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Algowood Update

06/30:
The Algoma Central Marine vessel M.V. Algowood was loading stone in Bruce Mines, Ontario when at approximately 23:30 hrs June 1, 2000, the vessel encountered structural problems. The vessel was moored alongside the berth at the time.

Company representatives have been on scene at Bruce Mines since the incident and plans to salvage the vessel are near completion. The lightering operation of the Algowood is complete with the cargo being removed from the ship.

Under the coordination of an experienced Salvage Master, underwater repairs to the ship structure and hull are near completion. The ship has been reinforced and plans are to float the ship during the first half of July.

After floating, there will be a thorough inspection of the ship by regulatory bodies. Once they have given their approval, the ship will be towed to drydock for permanent repairs.

Algoma Central is currently in discussion with drydock representatives to determine the extent of the repair and the plans for completion. It has been estimated that the repair will cost in excess of five million dollars.

It is anticipated that the repair will be completed in the fall and the ship will be back in service. In the meantime, the vessel remains stable and there is no danger of pollution.

The cause of the damage is still under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Built in 1981 at Collingwood Shipyard, the M.V. Algowood is a 730-foot self-unloading vessel, with a cargo capacity of 32,000 metric tonnes.




Toronto Update

06/30:
On Wednesday 28 the Chios Charity and Federal Kivalina departed the harbor. The "Symphony of Fire" continued with fireworks put on by Italy. Every charter boat in the harbor was out to watch.

Penatanguishene's Naval & Historic Establishment's replica schooner Tecumseh is scheduled to go on Toronto Drydock on July 5th. She apparently grounded near Sarnia on her way to Toronto.

Tuesday the Chios Charity was turned at Redpath Sugar to finish unloading, assisted by the McKeil tugs Robert B. No. 1 and Atomic.

Monday the tug Wendy B. came into port briefly. The brigantine Pathfinder came off the drydock, but had to be placed back on when a problem was discovered. She was refloated later in the day.

Sunday, June 25 the Dragon Boat Festival ended. Federal Kivalina came in to unload at Pier 51.

Saturday, June 24 the International Dragon Boat Festival got underway today at Centre Island. Stephen B. Roman came in with cement. The Benson & Hedges "Symphony of Fire" continued in Humber Bay from the barge Erie West, with fireworks put on by Portugal.

Friday, June 23 Chios Charity was unloading at Redpath Sugar. A film crew was aboard Trillium doing a shoot for the History Channel. Empire Sandy went to Bronte Harbor for the weekend to participate in the Oakville Waterfront Festival. The tug Patricia D. took the spud-barge Rock Prince to the same festival to act as a fireworks platform off Coronation Park. Le Levant came into port late. Toronto Hippo Tours officially began their amphibious service.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Algoeast Departs

06/30:
The tanker Algoeast departed the Port Weller Dry Docks sometime before Thursday morning. It is unknown why the tanker was docked at Port Weller.




Visit us in the Soo

06/29:
Will you be in the Soo? The first Annual meeting of the Boatnerds is today during Engineers Day at the Soo Locks.

Force 5 Promotions, our Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise producers were able to get a booth at the Soo this coming weekend.

The good news is Veronica will have a large variety of Great Lakes items, including some postcards, collector items from misc. ships etc. But the bad news is any orders placed from today on will not be shipped until Force 5 's warehouse reopens after the holiday weekend. (about 10 days) But keep those orders coming! And remember with the catalog offered you can order the size, color and qty. you want.

But please make sure you stop by and say hi and check out all the items. Something for everyone's budget postcards $.25 each to Collectors limited availability crystal glasses- (from prior christening events) set of 4 $50.00.

The booth will be set up in the park Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight with many other attractions going on in the park.

Please help us give Force 5 the support needed to keep producing our merchandise and to expand what is carried. We would like to make the Force 5 and Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping booth an annual event. If for any reason you might not be able to find the booth just give the office a call and they will help you out. (330) 467-2744. I will be at the booth on and off both days (between boats) helping out.

Also give us suggestions of what you would like to order- coffee mugs, glasses, pens, desk flags. If we get enough response we will order these items, we need your input.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Veronica and Neil

Click here for more information on events at the Soo.

If you plan on attending Click here for a printable schedule of events.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 30

On June 30, 1954, the Scott Misener began her maiden voyage.

In 1962 Cliffs Victory made her first trip down the Welland Canal with a load of iron ore for Hamilton, Ont.

The LEON FALK, JR.'s maiden voyage began on June 30, 1961 when she departed Baltimore and loaded 20,748 tons of iron ore at Sept Îles, Que. en route for Cleveland, OH and arrived there on July 8th. The FALK was one of seven T2 tanker conversions for Great Lakes service.

On 30 June 1871, ALEXANDER WATSON (wooden propeller, 90', 150 t, built in 1870 at Wallaceburg, Ontario) was pulling up to the dock at Lambton, Ontario in the St. Clair River about 10:00 PM when fire broke out in the boiler room. She tied up to the dock and the crew scrambled to safety since the fire was spreading and quickly consuming both the ship and the cord wood cargo. The fire burned through the mooring lines and the ship drifted to Walpole Island while ablaze and burned out and sank there. The only casualty was Capt. James R. Inness' dog.

On 30 June 1900, one hundred years ago, MARIAN TELLER (wooden propeller tug, 52', 33 Gt., built in 1879 at W. Bay City, MI) was towing the barge CANTON in Lake St. Clair. The tug sprang a leak and sank after the rising water in her bilge put out her fires. The yawl was swamped in the scramble for safety and three were lost. Two survivors, the captain & his son, were picked up by the passing steamer NORWALK. This occurred about one mile from the Lake St. Clair lightship.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, David 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Owen Sound Update

06/29:
The Oakglen arrived Owen Sound Wednesday morning with a cargo of grain for the elevator.

The Cuyahoga was in Owen Sound Sunday unloading 14,000 tons of salt at the Great Lakes Elevator dock. Even with her new diesel engines she still looks the same externally. Leaving port she looked like she was burning soft coal, lots of black smoke. Her destination was Manitoulin Island to pick up a cargo of stone.

Reported by: Peter Bowers




Algoway Unloads

06/29:
The Algoway arrived in Parry Sound, Ontario Wednesday morning about 8:30 a.m. During her slow approach to the dock the local workers were busy uncovering the existing salt pile. Once secured the Algoway immediately began unloading salt from Goderich. She was expected to unload 15,300 tons of salt before departing at 1:30 p.m.. The photos show her unloading to the top of the salt pile.

Unloading on top of the salt pile
Close up of the Algoway's bow unloading.

Reported by: Paul Beesley




Algoeast Arrives

06/29:
The tanker Algoeast recently arrived at the Port Weller Dry Docks and was docked at the wall on Wednesday. It is unknown at this time why the tanker is at Port Weller, over the winter crews at Port Weller Dry Docks converted the tanker to a double hulled vessel.




Fast Ferry Future

06/29:
The proposed fast ferry from Rochester, NY. to Toronto appears to be on indefinite hold. A mix of local, state and federal politics has the future of the service is in doubt.

Reported by: Ron Ladue




Gathering Weather Forecast

06/29:
The updated weather forecast for the First Annual Boatnerd Gathering at Sault Ste. Marie. A combination of Weather Channel and Environment Canada predictions:
Friday - Cloudy with scattered (isolated) showers, Hi-72 (22C) Lo-52 (10C)

Saturday - Variable cloudiness with scattered (isolated) showers, Hi-71 (23-24C), Lo-52 (13C)

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Visit us in the Soo

06/29:
Will you be in the Soo? The first Annual meeting of the Boatnerds will be held this Friday, June 30 during Engineers Day at the Soo Locks.

Force 5 Promotions, our Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise producers were able to get a booth at the Soo this coming weekend.

The good news is Veronica will have a large variety of Great Lakes items, including some postcards, collector items from misc. ships etc. But the bad news is any orders placed from today on will not be shipped until Force 5 's warehouse reopens after the holiday weekend. (about 10 days) But keep those orders coming! And remember with the catalog offered you can order the size, color and qty. you want.

But please make sure you stop by and say hi and check out all the items. Something for everyone's budget postcards $.25 each to Collectors limited availability crystal glasses- (from prior christening events) set of 4 $50.00.

The booth will be set up in the park Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight with many other attractions going on in the park.

Please help us give Force 5 the support needed to keep producing our merchandise and to expand what is carried. We would like to make the Force 5 and Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping booth an annual event. If for any reason you might not be able to find the booth just give the office a call and they will help you out. (330) 467-2744. I will be at the booth on and off both days (between boats) helping out.

Also give us suggestions of what you would like to order- coffee mugs, glasses, pens, desk flags. If we get enough response we will order these items, we need your input.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Veronica and Neil

Click here for more information on events at the Soo.

If you plan on attending Click here for a printable schedule of events.




Boatnerd Cruise

06/29:
A small number of tickets have become available for the Friday night freighter chasing cruise. We will have about a dozen tickets left over that have not been claimed or from people who are not able to attend.

Please call 877-226-3665 and reserve your tickets. They may be picked up the day of the Cruise. Cost is $15.00 U.S. and the cruise departs from the Canadian side at 6:00 p.m.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 29

The BEECHGLEN was Launched in 1923 as a) CHARLES M. SCHWAB for the Interlake Steamship Co.

On June 29, 1962, the Canadian Hunter began her maiden voyage.

The JOSEPH L. BLOCK was christened on June 29, 1976.

The Canadian schooner DUNSTOWN arrived at Malden, Ontario on 29 June 1875 to be put in place as a lightship. Her sides were painted in large white letters: BAR POINT LIGHTSHIP.

Data from: 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Great Lakes Trader Update

06/28:
The recent trips out of Escanaba for the new barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort have been taconite for Inland Steel in Indiana Harbor. She has been carrying loads between 33,000, and 34,000 tons.

The Great Lakes Trader at dock in Escanaba. by Sandy Chapman

Reported by: Jim Grill




Saltie Visits Menominee

06/28:
On Tuesday the pulp boat Munksund made its second trip to Menominee, Michigan this year when it arrived to load pulp at Great Lakes Pulp & Fiber. The 503-foot vessel was assisted in the Menominee River and docking by the tug Jimmy L and another Selvic tug. After loading the vessel will return to Europe.

Reported by: Scott Best




Detroit Tug Boat Races

06/28:
Below are the winners in the 29th annual International Freedom Festival tug race at Windsor on Saturday, June 24th.

1,301 h.p. and higher
1 - Manitou
2 - Shannon
3 - Roger Stahl
4 - John Spence
5 - Patricia Hoey

751 h.p. to 1,300 h.p.
1 - Dover
2 - Stormont

401 h.p. to 750 h.p.
1 - Elmer Dean
2 - Vida C

201 h.p. to 400 h.p.
1 - J.W. Westcott II
2 - Julie Ann
3 - Joseph J. Hogan
4 - Sinbad
5 - Ian Mac
6 - Joan V
7 - Gotham

under 200 h.p.
1 - Junior C
2 - Birmco
3 - R&R
4 - Isabelle
5 - Bay Taz
6 - Weezie-T
7 - Amigo IV
8 - Enterprise

Special Awards
First Overall - Manitou
Best dressed tug - Enterprise
Smallest tug - Amigo IV
Farthest away - Dover, Goderich, ON
Most Seasoned - Birmco
Judge's Appreciation - Bay Taz





Gathering Weather Forecast

06/28:
The updated weather forecast for the First Annual Boatnerd Gathering at Sault Ste. Marie:
Forecast has moved the showers from Friday to Saturday!
Friday - Mostly Cloudy, but Dry.
Hi 71
Lo 48

Saturday - Scattered Showers
Hi 70
Lo 50


Reported by: Dave Wobser




Visit us in the Soo

06/28:
Will you be in the Soo? The first Annual meeting of the Boatnerds will be held this Friday, June 30 during Engineers Day at the Soo Locks.

Force 5 Promotions, our Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise producers were able to get a booth at the Soo this coming weekend.

The good news is Veronica will have a large variety of Great Lakes items, including some postcards, collector items from misc. ships etc. But the bad news is any orders placed from today on will not be shipped until Force 5 's warehouse reopens after the holiday weekend. (about 10 days) But keep those orders coming! And remember with the catalog offered you can order the size, color and qty. you want.

But please make sure you stop by and say hi and check out all the items. Something for everyone's budget postcards $.25 each to Collectors limited availability crystal glasses- (from prior christening events) set of 4 $50.00.

The booth will be set up in the park Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight with many other attractions going on in the park.

Please help us give Force 5 the support needed to keep producing our merchandise and to expand what is carried. We would like to make the Force 5 and Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping booth an annual event. If for any reason you might not be able to find the booth just give the office a call and they will help you out. (330) 467-2744. I will be at the booth on and off both days (between boats) helping out.

Also give us suggestions of what you would like to order- coffee mugs, glasses, pens, desk flags. If we get enough response we will order these items, we need your input.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Veronica and Neil

Click here for more information on events at the Soo.

If you plan on attending Click here for a printable schedule of events.




Boatnerd Cruise

06/28:
A small number of tickets have become available for the Friday night freighter chasing cruise. We will have about a dozen tickets left over that have not been claimed or from people who are not able to attend.

Please call 877-226-3665 and reserve your tickets. They may be picked up the day of the Cruise. Cost is $15.00 U.S. and the cruise departs from the Canadian side at 6:00 p.m.




Interruption

06/28:
The OU portion of the web site will be interrupted on June 28 between 9:00am and 11:00am. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.




South American Released From Shoal

06/28: Historical Report
June 28, 1938: The passenger steamer SOUTH AMERICAN was released from Tin Pan Shoal, about a mile north of Round Island in the Straits of Mackinac at 4:35 this afternoon by the tug FAVORITE and the car ferry CHIEF WAWATAM, and assisted by the Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA.

On a cruise from Detroit to Charlevoix the SOUTH AMERICAN was carrying 125 members of the Detroit Athletic Club when she ran aground about 6:30 in the morning on June 25th in a dense fog. When the fog lifted later in the day the passengers were removed by the local ferry ALGOMAH II and taken to Mackinac Island where they became the guests of W. S. Woodfill and the Grand Hotel. About the same time the wrecking tug FAVORITE was summoned from Sault Ste. Marie.

Following the arrival of the FAVORITE, assisted by the car ferry CHIEF WAWATAM and the Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA, efforts began to release the stranded steamer. Early efforts to release the ship failed and a clam shell dredge was engaged to remove boulders and clay that held the steamer fast. Later, it became necessary to remove the ship's furnishings, including provisions, dishes, and lifeboats. After the removal of these items the FAVORITE, CHIEF WAWATAM, and the ESCANABA was able to release the ship. Taken first to Mackinac Island where her furnishings were placed back aboard she was later towed to a shipyard for drydocking and inspection.

Favorite and Chief Wawatam removing the South from the shoal.
The Favorite towing the South American from Mackinac Island.

Reported by: Charles Truscott




Today in Great Lakes History - June 28

On June 28, 1938, at 8:50 a.m., the William A. Irvin departed Duluth with her first cargo of iron ore for Lorain, Ohio. 48 years later, in 1986, almost to the minute, the William A. Irvin opened as a museum to the public. I had the honor of conducting the first public tour aboard the vessel.

The ATLANTIC SUPERIOR arrived at the Algoma Steel Plant, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. on her maiden voyage in 1982 with a load of taconite but before she was unloaded christening ceremonies were conducted there.

the SAM LAUD ran aground June 28, 1975 on a shoal south of Sturgeon Bay, with a cargo of coal from Chicago, IL for Green Bay, WI. Six-thousand tons of coal were off-loaded the next day into the NICOLET before she could proceed to Green Bay along with the NICOLET to discharge cargoes. SAM LAUD entered the dry dock at Sturgeon Bay on July 3rd for repairs. She had suffered extensive bottom damage with leakage into seven double bottom tanks and the forepeak. She returned to service on August 21, 1975.

On 28 June 1893, JAMES AMADEUS (wooden propeller tug, 65', 44 gt, built in 1872 at Cleveland) sprang a leak and foundered near Cleveland, Ohio. Her crew abandoned her just before she went down.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, David Swayze, 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Paul H. Townsend Enters Lay-up

06/27:
On Sunday the Paul H. Townsend arrived in Milwaukee for temporary lay-up. She tied up at the old Miller Compressing dock in the mooring basin, where she is expected to stay for at least two weeks. The Bath cement plant is reported to be undergoing scheduled maintenance.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




U.S. Gypsum Alabaster Plant

06/27:
The Iosco County News Herald of Tawas City, Michigan, reports that vessel loading operations have been suspended at the U.S. Gypsum Alabaster plant. Apparently the cable on the aerial tramway parted, making it impossible to move product to the loading dock located in Tawas Bay on Lake Huron.

U.S. Gypsum is reportedly studying the situation in an effort to determine whether to repair the cable and its supporting towers. Production continues, with trucks reportedly carrying the product that had previously been cargo on the vessels.

Reported by: Thomas Emery and Ross Ruehle




Dredging The Menominee River

06/27:
On Monday a tug with multiple dredge barges arrived at the mouth of the Menominee River. The group is there to remove the sand bar that has at the entrance to the river. Last fall the Millenium Eagle grounded in the area.

Reported by: Scott Best




Hamilton Update

06/27:
Until 7:00pm Monday Hamilton Harbour was relatively quiet, with only the Canadian Olympic unloading coal for Dofasco and the Mariana swinging around her anchor.

Within ten minutes, the Spar Opal left her slip, assisted by two McKeil tugs, and departed. Just outside the Burlington Canal, she met the Atlantic Huron, which cleared the piers at 7:30, on her way to Stelco. The Atlantic Huron was following fifteen minutes later by the Hamilton Energy, which was returning from an assignment.

Reported by: Marc Ouellette




Lakers & Salties From the Air

06/27:
This week in the Original Photo Gallery we feature images from Great Lakes Aerial Photos. Of interest to both boatwatchers and shipping companies are over 60 new images of your favorite Lakers, Salties and Lighthouses all from the air.

Click here to view




Gathering Weather Forecast

06/27:
The updated weather forecast for the First Annual Boatnerd Gathering at Sault Ste. Marie:
Friday - 30% chance of Scattered Showers
High - 69 (21C)
Low - 48 (9C)

Saturday - Mostly Cloudy
High - 74
Low - 53

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Visit us in the Soo

06/27:
Will you be in the Soo? The first Annual meeting of the Boatnerds will be held this Friday, June 30 during Engineers Day at the Soo Locks.

Force 5 Promotions, our Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise producers were able to get a booth at the Soo this coming weekend.

The good news is Veronica will have a large variety of Great Lakes items, including some postcards, collector items from misc. ships etc. But the bad news is any orders placed from today on will not be shipped until Force 5 's warehouse reopens after the holiday weekend. (about 10 days) But keep those orders coming! And remember with the catalog offered you can order the size, color and qty. you want.

But please make sure you stop by and say hi and check out all the items. Something for everyone's budget postcards $.25 each to Collectors limited availability crystal glasses- (from prior christening events) set of 4 $50.00.

The booth will be set up in the park Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight with many other attractions going on in the park.

Please help us give Force 5 the support needed to keep producing our merchandise and to expand what is carried. We would like to make the Force 5 and Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping booth an annual event. If for any reason you might not be able to find the booth just give the office a call and they will help you out. (330) 467-2744. I will be at the booth on and off both days (between boats) helping out.

Also give us suggestions of what you would like to order- coffee mugs, glasses, pens, desk flags. If we get enough response we will order these items, we need your input.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Veronica and Neil

Click here for more information on events at the Soo.

If you plan on attending Click here for a printable schedule of events.




Interruption

06/27:
The OU portion of the web site will be interrupted on June 28 between 9:00am and 11:00am. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 27

CANADIAN RANGER was launched in 1967 by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, Que. as a) CHIMO, C.323030, for the Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.

WILLIAM EDENBORN (steel propeller freighter, 478, 5085 gt) was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan on 27 June 1900.

Data from: Joe Barr, David Swayze, 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




John W. Brown Update

06/26:
Things are moving right along at the Toledo ship yard where the Brown is undergoing work. The riveting is going well and most of the other work is well underway, under the careful scrutiny of our Chief/Port Engineer, Delacy (Cookie) Cook.

The vessel is expected to depart the yard on July 14.

I would like to extend thanks on behalf of the volunteers of Project Liberty Ship to those who took time to photograph the John W. Brown during her inbound voyage:
Dave Aldworth, Baltimore; Richard Jenkins, Cape Cod Canal; Bruno Boissonneault, below Quebec City; Peter Carter, Approaching and in the Iroquois Lock; Jim Hoffman, Trish Atwood & David Bull, in the Welland Canal; William Hoey, Sr., & David Webster, in the Maumee River and docking at Toledo. Well Done!
Brian Hope
Chairman, Project Liberty Ship

Brown on the dry dock on Sunday. Picture by Bill Hoey.

After rivet replacement the World War II Liberty Ship will tour lower lakes ports and be open for tours. In three ports the Brown will offer locals one of the vessel's famous "Living History Day Cruises." All cruises are sold out except for the cruise departing from Toronto.

On Sunday, 6 August, the John W. Brown will conduct one of the famous cruises from the port of Toronto. This will be a six hour trip, featuring continental breakfast, full buffet luncheon, afternoon snacks and sodas. This trip will recreate the atmosphere of WW II with a big band, reenactors, an air show featuring an attack by Japanese warplanes. The ship is fully open for inspection, including the engine room, with its great 140 ton triple expansion steam engine.

The Brown's schedule is below:
27 May - arrived Toledo
14 July - at Toledo public berth
22 July - Detroit cruise
25 July - arrive Erie
29 July - Cleveland cruise
1 Aug - arrive Buffalo
6 Aug - Toronto cruise
10 Aug - arrive Montreal
18 Aug - arrive Halifax
25 Aug - arrive Baltimore

For additional details, call 410 558-0164, fax 410 558-1737 Visa/MC accepted. Visit the Brown's web site at www.liberty-ship.com

For those of you who could not get tickets for the July 22 Detroit cruise, Diamond Jack's River Tours will offer a two hour cruise on one of their ships that follows the Brown. Call 313-843-9376 or e-mail for details.




Algowood Update

06/26:
The Algoma Central Marine vessel M.V. Algowood was loading aggregate (stone) in Bruce Mines, Ontario when at approximately 23:30 hrs June 2, 2000, the vessel encountered structure problems. The vessel was moored alongside the berth at the time.

Temporary repairs of the vessel continue with crews working on preparing the vessel to be moved. The Algowood is expect to be moved the first week of July upon approval of all necessary regulatory bodies. The ship will be towed to Port Weller Dry Docks for permanent repairs.

Pictures by Randy Johnson taken on June 3.
The Algowood at the dock.
A closer view.
From the side.
Stern view.
Chart of the area




Marquette Update

06/26:
The Herbert C. Jackson sailed into Marquette's upper harbor on Friday along with the Canadian Transfer. The Canadian Transfer returned Saturday and there were no vessels due on Sunday. The Lee A Tregurtha is expected in this morning about 5:00 a.m.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Visit us in the Soo

06/26:
Will you be in the Soo? The first Annual meeting of the Boatnerds will be held this Friday, June 30 during Engineers Day at the Soo Locks.

Force 5 Promotions, our Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise producers were able to get a booth at the Soo this coming weekend.

The good news is Veronica will have a large variety of Great Lakes items, including some postcards, collector items from misc. ships etc. But the bad news is any orders placed from today on will not be shipped until Force 5 's warehouse reopens after the holiday weekend. (about 10 days) But keep those orders coming! And remember with the catalog offered you can order the size, color and qty. you want.

But please make sure you stop by and say hi and check out all the items. Something for everyone's budget postcards $.25 each to Collectors limited availability crystal glasses- (from prior christening events) set of 4 $50.00.

The booth will be set up in the park Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight with many other attractions going on in the park.

Please help us give Force 5 the support needed to keep producing our merchandise and to expand what is carried. We would like to make the Force 5 and Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping booth an annual event. If for any reason you might not be able to find the booth just give the office a call and they will help you out. (330) 467-2744. I will be at the booth on and off both days (between boats) helping out.

Also give us suggestions of what you would like to order- coffee mugs, glasses, pens, desk flags. If we get enough response we will order these items, we need your input.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Veronica and Neil

Click here for more information on events at the Soo.

If you plan on attending Click here for a printable schedule of events.




Last Week to Enter

06/25:
In about a August you could be enjoying a trip aboard the steamer Lee A. Tregurtha. The trip is a prize in a raffle by the International Shipmasters Association and the drawing will take place on July 4. If your ticket is the lucky winner you and three friends could be cruising the Great Lakes in August aboard the classic steamer.

Click here for more information including pictures of what could be your guest rooms and observation room.




The Winner Is

06/25:
The latest winner in the weekly drawing was George Devries of Mississauga, Ontario. George will have his pick of the prizes listed on the User Survey page.

Included in the prizes are the new books donated by the Marine Publishing Company.

Click here to enter, you could be our winner next Monday.

The weekly prize drawing will continue until the remaining prizes have been awarded.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 26

In 1926 the Lemoyne was launched at Midland Shipbuilding Co, Midland Ont. She was 6 feet wider and 4 feet shallower than the largest ship at that time.
1929 the Calcite II was launched at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain OH
Launched in 1972 was the ALGOWAY (2) at Collingwood

On 26 June 1867, WATERS W. BRAMAN (wooden propeller tug, 89 t, built in 1858 at Boston, Massachusetts for the U.S.Q.M.C. and named RESCUE) was near Pelee Island in Lake Erie when fire started in her coal bunker and quickly spread. Her crew abandoned her in the yawl and were later picked up by the propeller TRADER. She had been sold by the Quartermaster Corps just the previous year and she had come to the Lakes from the East Coast just five weeks before this accident.

On 26 June 1900, one hundred years ago, Boynton & Thompson purchased the wreck of the NELLIE TORRENT (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 141', 303 gt, built in 1881 at Wyandotte, MI) to raised her. She had been destroyed by fire at Lime Island near Detour, Michigan on 22 June 1899.

Data from: Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Algoisle Moved From Dry Dock

06/25:
The Algoisle was removed from Pascol engineering's drydock in Thunder Bay on Thursday. She was pulled off the dry dock by the tugs Peninsula and George N. Carleton and placed at Pascol's Fit Out dock. The vessel entered the drydock in early April.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Detroit River Tug Boat Race

06/25:
The 29th annual International Freedom Festival Tug Race on the Detroit River was held on Saturday. Official Results will be available on tomorrow's news page.

Winning the 201 h.p. to 400 h.p. class was the U.S. Mail boat J.W. Westcott II. Captain Sam Buchanan took the 45-foot J.W. Westcott II to first place running a carefully planned strategy. The Westcott was fast off the line at the starting gun running close behind Gaelic Tugboat's Roger Stahl. After the race, a broom was seen tied to the Westcott's mast, signifying a sweep of her class.

Congratulations to all who participated in the race, it was an impressive sight from both sides of the river.




Seaway Queen for Municipal Offices?

06/23:
The Brockville Recorder & Times reported Friday that putting Prescott's municipal offices aboard the steamer Seaway Queen is the latest, and perhaps most fantastic, suggestion in the ongoing debate about what to do about a rundown town hall.

A semi-retired United Church minister, John Reynolds, proposed the purchase of the Seaway Queen for $400,000 from the Upper Lakes Group in public meeting held to discuss the future of the town.

Upper Lakes Group officials maintain that the vessel will remain in lay-up in Toronto and is not for sale as scrap. Unconfirmed reports say that the vessel will not sail this season.

Reported by: John Reynolds




Buffalo Update

06/23:
The English River was at the LaFarge dock on the Buffalo River Saturday evening. She had a tan paint job that was very light and the old gray and white colors could still be made out underneath it.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Lake Erie

06/25:
As reported yesterday the saltie Lake Erie was upbound recently with a deck cargo of two large sail boats secured to the deck. It is unknown when the sail boats were loaded and where they are going.

Below are pictures of the Lake Erie at the Detroit Marine Terminals on the Detroit River. By Pat Pavlat
Lake Erie at the dock.
Closer view of the sail boats

Reported by: Andrew Severson and Pat Pavlat




Beauharnois Traffic

06/25:
Below are pictures taken at the Lower Beauharnois Lock, (Lock 3) near Montreal on the St. Lawrence Seaway on June 19.
Tug Alice A and barge Pennsylvania clearing Lock 3.
Alice A and barge clearing the lower wall
Jade Star at the centerline of Lock 3.
Jade Star in position, ready to lower.
The Jade Star under way and clearing Lock 3.
Stern view underway, clearing Lock 3 and the lower wall.
Pleasure craft entering lock to transit upbound, they appear small in the cavernous lock.
Pleasure craft upbound toward Lock 4 and the downbound saltie Capetan Michalis about to be lowered in Lock 4.
Capetan Michalis is wall to wall entering Lock 3.
Lock dumping underway and the ship arrestor has been raised.
Lowering is almost completed for the Capetan Michalis.
Lower end gates opening to allow the Capetan Michalis to get under way.
Capetan Michalis under way downbound toward the next lock, Cote Ste Catherine, lock 2 on the St. Lawrence Seaway.


Reported and pictures by: Bud Bonner




Today in Great Lakes History - June 25

1927 the B.F. Affleck was launched at Toledo Shipbuilding Co.

On June 25, 1938, the William A. Irvin began her maiden voyage, leaving Lorain, Ohio for Duluth to load iron ore.

INDIANA HARBOR set a then record cargo on June 25, 1993 loading 71,369 tons of western low sulfur coal at Superior (WI) Midwest Energy Terminal and transporting it 50 miles to Silver Bay, MN.

The ALGOBAY collided head-on with the steamer MONTREALAIS in foggy conditions on the St. Clair River June 25, 1980 causing extensive bow damage to both vessels. Repairs to the ALGOBAY were made by Herb Fraser & Associates, Port Colborne, Ont. at an estimated cost of $500,000. She returned to service by mid August, 1980.

At 1:00 AM on 25 June 1878, the 161', 3-mast wooden schooner PESHTIGO and the 143', 3-mast wooden schooner ST. ANDREW collided and sank near Cheboygan, Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac. Newspapers of the time claimed that forest fire smoke hampered visibility. Both vessels sank quickly. Two of the crew of PESHTIGO were lost, but the rest were rescued by the schooner S.V.R. WATSON. The entire crew of ST. ANDREW was rescued by the Canadian propeller OCEAN.

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


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Accident in Toledo

06/24:
7:30 a.m. update
Late Friday afternoon the Cartierdoc made contact with the Norfolk Southern Rail Road bridge over the Maumee River causing what was described a superficial damage. The freighter was loaded with grain from Andersons and ADM and headed down river. Her destination was Quebec City.

From the aerial pictures on the TV news, it appeared as though Cartierdoc got her nose in the open bridge, then swung sideways in the current, effectively wedging her in the bridge opening. Tugs then straightened the vessel and she continued down river. The only damage to the bridge was to the wooden fender protection system. Damage to the Cartierdoc was above the waterline and cosmetic.

This bridge is the most often hit in Toledo. The ship channel passes at an angle along the bridge's swing section. When open, it has a width of only 109 feet, narrower than the Poe Lock.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Saginaw In Duluth

06/24:
Saginaw is scheduled to arrive at the Duluth DMIR ore dock at 5:30 p.m. today.

Reported by: Al Miller




Port Huron and Sarnia report

06/24:
MacDonald Marine's tug Dover was downbound with the Ian Mac lashed to her side. The pair proceeded to the Government dock to pick up supplies and crew members. It is unknown where the tugs were heading.

The tug Invincible was repositioned from the bow of the McKee Sons to the notch in the stern sometime Friday afternoon. The Texas flag was still flying from her mast.

The saltie Lake Erie was upbound with a strange deck cargo. Amidships she had two large sail boats secured to the deck.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Tug Boat Race Today

06/24:
The Annual Tug Boat race takes place today on the Detroit River at 1:00 p.m.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 24

On June 24, 1971, a fire broke out in the engine room of the ROGER BLOUGH killing four yard workers and extensively damaging her Pielstick diesel engines. Extensive repairs, which included replacement of both engines, delayed the launch for nearly a year.

The RIDGETOWN was launched June 24, 1905 as a) WILLIAM E. COREY, the first flagship for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH.

CANOPUS (2-mast wooden brig, 386 t, built in 1855 at Huron, Ohio) was carrying 16,500 bushels of wheat when she collided with the bark REPUBLIC between 3:00 and 4:00 AM on 24 June 1865. The CANOPUS sank in about 20 minutes off Claybanks on Lake Erie. No lives were lost.

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Survey of Linda E. Reveals Extensive Damage

06/23:
A team from the University of Michigan on board the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Acacia investigated the site of the Linda E. wreck Wednesday using a remotely operated submarine equipped with lights and cameras.

The investigation showed extensive damage to the right side of the fishing tug within 10 feet of the stern. The videotape showed fractures and dents in the steel superstructure, a broken window and a hole in the decking. It was also noted that the rear doors used to set out the fishing nets were open. The submarine also took paint samples from the Linda E as she rest on the bottom. The vessel is buried in mud up to the water line which would hide other damage from view.

In the original Coast Guard investigation there was speculation about the possibility of the tug/barge Michigan-Great Lakes running down the Linda E. The barge was found to have white and black markings on its bow at about the same level as where the fishing boat would have extended above the water. Testing at the time could not confirm the marks were from the Linda E. On Wednesday Coast Guard officials would not speculate about the cause of the damage found. Experts will view the video tape in hopes of determining the cause of the sinking.

Crews onboard the U.S. Navy minesweeper USS Defender found the wreck of the fishing tug Sunday about 3:00 p.m. The wreck lies in 260-feet of water about seven miles southeast of Port Washington, WI.

The 42-foot fishing vessel disappeared in good weather on Lake Michigan with its three crewmen on December 11, 1998. Crew members Leif Weborg, 61, Scott Matta, 32, and Warren G. Olson, 44, were lost in the sinking.

Click here for a map of all vessels in the area at the time.
For more information and pictures visit the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Click here for a video report of the findings from WTMJ in Milwaukee

Reported by: Andy LaBorde and Scott Best




Mariner Visits Hancock

06/23:
Thursday the American Steamship Company's American Mariner passed through the Portage Lake Lift Bridge at approximately 8:30 a.m. to bring a load of limestone to the Yalmer Mattila dock. This is the first freighter to pass through the Portage Lake Canal in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this year. In years past many freighters used the canal as a refuge during bad weather. The cargo was loaded at Port Inland, MI., the balance of her cargo was to be delivered to Washburn, WI.

Reported by: Debbie Francis and Jim Grill




Twin Ports Report

06/23:
Twin Ports boatwatchers saw a couple of unusual but welcome callers June 22. Fred R. White Jr. paid one of its occasional calls to Duluth's Reiss Inland dock to unload stone. From there it was to proceed to Silver Bay to load pellets June 23. Also, Kaye E. Barker was due in to unload at the Cutler dock, then proceed to Silver Bay to load pellets. Meanwhile, Buckeye was scheduled to arrive Silver Bay to load pellets for Toledo.

Reported by: Al Miller




Buffalo Update

06/23:
The USS Fleet continues to own the Buffalo vessel traffic action. Thursday morning the Philip R. Clarke was seen unloading salt again at the Gateway Terminal in Lackawanna. The George A. Sloan was sitting in the middle of the City Ship Canal with her bow just touching the TDX Gypsum dock at 11:00 a.m. She seemed to be waiting for the wind to die down before making a run down the reach for the lake. The wind was blowing strong enough to send sheets of water up and over the breakwall in the Outer Harbor.

The Sloan left the Buffalo Ship Canal, went through the Outer Harbor and docked at the Bethlehem Steel slip in Lackawanna on Thursday evening. She is there to take on some type of cargo and is due in Cleveland today. Loading of any type is rare these days in Buffalo, most vessels carry cargo in and depart empty.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Toronto Update

06/23:
McKeil tug Paul E. No. 1 has replaced Lac Como temporarily for harbor vessel assistance. The Lac Como is shuttling the fireworks support barge Albert B. to and from the fireworks barges anchored off Ontario Place in Humber Bay.

The McKeil party barge Island Savage and tug Kingfisher (ex- Waterman Services tug Duchess V) are in port for the Benson & Hedges "Symphony of Fire". South Africa started the annual event on Saturday night. The fireworks brought the Oakville-based tug Wendy B. into port with a live rock n' roll band on her stern.

Portugal will light up the sky on June 24th. Italy on June 28th; Australia on July 1st; Spain on July 5th and the Grand Finale will be held July 8th.

Katran 3, one of the two new Seaflight hydrofoils, has been hauled out at Pier 51. Katran 2 remains down in the Turning basin by the McAsphalt dock.

Last Friday, the Federal Ashai was at Pier 52. Thorshope was at Pier 51. On Saturday the salty Pintail was docked at the Redpath Sugar dock. She was still unloading Tuesday at midnight. Ziemia Zamoska was in and out on Sunday. She unloaded and headed for Detroit.

The Stephen B. Roman came in Saturday to offload cement at Lafarge and Canadian Progress came in to unload at the salt dock.

Sunday was the 90th birthday of the venerable steam side-paddlewheeler Trillium. She did two public 2 hr. tours from Pier 4 and featured 10 cent hot dogs courtesy of Great Lakes Schooner Co. Toronto historian Mike Filey narrated the tour.

June 24th and 25th will be busy days in Toronto. The annual Dragon Boat Festival will be held at Centre Island. This event draws thousands of spectators.

Alterations to the tug Glenmont continue. She now has a row of windows cut into her bow on each side.

The schooner Empire Sandy went to Port Dalhousie for a charter Tuesday night. She will be in Bronte Harbor this coming weekend for the waterfront festival.

The ferry Windmill Point began service from the Portlands to Center Island on Saturday. This service will continue on weekends and holidays for the summer.

Toronto Hippo Tours, the new amphibious tours, officially kick off their season today. The amphibus has been in the harbor on several occasions - regular service starts soon. Contact Toronto Hippo Tours at 416-703-4476 for information.

Reported by: Gerry O




No Relief In Sight Low Water Levels Lower U.S.-Flag Float In May

06/23:
Falling Lake levels continued to plague Great Lakes shipping in May. Cargo movement in U.S.-Flag vessels fell by nearly 500,000 tons compared to previous May. Turn the clock back to May of 1997, before the Lakes began draining, and the month's total is down nearly 1 million tons.

Iron ore cargoes for the steel industry and loadings of western coal increased slightly in May. That increase does not contradict the preceding paragraph. The wet spring has dampened demand for aggregate from the construction industry, so vessel operators have put more capacity into the iron ore and coal trades.

For the season, U.S.-Flag carriage stands at 27.3 million net tons, a decrease of 600,000 tons compared to the same point in the 1999 navigation season.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Thank You Oakland University

06/23:
Oakland University (OU) has agreed to allow the portion of this web site that resides on their web server to remain thanks to the efforts of Chris Sellers and the Information & Instructional Technology staff.

This web site has always been a hobby for me and I generate no income from its operation. When faced with losing the web space and unlimited month data transfer provided by OU the future of the site was in question.

I would like to thank Oakland University and the following OU staff for their help in saving the site:
Chris G. Sellers, Computer Resource Coordinator, Information & Instructional Technology - sponsor of the Boatnerd web site.
John Coughlin - Information & Instructional Technology WebMaster (OU)
Chia-Poh Tai - Academic Computing WebMaster
Dan Fryer - Information & Instructional Technology WebSite Designer

Once again I would like to thank everyone for supporting the web site and for offering to help in the event that I did lose the OU web space.

If you enjoy this site please click here and take a moment and thank OU.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 23

In 1926 the Lemoyne was launched at Midland Shipbuilding Co, Midland Ont. She was 6 feet wider and 4 feet shallower than the largest ship at that time.

1929 the Calcite II was launched at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain OH

Launched in 1972 was the ALGOWAY (2) at Collingwood.

The first whaleback, BARGE 101, was launched along the shore of St. Louis Bay near Duluth, MN on 23 June 1888. Captain Alexander McDougall, the inventor and designer, was there along with his wife, her sister-in-law and several hundred spectators. As the vessel splashed in to the bay, Mrs. McDougall is supposed to have muttered, "There goes our last dollar!"

On 23 June 1900, one hundred years ago, the 450 foot steel steamer SIMON J. MURPHY was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan for Eddy Brothers of Bay City.

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


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Great Lakes Trader to Load

06/22:
The new barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort were expected to load in Escanaba, on Wednesday. Their first load will be a cargo of taconite carried to Indiana Harbor.

The Great Lakes Trader at dock in Escanaba on Tuesday. by Sandy Chapman

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Pathfinder Returning to Lakes

06/22:
Interlake Steamship's barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were spotted in the Seaway Wednesday as they head back to the lakes. The pair were scheduled to lock through the Iroquois Lock at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The tug and barge completed loading a cargo of pumice in Quebec on Tuesday morning. This is the first trip for the tug and barge up the Seaway.

Check back for updates. Please e-mail with position reports or pictures.

Reported by: John Reynolds, René Beauchamp and Rose Phillips




Algoisle in Dry Dock

06/22:
The Algoisle is expected to be moved from Pascol engineering's drydock in Thunder Bay today. The vessel entered the drydock in early April.

Reported by: B. Duguay




Invincible and Barge McKee Sons

06/22:
Crews in Sarnia have begun work preparing the tug Invincible for service with the barge McKee Sons. The tug shows the signs of working in salt water and will need sandblasting, paint and some cosmetic work. The tug draws about 20-feet loaded and rises to a height of 60-feet. It is powered by EMD engines generating about 5,800 h.p. Chief Phil Moore estimates a service speed of about 11 knots with the barge loaded.

The tug's trip from Texas was interesting. They came across from Houston to the Dry Tortugas and then through the Florida Keys and ran through the Gulf Stream in flat water. Proceeded through the Canso Cut between Cape Breton Island and mainland Nova Scotia into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and then into the Seaway.

Crews will continue to prepare the tug and barge to sail in the next few weeks. When she is ready to sail the pair will be rededicated in a ceremony at Sarnia.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks and Peter Whitfield




New Facility in Menominee

06/22:
Announced earlier this week are plans for a new pulp and fiber production facility in Menominee. Aspen Bay Pulp and Fiber will produce regular wood pulp and construction is expected to start this fall or next spring. The new facility should mean an increase in ocean going vessel traffic to the Lake Michigan port of Menominee and Marinette.

Reported by: Scott Best




Seaway News

06/22:
As reported last week, the new McKeil Marine tug named CARROL C. I departed Montreal for Hamilton on Sunday June 11. However, she left behind her fleetmate and sister-ship BONNIE B. III in Montreal.

Three vessels which were laid up went back in service lately. CARTIERDOC left Montreal for Sorel about June 13 to load titanium slag for delivery at Ashtabula. Also leaving Montreal was AMELIA DESGAGNES about June 16 for Pugwash, N.S. to load salt. Her fleetmate JACQUES DESGAGNES is also back in service. She arrived in Montreal on June 18 and left the following day in ballast for St.Joseph-de-la-Rive near Murray Bay.

Reported sold foreign by the newsletter "Shipfax" was the tug GULF IVY in January. Built by Canadian Vickers in 1938 in Montreal, she was in Lakes service up until 1967 under the name KAM. She was owned by Abitibi Power & Paper Co. Ltd. of Toronto.

Arriving at Mumbai, India on Feb. 24 to be broken up was the general cargo vessel RED STONE according to the June edition of "Marine News". She made a few trips to Great Lakes ports under at least three names but was best known under the Canadian flag A.C. CROSBIE owned by Crosbie Shipping of St. John's, Nfld.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Prescott Report

06/22:
Wednesday evening the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder passed under the Thousand Islands Bridge. Viewed through a rain shower and cutting through the whitecaps from 25 knot headwinds, they made an impressive sight.

Shortly after 5:00 p.m. the cruise ship Canadian Empress passed on her way to Kingston. The Canadian Empress, a reproduction of a twin funneled passenger steamer, is a familiar sight between Quebec city, Ottawa and Kingston.

Reported by: John Reynolds




Today in Great Lakes History - June 22

The DAVID Z. NORTON (2) was Launched and christened as the WILLIAM R. ROESCH on June 22, 1973 for the Union Commerce Bank, Ohio (Trustee) and managed by the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland, OH.

June 22, 1957 - W.L. Mercereau, known as the "Father of the Fleet", died. Mercereau developed the Pere Marquette fleet of carferries into the "largest in the world".

On 22 June 1853, CHALLENGE (wooden propeller freighter, 198', 665 t, built in 1853 at Newport, Michigan) was bound from Chicago for Buffalo with barreled pork and oats on one of her first trips. However, her boiler exploded off Cheboygan, Michigan. She burned and sank. Five died. The schooner NORTH STAR heard the blast ten miles away and came to the rescue of the rest of the passengers and crew.

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


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More on the Linda E.

06/21:
A team from the University of Michigan was expected to board the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Acacia today and investigate the sight of the Linda E. wreck using a Remote Operated Vehicle equipped with lights and cameras.

Crews onboard the U.S. Navy minesweeper USS Defender found the wreck of the fishing tug Sunday about 3:00 p.m. The wreck lies in 260-feet of water about seven miles southeast of Port Washington, WI.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Navy officials who surveyed at least 30% of the wreck report that there are no obvious signs of damage. One theory to the sinking was that the Linda E. was run down by another vessel.

The 42-foot fishing vessel disappeared in good weather on Lake Michigan near Port Washington, WI. with its three crewmen on December 11, 1998. Crew members Leif Weborg, 61, Scott Matta, 32, and Warren G. Olson, 44, were lost in the sinking.

For more information and pictures visit the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Click here for a video report of the findings from WTMJ in Milwaukee

Reported by: Scott Best




Tug Invincible Arrives

06/21:
The tug Invincible arrived at dock in Sarnia Tuesday ending her long journey. The tug departed Texas on the morning of June 6 sailing into the Gulf of Mexico heading for the lakes. Crews will now prepare the tug and barge McKee Sons to sail in the next few weeks.

The tug was purchased from Dixie Fuels Limited of Houston, Texas and is sailing from Texas on her first trip to the lakes.

The tug in the notch of the barge Mary Cecilia

A special thanks to Leslie Moore and her husband Phil Moore, an engineer on the tug for the daily position updates.

Reported by: Leslie Moore, Peter Whitfield and Roger LeLievre




Great Lakes Trader to Load Today

06/21:
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived in Escanaba, MI. early Tuesday morning. The pair docked at the North Reiss Dock to undergo Coast Guard inspection.

The tug and barge are expected to move to the ore dock shortly after noon today to take on their first load.

The Great Lakes Trader at dock in Escanaba on Tuesday. by Sandy Chapman

Reported by: Jim Grill, Rod Burdick and Sandy Chapman.




Pathfinder Visits Quebec Harbor

06/21:
Interlake Steamship's barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann arrived in ballast on Monday afternoon to pick up a load of pumice at pier 52 in the St-Charles River. It was the pairs first visit to Quebec City and the Seaway. The tug and barge completed loading early Tuesday morning and sailed westbound at 4:45 a.m. for Fairport Harbor, OH.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Twin Ports Report

06/21:
Saginaw is scheduled to arrive at the Duluth DMIR ore dock on June 26. Indiana Harbor continues to be a regular caller there, due next on June 23.

Midwest Energy Terminal was not scheduled to handle any vessels June 20 -- a rare event for this busy dock. But the rapid pace will resume June 21 when Charles M. Beeghly is due to load for Taconite Harbor, Algolake is due to load for Nanticoke, and Columbia Star is due to load for St. Clair. Another boatwatchers' favorite -- Courtney Burton -- is due June 24 to load for Taconite Harbor.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marine Surveyor

06/21:
Ralph J. Peachman, a Cleveland-based Great Lakes marine surveyor for more than 50 years, passed away suddenly on June 16. Services will be conducted at the chapel at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Ohio on June 21, 2000, at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Great Lakes Historical Society in Vermilion, Ohio.

Reported by: Ray, Robinson, Carle & Davies P.L.L.




Capt. Manzzutti

06/21:
Capt. Frank Manzzutti, 91, passed away last week in the Soo. He was the agent for the French cruise ship Le Levant, which was at the Purvis Dock. Capt. Manzzutti was at the dock when he suffered a heart attack and passed away a few hours later.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Today in Great Lakes History - June 21

On June 21, 1942, the Alpena--formerly the Leon Fraser--entered service as the largest vessel on the Great Lakes. The former U.S. Steel bulk freighter, originally 639'6" long, retained at least a tie for that honor until the Wilfred Sykes entered service on April 19, 1950.

Also on June 21, 1942, the U.S. Steel bulk freighter Eugene J. Buffington ran hard aground on Boulder Reef in Lake Michigan and broke in two. The vessel was subsequently recovered and, after a long career with U.S. Steel, was finally sold for scrap in 1980.

The M/V RANGER III was side launched at Christy Ship (Bay Ship), Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 21st, 1958. The vessel was custom designed by R.A. Stearns (Bay Engineering) also of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for the National Park Service, Isle Royale National Park.

On June 21, 1986, during a severe thunderstorm (and unofficial observations of a funnel cloud) in the Duluth area, the Joshua A. Hatfield broke loose from Azcon Scrap Dock in Duluth and was blown across the harbor and ended up hard aground on Park Point (Minnesota Point). She remained stuck for nearly 3 weeks when a storm with east winds pushed the Hatfield free and she blew most of the way back across the harbor back to the scrap dock! Tugs were dispatched in time to safely guide the Hatfield back to the scrap dock. (June seems to be a bad month for U.S. Steel in accidents, with the June 7, 1977 accident involving the William A. Irvin, the June 15, 1943 collision between the D.M. Clemson and the George M. Humphrey, and the June 21, 1942 grounding of the Eugene J. Buffington on Boulder Reef.)

June 21, 1916 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 5, after departing the shipyards in Milwaukee on June 21, 1916 where 3 buckets (blades) were replaced on her starboard propeller, arrived Manistique. While maneuvering around in the harbor she struck the rocky bottom and broke off the same three blades off her starboard propeller.

June 21, 1994 - The Ludington Daily News reported a planned sale of the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 to Contessa Cruise lines of Minnesota. The deal included an option to sell the Spartan and Contessa was prohibited from competing against Lake Michigan Carferry, but it fell through.

The 3-mast wooden schooner GEORGE MURRAY was launched in Manitowoc, WI on 21 June 1873. At the time, she was billed as the largest vessel ever built on Lake Michigan. Her dimensions were 299' x 34' x 14', with the capacity to carry 50,000 bushels of grain. She was built by G. S. Rand for J. R. Slauson of Racine, WI.

On 21 June 1900, one hundred years ago, the wooden bulk freighter R. C. BRITTAIN was raised at Toledo, Ohio. She was then brought to Sarnia where repairs were made and the engine of the tug F. A. FOLGER was installed in her. She had previously sunk at Toledo and remained there for several years before being raised. She lasted until 1912 when she burned at Sarnia.

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


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Wreck of the Linda E. Found

06/20:
The wreckage of the 40-foot fishing vessel Linda E. that vanished in December 1998 was found Sunday about 3:00 p.m. by the U.S. Navy minesweeper USS Defender.

Crews onboard the Defender confirmed the fishing tug's identity in 260-feet of water using a mini submarine equipped with lights and cameras. The Navy ship used sophisticated sonar to identify the wreck on the bottom of Lake Michigan.

The minesweeper is one of two that are touring the Great Lakes this summer. U.S. Rep. Mark Green of Wisconsin requested that the U.S. Navy search for the missing vessel while on the lakes. With out his efforts it is unlikely the search would have been made.

The USS Defender docked at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Milwaukee at noon CDT Monday. All information and video tape of the wreck was turned over to the Coast Guard for use in their ongoing investigation.

Any recovery efforts will have to be made by private parties, not a federal agency. The wreck lies about seven miles south east of Port Washington, WI. The U.S. Coast Guard reported this morning that a team from the University of Michigan will go aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Acacia on June 21 and attempt to investigate the sight using a Remote Operated Vehicle equipped with lights and cameras.

The 42-foot fishing vessel disappeared in good weather on Lake Michigan near Port Washington, WI. with its three crewmen on December 11, 1998. After extensive searching, the vessel was never found. Crew members Leif Weborg, 61, Scott Matta, 32, and Warren G. Olson, 44, were presumed dead.

For more information and pictures visit the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Click here for a video report of the findings from WTMJ in Milwaukee

Reported by: Andy LaBorde, Scott Best and Al Miller




Tug Invincible Update

06/20: 8:45 a.m. Update
The tug Invincible is upbound in the St. Clair River and the crew expects to dock in Sarnia at 9:30 a.m. ending their long journey.

She departed Texas on the morning of June 6 sailing into the Gulf of Mexico heading for the lakes.

Original Report
The tug Invincible was due at the Detroit River Light at 1:17 a.m. this morning. They will arrive in Sarnia some time today, two days ahead of schedule. Once in Sarnia the tug will be paired with the barge McKee Sons.

The tug was purchased from Dixie Fuels Limited of Houston, Texas and is sailing from Texas on her first trip to the lakes.

The tug in the notch of the barge Mary Cecilia

Reported by: Leslie Moore, Barry Hiscocks and Mike Nicholls




Crewman Evacuated from the Southdown Challenger

06/20:
Late Friday morning the U. S. Coast Guard received a medevac request from the cement carrier Southdown Challenger in northern Lake Huron. The crew reported a 37-year-old male crewmember had been discovered with profuse bleeding from lacerations on the neck and chest.

A U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Ignace rescue boat and an Air Station Traverse City helicopter responded. The helicopter transported civilian EMS personnel to scene, and deployed a rescue swimmer to assist.

The helicopter then hoisted the patient and transported him to Alpena General Hospital in Alpena, Mich. The man was last reported in stable condition with no explanation how the injuries occurred.

After the man was evacuated, the Challenger was to proceed to Rogers City for an investigation by the Michigan State Police.

Reported by: Marc Vander Meulen




Crewman Evacuated From the Burton

06/20:
On Sunday afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard Group Detroit received a request from the Courtney Burton in Western Lake Eire to medevac a 27-year-old, catatonic man. An Air Station Detroit helicopter was diverted from assisting in a Canadian search effort. The helicopter refueled and then hoisted the patient aboard and transported him to Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton, Ohio. A rescue boat from Station Marblehead also responded and put an EMT aboard the vessel to assist until the patient could be hoisted. There was no update available on the crewmembers condition.




Toledo Debates Hovercraft Service

06/20:
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is again debating a hovercraft service from Toledo to Windsor. The proposed high-speed hovercraft service would take passengers across Lake Erie and up the Detroit River to the Windsor Casino. The 50 mile trip would be made in about an hour.

Some members of the Authority would like to see service to other ports on Lake Erie and not just the casino. The Toledo Blade reports that the authority is considering spending $15,000 to lease a hovercraft from a French-Canadian businessman for several days to make demonstration runs.




Seaway Update From Prescott

06/20:
Sunday night the tugs Salvage Monarch and H9901 passed under the Thousand's Island Bridge Heading back down river after assisting the barge Great Lakes Trader through the Welland Canal.

The cruise ship Nantucket Clipper was docked for the day in Prescott, Ontario. The Clipper docks in Prescott about every three weeks on cruises between Halifax, N.S. and Rochester, NY.

Reported by: John Reynolds




Upswing In May Stone Trade

06/20:
Shipments of limestone and gypsum on the Great Lakes in May totaled 4,728,097 net tons, an increase of 3.2 percent or roughly 150,000 tons compared to the corresponding period last year. While the increase is not of epic proportions, any additional cargo is important during this period of low water levels. As noted in LCA's 1999 Annual Report (released in May), the impacts of low water levels are not confined to the iron ore and coal trades. Declining water levels reduced the average cargo loaded at Stoneport, one of the largest stone-loading ports on the Great Lakes, by 1,765 n.t. in 1999.

Since the resumption of the stone trade in March, loadings stand at 8,231,371 n.t., an increase of 1.9 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Trip Raffle Winner

06/20:
The winners of the Algoma Central Marine trip raffle benefiting Sifto were Audrey Royal from Goderich and Edythe Snell from Blyth.

You still have a chance to win your own Great Lakes Cruise aboard the steamer Lee A. Tregurtha in August. The trip is a prize in a raffle by the International Shipmasters Association and the drawing will take place on July 4.

Click here for more information including pictures of what could be your guest rooms and observation room.




Thank You Oakland University

06/20:
Oakland University (OU) has agreed to allow the portion of this web site that resides on their web server to remain thanks to the efforts of Chris Sellers and the Information & Instructional Technology staff.

This web site has always been a hobby for me and I generate no income from its operation. When faced with losing the web space and unlimited month data transfer provided by OU the future of the site was in question.

I would like to thank Oakland University and the following OU staff for their help in saving the site:
Chris G. Sellers, Computer Resource Coordinator, Information & Instructional Technology - sponsor of the Boatnerd web site.
John Coughlin - Information & Instructional Technology WebMaster (OU)
Chia-Poh Tai - Academic Computing WebMaster
Dan Fryer - Information & Instructional Technology WebSite Designer

Once again I would like to thank everyone for supporting the web site and for offering to help in the event that I did lose the OU web space.

If you enjoy this site please click here and take a moment and thank OU.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 20

The WILLIAM P. COWAN cleared Lorain on her maiden voyage in 1918

In 1903 the twin screw rail car ferry GRAND HAVEN was launched for the Grand Trunk Carferry Line, Milwaukee, WI.

On June 20, 1953, the Canada Steamship Lines bulk freighter Burlington collided with and sank the Scotiadoc in Lake Superior.

On June 20, 1959, the Seaway Queen began her maiden voyage. The vessel was appropriately named, as at the time she was the largest Canadian vessel on the Great Lakes, the 2nd largest on the Great Lakes overall (behind the Edmund Fitzgerald), and she entered service the same week that Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicated the St. Lawrence Seaway. To this day, she remains one of the more popular and classic looking vessels on the Great Lakes.

June 20, 1936 - The PERE MARQUETTE 21 was blocked in Manitowoc following an accident which disabled the Manitowoc Tenth Street bridge, making it impossible to raise the structure.

June 20, 1993 - The BADGER struck the Ludington breakwall while arriving Ludington. She was sent to Sturgeon Bay for repairs. 10 days operations and 21 sailings were lost.

The 230' wooden freighter JAMES DAVIDSON was launched at J. Davidson's yard in W. Bay City on 20 June 1874.

Data from: Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David Swayze, 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Wreck of the Linda E. Found

06/19: 11:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. update
The wreckage of the 40-foot fishing vessel Linda E. that vanished in December 1998 was found Sunday evening by the U.S. Navy minesweeper USS Defender.

The minesweeper is one of two that are touring the Great Lakes this summer. U.S. Rep. Mark Green of Wisconsin requested that the Navy search for the missing vessel while on the lakes.

Crews onboard the Defender confirmed the fishing tug's identity using a mini submarine equipped with lights and cameras. The Navy ship used sophisticated sonar to identify the wreck on the bottom of Lake Michigan.

The USS Defender will dock at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Milwaukee at noon CDT. A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 CDT, after the Commanding Officer of the Defender briefs Congressman Green and the family members of the Linda E. crew.

All information and video tape of the wreck will be turned over to the Coast Guard for use in their ongoing investigation.

The 42-foot fishing vessel disappeared in good weather on Lake Michigan near Port Washington, WI. with its three crewmen on December 11, 1998. After extensive searching, the vessel was never found. Crew members Leif Weborg, 61, Scott Matta, 32, and Warren G. Olson, 44, were presumed dead.

Original Report
A Navy minesweeper using sophisticated electronic equipment failed to find any sign of a commercial fishing boat that disappeared on Lake Michigan with three crewmen aboard 1 1/2 years ago, according to an Associated Press story.

The USS Kingfisher spent nine hours southeast of Port Washington cruising an area where the fishing boat Linda E. is believed to have sunk.

The minesweeper found various items, including an anchor chain, a fishing net and several known wrecks, but not the missing boat, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hall said Friday after docking his ship in Manitowoc.

Another minesweeper, the USS Defender, was to search the area Sunday. The ships are equipped with sophisticated sonar and robotic cameras.

The 40-foot Linda E. vanished in December 1998 between Milwaukee and Port Washington.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde and Al Miller




Tug Invincible Update

06/19: 7:30 a.m. update
The tug Invincible was transiting the Welland Canal overnight. At 7:00 a.m. this morning the tug was at Bridge 11 in the canal with an ETA of 9:08 a.m. for Lock 8, the last lock in the canal. They expected to cross Lake Erie today and arrive in Sarnia some time Tuesday, two days ahead of schedule. Once in Sarnia it will be paired with the barge McKee Sons.

The tug was purchased from Dixie Fuels Limited of Houston, TX. The ocean articulated notch tug was built in 1979, her engines produce 5,750 BHP pushed through its twin screws. The 99' x 35' tug is fitted with an upper pilothouse with a 60' height of eye and a Bludworth linkage.

The tug formerly pushed the 18,816 dwt hopper barge, Mary Cecilia (USL-501). The 452-feet x 76-feet x 36-feet barge was built in 1979 by Seatrain Shipyard. The barge was designed as part of an Integrated tug & barge unit with a Bludworth linkage. The barge had previously traded worldwide as a dry cargo barge and worked together with the tug Invincible since built.

The tug in the notch of the barge Mary Cecilia

Reported by: Leslie Moore




Great Lakes Trader Continues

06/19:
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived upbound at the Detroit River Light at 3:00 p.m. Sunday. She is traveling in ballast for Escanaba. MI. where she will load on June 20.

Pictures of the tug and barge in the Welland Canal Sunday by Jeff Thoreson
Great Lakes Trader upbound in the Welland Canal followed by the tug H-9901.
The barge Pathfinder passing the Great Lakes Trader in the Welland Canal below Lock 3.

The Trader is the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Great Lakes Trader Pictures

06/19:
Below are pictures of the Great Lakes Trader and tugs Joyce L. VanEnkevort and H-9901 taken just after daybreak at the Iroquois Lock June 16. The tug Salvage Monarch had just locked through and was tied to the upper wall waiting to help pull the Great Lakes Trader out of the lock.

The entire process required three separate lockages, one for the Salvage Monarch, one for the Great Lakes Trader and tug H-9901 and the third for the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort.

Joyce L. backing out of the lock and the H-9901 entering to push the Great lakes Trader.
H-9901 secured in the notch ready for the lock to be filled.
Great lakes Trader filling the Iroquois Lock to capacity.

Report and pictures by: Bud Bonner




Split Load

06/19:
The American Mariner was upbound at Detroit River Light Saturday morning at 9:45. She reported her cargo as coal and will split the unload between Zug Island and Charlevoix, this must be for the Medusa Dock.

The research vessel Siskowet was downbound past Detroit Saturday morning. She was not reporting in with Sarnia Traffic.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Tug News

06/19:
Arriving in Montreal Saturday afternoon was two tugs, one towing the other, on their delivery trip to McKeil Marine Ltd. following their acquisition from Newfoundland Marine Energy Ltd. of St.John's, Newfoundland. CARROL C. 1 is towing her fleetmate and sister-ship BONNIE B. III. Both were built the same year, in 1969 at Port Arthur. TX.

Also upbound at the about the same time is another tug on her delivery trip, INVINCIBLE heading for the Great Lakes and bypassing Montreal. She is a pusher-tug built ten years later at Jacksonville, FL (S.Y, No. 171) She was named R.W. Sesler until 1991.

After bunkering from a truck, the tug CARROL C.1 was to leave Montreal for Hamilton towing her fleetmate Bonnie B III at the shoulder. They had originally sailed from Come-By-Chance, Newfoundland The captain of the lead tug was handed over Seaway maps by a messenger while she was docked in Montreal.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Iroquois Lock Traffic

06/19:
Below are pictures traffic passing through the Saturday.

An interesting approach to the lock by the saltie Jakov Sverdlov. The entrance to the lock can be seen at the left of the image.
Jakov Sverdlov entering the lock.
Jakov Sverdlov departs for Montreal.
Kopalnia Ziemowit locking through.
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin entering the lock enroute to Baie Comeau.
Preparing to lock through.
Close up of stern as the Martin squeezes into the lock.
Paul Martin meets fleetmate and sister ship CSL Niagara above the lock.


Report and pictures by: Peter Carter




Tour Boat Sinks

06/19:
A glass bottom tugboat with 20 people aboard sank in seconds in rough waters on Lake Huron Friday. The Truenorth II went down off Tobermory, ONT. as it returned from Flowerpot Island with 13 Grade 7 students and two teachers on board.

Eighteen of the tugboat's passengers were able to reach two floating rafts from the boat. The group floated 400 metres back to Flowerpot Island, where they had spent the previous night. Coast Guard vessels searched for the survivors, but lost in the sinking were two 12 year old students. Local news reports that a door was torn off the vessel after powerful waves crashed into it.

Reported by: James H. Neumiller




Westcott II Recovers Body

06/19:
Crews from the J.W. Westcott Company assisted the Detroit police in recovering a body above the Ambassador Bridge Sunday in the Detroit River. With police officers on board the Westcott II, Captain Sam Buchanan and deckhand Dave Pincombe retrieved the body for the U.S. Coast Guard and Detroit Harbormaster.

The Courtney Burton had to run at a reduced speed until the Mailboat was finished, the Burton had two of her crew members getting off on the Westcott II. With the Westcott II busy with the Burton, the back up mail boat Joseph J. Hogan was pressed into service. The second crew ,captained by Bill Redding ,serviced the David Z. Norton.

Reported by: Sam Buchanan




Your Chance to See the John W. Brown

06/19:
After rivet replacement the World War II Liberty Ship will tour lower lakes ports and be open for tours. In three ports the Brown will offer locals one of the vessel's famous "Living History Day Cruises." All cruises are sold out except for the cruise departing from Toronto.

On Sunday, 6 August, the John W. Brown will conduct one of the famous cruises from the port of Toronto. This will be a six hour trip, featuring continental breakfast, full buffet luncheon, afternoon snacks and sodas. This trip will recreate the atmosphere of WW II with a big band, reenactors, an air show featuring an attack by Japanese warplanes. The ship is fully open for inspection, including the engine room, with its great 140 ton triple expansion steam engine.

The Brown's schedule is below:
27 May - arrived Toledo
14 - 20 July - at Toledo public berth
20 - 24 July - Windsor
22 July - Detroit cruise
25 - 27 July - arrive Erie
28 - 31 July - Cleveland
29 July - Cleveland cruise
1 - 3 Aug - Buffalo
4 - 12 Aug - Toronto
6 Aug - Toronto cruise
14 - 17 Aug - Montreal
18 - 20 Aug - Quebec
23 - 26 Aug - Halifax
The ship is open each day 10 to 5. Adults $5, children under 12 free.

For additional details, call 410 558-0164, fax 410 558-1737 Visa/MC accepted for cruise tickets. Visit the Brown's web site at www.liberty-ship.com

Diamond Jack's River Tours of Detroit will offer a special cruise on June 25 from Detroit to the Toledo shipyard with a walk through of the dry dock.

For those of you who could not get tickets for the July 22 Detroit cruise, Diamond Jack's River Tours will off a cruise on one of their ships that follows the Brown. Call 313-843-9376 or e-mail for details.




Thank You Oakland University

06/19:
Oakland University (OU) has agreed to allow the portion of this web site that resides on their web server to remain thanks to the efforts of Chris Sellers and the Information & Instructional Technology staff.

This web site has always been a hobby for me and I generate no income from its operation. When faced with losing the web space and unlimited month data transfer provided by OU the future of the site was in question.

I would like to thank Oakland University and the following OU staff for their help in saving the site:
Chris G. Sellers, Computer Resource Coordinator, Information & Instructional Technology - sponsor of the Boatnerd web site.
John Coughlin - Information & Instructional Technology WebMaster (OU)
Chia-Poh Tai - Academic Computing WebMaster
Dan Fryer - Information & Instructional Technology WebSite Designer

Once again I would like to thank everyone for supporting the web site and for offering to help in the event that I did lose the OU web space.

If you enjoy this site please click here and take a moment and thank OU.




Time is Running Out

06/19:
In about a month and a half you could be enjoying a trip aboard the steamer Lee A. Tregurtha. The trip is a prize in a raffle by the International Shipmasters Association and the drawing will take place on July 4. If your ticket is the lucky winner you and three friends could be cruising the Great Lakes in August aboard the classic steamer.

Click here for more information including pictures of what could be your guest rooms and observation room.




The Winner Is

06/19:
The latest winner in the weekly drawing was Ed Miner of Elmhurst, IL. Ed will have his pick of the prizes listed on the User Survey page.

Included in the prizes are the new books donated by the Marine Publishing Company.

Click here to enter, you could be our winner next Monday.

The weekly prize drawing will continue until the remaining prizes have been awarded.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 19

1954 the George M. Humphrey (named for President Eisenhower's Secretary of Treasury) launched at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH.

In 1978, the Algobay was launched at Collingwood.

On 19 June 1836, DELAWARE (wooden passenger/package freight side wheeler, 105', 178 t, built in 1833 at Huron, Ohio) was carrying general merchandise and passengers in a storm on Lake Michigan when she was thrown ashore off Niles, Illinois. She broke in two and was wrecked. No lives were lost.

On 19 June 1900, one hundred years ago, the wooden schooner THOMAS L. HOWLAND was raised and towed to Buffalo for repairs. She had been sunk by the ice off Windmill Point in the Detroit River early in the season.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, David 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Great Lakes Trader Continues

06/18:
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort completed their transit of the Welland Canal late Saturday night. The tug Salvage Monarch and H-9901 assisted the pair through the system. The Trader and Joyce L. reached Long Point in Lake Erie at 2:10 this morning. They are expected at the Detroit River Light between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.

The tug and barge are scheduled to load in Escanaba, Michigan on June 20. The pair are expected back for two more trips into Escanaba in June, and once in July.
Check back for updates. Please e-mail with position reports and pictures.

Pictures of the tug and barge in the canal Sunday by Jeff Thoreson
Great Lakes Trader upbound in the Welland Canal followed by the tug H-9901.
The barge Pathfinder passing the Great Lakes Trader in the Welland Canal below Lock 3.

The Trader is the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet.

Reported by: Jeff Cameron and Skip Gillham




Tug Invincible Update

06/18:
The tug Invincible passed the Canadian Coast Guard Base in Prescott, Ont. shortly before 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning. They expected to head across Lake Ontario some time tonight. The crew is glad to be back on fresh water and were busy washing the salt from her decks.

The tug is expected to arrive in Sarnia by June 22 where it will be paired with the barge McKee Sons.

The tug was purchased from Dixie Fuels Limited of Houston, TX. The ocean articulated notch tug was built in 1979, her engines produce 5,750 BHP pushed through its twin screws. The 99’ x 35’ tug is fitted with an upper pilothouse with a 60’ height of eye and a Bludworth linkage.

The tug formerly pushed the 18,816 dwt hopper barge, Mary Cecilia (USL-501). The 452-feet x 76-feet x 36-feet barge was built in 1979 by Seatrain Shipyard. The barge was designed as part of an Integrated tug & barge unit with a Bludworth linkage. The barge had previously traded worldwide as a dry cargo barge and worked together with the tug Invincible since built.

The tug in the notch of the barge Mary Cecilia

Reported by: Leslie Moore and John Reynolds




Pathfinder Makes First Trip up the Seaway

06/18:
Interlake Steamship's barge Pathfinder pushed by the tug Dorothy Ann is on her first ever trip up the Seaway. She is due in Quebec on June 21. According to the Port of Quebec, she will load Pumice at an unknown dock.

The barge Pathfinder passing the Great Lakes Trader in the Welland Canal below Lock 3 Sunday.

Report and picture by: Jeff Thoreson




Today in Great Lakes History - June 18

In 1949 the Wilfred Sykes was launched at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH. At the time she was the largest and most powerful vessel on the lakes. The Sykes was also the first boat to have a poop deck.

1964 The Saguenay was launced at Davie Ship Building Ltd., Lauzon, Quebec.

1968 the Algocen was launched at Collingwood.

On 18 June 1869, a little less than a week after being launched, Capt. Luce sailed the schooner DAVID A. WELLS on her maiden voyage from Port Huron for Menominee.

Data from: 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Great Lakes Trader Arrives

06/17:
4:00 p.m. Update
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort continue to transit the Welland Canal. The barge was expected to arrive at Lock 7 at 4:06 p.m.

Pictures of the tug and barge in the canal today by Jeff Thoreson
Great Lakes Trader upbound in the Welland Canal followed by the tug H-9901.
The barge Pathfinder passing the Great Lakes Trader in the Welland Canal below Lock 3. The Pathfinder was on a rare trip down to Quebec City.

8:00 a.m. Update
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived at Port Weller, the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal early this morning. At 7:34 the pair departed Lock 2 with an ETA of 12:04 for Lock 7. Because of the unique manner in which the tug and barge will transit the canal, it is expected to take longer than the normal 10 - 12 hours to reach Lake Erie.

The tug Salvage Monarch continues to accompany the tug and barge and is assisting the pair through the Welland Canal.

The barge will lock through the Seaway without the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort in the notch due to the overall length of the tug and barge. The escort tug will lock through first, the Joyce L. will push the barge in the lock and then back out. The Salvage Monarch will pull the barge out of the lock after it is raised and wait for the Joyce L. to then lock through. This was repeated in all 7 locks of the Seaway and will be the procedure in all 8 locks of the Welland Canal.

Check back for updates. Please e-mail with position reports and pictures

The Trader is the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet.

Great Lakes Trader leaving New Orleans on June 2. Van Enkevort picture forwarded by Alex. Rankine

Pictures of the barge under construction last month. Pictures by Alex Rankine
A stern view of the barge at Halter Marine's shipyard in New Orleans.
Close up of the vessels name.
The boom waiting to be installed.

Check back for updates.

Original Report
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort was scheduled to arrive at Port Weller, the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal at 1:50 a.m. this morning.

Reported by: Skip Gillham and Jeff Cameron




Algowood Update

06/17:
The Algoma Central Marine vessel M.V. Algowood was loading aggregate (stone) in Bruce Mines, Ontario when at approximately 23:30 hrs June 2, 2000, the vessel encountered structure problems. The vessel was moored alongside the berth at the time.

Company representatives are on scene at Bruce Mines and plans to salvage the vessel are underway. The lightering operation of the Algowood is continuing with the assistance of Purvis Marine Ltd. tugs and barges. Most of the cargo has been removed and we are now in a mop up operation. The project is being coordinated by an experienced Salvage Master, who is onsite at the present time.

Underwater repairs to the ship structure and hull are ongoing and a plan has been developed for the structural reinforcement of the hull.

It is expected that the reinforcing will take two weeks, or more, to complete. At that time, the ballast tanks can be pumped out and the ship refloated. Upon approval of all necessary regulatory bodies the ship will be towed to Port Weller Dry Docks for permanent repairs.

The vessel is stable and there is no danger of pollution.

The cause of the damage is still under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Built in 1981 at Collingwood Shipyard, the M.V. Algowood is a 730-foot self-unloading vessel, with a cargo capacity of 32,000 metric tonnes.

With office in Sault Ste. Marie and St. Catharines, Ont., Algoma Central Marine owns and operates a fleet of vessels along the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway.

Reported by: Algoma Central Corporation




Painting of the Seaway Queen

06/17:
It was reported last week that the Seaway Queen was being painted gray as she rests at her lay-up dock in Toronto Harbor. The painting is in preparation for an upcoming role in a movie. No details about the film are available at this time.

In 1999 the Queen was the stage for the movie Lake Boat. Lake Boat is about a graduate student who takes a summer job on a Great Lakes freighter and sees life through the eyes of the crew members.

Reported by: Bill Bird




Badger Sails

06/17:
The Lake Michigan Carferry Badger began her twice daily sailing Friday. She steamed out of Ludington for Manitowoc at 7:45 p.m.

The Badger departing Ludington.
Reported by: Max Hanley




Twin Ports Report

06/17:
Straightdeckers are no longer a common sight in the Twin Ports, so it was refreshing to see Canadian Miner in port June 16 just a two days after Kinsman Independent. The Miner was loading at the Cenex Harvest States grain elevator.

Canadian Enterprise departed Duluth shortly after 7 a.m. June 16, passing a tug with two hopper barges that was waiting to enter port. The Canadian Enterprise is carrying coal from Midwest Energy Terminal to the Ontario Power Generating plant in Nanticoke. Algobay was due June 16 to load coal for the same destination, and St. Clair is due at the coal dock on June 19 to load for Nanticoke.

John G. Munson was due in port June 16 to unload at the Reiss Inland dock on the St. Louis River. After unloading, the Munson proceeds to Two Harbors to load taconite pellets.

After discharging part of its cargo at the General Mills elevator in Duluth, barge Sarah Spencer was moved next door to the Cargill B2 berth June 16 to unload the remainder of its cargo.

Maintenance dredging began June 16 on a troublesome shoal in Duluth harbor. A barge with an excavator aboard and a hopper barge were moored over the shoal, located near the edge of the turning basin where Duluth harbor joins St. Louis Bay. This shoal, formed from mud coming down the river and turbulence from passing ships, has snared several vessels this season and last.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw Update

06/17:
Friday was a busy day in the Saginaw River. The Cuyahoga arrived overnight at the Buena Vista dock near the I-75 bridge and was discharging cargo there on Friday morning. The vessel cleared the dock and had turned at the turning basin by 3:15 p.m. The vessel tied up to wait for the inbound Sam Laud and also for strong winds to die down. She departed the dock at 7:45 p.m. and headed outbound for the lake as the Laud was arriving at the Burrough's dock.

Fleet mate Saginaw was outbound from the turning basin at Saginaw before midnight Thursday and met the inbound Cuyahoga during her trip out of the river.

The Earl W. Oglebay arrived at the Wirt stone dock in Saginaw late Thursday evening and was outbound at 6:00 a.m. Friday.

The H Lee White arrived at the front range at 3:00 p.m. going to the Bay Aggregate Dock in Bay City.

Reported by: Lon Morgan and Stephen Hause




Today in Great Lakes History - June 17

The SCOTT MISENER (2) was christened on June 17, 1951. She was the first vessel built at Port Weller.

The PATERSON (1) collided with the steamer EDMUND W. MUDGE in 1957 in fog on the St. Clair River opposite Marine City, MI.

The WILLIAM A. IRVIN was towed back to Duluth on June 17, 1986 by the tugs SIOUX and DAKOTA to be on station as a museum ship at the new $3 million convention facility.

June 17, 1998 - The tug/barge PERE MARQUETTE 41/UNDAUNTED arrived Ludington from Sturgeon Bay after the remainder of the conversion there.

The propeller OWEN SOUND was launched at Collingwood, Ontario on 17 June 1875. She measured 900 tons and could carry 30,000 bushels of grain.

Data from: Max Hanley, 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Great Lakes Trader Arrives

06/16: 11:00 a.m. Update
The Great Lakes Trader and tug reported westbound in the Seaway west of Iroqouis at 10:00 a.m. The trio are due at Cape Vincent around 12:30.

The Salvage Monarch continues to accompany the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader and will assist the pair through the Welland Canal. They have an ETA for Port Weller around 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

9:00 a.m. Update
At 7:20 a.m. the Great Lakes Trader and accompanying tugs passed the Canadian Coast Guard Base at Prescott Ontario.

Original Report
The barge Great Lakes Trader, pushed by the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and assisted by the tug Salvage Monarch were scheduled to transit the Eisenhower Lock at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The barge will lock through the Seaway without the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort in the notch due to the overall length of the tug and barge. The escort tug will lock through first, the Joyce L. will push the barge in the lock and then back out. The second tug will pull the barge out of the lock after it is raised and wait for the Joyce L. to then lock through. This will be repeated in all 7 locks of the Seaway and 8 locks of the Welland Canal.

The tug and barge should be in the Welland Canal late today.
Check back for updates. Please e-mail with position reports and pictures

The Trader is the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet.

Great Lakes Trader leaving New Orleans on June 2. Van Enkevort picture forwarded by Alex. Rankine

Pictures of the barge under construction last month. Pictures by Alex Rankine
A stern view of the barge at Halter Marine's shipyard in New Orleans.
Close up of the vessels name.
The boom waiting to be installed.

Check back for updates.

Reported by: Jeff Cameron, Skip Gillham, René Beauchamp, Thomas Moriarty and John Reynolds.




Tug Invincible Update

06/16:
The tug Invincible was expected to enter the St. Lawrence some time yesterday. The tug is expected to arrive in Sarnia by June 22 where it will be paired with the barge McKee Sons.

The tug was purchased from Dixie Fuels Limited of Houston, TX. The ocean articulated notch tug was built in 1979, her engines produce 5,750 BHP pushed through its twin screws. The 99’ x 35’ tug is fitted with an upper pilothouse with a 60’ height of eye and a Bludworth linkage.

The tug formerly pushed the 18,816 dwt hopper barge, Mary Cecilia (USL-501). The 452-feet x 76-feet x 36-feet barge was built in 1979 by Seatrain Shipyard. The barge was designed as part of an Integrated tug & barge unit with a Bludworth linkage. The barge had previously traded worldwide as a dry cargo barge and worked together with the tug Invincible since built.

The tug in the notch of the barge Mary Cecilia

Reported by: Leslie Moore and Maurice Spooner




Cruise ship at Saugatuck

06/16:
The French-flagged cruise ship Le Levant will make the first of eight scheduled calls on Saugatuck, MI. (south of Holland) on Lake Michigan today at noon. The remaining calls are June 18, June 30, July 2, July 14, July 16, Sept. 30, and Oct. 2.

According to the Saugatuck Convention and Visitors Bureau, all of the remaining calls are at 8:00 am, except Sept. 30, which is at noon. Each call is expected to last about four hours.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Twin Ports Report

06/16:
George A. Stinson remained docked at the Duluth port terminal on the morning of June 15. The vessel arrived there on the afternoon of June 13. There appeared to be a lot of activity around the engine room gangway, so the vessel may be undergoing repairs.

The Stinson had left the terminal by afternoon, apparently to load at BNSF ore dock.

Duluth's ship canal was busy during the late afternoon and early evening of June 14. Kinsman Independent departed about 5 p.m. with its horn blowing every few minutes because of fog. Within the next couple hours, Oak, Orsula and James R. Barker departed, Lake Carling raised anchor out on the lake and entered port bound for the Peavey elevator, and barge Atlantic Hickory and tug arrived for the General Mills elevator in Duluth. On June 15, the barge was berthed stern first at the elevator and discharging grain into its hopper.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toronto Update

06/16:
Early Monday morning the McKeil tugs Glenevis and Lac Manitoba were anchored in the harbor with two barges to be used in the upcoming Benson & Hedges 'Symphony of Fire', which kicks off June 17th with fireworks. Also with the tugs was a small workboat named Salvager, not to be confused with the tug Salvager (ex-Esther Moran) which McKeil just acquired from Moran and renamed. The fireworks fleet moved out into Humber Bay in mid-morning and anchored off Ontario Place.

The Toronto Sunday Sun ran a two page photo spread on the venerable steam side-paddlewheeler Trillium's upcoming 90th birthday - June 18th. She will be running special two-hour $5 charters that day which include admission to The Pier marine museum.

The Historic & Naval Establishments schooner Tecumseh is coming from its home port in Penetanquishene, Ont. to Toronto for drydocking in early July.

Stephen B. Roman came in on Monday with another load of cement for Essroc. The harbor was quiet on Tuesday, no doubt because of the awful weather.

Tuesday's Toronto Star ran a photo workers from Dew-Man Marine aboard the tug Glenmont being reconstructed for Caribbean service.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Order Today

06/14:
If you wish to have a t shirt or hat for the Soo Locks Gathering please place your order today to be sure you will have it for the June 30 - July 1 event.

The multi colored logo features the Edward L. Ryerson.

The Friday night cruise aboard the Chief Shingwauk has been sold out. A small number of tickets may be available the day of the cruise. If you would like any tickets that may become available, please e-mail
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Today in Great Lakes History - June 16

In 1967 the Canadian Leader was launched at Collingwood. She was the last steam powered lake ship.

Upbound in the Welland Canal June 16, 1963 loaded with iron ore for Chicago, U.S. Steel's BENJAMIN FAIRLESS suffered bow damage in collision with Canadian steamer RALPH S. MISENER.

In 1918 the WILLIAM P SNYDER, JR. was in collision with the steamer GEORGE W. PERKINS in Duluth Harbor resulting in damages of $5,000 to both vessels.

On 16 June 1861, ANDOVER (2-mast wooden schooner, 98', 190 t, built in 1844 at Black River, Ohio) was carrying lumber in a storm and ground on Pointe aux Barques reef on Lake Huron. Though not thought to be seriously damaged, she resisted all efforts by the tug ZOUAVE to release her. She was finally stripped and abandoned.

Data from: Joe Barr, David Swayze, 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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Great Lakes Trader Arrives

06/15: 1:00 p.m. update
The barge Great Lakes Trader, tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and tug Salvage Monarch were approaching the Eisenhower Lock at 1:00 p.m. The trio are scheduled to transit the lock at 1:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. update
The barge Great Lakes Trader departed Montreal late last night and transited the St. Lambert lock just after midnight. The tug Salvage Monarch of Groupe Ocean is assisting the tug in locking. The trio is presently in one of the Beauharnois Locks.

The barge will lock through the Seaway without the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort in the notch due to the overall length of the tug and barge. The escort tug will lock through first, the Joyce L. will push the barge in the lock and then back out. The second tug will pull the barge out of the lock after it is raised and wait for the Joyce L. to then lock through. This will be repeated in all 7 locks of the Seaway and 8 locks of the Welland Canal.

The tug and barge should be in the Welland Canal late tomorrow.

Original Report
The new barge Great Lakes Trader docked in Montreal for Seaway inspection Wednesday afternoon. Despite strong winds, the docking went smoothly with the 10,200 horsepower tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort pushing. Both the barge and tug have Escanaba, MI as the port of registry. The self-unloading barge was built for Great Lakes Marine Leasing and is operated by VanEnkevort Tug and Barge of Escanaba.

The tug and barge are scheduled to load in Escanaba, Michigan on June 20. The pair are scheduled for two more trips into Escanaba in June, and once in July.

The Trader is the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet.

Great Lakes Trader leaving New Orleans on June 2. Van Enkevort picture forwarded by Alex. Rankine

Pictures of the barge under construction last month. Pictures by Alex Rankine
A stern view of the barge at Halter Marine's shipyard in New Orleans.
Close up of the vessels name.
The boom waiting to be installed.

Check back for updates.

Reported by: René Beauchamp and Thomas Moriarty




Navy Vessel to Search for Missing Fishing Boat

06/15:
The U.S. Navy mine countermeasures ship USS Defender continues its Great Lakes tour and is in Green Bay WI. until Sunday. The ship is one of two vessel that are touring the Great Lakes. Both vessels are equipped with the latest technology to detect mines placed in the ocean.

Using this equipment, crews will conduct a 20-24 hour search mission to try to locate the fishing boat Linda E. missing since December of 1998. The mine countermeasures ship USS Kingsfisher will be the second ship aiding in the search.

The 42-foot fishing vessel disappeared in good weather on Lake Michigan near Port Washington with its three crewmen on December 11, 1998. After extensive searching, the vessel was never found. Crew members Leif Weborg, 61, Scott Matta, 32, and Warren G. Olson, 44, are presumed dead.

Reported by: Scott Best




Tug Invincible Update

06/15:
The tug Invincible is expected to enter the Seaway some time early today. The trip continues to go well and the tug does not expect to stop until they reach Sarnia on June 22.

Reported by: Leslie Moore




Soo Update

06/15:
Arriving in the Canadian Soo this morning was the French Cruise ship Le Levant. The stop in the Soo is part of a 7 day cruise taking her passengers to Chicago.

At the Algoma Steel Mill were the Algomarine, Algosteel and the Canadian Transfer. Both the Algomarine and Steel were loaded with West Virginia Coal and the Canadian Transfer was loaded with Ore.

The Purvis Fuel Barge 2501 and tug Anglian Lady maneuvered next to the Algosteel to take on fuel that had been offloaded from the Algowood this past weekend.

Salvage efforts continue on the Algowood at Bruce Mines, ONT. It is unknown when the vessel will be refloated or where it will be repaired.




Dispite Rain, Water Levels Low

06/15:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that during the month of May, precipitation was above average for all of the Great Lakes basins. Below is a comparison with each lakes long-term (1918-1999) average.
May monthly mean levels
Superior -9 inches below average
Michigan-Huron -21 inches below average
St. Clair -11 inches below average
Erie -9 inches below average

The level on Lake Ontario was the only lake to show a gain at 4 inches above average.

This drop in water levels continues to hurt Great Lakes Shipping. Lake levels have been in decline since 1997. With loaded drafts being reduced by 2 feet or more, the largest vessels in the fleet, the l,000-footers, are trimming roughly 10,000 tons from their per-trip capacity when loads at the beginning of this and the 1997 season are compared.

This means more trips to carry the same amount of cargo. Some may call this a benefit for boatwatchers but it is bad for the industry. Crew cost per trip remains the same and a shipping company must deal with the rising price of fuel.

The 1000-footer George A. Stinson normally carries 57,000 tons of ore each trip, but that amount was been reduced to 50,000. At $5 a ton, the vessel is losing $35,000 in revenue each trip and normally makes 50 trips a year.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 15

On June 15, 1943, the D.M. Clemson collided with and sank the George M. Humphrey in the Straits of Mackinac. Both of these 600-footers recovered for long careers. The D.M. Clemson was sold for scrap in 1980. The George M. Humphrey was recovered over a year later, renamed the Captain John Roen, later converted to a self-unloader, and finished her career as the Consumers Power at the end of the 1985 season before being scrapped in 1988.

In 1972, the Roger Blough entered service on her maiden voyage, departing Lorain, Ohio for Two Harbors, Minnesota to load ore. She was nearly a year late because of a fire in her engine room.

1989 Roger M. Kyes rechristened Adam E. Cornelius.

The wooden 180' schooner JOHN A. FRANCOMB was launched at W. Bay City, Michigan on 15 June 1889. She was built by F. W. Wheeler (hull #61). She lasted until she was abandoned at Bay City in 1934.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, David Swayze, 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Tug Invincible Update

06/14:
The tug Invincible continues to sail for the lakes. The crew expects to bring the tug into the St. Lawrence some time today. They have been making 17 mph on most of the trip up the Atlantic Ocean. The crew plans to refuel the tug and buy groceries in Mulgrave today. The tug is expected to arrive in Sarnia by June 22 where it will be paired with the barge McKee Sons.

Reported by: Leslie Moore




Great Lakes Trader Sailing for the Lakes

06/14:
The new barge Great Lakes Trader was expected to arrive in Montreal today. The tug and barge are scheduled to load in Escanaba, Michigan on June 20. The pair are scheduled for two more trips into Escanaba in June, and one in July.

The Trader is the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet. The self-unloading barge was built for Great Lakes Marine Leasing, with the barge to be operated by VanEnkevort Tug and Barge of Escanaba. She will be pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The Van Enkevort sailed to the gulf last fall.

Pictures of the barge under construction last month. Pictures by Alex Rankine
A stern view of the barge at Halter Marine's shipyard in New Orleans.
Close up of the vessels name.
The boom waiting to be installed.

Check back for updates.

Reported by: Jim Grill




Tug Makes First Appearance

06/14:
The tug Petite Forte made its first ever appearance in Milwaukee on June 13 when it arrived with the cement barge St. Marys I. The St. Marys I barge was last seen in Milwaukee in May when it departed with the Great Lakes Towing tug Triton in the notch.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Fleet Mates in Saginaw

06/14:
Lower Lakes Towing Saginaw arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. passing the front range lights enroute up to the Burrough's Dock in Saginaw. She departed the dock at 10:00 p.m. for the 6th Street turning basin.

Fleet mate Cuyahoga entered the river passing the front range light at about 6:00 p.m., heading to unload at the GM Dock in Saginaw.

Reported by: Lon Morgan




Munson in Escanaba

06/14:
Under threatening skies on Tuesday USS Great Lakes Fleet's John G. Munson unloaded eastern coal from Toledo at the North Reiss Dock in Escanaba. The dock only sees a few cargoes of coal and salt each season.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Busy Day in Conneaut

06/14:
Tuesday was a busy day in Conneaut, OH. Interlake's Charles M. Beeghly was loading coal and across the dock the Yankcanuck was unloading. A third vessel, the Presque Isle arrived at 7:30 p.m.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Algoway Visits Midland

06/14:
The Algoway arrived in Midland, ONT. at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning to unload stone at the Unimin Dock. She departed Midland at 2:30 p.m. and sailed back to Badgely Island for another load of stone. The Algoway was expected to return to Midland yesterday to offload more stone at Unimin.

Midland has been a busy port this past week. The tug and barge Atlantic Hickory and Sarah Spencer called in last week at the ADM mill. The cruise ship Georgian Clipper docked on Monday June 12. The tour boat Miss Midland continues to run four cruises per day.

Reported by: Rudy Smith




Twin Ports Report

06/14:
After a couple of slow weeks, the Twin Ports grain trade was busy again June 13. Oak was loading at General Mills in Duluth, Utviken (sporting a shiny new coat of green hull paint) was loading at Cenex Harvest States, Orsula was loading at Peavey Connors Point and Kinsman Independent was at General Mills in Superior (formerly the old Elevator S). Lake Carling was anchored on the lake and due in late in the day to load at Peavey.

Ispat boats have been scarce in the Twin Ports this season, but Joe Block was due June 13 to unload at Hallett 5, then shift to the DMIR ore dock to load taconite pellets.

Reported by: Al Miller




Hamilton Update

06/14:
The Dofasco docks looked much like they do during winter lay-up on Tuesday. The Canadian Prospector and the John B. Aird were docked stern to stern at the ore dock. The Prospector was awaiting unloading, the Aird was being loaded with blast furnace by products.

Surprisingly, only one of the bridge cranes was being used and it was loading the Aird. Whatever the reason, this situation forced the Algoville and the Montrealais to wait at the Dofasco coal dock. In an unusually move the Gordon C. Leitch was swinging around her anchor in the anchorage area off of the Burlington Marina, which is normally used only by salties.

Reported by: Marc Ouellette




Page Updates and Moving

06/14:
Parts of the site on the Oakland University (OU) web server were moved yesterday. Some regional service providers may have taken a few hours to update their own servers. This would appear to the viewer as a page with out updates. By this morning all providers should have the new location.

There is still no update on the future of the Boatnerd site at the OU address and a decision is expected in the next few days. If the site is forced to move from the OU web space I have worked out a service arrangement with the Boatnerd.com provider. Net Genius of Hillsdale, Michigan has generously offered to sell me the added disk space and bandwidth at a price just over cost.

This means there should be no interruption of service and the content will be available at www.boatnerd.com no matter what the outcome at Oakland University.

Once again I would like to thank everyone for supporting the web site and for offering to help in the event I do lose the OU web space.




Boatnerd Shirts and Hats

06/14:
The page featuring embroidered Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping wareables by Force Five Promotions of Sagamore Hills, Ohio has been updated.

Prices are listed and an easy to use order form has been added. If you wish to have a t shirt or hat for the Soo Locks Gathering please place your order before Friday, June 16.

The multi colored logo features the Edward L. Ryerson.

Click here for more information




Today in Great Lakes History - June 14

Roger Blough departed the shipyard light on her maiden voyage the night of June 14, 1972 for Two Harbors, MN to load 41,608 gross tons of taconite ore pellets.

On June 14, 1988, Consumers Power, with her former fleetmate John T. Hutchinson, departed Lauzon in tow of the Panamanian tug/supply ship Omega 809, bound for the scrap yard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The steamer PRINCESS was sold to Little and Fitzgerald on 14 June 1873. She was built in 1858 at Algonac, Michigan by Z. Pangborn.

Data from: 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Ryerson As a Museum

06/13:
An article in the March/April Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Newsletter reports that the opening of the Edward L. Ryerson as a museum is unlikely in the near future.

It was reported in April that Door County Maritime Museum was exploring the possibility of opening the Ryerson at a city dock for the summer to provide tours for the large numbers of travelers who visit the county each summer.

The newsletter sites the high cost of liability insurance was the major stumbling block in the project. The Ryerson has spent most of the past five years in lay-up at Bay Shipbuilding.

Reported by: Association for Great Lakes Maritime History




Tour Boat Grounds

06/13:
The tour boat Miss Buffalo ran aground while upbound in the Black Rock Canal on Sunday around 10:00 p.m. Units from the Buffalo Coast Guard base were sent to pick up the 60 passengers and drop them off at the Erie Basin.

The vessel was stuck on the rocks about 300-feet outside of the buoy line in less than four feet of water. No one was hurt but the bartender did end up in the water for a few seconds before being quickly pulled out.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Lighthouse Program

06/13:
WNED TV (Buffalo Public Television) will be running a two and a half hour show about Seaway Trail Lighthouses from 8:30 - 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The show will feature most of the large lighthouses from Masena to Barcelona including the Buffalo Main lights and Dunkirk's famous lighthouse.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Today in Great Lakes History - June 13

On June 13, 1983, the John B. Aird began its maiden voyage, a load of coal from Thunder Bay to Nanticoke, Ontario.

The IRVING S. OLDS carried a then-record 17,817 gross tons of iron ore on June 13, 1943 from Lake Superior and transported a total of 736,800 short tons of various bulk cargoes the next year.

On the morning of June 13, 1905 running downbound on Lake Superior, the heavily laden SYLVANIA encountered heavy fog as she approached the Soo. Confused whistle signals resulted in the SYLVANIA glancing off the Pittsburgh S.S. steamer SIR HENRY BESSEMER which sustained a 175 foot port side gash from the SYLVANIA's anchor. The BESSEMER required $40,000 in repairs and the SYLVANIA's damages totaled $10,000 which included a new anchor and shell plating which was completed at the Craig Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, OH.

June 13, 1930 - Shortly after leaving Menominee, fireman Walter O'Leary of the ANN ARBOR NO. 7 became ill. The carferry proceeded at full speed to the nearest doctor at Sturgeon Bay, where surgery was performed to remove gall stones.

June 13, 1974 - The CITY OF GREEN BAY (formerly WABASH) was sold to Marine Salvage Company to be scrapped.

On 13 June 1903, CHARLES H. DAVIS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 145', 391 gt, built in 1881 at Saginaw) was carrying limestone on Lake Erie off Cleveland when she developed a leak which quickly got worse and admitted water faster than her pumps capacity. She sank near the Cleveland breakwater. She was an unusual vessel, reportedly built of pine and pointed at both ends with her planking set diagonally.

Data from: Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David Swayze, 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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Short Cut to Trenton

06/12:
Taking the standard route to deliver coal to Trenton Edison, the American Steamship vessels American Mariner, Adam E. Cornelius and Sam Laud all came up past Fighting Island North Light in the Detroit River, turned on right wheel and entered the Wyandotte Channel to the Trenton Channel to Trenton Edison.

Saturday afternoon when Erie Sand's Richard Reiss came upbound she entered the Hennepin Channel at the north end of Grosse Ile, made her turn off Wyandotte and down the Trenton Channel. The captain of the Reiss, remembering the example set by one of his predecessors Capt. Arn Kristensen, took the short-cut to the Trenton Channel. Of course, he still had to tie up at Mc Louth Steel Dock to wait for the Sam Laud to finish unloading. The Richard Reiss went to Sterling Fuel and was downbound past Grassy Island at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard's Henry Blake was downbound past Grassy Island at 8:30 Sunday morning on her way to Cleveland.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Tug Invincible Update

06/12:
On Sunday the tug Invincible was off of Cape Hatteras. The tug is reported to be making good time and traveling at approximately 17 mph. The vessel may arrive in Halifax sooner than the anticipated Thursday. The weather in the Atlantic was calm, flat and sunny.

The tug is expected to be out of cellular range for a few days once they are past the Cape.

Reported by: Leslie Moore




Fleetmates Meet

06/12:
The Federal Yukon Locked up through the Soo Locks on Sunday afternoon. She passed her fleetmate the Lake Michigan in the Soo Harbor.




Mapleglen Departs

06/12:
On Sunday the Mapleglen sailed out of Owen Sound, Ont. Her departure was unique because she left in heavy fog. The visibility was about 100-feet, her fog horn could be heard blowing all the way out of earshot.

Reported by: Mike Bannon




Twin Ports Report

06/12:
The Twin Ports were hosting several vessels Sunday that are familiar but only occasional visitors. Utviken was at the Duluth Seaway Port Terminal ready to unload steel coils today. St. Clair, once a common caller, arrived late in the afternoon to load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal. Saltie Oak was sitting at General Mills elevator.

Reported by: Al Miller




Suggest a link

06/12:
Do you know a Great Lakes or Seaway related web site that belongs on the Links Page? If you do please e-mail, I'd like to know your favorites. I have had requests for sites including Trains, Lighthouses, travel, and local cities/ports.




Boatnerd Shirts and Hats

06/12:
Thanks to Force Five Promotions of Sagamore Hills, Ohio we now have a full line of embroidered Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping wareables.

The multi colored logo features the Edward L. Ryerson.

Click here for more information




Boatnerd Gathering

06/12:
Will you be in the Soo? The first Annual meeting of the Boatnerds will be held June 30 during Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. This is the one time of the year that the US Army Corps of Engineers opens the area between the MacArthur and Poe Locks to the public and the ground floor of the Administration Building is open for tours.

Among planned events is a River and Locks Cruise aboard the Chief Shingwauk. The 3 hour freighter chasing cruise is only $15.00 per person including buffet. Click on the link below to reserve your spot on the cruise, time is running out and tickets are selling fast.

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Your Chance to See the John W. Brown

06/12:
After rivet replacement the World War II Liberty Ship will tour lower lakes ports and be open for tours. In three ports the Brown will offer locals one of the vessel's famous "Living History Day Cruises." All cruises are sold out except for the cruise departing from Toronto.

On Sunday, 6 August, the John W. Brown will conduct one of the famous cruises from the port of Toronto. This will be a six hour trip, featuring continental breakfast, full buffet luncheon, afternoon snacks and sodas. This trip will recreate the atmosphere of WW II with a big band, reenactors, an air show featuring an attack by Japanese warplanes. The ship is fully open for inspection, including the engine room, with its great 140 ton triple expansion steam engine.

The Brown's schedule is below:
27 May - arrived Toledo
14 July - at Toledo public berth
22 July - Detroit cruise
25 July - arrive Erie
29 July - Cleveland cruise
1 Aug - arrive Buffalo
6 Aug - Toronto cruise
10 Aug - arrive Montreal
18 Aug - arrive Halifax
25 Aug - arrive Baltimore

For additional details, call 410 558-0164, fax 410 558-1737 Visa/MC accepted. Visit the Brown's web site at www.liberty-ship.com

Diamond Jack's River Tours of Detroit will offer a special cruise on June 25 from Detroit to the Toledo shipyard with a walk through of the dry dock.

For those of you who could not get tickets for the July 22 Detroit cruise, Diamond Jack's River Tours will off a cruise on one of their ships that follows the Brown. Call 313-843-9376 or e-mail for details.




Trip Raffles

06/12:
One of the most commonly questions asked is "How can I get a ride on a freighter?" A cruise aboard a lakes freighter is only available to the shipping company's customers and some family members. The only chance for the public to enjoy a once-in-a-life-time cruise is through trip raffles held by non-profit associations. Below is a list of current trip raffles, good luck!

Algoma Central Marine Vessel
Kaye E. Barker
Cuyahoga
Lee A. Tregurtha - Trip in August




The Winner Is

06/12:
The latest winner in the weekly drawing was L. Truthan of Hilliard, Ohio. They will have their pick of the prizes listed on the User Survey page.

Included in the prizes are the new books donated by the Marine Publishing Company.

Click here to enter, you could be our winner next Monday.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 12

"STUBBY", The bow and stern sections of the STEWART J. CORT welded together passed Port Colborne, Ont. on June 12, 1970 bound for Erie, PA under her own power. STUBBY's bow and stern sections were later separated at Erie Marine, Inc., a Div. of Litton, and joined to the 816 foot hull mid-body.

The NANTICOKE departed Collingwood in 1980 starting her maiden voyage.

In 1959 the BENSON FORD ran aground in the Amherstburg Channel on her upbound trip with coal for the Rouge Plant. After five days of lightering and with tug assistance, she was freed. Damages amounted to 41 bottom plates which took 30 days to repair.

On 12 June 1832, the wooden schooner GUERRIER was sailing from Oswego for Detroit when she capsized in a squall off Bar Point on Lake Erie. Captain Pember and the crew and most of the passengers made it to the Canadian shore, but one family was trapped in the cabin. The husband was able to keep his head above water in the upside down cabin, but through the night, one by one, his four children and then his wife slipped from his grasp and perished. The following day, Capt. Stanard took his steamer NIAGARA to the wreck and rescued the man.

One hundred years ago, 12 June 1900, the steel tow barge BRYN MAWR was launched at South Chicago for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.

Data from: Joe Barr, David 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
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Great Lakes Trader Sailing for the Lakes

06/11:
The new barge Great Lakes Trader has departed the Halter Marine Group shipyard in New Orleans and is enroute for Escanaba, MI. The barge was constructed in two halves at Halter Marine's yard in Pearlington, Miss. and then towed to the New Orleans yard to be joined together and outfitted.

The barge is expected to arrive in Halifax shortly before 6:00 a.m. this morning. She is due in Montreal on June 14 and in Escanaba on June 19.

The Trader will be the 16th largest carrier on the Great Lakes with maximum seaway dimensions of 740 x 78 feet. The self-unloading barge was built for Great Lakes Marine Leasing, with the barge to be operated by VanEnkevort Tug and Barge of Escanaba. She will be pushed by the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort. The Van Enkevort sailed to the gulf last fall.

Pictures of the barge under construction last month. Pictures by Alex Rankine
A stern view of the barge at Halter Marine's shipyard in New Orleans.
Close up of the vessels name.
The boom waiting to be installed.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Busy Day in Trenton

06/11:
Thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Downriver Detroit shipwatchers are experiencing a lot of activity in the Trenton Channel. On Saturday morning the Sam Laud went down to Trenton Edison with the assist of the G tugs Vermont and Wyoming.

Before the Laud could finish unloading the Richard Reiss called in at Detroit River Light. This is the first time in memory that two boats are going to Trenton Edison in the same day. The Laud was not scheduled to depart until 9:00 p.m. Saturday so the Reiss was expected to tie up at the Mc Louth Steel Dock until the Laud departs.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toronto Update

06/11:
On Saturday the salty Kapitnas Domeika was still at Pier 51 unloading.

During the past week, Upper Lakes Shipping's Seaway Queen has been having her superstructure painted battleship grey, similar to the color used by Lower Lakes Shipping vessels. This cannot be seen from the west side of the harbor, as the forward side of the wheelhouse and afterhouse are still painted white.

Refurbishing of the Glenmont goes on. All of the wooden pilothouse and interior has been removed and is being burned at the dock. Plans are to cut off the bow and give her a new bulbous bow, to cut of the rounded foreward house and give her a sleek cabin, to wing out the upper deck to full beam width. Glenmont will soon cease to look like a tug. The owners plan to use the renovated ship in the Caribbean.

The cruise ship Le Levant came in this afternoon; followed shortly thereafter by Hamilton Energy, which came in to fuel the cruise ship.

A color photo of Kajama was featured in Saturday's Toronto Sun. Friday was her first official charter. She was out again Saturday and now sports a mizzen sail.

Reported by: Gerry O.




More on the Tug Everlast

06/11:
As reported on Friday the tug Everlast arrived last week at Port Weller Dry Docks. The large ocean salvage tug arrived at Port Weller harbour at 2:30 a.m. on June 8th. She is the latest addition to the ULS Corporation fleet and was completing her delivery trip from the Caribbean.

She was built in 1977 at the Hashimoto Zosen Shipyard in Japan as hull number 396 and entered service under the name Bilibino for the Far Eastern Shipping Corporation out of Russia. She sailed as such until a sale in December of 1996 saw her ownership change to Portolos Salvage and Towage of Greece. They applied the name Everlast which was retained after she was again sold to McAsphalt Marine Transportation in November of 1999.

She measures 143.42 feet in length, 44.36 feet in width, 21.35 feet in depth, is registered at 1,361 Gross tons, 408 Net with a deadweight tonnage of 336. Her 2 Daihatsu engines produce a combined 6,000 horsepower and drive 2 propellers which push the ship along at around 13.5 knots. This is definitely a big tug.

The name Portolos Salvage can still be seen on the side of the tug. She is currently secured alongside the north face of wharf 1 in Port Weller harbor and will likely be there for a while to be outfitted for lakes service. She still flies the Panamanian flag.

Reported by: Jeff Cameron




Today in Great Lakes History - June 11

ATLANTIC SUPERIOR was float launched in 1982 for Federal Commerce & Navigation Ltd., Montreal, Quebec (Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., mgr.) built for the Caribbean trade.

MESABI MINER was christened at Duluth in 1977, the MESABI MINER became the fourth thousand foot bulk carrier on the Great Lakes and Interlake's second.

IRVIN L. CLYMER - a) CARL D. BRADLEY (1) cleared Lorain in her gray and white livery, 1917, on her maiden voyage light bound for Calcite, MI to load limestone. She was the first Great Lakes commercial ship equipped with both Morse code telegraphy as well as ship-to--shore radio in 1922, which was standard on only 20 vessels by 1924.

On June 11, 1936 the EDWARD J. BERWIND collided with the AYCLIFFE HALL 16 miles West of Long Point on Lake Erie. The Hall Corp. steamer went to the bottom and was not salvaged.

June 11, 1981 - The BADGER steamed out of Ludington enroute to Milwaukee under an MDOT subsidy that was approved earlier in March.

The propeller E. B. HALE was launched at Cleveland at the yard of Quayle & Sons on 11 June 1874. Her length was 217' keel, 227' overall. She was owned by Capt. Bradley, Mr. Thomas Quayle and Mr. Loomis and she cost $100,000.

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Cuyahoga Departs Ludington

06/10:
Crews on board the Cuyahoga worked hard to restore main engine power Friday and departed for Meldrum Bay, Ontario shortly after 7:00 p.m. The Ludington Daily News reported Friday that the Cuyahoga's new engine suffered a cracked head and a new part was rushed to the vessel from Grand Rapids.

The Cuyahoga was towed in to Ludington, MI. Thursday night around 8:30 p.m. after loosing main engine power.

At the Laman Dock Friday afternoon.
A part of the engine removed from the vessel.
Under power heading for the lake.
The Cuyahoga departs Ludington, sailing into the Lake Michigan sun set.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Saginaw Passes Detroit

06/10:
As crews worked to repair the Cuyahoga on Lake Michigan, her fleet mate the Saginaw was passing Detroit downbound. Below are pictures of the U.S. Mail Boat J. W. Westcott II making a mid-river delivery to the Saginaw.

The Westcott II heads up river to meet the Saginaw.
The Westcott II riding along side.
The Westcott II turns and heads back to her station.
Approaching the dock.

Report and pictures by: Teresa Parker




Tug Invincible Update

06/10:
The tug Invincible continues to sail for the lakes. On Friday the tug was off the Florida Keys and expected to be in Halifax by Thursday. The weather in the Gulf has been calm with 3-4 foot seas. The tug has even enjoyed the company of dolphins swimming in the wake and at the bow of the tug.

Reported by: Leslie Moore




Toronto Update

06/10:
The tug/workboat Diver III and dredge were working at the Ontario Place Marina Friday morning.

The Wayward Princess was out of town on charter from Port Dalhousie Friday night. The Empire Sandy was scheduled to depart Toronto Friday night tonight after a charter for Saturday charters out of Port Dalhousie.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 10

The OGLEBAY NORTON (a LEWIS WILSON FOY) loaded her first cargo June 10, 1978 at Burlington Northern #5, Superior, WI with 57,952 tons of Hibbing taconite pellets for Burns Harbor, IN. In 1991.

In 1892 the keel for the ANN ARBOR NO. 1 was laid.

The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 was sold to the Michigan State Ferries in 1937 and renamed "CITY OF CHEBOYGAN".

On 10 June 1877, while lying at her dock at Detroit, the wooden side-wheeler R. N. RICE burned. The damage was estimated at $30,000. After this fire, she was rebuilt as a barge.

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Hoyt to Haul Grain?

06/09:
While in Two Harbors on Tuesday the Elton Hoyt 2nd was inspected to determine what repairs would be needed to get a Grain Certificate. If this comes to pass, it is planned for a grain run from Duluth to Buffalo sometime later this month.

In December 1997 the Hoyt carried a load of sugar beets. This was the first time a self-unloading vessel carried sugar beets. The vessel successfully carried 1200 tons of beets to Marysville, MI and the Hoyt was dubiously dubbed the "Beet Boat".

Reported by: Jim Mihalek




Burns Harbor Makes Rare Trip

06/09:
Making a rare trip to the lower lakes Wednesday was Bethlehem Steel's Burns Harbor. She passed downbound in the St. Clair River at Marine City about 7:00 p.m. The vessel was sailing to Conneaut, OH. and this is believed to be her first trip to the lower lakes since 1998.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin and Barry Hiscocks




Cuyahoga Towed to Ludington

06/09: 11:00 a.m. Update
The Ludington Daily News reported this morning that the Cuyahoga's new engine suffered a cracked head and a new part was being rushed to Ludington from Grand Rapids. Repairs were expected to be complete by this afternoon and the Cuyahoga will continue on to Meldrum Bay, Ontario.

Original Report
The Cuyahoga was towed in to Ludington, MI. last night around 8:30 p.m. The vessel was towed in by two Great Lakes Towing tugs and appeared to be with out main engine power. She tied up at the Laman Dock and is expected to stay in port for a few days while repairs are made.

In the typical Great Lakes fashion, engineers from the Lake Michigan Car Ferry Badger visited the vessel to see if they could assist in repairs.

Last winter the vessel's engine was replaced with a new Caterpillar diesel engine.
The tow arrives.
Passing the Badger.
Approaching the Laman Dock.
A crew member is lowered onto the dock.

Reported by: Max Hanley




McKee Sons Update

06/09:
In Sarnia, the barge McKee Sons appears ready to sail. The familiar red stripe has been painted onto the barge. The company name is now on the bow. The tug Invincible is expected to arrive at the end of June to push the barge.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Strike Ends

06/09:
On June 5 the Toronto Star reported that the Pelee Island ferry strike, which began April 28th, was over. No other details were available.

The name of the hovercraft which reportedly went to operate to Pelee Island during the strike is TENACITY, not Le Tenacite, as previously reported. The 21.09m passenger hovercraft was last reported to be in Port Stanley.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Twin Ports Update

06/09:
Duluth's DMIR ore dock seems to have settled into a routine so far this season. AAA boats from Great Lakes Fleet are steadily bringing in stone (a job often done last season by Presque Isle). Philip R. Clarke is due again June 10 and Cason J. Callaway is due the 13th. Indiana Harbor has become a regular this season -- it's due again June 11. Paul J. Martin is making regular calls there, too. It's due again June 11. A semi-regular is James R. Barker, which also is trading up the shore and at Midwest Energy Terminal. The Barker is due at Midwest Energy Terminal on June 10 to load coal for delivery to Presque Isle at Marquette, then it will return to the DMIR dock to load June 13.

Oglebay Norton presently is scheduled to make regular appearances in the Twin Ports throughout June. It's tentative schedule calls for it to load at Midwest Energy every week of the month with coal bound for St. Clair, Mich. It's next call here is set for June 12.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toronto Update

06/09:
Upper Lakes Group's new 6,000 hp tug Everlast arrived in Port Weller for dry dock work Wednesday night. The tug is said to be used in conjunction with the new McAsphalt barge being built overseas.

Reported by: Gerry O.




The Winner Is

06/09:
Three lucky couples will spend five days aboard a USS 1,000-footer this summer following a raffle drawing June 6 by the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association.

Three trips for two people each were raffled off by the LSMMA to raise funds to support the Canal Park Visitors Center in Duluth, Minn. The trips were donated by USS Great Lakes Fleet in Duluth, which is a longtime supporter of the visitors center and the LSMMA.

Winners chosen from more than 2,000 tickets sold are: Fran Fields of Meadowlands, Minn.; Rita Myntti of Duluth, Minn.; and Murial Abram, of Duluth, Minn.

The LSMMA plans to hold another boat trip raffle soon.

For your chance to win a freighter trip visit the sites below:
Algoma Central Marine Vessel
Kaye E. Barker
Cuyahoga
Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.
Lee A. Tregurtha


Reported by: Al Miller




Today in Great Lakes History - June 9

LIGHTSHIP 103 was delivered to the 12th District Headquarters at Milwaukee, WI on June 9, 1921 to begin her Great Lakes career.

June 9, 1983 ALGOWEST loaded a then-record 1,047,758 bushels of wheat at Thunder Bay.

ROGER BLOUGH began sea trials in 1972.

June 9, 1911 The Ann Arbor No. 1 was raised by Smith Wrecking Company of Muskegon after being considered a menace to navigation by the Coast Guard (she had been sunk by the south breakwater at Frankfort after burning on March 8th). She was taken to Muskegon, and repaired sufficiently to become a sand scow for the Love Construction Company. The cost of raising her was $8,000.

On 9 June 1884, ANNAPEE (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 71', 118 gt, built in 1867 at Ahnapee (Wolf River), WI) was bound from Torch Lake, Michigan for Milwaukee with a load of railroad ties and cordwood when she stranded in fog on North Point in Lake Michigan, 2 1/2 miles from Sheboygan, WI. Later a strong wind blew her into the rocks and she broke up. No lives were lost and part of her cargo was saved.

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Algowood Pictures

06/08:
Salvage operations continue on the Algowood at Bruce Mines, Ont. after the vessel sank while loading.
Pictures by Randy Johnson taken on Saturday Morning.
The Algowood at the dock.
A closer view.
From the side.
Stern view.
Chart of the area

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Tug Invincible Update

06/08:
The tug Invincible that will be used to push the barge McKee Sons is expected to take 15 to 20 days to reach the lakes. She is sailing from Texas to Sarnia.

Reported by: Leslie Moore




Mail Boat Recovers Jumper

06/08:
On Monday afternoon the crew of the J.W. Westcott mail boat recovered the body of a 39 year old Howell man that had just jumped from the Ambassador Bridge. The apparent reason for the man's suicide was the breakup of his marriage. The crew of the Westcott recovered the body up river by the bridge, and then brought him back down to the Detroit Fire Department fire boat Curtis Randolph. Fire crews and paramedics brought the man's body out of the river, where he was pronounced at the scene.

Reported by: James Jackson




Aircraft Carrier at The Soo

06/08:
The Soo has seen its share of various vessels since the Seaway opened, but Wednesday an Aircraft Carrier arrived at the former Government Dock, now the Purvis Dock. The saltie Utviken arrived late evening with a CL215 Waterbomber strapped to her deck.

The plane arrived to be part of a display at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. The plane is on loan from the Government of France.




Oak in Ludington

06/08:
Wednesday the saltie Oak arrived in Ludington with 6,000 tons of magnesite.

The Oak in Ludington.

Reported by: Max Hanley




Oshawa Harbor

06/08:
On Wednesday the saltie Kamilla finished loading steel pipe at the outer west wharf and departed.
Stern view at the dock.
Turned an heading out bound, her deck cargo can be easily seen.
Stern view as she departs.

Also working in port is the tug Americo Dean and construction barges. They are dredging the harbor.
The tug and barges working in the harbor.

Report and pictures by: Jim Gallacher




Henry Blake Update

06/08:
The new U.S. Coast Guard Keeper Class Cutter Henry Blake (WLM 563) will be stationed in Everett, Washington. The ship is named for lighthouse keeper Henry Blake. Blake became the first keeper at the light at New Dungeness, located at Washington's Olympic Peninsula in 1858.
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The Henry Blake at dock in Escanaba. Sandy Chapman

Reported by: Chad Michaels




City of Milwaukee

06/08:
The historic car ferry SS City of Milwaukee will be featured on WOOD TV-8, Grand Rapids, MI, on Thursday, June 8, 2000.

The segment will appear as part of the "Positively Michigan" program, which is hosted by Warren Reynolds. The show is part of the 5:30 pm news program.

Reported by: George Micka




Badger Sailing

06/08:
The Lake Michigan car ferry Badger remained at the dock Tuesday due to a blown boiler tube. The boiler tube was discovered Monday afternoon and officials decided to repair the damage to ensure the normal operation of the Badger. Normal sailings were expected to resume on Wednesday morning.

Reported by: George Micka




Today in Great Lakes History - June 8

1978 the Lewis Wilson Foy ( b) OGLEBAY NORTON ) was christened for the Bethlehem Steel Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1938, the Governor Miller, sistership to the William A. Irvin, began her maiden voyage, leaving Lorain, Ohio. The Governor Miller was only the 2nd Great Lakes vessel to be powered by a steam turbine with a direct drive to the propeller shaft via reduction gear.

1976 - the Superior Midwest Energy Terminal loaded its first cargo of low-sulfur coal. The John J. Boland took the honors as the first vessel to load at this dock.

1977 the HARRY L. ALLEN was the first freighter to load at Burlington Northern's Dock #5 in Superior, WI.

On 8 June 1847, CHESAPEAKE (wooden side-wheeler, 172', 412 t, built in 1838 at Maumee, Ohio) was fully laden and had 97 aboard when she rammed the schooner JOHN F. PORTER on a dark night off Conneaut, Ohio. As she started to sink, she was run to shore in an effort to save her, but she sank a mile short of the beach. Lake Erie was fairly calm and the crew and passengers tried to get to shore in boats and makeshift rafts. Most made it and many were also picked up by the steamer HARRISON. Estimates of the number of dead vary from 7 to 13.

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Tug Invincible Sails for Lakes

06/07:
The tug Invincible departed Texas Tuesday morning sailing into the Gulf of Mexico heading for the lakes. The tug will be used to push the barge McKee Sons, it is unknown if the tug will be renamed.

The barge was towed to Sarnia last month after a refit at Bay Shipbuilding. The tug and barge will sail under the U.S. flag for the Grand River Navigation Company of Cleveland, OH. Grand River is affiliated with the Lower Lakes Towing Company, Port Dover, ON.




Algowood Update

06/07:
Salvage operations continue with the off-loading of the Algowood's stone cargo onto a barge at Bruce Mines, Ont. The salvage plan includes reinforcing the hull of the Algowood and then pumping the vessel out. The salvage operation is now expected to take about three weeks. Algoma is working with marine salvage company Purvis Marine.

As the investigation continues into the sinking it appears that the water level in the harbor quickly dropped as the vessel was loading causing the middle section of the vessel to rest on a high spot on the bottom. The bow and stern sections sank lower than the midsection causing the hull to be broken along the top deck. Local news stations showed a video with the crack appearing to be 2-3 inches across, running vertically about 6 inches above the current waterline. After suffering the damage, the Algowood began flooding and is now resting on the bottom at the dock with about 15 feet of the hull above water.

Pictures by Randy Johnson taken on Saturday Morning.
The Algowood at the dock.
A closer view.
From the side.
Stern view.
Chart of the area

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Reported by: Randy Johnson and Ken Hamilton




Saginaw Visits South Chicago

06/07:
The Saginaw arrived at the breakwall Tuesday morning. They turned the boat around and headed down the Calumet River for Marblehead Lime at 106th St. They were expected to shift over to KCBX to load coal sometime in the afternoon.

Report by: Gary Clark




Henry Blake in the Soo

06/07:
The new keeper class cutter Henry Blake (WLM 563) rounded Johnson's Point in the St Mary's River Tuesday afternoon upbound enroute to the Sault Ste. Marie Coast Guard station. Her new home port is unknown.

Henry Blake at dock in Escanaba. Sandy Chapman




Hoax Caller Caught in the Act

06/07:
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio -- Crews from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, working with local law enforcement, located a male from Huber Heights, Ohio, making hoax calls over HF channel 16, the marine distress frequency.

The teen was caught Monday at the Basshaven Marina, East Harbor, Catawba Island, Ohio, when his voice was matched to a hoax call made Sunday in the same area.

Sunday, a call was received and tracked to the Basshaven Marina by Station Marblehead’s 47-foot motor lifeboat. Station crews and local police checked 22 vessels and found nothing.

Monday a call was received by the same voice and a Coast Guard team was again dispatched. As they began to search the marina the suspect approached them. A short conversation revealed the teen had the same voice characteristics as both calls. After further questioning, the teen admitted to making the calls.

Making false distress calls is a felony offense under U.S. Law with a maximum punishment of six years imprisonment, total restitution of expenses caused by the call, and a $250,000 fine. Hoaxes have coast the American taxpayers more than $5 million dollars over the past five years. False calls not only cost tax payer’s money, but may put someone who is in real distress in increased danger by tying up vital rescue resources.

"False distress calls put both the boating public and the men and women responding to the calls at risk," said Rear Admiral James D. Hull, Commander 9th Coast Guard District.




Twin Ports Report

06/07:
Kapitonas A. Lucka was towed stern-first into Hallett 5 about mid-afternoon on June 6. The vessel was expected to depart the dock in late evening. A number of vessels have loaded bentonite there this season, but no word on the nature of the Lucka's cargo.

Elton Hoyt 2nd made a rare call at Two Harbors on June 6 and was expected to depart in the evening. Frontenac made one of its occasional appearances at the BNSF ore dock in Two Harbors.

The ore ports are expected to be busy June 7. Stewart J. Cort is due at BNSF, Courtney Burton is scheduled to call at Silver Bay, and Mesabi Miner is due at Taconite Harbor to load ore while Oglebay Norton is due there with coal from Superior.

Report by: Al Miller




Buffalo Update

06/07:
The Kinsman Independent was unloading Tuesday at the Frontier Elevator on the Buffalo Ship Canal. The vessel was moored about three boat lengths away from the stern of the Barge PM 41 and tug Undaunted. The tug and barge were still trying to unload her gypsum cargo at the TDX dock, next to the Kinsman Enterprise. Some of the gypsum was unloaded on to the dock. It appears that their unloading gear problems must be partially resolved.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Oshawa Harbor Update

06/07:
The tug Americo Dean and the Dean Construction Barges were in Oshawa Harbour on Friday night. They sat idle over the weekend and were dredging the harbor on Monday. Late last night they were still working just off the end of the west pier.

The Kamilla from Hamburg is tied up on the outer west wharf and appears to be loading large diameter steel pipe. Cranes on the Kamilla are very large and are located on the port side of the ship instead of the center.

A St. Mary's Cement barge and the tug Petite Forte were also in Oshawa Harbour Monday night docked at the South wharf at right angles to the Kamilla. They usually come into Oshawa if the lake is to rough or winds are too strong to tie up at the St. Mary's (Blue Circle) dock in Bowmanville. The Bowmanville dock is exposed to the Lake.

Reported by: Keven Webb




Rescue in Oshawa Harbor

06/07:
A 33-foot sailboat ran aground two miles west of Whitby Harbor on Saturday evening. The stricken vessel called for help by cell phone. The Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel Para was dispatched by Rescue Coordination Center (R.C.C.) Trenton to assist. Para is the Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association out of Frenchman's Bay.

COMRA in Oshawa monitored the radio traffic and after hearing that Para could not dislodge the vessel offered assistance to R.C.C. Trenton. At 6:30 p.m. Rescue 214 was dispatched to assist the Para. Rescue 214 is a 16-foot Zodiac with a 50 HP motor.

The Zodiac personnel attached a line to the main halyard of the sailboat and pulled it over at a 45 degree angle while Para pulled the boat backwards off the rocks. Between the two boats the Rescue was successful and the sailboat and crew of three were safely towed to Whitby Marina. Also assisting in the rescue was Comra, the vessel carried fuel for the Zodiac, handled lines and radio communications, then escorted the tow.

Reported by: Keven Webb




Today in Great Lakes History - June 7

1958 the Edmund Fitzgerald was launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, MI.

In 1977, the William A. Irvin ran into the side of the Rock Cut after a power failure on board. The vessel received only slight damage. (For a more detailed account, read Jody Aho's book "The Steamer William A. Irvin: Queen of the Silver Stackers").

Also on June 7, 1977 the MESABI MINER departed the shipyard on her maiden voyage to load ore at Duluth, MN.

On June 7, 1991, the Alpena (former Leon Fraser) began her maiden voyage as a cement carrier, departing Superior, Wisconsin, for her namesake port. Fraser Shipyards, who performed the conversion, took out a full-page ad in the Superior Evening Telegram proclaiming "INLAND LAKES MANAGEMENT, YOUR SHIP IS READY" and a picture of the vessel.

On 7 June 1859, COLUMBIA (2-mast wooden brig, 92', 177 gt, built in 1842 at Sandusky, Ohio) broke up in a storm near Sherwood Point, Green Bay (Death's Door). She was famous for bringing the first load of copper ore from the Keweenaw Peninsula to through the Soo. She also brought the first locomotive to Marquette.

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Algowood Update

06/06:
At last report salvage operations were underway with the off-loading of cargo onto a barge. The salvage plan will include measures to reinforce the hull of the Algowood and to pump out ballast water. The whole salvage operation of the vessel is expected to take upwards of one week. Algoma is working with marine salvage company Purvis Marine.

Picture of the vessel at the dock.
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Cleveland Report

06/06:
The tug John Spence and barge McAsphalt 401 made a rare visit to Cleveland Monday. They were downbound on the Cuyahoga with the assistance of a G tug.

The newly repainted G tug Triton is moored near the Carter Bridge on the Cuyahoga.

The Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay was entering the old river Monday morning and was later seen berthed behind the Great Lakes towing floating drydock. The G tug Louisiana is currently in the drydock.

The Fred White was unloading ore at LTV Monday morning.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Buffalo Update

06/06:
The Kinsman Independent was seen docked at the Lake and Rail Elevator on the Buffalo River at 5:00 p.m. on the Monday. This elevator has not unloaded a boat for the last few years, it is unknown if she is there to unload or if this is a temporary dock.

The barge PM 41 was still docked at the TDX Gypsum wharf on Monday evening and the George A, Sloan had departed.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Toronto Update

06/06:
Waterways 1 was lifted onto the deck of Sun Bird on Sunday afternoon at Pier 52. Departure from Toronto was expected for 5:00 p.m. Monday.

The Federal Yukon was unloading at Pier 51 yesterday.

The small tug Americo Dean and Dean Const. Co. barges which wintered in Toronto have departed for an unknown destination.

Monday the fire tug William Lyon Mackenzie officially moved to the new waterfront firehall west of their present location. The old fire station will be taken over for use by the Island ferry service.

The Polish tall ship Zawisza Czarny was in Port Credit.

Work on refurbishing the tug Glenmont is progressing. The pilot house has been removed and the tug's interior gutted. The rudder has been removed in preparation for the planned conversion to twin screw.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Stocking Lake Michigan

06/06:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tug Pogue was in St. Joseph, MI. Saturday afternoon tied up at the LaFarge dock. It was being loaded from tank trucks for fish stocking and sailed out into Lake Michigan after being loaded. There is no home port painted on its stern.

Reported by: Robert Oom




Boatnerd.com Outage

06/06:
On Monday the site experienced periodic outages. According to our T-1 bandwidth provider, they indicate that Sprint has been having trouble with their Chicago part of the Internet backbone since last Friday, Sprint is occasionally "dumping" the internet link for millions of people in the central part of the country. All traffic to our site and servers flows through Chicago, so if you are currently experiencing on-again-off-again troubles accessing the website it is due to this problem. As of early Tuesday morning it appears that the problem has been corrected.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 6

1944 Joseph H. Thompson participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy

The E.B. BARBER entered service on June 6, 1953.

In 1953, the Armco began her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio bound for Superior, Wisconsin to load iron ore.

On June 6, 1959, the Sarah Spencer (formerly Adam E. Cornelius, Edmund V. Smith, and Sea Barge One) began her maiden voyage from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This was the last Great Lakes vessel constructed with telescoping hatch covers.

POINTE NOIRE was in collision with Cleveland Tanker's SATURN on June 6, 1977 near Fighting Island in the Detroit River.

On 6 June 1869, ASA COVELL (wooden propeller tug, 20 gt, built in 1852 at Buffalo) was towing the brig IROQUOIS up the Cuyahoga River at Cleveland when her boiler exploded and she sank. Her captain was killed when the pilothouse was blown into the river.

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Classics For Sale as Scrap?

06/05:
It was reported last week that the classic steamers Seaway Queen and Canadian Trader are now for sale as scrap. The news came from the vessels owners, Upper Lakes Group (ULG) of Toronto, ON. Boatwatchers have noted that the two are no longer mentioned on the ULG vessel location report.

An e-mail from Upper Lakes Group this morning confirms that the vessels are in lay-up but ULG does not intend to scrap them.

Reported by: Jim Ross




Algowood Sinks At Dock

06/05:
Statement issued by Algoma Central Marine, Sunday, June 4, 2000, 11:00 a.m.
Company representatives are on scene at Bruce Mines and have developed a plan to salvage the vessel in consultation with various federal government agencies. The first step in the salvage operations commenced yesterday with the off-loading of cargo onto a barge. Additionally, the salvage plan will include measures to reinforce the hull of the vessel and to pump out ballast water. The whole salvage operation of the vessel is expected to take upwards of one week. Algoma is working with marine salvage company Purvis Marine.


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Tug and Barge Depart

06/05:
The Purvis Tug Avenger IV pushing the newly acquired barge PML9000 with various equipment onboard, departed Sault Ste. Marie bound for Bruce Mines at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.




Busy Day in Duluth-Superior

06/05:
It was an active afternoon of boatwatching in Duluth-Superior on Sunday. The Canadian Transfer made another visit here, stopping at the Port Terminal fuel dock before heading over to BNSF. The J.A.W. Iglehart backed from its dock in Superior to the fuel dock with assistance from the tug Missouri. The Jean Parisien was waiting at the Port Terminal before heading over to D.M. & I.R., while American Mariner loaded at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Reported by: Jody L. Aho




Buffalo Update

06/05:
The George A. Sloan was expected to head up the City Ship Canal at 9:00 p.m. yesterday evening to the TDX Gypsum Dock. She will have a tight squeeze to move through while passing the Kinsman Enterprise at the Great Northern and the barge PM 41 and tug Undaunted already docked at TDX. Both vessels in the canal are moored on opposite sides near a bend in the channel with pleasure craft slips nearby. The PM 41 may be here for another day or two since she has had a failure of one of her conveyer motors that is in need of repairs before further unloading can take place.

This will be the first time in many years that three deep draft vessels were in the City Ship Canal at the same time.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Toronto Update

06/05:
Friday afternoon Spring Laker departed, Waterways 1 arrived for an attempted lifting on Saturday by the salty Sun Bird, which arrived in Toronto just after midnight. The salty Verdon was unloading at Pier 52.

Quebecois is docked in Toronto Harbor at the Cherry Street turning basin.

The new amphibious vessel tour service began. The vessel/vehicles are bright yellow and can not be missed.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Jim Ross.




Tour Boat Renamed

06/05:
Earlier this year, possibly in April, the tour boat BAGOTVILLE II was renamed NOUVELLE FRANCE. She is making cruises on the Saguenay River stopping at famous Cape Trinity en route. Built in 1973 at Erie, PA, as KAREN ANN, she operated out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. as BON SOO in the eighties and early nineties. In 1993, she was based at Lancaster, Ont. in the St. Lawrence Seaway and the following year began operating from La Baie, Que. as BAGOTVILLE II for Croisières de La Baie.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




S.S. City of Milwaukee Opens to the Public

06/05:
The National Historic Landmark Carferry City of Milwaukee was opened up to the public in Manistee, MI. on May 27, 28 and 29th. During the three days, over 700 visitors toured the ship. The carferry will be open for tours on Saturdays from noon to 5:00 PM during the month of June, and daily noon to 5:00 PM during July and August. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 are free.

Image of the City of Milwaukee open for tours

Reported by: Max Hanley




Boatnerd Gathering

06/05:
Will you be in the Soo? The first Annual meeting of the Boatnerds will be held June 30 during engineers day at the Soo Locks. Among planned events is a River and Locks Cruise aboard the Chief Shingwauk. The 3 hour freighter chasing cruise is only $15.00 per person including buffet. Click on the link below to reserve your spot on the cruise, tickets are selling fast.

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Your Chance to See the John W. Brown

06/05:
After rivet replacement the World War II Liberty Ship will tour lower lakes ports and be open for tours. In three ports the Brown will offer locals one of the vessel's famous "Living History Day Cruises." All cruises are sold out except for the cruise departing from Toronto.

On Sunday, 6 August, the John W. Brown will conduct one of the famous cruises from the port of Toronto. This will be a six hour trip, featuring continental breakfast, full buffet luncheon, afternoon snacks and sodas. This trip will recreate the atmosphere of WW II with a big band, reenactors, an air show featuring an attack by Japanese warplanes. The ship is fully open for inspection, including the engine room, with its great 140 ton triple expansion steam engine.

The Brown's schedule is below:
27 May - arrived Toledo
14 July - at Toledo public berth
22 July - Detroit cruise
25 July - arrive Erie
29 July - Cleveland cruise
1 Aug - arrive Buffalo
6 Aug - Toronto cruise
10 Aug - arrive Montreal
18 Aug - arrive Halifax
25 Aug - arrive Baltimore

For additional details, call 410 558-0164, fax 410 558-1737 Visa/MC accepted. Visit the Brown's web site at www.liberty-ship.com

Diamond Jack's River Tours of Detroit will offer a special cruise on June 25 from Detroit to the Toledo shipyard with a walk through of the dry dock.

For those of you who could not get tickets for the July 22 Detroit cruise, Diamond Jack's River Tours will off a cruise on one of their ships that follows the Brown. Call 313-843-9376 or e-mail for details.




Trip Raffles

06/05:
One of the most commonly questions asked is "How can I get a ride on a freighter?" A cruise aboard a lakes freighter is only available to the shipping company's customers and some family members. The only chance for the public to enjoy a once-in-a-life-time cruise is through trip raffles held by non-profit associations. Below is a list of current trip raffles, good luck!

Algoma Central Marine Vessel
Kaye E. Barker
Cuyahoga
Lee A. Tregurtha
USS 1000-footer




The Winner Is

06/05:
The latest winner in the weekly drawing was Whitey Simon of Harsens Island, MI. Whitey will have the pick of the prizes listed on the User Survey page.

Included in the prizes are the new books donated by the Marine Publishing Company.

Click here to enter, you could be our winner next Monday.




Today in Great Lakes History - June 5

1972 the ROGER BLOUGH was christened

Also in 1972 the PARKER EVANS was in collision with the upbound Erie Sand steamer SIDNEY E. SMITH, JR. just below the Blue Water Bridge, at Port Huron, MI. The SMITH sank in twenty minutes with no loss of life. The EVANS, with bow damage, proceeded to Port Weller Dry Docks for extensive repairs. As a result of this accident, on October 4, 1972 alternate one-way traffic between the Black River Buoy and Buoys One and Two in Lake Huron was agreed upon by the shipping companies. Also a call-in system was initiated to monitor traffic between the Detroit River Light and Buoys Seven and Eight in Lake Huron by the newly established Sarnia Traffic.

On June 5, 1979, the Cartiercliffe Hall (later Winnipeg and now Algontario) caught fire on Lake Superior off the Keweenaw Peninsula just before 4:00 a.m. Six crewmembers died in the fire, and the U.S. Steel bulk freighter Thomas W. Lamont was able to rescue others from the Cartiercliffe Hall.

June 5, 1947 The Pere Marquette Railway was acquired by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.

LIGHTSHIP 103 (HURON) had her keel laid June 5, 1918. In 1971 the lightship was acquired by the City of Port Huron for use as a museum.

On 5 June 1864, COL. A. B. WILLIAMS (2 mast wooden schooner, 110', 150 t, built in 1856 at Big Sodus, NY) was carrying coal on Lake Huron when she collided with the big ore-laden bark TWILIGHT. The WILLIAMS sank in 85 feet of water, 3 miles below Port Sanilac. Her crew was rescued by the TWILIGHT.

Data from: Jody L. Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Algowood Sinks At Dock

06/04: 3:00 p.m. update
Statement issued by Algoma Central Marine, Sunday, June 4, 2000, 11:00 a.m.
Company representatives are on scene at Bruce Mines and have developed a plan to salvage the vessel in consultation with various federal government agencies. The first step in the salvage operations commenced yesterday with the off-loading of cargo onto a barge. Additionally, the salvage plan will include measures to reinforce the hull of the vessel and to pump out ballast water. The whole salvage operation of the vessel is expected to take upwards of one week. Algoma is working with marine salvage company Purvis Marine.

Original report
Statement issued by Algoma Central Marine, Saturday, June 3, 2000, 12:00 p.m.
The Algoma Central Marine vessel M.V. Algowood was loading aggregate (stone) in Bruce Mines, Ont. when at approximately 23:30 hrs June 1, 2000, the vessel encountered structure problems. The vessel was moored alongside the berth at the time.

Company representatives are on scene at Bruce Mines and are developing a plan to salvage the vessel. The various federal government agencies on scene, including Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be advised of the salvage plan. Algoma Central Marine personnel are holding regular meetings with the various agencies involved.

There is no risk of pollution as a result of the damage. As a precaution, a pollution boom has been deployed around the stern of the vessel where oil tanks are located close to the hull. An additional oil boom is available to be deployed around the entire vessel as a precaution in the unlikely event of a release.

There were no injuries to the crew.

The condition of the vessel is stable and secure at this time. As the first step in the salvage operation, removal of the cargo from the vessel is expected to commence later today. The salvage operation of the vessel is expected to take upwards of one week. Algoma is working with marine salvage company Purvis Marine.

The cause of the damage is under investigation and no further information as to cause is available at this time. Additional information will be distributed as soon as it is available.

Built in 1981 at Collingwood Shipyard, the M.V. Algowood is a 730-foot self-unloading vessel, with a cargo capacity of 32,000 metric tonnes.

With offices in Sault Ste. Marie and St. Catharines, Ont., Algoma Central Marine owns and operates a fleet of vessels along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Waterway.
Check back for updates.




American Mariner Update

06/04:
American Mariner arrived in Duluth late in the afternoon of June 3 carrying cargo consigned to the Reiss Inland dock located on the St. Louis River in far western Duluth. (Trivia note: This dock is about 1/4 mile from the official western end of the St. Lawrence Seaway.) This is the vessel's first trip with cargo since undergoing repairs following its accident on lower Lake Huron. After unloading at Reiss Inland, American Mariner was expected to proceed down the St. Louis River to Midwest Energy Terminal to load coal.

American Mariner makes the turn into the slip at Reiss Inland dock.
Another view of the vessel turning into the dock.
American Mariner slides up to the dock face.
Close up of the vessel's bow showing the repaired area.

Pictures before repairs by Teresa Parker
Damaged to the hull before repairs began.
Another view.
Toledo Shipyard crews working to repair the damaged hull.
Another view.

Report and pictures by: Al Miller




Clarke in Duluth

06/04:
Clear skies and calm seas on Lake Superior welcomed the Philip R. Clarke into Duluth about 8:30 a.m. June 3. The Clarke, laden with limestone destined for the DMIR ore dock, entered the ship canal at slow speed -- about a fast walk. The Clarke and other AAA boats from USS Great Lakes Fleet have brought several stone cargoes to the DMIR dock in recent weeks.

Philip R. Clarke approaches Duluth.
The Clarke's bow enters the ship canal.
Deckhands remove the cover of one of the hatches atop the "trunk" near the Clarke's self-unloader.
The Clarke passes through the ship canal (Stern view).

Report and pictures by: Al Miller




Today in Great Lakes History - June 4

In 1947 the 525-foot Canada Steamship Lines bulk freighter Emperor stranded on Canoe Rocks on Lake Superior and sank with a loss of 12 lives.

Cliffs Victory sailed on her maiden voyage light from South Chicago in 1951

OTTERCLIFFE HALL (e) CANADIAN TRADER had her Keel laid 1968

The EDGAR B. SPEER was christened June 4th 1980 at Lorain for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., Hartford, CT, managed by the Great Lakes Fleet of the United States Steel Corp., Duluth, MN.

In 1988, the Irving S. Olds departed Duluth under tow, headed for scrapping.

June 4, 1940 - Oiler George Riemersma (age 50) died of a heart attack while at work on the PERE MARQUETTE 21.

June 4, 1942 - John A. Clancey, 58, general manager of the Grand Trunk Western Railway and president of the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Carferry Co. died suddenly of a heart attack while at his desk in Detroit.

The Port Huron Times reported that "The new trim and tidy tug, the P. L. JOHNSON, built for Capt. Sol Rummage, passed up last night with her first tow. She is of medium size and wears the national colors on her smokestack for which some of the boys call her a floating barber shop."

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


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American Mariner Update

06/03:
The American Mariner is now scheduled to arrive in Superior early on June 4 to load coal for Marquette. After discharging in Marquette on June 5 she will shift over to the LS&I Dock to load pellets for a Lake Erie port.

Reported by: Al Miller




Fire onboard Purvis Barge

06/03:
The Sault Ste. Marie Fire Department was called to extinguish a fire aboard Purvis Marine's recently acquired barge PML 9000. The fire started around 11:00 Thursday as a result of sparks from a welding operation igniting some residual bilge oil. There was no report of damage.

Reported by: Scott McLellan




Lamda in Oswego, NY.

06/03:
The Lamda continues to unload aluminum ingots (~743kg/each) and will be unloading until some time today or early Sunday. She is unloading at Port Authority dock.

The Saturn was tied up light down from the Lamda. The tanker has been unloading at Sprague Energy recently.

The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers tug Koziol was on the West side of the port at the outermost berth, beyond the H. Lee White Museum. It is unknown why she was in port.

Reported by: Tom Moriarty




Twin Ports Report

06/03:
The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin made its first visit to Midwest Energy Terminal overnight on June 1-2.

The remainder of the terminal's schedule includes its usual parade of 1,000-footers: Paul R. Tregurtha, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr., June 3; Algobay, June 4; Mesabi Miner and Columbia Star, June 5; Algoport and Canadian Enterprise, June 6; Oglebay Norton, June 7; Paul R. Tregurtha, June 8; and Walter J. McCarthy Jr., June 9.

Tug Evans McKeil departed Duluth about 6:45 a.m. June 2 with a barge in tow. They were departing Duluth's Hallett Dock 5.

Duluth continues to see a lot of Great Lakes Fleet's AAA boats, arriving DMIR to unload stone. Cason J. Callaway was there June 2; Philip R. Clarke is due June 3; and John G. Munson is expected June 4. All will load ore in Two Harbors.

Twin Ports grain traffic is down somewhat this season compared to last season. The Cenex Harvest States elevator remains among the port's busiest grain terminals, mostly loading at its No. 2 berth. However, saltie Pontakratis was loading in the No. 1 berth on June 2.

Reported by: Al Miller




June 1 Vessel Survey - U.S.-Flag Great Lakes Fleet

06/03:
The active U.S.-Flag Great Lakes fleet totaled 63 dry-bulkers and tankers on June 1, a decrease of one hull compared to a year ago. The total will increase to 64 when the tanker barge Great Lakes and tug Michigan returns to service following a drydocking.

Visit the Lake Carriers' Association for complete details.




Superior Coal Holds In Own Despite Low Water Levels

06/03:
Coal loadings at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wis., totaled 1,888,257 net tons, a tiny increase compared the corresponding period last year. However, a comparison of individual ship loads illustrates the continuing problem of low water levels. This May, SMET's largest loading in a vessel in the Head-of-the-Lakes trade totaled 62,217 n.t., whereas a year ago, the top cargo was 64,035 n.t.

For the season, shipments from SMET stand at 4,042,175 net tons, a slight increase compared to the same point in the 1999 navigation season.

Visit the Lake Carriers' Association for complete details.




Boatnerd.com Outage

06/03:
Due to the outage of a major Internet back bone parts of this site were down Friday evening. The problem has been corrected and there should not be another interruption.




Marine Mart Today

06/03:
Today is the annual Lake Huron Lore Marine Society Flea Market held at the Port Huron Museum from 9am - 2pm. Books, Models, Videos, Historic Paper, Photographs, etc., will be offered. It is also an opportunity to see the Museum's Great Lakes Collection. Afterwards relax at the Blue Water Bridges and watch the ships go by. Please call (810) 982-0891 for more information.

Reported by: Al Hart and Al Jackman




Today in Great Lakes History - June 3

The JOHN B. AIRD was christened in 1983 at Thunder Bay for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

After successfully completing her sea trials on June 3, 1951, the CLIFFS VICTORY entered service a little under six months from the time she was purchased from the U.S.M.C.

The PATERSON (1) entered service on June 3, 1954 with 440,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur.

On 3 June 1870, T. F. PARK (wooden side-wheeler, 170', 450 t, built in 1851 at Chatham, Ontario) caught fire and burned to the waterline at the dock near the Detroit & Milwaukee Grain Elevator at Detroit, Michigan. The hull was later removed after being struck by several vessels.

Data from: Joe Barr, David Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Algowood Sinks At Dock

06/02: 1:45 update
As the investigation continues into the sinking it now appears that the water level in the harbor dropped as the vessel was loading causing the middle section of the vessel to rest on the bottom. The hull was reported to be broken along the top deck.
Check back for updates as new information becomes available.

1:00 update
Statement issued by Algoma Central Marine, June 2, 2000, 12:30 p.m.
The Algoma Central Marine vessel M.V. Algowood was loading aggregate (stone) in Bruce Mines, Ont. when at approximately 23:30 hrs, the vessel encountered structure problems. The vessel was moored alongside the berth at the time.

The Algoma Ship Management Emergency Response Plan was activated after being called by the vessel's Master, and the response team was assembled. Company representatives have been dispatched to Bruce Mines to assess the situation.

There is no risk of pollution as a result of the damage. As a precaution, a pollution boom has been deployed around the stern of the vessel where oil tanks are located close to the hull. An additional oil boom is being deployed around the entire vessel as a precaution in the unlikely event of a release.

The safety of the crew was never in doubt and no injuries have been reported.

The condition of the vessel is stable and secure at this time. A plan to offload the vessel is being developed and additional plans to correct the situation will be developed in due course. Algoma is working with marine salvage company Purvis Marine.

Appropriate authorities have been notified and dispatched to the scene. The cause of the damage is under investigation and no further information as to cause is available at this time. Additional information will be distributed as soon as it is available.

Built in 1981 at Collingwood Shipyard, the M.V. Algowood is a 730-foot self-unloading vessel, with a cargo capacity of 32,000 metric tonnes.

With offices in Sault Ste. Marie and St. Catharines, Ont., Algoma Central Marine owns and operates North America's largest fleet on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Waterway with 13 self-unloaders, 9 bulk carriers, and 8 tankers.

11:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. update
The Algowood sank early this morning while loading stone at Bruce Mines, Ontario on Lake Huron. This is located on the north east side of St. Joseph Island about 40 miles east of Sault Ste. Marie.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. the crew noticed buckling of the deck, the hull is reported to have split just forward of midship. The vessel began flooding and is now resting on the bottom at the dock with about 15 feet of the hull above water.

There were no injuries reported and the Canadian Coast Guard is on scene. The vessel's owners have called tugs owned by Purves Marine to the scene, at last report they were enroute to the Algowood.

The damage will be surveyed this afternoon and a plan to refloat the vessel will be prepared. Check back for updates.

Reported by: Scott McLellan




American Republic in Detroit River

06/02:
The American Republic went down the Wyandotte and Trenton Channels to the Trenton Edison Plant with the assist of the G tugs Wyoming and Vermont. She came up past Fighting Island North Light, turned around to starboard and proceeded down the Wyandotte Channel about 6:30 p.m. The vessel is not a regular visitor to the Wyandotte Channel.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




More on the Tadoussac

06/02:
When the Tadoussac arrives this winter at Port Weller Dry Docks for modification she will be widened to 78-feet. The cargo holds will be rebuilt to a single belt system, dust control will be rebuilt for the handling of cement clinker and iron ore. Her gates will also be automated.

Canada Steamship lines President and CEO Sam Hayes announced in March that the company will convert and widen the Tadoussac, this winter, alongside the building of the 3rd forebody for the existing conversion contract. This announcement came during his speech at the christening of the Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin. The cost will be an estimated $20 million (CAN).

Reported by: Ron LaDue




Saltie Loads in Ludington

06/02:
The saltie Stefania I was at Dow (Harbison-Walker) on Wednesday loading a cargo of spinel, a variation of magnesite.

The Stefania I departing Ludington.

Report and picture by: Max Hanley




Agawa Canyon Visits Erie

06/02:
The Agawa Canyon visited Erie, PA. Thursday and unloaded sand at the Mounfort Terminal. The vessel is an extremely rare caller and this is believed to be the first time she has called in Erie since 1994.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Pelee Island Strike

06/02:
Thursday's Niagara Falls Review reports that the strike by Pelee Island ferry workers could last all summer. Workers were reported to have rejected the latest offer.

The hydrofoil reported last week at Port Stanley is named Le Tenacite and registered in Ottawa. The hydrofoil plans to carry passengers to Pelee Island during the strike, it transited the Welland canal on May 23.

Reported by: Gerry O.




New Museum to Open Saturday

06/02:
The Marine City Pride & Heritage Museum is scheduled to open Saturday at 405 South Main, Marine City, Michigan. Housed in the Emily Ward Academy schoolhouse (built in 1845) The museum tells the history of Marine City through exhibits, artifacts, photos, and a vast collection of old newspaper clippings. The museum will be open May through October; Sat. & Sun. from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Included is our newly created gallery dedicated to the maritime history of this city. Of special interest is the world's largest diorama (4 1/2 ft. by 36 ft.) of the Belle River in 1885, when four shipyards were actively producing some of the finest wooden ships of that time.

For more information contact John E. Foley, Director (810) 765-3043.

Reported by: Duane Upton




Marine Mart Saturday

06/02:
Saturday is the annual Lake Huron Lore Marine Society Flea Market held at the Port Huron Museum from 9am - 2pm. Books, Models, Videos, Historic Paper, Photographs, etc., will be offered. It is also an opportunity to see the Museum's Great Lakes Collection. Afterwards relax at the Blue Water Bridges and watch the ships go by. Please call (810) 982-0891 for more information.

Reported by: Al Hart and Al Jackman




John Brown Update

06/02:
New pictures of the John W. Brown have been added to the Brown's feature page.
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Today in Great Lakes History - June 2

In 1973 the SYLVANIA, downbound light in fog, collided with the FRANK PURNELL just north of the Detroit River Light at 0523 hours. The SYLVANIA suffered minor bow damage and went to Toledo for repairs.

On 2 June 1855, J. W. BLAKE (wooden scow-schooner, 68', 33 t, built in 1853 at Dover, Ohio) was carrying lumber in a storm four miles off Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin when she capsized. Her crew escaped in her yawl, but it was a very close call for one who was asleep below decks when she capsized. The vessel was later recovered and put back in service.

June 2, 1988 - The CITY OF MIDLAND 41 took on 17 truckloads of lake trout, which were planted off Beaver Island.

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


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Presque Isle to Call at Calcite

06/01:
The Presque Isle is due to load stone at Calcite for the first time this season. She normally takes a few loads out over a season. She is due on the morning of June 4th.

Reported by: David French




Algoisle Moved in Thunder Bay

06/01:
Algoisle was moved from Pascol Engineering's Shearleg Dock Wednesday by unknown tugs and placed on the drydock for work.

Reported by: Ron Konkol




Busy Day at Algoma

06/01:
A rare sight was seen at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie Wednesday with the Algowest unloading coal, the Capt. Henry Jackman unloading stone and the Canadian Transfer unloading iron ore. What makes this so unusual was that all were there at the same time and all departed one after the other.




Twin Ports Report

06/01:
Tonnage shipped through Duluth-Superior is running behind last year's pace because of low water levels on the Great Lakes.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority reported that tonnage this season has fallen slightly behind 1999 levels even though the number of vessel transits has increased and the season got off to an early start. Through April 1999, 4.53 million tons were shipped; through April 2000, 4.34 million tons were shipped.

Davis Helberg, port authority director, told the Duluth News Tribune, that demand remains strong for ore and coal shipped through the Twin Ports but lake carriers can't move the tonnage fast enough because of low water levels.

According to the Lake Carriers' Association, loads carried by 1,000-footers are down by about 10,000 tons per trip.

Through April, low-sulfur western coal shipped from Midwest Energy Terminal was the Twin Ports' leading commodity, partly because the intralake season began early with shipments to Marquette. The terminal's largest shipment was 61,846 tons compared to a top figure of 66,842 last season.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

06/01:
Marquette received a rare treat yesterday when the USS Defender arrived for a two day visit. The Defender did some deep sea exploring in and around Marquette's harbor looking for a down aircraft from the 1970's and a couple of vessels that went down many, many years ago. It is unknown what they found, if anything.

The Defender will be open for tours today at the Lower Harbor dock.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station Marquette received another new boat. Last year, they traded in their 41-foot vessel for a 16-foot vessel. After a year using that vessel, Coast Guard officials decided to trade up the 16-foot vessel for a 28-foot Kodiak which provides more room especially for rescued victims, a heated closed in cabin, more power, and better capability for dealing with the rough Lake Superior seas.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Toledo Update

06/01:
The liberty ship John W. Brown is scheduled to enter the large drydock sometime today for her scheduled rivet replacement project and other repairs.

The American Mariner departed Toledo Shipyard around 1:00a.m. and was bound for the twin ports of Duluth/ Superior.

The tug Barbara Andrie with her barge A-390 and the saltwater vessels Brunto, Lake Michigan, and Utviken were all at the T.W.I. Dock.

The tugs John Spence with her barge McAsphalt 401 and Mary E. Hannah and barge were at the Hocking Valley Dock complex.

At the Toledo Shipyard the small U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. ship Greyfox was on the ways in the small drydock.

The Canadian Leader is scheduled to arrive some time today at one of the Anderson Elevator complexes to load grain.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

06/01:
The salties Demigreen and Malyovitza remained at Redpath and at anchor on Tuesday afternoon. Also on Tuesday the Stephen B. Roman arrived to unload cement.

The new police boat MU 1 was out for a press day Tuesday, carrying police brass and TV camera crews.

Kajama (pronounced Ki-yama) the recently restored schooner was out Tuesday for its first charter. The fire tug William Lyon Mackenzie gave the guests a water display, and the wooden police launch MTP 7 had a performing bagpiper serenade the ship as it left the dock.

The McKeil tug Atomic, which has been on an assignment out of Toronto for a few days, returned to her station alongside Lac Como.

The city owned workboat P&P 1 has been chartered to Niagara Tours, operators of the tour boats Shipsands and Miss Kim Simpson. The vessel is now working harbor tours. She worked the same service last summer for the first time.

The new amphibious tour vessel recently conducted sea trials with the Coast Guard. The new tours are expected to begin soon. Amphibious buses will cross to the City Center Airport on the ferry Maple City and will launch themselves into the harbor from the sea plane ramp. Once the harbor tour is completed, they will again use the sea plane ramp and will cross back to the city on the ferry.

Reported by: Gerry O.




John Brown Update

06/01:
New pictures of the John W. Brown have been added to the Brown's feature page.
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Today in Great Lakes History - June 1

In 1943 the IRVING S. OLDS collided with the 524 foot steamer CHARLES O. JENKINS in heavy fog 28 miles northeast of Cleveland on Lake Erie and was holed eight feet above the water line. The OLDS was able to help the badly damaged JENKINS back to Cleveland by lashing the two vessels together. After a grueling seven hours the JENKINS was beached in the outer harbor to prevent her from sinking further. The OLDS was repaired in time to carry a then-record 17,817 gross tons of iron ore on June 13, 1943

In 1952 the J.L. Mauthe was launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, MI.

The WHITEFISH BAY, loaded with 950,000 bushels of spring wheat, was cited as she carried the billionth metric ton of cargo through the Eisenhower Lock in 1983.

JOSEPH S. YOUNG (2) Launched June 1, 1907 as a) WILPEN for the Shenango Steamship Co., a subsidiary of Shenango Furnace Co., Cleveland, OH.

The H. LEE WHITE departed Sturgeon Bay light on her maiden voyage June 1, 1974 to load iron ore at Escanaba, MI for Indiana Harbor, IN.

June 1, 1902 - While northbound for Manistque, the ANN ARBOR NO. 1 went aground in a heavy fog about noon on South Manitou Island, but was able to free herself and to proceed undamaged.

June 1, 1938 - The PERE MARQUETTE 21, under the command of Captain Arthur Altschwager, was released from a sand bar in the outer harbor(Manitowoc) at 1:06 p.m today after being aground for six hours. Her sister ship, the PERE MARQUETTE 22, commanded by J.F. Johnson, freed the ferry after taking a line and pulling the big ship back off the bar.

June, 1958 The Ann Arbor #6 was taken out of service for extensive refitting. she was renamed Arthur K. Atkinson.

On 1 June 1887, LUCINDA VAN VALKENBURG (wooden schooner, 129', 302 gt, built in 1862 at Tonawanda, NY) collided with the iron steamer LEHIGH in fog and sank near Thunder Bay Island on Lake Huron. The crew was safely taken aboard the LEHIGH and brought to Port Huron.

Data from: Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David 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
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