Bay City Wirt Dock around 11:25 a.m. heading up to Saginaw. She was back downbound giving a security call at Cass Avenue around 7:30 p.m.

The Buffalo has become a daily fixture on the Saginaw, back again with a split load of stone on Friday. She passed the Front Range Lights around 4:45 p.m. Friday afternoon stopping at Bay Aggregates in Bay City. After lightering, the Buffalo departed Bay Aggregates and headed upriver for Zilwaukee around 8:10 p.m. to finish unloading.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

05/05:
The Canadian Transfer arrived at Andersons "K" Elevator Friday morning to unload cargo. She was expected to depart late that afternoon or early evening depending on how the unloading process goes. The Armco was at the Torco Dock unloading ore and was expected to depart later on that evening.

The tanker Gemini remains in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace). The Adam E. Cornelius remains in lay-up at CSX #1 Dock.

The next scheduled coal vessels due in at the CSX Dock will be the John J. Boland this morning, followed by the John B. Aird, Canadian Century, and Algomarine on Sunday. The John G. Munson is due in very early in the morning on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco dock will be the Courtney Burton very early this morning. The Fred R. White Jr. on Monday evening, the Reserve on Tuesday morning, and the Armco on Wednesday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Brockville Update

05/05:
At 4:50 p.m. Friday, the Algoport was passing the Brockville waterfront on its way west on the St. Lawrence River to Hamilton. It was followed 15 minutes later by the saltie Penoia sailing for Burns Harbor. The Penoia blew several blasts on its whistle in greeting as it past Blockhouse Island. Also passing Friday were the Iryda and Neva Trader.

Pictures by Peter Carter
Neva Trader passing.
Close up of her stern.
Iryda passing.

Reported by: Keith Giles and Peter Carter




Today in Great Lakes History - May 05

WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1) was launched May 5, 1953.

The MERCURY (2) collided with the bulker ERNEST T. WEIR on May 5, 1964 near the mouth of the St. Clair River. The tanker suffered severe bow damage, the result of her faulty steering gear.

On May 5, 1980 the SHARON grounded in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River. She was freed on May 7th and proceeded to Monroe, MI and was laid up there on May 8, 1980. No repairs were made and she never sailed again.

On May 5, 1914 the GEORGE F. BAKER was traveling downbound in Lake Superior in dense fog with 10,500 tons of iron ore from Ashland, WI. She ran hard aground on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle River, on Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. May 5, 1914 - An unusual cargo, two "Jack Johnsons" (Navy guns) were hauled by the Pere Marquette 17.

The small schooner ST. PETER was loaded with grain when she sank 35 miles from Milwaukee on 5 May 1874. The crew reached shore in the yawl.

The steam barge KITTIE M. FORBES was launched in Bay City, MI on 5 May 1883. She was owned by Capt. William Forbes and named for his daughter. Her keel was laid on 1 December 1882. Her dimensions were 195' keel, 209' overall, 35' beam and 14' depth. Her engine was built by Samuel F. Hodge.

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


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




Mississagi Sails

05/04:
The newest member of the Lower Lake Towing Fleet, the Mississagi, departed her fit out dock in Sarnia Thursday morning on her first trip. She was expected to fuel in Sarnia and then head upbound for Bruce Mines, Ont. to load for an unknown port.

The Mississagi is the former George A. Sloan that was purchased from USS Great Lakes Fleet in late March. The vessel was reflagged Canadian and crews have been working since the purchase to bring the vessel up to Canadian standards including more stringent fire protection codes. The work included removing floor tile and pouring concrete and adding new insulation and firewalls.

Pictures taken last weekend
Mississagi docked behind the Maumee.
Close up of her pilot house.
Bow view.
close up.
Mississagi's stack.
Panoramic of the Mississagi.

Reported by: Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.




Steam Up on the Badger

05/04:
The Lake Michigan Carferry Badger came back to life Thursday as her boilers were lit for her annual boiler test. The fires will be allowed to go out after the test and will be re-lit a few days before the start of the sailing season. Two of the Badger's boilers were re-built this year.

The Badger is the last coal fired vessel on the lakes and makes regular sailings from Ludington, MI. to Manitowoc, WI.

For your chance to ride this classic carferry at a special rate be sure to join us for the annual Boatnerd Gathering on Badger June 1-2. Click here for more information. Space is limited and filling up fast.

Image of the Badger's stack as the boilers were lit.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Roger Stahl Completes Tow

05/04:
Tug Roger Stahl departed light tug to Massena, NY at 6:00 a.m. Thursday with an eta of 6:00 a.m. this morning for Port Weller, the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal. The tug is bound for Sandusky, Ohio where it will tow a barge to Detroit.

In other fleet news, the tug Shannon departed Mobil Trenton with the barge LSC 236 at 11:00 a.m. Thursday bound for St. Clair Edison. The Patricia Hoey departed Detroit with the barge Marysville at 5:20 p.m. bound for Marysville Edison.

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




Maumee Heading South

05/04:
After completing her first trip under the new name the Maumee was downbound on the St. Clair River Thursday. She passed through the lower St Clair River late Thursday evening sailing for an unknown port.

The Maumee's fleet mate Calumet is expected to depart Sarnia on Monday or Tuesday of next week on her first trip.

Reported by: W. Jenuwine




Frantz Loads in Lorain

05/04:
Thursday the Joseph H. Frantz was in Lorain unloading a cargo of taconite at the LTV Lakefront Dock. The Frantz then shifted to the Jonick Dock up river about a half mile to load soot residue that is reclaimed from the steel making process.

The dock has shipping at least one load a season from the Jonick dock. It is taken by dump-trucked down river from the steel mill and stored at Jonick Dock until there is enough for a load.

Crews use two front-end loaders to dump the cargo into a portable hopper and a conveyor belt loads the vessel. In the last few years the Arthur M. Anderson and Phillip R. Clark have loaded the cargo. This could be the Frantz's first trip to Lorain since coal was loaded at the port in the 1970's.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Buffalo Fireboat

05/04:
The Buffalo Firetug Edward M. Cotter was conducting drills on the Buffalo River on Wednesday afternoon. The tug went all the way up to South Park Ave, six miles from the Lake Erie, on a bridge inspection mission.

Cotter underway.
Close up.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




License Suspended in Linda E. Sinking

05/04:
The operator of the 454 foot tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes blamed for sinking of the fishing tug Linda E. will have his license suspended for two year under a settlement of the U. S. Coast Guard action against him, according to the Manistee News-Advocate.

Scott Gorney was in control of the tug and barge at the time the Linda E. disappeared on Dec. 11, 1998, the Coast Guard said.

Wreckage of the Linda E. was located on the bottom of the lake last June 18. A Coast Guard investigation concluded in October that the Linda E. sank seven miles off the shore of Port Washington after being struck by the barge, owned by Amoco Corp.

The barge's crew did not see, hear or feel the impact but should have seen the Linda E. on radar at least 30 minutes before the collision according to investigators.

The crew of the Linda E. should have seen the barge at least 20 minutes before the collision but did not always maintain a lookout, investigators said.

. The Coast Guard had sought revocation of Gorney's license, and a hearing in the case was scheduled for Tuesday. Gorney, the junior mate or third ranking officer on the barge, agreed to settle out of court and will have his Coast Guard license suspended for two years, according to the Coast Guard's announcement.

Gorney also will be required to successfully complete a Coast Guard approved course on barge operations during the two year period. The Coast Guard earlier dropped its attempt to revoke the license of the barge's captain, Kevin Grady, saying he had turned over control to Gorney.

The families of those lost on the Linda E. have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. It could go to trial later this year.

Reported by: Steve Harold




New Container Service

05/04:
McCaughrin Maritime Marine Systems., Inc., (MMMSI) and its, partnership with China's COSCO Container Lines is extended its Genoa / New York shuttle service to Halifax, Canada at the end of April The first sailing to Halifax was expected to be Xiang Yun He, due to leave Genoa on April 29, and arrive in Halifax on May 10.

The Italian General Agent of the Chinese Shipping Lines, said three ships will call at Halifax on two weekly sailings. The service will continue to call at Genoa and New York once a week.

COSCO will provide service for Montreal, Toronto, and other Canadian inland destination, and for U.S. Midwest and West Coast destination. MMMSI Officials said the COSCO vessel's coming into lakes will have container capacity of 1,702 TEU.

Reported by: MMMSI -USA




Toledo Report

05/04:
Thursday the salt water vessel Erna Oldendorff was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. She departed around 5:00 p.m. under tow of the "G" tugs Illinois and Louisiana. The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading steel ingots, she departed around 5:20 p.m. The Reserve was at the Torco Dock unloading ore, she departed shortly before noon. The J.A.W. Iglehart arrived at the Lafarge Dock around 3:00 p.m. and departed later in the evening.

The tanker Gemini remained in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace). The Adam E. Cornelius is in lay-up at CSX #1 Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the John J. Boland on Saturday morning, followed by the Canadian Century, John B. Aird and Algomarine on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Friday afternoon, the Courtney Burton early Saturday morning, and the Buckeye late Sunday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




McKee Sons in Cleveland

05/04:
The barge McKee Sons pushed by the tug Invincible was in Cleveland Thursday.

Pictures by TZ
Approaching the break wall.
Passing the lighthouse.
Wide view.




Hamilton Update

05/04:
The Emerald Star passed through the Burlington Ship Canal at 1:50 p.m. Thursday into Hamilton Harbor in ballast. She was expected to dock at Pier 11 but anchored in the harbor. The Algocape was at the iron ore dock of Dofasco unloading. The Pinega was still at Pier 12 along with the Spar Garnet unloading steel products. The Hamilton Energy left Pier 24 possibly to refuel the Pinega.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - May 04

On May 4, 1958, the John Sherwin entered service. If the Sherwin remains laid up until May 28, 2005, not counting the winter lay-ups the vessel has experienced, she will have been in lay-up for half of her life on the Great Lakes. She last sailed on November 16, 1981.

On her maiden voyage May 4, 1976, the ST. CLAIR (2) departed Sturgeon Bay for Escanaba, MI to load 39,803 gross tons of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, IN arriving there on May 5th.

The OREFAX ran aground on May 4, 1963 way off course near Manistique, MI. She was lightered and pulled off by the Roen Salvage Co. and made her way to Toronto, Ont. where she discharged her cargo and left for repairs.

The tanker VENUS (2) suffered an explosion on May 4, 1972 when the crew were cleaning tanks while at anchor waiting for the fog to lift about seven miles west of the Eisenhower Lock in the Seaway. Two explosions rocked the ship killing her skipper, Captain Stanley, and injuring three crewmen.

On 3 May 1840, CHAMPLAIN (wooden side-wheeler, 225 t, built in 1832 at Chippawa, Ontario) was carrying general merchandise when a storm drove her ashore four miles south of St. Joseph, Michigan. Although abandoned, she was later recovered and rebuilt.

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


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




Cornelius Enters Lay-up

05/03:
The Adam E. Cornelius arrived in Toledo Tuesday morning docking at the CSX #1 Dock. She is in port for temporary lay-up that is expected to last about three week. The on going problems in the steel industry are reported to be the cause of her early season lay-up.

A major customer of the fleet, LTV Corp. reported losses on Monday from its troubled steel business. Revenue in the first quarter fell 27 percent from last year's first quarter, to $989.3 million. The Cleveland-based company has been operating under Chapter 11 protection from creditors since late December.

For the period, losses totaled $219.5 million, with $146.3 million of that from integrated steel operations. During the same period last year, LTV reported a loss of $15.6 million, including a loss of $11.3 million from the steel business.

The unexpected lay-up of the Cornelius is a scene that could be repeated by other vessels as fleets operating on the Great Lakes feel the fall out of the crisis in the steel industry.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Traffic Stops at the Soo

05/03:
A problem with the Poe Lock at the Soo caused it to be closed to traffic for a time on Wednesday. The lock was reported to be closed at 8:00 a.m. and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug and crane barge were working on the west approach gates. The lock returned to service by 4:00 p.m.

Waiting to transit was the Presque Isle and the Lee A. Tregutha. The Poe Lock is the only lock that can raise the larger ships from the level of Lake Huron to the level of Lake Superior. A waiting vessel can cost its owners up to two thousand dollars an hour as it sits idle.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Port interests seek scrutiny of proposed rail merger

05/03:
Port and transportation businesses in Duluth and Superior are expected to ask federal regulators to closely scrutinize the proposed merger of Canadian National and Wisconsin Central railroads.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, USS Great Lakes Fleet and the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway, both owned by Great Lakes Transportation LLC, have sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board asking it to determine whether the rail merger would create an all-rail route for taconite to eastern steel mills.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is expected to send a similar letter in the next several days. It has asked 21 other port interests to express their concerns about how the merger could affect Great Lakes shipping.

An official for Great Lakes Transportation told the newspaper that the CN-WC merger filing includes language that indicates the railroads would create an all-rail route between the U.S. Steel Minntac plant on Minnesota's Iron Range and the Edgar Thomsen Works in Pittsburgh. The Surface Transportation Board's website was not available Wednesday for more information.

A CN spokesman dismissed the complaints, telling the newspaper the STB rules protect competition, not individual shippers.

Reported by: Al Miller




Wolverine in Manistee

05/03:
The Wolverine arrived at Manistee, MI. as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. The vessel was stopped at the outer bar, between the lighthouses for an hour with engines and thrusters operating steady. The Wolverine then returned to Lake Michigan, anchored, and waited until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to enter the harbor and go to the TES Dock in Filer City with coal.

It appears that the vessel may have grounded on the outer bar, backed off, and then waited for daylight to sound the bar or carefully find a way across the outer bar.

Reported by: Steve Harold, Manistee County Historical Museum and Chris Franckowiak




Lake Guardian Update

05/03:
The U.S. EPA research vessel Lake Guardian has completed the spring survey of the Great Lakes and is heading for Milwaukee, where it is expected today. After a rocky start by getting trapped in ice in Sturgeon Bay in April, the Guardian completed its sampling event across all five of the Great Lakes with little difficulty. The Guardian will lay-up in Milwaukee for a few weeks and will then set off for another round of sampling the sediments and waters of the lakes.

Reported by: Ted Amling




Diamond Jack's Fleet

05/03:
The Wyandotte tour boat Diamond Jack is being painted and cleaned to begin tour boat service in Wyandotte in June. The Jack's fleet mates Diamond Belle and Diamond Queen began their spring season of school field trip groups Wednesday. The former Beaver Island and Mackinac Island ferry was built in 1955 and it still powered by its original 386 CAT diesel. Fleet engineer Jim Storen gave the big engine a close inspection with the cylinder heads removed and rebuilt over the winter. The engine is about the size of a car and develops about 450 HP at 1,000 rpm, propelling the Jack at about 13 miles per hour.

Diamond Jack at the Gaelic Tugboat yard on the Rouge River for fit out.
Paul LaMarre repainting the name on the pilot house.
Captain Brendan Murphy and Jason Dmitruchina tape and paint the trim.
Deckhand Oscar Winters paints the all important red stripe.

Reported by: Diamond Jack's River Tours




National Steel Pellet Co. offered for sale

05/03:
National Steel Corp. is testing the waters to see whether anyone wants to buy its National Steel Pellet Co. taconite plant in Keewatin, Minn.

"They (National) have decided to explore the option of selling the pellet company,'' Tom Peluso, general manager of National Steel Pellet Co., told the Duluth News Tribune. "They're going to see what kind of interest there is out there. Once they explore the option of salability and depending on the interest at that point, they would then decide whether to go ahead with a sale.''

Experts say that financially strapped steel makers like National no longer want to maintain the fixed costs of owning and operating their own taconite mines. National Steel Corp. reported a net loss of $108.7 million in its first quarter report issued earlier this week.

However, National Steel projects that its steel shipments will increase 10 percent in the second quarter. Company officials maintain that National Steel has adequate liquidity and will meet all its financial agreements.

Even if NSPC were sold, National Steel would continue to purchase its pellets, company officials said.

Among the companies interested in buying NSPC is Minnesota Iron & Steel, which hopes to eventually build a steel mill on Minnesota’s Iron Range.

Officials of Minnesota Iron & Steel Co. have contacted top National Steel about purchasing the taconite plant. MIS has been working for the past several years to develop a $1.3 billion taconite plant, direct reduced iron and steelmaking facility west of National Steel Pellet Co. at the site of the former Butler Taconite facility.

Purchasing NSPC would mean MIS wouldn't have to build a new taconite processing facility. That could cut the project's $1.3 billion price tag by several hundred million dollars.

Reported by: Al Miller




Twin Ports Report

05/03:
Cason J. Callaway remains in Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The vessel is now scheduled to load in Two Harbors on May 5.

Fred R. White is scheduled to unload stone in Duluth on May 3, then load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior for delivery to the Xcel generating plant in Ashland, Wis. This would be a rare trip for the White. Coal deliveries to Ashland have been handled by USS Great Lakes Fleet in recent years.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw News

05/03:
The Buffalo was back in the Saginaw River within 24 hours of leaving. She passed the Front Range at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night and was headed up to Saginaw with a load of stone.

The tug Mark Hannah and barge gave a security call at the pump out island around 9:10 p.m. She stated that she was heading to the Dow Chemical Dock in Bangor Township.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause and Lon Morgan




Toledo Report

05/03:
The tanker Gemini remains in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace). The salt water vessel Erna Oldendorff was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator on Wednesday.

The American Republic arrived around noon at the CSX Dock to load coal. The Catherine Desgagnes was due in at the T.W.I. Dock later on Wednesday to unload steel ingots.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the John J. Boland on Saturday morning followed by the Canadian Century, John B. Aird, and Algomarine on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday, followed by the Armco, and Courtney Burton on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Update

05/03:
Wednesday evening the saltie Pinega was at Pier 12 unloading sugar. The Gordon C. Leitch has been shifted back to Pier 27. That morning at approximately 9:00 a.m., the CSL Niagara finished unloading at Stelco Coal Dock and departed.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Brockville Update

05/03:
Among traffic passing in the Seaway Wednesday was the saltie Irma upbound in the morning.

Irma passing.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Today in Great Lakes History - May 03

On May 3, 1959, the first large saltwater vessel to transit the new St. Lawrence Seaway arrived at Duluth. The Ramon de Larrinaga took the honors as the first saltie, passing under Duluth's Aerial Bridge at 1:16 p.m., followed by a saltie named the Herald sixteen minutes later.

In 1922 the Pere Marquette 16, as the barge Harriet B. collided with the steamer Quincy A. Shaw, and sank off Two Harbors, Minnesota.

On 3 May 1840, CHAMPLAIN (wooden side-wheeler, 225 t, built in 1832 at Chippawa, Ontario) was carrying general merchandise when a storm drove her ashore four miles south of St. Joseph, Michigan. Although abandoned, she was later recovered and rebuilt.

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


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Busy Day on the Keweenaw

05/02:
Tuesday was a busy day on the Portage Canal in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Two vessels visited the normally quite waterway delivering slag steel chips to the Yalmer Mattila Docks in Hancock, MI. The Canadian Transfer was first to arrive giving a security call about 5:10 a.m. She was followed by the John J. Boland who finished unloading Tuesday evening. The Boland backed down the channel and through the Houghton-Hancock Bridge turning east of Houghton, MI.

The slag steel chips will be used for a construction project in Eagle Harbor, MI. this summer.

Reported by: Deb Francis




Roger Stahl Update

05/02:
Captain Wellington aboard the tug Roger Stahl reported calm seas and wind with a slight haze at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday as the big tug and her tow sailed across the eastern end of Lake Erie. The Stahl is making great time and estimated the inspection dock for the Welland Canal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Depending on traffic, the tug expected to transit the Welland Tuesday night.

Please e-mail with sightings or pictures

Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




Last Barge

05/02:
Tuesday Morning the tug Mary E. Hannah slipped into Sturgeon Bay, WI. to pick up the barge 3601 owned by Hannah Marine. The 3601 barge was the last of the winter lay-up fleet to depart.

The Paul H. Townsend and the dredge Liberty Island remain in the 1000-foot Graving dock.

The Edward L. Ryerson remains berthed at the city/PBI dock, it has been rumored that the Ryerson may be moved back to Bay Ship, to better support the ship with water, power and crane service.

Picking up the barge.
Another view.
USCG Mobile Bay with Barge heading out to Green Bay.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Twin Ports Report

05/02:
Steam was coming from the Cason J. Callaway's stack on May 1. The vessel was tentatively scheduled to depart Fraser Shipyards early on May 2 for Two Harbors. The vessel now has an automated engine room.

Early morning fog May 1 prompted American Mariner to drop anchor off Duluth before entering port to unload at Reiss Inland dock. Other interesting traffic included St. Clair making repairs at the Duluth port terminal, John G. Munson loading at DMIR ore dock, Courtney Burton unloading at the Cutler dock and Burns Harbor loading at BNSF ore dock.

Saltie traffic included Dobrush at Cenex Harvest States; Pintail at the Hallett Dock, waiting for Harvest States; Regina Oldendorff at Cargill B1 and the Kroonborg loading at General Mills.

The Dutch-flag Maineborg is scheduled to arrive in the Twin Ports May 2 on its maiden voyage. The vessel will load 5,000 metric tons of sugar beet pellets destined for Italy. The 440-foot ship has a nine-member crew.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

05/02:
The Algomarine was the only visitor to Marquette Monday while no vessels were expected Tuesday. The Algomarine is scheduled for a return visit this morning followed by the John Boland that will make its third visit of the season.

In other news, April numbers provided a mix review for shipping in and out of Marquette. The lower harbor took saw a 133% decrease in visits compared to April of 2000 and is down by 100% for the season. Only one vessel made three trips to the lower harbor during the month of April, that being the H. Lee White. For the season thus far, the lower harbor has only seen 4 vessels compared to 8 for the same time period last year.

However, it is a different story for the upper harbor. Numbers for the month of April reveal a 30% increase compared to April of last year and for the season, visits are up by 22%. Canadian vessels appear to be the big winner for the month of April lead by the Canadian Transfer with six visits during the month of April. The John Aird had five visits followed by Algosteel, Algomarine, and the Lee Tregurtha each having four visits during the month of April. The Charles Beeghly made three visits while the Kaye Barker, H. Lee White, and the Fred White each had two visits. The Capt Henry Jackman, James Barker, Mesabi Miner, Courtney Burton, Hebert Jackson, Great Lakes Trader, John Boland, and American Mariner each had one visit for the month of April.

So far this season, American vessels have a slight edge over Canadian vessels visiting Marquette by a margin of 52% to 48%. Algoma vessels are tied for the lead with 14 visits (30%) and the combined shipping company of Lakes Shipping and Interlake’s Steamship also have 14 visits (30%). Following is Upper Lakes Group with 6 visits (13%), American Steamship with 5 visits (11%), Oglebay Norton with 3 visits (7%) and Canadian Steamship and Upper Lakes Barge each having 2 visits (4%).

Overall figures for Marquette during the month of April reveal a 19% increase compared to April of last year. A total of 43 vessels visited Marquette's two harbor compared to 35 last April. And for the season thus far, visit were up by 12% after getting a slow start earlier this season. So far this season a total of 50 vessels have visited Marquette's harbor compared to 44 vessels last year at this same time.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw News

05/02:
The Joseph H. Frantz was outbound during the early morning hours Tuesday after unloading Monday evening at the Valley Asphalt Dock at Saginaw. During her outbound transit, the Frantz pulled into docks near Saginaw and at Essexville to permit the inbound vessels Maumee and Buffalo to pass. This was the first visit by the Frantz to the Saginaw River this season.

The Maumee arrived early in the morning at the Saginaw Rock Products dock on her maiden voyage under her new colors. The vessel had been a frequent visitor to the river in the past as the Calcite II. Her maiden voyage was apparently not without difficulty, however, as she required assistance by the tug Kurt Luedtke while she was approaching the dock. Radio traffic indicated that the Maumee was experiencing engine problems, possibly from drawing air or zebra mussels into the cooling system. The vessel remained at the dock during the day, discharging cargo. A Coast Guard boat was observed on scene during the afternoon. The Maumee departed early in the evening and was outbound at Bay City at 11:00 p.m.

The Buffalo arrived in the river early Tuesday morning. After lightering at Bay Aggregates, the vessel moved up the river to the Burroughs dock near Saginaw, arriving there about 10 a.m. She departed early in the afternoon, and after turning, was outbound through Bay City during the early evening hours. This is the Buffalo's third visit to the Saginaw River this season.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Buffalo passing the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse.
Another view.

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




Toledo Report

05/02:
The tanker Gemini remains in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace).

The Canadian Progress finished loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed. The Buckeye was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. The Algosteel was at Andersons "K" Elevator unloading grain from Thunder Bay, Ontario she departed in the early afternoon bound for Huron, Ohio to finish unloading there.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Dock will be the Frontenac due in Tuesday evening followed by the American Republic this afternoon and the Algomarine and John J. Boland on Saturday morning.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday morning, followed by the Armco and Courtney Burton on Friday.

The saltwater vessel Erna Oldendorff is due in at one of the grain elevator complexes to load grain within the next several days. This is her first trip into the Great Lakes.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Report

05/02:
Monday the Torontonian, Mariposa Cruise Line's charter boat, went on Toronto Drydock. This is the first time that Mariposa has placed one of their ships on the local drydock, which is owned by a competing company.

Also on Monday the Saginaw arrived and docked at the stone dock.

The Hiawatha may return from Hamilton on Friday. Vandals sank the Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s historic tender on July 26, 2000. It was later towed to Hamilton for repairs.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson Report

05/02:
At noon Tuesday the Zinas Gravin remained in port. Overnight she was moved to the west side of the Petro Canada dock. She appears to have completed discharging the load of hydro cracker bottoms brought in early Monday morning and is in the process of reloading a new cargo.

Overnight, the Emerald Star arrived inbound from the seaway and took her place on the east side of the Petro Canada pier. She was starting to discharge a cargo of hydro cracker bottoms.

The Emerald Star was built in Germany in 1992. In 1993 she came under Canadian ownership and is registered to Relis Shipping in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Brockville Update

05/02:
Among traffic passing in the Seaway Tuesday was the Federal Polaris about 4:00 p.m. The Algoeast passed upbound about 8:05 p.m.

Federal Polaris.
Algoeast.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Detroit to Lake Huron Cruise

05/02:
The date is set for the 11th annual trip of the Diamond Belle for the day long trip from Detroit to Lake Huron and return. A voyage of about 120 miles on the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. The trip departs from Stroh's River Place at the foot of Jos. Campau at 0800 and returns about thirteen hours later at 9:15 pm on Sunday, May 27th. The ticket price of $70 US funds includes continental breakfast and deli luncheon on board the mini-ship. Buffet dinner is also included at the St. Clair Inn when the Belle stops there about 4:00 pm. Many ship enthusiasts enjoy this annual voyage which is limited to 150 passengers.

Tickets are available by reservation only. To receive a reservation form by mail, call the Diamond Jack office at: 313-843-9376 between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

Diamond Jack's Stroh's River Place dock and parking at the foot of Jos. Campau.
Ship fans taking photos of ships while crossing Lake St. Clair.
Diamond Belle upbound from the Blue Water Bridge (Dave Marcoux photo).
Diamond Belle downbound below the Blue Water Bridge.
The excitement of tieing up at the St. Clair Inn.
Another view at the St. Clair Inn.
More ship photos taken as we enter Lake St. Clair downbound.

Reported by: Diamond Jack's River Tours




Today in Great Lakes History - May 02

The CORT created a sensation as she passed Detroit/Windsor on mid-day on May 2, 1972 amid throngs of people lining both sides of the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, whistling acknowledging salutes on her upbound maiden run.

ADAM E. CORNELIUS (1) was launched May 2, 1908.

On 2 May 1874, the steamer 8TH OHIO was chartered by Magner & Company to carry their circus to various Great Lake ports throughout that season.

The 3-mast schooner EDWARD KELLEY was launched at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron on 2 May 1874. She was built for the Lake Superior Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. A. O. Miller's coronet band played at the launching.

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


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Maumee Unloads

05/01:
The Maumee was upbound on the Saginaw River Monday night on her first trip. She was passing through the Lafayette Bridge at 8:45 p.m. on her way up to the Rock Products Dock in Saginaw. She arrived at the dock shortly before midnight.

The Maumee departed Sarnia on Saturday night and loaded a cargo of stone late Sunday night at Stone Port, Michigan.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Maumee on her first trip into Saginaw.
Stern view.

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Reported by: Todd Shorkey, Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Brian Ferguson




Roger Stahl at it again

05/01:
Gaelic Tugboat's big tug Roger Stahl departed Nicholson Ecorse Dock on the Detroit River about 5:30 p.m. Monday with two deck barges in tow. The barges are bound for Massena, NY. The ETA for Port Colborne is 10:00 p.m. Tuesday. The tow will be reconfigured back into a "push" mode and will most likely transit the canal Wednesday.

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Reported by: Gaelic Tugboat Company




Oldendorff Unloads

05/01:
The Erna Oldendorff was in Oshawa Monday about 2.00 p.m. docked at the east side of the harbor. She was unloading a cargo of steel bars and was expected to depart Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

Docked and unloading.
Unloading.
Close up of her stern.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Twin Ports Report

05/01:
Among the vessels in the Twin Ports on April 30 was John G. Munson, which was unloading stone at the Reiss Inland dock much of the day. After it was finished, the vessel was supposed to undergo repairs for several hours before loading taconite pellets at the DMIR dock in Duluth. American Mariner also was due in port to unload stone.

At the Duluth port terminal, the Kroonborg was delivering wood pulp. These small salties have become fairly frequent callers at the port terminal with wood pulp cargoes.

In the ore trade, Silver Bay was scheduled to handle Buckeye, Reserve and Middletown, while St. Clair was scheduled to make an unusual call in Two Harbors.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

05/01:
Action in the upper harbor continues to be hot in Marquette and the pace for shipping in and out of Marquette appears to be better than last year thanks to the latest visitors.

On April 25, the Lee A. Tregurtha was the only vessel to visit that day. The Fred R. White Jr. and the Mesabi Miner both made their first visits of the season while the Canadian Transfer added to its season leading visit numbers in Marquette.

On April 27, the Charles M. Beeghly and the Canadian Transfer both paid a visit to the ore dock while on April 28th Canadian Transfer and the Kaye E. Barker each made a visit. On April 29th, the Fred R. White Jr. made its second visit of the season.

Monthly statistics have not been finalized but shipping in and out of Marquette appears to be up by nearly 8% thanks to an 18% traffic increase at the ore dock in the upper harbor. Final monthly numbers should be available by the weekend.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Toledo Report

05/01:
The tanker Gemini remains in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron company Dock (Toledo Furnace). The CSL Niagara was loading coal at the CSX Dock and was expected to depart around 5:30 p.m. waiting to follow are the Charles M. Beeghly at the #2 Dock and the Canadian Progress at the #3 Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Frontenac on this evening followed by the American Republic on Wednesday morning. The next scheduled ore boat will be the Buckeye on this morning, followed by the Reserve on Thursday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Clarkson News

05/01:
The Liberian registered tanker, Zanis Griva, arrived in Clarkson from the Seaway in the early morning hours of Monday. She spent the day at the Petro Canada pier discharging a load of hydro cracker bottoms.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Brockville Update

05/01:
Among traffic passing in the Seaway Monday was the Canadian Leader. She was loaded with taconite from Sept Iles for Hamilton, Ontario.

Leader passing.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Today in Great Lakes History - May 1

The EDMUND FITZGERALD collided with the Canadian steamer HOCHELAGA at the mouth of the Detroit River, May 1, 1970, suffering slight damage at hatches 18 and 19.

The STEWART J. CORT departed Erie on her maiden voyage at 0400 May 1, 1972. She was delayed by fog in western Lake Erie and then created a sensation as she passed Detroit/Windsor mid-day on May 2nd amid throngs of people lining both sides of the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, whistling acknowledging salutes on her upbound maiden run.

Scrapping began on the CHICAGO TRADER May 1, 1978.

JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was launched May 1, 1943.

The IRVING S. OLDS sustained an eight foot long crack across her spar deck and eight inches down one side in a storm on Lake Huron May 1, 1963.

LIGHTSHIP 103 (HURON) was launched May 1, 1920.

SOO RIVER TRADER brought the first shipment of bulk cement to open the $18 million St. Lawrence Cement distribution dock at Duluth on May 1, 1982.

May 1, 1903 -- The ANN ARBOR NO. 1 sighted a burning vessel about 15 miles out of Sturgeon Bay Ship canal, the Str. JOHN EMORY OWEN. The crew had already been picked off after the fire started, so the ANN ARBOR NO. 1 put out the fire with her fire hoses. The NO.1 then towed the abandoned steamer to Sturgeon Bay and tied her up at the west end of the canal.

On 1 May 1875, CONSUELLO (wooden schooner, 103', 142 Gt., built in 1851 at Cleveland) left Cleveland with a load of black stone for Toledo. Near Kelly's Island, a storm caused the cargo to shift and the ship capsized and sank. When she hit bottom, she jerked upright so the tops of her masts were above the water. Two of the crew, Fred Donahue and James King, were able to cling to the masts and they were rescued after about an hour and a half. Five others, including the captain and his wife, were drowned.

On 1 May 1876, the little steamer W. D. MORTON, which for two years had run as a ferry between Port Huron's Black River and Sarnia, left her dock for the Delaware River where she ran on a centennial excursion route for the exposition held in Philadelphia, PA. She left the Lakes via the Erie Canal.

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


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