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Washington Island welcomes Madonna, new year-round ferry

 6/30 - Sturgeon Bay, WI – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding announced on Monday that it is delivering a new year-round ferry for the Washington Island community. According to Fincantieri, they have partnered with Washington Island Ferry Line to offer a year-round passenger and vehicle ferry across the Death’s Door Passage for residents.

 The company said the ferry will be named Madonna and will have a capacity level of up to 150 passengers and 28 vehicles.

 Fincantieri said that of the four vessels in the Washington Island Ferry Fleet, the Madonna will be the largest and will allow crews to operate a second ferry with year-round capabilities. Some features the 124-foot ferry include ice-breaking capabilities, outdoor/upper deck seating, indoor climate-controlled cabins and restrooms on two decks.

 WeAreGreenBay.com

 

Port Reports – June 30, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor departed Duluth at 04:47 Monday morning, destined for her namesake port with a load of iron ore pellets. Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound at 12:23 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Manitoulin, which had shifted to CN after the departure of Indiana Harbor, was outbound at 16:24. In port Monday evening were Arthur M. Anderson, loading ore at CN; John G. Munson, moored at CN #6 east waiting to load; Paul R. Tregurtha, loading at SMET and expected to depart early Tuesday; Federal Hunter, unloading cement at CRH; Federal Biscay, loading wheat at Riverland Ag; and Juno, at anchor in the lake. At Bulrington Northern in Superior, CSL Assiniboine loaded ore at BN throughout the day Monday before departing at 18:57 for Quebec City. Stewart J. Cort was inbound at 19:35 to load at BN.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Cason J. Callaway departed Two Harbors on June 29th at 03:52 for Gary. Edwin H. Gott is due Two Harbors on June 30th. At 13:00 on June 29th she is at the Soo. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for June 30th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 21:24 The saltie Rodopi weighed anchor and departed for Montreal. Monday; 4:46 Algoma Equinox arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 6:54 The saltie Gardno weighed anchor and returned to the MobilEx Terminal to finish loading. 11:41 Florence Spirit departed for Baie Comeau. 13:11 The saltie Whistler weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 15:24 The saltie Nadja weighed anchor and departed for Napoli Italy. 19:34 Kaministiqua departed and is down bound.

Marquette, MI ­– Fred A Tijan
Clyde S. Vanenkevort / Erie Trader(33,892 tons) departed June 28 at 22:50 hrs. for Toledo, Ohio. Michipicoten was scheduled to arrive June 29 at 1500 hrs. As of 1900 hrs the Michipicoten was 5.1 NM from the ore dock.

St. Marys River|
Upbound traffic Monday included Edwin H Gott, CSL Niagara and CSL Welland. Downbounders included Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort, Anglian Lady and barge, James R. Barker, Sharon M 1 / Huron Spirit, Rodopi and Edgar B. Speer.

Green Bay, WI
On Monday morning at 10:00 am the Algoma Innovator arrived from Goderich, ON with Salt for the Fox River Dock Terminal then departed at 5:45 pm for Meldrum Bay, On. then at 10:42 am the Tug Prentiss Brown Barge St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix, MI with Cement for the St. Marys Cement Terminal. Then Monday at 12:00 pm the Tug Albert Barge Margaret departed for Toledo, OH.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
On Monday afternoon, the tug Michigan was towed out of the floating drydock and it mated up with the barge Great Lakes and it traversed the bay out to Lake Michigan.

Northern Lake Huron  
Bruce Mines: Sunday; Destination update; Saginaw is bound for the Saginaw River. Monday;12:45 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock.
Drummond Island: Monday; 5:46 Herbert C Jackson departed for the Saginaw River. 
Port Dolomite: Monday; 8:47 Kaye E Barker departed for Grand Haven. 
Calcite: Monday; 7:38 Great Republic arrived to load. 10:30 American Mariner departed for Green Bay.
Stoneport: Monday; 4:15 American Courage arrived and went to anchor. 5:19 Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder departed for Detroit. Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load and departed at 16:32 and is down bound on Lake Huron. American Courage weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock.  
Port Inland: Monday; 3:29 Calumet departed for Holland. 13:54 Philip R Clarke arrived to load limestone.  

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Saginaw arrived on her namesake river on Monday, June 29th, carrying a split cargo.  She stopped first at the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City, dropping a partial cargo, then continued upriver to finish unloading at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. Herbert C. Jackson was inbound on the Saginaw River Monday evening, also carrying a split cargo, this time for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived 4 pm Monday and was loading salt at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Caroline passed downbound at 4am Monday. Aujaq passed downbound at 4:30am. CSL St-Laurent passed downbound at 5:30am.  Algoma Niagara passed upbound at 8:30am.  Mesabi Miner passed upbound at 11am, followed by Isadora at 11:45am, Manitowoc at 1pm, and Algoma Transport at 2:45pm.  Presque Isle passed downbound at 1:45pm.  GL Ostrander/Integrity passed upbound at 5:30pm.  Algoterra should pass upbound heading for Sarnia in the mid evening hours.  Sunny and quite warm, light winds from the south-southwest, 84 degrees F.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland:
G.L.Ostrander headed to Essexville at 05:01 after unloading at LaFarge. Calusa Coast departed soon after. Federal St. Laurent arrived at 05:58 and proceeded to the Port, Dock 24E. Algoma Buffalo left for Montreal with salt from Cargill.  NACC Capri is due Tuesday.
Conneaut: Algoma Enterprise and Radcliffe R. Latimer both left for Quebec City. Whitefish Bay docked at 13:37 and the Algoma Conveyor arrived from Nanticoke and went to anchor.
Nanticoke: Algonova was still in port. Algoterra left for Sarnia at 11:18. New arrivals were Atlantic Huron at 09:17 and Algonorth at 19:00.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tanker Sterling Energy kicked off the traffic on Monday at 9:29 EST, when she departed for Port Weller. The tanker Mia Desgagnes was next out, destined for Montreal after unloading gasoline. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived from Toledo at 14:09 EST and proceeded to unload coal. The tanker Sterling Energy returned from her trip to Port Weller at 17:26 EST. Industrial Skipper sat on the hook for another day while BBC Leda continued unloading steel and the ATB combo Leo A. McArthur/John J. Carrick sat at the asphalt dock.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit at Lehigh Cement Plant Dock on Monday evening.

 

Great Lakes museum hopes freighter trip raffle can help offset lost revenue

6/30 - Toledo, OH – With admissions expected to take a six-figure hit this year, the National Museum of the Great Lakes is relying substantially on fundraising events to stay afloat. Among the larger of those annuals fundraisers is its Luck of the Lakes raffle, which offers a top prize of a four- to six-day voyage aboard an Interlake Steamship Co. freighter, as guests of the company, for up to six people.

“Additionally, because the museum recognizes during this unprecedented time that travel is not an option for everyone, this year they are offering a $10,000 cash prize alternative,” the museum said in announcing this year’s drawing, scheduled for Sept. 26 during NMGL’s annual H2Oh! fundraising event.

In hopes of boosting ticket sales, the museum has increased from three to four the number of tickets sold for $250, while individual chances remain at $100.

“Our hope is that we will increase first-time buyers who now look at that deal as tickets that are $62.50 each for four,” Chris Gillcrist, executive director of both the museum and its operator, the Great Lakes Historical Society, said. “We also hope that it will get dozens of our $100 one-ticket buyers from last year to more to $250.”

Last year, Mr. Gillcrist said, the raffle raised about $85,000 for the museum, representing nearly half the $175,000 generated by the H2Oh! event.

The museum estimates it has already lost $80,000 this year “from the forced closure” in response to the global coronavirus pandemic and expects to lose between $75,000 and $125,000 more. The freighter trips are donated by Interlake Steamship.

In the past, the museum has offered a $2,000 cash alternative. Those accepting the trip must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and able to climb an aluminum ladder to board and disembark from the ship. A trip won through the upcoming drawing must be taken during the 2021 Great Lakes sailing season.

Itineraries vary depending on Interlake’s cargo bookings. But the company’s ships often visit the ports of Toledo, Monroe, and Detroit.

Second prize is a day trip aboard the Detroit-based J.W. Westcott mailboat while it makes deliveries to passing freighters, with a $500 cash alternative. A third-prize winner gets six tickets to next year’s raffle.

Toledo Blade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 30

On this day in 1962, the CLIFFS VICTORY passed down through the Welland Canal to become the first boat in the Cleveland Cliffs Fleet to enter Lake Ontario in 20 years.

The CSL ASSINIBOINE was rechristened at Port Weller Drydocks Ltd., on June 30, 2005. She was the a.) JEAN PARISIENNE and the fourth CSL vessel to receive a forebody replacement.

On 30 June 1917, while being towed out of the Milwaukee River by the tugs WELCOME and KNIGHT TEMPLAR, the Goodrich Lines’ CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (steel propeller whaleback passenger steamer, 362 foot, 1,511 gross tons, built in 1893, at West Superior, Wisconsin), with 413 passengers onboard, was caught by the current and swung close to shore. The overhang of her snout-bow sheered off two legs of the water tower of the Yahr-Lang Drug Company and the tower fell onto the vessel, destroying the pilothouse and forward decks. The water from the tower rushed down the length of the upper decks. 16 were killed and over 20 were seriously injured. The surviving passengers were taken to Chicago by train. The vessel was repaired and put back into service the following year.

On 30 June 1900, MARIAN TELLER (wooden propeller tug, 52 foot, 33 gross tons, built in 1879, at West Bay City, Michigan) 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.

1889 WILLIAM ARMSTRONG, a wooden rail car ferry, sinks in the St. Lawrence off Morristown after being swamped. One life is lost but the ship is refloated and repaired. It was renamed MONS MEG in 1910 and served as a drill barge but was abandoned due to its age and condition in 1938.

1940 The Imperial Oil tanker ACADIALITE cuts too close to shore and strands off Cape Hurd of the Bruce Peninsula. The ship received about $100,000 in damage and is repaired at Collingwood. It later sails as IMPERIAL CORNWALL and GOLDEN SABLE before being scrapped at Louiseville, QC about 1980.

1959 TAXIARHIS, a Lebanese flag visitor to the Great Lakes and the West German freighter CARL JULIUS are in a collision 6 miles west of the Eisenhower Lock. The former is most seriously damaged and goes aground with a V shaped dent in the port bow but both were repaired. The former arrived at Piraeus, Greece, for scrapping as d) TONY C. on March 29, 1972, while CARL JULIUS was scrapped as d) MACHIAVELLI at Savona, Italy in 1982.

1962 The GUIDO DONEGANI gets stuck in the St. Lawrence below the Iroquois Lock due to engine trouble. Part of the cargo of corn is lightered to P.S. BARGE NO. 1 and the Italian freighter is refloated on July 1. It is also a Seaway trader as b) PUNTA MESCA beginning in 1970 and as c) COCLERDUE in 1979. This ship arrived at Savona, Italy, for scrapping on June 1, 1981.

1974 KIMIKAWA MARU began Great Lakes trading in 1962 and the Japanese freighter made a single visit each year through 1965. It went aground as b) WELFARE NO. 2 off Navlakhi, India, on this date. The ship later broke in two and sank in shallow water as a total loss. 1980 VILLE DE MONTREAL was engaged in pre-Seaway service to the Great Lakes. It was sailing as c) CHERRY MAJU, enroute from Bahrain to Colombo, Sri Lanka, when it developed a list and drifted aground off Karwar, India. The ship became partly submerged and was abandoned as a total loss.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Port Reports – June 29, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner & Jake Silvan
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 07:17 Sunday morning to unload limestone at Hallett #5. James R. Barker was outbound at 08:54 with coal from SMET, and John G. Munson arrived at 10:23 with stone for the C. Reiss terminal. The Callaway was outbound at 16:57 light for Two Harbors. After spending over a week with her hook down outside the harbor, Federal Biscay arrived Duluth at 17:08 Sunday evening and headed to Riverland Ag to load grain. Arthur M. Anderson was inbound at 19:18 and Manitoulin was due shortly before 20:00; both vessels are slated to load iron ore pellets at CN, however that dock was occupied all day Sunday by Indiana Harbor, which did not have a departure time posted. The Munson is also scheduled to load at CN once she finishes up at C. Reiss. Federal Hunter was still at CRH on Sunday unloading cement, and Juno remains anchored waiting to load wheat at Gavilon. In Superior on Sunday, CSL Assiniboine loaded iron ore at Burlington Northern and was expected to depart before midnight. The pilothouse from the old vessel George Hindman was moved from canal park to storage so rocks can be moved to protect the new lakewalk from waves. The pilothouse has been in Duluth since 1987 when George Hindman was scrapped.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on June 28th at 13:43 for Conneaut. Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on June 28th at 19:21 arriving from Duluth after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5. There is no inbound traffic for Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 29th. Arthur M. Anderson had been showing a Two Harbors destination most of June 28th before it switched to Duluth.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 23:24 Erieborg departed and was downbound. 23:26 The saltie Johanna G weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Sunday; 7:56 The saltie Whistler arrived and went to anchor. 9:29 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 13:31 Florence Spirit arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:40 After loading at the MobilEx Terminal the saltie Rodopi went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands.  

Marquette, MI
Michipicoten (22,300 tons) arrived June 28 at 05:59 hrs and departed at 11:59 hrs. Clyde S. Vanenkevort / Erie Trader arrived June 28 at 10:12 hrs and had not departed as of 17:00 hrs.

St. Marys River|
Upbound traffic on a slow Sunday included Victory/Maumee (for Algoma Steel). Algoma Equinox and Alpena just before midnight. Downbounders included American Integrity, Presque Isle and Erieborg.

Southern Lake Michigan
John D. Leitch and Joseph L. Block were at Indiana Harbor Sunday evening, with Burns Harbor finally heading in. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. Algoma Sault was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron  
Bruce Mines: Sunday; 6:20 Saginaw arrived to load and departed at 15:36 for Detroit.
Drummond Island: Sunday; 18:38 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone.  
Port Dolomite: Sunday; 19:03 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone. 
Calcite: Sunday; 10:19 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Essexville. 15:48 American Mariner arrived to load.
Stoneport: Sunday 12:07 Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder arrived to load.
Alpena: Sunday 12:08 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Duluth Superior. 
Port Inland: Sunday; 15:59 Calumet arrived to load.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared 6.08 am Sunday upbound with salt for Green Bay WI. Algoma Niagara is expected next, closely followed by Algoma Transport.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Herbert C Jackson and Kaye E Barker passed MC around midnite and 12:30am respectively, both upbound.  Algocanada passed upbound at 5:30am.  Mississagi arrived at the Sombra stoneyard at 9am, completed its unloading and was upbound by 2:30pm.  CCGV Caribou Isle passed MC upbound at 1:30pm after taking a detour around the south channel.  CSL Niagara passed upbound at 2:30pm.  Ojibway passed downbound at 2:15pm.  Blair Mckeil passed downbound at 3:45pm.  Algoma Guardian should pass around 5:30pm downbound.  Edwin H Gott should pass upbound around 5:45pm.  CSL Welland should pass in the early evening upbound.  Sunny with light winds from the south-southwest, temp 81 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Everlast/Norman McLeod were loading at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal on Sunday

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead:
Manitowoc left at 05:38 for Toledo.
Huron: Undaunted departed at 14:27 and is headed to Erie, PA.
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo came in at 10:07 to load salt at Cargill. Calusa Coast arrived at 14:02 and went to the Marathon terminal. G.L. Ostrander is due in at 21:00. Federal St. Laurent and the NACC Capri are due in Monday morning.
Ashtabula: Mesabi Miner departed at 16:04 and will be going to Duluth.
Conneaut: With the Algoma Enterprise in port, both the Whitefish Bay and Radcliffe R. Latimer Conneaut harbor.
Nanticoke: Algoterra was in port and Algonova arrived at 19:30. Algoma Conveyor was at the Stelco dock, having arrived at 15:14. Due in Monday morning is the Atlantic Huron.

Lake Ontario, Port Weller, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Sunday morning for Picton, Ont.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Tim S. Dool arrived at 00:30 EST Sunday with ore that was brought over from Superior. Algoma Transport departed at 2:22 EST light for Goderich after unloading coal. Mia Desgagnés arrived at 4:44 EST to unload gasoline from Quebec. The tug Molly M 1 departed at 18:03 EST, heading east towards the seaway. Leo A. McArthur and her barge John J. Carrick sat at the asphalt dock all day, and the BBC Leda sat and unloaded steel for the day. Industrial Skipper is currently at anchor, awaiting her turn to load.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 29

On this day in 1946, the tug DALHOUSIE ROVER, Captain J. R. Mac Lean, capsized in the Welland Canal. There were no survivors among the crew of six.

On 29 June 1910, ALABAMA (steel propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 272 foot, 2,626 gross tons, built in 1909, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) made her first trip in regular service for the Goodrich Line from Chicago to Grand Haven and Muskegon. She ran opposite the VIRGINIA. Cut down to a barge in 1961, she was scrapped in La Salle, Ontario, in 2006.

On 29 June 1902, GEORGE DUNBAR (wooden propeller freighter, 134 foot, 238 gross tons, built in 1867, at Allegan, Michigan) was loaded with coal when she was damaged by a sudden squall on Lake Erie near Kelley’s Island and sank. Seven of the crew elected to stay aboard while the skipper, his wife and daughter made for shore in the lifeboat. Those three were saved but the seven perished on a makeshift raft.

The CHARLES M. SCHWAB (Hull#496) was launched in 1923, at Cleveland, Ohio, by the American Ship Building Co., for the Interlake Steamship Co. Lengthened with a new mid-body and repowered with the stern section of the tanker GULFPORT in 1961. Sold Canadian in 1975, renamed b.) PIERSON DAUGHTERS and c.) BEECHGLEN in 1982. Scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario, in 1995.

On June 29, 1962, the HAMILTONIAN began her maiden voyage for Eastern Lake Carriers (Papachristidis Co. Ltd.). Renamed b.) PETITE HERMINE in 1967. Purchased by Upper Lakes Shipping in 1972, renamed c.) CANADIAN HUNTER. Scrapped at Alang, India in 1996.

The JOSEPH L. BLOCK was christened on June 29, 1976, for Inland Steel Co. 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 foot, 220 tons, built in 1846, at Truago (Trenton), Michigan) foundered in a terrific squall off Chambers Island on Green Bay. Two members 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. The hull gradually deteriorated and was dismantled in May 1994.

1934: The retired wooden schooner LYMAN M. DAVIS was torched as a spectacle off the Sunnyside Amusement Park at Toronto and it burned to the waterline.

1962: The Swedish freighter AMACITA was beached in sinking condition after hitting a shoal in the St. Lawrence near Brockville. It was refloated and towed to Kingston for hull and rudder repairs. The 10,137 gross tons vessel also visited the Seaway as b) HERVANG in 1965 and arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as f) MALDIVE PIONEER on January 5, 1984, for scrapping.

1966: Two Canada Steamship Lines ships, LEMOYNE and MARTIAN, were in a collision while passing at Welland and the former struck the Main Street Bridge during rush hour. The ships only received minor damage, but land and Welland Canal traffic were held up.

1994: The tug A.F. FIFIELD was built at Port Dalhousie by Port Weller Dry Docks in 1955 and sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence as c) J. MANIC while towing a barge from Sept Iles to Port Cartier. All on board were rescued.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 Port Reports – June 28, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity departed Duluth at 02:41 Saturday morning, bound for Burns Harbor with iron ore pellets. After arriving on Friday evening and unloading limestone at Graymont Superior, Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed light at 08:57 for Marquette to load. Indiana Harbor was inbound at 09:56 Saturday to load at Canadian National, and James R. Barker came in at 19:45 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Indiana Harbor is expected to depart early Sunday. Federal Hunter continued discharging cement at CRH, while her fleetmate Federal Biscay and Juno both remain anchored offshore. There was no traffic in Superior during the day Saturday, however CSL Assiniboine was due at 21:30 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on June 27th from South of #2 at 06:30 for Conneaut. She arrived Two Harbors on June 23rd, but had to wait for a belt to be repaired on the dock after it caught fire. The Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on June 27th at 12:28. She is loading for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors on June 28th is the Cason J. Callaway after she unloads stone at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth. She should arrive Duluth on the morning of June 28th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on June 27th and none scheduled on June 28th. I had speculated the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader might go to Silver Bay after she unloaded her stone at Graymont in Superior. She headed for Marquette instead.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 21:30 Blair McKeil departed for Port Cartier. 22:16 Erieborg weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. 1:57 Algoma Guardian departed for Quebec City. 8:02 Frontenac arrived at the Current River Shipyard for possible layup. 10:21 CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal. 19:08 The saltie Fortunagracht arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash.

Marquette, MI
Joyce L. Vanenkevort departed June 26 at 23:57 hrs for Ashtabula, Ohio. Clyde S. Vanenkevort was schedule to arrive June 27 but had not shown up as of 18:00 hrs. The Michipicoten is scheduled to arrive June 28,

St. Marys River|
Upbound traffic on Saturday included Kaministiqua early, Michipicoten, Arthur M. Anderson, Manitoulin  and Florence Spirit. Downbound traffic included Ojibway, Blair McKeil and Algoma Guardian.

Storgeon Bay, WI
Late Tuesday afternoon the cement barge St. Marys Challenger was removed from the floating drydock and was tied up on the south end the face dock. Also the tug Michigan was in the floating drydock and the barge Great Lakes was rafted outboard of the John J Boland.

Green Bay, WI
6-27-20: At 12:43 pm the Tug Albert Barge Margaret arrived from Toledo, OH with cargo of CBOB for the U.S. OIL Fox River Dock Terminal. Then at 5:25 pm the tug Kurt R Luedtke arrived from Calumet harbor.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Samuel de Champlain/Innovation cleared for Muskegon at 01:23 Saturday (6/27). Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder then moved from the Heavy Lift Dock to the Cargill pad, where Pathfinder discharged its cargo of deicing salt from Cargill’s Cleveland mine. This is the first boatload of salt from Cleveland in 2020. Last year, Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder delivered four loads for Cargill. The company supplies the city of Milwaukee with deicing salt. Cargill also brings salt to Jones Island by rail using its fleet of covered hopper cars (reporting mark CLSX). Pathfinder can carry just over 19,000 metric tons. Cargill’s covered hoppers carry about 106 metric tons. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder cleared for Stoneport at 06:34. Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix at 07:36 with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. No additional marine traffic is currently expected.

Southern Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor remained at anchor off Indiana Harbor Saturday night due to ongoing mechanical problems at the dock. John D Leitch was at Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary.

Northern Lake Huron  
Meldrum Bay: Friday; Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. Saturday; 3:16 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone and departed at 13:13 for Grand Haven.
Drummond Island: Saturday; 1:14 Philip R Clarke departed for Buffington. 7:02 Mississagi arrived to load limestone and departed at 12:17 down bound on Lake Huron. Port Dolomite: Friday; 20:31 Joseph L Block arrived to load and departed Saturday at 11:33 for Indiana Harbor.  

Calcite: Saturday; 19:16 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load.
Stoneport: Friday 4:55 John G Munson arrived to load and departed at 20:20 for Duluth Superior. Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load limestone and  once loaded departed Saturday for Alpena.
Alpena: Saturday; 8:54 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload limestone. 9:18 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. 14:07 Defiance / Ashtabula departed for Calcite.  
Port Inland: Saturday; 5:15 Great Republic departed for Holland.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Caroline arrived on the Saginaw River Saturday morning, traveling up to the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to offload wind turbine blades.  She was assisted by the tug Manitou.  This is the second delivery this month by Caroline to Port Fisher.  Olive L. Moore - Menominee arrived Saturday afternoon with a split cargo for the Wirt Stone Docks in Bay City and Saginaw.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault cleared 4.34 am Saturday with salt upbound for Chicago. Algoma Innovator arrived 7.51 am Saturday loading at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Herbert C Jackson passed MC downbound at 1am.  Kaye E Barker was downbound approaching the mouth of the Detroit River at 8am, passing Victory/Maumee upbound.  G L Ostrander/Integrity passed downbound at 8:30am.  Paul R Tregurtha passed upbound at 9:15am.  Algonorth followed at 9:30am and Saginaw at 10am.  Mesabi Miner passed downbound at 11:30am.  Algoma Equinox passed upbound at 1:30pm.  Atlantic Huron and Algonova were both downbound off Lakeport at 5pm and assuming neither stops in Sarnia, should pass MC in the late evening.  Thundershowers overnite moved out to mix of sun and clouds, winds steady from the south-southwest, 82 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Saturday Arrivals: GL Ostrander/Integrity-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Kaye E Barker-arrived at AK Steel to unload ore. This is the first load of ore delivered to AK Steel in well over a month.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: McKeil Spirit departed Saturday morning, in ballast, for Picton, Ont.
Marblehead:
Manitowoc arrived from Ashtabula at 17:05.
Huron: Undaunted arrived at 19:00.
Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac left for Toronto at 19:28.
Nanticoke: Edwin H. Gott left for Two Harbors.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
Hollyhock was back from her work on Lake Ontario on June 27th around 8:30PM. She came in, docked at the North Pier, had some NOAA equipment unloaded into a waiting van, and then departed about 25 minutes later. Hollyhock made the same move she always makes by winding in the Watson near the bow of the USS Little Rock, and then they headed out to the lake at 9:55PM.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 28

On this day in 1955, the 456 foot WYCHEM 105, a.) SAMUEL F. B. MORSE, was loaded with sand at the B&O docks in Lorain and towed to Rocky River, Ohio where she was sunk as a temporary breakwall. She was later raised and taken to Bay Ship Building Co, and became a barge for the Roen Steamship Co. fleet. In the early 1970s, most of the hull was scrapped, except for two sections of the bottom, which were used for scows around Sturgeon Bay until the 1980s.

On this day in 1957, the JOSEPH S. YOUNG departed Manitowoc, Wisconsin on her maiden voyage. She traveled in ballast to Port Inland, Michigan to load a cargo of stone. The YOUNG was the a.) ARCHERS HOPE, A T2-SE-A1 tanker, converted to Great Lakes service at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock, Baltimore, Maryland. Renamed c.) H. LEE WHITE in 1969, and d.) SHARON in 1974. Scrapped at Brownsville, Texas in 1986.

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.

The ATLANTIC SUPERIOR arrived at the Algoma Steel Plant, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 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, Wisconsin, with a cargo of coal from Chicago, Illinois for Green Bay, Wisconsin. Six-thousand tons of coal were off-loaded the next day into the NICOLET, a.) WILLIAM G. MATHER, 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 foot, 44 gross tons, built in 1872, at Cleveland, Ohio) 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 foot, 370 gross tons, built in 1876, at Grand Haven, Michigan) 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.

1923 The PHILETUS SAWYER sinks in the Detroit River off Windmill Point after a collision with the HARRY R. JONES.

1960 DIVINA sustained heavy damage to the portside after striking a pier of the Prescott-Ogdensburg Bridge along the St. Lawrence. The Norwegian freighter had been a Great Lakes visitor since 1952 and was scrapped as d) PETROL 20 at Eleusis, Greece, in July 1984.

1970 CASTOR, enroute from Japan to Chicago with automobiles and steel products, sinks in the Pacific after a collision with the ORIENTAL HERO two days out of Yokohama. All 38 on board are saved. The ship dated from 1960 and first came through the Seaway in 1966.

1979 STAR GERANTA, a Seaway visitor in 1966 and a return caller as d) REGAL SWORD in 1977, sinks in the Atlantic off Cape Cod, MA after a collision in fog with the EXXON CHESTER.

1987 The small tanker NADY was built at Rochester, NY as the army tanker Y-86 in 1944 and returned to the Great Lakes as b) NADY in 1953 and again in 1955. It was abandoned, in leaking condition as d) ELENI S. while inbound 12 miles off the Lagos, Nigeria, breakwall. Water is entering the engineroom and the ship settles in shallow water. (One source suggest this may have occurred 2 days earlier) 2005 CSL NIAGARA loses power and goes aground in the American Narrows of the St. Lawrence while upbound with a cargo of coke. The ship is holed in the forepeak but soon released and repaired.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 Port Reports – June 27, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity arrived Duluth at 10:55 Friday morning and headed to Canadian National to load iron ore. Federal Hunter continued unloading cement at CRH, while her fleetmate Federal Biscay remained anchored outside the harbor waiting to load wheat at Riverland Ag. Juno was due at 23:00 but was expected to go to anchor for inspections.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
I do not believe any loading has started on the Presque Isle as of 18:00 on June 26th. The reclaimer is now moving on dock #2, so hopefully sometime the evening of the 26th loading will commence. Due Two Harbors on June 27th is the Edgar B. Speer. South of #2 in Two Harbors is back in business again. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no inbound traffic due on June 27th, but a possibility is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader that is due Superior the evening of June 26th to unload stone at Graymont. A potential loading dock could be Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 2:05 Whitefish Bay departed for Conneaut. 7:50 The saltie Gardno departed the MobilEx Terminal and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 9:29 The saltie Rodopi weighed anchor and proceeded to the MobilEx Terminal to load potash. 14:26 Blair Mckeil shifted from Keefer Terminal back to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading. The saltie Nadja shifted from the Richardson Main Terminal to the main anchorage. 16:58 Ojibway departed for Windsor.

Marquette, MI
The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrive June 25 at 22:57 hrs. As of 19:15 hrs. on June 26 they had not departed.

St. Marys River|
Upbound traffic on what would have been Engineer’s Day Friday included Frontenac and Mississagi (to Algoma) early, followed by Edgar B. Speer, CSL Assiniboine, James R. Barker, Stewart J. Cort, Fortunagracht and Cason J. Callaway. Downbounders included Roger Blough,  Mississagi (from Algoma) and Whitefish Bay. Many of the vessels treated Boatnerds who made a trip to the Soo for the weekend even though Engineer’s Day was cancelled, with excellent salutes at Mission Point.

Green Bay, WI
At 10:13 am Friday the Alpena departed for Alpena, MI.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Samuel de Champlain/Innovation arrived from Alpena at 09:17 Friday (6/26) with cement for the Lafarge terminal. Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder arrived from Cleveland at 14:50 and tied up at the city’s Heavy Lift Dock. Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest is due early Saturday morning with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal.

Northern Lake Huron  
Meldrum Bay:  Friday; 10:16 Algoma Innovator arrived to load.  
Drummond Island: Friday; 12:33 Philip R Clarke arrived to load.
Port Dolomite: Friday; 14:10 Cason J Calloway departed for Duluth Superior.
Cheboygan: Friday; 8:42 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum products and departed at 16:31 for Green Bay.    
Calcite: Thursday; 21:29 Frontenac departed for Thunder Bay. Friday; 4:50 Olive L Moore / Menominee arrived to load. 7:59  American Courage departed for Buffington. 17:11 Olive L Moore / Menominee departed for Toledo.
Alpena: Friday; 5:21 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload and departed at 17:24 for Stoneport. 17:51 GL Ostrander departed for Detroit.   
Port Inland: Friday; 1:15 American Mariner arrived to load limestone and departed at 15:26 down bound on Lake Michigan. 15:54 Great Republic arrived to load.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Sharon M I - Huron Spirit arrived on the Saginaw River, Friday, June 26th, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City to unload

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault arrived 3.30 pm Friday and loading salt at Compass Minerals. Algoma Innovator expected next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Friday Arrivals: Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Saginaw arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Algoma Transport left for Hamilton.
Cleveland: Cuyahoga left at 03:51 for Windsor. McKeil  Spirit will head to Pistons once she is empty.
Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac arrived at 18:28.
Ashtabula: Manitowoc arrived at 01:00.
Nanticoke: Edwin H. Gott arrived at 14:33 Radcliffe R. Latimer left for Clarkson and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin left for Toledo.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 27

On 27 June 1892, in rain and fog, the FRED A. MORSE (wooden schooner, 182 foot, 592 gross tons, built in 1871, at Vermilion, Ohio) was being towed downbound by the HORACE A. TUTTLE (wooden propeller freighter, 250 foot, 1,585 gross tons, built in 1887, at Cleveland, Ohio) about 12 miles southeast of Thunder Bay on Lake Huron, both carrying loads of iron ore. At the same time, JOHN C. PRINGLE (wooden propeller freighter, 173 foot, 474 gross tons, built in 1880, at Detroit, Michigan) was sailing upbound in that vicinity with a load of coal and Italian marble with the schooners HARRISON, SWEETHEART and SUNSHINE in tow. At 1:30 a.m., the PRINGLE collided with the schooner MORSE, which sank in less than 15 minutes. The crew made it to the TUTTLE in the lifeboat, although one woman was badly injured. The PRINGLE's bow was stove in, her deck planks forward were split and spread, her bulwarks torn away, and her anchors and foremast were lost. She cast off her tow and made for Alpena, Michigan, where she arrived later in the day. At 4:04 p.m. on 27 June 1890, the Beatty Line's MONARCH (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 240 foot, 2,017 tons) was launched at Sarnia, Ontario. The launching was watched by numerous people on the decks of various steamers and on both sides of the St. Clair River. The MONARCH was built of white oak and braced with iron. She had 62 staterooms

Package freighter CHIMO (Hull#662) was launched in 1967, at Lauzon, Quebec by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd. In 1983, CHIMO's stern was attached to the bow and cargo section of the HILDA MARJANNE to create the CANADIAN RANGER.

WILLIAM EDENBORN (Hull#40) (steel propeller freighter, 478 foot, 5,085 gross tons) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. for the American Steamship Co., Duluth (A. B. Wolvin, mgr.) on 27 June 1900. PRETORIA (3-mast schooner-barge, 338 foot, 2,790 gross tons) was launched at J. Davidson's yard (Hull #94) in West Bay City, Michigan on 27 June 1900. Mr. Davidson built her for his own fleet. She was one of the largest wooden vessels ever built and lasted until September 1905, when she sank in Lake Superior.

1916 JAMES J. HILL collided with the wooden steamer PANTHER in fog off Parisienne Island, Lake Superior and held its position so all of the crew could come safely aboard before their ship sank.

1952 WOODFORD, enroute from Quebec City to Europe, received major damage in a collision off Ile Verte, near the mouth of the Saguenay River, with the pulpwood laden canaller JOHN A. FRANCE. The former, a British freighter, was holed and leaking and the crew was taken off to the BIRCHTON. The damaged WOODFORD was towed back to Quebec City and almost sand at the dock but was kept afloat and repaired. It was a Seaway visitor in 1960 and was scrapped at Shanghai, China, in 1978 as d) WOOSUNG.

1954 WILCOX, a former minesweeper that was rebuilt for passenger and freight service down the St. Lawrence from Montreal, was blown ashore at Potato Bay, Anticosti Island, and was a total loss. The remains of the hull are still there. 1982 CLIO, a West German freighter, made 12 trips to the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1965. It arrived at Callao, Colombia, with engine damage as e) SUNLIGHT on this date in 1982 and was abandoned as a total loss. An apparent effort to repair the engine was not completed and the ship was eventually scrapped.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series from the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Skyline Investments looking to sell, donate or dismantle SS Keewatin

6/26 - Port McNicoll, ON – There’s a heavy fog of uncertainty enveloping the SS Keewatin. CIM International and another party that bought the Port McNicoll development property in 2017 where the ship is docked has defaulted on its mortgage payments.

“It is up for sale under the power-of-sale process,” said Blake Lyon, chief executive of Skyline Investment, which holds the mortgage.

“There are a few people interested in the development … and I am not at liberty to state who the buyer is,” Lyon wrote in an email to Simcoe.com.

CIM, a Markham-based company with roots in China, signed an agreement with Friends of Keewatin to allow the 113-year-old ship to remain in Port McNicoll until 2028. CIM could not be reached for comment. However, the rights to the ship remain with Skyline and are not part of the power-of-sale process, Lyon said.

Skyline paid a hefty price to dig the ship out of a mucky Michigan port and tow it to Port McNicoll in 2012. It was the flagship, literally, for a large development that didn’t come to fruition.

So what will happen to the Keewatin? “It is still unclear,” said Lyon.

Eric Conroy, president and chief executive of Friends of Keewatin, said: “It belongs here. It’s a huge part of the history of Simcoe County. It goes right back to Confederation when they moved immigrants to the top of Lake Superior so they could populate Alberta and Saskatchewan. It took people up and grain and flour back. It’s a huge part of Canadian history.”

Last year, the ship attracted 14,000 tourists. This year, it’s closed due to COVID-19. Right now, the Keewatin is not going anywhere, but Skyline is “considering all options.”

When CIM purchased the property, the company was not initially interested in the ship and Conroy went to great lengths to find a new home for it. It was offered to the Town of Midland with financial backing and to Collingwood, but ultimately stayed in Port McNicoll.

Skyline is interested in donating the ship, in exchange for a tax receipt, but Heritage Canada rules stipulate a receiving organization must have a Class B designation.

“Skyline hopes to donate the ship ... or to sell the ship. Dismantling the ship for sale in parts is also a very viable option for Skyline to recover its meaningful investment, but obviously this is not our preference,” Lyon said.

Friends of Keewatin, whose volunteers have maintained the ship for the past eight years and increased its value dramatically, applied for a Class B designation, but didn’t meet the criteria, said Conroy.

Skyline is considering donating the ship to the Marine Museum of Kingston, but it doesn’t have the status required to receive such a gift. The museum is working with Heritage Canada on the subject, said Lyon.

“The ship is an amazing piece of Canadian history and we feel Kingston would be a perfect fit,” he said, adding there is also interest in the ship from outside Canada.

Simcoe.com

 

Port Reports – June 26, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle continues at South of #2 after reports of a fire on the dock. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Two Harbors on June 26th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on June 25th at 08:10 for Ashtabula. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on June 26th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 23:03 Federal Delta departed for Montreal. Wednesday; 23:50 Federal Rideau departed for Quebec City. Thursday; 3:31 Algoma Guardian arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat.  8:33 The CSL self unloader Thunder Bay departed for Sydney NS. 12:40 Blair McKeil shifted from the Richardson Main Terminal to Keefer Terminal for port services. 12:44 The saltie Nadja finished unloading at Keefer Terminal and shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 15:55 Ojibway arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:21 Whitefish Bay arrived at the MobilEx Valley Camp dock to unload salt. 19:53 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load wheat.

Marquette, MI
Kaye E. Barker arrived (south side of dock) on June 25 at 02:23 hrs and departed at 16:39hrs for Dearborn (Rouge), Mi.  Herbert C. Jackson arrived (North side of dock) on June 25 at 05:52 hrs. and departed at 13:16 hrs for Toledo, Ohio. No traffic is scheduled for June 26.

St. Marys River|
Upbound traffic Thursday included Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort, Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort, Juno and Algonova (to Soo, ON). Indiana Harbor was inbound at DeTour late. Downbounders included Federal Delta, Federal  Rideau and Herbert C. Jackson (late).

Green Bay, WI
6-25-20 On Thursday early evening The Tug Michigan barge Great Lakes departed for Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Northern Lake Huron
Midland: Thursday; 4:32 Frontenac departed for Calcite.  
Meldrum Bay:  Thursday; 1:24 Michipicoten departed for Muskegon. 3:06 Algoma Innovator arrived to load dolomite and departed at 18:55 down bound on Lake Huron.  
Thessalon: Wednesday; 23:27 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Marine City.
Bruce Mines: Thursday, 6:06 Saginaw weighed anchor and proceeded to the Ontario Trap Rock dock to load. She departed at 16:47
Port Dolomite: Thursday; 20:13 Cason J Calloway arrived to load.  
Calcite: Thursday; Manitowoc arrived to load limestone. 17:41 American Courage arrived to load. 17:51  Manitowoc departed for Ashtabula. 18:05 Frontenac arrived to load.
Alpena: Thursday; 2:38 Samuel De Champlain departed for Milwaukee. 6:06 American Courage arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload and departed at 11:16 for Calcite. 12:48 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products.  
Port Inland: Thursday; 1:27 Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Duluth Superior.
Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara cleared 2.30pm Thursday with salt downbound for Bowmanville ON. CSL Assinboine remained anchored just beyond the breakwalls.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Albert/Margaret passed upbound at 5am.  Indiana Harbor passed upbound at 6am.  John G Munson arrived at the MC stoneyard to unload around 7am and after completing , was upbound at 3:30pm.  Mississagi passed upbound at 8:15am.  Edgar B Speer passed upbound at 4pm.  Jana Desgagnes passed upbound at 4:15pm.  Paul R Tregurtha arrived at the power plant to unload coal at 4:30pm.  Edwin H Gott passed downbound at 5:30pm.  Federal Margaree passed upbound at 6:15pm.  Philip R Clarke passed upbound at 6:30pm.  Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson is expected to arrive at the stoneyard to unload around 9:30pm.  Mix of sun and clouds all day, light winds from the west-south-west, temp 80 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
CSL Tadoussac was unloading clinker at the St. Mary's Cement dock on Thursday

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Algoma Transport arrived at 09:50 to load coal at Norfolk Southern.
Cleveland: Cuyahoga arrived with stone for River Dock and Algoma Buffalo departed at 13:59, no destination given. McKeil Spirit arrived at 20:00 for Lehigh Cement.
Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer left for Two Harbors and Philip R. Clarke left for Drummond Island. CSL Laurentian arrived at 16:09.
Nanticoke:  Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at 01:14, Algoterra left for Sarnia at 12:13 and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin came in at 13:34. Algosea left at 17:22 for Sorel-Tracy and Algocanada came in at 17:45.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
Stormy weather kept the Calusa Coast at the Marathon pier until the morning of the 25th. She brought the Delaware out at 7:30AM, arriving at the Black Rock Lock around 8AM. They made it to the lake about 45 minutes later, departed Buffalo, and switched out of push gear near Windmill Point before leaving for Detroit. The USCG Cutter Hollyhock arrived at the Visiting Ship’s Dock on the Buffalo River that morning around 7:45AM. She was there for about two hours before departing for Lake Ontario via the Welland Canal. They left the dock, winded in the Watson Basin off the Naval Park ships, and then headed for Port Colborne. The salty Industrial Skipper was still unloading windmill parts at Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna all day.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 26

2000: EMIL REITH first came through the Seaway in 1970. It was attacked by Tamil Tiger rebels as h) MERCS UHANA off northern Sri Lanka while carrying foodstuffs from Colombo to Tricomalee. The ship caught fire and five lives were lost. The ship sank the next day about 48 miles off Point Pedro.

On this day in 1942, the LEON FRASER, Captain Neil Rolfson, completed her maiden voyage and delivered a record cargo of 16,414 tons of ore to Conneaut. The downbound trip only required 67.5 hours and broke the record of 15,218 tons set by the Canadian freighter LEMOYNE 15 days earlier. The FRASER was shortened and converted to a bulk cement carrier in 1991, and sails today as the b.) ALPENA.

On this day in 1969, the new Poe Lock was dedicated and opened to traffic. The first boat to transit the new lock was the PHILIP R. CLARKE. Captain Thomas Small, a 95-year old retired Pittsburgh captain, was at the wheel of the CLARKE. Thomas Small was also at the wheel of the COLGATE HOYT the first boat to transit the original Poe Lock on August 4, 1896.

On 26 June 1890, the SKATER (wooden propeller excursion steamer, 85 foot, 65 gross tons, built in 1890, at Detroit, Michigan) burned to the water’s edge about 20 miles north of Manistee, Michigan. The crew did not even have time to save their clothes, but they all escaped unharmed. The SKATER had just been fitted out for the season and had started her summer route on Traverse Bay. She was rebuilt in Cleveland and lasted until 1942, when she was abandoned at Michigan City, Indiana.

On 26 June 1895, the GEORGE FARWELL (wooden propeller steam barge, 182 foot, 977 gross tons) was launched by Alexander Anderson at Marine City, Michigan. After leaving the ways, she looked like she would capsize, but she righted herself. About 500 people watched the launch. She was taken to the Atlantic Coast in 1900. She only lasted until 1906, when she stranded on Cape Henry, Virginia and was a total loss.

On 26 June 1867, WATERS W. BRAMAN (wooden propeller tug, 89 tons, 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, Boynton & Thompson purchased the wreck of the NELLIE TORRENT (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 141 foot, 303 gross tons, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan) to raise 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 foot, 569 gross tons, built in 1856, at Buffalo, New York) 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.

1916: The first STORMOUNT, a steel canaller, was wrecked on Gull Ledge, near Marie Joseph, N.S.

1937: Passengers from the SOUTH AMERICAN, stranded on a shoal, were removed with the aid of ALGOMAH II.

1993: The Norwegian tanker BOW ROGN first came through the Seaway in 1970. It was back as b) JO ROGN in 1981 and was leaking sulphuric acid into the pump room on this date as c) BETULA after discharging at Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. The vessel was towed offshore but later driven aground on a sandy beach north of the port on June 28-29, and then blown over on its side during the passing of Hurricane Calvin on July 7, 1993.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series – Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Great Lakes visitor Bluebill slams into Panama Canal railway bridge

6/25 - The Panama Canal Authority is investigating an incident June 23 in which the 37,332 dwt bulker Bluebill slammed into a span of the Chagres River railway bridge. The 2004-built Cyprus-flagged vessel, which is operated by Athens-headquartered Navarone SA, is understood to have been in ballast and transiting the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic when the accident occurred.

She is a regular visitor to the Great Lakes and is chartered by CanForNav. It is unclear how much damage the bulker incurred. The bridge was severely damaged.

Although the incident has not affected Canal transits, train movements on the Panama Canal Railway may be halted for up to 16 days, according to local media reports

 

Port Reports – June 25, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through either the Duluth or Superior entries on Wednesday. In port were Roger Blough, which was loading ore at Canadian National and had no departure time posted; Federal Hunter, unloading cement at CRH; and Federal Biscay, which remained anchored in the lake. Atlantic Huron spent Wednesday at BN loading iron ore pellets and also did not have a departure time.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle continued at South of #2 in Two Harbors. Report is there was a fire in one of the belts on the dock. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Two Harbors on June 25th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on June 24th at 15:21. There is no inbound traffic for Silver Bay on June 25th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; 12:32 The CSL self-unloader Thunder Bay arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 12:51 Blair McKeil arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Marquette, MI
Tug Victory / barge Maumee (25,500 tons) arrived on June 24 at 03:07hrs and departed at 09:49 hrs for Toledo, Ohio. Due to arrive on June 25 are the Kaye E. Barker and Herbert C. Jackson

St. Marys River|
Upbound traffic Wednesday included ALGOMA GUARDIAN, KAYE E. BARKER, OJIBWAY, SHARON M 1/ HURON SPIRIT, HERBERT C. JACKSON, WHITEFISH BAY, CSL ST. LAURENT and AMERICAN INTEGRITY (inbound Detour late evening).Downbound traffic included SAGINAW (departed from Algoma Steel), PAUL R. TREGURTHA, EDWIN H. GOTT, TIM S. DOOL and VICTORY/MAUMEE (late evening).

Southern Lake Michigan
Fortunagracht, James R. Barker and Great Republic were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. American Mariner was at Gary. Beatrix was on the Calumet River.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 22:16 Baie Comeau arrived to load dolomite. Wednesday; 10:48 Michipicoten arrived and went to anchor. 13:48 Baie Comeau departed for Windsor. Michipicoten weighed anchor and proceeded to the Lafarge dock to load.
Thessalon: Wednesday; 6:10 Saginaw arrived and went to anchor in the St Josephs Channel. 12:54 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load stone.
Port Dolomite: Tuesday; 23:24 John G Munson arrived to load dolomite and departed Wednesday at 12:46 for Marine City.  
Calcite: Tuesday; 20:48  Manitowoc departed for Bay City.
Stoneport: Wednesday; 5:36 Kaye E Barker departed for Marquette.
Alpena: Wednesday; 0:12 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Monroe. 9:59 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.  
Port Inland: Tuesday; 20:40 Joseph L Block arrived to load limestone and departed Wednesday at 10:38 for Indiana Harbor. 11:06 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived 11.43 am Wednesday and was loading salt for Bowmanville ON.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Laura L. VanEnkevort - Joseph H. Thompson made their first 2020 visit to the Saginaw River on Monday, May 22nd, traveling upriver to unload at the GM/International Dock in Saginaw.  The pair were outbound on Tuesday.  Wednesday, May 24th saw the arrival of Manitowoc, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City to unload.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Algoma Niagara passed MC upbound at 1:30am.  American Integrity passed upbound at 2am.  Algoscotia had been anchored south of the power plant around 1am as both Algoma Niagara and American Integrity sailed past her.  Everlast/Norman Mcleod passed downbound before dawn and was entering the Detroit River at 7am.  Algoma Transport passed downbound at 5:30am.  Evans Spirit passed downbound at 6am.  Cuyahoga passed downbound at 7:15am.  Dororthy Ann/Pathfinder passed upbound at 7:30am.  Rt Hon Paul J Martin passed downbound at 3pm, followed by Lake Erie at 3:45pm.  Algoscotia weighed anchor and headed upbound around 4 pm for a berth in Sarnia.  Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 should pass around 8pm downbound and Juno should pass upbound around 8:45pm.  Mostly cloudy all day with winds from the west-northwest, temp 70 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Wednesday Arrivals: Everlast/Norman McLeod arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Mississagi arrived at the Prairie Materials dock to unload stone. Algoma Transport arrived at Zug Island to unload coal.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Cuyahoga left at 22:00, no destination given. The LCS19 departed at 13:17 after fueling and provisioning. Algoma Buffalo arrived at 17:40 for Cargill Salt.
Fairport Harbor: Joyce L. VanEnkevort left for Marquette.
Ashtabula: Indiana Harbor departed at 09:36 for Duluth.
Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer and Philip R. Clarke are in port.
Nanticoke: The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and the Radcliffe R. Latimer are both due in.

Welland Canal – Barry Andersen
On Thursday, the USS ST. LOUIS (LCS-19) -will transit down the Welland Canal accompanied by Groupe Ocean tug OCEAN A. GAUTHIER.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
CSL Laurentien arrived at 4:55 EST to unload coal that was brought from Sandusky. The Petite Forte and her barge St. Marys Cement arrived at 6:41 EST from Port Colborne. They were outbound again after taking a delay at 11:30 EST, headed to Bath. The Manitoulin arrived at 18:19 to unload stone from Bruce Mines. The CSL Laurentien was outbound back towards Sandusky at 19:29 EST. The BBC Leda is expected to arrive at 20:30 EST from Cleveland to unload steel. She will join the Federal St. Laurent, who is already doing so. The Federal Cedar, Federal Mackinac, and Federal Bristol all continue loading grain.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Wednesday morning bound for Cleveland, OH.

 

Corps of Engineers Virtual Visitor Center program looks at progress on a new Soo Lock

6/25 - Did you know that work on the new lock at the Soo has begun? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is offering a free online presentation about the new lock in the Virtual Visitor Center today at 12:30 EDT (11:30 CDT).  A member of the new lock team will provide an update on the work underway now, what's happening in the future and answer questions about this mega project. Join on the web with a Chrome browser at  www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/new-soo-lock

 

Canadian utility formally drops radioactive waste storage next to Lake Huron

 6/25 - An Ontario nuclear power generating company has officially dropped its pursuit of a deep underground storage facility for low- to intermediate-level radioactive waste within a half-mile of Lake Huron.

Ontario Power Generation has withdrawn an application for a construction license filed with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to build a Deep Geologic Repository in Kincardine, Ontario. The utility also withdrew from an environmental assessment of the project by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the nation's environmental regulator.

With that, OPG's more than 16-year pursuit of a deep underground repository to store almost a half-mile underground some radioactive waste from its 20 nuclear reactors comes to an end — at least at the controversial location by Lake Huron.

Despite OPG's repeated assurances that the repository would be a completely safe, long-term waste storage solution, opposition to the project was nearly unanimous in Michigan. Most cited the potential, however small, of the Great Lakes — the drinking water source for more than 40 million people on both the U.S. and Canadian sides — becoming contaminated with radiation.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint, was among the more vocal opponents of the repository plan over the years. He called OPG's official dropping of the project "a huge victory for protecting the Great Lakes and our economy.”

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/06/24/canada-ontario-underground-radioactive-waste-storage-plan-near-lake-huron-dropped-nuclear/3246851001/

 

 Help Wanted: Grand River Navigation

6/25 - Grand River Navigation is seeking qualified applicants for the Position of Able Seaman.

Job Description
Grand River Navigation Company is the U.S. operating subsidiary of Rand Logistics Corporation. We have immediate openings for the position of Able Seaman - Watch aboard our US flagged self-unloading vessels. This is an opportunity for recent Maritime Academy Deck Graduates who wish to earn their Great Lakes Pilotage and work as Deck Officers on the Great Lakes.

Responsibilities

  • Following safe work procedures
  • Assist with loading and unloading of cargo
  • Perform duties in port such as line handling
  • Follow instruction from 1st Mate on various tasks such as cleaning and maintenance
  • Standing part of a Navigation Watch while under way
    Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Passport and allowed entry into the Canada
  • Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with Able Seaman Endorsement issued by the USCG
  • Transportation Worker Identification (TWIC) issued by TSA
  • Excellent communication and team work skills as well as the ability to multi-task
  •  Job Type: Permanent
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Salary: $278.40 /day
  • Interested candidates should submit a resume to:  jobs@randlog.com

 

SLSDC names new associate administrator for Massena, NY, operations

 6/25/ - Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced that Mr. Gary Croot will assume the position of Associate Administrator of the SLSDC’s Massena, New York operations and facilities on July 5.  Mr. Croot replaces Mr. Thomas Lavigne, who is retiring after 40 years of dedicated service at the SLSDC.

 “Mr. Croot brings a wealth of maritime knowledge and experience, and the entire Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is fortunate to have him coming aboard,” said SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook.

During his time in the Coast Guard, Mr. Croot held a variety of senior positions around the Great Lakes, serving as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Safety Unit in Duluth, Minnesota, from 2005-2008 and the Supervisor of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Massena from 1999-2002.  He has held positions as a Marine Safety Officer, an Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer, and finished up his successful Coast Guard career as the Chief of the Environmental Standards Division in Washington, D.C.  He retired from the Coast Guard in 2011 with the rank of Commander, and for the last nine years he has been the President of an international consulting firm.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 25

The whaleback steamer WASHBURN (steel propeller freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. (Hull #124) at W. Superior, Wisconsin on 25 June 1892. She lasted until 1936, when she was scrapped at Cleveland, Ohio.

On this day in June 25, 1892, the American Steel Barge Company, West Superior Wisconsin, Captain Alexander Mc Dougall 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.

On 25 June 1892, the PILLSBURY (steel propeller whaleback bulk freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co., at West Superior, Wisconsin. She was rebuilt at Conneaut, Ohio in the winter of 1918-1919 (315.75 feet x 42.25 feet x 24.16 feet; 2,394 gross tons- 1,465 net tons) when she received straight sides and a flattened deck. In 1927, she was converted to crane vessel, with two cranes on deck. In November 1934, she stranded on the north pier at Muskegon, Michigan in a storm and then broke in half. She was scrapped the following year. In 1927, the B. F. AFFLECK (Hull#178) was launched at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On June 25, 1938, the WILLIAM A. IRVIN began her maiden voyage for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., leaving Lorain, Ohio for Duluth to load iron ore. INDIANA HARBOR set a record cargo on June 25, 1993, loading 71,369 tons of western low sulfur coal at Superior's Midwest Energy Terminal and transporting it 50 miles to Silver Bay, Minnesota.

At 1:00 a.m. on 25 June 1878, the 161 foot, 3-mast wooden schooner PESHTIGO and the 143 foot, 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.

1903 – JOHN CRAIG was seriously damaged in a grounding on Simmons Rock in the Straits of Mackinac. Once refloated, the wooden steamer was taken to St. Ignace and declared a total loss. It was subsequently rebuilt as PANAMA only to be lost in a storm on November 1, 1906.

1950 – Five lives were lost and another 12 passengers injured aboard the passenger ship CITY OF CLEVELAND III when it was in a collision with the Norwegian freighter RAVNEFJELL in fog on Lake Huron. The former was a total loss while the latter was repaired and returned to service. It became b) RINGSTEIN in 1955 and visited the Great Lakes through 1958. It was wrecked near Achona Point, Ghana, on September 11, 1966.

1959 – The Liberian registered MONROVIA became the first saltwater vessel of the Seaway era to sink on the Great Lakes. It went down in heavy fog on Lake Huron after going off course and colliding with the downbound ROYALTON off Thunder Bay Island. The vessel landed upright on the bottom and some of the cargo of steel was salvaged in the 1970s.

1980 – MONTREALAIS of Upper Lakes Shipping and ALGOBAY of Algoma Central collided head-on in heavy fog on the St. Clair River and both suffered massive bow damage. These vessels were repaired and today both sail in the Algoma fleet with the former as ALGOMA MONTREALAIS and the latter, later rebuilt with a new forebody in China, as RADCLIFFE R. LATIMER.

1980 – JEAN LYKES collided with and sank an 18-foot fishing boat in the St. Clair River, 2 miles north of St. Clair, MI. The American flag saltwater vessel was later beached at Alang, India, for scrapping as b) VELMA LYKES on July 9, 1994

1994 – While departing Bay City, McKEE SONS was swept crossways in the Saginaw River and went aground. Four tugs pulled the ship free without damage save for some shoreline erosion.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Keel laid for new Great Lakes bulk carrier Mark W. Barker

6/24 - Sturgeon Bay, WI – Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and The Interlake Steamship Company hosted a ceremonial keel laying Tuesday, celebrating the historic start of assembly on the first U.S.-flagged Great Lakes bulk carrier built in more than 35 years.

The keel is the foundation of the ship, and after more than nine months of engineering and pre-fabrication work of its modular sections by the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) team, the keel was laid within the shipyard’s large graving dock in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. More than a dozen team members from Interlake, along with the shipbuilders of FBS, stood in a socially-distanced manner to watch.

Modern ships are now largely built in a series of pre-fabricated, complete hull sections rather than being built around a single keel. The event recognized the keel laying as the first joining of modular components, or the lowering of the first modules into place in the graving dock. This tradition dates back to the times of wooden ships and is said to bring luck to the ship during construction as well as the Captain and crew later in life.

During the ceremony, Interlake’s Chairman James R. Barker, proudly revealed the new vessel would bear the name of his son and second-generation leader of the Company, Mark W. Barker.

“This ship is more than the steel assembled here by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding,” said James R. Barker, who has led the family-run company for more than three decades. “This ship represents Interlake’s determination to be an active and responsible participant in all aspects of Great Lakes trade.”

 “This ship is being named for my son, Mark W. Barker, to recognize the many contributions that he has made to the Company, the industry, and to our community. In addition, this naming reflects the successful management team that he has put together,” Barker told the crowd. “Finally, it reflects that we are a family company and our commitment to staying one.”

The naming and keel laying also signifies that Interlake and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding are well underway on this historic project.

“Our workforce is very proud to construct what will become a “homeport ship,” says Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse. “This large-scale bulk carrier is being built on the Great Lakes and will operate right here on the Great Lakes, which creates a sense of local and regional pride. Today’s ceremony with Interlake and the naming of the vessel really brings this ship to life. We are excited and appreciative for Interlake’s continued confidence in the quality of our work.”

During the keel laying ceremony, there is a coin-setting tradition of having the youngest apprentice place newly-minted silver and gold coins under the keel upon which the ship will be constructed. Luke and Eli Barker, sons of Mark W. Barker and third-generation members of the family company, were chosen as the symbolic “young apprentices.” The brothers collected coins from various Interlake officials and tucked them in a bag, which they nailed into an oak block upon which the keel was set. When the ship is finished, the owners and others are presented with the block and coins, with both pieces becoming a part of the ships’ artifacts.

 “It is truly amazing to have a ship that is built here in Wisconsin and made from steel from Indiana that came from iron ore mined in Minnesota with U.S. crews, U.S. workers, and U.S. miners all doing this for our great Country,” said Mark W. Barker, President of Interlake. “This is just an amazing story that I am absolutely privileged and so proud to be a part of as we continue the long tradition in this Country of building, running and operating the U.S. fleet.”

The new River-Class, self-unloading bulk carrier is believed to be the first ship for U.S. Great Lakes service built on the Great Lakes since 1983. Measuring 639 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 28,000 DWT), the ship will transport raw materials such as salt, iron ore, and stone to support manufacturing throughout the Great Lakes region.

The Interlake Steamship Company, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Bay Engineering jointly designed the bulk carrier, complete with advanced vessel and unloading systems automation. Scheduled for completion in mid-2022, the carrier is being built by FBS’s nearly 700 skilled trade workers and will generate business for partnering contractors, vendors and suppliers. Major partners for the project include: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS); ArcelorMittal, Bay Engineering (BEI); EMD Engines; Caterpillar; EMS-Tech, Inc.; Lufkin (a GE Company), Kongsberg and MacGregor.

Interlake Steamship Company

 

Port of Monroe earns another award

6/24 - Monroe, MI – The local port has once again received the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, a recognition given to domestic shipping industry leaders by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. Regulations and shifting industry demands haven’t turned the tide against the Port of Monroe.

The local port has once again received the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award, a recognition given to domestic shipping industry leaders by the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.

The award was for 2019 shipping season, which saw some of the port’s most diverse cargo handlings, said director Paul LaMarre III. “To be one of the ports to receive this award. I feel an immense sense of pride ...” LaMarre said. “I am proud of the relationships we have built, the vessels that have touched our dock ... and the men and women who breathe life into our facility.”

The Pacesetter is given to American ports along the St. Lawrence Seaway that increase their international tonnage compared to the previous year. This is the fifth time in seven years that the port has received the award. It also was recognized for its 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 shipping seasons.

The streak shows how far the port has come in recent years, according to LaMarre. He has led efforts to attract more international business since he came to the port in 2012. Before then, the port had not handled international cargo since the 1960s, he said. He credits the growth to partnerships with Spliethoff and Big Lift, international shipping businesses, and the work of its terminal operator, DRM Terminal Services.

“In 2012, the Port of Monroe was an overgrown industrial site,” LaMarre said. “Today, it is one of the most prosperous seaports on the Great Lakes.”

The 2019 shipping season was the most active for the port when it came to handling international vessels, according to LaMarre. What was most notable about it was the port’s reach, including routes that touched Egypt, the Netherlands, Peru and Canada, he added.

The last season saw the Happy Ranger call on the port to deliver a new stator to Fermi 2 nuclear power plant, boasting one of the heaviest and most valuable shipments to travel the seaway, LaMarre said. After the Happy Ranger delivered the stator from the Netherlands, it then turned around and loaded wind tower segments from Ventower, which were delivered to Peru.

“It was sheer logistics perfection ... it extended our community’s reach on a global scale,” LaMarre said. “It’s proof positive that our port and its partners are making our mark on global logistics.”

Other international vessels handled liquid asphalt and salt, which accounted for the largest increase in tonnage. “You can move countless specialized components, but nothing equals the volume of bulk cargo and the tonnage that generates,” LaMarre said.

The other ports to receive the designation are the Port of Chicago; the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in Minnesota; the Port of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the Port of Oswego Authority, New York.

SLSDC’s Deputy Administrator Craig Middlebrook congratulated this year’s award recipients in a press statement. “The dedicated team of professionals at our ports work hard to move increasing amounts of cargo safely and efficiently,” he said.

Despite a slow start to the shipping season because of the impact of COVID-19, LaMarre said the port is on track to receive the award again next year. “The award is a testament to our growth and resilience,” LaMarre said. “We have had countless challenges — it is the resilience of the port’s team ... that made this possible.”

Toledo Blade

 

Port Reports – June 24, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Laden with blast furnace trim from Hallett #5, Arthur M. Anderson departed Duluth at 04:42 Tuesday morning destined for Gary. Paul R. Tregurtha was outbound at 10:58 after loading coal at SMET. Roger Blough arrived at 11:31 to load ore at CN, but tied up at CN #6 east for a few hours to wait for Edwin H. Gott to finish loading. The Gott was outbound at 15:40 for Nanticoke, at which point the Blough shifted to the loading dock. Federal Hunter was due at 21:30 Tuesday night with powdered cement to unload at CRH. Her fleetmate Federal Biscay stayed in the lake with her hook down on Tuesday and currently has no ETA. At the Superior entry, Tim S. Dool arrived at 00:06, loaded at Burlington Northern, and was outbound for Hamilton at 12:34. Atlantic Huron was expected at 20:00 to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on June 23rd at 08:16 for South of #2. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on June 24th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on June 23rd. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 24th is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 0:30 The saltie Lake Erie departed for Montreal. 0:35 Federal Rideau weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain.

Marquette, MI ­– Fred A Tijan
Saginaw arrived at Marquette on June 22, 2020 at 20:50 hrs and departed on June 23, 2020 at 04:32 hrs. A.I.S. has not been updated for the destination. Could be Algoma Steel at SOO. Marquette ore dock receives the taconite by railroad from Tilden Mine owned by Cleveland Cliffs. Tilden mine is Covid 19 idle until July 2020.

St. Marys River|
Upbound Tuesday: VICTORY/MAUMEE, MESABI MINER, THUNDER BAY and BLAIR MCKEIL Downbound: ALGOMA TRANSPORT, JAMES R. BARKER, EVANS SPIRIT, HON. PAUL J. MARTIN, SAGINAW (into the Algoma Steel with iron ore) and LAKE ERIE.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner, Jacob Silvan
The keel for Interlake Steamship’s newest fleet member, Hull 788, was laid in the graving dock at Bay Shipbuilding on Tuesday with the joining of two hull sections. During the ceremony, the vessel’s name was also revealed to be Mark W. Barker, after the company’s current president. The vessel will gradually be pieced together over the next year and a half and is expected to enter service in mid-2022.  The tug Donny S was moved from the Sarter Marine tug dock to the CG dock. She will be towed to Azcon Metal in Duluth Mn for scrap later this season.

Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI: for 5-23-2020 At 5:48 am Tuesday morning the Tug CLYDE S. VAN ENKEVORT Barge ERIE TRADER arrived from Port Inland, MI with Limestone for the Greymont Western Lime Dock Terminal. Then at 9:45 am the Tug MICHIGAN Barge GREAT LAKES arrived from Cheboygan, MI with Oil to the U.S. Fox River Dock Terminal. At 5: 40 pm the ALPENA arrived from Alpena, MI with Cement for the Lafarge Terminal. At 7:50 pm the Tug CLYDE S. VAN ENKEVORT Barge ERIE TRADER departed for Port Inland, MI.

 Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared Goderich 5.32 pm Tuesday and upbound. Algoma Niagara up bound in Lake Erie is expected next.

 Northern Lake Huron

Midland: Tuesday; 11:51 Frontenac arrived to unload wheat at the ADM elevator.
Thessalon: Tuesday; 0:07 Cuyahoga arrived to load stone and departed at 11:05 for Cleveland.

Calcite: Monday; 16:11 Great Republic arrived to load. Tuesday; 1:10 Mississagi departed for Sombra. 11:37 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone. 11:58 Great Republic departed for Burns Harbor.

Stoneport: Tuesday; 19:08 Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Alpena: Monday; 18:43 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay. Tuesday; 17:32 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload.

Port Inland: Monday; 19:14 Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Green Bay.

 Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
No report.

 Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Spartan/Spartan II passed MC around 2am downbound.  Kaye E Barker passed upbound at 5:15am.  John G Munson passed upbound at 6:15am.  Manitoulin passed downbound at 8:15am.  Algoma Harvester passed downbound at 9:45am.  Algoma Guardian passed upbound at 10am.  G3Marquis passed downbound at 11am.  Ojibway passed upbound at 11:15am.  Algoma Sault passed downbound at 11:30am.  Edgar B Speer passed downbound at 2:15pm.  John D Leitch passed upbound at 2:30pm.  Algoma Equinox passed downbound at 5pm.  Herbert C Jackson passed upbound at 5:15pm.  Samuel de Champlain/Innovation passed upbound at 6:30pm.  Comet passed downbound at 7pm followed by Mississagi, the latter headed for the Sombra stoneyard, berthing around 7:45pm.  Near mid evening Whitefish Bay should pass upbound and Amoenitas and Philip R Clarke should pass downbound.  Near late evening Aujaq, Algonova and CSL St-Laurent should all pass upbound.  All counted, at least 22 passages today.  Much needed rain in the am, clearing in the pm, winds stiff and gusty from the west-northwest, temp 74 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: Spartan/Spartan 2 arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: CSL Laurentien departed at 23:03 on the 22nd.
Cleveland: BBC Leda arrived for a brief visit to the Port, departing for Hamilton at 16:59. Aujaq left for Burns Harbor at 10:19. Dorothy Ann loaded salt at Cargill and left at 12:33 for Milwaukee. LCS19 is still at the Port dock. Cuyahoga is due in at 08:00 Wednesday.
Fairport Harbor: Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived at 08:03.
Ashtabula: Indiana Harbor is in port, having arrived at 11:06.
Conneaut: American Integrity left at 04:48 for Duluth. Due in Wednesday are Edgar B. Speer at 01:00 and Philip R. Clarke at 09:00.
Nanticoke: Algonova left for Sarnia at 21:34 on Monday night.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
There was no traffic through the canal in Hamilton today. Four Fednav boats, however, are currently in port. The Federal St. Laurent is unloading steel while the Federal Cedar, Federal Mackinac, and Federal Bristol are all loading grain.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski

 

Soo Locks Visitors Center Association

6/24 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Do you collect the annual Soo Locks Engineers Day t-shirts? If so you can still get one for 2020 even though the event has been cancelled. Featuring the first ship of 2020, shirts are free for renewing or joining members with free shipping or available for $20 + shipping and handling through Paypal at our secure webpage. https://tinyurl.com/SLVCA

This t-shirt is bound to become a collector's item. The best deal is to join the SLVCA group, as you get the shirt and also a quarterly newsletter. And you will be helping the non-profit group responsible for running the visitors center, which is constantly coming up with new displays.

Soo Locks Visitors Center Association

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 24

The whaleback steamer WASHBURN (steel propeller freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. (Hull #124) at W. Superior, Wisconsin on 25 June 1892. She lasted until 1936, when she was scrapped at Cleveland, Ohio.

On this day in June 25, 1892, the American Steel Barge Company, West Superior Wisconsin, Captain Alexander Mc Dougall 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.

On 25 June 1892, the PILLSBURY (steel propeller whaleback bulk freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co., at West Superior, Wisconsin. She was rebuilt at Conneaut, Ohio in the winter of 1918-1919 (315.75 feet x 42.25 feet x 24.16 feet; 2,394 gross tons- 1,465 net tons) when she received straight sides and a flattened deck. In 1927, she was converted to crane vessel, with two cranes on deck. In November 1934, she stranded on the north pier at Muskegon, Michigan in a storm and then broke in half. She was scrapped the following year. In 1927, the B. F. AFFLECK (Hull#178) was launched at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On June 25, 1938, the WILLIAM A. IRVIN began her maiden voyage for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., leaving Lorain, Ohio for Duluth to load iron ore. INDIANA HARBOR set a record cargo on June 25, 1993, loading 71,369 tons of western low sulfur coal at Superior's Midwest Energy Terminal and transporting it 50 miles to Silver Bay, Minnesota.

At 1:00 a.m. on 25 June 1878, the 161 foot, 3-mast wooden schooner PESHTIGO and the 143 foot, 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.

1903 – JOHN CRAIG was seriously damaged in a grounding on Simmons Rock in the Straits of Mackinac. Once refloated, the wooden steamer was taken to St. Ignace and declared a total loss. It was subsequently rebuilt as PANAMA only to be lost in a storm on November 1, 1906.

1950 – Five lives were lost and another 12 passengers injured aboard the passenger ship CITY OF CLEVELAND III when it was in a collision with the Norwegian freighter RAVNEFJELL in fog on Lake Huron. The former was a total loss while the latter was repaired and returned to service. It became b) RINGSTEIN in 1955 and visited the Great Lakes through 1958. It was wrecked near Achona Point, Ghana, on September 11, 1966.

1959 – The Liberian registered MONROVIA became the first saltwater vessel of the Seaway era to sink on the Great Lakes. It went down in heavy fog on Lake Huron after going off course and colliding with the downbound ROYALTON off Thunder Bay Island. The vessel landed upright on the bottom and some of the cargo of steel was salvaged in the 1970s.

1980 – MONTREALAIS of Upper Lakes Shipping and ALGOBAY of Algoma Central collided head-on in heavy fog on the St. Clair River and both suffered massive bow damage. These vessels were repaired and today both sail in the Algoma fleet with the former as ALGOMA MONTREALAIS and the latter, later rebuilt with a new forebody in China, as RADCLIFFE R. LATIMER.

1980 – JEAN LYKES collided with and sank an 18-foot fishing boat in the St. Clair River, 2 miles north of St. Clair, MI. The American flag saltwater vessel was later beached at Alang, India, for scrapping as b) VELMA LYKES on July 9, 1994

1994 – While departing Bay City, McKEE SONS was swept crossways in the Saginaw River and went aground. Four tugs pulled the ship free without damage save for some shoreline erosion.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Dive teams train on and explore 1940s cargo carrier wreckage in Lake Michigan

6/23 - Pentwater, MI ­– Multiple law enforcement agencies took full advantage of the weekend’s gorgeous weather to do some dive team training. They took a dip into Lake Michigan, south of Pentwater, at a unique training location ­– the site of a 1940s cargo carrier wreckage.

Together, the Oceana and Newaygo County Sheriff’s Offices, the Pentwater Police Department, and DNR conservation officers practiced a 40-foot dive by exploring the wreck of the SS Anna C. Minch. The 380-foot ship broke in two during a storm in November of 1940.

The U.S. Department of Justice says this kind of dive training is crucial for agencies located near water. Dive teams can help with search and rescues, evidence collection, and salvage operations.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2020/06/22/local-and-state-agencies-team-up-for-dive-team-training/

 

Fraser Shipyards in Superior eyes $30 million dry dock upgrade

6/23 - Superior, WI – Fraser Shipyards is embarking on a three-year, $30 million project to upgrade one of its massive dry docks to secure the future of one of the region's longest-running businesses. "I always say the yard's been around 130 years and I don't want to be the one to close it down," said President Dave Steininger. "The objective here is to renew the dock to the point where we can use it again for large commercial vessels."

Tucked inside Howard's Bay on the northern edge of the city of Superior, Fraser Shipyards largely works on repairing commercial freighters that ply the Great Lakes. Most recently the yard restored Duluth's floating museum, the William A. Irvin.

Renewing Dry Dock No. 1, first built in 1891, will ensure the company can handle vessels with "deep drafts that cannot currently enter either of Fraser's dry docks," according to a project statement approved by the Superior City Council last week. The yard is also starting to take on new construction projects that the dry dock could help with, Steininger said.

It will take about $26 million in state and federal assistance to fully complete the project, and the process of securing those funds has just begun. The project will be completed in phases and, if grants come through on time, could wrap up in 2023.

Still, Steininger said the company is charging ahead with the work it can do this year and expects to go out for bids in July. "As a smaller private enterprise you can't afford to do these without help," he said, calling the project a "50-year asset" improvement that he expects the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to support.

Earlier this year the department granted $500,000 for the dock project — far less than what was requested — as part of $40 million in statewide Harbor Assistance Program grants. The next round of grants will be announced early next year.

Between the shipyard and its two subsidiaries, Lake Assault Boats and Northern Engineering, about 160 people work for Fraser Industries. Earlier this year Lake Assault Boats year secured a $56 million contract with the U.S. Navy to build up to 119 patrol boats. Delivery is expected to begin this fall.

In addition to commercial freighters, the shipyard handles maintenance for Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vessels stationed nearby.

Nearly 200 additional vessels could be served by the dock upgrades.

"Our hope is we could pull in other federal assets that are further away," Steininger said. "Our goal is to be a viable year-round shipyard that provides good employment opportunities for the local population."

The original dry dock is currently 628 feet long and was the largest on the Great Lakes for a time. Now the largest commercial ships on the Great Lakes are 1,000 feet long and need to be serviced at other shipyards. Fraser's second dry dock, first constructed in 1902, is 831 feet long.

Star Tribune

 

 Port Reports – June 23, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth four minutes after midnight Monday morning loaded with iron ore pellets for Burns Harbor. Arthur M. Anderson was inbound at 03:02 with limestone to unload at C. Reiss. Also at 03:00, Edwin H. Gott shifted from CN #6 east, where she had been waiting for the Barker to clear, to the CN shiploader and began taking on iron ore. The Anderson finished her unload at C. Reiss around 14:00 and moved up to Hallett #5 to load blast furnace trim. Both she and the Gott were expected to depart Duluth at some point Monday evening. Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 21:00 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Federal Biscay remains anchored outside the harbor waiting to load at Riverland. In Superior on Monday, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed from BN at 03:31 with iron ore pellets. Tim S. Dool was due at 23:30 to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Philip R. Clarke departed Two Harbors on June 21st at 19:50 for Conneaut. There was no traffic at Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 22nd. The Presque Isle is scheduled for Two Harbors on June 23rd. There is no scheduled traffic for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 23rd.

Thunder Bay, ON: Monday; 3:41 The saltie Comet departed for Djen Djen, Algeria. 8:00 Federal Delta arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 8:15 Algoma Transport departed for Detroit. 13:36 Evans Spirit departed for Quebec City.

Marquette, MI ­– Fred A Tijan
Saginaw was due June 22 about 12:30 pm to load ore.

St. Marys River|
A busy day at the Soo Locks saw 5 upbound and 13 downbound passages. Roger Blough and Presque Isle were upbound early in the morning, with Saginaw following in mid-morning and Atlantic Huron late afternoon followed by Federal Hunter. Downbound traffic included Stewart J. Cort, Burns Harbor, Algoma Harvester, G3 Marquis, Algoma Sault, Edgar B. Speer, Anglian Lady (from Purvis Dock), Frontenac, Cason J. Callaway, Comet, Algoma Equinox and Philip R. Clarke. It was going to be a busy day anyway, and the few morning fog delays helped create even more congestion at the locks.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest cleared for Charlevoix at 01:41 Sunday (6/21) and GL Ostrander/Integrity cleared for St. Joseph at 06:00. Canada Steamship Lines' Baie Comeau arrived from Windsor, Ontario, at 14:10 Monday (6/22). After spinning in the outer harbor, the 740-foot self-unloader backed into slip one and tied up at the open dock. Loaded to an observed draft of 8.4 meters, she carried about 30,000 metric tons of deicing salt from the Morton mines. Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest is expected back from Charlevoix late this evening with more cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt Monday night. Algoma Conveyor will be next.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay:
Sunday; Michipicoten AIS showed the Soo as her next destination but is currently down bound on Lake Michigan. Monday; 4:13 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Caseville.

Thessalon: Sunday; 22:03 Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Fairport.
Bruce Mines:
Monday; 1:04 Manitoulin arrived to load trap rock and departed at 13:29 for Hamilton.
Calcite:
Sunday; 20:58 The tug Michigan and the tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Cheboygan. 21:29  American Mariner weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load limestone. Monday; 14:18 Mississagi arrived to load 14:20 American Mariner departed for Gary Harbor.
Cheboygan
: Monday; 0 :29 The tug Michigan and the tanker barge Great Lakes arrived to unload petroleum products. She departed at 16:54 west bound for the Straits of Mackinac.
Alpena:
The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load
Port Inland:
Monday; 3:39 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.

 Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Albert/Margaret passed MC downbound at 1:30am.  Great Republic upbound passed Algoma Niagara downbound at the mouth of the Detroit River at 1:30am.  Cuyahoga passed upbound at 4:30am.  Kaye E Barker passed downbound at 5am.  Algoma Innovator passed upbound at 8:45am.  Victory/Maumee passed upbound at 9:30am. USCG vessel Hollyhock passed downbound at 12:30pm.  Thunder Bay passed upbound at 2pm. BBC Leda passed downbound at 3:15pm.  Whitefish Bay passed downbound at 4:30pm. Indiana Harbor passed downbound at 5:45pm.  Manitowoc passed upbound at 6:15pm. Everlast and Undaunted and their respective barges should pass MC upbound around 9pm, while Blair Mckeil should pass upbound in the late evening.  Brief showers this am, then mix of sun and clouds in the pm, winds light from the south-southwest, temp 80 degrees F.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: CSL Laurentian arrived at 23:27:for the Norfolk Southern coal dock. 
Cleveland: LCS 19, the future USS St. Louis, arrived at 08:10 escorted  by G tugs Michigan and Ohio and a Marine Patrol boat. She went to dock 24W to take on fuel and provisions. The Aujaq of the Spliethoff fleet arrived at 10:08 and went to dock 22E. Dorothy Ann came in from Detroit at 16:10.
Ashtabula: Victory left at 16:31 for Marquette.
Conneaut: John G. Munson left at 13:37 for Port Dolomite,  Algoma Mariner departed for Quebec City and American Integrity arrived at 15:27.
Nanticoke: Algonova and Algocanada are still in port. Algosea arrived at 23:00.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
No report.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
The Jackson backed out of the Buffalo Ship Canal without tugs at 5:30PM, winded in the Outer Harbor, & departed for Marquette, MI around 6PM.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed just before noon on Monday bound for Picton, Ont.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at about 20:00 Monday at Lehigh Cement Plant.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 23

In 1976 the NEPCO 140, carrying six million gallons of No. 6 bunker oil and being pushed toward Oswego by the tug EILEEN C., grounded on the shore of Wellesley Island in the American Narrows section of the St. Lawrence River, just upstream from Alexandria Bay, N.Y. The grounding occurred about 1:35 a.m. in heavy fog and was followed by a second apparent grounding further up river, just before the barge reached the Seaway anchorage site off Mason's Point, some four miles above the initial grounding site. In all, over 300,000 of the thick crude was spilled into the River, creating the largest slick ever to pollute an inland U.S. waterway to that day. Seaway traffic was halted immediately, sending at least 20 ships to anchor. Within hours, over 20,000 feet of boom were deployed, but the spill moved steadily down river, coating granite shoreline, trapping waterfowl, forcing boat owners to pull their boats, and oozing into sensitive marshland, particularly Chippewa Bay in New York waters. Some oil eventually reached as far down the river as Lake St. Lawrence and coated shoreline along the Long Sault Parkway on the Canadian side of the lake. Clean-up lasted into the fall and cost in excess U.S. $8 million.

On 23 June 1903, the tug O.W. CHENEY steamed out of Buffalo harbor in heavy fog to tow the steamer CHEMUNG into the harbor. The tug ran too close to the oncoming steamer, was struck by the bow, and the CHENEY overturned and sank. Three crewmen were killed; two survivors were picked up by the tug FRANK S. BUTLER. On 23 June 1969, RALPH MISENER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 730 foot, 19,160 gross tons, built in 1968, at Montreal, Quebec) transited the Soo Locks upbound for the first time. She had an innovative self-unloading system with twin booms. The movable crane was equipped with a chain of buckets so it could discharge cargo from either side. This unloading system only lasted until 1976, when it was severely damaged in a squall on Lake Michigan. The vessel was then converted from a combination self-unloader/bulk carrier to a bulk carrier. She was renamed b.) GORDON C. LEITCH in 1994.

In 1926, the GLENMHOR (Hull#16), the name was soon corrected to GLENMOHR, was launched at Midland Ontario by Midland Shipbuilding Co., for Great Lakes Transportation Co., (James Playfair). She was 6 feet wider and 4 feet shallower than the largest ship at that time. Purchased by Canada Steamship Lines in 1926, renamed b.) LEMOYNE. Scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1969.

In 1929, the WILLIAM G. CLYDE (Hull#804) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Converted to a self-unloader and renamed b.) CALCITE II in 1961. Renamed c.) MAUMEE in 2001. Launched in 1972, was the ALGOWAY (Hull#200) at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Algoma Central Railway.

The first whaleback barge, 101, was launched along the shore of St. Louis Bay near Duluth, Minnesota, on 23 June 1888. Captain Alexander Mc Dougall, 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. Mc Dougall is supposed to have muttered, "There goes our last dollar!"

On 23 June 1900, the 450 foot steel steamer SIMON J. MURPHY (Hull#135) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, by the Detroit Ship Building Co., for the Eddy - Shaw Transportation Co. of Bay City, Michigan.

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.

1942 – EUGENE J. BUFFINGTON struck Boulder Reef, Lake Michigan and the hull cracked in two places. The vessel as on the rocks for 25 days until it coould be strapped together and refloated. The ship was towed to Chicago for one of the largest repair jobs in Great Lakes history.

1948 – CRETE and J.P. MORGAN JR. were in a head-on collision, in fog, off the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior. Both ships suffered extensive damage. Two were killed, 3 more injured, aboard the latter steamer. ALTADOC and E.A.S. CLARKE also collided in fog near the Apostle Islands but the damage, while requiring repairs, was less serious.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Matthew Daley, Dave Swayze, Fritz Hager, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

Brig Niagara docked due to pandemic: Uncertain if ship will sail this season

 6/22 - Erie, PA – Our focus today is on the U.S. Brig Niagara. The iconic tall ship remains docked at the Erie Maritime Museum because of the pandemic. Normally the brig would be conducting day sails or touring ports around the Great Lakes. But not this year.

Worries about social distancing on a ship with a large crew and many visitors has put the sailing season on hold. A decision on whether any sailing is possible this year is expected sometime in early July.

Fleet Captain and Flagship Niagara League Executive Director Billy Sabatini said, "So it all comes down to safety and making the right decision to ensure everybody's safety, not just us but also the people who would be coming to see us."

The smaller tall ship berthed at the Maritime Museum, the Lettie. G. Howard is expected to be sailing soon, but details have not yet been finalized.

Sabatini said, "Hopefully once we know it is safe we are going to be announcing a schedule for Lettie G. Howard. We have made the decision we are going to sail her."

View a video at this link: https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/42255236/brig-niagara-docked-due-to-pandemic-uncertain-is-ship-will-sail-this-season?fbclid=IwAR0M_UvwNRAFVmtzMav85G97-blqktnFjRn45IhUbWdf8q-I0uymcWmtUss

 

Port Reports – June 22, 2020

 Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke finished unloading her stone cargo at Hallett #5 and departed Duluth at 03:34 Sunday morning, bound for Two Harbors to load. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was inbound at 06:07 and tied up at Husky Energy to fuel. Edgar B. Speer finally finished loading at Canadian National and departed at 07:12 for Conneaut, at which point James R. Barker shifted to the shiploader from CN #6 east where she had been waiting. Edwin H. Gott was inbound at 19:05 to load at CN, but tied up at CN #6 east to wait for the Barker, which is expected to depart early Monday. Federal Biscay remained anchored in the lake on Sunday and is tentatively expected to arrive on Monday or Tuesday. At the Superior entry on Sunday, Algoma Equinox arrived at 01:40, loaded at Burlington Northern, and was outbound at 13:07. After she cleared the dock, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin shifted to BN from Husky Energy and began loading. She should depart late Sunday or early Monday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors on June 20th stern first at 20:13 for Indiana Harbor. Cason J. Callaway shifted from North of #2 between 20:17 and 20:41 to South of #2. She departed on the 21st at 08:07 for Gary. Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on June 21st at 05:30 after unloading stone in Duluth. She went to North of #2 for lay-by. The Clarke shifted from 08:07 to 08:23 on June 21st to South of #2. As of 19:45 on June 21st she was still at the shiploader. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors or Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 22nd.

Thunder Bay, ON:
Sunday; 12:19 Federal Rideau arrived and went to anchor.16:07 Evans Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to the G3 elevator to load grain. 16:18 G3 Marquis departed for Quebec City. 16:26 Algoma Harvester departed for Port Cartier. 17:09 Algoma Sault departed for Toledo. 17:35 Frontenac departed for Midland. 18:27 Algoma Transport arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.

Marquette, MI
No report.

St. Marys River|
Federal Delta was upbound in the river Sunday morning, closely followed by the Pictured Rocks Express tour boat. Pictured Rocks Express overtook Federal Delta in the harbor and headed for the MacArthur Lock so she was the first upbound lockage and Federal Delta the second. Paul R. Tregurtha was closely followed by Tim S. Dool. PRT was the third upbound lockage and Dool the fourth. Stewart J. Cort was downbound at reduced speed on Lake Superior and it appears that she will be just ahead of the downbound Burns Harbor, also running at reduced speed, Monday morning early. Sunday evening Roger Blough was inbound at DeTour closely followed by Presque Isle. Downbounders included Kaye E. Barker and, about 12 hours later, Indiana Harbor was the next downbound lockage. After arriving late Saturday evening to unload coal at Algoma Steel, late Sunday afternoon Manitoulin departed Algoma and headed down to Bruce Mines.

Menominee, MI ­– Jackie Wessel
Menominee was loading from the limestone quarry dock on Saturday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Mesabi Miner and Joseph L Block were at Indiana Harbor Sunday night. Saltie Beatrix was docked near the mouth of the Calumet River.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 5:57 After taking on a partial load of limestone Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Thessalon. 6:10 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived and went to anchor. 6:11 Michipicoten arrived to load limestone and departed at 18:43 for the Sault. 19:00 Laura L Van Enkevort weighed anchor and arrived at the Lafarge dock to load limestone.  Thessalon: Sunday; 9:21 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived to load stone.
Calcite: Sunday; 4:31 American Mariner arrived and went to anchor. 4:33 The tug Michigan and the tanker barge Great Lakes arrived to unload petroleum products. 11:14 Defiance/ Ashtabula departed for Buffington.
Stoneport: Sunday; 2:32 Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder departed for Detroit.
Alpena: Saturday; 23:18 Samuel De Champlain departed for Bay City. Sunday; 11:37 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived 1.17 am Sunday, loaded salt cleared Goderich 3.37 pm Sunday down bound for Hamilton ON. Algoma Innovator expected next closely followed by Algoma Conveyor.

Port Huron, MI
USS St. Louis was downbound Sunday on her delivery trip fro Marinette, WI. The vessel will enter the Navy fleet this summer at a commissioning ceremony in Pensacola, Florida. The ship completed its acceptance trials on Lake Michigan in December. There are currently six other ships (both LCS and the international variant, the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant) in various stages of production and testing at Marinette Marine, with one more LCS and three more international-variant LCS on order.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Saginaw was inbound on her namesake river early Sunday morning, traveling up to the ACE-Saginaw Paving/Buena Vista Dock, just above the Zilwaukee Bridge.  She completed her unload and was back outbound for the lake Sunday afternoon. Amoenitas was inbound on the Saginaw River Sunday evening, calling on the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City to deliver turbine components.  She was assisted to the dock by the tug Manitou.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
No report.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Sunday Arrivals: Great Republic arrived at the Carmeuse dock to unload stone. Samuel De Champlain/Innovation arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Mississagi left at 01:10, no destination given.

Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo left Cargill at 03:36 with salt for Johnstown. Cuyahoga left at 06:12 and headed to Kingsville. Sea Eagle II departed for Toledo at 09:24.

Ashtabula: Victory arrived at 16:31.

Conneaut: Algoma Mariner came in at 09:42, Undaunted left for Monroe at 13:00 and CSL Niagara left for Quebec City at 16:13.

Nanticoke: Algonova arrived at 19:30. Algocanada is still in Nanticoke. She was erroneously reported as having left.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The Thunder Bay departed at 3:15 EST on Sunday morning after unloading gypsum that was transported from Halifax. The Federal Mackinac arrived at 8:16 EST to load grain at the G3 dock. She was followed in by the Algoma Guardian at 8:33 EST who brought another load of ore from Superior. Other vessels in port on Sunday include the Federal St. Laurent unloading steel, and the Federal Cedar loading grain.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
The NACC Capri departed without tugs from Lafarge this afternoon around 2PM. Next up: Calusa Coast / Delaware are on their way here with asphalt for Tonawanda tomorrow morning. Herbert C Jackson is coming tomorrow morning with sand for the Canadian Silica landing. The Industrial Skipper is in the Port Colborne Anchorage waiting for a pilot to take them into Lackawanna for the Gateway Metroport Main Dock with windmill parts.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Dock at about 06:30 Sunday. 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 22

On 22 June 1959, BAYPORT (steel propeller tug, 72 foot, 65 gross tons, built in 1914, at Cleveland, Ohio, formerly named a.) FAIRPORT) had the steamer MOHAWK DEER in tow when she was hooked by her own tow cable, capsized and sank at Collingwood, Ontario. Three lives were lost. The tug was later raised and converted from steam to diesel. Later renamed c.) TWIN PORT, and d.) ROD MC LEAN in 1974. She was scrapped in 2008 at the Purvis west yard at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

On 22 June 1909, W.P. THEW (wooden propeller freighter, 133 foot, 207 gross tons, built in 1884, at Lorain, Ohio) was in ballast, creeping through the fog off Alpena, Michigan on Lake Huron when she was rammed by the WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE (steel propeller freighter, 532 foot, 6,634 gross tons, built in 1908, at Ecorse, Michigan). After the collision, the LIVINGSTONE drifted away and lost track of the THEW. The THEW sank in 80 feet of water. Fortunately the steamer MARY C. ELPHICKE answered the distress whistle and picked up the THEW's crew from the lifeboat. No lives were lost.

The WILLIAM R. ROESCH (Hull#901) was launched and christened at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co., on June 22, 1973, for the Union Commerce Bank, Ohio (Trustee) and managed by the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) DAVID Z. NORTON in 1995, c.) DAVID Z in 2007 and d.) CALUMET in 2008.

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 foot, 665 tons, 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: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

 Port Reports - June 21, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Saturday's traffic in Duluth included the arrival of James R. Barker at 06:32, bound for CN #6 to wait for her turn at the shiploader, and Philip R. Clarke, which arrived at 18:39 with limestone for Hallett #5. Edgar B. Speer spent all day Saturday experiencing loading delays at Canadian National and has an unknown departure time. The Clarke is expected to depart early Sunday light for Two Harbors. Federal Biscay remains on the hook outside the harbor waiting to load at the Riverland elevator. There was no traffic in Superior on Saturday, however Algoma Equinox and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin are scheduled to load at Burlington Northern on Sunday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
As of 19:40 on June 20th the Burns Harbor is still at South of #2 in Two Harbors. The Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on June 20th at 06:59 for North of #2 lay-by. Due Two Harbors on June 21st is the Philip R. Clarke after she discharges stone at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Indiana Harbor on June 20th at approx. 13:05 for Ashtabula. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on June 21st.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thunder Bay On: Friday; 23:12 Evans Spirit arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. Saturday; 0:43 Algoma Strongfield departed for Baie Comeau.  0:46 The saltie Lake Erie weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 4:52 The saltie Comet finished loading and shifted to the main anchorage. 11:47 Algoma Harvester arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. 19:04 Frontenac arrived at Viterra A to load wheat.

Marquette, MI
No report.

St. Marys River|
No report.

Sturgeon Bay, WI.
No report.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Tug Julie Dee with barge departed Friday evening (6/19). She spent the past 23 days in Milwaukee appearing to take soil samples in the outer harbor where a new material containment area is planned. Sarah Andrie/A-390 also departed Friday evening after delivering asphalt. Sharon M I with barge Huron Spirit arrived from Sault Ste. Marie at 09:44 Saturday (6/20) and tied up at the Heavy Lift Dock. Huron Spirit carried Canadian steel. GL Ostrander/Integrity arrived from Alpena at 10:52 with cement for Lafarge. Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix at 14:13 with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
BBC Leda was at Burns Harbor Saturday. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. Whitefish Bay was docked on the Calumet River.­­­ Joseph L Block is due at Indiana Harbor late Saturday.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Saturday; 17:39 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.
Calcite: Friday;23:02 Victory / Maumee departed for Ashtabula. Saturday; 0:02 Defiance/ Ashtabula arrived to load. 13:56 Great Republic departed for Detroit.
Stoneport: Friday; 21:00 Arthur M Anderson departed for Duluth Superior. Saturday: 17:59 Dorothy Ann / Pathfinder arrived to load limestone.
Brevort: Saturday; 11:04 Herbert C Jackson departed for Buffalo.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
No report.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder were inbound on the Saginaw River Friday night, June 19th, headed up to the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee to unload salt. The tug Kathy Lynn also arrived on the Saginaw River, calling on the Port Fisher Dock in Bay City with two barges loaded with scrap metal from the Alabaster Gypsum Dock demolition project.  The scrap metal is being offloaded at Port Fisher.

 Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Cuyahoga passed downbound at 5:30am.  Michigan/Great Lakes passed upbound at 6:45am.  American Mariner was in the cutoff channel upbound at 6:30am.  Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 was off St Clair at 6:30am.  Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson passed MC upbound at 3pm.  Federal Delta passed upbound at 4pm.  Victory/Maumee passed downbound at 5pm followed closely by Ruddy at 5:15pm.  Algoma Hansa passed upbound at 6:15pm followed closely by Algoma Niagara at 6:30pm.  Tim S Dool should pass MC around 8pm upbound followed closely by Paul R Tregurtha shortly after.  Baie Comeau should pass MC upbound in the late evening.  Sunny with steady but light winds from the south-southwest, temp 87 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Calusa Coast and Delaware were loading at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal on Saturday.

 Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Mississagi arrived at 11:05.
After leaving Lorain, Olive L.Moore went to Marblehead and departed.
Sandusky: Calumet arrived at 03:28 and loaded coal for Windsor, leaving at 12:42.
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo came in at 02:33 to load salt at Cargill. Cuyahoga arrived at 18:36.
Fairport Harbor: Laura L.VanEnkevort left for Meldrum Bay.
Conneaut: Presque Isle left at 09:15 for Two Harbors. CSL Niagara came in at 21:20. Algoma Mariner  arrived at 14:16 and went on the hook.
Erie, PA: Manitowoc arrived at 09:00, unloaded and left for Calcite.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
No report

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
The NACC Capri made her first ever trip to Buffalo on the 20th. She was towed in stern first by the tug Vermont at 2:30 PM.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
No report.

Oswego, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Saturday evening.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
No report.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
No report

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 21

On 21 June 1868, the D&C Line's MORNING STAR (wooden side-wheel steamer, 243 foot, 1,075 tons, built in 1862, at Trenton, Michigan) was late in leaving her dock in Cleveland, Ohio, because she was loading some last-minute freight (iron bars and glass). As she sailed on Lake Erie to Detroit during the dark and rainy night, she collided with the heavy-laden bark COURTLAND and sank quickly, 10 miles off Lorain, Ohio. Twenty feet of the steamer's bow had been torn off while the bark was swept into one of the paddle wheels and destroyed. The side-wheel steamer R N RICE arrived on the scene at 3 a.m. and picked up the survivors - only 44 of them. In September, MORNING STAR was raised, towed to Lorain and re-sunk in 55 feet of water, for possible future rebuilding. Attempts were made to raise her again several times, but in the summer of 1872, she was abandoned because it was determined that the previous attempts had reduced her to rubble.

On 21 June 1878, the small passenger steamer J. HOLT, which ran between Chatham and Wallaceburg, Ontario, burned on Lake St. Clair. The passengers and crew escaped in the lifeboats.

On June 21, 1942, the LEON FRASER entered service as the largest vessel on the Great Lakes. The Pittsburgh Steamship Co. bulk freighter, originally 639 foot 6 inches long, retained at least a tie for that honor until the WILFRED SYKES entered service in 1949. She was shortened, converted to a self-unloading cement carrier and renamed b.) ALPENA in 1991.

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 (Hull#385) was side-launched at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Christy Corporation, on Saturday, June 21, 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, Wisconsin, on June 21, 1916, where 3 buckets (blades) were replaced on her starboard propeller, arrived in Manistique, Michigan. 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 Co., but it fell through.

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

1910 – The tug C.W. ELPHICKE sank at Michigan City, Indiana, after a bizarre accident. The steamer UNITED STATES had struck the Franklin Street Bridge, which then collapsed on the tug. The tug was salvaged on July 12.

1941 – BOMMESTAD, a small Norwegian freighter, came to the Great Lakes in the 1920s and 1930s. It was sold and renamed HILDA in 1934 and registered in Finland when it was torpedoed and sunk by U-52 in the Bay of Biscay while enroute from Dunkirk, France, to the U.K. with a cargo of wheat.

1964 – The Norwegian freighter STELLA NOVA ran aground off Alexandria Bay, N.Y., while enroute from Duluth to Bombay, India. It was refloated June 24 with major bottom damage but was repaired. It had been a Seaway trader as a) VITO in 1959 and was scrapped as f) CORALBA after arriving at Split, Yugoslavia, on September 19, 1978.

On 21 June 1900, the wooden bulk freighter R C BRITTAIN was raised at Toledo, Ohio. She was 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, Skip Gillham, David Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports – June 20, 2020

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson departed Duluth at 08:49 Friday morning for Conneaut with iron ore pellets. After she cleared the dock, Edgar B. Speer shifted from berth 6 to the shiploader. She was still loading Friday night and has a departure time of 05:30 Saturday posted. Federal Biscay was anchored offshore for inspections and is expected to arrive early next week to load wheat at Riverland Ag. The only traffic in Superior on Friday was Stewart J. Cort, which departed at 09:10 with iron ore from Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
The American Integrity departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on June 19th at 13:23 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on June 19th at 13:38 was the Burns Harbor. The Cason J. Callaway was due Two Harbors on June 19th, but she has been running checked down all day, so it will be the morning of the 20th before she arrives. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on June 20th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor on June 19th at 18:30. Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled on June 20th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday;0:32 Ojibway shifted to Viterra B to finish loading. 14:34 The saltie Rodopi arrived and went to anchor. 14:46 Ojibway departed and is down bound. 18:06 Algoma Sault arrived at Viterra B to load wheat. 18:52 G3 Marquis arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat.

Marquette, MI
Michipicoten loaded and departed for Soo, ON, Friday evening.

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Her belt repairs complete, Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Bay Shipbuilding at 18:20 Friday evening. The barge St. Marys Challenger remains drydocked receiving her five-year survey, and John J. Boland, H. Lee White, Hon. James L. Oberstar, and Wilfred Sykes all remain in layup. Michigan Trader is moored across the slip from the Oberstar where she is being completed and prepared for service.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Sarah Andrie/A-390 arrived from Indiana Harbor at 03:47 Friday (6/19) and proceeded to the Construction Resources Management dock on the inner harbor. Barge A-390 carried liquid asphalt from BP’s Whiting Refinery. Built in 1982, A-390 is 310 feet long and can carry 39,000 barrels (about 7,000 tons) of asphalt. Federal Rideau cleared for Thunder Bay at 15:44 Friday. Expected Saturday (6/20) are GL Ostrander/Integrity with cement for Lafarge and Sharon MI with barge Huron Spirit bringing steel coils from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: Thursday; 20:33 Cuyahoga arrived to take on a partial load of trap rock and departed Friday at 1:12 for Meldrum Bay.
Meldrum Bay: Friday 4:35 Cuyahoga arrived to finish loading with limestone and departed at 11:42 for Cleveland.
Calcite: Thursday; 19:48  Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived to load. 21:21 Manitowoc departed for Erie. 21:32 Victory / Maumee weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. Friday; 8:44 Philip R Clarke departed for Duluth Superior. 8:48 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 departed for Conneaut. 9:03 Great Republic arrived to load.
Stoneport: Friday; 21:00  Arthur M Anderson arrived to load.
Alpena: Friday; 3:12 GL Ostrander departed for Milwaukee. 19:18 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products.
Brevort: Thursday; 20:05 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone sand product.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Algoma Innovator passed MC downbound at 3:45am. Presque Isle passed downbound at 4:30am.   Algoma Niagara passed downbound at 5:15am.  Beatrix was just entering the cutoff channel upbound at 5:30am.  Lake Ontario was just exiting the Detroit River at 5:30am upbound.  Calumet passed MC downbound at 5:45am.  Paul R Tregurtha arrived at the power plant before dawn to unload coal and was still there at 7:30pm.  Arthur M Anderson made its third appearance in three days passing MC upbound at 6:30am.  Fraserborg passed downbound at 10am.  Edwin H Gott passed upbound at 11:15am.  Florence Spirit began a long convoy of downbounders passing MC at 11:45am, followed by Algonorth at 1pm, Manitowoc at 2pm, Helena G at 2:15pm, and Mississagi at 4:30pm.  Algoma Transport passed upbound at 6:45pm.  Manitoulin should pass upbound in the late evening.  Sunny with light winds from the south-southeast, temp 84 degrees F.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Lorain: OliveL.Moore arrived from Marblehead at 09:19
Cleveland: Federal Delta left at 21:24 on the 18th for Windsor. SeaEagleII arrived at 05:54 for St.Mary's Cement.
Fairport Harbor: Laura L.VanEnkevort arrived at 08:38.
Conneaut: Edwin H. Gott left for Duluth. PresqueIsle arrived at 22:00.
Nanticoke: Algonova left for Sarnia at 04:15 and Algocanada finally departed at 15:25 for Halifax.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh Cement Plant Friday evening for Oswego, NY.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 20

On this day in 1943, the IRVING S. OLDS departed Two Harbors with 20,543 tons of ore and the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS departed Two Harbors with 20,386 tons of ore. It was the first time that two lakers departed the same harbor on the same day with cargos in excess of 20,000 tons.

The SENATOR (steel propeller freighter, 410 foot, 4,048 gross tons) was launched by the Detroit Dry Dock Company (Hull #122) at Wyandotte, Michigan, on 20 June 1896, for the Wolverine Steamship Company. She lasted until 31 October 1929, when she collided with the steamer MARQUETTE in fog off Port Washington, Wisconsin, and sank with her cargo of 241 automobiles.

On 20 June 1893, GEORGE STONE (wooden propeller freighter, 270 foot, 1,841 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler & Co. (Hull #98) at West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1909, when she stranded and burned on Lake Erie.

The WILLIAM P. COWAN (Hull#724) cleared Lorain, Ohio on her maiden voyage in 1918. Renamed b.) AMOCO ILLINOIS in 1962. Scrapped at Windsor, Ontario, by M & M Steel Co., in 1987.

In 1903, the twin-screw rail car ferry GRAND HAVEN (Hull#92) was launched at Toledo, Ohio, by the Craig Ship Building Co., for the Grand Trunk Carferry Line, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1953 – The Paterson steamer SCOTIADOC sank in Lake Superior near Trowbridge Island after a collision in wind and fog with the BURLINGTON of Canada Steamship Lines. One man was lost when the starboard lifeboat was swamped after being launched.

1954 – The bulk carrier PATRIA, built in Canada during World War Two as the tanker MOOSE MOUNTAIN PARK, was declared a total loss after coming ashore 1 mile northwest of East Point, Santa Rosa Island, California. The ship was salvaged, repaired and made one trip through the Seaway in 1961 as PATAPSCO RIVER before being scrapped at Hirao, Japan, in 1963.

1973 – The bulk carrier ATLANTIC TRADER first traded through the Seaway in 1961 and returned on a regular basis as INVEREWE beginning in 1962. It was back again as d) THEOKEETOR in 1972 but sank June 20, 1973, after a collision with MARINA L. in dense fog off the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. All on board were saved.

1978 – A fire broke out in the cargo of coal aboard WILLIS B. BOYER and the ship docked at River Rouge where part of the cargo was unloaded to get at the fire. The vessel was enroute from Toledo to Silver Bay.

1995 – SAULT AU COCHON, built by Port Weller Dry Docks as a pulpwood barge in 1969, buckled and sank at Forestville, QC. The hull was refloated and taken to Hamilton for repairs later in the year.

2007 – KAPITAN RADIONOV first came to the Great Lakes in May 1992 with coal tar for Cleveland. It sank in severe weather on this date in 2007 as i) ALEXANDRA C. after flooding began in the engine room the previous day. The vessel went down 95 miles off Socotra Island, Yemen, while enroute to Australia with ammonium nitrate. All 19 crew on board were rescued.

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. She was one of the more popular and classic looking vessels on the Great Lakes. June 20, 1936 - PERE MARQUETTE 21 was blocked in Manitowoc following an accident that disabled the Manitowoc Tenth Street Bridge, making it impossible to raise the structure.

June 20, 1993 - BADGER struck the Ludington breakwall while arriving Ludington. She was sent to Sturgeon Bay for repairs. Ten operating days and 21 sailings were lost. The 230-foot wooden freighter JAMES DAVIDSON (Hull#4) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, for James Davidson at his shipyard on 20 June 1874. JAMES DAVIDSON was wrecked in Lake Huron in 1883.

The MINNEHAHA, a wooden "clipper" schooner, was launched at James A. Baker's shipyard in Oswego, New York, on 20 June 1857. Her dimensions were 110 foot keel, 125 foot overall, x 25 foot 6 inches x 10 foot 6 inches. 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 foot, 236 gross tons, built in 1861, at Litchfield, Michigan) 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, Skip Gillham, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Iron ore trade down 17.6 percent in May

 6/19 - Cleveland, OH –  Shipments of iron ore from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 4.9 million tons in May, a decrease of 17.6 percent compared to a year ago, and 14.9 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

 Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 13.2 million tons, a decrease of 8.9 percent compared to the same point in 2018.  Iron ore shipments are also 6.9 percent below their 5-year average for five months of the year.

 

Port of Green Bay reports strong start to 2020 season

6/19 - Green Bay, WI –  Despite the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the economy, Port of Green Bay officials say shipping remains strong.

 The port saw more than 225,000 tons of cargo move through during May. That brings the season total to nearly 455,000 tons so far, on pace with the 2019 season. Last year was the port's busiest in 12 years.

 "There are certainly a lot of factors at play during this shipping season," Port Director Dean Haen said in a news release. "The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed some shipping, but high water levels continue to allow for greater material volume per ship. While there may be more uncertainty than ever about what the future holds, right now, we are happy to be on pace with the strong shipping season we had last year. We certainly hope that continues."

 The top commodities during May were imports of cement and limestone.

 Twenty-five ships came through the port in May, compared to 17 in March and April. The total of 42 ships so far this year compares to 35 during the same time period in 2019.

 Fox 11

 

Detroit Princess closed for the season due to coronavirus pandemic

 6/19 - Detroit, MI –  The Detroit Princess Riverboat announced Thursday that it will not operate during the 2020 season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Officials said that they could not profitably operate this year as social distancing restrictions have led to fewer customers.

 “It is important to us as a company, that we provide our guests with a high quality experience that puts a smile on their faces, an experience that we as employees are proud of, and to do that at an affordable price,” officials said in a Facebook post Thursday. “With the current social distancing requirements, capacity restrictions, and a severely shortened season, providing that high level experience and being able to do it profitably isn’t possible.”

The company says group events comprise nearly 65 percent of their business, and a large amount of customers have already rescheduled their group events to next year due to the pandemic.

The Detroit Princess intends to resume operations in 2021 and is accepting bookings for next summer. In the meantime, officials say the boat will continue its presence on the Detroit River and continue updating and maintaining the vessel.

Click on Detroit

 

Multiple river dredging contracts awarded

6/19 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, recently awarded contracts for maintenance dredging of the Detroit River, Saginaw River and St. Clair River all in Michigan.

The contracts were separately awarded to Morrish-Wallace Construction Inc., of Cheboygan, Michigan, (d.b.a.) Ryba Marine Construction. These dredging projects help maintain the Great Lakes navigational channel to keep cargo moving – products like iron ore, limestone, coal and cement.

Detroit River
The maintenance dredging contract to remove 232,000 cubic yards from the Detroit River was awarded for almost $1.3 million. The project (contract award number W911XK20C0006) consists of routine maintenance dredging of sand, silt and organic material from the Detroit River federal navigation channel. The potential dredging area includes the East Outer Channel and the Lower Livingston Channel. Placement of dredge materials will be within the Pointe Mouillee Confined Disposal Facility in western Lake Erie in Michigan. The work began in June and is scheduled to wrap up by October.

St. Clair River
The St. Clair River, between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair in Michigan, maintenance dredging project was awarded for about $640,500 to dredge 15,300 cubic yards of material. The project (contract award number W911XK20C0009) will place material at Dickenson Island Confined Disposal Facility. Dredging will take place at various locations throughout the federal channel. It is scheduled to start around August 15 and complete around August 30.

Saginaw River
The maintenance dredging project (contract number W911XK20C0008) was awarded for almost $1.2 million. The contractor will dredge approximately 184,800 cubic yards of sand, silt and organic material from the Saginaw River federal channel. Placement of dredge material will be at Saginaw Bay Confined Disposal Facility.  Also occurring is the placement of stone at the Upper Saginaw Dredge Material Disposal Facility. The maintenance dredging in the Saginaw River is expected to begin August 30 or when St. Clair River dredging is complete and is scheduled to be completed by October 15.

Saginaw River, formed by the union of the Tittabawassee and Shiawassee Rivers, is 22 miles long, flows northerly, then empties into the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron approximately 90 miles north of Detroit with the cities of Saginaw and Bay City located along the shoreline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system of 91 harbors and four connecting channels, including the channels joining Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie. For more details, contact Lynn Rose, director of public affairs, 313-226-4680 or Bob Jarema, project manager, 313-226-1332.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

 Port Reports - June 19, 2020

 Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

 Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Edgar B. Speer arrived Duluth at 14:17 Thursday afternoon and moored at CN berth 6 to wait for her turn to load. Mesabi Miner departed at 15:12 loaded with iron ore for Indiana Harbor, at which point John G. Munson took her place beneath the shiploader. The Munson was expected to depart at 21:00 Thursday night. At the Superior entry on Thursday, Robert F. Deegan/tug Zeus departed at 12:16 light for Ludington after unloading calcium chloride at Hallett #8, and Stewart J. Cort arrived at 14:47 to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. She is expected to depart early Friday.

 Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block departed Two Harbors on June 18th at 00:40 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on June 18th at 13:15 was the American Integrity for South of #2. This is her first trip of the season. Due Two Harbors on June 19th are the Burns Harbor and the Indiana Harbor. Her AIS is showing Two Harbors, but Harbor Lookout is showing Silver Bay. Also due Two Harbors on June 19th is the Cason J. Callaway. If the Indiana Harbor doesn't go to Northshore Mining in Silver Bay there will be no traffic for Silver Bay on June 19th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Wednesday; CSL Welland departed for Montreal. 20:52 The saltie Ruddy shifted to the main anchorage. 21:36 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Superior Elevator to load wheat. Thursday; 13:19 Ojibway arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 18:39 Comet weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.  

Marquette, MI
No traffic.

St. Marys River|
No report.

Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI: For 6-18-20 The tug ALBERT barge MARGARET arrived from Cheboygan, MI with petroleum Products to the U.S. Oil/Venture Terminal late Thursday night.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
No report

Southern Lake Michigan
No report.

Northern Lake Huron
Cheboygan: Thursday; 2:51 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret departed for Green Bay.
|Calcite: Wednesday; 23:07 Arthur M Anderson departed for Detroit. Thursday; 10:16 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. 16:26 Victory / Maumee arrived and went to anchor. 17:23 Manitowoc arrived to load.
Stoneport: Thursday; 3:26  Herbert C Jackson departed for the Saginaw River. Calumet arrived to load limestone and departed at 14:19 and is down bound on Lake Huron.
Alpena: Thursday; 5:12 Undaunted / Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload and departed at 14:56 for Calcite.
Brevort: Thursday; 4:50 Algoma Innovator departed for Hamilton.
Port Inland: Wednesday 22:01 Kaye E Barker departed for Muskegon. 23:01 Mississagi weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. Thursday; 8:01 Mississagi departed for Sarnia.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 6.29 am Thursday, loading salt at Compass Minerals for Toledo.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Herbert C. Jackson was back on the Saginaw River Thursday afternoon, with another split cargo for the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City and Saginaw.  A few minutes behind was the Samuel de Champlain - Innovation, inbound for the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
James R Barker was upbound mid Lake St Clair at 5:30am.  Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was upbound entering the cutoff channel at 5:30am enroute to MC stoneyard, arriving around 7:15am, finishing the unload around noon and was upbound.  Great Republic passed MC at 10am upbound.  Federal Baltic passed downbound at 12:15pm.  Arthur M Anderson made its second appearance in the last 24 hours passing downbound at 2:30pm.  Whitefish Bay passed upbound at 3pm, followed by Algonorth at 3:30pm.  Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson passed downbound at 5:15pm.  Kaministiqua passed downbound at 6:30pm.  Later in the evening should see the passing of Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin, followed by Algoma Harvester, Federal Nakagawa and Frontenac. Sunny with light winds from the south-southwest, 84 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Thursday Arrivals: American Courage arrived at Zug Island to load slag. Arthur M Anderson arrived at the Detroit Bulk Storage dock to unload stone. This is the first vessel to unload at DBS since August 2019.

Toledo, OH  
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Olive L. Moore arrived at 13:32.
Cleveland: Beatrix departed at 17:40.
Fairport Harbor: CSL Tadoussac left for Toronto at 13:44.
Conneaut: Algoma Enterprise left for Quebec City. Edwin H. Gott is still in port.
Nanticoke: Algonorth departed at 19:23 Wednesday for Sarnia.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
No report

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
No report.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
No report.

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
No report.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
No report

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer

McKeil Spirit at Lehigh Cement Plant on Thursday evening.

 

Hornblower’s Niagara Falls tour boats to set sail on Canada Day

6/19 - Niagara Falls – Hornblower Niagara Cruises will launch its seventh season on the Niagara River on Canada Day. Its Voyage to the Falls boat tour is set to resume operations July 1, following the economic shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is safe sailing for everyone," said Mory DiMaurizio, vice-president and general manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises.

"We are excited to welcome guests back to Canada's most memorable experience, but rest assured we are doing so with the health and safety of our guests, crew and staff as our No. 1 priority."

While Niagara moves into Stage 2 of the province's reopening plan — with many attractions set to open Friday — Hornblower will remain closed in accordance with federal guidelines. "There are still federal regulations that prohibit us from operating before July 1," DiMaurizio said.

"And what a great day it will be — we'll celebrate Canada Day and we'll celebrate opening day."

Due to a relatively mild winter, Hornblower had planned to launch its 2020 season March 28 — which would have been the earliest opening on record. Those plans were derailed mid-March after the province ordered the closure of all non-essential services due to the global pandemic.

Hornblower has instituted several new safety measures this season based on guidance from health authorities to promote cleanliness, physical distancing and reduced contact.

The Standard

 

Canadian grain exports flowing fast as pandemic lock-downs clear railway space

6/19 - Winnipeg, MAN – Canadian grain exporters are boosting sales in a slumping global economy, as demand for commodities like oil weakens and frees up railway space. Brisk crop movement in a country that relies heavily on rail is a bright spot during pandemic lockdowns, which have hammered most industrie

"We've had an almost unlimited supply of rail cars and power. We're shipping off the map," said John Heimbecker, chief executive of grain handler Parrish & Heimbecker.

Canada exported a record 959,900 tonnes of wheat in the week ended May 10, although year-to-date volumes from Aug. 1 are behind. Canola exports are 8% ahead of the year-ago pace. Major exporters include Richardson International, Viterra and Cargill CARGIL.UL .

In the 2019-20 crop year to date, shippers have unloaded more than 19 million tonnes of grain at Vancouver, up 6% from average, despite a disruptive rail strike and protests earlier, according to Quorum Corp.

Declining coal and crude volumes and Canadian National Railway Co's CNR.TO recent purchases of locomotives and hopper cars have driven up grain shipments, said Sean Finn, CN executive vice president of corporate services. "We've been shipping grain like there's no tomorrow," he said.

Timely rail service is critical for farmers' cash flow, said Bill Campbell, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers. "It has been a pleasant surprise for producers to haul all their commodities when they want to."

A tougher test will come in autumn and winter, when a new harvest is ready and as other sectors may recover, said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of Western Grain Elevator Association.

By then, Canadian Pacific Railway CP.TO will be running additional high-volume grain trains to handle another big potential harvest, as part of its long-term upgrades, said Joan Hardy, CP's vice president of grain and fertilizer sales.

"There's a great crop in the ground and our customers are telling us conditions look really good," Hardy said.

Reuters

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 19

On 19 June 1889, NORTH STAR (steel propeller freighter, 299 foot, 2,476 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio) collided with CHARLES J. SHEFFIELD (steel propeller freighter, 260 foot, 1,699 gross tons, built in 1887, at Cleveland, Ohio) about sixty miles west of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior in heavy fog. The NORTH STAR kept her bow in the SHEFFIELD's side after the impact, giving the crew time to board. The SHEFFIELD then sank in 8 minutes. Her loss was valued at $160,000. The courts found both vessels to be equally at fault after years of litigation.

In 1954, GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (Hull#871) (named for President Eisenhower's Secretary of Treasury) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Shipbuilding Co, for National Steel Co., M.A. Hanna, mgr.

In 1978, ALGOBAY (Hull#215) was launched by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for Algoma Central Railway. Renamed b.) ATLANTIC TRADER in 1994, and renamed c.) ALGOBAY in 1996 and d.) RADCLIFFE R. LATIMER in 2012.

On 19 June 1836, DELAWARE (wooden passenger/package freight side wheeler, 105 foot, 178 tons, 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, New York for repairs. She had been sunk by the ice off Windmill Point in the Detroit River early in the season.

At 5:30 p.m., on 19 June 1872, the wooden package freight/passenger propeller MONTANA (236 foot, 1,535 gross tons) was finally afloat at Port Huron, Michigan. She was successfully 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.

1905 – The wooden passenger and freight steamer CITY OF COLLINGWOOD of 1893 vintage was destroyed by a fire at Collingwood and four lives were lost.

1917 – The Canadian bulk carrier NATIRONCO was beached in the Detroit River after a collision with the ASTERN STATES and was deemed a total loss. It was raised and repaired at Toledo and survived until scrapping at Civitavecchia, Italy, as d) SAN CARLO in 1929.

1925 – The wooden freighter MAPLEGLEN (i), is scuttled in Lake Ontario, west of Kingston, near Amherst Island. It had been idle since 1921 and was originally the WYOMING of 1881.

1929 –JOHN HANLAN was torched as a spectacle off the Sunnyside area of Toronto after having failed an inspection to continue service as a Toronto Island ferry. 1933 – MEADCLIFFE HALL sustained rudder damage after being struck by the CALGADOC (i) at Thorold. The grain-laden canaller was towed back to Port Colborne, unloaded, and repaired at Port Dalhousie.

1962 – Hatch cover planks give way at Cleveland aboard FLOWERGATE and a forklift and two men fell into the cargo hold, striking a third man. All were badly injured. The British freighter later returned through the Seaway under Panamanian registry as b) AMENITY and was scrapped at Troon, Scotland, in 1977.

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

 

New tug Wisconsin launched Wednesday at Cleveland

6/18 - The Great Lakes Towing Co. and Great Lakes Shipyard launched the new tug Wisconsin on Wednesday. This is the fifth in the series of Damen Stan tug 1907 ice tugboats built at the shipyard.

Great Lakes Group

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade up slightly in April

6/18 - Cleveland, OH – Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.1 million tons in April, an increase of 1.6 percent compared to last year. Shipments were 5.5 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 8.2 million tons, a decrease of 2.7 percent compared to the same point in 2018. Through April iron ore shipments are 1.3 percent below their 5-year average for four months of the year.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  June 18

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block was outbound Duluth at 00:38 Wednesday morning with a partial cargo of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5 on board and headed for Two Harbors to complete her load. Ashtabula/tug Defiance departed from SMET at 04:40 carrying petroleum coke for Charlevoix. John G. Munson, which had arrived late Tuesday night and unloaded stone at Hallett #5, shifted to the CN gravity dock Wednesday evening to load. She and the Mesabi Miner, which was also loading at CN, were expected to depart late Wednesday or early Thursday. In Superior, Algoma Guardian arrived at 09:46 to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern, and the tank barge Robert F. Deegan/tug Zeus arrived at 14:41 carrying calcium chloride for Hallett #8. The Guardian was expected to depart from BN at 21:00.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors on June 16th at 22:20 for Conneaut. Roger Blough shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 on June 16th between 22:37 to 23:10. She departed Two Harbors on June 17th at 13:44 for Gary. Joseph L. Block stopped of Duluth at 01:09 on June 17th. She got underway at 09:09 on June 17th for Two Harbors, arriving off Two Harbors on June 17th at 11:45. She got underway at 13:45 and arrived at 14:07. At 19:30 she was still at the shiploader. Due Two Harbors on June 18th is the American Integrity. There is no traffic due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 18th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 20:17 Saginaw departed downbound. 20:30 CSL Welland weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. Tuesday; 5:05 Erieborg arrived and went to anchor. 7:16 the saltie Gardno arrived at the MobilEx Terminal to load potash. 17:13 Florence Spirit arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 19:04 Federal Baltic departed for Montreal. 21:51 With repairs completed, Kaministiqua weighed anchor and departed for Sorel. Wednesday; 11:24 The saltie Johanna G arrived and went to anchor. 16:48 Helena G departed for Sorel. 17:55 Florence Spirit departed for Sorel.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Wednesday included American Integrity (first trip of the season), Edgar B. Speer, Ojibway, Michipicoten and Federal Biscay late. Downbounders included Federal Baltic and Kaministiqua.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at Bay Shipbuilding on Wednesday evening for repairs to her boom belt.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived from Ludington at 03:24 Tuesday (6/16) and headed for the Heavy Lift Dock to load coal ash from WE Energies for Lafarge in Alpena. Tug/barge departed Tuesday afternoon. Federal Biscay cleared Tuesday evening for Duluth where she will load wheat. Taking her place at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor was Federal Rideau, which arrived at 05:59 Wednesday (6/17). She brings steel from IJmuiden, Netherlands. Due Wednesday evening is Alpena, which is bringing cement for the Lafarge terminal. Expected early Thursday is Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest. She is coming from Green Bay and will tie up at the Kinnickinnic River cement terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
Drummond Island: Tuesday; 19:45 Cason J Callaway departed for Marine City.

Cheboygan: Wednesday; 19:11 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload petroleum products.

Calcite: Wednesday; 7:28 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport: Tuesday; 21:59 Victory / Maumee departed for Marine City. 22:26 Joyce L Van Enkevort weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. Tuesday; 17:01 Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Toledo. 21:23 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone.

Alpena: Wednesday; 8:10 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products.

Brevort: Wednesday; 16:18 Algoma Innovator arrived to load limestone product.

Port Inland: Wednesday 7:11 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone. 9:28 Mississagi arrived and went to anchor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared Goderich 3.19 pm Wednesday loaded with salt downbound for Johnstown, ON. Algoma Niagara expected next.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
On Tuesday, June 16th, Herbert C. Jackson arrived on the Saginaw River carrying a split cargo. The Jackson stopped at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City for a partial unload, then continued up to the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw to finish unloading. Herbert C. Jackson turned in the Sixth Street Basin and was outbound for the lake just after dusk. The tug Spartan and her tank barge, Spartan II were inbound on the Saginaw River on Wednesday afternoon, June 17, calling on the Port Fisher, Dow/Oxy Dock in Bay City.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Calumet passed MC upbound at 9am. Evans Spirit passed upbound at 11:15am. Great Republic passed downbound at 1pm. American Courage passed upbound at 2:30pm. Cason J Calloway arrived at the MC stoneyard at 2:45pm after a backing down maneuver from upstream. Victory/Maumee arrived shortly after the Calloway from upbound and went to anchor south of the stoneyard to wait the Calloway unloading. Rodopi passed MC upbound at 3:45pm. Indiana Harbor passed upbound at 4:30pm. Algonova passed downbound at 4:45pm. Philip R Clarke passed upbound at 7:30pm. Samuel de Champlain/Integrity should pass upbound in the late evening. Sunny and light winds from the south-southwest, 84 degrees F.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage left for Marysville and Dorothy Ann came in at 03:34, loaded and departed at 14:35.

Cleveland: Samuel de Champlain left at 09:07 for Essexville.

Fairport Harbor: A rare visitor to Morton Salt, the CSL Tadoussac arrived at 07:54. Ashtabula: Indiana Harbor left for Two Harbors and Philip R. Clarke left for Calcite.

Conneaut: CSL Assiniboine departed for Quebec City and Algoma Enterprise arrived at 06:27. Edwin H. Gott came in from anchorage at 14:10.

Nanticoke: James R. Barker left at 09:51 for Duluth.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tug Wyatt M was the first activity today, arriving from Toronto at 9:15 EST. The Algoma Harvester finished unloading ore and departed for Thunder Bay at 11:16 EST. The tug Wyatt M was headed back towards Toronto at 11:36 EST. The tanker Harbour First departed at 13:35 EST and made her way to Port Weller Anchorage. The tugs Ocean A. Simard and Ocean A. Gauthier departed at 15:17 EST and 15:39 EST respectively for a trip to Toronto. The Algoma Transport arrived at 21:00 from Toledo. The tugs Ocean A. Gauthier and Ocean A. Simard are expected to return from Toronto late Wednesday night. Four vessels sat in port throughout the day: The Federal Cedar was unloading urea, and the Federal Margaree was unloading steel, while the Belasitza and Federal Churchill were both loading grain.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Wednesday afternoon for Picton,

 

U.S. to investigate Canada's 'unfavorable' new Great Lakes shipping rules

6/18 - Washington, DC – Just weeks before North America's new trade agreement is due to take effect, regulators in the United States have launched a formal investigation into Canada's plan to change the rules that govern shipping on the Great Lakes.

U.S.-based shippers say proposed new standards for the use and release of ballast water -- extra weight to improve the stability of vessels that have unloaded their cargo -- are unfair, excessively expensive and designed to undermine competition in the business of ferrying goods across the world's largest collection of freshwater lakes.

Transport Canada introduced the new rules last summer to meet the demands of an International Maritime Organization treaty that took effect in 2017 aimed at limiting the spread of harmful or invasive species -- a treaty to which the United States is not a party.

In a petition filed in March with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, the Lake Carriers' Association, which represents 13 firms with 46 U.S.-flagged "lakers" capable of transporting 81 million tonnes each year, accused Canada of seeking a competitive advantage.

The association argues that "the proposed regulations are not mandated by the IMO treaty, that compliance with the Canadian performance standard would be cost-prohibitive for its members, and that the proposed regulations are intended to drive U.S. operators from the cross-lakes trade," the commission said in announcing the investigation.

The regulations, if passed, would require modern ballast-water treatment systems on all vessels operating in Canadian waters, and that shipping companies develop management plans in accordance with stringent new performance standards.

The association estimates the cost of meeting the new requirements at more than C$1.1 billion to preserve access to an estimated 64 million metric tonnes of shipments over the 25-year life of the regulations. That, they say, would amount to a doubling of their freight rates, rendering them unable to compete with their Canadian counterparts.

"Member U.S. laker operators would be unable to bear the increased cost of such regulations and stay competitive and thus would have to exit that trade," the association writes in its petition.

"Canadian vessel operators would directly benefit from the exit of U.S. lakers from that trade by taking over the portion of the trade formerly conducted by U.S. lakers and enjoying a de facto monopoly on cross-lakes U.S. export-to-Canada waterborne trade."

Canada, however, insists the proposed regulations would treat all shippers equally.

"The approach would apply the same standards to Canadian and U.S. ships that operate together on the Great Lakes. Providing exemptions for U.S. ships would be economically unfair," said Livia Belcea, press secretary to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

"Canada's regulatory initiative is still at the proposal stage. We understand the FMC's actions as being anticipatory in nature and that it is not intending to take actions until Canada confirms its approach."

The regulations do provide an exception to U.S. Great Lakes vessels, provided they don't "load or release" ballast in Canadian waters. But operators of U.S.-flagged vessels transporting shipments to Canada say they would have no choice but to load Canadian ballast -- water that wouldn't be released until the vessel was back in the U.S.

"Loading ballast water in Canadian waters, as opposed to discharging it, does not result in the potential introduction of non-native organisms into Canadian waters," the association argues. "There is thus no reason from a Canadian environmental perspective to impose the regulatory requirements on a vessel simply because it loads in a Canadian port ballast water that will be discharged at a U.S. port."

Most of the affected Canadian vessels also carry shipments beyond the Great Lakes to other countries, making management systems necessary whether they ship to the U.S. or not. U.S. vessels that are confined to the lakes shouldn't be held to the same standard, they argue.

The only reason to do so, they say, is to gain a competitive advantage.

"By imposing this environmentally unnecessary requirement on U.S. carriers, Transport Canada is not regulating even-handedly between U.S. and Canadian carriers. Rather, it is disadvantaging U.S. carriers for no legitimate purpose, thus creating a condition unfavourable to shipping in the foreign trade of the United States."

That's language from the Merchant Marine Act, the 1920 law that gives the commission the authority to examine whether the Canadian rules are unfair. A positive finding could result in fines being levied against Canadian vessels calling at U.S. ports, prohibiting vessels from making such calls entirely, and restricting the cargo that can be carried between the two countries.

"Canada remains committed to addressing the spread of aquatic invasive species on the Great Lakes, and continues to call on the U.S. to take similar action," Belcea said. "We will continue to closely monitor developments as we prepare the final regulation."

Working together to sustain the Great Lakes marine industry supports more than 78,000 jobs and over US$28 billion in business revenue between the two countries, Ottawa says, while invasive species like the zebra mussel and the bottom-dwelling ruffe fish cause more than $1 billion in damage each year.

The Canadian Press

 

Defend seafaring workers hit hard by pandemic, Pope says

6/18 - Pope Francis paid tribute on Wednesday to hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck on ships due to the coronavirus pandemic, a situation the United Nations has said poses a risk to the safe operation of the world's merchant fleet.

In a special video message for sea workers, Francis said the work of maritime personnel and fishermen had been made even more important during the pandemic because it was providing the world with food and other primary needs.

He said they had been hit particularly hard by the ripple effects of the pandemic.

"In these past months, your lives and your work have seen significant changes; you have had to make, and are continuing to make, many sacrifices," Francis said.

"Long periods spent aboard ships without being able to disembark, separation from families, friends and native countries, fear of infection...All these things are a heavy burden to bear, now more than ever."

About 90% of world trade is transported by sea and continued complications with changing over ship crews due to restrictions against the coronavirus in some jurisdictions is still affecting supply chains despite a widespread easing of lockdowns.

On Tuesday, Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization, said some seafarers had been marooned at sea for 15 months, well over the 11-month maximum laid out in a maritime labour convention, and a situation he described as a "humanitarian crisis".

In his message, the pope thanked them for the hardships they are enduring. "I would like to say something to all of you. Know that you are not alone and that you are not forgotten," he said.

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), which represents seafarers, told them on Monday that it was no longer acceptable to force crews to work.

Reuters

 

Fireboat Fred A. Busse back on Chicago’s lakefront

6/18 - Chicago, IL – A fascinating relic from Chicago’s past is finally back on Chicago’s lakefront. It has been 30 years since Fireboat 41 has been back in her home port of Chicago. From her bow, she saw the kind of Chicago history most of us only read about in books. See the video at this link:https://wgntv.com/news/fireboat-41-back-on-chicagos-lakefront

 

"Great Lakes Water Levels Explained" topic of today’s Virtual Visitor Center program

6/18 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – A scientist from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be discussing Great Lakes water levels, past, present and future as well as answering viewer questions in the Virtual Visitor Center at 12:30 EDT on Thursday. These free weekly programs are sponsored by the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association and easily accessed with a Chrome browser. https://www.gotomeet.me/VirtualVisitorCenter/water-levels Participants that do not have speakers on their computer can access the audio at (872) 240-3212, access code: 565-653-005.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 18

The steamer ILLINOIS was the first vessel to pass through the newly opened Soo Locks in 1855. To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of this event, an open house was held aboard the J. L. MAUTHE. While tied up at the Cleveland Lakefront dock, an estimated 1,700 persons toured the MAUTHE.

During a moonlight charter on 18 June 1936, the TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) struck a boulder in the Sugar Island channel in the Detroit River. The vessel docked at Amherstburg, Ontario, where her passengers disembarked as the vessel settled to the bottom in 14 feet of water. Although the damage was not fatal, the salvage crew botched the job. The TASHMOO had one end raised too quickly and her keel broke. This ended this well-loved vessel’s too-short career.

The Soo Locks opened for their first season on 18 June 1855. The first vessel through the locks was the steamer ILLINOIS of 1853.

In 1949, the WILFRED SYKES (Hull#866) was launched at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio, for Inland Steel Co. 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. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1975.

In 1964, the bulk freighter SAGUENAY (Hull#647) was launched at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Ship Building Ltd., for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.

In 1968, the ALGOCEN (Hull#191) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd, for Algoma Central Railway. Renamed b.) VALGOCEN in 2005, she was used as a spoils barge in Keasby, New Jersey. She returned to the lakes in in 2008 as J.W. SHELLEY. Sold and renamed PHOENIX STAR in 2012.

On 18 June 1869, a little less than a week after being launched, the schooner DAVID A. WELLS sailed on her maiden voyage from Port Huron for Menominee, Michigan. 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 (Hull #94) was launched June 18, 1910, at Toronto, Ontario by Polson Iron Works, for the Toronto Ferry Co. 1905 –ETRURIA sank after a collision with the AMASA STONE off Passage Island Light, Lake Superior.

1942 – The steamer THOMAS MAYTHAM of 1892 vintage was rebuilt as the New York State Barge Canal tanker DOLOMITE 2 in 1938 and renamed MOTOREX in 1942. It was sunk by gunfire from U-172 near the Colon entrance to the Panama Canal and all on board were rescued.

1944 – ALBERT C. FIELD, a former Great Lakes bulk canaller, was hit by an aerial torpedo from German aircraft and broke in two and sank in minutes. There were 4 lives lost when the ship was hit in the English Channel while carrying munitions and 130 bags of mail in support of the Normandy invasion.

1959 – SPRINGDALE, a Great Lakes trader in the early 1950s and later operated on charter to Reoch Transports, capsized and sank in the Gulf of Bothnia after the cargo of timber shifted in heavy weather.

1960 – GEERTJE BUISMAN came to the Great Lakes in 1960 and ran aground on Vienne Shoal in northern Lake Michigan while outbound from Chicago with a cargo that included new Nash Rambler automobiles for Europe. The Dutch vessel was stuck for 4 days, and had to be lightered. It returned to the Seaway again in later years and was finally scrapped as f) MOUNT at Varna, Bulgaria, in 2003-2004.

1991 – The saltwater trader AKTI was driven aground 14 miles north of Necochea, Argentina, in a storm and sold “as lies” before being refloated as d) AKTO on July 27. Examination determined that the ship was a total loss but it was rebuilt by Chilean interests as e) RIO CIERVOS. The vessel had been through the Seaway as a) ASIA PROSPERITY beginning in 1974, as b) HAN PACIFIC in 1983, and c) AKTI in 1988. It was scrapped at g) AL GIORGIS after arriving at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on November 17, 2005.

1997 – CANADIAN MARINER ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Crossover Shoal after losing power. The vessel had to be lightered to be released and was repaired by Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2007.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Gerry O., Joe Barr, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Site of former B.C. Cobb plant sold to Verplank Dock Co.

6/17 - Muskegon, MI – The site of the former B.C. Cobb Generating Plant in Muskegon has been sold to a West Michigan company. North Carolina-based Forsite Development sold the property to Ottawa County-based Verplank Dock Co. The companies didn’t disclose details of the sale.

Verplank, a port terminal operator out of Ferrysburg, will consolidate its other commercial dock operations along Muskegon Lake to the former B.C. Cobb site. The company says it plans to transform the Cobb site into a port terminal facility to service a wide range of maritime freight, such as shipping containers.

Verplank says relocating its operations will free up two lakefront sites for redevelopment and reduce the number of trucks driving through downtown Muskegon.

In 2016, Consumers Energy shut down the B.C. Cobb plant after nearly 70 years in operation. In 2017, Forsite purchased the Muskegon County plant along with the former J.R. Whiting plant in Luna Pier outside of Monroe. The B.C. Cobb plant has since been decommissioned and demolished.

WOODTV.com

 

Port Reports -  June 17

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 03:08 Tuesday morning to unload limestone into the hopper at CN, and Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound at 08:20 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Mesabi Miner, which had been anchored in the lake all day waiting for the Block to clear at CN, arrived at 16:49 to load iron ore pellets; at the same time, the Block shifted over to Hallett #5 to load a partial cargo of blast furnace trim. Fraserborg was outbound at 18:03 loaded with wheat from Riverland Ag. John G. Munson was due at 22:30 to unload stone at Hallett #5, and the Tregurtha was expected to depart from SMET either late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Also in port was Ashtabula/tug Defiance, which spent Tuesday moored at Graymont Superior unloading stone and waiting for their turn to load at SMET after the Tregurtha. There was no traffic in Superior on Tuesday, however Stewart J. Cort and Algoma Guardian are due on Wednesday to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on June 16th at 03:18 for the shiploader. As of 19:13 on June 16th she is still at the shiploader. The Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on June 16th at 11:27 for North of #2 where she took on a partial load at the gravity dock. As of 19:13 on June 16th she is at lay-by.Tentatively due Two Harbors is the Joseph L. Block. As of 19:13 on June 16th she is at CN-Hallett #5 taking on a partial load of bft. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on June 17th and no traffic due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 17.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on Tuesday consisted of Algoma Guardian early and Johanna C in the late afternoon. Algoma Strongfield was in the lower river late. The only downbound traffic was Saginaw in the mid-afternoon.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity left Bay Shipbuilding early Tuesday afternoon and was outbound in Green Bay a few hours later, destined for Silver Bay to pick up her first payload of the season. The ship, which laid up in Sturgeon Bay on December 26th for the winter and never entered service in the spring, had initially been expected to remain sidelined all season, however her reentry into service is likely correlated with ASC laying up her sister Walter J. McCarthy Jr. in Toledo. The Integrity's departure from Sturgeon Bay leaves four vessels – H. Lee White, John J. Boland, Hon. James L. Oberstar, and Wilfred Sykes – still in layup there. VTB's new barge Michigan Trader is afloat at the shipyard and receiving her finishing touches, while the cement barge St. Marys Challenger is undergoing her five-year inspection in Bay Ship's floating drydock.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Federal Biscay departed Tuesday night for Duluth. Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Rideau was at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. BBC Leda was at anchor waiting for a dock.

Northern Lake Huron
Drummond Island: Tuesday; 4:57 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone.

Port Dolomite: Tuesday; 4:20 Great Republic arrived to load limestone and departed at 17:41 for Windsor.

Stoneport: Tuesday; 1:07 Herbert C Jackson departed for Bay City. 7:41 Victory / Maumee arrived to load limestone. 18:50 Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived and went to anchor.

Alpena: Tuesday; 6:53 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 17:20 for Milwaukee.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared 9.02 pm Monday up bound with salt for Marinette. Algoma Sault cleared 2 pm Tuesday up bound with salt for Green Bay. Few minutes later CCG Caribou arrived.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Philip R Clarke was off Marysville downbound at 3am. Algoma Strongfield was about to enter the cutoff channel upbound at 3am. James R Barker passed MC a bit before midnite and was just entering the Detroit River at 3am. Kaye E Barker passed MC upbound at 10am. Algoma Conveyor passed upbound at 11:15am. Algonova passed upbound at 12:30pm. Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson passed MC upbound at 1:15pm. A mid afternoon convoy of upbounders began at 3:30pm with Ojibway, Michipicoten at 3:45pm, Edgar B Speer at 4pm, Arthur M Anderson at 4:15pm, Albert/Margaret at 4:15pm and G L Ostrander/Integrity at 5:30pm. Calumet passed MC at 4:15 pm downbound. Frontenac passed at 6:45pm downbound. Sunny and light winds from the west-southwest, 78 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Tuesday Arrivals: Michipicoten arrived at the Prairie Materials dock to unload gravel. Calumet arrived at the Motor City Materials dock to unload slag.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage arrived at 09:35 and Dorothy Ann arrived at 06:34, both from Cleveland.

Cleveland: Laura L. VanEnkevort left at 23:58 for Drummond Island, Olive L. Moore was still on shuttles, Samuel deChamplain came in at 14:30 for Lafarge and Beatrix arrived at the Port at 18:07, going to dock 24W.

Ashtabula: Indiana Harbor arrived at 10:46 and Philip R. Clarke at 19:57.

Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer left for Two Harbors and Arthur M. Anderson at 00:41 for Calcite. CSL Assiniboine came in at 06:08 and Algoma Enterprise went to anchor at 17:30.

Nanticoke: Algonorth and Algocanada arweree in port and James R. Barker arrived at 22:00.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tanker Harbour First arrived at 3:35 EST, likely to unload UAN. The Algoma Harvester arrived at 5:22 EST to unload ore from Port Cartier. The tug Wyatt M made a trip down from Toronto, arriving at 10:11 EST, and heading back at 11:14 EST. The Federal Sakura departed at 16:47 EST loaded with grain that she will take to Barcelona, Spain. At 17:21 EST the Federal Cedar arrived to unload urea at Agrico that was loaded in Kotka, Finland. At 18:24 EST, the G3 Marquis finished unloading ore and departed with Thunder Bay as the next destination. The Federal Margaree is expected to arrive with steel at 21:30 EST. The steel was loaded in Pasajes, Spain, and the vessel made a stop in Oshawa before coming to Hamilton. The Federal Churchill and Belasitza both continued loading their grain cargos throughout the day.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Dock on Tuesday evening.

 

Chart clearly shows why Great Lakes are at record and near-record water levels

6/17 - If you are wondering why the Great Lakes are at record water levels or near record water levels, look no further. The answer is easy to see. Read the story and view the chart at this link:

https://www.mlive.com/weather/2020/06/chart-clearly-shows-why-great-lakes-are-at-record-and-near-record-water-levels.html

 

Company behind shoreline collapse on Detroit River proposes new seawall

6/17 - Detroit, MI – A company storing large piles of gravel-like material along the Detroit River, resulting in a November 2019 dock collapse spilling material into the river, wants to build a new, "state-of-the-art" seawall with a deeper channel facilitating even bigger boats dropping off piles.

The proposal is happening as the City of Detroit has ordered a review of the structural integrity of aging docks and seawalls along the Detroit River, and how they're being used for bulk storage. Concern is high that crumbling infrastructure, combined with record-high water levels, could lead to further environmental messes such as the Revere dock collapse.

Revere Dock LLC of Muskegon and its owner, Steve Erickson, propose removing material that spilled into the river at the Revere Copper and Brass site, off Jefferson Avenue near Historic Fort Wayne — and further deepening the channel near the shoreline to 27 feet. That would involve digging into river sediments containing 150 years' worth of industrial pollutants — potentially harmful materials that pose little risk settled at the river bottom, but may be more problematic if stirred up as a result of the project.

"That's something that we're worried about," said Andrew Hartz, supervisor of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy's Water Resources Division's Warren district office, in an online information session and public hearing Tuesday on Revere Dock's permit request to rebuild the shoreline.

"That will certainly be part of our review. The deepening of the river itself is probably not a huge ecological impact — it's how it gets done."

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2020/06/16/egle-revere-dock-rebuild-detroit-river/3202255001

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 17

On June 17, 1895, the J. W. Westcott Co. inaugurated its unique mail delivery service.

On 17 June 1878, the Canadian schooner JAMES SCOTT of Port Burwell capsized and sank in Lake Erie. The captain's wife, their child and two seamen were drowned.

The wooden schooner MONTEREY, which stranded on Sleeping Bear Point on Lake Michigan in early December 1890, was released on 17 June 1891.

The SCOTT MISENER (Hull#11) was christened on June 17, 1951, for Colonial Steamships Ltd. She was the first vessel built at Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. Renamed b.) JOHN E. F. MISENER in 1954, she was scrapped at Cartagena, Columbia, in 1986.

The PATERSON of 1954 collided with the steamer EDMUND W. MUDGE in 1957, in fog on the St. Clair River opposite Marine City, Michigan.

The WILLIAM A. IRVIN was towed to the Duluth Convention Center 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 barge PERE MARQUETTE 41 and tug UNDAUNTED arrived Ludington, Michigan from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 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.

1909 – The iron hulled passenger and freight steamer CAMPANA had been cut in two to leave the Great Lakes in 1895, but the hull broke in 1909 where the sections had been rejoined and sank in the St. Lawrence at Point St. Michael a few miles below Quebec City.

1918 – JAY GOULD was loaded with coal and towing the barge COMMODORE when it began leaking and then sank eight miles southeast of Southeast Shoal, Lake Erie. The hull was later dynamited as a hazard to navigation. The barge was overwhelmed by the seas and rolled in the trough for about two hours before it also sank. All on board both ships were saved.

1941 – The Lake Ontario passenger steamer KINGSTON ran aground on a shoal in the St. Lawrence 15 miles SW of Ogdensburg, NY after losing her way in thick fog. The passengers were transferred to RAPIDS PRINCE and the ship was released with the aid of pontoons and repaired at Kingston.

1998 – MOUNTAIN BLOSSOM was downbound in the Seaway when it struck the approach wall at the Eisenhower Lock, opening a crack in the hull that allowed about 50 gallons of xylene to escape. The immediate area was evacuated but the problem was quickly cleaned up. The ship was a regular Great Lakes trader from 1986 to 2007 and was scrapped at Xinhui, China, after arriving on January 10, 2010.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Detroit Marine Historian, Marine Historical Society's Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  June 16

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After swinging on the hook for quite a few days in Lake Superior, Fraserborg raised anchor and arrived Duluth at 07:38 Monday to load wheat at Riverland Ag. Ashtabula/tug Defiance, a rather rare visitor to the Twin Ports, arrived with limestone at 11:19 and headed to Graymont Superior to unload. The pair will shift to Midwest Energy to load petroleum coke once her discharge is complete and will likely depart early Tuesday morning. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Monday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle is due Two Harbors on June 16th. Harbor Lookout is showing the Roger Blough loading in Two Harbors on June 16th. Her AIS is currently showing Duluth. The Joseph L. Block is due Duluth on June 16th to unload stone at the CN hopper. Then to load bft at CN-Hallett #5 before heading to Two Harbors to finish her load with pellets. There is no traffic due at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 16th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 2:45 The tugs Point Valour and Glenada arrived at the main anchorage with Kaministiqua at 5:21 she was shifted north to the Current River entrance. 6:46 the saltie Ruddy arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 8:57 the saltie Helena G arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal. 12:43 the saltie Nadja arrived at Keefer terminal to unload windmill parts.

St. Marys River
Monday’s upbound traffic included Erieborg, Roger Blough, Zeus and barge, John G. Munson and, late, Florence Spirit and Stewart J. Cort. Downbounders included Edwin H Gott and Frontenac.

Green Bay, WI
Monday at 7:30 am steamer Alpena departed for Alpena, MI.

Manistee, MI
Mississagi arrived Monday night to unload.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Rideau was at Burns Harbor Monday, with Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader due Tuesday. Manitowoc and Burns Harbor were at Indiana Harbor.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Sunday; 15:30 Michipicoten arrived to load stone and departed at 23:42 for Detroit.

Bruce Mines: Sunday;20:38 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock and departed Monday at 4:31 for Manistee.

Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 8:21 Algoma Conveyor arrived to load limestone and departed Monday at 1:31 for Windsor.

Port Dolomite: Sunday; 19:05 John G Munson arrived to load and departed Monday at 13:11 for Duluth Superior.

Calcite: Sunday; 0:32 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes arrived to unload petroleum products and departed at 18:28 for Toledo. 21:43 Philip R Clarke arrived to load limestone and departed Monday at 13:17 for Ashtabula.

Stoneport: Monday; 13:58 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone.

Alpena: Monday: 1:52 Great Republic arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload petroleum coke and departed at 13:55 for Port Dolomite.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 10.03 am Monday, loading at Compass Minerals. Algoma Sault passed Sarnia-Port Huron up bound for Goderich about 6 pm.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
At 12:30am Arthur M Anderson was downbound entering the cutoff channel while Florence Spirit, Algoma Innovator and BBC Leda were upbound in the lower end of Lake St Clair. Algonorth was downbound off Harsens Island at 5:30am. Cason J Callaway passed MC upbound at 11am followed closely by Algoma Guardian at 11:1am. Blair Mckeil passed downbound at 10:15am. CSL St Laurent passed downbound at 11:30am. Federal Champlain passed downbound at 12:30pm. Michigan/Great Lakes passed downbound at 2:45pm. Algoma Sault passed upbound at 4pm. Samuel de Champlain/Innovation passed downbound at 4:30pm, followed by Indiana Harbor at 5 pm, Algoma Conveyor at 5:30pm, and Wilf Seymour/Alouette Spirit at 5:45 pm. Johanna G passed MC upbound at 6:30 pm. Michipicoten should pass downbound in the late evening. Sunny with light winds from the north-northwest, 74 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Monday Arrivals: Claude A Desgagnes arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload general cargo. Samuel De Champlain / Innovation arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Kaye E. Barker arrived at 04:46 and left at 18:34 for Toledo.

Marblehead: American Courage arrived from Cleveland.

Cleveland: Laura L. VanEnkevort arrived and went upriver to ArcelorMittal. Federal Delta arrived at 06:07 and docked at pier 24E. Olive L. Moore is running shuttles from Ashtabula. Dorothy Ann arrived at 13:17 from Ashtabula.

Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer was still in port and Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 16:16.

Nanticoke: Algonova left at 16:07 for Sarnia. Algonorth is due in at 02:00 Tuesday morning.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tug Ocean A. Gauthier snuck out late on Sunday night towards Toronto at 22:41 EST to assist a vessel. Monday's traffic began with the arrival of the saltie Belasitza at 4:53 EST. She went to P&H to load grain. The tug Ocean A. Gauthier returned from Toronto at 6:56 EST. At 7:12 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy left for a common trip to Port Weller. At 8:09 EST, the bulker G3 Marquis arrived with a load of ore coming from Superior. At 19:07 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy returned from Port Weller. The Federal Sakura and Federal Churchill both remained in port loading grain throughout the day.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Monday afternoon bound for Toronto.

 

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum now open

6/16 - Whitefish Point, MI – As we prepare to re-open the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum for the 2020 season, the health of our staff, our membership and our guests will be our highest priority. With that being said, we’ll be following the pandemic related protocols and requirements as put forward by the State of Michigan and the CDC. Face coverings will be required to enter the museum buildings, we’ll emphasize social distancing and limit the number of people allowed in each building. Hand sanitizer will be available in each historic building.

Unfortunately, some of our offerings will be delayed, or even cancelled this year, such as our popular lighthouse tower climbs and our overnight program at the 1923 U.S. Coast Guard Crew’s Quarters building. We know that this will be an unusual year, but we also know that you’ll enjoy your visit to Whitefish Point and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 16

On 16 June 1891, Alexander McDougall himself took his brand-new whaleback steamer JOSEPH L. COLBY (steel propeller whaleback freighter, 265 foot, 1,245 gross tons, built in 1890 at West Superior, Wisconsin) down the St. Lawrence River to the sea. The double-hulled COLBY left Prescott, Ontario at 3 p.m., drawing six feet nine inches aft and five feet six inches forward and started on her wild ride through the rapids. The whaleback freighter plowed through the Galops, Iroquois, Long Sault, Coteau, Cedar, Split Rock and Cascade Rapids. She grated the bottom a number of times and had a number of close calls. Captain McDougall stood immobile throughout the trip but great beads of perspiration broke out on his forehead. When the vessel finally made it through the Cascades and was safe on Lake St. Louis, the French Canadian pilot left and the crew let out shouts of joy with the whistle blowing. The COLBY was the first screw steamer to attempt running the rapids.

On 16 June 1892, GENERAL BURNSIDE (3-mast wooden schooner, 138 foot, 308 gross tons, built in 1862, at Wolfe Island, Ontario) foundered in a powerful northwest gale on Lake Erie near Southeast Shoal Light. Her crew was rescued by the tug GREGORY.

The steamer UNIQUE (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 163 foot, 381 gross tons) was built by Alexander Anderson at Marine City, Michigan. She was launched stern first at 3:00 p.m. on 16 June 1894. There was quite a crowd assembled to watch the launch. While waiting for the launch, Engineer Merrill of the steamer MARY composed the following verse:

"The new steamer Unique
Made a beautiful suique
On a direction oblique
Into a big crique,
So to spique."

The vessel was painted a bright yellow up to the promenade deck with white cabins and upper works. In 1901, she left the upper lakes and was chartered for the Thousand Islands cruise trade. Later that year, she was sold to Philadelphia buyers for Delaware River service. Her upper cabins were removed in 1904, when she was rebuilt as a yacht. She lasted until 20 November 1915, when she burned to a total loss in New York harbor.

On 16 June 1905, at 2:00 a.m., a fire was discovered around the smokestack of the North Shore Navigation Company's CITY OF COLLINGWOOD (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 213 foot, 1,387 gross tons, built in 1893, at Owen Sound, Ontario) burned at the Grand Trunk Railway docks at Collingwood, Ontario and was destroyed along with the dock and nearby sheds. Four died, but most of crew jumped overboard. Captain Wright had gone to his home on Pine St. about an hour before and was preparing for bed when he heard four whistles sounded by the steamer BRITTANIC, which was laying alongside. He ran to the dock, went aboard and woke the 1st mate J. D. Montgomery and a wheelsman. They had to jump to the dock to escape the flames. James Meade, Lyman Finch, A. McClellan, and another unidentified crewmember who had just joined the vessel at the Soo were all sleeping in the forecastle and lost their lives.

In 1967, the FEUX FOLLETS (Hull#188) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Papachristidis Co. Ltd. She was the last steam-powered lake ship. Renamed in 1972 as b.) CANADIAN LEADER and scrapped in 2012.

Upbound in the Welland Canal on June 16, 1963, loaded with iron ore for Chicago, U.S. Steel's BENJAMIN F. 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 damage of $5,000 to both vessels.

On 16 June 1861, ANDOVER (2-mast wooden schooner, 98 foot, 190 tons, 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 foot, 438 gross tons, built in 1870, at Cleveland, Ohio) 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 foot. 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, the Fr. Dowling Collection and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Barge PML 2501 freed from St. Marys River stranding

6/15 - The Purvis Marine barge PML 2501, freed from her stranding on the lower St. Marys River just north of DeTour, was upbound at Mission Point Sunday evening, pushed by the tug Anglian Lady, headed for the Purvis Marine dock in Soo, ON. The tug W.I. Scott Purvis trailed them up the river. The barge was noticeably down by the stern and earlier reports indicated a ballast tank had been holed.

The barge ran aground early the previous Wednesday as a severe storm was blowing through the area. She is carrying 3,622 metric tons of coal tar and approximately 6,340 gallons of diesel fuel. Their last port of call was Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. enroute to Burns Harbor, IN. mThe cause of grounding is under investigation.

 

Gypsum dock demolition in Alabaster, MI, has begun

6/15 - Demolition of the historic gypsum dock in Alabaster, MI, is now underway. This building was located at the end of the tramway where the boats were loaded and has been an iconic structure in this area for my entire lifetime. While its time has come, it is still a sad day for me to see it come down.

The Ryba Marine Construction tug, Kathy Lynn, will be bringing the remains back to Bay City by barge to be offloaded and recycled.

Saginaw River Images

 

Port Reports -  June 15

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The Duluth harbor saw a quiet day on Sunday with the only vessel in port being the anchored Fraserborg. She is due to arrive on Monday morning to load wheat at Riverland Ag. Ashtabula/tug Defiance and Mesabi Miner are also due on Monday. At the Superior entry on Sunday, Frontenac arrived at 02:05, loaded at Burlington Northern, and was outbound with iron ore at 14:43. No further traffic is expected in Superior until late Tuesday/early Wednesday when Stewart J. Cort and Algoma Guardian are due to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on June 14th at 14:39 for Conneaut. Neither Two Harbor nor Northshore Mining in Silver Bay have any traffic scheduled on June 15th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 16:13 Blair McKeil departed for Sorel. 16:50 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel. 18:47 Federal Champlain departed for Montreal. 19:31 Saginaw shifted from the Superior Elevator to Viterra A to finish loading. 22:12 Kaministiqua was stopped approximately 25 miles SE of Passage Island. 10:42 The tugs Point Valour and Glenada departed to render assistance to Kaministiqua. 15:28 The tugs rendezvoused with Kaministiqua. 16:08 They departed for Thunder Bay with Kaministiqua under tow.

St. Marys River
Sunday’s upbound traffic included Helena G early, Nadja, Joseph L. Block and Victory/Maumee late. Downbunders included Michipicoten (for Thessalon through the Turkey Trail), Blair McKeil, CSL St-Laurent, Great Republic, Federal Champlain, Indiana Harbor and Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
After stops in Detroit and Burns Harbor, Federal Biscay arrived Sunday morning (6/14) with steel from Antwerp. She tied up at the Federal Marine Terminals dock on the outer harbor and is expected to be in town until Thursday (6/18). Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest returned from Charlevoix just before noon on Sunday (6/14) with more cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. She was in the city this past Friday (6/12). Federal Rideau is currently scheduled into Milwaukee next Saturday (6/20) with steel from IJmuiden.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Rideau was at Burns Harbor Sunday.

Northern Lake Huron
John G. Munson was loading at Cedarville Sunday night.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 4.20 pm Friday, loaded salt, cleared 4.42 am Saturday for Toledo. Algoma Sault is expected next

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Sunday Arrivals: Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. GL Ostrander/Integrity-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. Cason J Callaway arrived at the McCoig Concrete dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Departing from Cleveland were Algoma Buffalo with salt at 08:16, NACC Capri at 09:05 for Bath, Sea Eagle II at 11:31 for Toledo, Herbert C. Jackson at 11:52 and Olive L. Moore for Ashtabula. Arriving was the American Courage at 09:49 from Fairport Harbor to load a shuttle. Due in Monday is Laura L. VanEnkevort with stone for the Bulk Terminal and a new visitor will be the Federal Delta, scheduled to arrive at the Port at 06:00.

Ashtabula: Dorothy Ann was still in port.

Conneaut: Atlantic Huron departed for Quebec City at 12:40 and Edgar B. Speer arrived at 15:58.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
6/12/20: Helena G departed for Detroit at 00:07 EST after spending time unloading steel. The tug Calusa Coast and her barge Delaware departed for Detroit at 4:36 EST. The ferry William Darrell departed for its home port of Cape Vincent after spending some time at Heddle Marine Shipyards, at 11:43 EST. The Federal Delta departed for Cleveland at 21:36 EST after unloading steel.

6/13/20: Algoma Guardian arrived at 7:37 EST to unload ore from Superior. At 11:13 EST the tug Vigilant 1 returned after taking project cargo to Courtwright. At 17:10 EST, the Algoma Strongfield arrived to unload ore from Port Cartier.

6/14/20: Claude A. Desgagnés was the first departure for the day, and she was headed for Detroit after unloading steel at 1:00 EST. The Algoma Guardian followed her out at 2:05 EST light, headed back to Superior. At 15:38, the tug Molly M 1 was on her way to Courtwright with project cargo. The Algoma Strongfield departed light at 20:12 EST. The Federal Sakura and Federal Churchill were in port loading grain on Sunday.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Dock on Saturday night.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at the Lehigh Cement Plant Dock Sunday afternoon.

 

Marquette Maritime Museum to open June 16

6/15 - Marquette, MI – The Marquette Maritime Museum in Marquette, Mich. is opening on June 16. Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff members. All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks.

In addition, we require daily health screening assessments for all staff and volunteers. We are also cleaning frequently touched surfaces every hour and offering a touchless hand sanitizing station at the Museum entrance. Visitors are asked to wear a mask for their safety and for our safety. If you forget your mask, we will have masks available to purchase in our Gift Shop (proceeds supporting the museum). We also ask that visitors keep 6-feet between yourself and anyone outside your group. Additionally, please do not enter if you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick.

Museum hours are 11am – 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Lighthouse tours are at 11:30am and 1:30 pm. Lighthouse tour group sizes have been reduced to 10. Please call the Museum at 906-226-2006 to reserve a spot or to pay by phone.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding in this challenging situation. If you would like to help the Maritime Museum, you can renew your membership or make a donation on our website, www.mqtmaritimemuseum.com

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 15

On this day in 1967, the new $6 million Allouez taconite pellet handling facility in Superior, Wisconsin, was dedicated. The first cargo of 18,145 tons of pellets was loaded into the holds of the Hanna Mining Company freighter JOSEPH H. THOMPSON.

At midnight, on Saturday, 15 June 1901, OMAR D. CONGER (wooden propeller ferry, 92 foot, 199 gross tons, built in 1882, at Port Huron, Michigan) burned at her dock on the Black River in Port Huron, Michigan. Her upper works were destroyed, but she was repaired and put back in service. She lasted until 1922, when her boiler exploded, killing four people and destroying the vessel.

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 b.) CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN, later converted to a self-unloader, and finished her career as d.) CONSUMERS POWER at the end of the 1985, season before being scrapped in 1988.

In 1989, the ROGER M. KYES was rechristened b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS by American Steamship Co.

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

GRECIAN (steel propeller freighter, 296 foot, 2,348 gross tons, built in 1891, at Cleveland, Ohio by Globe Iron Works (Hull#40) 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 towed by her fleet mate SIR HENRY BESSEMER, bound for Detroit Shipbuilding Co. in Wyandotte, Michigan, for repairs, relying on air pressure in her sealed holds to keep 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.

1933 – BRENTWOOD ran aground in the St. Marys River and was released on June 19 with about $60,000 in damage. The CSL vessel soon tied up at Midland and was scrapped there in 1937.

1943 – WILLIAM BREWSTER was on her maiden voyage when she collided with the W.D. CALVERLEY JR. and sank on her side in the St. Clair River off Algonac. The ship was not refloated until November and, after repairs, finally left the lakes in June 1944. It operated on saltwater routes until scrapping at Calcutta, India, as e) RAY MAYABUNDAR in 1967.

1962 – NYON, a Seaway visitor in 1961 and 1962, sank in the English Channel, 5 miles south of Beachy Head, after a collision in heavy fog with the Indian freighter JALAZAD. The latter came to the Great Lakes in 1969 and was eventually scuttled off Tema, Ghana, as b) JYOTI VINOD in September 1983.

1965 – BREIM, a Great Lakes visitor from Norway, got stuck in the mud below the Snell Lock at Massena, NY was released the next day after some cargo was lightered. The ship arrived at Visakhapatnam, India, for scrapping as c) CHRISTINA C. on October 24, 1983.

1988 – ALGOWEST and COUDRES D'ILE collided in fog on the St. Lawrence and the small coastal freighter sank with the loss of one life. The former now sails for Algoma as PETER R. CRESSWELL.

2001 – Fire broke out in the engine room of the Cypriot freighter FELIX 60 miles off Las Palmas, Canary Islands and the 21-member crew was removed. The ship first came to the Great Lakes as a) BEGONIA in 1978 and returned as b) TIMUR SWALLOW in 1983 and c) JENNIFER JANE in 1985. The burning vessel was anchored and the fire extinguished June 16. A total loss, the ship arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, under tow as f) ELI on December 1, 2001, and was broken up.

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

 

S.S. Badger car ferry arrives in Manitowoc after first sail amid coronavirus

6/14 - Manitowoc, WI – The S.S. Badger sailed as planned this weekend, but with a few safety measures to keep passengers and crew healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.

The popular car ferry, which makes a four-hour trip from Manitowoc to Ludington, Michigan, and back throughout the summer months, already delayed its 2020 season by about a month because of shelter-at-home orders in both Wisconsin and Michigan to avoid the spread of the virus.

With plans to open for business Friday, staff is being extra careful. Tours across Lake Michigan will be limited to half capacity — 300 passengers rather than 600, company Vice President Pat McCarthy said. “We want people to be socially distanced, but still enjoy a nice trip on the Badger,” he said.

Crew will be required to wear masks and passengers will be strongly encouraged to wear them, although they may be allowed to remove them for photos, he said.

Deck chairs will be spaced, and the food buffet line will be closed. In the Badger Alley food a la carte area, staff will touch food and drink selections rather than customers as they make their choices.

Crew will be required to wear face masks and will have temperature checks, McCarthy said. They will be encouraged to disembark if they are sick and they will go through symptom checklists. There’s plenty of hand sanitizer on hand for guests and staff, and the ship will be defogged and completely sanitized overnight every day, McCarthy said.

Although the efforts are intense, he wants passengers to feel safe as they enjoy the unique experience. He expects business to dip in 2020, but expects to rebound next year.

The Badger saw a drop in summer reservations in May, McCarthy noted, as events such as the EAA air show in Oshkosh — a big draw for the ship — were canceled when COVID-19 was at its peak in the Midwest. As new cases flattened, people began to again sign up for trips. “People are tired of safer at home,” he said. “They want to get out and do things.”

Overall, the S.S. Badger — like many other businesses — must take one day at a time. “We’re going to make the most of an unusual year,” McCarthy said. “What else can we really do? We hope people will feel comfortable and willing to ride the Badger for a one-of-a-kind experience.”

View a photo gallery at this link: https://www.htrnews.com/story/news/2020/06/12/lake-michigian-car-ferry-s-s-badger-opens-season-amid-coronavirus/3175563001

Herald Times Reporter

 

Port Reports -  June 14

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Republic finished unloading her limestone cargo at Hallett #5 just after midnight Saturday morning and shifted to SMET to load petroleum coke. She was outbound at 07:21 for Alpena. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort, which had unloaded stone at Graymont and shifted over to Canadian National at 01:00, left port at 13:10 with a full load of iron ore pellets for Burns Harbor. Fraserborg remained anchored in the lake waiting to load at Riverland Ag. At the Superior entry, James R. Barker departed at 18:04 with iron ore pellets. Frontenac was anchored outside the harbor waiting for the Barker to clear and was expected to arrive at 20:00 to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
CSL St-Laurent departed Two Harbors from South of #2 on June 13th at 06:58 for Quebec City. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on June 13th at 07:35 after being stopped off Sand Island. As of 19:30 on June 13th she was still at the loading dock. When the Michipicoten departed Two Harbors on June 12th I didn't have a destination. She went to Algoma-Soo. There is no inbound traffic due Two Harbors on June 14th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Indiana Harbor on June 13th at 11:05 for Ashtabula. There is no traffic due Silver Bay on June 14th.

St. Marys River
An exceptionally quiet Saturday saw Ruddy upbound in the morning and Ashtabula/Defiance upbound late. Kaye E Barker was downbound in the morning and Burns Harbor followed after dark, with Arthur M. Anderson following. PML barge 2501 remains grounded in the lower river with tug Anglian Lady standing by.

Green Bay, WI
At 3:30 am Saturday the tug Michigan/barge Great Lakes departed for Calcite, MI. At 7:30 am Erieborg arrived after anchored out in the bay for the KK Integrated Logistics terminal with wood pulp. The Alpena arrived at 11:30 am for the Lafarge terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Biscayne and Federal Rideau were at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. Calumet was at Indiana Harbor.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 4.20 pm Friday cleared 4.42 am Saturday after loading salt for Toledo.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Leo A McArthur passed MC downbound at 2am. CSL Niagara passed downbound at 4:45am. John G Munson arrived at the MC stoneyard before dawn and finished a quick unload and downbound by 9am. Paul R Tregurtha finished unloading at the power plant and was at the mouth of the Detroit River at 7am. Herbert C Jackson passed downbound at 9am. Algoma Innovator passed downbound at 11:30am. Algonova followed at 11:45am, and American Courage was also downbound at 12:15pm. Helena G passed upbound at 2:30pm. Ojibway at 3:45pm, G3 Marquis at 5:15pm, Jana Desgagnes at 5:30pm, and CSL Laurentien at 6:15pm were all downbound. Nadja should pass upbound at 7:15pm. Edgar B Speer should pass MC downbound in the late evening. Sunny and breezy, winds from the north- northwest, and 64 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
John G Munson was unloading stone at the Motor City Materials dock on Saturday

Toledo, OH
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Saturday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Algoma Buffalo, Sea Eagle II and NACC Capri are still in port. Mesabi Miner left at 14:01 and is headed to Duluth. Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 22:00. She will lighter at the Bulk Terminal and then head up the Cuyahoga to ArcelorMittal. Olive L. Moore is running a shuttle.

Ashtabula: Dorothy Ann arrived at 06:26 from Cleveland.

Conneaut: American Mariner left for Quebec City, Presque Isle left at 09:21 for Two Harbors and Atlantic Huron arrived at 10:29.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit at Lehigh Cement Dock on Saturday night.

 

Commodity Spotlight: Wind energy components soaring

6/14 - With an increased focus on commodity diversification through project cargo, international shipments of wind energy components in the Great Lakes region are taking off. During the first two months of the 2020 navigation season, shiploads of wind-related components were handled across five Great Lakes states at eight American ports, including: Port of Monroe, Port of Erie, Port of Buffalo, Port of Ogdensburg, Port of Bay City, Port of Menominee, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and Port of Chicago.

Attracting new business through wind-related cargos and Seaway activity, both Port of Monroe and Port of Buffalo are benefiting from notable increases in shipping traffic.

“If there was a single word to describe the Port of Monroe, it would be resilient,” said Paul C. LaMarre III, Port Director, Port of Monroe. “Everything we have done puts relationships and the broader industry as a whole first. I believe, if you build the relationships, the cargo will follow it.”

Of these relationships, this navigation season brings to light a particularly impactful partnership between the Port of Monroe, Spliethoff Group’s BigLift Shipping, and Ventower Industry—one of four wind tower manufacturers in the United States—all working together to move, handle and manufacture wind towers for a General Electric project based in Michigan.

The Port of Monroe, serving the project as an advantageous congregation point for high value wind components coming by rail and vessel, now welcomes BigLift’s M/V Happy River on a nonstop shuttle delivering wind tower sections manufactured in Bécancour, Quebec every eight days.

In addition to logistical advantages due to the Port’s geographical location, BigLift’s vessels are particularly well suited for the Port of Monroe due to their size and the Port’s draft restrictions. To date, the M/V Happy River completed three voyages to Monroe—with eleven more planned—carrying forty wind tower sections per trip.

“The wind project and the tower sections are the lifeblood of our port this season,” said LaMarre. “Not only is this project impactful from the number of vessel calls, which will be the highest in our history for Seaway cargo, it’s with a partner that we’ve been in the trenches with for five years, has the majority of the Port’s laydown area being utilized, is using multiple modes of transportation, and sustaining our port workforce and partners in challenging times.”

Similarly, the Port of Buffalo is off to a strong start, filling their docks a total of thirty-two days since their navigation season began on April 12, 2020. To date, the Port of Buffalo welcomed three Seaway shipments of wind turbine components—two from Germany and one from Korea—and are expecting two more in the coming week.

“To the Port of Buffalo, handling these wind turbines means a full dock for the season. Not only are we unloading the vessels, but we’re also loading the trucks that take them to site. So, this is an opportunity to keep us busy all the way into fall,” said Patricia C. Schreiber, Port Director, Port of Buffalo.

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

 

Seaway salties renamed

6/14 - The following Saltwater Vessels have been renamed with each one having made visits to the Great Lakes/Seaway system during their careers.

Bluewing, IMO 9230919, which first came inland as such in 2002 and last visited as such in 2019 is now the Mak1 of Belize flag and registration.

Cape Dawson, IMO 9449429, a tanker which first came inland as such in 2018 and last visited as such in 2019 is now the Sinkar Srikandi of Indonesia flag and registry.

Fairchem Yuka, IMO 9477505, a tanker which came inland in 2014 on its only visit as such is now the Chem Taurus of Liberian flag and registry.

Swan Biscay, IMO 9438444, a tanker which first came inland in 2015 as such and last visited in 2017 as such is now the Norstar Biscay of the Marshall Islands flag and registry.

Three Rivers, IMO 9546784, first came inland in 2010 and last visited as such in 2019 is now the Puna of Liberian flag and registry.

Pacific Huron, IMO 9546796, and a sistership to the Three Rivers first came inland in 2010 and last visited as such in 2019 is now the Ortolan Beta Strait of Antigua and Barbuda flag and registry.

Denny Dushane

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 14

On this day in 1985, Captain Edward Rogowski passed away. Captain Rogowski started sailing as a deckhand on the 514 foot JOHN SHERWIN in 1936. He retired in 1982 as the first captain of the largest freighter on the Great Lakes, the 1,013 foot PAUL R TREGURTHA.

On this day in 1957, the Interlake Steamship Company freighter HARVEY H. BROWN, Captain Percy E. Mc Ginness, delivered the first cargo of coal to the new taconite loading port of Taconite Harbor, Minnesota.

ROGER BLOUGH departed the shipyard in ballast on her maiden voyage for U.S. Steel Corp. the night of June 14, 1972, for Two Harbors, Minnesota to load 41,608 gross tons of taconite ore pellets. She was nearly a year late because of a fire in her engine room.

On June 14, 1988, the CONSUMERS POWER of 1927, with her former fleet mate JOHN T. HUTCHINSON, departed Lauzon, Quebec, in tow of the Panamanian tug/supply ship OMEGA 809, bound for a 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.

1954 – W.F. WHITE crushed the tug OHIO against a pier in Buffalo and the latter was a total loss. The tug was refloated and scrapped at Cleveland in 1955.

1977 – ALMAR came to the Great Lakes under Greek registry in 1964. It caught fire in the engine room as c) IJESHA LION at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and sustained major damage. The hull was abandoned by the owners, towed out to sea and scuttled in 1978

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

American Integrity to make first trip of the season on Sunday

6/13 - The American Steamship Co. 1,000-footer American Integrity will start her season on Sunday. She will leave Sturgeon Bay to load ore at Silver Bay.

Jacob Silvan

 

Purvis Marine barge PML 2501 remains aground in lower St. Marys River

6/13 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The grounded barge PML 2501, owned by Purvis Marine Ltd., remained aground in the lower St. Marys River on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie Command Center received notification that the PML 2501 (length: 302 feet) towed by the tug Anglian Lady (length: 132 feet) was aground in the lower St. Marys River near Sweets Point

The most recent information available indicated a salvage plan for the barge was being submitted to the Coast Guard for review. The Coast Guard established a safety zone around the navigable waters of the barge PML 2501. All vessels are required to remain 500 yards away from the barge.

 

Seaway active with international shipments, moving global supply chain

6/13 - Washington, D.C. – American ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system record particularly noteworthy increases in project cargo as they advance the global supply chain, trading with 22 countries during the first two months of the navigation season.

Year-to-date total tonnage—from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020—is situated at 7.7 million metric tons (mt), down 10.2 percent compared to this time last year.

“In times like these, it is reassuring to see our ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System working hard to keep the supply chain moving. The Great Lakes Seaway marine transportation system is critical infrastructure, and remains vital to keeping commerce flowing without disruption in order to support North America’s agricultural, manufacturing, construction, energy, and mining industries,” said Craig H. Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator of the U.S.

Top-performing commodities through May 2020

Salt, 735,000 mt, 9.6 percent increase
Gypsum, 137,000 mt, 158.3 percent increase
Steel Slab, 119,000 mt, 556.4 percent increase
Potash, 82,000 mt, 15.4

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

 

Port Reports -  June 13

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Republic arrived Duluth at 13:02 Friday afternoon loaded with limestone for Hallett #5. She was followed into port by the ATB Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort, which entered port at 14:50 and moored at the Graymont Superior plant to offload stone. Arthur M. Anderson was outbound from Canadian National at 18:23 with a full load of iron ore pellets destined for Conneaut. She had unloaded stone at C. Reiss prior to shifting over to CN at 07:30 Friday morning to load. Great Republic is expected to shift over to Midwest Energy to load petroleum coke once she completes her discharge, however it was unclear whether Erie Trader would load in port or head up the North Shore. Fraserborg remained on the hook outside the harbor Friday, and is due to arrive on Monday morning to load. At the Superior entry, James R. Barker arrived at 19:15 Friday evening to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors stern first where she turned and headed down the lake. She departed on June 12th at 15:25 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on June 12th was the CSL St-Laurent at 15:50 for South of #2. She had originally stopped off Two Harbors on June 12th at approx. 03:10 and then got underway at 15:35 and arrived at 15:50. The Michipicoten departed Two Harbors on June 12th at 18:45 from North of #2 gravity dock. Edwin H. Gott went to anchor near Sand Island between noon and 12:30 on June 12th where she will wait for the Two Harbors shiploader. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on June 13th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor on June 12th at 16:55. She arrived stern first for the dock. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic due on June 13th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 9:40 CSL Welland arrived and went to anchor. 16:11 Blair McKeil arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Marquette, MI
Kaye E. Barker was due Friday evening late.

St. Marys River
Friday’s downbound traffic included Algonova, Ojibway, Sharon M 1 / barge Huron Spirit, CSL Laurentian, G3 Marquis and Edgar B. Speer late.

Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI: At 3:50 am Friday morning the Cason J Callaway arrived from Port Inland, MI with limestone for the Greymont Western Lime Dock Terminal and departed at 12:17 pm for Port Inland, MI. Also on Friday at 6:30 am the tug G.L. OSTRANDER barge INTEGRITY arrived from Muskegon, MI with cement for the Lafarge Terminal then departed at 12:30 pm in the afternoon for Alpena. The Erieborg arrived late evening from Port Weller by way of Sweden with wood pulp for KK Integrated Logistics Inc.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix at 03:36 Friday (6/12) with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. She finished unloading and was on her way back to Charlevoix Friday afternoon. Algoma Conveyor arrived at 14:39 Friday with deicing salt from the Compass Minerals mine at Goderich. Milwaukee’s harbor is dredged to seaway depth (8.08 meters). When loaded to seaway draft, Conveyor carries 28,200 metric tons. High lake levels allowed Conveyor to load to a draft of 8.6 meters, which equates to almost 31,000 metric tons. Still in Milwaukee are USACE tugs Racine and Kenosha along with the crane barge Manitowoc. The equipment is being used to repair the breakwater. Federal Biscay is scheduled to arrive with steel from Antwerp Sunday (6/14).

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Biscay and Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor Friday night. Gardno was at S Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Thessalon: Friday; 0:08 Cuyahoga departed down bound on Lake Huron.

Drummond Island: Thursday; 17:53 Philip R Clarke arrived to load and departed on Friday at 8:17

Cheboygan: Friday; 2:31 The tug Albert and tanker barge Margaret arrived at the US Oil Co dock to unload and departed at 10:57 for Toledo.

Calcite: Friday; 11:57 American Courage departed for Fairport. 14:06 John G Munson departed for Marine City.

Alpena: Friday; 1:18 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 11:42 for Green Bay.

Port Inland: Thursday; 18:04 Cason J Callaway departed for Green Bay. 22:21 Undaunted /Pere Marquette 41 departed for Muskegon

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt Friday night.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Manitowoc was inbound on the Saginaw River early Friday morning, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City. She was back outbound for the lake later in the morning.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Mesabi Miner passed downbound at 6am. Algoma Innovator passed upbound at 7:30am. Federal Rideau passed upbound before dawn and was well out into Lake Huron at 7:30am. Irma passed downbound at 11:15am followed closely by Federal Hudson at 11:30am. Victory/Maumee passed downbound at 12:15pm. Ruddy passed upbound at 12:30pm. Algoterra passed downbound at 12:45pm. PaulR Tregurtha arrived at the St Clair power plant to unload coal, but the unloading had not begun as of 7pm. Cuyahoga downbound and Jana Degagnes upbound should pass MC in the 8pm hour. Sunny and breezy all day with winds from the north-northeast, temp 62 degrees F with overnite of the 13th expected to drop into the mid 40's.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H.
Iver Bright unloaded at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal on Friday

Toledo, OH
We are seeking a reporter for this port.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Dorothy Ann arrived at 01:19 for ArcelorMittal. Sea Eagle II arrived at 11:20 for St. Marys Cement. Olive L. Moore and barge arrived from Ashtabula at 06:24, Algoma Buffalo came in at 15:45 to load at Cargill. Mesabi Miner was due in at midnight for the Bulk Terminal. NACC Capri is due in Saturday at 01:00.

Conneaut: John D. Leitch left for Quebec City, American Mariner was in port and Presque Isle arrived at 20:00. Atlantic Huron is due in Saturday at 06:00.

Nanticoke: Algosea departed at 16:45 for Sorel-Tracy. Algocanada was still in port and Algoma Transport remained at anchor.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived late Friday afternoon at the Lehigh Cement Dock.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at the Lehigh Cement Plant Wednesday night.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 13

On 13 June 2003, after completing her conversion from American to Canadian registry, Lower Lakes Towing's newly-acquired MICHIPICOTEN, a.) ELTON HOYT 2ND, departed the Government dock at Sarnia, Ontario. First she went to the Shell Oil dock in Corunna, Ontario to fuel, then she departed for Marquette, Michigan to load ore for Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

On June 13, 1983, JOHN B. AIRD began its maiden voyage for Algoma Central Railway, a load of coal from Thunder Bay to Nanticoke, Ontario.

IRVING S. OLDS carried a 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 Steamship Co., 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 damage totaled $10,000, which included a new anchor and shell plating which was completed at the Craig Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, Ohio.

June 13, 1930 - Shortly after leaving Menominee, Michigan, 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, Wisconsin, where surgery was performed to remove gallstones.

June 13, 1974 - The CITY OF GREEN BAY, formerly WABASH was sold to Marine Salvage Company to be scrapped. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1974. On 13 June 1903, CHARLES H. DAVIS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 145 foot, 391 gross tons, built in 1881, at Saginaw, Michigan) 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.

1905 – The wooden steamer YAKIMA had stranded in Lake St. Clair on June 10, 1905, but caught fire and burned on this date while waiting to be salvaged. The remains were later towed into Lake Huron and scuttled.

1906 – The newly-built J. PIERPONT MORGAN carried a record 13, 294 tons of iron ore out of Escanaba for Chicago.

On 13 June 1902, METROPOLIS (wooden side-wheel steamer, 168 foot, 425 tons, built in 1868, at Detroit, Michigan) caught fire and burned to a total loss at her dock in Toledo, Ohio. She was only used occasionally for excursions and spent most of her time tied up to the dock.

1944 – CANADIAN OTTER was built at Welland in 1920 but, in 1944, was sailing as f) FUKOKU MARU as a Japanese army cargo ship. It was sunk by aircraft from U.S.S. ESSEX while in a convoy from Philippines to Japan in the overnight hours of June 13-14, 1944.

1959 – A fire in the crew quarters of the FEDERAL PIONEER, docked at Section 51 in Montreal, was quickly controlled with only minor damage and sailing was delayed by three hours. The ship was a frequent Seaway trader for Federal Commerce and Navigation, now known as FedNav, and arrived at Hsinkiang, China, for scrapping on January 21, 1971.

1978 – Seven men were lost aboard the ANCO DUKE while cleaning tanks out in the Pacific. They were likely overcome by fumes. The ship later came to the Great Lakes as c) LAKE ANETTE in 1980, as d) SATU MAR in 1984 and as e) TOVE COB in 1987. It was scrapped in Bangladesh in 1993.

1978 – The bulk carrier ARCTIC hit the Cherry Street Bridge at Toledo on its first trip and had to return to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

1980 – TROYAN first came through the Seaway in 1972. The ship began leaking in heavy weather as c) SUNRISE and foundered June 13, 1980, in the outer anchorage at Bombay, India, while enroute from Japan to Damman, Saudi Arabia, with bagged cement.

2004 – The SINGAPORE STAR first came to the Great Lakes in 1982. It caught fire in the accommodation area while on the Black Sea as c) BARBADOS OKTAY on June 13, 2004. The ship was carrying scrap steel from Novorossiysk, Russia, to Eregli, Turkey. The blaze was put out with tug assistance but the ship was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, to be broken up on July 19, 2004.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade up 29.6 percent in March

6/12 - Cleveland OH – Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 1.3 million tons in March, an increase of 29.6 percent compared to a year ago. However, loadings trailed the month’s 5-year average by 5.5 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 3.1 million tons, a decrease of 9.1 percent. Iron ore shipments are 10.7 percent behind their 5-year average for the first three months of the year.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  June 12

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only traffic through the Duluth entry on Thursday was Arthur M. Anderson, which arrived at 16:12 and headed down the harbor to the C. Reiss dock to drop off a load of stone. Edgar B. Speer was at Canadian National loading iron ore pellets for the second consecutive day, and was expected to depart prior to midnight. Fraserborg was still anchored outside the harbor waiting to load wheat at Riverland Ag and currently does not have a posted ETA. In Superior on Thursday, G3 Marquis arrived at 03:18, loaded at Burlington Northern, and was outbound at 15:18 with ore for Hamilton.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors on June 10th at 22:35 for Gary. The CSL Laurentien got underway off Two Harbors on June 10th at 22:10 and arrived at 22:58 on June 10th. She departed from the shiploader at noon on June 11th for Quebec City. The Burns Harbor stopped off Duluth at approx. 21:00 on June 10th to await the shiploader in Two Harbors. She got underway off Duluth on June 11th at 09:35 and arrived Two Harbors at 12:22 on June 11th. Also arriving Two Harbors on June 11th was the Michipicoten at 05:52 for North of #2. Don't know if she's at lay-by or loading. Due Two Harbors on June 12th are the CSL St-Laurent and the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Herbert C. Jackson arrive on June 10th at 23:45. She departed on June 12th at 07:13th for Cleveland. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 12th is the Indiana Harbor.

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday; 6:08 CSL Niagara departed for Montreal. 13:28 Federal Baltic arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 14:31 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load wheat. 17:23 Ojibway departed for Windsor.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Biscay was at Burns Harbor Thursday night. Joseph L Block was at Indiana Harbor. Gardno was docked at the mouth of the Calumet River.

Northern Lake Huron
Little Current: Wednesday; 20:52 Sharon MI departed for Algoma Steel, Sault Ste Marie

Thessalon: Thursday; Cuyahoga arrived to load stone.

Meldrum Bay: Thursday; 0:04 Laura L Van Enkevort departed for Marysville.

Calcite: Wednesday; 20:24 American Courage arrived and went to anchor. 23:22 Great Republic departed for Duluth Superior.

Alpena: Wednesday; 20:53 Undaunted /Pere Marquette 41 departed for Port Inland.

Port Inland: Thursday; 3:40 Cason J Callaway arrived to load. 17:41 Undaunted /Pere Marquette 41 arrived to load.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson At 5:30am Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder was downbound mid Lake St Clair. Algoma Innovator was downbound off Marysville at the same time. Iver Bright passed MC downbound at 7am. Calumet passed MC upbound at noon, followed closely by Alpena at 12:15pm. Erieborg passed upbound at 3:30pm. Federal Dee passed downbound at 5:15pm. Algoma Guardian passed downbound at 7pm. Clear skies and 78 degrees F with winds stiff from the southwest-west.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H. Thursday Arrivals: Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder-arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone. Algoma Innovator-arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload trap rock.

Toledo, OH
Reports needed for Toledo

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss

Cleveland: Federal Rideau departed at 17:37 for Burns Harbor. Olive L. Moore left at 03:14 for Ashtabula, arriving there at 10:16 to load for Cleveland.

Conneaut: John D. Leitch arrived at 00:04 and American Mariner arrived from Buffalo at 17:49.

Nanticoke: Still in port are Algocanada and Algosea. Algoma Transport dropped anchor at 16:02, having departed Ashtabula at 04:34.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The Federal Churchill arrived at 4:05 EST, coming from Ravenna, Italy. The Claude A. Desgagnés arrived at 16:41 EST, coming from Houston, TX. Both vessels dropped anchor, awaiting their turns to unload steel. The Federal Delta and Helena G are both currently unloading steel. The tug Calusa Coast and her barge Delaware are also in port, unloading asphalt. The Federal Sakura is expected to arrive at 21:30 EST from Germany to load grain.

 

Great Lakes waters in May set record highs; highest water in 102 years possible by July

6/12 - Three Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair set record high water levels in May. The forecast for water rising to mid-summer shows an all-time high water mark is possible since good records began 102 years ago.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron topped the previous May water level record by 4 inches. This extra water represents 3.2 trillion gallons that Lake Michigan-Huron never had in a month of May.

All of the Great Lakes are in their normal seasonal rise, and usually peak water levels are reached around July. Lake Michigan and Huron are expected to continue to rise in June and July. July and/or August could have the highest water level recorded back to the beginning of records in 1918.

Read more and view graphs at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/2020/06/great-lakes-waters-in-may-set-record-highs-highest-water-in-102-years-possible-by-july.html

 

Kingston’s Marine Museum move, reopening delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic

6/12 - Kingston, ON – The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on a number of sectors, including tourism. Officials with Kingston’s “Marine Museum of the Great Lakes” were all smiles after re-acquiring their former property on Ontario Street late last year.

The pandemic, however, has delayed the museum’s move and reopening. While it looks ready to go on the outside, the inside is a different – empty galleries, damage and no electricity, even the engine house was flooded.

Chris West, the museum’s chair of the board, says they were hoping to open this summer but COVID-19 quickly put a stop to that.

“We were hoping to do some first-step minimal infrastructure repairs so that we could have moved in an office, had one gallery set up with an exhibit and start to re-engage with our members and the community, who are so eager to get back to this historic site and see it flourish again,” West says. “So the idea was to get a small footprint going this season – that’s obviously deferred with the pandemic.

A national fundraising campaign has also been pushed back. West says a lofty goal of $30 million will certainly take the museum to the next level.

“I hope by this time next year we will be taking delivery of a truly exciting historic ship that will fill the dry dock, we’ll drain the dry dock, set that ship up on blocks, it’s going to be a spectacular site on Ontario Street and a real calling card not only for the museum but for Kingston.”

West says restoration of the facility’s waterfront and docks as well as working with the city on a handful of initiatives makes the future extremely bright. The Marine Museum has been a fixture on the Kingston Museum scene for 45 years now.

Global News

 

Fednav renames another vessel

6/12 - A familiar vessel of the Fednav fleet has been sold and renamed. Federal Saguenay (IMO 9110913) built in China in 1996, is now Abraham M sailing for Mansour Management Gemi Acentaligi of Cook Islands registration located near New Zealand.

This was the second vessel to carry the name Federal Saguenay for the Fednav fleet. It first came inland as such in 1996 and last visited as such in 2019, making three inland voyages. Federal Saguenay was the third of six new ships built in China for Fednav from 1996 to 1997. The first of the series was the Federal St Laurent which has since been scrapped. Others included the Federal Calumet later renamed Orsula and renamed again in 2018. They were followed by the Federal Saguenay in 1996. In 1997 three more ships built in China joined the Fednav fleet and their fleetmates, the Federal Maas which has since been renamed along with the Federal Rhine and Federal Schelde. Of the six vessels, so far only the Federal Rhine and Federal Schelde have yet to be renamed or else scrapped.

Denny Dushane

 

The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is slated for an extensive renovation

6/12 - Toledo, OH – A first step toward remodeling the venerable Toledo Harbor Lighthouse as a museum was authorized Tuesday by the Lucas County board of commissioners.

The $474,368 contract with Buckeye Construction and Restoration Ltd. of Waterford, Ohio, which was unanimously approved by the commissioners, will pay for masonry repairs, window installation, and door repairs on the Romanesque structure’s first and second floors. That still leaves work to be done later on the third floor, light tower, cellar, and annex, but Sandy Bihn, president of the Toledo Lighthouse Society, said it’s an important start.

“It’s structurally sound — that’s the good part. The roof is built like the upside down hull of a ship,” she said, recounting that Toledo Harbor Light was built to last after two previous lighthouses on nearby Turtle Island that guided mariners toward Toledo’s harbor were destroyed by storms.

The Ohio Department of Transportation, whose Transportation Alternatives grant program is paying for most of the project, said it did not have a solid start date for the lighthouse work but expects Buckeye to need about 12 weeks to fulfill the contract.

Toledo Lighthouse Society bought the lighthouse from the U.S. Department of the Interior for $1 in 1986. The Coast Guard retained access to maintain its navigational light and fog horn.

Ultimately, according to the 2011 proposal to the county commissioners, the lighthouse society plans to develop a transportation museum in the lighthouse “showcasing the history of the structure and western Lake Erie,” including historic artifacts and photographs, live programming, and class tours.

Once the restoration is complete, four-person teams of society volunteers playing the roles of lighthouse keepers will staff the building on a rotating basis to provide maintenance and access for research and meetings along with conducting public tours between May and September each year.

Toledo Harbor Light is among the most distinctive structures of its kind anywhere, Mrs. Bihn said, and has potential to become complementary to the Marblehead Lighthouse in eastern Ottawa County that is among Ohio’s most popular tourist destinations.

“This is an opportunity to give a positive image to Lake Erie and Toledo,” she said.

The society doesn’t plan to provide transportation to the remote site out in Maumee Bay when it first opens its museum, but that could be considered later on, Mrs. Bihn said.

Dedicated in 1904, the lighthouse was built in conjunction with the dredging of a new shipping channel through southwestern Maumee Bay into the Maumee River. The Coast Guard automated its light in 1965, and Mrs. Bihn said the light was converted to solar power during the 1990s after a ship accidentally severed the lighthouse’s power cable from shore.

The lighthouse society was organized during the lighthouse’s centennial year in 2003 to document the building’s history and preserve and restore it.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/city/2020/06/10/County-approves-first-stage-of-Toledo-Harbor-Light-restoration/stories/20200610068

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 12

On 12 June 1898, SAKIE SHEPHERD (wooden propeller freighter, 100 foot, 189 gross tons, built in 1883, at Huron, Ohio) burned while at the dock in Courtright, Ontario. The fire was discovered at 1:00 a.m. and the crew just had time to escape. The schooner YOUNG AMERICA also caught fire and had damage done to her stern. The SHEPHERD was towed to Detroit where she was rebuilt and lasted until 1903, when she sank in Lake Huron.

On 12 June 1900, the UNIQUE (wooden propeller, 163 foot, 381 gross tons, built in 1894, at Marine City, Michigan) was sold at public auction at St. Clair, Michigan to satisfy a mortgage. W. J. Laidlaw of Ogdensburg, New York purchased her for $20,000 for the Rapid Transit Co. to run between Ogdensburg and Kingston, Ontario. In 1904, her upper cabins were removed and she was rebuilt as a yacht. She lasted until 1915, when she burned in New York City harbor.

"STUBBY", the bow and stern sections of the STEWART J. CORT welded together, passed Port Colborne, Ontario on June 12, 1970, bound for Erie, Pennsylvania 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 (Hull#218) departed Collingwood, Ontario in 1980, beginning her maiden voyage for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.

In 1959, the BENSON FORD of 1924 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. Damage amounted to 41 bottom plates, which took 30 days to repair.

On 12 June 1832, the wooden schooner GUERRIER was sailing from Oswego, New York 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.

On 12 June 1900, the steel tow barge BRYN MAWR (Hull#41) was launched at South Chicago, Illinois by the Chicago Ship Building Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.

The wooden propeller freighter MILWAUKEE (264 foot, 1,770 gross tons) was launched at Quayle & Sons yard in Cleveland, Ohio on 12 June 1879, for the Western Transportation Company of Buffalo, New York. 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.

1897 – I.W. NICHOLAS (ii) stranded at Point Aux Pins in fog and was released two days later. The ship needed drydocking for repairs.

1904 – The sidewheel passenger ship CANADA sank on her side off Sorel after a collision with the CAPE BRETON. Five of the 110 on board perished. The ship was refloated and rebuilt at Sorel in 1905 as ST. IRENEE which later became part of the C.S.L. Fleet.

1919 – GERMAN was cut in two to leave the Great Lakes in 1918 and renamed b) YANKEE. It sank after a collision with the Italian steamer ARGENTIA off Fire Island, NY, while enroute from Norfolk, VA to Boston MA with coal. The hull has been found and is in two pieces on the ocean floor.

1977 – The VERA CRUZ first came to the Great Lakes in 1964 as a 10-year old Liberian flag freighter. It foundered in the Arabian Sea as c) BUKOM ISLAND on June 12, 1974, during a cyclone. The ship was enroute from Umm Said, Qatar, to Singapore with a cargo of bagged fertilizer and seven lives were lost.

1978 – YELLOWSTONE had been built as the C-4 troop carrier MARINE PERCH in 1944. After being laid up in the Reserve Fleet, it was rebuilt as a bulk carrier and renamed at Tampa in 1965. The ship was downbound in the Seaway with grain from Duluth to North Africa in May 1978 and sank after a collision in fog with the IBN BATOUTA on June 12, 1978. YELLOWSTONE was taken in tow but went down June 13 about 14 miles south of Gibraltar. Five lives were lost.

1993 – The deep-sea tug VORTICE was abandoned after fire broke out near the Canary Islands, while on a voyage from Bari, Italy, to Veracruz, Mexico. The vessel was laid up, unrepaired, and then towed to Canada for McKeil Marine. It received partial repairs but was sold and left the lakes for additional work. It returned inland as e) NORFOLK in 2005 and now serves Lafarge North America Inc. as f) SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN.

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

 

Purvis Marine barge PML 2501 remains aground in lower St. Marys River

6/11 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The owner of the grounded barge PML 2501, Purvis Marine, have enacted its vessel response plan and are developing a salvage plan for the barge to be submitted to the Coast Guard for review.

On Wednesday at 12:30 a.m., the Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie Command Center received notification that the Barge PML 2501 (length: 302 feet) towed by the tug Anglian Lady (length: 132 feet) was aground in the lower St. Marys River near Sweets Point.

Coast Guard marine casualty investigators and pollution responders are on scene to investigate the incident and ensure proper mitigation of potential negative impacts to the environment. A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Traverse City conducted an overflight of the area and did not identify any release of pollution from the barge. The barge has taken on water in a ballast tank and is currently stable. There is no report or identification of pollution at this time.

The Coast Guard established a safety zone around the navigable waters of the barge PML 2501. All vessels are required to remain 500 yards away from the barge.

Both vessels are Canadian. The barge is carrying 3,622 metric tons of coal tar and approximately 6,340 gallons of diesel fuel. Their last port of call was Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. enroute to Burns Harbor, IN.

The cause of grounding is under investigation.

USCG, Soo Today

 

Iconic Iosco County gypsum bin to be demolished offshore in Lake Huron

6/11 - Tawas, MI – Sticking out of the waters of Lake Huron is a piece of Michigan mining and shipping history that’s greeted travelers in Iosoco County for decades. Out in the lake approximately a mile offshore is a large rock storage bin that was originally built in the 1920s to serve gypsum freighters that stopped at the mines in Alabaster Township.

“While our marine bin has been a familiar waypoint on the Lake Huron shoreline for many decades, it has been out of use since 2000,” said Matt Craig, USG’s plant manager. The structure has long sat dormant, becoming a resting place for seagulls and cormorants and a landmark for travelers on US-23.

The historical structure will be dismantled in the name of safety by owner United States Gypsum Company (USG). The demolition work is being contracted through Ryba Marine Construction of Cheboygan.

“We are aware there are many in the community who have asked that the structure be left in place, but the fact is, time and the elements have taken a toll," said Craig. “For safety reasons, it’s time to deconstruct the building”

The first step in the process doesn’t actually involve any dismantling or demolition of the rock bin yet. According to Craig, crews have to first clean up decades of bird waste on and around the structure to mitigate health concerns.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw-bay-city/2020/06/iconic-iosco-county-gypsum-bin-to-be-demolished-offshore-in-lake-huron.html

 

Port Reports -  June 11

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough stopped off Two Harbors on June 10th at 06:45. She got underway at 09:00 and arrived thru the breakwall at 09:36 where she was met by Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. that helped her to South of #2. As of 19:30 the Blough was still at the loading dock. arriving and stopping off Two Harbors was the CSL Laurentien at 16:30. The Burns Harbor was due Two Harbors, but continued toward Duluth where I assume she will anchor to wait on the shiploader at Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on June 11th is the Michipicoten. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on June 10th at approx. 01:50 for Cleveland. The Herbert C. Jackson departed Duluth at approx. 19:45 on June 10th for Silver Bay. She had unloaded stone at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth before departure. She should arrive Silver Bay around midnight.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 23:48 Federal Dee departed for Sorel. Wednesday; 0:08 The saltie Andean departed for Port Weller. 9:20 Saginaw arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 12:46 CSL Niagara shifted to the main anchorage. 13:38 Ojibway arrived at Viterra A to load grain.

Southern Lake Michigan
Kaye E. Barker departed Buffington Wednesday evening with no updated destination.

Northern Lake Huron
Little Current: 3:28 Sharon MI arrived to load.

Bruce Mines: Wednesday; 11:19 Algoma Innovator departed for Detroit.

Meldrum Bay: Wednesday; Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load dolomite.

Calcite: Wednesday; 4:40 Great Republic arrived to load. 4:59 Arthur M Anderson departed for Duluth Superior. 11:17 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport: Wednesday; 7:17 Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder departed for Detroit.

Alpena: Tuesday; 19:51 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Detroit. 23:18 Undaunted /Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the LaFarge plant to unload.

Port Inland: Wednesday; 16:00 Clyde S Van Enkevort departed for Duluth Superior. 16:49 Cason J Callaway weighed anchor and is proceeding from Trails End Bay to Port Inland to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor is loading at Compass Minerals, salt for Milwaukee WI.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Gardno passed MC upbound at 2am. Algoma Transport was mid Lake St Clair at 2:45am. At 8:15am, Defiance/Ashtabula was upbound at the mouth of the Black River, Alpena was downbound off Marysville, Edwin H Gott was passing MC upbound, and Blair Mckeil was off Algonac St Park upbound. Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin passed downbound at 3:45pm, followed closely by Manitoulin. Algoma Equinox passed downbound at 5:30pm. Sarah Andrie should pass MC upbound during the late evening. Quick hitting storms during the early morning and the early evening with mix of sun and clouds in between. Winds were swirling first from the south-southwest, then the west before returning to south west, stiff and gusty. High reached 88 degrees F during the early afternoon before storms, then fell into the mid 70's.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Wednesday arrivals: Calumet arrived at Zug Island to unload coal. Alpena arrived at Lafarge to unload cement.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
A quiet day Wednesday on Lake Erie.

Cleveland: Mississagi left and is now at Port Colborne. G tug Michigan escorted Federal Rideau to the Port docks where she berthed at 24W. Olive L. Moore is back on a shuttle for ArcelorMittal Steel.

Ashtabula: Algoma Transport arrived at 17:06.

Conneaut: John D. Leitch is due in at 22:00

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
6/9/20 The tanker Sloman Hera departed from anchor at 3:29 EST on Tuesday morning for Montreal. Federal Delta arrived to unload steel coming from Providence, Rhode Island at 6:11 EST.

6/10/20
The tug Calusa Coast and her barge Delaware arrived at 00:31 EST with a load of asphalt coming from Detroit. Finishing up unloading UAN, the tanker Qikiqtaaluk W was outbound at 2:25 EST towards Montreal. At 17:35 EST the saltie Helena G arrived from Oshawa to join Federal Delta in unloading steel. The final arrival of the day was the tug LaPrairie, who followed Helena G from Oshawa, arriving at 19:44 EST.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh Cement about noon Wednesday bound for Picton in ballast.

Oswego, NY – Ned Goebricher
On Wednesday, tug Wilf Seymour and barge Alouette Spirit unloaded aluminum.

 

Manitou Islands ferry service will not run this year, dock repairs needed

6/11 - Leland, MI - The ferry service that takes visitors and residents to North and South Manitou Islands will not be able to run this year due to issues with the dock conditions. Manitou Island Transit announced June 8 that their boats will remain in the harbor for the first time since the start of their family business in 1917.

The ferry service is calling for Michigan officials to assist them in fixing the docks. Owners say without assistance, they are just one year away from not being able to offer ferry service at all.

Grosvenor Munoz said the family business received photos that showed the conditions of the docks in March. Then, repairs to get the water dredged wouldn't be able to start until July 18.

Last year, Manitou Island Transit took over 11,000 people to the Islands last year. As of now, the only way to get to the islands is by private boat. "I think we need to make sure that people understand how much the islands mean to them and Sleeping Bear Dunes," said co-owner Megan Grosvenor Munoz. "We're not priority. I think just this year, they are finally saying this is priority. It's not enough – it's too late."

The family business started when Tracy Grosvenor began running mail boats to and from the islands. Then the islands were named a National Park. The Grosvenor family ran the boats for 67 years, when the National Park Service had them give up the land to build their own docks in another location, according to their Grosvenors' press release.

The Grosvenors' say at the time, they advised to not build on the locations due to possible damage in the foreseeable future. The family business saw that the dock on South Manitou Island started experiencing problems last year.

Now the water is not deep enough to use the dock, funding was not budgeted and the conditions are even worse than last year, the news release said. Manitou Island Transit says their docks need to be dredged and repaired.

While Manitou Island Transit awaits for dock repairs, they say park visitors can call them at 231-256-9061 to find private services to get to the island.

"We look forward to the future when we can safely run to the Manitou Islands and share its incredible history and beauty with you again," said the Grosvenor's in a statement. "We know many of you have gone with us to the islands for years.

This is not lost on us, as our family has grown up working and playing on those same islands. A big piece of our history, our heart, and our family seems missing without these islands."

The family has plans to run the business as long as their docks are repaired, and they plan to pass Manitou Island Transit to their kids in the future.

Detroit Free Press

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 11

TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) entered regular service for the White Star Line at Detroit, Michigan, on 11 June 1900.

On 11 June 1903, HORACE H. BADGER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 129 foot, 263 gross tons, built in 1867, at Conneaut, Ohio as a 2-mast schooner, formerly KATE GILLETT) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Erie. She was driven onto the breakwater at Cleveland, Ohio and broke up in the storm waves. The crew of seven was rescued by the Life Saving Service. This vessel had been wrecked twice before; once at Cross Village, Michigan, in 1895, and again near Alpena, Michigan in 1896.

ATLANTIC SUPERIOR (Hull#222) was float-launched at Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Port Arthur Ship Building Co. Ltd., 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, Minnesota in 1977; she became the fourth thousand-foot bulk carrier on the Great Lakes and Interlake Steamship Co.'s second. CARL D. BRADLEY (Hull#718) cleared Lorain, Ohio, in her gray and white livery in 1917, on her maiden voyage light bound for Calcite, Michigan, 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. Renamed b.) JOHN G. MUNSON in 1927, c.) IRVIN L. CLYMER in 1951, she was scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota, in 1994-5.

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, Ohio, at the yard of Quayle & Sons on 11 June 1874. Her length was 217 foot keel, 227 foot 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 feet 6 inches x 21 feet x 7 feet. 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.

1872 – Fire broke out aboard the passenger steamer KINGSTON about 18 miles upstream after the ship had left Brockville for Toronto. The ship was beached and the superstructure was destroyed but there were only two casualties. The hull was rebuilt at Montreal and later sailed as BAVARIAN, ALGERIAN and CORNWALL before being scuttled in Lake Ontario about 1929.

1936 – AYCLIFFE HALL sank in fog shrouded off Long Point, Lake Erie after a collision with the EDWARD J. BERWIND. All 19 on board were rescued. After salvage efforts failed, the rigging was blown clear by explosives. The EDWARD J. BERWIND was repaired and last sailed as LAC STE. ANNE in 1982.

1942 – HAVTOR, a Norwegian freighter, first came to the Great Lakes in 1932 and returned as late as 1939. It was sunk by a German submarine enroute from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Pictou, Nova Scotia, and 6 of the crew were lost.

1950 – The Italian freighter MARIA PAOLINA G. had been built in Canada as FORT ISLAND in 1944. It was downbound from the Saguenay River when it struck the Canada Steamship Lines passenger steamer ST. LAWRENCE, which had turned to dock at Tadoussac. Injuries were reported by 25 people and 30 cabins were damaged aboard the CSL ship.

1978 – The hull of the former passenger steamer RAPIDS QUEEN arrived at Toronto under tow from Kingston to be sunk as a breakwall off for the Queen City Yacht Club. It is still there.

1993 – PITRIA SKY first visited the Great Lakes in 1978. It departed Singapore for Shantou in southeast China, as h) HAI HONG 3 on June 11, 1993, but went back out to sea on arrival to ride out a pending typhoon. The ship was never seen again and it disappeared with all hands.

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

 

Coast Guard responding to report of aground barge in lower St Marys River

6/10 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI. – Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. EDT, the Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received notification that the Barge PML2501 (length: 302 feet) towed by Towing Vessel Anglian Lady (length: 132 feet) is aground in the lower St. Marys River, near Sweets Point. Both vessels are Canadian.

The barge is carrying 3,622 metric tons of coal tar and approximately 6,340 gallons of diesel fuel. Their last port of call was Sault Sainte Marie, ON, enroute to Burns Harbor, IN. There are no reports of injuries or pollution and the vessel is not impeding navigation in the federal channel of the St. Marys River.

The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone around the navigable waters of the tug and barge. All vessels are requested to remain 500 yards away from the tug and barge Coast Guard marine casualty investigators and pollution responders are investigating the grounding. The cause of grounding is under investigation.

 

Gale warnings issued for Lake Michigan, Saginaw Bay, Lake Superior ahead of storm

6/10 - The National Weather Service has issued Gale Warnings for parts of the Great Lakes as remnants of Tropical Depression Cristobal get closer to Michigan. These leftover tropical conditions - combined with a strong cold front - will make Wednesday a gusty day across much of the state, MLive Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa has said.

Here’s a breakdown of the Gale Warnings that will surround Michigan, some of which will kick in Tuesday night:

Lake Michigan: Wind blowing up from the south means all open waters of Lake Michigan will be under a Gale Warning, beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and stretching until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Southeast winds up to 34 mph are forecast, with gusts up to 40 mph, according to the NWS. This will produce waves of 7 to 10 feet.

“Strong winds will cause hazardous waves, which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility,” NWS staff said in the warning.

Saginaw Bay: A Gale Warning will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sustained winds of up to 24 mph are expected during the day, with gusts up to 40 mph possible. Waves are expected to build up to 5 feet. The warning covers Outer Saginaw Bay, southwest of Alabaster to Port Austin, and inner Saginaw Bay southwest of Point Au Gres to Bay Port, and Port Austin to Harbor Beach.

Maximum winds and waves should hit about 2 p.m. Wednesday, NWS forecasters said.

Lake Superior: Farther north, a Gale Warning will be in effect for part of Lake Superior, roughly the waters off Marquette and eastward, from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Southeast winds up to 34 mph are expected, with 40 mph gusts and waves building to 9 feet.

Read more at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/2020/06/gale-warnings-issued-for-lake-michigan-saginaw-bay-lake-superior-ahead-of-storm.html

 

Cleveland mining company to restart Ohio, Michigan operations earlier than planned

6/10 - Cleveland, OH – A Cleveland mining company said that because of increased demand for metal products, it's restarting construction of an iron plant in Toledo and restarting mining operations at a Michigan mine.

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. said it's restarting the Toledo construction and restarting mining operations earlier than planned.

Construction of the Toledo hot-briquetted iron (HBI) plant was suspended on March 20 and the company is now is putting together its workforce to finish construction. The company said that because of new social distancing requirements for workers, construction on the plant isn't expected to be completed until later in the year.

And it's restarting its Tilden mining operations in Michigan that were halted in mid-April. Originally not expected to restart until next month, the restart is happening earlier, the company said, because of an improvement in steel demand from its AK Steel’s clients (the company has AK Steel facilities in Middletown, Ohio and Dearborn, Michigan). Demand from the automotive sector has increased, Cleveland-Cliffs said.

"The demand for our steel, iron ore, and metallics products has recovered dramatically over the past month, and in light of this, we are restarting Toledo and Tilden sooner than we originally expected. We suspended these operations in a way that allowed us to restart as easily and efficiently as possible, and that is what we will do. Our footprint is well situated to capitalize on the rapidly increasing demand from the automotive sector, which is occurring faster than our most aggressive expectations," said Lourenco Goncalves, chairman, president, and chief executive officer, of Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE: CLF), in a statement.

Earlier this year, Cleveland-Cliffs completed its acquisition of AK Steel Holding Corporation of West Chester Township, which makes specialty parts for the automotive industry, for $1.1 billion.

Cleveland Business Journal

 

Steel imports plunge by 25% during coronavirus crisis

6/10 - Steel imports plummeted by 25% to 2.23 million tons in May after auto plants shuttered during the coronavirus public health crisis. Imports fell 19.4% as compared to April, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis data.

Finished steel products that require no further processing in the United States, such as at the 20 steel companies and service centers at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, totaled 1.5 million tons, up 15.7% as compared to April.

Imports grabbed 23% of the U.S. market share in May and have taken 19% so far this year, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

The United States has imported 11.4 million tons of steel during the first five months of the year, which is down 16% as compared to the same period in 2019. That includes 7.33 million tons of finished steel imports, which was down 26.4%.

In May, imports of oil country goods rose by 93%, standard pipe by 33%, hot rolled bars by 29%, line pipe by 26%, tin plate by 24%, mechanical tubing by 18%, cut lengths plates by 15%, wire rods by 13%, sheets and strip all other metallic coatings by 12% and cold rolled sheets by 11%. So far this year, tin free steel increased by 29% and light shapes bars by 18%.

Imports rose 45% from South Korea, 50% from Japan, 86% from Turkey, 75% from Taiwan, and 14% from Germany last month, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. So far this year, imports have fallen by 27% from South Korea, 39% from Japan, and 41% from Germany.

NWI Times

 

Port Reports -  June 10

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cuyahoga arrived at 00:27 Tuesday morning on a somewhat rare visit to Duluth, bound for the CN dock to pick up a load of iron ore pellets. Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at 06:57 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Cuyahoga was outbound from CN at 10:20. Her fleetmate Maumee/tug Victory was inbound at 10:59 to load iron ore. Both the Tregurtha and Maumee were still loading at their respective docks as of 20:00 Tuesday evening, however both were expected to depart before midnight. Edgar B. Speer was due at 23:00 to load at Canadian National. Also in port were Federal Hudson and Irma, loading wheat at CHS 1 and Riverland Ag, respectively, while Fraserborg was anchored in the lake waiting to load. Tuesday's traffic in Superior included the departure of Stewart J. Cort at 05:07, which was bound for Burns Harbor with iron ore, and the arrival of Algoma Guardian at 05:25 to load at Burlington Northern. She departed at 16:33 for Hamilton.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors on June 8th at 22:47 and depart from South of #2 at 16:36 on June 9th for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors on June 10th are the Roger Blough, CSL Laurentien, and the Burns Harbor. The Mesabi Miner arrived Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 9th at 09:02. There is no inbound traffic due Silver Bay on June 10th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 1:17 Algoma Equinox departed for Quebec City. 2:12 Ojibway arrived at Keefer Terminal for port services and shifted to the anchorage at 6:52. 18:32 Federal Champlain weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Marquette, MI
Joseph L. Block arrived early Tuesday and departed Tuesday night.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Tuesday included G3 Marquis, CSL Laurentien, Saginaw (from Algoma) and Burns Harbor. Downbounders included Herbert C. Jackson, Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin, Manitoulin and Algoma Equinox.

Green Bay, WI
On Tuesday mid-afternoon the tug Albert/ barge Margaret arrived from Jones Island, Milwaukee, WI, with ethanol for the U.S. Oil/Venture Terminal.

Southern Lake Michigan
Philip R. Clarke was at Burns Harbor Tuesday evening, Indiana Harbor was unloading at Gary and James R. Barker was at Indiana Harbor. Kaye E Barker was anchored off Buffington.

Northern Lake Huron
Bruce Mines: 19:50 Algoma Innovator arrived to load trap rock.

Meldrum Bay: Tuesday; 0:21 Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth Superior.

Calcite: Tuesday; 5:26 American Courage departed for Bay City. 12:13 Arthur M Anderson arrived to load.

Stoneport: Tuesday; 4:17 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and departed at 12:33 for the Saginaw River. 16:36 Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder arrived to load.

Alpena: Monday; 12:07 Samuel De Champlain departed for Milwaukee. Tuesday; 11:11 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load.

Port Inland: Tuesday; 9:38 Clyde S.Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone. Cason J Callaway is due in Port Inland but has gone to anchor off of Trails End Bay on the north east shore of Lake Michigan for weather.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Transport cleared 5.12 pm Tuesday with salt down bound for Ashtabula, OH. Algoma Conveyor backed in 5.29 pm Tuesday to load at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Mississagi passed MC downbound in the early morning hours. Algoma Sault passed downbound at 10am. John G Munson arrived at MC stoneyard to unload at 12:30pm. At 7pm she was still there. Great Republic passed upbound at 1pm leading a long convoy of upbounders to follow: Michigan/Great Lakes at 4:30pm, Kaministiqua at 6pm, Laura Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson at 6pm, Federal Baltic should pass at 8pm, and Federal Biscay, CSL St-Laurent, and CSL Welland should all pass in the late evening. Mix of sun and clouds, 86 degrees F, with light winds from the west -southwest.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Calumet unloaded coal at Zug Island on Tuesday

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss

Marblehead: Olive L. Moore departed for Cleveland at 05:53.

Sandusky: Defiance arrived at 06:12 and loaded coal at Norfolk Southern. She left at 18:59 for Algoma-Soo. Calumet arrived at 17:02 to load for Monroe again.

Lorain: Laura L. VanEnkevort left for Meldrum Bay.

Cleveland: Olive L. Moore arrived from Marblehead at 12:20 for Ontario Stone Upper Dock. Mississagi arrived at 14:34 with stone for Allied Road Products. Federal Rideau is due in Wednesday at 12:00.

Conneaut: Algoma Enterprise came in at 12:16. John D. Leitch is due in Wednesday. Nanticoke: Edwin H. Gott departed at 11:49 for Two Harbors. Algosea was still in port and Algocanada arrived at 05:56.

Rochester, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Dock on Tuesday evening.

 

Major deal to ‘completely revitalize’ Niagara shipyard

6/10 - Hamilton, ON - Previously shut out of the federal government's plan to rebuild its Navy and Coast Guard fleets, Heddle Shipyards now has a foot in the door and a chance at gaining work in the multibillion-dollar project.

Heddle has reached a deal with British Columbia-based Seaspan Shipyards that could bring long-term work to the company's Port Weller dry docks as well as its yards in Hamilton and Thunder Bay.

If Seaspan is selected to build the new polar icebreaker, Heddle will be a "strategic partner and supplier" to construct components for it at its three yards, said Heddle president Shaun Padulo.

Both sides say they plan to work together in the future, regardless of whether Seaspan is awarded the contract.

"With a project like this that would offer long-term sustainability, I think we could completely revitalize that yard and bring it back to where it was at one time," said Padulo. He called the partnership with Seaspan "far and away the best opportunity that we've had with the whole program."

Seaspan and Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia, both among Canada's largest yards, are the two private partners in the National Shipbuilding Strategy. In 2011 Seaspan was named to build the large, non-combat vessels (though the polar icebreaker was not included) while Irving builds the combat vessels.

Canada's Coast Guard requires the new polar icebreaker by 2029. Exact specifications aren't completed, but it would be 150 metres long — about half the length of an average Great Lakes freighter — and 28 metres wide. It would be capable of breaking through up to 2.5 metres of ice, provide minimal exposure to extreme weather conditions for the crew, and contain both a helicopter pad and garage for vehicle storage.

The Coast Guard's existing icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, is the only ship in the Canadian fleet capable of operating year-round in the Arctic but is in its sixth decade of service.

"From Seaspan's perspective we're very excited to work with someone with Heddle's history and capabilities," said Seaspan chief executive officer Mark Lamarre. His company invested $185 million to upgrade its Vancouver facilities to accommodate the federal work.

With the government requiring the polar icebreaker by 2029, "it'll take four or five years to do the actual construction," said Lamarre. "Then there is a bunch of work in design and engineering that needs to be done in advance of that."

After learning more about Heddle during its unsuccessful campaign to be made the third partner in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, he said a partnership "just seemed like a natural alignment."

On Monday, Padulo said, "I personally feel the best thing that ever happened to us was we were disqualified from becoming the third yard, because it opened up this opportunity with Seaspan." Lamarre wouldn't speculate on when the government would award the contract to build the polar icebreaker or on its price tag.

Over the winter at Port Weller, Heddle had about 250 employees and contractors doing repairs and upgrades on two ships. Currently about 100 people work there, with a Coast Guard icebreaker in for work.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy was introduced about 10 years ago to upgrade Coast Guard and Armed Services vessels. As well, it provided steady, predictable work to the Canadian shipbuilding industry that previously went through boom-and-bust cycles. Seaspan has already begun work on offshore fisheries science vessels while Irving is constructing arctic offshore patrol ships.

St. Catharines Standard

 

Soo Locks Park makes changes due to COVID-19

6/10 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Soo Locks Park in Sault Ste. Marie is open to the public, but some changes have been made due to the pandemic.

More than half a million visitors explore the park from May to October. Inside, there is a viewing platform and visitor center. Both remain closed indefinitely due to CDC guidelines. A few weeks ago, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to replicate some of the informational displays that are inside and post them outside.

“What we do matters to the entire country and bringing out that content from the visitors center, it helps our visitors understand what makes the Soo Locks such an important place,” said Chief Park Ranger Michelle Briggs.

In total, Briggs and a volunteer put up 21 informational posters Monday afternoon.

View a video at this link: https://www.9and10news.com/2020/06/08/soo-locks-park-makes-changes-due-to-covid-19

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 10

On 10 June 1891, the tug AMERICAN EAGLE (wooden propeller tug, 46 gross tons, built in 1865, at Buffalo, New York) collided with the tug ALVA B (wooden propeller tug, 73 foot, 83 gross tons, built in 1890, at Buffalo, New York), which was not in motion, about 2.5 miles west of the Cleveland breakwater. The ALVA B hooked up a line and started towing the AMERICAN EAGLE in, but she sank a half-mile from the harbor entrance.

On 10 June 1891, CHARLES W. WETMORE (steel propeller whaleback freighter, 265 foot, 1,399 gross tons) left the shipyard at West Superior, Wisconsin, on her maiden voyage, bound for Liverpool, England with a cargo of grain. During her trip to the Atlantic Ocean, she shot the St. Lawrence River rapids. In Liverpool, she loaded machinery for Puget Sound. She only lasted until September 1892, when she stranded one mile north of Coos Bay, Oregon in fog. Bad weather stopped salvage attempts and the vessel was abandoned.

Bethlehem's LEWIS WILSON FOY loaded her first cargo June 10, 1978, at Burlington Northern #5, Superior, Wisconsin, with 57,952 tons of Hibbing taconite pellets for Burns Harbor, Indiana. Renamed b.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991.

In 1892, the keel for the ANN ARBOR NO 1 (Hull#55) was laid at Toledo, Ohio by Craig Shipbuilding Co.

The ANN ARBOR NO 4 was sold to the Michigan State Ferries in 1937, and renamed b.) 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 a.m., 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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineer dredge MARKHAM (Hull#904) was launched in 1959, at Avondale, Louisiana, by Avondale Marine Ways Inc.

1940 – PAIPOONGE was cut in two and left the Great Lakes for saltwater service in 1919. It was registered in Latvia as d) KAUPO when it was sunk as a blockship at Dieppe, France, on this date in 1940. The hull was reported as refloated and scrapped in 1946-1947.

1942 – CONTINENT came to the Great Lakes in 1939-1940. The Newfoundland owned freighter was on a bareboat charter to the U.S. Army when it sank, following a collision with the American tanker BYRON D. BENSON, while enroute from New York to Bermuda.

1967 – The former Norwegian Seaway salty FRO was abandoned in sinking condition as c) WINSOME after a fire broke out in the cargo holds and spread throughout the ship on June 10, 1967. The vessel was enroute to Bangkok, Thailand, when it sank in the South China Sea.

1968 – JOHN T. HUTCHINSON suffered damage above the waterline when it was in a collision with the SUSANNE REITH at the head of Lake St. Clair. The latter, a West German salty, was on her first trip to the Great Lakes. This ship was eventually scrapped after arriving at Alang, India, as m) ALFA I on October 18, 2000.

1977 – RUTHIE MICHAELS came inland in 1970 and last reported in as d) EUROBULKER on June 10, 1977. The ship was enroute from Djibouti, to Bandar Shahpoir, Iran when it disappeared with the entire crew of 29. The ship is believed to have sunk off the coast of Oman perhaps as late as June 12.

1998 – The Greek flag bulk carrier OLYNTHIA first traveled the Seaway in 1978. It ran aground off Veraval, India, as d) OCEAN CRUISER in a tropical cyclone while bound for the United Arab Emirates. While released, it appears that the 26-year-old ship never sailed again and was broken up at Bharnvar, India, due to the damage.

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

 

Seaway lifting restriction on pleasure craft transiting Welland Canal

6/9 - Restrictions on pleasure craft traffic transiting St. Lawrence Seaway's eight-lock Welland Canal and Lake Ontario-Montreal section are being eased.

The Iroquois Lock, on the St. Lawrence River in Iroquois, Ont., was the first to open Monday, and will be followed by the opening of the Welland Canal next week and Lake Ontario-Montreal section in two weeks,

In late March, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. restricted pleasure craft, 300 tonnes or less, from transiting any of the locks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and interaction with seaway personnel. More than 2,000 pleasure craft — they must be motor-powered, six metres in length and weigh at least 900 kilograms — use the locks in the seaway system each year.

In Port Colborne, pleasure craft travelling the 43-kilometre-long canal can be found along West Street at the city docks at the end of Charlotte Street. There are also docks at the north end of the canal in St. Catharines.

"The need to preserve social distancing while processing pleasure craft requires some modifications to traditional methods. With these safety considerations in mind, we are working diligently to revise our practices and procedures," the seaway said in a release on its website.

It said cash is no longer accepted as payment for tolls at Canadian locks. Pleasure craft operators can prepay using PayPal or e-tickets purchased using a cellphone with the Secunik mobile app.

There are automatic ticket dispensers installed at both ends of each lock in the Lake Ontario-Montreal section and either end of the Welland Canal — locks 1 and 8. The dispensers only accept credit cards. Fees for transiting the locks along the seaway can be found at greatlakes-seaway.com/en/recreational-boating/pleasure-craft-tolls.

Canada Border Services Agency is reminding all boaters that crossing the border for recreation or tourism is currently prohibited.

"With the onset of warmer weather, boat and pleasure craft owners may be inclined to take their boats across the border on inland or coastal waterways or to come to their cottages in Canada. These activities are considered discretionary (non-essential) travel according to temporary travel restrictions currently in place, and are, therefore, prohibited," the agency said in a release.

It also said boaters are permitted to navigate across international waters if needed but are not allowed to enter Canadian territorial or boundary waters for discretionary, leisure (non-essential) reasons, including entry for touring, sightseeing and pleasure fishing.

Those who enter Canada without reporting to the agency, including for refueling, may face severe penalties, including monetary penalties, seizure of their vessels and/or criminal charges. The minimum fine for failing to report entering Canada is $1,000, and noncompliance by foreign nationals could affect immigration admissibility and the ability to re-enter Canada in the future.

"Failure to comply with the current border entry restrictions is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1 million or imprisonment of up to three years or both," the agency said.

St Catharines Standard

 

Port Reports -  June 9

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Irma arrived Duluth from anchor at 07:05 Monday morning to load wheat at Riverland Ag. Federal Hudson continued taking on grain at CHS 1, and Fraserborg was anchored offshore waiting to load after Irma. At the Superior entry, Stewart J. Cort arrived at 06:27 to pick up iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. She had been expected to depart mid-evening but was still moored at the dock as of 20:00. Algoma Guardian was anchored in the lake waiting for her turn to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin departed Two Harbors from the shiploader on June 8th at 09:00 for Quebec City. The Joseph L. Block shifted from North of #2 between 09:01 and 09:27 to South of #2. She departed Two Harbors at 14:05 on June 8th for Marquette. Due Two Harbors late on June 8th is the Presque Isle. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on June 9th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 13:17 CSL Niagara weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 19:50 Manitoulin departed for Sorel

Marquette, MI
Saginaw departed Monday evening with no updated destination. Michipicoten arrived after Saginaw left.

St. Marys River
There was no traffic in the river Monday other than Mesabi Miner upbound in the morning and the Edgar B Speer upbound around 10 p.m. Traffic has been extraordinarily slow of late.

Green Bay, WI
On Monday the Alpena departed in mid-morning. Tug Undaunted / barge Pere Marquette 41 departed mid-afternoon. Both were headed for Alpena, MI.

Southern Lake Michigan
There was no major vessels at S. Chicago, Burns Harbor, Gary or Indiana Harbor Monday. Indiana Harbor is due at Gary Tuesday morning.

Northern Lake Huron

Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 23:54 Mississagi arrived to load limestone and departed Monday at 6:35 for Cleveland. 18:21 Herbert C Jackson arrived to finish loading.

Port Dolomite: Monday; 4:39 Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder departed for the Saginaw River. John G Munson weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load and departed at 19:12 to Marine City.

Calcite: Monday; 4:20 Kaye E Barker departed for Buffington. 5:80 Philip R Clarke departed for Burns Harbor. 15:50 American Courage arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport: Monday; 8:38 Herbert C Jackson arrived to take on a partial load and departed at 14:00 for Meldrum Bay.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
At 8am, Manitowoc was unloading at the MC stoneyard while across river at Sombra was Sharon M I/Huron Spirit doing the same. The latter was completed and upbound to tie up upstream north of the power plant on the Canadian side. Manitowoc was completed and upbound by 1pm. Clyde S Vanenkevort/Erie Trader passed MC upbound at 9am. G3 Marquis passed upbound at 12:15pm. CSL Laurentien passed upbound at 1:45pm. Tim S Dool passed downbound at 2:45pm. Sarah Andrie passed downbound at 4pm, followed by BBC Norfolk at 4:15pm. Vigilant 1 passed upbound at 6pm. CSL Assiniboine passed downbound at 7pm. Algoma Transport followed by Arthur M Anderson should pass MC in the late evening. Sunny, temp 80 degrees F, with light winds from the northwest and west.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Federal Biscay was unloading general cargo at Nicholson's Detroit Terminal on Monday.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: Olive L. Moore / barge Menominee arrived from Cleveland to load stone at 12:52.

Sandusky: Calumet arrived at 09:54 to load coal at Norfolk Southern. She departed at 21:30 for Monroe.

Lorain: Laura L. VanEnkevort arrived at 12:37 to unload at Terminal Ready Mix.

Fairport Harbor: Defiance / barge Ashtabula arrived from Marblehead at 11:35.

Ashtabula: CSL Welland was still in port.

Conneaut: Arthur M. Anderson left at 03:37 for Calcite.

Erie, PA: Great Republic arrived at 07:26, unloaded and left for Calcite at 17:21. Nanticoke: Algosea was still in port.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The John D. Leitch arrived from Clarkson at 11:21 EST to take a short delay. The Federal Baltic departed at 11:55 EST for Thunder Bay after unloading urea. The John D. Leitch headed back to Clarkson at 16:02 EST. The Gardno departed for Chicago at 17:36 EST after unloading steel. The tanker Sloman Hera finished offloading UAN and went to anchorage to make way for the arrival of tanker Qikiqtaaluk W who brought in UAN at 18:25 EST.

Oswego, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed early evening on Monday bound for Rochester, NY.

 

Paramedics witness vehicle plunge into Welland Canal; man dead, woman rescued

6/9 - Thorold, ON - A man is dead after the vehicle he was driving plunged into the Welland Canal in Thorold early Monday, while his female passenger was rescued by Niagara Emergency Medical Services paramedics who witnessed the incident.

Niagara EMS spokesman Bryce Brunarski said a crew of two paramedics were travelling on Regional Road 20 near Allanburg Bridge at about 1 a.m., when they witnessed the SUV leave the road and plunge into the canal. "They pulled over and jumped out of the vehicle and watched as the vehicle sank," he said.

Paramedics Kyle Ferguson and John Boyle radioed for assistance from Thorold firefighters and Niagara Regional Police, put on their lifejackets, grabbed a rescue line, and stood at the edge of the canal watching the water and listening. "They heard screams coming from the water and were able to locate a female," Brunarski said.

Despite suffering from severe lower body injuries, he said the 28-year-old woman "was able to extricate herself from the vehicle and swim a little distance to the paramedics."

Brunarski said the paramedics called to the woman, coaching her to swim towards the sound of their voices. They then threw out the rescue line and dragged her the remaining about five metres to shore, before any other emergency crews arrived on scene. The woman, however, was too severely injured to safely bring her to the ambulance without assistance.

Thorold fire Chief Terry Dixon said firefighters arrived moments later, and used a rescue basket to transport the woman up the canal bank, as a second ambulance arrived on scene.

The NRP said the sunken Jeep and the remains of its male driver were located at about 8:30 a.m. Shipping traffic was halted during the recovery. The crash remains under investigation by the NRP's collision reconstruction and marine units.

St. Catharines Standard

 

National Museum of Great Lakes re-opens

6/9 - Toledo, OH – The National Museum of the Great Lakes will re-open its doors to members and visitors beginning Wednesday, June 10, after receiving Governor DeWine’s announcement stating museums and other entertainment facilities could re-open with certain health and safety restrictions in place.

“We have been preparing for our re-opening for some time,” says the museum’s Executive Director Chris Gillcrist. “We take the health and well-being of every visitor and staff member seriously and, since shutting our doors, have been preparing to re-open and provide the very best museum experience possible with health and safety front and center.”

When reopened, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will adhere to the recommendations of the governor’s task force.

By initiating an aggressive plan to ensure the safety of guests and staff, the National Museum of the Great Lakes hopes residents throughout the Toledo metropolitan area and further will continue to visit the museum with both excitement and firm confidence their safety is priority. As new rules, regulations and suggested precautions are announced, the museum plans to remain flexible and adaptive. For individuals unable to visit, the museum will continue to offer virtual opportunities via their History From Home initiative at nmgl.org/virtual-content. For more information on health and safety procedures visit the FAQ page at www.nmgl.org.

 

SS City of Milwaukee to open for tours

6/9 - Manistee, MI – The SS City of Milwaukee/USCGC Acacia will begin their tour season this coming Friday, June 12. Tour hours are as follows:

June: Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 11AM-4PM, Sunday:Noon-4PM
July/August Thursday-Saturday:11AM-5PM, Sunday/Monday: Noon-4PM Seniors (60+) $8

Adult: (16-59) $10, Child:(7-15) $8, 6 & under Free
Acacia is a self-guided tour for $5 per person
Combo Rates-both ships: Adult:$12 Child or Senior:$10
The Boatel on board the City of Milwaukee is available Friday, Saturday, & Sunday nights. Rates vary by room. Due to Covid19 restrictions, we will not be serving a continental breakfast. Rates are available on the website at www.carferry.com

SS City of Milwaukee

 

Updates

6/9 - The layup list has been updated with the recent idling of the Spruceglen at Thunder Bay.

 

E-book ‘Seaway Queens’ now available

6/9 - “Seaway Queens, The Style & Grace of Legendary Lakers” takes a unique and fresh look at mid-century lakes vessels, from the beauty of their design to their working-class DNA to the place they hold in the hearts of generations of ship watchers.

Conceived and designed as a true digital book, “Seaway Queens” features a dynamic mix of imagery, including classic photos, motion design and video, as well as audio. The engaging narrative is interspersed with guest interviews with Great Lakes-Seaway career professionals, historians, enthusiasts and even artists. The book focuses on the aesthetic of the Laker form, iconic on the inland seas, and also discusses the role the vessels played in shaping the region, always with endearing grace. It is authored by longtime marine storyteller Jim McRae, with a foreword by renown naval architect Joseph Fischer.

“Seaway Queens” will be available on a chapter-per-month basis. Each chapter will be available as a download with a portion of sales donated to boatnerd.com, as well as to the various marine museums whose photos and videos are featured. A short overview and excerpt of each chapter will be posted in advance to give readers a sneak-peek at the content.

The launch of “Seaway Queens” includes the cover art, introduction with table of contents and the foreword, all free of charge. A new chapter will follow each month for purchase, with 10 chapters in total.

Seaway Queens is published by Griffintown Media. Find out more at www.seawayqueens.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 9

TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) hosted Admiral George Dewey on her inaugural trip from Cleveland, Ohio, to Detroit, Michigan, on 09 June 1900. Admiral Dewey had just returned from his conquest of the Philippines during the Spanish American War and was a national hero. TASHMOO entered regular service for the White Star Line two days later.

The Lubeck, Germany-built, 305-foot Greek freighter CASTALIA of 1953 struck the north tower pier of the Mackinac Bridge at 7 p.m. on 09 June 1968, in dense fog. The bridge was not damaged and the ship took on water, but was able to proceed to Chicago without assistance.

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

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

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, Michigan, 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 foot, 118 gross tons, built in 1867, at Ahnapee (Wolf River), Wisconsin) 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, Wisconsin. 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 foot, 747 gross tons, built in 1875, at Port Huron, Michigan) collided with the R.B. HAYES (wooden schooner, 147 foot, 668 gross tons, built in 1877, at Gibraltar, Michigan) near the foot of Lake Huron. Although the LAW suffered severe damage, she completed her trip to Buffalo and was repaired there. The LAW lasted until 1908, when she was lost in a storm.

1909 ASSINIBOIA and CRESCENT CITY were washed through the Canadian Lock at Sault Ste. Marie when the upbound PERRY WALKER struck the lower gate. All three ships were damaged but were repaired and returned to service.

1963 The newly built SILVER ISLE of Mohawk Navigation and the PRINS ALEXANDER of the Oranje Line, collided in fog and rain on the St. Lawrence near Kingston. Both ships required repairs. The former was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2010 as ALGOISLE while the latter struck a reef and sank in the Red Sea as f) POLIAIGOS on December 28, 1980.

1979 The French freighter MELUSINE first came to the Great Lakes in 1962 and returned as b) LENA in 1978. It sank the French fishing vessel ANTIOCHE III in the English Channel with the loss of 4 lives on this day in 1979. LENA was scrapped at Ferrol, Spain, in 1982, after suffering engine damage on a voyage from Bilbao, Spain, to Detroit.

1998 COMMON VENTURE began Great Lakes trading in 1980. It broke loose of its moorings in a cyclone as f) PEARL OF DAMMAN and grounded at Kandla, India, on this date in 1998. The ship was loaded with sulphur and sustained considerable damage. Following a sale for scrap, the 27 year old carrier arrived at Alang, India, September 12, 1998, for dismantling.

1998 TOKAI MARU was a first time Seaway caller in 1977 and a return visitor as b) EASTERN HERO in 1993. This ship was also blown aground off Kandla, India, by the same cyclone. It was now d) SURPRISE and became a total loss. This ship arrived at Alang October 8, 1998, and was broken up.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody L. Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels.

 

 

Port Reports -  June 8

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through either the Duluth or Superior entries on Sunday. In port were Joseph L. Block, which was at Hallett #5 loading blast furnace trim, and Federal Hudson, loading wheat at CHS 1. Irma and Fraserborg were anchored outside the harbor; both vessels are waiting to load wheat at Riverland Ag.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived Two Harbors for the shiploader on June 7th at 17:07. As of 19:00 on June 7th the Joseph L. Block was still at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth. Tentatively is still due Two Harbors to load pellets. There is no other traffic for Two Harbors on June 8th and there is no traffic scheduled for Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 8th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 21:14 CSL Assiniboine departed for Becancour. Sunday; 8:23 CSL Niagara arrived and went to anchor. 13:22 Federal Champlain arrived and went to anchor. 13:48 Federal Dee weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 15:07 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 16:53 Algoma Equinox arrived at the G3 elevator to load wheat. Spruceglen has gone into temporary layup for lack of work.

Marquette, MI
Cuyahoga and Saginaw arrived Saturday evening to load. They departed in the early morning for Algoma Steel in Sault, ON.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a quiet Sunday included Indiana Harbor, Tim S. Dool, James R. Barker, BBC Norfolk and CSL Assiniboine. Saginaw and Cuyahoga arrived at Algoma Steel from Marquette to unload. The only upbound traffic was Presque Isle late. Algoma Sault remained at the Algoma Export Dock.

Green Bay, WI
On Sunday morning at 9:55 am the tug Bradshaw McKee / barge St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix, MI with cement for the St. Marys Cement Terminal. Also on Sunday at 11:55 am the Alpena arrived from Alpena, MI with cement for the Lafarge Terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 5:07 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived departed for Lorain.

Port Dolomite: Sunday; 17:46 Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder arrived to load limestone. 18:40 John G Munson arrived and went to anchor.

Calcite: Sunday; American Courage departed for Bay City. 9:39 Philip R Clarke arrived to load limestone. 11:21 Kaye E Barker arrived to load limestone.

Stoneport: Saturday; 22:35 Calumet departed for Monroe.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara returned to Goderich 6.15 pm Saturday and began loading salt for Valleyfield, Quebec. Algoma Transport is expected next.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Sunday Arrivals: Calusa Coast and Delaware arrived at the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. Herbert C Jackson arrived at the St. Clair Aggregates dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: After loading in Marblehead, Clyde S. VanEnkevort delivered in Lorain and left at 18:56 for Port Inland.

Cleveland: Olive L. Moore is on the shuttles.

Fairport Harbor: Frontenac departed at 13:56 for Toronto.

Ashtabula: CSL Welland came in at 02:56.

Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer finally finished her 2 ship offload and departed at 07:24. CSL Tadoussac left for Quebec. Arthur M. Anderson arrived at 19:12.

Nanticoke: Algosea came in from anchorage at 14:06.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The CSL Laurentien snuck out for Detroit at 23:41 EST on Saturday night after unloading coal. A busy morning in Hamilton started with the Sloman Hera arriving with UAN solution at 1:13 EST. 30 minutes later, she was followed in by Sterling Energy who was returning from Clarkson. Next up was the departure of G3 Marquis at 2:51 EST, who headed for Superior after unloading ore. Shortly later, at 3:06 EST the tug Ocean A. Simard departed towards Toronto. At 9:04 EST the Algoma Transport was outbound for Goderich after unloading coal. At 10:08 EST, the Ocean A. Simard returned from Toronto, and at 12:08 EST, the tug Seahound returned from Port Colborne. She was assisting tug Vigilant 1 through the Welland Canal, who is headed to Courtwright. The last activity for the day was the saltie Gardno, who brought in steel at 13:23 EST. The Federal Baltic was in port unloading urea all day.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
The 700-foot-long ATB combination Defiance/Ashtabula arrived with a load of sand from Brevort, MI, on the morning of June 6th. They came in without a assist tug, slowly making their way up to the Canadian Silica landing around 9 AM. Once off the unloading apron, crew members launched their small boat and ran some wires out to the shore side tie downs they have buried on the wharf. Once all was secure, the Ashtabula began discharging her sand around 10:30AM. After unloading most of the cargo on the north end of the drier building, the tug shifted her barge ahead and they dropped the rest of it on the South side. Around 5 PM, the tug Vermont came down to help them out and a smooth stern first tow to the lake was complete by 5:45 PM. Defiance winded her barge in the Outer Harbor with the help of Vermont and they departed for Marblehead, OH. Next up will be the American Mariner on the 8th with grain for the Frontier Elevator.

Oswego, NY – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived around noon Sunday at Lehigh Cement Dock.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 8

June 8 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY entered Cleveland with a load of iron ore from Marquette. The VICTORY completed the one-way trip in 37 hours - 20 hours faster than the best previous time.

On 08 June 1854, J. YOUNG SCAMMON (2-mast wooden brig, built in 1845, at Chicago, Illinois) was sheltering from a storm at S. Manitou Island on Lake Michigan when she dragged her anchors, stranded and broke in three pieces. She was driven in so close to the shore that the crew was able to use a broken spar to climb to the beach. No lives lost.

On 08 June 1897, RITA MC DONALD (wooden propeller tug, 72 foot, 69 gross tons) was launched by J. Davidson (Hull #84) at West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1920, when she was abandoned in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1978, the LEWIS WILSON FOY was christened for the Bethlehem Steel Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991. She now sails as AMERICAN INTEGRITY.

In 1938, the GOVERNOR MILLER (Hull#810) a sister ship to the WILLIAM A. IRVIN, began her maiden voyage, leaving Lorain, Ohio. The GOVERNOR MILLER was only the second Great Lakes vessel to be powered by a steam turbine with a direct drive to the propeller shaft via reduction gear.

In 1976 - the Midwest Energy Terminal at Superior, Wisconsin, loaded its first cargo of low-sulfur coal. The steamer JOHN J. BOLAND of 1953, took the honors as the first vessel to load at this dock. She was sold Canadian and renamed b.) SAGINAW in 1999.

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

On 8 June 1847, CHESAPEAKE (wooden side-wheeler, 172 foot, 412 tons, 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 foot, 50 tons, built in 1853, at St. Clair, Michigan) 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.

1933: WILHELMINE, dated from 1888 and was one of the world's earliest tankers, ran aground off Morgan Point, west of Port Colborne, while enroute from Chicago to Liverpool with 2,700,000 lbs of lard. The crew were removed and the ship abandoned. The hull was refloated June 3 but was not repaired and may have been dismantled at Ashtabula.

1954: The tug EDWARD C. WHALEN sank in Lake Superior near Corbeil Point. It was salvaged in 1955 and rebuilt a decade later as b) JOHN McLEAN. It survives in the Purvis Marine fleet as c) ADANAC.

1977: CYDONIA first came through the Seaway in 1962 and returned as b) VERMONT I in 1969. It was under tow due to rudder damage as e) JOY when a fire broke out in the engineroom near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The vessel was rocked by three explosions and sank in the Gulf of Mexico.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody L. Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Saltie transits for 2020 so far, by the numbers

6/7 - As of June 1, there were 56 westbound voyages made at the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, New York, by 49 saltwater vessels during MayThat total is down 3 transits from the March/April 2020 numbers and overall and is up just one transit from the 5-year average for May. Of the 2020 westbound voyages, there were 58 vessels that made westbound transits in April as there were no transits made in March. During May, there were an additional 49 vessels that made westbound transits at the Eisenhower Lock. So far, the monthly totals for the 2020 shipping season at the Eisenhower Lock shows that there were 59 westbound transits made during April and there were no transits made in March. In May, there were 56 westbound transits. In total the combined westbound transits for April and May 2020 totaled 115, up two transits from the 5-year average time period from 2015-2019. The highest total of westbound transits in May occurred during the 2019 shipping season when there were 65 transits. The lowest total during the same 5-year period from 2015-2019 was in 2016 with just 46 transits. During the March/April and May time frame during the 5-year period, the highest amount of westbound vessel transits was in 2018 with 131 transits, while the lowest total was in 2015 with just 99 combined westbound transits that year. Denny Dushane

 

Port of Thunder Bay reports busy month for grain

6/7 - Thunder Bay, ON – Port of Thunder Bay experienced another strong month for grain shipments in May. More than 1.1 million metric tonnes (MT) of Canadian grain traversed the harbor, feeding strong demand for the commodity overseas.

Several factors have led to robust movement of Prairie wheat and canola through the port since the shipping season opened in March. Many countries are stockpiling amidst the pandemic, increasing demand. Global grain supply has also been impacted by drought in Australia and export restrictions in Russia. Australia, Russia, and Canada are among the top exporters of wheat globally. Canada has significant carryover stock from the 2019 crop, which was the second largest on record.

The pandemic has also increased available capacity in the supply chain for grain. Diminished movement of major railway commodities like oil and gas has freed up railway capacity. Both CN and CP railways have reported grain movement records in recent weeks. Strong grain shipments are anticipated to continue through the summer.

The port’s general cargo business will be revving up in the coming weeks. In June, Keefer Terminal will receive the first of several windmill component shipments expected this season.

CBC

 

2020 updated list of new saltwater visitors

6/7 - As of June 1, there were 14 new saltwater vessels making their first inland trips into the Great Lakes/Seaway system via the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, NY. They include Amber Bay, Amoenitas, Atlantic Spirit, BBC Norfolk, Caroline, Comet, Fure Ven, Hilke, Janet C, Julie C, Lagertha, Mick, Northern Spirit and Sinaa.

Five of the new visitors have made inland trips another different names. Among the five are the Atlantic Spirit, which last visited in 2019 as the Adfines Star, while the Northern Spirit last visited in 2019 as the Adfines Sea. Caroline last visited in 2019 as Palmerton and was renamed at Sarnia on December 1. Two other new visitors that previously visited with former names are Hilke, which last visited as the Palabora in 2018, and the Lagertha, which last visited as Halit Bey in 2016 on its only visit with that name.

Denny Dushane

 

Port Reports -  June 7

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten arrived Duluth at 07:32 Saturday to fuel at Husky Energy. James R. Barker departed at 09:24 after loading iron ore pellets at CN, and Michipicoten was outbound at 09:55 for Two Harbors to load. Joseph L. Block arrived at 13:10 and tied up at Canadian National to unload limestone. One she finishes unloading, she is expected to shift over to Hallett #5 to load blast furnace trim. Federal Hudson continued loading wheat at CHS 1 on Saturday, while Irma is at anchor waiting to load at Riverland Ag. There was no traffic in Superior on Saturday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Indiana Harbor departed from Two Harbors on June 6th at 05:31 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors after fueling in Duluth was the Michipicoten, arriving in Two Harbors on June 6th at 11:46 for North of #2 gravity dock where she took on her entire load. She departed Two Harbors on June 6th at 17:25 for the Soo. As of 18:00 on June 6th the Joseph L. Block was unloading stone at the CN ore dock in Duluth. After she's light she goes to CN-Hallett #5 and takes on a partial load of bft before heading to Two Harbors by finishing with pellets. Due Two Harbors on June 7th is the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled for June 7th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday; 8:55 The saltie Andean arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 15:59 The saltie Lake Erie arrived and went to anchor. 17:27 Tim S Dool departed for Port Cartier. 19:37 BBC Norfolk departed and is down bound.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Saturday included Cuyahoga, Saginaw, Algoma Sault, CSL Niagara, CSL St Laurent, Stewart J. Cort, Corps tug Billmaier (with barge and assisted by Owen M. Frederick), Federal Columbia and Algoma Equinox. Downbound traffic included Algoma Harvester, Cason J Callaway and American Mariner.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Saturday;18:41 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load limestone.

Bruce Mine: Friday;22:08 Algoma Conveyor arrived to load trap rock and departed on Saturday at 14:17 for Toledo

Spragge: Friday; 22:08 Saginaw departed for Marquette.

Port Dolomite: Saturday; 0:26 Mississagi departed for Sombra.

Cheboygan: Saturday; 11:34 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes departed for Toledo.

Stoneport: Friday; 22:08 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone and departed on Saturday at 12:45 for Detroit. 12:59 Calumet arrived to load limestone.

Alpena: Friday; 23:52 Calumet arrived at the Lafarge plant to unload and departed on Saturday at 5:11 for Stoneport. 6:26 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load and departed at 11:59 for Green Bay. 19:08 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement product.

Port Inland: Friday; 20:53 Great Republic arrived to load limestone and departed Saturday at 12:32 for Erie.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara arrived at 6.15 pm Saturday, backing in assisted by tug Escorte, however there must have been a change in plans as she departed downbound without loading.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Paul R Tregurtha finished its unloading at the power plant and was downbound a the Detroit River mouth by 9am, heading to Monroe. Algoma Niagara passed MC upbound at 10am. Victory/Maumee passed upbound at 7:45am. Florence Spirit passed downbound at 5pm. Mississagi is expected at the Sombra stoneyard in the mid to late evening hours sailing downbound, and Presque Isle should pass MC in the same time frame upbound. Mix of sun and clouds all day and 80 degrees F with gusty winds from the north-northeast.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Sea Eagle departed at 07:50 for Toledo. Clyde S. VanEnkevort left at 00:45 for Marblehead, arriving there at 05:09.

Fairport Harbor: John G. Munson left at 12:59 for Port Dolomite and Frontenac came in at 13:23 to load at Morton Salt for Toronto.

Conneaut: Presque Isle departed at 06:05 for Two Harbors. Fleet mate Edgar B. Speer is still in port, unloading into the CSL Tadoussac.

Nanticoke: Algoscotia departed at 09:52 for Sarnia and Algosea is anchored off of Port Dover.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The saltie Federal Baltic arrived late Friday night at 23:35 EST to unload urea at Agrico. Saturday started off with the arrival of the G3 Marquis at 5:42 EST, who brought in ore from Port Cartier. At 6:54 EST, the CSL Laurentien arrived from Buffalo, and proceeded to the coal dock to unload. At 8:30 EST the tanker Sterling Energy was outbound for Clarkson, and at 9:58 EST, the tug Seahound was outbound for Port Weller. At 14:30 EST the tanker Sterling Energy returned from Clarkson, and at 19:06 EST she headed back out for Clarkson again. At 21:00 EST the Algoma Transport is expected to arrive from Toledo.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Plant Dock on Saturday evening.

 

Lake Michigan water levels continue to break records

6/7 - The rain keeps coming and Lake Michigan keeps rising. Each month this year, water levels on Wisconsin's eastern liquid border have reached a new monthly record and forecasts call for more high-water records to fall this summer.

Torrential rains in mid-May swelled Lake Michigan an additional two-tenths of a foot. For the second largest of the Great Lakes, that's, well, a lot of water.

"We've just been very wet last fall and winter, whether it's rainfall or snowpack that melted and drained into Lake Michigan," said Marc Kavinsky, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.

Lake Michigan has bounced back from record low levels in 2013. Now it's an abundance of water that is too much of a good thing in the form of shore erosion and waves created by strong winds damaging lakeshore homes and property.

Lake Michigan water levels typically peak in July before dropping through the fall and winter and then rising with snowmelt and spring rain. But this year, the lake has stayed at or above record levels since December, hitting new highs in January, February, March, April and May.

That means more water washing over breakwaters and piers, more boats needing bridges opened to pass underneath

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is projecting June and July will set new water level records for those months. "There's a greater chance of heavier rainfall in summer with draining into Lake Michigan," Kavinsky said. "But the forecast (for rain) starts to tail off in August, September and October."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 7

 

1958, the largest freighter ever built on the Great Lakes slid down the ways at River Rouge, Michigan. The new freighter was christened by Mrs. Edmund Fitzgerald and named EDMUND FITZGERALD. The 729-foot FITZGERALD was owned by Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company and operated by Columbia Transportation under a 25-year bare boat charter.

In 1977, tugs refused to tow the new MESABI MINER out of the harbor due to high winds. Captain William McSweeney brought the MESABI MINER out under her own power to begin her maiden trip. On 07 June 1890, EMILY P. WEED (steel propeller freighter, 300 foot, 2,362 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #69) at W. Bay City, Michigan for the Hollister Transportation Co. She lasted until 02 September 1905, when she stranded on Sand Island Reef, Apostle Islands on Lake Superior and broke in two.

On 07 June 1862, MORNING STAR (wooden side-wheel steamer, 248 foot, 1,265 gross tons) was launched by A. A. Turner at Trenton, Michigan. She only lasted until 1868, when she sank in Lake Erie in a collision with the bark COURTLAND.

In 1977, 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").

On June 7, 1991, the ALPENA, the former LEON FRASER) began her maiden voyage as a cement carrier, departing Superior, Wisconsin, for her namesake port. Fraser Shipyards, which 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 foot, 177 gross tons, 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 foot, 729 gross tons, built in 1863, at Cleveland, Ohio) 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 a.m. 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.

1894: The wooden steamer OCEAN received a massive hole in the bow after a collision with the barge KENT at Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence.

1902: The whaleback steamer THOMAS WILSON sank after a collision with the GEORGE G. HADLEY a mile off the Duluth piers while outbound with iron ore and nine lives were lost.

1915: JAMES B. EADS and the CHICAGO collided in the St. Clair River.

1941: The fish tug FINGLO caught fire and burned at Toronto. It was rebuilt for harbor duty as the steam tug H.J.D. NO. 1. In 1956-1957, the ship was unofficially renamed Salamander to star in the Canadian television series Tugboat Annie.

1971: SILVER CREST visited the Seaway in 1971 after previous calls as a) VIGRID in 1959 and 1963. It also returned as b) ROSTO in 1963 before becoming d) SILVER CREST in 1968. The ship stranded on Sisal Reef, in the Gulf of Mexico while enroute from Veracruz to Progresso, Mexico, but was refloated on June 12. The vessel arrived at Whampoa, China, for scrapping in July 1973.

1991: HERMES SCAN, a first time Seaway trader in 1977, sank in the Bay of Bengal as d) BRAUT TEAM after developing leaks the previous day. The heavy-lift vessel was reportedly carrying a Chinese steam locomotive for delivery to New York for the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad. All on board were saved.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

Hamilton's port continues to ship tons of cargo despite pandemic

6/6 - Hamilton, ON – Hamilton's port has continued to operate during the pandemic, with more than 880,000 metric tons of cargo passing through, all while adjusting to safety protocols meant to protect staff, the community and seafarers who stop here.

The port has welcomed 64 vessels so far this season, according to Vicki Gruber, Harbour Master and Manager of Port Security with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA). Another four carrying a total of 48,000 metric tons have docked in Oshawa. That's a bit slower than a typical year, said Gruber.

"We represent commerce. We want to make sure our community is still operating, our shipping is still operating, but in the same breath we have to make sure it's done in a safe manner."

As the pandemic has stretches on, Gruber said she's heard questions from some residents around safety and what the port is doing to protect the community during shore leaves for seafarers.

Any vessel entering the St. Lawrence Seaway from an international destination must report the health of its crew 96 hours before entering Canadian waters, she explained. That information is shared with a wide range of bodies and organizations, including Transportation Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the RCMP before it "trickles down" to port authorities. That way everyone knows "what's coming down the pipeline."

The system identified one suspected case on a vessel heading to Hamilton, so the ship and port worked with public health to prepare, said Gruber. "They were tested locally and … the result came back negative."

Transport Canada dictates crew members can only come ashore if they don't have any symptoms of the virus and are leaving for an essential reasons, such as a doctor's appointment.

While community members may worry about potential exposure from seafarers, they're worried about the exact opposite scenario because it could "cripple" their vessel.

"A lot of shipping companies are actually encouraging the crew not to disembark the vessel," said Gruber. "That's specifically because … they don't want that crew member infected and working with their 20-25 crew members and then they're all infected."

Some staff at the port are working from home, while those who can't are wearing personal protective equipment, washing their hands often and following physical distancing.

"We are working very hard with our community," said Gruber. "We want to keep them safe and we are doing everything in our power to do so."

CBC

 

Port Reports -  June 6

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough departed Two Harbors from South of #2 at 20:50 on June 4th for Gary. The Callaway then shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 21:10 and 21:32. The Callaway then departed on June 5th at 08:18 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors for North of #2 lay-by was the Indiana Harbor at 20:32 on June 4th. She shifted to South of #2 from 08:21 to 09:00 on June 5th. As of 19:30 she is still at the shiploader. Tentatively due Two Harbors on June 6th is the Joseph L. Block. She is due Duluth on June 6th in the morning for CN-Hallett #5 to unload stone, then go light to Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled on June 6th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Friday; 0:16 Florence Spirit departed and was downbound. 2:25 CSL Assiniboine arrived at Viterra B to load wheat. 15:18 Algoma Harvester departed and is down bound.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic included Andean in the early afternoon and Lake Erie in the evening. Downbounders included Burns Harbor and Florence Spirit.

Green Bay, WI
At 3:30 am Friday the Algoma Sault arrived from Goderich with salt for the Fox River Dock Terminal. At 11: 24 am the Algoma Sault departed for Sault Ste. Marie. The tug Albert/ barge Margaret departed late evening for Milwaukee, WI.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Conquest arrived from Charlevoix at 03:36 Friday (6/5) with cement for the Kinnickinnic River terminal. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin cleared for Two Harbors at 09:04 after delivering salt from Morton, Windsor. G.L. Ostrander/Integrity is due in from Alpena about 21:00 with cement for the Lafarge Terminal.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Friday; 2:50 Whitefish Bay departed for Windsor.

Spragge: Thursday; 20:56 Mississagi departed for Port Dolomite. Friday; Saginaw arrived to unload limestone.

Port Dolomite: Friday; 1:14 Joseph L Block departed for Duluth Superior. 1:39 Kaye E Barker weigh anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. 4:08 Mississagi arrived and went to anchor. 12:27 Kaye E Barker departed down bound on lake Michigan. Mississagi weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load.

Calcite: Thursday; 23:48 American Courage arrived to load and departed Friday at 11:59 for Bay City.

Stoneport: Friday; 1:41 John G Munson departed for Fairport.

Port Inland: Thursday; 23:35 Saginaw departed for Spragge.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator arrived 7.15 pm Friday, loading at Compass Minerals.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Very late Thursday night, Herbert C. Jackson arrived on the Saginaw River carrying a split cargo. The Jackson Stopped at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City first, then went up to the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw to finish unloading. The Sharon M I - Huron Spirit were inbound just after midnight Friday, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City. Both Herbert C. Jackson and Sharon M I - Huron Spirit were back outbound later in the day Friday. Samuel de Champlain - Innovation called on the Saginaw River Friday night, stopping at the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexvile to unload.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
At 6:30am in fog, Samuel de Champlain/Innovation passed MC upbound, followed by Defiance/Ashtabula at 7am. Spartan/Spartan II was passing Harsens Island upbound at 7am. Salvage Monarch had passed before sunup and was just coming out of the cutoff channel at 6:30am. Cuyahoga passed MC upbound at 9:30am. Algonova passed upbound at 11am followed by CSL Niagara at 11:15am. Federal Leda passed downbound at 12:45pm. Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson arrived at the stoneyard at 2pm and was still unloading at 7:30pm. John G Munson passed MC downbound at 2:30pm. Whitefish Bay passed downbound at 7:15pm. Algoma Guardian passed upbound at 7:30pm. Paul R Tregurtha is expected to arrive at the power plant with the second load of coal of the season in the mid evening. Federal Champlain should pass in the late evening upbound. Fog in the am lifted to mix of sun and clouds and light winds from the south-southwest, temp 86 degrees F.

Lake Erie Ports for Friday – Bill Kloss
Cleveland: Sea Eagle II is at St. Mary's Cement. Samuel deChamplain left for Essexville. Clyde S. VanEnkevort came in at 15:19 with ore for the Bulk Terminal.

Fairport Harbor: John G. Munson due in at 07:00 Saturday.

Ashtabula: Walter J. McCarthy Jr. left at 22:04 for Toledo and temporary layup.

Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer still in port. Presque Isle arrived at 16:00.

Nanticoke: Algoscotia arrived at15:00. Algosea due in Saturday at 10AM.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
The tanker Patalya departed at 23:05 EST on Thursday night, bound for Savannah, GA after spending a couple days unloading UAN solution. The only movement on Friday was the tug Ocean Golf, who departed for Oshawa at 7:45 EST.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
As evening came, so did a thick fog that settled in across Buffalo Harbor from the cool water and the warm, humid air. Into this thick blanket of sun illuminated mist went the CSL Laurentian when they departed Lackawanna for Hamilton around 5PM. After dropping lines, they literally disappeared from view when the the big red ship left the Gateway pier and sailed straight out the South Entrance. They transited safely to Port Colborne and were in Lock 8 of the Welland Canal by 8 PM. Next up will be the 700-foot ATB combination Defiance-Ashtabula with a load of sand from Brevort, Michigan on the morning of June 6th & the American Mariner on the 8th.

Around 1:45AM on June 5th the 730-foot CSL Laurentian arrived from Sandusky to take on a blended load of Eastern coal and nut coke from Poland. She came in the South Entrance, winded in the Outer Harbor Southern Channel, and then backed in for the Gateway Metroport Main Dock. The boom was raised up high so that the portable conveyors could access the holds and loading operations then began early that morning. A few times later that day, the ship dropped lines and was shifted back along the dock to better access her hatches with the conveyors as the product filled the holds one after another. While all that was going on, the Calusa Coast got underway from Suite Coat in Tonawanda around 8:45AM. She headed for the Black Rock Lock, pushing from the notch of her barge Delaware, arriving there around 9:30. They locked through up bound and made a nice, easy transit of the canal to the lake. Once clear of the Buffalo Entrance Channel, the tug dropped her push gear and got set up out there to go “On the wire”. Around 10:30AM they had the barge’s towing bridle all rigged up and very slowly eased ahead towards the West and the Delaware began following her tug. The Captain called Seaway Long Point and let them know that he’d be off the Long Point Line at 5:PM that afternoon. After taking out the slack in the tow line, the Calusa Coast headed up the lake and into the haze of an 85 degree June day.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh Cement early Friday afternoon bound for Picton in ballast.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 6

 

On 06 June 1891, BAY CITY (wooden propeller freighter, 152 foot, 372 gross tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) burned to a total loss while being repaired at the foot of Rivard Street in Detroit, Michigan. She was loaded with 300,000 feet of white pine lumber at the time. Her watchman reported the fire during the night and firemen thought they had it out, but it re-ignited and the vessel burned to a total loss. This ship had previously burned 20 years before on 10 April 1871, when she was on her first trip of the season after being rebuilt over the winter. Then she caught fire and burned nearly to the waterline but was rebuilt again and lasted until this last fire in 1891.

On 06 June 1917, ISABELLA J. BOYCE (wooden propeller sandsucker, 138 foot, 368 gross tons, built in 1889, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin as a freighter) grounded on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie and then was destroyed by fire. No lives were lost.

In 1944, the C-4 bulk carrier MARINE ROBIN participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy. In 1952, after conversion into a bulk freighter she began service in the lakes for M.A. Hanna Co., as b.) JOSEPH H. THOMPSON. She serves today as a tug barge combination created from the sections of the original vessel.

E.B. BARBER (Hull#111) of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co., entered service on June 6, 1953, for Algoma Central Railway Ltd.

In 1953, ARMCO (Hull#870) began her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, for the Columbia Transportation Div., bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load iron ore.

On June 6, 1959, ADAM E. CORNELIUS (Hull#) 424) began her maiden voyage for the American Steamship Co., from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This was the last Great Lakes vessel constructed with telescoping hatch covers. Sold Canadian and converted to a barge she was renamed b.) CAPT. EDWARD V. SMITH in 1988, and c.) SEA BARGE ONE in 1991 and d.) SARAH SPENCER in 1996.

Upper Lakes Shipping's 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 gross tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) 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 foot, 195 tons, built in 1867, at Algonac, Michigan) was upbound in the south bend of the St. Clair River near Algonac, Michigan when the CLARION (iron propeller package freighter, 240 foot, 1,711 gross tons, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan) overtook her and collided with her in broad daylight. HERCULES drifted to the bank, capsized and sank. No lives were lost.

1956: NEWBRUNDOC ran aground at Densmore Bay on the southeast side of Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence after straying out of the channel in fog. The ore-laden vessel, enroute from Contrecoeur to Buffalo, was released the next day.

1964: The Norwegian freighter FRO made 10 trips through the Seaway from 1961 to 1965. It ran aground at Milwaukee after loading 7500 tons of scrap for France on June 6, 1964, and was lightered to the YANKCANUCK before being refloated June 9.

1967: FRANKCLIFFE HALL ran aground off Hare Island, Lake Superior in dense fog and received heavy damage to bottom plates. The ship was lightered and released June 9 and went to the Davie shipyard for repairs. This vessel was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, as HALIFAX in 2011.

1967: AUGUSTUS B. WOLVIN struck the bank of the Welland Canal and grounded. A subsequent survey of the damage at Port Weller Dry Docks revealed it was not worth the cost of repairs and the ship was laid up and sold for scrap.

1982: ALGOSEA (i) rammed the west pier at Port Weller entering the Welland Canal in fog turning the bulbous bow by 90 degrees. The damaged ship was allowed to go to Thunder Bay for repairs. It became c) SAUNIERE later in 1982 and was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2011.

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

 

Lakes limestone trade down 18.1 percent in May

6/5 - Cleveland, OH – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million tons in May, a decrease of 18.1 percent compared to a year ago. May’s loadings were also below the month’s 5-year average by 8.75 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.7 million tons, a decrease of 20.3 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 802,468 tons, a decrease of 9.9 percent.

Year-to-date the lakes limestone trade stands at nearly 5.8 million tons, a decrease of 13.4 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 13.9 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total a little over 1 million tons, a decrease of 11.2 percent.

 

Port Reports -  June 5

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner Arthur M. Anderson arrived Duluth at 01:21 Thursday morning to unload limestone at C. Reiss, and her sister Cason J. Callaway was inbound at 02:28 with stone for Hallett #5. She finished unloading and departed light at 17:15 for Two Harbors to load. The Anderson shifted to Canadian National to load iron ore once her discharge was complete, and should depart early Friday morning. Irma was due late Thursday evening but was expected to go to anchor for inspections, and Manitoulin was due just before midnight to load at CN. Also in port were American Mariner, loading grain at General Mills, and Federal Hudson, loading wheat at CHS 1. There was once again no traffic in Superior on Thursday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney Burns Harbor departed Two Harbors stern 1st on June 4th at 02:03 for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 between 02:37 and 03:11 on June 4th. As of 19:30 on June 4th she was still at the shiploader. Arriving Two Harbors on June 4th after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5 was the Cason J. Callaway. She arrived Two Harbors at 19:03 for North of #2. Indiana Harbor could be near Two Harbors before midnight, but will probably stay out in the lake. There is no other traffic due Two Harbors on June 5th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on June 5th.

Thunder Bay, ON Wednesday; 18:22 Federal Leda departed for Montreal. 20:29 Spruceglen arrived at Keefer terminal either for port services or possible layup. 22:18 Algoma Harvester arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load wheat. Thursday; 8:13 Florence Spirit arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:00 BBC Norfolk arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 19:59 Tim S Dool arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load wheat.

St. Marys River Upbound traffic Thursday included James R. Barker, CSL Assiniboine and Edwin H. Gott. Downbounders included Philip R. Clarke, Federal Leda, Mesabi Miner and, late, Paul R. Tregurtha and Federal Elbe.

Green Bay, WI Algoma Conveyor arrived at 1:00 pm Thursday from Goderich, ON. with salt for the Fox River Dock Terminal. Then at 5:40 pm the tug Albert / barge Margaret arrived from Ohio with petroleum products for the U.S. Oil/VentureTerminal.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports Alpena cleared for Muskegon at 03:34 Thursday (6/4). Delayed by Coronavirus Crisis, Lake Express departed on her first run of 2020 at 06:00 as scheduled. She arrived in Muskegon at 10:04 – 40 minutes ahead of Alpena. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived in Milwaukee at 18:19 with salt from Morton, Windsor. After dropping about 30,000 metric tons at the open dock, she will head for Two Harbors to load iron pellets.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Thursday; 8:44 Algoma Innovator departed for Sarnia. 8:46 Whitefish Bay arrived to load dolomite.

Thessalon: Thursday; 1:53 Laura L Van Enkevort arrived to load stone and departed at 15:41 down bound on Lake Huron.

Spragge: Thursday; 14:58 Mississagi arrived to unload limestone.

Port Dolomite: Thursday; 14:29 Kaye E Barker arrived and went to anchor.14:56 Joseph L Block arrived to finish loading.

Calcite: Wednesday; 21:59 Herbert C Jackson arrived to load limestone and departed Thursday at 10:27 for Bay City.

Cheboygan: Thursday; 10:10 The tug Michigan and tanker barge Great Lakes arrived to unload petroleum products.

Stoneport: Thursday 17:11 John G Munson arrived to load limestone.

Alpena: Wednesday; 21:25 American Courage arrived to unload at the Lafarge plant and departed Thursday at 12:49. 13:21 G L Ostrander departed for a Lake Michigan port.

Brevort: Wednesday; 12:07 Defiance / Ashtabula arrived to load limestone product and departed Thursday at 6:25 down bound on Lake Huron.

Port Inland: Thursday; 1:03 Joseph L Block weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock to take on a partial load and departed at 8:06 for Port Dolomite. 10:50 Saginaw arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas Algoma Sault cleared 12.13 pm with salt upbound for Green Bay WI.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson Victory/Maumee arrived at the stone dock in the early morning Thursday to unload. Unload completed, she was downbound by 8 am. Everlast/Norman Mcleod weighed anchor from the East China anchorage and was upbound at Stag Island by 9:15am. Algoma Strongfield passed MC downbound at 9:45am. Evans Spirit passed downbound at 1:30pm. Andean passed upbound at 2pm. Cuyahoga passed downbound at 4:30pm, followed by Amber Bay at 5:15pm and John D Leitch at 7:30pm. Presque Isle should pass MC around 9:30pm downbound and Clyde Vanenkevort/Erie Trader should pass in the late evening downbound as well. Mix of sun and clouds all day light winds from the south-southeast temp 82 degrees F.

Lake Erie Ports for Thursday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: CSL Laurentien left at 09:11.

Lorain: Algoma Buffalo departed Wednesday at 23:20 for Thorold.

Cleveland: Anglian Lady arrived Wednesday at 23:20 and departed for Windsor at 16:12. Samuel de Champlain came in at 08:43 for the LaFarge cement dock. Olive L. Moore was still on shuttles.

Ashtabula: Walter J. McCarthy Jr arrived at 12:20.

Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer is in port and Atlantic Huron arrived at 02:40. The Speer is unloading into Atlantic Huron.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf Late Wednesday night saw the Shoveler depart at 22:35 EST with grain that she will take to Belfast, Ireland. Thursday was a slow day for traffic and only saw two departures. The Algoma Guardian departed at 10:41 EST after unloading ore. She will head back to Superior. The tug Vigilant 1 departed at 17:39 EST towards Port Weller. The tanker Patalya was in port all day unloading UAN solution.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
NACC Argonaut departed LaFarge at 4 am on June 4th bound for Oswego with the second half of her split load. Once out on the lake she passed the Calusa Coast with her barge Delaware still trailing behind her in their continuous racetrack pattern just South of the shipping lanes off Buffalo. The Black Rock Lock opens for vessel traffic at 9AM so with the lake all calmed down, the Calusa Coast switched out of towing gear and notched up her barge Delaware out near Windmill Point about an hour ahead of time. They made it in and transited downbound, arriving off the Suite Coat wharf around 10AM. Winding in the Niagara River can be a little tricky with all the current but there were no problems and everything was all set at the dock to begin unloading by 10:30. CSL Laurentian was on her way to Lackawanna from Sandusky & should arrive here overnight.

 

Canada expands required use of face masks on planes, trains, ships and transit

6/5 - Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau is expanding the required use of face coverings on planes, trains, ships and transit to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Effective at noon on Thursday, airline flight crew and airport workers will be required to wear non-medical masks, in addition to the existing requirement for passengers.

Railway operators will have to notify passengers to wear a face covering when physical distancing of two metres from others can't be maintained, or as requested by the rail companies. All railway workers will be required to be given face coverings and ensure they are worn according to risk or when mandated by local authorities.

Marine workers will be advised to possess a face covering that will be worn depending on the workplace risk, when physical distancing can't be maintained or where local authorities require it.

"My top concern continues to be the well-being of the transportation workers and the travelling public," Garneau says in a statement.

"The use of face coverings can limit the transmission of the virus where physical distancing cannot be maintained."

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 5

 

Over the winter of 1960 - 1961, CHARLES M. SCHWAB was rebuilt by joining the forward end of the original SCHWAB with the after end of the former oil tanker GULFPORT. On this date in 1961, Captain Raphael "Dewey" Marsden conducted sea trials with the vessel on Lake Erie between Lorain and Cleveland.

On 05 June 1884, the wooden 3-mast 139-foot schooner GUIDING STAR, which went ashore 12 miles north of Milwaukee on 06 November 1883, was finally abandoned when all efforts to release her had failed. About two-thirds of her cargo of coal was salvaged.

On 05 June 1888, the wreck of the tug FRANK MOFFAT was removed from the St. Clair River at Sombra, Ontario by the Canadian Government. The tug was wrecked when her boiler exploded in November 1885.

In 1972, ROGER BLOUGH (Hull#900) was christened at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for U.S. Steel Corp.

Also in 1972, PARKER EVANS was in collision with the upbound Erie Sand steamer SIDNEY E. SMITH JR just below the Blue Water Bridge, at Port Huron, Michigan. The SMITH sank in 20 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 7 and 8 in Lake Huron by the newly established Sarnia Traffic.

On 05 June 1979, while carrying corn on Lake Superior, CARTIERCLIFFE HALL (steel propeller bulk freighter, 730 foot, 18,531 gross tons, built in 1960, in Germany as a.) RUHR ORE) caught fire 10 miles north of Copper Harbor, Michigan. Her crew abandoned ship in two life rafts and one lifeboat. Six died in this tragedy while five were injured; four (including Captain Raymond Boudreault) were injured seriously enough to be flown to the University of Michigan Burn Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. U. S. Steel's THOMAS W. LAMONT rescued 17 at 4:52 a.m. while CSL’s LOUIS R. DESMARAIS rescued two more. The CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was towed to Thunder Bay by the tug PENNSYLVANIA the following day.

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, at Morris Heights, New York by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp. Upon her retirement 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 foot, 150 tons, built in 1856, at Big Sodus, New York) 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 Fort Gratiot Light. The WABASH sank and the EMPIRE STATE was damaged. The steamer JAY GOULD took the passengers off both vessels.

1943: FRANK ARMSTRONG, upbound on her maiden voyage, collided with the C.S.L. bulk carrier GODERICH in the St. Mary's River. Both sustained significant damage.

1991: OLYMPIC POWER was a year old when it first came through the Seaway in 1969. The vessel was sailing as c) FREE POWER when a fire broke out in the engine room off Oman on this date in 1991 and the ship had to be abandoned by the crew. One sailor was lost. The hull was a CTL and it reached Alang, India, for scrapping on February 8, 1993.

1998: The small Danish flag freighter, SEA STAR came to the Great Lakes with steel for Cleveland in April 1998. The vessel returned to the sea and sank in the Caribbean two months later on this date after a collision with the tuna boat MASA YOSHI MARU. SEA STAR was traveling from Colombia to Haiti with 2000 tonnes of bagged cement. Two members of the crew were lost.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Ludington man admits to stealing from SS Badger ferry company

6/4 - Ludington, MI – A Mason County man has admitted to stealing up to $3.5 million from the SS Badger ferry and other financial companies. Paul Piper was the longtime financial controller of Lake Michigan Carferry and Pere Marquette Shipping Company. That’s the company that operates the ferry that goes between Ludington and Wisconsin.

Piper admitted to stealing between $550,000 and $3.5 million between the Carferry and financial institutions. Piper over-rode normal accounting systems and wrote checks to himself and two of his businesses: Piper Tax and Accounting and Piper Group.

He forged the signatures of company owners on those checks and used a signature stamp. Piper also filed false personal income tax returns to the IRS. He must now pay more than $363,000 to the IRS in past due taxes, plus penalties and interest.

He will also be sentenced later in August and faces up to 30 years in prison.

9&10 News

 

Shutterbugs invited to submit photos from Great Lakes sites

6/4 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, invites the public to participate in their annual photo contest. Entries are now being accepted through 11:59 p.m. June 7 and should feature Great Lakes’ sites such as the Soo Locks, Duluth Ship Canal, piers, breakwaters or federal harbors on the Great Lakes.

The top 12 photographers will have their photo included in a 2021 downloadable calendar and the top three photographers, determined by social media vote, will receive a plaque with their winning photo, provided by the Soo Locks Visitors Center Association.

“I love the annual photo contest,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Turner, commander, USACE, Detroit District. “It captures the beauty of the Great Lakes and allows us to see the projects that we've designed, built and, now, maintain from a whole new perspective. We in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District are proud to continue our annual photo contest tradition this year to bring a sense of community during uncertain times.”

Digital photo submissions will be uploaded to an album on the Detroit District Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USACEDetroitDistrict/ June 8 and open for public voting through ‘likes’ until 9:00 a.m. June 22.

By entering the contest, participants agree to abide by the official rules. Complete photo contest instructions and rules can be found on our website at: https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Media/Photo-Contest/. Interactive maps of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers harbors and civil works projects in the Detroit District are also available on the website: https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/.

 

Port Reports -  June 4

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner cleared Duluth at 09:07 Wednesday morning loaded with iron ore from Canadian National. American Mariner was inbound at 10:52 to unload limestone at Hallett #5, and Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 15:55 after loading coal at Midwest Energy for the St. Clair power plant. At CHS 1, Federal Elbe topped off her holds and departed at 17:44 for Montreal. Federal Hudson, which had been anchored offshore waiting for her turn at the dock, then raised her hook and arrived at 18:17 to load. The Mariner was still unloading Wednesday evening but is expected to shift to General Mills to load grain. The only traffic through the Superior entry on Wednesday was Robert F. Deegan/tug Zeus, which departed light at 06:39 after unloading calcium chloride at Hallett #8. It's interesting to note that the pair departed with the tug lashed to the barge's side, and after clearing the piers the tug put over an astern tow line and began towing her barge. The 117-year-old J.B. Ford was moved to the east side of the slip on Wednesday. The Heritage tugs Edward H. and Helen H moved the Ford so the soil could be tested.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on June 2nd at 18:06 for North of #2 where she took on a partial load at the gravity dock. She shifted to South of #2 between 21:22 and 21:49 on June 2nd. She departed Two Harbors on June 3rd at 02:59 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on June 3rd at 11:51 for South of #2 was the Burns Harbor. Also arriving Two Harbors on June 3rd was the Roger Blough at 18:42 for North of #2. Due Two Harbors on June 4th after unloading stone at CN-Hallett #5 is the Cason J. Callaway. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay has no traffic scheduled on June 4th.

Thunder Bay, ON
Tuesday; 19:53 Evans Spirit departed for Baie Comeau.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Wednesday included Florence Spirt, Irma, BBC Norfolk and Tim S Dool late. Downbounders included tug Nancy J (sold to Sarter Marine Towing of Sturgeon Bay), Algoma Strongfield and Evans Spirit.

Milwaukee, WI – MKE Marine Reports
Alpena arrived from Calumet Harbor at 14:43 Wednesday (6/3), backed into the inner harbor, and tied up at the Lafarge terminal. In port are tugs Racine and Kenosha with crane barge Manitowoc. Owned by the US Corps of Engineers, the equipment is in town to repair the outer harbor breakwater. Tug Julie Dee with barge continues working in the outer harbor between Lake Express Ferry dock and Liquid Cargo pier. Delayed by Coronavirus Crisis, Lake Express Ferry is set to make her first run of the season Thursday (6/4). Also Thursday, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is due with salt from Morton, Windsor.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay; Wednesday; 14:27 Algoma Innovator arrived to load dolomite.

Alpena: Wednesday; 7:27 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products.

Port Inland: Wednesday; 6:18 Cuyahoga arrived to load. 9:24 Joseph L Block arrived and went to anchor. 15:39 Cuyahoga departed and is east bound to the Straits of Mackinac. 15:39 Mississagi arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor cleared 11.29 am Wednesday upbound with salt for Green Bay WI. Algoma Sault arrived at 12.06 pm Wednesday and was loading at Compass Minerals.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin passed MC upbound just before midnite. Laura L Vanenkevort/Joseph H Thompson, Algoma Sault, and CSL Assiniboine were in convoy in lower Lake St Clair at 2am and passed MC before dawn. Everlast/Norman Mcleod passed before dawn upbound and went to anchor in the East China anchorage. At 7:30 pm she was still there. Herbert C Jackson passed upbound at 6am. American Courage passed upbound at 7:15am. John G Munson passed downbound before dawn. Algoterra passed upbound at 10am. Algoma Mariner passed downbound at 11:30am. Saginaw passed upbound at 11:45am, followed by Michigan/Great Lakes at noon. Frontenac passed downbound at 12:30pm. Edwin H Gott passed upbound at 1:15pm. Walter J Mccarthy passed downbound at 7:15pm. Kaye E Barker should pass upbound around 9:30pm. Quick-moving thunder showers overnite moved on to sunny skies all day. Winds steady from the south-southwest and 86 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Wednesday Arrivals: Leo A MacArthur/John J Carrick shifted to the Marathon Asphalt Terminal to load. CSL Tadoussac-arrived at the St. Mary's Cement dock to unload clinker. Samuel De Champlain/Innovation-arrived at Lafarge to unload cement. John G Munson-arrived at Motor City Materials dock to unload stone.

Lake Erie Ports for Wednesday – Bill Kloss
Lorain: Algoma Buffalo was still in port.

Cleveland: Olive L. Moore is on the shuttles.

Fairport Harbor: Saginaw left at 20:10 on Tuesday.

Conneaut: Edgar B. Speer still in port.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Late Tuesday night saw the Resko sneak out for Toledo at 22:48 EST after spending several days unloading steel. Wednesday traffic kicked off with the departure of the tanker Sterling Energy at 5:04 EST, who made a trip to Port Weller. Next out was the tug Ocean Golf, who headed for Oshawa at 12:17 EST. Shortly after, at 12:26 EST, the Federal Danube was outbound, loaded with grain for Dublin, Ireland. At 14:16 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy returned from Port Weller. At 18:05 EST the Algoma Guardian arrived with ore from Superior, and at 18:31 EST, the tanker Harbour Fashion was outbound loaded with tallow for New Haven, CT. At 19:51 EST, the NACC Capri departed layup for its first voyage of the season, which was likely delayed due to the current economy. She is headed towards Bath. The tug Ocean Golf is expected to return from Oshawa late tonight. The saltie Shoveler spent another day loading grain, and the tanker Patalya spent the day unloading UAN.

Buffalo, NY – Brian R Wroblewski
The Calusa Coast arrived with her asphalt barge Delaware on a wire behind her on the morning of June 3rd. The wind was up and storms were still in the air so they started doing a “Weather Pattern” where the tug loops back and forth to kill time out in the lake until conditions improve enough to notch up. They continued to cycle up and down between Windmill Point and Dunkirk all day long at a leisurely 3.4 knots. The NACC Argonaut arrived with a load of bulk powdered cement from Bath, Ontario at 2PM that afternoon. She came in right past the Calusa Coast-Delaware that were lurking about out near Point Abino and was met by the Vermont at the North Entrance. After helping her wind in the Outer Harbor, they started in for a stern first tow to LaFarge. As they were about to head upriver, the NYSPA tugs Joncarie and Breaker passed by on their way from the breakwall to their dock with a string of ice boom pontoons. The procession of the tug-ice boom-tug and the tug-freighter combinations slowly inched along and both arrived at their respective docks around 3PM. Later that evening the saltwater ship Andean finally got underway from Gateway Metroport and departed the Lackawanna Canal around 5PM. She cleared the South Entrance and passed the Calusa Coast out near Dunkirk as they were still in their weather pattern from earlier. Andean sailed off into the distance of an overcast gray lake, bound for Thunder Bay around 6PM after having been here over two weeks total time between being anchored and unloading.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh Cement Dock Wednesday afternoon for Toronto.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 4

In 1955, J. L. MAUTHE established a new Great Lakes cargo record for a coal cargo delivered to an upper lakes port. She loaded 18392 tons of coal at the Toledo C&O dock.

1943, BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, Captain Harry Ashby, delivered a record cargo of 19343.5 net tons of iron ore at Cleveland. The ore was loaded at Two Harbors, Minnesota.

In 1947, the Canada Steamship Lines steamer EMPEROR, loaded with ore and bound for Ashtabula, hit the rocks off Isle Royale at 4:10 a.m. The vessel sank within minutes but the crew was able to launch 2 lifeboats. Captain Eldon Walkinshaw, First Mate D. Moray, and 10 other crew members drowned when one of the lifeboats overturned. Twenty-one other survivors were rescued by the U.S.C.G. cutter KIMBALL.

On 04 June 1872, while carrying wooden barrel staves from Bay City, Michigan to Buffalo, New York, the bark AMERICAN GIANT encountered rough weather off Port Stanley, Ontario, on Lake Erie. Heavy seas carried off her deck cargo of 25,000 staves and the vessel became waterlogged. As the crew considered abandoning, the steamer MENDOTA saw their plight and took the GIANT in tow for Buffalo where they arrived the following day. For days afterward, other vessels reported the litter of barrel staves floating in the middle of Lake Erie.

At 2:00 a.m., 04 June 1891, in heavy fog, the NORTHERN QUEEN (steel propeller freighter, 299 foot, 2,476 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio) struck the schooner FAYETTE BROWN (wooden schooner, 178 foot, 553 gross tons, built in 1868, at Cleveland, Ohio) about ten miles off Dummy Light on Lake Erie. The BROWN, which was loaded with stone blocks, quickly sank in over 60 feet of water. One of the schooner's crewmen climbed aboard the QUEEN while the others barely had time to scramble up the schooner's masts. Accounts of the accident differ. The schooner's skipper claimed that the NORTHERN QUEEN continued on her journey while the schooner's crew clung to the masts while the skipper of the NORTHERN QUEEN claimed that he tried to find survivors, but lost the wreck in the fog and reluctantly continued on his journey, figuring that there were no survivors. Nevertheless, about an hour after the disaster, the steamer ROBERT MILLS (wooden propeller freighter, 256 foot, 1,790 gross tons, built in 1888, at Buffalo, New York) came along, heard the cries of the unfortunate seamen clinging to the masts and rescued them. No lives were lost.

On 04 June 1881, the OGEMAW (wooden propeller freighter, 167 foot, 624 gross tons) was launched at Simon Langell's yard in St. Clair, Michigan for Mr. Wood & Company of Cleveland, Ohio.

CLIFFS VICTORY sailed on her maiden voyage in ballast from South Chicago, Illinois, in 1951.

On June 4, 1968, the keel for OTTERCLIFFE HALL (Hull#667) was laid at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., for the Hall Corporation of Canada. Renamed b.) ROYALTON in 1983, c.) OTTERCLIFFE HALL in 1985, d.) PETER MISENER in 1988 and e.) CANADIAN TRADER in 1994. She arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on January 7, 2005.

EDGAR B. SPEER (Hull#908) was christened on June 4th 1980, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., Hartford, Connecticut, managed by the Great Lakes Fleet of the United States Steel Corp., Duluth, Minnesota.

In 1988, IRVING S. OLDS departed Duluth under tow of tug SALVAGE MONARCH, headed for overseas scrapping. She was scrapped by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co., in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, scrapping began on November 24, 1988.

June 4, 1940 - Oiler George Riemersma, 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 "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 foot, 123 tons, built in 1844, at French Creek, New York) 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 Fairport, 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 is the 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.

1961: C.A. BENNETT went aground in the Wiley-Dondero Channel of the Seaway while trying to avoid the REDFERN and was released with her own power. Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  June 3

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner.
Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Duluth at 05:20 Tuesday morning light after unloading limestone at Graymont, bound for Silver Bay to load. Philip R. Clarke was inbound at 05:38 to discharge stone at C. Reiss, and Manitoulin left port at 10:25 loaded with iron ore after taking a delay at CN #6. The Clarke finished her unload and was outbound at 16:17 for Two Harbors. Paul R. Tregurtha was due at 22:45 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Federal Elbe continued loading wheat at CHS 1 on Tuesday, while Federal Hudson was anchored offshore waiting for her fleetmate to clear the dock. At the Superior entry, Mesabi Miner arrived at 04:20 Tuesday morning and headed up to the Duluth Port Terminal where she spent the morning taking a delay. She shifted over to Canadian National early in the afternoon and should depart via the Duluth ship canal early Wednesday. The tank barge Robert F. Deegan and tug Zeus arrived in Superior at 10:55 Tuesday and headed to the Hallett #8 slip to unload calcium chloride.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle departed Two Harbors at 04:00 on June 2nd for Conneaut. Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on June 2nd at 18:06 for North of #2. She had unloaded stone at the C. Reiss dock in West Duluth. My June 2nd report I had mistakenly said she would unload at CN-Hallett #5. Due Two Harbors on June 3rd are the Burns Harbor and the Roger Blough. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 09:26 after unloading stone in Superior. She departed Silver Bay on June 2nd at approx. 17:40 for Cleveland. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for June 3rd.

Thunder Bay, ON
Monday; 21:20 Evans Spirit arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Tuesday; 15:55 Algoma Strongfield departed and was downbound.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Tuesday included American Mariner, Burns Harbor, Sharon M 1 / Huron Spirit, Roger Blough, Hollyhock, Cason J. Callaway, Arthur M. Anderson and Spruceglen late. Downbounders included Samuel Risley, Algoma Mariner, Frontenac, Corps tug Billmaier (headed to S. Chicago/Calumet River), Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Victory/Maumee late.

Green Bay, WI
On Tuesday at 7:34 a.m. the tug Salvage Monarch and barge Coastal Titan departed for Toronto.

Southern Lake Michigan
BBC Norfolk and James R. Barker were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Indiana Harbor was at Gary. John D. Leitch was at Indiana Harbor. Fraserborg was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Drummond Island: Monday; 21:48 Manitowoc arrived and departed Tuesday at 2:35 for the Calumet River.

Calcite: Monday; 16:08 Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder arrived to load. 22:24 American Mariner departed for Duluth Superior. 22:25 Artur M Anderson weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. Tuesday; 8:55 Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder departed for Bay City. 13:46 Arthur M Anderson departed for Duluth Superior.

Alpena: Monday; 7:33 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement products and departed at 12:20 for Detroit.

Port Inland: Monday; 7:12 John G Munson departed for Detroit

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Conveyor arrived 8.38 pm and was loading salt at Compass Minerals. Algoma Sault is expected next.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Spruceglen passed MC upbound around midnite. Mississagi passed upbound at 2:45am. Algoma Guardian passed MC downbound at 8am. CSL St-Laurent passed downbound at 8:15am, followed closely by Kaye E Barker at 8:30 am. Defiance / Ashtabula passed upbound at 10:00am. Great Republic passed upbound at 3:30pm. Algoma Hansa was downbound at 3:15pm. Amber Bay passed upbound at 4:45pm, followed by Florence Spirit at 5:15pm. Albert/Margaret passed upbound at 6:45pm, meeting a downbound Blair Mckeil off MC. Tim S Dool should pass upbound around 7:30pm. Showers overnite gave way to sunny skies with light steady winds from the south-southwest, temp 88 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Tuesday Arrivals: Albert/Margaret and Leo A MacArthur/John J Carrick-arrived at the Waterfront Petroleum Terminal. Anglian Lady/Ironmaster-arrived at Nicholson's Ecorse Terminal to unload steel coils.

Lake Erie Ports for Tuesday – Bill Kloss
Lorain: Algoma Buffalo continues to load salt as it is being trucked in from Cleveland.

Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson left for Calcite and Olive L. Moore is running shuttles from Ashtabula. The ship loader at Cargill is being rebuilt so salt is being trucked to Lorain for transhippment to boats.

Fairport Harbor: Saginaw arrived at 13:37.

Conneaut: Algoma Enterprise left at 14:00 and Edgar B. Speer arrived at 16:00.

Nanticoke: Algoterra departed at 10:51 for Sarnia.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Late Monday night, at 23:27 EST, the tug Ocean A. Simard departed to assist a vessel in Oshawa. A slow day for vessel movement on Tuesday saw the tug Ocean A. Simard return from Oshawa at 12:38 EST, and the tanker Rosy depart at 13:33 EST for Port Weller after unloading UAN solution. The tanker Harbour Fashion picked up anchor mid-morning and berthed to begin loading tallow. Meanwhile, the Patalya stayed at anchor for the day, while the Shoveler and Federal Danube continued loading grain, and the Resko continued unloading steel. The three most recently mentioned vessels have all spent at least 7 days in port now.

Picton, ON – Tom Brewer McKeil Spirit arrived at the Lehigh Cement Plant Dock Tuesday afternoon.

Montreal, QC
Oakglen laid up in Montreal’s Sec. 56 South on or about May 17 next to Salarium. Oakglen fit out in late March and made a trip to the CN ore dock in Duluth, departing there April 1.

 

Crew Stories: Rising to the challenge of working aboard ship during COVID-19

6/3 - It isn’t easy to social distance on a tug. The Sharon M 1, which regularly pushes a barge carrying Canadian-made steel coils and plates to U.S. cities for auto production, is just under 35 metres long. The interior is much smaller than the giant bulkers that ply the Great Lakes. The hallways are narrower and the nine-person crew share accommodation and three bathrooms.

But that hasn’t stopped the vessel’s operator McKeil Marine from devising ways to protect the crew during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important steps has been thoroughly vetting crew members before they arrive for duty, including temperature checks, and organizing crew rotations so the same crew work together for five weeks and then all leave together for their five weeks off.

When Captain Ray Davis and his crew arrived for duty, the chief engineer had already been doing winter repair work on the tug for weeks. But he volunteered to stay an additional five weeks so that he could continue to rotate with the crew during the pandemic. “We have just a great group of guys. We’ve been on the same boat for five years,” says Captain Davis. “They are really hardworking and they buy into our team within a team approach, which really helps when you’re dealing with a situation like COVID-19.”

Captain Davis is one of a number of captains that were interviewed by the Chamber of Marine Commerce for a series of articles highlighting how crews are working, living and coping aboard ships transporting vital goods in the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and the East Coast.

Designated as an essential service during the pandemic crisis, crew members have gone to great lengths to adapt their work practices, often making personal sacrifices to ensure the safety of their fellow crew members and to ensure that food staples, manufacturing materials and energy supplies continue to be delivered in Canada and the United States. Marine transportation supports more than CDN$60 billion (USD$46 billion) of economic activity in the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region.

Interview with Captain Peter Norman on the tanker AlgoCanada
marinedelivers.com/2020/05/covid-19-stories-interview-with-captain-peter-norman

Interview with Captain Ray Davis on the tug Sharon M
marinedelivers.com/2020/05/covid-19-stories-interview-with-captain-ray-davis

Interview with Captain James Ryan on the self-unloader freighter CSL Assiniboine
marinedelivers.com/2020/05/covid-19-stories-interview-with-captain-james-ryan

To ensure that supply chains remain uninterrupted, Canadian ship operators have collaborated to create a detailed set of best practices to protect their crews and shoreside employees during COVID-19.

Fleets from Algoma Central Corporation, Canada Steamship Lines, Rand Logistics, Inc., Groupe Desgagnés, McKeil Marine, McAsphalt Transportation Services, Sterling Fuels are all part of the initiative, which was led by the Chamber of Marine Commerce. More than 85 Canadian-flag ships are participating – ranging from tug and barges and tankers to bulk carriers and general cargo vessels — all delivering goods throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, and the East Coast.

Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 3

On 03 June 1882, the schooner C. BELL was launched at the yard of Mason, Corning & Company in East Saginaw, Michigan. Her dimensions were 185 feet x 30 feet x 11 feet, and she cost $20,000.

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, CLIFFS VICTORY entered service for Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co., a little under six months from the time she was purchased from the U.S.M.C.

PATERSON (Hull#113) of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., entered service for N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd., on June 3, 1954, by carrying 440,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur, Ontario. She was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1985.

On 3 June 1870, T.F. PARK (wooden side-wheeler, 170 foot, 450 tons, 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 foot, 1,052 gross tons) 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 at Dundas, Ont. This vessel ran between Windsor and Detroit for over a century. Her hull is still in existence, submerged in the old Great Lakes Engineering Works slip in River Rouge, Michigan.

1911: The passenger steamer NORTH WEST was gutted by a fire while fitting out at Buffalo. The hull remained idle until it was cut in two in 1918 for a tow to saltwater, but the bow section sank in Lake Ontario. The stern was rebuilt on the St. Lawrence as MAPLECOURT and returned to the lakes, again in two sections, in 1922.

1923: WILLIAM B. SCHILLER and HORACE S. WILKINSON collided in Whitefish Bay. The former was anchored when hit on the port side at #5 hatch. The SCHILLER’s captain pulled up the hook and raced for shore so as to sink in shallow water. It went down in about 40 feet and was salvaged on July 2.

1940: JOHN J. RAMMACHER and WILLIAM A. REISS (ii) collided just after midnight beneath the Blue Water Bridge at Sarnia-Port Huron and both ships were damaged.

1999: HOPE I lost power in the Seaway while downbound with wheat and stranded above Morrisburg. The hull was holed and the ship was released with the aid of tugs on June 5. The ship first came inland as a) NOSIRA MADELEINE in 1983 and returned as c) HOPE I for the first time in 1993, and then as d) HOPE in 2004. It was last reported as f) H. PIONEER in 2011.

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

 

U.S. Steel signs long-term iron ore deal

6/2 - U.S. Steel, one of Northwest Indiana's largest employers, signed a long-term deal to provide iron ore to Algoma Steel in Ontario, Canada.

The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker operates two mines in northern Minnesota that provide iron ore — one of the vital raw materials needed for steelmaking — to Gary Works and its other steel mills. U.S. Steel's mines also will provide iron ore pellets to Algoma Steel for four years, from 2021 through 2024.

“As a top North American iron ore producer, U. S. Steel is pleased to partner with Algoma to ensure they have the substantial supply of iron ore pellets they need to run their business,” U. S. Steel President and CEO David Burritt said. “This new supply agreement further verifies the value of our iron ore operations. We are proud of Algoma’s confidence in U. S. Steel’s quality and reliability in satisfying their important long-term needs.”

In March, U.S. Steel idled its Keetac mine in Minnesota's Iron Range, which sends iron ore pellets on lake freighters down Lake Michigan to the Gary Works and Midwest Plant steel mills, temporarily laying off as many as 375 steelworkers.

In April, the company announced the sale of an option to buy a 25% interest in its Minntac iron ore operation for an implied value of $2.4 billion.

Burritt said the steelmaker continues to pursue its "best-of-both" strategy.

"The asset revitalization investments we made across our critical steel making assets over the past few years are resulting in enhanced safety, quality, delivery and cost performance as we build on the cost and capability benefits of being an integrated producer,” Burritt said.

“As we complete our electric arc furnace in Alabama and ultimately continue with our investments in endless casting and rolling at Mon Valley Works and the upgrades to the hot strip mill at Gary Works, we will have fundamentally repositioned our footprint to be the only ‘best of both’ steel producer for the multiple stakeholders that count on U. S. Steel.”

NWI Times

 

Port Reports -  June 2

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
LLT fleetmates Manitoulin and Michipicoten arrived Duluth under the same bridge lift on Monday morning. The former arrived at 10:53 and moored at CN to load iron ore pellets, while the latter followed at 10:57 and tied up at the gravity dock to load. She was outbound at 19:35 for Sault Ste. Marie. Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived at 19:50 to discharge limestone at Graymont. Manitoulin left the CN dock at 19:30 but then moved to berth 6, likely for a delay. Her departure time was unknown. Federal Elbe was at CHS 1 on Monday loading wheat. There was no traffic through the Superior entry on Monday, however the tank barge Robert F. Deegan and tug Zeus are due early Tuesday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived Two Harbors at 11:22 on June 1st for South of #2. As of 18:30 she was still at the shiploader. Due Two Harbors on June 2nd is the Philip R. Clarke. She first unloads stone at CN-Hallett #5 in Duluth before heading to Two Harbors. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on May 31st at 20:29. She departed on June 1st at 14:54 for Ashtabula. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader is due Graymont in Superior to unload stone the evening of the 1st. If she doesn't load in Duluth she'll load in either Two Harbors or Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 21:30 Frontenac arrived at Viterra A to load wheat.22:02 The saltie Comet arrived and went to anchor. 23:32 Blair McKeil departed for Montreal. Monday; 7:30 Federal Leda weighed anchor and proceeded the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 14:58 Algoma Mariner departed for Halifax. 18:56 Frontenac departed for Port Colborne.

St. Marys River
Paul R. Tregurtha was upbound Monday afternoon. Downbound traffic included CSL St-Laurent, Kaye E. Barker and Blair McKeil.

Traverse City, MI – Daniel Lindner
The Great Lakes Towing tug Mississippi arrived at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy harbor on Monday morning, crewed by professors and cadets from GLMA who sailed the tug up from Cleveland. The vessel is on lease to the academy for the rest of the year and will help cadets acquire necessary sea days in addition to experience on a larger tug; at 81 feet, Mississippi is nearly double the length of the Academy's other small vessels.

Southern Lake Michigan
BBC Norfolk and James R. Barker were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Indiana Harbor was at Gary. John D. Leitch was at Indiana Harbor. Fraserborg was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Meldrum Bay: Sunday; 21:36 Cuyahoga arrived to load and departed Monday at 5:53 for Grand Haven.

Thessalon: Sunday; 21:24 Saginaw departed for Windsor.

Bruce Mines: Monday 9:57 Manitowoc arrived to load trap rock and departed at 17:05 for Drummond Island.

Calcite: Monday; 9:38 American Mariner arrived to load. 12:28 Artur M Anderson arrived and went to anchor.

Cheboygan: Sunday; 21:37 Manitowoc arrived to unload limestone and departed Monday at 3:32 for Bruce Mines.

Alpena: Sunday; 22:34 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Chicago.

Port Inland: Monday John G Munson arrived to load limestone.

Owen Sound, ON – Paul Martin
Quietly, the largest ferry on the Great Lakes departed her home port Sunday to begin her 2020 season with restrictions allowing only travelers deemed essential at this time.

Goderich, ON – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared Goderich 4.32 pm Sunday laden with salt and upbound for Muskegon. Algoma Conveyor is expected next.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
The tug Sharon M I and her self-unloading barge, Huron Sprit arrived on the Saginaw River, just before midnight on May 31st. The pair called on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City and after unloading overnight, departed for the lake Monday morning. G.L. Ostrander - Integrity arrived during the early evening on June 1st, calling on the Lafarge Cement Dock in Essexville.

Commercial deliveries on the Saginaw River remained strong for the month of May, with 25 commercial vessel passages bring recorded. This is even more impressive as there was a 10-day window between May 18th and May 28th where there was no traffic on the river due to unsafe river currents and flooding. The 25 passages in May represents an increase of nine more than last May, and more than the 5, 10, and 15-year averages which are 16, 17, and 19 respectively. Looking at the total number of vessel passages for the year-to-date, there have been 39 through the end of May. This also represents an increase over the same period last year, when there were only 24 passages for the year to date. When this is compared to the past averages for 5, 10, and 15 years, 2020 is quite a bit above those as well, being 16 deliveries above the 5 and 10-year averages and 15 above the 15-year average.

Marine City, MI – Rich Larson
Karen Andrie passed MC upbound at 6:45am. Defiance/Ashtabula passed downbound at 11:15am. Michigan/Great Lakes passed downbound at 2:30pm. Saginaw passed MC downbound at 4:15pm. Kaministiqua passed downbound at 4:30pm. Edgar B Speer should pass downbound in the late evening. Sunny skies and light winds from the south-southwest, temp 68 degrees F.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Defiance/Ashtabula were unloading stone at the Carmeuse dock on Monday.

Lake Erie Ports for Monday – Bill Kloss
Sandusky: Algoma Transport left at 15:04 for Bowmanville.

Lorain: Algoma Buffalo loading at Jonick.

Cleveland: Herbert C. Jackson is running shuttles. American Courage left at 14:02 for Toledo and Olive L. Moore / Menominee arrived from Ashtabula at 14:21.

Conneaut: Algoma Enterprise arrived at 18:08.

Nanticoke: Edwin H. Gott departed at 01:22 for Toledo, Algoma Conveyor left for Goderich at 13:29 and Algoterra came in at 10:59.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf
Sunday night saw two departures: The Wilf Seymour and her barge Alouette Spirit departed for Quebec City at 21:32 EST after taking a delay in port, and at 23:52 EST, the tug Ocean A. Gauthier departed for Clarkson. Monday saw a busy morning, kicking off with the tanker Harbour Fashion arriving at 00:36 from New Orleans. She dropped anchor and will wait to load tallow. At 3:30 EST the Algoma Sault arrived with grain that was loaded in Thunder Bay. At 4:22 EST the tug Ocean A. Gauthier returned from Clarkson, and was followed nine minutes later by the tanker Sterling Energy, arriving from Port Weller. At 5:30 EST, the tanker Rosy arrived and docked at Agrico to unload UAN solution. At 11:02 EST the tanker Patalya arrived and anchored, awaiting her turn to unload UAN solution. At 20:31 EST, the Algoma Sault was on her way light, bound for Goderich.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit was at Lehigh Cement Dock Monday evening.

 

Crew Stories: Sailing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence during COVID-19

6/2 - Aboard the Algoma Niagara, it’s business as usual and business “unusual.”

The 20-strong crew of this Great Lakes self-unloading bulker, owned by Algoma Central Corporation, are carrying on with their normal routine of transporting iron ore pellets from Port Cartier and Sept-Iles, Quebec for steel production in Contrecoeur near Montreal. Next stop, delivering iron ore concentrate to the blast furnaces of Burns Harbor, Indiana. But with the COVID 19 pandemic underway, they are operating in a far different world than they’ve ever encountered before.

After boarding in March, Captain Kirk Lake was soon putting in place a host of new procedures to ensure his crew, who range from 21 to 63 years of age and hail from all over Canada, remain safe on the frontlines.

Strict cleaning procedures. No one leaves the ship. No one visits each other’s crew cabin. Social distancing is followed at all times. All paperwork is done electronically, and only people that are essential to the safe operation of the ship, such as an inspector or a pilot, can come onboard. Screened in advance, those visitors must board from the external stairs and never enter the accommodation block where the crew lives.

“We’re very isolated from the rest of the world,” says Lake. “Everyone’s happy. The company is providing us with anything we need so no one has to go ashore. We’ll get our supplies and groceries delivered directly to us in Port Colborne.”

COVID-19 Best Practices
Algoma Central is one of a group of Canadian ship operators that have collaborated to create a detailed set of best practices to protect their crews and shoreside employees during COVID-19.

Fleets from Canada Steamship Lines, Rand Logistics, Inc., Groupe Desgagnés, McKeil Marine, McAsphalt Transportation Services, Sterling Fuels are all part of the initiative, which was led by the Chamber of Marine Commerce. More than 85 Canadian-flag ships are participating – ranging from tug and barges and tankers to bulk carriers and general cargo vessels — all delivering goods throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, and the East Coast.

CMC also worked with its ship operators to develop the Marine Industry Trusted Partners for COVID-19 initiative, which sets out to help assure ship owners, governments and other stakeholders (including the public) that a mutually-agreed standard of protection, is being followed during ship-shore interactions that are required to ensure the safe operation of a vessel.

It has attracted participants including ship operators, pilotage authorities, tug operators, ship inspectors, and marine services/suppliers, along with the public support of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and Transport Canada.

“We really applaud the effort of the Chamber of Marine Commerce for their leadership in bringing all the ship owners together to develop these best practices and integrate them into their operations,” says Serge Le Guellec, President of Transport Desgagnés Inc., a subsidiary of Groupe Desgagnés. “It sends the message to the public that we’re all in this together to protect our workers and the communities that we serve.”

Desgagnés also implemented similar best practices for its nine international vessels sailing in Europe, South America and China – supplying crews with gloves, glasses, masks and putting in place sanitary measures in late February.

Le Guellec adds that the Best Practices document and Trusted Partners initiative will also help inform planning currently underway with federal authorities and local communities to prepare special protocols for the Sealift campaign to deliver vital goods to Arctic communities starting at the end of June. “The public need to know that a lot of work is going on to make sure the Sealift, which is so important to these communities, is going to be done safely.”

Burlington-based McKeil Marine, which operates ships, tugs and barges in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and East Coast, was particularly struck by how companies in the marine industry have helped each other with information, resources and operational experience.

“There has been a lot of collaboration between the ship operators. We are competitors but we all understand how important it is to protect our employees,” says Sonya Gillis, Vessel Management Systems lead and a key member of McKeil Marine’s COVID-19 Response Team. “All of the different company crews all know each other, so I think it’s also reassuring to our industry’s entire workforce that everyone is following the same standards.”

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.marinedelivers.com/2020/05/crew-stories-sailing-the-great-lakes-st-lawrence-during-covid-19

 

Lake Express Muskegon-to-Milwaukee ferry ready to resume Lake Michigan service

6/2 - Muskegon, MI – The Lake Express, the daily ferry that crosses Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Muskegon, will open to the public next week. Opening day was delayed until Thursday, June 4, because of restrictions on travel due to the novel coronavirus. In light of ongoing uncertainty caused by that outbreak, the ferry has waived change and cancellation fees.

Representatives from the company did not respond to MLive’s queries about other changes to operations that might be a consequence of COVID-19, such as whether the ship will operate at its 250-passenger capacity.

This year, children aged 17 and under will be able to ride for free alongside paying adults, although port and security surcharges will still apply. Motorcycle fares will also be waived this summer.

The daily ferry service has been around since 2004. It travels 80 miles across Lake Michigan between the Muskegon Terminal, 1918 Lakeshore Drive, and the Milwaukee Terminal. The trip takes 2 1/2 hours. Up to 250 passengers and 46 cars can fit aboard the 192-foot-long ship.

From Thursday, June 4, to Thursday, June 18, the ferry will run four trips a day: two from Muskegon, and two from Milwaukee. Beginning on Friday, June 19, the ferry will operate a summer season with six trips a day, running in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

The two-a-day schedule will resume again in the fall, from Tuesday, Sept. 8, to Friday, Oct. 25, at which point the ferry will shutter for the winter.

One-way tickets range from $89 for active military members and college students, to $97.50 for adults, with discounts for seniors and roundtrip purchases.

Up the lakeshore, the S.S. Badger also runs a daily ferry across Lake Michigan, between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. That daily car ferry has also been delayed, but launches its season on Friday, June 12.

The Badger’s four-hour passenger crossing has taken place since 1991. This year, there will only be two trips per day, one from each port, from opening day until the sailing season ends on Sunday, Oct. 11.

 

“Seaway Queens” a digital book for Boatnerds

6/2 - “Seaway Queens, The Style & Grace of Legendary Lakers” takes a unique and fresh look at mid-century lakes vessels, from the beauty of their design to their working-class DNA to the place they hold in the hearts of generations of ship watchers.

Conceived and designed as a true digital book, “Seaway Queens” features a dynamic mix of imagery, including classic photos, motion design and video, as well as audio. The engaging narrative is interspersed with guest interviews with Great Lakes-Seaway career professionals, historians, enthusiasts and even artists. The book focuses on the aesthetic of the Laker form, iconic on the inland seas, and also discusses the role the vessels played in shaping the region, always with endearing grace. It is authored by longtime marine storyteller Jim McRae, with a foreword by renown naval architect Joseph Fischer.

“Seaway Queens” will be available on a chapter-per-month basis. Each chapter will be available as a download with a portion of sales donated to boatnerd.com, as well as to the various marine museums whose photos and videos are featured. A short overview and excerpt of each chapter will be posted in advance to give readers a sneak-peek at the content. The June 4th launch of “Seaway Queens” includes the cover art, introduction with table of contents and the foreword, all free of charge. A new chapter will follow each month for purchase, with 10 chapters in total. “Seaway Queens” is published by Griffintown Media.

www.griffintown.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 2

June 2, 1958, the Liberian-flagged freighter MOUNT DELPHI sank enroute to Karachi, Pakistan. She was built by the British American Shipbuilding Company at Welland, Ontario, during the final years of World War I. She had 12 different owners during her career and had been seized by Vichy interests at Casablanca, Morocco, in 1940, and then by the Italian government in 1942.

On June 2 , 1893, CORSICAN (wooden schooner, 112 foot, 210 gross tons, built in 1862, at Olcott, New York) was carrying coal from Cleveland, Ohio to St. Ignace, Michigan, on a foggy night on Lake Huron. She collided with the iron steamer CORSICA and sank quickly off Thunder Bay Island. All six onboard went down with her. The wounded CORSICA was beached near Ossineke, Michigan, was later patched and proceeded to Ashtabula, Ohio.

In 1973, the SYLVANIA, downbound light in fog, collided with the FRANK PURNELL just north of the Detroit River Light at 05:23 hours. The SYLVANIA suffered minor bow damage and went to Toledo for repairs.

On 2 June 1855, J.W. BLAKE (wooden scow-schooner, 68 foot, 33 tons, 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 foot, 30 tons, built in 1847, at Michigan City, Indiana) capsized and sank just a half-mile from South Haven, Michigan. 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.

1943: The W.W. HOLLOWAY and HARRY WM. HOSFORD collided in foggy lower Whitefish Bay and the latter steamer had to be beached at Point Iroquois to avoid sinking.

1958: WAR RACCOON was built at Welland in 1919. It was sailing under Liberian registry as l) MOUNT DELPHI when it hit a rock and was beached at Grand Island, near Mormugao, India, on a voyage from Mouimein, Burma, to Karachi, Pakistan. The ship was a total loss.

1968: CASTALIA, a Greek flag freighter, struck the north pier of the Mackinac Bridge, in dense fog and made a small gouge in the structure. The ship was holed and leaking but cleared to proceed to Chicago. It was on its first trip through the Seaway and was later scrapped as c) NEW ENGLANDER after arriving at Bilbao, Spain, on July 4, 1973.

1978: The bulk carrier ARCTIC was christened in a ceremony at Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines.

1981: The sidewheel Toronto Island ferry TRILLIUM was unable to stop in time at the mainland dock. It struck the restaurant ship NORMAC and the latter sank two weeks later.

2000: ALGOWOOD buckled amidships while loading stone at Bruce Mines. The hull was patched, strengthened, refloated and towed to Port Weller Dry Docks to be lengthened and repaired.

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

 

Restoration continues at Copper Harbor Lighthouse in Keweenaw County

6/1 - Copper Harbor, MI – Standing as a silent guard at the very top of the Upper Peninsula, the Copper Harbor Lighthouse once guided vessels traveling in Lake Superior to safe harbor. Originally built in 1848, the lighthouse site consisted of a 44-foot stone tower with a lantern room, a detached lightkeeper’s dwelling and landing dock.

By the 1860s, the Keweenaw Peninsula’s harsh winters and Lake Superior’s severe weather had taken their toll on the original buildings. The U.S. Lighthouse Service replaced the stone structures with a brick lighthouse and attached living quarters.

Beginning in 1866, the new lighthouse was manned by lightkeepers and their families until it was automated in 1919. By 1958, the lighthouse had become obsolete, and the U.S Coast Guard sold the property to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Today the lighthouse site, which is part of Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, includes the original 1848 keeper’s quarters and the 1866 lighthouse. While time may have changed the lighthouse’s purpose, the need to protect the historic buildings from the elements is still pressing.

Michigan’s historic state parks offer visitors the unique experience to view, enjoy and learn about site histories and their significant structures. As stewards of these places, the DNR is responsible not only for telling their stories, but also for their preservation and maintenance.

This can be a challenging task when working on buildings that are almost 200 years old, as was the case at the Copper Harbor Lighthouse in the summer of 2019. The lighthouse is co-managed by the DNR’s Michigan History Center and Parks and Recreation Division.

“For several years we had been monitoring brick and mortar issues within the fort and a brick spalling issue at the Copper Harbor Lighthouse,” said Fort Wilkins Historic State Park manager Bob Wild.

“In addition to the lighthouse, the 1848 lighthouse keeper’s dwelling had some structural issues. It is the original keeper’s dwelling – arguably the oldest lighthouse related structure on Lake Superior,” Wild said.

Some of the maintenance and preservation issues are a result of past missteps in caring for the building. In order to remove decades of paint from the 1866 lighthouse’s surface in the late 1960s, park staff sand-blasted the lighthouse’s exterior.

Unfortunately, the work also removed the original brick finish, which eventually allowed water to leach into the brickwork. Over time, the natural freezing and thawing cycle caused pieces of brick to break, or “pop,” off the building.

Fixing this problem was not simple. The Copper Harbor Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and historic buildings require extra care and attention.

The west side of the original 1848 lighthouse keeper’s dwelling is pictured before repairs.In accordance with Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office, all materials must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. With buildings, this includes working with original materials, including brick, mortar and paint colors.

Due to the scope of the project, which included repairs to the old keeper’s house foundation and walls, it was decided to bid out the project to a professional restoration firm.

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Restoration-continues-at-Copper-Harbor-Lighthouse-in-Keweenaw-County-570837421.html

 

Port Reports -  June 1

Port reports are compiled from volunteer reader observations and AIS transmissions. Please send information about vessel arrivals and departures from your port to news@boatnerd.net by 9 p.m. (Eastern) nightly for them to be included in the next day's news. Please include name of vessel, arrival time, day and dock it went to (if known); please do not type boat names in all capital letters. We welcome new reporters. If your port is not included, we would welcome your contributions.

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The only harbor traffic in Duluth on Sunday was Federal Elbe, which arrived at 16:46 from anchor to load wheat at CHS 1. Manitoulin and Michipicoten are both due on Monday to load at Canadian National. In Superior, Algoma Guardian was outbound at 06:18 Sunday with a load of iron ore pellets for Hamilton.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. is due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on May 31st at approx. 22:00. Due Two Harbors on June 1st is the Presque Isle. The Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on May 30th at 22:46, once again for Conneaut.

Thunder Bay, ON
Sunday; 6:51 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load wheat. 7:28 Algoma Mariner arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 10:21 Blair McKeil arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 13:08 CSL St Laurent departed for Montreal.

St. Marys River
Sunday’s upbound traffic included Clyde S VanEnkvort/Erie Trader, Presque Isle and Victory/Maumee late. Philip R. Clarke was inbound DeTour at 10 p.m., with Evans Spirt and Federal Hudson also due. Downbounders included Indiana Harbor early, with Kaministiqua and Stewart J Cort in the evening.

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Daniel Lindner
After departing Waukegan and sailing up Wisconsin's eastern shore and passing through Death's Door, John J. Boland arrived in Sturgeon Bay mid-afternoon Sunday for layup at Bay Shipbuilding. She is the fifth vessel to be sidelined at the shipyard, joining her fleetmates American Integrity and H. Lee White in addition to Hon. James L. Oberstar and Wilfred Sykes. Meanwhile, work on the barge Michigan Trader is nearing completion, with most of her hull painted and final work being done to prepare her for a mid-summer entry into service for VanEnkevort Tug & Barge. She has been removed from drydock and is moored at the shipyard, while St. Marys Challenger is in drydock for her 5-year inspection. The newly-constructed Washington Island ferry Madonna is also tied up at the yard.

Green Bay, WI – Chuck Zentmeyer
On Sunday morning, American Mariner departed for Calcite, MI. The tug Salvage Monarch / barge Coastal Titan arrived at 11:38 am from St. Catharines, ON with a B&W Boiler for Georgia Pacific Terminal. The tug Dorothy Ann/ barge Pathfinder arrived at 11:40 am with salt from Ohio to the Fox River Dock Terminal, then departed at 5:30 pm for Calcite.

Southern Lake Michigan
BBC Norfolk was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. Fraserborg was at S. Chicago.

Northern Lake Huron
Parry Sound: Sunday; 0:48 Cuyahoga arrived to unload road salt and departed at 8:19

McGregor Bay: Saturday; 21:28 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to unload at the Lafarge Whitefish Bay Terminal and departed Sunday at 6:18 for Alpena.

Meldrum Bay: Sunday; Saginaw arrived to take a partial load of dolomite and departed at 5:35 for Thessalon.

Thessalon: Sunday; 7:55 Saginaw arrived to load stone.

Drummond Island; Sunday; 9:17 Manitowoc arrived to load limestone and departed at 18:13 for Cheboygan.

Port Dolomite: Sunday; 3:30 Joseph L Block arrived to load dolomite and departed at 19:32 for Indiana Harbor.

Calcite: Sunday; 0:25 Defiance/ Ashtabula arrived to load and departed at 17:27 down bound on Lake Huron.

Cheboygan: Sunday; 7:47 The tug Michigan and tanker barge arrived to unload petroleum products and departed at 13:59 for Toledo.

Stoneport: Philip R Clarke arrived to load limestone and departed on Sunday at 18:01 for Duluth Superior.

Alpena: Sunday; 16:52 The cement Carrier Alpena arrived to load. Port Inland: Saturday; 9:19 Clyde S Van Enkevort arrived to load and departed Sunday at 0:41 for Duluth Superior.

Detroit-Rouge River – Raymond H
Great Republic was loading slag at Zug Island on Sunday

Monroe, MI – Port of Monroe, Raymond H
It was a busy Sunday morning at the Port. While the Paul R. Tregurtha unloaded 30,000 tons of coal at the Monroe power plant, the turning basin dock was visited by the tug Karen Andrie and Barge Endeavour to deliver liquid asphalt to Michigan Paving and Materials.

Lake Erie Ports for Sunday – Bill Kloss
Marblehead: American Courage loading and Mississagi arrived at 10:18 and went to anchor.

Sandusky: Algoma Transport due in Monday at 01:00.

Lorain: Algoma Buffalo arrived at 16:47. She will load salt at Jonick.

Cleveland: Sea Eagle II left at 16:27 for Bowmanville. Herbert C. Jackson is due in Monday at 06:21.

Ashtabula: Olive L. Moore/Menominee arrived at 11:31 and Cason J. Callaway left for Port Dolomite at 12:36.

Nanticoke: Edwin H. Gott arrived at 10:57 and Algoma Conveyor at 16:00.

Welland Canal
Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin has left Heddle Marine and was upbound in the Welland Canal on Sunday headed for Windsor.

Hamilton, ON – Tristin Woolf 5/30/20 At 6:27 EST, the Algoma Transport arrived with a load of coal from Toledo. At 13:13, with assistance from tug Wyatt M, the tug Wilf Seymour and her barge Alouette Spirit arrived for repairs/delay, coming from Toledo. At 14:47 the tug Wyatt M departed again back towards Toronto. At 20:55, the Algoma Transport was outbound for Sandusky. 5/31/20

At 5:30 EST the tanker Chembulk Yokohama departed towards Valleyfield after unloading UAN solution. At 7:35 EST, the tanker Sterling Energy departed for Oshawa. At 10:17 the Coast Guard vessel Limnos departed to perform aids-to-navigation work. Resko continues unloading steel, while the Federal Danube and Shoveler continue loading grain.

Toronto, ON – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at Lehigh Cement Dock on Sunday afternoon.

 

Updates from the World Ship Society Marine News

6/1 - Vessels with Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition, taken from June 2020 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society.

Casualties: None reported

Demolitions:
ADVENTURER (8716863; Palau) (Sea Adventurer-19, Hilda Knutsen-19 - 1st trip into the Seaway 2009 - 11,425 / 1989 Products tanker. By Phoenix Consortium Ltd (Aquamarine & Trading Services Ltd) Seychelles, to Bangladesh breakers and arrived Chittagong 28.09.2019 - commenced demolition 24.10.2019

BOND (7391903; Comoros) (Robert Bond-19, Sir Robert Bond-19 - 1st trip out of Seaway 1975 - (built Port Weller Dry Docks as hull 59) - 11,197 / 1975 Passenger /Ro-Ro - (Vehicles / Rail). By Bond Sea Transport Inc. (Beausejour Peat Moss Inc), Canada, to Indian breakers and arrived Alang 5.09.2019 - commenced demolition 17.09.2019

BONNIE B III - 1st trip into the Seaway 2000 - (7017662; Canada) San Nicolas I-88, Oranjestad -86, Esso Oranjestad-85) 308 / 1969 tug. By McKeil Work Boats GP Inc (McKeil Marine Ltd), Canada to breakers in Hamilton, Ontario - reported 10.2019

CARROL C I - 1st trip into the Seaway 2000 - (7017674; Canada) San Nicolas -86, l/a Esso Oranjestad) 308 / 1969 tug. By McKeil Work Boats GP Inc (McKeil Marine Ltd), Canada to breakers in Hamilton, Ontario - reported 9.2019

KARADENIZ POWERSHIP SUAT BEY (9004308; Liberia) Stolt Egret-15 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1999 - 3,853 / 1999 Chemical / Products tanker. By Karpowership Orient Co Ltd (Karmarine Karadeniz Denizcilik ve Ticaret AS), Marshall Islands, to Crown Steel Co. India and arrived Alang 6.02.2020 - commenced demolition 14.02.2020

LAL (7047344; Sierra Leone) (Just Noran-19, Just Miriiam-14, Tege-13, North Armac-84, Atlantic Sprinter-84, Atlas Scan-71 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1971 - 1,560 / 1971 General Cargo ship. By undisclosed interests to Dortel Gemi Sokum Demir ve Celik Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd, Turkey and arrived Aliaga 13.07.2019 - commenced demolition 19.07.2019

RAFIF (8308757; Togo) (Lady Safia I-18, Gulf Project-15, Cevahir-12, Southern Pearl Nz-11, Southern Pearl-08, Thor Simba-06 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1998, Helvetia-97, CPC Helvetia-96 - 1st trip into the Seaway 1992, Global Express No.3-89. CPC Helvetia-88, Conti Helvetia-87 - 4,366 / 1984 General Cargo ship. By Ulinex Ltd (Salizar Group Ltd), Seychelles, to Bereket Gemi Sokum Ltd Sti, Turkey and arrived Aliaga 16.08.2019

Report prepared by Barry Andersen, René Beauchamp and Ron Beaupre

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 1

On 01 June 1903, ISAAC ELLWOOD (steel propeller freighter, 478 foot, 5,085 gross tons, built in 1900, at W. Bay City, Michigan) broke the record for ore when she carried a cargo of 8,579 tons out of Duluth harbor. This broke the record held by JOHN SMEATON (steel barge, 458 foot, 5,049 gross tons, built in 1899, at Superior, Wisconsin), which was 8,571 tons of ore.

ASA CHILDS (wooden scow schooner, 125 foot, 204 gross tons, built in 1866, at Mentor, Ohio) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan when she was driven ashore at Highland Park just north of Chicago, Illinois on 01 June 1879, and was a total loss. The crew escaped in the lifeboat.

On 01 June 1914, the St. Joseph-Chicago Steamship Company bought the EASTLAND (steel propeller passenger steamer, 265 foot, 1,961 gross tons, built in 1903, at Port Huron, Michigan) from the Eastland Navigation Company for $150,000.

In 1943, 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. The OLDS was repaired in time to carry a new record of 17,817 gross tons of iron ore on June 13, 1943. In 1952, the steamer J.L. MAUTHE (Hull#298) was launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, Michigan, for the Interlake Steamship Co.

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

On June 1, 1907, the Great Lakes Engineering Works launched the bulk steamer WILPEN (Hull#28) at Ecorse, Michigan, for the Shenango Steamship Co., a subsidiary of Shenango Furnace Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) DAVID P. THOMPSON in 1926, and converted to a self-unloader in 1957, at Superior, Wisconsin. She was renamed c.) JOSEPH S. YOUNG in 1969, and scrapped at La Spezia, Italy in 1979.

H. LEE WHITE departed Sturgeon Bay in ballast on her maiden voyage for the American Steamship Co., on June 1, 1974, to load iron ore at Escanaba, Michigan for Indiana Harbor.

June 1, 1902 - While northbound for Manistique, Michigan, 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 - PERE MARQUETTE 21, under the command of Captain Arthur Altschwager, was released from a sand bar in the outer harbor at 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 NO 6 was taken out of service for extensive refitting. She was renamed b.) ARTHUR K. ATKINSON.

On 1 June 1887, LUCINDA VAN VALKENBURG (wooden schooner, 129 foot, 302 gross tons, built in 1862, at Tonawanda, New York) 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 feet x 38 feet x 18 feet and she had a triple expansion steam engine 17 feet, 29 inches, 47 inches x 36 inch stroke. 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.

1923: The barge BROOKDALE of Canada Steamship Lines was sunk near Montreal after a collision with MAPLEDAWN. The wooden hulled vessel, originally the schooner MORAVIA, was refloated and scrapped.

1943: A collision on foggy Lake Superior between BATTLEFORD and PRINDOC sank the latter off Passage Island. All on board were saved from the downbound, wheat-laden bulk carrier of the Paterson fleet.

1944: The first NEWBRUNDOC had been built at Toronto in 1921 and had previously sailed as CANADIAN ENGINEER and b) DONALD E.McKAY. The ship became f) SAVLATORE in 1934 and, with the outbreak of war, was now the enemy. It was bombed and sunk by British aircraft as part of a German convoy in the Aegean Sea and all hands were lost.

1966: RIO ALTO, a Liberty ship, came to the Great Lakes under Liberian registry in 1963. It developed leaks on the Pacific while enroute from Manati, Puerto Rico, to China as d) AKTOR and sank on this date 860 miles SSW of San Diego, CA in 1966.

1967: RENVOYLE struck the docked SYLVANIA while turning at Port Huron and the latter sank against the dock. The former, a C.S.L. package freighter, received bow damage and was laid up and then sold for scrap. SYLVANIA was refloated, repaired and returned to service.

1979: GEORGES HERBERT, a wooden goelette that occasionally came to the Great Lakes, sank in the Gulf of Mexico while carrying a cargo of corn.

2011: CANADIAN RANGER, under tow on the St. Lawrence, got spun around 180 degrees by a wind gust above the Iroquois Lock and had to be towed through the lock stern first before being realigned below the lock. It reached the scrap yard at Aliaga, Turkey, on July 13, 2011.

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

 



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