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Reported by Al Miller

Roger Blough entered Fraser Shipyards in Superior on July 27 to have a generator replaced. The vessel is on the schedule for the Two Harbors ore dock to load Aug. 1.

Both DMIR docks are doing steady business this summer. The Duluth dock handled the American Spirit and Arthur M. Anderson at the same time July 27, followed by Sarah Spencer July 29, with Mesabi Miner due July 30 and American  Spirit Aug. 1. In Two Harbor, James R. Barker loaded July 27, with Presque Isle due July 29; Edgar B. Speer, July 30;l Edwin H. Gott, Columbia Star and Roger Blough, Aug. 1; and Joe Block Aug. 3.


Recent photos by Lee Rowe
John J. Boland unloading stone
Guard at the gate
Lee A. Tregurtha entering Marquette harbor
Jetskier at the bow
Wolverine at the dock


Ispat, Steelworkers Agree to Keep Talking


Steelworkers at Ispat Inland Mining Co. in Minnesota will continue working past the July 31 expiration of their contract as negotiations continue to reach a new agreement.

A 15-day contract extension has been put into place, allowing United Steelworkers of America and Ispat Inland negotiators more time to reach an agreement, Marty Henry, president of Local 6115 in Virginia, told the Duluth News Tribune.

The extension, which ends Aug. 15, delays the possibility of a strike at least until the end of August. The union has agreed not to take action without giving a 15-day notice in mid-August.

There are 309 Steelworkers employed at the 2.9 million-ton-per-year taconite plant near Virginia.

Reported by Al Miller



Major Ore Producers Report Profits


Cleveland-Cliffs and U.S. Steel, both major producers of taconite pellets shipped on the Great Lakes, reported significant profits for the second quarter.

The earnings reports reflect the current strong demand for steel, fueled partly by China's ravenous appetite for steel.

U.S. Steel reported July 27 that its second-quarter net income was $211 million, "the highest recorded since we began reporting steel results separately in 1991," a company news release said. A year ago at the same time, the company lost $49 million.

U.S. Steel's domestic iron ore production grew to 6 million net tons during the quarter compared with 4.9 million in the same period of 2003. U.S. Steel owns Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron and the former National Steel Pellet Co. near Keewatin, Minn.

Cliffs also recorded the best quarter in its history, reporting net income of $32.8 million this year. The company lost $21.2 million in the second quarter of 2003.

Cliffs increased production1.7 million tons at its iron mines, including United Taconite near Eveleth, Northshore Mining in Silver Bay and Babbitt and Hibbing Taconite in Hibbing. Cliffs also operates the Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan and the Wabush mine in Canada.

Reported by Al Miller


Cliffs, Steelworkers Reach Tentative Contract for Four Mines


Cleveland-Cliffs and the Steelworkers union Wednesday reached a tentative contract agreement for workers at four Cliffs' taconite mines in MInnesota and Michigan.

Workers are expected to vote on the pact within two weeks. The agreement quells talk of potential strikes at some or all of the mines and promises to keep pellets moving during a year of strong demand.

The four-year agreement cover sabout 2,000 miners at Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite in Minnesota and the Empire and Tilden mines in Upper Michigan.

Details of the Cliffs-USWA agreement aren't being released.

However, Steelworkers officials told the Duluth News Tribune that the contract would significantly improve members' job security, along with health care and pensions for retirees.

Under the agreement, Cleveland-Cliffs would invest $215 million into the prefunding of retiree health insurance and its pension plan, said USWA District 11 director David Foster.

USWA workers would receive a 9 percent wage increase over the term of the contract. Co-pays for some health care costs would go up. Cleveland-Cliffs also agreed to make capital improvements at the taconite plants.

The agreement, Foster said, differs from a contract signed last year between the USWA and U.S. Steel. That deal, especially contracting-out language, didn't sit well with some USWA workers at U.S. Steel facilities on the Iron Range.

Cleveland-Cliffs officials had said during negotiations that they wanted a contract similar to U.S. Steel's.

"Cleveland-Cliffs is a different company" than U.S. Steel, Foster told the News Tribune. "It's still an iron ore company, not a steel company, and the bargaining was different in several respects. I think we were able to deal with some significant issues that were troubling to our U.S. Steel members. I think we negotiated a landmark agreement in that regard."

"I think it's good news for everybody," Cleveland-Cliffs spokesman Dana Byrne said Wednesday of the agreement. "We are pleased with the settlement. It's good news for all of our employees, our customers and the communities."

Reported by Al Miller



Today In Great Lakes History

Today in Great Lakes History - July 29

The OTTERCLIFFE HALL cleared Lauzon, Quebec 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 31 caught fire on July 29, 1971 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.. She was not repaired. The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 was sold to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne, Ontario for scrapping.

On July 29, 1974 the WW 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 Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, Michigan on her maiden voyage July 29, 1942 bound for Duluth, Minnesota 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, Wisconsin to be reduced to a barge.

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.


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 overboard.

This "News Page" on this site was "launched" in 1996 reporting the coal fire aboard the GRIFFITH.

The GORDON C. LEITCH (1) (Hull#36) was launched July 30, 1952 at Midland, Ontario by Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd. for the Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. Ltd., Toronto, Ont.

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

On 30 July 1871, the 162' bark HARVEY BISSELL was carrying lumber from Toledo to Tonawanda, New York. 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, New York as a side-wheeler) was unloading 72,000 bushels of wheat at the Sturgis Elevator at Buffalo, New York 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".


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, Quebec 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.


Containership Horizon Aground Near Sorel; McKeil Tug Still Stranded


The container ship Horizon went hard aground Saturday morning near Sorel, Quebec. She was seabound when she lost all power and went aground at a speed of 15 knots. Six tugs tried to free her but were unsuccessful; lightering of containers is the next plan. The ship is out the channel – the green channel marker # S-129 to the right (see photo) should be well to the vessel's starboard side. The Maltese flagged Horizon was also known before as the Nedlloyd Kilindini, Irenes Horizon and Almudena, and is owned by Tsakos Group.

The bunkering tanker Alycia S 1 (ex Horizon Montreal) sailed for Panama Wednesday to enter service for new owners. She was sighted at Contrecoeur at 1455.

Meanwhile, the McKeil Marine barge, KTC 115, which ran aground early Tuesday in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, NY, is still stranded, with tugs continuing to work to free her.

Reports indicated about 12,000 gallons of cargo were spilled. The accident happened when a cable that attached the barge to the tug Salvor snapped.

Horizon aground
Closeup of Alycia S 1’s new name

Reported by: Kent Malo



Lake Express Ride To Get Longer In Fall


The 2 1/2-hour trip across Lake Michigan will become a three-hour trip this fall, according to a story in Tuesday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Starting Sept. 14, the Lake Express high-speed ferry will build another 30 minutes into each trip between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich. Lake Express Ferry

Autumn weather is the reason for the change, ferry spokesman Jeff Fleming told the newspaper.

From mid-September through December, the scheduled end of the ferry's season, weather on the lake is less predictable than in the summer. A combination of rougher waters and fog is expected to slow the ferry on some trips, although it is likely to arrive ahead of schedule most days, he said.

Last Friday, wind and waves forced the cancellation of one of the ferry's three daily round trips for the first time since service started June 1.

Waves were about 6 feet. Although the ferry is certified to sail until waves reach twice that height, their impact was magnified by wind that hit the ferry from the side, reducing the efficiency of stabilizers that work best with head winds and tail winds, Fleming said.



Bonds Could Back Iron Nugget Plant


Duluth-area county commissioners appeared interested Monday in helping create the world's first production-scale iron nugget plant by issuing $8 million to $12 million in industrial revenue bonds.

Those bonds would be one of four portions of a $30 million financing package to try to convince Mesabi Nugget LLC to locate a $110 million iron nugget plant at the site of the former LTV Steel Mining Co. taconite operation in Hoyt Lakes.

If the technology and process are found to be commercially viable, a production-scale plant will be built in Indiana or Minnesota. Iron Range Resources, a state agency, is trying to make a Range plant the more attractive choice.

"We're in the process of assembling a financing package right now," Brian Hanson, director of development strategies for IRR, told the Duluth News Tribune.

Mesabi Nugget is operating a pilot plant at Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay to determine whether manufacturing the nuggets for commercial use is possible. 

As envisioned, the 21st Century Minerals Fund would contribute $8 million to a Hoyt Lakes operation; IRR would contribute $12 million; St. Louis County would contribute $8 million to $12 million; and an unnamed party that is not a public body would put in up to $2 million, Hanson told the County Board.

Mesabi Nugget would contribute $70 million of equity for the production-scale operation, plus $10 million in working capital, Hanson said. None of the potential participants is committed, he said.

The plant would produce nuggets of 96 percent iron – as compared to taconite pellets, which are 65 percent iron – that can be used in electric arc furnaces operated by mini-mills. Taconite can be used only in blast furnaces, and their numbers are decreasing while mini-mill numbers are increasing. Furthermore, iron nuggets are more valuable. Taconite sells for about $40 per ton while iron nuggets sell for $280 to $320 per ton.

The Hoyt Lakes plant would be a demonstration plant at what is called the Cliffs-Erie site, owned by ore merchant Cleveland-Cliffs. LTV closed at that site in January 2001, putting about 1,200 people out of work.

Reported by: Duluth News-Tribune, Jason Leslie


Is Shipwreck Near Traverse City The Griffon?


A Great Lakes treasure hunter thinks he's found a riches-laden shipwreck, but mystery shrouds a lawsuit he's filed nearly as much as it does the lost vessel.

Steven Libert, of Virginia, thinks he's discovered a shipwreck in northern Lake Michigan and filed a lawsuit in federal court to protect it, though he and his attorney refuse to say what wreck they hope to claim.

But John Halsey, archeologist for the State of Michigan, says Libert believes he may have found the Griffin, the first European decked ship to sail the upper Great Lakes and the "Holy Grail" of Great Lake shipwreck hunters.

Halsey, however, doubts Libert found the Griffin, which was built by French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and lost in 1679 during its maiden voyage.

"I don't think it's the Griffin, he thinks it's the Griffin," Halsey said of Libert. "There's not enough information at this point to say one way or another even if it's a ship."

Halsey said Michigan claims ownership of historic shipwrecks under the Abandoned Shipwreck Act, but if the Griffin was found, the French government would most likely assert its ownership.

The wreck is identified by a latitude and longitude that places it in a circle with a radius of 3.5 miles just west of Poverty Island and Summer Island near Wisconsin, about 55 miles northwest of Leelanau County.

The suit contains little information about the vessel's identity - it's called a "sailing ship which sank scores of years ago" and is described as possibly having been involved in a "foreign research expedition."

Reported by: Bonnie Barnes, Traverse City Record Eagle



Today In Great Lakes History

Today in Great Lakes History - July 25

The ALGOSOO (2) (Hull#206) was launched July 24, 1974 at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. 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) (Hull#714) was launched July 24, 1975 at Sturgeon Bay,Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. for the American Steamship Co.

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

Today in Great Lakes History - July 25

The bow section of the ROGER BLOUGH (Hull#900) was floated into the new American Ship Building Co. 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 was upbound at Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1983 on her  maiden voyage for Misener Holdings Ltd.. 

 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.

Today in Great Lakes History - July 26

The ALGOWEST sailed on her maiden voyage in 1982 from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Quebec City with a 27,308 ton load of barley.

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

The CONALLISON departed Windsor, Ontario on her first trip for Johnstone Shipping Ltd. on July 26, 1981.

WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE (2) (Hull#154) sailed light on her maiden voyage from Great Lakes Engineering Works at Ecorse, Michigan on July 26, 1916 to Duluth, Minnesota to load iron ore.  Renamed b.) HENRY STEINBRENNER in 1986.

On 26 July 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.

Today in Great Lakes History - July 27

On 27 July 1884, ALBERTA (steel propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 264', 2282 gt, built in 1883 at Whiteinch, Scotland by C. Connell & Co.) 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, Michigan. 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.

On 27 July 1900 the steel freighter RENSSELAER (Hull#402) was launched in Cleveland, Ohio by the American Ship building Co.for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.

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 ton load of barley.

On July 28, 1973 the ROGER M KYES (Hull#200) was christened at Toledo, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. by Mrs. Roger Kyes for the American Steamship Co. Renamed b.) ADAM E CORNELIUS in 1989.

B A PEERLESS (Hull#148) was launched July 28, 1952 at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for British American Transportation Co. Ltd. Renamed b.) GULF CANADA in 1969 and c.) COASTAL CANADA in 1984. 

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, New York with pork, corn, whisky and produce. On Lake Ontario, about 20 miles off Oak Orchard,New York, 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.

In 1900, the freighter PRINCETON (Hull#302) was launched at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

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.



Barge Spills Calcium Chloride in St. Lawrence River Grounding

07/28 (Updated)

The McKeil Marine barge, KTC 115, loaded with calcium chloride, ran aground early Tuesday in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, NY, and Boldt Castle, both major tourist destinations.

Early reports indicated about 12,000 gallons of cargo were spilled. Authorities say the chemical, used to melt ice, is not a threat to people or wildlife in the area. The U.S. Coast Guard has declared a 100-yard security zone around Frontenac Shoal, where the grounding took place.

The accident happened when a cable that attached the barge to the tug Salvor snapped. Traffic was stopped immediately, but one-way passage past the stranding was being allowed by late Tuesday. Among vessels delayed were Quebecois, Cedarglen, Lake Ontario, Algoeast, Algocape, Montrealais, Irma and Algonorth.

Efforts continued Tuesday night to pull the barge free. There is no word of damage to the vessel.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt, Ron Walsh


PWDD Cuts Staff, Hopes CSL Will Build Jean Parisien Forebody


Port Weller Dry Docks has cut about 30 of its 70 non-unionized employees in a move the shipyard says it must make to stay alive, according to a recent story in the St. Catharine's Standard.

The permanent layoffs affected mostly administrative staff.

With the recent completion of the $20-million White Rose oil-processing module, the only ongoing work at the yard is a $2-million refit of the Canadian Ranger self-unloading bulk carrier. That is enough to employ about 80 unionized, hourly-rated workers, he said. About 160 additional workers on the company’s employment roll are on temporary layoff.

Meanwhile, the shipyard is anxious to finalize a contract with Canada Steamship Lines for rebuilding the forebody of Jean Parisien. The self-unloader has been at Port Weller since December.

Alan Thoms, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd., the shipyard’s parent company, said the vessel has remained there for some time because CSL will only award the contract when it determines there is enough work for the ship to make the rebuilding worthwhile.

“We’re hoping that is happening now (for CSL),” he said.

“It’s probably the only job that will be here for the next nine to 12 months,” added Thoms, who is confident the $30-million contract will be awarded. However observers in the St. Catharines area recently reported the Parisien's name and stack markings had been painted out, which often happens before a vessel is sent to the scrapyard.

Reported by: St. Catharines Standard


Speer Rudder Still Lost in St. Marys River


Recent efforts to locate the 17-ton rudder and stock lost last December by the 1,000-footer Edgar B. Speer in the lower St. Marys River near Lime Island were unsuccessful, with side-scan sonar and magnetometer searches unable to pinpoint the huge object.

The search included a ride on the Speer through the section of the river where the rudder came adrift and a review of logbooks and other material, according to a recent Marine Beat column by Jack Storey in the Sault Evening News.

It is not known exactly where the Speer was when the rudder detached from the vessel, with the possibility that vessel personnel were busy keeping the vessel under control rather than pinpointing time or location of the loss, Storey speculated.

Reported by: Evening News, Roger LeLievre


CATS Hires Lobbyists to Push Gambling on Ferry


Canadian American Transportation Systems is enlisting the help of professional lobbyists to bring gambling to the high-speed ferry Sprit of Ontario, which runs between Rochester, N.Y. and Toronto, and to push other issues.

The Rochester-based company has hired lobbying firms in Albany, Manhattan, Toronto and Washington, D.C., and will spend at least $240,000 over the next year in New York alone.

“It's not uncommon for companies to have lobbyists, especially in the business we're in,” CATS President Cornel Martin told the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, adding that the maritime industry is heavily regulated by the government.

CATS has not hidden its interest in putting video lottery terminals on the Spirit of Ontario and also has talked about installing them in the city-owned ferry terminal at the Port of Rochester.

“It's something we're interested in, and it's something that we feel would be an amenity that people would enjoy,” Martin said. The company has no intention of turning the ship into a floating casino, he added.

Lobbyists are also helping CATS change the registration of the ferry. The ship currently is registered with the Bahamas Maritime Authority, but the company wants to switch to a U.S. registration to help save money. CATS is currently paying about $1.8 million a year in government-imposed pilotage and docking fees because of the foreign registration. Those costs would disappear if the ship were registered in the United States or Canada.

Each time the ship sails, it must have a U.S. or Canadian registered pilot – a legal requirement because the ferry wasn't built in the United States and is a foreign-registered vessel. The ship was built by Austal Ships in Australia.

Meanwhile, the fast ferry Lake Express, which operates across Lake Michigan, cancelled multiple July 23, the reason given by company representatives were rough weather.  The NOAA open water forecast for that portion of Lake Michigan was 3 - 5 foot waves. This is the first time since the ferry entered service in June that trips had to be canceled on account of weather.

Reported by: Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, Jason Leslie



Foreign-Flag Passengers Facing Tougher Scrutiny


To the welcoming strains of the Duluth Community Band and the applause of onlookers, the U.S. cruise ship Grande Mariner docked behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on a recent afternoon.

But new security measures will force a change of venue and keep well-wishers at a distance when another cruise ship, the German-owned MV Columbus, calls on Duluth this September.

Lisa Marciniak, promotions manager for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, told the Duluth News-Tribune in a recent story that she would prefer to receive the 400 Columbus passengers in the same fashion as those on the Grande Mariner.

"It's too bad it didn't work out," she said. "But what's happening here is happening everywhere. It's not just us."

When the Columbus visits, she will tie up at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, which usually handles cargo ships, instead of at the DECC. There, passengers will be met by U.S. Customs and Coast Guard officials. Once they clear that area, passengers will be taken by bus to the DECC for a warmer public welcome, complete with music and German-speaking translators, Marciniak said.

New Maritime Transportation Security Act rules that took effect July 1 are forcing U.S. ports to handle foreign-flagged cruise ships that carry a large number of foreign citizens more carefully to guard against terrorism.

"Everyone understands that the rules of the game have changed," said Ray Skelton, Port Authority security director. He explained that because the Columbus is a much larger ship and will carry foreign residents, its passengers and crew must be received in a secure area for screening.

Reported by: Duluth News-Tribune, Jason Leslie



Deal Cooking to Ship Corn to Through Toledo


The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is trying to broker a deal to send northwest Ohio feed corn to North Carolina via the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to Atlantic Ocean ports.

"We'll be the marriage broker and make sure all the partners are together and understand their vows," Jim Hartung, president of the port authority, told the Toledo Blade recently. "We're talking to a number of private interests in North Carolina, which at this time cannot be disclosed."

Negotiations are just getting under way, he said, and no specifics are available about cost or the possible benefits to the local economy.

One possible hitch: The Jones Act prohibits grain shipments from one U.S. port to another in a foreign-flagged ship, he said.  Only one U.S. flag lake vessel, the Joseph H. Frantz, is currently active in the Great Lakes grain trade. Ships that carry corn out of Toledo currently are foreign-flagged and deliver the corn cargo to Canada and overseas, he said.

Reported by: Toledo Blade, Jason Leslie



Port Report and Photo Gallery



Reported by: Scott Best
The Canadian Prospector paid a very rare visit to the CN Ore dock in Escanaba on Sunday. The Prospector arrived late Saturday night or very early Sunday and was just about done loading by 11:30 AM. This load is said to be part of an experimental project in which Canadian straight deckers back haul iron ore down the Seaway rather than the traditional grain cargoes.

Earlier in the spring Algoma and ULG straight deckers loaded ore at Two Harbors. Also in port on Sunday was the Joe Block which unloaded limestone from Port Inland at the C. Reiss dock and then shifted over to the ore dock to wait for the Prospector's departure the begin loading.

Wide view unloading stone at C. Reiss
Close up unloading stone
Approaching the ore dock while Prospector loads.
Former fire boat Joseph Medill at the Basic Marine yard in Escanaba.
Loading early Sunday morning
Close up loading (Note crewmember checking mid ship draft marks on ladder)
Dock view loading on a dusty morning
 Finishing up loading with Joe Block waiting


Reported by Ben & Chanda McClain
The Paul H. Townsend arrived in port Monday afternoon to load cement at Lafarge. It departed before 9 p.m., heading for Detroit. On its way out into the bay the Townsend passed its fleetmate Alpena coming in, and both vessels saluted each other.

 The G.L Ostrander/barge Integrity is expected into port early Tuesday morning to take on cargo. The J.A.W Iglehart has been delivering to ports on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.  

The Fred R. White Jr. and Sam Laud have brought coal to Lafarge over the last two weeks.

The H. Lee White is due at Stoneport on Tuesday. The Philip R. Clarke and Earl W. Oglebay are on the schedule for Wednesday.


7/23 Photos by Mike Nicholls
Earl W. Oglebay downbound at Grassy Island
Stern view
Atlantic Superior upbound at Grassy Island
Stern view
J.A.W. Iglehart
Stern view

Photos by John Meyland
After delivering mail to Quebecois, J.W. Wescott II quickly swung around and made a delivery (pizzas) to the excursion vessel Friendship.r.
J.W. Wescott II makes a delivery to Herbert C. Jackson.


St. Clair River

Photos by John Meyland
Tug Evans Mckeil, connected to barge Ocean Hauler TMI-96, displays her new trim colors.
Tug Mary E. Hannah downbound pushing barge Hannah 3601.
Middletown upbound.

Reported by Art Pickering
On Monday, the James R. Barker was at the upper harbor ore dock unloading coal while the Great Lakes Trader was on the other side finishing up loading operations.  Later Monday, the Michipicoten was due in at noon. On Tuesday, the Wolverine was due in around noon followed by the Michipicoten at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, the Saginaw and Herbert Jackson are both scheduled to arrive at the ore dock in the upper harbor.


Reported by: Charlie Gibbons
Canadian Provider arrived around 5 p.m. Saturday and went to the lay-up wall at Pier 35. Later in the day English River arrived at Lafarge with a load of cement. She departed around 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Port Authority ferry Windmill Point has been hauled out for inspection under the Atlas crane at Pier 35 south.


Reported by Andy LaBorde

The Richard Reiss departed Milwaukee early Sunday morning, July 25 after delivering salt.

The mega-yacht Barbara Jean is attracted a lot of attention from Milwaukee pleasure craft owners this past weekend. The Dutch-built and Cayman Island-registered yacht, reportedly the 95th largest in the world at 185 feet, has  been anchored inside the Milwaukee breakwall since July 22. A security call just before noon Sunday, in a very distinguished British accent, announced the Barbara Jean's departure.

The Barbara Jean anchored in Milwaukee Sunday morning with the Richard Reiss in the background.



Reported by: Philip Nash
Goderich had a variety of shipping activity recently. The Tug Annie M. Dean and work barge were dredging the harbor. The salt dock was busy with the Algolake loading salt on Sunday, July 18th, the Peter R. Cresswell on Monday, July 19th, Algoway and Canadian Transfer on Wednesday, July 21st, the Captain Henry Jackman and Canadian Navigator on Friday, July 23rd. The cruise ship Nantucket Clipper visited the harbor on Friday and departed at suppertime for Port Huron, Michigan.

Tug Annie M. Dean with workers heading back the the work barge.
Peter R. Cresswell loading at the salt dock as the Annie M. Dean passes by.
Loading salt into the Captain Henry Jackman.
Cruise ship Nantucket Clipper departing.
Captain Henry Jackman loading as the Nantucket Clipper heads out to Lake Huron.


Photos by Glenn Blaskiewicz
Steamer Alpena arriving
Stern view
Joseph H. Frantz loading

St. Marys River

Photos from the DeTour, Mich., area, by Cathy Kohring
Arthur K. Atkinson, stern
Atkinson, bow on
Milwaukee-based tall ship Denis Sullivan on a visit to the upper lakes


Photos by Brian Wroblewski
Naval Park ships, just as twilight falls over their new basin, with the new dock lighting and a fresh set of bulbs strung from stem to stern.
Another view after the sky has grown dark.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski


Divers discover wreck on Lake Superior

A team led by long-time local wreck diver Jerry Eliason of Scanlon, Minn., has located the wreck of the steamer Robert Wallace, which sank off Two Harbor, Minn., more than a century ago.

The wreck is covered in silt but otherwise largely intact. Its pilothouse is missing but its smokestack remains in place.

"We were amazed. It's so intact," Eliason told the Duluth News Tribune. "None of us had ever seen a wooden steamer that looked like that before. There's very little debris. Just about everything is still on the wreck. It's even sitting upright on an even keel."

The hulk of the Wallace is located in more than 300 feet of water about 13 miles south-southeast of Two Harbors. The searchers located it June 5 using side-scan sonar, and subsequent trips to the site confirmed the vessel's identity. Team members plan to dive to the wreck in August.

The ore-laden Wallace sank late on Nov. 17, 1902. The ship was towing a barge in calm weather when crew members felt a sudden heavy vibration. Moments later water began pouring into the ship's stern. The odd circumstances point to the ship either striking debris or pulling out its stern post.

All crew members safely abandoned ship and were picked up by the barge. Later that night, the tug Edna G. from Two Harbors, responding to distress flares, arrived on the scene to take the barge under tow.

Eliason's last wreck discovery, with longtime hunting partner Kraig Smith of Rice Lake, Wis., was in 1990. He found the freighter Judge Hart, which sank in a storm in November 1942 in Canadian waters on Lake Superior. Two years earlier, Eliason discovered the Onoko, an iron-hulled steamer that sank south of lake's Knife Island in September 1915.

His search team has been together seven or eight years. Members include Smith, Randy Beebe of Duluth and Ken Merryman of Fridley, Minn. Eliason's son, Jarrod Eliason of Colorado Springs, Colo., designed the torpedo-looking side-scan sonar that first detected the Robert Wallace.

Once their work with the Robert Wallace is complete, Eliason's team plans to renew a search for the steamer Benjamin Noble, believed to be in about 600 to 700 feet of water about five miles south of Two Harbors.

Reported by: Al Miller, Greg Gilbert and Nick Durst

New ferry attracting travelers

Initial reports indicate the new fast ferry operated by Lake Express is drawing a steady crowd of travelers.

According to the Muskegon Chronicle, Lake Express has done well attracting passengers to the high-speed ferry in Muskegon. And while the ferry service isn't turning away customers, it is turning away some passengers' cars because of a full vehicle deck.

Lake Express has been operating the new $25 million ferry since June 1. The company has continually said it will not provide specific numbers on the volume of passengers for competitive reasons.

"Things are going exceedingly well and we are very pleased with the public response," a ferry spokesman told the newspaper. "There were the expected startup hurdles that we had to overcome, but a lot of work has gone into improving the service and I think we have made great strides."

The Chronicle said there have been sporadic reports of late departures and arrivals as well as some complaints about uncontrolled first-class seating and uneven security checks. Many passengers also have wondered about the odd "stop-and-go" maneuver outside the Muskegon Channel walls that is done to clear the propulsion units of flotsam picked up in Muskegon Lake.

Overall, however, most reports have been upbeat about the ride and the service.

All weekend trips in July from both Muskegon and Milwaukee have been at the 46-vehicle capacity, according to a check of availability on the Lake Express Internet reservation system.

Several weekend trips also have had all 250 passenger seats sold. The most popular trips appear to be the 10:30 a.m. departure from Muskegon and the 12:30 p.m. departure from Milwaukee.

Lake Express officials would not say how many passengers its boat has carried.

In Ludington, Lake Michigan Carferry officials say they are being affected by the new high-speed service.

"The competition has had an effect on our business, but the slow tourism season in northern Michigan makes it difficult to measure the full extent of that impact," Lynda Daugherty, director of media relations for Lake Michigan Carferry, told the Chronicle.

"Customers who have tried the new ferry tell us the S.S. Badger offers more things to do during the crossing and the ship's large size gives a smoother ride in rough water," she said.

Reported by: Rob Cuttingham

Tondu eyes Bay City for power plant site

Tondu Corp. of Houston is considering building a coal-fired power plant along the Saginaw River just north of the Zilwaukee Bridge.

Plans for the company's Northern Lights plant have been rejected by officials in Manistee and other towns, and likely would need the blessing of government leaders in Zilwaukee Township.

Several local officials have said they would favor the plant's construction in Bay City because it would create jobs and would use "clean coal" technology that would significantly reduce smokestack emissions compared to those of older coal-fired plants.

Tondu officials recently toured Sargent Dock & Terminal property in Zilwaukee Township as a possible site for the new plant. The 78-acre site in question is excess space that Sargent uses for stockpiling stone and other materials, Webber said.

Construction of the new plant would raise the possibility that it would be supplied low-sulfur Western coal hauled in by Great Lakes freighters from Superior, Wis., or South Chicago, Ill.

Tondu is looking at more than 20 other sites in addition to the Zilwaukee Township location, including spots in Indiana and Ohio, said Jim Tondu, director of business development for Tondu Corp. in Grand Rapids. He wouldn't say when the company may make a decision.

Reported by: Dan Lee

Gas prices, rule changes pushing big trucks to the Badger

The car ferry Badger is hauling more big trucks on its overnight trips, apparently resulting from trucking companies' efforts to reduce fuel costs and accommodate changes in the laws governing drivers' rest hours.

“We are experiencing a very strong commercial truck business this year,” Lynda Daugherty, director of media relations for Lake Michigan Carferry, told the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. “We’re led to believe that some companies are opting for the S.S. Badger because of higher fuel prices.”

One company, Merrill Iron and Steel of Schofield, Wis., has decided to ship its steel to Michigan aboard Badger.

During the next eight to 10 weeks, 80 to 100 oversize loads will leave from Manitowoc on the car ferry's 12:30 a.m. departure destined for a body shop and a truck body shop at the Ford Motor Co. in Wayne, Mich.

“The size of the S.S. Badger allows us to accommodate many different types of vehicles and oversize loads,” Daugherty said. “Our primary focus is on passengers and automobiles, but we definitely welcome oversize loads on nighttime crossings.”

The late-night schedule is convenient for Merrill, because oversize loads cannot travel on roads by night, and drivers have to rest.

“It’s working out great,” said Donna Semrau, traffic supervisor for the company. “We’re saving driving time, probably eight hours.”

Merrill truck drivers had mixed reactions to the new arrangement.

“In the beginning, our drivers were not for it because it takes away their miles,” Semrau told the newspaper. “But I think they’re finding that it’s making them less stressed. There’s so much traffic, and oversize loads have to go around all the construction.”

Reported by: Murrell Wiseman

Port Report

On Tuesday heavy fog covered the region. The Mesabi Miner had the opportunity to navigate through the dense fog and when the fog finally cleared that afternoon, the Mesabi Miner was at the ore dock unloading. Also having to navigate the fog was the Michipicoten. Wednesday the Earl Oglebay visited the ore dock and early Thursday morning the Wolverine arrived and the Michipicoten followed right behind the Wolverine. Friday the Herbert Jackson will make an early morning visit and the Michipicoten will visit in the afternoon.
Reported by: Art Pickering

Spirit of Ontario docked in Charlotte, NY on the Genesee River by Jason LaDue
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On Tuesday the Karen Andrie went down the Black Rock Canal for the Marathon Dock in Tonawanda at 11 a.m. The William C Gaynor arrived that morning with three barges worth of dredge equipment. She dropped off Spud Barge #138 at the Visiting Ship's dock near the Erie Basin before heading up the creek to the BIDCO yard with the other two. She then took fuel at BIDCO and departed for Toledo that evening. The tug Mohawk was due Tuesday night to position her equipment and start dredging Wednesday.

Frantz unloading at General Mills as seen from the Buffalo Skyway Bridge.
Looking down at the new unloading hopper and rebuilt dock face from the long since demolished Dakota Elevator. Note new dust control equipment. Two trucks pulled up to the dock with hoses running to the unloading rig and another hose running over to the new equipment installed at the base of the hopper against the building.
Frantz on her way out early Sunday Afternoon from the Erie Basin.
English River passing the Ohio St. Boat Launch Ramp on Monday afternoon.
Downriver and heading past the BIDCO Marine Services Yard on Ganson St. above the Michigan St. Bridge.
Karen Andrie inbound at the Buffalo North Entrance Channel on Tuesday morning as seen from the observation tower at the Erie Basin.
Karen Andrie making the swing to head down the Black Rock Canal.
Karen Andrie out of the locks and loose on the mighty Niagara River near Ontario St.
Karen Andrie heading down the Tonawanda Channel towards the Marathon Asphalt Dock.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski

Today in Great Lakes History - July 22

PERE MARQUETTE 22 (Hull#210) was launched on July 22, 1924 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the Pere Marquette Railway Co.

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, Michigan), 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


Workers strike Canadian taconite producer

More than 1,400 workers the Iron Ore Co. of Canada went on strike after labor negotiations broke down.

Members of the United Steelworkers of America employed at IOC facilities in Labrador City and Sept-Iles, Quebec, went on the picket line Monday. In negotiations last week, USWA officials say IOC asked for monetary concessions and would not budge on language issues.

IOC officials say the company withdrew its request for monetary concessions and offered base wage increases in exchange for workplace flexibility. In a news release, IOC called the USWA action a "destructive decision."

A final IOC offer was rejected by a near unanimous vote of steelworkers on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Rio Tinto Limited owns 58.7 percent of IOC. Mitsubishi Corp. (26.2 percent) and Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Fund (15.1 percent) hold the remaining ownership.

About 575 steelworkers at the Wabush Mines in Newfoundland also remain on strike. Wabush, which has a 6 million-ton annual capacity, is managed by Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., which also owns 26.9 percent. Steel Company of Canada (44.6 percent) and Dofasco (28.5 percent) are other owners.

Elsewhere in the taconite industry:
--Talks reportedly have broken down between the Steelworkers union and Ispat Inland.

--Cleveland Cliffs continues to negotiate with Steelworkers at two mines and plants in Minnesota and two in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Workers at Hibbing Taconite have authorized a strike but employees at the other three operations have not followed suit.

--Contacts already have been settled between U.S. Steel Corp. and workers at its Minntac and former National Steel Pellet Co. facilities in Minnesota

Reported by: Al Miller

Soo Locks Security Improvements

Word has been received that the US Army Corps of Engineers has finalized and approved plans for new fencing and lighting at the Soo Locks. The fences and lighting are part of a $5,000,000 plan to improve security in the locks area. Work started early this year and is expected to be completed this fall.

The new lighting greatly improves visibility. Not only does this assist in security procedures, but many vessel captains have noted the improvement when entering the locks at during darkness. The additional lighting will also improve safety for locks workers and deck hands who handle the lines of boats entering the locks. The old single fixture lamps are being replaced by four 450-watt high-pressure mercury lamps on each pole. The improved lighting is apparent in night photos from the Soo Cams website. Light pole on the north side of the Poe Lock are only receiving three new fixture heads per pole.

After many months of discussion, a final plan for the fencing along the MacArthur Lock has been approved. The fence separates visitors from the lock wall and workers inside. Corps Security had originally proposed a 7-foot wrought iron fence to replace the existing chain link fence. The wrought iron would have been similar to the black fence which presently encloses the Locks Park and Visitor's Center. The plans were revealed in January and brought a loud protest from local merchants, Visitors Center Association members, Boatnerds, and the City Administration of Sault Ste. Marie. The groups were concerned that the proposed iron fence would limit viewing and photography, which would be a deterrent to tourism and the related economic effect on the local area.

In the final, approved plan the wrought iron fence will extend from the west end of the MacArthur Lock to the end of the West Pier, replacing the present chain link fence. Installation of the west section was underway during Engineer's Day.

However, between the anchor at the west end of the Mac Lock and the anchor at the east end of the lower park, the new fence will look very similar to the existing fence. The new stainless steel chain-link fence will extend to a height of 3-feet above ground and be framed top and bottom by a horizontal rail (nice to lean on). Above the chain-link there will be stainless steel cables, to replace the existing wire, spaced 6 inches apart and extending to a height of 7-feet. Above the 7-foot height there will be a 2'-4" section of cables that will be angled 30 degrees above horizontal on the visitor’s side. The angled section is designed to deter fence climbers. It was also noted that stainless steel fencing will remove the ongoing maintenance and painting the present fence.

Original plans also called for enclosing the viewing stands with Plexiglas, but it is believed this idea was dropped in lieu of better screening of visitors coming into the park.

Reporters Note: I would like to express a word or gratitude to Lt. Col. Thomas H. Magness who worked with Soo Area Chief Engineer Stan Jacek to create a solution that would improve security and still maintain a positive visitor experience.

Old light fixtures along lock walls
Workers installing new light fixtures
New lights in place

Reported by: Dave Wobser

Fawn Island Gathering

In spite of an occasional slight drizzle, nearly 70 Boatnerds converged on Fawn Island, in the St. Clair River, on Saturday for the Annual Fawn Island Gathering. Some forty of the 'nerds arrived at the island after a 3-hour luncheon cruise aboard the M/V Hammond Bay, hosted by Capt. George Lee and crew. The trip went south nearly to Lake St. Clair before returning up bound to Fawn Island. The other half of the group had crossed to Fawn Island on the water taxi and were there to meet the arriving group from the Hammond Bay.

Photographers were treated to a fair amount of river traffic during the day. McKee Sons was unloading at Marine City, directly across the river from Fawn Island, for most of the day. Passing traffic during the Gathering included: Kaye E. Barker, HMS Bounty, Canadian Enterprise, the tug/barge Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder, Frontenac, the newly rejuvenated Algoisle, and the classic Algocape. During the day the tug Evan McKeil and her barge managed to pass by the island without hitting anything.

Captain Richard Metz, who retired in 1999 as captain of the Mapleglen, was on hand to entertain with a few tales taken from his recently published book "Sea Stories" and answer questions about the Great Lakes shipping industry. Capt. Metz also autographed copies of his book for the assembled group. The Captain was presented with a copy of "The Great Lakes", by Pierre Berton, as a thank-you gift from the group.

It was noted that Boatnerds had traveled from as far Duluth (Jodi Aho), Green Bay (Jason Leino), Montreal (Kent Malo) and Florida (Capt. Metz) to be part of the group. Two couples traveled from Lake Erie on their private yachts to take part in the day's activities.

Prior to dinner being served, a drawing was held for a collection of door prizes. Our hostess Shari Schwartz had collected enough items so that everyone went home happy. Much thanks were offered to Adm. Ron Schwartz, his wife Shari, and Ron's mother-in-law for their gracious hospitality to the group.

McKee Sons
On Board Hammond Bay
Kaye E. Barker
Lunch On Hammond Bay
Watch Your Head Jason
HMS Bounty
Canadian Enterprise
Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder
Like a Big Lawn Party
Capt. Metz Tells Sea Stories
Shooting Algoisle
Door Prize Drawing
Receiving a Prize
Dinner is Ready
Capt. Metz & Shari Schwartz
Fawn Island Group Shot.

Reported by: Dave Wobser

Milwaukee River Cruise

The Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers have changed dramatically the past few years. While once rivers of commerce, they now are rivers of pleasure. Commercial traffic disappeared first on the Milwaukee river as vessels became too large to navigate the winding river. This spring saw the last commercial traffic on the Menomonee river when the tug & barge Petite Forte/St. Marys Cement delivered the last load of cement to the Blue Circle Cement dock.

The Menomonee river valley still has some traffic in the form of the coal shuttle to the WE Energies power plant. But in resent years the coal piles have been replaced with athletic fields and a large casino. In June a deal was struck with the City for the purchase of land in the valley for Harley Davidson’s long planned museum and corporate headquarters. Major residential construction has yet to materialize in the Menomonee valley.

In recent years many of the factories and warehouses that lined the Milwaukee river has been converted to lofts, apartments and condos. The influx of people moving downtown has created a number of new residential construction as well as restaurants and bars. The City of Milwaukee began building a river walk on both sides of the Milwaukee river about 8 years ago. Many of the restaurants along the river walk provide free dock space for their patrons.

Both rivers were toured in a unique amphibious vehicle July 17. An Alvis Stalwart is the British equivalent of the American DUKW of W.W.II. Designed to provide support for tanks and artillery in the 1960’s, the six wheel drive Stalwart soon fell out of favor with British troops. Not so much for its ability to carry fuel and ammunition to front line units, but rather because the vehicle was very complex and difficult to maintain. (The ‘Minnow’, a Stalwart converted to carry passengers, sank in Milwaukee in few years ago due to maintenance issues.)

It isn’t everyday citizens and tourists see what looks like a truck navigate on the Milwaukee river downtown. The highlight of the day was tying up at a local restaurant for lunch.

The Ruffy Kadinger at the WE Energies power plant
Edward Gillen Company barge working on another section of the river walk nest to the Ale House brewery.
The rear pilot house from the PM 21 carferry lives on in the form of a storage shed on the Gillen barge.
The tug Islay will be 112 years old at the end of July.
Heading down the Milwaukee River.
The Rock Bottom Restaurant with its large outdoor dining area and public dock.
The Brew City Queen passes the restaurant.
There's always excellent scenery on the river.
Passing the dinner cruise ship the Edelweiss II.
The Stalwart on land a July 4th parade.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Port Huron-Mackinac race expected to end July 20

More than 150 boats had finished the Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race by Tuesday morning, but lights winds kept about 90 boats out on Lake Huron. The race was expected to end by the evening of July 20.

Most of the competitors left July 17 on the 253-nautical-mile Southampton Course, heading northeast toward Southampton, Ontario, then northwest to Mackinac Island. Other boats took the Shore Course, a 204-nautical-mile trek along the Michigan shore.

Genuine Risk was the first to finish the race, crossing the line at 9:39 p.m. Sunday. Earth Voyager followed at 9:44 p.m., followed by Windquest at 11:11 p.m. and Equation at 3:03 a.m. Monday. Winners in the race's various divisions are determined by a handicapping system that considers each boat's capabilities and finishing times.

Reported by: Mike Jackson

Port Report

Marine City by Tom Welles
Tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder visited the Marine City Stone Dock on Monday

Cleveland by Munroe Copper
Tug Prairie State of Duluth
Sculling boats on the Cuyahoga
Tug by ISG Steel
Tug Kurt L. Luedtke
Bumboat Forest City with Downtown
Tug Ashtabula at Cleveland

Buffalo Dredging
Expected to start Wednesday July 21, MCM Marine will be returning to the Buffalo River to finish dredging starting from the Exxon/Mobil Dock working down river.

58,000 cubic yards of material will be removed from the top of the channel to just below the S. Park bridge.

100,000 cu. yds. total is what the contract with the Corp. of Engineers is for. It is expected to take between 4 and 6 weeks Above both Rail Road bridges to finish.

The Soo Barge and the tug 'Mohawk' will be the equipment used. The Gaynor will only tow the equipment up to Buffalo.

It isn't expected to happen again for 4, maybe 5 years from now because of budget cuts and the lack of business on the river.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski

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Today in Great Lakes History - July 19
EDWIN H GOTT (Hull#718) was float launched July 19, 1978 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co. for U.S Steel Corp.

CLARENCE B RANDALL (1) sailed on her maiden voyage July 19, 1943 from Ashtabula, Ohio, light bound for Two Harbors, Minnesota. Renamed b.) ASHLAND in 1962.

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, New York 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, New York to the Welland Canal on her maiden voyage when she capsized in a squall and sank about 10 miles off Port Dalhousie, Ontario on Lake Ontario. About 11 persons were aboard and at least 6 of them lost their lives. Three were saved by the steamer CANADA.

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, Ohio) 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

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, Minnesota for ore.

HORACE JOHNSON (Hull#805) was launched July 20, 1929 at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

SHELTER BAY (2) was launched July 20, 1907 as a) JAY C. MORSE (Hull#438) at Cleveland, Ohio by American Ship building Co. for the Mesaba Steamship Co. (Pickands & Mather & Co., mgr.)

At the end of June, 1877, the ferry MYRTLE began running between Port Huron and Sarnia. However, on 20 July 1877, the Port Huron Times 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

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, Michigan in 1861 for Capt. Sinclair, was sailing from Holland, Michigan for Milwaukee, Wisconsin 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.

In 1900, R J GORDON (wooden propeller passenger-package freighter, 104', 187 gt, built in 1881 at Marine City, Michigan) 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

Parisien Painted Out

On Friday the markings on the Jean Parisien were painted out at Port Weller Dry Docks. Her stacks are painted all black and the name and billboards have been painted out on the hull.

There has been no announcement from her owners, Canada Steamship Lines, but this type of action normally means the vessel has been sold for scrap.

The Parisien arrived at Port Weller for winter lay-up on Dec. 14, 2003. When the vessel did not fit out for the current season it was rumored to be a candidate for fore body replacement or scrapping.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

St. Clair in For Repairs

The St. Clair arrived in Superior, Wisconsin on Saturday and entered Fraser Shipyards. The vessel is likely at the ship yard for repairs to damage from the engine fire it suffered on Friday.

The fire occurred about 6 a.m. Friday morning as the vessel was upbound in the St. Marys River. A fuel or oil line on the starboard engine is reported to have broken, spraying the engine and starting the fire. The extent of damage was unknown but the vessel has three main engines and proceeded to Superior under her own power.

Reported by: Luke Johnson and Roger LeLievre

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Continues To Rally In June

Shipments of limestone from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports totaled 4.7 million net tons in June, an increase of 8.6 percent compared to a year ago and 4.4 percent compared to the month's 5-year average. Demand for metallurgical stone is strong. Shipments of aggregate to the construction are also generally on the rebound, with only a couple markets underperforming.

For the year, the Great Lakes limestone trade stands at 14.2 million net tons, an increase of 34.3 percent compared to the same point in 2003, but as noted in previous months, the year-to-date comparison with 2003 is skewed by the harsh weather that slowed the resumption of limestone loadings in March and April of that year. Compared to the 5-year average, the end-of-June 2004 total represents an increase of 14.4 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association

Cliffs, Steelworkers to meet Monday on contracts

With the threat of a strike hanging over their heads, negotiators for Cleveland-Cliffs and the Steelworkers union are scheduled to resume contract talks Monday in Pittsburgh in an effort to reach a new labor agreement for 2,000 workers at taconite mines in Minnesota and Michigan.

Contacts at the Cliffs mines expire at midnight July 31, and some workers have voted to authorize a strike. Cliffs has said it will use temporary workers to run the plants if the contracts are unresolved. The company already is setting up worker housing at two of its facilities in Minnesota.

Officials on both sides said they want to settle the contracts without disrupting production.

"If I have anything to say about it, I want to stay out there and to try to reach an agreement by the 31st of July," Rich Rojeski, president of USWA Local 2705 at Hibbing Taconite, told the Duluth News Tribune. "There are some areas where we are light years apart and there are some areas where we are very close. But as far as negotiations goes, it can be done in two days.

"Cliffs wants a contract with the union and is committed to negotiating an agreement before the current contract expires that is fair to both the employees and the company," Cliffs spokesman Dana Byrne told the newspaper.

The contract talks affect hourly workers at Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite in Minnesota and the Empire and Tilden mines in Upper Michigan. Hibbing Taconite workers have voted to authorize a strike against Cleveland-Cliffs if an agreement is not reached by July 31.

Hibbing Taconite ships pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior while United Taconite pellets move through Duluth and sometimes Two Harbors. Empire and Tilden mines ships pellets through Marquette and Escanaba.

Negotiators already have tentatively agreed upon include a 9 percent wage increase over the four-year contract term and keeping the number of hourly job classifications currently in effect. However, no agreement has been reached on health care costs for retirees and active workers, pension funding and contracting repair work to outside companies.

Reported by: Al Miller

Pilot Error Charged in Tug Barge Grounding

The pilot of a 284-ton tugboat that nearly destroyed three River Road boat docks and a cabin cruiser last week has been cited for negligence, according to a report in the Port Huron Times Herald.

Officials report the the pilot could have prevented the Evans McKeil and its barge, Ocean Hauler, from running aground about two miles north of Algonac State Park off Roberts Landing. No one was injured.  Officials said the pilot, who faces up to 92 days in jail and-or a $500 fine, thought the tugboat was on auto pilot when he left the wheel shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday to use the bathroom. Green returned to find the tug boat and the empty 3,781-ton barge veering toward land.

The accident comes on the heels of an April 30 incident during which heavy wind caused a different tug towing the Ocean Hauler to hit a boathouse and two docks north of the St. Clair Power Plant in East China Township. Both vessels are owned by McKeil Marine of Hamilton, Ontario.

"It was a different pilot," said Cpl. Don Berg, with the St. Clair County Sheriff Department marine division, which did not cite the pilot for the previous accident. "But it was duly noted," Berg said.

Linda Janiszewski was sleeping when the tug and its barge struck a dock about 100 feet from her back door Saturday. Preliminary damage estimates at Janiszewski's house total about $15,000, she said.

The barge was freed Saturday, but the tug was stuck aground until Monday afternoon. There were six people on board the tug at the time of the accident.

Reported by: Port Huron Times Herald, Frank Frisk

Port Weller Fined for Violations

Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd., operating as Port Weller Dry Docks, was fined a total of $275,000 and ordered to pay a Victim Fine Surcharge of $68,750.00 by the Ontario Provincial Court on July 16. The company pleaded guilty to a total of 48 violations under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

The company was fined $27,500 for each of 10 counts of knowingly making a false or misleading statement or representation to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) pursuant to Section 149(1) of the Act. Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd. also pleaded guilty to 35 additional counts under Section 149(1), two counts under Section 149(3) for failing to inform the WSIB of a material change in circumstances relating to its obligations under the Act, and a single count under Section 152(3) for failing to notify the WSIB within three days after learning of an injury to an employee. The company was given suspended sentences for those 38 convictions.

Reported by: Craig Gammon

Port Report

Duluth and Two Harbors by Michael Vandenberg
Presque Isle in the fog loading in Two Harbors
Canadian Transport departing Duluth from SMET
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arriving Duluth for SMET

Michigan shots by Linda
Michipicoten off Rogers City at sunset
Michipicoten at anchor near Rogers City at sunrise
USCG Mackinaw at Cheboygan
James Barker with Joseph Block approaching Escanaba
L.E. Block rusting away in Escanaba
L.E. Block with Joseph Block in the background Escanaba

Marquette by Lee Rowe
The Kaye E. Barker arrived in Marquette Tuesday, it was a busy day for Marquette because of the visit by President George W. Bush.
Kaye E. Barker

Escanaba by Rod Burdick
ALGOWAY on a recent visit to Escanaba with salt.

Mackinac Island by J.G.
Mackinac Island Star Line Ferry LaSalle backing out of her dock on the Island headed for St. Ignace.

Martin Painting Project by Jim Zeirke
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is receiving a major painting project on the stern superstructure. Below are images of her passing at the Soo last week.
Martin approaching the Sugar Island Ferry.
Martin at Mission Point.
Close up of the stern superstructure showing the large area of the accommodation block that has been stripped to bare metal.

South Chicago by Gary Clark
The Alpena arrived in South Chicago on July 11.

Owen Sound
It is not often that more than a single boat is in Owen Sound at any given time except during winter lay up. However, on Friday evening, the Southdown Challenger was unloading at Miller Cement while the Saginaw was unloading at Great Lakes Elevators.
Saginaw starting to turn around heading out of Owen Sound Bay just after 6:00 a.m. Saturday.
Southdown Challenger and Saginaw unloading.

Reported by Ed. Saliwonchyk

The Joseph H. Thompson- Joe Thompson, Jr. was outbound Saturday morning after unloading overnight in Saginaw.

The Joyce L. VanEnkevort -Great Lakes Trader was inbound Saturday for the Saginaw Rock Products dock. The pair waited at the old Bay Aggregates dock for the downbound Thompson to pass before continuing upriver to unload. The were turned and back downbound early in the evening. The Great Lakes Trader lightered also at the Sargent dock in Essexville.

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was inbound Saturday evening headed to the Consumers Energy dock to unload coal. She is expected to be outbound early Sunday morning.

Other vessels to visit the Saginaw River this week included the American Mariner, CSL Tadoussac, Canadian Transfer, and the Herbert C. Jackson.

Reported by Todd Shorkey

St. Clair River by Frank Frisk
Quebecois passing Columbus Repli-Ship Nina in the St. Clair River
Capt. James Nuzzo putting up the Flags
Brig Niagra St. Clair River

By Clayton Sharrard
Kwintebank passing with Port Huron Pilot Boat Huron Belle.
Kwintebank accommodations block.
Dimitris Y downbound.

Detroit by Mike Nicholls
LADY HAMILTON (Hong Kong) assisted by tugs MAINE & WYOMING docking at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
ALGOISLE unloading at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
PHILIP R CLARKE loading at Zug Island.
Stern view.
HERBERT C JACKSON downbound at Grassy Island headed for Buffalo.
Stern view.
MANORA NAREE (Thailand) (ex FEDERAL BERGEN) being shifted from Ojibway Anchorage to Nicholsons by tugs WYOMING and MAINE.
Stern view
DIAMOND JACK at her Wyandotte Dock.
Stern view
Tug DEMOLEN and barge VELER at BASF Wyandotte.
ORION upbound off the Rouge River.
Stern view
DAVID Z NORTON upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view

Tug TRADEWIND SERVICE at the B - P Oil Terminal in Toledo.
Another view
Barge ENERGY 5501 loading at B - P.
Tug RELIANCE and barge PML 2501 outbound the Maumee River.
Stern view
Tug JOSEPHINE at the Gradel Dock on the Maumee River.

The Watersports Expo wrapped up at 4 p.m. on July 11 and the crew of the ships Neah Bay and HMS Bounty made preparations to get underway that evening. The Neah Bay's men ran through their checklist of systems testing and were ready to go by 7 p.m.. The cutter backed away from City Pier #2 and began turning around inside the slip as curious pleasure boaters came across their stern. Crewmembers on the Neah Bay had to run to the stern and shout out to the boaters to turn around and get out of the way. The Captain had to blow the warning signal on Neah Bay 's horn more than once as they cleared the slip and headed North in the Outer Harbor. The ship then departed via the North Entrance Channel and sailed out onto a sunlit lake bound for Erie, PA.

Neah Bay docked at City Pier #2 for the Waterexpo.
Neah Bay putting on a smoke show for the crowd after she backed away from the pier and then throttled up to depart the slip.
HMS Bounty, also docked at Pier #2.
Silhouette of her rigging against the evening sun.
Her deck and beautiful wheel.
Calumet meeting the ladies of the West Side Rowing Club.
Calumet vying for room with another group of rowers in the Black Rock Canal approaching the Ferry St. Bridge on her way to the NRG Huntly Plant in Tonawanda.

Reported by Brian Wroblewski

The Le Levant arrived late Saturday, July 10 and departed early Sunday morning. As well, Stephen B. Roman departed in mid-afternoon Sunday. McKeil's harbor tugs went out by the West Gap around 1:30 p.m. to assist the tanker Batorty Trojan into the Shell refinery at Clarkson. The tugs returned to port upon completion of this task.

Early Monday H.M.C.S. Kingston and H.M.C.S. Glace Bay departed port. Their place at the firehall pier was taken over a couple of hours later by U.S.C.G. Hollyhock, which was in port for a few days.

Elsewhere around the harbor, the mega yacht Mystic of Cayman Islands remained moored at Pier 4, whilst Malyovitza continues unloading raw sugar at the Redpath dock. One of the Port Authority dump scows has been hauled out and placed under the Atlas crane at Pier 35. Construction continues on Yankee Lady IV at the Keating Channel. The Empire Sandy crew are rigging the new square sails for the foremast.
Reported by: Charlie Gibbons

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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, Ohio on July 17, 1973 where she was broken up during the summer and fall of 1973.

WILLIAM J. FILBERT was launched in 1907 as a.) WILLIAM M MILLS (Hull#348) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Weston Transit Co. (William M. Mills, mgr.) .

On her last trip the COLONEL JAMES PICKANDS arrived at Cleveland, Ohio 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, Ohio) 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

Today in Great Lakes History - July 18
The AGAWA CANYON struck an abutment at Welland Canal's Bridge 11 at Allanburg, Ontario on July 18, 1977 while downbound with salt for Kingston, Ontario 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, Ontario and was towed from Cleveland, Ohio 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 (Hull#251) at River Rouge, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Columbia Steamship Co..

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 1848 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 by W. B. Morley 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

Today in Great Lakes History - July 19
EDWIN H GOTT (Hull#718) was float launched July 19, 1978 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co. for U.S Steel Corp.

CLARENCE B RANDALL (1) sailed on her maiden voyage July 19, 1943 from Ashtabula, Ohio, light bound for Two Harbors, Minnesota. Renamed b.) ASHLAND in 1962.

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, New York 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, New York to the Welland Canal on her maiden voyage when she capsized in a squall and sank about 10 miles off Port Dalhousie, Ontario on Lake Ontario. About 11 persons were aboard and at least 6 of them lost their lives. Three were saved by the steamer CANADA.

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, Ohio) 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

Data from: Mike Nicholls, 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


Engine Room Fire Stops St. Clair

The St. Clair suffered an engine room fire about 6 a.m. Friday morning as the vessel was upbound in the St. Marys River. A fuel or oil line on the starboard engine is reported to have broken, spraying the engine and starting the fire.

The engine room was evacuated and the fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries reported to her crew. The extent of damage was unknown but the vessel has three main engines and was reported to have power after the fire.

The vessel was stopped for part of the day Friday at anchor just above Detour, Michigan. She continued upbound later that night to Superior, Wisconsin.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre

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Today in Great Lakes History - July 13
The ALGOWEST was christened at Collingwood on July 13, 1982.

SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER (Hull#258) was launched July 13, 1983 at Govan, Scotland by Govan Shipbuilders Ltd. for Pioneer Shipping Ltd. (Misener Transportation Ltd., mgr.).

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, Michigan 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

Today in Great Lakes History - July 14
The AMERICAN REPUBLIC (Hull#724) was launched July 14, 1980 by the Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for the American Steamship Co.

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, New York at 03:00 hours but was able to free herself. A few hours later, approaching Cornwall, Ontario 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, Michigan) 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, New York) anchored off Marblehead, Ohio 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

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 for Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co., after conversion from a tanker. The next day, on July 16, 1961, the PIONEER CHALLENGER (now MIDDLETOWN) entered service for the Pioneer Steamship Co (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.).

The CHICAGO TRADER was launched as a.) THE HARVESTER (Hull#391) at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building 1911 for the Wisconsin Steel Co.

In 1946 the NORISLE (Hull#136) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.for the Dominion & Owen Sound Transportation Co. Ltd.

In 1934 the ANN ARBOR #4 collided with the steamer N F LEOPOLD 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 Globe Iron Works (Hull #10) in Cleveland, Ohio on 15 July 1885. During her career, she had two other names b.) HURON 1906 - 1921, and c.) 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

Today in Great Lakes History - July 16
DETROIT EDISON (2) departed Quebec City July 16th 1986, along with former fleet mate SHARON, in tow of the U.S. tug PRUDENT to Brownsville, Texas 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 lake head 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 (Hull#205) was on July 16, 1973 at Collingwood, Ontario by Colingwood Shipyards Ltd for Ontario Northland Transport Commission.

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, Michigan. 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."

July 16, 1961, the PIONEER CHALLENGER (now MIDDLETOWN) entered service.

Data from: Mike Nicholls, 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


Evans McKeil Refloated


The McKeil tug Evans McKeil was freed from her grounding mishap at Roberts Landing, Michigan at about 12:45 PM on Monday afternoon. The Evans McKeil had been aground since about 4:00 AM on Saturday morning. Her barge had been released and towed to the brine dock in Courtright,ON. mid afternoon Saturday by the McKeil tug Paul E. No. 1.

The Gordon Marine tug Menasha from Sarnia, ON. under the command of Capt. Don Gordon, returned to the area Monday morning with a dive team to once again assess the hull of the Evans McKeil.

They were joined a short time later by the Malcolm Marine tug Manitou from Port Huron, Michigan. under the command of Capt. Keith Malcolm. Also on scene was the Malcolm Marine workboat Huron Lady which was carrying additional crew and safety items including containment booms in the event of a spill.

The Manitou secured a tow line to the Evans McKeil directly astern, and was able to pull the grounded tug free at about 12:45 PM. with the very shallow draft Huron Lady alternately pushing and pulling the bow of the Evans McKeil.

After a bevy of salutes, all four vessels proceeded upriver, with the Malcolm vessels returning to Port Huron and the Evans McKeil rejoining her barge at Courtright. The Menasha also accompanied the Evans McKeil to Courtright and rafted to her port side where it was expected that the Gordon Marine divers would once again enter the water to survey the hull of the Evans McKeil.

The tug was inspected on Monday and cleared to continue sailing. The Evans McKeil and barge Ocean Hauler are expected to depart for Amherstburg, ON. about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Pictures by Scott Tomlinson
Evans McKeil aground Sunday.
Menasha along side.
Another view.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks, George Lee, Frank Frisk and Bill Jenuwine



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


Evans McKeil Aground in St. Clair River

07/11 10 p.m. Update

The Evans McKeil remained aground Sunday night in the St. Clair River. The Sarnia based tug Menasha was on scene through out much of the day conducting dive operations on the stranded tug. It is unknown when the tug will be refloated. The Paul E. No. 1 left the scene of the grounding Sunday and was downbound on the Detroit River about 7 p.m.

Original Report

The McKeil tug Evans McKeil, with the barge Ocean Hauler, reported running aground near Light 37 in the St. Clair River at about 4:05 Saturday morning. Light 37 is located near Robert's Landing, Mich., north of Algonac State Park and south of Marine City, Mich. and across from Port Lambton, Ont. She was reported still aground Sunday afternoon.
The barge hit several private docks and it was also reported that a new, 29-foot pleasure craft was also damaged. Early media reports from the area indicated that the captain may have been away from the helm and thought he had the automatic pilot engaged when the grounding occurred.

Unable to free herself, the McKeil called for assistance. The tug Menasha departed Sarnia and arrived on the scene shortly after 2 p.m. The McKeil tug Paul E. No. 1 also arrived at roughly the same time. Paul E. and Menasha freed the barge Ocean Hauler from the Evans McKeil and the Paul E. then towed the Ocean Hauler to the brine dock in Courtright, returning to Robert's Landing at about 6:15 p.m.

Evans McKeil lightered fuel into the Menasha and shifted ballast in order to raise her stern in an attempt to free herself along with the aid of the Menasha, all to no avail. When the Paul E. returned to the scene, both tugs again secured tow lines to the Evans McKeil to attempt to move her. They just didn't have the power to break the suction, although she moved a small amount. The list on the Evans McKeil is about 10-15 degrees to starboard and she's about 75-100 ft. offshore.

Police were securing water and land access to keep gawkers and Boatnerds at bay. Paul E. and Menasha both left the scene around 8 p.m.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks



Port Report



Marquette's harbors have been busy.  On Friday the tug Billmaier towed the crane barge Schwartz and two barges loaded with rocks to Marquette to continue work on the breakwalls.  The H. Lee White brought stone to the lower harbor Shiras dock but did not take on ore.  The David Z. Norton and Kaye E. Barker loaded ore. Saturday the Earl W. Oblebay left Marquette with a load of ore. Sunday, Lee A. Tregurtha was scheduled for an early morning arrival followed immediately by the Saginaw. Michipicoten is scheduled for an early morning arrival on Monday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe, Art Pickering

Photos by Lee Rowe
Billmaier approaches, pulling the tow
Schwartz and barges
David Z. Norton loading ore
Kaye E. Barker loading
H. Lee White unloading stone
Earl  W. Oglebay, bow view
Oglebay backing out and turning in the harbor
Oglebay passing the breakwater light


Recent comings and goings: The salty Annalisa departed Thursday morning . H.M.C.S. Kingston and H.M.C.S. Glace Bay arrived early Thursday morning. Ziemia Gnieznienska departed early Friday for the Welland Canal. The salty Malyovitza arrived to take up the berth at Redpath Sugar. Also in port on Friday were Algowood with stone and English River with cement. Both departed the same day. Early Saturday Canadian Ranger departed a long lay-up under her own power, bound for Port Weller Dry Dock. Stephen B. Roman arrived with cement.

The tug Wendy B. was off the wall for the first time this season on Saturday.

Le Levant was expected at the International Ferry Terminal late Saturday night. The Spirit of Ontario 1 continues to make twice-daily runs to that dock.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons

Saginaw River

The Canadian Transfer was outbound Monday evening from the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee.  She had arrived during the morning hours.
Also outbound on Monday was the tug Rebecca Lynn and her tank barge.  The pair departed the Triple Clean dock in Essexville and proceeded downriver to the Essroc dock where they made up the tug and barge for a tow then departed for the lake late in the morning.
On Wednesday, the tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader were inbound headed upriver to unload at the GM Dock in Saginaw.  The pair had finished by early evening and turned in the Sixth Street basin.  The were downbound for the lake late Wednesday night.
The Richard Reiss arrived with a split load on Thursday, stopping at the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City to lighter and then proceeded upriver to the Wirt dock in Saginaw to finish unloading.  She was back downbound Friday morning passing through Bay City around 9 a.m.
Joseph H. Thompson downbound clear of Liberty Bridge in Bay City
Stern view
Canadian Transfer downbound at Smith Park in Essexville
Stern view
Reiss downbound Friday at Smith Park
Stern view
Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Owen Sound

Photo by Ed. Saliwonchyk
The Cuyahoga was in Owen Sound last Thursday afternoon unloading salt. Could this be a reminder that winter is just around the corner?

Detroit River

Photos by Mike Nicholls
Kwintebank (Holland) upbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view
Kathrin (Switzerland) unloading at Morterm in Windsor.
Kathrin, stern view
Karen Andrie downbound off Zug Island heading for the Rouge River after fueling at Sterling in Windsor.
Andrie, stern view
U.S.C.G. Acacia, downbound off Nicholson's headed for Toledo.
Acacia, stern view
Canadian Transport upbound at Grassy Island.
Canadian Transport, stern view
Capt. Henry Jackman upbound at Grassy Island.
Barge A 410 and tug Rebecca Lynn downbound at Grassy Island, headed for Monroe with asphalt
Barge Hannah 5101 and tug James A. Hannah downbound at Grassy Island
James A. Hannah
Hannah, stern view
Algonorth upbound at Grassy Island
Algonorth, stern view

CSL Laurentien downbound at Grassy Island
Stern view
Reserve downbound at Grassy Island
Stern shot

St. Clair River

Photo by John Meyland

Saltie Vectis Harrier Meets Joseph H. Frantz north of the Blue Water bridges. Photo taken from stern of Huron Lady II. The Vectis Harrier, owned by Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd., was built in 1997.

St. Lawrence Seaway
Photo by Marc Piché

Camilla Desgagnes (ex-Camilla) upbound off Verchères on July 4 for Côte Ste.Catherine to load cargo for the Arctic. She expected to do three trips up north during the summer.


Photos by Brian Wroblewski
US Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay and the HMS Bounty pier side at the Buffalo Water Sports Expo recently
Calumet clearing the Peace Bridge downbound on the Black Rock Canal July 10.

Welland Canal

Photo by Brian Wroblewski
Tug Presque Isle in Port Weller Drydocks recently for engine repairs.


Photos by Gregg Goldie
The "G" Tugs Kansas and Colorado assisting the saltwater vessel Dmitriv Donsky into Ceres Terminal. Port of South Chicago, Calumet River, on July 22.
Another view
Stern view at the dock
Close up
Bow view

St. Lawrence Seaway

Canadian Mariner tow in the Thousand Islands area on July 6. The vessel was bound for Trois Rivieres, where she may be used for storage prior to heading overseas for scrapping.

Photos by Lyman Gray
Passing Boldt Castle, Alexandria Bay
In the American Narrows in front of the Channelsyde Motel with Wellesley Island in the background
Off Tibets Point at Cape Vincent, near Clayton, N.Y.
Stern view passing Sunken Rock light
Canadian Provider (right) meets Canadian Mariner tow. The Provider blew her fleetmate a long goodbye salute.

 Recent photos by Kent Malo
Camilla Desgagnes at Cote Ste Catherine
Camilla Desgagnes’ cavernous cargo hold looking in from the side door,
Camilla Desgagnes loading cargo with her own deck crane
Side door on the Camilla D.
Algonorth  above Cote Ste. Catherine lock, upbound for Hamilton with iron ore from Port Cartier
Catherine Desgagnes above Cote Ste. Catherine lock upbound for Burns Harbor
Mathilda Desgagnes loading for the Arctic communities
Horizon Montreal befor her name change to Alycia S.1
Alycia S.1 (ex-Shell tanker Horizon Montreal now registered in Panama
Commodore Straits at sec M-5 Montreal after the Canadian Venture tow
Commodore Straits; name on her starboard side stern
Strong Deliverer, ex-Haedong Star, with her new name painted on her starboard bow
Strong Deliverer, with her home port of San Loren, Honduras, painted on her stern
Berge Challenger, loaded with 45,000 tonnes of  naptha for Montreal, about to drop the anchor at Pte. Aux Trembles anchorage


Photos by Andy LaBorde
Southdown Challenger arrives on July 8, passing under the Hoan Bridge
Stern view



Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District Changes Command


The Detroit District of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomed a new commander, and bid farewell to their departing commander during a Change of Command ceremony held at historic Fort Wayne in downriver Detroit on July 9.

Lt. Col. Donald P. Lauzon accepted the reins of the Detroit District from Lt. Col. Thomas H. Magness. The change of commanders is a normal two-year cycle of rotation.

Col. Magness, who was instrumental in establishing the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association, assumes command of the Engineering Training Battalion at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, Calif. The NTC is training Corps personnel for duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. The colonel had served at the NTC prior to being assigned to Detroit. Col. Magness commented that “he was originally apprehensive about coming to the Great Lakes, that he had come to love the people and staff of the Detroit District.” He told Col. Lauzon “I wish I were you and just coming to Detroit.”

Col Lauzon comes to Detroit after serving as the Chief of the Department of Military Training, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He had previously served as the Chief of the Operations Branch at the Defense Mapping School, Fort Belvoir, Va. The colonel was part of the crew that restored power to Wall Street in the weekend following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Brig. Gen. Steven R. Hawkins, Commander and Division Engineer of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the Corps was presiding officer at the ceremony. He noted the uniqueness of the Corps in his remarks, saying no other country has a Corps of Engineers, “which is a marriage of military and civilian engineering personnel under command of the military.”

The ceremony was held in large tent set up along the Detroit River at the District’s boatyard, at the suggestion of Col. Magness. In his remarks he noted that previous ceremonies had been held inside, but “this is what we (Corps) are. We are all about dirt and machines and the environment and wildlife and water.” Near the end of the ceremony the Diamond Belle, with a load of sightseers, passed the boatyard and gave a salute the assembled crowd. Nearly 200 invited guests, dignitaries and staff attended the ceremony.

USCG members presented the colors of both the Unites States and Canada, symbolizing the joint efforts of the two countries regarding the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Cadets from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Training Ship Grey Fox served as ushers and greeters.

The Detroit District is one of the largest Corps districts. Its area of operations extends from the Ohio-Michigan border in Lake Erie, on the east, to Duluth on the west. The Corps is responsible for over 600 miles of shipping channels and more than 3200 miles of shoreline.

Brig. Gen. Steven R. Hawkins addresses crowd
Lt. Col. Donald P. Lauzon, Brig. Gen. Steven R. Hawkins and Lt. Col. Thomas H. Magness
Passing the command colors  

Reported by: Dave Wobser


CATS’ Success Could Energize Ferry Industry


The high-speed ferry industry is watching Rochester to see how the Spirit of Ontario 1fares, the new president of the ferry company said Wednesday in an article that appeared in the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle.

“I recognize how big this is for Rochester, but it's also critical for the whole country and industry,” said Cornel Martin.

A successful venture could help sprout similar high-speed ferries throughout North America. A failure could be a major setback. The Spirit of Ontario is only one of two high-speed passenger and vehicle ferries currently operating on the Great Lakes and one of only a few in the United States.”

CATS, the private company operating the new service between Rochester and Toronto, announced a management shake-up Tuesday that included founder and CEO Dominick Delucia stepping aside and President Howard Thomas leaving.

The timing of Tuesday's announcement raised questions because the ferry got off to a bumpy start and regular service began just three weeks ago. But Martin said the changes were made simply because CATS was moving from a development to an operating company.

The other high-speed ferry on the Great Lakes is the Lake Express, a 192-foot catamaran that takes up to 46 cars and 250 passengers from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Mich. It began service June 1.

“It's been absolutely wonderful,” said Kay Collins, director of sales. “It's been a big hit. The last couple of weeks, we have been running full.” The Lake Express takes about 2 1⁄2 hours and has three round trips daily. The demand is greatest from people in Michigan wanting to go to Wisconsin, she said.

Reported by: Dan Rivers, Rochester Democrat-Chronicle



Ferries Guard Against Terrorism


Ferryboat services to Beaver and Mackinac islands are not exempt from strict new, government-imposed anti-terrorism regulations, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

"A lot of things Homeland Security wanted, we were already doing," said Bill Shepler, owner of Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, in a story in Thursday's Detroit Free Press.

Shepler's new measures include fencing off restricted areas around its fuel tanks, banning parking near ferryboats and searching 5 percent of passenger luggage.

"This is not an airport," Shepler said. "People have been going to the island for years" without these measures. But "for the most part, they accept it."

The new security standards have raised some costs for Beaver Island Boat Co., whose Emerald Isle ferry carries 45,000 passengers a year between Charlevoix and the island in Lake Michigan, general manager Margo Marks said.

The new security measures affect an estimated 9,500 vessels, 3,200 port and docking facilities and 40 offshore oil and natural gas rigs in the United States, according to the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Reported by: Jason Leslie, Detroit Free Press 



More Updates Later Today


Please check back for more news updates later on Sunday.



Sailors Fear Security Measures Will Hold Them Captive


New security measures about to be implemented at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) dock at Superior, Wis., has sailors worried they will be made prisoners aboard their vessels loading ore at the facility.

To conform with new port security requirements, BNSF is installing fencing around its dock. The only access to and from a ship at the facility will be through a security gate, and BNSF plans to staff the gate briefly after a vessel's arrival and before its departure.

According to a recent story in the Duluth News Tribune, sailors have been told that once the guard is gone, crew members will be stuck on whatever side of the fence they're on at the time.

"Having a 24-7 guard versus an automated system would be very costly," Herb James, supervisor of operations for the BNSF taconite terminal, told the newspaper.

Because a ship's crew members are able to leave only when their watches end, crewmembers suspect it will be nearly impossible for individuals to coordinate their comings and goings to coincide with the gatekeeper's. Many Great Lakes sailors make their homes in ports where their vessels call frequently and look forward to grabbing an hour or two with their families during their brief stays in port.

"While I understand that they're trying to keep terrorists out of the area, they're going to be keeping us locked in," Scott Harmon, a wheelsman on the Burns Harbor, said.

James said work on BNSF's automated security system will not be completed for several weeks, and there will be time to fine-tune operations once it's up and running.

Meanwhile, Ray Skelton, director of security for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, promised sailors' concerns will be addressed. "There's going to be all kinds of hiccups," Skelton said. "This is brand new."

Reported by: Duluth News-Tribune, Andy LaBorde



Fences May Be in Sarnia’s Future


Reports from Sarnia indicate a fencing contractor has been surveying the dock areas, and the Sidney Smith Dock, the North Slip and the entire Government Dock may well be completely fenced in, in the foreseeable future. Everyone needing access to the area will require a pass. There will be no family visits and crew changes at this location could become a thing of the past.

Meanwhile, McKeil Marine is no longer allowed to refuel its tugs at General Chemical in Amherstburg. The water truck and grocery truck no longer have access at that location, so apparently McKeil is trying to do it all at Morterm in Windsor.

Reported by: Dan Rivers


Cliffs Will Use Temps to Replace Striking Workers


Iron ore supplier Cleveland-Cliffs says it plans to bring in temporary workers to replace United Steelworkers of America employees at four taconite mines in Minnesota and Michigan if a new labor contract isn't reached by July 31.

After meeting in June in Pittsburgh, USWA and Cleveland-Cliffs negotiators will meet again in late July in an effort to reach a new labor agreement.

An agreement would cover nearly 2,000 hourly workers at United Taconite, Hibbing Taconite, and Michigan Mining Co., which includes the Tilden and Empire mines.

Cleveland-Cliffs, which has long-term pellet supply contracts with several steelmakers, says if a contract is not reached, that it needs to keep the taconite plants running to provide a steady flow of taconite pellets to its customers.

Reported by: Frank Frisk



Tug Boat Race Run on St. Marys River


The 24th annual Tugboat race took place this past weekend, July 2nd and 3rd at the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., waterfront.  It was kicked off with the regular Friday night tug parade.  Over 40 tugs left the staging area in front of the Purvis dock and paraded in front of the Ontario and Michigan waterfronts before cramming into the Mac Lock for a ride up to Lake Superior level.  A large crowd on the Michigan side turned out to watch this spectacle, as the tugs jockeyed for position in the lock.  Several tugs careened off the wall as they tried to move through the propeller wash from the Wilfred M. Cohen.  After a lengthy delay waiting for a train to cross the bridge, the tugs made a quick trip up to the Michipicoten, which was loading at the Purvis West dock.  From there they headed back into the Mac Lock, where they were greeted again by the enthusiastic crowd that stayed to see them back through.  At this time, Cliff McKay of the Decelles, boldly stated that they would win their class, and even picked up the trophy to “prove” it.

Saturday morning brought more sunny weather at the Soo. The first race of the day was the Gator/Hobby Tug class containing six tugs.  Much to everyone's surprise, Cobra took first, with newcomer Sir Hiss close behind and Whitney III picking up third.  The racing paused as the 1000-foot Stewart J. Cort exited the Poe Lock and headed down the river.  As she was passing, the captain was asked if he would like to turn the Cort around and join in the races.  He declined only because he thought the company probably wouldn't like it.

The fish tug class was easily won by Kelsey T, since she was the only one in it.  She ran with the under 200 hp class and fared well with the sleeker designed tugs.  The 200hp class saw Sheila P take first, followed by Renesue and then Grand Banks II.  The 200hp to 500hp class then took center stage with the bright yellow tug of Decelles lining up with the likes of Mink Isle, Opeongo, Regan, Osprey, Pankhurst M and Deshenes, to name a few.  Smoke filled the air and horns blared as the tugs left the line.  Mink Isle jumped out to an early lead.  Behind her, Osprey, Regan and Deshenes were in a close battle but where was Decelles?  Had her captains boast the night before jinxed her?  Indeed they had! A minor engine problem had put them sideline as spectators and they could only watch as Mink Isle went on to win and claim the trophy that Decelles had so proudly displayed the night before.  In the battle between Osprey, Regan and Dechenes, Osprey won out with Regan a close third.

The big boys were next.  The over 500hp class roared off the start and across the harbor.  Reliance, pushing a wall of water, took up the lead and kept it all the way to the finish line. Decelles, now repaired, joined the big tugs for the race and held her own throughout.  Wilfred M. Cohen finished the race in second and Scott Purvis third.  It was a Purvis Marine sweep.  The day wasn't quite over yet though.  Behind the 500hp class there was a grudge match shaping up between the Avery Marine boys.  Regan, Dechenes and Renesue wanted to see just who's tug was the fastest.  As they dodged the other tugs and boats, they raced across through the harbor.  The Regan had the lead and just managed to hold it to the end as she beat out Dechenes for top spot with Renesue close behind in third.

Reported by: Rob Farrow

Tugs passing the Ontario waterfront
Tugs passing by the American side
Entering the Mac Lock
Crammed into the lock
Another view of the limited space
Leaving the lock upbound
Our trusty deckhands, Ted and Jerry on the Wilfred Cohen
Tugs in the lock heading back down
Cliff McKay of Decelles making the fateful gesture
Cobra taking first in the Gator/Hobby Tug Class
New Billy at full throttle in the Gator class
Osprey, 2nd in the 200hp to 500hp class
Queensville in the under 200hp class
Decelles hits a wave from the previous race
Regan, 3rd in the 200 to 500hp class
Scottish Thistle in under 200 class
Cambrian up from Parry Sound, ON to race
The bigger boats were invited to race but graciously declined
Martin E. Johnson and Pankhurst M battle
Mink Isle took the trophy away from Decelles
3-way fight, Osprey, Regan and Deshenes
Over 500hp class underway
William C. Gaynor
Reliance winning over 500hp class
Decelles joins over 500 race after minor repairs
Avery Marine boys Grudge Race of Regan, Deshenes and Renesue
Renesue placing 3rd in Grudge Race



Lakes Visitors Spotted Overseas


Lady Hamilton coming in from the busy Western Schelde River.
Close up
Stern shot in the Zandvliet lock.

Birchglen arrived empty in Antwerp on Sunday the 4th of July. She looked pretty bad and in need of paint.
Birchglen is pulled of the Zandvliet lock wall by two harbor tugs.
Stern shot outside the lock.

Reported by: Chris Rombouts



Port Report



The U.S. Coast Guard ship Buckthorn spent the weekend in Marquette's lower harbor in conjunction with International Food Fest and Fourth of July festivities.

The Earl W. Oglebay loaded ore on Monday.  The Herbert C. Jackson brought a load of coal on Tuesday to the Shiras dock and then moved to the upper harbor for a load of ore.  Fences are now installed on the lower harbor dock, which has been a popular site for local fishermen.

The Paul R. Tregurtha is expected on Wednesday with a load of coal and her fleetmate the Lee A. Tregurtha is due in for a load of ore.

Other recent traffic has included visits by the Armco, Charles M. Beeghly, and Adam E. Cornelius. David Z. Norton arrived in Marquette June 26 and returned on July 4, loading ore again for Cleveland. Sister Earl W. Oglebay loaded ore on July 5 for Cleveland.  The other "creeker" sister, Wolverine, loaded ore in Marquette for Cleveland on June 29.  Thus, all three Oglebay Norton sisters visited Marquette in a week.

Algoway delivered one of Escanaba's sparse salt cargos on July 2 to the North Reiss Dock. She departed for Port Inland after unloading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe, Rod Burdick

Armco at the dock
Armco and Charles M. Beeghly bows
Charles M. Beeghly, wide view
Adam E. Cornelius
CG Buckthorn at Marquette's lower harbor
Earl W. Oglebay at the ore dock.
Herbert C. Jackson arriving with coal, stern view
Herbert  C. Jackson stern.  Note the new security fencing.

David Z. Norton (Photo by Rod Burdick)



June was overall quiet in Menominee and Marinette with a few short bursts of activity near the middle of the month. Unique visitors in June included the Richard Reiss making its first trip to Menominee with a load of coal for Menominee Paper Co on June 12.

The Wagenborg vessel Deizeborg also called on Menominee in June on its first trip to the Great Lakes. July is off to a fast start with the Dimitris Y arriving in Marinette on July 1 to unload pig iron. On July 5th the Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted arrived with a load of limestone in Marinette.

The salties Chios Pride (pig iron) and Kwintebank (wood pulp) are due in port end of this  week.

Dimitris Y is towed stern first out of Marinette.
Dimitris Y, bow view, departing Marinette.
Carla Anne Selvick works to hold up the bow against a cross wind while departing.
Richard Reiss inbound Menominee passing North Pier Lighthouse

Reported by: Scott Best



The Richard Reiss made a surprise visit to the area last Friday morning. It brought a load of stone to the Alpena Oil Dock in the Thunder Bay River. The Reiss departed by 12:30 p.m. and was headed to Stoneport where it was expected to load twice throughout the weekend.
The tall ship Denis Sullivan and the research vessel Laurentian were tied up in the Thunder Bay River over the weekend during the Maritime Festival and were open for tours.
The steamers Alpena and the J.A.W Iglehart were also in port over the weekend taking on cement at Lafarge. The Alpena loaded Saturday evening and was on its way to Superior, Wis. The Iglehart came in on Sunday afternoon to load for Detroit. The G.L Ostrander / Integrity has been on its Lake Michigan run. The Paul H. Townsend is in lay-up in Muskegon.

Some of the vessels that loaded at Stoneport the past few days included the American Republic, Joseph H. Thompson, Fred R. White Jr and the Buffalo.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Philip R. Clarke & Middletown loading at Calcite last Wednesday
Richard Reiss departing
Stern view at the  dock


Saginaw River

Friday saw the Mississagi outbound from Saginaw around 11 p.m. She had arrived earlier in the day.

On Saturday, Richard Reiss was inbound with a split cargo.  She stopped at the Sargent dock in Essexville to lighter and then continued upriver to the Saginaw Rock dock to finish.  The Reiss was outbound Sunday morning.  She caused quite a traffic problem as she passed through the Bay City bridges right after the big fireworks display.  Police had to scrunch up cars as close as possible to each other in the bumper to bumper gridlock on Veteran's Memorial Bridge so the span could open for the Reiss.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey



The Buffalo Industrial Heritage Committee Grain Elevator District Cruises are on the following days starting at 12:30 p.m. from the Erie Basin: July 24th, Aug 8th, 28th. Call 716-856-6696 for details.

The Buffalo Watersports Expo will be held at the Pier (Seaway/City/Municipal Piers) on the Outer Harbor on this Friday. Call 716-332-6913 or visit

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski


Green Bay

The Port of Green Bay has been busy this summer. Traffic from the end of June and beginning of July included The J.A.W. Iglehart and Alpena with cement to LaFarge,  the Fred R. White Jr. and Calumet with coal for Georgia Pacific, the Catherine Desgagnes with pig iron for the Fox River Dock,  the John G. Munson and Richard Reiss with coal for the Fox River Dock, Donald C. Hannah with calcium chloride for U.S. Oil, Petite Forte with cement for St. Mary's Cement, and the Wilfred Sykes and H. Lee White with limestone for Western Lime.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Photos at 



Canadian Mariner Tow Departs Toronto for Trois Rivieres


The ULS group bulk carrier Canadian Mariner departed Toronto at 1400 Monday under tow of the tug Commodore Straits and the tug Vigilant 1 on the stern. The tug Lac Vancouver was expected join the tow at Cape Vincent Tuesday. The Canadian Mariner tow is enroute to Trois Rivieres.

It is expected the Mariner will eventually be towed overseas for scrap.

Canadian Mariner in the Soo Locks in May, 2003.

Reported by: Kent Malo


Drugs Found on CSL Vessel Sheila Ann


Authorities in Cape Breton said Thursday that organized criminals apparently tried to smuggle a big shipment of cocaine on a cargo ship named after the Canadian prime minister's wife and operated by his sons.

Officials at the Port of Sydney found the drugs during a routine examination of the motor vessel Sheila Ann early Wednesday. The 83 kilograms of cocaine were in two duffle bags bolted to the outside of the Canada Steamship Lines vessel, close to the rudder.

Prime Minister Paul Martin owned the company but transferred control to his three sons last year. The ship had sailed to Sydney from Venezuela. A spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency said it's not uncommon for legitimate companies to be unknowingly exploited by organized crime to move contraband.  He said the only way the drugs could have been planted was by divers working underwater.  The ship was carrying bulk coal and was scheduled to sail to Halifax and then Florida.  

The ship and its crew were free to leave Sydney by Wednesday night and no charges were laid.

Sheila Ann, built in 1999, is too large for the St. Lawrence Seaway and is thus confined to ocean service.

Reported by: The Globe and Mail

Sheila Ann, from CSL website


Port Report


Sault Ste. Marie

Friday Evening was the Tugboat Parade at the Soo Locks. This annual event drew a large crowd and a larger than usual delegation of tugs. Nineteen tugs locked up the MacArthur Lock and another 9-10 went up the Canadian Lock. The parade was delayed in leaving up bound by a very slow train moving across the bridge to Canada.

Some the smaller tugs that had gone up the Canadian Lock came back down the Mac, and some of those that went up the Mac went down on the Ontario side.

Reported by: Dave Wobser

In the Mac ready to go up
Escaping westbound into the sunset.
Back in the Mac ready to go down again.


The Inviken loaded corn at Milwaukee's Nidera grain elevator July 1. She was the first ship at the elevator this year. Previous grain traffic has been by tug and barge.

Photos by Andy LaBorde
Capt. Chip Walsh and deck hand Dave Plunkett do their best Blues Brothers impression on the way out to the Inviken
Passing the inbound Edward Gillen III
The Milwaukee main light
Preparing the tow line
The Inviken at the breakwall
Virginia approaches the Inviken
Moving towards the bow
Heading into the harbor
The Arkansas moves in close to attach the stern line
Under the  Hoan bridge
Pulling the stern hard to the north
New condos going up on the previous site of the original Milwaukee Clipper dock. The same site was used in the 1970s as the dock for the USCG icebreaker  Westwind.
The tow line is switched to the stern as we approach the elevator
Tying off the line to the stern bits
The Arkansas pulls the stern to the south as the Inviken turns in the mooring basin
Both tugs work the ship towards the dock
25 feet to go
Inviken at the elevator ready to start loading

Sign of the times - Increased security at Milwaukee docks

Saginaw River

Wednesday morning saw the steamer Alpena outbound the Saginaw River after unloading cement at the LaFarge Terminal in Carrollton.
On Thursday, three vessels sailed the water of the Saginaw.  First, the Richard Reiss was inbound early in the morning hours bound for the Burroughs dock in Zilwaukee to unload.  She was outbound passing through Bay City early in the afternoon.
The CSL Tadoussac also arrived overnight to unload clinker at the Essroc Terminal in Essexville.  By the afternoon, she backed from the dock and out the channel for the Saginaw Bay to turn around.  On her way out she passed the inbound McKee Sons.
The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was inbound Thursday afternoon stopping at the Wirt Stone dock in Bay City to lighter before heading upriver to finish at the Wirt dock in Saginaw.  The pair were back downbound late Thursday night.
Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Green Bay

Five vessels were due in the port of Green Bay over the 4th of July weekend. The first vessel due was the Tug Donald C. Hannah Saturday morning with a load of 6,000 tons of Calcium Chloride. The next vessel due in was the M/V Calumet on Saturday at 1500 with a load of coal from Sandusky, OH for Georgia Pacific. The final vessel due on Saturday was the Algowood with a load of salt from Goderich, Ont for the Fox River Dock. The John G. Munson is due in Green Bay 0100 Monday morning with a load of coal from Sandusky, OH for the Fox River Dock. The Petite Forte is enroute to Green Bay with a load of powdered cement for St. Mary's Cement they have an ETA for 0700 Monday morning.

Reported by: Jason Leino

St. Clair River

Photos by: Tom Welles
Reserve at the Blue Water Bridge June 30
Paul R. Tregurtha cruises down the St. Clair River on July 2, bound for DTE Power Recor plant at St. Clair, Mich.
Canadian Transfer tied to a dock across from Marysville July 2

July 3 – Images taken from on-board the Huron Lady II at Port Huron.
Photos by Roger LeLievre

Tug Rebcca Lynn tied up in Sarnia's chemical alley
Downbound Cedarglen
Canadian Transfer
Transfer passes Algoeast
Port Huron Seaway Terminal Dock is home to tall ship Highlander Sea (left) and former USCG Bramble (far right)
U.S. Coast Guard on patrol
Huron Lady gets personal with the laid-up Maumee
Saltie Spar Jade upbound just above the Black River
John J. Munson
Munson passes the docked Kaye E. Barker
Wooden laker sculpture by Huron Lady II skipper Capt. John Rigney
Huron Lady II, decorated for the Fourth of July. Capt. Sheldon is at the wheel.

Manitoulin Island

Photos by Glen Dagg
Ferry Chi-Cheemaun coming out of the fog at South Baymouth recently
Another view



Incident Damages New Ferry at Marinette


A loss of power last week on the tug Kyrstal, which was escorting the new Staten Island ferry Guy V. Molinari, led to an accident which damaged one of the ferry's propellers. The Molinari was leaving Marinette Marine, where it was built, for trials on Lake Michigan.

The loss of power caused the ferry "to drift outside the navigation channel and come in contact with an underwater obstruction," a spokesman told the Staten Island Advance for a story published Wednesday.

The Molinari arrived at Bayship at noon, July 1 for possible repairs to the damaged prop. It is expected the propeller will be replaced with one originally intended for another ferry under construction, the September 11.

Reported by: Wendell Willke, Staten Island Advance



Port Report


Sault Ste. Marie - Thursday
Eleven vessels passed through the Soo Locks on Thursday, during daylight hours.
The highlight was the early morning arrival of the cruise ship Orion. The one-year old vessel spent the day at the Carbide Passenger Dock and headed down river at 5 p.m. Their next stop is Mackinac Island.
The 334-foot luxury liner was launched in 2003 and bears a strong resemblance to cruise ship c. Columbus. Orion is the only vessel registered to Sun Bay Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas.
Reported by: Dave Wobser
Orion at Carbide Dock
Orion downbound at Mission Point
Stern shot

Sault Ste. Marie - Wednesday
Wednesday may have been the all-time single best boat watching day since the 1960s. Around 1 p.m., the traffic was heavy enough to delay the Sugar Islander II ferry from making her regular run. Stewart J. Cort was up bound followed closely by Joseph H. Frantz, while the Cason J. Callaway was down bound. The three met near Mission Point.
Fifteen freighters passed Mission Point during day light, not to mention several tugs, the MCM Dredges 55 and 56. The MCM tug Mohawk spent most of the day bringing the Dredge No. 55, a hopper scow and the tug Mackinaw City from the Rock Cut to the Sugar Island ferry dock on the island side. The Mohawk then took the scow to the MCM dock and brought another scow down to the 55. Meanwhile, the tug William C. Gainer and the MCM Dredge No. 56 passed down bound enroute to the Rock Cut. The 55 was to begin dredging at the ferry dock, while dodging the ferry. It should be a great show tomorrow.
The last boat up bound before the sunset was the Mississagi who went to the Algoma Export Dock to load slag. She intends to take 12 hours to load then head downbound to Bay City and Saginaw.
Downbounders during the day were; James R. Barker, Lake Michigan, Canadian Provider, Marsalis T., Ziema Lodzka, Presque Isle, Cason J. Callaway, J. A. W. Iglehart, and the Joseph H. Thompson twins.
Upbound were; Joseph H. Frantz, Stewart J. Cort, Edgar B. Speer, Algocape, Canadian Miner, Atlantic Superior, and Mississagi. Still in the system as darkness fell were John G. Munson, Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., Montrealais, and St. Clair.

Reported by: Dave Wobser
Callaway passing Cort
Callaway passing Frantz
Sugar Islander II passing Frantz
MCM Drege No. 55 at the Sugar Island Ferry Dock.


Schedule changes often take place, but this week saw several changes in the line-up of vessels into Marquette. The latest changes is that the American Mariner, which was scheduled in for Thursday has been diverted and the Adam E. Cornelius, which was scheduled to arrive Wednesday has now been scheduled for arrival on July 3. 

The next vessels due were the Michipicoten and the Earl W. Oglebay, which were due in Thursday. The Charles M. Beeghly and Armco are due in Saturday while the David Norton will make a return visit along with the Cornelius on Sunday.

Reported by: Art Pickering


John D. Leitch was in with salt Tuesday and out the same night. Nantucket Clipper was in at the International Ferry Terminal on Tuesday and out early Wednesday morning. She is sporting a black hull this season.

Toronto Harbour police closed the East Gap to traffic and McKeil's tugs raced out to assist Spirit of Ontario 1 on Tuesday morning. The ferry was able to make the dock under its own power. A large cloud of white smoke from the ferry followed the docking. The problem was reported to be hydraulic.

Reported by: Charlie Gibbons

Recent Welland Canal photos by Rod Burdick
Atlantic Huron arrives below Lock 1
Halifax sails toward Lake Ontario after departing Lock 1
John B. Aird moves out of Lock 3
Algonorth departs Lock 7
Frontenac leaves Lock 7
CSL Niagara sails between Locks 1 and 2
Algocen heads into the Flight Locks
John D. Leitch departs the Flight Locks
Canadian Provider waits for lockage at Lock 7
Nanticoke sails under the Glendale Bridge
J.A.W. Iglehart moves into Lock 7

St. Lawrence Seaway

Images by Marc Piche
Bow view of LÉ (Long Éirennach or Irish Ship) Niamh (P-52) at anchor at Pointe-aux-Trembles near Montréal on June 21 while awaiting clearance to proceed to the Seaway hence to Toronto for an official visit. This is the first ever call in our waters from an Irish naval vessel.
Stern view of Niamh, built by Appledore (UK) and commissioned on Sept. 18, 2001.
Early on the morning of June 24, the Canadian Venture tow exited St.Lambert Lock. Saltie Ostkap is awaiting her turn, tied up to the lower wall.
Lead tug Commodore Straits on her first job under ULS ownership.
Canadian Venture (former David K. Gardiner and Lawrencecliffe Hall), with tug Vigilant 1 on her stern.
Tug Seahound, which did the towing in the lock chambers.
Stern view of Canadian Venture, shown while exiting the Seaway for the last time. She was her way to Montréal berth 56 to be fitted for the long haul to Bangladesh

Canadian Venture Scrap Tow Pictures by Kent Malo
Bow view as Canadian Venture being towed passes St Helens Island
Her propeller and rudder have been removed
Vigilant 1, on the stern of the Canadian Venture, leaving the South Shore canal and entering the St Lawrence River, Montreal.

Additional photos by Kent Malo
Algocen above Cote Ste. Catherines lock about to pass the secured Anna Desgagnes, loading for the Northen Artic communities
Anna Desgagnes, reflagged Canadian for her trips to the Arctic, seen here loading at the Cote Ste Catherine wharf

Recent images by Mike Nicholls
St Marys Cement II in Rouge River
Cedarglen downbound off the Rouge Short Cut before turning to dock at the ADM Elevator in Windsor.
Cedarglen, stern view
Algosteel, upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern shot
James R. Barker upbound at Grassy Island.
CSL Laurentien, downbound at Grassy Island

Stern view

Photos by Neil Schultheiss of the Detroit/Windsor Freedom fest Fireworks June 30.
They were taken from the cruise vessel Friendship. The Friendship runs public cruises and charters from the Portofino Restaurant in Wyandotte, Mich.
Friendship (Capt. Sam Buchanan of the mailboat runs the Friendship.)
Friendship near the Ambassador Bridge
Passengers enjoy the pyrotechnic display
Another view
Another view



New Security Measures Take Effect Today


(The following comes directly from the U.S. Coast Guard)
Thanks to a new international code and U.S. law, strict measures take effect today  that will see vast changes to the security climate in local ports, port facilities and vessels. The measure requires vessels and facilities to implement security measures designed to protect the world's global shipping industry from terrorist attacks.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act require ports and vessels to control access, monitor activity, and screen personnel, baggage, cargo, and vehicles.

Under the U.S. law and the international code, port facilities and vessels must implement the new security measures by July 1.  Nationally, some of the key milestones leading up to this deadline include: security plans received from 99 percent of required U.S. vessels and facilities, alternative security programs used by two-thirds of the vessels that submitted plans, initial reviews completed on most facility and vessel plans, Area Maritime Security Committees established in all U.S. port areas. 

The Coast Guard is also preparing to verify international compliance with the new requirements by:  boarding every vessel, at sea or at the dock, on its first visit to a U.S. port on or after July 1; taking additional security precautions or denying entry into U.S. waters for non-compliant vessels on a case by case basis; tracking vessels coming from non-compliant ports. These vessels may be subject to delays until their security status can be verified through a Coast Guard boarding, visiting countries to evaluate antiterrorism measures in their ports with the host nation and exchanging information with and providing training to foreign countries to assist with interpretation and implementation of the international code.

More information can be found at:, and on the Coast Guard's port security website at:


(The following comes from the St. Lawrence Seaway Website at
On July 1, 2004, Transport Canada's new Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR) came into effect. They are designed to strengthen security requirements for vessels, marine facilities and ports so that they are in compliance with the International Maritime Organization's ISPS Code.

The Code requires that all commercial vessels of 500 tons* (gross tonnage)  or more, or carrying more than 12 passengers and traveling between countries,  and marine facilities serving such vessels, perform security assessments,  complete security plans and designate security officers. The MTSR extends the ISPS code requirements to port facilities in Canada, cargo vessels of 100 tons (gross tonnage) or more and towing vessels greater than eight metres in length that tow barges carrying dangerous goods in bulk. See for more information.

*The 500 tons limit applies to ships conforming to the SOLAS (Safety of  Life at Sea) convention. The limit is 100 tons for non-SOLAS ships.

ISPS and the St. Lawrence Seaway

On June 4, 2004, Marine Facilities Security Plans submitted by The St.  Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation's (SLSMC) were approved by Transport Canada and Certificates of Compliance were issued indicating that SLSMC's  facilities conform to the requirements of the ISPS code.

In order to receive certification, potential threats to Seaway facilities were identified and plans prepared for dealing with breaches of security.

* Security at SLSMC's facilities has been enhanced by improved fencing, gates, locks, cameras and signage.

* Access to site controls apply to employees, contractors, visitors, ships' crews and suppliers.

* Restricted areas are defined in locks including control kiosks, machine rooms, wall towers and alongside ships.

* Training is provided to employees on an ongoing basis.

* Security audits and exercises to test the components of the security plan are conducted.

SLSMC is working closely with Transport Canada, the U.S. Coast Guard and SLSDC to develop a coordinated approach to initial security verification  and examination of ships that will have a minimal impact on the vessel  transit.

How the ISPS Code Affects Ships entering the St. Lawrence Seaway

As of July 1, 2004, all SOLAS ships wishing to enter Canadian waters will be required to have ISPS Certification. SOLAS ships already in Canadian waters on July 1 will be expected to demonstrate ISPS compliance prior to their departure from Canada.

For detailed information, see Canadian ISPS Implementation

Inspections for Ships Entering the Seaway

For full details see

Initial Verification

As of July 1, 2004, all foreign ships entering the St. Lawrence Seaway will be boarded at Montreal by inspectors from Transport Canada Marine Security and the U.S. Coast Guard. Seaway inspectors will accompany them. Ships that have undergone an initial verification by Transport Canada Marine Security for the purpose of regulatory compliance will be permitted to proceed into the Seaway. The verification is expected to take 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Ships that have undergone a compliance exam by the U.S. Coast Guard between April and June 30, 2004 and received a "Compliance Letter" will not have to undergo this initial verification upon their first entry into the Seaway on or after July 1st.

Status of the ESI

Ships that have stopped at Montreal and undergone the ESI (Enhanced Seaway Inspection) between March 24 and July 1, 2004 will have to undergo this initial Security verification upon their first entry into the Seaway on or after July 1st unless they have already been issued a U.S. Coast Guard Compliance Letter. For all foreign ships entering the Seaway for the first time on or after July 1, 2004, the added security elements will become part of the ESI.

Canada - U.S. Protocol

Canada and the United States are preparing a bilateral protocol that will formalize arrangements for a joint targeting initiative and mutual recognition of compliance and inspection efforts. Further details of this arrangement will be available soon.

Other Marine Security actions taken by the Government of Canada since September 11, 2001

* Harmonizing the marine security regimes of Canada and the U.S. so that Canadian-flagged ships that meet Canadian security standards can enter U.S. harbours and U.S.-flagged vessels that meet U.S. standards can enter Canadian harbours.

* Requiring vessels to provide at least 96 hours advance notice before they enter Canadian waters.

* Introducing new boarding protocols to improve the response to threats before vessels arrive at Canadian marine facilities or ports.

* Establishing enhanced security procedures, in partnership with the United States, for vessels entering the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway system.

* Working with international partners to develop new marine international security requirements.

* Committing $172.5 million for a broad range of initiatives to enhance the  security of  Canada's marine transportation system and maritime borders  including the use of aerial surveillance and vessel monitoring systems  such as AIS to enhance Canada's ability to track vessels entering and operating  in Canadian waters.



Winners of the 2004 Anchors Aweigh Raffle

1. Trip on a freighter - Janet Dirtzer, Inver Groves, MN
2. Trip on a freighter - Edna Simpson, Exeter, Ontario
3. Six-day berth on a tall ship - Hennie de Boer, Lucknow, Ontario
4. BBQ and Cruise for 12 aboard the Donald Bert - Janet Kalbfleish, Goderich, Ontario
5. Round trip for two on the Badger - Janet Clarke, Exeter, Ontario
6. Round trip for two on Chi-Chee-Maun - Gareth Rogers, Mason, MN
7. Detroit River cruise for four on Diamond Belle - Jerry McDonnell, Blyth, Ontario
8. Detroit River cruise for four on Diamond Belle - Sandra May, St. Clair Shores, MI
9. 30,000 Island Cruise for two on Miss Midland - Ken Steele, Ajax Ontario
10. Kempenfelt Bay cruise for two on the Serendipity Princess - B. Belcher, Mississauga, Ontario
11. Cruise for two on Huron Lady II - Gina Dalkin, Davis Ontario
12. 30,000 Island cruise on Georgian Quenn - Donna Hamblin, Marcellus NY
13. Family cruise pass on the Chief Shingwauk - Bill Vincent, Auburn Ontario
14. 30,000 Island cruise abouard the Island Queen - Bobbie Spencer, Yorkville IL
15. Round trip for two aboard the Beaver Islander - Paul Van de Kamer, Kitchener Ontario
16. Party of four aboard the Maid of the Mist - Myra & Gerry Kingsley, Goderich Ontario

Reported by: Dave Wobser



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