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Lee A. Loads in Marquette

05/31
Friday the Lee A. Tregurtha was loading in Marquette for Rouge Steel in Detroit. This is the Lee A.'s second trip to Marquette since flooding temporarily closed the port to commercial traffic. Her first trip was on Monday.

Also expected Friday was the Saginaw making her a second visit of the week. Other traffic scheduled to arrive this weekend includes: the Reserve, John J. Boland and Herbert C. Jackson.

The Dead River continues its strong flow toward Lake Superior. The amount of debris has decreased significantly but it appears that the river is still carrying a large amount of silt toward the lake. The water around the harbor area is still a muddy color and there are a few muddy slicks reaching out of the upper harbor and moving down into the lower harbor and south shore. City officials are working on bids for repairs to the washed out bridge leading to the ore dock.

The Presque Isle Power Plant remains out of service and it is unknown when the plant will be restarted. Crews removing mud from the turbines and will then inspect for damage. When maintenance is performed it can takes up to two weeks to spin down the turbines. When the mud entered the powerhouse the turbines were shut down in a matter of minutes.

Reported by: Gary Angel and Art Pickering


State of Michigan Visits Cleveland

05/31
The Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship State of Michigan arrived in Cleveland Friday morning and carefully docked at the Coast Guard base. The State of Michigan was in port open to visitors as part of her Great Lakes tour.

Cleveland was the sixth city on a seven city tour. Next she will visit Sault Ste. Marie on June 1 before returning to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City.

Also in port was the Buffalo arriving about 9:15 a.m. and went to the CBT dock. The Cuyahoga, who had arrived Thursday to load salt, departed at 11:15 a.m. The saltie Sylvia departed at 4 p.m. David Z. Norton and Fred R. White Jr. were at CBT with the Norton lightering and then continuing on to ISG.

The 150- foot yacht Highlander has been in Cleveland for the last few days, owned by businessman Steve Forbes. Also know as a floating palace, the yacht boasts two bars and a wine cellar. Also, the Highlander sports two cigarette boats, two motorcycles, and a helipad, on which a Bell Jet Ranger II may land.

Forbes hosted business and social leaders for lunch to discuss partnerships between Cleveland, the local business community, and Forbes' publishing company.

Reported by: Mike Reindel and Bill Kloss


Alpena Update

05/31
The steamer Alpena arrived in port around 10 a.m. Friday morning. It took on cement bound for Green Bay, WI and departed the Lafarge dock by early afternoon.

The J.A.W Iglehart also came into port Friday evening to load.

The Paul H. Townsend is on a different run, passing through the Welland Canal and  heading for Bath, Ont.

The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity is delivering to St. Joseph and South Chicago.

Activity at Stoneport on Friday included the tug and barges Great Lakes Trader and  Joseph H. Thompson.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Goderich Update

05/31
Friday afternoon there were two ships in the Goderich Harbor. The Algomarine was loading salt and the saltie Federal Schelde was at the Goderich Elevator.

Algomarine.
Federal Schelde.

Reported by: Jim Bauer


Marine Mart Next Weekend

05/31
The annual Port Huron Marine Flea Market will be held at the Port Huron Museum on Saturday, June 7, with doors opening at 9 a.m.

This event, sponsored by Lake Huron Lore Marine Society, is held each year on the first Saturday of June. Dealers offer for sale books, ship models, photographs, art work, videos, antiques and more.

For more information call the Museum at (810)982-0891 ext. 16. The Museum is located at 1115 6th Street, Port Huron, MI.

Reported by: Terry Doyon


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




Iron nugget test run successful

05/30
A pilot plant in Silver Bay, Minn., successfully produced a test batch of iron nuggets last weekend and is now working on its first full run of nuggets, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

"We have what we predicted it to be," Larry Lehtinen, Mesabi Nugget president, told the newspaper. "It's gone extremely smooth for a first-time production facility."

Mesabi Nugget's pilot plant is using Mesabi Range taconite to produce nuggets that are 96 percent iron. If commercially viable, the iron nuggets could open new steel industry markets such as mini mills to Minnesota taconite. Taconite pellets, which contain about 65 percent iron, currently can only be used in blast furnaces.

On Wednesday the first iron nuggets were successfully formed in the pilot plant's 13-meter-diameter rotary hearth furnace, cooled and conveyed to a concrete storage pad at Northshore Mining Co. For the rest of this week the plant is scheduled to operate 12 hours a day, producing about 20 tons a day. Beginning next week the plant will run 24 hours a day for 50 days.

The Mesabi Nugget plant uses a process developed by Kobe Steel of Japan to turn taconite concentrate into iron nuggets. In the iron nugget process, taconite from Northshore's mine in Babbitt is ground into concentrate at Silver Bay, mixed with coal and secret ingredients and fired in a gas-fired rotary furnace.

If the plant continues to succeed, Mesabi Nugget officials will try to develop a $90 million, 500,000-ton-per year commercial plant at Northshore Mining. Construction would begin in spring 2005 and be complete in 2006.

Reported by: Al Miller


State of Michigan in Detroit

05/30
At about noon on Thursday the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship State of Michigan arrived at Hart Plaza in Detroit for a three hour open house.

The State of Michigan approaches the Hart Plaza dock in Detroit.
Captain Mike Surgerski and crew eases the ship into the berth.
Crew members open the Hart Plaza railing to allow visitors on board.
Main electric panel aboard the diesel electric ship.
Four Cat 398TA main engines driving generators.
Pilot house interior forward.
Pilot house interior starboard aft.
Pilot house interior port side aft.
Deck view.
View over the bow of the GM Global Headquarters in the Ren Cen.
Stern View at the Hart Plaza dock.
Bow View at Hart Plaza.

Reported by: Bill Hoey


Cleveland Update

05/30
The Agawa Canyon arrived Thursday morning, along with an unidentified Lower Lakes Towing vessel. The American Republic departed around 3 p.m. and the Fred White was leaving the CBT Dock on the ISG Steel shuttle trip up the Cuyahoga River.

Reported by: Mike Reindel


Twin Ports Report

05/30
Presque Isle was in Duluth on Thursday to load taconite pellets at DMIR for a rare trip to the new U.S. Steel mill (formerly National Steel) at Ecorse, Mich. GLF said the vessel is due at Ecorse on June 1.

The Joseph H. Frantz was loading at General Mills in Superior. She completed loading and departed about 7:30 p.m. heading for Buffalo.

Also in port Thursday was the Canadian Enterprise loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal and Mesabi Miner to load at BNSF ore dock. George A. Stinson remained idle at Elevator M. Middletown was expected late in the day to unload stone.

Reported by: Al Miller


Soo Traffic

05/30
Below are images taken on Thursday at the Soo Locks.

Tug Frederick Waiting its turn.
James R. Barker entering the Poe Lock.
CSL Tadoussac departs the locks.
Tadoussac and Barker.

Reported by: Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises


Lake Erie Update

05/30
The tug Elizabeth, registered in Wareham, MA and belonging to the Wareham Steamship Company, arrived in Erie Thursday evening to fuel at Wolverine Marina. Wolverine Marina is commonly used by pleasure craft and small commercial vessels to fuel or moor overnight.

The Elizabeth is 61.5 feet long and 17.1 feet wide. The tug was built in Mobile, Alabama in 1936 and is diesel powered.

In other news, the Yankcanuck passed Long Point upbound at about 5 p.m. Thursday. Over the past few weeks the Yankcanuck had headed back to Conneaut to load gypsum for Port Colborne, but today reported that it was upbound for Sault Ste. Marie. The vessel is not on the Conneaut vessel schedule at this time, and it is unknown when she will return to the gypsum run.

About 6 p.m. the Roger Blough was inbound for Conneaut heading to the P&C ore dock. The Blough is loaded with about 50,000 tons of taconite pellets from Two Harbors.

Elizabeth inbound to Wolverine Marina.
Stern View.
Turning to dock at Wolverine Marina.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson


Toronto Update

05/30
Two cement carriers were in port on Wednesday. The Stephen B. Roman came in Tuesday night to the Essroc dock, and English River arrived in the afternoon at the Lafarge dock.

The firetug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie responded to a minor fire call at Lafarge on Wednesday afternoon and raced towards the dock, but it was called back before arriving on scene.

The hydrofoil Seaflight II, on which an engineer was killed a short time ago, was hauled from the water by crane at Pier 51 Wednesday morning.

The new QCYC tender Algonquin Queen II was out on trials. It will enter service on June 1st. y

Reported by: Gerry O.


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




Rare Trip for Townsend

05/29
The Paul H. Townsend made a rare trip into the Rouge River Wednesday evening. The Townsend spent most of the day unloading at the Lafarge Dock on the Detroit River. That evening she depart with a partial load of cement, making the short trip to the Rouge River.

Once off the Rouge she was turn by the tug Vermont and backed into the Old Rouge River Bed to unload at Jefferson Marine Terminal. This is the dock where the Stephen B. Roman unloads. Earlier this year the Townsend's fleet mate Alpena made unloaded at the dock.

Pictures by Mike Nicholls
Paul H Townsend downbound before turning into the Rouge Short Cut.
Bound for the Jefferson Marine Terminal Dock .

Reported by: Mike Nicholls and Wade P. Streeter


New Tug and Barge Upbound

05/29
The new McKeil Marine combination of the tug Tony Mackay and barge KTC 115 transited the Welland Canal on Wednesday. The pair departed Hamilton Wednesday morning and passed upbound for Manistee, Mi. The tug and barge will participate in the Amherstburg, Ont. to Manistee for General Chemical carrying brine. The tug Tony Mackay is the former Point Carroll.

Pictures by Eric Stapleton
Tug and barge in the canal.
Stern view.
Tug Tony Mackay.
Close up of upper pilot house.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Eric Stapleton


State of Michigan Tour

05/29
The training vessel State of Michigan docked at Port Huron's Seaway Terminal on Wednesday continuing a two week, seven city training and recruitment tour of the Great Lakes.

The State Of Michigan will be docked at Detroit's Hart Plaza on Thursday. The vessel will be open for tours from Noon to 3 p.m. providing an opportunity for the public to inspect the vessel which the academy received in August of 2002.

The 225 foot vessel was formerly the Persistent, which was operated by the U.S. Navy.

For more information about the ship's itinerary, visit: www.nmc.edu/maritime/news/spring-2003-tour.html

Turning off the Port Huron at the Seaway Terminal.
Docked behind the Bramble with the tall ship Highlander Sea astern.

Reported by: Rich Kelly and Paul Jagenow


Ship Repair Company Gets Boost from State

05/29
Pennsylvania's Governor has breathed new life into Erie, Pennsylvania's ship repair industry, which was thought doomed just months ago. A representative from the Governor’s office on Wednesday presented a $1,000,000 check to Metro Machine for repairs to the dry dock gate, which will allow the dry dock to be flooded without flooding the inside of the buildings surrounding the dry dock. Repairs are expected to begin in August.

Over the next year, Governor Rendell is expected to further aid Metro Machine with two million dollars for construction of an overhead crane and a garage door.

This means new jobs for the Erie area, and also that Metro, one of only two dry docks on the Great Lakes capable of handling vessels 1000 feet in length, may now be able to become a player in the ship repair market.

Metro plans to call back forty workers that it had laid off in December.

The last vessels dry-docked in Erie were the Manitoulin, Jean Parisien, and Louis R. Desmarais during the winter of 1996-97. The last vessels to spend the winter in Erie were the James R. Barker and Mesabi Miner during the winter of 2000-2001.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson


Rare Call for Pere Marquette 41

05/29
The barge Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted made a very rare and unusual call to the port of Ironton, Michigan at the old H&D Gravel Dock. She entered Lake Charlevoix about 8 a.m.

Lake Charlevoix has not seen a freighter since her last visit in 1997. Regular callers used to be the Myron C. Taylor and Calcite II when the Wolverine Power Plant was still operational in Advance, Michigan. The plant shut down in late 1996.

Arriving on Lake Charlevoix.
Unloading.

Reported by: Dustin Sadowski


Old-fashioned foghorn to remain in Duluth

05/29
Duluth officials and the owners of an old-fashioned foghorn have mended fences so the foghorn can remain in limited operation at the city's ship canal.

City councilors Tuesday approved a one-year, $5,000 agreement that TOOT Inc. to reinstall any parts the group removed from the foghorn to again make it operational. TOOT stands for "reTurn Our Old Tone."

TOOT restored the horn, installed it at the end of the south pier on the city's ship canal in 1995. But group members became frustrated last month because the city hadn't signed a new contract, so it announced it was removing the foghorn and started taking crucial operating parts.

The foghorn primarily serves as a backup for high-tech global positioning systems on most ships. The U.S. Coast Guard uses a less intrusive electronic whistle when TOOT is turned off from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Reported by: Dan Rogers


Saginaw Update

05/29
The Wilfred Sykes was outbound early Wednesday morning after unloading at the Saginaw Wirt Dock overnight. Earlier on Tuesday, she had lightered at the Bay City Wirt Dock.

The Joseph H. Thompson entered the river Wednesday evening, calling on the Essexville Sand and Stone Dock to lighter. She departed around 11 p.m. and continued upriver to the Bay City Wirt Dock to finish unloading.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes downbound passing Wheeler's Landing.
Close up at Bay City Wirt.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Detroit Traffic

05/29
Jean Parisien backing into the Rouge Steel Slip with the assistance of tugs Wyoming & Maine.
Tug Maine.
Tug Vermont.
Assiting the Townsend.
Close up.
H Lee White unloading on Zug Island in the Rouge Short Cut Canal.
American Republic downbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.
Earl W Oglebay upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Bronte News

05/29
The Petrolia Desgagnes arrived at the Petro Canada Pier in Bronte, Ont. (Oakville) about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Hamilton Energy departed Hamilton an hour earlier to make the seven mile trip across Lake Ontario. In Bronte she met the Petrolia Desgagnes for refueling. There is another unknown ship possibly the Jade Star on the other side of the pier.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


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




Davis Lock in Use

05/28
The little used Davis Lock at Sault Ste. Marie was pressed into service this week as crews performing dredging at the west approach to the MacArthur Lock.

The Davis Lock is 1,350-feet in length but can only allow shallow draft vessels to pass through it. If needed the MacArthur Lock can be brought back into service but the process takes about two and a half hours as the tug Mohawk, crane barge and dump scowls must be moved.

Reported by: Chris Jackson


Busy Day in Saginaw

05/28
Commercial traffic continued busy Tuesday on the Saginaw River with one vessel departing and four more arriving.

The Maumee was outbound early Tuesday morning after unloading during the night at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.

Inbound early Tuesday morning was the Canadian Transfer, which stopped first at the Wirt dock in Bay City, then continued up the river late in the morning to the Buena Vista Dock near Saginaw.

As the Transfer departed that dock later in the afternoon, the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder were waiting to take its place at the same dock. After unloading part of its cargo at there, the tug and barge moved up to the Valley Asphalt dock in Saginaw early in the evening.

Meanwhile, down the river at the Wirt dock in Bay City, the Wilfred Sykes had been unloading part of its cargo and was waiting for the Transfer to pass. Once the way was clear, about 9 p.m., the Sykes continued up to the Wirt dock in Saginaw to finish unloading.

The Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder had finished unloading at Valley Asphalt and were waiting for the Sykes to arrive before making their outbound passage.

The Mark Hannah was inbound at Light 12 shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Nine commercial vessels have called at docks along the Saginaw River over the last three days. On Monday, the American Republic unloaded at the Bay Aggregates dock while the Karen Andrie was unloading fuel at the Triple Clean Dock. On Sunday morning, the J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound for Lafarge and the Algoway was inbound for the GM dock about an hour later. Both vessels departed later in the day.

The visit was an unusually short one for the Iglehart, which remained at the Lafarge terminal for only two or three hours. Normally, the cement carriers take almost 24 hours to unload.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes unloading at Bay City Wirt.
Canadian Transfer downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Canadian Transfer passing the Wilfred Sykes.
Transfer-Sykes another view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Museum Ship Milwaukee Clipper Open for Season

05/28
The National Historic Landmark Steamer S. S. Milwaukee Clipper, currently undergoing restoration in Muskegon, Mi. has opened for her fourth season open to the public for guided tours of the ship. Visitors to the vessel tour of all the public areas as well as the pilot house. Also aboard the vessel there is a gift shop where souvenirs may be purchased including a video presentation of the history of the ship from her construction in 1905 by American Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland as the Juniata for the well remembered "Anchor Line. The ship also features an on-board museum displaying artifacts and other memorabilia, from her passenger days, and an extensive display of Great Lakes steamboat china from Great Lakes passenger lines such as the Georgian Bay Line, Goodrich Transit Company, D&C Lines, and, of course, the Wisconsin and Michigan Steamship Company. Sadly lacking is china from the "Anchor Line" and Great Lakes Transit Corporation.

Special projects for the Milwaukee Clipper this season include the painting of her hull in her original grey and white color scheme, and restoration of the engine room to allow display of her 1904 Quadruple Expansion steam engine built by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company.

Hours are Thursday through Sunday, from 12 noon until 4PM, and the cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 5 through 11. The Milwaukee Clipper is located at 2098 Lakeshore Drive, more commonly referred to as "the Foot of McCracken" or the old "Grand Trunk dock". Visit www.milwaukeeclipper.com for more details.

New color scheme.

Reported by: Chuck Truscott


Twin Ports Report

05/28
Vessels were waiting in line at the BNSF ore dock Tuesday. Nanticoke was loading. It was to be followed by CSL Tadoussac, and then by Stewart J. Cort, which was anchored off shore.

Not loading at BNSF -- or anywhere else at the moment -- was George A. Stinson, which remains at Elevator M in Superior waiting for its future to be ironed out. The Stinson, which hauled taconite pellets out of Superior for National Steel Pellet Co., has been idle for a week since U.S. Steel completed its buyout of National Steel. U.S. Steel did not pick up the Stinson's lease as part of the National purchase.

Western Lake Superior saw several infrequent visitors Tuesday. John J. Boland unloaded at the Berwind dock in Duluth and then proceeded to Two Harbors to load behind the Joe Block. In Silver Bay, the David Z. Norton and the Buffalo both loaded.

Reported by: Al Miller


Alpena Update

05/28
Tuesday was a busy day at Lafarge. The Alpena arrived in the early morning hours to load cement for Milwaukee. It departed by 7 a.m. The Paul H. Townsend came in next to load around 10 a.m. She left by early afternoon bound for Detroit. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity was also in port on Tuesday evening taking on cargo.

At Stoneport on Tuesday the American Republic and Middletown were loading.

Alpena downbound on Monday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Toledo update

05/28
Tuesday the Buckeye was moved from her layup berth at the City Docks and was towed downriver by the "G" tugs Idaho and Illinois to the Torco Ore Dock where she will remain in lay-up.

The move was made to make room for the Tall Ships that are scheduled to arrive in mid July to be able to tie up at the City Docks for Ohio's Bi-centennial celebration.

The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer were at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain. The Gemini was at the B-P Dock.

The Atlantic Erie is scheduled to arrive at the Torco Ore Dock on Tuesday evening to unload ore. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will now be the H. Lee White on Thursday. The Algolake on Saturday, followed by the John B. Aird on Tuesday.

The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Thursday, followed by the Atlantic Huron on Monday. This will be the Atlantic Huron's first visit to Toledo since her rebuild at Port Weller Dry Docks last winter.

Other future vessel arrivals will be the Algorail and Algosteel due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Docks to unload stone within the next few days.

The Lee A. Tregurtha loading coal at CSX #4 Dock.
Buckeye and Willis B. Boyer at the City Docks last winter.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Toronto Report

05/28
The Toronto harbor was empty of visitors Tuesday evening. The saltie Isadora departed that afternoon with the assistance of McKeil's harbor tugs. The Forbe's mega yacht Highlander departed earlier in the day.

Reported by: Gerry O.


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




Minnesota company to produce first batch of iron nuggets

05/27
Over the next few days a Minnesota company's demonstration plant will attempt to produce its first batch of iron nuggets -- a product that could spawn a significant new use for taconite and generate a new cargo for Great Lakes ships.

Mesabi Nugget LLC has built a $30 million demonstration plant in Silver Bay to conduct large-scale tests on a process of turning taconite concentrate into nuggets of 96-percent iron. By comparison, commercial taconite pellets contain about 65 percent iron.

This weekend about 30 employees of Mesabi Nugget will produce direct-reduced iron at the plant. On Monday or Tuesday, the plant's first iron nuggets are expected to roll off a conveyor onto a concrete storage pad near the shore of Lake Superior.

The Mesabi Nugget project is a joint venture of Kobe Steel, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Steel Dynamics Inc., Mesabi Nugget and Minnesota's Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Agency. Mesabi Nugget's demonstration plant is the first of its kind in the world and can produce about 25,000 tons of nuggets a year. It's located in an unused building at Cleveland-Cliffs' Northshore Mining Co.

Development of the iron nugget technology is seen as critical by many industry observers.

Taconite pellets are used by steelmakers with blast furnaces. But only about 38 blast furnaces remain in the United States -- down from 120 in 1979 -- and that number is expected to continue to decline. Iron nuggets, on the other hand, could be used by the growing number of electric arc furnaces in mini-mills.

Because of their higher iron content, nuggets would sell for more than taconite pellets. A ton of iron nuggets would be worth about six times the $35 a ton that taconite pellets now fetch.

If successful, Mesabi Nugget would make a new product from Minnesota taconite concentrate -- the first since taconite pellets replaced natural iron ore in the 1960s and 70s. Success could lead to development of a $90 million, 500,000-ton-a-year commercial iron nugget plant.

Nuggets produced at a commercial plant could be marketed to minimills, foundries and integrated steel producers. The nuggets would be transported by rail and ship, Mesabi Nugget President Larry Lehtinen told the Duluth News Tribune.

If the demonstration plant succeeds, Mesabi Nugget this fall will begin seeking the permits need to build a commercial plant. A 500,000-ton-a-year plant eventually could be expanded to produce about 1 million tons a year.

Reported by: Al Miller


Steam up on the Michipicoten

05/27
On Sunday the Michipicoten had regular amounts of smoke coming from her stack as crews prepare to depart Sarnia. The Michipicoten is expected to depart early this week heading upbound on her first trip sailing for Lower Lakes Towing.

Across the harbor, the Algolake was in at the south end of the North Slip in Sarnia. The stern was ballasted high and it appeared they where working in the area of the shaft seal.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin


Frantz Departs

05/27
The Joseph H. Frantz departed Buffalo Sunday evening after unloading her first cargo of grain under charter to Great Lakes Associates. She departed about 6 p.m. heading upbound for Superior, Wi.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski


Quebecois Enters Lay-up

05/27
The Quebecois arrived in Thunder Bay Monday and docked at Pascol Engineering for lay-up. The straight decker is expected to return to service late this summer in time for the fall grain rush.

Reported by: Tom Stewart


Port Weller Dry Docks lands oil rig contract

05/27
Port Weller Dry Docks has landed a $20 million contract to build a giant oil processing unit, and company officials hope the deal will help them gain a foothold in a new line of work.

The contract is a groundbreaking move into the huge offshore oil manufacturing industry, said Ian Falconer, dry docks operations manager

“This is a whole new venture for Port Weller Dry Docks,” he said. “It means more recognition in the offshore industry, which is a tough industry to get into.”

The contract, signed in mid-April, is with Aker Maritime Kiewit Contractors. AMKC is a partnership between Norwegian Aker Maritime (Aker Oil & Gas Technology Canada) and Peter Kiewit Sons Co., headquartered in Omaha, Neb.

AMKC describes itself as a venture to “pursue and execute full … offshore contracts in Eastern Canada.” The Port Weller contract is part of its White Rose project.

The steel module the St. Catharines dry docks will build will eventually resemble a square box about 7.5 meters wide, 22.5 meters long and 16.2 meters high. It will be made of steel beam plates and hollow sections.

The module to be built is one of about 20 to be installed in a Canadian East Coast floating production and storage operation, which resembles a tanker with a production platform on the deck. It will collect oil sucked up from the ocean floor and also do some initial refining.

Port Weller’s engineering department has been on the module project for the last month, with actual production starting next month. The work continues until April 2004. The module will then be taken by barge to Newfoundland.

Falconer is hopeful more offshore oil manufacturing contracts will eventually be signed.

“This opens a lot of doors to work of this type,” he said. “It helps us to upscale our workforce as it’s a higher quality type of work — a lot more inspection and surveillance.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt


Saginaw River Update

05/27
The American Republic was inbound during the afternoon on Monday, arriving at the Bay Aggregates Dock to unload. By early evening she had finished and was outbound for the lake.

The Maumee was inbound during the evening, giving a security call passing the Pump-Out Island around 7pm. Her radio traffic indicated she was headed up to the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw to unload.

The Tug Karen Andrie and her tank barge were outbound Monday afternoon.

Maumee upbound past the Ashland-Marathon Dock.
Close up view.
Maumee silhouetted by the sunset.
American Republic unloading at the Bay Aggregates Dock.
Another view.

Reported by:


Detroit Traffic

05/27
Joseph H Frantz at Sterling Fuel.
Stern view.
Departing.
Stern view.
Middletown upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Fred R White Jr downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Ziemia Gornoslaska (Marshall Islands) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Algowood downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Toledo Update

05/27
The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer was at the Torco Ore Dock unloading ore Monday. The Gemini was at the B-P Dock unloading cargo. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the old Interlake Iron Dock. The Philip R. Clarke was unloading salt at the A.R.M.S. Dock, when finished unloading salt she proceeded to the CSX Docks to load coal. The Algosoo was at the Kuhlman Dock unloading cargo, when finished she proceeded to the CSX Docks and will follow the Philip R. Clarke loading coal.

The next scheduled vessels due into the CSX Docks will be the John G. Munson on Wednesday, the H. Lee White on Thursday followed by the Algolake on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Atlantic Erie on Tuesday, followed by the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Wednesday. There are no grain vessels in port at the time of this report.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
The Carol Lake with the "G" tug Wyoming headed upbound the Maumee River to load grain at one of the elevator complexes.
The George D. Goble loading coal at C&O #3 coal dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Calumet in Tonawanda

05/27
The Calumet arrived in Tonawanda, NY Monday heading to the power plant in Tonawanda, NY. Loaded with coal, she blew a salute to onlookers at the Harbor Front Marina as she entered the Buffalo Harbor.

Reported by: Tom Miller


Toronto Update

05/27
The saltie Isadora continued unloading Monday at Pier 51. The McNally tug Bagotville was refloated today at Toronto Drydock. The schooner Empire Sandy went on the drydock for hull water blasting and painting. Her new bronze figureheads are scheduled to be mounted while in the drydock

. The Forbe's mega yacht Highlander was out for an evening cruise and then returned to Pier 4 for the night.

Empire Sandy on the Toronto Drydock.
Another view.

Reported by: Gerry O.


Steelworkers approve contract with U.S. Steel

05/27
Steelworkers have ratified a contract with U.S. Steel Corp. that covers 24,000 active workers and 100,000 retirees, including some 3,700 employees at National Steel Corp. plants in Detroit.

The deal between U.S. Steel and the United Steelworkers of America includes pay guarantees, millions of dollars in factory upgrades and one of the first industrial union concessions on health care coverage.

Under the agreement, approved 3-to-1, U.S. Steel hopes to "significantly reduce" its more than $100 million annual health care tab by imposing cost-sharing on its employees.

The company plans to reduce its combined work force by almost 6,000 but expects to achieve most of that by trimming management positions and offering early-retirement incentives, company officials said.

Workers from both U.S. Steel and its recent acquisition, National Steel Corp., voted on the plan, the final hurdle between the merging of the two companies. U.S. Steel in April agreed to pay $1.05 billion for National Steel, pending approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago.

Reported by: Greg Kennedy


Diamond Belle Cruise

05/27
During the 13th annual Memorial Day weekend trip to Port Huron aboard the Diamond Belle, these photos were taken.

Canadian Transfer upbound in Lake St. Clair.
Adam E. Cornelius upbound in the Cut off Canal.
Algolake, Canadian Miner & Canadian Transfer.
Canadian Miner.
Capatonas Marcinkus.
Algolake upbound with coal for Lambton powerhouse.
Algolake Boatnerd officers.
Algolake Bow.
Gemini at Sarnia stern.
Gemini bow.
Middletown downbound at Port Huron Cut.
David Z. Norton upbound under the Blue Water Bridge.
Retired Bramble with stripes and numbers painted out.

Reported by: Bill Hoey


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




Ocean Hauler Grounds in Manistee

05/26
Sunday afternoon while departing Manistee, the barge Ocean Hauler drawing 19-feet of water and pushed by the tug Doug McKeil ran aground between the pier heads as she attempted to turn towards the north. After a half-hour attempt to free the barge the tug only managed to pull the barge astern about one hundred feet.

The crew then decided to disconnect from the barge and tie a line to the bow. After about ten minutes she was pulled to deeper water where she safely departed. The Algorail was also in port Sunday, unloading at Sengs dock.

Reported by: Sid Goebel


State of Michigan visits Muskegon

05/26
The training vessel State of Michigan was docked at the NOAA dock (old Coast Guard Station) in Muskegon on Saturday and was open for tours. Cadet Mike Modderman (see image) conducted special engine room tours for some guests. The vessel has diesel-electric propulsion with 4 diesel/generator sets providing power for two electric motors. The tour was well-attended, despite fall-like weather. Her next port of call will be Chicago.

Photos by Andrew Mills
At the dock.
Wide view.
Stern view.
Looking forward.
Stack and mast.
Cadet Mike Modderman leads a tour.
Engine room.
Pilot house.

Reported by: Marc Vander Meulen


New Ferry Christened

05/26
The car ferry Arni J Richter became the newest member of the Washington Island Ferry Line fleet on Saturday. Several hundred Islanders, local and county officials and guests assembled for the christening of the 104-foot all-season car and passenger ferry.

Various remarks and commemorations were made to honor the occasion and the namesake of the vessel, Arni Richter, who reminisced of the days he and his father Carl ran a small freighter and then in 1940 purchased the ferry line. At the time the line consisted of two wooden ferries - the North Shore and the Welcome.

Today the Arni J. Richter becomes the sixth steel vessel, joining the C.G. Richter, Voyageur, Eyrarbakki, Robert Noble and Washington. An earlier steel vessel, the Griffin, acquired in 1950, was sold in 1972 when the C.G. Richter was converted for ice-breaking service.

The school children of the Island celebrated the new arrival by coloring pictures of the Arni J. Richter (grades K-2) and writing essays or poems. These were all on display, and one from each class was presented at the ceremony. Members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Island Chorus performed a new work by Daniel Hansen, an Island musician and composer.

The culmination of the event was when Arni Richter smashed a bottle of champagne (brought from Iceland) to make the christening official. After that, the newest and oldest (C.G. Richter) boats were open for public viewing.

There is much speculation about the effect of the new boat on the splendid isolation of the Island in the winter. Until now, the C.G. Richter with a capacity of 9 cars had been the only winter link with the mainland. The Arni J. Richter will carry 20 cars. And her improved design may allow more than one round trip per day.

Reported by: Ham Rutledge


Twin Ports Report

05/26
Edwin H. Gott departed Duluth early Sunday with a load of taconite for the DMIR dock. Inside the port, Alpena was unloading cement at Lafarge’s Duluth terminal while Columbia Star loaded coal at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Saturday, the outbound James R. Barker passed the CGC Sundew about a mile off the ship canal and then the stone-laden Reserve a few miles farther out.

The power plant at Nanticoke should be a busy place over the next several days. Canadian Transport loaded coal for the plant on Saturday, following by Columbia Star on Sunday. Paul R. Tregurtha and Canadian Enterprise are both scheduled to load coal for Nanticoke today.

Alpena unloads cement early Sunday in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller


Townsend in Green Bay

05/26
The Paul H. Townsend arrived in Green Bay on Sunday and headed upriver to the Lafarge terminal. The Herbert Jackson was also expected Sunday.

After a busy month of April, the month of May has been relatively quiet. New dock wall space is being created at the K&K dock on the Fox River next to the Walnut Street Bridge. This additional dock space is expected to increase the number of salt water vessels calling on the port.

Townsend passing the K&K dock under construction.
Boatwatchers of all ages were out to see the Townsend.

Reported by: Jeff & Ben DuMez


Beeghly in Milwaukee

05/26
Capt. Joe Ruch backed the Charles M. Beeghly into Milwaukee late Saturday afternoon with a load of coal. This was their second trip with coal to Milwaukee this week.

Beeghly in Milwaukee.
Looking aft.
Coal stacked to the top of the hatches.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde


Busy day in Holland

05/26
The Wilfred Sykes arrived at the James DeYoung power plant on Sunday afternoon with a load of western coal. At 8 a.m. the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived. The tug and barge eased past the Sykes to tie up at Brewer's with a mixed load of block mix and agricultural lime from Cedarville.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse


Toronto Update

05/26
Toronto received its first salt water delivery of a cargo other than sugar Sunday. The salty Isadora arrived that afternoon and was berthed at Pier 51 with the assistance of McKeil's tugs Glenevis and Atomic.

The McNally tug Bagotville was to have been refloated at the drydock Sunday and the schooner Empire Sandy was to follow it on the drydock. There was a delay in refloating the tug.

The megayacht Highlander remains in port To the south of Toronto Island, the Deep Water Cooling Project is running 24/7 with tugs, barges and dredges coming and going.

Reported by: Gerry O.


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




Michipicoten Christening

05/25
On Saturday the Michipicoten was christened during a public ceremony in Sarnia. With a large crowd on hand to witness the event, Devon and Pam Bravener christened the ship with the crack of the traditional bottle of champagne.

The champagne bottle shattered against the hull with one swing and the company then generously opened the Michipicoten for tours to all those who had gathered to witness the event. The Michipicoten is the fourth vessel to join the Lower Lakes Towing fleet and the seventh combined with the U.S. affiliate Grand River Navigation Co. An impressive number for a company that is only eight year’s old.

The former Elton Hoyt 2nd was purchased from the Interlake Steamship Co. in April. The 700-foot self unloader was towed from Superior, Wi. to Sarnia, arriving under tow on May 7. Since that time crews have been hard at work fitting the vessel out for service.

Michipicoten is expected to depart Sarnia early this week and sail upbound on her maiden voyage. She will primarily trade between Marquette, Mi. and Algoma Steel in the Soo. Aside from her primary route, she is expected to make occasional trips to the lower lakes.

Michipicoten at the Government Dock.
Flags flying for the event.
Close up.
House flag and customer flags.
Stack painted and logo attached.
Testing the line that will carry the champagne bottle with a bottle of beer.
Too long.
The crowd gathered just before the event starts.
Welcoming remarks by Frank Bravener.
Opening recitation by Arch Deacon Gordon Simmons.
President of Grand River Navigation, Mark Rohn addresses the crowd .
President of Lower Lakes Transportation, Robert Pierson speaking.
President and founder of Lower Lake Towing Scott Bravener delivers his speech.
Officials on stage.
Singing of the national anthems.
Benediciton.
Champagne bottle ready to go.
Devon and Pam Bravener ready to swing the bottle.
Crack!
Michipicoten opened for tours.
View aft.
Mail boat Captain Sam Buchanan delivers the first bag of mail.
Deck view looking aft.
Pilot house.
Interior view.
Michipicoten Captain John Carlson.
Life ring on deck.
Stern view at the dock.
Reception after the christening.
Close up of Paul LaMarre Jr. art work.
Christening program.
Video of the Christening. 700k
More pictures will be added Sunday night

Reported by: N. Schultheiss


Frantz Arrives in Buffalo

05/25
The Frantz arrived this morning with her first grain cargo and she is now the The Joseph H. Frantz arrived in Buffalo Saturday morning with a cargo of grain for the General Mills elevator. This is the first of many grain cargos the Frantz will bring to Buffalo under a five year charter to Great Lakes Associates.

The Frantz is the first American self-unloader to call at General Mills. She dock at the Frontier Elevator dock "A" for some time before starting to unload.
Pictures will be added Sunday night

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski and Jeff Thoreson


Jane Ann IV Departs

05/25
The tug Jane Ann IV departed the Heddle Dry Dock about 2 p.m. Saturday and conducted sea trials in the harbor. She then moved to Pier 26 to reconnect with the barge Sarah Spencer. The pair departed through the Burlington Piers at 4:45 p.m.

The Jane Ann IV arrived in Hamilton last week for rudder repairs.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Alpena Report

05/24
The Paul H. Townsend arrived in port early Saturday morning to load cement at Lafarge. It departed before 9 a.m. heading for Green Bay, WI.

The Fred R. White Jr. also came into port Saturday afternoon. It delivered a load of coal to Lafarge. After leaving Alpena the Fred White was expected to go to Stoneport.

The Adam E. Cornelius was loading at Stoneport on Saturday until about 5 p.m. Waiting for the dock next was the Kaye E. Barker.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Welland Update

05/25
Upbound in the Welland Canal on Friday morning was the off lakes Canadian tug Keewatin and two scows bound for Port Colborne. It is unknown why the tug and barges are heading to Port Colborne.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt


Toronto Update

05/25
The saltie Sylvia departed Redpath Sugar Saturday morning. Other than sugar, there has not been another cargo delivered to Toronto from a salt water ship this season.

Saturday evening the Forbes' mega yacht Highlander arrived in port and berthed alongside the harbor police station. The McNally tug Bagotville remains on Toronto Drydock awaiting a new propeller. The Beaver Marine (a McNally subsidiary) tug Mister Joe arrived in port from Belleville last week with pipe for the deep-water cooling project.

The charter boat Pioneer Princess remains under the Atlas crane undergoing inspection and repairs.

Reported by: Gerry O.


More News Updates

05/25
Please check back tomorrow for more news updates and pictures.


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




Stinson idled by National Steel sale

05/24
The George A. Stinson has been idled indefinitely in Superior, Wis., while details of National Steel's sale to U.S. Steel are sorted out.

Noel Bassett, vice president of operations for American Steamship Co., told the Duluth News Tribune that the Stinson's crew tied up the vessel Tuesday at National's request.

"There's nothing mechanically wrong with her, fortunately," he said. "And although the steel industry is in flux, it's not concern over a soft market that resulted in her layup."

Bassett said he believes the layover will be short "while they get some of the details of National's sale worked out."

The Stinson is lying at Superior's Elevator M -- the same dock where the 1,000-footer spent its winter layup. The crew remains on standby, ready to resume operation.

The Stinson is owned by GATX Capital Corp. of San Francisco and managed and operated by American Steamship Co. National had leased the vessel for dedicated service shipping taconite pellets. The vessel has generally loaded National Steel Pellet Co. pellets at the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller


State of Michigan Stops in Ludington.

05/24
The Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship State of Michigan began its two-week tour of the Great Lakes Friday when it arrived off Ludington,Mi that morning. The training ship waited off shore as the carferry Badger departed on her daily crossing.

The visit to Ludington was followed by a stop in Muskegon, a short distance down Lake Michigan. State of Michigan will visit Chicago on Sunday followed by Port Huron and Detroit Wednesday and Thursday. A complete itinerary is available on the web at: www.nmc.edu/maritime

Arriving off Ludington.
Badger departs.
Another view.

Reported by: Max Hanley


Saginaw News

05/24
The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity was outbound early Friday morning from the LaFarge cement terminal in Saginaw. The pair had arrived early Thursday morning. It normally takes about 24 hours for the barge to be unloaded.

Once the outbound cement carrier had cleared, the Algoway departed the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee and proceeded up to the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw. The vessel was outbound from Saginaw about 7 a.m. Friday. The Algoway had arrived in Bay City late Thursday afternoon and had discharged part of its cargo at the Wirt Stone Dock there before continuing up the river later in the evening.

As the two vessels were outbound from Saginaw, the Mississagi was inbound with a split load for the Wirt docks in Essexville and Bay City. The vessel had completed unloading early Friday afternoon and was outbound about 2 p.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


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




Bramble Decommissioning

05/23
Thursday the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned the 180-foot cutter Bramble in a ceremony at the Port Huron Marine Terminal.

With a large crowd on hand, include Coast Guard officials and spectators, the flags aboard the Bramble were lowered as taps played, signifying the end of her active career with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bramble was commissioned in 1944 at a cost of just over $925,000. Its primary responsibility was aids to navigation.

Following World War II, from July to October 1947, the Bramble participated in “Operation Crossroads,” the first test of an atomic bomb’s effect on surface ships, at Bikini Island.

In 1962, the Bramble transferred to Detroit to perform the missions of search and rescue, icebreaking, and law enforcement throughout the Great Lakes, in addition to aids to navigation. After undergoing major renovations in 1975, the Bramble reported to Port Huron, her last homeport as an active vessel.

The cutter's areas of responsibility included eastern Lake Erie, southern Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay, while maintaining 187 buoys, one NOAA weather buoy, and three fog signals. During winter months, its capabilities as an icebreaker enable her to escort ships through ice and assist ships in distress.

A new 225-foot cutter will replace Bramble. The Hollyhock is expected to take up station in Port Huron some time in September. It will be stationed at the same dock the Bramble used. This will be extended about 50 feet south to accommodate the Hollyhock's extra length. Coast Guard officials also plan to add a security fence around the pier and crew parking lot.

The Hollyhock will be involved with search and rescue, law enforcement and ice breaking, as well as buoy tending and helping with environmental cleanups.

Last week the U.S. Congress approved a bill transferring the Bramble to the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History. The Bramble will remain in Port Huron as a museum ship.

Bramble at the Port Huron Marine Terminal.
Crew gets ready to depart.
The Colors arrive.
Award they received for buoy recovery for the winter of 2002/2003.
Awards and certification markings.
Taps is played by LTJG Tobias Reid as the Brambles colors are retired.
The American Flag is lowered.
The retiring of colors.
The saltie Agean Sea salutes the Bramble after the Benediction and before departure of final party.
Stern view.
The Denis Sullivan at Port Huron Marine Terminal.
Algolake Down bound after the ceremonies.

Reported by: Andy Severson


Michipicoten Christening

05/23
Lower Lakes Towing will christen the newest edition to their fleet on Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m. The Michipicoten will be christened at the Government Dock in Sarnia, the public is welcome to view the event from the dock.

The Michipicoten arrived under tow on May 7 and crews have been hard at work fitting the vessel out for service. The Michipicoten's registration was changed from U.S. to Canadian, involving a great deal of upgrade to meet Canadian regulations

Michipicoten is expected to enter service at the end of the month and will primarily trade between Marquette, Mi. and Algoma Steel in the Soo. Aside from her primary route, she is expected to make occasional trips to the lower lakes.

Pictures taken Sunday by Roger LeLievre and N. Schultheiss
Docked in Sarnia.
Fresh coat of paint.
Close up of pilothouse.
Bow view.
Close up of name on bow.
Deck view looking aft.
Pilot house.
Wheel stand in pilot house.
Roomy chart room.
Chadburn.
View aft.
Flags flying.
Freshly painted life rings.
View forward from top of unloading boom.
Engine room.
Controls.
Close up of engine room chadburn.
Steam turbine.
Turbine builder’s plate.
Crew's mess.
Conversion plate.
Name is painted on the stern.

Reported by: Lower Lakes Towing


Virginiaborg Unloads in Menominee

05/23
Early Thursday morning, the Virginiaborg became the sixth ship to unload wood pulp at K&K Warehouse in Menominee. The others were the Vancouverborg, Vlistborg, Kwintebank, Thekla, and Victoriaborg. The Volmeborg is due somewhere around the end of the month.

Unloading at K&K West Dock.
Another view.

Reported by: Dick Lund


Alpena Update

05/23
The J.A.W Iglehart arrived in port around 11 a.m. on Thursday to load cement. It loaded a partial cargo and already had a partial cargo of slag on board.

The Iglehart departed after 2 p.m. bound for Detroit. Waiting at anchor in the bay was the Steamer Alpena. It headed into Lafarge once the Iglehart passed. By 4 p.m. the Alpena was at the silos loading for Superior.

The Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity is expected into port on Friday afternoon after delivering to Saginaw. The Paul H. Townsend is in Muskegon.

At Stoneport the Armco was loading Thursday. It was expected to depart by 9 p.m. heading to Superior, WI. Waiting at anchor was the Phillip R. Clarke, she will be the next to load.

Armco loading.
Close up.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Detroit Traffic

05/23

Lee A Tregurtha downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Edwin H Gott upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Aegean Sea (Bahamas) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Algolake downbound at Grassy Island.
Close up of pilothouse.
Stern view.
Mc Asphalt 401 & John Spence upbound at Grassy Island.
John D Leitch downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Lens Dedication

05/23
The original Fresnel lens from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan is being returned to its home. It has been absent from the lighthouse since 1957. The Coast Guard has placed it on permanent loan to Mackinac State Historic Parks.

The lens will be dedicated at a ceremony at the lighthouse Saturday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Reported by: Jim Belisle


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




Great Lakes Fleet for sale

05/22
Great Lakes Fleet and several other former U.S. Steel transportation properties may soon be sold by Great Lakes Transportation LLC of Monroeville, Pa.

John Giles, president and CEO of Great Lakes Transportation, told the Duluth News Tribune that the company's owner, Blackstone Capital Partners, has been approached by a prospective buyer. Giles would not identify the interested party.

Employees received letters last week telling them the companies were for sale.

In addition to Great Lakes Fleet, Blackstone also owns the Duluth, Missabie & Iron Range Railway and its ore docks in Duluth and Two Harbors; the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Co.; and Conneaut Dock Co. All are included under Great Lakes Transportation LLC's corporate umbrella and "are on the table," Giles said.

Blackstone is a New York-based investment banking firm that acquired a majority ownership interest in the businesses in 1988.

Giles told employees he wants them to be aware of the situation.

"There is a lot that I do not know at this time," he wrote. "For instance, I do not know who will come to 'kick the tires.' I suspect we'll see financial buyers (others like Blackstone) and industry buyers (other railroads). I also don't know how long this will take, nor do I know the eventual outcome."

Great Lakes Fleet, originally the Pittsburgh Steamship Company, was formed in 1901 during the creation of U.S. Steel Corp. In 1988 U.S. Steel sold 51 percent of its interest in the companies to Blackstone. The resulting holding company was called Transtar Inc. Then, in 2001, Transtar evolved into Great Lakes Transportation when U.S. Steel sold its remaining interest in the companies to Blackstone and its transportation management team.

Giles said speculation that Blackstone planned to sell Great Lakes Transportation has run rampant for years. On numerous occasions, he has been approached by employees. He has repeatedly quelled rumors of buyouts by Canadian National or Burlington Northern Santa Fe, as well as talk that U.S. Steel planned to repurchase its old transportation network.

Regardless of ownership, Giles remains confident about the future for Great Lakes' railroad and ship operations.

"There's a reason why the USS Great Lakes Fleet is 100 years old and the Bessemer & Lake Erie is 130," Giles said. "To this day, they move products very efficiently. If they didn't, they would have been replaced a long time ago."

Giles said the cargo carried by Great Lakes' trains and ships simply must be moved.

"Minnesota Power needs coal to burn," he observed. "And taconite pellets are worth nothing sitting on the ground at Minntac. Their only value is in places like Gary."

Reported by: Al Miller


Callaway Grounds

05/22
About 4 a.m. Wednesday morning the upbound Cason J. Callaway ran around at the entrance to the St. Clair Cut Off Channel near Light X-32. This area is the turn where the St. Clair Cut Off Channel turns into Lake St. Clair.

Traffic continued to pass in the area and the Callaway was not blocking the channel.

Late Wednesday morning the tugs Wyoming and Maine arrived on scene from Detroit. The Callaway had pumped off her ballast and the tugs quickly pulled the Callaway off the sandy bottom. She departed upbound to St. Clair, Michigan for inspection.

Wednesday night the Callaway resumed her trip upbound for Stone Port, Michigan.

Reported by: Dan McKnight


Mackinaw in Dry Dock

05/22
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was placed into dry dock for repairs to the rudder and equipment below the waterline. It has been quite some time since the big ice breaker has been to Bay Ship for dry docking.

Mackinaw in dry dock.

Reported by: Carl Grota


Canada’s Largest Tall Ship under Construction

05/22
The largest Tall Ship built in North America during the past 100 years is currently under construction at a Hamilton Shipyard.

Caledonia is owned and operated by Canadian Sailing Expeditions of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ship will introduce vacationers to the excitement and comfort of Tall Ship expedition cruising. Company President Doug Prothero, a former Ontario entrepreneur with 18 years experience at the Toronto Harbor front is convinced this experience will be attractive to vacationers. He says, “Caledonia offers a unique alternative to contemporary cruise programs, which are often over-crowded with inescapable group-activities in large ports.”

People will be able to see Canada’s newest Tall Ship this summer. In July Caledonia participates in the Great Lakes Tall Ships Challenge taking place in the Great Lakes. As the largest ship in the fleet, Caledonia will be a popular attraction in many ports, including Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Chicago, and Toronto. Following the inaugural summer schedule, Caledonia returns to her homeport of Halifax, to be fitted out with cabins and passenger amenities.

The ship has an overall length of 75 meters and will be equipped with 40 cabins, a comfortable lounge, library, and dining salon featuring the finest in gourmet meals.

The 2004 Canadian cruise debut in Atlantic Canada will see Caledonia offer 20 expedition-style cruise itineraries, with port calls in the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. Winter will find Caledonia offering round-trip cruises from St. Lucia with calls on Grenada, St. Vincent, Martinique, and Dominica, and Grenada.

Of the Canadian voyages, Prothero proudly says, “Our passengers will see unique United Nations World Heritage Sites and some of the world’s finest natural experiences such as humpbacked whales and 10,000 year-old icebergs, all within the comfort of modern amenities but with a definite ‘Old World Charm’ found in Tall Ships cruising”.

Vacationers eager to experience an eastern Canadian expedition cruise do not have to wait until 2004. Canadian Sailing Expeditions is offering a voyage schedule for 2003 on the modern Tall Ship, Atlantis. Cruising Atlantic Canada with calls in Newfoundland, Labrador, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.

The Atlantis is equipped with 18 ensuite cabins, and comfortable amenities, along with recreational equipment including sea kayaks, mountain bikes, and Zodiacs. The 2003 expedition schedule begins in July and cabins are now booking.

Passengers can expect to learn more about sailing and the region’s rich natural and cultural history through on-board guest lectures and dynamic shore excursions that highlight the majestic adventures of Atlantic Canada.

The launch of Caledonia and the respective domestic cruising program is an accomplishment all Canadians can look towards with pride. It is a means to discover and celebrate Canada’s coastal regions in a new and relaxing manner.

Passengers will enjoy the rugged beauty of an untamed land...the majestic sweep of mountains ancient as time...the breathtaking spectacle of icebergs that originated in Greenland...whales, …authentic Viking sites, and the friendly, curious nature of a people who have always welcomed visitors with a genuine smile. It’s the best in real learning experiences at world-class authentic attractions.

Visit canadiansailingexpeditions.com for more information

Reported by: Scott Sanford


Ziemia Chelminska in Marinette

05/22
Late Friday evening, the Ziemia Chelminska arrived in Marinette. They went to anchor for the night, planning on entering port at first light on Saturday morning. Saturday morning brought heavy fog, and the ship didn't reach Marinette Fuel & Dock until about mid-morning. She is wearing a huge dent in her port side upper bow reportedly from striking the wall at Lock 7 while upbound in the Welland Canal. She is carrying a load of pig iron for Marinette Fuel & Dock. As of Sunday evening, she is still in port unloading.

Photos by Scott Best:
Jimmy L inbound Menominee River in fog.
Carla Anne Selvick inbound.
Ziemia Chelminska inbound.
Inside the piers.
Stern view heading to the dock.
Tugs assist docking along the Donner.

Photos by Dick Lund:
Wide view at Marinette Fuel & Dock.
Another view.
Port side view showing her damaged bow.
Close-up of the damaged area.
Stern View.
Close-up of name and port on stern.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund


Soo Traffic

05/22
Below are images from last weekend taken at Sault Ste. Marie, Mi.

Arthur M. Anderson approaching Poe Lock on Sunday.
H. Lee White downbound at Mission Point on Sunday.
Algolake upbound at Mission Point Sunday evening.
Cedarglen upbound at Mission Point Sunday evening.
Presque Isle downbound at Mission Point Monday morning.
Columbia Star downbound at Mission Point Monday morning .
Mississagi entering MacArthur Lock on Monday morning.
Stewart J. Cort upbound at Mission Point on Monday.
John D. Leitch upbound at Mission Point on Monday afternoon.
The Leitch's unique forward superstructure.
Frontenac downbound at Mission Point on Monday.

Reported by: Stephen Hause


Duluth Update

05/22
Wednesday the George A. Stinson remained docked at the old Elevator "M" in Superior. There was no sign of work underway. The new Federal Welland was loading grain at Harvest States 1 in Superior. The John G. Munson was unloading stone in West Duluth.

George A. Stinson at Elevator "M".
Federal Welland loading at Harvest States.
Wide view.

Reported by: J.A. Baumhofer


Saginaw Update

05/22

On Sunday the Canadian Transfer was outbound Sunday afternoon after unloading at a Saginaw Dock overnight.

The Joyce L. Van Enkevort - Great Lakes Trader were outbound from the Wirt Dock in Saginaw after delivering a split load. She lightered first at the Essexville Sand and stone dock before continuing upriver to Saginaw. The pair was outbound through Bay City early in the evening.

The Maumee was inbound Sunday night stopping briefly in Essexville to allow the downbound Great Lakes Trader to pass. She then continued upbound to the Sargent Dock in Saginaw to unload.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Canadian Transfer downbound at Liberty Bridge.
Another view.
Stern view.
Great Lakes Trader - Joyce L. Van Enkevort downbound at Liberty.
Close up view.
Stern view approaching Wirt Stone Dock.
Maumee upbound nearing Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Stern view lining up for Liberty Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Port Huron Traffic

05/22
Pictures taken on Sunday.
John G. Munson.
John G. Munson passes docked Kapitan Rudnev.
George A. Stinson.
Bramble, to be decommissioned Thursday.
Catherine Desgagnes.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre


Detroit Traffic

05/22
May 21
Armco upbound off the RenCen in Detroit.
Stern view.
H Lee White unloading coal on Zug Island in the Rouge Short Cut Canal.
Another view.
Bow.
Barge Allied Chemical No 12 passing through the Zug Island Swing Bridge in the old Rouge River.
Tug Norma B in the old Rouge River.
Stern view.
Barge 950 tied up at Allied Chemical in the old Rouge River.
Stern view.
Philip R Clarke upbound off Nicholson's passing the Saginaw.
Stern view.
Saginaw proceeding upbound off Nicholson's very slowly toward Sterling Fuels waiting for the Middletown to depart.
With Cuyahoga in the back ground.
Stern view.
Cuyahoga loading salt at the Ojibway salt mine. The cargo is destined for Parry Sound.
Stern view.
Cinnamon (Cyprus) departing Nicholson's bound for Milwaukee assisted by the G Tug Wyoming.
Another view.
Close up.
Tug Wyoming heading back to her dock after assisting the Cinnamon.
Stern view.
Middletown at Sterling Fuels in Windsor.
Stern view.
Pilot boat Huron Maid.
Delivering mail to the Middletown.

May 19
Cinnamon (Cyprus) unloading in Nicholson's Slip.
Stern view.
Sunken Rail barge Detroit in Nicholson's South Slip.
Vega Desgagnes downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Demolen downbound heading into the Wyandotte Channel.
Stern view.
Walter J McCarthy Jr upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

May 18
Portfino Restaurant's Friendship on the drydock at Nicholson's in Ecorse.
Stern view.
Cashin (Hong Kong) unloading at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Symphony of Fire barge in the slip at Morterm.
George A Stinson unloading at Zug Island.
Stern view.
Algonova downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Magnetic.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Sam Laud in Erie

05/22
The Sam Laud paid her first visit of the year to Erie on Sunday, also becoming the first vessel to unload at the Old Ore Dock. The Laud arrived in Erie at about noon with a cargo of stone. With no room at the Mounfort Terminal, due to a cargo of salt delivered Wednesday by the Philip R. Clarke, the Laud had to use the Old Ore Dock.

The Laud was drawing 23 feet forward and 24 feet aft, too deep to tie up alongside the dock, so the crew had to swing two crewmen off and then use the bow thruster to push away from the dock. The draft alongside the dock is about 21 feet. Due to the location in which the pile was to be located, the Laud came within ten feet of the end of the dock, resting alongside the Day Peckinpaugh.

The Laud departed at about 5:30, giving a five minute security call outbound just seconds after the J.S. St. John gave a ten minute security call leaving the Mounfort Terminal.

Laud inbound.
Stern View.
Turning to the Old Ore Dock.
Coming alongside.
Moving away from the dock.
Approaching the Peckinpaugh.
Alongside the Peckinpaugh.
Close Up of the Bow.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson


Hamilton Traffic

05/22
The Federal Schelde arrived in Hamilton Wednesday about 4 p.m. going to Pier 14. The Hamilton Energy departed at 4:30 p.m. heading to Bronte ( Oakville ) to refuel the waiting Maria Desgagnes.

The Yick Hua was arriving in Hamilton that evening going to Pier 25 to unload fertilizer. She will then heading to Gary Indiana

Pictures taken on Sunday
Algosteel departing Hamilton on Sunday.
Stern view.
Balaban 1 at Pier 25 .
Sarah Spencer at Pier 26 .
Thelka coming out of Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.
Stern view.
Algocen arrives.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Toronto Update

05/22
The saltie Sylvia arrived in mid afternoon Sunday for Redpath Sugar coming in through the eastern gap, through the weekend sailors and ducks. One of the Toronto tour boats Enterprise 2000 operating in the harbor. With strong crosswinds the McKeil Marine tug Glenevis came out to assist Sylvia.

Sylvia inbound.
Another view.
Glenevis on the bow.
Enterprise 2000.

Reported by: Doug Haytt


Clarkson Report

05/22
There were three vessels in port Wednesday. At Petro Canada, an unidentified Desgagnes tanker was unloading. She was gone by early evening.

At St. Lawrence Cement , the James Norris spent all day unloading limestone. She departed that evening. A short time later the Amelia Desgagnes tied up at the cement dock to load cargo.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley


Kingston News

05/22
The Jaques Cartier arrived in Gananoque shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. They will be running excursions out of Gananoque for a few days.

Lake Ontario water level for the week ending May 19 is 73 cm above the chart. This is a rise of 7 cm for the week but it is 32 cm below last year. The official gauge for the lake is located in Kingston.

The Stephen B. Roman was inbound for Picton Tuesday.

Reported by: Ron Walsh


St. Lawrence River Traffic

05/22
Isnes upbound off Verchères for Montréal, May 19.
Stern view.
Victoriaborg downbound off Verchères from Montréal-Seaway, May 20.
Mélissa Desgagnés upbound off Verchères, May 20.
Victoriaborg-Mélissa Desgagnés off the Verchères dock, May 20.
Mélissa Desgagnés-Victoriaborg Tail ends off Verchères, May 20.
Théodore former tug converted to private yacht upbound for Montréal, May 20.
Théodore built in 1932 as Rosanne Simard then became Tecno-Manic, May 20.
Theodore off Verchéres, stern view, May 20.
Merwedelta upbound off Varennes for Montréal-Seaway, May 21.
Large wave made by heavy draft vessel breaking against the Verchères dock, May 21.

Reported by: Marc Piché


Downbound on Federal Shimanto

05/22
The following images were taken onboard Federal Shimanto Wednesday morning while transiting the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers. Federal Shimanto is a two-year-old frequent caller and is a sister to the familiar Federal Yoshino. She is bound for Quebec City to top off cargo and then sets sail for Antwerp, Belgium and Kristiansand, Norway.

Kapitan Rudnev alongside at Shell Oil Monday night.
A new day begins on the St. Clair River.
The bridge deck in the early light.
Another view.
New meets old.
1906 built Southdown Challenger.
Good ol’ steam!
Federal Shimanto passing by Cason J Callaway.
Cason J Callaway.
Looking forward on Lake St. Clair on a crisp morning.
Wyoming charging along in a stiff northerly breeze.
Fleet mate Maine following close behind.
Down bound off Detroit.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


Ferry Christening

05/22
The Washington Island Ferry Line will christen their newest ferry, the Arni J. Richter Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The christening will take place at the Detroit Harbor ferry dock on Washington Island, Wisconsin.

The name honors the retired president and longtime owner of the Washington Island Ferry line. The Richter was built by Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay and will be the sixth vessel in the fleet.

The new boat is an all-seasons vessel designed to provide service to the island throughout the winter months. She is 104' long by 38' beam and can carry 200 passengers and 20 vehicles. Designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design of Sturgeon Bay, the Richter is a combination double ender ferry with a v-shaped bow for ice breaking. She is powered by two Caterpillar 3508B 1000-hp engines.

Reported by: Dave Wobser


Pilothouse Dedication

05/22
The 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society invites you to attend the re-dedication of the newly renovated pilothouse of the Steamer Calcite, on Saturday, May 24 at 2 p.m. The pilothouse is located in the park at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse 7 miles north of Rogers City, Michigan. Open house May 24-26 from 10 am - 4 pm. Come and enjoy a day at the park.

Reported by: Kay Spomer


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




Crews Work to Reopen Marquette - Loading Continues in Escanaba

05/21
The Corps of Engineer’s Bill Maier and H.J. Schwartz were busy cleaning up debris in Marquette's upper harbor on Tuesday. The next ship expected in is the H. Lee White on Saturday for the lower harbor.

The LS&I railroad expects to have the Marquette Ore Dock operational and able to receive mine shipments by the weekend, but shipping from Marquette's upper harbor is still contingent on clearing of floating and submerged debris from the recent floods. Some areas in the harbor may also need dredging after the Dead River flood carried a heavy load of silt and debris to the area of the Ore Dock.

In addition to the flooding of the area, Weirton Steel declared bankruptcy last week leaving one side of the Marquette dock full of a special blended cargo of Tilden and Empire pellets intended for Weirton. The Armco was expected in on Thursday to load these pellets but because of the bankruptcy that trip was cancelled.

Weirton took a mixture of one-third standard pellets from the Empire Mine and two-thirds hematite flux pellets from the Tilden Mine, no other customers use this blend.

Both mines in Marquette County remain shut down (mining and pellet making) due to the flood damage that shutdown Marquette's Presque Isle power plant. Shipping from mine stockpiles continues, but approximately 1,100 mine workers have been laid off.

A plan has been developed by mine officials to resume production, in stages, as power supplies come back on line. Wisconsin Electric, operator of the affected power plant, has announced their hope to have two of the plants' seven generators back on line within 30 days. Power suppliers throughout northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan are struggling to meet demand and are moving in portable generating equipment and restarting moth-balled generating facilities.

Customers who use the pellets include Algoma Steel; Ispat, a partner in the Empire Mine that has steel-producing facilities in Indiana Harbor near Chicago; the International Steel Group, based in Cleveland; Rouge Steel in Detroit and Weirton Steel.

Work also continues on repairing local bridges and roads. The railroad trestle appears to be safe, but has had some shoring up done because of what was washed out with the flood.

With Marquette shut down loading has shifted to Escanaba. The Mississagi finished loading pellets Tuesday morning at the CN Ore Dock and departed the Escanaba harbor for Algoma Steel in the Soo. The Charles M. Beeghly is due in Wednesday night, with the Mesabi Miner and St. Clair arriving Thursday. All three will be delivering their cargos of pellets to Indiana Harbor.

Billmaier and H.J. Schwartz working in the harbor.

Reported by: Lee Rowe, Chad Michaels, Art Pickering and Bonnie Barnes


Maritime ship State of Michigan starts Great Lakes tour

05/21
The Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship State of Michigan is embarking on a seven-city, two-week tour of the Great Lakes, beginning May 22. The vessel's 27-member crew includes members of the Academy faculty and 14 Maritime Academy cadets.

The 225-foot former Naval vessel will stop in seven cities to conduct open houses and welcome residents on board for tours; a complete itinerary is available on the web at: www.nmc.edu/maritime
Ports of call include:
· Ludington, May 23
· Muskegon. May 23
· Chicago, May 25
· Port Huron, May 28
· Detroit, May 29
· Cleveland, May 30
· Sault Ste Marie, June 1

The vessel was formerly the U.S. Navy Ship Persistent. It operated for two years as a drug-interdiction support ship for the U.S. Coast Guard before it was decommissioned and made available for transfer to the GLMA.

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy of Northwestern Michigan College educates and trains deck and engineering officers for shipping vessels on the Great Lakes and oceans. The Academy received the State of Michigan in August, 2002; this is its first training/recruitment mission for the Academy.

For more information, call the Maritime Academy at 231 995-1202.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre


Frantz Departs Twin Ports

05/21
The Joseph H. Frantz departed Duluth about 6 p.m. Tuesday, loaded with her first cargo of grain bound for Buffalo.

As the Frantz departed, the Stewart J. Cort was approaching Superior Entry bound for BNSF ore dock. Joseph H. Thompson and tug were at the Cutler-Magner dock in Duluth, where the barge was discharging salt from Detroit.

The George A. Stinson was docked at Elevator M in Superior on Tuesday evening. The vessel's bow was raised slightly and its boom was raised slightly, possibly indicating it was undergoing repairs.

Pictures by Glenn Blaszkiewicz
Frantz departing.
Close up.
Out bound.
Passing under the bridge.

Reported by: Al Miller


Cleveland Update

05/21
Traffic was very heavy in Cleveland on Tuesday due in part to the NS #1 bridge being closed for repairs on Sunday and Monday. The barge St. Marys Cement II and tug Sea Eagle were unloading at Blue Circle cement on the river. The Southdown Challenger was also in town with a cement load and departed at 4 p.m. to the West.

The Calumet was loading salt on the old river with fleet mate Saginaw unloading stone nearby at Ontario #4. The barge Kellstone I and tug James Palladino finished their delayed unload and departed to the West at noon. The Tug Rebecca Lynn and barge were inbound at 4:30 p.m. for a fuel terminal upriver.

The CBT terminal was very busy Tuesday as well. The Fred White was receiving a load of pellets to transfer upriver to ISG. The Armco arrived off Cleveland to discharge pellets at CBT and anchored in the lake to await a berth. The Middletown is expected Wednesday morning and will wait for the Armco to finish unloading.

Finished steel products from ISG are waiting on the lakefront docks for shipment overseas. The saltie Baladan 1 arrived Tuesday afternoon and tied up at dock to 32 to take on a load of rolled steel. In addition a three masted schooner left the port for points west during a break in afternoon storms.

The five lakers in port Tuesday have a combined service time of almost 300 years.

Pictures by Mike Reindel and Tim & Karen Zehe
Traffic waiting off port Monday.
Southdown Challenger unloading.
Saginaw unloading.
Close up of pilothouse.
Unloading boom.
Calumet at Cargill.
Rebecca Lynn and barge.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy, Mike Reindel and Tim & Karen Zehe


Detroit Traffic

05/21
Below are images taken on Tuesday
Algoway backing down the Detroit River from Windsor to Nicholson's North slip. She was assisted into the slip by the Gaelic tugs Patricia and Carolyn Hoey.
Another view.
Cashin (Hong Kong) unloading at Nicholson's.
Cinnamon (Cyprus) unloading at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Algoway and Patricia Hoey.
Algoway at the dock to unload.
Halifax unloading at the Blue Circle Cement Dock in the Rouge River.
Close up.
Algoway and Cinnamon stern's.
A busy Nicholson Dock while unloading the Cashin and Cinnamon.
John J Boland downbound off Nicholson's. .
Note stack being repainted.
After departing Nicholson's Algoway heads upriver to Thessalon for her next load.
Stern view.
Halifax at Blue Circle Cement.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


St. Lawrence River Traffic

05/21
Atlantic Huron upbound off Verchères for Seaway, May 17.
Atlantic Huron followed by Regina, Verchères, May 7.
Regina upbound off Verchères for Montréal, May 17.
Fairchem Vanguard upbound off Varennes for Montréal,  May 18.
Stern view.
Spar Garnet downbound off Varennes from Seaway, May18.
Spar Garnet, stern view, May 18 .
 Keewatin upbound off Verchères for Montréal, section 71, May 18.
Keewatin towing barges NT-1803 & NT-1804 to Montréal,  May 18.
Auckland downbound off Verchères from Montréal with a large deck load of boxes, May 19.
Alma inbound off Verchères for  Montréal section 46 with sugar, May 19.
Alma off Varennes some 20 minutes after the Verchères view, May 19.

Reported by: Marc Piché


Buoy Work for the Samuel Risley

05/21
Below is a selection of photos taken during the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley's buoy program from Sault Ste Marie to Thunder Bay. May 15 to May 19.

A view from the drivers seat of buoy operations in a 26 foot self-propelled barge.
Soo Locks Tours open for another season.
What happens when a Lake runs over a buoy.
The Captain of the Samuel Risley cons the ship. This shows dramatic wear on the shackle that holds the buoy to its anchor chain.
At the approach wall to the MacArthur lock.
What the navigators see as they approach the Poe lock.
Some construction work.
One of the lock workers takes delivery of the necessary paperwork from the Samuel Risley.
The Army Corps of Engineers tug Whitefish Bay and barge downbound toward the Soo locks.
What the Avery looks like today.
The Risley at anchor just off the Algoma Steel dock in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.
Federal Weser downbound at Gros Cap.
Stewart J Cort below the MacArthur lock, downbound.
¾’s of 2 deckhands.
Some of the happy folks on the Samuel Risley.
A view of the Davieaux Island lighthouse and keepers residence.
Heron Bay, one of those isolated places that some Lakers deliver cement to.
Risley aanchored off Michipicoten Island.
One of three wrecks in Quebec Harbour, Michipicoten Island.
Canadian Prospector Inbound to Thunder Bay in heavy rain.
CCGC Cape Lambton, the Coast Guard’s 47-footer in thunder Bay, Ontario.

Reported by: Paul Beesley


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




Frantz Arrives

05/20
The Joseph H. Frantz arrived in Duluth Monday morning on her first trip to load grain in Superior, Wi. This is the Frantz's second trip under Charter to Great Lakes Associates. The grain will be delivered to Buffalo.

Loading stopped for most of the day Monday due to the rain, delaying her scheduled departure to some time on Wednesday.

Docked at the General Mills Elevator in Superior.
Close up.
Wide view.

Reported by: Glenn Blaszkiewicz


Traffic Shifts to Escanaba

05/20
Sunday morning the Mississagi was loading pellets at the CN Ore Dock in Escanaba. The pellets will be delivered to Algoma Steel at the Soo, with a return trip to Escanaba on Tuesday. These cargos are a result of the continued closure of the LS&I Ore Dock in Marquette after flooding closed the harbor to commercial traffic.

The Charles M. Beeghly loaded on Sunday with a split load of pellets and siliceous ore for delivery to Indiana Harbor. The ore trains continued to run into Escanaba despite the shut down of the Tilden & Empire mines. The trains are carrying stockpiles of pellets.

Reported by: Pete Jensen


Marquette Clean Up

05/20
Clean up has begun in upper harbor area as city crews are working on cleaning the beaches of logs, rail road ties and other debris from the flooding of the Dead River last week.

The river continues to flow at high rate, drawing large crowds to what is left of Tourist Park. Debris continues to be washed down the river and into the harbor.

Reported by: Chad Michaels


Bridge Delays Traffic

05/20
The Norfolk-Southern Bridge over the Cuyahoga River was stuck in the down position Monday, blocking traffic. The Earl W. Oglebay, Southdown Challenger, Calumet, barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann, barge St. Marys II and tug Sea Eagle II, and another tug and barge were waiting for the river to become accessible.

Five vessels were waiting Monday morning at 7 a.m. and the Earl W. Oglebay arrived at 8:15 a.m. The Earl shifted to the Whiskey Island Bulk Terminal.

Reported by: Mike Reindel


Ore Fleet Gets Up To Speed in April

05/20
With heavy ice conditions delaying many vessels' planned sailings in March, the ore fleet had extra cargo to move in April and the totals show it. Shipments of iron ore from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports destined to basin steelmakers totaled 5.5 million net tons, an increase of 9.4 percent compared to a year ago. The increase also reflects the fact that this year ISG is making steel in Cleveland and Indiana Harbor. A year ago, the former LTV Steel mills were idle. The uncertain status of these mills had a number of U.S.-flag lakers idle a year ago, but as this April came to a close, the active fleet totaled 56, an increase of 4 hulls compared to a year ago. However, when compared to the 5-year average, the April ore float represents a decrease of 12.3 percent and illustrates how unfair trade in steel has progressively weakened domestic producers and reduced demand for taconite pellets.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association.


Presque Isle light lens to be repaired

05/20
A fresnel lens dating to 1870 is being removed from Lake Huron's Presque Isle lighthouse for restoration. Coast Guard workers began disassembling the lens last week. The Coast Guard said the lens, which in pristine condition would be valued at up to $1 million, will be repaired, temporarily displayed in an onsite museum and likely returned to the lighthouse.

The lens is made up of 10 prismatic panels, each standing 6 feet tall and 2 feet, 6 inches wide. The compound that joins the prisms has deteriorated and needs renewal.

A new light temporarily will replace the original lens, which will be stored at Presque Isle Township's offices for repairs.

Reported by: Lisa Morrison


Alpena Update

05/20
The Paul H. Townsend arrived in port around 3 p.m. on Monday to load cement. The Townsend was expected to depart by 10 p.m. The J.A.W Iglehart is heading for South Chicago and the Alpena should be in Detroit Tuesday afternoon.

At Stoneport on Monday the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort/ barge Great Lakes Trader were loading. Waiting at anchor was the Kaye E. Barker. The Barker is expected to dock sometime Tuesday morning. She will unload a cargo of dolomite, possibly from Cedarville.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


St. Joseph Traffic

05/20
The American Mariner and J.A.W. Iglehart visited the Lake Michigan port of St. Joseph, Mi. on Sunday. The Mariner departed that evening after unloading stone. The Iglehart departed Monday at 12:30 p.m. with the aid of two tugs.

Reported by: Matt Cook


Connection Restored

05/20
My connection has been restored and I have access to my full e-mail again. There are about 90 pictures that need to be formatted for the web and I should have those on tomorrow's News Page.


Federal Weser Down bound

05/20
On Saturday the Federal Weser passed down bound through the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers. The 656-foot long bulk freighter is sailing for Huelva, Spain with a cargo of wheat that was loaded in Duluth.

Click here to view more than 100 pictures from the passage.


Updates

05/20
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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




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




Engine Troubles Delay Eisenhower Lock Traffic

05/18
Saturday two vessels lost power near the Eisenhower Lock, stopping traffic on that part of the Seaway.

About 7:20 a.m. the downbound saltie Spar Garnet reported that they had experienced engine trouble and were proceeding to anchor in the channel off Richards Point, the last call-in point above Eisenhower Lock.

Only 10 minutes later the upbound Pineglen reported she had also experienced engine problems and was dropping her anchors in the channel above the Eisenhower lock. Her position was above the lock and below the cut where water is drawn into the power dam at Cornwall.

Seaway Traffic was now blocked. Fortunately two tows were upbound at the time and not far away from the stricken vessels. The tugs Vigilant I and Lac Vancouver were bringing the barge OC181 up the river and close behind was Tony Mckay with another barge.

The tugs secured their barges below the locks and proceeded up through the locks to the anchored Pineglen. At first they planned to tow her to the Wilson Hill anchorage but the tow took the Pineglen close to an area where she could move out of the cannel and aground. The Pineglen was then permitted to go to the mooring cells above the Eisenhower Lock.

The tow was completed about 4:30 p.m. and ships delayed in the area were called to begin warming up their engines. Spar Garnet had made repairs and was ready to proceed downbound, the CSL Niagara was anchored at Wilson Hill and waiting below the locks was the saltie Sylvia.

The tugs locked down to pick up their tows and then lock through upbound before the waiting vessels could lock through.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre


Marquette Flooding

05/18
No quick recovery is expected for the power plant damage caused by the Dead River flood. Officials say it may take as many as 30 days to get back in service. This also means that the mines may not get back into operation at this time. Residents have been asked to conserve energy as much as possible.

Bridges and approaches over the Dead River are being inspected, including the railroad bridge that carries ore trains to the dock.

The harbor continues to be filled with debris from the flood.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Jane Ann IV Arrives

05/18
Saturday evening the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer arrived off Hamilton and was met by the tug Lac Manitoba. The Manitoba assisted the tug and barge through the Burlington Piers. The Jane Ann IV will undergo repairs to a rudder post in Hamilton. The tug Carrol C. arrived about fours hours ahead of the Spencer. the Carrol C. had assisted the tug and barge trough the Seaway to Lake Ontario.

Other traffic in Hamilton on Saturday included the Halifax arriving at 3 a.m. and later departing at 9:30 a.m. The Hamilton Energy departed at 7:30 a.m. heading to the Welland Canal and arrived back at 3:30 p.m.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Unusual Load in the Rouge

05/18
Saturday the Joseph H Thompson and Jr were loading salt at the Haridon Dock in the Rouge River. The barge Alabama is ahead of the Thompson and the barge GTB2 is astern. There is a Hannah tug and barge across the river loading at Marathon.

Loading.
Barge Alabama in foreground.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Port Huron Traffic

05/18
Below are images taken on Saturday.

Federal Weser downbound.
Kaye E. Barker heading to the Lambton Power Station with a load of coal. It is rare for a U.S. vessel to unload at the Ontario power station.
Sam Laud.
Tug William G. Gaynor.
Algolake upbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre


St. Lawrence River Traffic

05/18
Orna arriving Contrecoeur to load scrap for S. Korea, May 10.
Stern view.
Orna preparing to dock, Canmar Fortune in background, May 10.
Orna maneuvering to dock at Contrecoeur no.1, May 10.
Canmar Fortune downbound from Montréal off Contrecoeur, May 10.
Ziemia Gornoslaska ex-Lake Charles, May 11.
Ziemia Gornoslaska upbound off Varennes for Montréal-Seaway, May 11.
MSC Brianna downbound off Verchères from Montréal, May 14.
MSC Brianna off Verchères, May 14.
Nicos I.V. upbound for Montréal off Verchères, May 14.
Nicos I.V.'s large octagonal shaped superstructure, May 14.
Nicos I.V. stern view, May 14.
Maasstad L. upbound off Verchères for Montreal berth 74, May 14.
Maasstad L, stern view, May 14.
Ile Sainte Ours downbound from Montréal off Varennes to lay summer buoys, May 15.
Kwintebank downbound off Varennes from Seaway, May 15.
Kwintebank stern view, May 15.
Vigilant 1, refueling at Montréal berth 95, May 15.
Vigilant 1, ex-Glenlivet II, stern view, May 15.
Maasstad L shifting from Montréal berth 74 to berth 105, May 15.
Maasstad L, stern view, May 15.
Océan Jupiter assisting Maasstad L, Montréal, May 15.
Maasstad L being swung around by tugs, Montréal, May 15.
Maasstad L docking at Montréal berth 105, May 15.
Nicos I.V. unloading at Montréal berth 104, May 15.
Turid Knutsen downbound off Verchères from Seaway, May 17.
Panam Flota downbound off Varennes from Seaway-Montréal, May 17.
Canmar Victory & Panam Flota off Varennes, May 17.
Canmar Victory off Varennes upbound for Montréal, May 17.
Panam Flota off Verchères bound for Houston, May 17.

Reported by: Marc Piché


Rouge River and Sarnia Views

05/18
The following images of the tug Magnetic were taken Friday in the Rouge River. The Maumee was seen Saturday morning at the Elevator in Sarnia making a quick stop. Across the harbor, crews were hard at work on fleet mate Michipicoten.

Tug Magnetic hooked up to a barge in the Rouge.
Another view.
Old time wheel with cable steering.
Capt. Wade P Streeter in command of the mighty Magnetic.

Sarnia Saturday
Maumee at the Cargill Elevator.
All spruced up and raring to go!
Where’s that painter?
Oh there he is! Mr. Kovacs of Port Colborne doing a fine job. This gentleman has painted all the new names for Lower Lakes as well as the former Soo River Company ships.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


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




Frantz Departs

05/17
The Joseph H. Frantz completed her first trip under Charter to Great Lakes Associates on Friday, departing Holland, Mi. about 2 p.m. The Frantz departed upbound sailing for Superior, Wi.

The Frantz spent three days unloading a difficult cargo in Holland.

She is expected to arrive on Sunday and will load a cargo of grain for Buffalo.

Pictures of the Frantz unloading on Thursday by Dale Rosema
Unloading.
Close up.

Pictures by Rick Strevel
Unloading.
Wide view.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse, Rick Strevel and Dale Rosema


Marquette Flood Delays Shipping

05/17
Shipping in and out of Marquette will be impacted for at least several days due to the dam break on the Dead River.

The Silver Lake Dam located north of Champion well inland from Lake Superior gave way on Wednesday evening sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of water rushing toward Lake Superior. The break occurred just days after a torrential weekend storm dumped as much as 4 to 5 inches of rain over the region.

The rush of water enter into Lake Superior bring with it huge logs, telephone poles, dirt, camp equipment, and more debris. The mouth of the river empties just south of the upper harbor ore dock and washed out a bridge that is the only means of travel to and from the ore dock.

The Empire and Tilden mines were closed when the Presque Isle Power Plant was shut down Thursday afternoon. Silt and debris from floodwaters began to clog a water intake to the power plant. The power plant is expected to remain off line through Monday or possibly later. The mines may be shut down for about a week.

Officials were expected to evaluate the upper harbor and ore dock area Friday to determine when ore dock operations can continue. The Coast Guard is broadcasting a notice for mariners to watch for debris that could be submerged. The road to the plant and the ore dock was washed away in the flooding but there is a route through the power plant property that could be used to reach the area.

Friday the H. Lee White departed Marquette after monitoring the situation over night. She had arrived in the lower harbor Thursday to unload stone and was scheduled to move to the ore dock late Thursday night. The next vessel scheduled to visit Marquette was the Lee Tregurtha, due in on Monday. At this time it is unclear whether or not she will arrive.

Pictures by Lee Rowe
H. Lee White waiting in the lower harbor.
Close up.
Debris off in the harbor.
Another view.

Flood damage pictures by the city from Art Pickering
Water flows over the top of the Hoist Dam, the dam holding back the flood waters from Marquette.
Dead River flows into the harbor past the power plant and ore dock.
Tourist Park breach.

Reported by: Lee Rowe and Art Pickering


Jane Ann IV assisted from Iroquois Lock

05/17
After spending several days docked below the Iroquois Lock with rudder problems, the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer moved to lower approach wall early Friday morning.

The Carrol C arrived to assist the tug and barge but had minor steering problems of her own, delaying the lockage and connection of the tow. Around 9 a.m. the Carrol locked upbound and secured to upper approach wall. The locks were then turned back for the Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spence who came in under her own power.

Once raised in the lock the upper end gates were opened and the Carrol backed in to connect a tow line onto the bow of the barge.

Minor problems with connecting the shackle were quickly over come and the Carrol C. departed in the lead with Jane Ann IV pushing behind in the Sarah Spencer's notch. The Carrol let out about 100-feet of towline and the tow departed the lock around 11 a.m. heading for Hamilton for repairs. At 10 p.m. the tow was about to enter Lake Ontario.

Sarah on lower approach wall Carrol standing by on lower tie wall.
Sarah entering lock under her own power.
Carrol backing into lock.
Crew eyeing up situation.
Positioning Carrol for hookup.
Fitting shackles for towline.
Paying out tow wire.
Taking a strain on tow line.
Paying out cable.
Turid Knutsen following upbound.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre and Ron Carter


Duluth Update

05/17
Thursday was a slow day in Duluth as boatwatchers were disappointed by the delay of the Joseph H. Frantz. Those watching the harbor were treated to several interesting salties loading grain. The new Federal Weser was at Cargill and Victoriaborg was at General Mills A in Duluth.

Victoriaborg at General Mills.
Federal Weser at Cargill B-1.
Federal Weser outbound.
Victoriaborg out bound at turning buoy.

Reported by: J. A. Baumhofer


Coast Guard at the Soo

05/17
Samuel Risley was upbound in the river and stopped at the Soo Thursday afternoon at the Bondar Marina. The Limnos arrived in the harbor and docked at the Park Canal over night.

Risley upbound.
Passing.
Stern view.
Limnos upbound.
Close up.
Docked.
Crewmember on the bow.
Weather buoy on the rear deck.

Reported by: Bonnie Barnes


Sykes at the Soo

05/16
Below are images of the Sykes passing through the Soo Locks last weekend.

At the lower approach to the MacArthur Lock.
Another view.
In the lock.
Stern view departing.

Reported by: Rod Burdick


Alpena Update

05/17
The Paul H. Townsend arrived at the Lafarge dock around 9 a.m. Friday morning to load cement. This is its first trip back to Alpena since coming out of lay-up. The Townsend departed at 1 p.m. heading out into the fog and misting rain for Green Bay, WI.

The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity is due in port early Saturday morning. It is scheduled to load for South Chicago.

The J.A.W Iglehart is in Milwaukee and the Alpena is on a different run, going to Buffalo, NY and Bath, ON.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Saginaw News

05/17
After arriving Thursday afternoon, the Canadian Transfer was outbound Friday afternoon after unloading at the GM Dock in Saginaw overnight. This was her first trip of the season to the Saginaw River.

Following a few minutes behind the Transfer was the Calumet who had also arrived on Thursday. It is not known which Saginaw Dock she unloaded at. This was also the first trip of the season to the Saginaw River.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Canadian Transfer downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Passing Bay City's Tall Ship "Appledore".
Calumet downbound at Wenona Park.
Close up.
Tarping the telescoping hatches.
Stern view at the Central Michigan Rail Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Toledo, Detroit and St. Clair River Traffic

05/17
Gradel tug Mighty Mike in Toledo.
Stern view.
Gradel tug Timberland.
Stern view.
Gradel tug Pioneerland.
Gradel barge Crow and tug Prairieland inbound the Maumee River.
Another view.
barge Stone Merchant and tug Roger Stahl inbound the Maumee River headed to the Toledo Shipyard
Close up of the Roger Stahl.
Another view.
Stern view.
Courtney Burton next to the Torco Dock.
U.S. Coast Guard 41480 in the Maumee River.
Toledo Shipyard Drydock.
Toledo Drydock Doors.
Stone Merchant entering the Toledo Drydock.
Gradel tug Prairieland
St Marys Cement & Petite Forte unloading at the Blue Circle Cement Dock in Detroit.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.
Another view.
tug Roger Stahl inbound the Rouge River after delivering the barge Stone Merchant to Toledo.
Stern view.
Birchglen downbound at Belle Isle Coast Guard Station
ferry Daldean departing Marine City for Sombra.
Columbia Star upbound in the St. Clair Cutoff.
Fred R White Jr upbound in Lake St. Clair.
Ziemia Chelminska upbound in Lake St. Clair.
John D Leitch upbound entering Lake St. Clair

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Yankcanuck in Conneaut

05/17
On Friday the Yankcanuck arrived at the P & C Coal Dock on her first visit for the 2003 season. She loaded the first of many cargoes of synthetic gypsum to be carried from the port this season.

The boat loads about 5,000 tons of Gypsum each trip for delivery to Port Colborne. She will likely run this shuttle between the ports for most the shipping season.

Rear compartment loaded.
Another view.

Reported by: Brad Webster


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




Sticky Cargo Keeps Frantz in Holland

05/16
A sticky cargo of agricultural lime kept the Joseph H. Frantz in Holland, Mi for another day Thursday. The Frantz arrive on Tuesday and began unloading the stubborn cargo.

Thursday the crew was being supplemented with temporary workers using hammers and shovels to break the cargo free. That afternoon they were starting to unload the second cargo hold. If unloading of that hold can be finished Friday, the Frantz could depart by Friday night.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse


Badger Re-christening

05/16
Ludington's Waterfront Park was the site of a special ceremony Wednesday when the Lake Michigan Carferry Service celebrated the 50th anniversary of the car ferry Badger. With a large crowd in attendance the Badger was re-christened as a bottle of sparkling wine smashed against the bow.

Sharla Manglitz, Elsie Conrad and Janet Manglitz re-christening the Badger with the words "We re-christen thee S.S. Badger".
Lake Michigan Carferry Home Page.

Reported by: Max Hanley


Dam Break Could Delay Shipping

05/16
A dam break sent water surging down a river toward Marquette, Mi. and more than 1,700 people were ordered to evacuate their homes Thursday.

Roads, bridges and the area around the Marquette Tourist Park washed out, including the road from the City of Marquette to the ore docks. The Wisconsin Electric power plant along the Dead River, which provides power to the mines, was having difficulties, resulting in both the Tilden and Empire mines being shut down.

Heavy rain washed out the earthen dam Wednesday afternoon about 20 miles northeast of Marquette. The rushing water carried debris that backed up underneath a bridge, causing floodwaters to spread toward Marquette, a city of about 20,000. The earthen dam burst after the area received about 4 inches of rain late Sunday and early Monday.

The flooding has left a very large debris field off the normally busy ore dock and the harbor is littered with large trees. Thursday a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was flying over the area watching the debris field and surveying the flooding up river. This debris will likely delay vessels scheduled to load at the ore dock or unload at the coal hopper.

The Hoist Dam, the final dam separating the town from the rising waters, continued to hold back the waters on Thursday.

Reported by: Richard Weiss, Chad Michaels, Richard Mc Govern, Frank Frisk and Lee Rowe


Jane Ann IV Remains Docked

05/16
Thursday the Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer remained docked below the Iroquois Lock in the St. Lawrence River waiting for tug assistance.

Tuesday the tug was reported to have damage to a rudder post, the rudder was expected to be fixed in position and the tug could then continue on with one rudder. This apparently was not possible and the tug Carrol C was crossing Lake Ontario Thursday to assist the Jane Ann IV. She was expected to that evening.

Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer docked as the tug Salvor and barge McCleary’s Spirit depart the lock.
Salvor and McCleary’s Spirit in the lock.
Close up of the Salvor.

Reported by: Ron Carter


Work Continues on Michipicoten

05/16
Crews continue to work at a feverish pace in Sarnia as they prepare the Michipicoten for her new career sailing for Lower Lakes Towing. Inside work continues fitting the vessel out and upgrades to meet Canadian fire codes.

On the exterior crews are painting the familiar Lower Lakes Towing paint scheme and large name lettering on the hull.

The Michipicoten is expected to depart Sarnia on her first trip in late May.

Michipocten at the Government Dock.
Close up.
Name and familiar red stripe painted on the bow.
Lower Lakes house flag and "Don't Give Up The Ship" fly from the mast.
Spare propeller blades are taken off the vessel for reconditioning.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks


CEO predicts challenges for Cleveland-Cliffs

05/16
Cleveland-Cliffs expects to sell 20 million tons of taconite pellets this year but pellet requirements for some customers could fall, John S. Brinzo, chairman and chief executive, said Tuesday at the corporation's annual meeting.

But, Brinzo notes, last year also had a difficult beginning.

"Our largest customer, LTV Steel, had just closed its doors and announced that it was liquidating. Our sales forecast represented only 70 percent of our production capacity and we were looking at yet another year with massive production curtailments. However, 2002 ended, I am pleased to say, with full-capacity operations and the realization of important new commercial relationships," he said.

Nonetheless, Brinzo said Cliffs faces many challenges this year.

"We know that operating rates in the North American steel industry are slipping, and we would not be surprised to see reductions in our customers pellet requirements," he said. "In addition, we have significant cost pressures due to higher energy costs, increased expenses related to employee and retiree benefits and production challenges at Tilden.'

Tilden Mine is facing problems in processing crude ore that are forcing a production cutback. As a result, 2003 taconite pellet production at the facility is expected to decline to between 7.2 million tons and 7.5 million tons. Tilden's pellet production for the year had been forecast at 8 million tons.

Reported by: Al Miller


Power Plant Operator Files for Bankruptcy

05/16
On Wednesday power plant operator NRG Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

NRG owns two coal-fired power plants in Western New York that receive coal deliveries by Great Lakes vessels. The 760-megawatt Huntley Station is located in Tonawanda and the 600-megawatt Dunkirk Steam Station in Chautauqua County.

Reported by:


St. Joseph Report

05/16
It has been a busy week at the Lake Michigan port of St. Joseph, Mi. The barge McKee Sons with tug Invincible and barge Integrity with the tug Jacklyn M. were in St. Joseph on Tuesday. The McKee Sons departed at about 2:30 p.m. and the Integrity arrived at 7:30 p.m. The Integrity departed about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Thursday the Integrity returned to St. Joseph, arriving about 10 a.m. She finished unloading and departed at 7:15 p.m.

Reported by: Matt Cook


Fairport Update

05/17
Philip R. Clarke loaded salt in Fairport all day Wednesday, bound for Erie. USCOE McCauley and Koziol are still in town, working on the breakwall.

The large outbound load of golf course sand trucked in from Best in Chardon is still on the Osborne North dock, no word on how soon it will be loaded out.

Reported by: Dave Merchant


Welland update

05/16
Upbound Thursday morning was the tug Creole Eagle heading upbound.

The HMCS Halifax and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon were moved into the deep dry dock Wednesday evening at Port Weller Dry Docks. They were assisted by the tugs Paul E. No. 1 and the James E. McGrath.

The Halifax is in first and both are facing east.

Upbound on Tuesday was that renamed Polish Ocean Lines ship Ziemia Gornoslaska, the former Lake Charles. Also upbound Tuesday was that sailing vessel Denis Sullivan returning to Milwaukee.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt


Toronto Report

05/16
The hydrofoils Sunrise V and Sunrise VI departed late Wednesday and transited the Welland Canal in tandem during the night, bound for Windsor.

On Thursday the saltie Cashin continued unloading at Redpath Sugar.

The McNally tug Bagotville is on Toronto Drydock for propeller and pintle repairs. The McNally barge Derrick No. 1 was busy Thursday on the north wall to the west of the Cherry St. Bridge, picking up the pipe which they deliberately sank for safe storage last fall.

Stephen B. Roman was in pot on Thursday. The Port Authority derrick barge and tug William Rest have been busy placing the island airport "Keep out" buoys.

Reported by: Gerry O.


Vessels broken up and Josee M. Update

05/16
The bunkering tanker Josee M. (former Imperial Lachine) was expected to be renamed Natika. According to Transport Canada her new name is Murex. The Murex is the replacement for the Horizon Montreal. The Horizon Montreal remains in Montreal. Wednesday there was no external changes to the vessel.

The following vessels, all visitors to St. Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes ports under at least one name were sold recently 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.

Arosa (1988) arrived at Alang, India 17/1/2002 to be broken up. In the Seaway also as Castellblanch (1978).
The 36L type Cometas sailed from Aqaba, Jordan about 30/7/2002 for India to be broken up. In the Seaway as Baarn (1978). Baarn will be one the ships illustrated in the book "Seaway Salties 1959 to 2002" to be released tomorrow.
Sold to Chinese breakers and reported 12/2002 is the Liliet. In the Seaway first as Juarez (1980) and then as Akrogiali (1991).
The Marindus type Mariam 1 arrived at Alang 12/1/2003. In the Seaway as Biban (1977) This ship was built by Marine Industries at Sorel.
MSC Ornella arr. Alang 8/1/2003. In the Seaway first as Merian (1985) and then as Suntyphoon. (1988).
Norvik arr. Chittagong, Bangladesh 11/11/2002. In the Seaway first as Amy (1986) and later as Kavo Alexandros (1988).
The SD14 type Sinfa has been sold to Chinese breakers and it was reported as long ago as 2/2001. In the Seaway as Dorthe Oldendorff.

Reported by: René Beauchamp


State of Michigan to Set Sail on Great Lakes Tour

05/16
The Great Lakes Maritime Academy's new training vessel the State of Michigan is preparing to depart on a two week tour of Great Lakes ports. Below is a listing of ports they will visit.

Date

Port

Tour hours

Thurs May 22

GLMA dock

 

Friday May 23

Ludington

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday May 23

Muskegon

 

Saturday May 24

Muskegon

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday May 25

Chicago

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (EST)

Wed May 28

Port Huron

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thurs May 29

Detroit

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friday May 30

Cleveland

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday June 1

Sault Ste. Marie

Arrives 10 p.m.

Tuesday June 2

 

Sault Ste. Marie

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Reported by: Steve Haverty


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




Frantz Remains in Holland

05/15
The Joseph H. Frantz remained in Holland, Mi. Wednesday unloading a stubborn cargo of agricultural lime. The Frantz arrive on Tuesday and began unloading the sticky cargo. It is unknown when the Frantz will depart but could remain in port through Thursday.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse


Minnesota taconite plant shutting down

05/15
EVTAC Mining Co. ceased production of taconite pellets Wednesday as it prepares for what the company -- and everyone else on Minnesota's Iron Range -- hopes will be a temporary shutdown.

EVTAC has to close because it has no orders for pellets for the remainder of this year. Its owners -- Rouge Steel and AK Steel -- are buying their pellets from other producers.

As the mine and plant are shut down, a few company officials will remain on board to line up new customers.

"I certainly hope we can reopen, but the market for steel seems to be softening, and there may not be an immediate need. If there is a need, it would likely come later in the year," Howard Hilshorst, EVTAC president, told the Duluth News Tribune.

The 4.3 million-ton-per-year taconite plant probably will remain closed at least until fall -- and perhaps permanently. The shutdown affects 450 workers. Most workers will be laid off effective Saturday.

EVTAC ships its pellets through the DMIR ore dock in Duluth. The company has about 800,000 tons of pellets stockpiled at the docks. It will take until about mid-October for the pellets to be shipped across the Great Lakes, which will provide EVTAC with enough money to cover its short-term expenses, Hilshorst told the newspaper.

EVTAC has operated for 38 years. When the last pellets flow out of the kiln, the taconite plant will have produced 135,433,053 tons of taconite pellets since 1965.

EVTAC employees aren't the only ones who will suffer while the plant is closed.

The taconite producer, which recently entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy, owes $2.2 million to Oglebay Norton Co. It accounts for about half the tonnage carried by the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway, and it's the fifth-largest customer of Duluth-based Minnesota Power, purchasing about $17 million of power annually.

EVTAC has about 40 years of iron ore reserves remaining. However, the taconite plant needs to cut production costs by about $3 per ton and secure about $10 million to make concentrator, screening and furnace improvements.

Reported by: Dan Mitchell


Jane Ann IV Trials

05/15
Wednesday evening the Jane Ann IV disconnected from the barge Sarah Spencer and ran "sea trials" in the St. Lawrence River below the Iroquois Lock. After a few sharp turns and a "crash stop" she returned to the notch in the barge. They hope to be back underway Thursday.

Tuesday the tug was reported to have damage to a rudder post. The rudder was expected to be fixed in position and the tug could then continue on with one rudder.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre


Townsend Enters Service

05/15
The Paul H. Townsend departed the West Michigan Mart Dock in Muskegon, Mi. Wednesday bound for Waukegan Il. This is her first trip of the 2003 sailing season. After unloading she will head to Alpena to load. The Townsend is scheduled to arrive in Alpena by Friday.

Her fleet mate Alpena arrived at the Lafarge Dock in Alpena Wednesday afternoon to load cement. It was expected to depart by 6 p.m. The J.A.W Iglehart will return to port by Thursday evening after unloading in Saginaw and having to wait for river currents.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain and Herm Phillips


Algosteel returns to Marinette

05/15
The Algosteel returned to Marinette for the second time in six days with another load of salt for Marinette Fuel & Dock. The Algosteel arrived off Menominee North Pier Lighthouse around 3 p.m. She then turned in the bay and proceeded to back into the Menominee River. She finished unloading around 8 p.m. and departed shortly after.

Turning off the Lighthouse.
Backing in with USCG Fir in background.
Workboat being readied.
Outboard motor is lowered.
Attaching the motor.
Work crew heads for the dock.
Algosteel heading for the dock.
Backing in behind the Donner.
Stern view.
Coming to rest 20 feet off the Donner.
Wide view.
Silhouette unloading.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund


Ice Flows Bring Carriers Woes in March

05/15
With heavy ice covering most of the Great Lakes in March, U.S.-flag carriage suffered accordingly. The major U.S.-flag Lakes lines moved only 1,051,162 net tons of dry-bulk cargo in March, a decrease of 40.6 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2002 and a drop of nearly 57 percent compared to the month's 5-year average. For the year, U.S.-flag haulage totals 3.6 million tons, a decrease of 6.4 percent compared to the same point in 2002, but a drop of nearly 26 percent compared to the 5-year average for the first quarter. The significant drop compared to the 5-year average testifies to the progressive weakening of America's steel industry during the period and is further proof of the debilitating impacts of unfair trade in steel.

The increase in March iron ore cargos is misleading. Transshipments to ISG's Cleveland Works resumed in March as usual whereas a year ago the trade was inactive given LTV Steel's bankruptcy. Direct shipments of iron ore slipped more than 21 percent compared to a year ago and 47.5 percent compared to the 5-year average.

It would not be an exaggeration to say the ice conditions virtually paralyzed the coal trade in U.S. hulls. March shipments amounted to one cargo in a 1,000-footer. For the year, the U.S.-flag coal float totals a mere 192,000 tons, a decrease of more than 75 percent from the 5-year average.

The ice conditions did stall resumption of the limestone trade. Not one stone cargo was loaded in March into a vessel of any flag.

The cement trade did resume in March, but was likewise impacted by the ice conditions. March shipments fell by a third compared to a year ago and represent a decrease of nearly 40 percent compared to the month's 5-year average.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association.


Marquette Update

05/15
The Charles M. Beeghly brought coal to Marquette on a calm and beautiful Wednesday, and then took on a load of ore. The H. Lee White is expected on Thursday at the lower harbor with stone, and will then move to the upper harbor for a load of ore. The next ship expected is the Lee A. Tregurtha next week. Other ships expected this week have been cancelled.

Beeghly docked on a calm day.
Bow view.
Close up of forward cabins.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Saginaw News

05/15
The J.A.W. Iglehart and the Algoway remained at their docks in Saginaw all day Wednesday waiting for currents to subside on the Saginaw River. The Iglehart arrived at the Lafarge dock on Monday and the Algoway arrived Tuesday at the Buena Vista Dock.

The Iglehart had attempted to depart Tuesday morning but was unable to turn due to strong currents in the river. Conditions had not improved by Wednesday morning, so no attempt was made by either vessel to depart. Both the Iglehart and the Algoway were expected to remain at their docks for another night, possibly departing after daylight on Thursday.

Strong currents are common in the Saginaw River after heavy rains, such as those which fell throughout the region over the past week. The river drains an area of more than 6,000 square miles and it may take several days for the current to subside.

The river can be particularly unforgiving at the Sixth Street turning basin, where it opens up after being constrained to a narrow channel passing through the city.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Detroit Traffic

05/15
Pictures take Tuesday from the tug Magnetic.

Federal Welland upbound off Zug Island.
Another view.
Tug Petite Forte and Barge St. Mary's Cement at the Blue Circle Dock in the Rouge.
Close up of the Billboard Lettering on the Side of the Barge. with the old St. Mary's Cement Logo.

Reported by: Jon-Paul Kubala and Wade P. Streeter


Toledo Update

05/15
Wednesday the Olympic Mentor shifted to Andersons "E" Elevator to load grain after the Cuyahoga finished loading grain and departed. The Algomarine was at Midwest Terminal Stone Dock unloading stone. The CSL Niagara was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. Both vessels departed their docks early Wednesday morning.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Canadian Olympic on Thursday. The Lee A. Tregurtha on Friday. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and H. Lee White on Sunday, followed by the American Mariner and Saginaw on Monday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Sunday, followed by the Nanticoke on Wednesday.

The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer has been delayed due to rudder problems with the tug. It is unknown when she will arrive at the Torco Ore Dock.

Recent view of Toledo Shipping
Joseph H. Frantz with her boom swung out. Note the black rubber covering over the boom for use in the grain trade.
Frantz on her maiden voyage for the Steinbrenner Fleet outbound Maumee Bay Friday evening , May 9.
John D. Leitch approaching Torco Ore Dock where she will unload an ore cargo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Hamilton Report

05/15
Wednesday evening the saltie Frigga (Briese Schiffahrts Co. Germany) was moored at Pier 12 unloading a bulk cargo.

The Saturn was moored north of the Canadian Leader at Pier 10 and has been since Monday. The vessel is in ballast. The Spar Garnet is moored at Pier 23 with no unloading activity to be seen.

The Balaban 1 is at Pier 25 at the Agrico facilities unloading a bulk material which was then being transferred into railway cars. The Quebecois is tied up at Dofasco's iron ore dock in ballast with no activity seen.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon


Toronto Update

05/15
The hydrofoli Sunrise V was out on trials Tuesday afternoon. The sister ship Sunrise VI is inoperable and will likely be towed to Windsor, possibly rafted to Sunrise V, which should make for an interesting tow.

The schooner Empire sandy returned from the Turning Basin to its summer berth Tuesday. It was to have gone on the drydock on Wednesday when the charter boat Yankee Lady II comes off. Instead, the McNally tug Bagotville will go on the dock for emergency repairs. Empire Sandy will go on the drydock when Bagotville comes off.

The charter boat Pioneer Princess is still under the Atlas crane at Pier 35. The saltie Cashin remained at Redpath Sugar dock unloading.

Reported by: Gerry O.


Panam Flota Departs Sarnia

05/15
Panam Flota has finally departed Sarnia and headed back out to sea. The small 117.3 meter vessel was built 4 years ago in Japan. This is the ship’s first voyage to the Great Lakes.

John J Boland stops at Shell Oil for fuel.
Parallel parking!
Bridge deck of the Panam Flota.
Underway heading for Marysville to turn and head downriver.
Detroit Edison can be seen astern while turning.
Turned and headed downbound.
The Bridge.
The famous St. Clair Inn as seen from the bridge wing.
Earl W Oglebay headed upbound towards Lake Huron.
Overtaking the tug and barge unit Evans McKeil and Ocean Hauler on Lake St. Clair.
At the Detroit Pilot Station. Farewell….until next time.

Capt. A. M. Gindroz mans his camera while onboard the Port Weller Pilot Boat Juleen I last week. Picture by Jimmy Sprunt

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


Name Change for Door County Maritime Museum

05/15
The Door County Maritime Museum will hold a celebratory ceremony on Saturday morning, May 17th at 10 a.m. at the Sturgeon Bay headquarters to announce the organization's name change to The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.

"Preserving the nautical history of Door County and the Great Lakes region has been the Museum's mission since the organization's inception in 1969," said Brian Kelsey, Executive Director. "With this name change we make our commitment to the lighthouses of Door County more apparent. Working with governmental partners, we look forward to finding ways to save and restore the lights on Pilot and Plum Islands, similarly as has been done for Cana Island and as The Friends of Rock Island group has done for the Pottawatomie Light. Rescuing these historic structures and allowing for greater public access is our shared goal", he continued.

A 4th order Fresnel lens, which resembles a giant crystal beehive, will be re-lit in the Museum's Sturgeon Bay headquarters. The lens' prisms direct light to a central focal point, magnifying it many times. This lens, whose beam was visible for 14 miles, was made by French craftsmen in 1880 and served for many years at the Sherwood Point Lighthouse in Sturgeon Bay.

The announcement corresponds with the first day of the 10th Annual Door County Lighthouse Walk, also taking place on May 17th from 8:30 am to 6 pm. The Walk continues Sunday, May 18th from 9 am to 4 pm.

Other ways DCMM & LPS educates about the county's lighthouses:
In a growing permanent collection of artifacts in the Baumgartner Gallery at the Sturgeon Bay Museum location.
At Cana Island Lighthouse, which DCMM & LPS operates each year from mid-May through late October.
Annual Door County Lighthouse Walk - a co-ordinated weekend when public access to lighthouses is greatest.
Actors portray past lighthouse keepers and their kin in monologues and dialogues at some lighthouses during Lighthouse Walk and in area schools.
Keepers' Kin reception held Friday evening of Lighthouse Walk Weekend. During the Museum Friends Speaker Series held each winter.

The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, founded in 1969, preserves the rich maritime heritage of Door County, Wisconsin and the Great Lakes. Headquartered in Sturgeon Bay, WI, the Museum operates seasonal facilities at the Cana Island Lighthouse and Gills Rock, offering visitors a comprehensive view to the County's local maritime legacy. Museum information can be obtained by e-mail at info@dcmm.org or by accessing the Web site at www.dcmm.org.


Nautical Flea Market June 7

05/15
The annual Port Huron Nautical Flea Market will be held at the Port Huron Museum on Saturday, June 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is held each year on the first Saturday of June, and is sponsored by the Lake Huron Lore Marine Society. A number of dealers selling Books, Models, Videos, Historic Paper, Photographs and more will be offered. For more information call 810-982-0891 (Ext. 16). The museum is located at 1115 Sixth Street, Port Huron.

Reported by: Al Hart


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




Frantz Arrives on First Trip

05/14
The Joseph H. Frantz arrived in Holland, Mi Tuesday afternoon, tying up at 3 p.m. after a stop at the Stoneco dock in Muskegon.

This is the first trip made by the Frantz in about a year and a half, she departed Toledo Friday load at Cedarville, Mi (Port Dolomite) for Muskegon and Holland.

Tuesday night she was still unloading a difficult cargo of agricultural lime.

Also in port Tuesday was the American Mariner. She arrived at Brewer's at about 2:30 a.m. and made quick work delivering 9,000 tons of stone, completing the unload in less than two hours.

Frantz docking. Steve Vanden Bosch

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse and Steve Vanden Bosch


Cities grow skeptical of Lake Michigan ferry plan

05/14
A company's plan to run a catamaran passenger ferry across southern Lake Michigan is running into growing skepticism from officials in Racine, Chicago and St. Joseph, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

LEF Corp. had announced it would operate the ferry between St. Joseph and Racine with a side trip to Chicago. But the company recently announced that service wouldn't begin this summer because it never bought or leased either of the boats it had said it would use.

Some officials now question whether LEF Corp. ever will have the money and expertise to start the ferry service that it is still promising for next year.

"It's hard for me to believe you can start selling tickets when you don't have enough money to buy a boat," St. Joseph City Manager Frank Walsh told the newspaper.

James F. Rooney, chairman of the Racine County 2020 Harbor Task Force and the Racine Harbor Commission, said Racine officials simply took LEF's promises on faith.

"We still don't know that they don't have the resources to do it," Rooney said of the ferry service to Racine.

But Kevin Hritzkowin, the spokesman-turned-president of LEF's Fast-Kat Ferry Services, insists his company has the money to buy a boat and is on its way to assembling the rest of the money it needs to start service.

Hritzkowin said the Grand Rapids, Mich., company has three principals - himself, founder Doug Callaghan and spokeswoman Gayle Evans - and about 10 support staffers. None of those three executives has any experience in the ferry business, said Rooney and Tony Herrmann, vice chairman of the Racine harbor task force, the newspaper reported.

Reported by: Greg Winston


Tug and Barge Stopped

05/14
The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer spent Tuesday below the Iroquois Lock secure to the south tie wall with rudder problems. A diver was called to the scene and reported a possible broken rudder post. Crew would attempt to move the rudder to the amidships position and secure it there. If the inspectors permit, she could continue upriver with one rudder working while the other is secured amidships.

Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer docked.
Close up.

Reported by: Ron Carter


Twin Ports Report

05/14
Vessel traffic was considerably busier Tuesday in the Twin Ports

Middletown departed early in the morning after unloading stone. Oglebay Norton left port about 7 a.m. loaded with coal. Immediately after it left the Midwest Energy Terminal, its place was taken by Paul R. Tregurtha.

Several salties were in port, including Flinterduin loading at Cargill and Marinette unloading lumber at the port terminal. Out on the lake, Federal Weser was at anchor waiting for a grain berth.

Also Tuesday, a tug arrived with three barges of lumber from Thunder Bay. Aided by a local tug, the Canadian tug and its tow were brought into their usual unloading berth at Hallett 8 in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller


Marquette Traffic

05/14
The Reserve and J. Thompson/Jr. arrived in Marquette Tuesday after being delayed by weather and took on ore. The Lee A. Tregurtha also arrived, but will wait until Wednesday for her the dock to be recharged. The Charles M. Beeghly is due on Wednesday with a load of coal, then will take on ore.

In the line-up for the following days is the H. Lee White with stone, then taking on ore, the Adam Cornelius and Armco for ore, and the Paul R. Tregurtha with coal.

Lee A. docked.
Bow view.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Saginaw River Update

05/14
The Algoway was inbound the Saginaw River early Tuesday morning. She proceeded upriver but was stopped at the old Bay Aggregates Dock in Downtown Bay City due to mechanical problems with the Lafayette Bridge and with mechanical problems of her own. Around 9am on Tuesday a diver was brought to the dock and spent a little over an hour in the water around the rudder and wheel area. After his dive, he went aboard the vessel presumably to discuss his findings. The Algoway departed the Bay Agg. Dock late in the afternoon and continued up to the Buena Vista Dock to unload her cargo.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Algoway at the old Bay Aggregates Dock after inspection by diver.
Unloading at the Buena Vista Dock.
Another view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Toledo News

05/14
The Atlantic Superior was unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock Tuesday. She departed early that afternoon soon after the CSL Laurentien arrived at the Torco Dock to unload ore. When the Laurentien is finished unloading ore the CSL Niagara will arrive Tuesday evening to unload ore. The Atlantic Superior and CSL Laurentien were at anchor off the Toledo Ship Channel for several days due to the strong winds and low water conditions.

The John J. Boland was also at anchor for several days off the Toledo ship channel as well, she finally made it into the CSX Docks on Tuesday morning to load coal.

The Olympic Mentor was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain, while the Cuyahoga was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain.

The Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Wolverine remain in lay-up at there dock sites with no activity aboard them. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at this time.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Canadian Olympic on Thursday. The Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday, followed by the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer on Thursday, followed by the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Sunday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
The Blanche Hindman unloading ore at the C&O Ore Dock.
The Lakewood arriving at Nicholson Sand Dock getting ready to unload sand.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Clarke in Lorain

05/14
Tuesday the Philip R. Clark entered Lorain Harbor and headed up the Black River early afternoon for the mill.

Pictures by TZ
Clarke inbound.
Close up.
In the back ground new condos are built where the shipyard once stood.
Passing.
Looing onto the deck.
Heading up river.
Close up of stern.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy


Oshawa Update

05/14
Federal Kumano continued unloading Barite ore at Oshawa Tuesday. Unloading is expected to be completed late Wednesday. The ship will likely leave Thursday morning.

Federal Kumano unloading.
Close up.
Ore pile.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher


Sarnia Views

05/14
On Tuesday the Panamanian flag Panam Flota was still in port loading cargo at Shell Oil. Work continues at a feverish pace onboard the Michipicoten. The veteran laker looks great in her new livery and all are anxious to see her return to service very soon.

Panam Flota secured at Shell Oil.
Roger Blough making a fuel stop at Shell Oil.
Forward end.
Michipicoten at the Government Dock undergoing a major refit.
Looking forward.
Looking aft.
Wheel stand.
It won’t be long before this says full ahead!
How does that go again?
Looking aft on the main deck.
Steam turbine particulars.
Elton Hoyt II conversion plaque.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


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




Transfer Returns to Service

05/13
Monday morning the Canadian Transfer was loading at Thunder Bay Terminals in Thunder Bay. She finished loading and departed that afternoon.

In early April the Transfer entered Pascol Engineering's dry dock for repairs. In March the She developed a crack on her deck. It was believed to be caused by the extremely cold temperatures combined with the usual stressing of the vessel in a pumped out condition.

Canadian Transfer in Pascol Engineering's dry dock last month.

Reported by: Rob Farrow


Sykes in the Rouge

05/13
The Wilfred Sykes returned to the Rouge River Monday night. She is heading to Rouge Steel to unload.

Pictures of the Sykes downbound the St. Clair River Monday afternoon.
Sykes downbound.
Passing the St. Clair Power Plant.
Close up of forward cabins.
Close up of the stack.

Reported by: Glenn Terbush


American Mariner at the Soo

05/13
Monday evening the American Mariner remained docked at the Carbide Dock in the Soo Harbor. She arrived on Sunday for what was believed to be some type of repairs.

Docked next to the Carbide dock were two barges with three tugs aboard.

The Chief Shingwauk and tour boat Holiday were sailing in he harbor Monday. Other afternoon traffic included the upbound Burns Harbor, John G. Munson, Canadian Transport and Algoville. Downbound was Gordon C. Leitch, Canadian Olympic, Agawa Canyon and Edwin H. Gott.

Mariner at the Carbide Dock.
Close up of bow.
Barges docked.
Close up.

Reported by: Bonnie Barnes


Norton in Erie

05/13
The David Z. Norton arrived in Erie at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, shortly after a heavy thunderstorm let up. The Norton docked bow in at the Mounfort Terminal and began to unload a cargo of stone from Calcite. At noon, the Norton gave a security call that she would be leaving the Mounfort Terminal, turning in the bay and tying back up to continue unloading.

The Norton departed at about 3:15 p.m. on its way to Silver Bay to load taconite.

Norton inbound.
Close Up.
Stern View.
Docking.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson


Anderson Visits Marine City

05/13
Saturday morning the Arthur M. Anderson was down bound on the St Clair River just south of the Marysville Detroit Edison plant. It turn 180 degrees just below the plant, usually the only vessels that turn in this area are headed into the Edison plant.

The Anderson was making an unusual move turning around and backing the three miles down river to McLouth Yards with a load of aggregate. With the low water levels it would be a very tight fit to turn off of Fawn Island.

Pictures by Scott Tomlinson
Anderson on the river.
Stern view.
Closeup of the bow.
Unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Craig S. Zimmerman


Twin Ports Report

05/13
The Twin Ports saw little vessel action Monday. The Alpena departed Fraser Shipyards in the afternoon and backed into the Murphy Oil fueling berth. About the same time, the Middletown -- an unusual caller these days -- came in through Duluth entry.

Reported by: Al Miller


Marquette Update

05/13
Strong winds on the lake continue to keep ships at anchor in Whitefish Bay. Once winds subside, the Reserve, Joseph Thompson/Jr. and Lee A. Tregurtha are expected in Marquette.

Waves crash against the breakwall.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Saginaw River News

05/13
The J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound the Saginaw River Monday morning passing through Bay City before noon. She continued upriver to the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton to unload cement.

The CSL Tadoussac was outbound on Monday after unloading clinker at the Essroc Terminal in Essexville. The Tadoussac backed out of the river all the way to Light 12 of the Entrance Channel to turn around and head for the lake.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
J.A.W. Iglehart upbound at Bay City Wirt.
Another view.
Stern view through Liberty Bridge.
CSL Tadoussac outbound at the Front Range.
Backing out into the Saginaw Bay.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Cleveland update

05/13
Heavy rains and high waves have slowed shipping in Cleveland. The Fred White was docked at the CBT dock after lightering and is planning to proceed up to ISG after the currents on the Cuyahoga subsides. The Maumee was unloading stone at the Osborne dock. The Kellstone barge and Palladino tug were also tied up at their dock awaiting a change in the weather.

Pictures of the Pellet Terminal and the Gunay-A taken last Friday by Rex Cassidy.
Pellet terminal.
Building foundation.
Conveyor system.
Crane and conveyor.
Foundation between tracks.
New conveyor.
Shuttle conveyor.
Gunay A.
Loading steel coils.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Bill Kloss


Federal Kumano in Oshawa

05/13
The new Fed Nav ship Federal Kumano arrived in Oshawa Saturday with a load of Barite ore from China and Japan. she will likely leave on Thursday or Friday for Duluth. The ship is only three months old and is spotless.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Advent was making her first visit to Oshawa under Commanding officer Colin Slade.

Federal Kumano.
Stern view.
Close up of bow.
5th engineer poses for a picture.
Advent.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher


Toronto Update

05/13
On Monday the saltie Cashin was almost finished unloading its cargo of raw sugar at Redpath.

The new Queen City yacht Club tender Algonquin Queen II, which arrived in port last week, was out on trials in the harbor Monday afternoon. The name has yet to be painted on.

The schooner Empire Sandy was taken to the drydock Monday but it was not put on. Several days of rain has delayed the hull painting on the cruise boat Yankee Lady II. It is expected that this vessel will be refloated on Wednesday and the Empire Sandy will go on the dock at that time.

Pictures by Jim Gallacher
Cashin unloading.
Another view.
Close up.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Jim Gallacher


Saturday in Sturgeon Bay

05/13
The Edward L. Ryerson was open for tours on Saturday, sponsored by the Door County Maritime Museum. Tour lasted approximately and started every ten minutes. It is rumored that this may be the last opportunity for the tours as disposition of the Ryerson may be coming soon. No one knew what her date might be.

Photographer Chris Winters and shipkeeper Dave Thompson were stationed in the Guest Lounge to talk about the Ryerson's history. Entertaining stories were related in the Guest Dining Room by George, the present second cook on the Joseph L. Block. George has served two seasons on the Ryerson and took care of the corporate guests.

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay sponsored tours of Palmer-Johnson, Inc. and Bay Shipbuilding Co. Palmer-Johnson is a manufacturer of luxury aluminum motor yachts. Their standard model yacht is a 144-foot, three-deck beauty, and they have built yachts as large as the 195-foot LaBaronessa in 1998.

Bay Shipbuilding is part of the Manitowoc and celebrated their 100th anniversary last year. A number of 1000-foot freighters were built at Bay Ship and many lake boats return each winter for lay up and service. Bay Ship has recently completed a new ferry for the run from the end of the Door County Peninsula to Washington Island.

The Arni J. Richter is 104' x 38' x 10' She can carry 200 passengers and 20 autos. The Richter will be commissioned on Memorial Day at Washington Island. She is named for the long time owner and retired president of the Washington Island Ferry Line. The Richter is a double ender with a v-shaped bow and is built to break ice. She will replace the C. G. Richter on the winter trips between the mainland and the island.

Ryerson Tour
Pilot house.
Engine room.
Guest room.
Officers dining room.
Guest dining room.
Crew dining.
Passenger lounge.
Bay Ship Pictures
Larger crane over the graving dock.
Looking into the graving the dock.
Arni J. Richter.
Stern view.
Close up.

Reported by: Dave Wobser


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




Weather Delays Shipping

05/12
High winds are delaying shipping across the lakes. Gale warnings were posted for Lake Superior Sunday night sending vessel traffic to anchor or dock. The latest ship to anchor in Goulais Bay is the upbound Cason J Callaway.

The upbound American Mariner tied up at the Carbide Dock Sunday morning due to equipment related problems. The Mariner is expected to be at the dock for 24 hours before getting underway.

At anchor Sunday morning because of weather was the Reserve, Joseph H. Thompson and William B. Gainer and barge.

Reported by: Chris Jackson


New Flag on the Seaway

05/12
Expected to enter the Seaway this month for Hamilton is the Regina, built 22 years ago in East Germany. According to reports, the vessel is flying the flag of Tuvalu. The island of Tuvalu is part of the Ellice Islands, north-east of Australia. This will be the first time a vessel of that flag of convenience will transit the Seaway.

Last year in August, the Regina came up the St. Lawrence River to Contrecoeur but did not transited the St. Lawrence Seaway. She transited before under her two previous names, first as the Austrian-flag Traun in 1982 and then as the Ukrainian-flag General Blazhevich in 1994. Another vessel named Regina was a Seaway visitor. That was in Sept., 1983 and she was registered in Switzerland.

Reported by: René Beauchamp


Memorial Day River Cruise

05/12
The Diamond Belle's annual trip from Detroit to Port Huron and into Lake Huron is scheduled for Sunday, May 25. The vessel will depart her Detroit dock at 0800 and proceed across Lake St. Clair and up the St. Clair Cut off canal. While cruising upbound the mini-ship will cruise the Canadian shore of the St. Clair River passing Walpole Island, Port Lambton, Stag Island, Carona, and Sarnia. Lunch will be on board. Continuing upbound passing under the Blue Water Bridges we will enter into Lake Huron, proceeding, weather permitting, several miles out into the lake before turning downbound. Passing again under the Blue Water Bridges, we will see Port Huron and the Black River entry, Marysville, and then a stop for dinner at the St. Clair Inn. After dinner, the Diamond Belle will continue downbound past Algonac, Sans Souci and into the St. Clair Flats, passing the old town of Maple Leaf, the Idle Hour Hotel and the Old Club. Back across Lake St. Clair the Diamond Belle should arrive at her Detroit Dock about 9:30 pm.

Tickets are available by reservation only. For information please call 313-843-9376 or visit www.diamondjack.com


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05/12
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Today in Great Lakes History - May 12

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




Fog Delays Victoriaborg

05/11
The Victoriaborg arrived off Menominee Saturday about 10 a.m. in heavy fog. When the fog lifted, the vessel maneuvered to line up for the approach into port. They entered the piers in the Menominee River about 1:45 p.m.

After passing through the Ogden Street Bridge, they were faced with a tight docking situation, the 125-foot pleasure craft, "Milk and Honey" was docked at the K&K East Dock, the same dock to which they were headed.

Skillful handling put the Victoriaborg to rest about 50-feet behind the Milk and Honey.

Victoriaborg in the fog off Menominee.
Wide angle in the fog off the lighthouse.
Heading back out into the bay prior to making a turn to line up for the river.
Passing the North Pier Lighthouse inbound.
Close-up in the river.
K&K East Dock, where they docked behind the white pleasure craft, Milk and Honey.
Approaching the K&K East Dock.
Docked at the bustling K&K East Dock.

Reported by: Dick Lund


Sykes Upbound

05/11
Saturday afternoon, the classic Wilfred Sykes made her second upbound passage of 2003 through the Soo Locks heading to Marquette to load taconite for Rouge Steel. Other afternoon laker traffic included : Presque Isle, Armco, Algolake, and Columbia Star.

Reported by: Rod Burdick


Twin Ports Report

05/11
Edwin H. Gott has spent the past several days tied up at the Duluth port terminal for repairs. The vessel currently is scheduled to depart today for Two Harbors. Also in port for repairs was Alpena, which went to Fraser Shipyards on Saturday reportedly for rivet work after unloading cement at Lafarge’s Superior terminal.

Arthur M. Anderson paid a rare visit to Marine City. It was scheduled to depart May 10. Cason J. Callaway loaded in Calcite May 10 with stone destined for the Reiss Inland dock in Duluth. It's scheduled to arrive there May 12.

Reported by: Al Miller


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




Frantz on First Trip

05/10
The Joseph H. Frantz departed Toledo Friday about 6 p.m. on her first trip under charter to Great Lakes Associates (Kinsman Lines). This is the first trip made by the Frantz in about a year and a half.

She is headed upbound to load at Cedarville, Mi (Port Dolomite) for Muskegon and Holland. She will load a cargo of agricultural lime and block mix and is expected to arrive in Cedarville about 4 p.m. Saturday, depending on weather.

In addition to grain cargoes the Frantz is expected to carry cargoes of stone and coal.

The entry to Holland, Mi. should be no problem for the Frantz as it was recently dredged. Crews cleared a sand bar that had formed at the harbor mouth. The Sam Laud was in at Verplank's early Thursday morning loaded at over 20 feet, with 18,000 tons.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Bob Vande Vusse


Terminal Move Complete

05/10
The transfer of the pellet terminal from Lorain by barge has been completed. New foundations have been poured at the CBT dock on Whiskey Island and the terminal pieces are on the dock ready to be assembled. It is expected that reconstruction of the loading terminal will begin next week.

In other port news, the Gunay-A was loading ISG steel at Dock 32 Friday afternoon for shipment overseas. The Calumet was loading salt on the old river and departed for Toledo that night.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy


Kinsman Independent Moved

05/10
The last straight decker to unload in Buffalo was moved open Wednesday. The Independent was towed out of the City Ship Canal to the Buffalo Port Terminal. The G Tugs New Jersey and Washington took the old grain boat on her last cruise through the Harbor at 10 a.m.

They departed the General Mills Frontier Elevator, went downriver backwards and then moved across the Outer Harbor to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Slip "A". The ship's anchors were dropped just off the pier and she was secured to the same dock that the Enterprise was laid up at before her scrap tow.

The Independent's replacement Joseph H Frantz is due with grain next week for General Mills.

Moving the Independent.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski


First Trips

05/10
Entering the Seaway for the first time Friday morning was the Federal Kumano, the second vessel to carry that name in the Fednav fleet. The first one was too large for the Seaway system. Federal Kumano was delivered in January and was built at Oshima, Japan. She is the 9th similar ship built, the first one being the Federal Oshima built four years ago.

Expected in Montreal early next week is the Ziemia Gornoslaka. She will likely go up the Seaway for the first time under her current name. She is a recent renaming and is the former Lake Charles which visited Great Lakes ports from 1992 to 2002. Built in Turkey in 1990 for Polish SS as the Ziemia Gornoslaka, the vessel was renamed Lake Charles in 1991 and has since been on charter to Fednav.

Reported by: René Beauchamp


Ice Slowed Resumption of Limestone Trade

05/10
Limestone shipments on the Great Lakes totaled only 2.3 million net tons in April, a decrease of 27 percent compared to a year ago and a drop of 23.7 percent compared to the month's 5-year average. For the year, the trade is 31.2 percent behind 2002's pace and off 28.5 percent from the 5-year average.

The decreases reflect the brutal winter of 2002/2003. During the "ice season" (December 15, 2002-April 15, 2003), the U.S. Coast Guard spent nearly 4,800 hours assisting commercial vessels thru the thick ice. Even with the U.S. Coast Guard using all its Lakes assets and bringing in a vessel from the East Coast (plus the efforts of the Canadian Coast Guard), only 19 U.S.-flag lakers were in service as April began, a decrease of 19 hulls compared to the 5-year average for that date. A number of vessels that serve the stone trade did not set sail until mid-month.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association.


Agencies agree on Cooperative Effort

05/10
Transport Minister David Collenette and U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today signed a memorandum of cooperation to ensure the ongoing success of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Specifically, the document further enhances binational collaboration on a comprehensive transportation study of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway waterway.

During a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., Mr. Collenette said, “The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system is the result of a strong partnership that provides enormous benefit to both Canada and the United States. Planning to ensure the continued viability of this waterway requires collaborative approaches among the many stakeholders involved on both sides of the border. The signing of this memorandum of cooperation further enhances collaboration between our two agencies to evaluate the future needs of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the transportation infrastructure on which it depends.”

“The St. Lawrence Seaway is a vital economic artery to the ports of America's heartland,” said Secretary Mineta. “This memorandum of cooperation lays the groundwork for building a healthier, more efficient transportation system for this vital resource of Canada and the United States.”

The efforts to develop a framework for cooperation, which this memorandum of cooperation represents, came out of discussions between Canadian and U.S. officials related to the U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Review. The review will provide data for the environment, engineering features and economic conditions of the system, and will require close cooperation among five entities: Transport Canada; the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation; and DOT’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

The memorandum of cooperation signed today enhances collaboration between the U.S. Department of Transport and Transport Canada, and helps them to:
identify factors and trends affecting the domestic and international marine transportation industries;
assess current and future transportation requirements for the waterway;
evaluate the reliability and condition of the waterway, including the costs and benefits of maintaining the existing infrastructure; and
assess the environmental, as well as the engineering and economic factors, associated with the current and future needs of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system and the transportation infrastructure on which it depends.

A critical component of North America’s transportation network, the 2,300-mile long Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system annually handles more than 200 million tons of cargo, contributes over $6 billion to the economies of both countries and directly supports more than 65,000 jobs in Canada and the United States. The region served by the system is home to almost 100 million people, roughly one-third of the combined U.S.-Canadian population.

Reported by: Ron Walsh


Marquette News

05/10
Friday at Marquette saw the Saginaw leave with a load, the H. Lee White load and leave during a thunderstorm while the Herbert C. Jackson waited in the harbor for the White's spot at the dock. The Great Lakes Trader/Joyce VanEnkevort waited on the south side of the dock for her load. Sunday will be the Wilfred Sykes very early in the morning, followed that day by the Reserve and the Joseph H. Thompson.

H. Lee White loading.
H. Lee White turning.
Herbert C. Jackson arrives.
Approaching the dock.
Landing a crewmember.
Great Lakes Trader waits.
Close up of tug.
Bow view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Thekla in Menominee

05/10
Friday afternoon the Thekla arrived in Menominee to discharge a small cargo of wood pulp for the K&K Warehouse Dock. The Thekla also had a cargo of steel coils that were unloaded at various lower lake ports prior to arriving in Menominee. The next ship expected in Menominee is the Victoriaborg due on Saturday, making three ships in three days for Menominee and Marinette.

Pictures by Scott Best
Inbound Menominee River .
stern view .
Passing the Viking 1 .
approaching the dock .

Pictures by Dick Lund
wide view at K&K .
close up .
Approaching K&K West Dock .
wide angle at dock .
stern view at the dock.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund


Milwaukee Report

05/10
Two Port of Milwaukee cranes lifted the Iroquois, a local excursion boat, out of the water Friday for its 5 year hull inspection Friday.

The former Mackinac Island ferry was owned by the Arnold Line. It was built in 1922 as the 'Detroit'. Two years ago the Iroquois's original Kahlenberg engine was retired in favor of a Detroit 671 diesel.

Iroquois lifted for inspection.
In the background Milwaukee's 200 ton heavy lift crane lifts a barge for repairs.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde


Saginaw Update

05/10
The Wilfred Sykes made a return visit to the Saginaw River on Friday. After visiting the Wirt Dock in Bay City on Wednesday, the Sykes arrived there again early Friday morning to lighter before continuing upriver to the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish. She departed mid-afternoon and headed outbound at a reduced speed, killing time until bridge hours ended in Bay City at 5:30 p.m.

The Joseph H. Thompson was inbound during the afternoon, stopping at the Sargent Dock in Essexville to lighter before departing during the early evening headed upriver to the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee to finish.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes downbound from the I-75 Bridge.
Sykes clear of Liberty Bridge.
Stern view at Wheeler's Landing.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Rouge River Traffic

05/10
Images taken on Thursday.

Charles M Beeghly approaching the Rouge Steel Dock.
deckhand being lowered to the dock.
The Gaelic Tug Dock. Tugs Acushnet, Roger Stahl and Carolyn Hoey.
Another view.
The advancing reconstruction of the tug Acushnet.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Tuesday in Detroit

05/10
Tuesday the South down Challenger was unloading in Detroit. She arrived early morning and departed mid-afternoon unloading a full cargo. Crews were taking advantage of the nice weather to paint her aft cabins.

Down river at Nicholson Terminal the McKee Sons was tied up and next to her was the Cuyahoga unloading.

The former Bob-Lo boat Columbia remains docked at the terminal.

Challenger arrives.
Unloading.
On deck looking aft.
Lee A. Tregurtha departs the Rouge River.
Cuyahoga unloading.
Columbia.

Reported by: Michael Koprowicz


Toledo Update

05/10
The Lee A. Tregurtha was at the CSX Docks loading coal. The Olympic Mentor, Olympic Merit, and Federal Welland were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Federal Welland departed from the T.W.I. Dock Friday afternoon, shortly afterwards the Marinette arrived at the T.W.I. Dock to unload cargo.

There are no other 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 on Sunday. The Lee A. Tregurtha, Canadian Olympic on Thursday, followed by the Kaye E. Barker on Friday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the CSL Laurentien on Sunday. The Atlantic Superior on Monday, followed by the CSL Niagara on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Toledo Images

05/10
Below are images taken early in the week.

Joseph H. Frantz.
Sternview.
Close up.
New stack markings.
Close up of bow.
Buckeye and museum ship Willis B. Boyer at the City Dock.
Another view.
Buckeye Close up.
Boyer at night.

Reported by: Bob Densic


Port of Indiana Pictures

05/10
Below are images from the Port of Indiana taken April 22.

Departure of the Burns Harbor.
Passing the American Republic.
American Republic enters.
Another View.
American Republic eases to the dock.
Spar Opal.
Milo loading 17,500 metric tons of steel coils for export from ISG Indiana Harbor Works, East Chicago, Indiana.

Reported by: Peter Zagorac


Welland Canal Traffic

05/10
Friday afternoon the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Simcoe was departing Lock 1 in the Welland Canal heading out to Lake Ontario to test her engines. She passed the upbound Tecam Sea below Lock 1.

Simcoe below Lock 1.
Another view.
Passing the Tecam Sea.
Stern view of Tecam Sea.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Port Weller Activity

05/10
Below are images of the Simcoe, Griffon, Halifax and Haida at Port Weller Dry Docks.

Simcoe and Griffon close up.
Line up at Port Weller Dry Docks.
HMCS HALIFAX.
Close up.
Haida.
Close up.

Reported by: Ian Baker


Oshawa Update

05/10
The Jana was docked at Oshawa Tuesday but did not appear to be loading or discharging cargo. The cargo hatches and traveling gantry were being checked out by ships Officers.

Jana will be going to Montreal then to St John New Brunswick to discharge a cargo of lube oil. The Jana had arrived from Genoa Italy.

Jana unloading.
Another view.
Accomodation block.
Stern view.
Hatches inspected.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher


Cote Ste Catherine Traffic

05/10
Below are images taken on Friday.

Bluewing down bound for Cote St Catherine lock 2.
Bow view Bluewing.
Peter R. Cresswell unloading at the East part of Cote Ste. Catherine wharf.
View of the boom and the product entering a silo.
Canadian Navigator unloading.
A closer look of the boom of Canadian Navigator. The Navigator finished unloading at 2 p.m. and went through Lock 2 downbound. She turned at turning basin below the lock and headed back upbound through the lock and was reported going to Windsor in ballast

Reported by: Kent Malo


Hammond Bay Survey

05/10
The St. Clair River excursion vessel Hammond Bay, which is owned and operated by Lee Marine of Port Lambton, Ont. was lifted out of the water in late April at Chenal Ecarte in Port Lambton, Ont. for her Transport Canada 5 year inspection.

She was skillfully removed from the water on a very cold and windy spring day, by the expert crew from Sterling Crane in Sarnia.

The Hammond Bay was built in 1992 in Port Dover, Ont. and was launched as the Scrimp and Scrounge. She came to Port Lambton in 1995 and was renamed at that time. She is owned by Lee Marine Limited

The Hammond Bay is normally crewed by Capt. George Lee, brother Dave and Capt. Lee's son James. She's popular in the lower St. Clair River as an excursion/charter vessel and is certainly well known by many boatnerds as well, who have been in attendance for the last several years at the Fawn Is.,Ont. Boatnerd gathering. The Lee brothers, who are lifelong residents of the area, are extremely knowledgeable of the region and share many interesting facts and figures about shipping and life along the St. Clair River.

The hull of the Hammond Bay will be painted prior to returning to the water for a busy sightseeing season in the St. Clair River.

Hammond Bay ready to be lifted.
Another view.
Pulled from the water.
Over the dock.
Onto the dock. Click here for more information of the Hammond Bay.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks


Buffalo Steel

05/10
International Steel Group officially purchased Bethlehem Steel during the last week of April. The Lackawanna Plant was included in the sale but the future of the Galvanizing Mill on Rt.5 is uncertain at this time. All Bethlehem identification signs were removed from the property during the week of the sale.

As part of the deal to secure Bethlehem's property and operations ISG was allowed to drop all retiree health insurance benefits and pension plans. The Legacy Costs added up to roughly $750 million dollars a year, causing Bethlehem to file for bankruptcy court protection in 2001.

The Lackawanna Plant dates back 100 years to the days of the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company. Bethlehem took over in 1922 and operated a huge integrated mill until 1983. When the ore docks, blast furnaces, BOF's, and structural mills closed, there were only about 450 people working for Bethlehem from what was once a total of nearly 22,000 people. The large-scale industrial shutdowns of the 1980's have crippled the Buffalo economy to this day. The current low paying service-based economy has held the region back as we continue to bleed jobs and young talent out of town to more prosperous areas.

There are a few steel related industries alive in Buffalo at this time. The former Bethlehem (ISG) Galvanizing Mill is still in full operation along with the 13-inch Bar Mill now operated by Republic Engineered Technologies. The former Specialty Products Shop located across from the other two operational mills has been closed for some time, but is expected to reopen.

Sheet metal processor Sweeny Steel Products Corp. of Tonawanda recently purchased the building and is currently moving in. The formerly Bethlehem owned South Buffalo Railroad was recently sold to the Genesee and Wyoming. Local rumors state that the G&W will soon phase out the familiar yellow and black SB locomotive colors for their own orange, yellow, and black paint scheme. It is also rumored that demolition bids are already out for the Coke Oven complex on the lakefront that closed last year.

The Galvanizing Mills (top right), strip mill (top left), 13" Bar (middle top), and Specialty Products Shop (bottom).
Former steel mill (top), current Gateway Metroport Terminal & slip on Lackawanna Canal, and at the bottom is the closed Coke Ovens.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski


Pilothouse Dedication

05/10
The 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society invites you to attend the re-dedication of the newly renovated pilothouse of the Steamer Calcite, on Saturday, May 24 at 2 p.m. The pilothouse is located in the park at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse 7 miles north of Rogers City, Michigan. Open house May 24-26 from 10 am - 4 pm. Come and enjoy a day at the park.

Reported by: Kay Spomer


Today in Great Lakes History - May 10

101 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




Saltie Arrives with Damage

05/09
The saltie Panam Flota arrived in Sarnia Thursday with damage to her hull. The vessel tied up for survey at the Sidney E. Smith Dock and will under go a survey.

It is unknown how the damage occurred but the vessel was unloading Monday in Clarkson, Ontario.

Also in Sarnia, crews are working at a feverish pace fitting out the Michipicoten. In addition to the Lower Lakes towing crew, workmen from Shelley Machine & Marine are working 10 hour shifts 7 days a week in order to complete the fit out by the end of the month.

Panam Flota downbound.
Close up of her bow riding high in ballast.
Close up of port sidey.

Work on the Michipicoten.
Flags flying from the mast. Lower Lakes Towing House Flag, "Don't Give up the Ship" and a U.S. courtesy flag
Close up of the name on the stern.
.
Work boat Shellmar II.
Another view.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks


Algosteel in Marinette

05/09
Thursday evening the Algosteel arrived off Marinette at about 6:30 p.m. The Algosteel was delivering a load of salt from Goderich for Marinette Fuel & Dock. Because of the salt pile location and the Algosteel's rear mounted self-unloading boom, they had to back into the dock.

While backing into port the Algosteel encountered a strong cross wind while approaching the piers. After backing through the piers the Algosteel's bow became stuck while approaching Marinette Fuel & Dock. The current in the Menominee River caught the stern and pushed it out into the middle of the river. After battling wind and current the Algosteel was able to get into position to start unloading its cargo of salt around 9 p.m.

Algosteel turning to back into port.
Backing off port.
Another view.
Backing in.
Close up.
Another view.
Close up of bow off Marinette Fuel & Dock.
Another angle.
Bow stuck.
Close up while stuck.
Wide view still stuck.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund


Museum Ships Moved in Buffalo

05/09
Thursday the attack sub USS Croaker and destroyer USS The Sullivans were moved into the new Naval Park Basin in Buffalo. The Croaker is at the downriver end of the basin with the Sullivans directly behind her.

The missile cruiser USS Little Rock is still stuck in the mud at her original location and can not be moved until more dredging takes place. This was the first time in 23 years that the Sullivans has been away from the old Naval Park docks near the Buffalo Skyway Bridge at the Inner Harbor. The Croaker was recently brought back to the Visiting Ship's berth after spending a year or two out at the Gateway Terminal in Lackawanna.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski


Calumet in Tonawanda

05/09
The Calumet brought a load of coal to the Huntley power plant on the Niagara River in Tonawanda, NY on Tuesday evening. She then returned Thursday morning with another load. These are the first loads of the year for the power plant. It is serviced by both the Calumet and Maumee.

Reported by: Dan Sweeley


Alpena Report

05/09
The J.A.W Iglehart arrived in port around 8 a.m. Thursday morning. It loaded cement for South Chicago and departed before 1 p.m. The Alpena is expected in Superior, WI on Friday.

The Wilfred Sykes made a return trip and loaded at Stoneport on Thursday morning. It departed by 1 p.m., likely heading back to Saginaw. The tug and barge Joseph H. Thompson also arrived in the afternoon to load.

The Arthur M. Anderson is scheduled in after the Thompson sometime on Friday morning.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Twin Ports Report

05/09
As a sign of our changing times, Interlake's Mesabi Miner is scheduled to call at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth on May 11 to load Minntac pellets for former National Steel properties in Detroit. It's a significant change because U.S. Steel's Minntac pellets generally go to U.S. Steel mills, but that may change now that the company is wrapping up the deal to buy up bankrupt National.

James R. Barker is due at BNSF ore dock in Superior today to load National pellets for delivery to Detroit. George A. Stinson also is due there late today.

In the Twin Ports on Thursday, the tug Mark Hannah arrived about 7 a.m. pushing a barge loaded with calcium chloride. The saltie Vlistborg was loading at Peavey in Superior, Stewart J. Cort was due at BNSF ore dock, and Columbia Star was expected to load at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Reported by: Al Miller


Marquette Update

05/09
The John J. Boland loaded ore in Marquette on Thursday, while the James Barker brought a load of coal. The H. Lee White brought a load of stone to the upper harbor and then moved to the ore dock to take on a load. The Saginaw was delayed by mechanical problems, but was scheduled to begin loading Thursday evening.

Friday will be the Great Lakes Trader and the Herbert C. Jackson. The Saginaw will return, probably late Saturday. The Joseph Thompson may be in on Sunday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


St. Clair River Traffic

05/09
Below are images of traffic passing Port Huron Thursday.

Federal Polaris .
Thekla.
Pilot boat Huron Belle heading out.
Canadian Olympic.
Kaye E. Barker.

Reported by: Andy Severson


Fair Port Update

05/09
A foggy Thursday morning found the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers McCauley, Koziol, and Palmeto unloading breakwall stones from trucks.

Foggy day.
Unloading Stone Blocks.
Boom End.
Greasing.
The Corner Office.
Crop Greasing.
Palmetto .
Palmetto.
F.M. Osborne returning with lake sand.
Pan F.M. Osborne returning with lake sand.
Pan F.M. Osborne returning with lake sand.
Koziol Koziol.
McC Heading out to work on the breakwall.
Koziol turning around.

Reported by: Dave Merchant


Welland Canal Traffic

05/09
Below are images of traffic at Lock 8 on the Welland Canal Thursday.

Gunay-A upbound .
Close up.
Stern view.
Passing the Canadian Miner.
Canadian Miner.

Reported by: Chris Simpson


Toronto Update

05/09
The Algosoo was in the Turning basin Thursday unloading limestone for a cement plant. The Algosoo backed into the wide area of the basin, using the bow thruster to turn. She departed around 8 p.m. for the lake.

The Algobay and Algoisle remain in layup in the same basin, with the Algobay not showing any signs of moving soon. The Algoisle appears to remain in layup for another season.

The salty Gunay-A finished unloading its cargo of sugar Wednesday night and departed for the Welland Canal.

An engineer who was injured aboard the hydrofoil Seaflight II on Tuesday evening, died of his injuries. He was 40 years old. The Ministry of Transport is investigating the accident.

At the drydock the cruise boat Yankee Lady II is having her hull prepped for painting. McNally's tug Whitby towed the barge McNally Olympic into Blockhouse Bay Thursday morning with several cement trucks aboard as deck cargo.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Owen Schneider


Kingston Report

05/09
Thursday evening the Peter R. Cresswell was at the Saint Louis Emergency Anchorage. It is unknown why she is stopped, the Cresswell is on a trip upbound with salt.

The CSL Tadoussac arrived in Picton Thursday afternoon, likely to load cement clinker for Essexville, Michigan. The English River was eastbound for Bath, from Toronto.

Reported by: Ron Walsh


Seaway Traffic at Beauharnois

05/09
Below are images of traffic at Beauharnois, Lock 3 on Wednesday.

John B Aird leaving Lock 3 for Lock 2 at Cote St. Catherine.
Aird against the lower lock wall at Beauharnois.
Crewmember aboard the Aird working on the conveyor while transiting the lock.
Stern view John B Aird about to cross Lake St Louis and head for the south shore canal.
Petrolia Desgagnes approaching the lower lock wall, upbound.
Petrolia Desgagnes entering Lock 3 at Beauharnois.
looking down on the forepeak of the Petrolia Desgagnes, crewmembers prepare the winches and lines for locking up.
Wheelhouse and port bridge wing Petrolia Desgagnes as she inches in to the lock.
Funnel of the Petrolia Desgagnes at lock 3 Beauharnois.

Reported by: Kent Malo


St. Lawrence River Traffic

05/09
Marinette upbound off Varennes for Seaway, May 5
Stern view.
Kapitonas Andzejauskas downbound from Seaway, May 7.
Maersk Perth upbound for Montréal. May 8.
Isolda downbound from Seaway, May 8.
Lykes Raider downbound from Montréal, May 8.
Emerald Star downbound from Montréal, May 8.
Pintail upbound for Montréal, May 8.
Jane Ann IV pushing barge Sarah Spencer downbound from Seaway, May 8.
Stern view, May 8.
Algocatalyst downbound from Montréal, May 8.
Carola downbound from the Seaway, May 8.
stern view
Carola & Balaban I, off Verchères, May 8.
Balaban I upbound for Montréal, May 8.

Reported by: Marc Piché


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




Michipicoten Arrives

05/08
The Michipicoten tow arrived downbound at the Blue Water Bridges about 3 p.m. Wednesday and was docked at Sarnia's Government Dock by 4:15 p.m. The tow was lead downbound through the fog by the big tug Roger Stahl on the bow and the tug Patricia Hoey on the stern. The Patricia met the tow in lower Lake Huron Wednesday morning to assist through the swift current and help turn the Michipicoten.

The tow passed the Government Dock and headed a short distance down river to turn the Michipicoten below the Black River. The tugs then powered their way upriver and moved the Michipicoten to the Government Dock in Sarnia.

Crews have all ready started work on the vessel and will spend the next few weeks preparing the Michipicoten for her new career under the Canadian flag sailing for Lower Lakes Towing.

The Michipicoten's registration was changed from U.S. to Canadian, under Canadian regulations the vessel must meet the same standards at a newly built ship. This includes extensive and costly work upgrading the interior spaces to meet strict fire codes.

Engineers from Lower Lakes Towing were working aboard the Michipicoten during the tow from Superior, Wi. They will be assisted with the fit out by Shelley Machine & Marine, based in Sarnia.

Michipicoten is expected to enter service at the end of May and will primarily trade between Marquette, Mi. and Algoma Steel in the Soo. Aside from her primary route, she is expected to make occasional trips to the lower lakes.

Pictures by Andy Severson, Dave Wobser and Neil Schultheiss
Tow arrives through the fog above Lights 1 & 2 in lower Lake Huron.
About to entering the St. Clair River.
Roger Stahl on the bow.
Patricia Hoey guides the stern.
Roger Stahl blows a master salute approaching the Blue Water Bridges.
Turning the Michipicoten below the Black River.
Heading upbound for the Government Dock.
Roger Stahl eases the bow into Sarnia's harbor.
Lining up for the Government Dock.
Close up of the Stahl.
Coming along side the dock.
Capt. John Wellington surveys the dock from the Stahl's bridge wing.
Another view.
Stahl reaches the end of the dock.
Lines are secured.
Crew members watch from above.
Crane carries a crewmen up to release the tow line.
Disconnecting the shackle.
Capt. Wellington was pleased with the tow's success.
Tow line released.
Roger Stahl departs for home.
Close up.
Crew returns to work on the Michipicoten as the Stahl departs.
Bow view of the Michipicoten.
Stern view.

Reported by: Andy Severson, Dave Wobser, Barry Hiscocks and Neil Schultheiss


Frantz Remains in Toledo

05/08
Wednesday the Joseph H. Frantz remained at the Interlake Iron Dock completing her fitting out process before sailing. The vessel is expected to depart over the next few days and will head upbound to Duluth where she will load grain for Buffalo.

Bow view at the Interlake Iron Dock.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


New owner means new name for Minnesota taconite plant

05/08
National Steel Pellet Company in Keewatin, Minn., likely will be renamed Keewatin Taconite now that it's being purchased by U.S. Steel Corp., the Duluth News Tribune reported.

U.S. Steel Corp. last month won the bidding for bankrupt National Steel Corp. in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Along with acquiring National Steel Corp. steelmaking and finishing facilities, the $1.05 billion deal includes the 5.4 million-ton-a-year taconite mine and plant.

The deal is expected to close later this month after Steelworkers vote on ratifying a tentative labor agreement that would cover U.S. Steel and National hourly workers across the nation.

Keewatin Taconite would operate as part of U.S. Steel's Minnesota Ore Operations. Minntac in Mountain Iron, Minn., already is part of U.S. Steel's Minnesota Ore Operations.

The former National taconite plant, which produced its first taconite pellets in 1967, has in recent years set several world records for one-line annual taconite pellet production.

Keewatin Taconite ships its pellets over the BNSF railroad. Considerable tonnage goes by rail to a mill in Granite City, Ill., but the remainder is shipped to the BNSF ore dock in Superior, Wis., for loading aboard Great Lakes freighters.

Reported by: Al Miller


Marquette News

05/08
The Lee A. Tregurtha loaded taconite at Marquette on Wednesday, and had to work her way to the dock through loose ice. The Saginaw's arrival has been delayed until Thursday. Thursday will also see the John J. Boland at the ore dock, the James Barker with a load of coal, and the H. Lee White with stone for the lower harbor, later shifting to the upper harbor.

Friday may be the Great Lakes Trader, the Joseph Thompson, and the Jackson.

Workers climbing some of the 108 steps to the top of the dock.
Lee A. Tregurtha's bow thrusters trying to move ice out of the way.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Frontenac Delivers in Milwaukee

05/08
CSL's Frontenac delivered the first load of cement clinkers into the Badger Cement plant's new hopper on Wednesday. A covered conveyor belt takes the clinkers to a storage building. Previous cargos had to be handled with front end loaders and large dump trucks.

Unloading.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde


Saginaw Report

05/08
The Wilfred Sykes was inbound on Wednesday morning, passing the Pump-Out Island around 9 a.m. She called on the Bay City Wirt Dock, unloading there until mid-afternoon when she let go her lines and moved to the nearby turning basin.

Once her turn was complete she called for the Independence Bridge for an opening, only to be informed bridge hours were in effect until 5:30 p.m. and the bridge couldn't be opened. The Sykes tied off at the Wirt Dock again and waited the hour for the bridge opening. She departed for the second time at 5:35. This was the Wilfred Sykes first visit of the season to the Saginaw River, with a return visit scheduled for Friday.

Also visiting the Saginaw River was the tug Mary E. Hannah and her tank barge. The pair called on the Triple Clean Dock for the second time this week.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes upbound at Essroc.
Head on.
Another view from Smith Park.
Stern view.
Sykes unloading at Bay City Wirt.
Close up of unloading boom.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Toledo Update

05/08
Wednesday the Canadian Enterprise was at the CSX Dock loading coal. The Olympic Mentor and Olympic Merit were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Lee A. Tregurtha on Friday. The John J. Boland on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Docks will be the CSL Laurentien and Atlantic Superior on Monday, followed by the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer on Thursday, May 15.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Annual Dinner Meeting

05/08
The Marine Historical Society of Detroit held its 59th annual dinner meeting on the evening of May 3, 2003 at the St. Clair Inn in St. Clair, Mich. The event was held on a delightfully sunny, cool spring day.

Attendees were treated to several vessel passages, including Earl W. Oglebay, Middletown, Calumet, Kaye E. Barker and Mississagi.

The MHSD is proud to announce the election of John O. Greenwood as our 2003 Historian of the Year.

John has had a life long love of Great Lakes shipping, first watching ship passages in and out of Duluth at the age of thirteen. Over the years, he has held several positions with companies that directly serve and operate in the Great Lakes region, including Cargo Carriers, Inc., and The Interlake Steamship Co.

In 1961 John started Freshwater Press, a business sideline of Great Lakes publications. He saw the need to publish accurate and factual information out of which Greenwood's Guide and Lake Boats became popular annuals documenting Great Lakes shipping. Subsequently Freshwater Press has published many books, some of which are reprints of classic works of Dana Thomas Bowen and Dwight Boyer, plus Mansfield's monumental two-volume History of the Great Lakes that otherwise would have remained out of print. Since then, Freshwater Press has published many new books including the very successful three volume set of Great Lakes Ships We Remember by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. Freshwater Press continues to produce many new books including the popular Namesakes of the Lakes and more recently The Fleet Histories Series.

John is an esteemed member of several societies devoted to Great Lakes Maritime History and his works undoubtedly can be found on all of our personal library shelves.

Also recognized at the dinner were several members of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

Five members reached 50 years of consecutive membership: Don Blain, St. Clair, Mich; William G. Cousins, Ravenna, Ohio; John F. Devendorf, Niles, Mich; Angeline Kloka, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Emory Massman, Jr. of Palmetto, Fla.

There were 15 members honored for 25 years of consecutive membership.

They are: Richard A. Berg, Ashtabula, Ohio; Patrick L. Childers, of Kansas City, Mo.; June Davis of Owen Sound, Ont.; Eldon Emerson, St. Catherine’s, Ont.; Howard Hindman, Owen Sound, Ont.; Francis Kloc, Rochester, N.Y.; Capt. Edward C. March, Millville, Del.; Fred J. Miller II, North Street, Mich; Charles R. Oakman, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; Eugene Onchulenko, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Capt. Norman Quaine, Rogers City, Mich.; Karl Richards, Traverse City, Mich.; Edward S. Rickey, Zolfo Springs, Fla.; F. Jordan Schanbeck, Madison Heights, Mich.; and Les J. Thrasher, Amherstburg, Ont.

Guest speaker for the evening was Capt. Scott Bravener, president and C.E.O. of Lower Lakes Towing of Port Dover, Ont. Capt. Bravener shared the history of his company and shared the details of its humble beginnings to its position today as a dominant player in the lakes shipping trade.

Special thanks go to Wayne Garrett, who once again served as dinner coordinator for the evening and James Jackson, our master of ceremonies. Thanks to their efforts, a good time was had by all.

Again, congratulations to our 2003 Historian of the Year and our members that have reached milestone levels of membership.

Reported by: Jon Ottman, President Marine Historical Society of Detroit


Updates

05/08
Check back tomorrow for more updates and pictures. Schedule change at my real job, sorry for the delay.


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




Michipicoten Arrives

05/07 7 a.m. Update
The tug Roger Stahl and Michipicoten departed the lower St. Marys River about 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, downbound for Sarnia.

The tow expected to reach Lights 7 and 8 in lower Lake Huron about 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. This schedule would have the tow passing under the Blue Water Bridges some time after 2 p.m.

The tug Patricia Hoey departed the Gaelic Tugboat Co. yard about 4 a.m. to meet the tow in Lake Huron and tail off down bound through the currents of the upper St. Clair River.

Michipicoten will dock in Sarnia where crews will complete her fit out. She is expected to enter service at the end of May and will primarily trade between Marquette, Mi. and Algoma Steel in the Soo. Aside from her primary route, she is expected to make occasional trips to the lower lakes.

Check back for updates.

Reported by: Bill Hoey and Dave Wobser


Frantz Update

05/07
Tuesday the Joseph H. Frantz remained tied to the wall in Toledo as crew work to get her ready to sail on Thursday. Her cabins and stack have been painted, but much of the hull remains to be painted.

Crews were installing a covering over the boom belt to protect the grain from rain when unloading. The material appeared to be section of old conveyor belt being bolted over the boom.

The lifeboat was hanging partially over the side, and people were working in the pilothouse.

Full length view.
Bow view. Notice grain funnel stored under the elevator.
Stern view showing new stack colors.

Reported by: Dave Wobser


Manitowoc Marine Group to Build Coast Guard Response Boat

05/07
The Manitowoc Company announced Tuesday that the U.S. Coast Guard has selected Manitowoc Marine Group to build one of three Response Boat - Medium (RB-M) test boats. These boats are the first of a class of vessels that will replace the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of 41-foot Utility Boats, which have been the workhorse of coastal stations for the past 25 years.

The Coast Guard is pursuing the RB-M project using a two-phase competitive process. Three vendors were selected based on their written proposals to produce a test boat of their design. Coast Guard personnel will test each of these boats and the three vendors will subsequently bid for a full-production contract consisting of approximately 180 RB-Ms. Delivery of each $2.5-million test boat is expected in November or early December 2003, with production of the replacement fleet spanning a six-year period.

“We are excited to be selected for this phase of the Response Boat - Medium project,” said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This project is one of the many opportunities we referred to in our first-quarter earnings release in April and presents us with another tremendous opportunity to serve the Coast Guard’s needs beyond our current buoy tender and icebreaker projects,” he explained.

The Response Boat - Medium will perform many missions typically performed by the Coast Guard’s small boat fleet, including homeland security and search and rescue operations. The new boats will have greater maneuverability than the existing Utility Boats and will be capable of speeds of more than 40 knots (46 mph).

The boats will be equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system, heating and air conditioning, and a communication system prescribed by the Rescue 21 project for coordinated Coast Guard missions. The system is capable of communicating with other federal, state, and local homeland security partners.


Kwintebank in Menominee

05/07
The Kwintebank arrived in Menominee early Tuesday morning with a load of wood pulp from Finland. The original plan was to have a tug and barge meet her out in the bay of Green Bay off Menominee to lighter her; however, when she arrived she proceeded directly to the deep draft (East) Dock at K&K Warehouse. After unloading there into the mid afternoon hours, she shifted to the West Dock to finish unloading. This is the first trip into Menominee for the 2002-built Wagenborg ship.

Also of interest in Menominee on Tuesday, the Palmer Johnson-built 125-ft. yacht, Milk and Honey, was in the bay for sea trials on Tuesday. She headed back to her temporary dock at K&K Warehouse in the late afternoon hours.

Pictures by Dick Lund
Kwintebank at K&K East Dock.
Wide view docked behind Viking I.
Shifting to K&K West Dock.
Close-up during shift.
Approaching the West Dock.
At the West Dock with the unloading cranes in place.
Stern view at West Dock.
View at West Dock from across the Menominee River.
Close-up of port-side stern.
Close-up of stack and deckhouse.
Milk and Honey upbound in the Menominee River.
Stern view.
Heading for the K&K dock.

Pictures by Scott Best
Kwintebank stern view shifting from East dock to West Dock.
Close up inbound Menominee River.
Stern view heading up river.

Reported by: Dick Lund and Scott Best


St. Lawrence Seaway & River news

05/07
Last week the bulk carrier Olympic Merit was upbound on the Seaway. When the Merit transited last year, she was flying the flag of Panama. A few weeks ago, she was reflagged to Greece. Other changes involving salties includes: the Cashin, who was unloading sugar in Montreal, Tuesday, when she transited the Seaway last year on May 25, she had been recently renamed then and the one who painted her name did it non-professionally as he painted the letters MV before her name. Those letters have been removed since. Her next port of call will be Toronto. Entering the Seaway Monday bound for Hamilton and loaded with fertilizers was the Tecam Sea now painted in blue to match with her fleet mates Aegean Sea and Mecta Sea. Up to last year, her hull was black.

It appears the bunkering tanker Horizon Montreal has been sold, the tanker has not operated this year. To replace her, Shell has acquired from Heddle Marine Services of Hamilton, an affiliate company to McKeil Marine a bunkering tanker which was based in Montreal before, the ex Imperial Lachine, now named Josee M. Her proposed new name is Natika. At Hamilton since December last year when towed from Montreal, she is to be coming back under her own power later this month. As there is no bunkering tankers operating presently in Montreal, vessels needing to bunker usually go to section 71 taking their bunker oil from trucks.

Reported by: René Beauchamp


Twin Ports Report

05/07
Duluth's DMIR ore dock has interesting visitors lined up for the next few weeks. Edwin H. Gott is due there today to load taconite pellets for delivery to Nanticoke on April 11; Philip R. Clarke is expected to arrive May 8 to unload stone from Calcite and then shift down the dock to load pellets; American Mariner is due May 8; Frontenac -- a frequent caller this season -- is due April 9; Mesabi Miner is expected May 11; and Saginaw is scheduled to arrive May 19.

Reported by: Al Miller


Thunder Bay Traffic

05/07

Spruceglen at Cargil.
Birchglen.
Saginaw arrives.
Makeevka loading.
Kapitonas Stulpinas.
Canadian Miner.
Algontario in lay-up.
Old barge listing.
Fishermen can't wait for the ice to melt.

Reported by: Rob Farrow


Marquette News

05/07
The Armco came into Marquette early on Tuesday, followed by the Middletown, both for a load of taconite. The schedule for the rest of the week may be very busy with the Lee A. Tregurtha and Saginaw on Wednesday, the John J. Boland and H. Lee White (first with stone to the lower harbor) on Thursday, and the Great Lakes Trader, Saginaw, Joseph Thompson and Herbert Jackson on Friday.

Armco docked.
Middletown arrives.
Docking.
Wide view at the dock.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Goderich Report

05/07
The Algomarine was in Saturday, loading salt for Chicago. The Peter R. Cresswell was in Sunday evening loading salt for Valleyfield and Cote Ste. Catherine. Both salties at the grain terminals have departed, leaving the harbor looking empty

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk


St. Clair River Traffic

05/07

Algoway.
Fairload.
Huron Lady II.
Roger Blough upbound.
Close up.
Bow view.
Heading for the bridges.
Tug Rebecca Lynn and barge.
Another view.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard


Detroit Traffic

05/07
Tuesday the tugs Norma and Magnetic with Deck Barge 47 loaded a ship Loading Conveyor owned by Klochko Equipment Co. at the face of Zug Island in Detroit.

The conveyor was then moved to the Harridon Terminal on the Rouge River, this is the dock where the former passenger ship now barge Alabama is docked. Detroit Salt will be loading ships at the dock this summer

After the conveyor was unloaded the tugs departed for their dock on the Old Rouge River.

Tug Normal B. warming up.
Standing by to assist.
Conveyor on the barge headed for the Rouge River.
Turning into the Rouge Short Cut Canal.
Unloading at the Harridon Terminal.
Tanker Saturn at the Marathon Dock.
Magnetic heading for home.
Passing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter


Cleveland Update

05/07
The salties Thekla and Federal Welland were the only vessels in Cleveland Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Bill Kloss


Lorain News

05/07
The Herbert C. Jackson was inbound through the fog Tuesday morning. She headed upriver to unload and backed down to depart that afternoon. The Palladino was inbound Tuesday afternoon for a stone dock up the creek. Clean up of the old Pellet Terminal continues.

Pictures by TZ
Jackson arrives.
Backing down to depart.
Close up of the bow.
Through the piers.
Kellstone I arrives.
Entering the harbor.
Tug Benjamin Ridgeway assisting the Kellstone I.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy


Hamilton Update

05/07
Monday evening McKeil Marine's barge McCleary's Spirit was moored at Pier 11. At Dofasco's iron ore dock, the Birchglen was unloading. Tuesday evening the Canadian Navigator arrived in ballast to Pier 26. The loading of slag/aggregate started shortly after docking.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon


Toronto Update

05/07
The salty Gunay A remained at Redpath unloading sugar Tuesday. The McKeil tug Glenevis departed by way of the West Gap, likely headed for Hamilton.

The Deep-Water Cooling Project is in full swing. McNally Construction Inc. tugs, dredges and barges are working around the clock dredging and laying pipe off Gibralter Pt. The tug Bagotville has joined the local fleet of McNally equipment.

Police, paramedics and a City TV news crew responded to an accident aboard the hydrofoil Seaflight II late Tuesday afternoon.

The two smaller hydrofoils, Sunrise V and Sunrise VI were launched Monday. They have been idle in the C & C Marine yard since Shaker Cruise Lines went out of business. The new owner is said to be the Dean Construction Co. of LaSalle, who intend to operate the hydrofoils from Windsor or Sarnia.

After the Pioneer Queen cleared the slings of the Atlas crane at Pier 35, the company's other vessel Pioneer Princess departed its winter berth in the Keating Channel and went into the slings. It is now ashore under the crane undergoing its 5-year inspection and some repairs.

The schooner Challenge was in a collision with the water taxi R. G. Jetta Monday. An engine or steering problem on the schooner caused it to ram the water taxi, crushing the superstructure.

At Toronto Drydock, the tug Kenteau was refloated Monday and the charter vessel Yankee Lady II went on the dock for inspection. When this vessel comes off the dock, the schooner Empire Sandy will go on.

The Soderholm Construction Co. tug Diver III and barge Y & F No. 1 have been running from Pier 52 over to Ontario Place for the past few days.

Reported by: Gerry O.


Montreal Traffic

05/07
Jade Star upbound at Varennes for sec 106 Montreal Ultramar dock on a rainy Tuesday Morning.
Stern view Jade Star.
CSL's Atlantic Huron passing the Jade Star at Varennes.
Atlantic Huron downbound at Varennes.
Accomadations Atlantic Erie, at Varennes.
CSL's Atlantic Superior at St Lambert Lock.
Atlantic Superior at the entrance of the St. Lawrence River exiting the Seaway.
Bow of the Atlantic Superior with the Six Flags theme park in the background.
Accommodations view of the Atlantic Superior.
CCG catamaran F.C.G. Smith sounding the Montreal lower harbor with the Lykes Raider in the background at sec 50.

Reported by: Kent Malo


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




Michipicoten Heads for Sarnia

05/06 10:30 a.m. Update
The tow departed Detour about 8 a.m. Tuesday and should be at the Blue Water Bridge at noon on Wednesday. The tug Patricia Hoey will be departing the Gaelic Tugboat Co. yard about 4 a.m. to meet the tow in Lake Huron and tail off down bound through the currents of the upper St. Clair River.

Original Report
Monday afternoon the tug Roger Stahl and Michipicoten stopped in the lower St. Marys River to wait for weather conditions to improve before continuing downbound for Sarnia. The tow was anchored at Detour. Mi. with the ship's anchor down and tug along side.

It is unknown how long the tow will be delayed. Wind speed in the area Monday afternoon was 33 knots, gusting to over 48 knots at times. The wind was expected to diminish to 15 to 25 knots near midnight and further decrease to east 10 to 20 knots overnight then backing to northeast Tuesday morning.

The tug Roger Stahl and Michipicoten reached the Soo Locks Monday morning. The tow was assisted through the Poe Lock and departed about 7:10 a.m.

When the trips resumes, the Stahl will take the Michipicoten downbound for Sarnia. The trip from the Soo to Sarnia was expected to take about 36 hours, depending on weather.

A second tug from the Gaelic Tugboat Company in Detroit will meet the tow several miles into lower Lake Huron. This tug will take up the stern of the Michipicoten and assist down bound through the swift current in the St. Clair Cut, the St. Clair River, and into Sarnia.

Tow passing below the locks Monday morning by Lee Rowe.
Michipicoten slips through the darkness above the locks early Monday morning.
Sunrise silhouette below the locks.
Downbound at Mission point after locking through.
Roger Stahl pulling from the bow.
Passing.
Tug Missouri working the stern.
Stern view.
Tow continues down river.

Reported by: Bill Hoey


Frantz Moved from Dry Dock

05/06
The Joseph H. Frantz was removed from the Toledo Shiprepair dry dock on Monday morning. She was tied up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock which is just north of the shipyard.

The Frantz will finish the fit out process at the dock and will be out sailing in a few days.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Port Weller Arrivals

05/06
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon arrived Monday morning for dry docking. It appears the ship will enter the south dock.

Waiting at the fit out wall to enter dry dock is the Canadian Navy ship HMCS Halifax. Docked ahead of the Halifax is the museum ship Haida that came off the dry dock last month.

It is interesting to note that the Halifax is the first of a class of ships while the Haida is the last of class.

The Haida is not expected to return to Hamilton until the end of the month

Pictures taken Tuesday morning by Ian Barker
Wide view of Port Weller Dry Docks.
Close up of Haida.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Ian Barker


Taconite plant files bankruptcy

05/06
Hoping to survive until it can get more contracts to manufacture taconite pellets, EVTAC near Eveleth, Minn., last week filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court.

Although widely regarded as a good producer, EVTAC ran into trouble when part-owner AK Steel Corp. elected to purchase its pellets from another producer. EVTAC will fill its only other order -- 1.4 million tons for Steel Company of Canada -- by the middle of May, leaving the taconite plant with no other customers for the rest of the year.

Company officials said they filed for bankruptcy in an attempt to keep the plant open until new customers can be found. The filing reportedly helps the company's cash flow and enables it to continue operating and seeking new pellet contracts.

EVTAC shipped its first taconite pellets in 1965 under the ownership of Oglebay Norton Co. and Ford Motor Co. Ownership changed over the years, and in 1996 new management took over the plant as Oglebay Norton bowed out. The plant is owned by subsidiaries of Rouge Steel, AK Steel and Steel Company of Canada.

EVTAC ships most of its pellets through the DMIR ore dock in Duluth. It currently is expected to cease production by May 15.

Reported by: Al Miller


Group removing Duluth's old foghorn

05/06
The group that owns the old diaphone foghorn on Duluth's ship canal apparently is removing the device following a long-simmering controversy, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

A group known as TOOT installed the obsolete horn -- known for its distinctive old-fashioned bee-YOOOOHHHH sound -- several years ago in the old foghorn building on the south pier of Duluth's ship canal. Eventually, the group and city officials persuaded the Coast Guard to allow the horn to function as the ship canal's official foghorn, replacing a quieter electronic tone that used to sound during foggy weather.

While many people regarded the horn as a quaint reminder of days past, some residents of Duluth's Hillside neighborhood complained that the horn was too loud and kept them awake at night. To placate them, the city later ordered that the horn only sound during the day and early evening.

TOOT's contract with the city to keep the horn on the ship canal expired in 2001. With negotiations going nowhere, group members have now notified the city that they will disassemble the foghorn and remove it from the ship canal, the newspaper reported.

Coast Guard officials said they will simply turn on the electronic tone, which itself is becoming obsolete with the now-common use of Global Positioning Devices.

Reported by: Dan Wren


Twin Ports Report

05/06
The Twin Ports grain trade perked up slightly Monday with two salties in port to load at the elevators. Warta was loading at Cargill B1 in Duluth while Federal Polaris was under the spouts at Cenex Harvest States.

Elsewhere, Cason J. Callaway was approaching the ship canal in a following sea early Monday. It was loaded with stone destined for the C. Reiss dock up the St. Louis River. St. Clair was due at the DMIR ore dock, Mesabi Miner was expected at BNSF ore dock and Paul R. Tregurtha was due at the Midwest Energy Terminal. Armco was due in late Monday night with stone for the CLM dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller


Soo Traffic

05/06
Monday night the upbound Edwin H. Gott locked through upbound and tied up at the upper West Center Pier for some type of repair work. Behind the Gott was the Armco and Canadian Progress.

Downbound was the Fairload, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Algonova. After a three hour stop at the Soo, the Edwin H Gott departed the west piers upbound into Whitefish Bay.

Reported by: Jason Walker


Marquette Update

05/06
The Charles M. Beeghly arrived in Marquette on Monday with a load of coal for the Presque Isle power plant, and then took on a load of ore. On Tuesday, the Armco is due in the morning and the Middletown in the afternoon. Both the Saginaw and Lee A. Tregurtha are expected Wednesday morning.

Beeghly unloading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Alpena Report

05/06
The John G. Munson was loading at Stoneport on Monday. The strong east winds and rain delayed the process. The Wilfred Sykes was waiting at anchor offshore. It hopefully would get to the loading dock sometime early Tuesday morning, depending on the weather and when the Munson departs. The Sykes is expected back to Stoneport in the next couple days.

The Alpena went to Whitefish, ON and the J.A.W. Iglehart is in South Chicago. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity is expected into port on Tuesday afternoon.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Saginaw River News

05/06
The Mississagi made its first visit of the season to the Saginaw River on Monday with a split load for the Buena Vista dock and Valley Asphalt. The vessel arrived in the morning, lightering first at Buena Vista, next to the I-75 Bridge in Zilwaukee. About noon, it moved up to Valley Asphalt, which is located adjacent to the Sixth Street turning basin.

The Mississagi was outbound from Saginaw at about 4:30 p.m.

The Tug Mary E. Hannah and her fuel barge departed the Triple Clean LiquiFuels Dock in Essexville during the late afternoon after unloading there overnight.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Mississagi upbound approaching Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Stern view at Liberty Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Toledo Report

05/06
Monday the Olympic Mentor and Olympic Merit remain at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Rebecca Lynn with the barge A-410 was at the Sun Dock. There were no other vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Tuesday. The Canadian Enterprise on Wednesday followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the CSL Laurentien on Sunday. The Atlantic Superior on Monday, followed by the CSL Niagara on Tuesday. The Algosteel is now due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Wednesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Cleveland update

05/06
The Calumet arrived in Cleveland Monday morning and the barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible departed. The Federal Hunter is still at the lakefront docks.

Reported by: Mike Reindel


Hamilton Update

05/06
Monday night the Canadian Navigator arrived, heading to Dofasco. The Nanticoke was leaving Stelco at 7:45 p.m. The Nanticoke waited in the harbor for the Navigator to come through the Burlington Piers before heading out. The Hamilton Energy was on her way to refuel the Emerald Star at Pier 12E.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Toronto Report

05/06
Monday the Gunay-A was unloading at the Redpath Sugar refinery. The Canadian Mariner and Canadian Provider remain docked at Cherry St. The tugs Atomic and Glenevis and the workboat Patricia were docked at their Toronto Station off Cherry St.

The Charter boat Pioneer Queen was being prepared for Inspection prior to starting its summer season.

Tugs Atomic, Glenevis and the workboat Patricia.
Atomic.
Glenevis.
View from the dock.
Gunay-A unloading.
Another view.
Close up.
Close up.
Canadian Mariner and Canadian Provider.
Stern view.
Pioneer Queen fit out.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher


Clarkson Update

05/06
At Petro Canada the Panam Flota was pumping off cargo, she arrived on Sunday.

Very early Monday morning the James Norris joined the Amelia Desgagnes at St. Lawrence Cement. The Norris unloaded limestone from Colborne and was gone before noon. The Desgagnes was loading cargo.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley


Kingston Report

05/06
The westbound Isarstern was reportely lost a life boat near Jorstadt Castle ( Haskell Shoal) Monday. The vessel stopped and it took about half an hour to lower another boat and retrie the life boat. The ship is headed for Bronte.

The Jana is westbound for Oshawa. She has a load of steel coils which should take two days to unload. She is then heading straight back down the Seaway to load wood pulp for Europe.

The CSL Niagara arrived in Picton Monday morning and departed that afternoon. She is headed east for Whitewater. She will follow the Quebecois down the river. The Stephen B. Roman is heading for Picton.

The USCG Morrow Bay was east bound Monday morning with an eta of 11:00 a.m. for Coi. Another unusual visitor is the Capt. Ralph Tucker, which was westbound headed for the Canal. This is though to be her first trip on the Seaway under her new name. The Adolphustown ferry has two ships running.

Reported by: Ron Walsh


St. Clair to Detroit Traffic

05/06
May 1
Sarah Spencer and Jane Ann IV downbound on Lake St. Clair.
Wide view.
Stern view.
American Mariner downbound in the St. Clair River.
Spruceglen downbound on the St. Clair River.
Passing.
Stern view.
Mc Asphalt 401 & John Spence downbound on the St. Clair River.
Stern view.
Arthur M Anderson unloading at the Mc Louth Dock in Marine City.
Stern view.
Southdown Challenger downbound passing Marysville.
Stern view.
Alpena downbound passing Marysville.

May 2
Algomarine backing down the St. Clair River.
Stern view.
Fred R White Jr upbound on the St. Clair River.
Stern view.
City of Algonac passing from Algonac to Walpole Island.
tug William C Gaynor upbound with the dredge NO 55 and a barge carrying two tugs and the suction dredge Kingfisher.
Another view.
Barges.
Close up.
John G Munson upbound approaching the Crib Light on Lake St. Clair.
Stern view.
barge Ocean Hauler and tug Evans Mc Keil upbound at Belle Isle Coast Guard Station.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.
Canadian Miner upbound at the RenCen.
Stern view.
barge St Marys Cement I and tug Petite Forte upbound at the RenCen.
Stern view.

Detroit Traffic
Bahamian salty Warta upbound past Detroit.
Stern view.
Mesabi Miner unloading on Zug Island.
Alpena unloading at the JMT Dock in the old Rouge River.
Tug Vermont and Wyoming outbound the Rouge River approaching the N & S Bridge.
Stern view.
Wyoming.
Stern view.
Steelwork on tug Acushnet at the Gaelic Tugboat Co. yard.
Close up.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls


Cote St. Catherine and St. Lambert Lock Traffic

05/06
Below are pictures taken on Monday.

Chios Sailor unloading into hopper bins, then being trucked to the plant at the Cote St. Catherine Wharf.
Barge McAsphalt 401.
Stern view of the tug John Spence.
Name on the side of the tug.
The first pile in the foreground is what the Capt. Henry Jackman unloaded at the Cote.
Chios Sailor at the Cote St. Catherine Wharf.
Capt. Henry Jackman's funnel, at St. Lambert Lock downbound.
crewmember enjoying the warm sunshine and a cup of coffee or tea at St. Lambert lock .
Stern view of the Capt. Henry Jackman as she leaves St Lambert Lock .

Reported by: Kent Malo


St. Lawrence River Traffic

05/06
Halifax FFH-330 arriving Montréal, April 30 René Beauchamp photo.
Halifax FFH-330 entering Seaway, May 3, 2003.
Halifax bound for Port Weller dry Docks.
Thekla new build 2003 entering Seaway, May 3.
Thekla, bound for Cleveland, May 3.
Thekla in Seaway, old US Expo-67 pavilion structure in background, May 3.
Thekla lining up for the St. Lambert lock. May 3.
Tecam Sea at Lanoraie anchorage waiting for a berth at Contrecoeur, May 3.
Jana sister of Thekla at Sorel berth 19, May 3.
Spruceglen downbound from Seaway, May 4.
Makeevka off Varennes, downbound from Seaway, May 4.
Makeevka, stern view, note new funnel markings, May 4.
Jana upbound at Verchères from Sorel to Seaway, May 4.
CSL Laurentien, downbound off Verchères from Seaway, May 5.

Reported by: Marc Piché


Thekla headed for Cleveland

05/06
On Sunday the brand new Dutch built German owned multi-purpose general cargo vessel Thekla was upbound in the Welland Canal. This is only her third cargo and is loaded with steel products and wood pulp from Sweden and is destined for various ports including Menominee. Thekla’s dimensions are 132,23m x 15,87m. The following images were taken onboard from Port Weller to Lock 7.

CCGS Griffon secured alongside Wharf 1.
CCGS Simcoe as viewed from the pilot boat.
Juleen I outbound Port Weller headed for Thekla.
Boatnerd “extraordinaire” Jimmy Sprunt looks on waiting to add another picture to his vast collection.
Meeting the awaiting Thekla.
Approaching.
Sharp looking accommodation.
Colorful funnel and self launching lifeboat.
View of the “roller coaster” lifeboat.
Seating arrangement profile.
Waiting for traffic to clear. Toronto’s Skydome and CN Tower can be seen dead ahead.
Atlantic Huron fresh from the shipyard with her new look.
Another view of the spiffy Atlantic Huron.
Raising in Lock 1.
Underway for Lock 2.
CSL Niagara waiting for us to approach.
Thekla is fitted with the most modern navigational equipment available.
Close up view the Electronic Chart Display.
Very spacious bridge.
Another view. The ship still has that “new ship” smell.
Almost raised in Lock 2.
Opening up and getting ready to cast off.
Fading daylight.
Secured in Lock 4.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


Work Boat Update

05/06
Marine Tech of Duluth has sold their 45-foot tug Lydie Rae to Walstrom Dredge & Dock of Harbor Springs, Michigan. She was built for the Army as an ST and later transferred to the Corps of Engineers. She sank in Grand Marais harbor as the Corps tug Ashland in the 1970's. She was raised, brought to Duluth aboard the steamer Coleman and sold to Zenith Dredge. She was rebuilt and renamed Charles F. Liscomb and later Jason, when Marine Tech bought it in 1994. She was given her current name last year.

Sivertson Fisheries trap net tug Provider has been out working for the smelt run in Duluth and Superior.

The Corps of Engineers derrick boat H.J. Schwartz and tug D.L. Billmaier are in for repair at Fraser Shipyards. They have been in the small drydock for the past two weeks.

The 45-foot Corps tug Hammond Bay has been placed back into service after sitting idle for many years. She was laid up in the Fox River before coming to Duluth in the mid-1990's. She remained ashore until last year when she was placed back in the water and underwent a rebuild by Corps personnel. She has been repowered with a new Cat 3406 which replaced an aging Detroit 6-71.

D.L. Billmaier in the dry-dock.
With the Sherwin in back.
Canadian Transfer's keel as she looks in dry-dock.
Looking up her bow.
Canadian Olympic inbound Duluth.
Stewart J. Cort outbound Superior entry, through a zig-zag of ice. Yes, she's backing out.
Twin 1908 vintage tugs Essayons and Mount McKay at the NP 2 freight sheds.
Federal Polaris anchored out. Corps vessel yard can be seen below and the tugs Hammond Bay, Fairchild, L L Smith Jr, barge Huron and research vessel Blue Heron.
Classic tug George Carleton rests between jobs at the Thunder Bay shipyard.
G-tug Kentucky at Garfield D in Duluth.
Marine Tech's Lydie Rae works her way through icebergs almost as big as she.
G-tug Massachusetts at Burns Harbor.
G-tug Minnesota.
G-tug North Carolina, formerly the Gaelic tug Wicklow, now laid up in Duluth.
G-tug North Dakota rides out a snow squall in her berth at Garfield D.
North Dakota overhead stern view, shows the ample room for working on the after deck.
G-tug South Carolina, the only tug in the fleet with a retractable house.
Oconto on display at Burns Harbor.
McDougall's Duluth-built tanker Michigan, sits in Witte's Staten Island boneyard with her stern cut off. She is an identical sister to the famous Day Peckinpaugh.
Tug Seneca at Northern Pacific No.2 dock, now owned by the Duluth Timber Company.
Gravel & Lake tugs Robert John and Peninsula in Thunder Bay.
Fraser tug Troy L. Johnson sits ashore in the boneyard, a home to many pigeons.
Vista Star passes N.P. No.2 and the remains of the steamer Irvin L. Clymer of 1917 in Duluth.
Former CG tug Yankton, sits in East Boston. Now named Cetus, she is a sister to Malcolm's tug Manitou.
An old wooden barge, likely the Scow No. 2, abandoned in Thunder Bay. Take a good look... now this is history.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel


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




Michipicoten Stops

05/05 3 p.m. Update
Monday afternoon the tug Roger Stahl and Michipicoten stopped in the lower St. Marys River to wait for weather conditions to improve. The tow is anchored at Detour. Mi. with the ship's anchor down and tug along side. Wind in the area is blowing at 33 knots, gusting to over 48 knots at times.

7:10 a.m. Update
The tug Roger Stahl and Michipicoten reached the Soo Locks Monday morning. The tow was assisted through the Poe Lock and departed about 710 a.m. The tow is expected to take about 36 hours to reach Sarnia.

Pictures from the Soo Locks live cam
Departing the Poe.
Heading down river.

Original Report
The tug Roger Stahl and Michipicoten spent Sunday making steady progress across Lake Superior. The tow reached Whitefish Bay at 10:50 p.m. Sunday night and were following the Columbia Star down bound. They will continue down bound and could reach the Soo Locks between 2 and 4 a.m. Monday morning.

If traffic delays the tow at the lock, the tow will run at reduced speed in the upper St. Marys River to avoid tying up at the lock wall. The Roger Stahl and Michipicoten will use the Poe Lock, assisted by a Great Lakes Towing tug.

Once clear of the Locks the Stahl will take the Michipicoten downbound for Sarnia. The trip from the Soo to Sarnia is expected to take about 36 hours, depending on weather.

A second tug from the Gaelic Tugboat Company in Detroit will meet the tow several miles into lower Lake Huron. This tug will take up the stern of the Michipicoten and assist down bound through the swift current in the St. Clair Cut, the St. Clair River, and into Sarnia.
Check back for updates

Pictures by Franz VonRiedel
Stahl has arrived and the tow is on the move at Howard's Pocket.
Tugs Roger Stahl and Kentucky line her up near the coal dock.
Close up of Roger Stahl with a bow line.
Making the turn at East Gate.
Passing the Canadian Olympic in the front channel.
Lining up for the canal and passing Northern Pacific No.2.
Elton Hoyt in Drydock on April 22nd.
Hoyt and the Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier.
Hoyt getting sandblasted on April 25th.
Pressure washing after the sandblast.
Pigeon's have been evicted now and are packing their things.
History showing though: the old Pickands & Mather company.

Reported by: Bill Hoey


Atlantic Huron Departs, HMCS Halifax Due

05/05
Sunday afternoon the Atlantic Huron departed Port Weller Dry Docks after an extensive refit that began in December. At mid night she was in the Port Weller Anchorage for gyro or compass adjustments. The vessel is expected to head downbound on her first trip some time Monday morning.

Also in the Welland Canal Sunday were fleet mates Atlantic Superior and Atlantic Erie.

HMCS Halifax arrived on Sunday, docking at the Port Weller Dry Docks Fit Out Wall. Port Weller Dry Docks.

Sunday the HMCS Halifax passed Brockville Ontario on her way to Port Weller. Pictures by Peter Carter.
HMCS Halifax.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt


U.S.-Flag Lakes Fleet Up 4 Vessels On May 1

05/05
The major U.S.-flag Great Lakes carriers had 56 of their 63 vessels in service on May 1, an increase of four hulls compared to a year ago. The increase reflects the reinvigoration of steel mills in Cleveland, Indiana Harbor and Chicago by ISG. A year ago these mills were idle. Today they are making steel and even exporting their product to Europe.

That said, the industry is far from operating at full capacity. As of today, six U.S.-flag lakers have no sail date in 2003.

The fleet total - 63 vessels - reflects recent changes in the industry. The Elton Hoyt 2nd (Interlake Steamship) has been sold to Canadian interests for operation under that flag. The grain carrier Kinsman Independent (Great Lakes Associates) and the liquid-bulk carrying barge 2801 (Hannah Marine Corporation) are not expected to operate again.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association


Vlistborg in Menominee

05/05
Early Sunday morning the Vlistborg entered the Menominee River bound for K&K Warehouse with another load of wood pulp from Finland. They first pulled into the East (deep draft) Dock at K&K directly behind the Palmer Johnson yacht, Milk & Honey.

That afternoon they switched to the West Dock to finish unloading. The next ship scheduled for Menominee is the Kwintebank, which will also head for K&K Warehouse.

Pictures by Dick Lund
Vlistborg at K&K Dock.
Wide angle with unloading cranes at the ready.
Stern view at dock.
Another view from across the river.
Hatch crane stacks hatch covers near bow.

Pictures by Scott Best
Inbound Menominee River.
Through Menekaunee Bridge.
Stern view heading up river to K&K.

Reported by: Dick Lund and Scott Best


Permit problems delay fireboat's sinking

05/05
A former Chicago fireboat moored in Algoma, Wis., won't become an underwater dive site in Lake Michigan anytime soon because the permit process has not been completed.

Members of the dive club Neptune's Nimrods hope to sink the retired fireboat Joseph Medill about 1.5 miles off Algoma to become a diving attraction.

However, DNR water management specialist Mike Hanaway, who has been reviewing the proposal, said a permit for the sinking cannot be issued right now because he is awaiting more information from the club

Hanaway said he has asked for specifics on how contamination on the boat will be cleaned up. While the city of Algoma is a co applicant for the project, he said there is a problem with proposed diving site because it is not in city limits.

Hanaway said additional steps would follow in the permit process after he receives the information from the club.

For instance, a public notice would be required followed by a 30-day comment period. Hanaway said people who raise a "substantial objection" to the project could request a hearing.

Based on feedback he has received about the project, Hanaway said a hearing likely would be requested. He said the deliberate sinking of a ship for recreational diving has never been approved by the DNR before.

While the dive club had a goal to get approval to sink the tug in May of this year, Hanaway said six months from now is "not out of line" for the time it would take to approve the project.

Reported by: Chris Wilson


Toledo Update

05/05
On Sunday the Canadian Navigator was at the CSX Coal Docks loading coal. The Olympic Merit and Olympic Mentor were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Rebecca Lynn with the barge A-410 was at the B-P Dock loading cargo. The Saturn was at the Sun Dock.

The Joseph H. Frantz remains in dry dock at the shipyard.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Tuesday. The Canadian Enterprise on Wednesday followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Docks will be the CSL Laurentien on Sunday, followed by the CSL Niagara on Tuesday, May 13. The Algosteel is due in at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock on Tuesday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
The Parker Evans with the tug Tennessee towing downbound Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge.
The Hilda Marjanne loading coal at the C&O #3 coal dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


St. Clair River Traffic

05/05
St. Clair River traffic over the weekend.

Pictures by Dave Wobser
Saturday
Ever wonder how they get those pictures of boats under the Blue Water Bridges, with Tom Edison in the picture?
Boatnerds on the deck of the St. Clair Inn.
Earl E. Oglebay down bound.
Calumet down bound.
Kaye E. Barker up bound.
Mississagi up bound at sunset.

Sunday
Herbert C. Jackson followed by McKee Sons under the Blue Water Bridges.
McKee Sons/Invincible under the Bridges.
Cedarglen up bound at Marine City.
Pineglen following Cedarglen up bound.

More Saturday traffic by Bill Bird
Calumet down at Marysville.
Federal Weser up at Marysville.
Nanticoke exiting Lake Huron and entering the River.
St. Clair upbound at Blue Water Bridge.
Middletown down at Marysville.


Rouge Traffic

05/05
Sunday Canada Steamship Lines' Jean Parisian was outbound in the Rouge departing Blue Circle cement. Fleet mate Frontenac was being towed stern first into the Rouge to the St. Marys Cement dock about an hour later. It was assisted at the Great Lakes Towing tug Wyoming and tug Maine.

Pictures by Scott Tomlinson from the tug Norma B.
Jean Parisien outbound Rouge River from Blue Circle Cement Dock with G-Tug Wyoming on bow, G-Tug Maine on stern.
Stern view.
Frontenac inbound Rouge River, stern first, going to Blue Circle Cement Dock. G-Tug Wyoming on stern, G-Tug Maine on bow.
Bow view.
Tug Norma B.
Stern view.

Reported by: Nathan Nietering and Scott Tomlinson


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




Michipicoten tow Continues

05/04 11:30 a.m. Update
The Roger Stahl and Michipicoten are making steady progress crossing Lake Superior. The tow expects to reach Whitefish Bay at 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. They will continue down bound and could reach the Soo Locks by 4 a.m. Monday morning.

If traffic delays the tow at the lock, the tow will run at reduced speed in the upper St. Marys River to avoid tying up at the lock wall. The Roger Stahl and Michipicoten will use the Poe Lock, assisted by a Great Lakes Towing tug.

Original Report
Saturday the tug Roger Stahl was making steady progress towing the Michipicoten across Lake Superior. The weather was cooperating and the Stahl reported smooth sailing. The weather forecast calls for winds to build on Sunday to 15 to 25 knots.

The tow could arrive at the Soo Locks by 6 a.m. Monday morning. If weather conditions force the tow to take a southerly route the arrival at the Soo will be delayed but is still expected to reach the Soo on Monday. The tow will be assisted through the Soo Locks by a Great Lakes Towing tug.

Once clear of the Locks the Stahl will take the Michipicoten downbound for Sarnia. The trip from the Soo to Sarnia is expected to take about 36 hours, depending on weather.

A second tug from the Gaelic Tugboat Company in Detroit will meet the tow several miles into lower Lake Huron. This tug will take up the stern of the Michipicoten and assist down bound through the heavy current in the St. Clair Cut, the St. Clair River, and into Sarnia.

Reported by: Bill Hoey


Frantz Refloated, Expected to Depart this week

05/04
The Joseph H. Frantz was floating high in the Toledo Shiprepair dry dock Saturday.

Now floating in full view, the bow and stern areas have been painted and the rest of the hull remains in the Oglebay Norton red color scheme. Smoke was coming out of her stack and the engine room crew is aboard.

The dry dock gate was in place preventing her immediate departure but she is expected to be moved from the dry dock over the next few days. Once off the dry dock crews will make final preparation and she is expected to enter service on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


HMCS Halifax Departs Montreal

05/04
Saturday morning the Canadian Navy Ship HMSC Halifax departed Montreal heading upbound on the Seaway. The Halifax Class Frigate is on her way to Port Weller Dry Docks where she will receive a refit.

HMCS Halifax downbound St. Lawrence River before making her turn to head up the Seaway.
HMCS Halifax heading towards calling in point 2 after making her turn.
Stern view of the Frigate HMCS Halifax above Cote St. Catherine Lock Saturday morning.
Ocean Intrepide and Ocean Jupiter heading back to sec. 57 after undocking the HMCS Halifax.
Bluewing at sec 42 Montreal Harbor.
Thekla, upbound in the Seaway at CIP 2 for Cleveland with a load of steel. The ship carries a crew of ten.

Reported by: Kent Malo


Ferry Service Delay

05/04
LEF Corp., the Michigan company that planned to start running a high-speed ferry this summer from Racine and Chicago to St. Joseph, Mich., announced Friday that the ferry service wouldn't start until 2004.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., company has already started handing out refunds to would-be passengers who had paid in advance for tickets on the ferry, LEF spokeswoman Gayle Evans told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .

Last month the company announced that the Fast-Kat Ferry Service would start in June, two months later than the company's original April target.

The company said it had leased the Catalina Jet, a 4-year-old, 450-passenger catamaran, previously used on runs between Los Angeles and California's Catalina Island. With a top speed of 45 mph, the vessel could have crossed Lake Michigan in about two hours each way.

But on Friday, LEF said it didn't really have a signed lease after all.

Evans said the previous announcement reflected a verbal agreement between her company and the Catalina Jet's owner. While LEF was working out the details of a written lease, the boat owner leased the vessel to the U.S. Navy instead, she said.

Asked whether her company was considering legal action against the boat owner, Evans said LEF had decided to focus on obtaining another vessel. She said it was too late to find another boat for this summer, but the company had several options for next year.

Racine officials did not return calls seeking comment Friday afternoon. They have been trying to attract ferry service for several years.

As for the fledgling company's finances, Evans said, "Most of the funding was in place" - but not all of the money - to start service this year. She said she was confident that lack of money would not have stopped Fast-Kat.

However, lack of money has delayed other Lake Michigan ferry plans. Fast-Kat's main competitor, Milwaukee's Lake Express LLC, is still assembling financing - including crucial federal loan guarantees - for its plan to run a high-speed ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Mich., starting in 2004.

The Milwaukee-based ferry would carry both passengers and cars, unlike Fast-Kat, which would start service carrying only passengers.

Eau Claire neurosurgeon Thomas Rankin previously failed to put together the cash for a high-speed car ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon. Rankin is now trying to start a high-speed car ferry from Waukegan, Ill., to St. Joseph, but hasn't come up with financing for that plan, either.

Lack of financing also frustrated Lake Michigan Carferry Inc., owner of the only ferry now on the lake, in its attempt to run regular-speed car ferry service from either Milwaukee or Racine to Lake Michigan. The company's car ferry Badger now takes four hours each way on its summer trips between Manitowoc and Ludington.

Visit www.fastkatferry.com for more information.

Reported by: David Swain and Bob Vande Vusse


Sister Ships in Toledo

05/04
Saturday the sister ships Olympic Merit and Olympic Mentor were unloading at the T.W.I. Dock in Toledo. It is a rare occurrence to have sister ships unloading at the dock at the same time.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Holland Dredging

05/04
M.C.M. is working on dredging the channel mouth at Holland, Mi. Crews have been working the area since mid-week. The Lake Michigan port is expecting four boats between Monday and Thursday. The barge Pere Marquette 41 is scheduled into Brewer's on Monday, Maumee to the power plant and Sam Laud to Verplank's on Tuesday, and American Republic to Brewer's on Wednesday.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse


Sundew in Houghton

05/04
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sundew paid a brief visit to Houghton on Saturday. She docked at the Houghton public dock just east of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

Bow view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Wilder


Marquette Update

05/04
The Lee A. Tregurtha took a load of taconite at Marquette Saturday. The Joseph Thompson/Jr. will be in on Sunday for a load. The Kaye Barker and Charles Beeghly are expected on Monday, and the Armco in on Tuesday for its first visit of the season.

Lee A. loading.
Another view.
Bow view.
Pilot house just below the dock office.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Saginaw News

05/04
The steamer Saginaw made its first visit of the season to its namesake river on Saturday while its fleet mate Maumee returned on its second trip up the river within three days.

The Saginaw arrived early in the morning at the Buena Vista dock just above the I-75 Bridge at Zilwaukee. The vessel apparently had some problems discharging its cargo and remained at the dock for the entire day.

The Maumee arrived about noon and pulled into the adjacent Wirt Stone Dock a few hundred yards ahead of the Saginaw.

The Saginaw departed its dock early in the evening and was outbound at 8:05 p.m. after turning. The Maumee departed the Wirt dock about an hour later.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Maumee upbound at Cass Avenue.
Close up.
Stern view.
Saginaw downbound passing the Maumee at Saginaw Wirt.
Saginaw close up.
Stern view at the I-75 Bridge.
Saginaw at the Buena Vista Dock earlier in the day.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Rouge River Update

05/04
Saturday afternoon the Kaye E. Barker was turning in the Rouge turning basin, departing Rouge Steel in Detroit. She was passing through the Fort St. Bridge at 2:15 p.m.

On Tuesday Central Marine Logistics' Wilfred Sykes made a call to unload taconite at the Rouge Plant, arriving late Tuesday night and departing before first light on Wednesday. This is her first trip to the lower lakes this season. The Sykes' first trip to the Rouge was last year, where it carried several cargos of taconite in substitute for usual Interlake vessels.

Reported by: Nathan Nietering


Hamilton Report

05/04
Saturday morning the Algocen arrived in Hamilton heading for Dofasco. She is loaded with iron ore from Point Noir, Quebec. Her next port of call was expected to be Duluth.

The Capt. Henry Jackman arrived in Hamilton at 1:30 p.m. and docked at Pier 25. She departed at 4:30 p.m.

The Algowood departed Hamilton Saturday morning heading to Gary Indiana. The Federal Welland departed Hamilton at 2 p.m. heading for the Welland Canal. At 7:45 the CSL Laurentian departed port.

Pictures by Chris Simpson
Federal Welland departing.
Wide view.

Reported by: Eric Holmes


Double Dutch Treat in the Canal

05/04
Saturday morning saw two similar multi-purpose Dutch flagged vessels transiting the Welland Canal. The lead ship was Kwintibank upbound with cargo for Cleveland. She was immediately followed by the smaller 2000 German built Flinterduin. The vessel was partially loaded with a cargo of specialty steel from Bilbao Spain destined for Detroit and Chicago by way of Hamilton. The following images were taken aboard Flinterduin enroute to Lock 7. For more info on Flinterduin and her fleet mates go to www.flinter.nl

Pilot Boat Juleen I soon underway from her Port Weller base.
Kwintibank inbound at the Lake Ontario entrance to the canal.
Flinterduin underway to meet the pilot boat.
Bridge Wing view.
Funnel markings.
Bridge Wing.
Bow Thruster, Engine Controls and Helm (Joystick in lower right corner).
Pilot’s view from the conning position approaching Port Weller.
Port Weller Harbour as it appears on the navigation chart.
The small size of the vessel is readily apparent.
Water cascading over Lock 1 gates.
Filling begins and takes less than 15 minutes.
Dutch annual shipping bible. This guide lists all Dutch owned vessels and is profusely illustrated.
One of many pages of photos. Note: the Kwintibank is in the lower left page.
The ship’s mascot “Dolly” the cloned sheep keeps an eye on things from the Captain’s chair.
Nothing is finer than a fine lunch on a fine ship on a fine day!
Boatnerds?
Boatnerd Recruiting Centre. aka Lock 3 Museum.
Closing up astern in Lock 4.
USCGC Morro Bay heading home.
Approaching Lock 7.
Raising in Lock 7.
Another view.
Accommodation view from ashore.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


Armistice Day Storm and H.C. Akeley Remembered

05/04
Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates (a non-profit organization) invites ship enthusiasts, historians and those who seek "ships gone missing" to attend "Mysteries & Histories" a new annual event celebrating the unique West Michigan Maritime history by focusing on shipwrecks lost in the area. This years event will be held at the Fenn Valley Winery in Fennville, Michigan on Saturday, May 10.

Featured programs at the event include:
"A Glimpse Into the Past - The Discovery Of The H. C. Akeley" hosted by the MSRA Research Team.
"Safe Ashore: The 1940 Armistice Day Storm" presented by Ric Mixter, host of the PBS series "Great Lakes In Depth".

The Program begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by 6 p.m. winery tours by winemaker Doug Welsch. A wine tasting will follow the event. Special "Quest For The Chicora" wine will be on sale. All proceeds from the evening will be earmarked for "Shipwreck Quest 2003" -- the continued search for the wreck of the Chicora. Please visit www.michiganshipwrecks.org for more information.

Reported by: Craig Rich


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




Michipicoten Departs

05/03 12:55 p.m. Update
Friday evening the Michipicoten was pulled out of the Fraser Ship Yards dry dock in Superior, Wisconsin and departed the Twin Ports under tow of the tug Roger Stahl.

About 4:30 p.m. the dry-dock gate was opened and at 6 p.m. the Michipicoten started backing out with the use of her deck winches. The tugs Roger Stahl and Kentucky were standing by to assist.

The Kentucky took the lead, towing the Michipicoten stern first while the Stahl was working the bow. The tow cleared the Duluth Piers at 8:25 p.m. and the Kentucky returned to port.

The Michipicoten is freshly painted in Lower Lakes Towing gray, her name appears in small lettering on the bow. The stack has not been repainted yet and still carries the Interlake colors. When fleet make Saginaw was towed from the Duluth her stack was painted on the trip down.

The Roger Stahl will tow the vessel across Lake Superior and could arrive at the Soo Locks by 6 a.m. Monday morning. If weather conditions force the tow to take a southerly route the arrival at the Soo will be delayed to later in the day. The tow will be assisted through the Soo Locks by a Great Lakes Towing tug.

Once clear of the Locks the Stahl will take the Michipicoten downbound for Sarnia. The trip from the Soo to Sarnia is expected to take about 36 hours, depending on weather.

After arriving in Sarnia the Michipicoten will undergo fit out and then enter service carrying taconite for the Algoma Steel mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Tow departing by Glenn Blaszkiewicz
Clear of the dry dock.
Roger Stahl takes the bow.
Kentucky pulls the Michipicoten stern first.
Close up of tow.
Michipicoten.
Kentucky passing.
Roger Stahl on the bow.
Close up of the Stahl.
Name on the bow.
Out bound.

Moved from the dry dock. by Kent Rengo
Gate is pulled clear.
Winches used to clear the dry dock.
Close up of stack.
Roger Stahl takes the bow.
Ready to depart.

Check back for updates

Reported by: Kent Rengo, Glenn Blaszkiewicz and Franz VonRiedel


Frantz Update

05/03 7 a.m. Update
As of 7 a.m. Saturday morning the dry dock at Toledo Shiprepair had been filled and the Joseph H. Frantz was sitting high in the dry dock. It is unknown when she will be moved from the ship yard.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Busy Week at Port Weller

05/03
It has been a busy week at Port Weller Dry Docks. Late Thursday night the Atlantic Huron moved from the dry dock to the fit out wall. The Huron is expected to leave sometime Sunday night. On Friday the Hamilton Energy was along side to fuel Atlantic Huron.

The carferry Jiimaan departed the fit out wall Friday and was upbound in the canal.

The Haida is expected to be moved to fit out wall Sunday.

Passing Port Weller on Friday night was the tug Reliance pushing a barge. The pair are headed to Sept Isle, Quebec.

Pictures by Chris Simpson
Hamilton Energy arrive to fuel the Huron.
Makveeka.
Stern view.
Capt. Ralph Tucker.
Stern view.
Jiimaan ubound.
Fort Niagara Lighthouse.
Burlington Light.
Another view.
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Reported by:

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt


Marquette Report

05/03
The Middletown and Herbert C. Jackson loaded ore in Marquette on Friday. The Lee A. Tregurtha is due on Saturday, the Joseph Thompson/Jr. on Sunday, and a return of the Kaye Barker and the Charles M. Beeghly with coal early in the week.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Saginaw River Update

05/03
The J.A.W. Iglehart was outbound Friday morning after unloading at the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton. The Iglehart was downbound through Bay City around 9 a.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
J.A.W. Iglehart downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Toledo News

05/03
The John D. Leitch finished unloading ore at the Torco Dock and departed early Friday morning. The John G. Munson finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed early Friday morning. The Olympic Merit was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Southdown Challenger was at the Cemex Dock unloading cement. The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer was at Andersons "E" Elevator loading grain.

The Joseph H. Frantz remains in drydock at the Shipyard. Her hull has been completely repainted with a darker reddish brown color, her cabins are now painted white and her stack is now in the familiar Steinbrenner color scheme. The name "Joseph H. Frantz" is freshly painted in white on the bow and stern areas of the vessel. It is unknown when she will depart from the drydock.

The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Canadian Navigator on Sunday. The Canadian Enterprise on Monday, followed by the John J. Boland on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boat due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the CSL Laurentien on Sunday 11 May.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


Mississagi in Fairport

05/03
The Mississagi delivered a split load of sand to Fairport, Oh. Friday evening. She arrived around 5 p.m. and unloaded first at Sidley's near the Coast Guard station, then moved upriver to the Osborne South dock to finish the unload. Osborne is building up an outbound load of golf course sand, being trucked in.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers derrick McCauley and tug Koziol are in town, working on the breakwall.

Mississagi unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Dave Merchant


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




Michipicoten Tow Expected to Depart Today

05/02
The tug Roger Stahl is waiting at the shipyard for the Michipicoten to come off the drydock Friday afternoon. The Coast Guard and underwriters have approved the tow and the weather forecast is favorable through Sunday. The tow will depart Duluth some time today and head down bound for Sarnia where fit out will be completed.

Reported by Bill Hoey


Atlantic Huron Moved from Dry Dock

05/02
Late Thursday night the Atlantic Huron was prepared to shift from the dry dock to the fit out wall. The tugs Lac Manitoba and James E. McGrath moved the newly vessel. The Huron entered Port Weller Dry Docks in December for a mid life refit.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt


Duluth Heavy Lift

05/02
The third of what will now be four ships bringing in enormous pieces of equipment manufactured in Spain and Italy and destined for Canada arrived April 30 in the Port of Duluth-Superior aboard the Dutch vessel Fairload.

Lake Superior Warehousing Co., Inc., assisted with unloading the 49 dimensional pieces at Duluth's Clure Public Marine Terminal. Destined for the Syncrude UE-1 oil sands project near Ft. McMurray, Alberta, the equipment included five 95-ton, 18-foot (5.5-meter) wide pieces that will move by truck, and 44 pieces weighing between 20 and 160 tons and ranging in length from 40 to 155 feet (12.2 to 47.2 meters) that will move by train.

Jumbo, a Rotterdam heavy-lift shipping company, arranged for arrival of the equipment via four ships (instead of three originally planned) outfitted with deck cranes capable of handling heavy loads. The first shipment arrived in Port August 3, 2002, also aboard Jumbo's 314-foot (95.7-meter) vessel Fairload. It consisted of 10 pressure cylinders manufactured in Spain measuring up to 147 feet (44.8 meters) long and weighing as much as 131 metric tons that required four special eight-axle railcars supplied by TTX Corp., Chicago.

The second shipment of equipment (manufactured in Italy) arrived November 8, 2002, aboard the Jumbo Vision. Transfer of this equipment marked a record-setting November rail shipment that included seven 520-ton pieces requiring 14 12-axle railcars, and two 200-ton pieces requiring two eight-axle railcars. The largest pieces measured approximately 80 feet (24.4 meters) in length and were 14 feet, 7 inches (4.5 meters) wide.

The fourth shipment, scheduled to move July 2003 on a yet-to-be-named Jumbo vessel, will include several pieces of notable length. Local agent for each of the vessels is Guthrie-Hubner, Inc., Duluth. Only 28 of the special 12-axle railcars required for these shipments are available in North America. Syncrude UE-1 handled the projects in conjunction with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Company, Fort Worth, Texas, and Superior, Wis.; Canadian National Railway, Edmonton, Alberta, and Montreal; Rail Link America, Denver, Col., and Athabasca Northern Railway, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Syncrude UE-1 oil extraction and upgrading endeavor is one of several underway in northern Alberta. It involves removing sand from the earth that is impregnated with oil, separating the two and then using new technology to upgrade the oil to a usable product.

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak, Duluth Seaway Port Authority


Frantz Remains on Dry Dock

05/02
Thursday afternoon the Joseph H. Frantz remained on the Toledo Shiprepair Dry Dock, sitting low in the empty dock yet. The front half of the self unloading boom has a black cover over the belt, this is likely needed for unloading grain cargoes. It is unknown when she will be coming off the drydock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman


First Visit for McKee Sons

05/02
Thursday the tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons arrived in Grand Haven, MI with a load for Meekhof's dock. This was the first visit by the McKee Sons since December of 2001.

Reported by: David Swain


Marquette News

05/02
The Kaye Barker brought a load of coal to the Shiras Steam Plant on Thursday and then moved to the upper harbor to take on a load of ore. The H. Lee White followed the Barker to the Shiras dock with a load of stone. She is not scheduled to take a load of ore on her return trip.

The Middletown is due on Friday and the Lee A. Tregurtha on Saturday.

Kaye E. Barker at the ore dock.
Bow view.
H. Lee White at the Shiras dock.
Stern view of the H. Lee White.
Unloading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe


Alpena Update

05/02
The Alpena came into port early Thursday morning. It took on a cargo of cement bound for Detroit.

The J.A.W Iglehart is expected back at Lafarge on Friday afternoon, after delivering to Saginaw.

The tug Jacklyn M/ barge Integrity is due in port on Saturday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain


Goderich Report

05/02
The Goderich harbor has seen much activity over the last few days. It started with the Canadian Olympic backing into the salt mine without the aid of tugs on Tuesday. The Olympic is a rare visitor to the Lake Huron port.

The Algosoo loaded salt for Burns Harbour and Chicago overnight on Wednesday, departing early Thursday morning. Later on Thursday, the Algosteel also docked at the salt mine, loading for Milwaukee.

The grain terminals have also been busy, with the arrival of the huge Spar Jade on Wednesday, and the smaller Carola Thursday.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk


Saginaw Update

05/02
After a slow April, shipping traffic for Saginaw area docks became heavy on the first day of May with four vessel arrivals.

First in was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder, which entered the river late Wednesday evening and arrived during the night at the Burrough's dock near the I-75 Bridge at Zilwaukee. This was the vessel's second visit to the river this week.

The Pathfinder had been unloaded by about 5:30 a.m. After turning at Sixth Street in Saginaw, the tug-barge returned to the Burrough's dock to tie up once more and allow the inbound J.A.W. Iglehart to pass. The Iglehart docked at the Lafarge cement terminal in Saginaw on its second visit of the season.

Meanwhile, the Sam Laud was inbound at the Front Range. The Laud called first at the Bay Aggregates dock near the mouth of the river. During the day, the vessel continued up to the Burrough's dock to finish unloading. The Laud has also paid two visits to the Saginaw River this week.

The Laud was outbound late Thursday afternoon while the fourth vessel of the day, the Maumee, was arriving at the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee on its first visit of the season.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Salties in Hamilton

05/02
Three salties were in Hamilton Harbour Thursday afternoon. The Federal Welland was at Pier 12 unloading general cargo. On the north face of Pier 12 the Flinterduin was unloading steel beams. While over at Pier 23, the Federal Hudson was unloading steel billetts.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon


Westcott Featured in National Geographic

05/02
The latest issue of National Geographic Magazine features an article on the Marine Post Office service run by the J.W. Westcott Company in Detroit.

Click here to view.

Reported by: Ike Stephenson


Olympic Merit Upbound

05/02
The following images were taken onboard the Olympic Merit on Wednesday night while transiting the Welland Canal. The vessel loaded with a cargo of Magnesite at Bayuquan, China destined for Toledo.

Arrived in Lock 1.
Gates closing up astern.
Bridge Deck.
Name board.
No doubt a Greek logo.
Raising in Lock 4 West and Sea Eagle II lowering in Lock 4 East.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


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




Stahl Expected in Duluth

05/01
The tug Roger Stahl was expected to arrive in Duluth early Thursday morning. The Stahl will dock and prepare for the tow of the Michipicoten.

Workers at Fraser Shipyards on Wednesday were finishing the task of applying a coat of grey paint to the hull of the Michipicoten. By late morning the workers were painting the vessel's bow. By late afternoon, the shipyard crew had the vessel's forecastle painted white to match the LLT color scheme.

The tow is expected to depart on Friday for Sarnia but may be delayed by weather.

Reported by: Al Miller and Bill Hoey


Frantz Dry Docking

05/01
Wednesday the Joseph H. Frantz remained in the Toledo Shipyard. Her stack has been painted in the familiar Kinsman green and the white "S" has been applied.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Dave Wobser


HMCS Halifax Heading to Port Weller Dry Docks

05/01
The Canadian Navy Patrol Frigate HMCS Halifax was westbound on the Seaway Wednesday. She arrived in Montreal Wednesday morning and is expected to remain in port until Saturday when she will depart early morning heading for Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship will undergo refit at Port Weller.

HMCS Halifax opposite St. Helens Island.
Starting her turn for Pier 6.
Heading for Pier 6.

Reported by: Kent Malo


Car ferry gets loan needed to stay in Manistee

05/01
A $1.3 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to buy a long-term berthing site in Manistee for the historic car ferry City of Milwaukee.

"This loan was our last effort to be able to stay in Manistee," said Richard Taber, spokesman for the group that owns the car ferry. "We would be searching for another port in the Great Lakes without it."

      Taber said $900,000 will be used to buy the Moonlight Motel and Marina on U.S. 31 just north of downtown. Another $100,000 will be used to paint the ferry. The rest of the money will be used for dredging, mooring and dock improvements.

      Brian Buehler, spokesman for USDA Rural Development, said the 40-year loan has an annual interest rate of 4.5 percent. The project qualifies for the loan because of what it could mean for the city's tourism industry.

      The nonprofit organization that developed the historic ferry into a tourist attraction was paying $2,000 per month to moor it at an industrial marina on 9th Street. The boat will stay at its current location until the end of this summer.

Moving closer to busy U.S. 31 is expected to draw more visitors to the car ferry.

      "Experts said we should be drawing 30,000 visitors a year but we were only drawing about 6,000 at that location," Taber said. "Surveys showed we were difficult to find and a lot of people in town said not being able to see us from there was a big disadvantage."

The motel site also offers buildings that the group might be able to use as a museum for car ferry artifacts.

      The ship was built in 1930 and carried railroad cars and passengers across Lake Michigan. In 1982, when the Ann Arbor Railroad stopped running ferries out of Elberta, the ship was left moored at its site.

The car ferry was docked in Elberta for many years until the village council ordered it to move to make way for new waterfront development. The vessel was invited across the bay to Frankfort, but draft restrictions required the boat's owners to move it to Manistee.
City of Milwaukee web site.

Reported by: Jim Grill


No Name Change

05/01
Work continues on the Atlantic Huron at Port Weller Dry Docks. The vessel entered the dry dock in mid December for a mid life refit. The vessel remains in dry dock and appears that she will not have a name change as her fleet mates did after their refit. Tuesday morning the name "Atlantic Huron" was being painted back on her bow.

The vessel continues to undergo work and the sailing date is unknown.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt


Calumet in Menominee

05/01
On a cold, gray, Wednesday afternoon, the Calumet paid her first visit of the season to Menominee, MI. She entered the Menominee River shortly after 1 p.m. in a brisk crosswind, which accounted for the unusual angle of approach as she came toward the lighthouse pier.

Once near the piers, she straightened out and proceeded down the middle of the channel to Menominee Paper Co. to unload coal. By late afternoon, she was finished and underway.

Approaching in a stiff crosswind off her starboard side.
Straightening out for her run up the river.
Close-up.
Stern shot.
Lowering the work boat for the line handlers in a bit of a swell.
Inside the harbor it is calmer and the line handlers get ready to head for shore.
Another view of the Calumet inside the harbor.
Close-up of her bow.
The boom comes out as the lines are brought to shore.
Unloading at Menominee Paper.
Close-up unloading.

Reported by:


Twin Ports Report

05/01
The heavy-life vessel Fairlead docked at the Duluth port terminal Wednesday afternoon to unload large steel vessels that will be transported to the oil-sands project in western Canada. This is the last of a series of cargoes that began moving through the port last season.

BNSF ore dock in Superior is busy these days. On Wednesday it was loading the Nanticoke. Today the dock has scheduled regulars Burns Harbor and Stewart J. Cort and unusual callers CSL Tadoussac and Halifax.

Reported by: Al Miller


Marquette News

05/01
The Reserve loaded taconite at Marquette on Wednesday. The Kaye E. Barker will arrive early Thursday at the Shiras Steam Plant with a load of coal, then proceed to the ore dock to take on ore. The Boland has been dropped from the line-up. the Middletown is expected on Friday, as well as the Herbert Jackson. The Lee A. Tregurtha is due on Saturday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe and Art Pickering


Saginaw Update

05/01
The CSL Tadoussac departed the Essroc Dock Wednesday afternoon after unloading clinker overnight.

The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann was inbound late Wednesday evening passing the Pump-Out Island at 10:50 p.m. She was headed up to the Burroughs Dock to unload.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan


Buffalo in Detroit

05/01
Buffalo was seen unloading at the Ajax Paving/Dan's Excavating Dock across from St Marys Cement on the Rouge River. She had a load of 25a and Ohio 9's stone to unload.

Reported by: Gary C. Angel


Montreal Traffic

05/01
British vessel, Viking Bulker in from Maine and will be heading for Quebec City.
Sea Splendor sailed for Baltimore at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Enchanter in from Albany New York.

Reported by: Kent Malo


St. Lawrence River Traffic at Verchères

05/01
Tracy upbound to lay summer buoys in the Varennes area, April 29.
Olympic Merit upbound for Montréal-Seaway, April 29.
Canmar Pride, downbound from Montréal, April 29.
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin upbound for the Seaway, April 29.
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin, stern view upbound for Toledo, April 29.
Vancouverborg downbound from Seaway, April 29.
Enchanter upbound from Contrecoeur to Montréal berth 48, April 29.
Orna upbound from Contrecoeur to Côte Ste. Catherine, April 29.
HMCS Halifax FFH-330 upbound for Montréal, April 30.
Halifax stern view off Verchères.
Halifax, minus armament and electronic suites, off Varennes 20 minutes after the Verchères views.
Stern view.
HMCS Halifax FFH-330, fully armed and equipped, entering Seaway, Sept.1,1992.
Halifax FFH-330 downbound from Seaway to Halifax, Sept.14, 1992.
Goldeneye downbound off Varennes from Seaway, April 30.
Stern view.
John N. Pateras downbound from QITSorel -Tracy off Ste. Anne de Sorel, April 30.

Reported by: Marc Piché


Courtesy pilots needed for 2003 Tall Ship event

05/01
The 177-foot INS Tarangini from India is in need of a pilot when the ship visits this summer. As a public vessel (owned and operated by the Navy of India) she is not required to have a pilot in US waters, but she may wish to have a volunteer/courtesy pilot.

During the 2001 Tall Ship event courtesy pilots volunteered to assist various vessels on the transit of the Great Lakes. Helping this vessel transit the Great Lakes safely is a job for professional mariners. For more information contact Mr. Steve Baker at steve@sailtraining.org

Her pilotage needs would be approximately as follows:
July 3 - Port Colborne to Erie, Pa.
July 7-8 - Cruise from Erie to Cleveland, Ohio
July 9 - Parade of Sail: Cleveland
July 14-16 - Race from Cleveland to Kelly's Island and then cruise to Toledo
July 21 - Cruise from Toledo to Algonac, Michigan
July 22-30 - Algonac to Chicago (includes race from north of Sarnia/Port Huron to Cheboygan, Michigan
Aug. 4-7 - Race (non-stop) from Muskegon to South Haven to Milwaukee to Muskegon
Aug. 10-14 - Cruise from Muskegon to Bay City
Aug 18-20 - Race from Bay City to Sarnia

Reported by: John Polacsek


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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