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Kwintebank Returns To Menominee

The Kwintebank made a return trip to Menominee on Sunday to deliver another load of wood pulp to K&K Warehouse. She arrived off the Menominee North Pier Lighthouse around 6 a.m., but was carrying a port list.

Crews spent the next hour shifting ballast water to straighten her out, but could not get her back to an even keel until part way through the unloading process.

At K&K East Dock...notice the port side list.
Close-up of stern with list.
Another view at a very busy dock.
.Finally on an even keel unloading at K&K West Dock

Reported by: Dick Lund

Marquette Update

The H. Lee White will bring a load of stone to the Shiras Steam Plant dock in Marquette on Monday, then move to the ore dock in the upper harbor for a load of taconite. The American Mariner is expected at the ore dock on Tuesday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Saginaw River Update

The Canadian Transfer was back again on what seems like an every other day run. The Transfer was inbound early Saturday morning with a split cargo for the Burroughs Dock and the Valley Asphalt Dock. She was outbound during the evening.

The American Republic was inbound during the late morning hours, calling on the Bay Aggregates Dock. She finished unloading and was outbound late in the afternoon.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
American Republic upbound at Consumers Energy.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Toronto Update

The McKeil tug Carrol C. 1 arrived during the night Sunday from McNally Construction Inc.'s Belleville yard, towing a 1 mile long length of 5 foot diameter pipe for the deep-water cooling project.

The saltie Elikon arrived just before midnight Saturday and went to anchor in the harbor. It must await the departure of the saltie Clipper Falcon from the Redpath Sugar dock.

McKeil's harbor tugs have been out of town for a few days, likely gone to Oshawa. The tug Wendy B. has also departed the harbor.

Friday the firetug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie welcomed the Italian Navy sail training ship Tarangini into port. The Tarangini came from Hamilton, where it had gone for dry docking. It remains in port docked near the fire station.

Canadian Mariner was pressed into service as a fireworks platform in Humber Bay, off Ontario Place on Saturday night. The Mariner will remain at anchor in Humber Bay and will be used for fireworks again on Canada Day, July 1st.

Cuyahoga was in with stone. She arrived about 11 p.m. Tuesday night and departed early Wednesday morning. A quick unloading. Also departing Wednesday were the Forbes mega yacht Highlander and the cement carrier Stephen B. Roman.

Reported by: Art Church and Jay Bascom

Double Duty for Helena Oldendorff

Last week Helena Oldendorff discharged steel coils in Cleveland from Europe while simultaneously loading steel coils for Ravenna, Italy. Below are images taken on her transit of the Welland Canal this past Tuesday morning.

Charlie E at the West Street Wharf Port Colborne.
Port Colborne Pier Outer Light in the early morning.
Departing Lock 8.
Another view.
The vessel’s Master Capt. Zbigniew Szlosser looking on.
Meeting Algolake on the long level.
The Bridge interior.
Looking through the “Clear View Screen”
Bridge 11 dead ahead.
Approaching Lock 7.
In Lock 7.

Following images were taken on Saturday.
Algomarine entering Lock 5.
Close up.
Brand new Puffin heading for Windsor, ON from Shanghai, China.
Grande Mariner waiting her turn below Lock 3.
Another view.
Island Rocket III from Sandusky, Ohio awaiting turn.
Lock 3 dumping.
Tremendous turbulence.
Approximately 90 million of litres of water are dumped by gravity in only minutes.
John Spence/McAsphalt 401 heading upbound to Lock 2.
McAsphalt 401.
Images taken Sunday
Sea Eagle II departing Lock 3 upbound.
Algocen entering Lock 3 downbound.
Forward end. Algocen is always kept up and well painted.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz


I have returned home from the Soo and I am working on getting caught up. I have a few hundred e-mails to sort through so please be patient if you have tried to contact me. Great pictures from the Soo continue to roll in, look for the images in the next few days.

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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

Nunavut Trader tow Continues

Friday the barge Nunavut Trader (former Lorena 1) tow continued up the Seaway. The tow reached the Iroquois Lock Friday morning.

The Nunavut Trader has been sold to Desgagnes and will be used as a barge pushed by a tug. It is expected to operate in the arctic this summer.

Tow arrives upbound Friday.
Tug Progress leads.
Nunavut Trader.
Trailing tug.
Stern view of tow.

Reported by: Dave Jackson

Challenger Enters Dry Dock

The lakes oldest operating freighter arrived at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. on Thursday.

She was moved into the graving dock Friday for her 5-year inspection. Her stay at the ship yard is expected to last three weeks.

Built in 1906 the Southdown Challenger is the oldest operating freighter on the Great Lakes. She remains active in the cement trade for Cemex Cement.

Challenger is positioned in the graving dock Friday.

Reported by: Dustin Sadowski

Bounty in Erie

The tall ship Bounty departed Erie on Saturday, after being in port since Monday. The vessel departed Erie's Public Dock at about 8:45 a.m. after making an unscheduled stop in port on Monday. The stop was made because the vessel was a week ahead of schedule. The Bounty reported that they were headed to Ashtabula. Ashtabula was quite busy on Saturday, with the John B. Aird loading coal, the Canadian Enterprise waiting to load, and the Middletown due to unload a cargo of ore later Saturday.

The Bounty was built in 1962 for the film "Mutiny on the Bounty" starring Marlon Brando. Brando, however, refused to finish the film if the Bounty, one-third larger than the original, was burned, so a smaller replica was built and burned for the film.

The port of Erie has not had the same amount of commercial traffic as it did in 2002 so far this year. As of June 28, 2002, 17 vessels had visited the port. This year only 14 vessels have visited Erie. In 2002 the most frequent visitor, the Adam E. Cornelius, visited eight times. Thus far in 2003 the Cornelius has visited five times.

Bounty departs Dobbins Landing.
Bow view outbound in the channel.
Close up of the stern.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson

Saginaw River News

The Maumee arrived in the river early Saturday morning, stopping at the old Bay Aggregates Dock in Downtown Bay City to allow the outbound Joseph H. Thompson and Paul H. Townsend to pass before continuing upriver to Saginaw to unload. She was outbound during the afternoon.

The tug Rebecca Lynn and her tank barge were outbound from the Bit-Mat Dock about thirty minutes behind the Maumee.

Canadian Transfer downbound Friday evening.
Nosing through Veteran's Memorial Bridge.
Stern view.
Maumee head on.
Downbound Saturday at Bay City Wirt.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Hamilton Update

Saturday the Maria Desgagnes arrive at the Petro Canada Pier in Bronte at 6:30 a.m. The Canadian Navigator arrived in Hamilton at 2 p.m. going to Dofasco with a load of coal from Sandusky, Ohio. After unloading she will shift to Pier 26 to load slag for Bath, Ontario. At 6 p.m. the Diamond Star arrived at the Petro Canada Pier in Bronte in ballast.

Friday night the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin depart Stelco in Hamilton heading to Sept Ile Quebec to load iron ore pellets.

On Thursday the saltie Turid Knutsen arrived off the Petro Canada Piers in Bronte (Oakville) Ontario and waited for the arrival of the tug Paula E from Hamilton to help her dock. She departed sometime Friday evening.

Reported by: Eric Holmes

Brockville Views

Below are recent images taken of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario.

Cruise ship LeLevant heading for Montreal.
Stern view.
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Caribou Isle passing on Thursday.
Close up.
Lake Superior emerges through the haze.
Stern view.
Close up.

Reported by: Keith Giles

Aerial Views

Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River 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.

Another view.
Another view.
David Z. Norton.
Small boats off Gull Isle in Lake St. Clair.
The annual "Jobbie Nooner" celebration.
Another view.

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 ="">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

First Trip for Michipicoten

The Michipicoten ventured onto Lake Michigan for the first time sailing for Lower Lakes Towing Thursday with a split cargo of stone loaded in Meldrum Bay.

Her first port of call was Muskegon, entering Muskegon Lake just after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Her next call was the Meekhof's dock in Ferrysburg. After unloading there, she departed around noontime Friday and saluted the onlookers on the Grand Haven boardwalk.

Reported by: David Swain

Coast Guard rescues two from water

The Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescued two people from Saginaw Bay near the Channel Island Thursday around 10:30 p.m. Jeff Bowdish of Bay City and a 15-year-old male of Birch Run fell into the water when their 24-foot sail boat overturned. A good samaratin, unable to reach the men due to the depth of water, reported the capsized boat to the Coast Guard.

Station Saginaw River dispatched two rescue boats. After arriving on scene, the Coast Guard pulled the two men from the water. The good samaratin towed the vessel to the Bay City Yacht Club after the Coast Guard finished dewatering the boat.

Reported by: Cindy Marshall

Bust Day on Saginaw River

A traffic cop was needed for the Saginaw River on Friday as five different vessels called on various docks, three on the upper portion of the river.

The CSL Tadoussac spent the day Friday unloading at the Essroc Terminal in Essexville. She had finished by the early evening and departed stern first for the Saginaw Bay after the outbound Canadian transfer had cleared. One out, she turned at Light 12 before heading for the lake.

The Canadian Transfer was inbound during the morning with a split load for the Buena Vista Dock and the Valley Asphalt Dock. She was outbound late in the afternoon.

The Joseph H. Thompson-Thompson Jr., inbound a few hours behind the Canadian Transfer. The two were in communication trying to determine how they would be able to make their respective dock and still be able to turn in the Sixth Street Basin as the Thompson would have her bow stuck into the basin while unloading Stoker Coal at Saginaw Rock. It was finally determined that the Thompson would tie up at the Sargent Dock and wait for the Canadian Transfer to unload and turn before going up to Saginaw Rock to unload. It was a lengthy delay for the Thompson as she didn't make the dock until Friday evening. The Joseph H. Thompson was expected to be outbound early Saturday morning.

The tug Rebecca Lynn and her tank barge called on the Bit-Mat Dock to unload liquid asphalt. She was expected to be outbound during the day on Saturday.

The Paul H. Townsend was preparing to depart the Lafarge Terminal late Friday evening, but will be delayed by the Joe Thompson who was still blocking the Sixth Street Turning Basin. She is expected to be outbound early Saturday morning.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Maumee outbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Coast Guard Accepts Fir

The U.S. Coast Guard was expected to officially accept the new Coast Guard cutter Fir on Friday. The cutter will be placed into a temporary "in-commission special" status.

A special ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m. onboard the cutter at Marinette Marine Corp.

Marinette Marine will present the cutter to Cmdr. Todd P. Seaman, executive officer of the Project Resident Office, who will receive the cutter on behalf of the Coast Guard.

The responsibility of the cutter will then be transferred to the commanding officer of Fir, Lt. Cmdr. Hal Pitts, along with the crew of eight officers and 42 enlisted members, who become the "plankowners" of the new vessel.

The cutter's official commissioning will take place at her homeport of Astoria, Ore.

The Fir was launched at Marinette Marine Corp. Aug. 18, and has since been undergoing outfitting and sea trials. Fir is scheduled to begin the transit of the Great Lakes en route to Astoria on July 31, following crew familiarization in Green Bay and Lake Michigan waters.

Fir will be the second cutter delivered to the Coast Guard since the agency was moved to the Department of Homeland Security. Coast Guard Cutter FIR is the 13th Juniper Class seagoing buoy tender and the eighth "B Class" cutter built by Marinette Marine.

Currently the Coast Guard has contracted for 11 B Class cutters. The B Class cutters will join the five A Class cutters built by Marinette Marine that are operating throughout the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The Juniper Class cutters are replacing the World War II Balsam Class seagoing buoy tenders. The 225-foot FIR will replace the 60-year-old cutter Cowslip, which was decommissioned Dec. 13.

Fir’s primary missions are aids to navigation, marine environmental protection, search and rescue, and domestic ice-breaking along the Washington and Oregon coasts and waterways, home to the nation's most hazardous sea and bar conditions

Reported by: Phil Myers

Officials say Milwaukee-to-Muskegon, Mich., line planned

A high-speed ferry capable of carrying 250 passengers and 46 cars across Lake Michigan at 40 mph is scheduled to start running next June, officials announced Wednesday.

Buoyed by approval of a federal grant for the service, Lake Express LLC said plans call for the ferry to make the trip between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich., in two hours and 20 minutes.

Lake Express said it hired an Alabama shipyard to build a state-of-the-art catamaran that will run eight months a year, with two roundtrips daily in spring and autumn and three daily roundtrips in summer.

Fares are likely to be about $50 or $55 for each car and $40 or $45 for each adult passenger, with children riding at half-fare, according to David Lubar, chief investor in Lake Express.

Passengers will get food service, wide seats, video monitors, a children's play area and a computer-controlled stabilization system to keep the ride smooth enough to "virtually eliminate seasickness," Lubar said.

June 1 is the target date for the first trip.

Milwaukee officials plan to build a $2 million ferry terminal with parking, rental car facilities and a snack bar just north of the city's U.S. Coast Guard station.

In Muskegon, plans were due to be announced Thursday for a downtown terminal, said Muskegon County Administrator Jim Borushko. The site was previously used by the Milwaukee Clipper, a ferry that ran from 1941 to 1970.

The only ferry operating on the lake is the S.S. Badger, operated by Lake Michigan Carferry Inc. The 50-year-old Badger carries up to 620 passengers and 185 cars between Manitowoc and Ludington, Mich., at 18 mph, taking four hours each way on one daily round-trip in spring and autumn and two daily roundtrips in peak season.

Lake Michigan Carferry and its backers have said the market can accommodate only one ferry.

They urged the U.S. Maritime Administration not to grant the $14.5 million in loan guarantees needed to complete financing for the $24.5 million project of Lake Express LLC.

But the federal agency granted the loan guarantees Monday, and Lake Express reached a deal Tuesday night with the shipbuilder to ensure the vessel would be ready for service next summer, said Oyvind Solvang, an investor in Lake Express LLC.

Reported by: Bob Cuttingham

General Pattern in Duluth

A lease agreement with a global production company for space in a light manufacturing building at the Airpark industrial complex was approved Friday by the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

General Pattern, Blaine, Minn., a Rapid Product Development (RPD) organization with offices across Europe and North America, will lease 9,255 square feet of space in the building located at the Port Authority-owned complex adjacent to the Duluth International Airport.

General Pattern partnered with the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) to in April open the Northern Lights Technology rapid prototyping center at NRRI. It plans to use the Airpark space to house four product development incubators that will be beneficial to UMD engineering students. The location will also allow convenient service to aviation, medical and mining industry businesses requiring rapid prototyping of products.

“The new site will create in excess of 40 high tech jobs once completed in September,” said Denny Reiland, president of General Pattern.

“We will be able to offer the entire ‘northern tier’ of Minnesota the very best in time compression technologies, from stereo lithography and silicon tooling to the latest injection mold tooling and ‘real material’ production parts,” said Reiland.

Reiland’s grandfather founded the privately held company in 1922 making tooling patterns for the foundry industry. General Pattern has production facilities in Ham Lake, Minn., and Dearborn, Mich., and also operates international engineering and production facilities in the United Kingdom and Germany. The company, which provides precision models for companies including Ford and Polaris, presently has approximately 200 employees.

“The Port Authority will invest up to $50,000 for infrastructure improvements on the facility,” said Andy McDonough, Port Authority business development director.

“The Authority is pleased to be part of the Duluth development team welcoming General Pattern’s expansion in our region. The addition of this business at Airpark will bring the total number of companies operating on Port Authority properties to 56 with more than 1,000 employees,” said Andy McDonough.

Reported by: Lisa Marciniak

Kingston area Update

The cruise ship Nantucket Clipper was west bound Friday. It was expected to arrive in Rochester, NY Friday evening. After Rochester she will be headed for Quebec City and then will go on a two week trip to Chicago. She has about 100 people aboard.

The small cruise ship has a new color scheme, painted blue to the deck level and white above. This is a change from the all white of previous years.

The tug Carrol C 1 was towing pipe from Picton to Toronto. She is making about 1.8 knots and has a long slow trip ahead of her.

The Desgagnes fleet was well represented in the area Friday. The Maria Desgagnes is headed for Oakville. The Thalassa Desgagnes is headed for Oswego. Catherine Desgagnes entered the Seaway Westbound.

The cruise ship Niagara Prince was headed from Rochester to Oswego.

There are several tall ships in the area. The Pride of Baltimore was passing mid Lake Ontario Friday afternoon. The Fair Jean was in Clayton, NY. for the night and the Brigantine St. Lawrence II was sailing on Kingston Harbor.

Reported by: Ron Walsh

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

Lorena 1 heads off Lakes

Thursday the barge Lorena 1, now known as the Nunavut Trader, was downbound in Lake Ontario under tow of the tugs Progress and Vigilant 1. The tow is due downbound at the Iroquois Lock of the St. Lawrence Seaway at about 3 a.m. on Friday. The barge has reportedly been purchased by Groupe Desgagnes to be used in the Arctic.

The barge was towed from Hamilton on Wendnesday.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Jeff Thoreson

Marquette Update

The bridge to the ore dock and Presque Isle opened Wednesday allowing boatnerds access to picture-taking opportunities.

The Herbert Jackson loaded ore on a sometimes rainy day while the James Barker delivered coal. The John Boland is due on Thursday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Engineers Day and Lock Cruise

Today 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.

The weekend will feature many new events this year including tours of the derrick barge Paul Bunyan, dedication of the survey vessel Bufe and tours of the Coast Guard base.

On Saturday 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 $19.00 U.S. funds or $25.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as dinner.
  • 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 who would like to take the cruise please call 877-226-3665 or e-mail Capt. John M. Chomniak
    General Manager
    Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

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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

New Tug and Barge

The new tug Keewatin has been shuttling two barges with limestone from Marblehead Ohio to Southwestern Sales' Kingsville Dock for the past month. The tug and barges unloaded in Kingsville Tuesday and were expected to return to Marblehead on Wednesday morning.

The barges each carry 2,500 tons of stone. The company operating the tug, Northern Transportation, has purchased the flat deck barge Stone Merchant from Lafarge. This barge had been sitting idle in Windsor for several years.

She was moved to the Toledo Shipyards last month and is being brought up to current standards. A telescoping stacker will be added before she leaves Toledo to make her a 6,000 ton self unloading barge.

Reported by: B. Bezaire

U.S.-Flag Carriage Up Slightly In May

U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessels moved 11 million net tons of dry-bulk cargo in May, a slight increase (1 percent) compared to the corresponding period last year, but a decrease of nearly 8 percent compared to the month's 5-year average. Smallish increases in iron ore and coal were all but offset by an 11 percent decrease in limestone cargos. The stone trade has been hampered by weather, first the brutal winter and then a rainy spring.

For the year, U.S.-flag carriage stands at 22.7 million net tons, a decrease of 1.3 percent compared to the same point in 2002 and a drop of 14.7 percent compared to the 5-year average for the end of May.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association

Piping Removed

Crews were busy last week removing the ballast piping from the Oakglen. The removed pipes were loaded aboard the Pineglen after she completed unloading at Elevator 4 and shipped somewhere up the Seaway. The future of the Oakglen is unknown but the removal of ballast pipes is an indication she may not run again.

Pipes stacked next to the Oakglen.

Reported by: Kent Malo

Marquette Bridge Reopens

Good news for ship watchers in Marquette as Lakeshore Boulevard was reopened Wednesday morning. Lakeshore Boulevard is the only public road leading out to Presque Isle Park, Wisconsin Electric, LS&I Ore Dock, and various businesses and homes.

The bridge on Lakeshore was washed out during last month's Dead River flood. The city made the repair of the bridge a priority with a target date for reopening the bridge of July 1st. Repair crews worked long hours to meet the deadline date. Ship watcher will now be able to access the ore dock area to view visiting vessels.

Wednesday the James R. Barker and Herbert C. Jackson were loading at the dock and the John J. Boland is expected on Thursday.

In other Upper Peninsula news, an ore train enroute to the Escanaba, Mi. ore dock derailed Tuesday morning just outside of Rock, Michigan. About 16 ore cars over-turned causing highway M-35 to close for some time.

It is unclear how long the rail line will be disrupted and what impact the accident will have on the ore dock in Escanaba.

Reported by: Art Pickering

Coast Guard aids in rescue of missing man

The U.S. Coast Guard Station Tawas and Air Station Detroit rescued a Lincoln Park man Wednesday morning.

The search for Timothy Wendt began around 5 a.m. that morning after Station Tawas received a call from the Oscoda Police Dispatch, reporting him overdue. The Coast Guard launched two boats from Station Tawas and a helicopter from Air Station Detroit to conduct the search for a 16-foot, yellow aluminum boat.

About 10:45 a.m., a good samaritan aboard a sailing vessel located Wendt south of Harrisville and reported him to the Coast Guard rescue helicopter flying overhead. The engine on Wendt's boat failed around 1 p.m. Tuesday. With no radio or other means of communication on board, he shot off his flares, but no flare sightings were reported.

Wendt originally left out of the Au Sable River to go fishing but drifted 13 miles during the nearly 22 hours his vessel was disabled.

After locating him, the Coast Guard rescue boat towed the vessel to safety.

Reported by: Cindy Marshall

Alpena Report

Deliveries of salt by Algoma Central Marine has continued over the past few days. The Algoway arrived in the Thunder Bay River at the Alpena Oil Dock around 2 p.m. on Monday. It unloaded the second cargo of salt and departed by 8 p.m.

The Agawa Canyon made a return trip back to Alpena, Mi in the early morning hours of Tuesday. It brought more salt from Goderich, ON. The Canyon was backing out of the river by 4 a.m. The salt will later be loaded on to truck trailers and taken to different cities come fall.

The J.A.W. Iglehart is expected into port Wednesday afternoon to load cement for Green Bay, WI.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

The Algorail arrived at the GM dock in Saginaw just after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The vessel was outbound at about 7 p.m.

The Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder called at the Burroughs dock and at the Saginaw Asphalt Crow Island dock on Tuesday.

Both docks are near the I-75 bridge. The vessel had called at the same two docks over the past weekend.

On Monday, the Canadian Transfer arrived early in the morning at the GM dock. After delivering part of its cargo there, the vessel continued up to the Valley Asphalt dock adjacent to the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw to finish unloading.

On Sunday, the Joseph H. Thompson delivered a split load to the Sargent dock in Essexville and the Saginaw Rock Products dock in Saginaw.

The tug Rebecca Lynn also arrived on Sunday at the Bit-Mat dock near the mouth of the river.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Detroit Traffic

American Republic downbound at the Rouge Short Cut Canal.
Stern view.
Jimmy L at Fordson Island in the Rouge River.
Close up.
Stern view.
Mc Kee Sons and Invincible downbound at Grassy Island.
Close up of the tug.
Another view.
Stern view.
Adam E Cornelius downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Barge Mc Asphalt 401 and tug John Spence downbound at Grassy Island after loading asphalt at Marathon in the Rouge River. She has a split load for Toronto and Oshawa.
Close up of the tug.
Stern view.
Roger Blough upbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Canadian Transport upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
David Z. Norton upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Mississagi upbound at Grassy Island. Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Capt. Don Sensabaugh

Capt. Donald At the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Monday, June 23rd, 2003, in his 73rd year. Loving husband of Lois J. Sensabaugh (nee Summers).

Born and raised in Owen Sound, ON, Capt. Sensabaugh first hired on the boats at the age of 19 as a deckhand with the Hindman company. Over the years he worked his way through the ranks to Captain with Canada Steamship Lines. He retired ten years ago and taught in the Marine Engineering Program at Georgian College, Owen Sound.

A funeral service will be held at Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home, Owen Sound, on Thursday, June 26 at 1 PM. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

Reported by: David Shearman

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

Conquest in Owen Sound

The cement barge Southdown Conquest and tug Susan W. Hannah arrived in Owen Sound shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night. Tuesday morning the barge continued unloading at the cement silos.

Reported by: Ed Saliwonchyk

Saginaw River News

The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann were inbound Tuesday morning. The pair headed upriver to Zilwaukee to unload. The Pathfinder was outbound passing through Bay City early in the evening.

Pathfinder-Dorothy Ann upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Hamilton Report

Tuesday evening, the tug Salvor and the barge McCleary's Spirit were moored on the north face of Pier 9. Also at Pier 9 was the Tall Ship Tarangini. There were 15 to 20 crew members up in the rigging working with the sails.

Over at Stelco's iron ore dock, two CSL vessels were unloading, they being the CSL Niagara and the Halifax.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon

Toronto Update

In late Monday night was Stephen B. Roman with cement. She was expected to finished unloading over night and depart by morning. The saltie Clipper Falcon continued to unload at Redpath Sugar. Canadian Mariner was anchored in Humber Bay off Ontario Place awaiting the July 1st fireworks spectacle.

The Forbes' mega yacht Highlander was out for a trip around the island Tuesday afternoon; returning to Pier 4 in mid-afternoon.

The Soderholm tug Diver III and barges came into port Tuesday afternoon and went into the Turning Basin. The Port Authority continues dredging at the mouth of the Don River with the bucket dredge T.H.C. 50. The tug William Rest has been hauling the spoils into the lake.

Dry docking of the charter vessel Enterprise 2000 has been postponed until the first week of July so that she can meet some charter commitments.

Reported by: Art Church

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.

On this day in June 25,1892 the American Steel Barge Company, West Superior Wisconsin, Captain Alexander McDougall manager, held the first triple launching on the Great Lakes which included the whalebacks PILLSBURY, WASHBURN and the small tug ISLAY. A crowd in excess of 10,000 people witnessed the event. Only the tug ISLAY remains afloat on the North Menominee Canal at the Port of Milwaukee.

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

Engineer's Day Events

Aircraft from two different Michigan airfields will be on hand at Sault Ste. Marie Friday to help mark Engineer¹s Day at the Soo Locks, an event that also includes a special observance of the 60th anniversary of the MacArthur Lock's completion in 1943.

The Soo Evening News reports that around 11 a.m., a group of four A-10 Thunderbolts from the 107th Fighter Wing in Battle Creek will swoop low over the locks. Although officially known as the Thunderbolt, the A-10 is often called by its other nickname, "Warthog," by pilots and crews on the flight line. Another military aircraft, a KC-135 from a unit at Selfridge Field Air National Guard base, will also fly over the locks on Friday morning.

In addition, a commemorative plaque will be presented to an official from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., lead contractor on the MacArthur Lock construction project.

A separate observance during the day will formally dedicate the new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey vessel Bufe. An Army band will entertain visitors through the special Engineer's Day open house, during which the inner fence gates at the Soo Locks will be opened for public access to the usually off-limits area between the MacArthur and Poe locks from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Anyone may attend the various observances scheduled Friday, and there is no admission fee.

Reported by: B, Barnes and Roger LeLievre

Marquette News

The Michipicoten and Kaye E. Barker loaded ore at Marquette on Monday. The H. Lee White brought stone to the lower harbor Shiras Steam Plant dock Monday and will move to the upper harbor to take on a load of ore on Tuesday.

The James R. Barker will bring a load of coal to the WE power plant in the upper harbor on Tuesday. The Herbert Jackson is also expected on Tuesday to take on a load of ore, but will have to wait for the Barker to finish her unloading.

Michipicoten departs.
H. Lee White unloading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Milwaukee Update

Traffic in Milwaukee got an early start Monday when the Alpena arrived just before midnight. Before sunrise the Capt. Henry Jackman arrived with a load of salt.

The Great Lakes Towing tug Arkansas assisted the Frontenac in around 7 a.m. They had a partial cargo of cement clinkers for Badger Cement. The last boat of the day was the Algowood with another cargo of salt.

Frontenac unloading.
Tugs docked with Capt. Henry Jackman in the back ground.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Welland Canal Traffic

Below are image taken over the weekend at the Welland Canal.

John B Aird upbound in the Welland Canal.
Transiting Lock 8.
Yankcanuck unloading in Port Colborne.
CCGS Limnos docked in Port Colborne.
JAW Iglehart was downbound Lock 8 Port Colborne.
J.W. Cooper docked in Port Colborne.
GLRC Oil Response Barge dry docked near the Canadiana.
Comeaudoc, Algogulf are being scrapped at the IMS salvage yard in Port Colborne.
HMCS Haida was tied up to the Fitout Wall at Port Weller Dry Docks in St Catharines.
Wide view of the dry docks.
St. Marys Cement Barge and tug were tied up in Port Colborne above Bridge 21.

Reported by: Geoff DeLuca

Toronto Traffic

Arrivals overnight Monday included the saltie Clipper Falcon with raw sugar for Redpath and the Forbes mega yacht Highlander in at Pier 4.

Arriving back in port from Bronte on Sunday were the schooner Empire Sandy and C. & C. Marine's tug Patricia D. and barge Rock Prince. The McNally tug Bagotville departed late Sunday for the company's Belleville yard.

Canadian Mariner remains anchored in Humber Bay. It will be used as a fireworks platform again on Canada Day, July 1.

Below are recent images taken around Toronto's water front by Gerry O.
The new Queen City Yacht Club tender Algonquin Queen II.
Another view.
Algosteel dumping rock salt on the dock.
McNally Construction Inc.'s Derrick No. 1 working with the pipe for the deep-water cooling project.
Empire Sandy on drydock.
Stern view.
Port Authority barge T.H.C. 12 partially sunk in the Keating Channel.
Another view.
Seaflight II hauled ashore.
The now defunct Seaflight hydrofoils beached at Pier 51. The orange tug is C. & C. Marine's Patricia D.
Another view of the sunken barge with the Port Authority workboat Kenneth A.
The Island Airport back-up ferry Windmill Point has been in the Port Authority's yard at the Keating Channel for the past week for some work.

Reported by: Art Church

Aerial Views

Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake Erie and Detroit River Sunday 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.

Roger Blough.
Another view.
Stern view.
Salt water ship Isa.
Another view.
Stern view.
Nicolson terminal on the Detroit River.
Milo unloading.
Former rail ferry.
Columbia still floating.
Lafarge dock in Detroit.
Cemex cement dock.
Diamond Jack Tour boats.
Coast Guard base Detroit.

New Pilot Boat For Long Beach Enroute to Halifax

On Saturday morning the brand new high-speed pilot boat Vega transited the Welland Canal. Vega will be based in Long Beach California and is owned and operated by Jacobsen Pilot Services, Inc.

She was built by Hike Metal Products and Shipbuilding Ltd. of Wheatley, Ontario. The state of the art 59 foot 1800 Hp Vega can cruise easily and comfortably at thirty knots. She is fitted with the latest technological advances including ECDIS. She is a credit to her builder’s and Jacobsen Pilot Services who together planned and created this fine vessel. Upon arrival in Halifax she will be shipped to Long Beach onboard Zim Mediterranean and will arrive on July 22nd.

Vega arrives on the West Wall above Lock 8 at Port Colborne.
Another view.
Stern view.
Waiting for John B Aird to clear Lock 8.
Long Beach Harbor Pilot Capt. Grant Livingstone operating the vessel from the stern controls.
Close up of the controls.
Roger Stanton from Hike Metal Products and Shipbuilding Ltd. Pleased with the vessel’s performance.
Lowering, closing, lowering, leaving, open!
In Lock 8.
Jacobsen Pilot Service logo.
Passenger compartment seats 8 with comfort.
Another view.
One of four bunks for power naps.
Leaving Lock 8 for the first and last time.
Capt. Grant Livingston at the helm with Capt. Thomas Jacobsen looking on.
The wheel.
Heading down the long level.
Capt. Thomas Jacobsen President of Jacobsen Pilot Services, Ltd. Clearly pleased and proud of his new vessel.
Starboard side.
Builder’s plate.
View from the passenger compartment looking up to the wheelhouse.
At Port Robinson about to meet Nogat.
Capt. Jacobsen looks on.
Polsteam’s Nogat in ballast bound for Duluth.
Mr. Phillip T. Wright of Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co. Inc. making us some fresh coffee.
Capt. Jacobsen recording some memories.
Special guest Alison Irons onboard and enjoying her ride.
Approaching the Guard Gate area.
Entering Lock 7.
Lowering in Lock 7 time to bring out the camera.
We feel mighty small in the cavernous locks.
Algoway departing Lock 6.
Capt. Jacobsen manning the forward lines.
Lock 5.
Casting off.
Next lock please.
Group photo.
Capt. Grant Livingstone and Phillip T. Wright looking on.
Emerald Star.
Almost past.
Emerald star headed for Bridge 5 (Glendale Ave.)
My free ride is over I’m put to work!
View from the wheelhouse looking down into the passenger compartment.
We’re getting there…now in Lock 2.
The WW II vintage HMCS Haida at Port Weller Dry Docks undergoing restoration.
Another view.
Hey I want a shirt like that!
Capt. Grant Livingstone demonstrating the pilot overboard retrieval platform.
Dalhousie Princess passes by and greets us with a Master Salute.
At Port Weller waiting to refuel then carry on towards Halifax. She will spend the night in Kingston.
Yankcanuck on Friday as seen from Rixta Oldendorff.
Discharging gypsum at Port Colborne from Conneaut, Ohio.
Another view.
Bow view.

I take this opportunity to thank Capt. Thomas Jacobsen for his kind invitation for a colleague and myself to ride along as guests. Capt. Jacobsen and his crew are true pros and very amiable hosts thanks for your hospitality. For info on Hike Metal Products and Shipbuilding go to

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

Detroit River Tug Race

The 27th annual Detroit Tug Boat Race will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Expected to attend this year are about 25 tugs. The Acushnet is still being rebuilt and will not attend this year, but the Gaelic Tugboat Company will be there to retain the first place spot once again. A new entry this year is the tug Elizabeth from Massachusetts.

Ghost Stories

Great Lakes author Wes Oleszewski has been asked to write his 11th book and the subject of that book is going to be ghosts of the Great Lakes. His publisher, Avery Color Studios, has directed that the stories can be true or not true- as long as they are fun to tell.

Although Wes has a file full of old ghost stories, he is turning to the community of Boatnerds and asking for them to send him some of their own ghost stories for use in the upcoming book. If you have an interesting ghost story, and it is not one "borrowed" from another author, you can send it to Wes by e-mail at this address:

Wes will re-write each selected story and research for additional facts, plus all names will be changed to protect the living. Your story can be long or short. Wes may also contact you seeking additional details and will let you know if your ghost story has been selected. Only stories that take place on or near the Great Lakes will be considered.

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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 Clay banks 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

Southdown Challenger Heading for Sturgeon Bay

The lakes oldest operating freighter is expected to head for Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. later this week.

After unloading in Toledo the Challenger will head upbound for the ship yard. She is expected to arrive on Wednesday and prepare to enter the graving dock for her 5-year inspection.

Built in 1906 the Southdown Challenger is the oldest operating freighter on the Great Lakes. She remains active in the cement trade for Cemex Cement.

Pictures of the Challenger in Detroit last week
Bow profile.
Crew members pose for a shot.
View aft on deck.
Steering pole.
Looking forward.
Looking down the hull.
Backing from the dock.
Upbound on the Detroit River.

Reported by: Dustin Sadowski, Kevin Rogers

Marquette Report

The Lee A. Tregurtha took on a load of ore at Marquette on Sunday. Monday will be busy with the Michipicoten, Kaye Barker, and the H. Lee White. The White will bring a load of stone to the lower harbor before moving to the ore dock. Tuesday the Herbert Jackson is expected.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Alpena Update

Sunday was a beautiful summer day with three vessels in port. The Paul H. Townsend arrived at Lafarge around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. It loaded cement for St. Joseph, Mi. and departed before 5 p.m.

The Agawa Canyon came into the Thunder Bay River around 3:30 p.m. to deliver the first cargo of salt for the year. It tied up at the Alpena Oil Dock to unload. Before 8pm the Canyon was finished and backed out of the river into the bay with many onlookers watching from the breakwall.

The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity was also under the silos loading cement at Lafarge on Sunday evening.

The Alpena was heading to Milwaukee and the J.A.W Iglehart is going to Cleveland and Toledo, OH.

Agawa Canyon in Alpena.
Backing from port.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Detroit Traffic

Emerald Star upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Niagara Prince downbound the Wyandotte Channel headed for Bishop Park.
Stern view.
W N Twolan & Mc Allister 132 at the Motor City Intermodal Dock in Detroit.
Stern view.
Close up of the tug.
Southdown Challenger at the Cemex Cement Dock in Detroit.
Cuyahoga turning off Westcott's to back down to Sterling Fuel.
Backing down river.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Bounty in the Canal

Tall ship replica Bounty transiting the Welland Canal upbound on Sunday. Pictures show her transit between Lock 2 and Lock 3.

Away from the wall with the Garden City Skyway and the Homer St. Jackknife bridge in the background.
Close up of the bow.
Another view.
Looking up to the deck.
Stern view.

Reported by: Eric Stapleton

Hamilton Update

Friday and Saturday the tall ship Empire Sandy was at the Oakville Waterfront Festival. She was based at the Bronte Piers (Oakville ).

Saturday morning the Spruceglen arrived in Hamilton at 6:30 a.m. with a load of gypsum from Point Tupper Nova Scotia. She will take three days to to unload and then head to Duluth in ballast.

Sunday morning the Atlantic Huron arrived in Hamilton at 7:30 a.m. from Superior, Wisconsin and heading to Stelco to unload. She departed at 4 p.m. heading for the Welland Canal.

The Maria Desgagnes arrived at the Petro Canada Piers in Bronte (Oakville ) Sunday morning. The Canadian Miner arrived in Hamilton at 2:30 p.m. going to Dofasco, she was followed by the CSL Tadoussac who arrived at 7:30 p.m. going to Stelco.

Reported by: Eric Holmes

St. Lawrence River Traffic at Verchères

Last week the Algoeast ran aground on June 18 as the tanker was proceeding downriver to unload at Sorel-Tracy.

Just as she neared the Verchères curb, she lost control of her rudder and strayed out off the main channel's north side. Her bow became stuck in the mud and she appeared to lose main power. As she dropped her anchor, her stern started swinging with the current until she was stuck fast.

The main engine was restarted and her bow thruster was powered up. She was able to free herself, creating a pool of muddy water around her hull. The Algoeast then proceeded upriver and reentered the main channel. The ship then swung around 180-degrees and proceeded to Tracy at reduced speed where her hull was inspected by divers.

Also passing last week was the Tuvaq. She is the ex-Tiira formerly of the Finnish Neste tanker fleet on her first trip on the St. Lawrence under the Canadian flag. Her design is similar to Desgagnés' Véga Desgagnés and her hull is ice certified with an icebreaking bow.

Algoeast after grounding.
Algoeast proceeding at reduced speed to Tracy Verchères after grounding momentarily as a result of rudder problems June 18.
Lykes Winner downbound off Varennes, June 17.
Close up.
Rt. Hon. Paul J. MarTIN upbound off Verchères from 7 Islands to Toledo June 17.
CEC Fighter downbound off Verchères from Seaway June 19.
Robert Rizzo upbound off Varennes for Montreal June 20 .
Roberto Rizzo, large Italian flag tanker, stern view, June 20.
Montreal based hydrofoils working on the Montreal-Quebec City run June 20 .
Tuvaq departing Montreal for the Arctic June 20.

Reported by: Marc Piché

Soo Locks Cruise Next Weekend

Friday, June 27 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.

The weekend will feature many new events this year including tours of the derrick barge Paul Bunyan, dedication of the survey vessel Bufe and tours of the Coast Guard base.

On Saturday, June 28 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 $19.00 U.S. funds or $25.00 Canadian per person. This will include passage onboard for three hours as well as dinner.
  • 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 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 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

Bounty Upbound

Friday afternoon the tall ship Bounty was upbound in the Seaway. The ship passed through the Iroquois Lock about 3 p.m.

The Bounty is one of many tall Ships making their way to the Great Lakes to participate in a series of sail training races, rallies, cruises and port festivals through out July and August.

Bounty passing upbound above the Iroquois Lock.
Another view.
Close up of the stern.
Click here for a schedule of events.

Reported by: Dave Jackson

Barges in Port Washington

The tug Edward Gillen III dropped two barges off at the coal dock in Port Washington, WI. last week in preparation for a saltie that will be visiting to unload equipment for the local power plant.

Because of the low lake levels and the deeper than normal draft on the saltie, crews plan offload some of the equipment onto the barges prior to entering the harbor. This should decrease the draft enough for the freighter to make it to the dock.

When this occurs, it will be the first time ever that a foreign commercial vessel will have docked in Port Washington. This comes on the twilight of commercial shipping activity in Port Washington. The Power Washington power plant is undergoing a conversion from coal to natural gas. Since the power plant is the last customer for regular commercial maritime activity in Port Washington, once it stops receiving coal, there will not be any lakers entering Port Washington for normal coal deliveries.

The Port Washington power plant, completed in 1935, received its coal almost exclusively by water. For many years, coal was unloaded from straight deckers using a gantry bridge crane with a 12 ton clamshell bucket. It was made obsolete through the evolution of the self-unloaders and operated for the last time in 1983. It was subsequently demolished in 1989.

At the time of its construction, it was determined to be the most thermally efficient coal-fired power plant in the world, being the second plant constructed to use boilers that burn pulverized coal dust in the center of the boiler, a new technology at the time. It held this title until 1948.

When the plant had all five boilers and generators on-line, it was capable of producing 348MW of power. Once the renovation is complete, the new power plant will be capable of up to 1000MW of output, being fed by a 24" high pressure natural gas line.

Reported by: Ray Meyer

New Pilot Boat Heads off the Lakes

The new high speed pilot boat Vega transited the Welland Canal Saturday. the boat was built by Hike Metals in Wheatley, Ont. and is heading to Long Beach, California.

Her delivery trip will take her from Wheatley to Halifax where she will be loaded on a salt water ship for delivery to the west coast.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

Westcott II Heads Up River

The U.S. Mail Boat J.W. Westcott II made a rare up river appearance as it visited Sinbad’s on Thursday for the Detroit River Tugboat race party. Fleet mate Joseph J. Hogan was placed on the Gregory's Marina Dry Dock on Thursday for routine below the water maintenance and hull painting. The Hogan will return on Monday and participate in the Tugboat race next weekend.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan

Woo III in the Soo

The 115-foot excursion boat Grampa Woo III from Beaver Bay, MN. was upbound in the St. Marys River late Saturday afternoon. Evening traffic in the river included upbound fleet mates Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin and the downbound CSL Niagara.

Reported by: Chris Wilson

Saginaw River News

The Saginaw River continued busy on Saturday with commercial traffic as well as the River Roar boat races which are underway this weekend in downtown Bay City.

The Paul H. Townsend and the Canadian Transfer both arrived in the river late Friday evening and were upbound during the night.

The Townsend called at the LaFarge terminal on its second visit within a week. The cement carrier was expected to be outbound Saturday evening. The Canadian Transfer arrived about 3 a.m. at the Buena Vista dock, then moved up to the Valley Asphalt dock at about 8 a.m. to finish unloading. The vessel was outbound about 10 a.m.

The tanker Gemini, which had arrived Friday, was outbound about 5 p.m. from the Dow Chemical dock. The Gemini and Canadian Transfer were also on their second visits to the river this week.

The tug-barge Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was inbound at about 6 p.m., going to the Burroughs dock near the I-75 bridge.

The tug Gregory J. Busch was outbound about 9:30 p.m. from its dock in Carrollton Township, pushing a deck barge.

The Joseph H. Thompson was outbound early Friday morning after unloading overnight at the Burroughs Dock in Zilwaukee.

Following the Thompson was the Cuyahoga, who had arrived early Friday morning. She stopped at the Essexville Sand & Stone Dock before continuing upriver to the Bay City Wirt Dock to finish. Once done, the Cuyahoga turned from the dock in the Wirt Basin and headed outbound for the lake by 7:30am.

The Gemini was inbound during the afternoon, calling on the Dow Chemical Dock to unload.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Pathfinder - Dorothy Ann upbound at Bay City Wirt.
Stern view.
Cuyahoga downbound at Smith Park.
Bow close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Detroit Traffic

Milo (Greece) assisted by tug Wyoming docking at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Tug Maine working the stern.
Tug Bonnie G upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
David Z. Norton upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Joseph H Frantz downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Muskegon dredge Buxton II and barge downbound at Grassy Island.
Close up of tug.
Buxton II.
Stern view.
H Lee White upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
CSL Tadoussac downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Fauna on Grassy Island.
Duck family on Ecorse Creek.
Cason J Callaway at Zug Island.
Stern view.
Capt Henry Jackman loading at Ojibway Salt.
Stern view.
Fred R White Jr upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Erie, Pa. Report

The first day of summer brought the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 to Erie at about 5 a.m. Saturday to unload. The tug and barge turned and docked at the east end of the Mounfort Terminal to unload large stone from Cedarville. This is the Pere Marquette's first visit to Erie in 2003, and the vessel departed at 7 p.m.

The 14 hour visit is considerably shorter than the one the Pere Marquette made last year, which lasted 24 hours.

It is unknown what the stone the vessel delivered is used for; however, part of its cargo from last year remains at the back of the Mounfort Terminal.

PM 41 unloads.
Another view.

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Toronto Update

Steam whistles could again be heard on Toronto Harbor Saturday as the 93 year old side-paddle wheeler Trillium was pressed into service to handle the crowds heading to Centre Island for the 15th Annual Dragon Boat Festival, which continues Sunday.

Canadian Mariner returned to service Saturday, when it was towed by McKeil's harbor tugs into Humber Bay, off Ontario Place, where it will be used as a fireworks platform Saturday night.

Also pressed into fireworks platform duty Friday was C & C Marine's spud barge Rock Prince, which was towed by the company's tug Patricia D. from Toronto to Bronte (Oakville) and anchored off Coronation Park. Fireworks started at 22:15 Friday and lasted 15 minutes. The Bronte Waterfront Festival continues Saturday with more fireworks.

Also at Bronte Friday, the schooner Empire Sandy ran an afternoon cruise and an evening dinner/dance cruise. It is expected that the Sandy will return to Toronto after the evening charter Saturday.

The salty Nogat departed Redpath Sugar dock Friday afternoon and the freighter Algomarine arrived with rock salt. Algomarine unloaded during the night and departed in mid-morning. Fleet mate Algoway was also in Toronto ahead of Algomarine with rock salt.

The charter vessel Wayward Princess returned to Toronto from its Hamilton excursion. It is expected that the charter vessel Enterprise 2000 will be dry docked later this week.

Pictures by Neil Walsh
Algoway approaching the dock.
Unloading boom in moved into position.
Algoisle in lay-up.
Cherry Street Bridge.

Reported by: Art Church and Neil Walsh

Downbound on Rixta Oldendorff

The following images were taken on a passage from Detroit Pilot Station to Lock 7 in the Welland Canal on Friday.

Rixta Oldendorff is already on her second voyage to the Great Lakes this season and is chartered to Fednav. She is presently laden with a cargo of wheat from Duluth bound for Casablanca, Morocco.

Rixta Oldendorff along with her sister Regina Oldendorff were launched in 1983 at Dalian, China. Both vessels were originally constructed for the business interests of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. As his political fortunes fell so to did the delivery of these two fine vessels. The twins remained idle alongside each other until another buyer could be found. In 1986 the historic old German shipping firm Egon Oldendorff of Lubeck stepped forward and purchased the duo. The launch names Manila Spirit and St. Croix were quickly painted out and replaced with Rixta Oldendorff and Regina Oldendorff respectively.

The pair along with their near sister Helena Oldendorff have faithfully served the company and have been a familiar sight on the Great Lakes.

Detroit Skyline as seen from Windsor prior to heading out to the Pilot Station.
Sunrise at 0549 hours over Fred R White Jr. at the Middle Ground.
The Bridge in the early light.
Another view.
Communications area.
What got us through the night to see daylight!
Chart table.
Officer’s Dining Saloon.
Time to eat breakfast.
Founder Egon Oldendorff in the Saloon.
Renaming ceremony on display in the Saloon.
Spacious Galley.
Chief Steward preparing lunch.
Pilot Cabin signage.
Clean and comfortable cabin.
A room with a view!
Looking aft from the number 4 deck crane.
If you look closely you can see Rixta’s unique Bridge Wing is recessed aft.
Looking aft from the number 1 deck crane.
Looking aft from the Focs’le.
Clean and tidy Focs’le.
If this chain could talk.
You can imagine the stories it could tell about every port around the world where it’s been dropped over all these years.
Movin’ along.
Egon Oldendorff Funnel markings.
The immaculate Monkey’s Island. If the Monkey’s Island is this clean then you know you’re on a well maintained ship. Generally this is the last place onboard to get attention as no one ever sees it except lift bridge tenders.
Looking forward from the Monkey’s Island.
View of the recessed Bridge Wing.
Cruising along at 15 knots!
Another view.
Looking forward. The bunker fueling station can be seen in the foreground.
In an hour we will enter the eastern portion of Lake Erie.
Another 18 minutes and we will be abeam of Long Point.
The actual view of the charted area. Nanticoke Generating Station can be seen on the horizon.
Altering course at Long Point.
Titanic’s “King of the World” platform.
View from the platform without the dolphins!
Going up to get more paint.
Crew taking the advantage of a gorgeous day to paint.
The crew takes pride in maintaining their ship.
Time for a little break and check out the 2002 Know Your Ship’s. This seaman was most impressed with it and eventually talked his way into letting me part with it.

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Mather Benefit

The Steam & Sails at Sunset Gala will take place July 9 benefiting the Cleveland Museum Ship William G. Mather.

The event features a tall ship parade, silent auction and entertainment programs.

As part of the benefit, the museum ship will be raffling off a 4-hour freighter trip up the Cuyahoga River for four with James Weakley, President of the Lake Carriers' Association, as the groups personal guide and host. This is extremely rare to have such a trip in a very challenging navigational situation.

Click here for more details.

Reported by: Bob Martel and Rex Cassidy

Vermilion, Ohio Marine Mart

A Nautical Mart will be held at the Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, OH on Saturday, July 19 from 10:00 to 3:00. This will be a first-time event featuring a half dozen quality dealers in connection with a tall ships event and other festivities in Vermilion that day.

Reported by: Al Hart

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 car ferries 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

Anchor Recovered

Salvage crews were sent into White Fish Bay recently to retrieve an anchor from the cruise ship LeLevant. The anchor was found just south east of Whitefish Point and was reported to be valued at $10,000.

The anchor broke off the cruise ship's port bow on June 10. The following day searchers from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society using side scan sonar and an underwater robot located the anchor in 85 feet of water. Divers attached a rope to the 2,500 pound anchor. On June 18 the LeLevant hoisted the anchor back on board.

Reported by: B. Barnes

Yankcanuck Returns

The Yankcanuck, after a month off of the gypsum shuttle, was downbound at Long Point in Lake Erie at about 7:30 Thursday evening. The vessel loaded gypsum in Conneaut for Port Colborne.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson

Marquette Update

The Michipicoten and John J. Boland loaded ore at Marquette on Friday. The Charles M. Beeghly is due on Saturday, and the Michipicoten will return very early Sunday followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Busy Day in Green Bay

Last Saturday was a very busy day in the port of Green Bay.

The Arthur M Anderson arrived in the early morning with a load of coal from South Chicago for the C Reiss coal dock. Arriving about 7:30 a.m. was the Middletown for a very rare visit with stone for Western Lime. Shortly after 10:30 a.m. the tug Petite Forte and a St. Marys Cement barge arrived with cement for St. Marys Cement.

The Middletown departed around noon with the assistance of the tug Texas. After assisting the Middletown, the Texas proceeded to C Reiss coal dock to wait the departure of the Anderson.

By 2 p.m. the Texas and Anderson departed C Reiss stern first heading to the East River turning basin.

Petite Forte arriving off Green Bay.
Close up of tug.
Stern view heading to St. Marys Cement.
Middletown at Western Lime.
close up unloading.
dock view at Western Lime
stern view at Western Lime.
Arthur M Anderson at C. Reiss.
Another view unloading coal.
Petite Forte & bge tied up at St. Marys Cement.
stern view at C. Reiss.
Tug Kathy Lynn tied up at K&K Warehousing Dock.
Tug Texas fires up before assisting the Middletown and Anderson.
Middletown departing with Texas assisting.
Middletown turning in the East River turning basin.
Another view Middletown turning.
Middletown outbound Green Bay.
Tug Texas at Mason St. headed to C. Reiss dock.

Reported by: Scott Best

A mixed bag in Milwaukee

There was something for everyone in the Port of Milwaukee Thursday. The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder were unloading coal at the same time the Algosteel was loading sand.

Shortly after 6 p.m. the Forbes yacht Highlander departed with guests on a private dinner cruise. The Highlander passed the Schooner Denis Sullivan in the outer harbor as they were returning to their dock from a late afternoon sail.

Algosteel loading foundry sand.
Pathfinder unloading coal.
Highlander pulls away from the dock.
The deckhands go to work.
Highlander maneuvers.
More maneuvers.
Highlander passes the Sullivan.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Fairport, Ohio

Philip R. Clarke had arrived Monday, and continued loading at the salt mine Tuesday morning.

Former fleetmate Calumet (ex-Myron C. Taylor) arrived early morning, and did a partial crew change at Osborne South Dock before moving upstream as far as possible at full 22 foot draft for a partial unload at Osborne South Dock. She then backed downstream to finish unloading at Union Sand, near the harbor entrance.

USACOE Koziol and Palmetto were working with the derrick McCauley and barges on repairing the outer breakwall. The sandsucker F.M. Osborne returned from the lake, and sand unloading began immediately.

Calumet and Clarke.
Koziol moves McCauley to tie up temporarily at Union Sand dock. They later moved out to work on the outer breakwall.
Koziol turning McCauley to the dock.
Koziol turning McCauley to the dock.
Former fleet mates Calumet + Clarke.
Philip R. Clarke.
Calumet swings out the boom (Note 22 foot draft).
USCG takes out a school group.
Calumet backs downstream, past P.R. Clarke and F.M. Osborne.
Calumet works sideways to the dock with hard right rudder.

Reported by: Dave Merchant

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 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

Windoc Move

The tow of the former Windoc arrived at Section 25 in Quebec on Wednesday. The hull was towed from Montreal on Tuesday by the tugs Ocean Delta and Ocean Golf.

The hull is expected to be converted to a barge.

On Monday tugs prepared the Windoc by shifting her position at the dock with the Algosound.

Pictures by Kent Malo
Windoc and Algosound ready for the move.
Tug Ocean Jupiter pulling up to the stern of Algosound.
Algosound clear of Windoc.
Bridge wing.
Crews begin securing the Algosound to the Mapleglen.
Windoc secured to sec 57.

Reported by: Kent Malo and Jeff Boutin

Highlander in Milwaukee

The 151' long Forbes yacht 'Highlander' arrived in Milwaukee Wednesday morning for a 2 day visit. The yacht is used by Forbes for corporate business and entertaining. The 11 person crew includes 3 chefs. Up to 130 guests can be accommodated for lunch or dinner. After a dinner party Thursday evening the Highlander will be departing for Toronto with a return to New York City scheduled for July 7. Built in Holland in 1985, the yacht has traveled throughout the world.

The Highlander tied up at the Municipal pier in downtown Milwaukee.
name board.
Highlander's stern.
.Close up of the entertainment area at the stern.
Fresh flowers and liquid refreshments await the Forbes guests.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Marquette Update

The Michipicoten loaded ore at Marquette early Thursday morning, and will make a quick return on Friday morning. The Herbert Jackson is expected late Thursday, and the John J. Boland Friday morning. The Charles M. Beeghly is due Saturday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Alpena update

The Jacklyn M barge Integrity was in port on Wednesday loading cement. It departed by 7pm, heading for Milwaukee.

The Steamer Alpena pulled up to the loading dock at Lafarge next to take on cargo after the Integrity left. The Alpena was expected to depart before midnight.

The Paul H. Townsend made an unusual trip to Heron Bay, ON on Lake Superior on Wednesday. It is expected to be back in port on Friday.

The J.A.W Iglehart was in Detroit on Wednesday and is going to Toledo, OH next.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

A busy day here on the Saginaw River with visits from four vessels. The Maumee arrived late Tuesday night inbound for the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. She was outbound by the morning and met up with her inbound fleetmate the McKee Sons-Invincible at the Consumers Energy Dock around 11am.

The McKee Sons was inbound for the Essexville Sand and Stone Dock where she lightered before continuing upriver to the Bay City Wirt Dock to finish unloading. The pair departed Wirt during the early evening, turning at the Bay City Wirt Turning Basin and heading for the lake.

The American Republic was inbound during the afternoon on Wednesday, stopping at the Bay Aggregates Dock to lighter before continuing upriver to the Gm Dock around 6:30pm to finish unloading. She is expected to be outbound early Thursday morning.

The Canadian Transfer waited for the American Republic to depart the Bay Agg. Dock before entering the slip herself to lighter. Once finished, the Canadian Transfer continued upriver to unload partial cargos at both the Valley Asphalt Dock and the GM Dock. She is expected to be outbound later on Thursday.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Maumee downbound at USCG Station Saginaw River.
Stern view.
Maumee approaching the inbound McKee Sons.
Maumee passing the McKee Sons.
McKee Sons - Invincible upbound at Consumers Energy.
Stern view.
McKee Sons turning in the Bay City Wirt Basin.
Bow thrusting off the dock.
American Republic upbound passing the McKee Sons.
Republic & McKee sons another view.
American Republic upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Aerial Views

Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over the St. Clair River Thursday 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.

Cason J. Callaway.
Charles M. Beeghly.
Beeghly maneuvering to Lambton Generating Station.
Another view.
The Old Club in the South Channel.

Detroit Traffic

John J Boland upbound at Grassy Island bound for the Zug Island Coal Dock in the Rouge Short Cut Canal.
Stern view.
Barge Lac St Jean and tug Stormont with fire trucks from the Detroit and Windsor Fire Departments testing the Montreal style waterborne firefighting method under the watchful eye of U.S.C.G.C. 255042.
Another view.
Hoses running.
Another view.
Close up of the barge.
U.S.C.G.C. 255042.
Algonova downbound off the old Rouge River.
Close up of the stack.
Stern view.
John J Munson downbound off Fort Wayne.
Stern view.
Volmeborg (Germany) downbound at Grassy Island.
The IMO# 9250397 is painted on the side of the pilothouse.
Stern view.
K SEA downbound in the Ecorse Channel at the Wyandotte Yacht Club.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Erie, PA. Report

The research vessel Lake Explorer, the smaller fleet mate of the Lake Guardian, stopped overnight in Erie on Wednesday.

The Explorer arrived about 6:15 p.m. and proceeded inbound, passing the sand sucker J.S. St. John near the Coast Guard station. While outbound, the St. John appeared to have a close call with a pleasure craft that cut across its bow. Two quick blasts on the whistle alerted the boater, who quickly moved out of the way. This is just another sign of summer on the Great Lakes. Pleasure craft frequently have close calls with commercial vessels.

The Lake Explorer first began to back into the east side of the public dock, but then proceeded to pull into the west side and tie up amid a crowd of onlookers.

Explorer inbound.
Stern View.
Passing the St. John.
Tied up.
St. John outbound.
Richard Reiss at her lay-up berth.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson

Toronto Update

Toronto's Trillium celebrated its birthday Wednesday, it was launched in 1910. It is the only double-ended, steam powered side paddle wheeler still in existence in North America.

The charter vessel Wayward Princess goes to Hamilton Wednesday. The charter vessel Yankee lady was expected to be refloated at Toronto Drydock on Thursday.

Reported by: Art Church

Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin

Below are images taken on board the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin during a recent trip to Toledo.

Antilles 1, upbound off Varennes May 22.
Stern view.
Atlantic Huron upbound off Verchères, May 23.
CTMA Vacancier downbound off Verchères, May 23.
Bum Dong upbound off Verchères, May 23.
Federal Welland, downbound Lake St. Francis, May 26.
Federal Welland, stern, May 26.
Atlantic Huron from Paul Martin off Cornwall, May 26.
Thousand Islander III off Guananoque,May 27.
Tecam Sea downbound off Massena, May 26.
Jacques Cartier, Thousand Islands, May 27.
McCleary's Spirit downbound, Thousand Islands, May 27.
Salvor in the notch, May 27.
Emerald Star silhouetted against the setting sun, Lake Ontario, May 27.
Algosteel upbound in Maumee Channel, May 29.
Courtney Burton, laid up, Toledo, May 29.
Buckeye, laid up Toledo, May 29.
Ste. Clare, Toledo, May 29.
Wolverine, Toledo, May 29.
Frank Palladino Jr, Sandusky, May 30.
Prairieland, Sandusky, May 30.
Approaching the coal dock Sandusky to take Herbert C. Jackson's place,May 30.
Jacksin Departing.
Cuyahoga upbound Welland Canal, May 31.
Algocape upbound Lake St. Francis, June 2.
Meeting Peter R. Cresswell in canal above Côte Ste. Catherine lock with very little room to spare, June 2.
Vancouverborg clearing Upper Beauharnois lock upbound, June 2.
Catherine Desgagnés waiting to enter Lower Beauharnois lock upbound, June 2.
Martha L. Black Québec City, June 3.
Lake Superior upbound St. Lawrence River off Cap Brûlé, June 3.
Lake Superior stern view, June 3.
Pointe Aux Basques, Seven Islands, June 5.
Rotterdam docked at Québec City, June 6.
Océan Express, Québec City pilot launch, June 6.
CTMA Vacancier, downbound Three-Rivers, June 6.
CTMA Vacancier, stern view, June 6.
Canadian Miner clearing Côte Ste. Catherine Lock upbound, June 2.
Josée H. Three-Rivers' based pilot launch, June 6.
Algomarine downbound Lake St. Peter, June 6.
Lac Vancouver, downbound near Sorel, June 6.
Tarangini, Indian Navy sail training vessel entering Seaway, Montréal. June 10.
Ziemia Lodzka, downbound off Verchères from Seaway, June 15.
Federal Schelde downbound off Verchères, June 15.
Falderntor downbound off Varennes from Seaway, June 16.
Ghetty Bottiglieri downbound off Varennes from Montréal, June 16.
Arizona Dream downbound near Montréal from Seaway, June 16.
Saturn downbound in Montréal harbor from Seaway, June 16 .
Svart Falk, Montréal berth 103, June 16.
Atlantic Patroller, awaiting berth Montréal, June 16.
Simon Côté, one of Berthiaume's small workboats Montréal, June 16.

Reported by: Marc Piché

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

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 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

Rare Cargo for Thousand Footer

Interlake's thousand foot James R. Barker arrived in Duluth Tuesday carrying a cargo of limestone. This is a rare cargo for a thousand footer, the lake's largest freighters are normally dedicated to the coal and taconite trades.

The Barker stopped to take on bunkers at the Murphy Fuel Dock before continuing on to unload into the hopper at DM&IR #6.

The cargo was loaded on Saturday at Port Dolomite (Cedarville, Mi).

Reported by: Bradley Upham

Michipicoten Returns

The Michipicoten arrived in Marquette about noon on Tuesday. She began loading ore almost immediately.

Work is continuing on the bridge that was washed out when two of the Dead River dams broke last month.

The H. Lee White will bring stone to the lower harbor on Wednesday, then shift to the upper harbor to take on ore.

Michipicoten and harbor light seen over the chutes of the ore dock.
Michipicoten and harbor light.
Michipicoten and corner of ore dock.
Michipicoten arriving.
Another view.
Bow (from dock).
Stern (from dock).
Stern (Engine room watchers).
Michipicoten Stack and controls for the chutes.
Forward cabins through chutes.
Bow tied up.
Bridge undergoing repairs.
WE Power Plant.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Shipyard Closure in Quebec

On Monday Groupe Ocean closed its shipyard at Ile aux Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence estuary. 160 workers have been laid off.

The shipyard Industries Océan was placed under Canada's Protection Against Bankruptcy Bill. End of government credits from taxation and an out-of-scale Z-drive tugs building contract were the given explanations for this closure.

Reported by: J.F. Boutin

Saginaw River News

The Saginaw visited her namesake river on Tuesday morning, proceeding upriver to the Burroughs Dock to unload stone. She was outbound during the early evening hours.

The Gemini was also in the river on Tuesday, stopping at the Dow Chemical Dock in Bangor Township to unload. Gemini was outbound late in the afternoon.

The Paul H. Townsend, which had arrived during the day on Sunday, was outbound from the Lafarge Terminal Monday morning. She was passing through Bay City headed for the lake before noon.

Following closely behind the Townsend was the Maumee, which has been a frequent visitor to the Saginaw River this year. The Maumee was inbound late Sunday evening, headed for the Wirt Dock in Saginaw. She was outbound for the lake Monday morning about 30 minutes behind the Townsend.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Saginaw upbound at the North Star Dock.
Bow close up.
Approaching Independence Bridge.
Stern view.
Gemini unloading at the Dow Chemical Dock.
Saginaw passing the Gemini.
Paul H. Townsend outbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Stern view.
Maumee outbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Detroit Traffic


Tuesday Rouge River
After four days of loading mill scale at the Rouge Steel Dock the Canadian Progress departed for Seven Islands, QC.
Stern view.

Monday Detroit River
Tugs Maine & Wyoming waiting to assist CSL Tadoussac from Blue Circle Cement in the Rouge River out to the Detroit River.
Mesabi Miner unloading at Zug Island.
Close up.
Harbor Security. Coast Guard 41 footer passing the Herbert C Jackson in route to escort the Le Levant up the Detroit River.
Stern view.
Gaelic Tugboat Co. is a full service tugboat company! Here the Patricia Hoey tows a Nissan 100 feet out from the old FedNav Dock above the RenCen. Detroit Police Divers push the vehicle into the water and the Nissan sunk like a stone!.
Off the dock.
Into the water.
Next was a Cadillac which took a long time to sink, then the Patricia Hoey towed it away from the dock.
Into the water.
Sinking slowly.
Detroit Police Dive Boat with three divers dressed. After the tug towed the vehicles into position the divers went down and released the towline.
The last vehicle was a Ford Van. The dive team could not push it into the river so the Patricia Hoey pulled it in with a towline! The Detroit police dive team also pushed a few more vehicles into the river and will be doing practice dives on them
Another view.
Diamond Belle upbound off Joe Louis Arena.
Earl W Oglebay upbound below the Ambassador Bridge being serviced by the J W Westcott II.
Westcott close up.
Daviken unloading at DMT 2.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Toronto Update

The tug Wendy B. was out for a spin around the harbor Monday afternoon.

Stephen B. Roman departed sometime during Sunday night. The saltie Nogat continued unloading at Redpath Sugar dock.

At the drydock, sandblasting has been completed on the deck of the tour boat Yankee Lady and deck painting has begun. It is expected that she will be refloated on Thursday. After a lengthy hiatus, painting of the starboard side of Carolina Borealis got underway again yesterday.

McNally's tug Mister Joe has been running between Toronto and McNally's Belleville yard, bringing lengths of preconstructed pipe for the deep-water cooling project. The company's tugs and dredges have been working off Gibralter Point on Toronto Island since the opening of navigation.

Reported by: Art Church and Clive Reddin

Deck Hand For A Day

A lucky family won the chance to sign on as actual working members with the Duluth pilot boat this past weekend. Sea Service, L.L.C., which operates tug, barge, pilot boat and launch services in Duluth, Superior, Chicago and St. Louis, gives back to those communities with seagoing charitable programs. The "Deck Hand For A Day" program is a fund raising opportunity for various community non-profit organizations. After a morning of 'shore school' to get the basics of line and deck work, the assigned boat goes about it's day's work with the guests working alongside the regular crew.

Saturday, one of Sea Service's Duluth Pilot boat crews welcomed the Poirer family of Duluth aboard the P/v "Sea Bear". The Poirer's, Mark, Cynthia and young Clara and Evan became "Deck Hands For A Day" after being successful bidders at the annual "Minnesota Ballet's 2003 Fund Raising Auction" last month. All the proceeds went to help the community dance company's youth and performance programs. After a morning of hands on basic training, such as line handling, working the bits and throwing the "Monkey’s Fist", everyone broke for a lunch provided by Sea Service.

A visit by the Twin Port's unofficial harbor mascot provided a surprise photo-op for the kids, who had their picture taken with Sea Service's Australian Shepherd "Captain". He is among the canine stars of Animal Planet's "K-9 To Five, Working Dogs" television series. He took time out from his busy schedule to meet the Poirer family, along with his agent, Jeanne, and was available for ‘paw-tographs’.

After the pre-departure engine room work and safety checks, the "Sea Bear" proceeded through its afternoon duties in the Duluth-Superior harbor and on a summer calm Lake Superior. After returning to Sea Service's home dock later in the day, the Poirer family headed home sunbathed and a little more tired, but with some great experiences and memories of being a "Deck Hand For A Day".

Another Sea Service charitable program, "Captains For Kids" , specifically offers challenged or disadvantaged kids a chance to experience an outing on a real working boat. They learn the type of work done on ships, as well as the importance and history of the U.S. Merchant Marine, including the smaller working type of craft that Sea Service owns and operates. In Chicago, Sea Service absorbs the day's fuel and operational cost of the Pilot boat "Sea Pilot", and friendly crew members donate their off time to participate in an annual cruise for physically and mentally challenged children, some in wheelchairs. These unique kids not only are thrilled in getting to 'go to sea' for a day -- but even get rewarded with ice cream afterwards!

PV Sea Bear Underway.
The Poirer Family.
Clara Poirer & First Mate John Radosevich.
Evan Helping Mom Cynthia Poirer Steer Compass Courses.
Captain from Animal Planet.

Reported by: Capt. Edward Montgomery

River Cruise

Sunday the Detour Reef Light Preservation Society head a river and lighthouse tour. Summer had finally arrived in Northern Michigan and over one hundred people joined the cruise aboard the Soo Locks Boat Tour vessel Nokomis. The seven hour ride was enjoyed by all, beginning with a cruise around the Detour Light House, followed by the relaxing cruise up the river and through the locks. Many freighters passed during the trip.

Columbia Star, Upbound at Detour.
Canadian Transfer loading dolomite at Drummond Island.
Herbert C. Jackson, downbound at Detour, heading south into Lake Huron.
Roger Blough, downbound near Neebish Island.
Roger Blough.
Paul R. Tregurtha downbound near Sugar Island.
Paul R. Tregurtha.
Katmai Bay at Soo Station.
Quedoc at Algoma Steel, idled for a decade.
Charles M. Beeghly below locks downbound, loading supplies.
Cason J. Callaway upbound to the locks.
Lower lakes Vessel loading at Drummond Island .
James R. Barker loading at Cedarville .

Reported by: Tom Welles

Georgian Clipper Prepares

The Cruise Ship Georgian Clipper is preparing for her new season sailing Georgian Bay. The crew are busy painting and cleaning but they also require training in firefighting before the ship earns her Transport Canada Marine Safety certificate.

The Georgian Clipper starts her cruise schedule Tuesday, June 17. Click on this link for more info:

These are a few photos of the firefighting training.
Parry Sound Fire Department member Gayle explains the working of an ABC fire Extinguisher.
Emergency fuel shut-off on board the Georgian Clipper.
A typical fire extinguisher on board.
Fire Station #2, and a life ring with line.
Alarm panel in the wheelhouse.
The Fire Pit, looking very innocuous.
Ready for the first demonstration.
Gayle gives the first demonstration using an ABC extinguisher.
A crew member tries to remember what she has learned.
“Hey, this works!”
I wanna be a firefighter when I grow up.
Georgian Clipper waiting for more paint now that the lessons are over.

Reported by: Paul Beesley

Soo Lock Tours

Michipicoten Starboard side view 6-14.
Michipicoten Stern 6-14.
Michipicoten untouched 6-14.
Michipicoten Upbound at Mission 6-14.
Michipicoten Upbound for Marquette.
Michipicoten heading for the Mac Lock 6-14.
John G. Munson in the Shadows of the Bridges 6-11.
John G. Munson Sliding down the wall to the Poe 6-11.
Steamer Alpena heading to the Mac Lock 6-14.
Steamer Alpena Lower Soo Harbour 6-14.
The Sheila P. photographing the Michipicoten 6-14.
Agawa Canyon and the Walter J on 2 whistles 6-14.
Agawa Canyon downbound for the Poe Lock 6-14.
Calumet bow view 6-14.
Calumet Unloading Coal at Algoma 6-14.
Canadian Transport clearing the bridges 6-12.
Canadian Transport Heading for the Mac Lock 6-12.
Atlantic Huron at Algoma's Export Dock 6-12.
Cason J. Callaway above the Poe 6-12.
Cedarglen at the upper Level 6-11.
Cedarglen coming up the Poe behind the Chief.
Cedarglen- Hold on to it! .
Earl W. Oglebay departing the Mac Lock 6-11.
Edgar B. Speer Upbound for Lake Superior.
H. Lee White Downbound above Soo Locks 6-09.
Happy Cruisers aboard the Chief Shingwauk.
Herbert C. Jackson Unloading Coal with the Perelik.
Katmai Bay getting Undressed.
Milk & Honey after departing MCM Drydock 6-11.
Pineglen heading for the Poe Lock 6-12.
Supply Boat Ojibway awaiting for the Callaway 6-12.
Algonova at the Purvis dock Unloading 6-12.
Paul R. and trying to get the whole thing in 6-12.
Paul R. Tregurtha at the Rock Pile Upbound 6-12.
James R. Barker almost out 6-12.
James R. Barker Downbound from the Poe 6-12.
Tug Missouri heading home 6-11.
Saginaw and the Herbert C. Jackson Unloading at Algoma.
Saginaw Bow Unloading Stone 6-11.
Saginaw getting Fired Up 6-11.
Saginaw Lifeboat Drill 6-11.
Saginaw Unloading Stone at Algoma.
Purvis Tug Reliance downbound for the Davis Lock 6-09.
Canadian Transport and the Cason J. Callaway departing the Soo.
Canadian Transport departing Poe Upbound 6-09.
Milk & Honey at MCM Drydock 6-09.
Adanac Pushing the Perelik 6-06.
Perelik being towed to Algoma's Commercial Dock.
Perelik Bow.
Perelik moving closer to the Dock 6-06.
Perelik Unloading at Algoma 6-05.
Spruceglen & Earl W.
Perelik with the Tugs Ivan Purvis and Adanac 6-06.
Perelik with Adanac at the Bow 6-06.
Perelik 6-05.
Still Moving towards the Locks 6-05.
Waiting for 180 Rail Cars to pass over the Swing Bridge.
Earl W. & Spruceglen approaching Locks 6-05.
Earl W. Approaching Davis Lock 6-05.
Earl W. Kicking it up 6-05.
Port Quarter of Earl W. 6-05.
Spruceglen & Earl W. Sliding up the Wall 6-05.
Spruceglen Making the wall 6-05.
Spruceglen 6-05.
Algolake Entering the Lower Harbour 6-05.
Algolake Heading into the Sun 6-05.
Algolake House 6-05.
Algolake Waiting to Lock Through 6-05.
Earl W. Oglebay 6-05.
Vandoc Bow 1 6-03-03.
Vandoc Bow Profile 6-03.
Lee A Unloading at Algoma 6-03.

Reported by: Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Capt. David G. Garrick

Dr. David Garrick of Duluth passed away June 8th, the result of a stroke. Garrick, an orthopedic surgeon and licensed captain was the owner of the 1908-vintage iron tug MOUNT MCKAY.

He had purchased the tug in 2001 and at the time of his death, the tug was in the dry-dock at Fraser Shipyards undergoing hull replating and painting. The tug will remain in the shipyard until the estate settles the repair bill.

Garrick was born in Provo, Utah April 17, 1957. In addition to the titles of Doctor and Captain, he was also a Major in the Air Force, serving in Desert Storm as a surgeon. He maintained residency in both Duluth and in Salt Lake City, Utah where he had his practice, Rocky Mountain Orthopedics.

Garrick had a passion for Great Lakes History and was an avid photographer and collector, his prized piece, the 80' tugboat he was meticulously restoring. He will be missed by his many friends in the maritime community.

Garrick gives a wave from the pilothouse as he pulls out of N.P. 2 in Duluth.
Looking from the pilothouse window, early morning in the Straits.
David Garrick (left) and Franz VonRiedel (right) on the delivery trip across Lake Superior.
Mount McKay crew (left to right): David Stout, David Garrick, Franz VonRiedel and Brian Elfving fit-out the tug in Michigan City Oct. 2001.

Boatnerd Tops 4 Million

About 7 a.m. Monday over 4,000,000 visits had been recorded to the main page of the Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping home page. The counter was started as the page was launched in 1995 and topped one million visits in October 2000, two million in November 2001, and three million in September, 2002.

The four millionth visitor was Doug Pratt of Memphis, MI.

It is interesting to note that the first month the page was live in 1995, 590 visits were recorded. Today the main page (not counting individual pages or users that enter by book mark) receives an average of 111,000 user sessions each month. The site represents a huge time commitment on my part and I would like to thank to all the viewers and contributors for making the web site what it is today.

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


I have an early morning start at my real job Tuesday, check back this afternoon for the latest news.

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

Michipicoten Loads

The Michipicoten arrived at Marquette on a beautiful Sunday morning for her first of many runs between Marquette and Algoma Steel. She joined fleet-mate Saginaw at the ore dock. The Michipicoten is expected to make steady runs between Marquette and the Algoma plant, with approximately a 36 hour turn-around time.

Michipicoten arrives.
Another view.
Tieing up.
Saginaw loads on the opposite side of the ore dock.
Fleet mates.
Close up of the Saginaw.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Cliffs combines Michigan mines

Cleveland-Cliffs announced Friday that it has combined the operations of the Empire and Tilden mines to improve their productivity and keep them competitive.

The mines are now known at Cliffs Michigan Mining Company. They combined operations June 1, but numerous details are still being worked out.

“The objective of combining the operations of the two mines is to reduce the cost of producing pellets,” he told the Marquette Mining Journal. “Details of the combined operation will be developed as the plan moves forward.”

The two mines employ about 1,400 people. That number will be reduced mainly through retirements to achieve productivity goals, said Cliffs spokesman Don Ryan.

Mining will continue in the Empire and Tilden mine pits and both plants will continue to be used for processing. The benefits will result from using and coordinating the mines’ resources more effectively.

Cliffs announced its intention to combine the operations last year. It has positioned itself to combine the mines by increasing its ownership in them.

Cliffs acquired Algoma Steel’s 45-percent interest in the Tilden, increasing its share to 85 percent. Stelco owns the remaining 15 percent.

Cliffs also acquired a 19-percent share of the Empire Mine from Ispat Inland and the 25-percent interest of the mine previously owned by bankrupt LTV Steel Corp. With those acquisitions, Cliffs’ ownership of the Empire increased to 79 percent, including the 35 percent it originally owned.

Cliffs Michigan Mining Company is a joint operating agreement between CCI and its existing partners. The combined operation will be capable of producing 14 million tons of iron ore pellets annually, but its actual size and scope is yet to be determined, according to Cliffs.

Reported by: B. Barnes

Engineers' Day at the Soo Locks

Plenty of activity awaits Boatnerds heading to Engineers' Day at the Soo Locks on Friday June 27.

Besides opening the usually off-limits area between the MacArthur and Poe locks to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., ceremonies at 11 a.m. Friday will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of the MacArthur Lock. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also planned concerts through the day by an army band, and an aerial flyover by military aircraft, to help mark the observance.

In addition, visitors to the locks area will be able to tour some areas of the locks Administration Building and the Corps work boat basin, as well as the derrick barge Paul Bunyan, which will also be open for public tours Friday. A tug and dredge combination usually based in Duluth will also be on hand at the locks.

On Saturday, June 28, the new Corps of Engineers survey vessel Bufe will be formally dedicated. To be based at Sault Ste. Marie, the vessel is named in honor of the late surveyor Bancroft Bufe, who worked on the MacArthur Project in '43, the new Corps powerhouse in 1952, the deepening of the St. Marys River in the late 1950s and a bend widening project in the 1970s. An Army climbing wall will also be on display in Locks Park Saturday.

In addition to the celebration put on by the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard's Soo Base will also host and open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 am.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Public tours will be conducted Soo Traffic, the St. Mary's River vessel control system; the icebreaking tug Katmai Bay and the buoy tender Buckthorn; as well as the several small patrol boats. Also on public display will be the new homeland security boat assigned to Station St. Ignace and a HH65 search and rescue helicopter from the Traverse City Air Station. Visitors will also be able try to their hand at an interactive simulator of a boat taking on water. Adults and teens will be able to attempt to "save" the flooding boat. Demonstrations include a life-jacket dunking tank, where a bull's eye on a target earns a Coast Guardsman a dunking. For younger kids, a coloring contest will be held for children 10 and under with $200 in toys for prizes.

Parents of young children can also have them fingerprinted by the communications center staff at Base Sault. On both days, visitors will be able to observe a demonstration rescue by rescue swimmers dropped by helicopter near a "drowning" victim.

All events are free of charge.

Click here for more information.

Reported by: B. Barnes, Ed. Schipper and Roger LeLievre

The Sir John Franklin's conversion awarded to Verreault Navigation

The Gaspé North shore shipyard of Verreault Navigation located at Les Méchins ,Québec (350 miles east of Quebec City) was selected to modify the hull and accommodations of the Canadian Coast-Guard Ice breaker into an oceanography research-lab ship at an estimated cost of 6M$ C. The work is to be completed this summer and will provided work for one hundred skilled workers.

The Sir John Franklin (330 feet -100 meters length - 65 feet - 20 meters breadth-Diesel Electric - 10,142 kW -6 Bombardier-M251F-16V9) was built at Burrard Shipyards of North Vancouver, BC in 1979. After a busy career in the Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Arctic, the Sir John was removed from temporarily service and remained idle in Quebec City for over a year waiting funding for a new research career.

This spring it was announced in Quebec City that plans had been finalised for a first international scientific mission, under the co-ordination of Oceanographers of Laval University of Quebec City, to study the ''warning'' of the Arctic and its long and immediate effects on the environment, on world's climate, on the wild life of the Arctic and on shipping .

A team of 40 scientific experts and technicians will board the Sir John Franklin in September of this year for a one-year scientific venture to the Beaufort Sea in the Canadian High Arctic.

Thirty crewmembers will be joined by the forty scientific researchers coming from 13 Canadian University and ten different countries. The Sir John Franklin will be assigned to scientific duties for the next ten years.

Sir John Franklin in Quebec City, summer 2002.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette

Twin Ports Report

Capt. Ralph Tucker paid one of its occasional visits to the Twin Ports on Sunday. The tanker and the Federal Fuji emerged from a low fog bank off Duluth about 7 a.m. The Tucker entered port and proceeded to Hallett 6 to unload calcium chloride. The Federal Fuji dropped anchor off Duluth entry.

Elsewhere in port Sunday, Stewart J. Cort was loading at BNSF ore dock. It was to be followed late in the evening by Great Lakes Trader. Algolake was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal and Rixta Oldendorff was at Cenex Harvest States.

George A. Stinson remained in layup at Elevator M.

Reported by: Al Miller

Alpena Update

The Sam Laud brought in a load of coal to Lafarge early Sunday morning. This was the second coal delivery of the week at Lafarge. The Laud departed before 10 a.m. and headed out into the bay to its next destination.

At Stoneport on Sunday the Arthur M. Anderson loaded followed by the Algorail, a rare visitor.

Saturday was a busy day at Lafarge in Alpena with three vessels coming into port to load cement.

The steamer Alpena was in first early in the morning. It departed by 9 a.m. heading to Superior, WI. The Jacklyn M and barge Integrity waited at the coal dock until the Alpena departed and then pulled up to loading silos. The Integrity left by early afternoon going to Milwaukee,WI.

The Paul H. Townsend arrived in port around 4 p.m. on Saturday. It took on cargo for delivery to Saginaw.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

The Paul H. Townsend was upbound on the Saginaw River on Sunday. She passed the Front Range during the morning on her was to the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton to unload. She is expected to be outbound on Monday.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Paul H. Townsend upbound at Smith Park.
Another view.
Stern view.
Great Lakes Trader downbound at Wheeler's Landing late last week.
Stern view.
Great Lakes Trader approaching the waiting Algorail.
Passing the Algorail.
Algorail continues on her way upriver.
Algorail close up.
Algorail stern view.
Outbound Saturday morning.
Buffalo backing out of the Bay Aggregates slip.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Detroit Traffic

Joseph H Frantz upbound at Grassy Island.
When the chute is attached the Frantz is only allowed to unload grain.
Stern view.
Barge Salty Dog No 1 and tug Jerry Newberry downbound at Grassy Island bound for the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg.
Stern view.
Tug Jerry Newberry.
Kaye E Barker unbound at Grassy Island after loading in Oregon, OH for Muskegon.
Stern view.
Diamond Jack on her 2 hour narrated cruise of the lower Detroit River. Passing the old Wyandotte Indians (the stack figures from one of the Wyandotte Chemical steamers.) at the Wyandotte Yacht Club.
Passing Downriver landmark Mitzie's Dockside Service in Ecorse.
CSL Tadoussac unloading at the Blue Circle Cement Dock in Detroit.
Another view.
Peter R Cresswell downbound the Detroit River at Mama Juda.
Stern view.
Gordon C Leitch downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Cedarglen downbound off Zug Island. She turned at the Rouge Short Cut and tied up at the ADM Elevator in Windsor.
Stern view.
David Z Norton at Sterling Fuel in Windsor.
Stern view.
tug Evans Mc Keil with barge Ocean Hauler at Morterm waiting for the Jerry Newberry and Salty Dog No 1 to depart General Chemical in Amherstburg.
The Kaye E Barker, inbound for Rouge Steel passes the Atlantic Huron unloading at Blue Circle Cement.
Another view.
Tug Wyoming pushing against the bank to stay out of the way of the passing Barker while she waits to assist the Atlantic Huron.
Atlantic Huron.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Hamilton Update

Saturday evening the tug John Spence and barge McAsphalt 401 arrive in Hamilton at 9:30 p.m. from Sarnia Ontario going to Pier 24. Sunday they depart at 6 p.m. heading back to Sarnia in ballast. Sunday afternoon the Atlantic Erie depart Stelco and head out into Lake Ontario.

Friday evening the tug Salvor and barge McCleary’s Spirit arrived for Pier 11 from Quebec City. The two departed early Saturday morning at heading back to Quebec City on their regular run.

The CCGC Caribou Isle departed The Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington at 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

The Algocen arrived at 9 a.m. heading to Dofasco with a cargo of iron ore pellets from Sept. Ile Quebec. After unloading she will be heading to Clarkson, Ontario in ballast.

The Canadian Navigator followed at 10:30 a.m. also going to Dofasco but with a load of coal from Sandusky, Ohio. After discharging her cargo she will head to Ashtabula, Ohio in ballast.

About 11 a.m. the Lady Hamilton entered Hamilton Harbor. After discharging part of her cargo she will head to Cleveland Ohio to unload the remainder.

Reported by: Eric Holmes

Toronto Report

The cement boat Stephen B. Roman arrived early Sunday morning at the Essroc dock. The brigantine Pathfinder departed for an unknown destination.

The French passenger vessel Le Levant departed Toronto for the Welland canal around 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Polish salty Nogat arrived early in the day with a cargo of raw sugar for the Redpath Sugar Co. It was assisted into the slip by McKeil's harbor tugs.

At the drydock, the tour boat Yankee Lady (1) was having its deck sandblasted.

On Friday the Port Authority barge that had sunk last week has been refloated.

The cement barge Metis finished unloading and was shifted by McKeil's harbor tugs into the south slip at Essroc. The brigantine Pathfinder has returned to Toronto from Kingston, having been away since the opening of navigation.

Reported by: Art Church

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Today in Great Lakes History - June 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

Windoc Headed for new Life as Barge

Groupe Ocean announced this week that it will be spending more than $1 million to convert the hull of Windoc into a barge. The barge is to be moved on Tuesday from its berth in Montreal to the firm's yard at Quebec City where the conversion work will begin.

The vessel should be ready for Great Lakes or even coastal trades by next season. Group Ocean plans to push the barge with its own 6,500 horse power tug, a new tug would cost in the range of $7 million dollars.

The company also was considering the feasibility of adding a type of self unloading capacity to the barge but decided it would be a very expensive investment.

The N.M. Paterson & Sons sold the hull to Groupe Ocean in May of 2001 for an undisclosed amount. In August, 2001 the Windoc was involved in an accident in the Welland Canal that ended the vessels career as a powered vessel.

More information on the Windoc.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

Michipicoten Departs

Friday evening the Michipicoten departed the Government Dock in Sarnia. She backed away from the dock and headed downriver to take on fuel at Shell Oil in Corunna. The Michipicoten departed Shell about 9 p.m. heading upbound for Marquette where she will load ore for Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie.

Backing from the Government Dock.
Crew members watch from above.
Turning using the bow thruster.
Steaming down river.
Turning for the fuel dock.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks

Burns Harbor in Milwaukee

The thousand foot Burns Harbor returned to Milwaukee late Thursday afternoon to remove the temporary generator mounted on their main deck since April. The temporary generator, mounted in a 40-foot container, took the place of the boats failed starboard generator.

The rebuilt generator was returned to the Burns Harbor last week. After rewiring and testing the Burns Harbor departed Milwaukee's heavy Lift dock under a full moon Friday evening.

Looking down the deck of the Burns Harbor at the Heavy Lift dock.
Capt. Dave Lindmark adjusts one of the radars after power was restored to the boat.
Chief Engineer Jack Brotz can finally relax after a hard days work.
Bow shot departure.
Stern view.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Detroit Traffic

Barge PML 2501 & tug Anglian Lady unloading at the MMT Dock in the Rouge River.
Close up of tug.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Saginaw River News

It was a busy day on the Saginaw River Friday with four vessels calling on or departing from area docks.

The Great Lakes Trader - Joyce L. Van Enkevort was inbound Friday morning, stopping at the Sargent Dock in Essexville to lighter before proceeding up the river to finish unloading at the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. The pair were outbound during the early evening.

The Tug James A. Hannah and her tank barge departed the Triple Clean Liquifuels Dock in Essexville after unloading there overnight.

The Buffalo called on the Bay Aggregate Dock during the afternoon to unload. She departed during the evening after the outbound Great Lakes Trader passed the slip. This was the first visit of the season for the Buffalo.

The Algorail was inbound late Friday night. She stopped at the Bay City Wirt Dock to allow the downbound Trader to pass before continuing upriver to the Buena Vista Dock to unload.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

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 fleet mate 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

Twin Ports Report

Thursday was a slow day for ship traffic in the Twin Ports, but the vessels that did appear were worth the wait for boatwatchers.

Reserve arrived overnight to unload stone at the CLM dock in Superior. It then fueled in Duluth before proceeding to the BNSF ore dock to load. Just a few hours after it finished at the stone dock, the Charles M. Beeghly made one of its infrequent visits to the Twin Ports to unload stone at the Cutler dock. After finishing it's due at Silver Bay.

Also Thursday, the saltie Perelik finished loading grain at Cenex Harvest States and departed about midday aided by two tugs from Great Lakes Towing. Rixta Oldendorff, which has spent several days anchored on the lake, is due next at that berth.

Up the shore Thursday, John J. Boland was making a rare appearance at Two Harbors while Earl W. Oglebay loaded in Silver Bay.

Reported by: Al Miller

Marquette Update

The Herbert Jackson and Kaye Barker loaded taconite at Marquette's ore dock Thursday. The Saginaw and Lee A. Tregurtha are expected on Friday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Middletown in Escanaba

The Middletown arrived in Escanaba around 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday. She was carrying a load of coal for C. Reiss, and unloaded at their North Dock facility (near the power plant). From Escanaba she is scheduled to head to Port Inland to load for Green Bay, WI.

Wide angle heading for C. Reiss North Dock.
Close up.
At the dock with the pilings from the old ore docks in the foreground.
Bow close up.
Boom is swung out.

Reported by: Dick Lund

Busy Week Continues in St. Joseph

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was in St. Joseph Thursday with a load of sand. They arrived in the early morning and departed at 2 p.m. While the McKee Sons was backing out the tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity was unloading at the Lafarge dock.

This brings the total number of visitors to four this week which is well above the average for the usually quiet harbor.

Reported by: Matt Cook

Alpena Update

The Fred R. White Jr. was anchored out in Thunder Bay (off Alpena) on Thursday afternoon. It was waiting for the strong east winds to subside so it could deliver coal to Lafarge. The Fred White made it into port during the evening hours when the winds had died down. After unloading coal at the Lafarge dock the White is expected to go to Stoneport to load.

The J.A.W Iglehart will be back in port early on Friday morning to load cement for South Chicago.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

The Tug James A. Hannah and Barge 5101 were inbound on a rainy Thursday afternoon passing the Pump-Out Island around 1pm. The pair called on the Triple Clean Liquifuels Dock in Essexville to unload.

Following close behind the Hannah tug & barge was the Joseph H. Thompson. The Thompson called on the Bay Aggregates Dock, backing into the slip to unload stone. She is expected to be outbound during the late evening hours.

The Canadian Transfer was also moving in the river, downbound from Saginaw headed for the lake.

Todd Shorkey
James A. Hannah at Triple Clean.
Canadian Transfer downbound passing the James Hannah.
Canadian Transfer close up.
Stern view passing Bay Aggregates.
Joesph H. Thompson unloading at Bay Aggregates.
Another view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Toronto Update

The salty Iryda was turned by McKeil's harbor tugs and backed into the Redpath Sugar dock early Wednesday. The Iryda finished unloading and was under way heading for the Welland Canal Thursday.

The cement barge Metis was unloading at Essroc Wednesday. The tug Carrol C. 1 returned to Hamilton. Now that the Stephen B. Roman is back in service, it is likely that Metis will be laid up again.

Work continued Wednesday trying to refloat the Port Authority dump scow which partially sank in the Keating Channel.

Reported by: Art Church and Gerry O.

Welland Update

Upbound Thursday on a rare trip was excursion boat Dalhousie Princess bound for Port Colborne. This is believed to be her first trip up the canal, for this year at least.

Also upbound Thursday was a new tug for Cleveland. The Michael Van, registered in Jacksonville Fl, passed through the canal.

Last weekend Lower Lakes Towing's Mississagi came in to W19E (elevator) at Port Colborne. This was believed to be the first time a LLT vessel has been to the dock. It was previously serviced by Sarah Spencer and then for a time by some of the Paterson ships.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

Webcam Demo Saturday

The Detroit River Live Web Cam at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is now active within the museum. The interactive web camera has been installed and the museum is now waiting for completion of its high speed wireless internet connection to offer the web cam to the world.

It is expected to come online in late June, an orientation day and demonstration will take place Saturday, June 14 at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here for more information.

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

First Sand Cargo from Ferrysburg

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons arrived in Ferrysburg, Mi. on Wednesday to load a cargo of sand at Construction Aggregates. This was the first sand cargo exported from the dock since December 7, 2001, when the same vessel also loaded.

Most of the sand cargos in 2001 were destined for the company's Benton Harbor facility. Other destinations in recent years have included Hamilton, Windsor, and Milwaukee.

Reported by: David Swain

Eighth Load of Wood Pulp for Menominee

The Volmeborg became the eighth ship of this year to deliver Finnish Wood Pulp to K&K Warehouse in Menominee, MI. when she docked there Wednesday morning.

Other ships were: Vancouverborg (twice), Vlistborg, Kwintebank, Thekla, Victoriaborg, and Virginiaborg. The Kwintebank is the next scheduled pulp ship.

The former rail ferry Viking I remains idle at the K&K Dock with no visible changes so far.

Volmeborg at the dock.
With the Viking I astern.

Reported by: Dick Lund

Detroit Traffic

Middletown upbound at Grassy Island Wednesday.
Stern view.
Maumee downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Clarke Unloads in Toledo

The Philip R. Clarke visited Toledo on Wednesday to unload a cargo of salt. It arrived about noon and departed at 7p.m.

Clarke unloading.
Close up of the chemically treated blue salt.
Forward cabins.

Reported by: Bob Vincent

Toronto Update

The Mark Ericson memorial cruise on the schooner Empire Sandy was well attended by members of both the charter boat industry and the music industry. Radio Station "The Edge" played a tribute to Mark's (a.k.a Mark Storm)1980's punk band National Velvet. The firetug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie came out to Gibralter point off Toronto Island and paid a water cannon tribute for Mark as his ashes were lowered into Lake Ontario. A two gun salute followed from the Empire Sandy's cannons.

One of the Port Authority barges took on water Tuesday in the Keating Channel and listed heavily. Divers from Sonderholm Marine were called in to plug the leaks so that the barge could be pumped out.

The charter vessel Yankee Lady (1) was placed on Toronto Drydock Tuesday afternoon for inspection.

Reported by: Art Church

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

Ship hits Welland barrier, delays traffic

Ship traffic on the Welland Canal was delayed for five hours Monday when the saltie Federal Saguenay struck a safety boom at Lock 3.

The Federal Saguenay was outbound from the lakes with a cargo of grain when it “came into contact” with a steel safety arm that is lowered to prevent downbound ships from colliding with lock gates, according to a spokesman for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. Federal Saguenay was ready to move again by 11:10 p.m. Eight ships were delayed while work was completed to free the saltie.

No one was injured in the incident. The safety barrier, known as a ship arrestor, suffered extensive damage, John Chalmers, senior co-coordinator of operations support services with the Seaway, told the St. Catharines Standard.

“We cannot comment on how the damage occurred at this point,” Chalmers said.

However, St. Catharines resident Mike Christie, who witnessed the incident, told reporters that it appeared the arrestor was lowered onto the ship as it was leaving the lock.

“The ship was about to go through the lock and we noticed the yellow arm go down,” he said. “Then we saw a guy on the ship saying, ‘Stop ship, stop ship,’ but it kept going through.”

The ship arrestor may not function again for as many as two weeks, Chalmers added, but boats will still be able to pass through the lock.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt, Jason Junge and Bill Blair

More GLF boats to Ecorse

Following in the wake of the Presque Isle, two more vessels from Great Lakes Fleet are carrying loads of taconite pellets to former National Steel mills in Detroit.

John G. Munson is due at Ecorse on June 12 with pellets loaded at the DMIR dock in Duluth.

On Tuesday morning, the Cason J. Callaway steamed into port to unload stone at Hallett 5 and the Reiss Inland docks. It then proceeded to the DMIR dock to load taconite pellets for delivery to Ecorse.

The National mills at Ecorse recently were purchased by U.S. Steel, which has a long-term pellet-hauling contract with Great Lakes Fleet.

Reported by: Al Miller

Model T's Hitch a ride on the S.S. Badger

The Ford Model T Centennial Club filled the Lake Michigan Carferry Badger on Tuesday's crossing from Manitowoc, Wi to Ludington, Mi.

The group of over 40 vintage cars left Lancaster, California on May 15 to make a 3,000-mile journey across the country. After entering Michigan on the S.S. Badger, the vintage cars will continue on to Dearborn to co-star in Ford's five-day Centennial celebration in Dearborn, Mi. from June 12-16.

Loading in Manitowoc.
Model T's on the car deck .
First one off at Ludington.
Unloading at Ludington .

Reported by: Max Hanley

Power Restored

Crews working to restore the WE power plant in Marquette, Mi have been making faster than expected progress. The power plant turbines were shut down when debris and silt from flooding clogged the water intakes.

Some of the turbines have come back on line earlier than expected, this means that both the Tilden and Empire mines will be up and running within the week.

There are no ships scheduled into Marquette Tuesday and Wednesday. The Saginaw is expected on Thursday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Research vessel to remain in Ashland

Kiyi, a research vessel operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, will stay in Ashland and continue to tie up at the unused ore dock there.

Canadian National Railway, which now owns the ore dock, last month moved to cancel the contract that allows the Kiyi to tie up alongside a 200-foot section of the dock. But after discussions with USGS and local officials, the railroad has decided to allow the vessel to continue using the dock.

The railroad's actions were prompted by its plans to do repair work on the ore dock. Planned repairs to the ore dock include stabilizing dock structure, removing the old ore chutes and sealing concrete to slow deterioration.

Reported by: Dave Kennedy

Alpena Update

The Paul H. Townsend arrived in port on a soggy Tuesday afternoon. It loaded cement for Detroit and departed by 9 p.m.

The Alpena is due back to Lafarge on Wednesday morning after delivering cargo to the Twin Ports.

The Jacklyn M and barge Integrity was in port on Monday and is expected in South Chicago Tuesday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Detroit Traffic

CSL Tadoussac downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
tug Maine after assisting the salty Dorothea from the old Mc Louth Steel Dock in the Trenton Channel.
Dorothea (Cyprus) downbound at Grassy Island after turning above Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
John J Boland upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Catherine Desgagnes downbound at Grassy Island. Passing the Jackson.
Catherine Desgagnes .
Stern view.
Herbert C Jackson upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Joseph H Thompson & Jr. upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Spruceglen downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Middletown downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Herbert C. Jackson downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
American Republic downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Fred R White Jr downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Fred R White and American Republic five minutes apart downbound at Grassy Island.
barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.
John J Boland downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
barge Ocean Hauler and tug Evans Mc Keil downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Close up of the tug.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

More Detroit Traffic

Pictures taken Tuesday from the tug Magnetic.

Mississagi approaching the Sterling Fuel Dock.
At the dock.
Tug Magnetic alongside the Mississagi.
Close up of bow.
Wheelsman Conrad Seymour.
Mesabi Miner upbound.
Capt. Scott Briggs take a photo from the bridge wing.
Close up off the bow.

Reported by: Jon-Paul Kubala

Tall Ships in Erie

The Freedom Schooner Amistad, on its way to Cleveland, stopped in Erie on Monday. Local media reported that the vessel is expected to depart on Wednesday.

On July 3, the Indian naval vessel Tarangini, on a world cruise, will stop in Erie.

Amistad and Brig Niagara docked behind Blasco Memorial Library and the Erie Maritime Museum.
Close up of the Amistad.
Richard Reiss in lay up.
J.S. St. John outbound.
Stern View.

Reported by:

Toronto Update

The charter vessel Pioneer Princess was relaunched Monday after being ashore for several weeks under the Atlas crane at Pier 35. Amongst other repairs, new propeller shafts were installed.

A new pontoon style water taxi has been added to the water taxi fleet, possibly a replacement for the R. G. Jetta, which had its superstructure damaged in a collision with a charter vessel recently.

Tuesday afternoon a memorial service was held aboard the schooner Empire Sandy for crewman Mark Erickson, 38, who drowned accidentally last fall.

Photo of Mark taken aboard Empire Sandy last summer.

Reported by: Art Church

Workboat Report

The 1908 iron tug Mount McKay entered the Fraser Shipyard dry-dock May 19th for hull repairs. She had suffered damage while breaking ice last December. Ultrasounds were done, soft spots replated and her hull then painted blue. She remains on the blocks for finishing touches.

Another old-timer tug showed up at N.P. 2 in Duluth. The Tolsma Bay has been purchased and will be used as a dive boat on Lake Superior. This is now the second vessel, stationed in Duluth, built as a fish tug on Lake Erie in 1910 and later converted to a towing vessel. The tugs at N.P. 2 date from 1908, 1908, 1910, 1929, 1939, and 1944. A classic lineup.

On May 20th, Marine Tech was called in for emergency dredging at Marquette after flood damage from the dams breaking last month. They towed out immediately with the 1910 tug Callie M, crane barge Dean R. Smith and dump scows No. 16 and No. 17.

They met the Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier and derrick H.J. Schwartz and began work May 23rd. First project was to dig around the water intake for the power plant which has been shut down since the two dams broke.

A large 40-ton intake crib was detached by divers and lifted with Marine Tech's Manitowoc 4100 crane. It was taken ashore for repairs and set back in place a week later. 20,000 yards of sand needed to be dug out from around the intake which had filled in with silt and debris from the flooding.

Local crews using the crane barge Menasha and tug Bee Jay were dredging as well. The Corps of Engineers were busy cleaning up debris around the harbor and left at the end of May, heading back to Duluth.

A few days into the project, Ryba Marine arrived from Cheboygan to pitch in. MCM's big tug William C. Gaynor towed the crane barge Jarco 1402 and Ryba's tug Rochelle Kaye towed the ABS barge CT-150. They immediately took over the dredging and Marine Tech used their crane barge to unload the dump scows. The tug Callie was used to run scows and transfer crews.

Dredging was completed June 6th and marine crews are on stand by while the power plant cranks up. Total damages from the flooding is said to be now over $102 million.

Mount McKay in the Fraser dry-dock.
Port side.
Starboard side.
Close up view from above.
Dry-docking revealed several "quick fixes", an old stick jammed into a hole in the hull from the inside.
Wide angle bow view.
Fraser push tug Brenda L ashore at the yard.
Vintage G-tug Buffalo, now the Reuben Johnson, laid up at Fraser.
Tolsma Bay at NP 2 with the 1906 steamer Faith in back.
Close up.
Tug Bee Jay at Marquette.
Vintage 1926 Corps of Engineers Fox River tug Menasha, now a spud barge, digging at Presque Isle.
Callie M with the St. Clair in back.
Cranebarge Dean R. Smith and Menasha with old dump scows No.16 and No. 17.
Pulling up the intake crib slowly while divers wash the many tons of silt off it.
All cleaned and weighing less, it is lifted out of the water.
Project manager Eric Caylor discussing the plan.
Capt. Rick Morrison looks on.
View from the pilothouse when pushing the crane barge.
Callie running out an empty.
Callie and Rochelle at crew change.
William Gaynor at the ore dock.
Barge Jarco 1402 did the bulk of the dredging.
Fish tugs Kathy and Oluf Mechalson at Marquette harbor.
Callie M runs full bore back to the dock with the boys from Ryba for crew change.
Saginaw at Presque Isle.
Saginaw backing out of the ore dock.
Reserve docking on the north side.
Bow view, loading.
H. Lee White.
Herbert C. Jackson Jackson.
Kaye E. Barker and Lee A. Tregurtha together loading ore.
Lee A stern view.
Reserve and Saginaw together at the ore dock.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel

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

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

Dreary May For Lakes Limestone Trade

Limestone shipments on the Great Lakes in May mirrored the dreary weather in the basin, totaling only 3.9 million net tons, a decrease of 7.5 percent compared the corresponding period last year and 9 percent behind the month's 5-year average. For the year, the trade stands 6,243,186 net tons, a decrease of 18 percent compared to the same point in 2002 and a drop of 17 percent compared to the 5-year average.

There are a number of factors behind the decreases. For one, many stone users ended the winter with high inventories. The brutal winter slowed the resumption of quarrying and shipping in April. Furthermore, the rainy weather in May hampered the construction industry and thus lessened demand for aggregate.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association

Twin Ports Report

Grain traffic has seemed slow this season, so it was surprising to see three grain berths occupied Monday morning. Canadian Miner was loading at Cenex Harvest States, Arizona Dream was at Peavey and Vancouverborg was at General Mills in Duluth. Rixta Oldendorff and Perelik also are expected at Cenex Harvest States.

Another saltie in port Monday was Menominee, unloading wood at the Duluth port terminal.

A story in Monday's Duluth News Tribune said that, contrary to expectations, the falling value of the dollar is not leading to more grain shipments from the Twin Ports. One reason cited was rising shipping costs, caused in part by growing demand for salties in other parts of the Seaway system. With steel exports rising, more operators of saltwater ships are opting to carry steel out of the lakes rather than the lower-value grain cargoes.

Elsewhere in the Twin Ports on Monday, Columbia Star was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was due later in the day. Stewart J. Cort was expected at the BNSF ore dock. In Duluth, the Alpena was unloading at the LaFarge terminal.

The George A. Stinson remains tied up at Elevator M in Superior. What was initially expected to be a brief layup has now reached three weeks in length.

Reported by: Al Miller

Conneaut and Ashtabula Update

The Calumet arrived in Conneaut at about 11 a.m. Sunday to take on another cargo of coal for Tonawanda. This was the vessel's second trip in as many days to Conneaut. The Calumet loaded for Tonawanda on Saturday, and is due for another load on Monday afternoon.

The rest of the schedule for the Conneaut coal dock stacks up as follows: Nanticoke was due late Sunday evening, the Calumet is due at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, and the Canadian Enterprise is due at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Over in Ashtabula the Reserve was due early Sunday afternoon to unload a cargo of taconite from Marquette. The vessel then goes to Calcite to load for Superior Cutler Magner dock.

The iron ore piles in Ashtabula have declined greatly from the mountains that they were just five years ago, when Ashtabula averaged about one ore vessel per day, including such rarities as the Wilfred Sykes. However, the coal pile is larger than it has been in over a year, and the staff of the Ashtabula Maritime Museum reports that they have been averaging between two and three vessels each day.

Calumet loads in Conneaut on Saturday.
Coal Pile in Ashtabula.
Pilot house from the Thomas Walters at the Ashtabula Maritime Museum. The Walters was built in 1911, renamed the Frank Denton in 1953 and scrapped in Ashtabula in 1984.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson

Hamilton Report

Monday evening there were two Fed Nav vessels in port. The Federal Fuji was at Pier 12 with no unloading activity seen. Beside it at Pier 14, the Lake Superior was unloading steel plate.

The Algosoo was unloading coal at Dofasco's coal dock.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon


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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

Unusual Soo Traffic

Sunday saw unusual traffic at the Soo Locks. The yacht Milk & Honey from Palmer-Johnson in Green Bay was upbound. The U.S. Navy vessel LCU 1680 followed later that afternoon.

Other afternoon traffic included the upbound Walter J. McCarthy Jr, John G Munson and Cason J Callaway. Downbound was the Herbert C. Jackson, Spruceglen, Middletown and Algolake.

Water levels were higher than normal this week. Readings Sunday afternoon at the upper pool was plus two-inches, lower pool was minus one-inch and the rock cut was minus two-inches below datum.

Monday morning the old Corps of Engineers sweep raft "Broom" will be downbound in the river. This old sweep raft hasn't sailed for a number of years and has recently been sold. It should be getting underway around 9 a.m.

Reported by: Chris Jackson

White in Munising

The H. Lee White arrived in Munising, Mi. Sunday with a shipment of coal for Kimberly Clark. She arrived in light fog in the early afternoon.

She departed in heavy fog early that evening.

Kimberly Clark receives several shipments of coal each season.

Reported by: Dick Widdis

Clarke in Buffalo

The Philip R Clarke arrived in Buffalo for the Lackawanna Gateway Port at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. She brought in two different types of stone from Calcite.

Reported by: Michael Madigan & Michael Madigan, Jr. and Brian Wroblewski

Toronto Update

The tug Carrol C. 1 and cement barge Metis departed during the night Friday and the cement carrier English River arrived; unloaded, and departed again Saturday afternoon.

The salt water ship Iryda continues unloading at Redpath Sugar. The new Queen City Yacht Club tender Algonquin Queen II has her name on its bow and stern.

Reported by: Art Church

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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

Cruise Ships in Milwaukee

Milwaukee was the cruise ship capitol of the Great Lakes on Saturday. Both the LeLevant and Niagara Prince were docked at the city's Municipal Pier. This dock was formally used by the Milwaukee Clipper & Highway 16. Today it is the home of the schooner Denis Sullivan.

Niagara Prince.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Tarangini Visits Great Lakes

The Indian navy sail training vessel Tarangini is on a visit to the Great Lakes this summer, part of a world cruise. Her first stop is Hamilton on June 13 through June 27.

She then will visit in the following ports:
Toronto Jun 27th., Erie Jul 3rd., Cleveland July 9th., Toledo July 16th., Chicago July 30th., Muskegon Aug 7th., Bay City Aug 14th., Sarnia Aug 21st., then back to Montreal Aug 30th.

Visit for more information

Reported by: Howard Whan

Marquette Update

The Herbert C. Jackson took on a load of taconite at Marquette Saturday. The H. Lee White is expected Sunday to also take on a load of ore.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Soo Traffic

Below are images taken Saturday aboard the Chief Shingwauk.

Federal Saguenay heading down bound for the Poe lock.
Perelik and the Cuyahoga at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste Marie. The Perelik is unloading “steel rounds” for the tube mill while the Cuyahoga is unloading coal into the hopper at the steel plant which is then delivered via a conveyor belt out to the coal pile.
Cuyahoga close up.

Reported by: G. Passmore

Alpena Update

Algoma Central Marine's Algorail arrived in Alpena Saturday afternoon. It tied up at the Alpena Oil Dock in the Thunder Bay River and unloaded a cargo of stone that was loaded at Thessalon, ON.

Many people enjoyed the freighter as the local River festival was going on. The Algorail gave a salute and departed around dusk, backing out of the river to turn around in the bay.

The Paul H. Townsend is expected into port Sunday afternoon to load at Lafarge.

The J.A.W Iglehart delivered to Detroit and is heading back to Bath, ON. The Alpena will be in Superior, WI on Sunday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

The Maumee was inbound the Saginaw River late Friday night stopping at the Essexville Sand and Stone dock to lighter before continuing upriver to unload at the Saginaw Wirt Stone Dock. She was outbound during the afternoon on Saturday.

The Walter J. McCarthy was inbound early Saturday morning with a load of coal for the Consumers Energy Dock. This was the second load by the McCarthy in a week for Consumers. She was outbound stern first to make her turn out in the Saginaw Bay during the afternoon.

Todd Shorkey
Maumee downbound at Independence Bridge.
View of stack and lifeboat.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Polsteam’s Isadora sails towards Antwerp

On Saturday afternoon Isadora entered the Welland Canal at Port Colborne bound for Sorel. She is loaded with wheat from Duluth and will top off with additional cargo in Sorel. After topping off she will set sail for Antwerp. Below are images taken onboard during the Port Colborne to Lock 7 portion of her canal passage.

John B Aird taking on bunkers at the Fuel Dock.
Remnants of Comeaudoc.
Outbound Port Colborne Piers on a small boat.
Another View.
Lake Pilot disembarks onto the J.W. Cooper (Pilot Boat).
Inbound Port Colborne Piers on a big boat.
The 1934 built outer Port Colborne Pier Light.
The 100 year old inner Port Colborne Pier Light.
Approaching the Fuel Dock.
Another View of the John B Aird.
Passing by the bow.
Approaching Bridge 21 and passing by Sea Eagle II.
Sea Eagle II at Wharf 16.
Sliding Wall above Lock 8.
Entering Lock 8.
Capt. Zdzislaw Iwanowski is a veteran of many years of lake service with Polsteam.
Chief Mate taking time out in the lock to do a little “boatnerding”.
Departing Lock 8.
We share the waterway with crafts of all sizes.
Port Robinson foot ferry.
Bridge 12 use to span the Canal here until 1974.
Lush greenery thanks to all the rain this spring.
You never know what you might see along the canal banks.
Passing through the old Guard-gate Draw.
Approaching Lock 7.
Former St. Lawrence Seaway Sweepscow.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

Steamship William G Mather Museum Benefit

Join us for an evening of Steam and Sails on July 9, 2003 aboard the Steamship William G Mather for Dinner, Dancing, and greeting 20 tall ships arrive in Cleveland for Harborfest 2003. Visit for more information.

Reported by: Robert Martel

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

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

First big cruise ship of the season docks in Quebec Harbour

The Holland America Line MS Rotterdam docked early Monday morning inaugurating the cruise ship season in Quebec City. Arriving from Charlottetown PEI and enroute to Montreal, the popular ship with a capacity of 1670 passengers will pay ten visits this year.

Twenty-one different cruise ships are expected to visit the port this season including among the larger ships, Cunard' s :QE2, Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Crown and Norwegian Dream, , Grandeur of the Sea (Royal Caribbean Line) ,Galaxy (Celebrity), Oriana (Princess Cruises), Crystal Symphony (Crystal Cruises), Prinsendam (Holland America, Regal Princess ( Princess Cruises).

Last season over 66,000 passengers visited Quebec City generating an excess of 10M $C in business revenue. This year, the cruise ship season promises to be as popular as last year.

Earlier in March of this year during the Miami Seatrade Conference, the Quebec Harbour was declared the ''best destination'' in its class by the reputed magazine Dream World Cruise Destination following a poll held among the industry's representatives. The Port Authority was honoured that its peers had selected the Quebec Harbour for this popular recognition.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette

Conquest in Port

The barge Southdown Conquest and tug Susan W. Hannah arrived in Owen Sound shortly after 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The tug and barge are in port to unloading at the cement silos.

Reported by: Ed Saliwonchyk

Marquette Update

The Charles M. Beeghly took on a load of ore on Friday evening. Fleet mate Herbert C. Jackson is expected on Saturday.

In other news the small cruise ship Niagara Prince will make three visits into Lake Superior this season visiting several ports including Marquette. The first visit is scheduled for early August.

Reported by: Lee Rowe and Art Pickering

Detroit Traffic

Below are images taken on Friday.

Dorothea (Cyprus) at Morterm in Windsor.
Capt Henry Jackman loading at Ojibway Salt.
Cuyahoga upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Fair Port Traffic

Below are images taken on Friday.

Algorail towed into port.
Loading salt.
Corps of Engineers working on the break wall.
Another view.
Emmett J. Carey docked.
F.M. Osborne.
Coast Guard Base.
Fair Port Lighthouse.

Reported by: TZ

Toronto Update

The saltie Strange Attractor departed and the saltie Iryda arrived during the night and was berthed at Redpath Sugar dock.

As expected, the schooner Empire Sandy was refloated late Thursday and it returned to its summer berth at the foot of Spadina St. The Sandy will make its first charter of the season Friday night and will depart shortly after for Port Weller. Saturday afternoon boatnerds can catch the Sandy in the Niagara River. She returns to Toronto Saturday night.

The cement barge Metis was unloading today at Essroc. The tug Carrol C. 1 is berthed behind the barge out of the notch. It appears that the Metis was pressed into service so that the Stephen B. Roman could go on Heddle's Drydock in Hamilton.

Reported by: Art Church.

Federal Agno loaded with outbound steel

The following images were taken aboard Federal Agno on Lake Erie Thursday while on a passage from Detroit Pilot Station to Lock 7. She is laden with a cargo of steel coils from Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie destined for Belgium and Spain.

When built in 1985 Federal Agno was originally named Federal Asahi and flew the Japanese flag until 1989. She is now registered in Manila and is manned by 22 Filipinos. Federal Agno and her two sister’s Federal Polaris and Federal Fuji have been regular callers to the Lakes and Arctic since they were built. All three are chartered to Montreal’s large and familiar Fednav fleet.

Cuyahoga turns and heads downbound to Kingsville after we pass.
Third Officer and A.B. in the wheelhouse.
Armco enroute to her Toledo lay-up dock.
Looking forward on a dismal June day.
Wheelhouse up close.
Even closer!
One of four 25T cargo cranes.
Looking aft.
Main deck looking aft.
Engine control room.
Engine crew taking a well deserved coffee break.
Builder’s plate in the engine room.
Most important part of the ship after the galley: The steering gear!
Sault Ste. Marie is 32 hours astern.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

Marine Mart Today

The annual Port Huron Marine Flea Market will be held at the Port Huron Museum today with doors opening at 9 a.m.

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

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

Reported by: Terry Doyon

Today in Great Lakes History - 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

Armco Enters Lay-up

An early season slump in cargoes has sent the Armco into lay-up. The vessel arrived in Toledo Thursday afternoon and was towed stern first upriver by the "G" tug Idaho to the old Interlake Iron Dock just north of the Shipyard. It is unknown at this time how long she will remain in lay-up.

Armco in the St. Marys River last month. Roger LeLievre

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Speer Departs

The 1000-foot Edgar B. Speer departed Bay Ship Thursday afternoon. After repairs were completed and the U.S. Coast Guard and ABS inspections completed, the Speer was cleared to return to service.

The Speer backed down the Bay about two miles and out into Green Bay. There she turned her bow north and headed upbound to load at Two Harbors. The Speer cleared the Sturgeon Bay Ship channel marker at 2 p.m.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle

Twin Ports dredging money diverted to the Soo

Federal money set aside for maintenance dredging in the Twin Ports instead has been reallocated to help cover the cost of dredging the St. Mary's River.

Duluth-Superior typically spends between $800,000 and $1 million a year on dredging. This year that money will be used to help pay for removing sediment from the Little Rapids Cut in the St. Marys River.

Despite losing the money, no one is complaining in the Twin Ports.

"The ability to complete work at Little Rapids Cut could immediately benefit our port," Adolph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, told the Duluth News Tribune. "That's why we wholeheartedly endorse the project."

Because of shallow points at Little Rapids Cut, ships transiting the Soo Locks have had to reduce their draft by about 6 inches. Losing six inches of draft on a laker means a load reduction of about 1,500 tons.

Stan Jacek, an area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said crews will attack scattered high spots where sediment has built up in the 15- to 20-mile stretch below the Soo Locks. In places, soundings show the St. Marys River is running as much as 1 foot shallower than its target depth -- 28 feet.

Much of the waterway is deep enough, however, and Jacek said the project will likely involve removing about 100,000 yards of material at a cost of about $2 million. Work is scheduled to begin in early July and to be completed before the end of the shipping season.

Before the money was diverted from the Twin Ports, the Corps of Engineers had planned to contract with a dredging company to remove sediment building up in the cross channel of St. Louis Bay, a short distance from the Duluth Missabe & Iron Range ore docks in Duluth.

Reported by: Al Miller

Lake Superior remains steady

Lake Superior rose by about the usual amount in May and is now seven inches below its long-term average and about four inches below its level of a year ago.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control reported Wednesday that water supplies to the lake were about average for May. Rainfall across much of the lake's watershed increased after months of dry conditions.

The news was better on the other lakes. Lakes Huron and Michigan rose by four inches in May, more than the usual amount. While those lakes are still 23 inches below the long-term average, the trend is upward and the lakes are eight inches above their record low point for June.

Reported by: Craig Nelson

Twin Ports Report

Middletown entered Fraser Shipyards in Superior overnight Wednesday. By Thursday morning, shipyard crews had a small wheeled crane working alongside its stern.

Twin Ports ore docks were busy Thursday, with Great Lakes Trader scheduled to load at BNSF and Atlantic Huron arriving about 7 a.m. for DMIR. Joe Block and Mesabi Miner also were due at the DMIR dock Thursday.

George A. Stinson remains idle at Elevator M in Superior.

The DMIR ore docks are maintaining a fairly steady pace. Due next in Duluth are the Frontenac on June 8, John G. Munson on the 9th, and Cason J. Callaway and Atlantic Erie on June 10. In Two Harbors, Edwin H. Gott is due June 6; American Mariner and Edgar B. Speer on June 7; Roger Blough and Burns Harbor on June 8; and Presque Isle and Oglebay Norton on June 9. Burns Harbor and American Mariner are both rare visitors to Two Harbors.

Reported by: Al Miller

Saginaw River News

The CSL Tadoussac departed the Essroc Terminal in Essexville Thursday morning after unloading overnight. She backed stern first out of the river continuing to Light 12 of the Entrance Channel to turn around and head for the lake.

Following the Tadoussac out of the river was the Maumee who arrived early Thursday morning to unload limestone at the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. The Maumee was outbound during the afternoon hours.

The Joseph H. Thompson was the last outbound of the day. She had arrived late Wednesday night to unload slag sand at the Burroughs Materials Dock. The Thompson was outbound a few hours behind the Maumee.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Detroit Traffic

Buffalo unloading at the old Inland Dock in the Rouge River.
Stern view.
James R Barker unloading on the face of Zug Island.
Stern view.
Federal Agno (Philippines) downbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Toledo Update

The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo, she departed Thursday morning.

The salt water vessel Federal Schelde was at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. However the dispute between the International Longshoreman’s Association and ADM is still ongoing yet from last year. Picket lines are set up and there is no cargo being loaded onto the Federal Schelde for the time being.

The tug Mary E. Hannah was at Toledo Shipyard while her barge was in drydock undergoing repairs. The salt water vessel Menominee was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading wood products. The Cuyahoga is due into the CSX Docks to load coal Thursday evening.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the H. Lee White on Friday. The Kaye E. Barker on Saturday. The Middletown and Herbert C. Jackson on Monday, followed by the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and Catherine Desgagnes on Tuesday.

The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Nanticoke on Sunday. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Monday, followed by the tug/barge combo Jane Ann IV/ Sarah Spencer on Tuesday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
The Crispin Oglebay at Toledo Shipyard. She just came off the drydock and is in the process of fitting out.
The Joan M. McCullough at the City Docks waiting for a berth to open up at one of the grain elevators upriver.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Toronto Update

Wednesday Strange Attractor was turned in the harbor and backed to the Redpath Sugar dock by the McKeil tugs Atomic and Glenevis. High winds hampered the maneuver and a second run was needed to get her back in.

The Empire Sandy was expected to be refloated at the Toronto Dry Dock on Thursday. She will head to Port Weller for her first charter of the season Friday night.

Reported by: Art Church

Clarkson Report

The St. Lawrence Cement dock was busy on Thursday. Early that morning the James Norris arrived unloaded limestone from Colborne, Ontario. Thursday evening the Algosoo arrived and docked. She arrived from Ashtabula. The boom was swung out but there was at least a half hour delay prior to the start of unloading her unspecified cargo.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley

Kingston Update

Thursday rain and cold temperatures produced fog in the Kingston area and the American Narrows of the Seaway were closed to navigation at 4:35 p.m. The visibility was less than 1/4 mile in fog. The Jean Parisien has anchored 1.1 miles below Lynda Island, while the Lake Ontario has anchored near Light 187. The Greenwing also went to anchor at Crl.

The latest Lake Ontario water level is 85 cm above the chart. This is an increase of 7 cm in a week but is still 25 cm below last year. June 15th is usually the high water level but with a good deal of rain this year, this may not be the case.

The Island Star is running dinner cruises out of Trenton and Belleville through Friday night. This popular visit has been sold out.

Reported by: Ron Walsh

More Pictures from the Badger Weekend

New pictures have been added to the Badger Gathering gallery highlighting other attractions near the Badger's home port of Ludington, Mi. Visit Two Car ferries, an LST and one Lighthouse to view.

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

Speer in for Repairs

Edgar B. Speer arrived at Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. Tuesday evening for repairs to damaged hull plating. The Speer would have been placed into the graving dock for repair, but the USCG Mackinaw 83 is in the dock under going her 5 year survey.

The Speer was placed at the Steel Face Dock and ballasted hard to starboard, allowing the port side to come up out of the water. The damaged area is midship on the port side.

This move is allowing Bay Ship access to the damaged area and the repairs are underway. It is unknown how long the Speer will remain at the ship yard for repairs.

Bow view showing list on ship. (Vic DeLarwelle)
Stern view of the Speer. (Clay Bonin)
Mackinaw WAGB -83 in graving dock under Gantry crane. (Vic DeLarwelle)

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle and Clay Bonin

New regulations will tighten port security

New federal regulations may mean tighter security around Twin Ports docks, but port officials say they expect no surprises when the regulations are finalized next month.

The Marine Transportation Security Act requires all ports -- including those on the Great Lakes -- to assess their security risks and devise a plan to guard against terrorism. Ports will have one year to comply with the Marine Transportation Security Act.

Ray Skelton, port security official for Duluth-Superior, has been working with Washington on the new regulations and said he doesn't expect any surprises.

"The final regs, if they came out that we have to have armed guards at piles of limestone, I'd go back to Washington and start a fight. But if everything stays reasonable, we'll just go ahead and comply," he told Wisconsin Public Radio.

Tighter security may mean some guards, surveillance cameras, fences and alarms. Skelton said these requirements are costing ports money without much financial help from the government. Skelton won't say how much Duluth-Superior has spent, but he says so far they've had to foot the bill.

Reported by: Mark Rogers

Marquette Update

The Lee A. Tregurtha loaded taconite at Marquette on Wednesday. The Reserve and Saginaw are both expected on Thursday evening. The bridge to the dock remains out of service, and local authorities report that visitors unlawfully at the Dead River area will be ticketed.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Alpena Update

The Steamer Alpena arrived in port at Lafarge early Wednesday morning. It took on cement for Green Bay,WI and departed before 5 a.m. The Paul H. Townsend was also in port late Wednesday evening to load, possibly for Whitefish, ON. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity is expected be in on Thursday after delivering to ports on Lake Michigan.

The J.A.W Iglehart is heading to Cleveland, OH.

Loading at Stoneport on Wednesday was the Arthur M Anderson and the Maumee.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann was outbound Wednesday morning after unloading at the Burroughs Dock overnight. The pair arrived in the river late Tuesday night.

The tug and barge Joseph H. Thompson was inbound late Wednesday night headed up to Saginaw. It is unknown what dock she was headed to.

The CSL Tadoussac was inbound late in the evening headed for the Essroc Terminal in Essexville.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Pathfinder-Dorothy Ann downbound at Liberty Bridge.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Toledo Update

Wednesday the salt water vessel Federal Schelde was at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator loading grain. The CSL Niagara was unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah was at the Shipyard while her barge remains in drydock undergoing repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Cuyahoga and H. Lee White on Friday. The Kaye E. Barker on Saturday. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin (she will be coming over from the Torco Ore Dock when finished unloading ore) and Herbert C. Jackson on Monday, followed by the Catherine Desgagnes on Tuesday.

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

Classic view of Toledo Shipping
The Champlain and McKee Sons at the C&O Coal Docks "Frog Pond" awaiting there fate.
The Kinsman Independent at the Lakefront Coal Docks "Frog Pond" fitting out for another season.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Cuyahoga Loads in Marblehead

Tuesday the Cuyahoga was loading in Marble Head, Ohio.

Another view.
Bow view.
View through the dock.

Reported by: TZ

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

Speer due at Sturgeon Bay

The thousand foot Edgar B. Speer was expected to arrive on Tuesday at the shipyard in Sturgeon Bay for repairs. The vessel reportedly discovered cracked plates while unloading Monday.

Reported by: Al Miller and Dave Zarth

Metis Returns to Service

The McKeil tug Carrol C. II was in port Monday hooking up to the cement barge Metis. The Metis has been serving as a dock side unloading barge for some time.

The McKeil tug Atomic assisted the pair out of the south slip at the Essroc dock into the north slip, where the final hook up was completed. The tug and barge were downbound on Lake Ontario Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Art Church

LeLevant Upbound

Tuesday the French cruise ship LeLevant was upbound in the Detroit River passing Amherstburg at 6:30 a.m. She was escorted upbound by the Coast Guard. The LeLevant was on day five of an eight night tour from Toronto to Milwaukee.

The ship stopped at the Acheson Terminal in Port Huron, Mi. Tuesday afternoon before continuing on for Sault Ste. Marie and Lake Superior.

Reported by: Dave Cozens and Frank Frisk

Saginaw River News

The tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader was outbound from Saginaw early Tuesday morning after unloading Monday evening at the Saginaw Rock Products dock.

The Canadian Transfer arrived Tuesday morning at the Burroughs dock near the I-75 Bridge. After discharging part of its cargo there, the vessel shifted further up the river to the GM dock to finish unloading.

The Alpena departed the Lafarge terminal at Saginaw at about noon Tuesday and was outbound during the afternoon. The Alpena had arrived on Monday evening.

The Canadian Transfer was outbound early Tuesday evening, several hours behind the Alpena.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Busy Day for Grand Haven

Tuesday was another two vessel day in Grand Haven. The Southdown Conquest and tug Susan W. Hannah made their fifth appearance in port, the most of any vessel this year. The Algoway tied up around noon with a split load of salt for Verplanks, after coming cross-lake from Milwaukee.

This is the third salt delivery by an Algoma boat in 9 days.

Reported by: Dave Swain and Mark Kelley

St. Joseph Update

Tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity were in St. Joseph, Mi. on Monday. The pair arrived at about 10:30 a.m. and departed sometime in the early evening. On Tuesday the Mississagi arrived in the late afternoon. She departed at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Reported by: Matt Cook

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


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

Le Levant in Cleveland

The French-owned luxury yacht Le Levant docked at North Coast Harbor Monday as part of an eight-night Great Lakes tour. Cleveland was added to the ship's itinerary for the first time this year.

Seventy passengers from across the United States paid $3,995 to $5,595 per person for the trip from Toronto to Milwaukee.

At 330 feet, Le Levant stretches the length of a football field and features haute cuisine and staterooms accented with marble bathrooms, inlaid wood and picture windows.

The Michigan-based Great Lakes Cruise Co. chartered the trip Detroit is the next port of call, followed by Port Huron, Whitefish Point, Mackinac Island and Traverse City in Michigan and, lastly, Milwaukee.

Le Levant will return to Cleveland on June 12 and Sept. 4 during trips from Chicago to Toronto.

Also in port, the Calumet arrived shortly before the Le Levant and was towed backwards into the river.

Reported by: Mike Reindel

State of Michigan Wraps up Tour

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship State of Michigan arrived Sault Ste. Marie Monday on the final stop of her seven city tour. The State of Michigan was open to visitors before departing about 3 p.m.

The ship departed the harbor and locked through upbound to Big Point before turn to head back down river. The State of Michigan locked through the Davis Lock into the lower St Marys River sailing on to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mi.


Reported by: Bonnie Barnes

McKeil's MacKay in Manistee

Manistee played host to the McKeil barge KTC 113, pushed by the tug Tony MacKay, on Sunday. The pair arrived at the piers around noon and headed upriver to the General Chemical dock, dodging several fishing boats along the way. The MacKay is the former Point Carroll.

Tug and barge inbound.
Tony MacKay close up.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre

Rare visit for Milwaukee

CSL's Halifax made a rare visit to Milwaukee Monday with a partial load of cement clinkers for Badger Cement. At the same time Port of Milwaukee crews were unloading an unusual cargo of pumice from the salt water vessel Arizona Dream.

Arizona Dream.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Marquette News

The H. Lee White brought a load of stone to the Marquette's lower harbor on Monday. The Lee A. Tregurtha loaded ore on Monday for Algoma. She will return on Wednesday for a load for Rouge steel. The Kaye Barker is due Tuesday with a load of coal for the WE power plant, and will then take on a load of ore.

H. Lee White unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Soo Traffic


Earl W. Oglebay departing Soo Locks downbound.
Federal Agno continues loading.
Oglebay getting walked through.
Paul R. Tregurtha heading to the Poe.
Making the wall.
Olgebay Norton with the Kapitonas Marcirkus passing downbound.
Oglebay Norton Locking through.

Reported by: Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Saginaw News

The two busiest boats on the Saginaw River were back again as the Wilfred Sykes was inbound late Sunday night stopping at the Essexville Sand & Stone Dock to lighter. From there, she went upriver for a short 45 minute unload at the Bay City Wirt Dock. The Sykes then continued upriver to the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish unloading. She was outbound for the lake during the afternoon on Monday.

The Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. Van Enkevort was also back, inbound early Monday morning stopping at the Sargent Dock in Essexville before continuing upriver to the Saginaw Rock Products Dock to unload. The pair was expected to be outbound during the evening on Monday.

The Alpena made her first visit of the season to the Saginaw River, passing the Front Range during the early evening hours. She continued upbound for the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton to unload cement. She is expected to be outbound during the day on Tuesday.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Great Lakes Trader upbound passing Bay City Wirt.
Another view at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.
Alpena upbound at Bay City Wirt.
Close up at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

St. Clair River Traffic

Below are images taken on Sunday.

Joseph H. Frantz downbound.
Charles M. Beeghly on a rare trip unloading at the Lambton Generating Station.
Fueling at Shell a short time later.
Mesabi Miner downbound.
Presque Isle upbound.
Tug Manitou at Algonac.

Reported by: Scott Tomlinson

Detroit Traffic

Below are images taken Sunday and Monday of traffic on the Detroit River.

U.S.S. LCU 1680 upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Middletown upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Kapitonas Marcinkus (Lithuania) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Cedarglen downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Adam E Cornelius upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Diamond Jack downbound in the Wyandotte Channel.
Stern view.
Another view.
Corps of Engineers tug Demolen in Wyandotte.
Corps of Engineers survey boat Harvey Hodge in Detroit.
Stern view.

American Republic downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Middletown downbound above Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Presque Isle unloading at Zug Island.
Close up.
The Highlander. Built in 1985 at Aalsmeer, Holland by De Vries Scheepsbouw B.V. Hull #632. Official number U.S.690898. 133.3 X 28.1 X 13; 299 gross tons. Owned by Forbes Management, New York, NY.
Stern view.
Joseph H Frantz downbound off River Rouge.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Toledo Report

The Atlantic Huron arrived at the Torco Ore Dock mid afternoon Monday to unload ore. This was her first trip into Toledo since her rebuild at Port Weller Dry docks this past winter. When finished the John B. Aird will follow the Atlantic Huron at the Torco Dock early Tuesday morning where she will also unload ore.

The salt water vessel Federal Schelde was at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator loading grain. The salt water vessel Greenwing was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain. The tug Mary E. Hannah was at Toledo Shipyard while her barge is now in drydock for repairs.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John B. Aird on Tuesday, she will come from the Torco Ore Dock after unloading ore, followed by the Cuyahoga, Kaye E. Barker, and H. Lee White on Friday.

The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the CSL Niagara on Weds., followed by the Nanticoke on Sunday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Heron Bay at the City Docks waiting for a berth at one of the elevators to load a grain cargo.
Kingdoc at the city Docks waiting for a berth at one of the elevators to load a grain cargo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Erie Update

The Adam E. Cornelius arrived in Erie at about 11 a.m. Sunday. The Cornelius docked at the Old Ore Dock with a cargo of stone from Calcite.

The Cornelius was reported to have anchored three hours outside of Erie on Saturday night, likely because of weather. The vessel got underway early Sunday morning bound for Erie.

Waiting on the dock when the Cornelius arrived in Erie was a technician from Hobart Refrigeration. The technician had been called out to fix the dishwasher in the Cornelius' galley.

Cornelius Inbound.
Crew member removes hatch clamps.
Close up of the stern. Note the crewman standing next to a spare propeller blade.
Stern View.
Overhead view.
Day Peckinpaugh.
J.S. St. John.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson

Welland Report

Upbound Sunday for first time after her winter rebuilding was Atlantic Huron, loaded. Upbound on Monday was the saltie CEC Fighter, her deck cargo appeared to be some type of silos.

The tug Vac arrived at Port Colborne Monday with an unknown barge that will go into the Port Weller Dry Dock. The dry dock has not chnaged ownership.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

Hamilton Update

On Monday evening the Spruceglen was still unloading at Pier 11, the cargo of gypsum brought from Nova Scotia. That afternoon, the Emerald Star arrived in Hamilton and was moored on the west side of Pier 11 next to the Spruceglen. The Hamilton Energy is squeezed between the two vessels refueling the Emerald Star.

The Stephen P. Roman is in drydock at Heddles. The yard crew was working on the propeller of the vessel that evening.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon

Toronto Report

High speed cross-lake ferry service has again come to an end on Lake Ontario. Both Seaflight company hydrofoils have been hauled from the water at Pier 51 and the company has closed its office.

Also rumored to not be running this season is the long-time charter vessel Nelvana and the Toronto Tours vessel Shipsands. The charter vessel Galactica 001 hasn't run for the past two seasons, and it is not likely it will see service this year as well.

English River departed Lafarge Cement Saturday night. Algosteel was in port Sunday morning unloading rock salt on the dock. It departed around 4 p.m. for the Welland Canal.

The saltie Strange Attractor remains at Redpath Sugar. Redpath employees will soon be in a strike position, but hopefully the labor dispute will settled without a strike.

At the drydock, the schooner Empire Sandy was given a primer/sealer coat of green paint on Sunday. Still under the Atlas crane at Pier 35 South is the charter vessel Pioneer Princess.

New tenants at Pier 35 North Sunday were the tug Wendy B. (rafted to) and Still Watch, the ex-Coast Guard Canada vessel Ville Marie. Both these vessels were moored at the film studio on Pier 29 during the winter. Still Watch was unofficially renamed Vast Explorer for a movie last fall.

A retirement/bon voyage party was held aboard the charter vessel Wayward Princess Sunday afternoon for Chris Mast Jr., of C & C Marine Salvage & Recovery Ltd. Chris and his wife Marilyn are moving to the island of St. Maarten. The party was well attended by his family and his many friends in the marine industry in Toronto and the surrounding area.

Pictures by Doug Hyatt
Algosteel departing at the Cherry St. Bridge.
Another view.
Close up.
City of Toronto ferry Sam McBride heading for the city dock.
Close up.
Strange Attractor at the Redpath Sugar plant on Queens Quay east.
One wall of the building is painted in a ocean mural.

Pictures by Jim Gallacher
Strange Attractor unloading.
Another view.
Tour boats docked near by.

Reported by: Gerry O., Doug Hyatt and Jim Gallacher

Kingston News

The Kingston are Marine Community was saddened by the recent passing of Mr. Jim Clarke, President of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines, operator of the Canadian Empress. Jim was one of the founders of the company, very active in the Kingston community and well liked by all.

The CSL Tadoussac was eastbound from Hamilton Sunday heading for Picton, Ont. There she will load cement clinker for Essexville Michigan. The English River was heading for Bath to load cement. The Canadian Empress is westbound from Quebec City. She arrived at Chrysler Marina at shortly before 5 p.m.

Local tour boats have been quite active this season. The Island Queen and Island Belle are running daily trips. The Island Star, ex Bateau Mouche, will be visiting Belleville, next week, to run dinner cruises for several days. She will leave Kingston Tuesday and return on June 7.

Reported by: Ron Walsh

Aerial Views

Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over lower Lake Huron Thursday 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.

Mesabi Miner.
Stern view.
Lee A. Tregurtha.
Bow view.
Joseph H. Frantz.
Charles M. Beeghly.
Bow view.

Ziemia Gnieznienska transits the Welland Canal

On Sunday afternoon Ziemia Gnieznienska transited the Canal enroute to Ravenna, Italy with a load of wheat from Duluth.

Ziemia Gnieznienska is one of six sister ships that traded regularly on the lakes since they were originally built in 1984 and 1985. Their trading patterns have reduced their presence on the lakes since being replaced by the newer and larger Isa class of vessels.

The sisters were built in Buenos Aires, Argentina and are owned by the Polish Steamship Company from Szczecin, Poland. They measure 591 - feet x 76-feet (180,30m x 23,10m).

Polsteam accepts passengers on the Ziemia and the Isa types for voyages to and from the Great Lakes to Europe. The fares are affordable with comfortable accommodations and topped off with Polish hospitality.

Lowered in Lock 7.
Underway heading downbound to Lock 6.
One in and one out.
Half in and half out.
Mooring party securing in Lock 6.
Now repeat this five times quickly!
What have we here? The A.B. reading some information and pictures of the Canal.
Preparing to lower in Lock 4.
The A.B. taking a picture of a passing train over Bridge 6.
The wheel.
A plant gives the wheelhouse a “homey” feeling.
The wheelhouse.
While waiting for traffic the Captain and A.B. are swapping sea stories.
Lock 3 is now ready for us and we head down.
The Paul H Townsend clears Lock 3.
The 447’ x 50’ Paul H Townsend is dwarfed by the larger Ziemia Gnieznienska.
The Paul H Townsend on a rare canal passage from Bath, Ontario with cement.
The vessel’s Master Capt. Konarlewski was surprised and impressed to learn the Townsend dates back to 1945.
The stern passes by quietly.
Arrived in Lock 3.
Closing up astern.
View from the Monkey’s Island.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

Badger Gathering

A total of 101 Boatnerds enjoyed the hospitality offered by the officers and crew of the Lake Michigan carferry S.S. Badger this past weekend during the annual Badger Boatnerd Gathering. All of the Badger's 46 overnight staterooms were booked by the group Friday evening, with the rest of the attendees joining the vessel before its 9 a.m. Saturday morning sailing. Those on board Friday night were treated to a tour of the Badger's pilothouse and engine room led by Capt. Dean Hobbs and Senior Chief Engineer Charles Cart. Lake Michigan Carferry Co.'s Max Hanley was also on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.

Although weather forecasts predicted a stormy crossing from Ludington, Mich., to Manitowoc, Wisc., seas were more moderate than expected, although a bit of rocking and rolling reminded everyone they were on board an authentic Great Lakes steamer. Clouds gave way to sun as the Badger steamed into Manitowoc harbor shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday. As a special treat, Great Lakes balladeer Lee Murdock performed for nearly an hour in the Badger's lounge during the crossing. After reaching Manitowoc, the majority of the group boarded a bus chartered by Great Laker magazine for a trip to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. One of the highlights of the museum visit was an opportunity to view a new display featuring one of three triple-expansion steam engines from the Great Lakes train ferry Chief Wawatam. The impeccably-restored engine, part of an impressive, $6 million expansion program at the museum, is under motorized power so visitors can see what one of these huge power plants looked like when it was in operation. Museum volunteers Wally Randolph and Larry Fitch were on hand, along with Bob Tamlyn, the Chief Wawatam's last chief engineer, to patiently answer Boatnerd questions. After visiting the museum, many of the attendees had a chance to explore the downtown Manitowoc area before heading back to the ferry.

On the return trip, Lee Murdock performed another set of his popular, Great Lakes-themed tunes, and an impromptu slide show followed in the Badger museum room. Many of the images shown offered rare views of lake steamers and their crews taken decades ago, while slides provided by Chuck Truscott featured many outstanding views of carferrys and passenger steamers. Also during the crossing, Art Chavez, author of the new volume "S.S. Badger: The Lake Michigan Carferry," signed copies of his book.

The historic Badger, the last coal-fired vessel sailing the Great Lakes, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Our thanks to all those who made this enjoyable weekend possible: Sara Ewing - Badger Group Sales, Captain Dean Hobbs and the friendly crew of the SS Badger, Max Hanley, Jamie Lee - Transit manager, Maritime Metro Transit, Lee Murdock and Dave Wobser who coordinated the entire weekend and made sure everyone had a good time.

Click here for pictures from the weekend.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre & Dave Wobser

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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

Tug - Barge day in Grand Haven

Sunday was a two vessel day in Grand Haven/Ferrysburg, Mi. The barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible and the barge Joseph H. Thompson and tug Jr. brought in successive loads of limestone from Meldrum Bay and Stoneport. The Meekhof's upper dock was the recipient of both cargos.

The Joseph H. Thompson had to wait in Lake Michigan for the McKee Sons to back out of the channel. The two passed in Lake Michigan and the Joseph H. Thompson backed into the channel.

This was likely the first visit ever by the Joseph H. Thompson. The Agawa Canyon is expected at Meekhof's on Monday night.

The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette was unloading farther south in Holland, Mi. late Sunday afternoon.

Reported by: Dave Swain, Don Geske and Marc Vander Meulen

Busy Day in Muskegon

The Indiana Harbor finishing unloading coal at the B C Cobb Plant in Muskegon, Mi. Sunday morning. Downtown, the Canadian Transfer was unloading stone at the Mart Dock.

Both ships finished unloading about the same time, with the Canadian Transfer backing away from the Mart Dock first and passing through the channel to Lake Michigan at 2:00 p.m. giving a Master's Salute as she passed the submarine Silversides.

Twenty minutes later the Indiana Harbor passed through the channel and blew three Master's Salutes as she went through the channel on her way to Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Chuck Truscott

Hamilton Report

Sunday the CSL Tadoussac departed Hamilton at 5:30 a.m. heading down Lake Ontario. The tug John Spence with barge McAshpalt 401 departed at 7:30 a.m. heading to the Welland Canal and on to Detroit in ballast. At 9 a.m. she decided to turn around and head back to Hamilton Harbor due to high north winds gustin to 30 miles an hour (50km/hour). She arrived off port at noon.

The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed at 8:30 a.m. for Sept. Ille, Quebec in ballast.

At 11 a.m. the tug Salvor and barge McLeary's Spirit arrived with jet fuel from Quebec City. She is due to return there after discharging her load.

The Stephen B.Roman arrived from Rochester in ballast at 1:30 p.m. for the Heddle Dry Dock. When she departs, her next port will be Picton, Ontario. At 7:15 p.m. the Canadian Prospector went through the Burlington Ship Canal and was heading to Dofasco.

Reported by:Eric Holmes

Toronto Update

The saltie Strange Attractor was at Redpath Sugar dock. The cement carrier English River, which arrived on Wednesday afternoon, was still in port Sunday. This may have something to do with the fire at lafarge on Wednesday.

The Queen City Yacht Club tender Algonquin Queen was retired at midnight Saturday. The new Algonquin Queen II went into service Saturday night.

Reported by: Gerry O.

Brockville Traffic

Sunday morning traffic passing Brockville, Ont. about 10:45 a.m.

Sidsel Knutsen.
CEC Fighter with deck cargo.
Another view.

Reported by: Peter Carter

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Today in Great Lakes History - June 2

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

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

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

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

Line Up Continues at Marquette

Sunday will see the Saginaw, Reserve, and Herbert C. Jackson at the Marquette ore dock.

The WE Power Plant expects to have two turbines running by June 16. This will give them a portion of the power they normally produce. The road to Presque Isle is expected to be opened July 1.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Integrity in St. Joe

The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity were in St. Joseph, Mi. over the weekend. They arrived about 4 a.m. Friday and departed at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The stay in St. Joseph was extended due to the strong north wind that began blowing Friday evening, building waves 7 to 10-feet on Lake Michigan. Jacklyn M. and Integrity went from the Lafarge dock, into the inner harbor to the turning basin, turned and came out of the harbor bow first.

This was a rare move as most cement boats visiting port back out.

Reported by: Matt Cook

Soo Traffic

Below are images taken on Saturday.

Federal Agno secured to the Sewall Avery.
Federal Agno loading Steel Coils.
Herbert C. Jackson in the Lower Soo Harbor.
Joseph Frantz below the Soo Locks.
Joseph Frantz heading to the Soo Locks.
Joseph H. Frantz above the locks.
Middletown with St. Clair coming down behind.
Nice Stern.
Quedoc & Federal Agno.
Saginaw at Algoma Steel.
Saginaw Bow view unloading ore at Algoma.
Saginaw getting ready to depart Algoma.
Saginaw unloading at Algoma.
Yankcanuck almost Home.
Yankcanuck safely Home.
Dredging above the Mac.
Close up.

Reported by: Lock Tours Canada Boat Cruises

Saginaw Update

The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann was inbound early Friday morning stopping at the Bay Aggregates Dock to unload. She had finished and was outbound later that morning.

The Wilfred Sykes was outbound on Friday as well after delivering a split load, lightering at the Essexville Sand and Stone dock, before proceeding upriver to the Wirt Saginaw Dock to finish.

The Great Lakes Trader-Joyce L. Van Enkevort arrived on Saturday and traveled upriver to the Saginaw Rock Dock to unload. She completed her turn in the Sixth Street Turning Basin and was downbound through Bay City around 7 p.m.

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. made the first visit of the season to the Consumers Energy Dock. She arrived late in the afternoon to unload coal and was expected to be outbound by late Saturday evening.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. inbound at the Front Range.
Another view.
Kicking up food for the sea gulls.
Great Lakes Trader downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Todd Shorkey and Lon Morgan

Milwaukee Report

On Saturday the U.S. Fish & Wildlife research vessel Togue was waiting weather in Milwaukee. A fully loaded Kaye E. Barker was tied up at the Port's Heavy Lift dock for unknown reasons.

The Cedarglen departed the Nidera Elevator at dusk with a cargo of corn. Work continues on the popular Milwaukee excursion boat Iroquois. New plates are being attached to the 1928 built vessel.

Togue with the Cedarglen in background.
Work on the Iroquois .
Another view.
Close up.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Fairport, Ohio Report

Maumee arrived early Friday morning to load the large shipment of specialty sand which had been trucked in from Best in Chardon.

USCOE McCauley is still working on the break wall. At the end of the day, Koziol brought the rock barge upriver, while the small tug Palmetto towed the derrick in unassisted. After tying up, McCauley hoisted Palmetto aboard.

John R. Emery has been moved out to the old Diamond Alkalai stone dock, allowing clear photographs.

Loading sand.
After towing McCauley upriver, Palmetto swings around to finish the docking.
Palmetto pushes McCauley to the wall, as Koziol moves up to assist.
Hoisting Palmetto aboard.
Koziol and McCauley.
Steam winches on Maumee.
Norfolk Southern local switching in Fairport across from the dock.
John R. Emery, built in 1905.
John R. Emery, stern view.

Reported by: Dave Merchant

Hamilton Update

Friday Night saw the Algosoo arrive in Hamilton at 8 p.m. from Sandusky, Ohio with a load of coal for Dofasco. The Algosoo will then be heading to Prescott Ontario.

Saturday the Spruceglen arrived in Hamilton at 7 a.m. from Point Tupper, Nova Scotia with a load of gypsum. After unloading she will be heading to Thunder Bay. That evening the Rixta Oldendorf depart at 6 p.m.

Reported by: Eric Holmes

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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