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Cargo Unloaded

06/30:
Friday morning the Canadian Progress maneuvered along side the Canadian Transport at the fit out wall of Port Weller Dry Docks. Once along side the Transport unloaded the remaining cargo in her holds to the Progress.

The Transport suffered an engine room fire at Nanticoke while unloading. She was towed to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. The Progress will deliver the remainder of the Transport's cargo.

Reported by: Jason Junge




Calumet in Sarnia

06/30:
The Calumet was on the South Wall of the Sarnia Government Docks Saturday. It is unknown why she is at the dock.

The Arcadia was headed downbound and the Halifax was waiting at the Black River for the Arcadia to clear. The Halifax was traveling up the river with her self unloading boom extended in the up position. An unusual sight as the boom is usually stowed in the cradle on deck.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Arcadia Arrives

06/30:
The Greek cruise ship Arcadia tied up at the Seaway Terminal in Port Huron at 2:20 p.m. Saturday under hazy, hot and humid skies the passengers were greeted with a small band playing Anchors Away. Across the river in Sarnia the Canadian Transfer was still in lay-up at the North Slip.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




In the Soo

06/30:
The second annual Boatnerd Gathering at the Soo got off to a bang as the Mantadoc, Oakglen, Alpena and Buckeye came through. Traffic continued through the day and then slowed in the afternoon. As the Roger Blough cleared the locks, the Parade of Tugs began. Dozens of decorated tugs pass through the harbor and through the locks.

The high light of the day was a "Freighter Chasing Cruise" down the St. Marys River and through the locks. Over 120 people enjoyed the trip aboard Lock Tours Canada's Chief Shingwauk (Official Soo Locks Tour Boat of the Boatnerd Web Site). Passengers enjoyed dinner and meeting the other viewers of this web site as Captain John Chomniak and his crew took the tour boat a fantastic cruise.

Group shot before the start of Engineer's Day.
Crowd gathers waiting for the opening.
A parade of straight deckers starts with the Mantadoc.
In the MacArthur Lock.
The classic Oakglen arrives in the Poe.
Open hatch cover shows her cargo of grain.
Panoramic of the Oakglen.
Poe Lock Master Tony Rogers controls the Oakglen's decent.
The Alpena arrives for the Mac Lock.
Bow view.
Buckeye arrives at the lower approach to the Poe.
The crowd watches the Alpena depart the Mac Lock.
Departing.
Alpena exits the Mac as the Buckeye enters the Poe.
Alpena's stack.
Group prepares to board the Chief Shingwauk.
Passing through the Parade of Tugs.
Paul R. Tregurtha passes downbound with out returning our salute.
Upbound in the Poe Lock.
Above the locks we pass the tug parade.

Reported by: N.Schultheiss




Boatnerd Footer on Maiden Trip

06/30:
The remote control model 1000-footer sailed on it first trip Friday at Mission point. The model was christened "Great Laker" on Wednesday, June 27. The vessel's name sake is the new magazine Great Laker.

The winner of the naming contest was Tim Tyler who suggested the name first on March 19. The winning paint scheme was submitted by Richard Jenkins. Tim and Richard each received a Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping hat and a free 1 year subscription to Great Laker magazine.

My tanks to everyone who submitted a name and design for the model and builder Scott Tomlinson.

Picture by Roger LeLievre
Great Laker enters the water.
Passing Mission Point
Practicing emergency stop.
Stern view at speed. Building up speed.
Arrive to load her first cargo.
Builder Scott Tomlinson and the "Great Laker".

Visit Scott's Inland Seas Transportation Corporation home page for more of his models.




Visit us in the Soo

06/30:
Will you be in the Soo? The Second Annual meeting of the Boatnerds began Friday during Engineers Day at the Soo Locks.

Force 5 Promotions, our Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise producers has a booth set up in the vendor area of the Valley Camp Museum Ship. Veronica has a large variety of Great Lakes items, including some postcards, collector items from misc. ships etc. Also available are free copies of our new magazine "Great Laker". Be sure to stop by and sign up for a drawing to win a Boatnerd.com or Great Laker Magazine jacket. The booth is at the back end of the vendor area near the bow of the Valley Camp. The festival is charging to enter the area as live bands are playing, this makes it hard to for those who wish to browse to get in with out paying. If you would like to browse the Force 5 table is the last row near the bow of the Valley Camp. If you ask Veronica of Force 5 can get you into the vendor area to browse the merchandise.

Saturday noon - 7:00 p.m.

Force 5 booth.




Soo Gathering Schedule

06/30
Please click on the link below for a schedule of events for the Soo Locks Gathering this weekend. The schedule details planned events including a (weather permitting) slide show on the banks of the St. Marys River tonight at Mission Point. We have cleared the show with the city, we are in need of a small generator to power the projector, please e-mail if you can bring one.

Gathering Schedule.




Interruption

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Today in Great Lakes History - June 30

On 30 June 1900, MARIAN TELLER (wooden propeller tug, 52', 33 gt, built in 1879 at W. Bay City) was towing the barge CANTON on Lake St. Clair. The TELLER sprang a leak about one mile from the Lake St. Clair Lightship. The rising water put out her fires. In the scramble to escape, the yawl was swamped and three lives were lost. Only Captain Cornwall and his son were saved when the passing steamer NORWALK picked them up.

Data from: Joe Barr, and David Swayze



McKee Sons in Holland

06/29:
Thursday the barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible were in Holland, Michigan unloading limestone at the Brewer's dock. The tug and barge required careful handling as it transited the narrow channel near the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, on the west end of Lake Macatawa. She was seen backing up and using her bow thruster to maneuver in the area.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Busy day at Cedarville

06/29:
Thursday the David Z. Norton was unloading at Michigan Limestone’s dock in Cedarville, MI. She was taking a cargo of stone for Ontario Stone. The Buffalo was anchored off the dock waiting to load once the Norton clears. The Joseph. H. Frantz is due in the Upper Peninsula port early next week.

David Z. Norton loading.
Buffalo waits on a hazy afternoon.
Michigan Limestone train.

Reported by: Neil Schultheiss




In the Soo

06/29:
I arrived in Soo Thursday evening just in time to catch the Arcadia departing for Detroit. She later passed the upbound Charles M. Beeghly who was heading for Marquette.

Arcadia pulls away from the Carbide Dock.
Turning in the river.
Charles M. Beeghly lines up for the Poe Lock.
Veronic Pertron, Roger LeLievre and Dave Wobser arrive in style.

Reported by: N.Schultheiss




Detroit Traffic

06/29
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River.

Mackenzie (Panama) at DMT 2..
Stern view.
Joseph H Frantz upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Pavel Vavilov (Russia) upbound at Grassy Island for Ojibway Anchorage. She will dock at Nicholson's this morning.
Stern view.
Friendship upbound in the Wyandotte Channel. Owned by Portofino Restaurant. On summer evenings she takes passengers on a cruise from the restaurant (at the foot of Eureka Road) in Wyandotte up to Hart Plaza and return. The Friendship was previously owned by Bob-Lo.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toronto Update

06/29:
The tall ship U.S.S. Niagara was in port Wednesday at Harbourfront. The salty Armonikis was unloading at Pier 52 and Kalisti continued unloading sugar at Redpath. In the afternoon she was turned by the McKeil tugs Atomic and Lac Como. The salty Chios Pride, loaded with sugar, arrived and went to anchor.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson News

06/29:
At mid morning Thursday, both docks were busy. At Petro Canada the Emerald Star had returned. She arrive late Wednesday night from Bronte. As of Thursday morning she appeared to be about half unloaded. She had departed by Thursday evening

At St. Lawrence Cement James Norris arrived very early Thursday morning. At mid morning she was about half unloaded.

Anchored offshore was the Canadian Progress waiting to unload at St. Lawrence Cement. She docked early that afternoon after the James Norris departed. This may be the first trip of the season for the Progress, she was expected to finish unloading about midnight.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Visit us in the Soo

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

Force 5 Promotions, our Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise producers has a booth set up in the vendor area of the Valley Camp Museum Ship. Veronica has a large variety of Great Lakes items, including some postcards, collector items from misc. ships etc. Also available are free copies of our new magazine "Great Laker". Be sure to stop by and sign up for a drawing to win a Boatnerd.com or Great Laker Magazine jacket.

Friday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday noon - 7:00 p.m.




Soo Gathering Schedule

06/29
Please click on the link below for a schedule of events for the Soo Locks Gathering this weekend. The schedule details planned events including a (weather permitting) slide show on the banks of the St. Marys River at Mission Point. We have cleared the show with the city, we are in need of a small generator to power the projector, please e-mail if you can bring one.

Gathering Schedule.

Look for our group with the Boatnerd Banner at 11:00 a.m. today on the Soo Locks Live Cams.




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 at the dock. 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.

On 29 June 1864, ALVIN CLARK (2-mast wooden schooner, 113', 220 t, built in 1846 at Truago (Trenton), Michigan) foundered in a terrific squall off Chambers Island on Green Bay. Two of the crew were rescued by the brig DEWITT, but three lost their lives. In 1969, a schooner identified as the CLARK was raised at great expense and put on display for some time at Marinette, Wisconsin, then at Menominee, Michigan, but it only lasted until 1995 when it was destroyed.

Data from: Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection, A HREF ="http://www.boatnerd.com/swayze/shipwreck/">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




Thompson in for Survey

06/28:
The self unloading barge Joseph H. Thompson entered Sturgeon Bay from Green Bay heading for Bay Ship Building on Monday. She entered the 1000-foot graving dock where the barge will undergo her 5-year survey. Tuesday morning yard crews were busy sand blasting the lower hull.

The tug Joseph H. Thompson Jr. departed Sturgeon Bay and sailed for Escanaba, MI. She arrived on Wednesday and was placed in the dry dock at Basic Marine with assistance from the tug Erika Kobasic. The tug will undergo her 5-year survey and then return to pick up the barge.

Tuesday Morning the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sundew was Placed into the small floating dry dock at Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay with the help of the tug Carla C. Selvick from Selvick Marine.

The bow of the barge in Bay Ship. Vic DeLarwelle
Tug in dry dock in Escanaba. Eric Chapman

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and Eric and Sandy Chapman




Fog Closes River

06/28:
Heavy fog in the St. Marys River late Wednesday night caused the U.S. Coast Guard to close the river to commercial traffic. The Coast Guard asked all vessels in the river system to go to anchor, but the upbound Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin was allowed to proceed to the Soo Harbor.

The Martin just arrived at the Poe Lock upbound in heavy fog shortly after midnight. In the river system was the Pintail, Algobay and St. Clair that were at anchor near Sweets Pt. and the Armco was 15 minutes below Detour.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Le Levant visits Manistee

06/28
The cruise vessel Le Levant made a short stop in Manistee on Tuesday. The ship arrived about 11:00 a.m. and went to anchor off of the north pier. The passengers were then boated in to town to explore the city. Dredging operations at the mouth of the river may have caused the vessel to anchor out. This is the first visit by an international cruise ship to Manistee. The Niagara Prince, a small cruise ship owned by American Canadian Caribbean Lines is a frequent visitor to Manistee. The Cruise ship departed sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Due to reported engine problems LeLevant apparently changed her schedule to stop at Manistee instead of Saugatuck. Her passengers were taken by bus to the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. One media report stated mechanics had flown from France to Manistee to meet the vessel and work on a disabled engine.

At 8:00 a.m. the same morning the Agawa Canyon arrived bound for the Seng #1 dock with a load of slag from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The ship departed around 4:30 p.m.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak and Steve Harold




Diver Drowns in Whitefish Bay

06/28
Local authorities are investigating a diving accident in Whitefish Bay that claimed the life a one diver. The Soo Evening News reports that the body of Scott M. Snow, 26, of Elmira was recovered in 230 feet of water at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday. His body was reported to be caught in the wreckage when it was recovered.

The diver and a companion were exploring the wreck of the Superior City when the accident occurred.

Reported by: John Sarns




Detroit Traffic

06/28
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River.

Tug Doug McKeil and barge Ocean Hauler passing Fighting Island North Light at sun rise.
James Palladino & Kellstone I downbound at Fighting Island North Light Wednesday morning.
Stern view
James Palladino.
Century loading at Ojibway Salt Dock Wednesday evening.
Stern view
Edwin H Gott downbound at Grassy Island Tuesday.
Stern view.
105-feet wide.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toronto Update

06/28
Arriving Monday was the salty Kalisti at Redpath Sugar and McKeil's party barge Island Sauvage with the tug Kingfisher 1. Stephen B. Roman returned with another load of cement.

Empire Sandy returned to port. She was in Bronte Harbor all weekend for the Oakville Waterfront Festival. C. & C. Marine's tug Patricia D. and barge Rock Prince were also at Oakville for this event, the barge being used as a floating fireworks platform anchored off Centennial Park.

The International Dragon Boat Festival races were held on Toronto Island on Saturday and Sunday, with record crowds being carried by the island ferries. Mayor Mel Lasman chose to ride to the island on the police boat MU-1.

Thaes River Belle was in water taxi service on the weekend transporting people to the island. She now carries a banner reading Nordic H20 and her life rings carry this name as well. The name change isn't official yet.

Canadian Navigator was in with salt Saturday, Mississagi and Cuyahoga both delivered stone last week.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson News

06/28:
Tuesday the Emerald Star remained at the Petro Canada dock. That evening she continued to unload the cargo brought in from Bronte Monday night.

James Norris was in at St. Lawrence Cement Tuesday afternoon. She was unloading her cargo of limestone from Port Colborne. She was expected to depart in the early hours of Wednesday. She took a break from her usual run into port with a trip from Port Colborne into Hamilton Sunday and Monday.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Busy day at the Iroquois Lock

06/28:
Tuesday was a busy day at the Iroquois Lock, Ontario. Six ships locked through with another three or four scheduled to lock through in the evening hours.

The saltie Armonikos was upbound, locked through about 1:00 p.m. The tall ship Bluenose II was sailing upbound to Kingston, Ontario for the Tall Ship Challenge Race days. She locked through at 2:00 p.m. The Montrealais was downbound, locking through at 3:00 p.m. The Canadian Provider was upbound at 3:45 p.m. The tall ship Larinda locked through about 4:15 p.m. sailing upbound for the Tall Ships Challenge Race in Kingston.

The Canadian Leader followed about 4:50 p.m. The Isolda was scheduled that evening heading downbound. Upbound vessels expected that evening were the Saturn and Aquila.

Armonikos locking through. Keith Giles
Underway. Peter Carter
Montrealais. Keith Giles
Canadian Provider. Keith Giles
Canadian Leader. Keith Giles
Tall ship Larinda. Keith Giles
Blue Nose II locking through. Keith Giles
Close up underway. Peter Carter
Approching the dock. Peter Carter
Blue Nose II Docks. Keith Giles
On deck looking forward. Peter Carter
Looking up the mast. Peter Carter
Ship's wheel and stern. Peter Carter
Close up of wheel. Peter Carter
Ship's bell. Peter Carter
Lardinda at dusk with the spars of the bluenose in the background at Prescott Harbor. Peter Carter

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




C. Columbus at Sea

06/28:
On June 14 the cruise ship C. Columbus, a visitor to the Great Lakes, was spotted at Geiranger, Norway. The ship had traveled about 50 miles up the Geiranger fjord to the town of Geiranger at the end of the fjord. Photo of the

C.Columbus at Geiranger with the Holland American Liner Amsterdam.
Waterlevel view.
Close up.

Reported by: Bill Hoey Sr.




Soo Gathering Schedule

06/28
Please click on the link below if you plan on attending the Soo Locks Gathering this weekend. The schedule details planned events including a (weather permitting) slide show on the banks of the St. Marys River at Mission Point. We have cleared the show with the city, we are in need of a small generator to power the projector, please e-mail if you can bring one.

Gathering Schedule.




Soo Locks Cruise

06/28
Tomorrow is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

Space is limited to the first 150 persons, there are only a few tickets left.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Click here for more details




Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/28
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

Click here for more details

Look for the Force 5 booth and at the Soo June 29 - July 1.
The booth will be in the vendor area at the Valley Camp Museum.

Friday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday noon - 7:00 p.m.

Be sure to stop by and sign up for a drawing to win a Boatnerd.com or Great Laker Magazine jacket.




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Cruise Ship 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.

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.

On 28 June 1909, TEMPEST (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 138', 370 gt, built in 1876 at Grand haven, MI) burned to a total loss while unloading coal at the Galnais Dock at Perry Sound, Ontario. She was consumed very quickly and six of her crew were killed.

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




Transport Arrives

06/27
The Canadian Transport arrived at Port Weller Dry Docks Tuesday afternoon to undergo engine repairs after suffering an fire on Sunday. The engine room caught fire while the vessel was unloading at the Nanticoke power generating station. The tugs Progress, Seahound and Vac towed the Transport to Port Weller Dry Docks where repairs are expected to take about three weeks.

Reported by: Mark Chapman




Saginaw in Sarnia

06/27
The Saginaw is in Sarnia for main shaft bearing repairs. Tuesday she was docked at the Sarnia Government Docks on the South wall with the bow heavily ballasted. The Saginaw was in Sarnia two weeks ago for repairs to turbine problems.

Also in port was the Algomarine. She arrived about 7:00 p.m. and docked at the south end of the North Slip behind the Canadian Transfer. The vessel had no work trucks beside her and appears to be just waiting for another load. It does not appear that she is laying up.

Saginaw at the dock.
Works crews making repairs.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Saginaw News

06/27
A pair of fleet mates visited the Saginaw River on Tuesday. The Calumet entered the river early Tuesday morning headed upriver to Saginaw. She departed the Burroughs Dock before noon. The Calumet was downbound passing through Downtown Bay City around 7:30 p.m.

The Mississagi was inbound giving a security call at the pump out island at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night. She indicated she was headed to the Buena Vista Dock.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Calumet downbound at Veterans Bridge.
Stern view.
Calumet at Wheeler's Landing.
Bow view.
Hard astern as Independence Bridge was slow in opening.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Fred Wagar

06/27
Fred Wagar of Wyandotte, Michigan passed away Monday after a short but brave fight with cancer. He was interested in ships, trains and cranes. He was a frequent visitor to the Welland Canal and parks along the Detroit River. He also was a frequent rider of the BobLo Boats as well as the Diamond Jack Tour Boats. Funeral arrangements: Nixon Funeral Home, Biddle St., Wyandotte. Wednesday, 7-9pm, Thursday, 1-9pm, Funeral Friday at St. Francis Xavier in Ecorse.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




Soo Gathering Schedule

06/27
Please click on the link below if you plan on attending the Soo Locks Gathering this weekend. The schedule details planned events including a (weather permitting) slide show on the banks of the St. Marys River at Mission Point. We have cleared the show with the city, we are in need of a small generator to power the projector, please e-mail if you can bring one.

Gathering Schedule.




Soo Locks Cruise

06/27
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Click here for more details




Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/27
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

Click here for more details

Look for the Force 5 booth and at the Soo June 29 - July 1.
The booth will be in the vendor area at the Valley Camp Museum.

Friday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday noon - 7:00 p.m.

Be sure to stop by and sign up for a drawing to win a Boatnerd.com or Great Laker Magazine jacket.




Interruption

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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.

PRETORIA (3-mast schooner-barge, 338', 2790 gt) was launched at J. Davidson's yard (hull #94) in W. Bay City, Michigan on 27 June 1900. Mr. Davidson built her for his own fleet. She was one of the largest wooden vessel ever built and lasted until September 1905 when she sank in Lake Superior.

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




American Republic Enters Lay-up

06/26
The American Republic is in temporary lay-up in Toledo at the Lakefront #2 Dock. She is docked across from fleet mate American Mariner and joins the Adam E. Cornelius as the third American Steamship Company vessel to enter temporary lay-up.

The ailing steel industry is to blame for the vessels unusual mid-season lay-up.




Marinette Unloads

06/26
The Marinette spent Monday unloading paper products for K&K warehouse in Menominee, MI.

The Marinette only had two of its five hatches loaded when it arrived Sunday and they expect to be done unloading sometime Tuesday and then sail to Marathon, Ont. The Pulp/Paper industry is doing well and many more pulp/paper boats are expected in Menominee this season.

Marinette docked.
Looking into her cargo hold.
Pilot house.
View forward from the pilot house.
Crew's dining room.
Two main engines, each can produce 4000 horsepower.
Generators.

Reported by: Scott Best




Block Unloads

06/26
Monday afternoon the Joseph Block was unloading limestone at the DMIR ore dock #6 in Duluth. The Block normally unloads her stone cargo at the Hallet Dock next to DMIR ore dock #5.

Block unloading.

Reported by: Kent Rengo




Sykes in Green Bay

06/26
The Block's feel mate, Wilfred Sykes was departing Green Bay on Monday afternoon after unloading.

Threading though the rail road bridge.
Passing.
View of her forward cabins.
Stern view.

Reported by: Chris Hecht




Great Lakes built Cutter arrives in Alaska

06/26
The Coast Guard Cutter Spar arrived for the first time in its new home port at the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Kodiak Sunday morning. The Spar's crew sailed the vessel nearly 12,000 miles to reach Kodiak from Marionette, Wis. The ship had port calls in Cleveland, Montreal, Canada, Quebec, Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Boston, Earle, N.J., Miami, Key West, Fla., Lancoon, Mexico, Rodman, Panama, Colsito, Cost Rica, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, San Diego, Portland, Ore., and Ketchikan.

Spar is a 225-ft seagoing buoy tender that will serve in Alaskan waters under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Joanna Nunan. It has a complement of six officers and 34 enlisted personnel. The vessel is equipped to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response and domestic icebreaking missions as well as servicing aids to navigation.

The SPAR is named in honor of the 11,000 women who served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.

Photo by Keith Alholm, USCG
SPAR arrives.

Reported by: U.S. Coast Guard




Dredging Postponed

06/26
Dredging operations that were scheduled to begin June 2 at the west approaches of the Soo Locks has been delayed until July 2, according to the Corps of Engineers.

The new three hour call in times to Soo Locks for all downbound traffic have been cancelled and are back to normal call-in check points in the river system.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Lake Guardian Update

06/26
The EPA research vessel Lake Guardian has just completed an underwater survey off of Alpena, Michigan. The ship was joined by members of National Geographic and team members of Dr. Robert Ballard (the researcher who found the wreck of the Titanic). The team was using underwater sonar to search for shipwrecks previously undocumented. Currently, the Lake Guardian is in Cleveland working on a dissolved oxygen survey of Lake Erie, and will be heading for its home port (Milwaukee) to give crew members and scientists extended time off for the fourth of July holiday.

Reported by: Ted Amling




Busy Day for Milwaukee

06/26
Sunday was a busy day in the Port of Milwaukee. The Algowest arrived that morning with salt. As they departed Sunday afternoon the Jacklyn M and barge Integrity were arriving. The captains of the vessels demonstrated impressive ship handling skills as they maneuvered around each other just outside the main harbor entrance.

A few hours later the Herbert C. Jackson entered the port with a load of coal for Wisconsin Electric. This was the first coal shipment since June 1. There had been some problems earlier this spring with the coal; it was producing too much ash and not enough heat.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Saginaw News

06/26
The Joseph H. Frantz entered the Saginaw River overnight Monday with a split load for the Essexville and Bay City Wirt Docks. After lightering in Essexville, the Frantz departed at 11:45 a.m. for the short trip to Bay City Wirt. She finished unloading by 3:30 p.m., turned in the river and was outbound for the bay.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Frantz upbound passing Ashland-Marathon Dock.
Close up.
Passing through Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

06/26
Below are images of Monday evening traffic on the Detroit River.

Frontenac in Ojibway Anchorage waiting for the CSL Tadoussac to depart. The captain called Sarnia Traffic and advised that they would be leaving the anchorage and entering the Rouge when the "tater sack" departed.
Stern view.
CSL Tadoussac upbound off Zug Island after departing the Rouge with assist by tugs Wyoming and Vermont
Stern view.
Rt Hon Paul J Martin upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Brockville Traffic

06/26:
The Canadian Miner passed Brockville downbound at approximately 3:05 p.m. The saltie Irma passed Brockville upbound about an hour later. Canadian Venture and the Russian ship Pavel Vavilov were due at the Iroquois lock later Monday afternoon.

Canadian Miner.
Irma.

Reported by: Keith Giles




Mather Events

06/26
Below is a listing of upcoming events on the museum ship William G. Mather, docked in Cleveland.

Thursday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Steam & Sails at Sunset Benefit
Celebrates the Steamship Mather's 75 Years Afloat The SS William G. Mather Museum will host a gala benefit, Steam & Sails at Sunset, on the Mather's Main Deck, on Thursday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The benefit, which marks the end of a year-long celebration of the SS William G. Mather's 75th anniversary, is being held during the Cleveland Harborfest. The festival is hosting 12 visiting Tall Ships that will be moored in the North Coast Harbor and in full view of the event attendees. Deadline for individual reservations, which begin at $125, and corporate sponsorships is Thursday, July 5. For more information contact the Museum at 216-574- 9053.

June 27, 7:30 PM - From the Flames of Pollution: A Cuyahoga River Good News Update
Once choked with industrial pollution, the restoration of Cleveland's notorious river is recounted with recommendations for ongoing remedial activities and citizen's involvement.

July 4, Noon - 5 PM - Annual Whistle Pull
Enjoy the sounds of historic ship and train whistles from yesteryear. Hourly on deck demonstrations and "pulls" from noon to 5 PM will be performed. Museum closes to the public at 5 PM due to a special Museum Members event.

July 11 Evening - Parade of Sails
Watch the fleet of 12 Tall Ships arrive one by one in Cleveland's North Coast Harbor from the historic Mather's Main Deck. Weather permitting, the ships will arrive and moor by 7 PM with welcoming festivities following.

July 18, 7:30 PM - The Hulett Unloaders: A Cleveland Invention, Workhorse, and Landmark
Revolutionizing Great Lakes shipping when invented 100 years ago, the legacy of the gigantic ore unloaders will be discussed as well as plans for reassembling the now dismantled remaining two Huletts for a new industrial heritage park.

Click here for more information on the William G. Mather

Reported by: Bob Martel




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.

On 26 June 1882, the Port Huron Times reported that the ARAXES (wooden propeller, 182', 569 gt, built in 1856 at Buffalo, NY) sank in the Straits of Mackinac. She was raised on 6 July 1882 and repaired. She was built in 1856 and lasted until the summer of 1894 when she sank 4 miles off Bay City in Saginaw.

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




New Great Lakes Magazine

06/25
Our launch day arrives...

"Great Laker" is an exciting new quarterly magazine, brought to you by Neil Schultheiss (founder of this website) and Roger LeLievre (publisher of the annual “Know Your Ships" book). With our first issue, debuting today, we begin exploring all things Great Lakes, from lighthouses to lake boats, legends and lore, to lakes, ports and the wonderful attractions they have to offer.

In its pages we look at lake boats with interesting pasts, such as the Lee A. Tregurtha and Middletown featured in our first issue. We keep readers up-to-date on what’s happening with efforts to preserve historic Great Lakes lighthouses, and visit many of them in the process.

With our “In Port” feature, we tour points of interest on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, offering stories written with boatwatchers or lighthouse buffs in mind. We also keep readers posted on the growing cruise ship industry. Great Laker introduces our audience to people working along the waterfront, revisits historic shipwrecks, reviews new books and videos and provides an up-to-date calendar of events. Informed commentary on the ship, lighthouse and travel scene helps complete the picture.

For our readers, this is good news. “Great Laker” gathers original stories that might otherwise not be found in one in-depth, well-written and colorful volume.

Click on the link below for more information and a preview of this new magazine.

www.greatlaker.com




Fire onboard Transport

06/25
On Sunday the Canadian Transport's engine room caught fire while the vessel was unloading at the Nanticoke power generating station. Reports state that a fuel line broke and started a fire, which is under investigation . Crews tried to contain the fire but were forced to evacuate the engine room and the CO2 fire suppression system was activated. Two local fire departments were called to assist and no injuries were reported.

The fire damaged the Transport's engine to the extent that it must be towed from Nanticoke. The tugs Progress, Seahound and Vac will take the Transport to Port Colborne sometime today where the vessel will be surveyed.

Check back for updates.

Reported by: Karen Walker and Jeff Thoreson




Independent in Lay-up

06/25
The Kinsman Independent was docked fully loaded at the General Mills Frontier Elevator along the Buffalo Ship Canal Sunday night. No unloading was taking place at that time. She is expected to remain in lay-up for about two months and then return to service when grain prices start to fall.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Frantz visits unusual dock

06/25
The Joseph H. Frantz arrived Manistee Saturday morning with a load of petroleum coke from South Chicago's KCBX dock for the Seng #2 dock. This is her first visit to the dock in at least 7 years.

The coke is unloaded at this dock next to General Chemical and is then trucked to Martin Marietta Inc. where it is used in their factory. The ship docked perpendicular to the Doug McKeil / Ocean Hauler which was loading next door at General Chemical.

The Frantz is a frequent visitor to Manistee, but she normally goes to the Seng #1 dock at the mouth of the Manistee River to unload stone. The coke run is usually carried by the Buffalo, Sam Laud, American Republic, or McKee Sons. After completing the unload, the vessel made her way out past the piers at 4:00 p.m. bound for Port Inland.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Barker Starts Coastal Expeditions

06/25
Jim Barker of Blount/Barker Shipbuilding ventures into charter cruises. Coastal Expeditions is expected to be Adventure cruising on small ship cruise vessels. These trips will be geared toward the adventure minded traveler looking for a fun, recreation filled experience. Reasonably priced, they will offer passengers a good value in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Some amenities include a BYOB liquor policy, informal dress code and on-board guest lecturers.

Passengers will have the chance to experience a cruise like no other cruise line has mastered. The first trip will be on American Canadian Caribbean Line’s M/V Grande Caribe. It is a 13-day/12-night Erie Canal/Saguenay River cruise from September 3-15, 2001. This vessel is equipped with such unique features as a retractable pilot house and a bow landing ramp, which enables passengers to direct access to the shore.

For more information, please call ACCL’s Reservation Department at 800-556-7450. Mention Boatnerd or Great Laker publications and receive a discounted rate.




Arcadia in Collingwood

06/25
The Greek cruise ship Arcadia arrived in Collingwood late Sunday night, she came into view ablaze with light. She spent 35 minutes at anchor in the channel. Because of her deep draft, the ship cannot dock at the harbor wall but anchors in the channel. The ship will be in Collingwood Sunday night and will depart today for Midland.

Reported by: Scott McIntyre




Marinette arrives, Desgagnes departs

06/25
Sunday was a busy day in the Menominee/Marinette Harbor. The Catherine Desgagnes finished unloading and departed port. On her way out she passed the inbound pulp boat Marinette off the Menominee Lighthouse. The tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick assisted the Marinette into port.

Catherine Desgagnes unloading.
Moving off the dock.
Turning in the river.
Outbound.
Turning in the river.
Marinette is towed in stern first.
Bow view.

Reported by: Scott Best




Sturgeon Bay Update

06/25
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sundew arrived in Sturgeon Bay Sunday morning, going to Bay Ship for repairs and maintenance. Bay Ship has a contract with the Coast Guard to do repairs and maintenance on their cutters and buoy tenders, in the off season.

The Sundew arrived and tied to the Cutter Mobile Bay to off load buoys before proceeding to Bay Ship. The Hyd Boom on the Mobile Bay's barge made fast work of removing the buoys and other gear.

Sundew tied out board of Mobile Bay, cranes removing buoys and misc. gear.
Bow view of Sundew .
Passing Thru Bridge on way to Bay Ship.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Great Lakes Steel donates island

06/25
Last week the Great Lakes Steel division of National Steel Corp. donated an 18-acre island off Ecorse, MI to the National Wildlife Refuge System. Mud Island, formerly property of the steel company, now is part of the Wyandotte National Wildlife Refuge system.

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, who's trying to create a conservation refuge along the Detroit River, urged negotiations between National Steel and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Reported by: John Sarns




Saginaw News

06/25
The Sam Laud passed the Front Range Lights at 9:20 a.m. Sunday morning. She tied up at the Wirt Bay City Dock to wait for the "River Roar" tunnel boat races to end.

She was upbound between Bay City and Saginaw at 6:00 p.m. At 10:15 p.m., the Laud reported that she was departing the Sargent dock and proceeding up to the Saginaw Asphalt dock at Carrollton.

The Earl W. Oglebay and the Saginaw were inbound early Saturday morning. The Oglebay visited the Wirt dock in Bay City and was outbound before noon. The Saginaw visited the Buena Vista Dock and the GM dock in Saginaw and was outbound late in the afternoon.

The Paul H. Townsend was outbound from the Lafarge terminal on Saturday morning. Her radio traffic indicated that she would tie up at Bay Aggregates during the afternoon boat races before departing the river later in the day. According to reports, the Townsend will lay up temporarily once she returns to Alpena.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Laud docked at Bay City Wirt waiting for the Saginaw River to open on Sunday.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




St. Clair River Images

06/25:
Sunday was a busy day on the St. Clair River.

Canadian Olympic fuels at Shell.
Algoeast upbound.
Zoom lens look at the Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spencer.
Isolda passing downbound.

Reported by: Terese Parker




Detroit Traffic

06/25
Below are images of Sunday morning traffic on the Detroit River.

Mc Kee Sons and Invincible downbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Seahorse at LaSalle, ON.
Canadian Olympic unloading at Zug Island.
Stern view.
Algowood loading at Zug Island.
Stern view.
Crew member painting bear on a beautiful day.
Tugs Norma B & Magnetic in the old Rouge River at the Ferris Marine Dock.
CSL Tadoussac, unloading in the Rouge.
Close up of her modified hull.
Former Bob-Lo boats Columbia and Ste. Clair stern shot.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Hamilton Update

06/25
Sunday evening the Mackenzie (ex Federal Mackenzie) was anchored in Hamilton Harbor waiting to dock and unload steel products on Monday. A Rigel Shipping vessel, possibly the Emerald Star was at the Oakville/Bronte Piers.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Limnos was docked at CCIW. The Hamilton Police Marine Unit was patrolling the Burlington Ship Canal Sunday evening enforcing the speed regulations for all pleasure craft and jet skis using the Canal.

The fuel storage vessel Provmar Terminal is still in drydock at Heddle Marine Pier 14.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Brockville Traffic

06/25:
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, ON in the Seaway Sunday.

Jean Parisien about 1:00 p.m.
Nantuckett Clipper at 5:45 p.m.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Whislte Blast

06/25
The Grand Ole Tashmoo Whistle Blowin' is scheduled from 12:00 - 5:00, Saturday, June 30, 2001, at Port Huron, Michigan. The whistle blow will be part of the Southside Summer Festival which will run from June 27-July 1st. Featured at the event will be the whistle of the famous White Star Line side wheel excursion steamer Tashmoo, which ran from Detroit to Port Huron, Michigan from 1900-1936. Many other famous ship whistles will also be blown.

For mare information call Jim Clary 810-987-0767. or e-mail marineart@jclary.com

Reported by: Jim Clary




Soo Locks Cruise

06/25
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Click here for more details




Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/25
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. Order today and have it for the Soo, *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

Click here for more details

Look for the Force 5 booth and at the Soo June 29 - July 1.
The booth will be in the vendor area at the Valley Camp Museum.

Friday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday noon - 7:00 p.m.

Be sure to stop by and sign up for a drawing to win a Boatnerd.com or Great Laker Magazine jacket.




Weekly Updates

06/25
The weekly updates are available, updates include many new links and pictures.
please click hear to view




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.

On the afternoon of 25 June 1885, the tug NIAGARA had the schooner MOUNT BLANC in tow while coming rounding to pick up the schooner REINDEER near Stag Island on the St. Clair River. The MOUNT BLANC struck the wreck of the tug B. B. JONES. The JONES had exploded in Port Huron on 25 May 1871 and the wreck was towed to the head of Stag Island where it was abandoned. After striking the wreck of the JONES, the ore laden MOUNT BLANC sank. She was later recovered and repaired and lasted until 1901.

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




Shannon Wins Tug Boat Race

06/24
Saturday the 25th annual International Freedom Festival Tug Boat Race was held on the Detroit River. The overall winner of the event was the Gaelic Tugboat Company tug Shannon captained by Bill Hoey Jr. with Chief Engineer James Storen.

The weather was perfect for the event and crowds lined the Windsor waterfront to watch the 20 or more tugs race for the finish line.

Below are the official race results by class:
1st overall
Shannon

2000+ horsepower
1st Rebecca Lynn
2nd Roger Stahl

1001-2000 horsepower
1st Patricia Hoey

451 - 1100 horsepower
1st Elmer Dean
2nd Acushnet

201-450
1st J.W. Westcott 2nd (second year in a row)
2nd Vida C.

151-200 horsepower
1st Birmco
2nd Junior C.

Under 150 Horsepower
1st Isabelle
2nd Weezie T

Most seasoned Skipper or engineer
Roger Stahl (name sake of the tug Roger Stahl)

Smallest tug
Amigo II

Oldest tug
Birmco

Best dressed
1st Enterprise
2nd Jean V.

Judge's Appreciation
Julie Anne

Roger Stahl prepares for the start. Mike Nicholls
Mailboat J.W. Westcott II ready. Mike Nicholls
Onboard the Westcott. N. Schultheiss
The J.W. Westcott was flying the skull & cross bones. (Picture taken earlier that day) N. Schultheiss
The race begins. (view from the winning tug Shannon) Mike Nicholls
Exaust from the tugs running wide open creates a haze over the river. Mike Nicholls
Tug Shannon quickly took the lead. T. Parker
Joseph J. Hogan pushes through the wake. T. Parker
Debbie Lyn from Goderich. T. Parker
Elmer Dean gains on the field. Mike Nicholls
Rebecca Lynn moves ahead. Mike Nicholls
Another view. T. Parker
Shannon heads for the finish line leading the pack. T. Parker
Westcott II crossing the finish line. T. Parker
The crew on the Westcott quickly hoisted a broom on their mast, signifying a sweep of her class. N. Schultheiss
Debbie Lyn, Birmco and Junior C II. T. Parker
Julie Anne.
Isabelle and R&R. T. Parker
Bay Taz. T. Parker
Bionic and Junior C II. Mike Nicholls
The USCGC Bristol Bay is the finish line as she is docked in Windsor. Mike Nicholls
Tugs dock in Windsor to attend the Captain's Party and award ceremony. Mike Nicholls
Another view. T. Parker
Crew of the J.W. Westcott II arrives. T. Parker
Jim Hogan discusses the race. N. Schultheiss
Gaelic tugs rafted in Windsor. N. Schultheiss
Panoramic view. N. Schultheiss
Capt. Bill Hoey Jr. (tan hat) and Capt. Glen Dawson, from Chicago right. Mike Nicholls
The exciting race brought a large crowd to Windsor's water front. T. Parker
Tug Bionic. Mike Nicholls
Sinbad. Mike Nicholls
Junior C II. Mike Nicholls
Isabelle. N. Schultheiss
Isabelle stern. N. Schultheiss
Julie Anne. N. Schultheiss
Patrica Hoey and Stormont. N. Schultheiss
Amigo IV. N. Schultheiss
Vida C. N. Schultheiss
Joseph J. Hogan. N. Schultheiss
Joan V. N. Schultheiss
Acushnet. N. Schultheiss
Birmco comes along side. N. Schultheiss
R & R. N. Schultheiss
Crowd enjoys the Captain's Party. N. Schultheiss
Patrica Hoey heads for home. N. Schultheiss
Capt. Sam Buchanan poses on the bow of the Westcott. N. Schultheiss

Video of the tugs in action. T. Parker
Tug Shannon crosses the finish line. T. Parker




Thunder Bay Update

06/24
Boat traffic has slowed in port, especially for the lakers. Only one lake boat was in port in the last few days, that being the Montrealais who departed on Friday after loading at UGG "A" and Agricore.

Three salties where in Port Saturday. The Mecta Sea finished loading at Cargill, where she had been loading since Friday noon. The tugs Glenada and Point Valour assisted in turning her around and heading her out the Mission River entrance at 3:00 p.m. The Marinus Green arrived late Friday afternoon with the second shipment of Via Rail cars destined for the Bombardier Plant in Thunder Bay. As of Saturday she was still unloading the 28 car shipment at Keefer Terminals. The Kapitonas Andzejuskas moved from Cargill over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a around noon on Friday and then to Agricore early Friday evening. Saturday she was idle at Agricore with no signs of loading taking place and she was listing to Starboard slightly.

The W.N. Twolan arrived back in port early Saturday morning and docked at the Great West Timber loading dock.

The Yellowknife is at the Northern Woods old ore dock and is showing signs of lots of activity. Three barges are loaded with lumber and sit tied to the old Manitoba Pool 4 dock next door. The crew of the tug was busy painting Saturday, the hull painting has been finished and painting continues on the deck and cabins.

Strong winds and 4 to 6-foot waves produced some tense moments for a 29-foot sailboat who found herself aground on a Welcome Island reef just after noon Saturday. A call to the Coast Guard sent the rescue boat Wesfort racing towards the grounding site. Several pleasure boaters responded to the call. An unknown boater who was nearby at the time, managed to get a rope to the two people on board the sailboat and pulled it off the reef to the safety of a small bay.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena News

06/24
The Paul H. Townsend will arrive in Alpena on Sunday for a temporary lay up.

The Alpena is returning from St. Joseph on Monday midday.

J.A.W Iglehart is busy running the lower lakes from Bath,Cleveland and Detroit and will not return to Alpena until mid July.

At Stoneport, American Steam Ship’s Sam Laud was loading stone. The Courtney Burton was expected Saturday afternoon and will load after the Sam Laud departs.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Soo Locks Cruise

06/24
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Click here for more details




Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/24
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. Order today and have it for the Soo, *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

Click here for more details

Veronica will be in the Soo June 29, 30 and July 1 12 noon-6:00 pm near the ship museum. We hope everyone will stop by and say hello.




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.

The wooden scow MYRA of Ashtabula was lost in a terrible squall on Lake Erie off Elk Creek on 24 June 1875. Three lives were lost.

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




Busy Day in Saginaw

06/23
The tanker Gemini arrived at the Ashland-Marathon on Thursday to unload Gasoline. She continued unloading during the morning hours on Friday before departing around 12:45. She turned in the river and headed out for the Saginaw Bay.

The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader has become a frequent visitor to the Saginaw River recently. She arrived at the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City after midnight Friday morning. The Great Lakes Trader finished unloading and waited for the Sam Laud to tie up in front of her at Bay Aggregates before departing for the Airport Turning Basin at 9:35.

After turning she proceeded downbound to tie up again at Bay Aggregates, bow to bow with the unloading Sam Laud to await the opening of the river. This was the third visit this week by the Great Lakes Trader.

The Frontenac entered the river shortly after the Great Lakes Trader. She went up to the Essroc Terminal to unload clinker. Frontenac was finished unloading by late morning and departed stern first at 11:35, backing out to entrance channel lights 11&12 to turn.

The Sam Laud gave a security call passing the Front Range at 7:35 Friday morning. She was headed to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City. She tied up at Bay Aggregates Dock #2 to wait for the Great Lakes Trader to depart before shifting back to Bay Aggregates #1 where the Trader was located. The Laud finished unloading and departed for the airport turning basin at 4:05pm.

Both the Sam Laud and the Great Lakes Trader were finally able to depart downbound to the bay at 5:30 this afternoon.

The Paul H. Townsend arrived in the river late Friday night, passing through Liberty Bridge in Downtown Bay City at 8:30. she had to check back while passing Wenona Park as boaters listening to the Cheap Trick concert were in the shipping channel. U.S. Coast Guard and Sheriff Marine Patrol boats cleared the way quickly. The Townsend was upbound to the Lafarge terminal in Saginaw to unload cement.

Shipping traffic on the Saginaw River will be delayed at times throughout the weekend as the river will be closed between the Liberty & Veterans bridges. These closures will be between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as the River Roar tunnel boat races are being held.

Joyce L. Van Enkevort and Great Lakes Trader, pulling into Bay Aggregates, with Sam Laud in background. Stephen Hause
View from across the river. Todd Shorkey
Frontenac unloading. Todd Shorkey
Backing away from Essroc. Stephen Hause
Paul H. Townsend arrives. Todd Shorkey
Another view. Todd Shorkey

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Maumee in Sandusky

06/23
Grand River Navigation's Maumee was in Sandusky on Friday, unloading salt at the Geo. Gradel Co. dock (former Erie Sand & Gravel). Lower Lakes/Grand River boats have shown up at the Gradel dock at least three times this season.

Pictures by Don Lee
The tug Mighty John with Maumee in the background, seen from Deep Water Marina.
Maumee at dock.
Steam from the side of the ship as the boom is swung to stowed position.
Maumee dwarfs a pleasure boat as she pivots smartly around Turning Point Island past the coal dock.
A tree at Shoreline Park frames Maumee as she steams out the Bay Channel.
Heading out into Lake Erie.

Reported by: Ned Gang and Don Lee




Marquette Report

06/23
Shipping in and out of Marquette has been slow over the past week. Only four vessels have visited including the James R. Barker, Charles M. Beeghly, Kaye E. Barker and the Lee A. Tregurtha who was departing Friday morning. According to local reports, no other vessels were due in Friday.

In other news the Tilden Mine, one of two mines in Marquette County, will resume operations Sunday after being shut down for six weeks. The shut down occurred in an effort to reduce inventory stockpiles of ore and to reduce operating cost. The mine will resume full operations Sunday morning. Meanwhile, a second mine is in the midst of a shut down and has at least three weeks to go before resuming operations.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Detroit Traffic

06/23
Friday evening was a slow time on the Detroit River.

Kaptian Rudnev (Cyprus) in the Livingstone Channel.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




More Lake Erie News

06/23
There was no traffic in Huron, Ohio Friday but there has been some taconite unloaded at the N & W dock. Con Ag is reported to be closing the grain elevator in Huron later this year. The past few years have seen Algowest and Canadian Ranger in port to load and the Sarah Spencer spent a winter as storage ship. Several Russian salt water ships have loaded grain out of the Con Ag elevator.

The John G Munson was at the U S Steel Limestone crusher plant at Huron last Week with a load of stone.

In Sandusky the Buffalo was loading coal at the coal dock.

There is still no scheduled cargoes for the LTV pellet terminal at Lorain and the Earl W. Oglebay is due in Tuesday to run the shuttle.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Clarkson Report

06/23
Algocen was still at St. Lawrence Cement at noon on Friday. Loading appears to have finished as the hatch cover crane was in action and some covers were closed.

The James Norris arrived sometime early that morning. She was completing one of her regular limestone runs from Port Colborne, Ontario.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Tug Boat Race

06/23
Today is the 25th annual International Freedom Festival Tug Boat Race on the Detroit River. Starting at 1:00 p.m., 25 tug boats are expected to participate in the event. The tugs line up below the Ambassador Bridge and finish off Dieppe Park in Windsor. The best viewing spot for spectators is from Dieppe Park.

Unlike other tug boat races, the Freedom Festival Race has all tugs running at once with winners decided in several classes. The site of all the tugs running together in a dash to the finish line is an impressive site.

The day starts at 11:00 a.m. with family activities and tugs on parade.




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.

On 23 June 1873, B. F. BRUCE was launched at Crosthwaite's yard in East Saginaw, Michigan. She is not properly a schooner, but what is known as a "three-and-after" in nautical terms. Her capacity was 50,000 bushels of grain (800 tons) and the building cost was $50,000.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Matthew Daley, 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




Independent Lay-up

06/22
The Kinsman Independent, the last sailing U.S. flagged straight deck grain vessel, is expected to enter lay-up in Buffalo on Saturday or Sunday at the General Mills Elevator. The normal season for the vessel starts in the spring with a mid season lay-up before returning to service in the late summer. She is expected to remain in lay-up for about two months.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Busy Day in Muskegon

06/22:
Thursday was a very busy day for shipping in Muskegon, MI. The saltie Happy River was still docked in port and was finishing unloading the 11,000 tons of machinery it brought from Korea.

The Joseph H. Frantz was unloading at the Sappi Paper Mill and the Oglebay Norton was unloading at the B.C. Cobb Plant. All three vessels departed Muskegon within two and a half hours of each other that evening.

Happy River departs.
Look out on the bow.
Stern view.
Close up.
Oglebay Norton passing through the channel.
Oglebay Norton enters Lake Michigan.
Frantz departs.

Reported by: Scott Golin




Mailboats Prepared for Tug Race

06/22
Crews working for the J.W. Westcott Company in Detroit spent Thursday preparing their fleet for the International Freedom Festival Tug Boat Race to be held on Saturday. Jim Hogan was busy painting the back up mailboat Joseph J. Hogan. Dave Domino, the Westcott Co. diesel mechanic, was busy tuning the engines and performed general maintenance on the vessels. Capt. Sam Buchanan and Capt. Len Tanner worked on the primary mailboat, the J.W. Westcott II.

In last year's race the J.W. Westcott II was the winner in its class, a feat the crew hopes to repeat this year.

The 25th annual International Freedom Festival Tug Boat Race takes place on Saturday, June 23 on the Detroit River. Starting at 1:00 p.m., 25 tug boats are expected to participate in the event. The tugs line up below the Ambassador Bridge and finish off Dieppe Park in Windsor. The best viewing spot for spectators is from Dieppe Park.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan




Thunder Bay Update

06/22
Thursday morning saw three vessels arriving in port. The saltie Mecta Sea was docking at Valley Camp, the Radium Yellowknife arrived at Northern Woods with three empty lumber barges and the Montrealais docked at Thunder Bay Terminals at 11:00 a.m. before moving over To UGG "A" in the afternoon. Late Thursday night the Montrealais had moved to Agricore.

Two more arrivals that evening saw the Algonova moving up the Mission river to Petro-Can to unload and the Saltie Kapitonas Andzejuskas arrive and dock at Cargill Elevator to load.

The Canadian Miner was also in port having arrived Wednesday afternoon and taking on a load at Agricore. She moved over and docked at Saskatchewan Pool 7a to load more wheat and by early evening Thursday was downbound past the Welcome Islands.

The Saltie Spar Ruby moved from Keefer Terminals early Wednesday evening with the help of tugs Peninsula and George Carleton. She was repositioned over at Richardson's Elevator where she finished up loading and had left down the lake by Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday also saw the afternoon departure of the Oakglen from Richardson's with wheat. Her next Port of call was to be Goderich, ON. Just ahead of her downbound was the Algoma boat Algoville who had departed around noon.

The next shipment of via rail cars is due in Thunder Bay Friday evening. The Marinus Green is reportedly delivering the second shipment consisting of 28 cars. She will be docking at Keefer Terminal when she arrives.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena News

06/22
The Alpena came arrived in port on Thursday around 10:00 a.m. to load a cargo of cement. It left at 2:45 p.m. heading for Milwaukee. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity is due into port on Friday at 10:00 a.m. The Paul H. Townsend arrived in Detroit on Thursday. The J.A.W Iglehart was in Bath, ON and now is going to Cleveland.

Reported by: Chanda Bruski




Lake Erie Update

06/22
The Algowood loaded in Conneaut Thursday afternoon and departed around 5:30 p.m. bound for Nanticoke. The Yankcanuck, which had finished unloading yet another cargo of gypsum in Nanticoke, was heard giving an hour security call entering Conneaut.

The Indiana Harbor was bound for Nanticoke to unload at Dofasco, which has now only one coal hopper active. The Harbor and Yankcanuck radio conversation indicated that the Harbor would have a 36 hour unload since the Paul R. Tregurtha recently had a 38 hour unload. That meant the Yankcanuck will have to anchor and wait for the Harbor and Canadian Transport to finish unloading before unloading another cargo of gypsum in Nanticoke.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Brockville Traffic

06/22:
The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II passed Brockville, ON in the Seaway Thursday at about 8:00 a.m. The tall ship is enter the lakes to participate in the summer long Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge.

Passing by about 2:00 p.m. was the saltie Marinette sailing upbound for Menominee, MI.

Pride of Baltimore II passing. Peter Carter
Another view. Keith Giles
Marinette passes. Peter Carter

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




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.

On 22 June 1875, the Port Huron Times reported that "the Northern Transportation Company's fleet of 20 propellers, which have been idle all the season owing to difficulties between the Central Vermont and the Ogdensburg & Champlain Railroad Companies, have passed from the control of the Central Vermont Railroad Company and will commence regular trips as soon as they can be fitted out."

Data from: 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




CSL Tadoussac Departs

06/21
The CSL Tadoussac departed Port Weller Dry Docks Wednesday morning on her maiden voyage.

The vessel arrived at the end of last season for a widening and modernization project. Her cargo hold and the rest of the midsection was replaced with a new, larger cargo hold and a one-belt self-unloading system with a flat tank top. The vessel's width was increased to 78-feet; the conversion was primarily for the handling of cement clinker.

Her first trip took her across Lake Ontario to load at Bowmanville, ON for Detroit.

CSL Tadoussac at Port Weller Dry Docks Jamie Kerwin

Reported by: Roger Tottman, Jimmy Sprunt, Skip Gillham, Jason Junge and John Stark




Twin Ports Report

06/21
The Duluth Superior harbor remained busy Wednesday. For several hours during the afternoon the Superior Front Channel area boasted an impressive array of six lakers all docked in close proximity. From southeast to northwest, they were the J.B. Ford, Fred R. White, Jr., Kinsman Independent, John Sherwin, Elton Hoyt 2nd, and John G. Munson. The Ford, Sherwin, and Hoyt were in their respective lay-up sites, of course. The White was unloading stone at Cutler-Magner, the Kinsman Independent was sitting half loaded at the Peavey elevator waiting to finish at Harvest States.

After unloading stone at DMIR ore dock, John G. Munson was entering Fraser Shipyards about 7:00 a.m. June 20 for unspecified work.

Nearby, the salties Isadora and Makeevka continued loading grain at Harvest States. Later in the afternoon the Fred R. White, Jr. left Cutler to load at DM&IR in Duluth, and the Kinsman Independent was expecting to finally get a berth at Harvest States once the Ukrainian saltie Makeevka finished its load and departed.

The lineup at the DMIR was proceeding slower than expected, with James R. Barker and Halifax both arriving for the dock about 8 a.m. June 20. The George A. Stinson was loading at BNSF.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Grand Haven Report

06/21
Wednesday the Calumet was loading sand at the Construction Aggrigates dock in Grand Haven for Benton Harbor. The next scheduled arrival for Construction Aggrigates will be this weekend. One of the 640-650-foot self unloaders is due in, most likely the Algoway. There will then be a long lag time for vessels at this dock.

Reported by: David Swain




Saginaw News

06/21
The Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader was outbound the Saginaw River Wednesday morning, departing the 6th Street Turning Basin around 3:30 a.m. and passing the Independence Bridge in Bay City at 6:40. She had unloaded about 25,000 tons of AAA Limestone at Saginaw Rock before departing.

The Alpena departed the Lafarge terminal at Saginaw Wednesday evening and was outbound from the Sixth Street turning basin at 10:40 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Great Lakes Trader outbound.
Passing through the Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

06/21
It was a slow evening on the Detroit River Wednesday. The Le Levant and the Atlantic Erie were delayed on their upbound passages because of the tug of war between Windsor and Detroit. The traditional tug of war kicks off the International Freedom Festival. A rope is stretched across the river halting all traffic as teams compete in the tug of war on each side of the river. This year Canada won, evening the all time record to nine wins for each country.

Atlantic Erie upbound checked down for the tug of war.
Stern view.
Cason J Callaway downbound after departing the Rouge River.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Cleveland Update

06/21
Wednesday evening the American republic was unloading ore at LTV upper. The Southdown Challenger was berthed at its river dock near Columbus unloading cement. The crew board listed a departure of "2300". The Maumee ghosted into the mouth of the Cuyahoga at 10:00 p.m., likely to unload stone near West 3rd.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Soo Locks Cruise

06/21
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

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Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/21
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. Order today and have it for the Soo, *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

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Veronica will be in the Soo June 29, 30 and July 1 12 noon-6:00 pm near the ship museum. We hope everyone will stop by and say hello.




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


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




Last Load for Taconite Harbor - Update

06/20
The Buckeye is now scheduled to load the last cargo of taconite pellets from the LTV Steel Mining Company dock at Taconite Harbor. The last trainload of pellets is expected to be delivered to the dock on Friday with the Buckeye loading on Sunday. This will end approximately 44 years of shipping pellets from Taconite Harbor.

Shipping of chips (broken and undersized pellets) will continue probably through July at a reduced rate of one or two small boats per week. At that point the railroad and dock will be shut down. The power plant at Taconite harbor has been shut down since January when the pellet plant and mine were shut down.

Reported by: Mike Cleary




Cruise Ship Arrives

06/20
Tuesday morning the cruise ship Arcadia enter the Bay of Sturgeon Bay through the ship canal from Lake Michigan. This was an unscheduled stop on the way to the Port of Green Bay.

The ship tied up at the Steel Dock at Bay Ship Building, where a tour bus picked up the passenger and took them on a tour of Door County.

The reason the ship docked at Bay Ship was that the Stone Harbor Dock only has about ten feet of water depth. The Arcadia draft is over 17 feet. Bay Ship had the only available deep water dock.

The Arcadia departed Bay Ship at 6:15 p.m. CST heading for the port of Green Bay. This was the first cruise ship for Sturgeon Bay this Season.

Wide view.
Stern view.
Different view at Steel Face Dock.
Stern view departing.
Heading out into the Bay of Green Bay.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




CSL Tadoussac Fit Out

06/20
The CSL Tadoussac remains at the fit out wall at Port Weller Dry Docks. She was rumored to be departing on her first trip some time this week.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Menominee Departs

06/20
Tuesday evening about 6:00 p.m. the saltie Menominee departed after loading pulp products in Menominee, MI. and then shifting to Marinette, WI. to finish loading. They had hoped to depart on Monday evening but thunderstorms in the area halted loading until Tuesday and were done loading by 4:00 p.m.

Menominee loading.
Another view.
Tugs Jimmy L. and Carla Anne Selvick wit to assist the Menominee out.
Pulling away from the dock.
Jimmy L. working on the bow.
Heading out to Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Scott Best




Twin Ports Report

06/20
Several Twin Ports docks were particularly busy June 19.

Midwest Energy Terminal was plowing through a long list of boats. Indiana Harbor and Oglebay Norton had both loaded there Monday; while Canadian Transport was departing early Tuesday; Algolake was moving into the loading berth; and Canadian Progress was anchored out on the lake waiting its turn.

The DMIR ore dock was expecting crowd with John G. Munson, James R. Barker and Halifax all due during the afternoon and evening. Wednesday is expected to be busy with Fred R. White Jr. and Arthur M. Anderson both due. After that, the Edwin H. Gott is scheduled for June 23.

The John G. Munson arrived with a load of stone Tuesday afternoon. The Munson unloaded 7,000 tons at DM&IR, then unloaded the rest of the cargo up the river at the Riess dock. Fraser Shipyard's workboat Maxine Thompson was stationed at the Munson's stern at DM&IR, perhaps beginning the repairs that the Munson is expected to complete at the Port Terminal after its unload. Once repairs are complete the Munson will shift back to DM&IR to load blast furnace trim.

Cenex Harvest States grain terminal was again loading two vessels Makeevka was in berth 1 and Isolda was in berth 2. Kinsman Independent was loading at the nearby Peavey elevator.

Finally, the BNSF ore dock also was scheduled to be busy, with both Burns Harbor and George A. Stinson expected.

Elsewhere on western Lake Superior, Roger Blough was scheduled to load at Two Harbors; Joseph H. Thompson Jr. and Buckeye were due at Taconite Harbor; and Courtney Burton was due at Silver Bay.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Thunder Bay Update

06/20
There were no arrivals in port Tuesday but several vessels departed even with the high winds blew though out the day. A low pressure center around James Bay was blamed for the high winds.

Despite Gale Force winds being predicted and steady winds around 30 knots out in the bay, the Mapleglen finished loading and sailed out onto the lake heading downbound.

At the same time that the Mapleglen was passing the Welcome Islands around 12:00 p.m., the Oakglen was making her move from Cargill Elevator in the Mission River over to United Grain Growers "A" house. She arrived there at 1:30 p.m. to continue loading. By early Tuesday evening she had moved again, this time over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a.

The tug Jane Ann IV and her barge Sarah Spencer departed Richardson's early Tuesday morning and the Algobay who arrived at the Thunder Bay Terminals at 1:00 a.m. last night, also departed that morning. The Paterson finished loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7a and departed downbound in the afternoon. The Soo locks should be busy tomorrow morning with all the departures.

The saltie Spar Ruby finished loading at UGG"A" and shifted over to Agricore with the help of two Gravel and Lakes tugs. She was docked by 1:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon taking on a short load before heading over to Keefer Terminals where she arrived early that evening.

The Algoville is still at Mission Terminals and the Algontario still in long term lay at Pascol.

Pictures by Rob Farrow
Radium Yellowknife - preparing to leave for Superior, WI .
Tugs Glenada and Point Valour pushing Saltie Ziemia Tarnowska out from Richardson's.
Glenada pushing bow of Ziemia Tarnowska at Richardson's.
Cartierdoc at Thunder Bay Terminals.
Emerald Star at Petro-Can dock.
Mapleglen at Sask 7a.
Canadian Leader at UGG "A".
Atlantic Huron at P&H elevator.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw News

06/20
Strong southwest winds caused delays to shipping on the Saginaw River Tuesday. The wind lowered water levels in the bay and river causing delays in departures and arrivals.

The David Z. Norton remained in Saginaw tied up at the Saginaw Rock Products Dock until the water level started coming back up late in the morning. She departed the Saginaw Rock Dock at 11:00 a.m., turned in the 6th street turning basin, and headed out to the lake. The Norton unloaded at the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Docks Monday night .

The Tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort & Barge Great Lakes Trader waited at anchor in the Saginaw Bay until late afternoon before attempting to enter the river. She was inbound at Entrance Lights 1 & 2 at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The Great Lakes Trader was headed to an undisclosed Saginaw area dock. This is her second visit in three days after making her first ever trip up the Saginaw on Sunday.

Following a half hour behind the Great Lakes Trader was the steamer Alpena. Also delayed by weather, she was upbound passing Entrance Lights 1 & 2 at 4:30 p.m. The Alpena was headed to the Lafarge Dock in Saginaw to unload cement.

The Tug Mark Hannah and her barge were inbound the Saginaw River Late Tuesday night passing the pump out island at 10:30 p.m. The Hannah was headed to the Dow Chemical Dock.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton Downbound at Veterans Bridge.
Norton approaching Liberty Bridge.
Great Lakes Trader.
Tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort in the notch.
Steamer Alpena at Liberty Bridge.
Alpena close up.
Approaching the Veterans Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

06/20
Below are images taken on the Detroit River Tuesday evening
Algosteel, downbound in ballast for Toledo. She had departed the Lafarge Windsor Dock.
Stern view.
Algosteel passes the Kapitonas Andzejauskas.
Kapitonas Andzejauskas (Lithuania) upbound in ballast. She departed Toledo, destination Thunder Bay.
Stern view.
Carolyn Hoey upbound for Zug Island to move the tar barge from the face of Zug Island into the old Rouge River entrance.
Stern view.
Capt. Phil Knetchel, the pilot comes out to wave hello.
Maumee, downbound from Detroit's Atwater Dock for Nicholson's to finish unloading.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo update

06/20
The CSL Niagara was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the Canadian Century due in later Tuesday evening to follow. The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading steel ingots. There was an unknown salt water vessel possibly Kapitonas Andzejauskas unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock.

The Adam E. Cornelius and American Mariner remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX will be the Algosteel early this. morning. The CSL Niagara returns late Friday evening. The Algomarine on Saturday evening followed by the John J. Boland and Algobay on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve this afternoon. The Courtney Burton on Friday afternoon. The Armco on Tuesday evening followed by the Middletown on Thursday morning.

Classic views of Toledo shipping traffic
Pinedale loading grain at Anderson's Elevator.
Harry Coulby unloading ore at the Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) when this facility was fully operational.
Sylvania loading coal at C & O number 3 Dock with the small bumboat "Deweys" alongside.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Report

06/20
Monday saw two quick visits to Toronto. The Algocen came in and unloaded a few of holds of sugar at Redpath. The Canadian Century came in and unloaded stone. Both were gone before dark. The cruise ship Le Levant and Canadian Navigator remained in port Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Soo Locks Cruise

06/20
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Click here for more details




Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/20
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. Order today and have it for the Soo, *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

Click here for more details

Veronica will be in the Soo June 29, 30 and July 1 12 noon-6:00 pm near the ship museum. We hope everyone will stop by and say hello.




Tug Boat Race

06/20
Saturday, June 23 is the 25th annual International Freedom Festival Tug Boat Race on the Detroit River. Starting at 1:00 p.m., 25 tug boats are expected to participate in the event. The tugs line up below the Ambassador Bridge and finish off Dieppe Park in Windsor. The best viewing spot for spectators is from Dieppe Park.

Unlike other tug boat races, the Freedom Festival Race has all tugs running at once with winners decided in several classes. The site of all the tugs running together in a dash to the finish line is an impressive site.

The day starts at 11:00 a.m. with family activities and tugs on parade.




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.

The MINNEHAHA, a wooden "clipper" schooner, was launched at James A. Baker's shipyard in Oswego, NY on 20 June 1857. Her dimensions were 110' keel, 125 overall, x 25'6" x 10'6". She could carry 13,000 bushels of grain. Mr. James Navagh, her master builder, received a gold watch and chain worth $200 in appreciation of his fine work on this vessel.

On Wednesday night, 20 June 1877, the schooner EVELINE (wooden schooner, 118', 236 gt, built in 1861 at Litchfield, MI) was struck by lightning about sixty miles out from Alpena, Michigan. The bolt shattered the mainmast, throwing three large pieces over the vessel's sides. The large spar was split perpendicularly in two and the lightning bolt followed the grain of the wood in a circular manner until it reached the main boom jaw, which is enclosed in a band of iron fastened by a large bolt. This bolt was literally cut in two. The mate, George Mayom, had the left side of his body blistered and the skin burned off from the shoulder to the foot. His right leg, hands and arm were also severely burned, and he suffered internal injuries and bled freely. The vessel made it to port and she was repaired. She lasted until September 1895 when she sank off Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

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




LTV to Stop Pellet Shipments

06/19
The LTV Pellet Terminal in Lorain, Ohio is expected to stop receiving cargoes of taconite in an effort to reduce inventory. The pellets are shipped from the upper lakes to Lorain by 1000-footer and then smaller boats shuttle the pellets up the twisting Cuyahoga River to the LTV steel mill.

The halt to pellet shipments from the upper lakes is expected to be temporary but may effect the vessels that work the trade. Ships in the Interlake and Oglebay Norton fleets deliver to Lorain with smaller Oglebay Norton and American Steamship Company vessels working the shuttle to Cleveland. This could lead to the short term lay-up of a 1000-footer if their capacity can not be used in the coal trade.

Cleveland-based LTV Steel filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 29. Over the weekend it closed one of its two Cleveland mills eliminating 900 jobs. Closed was the Direct Hot Charge Complex (DHCC) and the associated C-1 blast furnace, located on the West Side of the Cleveland Works. The DHCC, which has an annual raw steel capacity of about 2 million tons, consists of a basic oxygen furnace steel making shop, a continuous slab caster and hot strip mill.

The West Side plant building dates to 1912 and was reported to cost as much as $500,000 in daily losses. The West Side plant made low-priced commodity steel which is the most vulnerable to foreign competition.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Tug and Barge Deliver First Load of Cargo

06/19
The tug Mary Beth Andrie delivered the first barge loaded with power plant equipment to Ferrysburg on Sunday. The barge contains heavy duty power plant components that are bound for the new natural gas-fired power plant near Zeeland, MI.

The components were unloaded in Muskegon, MI from the saltie Happy River and moved down Lake Michigan to Ferrysburg.

Happy River docks in Muskegon Sunday. Scott Golin
Cargo is offloaded in Muskegon. Scott Golin

Reported by: David Swain




Thunder Bay Update

06/19
The Mapleglen moved over to Cargill Monday afternoon and by 8:00 p.m. she was finished loading and was heading out the Mission River entrance to anchor out in the bay.

At the same time that the Mapleglen was on the move, the Oakglen was also. She was headed over to Cargill to fill the vacated slip that the Mapleglen had left. The Oakglen had first arrived in Thunder Bay Monday afternoon and had started loading at the P&H elevator.

The saltie Spar Ruby started loading at United Grain Growers "A" house that morning after pulling up anchor outside the break wall where she had been since Sunday. The Algontario remains in long term lay up, just across the bay from the Spar Ruby, at Pascol Engineering.

The Paterson arrived early Monday morning and docked at Richardson's where she took on a load before moving over to Agricore around 4:00 p.m. to continue loading. By 9:30 p.m. the Paterson had moved again, this time over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a.

The Emerald Star also arrived early Monday morning and proceeded up the Mission River to Petro-Can. By late evening she was heading back down the lake. Other arrivals saw the Jane Ann IV and her barge Sarah Spencer pull into Saskatchewan Pool 7a and then early evening move over to Richardson's. The Algoville arrived early evening and docked at Mission Terminals in the Mission River.

The Canadian Prospector, who had been loading at United Grain Growers "A" house, departed down the lake early Monday morning.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena Report

06/19
On Monday the Paul H. Townsend arrived in port about 11:00 a.m. to load for Whitefish, ON. It departed at 3:00 p.m. with the Alpena approaching out in the bay.

The Alpena was loaded light for Saginaw and left at 7:15 p.m. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity were due into port at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The J.A.W Iglehart is heading for Cleveland.

Reported by: Ben McClain




Saginaw News

06/19
The Sam Laud finished unloading at the Sargent Dock and departed around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning. She headed for the 6th Street Turning Basin to turn before heading out to the Saginaw Bay.

The Tug Karen Andrie and her barge finished unloading fuel oil at Triple Clean early Monday afternoon. The Karen Andrie unhooked from the pushing position and moved to the pulling position for her outbound trip. She waited for the upbound David Z. Norton to pass before departing at 2:40 p.m.

The David Z. Norton was upbound in the Saginaw River with a split cargo for the Bay City & Saginaw Wirt Docks. The Norton arrived at the Bay City Dock around 3:00 p.m. She completed lightering and was upbound to Saginaw at 6:45 p.m. Monday evening.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

06/19
Below are images taken on the Detroit River Monday evening
Canadian Provider downbound below Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Quebecois off Grassy Island, in ballast for Duluth.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo update

06/19
The Mantadoc finished loading grain at the ADM/ Countrymark Elevator and departed around noon Monday with the Gaelic tug Susan Hoey assisting her downriver.

The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock unloading cargo. The John B. Aird finished loading coal at the CSX Dock around 2:30 p.m. and departed. The CSL Niagara will follow her to load coal.

The Adam E. Cornelius, and American Mariner remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be on Tuesday with the Algosteel due in at 9:00 p.m. followed by the Canadian Century at 11:00 p.m. On Friday evening The CSL Niagara is due back, the Algosteel is due on Sunday morning followed by the John J. Boland on Monday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Wednesday afternoon. The Courtney Burton on Friday afternoon. The Armco on Tuesday afternoon, followed by the Middletown on Thursday morning, June 28.

Adam E. Cornelius in lay-up at the CSX #1 Dock.
Maumee outbound Toledo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Report

06/19
The fuel storage vessel, Provmar Terminal is in Heddle Marine's floating drydock at Pier 14. The Algocen passed through the Burlington Ship Canal at Monday evening to unload iron ore pellets at Dofasco.

The Algosoo is at Pier 23 unloading sand from Brevort, Michigan. The Hamilton Energy was fueling the Algosoo Monday evening.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

06/19
After a week of slow activity the weekend finished with a flourish of vessel traffic. English River was in early Sunday morning unloading cement - she departed before midnight. In mid-afternoon Capt. Henry Jackman came in for the stone dock, and she was followed an hour later by Canadian Navigator in for the salt dock. Finally, the French passenger vessel Le Levant came in just after dark and tied up at the Queen Elizabeth Wharf.

Saturday the tug John Spence and McAsphalt barge were in. They departed during the night.

Another spurt of activity on the reconstruction of the tug Glenmont. The bow is being raised and a new cabin is being added onto the bow extension. Framing work for this is well underway.

The Empire Sandy has shifted docks temporarily, to the foot of Spadina St., while she awaits her new berth at the foot of Portland St. She made the move on Thursday.

McKeil's party barge Island Sauvage will be in Toronto soon for a few charters. Yesterday the venerable side-wheel passenger ferry Trillium was 90 years old. She was launched June 18, 1910 by Polson Iron Works in Toronto.

Also yesterday, the inquest into the sinking of the tour boat True North II resumes at Tobermory, Ont.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Clarkson News

06/19
Monday evening at 9:00 p.m. the Petrolia Desgagnes was in at the Petro Canada pier in Clarkson. She loaded in Bronte on Sunday. By her draft last night; she had either arrived recently and was in the early stages of discharging cargo; or, she was just finishing loading cargo at Petro Canada.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Soo Locks Cruise

06/19
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Click here for more details




Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/19
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. Order today and have it for the Soo, *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

Click here for more details

Veronica will be in the Soo June 29, 30 and July 1 12 noon-6:00 pm near the ship museum. We hope everyone will stop by and say hello.




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.

At 5:30 PM, on 19 June 1872, the wooden package freight/passenger propeller MONTANA (236', 1535 gt) was finally afloat at Port Huron, Michigan. She was unsuccessfully launched at the Port Huron Dry Dock Company on Saturday, 15 June, but she got stuck in the mud. The tugs VULCAN, PRINDEVILLE, BROCKWAY and BURNSIDE were all employed to free her and the MONTANA's engines were also going. It took four days of pulling, hoisting and dredging to free her. The effort to get her free and afloat cost Alexander Muir, her builder, over $3,000 (in 1872 dollars). She lasted until 1914, when she burned near Alpena, Michigan.

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


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




Transfer Enters Lay-up

06/18
The Canadian Transfer arrived in Sarnia's North Slip Saturday entering lay-up. No official length was known for her lay-up, but according to comments by her crew could she could be in for some time. A downturn in coal and stone shipments was given as the reason for the early season lay-up.

While straight deck Canadian freighters will often enter lay-up in the summer it is very rare for a self unloader to go to the wall. She may be joined later in the summer by one of her fleet mates entering lay-up beside her.

Transfer docked in Sarnia. Terese Parker

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Saginaw Returns to Service

06/18
The Saginaw departed Sarnia's North Slip late Saturday night after spending a week at the dock making repairs. The vessel was reported to be making some type repairs to her engine turbine. She was heading to Meldrum Bay and then will unloading on several Lake Michigan Ports.

While in port crews gave this hard working boat a new paint job, her hull sports a fresh coat of Lower Lakes Towing gray.

Pictures by Terese Parker
Crews prepare the boat Saturday.
Tunnelman Eric Frampton stops for a picture.

Reported by: Andrew Severson and Terese Parker




Menominee Loads

06/18
The pulp boat Menominee arrived in Menominee, MI Saturday morning to load pulp from Great Lakes Pulp and Fiber. It was expected to shift to Marinette, WI Sunday along side the Donner to complete loading. By shifting docks and completing the loading along the Donner it allows them to load deeper.

Arriving.
Tug Jimmy L. leads the tow.
Menominee squeezes through the bridge.
Tug Carla Anne Selvick trails the tow.
Approaching the dock.
Close up.
Loading on Sunday. Sandy and Eric Chapman

Reported by: Scott Best




Salty Unloads Unusual Cargo

06/18
The 452-foot Happy River arrived at the West Michigan Mart Dock in Muskegon, MI at 9:00 a.m. Sunday carrying 11,000 tons of machinery for a new power plant near Zeeland. It docked at the No. 7 dock facing Fourth Street.

The cargo was loaded in Korea and is mainly steam generators. Some of the biggest pieces, weighing as much as 300,000 pounds, will have to be loaded onto Andrie barges and towed to Grand Haven to avoid traveling over the US-31 draw bridge.

Some of the equipment is as large as 86 feet long, 15 feet high, and 7 feet wide. The ship is scheduled to complete unloading at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and depart.

Happy River docks. Scott Golin
Pilot house. Bob Wheelock
Hatch cover opening. Bob Wheelock
Another view. Scott Golin
Cargo is unloaded. Bob Wheelock Close up. Scott Golin
Truck trailers ready to load. Scott Golin
Andrie tug Mary Beth and the barges docked, ready to take heavy equipment to Grand Haven. Scott Golin

Reported by: Scott Golin and Bob Wheelock




McCarthy Departs

06/18
Sunday evening the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was departing the Midwest Energy dock in Superior, WI after loading a cargo of coal. The McCarthy spends much of the season carrying coal from Superior to the Detroit Edison Coal dock on the St. Clair River. One load of coal from the 1000-footer can produce enough electricity to power Detroit for one day.

McCarty departing.

Reported by: Kent Rengo




Thunder Bay Update

06/18
The Mapleglen was back in Port for the third time this year, arriving early on the Saturday and docking at United Grain Growers "A" house. By afternoon she had moved over to Agricore to load and then over to Mission Terminals in the evening. Sunday night she was still docked at Mission Terminals.

The Canadian Provider finished up loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7a and departed down the Lake in the afternoon of the 16th.

The Canadian Prospector arrived in Port in the early evening hours Saturday and had moved over to Richardson's to continue loading wheat Sunday morning. As of 9:30 p.m. last night she was on her way over to United Grain Growers "A" house to continue loading.

The Radium Yellowknife left early Sunday morning with her tow consisting of three lumber barges. By noon they were sighted about 1 mile south of Trout Bay. She was making good headway in calm seas and sunny skies. She is heading to Superior, WI to unload the lumber and then will return for another load in Thunder Bay. She is becoming a regular along the shoreline between Thunder Bay and Duluth/Superior.

Also arriving Sunday was the Saltie Spar Ruby who went to anchor about a mile off the break wall and the Canadian Enterprise making her first visit of the season to this Port. She docked at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. At 11:10 p.m. the Enterprise was departing Thunder Bay Terminals and heading down Lake Superior.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Saginaw News

06/18
The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader made their first ever visit to the Saginaw River on Sunday. The pair entered the river and were upbound passing the Independence Bridge around 2:20 a.m. on their way to the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee with a stone cargo. They departed the dock and headed for the 6th Street turning basin at 10:20 a.m., completed turning and were downbound at 12:20 p.m.

The two hour turn time was due to the fact the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort had to disconnect from the Great Lakes Trader, leave the notch and turn the barge in the river do to their combined length of 844'10" being to long for the turning basin. Radio traffic indicated that they will be back in a few days.

The Sam Laud was upbound in the Saginaw passing through Bay City shortly after 7:00 p.m. The Laud was headed to the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee.

The tug Karen Andrie & her barge were inbound the Saginaw giving a security call at the pump out at 8:40 p.m. She was headed to the Triple Clean dock in Essexville with fuel oil.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
The Trader passing the classic E. M. Ford.
Ford at Saginaw Lafarge Dock.
Great Lakes Trader downbound at 6th Street.
Great Lakes Trader passing Sargent Dock.
Trader Stern.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

06/18
Below are images taken on the Detroit River Sunday
H Lee White upbound in the Hennepin Channel with one compartment of stone for the Wyandotte Municipal Dock (Power Plant). She had come out of the Rouge River, turns down and turned at the South Light into the Hennepin Channel. She completed unloading and departed upbound at 9:20 a.m.
Halifax in the Rouge unloading cement clinker loaded in Bowmanville, ON. She is on the run that the Tadoussac will eventually be on. Note how she blocks the Conrail Bridge and the Rouge River while unloading.
Tug Acushnet at the Gaelic Tugboat Co. dock. The tug was recently purchased in Boston, being readied for the tug boat race next weekend.
Tug Shannon.
Tug Mohawk has her propeller installed.
Algosoo downbound off of Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Wyoming and Vermont, off the Gaelic Tug Dock, towing Frontenac from the Rouge Steel Plant.
Moving closer.
Spar opal (Norway) downbound just above Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.

A sequence of pictures showing the John J. Boland entering the Rouge through the Short Cut Bridge. The first five pictures were taken from the old Rouge River Bed. The sixth picture was taken from the Short Cut Bridge draw. The captain did a nice job turning the Boland with a strong breeze from the Northwest.

The Boland has a load of coal for Great Lakes Steel, Zug Island. She came through the Short Cut, turned in the forks and proceeded out the Short Cut Bridge and tied up at the coal dock heading out.
Passing through the Short Cut Bridge.
Starting her turn.
Turning.
Looking down her bow.
Another view.
From the old Rouge River Bed.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

06/18
The Mantadoc was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock. The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock unloading cargo. The John J. Boland was loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed in the early morning.

The small passenger vessel Victory is at the City Docks. The Adam E. Cornelius, and American Mariner remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX will be on Monday with the John B. Aird scheduled for a 7:00 a.m. start and to follow her will be the CSL Niagara due later in the afternoon. On Tuesday the Canadian Century is due in at 2:00 p.m. and the Algosteel due in at 10:00 p.m. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve due in Wednesday afternoon and the Courtney Burton due in Friday afternoon.

Recent pictures of Toledo Traffic
Maumee getting ready to load coal at the CSX Dock.
Armco outbound Maumee Bay.
Canadian Transfer upbound headed for Andersons "K" Elevator.
Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort in lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace) just North of the Shipyard.
Passenger vessel Victory.


Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Aerial Views

06/18:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake Erie Friday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Cruise ship Arcadia upbound on Lake Huron.
American Republic on Lake Erie.
Joseph H. Frantz on Lake Huron.
Courtney Burton.
Roger Blough on Lake Erie.
Moor Laker.
The former Benson Ford now a cottage on South Bass Island.
Another view.
Another.
Detroit River Light.




Soo Locks Cruise

06/18
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Click here for more details




Boatnerd Merchandise Sale

06/18
Force 5, the supplier of Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping merchandise is offering a huge pre-Soo Gathering sale. All items have been reduced including special offers on their Interlake Steamship line of merchandise. Order today and have it for the Soo, *special sale prices are only available online for a short time.

Click here for more details

Veronica will be in the Soo June 29, 30 and July 1 12 noon-6:00 pm near the ship museum. We hope everyone will stop by and say hello.




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 launched 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.

On 18 June 1858, the steamship CANADA left the Lakes via the St. Lawrence rapids since she was too large for the existing locks. She had been built by Louis Shickluna at the Niagara Drydock Company in 1853 at a cost of $63,000. She was sold for ocean service after the Depression of 1857. Her hull was rebuilt and she was renamed MISSISSIPPI. She foundered in a gale in the South Atlantic on 12 August 1862.

The venerable side-wheel passenger ferry Trillium was launched June 18, 1910 by Polson Iron Works in Toronto.

Data from: Gerry O., 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




Arcadia Arrives

06/17
The Greek cruise ship Arcadia arrived in Detroit Saturday morning to drop of passenger and take on supplies. The 361-foot ship then crossed the river that afternoon to take on the next load of passenger. The Jones Act Law does not allow a foreign registered ship to start and end a cruise in the U.S.

The Arcadia departed Saturday night on a 7-day cruise that will take passengers to Bay City, Mackinac Island, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Charlevoix and end in Detroit. The ship offers 11 different Great Lakes itineraries on 23 departures through Oct. 20, including several to Lake Superior.

The 5,113 gt. Arcadia was completed in Spain in 1968 as Vicente Puchol, a passenger and automobile ferry, but was converted for cruise service and renamed in 1990. Her officers and crew are Greek. She is 361 feet in length, 53 feet in beam. The ship has two lounges, an attractive dining room, a shop, a small swimming pool and plenty of open-deck space. She was recently refurbished. Her passenger capacity in Great Lakes service is about 225 persons. Arcadia operates in the budget category of cruise ships. Her cabins are small, but all have private facilities.

For more information call 800-268-6523.

Arcadia upbound Saturday morning Mike Nicholls
Off Grassy Island.
Docked in Detroit. This is the Motor City Intermodal Dock, the tug W.N. Twolan and barge unload lumber from Thunder Bay here.
Stern view.

Pictures of Arcadia in Detroit and Windsor N. Schultheiss
The port of Detroit does not have a dock able to accommodate the passenger ships. Passengers see Detroit from a run down dock in an industrial area and are quickly taken away by bus.
The clean white ship at dock.
Close up.
Arcadia departs heading upbound for Windsor.
Wide view heading upbound for Windsor.
Arcadia docks in Windsor.
Stern view.
To contrast Detroit, the ship docks on the beautifully developed Windsor water font.
Large forward lounge.
Crews prepare the aft lounge for a reception.
Looking across the pool at the sundeck.
State room.
Pilothouse.
Bridge crew.
Engine controls.
Passenger ship Le Levant departs.
Passengers enjoy the view of the river.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Green Bay News

06/17
The Port of Green Bay had been somewhat quiet during the first part of June. Other than regular cement deliveries by the Alpena and Paul H. Townsend, little freighter traffic has been seen in port over the past couple of weeks.

However, ship traffic has increased during the past few days. On June 14 the Buffalo arrived with a load of coal for the port terminal farthest up the Fox River, Georgia- Pacific. On June 15, Sam Laud delivered coal to the Reiss dock. On June 16, the John G. Munson made a visit (see photos).

Port activity looks to be busy for the next few days, as the Arthur M. Anderson is scheduled to arrive on June 17. Also, the former Myron C. Taylor, which used to make frequent trips to the Port of Green Bay, is due to arrive under it's new name Calumet for the first time this season.

The passenger cruise ship Arcadia is due in port on Tuesday June 19.

Munson approaching mouth of fox river.
Entering Fox River.
Munson passing the Pulliam plant.
Close up of forward cabins.
Munson rounding Birds Tree and Grassy Islands on Green Bay.
Preparing to unload.
S.T. Crapo used for storage.
Stern view.
Lewis Harriman also use for storage.


Reported by: Jeff DuMez




Detroit Traffic

06/17
Below are images taken on the Detroit River Saturday
The three Diamond Jack boats, Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle and Diamond Queen.
Curtis Randolph upbound for the Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Tour boat Aurora Borerealze.
Algolake upbound off the Rouge River.
John J Boland upbound at Grassy Island with coal for Zug Island in the Rouge Short Cut.
Stern view.
Paul H Townsend at the Lafarge Dock in Detroit.
The three Diamond Jack boats, Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle and Diamond Queen.
Back up mail boat Joseph J. Hogan at the Westcott Dock.
Lake Ontario (Marshall Islands) at Detroit Marine Terminals 2.
J. W. Westcott II stern, proceeding down to Zug Island to service the John J Boland.
John J Boland at the Zug Island Coal Dock.
Roger Blough downbound with ore for Conneaut.
Stern view.
Self unloading shuttle boom.
Canadian Voyager upbound at Fighting Island South Light.
Stern view.
Algobay upbound at Grassy Island with ore for Zug Island.
Elikon (Cayman Islands) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Le Levant downbound at Grassy Island after departing Dieppe Park, destination Toronto.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

06/17
The John J. Boland was scheduled to arrive about 11:00 p.m. Saturday evening to load coal at the CSX Dock. The next scheduled coal boats due in at CSX will be on Monday with the John B. Aird scheduled for a 7:00 a.m. start followed by the CSL Niagara around 11:00 p.m. On Tuesday The Canadian Century is due in around 1:00 p.m. followed by the Algosteel at 6:00 p.m.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Wednesday afternoon followed by the Courtney Burton on Friday morning.

The Adam E. Cornelius and American Mariner remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

There was an Andrie tug/barge at the B-P Dock. The Mantadoc is due to arrive in the next several days to load grain at one of the grain elevator complexes.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




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, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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




Cruise Ship heads for Detroit

06/16
The Greek cruise ship Arcadia is scheduled to arrive in Detroit at 7:00 a.m. docking below the Ambassador Bridge at an industrial dock. This launches the first full season of Great Lakes cruising in 35 years. The 361-foot ship offers 11 different Great Lakes itineraries on 23 departures through Oct. 20, including several to Lake Superior. After dropping off passengers the Arcadia will sail across the river and dock in Windsor to take on passengers.

Stern view docked in Erie.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson and Earle Schaffer




Century in Detroit

06/16
The Canadian Century paid a visit to the Zug Island Ore Dock Thursday.
Canadian Century finishes unloading at the Zug Island Ore Dock.
Century departs dock to proceed up to the "corner".
Century approaches the corner.
Capt. Mac Mc Carty of the Patricia Hoey moves to the Century's port quarter to be in position when needed.
Canadian Century is 1/2 a foot off the corner of the dock.
Patricia Hoey begins to push on the Century's port quarter.
Patricia Hoey continues to push the stern up into the current.
Wide view of the Patricia Hoey still pushing.
Canadian Century has the port bow on the corner of the dock.
Century begins to move ahead as the Patricia Hoey continues to push.
Both vessels continue to move forward.
Patricia Hoey pushing full ahead, moving the Canadian Century up against the current. Note how calm the water is with the Century blocking the current.
Patricia Hoey continues to push the Century up to hold her straight against the current until the Century gets completely into the old Rouge dock. Another job well done.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Thunder Bay Report

06/16
The Canadian Provider arrived early morning Friday moving through the south break wall entrance and docking at the P&H Elevator to load. By late afternoon she was next door at Agricore to continue loading. Late Friday she moved over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a.

The tug Radium Yellowknife remains at the Northern Woods old ore dock and the Algontario remains in long-term lay-up at the Pascol Engineering dock.

Tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer finished loading at United Grain Growers "A" house and backed out the north entrance and proceeded down the lake late afternoon. She is headed for Duluth and is scheduled to arrive there early this morning.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Marquette News

06/16
For the second time this week as well as this shipping season, a different American Steamship vessel visited the Shiras Dock at the Board of Light & Power in the lower harbor. The vessel St. Clair, making its first visit of the season, arrived on Wednesday delivering a load of limestone for the mines in Marquette County. Thursday, the Mesabi Miner arrived at the ore dock in the upper harbor delivering coal to Wisconsin Electric. Also arriving at the ore in the upper harbor Thursday was the Courtney Burton who took on a load of ore.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Sandusky Update

06/16
The Lake Erie port of Sandusky has seen a steady flow of traffic this week. The Kaye E. Barker arrived on Wednesday morning for a 7:00 a.m. start to load. The Wolverine followed her on Thursday morning. The John B Aird also arrived Thursday morning and was still loading at 8:00 p.m. that night.

The Canadian Progress was anchored in the lake awaiting dock space. The Calumet was finishing unloading salt last Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. and was expected to depart soon after. The Arthur M. Anderson was due at 6:00 a.m. Friday to load coal.

Reported by: Mark Harris




Lorain News

06/16
Friday morning the Canadian Transport departed Lorain at after lightening stone up the Black River. The sailing vessel Windy II arrived in Lorain for the weekend. She docked at the public dock and is giving 90 minute cruises this weekend.

Pictures by TZ
Windy II arrives.
Close up.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Cleveland Report

06/16
The John Boland was unloading ore at the C&P dock Friday afternoon and departed about 1:30 p.m. The Canadian Transfer arrived off Cleveland at 12:30 p.m. and was later seen unloading stone at CRP near West 3rd street. The Calumet was loading salt on the old river as well.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Erie, PA update

06/16
The port of Erie has been busy this week. The U.S. Navy Reserve Landing Craft 1680 from Buffalo departed Monday after giving tours over the weekend. The Richard Reiss unloaded a partial cargo on Monday at the Mounfort Terminal. The cruise ship Niagara Prince came in Tuesday and departed late Wednesday night. The Richard Reiss unloaded at the Old Ore Dock on Wednesday. The Greek Cruise Ship Arcadia arrived on Thursday.

Stern view of the Arcadia docked in Erie.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




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.

On 16 June 1887, CHAMPLAIN (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 135', 438 gt, built in 1870 at Cleveland) was carrying passengers, merchandise and horses on Lake Michigan when an engine room lamp exploded. The fire spread so quickly that the pumps could not be started. She headed for Fisherman's Island, Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, but struck a bar and sank a mile short of the beach. 22 of the 57 persons aboard died, most from drowning. Although initially declared a total loss, the hull was towed into Harbor Springs, Michigan, then taken to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and rebuilt as CITY OF CHARLEVOIX. She was also lengthened to 165'. She lasted until 1924 when she burned at her lay-up dock in Manistee, Michigan. At that time, she was named KANSAS.

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


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




CSL Tadoussac Refloated

06/15
The CSL Tadoussac was floated from the dry dock late Wednesday afternoon at Port Weller Dry Docks. Thursday the vessel was at the fit out dock. The tugs James McGrath, Lac Vancouver and Miseford assisted with the operation as the Tadoussac appeared not to have her engines running.

In addition to the tugs the Canal stopped traffic on the lower end and also closed the sluice gates on the East side of Lock 1. Traffic cannot move during this type of operation because the ship leaving the drydock comes all the way across to the tie-up wall above Lock 1, before being maneuvered back across to the fit-out wall. The sluice gates are closed to minimize any cross-current that may tend to force the ship up to the North.

The CSL Tadoussac still requires some painting on her starboard side and some reports indicate there may be welding to complete.

A number of people gathered to watch the "new" ship being launched. The area across from Port Weller Dry Docks is gradually being fencing off, this caused many of the watchers to stand behind the new chain-link fence.

Reported by: Roger Tottman and Paul Beesley




Last Load for Taconite Harbor

06/15
As of June 14, the Lee A. Tregurtha is scheduled to load the last taconite pellets from the LTV Steel Mining Company dock at Taconite Harbor. The Tregurtha is scheduled to arrive at 1:00 p.m. on Friday June 22. Until then, the harbor will see a steady procession of vessels. Mesabi Miner on June 15, Lee A. Tregurtha on June 16, Joseph H. Thompson and Buckeye on June 19, Mesabi Miner on June 20 and finally the Lee A. Tregurtha again on June 22. This will conclude approximately 44 years of shipping pellets from Taconite Harbor.

Shipping of chips (broken and undersized pellets) will continue probably through July at a reduced rate of one or two small boats per week. At that point the railroad and dock will be shut down. The power plant at Taconite harbor has been shut down since January when the mine and pellet plant were shut down.

Future use of the railroad and dock facility is dependent on who will be the successful bidder for the LTV Steel Mining Co. assets. The winning bid will be announced sometime this summer. Bidders range from a joint Cleveland-Cliffs/Minnesota Power bid that will likely mean the continuation of mining and processing activities at some point in the future to a scrap dealer that is mainly interested in salvaging all of the assets and selling them.

The power plant will likely see service again in the next year or so and will continue to receive coal by boat. It could be several years before the railroad and unloading facilities at Taconite Harbor are reactivated.

Reported by: Mike Cleary




Traffic Diverted

06/15
Vessel traffic at the Soo was light Thursday morning with smaller vessels using the large Poe Lock, these vessels would normally use the McArthur Lock. Engineers were examining a gate that was resting higher than the other on the McArthur. It was unknown how long adjustments would take.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




St. Clair in for Repairs

06/15
St. Clair was in Duluth on Thursday with more problems. The vessel was docked at the port authority's C&D dock apparently for a propeller blade replacement. Fraser Shipyards' tug Maxine Thompson was there with two work barges and a crane was in place, and a new propeller blade was ready in a crate.

Reported by: Greg King




Coast Guard searches Green Bay for missing teens

06/15
Coast Guard units searched the Green Bay area Wednesday night and Thursday for three Illinois teenagers who were last seen aboard a small paddleboat off Egg Harbor.

The three young men, ages 17 and 18, were last seen paddling their boat into Green Bay about 4 a.m. Wednesday on a quest to watch the sunrise. Their boat was recovered 12 hours later near Hat Island, about 3 1/2 miles from where they launched.

Coast Guard units, including helicopters with thermal imaging equipment, searched the waters and small islands in a 200-square-mile area without finding the youths. Four local police agencies also participated in the search. By late Thursday, the Coast Guard called off the search after deciding the missing youths could not have survived in the 53-degree water.

A fourth teen started out with the group but jumped off the paddleboat and swam to shore after becoming concerned that currents were taking the boat too far from shore. WGN-TV in Chicago reported all four youths abandoned the paddleboat but that only one made it safely to shore. Neighbors said that if the teens had remained with their boat, they probably all would have survived.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Report

06/15
Early morning fog Thursday hid any vessel movement in the Port of Thunder Bay but by late afternoon the skies were partly sunny. The Sarah Spencer and her Tug Jane Ann IV arrived early morning under this fog cover and docked at the Cargil Elevator. By 5:00 p.m. she had moved over to Saskatchewan Pool 7b and then over to United Grain Growers "A" late that evening. She will be departing once finished loading at UGG"A".

The Goviken slide quietly over to Richardson's early Thursday morning to finish loading and by early evening she was out the north entrance and heading down the lake.

The Cartierdoc also finished her loading at Saskatchewan Pool 7a and was downbound around noon. Other departures included the W.N. Twolan and her barge McAllaster132 leaving the Great West Timber dock early afternoon with a load of lumber for Detroit and the Canadian Venture departing UGG "A" and heading down the lake that evening.

The Tug Radium Yellowknife remains at the Northern Woods dock (old ore dock) with three more lumber laden barges.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Sturgeon Bay Update

06/15
The tug Susan W. Hannah was refloated from the small floating dry dock at Bay Ship and connected to the barge Southdown Conquest Tuesday at Berth #4.

Tug and barge remained at berth #4 while the remainder of the outfitting was completed. Late afternoon Wednesday, the pair departed Bay Ship, out bound to Lake Michigan Through the Sturgeon Bay ship canal.

Out of the dry dock.
Tug Escort II from Selvick Marine towing Chambers Island Barge to Bay Ship to be Loaded with supplies for the Island.
Susan W. and Southdown Conquest backing out of Berth #4 .
Bow passing thru Michigan Street Bridge .
Tug and barge.
Boat watching in Style .

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Saginaw News

06/15
The Earl. W. Oglebay finished unloading at the Saginaw Wirt Dock, turned, and waited at the Burroughs Dock for the upbound Algoway to pass before departing for the Saginaw Bay. She was downbound passing Cass Ave. at 8:55 Thursday morning.

The Algoway entered the Saginaw River early in the morning heading to the Buena Vista Dock with a cargo of stone. She was finished unloading and downbound passing the I-75 Bridge at 5:20 p.m. that afternoon headed for the lake.

The tanker Gemini, who had arrived Wednesday night, completed discharging her cargo of gasoline at the Ashland-Marathon Dock in Bangor Twp. She turned in the river and was outbound for the bay at 4:05 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Earl W. Oglebay approaching Independence Bridge.
Close up.
Oglebay Passing the Gemini in the morning haze.
Gemini Turning at the Ashland-Marathon Dock.
Gemini turning.
Gemini outbound.
Algoway outbound past Lafayette Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

06/15
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Thursday evening.

Ocean Hauler & Doug Mc Keil downbound below Grassy Island on the way to the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg.
Close up of tug.
Stern view.
Spar Ruby (Norway) unloading at Morterm in Windsor.
C.C.G.S. Sora upbound off Belanger Park.
Algonova upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Traffic on Wednesday.

Tug Stormont & barge Lac St Jean arriving at Morterm from Detroit.
Stern view.
Close up of tug Stormont.
Spar Ruby (Norway) at Morterm in Windsor.
Algoeast upbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.
Tug Capt Barnaby after fueling at Sterling. Downbound to pick up three barges and continue downbound.
Stern view.
American Republic upbound for Manistee.
Stern view.
Diamond Jack downbound for Wyandotte.
Stern view.
Marine Pollution Control barge & workboat working off Great Lakes Steel below Nicholson's.
Mississagi downbound before turning into the Rouge River for the Lafarge Dock (the Shell Dock) below the I 75 Bridge.
Stern view.
After turning.
J A W Iglehart upbound at Grassy Island. Loaded with dry cement for the Lafarge Dock in Detroit which was loaded in Bath, ON.
Stern view.
Reserve downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Reserve & Middletown passing.
Middletown upbound at Fighting Island North light, loaded with coal.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

06/15
The John G. Munson was loading coal at the CSX Docks Thursday. The American Mariner, and Adam E. Cornelius remain in lay-up at there respective docksites. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay was at the City Docks.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the John J. Boland on Friday evening. The H. Lee White and CSL Niagara on Saturday evening, followed by the John B. Aird on Sunday evening.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Docks will be the Reserve Wednesday morning followed by the Courtney Burton on Friday morning, June 22.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Clarkson Update

06/15
Thursday the Algoport made her first appearance of the season in the Lake Ontario port. She arrived shortly after noon and tied up at St. Lawrence Cement. She arrived from Nova Scotia with a cargo of gypsum. Crewmen in dinghies were painting her hull as she unloaded.

At Petro Canada the Diamond Star was in from Montreal. She arrived overnight Tuesday or early Wednesday. She was unloading hydro cracker bottoms from Montreal.

As of 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening Diamond Star appeared to be almost finished unloading. The Algoport had retracted her boom and appeared to be getting ready to leave.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Dredging Reveals Remains

06/15
Skeletal remains found inside a 1972 Jeep that was submerged in the Manistee River channel have not yet been positively identified, Michigan State Police said Wednesday. Troopers said the green-and-white two-door vehicle matches a Jeep that Frank Skipski was seen driving when he disappeared in October 1973. Skipski, a Manistee resident, was 53 when he vanished more than 27 years ago according to the Tribune news services.

Family members expressed hope that the remains were his and the mystery was solved. A Manistee County deputy accidentally discovered the Jeep during a dive into the river's murky waters on June 7 to recover items that were reportedly stolen and tossed into the river. The vehicle, which was in 15 feet of water, was nearly buried in silt on the river bottom.

On Monday and Tuesday, police divers worked in the river to remove silt and debris from the submerged vehicle. The remains were discovered Tuesday, as the Jeep was removed from the water in pieces.

Reported by: Mike Davies




Soo Locks Cruise

06/15
Friday, June 29 is Engineers Day at the Soo Locks. On Engineers Day 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. Afterwards a special "Freighter Chasing Cruise" will depart from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk. Time is running out if you would like to reserve your ticket for the cruise.

  • Departing at 6:00 p.m. sharp from the Roberta Bondar Dock in Sault, Canada and it will be returning at approximately at 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost is only $15.00 U.S. funds or $21.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as food .
  • Our route for this cruise will take us where ever the ships are. We will pass through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River chasing freighters.

    For those wishing to be take the cruise, please send a check or money order payable to :
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises
    Roberta Bondar Park Dock, P.O. Box 325,
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
    P6A 5L8

Order by phone: 877-226-3665 Please have your credit card number ready.

A boarding ticket will be mailed to you, so please ensure the return address is correct. Space is limited to the first 150 persons.

Please feel free to e-mail any questions to: Capt. John M. Chomniak
General Manager
Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

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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.

GRECIAN (steel propeller freighter, 296', 2348 gt, built 1891 at Cleveland, Ohio) had struck a rock near Detour, Michigan on 7 June 1906, but made dock at Detour before settling on bottom.. After her cargo was removed, she was raised, and while in towed by her fleet mate SIR HENRY BESSEMER, bound for Detroit Shipbuilding Co. in Ecorse, Michigan for repairs, relying on air pressure in her sealed holds kept her afloat. However, on 15 June 1906, her holds began to fill with water and she sank in Lake Huron off Thunder Bay. Her crew was rescued by SIR HENRY BESSEMER.

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


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




Stone Skips A Beat In May

06/14
Shipments of stone from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports totaled 4.4 million tons in May, a decrease of 6.7 percent compared to a year ago. The decrease was not unexpected - three larger U.S.-Flag lakers that are active in the stone trade entered temporary lay-up in May, so capacity was reduced at least for the moment. For the season, the stone trade stands at 7.9 million tons, a decrease of 3.7 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Thunder Bay Report

06/14
The only arrival in Thunder Bay Wednesday was the Canadian Venture, arriving about 4:00 p.m. for the Thunder Bay Terminals. At 8:00 p.m. she was moving to United Grain Growers "A" house in the Current River area.

The W.N. Twolan and barge McAllaster132 continue to load lumber at the Great West Timber dock. The Radium Yellowknife is at the Northern Woods (old ore dock) preparing for her next trip down to Superior, WI.

The Cartierdoc moved over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to continue loading wheat and the Saltie Goviken continues to load at Saskatchewan Pool 7b.

The Algontario continues her long term lay-up at the Pascol Engineering dock in the Current River end of port.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena News

06/14
The Alpena arrived in port at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday to load cement. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity were due into port on Thursday evening. The Paul H. Townsend is scheduled to arrive after midnight on Friday morning coming from Muskegon. The J.A.W Iglehart was in Detroit.

The Arthur M. Anderson was loading at Stoneport on Wednesday. It was taking a load of stone to Huron, OH.

Reported by: Chanda Bruski




Saginaw News

06/14
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann arrived at the Bay Aggregates Dock early Wednesday morning. She finished unloading her cargo of stone and waited for the upbound Algorail to pass before departing. The Pathfinder departed Bay Aggregates around 8:20 a.m. headed for the Airport Turing Basin, where she turned and was headed outbound for the Saginaw Bay at 9:25 a.m.

The Algorail was upbound the Saginaw River passing the Vetrans Bridge around 8:00 a.m. that morning. She was headed upriver to an undisclosed Saginaw Dock.

The Earl W. Oglebay entered the Saginaw River Wednesday afternoon with a split load of stone for Bay City & Saginaw Wirt. She arrived at Bay City Wirt around 5:05 p.m., lightered, then departed for Saginaw Wirt around 9:00 p.m.

Tha Algorail completed unloading in Saginaw and was downbound at the I-75 bridge around 6:50 that evening.

The Tanker Gemini was the fourth arrivial of the day giving a security call at the pump out island at 10:20 p.m. She was upbound to the Ashland-Marathon Dock with a cargo of gasoline.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Algorail passing Pathfinder at Bay Aggregates.
Algorail reflection.
Algorail stern view.
Earl W. Oglebay arriving at Bay City Wirt.
Unloading.
Pathfinder/Dorothy Ann approaching Cass Ave.
Pathfinder following Algorail upriver.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

06/14
The Melissa Desgagnes was loading coal at the CSX Docks and was expected to depart late Wednesday afternoon. Following the Desgagnes will be the John G. Munson due in late Wednesday evening. It appears that the tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes was at the B-P Dock loading cargo.

The Armco was at the Torco Dock unloading ore, The Reserve was due in late that evening to unload ore.

The Adam E. Cornelius, and American Mariner still remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Thursday evening. The H. Lee White on Friday afternoon, and the CSL Niagara on Saturday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Clarkson News

06/14
Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. the sun was hidden by a moderate haze that blanketed the near shore area making it impossible to see the Petro Canada pier. The St. Lawrence Cement dock was just visible.

Ghosting out of the haze came the James Norris feeling its way in to St. Lawrence Cement. She was alongside and unloading by 9:30 a.m.

Upon revisiting at noon, the haze had lifted revealing the Dzintari over at Petro Canada. She was unloading and had likely arrived during the nighttime hours.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




SMET Holding Even With Last Year

06/14
May coal loadings at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, totaled 1.9 million net tons, a slight increase compared to the same period last year. For the season, shipments from SMET stand at 4,049,318 net tons, virtually the same as a year ago.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




GLMTF Hails Bush Stand On Steel

06/14
The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force Tuesday hailed the decision of the Bush Administration to initiate a Section 201 investigation into the continued dumping of foreign steel into the United States. In the past three years, steel imports into the United States have totaled 120 million tons and driven the price of steel so low that no less than 12 American steelmakers are currently in various stages of bankruptcy. If the investigation determines unfair trade has harmed American steel companies, the Federal government can impose restrictions on imports.

"Iron ore and the other raw materials needed for steel production are the backbone of domestic Great Lakes shipping," said Daniel L. Smith, President of GLMTF and Vice President of American Maritime Officers. "This avalanche of dumped foreign steel has kept at least two U.S.-Flag lakers inactive this year and at least temporarily forced three others to lay-up shortly after fitting out this spring. It is intolerable such efficient hulls are idle because of unfair trade. I applaud President Bush for taking such forceful action so early in his Administration."

Steel imports to the United States skyrocketed in 1997 when the Asian economy fumbled and remain at near record levels. Since 1997, the iron ore trade in U.S.-Flag lakers has fallen from 63.4 to 58.5 million tons, a decrease of nearly 8 percent.

"We must never lose sight of the fact that steel is still the economic heartbeat of the Great Lakes region," said George J. Ryan, 1st Vice President of GLMTF and President of Lake Carriers' Association. "American steel mills generate more than 100,000 family-sustaining jobs for steelworkers. The iron ore mines of Minnesota and Michigan employ 8,000 miners. The U.S.-Flag Lakes fleet requires more than 2,500 merchant mariners to carry the iron ore, coal and fluxstone that blast furnaces turn into steel. Add in all the other jobs at supply industries, and more than 400,000 residents of the region owe their livelihood to steel."

"This action is the culmination of efforts by many legislators, both Republican and Democrat," said James J. Driscoll, 3rd Vice President of GLMTF and Director of Marketing for Marinette Marine Corporation. "In the House, Congressman Oberstar of Minnesota and Representative Kucinich of Ohio, to name just two, have been tireless advocates of American steel. Minnesota Senator Wellstone and others in that chamber have likewise defended the industry from unfair trade."

Steel imports are the primary inbound cargo for oceangoing vessels working the Great Lakes, but the Section 201 investigation will not bar foreign steel from U.S. shores. "The United States does not have enough capacity to make all the steel this country consumes," said John D. Baker, 2nd Vice President of GLMTF and President of the ILA's Great Lakes District Council. "In particular, demand for certain specialty steels does not justify investment in production facilities, so salties will still have inbound cargos when order has been restored to the steel trade. Free but fair trade in steel will keep all segments of Great Lakes shipping healthy."

The Federal government currently is also investigating the national security impacts of imports of iron ore and semi-finished steel. GLMTF has urged the government to ensure that imports of these commodities do not jeopardize domestic Great Lakes shipping.

Founded in 1992, Great Lakes Maritime Task Force promotes domestic and international waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes. The coalition is the largest assembly of labor and management ever to represent the interests of Great Lakes shipping.




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.

The wooden scow TINKER was launched at Leighton & Dunford's yard in Port Huron, Michigan on 14 June 1876.

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




Hibbing Taconite extends shutdown

06/13
In another sign of the lingering slowdown in the steel industry, the temporary summer shutdown at Hibbing Taconite is being extended from five weeks to seven.

Hibbing Taconite, located near Hibbing, Minn., last winter was scheduled for a five-week shutdown, which was later cancelled because of increased demand for pellets and then, in recent months, reinstated. The plants ships pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




U.S.-Flag Carriage Down Again In May

06/13
Shipments of dry-bulk cargo in U.S.-Flag lakers in May fell to 12 million net tons, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to the same period last year. After nearly 2 1/2 months of navigation, the U.S.-Flag float stands at 24,948,089 tons, a decrease of 8.7 percent compared to the same point in the 2000 navigation season.

Iron ore cargos in U.S. bottoms totaled 5.9 million tons, a decrease of 8.9 percent. For the season, the U.S.-Flag ore float stands at 13.4 million tons, a decrease of 11.9 percent. The drop-off comes as no surprise; so swollen is the country with dumped foreign steel that through June 2, American steel mills were operating at less than 80 percent of capacity.

The U.S.-Flag stone trade was also less than robust in May; loadings totaled 3.2 million tons, a decrease of 7.7 percent. For the season, stone cargos in U.S. bottoms are down by more than 8 percent. Reduced steel production has impacted demand for fluxstone. A wet May also dampened demand for aggregate from the construction industry.

Coal cargos in U.S.-Flag lakers increased marginally in May, and for the season, that trade is running at last year's pace.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Availability Problems Hampering Lake Erie Coal

06/13
Coal loadings at Lake Erie ports in May totaled 2.1 million net tons, a decrease of 14 percent compared to a year ago. Since the resumption of coal loadings in mid March, the trade stands at 4.6 million tons, a decrease of 23 percent.

While some fall-off was expected - Lake Erie coal got off to one of its fastest starts ever in 2000 - the season to date total reflects significant problems with coal availability. A wet spring in the coal fields has flooded some mines and impacted processing at others.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Sub Prepares for Movie

06/13
The World War II submarine USS Silversides, docked as a museum in Muskegon, MI, will be used in a Disney/Miramax movie later in the month. Tuesday the sub was moved away from its' berth in the channel and then repositioned back along the wall of the channel. Filming is planned for the week of June 25 and is expected to take about three weeks.

Reported by: Dan McCormick




Twin Ports Report

06/13
A rainy spring has raised the level of Lake Superior to a reported 6 inches above datum. Vessels of some fleets reportedly have been able to increase their draft by several inches since the start of the season.

Two grain elevators that have seen little traffic this spring were busy Tuesday. Sarah Spencer was unloading at the General Mills elevator in Duluth while next door the Kopalnia Halemba was loading at Cargill B1. Elsewhere, Spar Opal finished unloading at the port terminal and departed; Sylvia was loading at Peavey in Superior; Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal; and Indiana Harbor was loading taconite pellets at BNSF in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

06/13
The Cartierdoc had been docked at Keefer Terminals for a few of days and about 3:00 p.m. Tuesday the crew hosed down the deck and she backed out into the harbor and then slipped into Cargil Elevator to load wheat.

At the same time the Cartierdoc was making her move, the Ziemia Tarnowska was securing their hatches at Richardson's Elevator. Then, with the help of the Tugs Glenada and Point Valour, she was pushed back out into the harbor where she moved forward and out the North Entrance. She had loaded at Mission Terminals prior to her move to Richardson's.

Other boats in the port included the saltie Goviken who had been loading at UGG"A" on Monday and moved over to Saskatchewan Pool 7B around noon Tuesday.

The tug W.N. Twolan's barge McAllister 132 was about 3/4 loaded with lumber from Great West Timber. Three fully loaded barges of lumber were waiting at the Ore Dock next to Northern Woods when the tug Radium Yellowknife arrived Tuesday night. The Yellowknife was preparing the barges for another trip to Superior, WI.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Detroit Traffic

06/13
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Tuesday evening.

Canadian Transport loading at Ojibway Salt.
Stern view.
Windoc downbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
barge A 397 & Karen Andrie upbound past Grassy Island.
Buffalo upbound in the Ballard's Reef Channel loaded with coal for Green Bay.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

06/13
The Canadian Olympic was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator and was expected to depart during the afternoon or evening depending on the loading process. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock. The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock. There was an unknown tug/barge unit at the T.W.I. Dock possibly belonging to the Andrie Fleet. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay was at the City Docks.

The Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the Courtney Burton, Canadian Progress, and American Republic waiting to follow. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Melissa Desgagnes, and John G. Munson today. The John J. Boland is scheduled on Thursday, followed by the H. Lee White on Friday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock are expected to arrive today with the Armco due in the morning, and the Reserve due in the late evening. The Reserve is due back at Torco next Tuesday morning, followed by the Courtney Burton on Friday June 22.

The Adam E. Cornelius and American Mariner remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto News

06/13
The Greek Cruise Ship Arcadia arrived in Toronto Tuesday to take on passengers for a four-night cruise to Detroit. The cruise ship was expected to depart at 8:00 p.m. last night and arrive in Detroit at 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

On Monday the English River was in port. The Wayward Princess shifted to her new berth, but the Empire Sandy will remain at her old berth until her new slip is dredged.

The Toronto Fireboat Wm. Lyon Mackenzie went back into service Monday afternoon as scheduled.

C. & C. Marine's tug Patricia D. and spud barge Rock Prince went to Pier 27 and removed a trailer that belonged to Canamac Cruise Lines. McKeil's tugs Atomic and Lac Como returned in mid-afternoon Monday via the West Gap, they were believed to have been assisting a ship into Clarkson.

The police boat MU-1 and the fire department responded to a large diesel oil slick near the West Gap late on Tuesday afternoon. The source of the oil slick was unknown.

Cruise ship Arcadia.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Current Vessel Positions

06/13:
The automated identification system (AIS) in use on parts of the St. Lawrence Seaway allows ships using the Seaway and traffic personnel to view up to the minute maps of vessel positions. The Seaway's web site is hosting an early view of these maps. The breakdown of traffic sectors will be coming at the very end of June.

Click here to visit the Seaway's web site
Click here for a preview of a real time map showing vessel positions

Reported by: Peter Carter




Steamship Historical Society of America Trip

06/13
The Steamship Historical Society of America is sponsoring a trip to northern Russia to travel on one of the world's few surviving sidewheel overnight steamers. The tour departs on August 16, 2001 and returns two weeks later.

Organized by a firm that is a recognized expert in Russian travel, it includes three days and nights on the paddle steamer N.V. Gogol for a cruise from Archangelsk on the Dvina River; a trip by overnight ship from Archangelsk to the famous Solovetsy Islands, with two days of touring that ancient fortified monastery, using the ship as the hotel; and several days of included sightseeing in and around St. Petersburg, the magnificent capital of the tsars.

With airfare from Newark the cost is anticipated to be about $3700 per person, double occupancy including most meals, internal airfares, and tours.

Leading the tour on behalf of the society is William M. Worden, editor-in-chief of "Steamboat Bill."

For further information on this unique adventure, contact Worden at bworden@worldnet.att.net or at 1020 Iroquois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214.




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




Halifax Ready for Service

06/12
The propeller repairs to the Halifax have been completed at Port Weller Dry Docks. She is now afloat in the deep dock and is expected to be moved out some time today. The tug Miseford arrived earlier Monday afternoon to help assist when she is moved. The Halifax entered the dry dock on June 3.

In the next dry dock, work continues on her fleet mate CSL Tadoussac who is almost ready to sail. It appears most of the welding has been completed and close to all of her port side is now painted gray. She sports a fresh CANADA STEAMSHIP LINES banner on her side.

The Tadoussac has been undergoing conversion of her unloading system, cargo holds and widening.

Reported by: Jason Junge




Calumet Visits the Canal

06/12
The Calumet arrived at Wharf 12, the stone dock at Port Colborne in the Welland Canal Monday afternoon to load a cargo of stone. This is the Calumet's first trip into the Welland Canal under her new name.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Jimmy Sprunt




Reiss Loads at Drummond

06/12
The Richard Reiss loaded dolostone at Drummond Island on Saturday. She was there from about noon until 6:00 p.m. when she departed for Erie, PA.

Reported by: Marc Vander Meulen




Presque Isle Update

06/12
The Presque Isle's extended stay in Duluth was due to a hydraulic oil leak at the stern of the tug. Friday morning the Presque Isle was at the DM&IR dock unloading when a seal in the controllable pitch propeller was suspected to have failed, discharged an estimated 20-40 gallons of hydraulic oil into the St Louis Bay.

The oil was contained by an oil boom that the crew quickly deployed around the tug. A local cleanup contractor was hired by the vessel's operator to remove the spilled oil.

The tug then used ballast water to lift the propeller out of the water so crews could repair or replace the seal.

A controllable pitch propeller allows a vessel to control its speed and direction of movement with out changing the speed of the engine. The shaft carries hydraulic oil to the propeller hub where the pitch is adjusted.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Eric Holst




1000-footer Charter

06/12
Algoma Central Marine will contract out tonnage to one of the U.S. 1000-footers. Full details were not available but the contact was rumored to be for one week per month.

The crisis in the U.S. Steel industry has decreased the need for taconite, a primary cargo for many of the fleet's 1000-footers.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Duluth - Superior News

06/12
Monday evening saw a flurry of activity around the Twin Ports. At about 6:00 p.m. the Joseph L. Block finished unloading stone at the DM&IR hopper and slid back along the dock until it was positioned under the gravity chutes, ready to load. This opened up DM&IR's conveyor loading berth for the James R. Barker, which had been laying by at the Port Terminal. However, just as the Barker was preparing to move up the river, the John J. Boland announced its departure from Midwest Energy and the Charles M. Beeghly gave a security call for its arrival at the Duluth piers, bound for the Cutler Stone dock in Superior. The Barker waited for the Boland to pass it outbound and the Beeghly to pass it inbound before making its move. Once the Boland had passed the Barker it kept close to Rice's Point to allow the Beeghly to enter the harbor, make a sharp turn to port, and pass it just off of the AGP elevator. The John J. Boland then departed, bound for the lower harbor in Marquette, MI. Back inside the harbor, the Beeghly passed the James R. Barker at the Port Terminal, and the fleetmates exchanged salutes. Once the Beeghly cleared, the Barker could finally turn off of the Port Terminal and back up the river toward DM&IR. During all the action, the Sylvia continued its stay at Peavey in Superior, the Spar Opal sat at the Port Terminal's general cargo berth, and Kopalnia Halemba prepared to spend its first night docked at Cargill B-1.

Also during all of this, a storm front passed through the harbor, kicking up strong and sudden southeasterly winds. The stiff gale kept the local Coast Guard's hands full. One of their smaller craft was deployed just off of their Park Point station to retrieve a drifting sailboat, usually moored to a buoy about a thousand feet southeast of their station. The wayward boat was rescued just in time, as it was about to be dashed against the stone breakwall that forms the outer edge of the Harbor Cove Marina. Just as the sailboat was put under control, the Coast Guard had to deploy another craft. Their new 47-foot motor lifeboat was quickly sent speeding out through the Duluth piers just before the Beeghly's arrival, to assist a pleasure craft in distress out on Lake Superior.

The waters of the harbor weren't choppy for long, though. As the Barker made its way up the river, the southeasterly winds subsided as quickly as they’d come up. On the west side of DM&IR #6, the Joseph L. Block was positioned under the last gravity chutes before the conveyor loading berth begins, waiting for the Barker to pass it before starting its load. This meant that the Block's bow was only about 40 feet down the dock from where the Barker's bow was going to be once it berthed, making a very tight squeeze for the huge freighter. The Barker slowly backed into DM&IR, easing past the Block at an angle so that its stern would be close enough to the dock to land line handlers while the bow was still alongside the Block. Once the stern superstructure of the Barker was past, the Block swung its unloading boom out to the side and the ore dock's crew began making loading runs up and down the length of the ship with the old gravity chutes. A few minutes later the Barker had successfully docked and DM&IR's conveyor booms were slowly being lowered out over the ship. As the harbor calmed and the evening sun broke through the clouds, the two giant lakers made quite an impressive sight as they sat loading literally nose-to-nose.

Reported by: Eric Holst




Detroit Traffic

06/12
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit and Rouge Rivers Monday.

Tug Mohawk in Nicholson's Drydock.
Tug Wyoming upbound for the Rouge River to assist the Cason J Callaway from Marblehead Lime at the Jefferson St. Bridge.
Mapleglen at the ADM Elevator in Windsor.
stern view.
Callaway's deckhands rowing the boat back to ship before departure. (the motor would not start.)
The work boat is hoisted aboard as the Callaway departs.
Stern shot of Callaway outbound the Rouge River. She had bow thruster problems so the tug Wyoming was on her bow to assist. She was going to Sterling Fuel and kept the Wyoming with her all the way to the fuel dock.
Another view
Wyoming assisting Callaway.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

06/12
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay was at the City Docks on the Maumee River Monday. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock. The tanker Gemini arrived at the B-P Dock late Monday afternoon. The Canadian Olympic was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator.

The John B. Aird was finishing loading coal at the CSX Docks and was expected to depart around noon yesterday. Expected to follow the Aird was the Courtney Burton, Algomarine and the Canadian Progress.

The next scheduled coal boat due in will now be the American Republic on Tuesday morning. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be on Wednesday. The Armco in the early morning followed by the Reserve in the late evening.

The Adam E. Cornelius and American Mariner remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

06/12
Toronto ship traffic has been slow. Stephen B. Roman returned to port on Sunday. Monday the firetug W. Lyon Mackenzie is scheduled for refloating at the drydock and later in the day Empire Sandy and Wayward Princess are scheduled to move to their new berth at the foot of Portland St.

Capt. George McQuinn, new owner of the charter vessel Thames River Belle, which arrived in Toronto this spring, plans to rename her b] Northern H2O.

Reported by: Gerry O.




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.

The wooden propeller freighter MILWAUKEE (264', 1770 gt) was launched at Quayle & Sons yard in Cleveland, Ohio on 12 June 1879 for the Western Transportation Company of Buffalo. She had supporting arches above decks. In 1902, she was renamed YONKERS and rebuilt as a barge in 1911. She lasted until 1917-1918 when she stranded, then burned.

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


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




Great Lakes Trader Back in Service

06/11
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort departed their lay-up dock in Toledo over the weekend and were expected to load on Sunday at Port Inland. The tug and barge entered short-term lay-up on May 24.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Presque Isle in for Possible Repairs

06/11
The Presque Isle spent a third day in the Twin Ports Sunday, with a possible departure time scheduled for sometime Sunday evening. The 1000-foot tug and barge finished unloading stone by early Saturday morning, but remained at the DM&IR dock in West Duluth, most likely for some type of repairs.

A containment boom was on the water around the tug's stern Friday and Saturday, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel were seen on the barge's deck Friday afternoon.

On Saturday morning the tug was sitting high in the water, its propellers and rudders clearly visible. Also by that time a large repair crane had been positioned on the dock next to the tug. The crane, which may be the same one that had just finished repairs to the James R. Barker, was still in place on Sunday afternoon.

Reported by: Eric Holst




Independent to Lay-up

06/11
The Kinsman Independent, the last sailing U.S. flagged straight deck grain vessel, is expected to enter lay-up in Buffalo in the next few weeks. The normal season for the vessel starts in the spring with a mid season lay-up before returning to service in the late summer. She is expected to remain in lay-up for about two months.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Melissa Desgagnes Arrives

06/11
The Melissa Desgagnes arrived in Marinette Sunday night with a cargo of pig iron. The Melissa is a rare visitor to Marinette and will spend the next few days unloading at Marinette Fuel and Dock.

Melissa Desgagnes docked along side the Donner.
Close up.
Pig iron is unloaded onto the dock from the magnetic crane.

Reported by: Scott Best




Detroit Traffic

06/11
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Sunday.

Stern view of the Niagara Prince in the Wyandotte Channel. The cruise ship was scheduled to be at Bishop Park until 2:00 a.m. this morning.
Niagara Prince at Bishop Park in Wyandotte Sunday evening.
Tug Mohawk on Nicholson's Dry dock.
Maria Desgagnes down at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Moor Laker, Hong Kong, outbound in the Trenton Channel. She unloaded at the old Mc Louth Steel Dock in Trenton and sailed upbound in ballast for Sarnia.
Stern view
Assisted by G tugs Wyoming and Vermont.
Wyoming.
Vermont.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

06/11
The John B. Aird arrived at the CSX Coal Dock early Sunday morning and started loading coal upon arrival. The dock site loaded coal that was on hand and is now waiting for coal that is in transit. They will resume loading coal into the Aird this morning at 7:00 a.m.

The Canadian Olympic with the tug Susan Hoey assisting was due to arrive at one of the Anderson grain elevators on Sunday afternoon.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will arrive later today. Following the John B. Aird will be the Courtney Burton, Algomarine and Canadian Progress. The Buffalo is due in on Tuesday, followed by the Melissa Desgagnes, John J. Boland, and John G. Munson on Wednesday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Docks will be on Wednesday with the Armco in the morning, and the Reserve due in that evening.

Grain boats expected for Toledo will be the Mantadoc and Cuyahoga, no exact date is know.

The Adam E. Cornelius and American Mariner remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Conneaut News

06/11
The CSL Laurentien was loading in Conneaut Sunday and was finished by 2:30 p.m. but was forced to wait for the Roger Blough, who was entering to unload ore.

The Blough came into the harbor and turned slowly due to pleasure boaters who were out in full force on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. After the Blough tied up, the Laurentien carefully maneuvered around the Blough. After the CSL Laurentien departed with coal to the west, the Yankcanuck entered to unload bulk gypsum.

The Laurentien loading.
The Conneaut ore hopper.
Blough Turning.
Backing.
Profile of her bow.
Bow View.
Laurentien maneuvers around her.
Another View.
Past the Blough.
Departing.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Pace Picks Up in Buffalo

06/11
After two weeks of little activity in the port traffic is picking up.

The Calumet arrived at the Port of Buffalo for her first trip under this name at 8:00 p.m. Sunday. She sailed up the creek with out tug assistance to the Founder's Sand Dock.

The English River is scheduled to arrive in port on Tuesday evening. The Independent is expected the same day for General Mills.

J.A.W. Iglehart was in port Friday evening with one tug heading for the Lafarge dock. She departed about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday bound for the Welland Canal and on to Bath, Ontario.

The Capt. Henry Jackman was east bound on the Lake Erie for Lackawanna at noon on the Sunday.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Weekly Updates

06/11
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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 en route 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.

The wooden rabbit J. S. RUBY was launched at Fair Haven, Michigan on 11 June 1881. Her dimensions were 106'6" x 21' x 7'. She was towed to Port Huron for the installation of her boiler and engine that were built by the Phoenix Iron Works. She lasted until burned to a total loss off Stag Island in the St. Clair River on November 9, 1891.

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


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Mississagi stops for repairs

06/10
The Mississagi was forced to tie up to trees along the Saginaw River on Saturday morning when she lost power after departing the Sixth Street Turning Basin. In the area where the power loss occured a pipe line runs on the bottom of the river, the crew could not drop the anchor.

The vessel reported to the U.S. Coast Guard that mud had clogged her intakes, but that she was able to put lines out to the bank opposite the Lafarge terminal in Saginaw to hold her in position. Engine room personnel on board the ship were able to rectify the problem within an hour and, after a Coast Guard inspection, the vessel was able to get underway early in the afternoon.

The Mississagi had entered the Saginaw River just before midnight on Friday and had arrived at the GM dock at Saginaw during the night. On her transit up the river, she met two of her fleet mates, the Cuyahoga and the Maumee, which had arrived at Saginaw on Friday afternoon and were outbound after midnight.

The cement carrier Paul H. Townsend entered the Saginaw River at about 11:00 a.m. Saturday, going to the Lafarge terminal. Her trip up to Saginaw was delayed until late afternoon, however, as she tied up in Bay City to wait for the Mississagi to clear.

Mississagi moments before the power loss occoured. Dean J. Frazer
Crew springs into action near the hatch crain making ready to lower a work boat to take a line ashore. Dean J. Frazer
Crewman on shore and at least one cable had been made fast. Dean J. Frazer
Mississagi has come to a complete stop. Dean J. Frazer
Coast Guard on scene talking to a crew member. Dean J. Frazer
Mississagi outbound after repairs. Stephen Hause

Reported by: Stephen Hause and Dean J. Frazer




Boland in Marquette

06/10
Saturday the John J. Boland arrived at the Shiras dock of the Board of Light and Power in Marquette's lower harbor. She delivered a load of stone for the mines in Marquette County. After unloading, the John J. Boland will continue on to Duluth where it will take a load of coal for the Shiras dock.

From, there it will probably make the short trip to the upper harbor to take on a load of ore.

Expected in port today from Duluth will be the James J. Barker who will deliver a load of coal for Wisconsin Electric. Later in the day fleet mate Kaye E. Barker is expected to take on a load of ore.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Twin Ports Report

06/10
Twin Ports boatwatchers Saturday were treated to two rare visitors. Middletown arrived shortly after sunrise to unload stone at the Cutler dock before heading to Silver Bay to load taconite pellets. Also, as previously noted, Presque Isle was in town to discharge limestone at the DMIR ore dock before heading to Two Harbors to load pellets.

Reported by: Al Miller




Twin Ports Pictures

06/10
Below are images taken on Saturday by Andrew Tubesing.
Middletown leaving through the Superior Piers Saturday afternoon.
Stern view of the J. B. Ford.
Elton Hoyt 2nd in lay-up at Fraser.
Close up.
Sylvia still loading at Peavey.
USACE tugs Bill Maier and Fairchild with dredge H. J. Schwartz have been staging at this dock in superior for over a week.




Detroit River Update

06/10
Saturday morning saw a steady flow of traffic on the Detroit River. We start out with a pilot change on the saltie Goviken. The Goviken is upbound for Thunder Bay to take on a load of flax seeds and wheat. The U.S. Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II also acts as the pilot boat for the port of Detroit.

Goviken upbound. Note the open hatch covers, the cargo hold is cleaned and aired out before loading the grain.
Capt. Sam Buchanan takes the J.W. Westcott II out to the Goviken.
A ladder hanging from the saltie is used for the pilot change while the boats are moving. Once along side the Westcott II is put on auto pilot.
Capt. Frank Kanaby climbs aboard to relive the other pilot.
Once Capt. Kanaby is in the wheel house Capt. John Hill makes his way down to the Mail Boat.
The Goviken picks up speed heading upbound past Detroit.

We head upbound to make a mail delivery to the Canadian Transfer.
Canadian Transfer downbound passing Detroit.
Passing under the Ambassador Bridge.
Mail deliver complete, we slide off her stern.
Next downbound was the Oakglen.
Mesabi Miner passing Detroit downbound.
Closer.
The Westcott crew will complete a crew change on the Miner. The 1000-footer was built with out a gangway door in the engine room, crewmembers will use the vessel's boarding ladder.
Ladder is lowered to the bow of the Westcott.
Crewman off.
Crewman on.
Personal gear is lowered to the Mail Boat.
Miner heads downbound.
Video clip of the Mail Boat and Miner exchanging salutes. Window media audio (574k)
Same video clip, higher quality. May appear choppy while downloading, press play once download is complete. MPEG (3.3 meg)

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




Welland Canal Traffic

06/10:
Saturday was a busy day in the Welland Canal.

The Elikon was fueling before continuing her journey to Milwaukee.
Federal Fuji was downbound for Montreal.
Close up of her anchor.
Stern View.
Canadian Navigator was up at Lock 1 for Ashtabula.
Stern View.
Halifax and CSL Tadoussac at Port Weller Dry Docks.
Algocen,downbound for Montreal.
Close up as she passes through Bridge 5.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Clarkson Report

06/10
Friday night the James Norris was in at St. Lawrence Cement about 11:00 p.m. to unload limestone. She was gone by early Saturday morning. Saturday about mid morning the Petrolia Desgagnes arrived at the Petro Canada dock. She was still there at 9:00 p.m. and appeared to be near the end of loading cargo.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Price Drop for c. Columbus Cruises

06/10
The Great Lakes Cruise Company has offered special discounts for all 2001 salings aboard the German cruise ship c. Columbus sailings. The special offers include a $300 single supplement for cabin categories 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9. For example, a $1,686 cabin in Category 2, which used to cost $2,950 for a single traveler, now costs $1,986. Call 1-888-891-0203, to receive a 2001 brochure, or to reserve a cabin on either Le Levant or c. Columbus.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




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.

The propeller MONTGOMERY burned in the early morning hours of 10 June 1878. The fire started while she was laying at the dock in Point Edward, Ontario. The carferry INTERNATIONAL towed her out into the St. Clair River and cast her off to drift. Fortunately there were no injuries. She finally was beached opposite Batchelor's Mill on the Canadian side by the tugs CRUSADER and J. H. MARTIN. At 10:00 AM, she was still burning. The MONTGOMERY was a steam barge of 1,104 tons, built in 1856 and owned by Capt. John Pridgeon. She was fully loaded with 29,000 bushels of corn, 320 barrels of flour, 540 barrels of corn meal, 200 bags of timothy seed and 111 bales of broom corn, besides other freight. The local papers claimed that the spectacle presented by the burning vessel as she drifted down the river was "grand and beautiful". The light was so brilliant that the entire city of Port Huron was illuminated and many people came out to watch. The following day, the wreck was towed to the American side of the river just below Avery's Mill. Whatever was left of her cargo was taken off and sold. Her engines and boiler were so badly warped and twisted from the intense heat that they were worthless except as scrap.

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


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




Cruise Ship in the Soo

06/09
The French built cruise ship Le Levant arrived at the Soo Friday taking passengers for a cruise around Whitefish Bay, and then stopping at the Soo for the Agawa Train tour.

The Le Levant backed slowly away from the Roberta Bondar Park Marina, and with both bow and stern thrusters, was able to turn 180 degrees in two lengths her size. Departure time was 7:15 p.m. as she is headed for Chicago.

LeLevant in the Welland Canal Roger LeLievre

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Saginaw Stops for Repairs

06/09
Friday the Saginaw was docked in Sarnia's North Slip for repairs. The vessel is believed to have arrived late Thursday night and may be undergoing some type repairs to her engine turbine. She is on a trip to the Meldrum Bay Quarry in northern Lake Huron where she was scheduled to arrive about noon today.

Reported by: Andrew Severson




Twin Ports Report

06/09
After spending about a week undergoing repair in Duluth, James R. Barker got under way Friday to shift over to the Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior. The Barker was loading there Friday afternoon with coal bound for the WEPCO generating station in Presque Isle, near Marquette.

Midwest Energy Terminal's schedule lists the John J. Boland to load Sunday for the Shiras plant in Marquette. The Boland is an infrequent caller in the Twin Ports. And in what may be the terminal's most intriguing load -- not to mention its smallest load for the shortest trip -- the schedule lists a barge from local firm Marine Tech to load 1,500 tons of coal for transfer to the Reiss Inland dock, located a mile or two up the St. Louis River.

After spending three days at a layby dock, Kinsman Independent finally got to the Cenex Harvest States elevator late Thursday afternoon. The boat was clearing the dock about 5 p.m. Friday in preparation for leaving port.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

06/09
The Algomarine arrived very early Friday morning followed shortly after by the Lee A. Tregurtha. Today, the James R. Barker is scheduled to arrive at the upper harbor with a load of coal. On Monday, the John Boland will makes its first visit to the lower harbor delivering a load of coal for the Board of Light and Power.

Prior to the Boland's visit on Monday, the H. Lee White had been the only American Steamship vessels visiting the lower harbor this season with eight visits thus far. In addition, the Courtney Burton joins the H. Lee White as the only vessels to visit the dock of Board of Light and Power this season.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Soo Traffic

06/09
Upbound Friday was the Le Levant, Windoc, Buckeye, WN Towlan and barge McAllister, Algorail, Algosteel. Downbound was the tug Evans McKeil and barge, Mesabi Miner, Oakglen, Oglebay Norton, Lee A. Tregurtha and Lake Superior.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Sturgeon Bay Update

06/09
The tug Donald C. Hannah transited the Bay of Sturgeon Bay late Friday afternoon pushing the barge 2301. The pair were heading out to Lake Michigan. As she passed Bay Ship she could see her fleet mate, Susan W. Hannah in the small dry dock with its' barge Southdown Conquest at Berth #4.

Wide view of the Donald C. Hannah.
Roen Salvage Barge loaded with logs from Thunder Bay waiting to be unloaded for Algoma Plywood. (Algoma Wisc).
Off the Stern of Ryerson.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Escanaba Report

06/09
Friday was a busy day in Escanaba, MI. The Herbert C. Jackson arrived loaded taconite. The Wilfred Sykes was at the Reiss Dock unloading limestone.

Sykes unloading.
Stern view.
Jackson inbound.
Unloading.
View from the dock.
L.E. Block in long term lay-up.
Close up of stern.
The former pilot house of the Joseph H. Thompson.
Tug Olive L. Moore.

Reported by: Scott Best




Saginaw News

06/09
Friday afternoon saw two vessels on the Saginaw River with loads for Saginaw area docks. The Cuyahoga, the senior vessel of the Lower Lakes Towing fleet, arrived at the Buena Vista Dock near the I-75 Bridge shortly after 5:00 p.m. The vessel had lightered at Bay Aggregates in Bay City earlier in the afternoon before proceeding up to Saginaw.

After the Cuyahoga had secured to the dock and prepared to begin unloading, her U.S. flagged fleet mate Maumee passed under the I-75 bridge and carefully slipped by, easing her way through a small flotilla of pleasure boats on the river. The Zilwaukee Park boat launch is directly across the narrow waterway from the Buena Vista Dock.

The Maumee, which had been following several miles behind the Cuyahoga, was carrying a load of salt for the International Materials dock in Carrollton Township, further up the river.

The Cuyahoga had completed unloading at Buena Vista and was departing at 9:30 p.m., while the Maumee was expected to remain at Carrollton for several more hours.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
Cuyahoga upbound.
Maumee upbound same location about an hour later.
Maumee passing Cuyahoga at Buena Vista Dock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

06/09
The Armco was at the Torco Dock unloading ore pellets Friday morning and departed around 9:00 a.m. The Reserve was due in later in the evening to unload ore pellets. The salt water vessel Lita was at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator loading grain. She was expected to depart later that afternoon or evening depending on the loading process. Great Lakes Towing Company tugs will handle the tow.

The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the B-P Dock. The American Mariner, Adam E. Cornelius, and the barge Great Lakes Trader/ with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The small passenger vessel Victory was at the City Dock. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John B. Aird at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday for a 7:00 a.m. start on Monday. Also due on Monday will be the Algomarine at 10:00 a.m., Buffalo at 10:00 a.m. and Courtney Burton 3:00 p.m. On Tuesday will be the Canadian Progress at 1:00 a.m. and CSL Laurentien 5:00 a.m. On Wednesday the John J. Boland at 1:00 a.m. and the John G. Munson at 8:00 p.m. On Thursday the Melissa Desgagnes at 8:00 a.m. On Friday 15 June will be the Algosteel at 10:00 p.m. followed by the H. Lee White at 11:00 p.m. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be on Wednesday June 13, the Armco at 5:00 a.m. followed by the Reserve at 11:00 p.m.

The Canadian Olympic is due in for grain at one of the Anderson Grain Elevator complexes during the next few days.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto News

06/09
The venerable sidewheel steamer Trillium has entered service for the charter season.

The firetug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie remains on Toronto Drydock, where installation of bow and stern thrusters is almost completed. She is to be refloated Monday afternoon.

Thursday, the Toronto Harbour police craft MU-1 and police divers recovered three submerged vehicles from behind the stern of Canadian Mariner. The divers located more vehicles, but they will have to wait until Canadian Mariner departs before they can get at the other sunken vehicles for recovery.

The saltie Elikon appears to be in the final stages of unloading a cargo of sugar at the Redpath Sugar dock in Toronto. One of the St. Mary's Cement barges was docked at Pier 52 Thursday.

Recent visitors to Toronto were the French cruise ship Le Levant, and USCG Buckthorn.

The tall ship Empire Sandy departed Friday for Port Weller, where she will remain on charter for the weekend. When she returns to Toronto she will shift Monday to her new berth at the foot of Portland St. at the west end of the harbor. Her fleet mate Wayward Princess will also make the move to the new dock on Monday. Nautical Adventures recently moved their office to Portland Street after 15 years in the Yonge St. building. Meanwhile at the eastern end of the harbor the Seaway Queen and Canadian Trader silently await their fate.

In the turning basin the Canadian Mariner is at Toronto Drydock as crews ready her for another season on the lakes. Further down the channel the Algoisle sits idle with her stacks covered as she sits out her seasonal lay-up next to the drawbridge.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Bill Blair




Brockville Traffic

06/09:
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville Ont.

Frontenac passing about 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Peter Carter
Goviken on Thursday. Peter Carter
Close up of her cabins. Peter Carter
Atlantic Erie was upbound, passing Brockville, ON at 3:15 p.m. on her way to Hamilton Keith Giles
Another view Keith Giles

Reported by: Peter Carter




Aerial Views

06/09:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake Erie Friday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Armco, Lake Erie.
J.A.W. Iglehart.
Arthur M. Anderson.
Moor Laker unloading steel at the now closed Great Lakes Steel in the Trenton Channel.




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.

On 9 June 1882, the LIZZIE A. LAW (wooden schooner, 196', 747 gt, built in 1875 at Port Huron, MI) collided with the R. B. HAYES (wooden schooner, 147', 668 gt, built in 1877 at Gibraltar, MI) near the foot of Lake Huron. Although the LAW suffered severe damages, she completed her trip to Buffalo and was repaired there. The LAW lasted until 1908 when she was lost in a storm.

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


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




Alpena Docks at J.B. Ford

06/08
Thursday the J. B. Ford saw its first major activity since arriving in Superior, WI on Tuesday night. The steamer Alpena arrived to unload cement, heading over as usual to the Superior terminal to unload the first half of the cargo. Instead of tying up to the dock, however, the Alpena tied up alongside the Ford to unload, as it had before when the Ford was docked at South Chicago.

The J.B. Ford will provide badly needed additional storage at Lafarge Cement's Superior terminal and probably will remain in use for at least another 10 years.

"We've been looking to do this for a while,'' terminal manager John Taivaloja told the Duluth News Tribune. "Business is picking up and we need the storage.'' Taivaloja said the vessel will probably be painted to improve its appearance.

Storage hulls have seldom been used in the Twin Ports during the past 20 years. John Sherwin was used to store grain for about 18 months in the mid-'80s. During winter lay-up, Presque Isle has stored a partial cargo of taconite pellets but only to ease the strain on its tug-barge link.

Alpena docked at the Ford on Thursday. Kent Rengo

Reported by: Al Miller, Eric Holst, Andrew Tubesing and Kent Rengo




June 1 Vessel Survey

06/08
The major U.S.-Flag Great Lakes lines had 56 of their 66 vessels in service on June1, a decrease of 7 hulls compared to a year ago. While the reduction in active vessels illustrates the continuing crisis in steel, two of the seven idled hulls were undergoing repairs and will return to service yet this month.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

06/08
Kinsman Independent has spent the past several days tied up at the layby dock of the General Mills elevator in Duluth while waiting for the backlog of vessels to clear up at the Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior. The vessel was expected to shift to Harvest States late on June 7after the Lake Superior completed its load at the gallery.

James R. Barker has been idled in Duluth for about a week while undergoing replacement of a broken shaft in its unloading system. A new shaft reportedly had to made and then moved into tight quarters for replacement. The Barker was scheduled to shift to the Midwest Energy Terminal on June 8 or possibly the 9th.

In the ore trade June 7, Mesabi Miner was scheduled to call at Taconite Harbor; Burns Harbor was loading at BNSF in Superior early in the day and was expected to be followed by Stewart J. Cort and George A. Stinson; and Roger Blough was due at Two Harbors.

Presque Isle is scheduled to make an unusual call at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth on June 8 to unload stone. This vessel was a frequent caller in Duluth a couple seasons ago, but it has seldom been in port this season or last. After unloading, Presque Isle will proceed to Two Harbors to load taconite pellets for Gary.

Reported by: Al Miller




Alpena Update

06/08
The J.A.W Iglehart arrived at Lafarge around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday. It departed by 10:00 a.m. heading for Detroit with a load of cement. The Paul H. Townsend was scheduled to arrive at 7:30 p.m. today to load. The Wolverine is expected in port with a load of coal for the Lafarge dock this evening.

The barge Integrity is heading to Waukegan, IL. The Alpena is at Superior then going to Duluth. The H. Lee White was loading at Stoneport on Thursday with its fleetmate John J. Boland waiting at the end of the dock to load after which was estimated for 1:00 a.m. Crew members on the Boland were painting the smokestack. The Joseph H. Thompson was at anchor and will load sometime Friday afternoon.

Reported by: Ben McClain and Chanda Bruski




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, sister ship 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.

The wooden side-wheel tug and upriver packet TRAFFIC (75', 50 t, built in 1853 at St. Clair, MI) sank near Sebewaing, Michigan on 8 June 1868. She was recovered and repaired, but only lasted a little longer than a year since she burned in Saginaw in October 1869.

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


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Bush administration vows to support steel industry

06/07
Commerce Secretary Donald Evans told cheering steelworkers in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that the Bush administration will support the steel industry “every step of the way” in its fight against unfairly priced steel imports.

``The president has heard you. He listened to you during the campaign and he is listening to you now,'' Evans told a Capitol rally organized by the United Steelworkers of America.

Bush announced Tuesday that he would ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to conduct a hearing into allegations that the U.S. industry is being hurt by a flood of imported steel.

Bush also directed Evans and other members of his economic team to begin negotiations with U.S. trading partners to find ways to reduce overproduction and eliminate the subsidies other governments use to support their steel industries.

Evans told the crowd that the administration's program is designed to ``free the worldwide steel industry from 50 years of government subsidies and intervention.''

Bush's announcement brought immediate criticism from Europe.

``This is bad news,'' said Pascal Lamy, top trade negotiator for the 15-nation European Union ``The cost of restructuring in the U.S. steel industry should not be shifted onto the rest of the world.''

The U.S. steel industry praised Bush's decision. United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard called it the result of ``unprecedented activism by steelworkers throughout this country...”

Bush asked the ITC, an independent government agency, to open an investigation to determine whether domestic producers are being seriously harmed, using a provision of U.S. trade law known as Section 201, which allows for protections against import surges.

If the ITC finds serious injury, it would make recommendations to Bush on what types of punitive tariffs or quotas should be imposed to restrict imports. The ITC will have four months to conduct its investigation and another two months to propose solutions.

Reported by: Steve Roper




J.B. Ford at New Dock

06/07
The J.B. Ford is now docked at Lafarge's Superior terminal. It's positioned on the bayside, moored behind the usual berth for vessels unloading there. This spot is somewhat exposed to weather and wakes from vessels passing down the Front Channel. No word on whether this will be its' permanent berth.

Ford and Missouri approaching Superior Entry Tuesday night. Al Miller
Ford at her new dock in Superior. Kent Rengo
Another view at the dock. Rob Farrow
Tug Missouri at the dock. Rob Farrow
Tug North Dakota on the stern. Rob Farrow

Reported by: Al Miller




Duluth - Superior Pictures

06/07
While waiting for the tow of the J.B. Ford to arrive Rob Farrow took the pictures below.

Coast Guard's new 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.
Crews run the lifeboat through its'paces.
Montrealais in the harbor.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. inbound.
CSL Laurentien arrives.
Columbia Star outbound.
Arthur M. Anderson unloading.
Beeghly departs.




Wolverine Unloads

06/07:
The Wolverine was in St. Joseph, MI Wednesday unloading gravel at the Orzinco cement plant. She departed that evening heading out onto Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Rich Brown




Saginaw News

06/07:
The Buffalo was outbound from Saginaw early Wednesday after unloading during the night at Saginaw Rock and Valley Asphalt. The vessel tied up briefly at the Sargent dock near the I-75 bridge to allow the inbound Cuyahoga to pass.

The Cuyahoga arrived during the morning at the GM dock in Saginaw. She had completed unloading by early afternoon and was outbound from the Sixth Street turning basin at 3:00 p.m.

As soon as the Cuyahoga was clear, the J.A.W. Iglehart departed the Lafarge terminal and proceeded up to the turning basin, then followed the Cuyahoga out the river. The vessel had arrived in Saginaw on Sunday, but her departure had apparently been delayed for about two full days due to swift currents in the river.

The Joseph H. Frantz passed the Front Range light at 11:05 p.m. with a cargo of stone for the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.

The tug Mark Hannah and barge arrived early Wednesday morning with petroleum products for the Dow Chemical Dock in Bay City. Shortly after midnight Thursday she was departing the dock for the lake.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

06/07:
The Algosteel was loading coal at the CSX Dock on Wednesday. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the B-P Dock. The Adam E. Cornelius, American Mariner, and the barge Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L.Van Enkevort remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The saltwater vessel Lita and the Canadian Olympic are due in port the next several days at the Grain Elevators to load. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Saturday evening followed by the John B. Aird, John G. Munson and Buffalo on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Thursday evening, followed by the Reserve on Friday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

06/07:
The Fred R. White Jr. was downbound after unloading ore at LTV at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. The Mississagi was also downbound under tow at the mouth of the river possibly heading for the salt dock. The Maumee was loading at the salt dock Wednesday evening. The American Republic arrived off Cleveland at 7:00 p.m. and was waiting for the Mississagi to clear before transiting the river to LTV.

Between 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday there was plenty of traffic in the Cuyahoga River. The Saginaw was backing out of Ontario 4 to the lake as the James Paladino and barge where inbound. Shortly after the Maumee arrived and waited in the East Basin and joined the tug Delaware and let the Mississagi go in heading for CBS and then she went into the Salt Dock. She was followed by the tug Karen Andrie and barge who came in for Marathon followed by the Fred White.

The saltie Capricorn arrived for 24N on the lake front.

Pictures by TZ
Profile of the Saginaw's bow.
Stern view of the Saginaw.
Saginaw and James Palladino.
tug James Palladino and barge Kellstone I.
Capricorn arrives.
Mississagi arrives.
Mississagi passing the lighthouse.
Fred R. White Jr. approaching port.
Heading for the river.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Yankcanuck in Conneaut

06/07:
Wednesday the Yankcanuck was upbound at Long Point for Conneaut at 1:15 p.m. The small bulk carrier is continuing to shuttle bulk gypsum between Conneaut, OH. and Nanticoke. She arrived in Conneaut at 5:00 p.m.

Bow view.
Stern.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Hamilton Report

06/07:
Wednesday the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin finished unloading iron ore at Stelco and departed early in the afternoon. About 4:00 p.m., the saltie Kapitonas A. Lucka was moved from Pier 8 to Pier 25 beside the JRI facility with help from a McKeil Marine tug. Possibly to load fertilizer.

The Kopalnia Halemba is moored north face of Pier 12 unloading bulk sugar.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Cruise the Great Lakes for a Great Price

06/07
The Greek cruise ship Aracadia is due to call at Toronto on Tuesday, and will leave at 8:00 p.m. the same day on a four-night cruise to Detroit. She is very lightly booked for this cruise, and as a result fares have dropped to a rock-bottom rate--$550 Canadian per person for either single or double occupancy of a cabin. The $550 includes the cruise itself, accommodation, all meals aboard ship, port charges (normally Can $301 per person for this cruise), transfer from Detroit to Windsor, and transportation by VIA Rail from Windsor to Toronto.

Itinerary:
Tuesday lv. Toronto 20:00
Wednesday ar. Oswego 08:00. Lv. 14:00
Wednesday ar. Port Weller 23:59
Thursday ar. Port Colborne 12:00
Thursday ar. Erie, Pa. 17:00
Friday lv. Erie 18:00
Saturday ar. Detroit 08:00

The 5,113 gt. Arcadia was completed in Spain in 1968 as Vicente Puchol, a passenger and automobile ferry, but was converted for cruise service and renamed in 1990. Her officers and crew are Greek. She is 361 feet in length, 53 feet in beam. The ship has two lounges, an attractive dining room, a shop, a small swimming pool and plenty of open-deck space. She was recently refurbished. Her passenger capacity in Great Lakes service is about 225 persons. Arcadia operates in the budget category of cruise ships. Her cabins are small, but all have private facilities. She has comparatively low deckheads.

Time is short Friday, June 8, is the last day for booking. Call Fiona Lang at 416-444-2410 or 1 800-268-6523.

Reported by: David Bull




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.

The METEOR (wooden steam barge, 201', 729 gt, built in 1863 at Cleveland, OH) burned at Buckley's dock at the foot of 2nd Street in Detroit, Michigan on 7 June 1873. The fire supposedly started in her hold at 1:30 AM and was not discovered until it was too late. The ship burned to the waterline and sank. Some docks and warehouses also burned in this catastrophe. The wreck was raised in early September 1875 and towed to the foot of Belle Isle where the machinery and hull were sold at the U.S. Marshall's sale on 24 April 1876. Although originally thought to be the end of this vessel, the hull was purchased by Stephen B. Grummond of Detroit for $480. It was rebuilt as the schooner-barge NELSON BLOOM in 1882 and lasted until abandoned in 1925.

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


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




J.B. Ford Arrives in Superior

06/06
The J. B. Ford was towed into Superior Entry shortly before 10:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday on its way to the Lafarge Cement Company's Superior terminal, where it will serve as a storage barge. The Ford arrived off Superior about 8:30 p.m. under tow of the tug Missouri. The tugs North Dakota and Minnesota went out on the lake to assist in bringing the dead ship into port. After about an hour of shortening up the tow line and putting a tug on the stern line, the tow got under way. Unfortunately, the vessel arrived so late that it was too dark for photos, but a small band of hardy Boatnerds showed up to see the venerable ship make one more call on Lake Superior.

North Dakota sorties to assist in the Missouri in bringing J.B. Ford into port.
Tug Missouri maneuvers the J.B. Ford off Superior Entry while two more GLT tugs come out to assist.

Reported by: Al Miller




J.B. Ford Images

06/06
Below is a collection of images taken during the tow of the J. B. Ford.

Pictures of the Ford arriving at the Soo on Saturday by Jim Noetzel
Tow upbound in the river.
Approaching the dock.
Close up.
Stern view at the dock.
Close up of bow.
Close up of stern.
Tugs Missouri and Florida docked for the night.

Pictures of the Ford at the Carbide Dock on Sunday by Jan Bourque
At the dock.
Bow view.
Tug Missouri and J. B. Ford.
Close up of anchors.
Lines are let go on the Ford.
Approaching the Mac Lock.
Tug Missouri leads the tow.
Close up of pilot house entering the Mac Lock.
Onboard winches are used passing through the locks.
After cabins.
Looking down on her after deck.
Upbound for Lake Superior.

Images from the Soo Live Cams
Tow approaching the lower entrance to the MacArthur Lock.
Moving along the wall.
Entering the lock.

Animated sequence below the Soo Locks.
Animated above.




Bush administration to launch steel trade case

06/06
The Bush administration will launch a trade case that seeks to impose tough restrictions on steel imports in an effort to protect the United States’ beleaguered steel industry.

Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, said administration officials told him the Commerce Department would bring the case before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the government agency that must approve import protections. A formal announcement was expected to be made Tuesday.

The action would mark a major victory for U.S. steel manufacturers and their unions, which for years have sought protection against low-priced imports. Currently, at least 16 U.S. steelmakers have filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming the recent flood of cheap steel into the United States and Canada. Those bankruptcies have jeopardized related industries such as iron mining and Great Lakes shipping.

To combat the steel imports, the administration is expected to use a part of the trade law known as Section 201. Under Section 201, the International Trade Commission would have to determine whether U.S. industry is being seriously harmed by imported steel. If so, the commission could then propose remedies, but the administration would have the final say on what measures to impose.

Steelmakers have been seeking barriers to imports since 1988, when the Asian currency crisis resulted in a flood of cheap imported steel into North America.

Reported by: John Sarns and Michael Hegarty




Atlantic Huron in Sarnia

06/06
CSL's Atlantic Huron was in Sarnia Tuesday loading grain. Upon arrival she had the pilot house and the next lower deck painted with the red primer paint. However, by mid afternoon, crews had all the pilot house windows covered with paper and where spray painting a coat of white paint on the upper cabin.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Reiss in Erie

06/06
The Richard Reiss was in Erie, PA. unloading Tuesday, having entered at 2:00 p.m. with a load of gravel for the Mounfort Terminal. The Reiss tied up ahead of the J. S. St. John under cranes at the terminal and appeared to be having new fresh water tanks installed. She completed unloading about 8:00 p.m. and departed on to Lake Erie.

The Reiss at dock.
Close up of her boom.
Stern View.
J. S. St. John.
Viking and Landsdowne.
Departing.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Twin Ports Report

06/06
The DMIR ore dock in Duluth was unusually busy June 5, with three vessels calling there. First in was Charles M. Beeghly to unload stone. Arthur M. Anderson followed, unloading a stone cargo and then loading taconite pellets. CSL Laurentian, an uncommon visitor to the Twin Ports, arrived later in the day to load. June 6 will be busy at the dock, too, with Oglebay Norton scheduled to load there.

Reported by: Al Miller




Water Levels Remain Low

06/06
Above average precipitation in May and for the last 12 months has done little to raise the levels of the Great Lakes. The net supply of water to Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron and Erie was above average, but the net supply of water to Lake Ontario was below average.

A comparison of May monthly mean water levels to long-term (1918-2000) average shows level in inches below average.
Lakes Superior 6
Michigan-Huron 23
St. Clair 14
Erie 10
Ontario 3

Reported by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District




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.

On 6 June 1883, HERCULES (wooden schooner-barge, 139', 195 t, built in 1867 at Algonac, MI) was upbound in the south bend of the St. Clair River near Algonac, Michigan when the CLARION (iron propeller package freighter, 240', 1711 gt, built in 1881 at Wyandotte, MI) overtook her and collided with her in broad daylight. HERCULES drifted to the bank, capsized and sank. No lives were lost.

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


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




J.B. Ford Arrives in Superior

06/05 11:45 p.m. update
The J. B. Ford was towed into Superior Entry shortly before 10:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday on its way to the Lafarge Cement Company's Superior terminal, where it will serve as a storage barge. The Ford arrived off Superior about 8:30 p.m. under tow of the tug Missouri. The tugs North Dakota and Minnesota went out on the lake to assist in bringing the dead ship into port. After about an hour of shortening up the tow line and putting a tug on the stern line, the tow got under way. Unfortunately, the vessel arrived so late that it was too dark for photos, but a small band of hardy Boatnerds showed up to see the venerable ship make one more call on Lake Superior.

North Dakota sorties to assist in the Missouri in bringing J.B. Ford into port.
Tug Missouri maneuvers the J.B. Ford off Superior Entry while two more GLT tugs come out to assist.

Reported by: Al Miller




J.B. Ford Update

06/05 10:00 p.m. Update
At 9:00 p.m. central time the J.B. Ford and tug had arrived a few miles off the Superior entry to the Twin Ports. The tug was along side the Ford just as twilight was falling. Two G tugs can were en route to the pair on their way through the Superior Canal in to Lake Superior.

4:00 p.m. Update
The tow of the J.B. Ford continued across Lake Superior Monday and was estimated to arrive in Duluth about 10:00 p.m. central daylight time tonight. If weather conditions are favorable the tow will enter through the Duluth Piers. Please note, this estimated time of arrival could change at any time due to weather conditions. The Ford will be used for storage at the Lafarge cement terminal in Superior.

Reported by: Andrew Tubesing




Lake Guardian Prepares to sail

06/05:
The EPA research vessel Lake Guardian was expected to arrive in Cleveland Monday and pick up additional crew members. It is anticipated that the Guardian will be sailing from Cleveland on a daily basis in order to perform a dissolved oxygen survey of Lake Erie. This survey is expected to last approximately one week.

Reported by: Ted Amling




Twin Ports Report

06/05:
In a rare occurrence, all the grain berths in Superior were occupied on the morning of June 4. Sylvia was loading at Peavey Connors Point, Montrealais was loading at the seldom-used General Mills elevator and Cenex Harvest States continued to play host to a rare full house with Isadora in berth 2, Pytheas in berth 1 and Lake Superior remaining in the layby berth.

The Kinsman Independent arrived in the Twin Ports during the morning hours to take on wheat at Cenex-Harvest States, and of course was forced to stand by at the General Mills layby dock in Duluth.

Cason J. Callaway, still resplendent in its new paint job, arrived in Duluth early on June 4 with a stone cargo destined for the DMIR ore dock before heading up to Two Harbors in the evening to load.

The Indiana Harbor made a visit to the Midwest Energy terminal, loading coal for Nanticoke. The tug Radium Yellowknife brought in another trio of lumber barges from Thunder Bay to the Hallett # 8 dock in Superior. The James R. Barker continued its repairs at the old Cargill C dock, and is now scheduled by Midwest Energy to load for Presque Isle on Friday.

Pictures by Al Miller
Cason J. Callaway uses its bowthruster to push away from the Murphy Oil fuel dock.
The Callaway gets under way.
Full-length view departing the fuel dock.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Alpena Update

06/05:
The Buffalo was unloading sand near the sewage plant early Monday morning in the Thunder Bay River. The Buffalo left before 8:00 a.m. and was heading to Stoneport. The Paul H. Townsend is due at Lafarge around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The Alpena was expected to arrive at 6:30 p.m. while the barge Integrity was scheduled for 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The J.A.W Iglehart was still in Saginaw because of strong currents in the river. It is unknown when it will depart for Alpena.

Reported by: Ben McClain




Toledo Update

06/05:
The Mantadoc arrived at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator on Sunday, she finished loading grain early Monday afternoon and departed with the Gaelic tug Susan Hoey assisting her downriver.

There were no coal, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report.

The Adam E. Cornelius, American Mariner, and the Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort all remain in lay-up at there respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algosteel on Wednesday morning, followed by the John B. Aird and Algomarine on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco late Thursday evening, followed by the Reserve on Friday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Weekly Updates and Badger News

06/05
I'm working back up speed after the Badger Gathering. Check back tonight for the normal weekly updates.
Now online is a photo galley with pictures from the Badger Gathering.




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.

Shortly before midnight, Sunday, 5 June 1870, the WABASH and EMPIRE STATE collided in Lake Huron about 10 miles above Gratiot Light. The WABASH sank and the EMPIRE STATE was damaged. The steamer JAY GOULD took the passengers off both vessels.

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


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




J.B. Ford Update

06/04 11:00 a.m. Update
The tow of the J.B. Ford departed the Carbide Dock in the Soo Harbor and entered the MacArthur Lock upbound about 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The cement Storage barge was towed through the lock by the tug Missouri and Florida and cleared the lock piers at 5:21 p.m. bound for Superior, WI.

Weather permitting, the tow could arrive in Duluth by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Please note, this estimated time of arrival could change at any time due to weather conditions. The Ford will be used for storage at the Lafarge cement terminal in Superior.

Pictures of the Ford at the Carbide Dock on Sunday by Jan Bourque
At the dock.
Bow view.

Images from the Soo Live Cams
Tow approaching the lower entrance to the MacArthur Lock.
Moving along the wall.
Entering the lock.

Animated sequence below the locks.
Animated above.

Reported by: Jerry Masson, Jan Bourque and Scott Best




Halifax in Dry Dock

06/04
The Halifax entered the dry dock at Port Weller Dry Docks on Saturday morning. Crews appear to be replacing the vessel's propeller and no departure date was known.

In the next dry dock, work continues on her fleet mate CSL Tadoussac. The Tadoussac has been undergoing conversion of her cargo holds and widening. The CSL Tadoussac is expected to leave the ship yard in mid June.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Marquette Shipping

06/04:
Shipping in and out of Marquette during the month of May was poor compared to the same time frame last year. Shipping figures for May 2001 revealed that vessels in and out of Marquette were down significantly compared to May 2000. Starting with the lower harbor, only 6 vessels visited during the month of May. H. Lee White lead the way with 3 visits while the USCG Sundew, Courtney Burton, and the research vessel Kiyi all had one visit. For the month of May, vessel visits were down by 43% and total visits for the shipping season is down by 39%. In May 2000, a total of 10 vessels visited Marquette's lower harbor.

As for the upper harbor, 28 vessels visited during the month of May compared to 46 that visited in May 2000. The Algomarine lead all vessels with 8 visits to the ore dock followed by Lee Tregurtha with 4 visits, Charles Beeghly, Kaye Barker and Algosteel with 3 visits each, the H. Lee White with 2 visits, and Great Lakes Trader, Courtney Burton, James Barker, Algowest, and the John Boland each had 1 visit each. For the month of May, vessel visits were down by 28% and total visits for the shipping season is down by 9%. In May 2000, a total of 46 vessels visited Marquette's lower harbor.

Combining the two harbors figures, May's figures showed a total of 34 vessels visited both harbors which is down by 39% compared to May 2000 in which a total of 56 vessels visited both harbors.

For the season, a total of 86 vessels visit both harbors which was down by 14% compared to same period in 2000 which saw a total of 100 vessels visiting both harbors. The decrease of shipping traffic is being blamed on the struggling steel industry and the dumping of foreign into the U.S. Currently, one of two mines in Marquette County is in the middle of a six week shut down to decrease stock piles of ore and the second mine will close for a six week period in June.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Twin Ports Report

06/04:
Duluth harbor was busy again June 3, with Paul R. Tregurtha arriving early in the morning bound for Midwest Energy Terminal. The vessel loaded coal destined for St. Clair. About 45 minutes behind the PRT was John G. Munson, which has been a frequent caller in the Twin Ports this season. The Munson was loaded with stone, with part of the cargo consigned to the Hallett dock and the rest consigned to Reiss Inland dock. After unloading on Sunday, the Munson was scheduled to depart for Two Harbors to load taconite pellets. Around the harbor, James R. Barker remained under repair at the former Cargill C dock in Duluth. In the next slip over, Montrealais was wasting no time at the AGP grain elevator. The elevator's loading arm was in place and spewing grain by 8 a.m. ULS boats are seldom seen at the AGP elevator.

Paul R. Tregurtha starting into Duluth.
The Tregurtha arriving on a sunny morning.
Bow view.
Passing beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Video of the Tregurtha passing through the ship canal.

John G. Munson approaching Duluth.
A crewman pauses on the swing to enjoy a cup of coffee.
Passing beneath the bridge.
Video of the Munson entering the ship canal.

Reported by: Al Miller




Soo Traffic

06/04
Upbound traffic on Sunday included the Lee A. Tregurtha, Indiana Harbor, Quebecois, Edgar B Speer, Charles M. Beeghly, Arthur M. Anderson and Columbia Star. Downbound was the George A. Stinson, Roger Blough, WN Towlan and lumber barge, Stewart J. Cort, Darya Ma and the Frontenac.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Saginaw News

06/04:
The J A W Iglehart arrived at the Front Range light about 7:30 a.m. Sunday with a load of cement for the Lafarge Dock in Saginaw. The Sam Laud was following about 45 minutes behind. She was loaded with a cargo of stone for the Bay Aggregate Dock in Bay City where she will unload part of the cargo and then move then up to the Sargeant Dock in Saginaw to finish.

By the time the Iglehart and Laud passed through Veterans Bridge, the Laud had closed the gap between them to about 10 minutes. The small distance between them caused Veterans Bridge to stay open after the Iglehart cleared because the Laud was so close.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey

Iglehart upbound at Fletcher Oil.
Close up.
Approaching the Liberty Bridge.
Sam Laud upbound at Fletcher Oil.
Passing through Liberty Bridge.
Lowering the rowboat.
Iglehart passing through Lafayette Bridge with the Laud on her stern.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

06/04:
The Algosteel was unloading stone at the CSX stone dock on Sunday. The Mantadoc is due in for one of the Anderson's Elevators to load grain.

The early season lay-up fleet remains in port. The Adam E. Cornelius is at the CSX #1 Dock, American Mariner at the Torco Dock and the barge Great Lakes Trader with tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock.

The Reserve was scheduled to arrive at the Torco Dock later that evening. The next scheduled coal boats will be the Algosteel due in on Tuesday evening followed by the John B. Aird, and Algomarine on Saturday. The next schedule ore boats due in will be the Armco, and Reserve due in on Friday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

06/04:
Saturday morning the Saginaw arrived to load at the Salt dock about 8:00 a.m. She departed with the tug Idaho about 11:00 p.m.

The Wolverine departed LTV Saturday morning and the Cuyahoga departed Ontario 4 at 8:00 a.m. The tug Sea Eagle II and St. Marys cement barge was inbound with one tug at 5:00 p.m. for Blue Circle.

Pictures by TZ
Saginaw at the salt dock.
Tug Idaho working on the stern of the Saginaw.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton Report

06/04:
Sunday afternoon the Atlantic Huron was unloading iron ore at Stelco and the Canadian Leader was unloading the same at Dofasco. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Limnos remained at CCIW and the Kapitonas A. Lucka was still at Pier 8 with no apparent unloading activity.

The tug James A. Hannah and its barge 5101 were moored at Pier 23 unloading carbon black which looks to be near completion.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Brockville Update

06/04:
The saltie Hea was downbound below the Iroquois Lock at 1:00 p.m. Sunday carrying a cargo of grain from Duluth bound for Casablanca, Morocco. The 110-foot tall ship Fair Jeanne passed Brockville, ON. on May 31 sailing for Kingston where she will take part in Tall Ships Challenge.

Hea downbound.
Fair Jeanne.

Reported by: Peter Carter




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."

On 4 June 1859, GENERAL HOUSTON (2-mast wooden schooner, 83', 123 t, built in 1844 at French Creek, NY) was bound from Port Huron for Buffalo with a load of lumber. During a terrific gale, she missed the mouth of the Grand River near Fairborn, Ohio and went on the pier where she broke up. Fortunately no lives were lost. The lighthouse keeper on the pier where she broke up later refused to light the lantern while the wreck was in place for fear of drawing other vessels into it. The U. S. Government quickly contracted to remove the hulk from the channel, but a month later, a storm did the job for free, obliterating the wreck so completely that it was reported to have just "disappeared."

June 4th, 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of the famous race between the Tashmoo and the City of Erie, an exciting race that included many thousands of dollars in wagers, great advance publicity, and the use of many other boats to watch the action along the way. The drama was such that carrier pigeons were released at various times to take the latest updates to waiting newspaper reporters. The City of Erie won the race in a very close match, and the story has been retold in several books about the Great Lakes.

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


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




J.B. Ford Update

06/03
The J. B. Ford arrived under tow in the Sault Ste. Marie harbor Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. The tow docked for the night at the Carbide Dock. It is unknown when the tow will depart.

The Ford was towed from her dock in South Chicago Wednesday evening by the tug Missouri. The Ford is being towed to Superior, WI where it will be used for storage at the Lafarge Cement Dock.

Image of the Ford docked in Chicago.

Reported by Jerry Masson




Name Change

06/03
The McKeil tanker Ralph Tucker has been renamed Capt. Ralph Tucker. The "Capt." has been added to the hull. In early 2001 the tanker was purchased from Algoma Tankers and renamed Ralph Tucker, the "Capt." did not appear before the name.

McKeil took delivery of the tanker on April 2, 2001 in Halifax. Ralph Tucker is a long time friend of the McKeil family and was a Captain on their tugs.

Reported by John Meyland and Jimmy Sprunt




Tug in Dry Dock

06/03
On Thursday the tug Susan W. Hannah and her cement barge Southdown Conquest entered the shipyard at Bay Ship, for unknown reasons. On Friday the Susan was uncoupled from the barge and was prepared for dry docking. On Saturday morning the tug was placed into the dry dock with the aid of the tug Escort II from Selvick Marine.

Barge Southdown Conquest at berth #8.
Susan W. Hannah in dry dock.
Close-up of South Down Conquest Bow.

Reported by Vic DeLarwelle




Maumee in Menominee

06/03
The Maumee arrived in Menominee Friday afternoon to unload coal at Menominee Paper. This was the first time a Grand River Navigation vessel has visited Menominee. Last year as the Calcite II, the Maumee visited twice delivering coal.

Maumee unloading.
Close up.
Stern view.
Crew member securing a telescoping hatch cover.
Backing away from the dock.
Backing past the lighthouse.

Reported by Scott Best




Busy month for Grand Haven

06/03
The month of May brought an unusually high number of vessel visits to the Lake Michigan port, with 22 vessels calling. This is due in part to the frequency of visits by the Lower Lakes/Grand River Navigation fleets. One common vessel in the harbor, the Southdown Challenger, did not visit during the month but arrived on Saturday with a load of cement.

Reported by David Swain




Thunder Bay Report

06/03
The Port of Thunder Bay has been very slow for the last few days. The weather may be playing a part was a low pressure system passing over the eastern end of Lake Superior brining low temperatures, rain and very high winds. This is the same system that is causing the delay in the towing of the J.B. Ford to Superior, WI. The forecast calls for improving conditions today.

Work on the Canadian Transfer was completed and she sailed downbound the morning of May 31. The Algontario continues to sit in long term lay-up at the Pascol Dock.

The Canadian Prospector was in port loading grain at Sask. Pool 7a and departed Friday around noon. The W.N. Towlan and lumber barge McAllaster 132 left downbound with a load on Saturday morning.

Barge Sarah Spencer and tug Jane Ann IV arrived early Saturday and docked at Agricore to load and the Radium Yellowknife returned from unloading lumber in Superior, WI. She was docked at the old Ore Dock beside Northern Woods on Saturday Morning.

Reported by Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Hamilton Report

06/03:
Saturday afternoon the saltie Kapitonas A. Lucka is moored at Pier 8. Cargo being unloaded was steel products, although there was no unloading activity going on tha afternoon.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Limnos was docked at CCIW.

Vessels expected for Hamilton are the tug James A. Hannah and barge 5101 with carbon black, Atlantic Huron with iron ore for Stelco and Canadian Leader with iron ore for Dofasco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Badger Update

06/03
The Lake Michigan Carferry Badger returned to Ludington Saturday night, ending the first Boatnerd Gathering of the season. The trip was a complete success and all had a good time. As an added bonus the Armco pulled into port with a load of coal, docking a few hundred feet from the Badger's bow.

Check back Monday for pictures.




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.

On 3 June 1875, the iron carferry HURON (238', 1052 gt) was launched at Point Edward, Ontario for the Grand Trunk Railway. Miss Jessie S. Hughes of Toronto christened the vessel with a bottle of wine. The hull's iron plates were manufactured in Scotland and shipped to Point Edward where they were assembled. Work began on 12 August 1874. Her engine and boiler were built by Mr. Wilson at Dundas, Ontario. This vessel ran between Windsor and Detroit for over a century.

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


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




J.B. Ford Update

06/02 7:30 a.m.
The tow of the cement storage vessel J. B. Ford is progressing. Last night at 9:30 p.m. the tug Missouri reported its position as just west of Mackinac Bridge. The Sault Ste. Marie based tug Florida is expected to meet up with the tow at Detour in the lower St. Marys River around noon today and assist it through the river.

The Ford was towed from her dock in South Chicago Wednesday evening by the tug Missouri. The Ford is being towed to Superior, WI where it will be used for storage at the Lafarge Cement Dock.

Image of the Ford docked in Chicago.

Reported by Joe Komjathy and Robin Greathouse




First Trip for Calumet

06/02:
The Calumet was inbound the Saginaw River Friday morning giving a security call at the Front Range Lights at 10:10 a.m. This was her first visit to the Saginaw River under her new name and colors. The Calumet was headed up to Carrollton with a load of salt.

Other traffic included Sam Laud entered the Saginaw River Friday afternoon. She stopped at Bay Aggregates in Bay City to lighter before heading upriver to the Saginaw Rock Dock to finish. The Laud departed Bay Aggregates around 6:00 p.m. Friday evening.

The Calumet and the tug Kurt Luedtke were in contact on Friday, the Calumet was checking to see if the Luedtke would be able to assist in turning her if help was needed.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey

Calumet arrives.
Close up
Bow view.
Calumet at Wheelers Landing.
Stern view.
Approaching the Liberty Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Maumee in Toledo

06/02:
On Wednesday the Maumee was visiting its namesake river. The second shifts, under the guidance of Mark Stevens (Deck Boss) and the mate, the Maumee loaded 87 cars of coal for 8736.25 tons. Enclosed are photos of the Maumee approaching number # 4 coal machine at the Toledo Docks.

Pictures by DD
At the dock
Close up
Crewman prepares to land on the dock
Landing

Reported by: Bob Vincent




Busch Marine Update

06/02:
Busch Marine recently completed the 5 year inspection on their 2500 ton cargo barge at Toledo. The tug Gregory J. Busch and barge STC2004 will be hauling cargoes to its new dock on the Saginaw River (BMT Terminal Inc.) as well as many cargoes for other customers around the lakes. This completes a two year program of improvements with the addition of a deep pushing notch, Ro-Ro ramp, and additional cargo handling gear on the barge. Busch plans to invest heavily in long term improvements for cargo barge operations.




Greek Cruise Ship Arcadia Arrives at the Port of Detroit on June 16

06/02:
The Arcadia, a Greek cruise vessel that is new to the Great Lakes, is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Detroit at 700 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2001.

The vessel will use Detroit as its U.S. home base beginning in June and will run its Great Lakes Cruise itinerary to Saturday, October 20, 2001. The Arcadia will disembark 225 passengers in Detroit following cruises to various Great Lakes destinations including stops in the Michigan towns of Muskegon, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Mackinac Island. It will feature seven-, four- and three-day cruises. Based out of the ports of Detroit and Windsor, the Arcadia will make 24 separate sailings on 11 itineraries in all five Great Lakes this summer. The ship will feature food and service comparable to that of the five-star lines. It is 367 feet long with a draft of 18.5 feet.

The Arcadia is chartered by Great Lakes Cruises, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it is operated by Golden Sun Cruises. The ship winters in the Mediterranean.

``We are very excited to have Detroit chosen as Arcadia's U.S. home port in the Great Lakes. This attests to Detroit's strategic international location and its importance in re-establishing the Great Lakes cruising industry. The cruise ship's economic impact on Detroit will be a significant boost to its recreation and tourism economy, generating revenues for hotel rooms, restaurants, casinos and museums,'' said John Jamian, DWCPA executive director.

Detroit, along with many other Great Lakes cities, has been working hard to return the passenger cruise ship industry to the Great Lakes on a regular basis. After decades with no passenger ships on the Great Lakes, cruising has grown steadily. 1998 was the first time in over 30 years that the City of Detroit hosted a passenger liner, the C. Columbus, which brought in 423 German tourists for a fall color tour of the Great Lakes.

Reported by: Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority




Twin Ports Report

06/02:
After several days of relatively little vessel traffic, Duluth harbor was suddenly busy about 7 a.m. June 1. Most unusual was the James R. Barker winding in the harbor basin and backing into the former Cargill C dock, now being redeveloped by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. By midday it was undergoing repairs. The Barker was ballasted to lift the stern and a wheeled crane was alongside on the dock. That afternoon, the Barker had been rescheduled to load Monday at Midwest Energy Terminal.

While the Barker was winding, the saltie Pytheas was entering the harbor bound for the port terminal with steel coils; Oglebay Norton was pulling away from the DMIR ore dock; and Nanticoke, which had spent the night at the port terminal, had its engine running and deckhands on the dock preparing to get under way to the DMIR ore dock.

Elsewhere in port, Darya Ma was loading grain at Cenex Harvest States while Lake Superior was docked ahead of it in the layby berth. Montrealais continued the long unload at St. Lawrence Cement. Over in Superior, the Burns Harbor was unloading at BNSF ore dock, with Stewart J. Cort and George A. Stinson scheduled to follow the same day.

The tug Radium Yellowknife is becoming a regular caller in the Twin Ports, arriving fairly regularly with barges laden with what appears to be lumber. The tug drops off the barges at Hallett 8 dock in Superior.

The DMIR ore docks are maintaining a steady pace during the early days of June. The lineup for Duluth is: James R. Barker, June 1; Frontenac, June 2; Cason J. Callaway, June 5; and Charles M. Beeghly and Arthur M. Anderson, June 5. The Two Harbors schedule is: Edwin H. Gott, June 1; Roger Blough, June 2; John G. Munson, June 3; and Edgar B. Speer and Cason J. Callaway, June 4.

By midday, the Cenex Harvest States terminal was hosting a rare full house. Darya Ma was loading in berth 1, Lake Superior remained in the layby berth and Isadora had arrived during the morning to begin loading in berth 2.

Canadian Enterprise arrived in Duluth at midday, docked at the Murphy Fuel depot before proceeding on to Midwest Energy Terminal.
Deckhands secure the bow line.
Montrealais unloading at the St. Lawrence Cement terminal.
Wide-angle view of the St. Lawrence Cement terminal, showing Montrealais unloading while trucks and railcars are loaded.

Reported by: Al Miller




Cleveland Update

06/02:
The Mississagi was unloading stone at Cuyahoga Road products near West 3rd Street on the river Friday morning. The American Republic was upbound at Columbus Street to unload ore at LTV at 9:30 a.m. The J. A. W. Iglehart was unloading cement at Lafarge and the Stephen B. Roman was unloading at the Essroc terminal.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay and buoy tending barge are in town for a boating and fishing festival at the lakefront docks. At noon the Bristol Bay and fireboat Anthony Celebrezze left Dock 32 for a media trip with the fireboat pumping five impressive streams of water into the harbor. The Bristol Bay will be open for tours Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Did workers find the ghost of Fairport Harbor Light?

06/02
The mummified remains of a cat found last winter in the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse in Ohio ends credence to stories that the structure is haunted, some people are saying.

Workers installing air conditioning vents found the remains of a gray cat that had died years ago in a crawl space. Pamela Brent, who is curator of the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse museum, says she used to see the ghost of a cat. Museum volunteers also have mentioned seeing or feeling a “presence.”

Museum officials now keep the cat in a box. The remains are a favorite among schoolchildren visiting the museum.

Reported by Paul Carter




Badger Arrives

06/02
Right on schedule the Badger arrived in Ludington entering the break wall about 7:00 p.m. Friday night.

Coal smoke over the horizon.
Entering port.
Stern view.
Dropping the anchor to turn and back to the dock.
Wide view turning.
Fleetmates in lay-up.
Panoramic at the dock.

Check back today for more updates.




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.

On 2 June 1882, INDUSTRY (wooden schooner, 63', 30 t, built in 1847 at Michigan City, IN) capsized and sank just a half mile from South Haven, MI. The three crewmen clung to the wreck for a while as rescue attempts were made from shore, but they all perished. The wreck later drifted to the beach about five miles south of town and went to pieces.

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


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




J.B. Ford on the Move

06/01
The cement storage vessel J. B. Ford was towed from her dock in South Chicago Wednesday evening by the tug Missouri. The Ford is being towed to Superior, WI where it will be used for storage at the Lafarge Cement Dock. Depending on weather, the tow could arrive at the Soo Locks midday Saturday and in Superior by Tuesday.

The J.B. Ford last sailed under its own power in 1985. New cement silos built by Lafarge Cement in South Chicago make the Ford's capacity extra.

Image of the Ford docked in Chicago.

Reported by Robin Greathouse




Shipyard Completes Repowering of NOAA Research Vessel

06/01
The Great Lakes Towing Company Shipyard recently completed a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to upgrade the propulsion system of the 65-foot NOAA Research Vessel Shenehon. The Company removed the old engine from the former Army T-Boat, and the vessel was repowered utilizing a new CAT 3406C diesel engine coupled to a Twin Disc MG5114 marine gear. In addition to the repowering, the Company also installed a new propulsion shaft and propeller, installed a new electrical distribution system, made internal structural modifications, and also performed routine dry docking, maintenance and other repairs. The vessel underwent successful sea trials on Thursday, May 24, 2001 and departed the shipyard on Tuesday, May 29th. A photograph of the vessel on departure from Cleveland is shown.

The Shenehon departing Cleveland.

For more information visit www.thegreatlakesgroup.com




Calumet on Sand Run

06/01:
The Calumet is tentatively scheduled to be in Grand Haven on three consecutive days next week - June 4, 5 and 6. She will continue the Grand Haven to Benton Harbor/St. Joe sand trade on Lake Michigan.

Reported by: David Swain




Lawmaker tries new approach to controlling exotic species

06/01:
A Michigan lawmaker is taking a new approach in his efforts to protect the Great Lakes from introduction of exotic species.

State Sen. Ken Sikkema last year proposed strict rules requiring ships passing through Michigan waters to eliminate exotic species from their ballast water. That approach did not work, so Sikkema is now proposing to let market forces do the job.

Senate Bill 152 includes provisions to publish on the Internet the names and owners of “dirty ships” that don’t follow proper ballast water management practices. In addition, vessel owners who didn’t follow the rules would be ineligible to receive state grants.

Reported by: Gary Tatum




Counties seeking dump site for Saginaw River sediment

06/01:
A Bay County farmer is offering 93 acres of riverfront land as a temporary dump for dredge spoils from the Saginaw River, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the site doesn’t come close to being big enough, according to a report in the Bay City Times.

Local officials say if the river isn’t dredged soon, ships will be unable to use the river within several years. The Corps has responded by proposing to dredge a13-mile stretch from Bay City to Saginaw, in a project that would produce 3.1 million yards of spoils.

A Corps planner said the agency would examine the dumpsite that’s been offered, but added that it wouldn’t even handle the 700,000-cubic-yards of “backlog” spoils that will be dredged just from high spots on the bottom. Instead, Corps planners have identified three potential 400-acre sites that could hold about 20 years worth of spoils.

The Corps will pay for the dredging, but local governments need to choose a dumpsite, obtain the owner’s permission for the Corps to investigate the land, then buy a site before dredging can begin.

Bay County officials are considering buying a temporary dumpsite so dredging can begin relatively soon. That would buy time while Bay County and Saginaw County officials decide on a long-term site.

Even if a site were selected soon, it wouldn’t be ready for at least a year. Any site must be studied to determine soil, environmental, archaeological and flood conditions.

Reported by: Chris King




Detroit River Traffic

06/01:
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Thursday evening.

Armco, upbound at Grassy Island. She reported that she has a load of coal for Manitowoc.
Stern view.
Ziemia Tarnowska at Nicholson's.
J A W Iglehart downbound just below Nicholson's.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

06/01:
The Algolake was loading coal at the CSX Dock Thursday and was expected to depart in the afternoon. The Algomarine finished unloading her stone cargo at the CSX stone dock and was waiting to load coal. The CSL Niagara will follow the Algomarine later on Thursday evening. The Courtney Burton was unloading ore at the Torco Dock. The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock. The tug Barbara Andrie with her barge A-390 was at the T.W.I. Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock.

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

The next scheduled coal boats will be the Algosteel due on Sunday morning. The next scheduled ore boat will be the Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Badger Updates

06/01:
The Boatnerd Gathering series kicks off Friday night with a meeting aboard the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger. If you can't make it to Ludington or Manitowoc be sure to check the news page Saturday and Sunday for pictures and updates from the Badger.

If you live near Manitowoc there is still space available for Saturday's shore line cruise and tours of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. For more information visit the links below.

Offcial Lake Michigan Carferry web site.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum.




Marine Mart Tomorrow

06/01:
June 2 is the annual Lake Huron Lore Marine Society Marine Mart held at the Port Huron Museum from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Books, Models, Videos, Historic Paper, Photographs and more will be offered. It is also an opportunity to see the Museum's Great Lakes Collection. Afterwards relax at the Blue Water Bridges and watch the ships go by.
Please call (810) 982-0891 for more information. Click here for a map to the museum.

Reported by: Al Hart




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.

On 1 June 1892, the steel bulk freighter CHOCTAW was launched at the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company (hull #17) in Cleveland, Ohio for the Lake Superior Iron Company. Her dimensions were 207' x 38' x 18' and she had a triple expansion steam engine 17', 29", 47" x 36". She was built as "monitor" type vessel based on whaleback design with all her cabins aft. She lasted until sunk in a collision in 1915.

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


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




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