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Fog Closes River Again

05/31 8:00 a.m. update
The St. Marys River reopened about 7:30 a.m. Friday after closeing due to weather. At 12:30 a.m. the U.S. Coast Guard closed the river as heavy fog in the lower river reduced visibility. Fog patches and poor visibility coupled with zero visibilty in the Rock Cut area, sent vessel traffic to anchor.

Upbound - Algosoo, Joseph L. Block.
Downbound - Rt. Hon.Paul J Martin, Irma, Federal Agno, Mackenzie, Oglebay Norton, Edgar B. Speer.
Already at anchor -Tecam Sea and Arora Topaz.
Two thousand footers, the Oglebay Norton and Speer were to tie up at the locks with Mackenzie. Also working in the upper river last night was the Sam 11 dredge.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Vaasaborg Salvage

05/31
Thursday afternoon the Aivik had left the side of the Vaasaborg with 1800 tonnes of the vessel's bleached pulp cargo. The Aivik went to anchor and awaited tugs that will attempt to refloat the Vaasaborg.

The Vaasaborg was upbound for Menominee, MI. with bleached wood pulp when it ran hard aground last week.

Aivik and Vaasaborg on Wednesday.

Reported by: Kent Malo




Canadiana Sinking in Doubt

05/31
The rusting Canadiana may never move from its resting place at Ramey's Bend on the Welland Canal. A group had been interested in sinking the former Crystal Beach-Buffalo passenger steamer for recreational diving use off Port Colborne.

The Province of Ontario has instituted a moratorium on intentional sinkings of ships for recreational purposes. The moratorium was caused by legal action resulting from diving accident on a wreck off Kingston.

The idea of sinking the old vessel was first discussed in 1994 and has been revisited a number of times. Beside the moratorium there are a number of hurdles to clear before the hull could be scuttled.

It would have to be patched, pumped out and made seaworthy to pass through Lock Eight enroute to Lake Erie. The repair work would involve a marine survey and insurance, and at least two tugs for the tow. Finally, Dwor Metals currently has a lien against hulk for storage. It would appear that it may be a long time, if ever, before the proud old vessel is given a proper burial.

The Canadiana made its last run in 1956. In the 80's she spent over a year at the bottom of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, from there she was towed to the old scrap yard at Ramey's Bend in Port Colborne, were she has spent over 10 years rusting away. All that remains of the ship is the hull and a rusting skeleton from the upper deck.

Canadiana last summer. Mike Nicholls
Canadiana in 1959.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Foggy Soo

05/31
Fog, which closed the lower St. Marys River from the Soo Locks to Detour Wednesday evening finally lifted around noon Thursday, leaving a large number of vessels at anchor or tied up.

Upbound vessels delayed included Quebecois, Walter J McCarthy, Canadian Enterprise, Stewart J Cort, Roger Blough and Middletown. Down bounders included Lee A Tregurtha, Nanticoke, Algolake, Indiana Harbor, Edwin H Gott, Armco, H Lee White, Reserve and Montrealais.

After the fog cleared, thunderstorms moved through the area and the fog was setting in again at dusk Thursday. Other vessels in the river Thursday besides those above included Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, Algosoo and Oglebay Norton.

Algolake downbound below Mission Point.
Armco in Soo Harbor.
Armco, stern view.
Roger Blough up at Nine Mile Point.
Indiana Harbor down at Six Mile.
Lee A. Tregurtha weighs anchor near Nine Mile Point.
Nanticoke, down at Six Mile Point.
Quebecois upbound between Six and Nine Mile points.
Reserve downbound between Six and Nine Mile points.
Chief Shingwauk, official Boatnerd tour boat, tours Soo Harbor.
Tug Scott Purvis at the MCM Marine drydock in Soo Harbor.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Mecta Sea Arrives

05/31
The bulker Mecta Sea arrived in Oshawa Thursday afternoon. The vessel is expected to remain in port unloading steel for the next two or three days. The saltie was assisted into port by the tugs Lac Como and Glenevis. Oshawa is expecting a FedNav ship on Friday, possibly the Federal Rhine.

Entering Oshawa Harbor.
Glenevis leads the tow.
Assisted to the dock.
Lac Como on the bow.
Another view.
Crew members watch.
Close up of draft markings.
Aft cranes.
Lac Como heads for the dock.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Marquette Update

05/31
Wednesday the Armco arrived at Marquette's ore dock to load taconite pellets after the Lee A. Tregurtha loaded and left. Lake Superior was unusually calm, although there was light fog on the lake.

Armco loading.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Escanaba Update

05/31
Thursday evening the Kaye E. Barker departed Escanaba Harbor loaded with ore. She entered Lake Michigan ahead of a line of strong Thunder storms. On Wednesday evening the Charles M. Beeghly loaded.

Kaye E. Barker passing Sand Point Thursday evening. Sandy & Eric Chapman
Barker loading. Dick Lund
Another view. Dick Lund
Charles M. Beeghly loading Wednesday evening. Sandy & Eric Chapman

Reported by: Sandy & Eric Chapman and Dick Lund




Port of Indiana Traffic

05/31
Below are recent images of traffic at the Port of Indiana
Jos. F. Bigane awaits the departure of the Burns Harbor and the arrival of the Beeghly to beginning refueling.
Canadian Transfer entering the west arm of the port.
Tecam Sea at the west arm of the port.

Reported by: Peter Zagorac




Green Bay Traffic

05/31
Thursday the Alpena was in Green Bay unloading cement at Lafarge. The Fred R. White Jr. arrived at Georgia Pacific with a load of coal at 10:30 a.m. The David Z. Norton was scheduled to arrive at Western Lime early Friday morning. The Algoway is scheduled to arrive early Friday morning for the C. Reiss Coal Dock.

Reported by: Jason Leino




Alpena Update

05/31
The J.A.W Iglehart was at anchor most of the day on Thursday because of heavy fog in the area. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity proceeded into Lafarge first through the fog on Thursday afternoon. It loaded cement for South Chicago. After the Integrity departed the Iglehart came into port that evening to load.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Saginaw River Update

05/31
Traffic was like a maritime rush hour on the Saginaw River Thursday morning with three upbound vessels within an hour. First to arrive was the Mississagi who arrived early in the morning to lighter at the new Bay Aggregates Dock.

After the Great Lakes Trader passed upbound, she proceeded upriver to the GM Dock in Saginaw to finish unloading. Mississagi was outbound for the lake late in the afternoon downbound through Bay City around 6:00 p.m.

The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader was upbound through the Lafayette Bridge in Bay City about 9:20 a.m. According to reports, she headed to the Burroughs Materials Dock to unload 6 AA Limestone. The pair departed for the 6th Street Turning Basin after the Mississagi cleared her downbound and was downbound through Bay City around 7:30 p.m.

The Canadian Transfer was the last to arrive, following the parade upbound through the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Bay City around 10:15 a.m. She proceeded upriver to a Saginaw Dock to unload. The Transfer was downbound reaching the Lafayette Bridge around 10:20 p.m. on her way out to the lake.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Joyce L. Van Enkevort and Great Lakes Trader upbound approaching Lafayette Bridge.
Close up view.
Joyce L. Van Enkevort.
Stern view just clear of Lafayette Bridge.
Mississagi approaching the Princess Wenona.
Close up view.
Stern View.
Canadian Transfer upbound at Wenona Park.
Close up view.
Toronto Maple Leafs flag in window.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

05/31
Maumee upbound off the Rouge River.
Close up.
Herbert C. Jackson turning into the Rouge River.
Another view.
Norma B. docked in the Rouge.

Reported by: Capt. Wade Streeter




Toronto Report

05/31
Thursday the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon and assorted vessels remain at Harbour Square with the Water Safety program. The Cashin was still at Redpath and the Federal Maas appeared to be ready to leave. Wendy B. was still in the Turning Basin. Mister Joe and Pitts No. 12 were at MT 35.

Cashin at anchor.
Griffon.
Small boats on deck.
Frederal Maas.
Island Princess.
M.T.P. 5 & Fire tug . Classic wood patrol boat built by J. J. Taylor & Sons at Toronto
Maple Leaf.
Mister Joe.
Osprey.
Sea Athina.
Wm. Lyon Mackenzie.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Seaway Traffic

05/31
The Algocen was passing Brockville, Ont. on the Seaway Thursday.

Algocen passing.
Close up.

Reported by: Keith Giles




Marine Mart

05/31
June 1 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.

Reported by: Al Hart




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




Vaasaborg Salvage

05/30
The refloating of the Vaasaborg continued Wednesday. That afternoon the Aivik had off loaded 1100 tons of the proposed 2500 tons, after a crane failure on board the Aivik delayed operations. Once the off load is complete and the Vaasaborg is refloated the cargo will be reloaded in Contrecoeur or Montreal.

The Aivik is a longer and wider vessel requiring less draft, this allowed it to secure alongside the Vaasaborg to take on cargo.

The grounding of the Vaasaborg was reported to be caused by a mechanical failure in the vessel's steering system. The vessel went hard aground in mud and clay last week, the forward draft was reported to be 1 meter higher after the grounding.

The Vaasaborg is upbound for Menominee, MI. with bleached wood pulp.

Approching the Aivik and Vaasaborg East of Sorel.
Closer look at the two vessel out of the channel by a good margin.
Coming alongside with the pilot boat and the pilot at the right of the picture.
Pilot boat secured along side the Vaasaborg.
Vaasaborg seen from the Pilot boat.
Stern view of the stranded Vaasaborg.

The following photos are from an earlier date this spring
The Le Compagnon ex Artic Viking 's wheel house and the wooden wheel.
Teakglen ex Mantadoc in lay up in Montreal with Aivik at the stern (which is now off loading the Vaasaborg).
Stack of the Teakglen at sec M3 Montréal Harbor.

Reported by: Kent Malo




Cargill warns Seaway costs must be cut

05/30
The St. Lawrence Seaway must cut grain shipping costs by more than $5 a ton (C$8) if it wants to recapture some of the grain tonnage now being sent through Canada's Pacific Coast ports and the Mississippi River system, said Kerry Hawkins, president and CEO of Cargill.

Addressing a national maritime conference in Toronto recently, he said if costs aren't cut in the next few years, the remainder of Canada's Great Lakes bulker fleet, designed to haul grain and iron ore, will wither away.

In 1980, 47 lakers were employed to haul grain. Now only 22 remain, and many of those are not used for the full shipping season because there is not enough tonnage. The Canadian Wheat Board is only moving six million tons a year through the waterway compared with 16 million tons 20 years ago. It currently costs about C$27 a metric ton to move grain by ship from Thunder Bay or Duluth to a grain terminal along the St Lawrence.

Reported by: Bob Crisp




Duluth Superior News

05/30
Wednesday was another busy day in the Duluth-Superior harbor. The Sarah Spencer finished discharging barley at General Mills in Duluth and left at sunrise. The Kinsman Independent began loading wheat at General Mills in Superior at about the same time. An hour later the Oglebay Norton arrived to load ore pellets at BNSF for International Steel in Lorain. Shortly after the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin finished her load of ore pellets at DM&IR and departed for a Stelco mill in Ontario. Around midday the Mesabi Miner departed with coal loaded at Midwest Energy for Marquette, and was replaced at the coal dock by fleet mate Paul R. Tregurtha. The Tregurtha loaded a split cargo for Detroit Edison in St. Clair, MI, and Ohio's First Energy. The First Energy coal, to be unloaded at the TWI dock in Toledo, may be the first western coal from Superior to be delivered to that port. The salties Irma, Mackenzie, and Federal Agno completed their loads of grain and departed during the early evening, and subsequently the Antalina arrived from anchor to take the Federal Agno's place at Harvest States.

Reported by: Eric Holst




Soo News

05/30 11:00 A.M.
At 11:00 a.m. Thursday the St. Marys River remained closed due to heavy fog in the area. Shipping traffic continues to back up as vessels go to anchor awaiting the opening of the river.
Upbound
Quebecois
Walter J. McCarthy Jr.
Stewart J. Cort
Roger Blough
Middletown

Downbound
Lee A Tregurtha
Nanticoke
Algolake
Indiana Harbor
Edwin H. Gott
Armco
H. Lee White
Reserve

Original Report
Steamers were the rule rather than the exception in the St. Marys River Wednesday evening. Three of the five Upper Lakes Group steamers currently in service were in the river system: Canadian Provider locked downbound at 5:00 p.m., Canadian Mariner downbound at 9:00 p.m. and Quebecois, upbound at DeTour at dusk. This is reported to the be the last season for the Provider and Mariner. Also in transit were the downbound steamers Cason J. Callaway and Lee A. Tregurtha.

Soo Traffic closed the lower St. Marys River at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night due to fog. The Nanticoke was secured on the locks' lower wall, and the Lee A. Tregurtha went to anchor at Nine Mile Point. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was anchoring above DeTour. Canadian Mariner was allowed to proceed out of the system.

Canadian Mariner in Mac Lock upper approaches.
Canadian Mariner passes Algosar, which is upbound in the Poe Lock.
Canadian Provider passes Mission Point downbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre and Jerry Masson




Toledo Update

05/30
Wednesday the CSL Niagara was loading coal at the CSX Docks. The American Mariner was unloading ore at the Torco Dock. There was an Andrie tug/barge at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Southdown Challenger was unloading cement at the Cemex Dock. The Canadian Transfer was unloading cargo at Andersons "K" Elevator. The Gordon C. Leitch was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator.

The Gemini departed from her temporary lay-up dock and is now out sailing. The small hopper dredge Atchafalaya was dredging the ship channel in Maumee Bay. The American Republic remains in drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Kaye E. Barker on Saturday, followed by the Arthur M. Anderson on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Reserve on Friday, followed by the American Mariner on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Updates

05/30
Check back Thursday morning for more updates. I've had an early start at my real job this week and am a little behind with the updates.




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




Vaasaborg Salvage

05/29
Tuesday morning the bulk carrier Aivik was docked alongside the Vaasaborg and began taking on cargo from the stranded vessel.

The Vaasaborg ran hard aground in the St. Lawrence last week some 35 miles East of Montreal.

The Aivik will offload some of the bleached wood pulp cargo to lighten the vessel. This operation is expected to be complete today and tugs will again attempt to refloat the stranded Vaasaborg.

The grounding of the Vaasaborg appears to be the result of a navigational error that caused the vessel to become stuck in mud and clay. At one point four tugs attempted to pull the Vaasaborg free but were released when they could not move the vessel.

The Vaasaborg is upbound for Menominee, MI. with bleached wood pulp.

Vaasaborg passing Detroit in April. Mike Nicholls
Stern view. Mike Nicholls
Aivik in Montreal last winter. Kent Malo

Reported by: Kent Malo




Enterprise Arrives for Scrapping

05/29
The steamer Kinsman Enterprise, idle at Buffalo since December, 1995, made her final port Tuesday afternoon when she arrived under tow at the International Marine Salvage yard at Port Colborne, Ont.

The Kinsman Enterprise left the Euro United dock at Buffalo around 9:30 a.m. with the McKeil Marine tug Progress on the bow and Nadro Marine tug Seahound on the stern. En route to the South entrance, the tow passed the long-laid up passenger vessel Marine Star (Aquarama). The vessels paused just outside the breakwall to reform the tow, with the Seahound and Progress both pulling on Kinsman Enterprise's bow. On board was Interntional Marine Salvage owner Wayne Elliott and his sons, Jordan and Corey; Lower Lakes Towing Co. president Scott Bravener; Clayton Harry ;John Clark and two reporters from Boatnerd.com/Great Laker magazine.

As the tow headed out into Lake Erie, Lower Lakes Towing's Calumet, which had just departed the Black Rock Canal, passed from astern and blew the grand old laker a Three Long and Two Short farewell salute.

The Kinsman Enterprise arrived outside the Port Colborne piers at 1:25 p.m., Assisted by Nadro Marine's tug Vac, the Enterprise was turned for a stern-first entry. She was finally secured around 4:00 p.m. next to the remains of the former forebody of the Louis R. Desmarais, which is also being scrapped by International Marine Salvage. The Kinsman Enterprise is situated in front of the former Algoma Central Marine bulk carrier Algogulf at the scrapyard. The Algogulf was towed from Hamilton May 25-26.

Cutting on the Kisman Enterprise is expected to begin when work on the Desmarais is done, about two and a half months from now. It will take around two months to remove all the asbestos from the Enterprise's hull, with an estimated three months needed to scrap the vessel. A date has not be set for cutting to begin on Algogulf. The vessels are expected to be joined in August by the bulk carrier Comeaudoc.

The 631-foot Kinsman Enterprise, built in 1927 at Lorain, Ohio, set many cargo records in her early years. She spent the majority of her career in the service of the Pickands Mather (Interlake) fleet under the name Harry Coulby. She was sold to Kinsman Lines (now Great Lakes Associates) in 1989 and given her present name. She last sailed in 1995.

The vessel was stripped of many valuables, such as the wheel and other pilothouse equipment, furniture and much of the vintage, ornate woodwork.

Pictures by: Roger LeLievre and Dave Wobser
Preparing to Leave Buffalo.
Goodbye Buffalo.
Passing the former Aquarama.
Life at Sea.
Turning at Port Colborne.
Last Stop.
Algogulf arrives at Port Weller.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre, Dave Wobser and Jimmy Sprunt




Great Lakes Trader in Green Bay

05/29
Monday the Great Lakes Trader arrived in Green Bay at the Western Lime dock near the mouth of the Fox River to unload a cargo of washed stone from Stoneport. The Great Lakes Trader had a very long unload and didn't depart Green Bay Tuesday morning after more than 24hrs unloading stone at Western Lime. They turned in the turning basin and headed for Port Inland to load for a Saginaw River dock.

On Sunday the John G Munson unloaded stone at the Fox River Dock in Green Bay. On Saturday the Algoway was in port unloading salt at the Reiss dock.

Close up at Western Lime. Scott Best
Wide view unloading. Scott Best
Bow view. Scott Best
Pilot house. David Valine
Bow thruster in action. David Valine
Pleasure boats passing the exposed bow thruster. David Valine

Reported by: Scott Best and David Valine




Georgian College suspends two marine programs

05/29
Georgian College is suspending its Marine Engineering Technology program and the Marine Technology Navigation program at its Owen Sound Campus because of a funding shortfall.

In a letter to prospective students, the college said it would not accept applicants for the programs beginning next fall.

"The College has struggled with the financial issue of the Program Funding Weight. Losses were running in excess of $300,000 / year. We have been unable to convince the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to increase the funding to a point where the College could cover these losses," the letter said.

Georgian College told applicants that its Memorial University - Marine Institute has openings in both its Marine Engineering and Marine Technology programs. Also, students enrolling in the Mechanical Engineering program at the Barrie Campus can earn marine engineering certification.

Reported by: Al Miller




Bridge Fails to Open

05/29
Tuesday morning the Capt. Ralph Tucker was approaching the Maple Street Bridge in Manistee when the bridge failed to open in time. The vessel dropped its starboard bow anchor and backed hard to stop. As she slowed to a stop she turned a little sideways in the channel, but did not become stuck. The vessel stopped a few hundred feet from the drawbridge and the bridge then opened almost immediately.

Reported by: Charles Showalter




Twin Ports Report

05/29
The number of ships calling in the Twin Ports for grain appears to be down this season, so it was refreshing to see four vessels in port Tuesday for grain.

In Duluth, the barge Sarah Spencer was moving into the General Mills elevator slip about 730 a.m. The saltie Irma occupied the Cargill B1 berth and the saltie Mackenzie was at AGP. In Superior, the Federal Agno was loading at Cenex Harvest States. Antalina was anchored out on Lake Superior waiting to load at Cenex Harvest States. The Kinsman Independent is due in port May 29 for grain.

Traffic remained steady at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth. Halifax was leaving port about 730 a.m. Tuesday with a load of pellets from DMIR. It was scheduled to be followed into the dock by Nanticoke and the Hon. Paul Martin.

Indiana Harbor was due to load Tuesday at Midwest Energy Terminal. It's to be followed by Mesabi Miner, Paul R. Tregurtha and Oglebay Norton on May 29. The terminal is scheduled to close out the month of May by loading Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Algobay on May 31. If all goes according to schedule, the Algobay will be the terminal's 86th load of the season.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Marquette Update

05/29
The Algosteel loaded taconite pellets at the Marquette ore dock's south side Tuesday while the Lee A. Tregurtha waited to come in to unload coal. A chute would not go back up, which caused a delay of about three hours before the Algosteel could leave and the Tregurtha could take her place. The Herbert C. Jackson arrived later that day and docked on the North side to begin loading.

The Lee A. Tregurtha finished unloading coal Tuesday evening and will begin loading taconite pellets Wednesday.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
Algosteel unloading with the Lee A. anchored off port.
Close up through the ore dust.
Herbert C. Jackson arrives.
Passing off the Superior Dome.
Making the dock.
Close up.
Lee A. Tregurtha unloading coal.
Close up of unloading hopper and boom.
Bow view.
Another view.

Reported by: Art Pickering and Lee Rowe




Saginaw River Update

05/29
The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons entered the Saginaw River Tuesday morning, passing the Front Range around 9:45 a.m. She stopped at Bay City Wirt to lighter before departing around 1:30 p.m. to finishing unloading at the Saginaw Wirt Dock. Wirt "Stonemix" was unloaded at both docks.

The JAW Iglehart was inbound early Tuesday evening, passing through Downtown Bay City around 6:30 p.m. She was headed up to the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton to unload cement.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Tug Invincible - Barge McKee Sons upbound at Essroc.
Another View at Smith Park.
View of tug Invincible.
Stern view.
JAW Iglehart upbound approaching Liberty Bridge.
Close Up.
Silouette heading up river.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

05/29
The Gordon C. Leitch was upbound the Maumee River Tuesday morning heading for one of the elevators to load grain. The salt water vessel Lake Ontario was due in at the T.W.I. Dock to unload cargo.

There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report. The American Republic remains in drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. The Buckeye, Courtney Burton, Gemini, Joseph H. Frantz, tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge, and the Saturn remain in lay-up at there respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Niagara on Wednesday. The Kaye E. Barker on Friday, followed by the Arthur M. Anderson on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the American Mariner on Wednesday followed by the Reserve on Saturday.

Classic Toledo Shipping
Red Wing at the old Cargill Elevator loading grain.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

05/29
Tuesday was Oglebay Norton day in the Port of Cleveland. The Middletown was seen arriving that afternoon and appeared to be heading for the Bulk Terminal (old C&P). The Earl W. Oglebay remains on the Lorain to Cleveland shuttle run.

Recent views of Cleveland shipping
Armco unloading.
Close up.
Dredge Buxton II.
Calumet.
Earl W. Oglebay passing the Calumet.
Stern view.
Turning on the power.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Clarke in Huron

05/29
The Philip R. Clarke arrived in Huron, Ohio Tuesday morning. The vessel unloaded stone and departed later that day.

Pictures by TZ
Bow view of the Clarke unloading.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Lake Erie Update

05/29
Ports along eastern Lake Erie have been busy lately and Saturday was no different. The John D. Leitch arrived in Ashtabula late Saturday night and was finishing loading by at 11:00 a.m. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived in Conneaut at about the same time Friday. The Calumet was due in Conneaut Saturday evening to load for Tonawanda. Erie. The fire tug Edward Cotter was inbound Thursday for its annual Memorial Day visit. The David Z. Norton was scheduled to arrive late Saturday evening. The Norton's visit is believed to be the first to Erie by an Oglebay Norton boat since 1998.

Leitch loading.
Stern View.
Paul Martin in Conneaut.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Hamilton Update

05/29
The saltie Hope I remained at Pier 14 after unloaded steel products on May 24. No activity was seen Tuesday evening. Over at the north face of Pier 12, the Elm was unloading her cargo of bulk cement onto the dock.

The tanker barge McAsphalt 401 remains in dry dock at Heddles.

At Pier 23 the tug Anglian Lady and barge PML 2501 were moored. The Algocape was unloading her cargo of iron ore from Sept Iles at Dofasco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto News

05/29
The tug Mister Joe and Pitts No. 12 are at Pier 35. Another surprise tug visitor is Wendy B in the Turning Basin. This Russel-built tug winters in Carolina and spends its summers in Oakville. It is on its way home.

CCG Griffon is still at Harbour Square, just west of the ferry docks, and she has been joined by an armada of four CCG workboats. They have a tent and a trailer set up in the park adjacent to the dock, and all of the vessels are open to the public as part of a water safety awareness program.

English River arrived late afternoon Tuesday at the Lafarge dock. Cashin remains at Redpath Sugar and Federal Maas remains at Pier 52.

Work continues on the Glenmont conversion. The new upper deck is plated in.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Seaway Traffic

05/29
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ont. Tuesday.

Pictures by Peter Carter
Halton passing the Thalassa Desgagnes.
Stern view.
Another view.
Thalassa Desgagnes.
Stern view.
Doug McKeil and Ocean Hauler.
Close up of tug.
Stern view.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Marine Mart

05/29
June 1 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.

Reported by: Al Hart




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




Enterprise Departs

05/28 2:00 p.m. update
The Kinsman Enterprise tow arrived off Port Colborne at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The Enterprise was expected to be secured by 4:00 p.m.

The tow departed Buffalo at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The tug Progress took the bow of the Enterprise and the tug Sea Hound was on the stern.

Original Report
After delivering the Algogulf to International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne Monday morning the tugs prepared for the next tow.

The tugs were expected to depart early Tuesday morning for Buffalo where they will pick up the Kinsman Enterprise. The Enterprise tow should depart Buffalo at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The trip across Lake Erie is expected to take four hours.

Please e-mail with updates or pictures.
Updates will be added as the news happens.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre, Dave Wobser and Rex Cassidy




Neah Bay visits Quebec Harbor

05/28
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay departed Quebec Harbor westbound Sunday evening after some skilled manoeuvring exiting the inner Louisa Basin. The cutter passed through the locks and Lift Bridge with a strong westerly wind blowing in direction of the locks. Several locals were alongside watching the fine seamanship. It is unusual these days for ships the size of the Neah Bay to dock in the inner basin that now holds the Quebec Marina.

Following the departure of the Neah Bay three salties approached the Quebec Pilot station, two westbound , the Swedish white ship Ada Gorthon and the Marnaborg and the eastbound container ship Camar Honor.

Also in port, in the St. Charles River, the Alam Sempurna (Malaysia) was unloading nickel from Australia.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Algoway Unloads

05/28
Saturday the Algoway was unloading salt at the Reiss dock in Green Bay WI. The Algoway turned in the East turning basin and backed up river to the Reiss dock. This was the third load this year.

Algoway unloading salt.
Selvick tug Susan L docked in Manitowoc.

Reported by: Scott Best




Milwaukee, other cities get money for port rehab

05/28
Milwaukee will receive a $1 million state grant to rehabilitate 1,800 feet of dock wall along its inner harbor.

The grant will pay for most of a $1.25 million project to upgrade a dock wall that was built in the 1930s and designed to handle smaller ships than those in use today. Once the improvements are finished, vessels will be able to unload directly at the dock rather than unloading elsewhere and requiring trucks to move materials to storage.

Other grants announced by the state this week include $991,760 for Sturgeon Bay to help pay for dock improvements to accommodate cruise ships. The project includes dredging, disposing of the spoils, and installing improvements such as utilities, mooring structures and dock rub rails.

Also, the Town of La Pointe will receive $200,000 to pay for part of a $250,000 project to improve the ferry system linking Madeline Island to the Wisconsin mainland. The project involves upgrading the ferry dock's electrical system and moving a dock ramp to separate pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Reported by: Al Miller




Goderich Update

05/28
The Algoway was loading overnight at the salt mine on Friday. The vessel departed early in the morning for Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Algorail came in the next day, loaded overnight and left early Saturday morning for Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Ferrysburg, Michigan.

These ships were missed by most boatwatchers, due to loading in the middle of the night. Consequently, Goderich residents were happy to wake up to the impressive Algolake loading salt at the mine Sunday morning. The Algolake is a larger boat and finished loading at 3:00 p.m. She then headed out of the harbor on her way to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Saginaw Traffic

05/28
Below are recent images of traffic in the Saginaw River.

Tug Gregory J. Busch - Barge STC 2004 downbound at Wheeler's Landing Saturday.
Close up of tug.
Stern View approaching Bay City Wirt Dock.
Mississagi downbound at Liberty Bridge.
Close up.
Stern view.
Wolverine upbound at the Essroc Dock.
Stern view.
Upbound approaching Independence Bridge.
Another view.
Sam Laud upbound at Smith Park.
Stern view.
Approaching Independence Bridge.
Another view.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

05/28
The Charles M. Beeghly was at the CSX Docks loading coal. The Algomarine was at the #2 Dock waiting to follow. The Saturn is in temporary lay-up at the Lakefront Docks. The Gemini is in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge is in temporary lay-up at the hocking Valley Dock. The Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Joseph H. Frantz remain in lay-up at there respective dock sites. The American Republic remains in drydock at the Shipyard undergoing repairs.

There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Niagara on Wednesday. The Kaye E. Barker on Friday, followed by the Arthur M. Anderson on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the American Mariner on Wednesday. followed by the Reserve on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Conneaut Report

05/28
Conneaut was extremely busy Sunday afternoon with three vessels in port. The Edgar B. Speer arrived at 3:00 p.m. to unload 57,000 plus tons of ore. The Yankcanuck was loading 5,000 tons of synthetic gypsum on another of her cross-lake runs to Port Colborne. At 7:00 p.m. the Saginaw arrived to await the finish of the Yankcanuck loading so she could take her place and load coal.

Yankcanuck loading.
Close Up.
Close Up of the loading rig.
Stern View.
Speer Unloading.
Another View.
Close Up.
Dummy Owl on Speer's deck.
Stern View.
Saginaw turning outside Conneaut harbor.
Another View.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Toronto Update

05/28
Sunday the McKeil tug Glenevis went out to Clarkson to assist the tanker Jakov Sverdlov in berthing. Glenevis returned to her berth in mid-afternoon. Saturday the saltie Cashin arrived assisted into berth by McKeil tugs. Monday morning the vessel went to anchor awaiting Anax to depart from Redpath Sugar.

Also on Monday the Griffon arrived in port and tied up just east of the ferry docks. The Federal Maas remains at Pier 51 unloading. Tug Atomic went out to Clarkson to assist the Jakov Sverdlov and returned a few hours later.

The schooner Alison Lake went on Toronto Drydock Sunday for general repairs.

The tug Sandra Mary is towing the dredge Canadian Argosy to Hamilton, while the tug Mister Joe (on its first trip onto the lakes) and Pitts 12 will come to Toronto. The tow will divide in Lake Ontario once they clear Main Duck Island.

Canadian Argosy is coming from Port Hawkesbury. Mister Joe was built by Russel Bros. at Owen Sound as Churchill River, and she was shipped by rail to James Bay for assembly. She spent most of her career at Moosonee. About two years ago she was sold to east coast owners and had her name changed to Mister Joe. The tug had not arrived as of midnight Tuesday.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Seaway Traffic

05/28
Below are recent images of traffic passing Brockville, Ont. on the Seaway.

Pictures by Peter Carter
Sea Athenia downbound.
Stern view.
Gordon C. Leitch upbound below the Iroquois Lock.
Bow on view.
Stern view.
Cashin.
Stern view.
Quebecois.
Techno Venture.
Chios Charity downbound.
Stern view.
Elm upbound.
Close up of stack.
Stern view.

Pictures by Keith Giles
Amelia Desgagnes downbound.
Close up.

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




Sarnia interested in Celebrity Tugboat

05/28
Sarnia may be interested in the celebrity tugboat Theodore Too. "The vessel would make a fine addition to our waterfront," Sarnia Council member Rod Brown told local media last week.

"We've got two bridges, just like Halifax, and a bustling waterfront," he said, referring to how Halifax Harbor has been popularized as Big Harbor, Theodore Tugboat's fictional home on the children's TV series.

Brown said he's asked Sarnia tourism authorities to monitor what happens with Theodore Too, the replica of Theodore Tugboat. Theodore Too is under arrest in Halifax Harbor on a creditor's lien of about $2,500 after its owner, Cochran Communications Inc., went into receivership. Brown said there's been lots of public and private interest in bringing Theodore Too to Sarnia, but in the end it comes down to money.

He said some people are balking at a reported $450,000 price tag attached to the move. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said Theodore Too, with his huge red cap and big smile, was a big hit during a visit to the city last year. He said city council won't directly spend taxpayers' money on the vessel, but "we'd support such a plan if somebody else would take the risk."

Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly said it's time for serious negotiations on keeping Theodore Too in Nova Scotia. The city has a June 6 session with the receiver and it's possible a meeting on the boat's future might be held before then. Talk of keeping Theodore in Halifax is gathering steam. "When people start dropping money off, then it's serious," the mayor said of an unsolicited $1,100 in donations, mostly from children, received at city hall to "free Theodore."

Theodore Too was caught in the crossfire when Cochran Communications declared bankruptcy last month. The business failure cost taxpayers and other creditors about $10 million, according to documents prepared by Halifax receiver Goodman Associates Inc. and obtained last week.

About $3.5 million is owed taxpayers. When Cochran went under, it owed Nova Scotia Business Inc. about $2.3 million and Business Development Bank of Canada was owed slightly more than $1 million. Telefilm Canada is still looking for $143,467 it provided to Cochran. The Nova Scotia Business Development Corp. and the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority are out $15,716 and $16,517, respectively. One of the biggest corporate losers is Royal Bank, which has various claims against Cochran totaling about $2.8 million.

Paul Goodman of Goodman Associates confirmed last week there has been inquiries about the tugboat and other Cochran assets, but wouldn't give details. "Inquiries sometimes come through lawyers and we're not necessarily sure who they represent."




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




Algogulf Tow Continues, Enterprise Ready

05/27 2:00 p.m. Update
Originial Report
The Algogulf was dock at International Marine Salvage in Port Colborne at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. The tugs moved to the West Street Wharf and will wait until early Tuesday morning to depart Port Colborne for Buffalo.

The tugs expect to depart Buffalo with the Kinsman Enterprise in tow at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The trip across Lake Erie is expected to take four hours.

Originial Report
The tow of the Algogulf resumed shortly after noon Sunday. The Gulf and three tugs arrived for inspection at Wharf 2 about 2:00 p.m. By 3:00 p.m. Seaway Welland had completed the inspection and the tow continued on for Port Colborne.

It is a tight fit for the tow as they pass through each lock. The trailing tugs Sea Hound and Vac are tucked under the stern of the Algogulf as the Progress is positioned on an angle at the bow.

This method is making for slow progress and the tow was expected to arrive in Port Colborne about 4:00 a.m. Monday. Once in Port Colborne the Algogulf will be tied up near International Marine Salvage and will wait for first light to dock at IMS.

After securing the Algogulf the tug Progress will pick up a generator and head for Buffalo to tow the Kinsman Enterprise back to Port Colborne for scrapping.

The tug is expected to depart for Buffalo mid to late Monday morning.

Please e-mail with updates or pictures.
Updates will be added as the news happens.

Pictures by Paul Beesley
Tow departs Hamilton Saturday.
Another view.
Close up of bow.
Stern view heading for the lake.

The history of the Algogulf from the Fleet Photo Gallery

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt, Wally Wallace, Roger LeLievre, Dave Wobser and Rex Cassidy




Vaasaborg Remains Aground

05/27
The saltie Vaasaborg remains hard aground in the St. Lawrence abeam of St Anne de Sorel, Que. some 35 miles East of Montreal. The vessel went hard aground last week and may need dredging to be refloated.

The incident appears to be the result of a navigational error that caused the vessel to become stuck in mud and clay. At one point four tugs attempted to pull the Vaasaborg free but were released when they could not move the vessel.

The Vaasaborg was upbound for Menominee, MI. with bleached wood pulp at the time of the incident.

Vaasaborg passing Detroit in April. Mike Nicholls
Stern view. Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Kent Malo




Pellet Terminal Still Active

05/27
The Lorain Pellet Terminal that services the former LTV Steel Mill in Cleveland remains active. Friday evening the Earl W. Oglebay was loading for ISC ( International Steel Corp. ) in Cleveland and the John J. Boland was unloading taconite from the upper lakes.

The planned move of the terminal to Cleveland calls for vessels to move what stock is in Lorain to Cleveland. The equipment will then be dismantled and taken to Whiskey Island on Cleveland lakefront to be reassembled.

Reported by: Ned Gang




PM 41 Unloads

05/27
Saturday the barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted unloaded gravel from Stoneport at Marinette Fuel and Dock. This is the first such cargo that has been brought to Marinette. Normally the only stone the fuel dock receives is a small load of limestone, usually from Port Inland.

Reported by: Scott Best




Damaged stretch of Lakewalk to reopened

05/27
A stretch of Duluth's popular Lakewalk that was damaged by waves last fall was reopened on Friday.

The powerful Nov. 27 storm ripped up about 100 yards of boardwalk and undermined a 30-yard section of asphalt bike path near the Fitger's Brewery Complex.

Workers have filled the washed out section of rip-rap, repaved the damaged trail areas and re-installed the boardwalk. A few more minor repairs must be made before the section of Lakewalk officially reopens.

Reported by: Al Miller




Updates

05/27
I'm still working on getting caught up and hope to have all the updates done by Monday night.




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




Algogulf Tow

05/26 3:00 p.m.
The tow of the Algogulf resumed shortly after noon Sunday. The Gulf and three tugs arrived for inspection at Wharf 2 about 2:00 p.m.

By 3:00 p.m. Seaway Welland had completed inspection and they are ready to get underway. The tow is estimating 12 hours to Port Colborne.

Please e-mail with updates or pictures.

The Algogulf was towed from Hamilton Saturday morning about 9:30 a.m. A large crowd was on hand to bid the Algogulf farewell as the tug Progress took up position on the bow and the tug Vac on the stern. They made the short trip across Lake Ontario but were forced to anchor the Algogulf for the night.

Depending on weather, the tow is expected to enter the Welland Canal at first light today.

The tow is expected arrive in Port Colborne at International Marine Salvage Sunday afternoon. After the delivery of the Algogulf the tugs will depart for Buffalo to pick up the steamer Kinsman Enterprise on Monday.

Check back for updates.

Pictures by Paul Beesley
Tow departs Hamilton.
Another view.
Close up of bow.
Stern view heading for the lake.

The history of the Algogulf from the Fleet Photo Gallery

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt, Wally Wallace, Roger LeLievre, Dave Wobser and Rex Cassidy




Updates

05/26
I will complete the news updates on Sunday. My cell connection didn't work out as well as I had hoped.




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




Vaasaborg Aground

05/25
Friday the Vaasaborg remained hard aground in the St. Lawrence abeam of St Anne de Sorel, Que. some 35 miles East of Montreal. The vessel has been there for two days and the four tugs that were assisting to pull her free were released and returned to port, she will now have to be lightered before any attempt to free her will be made.

The Vaasaborg was upbound at the time of the incident.

Reported by: Kent Malo




Algogulf Tow

05/25
The scrap tow of the Algogulf will begin today at 7:00 a.m. as tugs pull the vessel from its long term lay-up dock in Hamilton. The tugs expected arrive in Port Colborne at International Marine Salvage late Saturday night.

After the delivery of the Algogulf the tugs are expected to sail for Buffalo to pick up the steamer Kinsman Enterprise and tow her to Port Colborne the following day, weather permitting.

Reports also indicate the sidelined Paterson bulk carrier Comeaudoc will make the one-way trip to the IMS yard at Port Colborne sometime this summer.

Check back for updates.

Enterprise docked in Buffalo. Brian Wroblewski
Algogulf at Hamilton in December Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt, Wally Wallace and Roger LeLievre




Two cities may compete for Mackinaw

05/25
A battle may be shaping up between Cheboygan and Mackinaw City over which town will become home to the Coast Guard icebreaker Mackinaw when it is retired in 2006.

Cheboygan city councilors plan to explore the feasibility of keeping the World War II-vintage ship in town to serve as a museum. The town also is scheduled to serve as homeport of the Mackinaw's replacement -- also to be named Mackinaw -- once it enters service.

Cheboygan appears to have received the support of Rep. Bart Stupak, who said recently that the ship's homeport should have the first option of keeping the vessel.

Meanwhile, village councilors in Mackinaw City want to determine whether their town can host the Mackinaw while the Coast Guard upgrades its Cheboygan facilities to prepare for its new icebreaker, village development director Steve Schnell told the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Ferry owner Bill Shepler, who owns the former railroad dock in Mackinaw City, told the newspaper that he is interested in the Coast Guard contract. He said the Coast Guard's district office in Cleveland contacted him to obtain pictures and specifications such as parking and sewage for a potential mooring site for the ship.

Mackinaw City officials speculate that if they can serve as temporary home to the Mackinaw, their town will have an advantage when the federal government decides how to dispose of the vessel.

Federal officials are staying neutral on the issue. But Stupak has said that he would side with Cheboygan if the town comes up with a viable long-term plan to maintain and display the ship.

"The worst thing that could happen is someone would make grandiose plans for the Mackinaw and it (would) just sit there and rust," Stupak said.

One problem facing Cheboygan is that the old Mackinaw cannot be kept at its current docking site at the mouth of the river once the new Mackinaw enters service. The Coast Guard says the site does not have enough room for both vessels.

Reported by: Rob Arndt




Twin Ports Report

05/25
Twin Ports boat watchers have been treated to the sight of several infrequent visitors so far this season. Among this is Canadian Mariner, which was in port Friday to unload cement at the St. Lawrence Cement Terminal.

Canadian Mariner unloading at St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth.
The ship is dwarfed by the terminal's four storage silos .
Another view.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena News

05/25
The Alpena arrived in port around 11:00 a.m. Friday to load cement at Lafarge. It left that afternoon heading for South Chicago. Waiting at anchor in the bay was the J.A.W Iglehart. It came into port after the Alpena departed.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Saginaw River Update

05/25
The Wilfred Sykes arrived at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw about 9:00 a.m. Friday after lightering during the night at Essexville. The Sykes completed unloading early in the afternoon. After turning at Sixth Street in Saginaw, the vessel tied up at the Burroughs dock below the I-75 bridge to wait for the upbound Maumee.

The Sykes is expected to head for Marquette to load for Rouge Steel.

The Maumee passed the Sykes shortly after 6 p.m. on her way up to Saginaw. Once the Maumee was clear, the Sykes continued her outbound transit.

Pictures by: Stephen Hause
Maumee upbound, approaching Saginaw.
Another view of the bow.
Sykes outbound after Maumee passes.
Sykes passing Alpena and E.M. Ford on a previous visit to Saginaw, May 18.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Hamilton Traffic

05/25
Below are images of traffic at Hamilton on Friday.

Tug Bagotville and spud barge inbound through the Burlington Canal.
Close up of tug.
Stern view of tow.
Montrealais approaching the Burlington Canal.
Stern view heading for Lake Ontario.
Painting CCGS Griffon.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Badger Gathering

05/25
The Badger Gathering began Friday night as we met and toured the classic Lake Michigan Carferry. Check back for more pictures. I am using a cell phone/Laptop connection for my updates. If the connection holds I will add pictures from the crossing tomorrow.

Badger arrives Friday night.
Stern view.
Grand Haven inner pier lighthouse.
Outer Lighthouse on a windy Friday.




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




Scrap Tows Ready to Begin

05/24
Thursday crews were onboard the Algogulf in Hamilton preparing the vessel for tow. The McKeil Marine tug Progress is expected to tow the idle bulk carrier from Hamilton to Port Colborne for her date with the scrappers on Saturday. After Progress delivers Algogulf to International Marine Salvage, she is expected to sail for Buffalo to pick up the steamer Kinsman Enterprise and tow her to Port Colborne the following day, weather permitting.

Reports also indicate the sidelined Paterson bulk carrier Comeaudoc will make the one-way trip to the IMS yard at Port Colborne sometime this summer.

Enterprise docked in Buffalo. Brian Wroblewski
Algogulf at Hamilton in December Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Wally Wallace and Roger LeLievre




Windoc Sold

05/24
Last week the new owners of the Windoc, Groupe Ocean of Quebec, registered the vessel but it is unclear what it will be used for. Group Ocean operates tug and barge shipping services on the St. Lawrence River and the Eastern Seaboard. They also operate a ship building and repair company on the St. Lawrence River.

Early in May N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. offered its three inactive vessels for sale by sealed bid. The Windoc was one of these inactive vessels. Last year it was damaged in an accident on the Welland Canal, suffering heavy damage from an onboard fire and was never repaired.

Paterson's other inactive vessels were also put up for sale. Lower Lakes Towing entered into an agreement with Paterson purchase the Comeaudoc. The vessel will have its main engine removed for possible utilization in LLT's Saginaw and then will be disposed of as scrap.

There was no update available on the fate of the Quedoc.

Reported by: Gerry Ouderkirk




Algorail Assists in Rescue on Maumee Bay

05/24
Thursday evening the Algorail was inbound Toledo when crew members spotted three people in the water near Buoys 35 & 36. The slowed and tossed three life rings to the people floating near their capsized 15-foot boat.

They also reported the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Toledo which responded immediately with their 21-foot RIB. The three people were taken aboard the Coast Guard boat and transported to the station suffering from mild hypothermia.

Reported by: Jim Byrne




Great Lakes Trader

05/24
Thursday morning the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader entered Huron, Oh. with a load of taconite. The pair backed into port and spent the morning unloading. They departed that afternoon shortly after 5:00 p.m.

Pictures by TZ
Great Lakes Trader inbound.
Another view.
Great Lakes Trader unloading.
Out bound passing the light.
Into Lake Erie.
Close up of the Joyce L.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Algosteel in Welland Canal

05/24
The Algosteel made a rare appearance in the Welland Canal Thursday heading downbound with salt for Bowmanville.

Algosteel above Lock 7.
Bow view.
Close up of forward cabins.
Unloading elevator.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Twin Ports Report

05/24
Ore docks on western Lake Superior are expecting to be busy over the holiday weekend and into the end of the month. At DMIR in Two Harbor, the boat-a-day pace includes Presque Isle, May 24; Roger Blough, May 25; Cason J. Callaway, May 27; and St. Clair and Edwin H. Gott, May 28. St. Clair has been a regular caller in Two Harbors this season.

At DMIR in Duluth, the traffic will be largely Canadian. CSL Tadoussac is due May 25, to be followed by Nanticoke, Cason J. Callaway and Halifax, May 27; Paul J. Martin, May 28; John G. Munson, May 31; and Frontenac, June 1.

Reserve arrived in Duluth on Thursday afternoon to fuel before unloading stone at the CLM dock. From there it makes a rare visit to the BNSF ore dock. Fred R. White Jr. also will arrive with stone and make a rare call to BNSF. American Mariner, another uncommon caller in the Twin Ports, is scheduled to unload stone and then proceed to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets.

Canadian Mariner arrived in Duluth Tuesday evening for St. Lawrence Cement. The Canadian Mariner has been an infrequent visitor in the past several years.

After a couple of unusual midweek lulls, Midwest Energy Terminal is expecting a busy weekend. Canadian Enterprise was due there late Thursday or early today. It's to be followed by Oglebay Norton, Canadian Transport and Columbia Star, all on May 24; Walter J. McCarthy Jr., May 25; and CSL Laurentian on May 26.

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Reported by: Al Miller and Jody Aho




Soo Traffic

05/24
Below are images of traffic at the Soo Locks and St. Marys River Thursday.

Kids watch Algolake leave MacArthur Lock.
Saltie Aurora Topaz upbound in the lower St. Marys River .
Charles M. Beeghly passes cabin of a Red Wings fan.
Greek saltie Chios Charity in the MacArthur Lock.
Dog helps guide Chios Charity into the locks.
Tug Missouri underway after assisting Chios Charity at the locks.
Oakglen enters MacArthur Lock.
Oakglen uses engines to come to a stop in the lock.
Oakglen shows off a new paint job downbound at Mission Point.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Saginaw River Update

05/24
The David Z. Norton finished lightering at the new Bay Aggregates Dock overnight and finished unloading at the Downtown Bay City Bay Aggregates. She then waited for the upbound Pathfinder/Dorothy Ann to pass before departing for the Airport Turning Basin around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder was upbound in the Saginaw River headed for a Saginaw dock to unload. She finished during the afternoon and was outbound for the lake before 5:00 p.m.

The CSL Tadoussac passed the Pump-Out Island inbound at 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning. She unloaded during the day at the Essroc Terminal before backing stern first out to Light 12 to turn and head for the lake early in the evening.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Tug Dorothy Ann/Barge Pathfinder upbound clear of Liberty Bridge. The Tall Ship Appledore is docked nearby at Wenona Park.
Close up.
Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder approaching the David Z. Norton at Bay Aggregates.
Passing.
David Z. Norton departing Bay Agg with the Pathfinder ahead passing through Lafayette Bridge.
Norton downbound clear of Lafayette Bridge. The Princess Wenona is off her stern.
Close up.
CSL Tadoussac upbound at the Front Range.
Close up.
Stern View at Consumers Energy.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Hamilton Traffic

05/24
Below are images of traffic at Hamilton on Thursday.

Blossoms alongside the Burlington Canal.
Burlington Bridge half-way up for the Hope 1.
Burlington Bridges looking into the harbor.
Burlington light at end of breakwall.
Hope 1 passing under the bridge and nearly at the harbor end of the Burlington Canal.
Another view.
Stern view heading for the harbor.
Sunset through a tree.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Seaway Traffic

05/24
The saltie Isolda passed Brockville, Ontario Thursday afternoon downbound on the St. Lawrence River.

Isolda downbound. Peter Carter
Another view. Keith Giles
Stern view. Peter Carter
Close up. Keith Giles

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




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




Nanticoke Grounds in St. Clair River

05/23
Tuesday afternoon the Nanticoke grounded in the St. Clair River off Fawn Island. The vessel was downbound when it turned due to the river closing to head upbound for the Recor Anchorage. During the turn the wind and current worked against the vessel and it grounded in the mud facing up river.

The tug Manitou arrived on scene a short time later. Wednesday evening the tug Shannon arrived and by 8:15 p.m. were working to free the vessel. At 10:30 p.m. the tugs managed to pull the Nanticoke free from the soft bottom. The tugs then helped turn the vessel and it continued downbound with no damage reported.

The Nanticoke did not blocking traffic and other vessels continue to pass at reduced speed.

Pictures by: Rick Saterstad
Manitou working the stern.
Close up of the Nanticoke.
Close up of the Manitou.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks




Threat Closes Portions of River System

05/23
Wednesday afternoon areas of the Detroit River, St. Clair River and Lower Lake Huron were closed to navigation after Canadian custom officials received a threat that a black tanker in the area was carrying a bomb.

The caller did not say whether the tanker was a ship, a truck or a train car, but officials decided the close the rivers as a precaution.

The Detroit River was closed between the Ojibway Anchorage and Belle Isle. The St. Clair River and lower Lake Huron was closed from Light 7 in lower Lake Huron to Stag Island in the upper St. Clair River.

These sections of the river system are in the area of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit and Blue Water Bridges in Port Huron.

Vessels expecting to transit the river system were sent to anchor.

The effected areas were reopened to traffic about 3:30 p.m. Six vessels in the Detroit area were stopped and accounted for by the Coast Guard. Law enforcement officials reported that the threat was determined to be unsubstantiated. The Coast Guard is familiar with all the ships on the rivers and no black tanker was identified.




Leitch on First Trip

05/23
The John D. Leitch was downbound in the Welland Canal Wednesday with its first cargo after her new refit. The vessel load coal at Ashtabula for Hamilton. Upbound in the canal was the Algocen sailing light for another load of grain.

The John D. Leitch.
Stern view.
Algocen upbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Steel Making begins in Cleveland

05/23
ISG began making steel from raw materials Wednesday. The Earl Oglebay was in town unloading stone at the Ontario dock this afternoon. She is expected to begin the ore shuttle to ISG today.

The J.A.W. Iglehart was unloading cement at the Lafarge terminal that afternoon.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Classic Steamers at Stoneport

05/23
The Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at Stoneport around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday. The Tregurtha was seen anchored at Detour for several hours Wednesday morning before heading Stoneport. It took on a cargo destined for Burns Harbor. Waiting at anchor to load after the Lee A. was the Wilfred Sykes. It will probably load early Thursday morning.

Lee A. passing Detour.
Loading at Stoneport.
Canadian Mariner upbound at Detour.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Labor Dispute puts crews on Alert

05/23
A labor dispute between the Teamsters Union and Cargill Salt in Cleveland has officals and crew members on alert. There is an injunction in place between Cargill Salt and the Teamsters to allow them to picket approximately 100 yards away from Cargill's docks.

Cargill Salt is expecting the Cuyahoga on their first ship of the year and expected to arrive today.

At Marine Saftey Office Cleveland's request, the Cleveland Police Department will increase patrols around both the N & S Bridge #1 and the Willow Street Bridge during the transit of the Cuyahoga to prevent anyone from stopping the bridges from opening or from throwing anything at the vessel.




Ranger III is Ready for Another Season

05/23
The U.S. Park Service boat, the Ranger III is ready for the summer season. It currently is running park service officials and supplies to Isle Royal in Lake Superior as they prepare for the summer tourism season.

Passenger service to Isle Royale will start after May 31. The Ranger III departs twice weekly from Houghton Michigan, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The 162 ft ship holds 128 passengers plus crew and cargo. It is the largest National Park Service vessel. An average trip to Isle Royale takes 6 hours from Houghton.

For more information on prices or reservations call (906)-482-0984.

Reported by: Bryan Thomas




Duluth - Superior News

05/23
The Twin Ports' two ore docks are loading vessels at a steady pace. The Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader made an appearance at Burlington Northern Santa Fe on Monday, followed on Tuesday by regular caller Burns Harbor. The John J. Boland, Reserve, and Fred R. White, Jr. are all scheduled to make rarer appearances there before the weekend.

DM&IR in Duluth has loaded two vessels simultaneously two days in a row. On Tuesday fleetmates H. Lee White and George A. Stinson loaded bow to bow on the west side of the dock, while the Mesabi Miner and Frontenac did the same on Wednesday.

Midwest Energy in Superior has a brief break in traffic between the departure of the Algobay Tuesday evening and the scheduled arrival of the Canadian Enterprise late Thursday night. In the local cement trade, the Alpena unloaded at the Superior Lafarge terminal Tuesday afternoon and the Duluth terminal Wednesday morning, stopping for fuel at the Murphy terminal on her way across the harbor. The venerable Canadian Mariner, rumored to be in her last season of operation, was scheduled to arrive in port late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning with a load for St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth.

Reported by: Eric Holst




Green Bay News

05/23
The Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity entered the Fox River on Tuesday evening. By Wednesday morning the barge remained tied up next to ST Crapo but the tug Jacklyn M. had departed for Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay.

On Wednesday, Maumee sailed about 3.5 miles up the Fox River to unload Coal at Georgia-Pacific. This is the farthest point up-river that the commercial freighters travel on the Fox.

In related news, the Green Bay newspapers reported that the Fox River lock restoration project is moving forward. Control of the 17-lock system has been turned over from the Corps of Engineers to the State of Wisconsin. Currently, only a few of the locks are open for navigation. This system of locks, built in the mid 19th century, allows vessels up to 150' in length to navigate from Green Bay to Lake Winnebago and beyond through the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. This river system has been used for centuries by Native Americans and early European settlers to travel by boat from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi.

Barge Integrity docked along side the Crapo.
Maumee and tug Texas.
Maumee passes the C Reiss Coal Dock.
Lewis Harriman awaits sale.

Reported by: Jeff DuMez




John B. Aird visits Green Bay

05/23
Sunday the John B Aird paid a rare visit to Green Bay with a load of salt for the C Reiss dock. The Aird arrived around 8:00 a.m. and was finished unloading at 12:30 p.m. The G tugs Texas and Indiana assisted the Aird outbound from the Reiss dock.

The Aird had to pass through three bridges before reaching the turning basin where the tugs assisted the Aird in turning. The vessel then passed through the railroad bridge and out into the Bay.

The Aird's destination was Gary, In. to load, at 6:00 p.m. that evening they were upbound off Menominee, Mi. The Aird was the second vessel to unload salt at the Reiss dock this season, the Canadian Olympic delivered the other. As the Aird departed the Captain blew a long "thank you" salute the tugs for their good work helping the Aird through the bridges.

John B Aird unloading salt.
Another view.
Close up of bow at Reiss.
Close up unloading salt.
Tugs Texas and Indiana get ready for the tow.
Stern passes through the Mason Street Bridge.
G Tug Texas lead the Aird through the Walnut Street Bridge.
A tight fit passing through the Main Street Bridge.
G tugs helping the Aird in the turning basin .
Texas brings the Aird’s bow around in the turning basin.
Passing through the railroad bridge as a pleasure craft looks on.
Aird outbound with Leo Frigo Bridge in the background.

Reported by: Scott Best




Alpena Update

05/23
The Wolverine arrived at Lafarge early Wednesday morning to unload coal. It departed mid morning. At 7:00 p.m. the Fred R. White Jr. backed into Lafarge to unload another cargo of coal.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Norton Visits Saginaw

05/23
The David Z. Norton was unloading early Wednesday evening at the new Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. Although they were frequent visitors in past seasons, Oglebay Norton boats have been a rare sight in the Saginaw River this year.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Hamilton Traffic

05/23
Below are recent images of traffic in Hamilton, Ont.

Burlington Canal looking outbound.
The Griffon at CCIW in Burlington.
Close up.
Orsula outbound Hamilton approaching the Burlington Canal.
Another view.
A tug and barge entering Hamilton.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




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




Nanticoke Grounds in St. Clair River

05/22 8:15 p.m. update
The Nanticoke grounded in the St. Clair River this afternoon off Fawn Island. The vessel was downbound when it turned to head upbound for the Recor Anchorage. During the turn the vessel grounded in the mud.

The tug Manitou arrived on scene a short time later. Wednesday evening the tug Shannon arrived and by 8:15 p.m. were working to free the vessel.

The Nanticoke is not blocking traffic and other vessels continue to pass at reduced speed.

Check back for updates.




Traffic Resumes

05/22 3:40 p.m. update
The Detroit and St. Clair Rivers were reopened to traffic about 3:30 p.m. Six vessels in the Detroit area were stopped and accounted for by the Coast Guard. Law enforcement officials reported that the threat was determined to be unsubstantiated and the rivers were reopened.

Traffic was stopped just after noon today when Canadian custom officials received a call that a black tanker in the area was carrying a bomb. The caller did not say whether the tanker was a ship, a truck or a train car, but officials decided the close the rivers as a precaution. The Coast Guard is familiar with all the ships on the rivers and no black tanker has been identified.

Original Report Wednesday afternoon areas of the Detroit River, St. Clair River and Lower Lake Huron were closed to navigation, with no estimated time for traffic to resume. Vessels expecting to transit the river system have been sent to anchor.

Local media reports that Canadian custom officials received an unspecified threat just after noon today that a black tanker in the area was carrying a bomb.

The Detroit River is closed between the Ojibway Anchorage and Belle Isle.

The St. Clair River and lower Lake Huron is closed from Light 7 in lower Lake Huron to Stag Island in the upper St. Clair River.

The sections of the river system that have been closed are in the area of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit and Blue Water Bridges in Port Huron. Last fall when traffic was stopped in these areas it was due to a potential threat against the bridges.

Check back for updates.




Algorail Visits

05/22
The Algorail paid a visit to Parry Sound on Georgian Bay Tuesday morning. The vessel unloaded a cargo of salt carried from Goderich. The vessel was expected to depart Tuesday afternoon heading to Bruce Mines to load for Toledo.

Algorail unloading.


Reported by: R. Walker




Conquest Unloads

05/22
The Southdown Conquest and Susan W. Hannah were docked and unloading cement at the Miller silos in Owen Sound Tuesday morning. Unloading completed, the tug and barge departed shortly after 7:00 p.m.

Unloading in Owen Sound.
Close up.
Departing Tuesday evening.

Reported by: T. Hawksbridge




Work in Sister Bay

05/22
The tug John R. Asher, tug Spuds and barge are working in Sister Bay, Wi. The Roen tugs are placing rip rap (large stone) at Yacht Works on the North end of Sister Bay, a project expected to take about a month.

Tug John R. Asher.
Tug Spuds tied to the barge.
Working off the break wall.

Reported by: Chris Hecht




Rouge River

05/22
The Herbert C. Jackson arrived early Sunday morning at Rouge Steel with a load of taconite. The vessel departed and headed out bound the Rouge River, reaching the Jefferson St. Bridge at 9:00 a.m. The Adam E. Cornelius was unloading across from National Gypsum. The Agawa Canyon was departing Clawson Concrete at noon.

Pictures by Michael Koprowicz
Herbert C. Jackson out bound.
Jackson passing Adam E. Cornelius.
Cornelius unloading.
Philip R. Clarke at Marblehead on Saturday.
Kaye E. Barker upbound in Rouge River at the Dix Street Bridge.
Barker entering Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Nathan Nietering




Amherstburg Traffic

05/22
Below are recent images of traffic passing in the lower Detroit River.

CCG Gull Isle passing Amherstburg.
CSL Niagara.
Tug Buckley.
Petrolia Desgagnes.
Capt. Ralph Tucker with a load for General Chemical in Amherstburg .
Adam E. Cornelius.
A picture perfect moment on the Detroit River.
Canadian Transport.
Close up.

Reported by: David Cozens




Toronto Pictures

05/22
Kenteau.
Stephen B. Roman and Metis at Essroc.
The Barney Drake.
Vast Explorer.
Esperanza IV and barge.
Great Laker at Redpath.
Hamilton Energy.
Kenneth A.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Seaway Traffic

05/22
Below are images of recent traffic passing Brockville, Ontario.

Irma.
Sea Athina.
Stern view.
Orsola.
Close up of bow.
Spring Laker.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Diamond Belle Detroit - Port Huron trip set for May 26th

05/22:
Twelfth annual voyage on the Diamond Belle will depart Detroit at 0800 and head upriver. Crossing Lake St. Clair past the St. Clair Crib light, and up the St. Clair River. Lunch is a buffet on board, and the mini ship will turn downbound about 1430 in the Lake Huron cut about buoys 5 and 6. Dinner at the St. Clair Inn is included in the ticket price and the "Belle" will stop there for just over one hour about 1600. Downbound again past old Tashmoo Park, the ship will enter the old South Channel in St. Clair Flats and past the Old Club, Idle Hour, and the Old South Channel Lights. Diamond Belle should arrive back at her dock at Stroh's River Place about 2115.

Usually lots of passing ships are seen and photographed during the thirteen hour, 124 mile cruise. Meet lots of new ship nerds and bring your camera. Tickets are $75 including a deli luncheon on board and a Buffet Dinner at the St. Clair Inn. For information please call Diamond Jacks River Tours at 313-843-9376.
Diamond Belle underway. (Mike Nicholls)




Join us on the Badger This Weekend

05/22:
There is still time to book your passage on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger for our crossing on Saturday, May 25. The Badger is the last operating carferry on the lake, at 410-feet she is steam powered and coal fired.

The crossing takes us from Ludington, MI. to Manitowoc, WI on Saturday May 25. 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 (May 24) 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 9:00 a.m. (EDT) departing Ludington, MI. After the four 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.

The cruise continues with our departure for Ludington at 2:30 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 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.

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




Leitch on Sea Trials

05/21
The newly rebuilt John D. Leitch departed Port Weller Dry Docks Monday for sea trials on Lake Ontario.

Sea trials were successful and the Leitch departed Tuesday morning heading upbound. The Leitch is headed to Ashtabula, Oh. to load coal for Hamilton, Ont.

The former Canadian Century was christened last week after spending the winter undergoing a $25-million (C) refit similar to the work on the CSL Tadoussac.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Leitch on Sea Trials

05/21
The newly rebuilt John D. Leitch departed Port Weller Dry Docks Monday for sea trials on Lake Ontario.

Sea trials were successful and the Leitch departed Tuesday morning heading upbound. The Leitch is headed to Ashtabula, Oh. to load coal for Hamilton, Ont.

The former Canadian Century was christened last week after spending the winter undergoing a $25-million (C) refit similar to the work on the CSL Tadoussac.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Taconite for former LTV

05/21
The Earl W. Oglebay is schedule to resume the shuttle run between Lorain, Oh. and the former LTV steel mill in Cleveland on Wednesday. The Earl W. will complete three shuttles to the ISG steel mill on the Cuyahoga River.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Busy day in Sarnia

05/21
Monday the Algosar and Algoeast were at the Imperial Dock with the Algonova at the North end of the North Slip. The Algolake came in to the South side of the Government Docks around 11:00a.m. and a 16 cylinder diesel engine was removed (possibly a generator engine). Also removed was the crank shaft in two pieces.

One hour after arrival the Algolake departed and headed up into Lake Huron leaving the broken motor in Sarnia for repairs. As soon as the Algolake departed the Maumee tied up on the South side of the Government Docks, backing in at around 12:30 p.m. and a large crane was pulled in to assist in some type of repairs.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




H. Lee White Unloads

05/21
The H. Lee White unloaded coal at Marquette's Shiras Steam Plant on Monday. Trucks were busy hauling out stone that had been brought in earlier. The stone is used by the mines in the making of taconite pellets. The dock at the steam plant is used to unload both coal and stone, and occasionally other items.

Unloading.
Stern view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Reserve in Huron

05/21
The Reserve visited Huron, Ohio Monday with a load of stone. The vessel departed that morning heading out to Lake Erie.

Pictures by TZ
Backing outbound.
Onto the lake with a push from the bow thruster.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Challenger Unloads

05/21
The Southdown Challenger arrived in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon with a partial load of cement. Waiting for them at the dock were four Halron Fuel Company trucks. Each truck carries 6500 gallons of heavy #6 fuel oil.

Heading up river.
Challenger unloading.
Fuel trucks along side.
Wheelsman Mike Cushman raises the red fueling flag.
1st Asst. Engineer Dave Jarvis oversees the fueling process.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Duluth Traffic

05/21
Below are images taken in Duluth Sunday.

John G. Munson arriving.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. heading outbound.
Close up.
Stern view onto the lake.
Arthur M. Anderson outbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Steve Haverty




Saginaw News

05/21
It was stop-and-go traffic on the Saginaw River Monday afternoon as three vessels called at docks along the uppermost stretch of the river.

First to arrive was the Mississagi, which secured at the GM dock in Saginaw late in the morning. Following her into the river a couple of hours later was the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder, with a split load for the Sargent dock and Saginaw Rock Products.

By mid-afternoon, the Mississagi was turning at Sixth Street for her outbound trip, the Dorothy Ann was preparing to shift docks, and the Buffalo was upbound through Bay City on her way to the Buena Vista dock along the same stretch of river.

The Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder cleared the Sargent dock and eased alongside the Wirt dock to give the Mississagi room to pass, then continued up to the Saginaw Rock. Once past the Dorothy Ann, the Mississagi pulled into the Sargent dock to allow the Buffalo to pass.

The Buffalo arrived about 6:00 p.m. and the Mississagi continued outbound. The Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder were departing Saginaw Rock at 7:45 p.m.

The tug Mark Hannah and Barge E-63 unloaded at the Dow Chemical International Dock Monday. After unloading, she waited for the downbound Mississagi to pass, then departed at 8:00 p.m. for the lake, following a few minutes behind the Mississagi.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Tug Dorothy Ann/Barge Pathfinder upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Stern view approaching Liberty Bridge.
Buffalo upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Stern view approaching Liberty Bridge .
Mississagi downbound at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River.
Stern View.
Tug Mark Hannah - Barge E63 downbound at Station Saginaw River.
Stern View.
Mark Hannah following the Mississagi out to the lake.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Welland Canal Traffic

05/21
Monday afternoon the Canadian Mariner was upbound at Glendale Bridge. Also heading up was the Panamanian registered Mackenzie (former Federal Richelieu) above Lock 7. She passed several pleasure craft and the CCGS Griffon. Traveling upbound Sunday was the Canadian Enterprise on its return trip, it is quite rare to see her in the canal. Another visitor was the Petrolia Desgagnes upbound at the Glendale Bridge.

Canadian Mariner passing under the Glendale Bridge.
Stern view.
Mackenzie heads upbound.
Close up.
Stern view.
Passing the Griffon.
Close up of the Griffon.
Stern view.
Canadian Enterprise in Lock 1.
Easing through the bridge.
Stern view heading for Lock 2.
Neah Bay stopped in the canal.
Petrolia Desgagnes upbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




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.

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

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




Lower Lakes Towing Buys Comeaudoc

05/20
Lower Lakes Towing has entered into an agreement with N.M Paterson & Sons to purchase the Comeaudoc. The vessel will have its main engine removed for possible utilization in the Saginaw and then will be disposed of as scrap. The tow from Montreal will take place in late August or early September to Port Maitland or Port Colborne, Ontario.

The Comeaudoc has been in long term lay-up in Montreal since December 1996. Early this year the vessel's owners announced the were leaving the shipping business and selling all vessel in their fleet.

The Comeaudoc was powered by a M.A.K. 6-cylinder, 4-stroke-cycle, model M-601 diesel engine capable of producing 8,162hp. This was installed over the winter of 1985-1986. The Saginaw is powered by a less efficient De Laval cross compound steam turbine engine.

Lower Lakes Towing is experienced with this type of steam to diesel conversion. During the winter of 1999-2000 the Saginaw's fleet mate Cuyahoga was converted from a steam power plant to a new Caterpillar diesel engine.

Reported by: Lower Lakes Towing




Badger Begins 2002

05/20
The Lake Michigan Carferry began service for the 2002 season on Friday. The Badger is the last operating carferry on the lake and the last coal fired vessel still operating. The carferry makes regular trips during the season between Ludington, Mi and Manitowoc, Wi.

Ready to depart Ludington.
Passing the lighthouse.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Busy weekend in Manistee

05/20
The weekend brought four ships to the Lake Michigan port of Manistee, Mi. The tug Doug McKeil and barge Ocean Hauler arrived Friday afternoon but anchored to wait for the weather to improve. The Capt. Ralph Tucker arrived at 11:00 p.m. Friday and proceeded inbound to the General Chemical dock to load calcium chloride for Amherstburg. The Tucker departed Saturday evening and met the inbound Doug McKeil in Manistee Lake.

The Earl W. Oglebay arrived at 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning with a load of coal from Conneaut for the Tondu Dock. She departed at 2:00 p.m. The Algoway arrived off of the Manistee piers at 5:00 p.m. and anchored off possibly due to wind. As of 11:00 p.m. Sunday evening she was still at anchored. The vessel is bound for the Seng dock with a load of slag from Algoma Steel in Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Twin Ports Report

05/20
After a slow week or two, the Twin Ports grain trade perked up a bit over the weekend with the arrival of Kinsman Independent and the saltie Isolda. Both vessels were loading Saturday -- Kinsman Independent at General Mills in Duluth and Isolda at AGP in Duluth.

Sunday remained busy, with Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arriving in the morning for coal. It was scheduled to be followed later by Algosoo and Nanticoke. Across the harbor, Stewart J. Cort was loading at BNSF ore dock. Up the shore, Roger Blough and Arthur M. Anderson were due at Two Harbors and Armco was scheduled for Silver Bay.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena Update

05/20
The steamer Alpena arrived into port Sunday evening to load cement at Lafarge. It was scheduled to leave around midnight. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity is expected to be in port this morning. The J.A.W Iglehart was in Muskegon on Sunday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Toledo News

05/20
The John J. Boland arrived at the CSX Docks to load coal early Sunday afternoon with a 6:00 p.m. start time. The St. Clair was at the Torco Ore Dock unloading ore. The small hopper dredge Atchafalaya was dredging the ship channel out in Maumee Bay.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Catherine Desgagnes on Monday evening, but she will need 8 hours of de ballasting first before she can load coal so most likely the loading process won't start until Tuesday morning. The H. Lee White, and Algolake on Friday. The Algosteel, Algomarine, and John J. Boland on Saturday, followed by the Charles M. Beeghly on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Armco on Tuesday evening. The H. Lee White on Friday morning, followed by the American Mariner on Monday morning May 27.

The American Republic remains in drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey and various repairs. The Buckeye, Courtney Burton, Gemini, Joseph H. Frantz, and the tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remain in layup at there respective dock sites.

The former Bob-Lo passenger vessel Ste. Claire remains at the Lakefront Docks undergoing refurbishment.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Robert S. Pierson at the Midstates Elevator loading grain.
E.J. Newberry at the C&O Coal Dock waiting for a berth at one of the grain elevators located upriver. In this picture she was recently purchased from the National Steel Fleet her former name was the Thomas E. Millsop.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

05/20
The Vast Explorer had departed sometime before Sunday morning. The Stephen B. Roman remains docked in port after unloading and may have entered a temporary lay-up.

Sunday afternoon's RCYC 150th Anniversary sail past brought out MTP 5 with dignitaries to the island clubhouse, escorted by two other police boats. Wm. Lyon Mackenzie gave them a water cannon display. QCYC and IYC also staged their sail pasts filling the harbor with small boat traffic.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Diamond Belle Detroit - Port Huron trip set for May 26th

05/20:
Twelfth annual voyage on the Diamond Belle will depart Detroit at 0800 and head upriver. Crossing Lake St. Clair past the St. Clair Crib light, and up the St. Clair River. Lunch is a buffet on board, and the mini ship will turn downbound about 1430 in the Lake Huron cut about buoys 5 and 6. Dinner at the St. Clair Inn is included in the ticket price and the "Belle" will stop there for just over one hour about 1600. Downbound again past old Tashmoo Park, the ship will enter the old South Channel in St. Clair Flats and past the Old Club, Idle Hour, and the Old South Channel Lights. Diamond Belle should arrive back at her dock at Stroh's River Place about 2115.

Usually lots of passing ships are seen and photographed during the thirteen hour, 124 mile cruise. Meet lots of new ship nerds and bring your camera. Tickets are $75 including a deli luncheon on board and a Buffet Dinner at the St. Clair Inn. For information please call Diamond Jacks River Tours at 313-843-9376.
Diamond Belle underway. (Mike Nicholls)




Join us on the Badger May 24

05/20:
There is still time to book your passage on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger for our crossing on Saturday, May 25. The Badger is the last operating carferry on the lake, at 410-feet she is steam powered and coal fired.

The crossing takes us from Ludington, MI. to Manitowoc, WI on Saturday May 25. 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 (May 24) 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 9:00 a.m. (EDT) departing Ludington, MI. After the four 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.

The cruise continues with our departure for Ludington at 2:30 p.m. (Central time).

To reserve your space on the Badger Click here

Offcial Lake Michigan Carferry web site.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum.




Weekly Updates

05/20
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More News

05/20
I ran out of time tonight and will add the rest of the news updates and pictures on Tuesday's News Page.




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




Sykes Visits, Current and Tree Delay Alpena

05/19
The Wilfred Sykes, which has become a regular visitor on the Saginaw River, unloaded Saturday afternoon at the Wirt Stone dock at Saginaw. The vessel departed the dock late in the afternoon and was outbound Saturday evening. The Sykes' departure was delayed for a couple of hours while she waited for the steamer Alpena to clear the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw.

The Alpena had arrived on Friday at the Lafarge terminal and attempted to depart on Saturday afternoon in strong currents caused by heavy rains this week in the region.

Alpena, with considerably less power than the Sykes, was unable to overcome the current in the turning basin, which is located just downstream from a narrow section of the river through downtown Saginaw.

The Alpena's efforts were further complicated by a drifting tree which wedged itself on the rudder post of the vessel. The crew was able to free the tree and tie it alongside the ship, but were forced to give up the attempt to turn.

The Alpena then backed down to secure alongside the Ford again and await better conditions or tug assistance.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes downbound below the Lafayette Bridge.
Nosing through the Veteran's Memorial Bridge.
Another View.
Stern View approaching Liberty Bridge.
Algoway downbound approaching Liberty Bridge Friday.
Close up.
Entering Liberty Bridge.
Alpena upbound approaching Veteran's Bridge.
Close up.
Stern view.

Maumee downbound through Veteran's Memorial Bridge Thursday.
Close up.
Stern View at Liberty Bridge.
Algoway upbound at Lake State Railway Bridge Thursday.
Stern view.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
Alpena approaching the E.M Ford.
Securing alongside.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Challenger in Grand Haven

05/19
After a failed attempt to enter Grand Haven Harbor due to a strong northwest wind, the Southdown Challenger passed the Grand Haven Pier head Lighthouse on her second attempt at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. The vessel headed up the Grand River to unload a cargo of cement.

Reported by: Jim Belisle




Upper Peninsula Ports

05/19
In Escanaba Saturday the tug and barge Joseph H. Thompson appeared to be in temporary lay-up. The pair are moored at the side of the ore docks where the barge spent the winter.

The Herbert C. Jackson loaded ore at Marquette's upper harbor on a cold and windy Friday. The Algosteel and Lee A. Tregurtha were scheduled to arrive on Saturday.

Joseph H. Thompson docked in Escanaba.
Another view.
Herbert C. Jackson loading on Friday.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Green Bay News

05/19
Green Bay has seen a busy three days since Thursday evening. In a rare visit, the Canadian Olympic arrived in Green Bay and passed through the Main Street Bridge at 7:15 p.m. Thursday with salt for the Reiss Dock.

The Olympic was assisted by the G-tugs Texas on the bow and tug Indiana on the stern. It is unusual to have a ULG boat visit the Lake Michigan port. Only the former Canadian Century visited last year.

As the Olympic was arriving, another Canadian visitor, the Catherine Desgagnes arrived at the mouth of the Fox with pig iron for the Fox River Docks. This was a partial load after unloading part in Burns Harbor. The Desgagnes was still in port Saturday evening.

Arriving in the harbor Tuesday and still in the channel on Saturday was USCG Mobile Bay with her ATON barge working the channel buoys.

The tug Stephen Asher and the Roen Derrick barge No. 3 continued channel dredging, moving Saturday morning from the river mouth to the East River Turning Basin.

ASC's Buffalo arrived at the river mouth from Sandusky with coal for Georgia Pacific at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. It departed the GP dock at 3:00 p.m.

John B. Aird is expected about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday from Goderich with salt--another exotic visitor.

The Petite Forte and barge St. Mary's Cement I are expected from Bowmanville, Ontario with cement about 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

Reported by: Tim Nixon




Alpena Update

05/19
The Sam Laud arrived at Lafarge to unload coal Saturday morning about 10:30 a.m. The vessel waited in Thunder Bay (off Alpena) until the Fred R. White Jr. cleared the channel and passed.

The White Jr. was headed to Port Inland instead of Stoneport. The Laud departed around 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Busy Day on the Rouge

05/19
Saturday the Philip R. Clarke was unloading anthracite coal at the Marblehead Dock. It has been less than a month and all three Great Lakes Transportation (Great Lakes Fleet) AAA ships have visited this dock unloading coal. The Anderson, Callaway and Clark) have all visited the dock.

The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were unloading a coal cargo at Clawson Concrete in the Rouge River along Jefferson Ave. The American Mariner was unloading at National Steel in the old Rouge Channel.

At 1:30 p.m. the Kaye E. Barker passed the Clarke and proceeded upriver to Rouge Steel, to unload a cargo of taconite.

Pictures by Capt. Wade Streeter
Kaye Barker at Dix Street Bridge.
Stern view approaching Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Nathan Nietering and Mike Koprowicz




Toledo News

05/19
The salt water vessel Spring Laker was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. The American Republic is in drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. The American Mariner was due in Saturday evening at the CSX Docks to load coal.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Sunday. The Catherine Desgagnes on Monday, followed by the Algosteel on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the St. Clair on Sunday, followed by the Armco on Tuesday.

The Buckeye, Courtney Burton, Gemini, Joseph H. Frantz, and the tug Mary E. Hannah and barge remain in lay-up at there respective dock sites.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Update

05/19
It was a very dark, quiet Saturday morning in Hamilton as Canadians kick off the three-day Victoria Day holiday weekend. There were no outward signs of activity on the Canadian Miner, temporarily laid up at Pier 26 and expected to sail by June 1, or on the Hamilton Energy, tied up at Provmar. Vessels expected to arrive over the holiday weekend include the Canadian Mariner, joined by salties Aurora Topaz, Rixta Oldendorff, Stolt Aspiration, Turid Knutsen, Ocean Intrepide, Lake Ontario and Mackenzie.

Canadian Miner.
Fueling vessels at Provmar.
Algogulf ready for next Saturday's tow to the scrap yard in Port Colborne.

Reported by: Craig Ritchie




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




Sykes Loads

05/18
The Wilfred Sykes tied up to the dock at Stoneport around 9:00 a.m. on Friday to load. It was anchored off Stoneport on Thursday waiting its turn after the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder. It departed before 5:00 p.m. heading for Saginaw.

The John G. Munson entered port after the Sykes left. The Fred R. White Jr. delivered coal to Lafarge Friday evening. It was expected to depart early Saturday morning and then head to Stoneport to load.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Goderich News

05/18
Goderich has been a busy harbor over the last few days, with all types of ships coming in and out.

The Canadian Olympic was seen anchored out in the lake Tuesday afternoon, and she remained there overnight. The Oakglen departed early Wednesday morning, after unloading at the grain elevators. The Canadian Olympic entered port later that morning to load at the salt mine. She left Wednesday afternoon, and headed north up Lake Huron.

The John B Aird was scheduled to arrive at 4:00 a.m. on Thursday but was delayed by repairs in Sarnia. Her exact time of arrival in Goderich is unknown, but she was spotted docked behind the mine about 9:00 a.m. Friday morning. The tugs Dover and Ian Mac were called to assist her into position and passed by boatwatchers on the pier with a cheery wave and a blast of their horns.

The John B Aird was successfully backed into place, and proceeded to load in the chilly wind until 4:00 p.m. At that time, she was requested to move forward, partially out of the channel, so the Volmeborg could get out of the harbor. The Volmeborg could have passed by the laker, but a low spot in the channel would have required some fancy maneuvering.

The harbor master directed the ships by radio from the end of the pier and all went smoothly. The Volmeborg left the harbor on her way to England with a load of soybeans.

The John B Aird backed herself up into position at the salt mine again and when loaded will depart for Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Saginaw Report

05/18
The Algoway was downbound the Saginaw River Friday morning passing Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Bay City around 9am. The Alpena was inbound later in the afternoon headed for the Lafarge Terminal. She was passing through Vet's Bridge around 1:30pm.

The Algoway had unloaded during the night at the Buena Vista and GM docks in Saginaw and departed early Friday morning. The Alpena arrived alongside the E.M. Ford at the LaFarge terminal in Saginaw at 4 p.m. Friday.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Cheboygan range light plan hits snag

05/18
Plans to convert Cheboygan's front range light into a museum and tour boat dock have stalled after a federal agency declared that the site should be split into two parcels.

Cheboygan's front range light is among many lighthouses around the country being sold off or given away by the Coast Guard. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association applied for ownership of the light.

However, the General Services Administration -- which operates federal buildings and facilities -- wants to divide the four-tenths-acre site into two parcels. The land with the light would go to the lighthouse group while the parcel with a dock and equipment shed would remain in the hands of the federal government.

The GSA says it needs to keep part of the site to ensure docking space for several research vessels used by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The lighthouse association wants to own the entire site. It's contesting the GSA's decision under a clause in the Historic Preservation Act, which bars historic sites from being divided. The front range site is not a registered historic site.

Having access to the water is critical to the lighthouse association because it's seeking a $238,700 grant through the Clean Michigan Initiative. To qualify, the site must have "significant access" to waterfront.

Reported by: Al Miller




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




Fire on the Halifax, Damage Minor

05/17
The Halifax suffered an onboard fire Wednesday while upbound on Lake Erie. The fire was started at the exhaust header pipe. Reports state that lubricating oil had saturated lagging (insulation) on the exhaust header and caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and damage was reported to be minor.

Reported by: Captain Erik D. Wood




Transport Departs

05/17
The Canadian transport departed her temporary lay-up berth in Toronto on Thursday. The vessel was laid up due to engine problems associated with the engine room fire she suffered last year. She returned to service with both engines back in full working order, unlike last fall sailing with one engine.

Reported by: Bill Bird




Illinois divers make take over straits ferry project

05/17
A group of Illinois scuba divers plans to take over a project to sink a former Straits of Mackinac car ferry as a recreational dive attraction.

Members of Neptune’s Nimrods Dive Club had been trying to make arrangements to sink the ferry, which once carried automobiles across the straits. However, the sale of the Kewaunee harbor - where the vessel is moored - sent the group looking for another home for the ship and for other clubs to finish the project.

Todd Maurina, who has worked on the project with Neptune’s Nimrods, said the group couldn't find a new dock for the ferry, so the Tim Early Foundation in Illinois will take over the project.

Maurina said the club will now assist the foundation to make sure the project becomes a reality. It has until June 1 to move the vessel, he said.

Dave Wetherald, president of the foundation, said he is in the process of getting the permits and making arrangements to move the ferry to Chicago.

Maurina said the ferry has been cleaned of much of its hazardous material for transport, but some additional asbestos abatement will need to be done before it is towed.

Reported by: Al Miller




Quebec City Harbor prepares for a busy 2002 cruise ship season

05/17
The Quebec Port Authority is anticipating a busy season commencing on June 1 with the arrival of the Holland America Rotterdam. During the next five months, cruise ships from 18 different shipping lines will make 74 calls carrying a total of 70,000 passengers, an impressive increase over the 48,000 visiting last year. The cruise ship industry generates a $10 million in business for the city.

Four new cruise lines will be paying their first visit to the city namely Carnival, Celebrity Heritage Cruise Line and ResidenSea. The latter offering a new concept of condo/passenger ship with the newly build 40,000 tons The World of Residensea at a cost of $500 million.

The 90,000 tons Liberian flag Brilliance of the Sea an impressive newcomer will dock on four occasions, along with the 84,000 ton Norwegian flag Carnival Legend and the legendary Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2.

The Quebec Harbor will also open a new passenger terminal facility built at the Pointe -à- Carcy (sections 21-22 ) at a cost of $20 million dollars (C). The two story complex will facilitate the arrival and departure of passengers by offering baggage storage facilities, elevators and escalators, Immigration and Customs services along with elegant cafés.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Twin Port Report

05/17
The ore trade remains steady at the DMIR dock in Two Harbors, with its usual pace of about a boat a day. The lineup includes Edwin H. Gott, May 16; Edgar B. and Presque Isle, May 17; Joe Block, May 18; Roger Blough and Arthur M. Anderson, May 19; and John G. Munson, May 20.

The Charles M. Beeghly loaded at the DMIR dock in Duluth May 15. The Beeghly was under the gravity chutes and left port in late afternoon. The rest of the lineup includes Joe Block, unloading stone on May 17, Arthur M. Anderson, unloading stone May 19, Nanticoke on May 19, and Philip R. Clarke on May 21.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena Update

05/17
The J.A.W Iglehart arrived in port about 4:00 p.m. Thursday. It loaded a cargo of cement for South Chicago. The Alpena was also due into Lafarge late Thursday evening to load.

The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible and the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder loaded at Stoneport on Thursday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Amherstburg Report

05/17
The Captain Ralph Tucker arrived Wednesday night with a load of liquid calcium chloride for General Chemical. Unloading was nearing completion Tuesday morning and she was expected to depart before noon.

That evening the Columbia Star was upbound, sailing unloaded.

Capt. Ralph Tucker unloading at Allied Chemical last week.

Reported by: David Cozens




Welland Canal Traffic

05/17
Thursday afternoon the barge Norman McLeod and tug Salvor, Saginaw and saltie Pytheas were all downbound while the Federal Agno was sailing upbound. The newly christened John D. Leitch was at fitout berth.

Pictures by Alex Howard
Norman McLeod and tug Salvor.
Saginaw downbound.
Close up.
Passing the Federal Agno.
Federal Agno downbound.
Close up.
Stern view.
Pytheas downbound.
Stern view.
John D. Leitch at Port Weller Dry Docks.

Pictures by T. Parker
Saginaw downbound at Lock 7.
Gull Isle upbound.
Barrett Smith raises the Lower Lake Towing flag at his house above Lock 7.

Reported by: Alex Howard and T. Parker




Toronto Harbor Update

05/17
The former Canadian research vessel Vast Explorer was at Pier 28 Wednesday. The vessel is now registered in Boston, Ma.

Reported by: Gerry O.




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




Welcome John D. Leitch

05/16
The former Canadian Century was christened John D. Leitch on Wednesday at Port Weller Dry Docks.

The vessel entered Port Weller Dry Docks last December for the mid-life refit. The $25-million (C) refit was similar to the work that the shipyard completed on the CSL Tadoussac the previous winter.

The vessel may be ready to sail as soon as this Sunday.

The Canadian Progress remains in dry dock at Port Weller.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Lorain Pellet Terminal moving to Cleveland

05/16
City and business officials announced Tuesday that the Lorain Pellet Terminal will be moved to Cleveland, clearing a 20-acre waterfront site for development with condominiums, offices, shops, restaurants, parks and a marina.
Under the terms of the $3 million agreement:
-- Lorain will use state and federal grants to purchase the land occupied by the pellet terminal from International Steel Group, which recently purchased the assets of bankrupt LTV Steel.

-- The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will dismantle, ship and reassemble the terminal's loading system at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the west end of Whiskey Island. The $2.5 million cost will be paid using money from a tax renewal for the port approved by Cleveland voters May 7.

-- Oglebay Norton Co. will operate the reassembled terminal and deliver taconite pellets to ISG's former LTV steel mill on Cleveland's Cuyahoga River. The new terminal will have a workforce that is smaller than the current terminal's 20 employees, the company said.

-- By selling the Lorain Pellet Terminal, ISG will gain much-needed cash and save about $1 million a year in shipping costs, said Rodney Mott, president and chief executive officer.

Cleveland Port Director Gary Failor said a contractor could start disassembling the Lorain terminal's equipment as early as July. He hopes to have the new terminal ready by February. While the loader in Lorain is built to handle only iron ore, when reassembled in Cleveland it will be fitted to also accommodate stone, salt and other ore products, giving the port the opportunity to attract additional business, he said.

City officials and residents of Lorain have long considered the Lorain Pellet Terminal to be a dirty nuisance that occupied prime real estate but contributed few jobs to the local economy. Its removal clears the way for major redevelopment that officials say will markedly improve the city's waterfront.

The terminal handles taconite pellets brought in by Great Lakes freighters for use at the former LTV Steel mill in Cleveland. The transshipment site was needed because the biggest lakers could not navigate the tight turns of the Cuyahoga. Instead, they unloaded at the terminal, where smaller boats then reloaded the pellets to carry them to the mill. The terminal was built in Lorain about 20 years ago because Cleveland's major at the time did not want the loading gear and ore piles to clutter his city's waterfront.

Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell said the deal provides a boost to her city's port while giving Lorain its lakefront back. Cleveland also wants its residents to enjoy the lakefront, but "Cleveland has a large working port. Lorain does not," Campbell said.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Kent Gurney




Sykes Visits Rouge

05/16
The Wilfred Sykes made an uneventful second trip up the rouge River on Wednesday morning. She entered the Rouge Short Cut Canal downbound at 7:00 a.m. She arrived at Rouge Steel at 9:00 a.m.

The vessel departed that afternoon proceeding upbound for Stoneport to load for the Saginaw River.

Sykes inbound Wednesday morning. Capt. Wade P. Streeter
Close up. Capt. Wade P. Streeter
Forward cabins. Capt. Wade P. Streeter
Stern view. Capt. Wade P. Streeter

Outbound passage Wednesday Afternoon
Backing from Rouge Steel. Mike Birrell
Through the Dix Street Bridge. Mike Birrell
Approaching the Fort Street Bridge. Mike Birrell
Stern view. Mike Birrell
Passing the Gaelic Tug Dock.Capt. Wade P. Streeter
At the Jefferson Street Bridge. Capt. Wade P. Streeter
Red Wings flag flies from the mast. Capt. Wade P. Streeter
Upbound on the Detroit River off the Westcott Co. Dock. Capt. Wade P. Streeter
J.W. Westcott II returns to station. Capt. Wade P. Streeter

Reported by: Capt. Wade P. Streeter and Mike Birrell




Vast Explorer Downbound

05/16
Departing Lock 1 in the Welland Canal Wednesday morning was the Vast Explorer. The former Guardian II, a Canadian research vessel, sat idle at Wheatley, Ont. for about five years. Her new owners are unknown but the vessel is flying an American flag of registry.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Oakglen in Owen Sound

05/16:
The Oakglen was in Owen Sound Wednesday at the grain elevator.

Oakglen loading.
Bow view.
Close up of chute.

Reported by: David Shearman




Thunder Bay News

05/16
The Mapleglen arrived in Port on Tuesday and went into temporary lay-up at Shed Number 2 at Keefer Terminals. It is unknown at this time just how long she will be laid up.

The new saltie Victoriaborg paid a short visit to port on Wednesday. She tied up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a just before 8:00 a.m. to take on a little more than 5,000 mt of cargo. She arrived here from Duluth where she had loaded the bulk of her cargo. By 3:00 p.m. she was backing out of the slip and heading down the lake.

Tuesday morning brought another sign of spring as four fish tugs were relaunched at the Current River landing. At 10:30 a.m. the first tug, W.J. McKay was lifted and swung over the slip where she was lowered down into the water. She was then moved over in the slip to make room for the next tug Melissa. The Melissa was also set into the slip without any problems. The crane then moved over and lifted the last two tugs, Marilyn Grace and Rosaline, into the next slip. All the tugs should be out fishing in the next week or so.

Wednesday afternoon the Pineglen finished up at Richardson Elevator and exited through the North Breakwall Entrance where she set course for Thunder Cape where she will turn downbound and head for her next turn at Passage Island where she will set course for the Soo Locks.

The tug Radium Yellowknife and lumber barges made a quick turn around and set course for Superior, Wisconsin again. She departed late Wednesday afternoon after arriving back her just yesterday morning. They are trying to get in as many loads of softwood lumber before May 20 when the new Softwood Lumber Duty is imposed.

The saltie Chois Charity is currently anchored outside the breakwall and the Quebecois is loading grain at United Grain Growers "a" Elevator.

Other traffic in Port consisted of the Gordon C. Leitch, making her second trip here this season, the Oakglen, Algoport, Jean Parisien, Algocape and Sarah Spencer/Jane Ann IV.

Oakglen leaving Thunder Bay with a full load .
Marinette exiting the inner Harbor .
Algoport loading at Thunder Bay Terminals .
Jean Parisien loading at Thunder Bay Terminals .
Old Coast Guard boat Westfort.
New Coast Guard boat Cape Lambton.
W.J. McKay being lifted from her winter berth on shore.
W.J. McKay moved over the water.
Melissa being lifted.
Melissa placed beside McKay.
Algocape loading at Sask Pool 7a.
Gordon C. Leitch loading at UGG"a" Elevator.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Burns Harbor Update

05/16:
Wednesday morning the Catherine Desgagnes was in the Burns Harbor - Portage, Indiana. Her load of pig iron was being unloaded by two crawler cranes and piled on the ground. Other than a few of barges being loaded with steel, there was no other activity in the port.

Unloading.
Close up from the dock.

Reported by: Kent Armstrong




Saginaw Report

05/16
The Joseph H. Thompson arrived early Wednesday morning at the Valley Asphalt Dock in Saginaw. The visit was her first to a dock at the upper end of the river since the 1998 season. The Thompson had finished unloading by mid-morning and was outbound at noon after turning at Sixth Street.

The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder arrived Wednesday morning at the new Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. After waiting in Bay City for the outbound Thompson to clear on Wednesday afternoon, the Dorothy Ann continued up to the Buena Vista dock in Saginaw to finish unloading. This is the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder's first trip into the Saginaw River this season. The pair departed the GM dock in Saginaw at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at was outbound after turning at Sixth Street

The Maumee was inbound on Wednesday evening as the Pathfinder was departing.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
In Essexville at dusk Tuesday.
Unloading at Valley Asphalt Wednesday morning.
Nosing into the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw.
Outbound from Saginaw.
Stern view of tug Joseph H. Thompson Jr.
Joseph H. Thompson on St. Clair River, November 1975.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Rouge River Traffic

05/16
Below are images of traffic on the Rouge River in Detroit Wednesday.

Barge A397 & tug Karen Andrie at the Marathon Dock in the Rouge River.
Wilfred Sykes upbound the Rouge River at the Fort Street Bridge.
Close up of stack.
Stern view.
Roger Stahl & Patricia Hoey at the Gaelic Dock.
Acushnet at the Gaelic Dock.
Shannon at the Gaelic Dock.
Diamond Jack.
Patricia Hoey.
Roger Stahl.
Wilfred Sykes downbound Rouge River at the Gaelic Dock.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

05/16
The Atlantic Huron was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The James A. Hannah with her barge and the Mary E. Hannah and her barge were at the Lafarge Dock, they were expected to move to different dock sites later that day.

The Federal Rideau and Utviken were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The crane barge Simonsen and tug Cheraw were working on pilings at the pump out station on Maumee Bay north of the Torco Docks. The small hopper dredge Atchafalaya was dredging the ship channel in Maumee Bay from around Light 30 to the Harbor Light.

There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosoo on Thursday. The American Mariner and John J. Boland on Saturday. The Algowood on Sunday, followed by the Catherine Desgagnes on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday. The St. Clair on Sunday, followed by the Armco on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Diamond Belle Detroit - Port Huron trip set for May 26th

05/16:
Twelfth annual voyage on the Diamond Belle will depart Detroit at 0800 and head upriver. Crossing Lake St. Clair past the St. Clair Crib light, and up the St. Clair River. Lunch is a buffet on board, and the mini ship will turn downbound about 1430 in the Lake Huron cut about buoys 5 and 6. Dinner at the St. Clair Inn is included in the ticket price and the "Belle" will stop there for just over one hour about 1600. Downbound again past old Tashmoo Park, the ship will enter the old South Channel in St. Clair Flats and past the Old Club, Idle Hour, and the Old South Channel Lights. Diamond Belle should arrive back at her dock at Stroh's River Place about 2115.

Usually lots of passing ships are seen and photographed during the thirteen hour, 124 mile cruise. Meet lots of new ship nerds and bring your camera. Tickets are $75 including a deli luncheon on board and a Buffet Dinner at the St. Clair Inn. For information please call Diamond Jacks River Tours at 313-843-9376.
Diamond Belle underway. (Mike Nicholls)




Join us on the Badger May 24

05/16:
There is still time to book your passage on the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger for our crossing on Saturday, May 25. 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 May 25. 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 9:00 a.m. (EDT) 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.

The cruise continues with our departure for Ludington at 2:30 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 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




Scrap Tows Ready to Begin

05/15
The McKeil Marine tug Progress is expected to tow the idle Algoma Central bulk carrier Algogulf from Hamilton to Port Colborne for her date with the scrappers on May 25. After Progress delivers Algogulf to International Marine Salvage, she is expected to sail for Buffalo to pick up the steamer Kinsman Enterprise and tow her to Port Colborne the following day, weather permitting.

Reports also indicate the sidelined Paterson bulk carrier Comeaudoc will make the one-way trip to the IMS yard at Port Colborne sometime this summer.

Pictures of the Kinsman Enterprise by Brian Wroblewski
Enterprise heading outbound with a tug.
Turning in the harbor.
Under tow.
Unloading at night.
Docked.
Under tow.
Stair way.
Fire place.
Desk in chart room.
Chain Locker.
Looking aft from the top of the pilot house.
Main deck looking aft.
Steam winch.
View atop the after cabins, emergency steering in foreground.
Looking forward from the stern.
Looking forward from the main deck.
Enterprise and Independent in lay-up.
Paper work from the past.
Algogulf at Hamilton in December Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




First Cargo arrives for Cleveland new steel mill

05/15
The McKee Sons arrived in Cleveland at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday transporting cargo to the old LTV steel mill for the first time since it closed last year. The as of yet unnamed mill received a cargo believed to be coal or coke.

The McKee Sons unloaded at the LTV middle dock which has been empty of any material for over 6 months. The mill is currently finishing steel made before LTV shut down and expects to resume steel making in June. They do have a stock of taconite and limestone left over from the previous owners but not a large amount.

McKee Sons upbound.
Close up.
Close up of the stern and tug Invincible.
Tug California.
Working the bow.
Unloading at the former LTV.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Cleveland, Lorain expected to announce pellet terminal deal

05/15
The site of the Lorain Pellet Terminal will likely be sold to the city and the pellet transshipment facility moved to Cleveland, according to newspaper reports.

Lorain officials are expected to announce soon that they have secured the terminal's 3-acre site from International Steel Group. Meanwhile, Cleveland officials were expected to announce Tuesday afternoon a deal to move the terminal to the Cleveland Bulk Terminal, west of Whiskey Island Marina.

The pellet terminal was built on the mouth of the Black River in 1980 to handle the 1,000-footers that couldn't navigate the Cuyahoga River to reach the LTV mill in Cleveland. The terminal could accommodate more than 60,000 tons of ore and store it until smaller boats could load the pellets and take them up the Cuyahoga.

All parties involved in the deal seem pleased. ISG would reportedly save $1 million a year by moving the terminal closer to its Cleveland mill. Cleveland officials say the move will strengthen the city's standing as a world-class port. Lorain would secure ownership of a large piece of prime waterfront, presumably for some sort of redevelopment.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Isolda in Marinette

05/15
Sunday afternoon the Isolda arrived in Marinette to unload a cargo of pig iron. The Isolda was guided into port by the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick in a strong Northeast wind and rain. The Isolda is docked along the William H Donner where the Donner’s cranes are unloading the pig iron. As of Tuesday morning, 8,400 tons of the 20 thousand tons had been unloaded. The Isolda is expected to depart in the next day or two sailing for Duluth to load a cargo of grain.

Isolda arrives in the Menominee River.
Selvick Tugs pin the Isolda along the Donner.
Docked along the Donner.
Isloda being unloaded in Marinette.
Dock view of Isolda along the Donner.
Wide view.
Erika Kobasic and Jimmy L (behind Kobasic) at K&K dock in Menominee MI Monday evening.

Reported by: Scott Best




St. Lawrence River & Seaway News

05/15
Mantadoc which was renamed Teakglen during the second week of April in Montreal is still boarded up with no indication she will go in service soon.

Ships renamed: On April 25 or 26, the Bahamas-flag Panther Max laid in Montreal since Nov. 13, 2001 was renamed Cherokee and she sailed for New York on April 30. Before going into lay up in Nov., she had been on charter to Canada Maritime for a few months under the name Canmar Supreme.

The Maltese-flag ferry City Of Cork arrived at Grindstone, Magdalen Islands on May 4 on her delivery trip from Greece following her purchase by Groupe CTMA. Beginning on June 4, she will be used as a cruise ship between the Islands and Montreal with calls at Matane and Quebec City under the name Le Vacancier following her transfer to the Canadian flag. Her first departure from Montreal will be on June 7 and this writer will be part of the first eastbound trip, the segment between Montreal and Matane. Click here for details

According to André Guévremont the tanker Al Joul was sold to Dubai owners Navstar Shipping last month and renamed Navstar 3. She was originally Ludger Simard built at Sorel in 1970. André reported also that being offered for sale by the Crown Corporation are the navy ship Provider and the coast guard ship 2001-06 ex Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Both had been built by Davie Shipbuilding at Lauzon.

Ferry under tow: On April 18, the ferry Dalmig purchased by McKeil Work Boats Ltd. last year arrived under tow of the tug Progress from Dalhousie, N.B. where she had been laid up since a few years. Eventually, she is to be towed up the Seaway for Hamilton and will be offered for sale.

Salties sold for demolition:
The following vessels, all visitors to Great Lakes ports under at least one name were sold last year to be broken up according to the March edition of "Marine News" published by the World Ship Society. In brackets next to the name of the vessel is the year the ship transited the St. Lawrence Seaway for the first time bound for the Lakes.

Delivered at Alang, India on Dec 14 to be broken up was the bulker Brazil. She plied the Seaway/Great Lakes first as Kiyo (1976), then Atlantic Seamen (1985) and Johanna K. (1988).
Reported sold in Nov. to Cuban ship breakers was the general cargo ship Cajio. She transited the Seaway as Sandino (1978) and Cajio (1992)
The Chemical Exporter was delivered at Alang on Dec.15. In the Seaway as Delchim Dauphine ((1975).
Arriving at Alang on Dec. 6 was the general cargo ship Ibn Khallikan. In the Seaway as Trident Dawn (1989).
Arr. Alang on Dec.29 was the bulker Iran Nasr. In the Seaway as Asia Flamingo (1971).
Arr. Alang on Dec.5 was another bulker, the Mitsa (1997).
The gen. cargo Oriental Princess arr. Alang on Dec. 1. In the Seaway as Valeria Barsova (1994). Spelling of her name is also sometimes reported as Valeriya Barsova.
State Of Manipur (1989) was delivered at Alang on Dec.13.
The bulker Yu, ex Buyuk Ana arr. Alang on Dec. 8. In the Seaway as Cunard Calamanda (1978).
Arr. also at Alang but early this year (2002) was the bulker Ya Latif (1994) on Jan. 3rd. She also visited Great Lakes ports as Gemini Trader (1978).

While on passage from Dubai to Durban in ballast on Jan.20 the bulk carrier Cacao suffered an explosion on her starboard side, fire broke up and she was abandoned by her crew. The fire was extinguished on Jan.24 and she was taken in tow for Dubai by the Russian tug Shuya. She had traded on the Lakes as El Commodore (1983)

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Twin Ports Report

05/15
Midwest Energy Terminal loaded Indiana Harbor on Tuesday before embarking on an uncharacteristic slow spell. The dock, which in recent years has seen vessels on a nearly daily basis, isn't scheduled to load another boat until Saturday, when Paul R. Tregurtha, Oglebay Norton and Algowood are due. On Sunday, H. Lee White is set to make an unusual appearance along with Columbia Star and Walter J. McCarthy Jr.

Elsewhere in the Twin Ports on Tuesday, Spar Opal was loading grain at Cenex Harvest States and Victoriaborg was under the spout at General Mills in Duluth. CSL Tadoussac was unloading salt at Hallett Dock 5 and Charles M. Beeghly was due in late with stone.

Up the shore, Reserve was scheduled to call at Silver Bay. Also scheduled to make rare visits to that port were Nanticoke and American Mariner.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

05/15
The Armco loaded taconite pellets at Marquette's ore dock Tuesday. The Lee A. Tregurtha and Algosteel are expected in on Wednesday.

Armco heads for the lake.
Armco outbound past the light.
Good advice on a stormy day.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Return Visitors for Saginaw

05/15
The Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader and the Joseph H. Thompson paid return visits to the Saginaw River on Wednesday.

The Great Lakes Trader arrived in the morning and made deliveries to the Sargent dock and to Saginaw Rock Products. She departed the dock about 8:45 p.m. and was outbound during the evening.

The Trader is the most frequent visitor to the Saginaw River so far this season with five trips recorded.

The Thompson was unloading at Essexville early in the evening and was to continue up the river to Saginaw after arrangements were made to meet the outbound Great Lakes Trader. Although she has seldom visited Saginaw in past seasons, this was the Thompson's second trip into the river within the past four days.

Picture by: Stephen Hause
Great Lakes Trader at Saginaw Rock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

05/15
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River last week.

Tug Salvor.
Stern view.
Tug Salvor & barge Norman Mc Leod upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Tug Wyoming.
Tug Pennsylvania.
American Mariner at the Rouge Short-cut Canal.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

05/15
The saltwater vessels Federal Rideau and Utviken were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Cheraw and crane barge Simonsen have departed the drydock at the Shipyard on Monday and are now out working in the area. The tugs James A. Hannah and barge were tied up at the Lafarge Dock, while the Mary E. Hannah and her barge were tied up at the Hocking Valley Dock, they were moving to different dock late Tuesday morning.

There are no other active vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosoo and Canadian Enterprise on Thursday. The American Mariner and John J. Boland on Saturday, followed by the Catherine Desgagnes on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday, followed by the St. Clair on Sunday.

The Buckeye, Courtney Burton, Gemini, and Joseph H. Frantz remain in lay-up at there respective dock sites.

The former Bob-Lo passenger vessel Ste. Claire at the Lakefront Docks has repair crews still working onboard restoring the vessel.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Kinsman Voyager in her final layup at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area, several weeks later she was towed out on her final voyage to the scrap yard.
W.W. Holloway which just arrived at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area for her final layup, she would sit here for several years before being sold off for scrap.
Pictures taken Tuesday by TZ
Utviken unloading.
Federal Rideau.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Buffalo Update

05/15
The Herbert C. Jackson departed Buffalo Tuesday afternoon assisted by tugs. This was expected to be the last trip carrying grain into port for the vessel until sometime in June.

The tugs left the Jackson at Light House Point and then headed back up the river to move the USS Little Rock. The tugs tried three different towing arrangements to move her but by mid afternoon the museum ship was still stuck in the muck. With both tugs pulling at full power the ship had only moved about a foot from the face of the dock after a half hour of work.

They were attempting to move her for the first time in about 25 years .

The Kinsman Independent was unloading at General Mills about the same time.

The Navy ship USS Sphinks ARL-24 may be heading for Dunkirk soon. The 328-foot former tank landing ship (LST) is being sought by the Veteran's Park Museum as a historic display. The project now depends on Senate approval since it has already made it through the House under the Defense Authorization Act. She was converted from her original role to that of a Repair Ship but she still retains a similar layout to her earlier configuration as an LST.

The 100-foot, 3 masted schooner Challenge will be part of Fleet Waterfest at the Erie Basin in Buffalo from Aug. 3-4th. She will join the fireboat Edward M Cotter and the research vessel Aquarius for free public Tours at the Buffalo River Visiting Ship's Dock. There will also be food, vendors, and games/prizes for the kids. Miss Buffalo Vessels will run ferry service to the Coast Guard Base for Buffalo Main Lighthouse tours as well.

Naval Park.
At their current dock.
Work on the new basin with the ships in the background.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Seaway Traffic

05/15
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Monday and Tuesday.

James Norris passes through the rain on Monday.
Peonia follows.
Odra passing on Tuesday.
Stern view.

Reported by: Peter Carter




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, first of the AAA class of vessel, 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




Leitch Moved at Port Weller

05/14
The John D. Leitch was moved from Port Weller Dry Docks on Monday. The vessel took up position at the fitout wall.

A private ceremony will be held later this week as the vessel is christened and re-named at the dry docks.

The former Canadian Century entered Port Weller Dry Docks last December for the mid-life refit. The $25-million (C) refit was similar to the work that the shipyard completed on the CSL Tadoussac the previous winter.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Algoway Visits Saginaw

05/14
The Algoway entered the Saginaw River about 10:00 a.m. Monday with a split load for the Buena Vista and General Motors docks at Saginaw.

The vessel arrived at the Buena Vista dock about 2:00 p.m. and moved up to the GM dock several hours later. After unloading there, the Algoway turned at Sixth Street in Saginaw and was outbound at 10:00 p.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Tregurtha Loads

05/14
On Monday the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived in Escanaba to load ore. The Tregurtha's visit was a welcome sight to area boatwatchers as the harbor has gotten off to a slow start this season.

Tregurtha loading

Reported by: Sandy & Eric Chapman




More on the Hickory Launch

05/14
The Manitowoc Company successfully launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, the twelfth ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc's Marinette Marine subsidiary. This 225-foot Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998.

"This launch marks another milestone event for both the U.S. Coast Guard and Manitowoc Marine Group," said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc's president and chief executive officer. "The Hickory is the latest in a new fleet of technically advanced and highly capable buoy tenders sailing today. We expect the Hickory and her sister cutters, also built by Marinette Marine, to serve the Coast Guard's needs for decades to come."

The launch ceremony, which took place on May 11, featured U.S. Representative Don Young (R-AK) as the keynote speaker; his wife, Lula Young, the sponsor of the ship, performed the traditional christening ceremony. Admiral James M. Loy, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, also attended the launch.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory will operate from Homer, Alaska, under the command of LCDR Charles Cashin. It will have a complement of six officers and 34 enlisted personnel. Hickory and her sister cutters now operating in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are equipped to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response, and domestic icebreaking missions, as well as servicing aids to navigation.

The Hickory is named after two previous earlier Coast Guard cutters. The first, Old Hickory, served the United States from 1852 through 1924, was stationed on Shovelful Shoal in Massachusetts. The second Hickory, commissioned in 1933, served her entire career in the 3rd Light House District in Staten Island, NY. She was decommissioned in 1967 after 34 years of dedicated service.

In addition to its buoy tender construction program for the U.S. Coast Guard, Marinette Marine is constructing three 310-foot passenger ferries for the City of New York and two 127-foot oceangoing tugs for a commercial customer. In October 2001, the company was awarded an $82.4 million contract to build a new Great Lakes icebreaker that will replace the USCGC Mackinaw.

Reported by: Dave Borzo




Busy Weekend for Goderich

05/14
The Agawa Canyon was scheduled to load at the salt mine Friday evening but appears to have been delayed by the high winds on the lake. She arrived sometime during the night, loaded with salt, and left about 10:00 a.m. Saturday, heading for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Ferrysburg, Michigan.

The CSL Tadoussac arrived at approximately noon on Saturday. She loaded salt all day in the pouring rain, and left sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Another Wagenborg ship, the Volmeborg, was seen at the grain terminals on Sunday afternoon, and she continued loading on Monday.

Goderich residents were treated to a full harbor Monday morning. The Oakglen, on her first visit of the year, was docked at the grain terminals and appeared to be unloading. The Canadian Transfer was at the salt mine dock loading.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Charlevoix and Beaver Island Traffic

05/14

Southdown Challenger in Charlevoix slip.
Another view.
Ariel view of Charlevoix
Emerald Isle through the waves
Emerald Isle Pilothouse
Emerald Isle's bulbous bow with thruster in action
Charlevoix Lighthouse
Pine River from Emerald Isle
Port Gangway
Port side looking forward

Reported by: Sean Whelan




Toledo News

05/14
The saltwater vessel Federal Rideau was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Salvor and barge Norman McLeod was at the Sun Dock. The tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen remains in the large drydock at the shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

The American Republic, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, Gemini, Joseph H. Frantz, and tug Mary E. Hannah/barge remain in layup at there respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosoo and Canadian Enterprise on Thursday, followed by the American Mariner, and John J. Boland on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Reserve on Thursday, and the St. Clair on Friday.

The salt water vessel Utviken is due at the T.W.I. Docks soon to unload cargo. The dredge Atchafalaya will be dredging the ship channel in Maumee Bay for the next few weeks weather permitting.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Last Trip for the Love Boat

05/14
Some cabins still available for the farewell cruise on the Pacific Princess, the "Loveboat's" final 7-day Bermuda cruise, round trip New York-Bermuda is departing on October 20th. Originally the Sea Venture, built in Germany and entered service in 1971, this ship will bring back memories as the star of the "Love Boat" television show.

Space is available on her last Bermuda cruise before a one-way cruise to Europe followed by retirement from the fleet. You will see Bermuda in an experience you won't find any other way; Pacific Princess docks overnight at all three ports: St. George's, Hamilton, and the Royal Naval Dockyard. Visit the Bermuda Maritime Museum, enjoy colorful Front Street, sample local delicacies, savor the sights, sounds and beauty of an incredible archipelago.

This British Registry ship has graceful lines, good open deck space, and its famous 2-deck high lobby. Space is limited. Outside cabins, double occupancy, start at $699.00 per person, cruise only, including port charges, plus $96.75 government fees, and are subject to availability at time of booking. Transfers, airfare and cancellation waiver available at additional cost; deposit is $350.00 per person. To reserve your cabin or obtain more information, contact Katy Lamb at Cruise Adventures: 800-955-5769. Mention "Boatnerd" to Katy and receive a shipboard credit on the Pacific Princess.

Pacific Princess enters the harbor at St. Thomas at the height of her Love Boat fame in 1988.

Reported by: Bill Hoey




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 fleet mates 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




First Trip for McCleary's Spirit

05/13
Saturday the tug William J. Moore and bright orange barge McCleary's Spirit departed Hamilton on their first trip together. The tug and barge were part of a $15-million project that will have the pair carrying petroleum products on the Seaway.

The name sake of the barge is Bill McCleary Jr. who has been battling cancer and owns Industrial Docks and Supplies in Thorold with his family. The courage he has shown in fighting cancer inspired the vessel's owners, McKeil Marine, to name the barge in his honor. The tug was named after a long time McKeil employee, William J. Moore.

The barge will transport fuel for Air Canada from Quebec City to tanks in Hamilton.

The McCleary's Spirit is a former floating fish factory that was in used in Europe. Last fall crews at Port Weller Dry Docks removed the super structure and converted the barge to a double hull tanker.

The tug William J. Moore is the former Alice A refitted in Hamilton with a new pilot house and Bludworth Pushing System to mate the tug to the barge.

Departing Saturday
Another view
Close up
Tug was fitted with the raised pilot house.
Close up of the notch.
Stern view.
The bright orange barge at Port Weller Dry Docks last winter Jeff Thoreson
Departing Port Weller in late December. Alex Howard
Close up. Alex Howard
Stern view as they prepare to head for Hamilton

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Patricia Burgon




John D. Leitch Prepared to Move

05/13
The newly named John D. Leitch appears to be ready to be pulled from drydock as her refit appears to be complete. The new name has been painted on the bow and stern, and two tugs have arrived to assist the James E. McGrath.

A private ceremony will be held later this week as the vessel is christened and re-named at the dry docks.

The former Canadian Century entered Port Weller Dry Docks last December for the mid-life refit. The $25-million (C) refit was similar to the work that the shipyard completed on the CSL Tadoussac the previous winter.

The bow and stern sections remained intact, along with most of the main deck. The cargo hold and the rest of the midsection were replaced with a new, larger cargo hold, a one-belt self-unloading system with a flat tank top.

Port Weller crews started the work a year ago building the new midsection. When it returns to service it will not only carry more cargo, but will improve efficiency through the increased use of technology.

Also at the dry docks is the Canadian Progress. The Progress is in for her five year inspection and bottom plate work.

Pictures by Alex Howard
John D. Leitch at Port Weller Dry Docks Sunday
Another view

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Alex Howard




Coal Trade Perks Up In April

05/13
Coal shipments on the Great Lakes in April totaled 4.2 million net tons, an increase of 10.8 percent compared to a year ago. Increased shipments to Canadian destinations accounted for the bulk of the increase. It is of course too early in the season to declare a rebound has begun, and, in fact, on a season-to-date basis, coal trails last year by 80,000 tons.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Badger Ready for 2002 Season

05/13
Last week the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger went on a three hour shakedown cruise to test the newly re-built port engine and the other extensive maintenance done this past winter. The test cruise went perfectly.

The first trip for the 2002 season will come on May 17 as the classic carferry departs Ludington for Manitowoc.

The Badger is the last operating coal fired vessel on the lakes. The 410 foot, 4,200-ton steamer carries up to 625 passengers and 180 automobiles running between Ludington, Mi and Manitowoc, Wi.

May 25 the Badger will host the first of the Boatnerd Gatherings for the 2002 season, click here for more information.

Departing for the shakedown cruise.
Returning.
Docked.
Blowing off steam.
A seagull watches the process.
The Badger hosted a simulated Coast Guard helicopter rescue on May 9.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Soo Traffic

05/13
Below are images of traffic passing Sault Ste. Marie this weekend.

Edwin H. Gott departing the Poe Lock.
Supply boat Ojibway along side.
St. Clair above the Poe.
Algoport upbound.
Passing the John J. Boland.
Cedarglen downbound.
Cedarglen stack.
Crewmen boarding.
Algocape downbound at Mission Point.
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley.
Herbert C. Jackson landing a man above the docks.
Lee A. Tregurtha downbound.
Federal Hunter above the locks.
Roger Blough passing.
Yankcanuck upbound in the MacArthur Lock.
Wilfred Sykes upbound.
Stewart J. Cort.
Algowood passing the area where it grounded last month.
Canadian Navigator downbound.
CSL Niagara upbound.
Engineers enjoy the view.
Oakglen downbound.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Charlevoix Report

05/13
Fred R White Jr visited Charlevoix, Mi Sunday. She arrived at the Cemex plant at about 12:30 p.m. to unload coal for the plant.

The port was also visited by the Southdown Challenger and Southdown Conquest over the weekend to load cement.

Reported by: Joe Komjathy




Saginaw News

05/13
The Joseph H. Thompson finished unloading at the Bay Aggregates Dock overnight and was outbound Sunday morning, passing through the Veteran's Memorial Bridge around 7:00 a.m.

Later in the morning, the Canadian Transfer arrived in the Saginaw River, headed up to the Sargent Dock in Saginaw to unload. She had finished unloading by the evening hours, proceeded up to the 6th Street Turning Basin and was then outbound for the lake.

Following the Transfer in the 6th Street Turning Basin was the Mississagi. The Mississagi arrived Sunday afternoon with a split load for Wirt. She lightered first at the Sand & Stone Dock in Essexville before proceeding upriver to the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
The Joseph H. Thompson outbound at USCG Station Saginaw River.
Stern view.
Close up of the Thompson, Jr.
Canadian Transfer upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.
Mississagi unloading at Essexville Sand & Stone.
Another view.
Mississagi upbound at Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

05/13
The Algomarine was unloading stone at the CSX Stone Dock Sunday. The tug Salvor and barge Norman McLeod was at the Sun Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the Hocking Valley Dock. The salt water vessel Federal Rideau was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo.

The dredge Atchafalaya will be dredging the ship channel in Maumee Bay during the next several weeks.

The tug Cheraw and the crane barge Simonsen remains in the large drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosoo on Thursday, followed by the Canadian Enterprise, American Mariner, and the John J. Boland on Friday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Reserve on Thursday and the St. Clair on Saturday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Diamond Alkali unloading salt at the City Dock.
George M. Carl downbound the Maumee River from the Craig Bridge. She just finished loading grain at one of the elevators upriver.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Erie Update

05/13
The Adam E Cornelius was in Erie Sunday to unload gravel at the Old Ore Dock. The vessel was seen tied up at 2:00 p.m.

Cornelius at Dock.
Overhead View.
J.S. St. John unloading.
Richard Reiss in lay-up .

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Toronto Report

05/13
The saltie Great Laker arrived Sunday morning in wind driven drizzle and was assisted into the Redpath slip by McKeil's tugs. Saturday the Works Dept. tug Ned Hanlan (2) was relaunched after a long winter refurbishment and she took up her summer berth at Pier 4.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Kingston Update

05/13
The Kingston area was busy on Sunday. The English River tied at the Bath cement dock and began an eight to ten hour load for Oswego. The J. A. W. Iglehart was now anchored waiting for the English River to load. The Stephen B. Roman departed Picton Sunday morning and headed up the lake.

Summer must be almost upon us. The St. Lawrence Cruise Lines vessel, Canadian Empress tied up at Kingston, at 2:15 p.m. with an etd of 7:00 p.m. for her MacDonald Island Anchorage for Sunday evening with an ultimate destination of Ottawa. The Kawartha Voyager was tied up in Gananoque and will depart today. The Wolfe Islander III is also back on her daily 19 runs for Wolfe Island so the harbor is busy. The Kingston and the Islands Boatline vessels, the Island Star, Island Queen and Island Belle are now ready for the season of Thousand Island Tours.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Weekly Updates

05/13
I have an early start at work in the morning and ran out of time tonight. Check back tomorrow for the weekly updates.




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




Cutter Launched

05/12
It was a gray, gloomy day for a launch, but at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday the USCG Hickory (WLB-213) hit the water for the first time. The 225-ft. "Juniper" class ship is destined for Homer, Alaska. A large crowd was on hand to watch the launch from both sides of the Menominee River. After the launch, tours of the USCG Oak were given.

Friday the tugs Erika Kobasic and Escort arrived at Marinette Marine Friday evening to assist in the launch of the Hickory.

USCG Hickory awaiting launch. Dick Lund
Stern view of Hickory. Scott Best
Part of the crowd on the Menominee side of the Menominee River. Dick Lund
Part of the crowd on the Marinette side (note the stern thruster). Dick Lund
On the ways (note the bow thruster). Dick Lund
Christening is about to begin. Dick Lund
Hickory hits the water. Scott Best
View from across the river. Sandy & Eric Chapman
Starting to right itself. Sandy & Eric Chapman
USCG Hickory in the water being assisted by the tug Krystal. Dick Lund
Video of the launch. (800k) Dick Lund
Harbor view on Friday From right to left - USCG Cypress (partially visible), USCG Oak, Erika Kobasic, Krystal, Volmeborg and Jimmy L (behind Volmeborg). Dick Lund

Reported by: Scott Best, Dick Lund and Sandy & Eric Chapman




Volmeborg Departs

05/12
Early Saturday morning the Volmeborg departed the Menominee River. The Volmeborg decided to back down the river instead of turning in the turning basin or using tugs. This was the first time a Wagenborg vessel has attempted this. As they slowly backed down river toward the Menekaunee Bridge, the bow came against the pilings that protect the bridge on the Marinette side. The bridge itself was not hit and no apparent damage was done to the ship. They departed the Menominee River without further incident.

After the launch of the Hickory the tugs Erika Kobasic and Escort departed for Sturgeon Bay with a barge loaded with steel from Marinette Marine. Bay Shipbuilding and Marinette Marine are in a joint venture building ocean going tugs and barges; this steel will be used for the barge sections. The tug Ocean Reliance is under construction at Marinette Marine.

Volmeborg backing away from the dock.
Approaching the Menekaunee Bridge.
Volmeborg's bow against the pilings.
Piling the Volmeborg's bow touched.
Backing through a maze of fishing boats.
Erika Kobasic departing.
Ocean Reliance under construction.

Reported by: Scott Best




Transport Ready to Sail

05/12
The Canadian transport will depart Pier 35 in Toronto early this week as the crews have been called back and expected to sail by Tuesday. The vessel was laid up due to engine problems associated with the engine room fire she suffered last year. She will sail with both engines back in full working order, unlike last fall sailing with one engine.




Great Laker Upbound

05/12
The saltie Great Laker was upbound in the Seaway on Friday. The vessel is heading for Toronto.

Great Laker upbound.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Keith Giles




Saginaw News

05/12
The tug Atlantic Cedar and Barge PML 9000 arrived at the Consumers Energy Dock late Friday night. Cranes were busy unloading the large pieces of cargo throughout the day Saturday.

The Joseph H. Thompson gave a security call passing the Saginaw River Front Range around 5:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon. She proceeded up to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Downtown Bay City to unload. The Thompson is a rare visitor to the Saginaw River and this is one of her first trips of the 2002 season.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Atlantic Cedar and Barge PML 9000 unloading at Consumers Energy.
Close up of Atlantic Cedar.
Close up of PML 9000.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Port Huron Traffic

05/12
Isolda upbound.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Toledo Update

05/12
The Reserve was at the Torco Dock Saturday unloading ore. The saltwater vessels Virginiaborg and Federal Ridieu were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The small hopper dredge Atchafalaya was also at the T.W.I. Dock, she will be doing dredging work in the ship channel in Maumee Bay for several weeks.

The Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the Hocking Valley dock in temporary lay-up. The Gemini remains in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace). The American Republic, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Joseph H. Frantz remain in lay-up at there respective dock sites.

The tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosoo on Thursday, followed by the Canadian Enterprise, American Mariner, and John J. Boland on Friday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Reserve on Thursday, followed by the St. Clair on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton News

05/12
Saturday afternoon the Atlantic Huron was unloading iron ore pellets from Pointe Noire, P.Q. at Stelco. The Quebecois was unloading iron ore pellets from Quebec at Dofasco.

The Quebecois was finished unloading and the crew were replacing hatch covers before departure. The Atlantic Huron had shifted over and was moored to the north face of Pier 10.

Clearing the Burlington Ship Canal at 12:45 p.m. was the tug William J. Moore and barge McCleary's Spirit heading out into Lake Ontario. Friday afternoon the tug was out in Hamilton Harbor in very windy conditions.

At the Welland Canal the Frontenac was downbound with coal from Thunder Bay en route to Hamilton locking through 7. Following her, was the Federal Fuji in ballast also downbound for Hamilton. A short time later, the saltie Langenes also downbound locked through 7.

The Mapleglen was upbound at Lock 1 in ballast. The saltie Spring Laker was at anchor off Port Weller.

The Veghtborg was moored on north face of Pier 12 unloading manganese ore. The Canadian Miner has been shifted once again and had been moved further along Pier 26.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Report

05/12
Chios Charity departed Toronto Saturday assisted by the tug Atomic. The River Gambler was refloated at the drydock and returned to her berth.

Reported by: Gerry O.




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




Sykes Ends Busy Week in Holland

05/11
The Wilfred Sykes returned to Holland for the first time in many years Friday, tying up at the James De Young power plant at about 1:00 a.m. She discharged her cargo overnight and began backing away from the dock at just after 6:00, but would spend another two hours in the turning basin, fighting high winds an cramped quarters, before proceeding out to Lake Michigan.

She first attempted to swing her bow around, but the force of the high winds was more than her bow thruster could handle. Her maneuverability was also hampered by the presence of the Chief Wawatam and tug Avenger IV, tied up at the Padnos dock loading scrap metal. She finally was able to get around and head to the big lake shortly after 8:00 a.m.

The Sykes visit capped an incredibly busy week in Holland, which saw seven boats in seven days.

Pictures by Steve VandenBosch
Sykes departing.
Another view.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse and Steve VandenBosch




Engineers' strike ends but bitterness remains

05/11
A 22-week strike by the Canadian Marine Officers' Union against Canada's Great Lakes fleets is over but some union members are still angry at the companies or their union.

The union's 150 members voted Monday to accept the final contract offer from Algoma Central Corp., Canada Steamship Lines, Parrish & Heimbecker and N. M. Paterson and Sons.

The five-year agreement includes pay raises of about 3 percent during the first year. Increases during subsequent years will be tied to the cost of living. It reportedly is retroactive to June 2001.

Although an agreement has been reached, some involved remain angry. The union's vice president said the fleets continue to act in bad faith. Some union members say the strike was needlessly prolonged because union officials wouldn't let them vote earlier on the fleets' final offer - a claim that union officials deny.

Union members working for Algoma and for Parrish and Heimbecker already have returned to their jobs. Others remain off the job, waiting to be called back.

Reported by: John Stark




Thunder Bay Update, Algowood Departs

05/11
Thursday was by far the busiest day in the Port of Thunder Bay this season. It was a full house, all the grain elevators were occupied and local tugboats were kept busy. This spring has gotten off to a slow start, especially for lakers but Thursday things livened up.

The saltie Federal Hudson departed around 2:30 p.m. with help from Thunder Bay Marine Tugs, Glenada and Point Valour. The Hudson headed downbound with over 23,000 metric tons of wheat. Her next stop will be Montreal.

While the Federal Hudson was departing, the Algocen was waiting outside the North Entrance to the Harbor. Once the Hudson cleared the breakwall, the Alogcen moved into the vacated slip at United Grain Growers "a" Elevator. By 9:30 p.m. she was backing away and heading out onto the Bay to anchor to wait on the weather. She will proceed to Montreal once the weather is favorable.

At the same time, the Canadian Provider was backing out of Saskatchewan Pool 7a after finishing loading Wheat. She left through the South Entrance and dropped her hook a couple of miles outside the breakwall. She will wait and watch the weather as a storm front is expected to pass over the area and down the lake. Reports were coming in Thursday night from salties heading out, that the seas were running 15' to 20' high near Passage Island at Isle Royale. It had been raining and sleeting all day in Thunder Bay and winds were starting to pick up as the storm front approached. When she finally does depart, it will be for Baie Comeau, Quebec.

The saltie Lake Superior also departed Port with over 25,000 metric tons of wheat. She left the dock at Richardson Elevator with the help of the Gravel and Lake tugs George N. Carleton and Peninsula. She cleared the North Entrance just after the Algocape docked.

About this time the Canadian Steamship Lines' Oakglen was passing the Welcome Island's inbound for P&H Elevator to start loading. Her last port of call was Quebec City and arrived in ballast.

The Peonia was guided out of United Grain Growers "m" elevator by tugs Glenada and Point Valour. She left around 5:00 p.m. with 17,650 metric tons of grain and will make her next stop in Montreal. Immediately after the Glenada untied from the Peonia she was called over to Pascol to help guide the Algowood out of Drydock as the wind picked up. The Algowood's hull repairs have been completed and she will head for Superior, Wisconsin to load. Around 5:30 p.m. the Peninsula put the power down and started to pull the Algowood out of Drydock. The wood's propeller was churning up the water as she was slowly pulled out. Once clear of the dock she was backed over in front of United Grain Growers "a" elevator where her bow was pushed around and aimed for the North breakwall Entrance. she proceeded through the entrance and out onto the bay where she went to anchor to wait on the weather.

On April 15 the Algowood grounded in the St. Marys River causing extensive damage below the water line.

The small saltie Marinette finished loading at Keefer Terminals around 6:00 p.m. and departed the dock under her own power. She backed and went forward a couple of times while the wind helped push her bow around towards the South breakwall Entrance. Once clear she headed out onto the lake heading for Three Rivers with a cargo of over 6,000 metric tons of bleached wood pulp.

Around 7:00 p.m. the Cedarglen moved out of the Mission River after taking on a load at Mission Terminals. She slowly made her way over to the North Entrance and docked at United Grain Growers "a" once the Algocen finished her load and proceeded out to anchor.

The Algocape loaded at P&H and moved over to Saskatchewan around 4:00 p.m. She finished there and again moved, this time over to Richardson Elevator, tying up there around 8:30 p.m.

The Saltie Odra was at Cargill Elevator loading. The tug/barge combo W.N. Twolan/McAllister132 appears ready to leave but waited on the weather. The tug Radium Yellowknife is at the Old Ore Dock while her barges are loaded with lumber in preparation for another trip to Superior, Wisconsin.

Glenada and Peninsula Head to Head .
Algowood being pulled out of Pascol Drydock by Peninsula as George N. Carleton (left) and Glenada stand by .
Algowood being pulled by Peninsula as snow squall passes.
Algowood's bow being pushed around by George N. Carleton as Storm clouds hover overhead .
Federal Hudson being pushed out of UGG "a" by Point Valour (stern) and Glenada .
Canadian Provider loading at Sask Pool 7a .
Algocen arriving UGG "a" as crewman is lowered down .
Algocen smoking as she backs.
Lake Superior - arriving Sask Pool 7a - Tugs George N. Carleton (bow) and Peninsula.
Peonia - loading UGG"m".
Olympic Mentor - loading Sask Pool 7a .
Brand new Federal Weser on her first trip to Thunder Bay loading UGG"a".

Recent trip to Lake Nipigon Area
Donna 1st - Hurkett, ON Built 1945 at Bronte, ON .
Jimmie N. - Hurkett, ON Russel Brothers Built Owen Sound, ON 1945 .
F.T. James - Hurkett, ON Built 1945 at Bronte, ON .
Rossport Hull - Hurkett, ON Built Port Arthur, ON 1915 .
Seagull III - Red Rock, ON .
Jim Dan D. - Nipigon, ON .
Alma Marie - Orient Bay, ON Russel Brothers Built Owen Sound, ON 1957 .
Velma Linda - Orient Bay, ON Russel Brothers Hull Built by Sandy Coveyduck at Owen Sound, ON 1959 .
Melissa Mae - Orient Bay, ON Built 1996 .
Nipigon Queen - Orient Bay, ON Built by Sandy Coveyduck at Orient Bay 1981 .
Abandoned Alligator Tug Hull - MacDiarmid, ON .
Tabatha Marie - MacDiarmid, ON .
Emma Jane - MacDiarmid, ON .

Reported by: Rob Farrow




H. Lee White in Erie

05/11
The H. Lee White was inbound Erie Friday evening to unload gravel at the Mounfort Terminal. The vessel gave a 20 minute security call at 7:00 p.m. The vessel appeared to have a hard time making headway inbound in the narrow channel against the current and kept getting pushed by the wind.

White passing the lighthouse.
Close Up .
Stern View.
Approaching the dock.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Detroit Traffic

05/11

Steamer Columbia at Nicholson's celebrating her 100th Birthday.
Put-In-Bay in Nicholson's.
Calumet downbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Cuyahoga loading at the Ojibway Salt Dock.
Barge A410 & tug Rebecca Lynn upbound the Rouge River at the Gaelic Tugboat Co. Dock.
Close up of the tug.
Stern view.
Frontenac downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Adam E Cornelius downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toronto News

05/11
That Chios Charity had been turned by McKeil tugs Friday so that the vessel's stern is pointing to the street at Redpath Sugar docks to augment unloading her aft hatches. She should depart by Saturday morning.

Refloating of the River Gambler at the drydock has been postponed until today. A combination of high winds, bad weather and last minute fine-tuning kept the vessel in dry dock.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Iroquois Lock Traffic

05/11
Below are images of traffic passing on the Seaway at the Iroquois Lock.

Quebecois upbound.
Vechtborg upbound.
Stern view.
Theodore Too last July.

Reported by: David Beach




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




Mariners to pay tribute to Captain Hallin

05/10
Ships across the Great Lakes will sound their horns and whistles at 9 a.m. today (Friday) in tribute to Captain Mitch Hallin, master of the Paul R. Tregurtha who passed away aboard his vessel last week.

The 55-year-old Hallin was found dead in his cabin on May 3, Bob Dorn, senior vice president of Interlake Steamship Co., told the Duluth News Tribune. The Tregurtha was above the Soo Locks when its crew learned of Hallin's death. No cause has been determined.

"He was a true vessel master," Dorn told the newspaper. "It was clear to all who came aboard his ship that he had command from stem to stern and mast to keel.''

"He was one of the finest shipmasters ever to work the Great Lakes,'' Ray Skelton, environmental affairs director for the Seaway Port Authority of Duluth, told the newspaper.

Skelton recounted a day in 1993 when a mechanical malfunction caused Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge to stall in mid-lift as the Tregurtha was approaching the ship canal to leave port. Hallin stopped his fully loaded vessel in the harbor, then backed it through the channel and back to its dock.

Skelton, a veteran mariner, noted: "It was one of those things you watched and then said, 'How the hell did he do that?' ''

Capt. Edward Montgomery, president of the local lodge of the International Shipmasters Association, said mariners held Hallin in high esteem. "He was considered a terrific role model, a real captain's captain.''

Born in Bagley, Minn., Hallin lived much of his life with his wife, Macy, in Duluth. They moved to Phoenix, where a funeral is planned today.

Hallin's first sailing job was aboard the Gartland Steamship Co.'s W.E. Fitzgerald. He joined Interlake Steamship Co. in 1973 as third mate on the Harry Coulby. Hallin's career included stints aboard the Mesabi Miner, Herbert C. Jackson, Elton Hoyt II, Charles M. Beeghly, James R. Barker and Lee A. Tregurtha. He had served as master of Interlake's flagship, the Paul R. Tregurtha, since fitout in 1993.

Along the way, Hallin earned much recognition. In 1982, he was selected to serve as grand president of the International Ship Masters' Association. He also was a respected member of the Harbor and Propeller clubs.

Memorials can be sent to San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ 85746.

Reported by: Duluth News Tribune




New head of GLF says fleet may grow

05/10
The new head of Great Lakes Fleet says he wants to find more business for his fleet's vessels and adds that the company is "not interested in downsizing any further."

In an interview appearing in the June-July issue of Lake Superior Magazine, Vice President and General Manager Elliott Hughes says he wants to expand the fleet's customer base, particularly in the stone, coal and salt trades. Currently, about 75 percent of Great Lakes Fleet's tonnage consists of taconite pellets, primarily carried for U.S. Steel.

"I want to go out and get additional business," Hughes told the magazine.

Hughes also says he doesn't want the fleet to shrink below its current eight vessels. Great Lakes Fleet last year sold its three oldest boats.

"We're very interested in growing the fleet," Hughes said. "Acquisitions of other vessels are possible. We're certainly looking for those opportunities."

Great Lakes Fleet, based in Duluth, is owned by Great Lakes Transportation Inc. It formerly was owned by U.S. Steel Corp.

Reported by: Steve Roper




Manager chosen for ISG's Cleveland steel mill

05/10
John C. Mang III, a veteran of LTV Steel Corp., will manage the former LTV mill in Cleveland for new owner International Steel Group.

ISG bought the LTV steelmaking assets in a bankruptcy auction. The new company's Cleveland mill resumed limited steel production this week.

Joining Mang will be a core of 11 LTV veterans who will oversee production, sales, service and quality.

Local officials of the Steelworkers Union said they were pleased with Mang's selection to manage the mill.

ISG is headed by Rodney Mott, a veteran of minimill operator Nucor Corp. who believes in decentralized management and more decision-making at the plant level.

Reported by: Al Miller




Salt miners strike at Whiskey Island

05/10
Workers at the Whiskey Island salt mine in Cleveland went on strike this week.

The 165 miners, members of the Teamsters union, walked out over scheduling, seniority and subcontracting issues.

Lower Lakes Towing carries salt out of the mine. Salt also is shipped by truck. The truck traffic has stopped but there's no word yet about how LLT's vessels will be affected.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Lakes Limestone Trade Sluggish In April

05/10
Limestone shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 3.1 million net tons in April, a decrease of 5.8 percent compared to a year ago. Demand for stone is generally sluggish. However, April shipments were also impacted by a wet spring, which further dampened demand from the construction industry. As a result, inventories at receiving docks are higher than normal as May begins.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Volmeborg unloads in Menominee

05/10
Thursday afternoon the Volmeborg arrived at the K&K East dock to unload a cargo of bleached wood pulp from Finland. The Volmeborg will unload part of its cargo at the East dock before they finish unloading at the West dock. The East dock has a deeper draft and the unloading has been done onto flatbed trucks. At the West dock they can unload right onto the dock where forklifts take the pulp directly into the warehouse. On Sunday the Isolda is due in Marinette with a cargo of pig iron.

Unloading at K&K East dock.
Wide view unloading.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Challenger in Detroit

05/10
Southdown Challenger arrived Detroit at 1:00 p.m. Thursday after waiting at anchor over night for fog at the Detroit Light. The vessel proceeded upriver and took on fuel at Sterling fuel and continued to the Detroit Silo to unload a partial cargo of cement. After quickly unloading the classic steamer departed for Charlevoix to load for a return trip to Detroit.

At the dock.
Another view.
Onboard looking aft.
Backing from the dock in the Detroit River.

Reported by: Michael Koprowicz




Kenosha Break Wall

05/10
Work on Kenosha's north breakwater started Thursday as the weather on Lake Michigan calmed. Wednesday saw the arrival of the Army Corp. tug Racine with another barge of stone for the project. The tugs and barges tied up inside the harbor Wednesday night due to strong, gusting westerly winds.

Tugs and barges docked in the harbor.
Tug Racine.
D.L. Billmaier.
Barges docked.

Reported by: John Monefeldt




Twin Ports Report

05/10
Storm warnings across Lake Superior and strong winds around the Great Lakes delayed vessels and prompted all the vessels in Duluth-based Great Lakes to go to anchor or remain in port.

Forecasts for western Lake Superior predicted 40-knot winds rising to 50 knots overnight. Waves were expected to build to 18 feet.

On Lake Superior, Edwin H. Gott was anchored off Duluth waiting for the weather to moderate before proceeding to Gary. Edgar B. Speer was anchored off the Keweenaw Peninsula and might make Two Harbors late Friday. Presque Isle was in Two Harbors but was remaining in port. John G. Munson had unloaded in Ashland, Wis., but was weather bound late Thursday.

On the lower lakes, winds also kept GLF vessels tied up. Arthur M. Anderson was weather-bound in South Chicago with cargo for Monroe, Mich. Roger Blough was anchored off Gary but might make the dock later on Friday. Philip R. Clarke, bound for Calcite, was anchored in western Lake Erie. Philip R. Clarke was unloading in Lorain but once finished would wait for the winds to ease before departing.

In Duluth-Superior, little vessel traffic was apparent Thursday. Herbert C. Jackson remained at the Cenex Harvest States terminal late Thursday afternoon. The Jackson usually completes its grain load in a day but frequent rain showers delayed loading on Wednesday.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

05/10
The John J. Boland unloaded stone at Marquette's lower harbor (Shiras Steam Plant) on Thursday, then tied up to wait out the weather. The forecast warned of 10 foot waves on Superior. The Lee A. Tregurtha is expected today, weather permitting.

Boland unloading.
View from the dock.
Close up of boom.
Waiting on the weather.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Port Huron Traffic

05/10
Below are images of traffic passing Port Huron Thursday.

Fred R. White Jr. downbound.
Columbia Star upbound.
Atlantic Cedar with barge PML 9000 in tow.
Close up of tug.
Deck cargo on the PML 9000.

Reported by: Andy Severson




Toledo Update

05/10
The Algosteel finished loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed Thursday morning. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel on May 15, followed by the American Mariner, John J. Boland , and Canadian Progress on May 17. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve on Friday, followed by the Reserve on May 15. The American Mariner on May 16, followed by Reserve May 22. The tug Cheraw and crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lorain News

05/10
Thursday was a busy day in Lorain, Oh. The Buffalo departed the National Gypsum Planet and the Cason J. Callaway made its way to the KOBE Steel dock. Also visiting the port was a U.S. Coast Guard 41-foot patrol boat.

Buffalo outbound.
Lineing up for the bridge.
Passing through.
Callaway inbound.
Callaway and USCG 41385.
Close up.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jason Pecora




Toronto Report

05/10
The Hamilton Energy came into port Thursday afternoon and fueled Chios Charity at the Redpath Sugar dock. Afterwards she went to Canadian Transport at Pier 35 fueling rumors that the Transport may sail soon.

Seaflight 2000 cross-lake hydrofoil service between Toronto and Niagara-On-The-Lake has begun for the season. Seaflight I was out on Thursday.

Also in port Thursday was the RCMP patrol boat Island King.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Iroquois Lock Traffic

05/10
Below are images of traffic passing on the Seaway at the Iroquois Lock.

Gorden C. Leitch upbound for Hamilton with iron ore.
Close up of stack.
Stern view.
Federal Hunter upbound with steel for Sault Ste. Marie.
Tug Jerry Newberry heading for Hamilton.
Stern view.
CCGS Caribou Isle.
Isolda upbound for Marinette.
Close up of bow.
Close up of stern.

Reported by: David Beach




Don't give up: Niagara coming to Lake Superior

05/10
The U.S. Brig Niagara is tentatively scheduled to visit three Lake Superior ports this summer, giving boatwatchers a rare chance to see a tall ship on the upper lake.

The square-rigged two-master out of Erie, Penn., is scheduled to call at Bayfield, Wis., July 26-28, Duluth Aug. 2-4, and Marquette, Aug. 9-10.

Brig Niagara, veteran of the War of 1812 and rebuilt three times, still incorporates some of the ship's original timbers.

Reported by: Greg Keaser




Sykes Shots

05/10
Below are recent images taken onboard the Wilfred Sykes by First Mate Eric Treece.

Sunrise at the Mackinaw Bridge.
Early season lightning.
Storm continues.
Another lightning strike.




Today in Great Lakes History - May 10

100 Years ago today the steamer Columbia was launched by the Detroit Ship Building Co., Wyandotte, Michigan. The steamer was built for day excursions between Detroit and Bob-Lo Island. The vessel has been in lay-up since September 2, 1991 at Nicholson’s Terminal.

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




Sykes Bound for Holland

05/09
Wednesday the Wilfred Sykes was passing through the Detroit River system, upbound for Holland, Mi. The vessel arrived in Toledo late Tuesday to load coal. The Sykes is expected to arrive in Holland about 12:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Pictures by Bob Vincent
Backing to the dock on Tuesday evening.
Loading.
Deck Boss with crew members watching the loading.
View aft.
Coal is loaded into the cargo hold.
Another view.
Load complete, ready to depart for Holland.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Authorities apprehend ship deserter

05/09
Federal authorities took a crewman into custody who deserted the saltie Marinette while it was docked in Menominee in April. The man went into custody voluntarily at a motel in Iron River MI, about three hours North West of Menominee.

He will be released to the ship's agent later this week and returned to Russia.

The crewman did not return from shore leave April 27. The incident was handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Border Patrol and the Russian consulate.

The Eagle Herald news paper reported that foreign crew members deserting ships is very area and this may be the first such incident in 25 years.

Reported by: Scott Best




Authorities seek volunteers to report suspicious activities along the rivers

05/09
Authorities in the Detroit metro area are asking for the public's help in monitoring the region's rivers for suspicious people and potential terrorist threats.

The new River Watch program is asking volunteers to report anyone who appears to be acting suspiciously along the metro area's rivers. Authorities are interested in anyone monitoring or photographing bridges, ships, or circling in small boats alongside freighters and other large vessels for no apparent reason.

Monitoring the rivers is important because they are considered the easiest avenue for slipping in and out of the United States, Lt. Cmdr. Brian Hall, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman and coordinator of River Watch, told the Detroit News.

River Watch is backed by federal and state law enforcement agencies. It's already in place in Chicago, along the Louisiana coast and in Maine.

River Watch is one of the first programs since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that puts together agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Customs, state police, border patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard and immigration authorities. The agencies largely acted independently of another until the attacks.

However, not everyone is pleased with the River Watch concept.

"It sounds impossible to implement without profiling, particularly African Americans or Arab Americans," Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU Michigan branch, told the newspaper. "I'm sure it's intended for the greater community involvement, but it's inevitable result is for us to take a step toward a Big Brother society."

Reported by: Al Miller




Challenger on the Lower Lakes

05/09
The Southdown Challenger departed the Charlevoix cement plant Sunday evening, arriving in Cleveland, Ohio at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday to unload half of its cargo. It was scheduled to depart sometime after noon and arrive in Detroit, Mi Wednesday night and unloading the remaining cargo.

Reported by: Michael J. Koprowicz




Marquette News

05/09
The Armco loaded taconite at Marquette's upper harbor ore dock Wednesday today and left facing wind and waves. The John Boland is due at the lower harbor for the Shiras Steam Plant some time today.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
Armco loading.
Profile.
Chute drops taconite into the Armco.
Train on the dock above the Armco.
Preparing to depart.
Backing from the dock.
Heading for Lake Superior.

Reported by: Art Pickering and Lee Rowe




Goderich Update

05/09
The saltie Rubin Stork remains at the Goderich grain elevators loading. The saltie arrived Sunday evening.

The CCGS Limnos, a freshwater research boat, made a brief stop Monday evening to pick up some equipment, and then headed back out to work on the lake with a load of scientists. The crew enjoyed the attention of a captivated audience, especially when she executed a 180 degree turn on a dime in the harbor with her twin screw, directional drive engines.

The Algoway arrived from Sombra, Ontario and docked at the salt mine Wednesday morning. She was loading salt all day, and was expected to depart in the evening.

The Rubin Stork docked at the grain terminals, with the town of Goderich in the background up on the bluffs.
View from the dock. Jim Bauer
The stern of the Virginiaborg, docked on the north side of the salt mine, awaiting her turn at the grain terminals.
The CCGS Cape Hurd, docked in front of the Coast Guard station. The Cape Hurd is the only search and rescue boat on the Canadian side of Lake Huron and operates with a complement of five crewmembers.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Detroit & Monroe Pictures

05/09
Columbia in Nicholson's Slip.
MCM Marine tug William C Gaynor (ex Capt Barnaby, ex William C Gaynor) with barges in Monroe, MI.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

05/09
The Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX docks and departed Wednesday morning. The American Mariner then followed to load coal and was expected to depart Wednesday evening.

The Canadian Prospector was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator and departed Wednesday evening with the Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey/William Hoey assisting her on her tow downriver. The saltwater vessel Langenes remains at the T.W.I. Dock unloading bulk sugar.

The tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock undergoing survey/repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel today, followed by a return visit of the Algosteel on May 15. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve on Friday afternoon, followed by a return visit of the Reserve on April 15.

The American Republic, Gemini, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Joseph H. Frantz remain in lay-up at the various dock sites around Toledo.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Beavercliffe Hall waiting to load grain at the Midstates Elevator.
Buckeye at the Lakefront Docks. At the time of this picture she had been sold by the Columbia Transportation Company to what is now the Upper Lakes Towing Company. She was being converted to a barge during this time frame note the color scheme that this fleet first used on there vessels.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

05/09
The Southdown Challenger departed Cleveland about 1:00 p.m. Wednesday with the help of the tug California. On Sunday the Fred White was unloading stone at Cuyahoga Road Products near west 3rd street. The White appeared to have at least two different grades of stone in her holds.

Challenger departing.
Another view.
Close up of the California.
Turning.
Bow comes around.
Wide view.
Fred R. White Jr. unloading.
Close up.
Crew man uses a high pressure hose to help the cargo out.
Pilot house.
End of the load.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton Report

05/09
Wednesday evening the Halifax was unloading iron ore pellets from Duluth at Stelco. She had arrived mid afternoon.

Both the Mathilde Oldendorff at Pier 12 and the Federal Polaris at Pier 25 remain moored at their docks with no activity seen.

The tugs John Spence and Progress are in one drydock at Heddles, while the barge McAsphalt 401 remain on the other drydock for refit.

A tanker, possibly the Jade Star was seen leaving the Bronte Piers headed back out into Lake Ontario.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

05/09
The Port Authority have finished dredging at the Coastworth Cut approach to Ashbridge's Bay and early Wednesday the tug Wm. Rest returned the dredge T.H.C. 50 to her berth in the Keating Channel. Also seen in the Keating Channel was the tug Kenteau, which wintered at Pier 35 just east of the Atlas Crane.

Chios Charity was unloading at Redpath Sugar dock Wednesday.

The ferry Sam McBride underwent her seasonal Coast Guard inspection yesterday. It was a rather hurried event as the maintenance crew was still preparing her for the inspection, which was not scheduled until tomorrow.

The Canadian Navigator made a rare visit Monday. She slipped in with a cargo of salt under cover of darkness and was gone by early morning. This was her first visit to Toronto as a self-unloader.

Stephen B. Roman arrived Wednesday at the Essroc cement dock rafted to the barge Metis and unloading her cargo into the barge. She departed that evening.

Work on the tour boat River Gambler at the drydock is progressing as planned. She will be refloated today. Next in line for dry docking is Capt. Norm Rogers schooner Alison Lake (ex-U.S.C.G. Sauk).

The tour boat Lady N., was launched recently after many years ashore and has departed for a new home in Montreal.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Tucker Pictures

05/09
Below are images of the tugs working to free the Capt. Ralph Tucker on Tuesday.

Tucker aground off Bob-Lo Island.
Tug Shannon heads for the Tucker.
Patricia Hoey pulling on the bow.
Another view.
Close up.
Wide view heading upbound.
Unloading at Allied Chemical.

Reported by: David Cozens




Theodore C. (Ted) Robinson

05/09
Ray, Robinson, Carle & Davies P.L.L. of Cleveland, Ohio, regrets to announce the death of its Senior Counsel, Theodore C. (Ted) Robinson on May 7, 2002. Mr. Robinson, 86, was a highly respected admiralty counsel on the Great Lakes for over 50 years, during which time he handled many major casualties for various vessel owners from his office in Chicago.

Ted was President of the Propeller Club, Port of Chicago and a member of the Chicago Lodge of the International Ship Masters’ Association.

Funeral services will be held on May 11, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. at the Christ Church in Oak Brook, Illinois. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on May 10th, at Hallowell & James Funeral Home on 55th Street in La Grange, Illinois. Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife Marynel and two sons.




House For Sale

05/09
Situated along the Welland Canal between Locks 1 and 2 this 3-bedroom brick bungalow is a shipwatcher's dream. Anyone familiar to the area will know the house by the flag pole in the rear yard and the ship's anchor beside the fence along the Welland Canal Parkway.

Asking price is $155,000 Cdn or $100,000 US For further information contact Rodger St. Amand at (905)646-8765 or email yachts4u@ican.net




Marine Mart

05/09
June 1 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.

Reported by: Al Hart




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




Ralph Tucker Grounds

05/08
Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. the Capt. Ralph Tucker grounded in the Amherstburg Channel in the lower Detroit River.

Attempts by the crew to refloat the vessel were unsuccessful and the tugs Patricia Hoey and Shannon from the Gaelic Tugboat Co. in Detroit arrived on scene at 5:15 p.m. With the Hoey on the bow and the Shannon on the stern the Tucker was free and underway by 5.45 p.m.

The trip from the grounding site (just below the old Bob-Lo Dock) to Allied Chemical was less than one mile. Early surveys of the vessel report damage to be minimal.

The area where the tanker grounded is at the end of a turn in the channel. It is unknown why the vessel grounded but the area was covered by heavy fog Tuesday morning, sending most vessels to anchor.

The tanker was headed upbound with a load of calcium chloride for Allied Chemical in Amherstburg.

Upbound traffic used the Livingston Channel, as two way traffic alternated using the passage.

Capt. Ralph Tucker aground below the Bob-Lo Island dock. John Hopkins

Reported by: David Cozens




Badger Fitout

05/08
The 2002 season is drawing near for the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger. Tuesday the Badger's boilers were lit and crews conducted the annual lifeboat test. When the Badger steams out of Ludington Harbor on May 17 her fresh coat of paint will be shining.

The Badger is the last operating coal fired vessel on the lakes. The 410 foot, 4,200-ton steamer carries up to 625 passengers and 180 automobiles running between Ludington, Mi and Manitowoc, Wi.

May 25 the Badger will host the first of the Boatnerd Gatherings for the 2002 season, click here for more information.

Life boats are prepared.
Sea gate gets a fresh coat of paint.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Twin Ports Report

05/08
Twin Ports boatwatchers Tuesday caught glimpses of two familiar vessels that may not be around much longer. The Coast Guard Cutter Sundew returned to port about 7:30 a.m. from its springtime duties of servicing and placing navigation buoys. This vessel, one of the many "180s" built in Duluth during World War II is slated for replacement in the next several years.

Also in port was the Kinsman Independent, last of the active U.S. straight deckers. The vessel was tucked into the berth at the General Mills Elevator S in Superior. This is the oldest active grain elevator in the Twin Ports.

Cutter Sundew motors under Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge early Tuesday.
The Sundew entering port.
Closeup of the Sundew's deck showing two buoys and the boom used to lift buoys in and out of the water.
Passing on the inner harbor.
Kinsman Independent at Elevator S in Superior.
Closer view of the Kinsman Independent.

Reported by: Al Miller




Rare Traffic for Kenosha

05/08
The port of Kenosha, Wisconsin, which has seen virtually no ship traffic since the demolition of the lakefront AMC plant in the early 80's woke up to the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier and barge H.J. Schwartz Tuesday morning. The pair arrived sometime Tuesday morning.

Tug and barge docked.

Reported by: John Monefeldt




Alpena News

05/08
The Fred R. White Jr. arrived at the Lafarge coal dock at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to unload. It was expected to leave sometime after midnight. The J.A.W Iglehart is due into port early this morning to load cement.

The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity was in St. Joseph. The Alpena arrived in South Chicago on Tuesday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

05/08
A pair of tug-barge combinations visited the Saginaw River on Tuesday and executed a close passing maneuver near the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw.

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons arrived in the river Monday evening and delivered part of her load during the night at the Sargent dock near the I-75 Bridge. Early Tuesday morning, she continued up to the Valley Asphalt dock adjacent to the Sixth Street turning basin to finish unloading.

The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader was inbound early Tuesday morning. After calling at a dock in Essexville, the vessel continued up the river to the Saginaw Rock Products dock, arriving there about 1:00 p.m. as the McKee Sons was preparing to depart her dock just across the river.

As the Great Lakes Trader was pulling into the dock, the McKee Sons completed her turn at Sixth Street and began her outbound transit. The Trader eased forward along the dock as the McKee Sons cleared the turning basin and passed closely along the starboard side.

The Great Lakes Trader had completed unloading at Saginaw Rock Products by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and was outbound from Saginaw during the evening.

Pictures by: Stephen Hause
McKee Sons approaches Great Lakes Trader.
Tug Invincible passes tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

05/08
The Canadian Prospector was loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the Hocking Valley Dock. The Gemini arrived at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock for temporary lay-up, she is tied up in front of the American Republic.

The salt water vessel Langenes was at the T.W.I Dock unloading bagged sugar. The American Mariner finished loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed Tuesday morning.

The Wilfred Sykes arrived at the CSX Docks in the late afternoon to load coal for Holland, Mi. This is believed to be her second trip into this dock site during her career. The Sykes first trip into the C&O Docks was made during her maiden voyage when she arrived from Lorain, Ohio on April 19, 1950. At that time she loaded coal for Indiana Harbor.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine and American Mariner today followed by the Algosteel on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Reserve on Friday.

Tuesday there were work crews onboard the Courtney Burton. No activity was observed aboard the Buckeye.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cornelius Visits Lorain

05/08
Tuesday the Adam E. Cornelius made a trip to Lorain with a load of stone for the Jonick Dock. The is the first trip for the Cornelius into the Lake Erie port in recent memory.

Pictures by: Jason Pecora
Cornelius unloading.
Close up.
Another view.

Reported by: Ned Gang and Jason Pecora




Maumee in Buffalo

05/08
The Maumee arrived out of the Lake Erie fog at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. As she passed the Erie Basin Marina she saluted the many onlookers. Then she headed to the sand dock to unload.

Reported by: Tom Miller and Brian Wroblewski




Seaway Traffic

05/08
Below are images of traffic at the Iroquois Lock on Tuesday.
Dredge Atchafalaya standing by in the lock on the way to Rochester, NY.
Suction pipes on the side.
Mapleglen entering the lock downbound for Montreal with soybean pellets.
Beluga Obsession with steel bound for over seas.
Federal Saguenay downbound with wheat.
Passing the new Lockmaster's House Museum.
Capt. Henry Jackman lines up for the approach wall.
Close up.

Reported by: David Beach




Sykes Departs Detroit

05/08
Below are images of the Wilfred Sykes departing the Rouge River Tuesday afternoon.
Wilfred Sykes maneuvering outbound the Rouge River.
Passing the Gaelic Tugboat Co. Dock #3.
Approaching the Conrail Bridge .
Close up.
Using the bow thruster.
Stern view out bound.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Master’s Salute to Captain Mitchell B. Hallin

05/08
Captain Mitchell B. Hallin passed away on board Paul R. Tregurtha on Lake Superior May 3. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Macy, and son, Dan, as well as his shipboard family, the crew of the Paul Tregurtha.

Captain Hallin was passionate about his career, his vessel, and the Great Lakes. He was a good friend to all of us at Interlake and to many in the Great Lakes shipping industry. Although he could at times be a “gruff sea captain,” he was a great shipmate who genuinely cared about others, especially his family, crew, and friends. Captain Mitch was proud of his ship and his crew, and he enjoyed waving to and saluting boatwatchers along the way.

Mitch was born on May 11, 1946, in Bagley, MN, and had lived in Arizona since 1983. Mitch’s first sailing job was aboard Gartland Steamship Company’s W. E. Fitzgerald. He joined Interlake Steamship Company as Third Mate aboard Harry Coulby in April 1973. When Mesabi Miner came out in 1977, he was her Third Mate. In 1979, Mitch earned his Master’s license. He first relieved as Master aboard Herbert C. Jackson in December 1987. The following year, he was relief Master aboard Elton Hoyt 2ND, Mesabi Miner, and Charles M. Beeghly. He captained other vessels in the fleet during the next several years, including James R. Barker, Paul R. Tregurtha, and Lee A. Tregurtha, before becoming Master of the Paul Tregurtha permanently in the 1993 season.

In 1982 Capt. Hallin served as the Grand President of International Ship Masters' Association and was a member of Twin Ports Lodge #12.

Funeral services will be held in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday, May 10, 2002. Contributions in Captain Hallin’s memory may be sent to San Xavier Mission, 1950 West San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746.

Reported by: Interlake Steamship Co.




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




Tucker Refloated

05/07 6:30 p.m. Update
The tugs Shannon and Patricia Hoey arrived on scene at 5:15 p.m. With the Hoey on the bow and the Shannon on the stern the Tucker was free and underway by 5.45 p.m. The trip from the grounding site (just below the old Boblo dock) to Allied Chemical is less than one mile. The tanker went aground this morning about 7:30 a.m. in thick fog.

Original Report Tuesday morning the Capt. Ralph Tucker grounded in the Amherstburg Channel in the lower Detroit River. The channel is used for upbound traffic in the river and will remain closed until the Tucker can be moved.

Attempts by the crew to refloat the vessel were unsuccessful and the tugs Patricia Hoey and Shannon from the Gaelic Tugboat Co. in Detroit were expected on scene by 4:30 p.m. Early surveys of the vessel report damage to be minimal.

The area where the tanker grounded is at the end of a turn in the channel. It is unknown why the vessel grounded but the area was covered by heavy fog, sending most vessels to anchor.

The tanker was headed upbound with a load of calcium chloride for Allied Chemical in Amherstburg.

Upbound traffic will use the Livingston Channel, as two way traffic alternates using the passage.
Check back for updates.

Capt. Ralph Tucker aground below the Bob-Lo Island dock. John Hopkins


Reported by: David Cozens




Sykes Returns

05/07 3:40 p.m. update
The Wilfred Sykes returned to the lower lakes Monday for the first time in four years. The vessel entered the St. Clair River downbound Monday afternoon.

Late Monday night the Sykes arrived at Rouge Steel in Detroit to unload a cargo of taconite from Marquette.

Heavy fog delayed her departure Tuesday morning and she was underway shortly after 11:00 a.m. The Sykes reached the Detroit River about 1:00 p.m. and then turned downbound for Toledo to load coal for Holland, Mi.

The Sykes expected to arrive in Toledo about 5:30 p.m.

Sykes passing Port Huron. Andy Severson
Close up. Andy Severson
Stern view. Andy Severson
Passing Harsen's Island in the fog. Art Armstrong

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks, Andy Severson, Kent Armstrong and Wade Streeter




Fog Lifts, Traffic Resumes

05/07 3:40 p.m. Update
Heavy fog and the grounding of the Capt. Ralph Tucker brought shipping to a stand still on Western Laker Erie and the lower Detroit River. Tuesday afternoon conditions improved and upbound traffic resumed with a convoy of seven vessels. Vessels upbound or the Detroit River Light this afternoon: Edgar B. Speer, tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer, American Mariner, Algoport, Algosoo, tug Salvor and barge Norman McLeod and the Algobay.




Special judge to investigate Windoc claim

05/07
Canada's federal court has appointed a special judge to investigate a claim for damages against the St. Lawrence Seaway Corp after the seaway's operations director failed to comply with a subpoena. Ontario-based NM Paterson & Sons is seeking $16.9M (C) damages from the seaway operator, stemming from the accident last August in which the Allenburg Lift Bridge over the Welland Canal fell on the Windoc, causing extensive damage and a fire.

Paterson reported last month that the accident effectively forced it out of the shipping business after the Seaway refused to admit liability. Its remaining four ships have either been sold or are on the market, three bulkers having already been sold to CSL in March.

Paterson lawyer David Marler says the seaway corporation claims navigational errors aboard Windoc were the "exclusive" cause of the accident, even though statutory investigations have blamed the bridge operator.

More information on the accident

Reported by: Roger LeLievre and Al Jackman




Ferries Return to Full Service

05/07
Monday morning saw the Wolfe Islander III returning to full service, providing 19 round trips per day. The Glenora Ferry has also returned to its regular schedule.

The ratification vote to accept the new contract between Management Board and OPSEU was successful over the weekend. On March 13, 45,000 OPSEU members in the Ontario Public Service went on strike against the Ontario Government. Crew members on both ferries, employees of MTO, are all members of OPSEU.

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Volmeborg Upbound

05/07
The bulk freighter Volmeborg was upbound above Iroquois Lock Monday morning bound for Menominee, Mi. with bleached wood pulp. This is the vessel's first trip to the lakes.

Volmeborg upbound.
Close up of bow.
Close up of cabins.
Stern view.

Reported by: David Beach




Amherstburg Traffic

05/07
On Sunday the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin passed upbound Sunday and on Saturday the USCG Bramble was upbound in the lower Detroit River.

Martin upbound.
Close up.
Bramble passing.

Reported by: David Cozens




Toledo update

05/07
The Canadian Prospector was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain on Monday. The Cuyahoga was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain.

The tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen remains in the large drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remains at the B-P Dock. The John G. Munson was due in at the CSX Docks to load coal late Monday afternoon. The American Mariner was due in at the Torco Ore Dock late Monday afternoon to unload ore pellets. There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled vessels due into the CSX Docks will be the American Mariner, Wilfred Sykes, and Algomarine on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




New Ferry for Sandusky

05/07
The catamaran Auk Nu arrived late Friday from Alaska, where it had been operating until bought by the owners of the two Island Rocket ferries. Auk Nu will be renamed Island Rocket III.

According to the Sandusky Register, Rocket III will run from Sandusky to the Lake Erie Islands, while Island Rocket and Island Rocket II, formerly based in Sandusky, will serve the islands from Port Clinton. They'll compete with the Jet Express catamarans, which also serve the islands from Port Clinton in addition to occasional special-event trips.

According to the Register, the Auk Nu was carried by a yacht carrier from Alaska to the East Coast of the U.S., then made the rest of the trip on its own up the St. Lawrence Seaway to Sandusky.

The Register story can be found at www.sanduskyregister.com (click on "Front Page 7 Day Archive"

Fishermen break in Sandusky's new breakwall/fishing pier as the Cason Callaway.
Auk Nu/Island Rocket 3 in its slip in downtown Sandusky.
Bow view.
St. Clair unloading ore at the Huron Ore Dock while a family looks on.

Reported by: Don Lee




Hamilton News

05/07
The Beluga Obsession finally departed Pier 10 en route for the Seaway. The Mathilde Oldendorff has been moored to the north face of Pier 12 since May 3 unloading steel products.

Monday was a busy day at Stelco's iron ore dock. First to unload was the CSL Tadoussac with her cargo of iron ore from Duluth and departed at 9:00 a.m. The Saginaw was waiting for the Tadoussac to finish unloading and then backed along the dock to unload her iron ore from Duluth and departed by early afternoon. Last to unload, was the CSL Niagara with her cargo of iron ore from Quebec and she departed the dock at 3:15 p.m.

The Canadian Provider has departed her winter lay-up berth at Pier 25 and is en route to Thunder Bay to load grain.

The Federal Polaris was moored at Pier 25 at the Agrico Facility after having unloaded steel products.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Sidewheel Steamer Cruise

05/07
The Steamship Historical Society of America is sponsoring a tour to northern Russia for a cruise on one of the world's few surviving sidewheel overnight steamers.

The tour departs on August 9, 2002 and ends August 21. Organized by Mir Corporation of Seattle. a firm recognized as expert in Russian travel, it includes two nights on the paddle steamer N.V. Gogol for a cruise from Archangelsk on the Dvina River. The Gogol was originally built in 1911 for transportation service between cities on the Dvina, and was completely reconditioned recently for cruise service out of Archangelsk. One of the stops on the cruise is the well-known museum of North Russian wooden architecture at Malye Korely.

The tour also includes a two-night trip by the motor vessel Klavdiya Yelanskaya from Archangelsk to the famous Solovetsy Islands, with a day of touring there. The Solovetsly Islands, located in the White Sea, were a fortified Orthodox monastery for centuries, and after closure of the monastery by the communist regime became a prison-part of the famous “Gulag Archipelago.” Today the monastery has been re-established, and the islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with magnificent buildings dating over five centuries, and a fascinating, if forbidding, 20th century history as well.

Flights are into and out of St. Petersburg, and the tour includes several days of sightseeing in and around St. Petersburg, the magnificent capital of the tsars. Included are the usual city sights, such as the Hermitage, the Peter & Paul Fortress, and the naval cruiser Aurora, built in 1900; the summer palaces at Pushkin and Pavlovsk; and a day devoted to seldom-seen palaces and mansions of St. Petersburg.

Land cost is anticipated to be about $2,675 per person, with air available from Newark at about $850 per person. Final costs depend on the size of the group. Leading the tour on behalf of the Steamship Historical Society is William M. Worden, former editor-in-chief of Steamboat Bill and well-known maritime historian.

For further information on this unique adventure, contact Worden at bworden@ameritech.net or at 1020 Iroquois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214; 313-824-9503.

Reported by: Bill Warden




Weekly Updates

05/07
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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




Sykes Heads for Detroit

05/06 9:30 update
The Wilfred Sykes locked through the Soo Locks downbound at 6:30 p.m. Sunday loaded with taconite from Marquette. Monday morning the Sykes was expected to pass Harbor Beach on Lake Huron about 9:45 a.m. and then the Bluewater Bridges about 2:15 p.m.

The vessel is expected to arrive at Rouge Steel Monday evening. This is the Sykes' first trip to the lower lakes since 1998.

After unloading the Sykes will head to Toledo early afternoon Tuesday to load coal for Holland.

Departing the Soo Locks Sunday.
A Marquette Trip in 1988.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Challenger Makes First Trip of 2002

05/06
The Southdown Challenger arrived in Milwaukee Saturday afternoon on their first trip of the year. The had departed their Chicago lay up dock on Thursday evening bound for Ferrysburg/Milwaukee to unload their winter storage cargo.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Sam Laud in Holland

05/06
The Sam Laud became the first vessel of the season at the Verplank dock in Holland, Mi. late Saturday evening, brining a cargo of agricultural lime. She tied up shortly before midnight, after a short delay waiting for the fireworks show on the opening day of Holland's Tulip Time festival to finish.

The fireworks are launched from barges in Lake Macatawa provided by Lake Michigan Contractors. Thousands of spectators line the shores of the lake or watch from boats.

The Laud was briefly stopped, waiting for the barges to be moved and the boat traffic to clear.

The Wolverine arrived on Sunday and the Algoway is expected today. Later in the week the first coal load of the season is scheduled.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Northshore Mining to boost production

05/06
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. says increased demand is prompting it to raise taconite pellet production at Northshore Mining Co. from 3 million tons this year to 4 million tons.

Northshore Mining includes a taconite mine near Babbitt, Minn., and a processing plant and shipping dock in Silver Bay, Minn. The operation can produce about 4.3 million tons of pellets a year.

"This is a clear indication that steel operation rates are improving and pellet demand is increasing," Bob Berglund, Northshore's general manager, told the Duluth News Tribune.

About a dozen laid-off employees are being recalled, and the plant will hire about 12 more workers.

Reported by: Al Miller




Barker Loads

05/06
The Kaye E. Barker loaded ore on Saturday at the ore dock in Escanaba and left around 6:00 p.m. As she was leaving the wind and the waves were building on Little Bay De Noc.

There was some movement from the Joseph H. Thompson. It backed out into the bay and then returned to its lay-up dock.

Barker out bound.
Waves breaking on the bow.
Thompson on the bay.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Marquette Report

05/06
After a late and slow start in March, it looked like April was going to be a busy month for Marquette harbors. However, the grounding of the Algowood which closed the St. Mary's river for about 36 hours and severe storms on Lake Superior hinder shipping during April. Shipping companies tried to make up the difference late in April but at the end, Marquette's harbor experience disappointing and mixed month of shipping.

Over-all for the harbors of Marquette for the month of April, shipping traffic was down from last season's numbers by 9%. A total of 41 vessels visited Marquette's harbors compared to 45 during the same month last year. So far this season, shipping over-all in and out of Marquette is down by 21% with 42 vessels visiting this season compared to 53 for the same period last year.

Looking at the numbers for the lower harbor shows an increase compared to the same time frame last year. A total of 5 vessels visited the lower harbor, an increase for an increase of 25%. The H. Lee White led with three visits while the John Boland and the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Capt Lampton each had one visit. The American Steamship Company and U.S. flagged vessels had 4 visits to the lower harbor while the Canadian Coast Guard and foreign vessels had one visit.

A total of 36 vessels visited the upper harbor during April compared to 41 last April, down by 12%. For the shipping season, visits are down by 21% resulting in 37 visits this season compared to 47 visits during the same period last season. The Algomarine lead all vessels with 7 visits while the Lee A. Tregurtha, Charles M. Beeghly and Herbert C. Jackson had 4 visits each. The Great Lakes Trader and Peter Cresswell each made 3 visits while the Algosteel, Kaye Barker, and the H. Lee White each made two visits. The John Boland, Mesabi Miner, American Mariner, Paul Tregurtha, and the Middletown each had one visit.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Saginaw News

05/06
The Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader was outbound from the Sixth Street turning basin early Sunday morning after unloading at the Wirt stone dock at Zilwaukee during the night.

The Great Lakes Trader was followed out by the Alpena, which departed the Lafarge dock after the Trader cleared. The Alpena had arrived early on Saturday with a load of cement.

It appeared on Saturday evening that the Joyce L. had detached from the barge after securing it to the Wirt dock to unload. The tug was seen docked by itself at the Burroughs dock a short distance down the river, apparently taking on fuel, while the barge was discharging cargo.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort - Barge Great Lakes Trader downbound at Bay City Wirt.
Close up.
Stern View at Independence Bridge.
Alpena Downbound approaching Veteran's Memorial Bridge.
Close up.
Stern passing through Vet's Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit & Toledo Traffic

05/06
Toledo traffic on Sunday
Algoway unloading sand at Kuhlman's Dock on the Maumee River.
Close up.
Algoway with assist from the Gaelic Tug Susan Hoey outbound the Maumee River.
Close up.
Steamer Buckeye at the Torco Dock.
Bow view.
Steamer Ste Claire at the Torco Dock.
Canadian Prospector inbound the Maumee River off the Torco Dock.
Another view.
Algosoo and Courtney Burton at C & O Docks.
Close up of the Algosoo.
Canadian Prospector passing through the CSX Bridge on the Maumee River.
Bow view.
Stern view.
American Republic and her rudders.
Stern view.
Close up of rudders.
Mary E Hannah at the BP Dock.

Detroit on Saturday
Peter R Cresswell upbound at Grassy Island bound for the Ojibway Salt Dock in Windsor.
Stern view.
Algoeast downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Put-In-Bay on Nicholson's Drydock.
Carolyn Hoey at Nicholson's.
Peter R Cresswell tying up at the Ojibway Salt Dock.
Tug Sea Eagle II and barge St Marys Cement II upbound at Grassy Island.
Close up of the Sea Eagle II.
Stern view.

Toledo on Friday
Tug William C Selvick in the BP Oil Slip on the Maumee River in Toledo.
Stern view.
Tugs Susan and William Hoey in the BP Oil Slip.
Stern view.
Mighty Jake in the BP Slip.
Egret at the Maumee Bay State Park.
Courtney Burton at the C & O Dock.
Stern view.
Museum ship Willis B. Boyer on the Maumee.
Sandpiper downbound on the Maumee River.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

05/06
The Algosoo was loading coal at the CSX Docks. The Algoway was unloading sand at the Kuhlman Dock. The Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the B-P Dock loading cargo. The tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. There are no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John G. Munson on Monday. The American Mariner, Wilfred Sykes, and Algosteel on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats into the Torco Ore Docks will be the American Mariner on Monday, followed by the Reserve on Friday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Comeaudoc heading upbound the Maumee River. They are bound for one of the elevator complexes where she will load a grain cargo.
Charles M. Schwab headed upbound the Maumee River passing through the Norfolk/Western railway bridge headed for the Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) to unload ore.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

05/06
Cleveland was full of boats owned by Lower Lakes Towing/Grand River Navigation on Saturday. The Calumet arrived with stone from Marblehead about 9:00 a.m. that morning. She had made at least two successive trips from Marblehead last week. Calumet was unloading at the Lafarge terminal near West 3rd during the day. The Mississagi arrived from the East at 11:00 a.m. She was unloading stone at the Ontario dock on the old river.

The William G. Mather Museum opened for the season this weekend. Saturdays beautiful weather brought a large crowd to tour the 1925 built ship.

Calumet arriving.
Passing the lighthouse.
Unloading.
Close up of bow.
Stern close up.
Mississagi inbound.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Amelia Desgagnes' First Call in Clarkson

05/06
The Amelia Desgagnes was at the St. Lawrence Cement dock in Clarkson Sunday afternoon. She arrived here from the Welland Canal sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday. This her first call to the Lake Ontario port. The vessel appeared to be in the early stages of loading cargo.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Seaway Traffic

05/06
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario Sunday.

Langenes passing. Peter Carter
Off set cranes. Peter Carter
Stern view. Peter Carter
Algoville passing. Peter Carter
Tug Sandra Mary. Peter Carter
Milo downbound. Keith Giles
Milo. Peter Carter
Goviken. Peter Carter
Stern view. Peter Carter
Goviken passes the Langenes. Peter Carter
Atlantic Cedar and barge passing. Keith Giles
Close up of barge. Keith Giles
Close up of tug. Keith Giles
Chios Charity. Keith Giles
Close up. Keith Giles

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




Work Boats

05/06
Below are recent photos by Franz VonRiedel

Callie M. (built 1910) pulled at Duluth for emergency repairs.
Former Corps tug Duluth at Muskegon with Sarah B (also ex-Govt tug).
Fueling the Mount McKay (1908) at Duluth.
McAllister 132 sliding into Hallett 8, assisted by tug Seneca.
Former Noramtow tug Navajo (now the Robin E) built in 1889 and still looking sharp.
Tug Seneca busting ice up river at Duluth in March.
Nicole S waits between jobs on the Calumet along side fleet mate John Selvick.
Messenger, former USCG tug (327 style) laid up in Philly with the canaller Athena (1939).
1934 tug Oatka along side Zenith's big steam dipper Duluth at Duluth.




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




U.S. Steel's Minntac mine completes concentrator update

05/05
U.S. Steel says it has completed a six-year, $50 million upgrade of its Minntac mine that will enable the taconite operation to cut production costs and operate more efficiently.

Minntac, located in Mountain Iron, Minn., is the country's largest taconite plant, capable of producing 16 million tons of taconite pellets a year. It ships most of its pellets to Two Harbors for shipment down the lakes.

U.S. Steel spent the money to upgrade Minntac's concentrator. This half-mile-long building is where crushed taconite ore containing about 20 percent iron is ground to a powder containing about 64 percent iron. The building houses 16 concentrator production lines.

Work included refurbishing processing equipment, and installing new instrumentation and computer process control systems.

Reported by: Al Miller




Former Laker Tankers Seen In Panama Canal

05/05
On April 18 The Colon Trader (ex W. Harold Rea, Eastern Shell, Le Cedre) and the Canal Trader (ex Industrial Transport, EnerCem Refiner) were seen in the Panama Canal Zone. Both vessels are now owned and operated by Vanux Corp. of Panama City.

The Colon Trader was heading southbound with a full load of oil while the Canal Trader was riding at anchor. Both vessels Great Lakes profiles were easy to spot.

Reported by: Philip A. Clayton




Goderich News

05/05
The Canadian Navigator arrived Friday afternoon and went to anchored out in the lake until the Amelia Desgagnes departed from the elevators. Tugs Ian Mac and Dover then helped guide the Navigator through choppy water into position at the salt mine dock.

The Capt Henry Jackman pulled into the salt mine sometime during the night, and appeared to be ready to leave late Saturday afternoon. She is headed to Valleyfield and ports in Quebec.

The Dutch ship Virginiaborg remains loading soybeans at the grain terminals.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Toledo Update

05/05
The Canadian Transfer was unloading potash at Anderson's "K" Elevator on Saturday. The John J. Boland was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the Reserve waiting to follow. The tug Mary E. Hannah and barge were at the B-P Dock loading cargo. The tug James A. Hannah and barge were loading cargo at the Sun Oil Dock. There was an unidentified Andrie tug/barge unit at the T.W.I. Dock.

The tug Cheraw and crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosoo on Sunday. The John G. Munson on Monday, followed by the Wilfred Sykes, American Mariner, and Algomarine on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the American Mariner on Monday followed by the Reserve on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




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




Lake Superior Visits Erie

05/04
The Lake Superior was in Erie, Pa. Friday unloading steel products. The vessel had Originally been scheduled for Tuesday. She arrived off of Erie about 11:00 a.m. and wasted no time getting in and turning on her anchor because of the wind.

Lake Superior passing a patrol boat from Coast Guard Station Erie.
Close Up.
Stern View.
Docking.
Docked and unloading at 2:45.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Ferry Strike Over

05/04
A tentative agreement was finally reached on Thursday between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and Management Board. While details are being worked out, the employees will soon vote on the new contract which could see all of the Ontario Public sector workers back to work by Monday.

The ferry Wolfe Islander III continues to operate according to an Essential Services Agreement providing minimal trips to Wolfe Island. It is hoped that she will be back to her regular schedule as soon as possible.

Glenora ferry has not operated at all during this strike which had entered its eighth week

Reported by: Brian Johnson




Northshore Mining Co. reportedly to up production

05/04
Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay will restart idled equipment, hire back laid-off employees and possibly hire some new workers, a Duluth television station reported Friday.

The TV report offered no important details. However, Northshore Mining has been mentioned by industry analysts as one of the taconite mines that could benefit from a recent agreement by Cleveland-Cliffs to provide iron ore pellets to the new International Steel Group.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marinette & Menominee Update

05/04
Crews at Marinette Marine are busy working on an ocean going tug. The barge for the tug is going to be built across the bay at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin. The USCG Hickory has been moved out side in preparation for its launch on May 11. The USCG Oak and USCG Cypress remain docked at Marinette Marine. Several spud barges and work barges are also at Marinette Marine doing dredging and dock work.

In Menominee the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick remain docked at K&K. The Jimmy L will be moving a barge owned by Basic Marine to Sturgeon Bay, the barge is loaded with steel from Marinette Marine. The Victoriaborg may be the next arrival in Menominee with another cargo of wood pulp.

Tug under construction at Marinette Marine.
Deckhouse of tug waiting to be lifted into place.
USCG Cypress and USCG Oak, USCG Hickory in background being moved to launch site from the building.
Selvick Tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick at K&K dock.

Reported by: Scott Best




Toledo Report

05/04
The Algoville was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. She should be departing the elevator late Friday afternoon or early evening. The tug Salvor with her barge Norman McLeod departed from the Sun Oil Dock Friday morning. There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland, and Reserve for Saturday. It appears the Canadian Olympic was cancelled out to load coal on Saturday. The Algosoo is due in on Sunday. The John G. Munson on Monday, followed by the American Mariner, Algomarine, and Wilfred Sykes on Tuesday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the American Mariner on Monday, followed by the Reserve on Friday.

The tug Frank Palladino Jr. and another small tug that was in the small drydock at the Shipyard are now out sailing. It appears that they left sometime on Thursday. The tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen remain in the large drydock at the Shipyard undergoing repairs.

On Thursday the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder was at the Kuhlman Dock unloading cargo, they departed late Thursday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




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




Active Fleet Still Lags Behind Last Year

05/03
U.S.-Flag vessel operators had 51 of their 67 lakers in service on May 1, a decrease of five hulls compared to a year ago. The decline reflects a number of factors - loss iron ore and fluxstone cargos for the former LTV Steel and a sluggish start for the stone trade and cement trades.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

05/03
Twin Ports boatwatchers were treated Thursday to the sight of some infrequent visitors. St. Clair arrived in port shortly after noon. As the St. Clair was arriving, a deeply laden Saginaw was pulling away from the DMIR ore dock and starting down the lake.

Another uncommon visitor is expected today when the Middletown is scheduled to arrive with limestone. Kinsman Independent is scheduled to make its first call of the season here on Saturday.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena News

05/03
The Sam Laud made a surprise visit to Alpena on Thursday afternoon. It delivered a load of coal to Lafarge. Usually Oglebay Norton handles all the coal into Alpena. But with the polling of the fleets she may become a regular. The Laud was expected to leave after 10:00 p.m.

The Alpena is due into port on Friday evening, the tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity is in Waukegan.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Goderich Update

05/03
The Canadian Enterprise was loading all day Wednesday at the salt mine. She is one of the largest boats that come in for salt, taking 35,000 tons. At one point, she must have had to move out of the way, as the Amelia Desgagnes seen later that day parked at the grain terminals, and two boats cannot pass side-by-side along the channel into the inner harbor. This may be the first visit to Goderich for the Amelia Desgagnes, and she was still docked at the terminals as of Thursday.

The Agawa Canyon came in overnight, loaded with salt, and departed around noon on Thursday. Also in port is the Virginiaborg, but she is docked on the north side of the mine and has several official Government of Canada vehicles parked nearby, including the Transport and Agriculture ministries. She will load a full cargo of soybeans for delivery to England.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Detroit Traffic

05/03
After spending most of the day unloading at the Detroit Lime Dock on the Rouge River at the Dix Avenue Bridge the Cason J. Callaway backed out to the Marblehead Lime Dock at the Jefferson Street Bridge.

Pictures by Mike Nicholls
In the photos below the Callaway has just backed through the Conrail Bridge. Note her steering pole is retracted, she ties up so close to the Dix Avenue Bridge that the steering pole sticks out over the bridge
Callaway backing.
Another view.
Barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L Van Enkevort upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Gemini upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls and Michael Koprowicz




Toledo Report

05/03
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was loading coal at the CSX Docks. The Olympic Mentor was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Gemini was at the B-P Dock. The tug Salvor and barge Norman McLeod was at the Sun Oil Dock loading cargo. The Alpena was at the Lafarge Dock unloading cement. The Algoville was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Canadian Olympic, John J. Boland, and Reserve on Saturday. The John G. Munson on Monday. The American Mariner and Algomarine on Tuesday, followed by the Algosteel on Weds. The Wilfred Sykes has a tentative eta of 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. She will follow the American Mariner due in at 1:00 a.m. followed by the Algomarine at 8:00 a.m. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the American Mariner on Monday, followed by the Reserve on Friday 10 May.

The tug Cheraw with the crane barge Simonsen remains in the large drydock while the tug Frank Palladino Jr. and another small tug remain in the small drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. There are no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Crispin Oglebay in winter layup at the Toledo Overseas Docks in the late sixties.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Ashtabula Harbor

05/03
On Wednesday Ashtabula had two unusual visitors. The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder were unloading at Pinney Dock while the barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort was inbound with a load of ore. Two tug/barges in port at the same time is very usual. That evening the Aglosoo was outbound with a load of coal for Nanticoke.

Thursday evening the Peter R Cresswell was anchored off shore awaiting the wind and waves to settle down before entering Ashtabula Harbor to unload.

Reported by: Jeff Miller




Hamilton News

05/03
Thursday the Beluga Obsession remained moored on the north face of Pier 10. Earlier in the week the Lake Superior shifted over to Pier 14 from Pier 23 to continue unloading steel products. At 7:30 p.m. the Lake Superior left Hamilton Harbor and looked to be headed towards the Welland Canal. Following the Lake Superior through the Burlington Ship Canal into Lake Ontario was the Jo Spirit which had been berthed at Pier 23 unloading rum.

The McAsphalt 401 and the tug John Spence are still in drydock at Heddles.

No change to the Canadian Provider at Pier 25, although, all the paper has now been removed from the pilot house windows.

This evening the Jade Star is anchored off the Oakville piers.

At 8:25 p.m. the Algocen transited the Burlington Ship Canal headed for Dofasco to unload its cargo of iron ore from Pointe Noire, P.Q.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

05/03
Thursday the McNally Marine tug Sandra Mary (ex-Flo Cooper) lost a dump scow out in the lake south of Toronto. She towed a spud dredge in through the West Gap and deposited it at Marine Terminal 29, then went back out into the lake by way of the East Gap to look for the drifting dump scow. Meanwhile, the Harbor Police and the firetug WM. Lyon Mackenzie went out in search of the drifting scow. Then the tug WM. Rest, Capt. Reg Fansett, which has been working at the Coatsworth Cut, went out and found the wayward scow and brought it safely into port.

Steam was up Thursday on the venerable sidewheel ferry Trillium for the first time this season. The winter tarps were finally removed from the ferry Sam McBride yesterday afternoon upon completion of the new upper deck.

The staysail schooner Challenge which has had a blue hull for the last decade, has been painted black this season, to match the company's other schooner Kajama. Challenge's masts remain blue for the time being.

The salties Milo and Rubin Spirit continue unloading at Redpath Sugar and at the Pier 35 Atlas Crane. Canadian Transport remains idle at Pier 35. Milo was fueled by Hamilton Energy Wednesday afternoon. The English River arrived early in the day and the Pilipino Rubin Stork arrived late in the afternoon.

The tour boat River Gambler is still on he drydock. A new keel cooling system is being installed.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Craig Ritchie




Kingston News

05/03
Thursday the James Norris returned from Prescott where she delivered a load of granular slag from Hamilton. She was heading for Colborne to renew her usual stone shuttle to Clarkson.

A 100-foot pleasure craft , the Ack New was upbound Thursday. She was at Crossover Island at 9:30 a.m. and went to Gananoque for fuel. She later went to Cape Vincent and took a pilot.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Duluth Lake Walk

05/03
Duluth's Lakewalk, a popular attraction for residents and tourists, may be extended. Meanwhile, repairs to a storm-damaged portion of the walkway are nearing completion.

Lakewalk is a paved trail and boardwalk that extends from the Duluth ship canal for about three miles along the shore of Lake Superior. The walk was built in the mid-'80s using federal highway funds that weren't used in a freeway project.

City officials are close to finalizing a plan to extend the Lakewalk by four miles from its current terminus at 26th Avenue East to Brighton Beach at the edge of town. A plan has been drafted and environmental impact is being studied.

The extension would follow the right-of-way of the North Shore Scenic Railway, formerly a Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway line that linked Duluth and Two Harbors. The new walkway would extend through wooded areas and neighborhoods before crossing the spectacular Lester River gorge and ending at the lake shore.

The walkway would have an 8-foot-wide blacktop surface open to hikers, runners, bikers and inline skaters. Like the rest of Lakewalk, it would not be open to motorized traffic.

City officials are seeking federal grants to help bring the project to reality. They also plan to set aside money in the 2005 city budget.

Work is progressing on repairing a section of the Lakewalk damaged by waves last fall.

Railcars were used to haul in stone to be used to restore a washout and bolster rip-rap that protects the Lakewalk. Work is expected to be completed by Memorial Day.

Reported by: Al Miller




30 Years Ago

05/03
The Great Lakes' first 1,000-footer, the motor vessel Stewart J. Cort, made her first transit through the Soo Locks May 3, 1972, inaugurating a new era in shipping on the upper lakes.

According to an article in the Sault Ste. Marie newspaper, several thousand boatwatchers lined the banks of the St. Marys River to watch the supership pass, creating a traffic jam six miles long.

As the vessel stopped in the Poe Lock, Capt. Edward P. Fitch III was greeted by a contingent of city, state and federal dignitaries and was presented with a flag by Lake Superior State College officials.

A few days later, she hauled 55,260 tons of pellets from Taconite Harbor, easily smashing previous records of around 30,000 tons set by her fleetmate, the 730-foot Arthur B. Homer.

A few weeks later, on May 30, the newly-lengthened, 806-foot Charles M. Beeghly carried her first big load through the Poe Lock - 37,152 tons of ore. On June 17, 1972 the 858-foot Roger Blough made her maiden voyage upbound through the locks.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




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


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




Sykes supports Wings on way to Marquette

05/02
The crew of the classic steamer Wilfred Sykes is seeing red ­ the color of the Detroit Red Wings. The vessel is now flying the hockey team's flag as she makes her way north on Lake Michigan bound for the St. Marys River and a rare visit to Marquette.

She is expected to arrive in the Lake Superior port on Saturday to load ore for River Rouge. It is the first of several such Marquette/Detroit trips the Sykes is expected to make this season. The Sykes may make a trip to Toledo after visiting the Rouge.

Reports from the Sykes indicate Capt. Ron Brezinski hoisted the flag to show his support for the Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (and to razz First Mate Eric Treece, a die-hard Colorado Avalanche fan).

View through the unloading boom in Saginaw.
Looking aft.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Wolverine Visits Green Bay

05/02
The Wolverine paid a rare visit to Green Bay Wednesday afternoon to unload a cargo of stone at the Western Lime dock. The stone was loaded at Port Inland, MI. The Wolverine arrived at the entrance to the Fox River and went up river a short distance to the Western Lime dock.

By 6:00 p.m. the Wolverine was ready to depart for the 12 hour trip back to Port Inland to load for St. Joseph, MI. This was the Wolverine's first visit to Green Bay in several years.

Wolverine arriving in Green Bay at the Fox River ( I-43 bridge in background).
Close up heading up river to Western Lime dock.
Stern view heading up river.
Looking forward docked at Western Lime.
View down the boom as stone is unloaded.
Wolverine docked and unloading at Western Lime.

Reported by: Scott Best




Lorain Heats Up

05/02
Wednesday was an unusually busy day in the Port of Lorain. At 11:30 a.m. the Mississagi passed the Fred R White heading to turning basin and then to Lake Erie. The Mississagi was unloading a partial load of stone at the Falbo Dock. The White was loading soot residue at the Jonick Dock for Charlevoix, Mi.

Following closely behind the Mississagi was the outbound Cason J. Callaway. The Callaway had just unloaded taconite at the Republic Technology Plant. The Callaway headed west going to Sandusky, Oh to load coal for Detroit.

About an hour later the Fred R White came out the river heading north on to Charlevoix. This was the busiest morning in Lorain Harbor since last season.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Visitors to Soo Locks Will Find More Security

05/02
Visitors to the Soo Locks will find heightened security measures in place this season, according to a report in Wednesday's Soo Evening News. The most visible of those measures are the blocked entrances to the Locks Park along West Portage, Osborn and Water streets. The only entrance and exit to the park will be at the main gate on Portage Avenue, where guards are stationed. Visitors to the park carrying large bags or packages will also be subject to search upon entry through the upcoming tourist season, said Area Engineer Stan Jacek.

"We are still on heightened alert to a degree here. We have no plan to open the blocked (park) gates," he told the newspaper.

No mention was made of Engineers Day, usually the last Friday in June, when the public has been allowed access to areas of the locks that are usually off limits.

A new display of steamship company house flags to be located near the park entrance was also announced.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Marquette News

05/02
Wednesday the John J. Boland and Reserve loaded at Marquette's upper harbor while the Herbert C. Jackson waited at anchor. The Boland finished loading so the Jackson could take her berth. Expected later on Wednesday was the Charles M. Beeghly. The Middletown is expected today.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
Reserve loading.
Close up of bow.
Close up of stern.
Herbert C. Jackson waits at anchor.
John J. Boland backing from the dock.
Another view.
Turning in the harbor.
Passing the Jackson.
Outbound past the light.
Upper Harbor Light.

Reported by: Lee Rowe and Art Pickering




Saginaw News

05/02
The Buffalo was inbound the Saginaw River Wednesday afternoon passing the Front Range around 12:15 p.m. She unloaded at the Bay Aggregates Dock in Downtown Bay City before backing downriver to the Bay City Wirt Turning Basin.

The Buffalo completed her turn and was outbound for the lake at 7:30 p.m. Passing the outbound Buffalo was the inbound Algoway. Algoway passed Lights 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m. on her way to the GM dock in Saginaw to unload overnight.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Buffalo upbound approaching Essroc.
Close up.
Stern View at Smith Park.
Buffalo bow into the turning basin.
Positioning with the thrusters.
Swinging the stern.
Thrusting the bow from shore.
Completing turn.
Buffalo is turned and outbound through Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

05/02
The Gordon C. Leitch finished loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator and departed around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning with the Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey/William Hoey towing her downriver. The Algoville was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. The Algomarine was at the CSX Dock loading coal with the John G. Munson waiting to follow and the Kaye E. Barker due in late that evening to follow the Munson loading coal.

The Armco was at the Torco Ore Dock unloading ore and was expected to depart late Wednesday afternoon. The Olympic Mentor was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge departed the B-P Dock Tuesday evening. Early Wednesday morning the Gemini arrived at the B-P Dock.

The tug Cheraw with the large crane barge Simonsen remains in the large drydock, while the tug Frank Palladino Jr. and another small tug remain in the small drydock at the Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin on Thursday. The Canadian Olympic, John J. Boland, and Reserve on Saturday, followed by the John G. Munson on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the American Mariner on Monday, May 6, followed by the Reserve on Friday, May 10.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Charles C. West at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area awaiting her fate.
Sandsucker Charles Dick inbound Maumee Bay with a load of sand bound for the Huron Cement Docks in 1971.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - May 02

The Stewart J. 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


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




St. Clair Visits Ship Yard

05/01
The St. Clair entered Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay over the weekend for minor repairs and inspection. The vessel departed Berth #5 at the ship yard about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday heading for Green Bay upbound.

Last week the St. Clair lost power in the St. Clair River, it is unknown if the repairs were related to incident.

Stern view at Berth #5.
Passing off the bow of the James R. Barker.
Pilot house, note the new blue paint job on the boom A frame.
Heading out bound to Green Bay.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

05/01
The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force Tuesday gave Ohio Senator Mike DeWine and Michigan Congressman David E. Bonior Great Lakes Legislator of the Year awards. The awards are presented annually to legislators who best advance the interests of Great Lakes shipping.

Senator DeWine has been a tireless advocate of Great Lakes shipping," said George J. Ryan, President of GLMTF and also President of Lake Carriers' Association. "His commitment to Great Lakes shipping has been pivotal in gaining appropriations for additional dredging and a study of physical improvements that will keep the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway a major contributor to the region's and nation's economy."

Domestic and international cargo movement on the Great Lakes approaches 200 million tons a year. Ohio is a frequent destination for vessels. As the second largest steelmaking state in the nation, U.S.- and Canadian-flag lakers routinely deliver 18 million tons of iron ore and other raw materials to Ohio's Lake Erie ports. Coal shipments from Ohio top 20 million tons a year. The overseas trade represents millions of tons of general cargo and export grain.

"Senator DeWine knows cargo means jobs for American workers and opportunities for American corporations," said John D. Baker, 1st Vice President of GLMTF and President of the ILA's Great Lakes District Council. "He's always in the forefront of efforts to promote the system."

The U.S. build provision of the Jones Act, a reflection of ships' national defense role, is important to Ohio in other ways. "The U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet depends on Toledo Shiprepair Company to maintain and modernize its vessels each winter," said James Driscoll, 2nd Vice President of GLMTF and Director of Marketing for Marinette Marine Corporation. "Senator DeWine appreciates how the build requirement of the Jones Act strengths the nation's defense capabilities.

Rep. Bonior's accomplishments are also numerous. "With Michigan having more ports than the other seven Great Lakes states combined, it is fitting that we honor a senior member of the state's House delegation," said George J. Ryan, President of GLMTF and President of Lake Carriers' Association. "Congressman Bonior knows that the strength of Michigan's economy is directly tied to a healthy Great Lakes shipping industry. Domestic and international shipping to and from Michigan on the Great Lakes generates nearly 100 million tons of cargo such as iron ore, coal, limestone and manufactured goods each year, so he has long been a champion of the "Fourth Seacoast" in Washington."

"Congressman Bonior also understands how important it is to use the Great Lakes wisely," said John D. Baker, 1st Vice President of the Task Force and President of the ILA's Great Lakes District Council. "Therefore, he's always balanced the needs of commerce with protecting the precious Great Lakes environment.

U.S. law requires vessels in domestic commerce to be U.S.-owned, U.S.-crewed and U.S.-built. These requirements are set forth in the Jones Act, the foundation of U.S. maritime policy. "Congressman Bonior was among the first in the House to sign H. Con. Res. 65, a statement of full support for the Jones Act and related maritime statutes," said Daniel L. Smith, 2nd Vice President of GLMTF and Vice President of American Maritime Officers. "American labor considers him a true friend who appreciates that commerce should generate family-sustaining jobs for our citizens."

Many Michiganders work in the shipbuilding industry. "Although it's located in Marinette, Wisconsin, Marinette Marine draws many of its workers from nearby Michigan," said James J. Driscoll, 3rd Vice President of GLMTF and Director of Marketing for Marinette. "The vessels Marinette is building for the Coast Guard and the ferries ordered by New York City will showcase Michiganders' skills."

Previous recipients of GLMTF's Legislator of the Year award include retired Ohio Senator John D. Glenn, retired Ohio Congressman Louis Strokes, Congressmen James L. Oberstar (D-MN), David Obey (D-WI), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Peter Visclosky (D-IN), Jack Quinn (R-NY), and former Senator, now Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

05/01
Boatwatchers early Tuesday were treated to the unusual sight of two 1,000-footers sailing roughly parallel courses to the Superior and Duluth entries. Oglebay Norton was motoring toward Superior Entry shortly after 7 a.m. while, about three or four miles away, Indiana Harbor was arriving at the Duluth ship canal at the same time. Oglebay Norton made an unusual visit to the BNSF ore dock while Indiana Harbor proceeded to Midwest Energy Terminal.

Several 1,000-footers apparently will remain entirely or mostly in the coal trade in May. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Paul R. Tregurtha both are scheduled to make five trips in May to Midwest Energy Terminal. Columbia Star is scheduled for four load, Indiana Harbor is set for three trips, and Oglebay Norton and Mesabi Miner both are slated for two.

Although winter has been reluctant to leave the upper lakes, spring continues to re-assert its rule. Earlier this week, the motor vessel Wenonah, which carries passengers and freighter between Grand Portage, Minn., and Isle Royale, was put back in the water after spending the winter in Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The vessel usually doesn't head up the shore to Grand Portage until late May. Recent weeks also have seen the Twin Ports tour boats Vista Star and Vista King leave the shipyard and return to their dock in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena Report

05/01
The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity arrived Tuesday morning to load cement at Lafarge. It left around 3:00 p.m. headed for Milwaukee. On its way out into the bay it passed the Alpena which was coming into port to load. The J.A.W Iglehart is expected to leave lay-up in Muskegon this weekend.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Port Huron Traffic

05/01
Below are recent images of traffic passing Port Huron.
Reserve downbound at Buoys 1 & 2 in the Lake Huron Cut.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. upbound past the Huron.
Fort Gratiot Light in the fog.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Detroit Traffic

05/01
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Monday and Tuesday.
Tug Annie M Dean and barge working between Detroit and Windsor Monday.
Algosoo downbound past Detroit.
Stern view.
Dorothy Ann & Pathfinder unloading at the Atwater Street Dock in Detroit.
Stern view.
Close up.
Gemini downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Put-In-Bay on Nicholson's Drydock.
Close up.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

05/01
The Middletown was at the Torco Ore Dock unloading ore, she was scheduled to depart Tuesday afternoon. The American Mariner was loading coal at the CSX Dock. She is scheduled to depart late Tuesday afternoon. The Olympic Mentor was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Gordon C. Leitch was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain.

The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the B-P Dock. The tug Cheraw with the large crane barge Simonsen remains in the large drydock, while the tug Frank Palladino Jr. and another small tug remain in the small drydock at Toledo Shipyard undergoing survey/repairs. There are no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

On Saturday the Canadian Transfer arrived at Andersons "K" Elevator to unload potash, also the Philip R. Clarke was unloading salt at the A.R.M.S. Dock, both vessels have since departed bound for there next port of call.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks with tentative eta's will be the Algomarine, Kaye E. Barker and John G. Munson today. The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin on Thursday. The Canadian Olympic, John J. Boland, and Reserve on Saturday. The John G. Munson on Sunday, followed by the American Mariner on Monday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks with tentative eta's will be the Armco today. The American Mariner on Monday, May 6, followed by the Reserve on Friday, May 10.

Tentative vessel arrivals at Toledo during the next several days will be the Algoville bound for one of the Elevators to load grain. Also the tug/barge combo Salvor/Norman McLeod will also be arriving. The American Republic, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Joseph H. Frantz remain in long term lay-up with no activity aboard them.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Report

05/01
Tuesday evening saw some moderate activity around Hamilton Harbor. The Beluga Obsession remained moored on the north face of Pier 10 and has been there since April 25.

The tanker barge Le Vent has now been renamed McCleary's Spirit and is moored on the north face of Pier 14. Over at Heddle Marine, the McAsphalt 401 and the John Spence are still in drydock. The tug William J. Moore looks to be almost finished its refit.

At Pier 23, the Lake Superior looks to have finished unloading its steel products and ready to leave shortly. There seems to be no change with the Canadian Provider at Pier 25 since April 27.

Over at Stelco, the Frontenac arrived at the iron ore dock at 4:30 p.m. to unload. The CSL Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was unloading coal from Ashtabula at Stelco's coal dock.

The Canadian Mariner was unloading iron ore at Dofasco and being refueled by the Hamilton Energy.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

05/01
The tour boat Lady N., which has been ashore at Pier 51 for about four years, was relaunched today. The boat has been "for sale" and may have a new owner.

The Port Authority dredge T.H.C. 50 and tug Wm. Rest were working today in the Coatsworth Cut, at the entrance to Ashbridge's Bay. They were being assisted by the workboat Barney Drake.

The tour boat Lady N., (ex-Simpson boat) which has been ashore at Pier 51 for about five or six years, was relaunched Tuesday. The boat has been "for sale" all that time and may now have a new owner.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Intake Crib Survey

05/01
On Saturday the tug Magnetic took a group of surveyors out to the Water Intake Crib in the Detroit River off Grassy Island. Below are images from the survey.
Preparing to depart the Ferriss Marine yard on the Rouge River.
Magnetic and barge Dal 20 at the intake crib.
Stern view.
Decompression chamber on the barge.
Chick Ferriss powers the winch to raise the spuds.
Backing the barge away from the water intake crib.
Maumee passes downbound.
Canadian Enterprise passes downbound.
Stern view off Grassy Island.
Mike Nicholls arrives from his camp on Grassy Island.
Capt. Wade Streeter (right) and deck hand Jon Kubala in the pilot house.
Preparing to survey the center of the crib.
Ready to be lowered.
Down goes the diver.
Swimming away.
Survey is recorded.
John G. Munson passes upbound.
Tug Rebecca Lynn and barge A-397 upbound.
Close up of the Rebecca Lynn.
Canadian Transfer upbound.
Indiana Harbor upbound.
Passing the Algosteel.
We prepare to depart waiting for traffic to pass.
Earl W. Oglebay upbound.
Survey complete, we depart the crib heading back to the Rouge River.
A stop at Nicholson's to change position on the barge.
Chick Ferriss hands the line to Jon Kubala.
Through the last turn in the old Rouge River and back to the dock.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




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


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




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