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Norris Returns to Service

07/31
The James Norris departed Port Weller Dry Docks on Sunday afternoon, headed downbound. She was assisted by tug Progress during departure. The Norris entered the dry dock on July 8 for her 5-year survey and reported bottom shell replacement.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Wisconsin returning artifacts taken from wrecks

07/31
Wisconsin state underwater archaeologists are returning artifacts previously scavenged by scuba divers from shipwrecks.

Archaeologists with the Wisconsin Historical Society last month returned a boiler to the Pretoria, one of the largest wooden ships that sailed the Great Lakes. The 7-ton boiler was salvaged in 1963 from the schooner-barge that sank in the Apostle Islands during a storm in 1905.

"In the '60s and '70s, these wrecks were really wide open for looting,'' said state underwater archaeologist Jeff Gray, who coordinated the Pretoria expedition.

The Pretoria’s boiler was the first artifact to be returned to a wreck. The state also is considering returning several anchors and other large artifacts that were removed decades ago.

Wisconsin law prohibits anyone from taking items from shipwrecks owned by the state. While laws have been on the books since the early 1960s, they were considerably strengthened in the late 1980s.

When artifacts are taken from wrecks, it makes the shipwreck less appealing for divers exploring the ship and often damages or destroys the items because they're not carefully preserved.

Now that people are beginning to return shipwreck artifacts, state archaeologists will try to place the big items back with their ships and find museums to handle smaller items like tools, children's toys, plates and timbers, Gray said.

Aside from seeking the return of shipwreck artifacts, Gray is also attempting to get two more Wisconsin wrecks listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Fleetwing, a three-masted schooner that sank in the waters off Door County, and the Rosinco, a 95-foot luxury yacht located about 10 miles off Kenosha. State officials expect to learn soon whether the two wrecks will be added to the list.

Reported by: Al Miller




Cruise Ship Returns

07/31
The new Cape May Light returned to the area over weekend on second trip to Buffalo. The new vessel may not be seen next year as her owners are planning to use her on the east coast and possibly trips to Central America. The new Cape Cod Light will be used on the lakes next season. Delta Queen Costal Tours plans to run a full season on the Great Lakes next year, with 17 cruises in 2002 including four that explore Lake Superior.

The Cape May Light was launched in May is designed to be similar to the Fall River Line vessels that plied the East Coast in the 19th Century. The 300-foot ship can carry 224 passengers in 113 cabins, nine or 10 of which are outside staterooms. Each state room is individually climatic controlled and equipped with a TV-VCR satellite service along with ship-to-shore radio.

Pictures taken July 10 by Keith Giles
Passing Brockville.
Close up of bow.
Another close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Twin Ports Report

07/31
Traffic was sparse in Duluth-Superior on Monday. During the morning, the only vessels in port were barge Sarah Spencer and tug, discharging barley at Cargill B2 in Duluth; Black Swan, loading grain at the Peavey elevator in Superior; and Presque Isle, making a rare call this season to unload stone at the DMIR ore dock. Once it's empty, the vessel was to shift across the bay to load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal.

The rest of the week is expected to be much busier. Tuesday traffic includes Mesabi Miner loading coal for Presque Isle; Reserve, arriving with stone; Canadian Prospector arriving with cement; and salties Alaska Rainbow and Rubin Lark arriving for grain.

Several vessels have become regulars at the DMIR ore docks in Duluth this season. Joe Block has made several recent trips. It's due in again on Aug. 1 to unload stone and then load pellets. Mesabi Miner, CSL Tadoussac, Buckeye and Oglebay Norton, all regular or semi-regular callers this season, are all due at the dock this week.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

07/31
Boat traffic picked up over the weekend in the Port of Thunder Bay. The Canadian Enterprise loaded at Thunder Bay Terminals and departed early Sunday morning without any new problems. The Canadian Voyager departed Saskatchewan 7a late Sunday evening. The Sandra Mary remains tied up at Keefer Terminal and the Algontario continues her long term lay-up at Pascol Engineering.

Sunday morning saw the arrival of two classic lake vessels. The Mapleglen docked at Cargill Elevator around noon and the Quebecois tied up at Agricore in the afternoon. The Mapleglen is now sporting a CSL flag on either side of her name on the front cabins, whereas last week she just had one. The Mapleglen Moved over to Mission Terminal dock shortly after midnight and then over to United Grain Growers "M" house early Monday morning. By Monday afternoon she was tied up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a. The Quebecois arrived from Hamilton in ballast to load grain at several different Elevators in Port. After Agricore she moved to United Grain Growers "A" house late Sunday night and then around 3:00 p.m. Monday she was tied up at Richardson Elevator to top up her load. After topping up her load she headed out the North Entrance and down the Lake.

Early Monday afternoon the Radium Yellowknife arrived back in Port and tied up at the Northern Woods dock. The W.N. Twolan was waiting for her barge McAllister 132 to be loaded at Great West Timber dock.

Sunday evening saw the arrival of the Saltie BBC Japan. She arrived through the South Entrance and did a 180-degree turn in front of the Keefer Terminal dock. She then backed up to the dock and tied up. She is carrying Windmill parts that are destined for Pincher Creek Alberta just west of Lethbridge. The Parts were made in Demark and each Windmill is priced at around $1.5 million.

Monday afternoon the Algoma Tanker Algonova made another appearance. She has made several trips this season to Petro-Can up the Mission River to deliver Gas and Diesel Fuels. She docked there at around 4:00 p.m. to unload more fuel.

An announcement was made Monday that Agricore and United Grain Growers would merge into one Company that would be called Agricore United. This merger is reported to possibly result in the closure of one Elevator in the Port of Thunder Bay. The restructuring of the companies will result in Job Loss that will hopefully be lessened by early retirement and retraining. The changes will take place in November this year.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Burton in Escanaba

07/31
The Courtney Burton arrived at the Escanaba ore docks Monday evening. The Burton will load a cargo of taconite for Indiana Harbor.

Burton loading.
Close up of pilot house.

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Saginaw River News

07/31
The Paul H. Townsend entered the Saginaw River on Sunday with a load of cement for the Lafarge Terminal in Saginaw. After unloading her cargo, the Townsend was downbound passing the Lafayette Bridge Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. She had checked back to a crawl around Cass Ave. due to Lafayette Bridge being closed to downbound traffic between the hours of 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. for the morning traffic rush. The Townsend also intermingled with the tall ship departures following the Pride of Baltimore II and being followed by the Mist of Avalon and True North.

The Tall Ship departure started early Monday morning with the Norfolk Rebel, St. Lawrence II, and Grand Nellie downbound passing Independence Bridge at 6:30 a.m. Pride of Baltimore II, Mist of Avalon, and True North were downbound around 9:30am, and the Cape Rose at 10:00. The Bluenose II was next at 10:30, followed by the Madeline around noon and the Concordia at 3:00 p.m.

Also in the river was the Tug Donald C. Hannah and her tanker barge. They departed the Triple Clean Liquifuels Dock in Essexville and headed for the lake at 7:00 a.m. after the first group of departing tall ships passed.

The Sam Laud was upbound in the Saginaw giving a security call passing the Front Range at 2:00 p.m. The Laud indicated that she was headed to "Saginaw". No specific dock was given. The Buffalo was also upbound, headed to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City. She was unloading there Monday evening.

The Agawa Canyon was outbound from Saginaw late on Sunday afternoon and was passing through Bay City at 6:00 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Mist of Avalon.
True North.
Cape Rose.
Bluenose II.
Donald C. Hannah downbound at Essroc.
Another View.
Grand Nellie in the morning fog.
St. Lawrence in the fog.
St. Lawrence and Norfolk Rebel in the early fog.
Pride of Baltimore followed by the Paul Townsend.
Close up.
Paul H. Townsend leading a group of tall ships downbound.
Close up.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

07/31
The Canadian Progress was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator and was expected to depart Monday afternoon with the tug Susan Hoey assisting her downriver through the bridges. The Lake Superior was loading grain at the Anderson's "E" Elevator. The next scheduled grain boat will be the Algocen possibly due in on Tuesday or Wednesday. The salt water vessel Goviken was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The USCGC Neah Bay was tied up at the riverfront dock of the Shipyard.

The Arthur M. Anderson arrived at the CSX Docks to load coal with a 3:00 p.m. starting time. The Algosteel and John J. Boland were due at the CSX Dock later Monday evening.

The dredging project in the Maumee River near the coal docks had stopped on Monday for an unknow length of time. The tug Muskegon is tied up by the CSX Stone Dock, while the dredge Buxton II is tied up in the Toledo Edison power canal north of the Torco Dock. However all of their underwater piping and related equipment are still in place along the ship channel.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Arthur M. Anderson late Tuesday evening, followed by the Canadian Olympic and CSL Niagara on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Middletown on Wednesday morning, followed by the Reserve and Armco on Saturday morning.

Reserve as a straight deck bulk carrier inbound Maumee Bay on a stormy day with a load of ore pellets bound for the C.&O. Ore Docks.
Silver Bay under tow of the tug Pennsylvania headed upbound for the Midstates Elevator to load a grain cargo. She has been just sold to the Canadian Fleet Soo River Company and upon delivery will be renamed Judith M. Pierson.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Straits of Mackinaw

07/31
A couple of very interesting vessels are located in Kewaunee Wisconsin. The historic former army tug Ludington which took part in the Normandy invasion is open for those who wish to walk through. Also the former State of Michigan Straits ferry, The Straits of Mackinac that was replaced by the Mackinac Bridge in 1956. Her former crew bought her from the State about 1958 and began a Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island ferry service. She passed U.S. Coast Guard inspection in 1959 with no requirements. The remains of The Straits of Mackinac is tied up in a swamp near the North end of town.

Straits of Mackinac at Kewaunee July 26, 2001.
Straits of Mackinac in service at Mackinac Island in 1961. Interior view.

Reported by: Bill Hoey Sr.




Today in Great Lakes History - July 31

Sea trials took place for the JAMES R. BARKER this day in 1976. She was to become Interlake's first 1000 footer and the flag ship of the fleet for Moore McCormack Leasing, Inc. (Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio, mgr.). She was built at a cost of more than $43 million under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970. She was the third thousand footer to sail on the Lakes and the first built entirely on the Lakes.

On July 31, 1974 as the Liberian vessel ARTADI approached the dock at Trois Rivières, Que. where she damaged the docked GORDON C. LEITCH's stern.

The CEDARBRANCH (2) was damaged and sunk by an explosion on July 31, 1965 several miles below Montreal, Que. resulting in a loss of one life.

On 31 July 1849, ACORN (wooden schooner, 84', 125 t, built in 1842 at Black River, Ohio) was struck amidships by the propeller TROY near West Sister Island in Lake Erie. She sank quickly, but no lives were lost since all hands made it to the TROY.

On 31 July 1850, AMERICA (wooden side-wheeler, 240', 1083 t, built in 1847 at Port Huron, MI) suffered a boiler or steam pipe explosion while sailing on Lake Erie. The explosion immediately killed nine persons and scalded others who died later. The vessel was repaired and sailed for three more seasons.

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

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




Buckeye Rescues Fishermen

07/30
The steamer Buckeye was in route from Ashtabula Ohio to the Detroit River Light Saturday when a watchman spotted a small fishing boat about a mile ahead of their position. As the Buckeye drew closer the crew could see that the small craft had two people in it and they were taking on water, their boat was filled with water up to the gunwale. The captain blew the emergency signal on the ships whistle and proceeded to slow the vessel down to assist the small craft. The crew notified the Coast Guard station in Toledo and informed them that we were proceeding to offer assistance to the two fishermen in the small boat.

Once close to the small craft the crew threw heaving lines to bring them up along the ship and have them get aboard. The crew of the Buckeye quickly responded, everyone who was not on watch was on deck assisting in the rescue efforts, the two fishermen were safely brought on board by 6:55 p.m. They offered the fishermen dry clothes and warm blankets and then gave them a good meal.

The Canadian Coast Guard sent the vessel SORA from Amherstburg to pick up the small craft. They were alongside by 7:45 p.m. and towed the waterlogged boat to safe haven as the Buckeye proceeded to Sterling Fuel. The two fishermen departed the vessel at the J. W. Westcott mail boat in Detroit. The crew of the Buckeye responded quickly and thanks to them the two fishermen are back on dry land and their Bass Boat is still floating.

This was the second rescue for an Oglebay Norton vessel this month. On July 7, fleet mate David Z. Norton rescued two stranded jet skiers in Lake Huron.

Line is thrown to the sinking boat.
Fishermen are brought along side.

Reported by: Cadet Peter M. Tormala




Republic Returns to Service

07/30
The American Republic departed her lay-up berth in Toledo at the old Lakefront Ore Dock around 6:00 p.m. Sunday and is now out sailing. The Republic entered lay-up in late June joining fleet mates American Mariner and Adam E. Cornelius. The ailing steel industry is to blame for the vessels unusual mid-season lay-up.

Mariner and Republic at their lay-up dock earlier in the month.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Frantz Departs

07/30
The Joseph H. Frantz departed the Bay Ship drydock in Sturgeon Bay, Wi Saturday evening. She was assisted to Sherwood Point by Selvick tug where she ballasted down and headed upbound on Green Bay, repairs complete.

The Frantz arrived on July 23 for dry docking. The vessel was reported to be damaged on a trip into Holland, Mi. She was reported to be holed in the number 2 and 3 side tanks.

Reported by: Vic Delarwelle




Potential buyer for Viking I

07/30
Another buyer has surfaced for the former ferry Viking I that has been docked in Erie since 1996, according to reports in the Erie Times-News. The buyer is interested in restoring both car and tractor-trailer ferry service between Erie and Port Stanley Ont.

The owner of the ship, Contessa Cruise Lines has called the offer to buy the vessel at $110,000 "insane", talks have not broken off yet. Contessa wants $2 million for the vessel. Jack Gordon of Inland Ocean Lines said that if the Viking could be purchased for the offered price Inland could afford to refurbish the vessel that is expected to cost around $9 million dollars. Metro Machine in Erie would do the repairs which could take 6 months to a year to complete.

Three other potential buyers are interested in the Viking, all three are from Michigan. The Viking I must soon be moved, as the Lansdowne which is a floating restaurant is going to be renovated by Specialty Restaurants and will soon be moved to the wall where the Viking is residing.

Viking I and Lansdowne in Erie. Jeff Thoreson
Close up. Jeff Thoreson

Reported by: Jeff Benson




Tall Ship Race Update

07/30
This afternoon six of the tall ships that had participated in Bay City's port festival during the weekend were gathered five miles southeast of the Tawas Point lighthouse. They were awaiting the 3:30 p.m. starting gun for the final leg of the Tall Ships Challenge® 2001 Race Series.

Noted Race Director Steve Baker, "The Bay City to Straits of Mackinac race covers 121 nautical miles and should take the ships between 30 and 40 hours to complete. The finish point is near Cheboygan."

After three races, the competitors now know that the tall ships to beat are the Grand Nellie and Highlander Sea in the Youth Sail Training Division and the Pride of Baltimore II in the Cruising Division. Out of US Virgin Islands, the Grand Nellie's all-girl all-stars under captain and mate Jeff and Ellen Troeltzsch had taken no prisoners in the earlier races.

Results of the third race from Port Huron to Bay City were announced Sunday night at the Mariner's Ball in Veterans Memorial Park. In the Cruising Division, the Pride of Baltimore II and Concordia took first and second places. In the Youth Sail Training Division Grand Nellie and Highlander Sea took first and second place honors.

Perhaps the biggest winner on Lake Huron in the last several days has been Bay City. Ecstatic organizers said that the turnout for the event far exceeded their expectations. Over 300,000 people came to see the tall ships on display during the three-day festival.

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New Shoal in Superior

07/30
Heavy spring rains are being blamed for formation of a shoal off the mouth of the Nemadji River in Superior Harbor.

The shoal, located in the front channel that links Superior Entry with the rest of the Superior and Duluth harbor, was formed by heavy red clay that was washed into the river that meanders through extreme northwestern Wisconsin. It has significantly reduced the channel's depth at the river mouth, making it difficult for loaded vessels down the channel.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the shoal prevented two loaded vessels from leaving port earlier in July when the disabled Canadian Olympic blocked the Duluth front channel. Vessels without cargo apparently can still pass over the shoal.

The Corps of Engineers plans to dredge the area to remove the shoal.

Reported by: Al Miller




Shipwreck A.A. Parker Located in Lake Superior

07/30
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society at Whitefish Point, MI announced Wednesday that it had located the long sought wreck of the steamer A.A. Parker off Grand Marias, Michigan in Lake Superior this past June. The Society, using its research vessel, David Boyd, had been searching the area off Grand Marias for the past two years using the society's side scanning sonar in hopes of locating the Parker.

Considered one of Lake Superior's most "findable" shipwrecks, the Parker had been the subject of several searches by Great Lakes wreck hunters in recent years.

The Parker foundered four miles off Grand Marais on September 19, 1903 in a severe storm. All crew were rescued by the crew of the Grand Marais Lifesaving Station, but the vessel and her cargo of iron ore plunged to the bottom in deep water.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has been working with the Michigan Bureau of History to document and conserve the site before releasing its location. The Society has done a preliminary survey with its Remote Operated Vehicle revealing numerous artifacts. The vessel now lies in large pieces on the bottom, evidence of her violent end.

Artifacts filmed so far include the Parker's large steam engine, brass engine plate and gauges, anchors, the ship's bell and many dishes.

Still images of the wreck and an account of the loss may be accessed at: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
Video of the wreck site may be accessed with the Real Player by clicking here

Reported by: Brendon Baillod




Coast Guard Festival

07/30
The parade of ships for this year's Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Mi is due to begin today at 1:00 P.M. Vessels scheduled to visit Grand Haven this year include the Biscayne Bay, Katmai Bay, Bramble, and the Mackinaw. Ship tours begin Monday night and run throughout the week.

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Reported by: David Swain




Marquette Update

07/30
June's Report: For the second month in a row, shipping in and out of Marquette took a sharp dive downward. For the year, shipping in and out of both harbors is down by at least 29% compared to last year. Last year through the month of June, 159 vessels visited both harbors compared to 113 vessels this far this year. For the month of June, shipping in and out of both harbors is down by 54% (27 visits) compared to last June (59 visits).

For the lower harbor, shipping for the month of June is down by 44% (5 visits ) compared to the same month last year (9 visits) and down by 41% (16 visits) for the shipping year compared to the same period last year (27 visits). During the month of June, the John J. Boland lead all vessels with 3 visits followed by the St. Clair and the H. Lee White with one visit each. All vessels were American vessels with American Steamship leading all visits for the year with 81% followed by U.S.C.G. with 10 % , Oglebay Norton with 5% and Lakes Research with 5%.

For the upper harbor, shipping for the month of June is down by 56% (22 visits) compared to the same month last year (50 visits) and down by 27% (97 visits) for the shipping year compared to the same period last year (132 visits). For the month of June, the Lee A. Tregurtha, Kaye E. Barker, and the Algomarine lead all vessel visits with 4 visits each. The James R. Barker, Mesabi Miner, and Charles M. Beeghly each had two visits while John J. Boland, H. Lee White, and Algosteel each had one visit. So far this season, the Lee A. Tregurtha and the Algomarine are leading all vessel visits with 14 each followed by the Kaye E. Barker with 8 visits this season. American vessels are leading the way so far this year with 65% of the visits while the Canadians have 35% of the visits. How ever, Algoma is the leading shipping company thus far this season with 29% of the visits followed closely by Lakes Shipping Company with 22%, Interlake with 19%, American Steamship with 14%, Oglebay Norton with 5%, Upper Lakes Group and Upper Lakes Barge each with 4% and Canadian Steamship with 1%.

Most of this down turn can be directed at the foreign steel dumping into the U.S. And as a result of this steel dumping both mines took a mandatory 6 week shutdown during the month. At this time July's figure are slightly better but still down from last year's numbers.

Reported by: Art Pickering.




Detroit Traffic

07/30
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Sunday.

Capt Henry Jackman upbound at Grassy Island bound for Goderich.
Stern view.
Cuyahoga upbound at Grassy Island with a load of slag for Grand Haven.
Stern view.
Another view.
Armco downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

07/30
The Cartierdoc, and Mantadoc finished loading there grain cargoes and departed on Saturday evening. The Canadian Progress was at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator loading grain and is expected to depart sometime on Monday afternoon. Sunday the Algoway was working her way upriver with the tug Susan Hoey on the stern assisting her. They are bound for the Kuhlman Dock to unload cargo. The salt water vessel Lake Ontario with the "G" tugs Louisiana (bow) and the Illinois (stern) were headed upriver bound for Andersons "E" Elevator. Both of these tows were occurring around 6:00 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay arrived at Toledo Shipyard. It is unknown how long she will be in port. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was loading cargo at the Sun Oil Dock. The dredge Buxton II with her equipment and tug Muskegon were dredging the ship channel near the CSX Coal Docks. The Armco was due in at the Torco Dock around 1130 p.m. Sunday evening.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Arthur M. Anderson Algosteel, and John J. Boland on Monday, followed by a return visit of the Arthur M. Anderson on Tuesday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Middletown on Wednesday morning, followed by the Reserve and Armco on Saturday morning.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
J.N. Mcwatters inbound Maumee Bay with an ore cargo bound for the Lakefront Ore Dock.
Blanche Hindman loading grain at the Midstates Elevator. Hindman has just purchased her from the National Steel Fleet. She formerly sailed as Matthew Andrews. This was her first trip under her new name.
Ernest R. Breech loading coal at the C.&O. #3 Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Report

07/30
Canadian Provider came in Saturday night and went to Pier 35 - the lay-up berth. Stephen B. Roman departed the Essroc dock at about the same time.

Saturday was windy and several minor mishaps kept the Metro Marine Unit busy. The charter boat Jubilee Queen was hit by a small sailboat; the tall ship Kajama suffered a broken propeller shaft coupler and had to be towed back into port by the tug Patricia D., with police assistance; and a boater fell overboard from his Zodiac in Humber Bay and required rescuing. His Zodiac running around wildly until it went up on the rocks near Ontario Place.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Aerial Views

07/30:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over the Bay City Saturday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Tall ship Apple Dore in Saginaw Bay.
Tall ships docked on the Saginaw River.
Another view.
Tall ships docked.
Close up.
Lake Superior unloading in Detroit.
Southdown Conquest unloading up river.




Cruise the Seaway this fall

07/30
Looking for an unusual cruise? Jim Barker’s got just the ticket. Barker, through his new venture, Coastal Expeditions, is offering a 12-day cruise from Warren, R.I., up the Hudson River, through the Erie Canal and down the St. Lawrence Seaway, ending up in Quebec City aboard the American Canadian Caribbean Line’s M/V Grande Caribe.

The cruise, which begins from Providence, R.I., is from September 3-15. Passengers may elect to complete the entire 12-day trip, or choose one leg of the cruise. The first four days of the trip includes passage on the Hudson River past New York City and the Erie Canal, with visits to West Point and Cooperstown (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame). After stopping at Oswego, N.Y. on Lake Ontario, the second leg includes a stop at the Wooden Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y. and the beautiful scenery of the 1,000 Islands area. Winery visits and golf outings are also on the itinerary, with the trip winding up at Quebec City.

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Weekly Updates

07/30
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Today in Great Lakes History - July 30

July 30, 1996, a portion of a coal cargo aboard the H. M. Griffith caught on fire while the vessel was approaching Whitefish Point. The burning cargo was dumped into Lake Superior after the vessel's unloading boom was swung outward.

The "News Page" on this site was "Launched" reporting the coal fire aboard the Griffith.

The GORDON C. LEITCH (1) was launched July 30, 1952 for the Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. Ltd., Toronto, Ont.

The Ice Breaker ALEXANDER HENRY entered service July 30, 1959.

On 30 July 1871, the 162' bark HARVEY BISSELL was carrying lumber from Toledo to Tonawanda, NY. When she was on the western end of Lake Erie, she sprang a leak. Although the crew worked the hand powered pumps constantly, the water kept gaining at a rate of about a foot an hour. The tug KATE WILLIAMS took her in tow, intending to get her to Detroit to be repaired, but this proved impossible. So the BISSELL was towed close to Point Pelee and allowed to sink in 14 feet of water. The WILLIAMS then left for Detroit to get steam pumps and other salvage equipment. On returning, they pumped out the BISSELL, refloated and repaired her. She lasted until 1905.

On 30 July 1872, the Port Huron Dry Dock launched SANDY, a lighter. Her dimensions were 75' x 20' x 5'.

On 30 July 1873, George Hardison of Detroit announced the beginning of a new shipyard in Port Huron, Michigan. It would be located above the 7th Street Bridge on the Black River on land owned by J. P. Haynes, accessible by River Street. Within 30 days of this announcement, the new yard had orders for two canalers three-and-aft rig for delivery in the Spring of 1874. Their dimensions were to be 146' overall, 139' keel, 26' beam and 11'6" depth.

On 30 July 1866, CITY OF BUFFALO (wooden propeller, 340', 2026 t, built in 1857 at Buffalo as a side-wheeler) was unloading 72,000 bushels of wheat at the Sturgis Elevator at Buffalo, NY when arsonists set fire to the complex. The fire destroyed the wharf, the elevator, several businesses and the ship. The arsonists were caught. Incidentally, the CITY OF BUFFALO was converted from a passenger side-wheeler to a propeller freighter during the winter of 1863-64. After the conversion, she was dubbed "the slowest steam-craft on the Lakes".

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

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




Great Lakes Trader Tries Manistee

07/29
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort made a test run into Manistee Saturday. The duo was light and was attempting to see if they could make it through the Manistee River, which would make future trips possible. The vessel made it all the way to the US-31 Bridge where it was unable to make the turn into the channel through the railroad bridge. The test run was ruled a failure and the combo then backed up all the way out the river past the piers. Manistee will never see the duo carry cargo through the river. She then turned around in the lake and proceeded upbound on Lake Michigan.

The Capt. Ralph Tucker left Manistee around 11:00 a.m. Saturday and the Buffalo arrived that morning bound for Morton salt with a load of coal. Thus making it the first three-ship day for Manistee in many years.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




New Cutter Launched

07/29
The new U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore hit the water Saturday about 10:52 a.m. CT. The cutter was launched at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wi during a heavy rain storm.

The Sycamore is a Juniper Class 225 foot Seagoing buoy tender with icebreaking capabilities. These ships are a new class of cutter that have been built to replace the Balsam class tenders. In addition to maintaining navigational aids, these multi role ships are key in oil spill recovery and ice breaking operations. They have a crew of 40, a maximum speed of 15 knots and can remain underway for 45 days.

On the Ways.
Crowd on hand to watch.
Entering the water.
A wall of water is sent across the river.

Reported by: Eric and Sandy Chapman




Mine Workers Face Layoff

07/29
About 250 employees of the Tilden Mine will be laid off today because of a 20 foot crack in on of the mine's two pelletizing kilns. The layoff is expected to last about six weeks, according to a Cleveland Cliffs spokesman.

The crack was discovered Thursday. The kilns are used to turn iron ore into pellets at temperatures of about 2,400 degrees. The mine was shut down in 1998 for about six weeks for a similar problem. Laid off workers will be able to draw unemployment checks during this period.

Reported by: Jim Grill




Customs office, ferry Back in Service after Bomb Threat

07/29
A Customs office and ferry service that links Walpole Island in the St. Clair River with Michigan are operating again after being closed Friday because of a bomb threat. The same Customs office was the target of gunshots last week. Two Walpole Island residents have been charged in connection with the incident.

Reported by: Bill Blair




Duluth-Superior News

07/29
The General Mills elevator in Superior has had a busy week with Wagenborg ships. The Vlistborg spent Tuesday and Wednesday loading sugar beet pulp pellets there. It departed the elevator Wednesday evening, only to be replaced by fleet mate Kasteelborg a few hours later. The Kasteelborg spent Thursday and Friday loading the same cargo. Sugar beet pulp pellets, a byproduct of the process of refining sugar from sugar beets, are brought to the Twin Ports from North Dakota's Red River valley for shipment to Europe, where they are used as livestock feed.

On Thursday and Friday the Antigua-flagged Westkap followed the route made by the Cyprus-flagged Marilis T. earlier in the week. Both vessels loaded bentonite clay at Hallett #6, the far western terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway, before taking on grain at AGP in Duluth.

The Canadian Olympic finished its repairs after two weeks in the Fraser Shipyard's #2 drydock on Friday. The Kasteelborg, Canadian Olympic, and Westkap all departed through the Duluth Entry on Friday evening, spaced about 45 minutes apart. Because of all the activity at the Duluth Entry, the inbound Bahamas-flagged Black Swan used the Superior Entry to arrive port, headed for the Peavey elevator in Superior.

The Buckeye and Paul R. Tregurtha were both in port Saturday morning, the Buckeye loading taconite pellets at DM&IR, and the Tregurtha loading coal at SMET. Both ships were loaded and outbound within an hour of each other through the Duluth Entry on Saturday afternoon, joining the George A. Stinson on Lake Superior, which had departed Superior a few minutes earlier from BNSF. Those departures left the Sarah Spencer / Jane Ann IV and the John G. Munson in port. The Spencer was discharging Canadian barley at the Cargill B2 elevator in Duluth, while the Munson was undergoing repairs at the Reiss dock in Duluth after unloading limestone. The Stewart J. Cort was also scheduled to arrive Superior in the evening hours, replacing the Stinson at BNSF #5.

Sunday is shaping up to be a busy day in the Twin Ports, with four thousand-footers (Columbia Star, Oglebay Norton, Mesabi Miner, Indiana Harbor) scheduled to load coal at SMET, and the Halifax loading taconite pellets at DM&IR.

Reported by: Eric Holst




Thunder Bay Report

07/29
The weather here in Port remained cool as it has been for the past several days and the Upper Lakes Group Inc. boats seemed to be the order of the day on Saturday.

The Canadian Enterprise left Pascol Engineering Drydock Saturday afternoon and headed out the North Entrance and then went to anchor. A short time later she lifted her anchor and proceeded towards Thunder Cape heading out past the Welcome islands. By late Saturday night she was reported tied up at Thunder Bay Terminals. Her short jaunt out onto the lake was presumably to test equipment and make sure that everything was ship shape after her stint in drydock.

The Canadian Leader departed United Grain Growers "A" house early Saturday afternoon and proceeded down the lake, While the Canadian Voyager arrived in Port and tied up at Cargil Elevator. By 1am Sunday she had moved over to United Grain Growers "A" house to continue loading.

The Canadian Olympic arrived early Saturday morning from Superior, Wisconsin where she had been having repairs done. She docked at Thunder Bay Terminals to load and by 2:30pm was outbound past the South Entrance and heading down the lake.

Another early Saturday Morning arrival was the Tug W.N. Twolan with her empty lumber barge McAllister132. They docked at their regular Great West Timber dock. The tug Sandra Mary remained at Keefer Terminals today although there was no sign of the Dredge John Holden.

Classic pictures in Thunder Bay
Saskatoon/Fernie - in Kam River Feb. 4, 1934 .
Nipigon on truck moving from Lk. Nipigon to Lk. Superior April 10, 1972.
Another view.
Champlain - dockside at Silver Islet summer 1927.
Kam River Boats taken Kam River winter 1933-1934. Elmbay built 1919 in France, Stranded near Barra Grande and abandoned January 22, 1967; Pinebay built 1919 in France, deposition unknown, last registry 1957 Brazil; Ashbay built 1919 in France, shelled and sunk by German submarine, September 28, 1942 in Brazil. 16 lives lost.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Calumet in Grand Haven

07/29
On Friday the Calumet arrived just after sun set to load in port. She went up the Grand River to load sand at Construction Aggregates.

Pictures by Mark and Sherry Winchester
Calumet arriving.
Wilfred Sykes on a recent trip into port.

Reported by: Mark and Sherry Winchester and David Swain




Mapleglen Locks Through

07/29
The Mapleglen was upbound through the Soo Locks Saturday. She now has the CSL banners on each side of the pilot house.

Images from the Soo Lock Live Cam
Approaching the Mac Lock.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Toledo Update

07/29
The Algomarine was at the CSX Docks Saturday waiting to load coal. The Mantadoc was at Anderson's "E" Elevator loading grain. The Cartierdoc was at Anderson's "K" Elevator loading grain. The American Mariner and Adam E. Cornelius remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites. The American Republic is fitting out and should be sailing any day now.

The dredge Buxton II and related dredging equipment with there tug Muskegon are dredging the ship channel near the CSX Coal Docks. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Arthur M. Anderson, John J. Boland, and Algosteel on Monday followed by a return visit of the Arthur M. Anderson on Tuesday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Sunday evening, followed by the Middletown on Wednesday morning. There was an unidentified saltie at the T.W.I. Dock, she departed the dock in the mid afternoon.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
J. Burton Ayers tow outbound Maumee Bay on Aug. 1995. The tug Shannon is handling the bow and tug Patricia Hoey on the stern. The tow is headed for Sarnia, Ontario where she will be renamed Cuyahoga and sail for the LLT Fleet.
Close up of the Ayers.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lake Erie Update

07/29
Conneaut and Ashtabula were busy Saturday morning. In Conneaut, the Wolverine was loading coal for Manistee and was to depart around 2:00 p.m. The Reserve was loading in Ashtabula for Superior and was supposed to leave around 3:00 p.m., clearing dock space in Ashtabula for the Rt. Hon Paul J Martin, or an Algoma vessel believed to be the Algobay. Both were anchored within site of the harbor, waiting for the Reserve.

Algoma vessel at anchor.
Reserve.
Another view.
The Wolverine in Conneaut.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Iglehart in Buffalo

07/29
The J.A.W. Iglehart made another appearance in Buffalo on Friday. She brought a load of cement into the Lafarge dock on the creek, departing on Saturday.

Reported by: Dan Sweeley




Hamilton Update

07/29
From Burlington Piers on Saturday, two tankers could be seen at the Bronte Piers. One being a Desgagnes vessel and the other, an ocean going vessel.

The Federal Welland was in Hamilton at Pier 14 unloading steel products. Moored across on the north side of Pier 12 was the McKeil Marine tug Salvor with unidentified barge.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Oakglen in Owen Sound

07/29
On Saturday the Oakglen arrived in Owen Sound to deliver a load of grain. The Oakglen still carries the P&H masthead marker but her stack is CSL red, white and black. The white goes three quarters of the way across the stack and then drops at right angles to the deck. The black does the same and wraps around the rear of the stack. No other CSL markings next to name were.

Reported by: Peter Bowers




Port Huron Traffic

07/29
Below are images of traffic passing Port Huron.

Emerald Star downbound.
John J. Boland.
Roger Blough upbound.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Detroit Traffic

07/29
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Saturday.

Tanker Saturn upbound at Grassy Island bound for the Marathon Asphalt Dock in the Rouge River. The tug John Spence and barge Mc Asphalt 401 are tied up at Morterm waiting for the Saturn to arrive and load before they will get the dock.
Stern view.
Tug Karen Andrie and barge A397 upbound at Grassy Island for the Rouge River.
Close up of tug.
Stern view of tow.
Yacht Blue Moon (Cayman Islands) upbound at Grassy Island. The Blue Moon had a pilot aboard.
Another view.
Stern view.
Lake Superior (Marshall Islands) at Ojibway Anchorage, she is scheduled to depart on Sunday at noon for Toledo.
Stern view.
Tug James A Hannah upbound above the Rouge heading for Sterling Fuel Dock.
Stern view.
Algorail upbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.
The notch of the Hannah 5101 at Fordson Island Marathon Dock.
Maumee preparing to unload salt in the Rouge River.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Clarkson News

07/29
At 1:00 p.m. Friday the tanker Alioth had completed the discharge of her cargo. She was in ballast and ready to leave her berth. Due to a stiff southeast wind an unidentified tug had been called to assist with the departure by holding the tanker off of the pier face as she started to move out into the lake.

At St. Lawrence Cement, the Canadian Prospector was in the early stages of discharging a cargo of limestone into the hopper.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Today in Great Lakes History - July 29

The OTTERCLIFFE HALL cleared Lauzon July 29, 1969 on her maiden voyage as the last "straight deck" Great Lakes bulk freighter built with a pilot house forward.

While at the Manitowoc Ship Building Co. for general repairs and engine overhaul, the CITY OF SAGINAW caught fire on July 29, 1971 and destroyed her upper deck and forward section. Damages were estimated from $450,000 to $750,000 and were not repaired. The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 was sold to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ont. for scrap.

On July 29, 1974 the W.W. HOLLOWAY grounded in Lake St. Clair off the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club running downbound with stone. Lightering into the J.F. SCHOELKOPF,JR. was necessary before she was freed by four tugs on July 31st.

ENDERS M. VOORHEES departed River Rouge on her maiden voyage July 29, 1942 bound for Duluth, MN to load iron ore. She was the second of five "Supers" for the Pittsburgh fleet to enter service.

July 29, 1974 - The "PERE MARQUETTE 21" was towed to Milwaukee on July 29, 1974 and reduced to a barge.

July 29, 1971 - A fire broke out on the City of Saginaw 31, destroying her cabin deck and rendering her useless for further use. The blaze was caused by an acetylene torch, and caused over $1 million in damage.

The steam barge MARY ROBERTSON burned near Mackinac on 29 July 1872. Her crew escaped to a schooner-barge they were towing.

The MATERIAL SERVICE foundered in a heavy summer gale in 1936 off the South Chicago lighthouse. She was a canal motor barge not designed for open-lake use.

The side-wheel river steamer DOMINION burned to the water's edge at her dock in the Thames River near Chatham, Ontario on 29 July 1875. She was built in 1867 at Wallaceburg, Ontario.

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

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




Olympic Departs

07/28
Canadian Olympic departed Fraser Shipyards in Superior on Friday and sailed during the day. The vessel had been in drydock for more than a week undergoing repairs to its propeller and shaft, which were damaged when the stern anchor became entangled in them.

Pictures taken July 12 after the incident happened
Canadian Olympic in Duluth harbor. Al Miller
A close up view of the vessel's stern with the work tug Maxine Thompson nearby and the absorbent boom visible. Al Miller
A worker can be seen aboard a work float near the stern of Canadian Olympic. Al Miller
Up close showing the anchor chain hanging from the stern. Kent Rengo
Olympic is moved towards the Duluth Port Terminal before dry docking. Kent Rengo

Reported by: Al Miller




Finally, some good news about Lake Superior water levels

07/28
Higher lake levels and strong demand for coal are helping to boost overall maritime commerce in Duluth-Superior, local port officials reported.

Shipments through June totaled 12.7 million metric tons, a 5 percent increase over the same period last season, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Normal winter snowfall and an unusually wet spring have raised the level of Lake Superior above 602 feet above sea level for the first time in two years. Rainfall during April, for instance, was four times higher than normal. As a result, vessels loading in the Twin Ports have been able to add 13 inches of draft since the season began, with each inch representing about 270 additional tons of cargo.

Leading the growth in shipments was Midwest Energy Terminal, which loaded 5.4 million metric tons, a 6-percent increase over the previous year. The dock loaded 39 cargoes this season compared to 34 the previous year. Because of the higher water level, 1,000-footers were able to load cargoes averaging 64,000 tons compared to 62,000 tons last season.

Iron ore shipments through the DMIR and BNSF docks rose 4.2 percent. That means a total of 5.2 million metric tons of pellets shipments this season compared to 4.9 million metric tons last season.

Not all the news from the Twin Ports was good, however. Grain shipments fell slightly to 900,540 metric tons because of a flat grain market. Among the leading causes is the U.S. dollar’s strength against European currencies, port officials said.

However, many other Lake Superior ports did not share Duluth-Superior’s good fortunes in June.

Across the lakes, ore shipments on U.S.-flag boats fell 11 percent through June because of weakness in the North American steel industry, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported.

Much of the decrease resulted from the shutdown of LTV Steel Mining Co. in Hoyt Lakes, Minn., which shipped pellets through Taconite Harbor. Overall, tonnage fell 35 percent at Minnesota’s North Shore iron ore ports

In Michigan, ore shipments from Escanaba fell 21 percent while Marquette recorded a 27 percent decline. The downturn reflected reduced production at the Empire and Tilden mines, according to the American Iron Ore Association.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tall Ships in Bay City

07/28
Friday tall ships continued to arrive in Bay City, 15 tall ships were expected in the port for this weekend's celebration.

The tall ships will be open for touring over the weekend. Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m. They will then depart Monday after 1:00 p.m. heading for Muskegon, MI.

For more information on the events visit: www.tallshipcelebration.com

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Tall ships on the West Side of the river.
St. Lawrence, Amara Zee and Madeline.
U.S.C.G. watching over the Saginaw River.
47-foot Motor Life Boat passing the tall ships.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Tall Ship Race

07/28
The Port Huron to Bay City Tall Ships Challenge® race began on Wednesday with Grand Nellie and Highlander Sea bowsprit to bowsprit. Following the race, the ships are participating in the Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City, Michigan, July 26-30. Thereafter, the next race will be the Bay City to the Straits of Mackinac competitive event. The US Coast Guard has designated the race series as a "Marine Event of National Significance."

Click here for more news and information

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Thunder Bay News

07/28
Traffic in the Port of Thunder Bay was light again Friday with one arrival and three departures. The Sandra Mary and Dredge John Holden are tied up at Keefer Terminals and the Canadian Enterprise is still in the Pascol Engineering Drydock.

Early Friday morning the Tug Radium Yellowknife and her three lumber barges headed out of Port and up the lake to Superior, Wisconsin for another lumber run.

The Canadian Leader was also on the move early Friday morning but she was arriving in Port. She docked at Richardson Elevator and by 2:30pm had moved over to United Grain Growers "A" house to continue loading.

The Saltie Federal Oshima finished up loading at Agricore and departed the Port downbound at around 4:00 p.m. Friday. She could be see rounding the Welcome Islands at the same time that the Tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer were backing out of Saskatchewan Pool 7b. Her move was over to the freshly vacated slip at Agricore. By late Friday night she had also departed Port and was apparently heading to Duluth to unload Barley at the Cargil B1 dock where she was due Sunday morning.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Detroit Traffic

07/28
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Friday.

Mantadoc downbound at Grassy Island Friday morning.
Stern view.
Tug Wyoming downbound to her dock in River Rouge after assisting the Halifax out of the Rouge River.
Halifax upbound after departing the Rouge River. She kept to the American side to allow the Herbert C Jackson to turn into the Rouge.
Stern view.
Tug Stormont upbound from her dock at Morterm to Detroit to begin her ferry service across the Detroit River with the barge Lac St Jean.
Stern view.
Barge Crow which has been dredging at the lower end of Zug Island.
Herbert C Jackson downbound about to turn into the Rouge River.
tug Pioneerland upbound from Nicholson's with the crew of the barge Crow to begin Friday's work day.
Algosoo loading at Ojibway Salt Dock.
barge Hannah 5101 and tug James A Hannah at Nicholson Terminal & Dock.
tug James A Hannah.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Buffalo Naval Park

07/28
The New York State Development Agency has announced that the USS Croaker should be back together with her other Naval Park residents USS Little Rock and USS The Sullivans in their new basin by this time next year. The entire ship relocation project has been on hold since the state decided to change the look and feel of the Inner Harbor (Erie Canal) redevelopment. The state is now planning a more historic theme and has backed away from their more modern plans for the area. Naval Park officials have been complaining of low attendance due to the completely torn up parking lot, and the absence of the Croaker. She was moved last spring to allow construction and dredging of the new basin and has yet to return.

Construction on the new park.
View from above.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Close look at the CSL Laurentien

07/28
Last Sunday, while transiting Lake St. Clair, the Tall Ship Mist of Avalon came very close to the CSL Laurentien. Those in the area report hearing a loud noise that sounded like the Tall Ship struck the freighter. The Mist of Avalon was sailing close to the freighter and appeared to get sucked into its side as it passed by.

Along side the Laurentien.
Crew on the Laurentien look on helplessly.
Backing down.
Avalon crew members look for damage, none is apparent.

Reported by: Michael Schrage




Spencer in Buffalo

07/28
Last Sunday the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer made a trip to Buffalo with a cargo of grain. The tug and barge were assisted by two G tugs for a tight trip through the river. Below are images of the outbound tow.

The images start at the ADM Standard Elevator as the tugs make up their lines, proceeding into the turn under the Ohio St. Bridge, just below the dock, then through the bridge, just missing the abutments and then again downriver at the DL&W Train Terminal and finally as the tugs worked her in close past the destroyer USS The Sullivans.

Making up the lines.
Through the bridge.
Tight fit.
Using the bow thruster on the barge.
Looking down the bow.
Through the bridge.
Another view.
Past The Sullivans.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Le Levant owners ordered to repay

07/28
European Commission announced recently that French state aid to support the construction of the Le Levant cruise ship is incompatible with the common market and must be repaid by the owners of the ship. The commission does not believe the aid will contribute to the development of the French colony of Saint-Pierre-et- Miquelon, off Canada, and does not comply with development aid rules, it said.

"The commission has concluded that the vessel - which only rarely calls to the port of St Pierre - will not contribute in any significant way to the development of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon," it said. "Based on calculations made by France as to the economic impact of the ship's and its passengers' visits, on the one hand, and on the actual cruise schedules so far, on the other hand, the aid appears to be seven times higher than the economic benefits to the islands," it said.

A commission source said the $30.5m vessel, which carries 95 passengers, spends most of its time in the Caribbean. Investors will have to pay back the aid representing 34% of the value and not the ship's operator Compagnie des Iles du Levant, he said. The vessel was built in the Alstom Le Roux naval shipyard and financed under a scheme where investors can deduct their investment from their taxable income, he said.

Reported by: Al Jackman




Port Huron Web Cam

07/28
Michigan marine artist and author Jim Clary of Cap'n Jim's Gallery in Port Huron, MI announced Friday the operational debut of the Maritime River Camera.

The state of the art camera, mounted near the mouth of the Black River (the most eastern point in Michigan), in Port Huron is now transmitting live images of ship traffic via wireless microwave to a 42-inch plasma monitor at the gallery. The camera features pan tilt capability along with a 22-power zoom the control of which can be operated from the gallery.

Clary states that images will soon be captured and uploaded to his web site. The long-range plan is to further transmit the River Cam images to cable TV.




Port Huron Traffic

07/28
Below are images of traffic passing Port Huron Friday.

Algoway downbound.
Buffalo upbound.
Roger Blough.
Close up.
St. Clair upbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Beeghly in Chicago

07/28
Below are images from a visit by the Charles M. Beeghly to Chicago last month.

Inbound the Calumet River.
Beneath the rail road bridge.

Reported by: John Kuehl




Today in Great Lakes History - July 28

ALGOWEST passed Detroit, Mich. downbound on July 28, 1982, she had departed on her maiden voyage July 26 from Thunder Bay, Ont. to Quebec City with a 27,308 tonne load of barley.

b) ADAM E. CORNELIUS was christened July 28, 1973 at AmShip by Mrs. Roger Kyes as the a) ROGER M. KYES

COASTAL CANADA was launched July 28, 1952

The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was delivered on July 28th to the Buckeye Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.), Cleveland. The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was part of a government program designed to upgrade and increase the capacity of the U.S. Great Lakes fleet during World War II. In order to help finance the building of new ships, the U.S.M.C. authorized a program that would allow existing fleets to obtain new boats by trading in their older boats to the Government for credit. The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was the ninth Maritimer and fourth of the six L6-S-Al types delivered. "L6" meant the vessel was built for the Great Lakes and was 600 to 699 feet in length. The "S" stood for steam power and "Al" identified specific design features.

On 28 July 1854, BOSTON (wooden propeller, 134', 259 t, built in 1847 at Ohio City, Ohio) was bound from Chicago for Ogdensburg, NY with pork, corn, whiskey and produce. On Lake Ontario, about 20 miles off Oak Orchard, NY, she collided with the bark PLYMOUTH and sank in about 20 minutes. No lives were lost. The crew and passengers made it to shore in three lifeboats. The boat that the captain was in sailed 50 miles to Charlotte, NY.

One hundred years ago, on 28 July 1900, the freighter PRINCETON was launched at Lorain, Ohio for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.

On 28 July 1862, CONVOY (2-mast wooden schooner, 130', 367 t, built in 1855 at Buffalo) was sailing down bound on a dark night on Lake Erie with 18,000 bushels of wheat when she collided with the empty bark SAM WARD and sank quickly in 12 fathoms of water. Her wreck drifted along the bottom and during the shipping season several vessels collided with her.

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

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




Dredging Could Change Traffic

07/27
The Calumet has been a very frequent visitor to Grand Haven this season but that may soon change. MCM is scheduled to begin dredging soon in Benton Harbor, the destination of the vessel as it carries sand from Grand Haven. The deeper harbor there may mean the McKee Sons, with its deeper draft, will take over at least some of these sand runs.

Reported by: David Swain




Canadian Enterprise Re-enters Drydock

07/27
After spending Wednesday night and the better part of Thursday anchored off the North Entrance to Thunder Bay, the Canadian Enterprise lifted her anchor and proceeded back into Pascol Engineering's Drydock. She was again assisted by the tugs Peninsula and George Carleton. This is her third trip into Drydock this month. Pascol Engineering confirmed that she was having problems with her Stern Tube. It is unknown how long she will be in drydock this time.

Canadian Enterprise in drydock at Pascol Engineering last week.
Enterprise pulled out of the harbor at that time.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Repairs Continue

07/27
At Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines, fleet mate Canadian Transport continues to undergo repairs after it suffered an engine room fire at Nanticoke in June.

The vessel was towed to Port Weller and the remaining cargo was unloaded into the Canadian Progress, below are images of the transfer.

Progress along side the Transport.
View from onboard the Progress.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Tall Ships in Saginaw

07/27
The fleet of tall ships continued to arrive in Bay City Thursday, 15 tall ships are expected in the port for this weekend's celebration.

The tall ships will be open for touring over the weekend. Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m. They will then depart Monday after 1:00 p.m. heading for Muskegon, MI.

For more information on the events visit: www.tallshipcelebration.com

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Bay City's own Appledore IV with Pride of Baltimore II and Concordia.
Bluenose II and Concordia.
U.S.C.G. and Norfolk Rebel assisting Bluenose II.
HMS Tecumseth docking behind True North.
Concordia at Wenona Park.
Norfolk Rebel passing Concordia.
U.S.C.G. assisting Pride of Baltimore II to the dock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Twin Ports Report

07/27
Most of the ore ports on western Lake Superior were busy Thursday. Burns Harbor was due into BNSF in Superior, Edgar B. Speer was at the DMIR in Two Harbors and Armco was scheduled for Silver Bay. DMIR in Duluth is scheduled to load James R. Barker today. The Stinson, Cort, Halifax and Buckeye are due in the next couple days to load at either Duluth or Superior.

Fred R. White Jr. is becoming familiar with all the stone docks in the Twin Ports. The vessel has made several recent trips to the CLM dock in Superior. On July 25 the vessel was unloading stone at the Northland Constructors dock located between the Cargill and AGP elevators in Duluth. After that, the vessel loaded taconite pellets at DMIR in Duluth.

The saltie Westkap was loading bentonite at the Hallett 6 dock, the second saltie to load that cargo in the past couple weeks. Westkap was scheduled to finish its load with grain from the AGP elevator. Kasteelborg, which is normally a quick load at only 440 feet, on Thursday spent its fourth day at the General Mills elevator in Superior. No word on the reason for the slow loading.

It'll be just like the "old" days if Presque Isle's schedule holds up. The vessel is due to unload stone July 29 at the DMIR ore dock, then move across the bay to load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal. Several years ago, the PI was a fairly frequent caller at the DMIR's stone hopper, and it took occasional cargoes of coal to Nanticoke, which is its scheduled destination this time.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

07/27
The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer arrived in Port Thursday at 2:30 p.m. and entered the North Entrance just ahead of the Canadian Enterprise. The tug/barge combo docked at United Grain Growers "A" house. Her last Port of call was Buffalo, NY and she arrived in port in ballast. Around 4:30 p.m. Jane Ann IV moved out of her notch and went over to Keefer Terminals. She returned at 6:00 p.m. and reconnected to the Spencer then backed out of the slip around 8:00 p.m. and proceeded over to Saskatchewan Pool 7b to continue loading.

The Federal Oshima continued to load at Agricore while the Sandra Mary with Dredge John Holden remain tied up at Keefer Terminals. The Radium Yellowknife is still docked at Northern Woods old ore dock.

Traffic has slowed in port and has shown a summer trend of, a week of fairly steady traffic followed by a week of light traffic.

Pictures taken over the past few years
Tour boat Grampa Woo, what's left of her from the salvage of Passage Island on July 5, 1998.
Port Arthur Ship Building days before it was torn down. (Halifax is seen on the right) April 27, 1993.
Pan Voyager anchored outside break wall May 5, 2000.
Shawinagan at the Marina dock summer 1997.
Manitoulin at Saskatchewan Pool 7a May 5, 2000.
Tadoussac at United Grain Growers "M" house November 2000.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Hamilton News

07/27
Thursday the Canadian Prospector was unloading iron ore at Dofasco. At Pier 12, the Lykes Energizer was moored with no unloading activity to be seen. Across at Pier 14 the Goviken was unloading steel products.

From the Burlington Piers Thursday evening, two tankers could be seen at the Oakville/Bronte Piers. One being a Desgagnes tanker and the other unknown.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Bethlehem to Close Division

07/27
Bethlehem Steel has announced the closing of the Coke Division at Lackawanna, NY. The entire Coke Oven operation at the North end of the plant will be shut down by September with a loss of about 350 jobs. This is the last section of the original basic steel making plant on the West side of Rt. 5 along the lakefront still in operation. The Galvanizing Division will remain in operation for the time being, employing approximately 450 people in the Galvanizing Mills and Cold Strip operations across Rt. 5 in Lackawanna.

All raw materials are shipped in by rail from Burns Harbor. Bethlehem's old 13" Bar mill, now owned by Republic Technologies continues to operate, although the company is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

Bethlehem is also trying to sell their ownership of the South Buffalo Railroad. This 100 year old short line serves Bethlehem Steel, the Ford Stamping Plant, and the Gateway Metroport Terminal along the Lackawanna Ship Canal.

Coke Ovens on the North End of the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Lackawanna. Another view. Night view.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Today in Great Lakes History - July 27

On 27 July 1884, ALBERTA (steel propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 264', 2282 gt, built in 1883 in Scotland) collided in fog ) 6 miles NNW of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior with the JOHN M. OSBORNE (wooden propeller "steam barge", 178 ft., 891g , built in 1882 at Marine City. The OSBORNE had two barges in tow at the time. ALBERTA stayed in the gash until most of OSBORNE's crew scrambled aboard, then pulled out and the OSBORNE sank. ALBERTA sank in shallow water, 3 1/2 miles from shore. 3 or 4 lives were lost from the OSBORNE, one from ALBERTA in brave rescue attempt while trying to get the crewmen off the OSBORNE. This was ALBERTA's first year of service. She was recovered and repaired soon afterward. She was the sister of the ill fated ALGOMA which was lost in her first year of service. The wreck of the OSBORNE was located in 1984, 100 years after this incident.

One hundred years ago, on 27 July 1900, the steel freighter RENSSELAER was launched in Cleveland, Ohio for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.

On 27 July 1884, JOHN M. OSBORNE (wooden propeller steam barge, 178', 891 gt, built in 1882 at Marine City, MI) was carrying iron ore from Marquette to Ashtabula with two barges in tow when she was run into by the steel propeller passenger steamer ALBERTA (264', 2282 gt, built in 1883 at Scotland) in heavy fog off Whitefish Point on Lake Superior. The ALBERTA stayed in the gash while most of the OSBORNE's crew scrambled aboard. 4 or 5 lives were lost from the OSBORNE and one from the ALBERTA. The OSBORNE then sank and the ALBERTA made it to shallow water before she too sank. ALBERTA was recovered and put back in service. The wreck of the OSBORNE was located in 1984, 100 years after the accident.

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

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




Republic to Return to Service

07/26
The American Republic is scheduled to return to service departing her unusual mid season lay-up early next week. Crews are expected to begin fit out of the vessel on Sunday. While this return to service is good news for the Republic, her fleet mates American Mariner and Adam E. Cornelius will remain in lay-up because of weak demand in the steel industry.

Reported by: Kathy, Jim Hoffman and J. Huffy




Algoway visits Marinette

07/26
The Algoway arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock Co. late Wednesday morning with a load of salt. This is the latest arrival for the first load of salt at MF&D Co. in recent years; usually a salt boat is one of the first into port after the ice melts. The vessel departed in a stiff crosswind blowing against her. It took some time to get the stern away from the dock so that it could back out into Green Bay about 3:30 p.m.

Algoway unloads salt at Marinette Fuel & Dock Co. in Marinette, WI.
Close-up.
The Algoway docked behind the William H. Donner.
"Algoma Central" on her unloading boom.
Backing out of the Menominee River.
Passing the North Pier Lighthouse in Menominee River.
The boom of the Algoway appears to belong to the William H. Donner.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Kozoil in Erie

07/26
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Kozoil was in Erie Wednesday, presumably waiting out 3 to 5 foot waves on Lake Erie.

Kozoil at dock.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Thunder Bay Update

07/26
Wednesday the Sandra Mary and dredge John Holden were still at Keefer Terminals and the Radium Yellowknife was docked at Northern Woods while the finishing touches are added to her lumber barges.

At 4:45 p.m. the saltie Federal Fuji backed out of Agricore and proceeded through the South Entrance. She is loaded with 18,483 metric tons of Cannary Seed, Canola Seed and Flax bound for Montreal. At the same time the Fuji was moving the saltie Federal Oshima announced that she was lifting her anchor and would proceed through the South Entrance and take her place in the Agricore slip once the Fuji had left. The Federal Fuji exited the break wall and passed the Federal Oshima on her Starboard side and blew a one long and two short salute. This was answered by the Oshima also with a one long and two short blast on her horn.

The Canadian Enterprise moved out of Pascol Engineering's drydock Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. and headed out the North Entrance where she then dropped her anchor.

Three departures, one arrival and a few dock sifts kept the port fairly busy on Tuesday. The Federal Oshima arrived in port at 11:30 a.m. and dropped anchor just outside the South Entrance. She is in ballast from her last port of Toronto.

The Algoville finished loading early Tuesday and headed out the North Entrance and down the lake. Her destination is the Port of Montreal.

The Oakglen moved over to Richardson Elevator at around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, to top up her load. By 4:00 p.m. she was heading out the North Entrance with 21,346 metric tons of wheat.

The last departure of the day was the saltie Daviken. She had moved over to Saskatchewan Pool 7b early Tuesday morning and by 8:00 p.m. was heading out onto the Lake. She is loaded with 9,889 metric tons of Potash and 11,982 metric tons of Peas. She was possibly heading to Duluth before heading down the lake to Montreal.

The Federal Fuji made a couple of moves Tuesday, the first was to Saskatchewan Pool 7a around noon and then again to Agricore in the early evening.

Tuesday the Sandra Mary and John Holden remain at Keefer Terminal and the Radium Yellowknife was still docked at Northern Woods. The Canadian Enterprise was still in the drydock at Pascol Engineering.



Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw News

07/26
The David Z. Norton entered the Saginaw River early Wednesday morning with a split load for the Bay City and Saginaw Wirt Docks. After lightering at Bay City Wirt, she proceeded upriver to finish at the Saginaw Dock. The Norton was outbound for the lake Wednesday night passing through Downtown Bay City around 7:00 p.m.

The tanker Gemini was outbound from the Ashland-Marathon dock in Bay City at 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Sam Laud entered the river at about 11:00 a.m. and unloaded at the Bay Aggregates dock in downtown Bay City. The Laud went up to the airport turning basin after unloading late in the afternoon and was outbound through downtown Bay City at 6 p.m., followed an hour later by the Norton.

While passing through Bay City the crew of the David Z. Norton were able to view a few of the tall ships that arrived in Bay City early. The Saint Paul arrived Tuesday night, while the Amara Zee, Cape Rose and Madeline arrived Wednesday. 15 tall ships are expected in the port for this weekend's Tall Ships Celebration. The remainder of the sailing vessels are scheduled to arrive in Bay City this Thursday afternoon.

The tall ships will muster at the mouth of the Saginaw River Thursday morning and then parade upriver to downtown Bay City, in groups of three, during the afternoon. The procession is expected to last from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tall ships will be open for touring over the weekend. Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m. They will then depart Monday after 1:00 p.m. heading for Muskegon, MI.

For more information on the events visit: www.tallshipcelebration.com

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Saint Paul.
At the dock.
View from across the river.
Close up.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Port Huron Traffic

07/26
Below are images of traffic passing Port Huron Wednesday.

Algoville downbound.
Capt. Ralph Tucker downbound below the Blue Water Bridges.
Tall ship Larinda upbound for Bay City.
Tug Rebecca Lynn pushing a barge upbound.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Toledo Report

07/26
The H. Lee White was loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed Wednesday morning, the Algosteel brought in a load of stone at the CSX stone dock and was waiting to follow the White to load coal. There was an Andrie tug/barge unit at the T.W.I. Dock.

The dredge Buxton II and related equipment with the tug Muskegon were dredging in the ship channel near the Coal Docks. The American Mariner, American Republic and Adam E. Cornelius remain in long term lay-up at their respective docks. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Niagara due in late Wednesday to follow the Algosteel (waiting for transit coal) followed by the Buffalo on Thursday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday evening, followed by the Armco on Sunday evening.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
William A. Irvin loading coal at C.&O #3 Dock. Today the Irvin is a museum ship in Duluth.
Edward B. Greene being converted to a self unloader at the American Shipbuilding Company yard. Today she sails as the Kaye E. Barker.
Birchglen at Midstates Elevator. She has just finished loading a grain cargo and is waiting for the Conrail railroad bridge to open.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Seaway Traffic

07/26
Below are images of traffic passing Brockville, Ontario and the Iroquois Lock on Wednesday.
Alioth stern view below Iroquois Lock about 8:40 a.m. Peter Carter
Close up. Keith Giles
BBC Japan below the Iroquois Lock Peter Carter
Stern view. Peter Carter
In the lock. Peter Carter
Tall ship Bel Espoir II. Peter Carter
Another view. Keith Giles
Jean Parisien . Keith Giles
Close up. Keith Giles

Reported by: Peter Carter and Keith Giles




Weekly Updates

07/26
It has been a rough week at my real job, the regular weekly updates will be updated on Sunday night.




Today in Great Lakes History - July 26

The ALGOWEST sailed on her maiden voyage in1982 from Thunder Bay, Ont. to Quebec City with a 27,308 tonne load of barley.

On July 26, 1943 the BRUCE HUDSON caught fire while loading gasoline at East Chicago, IL and four persons lost their lives.

The CONALLISON departed Windsor, Ont. on her first trip for Johnstone on July 26, 1981.

WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE (2) sailed light on her maiden voyage from the shipyard on July 26, 1916 to Duluth, MN to load iron ore.

On 26 July 1877, CUMBERLAND (wooden side-wheeler, 205', 629 gc, built in 1871 at Port Robinson, Ontario) struck bottom at the Rock of Ages Reef off Isle Royale in good weather and sank in relatively shallow water. Later she was broken up by waves and her wreckage washed up on shore on what is now known as "Cumberland Point."

On 26July 1885, ISLE ROYALE (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 92', 92 gt, built in 1879) sprang a leak near Susick Island near Isle Royale on Lake Superior. She sank but her passengers and crew made it to the island. She was owned by Cooley, Lavague & Company of Duluth. She was originally built as the barge AGNES.

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

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




Middletown Visits Twin Ports

07/25
Early rising Twin Ports boat watchers got a treat Tuesday when the loaded and outbound Reserve passed the inbound and light Middletown about a mile off the Duluth ship canal. Middletown, which has been a rare caller in Duluth-Superior in recent years, was making another trip to the DMIR ore dock in West Duluth. Reserve made a first-time-ever maneuver Monday when it docked at the Cargill B1 grain elevator so it could extend its boom across the slip to unload stone onto a dock used by a construction company. The dock hasn't received a cargo in recent memory -- probably not since it was a coal dock decades ago.

Also making a rare move Monday was the saltie Vlistborg, which docked at the General Mills elevator in Superior to load grain. The "borg" vessels are frequent callers at the General Mills elevators in Duluth and Superior.

Midwest Energy Terminal on Tuesday was finishing off its busy schedule from the past few days by loading Oglebay Norton. The dock crew was due to get a brief breather before handling Canadian Navigator, Mesabi Miner and Canadian Enterprise, all due to load Wednesday.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tregurtha Rescues Fishermen

07/25
The Paul R. Tregurtha came to the rescue of three fishermen on Saturday. The trio were returning from a fishing trip to Isle Royale and became lost in the fog, missing the shore when it ran out of gas. A mayday call went out and search and rescue crews were dispatched to search for the boat.

About midnight the Tregurtha found the boat northeast of Stannard Rock, about 65 miles north of Marquette and about 30 miles east of its reported position. The 1000-foot Tregurtha took the boat in tow to Manitou Island where the Coast Guard picked up the tow and took the boat to Eagle Harbor. None of the fisherman were injured.

Reported by: Jim Grill




Calumet in Grand Haven

07/25
The Calumet finished loading sand about noon on Tuesday and proceeded to back out of the Grand River. Many boat fans and vacationers watched her as she back out between the pier heads around 1:00 p.m. By 1:15 p.m. she was starting to swing around towards the lake heading to her next destination.

Reported by: Dale Rosema




New Cutter Ready for Launch

07/25
Marinette Marine is preparing to launch the USCG Cutter Sycamore (WLB209) on Saturday. The launch is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The Sycamore was "walked out" of the assembly building on July 20. To move the ship approximately 1200 feet to the launch area took about 14 hours. The Sycamore is 225-foot Juniper "B" Class seagoing buoy tender. The new ship is named in honor of retired buoy tenders and represents the Coast Guard's replacement of its fleet of World War II vintage 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders.

Ready for launch.
Stern view.
USCG Aspen undergoing fitout
Aspen (in the water) and the Sycamore on the ways.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Manistee Looking Up

07/25
While the general outlook for the maritime industry on the Great Lakes frequently seems grim, the industry has seen a significant upsurge at Manistee; in the first six months of this year 47 commercial vessels came to Manistee versus 52 for the entire year 2000. A significant portion of the increase comes from General Chemical who recently purchased and rebuilt a calcium chloride plant. They have entered into a contract with McKeil Marine for transportation of product that is expected to include at least 70 outbound cargoes per year. The Capt. Ralph Tucker, the Ocean Hauler/Doug McKeil, and the Salty Dog 1/Evans McKeil are engaged in this trade.

Additional traffic will be generated by approximately ten coal shipments to the paper mill of Packaging Corporation of America who recently converted their boilers to again burn coal. In fact their first cargo has already arrived coming in on the Fred R. White, Jr., on July 13.

Still to anticipate in the future is the recent announcement that the Cape May vessels have included Manistee as a port of call they in 2002; the Niagara Prince is already a regular visitor. All this in a community which set out a decade ago to capitalize on its maritime heritage and look to its future by capitalizing on its nine miles of industrial waterfront.

Pictures by Jim Lindholm
Ocean Hauler and tug Doug Mckeil unloading at General Chemical in Manistee Lake July 25.
Close up.

Reported by: Steve Harold




Arcadia Update

07/25
Tuesday morning the cruise ship was passing through the Iroquois Lock as it heads off the lakes.

On Sunday the vessel had trouble approaching Lock 7, the suction from her propellers caused the starboard propeller to touch the underwater portion of the approach wall. The vessel was inspected by commercial divers and cleared to continue her trip by inspectors from the Seaway and Transport Canada. She will under go another inspection by a Classification Surveyor once in Montreal.

Pictures by Peter Carter
Arcadia below the Iroquois lock Tuesday morning.
Stern view.





Car Driven off Dock

07/25
About 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning a mate on the Mississagi reported to Sarnia Traffic that a car with multiple occupants drove into the Detroit River from an empty lot just ahead of where they were unloading at Lafarge in Windsor. No one appeared to exit the vehicle, or be aware of it entering the river.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




Saginaw News

07/25
The Agawa Canyon was outbound from Saginaw shortly after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. The vessel had entered the river late Monday evening and called at the Buena Vista and GM docks at Saginaw.

The tanker Gemini arrived at the Ashland Marathon Dock in Bay City at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon with a load of gasoline. They reported about 18 hours needed to unload.

The Saginaw was outbound from Saginaw about 5:30 a.m. The vessel had visited the Wirt Sand & Stone Dock in Essexville, the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw and the Valley Asphalt Dock in Saginaw.

Picture by Stephen Hause
Agawa Canyon outbound Tuesday morning.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/25
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Tuesday evening.

Barge A410 and tug Rebecca Lynn upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Mississagi loading at Ojibway Salt.
H Lee White downbound after departing the Rouge River.
Stern view.
Red Witch downbound off the old Rouge River bound for Toledo.
Stern view.
Mississagi upbound after departing Ojibway Salt with a cargo for Parry Sound.
Stern view.
Barge Inland 2401 & tug Frank Palladino Jr. downbound off the old Rouge River.
Close up of the Frank Palladino Jr.
Algowood passing Inland 2401 & Frank Palladino Jr. off Zug Island.
Algowood upbound at Zug Island.
J W Westcott II downbound to service the Algowood.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/25
Tuesday the Armco was loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed that morning. The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the B-P Dock and departed in the afternoon. The dredge Buxton II and related equipment with the tug Muskegon were dredging the ship channel off the CSX Coal Docks. The American Mariner, American Republic and Adam E. Cornelius remain in long term lay-up in port.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the H. Lee White, and Algosteel on Tuesday followed by the CSL Niagara late Wednesday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday evening followed by the Armco on Sunday evening.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Meaford with the tug Tennessee heading upbound from the Cherry Street Bridge for the grain elevators to load grain. She was later sold to the Soo River Fleet and sailed for a very short time as Pierson Independent.
Senator Of Canada upbound under tow of two "G" tugs passing through the Cherry Street Bridge bound for the grain elevators to load grain.
William R. Roesch in Kinsman colors loading coal at the C.&O. #3 Dock. She now sails as the David Z. Norton for the Oglebay Norton Fleet.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Aerial Views

07/25:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over the Detroit River Sunday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Mississagi loading in Windsor.
Norma B. in the Detroit River at the Wyandotte water intake.




Today in Great Lakes History - July 25

The bow section of the ROGER BLOUGH was floated into the new Lorain dry dock on July 25, 1970 and was joined with the 421 foot stern section. The launch of the completed hull was scheduled for July, 1971 but a fire broke out in the engine room on June 24, 1971 killing four yard workers and extensively damaging her Pielstick diesel engines. Extensive repairs, which included replacement of both engines, delayed the launch for nearly a year.

The CANADA MARQUIS (c) FEDERAL MACKENZIE) was upbound at Detroit, Mich. on July 25, 1983 on her maiden voyage.

July 25, 1983 - A wedding was held aboard the Badger during the sailing of "Love Boat II". Chris Gebhart and Pat Sroka of Ludington were married by Rev John Christensen.

The wooden lumber tug CYGNET, which worked on the Shiawassee and Bad Rivers and Lake Huron, was destroyed when her boiler exploded in "Blow-up Bayou" on the Shiawassee River.

The wooden bulk freighter D. C. WHITNEY was launched at Langell's shipyard in St. Clair, Michigan on 25 July 1882. Her dimensions were 229' x 40' x15', 1090 gross tons.

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

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




Arcadia at Anchor

07/24
Monday morning the Greek cruise ship Arcadia was anchored in Lake Ontario off Port Weller waiting for a pilot. The Arcadia is heading off the lakes after plans for a full season of Great Lakes cruising failed. The ships owners, Attika Shipping, reports that they are owed over one million dollars from Great Lakes Cruises, the company that chartered the vessel. Great Lakes Cruises was expected to file for bankruptcy. The Arcadia may be heading for a charter in the Caribbean.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Al Jackman




Frantz in for Repairs

07/24
Early Monday morning the Joseph H. Frantz gave a security call for entering the Sturgeon Bay ship canal from Lake Michigan. The ship contacted Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay requesting that the 1000-foot Graving dock be readied for her arrival.

The Frantz entered the Bay from Lake Michigan and proceeded to Berth #15 at Bay Ship to wait while the graving dock was being prepared and flooded for the ship to enter.

The reason for the dry docking is reported damage to the vessel that occurred on her trip into Holland, Mi over the weekend. She was reported to be holed in the number 2 and 3 side tanks. Repairs are expected to take four to five days to complete.

Frantz inbound.
Passing the Ryerson.
Passing through the Michigan Street Bridge.
Arriving at Bay Ship.
Tugs assist the Frantz to dock.
Crew members set out the lines.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




No Improvement In U.S.-Flag Carriage In June

07/24
U.S.-Flag shipping on the Great Lakes continued its season-long slump in June. Shipments of dry-bulk cargos in U.S.-Flag vessels totaled 11.7 million net tons, a decrease of 6 percent compared to a year ago. Since the resumption of shipping in mid-February, loadings stand at 39.8 million tons, a decrease of 7.8 percent.

The iron ore trade continued to account for most of the decrease. June cargos in U.S.-Flag vessels totaled 5.2 million tons, down more than 14 percent from a year ago. For the season, the ore trade in U.S. bottoms stands at 18.7 million tons, a decrease of 11.7 percent. The downturn in iron ore cargos is a direct reflection of the continued weakness in domestic steel production. Through June, American steel mills had produced 53 million tons of steel, a decrease of roughly 9 million tons compared to the same point in 2000. The production of one ton of steel requires 1.3 tons of iron ore, 1/2 ton of fluxstone and a quantity of met coal, so each ton of foreign steel that displaces domestic production has a significant impact on U.S.-Flag Great Lakes shipping.

The coal trade registered a slight increase in June - 125,000 tons - but even that increase is misleading. With demand for iron ore sluggish, some vessels were diverted to the coal trade.

Although stone cargos basically held even in June, the season-to-date total of 8,967,186 net tons represents a decrease of 5.7 percent compared to last year. Less demand for fluxstone from steel mills and a less-than-robust construction industry account for the decrease.

A number of U.S.-Flag lakers remain idled because of weak demand. Two mid-sized vessels have never sailed this season and three self-unloaders returned to lay-up status shortly after beginning their season. A pair of tug/barge units have likewise been idled from time to time.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Mapleglen in the Welland

07/24
The Mapleglen was passing through the Welland Canal Sunday sporting the Canada Steamship Lines paint scheme on its stack and the CSL flag on her bow. The Mapleglen and fleet mate Oakglen were sold to Canada Steamship Lines on July 9.

Mapleglen underway.
Departing Lock 7.
Upbound from Lock 7.
Stern view.
Passing the city of Welland.

Reported by: Jim Winsor




Tug Sold

07/24
The fine old Detroit based tug Birmco, built in Ecorse in 1914 has been sold. Robert Williams and his son Brian have owned the tug for about fifteen years and was often the winner or its class in the annual tugboat race on the Detroit River. Most of her life was spent as a dredge tender for the Dunbar and Sullivan Dredging Company, and sold by them about 1970 to the late Dan Lyons who used her in his dock construction business.

The Birmco will now be based at Monroe Michigan in the marine construction business. The Williams' have replaced the Birmco with the Acushnet, a larger and more powerful tug.

Brian Williams and the crew of the Birmco have removed the famous baseball cap from the pilot house of the Birmco.
Birmco after the Detroit River tugboat race in June.
Acushnet. Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Bill Hoey Sr.




Crew member Evacuated

07/24
The Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper reported that a crewman, Fred Jeffery, with a serious illness was airlifted off the Roger Blough on Thursday. A helicopter from air station Traverse City removed Jeffery from the vessel and transported him to a Traverse City hospital. The Blough was about seven miles off Frankfort when the crewman was transferred.

Reported by: Steve Harold




Thunder Bay Report

07/24
Monday was a hot day in Thunder Bay with the temperature hovering around 90 degrees. Boat traffic in the port remains steady. The groups negotiating the possible sale of Thunder Bay Terminal announced Monday that an agreement could not be made between Russel Metals and NRG Energy and the sale will not take place

The Canadian Enterprise has returned to the Pascol Engineering dry dock. The Enterprise arrived in port sometime early Monday morning and anchored outside the North Entrance. At around 9:00 a.m. the tugs Peninsula and George Carleton started to tow her into the harbor and eventually into the dry dock. It is unknown at this time if the problem is related to the sea valves that she had work done on the first week of this month. She departed the dry dock on July 5.

The tug Sandra Mary and dredge John Holden remain in port and the Radium Yellowknife is still docked at Northern Woods.

The Algoville made a move on Monday, moving around the corner and into United Grain Growers "A" house. She continues to load for her trip to Montreal.

The Oakglen also made a move Monday at around 4:00 p.m. She headed out the South Entrance and then into the Mission River where she docked at the Cargil Elevator.

The Algonova departed from Petro-Can early Monday morning and headed down the lake and the Daviken remains at Thunder Bay Terminals.

One other arrival Monday was the Federal Fuji pulling into Port at about 1:00 p.m. Monday and being helped up the Kaministiqua River to the Western #10 Elevator.

Other news in port Monday was the discovery of an old dumping grounds for derelict boats. Ryan Leblanc of SOS (save our shipwrecks) announced that they had found this site just off the west side of the Sibley Peninsula in 250-feet of water. The site is believed to hold upwards of twenty boats or so consisting of tugs, grain boats and passenger boats. In the mid-1900's a company was contracted to clean up all the old boats and wrecks in the harbor and dispose of them. It is believed that several boats in this site contain great historical significance.

Recent Thunder Bay images
Oakglen - Sask Pool 7a Thunder Bay in CSL colors.
North Challenge - PetroCan Thunder Bay.

Images from a trip to Duluth on Saturday
Philip R. Clarke - leaving Duluth Harbor.
G-Tugs - in Duluth Slip (North Carolina, North Dakota, Kentucky, Minnesota).
J.A.W. Iglehart - arriving Duluth Canal.
J.A.W. Iglehart - stern under lift bridge.
J.B. Ford - Lafarge dock in Superior.
John Sherwin - lay-up in Superior.
John Sherwin - Pilothouse.
Canadian Olympic - Fraser Drydock in Superior.
Crio arriving.
Indiana Harbor arriving.
John G. Munson moving to Murphy Fuel dock in Duluth.
Bow shot of Canadian Olympic and Elton Hoyt 2nd in Superior.
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arriving Duluth Ship Canal.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Toledo News

07/24
Monday he John B. Aird was at the CSX Dock loading coal with the CSL Niagara, and Armco waiting to follow. The Armco was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. There was an unidentified tug/barge at the T.W.I. Dock.

The dredge Buxton II and related dredging equipment with the tug Muskegon are dredging the ship channel by the coal docks. The American Mariner, American Republic, and Adam E. Cornelius remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the H. Lee White and Algosteel due on Tuesday followed by the CSL Niagara on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday morning followed by the Armco on Sunday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Detroit Traffic

07/24
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Monday.

Gray Fox in Nicholson's drydock.
Close up.
Alaska Rainbow (Greece) unloading at Nicholson's. Sunday the Alaska Rainbow departed the Ojibway Anchorage at about 6:00 a.m. Sunday downbound for Lake Erie to clear Ojibway for the parade. She anchored out in the lake for the day and returned Sunday night to Nicholson's.
U.S.C.G.C. 49424 upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Amara Zee upbound at Grassy Island. Built in 1993 at Kingston, ON (C.819328) 97 gross tons. Dimensions 83.01 X 21.65 X 7.87. Owner Caravan Stage Society, Kingston, ON. Notice the ferris wheel amidships.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Today in Great Lakes History - July 24

The ALGOSOO (2) was Launched July 24, 1974 for Algoma Central Railway, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

The BURNS HARBOR sea trials were conducted on July 24, 1980 during which she performed an emergency stop in 3,160 feet loaded to a depth of 25/26 feet. She was the third thousand footer built for Bethlehem and the tenth on the Great Lakes.

ST.CLAIR (2) was launched July 24, 1975

The WILLIAM G. MATHER (2) left the River Rouge on her maiden voyage July 24, 1925 for Ashtabula, OH to load coal for the Canadian lakehead at Port Arthur/Fort William, Ont.

The wooden steamer OSCAR TOWNSEND was launched at 2:20 PM at E. Fitzgerald's yard in Port Huron on 24 July 1873. The launch went well with a few hundred spectators. She was built for use in the iron ore trade by the Lake Superior Transportation Co. Her dimensions were 210' overall, 200' keel, 33'10" beam and 15' depth. She had three masts and was painted deep green.

On 24 July 1847, CONSTITUTION (wooden passenger/package freight side-wheeler, 141', 444 t, built in 1837 at Charleston, OH) struck a pier in Sandusky harbor, stove a large hole in her bow and sank. Her machinery was later recovered and installed in J. D. MORTON.

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

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




Oakglen in Thunder Bay

07/23
Canadian Steamship Lines newly acquired straight decker Oakglen, arrived in Thunder Bay and docked at Saskatchewan Pool 7a about 8:00 p.m. Sunday. This is her first trip since being sold to CSL from P & H. This is her second time under CSL ownership, the first being when she was named the T.R. McLagan from 1954 to 1990. The Oakglen has had the P & H symbols on each end of her name painted over and her smoke stack now has a thin black strip on top, a thin white strip under that and then the rest of her stack is painted bright red. The P & H plaque is still present on the front mast.

Also in port Sunday was the Algoville arriving early that morning. It docked first into Agricore and then by afternoon had moved over to Richardson Elevator. She is expected to depart for Montreal on Tuesday.

The Algoma tanker Algonova arrived around noon and proceeded up the Mission river to the Petro-Can dock where she will unload.

The tug Radium Yellowknife seems ready to depart her Northern Woods dock. Her three barges are loaded and are tied up beside her. The tug Sandra Mary and dredge John Holden are still in town and are docked at the Keefer Terminal dock Sunday night.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Tall Ships in Detroit

07/23
The tall ships departed Detroit Sunday in a parade that took them from below the Ambassador Bridge and onto Lake St. Clair as they head upbound for their next port of call, Bay City, Mi. Most of the tall ships were planning to stop in the St. Clair River for the night. From Algonac, Mi to Port Huron and Sarnia the ships docked to give the crews a nights rest.

The parade had the ships traveling single file up the river, crowds lined the shore to catch sight of a tall ship under sail.

The Detroit fire boat Curtis Randolph lead the parade followed by the U.S. Coast Guard ice breaker Mackinaw. Many historic vessels joined in the parade included U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard ships, the Mail Boats J.W. Westcott II and Joseph J. Hogan, tug Roger Stahl, , tug Sinbad, Corps of Engineers tug Forney, survey vessel PAJ and the Canadian Coast Guard ship Samuel Risley bringing up the rear. Joining in the parade were the upbound freighters CSL Laurentian and Yankcanuck.

Pictures by Mike Nicholls
tug Forney downbound off Zug Island.
Bluenose II in Ojibway Anchorage.
Another view.
Concordia (Bahamas) downbound off Nicholson's.
Highlander Sea down at Ojibway Anchorage.
Pride of Baltimore II down off Zug Island.
U.S.S. Niagara down off Zug Island.
Another view.
U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw down off Zug Island.
Curtis Randolph.
Mackinaw turning off Belanger Park.
Diamond Belle making a pit stop to pick up ice and water.
Curtis Randolph leads off the parade.
Nina.
Bel Espoir II and the tug Forney.
Bel Espoir II heads upbound.
J W Westcott II.
Bat Kivshchyna.
U.S.S. Niagara.
Tall Ship Parade.
Patricia Hoey downbound off DMT 2.
Diamond Jack upbound off DMT 2.

Pictures by N. Schultheiss
The J.W. Westcott and Joseph J. Hogan prepare for the parade.
Captain Sam Buchanan take the Westcott II into the river.
Niagara heads downbound from her berth in Detroit.
Niagara flies the "Don't Give up the Ship" flag famous from the battle for Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
Parade control aboard the tug Acushnet.
Samuel Risley in the anchorage.
Another view.
Coast guard ship Sora.
Gaelic's big tug Roger Stahl.
Captain William Hoey Sr. waves from the pilot house.
Tug's name sake Roger Stahl poses for a picture.
Mike Nicholls on the Roger Stahl.
Meeting the Joseph J. Hogan in the anchorage.
Along side.
Norfok Rebel takes their place in the parade.
USCG Cutter Bristol Bay.
47-foot Motor Lifeboat off Windsor.
Survey vessel PAJ demonstrates its maneuverability wit a series of 360-degree spins off Belle Isle.
The parade was sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. A group of Ford employees pass on the Diamond Belle.
Tall ship Red Witch.
Tug Norma B.
Larinda heads upbound.
St. Lawrence II.
Tecumseth.
CSL Laurentien upbound.
Stern view.
Yankcanuck following the Laurentien.
Pride of Baltimore upbound.
Concordia under power.
Pathfinder passing Belle Isle.
USCG Cutter Neah Bay upbound.
Samuel Risley put on an impressive water show with its fire fighting water cannons.
Close up.
Stern view.
A rainbow follows the Risley.
Westcott II returns to its station.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls and N. Schultheiss




Arcadia in the Welland

07/23
The cruise ship Arcadia found its self in a spot of difficulty while downbound in the Welland Canal Sunday afternoon. The vessel had some type of trouble and its bow was along the west wall above Lock 7.

The ship managed to move over to the tie up wall with help from Seaway personel. As of Sunday evening she was still at the wall and traffic was being moved around her.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Fleet Mates in Holland

07/23
The Joseph H. Frantz departed the power plant about 5:30 p.m. Sunday and cleared the Holland break wall entering Lake Michigan at about 6:30, just as the David Z. Norton was approaching. The two exchanged salutes as the Frantz headed north.

The Frantz was delayed in port for some type of repairs, it had arrived on Saturday to unload a cargo of stone.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse and Dale Rosema




Duluth-Superior News

07/23
After several slow days, Twin Ports vessel traffic picked up over the weekend. Sunday afternoon was particularly busy.

The Stewart J. Cort was finishing a load at BNSF in Superior, the Joseph L. Block was unloading limestone at DM&IR, and the Maltese-flagged Crio was docked at Cenex-Harvest States, awaiting a load of grain. The J.A.W. Iglehart finished unloading at Lafarge Superior and backed across the Front Channels to fuel at the Murphy Oil Terminal. As the James R. Barker's load at Midwest Energy neared completion, the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived from anchorage on Lake Superior and backed up the St. Louis river, preparing to take the Barker's place.

While the Barker slid away from the coal dock and the Martin slid in behind, the Paul R. Tregurtha arrived at the Duluth Piers, bound for Murphy to fuel. Because the J.A.W. Iglehart wasn't quite finished at Murphy, the Tregurtha checked down their speed upon arrival, allowing the Barker to make a tight corner around the Port Terminal and head out of the harbor. The two giant fleet mates passed starboard to starboard just off of the Iglehart, exchanging salutes as they went.

Once the Barker was out of the way, the Tregurtha slowly angled toward the Port Terminal and landed her bow about 1,200 feet ahead of the Iglehart. At the same time the Iglehart finished fueling and eased away from Murphy, continuing her backwards journey toward Lafarge Duluth. This allowed the Tregurtha to come parallel to the dock and back into the fueling berth, which was already ready for them. No sooner had the Iglehart maneuvered into the Lafarge slip in Duluth than the St. Clair arrived through the Duluth piers, bound for Riess-Inland with limestone. The St. Clair was scheduled to load at BNSF after it’s unload.

The Joseph L. Block was also scheduled to pick up taconite pellets at DM&IR in Duluth after it’s unload was completed there.

Reported by: Eric Holst




Alpena Update

07/23
The Fred R. White Jr. arrived at the Lafarge coal dock around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday to unload. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity are expected into port around noon on Monday followed by the Paul H. Townsend around 1:00 p.m. The J.A.W Iglehart is going to Duluth from Superior. The Alpena is expected in Milwaukee Sunday night. The Buffalo was loading at Stoneport Sunday afternoon. The H. Lee White and the tug Dorothy Ann/ Pathfinder are due in on Monday to load.

Reported by: Chanda and Ben McClain




Detroit Traffic

07/23
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Sunday morning.

Nantucket Clipper with 91 passengers bound for Quebec City.
Stern view.
Navy Cadet boat Gray Fox in Nicholson's Drydock.
Samuel Risley downbound from Dieppe Park to Ojibway Anchorage for traffic control during the Tall Ship Parade.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/23
The tug James A. Hannah with her barge was at the Sun Oil Dock, There was an Andrie tug/barge unit at the T.W.I. Dock. There was an un-identified tug/barge unit at the B-P Dock. The dredge Buxton II with her related equipment and tug Muskegon were dredging the ship channel by the CSX Coal Docks. The small tall ship Amara Zee was at the Portside boat basin.

The American Mariner, American Mariner, and Adam E. Cornelius remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites. There are no coal, grain, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be on Monday with the John B. Aird, CSL Niagara, and Armco. On Tuesday the Algosteel, and H. Lee White are due in. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Monday morning, followed by the Reserve on Thursday morning.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kaw at Toledo Coast Guard Station during Operation Coal Shovel. She would escort coal boats from Toledo to Detroit and back to Toledo during the winter months. Usually one or two freighters would operate in this trade during the winter months. The Kaw operates today as the Roger Stahl.
Tanker Mercury at the American Shipbuilding Company Yards in for repair work.
Harris N. Snyder at the C.&O. Coal docks she is now finished as an operational carrier and is awaiting her scrap tow.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Buffalo Tow

07/23
The Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer was towed past the English River near Ohio St. at 645 p.m. Sunday evening. The tow involved two G tugs while the Jane Ann stayed in the notch of the barge. The stern of the Jane Ann IV came very close to the bow of the English River as it passed.

The tow around the Ohio St. bend/bridge took well over a half hour. The English River surged from her dock three times while the tugs worked upriver.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Aerial Views

07/23:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over the Detroit River Sunday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Lee A. Tregurtha downbound.
On the Starboard side of the Lee A. "Linda Will You Marry Me." Linda said yes
Algocape.
Wolverine.
Mackinaw leads the tall ships parade.
Another view.
Bow view.
Tall ship.
Above the Ambassador Bridge.
Passing the Detroit sky line.





Weekly Updates

07/23
Please check back Tuesday for the regular weekly updates.




Today in Great Lakes History - July 23

The Keel for the TEXACO CHIEF (2) was laid July 23, 1968.

CANADOC (2) sailed on her maiden voyage July 23rd.

The RED WING (2) was christened on July 23, 1960 as the first all-welded vessel to emerge from Port Weller Dry Docks.

On 23 July 1878, H. R. PRESTON (wooden quarter-deck canal boat built in 1877 at Oneida Lake, NY) was carrying 250 tons of ashes from Picton, Ontario to Oswego, New York in tow of the tug ALANSON SUMNER along with three other canal boats when they encountered a storm on Lake Ontario. About 15 miles from Oswego, the PRESTON broke her towline and was taken alongside the SUMNER with some difficulty. About a mile out of port she lost her hold tarps and began to sink quickly. She was cut loose from the tug and her two crewmen were saved by the Oswego tug WM. AVERY. Though she was lying heavily on the bottom in 50 feet of water, her wreckage came ashore near 4 Mile Point in early September.

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

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




CSL Tadoussac Delay

07/22
The CSL Tadoussac remained at the Essroc Dock in the Saginaw River Saturday night, more than 24 hours after arriving. She Reportedly has an electrical problem that will delay her departure by at least 24 hours.

Also in the river was the Mississagi making her second visit to the Saginaw River in three days, arriving after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday. She went up to the GM Dock in Saginaw to unload and was back downbound passing Coast Guard Station Saginaw River at 12:50 Saturday afternoon.

CSL Tadoussac at dock Friday.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Marquette Traffic

07/22
On Saturday the Charles M. Beeghly was unloading coal on the South side of the ore docks, the Courtney Burton arrived and began loading ore on the North side.

Beeghly unloading.
Courtney Burton loading.
Close up.

Reported by: Eric and Sandy Chapman




Port Huron pictures

07/22
Below are images traffic passing Port Huron, MI Saturday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay upbound.
Canadian Century downbound.
Arthur M. Anderson upbound.
Close up of the Algosteel's bow.

Reported by: Clayton Sharra




Detroit Traffic

07/22
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Saturday.

Pancaldo (Antigua & Barbuda) unloading heavy lift cargo at DMT2. Note the counterweight on the starboard side.
Stern view.
Arcadia (Greece) has shifted from the knuckle at Morterm to the Ojibway Slip because the Vlistborg has arrived to unload steel on the knuckle. You can see the bow of the Vlistborg in the background.
Vlistborg (Holland) unloading at Morterm.
Alaska Rainbow (Greece) in Ojibway Anchorage.
Salty Dog No 1 & Evans McKeil upbound at Fighting Island North Light in Ballast after departing the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg destination Manistee, MI.
Close up of tug.
Stern view.
Canadian Century downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Atlantic Erie upbound at Grassy Island. She throws quite a wake.
Stern view.
Algobay upbound at Grassy Island.
Arcadia downbound at Grassy Island. She gave her destination as Montreal.
The crew on the stern looking at Detroit for the last time.
Barge Mc Asphalt 401 & John Spence downbound above Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Richard Reiss downbound off her place of birth, the old site of Great Lakes Engineering Works.
Stern view.
Canadian Venture downbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/22
The Lake Michigan was loading grain at Anderson's "E" Elevator. The small tall ship Amara Zee is at the Portside boat basin dock. The Middletown was inbound Maumee Bay headed for the Torco Dock to unload ore, and was expected to arrived around 3:30 p.m. The American Mariner, American Republic, and Adam E. Cornelius all remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The dredge Buxton II and related dredging equipment with tug Muskegon are dredging the ship channel around the T.W.I. Dock/USCG station area.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Niagara late Sunday night followed by the Armco, John J. Boland, and John B. Aird on Monday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Monday morning, followed by the Reserve on Thursday afternoon.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Tall ship Christian Radich visiting in 1976. During America's Bi-Centennial celebration the tall ship toured various ports on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes. During August 1976 the Radich was at Toledo for several days, Tens of thousands of people toured the vessel while in port. In the first view we see her at the City Docks open for tours. She was launched in 1937 and is approximately 238 feet long, her compliment was 14 crew members with 88 cadets onboard during her visit.
Downbound headed for her next port of call. with the tug Pennsylvania. Christian Radich approaches the Cherry Street Bridge outbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Royal Mail Ship Segwun

07/22
The RMS Segwun has sailed the Muskoka Lakes, located about 100 miles north of Toronto, since 1887. From early spring to late fall it would carrying passengers, mail and freight to the many resorts and villages not served by the railways.

Today the ship is North America's oldest operating coal-fired steamship and has been fully restored. Owned by the Muskoka Steamship and Historical Society, the Segwun runs regular sight seeing cruises, overnight cruises and private charters.

Below are images of a recent trip during a sight seeing cruise.

Segwun at the dock at Gravenhurst, ON.
Segwun & Wanda III at the Dock in Gravenhurst.
Segwun blowing her whistle.
Segwun interior, aft parlor.
Muskoka Lake just before entering the Indian River.
The Lock at Port Carling, ON.
Chart aboard the Segwun that explains the operation of the engine.
Stop for lunch at the Windemere Resort.
Segwun returns to Windemere to pick us up.
Segwun's pilothouse.
Port Carling on the downbound trip from Lake Rosseau to Muskoka Lake.
Starboard engine of the Segwun. Compound steam engine.
Chief Engineer Russ Warren and one of his engines.
Engine controls.
Passenger Wayne Garret poses at the controls.
Movie of starboard steam engine in operation. MPG 1 meg
Wenonah II being built by Mc Nally Marine in Gravenhurst.
Another view.
Stern.

Images from the trip to Gravenhurst
Canadian Transfer in lay-up at Sarnia.
Willowglen at Goderich.
C.C.G.C. Cape Hurd at Goderich.
tug Donald Bert with passengers on a harbor cruise at Goderich.
C.C.G.C. Thunder Cape at Meaford, ON.
ex C.C.G.C. Spume at Meaford.

For more information on the Segwun visit www.segwun.com

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Today in Great Lakes History - July 22

PERE MARQUETTE 22 was launched on July 22, 1924.

One hundred years ago on 22 July 1900, the tug MATT H. ESSER was launched at Lorain, Ohio by H. D. Root for Captain Burke of Erie.

The M. I. MILLS (wooden propeller tug, 122', 152 t, built in 1867 at Marine City, MI), which sank in a collision with the bark UNADILLA on 9 May 1873, was found on 22 July 1873 in 90 feet of water in Lake Huron off Sand Beach, Michigan. Plans were made to raise her at the cost of $5,000. This effort was unsuccessful as was another abortive attempt in 1895.

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

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




Pleasure craft hit by Freighter

07/21
Shortly before 10:00 p.m. Friday night an urgent mayday came from a small craft north of the Blue Water Bridges abeam the paper company in Port Huron. The operator reported that he could not get his boat started and was drifting in the swift current of the shipping channel into the path of a freighter. Upbound was the 1000-foot tug and barge Presque Isle, this is the area where Lake Huron empties into the St. Clair River. The shipping channel is very narrow and there is no room to maneuver a vessel that size.

The crew aboard the Presque Isle took what action they could but struck the small craft as it drifted into the vessel. Two people on board the small boat fell into the St. Clair River. The two were recovered and the small boat was safely moored with damage reported.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Maumee in Buffalo

07/21
The Maumee waited off Buffalo overnight Friday anchored on Lake Erie. Her captain called the Coast Guard for the water gauge readings while heading for Buffalo and decided to wait the night before coming in due to the ship's 22 foot draft. Most vessels using the Buffalo River/City Ship Canal come in loaded to 21 feet since the maximum channel depth is 23 feet.

The Maumee came in around 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. The ship squeezed past the Kinsman Independent without tug assist in the narrow City Ship Canal at about 8:00am. She was unloading her coarse sand at the North End of the Founder's Landing that morning and was then expected to shift to the South side for the Engine Sand.

Maumee passing Lighthouse Point Friday morning.
Passing Kinsman Independent in the City Ship Canal.
USCG Cutter Maple at the Buffalo Base Slip on Wednesday.
Deck shot.
Stern view.
Cruise ship Cape May Light last Saturday docked in the Buffalo River.
Departing.
Buffalo fire tug E. M. Cotter tied up at the Tall Ship's Challenge inside on of the old Welland Canal Locks at Port Colborne.
Cotter's Mascot.
Niagara Prince docked at the Fuel Station at the Erie Basin in Buffalo.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Burns Harbor in Superior

07/21
Friday the Burns Harbor conducted routine safety drills while loading under the taconite chutes at Burlington Northern. Western Lake Superior remained under fog for much of this week.

Reported by: Chris Kennedy




Outlook brightens for Ohio lighthouse

07/21
A $500,000 renovation project planned for Marblehead Lighthouse could attract more visitors to the famous Lake Erie light.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which bought the three-acre property from the Coast Guard in 1998, will begin work Sept. 1. Improvements include renovating both the interior and exterior of the lighthouse tower and adjacent keeper's house. The parking lot will be improved and overhead electrical lines removed.

The lighthouse will be closed for tours in September and remain closed until the project is completed next spring. However, the light will be open for the annual Marblehead Lighthouse Festival Day on Oct. 13.

About 250,000 people visit the lighthouse every year, state officials said.

The Coast Guard operates and maintains the beacon. The 1822 structure is the oldest, continuous operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

The lighthouse will be open for tours for the next six weeks. In July, tours are 1 to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday; August tours are 1 to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday.

More information on the lighthouse

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Twin Ports Report

07/21
The next few days are expected to be busy ones at Midwest Energy Terminal, with at least two vessels a day scheduled through Wednesday for the dock's single loading berth.

Fleetmates Walter J. McCarthy and Indiana Harbor are scheduled to load July 21; James R. Barker, Canadian Enterprise, Paul J. Martin and Paul R. Tregurtha are set for July 22; Columbia Star, Canadian Progress and Oglebay Norton are due July 23; Algobay and Atlantic Erie are due July 24; and Mesabi Miner and Canadian Navigator are set for July 25. With each 1,000-footer requiring about eight hours to load, it's plain to see some long days are in store for the dock crews.

Currently scheduled to load at the dock July 30 is Presque Isle, with coal for Nanticoke. In recent years, the Presque Isle has become a rare visitor to the dock.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

07/21
Friday was another foggy day in port with light traffic. The tug Sandra Mary and dredge John Holden are believed to be working in the south end of the port and then return to dock at Keefer Terminals every evening. The Radium Yellowknife is tied up at the Northern Woods old ore dock.

The Algocape departed from Cargil at around 9:00 p.m. Friday and headed down the Lake for Quebec City.

The Proposed Sale between Russel Metals, who own Thunder Bay Terminals and NRG is apparently still being negotiated, even though both sides are being very tight lipped. Some crucial points are being negotiated in hopes that the deal can still go through.

Pictures take this week by Rob Farrow
Canadian Enterprise in drydock at Pascol Engineering for Sea Valve repairs.
Canadian Enterprise is pulled out of the harbor from Pascol dry dock.
Federal Hudson-at Richardson Elevators.
John B. Aird-loading at Thunder Bay Terminals.
Departing.
Mapleglen-upbound at Blake Point, Isle Royale heading to Thunder Bay.
Stern view.
Sandviken-United Grain Growers "M" house.
Windoc- At Sask 7a in the fog.
Canadian Venture-at Agricore in the fog.
Fossnes-at Sask 7b.
Algoville-at Sask 7a.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw News

07/21
The Wolverine was inbound the Saginaw River Friday morning, giving a security call passing the Front Range at 7:55am. She went up to the Bay City Wirt Dock to lighter before departing at 11:00am for the Saginaw Wirt Dock at Crow Island. Wolverine finished unloading, turned at 6th Street, and was downbound for the lake at 8:20pm Friday night.

The CSL Tadoussac was inbound Friday night passing the Pump Out Island at 5:50pm. She was headed to the Essroc Terminal to unload clinker.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wolverine at Bay City Wirt.
Upbound Approaching Liberty Bridge.
Close Up.
Passing through the Central Michigan Railway Bridge.
Tadoussac Upbound approaching Coast Guard Station Saginaw River. Her last trip was taconite pellets to Hamilton before loading the cement clinker for Essroc. The red dust from the taconite can be seen on her hull.
Close up.
Stern View.
At Essroc with the tour boat Princess Wenona passing.
CSL Tadoussac dropping her hook.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/21
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Friday.

Alaska Rainbow (Greece) in Ojibway Anchorage.
Stern view.
Cartierdoc upbound at Grassy Island.
Strn view.
Sarah Spencer and Jane Ann IV downbound at Grassy Island.
Jane Ann Iv in the notch.
Stern view.
Passing downbound.
Algorail downbound at Fighting Island North Light.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/21
The Reserve was at the Torco Dock unloading ore, she departed late Friday morning. The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock loading cargo and was expected to depart later on that day. The salt water vessel Lake Michigan was at the Anderson's "E" Elevator loading grain. The small tall ship Amara Zee was at the Portside dock.

The dredge Buxton II and related dredging equipment with their tug Muskegon are dredging the ship channel at the mouth of the Maumee River where it enters the Bay near the U.S. Coast Guard Station. This looks to be a long term dredging project that will last several weeks as the dredge works the various parts of the ship channel.

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

The Algomarine finished loading coal and departed Friday morning. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be on Monday with the CSL Niagara, Armco, John J. Boland, and John B. Aird scheduled to arrive.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Middletown on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Armco on Monday morning.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Adam E. Cornelius and McKee Sons at fit out while at the City Docks.

William A. Mcgonagle loading a grain cargo at Andersons Elevator. The grain cargo will be unloaded at Buffalo, New York.

Pioneer with the Thomas Wilson astern of her at the C.&O. Coal Docks Frog Pond area. The Pioneer was later towed out to Bay Shipbuilding Company at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where she was converted over to a cement storage vessel. She is now known as the CTC No. 1 and is located in South Chicago. The Wilson eventually ended being scrapped overseas.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Bush's water diversion idea angers Great Lakes neighbors

07/21
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is expected to give a short and swift answer to President George Bush's idea of piping water from the Great Lakes to the Southwest and West.

"The prime minister will tell the president that we have a policy of not exporting water and that, I guess, will be it,'' Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson told reporters. "I imagine it will be a brief conversation.''

Bush's comments to foreign White House reporters earlier this week made headlines in Canada and raised concerns in the Great Lakes. Although the idea of exporting water from Canada and the Great Lakes to other parts of the United States has been discussed before, this is believed to be the first time a U.S. president has mentioned it.

"He is thinking too much like the governor of Texas and not enough like the president of the United States,'' former Michigan governor and U.S. ambassador to Canada Jim Blanchard said Thursday about Bush.

"I would have thought that the president would have been better informed about how people in Michigan, Ontario and Canada feel about this,'' Blanchard told Knight-Ridder Newspapers.

Bush said earlier in the week that water shortages will forever be an issue in the United States and that he is from "a part of the world where there was no water.'' He suggested Canada, the United States and Mexico could enter into a water pact similar to one the three countries are discussing concerning energy.

Environmental groups condemned Bush's comments, saying he should shape a policy that stresses better usage and conservation of existing water resources.

"I don't see any way in which Canada would allow such a proposal,'' Alden Lind, of the Save Lake Superior Association, told the Duluth News Tribune.

"I can't imagine Great Lakes states putting up with attempts to tamper with a system so sensitive to changes,'' Lind said.

Talk of diverting water has some worried about the impact on the Great Lakes.

Lind said the obvious damage would be to wetlands and the economy. The shipping and hydroelectric industries would falter at the removal of Great Lakes water. But there's also the possibility of damage to the shoreline and recreational facilities.

"Growth (in the Southwest) has been criminal because of the misappropriations of the water,'' Lind said. "They're using fresh water down there in the most wasteful ways.''

James Clift, policy director at the Michigan Environmental Council, a statewide environmental group, said diverting any water from the Great Lakes region sets a bad precedent -- even if it's from Canada.

"Any withdrawal is going to have some link to a U.S. water body,'' Clift said.

"I'm concerned about this supply-side thinking of 'We need, we need, we need.' We can get by with what we've had if we used it a little smarter,'' Clift said.

Reported by: Don Scott




See the Tall Ships in Detroit

07/21
The tall ships taking part in Detroit's 300th Birthday Celebration drew large crowds on Thursday and Friday. They are docked along the Detroit River, near Hart Plaza in Detroit and Dieppe Park in Windsor. The tall ships will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., today through Saturday and admission is free.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Diamond Jack River Cruises will be touring the river and offering a great vantage point to see the tall ships and Detroit River. The cruises depart at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from their dock in Hart Plaza in down town Detroit. Diamond Jack is offering a $2.00 discount to viewers of this web site with a coupon (see below).

On Saturday July 21 a group of web site viewers are planning to take the 1:00 p.m. cruise for a mini gathering to see the tall ships and river. Join us at the Hart Plaza Dock for the discounted two-hour cruise. Note: plan to arrive early, the cruises are selling out fast.

An official tall ship parade sponsored by Ford is to begin at 1:00 p.m. July 22, near Detroit's Downriver border, and proceed up the river to Lake St. Clair (the river will be closed during the parade and no Diamond Jack tours will be running in Detroit). Ships will be joined by other historic vessels in a floating parade up the Detroit River. From canoes and oared ships to steamships, merchant sailing ships, riverboats, barges and more.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. The Parade of Ships can be viewed in both Detroit and Windsor.
Passing Historic Fort Wayne 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hart Plaza/Dieppe Park, Windsor 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Belle Isle 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to print out the coupon

For more Detroit 300 events visit the Detroit News' Detroit 300 Page or Detroit300.org

For more information on Diamond Jack river tours visit www.diamondjack.com




Today in Great Lakes History - July 21

The JAMES DAVIDSON and KINSMAN INDEPENDENT (1) arrived under tow at Santander, Spain on July 21, 1974 for scrapping.

On July 21, 1975, the GEORGE D. GOBLE arrived at Lorain, Ohio with an unusual deck cargo loaded at American Ship Building Company's yard at South Chicago, Illinois. She was carrying the deckhouses for two Interlake Steamship Company thousand-foot self-unloaders being built at AmShip's Lorain yard. These vessels were completed as the JAMES R. BARKER and MESABI MINER.

On 21 July 1875, the schooner ELVA, which was built in Port Huron in 1861 for Capt. Sinclair, was sailing from Holland, Michigan for Milwaukee loaded with stove bolts. She capsized 12 miles from Milwaukee. Her crew took to the boats and made a landing in Kenosha and then rowed to Milwaukee. A tug was sent for the schooner and she was recovered.

One hundred years ago, on 21 July 1900, R. J. GORDON (wooden propeller passenger-package freighter, 104', 187 gt, built in 1881 at Marine City) was placed back in service carrying freight and passengers between Chicago and Grand Haven. She had burned in September 1899 at Chicago but was rebuilt during the winter.

On 21 July 1875, the old barge HURON, which had been in use for a number of years as a car ferry for the Grand Trunk Railroad at Port Huron/Sarnia, was sold to Sandie and Archie Stewart. They planned to convert her to a dry-dock by adding three feet to her sides and removing her arches. The sale price was $1,500 in gold.

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

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




Oakglen Stack

07/20
The Oakglen was upbound in the Welland Canal Thursday night. Her stack has been painted in Canada Steamship Lines colors, reflecting the recent sale of the vessel.

Pictures taken Tuesday by Ted Siuda
The Oakglen in Toronto.
Close up.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Workers recover Canadian Olympic's anchor

07/20
The lost stern anchor from Canadian Olympic was recovered earlier this week from the bottom of Duluth harbor.

A crew from Marine Tech Inc. in Duluth retrieved the anchor Tuesday afternoon, six days after it was lost. The anchor was severed from its chain after becoming entangled in the vessel's propeller.

The anchor will be returned to the Canadian Olympic, which is drydocked at Fraser Shipyards in Superior undergoing repairs to its shaft and propeller.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

07/20
Thursday started out with sunny skies but by noon the thick fog blew in catching a couple of pleasure boaters and one grain boat out in the harbor. The Canadian Venture was making her way from Agricore over to Richardson's outside the break wall when the fog came in as she was approaching the North Entrance. Radio communication between the lookout and the pilothouse brought the Venture safely into Richardson's. Later in the afternoon she moved over to United Grain Growers "A" house to top off her load and then by early evening she was heading back down the Lake.

The tug Sandra Mary was spotted in the fog just off Mutton Island around noon Thursday. She was towing the dredge John Holden heading towards the Mission River Entrance. An actual destination was not known and by afternoon she was reported to be back at the Keefer Terminals dock.

Four departures Thursday saw the Federal Hudson finishing up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a and heading downbound in the early evening. The W.N. Twolan and lumber barge McAllister132 leaving the Great West Timber dock and heading down the lake early morning. The Tanker North Challenge, on her first trip to Thunder Bay this season, finished unloading at Petro-Can and proceeded out the Mission River and down the lake early afternoon. The Paterson boat, Windoc, also finished loading at Mission Terminals after moving there Thursday afternoon from Cargil. She departed Mission Terminals at 10:30 p.m. and was downbound with 26,369 metric tons of wheat for Montreal.

The Algocape made two moves Thursday, leaving UGG"A" and first docking at Agricore early afternoon. Then moving again over to Cargil around 9:00 p.m.

The Tug Radium Yellowknife remains docked at Northern Woods dock, while waiting for her three lumber barges to be finished loading.

With the deadline come and gone, there has been no more news on the proposed sale of the Thunder Bay Terminals to NRG. An announcement was supposed to have been made on Monday, July 16, 2001.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw News

07/20
The Mississagi entered the river early Thursday and lightered at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City before continuing up the Wirt dock at Saginaw later in the morning.

She had finished unloading and was outbound from the turning basin in Saginaw at about 2:00 p.m., following the J.A.W. Iglehart out the river. The J.A.W. Iglehart had entered the Saginaw River on Wednesday and finished unloading her cargo at the Lafarge Terminal in Saginaw Thursday. She was outbound Thursday afternoon. The Iglehart passed through the Veteran's Memorial Bridge at 2:55 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Mississagi unloading at Bay City Wirt.
Another View.
Mississagi upbound approaching Cass Ave.
Close up.
Stern View.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Port Huron Traffic

07/20
Below are recent images of traffic in Port Huron, Mi.

Richard Reiss unloading.
Close up of her bow.
Tour boat Huron Lady II.
Pilot boat Huron Belle returning to station.
Pictures below taken on Saturday
Lake Michigan and the Pilot Boat headed upbound in the St. Clair River.
Heading for the Blue Water Bridges.
Stern view.
Coral Trader downbound.
John J. Boland downbound.
Joseph H. Frantz upbound.
Close up.
Mississagi downbound.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Conneaut News

07/20
Two vessels were in Conneaut Thursday afternoon, representing two fleets. The Presque Isle was unloading 51,825 tons of ore from Two Harbors. The Algobay was at the coal dock loading 29,500 tons of coal for Nanticoke. The rest of the schedule follows:

Vessel Tonnage Destination Date
Fred R. White 12,500 coal Alpena 7/20
CSL Laurentien 29,500 coal Courtright, Ont. 7/20
Phillip R. Clarke 27,000 stone 7/20
Wolverine 15,500 coal Charlevoix, Mi 7/21 (will unload stone before loading)
Algowood 29,500  coal Courtright   7/24
Phillip R. Clarke 27,000 stone 7/24
Arthur M Anderson 20,000 coal                  Wyandotte 7/24
Kaye Barker 15,500 coal Grand Haven 7/28
Lee A Tregurtha 19,500 coal Milwaukee 7/31
Roger Blough    40,000 ore  7/31-will also unload on 25th

Algobay loading.
Presque Isle unloading.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




See the Tall Ships in Detroit

07/20
The tall ships taking part in Detroit's 300th Birthday Celebration drew large crowds on Thursday, the first day the ships were open for free tours. They are docked along the Detroit River, near Hart Plaza in Detroit and Dieppe Park in Windsor. The tall ships will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., today through Saturday and admission is free.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Diamond Jack River Cruises will be touring the river and offering a great vantage point to see the tall ships and Detroit River. The cruises depart at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from their dock in Hart Plaza in down town Detroit. Diamond Jack is offering a $2.00 discount to viewers of this web site with a coupon (see below).

On Saturday July 21 a group of web site viewers are planning to take the 1:00 p.m. cruise for a mini gathering to see the tall ships and river. Join us at the Hart Plaza Dock for the discounted two-hour cruise.

An official tall ship parade sponsored by Ford is to begin at 1:00 p.m. July 22, near Detroit's Downriver border, and proceed up the river to Lake St. Clair (the river will be closed during the parade and no Diamond Jack tours will be running in Detroit). Ships will be joined by other historic vessels in a floating parade up the Detroit River. From canoes and oared ships to steamships, merchant sailing ships, riverboats, barges and more.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. The Parade of Ships can be viewed in both Detroit and Windsor.
Passing Historic Fort Wayne 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hart Plaza/Dieppe Park, Windsor 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Belle Isle 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to print out the coupon

For more Detroit 300 events visit the Detroit News' Detroit 300 Page or Detroit300.org

For more information on Diamond Jack river tours visit www.diamondjack.com




Today in Great Lakes History - July 20

CANADOC (2) suffered severe bow damage on July 20, 1963 in a collision with the Swiss-flagged freighter BARILOCHE in dense fog off Ile de Orleans, near Quebec City.

The LEON FALK, JR. was christened at Cleveland, July 20, 1961 after one trip to Duluth, MN for ore.

HORACE JOHNSON was launched July 20, 1929 for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH.

SHELTER BAY (2) was launched July 20, 1907 as a) JAY C. MORSE.

At the end of June, 1877, the ferry MYRTLE began running between Port Huron and Sarnia. However, on 20 July 1877, the Port Huron Time reported that "The ferry MYRTLE has been taken off the route on account of the extreme dullness of the times."

The scow DIXIE burned during the night of 20 July 1875 while lying at Kenyon's dock in East China Township on the St. Clair River.

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

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




Thompson in Lay-up

07/19
The barge Joseph H. Thompson and tug Joseph H. Thompson Jr. are in lay-up in Escanaba, another victim of the crisis in the steel industry. The uncertain future of LTV Steel has kept the Thompson out of service since late June.

The barge went in for its 5-year survey at Bay Ship Building in late June; the tug was surveyed in Escanaba. The tug returned to take the barge back to Escanaba on July 4, the pair have remained in lay-up since that time. The mid season lay-up is expected to last through August, depending on orders from LTV Steel.

The tug and barge were built from the former steamer Joseph H. Thompson. The Thompson was a C-4 Cargo vessel built during World War II and then converted for Great Lakes use during the Korean War.

Serving as a Great Lakes steamer, the Thompson was active until steel industry crisis during the 1980's. The vessel's 9,900 horsepower engine made her a very fast ship, but was expensive to operate as her thirsty boilers consumed large amounts of fuel.

The steamer Thompson was put into lay-up in 1981 and was purchased for conversion in 1985. The steamer was cut down to a tug and barge and entered service in 1991. This conversion offered smaller crew sizes and more efficient power provided by three diesel engines.

The last steel industry crisis gave birth to the tug and barge, the current crisis will keep her from service this summer.

Thompson in lay-up as the Sykes and Barker load Wednesday.
Bow view of the barge.
Looking down the side.
Wilfred Sykes loading.

Reported by: Sandy Chapman, Matt Miner and Brian Ferguson




Iglehart to Duluth

07/19
The JAW Iglehart will be making a rare trip to Superior and Duluth over the weekend. The vessel was unloading in Saginaw Wednesday and expected to depart early this morning. They are expected to arrive in Superior late Saturday night or early Sunday. The cargo of cement will be partially unloaded in Superior and then the vessel will shift over to Duluth to unload the remainder of the cargo.

Fleetmate Alpena was returning from her first Bath trip of the season Wednesday bound for Cleveland and Detroit.

Reported by: Al Miller




Aspen undergoes sea trials

07/19
Tuesday the new U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Aspen underwent its first sea trials on the Bay of Green Bay. Some of the tests included full ahead, full astern, dropping her anchors, lifting a buoy with her onboard crane and spinning around on her own axis. She spent all day out in the bay and returned to the Marinette Marine Co. Dock by early evening.

Out on the bay.
Inbound.
Passing through the bridge.
Stern view.

Reported by: Scott Best




Miner Unloads Coal

07/19
The Mesabi Miner unloaded approximately 50 thousand tons of coal to the WEPCO plant on Presque Isle Tuesday. The Miner was expected to depart by mid afternoon. The Paul R Tregurtha is due to unload coal at the WE plant on Presque Isle Sunday or Monday of next week.

Miner unloading.

Reported by: Scott Best




Lake Guardian Ready to Sail

07/19
The US EPA research vessel Lake Guardian was in Cleveland and scheduled to depart Tuesday evening (weather permitting). The Guardian is prepared to collect water and bottom samples of all five of the Great Lakes in this summer survey, which should be done in four to five weeks.

Reported by: Ted Amling




St. Clair Unloads

07/19
The St. Clair arrived in Lorain, Oh Wednesday about noon to unload.

Pictures by TZ
St. Clair inbound.
Passing the lighthouse.
Another view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Car Enters Welland Canal

07/19
A vehicle which failed to stop for the barricades of Bridge One at Port Weller entered the Welland Canal at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. An occupant of the vehicle was killed. It was foggy at the time of the incident and investigators report that the vehicle did brake before entering the canal. Shipping was halted for a time as a result of the accident.

Reported by: Jeff Stephen




Thunder Bay News

07/19
Another rainy, foggy day greeted all who ventured out onto Lake Superior Wednesday. The Algocen was one of them. She dropped her lines and departed Saskatchewan Pool 7a at 12:00 p.m, heading out the North Entrance and down the lake. She was quickly followed by the tug Jane Ann IV with her barge Sarah Spencer. The Spencer departed from United Grain Growers "A" house at 12:30 p.m. and pulled in behind the Algocen and the two disappeared into the light fog near the Welcome Islands.

The tug Radium Yellowknife with empty lumber barges and the tug W.N. Twolan returned to port early Wednesday morning and tied up at their docks. The tug Sandra Mary with her dredge John Holden are still docked at Keefer Terminals while the Canadian Venture made a move from P & H elevator over to Agricore in the early evening of Wednesday.

The Windoc arrived early evening Wednesday and tied up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a. By 11:00 p.m. she was shifting over to Mission Terminals in the Mission River. She reported that she could barely see the light on her front mast. At the time of this report she was still in transit.

As the day gave way to evening the light fog turned into a thick blanket playing with the radars of all who dared to venture into it. At 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night the Federal Hudson announced that she would be moving from Richardson over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a with the help of two tugs. A half hour later she called the Coast Guard an said that she was aborting and returning to Richardson's. The fog was too much for her.

Meanwhile the Algocape announced that it was off the Welcome islands at 11:00 p.m. and that she would be going to United Grain Growers "A" house, very slowly. She was coming from Hamilton and was in Ballast. She said that they could not see past the Pilothouse glass for the later part of the Superior crossing. At 12:00 a.m. Thursday she called the Coast Guard again to verify that there was no other boat at UGG"A". She said that her radar showed something beside the Elevator. It was confirmed that there was no other boat there and she continued.

At the same time the Federal Hudson was attempting her move, the Tanker North Challenge, a very fitting name for tonight, was approaching the Mission River in order to proceed up to Petro-Can to dock. She skillfully navigated the short distance up the river and was tied up by 11:00 p.m.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena Update

07/19
The David Z. Norton arrived at the Lafarge coal dock at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. It was scheduled to leave around 11:00 p.m. that evening. The J.A.W Iglehart came into port at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday to load for Saginaw. The Jacklyn M and barge Integrity was due in Alpena Wednesday evening. The Paul H. Townsend is expected into port early this morning coming from St. Joseph. The Alpena is heading for Cleveland.

Reported by: Chanda and Ben McClain




Tall Ships and Traffic

07/19
Below are images of the tall ship arriving in Detroit Tuesday and other traffic on the river.

Appledore IV arrives.
The Gaelic Tugboat Co. tug Carolyn Hoey prepares the dock for the tall ships.
Concordia at dock off Cobo Hall.
Southdown Challenger unloads in Detroit.
Tug Norma B approaches the Challenger.
Armco downbound.
Close up of her bow.
On the stern of the Armco.

Reported by: Scott Tomlinson and Wade Streeter




Toledo Report

07/19
Wednesday the tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge departed Toledo Shipyard late in the afternoon and is now out sailing. The Canadian Provider was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator. The small tall ship Amara Zee was at the Portside boat dock basin. She is 90 feet long with 80 foot high masts, she is a replica of a 19th Century Thames River sailing barge, her home port is St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a "Theater" type vessel that will have a live play onboard the vessel. She will be in Toledo through the weekend with deck tours of the vessel available as well as the stage play that will be performed by the crew.

The USCGC Biscayne Bay was at the Port Authority Docks. There were no coal or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algomarine this afternoon. The Algosoo, CSL Niagara, and John J. Boland on Sunday, followed by the CSL Niagara on Tuesday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve early Friday morning, The Middletown on Saturday afternoon followed by the on Tuesday morning.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
C.L. Austin loading coal at the C&O #3 coal dock.

Nicolet about one month after the fire destroyed her forward cabins. Note the windows in the pilot house are broken out and the burn marks from the fire around these windows. She is at the Hans Hansen Dock eventually she will be taken to the drydock of Toledo Shipyard to have her cabins replaced and her self unloading system repaired.

Cedarglen inbound Maumee Bay. She will be headed upbound the Maumee River to load a grain cargo at one of the elevator complexes.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Report

07/19
Federal Oshima came in to Redpath Sugar Wednesday with McKiel tugs Atomic and Lac Como assistance, the tugs returning from Oshawa for the assist. Port Authority tug William Rest, and workboat Osprey and dredge T.H.C.50 were dredging in the East Gap near buoy T5.

Tuesday the Cape May Light was delayed in her departure by a gasoline spill that closed the East Gap for several hours. Port Authority vessels, Toronto marine police units, the firetug William Lyon Mackenzie and a helicopter couldn't find the source.

Steam was up on Oakglen Wednesday, but no evidence of painting to CSL colors on the harbor side.

Another round of rebuilding work on tug Glenmont has a new foredeck house almost sheeted in. The Miss Kristy is scheduled for another film shoot next week.

Pictures taken on Tuesday by Ted Siuda
The Oakglen at dock.
The P&H logos was removed from the stack but the emblems remain at the bow.
Tall ship Kajama.
All is quiet on the Algoisle.

Reported by: Gerry O. and Ted Siuda




Seaway Pictures

07/19:
Below are recent images of traffic passing in the Seaway.

Cruise ship Cape May Light underway at Prescott about 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Turning to dock at Prescott.
Stern view docking.
Bridge and emblem above pilot house.
Canadian Leader downbound at about 5:15 p.m. below the Iroquois lock.
Kaststeelborg entering Iroquois lock at about 8:30 p.m. with the Paterson in the background.
Alaskan Rainbow upbound about 1:30 near Prescott.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Today in Great Lakes History - July 19

EDWIN H. GOTT was float launched July 19, 1978.

CLARENCE B. RANDALL (1) sailed on her maiden voyage July 19, 1943 from Ashtabula light bound for Two Harbors, MN.

CANADOC (2) was christened on July 19, 1961.

The registry of the GORDON C. LEITCH (1) was closed on July 19, 1985 as “sold foreign.”

JOHN P. REISS in tandem tow with the carferry CITY OF SAGINAW 31 arrived at Castellon, Spain prior to July 19, 1973 for scrapping.

JOSEPH S. YOUNG (1) was christened at Buffalo, NY on July 19, 1957. The JOSEPH S. YOUNG (1) was the first of seven T2 tanker conversions for Great Lakes service.

On 19 July 1831, the wooden schooner HENRY CLAY was carrying 800 barrels of salt and passengers from Oswego to the Welland Canal on her maiden voyage when she capsized in a squall and sank about 10 miles off Port Dalhousie on Lake Ontario. About 11 persons were aboard and at least 6 of them lost their lives. Three were saved by the steamer CANADA.

One hundred years ago, on 19 July 1900, the name of the Toledo tug A. ANDREWS, JR. was changed to PALLISTER.

On 19 July 1871, J. BARBER (wooden propeller steamer, 125', 306 t, built in 1856 at Cleveland, OH) was carrying fruit from St. Joseph, Michigan to Chicago when she caught fire and sank 14 miles off Michigan City, Indiana. Five lives were lost.

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

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




Metis Returns to Service

07/18
After an extended period used as a transfer/storage barge the Metis has returned to service. In April the barge was towed from its dock in Windsor to Heddle's drydock in Hamilton for a 1.3 million-dollar refit. The extensive refit makes the barge

The barge is owned by Essroc and managed by Upper Lakes Group. The tug pushing the barge is McKeil's Tony Mackay, the former Point Carrol.

The Metis loaded cement earlier in the week at Three Rivers and arrived in Corner Brook, Newfoundland Wednesday afternoon to unload. The tug and barge will carry cement on this run until the end of October and then return to trading on the lakes.

Metis at dock in Windsor last year. John Belliveau
Towed from Windsor in April. Mike Nicholls

Reported by: Jim Bearman




Tall Ships Begin to arrive

07/18
The tall ships began arriving in Detroit and Windsor on Tuesday. The majestic vessels will continue to arrive today in preparation for public tours Thursday through Saturday.
(see item below for more details)
Concordia [188 ft] of the West Island College, Bahamas docked at Cobo Hall. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Bluenose II [161 ft.] of Nova Scotia eases past the CCGS Samuel Risley before docking at Dieppe Park, Windsor. The outline of a Bluenose schooner graces the Canadian dime coin. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Bluenose II surveys both waterfronts before docking. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Upbound near Grassy Island was Bel Espoir II [120 ft.]; home port Brest, France. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Stern view of Bel Espoir II. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Also near Grassy was the Pride of Baltimore II [90 ft.] She was launched at the Baltimore Inner Harbor in 1988 by a very large crane. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Another view of the Pride of Baltimore. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Bat'Kivschyna [96 ft.] Ukrainian registered was upbound also. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Bat'Kivschyna turned downbound near Mamajuda light and waited for the tug Patricia Hoey and barge to pass before heading upriver toward the Trenton/Ecorse Channels. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
A colorful tall ship with her name in Cyrillic letters was upbound off the Rouge River mouth. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Close up of name. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
Appledore IV at dock. Notice the assigined dockage (sign on left). Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
The Westcott II crew spruce up the famous J W Westcott II for the Detroit 300th birthday celebration. The Westcott II has been busy presenting flowers from the Flower Lady to all tall ships passing her dock. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak
As the Tall Ships converged on the Detroit/Windsor area Don Coles photographs the vessels from above. Pat Pavlat & Frank Bachnak

Below are images taken by pilot and photographer Don Coles All photographs by Don are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.


HMS Tecumseth in the Livingstone Channel. Don Coles
Bat' Kivshchyna upbound. Don Coles
Concordia docked at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Don Coles
Bel Espoir II upbound. Don Coles
Larinda in Lake Erie. Don Coles
Tall ship Pathfinder on Lake Erie. Don Coles
John J. Boland following the tall ships. Don Coles

For more information on the tall ships in Detroit and Windsor visit "A Tall Ships Parade" by the Detroit News

Reported by: Pat Pavlat , Frank Bachnak and Don Coles




See the Tall Ships in Detroit

07/18
The tall ships taking part in Detroit's 300th Birthday Celebration began arriving on Tuesday. They are docked along the Detroit River, near Hart Plaza in Detroit and Dieppe Park in Windsor. They are to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 19-21. Admission is free.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Diamond Jack River Cruises will be touring the river and offering a great vantagepoint to see the tall ships and Detroit River. The cruises depart at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from their dock in Hart Plaza in down town Detroit. Diamond Jack is offering a $2.00 discount to viewers of this web site with a coupon (see below).

On Saturday July 21 a group of web site viewers are planning to take the 1:00 p.m. cruise for a mini gathering to see the tall ships and river. Join us at the Hart Plaza Dock for the discounted two-hour cruise.

An official tall ship parade sponsored by Ford is to begin at 1:00 p.m. July 22, near Detroit's Downriver border, and proceed up the river to Lake St. Clair (the river will be closed during the parade and no Diamond Jack tours will be running in Detroit). Ships will be joined by other historic vessels in a floating parade up the Detroit River. From canoes and oared ships to steamships, merchant sailing ships, riverboats, barges and more.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. The Parade of Ships can be viewed in both Detroit and Windsor.
Passing Historic Fort Wayne 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hart Plaza/Dieppe Park, Windsor 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Belle Isle 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to print out the coupon

For more Detroit 300 events visit the Detroit News' Detroit 300 Page or Detroit300.org




Maple Departs

07/18
The new U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple departed her over night berth in Sarnia on Tuesday morning. The Maple is on her trip off the lakes from her builders in Wisconsin to her home base in Alaska. The new cutter will make a number of stops on the trip down the Seaway.

Maple in the St. Marys River on July 16. Roger LeLievre

Reported by: Doug Schilz




Twin Ports Report

07/18
Winds off Lake Superior on July 17 resulted in a second consecutive morning of dense fog in the Twin Ports. Visible through the mists were Montrealais, loading at seldom-used General Mills in Superior, and Fossnes, loading at Cargill B1, which also has seen little traffic this season. The Twin Ports coal trade continues to be dominated by 1,000-footers. After Algowood loads on July 17, the dock is scheduled to load Columbia Star on the 17th for Detroit Edison-St. Clair; Oglebay Norton on the 18th for Detroit Edison-St. Clair; Indiana Harbor on the 20th for Nanticoke; and Paul R. Tregurtha on the 21st for Presque Isle at Marquette.

Traffic remains steady at the DMIR ore docks. In Two Harbors, the lineup is Edwin H. Gott, July 18; Edgar B. Speer, July 20; John G. Munson, July 21; and Presque Isle, July 22. In Duluth, the schedule is: Buckeye, July 17; Mesabi Miner, July 18; Philip R. Clarke, July 21; Joe Block, July 22; Tadoussac, July 22; and Buckeye, July 22.Canadian Olympic remains in drydock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay News

07/18
The pace in port has been picking up even as fog and rain have been the norm for the past few days. The Algocen arrived Tuesday morning and headed over to Richardson's Elevator. By 3:45 p.m. she had moved and tied up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a. When the Algocen had cleared the North entrance from Richardson's the Federal Hudson lifted her anchor and proceeded in to the vacated slip at Richardson's.

The tug Jane Ann IV and her barge Sarah Spencer also arrived Tuesday morning, tying up at United Grain Growers "M" house before moving over to "A" house at around 1:00 p.m.

Also arriving Tuesday morning was the Canadian Enterprise. She went into Thunder Bay Terminals to load and by late afternoon she was downbound with 27,668 metric tons destined for Lambton.

Other departures included Catherine Desgagnes at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and the Tug Alice "A" and her barge from General Chemicals, earlier Tuesday Morning.

A late arrival Tuesday saw the Canadian Venture calling in from the Welcome Islands, out in the bay, at around 11pm. She docked at the P & H elevator beside Keefer Terminals at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

A bit of excitement Tuesday morning as the Sandviken made her way out of Port to proceed downbound. She apparently touched bottom while leaving and was in contact with the Coast Guard in Port. The crew was sounding the ballast tanks to determine the damage and a small trace of water was discovered in the Forward tank. The situation was assessed and it was decided that the Sandviken would continue on to Montreal, which was her original destination and not return back to port. The Coast Guard was to be kept updated of the situation during the transition to Montreal. It is unknown if the fog played any part in this incident.

The tug Sandra Mary and dredge John Holden remain at Keefer Terminals, their reason for being there is unknown at this time.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Sturgeon Bay Update

07/18
The cruse ship Nantucket Clipper stopped at Sturgeon Bay on her upbound leg from Chicago to Mackinaw. The ship was in port for several hours, enough time to allow the passengers to disembark for a bus tour of northern Door County.

The ship entered through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal from Lake Michigan and tied up at the City Boat Launch Dock across the bay from the Ryerson. The ship departed at 1:00 p.m. CT out the Bay to the Bay of Green Bay and upbound for Mackinaw Island, after the stop on the island she will depart for North Port.

Several passengers commented on Great Lake cruising and all said it was great. Experienced passengers on the cruise said they get to see so much more than an ocean cruise where you only see the next port of call, on the lakes you see the shore line most of the time.

At City Dock.
Close up of Bow.
Passangers disembarking for Bus Tour.
Fresh Cut Flowers on Dinning room Tables.
Close up of Stern (Ryerson Bow in back ground).
Off Sherwood Point Light House.
Up Bound Bay of Green Bay.

Reported by: Vic De Larwelle




Saginaw News

07/18
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann entered the Saginaw River after midnight Tuesday morning. She was headed to the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. Pathfinder completed unloading and departed for the Airport Turning Basin at 9:40 a.m. She turned and headed out to the Bay.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Pathfinder/Dorothy Ann unloading at Bay Aggregates.
Another Perspective.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

07/18
The Canadian Provider was at Anderson's "K" Elevator loading a grain cargo Tuesday. The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the riverfront dock of Toledo Shipyard undergoing some type of repair work. The Armco was due in at the Torco Dock around 5:30 p.m. to unload ore. The USCGC Bristol Bay remains at the Port Authority Dock. The Adam E. Cornelius, American Mariner, and American Republic remain in layup at there respective docksites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Thursday afternoon followed by the Algosteel, CSL Niagara,John J. Boland, and Buffalo on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Friday morning, and the Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Parker Evans aground near the Mid States Elevator complex. Several hours later she was freed with no appairent damage done to the hull.
Benjamin F. Fairless being towed downriver by the "G" tug Pennsylvania. She just finished loading a grain cargo and will be headed for a St Lawrence River port to unload. She will return back to the Lakes with a high grade iron ore cargo that was loaded at a Canadian Seaway port.
Amoco Illinois at the American Ship Building Company yard undergoing repairs. The vessel in the drydock behind her is the Elton Hoyt 2nd being converted to a self unloader.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - July 18

The AGAWA CANYON struck an abutment at Welland Canal's Bridge 11 at Allanburg, Ont. on July 18, 1977 while downbound with salt for Kingston, Ont. and sustained a thirty-foot gash just above the waterline at the port bow.

The Canal Tanker COMET entered service on July 18, 1913 for ocean service.

The WILLIAM J. FILBERT was in collision with the KINSMAN INDEPENDENT (1) at the Burlington Northern Dock on July 18, 1970 when the Steel Trust steamer lost control in the current entering the slip.

The entire forward superstructure of the JOHN DYKSTRA (2) (BENSON FORD 1), including the forecastle deck, was delivered to South Bass Island in Lake Erie on July 18, 1986 on the barge THOR 101 towed by the tug GREGORY J. BUSCH. The superstructure was moved for use as a summer home where it remains. The hull of the DYKSTRA (2) was sold to Marine Salvage, Port Colborne, Ont. and was towed from Cleveland July 10th by the tugs ARGUE MARTIN and GLENBROOK to Ramey's Bend arriving there on July 12, 1986 where she was scrapped.

WILLIAM A. REISS (2) was launched July 18, 1925 as a) JOHN A. TOPPING.

WILLIAM G. MATHER (2) completed her sea trials on July 18, 1925.

On 18 July 1858, ANDROMEDA (2-mast wooden schooner, 112', 568 t, built in 1848n at Madison Dock, Ohio) was carrying 800 barrels of salt from Oswego to Chicago. She sprang a leak suddenly and foundered 20 miles from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The crew escaped in her boat, many just in their underwear. They arrived at Manitowoc the next day.

On 18 July 1872, the schooner D. L. COUCH of Detroit (formerly AVCORN) sank about 10 miles from Long Point on Lake Erie. Two lives were lost.

The wooden propeller freigjhter N. K. FAIRBANK (205', 980 gt) was launched in Marine City, Michigan on 18 July 1874. She was then towed to Detroit where her engines were in stalled by William Cowie. She had two direct acting condensing engines 34' x 32" on one shaft and her boiler was installed on her main deck. She only lasted until 1895 when she stranded and burned near Port Colborne, Ontario. The remains of the hull were sold to Carter Brothers of Port Colborne and it was rebuilt and enrolled as a new vessel with the name ELIZA H. STRONG. The STRONG lasted until she burned in 1904.

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

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




Integrity Stops Unloading

07/17
The tug Jacklyn M with barge Integrity stopped unloading in Green Bay on Monday and departed about 4:00 p.m. The tug and barge were sent to Milwaukee as cement was needed at the Lafarge Plant in Milwaukee.

Reported by: Robin Greathouse




Cuyahoga Visits Parry Sound

07/17
The Cuyahoga arrived in Parry Sound early Monday afternoon. She delivered a load of salt to the salt dock in the Sound. She could be heard broadcasting a security call on the radio as she passed Red Rock Light house, on her way into the approach channel. Algoma Central ships are frequent callers to the port, but this is the first time in recent memory the Cuyahoga has visited Parry Sound.

Reported by: Rudy Smith




Munksund Scrapped

07/17
The former pulp boat that was a regular visitor to the Great Lakes is being scrapped in India. Last winter while in the Atlantic the Munksund developed a major problem with one of its two main engines. It was towed into port and temporary repairs were maid so that it could get to Spain to unload its cargo, from their it sailed to India for scrapping. The Munksund was 34 years old, well past the 20-25 year life expectancy of a salty. The Munksund's two sister ships the Menominee and Marinette are still operating in the pulp and paper trade. They are said to be in good condition for their age and are expected to operate for at least several more years.

Munksund loading in Menominee in May 2000. Dick Lund

Reported by: Scott Best




Maple Stops

07/17
The new U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrived in Sarnia on Monday afternoon. She was expected to remain in port over night and depart first thing in the morning. The Maple is on her trip off the lakes from her builders in Wisconsin to her home base in Alaska.

Reported by: Doug Schilz




Trip on the River

07/17
On Sunday Diamond Jack's mini ship Diamond Belle was chartered to carry members of the Bluewater Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. It was a beautiful sunny 80 degree day that was enjoyed by 119 members of the Chapter. A great many ships were seen during the all day trip from Detroit to Lake Huron and return.

Canadian Navigator.
Saltie Neva Trader.
Barge McKee Sons and tug.
Earl W. Oglebay.
Close up look at Algocen.
Algocen.
Mate Joe Kennedy on the Diamond Belle.
Tanker Tavi at Sarnia.
Agawa Canyon unloading at Sarnia.
Tanker North Challenge at Sarnia.
Algorail downbound at Ft. Gratiot lighthouse.
Ft. Gratiot Lighthouse.
Training ship Gray Fox.
Passenger vessel Macassa Bay.
Huron Lightship museum at Port Huron.
USCG Bramble at Port Huron.
Classic Motor yacht Helene.

Reported by: William Hoey Sr.




Thunder Bay News

07/17
Monday morning saw the arrival Catherine Desgagnes. When she contacted the Coast Guard of her arrival, she wasn't sure where she was to load, since she had not gotten word on where they were going except that it was the Port of Thunder Bay. By early afternoon she had docked at Saskatchewan Pool 7a. Her last port of call was Maryland, Wisconsin.

The Tug Alice "A" and her barge arrived in port at 11:00 a.m. and proceeded up the Mission River and docked at General Chemicals. The Federal Hudson came into port Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. and anchored about 1 mile off the South Entrance. She was still anchored there Monday evening.

The W.N. Twolan and barge McAllister132 finished loading and departed their dock early Monday evening and headed down the lake. Other departures early that evening, included the Fossnes leaving Saskatchewan Pool 7b and heading for Duluth and the Sandviken arrived at Cargil.

The Tug Sandra Mary and Dredge John Holden remained docked at Keefer Terminals and Algontario remains in long term lay-up at Pascol Engineering. Also in long term lay-up in Port are the Quedoc and Vandoc at the Paterson dock in the Kaministiqua river and the Wolf River in a slip at the Thunder Bay Terminals.

Under rainy skies on Sunday the John B. Aird arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. By 5:45pm Sunday she was out past the South Entrance and heading down the lake. The saltie Sandviken arrived early Sunday for her first visit of the season. She docked at United Grain Growers "M" house. Also Sunday morning saw the departure of the Tug Radium Yellowknife and her 3 barges loaded with lumber from Northern Woods. She sails to Superior, Wisconsin at least once a week to unload this lumber at Hullet dock #8.

The tug W.N. Twolan and her barge McAllaster132 arrived Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. to take on another load of lumber from Great West Timber. Sunday night she is about one third loaded.

The tug Sandra Mary and her consort, dredge John Holden are still docked at Keefer Terminals and the Saltie Fossnes is still tied up at Saskatchewan Pool 7b. Duluth Shipping Schedule has her arriving on Tuesday. The tug Sandra Mary is registered out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and is owned by McNally Construction Inc. who also own the John Holden dredge.

The Algonova was back in Port again for the second time in one week. She arrived at Petro-Can at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and by early Sunday morning had departed downbound.

Two other departures on Saturday included the Quebecois departing Agricore at 4:30 p.m. through the south entrance, while at the exact same time the Canadian Prospector had finished up at United Grain Growers "A" house and was departing through the North entrance and down the lake. By noon Sunday both boats were arriving at the Soo locks.

Tug Sandra Mary.
Dredge John Holden.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Saginaw News

07/17
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort, on their first trip after leaving lay-up, entered the Saginaw River Monday morning. She was passing through the Liberty Bridge in Downtown Bay City at 8:30 a.m., headed for Saginaw to unload stone. She had some difficulty lining up for the pass through the Central Michigan Railway and Liberty Bridges, coming to a complete stop, working her thrusters, then proceeding through very slowly.

The Great Lakes Trader finished unloading early Monday night, turned at the 6th Street Turning Basin, and was downbound for the lake at 8:39 p.m.

The tanker Gemini gave a security call at the Pump Out Island at 11:00 p.m. She indicated she was headed to the Ashland-Marathon Dock in Bangor Twp. to unload gasoline.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Great Lakes Trader / Joyce L. Van Enkevort upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Lining up for the bridges.
Squeezing through CM Rail & Liberty Bridges.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

07/17
The Calumet was at the A.R.M.S. Dock unloading salt on Monday. This is believed to be her first trip into Toledo under her new name. She departed in the mid morning.

The salt water vessel Great Laker was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Rebecca Lynn with her barge was at the riverfront dock area of Toledo Ship yard for some type of repair work. the USCGC Biscayne Bay was at the Port Authority Docks near the M.L. King Bridge, her homeport is St Ignace, Michigan.

There were no coal, grain, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The Adam E. Cornelius, American Mariner, and American Republic remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Thursday afternoon. On Sunday the Algosteel, CSL Niagara, John J. Boland, and Buffalo are all due in. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Tuesday afternoon. The Reserve on Friday morning, followed by the Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
J.R. Sensibar loading coal at the C&O #3 coal machine.
Wheat King (before lengthening) being towed down river after loading a grain cargo. The tug Pennsylvania is assisting her.
Arthur M. Anderson (before lengthening and before her self unloader conversion) getting ready to load a grain cargo at Midstates Elevator. The grain cargo is destined for a St. Lawrence River Port. On her return trip she will bring in a high grade iron ore cargo from Canada to Conneaut, Ohio.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Busy day on the Canal

07/17
Sunday was a busy day on the Welland Canal as shown in the pictures below.

Canadian Provider prepares to be lifted in Lock 1.
Raising.
Almost complete.
Departing the lock.
Provider heads for Lock 2.
Canadian Transport undergoing repairs at Port Weller Dry Docks.
Crio in Lock 3.
Close up of her bulbous bow.
Cruise ship Cape May Light.
Coral Trader inbound.
Stern view of the Coral Trader.
Tarantau is scrapped at Port Colborne.
Crio passes outbound through the Port Colborne Piers onto Lake Eire.
Halifax departs Lock 4 as the sun sets.

Reported by: Ted Siuda




Today in Great Lakes History - July 17

The ASHCROFT was towed out of Quebec City on July 17, 1969 in tandem with the steamer SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY by the Polish tug JANTAR for scrapping at Castellon, Spain.

The BROOKDALE (2) lost her self-unloading boom overboard in the Detroit River during a wind and rain storm on July 17, 1980 while loading salt at the Canadian Rock Salt Dock at Ojibway, Ont.

The COMET was towed from Toledo to Ashtabula, OH on July 17, 1973 where she was broken up during the summer and fall of 1973.

WILLIAM J. FILBERT was launched in 1907.

On her last trip the COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS arrived at Cleveland on July 17, 1974 with a load of iron ore.

GOLDEN HIND loaded her first dry bulk cargo on July 17, 1954.

On 17 July 1856, TINTO (wooden propeller, 135', built in 1855-56 at Sorel, Quebec) caught fire and burned to a total loss only 2 miles from shore. She was between Snake Island and Nine Mile Point on Lake Ontario. 18 lives were lost. The survivors jumped into the water and were picked up by a boat from shore. A newspaper article stated that she had no lifeboat aboard. Her machinery was later recovered and installed in the AVON.

On 17 July 1883, B. PARSONS (2-mast wooden schooner, 218 t, built in 1856 at Vermilion, OH) struck the north pier while entering the harbor at Charlevoix, Michigan during a gale. She sank crosswise in the channel and blocked passage into the harbor for two weeks until she broke up enough to allow vessels to pass. In December, the steam tug COE towed the hulk a half mile down the beach and abandoned it.

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

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




Anderson Grounds

07/16
On Sunday morning the Arthur M. Anderson ran aground near Port Inland while carrying a cargo of Limestone. A tug was called to assist and was expected on scene about noon. The crew worked to free the vessel and by 10:00 a.m. they were back underway with out the help of a tug. There was no damage reported in the incident.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman




Tug Arrives

07/16
Arriving in Montreal recently was the 120 gr.t. tug Hamilton Baillie from Dalhousie, N.B. where she had been for sale. The tug has been purchased by Remorquage & Barges Montreal Inc., a subsidiary of McKeil Marine of Hamilton, Ont. from NBIP Forest Products Inc.

Built in 1977 at North Vancouver and 66 ft. long, she has kept the same name her entire career and was originally owned by Chemainus Towing Co. of Chemainus, B.C.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Tall Ship visits Erieau

07/16
Friday evening the Lake Erie port of Erieau had a surprise visitor. The schooner "Bel Espoir II" from France found the Canadian village as they stopped for the night. The Bel Espoir II is a Square Topsail Schooner with its homeport in Brest, France. It was built in 1944 and is 124-feet long. Her sails have a total area of 7,000 sq. ft. and has 10 Crew members and 28 Trainees onboard.

A large crowd gathered at sunset to stand in awe of this great ship. The crew was inside the dining area having their supper while many villagers and others gathered to take photos. The crew members spoke French and some in the crowd we able to converse with some of the crew. The on lookers had the same feeling, hoping the wind brings another tall ship into Erieau by surprise.

Bel Espoir II at dock.
Close up of the bow.
Ship's Wheel.
Mid Ship dining area.
Stern View.
Crew Member raising Flag.
Map of Journey. Starting in France, continues south past Africa, West past South America, Northward through the Virgin Islands, Miami, and eventually makes it here to this area of the world, tour is expected to end in Bay City Michigan

Reported by: Teresa Parker




Detroit Traffic

07/16
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Saturday.

Atlantic Huron loading at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
Algocen upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Cuyahoga loading at the Ojibway Salt Dock.
Departing with a load of salt bound for Parry Sound.
Stern view.
Canadian Enterprise upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/16
The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock loading cargo on Sunday. There were no coal, grain, or ore vessels in port at the time of this report.

The Adam E. Cornelius American Mariner, and American Republic all remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Dock will be the Algomarine on Thursday morning, followed by the Algosoo, and Buffalo on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Docks will be the Armco on Tuesday evening, followed by the Reserve on Friday morning.

Toledo Shipping Images
The small passenger vessel Sandpiper sailing in the Maumee River. She operates on a regular schedule at Toledo.
Southdown Challenger at the Cemex Dock at Toledo unloading.
T.W. Robinson backing away from the Consolidated Dock after unloading a salt cargo. The transfer vessel W. C. Richardson is in the background.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

07/16
Friday night the tug Barbara Andrie arrived about 10:00 p.m. with the tug Idaho and departed Saturday at about noon with the Delaware. The tug Sea Eagle II came in with her cement barge for Blue Circle at 4:00 a.m. The Cuyahoga departed Ont. 4 with the Idaho at 2:00 p.m. Saturday and the tug California had the Mississagi out of West Third at 3:00 p.m. The Calumet was at Ont. 2 (just south of West Third) unloading and was to depart about 11:00 p.m. with one tug shifting over to the salt dock. The Alpena was scheduled to arrive at 11:00 p.m. Saturday.

Pictures by TZ
Tug Delaware tows the Andrie tug and barge.
Tug Barbara Andrie.
Cloe up of tug Delaware.
Tug Idaho tows the Cuyahoga.
Tall ships draw a large crowd.
Another view.
Tall ship in the harbor.
Lake Guardian in town for the festival.
Algorail visiting Lorain last week.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton Report

07/16
Friday was busy evening in Hamilton Harbor. The Lykes Winner left Pier 12 and passed through the Burlington Ship Canal into Lake Ontario at 7:00 p.m. The Crio was still at anchor in the harbor.

From the Burlington Piers, a Rigel Shipping tanker could be seen at the Oakville/Bronte Piers. Anchored a good distance out in the lake, an ULS straight decker was waiting its turn to unload iron ore at Dofasco.

The Algocen was unloading iron ore at Dofasco, while moored north of it was the Canadian Venture waiting its turn to unload iron ore.

The saltie Great Laker is unloading steel products at Pier 14. The Provmar Terminal is still in drydock at Heddle Marine at Pier 14. Last week the cement barge Metis had been moved from Pier 14.

At Pier 11, the Stolt Aspiration is unloading trichloroethylene. Having arrived at 3:00 p.m. at Pier 12, the Algoport was unloading gypsum. Expected later that night at Stelco to unload iron ore pellets was the CSL Niagara.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Toronto Update

07/16
On Thursday the ferry Sam McBride carried a TV film crew doing a commercial for CHUM-FM radio talk show hosts Roger, Rick and Marilyn. The weather was uncooperative during the shoot.

A new load of rock was unloaded by the Algowest that departed in mid-afternoon. The Stephen B. Roman came in and began unloading cement.

The sailing vessel Highlander Sea had been in port since July 7 doing mid-afternoon cruises each day. The vessel looked great under full sail with a bone in her teeth.

Oakglen has been sitting at pier 52 since July 7. Dean Construction Co.'s Americo Dean and barges were at pier 52 for several days. They departed late last week, heading to the Welland Canal.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Great Laker Magazine Update

07/16
The first mailing of "Great Laker" started last week and continues today, my thanks to everyone who has subscribed. The magazine has been met with rave reviews around the lakes and the copies of the Premiere Edition are going fast.

If you have not yet subscribed Great Laker is an exciting new quarterly magazine, brought to you by myself (Neil Schultheiss) and Roger LeLievre (publisher of the annual “Know Your Ships" book). With our first issue we have begun exploring all things Great Lakes, from lighthouses to lake boats, legends and lore, to lakes, ports and the wonderful attractions they have to offer.

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

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

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

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Weekly Updates

07/16
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Today in Great Lakes History - July 16

DETROIT EDISON (2) departed Quebec City July 16th 1986, along with former fleetmate SHARON, in tow of the U.S. tug PRUDENT to Brownsville, Tex. for scrapping.

The SAGINAW BAY departed Quebec City on July 16, 1985 in tandem with the E.B. BARBER towed by the Polish tug KORAL for scrapping at Vigo, Spain.

The NORTHERN VENTURE entered Great Lakes service July 16, 1961 upbound light for the Canadian lakehead to load grain.

On July 16, 1935 the BRUCE HUDSON capsized on Lake Ontario off Cobourg, Ont. while in tow of the wooden-hulled tug MUSCALLONGE.

Keel laying of the CHI-CHEEMAUN was on July 16, 1973.

CATARACT (wooden propeller, 150', 352 t, built in 1852 at Buffalo) caught fire on 16 July 1861, 5 miles off Erie, Pennsylvania. She became an inferno astern in just a few minutes and this prevented her boats from being launched. Four died. Some were saved by clinging to floating wreckage and some others were rescued by a small fishing boat. The schooner ST. PAUL picked up some survivors, Among those picked up by Captain Mosher of the ST. PAUL, were Captain McNally and the CATARACT's carpenter. Capt. Mosher had rescued these same two men in 1858 when the propeller INDIANA was lost in Lake Superior.

On 16 July 1873, the new barge MINNEAPOLIS was towed to Detroit for outfitting. She had just been launched four days earlier at Marine City. While on the way to Detroit, a Canadian man named Sinclair fell overboard and drowned.

On 16 July 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that "the old steamer REINDEER has been rebuilt to a barge by L. C. Rogers at H. C. Schnoor's shipyard at Fair Haven, [Michigan]. Her beautiful horns have been taken down, [she carried a set of large antlers], her machinery and cumbersome side-wheels removed, and she has been fully refitted with center arch and deck frame complex."

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

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




Anchor Found

07/15
Divers on Saturday located the Canadian Olympic's stern anchor, which was lost in Duluth harbor after its chain wrapped around the vessel's propeller on Thursday. The anchor was marked with a buoyed and will be recovered later. The vessel remains in drydock in Fraser Shipyards in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Great Laker Trader departs Lay-up

07/15
The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader departed lay-up in Toledo Saturday morning and sailed upbound. The tug and barge passed the Detroit River Light about 5:30 a.m. and reported they were in ballast bound for Stoneport.

Great Lakes Trader upbound for Stoneport.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Detroit River Closed

07/15
Saturday morning the Coast Guard closed the lower Detroit River to all traffic. The closure sent a number of vessels to anchor on Lake Erie and the Detroit River. A toxic chemical fire burning in a river side town sent a cloud of noxious smoke drifting over the lower river. The fire in the town of River View caused the evacuation of local communities and closed the river from Grassy Island to Amherstburg. River View is located on the Trenton Channel opposite Grosse Isle.

The fire was brought under control and the river was reopened by mid afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cape May Light in Buffalo

07/15
On Saturday morning the cruise ship Cape May Light was docked at the Visiting Ship's Berth near the Erie Basin. She was taking on bunker fuel from 2 Noco Energy tanker trucks parked near the dock. Her passengers enjoyed a day exploring the Niagara Falls area and then returned with the ship departed for the Welland Canal at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Tall Ships Race

07/15
The staysail schooner Grand Nellie took the Youth Sail Training Division title for the second leg in the Tall Ships Challenge® Race Series. Sailing across Lake Erie, the second race took the ships from Port Colborne, Ontario, to Cleveland, Ohio. After taking second place in the Kingston to Port Weller leg, the all-female crew on the “Nellie” pushed into the lead, even beating the sleek Pride of Baltimore II by one minute. Not having at least 50% of her crew between ages of 13 and 25, the “Pride” competed in the Cruising Division.

St. Lawrence II took second in the Youth Sail Training Division followed closely by Playfair. “We were well ahead of Playfair on Tuesday night. The next morning she was right on top of us,” said Captain Bob Hodgson of the St. Lawrence II. “We were neck and neck up to the very end.” Both ships are 60-foot brigantines, making for a close and well-matched race.

Pathfinder placed fourth in the Youth Sail Training Division, followed by Fair Jeanne, Norfolk Rebel, and the True North of Toronto.

The tall ships will not race from Cleveland to Detroit, but will cruise together and anchor overnight, giving the crews a chance for vessel visits before the Detroit-Windsor Tall Ships Challenge® port festivals.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




See the Tall Ships in Detroit

07/15
The tall ships will take part in Detroit's 300th Birthday Celebration as they start to arrive July 18. They will be docked along the Detroit River, near Hart Plaza in Detroit and Dieppe Park in Windsor. They are to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 19-21. Admission is free.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Diamond Jack River Cruises will be touring the river and offering a great vantage point to see the tall ships and Detroit River. The cruises depart at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from their dock in Hart Plaza in down town Detroit. Diamond Jack is offering a $2.00 discount to viewers of this web site with a coupon (see below).

On Saturday July 21 a group of web site viewers are planning to take the 1:00 p.m. cruise for a mini gathering to see the tall ships and river. Join us at the Hart Plaza Dock for the discounted two hour cruise.

An official tall ship parade sponsored by Ford is to begin at 1:00 p.m. July 22, near Detroit's Downriver border, and proceed up the river to Lake St. Clair (the river will be closed during the parade and no Diamond Jack tours will be running in Detroit). Ships will be joined by other historic vessels in a floating parade up the Detroit River. From canoes and oared ships to steamships, merchant sailing ships, riverboats, barges and more.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. The Parade of Ships can be viewed in both Detroit and Windsor.
Passing Historic Fort Wayne 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hart Plaza/Dieppe Park, Windsor 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Belle Isle 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to print out the coupon




Alpena Update

07/15
The Lafarge cement terminal was busy on Saturday. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity arrived into port at 9:00 a.m. to load for Green Bay. The J.A.W Iglehart came in around 6:00 p.m. The Paul H. Townsend was also expected in at 10:00 p.m. Saturday. The Alpena is heading for Cleveland.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

07/15
The Saginaw was inbound the Saginaw River early Saturday morning. She passed the Front Range at 12:45 a.m. and stated she was going up to the Buena Vista Crow Island Dock. By late morning, the Saginaw had finished unloading and turned in the 6th Street Turning Basin. She was downbound from there at 11:05 a.m.

The Wolverine was inbound Saturday morning as well, following not far behind the Saginaw. She arrived at the Bay City Wirt Dock to lighter before heading up to the Saginaw Wirt Dock at Crow Island. Wolverine, after departing Bay City, was upbound passing the Airport Turning Basin at 8:20 a.m. She finished unloading by late afternoon and was outbound passing the Airport Turning Basin at 7:25 p.m.

The Buffalo gave a security call as she passed the Front Range at 3:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon. She indicated that she was headed to the Saginaw Rock Dock.

The Buffalo completed unloading in Saginaw and was outbound early Sunday morning.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Saginaw approaching Independence Bridge.
Close Up.
Working through heavy recreational traffic.
Buffalo upbound passing Bay City Wirt Dock.
Grilling on Buffalo's stern, Saturday night is traditionally "Steak Night" on Great Lakes freighters.
Stern view.
Wolverine downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Wolverine close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/15
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Saturday.

Lake Michigan (Marshall Islands) at DMT.
Alpena downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Another view.
John G. Munson downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Joseph H Frantz upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern.
Halifax upbound at Grassy Island loaded with ore for Rouge Steel.
Stern view.
tug Vermont off Nicholson's waiting to assist Halifax up the Rouge.
Diamond Queen in the Rouge Slip on a Bluewater Chapter Tour.
tug Wyoming & Halifax making the turn above the Conrail Bridge in the Rouge River.
the Vermont & Halifax inbound the Rouge River.
tug Karen Andrie outbound the Rouge River bound for Sterling for fuel.
Atlantic Erie upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Arcadia (Greece) at Morterm.
Reserve downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern.
Montrealais upbound in the Fighting Island Channel off Mama Juda.
Stern.
Reserve passing Niagara Prince.
Niagara Prince upbound in the Ballard's Reef Channel, she arrived at Bishop Park about 20:00. She will depart at 06:00 Sunday morning heading upbound.
Stern view.
Millenium Eagle (Liberia) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/15
When the Atlantic Huron finished unloading a partial grain cargo at the A.R.M.S. Dock she was towed upriver to the ADM/ Countrymark Elevator to load additional grain for a St. Lawrence River port. She was expected to depart later on Saturday. "G" tugs were expected to handle the tow.

The Algomarine arrived that afternoon to load coal at the CSX Dock. The Reserve was due in late Saturday evening at the Torco Dock to unload ore. The Alpena was at the Lafarge Dock unloading cement and was expected to depart Saturday evening.

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

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Thursday morning, followed by the Algosoo, and Buffalo on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Tuesday evening, followed by the Reserve on Friday morning.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
G.A. Boeckling at the Hocking Valley Dock.
Another view. Behind her is the William A. Reiss (she was eventually scrapped) and the J. Burton Ayers which now sails as the Cuyahoga.
Picture taken two days later after the fire completely destroyed her.
At Toledo Shipyard waiting to be scrapped.


Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Fawn Island Gathering

07/15
Saturday was a beautiful day for the Fawn Island Gathering in the St. Clair River. Shari and Ron Schwartz hosted the event at their private boat watchers paradise that is located off Sombra, ON across from Marine City Michigan. The day was filled with cruising on the Hammond Bay and relaxing on the island. A steady parade of boat traffic passed in the river to entertain the group.

Middletown upbound passing Marine City with coal for Port Washington.
Sombra to Marine City carferry pulls into the dock as the Middletown passes.
Close up of the Middletown's pilothouse. She is flying the Canadian flag, Oglebay Norton flag and the captain's International Shipmasters' Association flag.
Great Lakes Trader passes upbound.
The prize table.
Hammond Bay prepares for the second river cruise.
Don Coles passes overhead.
Reserve passes downbound.
Group on the bow captures it on film.
Algowood unloading at Lambton the power station.
Passing her bow.
Passing a sailboat race.
Capt. George Lee in the pilot house of the Hammond Bay.
The Joseph H. Frantz passes upbound.
Close up of the Frantz's pilot house.
As we return to Fawn Island the Lee A. Tregurtha passes downbound.
Group shot.
With the river as a back drop, historian Alan Mann speaks to our group about the history of the river.
The remote control freighters made good use of the pond. R/C Scott B. Tomlinson (left)and R/C Great Laker.
The grills were lit and it was time for dinner.
Desert was a selection of Shari's creative cup cakes.

My thanks to Ron and Shari, George, David and James Lee of the Hammond Bay and all those who attended. Thanks also to all the companies and individuals that donated prizes for the drawing.




Aerial Views

07/15:
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over the area Saturday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

The site of the Fawn Island Gathering.
Close up.
Gemini downbound in the St. Clair River.
Montrealais at anchor in the middle of Western Lake Erie.
Niagara Prince at anchor in South Western Lake Erie.
C.C.G Limnos at anchor ten miles West - Northwest of Put-In Bay.
Algomarine loading coal in Toledo.
Adam E. Cornelius in lay-up at Toledo.
Cornelius and Algomarine.
American Mariner and American Republic in lay-up.
Bow view.




Today in Great Lakes History - July 15

On July 15, 1961, the Walter A. Sterling (now Lee A. Tregurtha) entered service on the Great Lakes after conversion from a tanker. The next day, on July 16, 1961, the Pioneer Challenger (now Middletown) entered service.

The CHICAGO TRADER was launched (as THE HARVESTER) in 1911 by the American Ship Building Co., Lorain, OH.

In 1946 the NORISLE was launched for the Dominion & Owen Sound Transportation Co. Ltd.

In 1934 the Ann Arbor #4 collided with the steamer N.F. Leopol in a heavy fog.

On Saturday, 15 July 1871, an argument between Captain James Bradley and Mate John Reed started while the schooner ROBERT EMMETT was docked at Erie, Pennsylvania unloading iron ore. They were still shouting at each other as the ship sailed out of the harbor. In short order, the ship turned around and anchored in the harbor. At 3:00 AM the following morning, Reed rowed ashore, went directly to the police station and charged that Capt. Bradley had assaulted him with a knife. At dawn, as the police were on their way to question Capt. Bradley, they found him stepping ashore from the deck of a tug, fuming that Reed had stolen the ship's only small boat. Bradley and Reed were at each other again and the police arrested both men. Bradley then filed charges against Reed for mutiny, assault and theft of the ship's boat. The case went to court the very next day. Justice of the Peace Foster saw his courtroom packed with curious sailors and skippers. Reed and Bradley were both still fuming and after listening to just a little testimony, Foster found both men guilty, fined them both and ordered both to pay court costs. The matter didn't end there since Reed later had to get a court order to get his personal belongings off the EMMETT. There is no record of what the disagreement was that started this whole mess.

The iron side-wheel steamer DARIUS COLE (201', 538 gt) was launched at the Glode Iron Works (hull #10) in Cleveland, Ohio on 15 July 1885. During her career, she had two other names: HURON 1906 - 1921, and COLONIAL 1921 - 1925. She burned off Barcelona, New York on Lake Erie on 1 September 1925 while on an excursion. The hull was beached and later towed to Dunkirk, New York for scrapping.

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

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




Canadian Olympic Update

07/14
Divers in Duluth were expected to go work July 13 in an attempt to locate the Canadian Olympic's stern anchor, which was severed from its chain after fouling the vessel's propeller on July 12. By 5:00 p.m. Friday the Olympic was in the large drydock at Fraser Shipyards in Superior to undergo repairs. It's one of the few Canadian vessels to use the yard in recent years. The vessel was towed to the yard from the Duluth port terminal on Friday morning.

Canadian Olympic was preparing to anchor in Duluth's inner harbor anchorage area early on July 12 when its stern anchor chain fouled the propeller, forcing the vessel to stop partly in the harbor's front channel. The Duluth ship canal and front channel were closed to commercial traffic for much of the day until the vessel could be swung clear of the channel.

On Friday morning, the Canadian Olympic remained docked at the Duluth port terminal and crews from Fraser Shipyards were aboard.

According to the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Duluth, repair workers were preparing to cut the anchor from the fouled chain Thursday when they discovered the anchor was no longer attached. A search of the area did not produce the anchor, and the vessel was towed to the nearby port terminal on Thursday evening.

Divers hired by Marine Tech in Duluth were expected to begin searching Friday for the missing anchor. The Duluth Harbor Basin Southern Section will remain closed to transiting vessels until the anchor is located.

The Coast Guard said it expected Canadian Olympic to be towed to Fraser Shipyards on Friday for repairs.

Thursday's mishap resulted in damage to the vessel's propeller shaft and the spilling of about 100 gallons of lubricating oil into the harbor. According to the Duluth News Tribune, a preliminary investigation did not find negligence on behalf of the vessel's master or crew.

"It appears to have been just an accident,'' said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Palmiotto of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, which is investigating the incident.

Canadian Olympic in Duluth harbor Thursday afternoon. Al Miller
A close up view of the vessel's stern with the work tug Maxine Thompson nearby and the absorbent boom visible. Al Miller
A worker can be seen aboard a work float near the stern of Canadian Olympic. Al Miller
Up close showing the anchor chain hanging from the stern Thursday evening. Kent Rengo
Olympic is moved towards the Duluth Port Terminal about 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Kent Rengo

Reported by: Al Miller




Arcadia Arrested

07/14
The saga of the Arcadia continues as it has now been arrested because of unpaid debt. The Detroit Free Press reported Friday that the Essex County sheriff issued a federal writ on the Arcadia on Wednesday because of unpaid debts to Navitrans Shipping Agencies of Montreal. The debt is actually owed by Great Lakes Cruises Inc., the chartering company that went out of business on Monday. Navitrans was hired to manage port relations -- from hiring pilots to loading water, food and fuel -- for the Arcadia in the Great Lakes.

Arcadia docked at Morterm in Windsor on Thursday. Mike Nicholls




Cape May Light Sails for Buffalo

07/14
The cruise ship Cape May Light was upbound in the Welland Canal and heading for Buffalo on Friday evening. When the cruise ship arrives it will be the largest passenger vessel to dock in Buffalo since the South American back in the late 1960's. The Visiting Ship's Berth on the Buffalo River where she will tie up is within eyesight of the DL&W waterfront terminal that all the old passenger boats used.

Saturday a bus will take the passengers to Niagara Falls and then the Cape May Light is scheduled to depart at 6:00 p.m.

The Cape May Light was launched in May is designed to be similar to the Fall River Line vessels that plied the East Coast in the 19th Century. The 300-foot ship can carry 224 passengers in 113 cabins, nine or 10 of which are outside staterooms. Each state room is individually climatic controlled and equipped with a TV-VCR satellite service along with ship-to-shore radio. It is owned and operated by Delta Queen Costal Tours. Its main area of operation is cruising the eastern seaboard of the USA, Canada and into the Seaway and Great Lakes regions.

Next season the vessel will run a full season on the Great Lakes, with 17 cruises in 2002 including four that explore Lake Superior.

Visit www.coastalvoyages.com for more information.

Pictures taken Tuesday by Keith Giles
Passing Brockville.
Close up of bow.
Another close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski and Keith Giles




Corps barge raises 34,000-pound copper boulder

07/14
The Corps of Engineers crane barge H.J. Schwartz on Thursday raised a 34,000-pound piece of copper from the bottom of Lake Superior near Eagle Harbor, Mich. The rock is the largest piece of copper every pulled from the lake, according to officials of the Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. A diver found the boulder about 10 years ago one mile from shore in about 30 feet of water.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

07/14
After 9 weeks of a mandatory shut down, both the Empire and Republic Iron Ore Mines located on the Marquette Range will be fully operational by this coming Sunday evening. Problems in the American steel industry has taken its toll on the iron ore production and mining industries.

On Sunday at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, two major events will take place in support of the Iron Ore Industry and effort to stop alleged foreign steel dumping. Starting a 11:00 a.m., a huge rally (Stand up for Iron Ore) will take place in the Superior Dome. At the conclusion of the rally, participants will march to the grounds of the University Center where a second event will be occurring.

As a result of both mines being shut down, vessel traffic has been extremely slow during the past several weeks. Furthermore, shipments of Iron Ore from Marquette is down by 31% so far this season according to local media.

Shipping traffic for Marquette is down 75% over all compared to the month of July 2000. Last year during the month of July, a total of 59 vessels visited both harbors compare to this year where 15 have visited both harbors.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Green Bay News

07/14
The Agawa Canyon made a visit to the Reiss dock with another load of salt. The Canyon was here just 11 days earlier with the same cargo. The Algoway, Algorail, and Mississagi also delivered salt to the Reiss dock within the past ten days. The salt pile now looms large over the Mason Street Bridge.

Coal and salt delivery activity on the Reiss dock has increased this year, presumably because $5 million was cut from a proposed budget to move the Reiss salt and coal docks from the current location to a less conspicuous dock closer to the mouth of the Fox River. It now appears that Reiss will be at its present location at least for the time being.

Agawa Canyon passing through a railroad swing bridge.

Reported by: Jeff DuMez




St. Clair River Images

07/14
Below are recent images of traffic passing under the Blue Water Bridge's on the St. Clair River.

Emerald Star downbound.
Federal Rideau downbound above the bridge.
Paterson downbound.
Mississagi downbound.
Canadian Leader.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard




Toledo Report

07/14
The H. Lee White was loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed early Friday noon. The Atlantic Huron was unloading a partial cargo of canola at the A.R.M.S. Dock. Her unloading time was scheduled to be around 2 to 3 hours long before she will depart for a St. Lawrence River port. The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader all remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boat will be the Algomarine on Saturday morning. She will be unloading a partial stone cargo first at the CSX Stone Dock before shifting over to the coal loading dock. The Algomarine will return back to load coal on Thursday morning.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco late Saturday evening, followed by the Armco on Tuesday evening.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
The Pinedale heading outbound the Maumee River after loading a grain cargo.
Hennepin awaiting her fate at the CSX Docks "Frog Pond" area. The Kinsman Voyager is astern of her.
Ben W. Calvin in lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. In several weeks she will be going thru spring fitout and will be sailing for another season.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Thunder Bay News

07/14
The Quebecois arrived in port about 3:00 a.m. Friday morning and docked at Cargil. By early afternoon she had moved over to Mission Terminals and then moved again in the early evening over to Agricore to complete her loading. She will be departing early this morning.

The saltie Fossnes was next to arrive, pulling into Saskatchewan Pool 7b around 8:00 a.m. She remained at the dock at 9:30 p.m. last night.

The tug Radium Yellowknife and her lumber barges returned from another trip to Superior, Wisconsin and docked back at their normal dock at Northern Woods at 9:00 a.m.

The Canadian Prospector arrived late afternoon and sailed around the south end of the Welcome Islands and into the Mission river where she tied up at Cargil at 4:00 p.m. The tug Sandra Mary and her barge John Holden are still docked at Keefer Terminals.

Big news of the summer is the proposed sale of Thunder Bay Terminals Ltd. to a Minnesota based company called NRG Energy Inc. This sale is expected to be announced as final on Monday. It is reported that the owner of Thunder Bay Terminals signed a letter of intent to sell the property that is located on McKellar Island in Thunder Bay. The sale is reported to be worth $40 million Canadian.

Thunder Bay Terminals supplies bulk potash, agricultural products and coal. NRG is ranked as the fifth largest energy provider in the world and good things are expected to happen if this deal finalizes, such as increased demand for ships to enter the Port of Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Fawn Island Gathering today

07/14
A day of boat watching and river cruising will take place today. The weather forecast calls for 80-degree temperatures and sunny skies, perfect weather for boat watching in the St. Clair River.

Ron and Shari Schwartz and George Lee from Hammond Bay River Cruises are hosting the exclusive "Boatnerd" outing. Two cruises are planned on the 54-foot, 40 passenger charter vessel Hammond Bay. Fawn Island is located across from Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. Boat watching starting at 9:00 a.m. through Dinner at 5:30 on the Island.

Cost for the cruises is only $15.00 U.S. which includes a 3 hour narrated scenic trip, pointing out landmarks, local history, and information on passing ships. We'll cruise up along the Canadian side to Stag Island, and return along the U.S. shoreline to Fawn Island. A cold buffet lunch is included. For more information on the cruise e-mail hammondbay@sympatico.ca or call 519-892-3973

All are welcome if you would like to come and enjoy a day on the island boat watching. Click here for more Details on the event




Today in Great Lakes History - July 14

The AMERICAN REPUBLIC was launched July 14, 1980 by the Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

While upbound in the St. Lawrence River on July 14, 1970 for Saginaw, MI with a load of pig iron from Sorel, Que., the EASTCLIFFE HALL grounded in mud near Chrysler Shoal six miles above Massena, NY at 0300 hours but was able to free herself. A few hours later, approaching Cornwall, she struck a submerged object and sank within a few minutes in 70 feet of water only 650 feet from the point of impact. The submerged object was believed to be an old aid to navigation light stand. Nine lives were lost. Divers determined that her back was broken in two places. After salvaging part of the cargo, her cabins were leveled and her hull was filled.

In 1988 the JOHN T. HUTCHINSON and "tow mate" CONSUMERS POWER passed through the Panama Canal heading for the cutters torch in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

On 14 July 1908, MENTOR (wooden propeller tug, 53', 23 gt, built in 1882 at Saugatuck, MI) burned south of Chicago, Illinois. No lives lost. Her original name was HATTIE A. FOX.

On 14 July 1891, T. H. ORTON (wooden barge, 262 gt, built in 1873 at Buffalo, NY) anchored off Marblehead on Lake Erie to ride out a storm. She dragged her anchors and was driven ashore where she was declared a total wreck. She may have been recovered though. Just two years earlier, this vessel went through a similar incident at the same spot!

Data from: Dave Wobser, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

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




Anchor Disables Olympic

07/13
The Canadian Olympic fouled its propeller about 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning as it was attempting to anchor in the inner harbor anchorage area in Duluth. The stern anchor chain became wrapped around its propeller and the vessel came to a stop partly blocking the front channel, prompting the Coast Guard to close the Duluth ship canal and divert vessel traffic to Superior Entry.

The anchor chain damaged the vessel's propeller shaft. About 100 gallons of oil used to lubricate the shaft spilled into the harbor. The vessel's crew responded by deploying an absorbent boom and pads to contain and clean up the spill. At midday, the boom was still visible around the vessel's stern.

By late afternoon, Great Lakes Towing's tug Minnesota was alongside the vessel and had pushed its stern away from the front channel.

Fraser Shipyard's work boat Maxine Thompson had a work barge out at the Olympic's stern, but the crane barge positioned there for much of the evening belonged to Marine Tech, Inc. and was towed out by their tug Jason. By 7:45 p.m. all of the work barges and small tugs were gone from the vessel's stern and the tug North Dakota had joined the Minnesota in keeping the ship in place. About 15 minutes later the bow anchor was weighed and the two tugs maneuvered the Olympic into Port Terminal #4.

A local television station reported the Canadian Olympic might be towed to Thunder Bay rather than Fraser Shipyards if dry docking is needed.

Canadian Olympic in Duluth harbor Thursday afternoon. Al Miller
A close up view of the vessel's stern with the work tug Maxine Thompson nearby and the absorbent boom visible. Al Miller
A worker can be seen aboard a work float near the stern of Canadian Olympic. Al Miller
Up close showing the anchor chain hanging from the stern Thursday evening. Kent Rengo
Olympic is moved towards the Duluth Port Terminal about 8:00 p.m. Kent Rengo

Reported by: Al Miller, Brian Kloosterman, Ken Newhams and Kent Rengo




Crew member removed from Gunya A

07/13
About 1:30 a.m. a sick crew member was removed from the saltie Gunya A. The vessel was downbound from Duluth passing Detroit when it stopped in the Ojibway Anchorage off Windsor. A rescue boat from the U.S. Coast Guard base on Belle Isle evacuated the man. He was transferred from the rescue boat to a waiting ambulance at the Detroit Fire Boat dock. The ambulance took the crewman to a hospital in Detroit.

After the man was removed, the vessel hoisted anchor and continued the trip downbound. There was no update on the condition of the crewman at the time of this report.




Northshore Mining expects to cut production

07/13
Uncertainty within the steel industry prompted Cleveland-Cliffs to announce Wednesday that it “appears” it will have to reduce taconite pellet production at Northshore Mining by another 500,000 tons this year.

The anticipated reduction would amount to 16 percent of production at the mine in Babbitt, Minn., and processing plant in Silver Bay, Minn. The company ships pellets out of Silver Bay, often aboard vessels owned by Oglebay Norton and Interlake Steamship Co.

"This is just kind of another indicator of how weak the demand is for pellets,'' said Ralph Berge, spokesman for Cleveland-Cliffs. "That, of course, stems back to the import situation in the steel industry and how weak the steel industry is, and how badly injured it has been from steel imports.''

Northshore has previously announced it would cut 700,000 tons in this year’s production. If the cut announced Wednesday is made, the plant will produce 3.1 million tons this year, down 28 percent from its capacity. So far, the company has avoided laying off employees.

Northshore’s announcement is just the latest in a long string of bad news from Minnesota’s Iron Range, which this year has experienced an abrupt turnaround after several years of production increases and company investment in plant improvements.

The status of other taconite plants includes:
LTV Steel Mining Co. in Hoyt Lakes closed in January. About 1,400 workers lost their jobs and the Iron Range lost 8 million tons of production.

Hibbing Taconite Co. announced last month it would close for seven weeks to trim 1 million tons from its production. That comes on the heels of a six-week shutdown last winter. The facility is owned by Bethlehem Steel Co., Cliffs Mining Co. and Steel Company of Canada, but Bethlehem wants to sell its share.

EVTAC near Eveleth announced in January it would not stay open if it couldn't obtain fire insurance from a new carrier. Its old insurance company refused to renew the insurance, but the state Department of Commerce helped the company get a new policy. Still, its management says it must reduce costs or face closure.

Minntac, owned by USX Corp., has announced no changes in production this year.

The Minorca plant, owned by Ispat Inland Mining Co., has announced no changes.

National Steel Pellet Co. is for sale but still operating.

Reported by: Al Miller




Carolyn Hoey moves barges

07/13
Thursday the tug Gaelic tug Carolyn Hoey was dispatched to move a derrick scow from Edison Boat Club to Faust Corporation yard on the Rouge River. Below are some of the sights during the five hour trip:

Tug Pioneerland on a dredging job at Zug Island.
Tug Carolyn Hoey pilot house and crew Jim Storen and Bill Hoey Sr.
Looking at the barge.
H. Lee White downbound at Detroit
Armco downbound astern of the White.
Livingstone Light on Belle Isle.
Diamond Jack fleet at the pier at Strohs River Place.
George A. Stinson upbound at the newly painted Ambassador Bridge.
Former U.S. Navy YTB Metacom at Fort Wayne U.S. Engineers dock.
Acushnet and Roger Stahl at the Gaelic Tugboat yard on the Rouge River.
Philip R. Clarke unloading at Detroit Lime on the Rouge River.

Reported by: William Hoey Sr.




Cuyahoga Delivers salt

07/13
The Cuyahoga arrived in Toronto on Thursday morning with 15,000 metric tons of salt from Cargill Salt in Cleveland. She deposited the load at Cargill in Toronto and departed for the Port Colborne stone docks about noon.

Cuyahoga enters the Toronto Harbor eastern channel and turning basin. CN Tower and Toronto skyline in the background.
Cuyahoga approaches the raised Cherry Street bridge.
Stern view as she passes through the Cherry Street bridge.
Cuyahoga with boom extended unloading her cargo of salt at the Cargill docks with a happy reunion of Cadet Laura Giraudy (right) and future Cadet Irene Sims in the forground.

Reported by: Paul Giraudy




Barker Delivers Coal

07/13
On Wednesday the James R. Barker was unloading Coal at the Wisconsin Electric power plant on Presque Isle. The Barker and Paul R. Tregurtha are both scheduled to unload coal for Wisconsin Electric in the next two weeks.

Barker unloading.

Reported by: Scott Best




Reiss in Buffalo

07/13
The Richard Reiss made her first appearance in Buffalo this season on Thursday. She ventured up the Niagara River to the Huntley Power Plant in Tonawanda, NY to deliver a load of coal. She arrived at the dock around 3:00 p.m. This is her first visit since last fall.

Also in port was a barge at the NOCO refinery, it was docked a short distance downriver from the Reiss. It is extremely rare to see two commercial ships in the Niagara River at the same time.

Reported by: Dan Sweeley and Brian Wroblewski




Busy Day for Coast Guard Station

07/13
The U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Ignace was called on Thursday to help a disabled vessel in trouble. In the early part of the afternoon the Cutter Biscayne Bay was underway to assist a vessel in distress that had run aground on Gray's Reef. A second distress call was heard at approximately midnight. Details on the second call were not available but the Biscayne Bay was responding to the emergency.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Twin Ports report

07/13
Following the replacement of a conveyor belt on its shiploader, Midwest Energy Terminal had Oglebay Norton at its dock early on July 12. The vessel was sitting a few feet off the dock with the loading arm lowered astern of it, so it appeared the belt job wasn't quite finished.

Midwest Energy Terminal is having another busy year. Oglebay Norton represents the 155th vessel load since Jan. 1. James R. Barker also was due July 12; Indiana Harbor is due the 13th; Paul R. Tregurtha, the 14th; and Mesabi Miner on the 15th.

Six 1,000-footers are now regularly engaged in the coal trade through the terminal. Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Indiana Harbor, Columbia Star, Oglebay Norton, Paul R. Tregurtha and James R. Barker are all booked for multiple coal cargoes in July or early August.

The Millenium Eagle departed from Cenex-Harvest States Thursday evening. The Eagle had to first slip by the James R. Barker, which was docked on the front of the Port Terminal, then by the Canadian Olympic, and then around the Chios Pride, whose stern was sticking out from the AGP elevator in Duluth. The Barker appeared to be undergoing repairs, possibly to its unloading system, as its boom was raised up for most of the day as it sat at the Murphy dock on the Port Terminal.

Elsewhere in port, the Joseph L. Block unloaded limestone at DM&IR before backing out along the dock and loading underneath the gravity chutes west of dock #6. The Greek-flagged Chios Pride nearly finished loading during the afternoon at AGP, but stopped at about 5:00 p.m. It will likely have one or two hours of loading to do Friday before heading out onto Lake Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Thunder Bay News

07/13
Port of Thunder Bay was very quiet on Thursday. The only arrival was the tug Sandra Mary with the barge John Holden about 8:00 p.m. The tug and barge docked at Keefer Terminals.

The Quebecois was expected to arrive early this morning between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Sturgeon Bay Update

07/13
The tall ship Denis Sullivan arrived in Sturgeon Bay Wednesday and docked at the Selvick Marine Dock in front of the Door County Maritime Museum. The Sullivan will be open for tours while in Sturgeon Bay. The Nantucket Clipper departed in the early morning hours, off to her next port of call.

Nantucket Clipper departs.
Denis Sullivan.
Another view.
Close up of her stern.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Detroit Traffic

07/13
Below are images traffic on the Detroit River Thursday evening.

Arcadia tied up at Morterm in Windsor.
Olympic Melody (Greece) downbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Algowest upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Hamilton Update

07/13
The saltie Lykes Winner was moored on the north face of Pier 12 Thursday. A front end loader was being hoisted by the vessel's crane from one hold and being lowered into the forward hold.

The saltie Crio was anchored out in Hamilton Harbor loaded with magnesium oxide.

Vessels expected into Hamilton were the Algocen, Canadian Venture, Montrealais and Canadian Provider with iron ore for Dofasco. The Algoport is scheduled to arrive with gypsum. The salties Great Laker and Ziemia Tarnowska are due in with steel products, the Stolt Aspiration with trichloroethylene and the saltie Westkap.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Fawn Island Gathering Tomorrow

07/13
A day of boat watching and river cruising will take place Saturday, July 14. The weather forecast calls for 80-degree temperatures and sunny skies, perfect weather for boat watching in the St. Clair River.

Ron and Shari Schwartz and George Lee from Hammond Bay River Cruises are hosting the exclusive "Boatnerd" outing. Two cruises are planned on the 54-foot, 40 passenger charter vessel Hammond Bay. Fawn Island is located across from Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. Boat watching starting at 9:00 a.m. through Dinner at 5:30 on the Island.

Cost for the cruises is only $15.00 U.S. which includes a 3 hour narrated scenic trip, pointing out landmarks, local history, and information on passing ships. We'll cruise up along the Canadian side to Stag Island, and return along the U.S. shoreline to Fawn Island. A cold buffet lunch is included. For more information on the cruise e-mail hammondbay@sympatico.ca or call 519-892-3973

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Today in Great Lakes History - July 13

The ALGOWEST was christened at Collingwood on July 13, 1982.

SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER was launched July 13, 1983.

The LIGHTSHIP 103 was opened to visitors on July 13, 1974 at the city's Pine Grove Park along the St. Clair River.

The rebuilt BOSCOBEL was launched at the Peshtigo Company yard at Algonac on 13 July 1876. Originally built in 1867 as a passenger/package freight propeller vessel, she burned and sank near Ft. Gratiot in 1869. The wreck was raised, but no work was done until January 1876 when she was completely rebuilt as a schooner-barge at Algonac. She sank again in the ice on Lake Erie in 1895 and was again raised and rebuilt. She lasted until 1909 when she sank in the middle of Lake Huron during a storm.

On 13 July 1876, the Port Huron Weekly Times listed the following vessels as being idle at Marine City, Michigan: Steam Barges BAY CITY, D. W. POWERS and GERMANIA; steamer GLADYS; Schooners TAILOR and C. SPADEMAN; and Barges MARINE CITY and ST. JOSEPH.

On 13 July 1876, the Detroit Tribune reported that "the captain of a well-known Oswego vessel, on his last trip to Oswego, found that the receipts of the trip exceeded the expenses in the neighborhood of $250, and stowed $210 of the amount away in a drawer of his desk on the schooner. The money remained there some days before the captain felt the necessity of using a portion of it, and when he opened the drawer to take out the required amount he found that a family of mice had file a pre-emption claim and domiciled themselves within the recess, using the greenbacks with the utmost freedom to render their newly chosen quarters absolutely comfortable. A package containing $60 was gnawed into scraps the size of the tip of the little finger, while only enough of the larger package containing $150 remained to enable the astonished seaman to determine the numbers of the bills, so that the money can be refunded to him by the United States Treasury Department. The captain made an affidavit of the facts, and forwarded it and the remnants of the greenbacks to Washington, with the view of recovering the full value of the money destroyed. He is now on the way to Oswego with his vessel, and no doubt frequently ruminates over the adage, "The best laid schemes of mice and men, . . ."

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

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




Fouled propeller prompts closing of Duluth ship canal

07/12 6:00 p.m. Update
By late afternoon, a Great Lakes Towing tug was alongside the vessel and had pushed its stern away from the front channel. The Maxine Thompson with a crane on a barge remained nearby. A local television station reported the Canadian Olympic might be towed to Thunder Bay rather than Fraser Shipyards if drydocking is needed.

1:00 p.m. Update
The Duluth ship canal and front channel were closed for much of July 12 after the Canadian Olympic fouled its propeller while anchoring in the harbor.

According to the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Duluth, the vessel entered port about 2:00 a.m. and was attempting to anchor in the inner harbor anchorage area when its stern anchor chain became wrapped around its propeller. The vessel came to a stop partly blocking the front channel, prompting the Coast Guard to close the Duluth ship canal and divert vessel traffic to Superior Entry.

The anchor chain damaged the vessel's propeller shaft. About 100 gallons of oil used to lubricate the shaft spilled into the harbor. The vessel's crew responded by deploying an absorbent boom and pads to contain and clean up the spill. At midday, the boom was still visible around the vessel's stern.

The Coast Guard said plans called for the spill to be contained around the vessel, then tugs would swing the vessel's stern into the anchorage area to clear the front channel to traffic. After that, the anchor chain would be cut, the vessel would be towed to Fraser Shipyards in Superior for drydocking and repair, and the chain and anchor recovered from the harbor bottom.

At midday, Canadian Olympic remained in place with its stern partially blocking the front channel. The Coast Guard said it anticipated the vessel being swung out of the channel during the afternoon.

Pictures by Al Miller
Canadian Olympic in Duluth harbor.
A closeup view of the vessel's stern with the work tug Maxine Thompson nearby and the absorbent boom visible.
A worker can be seen aboard a work float near the stern of Canadian Olympic.

Reported by: Al Miller, Brian Kloosterman and Ken Newhams




Mapleglen in Windsor

07/12
Noticeably absent from the Mapleglen's stack Wednesday was the familiar P&H logo. The logos were removed on Wednesday following the sale of the vessel and fleet mate Oakglen to Canada Steamship Lines on July 9.

The Mapleglen was loading at Cargil in Windsor. She departed downbound about 2:30 a.m. this morning with soy pellets loaded in Windsor for Quebec City and wheat loaded in Thunder Bay for Three Rivers.

Pictures by Mike Nicholls
Mapleglen loading at the ADM Dock in Windsor after crews had removed the P&H shields.
Stern view.
Close up of the stack.

Reported by: Kenneth Borg and Mike Nicholls




Arcadia docks in Windsor

07/12
The cruise ship Arcadia was downbound on the Detroit River Wednesday evening and docked at the Morton Terminal in Windsor about 6:30 p.m. They were expected to take on fuel at Sterling today and return to Morterm.

Her next port of call in unknown but the Greek cruise ship is rumored to be heading for Newfoundland, the Azores and then home Greece.

The Arcadia was chartered to cruise a full season on the lakes but continuing problems with the vessel led to the charter company's bankruptcy.

Pictures by Mike Nicholls
Arcadia downbound for Morterm.
Arcadia docking at Morterm in Windsor.
Stern view.

Reported by: Kenneth Borg, Linda Stoetzer and Mike Nicholls




Saginaw in Sarnia

07/12
The Saginaw has returned to Sarnia and on Wednesday her bow was heavily ballasted and the propeller was out of the water. It appeared as though crews were working on the shaft seal again. An oil recovery boom had been deployed around the stern of the vessel for what appears to be for added safety as no oil can be seen on the water.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Propeller Removed from Donner

07/12:
Crews from Marinette Fuel and Dock and K&K Warehousing spent Wednesday removing the propeller from the cargo transfer vessel William H. Donner. Earlier in the spring crews removed the mast and some other equipment from the Donner's deckhouse. It is unknown why the propeller was removed.

Donner at the dock. Note both of the cranes were brought as far forward as possible to lift the stern up to make removing the propeller easier.
Propellerless hub.
Propeller on the dock.

Reported by: Scott Best




Nantucket Clipper Arrives

07/12
The cruse ship Nantucket Clipper, stopped for Fuel at Palmer Johnson Yachts in Sturgeon Bay Wednesday. The Clipper entered the Bay of Sturgeon Bay from the Bay of Green Bay.

Entering the Bay from the Bay of Green Bay.
Passing through the Michigan Street Bridge.
Turning into the Palmer Johnson Dock.
Fuel tanker standing by.
Palmer Johnson crew putting out an oil boom for fueling.
Palmer Johnson logo.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Thunder Bay Report

07/12
Sunny skies and warm temperatures continued in the Lake Superior port as the boat traffic continues to be fairly slow, possibly the result of a normal summer slow down.

The Canadian Leader made an early afternoon move over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a to continue loading.

At the same time that the Leader was on the move the Atlantic Huron called in saying that she was departing Agricore and heading down the lake. Her destinations were noted as Windsor, Toledo and Halifax. She was loaded with 19,614 metric tons of Canola, Wheat and Oats. By 4:30 p.m. the Atlantic Huron called in that they were downbound passing Passage Island by Isle Royale.

A short time after the Atlantic Huron left the Paterson called in that she was ready to depart down the Lake. She was loaded with 28,614 metric tons of wheat and was heading for a St. Lawrence port. She backed out of United Grain Growers "A" house and proceeded out the North entrance and down the lake.

By early evening the Canadian Leader departed Saskatchewan Pool 7a, went out the South Entrance and headed down the Lake. Her departure has left the Port of Thunder Bay empty once again, except for the long term lay-up of the damaged Algontario, who has been docked at both the Pascol Engineering dock and Keefer Terminals since April 1999.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Saginaw News

07/12
On Wednesday the Sam Laud arrived at the Saginaw River Front Range Light at 8:11 p.m. She reported that she was heading for Zilwaukee, to the Burrough's Dock in Saginaw. The Algoway was outbound though Bay City Wednesday afternoon about 3:30 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Algoway downbound.
Close up.
Algoway at Front Range.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/12
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Thursday.

Barge Mc Asphalt 401 at Hiram Walker unloading.
tug John Spence.
Southdown Conquest with Mc Kee Sons in the background. The Conquest was at the Cemex Dock the Mc Kee Sons was unloading at the Koenig Dock.
Southdown Conquest unloading at the Cemex Dock in Detroit.
Mc Kee Sons unloading at the Koenig Dock in Detroit.
Maumee at the Sterling Fuel Dock in Windsor. A shot of her fueling flag.
Bow view.
George A Stinson unloading into the hopper at Zug Island. A very slow unload.
tug Pioneerland heading up from Nicholson's to place the crew on their barge.
barge PML 9000 in Ojibway Slip.
tug Alice A in Ojibway Slip.
Emerald Star downbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Canadian Prospector upbound at the Ambassador Bridge.
Southdown Challenger at the Sterling Fuel Dock.
Stern view.
Tug Alice A in Ojibway Slip.
Close up.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/12
On Wednesday the Courtney Burton was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. The tanker Gemini was at the B-P Dock. The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader all remain in long term lay-up in port.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the H. Lee White on Friday morning. The Algomarine on Saturday morning, followed by the Algosteel on Monday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Thursday afternoon followed by the Reserve on Saturday evening.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
William P. Snyder loading coal at the C&O # 3 coal.
Samuel Mather during spring fitout at the Hocking Valley Dock. Several days later she would be out sailing.
Nipigon Bay loading grain at Midstates Elevator.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Fawn Island Gathering, This Saturday

07/12
A day of boat watching and river cruising is planned for this Saturday, July 14. The weather forecast calls for 80-degree temperatures and sunny skies, perfect weather for boat watching in the St. Clair River.

Ron and Shari Schwartz and George Lee from Hammond Bay River Cruises are hosting the exclusive "Boatnerd" outing. Two cruises are planned on the 54-foot, 40 passenger charter vessel Hammond Bay. Fawn Island is located across from Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. Boat watching starting at 9:00 a.m. through Dinner at 5:30 on the Island.

Cost for the cruises is only $15.00 U.S. which includes a 3 hour narrated scenic trip, pointing out landmarks, local history, and information on passing ships. We'll cruise up along the Canadian side to Stag Island, and return along the U.S. shoreline to Fawn Island. A cold buffet lunch is included. For more information on the cruise e-mail hammondbay@sympatico.ca or call 519-892-3973

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Today in Great Lakes History - July 12

The BELLE RIVER (WALTER J. McCARTHY JR.) was christened on July 12, 1977 as American Steamship's first thousand-footer and the first thousand-footer built at Bay Ship.

The H.M. GRIFFITH was launched July 12, 1973 for the Canada Steamship Lines.

In 1986 The ENDERS M. VOORHEES was chained together with her sisters, A.H. FERBERT (2) and IRVING S. OLDS, a severe thunderstorm struck Duluth pushing the trio across St. Louis Bay eventually grounding them near Superior, WI. It was discovered that the force of the storm had pulled the bollards out of the Hallett Dock No.5 thus releasing the ships.

On July 12, 1958, the Frank A. Sherman entered service, departing Port Weller, Ontario, for Duluth and a load of iron ore on its maiden voyage.

On 12 July 1871, ADVANCE (wooden scow-schooner, 49T, built in 1847 at Fairport, OH), was bound for Detroit from Cleveland with a load of coal. She and the steamer U.S. GRANT collided near South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) in Lake Erie and ADVANCE sank. Her crew escaped in the yawl.

On 12 July 1852, CITY OF OSWEGO (wooden propeller passenger-package freight vessel, 138', 357 t, built in 1852 at Buffalo, NY) collided with the steamer AMERICA and sank off Willowick, Ohio, a few miles east of Cleveland. 15 lives were lost. This was CITY OF OSWEGO's first season of operation.

On 12 July 1889, T. H. ORTON (wooden barge, 262 gt, built in 1873 at Buffalo, NY) anchored off Marblehead on Lake Erie to ride out a storm. She dragged her anchors and was driven ashore where she was declared a total wreck. She was recovered and just two years later, at the same place, this incident was repeated.

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

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




Oakglen and Mapleglen to CSL

07/11
As reported yesterday the Oakglen and Mapleglen were sold on Monday to Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) by Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. (P&H). Canada Steamship Lines confirmed the sale with a press release issued Monday.

Both vessels are expected to keep their names as CSL purchased the boats and the contracts. The two will carry additional grain cargoes that otherwise would be tying up the CSL self-unloaders that are better employed in other trades. The Oakglen is at dock in Toronto and appears to be in for a mid summer lay-up.

Both vessels will keep the black hulls but will get CSL stack colors and CSL houseflags on the bow beside the name.

Reported by: Kent Malo and Gerry O.




Arcadia Ends Season

07/11
Siting poor publicity and a host of problems with the Greek ship, Great Lakes Cruises Inc. -- the Waukesha, Wisconsin company that chartered the Arcadia announced that they were filing for bankruptcy Tuesday.

Ralph Diehl, president of the company told the Detroit Free Press "We're done, we will file for bankruptcy -- both the company and me, personally."

Diehl worked to correct problems with the ship since his company took charter of it in May, the ships owners were often blamed for problems. The latest trouble came last week when the ship was issued a "No Sail" order by the Coast Guard due to heath code violations.

The Arcadia docked in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Monday ending a seven-night cruise on the second day. The 121 passengers on board were to be bused back to Detroit Tuesday.

Arcadia departed the Roberta Bondar Park Marina in the Canadian Sault, downbound on Tuesday afternoon at 6:30 p.m. It was expected to depart on Monday but the ship was low on fuel and disputing who should pay for bunkers.

The Arcadia had been scheduled to be the first to sail a full season in the Great Lakes in 35 years.

Reported by: Jerry Masson, Alan Baker Scott McLellan and Joe Barr




Conlin Travel / Great Lakes Cruise Company Offering Assistance to Arcadia Passengers

07/11
Conlin Travel, which operates the Great Lakes Cruise Company and charters the C. Columbus and Le Levant for seven night sailings on the Great Lakes, is offering assistance to passengers that were booked on a Great Lakes cruise on the now bankrupt MTS Arcadia cruise ship.

According to Christopher U. Conlin, President of Conlin Travel/Great Lakes Cruise Company, "If someone has made a deposit or full payment on an MTS Arcadia Great Lakes cruise, in most cases, we are offering them a discount equal to their deposit ($250.00 each) for a C. Columbus 7 night cruise." "If a travel agent was involved with the booking, we are also protecting the agent's original commission paid by Arcadia and still offering the client the discount."

Mr. Conlin also points out that their charter contracts are fully paid. All final payments go into an Escrow account managed by their bank. Financial Guarantee Bonds also exist on each cruise contract. "Passengers need not worry about our financial condition," Conlin states.

Conlin Travel has been in business for 43 years and is in its third season of Great Lakes cruises.

The Great Lakes Cruise Company is a subsidiary of Conlin Travel. For more information, call toll-free 888-891-0203.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Cape May Light on the Seaway

07/11
Tuesday evening the cruise ship Cape May Light passed Brockville, ON upbound through the Seaway for Toronto. This is the new vessel's first trip onto the Seaway. From Toronto it will pass through the Welland Canal to Buffalo where it will stop and return downbound, not visiting the upper lakes.

The Cape May Light was launched in May is designed to be similar to the Fall River Line vessels that plied the East Coast in the 19th Century. The 300-foot ship can carry 224 passengers in 113 cabins, nine or 10 of which are outside staterooms. Each state room is individually climatic controlled and equipped with a TV-VCR satellite service along with ship-to-shore radio. It is owned and operated by Delta Queen Costal Tours. Its main area of operation is cruising the eastern seaboard of the USA, Canada and into the Seaway and Great Lakes regions.

Next season the vessel will run a full season on the Great Lakes, with 17 cruises in 2002 including four that explore Lake Superior.

Visit www.coastalvoyages.com for more information.

Passing Brockville.
Close up of bow.
Another close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Keith Giles




Another New Name in Clarkson

07/11
The Sichem Asia arrived at the Petro Canada pier for the first time this season late Monday or early Tuesday. She came up through the Seaway from Montreal. At noon Tuesday she was about one third unloaded. Tuesday evening, unloading appeared to be almost finished. She brought in a cargo of hydro cracker bottoms.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Dredging Resumes Port Stanley

07/11
Dredging resumed in Port Stanley by Dean Construction on Monday. The project was put on hold in December of last year and completion is expected in about four weeks. This will make Port Stanley the last deep water harbor left on the Canadian side of Lake Erie.

Reported by: Ted Coombs




Twin Ports report

07/11
The ore trade in western Lake Superior was brisk July 10. CSL Tadoussac was just backing away from the DMIR ore dock in Duluth about 7:30 a.m. while Atlantic Erie was slowly proceeding upriver to takes its place at the ore dock. Armco and Middletown were both scheduled to arrive early in the day at Silver Bay while Presque Isle was expected to be a late-day arrival in Two Harbors.

Tuesday afternoon traffic became busy. The Mesabi Miner departed with coal from Midwest Energy at about 4:00 p.m. She was quickly followed out onto the lake by the Olympic Melody, who finally departed with a load of corn after spending a week in port.

The Cason J. Callaway arrived shortly after the Melody's departure, loaded with limestone and headed for the Murphy Fuel dock. About an hour later the Atlantic Erie departed with a load of taconite pellets bound for Nanticoke. The Erie was making a rare second consecutive trip.

As the Erie was headed down the St. Louis River, the G-tugs Kentucky and Minnesota passed her upbound, heading to assist the Gunay-A out of her berth at Cenex-Harvest States. Once the Gunay-A was clear of Connor's Point, the tugs headed down the river to join the Millenium Eagle as she eased out of her berth at the Port Terminal. The Callaway, her fueling complete, waited for the Gunay-A to pass the fuel dock before pulling away and heading up the river toward DM&IR. The Millenium Eagle and her tug escorts were also waiting for the Gunay-A to pass before pulling out into the Duluth basin. The Eagle then followed the Callaway up the river.

The Callaway had spun around and was backing into DM&IR just as the tugs were maneuvering the Eagle into its final position at Cenex. As the two freighters were making their docks upriver, the Canadian Enterprise sailed in under the Aerial Bridge, headed for a load of coal at Midwest Energy. As the busy evening played out, the Chios Pride finished a day of loading at AGP, and the Alpena was unloading cement into the J. B. Ford at Lafarge Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Thunder Bay Update

07/11
Two departures early Tuesday morning saw the tug Radium Yellowknife and her lumber barges heading back down to Superior, Wisconsin. The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer were departing downbound from Mission Terminals at the mouth of the Mission River.

Early that morning hours were three vessels arriving in port. The Paterson pulled into Agricore to begin loading and at of 11:40 p.m. Tuesday night was docked at United Grain Growers "A" house to continue loading.

The Atlantic Huron arrived at Richardson's Elevator by 11:25 p.m. she was tied up at Agricore. The Huron had to wait outside the South entrance for a couple of hours until the Paterson had finished loading and cleared the slip at Agricore.

The Canadian Leader was also an early arrival, docking at Mission Terminals that had just been cleared by the Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spencer. At 5:30 p.m. she moved over next door to the Cargill Elevators to continue loading.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena Report

07/11
On Tuesday the tugboat Anglican Lady and its deck barge Chief Wawatam was unloading gravel at Alpena Oil in the Thunder Bay River. The Navy training vessel Grey Fox was also in the river. The Paul H. Townsend was in port on Tuesday to load cement. The Alpena will be leaving Duluth sometime Wednesday night to come back to Lafarge in Alpena. The J.A.W Iglehart is heading for Cleveland. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity will be in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Buffalo was loading at Stoneport on Tuesday afternoon. The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder is due sometime on Wednesday.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

07/11
The Algoway arrived at the Saginaw River Front Range Lights shortly after 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night. She was heading to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City. They were due at the Independence Bridge just before midnight. Algoway will also be going up to Saginaw after lightering in Bay City.

The Wolverine entered the Saginaw River Monday night arriving at the Bay City Wirt Dock. After lightering, she departed and headed upriver for the Wirt Saginaw Dock at Crow Island to finish unloading. The Wolverine was outbound Tuesday morning passing through the Lafayette Bridge at 9:40 a.m.

The Sam Laud gave a security call at Light 1 of the Entrance Channel at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday morning. She unloaded at Bay Aggregates overnight and then departed at 8:35am. Her departure was somewhat unusual in that she departed stern first, backing downriver to the Bay City Wirt Turning Basin rather that going upriver to the Airport Turning Basin.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Sam Laud unloading at Bay Aggregates.
Another view.
Wolverine downbound approaching Veteran's Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/11
Below are images of the Mapleglen loading on the Detroit River Tuesday evening.

Mapleglen at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/11
The tanker Saturn was at the B-P Dock loading cargo. The Maumee was inbound Maumee Bay around 5:00 p.m. and sailing for the A.R.M.S. Dock to unload a salt cargo. This dock site is located near the Craig (I-280) Bridge. The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. She was expected to depart the dock as soon as the Maumee passed.

There were no coal, grain or ore vessels in port at the time of this report. The Adam E. Cornelius, American Mariner, American Republic, and Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will now be the H. Lee White on Friday morning, followed by the Algomarine on Saturday morning. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Courtney Burton on Wednesday morning, followed by the Armco on Friday morning.

Toledo is expected to enter a seasonal period of light traffic in the next several weeks. The long term CSX Dock tape has few boats scheduled for the next two weeks.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Huron at the CSX Dock "Frog Pond" awaiting her fate.
George Hindman at Midstates Elevator (note the smoke) getting ready to load a grain cargo.
Willis B. Boyer arriving for winter lay-up at the Hocking Valley Dock. She was finished as an operational carrier for the Cleveland Cliffs Fleet. She remained at this dock site for several years before she was sold to the City of Toledo for use as a museum ship where she now serves today at the City Docks across from downtown Toledo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Fawn Island Gathering, This Saturday

07/11
A day of boat watching and river cruising is planned for this Saturday, July 14. The weather forecast calls for 80-degree temperatures and sunny skies, perfect weather for boat watching in the St. Clair River.

Ron and Shari Schwartz and George Lee from Hammond Bay River Cruises are hosting the exclusive "Boatnerd" outing. Two cruises are planned on the 54-foot, 40 passenger charter vessel Hammond Bay. Fawn Island is located across from Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. Boat watching starting at 9:00 a.m. through Dinner at 5:30 on the Island.

Cost for the cruises is only $15.00 U.S. which includes a 3 hour narrated scenic trip, pointing out landmarks, local history, and information on passing ships. We'll cruise up along the Canadian side to Stag Island, and return along the U.S. shoreline to Fawn Island. A cold buffet lunch is included. For more information on the cruise e-mail hammondbay@sympatico.ca or call 519-892-3973

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Today in Great Lakes History - July 11

The INDIANA HARBOR was christened July 11, 1979.

On July 11, 1943 the ENDERS M. VOORHEES became the first downbound vessel to transit the newly built MacArthur Lock at the Soo.

On 11 July 1888, the 2-mast wooden schooner JOHN TIBBETS was carrying coal on Lake Erie when she foundered in the shallows near Clear Creek, 7 miles west of Port Rowan, Ontario and then broke up in the storm waves. Her crew made it to shore in the yawl. She was built in 1863 at Clayton, NY on the hull of the Canadian schooner PERSEVERANCE which was originally built in 1855.

PERSIA, a 150' passenger/package freight vessel, was launched at Melancthon Simpson's shipyard at St. Catharine's, Ontario on 11 July 1873. She was built at a cost of $37,000. She lasted until the 1920s when she was converted to a barge and then abandoned.

MONTEZUMA (3-mast wooden schooner-barge, 341', 2722 gt) was launched at the John Davidson shipyard (hull no. 102) in W. Bay City, Michigan on 11 July 1903. She was one of the largest wooden vessels ever built. It was later stated in the press that the reason Davidson's last large vessels took so long to build was the difficulty in obtaining the required large oak timbers and their expense. As steel went down in price, wood went up, and Davidson's last hulls cost as much as comparably-sized steel ones. At the time of launching this vessel the Davidson shipyard announced that it would not build any more wooden freight vessels.

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

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




Norton Rescues Jet Skiers

07/10
Early Saturday morning the David Z. Norton was making its way through the darkness in northern Lake Huron when a watchman on deck heard a cry for help coming from the lake. Watchman Leonard Gabrysiak Jr. alerted the crew and the 630-foot freighter came about and launched the vessel's workboat. Crew members found a young male adrift on a disabled jet ski, the young man had attempted to tow a fellow jet skier whose craft was taking on water, when the engine failed during the tow.

After the second craft became disabled one of the jet skiers took a seat cushion and attempted to swim to shore. The Norton alerted the U.S. Coast Guard base at Harbor Beach who sent a rescue boat to pick up the young man on the Norton and search for the missing jet skier.

The Paul R. Tregurtha was also passing in the area, the 1000-footer came about and joined in the search effort. The Coast Guard boat found the missing swimmer a short time later and returned both jet skiers to shore. Rescue complete, the Norton and Tregurtha quickly resumed their voyages.

The rescue took place about nine miles north east of Point aux Barques, crews estimate that the jet skiers had drifted nearly 18 miles in the eight hours before the watchman on the Norton heard the cry for help.

Reported by: John Mallard




Norris Enters Dry Dock

07/10
The James Norris entered Port Weller Dry Docks on Sunday for her reported 5 year survey and plate and bottom shell replacement. It was unknown how long she will remain at the ship yard.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Oakglen and Mapleglen to CSL

07/10
The ownership of Oakglen and Mapleglen was reported to be transferred to Canada Steamship Lines on Monday. It is unclear if the vessels are owned by CSL or are only being operated by the company. The two vessels will reportedly receive part CSL part P&H paint jobs keeping their black hulls.

The pair are expected to remain busy in the grain trade operating under the same contracts they did under P. & H. ownership. The Oakglen was purchased by P.& H. from Canada Steamship Lines during the winter of 1989-90.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Twin Ports report

07/10
Duluth-Superior was busy early July 9 with several salties and lakers loading cargo.

Around the harbor, Federal Shimanto was at AGP grain elevator in Duluth, Millenium Eagle was at the port terminal to unload steel products, Gunay-A was loading at Cenex Harvest States in Superior, and Olympic Melody was loading at the Peavey elevator in Superior. In addition, Paul R. Tregurtha was loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal for delivery to St. Clair. Algobay was docked at the port terminal waiting for its turn at the coal dock.

The Federal Shimanto had arrived Saturday on her maiden voyage, loading a partial cargo of bentonite clay at Hallett #6 over the weekend before moving to fill the rest of her holds with grain at AGP.

The western end of Lake Superior was busy with domestic traffic Monday afternoon. The St. Clair departed BNSF in Superior and was passed by the Stewart J. Cort, inbound for the same dock, about 4,000 feet off the piers. The St. Clair then angled northeastward onto the lake and passed her inbound fleet mate Walter J. McCarthy Jr., which was headed for the Duluth entry and the Midwest Energy Terminal. A few minutes later the McCarthy passed the Algobay, which was outbound from Midwest Energy with coal for Nanticoke, ON. Following the McCarthy inbound was the CSL Tadoussac.

Midwest Energy Terminal's vessel schedule indicates the dock will cease loading vessels for about 36 hours starting July 10 while workers replace a conveyor belt on the dock's shiploader.

The DMIR's Duluth dock has an interesting lineup for the next several days: CSL Tadoussac, July 9; Atlantic Erie, Columbia Star and Cason J. Callaway, July 10; and Joe Block unloading stone and loading pellets on July 12.

Due in later in the week for grain are the Black Swan, Fossnes and Montrealais.

Reported by: Al Miller and Eric Holst




Thunder Bay Update

07/10
Algosteel arrived in port around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and docked at the Thunder Bay Terminals to take on a load of coal. With a quick turn-around she was heading back down the lake for Sault Ste. Marie with 19,827 metric tons at 9:00 p.m.

The tanker Emerald Star and the Jane Ann IV/Sarah Spencer were scheduled to arrive in port Monday. The Star docked at Petro-Can up the Mission river and unloaded. By 10:00 p.m. she was downbound in ballast for Montreal.

The Spencer docked at Richardson's early that morning and moved over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a by 1:00 p.m. By early evening she had moved over to Mission Terminal and tied up.

Tug Radium Yellowknife and her lumber barges remain docked at the Northern Woods old ore dock.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Detroit Traffic

07/10
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Monday.

Richard Reiss getting ready to depart Sterling Fuels. Leaving the dock, she turned downbound for Lake Erie.
Canadian Olympic upbound at the Ambassador Bridge.
Barge Integrity at the Lafarge Dock in Detroit.
tug Jacklyn M.
tug Carolyn Hoey, Capt. Dave Jones heading upbound to move a barge behind Belle Isle.
barge Mc Allister 132 at the Intercity Intermodal Dock.
tug W N Twolan.
Mackenzie (Panama) downbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.
Richard Reiss downbound off Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Buffalo upbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Capt Ralph Tucker, downbound turning off Sterling Fuel for bunkers. The Capt Henry Jackman was 10 minutes ahead of the Tucker. When the Jackman called the Tucker to advise he would be checking down for the mailboat the call was "Capt Ralph, the Capt. Henry."
Stern view.
Capt Henry Jackman downbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Federal Hudson (Hong Kong) upbound off Grassy Island, going to Ojibway Anchorage for the night.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Report

07/10
The Algorail was at Anderson's "K" Elevator unloading potash and departed very early Monday morning. The Saturn was at the B-P Dock. Algomarine was loading coal at the CSX Dock. The Reserve was scheduled in at the Torco Dock around 5:00 p.m. to unload ore.

The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader all remain in long-term lay-up at their dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Wednesday morning, followed by the Algomarine, and Algosteel on Saturday.

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

Recent views of St. Marys River Shipping
Reserve coming out of a fog bank at the Little Rapids Cut.
Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader downbound just past the Six Mile Point area coming out of a fog bank.
Joseph L. Block downbound in the Six Mile Point area.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Update

07/10
Monday evening, the Quebecois departed the iron ore dock at Dofasco after unloading and headed out of Hamilton Harbor passing through the Burlington Ship Canal at 7:35 p.m. When the Quebecois departed, the Canadian Prospector moved into position at Dofasco's iron ore dock to start unloading.

The Sandviken was still moored at Pier 12 with no unloading activity seen. The Stolt Aspiration was at Pier 11 unloading jet fuel.

Fed Nav's Lake Michigan was unloading steel products at Pier 14.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - July 10

HENRY R. PLATT, JR. (2) was launched as a) G.A. TOMLINSON (1) at the American Ship Building Co., Lorain, OH - July 10, 1909.

In 1998 the Algowest was re-dedicated at Port Weller Dry Docks. The $20 million conversion of the ship to a self-unloader from a bulk-carrier was completed by 400 shipbuilders at Port Weller Dry Docks during the previous eight months.

On 10 July 1866, COQUETTE (1-mast wooden scow-sloop, 90', 140 t, built in 1858 at Perry, Ohio as a schooner) capsized in a storm on Lake Michigan and was lost with her crew of four. She had originally been built for the U.S. Government.

On 10 July 1911, JOHN MITCHELL (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 420', 4468 gt, built in 1907 at St. Clair, MI) was carrying wheat off Whitefish Point on Lake Superior when she was rammed broadside by the coal-laden steel steamer WILLIAM HENRY MACK (steel propeller bulk freighter, 354', 3781 gt, built in 1903 at Cleveland, OH). The MACK tried to keep her bow in the hole, but the MITCHELL still sank in 7 minutes. Quick work saved most of her crew and all 7 passengers. Three of the 34 onboard were lost. The MACK got most of the blame for the accident. The MITCHELL's wreck was discovered upside-down on the bottom in 1972. (Note: Bowling Green's database gives the date of this accident as 19 July 1911 and Dave Swayze's Shipwreck database gives the date as 10 July 1911.)

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

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




LTV reaches tentative contract with Steelworkers, but losses business with General Motors

07/09
Financially troubled LTV Corp., a large consumer of taconite pellets carried by Great Lakes ships, reached a tentative contractor Friday with the Steelworkers union but lost its contract to supply steel to General Motors Corp.

Cleveland-based LTV, the nation's third-largest steelmaker, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December. LTV had said it would be forced to close if its employees refused to make significant concessions to help the company cut its budget by $800 million.

"This tentative agreement is a tribute to the cooperation that both our union and the creditors committee maintained throughout the negotiations," said Leo Gerard, president of the 700,000-member union.

Union officials declined to give specific details of the agreement, saying that the contract still must meet the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and be ratified by union membership. A company spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.

Despite the apparent resolution of its labor problems, the company still faces stiff foreign competition amid declining global demand for steel. LTV reported $719 million in losses on $4.9 billion in sales in 2000.

LTV was dealt another blow Friday when General Motors announced it would no longer do business with the steelmaker. A GM spokesman said the automaker would stop using LTV as a supplier at the end of the year. GM makes up about 10% of LTV's business.

Reported by: Al Miller and Ned Gang




Highlander Sea Takes Race One Kingston to Port Colborne

07/09
The 126-foot Grand Banks topsail schooner, Highlander Sea, won the Youth Sail Training Division in the first race of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2001 Series in the Great Lakes. Built in 1924 in Essex, Massachusetts, Highlander Sea currently sails out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. A minimum of 50% of those onboard sailing ships racing in the Youth Sail Training Division must be between the ages of 13 and 25 when the race starts.

Grand Nellie, a 60-foot staysail schooner based out of Duluth, Minnesota and St. Thomas, USVI, placed second with an all female trainee crew. Saint Lawrence II from Kingston, Ontario placed third, followed by Norfolk Rebel, and Fair Jeanne.

In the Cruising Division (vessels not meeting the 50% youth requirement), the Pride of Baltimore II came in first, followed by True North, and Road to the Isles. Sailing the length of Lake Ontario from Kingston to the finish line at Port Weller, the vessels faced choppy water and headwinds during the two-day, 128-mile race.

The summer long series is both a race and a tour as the tall sailing ships visit selected ports on the lakes.

The tall ships race next to Cleveland July 11-16, Detroit/Windsor July 18-22 (see cruise offer below), Bay City July 26-30, Muskegon August 9-13.

Reported by: Roger Tottman and Cindy Hammel, ASTA Intern




Maple Departs

07/09
Saturday afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple departed Marinette, WI. As it departed the dock it blew a lengthy 3 long and 2 short to salute its builders. The 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender was sailing to Green Bay where it will be open for tours. From Green Bay the Maple will sail for Alaska where it will be stationed.

Maple in the Menominee River in April.

Reported by: Scott Best




Passenger Removed from Cruise Ship

07/09
On Sunday morning a passenger was removed from the cruise ship Arcadia at Tobermory. The elderly passenger was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance. The man who boarded the Arcadia while suffering from pneumonia, during the trip his condition began to deteriorate as he began to develop congestive heart failure. The officers of the Arcadia skillfully navigation through thick fog that enveloped the area up to just one hour before the evacuation took place at 12:00 p.m.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre




Shipping Stopped

07/09
Shipping was reported to be temporarily stopped on the St. Lawrence Seaway late Saturday after the 496-foot tanker Jakov Sverdlov developed mechanical problems about a half-mile east of Crossover Island. The Cypriot-registered tanker was eastbound for Montreal at 10:30 p.m. when the failure occurred. The vessel may have lost power and was reported to have dropped anchor.

Reported by: John




Thunder Bay Update

07/09
The tug Radium Yellowknife arrived in Port around 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning and docked at Northern Woods Dock at the old ore dock.

The Mapleglen left Port downbound at round 4:30 p.m. after finishing up her load at Saskatchewan Pool 7a.

The Canadian Miner departed from United Grain Growers "A" house Sunday and headed down the lake. This leaves only the Tug Radium Yellowknife and the long-term lay-up Algontario in port Sunday night.

Saturday the Mapleglen was upbound to Thunder Bay and rounding Blake Point ( about 40 miles from port) around 2:00 p.m. She arrived in port late afternoon and at 10:00 p.m. she was tied up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a. The Cartierdoc was downbound from Thunder Bay late Saturday afternoon. The Algonova was downbound from Thunder Bay after arriving at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and unloading at the Petro-Can dock in the Mission River.

The Canadian Miner arrived early Saturday morning and docked at Richardson's. In the afternoon she moved over to United Grain Growers "A" house to continue loading.

Below are pictures by Rob Farrow and Scott Hall from a Saturday dive to the wreck of the Emperor off Isle Royale in Lake Superior. The 525-foot Emperor was lost June 4, 1947 while sailing downbound from Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) for Ashtabula. Due to a navigational error she piled onto Canoe Rocks off Northwest end of Isle Royale and broke in two, foundering quickly. 19 crew were saved by USCG cutter Kimball. At the time it was owned by Canada Steamship Lines.

Saturday's dive took them to a maximum depth of 152-feet in 40-degree water. Rob reports that it is a very intact wreck at the stern but a fair bit of damage occurred when the smoke stack fell over. It crushed the stern section of the roof and damaged a lot of inside cabin walls. The bow has been badly wrecked by ice and storms since it rests in only 30-feet of water.

The vessel's name is legible as she rests at the bottom of the lake.
Coffee pot remains on the stove.
The propeller less hub.
Ship's whistle.
Reverse wheel in the engine room.
The remains of an electrical panel.
Bunk beds.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol. Shipwreck details from Dave Swayze




Alpena Report

07/09
The Wolverine was expected at the Lafarge coal dock about midnight Sunday. The Alpena was due into port around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity were expected to depart Saginaw around 5:00 a.m. The Paul H. Townsend was heading for Muskegon and the J.A.W Iglehart was in Detroit.

The Maumee was loading at Stoneport on Saturday with the David Z. Norton waiting at anchor to load once the Maumee cleared. The Lee A. Tregurtha was also expected to arrive at Stoneport Sunday morning.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

07/09
The Steamer Saginaw was downbound the Saginaw River Sunday morning after unloading in Saginaw. She passed through the Lafayette Bridge in Bay City around 7:30 a.m. Following closely behind, the barge Integrity and tug Jacklyn M. was also downbound. The pair finished unloading at Lafarge and was passing through the Veteran's Memorial Bridge around 8:40 a.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

07/09
The Mantadoc was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator Sunday and was expected to depart later on in the day with Gaelic Towing Company supplying one tug to assist her through the bridges downriver.

The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader all remain in long term lay-up.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine this morning. The John J. Boland on Tuesday evening. The Algomarine on Friday evening, followed by the Algosteel on Sunday morning.

The next scheduled ore boats will be the Reserve this afternoon, followed by the Courtney Burton on Wednesday morning.

Recent views of Toledo Shipping
CSL Laurentien inbound Maumee Bay headed for the CSX Coal Dock to load.
Maumee departing the A.R.M.S. Dock on the Maumee River near the Craig (I-280) Bridge after unloading a salt cargo.
American Mariner and American Republic in lay-up at the Lakefront Dock complex.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Conneaut Update

07/09
Two vessels were in Conneaut to load Sunday. The Canadian Olympic was loading coal at 2:00 p.m. While she was loading the James R. Barker arrived inbound. The Barker headed to the ore dock to wait for the Olympic to finish so the 1000-footer could load approximately 20,000 tons of coal for Marquette. This was the Barker's fourth trip to Conneaut in 2001. The Barker made a stop in Nanticoke to unload a cargo of taconite.

While the Barker waited, both hoppers were being used to finish loading the Olympic.

Canadian Olympic loading.
Close up of the coal hopper.
Barker inbound.
At the ore dock.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Welland Canal Pictures

07/09
Below are images taken Saturday in the Welland Canal and Hamilton.

Canadiana at Ramey’s Bend.
Limnos at Port Colborne.
Tall ship Concordia (Bahamas) at Port Colborne.
Canadian Leader upbound above Lock 8.
Canadian Transport at Port Weller D.D. with tugs James E Mc Grath & Miseford in the foreground.
Close up of Transport.
Le Grande Hermine at Jordan Harbor.
Tug Westpete at Jordan Harbor.
Federal Hudson (Hong Kong) approaching the Stratherne Street Dock with assist by Mc Keil's Progress and Paul E No 1.
Federal Hudson with tug Progress approaching the dock.
Federal Hudson turning into the dock. Note tug Progress pushing hard on the bow to prevent the accident that befell the Unviken. The Provmar Terminal was on the Drydock at Heddle Marine.
Federal Hudson working with tugs.
Progress working with the Federal Hudson.
Canadian Voyager waiting at the Dofasco Coal Dock for the Navigator to finish loading.
Canadian Navigator loading at Dofasco.
tug Paul E No 1.
tug Progress.
Provmar Terminal II.
Hamilton Energy & tug Glenevis.
tug Prescotont in Hamilton.
tug Glen G in the Hamilton Yacht Harbor.
tug Judge Mc Combs in the Hamilton Yacht Harbor.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




See the Tall Ships in Detroit

07/09
The tall ships will take part in Detroit's 300th Birthday Celebration as they start to arrive July 18. They will be docked along the Detroit River, near Hart Plaza in Detroit and Dieppe Park in Windsor. They are to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 19-21. Admission is free.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Diamond Jack River Cruises will be touring the river and offering a great vantage point to see the tall ships and Detroit River. The cruises depart at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from their dock in Hart Plaza in down town Detroit. Diamond Jack is offering a $2.00 discount to viewers of this web site with a coupon (see below).

On Saturday July 21 a group of web site viewers are planning to take the 1:00 p.m. cruise for a mini gathering to see the tall ships and river. Join us at the Hart Plaza Dock for the discounted two hour cruise.

An official tall ship parade sponsored by Ford is to begin at 1:00 p.m. July 22, near Detroit's Downriver border, and proceed up the river to Lake St. Clair (the river will be closed during the parade and no Diamond Jack tours will be running in Detroit). Ships will be joined by other historic vessels in a floating parade up the Detroit River. From canoes and oared ships to steamships, merchant sailing ships, riverboats, barges and more.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. The Parade of Ships can be viewed in both Detroit and Windsor.
Passing Historic Fort Wayne 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hart Plaza/Dieppe Park, Windsor 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Belle Isle 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Click here to print out the coupon




Great Laker Magazine Update

07/09
The first mailing of "Great Laker" will be shipped out this week, my thanks to everyone who has subscribed. The magazine has been met with rave reviews around the lakes and the copies of the Premiere Edition are going fast.

If you have not yet subscribed Great Laker is an exciting new quarterly magazine, brought to you by myself (Neil Schultheiss) and Roger LeLievre (publisher of the annual “Know Your Ships" book). With our first issue we have begun exploring all things Great Lakes, from lighthouses to lake boats, legends and lore, to lakes, ports and the wonderful attractions they have to offer.

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

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

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

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

www.greatlaker.com

If you like this web site and are interested in the region you are sure to love "Great Laker" (Subscriptions are only $14.00 U.S. and include the Premiere Edition for free if ordered by Sept. 15 *while supplies last)




Fawn Island Gathering

07/09
A day of boat watching and river cruising is planned for this Saturday, July 14. Ron and Shari Schwartz and George Lee from Hammond Bay River Cruises are hosting the exclusive "Boatnerd" outing. Two cruises are planned on the 54-foot, 40 passenger charter vessel Hammond Bay. Fawn Island is located across from Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. Boat watching starting at 9:00 a.m. through Dinner at 5:30 on the Island.

Click here for more Details




Weekly Updates

07/09
The weekly updates are available, updates include many new links and pictures.
My pictures from the Soo Gathering were not ready Sunday, the Soo Gathering Gallery should be available later in the week. please click here to view




Today in Great Lakes History - July 9

WILLIAM R. ROESCH (DAVID Z. NORTON) loaded her first cargo in 1973 at Superior, WI where she loaded 18,828 tons of iron ore bound for Jones & Laughlin's Cuyahoga River plant at Cleveland.

The BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and her fleet mate IRVING S. OLDS passed through the Panama Canal on July 9, 1988 under tow by the German tug OSA RAVENSTURM. The pair was on a 14,000 mile journey to Kaohsiung, Taiwan arriving there on November 8, 1988 for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

On 9 July 1876, ST. CLAIR (wooden propeller freighter with some passenger accommodations, 127', 326 gt, built in 1867 at Algonac, Michigan) had 14 crew and 18 passengers aboard along with cargo of flour, feed and deck loads of cattle as she sailed on Lake Superior. At 2:00 AM, she caught fire about five miles off shore from 14 Mile Point. She was a wood burner and had a history of shipboard fires. The fire spread so quickly that only one boat could be launched and being overloaded, it capsized. The cries of those left on the vessel, along with the bellowing of the cattle, were heart rending. Only six survived in the one lifeboat since the cold water took its toll on those who clung to it. Eventually they righted the boat and paddled to shore, leaving the ST. CLAIR burned to the waterline.

On 9 July 1891, W. A. MOORE (wood propeller tug, 119', 212 gt, built in 1865 at Detroit, MI) burned to a total loss at Cleveland, Ohio.

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

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




Arcadia Departs

07/08
The Arcadia was cleared to depart on her next cruise after passing federal scrutiny that found the 224-passenger vessel was in compliance with health and safety regulations. The Arcadia was in port to upgrade equipment that had failed health department inspections. Local news reported that the European heath requirements are different than those in the U.S. There have been no problems with any meals prepared on the Arcadia which started a full season of cruising on the lakes in May.




Saginaw News

07/08
The barge Integrity and tug Jacklyn M. entered the Saginaw River before dawn Saturday morning headed up to the Lafarge Terminal in Saginaw with a cargo of cement. At 11:00 p.m. Saturday night she was still at the dock.

The CSL Tadoussac made her first appearance in the Saginaw River taking over the Frontenac's clinker run to Essroc. The Tadoussac arrived early Saturday morning at the Essroc Terminal is Essexville. She finished unloading by early evening and waited for the upbound Steamer Saginaw to pass before departing stern first and backing out to the bay at 8:25 p.m.

The Steamer Saginaw arrived at the Front Range shortly before 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. Her security call indicated she was headed up to the GM Dock in Saginaw.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
CSL Tadoussac unloading at Essroc .
Another view.
View from across the Saginaw River .
Tadoussac using bow thruster to depart Essroc.
Bow View.
Backing out of the Saginaw River.
Saginaw passing Consumers Energy.
Saginaw close up.
Passing the Luedtke Derrick Boat 16 dredging in the river.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

07/08
The CSL Laurentien was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator Saturday. The Armco was unloading ore at the Torco Dock. The Algorail was due in later that night with a load of potash most likely bound for Anderson's "K" elevator.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Monday morning. The John J. Boland on Tuesday evening. The Algomarine returns back on Friday evening, followed by the Algosteel on Sunday morning.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Monday afternoon. The Courtney Burton on Wednesday morning. the Armco on Thursday afternoon, followed by the Reserve on Saturday evening.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - July 8

LOUIS R. DESMARAIS was launched July 8,1977.

In 1918 a slip joint on the main steam line of the Ann Arbor #5 let go, killing four men and badly scalding one other. The dead were: Lon Boyd, W.T. Archie Gailbraith, 1st assistant engineer Arthur R. Gilbert, coal passer William Herbert Freeman, 2nd engineer.

In 1984 the Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Company (MWT) resumed service to Milwaukee with disappointing results.

On 8 July 1908, JAMES G. BLAINE (formerly PENSAUKEE, wooden schooner-barge, 177'/555GT, built in 1867 at Little Sturgeon Bay, WI) was being towed in Lake Ontario by the tug WILLIAM G. PROCTOR. Her towline broke in a storm and she was driven ashore near Oswego, NY where the waves broke her up. No lives were lost. At the time of her loss, even though she was over 40 years old, she was still fully rigged as a 3-mast schooner.

On 8 July 1863, ALMIRA (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 85', 80 t, built in 1849 at Black River, Ohio) was dismasted and capsized in a violent squall on Lake Ontario. All hands were lost. On 27 July, the cargo of barreled fish was found by the schooner M. L. COLLINS. The ALMIRA was found still afloat by the schooner PETREL on 30 July. She was rebuilt and sailed until December 1871 when she foundered in the ice.

On 8 July 1920, MARY WOOLSON (3-mast wooden schooner, 179', 709 gt, built in 1888 at bay City, MI) was being towed by the wooden steamer CHARLES D. BRADLEY along with the schooner-barge MIZTEC, when the BRADLEY slowed in mid-lake, causing both tows to ram her. The WOOLSON's bow was heavily damaged and she quickly sank 8 miles northeast of Sturgeon Point on Lake Huron. No lives were lost.

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

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




Alpena Assists in Rescue

07/07
The Alpena spotted a S-O-S call flashing near the Nordmeer wreck in northern Lake Huron Wednesday night. The crew alerted the Coast Guard who found the S-O-S coming from two divers who had been reported overdue.

The two divers had anchored their vessel and were exploring the wreck. When they returned to the surface they discovered their boat was gone. U. S. Coast Guard Station Alpena rescued both divers, who were in good condition. Station Tawas recovered the missing boat on Friday afternoon.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman and Jerry Masson




Dredging to begin

07/07
Dredging operations will begin Monday in upper St. Marys River from the intake crib to Big Point. Only one way traffic will be allowed with in 500 yards of the dredge. Ships transiting the area now must notify the Soo Traffic, the Vessel Traffic Center, three hours below Detour and six hours above Whitefish Point.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman and Jerry Masson




Barker Reports Stranded Boat

07/07
The James R. Barker was downbound at the lower end of the St. Clair River Friday night when it spotted a stranded pleasure craft. The 20-foot boat was driven onto the rocks that line the St. Clair cut off channel, with no radio on board the occupants signaled the Barker by flashing their navigation lights. The Barker used its powerful spotlights to survey the boat and alerted the Coast Guard. The occupants were taken off and commercial towing was en route to pull the boat free.




Toledo News

07/07
The new U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple was conducting sea trials Thursday on Lake Michigan. Marinette Marine, Marinette, WI, launched the cutter Dec. 16, 2000. After builder sea trials the Maple will be stationed at Sitka, Alaska.

Upbound the Menominee River.

Reported by: Eric and Sandy Chapman




Arcadia stops Windsor

07/07
The Arcadia was docked in Windsor Friday as a small army of contractors worked to install new equipment in the galley. The Arcadia was ordered to upgrade equipment that failed health department inspections. Local news reported that the European heath requirements are different than those in the U.S. There have been no problems with any meals prepared on the Arcadia which started a full season of cruising on the lakes in May.

The ship is scheduled to depart today on a 7 night cruise to Lake Superior.




Twin Ports Report

07/07
Midwest Energy Terminal remains busy, with two vessels a day scheduled each day through early next week. John J. Boland was scheduled to make an unusual call at the dock July 6 to load coal for the Shiras plant in Marquette. Oglebay Norton was scheduled for the same day. For the subsequent days: Indiana Harbor and Canadian Progress, July 7; John B. Aird and Algobay, July 8; Paul R. Tregurtha and Walter J. McCarthy Jr., July 9; Mesabi Miner and Canadian Enterprise, July 10. Including Columbia Star, which loaded Thursday, and James R. Barker, scheduled to load July 12, seven of the 1,000-footers have loaded or are scheduled to load at the terminal in an 8-day span.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Report

07/07
Three arrivals and one departure brought the Port of Thunder Bay back to life Friday morning. Early light brought the arrival of the Algoville, Cartierdoc and the Algorail. Departing Port was the Canadian Enterprise, she had loaded at Thunder Bay Terminals over night.

The Algoville tied up at Richardson's that morning and moved over to Saskatchewan Pool 7a at 1:25 p.m. By early Friday evening she had moved again, this time docking at Mission Terminals in the mouth of the Mission River, to top up her load which will be destined for Montreal.

The Cartierdoc pulled into Cargill Friday morning and by 8:00 p.m. was tied up at United Grain Growers "A" house by Current River.

The Algorail docked at Thunder Bay Terminals after arriving from Duluth, where she had unloaded salt Thursday. By early afternoon she was tied up at Valley Camp in the Mission River and by 11:00 p.m. she was downbound headed for Toledo with a load of Potash.

The Mapleglen and possibly Canadian Miner are expected to arrive in port sometime late today.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Detroit Traffic

07/07
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Friday morning.

Algobay upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Herbert C. Jackson upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

07/07
The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Monday morning. The John J. Boland on Tuesday evening, followed by the Algomarine on Friday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Saturday morning. The Reserve on Monday afternoon.

Historic views of Toledo Shipping
B.F. Affleck assisted by the "G" tug Tennessee backing away from the C.&O. Coal Docks after loading a coal cargo.
Fort William is outbound Maumee Bay after unloading newsprint at the Toledo Warehouse Company Dock near the Craig Bridge (I-280).
Silver Bay and Kinsman Voyager awaiting there fate at the C.&O. Coal Docks Frog Pond area. The Voyager was scrapped while the Silver Bay was sold to the Soo River Fleet and became the Judith M. Pierson.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Update

07/07
Friday morning the Halifax departed Stelco's coal dock at 8:30 a.m. hours followed by the CSL Niagara one hour later.

After unloading iron ore at Stelco Thursday evening, the Canadian Navigator shifted over to the iron ore dock at Dofasco in ballast. Friday afternoon the Navigator was waiting for the Canadian Leader also at Dofasco, to be unloaded of iron ore so that it could be loaded possibly with slag. While the Canadian Navigator was waiting, it was being refueled by the Hamilton Energy.

The Sandviken was still moored at the north face of Pier 12, no unloading activities were seen Friday afternoon.

At Pier 14 a tug and barge unit were moored. The barge was the McAsphalt 401 but the name of the tug could not be seen, it was possibly the tug John Spence.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Tall Ships Celebrated in Port Colborne

07/07
The fleet of tall ships touring the Great Lakes this summer is docked and open for tours in Port Colborne this weekend. The stop in the Lake Erie port is part of the Tall Ships Challenge 2001 and is expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors to the city. The tall ships are open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Reported by: John Stark




Fawn Island Gathering

07/07
A day of boat watching and river cruising is planned for July 14. Ron and Shari Schwartz and George Lee from Hammond Bay River Cruises are hosting the exclusive "Boatnerd" outing. Two cruises are planned on the 54-foot, 40 passenger charter vessel Hammond Bay. Fawn Island is located across from Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. Boat watching starting at 9:00 a.m. through Dinner at 5:30 on the Island.

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Today in Great Lakes History - July 7

The BURNS HARBOR's sea trials were conducted on July 7, 1980.

JEAN PARISIEN was launched July 7, 1977.

The DAVID Z. NORTON sailed on her maiden voyage July 7, 1973 as the WILLIAM R. ROESCH. She sailed light from Lorain to Superior, WI where she loaded 18,828 tons of iron ore on July 9th bound for Jones & Laughlin's Cuyahoga River plant at Cleveland.

In 1971 the City of Saginaw 31 went to Manitowoc for a thorough overhaul. While there, a fire broke out July 29 destroying her cabin deck and rendering her useless for further use. The blaze was caused by an acetylene torch, and caused over $1 million in damage.

On 7 July 1895, IDA MAY BROWN (wooden schooner, 53'/20GT, built 1884 at Charlevoix, MI) was carrying gravel when her cargo shifted in heavy weather. She capsized and later drifted to the beach near Michigan City, IN. Her crew was rescued by the U.S. Lifesavers.

On 7 July 1851, GALLINIPPER (wooden schooner, 95', 145 t, built in 1846 at Milwaukee on the hull of NANCY DOUSMAN) capsized and foundered in a white squall in Lake Michigan. The wreck drifted to a point about 10 miles SSE of Manitowoc where it sank.

On 7 July 1895, I. MAY BROWN (wooden schooner, 53', 20 gt, built in 1884 at Charlevoix, MI) was near Michigan City, Indiana with a load of gravel when her cargo shifted in heavy seas and she capsized, later drifting to the beach. Her crew was rescued by the U. S. Lifesavers.

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

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




Thompson Departs

07/06
Wednesday morning tugs from Selvick Marine assisted the barge Joseph H. Thompson from the 1000-foot graving dock at Bay Ship in Sturgeon Bay, Wi. With the barge's Five Year survey complete, it was ready to be recoupled with the tug Joseph H. Thompson Jr.

The tug also has completed her Five Year survey and has departed Escanaba to be coupled with the barge in deep water off from Sherwood Point, the mouth of Sturgeon Bay at the Bay of Green Bay.

Four Tugs from Selvick Marine were used in the short tow due to winds of 20 to 24 knots from the North West. The barge was placed into the Shipping channel with the Jimmy L. towing and the William C, tailing and the other two tugs correcting drift. The tug Joseph Thompson is a deep draft tug drawing about 22 feet of water and cannot enter into the inner Bay of Sturgeon Bay due to low water levels.

Jimmy L. pulling the Thompson from the dry dock.
Clearing the dry dock.
Selvick Tug Susan Ann tailing on the bow.
Out of Dock, turning to head out to Sherwood Point.
Out into shipping channel.
Tug Joseph Thompson Jr. coming in off Green Bay.
Approaching the barge.
Lining up.
Into the notch.
Tow and tailing tugs dropping off Young boat watcher in foreground was from Colorado and had never seen any thing like this before.
Upbound on Green Bay to Lake Michigan.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Ore Slump Makes 1,000-Footers More Active In SMET Trade

07/06
With the iron ore trade slumping, U.S.-Flag 1,000-footers are increasing their participation in the western coal trade. As a result, June loadings at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal (SMET) increased 22.2 percent to 1,923,838 net tons. For the season, coal shipments from SMET stand at 5,973,156 net tons, an increase of 6.3 percent. The SMET trade has also been helped by the rise in water levels. As June ended, the 1,000-footers were loading nearly 64,000 tons per trip. Last June, a typical cargo in a 1,000-footer was around 62,000 tons.

Coal loadings at Thunder Bay, Ontario, totaled 116,000 tons in June, up a couple boat loads from a year ago. For the season, coal loadings at Thunder Bay stand at 315,000 tons, an increase of roughly 90,000 tons.

Reported by: the Lake Carriers' Association




Thunder Bay Report

07/06
Wednesday was a quiet day in port with out any vessel movement taking place. Early Thursday morning brought the departure of the tug Radium Yellowknife and her loaded lumber barges, heading down the lake to the Hallet #8 dock in Superior, Wisconsin.

Around 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening the Canadian Enterprise was pulled out of the Pascol Dry Dock by the tugs Peninsula and George Carleton. They pulled her backwards through the North entrance and out onto the lake about 1 mile. There the Enterprise brought up power and started forward, at which point the two tugs backed off and headed back inside the break wall. The Enterprise then sailed over to Thunder Bay Terminals where she will take on a cargo.

The first arrival in several days, is expected in early this morning, that being the Algoville.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Marquette Update

07/06
Wednesday night, the Algosoo arrived at the upper harbor ore dock while the John Boland arrived at the Shiras Dock of the Board of Light and Power in the lower harbor. Thursday morning the John Boland will shuttle up to the upper harbor where it will be joined by the Charles Beeghly and Kaye Barker who were schedule to arrive in the upper harbor.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Alpena Report

07/06
The Fred R White Jr. was scheduled to arrive at the Lafarge coal dock about 3:00 a.m. this morning. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity were due into port at 9:00 a.m. The Paul H. Townsend is expected to leave the lay-up dock on Friday. The Alpena is heading for Milwaukee, WI. The J.A.W Iglehart was leaving Bath, ON heading for Detroit.

The St. Clair was loading at Stoneport on Thursday. It was supposed have loaded on Wednesday but was delayed as the Dorthy Ann/Pathfinder loaded instead. The H. Lee White was due in after the St. Clair on Thursday night.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

07/06
The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder arrived in the Saginaw River late Thursday morning and went up to the Sargent dock near the I-75 Bridge to unload. The vessel was outbound from the turning basin at Saginaw shortly after 7:00 p.m.

The Pathfinder made it through Bay City without delay as she beat the river closure by about 10 minutes. The river was closed from 9:30 p.m. until the end of the 15 minute fireworks show (approx. 10:20). The river will be closed tonight for the grand finale lasting about 45-50 minutes.

This was the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder's second visit to the Saginaw River within 48 hours.

Picture by: Todd Shorkey
Pathfinder upbound at Veteran's Memorial Bridge.
Stern View.
Bow passing carnival in Veterans Park.
Pathfinder passes outbound as pleasure boats anchor awaiting the fireworks.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/06
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Thursday. The Maumee and the Mississagi were downbound Thursday morning. The Calumet and Maumee passed around Great Lakes Steel. The Mississagi was approaching the Crib Light at the time.

Herbert C Jackson downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Pioneerland upbound from Nicholson's to Zug Island. Gradel has a crane barge working at the lower end of Zug Island.
Algowood upbound off Belanger Park with ore for Zug Island. She unloaded for two hours on the face then shifted and finished unloading in the old river bed. She was loading salt at Ojibway Thursday evening.
St Marys Cement & Petite Forte upbound at Fighting Island South Light.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.
Calumet upbound at the Livingstone Crossing.
Stern view.
Patricia Hoey and two mud barges. Dredging is going on at Zug Island. Gaelic is taking the loaded barges below Detroit River Light to be unloaded.
George A Stinson unloading at Zug Island.
Tug Wyoming assisting Mississagi out of the Rouge.
Mississagi outbound the Rouge Short-Cut.
Another view.
tug Wyoming pushing Mississagi's bow up river.
Patricia Hoey downbound off Zug Island for the Rouge River.
Stern view.
Mississagi upbound off Zug Island in ballast for Bruce Mines.
Stern view.
Algowood loading at Ojibway Salt.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

07/06
The Courtney Burton was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. There was an unidentified Andrie tug/barge unit tied up at the riverfront dock area of the Shipyard. The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. Van Enkevort remain in long term lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Saturday evening, the John J. Boland on Tuesday evening, followed by a return visit by the Algomarine on Thursday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Docks will be the Armco on Saturday morning, followed by the Reserve on Monday afternoon.

Recent pictures from the St. Marys River
Oakglen upbound after passing Mission Point.
George A. Stinson upbound approaching Six Mile Point.
Presque Isle is downbound in the Six Mile Point area.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Report

07/06
Thursday evening the Canadian Navigator was unloading iron ore at Stelco. The vessel had arrived late in the afternoon. At Stelco's coal dock, the CSL Niagara and the Halifax were rafted together bow to stern. The Halifax was discharging her load of coal into the hull of the CSL Niagara while the Niagara was discharging the coal onto the dock at Stelco.

The saltie Sandviken was moored on the north face of Pier 12 unloading bulk sugar. The cement barge Metis is moored on the north face of Pier 14 with refurbishments being done on the main deck.

A McNally Marine tug Le Taureau with a dredge barge were moored at Pier 25. The Gordon C. Leitch still at Pier 10.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - July 6

The CACOUNA's bow was damaged in a collision with the Greek tanker CAPTAIN JOHN on the fog-shrouded St. Lawrence River July 6, 1971. The CACOUNA was repaired by replacing her bow with that of her near sistership the SILLERY which was being scrapped.

ASHCROFT was used to haul ore, grain and coal only on the upper Great Lakes until July 6, 1932 when she was able to enter Lake Ontario through the newly expanded Welland Canal. On that trip ASHCROFT, loaded with grain from Fort William, Ont. for Kingston, Ont., was the largest vessel to traverse the canal to date.

The keel was laid for the GOVERNOR MILLER in 1937.

The COLUMBIA STAR set a record for the Head-Of-The-Lakes coal trade. The vessel loaded 70,903 net tons of low-sulfur coal at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, on July 6, 1997.

On 6 July 1836, YOUNG LION (2-mast, wooden schooner, 73"/83T, built in 1830 at buffalo, NY) was carrying railroad iron and lumber. About 12 miles from Erie, PA, in rough weather, her seams opened and she quickly sank with just her topmasts left above the water. 3 died, but 5 managed to clamber up the masts and hold on until the schooner NEW YORK rescued them.

On 6 July 1871, CASTALIA (2-mast wooden schooner, 119', 242 gt, built in 1847 as a brig at Sandusky, Ohio) was on her way to pick up lumber at the camp at Byuing Inlet, Georgian Bay, when she came too close to Cove Island Reef and stranded in 3' of water. Although not badly damaged, she was about a mile from deep water. Tugs could not get to her and she was sailing light, so there was no cargo to lighten. She was stripped and abandoned. She finally broke up in a storm on 12 July 1871.

On 6 July 1871, the Detroit newspapers (Detroit Free Press and Detroit Daily Post) both published articles stating that there were rumors on the docks regarding the tug TAWAS having her boiler explode on Saginaw Bay. The rumors originated with sailors from Port Huron and proved to be unfounded. However, in a sense this rumor turned into a prediction since TAWAS did blow her boiler about three years later (14 May 1874) on Lake Huron off Rock Falls, Michigan. At that time 6 crew members perished.

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

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




Building Evacuated

07/05
There was an electrical fire at the Sarnia Government building that required an evacuation. Sarnia Traffic, the Canadian Coast Guard marine communications and traffic center, was included in the evacuation. Sarnia Traffic provides traffic services for Southern Lake Huron, the St. Clair and Detroit River waterway, and Western and Central Lake Erie. They were off the air for at least three hours. A thunderstorm came through at the same time as the fire.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Four Call on Grand Haven

07/05
Grand Haven and Ferrysburg, Mi boat watchers enjoyed a rarity Wednesday, as four vessels were in port together. It has been quite a long time since the port has had that many vessels in at one time.

The Algowest was discharging two grades of stone at the upper Meekhof's dock. The Southdown Challenger was unloading cement at Southdown/Cemex. The tug Gregory J. Busch and its barge (loaded with stone) awaited berthage, possibly at Verplanks. It looks as if the pair will need to wait for the Challenger to depart and open dock space.

Just before noon the Cuyahoga made a very rare appearance, emerging from a fog bank at the pier heads. Once docked at Verplanks she began unloading her cargo of slag carried from Nanticoke. As the Cuyahoga started to unload the Algowest departed. It was quite a sight to see four vessels lined up almost nose-to-nose.

Reported by: David Swain




Alioth in Clarkson for First Visit

07/05
The Liberian flagged tanker, Alioth is on her first visit to the Lake Ontario port. Registered in Monrovia and owned by Novoship UK; this vessel arrived here in port July 3 bringing a cargo of hydro cracker bottoms into Petro Canada from the eastern Seaway. At noon Wednesday, she was about 1/3 unloaded. By 9:30 p.m., unloading appeared to be in its final stages.

The Alioth is a very new ship. She was built in Croatia in 1998 / 1999. Her maiden voyage was in May 1999.

At St. Lawrence Cement, the James Norris was in. She arrived early Wednesday afternoon from Port Colborne with a cargo of limestone. As of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday she was about half unloaded.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




H Lee White Loads

07/05
The H Lee White loaded ore in Marquette on Sunday night, it departed very early Monday morning. Below are images taken about 10:00 p.m.

Bow view loading.
Stern view.

Reported by: Scott Best




Detroit Traffic

07/05
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Wednesday.

Arthur M. Anderson upbound at Grassy Island with a load of coal.
Stern view.
Another view.
Gemini unbound at Grassy Island with a split load of jet fuel & gasoline for Sarnia.
Stern view.
Middletown downbound at Grassy Island.
Wind deflector in the gang way door painted with the U.S. Flag.
Stern view.
Pioneerland at Nicholson's Ecorse.
Stern view.
barge A 410 & Rebecca Lynn downbound at Grassy Island.
Close up of tug.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

07/05
The Southdown Conquest with her tug Susan W. Hannah were at the Cemex Cement dock unloading cement. The Arthur M. Anderson finished loading coal at the CSX Dock and departed that morning. The Reserve was at the Torco Dock unloading ore and was expected to depart by afternoon.

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

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX dock will be the Algomarine on Saturday evening. The John J. Boland on Monday evening, followed again by the Algomarine on Thursday afternoon. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Courtney Burton on Thursday afternoon, the Armco on Saturday morning, followed by the Reserve on Monday afternoon.

Recent pictures from the St. Marys River
CSL Tadoussac on her first trip into the St. Marys River system she is shown upbound after passing Six Mile Point.
Middletown upbound between Nine Mile and Six Mile Point.
Roger Blough sailing upbound after just passing Six Mile Point.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Update

07/05
Wednesday evening the CSL Laurentian was unloading coal at Stelco's coal dock. At the competition next door, the Montrealais was unloading iron ore.

The tanker Stolt Aspiration is at Pier 23. The Neva Trader is unloading steel products at Pier 14.

The Provmar Terminal is still in drydock at Heddle Marine and looks to be having some of the topside damage repaired from the accident with the Utviken in April.

The Gordon C. Leitch has been towed from Pier 27 to the north face of Pier 10. Reasons unknown. Her pilothouse windows still have paper covering them as though still in lay-up.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Updates

07/05
I have returned home from the Soo and I am working on getting caught up. Great pictures from the Soo continue to roll in, look for the images with next week's regular updates, sorry for the delay.




Today in Great Lakes History - July 5

PAUL H. CARNAHAN was launched in 1945 as a) HONEY HILL, a T2-SE-Al World War II Fuel Tanker, for U.S. Maritime Commission.

July 5, 1991 - Charles Conrad announced he had formed a corporation to purchase the Ludington carferry operation from Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Company.

JUSTIN R. WHITING was launched on 5 July 1874 at Langell's yard at the mouth of the Pine River in St. Clair, Michigan. Her dimensions were 144' x 26'2" x 11'6". Although built to be a self-powered steam barge, she was towed as a regular barge during her first season of operation.

IDA CORNING (2-mast wooden barge, 168', 444 gt) was launched in E. Saginaw, Michigan on 5 July 1881. She was built for L. P. Mason & Company of E. Saginaw. In 1858, her rig was changed to that of a 2-mast schooner. She lasted until abandoned at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1928.

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

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




Active U.S.-Flag Lakes Fleet At Lowest Level In Years

07/04
U.S.-Flag Great Lakes carriers had only 55 vessels in service on July 1, the lowest mid-season total since the recession of the 1980s. The ongoing crisis in steel is the primary culprit, but sluggish demand for stone from the construction industry and a downsized grain processing industry in Buffalo have also contributed to so many vessels being "tied to the wall."

Reported by: the Lake Carriers' Association




Soo Harbor to Close

07/04
The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the Soo Harbor will be closed to all vessels tonight from 10:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. due to the fireworks display. A river closure is common around the lakes as firework displays are normally launched from a barge anchored in a harbor or river.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Whitefish Bay Light Returned to Service

07/04
The Whitefish Point Light on Whitefish Bay was reported as extinguished on Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard reports the light was back in operation within one hour of reported failure. It is unknown why the light became extinguished.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




106th Birthday

07/04
Hiawatha, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club tender in Toronto will be 106 years old on Monday, July 9. The vessel was sunk by vandals last year and was restored over the winter. The 66-foot Hiawatha was built in 1895 and considered one of the world’s oldest vessels still in daily service.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Car Ferry Bed and Breakfast

07/04
The former Lake Michigan carferry City of Milwaukee, now serving as a marine museum at Manistee, will be open to the public for overnight stays beginning July 5. Guests may book either crew or passenger cabins. Eighteen of the 1931-built carferry¹s rooms have been renovated, and all contain vanities with mirrors, porcelain wash basins, original brass fixtures and wood paneling, oak luggage racks and other period amenities. Preservationists hope to have the captain's quarters ready for occupancy later this summer. Cabins are $24.95-$39.95 per room per night, including breakfast.

Tours of the vessel are also available. For more information, call 231-398-0328, or visit www.carferry.com for more information.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Thunder Bay Update

07/04
It has been a very slow week in the Lake Superior Port of Thunder Bay. Tuesday the tug Radium Yellowknife was at the Northern Wood dock with three empty lumber barges. Loading finished on the McAllister 132 over at the Great West Timber dock and the W.N. Twolan tied up to the barge and departed down lake early Tuesday morning.

The Emerald Star arrived to unload Diesel Fuel at the Petro-Can dock. By 10:00 p.m. on the Tuesday she was downbound in ballast with the next stop being Sarnia.

The Canadian Enterprise made a surprise visit and went into the Pascol Engineering dry dock early Tuesday morning. Unconfirmed reports state that the vessel is in the dry dock for repairs to a sea valve.

Reported by: Rob Farrow and Ron Konkol




Alpena Report

07/04
The Alpena was due into port today about 4:00 p.m., returning from Milwaukee. The Paul H. Townsend is still in lay-up at Lafarge and has a tentative sailing date of July 10. The J.A.W Iglehart is heading for Bath, ON. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity is going to Green Bay, WI. On Tuesday Stoneport was busy with two ASC vessels visiting. The John J. Boland was loading with the Buffalo waiting at the end of the dock. The St. Clair was due in sometime this morning.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

07/04
The Wolverine was downbound the Saginaw River Tuesday night passing the Airport Turning Basin at 8:10 p.m. She had unloaded earlier at the Bay City & Saginaw Wirt Docks.

Following the Wolverine was the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann. The Pathfinder finished unloading stone at Bay Aggregates in Bay City and departed for the Airport turning Basin at 9:40 p.m. She turned and headed out to the lake.

The Tug Mark Hannah her barge departed the Dow Chemical dock at 9:45 p.m. after the downbound Wolverine passed.

Picture by: Todd Shorkey
Wolverine passing Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Stern view approaching Independence Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/04
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Tuesday evening.

Southdown Conquest & Susan W Hannah downbound at Fighting Island South Light.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.
Tug Susan W. Hannah's stern.
Another view.
Arthur M Anderson downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

07/04
The Algomarine finished loading coal at the CSX and departed Tuesday morning. The Arthur M. Anderson was due in later that evening to load coal. No other active vessels were in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Saturday evening. The John J. Boland on Monday evening, followed by a return appearance of the Algomarine on Thursday afternoon 12 July. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Reserve on Wednesday morning. The Courtney Burton on Thursday afternoon. The Armco on Saturday morning, followed by the Reserve on Monday 9 July.

The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and barge Great Lakes Trader remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

It looks as though the Great Lakes Trader is in for long term lay-up this time around as all of her ballast water is pumped out and she is now sitting high out of the water. When she entered lay-up in late May she was ballasted down to the 15 foot draft mark.

Classic views of Toledo shipping
Westdale being towed upriver bound for one of the grain Elevators to load grain. The "G" tug Kansas is handling the tow.
Robert Hobson is going through spring fitout at the Lakefront Docks. She would be out sailing several days later. Notice the Hulett ore unloaders to the right of the vessel.
Paul L. Tietjen is shown unloading ore at the Interlake Iron Company Dock (Toledo Furnace).

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto News

07/04
Early Tuesday morning the American mega yacht Horizon entered port and tied up at Pier 4. The tug Sea Eagle and barge St. Mary's Cement came in that afternoon and tied up at Pier 52. The tall ship Empire Sandy departed at 7:00 p.m. for the Welland Canal. Today she will take passengers up the Welland Canal to Port Colborne, where she will participate in the Tall Ships Challenge.

Still Watch (the former CCG Ville Marie) was out over the Canada Day weekend. She towed a disabled motorboat into Ashbridge's Bay on Sunday night. When she returned to her berth in the Turning Basin, she moored facing east so that her port side can be painted. The starboard side has been done this spring.

The French passenger vessel Le Levant was at the Queen Elizabeth Terminal until early evening Tuesday when she departed for Kingston. The cement carrier Stephen B. Roman, came in on Sunday and departed Tuesday afternoon. The salties Chios Pride and Armonikos remain in port at Redpath Sugar Docks and Pier 52 respectively.

The Toronto Star reported two tragedies Tuesday: Two people, names withheld, were recovered from the 12-meter capsized catamaran Great White in Lake Huron 15 miles west of Kincardine yesterday. It is believed that they were bound for Windsor from the North Shore when they were caught in a severe storm on Sunday.

An 18 year old Brantford, Ont. teen drowned after suffering an epileptic seizure and falling into the harbor at Port Dover. Crew members from the tour boat Harbor Princess 1, and a passenger, dove in to his rescue, but they were unable to locate him. He was eventually found but couldn't be recovered.

Reported by: Gerry O.




The Winner is

07/04
Tuesday afternoon a winning ticket was drawn at the Huronia Museum in Midland On. Retired Algoma captain Ted Belcher drew the winning ticket for a trip on the Seaway for 4, the winner was Donna Hamblin of Marcellus, NY. Donna purchased the winning ticket through this web site.

The Huronia Museum would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket for the raffle and Algoma Central Marine for donating the trip.

Visit the Cruise the Great Lakes on a Working Freighter section for information on how you could win.

Reported by: Vern Sweeting




Fawn Island Gathering

07/04
A day of boat watching and river cruising is planned for July 14. Ron and Shari Schwartz and George Lee from Hammond Bay River Cruises are hosting the exclusive "Boatnerd" outing. Two cruises are planned on the 54-foot, 40 passenger charter vessel Hammond Bay. Fawn Island is located across from Sombra, Ontario and Marine City, Michigan. Boat watching starting at 9:00 a.m. through Dinner at 5:30 on the Island.

Click here for Details




Today in Great Lakes History - July 4

The WILLIS B. BOYER museum ship was opened to the public in 1987.

In 1976 the SAM LAUD grounded entering Buffalo, NY. She was dry docked at Lorain, OH for repairs to bottom plates of No. 1, 2 and 3 port and starboard tanks.

Also on this day in 1976, the H. Lee White struck the Algoma Steel plant dock at the Canadian Soo resulting in damages to her stern amounting to $108,000 at the repair yard of Sturgeon Bay.

The JOSEPH S. YOUNG (1) was commissioned July 4, 1957. She was the first of seven T2 tanker conversions for Great Lakes service.

On July 4, 1953, the John G. Munson set a Great Lakes record for limestone by loading 21,011 tons of limestone at Calcite, Michigan. This record for limestone stood until being broken by the Canada Steamship Lines self-unloader Manitoulin late in the 1966 season.

July 4, 1952 - The Pere Marquette 18 (II) was laid up due to railroad strike. She was never to operate again.

The wooden propeller freighter MAINE, owned by Northern Transportation Co., had sailed from Chicago and was on Lake Ontario on 4 July 1871, when Fireman Orsebius Kelley stoked the fire at 8:00 PM and went to the porter's room to get a lamp. When he returned, the boiler exploded with such force that Kelley was mortally wounded and died later. The blast also killed Engineer M. H. Downer, deckhand Joshua Kelley (the fireman's brother), Halbert Butterfield (a 13 year old passenger) and his mother. The MAINE still floated after the blast. She was repaired and put back in service. Including this boiler explosion, she had four major mishaps in her career. She sank in 1872, burned in 1898, and finally burned again in 1911.

One hundred years ago, on 4 July 1900 during her maiden voyage from St. Clair, Michigan to Cleveland, Ohio, the wooden steam barge ALFRED MITCHELL ran aground at Bar Point Light. It was claimed that the steering gear broke which rendered the boat unmanageable. Later that same day the MITCHELL was released by the wrecker SAGINAW.

About 9:00 PM on 4 July 1874, the steam barge W. H. BARNUM, with the schooner THOMAS W. FERRY in tow, collided with the bark S. V. R. WATSON near Point Pelee on Lake Erie. The WATSON sank in 28' of water. She was raised about two weeks later by the Coast Wrecking Company.

July 4, 1958 - The keel for the second of two new bulk freighters for Interlake Steamship Co. was laid at Great Lakes Engineering Works shipyard at River Rouge, Michigan on Wednesday morning June 25. Now known as Hull 302, the ship will be 689 ft. long, 75 ft. beam and 37-1/2 ft. molded depth with a designed maximum cargo capacity of about 24,000 tons. H. C. Downer & Associates of Cleveland did the design work. The ship will be powered by a 6,000 shp steam turbine main engine with coal-fired boilers. Interlake's other new ship, the 710-ft. flagship JOHN SHERWIN, joined the Great Lakes bulk cargo fleet in May of this year.
Hull 302 was eventually named HERBERT C. JACKSON.

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

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




Great Lakes Trader Returns to Toledo

07/03
Another vessel has joined Toledo's ever-growing lay-up fleet. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort with her barge Great Lakes Trader was back at the Old Interlake Iron Company Dock just North of Toledo Shipyard on Sunday. She joins the Adam E. Cornelius, American Mariner, and American Republic in port for a mid season lay-up.

The Trader first entered Toledo for an unscheduled lay-up on May 24. She departed in early June making multiple trips to Saginaw carry stone before returning the wall.

Uncertainties over the future of U.S. steel makers is being blamed for the unusual mid-season lay-ups.

This latest lay-up comes only one year after the barge made its maiden voyage on Lake Superior. On July 3, 2000 the tug and barge were sailing downbound from Marquette after loading. The barge began service on the Great Lakes in June of 2000.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Maumee in Cleveland

07/03
The Maumee was entering the Cuyahoga River early Sunday morning when its stern struck three pleasure boats docked at Shooter's restaurant in the Flats area. The accident is under investigation and it is unknown what caused the vessel to strike the please craft.

The Maumee is a frequent visitor to the river and has made many trips with out incident. There were no injuries in the accident and the Maumee was able to continue upstream to unload its cargo of stone.

Two of the pleasure boats were reported to have suffered significant damage.

Reported by: Laura Price, Roger Tottman, Tom Geiger, Mike Reindel, Don Lee, Sharon Bouchonville and Roger LeLevre




Detroit Traffic

07/03
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Monday evening.

Millenium Eagle (Liberia) anchored at Ojibway.
Stern view.
Diamond Belle downbound off Nicholson's. She continued down the Wyandotte Channel on a cruise.
Stern view with a Coast Guard Helicopter passing over head.
Saginaw downbound off Grassy Island. New paint job shines in the sun.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Diamond Jack's River Tours

07/03
Below are images taken on Sunday on Diamond Jack's River Tour of the Detroit River.

Photos by Capt Roger Break of the tour boat Diamond Jack
English River at Lafarge Cement Detroit.
Philip R. Clark entering a cloud of coal dust in the high winds.
Kalisti at ADM in Ojibway .
Tall ship Tecumsah Downbound.
Arion underway.

For more information on the river tours visit www.diamondjack.com




Toledo Update

07/03
Monday the Millenium Eagle was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo, she departed around noon. The Maumee was at the A.R.M.S. Dock unloading salt. The Charles M. Beeghly was loading coal at the CSX Dock. The CSL Laurentien, and Algomarine are due in later that day to load coal. The Armco was unloading ore at the Torco Dock.

The American Mariner, American Republic, Adam E. Cornelius, and the barge Great Lakes Trader with her tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort all remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX will be the Algomarine making a return appearance on Saturday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Weds. morning. The Courtney Burton on Thursday morning followed by the Armco on Saturday morning.

Classic views of Toledo shipping
Hennepin approaching the Lakefront Coal Docks to load a coal cargo.
Leadale preparing to load grain at the Midstates grain Elevator.
Ernest T. Weir inbound Maumee Bay with a load of ore bound for the C&O Ore Docks. This view was taken shortly after Columbia purchased her from the National Steel Fleet (Hanna).

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - July 3

The JOHN B. AIRD was christened June 3, 1983 at Thunder Bay for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

The ROGER BLOUGH was moved out of the dry dock on June 3, 1972.

In 1954 the CLIFFS VICTORY successfully completing her sea trials.

The FRANK ARMSTRONG departed light from Ashtabula, OH on her maiden voyage in command of Captain H. Chesley Inches June 3, 1943 bound for Superior, WI to load iron ore.

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

On 3 July 1872, the wooden steam barge MARY MILLS was launched at P. Lester's yard at Marysville, Michigan.

On 3 July 1872, GRACE DORMER (wooden propeller passenger & package freight ferry, 71', 66 gt, built in 1868 at Buffalo, NY) had just finished loading a cargo of fish at St. James, Beaver Island, when she caught fire and burned. One life was lost. The vessel was rebuilt and lasted until she burned at the bone-yard at Grand Island, New York in 1925.

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

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




Windy Day in the Soo

7/02
Temperatures in the Soo dropped over night Sunday and winds picked up as a cold front moved through the area. The 1000-footer Oglebay Norton went to anchor near Gros Cap due to low water Sunday. She checked down her speed in Lake Superior to allow the Saginaw to pass her. The Saginaw was returning from a rare trip to Duluth and with her shallower draft was able to continue through the locks.

Water level readings at the upper pool of the Locks was plus 15 inches, lower pool reading was minus 12 inches and the Rock Cut reading was minus 16 inches. The Rock Cut had risen to around minus 6 inches by late afternoon Sunday.

The Oglebay Norton was forced to wait at anchor for the levels to rise and was down bound in the St. Marys River on Monday morning.

The Whitefish Point Light on Whitefish Bay was reported as extinguished, the light will return to service when what ever repairs are made to correct the outage.

Pictures by T. Parker

Saginaw above the MacArthur Lock.
Another view.
Close up of her aft cabins.
Crew members on deck.
Entering the MacArthur Lock.

Reported by: Jerry Masson and Linda Stoetzer




Saginaw News

7/02
The tug Invincible with barge McKee Sons was outbound from Saginaw at about 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The vessel had entered the river about 12 hours earlier, but her security call did not indicate which docks she was to visit.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

07/02
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Sunday evening.

Tug Acushnet upbound in the Fighting Island Channel at Mama Juda light.
Federal Shimanto (Panama) upbound at Mama Juda.
Stern view.
Rt Hon Paul J Martin downbound at Grassy Island.
Kalisti (Greece) loading at ADM in Windsor.
Stern view tug Pioneerland at Nicholson's Ecorse Dock.

The Cuyahoga reported upbound at Detroit River Light at 8:10 p.m. from Nanticoke to Muskegon with a cargo of slag.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

7/02
Sunday the Canadian Provider was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator. The Algomarine was unloading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. Both vessels were expected to depart sometime Sunday.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX will be on Monday with the Charles M. Beeghly scheduled for a 7am start followed by the CSL Laurentien, and Algomarine. The Arthur M. Anderson is due in Tuesday morning, and the Algomarine will return back on Saturday evening. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Monday morning. The Reserve on Wednesday morning. The Courtney Burton on Thursday morning, followed by the Armco on Saturday morning.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - July 2

On July 2, 1966, the Simcoe (later Algostream) entered service. Another Canadian straight decker retired before its time.

The railroad carferry TRANSIT was launched at Walkerville, Ontario on 2 July 1872 at the Jenkins Brothers shipyard.

Before noon, Saturday, 2 July 1870, several attempts were made to launch the barge AGNES L. POTTER at Simon Langell's yard at St. Clair, Michigan. Nothing happened until 3:00 PM when the vessel moved about 100' but still was not launched. The tug VULCAN arrived at 8:00 AM the following day and broke the line on the first attempt to pull the vessel off the ways. A 10" line was obtained in Port Huron and at 2:00 PM a second effort only moved the barge about 4 feet. Finally , on the third attempt, the VULCAN pulled her into the water. The POTTER's dimensions were 133' x 27' x 9', 279 gt and she was built for the iron ore trade. She was named for the daughter of the general superintendent of Ward's Iron Works of Chicago. She lasted until 1906.

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

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




Calumet in for Upgrade

07/01
The Calumet's stop in Sarnia is for an upgrade to her steering system. The vessel's mechanical steering system is being upgraded to an electronic one. Until now she has had the old system of rods and u-joints linking the bridge to the steering machinery. She now will have an electronic system that will mate the bridge with the steering gear. The steering engine that moves the rudder will still be powered by steam.

The tall ship HMS Tecumsah arrived Saturday afternoon docking at the east wall of the Government Docks. She is from Midland, Ontario.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Mississagi in Windsor

7/01
The Mississagi was in Windsor Friday unloading a cargo of stone. While at the dock they also performed a crew change.

Arriving at the dock below the Ambassador Bridge.
A ladder is lowered for crew members to take lines ashore in the work boat.
Crews members secure the line.
Members of the crew change pose for a picture.

Reported by: T. Parker




Saginaw News

7/01
The J A W Iglehart arrived in the early morning hours Saturday with a load of cement for the Lafarge Cement Dock in Saginaw. She is outbound passing through Bay City at 8:30 a.m.

A Hannah tug and barge was unloading at the Triple Clean LiquiFuels Dock in Essexville Friday evening. The tug and barge passed out bound about a half hour later.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Iglehart Passing Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Iglehart approaching from the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse.
Iglehart passing S.R.R.R.L. slip.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

07/01
The Canadian Provider was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator Saturday and was expected to depart later on that day. The CSL Niagara was expected in at the CSX Coal Docks later on in the evening to load coal. The American Mariner, American Republic, and Adam E. Cornelius remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX will be on Monday with Charles M. Beeghly leading the parade followed by CSL Laurentien, and Algomarine, followed by the Arthur M. Anderson on Tuesday morning. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Monday morning. The Reserve on Wednesday morning. The Courtney Burton on Thursday morning followed by the Armco on Saturday morning 7 July.

Classic views of Toledo shipping
John T. Huchinson backing away from the C.&O. Coal Docks after loading coal.
Seaway Queen with the Gaelic tug Galway Bay as they were headed to load grain.
Barge Peter Reiss in Toledo. She was finished as an operational barge and was awaiting her scrap tow.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Conneaut and Ashtabula News

7/01
Conneaut and Ashtabula were busy Friday, with rare callers in both ports. The Arthur M. Anderson was in Conneaut to load coal for Wyandotte. A rare caller to the lower lakes in mid summer, she was ready to load about 11:00 a.m., but an apparent breakdown on the dock delayed loading until past 3:00 p.m. The Earl W. Oglebay was expected about 6:00 p.m. to load for Charlevoix.

At Ashtabula, the Fred R. White Jr. finished loading coal and departed for Alpena around 1:00 p.m. She was due in Alpena about 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. The saltie Yarmouth was unloading titanium slag at Ashtabula before departing. The Sea Eagle II and barge were expected in Cleveland shortly before 12:00 a.m. Saturday.

Arthur M. Anderson waiting to load.
Fred R. White departing Ashtabula.
Stern View.
Another View.
Yarmouth unloading.
Close up of her bulbous bow.
Stern View.
Anderson at 3:00 p.m.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




In the Soo

07/01:
Saturday was another beautiful day in the Soo. The day started with the tug boat races and a steady flow of traffic.

My thanks to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Boatnerd Gathering, this year's event was another successful meeting and the series continues with the Fawn Island Gathering July 14. Check back Monday for pictures and a special inside look at Soo Traffic.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss




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07/01:
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Today in Great Lakes History - July 01

On July 1, 1940, the Harry Coulby (now Kinsman Enterprise) became the first Great Lakes vessel to load in excess of 16,000 tons of iron ore when it loaded 16,067 tons of iron ore in Ashland, Wisconsin.

On 1 July 1927, ROBERT C. WENTE (wooden, propeller, bulk freighter, 141'/336 GT, built in 1888 at Gibralter, MI) burned to a total loss in the St. Clair River. In 1911, she sank in Lake Michigan, but was raised and refurbished.

July, 1983 - The C&O sold it's remaining 3 carferries to Glen Bowden and George Towns. They begin operating cross-lake service between Ludington and Kewaunee under the name Michigan-Wisconsin Transportation Co. (MWT)

On 1 July 1852, CASPIAN (wooden side-wheeler, 252', 921 t, built in 1851 at Newport, Michigan) foundered a short distance off Cleveland's piers. Some of her gear and structural material were salvaged in the Spring of 1853 and the wreck was then flattened with dynamite.

One hundred years ago, 1 July 1900, the new wooden steam barge ALFRED MITCHELL started her maiden voyage from St. Clair, Michigan for Cleveland, Ohio to load coal. She was owned by Langell & Sons.

On 1 July 1869, the wooden schooner GARROWEN was carrying coal from Cleveland to Toronto when she sprang a leak and sank in 60' of water about 10 miles from shore off Geneva, Ohio. The crew escaped in the yawl. She was only 19 years old and some of the crew claimed that she was scuttled as an insurance scam. However, a number of divers visited the wreck on the bottom of the Lake at the time and that claim was refuted.

On 1 July 1875, the iron carferry HURON (238', 1052 gt, built at Point Edward, Ontario with iron plates prefabricated in Scotland) made her trial voyage between Fort Gratiot, Michigan and Point Edward, Ontario across the St. Clair River. This vessel served the Grand Trunk Railway and ran between Windsor and Detroit for over a century.

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

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




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