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Port Reports -  August 31

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Alster arrived Duluth at 06:58 Thursday morning on her first trip to the Twin Ports, and moored at CHS 1 to load grain. Hon. James L. Oberstar was inbound at 19:30 with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. She departed at 19:07 for Two Harbors. Federal Clyde finished topping off with wheat at Riverland Ag on Thursday evening, and was expected to depart around 20:00. Beatrix and Paul R. Tregurtha were both expected to arrive around 21:30 Thursday night. In Superior, CSL Assiniboine loaded ore at BN throughout the day before departing at 19:40. CSL Niagara, which had been waiting outside the harbor at anchor, was then expected to arrive for a load of ore pellets.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Niagara arrived Two Harbors on August 29th at 20:35 for South of #2. She departed on the 30th at 08:10 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on August 30th at approx. 21:00 is the Hon. James L. Oberstar after unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. She cleared the Duluth piers on the 30th at 19:08. Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on August 30th are the CSL Laurentien and the Presque Isle.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on the 30th at 16:48. Due Silver Bay on August 31st is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday August 30th: 1:12 Federal Weser departed G3 for Montreal. 1:20 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 8:38 Algoma Innovator departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Oshawa. 12:04 Tim S Dool arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 12:34 Federal Oshima arrived and went to anchor. 20:52 Federal Weser returned to Port. Approximately 80-90 miles north of Munising, MI she turned around to double back to Thunder Bay.

St. Marys River
Upbound Thursday were CSL Laurentien and Presque Isle. Downbounders included American Century, G2 Marquis, Michipicoten, Great Republic, Joseph L. Block and, after dark, Defiance/Ashtabula, Lubie and Edwin H. Gott.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: 18:04 Cuyahoga arrived at the salt dock on the Thunder Bay River to unload. Stoneport: Kaye E Barker departed for Marquette. Calcite: :037 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived to load and at 11:22 departed for Saginaw. 7:52 American Mariner arrived to load limestone. 18:01 John G Munson arrived to load. 22:00 Michipicoten arrived and went to anchor. Port Dolomite: Olive L Moore departed for Bay City. Thessalon: Manitoulin arrived to load gravel.

Toledo, Ohio
The tugs Nebraska and Oklahoma and towed the long-idle former American Steamship Co. vessel American Valor up the Maumee River Thursday morning. They were bound for the former Interlake Iron Dock by the Ironhead Shipyard. The vessel is now owned by the Algoma Central Corp. and has been registered in Canada as Valo. The company’s plans for the vessel are unknown. Waterfront reports suggest she was moved as the dock where she had been moored is needed for other traffic.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Thursday, tug Karen Andrie and barge Endeavour unloaded fuel oil.

Rochester, NY
Departed: tug Salvage Monarch with barge Metis at 10 Thursday for Picton, Ont.

 

Check out this incredible photo of a lightning bolt over Lake Michigan

8/31 - An incredible photo of a lightning bolt over Lake Michigan has gone viral. The photo, posted by Interlake Steamship Company on Tuesday morning, shows a massive lightning strike lighting up the skies and waters of Lake Michigan.

It was taken by Jack Brandenburg, who is a mate on the Mesabi Miner, a 1,000-foot freighter built in 1977 to honor the men and women of Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range.

The Door County, Wisc. native took the photo with his cell phone using cell phone with a long exposure. According to the company, the freighter was sailing down Lake Michigan loaded with iron ore from Duluth, Minn. headed for Indiana Harbor, Ind.

As of Wednesday morning, the photo had more than 5,300 shares and 3,600 likes. View it here: https://www.wxyz.com/news/check-out-this-incredible-photo-of-a-lightning-bolt-over-lake-michigan

 

Editorial, Toledo Blade: Settle this dispute

8/31 - A dispute between Midwest Terminals of Toledo International and International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1982 has caused some ships to divert from Toledo’s docks.

Toledo is facing an economic development challenge at the Port of Toledo, but also a labor fairness challenge. A labor dispute between the operator of the general cargo docks and the employees’ union has spilled over to stopping ships from being able to load and unload at the port.

Toledo doesn’t need to go back to the days of interminable and self-destructive labor spats.

As of now, the Great Lakes ship pilots, who are not even a union themselves, are refusing to cross an informational picket line set up on the dock by International Longshoremen’s Association, Local 1982.

It’s time for all the entities involved in this labor dispute to take stock of whether they are serving even their own, let alone the community’s, interests.

Of particular concern is the U.S. Coast Guard, which supervises shipping on the Great Lakes. Taking neutrality to an extreme, the Coast Guard refuses to enforce rules requiring the pilots to either show up and drive ships in and out of the port or pass up the job. As a result, multiple loaded freighters have been left standing for days in the Maumee Bay and at the docks or have chosen other ports at which to unload their cargo.

The dockworkers’ union needs to determine whether it is, or is not, in the business of providing skilled, honest, and competent labor to a hard-working business that handles millions of tons of cargo at the Great Lakes’ biggest industrial port.

Local 1982 has been mismanaged in the past. In fact, it has been repeatedly taken over by the parent union based in Cleveland and is now under the leadership of a trustee.

The company that runs the general cargo dock, Midwest Terminals of Toledo International, has been without contract with the union since 2010. In December, the National Labor Relations Board ordered Midwest Terminals to resume collecting dues and to compensate employees for being illegally left off of a skilled work list. In 2017, the U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals upheld a ruling requiring Midwest to establish a pension and health trust fund for Local 1982.

It may be too late for Local 1982 anyway. On Jan. 3, Midwest Terminals ceased recognizing the union saying it has received letters from more than half of the Local 1982 bargaining unit that they don’t want to be represented any longer by the ILA. The ILA contends that anti-union employees were “infiltrated” into the union to break it. The company says it had to hire people because the union often did not supply adequate numbers of workers. The National Labor Relations Board is still investigating.

Leaders in the community are speaking out. A letter signed by Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, all three Lucas County commissioners, and leaders of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and of the Building Trades Council, and the Laborers and Teamsters unions have called for the Coast Guard to require pilots to be available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The pilots should back off and let the port load its ships. The ILA should cancel its informational picket. The Coast Guard should do its job and make sure ships are staffed with pilots.

Push is quickly coming to shove. There are two major industrial projects with a construction value of about $1.4 billion for which ships will soon need to begin offloading heavy, expensive equipment at the Port of Toledo.

Failure to handle that work will leave Toledo with a bad reputation that will take years to shake. And the potential loss of income and economic stimulus for the region is huge.

Toledo Blade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 31

August 31, 1852 - The U. S. Congress passed an act requiring the president to appoint three officers from the Navy, three engineers from the Army and two civilian scientists to constitute the new Lighthouse Board. The Bureau of Lighthouses succeeded the Lighthouse Board in 1910.

On August 31, 1977, the BELLE RIVER entered service, departing Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for Superior, Wisconsin. Renamed b.) WALTER J. McCARTHY, JR in 1990.

In mid-August 1987, a peregrine falcon that had disappeared from Regina, Saskatchewan, two weeks earlier landed on the deck of a lake freighter on Lake Huron. The bird was captured and taken to a bird sanctuary in Vineland, Ontario. The vessel name is unknown.

In mid-August 1985, the Belgium salty FEDERAL THAMES loaded 25,400 tons of low-concentrate chrome ore at Duluth's Hallett Dock and was bound for Sweden. This ore dates back to World War II when it was mined in Montana. Other shipments were to have been made later as well.

On 31 August 1906, CAVALIER (3-mast wooden schooner, 134 foot 268 gross tons, built in 1867, at Quebec City as a bark) was carrying cedar lumber when she struck a reef off Chantry Island in Lake Huron and sank. Her crew was rescued by the Chantry Island lightkeeper. She was bound from Tobermory for Sarnia, Ontario.

On 31 August 1869, the schooner W. G. KEITH was launched at the Muir & Stewart yard in Port Huron, Michigan. She was named after her skipper/owner. Her dimensions were 126 foot X 26 foot X 8 foot 6 inches. She was built for the Lake Michigan lumber trade.

On 31 August 1900, efforts to free the newly-launched steel steamer CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON from the mud in the Black River at Port Huron, Michigan continued throughout the day. The launch had been watched by thousands the previous day and the vessel's stern stuck in the mud. On this date, the tugs BOYNTON and HAYNES tried to pull her free but were unable to do so. Finally 14 hydraulic jacks were used to lift the vessel and at 6 p.m. she was ready to be pulled by tugs. After a 15-inch hawser was broken in the first attempt, the tug PROTECTOR finally pulled the vessel free.

In 1982, the sandsucker NIAGARA made its last trip through the I-75 Bridge with a cargo of sand for the Chevrolet Saginaw Metal Castings plant.

In 1975, ALGOCEN stranded on South McNair Shoal in the St. Lawrence off Ogdensburg, N.Y. The ship was released and, after unloading at Port Cartier, sailed to Port Weller Dry Dock to spend from September 14 to October 10 on the shelf while a 600-foot section of the bottom of the hull was repaired.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Al Miller, James Neumiller, Jody Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Underwater explorers research possible oldest wreck in Lake Erie

8/30 - Marblehead, Ohio - Lake Erie has no sea monsters, but it may house a Lake Serpent. The Lake Serpent, that is. After weeks of underwater excavation, a team of researchers and volunteers is inching closer to ruling on whether a wreck recently found near Kelley's Island is in fact the Lake Serpent, a ship known to have sunk in 1829.

If it is the Serpent, as suspected, the site would be the oldest known shipwreck in Lake Erie, a likely candidate for the National Register of Historic Places, and another significant feather in the cap of diver Tom Kowalczk and the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, the nonprofit group that discovered the wreck in 2015, during a scan of the area.

The work, funded by charitable donations and other gifts, has been slow and painstaking. Lake Erie is notoriously volatile, and to explore or work on the site, divers must have near-perfect conditions.

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/08/underwater_explorers_research.html

 

Port Reports -  August 30

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Wednesday was another busy day in the Twin Ports. American Century left Duluth at 03:49 with coal, and Michipicoten departed at 04:05 after loading ore at CN. American Integrity arrived at 05:17 to load coal at Midwest Energy. Joseph L. Block was outbound at 10:30 with a split load of iron ore pellets and blast furnace trim, and was followed out by the coal-laden Great Republic a few minutes later. Lubie departed at 12:35 with grain from CHS 1. Sunda remained at CHS 2 loading grain, and Federal Clyde was taking on wheat at Riverland Ag. Both American Integrity and Sunda were expected to depart Duluth around 20:30 Wednesday night. On the south side of the harbor, Stewart J. Cort departed from Burlington Northern at 03:04 Wednesday with ore, and Roger Blough arrived at 04:15 to load. She was tentatively expected to depart at 19:00. CSL Assiniboine was at anchor outside the Superior entry waiting to load at BN, and was joined by fleetmate CSL Niagara later Wednesday night.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The port saw the departure of the G3 Marquis on August 29th at 10:11 for Hamilton. Edwin H. Gott arrived off Two Harbors early in the morning and got underway at 09:59 on August 29th, arrived at 10:37 and departed from South of #2 at 19:44 for Gary. Algoma Niagara arrived off Two Harbors on August 29th and went to anchor at approx. 09:12 NE of Burlington Bay. She got underway on the 29th at 19:43 and was on her way to the piers. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on August 30th, but a possibility late in the day could be the Hon. James L. Oberstar that is due the Twin Ports with limestone for Graymont-Superior the morning of the 30th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the John J. Boland on the 29th at 03:27 for Cleveland. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 19:50 on the 29th is showing a Silver Bay destination. She would arrive later in the day on the 30th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday August 29: 18:47 Algoma Innovator arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 19:04 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor southwest of the Welcome Islands. Expected for Thursday: Federal Oshima due at 13:30. Tim S Dool due at 16:00.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Wednesday afternoon included Alpena and Paul R. Tregurtha. James R. Barker and Algoma Buffalo (her first trip through the locks under that name) were upbound after dark. Joseph H. Thompson, Victory 1 and Pearl Mist were downbound.

Northern Lake Huron
Tuesday, Calcite: 21:56 Hon James Oberstar departed for Duluth / Superior. Wednesday, Alpena: 0:13 The cement carrier Alpena arrived and after loading departed for Duluth / Superior at 5:49. Stoneport: Manitowoc departed for Marysville. Kaye E Barker arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Olive L Moore arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Manitoulin departed for Sarnia.

Sarnia, Ont. – Marc Dease
It was Lower Lakes Towing day in port Wednesday. Cuyahoga arrived with a load of potash. Also in town were fleetmates Kaministiqua and Mississagi (undergoing repairs). Manitoulin was downbound on the St. Clair River.

Welland Canal area report
Barry Andersen is on vacation. His reports will return soon.

 

USCG sets security zone around Mackinac Bridge during Labor Day Bridge Walk

8/30 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The Coast Guard will enact a temporary security zone around the Mackinac Bridge during the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, Monday, from 6 a.m. until event conclusion.

The security zone will include all waters on either side of the Mackinac Bridge within one-quarter mile of the bridge, per 33 C.F.R. §165.928.

As part of enhanced security measures for this year’s event, all waters within the security zone will be closed to recreational vessel traffic. Only commercial vessels with a valid Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection or foreign equivalent, and under the command of a licensed mariner, will be permitted to transit through the security zone.

Commercial vessels seeking to enter and transit the zone must obtain permission from the Coast Guard prior to entering the zone and should do so at least one hour in advance. Vessels should make initial contact with the Coast Guard Designated Representative of the Captain of the Port (COTP) on VHF channel 16.

All vessels entering or moving within the security zone must operate at speeds necessary to maintain a safe course and not exceed 12 knots. The on-scene Coast Guard Designated Representative of the COTP may control the movement of all vessels in the security zone and may subject vessels intending to transit the zone to additional screening as a condition of entry.

The Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of this security zone by federal, state, and local agencies. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol vessel, a vessel in the zone is required to immediately comply with the directions given. Uncooperative mariners will be expelled from the zone, cited for failure to comply, or both. All concerned traffic may contact the Coast Guard Designated Representative of the COTP on VHF channel 16.

For further information, mariners may contact Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie at 906-635-3233.

USCG

 

Boatnerd Welland Gathering set for Sept. 14-16

8/30 - The annual Welland Canal Boatnerd Gathering is scheduled for Sept. 14-16. We will meet for socializing, sharing pictures, slides and videos, plus watching and photographing the passing traffic.

Friday, September 14 - Evening Gathering Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold Canadian Corps is located 3 blocks West of The Inn at Lock Seven 6:00 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open. Raffle & Door Prizes 7:30 p.m. - Slide show. Bring a tray of your best slides, flash drive or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday, September 15 - Evening Gathering Port Colborne Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold 6 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open.

7:30 p.m. - Slide show. Bring a tray of your best slides, flash drive or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. - Free admission to St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Visitors Centre, located at Lock Three. Gift shop offering 10% discount on selected items if you tell them you’r’e a Boatnerd.

Although a number of vessels are awaiting scrapping at Marine Recycling Corp., we have been told by the company that a walking tour of the scrapyard will not be made available.

Visit the Gatherings page www.boatnerd.com/gathering for more details.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 30

On this day in 1964, the retired Bradley Transportation steamer CALCITE was awarded the National Safety Council Award of Merit. The CALCITE accumulated a total of 1,394,613 man-hours of continuous operation over 17 years without a disabling, lost-time injury. The CALCITE was the first Great Lakes vessel to ever receive this honor.

On 30 August 1893, CENTURION (steel propeller freighter, 350 foot, 3,401 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull#100) at W. Bay City, Michigan. The name was a pun to celebrate the ship as Frank Wheeler's 100th hull.

The CHARLES E. WILSON was christened August 30, 1973, at Bay Shipbuilding Co., for the American Steamship Co., and completed her sea trials on September 6th. She was renamed b.) JOHN J. BOLAND in 2000.

On August 30, 1942, the A. H. FERBERT ran aground in the St. Marys River, just a day old. The vessel returned to the builder's yard in River Rouge, Michigan for repairs.

On August 30, 1988, the WILLOWGLEN, a.) MESABI, made its first visit to Duluth-Superior under that name. She loaded grain at Harvest States in Superior, Wisconsin, arriving early in the morning and departing in the early evening the same day. Her last visit to Duluth before this was in 1981 under the name c.) JOSEPH X. ROBERT.

The H G DALTON entered service on August 30, 1903, for Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. Later b.) COURSEULLES in 1916, c.) GLENDOCHART in 1922, d.) CHATSWORTH in 1927, e.) BAYLEAF in 1942 and f.) MANCOX in 1951.

On August 30, 1985, the tug CAPTAIN IOANNIS S departed Quebec City with MENIHEK LAKE and LEON FALK, JR. in tow, bound for Spain to be scrapped.

On 30 August 1873, CAMBRIDGE (3-mast, wooden schooner, 162 foot, 445 tons, built in 1868, at Detroit, Michigan) was bound from Marquette, Michigan for Cleveland, Ohio with a load of iron ore. In rough seas, she was thrown onto the rocky shore near Marquette where she broke up. No lives were lost.

On 30 August 1900, thousands of people gathered at the Jenks Shipbuilding Company near the Grand Trunk Bridge on the Black River in Port Huron, Michigan to watch the launching of the large steel steamer CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON. Superintendent Andrews gave the word and the blows were struck simultaneously at the bow and stern. Slowly the vessel started quivering slightly from deck to keel and then with a mighty rush, slid sideways into the river. Her stern stuck in the mud. Mrs. Thomas Wilson christened the ship.

1892: The two-year-old steel bulk carrier WESTERN RESERVE foundered about 60 miles above Whitefish Point with the loss of 26 lives. There was only one survivor.

1903: PITTSBURGH burned at the dock in Sandwich, Ontario. The oak-hulled passenger and freight paddle-wheeler had been built in 1871 as MANITOBA. The hull was towed to Port Dalhousie for scrapping later in 1904.

1942: NEEBING (i), a former bulk canaller that dated from 1903, left the lakes for war service about 1915. It survived the initial conflict and continued in saltwater service into the Second World War. The ship was torpedoed and sunk as c) JAN TOMP in the eastern Black Sea enroute from Poti, Georgia, to Novorossiysk, Russia.

1952: The iron-hulled paddle-wheeler HAMILTONIAN burned at Hamilton. The cause was believed to have been a carelessly discarded cigarette butt in the women’s washroom. The remains were scrapped at Hamilton in 1953.

1975: B.A. CANADA came to the Great Lakes beginning in 1966 after early work for British-American tankers between Venezuela and North America. The ship was sold and returned inland under Liberian registry as b) DIMITRIOS D.M. in 1969 and ran aground in the Panama Canal on this date in 1975. The damaged hull was laid up at Jacksonville, FL and arrived at Panama City, FL. for scrapping on March 10, 1976.

2001: MARLY, a Seaway caller in 1981, began flooding in #2 hold as d) BISMIHITA'LA and developed a severe list. The crew abandoned ship and 25 sailors were picked up by the MURIEL YORK. Three were lost when their lifeboat drifted into the propeller. The ship was 500 miles off Capetown, South Africa. It was taken in tow by the tug SUHAILI but the 25-year old freighter had to be scuttled at sea on September 17, 2001.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, James Neumiller, Jody L. Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

CSL Welland crew saves life in rescue operation

8/29 - On August 25 the crew of CSL Welland was involved in a rescue operation that saved a man’s life.

“We commend Captain Wilson Walters and his crew for this act of heroism that is a true testament to the professionalism, teamwork and courage of the crew,” said Louis Martel, CSL President and CEO. “Thanks to regular training and drills, CSL Welland seafarers instinctively performed their Man Overboard duties and did exactly what they were trained to do. The emergency operation explicitly demonstrated that training and drills do save lives.”

While transiting through Lake Ontario off the coast of Olcott, New York, crew members on watch in the CSL Welland’s wheelhouse noticed objects floating in the water. Captain Walters was immediately notified and communicated the information to the Coast Guard.

As the crew members kept watch, it became apparent that the objects were in fact two people. The captain immediately activated the general alarm, alerted the Coast Guard and proceeded with an emergency manoeuvre of the ship to seek and rescue the people. The entire crew immediately deployed Man Overboard protocols and procedures and took on the roles and responsibilities for which they were trained.

Meanwhile, a small fishing boat was sighted in the area and was summoned by the captain to assist with the rescue of one of the individuals. The fishing boat was able to rescue a conscious man, who was transferred onto CSL Welland. The crew provided the necessary first aid to prevent shock and keep the survivor warm, dry and hydrated.

The CSL Welland crew located the second person in the water and the ship’s rescue boat was launched. The crew recovered the visibly unconscious man into the rescue boat and commenced administering CPR to revive him. Because of the restricted space in the rescue boat, the man was transferred into the assisting fishing vessel and CPR was continuously performed until the arrival of the US and Canadian Coast Guards. Once on the scene, Coast Guard officials boarded the fishing vessel and attended to the unconscious man who was pronounced dead shortly after.

The deceased man was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter and taken ashore. The survivor was transferred from CSL Welland to the fishing vessel and proceeded ashore along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Following the departure of the Coast Guard, the Captain held a meeting with his crew and commended them on their heroic efforts. He also reminded them that their active participation in regular drills was the reason they were able to respond with such speed and precision that helped save a life.

CSL Group

 

Concerns mount over ongoing union dispute at Toledo Port

8/29 - Toledo, Ohio – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has no power to intervene in a labor dispute between the stevedore company that operates one of its docks and a labor union, lawyers retained by a member of the port’s board of directors have advised.

But Basil W. Mangano, a local representative of the Cleveland-based Mangano Law Offices, advised the port board in a letter dated Wednesday that it “might consider suggesting to both parties that they resolve their private dispute by engaging the services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

“In my 20 years’ experience as a union-side labor attorney, I have found the agency to be very helpful in resolving private disputes between my clients and employers,” Mr. Mangano wrote.

And a quick resolution to the labor dispute — which has spilled over to refusals by navigational pilots working on ocean-going ships to pass the dock workers’ picket boat — is something port officials would like to see before it disrupts the expected arrival of machinery for a $700 million iron-concentration plant now under construction near the port.

Sean Enright, business manager for the Northwest Ohio Building Trades council of unions, said he’s worried that Local 1982, International Longshoremen’s Association, which has been in a long-running dispute with Midwest Terminals of Toledo International, will spread its pickets to the former Interlake Dock where those iron plant machinery shipments are slated for handling.

Shipments of heavy equipment for expansion of the Oregon Clean Energy Center a few miles away also could be affected, Mr. Enright said.

“We reached out to the ILA to put their members to work on those ships coming in,” Mr. Enright said Thursday. “But after talking to us for a while, they said ‘no’ … so they may target our ships.”

Paul Toth, port authority president and chief executive, said 13 or 14 shipments of heavy machinery are scheduled later this year for the iron plant, plus several more next year. “If that equipment doesn’t come in, everything stops on that project,” he said.

The machinery cargoes could be transferred somewhere else from foreign ships to domestic barges, but that would be extremely expensive, Mr. Enright said.

But William Yockey, an ILA trustee managing Local 1982, said the union has not closed the door to efforts to defuse the situation. He said he is attempting now to structure an agreement to insure that upcoming work at the Interlake Dock goes unimpeded.

“As of right now, we’re in talks with people in [Local] 1982 to do the longshoring work at that dock. We don’t have a dispute at that dock,” Mr. Yockey said. “We’re gong to do everything we can to work something out with the building trades. We have a dispute with Midwest Terminals only.”

Mr. Yockey added that navigational pilots, some of which the ILA represents through its International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots union affiliate, are not taking sides in the labor dispute despite how it may look.

“I used to be a pilot, so I know. They are choosing to remain neutral,” he said. “They don’t get involved because they know the next day they have to work with everybody.”

A Cleveland-Cliffs spokesman did not respond to a call seeking comment.

http://www.toledoblade.com/business/2018/08/25/Concerns-mount-over-disruptions-by-the-ongoing-union-dispute-at-Toledo-Lucas-County-Port-Authority-s-general-cargo-docks/stories/20180823161

 

Port Reports -  August 29

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Federal Clyde started off a busy Tuesday in Duluth, arriving at 06:06 to load wheat at the Riverland Ag elevator. Great Republic was inbound at 12:35 with limestone for Hallett #5. American Century arrived at 16:18 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and Michipicoten followed at 18:31 for a load of ore at CN. Joseph L. Block spent the first part of the day discharging a split cargo of limestone at both CN and Hallett #5, and then returned to CN for a partial load of ore. As of Tuesday night she was back at Hallett #5 topping off with blast furnace trim, and was expected to depart just after midnight. Both Lubie and Sunda were loading grain at CHS 1 and 2 respectively, with the former tentatively expected to finish loading and depart at 23:00 Tuesday night. In Superior, Algoma Spirit departed at 10:45 with iron ore pellets from BN, and Stewart J. Cort arrived from anchor at 11:50 to load. She was expected to finish loading just before midnight. Roger Blough was next in line for the dock, and CSL Assiniboine was due to arrive around 22:45, however she will likely drop anchor outside the Superior entry.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors on August 28th at 06:31 for South of #2. She then departed on the 28th at 19:02 for Conneaut. Also arriving Two Harbors on the 28th was the G3 Marquis at 08:07 going to North of #2 for lay-by. She then shifted after the Speer's departure between 19:08 and 19:38 to South of #2. The Edwin H. Gott had been running checked down all day and will arrive Two Harbors on the morning of the 29th. Also due Two Harbors on August 29th is the Algoma Niagara.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on the 28th at 08:43 and she departed on the 28th at 17:47 for Indiana Harbor. Also arriving Silver Bay on the 28th was the John J. Boland after unloading coal in Munising. She arrived off Silver Bay early in the afternoon and ran the North Shore until her arrival in Silver Bay at 17:52. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 29th. An update on the American Spirit: Her destination is now Zug Island.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday August 27th: 21:43 Algocanada arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. Tuesday August 28th: 6:56 Robert S Pierson arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 7:09 Algocanada weighed anchor and proceeded to Suncor Energy Terminal to unload petroleum products. 16:04 Robert S Pierson departed Thunder Bay Terminals downbound. 19:04 Algocanada departed Suncor Energy Terminal for Sault Ste Marie. Expected for Wednesday: Algoma Innovator due at 16:01. Frontenac due at 17:00.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Calcite: 21:58 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder departed for Saginaw. Tuesday, Stoneport: Manitowoc arrived to load limestone. Calcite: 7:22 Hon. James L Oberstar arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Manitoulin arrived to load dolomite. Little Current: 6:47 The cruise ship Victory 1 arrived and after a day of shore excursions departed at 17:34 for Sault Ste Marie Michigan.

Cleveland, Ohio
Interlake Steamship Co.’s Paul R. Tregurtha did her first ever unload in Cleveland Monday, discharging more than 60,000 tons of iron ore.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Arrival: tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis, Aug. 28, 10:30, Lehigh Cement.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday August 28 – Barry Andersen canal shut down from approx. 0600 hours until midnight for remedial work at the flight locks - traffic delayed

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 27 Algoma Buffalo at 1655 - Departed - Aug 28 at 0432westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 27 - Cedarglen at 1604, CSL Laurentien at 2112 - Aug 28 - Algoma Guardian at 0002, Whitefish Bay at 1015, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1327, NACC Argonaut at 1725, Algowood 1839 and Flevoborg (Nld) at 2020 (to anchorage at Port Weller) - Downbound Aug 27 -Algoma Enterprise eta 2337, tug Karen Andrie & brge Endeavour at 1725 (to Port Colborne anchorage) and tug Samuel D Champlain & barge Innovation at 1943

Wellland Canal docks:
Docked - Aug 22 - Algoma Harvester in south dock of former PWDD facility

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 28 - Algoma Strongfield at 2019 Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2109 - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 24 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 2247 - Departures - Aug 28 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1835 for Cleveland

Bronte:
Docked - Aug 28 - Mia Desgagnes at 0829

Toronto:
Arrivals - Aug 26 - Rodopi (Mlt) at 1327

 

Help wanted: S.S. Badger engine department

8/29 - Engine department of the S.S. Badger seeking to immediately fill entry-level position. This position assists the fireman in operating and maintaining the ships boilers and conveyor equipment. The mariner working this job can expect to live aboard the ship and stand a 4 hour watch, twice a day, 7 days per week for the rest of our 2018 sailing season (ends October 14th). Required to hold a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential and a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Possibility of full-time hire for next season (mid-May to mid-Oct). To submit an online application, visit our website at www.ssbadger.com scroll to and click on Enrollment Opportunities to obtain access to the online application. For more information, call Laurie at 231-843-7223 Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 29

August 29, 1996 - The NICOLET, which had been sold for scrap, left Toledo under tow of the McKeil tug OTIS WACK, arriving in Port Maitland, Ontario during the early hours of the 30th. Last operated in 1990, the NICOLET was built in 1905 by Great Lakes Engineering Work at Ecorse, Michigan as the a.) WILLIAM G. MATHER (25), b) J. H. SHEADLE (55), c) H. L. GOBEILLE. The vessel spent the first 60 years of her life in service for the Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Company. After 1965, her ownership was transferred to the Gartland Steamship Company and eventually American Steamship Company.

On this day in 1974, unsuccessful negotiations on a major shipbuilding contract resulting in Litton Industries terminating operations at its Erie yard. The Litton yard had built the first 1,000-foot boat on the lakes, the STEWART J. CORT, and the 1,000-foot tug-barge PRESQUE ISLE.

It is not often that a schooner tows a tug, but on 29 August 1882, the tug J. A. CRAWFORD was towing the big schooner JAMES COUCH to Chicago when the wind picked up and the schooner passed the tug. Captain Gorman of the CRAWFORD cut the engine and allowed the COUCH to tow him until they got close to the harbor. Then the schooner shortened sail and the tug finished the job of towing her into port.

On August 29, 1942, the A. H. FERBERT entered service for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On her maiden voyage August 29, 1979, the INDIANA HARBOR sailed for Two Harbors, Minnesota to load iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, Indiana. In August 1982, INDIANA HARBOR became the first U.S. flag laker to receive satellite communication.

On August 29, 1972 the lightship HURON was placed in an earth embankment at Port Huron's Pine Grove Park along the St. Clair River and was opened to visitors on July 13, 1974.

Canada Steamship Lines' ATLANTIC SUPERIOR returned from Europe on August 29, 1985, with a cargo of gypsum for Picton, Ontario.

On 29 August 1871, GEORGE M. ABEL (2-mast wooden schooner) broke up on a reef near Port Burwell, Ontario.

On 29 August 1858, CANADA (3-mast wooden bark, 199 foot, 758 tons) was carrying a half-million board feet of lumber to Chicago in bad weather when she settled just north of downtown Chicago. The next day during a salvage attempt, she blew southward, struck a bar off the old waterworks, broke her back, then broke up. She had been built in Canada in 1846, as a sidewheeler and was seized by the U.S. in 1849, and rebuilt as a bark in 1852.

August 29, 1998 - The BADGER was designated a spur route on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.

1906: The wooden bulk carrier CHARLES A. EDDY caught fire in Lake Huron enroute to Cleveland with iron ore. The ship later arrived at Port Huron, under her own power, with a salvage crew.

1967: LINDE, a Norwegian flag freighter, first entered the Seaway in 1965. Two years later, on this date, it sank the ARISTOS in dense fog in the English Channel 17 miles off Beachy Head. All on board were rescued. LINDE later stranded as d) ZEPHYR outside of Dunkirk, France, on January 13, 1981, after anchoring due to bad weather. The hull was broken up for scrap where she lay.

1984: A fire in the cargo hold of NANTICOKE broke out while the ship was unloading in Quebec City and damaged the self-unloading belts and electronic components.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Al Miller, James Neumiller, Jody Aho, Russ Plumb, Lake Huron Lore Society, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

Soo Locks West Center Pier Bollard Replacement project awarded

8/28 - Detroit, Mich. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has announced a construction contract awarded for major repairs at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Roen Salvage Company, located in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., was awarded the contract for more than $1.9 million to replace mooring bollards and bollard foundations at the Soo Locks facility.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

You can now embark on a cruise from Detroit for the first time in decades

8/28 - Detroit, Mich. – You don't have to fly to the Caribbean or the Bahamas to take a cruise. We went on board this cruise ship which is now starting and stopping its itinerary in Detroit, the first one to do so in decades. Welcome aboard the Victory II, cruising the Great Lakes and beyond. While the cruise season for this Great Lakes and French Canadian itinerary is coming to an end, bookings are open for 2019 with cruises departing from Detroit.

The itinerary - 9 nights
Day 1: Detroit
Day 2: Cleveland
Day 3: Niagara Falls
Day 4: Toronto
Day 5: Kingston, ON
Day 6: St. Lawrence Seaway
Day 7 & 8: Quebec City
Day 9 & 10: Montreal

Jay Joseph, the cruise director, says he loves the intimacy of a ship this size. "If you want a more personalized and intimate feel, this is the cruise for you. It's a very relaxed environment for people that don't want to have to come for formal nights. It's comfortable, low key and informative with lectures."

Read more and view images of the ship at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/on_board_the_first_cruise_ship.html

 

Port Reports -  August 28

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on August 26 at 20:49 for South of #1. Her usual loading sequence is South of #1 for BFT, North of #2 for pellets in her trunk deck and finally North of #1 to finish loading BFT. She shifted from North of #2 to North of #1 between approx. 01:15 to 01:40. She then departed Two Harbors at 06:59 for Gary. Arriving the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 05:23 was the American Spirit on August 27th. She then departed on the 27th at approx. 14:20. As of 19:15 she isn't showing an updated destination. Due Two Harbors on August 28th are the Edgar B. Speer, G3 Marquis, and the Edwin H. Gott.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on August 27th. Due Silver Bay on August 28th are the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and the John J. Boland arriving from Munising after unloading coal.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday August 27th: 1:40 John D Leitch departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Detroit. 10:14 Federal Weser arrived at G3 to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, Calcite: 20:48 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. Parry Sound: 19:20 Pearl Mist departed for Little Current. Monday, Stoneport: 10:45 John G Munson arrived to load limestone. Calcite: 9:11 Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Great Republic departed for Duluth. Kaye E Barker weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load. She later departed for Grand Haven. Little Current: 7:41 The cruise ship Pearl Mist arrived for shore excursions. 10:38 Sharon M1 and her barge departed for Sault Ste. Marie. 13:00 Pearl Mist departed for Sault Ste. Marie.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass was loading at the Sifto Dock Monday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday August 27 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 27 Algoma Buffalo at 1655 - Departures - Aug 27 - Frontenac at 0119 westbound and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0822 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 27 -Tim S Dool at 0819, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1051, Kaministiqua at 1230, Cedarglen at 1604, CSL Laurentien eta 2040 - Downbound - Aug 26 - Algoma Sault at 2153 - Aug 27 - McKeil Spirirt at 0121, Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Clipper Discoverer-10, Coastal Queen 2-08, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0639, Algowood at 0851, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1133, CSL St. Laurent at 1157, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1433 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2245

Wellland Canal docks:
Docked - Aug 22 - Algoma Harvester in south dock of former PWDD facility

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 27 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 0028 - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 24 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 2247 - Aug 26 - Tim S Dool at 0907 and Algoma Guardian at 1013 - Departures - Aug 27 - Tim S Dool at 0647 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 26 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0304 - Departed Aug 27 at 1203 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - Aug 26 - NACC Argonaut at 0728 and Rodopi (Mlt) at 1327 - Departure - Aug 27 - NACC Quebec at 0810 eastbound

 

Renovation underway for iconic lighthouse

8/28 - Renovation started this summer on a multi-year and multi-million dollar project to restore a Great Lakes icon and, for the first time, open its doors to the public. White Shoal Lighthouse is offshore 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. It’s not visible from land and is a rare sight for boaters, but its red and white, barber pole stripes make it a popular memorabilia item throughout the Great Lakes.

Michigan even featured the light on fundraising license plates until private owners purchased the light station for $110,000 in 2016. The sale was finalized in June.

The new co-owners, Brent Tompkins and Mike Lynch, with the White Shoal Light Historical Preservation Society, said they hope to convert the lighthouse into a bed and breakfast with a first-floor museum and gift shop that people can visit from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

They said the goal is to restore the lighthouse to its vintage “1950s glory.”

“That place is one-of-kind,” Lynch said. “The other ones are kind of like Alcatraz on water. They are not really pretty, they are not really stylish, but for that White Shoal one they spared no expense on it.”

The men said it’s a shame so few have seen it in person. “We could have turned it into a cottage, but I like it and Brent loves it,” Lynch said. “He wants to turn it into something super cool and let everyone come and be a part of it, where some of the other guys are just making personal fortresses of them (lighthouses), and not sharing them with the world. He wanted to share it, and I did too.”

It’s a lofty project for the 11-level building, which is still an active navigation aid. The Coast Guard inspects the battery, solar panel and foghorn yearly.

The red and white stripes are now faded. Birds perch on the lighthouse, leaving behind tell-tale droppings of their successful meals, Tompkins said. Bridge spiders, fortunate to catch a strong wind from the shore, have spun webs of nature-made security around the long-abandoned structure. It’s much different from the picture of the pristine White Shoal Lighthouse he had on his wall as a child.

Inside, layer upon layer of lead paint chips from the wall. The Coast Guard removed doors for ventilation, but Tompkins said the trim and plaster work are in good condition.

“It seems like a huge money pit, and this is something I knew,” Tompkins said. “It was going to be difficult, and that was the part that drew me to it — the engineering challenges and the fact that nothing is going to be easy. Everything takes three times as long as it would on land, at least.”

Tompkins said the lighthouse holds “every smell known to man,” including dampness, fish and bird droppings and the faint odor of the diesel fuel the Coast Guard used to run generators.

The lighthouse has five bedrooms within the 5,000-square-foot interior. The stairs can be climbed without entering bedrooms, which is unique for Michigan lighthouses, Tompkins said. “The lantern room at the top is spectacular,” he said. “When you are in it, it is absolutely enormous. We could actually fit probably 20 people in the lantern room itself.”

The owners plan to offer boat tours for daily visitors. They’ve been collecting old photos from previous lightkeepers for the museum. They say they hope the pictures and the men’s stories will also guide the restoration.

Tompkins and Lynch, who both work as builders, said its condition makes it a huge undertaking, and the project will take years to complete.

The Coast Guard abandoned the White Shoal Lighthouse and others in the Great Lakes in the 1970s after technology and dredging made manned light stations unnecessary. Many were gutted. Contents, like cabinets and radiator covers, were thrown into the lakes in a practice known as “vertical disposal,” according to Terry Pepper, a lighthouse historian and director emeritus of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.

“When you’ve got a lighthouse sitting out 20 miles in the lake and you are removing things from it, a lot of the stuff wouldn’t serve any purpose, so it was not uncommon for those to be dumped,” Pepper said.

Pepper visited the White Shoal Lighthouse with a research crew in 2012. He said his organization discussed bidding on it when it came up for sale.

“If anybody thinks about what is a Michigan lighthouse, well dammit, White Shoal is the quintessential lighthouse, and we should step up and try it,” Pepper said he told his organization at the time.

“Everybody said we would love to, but we have a hard enough time coming up with large enough amounts of money that we need to preserve and restore the two lighthouses that we already own. It would be ridiculous to think we could take on that type of project, he said. The challenge ahead of those guys is pretty damn large.”

Pepper said the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association estimated restoration would cost the organization about $2 million to take it on.

“The thing that those guys have going for them is they have a group of guys that have a lot of abilities, and they are a very motivated and relatively young group,” he said. “A lot of the people on the board of the association, we are all in our 60s and 70s, so we are trying to get more young people involved, but those guys are all in their 40s and 50s.

“They’ve got the chutzpah and physicality and hopefully the money to do it,” said Pepper, who’s provided guidance to the new owners.

His association, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, spent more than 20 years renovating the St. Helena Island light station and site, which is 10 miles offshore from Gros Cap, in Lake Michigan.

Pepper said the location presented similar challenges because of the high waves and shallow water. Work crews couldn’t dock, so they anchored 100 feet from shore and transferred building materials by Zodiac rafts. It also lacks a dock, which makes it dangerous to leave boats against its concrete base. Tompkins said repairing the crane to lift boats from the water is a priority.

“Then as long as we’ve got supplies we can stay indefinitely,” Tompkins said. “That’s really the only way we are going to get anything done because usually we are running out, we are spending three or four hours on the station, and we are getting chased off by the weather.”

The lighthouse recently passed structural evaluations. Other priorities include asbestos and lead paint removal. Tompkins said they hope to repaint the faded red and white stripes next summer. “It really needs a paint job to get the excitement going,” he said.

Tompkins said it could take more than five years and $3 million before the lighthouse is ready for guests. “It’s going to take an army of people” and an abundance of donations to be successful, he said.

The White Shoal Light Historical Preservation Society recently launched a Facebook page with images of the restoration efforts. It includes historic photos, new videos and underwater pictures of what divers said is a newly discovered shipwreck. The organization will begin fundraising soon, the owners said.

Soo News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 28

On this day in 1939, the RICHARD J. REISS collided with the YOSEMITE on the St. Clair River. There were no casualties but damage to the Reiss amounted to $26,593.80 and damage to the YOSEMITE amounted to $23,443.09. The REISS was built in 1901, as the a.) GEORGE W. PEAVEY. Renamed b.) RICHARD J. REISS in 1917, c.) SUPERIOR in 1943. She was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1947. The YOSEMITE carried her name throughout her career, built in 1901, and scrapped at Buffalo, New York, in 1954.

Capt. Frank R. West took his 8-year-old son Robert and the boy's friend, 8-year-old Edward Erickson aboard the new schooner LOUIS MEEKER as guests on a trip carrying 27,000 bushels of oats from Chicago to Buffalo. There was hardly any wind and it took them four days to creep north as far as Pentwater, Michigan. On August 28, 1872, Captain West saw a storm coming and he had the sails taken in as a precaution. The winds came so suddenly and they hit the vessel so hard that the schooner was knocked over on her beam ends. Little Robert West, his dad and three sailors were lost when the vessel sank 15 minutes later near Big Sable Point. Peter Danielson dove and tried to cut away the lifeboat as the schooner was sinking and he almost drowned in that unsuccessful attempt. The mizzen gaff broke free and seven sailors plus little Edward Erickson clung to it until they were picked up by the schooner WILLIAM O. BROWN six hours later.

Mr. Edwin H. Gott, 78, of Pittsburgh, died on August 28, 1986. The namesake of the 1,000 footer, he retired as Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Steel in 1973.

On August 28, 1962, the EDWARD L. RYERSON set a Great Lakes cargo record for iron ore. The RYERSON loaded 25,018 gross tons of iron ore in Superior, Wisconsin, breaking by 14 tons the record held by the Canadian bulk freighter RED WING that was set in the 1961 season. The RYERSON held this record well into 1965.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 was repowered with two 2,850 ihp four cylinder Skinner Uniflow steeple compound steam engines, 19 1/2", 43" dia. X 26" stroke, built in 1953, by the Skinner Engine Co., Erie, Pennsylvania, and four coal-fired Foster-Wheeler water tube boilers with a total heating surface of 25,032 sq. ft. built in 1953. The repowering work was completed on August 28, 1954. Her 1954, tonnage was 3551 gross tons, 1925 net tons, 2450 deadweight tons. A new starboard tail shaft was installed at this time. Her service speed increased to 18 knots (20.7 mph).

The JOHN ANDERSON, a.) LUZON of 1902, was outbound through the Duluth Ship Canal on August 28, 1928, when the vessel struck the north pier suffering $18,000 in damage. Renamed c.) G. G. POST in 1935. The POST was scrapped at Istanbul, Turkey, in 1972.

Gulf Oil Corp., tanker REGENT entered service on August 28, 1934. She was built for low clearances on the New York State Barge Canal and was equipped with five cargo tanks and one dry cargo hold.

The WILLIAM A. REISS, a.) JOHN A. TOPPING, was laid up for the last time on August 28, 1981, at Toledo, Ohio, and remained idle there until July 15, 1994, when she was towed to be scrapped.

On August 28, 1870, CHASKA (wooden scow-schooner, 72 foot, 50 tons, built in 1869, at Duluth, Minnesota originally as a scow-brig) was wrecked in a northwesterly storm near Duluth. Reportedly she's the first vessel built at Duluth.

On August 28, 1763, BEAVER, an armed wooden British sloop built the previous year, was carrying provisions to Detroit to relieve the fort there which was under siege by the Indians led by Pontiac, however the vessel foundered in a storm at Cat Fish Creek, 14 miles from the site of Buffalo. 185 barrels of her cargo were salvaged and went on to Detroit on the schooner GLADWIN.

2002: FRASER, the former SELKIRK SETTLER, went aground in fog at Duluth-Superior and was released without damage with the aid of four tugs. The ship now sails as SPRUCEGLEN of Canada Steamship Lines.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Al Miller, James Neumiller, Jody Aho, Russ Plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

Port Reports -  August 27

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Cason J. Callaway arrived Duluth at 04:01 Sunday with limestone to discharge at C. Reiss. After loading ore at CN overnight, Michipicoten departed at 06:33 for Sault Ste. Marie. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 14:45, and headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. Polsteam's Lubie was inbound at 18:30 to load grain at CHS 1, and the Callaway was outbound at 18:50 for Two Harbors. Sunda remained tied up at CRH, however she has finished offloading her cement cargo and spent the day Sunday cleaning her holds in preparation for a grain load. In Superior, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived at 01:43 Sunday to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was outbound at 10:25, and her fleetmate Baie St. Paul arrived from anchor at 10:55 and began loading. She was expected to depart around 20:00 Sunday night. The G tug Missouri, which had been based for many years at Sault Ste. Marie, has taken up station at Duluth.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Discovery departed Two Harbors on August 25th at 22:10 for Hamilton. Spruceglen arrived on the 25th at 22:31 for South of #2. She backed into the harbor stern first, turned in Agate Bay and then went bow first to South of #2. She departed the CN ore docks at 11:07 on August 26th for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors at approx. 21:00 on the 26th is the Cason J. Callaway arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone at the C. Reiss dock. Due Two Harbors on August 27th is the American Spirit. She should arrive early morning.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of Algoma Transport on the 25th at 23:13 for Quebec City. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on August 27th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday August 26th: 11:39 Federal Dart arrived and went to anchor. 12:38 John D Leitch arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Expected for Monday: Federal Weser due at 6:00.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, August 26th Calcite: 2:42 Undaunted and Pere Marquette 41 departed for Bay City. 5:24 Philip R Clarke departed for Burns Harbor. 9:12 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load.13:48 Lee A Tregurtha departed for Ashtabula. Port Dolomite: Joseph L Block departed for Duluth. Great Republic arrived to load. Kaye E Barker arrived and went to anchor. Drummond Island: 1:48 Joseph H Thompson departed FOR Grand Haven. Bruce Mines: Capt. Henry Jackman departed for Calumet Harbor. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Buffalo departed for Nanticoke. After taking on a part load of gravel in Thessalon Algoma Innovator arrived to finish loading limestone after which she departed for Marysville. Little Current: 10:06 the tug Sharon M1 and barge arrived to unload project material. Parry Sound: The cruise ship Pearl Mist arrived.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass arrived to load on Sunday evening.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday August 26 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 26 - Algonova at 0137, CSL Niagara at 0858, Frontenac at 1345 - Aug 24 - Docked (from the anchorage) Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2306 - Departures - Aug 26 - CSL Niagara at 1446, Algonova at 1552 (both westbound)

Buffalo:
Arrival - Aug 24 - American Mariner at 2055 - Departed Aug 26 at 2051 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 26 - Algoma Niagara at 0243, Algoma Hansa at 0501, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0616 -

Downbound - Aug 25 - Algoma Guardian at 1940, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1617, Damia Desgagnes at 1943 and light tug Dover Spirit (ex Kaliutik-18) at 2048 (stopped at West Street) - Aug 26 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1058, tug Dover Spirit (ex Kaliutik-18), Evans Spirit at 1417 and Algoma Sault eta 2115

Wellland Canal docks:
Docked - Aug 22 - Algoma Harvester in south dock of former PWDD facility

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 24 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1115 - Departed Aug 26 at 0800 for Rotterdam

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 26 - Tim S Dool at 0907 and Algoma Guardian at 1013 - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 24 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 2247 - Aug 25 - Algoma Niagara at 1241 - Departures - Aug 26 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0246 for Belgium, Algoma Niagara at 0044 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 24 Algoma Hansa at 1559 - Aug 26 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0304 - Departure - Aug 26 - Algoma Hansa at 0116 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrivals - Aug 26 - NACC Argonaut at 0728 and Rodopi (Mlt) at 1327 - Departures - Aug 26 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0918 eastbound and IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - at 1512 for Halifax

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 27

The new Poe Lock at the Soo was first flooded on 27 August 1968.

On August 27, 1886, The Detroit Evening News reported that a fireman on the tug J. H. HACKLEY of 1874, was sent to watch for a leak in the boiler, which was being filled with cold water at a dock in Chicago. He fell asleep and the boiler overflowed, very nearly sinking the vessel before another tug could pump her dry.

AGAWA CANYON (Hull#195) was launched in 1971, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for Algoma Central Railway Ltd.

C.C.G.S. SAMUEL RISLEY arrived at Toronto, Ontario, on August 27, 1985, on her way to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she replaced the retired C.C.G.C. ALEXANDER HENRY.

JOHN O. McKELLAR (Hull#12) was launched August 27, 1952, at St. Catharines, Ontario, by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. for the Colonial Steamship Co. Ltd. (Scott Misener, mgr.), Port Colborne, Ontario. Renamed b.) ELMGLEN in 1984.

The WILLIAM CLAY FORD, then renamed b.) US266029, departed her lay-up berth at the Rouge slip on August 20, 1986, in tow of Gaelic tugs and was taken to Detroit Marine Terminals on the Rouge River, where her pilothouse was removed to be displayed at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Detroit's Belle Isle. The hull was moved to Nicholson's River Rouge dock on August 27.

WILLIAM B. DICKSON (Hull#75) was launched August 27, 1910, at Ecorse, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) MERLE M. McCURDY in 1969, she was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, in 1989.

The U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender MESQUITE (WAGL-305) was commissioned on August 27, 1943, and served on the Pacific Ocean in the 7th Fleet in 1944 and 1945.

On August 27, 1940, the WILLIAM A. IRVIN set the Great Lakes record for the fastest unloading of an iron ore cargo using shore side equipment. The IRVIN unloaded 13,856 gross tons of iron ore in 2 hours, 55 minutes (including the time to arrive and depart the dock) in Conneaut, Ohio. This record still stands, and consequently the IRVIN is one of the few Great Lakes vessels to be retired while still holding a Great Lakes cargo record.

On August 27, 1929, the MYRON C. TAYLOR entered service.

On August 27, 1924, CITY QUEEN (wooden propeller steam tug, 71 foot, 69 gross tons, built in 1900, at Midland, Ontario) burned to a total loss 14 miles east of the Manitou Dock in Georgian Bay.

The keel for the tug CRUSADER was laid on August 27, 1873, at the Leighton & Dunford yard in Port Huron, Michigan. The tug's dimensions were 100 foot keel, 132 foot overall, and 23 foot beam. She was built for George E. Brockway.

1909: PRESCOTT, a wooden sidewheel passenger ship used on the Toronto to Montreal run, was destroyed by a fire at Montreal. It burned to the waterline and sank at Victoria Pier.

1940: BOLIVAR, built at Wyandotte as LAKE FACKLER, had returned to the Great Lakes in 1933. The ship foundered in the Bay of Bengal again known as d) BOLIVAR.

1952: Ten tons of sugar aboard the CITY OF KINGSTON burned in a one-hour fire at Montreal.

1965: The Swedish freighter EVA JEANETTE ran up over the stern of the tug VEGCO in Lock 4 of the Welland Canal, sinking the latter vessel. There were no injuries and the tug was salvaged. EVA JEANETTE arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, for scrapping as d) SKOPELOS STAR on January 21, 1984. The tug later sailed as d) NORWICH and became e) SEAGULL in 1998.

2008: GERTJE, a Seaway trader in 1991, sent out a distress call as h) LADY F. with water entering the holds. A tug arrived and removed the six crew members. The vessel was towed into Bougas, Bulgaria, the next day. The ship was repaired and became i) SAMER F. in 2010.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 26

Duluth/Superior - Daniel Lindner
James R. Barker departed Duluth at 01:02 on Saturday morning after loading coal at Midwest Energy. Her fleetmate Mesabi Miner was outbound at 13:33 with iron ore pellets from CN. After the Miner's departure, Michipicoten shifted from the gravity dock and began loading at CN. She was expected to depart around 22:00. Also in port Saturday was Sunda, unloading cement at CRH.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay - Gary Putney
The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed Two Harbors on Friday at 22:38 for Zug Island. The Algoma Discovery arrived Two Harbors on Saturday at 08:22. Saturday at 19:40 she was preparing to depart South of #2 for Hamilton. Arriving off Two Harbors and going to anchor on August 25th was the Spruceglen at 15:15. She was originally scheduled to load in Duluth and she went to about a mile out and turned and went back to Two Harbors. She will arrive upon the departure of the Algoma Discovery. Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on August 26th is the American Spirit. There's a good possibility she'll arrive early on the 27th. Another possible arrival in Two Harbors is the Callaway that's due in the Twin Ports early on the 26th with limestone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, as of 19:40 on the 25th, still has the Algoma Transport at the dock. Her destination is Quebec City. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on the 26th.

Thunder Bay, Ont. -
Saturday August 25th: 1:43 Algoma Enterprise departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Picton. 6:57 Cuyahoga weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to resume loading. 17:27 Cuyahoga departed Thunder Bay Terminals downbound. Expected for Sunday: John D Leitch due at 7:00. Federal Dart due at 8:00.

Goderich - Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault loaded at Sifto Salt on Friday and departed Saturday.

Sarnia, Ont. – Brad Kelch
Mississagi was tied up at the government dock Saturday undergoing unspecified maintenance.

Erie, PA - Gene Polaski
The Calumet unloaded salt in Erie on Friday. It is that time of year again when road salt is being stockplied for the winter.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday August 25 - Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 24 - Algocanada at 2248 (from the dock) - then westbound

Nanticoke:
Docked (from the anchorage) Aug 24 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2234 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2306 - Departures - Aug 24 - Algocanada at 2239 out to the anchorage - Aug 25 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1950 westbound to Cheboygan

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 24 - G3 Marquis at 2236 and CSL Assiniboine at 2316 - Aug 25 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0114, Algoma Compass at 0459, CCGS Limos at 1011 and Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1131 - Downbound - Aug 24 - Jana Desgagnes at 1630, CSL Welland at 1717, Algosea at 2016 and Algoma Niagara at 2047 - Aug 25 - Victoriaborg (Nld) eta 0001, Federal Nagara at 0306, Algoma Guardian at 1940, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1617, Damia Desgagnes at 1943 and light tug Dover Strait (ex Kaliutik-18) at 2048

Wellland Canal docks:
Docked - Aug 22 - Algoma Harvester in south dock of former PWDD facility

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 24 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1115

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 25 - Algoma Niagara at 1241 - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 22 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0701 - Aug 24 - Pacific Huron (Atg) eta 2230 from Toronto

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 24 Algoma Hansa at 1559

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 22 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1208 - Departed - Aug 24 - at 0925 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - Aug 21 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0029 and Aug 21 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - laying cable between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto Departure - Aug 25 - Algoma Compass at 0317

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 22 - Maple Lea (Ger) (ex BBC Maple Lea-18, Maple Lea-12, Thorco Horizon-12, Beluga Flirtation-11) at 1718 - Departure - Aug 25 at 1718 for Sorel

 

Fednav adds new Federal Delta to its lakes fleet

8/26 - Fednav has recently added another new vessel to its growing and expanding list of Great Lakes/Seaway fleet of vessels. The latest member to join the fleet is the Federal Delta (IMO 9805271) built in Oshima, Japan at the Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. shipyard. This ship is a sistership to three others built at Oshima the Federal Nagara (IMO 9805257) along with the Federal Dart (IMO 9805245) and the Federal Dee (IMO 9805269). Each of the new vessels built have a length of 199.98 meters and a beam or width of 23.76 meters and are registered in the Marshall Islands and owned by Fednav. They each have four deck cranes whereas some of the previously built ships at Oshima have had three deck cranes on them. So far of the four new ships built at Oshima, Japan only two the Federal Nagara and Federal Dart both have made inland voyages into the Great Lakes/Seaway system both in August. Both the Federal Dee and the Federal Delta should be making inland voyages before year's end to the Great Lakes/Seaway system.

Denny Dushane

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 26

In 1791, John Fitch was granted a United States patent for the steamboat.

On August 26,1872, wooden propeller steamer LAKE BREEZE of 1868, was steaming from Saginaw to Mackinaw City with freight and about 40 passengers when fire broke out in the kitchen while off Au Sable, Michigan. Captain M. S. Lathrop ordered the engines shut down and the steam pumps activated. The crew battled the blaze with fire hoses and put the flames out. When the LAKE BREEZE pulled into Mackinaw City that night, the partially burned vessel was still smoking.

The EDGAR B. SPEER's sea trials were successfully completed on August 26, 1980.

The BEECHGLEN was towed out of Owen Sound by the McKeil tug KAY COLE on August 26, 1994, in route to Port Maitland, Ontario, for scrapping.

The HENRY C. FRICK (Hull#615) was launched August 26, 1905, at West Bay City, Michigan, by West Bay City Ship Building Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Renamed b.) MICHIPICOTEN in 1964, she foundered off Anticosti Island on November 17, 1972, while being towed overseas for scrapping.

EMORY L. FORD entered service on August 26, 1916, to load iron ore at Marquette, Michigan. Renamed b.) RAYMOND H. REISS in 1965. She was scrapped at Ramey's Bend in 1980.

The GLENEAGLES (Hull#14) was launched August 26, 1925, at Midland, Ontario, by Midland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. for the Great Lakes Transportation Co. Ltd. (James Playfair, mgr.). Converted to a self-unloader in 1963. Renamed b.) SILVERDALE in 1978. She was scrapped at Windsor, Ontario, in 1984.

The CHIEF WAWATAM (Hull#119) was launched on August 26, 1911, at Toledo, Ohio, by Toledo Ship Building Co. for the Mackinaw Transportation Co. She was built with three large propellers, two in the stern for propulsion and one in the bow for icebreaking. She was sold to Purvis Marine Ltd., of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in 1988, and cut down to a barge.

The Port Weller Drydocks Ltd., built, passenger-cargo ship FEDERAL PALM (Hull#29) was christened August 26, 1961, for the West Indies Shipping Corp., Ltd. She was built on the Great Lakes, but never served their ports. Renamed b.) CENPAC ROUNDER in 1975, she was scrapped in 1979.

On August 26, 1934, while on a Sunday sightseeing cruise, MIDLAND CITY of 1871, a.) MAUD 153.2 foot, 521 gross tons, damaged her bottom on a shoal near Present Island in Georgian Bay. She settled with her stern under water and her bow high in the air.

On 26 August 1875, COMET (propeller passenger/package freight, 181 foot, 744 tons, built in 1857, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying ore and pig iron in Lake Superior on a foggy night. While trying to pass the Beatty Line steamer MANITOBA, 7 miles SE of Whitefish Point, signals were misunderstood and COMET veered into the path of MANITOBA. COMET was rammed amidships and sank in ten minutes. 11 of the 21 aboard lost their lives. This wasn't the first such accident for COMET. In October 1869, she suffered a similar mishap with the propeller HUNTER and that time both vessels sank.

The schooner MATTHEW McNAIR was launched at the Lee & Lamoree shipyard in Oswego, New York, on August 26,1857. Her dimensions were 103 foot keel, 24 foot 6 inch beam and 9 foot 6 inch depth.

1911 CITY OF GENOA, downbound in the St. Clair River with 125,000 bushels of corn, collided with the W.H. GILBERT and sank 100 yards offshore. The crew was rescued and the hull salvaged by Reid on September 20, 1911, but was irreparable and a total loss.

1955 JOHANNA, a West German freighter, went aground at Point Iroquois and received damage to bottom plates. The tugs SALVAGE PRINCE, RIVAL, CAPT. M.B. DONNELLY and lighter COBOURG helped release the vessel on September 3 and it went to Kingston for repairs. JOHANNA was later a Seaway trader and made 18 inland voyages from 1959 to 1965.

1978 The second AVONDALE was damaged by an arson fire in the pilothouse while laid up along the Welland Canal below Lock 8.

1979 QUEBECOIS went aground on a mud bank near the entrance to Lake St. Clair after an electronic malfunction but was released in 9 hours.

1988 A challenging fire in the bowthruster tunnel aboard ALGOMARINE at Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines sent two firemen to hospital. Some plates were buckled. The ship was being converted to a self-unloader at the time.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 25

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Update on the Gott. On August 24th her AIS was showing Gary. The CSL St-Laurent departed Two Harbors on August 24th at 09:47 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on the 24th was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 14:03 after unloading limestone in Marquette. As of 19:15 she is still at South of #2 shiploader. Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on August 25th is the Algoma Discovery.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Paul R. Tregurtha on August 24th at 19:03 for Cleveland. These were rare loading and unloading ports for the Tregurtha. Arriving off Silver Bay on the 24th was the Algoma Transport. She stopped at approx. 15:45 and arrived Silver Bay at 19:09 shortly after the Tregurtha's departure. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 25th. Another note. The Herbert C. Jackson upon her departure from the Twin Ports headed for Marquette.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday August 23rd: 23:09 Evans Spirit departed Richardson Main Terminal downbound. Friday August 24th: 12:54 Cuyahoga departed Thunder Bay Terminals and went to anchor. 14:51 Algoma Enterprise arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday August 24 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 24 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0324 and tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0933 - Departed - Aug 24 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2044 for Nanticoke dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 24 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 2056 approx. - Docked - Aug 22 - Algosea at 2237 - Aug 23 - Algocanada at 1441 and CSL Tadoussac at 1449. Departures - Aug 24 - CSL Tadoussac at 0023 westbound and Algosea at 1643 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 23 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1724, Algoma Buffalo at 1850 (departed from wharf 6 Thorold) and Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) eta 2004 - Aug 24 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0159, Algoma Spirit at 0421, McKeil Spirit at 0823, G3 Marquis at 2220 and CSL Assiniboine eta 2250. Downbound - Tecumseh at 1521 and Algoma Compass at 1907 - Aug 24 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0018, Jana Desgagnes at 1630, CSL Welland at 1717, Algosea at 2016, Algoma Niagara at 2047 and Victoriaborg (Nld) eta 2330

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Aug 22 - Algoma Harvester in south dock of former PWDD facility

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 24 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1115

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 24 - Pacific Huron (Atg) eta 2230 from Toronto - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 22 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0701 -

Departures - Aug 23 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 2349 for Cleveland - Aug 24 - Algoma Spirit at 0205 for the canal, Ojibway at 0226 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 24 Algoma Hansa at 1559 - Departed - Aug 23 - Mia Desgagnes at 0147 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 22 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1208 - Departed - Aug 24 - at 0925 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrivals - Aug 24 - Algoma Compass at 0841, IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - laying cable between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto - Docked - Aug 18 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 1828 - Aug 21 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0029 - Departure - Aug 24 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 2041 for Hamilton

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 22 - Maple Lea (Ger) (ex BBC Maple Lea-18, Maple Lea-12, Thorco Horizon-12, Beluga Flirtation-11) at 1718 - Departure - Aug 24 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0329 eastbound

 

Duluth Port asked to pay for cruise controls

8/25 - Duluth, Minn. – The city of Duluth and several local partners will be asked to invest in the future of cruise ships calling on the port. On Wednesday, the Duluth Economic Development Authority approved $50,000 in funding for equipment needed to help international visitors clear U.S. Customs at a proposed cruise ship terminal to be established on the city's waterfront.

Come Monday, the Duluth City Council will be asked for an additional $25,000 in funding, and the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will be asked to chip in another $10,000, said Heather Rand, DEDA's executive director.

She said federal officials have asked Duluth to make a local commitment of up to $85,000 by September to purchase equipment necessary to process international cruise ship passengers.

Anna Tanski, CEO of Visit Duluth, said the exact cost of the system required has yet to be pinned down. The technology first will be used to establish a temporary terminal facility and then will be used to equip a permanent terminal, with the location yet to be determined. In the past, international cruise ship visitors have been received on a temporary basis both at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

"The people from customs and border protection have sort of dictated that we need to guarantee funding first for the technology for the temporary facility before we can move forward in identifying the (permanent) facility. They won't even let us do that until we say we have funding for the technology," Tanski said.

Kate Ferguson, director of business development for the Port Authority, said the port has applied for a federal grant that could help cover the cost of establishing a cruise ship terminal in Duluth, but the outcome of that application likely won't be known for several weeks.

Rand said that if federal grant dollars do indeed become available, fewer DEDA, city and port authority funds may be needed.

Four international cruise ship terminals are currently proposed on the Great Lakes, with Duluth, Detroit and Cleveland all identified as strong port candidates.

Only two cruise ship visits to Duluth are scheduled in 2019, both by the M/V Victory II, a member of the Victory Cruise Lines fleet. But Ferguson predicts the pending trickle of cruise ship traffic will grow to a steady flow in coming years, with a minimum of eight cruise vessel visits to Duluth anticipated in 2020 and at least half of those voyages arriving from foreign ports.

Rand has loftier aspirations, however. "Our goal would be within five years to build that business to a minimum of 20 cruise visits. We think that would be very healthy," she said.

Visit Duluth predicts the average passenger conservatively will spend around $200 per day while in Duluth, leading to an anticipated economic impact of as much as $100,000 per cruise ship, potentially approaching $2 million annually, if the city actually can attract 20 visits per year.

Tanski said Visit Duluth has been a member of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition for more than a decade now and has been in close conversation with industry leaders. She expressed confidence that the projections for cruise traffic are quite attainable.

"This is not a stretch by any means. It's just that there is strong interest in developing itineraries on Lake Superior because Great Lakes cruising is growing in popularity, and there's a desire to have fresh new offerings to continue to grow that business. So there upwards of 30 or 40 ships currently under construction specifically for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway cruising," she said.

Ferguson explained the Port Authority's involvement in advocating for a Duluth cruise terminal and said port staff enjoy strong relations with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, making them a natural choice to help facilitate the project.

"Our mission is greater than a lot of people realize — bringing business to the port and economic development to the region and advocating for maritime and industrial interests. So we believe that cruising on the Great Lakes is really tied into that mission, and it will stimulate economic development and it will stimulate tourism, and it brings business to our port. So I think it fits in quite well with our mission," she said.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Updates -  August 25

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Amstelborg, Chestnut, Federal Dart, Federal Nagara, Happy River, IT Intrepid, Maple Lea, and Rodopi.

 

Today in Great Lakes History - August 25

On 25 August 1892, H. D. COFFINBERRY (wooden propeller freighter, 191 foot, 649 gross tons, built in 1874, at East Saginaw, Michigan) was carrying iron ore from Escanaba to Ashtabula in a fierce NW gale when she grounded on the rocks near Port Hope on Lake Huron. The crew was rescued by the San Beach Lifesaving crew and the tug ANAPING. The COFFINBERRY was released five days later and put back in service.

On Aug. 25, 1923, the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Ore Dock in Duluth loaded 208,212 tons of ore into 23 ships.

On August 25, 1984, ROGER M. KYES grounded off Mc Louth Steel and ended crosswise in the Detroit River's Trenton Channel. It required lightering into the RICHARD REISS a.) ADIRONDACK and the assistance of nine tugs to refloat her. Renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER, a.) ARTHUR H. HAWGOOD arrived at Port Colborne, Ontario on August 25, 1978, in tow of the tug WILFRED M. COHEN for scrapping.

On 25 August 1919, CABOTIA (formerly HIAWATHA, wooden propeller freighter, 235 foot, 1,299 gross tons, built 1880, at Gibraltar, Michigan) went ashore on Main Duck Island in Lake Ontario and split her hull, becoming a constructive loss.

August 25, 1981 - The first of the famous "Love Boat" cruises was made. The BADGER carried 520 passengers, the largest number of passengers for a carferry up to that time. It was sponsored by the Ludington Area Ambassadors.

On 25 August 1873, JOURNEYMAN (wooden schooner, 129 foot, 235 gross tons, built in 1873, at Wenona, Michigan) was put in service. Her first cargo was 225,770 feet of lumber. She was built for Whitehead & Webster of Bay City and lasted until 1896.

1917: The wooden tow barge MAGNETIC, downbound and under tow of the steamer EDWARD N. BREITUNG, broke loose when the steering failed and eventually foundered in Lake Erie. The captain and crew of 7 were rescued.

1965: BLACK BAY was T-boned on the port side by the Liberian freighter EPIC while leaving Sept Iles with ore for Ashtabula. The hull of the C.S.L. bulk carrier was dented, the rail was ripped and there was damage to the 4th hatch. The ship was repaired at Port Arthur.

1974: STEELTON collideed with Bridge 12 of the Welland Canal at Port Robinson, knocking the structure into the water. The accident tied up all navigation through the Welland Canal and the bridge was never replaced. The ship was repaired at Port Colborne and returned to service.

1977: IRISH ALDER, a Great Lakes caller with 4 trips in 1966, was gutted by a fire as c) ATTICAN UNITY while enroute from Antwerp, Belgium, to Durban, South Africa. The ship was beached at Flushing Roads and taken over by the Dutch government. The hull was later refloated, sold to West German shipbreakers and arrived at Bremen on March 22, 1978, for dismantling.

1984: The French freighter MONT LOUIS first came to the Great Lakes in 1975. It sank on this day in 1984 following a collision with the OLAU BRITTANIA while enroute from Le Havre to Riga, Latvia. The hull broke in two due to bad weather on September 11 and it was finally raised and taken to Zeebrugge in sections in September 1985 and broken up.

1985: MELA ran aground in the St. Lawrence about 40 miles east of Quebec City after losing power. Two tugs refloated the ship and it received temporary repairs at Thunder Bay. The vessel first came inland as a) PAMELA in 1976, returned as b) MELA in 1983, c) LA FRENAIS in 1990, d) PRAXITELIS in 1995 and e) AXION in 1999. The ship was beached for scrapping at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on March 15, 2006.

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

 

American Victory scrap tow update

8/24 - The tug VB Hispania, towing the former American Victory/Middletown to Aliaga Turkey has passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and is South East of Malaga, Spain.

 

Port Reports -  August 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity arrived Duluth at 06:03 Thursday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy, and her fleetmate Indiana Harbor was inbound at 07:20 to load ore at CN. American Century departed from Midwest Energy at 08:45. The Integrity was expected to depart at 20:00 Thursday night, and Indiana Harbor should be outbound early Friday morning. Sunda and Herbert C. Jackson both remained in port Friday, tied up at CRH and Fraser Shipyards respectively. After arriving late Wednesday night, Frontenac departed Superior at 12:10 Friday with iron ore pellets from BN. Burns Harbor was due around 23:00 to load.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Guardian departed Two Harbors on August 22nd at 22:07 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on August 23rd at 08:12 was the Edwin H. Gott. She departed on the 23rd at 17:27. As of 19:30 she wasn’t showing an updated AIS. Also arriving Two Harbors on August 23rd was the CSL St-Laurent. She probably is loading for Quebec City. Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on August 24th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader after unloading limestone in Marquette.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay will see the arrival of the Paul R. Tregurtha at approx. 21:30 on the 23rd. This will be a rare visit to Silver Bay. Due Silver Bay on August 24th is the Algoma Transport. The Herbert C. Jackson is still at Fraser Shipyards not showing an ETD.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday August 23rd: 0:23 Manitoulin departed Superior Elevator and shifted over to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 6:44 Manitoulin departed Thunder Bay Terminals and shifted over to Superior Elevator for a second time to load grain. 7:33 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 14:27 Manitoulin departed Superior Elevator for Toledo.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Calcite: 10:00 Defiance arrived to load. Cason J Callaway arrived to load. Spragge: 5:57 Algoma Enterprise departed for Thunder Bay. Parry Sound Pearl Mist arrived for shore excursions and departed at 19:57 for Midland.

Marine City, Mich. – Rod Burdick
H. Lee White unloaded at the stone dock on Thursday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Aug 23 – Barry Andersen

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 22 - Algosea at 1336 - Departed Aug 22 at 2230 approx. for the dock

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Algocanada at 1441 and CSL Tadoussac at 1449 - Docked - Aug 22 - Algosea at 2237 from the anchorage

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 22 - Algoma Niagara at 0854, Algonova at 1333 - Aug 23 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Clipper Discoverer-10, Coastal Queen 2-08, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0539, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1254, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1410, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1724, Algoma Buffalo at 1850 (departed from wharf 6 Thorold) and Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) eta 2004 - Downbound - Aug 21 - Algoma Spirit at 1609, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1757 and Algoma Buffalo at 1952 (stopping at wharf 6 to unload) - Aug 23 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0131, Algoma Equinox at 0740, Florence Spirit at 0951, Drawsko (Bhs) at 1123, Tecumseh at 1521 and Algoma Compass at 1907

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Aug 22 - Algoma Buffalo (stopped at wharf 6 to unload) Docked - Aug 22 - Algoma Harvester into south dock in former PWDD facility - Departure - Aug 23 - Algoma Buffalo at 1850 from wharf 6 upbound

Hamilton:
Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 22 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0613, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0701 and Ojibway at 1758

Bronte:
Docked - Aug 21 - Mia Desgagnes at 1544 - Departed Aug 23 at 0147 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 22 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1208

Toronto:
Anchored - Aug 20 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - working between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto - anchored south-east of Toronto at 1407 - Docked - Aug 18 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 1828 - Departures - Aug 23 - (for the canal) - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1333 (both eastbound) and Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 1815

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 22 - Maple Lea (Ger) (ex BBC Maple Lea-18, Maple Lea-12, Thorco Horizon-12, Beluga Flirtation-11) at 1718 - Aug 23 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1441

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 24

At 2:00 a.m. on 24 August 1892, the GEORGE N. BRADY (wooden propeller tug, 102 foot, 165 gross tons, built in 1865, at Detroit or Marine City, Michigan) was engaged in pulling a raft of logs across Lake St. Clair along with the tug SUMNER. Fire was discovered around the BRADY's smokestack and the flames quickly spread. The crew was taken off of the stricken vessel by the SUMNER, and the BRADY was cut free of the raft. The blazing vessel drifted to the American shore where she sank about three miles north of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. No lives were lost.

LEON SIMARD (Hull#413) was launched August 24, 1974, at Sorel, Quebec by Marine Industries Ltd. for Branch Lines Ltd. Renamed b.) L'ORME NO 1 in 1982. Sold off the lakes in 1997, renamed c.) TRADEWIND OCEAN d.) AMARA in 2001 and MENNA in 2008.

On August 24, 1910, the THOMAS F. COLE ran aground on a shoal in the St. Marys River, severely damaging her hull plates.

The WARD AMES (Hull #518) was launched on August 24, 1907, at West Superior, Wisconsin by Superior Ship Building Co. for the Acme Steamship Co. (Augustus B. Wolvin, mgr.). Renamed b.) C.H. McCULLOUGH JR. in 1916. She was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1980.

On August 24, 1985, PAUL H. CARNAHAN arrived for her final lay up at Nicholson's in Ecorse, Michigan. Ironically, only a few hours later, her near sister LEON FALK JR departed the same slip on her final trip bound for Quebec City and overseas scrapping.

The steam barge BURLINGTON of 1857, 137 foot, 276 gross tons ex-package freighter, burned to the water's edge in the Straits of Mackinac on August 24, 1895.

On 24 August 1885, IOSCO (wooden schooner-barge, 124 foot, 230 gross tons, built at Alabaster, Michigan in 1873) was heavily damaged by fire. She was rebuilt as an unrigged barge and lasted until 1912.

On 24 August 1882, The Port Huron Times reported that "the long looked for launch of the Stave Company's new river steamer MARY took place this afternoon between 4 and 5 o'clock and was witnessed by hundreds of spectators. The last support being knocked away, she slid very gracefully as far as the ways reached and then landed anything but gracefully in the mud where she now lies." She remained stuck in the mud until she was pulled free five days later.

1901: The wooden barge H.A. BARR of the Algoma Central Railway was lost in Lake Erie 30 miles from Port Stanley after breaking the towline in a storm. The vessel was enroute from Michipicoten to Buffalo with a cargo of iron ore. All on board were rescued by the towing steamer THEANO.

1979: The retired steamer KINSMAN ENTERPRISE (i), sold for $145,000, arrived at Port Huron from Toledo, under tow of the tug MALCOLM, for use as the storage barge HULL NO. 1.

1998: CANADIAN LEADER went aground near DeTour, Mich., and had to be lightered. The ship was able to proceed to Montreal for unloading her cargo of grain and then arrived at Port Weller Dry Docks August 31 for repairs.

2005: The Dutch salty VLIEBORG lost power and failed to complete a turn departing Duluth, striking the north pier, toppling a light standard and damaging the steel piling. The vessel had begun Seaway service in 2001. In 2012, it was renamed c) ANTARCTIC SEA and placed under Norwegian registry.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After arriving on Tuesday night and unloading limestone, Kaye E. Barker departed Duluth at 05:53 Wednesday morning for Marquette to load. Sunda remained at CRH unloading cement, and Herbert C. Jackson continued her stay at Fraser Shipyards where she is undergoing stern thruster repairs in drydock. Her destination reads "In A Timeout." American Century was due at 20:30 Wednesday night to load coal at Midwest Energy. In Superior, Roger Blough departed from BN at 09:15 with iron ore pellets, and CSL Niagara arrived at 09:58 to load. She was expected to depart around midnight.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
John G. Munson departed Two Harbors on August 21st at 20:25 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on August 22nd at 12:22 was the Algoma Guardian. As of 19:15 on the 22nd she was still at South of #2. Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on August 23rd are the Edwin H. Gott and the CSL St-Laurent.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 05:31 for Indiana Harbor. The Herbert C. Jackson was showing on HarborLookout she will be departing Fraser on the 22nd at 20:00. Before she went in the yard she was scheduled for Silver Bay. If she departs at 20:00 and if she goes to Silver Bay, she would arrive early on the 23rd. Paul R. Tregurtha's AIS was showing Superior, but HarborLookbout is showing her for Silver Bay later on August 23rd. If she ends up in Silver Bay that would be a relatively rare visit. Also, after the Kaye E. Barker departed Duluth on the 22nd she headed for Marquette and not Silver Bay.

Monday, August 20th: 21:25 Tecumseh departed Richardson Current River Terminal and was downbound. Tuesday August 21st: 20:18 CSL Welland departed Viterra A for Quebec City. 23:33 Manitoulin arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday, August 21st: 23:33 Manitoulin arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Wednesday August 22nd: 13:09 Evans Spirit arrived and went to anchor. 15:04 Manitoulin departed Richardson Main Terminal and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain. 15:09 Evans Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Alpena: Manitowoc arrived late Tuesday night to unload. She departed Wednesday 2:53 for Port Inland. Stoneport: Joyce L Van Enkevort departed for Marquette. 21:45 Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load. Calcite: 21:15 H Lee White departed for Marine City. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load and later departed for Indiana Harbor. Spragge Harbour: 17:25 Algoma Enterprise arrived to unload. Little Current: The cruise ship Pearl Mist arrived at 12:23. She departed at 17:39 for Parry Sound.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass cleared Goderich mid-afternoon Wednesday with salt for Toronto.

Welland Canal and regional report for Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Barry Andersen

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 20 - Jana Desgagnes at 2203, Capt Henry Jackman at 2335 - Aug 21 - Damia Desgagnes at 0116, Michipicoten at 0227, Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1300 (to Port Weller anchorage), Baie St Paul at 1922 and Spruceglen eta 2355 approx. - Downbound - Aug 20 - NACC Argonaut at 1805 - Aug 21 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0421, Happy Rider (Nld) at 0702, Whitefish Bay at 0747, Kaministiqua at 0858, tug Undaunted (Ame) & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1742 (stopping to unload at wharf 16) and Miedwie (Bhs) eta 2305

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Aug 21 - tug Undaunted (Ame) & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1758 - stopped at wharf 16 to unload - Docked - Aug 20 - Florence Spirit at 1030 - stopped at wharf 17 and Federal Dart (Mhl) at 1030 - (stopped at wharf 16) on its first trip into the lakes and Algoma Harvester departed fitout berth and entered former PWDD facility for drydocking - Departure - Aug 21 - Florence Spirit from wharf 16 at 1009 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 1030 (awaiting dock at Bronte) - Aug 21 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1308 (awaiting dock at Bronte) - Departure - Aug 21 - Mia Desgagnes at 1405 for Bonte

Hamilton:
Arrival - Aug 21 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1801 - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 19 - Algoma Discovery at 0047 - Aug 20 - Michipicoten at 0650 and Robert S Pierson at 1815 - Departures - (for the canal) - Aug 21 - Michipicoten at 0023 and Robert S Pierson at 0427

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 21 - Mia Desgagnes at 1544 (from Port Weller anchorage) - Departure - Aug 21 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1451 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Aug 20 - Algoma Niagara at 1607

Toronto:
Anchored - Aug 20 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - working between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto - anchored south-east of Toronto at 1407 - Docked - Aug 18 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 1828 - Aug 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 2245 - Aug 20 - McKeil Spirit at 0511

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 20 NACC Quebec at 2015

Welland Canal and regional report Wednesday Aug. 21 – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay:
Anchored - Aug 22 - Algosea at 1336 (awaiting dock at Nanticoke)

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 21 - Baie St Paul at 1917 and Spruceglen at 2334 - Aug 22 - Algoma Discovery at 0437, Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0653 approx. from wharf 6, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1021, Algoma Niagara at 0854, Algonova at 1333,

Downbound - Aug 21 - tug Undaunted (Ame) & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1742 (stopping to unload at wharf 16) and Miedwie (Bhs) eta 2305 - Aug 22 - Aug 22 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0724, CSL Laurentien at 1337, Algoma Spirit at 1609, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1757 and Algoma Buffalo at 1952

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Docked - Aug 20 - Federal Dart (Mhl) at 1030 - (stopped at wharf 16) on its first trip into the lakes and Algoma Harvester in old PWDD facility - Departure - Aug 22 - tug Undaunted (Ame) & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 0659 from wharf 16 for Monroe, MI. - Federal Dart (Mhl) from wharf 16 at 0653 approx. for Thunder Bay

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 21 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1308 (awaiting dock at Mississauga) correction - Departed - Aug 22 - Erria Swan (Da) at 1155 approx. for Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 22 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0613, Stella Polaris (Nld) at 0701 and Ojibway at 1758 - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Departures - Aug 22 - Algoma Discovery at 0232, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0817 for the canal

Bronte:
Docked - Aug 21 - Mia Desgagnes at 1544 (from Port Weller anchorage)

Clarkson:
Arrival - Aug 20 - Algoma Niagara at 1607 - Departed - Aug 21 at 2309 for the canal

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 22 - Erria Swan (Da) (ex Erria Helen-12, Alaatin Bey-07) at 1208

Toronto:
Arrival - Aug 22 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) eta 2320 - Anchored - Aug 20 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - working between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto - anchored south-east of Toronto at 1407 - Docked - Aug 18 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 1828 - Departures - Aug 22 - Aug 20 - McKeil Spirit at 0959 and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1333 (both eastbound)

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 22 - Maple Lea (Ger) (ex BBC Maple Lea-18, Maple Lea-12, Thorco Horizon-12, Beluga Flirtation-11) at 1718 - Departure - Aug 22 - NACC Quebec at 0659 eastbound

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Wednesday NACC Argonuat unloaded cement.

 

Coast Guard Station Portage to hold open house

8/23 - Dollar Bay, Mich. - The public is invited to an Open House at Coast Guard Station Portage Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 22911 Chippewa Trail, Dollar Bay, Mich.

The open house will include tours of the Coast Guard station and small boats. Crew members will be available to answer questions about boating safety and Coast Guard operations. Other partner agencies will also be present including Dollar Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police, Houghton County Sherif’s Office and Mercy EMS.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 23

On this day in 1939, the RICHARD J. REISS collided with the YOSEMITE on the St. Clair River. There were no casualties but damage to the Reiss amounted to $26,593.80 and damage to the YOSEMITE amounted to $23,443.09. The REISS was built in 1901, as the a.) GEORGE W. PEAVEY. Renamed b.) RICHARD J. REISS in 1917, c.) SUPERIOR in 1943. She was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1947. The YOSEMITE carried her name throughout her career, built in 1901, and scrapped at Buffalo, New York, in 1954.

Capt. Frank R. West took his 8-year-old son Robert and the boy's friend, 8-year-old Edward Erickson aboard the new schooner LOUIS MEEKER as guests on a trip carrying 27,000 bushels of oats from Chicago to Buffalo. There was hardly any wind and it took them four days to creep north as far as Pentwater, Michigan. On August 28, 1872, Captain West saw a storm coming and he had the sails taken in as a precaution. The winds came so suddenly and they hit the vessel so hard that the schooner was knocked over on her beam ends. Little Robert West, his dad and three sailors were lost when the vessel sank 15 minutes later near Big Sable Point. Peter Danielson dove and tried to cut away the lifeboat as the schooner was sinking and he almost drowned in that unsuccessful attempt. The mizzen gaff broke free and seven sailors plus little Edward Erickson clung to it until they were picked up by the schooner WILLIAM O. BROWN six hours later.

Mr. Edwin H. Gott, 78, of Pittsburgh, died on August 28, 1986. The namesake of the 1,000 footer, he retired as Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Steel in 1973.

On August 28, 1962, the EDWARD L. RYERSON set a Great Lakes cargo record for iron ore. The RYERSON loaded 25,018 gross tons of iron ore in Superior, Wisconsin, breaking by 14 tons the record held by the Canadian bulk freighter RED WING that was set in the 1961 season. The RYERSON held this record well into 1965.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 was repowered with two 2,850 ihp four cylinder Skinner Uniflow steeple compound steam engines, 19 1/2", 43" dia. X 26" stroke, built in 1953, by the Skinner Engine Co., Erie, Pennsylvania, and four coal-fired Foster-Wheeler water tube boilers with a total heating surface of 25,032 sq. ft. built in 1953. The repowering work was completed on August 28, 1954. Her 1954, tonnage was 3551 gross tons, 1925 net tons, 2450 deadweight tons. A new starboard tail shaft was installed at this time. Her service speed increased to 18 knots (20.7 mph).

The JOHN ANDERSON, a.) LUZON of 1902, was outbound through the Duluth Ship Canal on August 28, 1928, when the vessel struck the north pier suffering $18,000 in damage. Renamed c.) G. G. POST in 1935. The POST was scrapped at Istanbul, Turkey, in 1972.

Gulf Oil Corp., tanker REGENT entered service on August 28, 1934. She was built for low clearances on the New York State Barge Canal and was equipped with five cargo tanks and one dry cargo hold.

The WILLIAM A. REISS, a.) JOHN A. TOPPING, was laid up for the last time on August 28, 1981, at Toledo, Ohio, and remained idle there until July 15, 1994, when she was towed to be scrapped.

On August 28, 1870, CHASKA (wooden scow-schooner, 72 foot, 50 tons, built in 1869, at Duluth, Minnesota originally as a scow-brig) was wrecked in a northwesterly storm near Duluth. Reportedly she's the first vessel built at Duluth.

On August 28, 1763, BEAVER, an armed wooden British sloop built the previous year, was carrying provisions to Detroit to relieve the fort there which was under siege by the Indians led by Pontiac, however the vessel foundered in a storm at Cat Fish Creek, 14 miles from the site of Buffalo. 185 barrels of her cargo were salvaged and went on to Detroit on the schooner GLADWIN.

2002: FRASER, the former SELKIRK SETTLER, went aground in fog at Duluth-Superior and was released without damage with the aid of four tugs. The ship now sails as SPRUCEGLEN of Canada Steamship Lines.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Al Miller, James Neumiller, Jody Aho, Russ Plumb, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

 

U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes steady again in July

8/22 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 9.8 million tons of cargo in July, a virtual tie with a year ago. The July float was, however, 6.4 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 5.2 million tons, an increase of 5 percent. The July ore float was also the highest monthly total for U.S.-flag lakers since December 2014.

Coal loads totaled 1.3 million tons, a decrease of nearly 11 percent. Shipments of aggregate, fluxstone, chemical stone and scrubber stone totaled 2.7 million tons, a decrease of 3 percent compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date U.S.-flag cargo movement stands at 38.35 million tons, a decrease of 4.8 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargos total 21.5 million tons, a decrease of 5.9 percent. Coal loadings total 4.9 million tons, a decrease of 17.5 percent. Limestone tops 9.9 million tons, an increase of 6.4 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association Port Reports

 

Port Reports -  August 22

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Duluth at 09:30 Tuesday morning after unloading limestone at Hallett #5. Victoriaborg left port at 14:54 with wheat from CHS 1, and American Mariner was outbound at 18:09 carrying grain she loaded at General Mills. Sunda continued unloading cement at CRH. Kaye E. Barker was expected to arrive at 21:45 Tuesday evening with limestone. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort departed at 08:56 after loading iron ore pellets at BN. Roger Blough was inbound at 16:48 and began loading.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit departed Two Harbors on August 21st at 01:36. As of 19:20 her AIS hadn't been updated. Edgar B. Speer shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 on August 21st between 01:55 to 03:01 and departed on August 21st at 13:16 for Conneaut. John G. Munson arrived Two Harbors on August 21st at 03:23 for North of #2 lay-by. After the departure of the Speer, the Munson shifted from 13:22 to 13:46 on August 21st to the shiploader. As of 19:30 on the 21st she was still at the loading dock. The Munson had unloaded limestone at the C. Reiss dock in Duluth. Due Two Harbors on August 22nd is the Algoma Guardian.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 13:51 on August 21st arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. Her unloading destination is Indiana Harbor. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 22nd, but the Kaye E. Barker is due the Twin Ports on August 21st in the evening with limestone and could end up in Silver Bay on August 22nd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday August 20th: 21:25 Tecumseh departed Richardson Current River Terminal downbound. Tuesday August 21st: 20:18 CSL Welland departed Viterra A downbound. Expected late Tuesday: Manitoulin due at 23:00.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Alpena: 23:12 the cement carrier Alpena departed for Green Bay. Drummond Island: 23:50 John J Boland arrived to load. Tuesday, Alpena: 1:24 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement products She departed at 19:23. Stoneport: Lee A Tregurtha departed for Marquette. Joyce L Van Enkevort arrived to load. Calcite: 11:15 Cason J Callaway departed for Detroit. 14:40 H. Lee White arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Olive L Moore arrived to load. She departed at approximately 19:00 and is south bound on Lake Huron. Drummond Island: 11:30 John J Boland departed for Fairport.

 

Help wanted: Algoma Central Corporation

8/22 - Seeking qualified personnel for all officer positions, Sign on & retention bonuses available. Available positions:

Master
Chief Mate
Watchkeeping Mate
Chief Engineer
2nd Engineer
Watchkeeping Engineer

If you are interested in a rewarding career with Algoma Central Corporation please send your resume to careers@algonet.com. Algoma Central Corporation encourages application from designated group members identified under the Federal Employment Equity Act. We wish to thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 22

On August 22, 1898, the schooner FANNY CAMPBELL (wooden schooner, 404 tons, built in 1868, at St. Catherines, Ontario) ran ashore near Johnston's Harbor in Georgian Bay. She was sailing light on her way for a load of cordwood.

The ALGOPORT left Collingwood, Ontario, August 22, 1979, on her maiden voyage for Calcite, Michigan, to load limestone bound for Spragge, Ontario.

R. L. IRELAND (Hull #62) was launched August 22, 1903, at Chicago, Illinois, by Chicago Ship Building Co. for the Gilchrist Transportation Co. Renamed b.) SIRIUS in 1913, and c.) ONTADOC in 1926.

The ENDERS M VOORHEES was towed out of Duluth, Minnesota, on August 22, 1987, by the tugs AVENGER IV and CHIPPEWA, and was the first of the 'Supers' towed off the Lakes for scrap.

ROGER M. KYES sailed on her maiden voyage on August 22,1973, from Toledo, Ohio, to load iron ore at Escanaba, Michigan. She was built under Title XI of the Merchant Marine Act of 1970. This program allowed U.S. shipping companies to construct new vessels or to modernize their existing fleet by government guaranteed financing and tax deferred benefits. The KYES was the second of 10 ships launched for American Steamship but the first to enter service under this arrangement. The total cost of the ten ships was more than $250 million. Renamed b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS in 1989.

On August 22, 1863, WILLIAM S. BULL (wooden propeller steam tug, 16 tons, built in 1861, at Buffalo, New York) waterlogged and went down in a storm 40 miles east of Erie, Pennsylvania. She was in company of the tug G. W. GARDNER and the canal boat M. E. PAINE, who saved her crew.

On August 22, 1876, the Canadian schooner LAUREL sank off Big Sandy Creek on Lake Ontario. The crew made it to shore in the yawl. The LAUREL was bound from Kingston, Ontario, to Charlotte, New York, with iron ore.

On August 22, 1900, SPECULAR (wooden propeller freighter, 264 foot, 1,742 gross tons, built in 1882, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying iron ore when she was a "hit & run" victim by the steamer DENVER at 2 a.m. and sank in six minutes in the Pelee Passage on Lake Erie. Fifteen of her crew abandoned in her yawl and were saved. The remaining five scrambled up into the rigging and clung there until they were rescued four hours later by the steamer MARITANA and brought to Detroit. Salvagers worked on the wreck continuously until they gave up on September 28. Wreck lies 3.16 miles SE from Pelee Passage light. She was owned by Republic Iron Co. of Cleveland.

1890: The wooden barge TASMANIA, upbound with coal under tow of the steamer CALEDONIA, sank in the Lake George Channel of the St. Marys River after a collision with the J.H. WADE. TASMANIA was later refloated and repaired only to be lost in Lake Erie on October 18, 1905.

1909: NORMAN B. REAM and SENATOR collided in the St. Marys River above Pipe Island and the latter sank with her masts above water. She was later salvaged but was lost in Lake Michigan, off Kenosha, after a collision with the MARQUETTE on October 31, 1929.

1917: The wooden steamer JOHN S. THOM, enroute to Erie with coal, went aground on a shoal 22 miles west of Charlotte, NY. The vessel was later refloated and taken to Ogdensburg, NY for repairs.

1940: The second THOROLD, sent overseas to assist in the war effort, was attacked and sunk by three German aircraft as she was carrying coal from Cardiff to London. There were 9 lives lost while another 3 crew members were injured. The vessel was under attack for 3 hours before it went down and became the third Canadian merchant ship lost in this, the early stages, of the war.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. This is a small sample.

 

Badger cancels 2 crossings due to weather

8/21 - Ludington, Mich. – The 8:45 pm carferry Badger crossing for Monday night and the 1:30 am crossing for Tuesday morning were cancelled due to inclement weather. The National Weather Service was forecasting winds to 30 knots with waves up to 12 feet. Displaced passengers should call the reservations office at 1-800-841-4243 for assistance with rebooking their trip. The ferry service anticipates the weather will moderate and allow the vessel to sail on Tuesday morning, departing from Ludington at 9 am eastern time.

Lake Michigan Carferry

 

Port Weller Dry Docks activity: Fox out, Algoma Harvester in

8/21 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Work on the CCG icebreaker Terry Fox is complete and now the Algoma Harvester has taken its place in the Port Weller Dry Docks on the Welland Canal in St. Catharines. The Harvester has been moored outside the dry docks since July 29 and needs unspecified repairs.

 

Port Reports -  August 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John G. Munson arrived Duluth at 10:15 Monday morning with limestone to discharge at C. Reiss. She was followed into port by the American Mariner, which arrived at 10:50 and docked at General Mills to load grain. Baie Comeau was inbound at 14:38 to load ore at CN, and Sunda arrived at 17:19 with a cargo of cement to discharge at the CRH dock. Victoriaborg spent the day at CHS 1 loading wheat, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was at Midwest Energy loading coal. She, along with John G. Munson and Baie Comeau, was expected to depart around 23:00 Monday night. On the south side of the harbor, CSL Tadoussac departed at 09:35 with iron ore pellets from Burlington Northern. Stewart J. Cort was due at 19:30 Monday to load.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The American Spirit arrived Two Harbors on August 20th at approx. 02:54 and she went to North of #2 for lay-by. Also arriving Two Harbors on August 20th was the Joseph L. Block at 04:06 for South of #2 shiploader. She departed on August 20th at 12:58 for Indiana Harbor. The American Spirit shifted to South of #2 from 13:19 to 13:59. Also arriving Two Harbors on August 20th was the Edgar B. Speer at 14:36 for North of #2 lay-by. She was assisted to the dock by Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. The Edward H. met the Speer out in the lake and was with her all the way to the dock.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on August 20th and none scheduled for August 21st. A possibility for either Two Harbors or Silver Bay on August 21st is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She is due the Twin Ports late on August 20th. After her cargo discharge the two North Shore ports are possible loading destinations.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday August 20th: 19:32 the saltie Drawsko departed Richardson Main Terminal for Gibraltar. 19:57 Algoma Equinox departed G3 for Quebec City.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday August 19, Alpena: 5:58 the tug Undaunted and her barge Pere Marquette departed for Monroe. Stoneport: Frontenac arrived to load limestone and departed at 21:16 for Sombra. Calcite: 13:49 Great Republic arrived to load. 14:32 H. Lee White departed for Green Bay. 18:58 Cuyahoga arrived to load limestone. Port Dolomite: Clyde S Vankevort departed for Duluth. Drummond Island: Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load limestone and departed at 21:16. She is down bound on Lake Huron. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Innovator arrived to load dolomite and later departed for Sarnia. 15:00 Kaye E Barker arrived to load. Monday, Alpena: 18:10 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Stoneport: Lee A Tregurtha arrived to load limestone. Calcite: 9:25 Great Republic departed for Gary Harbor. 9:29 Cuyahoga departed for Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie. 19:44 Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator and Algoma Compass were in port Monday.

Sarnia, Ont. – Brad Kelch
Algoma Sault was loading grain on Monday.

Toledo, Ohio
Update for Monday 20 August at 1:25 p.m. Tug/barge Defiance/Ashtabula were unloading ore at the Torco Dock. Manitowoc was loading coal or coke at the Midwest Overseas Dock. The tug/barge combo Albert and Margaret were at the B-P Dock. This is a new tug/barge operation for the Great Lakes. They primarily operate out of Green Bay. Boats that will be heading to Toledo during the next several days: Florence Spirit and Algoma Niagara are due in at the CSX Coal Docks on Wednesday 22 August. The tug/barge combo Victory/James L. Kuber are due at the Torco Ore Dock. Algoma Sault was loading grain at Sarnia, and will be headed to one of the elevator docks to unload grain. Baie St. Paul was sailing in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Unknown which dock she is bound for as she is not listed on the CSX/Torco Dock schedule. The saltwater vessel Hanse Gate was anchored in the Detroit River. Most likely she will be bound for one of the grain elevators.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Aug 20 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 18 - Algocanada at 1319 - Departure - Aug 20- Algocanada at 0238 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Aug 19 - NACC Argonaut at 0001 - Departed Aug 20 at 1532 to the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 1009 (to Port Weller anchorage), tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1301, Evans Spirit at 1318 and Florence Spirit at 2040 (stopping wharf 17) - Aug 20 - Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0525 (stopping at wharf 6), light tug Ocean A Simard at 0548 and light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 0549 (to assist with drydocking of Algoma Harvester), Algoma Buffalo at 0605 - Downbound - Aug 19 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1453 and Mamry (Bhs) at 2035 - Aug 20 - Algoma Niagara at 0010, Atlantic Huron at 0636 and NACC Argonaut at 1805

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Aug 20 - Florence Spirit at 1030 - stopped at wharf 17) and Federal Dart (Mhl) at 1030 - (stopped at wharf 16) on its first trip into the lakes - Departures - Aug 20 - CCGS Terry Fox at 0950 approx. from former PWDD facility eastbound and Algoma Harvester departed fitout berth and entered former PWDD facility for drydocking

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 17 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1610 (awaiting dock at Bronte) - Aug 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 1030 (awaiting dock) - Departure - Aug 20 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0400 for Bronte dock

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 19 - Michipicoten at 2129 - Aug 20 - Robert S Pierson at 1815 - Docked - Aug 17 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Aug 19 - Algoma Discovery at 0047 - Aug 20 - Michipicoten at 0650 - Departures - (for the canal) Aug 20 - Algoma Buffalo at 0359 - Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0715 on maiden trip for wharf 6 Thorold

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 20 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0509 - Docked - Aug 18 - Algoscotia at 2321 - Departure - Aug 19 - Algoscotia at 1536 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Aug 20 - Algoma Niagara at 1607

Toronto:
Arrival - Aug 20 - McKeil Spirit at 0511 - Docked - Aug 18 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 1828 - Aug 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 2245

Wilson, N.Y.:
Update - Aug 20 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - working between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto - anchored south-east of Toronto at 1407 - tug Tim McKeil heading back towards Hamilton.

 

With 14 inches to spare, Irvin will be squeezed through Duluth bridge

8/21 - Duluth, Minn. – Preparations are already in the works for the delicate movement of the William A. Irvin, Duluth's 611-foot long floating museum.

For the first time in about 30 years, the retired laker will leave its berth in Minnesota Slip, squeezing through the abutments of the pedestrian lift bridge with just over 7 inches to spare on either side. The ship has never before passed through the bridge, which was built after the vessel was moored and placed on display in the slip.

Inch by inch, the Irvin will be guided meticulously via winch cables attached to both its bow and stern. As detailed in bid specifications, the ship's speed as it navigates the slip will be restricted to a maximum crawl of 1 foot every 4 seconds. At that rate, it will take more than 40 minutes for the vessel to move one length.

"There will always be two winches on — one that pulls and one that brakes," said Chad Scott, a principal partner of AMI Consulting Engineers P.A.

He explained that controlling the speed of the ship is essential. "When you take a large mass, if you get moving too fast you need a huge force to stop it," Scott said. "It's simple physics."

He estimates it will take about four to five hours to get the ship into open water. "It's an orchestra that will be moving this vessel around and taking its time. It's not going to be a rush project," Scott said.

Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration, said the movement of the Irvin is one of three linked projects, with the other two being the reconstruction of the seawalls at Minnesota Slip, and the remediation of contaminated sediments that have accumulated in the waterway.

The city of Duluth expects to spend a grand sum of about $800,000 from tourism tax collections to remove the Irvin from the slip, transport it to Fraser Shipyards in Superior, where it will be placed in drydock and then repainted, before it returns to Duluth in the spring.

But the city's costs pale in comparison to the $10 million that will be spent to complete the rest of the work at Minnesota Slip, with that larger burden being borne by the state of Minnesota, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The Irvin needs to be out of Minnesota Slip by Oct. 1 to allow for contaminated sediments there to be capped in place and stabilized. Filby Williams expects the vessel to be moved by late August or early September.

The timing will depend largely on the weather. The ship won't move in winds exceeding 5 mph or if gusts approach 10 mph. The contract limits wave heights to no more than 6 inches and currents to less than 0.5 feet per second.

Filby Williams said the ship likely will be moved during pre-dawn hours, when winds are typically more subdued and marine traffic is minimal.

"The narrow nature of the channel opening is what's adding a critical difficulty to the project. If it was 10 feet wider, I guess it would be a no-brainer," Scott said.

"You can't get the vessel turned at all or you're going to have problems," he explained.

Scott said the repair of failing seawalls was a necessary precursor, as its steel pilings had bowed so badly the Irvin would not have had room to safely clear the channel.

But the new seawall is straight and true. Scott said plans call for that wall to serve as a guide for the ship, with fenders placed along its length to prevent any direct contact. A couple of protection piles also will be installed to keep the vessel from drifting into the bridge abutments.

Scott said the Irvin will need to remain on a straight path even as it exits the slip to avoid contact with the bridge and the seawalls.

"We need a straight line, something that we can follow so that the vessel doesn't get turned. And it can't get turned by much or you're going to have issues," he said.

Wren Works LLC, the firm that will be hired to oversee the move, plans to use spud barges — which can be moored in place with through-deck pilings or steel shafts to provide a stable, solid platform — with fenders attached to guide the Irvin out into the harbor for about 450 feet from the bridge. A surveyor will be on hand to ensure the barges are properly aligned and secured in place.

The Irvin will undergo about $170,000 in improvements in preparation for the move, receiving work on its deck winches, anchor system, ballast alarms and rudder.

While relocating the Irvin will be costly, Filby Williams also views the project as an opportunity.

"Having to remove the Irvin in some ways is an unwelcome challenge, but there's actually something fortuitous about it, because the Irvin hasn't received substantial maintenance on its hull for 30 years, and in some places the pitting in the hull has eliminated nearly half of the thickness. We, as a community, were going to have to do this in 5-10 years anyway. But by doing it now, we're doing it with a level of expertise and support available that we probably would not have had if we were doing this only for the purpose of restoring the vessel," he said.

The city has submitted a Minnesota Legacy Grant proposal on behalf of the DECC, seeking $600,000 to $750,000 to cover the cost of work to be done at Fraser. Filby Williams expects to learn by late October if that grant application was successful and said he's "cautiously optimistic" it will be.

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Boatnerd Welland Gathering set for Sept. 14-16

8/21 - The annual Welland Canal Boatnerd Gathering is scheduled for Sept. 14-16. We will meet for socializing, sharing pictures, slides and videos, plus watching and photographing the passing traffic.

Friday, September 14 - Evening Gathering
Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold
Canadian Corps is located 3 blocks West of The Inn at Lock Seven
6:00 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open. Raffle & Door Prizes
7:30 p.m. - Slide show. Bring a tray of your best slides, flash drive or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday, September 15 - Evening Gathering
Port Colborne Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold
6 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open.

7:30 p.m. - Slide show. Bring a tray of your best slides, flash drive or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. - Free admission to St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Visitors Centre, located at Lock Three. Gift shop offering 10% discount on selected items if you tell them you’r’e a Boatnerd.

Although a number of vessels are awaiting scrapping at Marine Recycling Corp., we have been told by the company that a walking tour of the scrapyard will not be made available.

Visit the Gatherings page www.boatnerd.com/gathering for more details.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 21

August 21, 1996 - The former U. S. Army Corps of Engineers tug MARQUETTE was downbound past Detroit on her delivery trip to her new owners, based in Key West, Florida. Renamed MONA LARUE in 1997, she is no longer in documentation.

At 7:10 p.m. on August 21, 1901, the whaleback steamer ALEXANDER McDOUGALL (steel propeller modified whaleback freighter, 413 foot, 3,686 gross tons, built in 1898, at W. Superior, Wisconsin) ran into and cut in two the tug GEORGE STAUBER (wooden propeller tug, 55 foot, 43 gross tons, built in 1883, at Buffalo, New York) in the rapids at the mouth of the St. Clair River. The STAUBER sank immediately in about 60 feet of water. No lives were lost. The steam barge IDA assisted in retrieving people in the water. The McDOUGALL did not stop.

BUFFALO's sea trials were conducted from August 21 through August 24, 1978.

GEORGE A. STINSON was christened at Detroit, Michigan on August 21, 1978.

CEDARGLEN, a.) WILLIAM C. ATWATER arrived under tow at Port Maitland, Ontario, on August 21, 1994, where she was scrapped.

THE HARVESTER cleared Lorain, Ohio, August 21, 1911, on her maiden voyage loaded with coal for Duluth, Minnesota.

IMPERIAL QUEBEC (Hull#161) was launched August 21, 1957, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for Imperial Oil Ltd.

Cleveland Tankers VENUS was sold to Acme Metals Inc. and was towed to Ashtabula, Ohio on August 21, 1975, where she was broken up in 1976.

On August 21, 1971, CHARLES DICK severed two underwater cables in the Maumee River, cutting off power to east Toledo and the Cherry Street Bridge. Massive traffic jams developed on Toledo's streets.

The graceful schooner HUNTER SAVIDGE was launched on August 21, 1879, by the Grand Haven Ship Building Company.

On August 21, 1856, CHARTER (wooden, propeller vessel, 132 foot, 197 tons, built in 1849, at Huron, Ohio as a sidewheeler), was bound from Cleveland for Buffalo with flour, oats and rye. She swamped and sank in a storm 6 miles above Fairport, Ohio. By the end of August, she had been damaged beyond repair but her machinery was recovered as she lay in relatively shallow water.

On August 21, 1861, BANSHEE (wooden propeller freighter, 119 foot, 166 tons, built in 1852, at Portsmouth, Ontario, named HERO in 1860-61) was carrying wheat, flour and butter to Montreal when her engine failed (broken shaft) and she was helpless in a storm on Lake Ontario. She foundered near Timber Island on Lake Ontario. One passenger died, but the crew of 10 made it to Timber Island. She was owned by Howard & Rowe of Quebec.

1954 - The British freighter PERTH, enroute from Toronto to St. John's, N.F., with general cargo, was damaged in a collision with an unidentified vessel off the south coast of Newfoundland. The pre-Seaway trader to the Great Lakes had been built as LOCHEE in 1937 and had also made a total of 3 inland voyages in 1959 and 1960.

1955 - A collision between the CASON J. CALLAWAY and the B.F. JONES occurred above Lime Island in the St. Marys River. The latter, upbound and light, was declared a total loss and taken to Superior. Part of the bottom of the hull was saved for use as the shipyard lighter SCC 1, the cabins were transplanted to the SPARKMAN D. FOSTER and the hatches, hatch lifter and funnel become part of the LYMAN C. SMITH. The three-year-old CASON J. CALLAWAY was repaired, outlasts all of the other ships and remains in service under the same name.

1973 - The first KINSMAN INDEPENDENT lost steering in the Neebish Rock Cut and went aground with heavy bottom damage. After being refloated, the ship was laid up at Lorain and, in 1974, sold to Marine Salvage for scrap. She arrived at Santander, Spain, for dismantling under tow of the Polish tug JANTAR, and in tandem with the JAMES DAVIDSON, on July 21, 1974.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Lake Huron Lore Society, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  August 20

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth at 13:10 Sunday with stone to discharge at Graymont. Victoriaborg arrived a few minutes later from anchor, and headed to CHS 1 to load wheat. At the Superior entry, Algoma Spirit arrived at 02:15 to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 05:29 to take a delay at Lakehead Pipeline. She is expected to shift to Midwest Energy to load coal early Monday morning. Algoma Spirit was outbound around 16:30, and CSL Tadoussac was due at 21:30 Sunday night to load at BN.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
CSL Laurentien departed Two Harbors on August 19th at 04:44 for Quebec City. The Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 from 04:57 to 05:22 to South of #2 and then departed on August 19th at approx. 11:50 for Ecorse. Due Two Harbors on August 20th is the American Spirit. She is due early in the morning.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on August 19th and none scheduled for August 20th. Another possibility for Two Harbors could be the Joseph L. Block that on August 19th is unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday August 19th: 0:08 The saltie Miedwie departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 5:11 Algoma Equinox arrived at G3 to load grain. 8:44 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 22:39 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday Alpena: 5:58 The tug Undaunted and her barge Pere Marquette departed for Monroe. Stoneport: Frontenac arrived to load limestone and departed at 21:16 for Sombra. Calcite: 13:49 Great Republic arrived to load. 14:32 H. Lee White departed for Green Bay. 18:58 Cuyahoga arrived to load limestone. Port Dolomite: Clyde S Vanenkevort departed for Duluth. Drummond Island: Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load limestone and departed at 21:16. She is down bound on Lake Huron. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Innovator arrived to load dolomite and later departed for Sarnia. 15:00 Kaye E Barker arrived to load.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Aug 19 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 18 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1153 and Algocanada at 1319 - Departures - Aug 17 - Algoma Enterprise at 2156 - Aug 18 - Algoma Hansa at 0608, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0951 for Green Bay and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2218 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Aug 19 - NACC Argonaut at 0001

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 18 - Algosea at 1034, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1926 and Harbour Feature (Por) at 2325 - Aug 19 - Algoma Guardian at 0554, CSL St Laurent at 0638, Mia Desgagnes at 1009 (to Port Weller anchorage), tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1301, Evans Spirit at 1318 and Florence Spirit at 2040 - Downbound - Aug 18 - Amstelborg (Nld) at 1529, Algoma Buffalo at 1824 and Mississagi at 2023 (stopping at wharf 12) - Aug 19 - Algoma Strongfield at 0339, Michipicoten at 0720, CSL Assiniboine at 1013, Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1453, Mamry (Bhs) at 2035 and Algoma Niagara eta 2300

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 19 - Mississagi (stopped wharf 12 at 0130 - Departure - Aug 19 - Mississagi at 1310 approx. westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 17 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1610 (awaiting dock at Bronte) - Aug 19 - Mia Desgagnes at 1030 (awaiting dock)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 19 - Algoma Discovery at 0047, Algoma Buffalo at 0800 and Michipicoten eta 2117 - Docked - Aug 17 - Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0715 on maiden trip and Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Departures - (for the canal) Aug 19 - Algoma Guardian at 0338 and Evans Spirit 1118

Bronte:
Anchored - Aug 18 - Algoscotia at 0512 - Departed anchorage at 2316 back to dock - Arrival - Aug 18 - Algoscotia at 2321 from the anchorage -

Toronto:
Arrival - Aug 18 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 1828

Wilson, N.Y.:
Update - Aug 19 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - working between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto along with tug Tim McKeil assisting

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Sunday, Robert S. Pierson loaded soybeans.

 

Boatnerd Welland Gathering set for Sept. 14-16

8/20 - The annual Welland Canal Boatnerd Gathering is scheduled for Sept. 14-16. We will meet for socializing, sharing pictures, slides and videos, plus watching and photographing the passing traffic.

Friday, September 14 - Evening Gathering Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold Canadian Corps is located 3 blocks West of The Inn at Lock Seven 6:00 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open. Raffle & Door Prizes 7:30 p.m. - Slide show. Bring a tray of your best slides, CD or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday, September 15 - Evening Gathering Port Colborne Canadian Corps Assoc. #22, 7 Clairmont St., Thorold 6 p.m. - Vendor Tables Open.

7:30 p.m. - Slide show.Bring a tray of your best slides, CD or DVD to share with the group. We will have a laptop, digital projector and slide projector available, so bring your best stuff.

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. - Free admission to St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Visitors Centre, located at Lock Three. Gift shop offering 10% discount on selected items if you tell them you’r’e a Boatnerd.

9/14 - The annual Welland Canal BoatNerd Gathering is scheduled for Sept. 15-17. We will meet for socializing, sharing pictures, slides and videos, plus watching and photographing the passing traffic.

Friday and Saturday evenings the group will gather at the Canadian Corps building in Thorold to share pictures, slides and videos. There is no admission charge. There will also be a few vendor tables available.

Although a number of vessels are awaiting scrapping at Marine Recycling Corp., we have been told by the company that a walking tour of the scrapyard will not be made available.

Visit the Gatherings page www.boatnerd.com/gathering for more details.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 20

On 20 August 1881, MICHIGAN (Hull#48), (iron propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 215 foot, 1,183 tons) was launched by the Detroit Dry Dock Company at Wyandotte, Michigan for the Goodrich Transportation Company. She was then taken to Milwaukee for fitting out and completion. She cost $159,212. She was designed by Frank E. Kirby especially for cross-lake winter service.

INDUSTRIAL TRANSPORT arrived at Toronto, Ontario, August 20, 1969, on her maiden voyage, with fuel oil.

R. BRUCE ANGUS in tandem tow with the ULS steamer GORDON C. LEITCH (i) behind the tug IRVING CEDAR arrived at Setœbal, Portugal August 20, 1985, where they were broken up. The a.) IRVING CEDAR is now Purvis Marine's c.) RELIANCE. August 20, 1920 the WILLIS L. KING, upbound light in Whitefish Bay, was in collision with and sank the down bound Steel Trust steamer SUPERIOR CITY. The SUPERIOR CITY was struck nearly amidships and when the cold water reached her engine room, her boilers exploded. She sank immediately with 29 of her 33 crew members aboard.

The US266029, a.) WILLIAM CLAY FORD departed her lay-up berth at the Rouge slip on August 20, 1986, in tow of Gaelic tugs and she was taken to Detroit Marine Terminals on the Rouge River, where her pilothouse was removed to be displayed at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Detroit's Belle Isle.

On 20 August 1899, the HUNTER SAVIDGE (2-mast, wooden schooner, 117 foot, 152 gross tons, built in 1879, at Grand Haven, Michigan) capsized in a squall or tornado in Lake Huron. 5 survivors, including Capt. Fred Sharpstein, were rescued from the overturned schooner by the steamer ALEX MC VITTIE. However, 5 lost their lives, including the captain's wife and their son, the ship's owner's wife and daughter, and the Mate. Capt. Sharpstein patrolled the beaches looking for the bodies of his wife and son for months but they were never found. The wreck was found in 1987, near Grindstone City, Michigan.

On 20 August 1852, ATLANTIC (wooden sidewheeler, 267 foot, 1,155 tons, built in 1849, at Detroit, Michigan) was loaded with immigrants when she collided with the propeller freighter OGDENSBURG and quickly sank south of Long Point on Lake Erie at about 2:30 a.m. Of the 600 on board, estimates of death range from 150 to 250. Numerous salvage attempts have been made through the years up through 1989, since there were supposed to be valuables on board when she went down.

1874 – The CITY OF LONDON, built by Louis Shickluna at St. Catharines in 1865, was destroyed by a fire at Collins Inlet. The engine was later removed for installation in the CITY OF OWEN SOUND.

1900 – CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON was launched at Port Huron for the Wilson Transit Co.

1903 – QUEEN OF THE WEST sank in a Lake Erie storm off Fairport, Ohio but the crew was rescued by the CODORUS. One sailor perished in the transfer between the two ships.

1919 – MOHEGAN was built as a wooden steam barge at Marine City in 1894. It left the lakes for ocean service in 1917. The ship was anchored at Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on this date in 1919 when an explosion and fire destroyed the vessel. All on board survived.

1964 – TEXACO WARRIOR hit bottom and settled in the Welland Canal with a punctured tank at Thorold South near Bridge 10. The ship was refloated and resumed service. It was scrapped at Sorel, QC, in 1978 as LAKE TRANSPORT (i).

1969 – PETER ROBERTSON, sold for scrap and anchored in western Lake Ontario, dragged her anchors in a storm and landed on the beach near Jordan Harbour, Ontario. The vessel was released August 24 and headed down the Seaway August 27 between the tugs SALVAGE MONARCH and HELEN M. McALLISTER on the next leg of the journey to Spain for scrapping.

1972 – VILLE DE QUEBEC was a pre-Seaway trader to the Great Lakes from 1955 to 1958 and returned inland, for three trips, in 1959. The ship sank off the coast of Albania, due to heavy weather, on this date as c) SUZY in 1972. It was enroute from Durres, Albania, to Patras, Greece. Eleven members of the crew were lost while only 7 survived.

1975 – The coastal freighter AIGLE D'OCEAN struck an iceberg off Port Burwell, Labrador, and sank. Only five crew were rescued. The ship had been inland on several occasions.

1977 – CAPO MELE first came through the Seaway as a) PIERRE L.D. in 1959 and again, for 3 trips, in 1960. It was sold and renamed b) CAPO MELE in 1961 and made 22 voyages to the Great Lakes from then through 1967. The ship sustained heavy damage from an engine room fire as e) PAULINA at Banjul, Gambia, and was sold for scrap. The vessel arrived at Santander, Spain, on October 17, 1977, for dismantling.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 19

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on August 17th at 23:03 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on August 18th at 17:55 for South of #2 was the CSL Laurentien. She arrived stern first into Agate Bay and then went bow first to the shiploader. Also arriving Two Harbors on August 18th was the Presque Isle at 19:02 for North of #2 where she will take on a partial load at the gravity dock. The American Spirit is on the schedule for August 19th, but a possibility she could arrive early on August 20th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on August 18th at 11:53 for Cleveland. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 19th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday August 18th: 14:14 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel. 20:32 The heavy-lift saltie Happy River departed Keefer Terminal for Montreal. 21:32 The saltie Drawsko weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Alpena: 3:14 Calumet arrived to unload and departed at 9:22 for Port Inland. 14:11 Samuel de Champlain arrived to load cement products and departed at 20:11 for Milwaukee. 20:14 Undaunted arrived. Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Monroe. Calcite: 11:37 Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. 14:16 H Lee White arrived to load Limestone. Port Dolomite Philip R Clarke departed for Buffington. Clyde S Vankevort arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass departed for Lorain. Little Current: The cruise ship Victory 1 spent the day in port, departing at 17:52 for Detroit.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Saturday was an active day in port with three vessels calling at Lafarge. The Calumet arrived in the morning to unload coal. Next in was the tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation, tying up to load cement under the silos. The tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 was anchored out in the bay during the evening with cargo piled on its barge. Before nightfall the Undaunted headed into Lafarge to unload once the Innovation had passed them on its way out.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Aug 18 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke
Arrivals - Aug 16 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2034 from the anchorage - Aug 17 - Algoma Enterprise at 0003, Algoma Hansa at 1039 - Departures -

Buffalo (Tonawanda)
Departed Aug 17 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 2140 westbound

Welland Canal
Upbound - Aug 17 - Algoma Sault at 1516, Alpena at 1638 - Aug 18 - John D Leitch at 0246, Osogovo (Mlt) at 0606, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 0609, NACC Argonaut at 0935, Algosea at 1034 and Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1926

Downbound - Aug 17 - Cedarglen at 1217, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1640, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1915 and Algoma Guardian at 2141 - Aug 18 - Algoma Hansa at 0943, Algoma Discovery at 1039, Amstelborg (Nld) (Nld) at 1529, Algoma Buffalo at 1824 and Mississagi at 2023 (stopping at wharf 12)

Welland Canal docks
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 18 - Mississagi (stopped wharf 12 at 2132 approx.)

Port Weller anchorage
Anchored - Aug 17 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1610 (awaiting dock at Bronte) -

Hamilton
Arrivals - Algoma Guardian at 1136 - Aug 17 - Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0715 on maiden trip, Evans Spirit at 0738 and Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 -

Wilson, N.Y.
Anchored off shore - Aug 16 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - working between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto during the daylight hours

Bronte
Arrival - Aug 17 - Algoscotia at 0732 from the anchorage - Departure - Aug 18 - Algoscotia at 0458 for the anchorage - Anchored - Aug 18 - Algoscotia at 0512

Toronto
Arrival - Aug 18 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands -10) at 1828

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Rochester about 09:45, in ballast for Picton, Ont.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 19

On this day in 1865, the PEWABIC, Captain George P. McKay, was down bound on Lake Huron when she was rammed by her sister ship, METEOR. The PEWABIC sank with an estimated loss of 125 lives and a cargo of copper ingots, ore and hides valued at $500,000.

On 19 August 1902, OMAR D. CONGER (wooden propeller ferry, 92 foot, 200 gross tons, built in 1887, at Port Huron, Michigan) burned at Port Huron, Michigan. The entire upper works burned and the lower deck was also badly burned. She had burned on 20 June 1901, and had been rebuilt over the winter. She was again rebuilt and lasted until 1922.

The ROBERT S. PIERSON (i) was sold to P & H. Shipping Ltd. on August 19, 1982, and renamed e) SPRUCEGLEN.

The package freighter ARIZONA was launched on August 19, 1868, at Cleveland, Ohio by Quayle & Martin for E.T. & J.C. Evans of Buffalo, New York.

The CARDINAL, a.) WINDSOLITE, was towed to the Strathearne Terminal in Hamilton, Ontario on August 19, 1974, for scrapping.

On 19 August 1909, CITY OF GREEN BAY (wooden propeller passenger/package freight, 134 foot, 257 gross tons, built in 1880, at Fort Howard, Wisconsin as the sidewheeler M C HAWLEY) caught fire while crossing Saginaw Bay, burned to the waterline and sank. This wasn't her first experience with this type of accident since on 17 November 1887, she had burned to a "total loss" in Lake Michigan.

August 19, 1930 - The ANN ARBOR NO 7 towed the disabled tug FRED C GREILING from Frankfort, Michigan to Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co.

The propeller QUEBEC was launched at the Chisholm & Simpson yard at Chatham, Ontario on 19 August 1874. She was built for the Beatty Line and designed to run between Sarnia and Duluth.

1906 – GOVERNOR SMITH, a wooden package freight carrier, sank in Lake Huron, about 8 miles off Pointe aux Barques, after a collision with the URANUS. All 20 on board were rescued.

1915 – The wooden passenger and freight carrier HENRY PEDWELL burned at Wiarton, ON but was salvaged and rebuilt at Owen Sound in 1916.

1960 – BELLE ISLE II caught fire and sank after a collision with the HOLMSIDE on Lac St. Pierre in the St. Lawrence near Trois Rivieres. The ship had originally been the “Castle Class” corvette H.M.S. WOLVESEY CASTLE and later H.M.C.S. HUNTSVILLE for the Canadian Navy. It was rebuilt for cargo service as c) WELLINGTON KENT in 1947 becoming d) BELLE ISLE II in 1951. The hull was salvaged and towed up the Seaway to Portsmouth, ON on November 2, 1960, and broken up at Whitby, ON during the winter of 1965-1966. HOLMSIDE was later a casualty as b) CABINDA after hitting a jetty while inbound at Casablanca on December 28, 1980, with the loss of 9 lives.

1966 – JOHN E.F. MISENER went aground on Hard Island in the St. Lawrence and had to be lightered before being released on August 21.

1967 – The retired Paterson steamer SASKADOC, which last operated in 1966, was downbound at the Iroquois Lock under tow of GRAEME STEWART and SALVAGE MONARCH enroute to the scrapyard. It arrived at Santander, Spain, on September 24, 1967, along with the AUGUSTUS B. WOLVIN, behind the Polish tug JANTAR.

1988 – The Greek owned, Cypriot flag, freighter BLUESTONE arrived at Halifax to load flour, but the crew reported “hull cracks” and the Coast Guard said repairs must be made. The vessel first visited the Great Lakes as a) ASIA SWALLOW in 1980 and returned as b) BLUESTONE for the first time in 1985. The work was carried out. The ship finally cleared September 13 and operated until arriving at Chittagong, Bangladesh, for scrapping as e) VRITA N. about August 31, 1998.

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

 

National Museum marks bicentennial of steam power on Great Lakes

8/18 - Detroit, Mich. – A lake freighter that was among the last steamships built for Great Lakes service received a cake Friday marking the 200th anniversary of steam propulsion’s advent on Lake Erie.

“Of all the possible vessels, this one is very appropriate,” Bill Redding, the captain Friday morning of the mailboat J.W. Westcott II, said before delivering the ceremonial cake to the Hon. James L. Oberstar as it sailed the Detroit River with taconite ore destined for AK Steel in Dearborn, Mich.

The cake, provided by the National Museum of the Great Lakes, celebrates the August, 1818, arrival in Detroit of the steamship Walk-in-the-Water, the first ship not reliant on fickle wind to transit Lake Erie.

The anniversary calls attention to “a lot of the history of boating on the Great Lakes, which was and is very important to the economy of the area,” said Don Wallace of Maumee, a volunteer with the Toledo museum who took the cake up to the Westcott dock in Detroit and out onto the river for final delivery.

For the Oberstar’s crew, which had been informed just that morning that the vessel would be the ceremonial cake’s recipient, the occasion was much more prosaic.

“You can never say ‘no’ to cake,” Karly Duquella, the ship’s second mate, said with a smile after hoisting a box containing the cake up to his vessel’s deck. He hustled it aft to the ship’s galley soon thereafter.

Although it had two masts to provide backup propulsion in case its engine failed, the Walk-in-the-Water was registered as a sidewheel steamer.

Read more and view photos and a video at this link: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/08/17/Local-museum-sends-cake-to-freighter-to-mark-bicentennial-of-steam-power-on-Great-Lakes/stories/20180817177

 

Port Reports -  August 18

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on August 16th at approx. 23:00 for Indiana Harbor 7H. Arriving Two Harbors on August 17th at 11:10 was the Edwin H. Gott. As of 19:35 on August 17th she was still loading at South of #2. Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on August 18th is the CSL Laurentien. Due to depart the Port Terminal in Duluth on August 18th is the Presque Isle. There is a possibility she could end up loading in Two Harbors.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on August 17th was the Mesabi Miner at 15:33. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 18th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday August 15th: 23:55 The saltie Amstelborg departed Viterra A for Ghent, Belgium. Thursday August 16th: 15:41 Algoma Strongfield departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 21:11 The saltie Miedwie weighed anchor after 12 days in the harbor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 22:34 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 22:54 Kaministiqua arrived and went to anchor. Expected for Friday August 17th: The saltie Mamry to depart Richardson Main Terminal by 24:00 for Montreal. The saltie Drawsko was upbound on Lake Superior and due in Port at 3:00.

Thursday August 16th: 15:41 Algoma Strongfield departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. 20:33 The saltie Miedwie weighed anchor after 12 days in the harbor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain. 22:34 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 22:54 Kaministiqua arrived and went to anchor. 23:55 The saltie Mamry departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal.

Friday August 17th: 0:29 Kaministiqua weighed anchor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 3:11 The saltie Drawsko arrived and went to anchor. 13:48 Atlantic Huron departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sydney, NS.

Northern Lake Huron
Stoneport: Olive L Moore arrived to load. Calcite: H. Lee White departed for Bay City. 11:37 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Philip R Clarke arrived to load dolomite. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass arrived to load.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo cleared with salt about 11 a.m. Friday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Aug 17 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke
Arrivals - Aug 16 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2034 from the anchorage - Aug 17 - Algoma Enterprise at 0003, Algoma Hansa at 1039 - Departures - Aug 16 - CSL Tadoussac at 1901 - Aug 17 - Manitoulin at 0201

Buffalo (Tonawanda)
Arrival - Aug 16 - tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1903 approx.

Welland Canal
Upbound - Aug 16 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2040, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 2230 (to the anchorage at Port Weller) and Algoma Niagara at 2342 - Aug 17 - Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 0002, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0540, USEPA Lake Guardian (Ame) at 0823, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0948, Algoma Sault at 1516, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1557 (to the anchorage at Port Weller) and Alpena at 1638 - Downbound - Aug 16 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2200, Capt Henry Jackman at 2246 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 2333 and - Aug 17 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 0738, Tim S Dool at 0820, Cedarglen at 1217, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1640, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II eta at 1820 and Algoma Guardian eta 2120

Welland Canal docks
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505

Port Weller anchorage
Anchored - Aug 16 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 2238 (anchored Port Weller) - Aug 17 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1610 (awaiting dock at Bronte) Hamilton
Arrivals - Aug 16 - Algoma Sault at 2336 - Aug 17 - Robert S Pierson at 0502 from Clarkson, Federal Dart (Mhl) at 0715 on maiden trip, Evans Spirit at 0738 and Tundra (Cyp) at 1011 - Departures - Aug 16 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 2039 for Toledo, Aug 17 - Algoma Sault at 1314, Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1455 and Robert S Pierson at 1958

Wilson, N.Y.
Anchored off shore - Aug 16 - IT Intrepid (Bds) (ex Sir Eric Sharp-05) - cable laying vessel - working between Wilson N.Y. and Toronto

Bronte
Arrival - Aug 17 - Algoscotia at 0732 from the anchorage - Departure - Aug 17 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 0945 eastbound,

Clarkson
Arrival - Aug 16 - Robert S Pierson at 1439 - Aug 17 at 0336 for Hamilton

Mississauga
Arrival - Aug 15 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1918 - Departed Aug 17 at 0147 for Sorel-Tracy

Oshawa
Arrival - Aug 15 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0708 from Hamilton - Departed Aug 16 at 2040 for Cleveland

 

Youth voyages on the Sea Bear in Duluth Harbor and beyond

8/18 - Duluth, Minn. – Standing on the bow of a 45-foot pilot boat with his arm stretched out over the railing, 9-year-old Evin Poquette gazed with wonder and elation across the bay toward the horizon, where a dark blue Lake Superior touched a lighter-blue sky.

Taking in the scene, Evin summed it up nicely: "I've never felt so alive."

Evin was invited to spend the morning aboard the Sea Bear, a faded-yellow vessel that spends its time patrolling the harbor.

Evin is somewhat of a local celebrity. After news broke of his lifetime membership application getting accepted to the Lake Superior Maritime Museum a few months ago, the Bayfield youth has been the subject of a flurry of news stories he's archived, and received gifts from local retired captains hoping to give him treasures.

"Captain Rydberg emailed my husband, and said 'he read the article and thought it was really cool,'" said Sara Poquette, Evin's mom, "'It was so special that he had a strong interest in the industry and had a treasure box he had been saving for someone special that he wanted to give to him.'"

The contents of that treasure trove were signs and a life ring off the American Victory, a recently-scrapped ship that Evin grew up with. Also included was a collection of books that Rydberg said Evin would need to read.

"We spent hours over there," Sara said. "It was a really good time."

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4486834-voyaging-sea-bear-duluth-harbor-and-beyond

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 18

On 18 August 1871, GEN. WINFIELD SCOTT (wooden schooner, 114 foot, 213 tons, built in 1852, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying lumber from Menominee to Chicago when she sprang a leak during a gale and capsized off Spider Island near Death's Door on Lake Michigan. The crew clung to her for 13 hours until rescued by the passing schooner ETHAN ALLEN.

CANADIAN ENTERPRISE (Hull#65) was float launched on August 18, 1979, at St. Catharines, Ontario by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.

On August 18, 1972, $50,000 in bottom damage occurred when the CHAMPLAIN, of 1943, hit an obstruction in the Trenton Channel, on the lower Detroit River.

The NORMAN B. REAM (Hull#70) was launched August 18, 1906, at Chicago, Illinois by the Chicago Ship Building Co. for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) KINSMAN ENTERPRISE in 1965. She served as a storage barge in Port Huron from 1979 to 1989. She was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 1989.

On 18 August 1907, KATE WHITE (wooden propeller steam tug, 62 foot, 28 gross tons, built at Erie, Pennsylvania in 1885, as a yacht) sank near the harbor entrance at Fairport, Ohio. On 18 August 1878, JAVA (iron twin propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 232 foot, 1,525 gross tons, built in 1873, at Buffalo, New York) was sailing from Bay City, Michigan for Chicago and Milwaukee with mixed merchandise, including 300 tons of fine household goods, parlor stoves, salt, etc. She was a twin-screw and the main theory of her loss in good weather was that her starboard shaft coupling came loose and the shaft slid out the stern, allowing water to flood through the sleeve. Nevertheless, she sank quickly, 15 miles off Big Sable Point on Lake Michigan in over 300 feet of water. The crew escaped in lifeboats and was picked up by passing steamers.

1919 – The former wooden bulk carrier NEOSHO was sold for off lakes service in 1917 and was operating as a barge, under tow of the tug NORFOLK, when she broke loose in a storm on Delaware Bay, got caught in the trough, struck a reef and broke up.

1927 – The first HENNEPIN foundered in Lake Michigan, 18 miles west of South Haven, enroute to Grand Haven to load. The hull was discovered in 2006 and is upright in 230 feet of water.

1966 – BAYGEORGE knocked off a lock fender in the downbound section of the Welland Canal Flight Locks and delayed navigation. Only the upbound side remained in use to handle traffic pending repairs.

1972 – The ocean going general cargo carrier FELTO caught fire at Bata, Equatorial Guinea, while discharging cement. The blaze broke out in the engineroom and spread to the accommodation area before the ship settled on the bottom as a total loss. The vessel had been a Great Lakes trader in 1968 and had previously come inland as a) FERDIA in 1953 and b) FAIRWAY in 1963.

1985 – CHI-CHEEMAUN went aground due to fog while departing South Baymouth and was released the following day. The Georgian Bay ferry went to Collingwood for repairs.

1996 – HERCEG NOVI, a Yugoslavian freighter dating from 1981, first came through the Seaway in 1989 bringing a cargo of newsprint to Detroit. It sank following a collision with the containership MING GALAXY off Singapore on this date in 1996. Local officials ordered the removal of the hull and this was done, in pieces, later in the year.

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

 

Umiavut freed from St. Lawrence River grounding

8/17 - Trois-Rivieres, Que. – The general cargo ship Umiavut was released Thursday around noon by the tugs Océan Clovis T. from Quebec and Océan Intrepide from Montreal after some of the vessel’s cargo was lightered. She ran around Tuesday in the St. Lawrence River’s Lac Sainte-Pierre upstream from Trois-Rivieres. The ship's own lighterage tugs Ukalik and Qimmik headed for Trois-Rivières, as did Umiavut.

 

Grain shipments from Hamilton port soar after bumper year for Ontario corn

8/17 - Hamilton, Ont. – An increase in overseas exports of Ontario-grown corn has led to a surge in cargo volume at the Port of Hamilton. Larissa Fenn, director of public affairs at the Hamilton Port Authority, said cargo shipments through the port are up by 20 per cent so far this year.

"Our total tonnage [all commodities] so far this year is 4.7 million metric tonnes, compared to 3.9 million metric tonnes at the same point last year," Fenn told CBC Hamilton. "Grain is up 93 per cent on a year-to-date basis. Close to one million metric tonnes have transited the port so far this year, including 600,000 metric tonnes of Ontario-grown corn."

This compares with 492,000 metric tonnes of grain and 250,000 metric tonnes corn for the same period in 2017.

All of this corn has been exported overseas, Fenn said, adding that the primary export market for Ontario-grown corn is Europe. "We've had recent shipments from Hamilton to Ireland, Belgium, and the Netherlands," she said.

"Europe is always a large importer of corn. This year, a heat wave has meant European livestock producers have been relying on more imported corn as feed."

Tetreault said the export market has found that Ontario is a reliable source. "There's no trade dispute really ongoing with any other country that we've been shipping to," he said. "They just seem to be kind of coming back and hitting the market again just because they know that there was that extra tonnage sitting there in Ontario and the quality is good, the price is good and they didn't have to worry about any trade disputes ongoing."

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is also driving some of the increased activity, as it has given Canadian corn improved access to Europe.

At the same time, the EU has placed a retaliatory tariff on U.S. corn, which usually serves some of this market. "Whether the motivating factor is tariff changes or something else, what's happening now with corn is an example of how Canada is well-served by being prepared to diversify," Fenn said.

The Port of Hamilton has also placed a lot of emphasis on diversification.

Agricultural cargo has grown as a proportion of the port's total tonnage, from nine per cent in 2008, to 23 per cent in 2017. The port has attracted more than $200 million in agricultural-related investment in the last decade, including two new grain export terminals.

"This new infrastructure means Canadian producers have the ability to ship more product, and take advantage of new market opportunities when they arise," Fenn said.

"This season's experience with corn has been a perfect example of how investments in trade-enabling infrastructure really position Canada to compete globally."

Meanwhile, a 25 per cent increase in year-to-date shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have also been reflected at the Port of Hamilton.

As of the end of July, steelmaking inputs, coal and coke continue to trend about 40 per cent higher at the port than the same period in 2017, while iron ore has been stable so far year over year, the Chamber of Marine Commerce said.

The chamber is a bi-national association that represents more than 130 marine industry stakeholders including major Canadian and American shippers, ports, terminals and marine service providers, as well as domestic and international ship owners.

More than 187,000 metric tons of products such as gasoline and diesel have transited the port so far this season, 56 per cent more than the same period in 2017, it added. Overall, the port's tonnage to the end of July exceeded 4.7 million metric tons, 20 per cent higher than year-to-date 2017.

"The commodities transiting the port's piers showcase the role of marine transportation in a number of key southern Ontario industries, such as steel-making and other advanced manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and petrochemicals," said Ian Hamilton, president and CEO at the Hamilton Port Authority.

CBC

 

Port Reports -  August 17

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine departed Two Harbors on August 15th at 21:32 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on August 16th at 09:34 was the American Integrity. As of 18:45 she is still at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on August 17th is the Edwin H. Gott.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Century on August 16th at 12:16 for Ashtabula. Due Silver Bay on August 17th is the Mesabi Miner.

Green Bay, Wis.
On Thursday, Algoma Compass arrived from Canada with limestone to Terminal GLC Minerals.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Aug 16 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 16 - CSL Tadoussac at 0926, Manitoulin at 1458 and Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2034 from the anchorage - Departures - Aug 16 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1704, CSL Tadoussac at 1901 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1920 for Sorel-Tracy

Long Point bay anchorage:
Departed - Aug 16 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2034 back to Nanticoke dock

Buffalo (Tonawanda):
Arrival tug Karen Andrie & barge Endeavour at 1903 approx.

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1249, Algowood at 1359, Algoma Spirit at 1801, Volgaborg (Nld) at 1946 and Algoma Equinox at 2232 - Aug 16 - CSL Welland at 1150, Algoma Transport at 1257, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2040, Algoma Niagara eta 2220, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) eta 2230 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) eta 2235 - Downbound - Aug 15 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1141, Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) at 1230 and light tug Salvage Monarch at 1438 - Aug 16 - Algoma Sault at 0025, Argentia Desgagnes at 0556, NACC Argonaut at 0506, Spruceglen at 0834, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1823, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2200, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) eta 2205 and Capt Henry Jackman eta 2210

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 16 - Argentia Desgagnes at 0930 and Algoma Sault at 2154 - Docked - Aug 14 - - Aug 15 - Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1455 and Ojibway at 1517 - Departures - Aug 16 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0040, Algoma Enterprise at 0325, Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 0945 for Clarkson, Ojibway at 1805 eastbound, Argentia Desgagnes at 2021 eastbound, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 2039 for Toledo,

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 16 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 1019 from Hamilton - Anchored - Aug 16 - Algoscotia at 1548 (awaiting dock)

Clarkson:
Arrival - Aug 16 - Robert S Pierson at 1439

Mississauga:
Arrival - correction Aug 15 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1918

Oshawa:
Arrival - Aug 15 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0708 from Hamilton - Departure - Aug 16 at 2040 for Cleveland

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived at 18:30 on Thursday.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Thursday the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay was in port.

 

Great Lakes Museum: The Edmund Fitzgerald and so much more

8/17 - Toledo, Ohio – The depth indicator reels off the feet. The air supply counts down the minutes until a return to the surface is mandatory. Meanwhile, the “sub” plows deeper and deeper into the murk.

A map of the bottom of Lake Superior shows the way. A tap of the sub’s toggle to starboard, a little bit to port, forward now, and there it is: the wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.

Perhaps the most famous ship disaster on the Great Lakes — and immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot — “the Fitz” wreck is simulated on an interactive computer screen, but is an accurate depiction of the final resting place of the freighter that disappeared in a storm on Nov. 10, 1975, with the loss of all 29 crew.

The Fitz dive is a popular feature of the four-year-old, $12.5 million National Museum of the Great Lakes, established on the banks of the Maumee River just across from downtown Toledo. The city is a major port on Lake Erie.

The mysterious and sudden loss of the freighter — it never sent a distress signal — has a hold on visitors much like the Titanic story does. Another freighter was just a mile from the Fitz and regularly radioing back and forth. But in a moment, the Fitz was gone.

“There has not been a marine tragedy on the lakes of that type since,” said John McCarty, the museum’s chief operating officer. “They had radar and ship-to-shore communications, but nothing like what we have today … Today that ship would have pulled in some place or never left in the first place.”

One of the Fitz’s inflatable lifeboats and a set of oars, each stamped with the ship’s name, are on exhibit. The disaster is just one of many tragedies that the museum details in unfolding the maritime history of the Great Lakes.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2018/08/15/great-lakes-museum-toledo-ohio/980902002

 

Newspaper story results in reporter’s tour of laker Saginaw

8/17 - Grand Haven, Mich. – When my weekly articles are published, I expect them to be read by locals in the West Michigan area. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the Canadian-flagged Saginaw’s most recent visit to our port.

Well, the Internet works in amazing ways, and the online article somehow found its way to the Saginaw, and the freighter’s captain, Colin Lozon, reached out to me and invited me on for a tour the next time his vessel returned to Grand Haven.

The Saginaw arrived in Grand Haven this past Saturday afternoon and traveled up to the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg, laden with a cargo of trap rock from Bruce Mines, Ontario. Trap rock is a specific type of stone that is used in road construction.

I hopped aboard a little before sunset and was met by a crew member who acted as my tour guide. After visiting the mess halls at the stern, we ventured into the engine room. I thought it was rather noisy, but since the vessel wasn’t underway, it was operating on generator power.

I couldn’t fathom how loud the diesel engine was when the ship was going full speed.

After seeing the stern of the ship, we headed to the front and up into the spacious pilothouse. For a ship that was built in the 1950s, the bridge was incredibly modern. I went out on one of the bridge wings and watched the sun set behind the stern.

In my time aboard the vessel, I learned a few new vocabulary terms.

The first: punt job. This is a term used to describe a dock that requires a ship to launch a workboat to help secure lines. Usually how it works is the workboat is launched and the lines are delivered ashore to a dock worker who uses his car to tow the lines to the pylon. Once the line is secure, the ship winches into position.

The Verplank dock is considered a punt job because the dock is too shallow to ease right up next to it.

The second term was leaf hatches. The Saginaw has a different hatch configuration than other self-unloaders that visit our port. Most freighters on the Great Lakes have covers that conceal the entire hatch. These covers can be lifted off with a crane and stored on the deck when the hatches need to be opened.

The Saginaw has 30 hatches on its deck. There are two covers in each hatch that meet at the middle. When the deck crew pulls them apart, they open and close similar to a telescope assembly, with smaller parts that combine to collapse or expand.

The Saginaw has been a very busy vessel this summer. I could see remnants of cargo from trips the vessel has taken earlier in the week. On its deck were leftover iron ore pellets from a pair of trips to Marquette, as well as stone from a run to Holland.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.grandhaventribune.com/Transportation/2018/08/15/Touring-the-Saginaw.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

 

Bi-centennial maritime cruise on the Detroit River Aug. 27

8/17 - The Great Lakes Maritime Institute is sponsoring a six-hour cruise from Wyandotte to Detroit Aug. 27 in commemoration of the arrival 200 years ago of the steamboat Walk-In-The-Water. Participants will arrive at Detroit's Bates Street Dock and stroll to Mariners' Church for a tour of the building and to honor Julia Ann Anderson, the church’s founder. She and her husband were on the first trip of the Walk-In-The-Water Aug. 27, 1818.

The day will start at Portofino’s Restaurant, 3455 Biddle Street, Wyandotte, Mich., with an 11 a.m. barbeque lunch. At noon the group will board the boat for a cruise to the foot of Bates street where the Walk-In-The-Water arrived 200 years ago. There will be a short walk to Mariners' Church to tour and commemorate the arrival of the founder of this venerable Detroit landmark. The group will proceed to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority where Marine Artist and Historian Robert Mcgreevy will highlight the first steamboat on the upper lakes.

Seating is limited, tickets are $75 which includes lunch, and beverages with a cash bar available. For additional information go to www.glmi.org or call 586-777-8300.

Great Lakes Maritime Institute

 

Marine Hall of Fame Banquet at Soo Sept. 7 to honor maritime lawyer

8/17 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The bi-annual Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7th at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. Michigan. The 2018 inductee is Mark H. Ruge of K&L Gates.

Ruge is a lawyer in the Public Policy and Law practice group at the global law firm K&L Gates, one of the largest policy groups in the U.S. He focuses his practice on the federal government, representing clients on policy matters before Congress, administrative issues before the federal agencies/departments and, occasionally, regulatory disputes in the federal courts. He is involved in a broad range of maritime issues and issues related to the Great Lakes states.

A veteran of more than a decade as a staffer on Capitol Hill, Ruge serves as counsel to the American Maritime Partnership, the largest coalition in the history of the U.S. maritime industry, and represents numerous other transportation clients on federal policy issues. In addition, he represents and has represented a broad range of other companies, associations and other entities on federal legislative tax, healthcare, commerce, appropriations and other issues. He is counsel to several major business organizations throughout the Midwest.

The Great Lakes Hall of Fame is dedicated to the memory of those explorers, inventors, shipbuilders, sailors and countless others who have made a contribution to the exploration and development of the Great Lakes through eras of sail, steam and the present. The bi-annual marine banquet at the Twin Saults was started in 1955 as a continuation of the recognition of the annual opening navigation of the St. Marys River. All inductees have made a different, but significant, contribution to the Great Lakes. The honorees’ plaques are all displayed on the Museum Ship Valley Camp.

Tickets are available by calling the Sault Historic Office at (906) 632-3658. The winner of the Sault Historic Sites’ Interlake Freighter trip raffle will also be announced at the banquet.

Sault Historic Sites

 

Updates -  August 17

The Great Lakes Bookshelf has been updated with reviews of three new books.
 

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 17

On August 17, 1987, the CADILLAC was towed by the tugs GLENADA and ELMORE M. MISNER, from Toledo's Frog Pond on the first leg of her journey to be scrapped.

At 4 p.m. on 17 August 1869, the schooner CARLINGFORD was launched at the Fitzgerald and Leighton yard in Port Huron, Michigan with plenty of spectators on hand. Robert Montgomery of Buffalo, the owner, built the vessel for the grain trade. Her capacity was 30,000 bushels of grain. After launching, she still had to have her masts (96 foot, 98 foot and 94 foot) and rigging installed. At the time, she was the largest sailing vessel built in Port Huron. Her dimensions were 155-foot keel, 165-foot overall, 31-foot-6- inch beam and 12-foot 8-inch depth. 50 men worked on her and she cost $35,000.

1905 – The wooden steamer CALEDONIA sank in Lake Superior while towing the barge JOHN M. HUTCHINSON. It was later refloated and returned to service.

1913 – The whaleback steamer ATIKOKAN went ashore in a spectacular grounding at Marine City but was released and returned to service.

1994 – INDIANA HARBOR went to Sturgeon Bay for repairs after going aground at Muskegon, Mich.

Data from: Joe Barr, Max Hanley, Skip Gillam, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Umiavut remains aground in St. Lawrence River

8/16 - Trois-Rivieres, Que. – The general cargo ship Umiavut remains aground in the St. Lawrence River’s Lac Sainte-Pierre upstream from Trois-Rivieres. The ship was en route from Churchill to Valleyfield, Canada on Aug. 12 when she veered out of the channel after rudder failure.

Lightering has begun and tugs will try to pull her off later on this week. Umiavut (IMO 8801591), built 1988, is managed by Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping of Montreal, Que.

 

Welland Canal to close for a day later this month

8/16 - Thorold, Ont. – Work on one of the twinned flight locks in Thorold will see the Welland Canal shut down for a day in late August, said both the manager of engineering and manager of regional services for St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

The work will be carried out on Lock 5 East and will see divers and others install instrumentation to determine what is causing an issue with one of the valves that drain the lock.

"We had some issues earlier on in the season with the valve … it was binding as the lock was operating," said Cassie Kelly, the Seaway's manager of engineering. The issue caused a 12 to 14 hour shut down in the middle of June and some adjustments were made to the valve

She said the 100-year-old valve, used to drain the lock, was rebuilt four years ago and the adjustment made in June required a shift of only 40,000ths of an inch to make it operational. "It's behaving now," said Kelly. She said the instrumentation to be installed should give the Seaway some insight into why the valve went out of alignment and what is happening in the lock.

Kelly and Alvina Ghirardi, manager of regional services, said the work is being done now as early preparation for the upcoming winter work program in January 2019. "We decided for this work it's best to have a maintenance shut down from 6 a.m. to midnight on the 28 to carry it out and get it done all in one shot," said Ghirardi.

She said shipping companies told the Seaway all they needed was a bit of notice for the closure. While work on the lock is being carried out, she said the Seaway will look to carry out work on different bridges across Niagara. "The good news is the bridges will be down that day … there'll be no ships," she said of the one-day canal closure.

The Welland Tribune

 

Strong July across Great Lakes gets Seaway tonnage back on course

8/16 - Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping continues to bounce back after a slow start. With strong tonnage numbers in July, particularly shipments of U.S. grain, liquid bulk and project cargo, the 2018 shipping season is right on par with the healthy statistics posted last year.

Overall cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway between March 29 and July 31 totaled 16.5 million metric tons. Areas of strength included U.S. grain shipments totaling 888,000 metric tons, up 32 percent over last year. Liquid bulk shipments totaled 2.3 million metric tons, an increase of 25 percent. Dry bulk shipments were down 9 percent, due to decreases in salt shipments from earlier in the season.

“St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments have been continuously gaining ground and are now in line with last year’s robust performance,” says Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “U.S. grain shipment increases are coming out of Toledo and heading to European markets. Some of the increase can be attributed to the 2017 soybean crop that did not go out at the end of last year due the weather. Liquid bulk continues a steady performance with asphalt and petroleum products, and it’s promising to see so many project cargo imports and exports too.”

Tonnage to date at the Port of Toledo is slightly above the same period in 2017 reaching nearly 4.5 million short tons. A 30 percent increase in coal, and an 89 percent jump in grain shipments lead the way. “We have seen some modest shipments of distiller’s dry grains and canola this year and it is always good when we have new commodities moving through the Port,” said Joe Cappel, VP of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “While soybean and corn shipments slowed down a bit from a very busy spring export season, there was still movement of these commodities and we hope to see that activity continue through the fall harvest when things should pick up again.”

The Port of Green Bay saw a slight increase in July tonnage from July 2017; up one percent. “Though one percent might sound insignificant, it is a measurement of growth and a strong shipping season so far,” explained Port Director Dean Haen. “Petroleum products, in particular, have been an incredibly high source of tonnage in both imports and exports. That reflects a trend in overall St. Lawrence Seaway traffic where petroleum shipments are up this year.” Shipment numbers are especially high in Green Bay due to indefinite shutdown of the main pipeline between Milwaukee and Northeast Wisconsin.

The Port of Cleveland has also been busy this summer shipping project cargo and many large items such as yachts and beer tanks heading to various parts of the U.S. “The Port of Cleveland and our terminal operator, Federal Marine Terminals, continue to grow in the project market segment and handled multiple generators from Siemens in South Carolina destined to a power plant in western Pennsylvania,” said David Gutheil, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Cleveland. “Our on-dock rail access to both CSX and Norfolk Southern, supported by Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad, has played a key role in securing these cargoes, providing key advantages for project cargo moving to and from the nation’s heartland.”

The Port of Cleveland is in the process of reactivating the Foreign Trade Zone site on Port property, which will be operated by Federal Marine Terminals. Once activated, this general-purpose site will provide multiple users with short and long-term solutions for benefits such as duty deferral and direct delivery of their cargo to an international seaport, bypassing congestion at coastal ports. As the grantee of FTZ #40, the Port is focused on providing solutions to cargo owners that will decrease costs within their supply chains.

Shipments through the Port of Duluth-Superior are bouncing back after a slow, ice-laden start to the 2018 season. “While final tallies aren’t in yet for July, tonnage heading into midsummer stood at 11.4 million short tons, nearly on par with 2017,” said Adele Yorde, spokesperson for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Shipments of iron ore and limestone are running ahead of last year; ore is up four percent with an 11 percent increase in limestone. Yorde adds, “This summer we have seen a variety of project cargoes and a shipment of kaolin clay to Duluth Cargo Connect docks, where crews stayed busy coordinating deliveries to paper mills, mines, wind farms and electrical transmission projects across North America.”

According to a new study released in July, cargo shipments to ports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River waterway support 147,500 jobs and generate U.S.$25.6 billion in economic activity in the eight Great Lakes states

Marine Delivers

 

Port Reports -  August 16

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Guardian departed Two Harbors on August 14th at 23:12 for Hamilton. The CSL Assiniboine arrived Two Harbors on August 15th at 07:53 for South of #2. As of 19:40 she was still at the dock. Her AIS is showing Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on August 16th is the American Integrity.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Century at 03:54 on August 15th. She should depart late on August 15th or the morning of August 16th. Silver Bay has no scheduled inbound traffic for August 16th. An update on the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader: On August 15th she was loading at the CN ore dock in West Duluth.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday August 15th: 6:52 After unloading the heavy-lift saltie Happy River shifted over to the other side at Keefer Terminal to begin loading modular camp structures. 15:59 The saltie Mamry arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Aug 15 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 15 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0633 - Docked - Aug 11 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1304 - Departure - Aug 15 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0557 to the anchorage

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0648 from the dock - Departed - Aug 15 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 0621 to Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 14 - Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 1159, CSL Laurentien at 2052 - Aug 15 - Federal Nagara at 1100, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1228, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1249, Algoma Spirit at 1801, Volgaborg (Nld) at 1946, Algoma Equinox eta 2215 and Algowood at 1359. Downbound - Aug 14 - Thunder Bay at 1220, Algonova at 1252 and Baie St Paul at 2051 - Aug 15 - Algoma Enterprise at 0126, USCG Mobile Bay at 0819, Alpena at 0857, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1141, Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) at 1230, light tug Salvage Monarch at 1438 and Argentia Desgagnes at 1759

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 13 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0913 approx. - Departed - Aug 15 at 1650 for Clarkson

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 15 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 0636, Algoma Enterprise at 1420, Federal Saguenay (Bds) at 1455 and Ojibway at 1517 - Docked - Aug 14 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2039, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 2136, Algoma Spirit at 2248 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2315 - Departures - Aug 14 - (eastbound) Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2111 for Italy and Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2219 for Oshawa - Aug 15 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1040, Algoma Spirit at 1541

Bronte:
Docked - Aug 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 1303 - Departed Aug 15 at 0126

Clarkson:
Arrival - Aug 15 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1918

Oshawa:
Arrival - Aug 15 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0708 from Hamilton - Docked - Aug 11 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0603 from Hamilton - Departed Aug 15 at 0648 for Windsor

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Wednesday McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

 

Deputies investigating death of diver in Straits of Mackinac

8/16 - A man is dead after a diving accident around a shipwreck in the Straits of Mackinac. At around 12:42 Sunday afternoon, deputies learned that a diver was being transported to the Mackinac Straits Hospital. An investigation showed the man was with another diver and a third person who captained the boat.

According to deputies, the two divers made two trips down to the sunken ship Cedarville and rose in tandem. On the second dive, both divers had surfaced when one diver noticed the other struggling and helped him into the boat. The man was then taken to St. Ignace, where he was pronounced dead.

At this time, investigators say are not sure what caused the death and will conduct an autopsy as well as inspect the dive equipment.

MI News16

 

Norgoma volunteers implore City Council to save their ship

8/16 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – The volunteer board of St. Mary's River Marine Heritage Centre has launched an online petition aimed at persuading City Council to drop the eviction notice it served earlier this year on the M.S. Norgoma.

"We... implore City Council to reverse its decision to terminate the berthing rights and support the Norgoma's endeavours to be an exciting home of history, culture and community," says the petition, which was posted Tuesday.

On April 23, councillors voted to end the museum ship’s berthing rights at Roberta Bondar Marina effective Aug. 31. The last packet ship built for the Great Lakes has been a fixture on the Sault waterfront for the past 43 years.

Many see it the 68-year-old former passenger ferry as an important artifact of our marine heritage. Others, including Mayor Christian Provenzano, see only an eyesore.

"It's a long time. That boat has to go," the mayor told a City Council meeting last September, indicating he wanted the rusting boat towed out of Roberta Bondar Marina, clear out of downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

"We, the undersigned do support the M.S. Norgoma in its entirety and do wish that it stay in its current, and well deserved berth at Roberta Bondar Marina as a tourist attraction, symbol of Sault Ste. Marie's history, culture and heritage, as well as a monument to the significant federal government-mandated historical event of packets travelling the Turkey Trail," states the petition, drafted by the board of St. Mary's River Marine Heritage Centre, which has owned the Norgoma since 1981.

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, 167 supporters had signed the document, which states it's seeking 3,000 signatures.

"The petition is a response to community requests," William Hollingshead, a volunteer curator and member of the marine centre board, tells SooToday.

"Lots of people have been coming in and asking how they could help, support the ship or make their opinion heard."

Late last month. Sean Meades of NORDIK Institute completed a pro bono strategic plan for the Norgoma. Meades' report serves as both a feasibility study and business plan, setting out how Norgoma volunteers can engage better with the community and generate revenue, as well as options for relocating the ship, complete with goals and timelines, Hollingshead said.

"We have been evicted by the city, so we do have to consider relocation as our primary option at this point. But with current fundraising opportunities, community partnerships, events, admission by donation, pay-what-you-can and extended evening hours, we hope that we can change some of the negative opinion on the Norgoma," Hollingshead told us.

In recent weeks, the ship has become a new base for programming that used to take place at Gore Street Cafe, which was forced out by its landlord at the end of June. Nicole Dyble, the cafe's owner, is now offering musical and other events at the Norgoma under the Dryer Fire name.

Norgoma volunteers are still in talks with a number of groups about the possibility of moving the boat. City officials are expected to extend the Aug. 31 deadline to mid-September to better accommodate their plan to remove and replace the marina's wooden docks.

Even if the city stands firm on its eviction notice, "we're hoping that we can come up with some sort of a solution if it comes to that," he said. The volunteers are talking to both local and out-of-town groups about moving the Norgoma. Hollingshead says the out-of-town groups are all in Algoma or the Greater Sudbury area.

Soo Today

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 16

On 16 August 1890, the ANNIE WATT (wooden propeller, passenger and package freight "packet,” 75 foot, 62 gross ton, built in 1884, at Lion's Head, Ontario) collided with the ship WM. ALDERSON and sank off of Gunn Point, Ontario. Just the previous year (8 November 1889), ANNIE WATT had burned and been declared total loss, but she was rebuilt.

The captain of the 2 year old, 125-foot wooden schooner-barge JOHN F. RITCHIE brought his wife, two other women and several small children as guests on a voyage from Bay City, Michigan to Buffalo, New York. The RITCHIE was one of a string of four barges loaded with lumber in tow of the tug ZOUAVE. As the tow entered Lake Erie, they were struck by a terrifying storm. The RITCHIE broke her towline and was cast adrift. The deck load of lumber broke loose and everyone was in danger. The women and children were brought out of the cabin since it was considered to be a death trap and they were lashed on deck for safety. Soon the vessel was waterlogged and the cabin was actually washed away. On 17 August, a passing steamer took everyone aboard and towed the RITCHIE in to Cleveland, Ohio where she was repaired. Amazingly, no lives were lost.

August 16, 1902 - The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (Hull#412) was launched at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the Pere Marquette Railway.

1921 – The wooden steamer H.N. JEX foundered off Long Point, Lake Ontario, while carrying coal between Sodus and Kingston. All on board were rescued.

1927 – NORTHERN LIGHT, a steel package freighter, left the Great Lakes for saltwater service in two sections in 1917. The vessel was ravaged by a fire that began in the coal bunker, at Mobile, AL. on this date in 1927. The engine was removed in 1928 and the hull converted to a barge. It foundered off the Florida Keys on November 8, 1930.

1966 – The PEAVEY PIONEER, laid up with damage from a May 31, 1966, grounding at Ashland, was traded to the U.S. Maritime Administration by Sea-Land Services for the C-4 transport GENERAL H.G. FREEMAN.

1967 – The third GEORGE HINDMAN went aground and sustained heavy damage in the St. Lawrence off Clayton, N.Y. The ship was inspected at Collingwood and considered beyond economical repair. It was sold to Marine Salvage for scrap and resold to Hyman-Michaels for dismantling at Duluth, arriving there on October 13, 1967.

Data from: Joe Barr, Max Hanley, Skip Gillham, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

American Victory scrap tow update

8/15 - The tug VB Hispania, towing the former American Victory to Turkey for scrapping, is currently south of the Azores.

 

Coast Guard warns to steer clear of freighters on Cuyahoga River

8/15 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S. Coast Guard is warning boaters and people using paddle craft on the Cuyahoga River to stay out of the way of larger, cargo ships.

As more people flock to the revitalized Flats to explore the river and Lake Erie, the Coast Guard said there has been an increase in smaller vessels getting in the way of freighters.

“The risk is being in the way of a large vessel that can't stop very quickly or maneuver fast enough, especially in a narrow channel,” said Petty Officer Second Class Lauren Steenson.

The owners of Great Lakes Watersports, which rents boats, jet skis and kayaks on the west bank of the Flats, said rentals have been steadily growing since they bought the business in 2016.

Increased activity along the river, including new bars and restaurants, have drawn more people to the area.

“Business has been fantastic. It's been pretty much a steady increase since we've opened two years ago. It's been on the rise pretty much every month since then,” said manager Pete Dittoe.

With increased fun has come increased issues for freighters, according to the Coast Guard.

Congestion on the river can make it difficult for freighters to navigate tight corners. The Coast Guard said ships have collided with the west bank twice over the last two years while trying to avoid hitting smaller vessels.

“It's dangerous to be in the way of any large ship,” Steenson said. “Stay out of the main shipping lane, which is the middle of the river, and stick toward the edge of the river which is a little bit safer and out of the tankers' ways.”

View a video at this link: https://fox8.com/2018/08/13/coast-guard-warns-to-steer-clear-of-freighters-on-cuyahoga-river

 

Port Reports -  August 15

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
When the American Spirit departed Two Harbors on August 13th she wasn't showing an updated AIS. Her AIS now has her heading for Indiana Harbor 7H. Departing Two Harbors on August 14th at 00:47 was the Cason J. Callaway for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on August 13th at 22:15 was the Edgar B. Speer. She departed on August 14th at 11:30 for Gary. The Algoma Guardian anchored off Two Harbors on August 13th at 22:12 waiting on the Speer to depart. The Algoma Guardian got underway at 12:15 on August 14th and arrived the Two Harbors breakwall at 13:02 for South of #2. Due on August 15th is the CSL Assiniboine.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on August 14th at 04:09 for Indiana Harbor. Due Silver Bay on August 15th is the American Century after unloading coal in Marquette. A possibility for Two Harbors or Silver Bay late on August 15th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. She is due Superior with limestone on August 15th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday August 14th: 15:38 Tim S Dool departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 17:05 Radcliffe R Latimer departed Superior Elevator for Halifax. 17:19 Algoma Strongfield arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday. Stoneport: 18:30 John G Munson arrived to load limestone. Calcite: 8:40 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: Cuyahoga departed and is south bound on Lake Michigan. 16:40 Kaye E Barker arrived to load dolomite.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Tuesday evening the Manitowoc arrived at Lafarge and unloaded cargo on the other side of the dock across from the coal piles. The research vessel Arcticus tied up in the river Tuesday evening. The tall ship Appledore IV is docked by the NOAA building. The tug G.L Ostrander and barge Integrity are expected in port on Wednesday morning.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt. Henry Jackman arrived Tuesday evening to load salt.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Aug 14 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 13 - Whitefish Bay at 2308 - Docked - Aug 11 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1304 - Aug 12 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1216 - Departures - Aug 14 - Whitefish Bay at 0743

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 14 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1318

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 13 - Kaministiqua at 1318 and Atlantic Huron at 1911 - Aug 14 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0020, Cedarglen at 0340, Federal Oshima (Mhl) at 1159, CSL Laurentien at 2054 - Downbound - Aug 14 - Robert S Pierson at 1723, Algoma Buffalo at 1921 (stopping at wharf 6) and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2015 - Aug 14 - Florence Spirit at 0213 (stopped at wharf 16), Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0712, Algoma Spirit at 0857, Thunder Bay at 1220, Algonova at 1252 - (stopping at wharf 16), Baie St Paul at 1952, Algoma Enterprise eta 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 14 - Algoma Buffalo stopped wharf 6 at 0335 approx to unload, Florence Spirit stopped at wharf 16 at 0223 approx and Algonova stopped wharf 16 at 1313 - Departures - Aug 14 - Florence Spirit from wharf 16 mid-afternoon downbound and Algoma Buffalo from wharf 6 early evening upbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 13 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0913 approx., Aug 13 - Federal Elbe ( Mhl) at 1710 - Departed - Aug 13 Federal Elbe at 2300 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 14 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2039, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) eta 2155 and Algoma Spirit at eta 2250 and Beatrix (Nld) eta 2315 - Docked - Aug 11 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0155 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0200

Bronte:
Docked - Aug 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 1303

Toronto:
Departures - Aug 14 - USCG Escanaba at 1655 eastbound and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 1932 for Hamilton

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 11 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0603 from Hamilton

 

Coast Guard and agencies to conduct on-the-water exercises in Straits

8/15 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The US Coast Guard, along with partner agencies, is slated to conduct on-the-water exercises in the Straits of Mackinac Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Marine Transportation System (MTS) recovery training.

More than 50 participants as well as 10 boats from federal, state, county and local agencies and stakeholders will be participating in the recovery drill.

USCG

 

Seaway Port Authority names first female director

8/15 - Duluth, Minn. - The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is celebrating its first–ever female Executive Director, in the port’s 60-year history. On Monday, Deb DeLuca was officially appointed to the position, starting this Thursday, Aug 16th.

She’s not new to the Port Authority. DeLuca previously held the title of Government and Environmental Affairs Director since 2014.

“The biggest task in front of us is making sure that we develop the Inter-Modal Terminal that we added to our assets,” said DeLuca, seated at her new desk. “We’re always advocating for the importance of transportation and transportation infrastructure, whether it’s at the local level, state level, or nationally.

DeLuca was one of dozens candidates from all over the country, but the Board of Commissioners said she rose above the rest. She is now the 14th Female Chief Executive of a U.S. port.

Fox 21

 

Niagara University art museum presents show of model ships by artist Justin Higner

8/15 - Lewiston, N.Y. – The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will present an exhibition of model ships created from the imagination of artist Justin Higner, opening with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. "The Higner Maritime Collection: Twenty-Five Years of Ship Building by Justin Higner" will be on display through March 17, 2019.

The exhibition celebrates Higner's 25-year shipbuilding career, highlighting the evolution of his model-building techniques and inventive, pseudo-historical nautical allegories.

For as long as he can remember, Higner has created all sorts of lived environments for real and imagined figures, from full cities made of brick and found stones to cardboard box villages with streets and a port. In 1994, Higner's passion would take a new direction after watching documentary after documentary about the Titanic and the Edmund Fitzgerald: building worlds by building ships.

The exhibition will feature models of cargo ships, cruise ships, salvages, shipwrecks, tankers and tenders (or dinghies), as well as ships repurposed as convention centers, hotels and museums. Drawn from a collection centered on the artist's fictional maritime settings, these works are accompanied by narratives that chronicle not only the vessels' imagined histories, but also the interactions and relationships between the various builders and owners that populate the artist's mythological world.

Higner utilizes many of the ships' interiors to display miniature reproductions of works by regionally and nationally known artists, as well as his own artwork. These micro-exhibitions, featuring artwork accompanied by real-world historical documentation, reflect his admiration for the central mission of any given art, history, or cultural museum – to serve the public.

For more information, visit www.castellaniartmuseum.org or call 716-286-8286.

 

Updates -  August 15

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the BBC Balboa, Erria Swan, Federal Oshima, Happy River, Mamry, Maple Lea, Pia, Victoriaborg and Volgaborg.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 15

On this day in 1899, a major blockage of the St. Marys River occurred. The steamer MATOA was towing the barge MAIDA past Sailors Encampment when the steering chain of the MAIDA parted. The MAIDA ran ashore but the current swung her around to completely block the channel, and she sank. The lower St. Marys River was closed for several days and 80 - 90 boats were delayed.

The whaleback barge 107 (steel whaleback barge, 276 foot, 1,295 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co., at W. Superior, Wisconsin. She only lasted eight years. In 1898, she broke free from the tug ALVA B in rough weather and stranded near Cleveland, Ohio and was wrecked.

JOSEPH L. BLOCK sailed light on her maiden voyage from the Bay Ship Building Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to load 32,600 long tons of taconite ore pellets at Escanaba, Michigan for delivery to Indiana Harbor, Indiana on August 15, 1976.

In 1991, ALGOSTEEL was outbound at Superior when a small, smoky fire broke out in the electrical panel. The ship went to anchor and then returned to port for repairs. The trip resumed on August 24.

The OTTERCLIFFE HALL, the last "straight deck" Great Lakes bulk freighter built with a pilot house forward, was bare boat chartered to Misener Transportation Ltd. on August 15, 1983, renamed b.) ROYALTON. In 1985, renamed c.) OTTERCLIFFE HALL, d.) PETER MISENER in 1988, and e.) CANADIAN TRADER in 1994. She was scrapped at Alang, India in 2004.

Under threat of a strike on August 15, 1978, the uncompleted GEORGE A. STINSON was towed out of Lorain, Ohio by six tugs to River Rouge's Nicholson's Terminal & Dock Co. to finish her fit-out. She was renamed b.) AMERICAN SPIRIT in 2004.

The LEON FALK JR. was laid up for the last time August 15, 1980, at the Great Lakes Engineering Work's old slip at River Rouge, Michigan.

On August 15, 1985, the MENIHEK LAKE sailed under her own power to Quebec City (from there by tug), the first leg of her journey to the cutter’s torch in Spain.

J.P. MORGAN JR arrived in tow of Hannah Marine's tug DARYL C. HANNAH at Buffalo, New York on August 15th where she was delayed until she could obtain clearance to transit the Welland Canal. Permission to pass down the Canal was refused because of the MORGAN JR's improper condition. By September 5, 1980, the situation was rectified and she was towed down the Welland Canal by the tugs BARBARA ANN, STORMONT and ARGUE MARTIN bound for Quebec City.

On 15 August 1856, the WELLAND (sidewheel steamer, wood, passenger & package freight, 145 foot, 300 ton, built 1853, at St. Catharines, Ontario) burned to a total loss at her dock at Port Dalhousie, Ontario. She was owned by Port Dalhousie and Thorold Railroad Co. On 15 August 1873, Thomas Dunford and Frank Leighton announced a co-partnership in the shipbuilding business in Port Huron, Michigan. Their plans included operating from Dunford's yard. When they made their announcement, they already had an order for a large tug from Mr. George E. Brockway. This tug was the CRUSADER with the dimensions of 132 feet overall, 100 foot keel, and 23 foot beam. In 1914, the Panama Canal was officially opened to maritime traffic.

Data from: Joe Barr, David Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Jim Olsson, Max Hanley, Skip Gillham, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Algoma Conveyor catches fire at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

8/14 - A handymax bulk carrier under construction at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding's New Yangzi shipyard caught fire on Saturday.

According to local reports, the fire started from a ship cabin around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. The local firefighting department was called in and managed to put out the fire in a few hours. No casualties were reported in the incident.

The ship is Canadian owner Algoma's 38,000 dwt Algoma Conveyor which is scheduled for delivery in 2019. The ship was originally ordered at Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry and construction of the ship was taken over by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding after Mingde went bankrupt.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

 

Pilots steer debate on lakes

8/14 - Toledo, Ohio – When the Malta-flagged bulk freighter Belasitza ventured up the Maumee River last month to load grain at one of The Andersons’ elevators, it marked the first time Todorov Mihaylov, the ship’s Bulgarian captain, had ever been to Toledo.

While Captain Mihaylov was on the bridge for nearly all of the river transit, however, he was not in charge of the ship’s navigation. That responsibility had been taken over by Capt. George Haynes, a ship’s pilot from one of three American pilot organizations that — along with Canadian counterparts — provide navigational direction to overseas-flag vessels sailing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

During the two-hour trip from near Toledo’s Coast Guard station to the grain terminal on Kuhlman Drive, Captain Haynes gave dozens of orders related to the freighter’s speed and heading — sometimes by as little as 1 degree of compass heading and mere seconds apart when the vessel threaded through three railroad swing bridges and two street drawbridges along the way.

The pilot spoke by radio with the captains of two tugboats that assisted the Belasitza’s maneuvers and threw all the muscle they had into turning the 610-foot ship around at the riverbend near Miami Street and Oakdale Avenue before docking it at the elevator next to I-75. Captain Haynes also frequently checked a digital connection to a gauge that monitors the river’s current.

“Toledo is probably the most dynamic port on the Great Lakes in terms of [sailing] conditions,” the 22-year veteran mariner said. “You have the current, and the shallow-draft channels, and the lowest bridge, and it’s wide open to crosswinds.”

“You get some ugly situations here, when the wind’s blowing and the current’s going,” Captain Haynes said later during the voyage. “We consider Toledo, and the Maumee River, the hardest thing in our district.”

Pilots providing such local guidance for foreign shipmasters is practically as old as seafaring itself, and has been required on the Great Lakes by federal law since 1960, the year after the Seaway opened.

Canadian and U.S. pilots jointly provide the required service to the foreign ocean-going ships, known in the system as “salties.” While Canadian pilots work for a government agency, the Americans are grouped into three district associations overseen by the Coast Guard.

The power those associations wield over foreign-flag Great Lakes shipping has given rise to two controversies in recent years.

One, related to the fees ship lines pay for pilot services, has aroused collective unrest among Great Lakes ports, which question whether steep increases the Coast Guard authorized by writing in its pilotage regulations are driving cargo out of the lakes.

The other, which has come to its most recent head involving a labor dispute at the Port of Toledo’s International Cargo Docks, involves the lakes pilots’ allegiance to a major labor union representing dock workers and their ability to effectively shut down foreign-flag shipping to selected terminals.

Steve Fisher, the executive director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association, said the two issues both emanate from the pilots’ unusual situation of having an effective monopoly over a mandatory function.

Great Lakes pilotage, he said, “was enacted in 1960 as a safety program” — not one intended to create leverage in labor disputes.

The three American pilots’ associations, which each cover a different geographic area of the Great Lakes/Seaway system, work essentially as partnerships, with each association choosing new members based on a set number of positions authorized by the Coast Guard.

New members are required to buy shares of the association in order to pay for common needs, such as the pilot boats they use to shuttle between shore and under-way ships, the pool cars they use to travel to and from boarding points, and dispatching and other support services.

Read more and watch a video at this link: http://www.toledoblade.com/business/2018/08/11/Pilots-steer-debate-on-lakes/stories/20180809207

 

Port Reports -  August 14

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Spruceglen departed Two Harbors on August 13th at approx. 02:55 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on August 13 at 03:10 was the American Spirit that went to CN's South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on the 13th at 18:33. As of 19:30 she wasn't showing an updated AIS. Also arriving on Two Harbors on August 13th was the Cason J. Callaway after unloading limestone at the C. Reiss dock in Duluth. The Callaway, was of 19:30 was still loading (I'll assume pellets/BFT). Due Two Harbors on August 13th at approx. 22:00 are Edgar B. Speer and the Algoma Guardian. There is no other scheduled inbound traffic on August 14th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival on August 13th of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 19:14. Due Silver Bay late on August 14th is the American Century arriving from Marquette after unloading coal.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday August 12th: 23:57 The heavy-lift saltie Happy River arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload. Monday August 13th: 21:26 the saltie Amstelborg departed after 6 days at Keefer Terminal and shifted over to Viterra A to load grain.

St. Marys River
Monday’s most interesting traffic was the tug Helen H downbound from Duluth for Buffalo with two barges.

Port Inland, Mich.
Calumet was loading Monday evening.

Southern Lake Michigan
Drawsko were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Earlier in the day Federal Bristol departed for Chicago, where she went to anchor. Isabelle G and Victoriaborg were in the Calumet River. Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Alpena: 6:25 Sharon M1 departed for Sault Ste. Marie. Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement. 11:35 she departed for Detroit. Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Marine City. Calcite: Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived to load limestone. 11:14 she departed for Saginaw. 16:13 Joyce L Vanenkevort departed for Superior. Drummond Island H Lee White departed for Fairport. Spragge: Cuyahoga departed for Bruce Mines. Bruce Mines: 2:10 Mississagi departed for Detroit. Saginaw arrived and once she was loaded, departed and is down bound Lake Huron. Cuyahoga arrived to take a part load of trap rock. Meldrum Bay: 5:00 Frontenac arrived to load, she departed for Windsor. Cuyahoga arrived to take on part load of limestone. Little Current: The cruise ship Pearl Mist arrived in the morning. She departed for Sault Ste. Marie at 13:00.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Aug 13 . – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 13 - Whitefish Bay eta 2300 - Docked - Aug 11 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1304 - Aug 12 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1216 - Departures - Aug 13 - CSL Niagara at 0227 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 12 - Algoma Enterprise at 1341 - Aug 13 - Algoma Compass at 0100, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0622, Kaministiqua at 1318 and Atlantic Huron at 1911 and Cedarglen eta 2345 - Downbound - Aug 12 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1520 - Aug 13 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0745, Lake Guardian at 1127, G3 Marquis at 1321, Robert S Pierson at 1723, Algoma Buffalo at 1921 and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2015,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 11 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1453 and Algoma Sault at 2211 - Aug 13 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0913 approx., Aug 13 - Federal ELbe ( Mhl) at 1710

Hamilton:
Arrivals - none - Docked - Aug 11 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0155 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0200 - Departure - Aug 13 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 2049 eastbound Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 13 - Mia Desgagnes at 1303

Clarkson:
Departure - Aug 12 - Algoma Compass at 2309 for the canal

Toronto:
Docked - Aug 7 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 0632 - Aug 12 - USCG Escanaba at 1930 - Departure - Aug 13 - McKeil Spirit at 0807 approx eastbound

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 11 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0603 from Hamilton -

 

Autonomous Maritime Research: Site to lead quantum leap in shipping

8/14 - Houghton, Mich. – Michigan Technological University unveiled its Maritime Autonomy Research Site last Friday, which the university hopes will spur new developments in unmanned research vessels. The site, located at the Great Lakes Research Center, is believed to be the first freshwater testing spot of its kind.

At the same time, officials announced the Smart Ships Coalition. It includes scientists, policymakers, navigators, educators and others from around the Great Lakes looking to develop guidelines for conducting research with autonomous boats.

Applications of autonomous technology in the near term will be focused on research, surveying and search and rescue, said David Naftzger, executive director of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. The group consists of governors of Great Lakes states, including Gov. Rick Snyder, and premieres from the Canadian provinces.

Their goal is to double maritime trade in the Great Lakes, he said. Autonomous technology can be a “quantum leap” in advancing shipping, he said.

“Shipping 25 years from now will look very different than it does today,” he said. “In part, that’s going to be because of the work that’s being done here.”

In smaller ways, autonomous features are already entering the market, said Travis White, a research engineer at the GRLC and cofounder of ProNav Marine. He pointed out a buoy in the water that can be used to set up a race course via smart course, which ProNav helped develop the GPS controls.

“Being fortunate to work here at the Great Lakes Research Center, I’m excited to have an opportunity to work on some of the issues still that face the adoption of autonomous technologies” such as safety concerns, he said.

With no crew onboard, a craft could go out in conditions that would preclude a manned trip. The event included the demonstration of a one-third-scale model of a swarming boat, which will be able to work in conjunction with other vehicles and assess wavefields to choose how to maneuver in choppy waters.

Interest in the jet ski, which is outfitted with sonar, is also a step toward surveying the Great Lakes without a piloted vessel said Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center.

“Surveying on a jet ski is really fun, but if you’re talking about surveying the Great Lakes, our real goal is to get the human out of the loop,” Meadows said.

“Human, out of the loop!” he then commanded the pilot, who raised his hands away from the controls as the jet ski sped on.

Daily Mining Gazette

 

Fishing operations reporting record catch along Lake Superior's south shore

8/14 - Commercial fishing operations near the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior are reporting record numbers of whitefish and a strong recovery of lake trout from a low in the early 2000s.

During a presentation to the state’s Natural Resources Board, Craig Hoopman, of Lake Superior whitefish, said he is seeing record numbers of young whitefish and a strong rebounding of lake trout numbers. Hoopman, who chairs the state Department of Natural Resources Lake Superior Commercial Fishing Board, said fishing has been phenomenal so far this year.

"We're averaging between 2,500 and 3,000 pounds of whitefish per day in the traps right now and releasing thousands of sub-legal fish," said Hoopman. "There's just multiple year classes of fish."

And while whitefish is the most sought-after species, Hoopman said he is also seeing strong numbers of lake trout as well after a decades-long population decline that began in 1950s.

"The lake trout recovery … it's unbelievable. There's around three year classes of lake trout that I'm seeing daily that are extremely large. Very nice, beautiful-looking fish, healthy, the whitefish, the lake trout, all the species that I'm seeing every day, they are feeding well, there just healthy-looking fish," he said.

A year class refers to all fish born in the same year.

Hoopman credited refuges near the Apostle Islands — where fishing is prohibited and where the fishing season ends Sept. 30, before fish spawn in October and November — for letting the whitefish and trout populations boom.

"We have a fishery that is protected here," he said. "It is of such utmost importance of our restricted use areas and the refuge that we have in place that have been there for a long time to protect these fish and also our closed season dates."

Brad Ray, a DNR fisheries biologist, said lake trout populations crashed during the 1950s and '60s due in part to the introduction of invasive sea lamprey.

The DNR, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission have worked for decades to target spawning lamprey to reduce their numbers, which Ray said has allowed the lake trout populations to recover. He said since 2007, the DNR has noticed a consistent number of young lake trout coming into the population.

"The recreational fishery has been booming and we have a higher quota than we did last year and catch rates have been through the roof. Everybody seems to be doing really well on the recreation side and there are a lot of fish out there in terms of lake trout," Ray said.

Ray also said he has seen strong numbers of younger year classes of whitefish in recent years. That's not surprising since the two species have similar feeding and spawning behaviors.

"There's a lot of smaller whitefish that we catch in our summer assessment that has smaller meshes than the commercial gear, but we see good numbers of fish coming into the fishery population, what can be harvested by the commercial industry," Ray said.

At the end of his presentation, Hoopman said if conditions hold and the younger whitefish and lake trout are able to grow to maturity, the Apostle Islands and South Shore region of Lake Superior will get a lot of attention for being a national sport fishing destination.

Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 14

On this day in 1962, the ARTHUR M. ANDERSON departed Conneaut and headed downbound to become the first Pittsburgh boat to transit the Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway.

At 11 p.m., 14 August 1882, the steam barge CHICAGO, 206 foot, 935 gross tons of 1855, was carrying coal on Lake Michigan while towing the barge MANITOWOC, 210.5 feet, 569 gross tons of 1868. In mid-lake, near Fox Island, CHICAGO was discovered to be on fire. Within 15 minutes, she was ablaze. Her crew escaped to her barge-consort MANITOWOC. The CHICAGO burned to the water's edge and sank the following day.

Sea trials for the HENRY FORD II took place on August 14, 1924, and shortly after she left on her maiden voyage with coal from Toledo, Ohio to Duluth, Minnesota and returned with iron ore to the Ford Rouge Plant at Dearborn.

After been sold for scrap, the GOVERNOR MILLER was towed down the Soo Locks on August 14, 1980, for Milwaukee, Wisconsin to load scrap.

On 14 August 1873, CHESTER B. JONES (3-mast, wooden schooner, 167 foot, 493 gross tons) was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan. She was built by Chesley Wheeler. The spars and top hamper ordered for her were broken in a logjam, so the 3-master received her spars at Buffalo, New York on her first trip.

The 149 foot bark MARY E. PEREW was found floating west of the Manitou Islands by the propeller MONTGOMERY on 14 August 1871. The PEREW had been sailing to Milwaukee with a load of coal when a storm came upon her so quickly on 8 August (nearly a week before MONTGOMERY found her) that the crew did not have time to trim the sails. All three masts were snapped and the mizzen mast fell on the yawl, smashing it. So the crew was stuck on the ship, unable to navigate. The MONTGOMERY towed her to Milwaukee where she was rebuilt and she lasted until 1905.

On 14 August 1900, the tug WILLIAM D of the Great Lakes Towing Co. got under the bow of the steamer WAWATAM at Ashtabula, Ohio, and was rolled over and sank. One drowned.

August 14, 1899 - W. L. Mercereau, known as the "Father of the Fleet,” became Superintendent of Steamships for the Pere Marquette Railway.

1936: Registration for the wooden steamer MARY H. BOYCE was closed. The ship, which had burned at Fort William in 1928, was scuttled in deep water off Isle Royale in 1936.The vessel had been an early member of the Paterson fleet.

1950: The Canada Steamship Lines passenger carrier QUEBEC caught fire near Tadoussac, Quebec, and was able to reach the dock. Of the 426 passengers on board, 3 lives were lost. The blaze was considered suspicious as it began in a linen closet. The vessel was a total loss.

1961: The wooden diesel-powered tug NORTH STAR IV had visited the Great Lakes as b) ROCKY RIVER and had been used to handle the barges BLACK RIVER and PIC RIVER for the Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. The vessel was serving under her fourth name when she stranded on a rock in James Bay while doing hydrographic survey work. The crew was rescued but the vessel was a total loss. The rocky area is now called North Star Shoal.

1986: GABRIELLA came through the Seaway in 1975 when only a year old. The ship capsized at Port Kembla, Australia, while discharging a 227-ton heavy lift on this date. The vessel was turned upside down, refloated in November 1986 and towed 30 miles out to sea and scuttled on December 9, 1986.

2004: FEDERAL MAAS was damaged at the Iroquois Lock when the wing of the pilothouse struck the edge of the bascule bridge.

2005: The Cypriot freighter ULLA visited the Seaway in September 1995 with cocoa beans for Valleyfield, QC and returned, in ballast, in November 1996 for Port Robinson. It was in a collision as f) REEF PEMBA with the GAS VISION and sank off Oman on this date in 2005. The crew was saved.

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

 

Bid to move Irvin museum ship higher than expected

8/13 - Duluth, Minn. – Moving the William A. Irvin from its current location at Minnesota Slip to Fraser Shipyards and back is going to cost the city of Duluth $250,000 more than expected.

The Duluth City Council will consider a resolution Monday that would reappropriate $250,000 of 2018 tourism tax funds, originally assigned to finance the rehabilitation of the Minnesota Slip Bridge, and use it to move the retired freighter. The pedestrian bridge that spans the slip will be pinned in an upright position to provide room for the Irvin to squeeze through the abutments with only 15 total inches to spare.

The city already approved an agreement in June to provide half the funding needed to move the laker at a total cost not expected to exceed $600,000. But the agreement also stated that the city will have to pick up any overrun expenses. With the additional cost of more than $250,000, the city is now on the hook for more than $550,000.

The extra cost stems from the contract to move the Irvin from the Minnesota Slip this fall to Fraser Shipyards, where its hull will be painted, and back again in the spring, said Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration.

"We estimated the cost of towing the Irvin to be around $400,000, but the bids came back around $650,000," he said.

The resolution to approve the contract to relocate the Irvin is also on the city council's agenda for Monday. The contract is expected to be awarded to Wren Works, LLC for an amount not to exceed $656,968. The Irvin will need to move this fall to allow for crews to begin working on a project designed to stabilize and contain contaminated sediments in the slip.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  August 13

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on August 12th at 04:32 for Gary. The Spruceglen shifted after the Gott's departure from 04:49 to 05:15 to South of #2. As of 19:35 on August 12th she was still at the loading dock. Spruceglen is loading for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on August 13th are the American Spirit early in the morning and later in the day Edgar B. Speer and Algoma Guardian.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on August 12th and none scheduled for August 13th. Another possibility for Two Harbors on August 13th is the Cason J. Callaway. She arrived Duluth on the evening of August 12th with limestone. She could possibly load in Two Harbors on August 13th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday August 12th: 11:33 Tecumseh departed Richardson Main Terminal and was downbound. 20:52 Tim S Dool arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Expected late on Sunday: Heavy lift saltie Happy River expected in Port at 21:00.

Port Inland, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was loading stone Sunday night.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Bristol and Drawsko were at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Isabelle G and Victoriaborg were in the Calumet River.

Northern Lake Huron
Saturday, Calcite: John G Munson arrived to load. Sunday, Alpena: 7:49 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. 8:12 Sharon M1 and barge arrived to unload. 12:53 The cement carrier Alpena departed for Detroit. Stoneport: Olive L Moore arrived to load limestone. Calcite: 4:45 The tug Manitou arrived to deliver the Jane Ann IV which is now moored on the outside of the north dock. Manitou departed at 7:05 and is down bound on Lake Huron. 9:12 Joyce Van Enkevort arrived and went to anchor. 10:36 Philip R Clarke departed for Detroit. 15:49 John G Munson departed for Detroit. 15:51 Joyce Vanenkevort weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. Drummond Island: H Lee White arrived to load. Bruce Mines: 22:00 Mississagi arrived to load trap rock. Spragge: Cuyahoga arrived to unload limestone from Port Inland. Parry Sound: 4:40 Pearl Mist arrived for passenger shore excursions. 18:30 She departed for Little Current.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
The tug Sharon M 1 and a barge arrived at Lafarge Sunday morning. It tied up at the coal dock and had equipment unloading cargo out of the barge throughout the day. The Alpena returned on Sunday as well and loaded cement for Detroit. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation are expected in port on Monday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator departed Saturday with salt for Milwaukee.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Aug 12 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 12 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1216 (from the anchorage) and CSL Niagara at 1812 - Docked - Aug 10 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 2222 from the anchorage - Aug 11 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1304 from the anchorage - Departures - Aug 11 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at at 2203 - Aug 12 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 1145 for Dordrecht, Nlds

Buffalo:
Arrival - Aug 12 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0705 - Departed - Aug 12 at 1528 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 11 - Algoma Strongfield at 1606, Lubie (Bhs) at 2034, NACC Argonaut (ex NACC Toronto-18, Arklow Wave-16) at 1641 - Aug 12 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0819 (from Port Weller anchorage), Algoma Sault at 0944, Mamry (Bhs) at 1026, Algoma Enterprise at 1341. Downbound - Aug 11 - Algoma Niagara at 1751, CSL St Laurent at 1819 and Baie Comeau at 1841 - Aug 12 - USCG Escanaba at 0722, Damia Desgagnes at 0803, Harbour Feature (Por) at 1428 and Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1520

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 11 - Robert S Pierson (stopped at wharf 12) mid morning - Departed - Aug 12 at 0925 approx. westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 11 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1453 and Algoma Sault at 2211 - Departures - (for the canal) Aug 12 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0755 and Algoma Sault at 0920

Hamilton:
Arrivals - none - Docked - Aug 9 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0530 - Aug 11 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0155 from the anchorage and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0200 from the anchorage - Departures - Aug 11 - Algoma Sault at 1956 - Aug 12 - Algoscotia at 0200 eastbound and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1852

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 11 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0952 - departed Aug 12 at 2034 eastbound

Clarkson:
Docked - Aug 11 - Algoma Compass at 1824

Mississauga:
Aug 10 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1206 - Departed Aug 12 at 1451 for Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Toronto:
Docked - Aug 7 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 0632 - Aug 11 - McKeil Spirit at 1640 - Aug 12 - USCG Escanaba at 1930

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 11 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0603 from Hamilton - Departures - Aug 12 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 0629 eastbound and Mamry (Bhs) at 0719 for Thunder Bay

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Sunday evening tug Frances and barge Weeks 188 were preparing to enter the NY State Barge Canal.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 13

Operated by a crew of retired Hanna captains, chief engineers and executives, the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY departed the old Great Lakes Engineering Works yard in Ecorse, Michigan, under her own power on August 13, 1986, for Lauzon, Quebec. The HUMPHREY cleared Lauzon September 3rd with the former Hanna steamer PAUL H. CARNAHAN in tow of the Dutch tug SMIT LLOYD 109. The tow locked through the Panama Canal, September 27-30, and arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan December 10, 1986 completing a trip of over 14,000 miles. The HUMPHREY was scrapped in 1987, by Shiong Yek Steel Corp.

On 13 August 1899, H. G. CLEVELAND (wooden schooner, 137 foot 264 tons, built in 1867, at Black River, Ohio) sank with a full load of limestone, 7 miles from the Cleveland harbor entrance.

August 13, 1980 - The ARTHUR K. ATKINSON returned to service after repairing a broken crankshaft suffered in 1973. She brought 18 railcars from Manitowoc to Frankfort.

The 272 foot, 1,740 gross ton, wooden propeller freighter SITKA was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull#32) at W. Bay City, Michigan on 13 August 1887.

1986 INDIANA HARBOR set a Toledo and Lake Erie record, loading 55,047 tons of coal at Toledo for Marquette.

1917: The barge MIDDLESEX of the Ontario Transportation and Pulp Company broke loose and stranded at Rapide Plat in the St. Lawrence. The ship was abandoned to the insurers but salvaged and returned to service as b) WOODLANDS in 1918.

1979: IRISH OAK first came to the Great Lakes in 1960 for Irish Shipping Ltd. The vessel went aground near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as c) VEGAS on this date in 1979, while enroute from Piraeus, Greece, to Vietnam. The hull was refloated on October 28, 1979, and reached Jeddah on November 16, 1979. It was sold for scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, and arrived there on January 29, 1980.

1982: EUTHALIA visited the Seaway for the first time in 1972. It caught fire in the engine room as d) FORUM SPIRIT enroute from Port Said, Egypt, to Piraeus, Greece, and was abandoned by most of the crew. While it was towed into Piraeus on August 14, the vessel was declared a total loss. The ship arrived at Split, Yugoslavia, again under tow, for scrapping on March 6, 1984.

1993: The second CORFU ISLAND to visit the Great Lakes came inland in 1970. This SD14 cargo carrier had been built the previous year and returned as b) LOYALTY in 1980. Later that fall, the ship arrived at Basrah, Iraq, from Duluth with severe missile damage resulting from the Iraq-Iran War. The ship was declared a total loss but remained idle there until being towed away on August 13, 1993. LOYALTY arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping on September 22, 1993.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 12

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure of the James R. Barker on August 11th at 13:10 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on August 11th was the Edwin H. Gott at 13:30 for South of #2. She arrived off Two Harbors early on August 11th. Due Two Harbors on August 12th is the American Spirit. The Spruceglen is still at North of #2 presumably still undergoing repairs as of 18:40 on August 11th.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on August 11th at 09:04 for Cleveland. There is no scheduled inbound traffic for Silver Bay on August 12th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday August 10th: 23:53 G3 Marquis departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. Saturday August 11th: 0:28 Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. 4:41 Thunder Bay arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 12:55 Florence Spirit departed G3 for Quebec City. 13:34 Tecumseh departed Viterra B and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain. 18:43 Thunder Bay departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Sydney, NS. 21:46 Tecumseh departed Superior Elevator and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 21:52 Radcliffe R. Latimer weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Alpena: The cement carrier Alpena departed for McGregor Bay. Calcite: Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived to load and later departed for Saginaw. Cason J Callaway departed for Superior. 7:53 Philip R Clarke arrived to load limestone. 21:28 John G Munson arrived and went to anchor. Port Dolomite: Manitowoc departed for Cleveland. Bruce Mines: Saginaw arrived late Friday night to load trap rock: She departed Saturday and is down bound on Lake Michigan. McGregor Bay: 11:30 Alpena arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Terminal to unload cement products.20:39 She departed for Alpena. Midland: 7:29 The cruise ship Pearl Mist arrived. She departed at 19:17 for Parry Sound. The tug Manitou was between Alpena and Stoneport, course 348, sailing at 6 knots, Saturday bound for Calcite.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Aug 11 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at at 0908, Docked - Aug 10 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 2222 from the anchorage - Aug 11 - Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1304 from the anchorage - Departures - Aug 10 - Algoma Compass at 1757 (eastbound), Algocanada at 2146 - Aug 11 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0810 eastbound

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 8 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1954

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug - 10 Algoma Guardian at 1834 and Frontenac at 2244 - Aug 11 - Algoma Hansa at 0642, CSL Assiniboine at 0809, Algoma Discovery at 1450, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement (to Port Weller anchorage), Algoma Strongfield at 1606, Lubie (Bhs) at 2034, NACC Argonaut (ex NACC Toronto-18, Arklow Wave-16) at 1641 - Downbound - Aug 10 - CSL Welland at 1645, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1844 and Americaborg (Nld) eta 2225 - Aug 11 - Algoma Compass at 0002, John D Leitch at 0813, Robert S Pierson at 0853 (stopping wharf 12), tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1253, Algoma Niagara at 1751, CSL St Laurent at 1819.

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 (fit-out berth) at 1505 - Robert S Pierson (stopped at wharf 12) mid morning

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1453

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Algoma Sault at 0617 and tug Frances (Ame) & barge Weeks 188 at 0732 - Docked - Aug 9 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0530 - Aug 10 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1800 and Algoscotia at 1939 - Aug 11 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 0155 from the anchorage and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0200 from the anchorage - Departures - Aug 11 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0015 for Oshawa, Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0104 for Ireland, Algoma Discovery at 1305, Algoma Strongfield at 1325, tug Frances (Ame) & barge Weeks 188 at 1923 for Oswego and Algoma Sault at 1956

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 11 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0952

Clarkson:
Aug 10 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 0630

Mississauga:
Aug 10 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1206

Toronto:
Docked - Aug 7 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 0632

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 7 - Mamry (Bhs) at 0719 - Aug 10 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1032 from Clarkson - Aug 11 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0603 from Hamilton

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 12

The C&O carferry SPARTAN, in a heavy fog while inbound from Kewaunee on the morning of August 12, 1976, struck rocks at the entrance to Ludington harbor. She suffered severe damage to about 120 feet of her bottom plating. She was taken to Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay on August 18th for repairs. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.

TOM M. GIRDLER was christened August 12, 1951; she was the first of the C-4 conversions.

MAUNALOA (Hull#37) was launched August 12, 1899 at Chicago, Illinois by Chicago Shipbuilding Co. for the Minnesota Steamship Co. Sold Canadian and renamed b.) MAUNALOA II in 1945. She was scrapped at Toronto in 1971.

WILLIAM E. COREY sailed from Chicago on her maiden voyage August 12, 1905, bound for Duluth, Minnesota to load iron ore. She later became b.) RIDGETOWN in 1963. Used as a breakwater in Port Credit, Ontario, in 1974, and is still there.

On 12 August 1882, FLORIDA (3-mast wooden schooner, 352 tons, built in 1875 at Batiscan, Ontario) was carrying 662 tons of coal from Black River to Toronto when she sprang a leak and sank 12 miles from Port Maitland, Ontario. She hailed from Quebec and was constructed mostly of pine and tamarack.

1941: The first EAGLESCLIFFE HALL was attacked by a German bomber from the Luftwaffe and was struck aft. The vessel was two miles east of Sunderland, England, at the time and one member of the crew was killed. The ship reached Sunderland for repairs and, at the end of the war, resumed Great Lakes service for the Hall Corporation. It later joined the Misener fleet as DAVID BARCLAY.

1960: A collision on the Detroit River between the Finnish freighter MARIA and the ALEXANDER T. WOOD damaged both vessels and put the latter aground in the Ballard Reef Channel. After being lightered of some grain by MAITLAND NO. 1, the vessel was released with the aid of the tug JOHN PURVES. MARIA, a pre-Seaway caller to the Great Lakes as BISCAYA and TAMMERFORS, was towed to the Great Lakes Engineering Works at Ecorse for repairs. It was eventually scrapped in Yugoslavia in 1968. ALEXANDER T. WOOD sank as VAINQUER after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico on March 15, 1969.

1980: An explosion in the crankcase of the bulk carrier RALPH MISENER left one crew member killed and another four injured. One of the injured later died. The ship was loaded with coke and on the Saguenay River bound for Port Alfred. Repairs were carried out at Montreal.

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

 

Study finds Great Lakes shipping supports 237,000 jobs

8/11 - A new study found that Great Lakes shipping to ports such as the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and the Port of Chicago on the South Sides pumps $25.6 billion into the economy and supports 237,000 jobs, including 147,500 in the Midwest.

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. commissioned the study “Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region," which found maritime shipping on Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes generated $10.5 billion in personal income a year and $4.6 billion in tax revenue.

“The St. Lawrence Seaway is vital to America’s freight transportation network, job creation and economic growth,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.

Last year, domestic and international cargo that passed through the St. Lawrence Seaway into the Great Lakes totaled 38 million tons and $7.7 billion in value. Ports on the system handled 285 million tons of cargo like grain, iron ore, coal, steel, heavy lift/project cargoes, and salt that were valued at $15.2 billion.

“This study documents the enormous economic contribution the maritime industry provides to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway region,” said Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. “In addition to providing well-paying jobs, maritime commerce is one of the safest, most fuel-efficient, and cost-effective ways to move goods that support key industries such as agriculture, steel manufacturing, and construction in the United States.”

NW Indiana Times

 

$610 million contract awarded to convert icebreakers at Davie Shipyard

8/11 - The Canadian Federal government has awarded a major contract to Quebec’s Davie Shipyard – and it’s a relief for the workers, who have been facing an uncertain future. Ottawa signed a $610 million contract with the shipyard, located on Quebec’s South Shore, to convert three icebreakers.

The project will change the face of the Canadian Coast Guard’s aging fleet.

“The quality of this shipyard, and the quality of the men and women working here is now something that is well known, and certainly well known to the government,” said Steve MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility.

The contract is expected to create 200 jobs over the next two years, and protect those who are already working.

Negotiations for the contract, however, were complicated. “Clearly you’re not always going to get alignment,” said Spencer Fraser from Federal Fleet Services.

“We wanted to do certain things that the government said ‘that’s great from an industry perspective, [but] it’s not what we’re looking for,’ and we’d say ‘that’s great from a government perspective, but not great from an industry perspective,” he said. “But we’re here today, and I think we should be happy.”

The Canadian Coast Guard hasn’t had a new icebreaker since 1993. The first icebreaker is expected to be ready to take to the waters by December.

CTV Montreal

 

Port Reports -  August 11

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
James R. Barker arrived Two Harbors on August 10th at 06:19. As of 19:30 on the 10th she was still at South of #2. The Spruceglen remained anchored all day until she arrived the breakwall on August 10th stern first at 15:40. She then went high up into Agate Bay with her stern and went in bow first to North of #2. The reason she didn't arrive after the Blough on the 9th or before the Barker is that she had windlass failure. Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. shuttled Fraser personnel and crew again to the Spruceglen on August 10th before she could come in. Due Two Harbors on August 11th is the Edwin H. Gott.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner on August 10th at 13:45. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 11th

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday August 10th: 5:36 Algonova arrived at Suncor Energy Terminal to unload petroleum products. 9:52 Florence Spirit arrived at G3 to load grain. 15:25 Tecumseh arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 17:38 Federal Elbe departed Richardson Main Terminal for Montreal. 19:04 Tecumseh departed Viterra A and shifted over to Viterra B to load grain. 20:14 Algonova departed Suncor Energy Terminal for Sault Ste Marie.

Green Bay, Wis.
The tug Michigan and barge Great Lakes arrived on Friday at 5:30 a.m.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Alpena: The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. Stoneport: Olive L Moore departed for Saginaw. Calcite: Great Republic departed for Duluth. Cason J Callaway arrived to load limestone. Port Dolomite: Manitowoc arrived to load. Bruce Mines Algoma Buffalo departed for Toledo.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
During the month of July on the Saginaw River, there were a total of 20 commercial vessel passages. This is a decrease of five from July of last year, when there were 25 vessel passages. It is however in increase over the 5-year average of 18 vessel passages for the month.

For the total commercial vessel passages for the year to date, there have been 64 on the Saginaw River as of the end of July. This represents an increase over the 2017 numbers by six passages. Compared to the 5-year average, the 64 total passages for the year to date are also above the average of 55.

Sandusky, Ohio – Dan McNeil
Algoma Sault got underway from Sandusky around 10pm Thursday August 9th. She had been loading coal at the NS coal dock since Tuesday afternoon August 7th. Arriving at the NS Coal dock in Sandusky Thursday evening around 9pm was Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin. Up at Marblehead was Tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder. They arrived in the early morning hours of Thursday.

 

Port of Ogdensburg sets record for use

8/11 - Ogdensburg, N.Y. – The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is continuing to break records in the amount of cargo being moved though its port on the St. Lawrence River, according to officials.

In a statement this week, OBPA officials announced a record for handling cargo at the Port of Ogdensburg. Longshoremen at the port were able to unload three ships within a one-week period, a first, according to OBPA officials. The ships were each carrying wind turbine components.

“Unloading three vessels within a week is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the authority’s longshoremen, International Longshoremen’s Association Local 217A, and Port Director of Operations Steven J. Lawrence.” said Wade A. Davis, executive director of the OBPA. “This is record-breaking and is another excellent example of how past state and federal investments into regional infrastructure create jobs and economic opportunities in the future.”

 

CCGS Samuel Risley completes resupply mission for Thule air base in Greenland

8/11 - From the fresh water of Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes to the salt water of Baffin Bay in the high Arctic, the Officers and crew of CCGS Samuel Risley have successfully completed the first leg of their maiden voyage to the Arctic.

CCGS Samuel Risley, a familiar sight on the Great Lakes, answered the call to duty this summer as an Arctic icebreaking resource for the Canadian Coast Guard. Their mission was to escort commercial ships to resupply the Thule air base in northern Greenland.

For Commanding Officer John Cork the experience has been excellent, with some notable differences between sailing on the Great Lakes and sailing in the Arctic. “We saw thousands of icebergs big and small, whales, seals and other wildlife that we wouldn't normally get to see. The landscape of Greenland is truly spectacular with many active glaciers.”

CCGS Samuel Risley arrived in Iqaluit August 5th. Over the past month more than 5100 nautical miles were sailed, for approximately 500 hours. After a crew change this week in Iqaluit CCGS Samuel Risley will remain in the eastern Arctic for search and rescue, community visits and some buoy tending in Hudson Bay.

Icebreaking is one of multiple services the Canadian Coast Guard provides to northern communities. Search and rescue, environmental response, aids to navigation, and marine communications and traffic services are also provided by the Coast Guard.

For more information about 2018 Arctic Canadian Coast Guard Season: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-coast-guard/news/2018/06/2018-arctic-coast-guard-season.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 11

On 11 August 1899, the SIMON LANGELL (wooden propeller freighter, 195 foot, 845 gross tons, built in 1886, at St. Clair, Michigan) was towing the wooden schooner W K MOORE off Lakeport, Michigan on Lake Huron when they were struck by a squall. The schooner was thrown over on her beam ends and filled with water. The local Life Saving crew went to the rescue and took off two women passengers from the stricken vessel. The Moore was the towed to Port Huron, Michigan by the tug HAYNES and placed in dry dock for inspection and repairs.

The H.M. GRIFFITH was the first self-unloader to unload grain at Robin Hood's new hopper unloading facility at Port Colborne, Ontario on August 11, 1987. She was renamed b.) RT HON PAUL J. MARTIN in 2000.

On August 11, 1977, the THOMAS W. LAMONT was the first vessel to take on fuel at Shell's new fuel dock at Corunna, Ontario The dock's fueling rate was 60 to 70,000 gallons per hour and was built to accommodate 1,000- footers.

Opening ceremonies for the whaleback tanker METEOR a.) FRANK ROCKEFELLER, museum ship were held on August 11, 1973, with the president of Cleveland Tankers present whose company had donated the ship. This historically unique ship was enshrined into the National Maritime Hall of Fame.

The T.W. ROBINSON departed Quebec City on August 11, 1987, along with US265808 (former BENSON FORD in tow of the Polish tug JANTAR bound for Recife, Brazil where they arrived on September 22, 1987. Scrapping began the next month.

On 11 August 1862, B F BRUCE (wooden propeller passenger steamer, 110 foot, 169 tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York as a tug) was carrying staves when she caught fire a few miles off Port Stanley, Ontario in Lake Erie. She was run to the beach, where she burned to a total loss with no loss of life. Arson was suspected. She had been rebuilt from a tug to this small passenger steamer the winter before her loss.

On 11 August 1908, TITANIA (iron propeller packet/tug/yacht, 98 foot, 73 gross tons, built in 1875, at Buffalo, New York) was rammed and sunk by the Canadian sidewheeler KINGSTON near the harbor entrance at Charlotte, New York on Lake Ontario. All 26 on board were rescued.

The wooden scow-schooner SCOTTISH CHIEF had been battling a storm on Lake Michigan since Tuesday, 8 August 1871. By late afternoon of Friday, 11 August 1871, she was waterlogged. The galley was flooded and the food ruined. The crew stayed with the vessel until that night when they left in the lifeboat. They arrived in Chicago on Sunday morning, 13 August.

1865: A fire broke out at Sault Ste. Marie in the cargo of lime aboard the wooden passenger and freight carrier METEOR that was involved in the sinking of the PEWABIC on August 9. METEOR was scuttled in 30 feet of water to prevent its loss. The hull was pumped out and salvaged four days later and repaired.

1919: MURIEL W. hit a sunken crib off Port Weller and was partially sunk. An August 15, 1919, storm broke up the hull.

1928: W.H. SAWYER stranded off Harbor Beach Light in a storm. Her barges, A.B. KING and PESHTIGO, were blown aground and broken up by the waves. The trip had run for shelter but the effort ended 100 yards short of safety. The cook was a casualty.

1944: The Norwegian freighter ERLING LINDOE was built in 1917 and came to the Great Lakes for the first time in 1923. The ship struck a mine in the Kattegat Strait, off Varberg, Sweden, and sank with its cargo of pyrites. The number of casualties varies with one report noting the loss at 19 members of the crew, another at 17 and, yet another, had the death toll at 13. There were 6 survivors.

1976: The Panamanian freighter WOKAN was beached off Oman with a fractured hull enroute from the Ulsan, South Korea, to Kuwait. It was declared a total loss and abandoned. The 1952-built vessel first came through the Seaway as b) DAUPHINE in 1968 and returned as d) SPACE KING in 1975.

2001: Bridge 11 of the Welland Canal was lowered prematurely striking the downbound bulk carrier WINDOC taking the top off the pilothouse, toppling the stack and igniting a fire. The massive damage to the ship was never repaired and efforts for find work for the vessel as a barge were not a success. The hull arrived at Port Colborne for dismantling on November 9, 2010.

2004: ONEGO MERCHANT came through the Seaway for the first time in May 2004. Later that summer, the vessel sustained bow damage in a grounding near Larvik, Norway, but was refloated within hours. It returned to the Great Lakes in 2005 and 2006 and has sailed as b) VRIESENDIEP since 2009.

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

 

Long laid-up tug Jane Ann IV towed from Toledo Thursday

8/10 - Tug Manitou departed the CSX Frog Pond dock in Toledo at 6:15 Thursday with the dead tug Jane Ann IV lashed alongside. AIS shows a Port Huron destination.

Jane Ann IV and her barge, Sarah Spencer, have been laid up and deteriorating since 2009, first in Detroit, and then, since 2014, at Toledo. Their listed owner is TGL Marine Holdings, Toronto, Ont. The tug has sunk at the dock more than once and was recently sold to Grand River Navigation and stripped of her barge coupling system for use on another tug.

The 150-foot-long Jane Ann IV was built in 1978 at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Tokyo, Japan.

 

Port Reports -  August 10

Superior, Wis.
Herbert C. Jackson has been in the drydock at Fraser Shipyards for undergoing stern thruster repairs.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on August 8th at 21:15 for South of #2. She departed at 07:15 on August 9th for Gary. Arriving off Two Harbors on August 9th at approx. 05:15 was the Spruceglen. She got underway after the departure of the Blough at approx. 07:55 and within about 30 minutes stopped again. She got underway again at 11:30 and went SE of Two Harbors and stopped again. From Facebook it appears the ore dock had a power outage and as of 19:40 the Spruceglen was still at anchor SE of Two Harbors. The only activity during the day was Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. departing at 16:33 and returned at 16:58 after going out to the Spruceglen. Due Two Harbors on August 10th is the James R. Barker.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on August 9th. Due Silver Bay on August 10th is the Mesabi Miner. Another possibility for Two Harbors on August 10th is the Joseph L. Block. She is due the morning of August 10th in the Twin Ports with a load of stone. If she doesn't load in the Twin Ports she probably will end up in Two Harbors.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday August 9th: 0:01 CSL St-Laurent departed G3 for Quebec City. 15:46 G3 Marquis arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Thursday included John D. Leitch, Stewart J. Cort, USCG Escanaba (no destination listed), Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort, Algoma Innovator, Pia and CSL St. Laurent. Upbounders included Algonova, Mesabi Miner, Baie St. Paul, Florence Spirit and Tecumseh. Tug Zeus and her barge were inbound at DeTour at 8:30 p.m.

Port Inland, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was loading stone Thursday evening.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Bristol was arriving at Burns Harbor Thursday evening with the tug Arizona assisting.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Alpena: 1:07 G.L. Ostrander arrived to load cement and departed at 7:03 for Milwaukee. Stoneport: 6:46 Calumet departed for Benton Harbor. Olive L. Moore and barge arrived to load. Calcite: 0:30 American Mariner departed for Cleveland. 0:49 H. Lee White arrived to load limestone and departed at 14:24 for Fairport. 16:28 Great Republic arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Manitoulin departed for Sombra. Bruce Mines: Algoma Buffalo arrived to load trap rock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara was loading salt on Thursday.

Sandusky, Ohio – Amy McNeil
John J. Boland was due to load coal at the NS coal dock Thursday morning. Algoma Sault remained at the NS Coal dock where it has been since early Tuesday afternoon. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin had a ETA of 1900 Thursday evening.

Marblehead, Ohio
John L. Boland was loading at Lafarge Thursday morning.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Aug 9 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 9 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0107 from the anchorage and CSL Tadoussac at 1056 - Docked - Aug 8 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2247 and Algocanada at 2103 from the anchorage - Departures - Aug 9 - Algosea at 0701 eastbound and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0701 westbound and CSL Tadoussac at 1919 westbound

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 8 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0836 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0904 - Departed - Aug 8 - Algocanada at 2045 back to the dock

Buffalo:
Docked - Aug 7 NACC Argonaut at 1406 and Grande Mariner (Ame) pass at 1517 - Departures - Aug 8 - Grande Mariner (Ame) pass at 2302 for Cleveland - Aug 9 - NACC Argonaut at 1323 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 8 - Damia Desgagnes eta 2203 - Aug 9 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 9927, Baie Comeau at 0219, Argentia Desgagnes at 0942, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1121, Happy River (Nld) at 1524, Tim S Dool at 1606 and light tug Salvage Monarch at 2011

Downbound - Aug 8 - Algowood at 1150 and tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1610 - Aug 9 - CSL Laurentien at 0122, NACC Argonaut at 1457, Frontenac eta 2130, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement eta 2140

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 ((fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 8 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit (stopped wharf 15) at 0955 approx. - Departure - Aug 9 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit at 1055 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2359 - Departure - Aug 7 - Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 2215 approx. for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 9 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0530 from the anchorage and tug Rebecca Lynn (Ame) & barge A-397 at 0619 - Docked - Aug 4 - Algoma Discovery at 2353 - Aug 6 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0515 and Algoma Equinox at 1233 - Aug 7 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0951 - Anchored - Aug 5 - Federal Hunter at 1840 - Departures - Aug 8 - Algoma Equinox at 0050, Victoriaborg (Nld) at 1223 for Chicago, Ojibway at 2247 eastbound - Aug 9 - Algoma Enterprise at 1125, Tim S Dool at 1348,

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 7 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2040

Toronto:
Docked - Aug 7 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 0632 - Departures - Aug 8 - Baie Comeau at 2300 for the canal - Aug 9 - McKeil Spirit at 1106 eastbound

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 7 - Mamry (Bhs) at 0719 - Departure - Aug 8 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0640 for Cleveland

Seaway – Rene Beauchamp
The cable ship IT Intrepid will go up the Seaway, destination Toronto from Montreal where she will arrive Friday. From Toronto, she will install cables or a cable from Toronto to the U.S. side of Lake Ontario. The tug Everlast with its barge Norman McLeod went to the Lanoraie anchorage on Sunday. Somehow, they were aground today off the Tracy shore in the vicinity of a park. Dozens of people watched two tugs free them. The pair went to the Kildair Dock at Tracy.

 

Victory Cruise Lines becomes largest Great Lakes operator

8/10 - Miami-based Victory Cruise Lines, which is the most recent specialist in Great Lakes and St Lawrence River luxury cruises, welcomed the inaugural cruise of its new ship, MS Victory II, to Detroit on Monday. The ship was launched as Cape Cod Light, operated by Delta Queen Coastal Voyages.

With Victory I and Victory II both in operation, this marks the first time in more than 50 years that any Great Lakes cruise ship operator has been able to offer two ships at the same time.

Although Victory II was finally finished in 2004, it was not placed into passenger service, so the current cruise was ship’s first revenue passenger trip. The most noticeable change to the cruiser is the glass enclosure which now surrounds the former Hot Rock Grill on its stern.

Before departure, Port of Montreal awarded commemorative plaque to Captain Giorgios Theodorou, who spent many years with Celebrity and Azamara Cruises, as well as master of sister ship Saint Laurent for Haimark in 2015.

MS Victory II embarked guests on July 27 and departed from Montreal on July 28 to head north to visit Quebec prior to continuing to St Lawrence Seaway, Toronto, Welland Canal and Cleveland, and reached Detroit yesterday morning, August 6.

Cruisemapper.com

 

Duluth lighthouse unlikely to move, despite Willmar's interest

8/10 - Duluth, Minn. – The city of Willmar, Minn., is interested in relocating a Duluth lighthouse to the landlocked shores of Willmar Lake or Foot Lake – a 200-mile inland voyage from its current location.

But that's just not possible. The Duluth Harbor South Breakwater lighthouse, built in 1901, isn't going anywhere, the U.S. General Services Administration confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 8.

"If the lighthouse is transferred to a new owner, it will remain in its current location, as it will still be an active aid to navigation," a spokesperson with the GSA, one of the federal agencies overseeing the lighthouse's transfer of ownership, said in an email to the News Tribune Wednesday.

In June, the U.S. Coast Guard made the 44-foot light station available at no cost to eligible entities defined as federal agencies, state and local agencies, nonprofits, educational agencies or community development organizations for education, park, recreation, cultural or historic preservation purposes. If the station is not transferred to a public body or nonprofit, it will be sold.

The Willmar City Council has entertained the idea of bringing the lighthouse to their city since hearing about the availability in June and unanimously approved a motion to send a letter of interest to the GSA, according to the West Central Tribune.

Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin said city councilors heard from two GSA officials that moving the lighthouse was not possible, but a third gave the impression that it was. "We understand that it's a very, very long shot," Calvin said.

Sending a letter of interest is the first step in a process overseen by the GSA, U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service. The agencies will then send applications to "eligible entities."

Calvin said it's worth Willmar looking into. "If it doesn't get moved, we understand that, too," Calvin said. "It doesn't cost anything to put the letter of intent in." Even if Willmar gets the OK to relocate the lighthouse, Calvin said it would be up to the council to determine whether or not to pay for it to move across the state.

While several lighthouses have been moved, most were relocated within a few hundred to a few thousand feet from their original location, where they were threatened by eroding shorelines.

Since the lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Minnesota's State Historic Preservation Office would have to approve any changes or renovations made by the new owner. Sarah Beimers, an environmental review program manager for the State Historic Preservation Office, will receive a copy of any letter of interest.

When reached by phone Wednesday morning, Beimers said part of what makes a building historic is its location, which often provides crucial context.

The South Breakwater lighthouse's location at the end of the breakwater, along the Duluth Ship Canal and in Lake Superior, is key to its historic significance. Moving it a long distance would risk losing its status on the National Register of Historic Places, Beimers said. "Taking it out of context would be wrong," Beimers said.

When asked if Willmar would still be interested in relocating the lighthouse if it meant losing its historic status, Calvin said, "That would be up to the council at that time if they chose to go that direction or not. We haven't talked about that part to know what that answer is."

Brainerd Dispatch

 

Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence River are Canada’s Atlantis

8/10 - Deep below the waters of the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall sits Canada’s own version of the lost city of Atlantis. Except, instead of a single city, the remains of nine villages and hamlets are sometimes visible through the water on a clear day.

The reason why goes back to the late 1950s. “I saw churches destroyed, schools destroyed, towns completely wiped off the face of the earth,” Jim Brownell said. “For a young lad, it was exciting times. For the elderly though, very sad and depressing times, because these are the folks that knew they could never go back.”

From the mid to late 1950s, life changed forever for residents of Aultsville, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Wales, six villages along the St. Lawrence River, as well as the hamlets of Maplegrove, Santa Cruz and Woodlands.

“It was being sold as we were going to be wealthy and industry was going to flood in as a result of the project, which never really happened,” Alan Daye said.

The move was done because of the hydroelectric potential of the Long Sault Rapids.

“The Long Sault rapids were unbelievable,” former Moulinette resident David Hill said. “It was a place to gather on a weekend. You’d hear a roar, you’d feel the spray. You’d just see those massive waves and the whitecaps — you can’t recapture that.”

Read more and view photos at this link: https://globalnews.ca/news/4369620/lost-villages-of-the-st-lawrence-river-canadas-atlantis

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 10

On 10 August 1890, TWO FANNIES (3-mast wooden bark, 152 foot, 492 gross tons, built in 1862, at Peshtigo, Wisconsin) was carrying 800 tons of iron ore on Lake Erie when a seam opened in rough weather. The crew kept at the pumps but to no avail. They all made it off of the vessel into the yawl just as the bark sank north of Bay Village Ohio. The CITY OF DETROIT tried to rescue the crew but the weather made the rescue attempt too dangerous and only two men were able to get to the steamer. The tug JAMES AMADEUS came out and got the rest of the crew, including the ship's cat, which was with them in the yawl.

On August 10, 1952, the ARTHUR M. ANDERSON entered service for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Exactly 14 years later, on August 10, 1966, the vessel's namesake, Arthur Marvin Anderson, passed away.

In 1969, the EDMUND FITZGERALD set the last of many cargo records it set during the 1960s. The FITZGERALD loaded 27,402 gross tons of taconite pellets at Silver Bay on this date. This record was broken by the FITZGERALD's sister ship, the ARTHUR B. HOMER, during the 1970 shipping season.

On 10 August 1937, B.H. BECKER (steel tug, 19 tons, built in 1932, at Marine City, Mich.) foundered in heavy seas, 9 miles north of Oscoda, Mich.

In 1906, JOHN H. PAULEY (formerly THOMPSON KINSFORD, wooden propeller steam barge, 116 foot, 185 gross tons, built in 1880, at Oswego, New York) caught fire at Marine City, Mich. Her lines were burned through and she then drifted three miles down the St. Clair River before beaching near Port Lambton, Ont. and burning out.

On 10 August 1922, ANNIE LAURA (wooden propeller sandsucker, 133 foot, 244 gross tons, built in 1871, at Marine City, Mich.) beached near Algonac, Mich., caught fire and burned to the waterline.

1899: The whaleback steamer JOHN B. TREVOR was rammed and sunk by her barge #131 in the St. Clair River. The accident was caused by CRESCENT CITY crossing the towline. The sunken ship was refloated and, in 1912, became the ATIKOKAN.

1967: PAUL L. TIETJEN and FORT WILLIAM were in a head-on collision on Lake Huron about 25 miles north of Port Huron. Both ships were damaged but were repaired and returned to service.

1975: CIMBRIA came through the Seaway for the first time in 1965 under West German registry. The ship was sailing as c) KOTA MENANG when it stranded on Nyali Reef, off Mombasa, Tanzania, due to a steering failure on August 10, 1975. The vessel received severe hull damage and was deemed a total loss.

1979: The Indian freighter JALARAJAN and the British flag LAURENTIC sustained minor damage in a collision at Kenosha, Wis. The former was dismantled at Calcutta, India, in 1988 while the latter was scrapped at Karachi, Pakistan, in 1984.

1992: MENASHA was set adrift and then sank in the St. Lawrence off Ogdensburg, N.Y. The former U.S. Navy tug was refloated and repaired. After some later service at Sarnia, the tug was resold and moved for Montreal for work as c) ESCORTE.

2007: NORDSTRAND came to the Great Lakes in 1990 and sank at the stern, alongside the Adriatica Shipyard at Bijela, Montenegro, as c) MEXICA, when the engine room flooded on this date. The ship was refloated on September 1, 2007, and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping on May 5, 2010.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Jody L. Aho, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  August 9

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
John D. Leitch departed Two Harbors on August 7th at 23:08 for Quebec City. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 from 23:10 to 23:27. She departed Two Harbors on August 8th at 09:05 for Detroit. Due Two Harbors on August 8th at approx. 21:00 is the Roger Blough. Due Two Harbors on August 9th is the Spruceglen. That is her first trip of the season to the upper lakes.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort / Great Lakes Trader on August 7th at 20:50. As of 18:30 on August 8th she wasn’t showing an updated AIS. Silver Bay had no traffic on August 8th and none scheduled for August 9th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday August 8th: 5:04 Cuyahoga departed Thunder Bay Terminals and was downbound. 6:24 The saltie Amstelborg arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload windmill parts. Expected for Thursday August 9th: G3 Marquis was upbound and due in Port Thursday at 15:01.

St. Marys River
Unusual traffic on Wednesday included an upbound passage of USCG Escanaba in the afternoon. They went to anchor off Dollar Settlement in the southern part of WHhitefish Bay and were still there in the late evening. The new Apostle Islands Cruises vessel Archipelago was also upbound Wednesday on her delivery voyage from Sentinel Marine Company of Wetumpka, Ala., making 21 knots in the upper river.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Alpena: 8:37 Calumet arrived to unload limestone. 17:52 she departed for Stoneport. Stoneport: Calumet arrived to load. Calcite: 9:03 American Mariner arrived to load. Port Dolomite: 0:10 Olive L Moore departed for Bay City. 13:30 Joseph L Block arrived to load. 19:00 she departed for Duluth. 19:20 Manitoulin arrived with a partial load from Meldrum Bay. Meldrum Bay: Saginaw departed for Holland. 9:00 Manitoulin arrived to load. She took on a partial load and departed for Port Dolomite.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Aug 8 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 8 - Thunder Bay at 0251, Rt Hon Paul J Martin eta 2115 and Algocanada at 2103 from the anchorage. Docked - Aug 3 - Algosea at 1512 - Departures - Aug 8 - Thunder Bay at 1100 westbound, tug Albert & barge Margaret (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-07, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 1506 westbound

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 7 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0500 - Aug 8 - Harbour Feature (Por) at 0815 and Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 0843 and Algocanada at 1340 from the dock - Departed - Aug 8 - Algocanada at 2045 back to the dock

Buffalo:
Docked - Aug 7 NACC Argonaut at 1406 and Grande Mariner (Ame) pass at 1517

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 7 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 1655, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1741, Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 2224 - Aug 8 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0532, BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0910 and Damia Desgagnes eta 2145 - Downbound - Aug 7 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Clipper Discoverer-10, Coastal Queen 2-08, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0640, Kaministiqua at 1406, Cedarglen at 1426, Federal Rhine (Mhl) 2155 and Baie Comeau at 2358 - Aug 8 - Capt Henry Jackman, tug Sharon MI & barge Huron Spirit at 0925 (stopped wharf-15), Algowood at 1150 and tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 1610

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 ((fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 8 - tug Sharon M I & barge Huron Spirit (stopped wharf 15) at 0955 approx. - Departure - Aug 7 - Frontenac at 1620 from 19E westbound - Aug 8 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0555 from wharf 12 down bound,

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2359 - Departure - Aug 7 - Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 2215 approx. for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 7 - Algoma Enterprise at 2150 - Aug 8 - Tim S Dool at 1537,

Docked - Aug 4 - Algoma Discovery at 2353 - Aug 6 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0515 and Algoma Equinox at 1233 - Aug 7 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0951, Ojibway at 1618. Anchored - Aug 4 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0030 - Aug 5 - Federal Hunter at 1840 - Departures - Aug 8 - Victoriaborg (Nld) at 1223 for Chicago

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 6 - Mia Desgagnes at 0457 - Departed - Aug 8 at 0221 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 7 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2040

Toronto:
Arrival - - Aug 8 - Baie Comeau at 1420 - Docked - Aug 7 - McKeil Spirit at 0646, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 0632

Oshawa:
Arrival - Aug 7 - Mamry (Bhs) - Docked - Aug 4 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0647 for Cleveland

 

25 vintage photos of historic Michigan lighthouses

8/9 - With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, it's no surprise that Michigan claims to have more lighthouses than any other state: We are, after all, smack in the middle of the nation's freshwater seas. Beyond being unique historic landmarks, each with its own story, lighthouses might just be the most significant emblems of Michigan's rich maritime history, shining on as symbols of safety, regional pride, and the warmth of returning home.

Read more and view a photo gallery at this link: https://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/08/historic_michigan_lighthouse_p.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 9

On 09 August 1910, the Eastland Navigation Company placed a half page advertisement in both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Leader offering $5,000 to anyone who could substantiate rumors that the excursion steamer EASTLAND was unsafe. No one claimed the reward.

The keel was laid for the INDIANA HARBOR (Hull#719) on August 9, 1978, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co. for Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. (American Steamship Co., mgr.).

The HAMILDOC (Hull#642) was christened on August 9, 1963.

The G.A. TOMLINSON (Hull#370) entered service August 9, 1909. Renamed b.) HENRY R. PLATT JR in 1959. Hull used as a breakwall at Burlington Bay, Ontario in 1971.

The SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY with the former CSL steamer ASHCROFT in tow of the Polish tug JANTAR arrived in Castellon, Spain for scrapping in 1969.

On August 9, 1989, the tug FAIRPLAY IX departed Sorel with the FORT CHAMBLY and NIPIGON BAY in tandem tow bound for Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.

On the night of August 9, 1865, METEOR met her running mate, the propeller PEWABIC, off Thunder Bay on Lake Huron around 9 p.m. As the two approached, somehow METOER sheered and struck her sister, sinking the PEWABIC within minutes in 180 feet of water. About 125 people went down with her, and 86 others were saved.

On 9 August 1850, CHAUTAUQUE (wooden sidewheel steamer, 124 foot 162 tons, built in 1839, at Buffalo, New York) caught fire in the St. Clair River and burned to a total loss. In previous years she had been driven ashore 1844, and sank twice - once in 1846, and again in 1848. In September 1846, she made the newspaper by purposely ramming a schooner that blocked her path while she was attempting to leave the harbor at Monroe, Michigan.

On 9 August 1856, BRUNSWICK (wooden propeller, 164 foot, 512 tons, built in 1853, at Buffalo, New York) was carrying corn, scrap iron and lard from Chicago when she sprang a leak in a storm and was abandoned by the crew and passengers. One passenger drowned when one of the boats capsized, but the rest made it to shore near Sleeping Bear in the three other boats. BRUNSWICK went down in 50 fathoms of water, 6 miles south of South Manitou Island on Lake Michigan.

On 9 August 1875, The Port Huron Times reported that the schooner HERO, while attempting to enter the piers at Holland, Michigan, was driven two miles to leeward and went to pieces. Her crew took to the boats, but the boats capsized. Luckily all made it safely to shore.

August 9, 1938 - The Pere Marquette car ferries 17 and 18 left Milwaukee for Grand Haven carrying 600 United States Army Troops, bound for Army war maneuvers near Allegan and at Camp Custer.

On 9 August 1870, ONTONAGON (wooden propeller bulk freight, 176 foot, 377 tons, built in 1856, at Buffalo, New York by Bidwell & Banta) sank after striking a rock near the Soo. She was initially abandoned but later that same year she was recovered, repaired and put back in service. In 1880, she stranded near Fairborn, Ohio and then three years later she finally met her demise when she was run ashore on Stag Island in the St. Clair River and succumbed to fire.

The 204-foot wooden side-wheeler CUMBERLAND was launched at Melancthon Simpson's yard in Port Robinson, Ontario on 9 August 1871. She cost $101,000. Too large for the Welland Canal, she was towed up the Welland River to Chippewa and then up the Niagara River to Lake Erie. She operated on the Upper Lakes and carried soldiers to put down the Red River Rebellion. She survived being frozen in for the winter near Sault Ste. Marie in 1872, grounding in 1873, sinking in 1874, and another grounding in 1876. But she finally sank near Isle Royale on Lake Superior in 1877.

In 1942, the sea-going tug POINT SUR was launched at Globe Shipbuilding Co. in Superior, Wisconsin and the Walter Butler Shipbuilders, in Superior, launched the coastal freighter WILLIAM BURSLEY.

1968 Labrador Steamships agreed to sell POINTE NOIRE to Upper Lakes Shipping. The vessel was operated by U.L.S. on charter until the sale was approved.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 8

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors at 08:58 on August 7th for Conneaut. Arriving off Two Harbors on August 7th at approx. 02:00 was the John D. Leitch. She got underway at apporx. 08:35 on August 7th and arrived the breakwall at 09:49 for South of #2. As of 19:30 she was still at the dock, but she's showing a Quebec City destination. Arriving Two Harbors on August 7th was Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 12:09 after unloading stone at Hallett #5. She went to North of #2 lay-by, but she is already showing a Detroit destination. The Canal Park schedule is showing Roger Blough due Two Harbors on August 8th, but as of 19:30 on August 8th her AIS is showing Superior.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrive on August 7th at 08:37. As of 19:30 on August 7th she was still at the dock. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 8th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday August 7th: 9:05 CSL St Laurent arrived at G3 to load grain. 11:15 Federal Elbe arrived at Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 15:44 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Expected for Wednesday August 8th: The saltie Amstelborg is upbound on Lake Superior and due at Keefer Terminal at 6:00.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
H. Lee White arrived at the Fox River mouth from Sault Ste. Marie at first light Tuesday, berthing just up from the Mason Street bridge. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest departed for Manitowoc just before 10 p.m. Monday, proceeding on to Charlevoix.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Anglian Lady & barge Ironmaster arrived in Milwaukee from the Sault about 1 p.m. Tuesday, berthing at the heavy lift dock on Jones Island in the inner harbor. Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation departed for Muskegon just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Federal Schelde proceeded onto Lake Michigan northbound for Sault Ste. Marie just after 4 p.m. Sunday.

Northern Lake Huron
Monday, Port Dolomite: 22:03 Algoma Compass arrived to load. Tuesday, Port Dolomite: 2:50 Olive L Moore arrived and went to anchor. 11:20 Algoma Compass departed for Windsor. Olive L Moore then proceeded to the loading dock. Drummond Island: 2:08 Michipicoten departed for Essar Steel in Sault St Marie. Meldrum Bay: Saginaw arrived to load. Calcite: 9:14 Great Republic departed for Detroit. Alpena: 10:45 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. 17:50 she departed for Green Bay.

Sandusky, Ohio – Dan McNeil
Algoma Sault arrived at the NS Coal dock in Sandusky Ohio on Tuesday August 7th around 3 pm to take on a coal cargo.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Aug 7 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 7 - tug Albert & barge Margaret (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-07, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0118 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0500 - Docked - Aug 3 - Algosea at 1512 - Departure - Aug 7 - Algonova at 0027

Long Point bay:
Departure Aug 7 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0452 approx. for Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 6 - G3 Marquis at 1345, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 2007, Whitefish Bay eta 2225 and Robert S Pierson at 2357 - Aug 7 - Baie St Paul at 0116, Grande Mariner (Ame) pass, at 0557, Algoma Spirit at 0702, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1135, Florence Spirit at 1414, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1655, Patras (Mlt) (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1741, Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 1820 - to the anchorage - Downbound - Aug 7 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Sea Discoverer-18, Clipper Discoverer-10, Coastal Queen 2-08, Cape Cod Light-07) at 0640, Kaministiqua at 1406, Cedarglen at 1426, Federal Rhine (Mhl) eta 2130 and Baie Comeau eta 2335

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 ((fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 5 - Capt Henry Jackman (stopped wharf 12) at 2001

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 5 - Federal Nagara (note spelling) at 1856 to await dock - on maiden trip - Aug 7 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0530 awaiting dock in Mississauga and Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 1832 approx. and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2359 - Departures - Aug 7 - Federal Nagara at 0757 approx for Hamilton, Bro Anna (Sgp) 1852 approx. for Mississauga and Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 2215 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 7 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 0951, Victoriaborg (Nld) at 1005, Ojibway at 1618 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2300 - Docked - Aug 4 - Algoma Discovery at 2353 - Aug 6 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0515 and Algoma Equinox at 1233 - Anchored - Aug 4 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0030 - Aug 5 - Federal Hunter at 1840 - Departed - Aug 6 - Robert S Pierson at 2043 - Aug 7 - Algoma Spirit at 0438 and Radcliffe R Latimer at 1507,

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 6 - Mia Desgagnes at 0457

Clarkson:
Arrival - Aug 6 Algoma Enterprise at 2200 - Departed - Aug 7 - at 1426 out to anchorage

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 6 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0630 - Aug 7 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 2040 - Departed - Aug 7 - Adfines Star (Mlt) at 1955 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Aug 7 - McKeil Spirit at 0646, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) at 0632 - Docked - Aug 6 - Baie St Paul at 1411 - Aug 6 - Departure - Baie St Paul at 2339 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - Aug 7 - Mamry (Bhs) - Docked - Aug 4 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0647

Oswego, N.Y.
On Monday tug Salvor and barge Alouette Spirit unloaded aluminum.

 

Enbridge's Line 5 can operate at maximum pressure again after April anchor strike

8/8 - Federal pipeline regulators have authorized Enbridge Energy to restore maximum pressure to segments of Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The fuel pipeline had been under a pressure restriction since an anchor strike April 1 severed two underwater transmission lines and dented the east and west spans of Line 5.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration allowed Enbridge to restore the pipelines’ max pressure of 600 pounds per square inch last week after the company fitted composite sleeves over the dented sections, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality reported Monday to the state’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.

“The max pressure limit is back to where it was, but we don’t operate at that pressure anyway,” Enbridge Spokesman Ryan Duffy said. “We still are at 150 to 200 psi day-to-day in the straits.”

Line 5 includes twin 20-inch structures and carries about 23 million gallons of oil and liquid natural gas a day from western Canada to eastern Canada. Environmental activists have long called for a Line 5 shutdown, warning an accident like the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River could devastate the Great Lakes.

The April 1 anchor strike released roughly 600 gallons of dielectric fluid, a type of mineral oil, from utility lines owned by Pewaukee, Wisconsin-based American Transmission Company.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed suit against Escanaba-based VanEnkevort Tug and Barge Inc. in April, claiming its tug was responsible for the alleged anchor strike that ruptured the ATC lines.

The U.S. Coast Guard has not yet released a report regarding its investigation into the cause of the rupture.

Joseph Haas, Gaylord district supervisor with the DEQ, told board members Monday that some ships, while navigating narrow channels, will lower their anchor slightly to ensure it can be deployed quickly if necessary. “From what I heard this ship did that and at some point in time the anchor must have been dropped down and not retracted,” Haas said.

The Detroit News

 

'Tidal wave' warning system to be installed on Great Lakes

8/8 - An experimental warning system is being installed around some of the Great Lakes. This warning system will try to predict Great Lakes 'tidal waves', also called meteotsunamis.

A meteotsunami is a wave generated by the wind force of a severe thunderstorm. As a severe wind gust pushes out from a thunderstorm over the Great Lakes, it can get force behind a wave. The wave builds in size, and can be significantly higher than other waves at the time.

Some of these large waves have even come onshore and killed people along the Great Lakes shoreline. There have been killer meteotsunamis at Chicago, Holland, and Grand Haven. Now an experimental network of weather sensors will attempt to predict meteotsunamis before they strike the shoreline.

By this fall there will be 29 specialized air pressure sensors around Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. These air pressure sensors will provide rapid, near real-time measurements.

Read more and view a map at this link: https://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2018/08/tidal_wave_warning_system_for.html

 

St. Marys River lighted ice buoy changes proposed

8/8 - C The U. S. Coast Guard is proposing to make the following changes to several year round lighted ice buoys in the St. Mary's River. Comments can be sent to: william.d.sharp@uscg.mil

Proposed: St. Marys River - Munuscong Lake To Sault Ste Marie - Chart 14883 Change the following lighted buoys from year-round lighted buoys to seasonal lighted buoys maintained from with nun or can winter marks:

Sailors Encampment Channel Lighted Buoy "21" (LLNR 13125) Munuscong Channel Lighted Buoy "29" (LLNR 13217) Munuscong Channel Lighted Buoy "35" (LLNR 13245) Middle Neebish Channel Lighted Buoy "59" (LLNR 13345) Lake Nicolet Lighted Buoy "65" (LLNR 13390) Moon Island Lighted Buoy "13" (LLNR 13965) Lake Nicolet Lighted Buoy "89" (LLNR 14030)

St. Marys River - Head Of Lake Nicolet To Whitefish Bay - Chart 14884 Change the following lighted buoy from year-round lighted buoy to seasonal lighted buoy with a nun winter mark:

Point Aux Pins Channel Lighted Buoy "8" (LLNR 14335)

USCG

 

Updates -  August 8

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Amstelborg, Anet, Calypso, Federal Nagara, Federal Seto, Isabelle G, Pia and Victory II.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 8

August 8, 1991 - The excursion ferry AMERICANA has been sold and passed down the Welland Canal bound for the Caribbean with registry in Panama. She was the former East Coast ferry BLOCK ISLAND that arrived in Buffalo just three years ago.

On 08 August 1878, the Buffalo (wooden propeller package freighter, 258 foot, 1,762 gross tons) was launched at the yard of Thomas Quayle & Sons in Cleveland, Ohio for the Western Transportation Company. Her engine was a double Berry & Laig compound engine constructed by the Globe Iron Works in Buffalo, New York. She lasted until 1911, when she was abandoned at Marine City, Michigan.

The JAMES R. BARKER became the longest vessel on the Great Lakes when it entered service on August 8, 1976. It held at least a tie for this honor until the WILLIAM J. DELANCEY entered service on May 10, 1981. The BARKER's deckhouse had been built at AmShip's Chicago yard and was transported in sections to Lorain on the deck of the steamer GEORGE D. GOBLE.

The BUFFALO was christened August 8, 1978, for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. (American Steamship Co., mgr.)

The E.B. BARBER along with the motor vessel SAGINAW BAY, a.) FRANK H. GOODYEAR of 1917, arrived August 8, 1985, under tow in Vigo, Spain. Demolition began on August 9, 1985, by Miguel Martins Periera at Guixar-Vigo.

The Soo River Company was forced into receivership on August 8, 1982.

On 8 August 1887, CITY OF ASHLAND (wooden sidewheel tug, 90 feet long 85 gross tons, built in 1883, at Ashland, Wisconsin) was towing a log raft near Washburn, Wisconsin in Lake Superior. Fire broke out near the boilers and quickly cut off the crew from the lifeboat. They jumped overboard and all but 1 or 2 were picked up by local tugs. The burned hull sank soon afterward.

The wooden tug J E EAGLE was destroyed by fire at about 4:00 p.m. on 8 August 1869, while towing a raft of logs on Saginaw Bay to Bay City. Her loss was valued at $10,000, but she was insured for only $7,000.

August 8, 1981 - The Ann Arbor carferry VIKING took part in a ceremony christening a body of water between Manitowoc and Two Rivers as "Maritime Bay".

August 8, 1999 - The KAYE E. BARKER delivered the last shipment of limestone for Dow Chemical, Ludington. The plant later closed its lime plant and began lime deliveries by rail.

On 8 August 1813, the U. S. Navy schooner HAMILTON (wooden 10-gun schooner, 112 foot, 76 tons, built in 1809, at Oswego, New York as a.) DIANA, was lying at anchor off the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario with her armed fleet-mate SCOURGE awaiting dawn when they planned to attack the British fleet. However, a quick rising storm swamped and sank both vessels. Since they were both built as commercial vessels, it has been suggested that their cannons may have made them top-heavy. The HAMILTON was found by sonar in 1975, sitting upright almost completely intact at the bottom of Lake Ontario. The Cousteau organization has dived to her and she was the subject of a live television dive by Robert Ballard in 1990.

August 8, 1882 - An August snowstorm was reported by a ship on Lake Michigan, dumping 6 inches of snow and slush on the deck. Snow showers were reported at shore points that day.

In 1942, the seven shipyards at Duluth-Superior were in full production and announced three launchings in two days. The submarine chaser SC-671 was launched on August 8, at Inland Waterways, Inc. on Park Point.

1941 An explosion aboard the Canadian tanker TRANSITER at River Rouge resulted in the loss of 2 lives. The ship was towed to Port Dalhousie for repairs and returned to work as b) TRANSTREAM in 1942. It was sold for off-lakes service as c) WITSUPPLY in 1969 and sank in heavy weather off Cabo de la Vela, Colombia, while apparently enroute to Cartagena, Colombia, for scrap, on February 23, 1981.

1964 ELLEN KLAUTSCHE suffered an engine failure while berthing at Toronto and rammed the docked NORDIA after just missing the tugs TERRY S. and WILLIAM LYON MACKENZIE. The West German freighter was towed to Port Weller for repairs by the GRAEME STEWART. Later, as b) VARUNA YAN, it was detained in the Shatt-Al-Arab waterway and then, on April 3, 1984, was shelled becoming a CTL.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Lake Huron Lore Society, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Jody L. Aho, Brian Bernard , Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade up 7 percent in July

8/7 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6.46 million tons in July, an increase of 7 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments were also 11 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 26.6 million tons, a decrease of 3.2 percent compared to the same point in 2017. However, iron shipments are 5.6 percent ahead of their 5-year average for the seven months of the year.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  August 7

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors on August 5th at 22:28 for Gary. The Algoma Transport arrived Two Harbors on August 6th at 06:09 stern first. She went stern first to the outer end of dock #2, pivoted, and went bow first into South of #2. The Algoma Transport then departed Two Harbors on August 6th at 18:20 for Quebec City. Edgar B. Speer arrived off Two Harbors early in the afternoon of August 6th. She did loops in the lake until the Algoma Transport departed. The Speer then arrived on August 6th at 19:09. Due Two Harbors on August 7th is the John D. Leitch.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Spirit at 13:29 on August 6th. As of 19:30 she wasn’t showing an updated AIS destination. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on August 7th. Possibilities could be the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader that is currently near Eagle Harbor. Also, the Herbert C. Jackson is due the Twin Ports on August 7th with a load of limestone. She usually heads to Silver Bay after unloading in the Twin Ports. She could arrive Silver Bay late on August 7th/early August 8th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday August 6th: There were no ship movements at the Port on Monday. The saltie Miedwie is at anchor in the harbor. Federal Elbe is upbound on Lake Superior and due in Port Tuesday at 8:00.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Cuyahoga departed from the Fox River about 8:30 Sunday evening. Alpena arrived in Green Bay early Sunday and remained overnight. Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest arrived before noon on Sunday and remained in Green Bay Sunday night.

Marinette, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Federal Elbe departed from the Menominee River about 9:35 p.m. Sunday evening, proceeding up Green Bay and through the Rock Island Passage into Northern Lake Michigan for Thunder Bay, Ont.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday August 5th Alpena: 20:47 USEPA Lake Guardian arrived. Drummond Island: 22:54 Wilfred Sykes departed and was down bound on Lake Michigan. Monday, Alpena: 9:33 USEPA Lake Guardian departed to resume her Lake Huron survey. Stoneport: Herbert C Jackson departed for Duluth. Calcite: 9:10 American Mariner departed for Detroit. 15:37 Great Republic arrived to load limestone. 15:42 Philip R Clarke departed for Buffington. Drummond Island: 15:59 Michpicoten arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: 8:02 Algoma Buffalo departed and is down bound on Lake Huron. Manitoulin weighed anchor and proceeded to the loading dock. She departed late in the afternoon and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday August 6 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals- Aug 2 - Algonova at 1817 - Aug 3 - Algosea at 1512

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 6 - tug Albert & barge Margaret (ex Craig Eric Reinauer-07, El Bronco Grande-06, Hercules-81) at 0438

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 5 - Victory 1 (Bhs) at 2137 - Aug 6 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0034, Algoma Sault at 1146, G3 Marquis at 1345, Federal Bristol (Mhlk) at 2007, Whitefish Bay eta 2155 - Aug 5 - Downbound - Capt Henry Jackman at 1821 (stopped at wharf 12) and CSL Assiniboine at 2035 - Aug 6 - Algoma Enterprise at 0039, Radcliffe R Latimer at 0414, Pearl Mist ( Mhl) at 0700, Finnborg (Nld) at 0748 and Federal Hudson (Mhl) at 1054

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox (in deep dock at former PWDD facility - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 ((fit-out berth) at 1505 - Aug 5 - Capt Henry Jackman (stopped wharf 12) at 2001

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 5 - Federal Nagara (note spelling) at 1856 to await dock - on maiden trip -

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 5 - Algoma Spirit at 1256 - Aug 6 - Algoma Sault at 0059, Algoma Equinox at 1233 and Radcliffe R Latimer at 2029 - Docked - Aug 4 - Algoma Discovery at 2353 - Aug 5 - Robert S Pierson at 0648 - Aug 6 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0515 from the anchorage - Anchored - Aug 4 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0030 - Aug 5 - Federal Hunter at 1840 - Departed - Aug 5 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1659 for Cleveland - Aug 6 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 0433 for Belgium, Algoma Sault at 1012 and G3 Marquis at 1233

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 6 - Mia Desgagnes at 0457 - Departure - Aug 6 - Algoma Hansa at 0441 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Aug 6 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0630

Toronto:
Arrival - Aug 6 - Baie St Paul at 1411, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15, Federal Manitou-11) 

Oshawa:
Arrival - Aug 4 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0647

 

Feds move to ban anchoring in Straits of Mackinac after oil line dented

8/7 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed an indefinite ban on anchoring in the Straits of Mackinac in an effort to prevent further anchor strikes on lake-bottom utility lines. If implemented, the ban would replace the need for Gov. Rick Snyder to renew the "no-anchor zone" emergency rule he signed in late May.

The proposal is open for public comment until Sept. 4.

On April 1, a tug and barge dragged its anchor across the Straits floor, denting underwater petroleum lines and rupturing transmission cables. The ruptured cables owned by American Transmission Company spilled an estimated 550 gallons of toxic coolant oil into the Straits. The dented Line 5 oil and gas twin pipelines didn't spill.

At the time, there were no restrictions to dropping or dragging anchor in the Straits, only an advisory.

The anchor strike renewed calls to shut down the controversial Line 5. Enbridge Energy, the Canadian company that owns Line 5, floated the idea of piling rocks onto the 65-year-old pipeline to protect it from another anchor blow.

A worst-case Line 5 spill would spoil 437 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. Enbridge Energy officials argued a spill of that magnitude is "extraordinarily unlikely."

The Coast Guard's proposed ban on certain ships anchoring and "loitering" encompasses the same area of the Straits as Snyder's current emergency rule, according to Jerome Popiel, the Coast Guard's incident management advisor for the Great Lakes region.

Snyder's no-anchor zone is roughly two miles wide and terminates on the western side of the Mackinac Bridge. It runs from shore to shore between the peninsulas.

Read more and view maps at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/08/feds_move_to_ban_anchoring_in.html

 

The 'Greyhound bus' at the bottom of Lake Superior

8/7 - Duluth, Minn. – It was built in 1861, sank in 1897 and is now memorialized on the historic register. One of the latest shipwrecks to be added to National Register of Historic Places comes from Ashland County, about seven and a half miles off the coast of Michigan Island, part of the Apostle Island archipelago.

"It would run immigrants to come to work the factories as they were blossoming in Milwaukee and Chicago and then it would supply general supplies to the cities," said Tamara Thomsen, a maritime archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society. "Then people returning east then would go back aboard the ship. So, it was sort of like the Greyhound bus of the 1860s."

Known as the Antelope, it was originally built as a steamship that moved people and cargo from Buffalo, N.Y. to western Great Lakes cities during the second half of the 19th century. Eventually it was converted into a barge that would be towed, before three masts were erected on the hull, turning it into a schooner — a transition Thomsen said was very unusual.

Coming in at 186 feet long, 31 feet wide and housing a capacity of 600 tons, it wasn't a rogue wave or some deep sea monster that took down the Antelope. Rather anti-climatically, it sank when it was being towed too fast.

"Seams tend to open up in rough seas," said Thomsen. "but, when the Antelope was being towed, the seams opened up, it took on too much water and the pumps couldn't keep it out. So they abandoned it."

While some ships rest at the bottom of the lake with gaping holes in the hull and broken planks hanging off the sides, the Antelope is still very much intact. The cabin snapped off when it sank, but the masts and rigging are still standing — even the paint with the name of the ship is still emblazoned on the side.

"Everything on the ship was basically a time capsule," Thomsen said. "When it went down, it went down with everything. That gives us a snapshot in time."

Read more and see a photo at this link: http://duluthnewstribune.com/news/4481730-greyhound-bus-bottom-lake-superior

 

Duluth’s Marine Tech sold as owner moves on

8/7 - Duluth, Minn. – Ted Smith is the kind of guy who, if he finds a fork in the road, he takes it. In other words, when opportunity knocks, he opens the door. Silly puns aside, Smith has made a career out of making the right decisions at the right time. His latest? To retire and dismantle his 20-year old company, Marine Tech. For Smith, it’s a clean sweep – take down the sign, auction off all the company equipment, lock up the building on Garfield Avenue and simply walk away. At first glance, it’s seems an odd decision for the relatively young 65-year-old businessman, but there’s a method to his madness.

Like its owner, Marine Tech is a relative young business when compared with the company from which it evolved, Zenith Dredge, which was formed in 1905 at the foot of Thirteenth Avenue West as a harbor construction company. Later, it converted to shipbuilding and produced eight tankers and 13 cutters. After 95 years as a mainstay Twin Ports business, most of Zenith’s assets were sold off to local businessman Jim Holmgren, who launched Marine Tech. Not long after, Smith came onto the scene. Years before, Smith had been involved in what he described as “vertical construction.” In layman’s terms, buildings. Smith said the transition to land-locked construction to marine was fairly easy.

“Opportunity,” Smith said. “Yup, opportunity. A friend of mine owned a company, Ryba Marine Construction, out of Cheboygan, Mich., and he needed help bad, so he recruited me and I went to work for him.”

Not long after, Marine Tech came calling, and Smith joined it in 1998, eventually buying the company in 2001, another opportunity that resulted in expanding its operations, which Smith said, were “great.” Then he ticked off the various types of projects in which they’ve participated over the decades: marine construction, dock construction, repair and design, dredging of all types, pile driving, stone placement, salvage and ship-to-ship cargo transfers, contaminated sediment remediation and wetlands restoration. While the company has worked on projects throughout most of the Great Lakes, Smith said it’s rare they venture much outside of Lake Superior. There’s enough work there to keep them busy.

“Marine construction is rarely repetitious, except for, perhaps, navigation dredging, where we’re moving stuff from point A to point B,” said Smith. “We have a saying that once you’re proficient at a job, the job is finished. Then we move on to next one that has its own twists and turns. That’s the pleasure of the industry; there’s seldom two jobs alike.”

Read more at this link: http://www.businessnorth.com/businessnorth_exclusives/maritime-chief-executive-moving-on/article_0c24def0-6533-11e8-94f9-0366e58658f6.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 7

August 7, 1789 - President George Washington signed the ninth act of the first United States Congress placing management of the lighthouses under the Department of the Treasury. August 7 in now "National Lighthouse Day".

On 07 August 1890, the schooner CHARGER (wooden schooner, 136 foot, 277 gross tons, built in 1868, at Sodus, New York) was struck by the CITY OF CLEVELAND (wooden propeller freighter, 255 foot, 1,528 gross tons, built in 1882, at Cleveland, Ohio) near Bar Point near the mouth of the Detroit River on Lake Erie. The schooner sank, but her crew was saved.

The JAMES R. BARKER was christened August 7, 1976. She was to become Interlake's first 1,000 footer and the flagship 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 1,000-footer to sail on the Lakes and the first built entirely on the Lakes.

On 7 August 1844, DANIEL WHITNEY, a wooden schooner, was found floating upside-down, with her crew of 4 missing and presumed dead. She was six miles off mouth of the Kalamazoo River in Lake Michigan.

August 7, 1948 - Edward L. Ryerson, chairman of Inland Steel Company announced that the new ore boat under construction for Inland will be named the WILFRED SYKES in honor of the president of the company. Mr. Sykes had been associated with Inland since 1923, when he was employed to take charge of engineering and construction work. From 1927, to 1930, he served as assistant general superintendent and from 1930, to 1941, as assistant to the president in charge of operations. He became president of Inland in May, 1941. He had been a director of the company since 1935. The new ship was to be the largest and fastest on the Great Lakes, having a carrying capacity in intermediate depth of 20,000 gross tons. The ship will be 678 feet long, 70 feet wide and 37 feet deep, and will run at 16 miles per hour when loaded.

While lying at the dock at the C & L. H. Railroad Yard in Port Huron on 7 August 1879, the scow MORNING LARK sank after the scow MAGRUDER ran into her at 4:00 a.m., MORNING LARK was raised and repaired at the Wolverine dry dock and was back in service on 20 September 1879.

1912 – A collision in heavy fog with the RENSSELAER sank the JAMES GAYLEY 43 miles east of Manitou Light, Lake Superior. The upbound coal-laden vessel was hit on the starboard side, about 65 feet from the bow, and went down in about 16 minutes. The two ships were held together long enough for the crew to cross over to RENSSELAER.

1921 – RUSSELL SAGE caught fire and burned on Lake Ontario while downbound with a load of wire. The ship sank off South Bay Point, about 30 miles west of Kingston. The crew took to the lifeboat and were saved. About 600 tons of wire were later salvaged. The hull has been found and is upright in 43 feet of water and numerous coils of wire remain on the bottom.

1958 – HURLBUT W. SMITH hit bottom off Picnic Island, near Little Current, Manitoulin Island, while outbound. The ship was inspected at Silver Bay and condemned. It was sold to Knudsen SB & DD of Superior and scrapped in 1958-1959.

1958 – The T-3 tanker GULFOIL caught fire following a collision with the S.E. GRAHAM off Newport, Rhode Island while carrying about 5 million gallons of gasoline. Both ships were a total loss and 17 lives were lost with another 36 sailors injured. The GULFOIL was rebuilt with a new mid-body and came to the Great Lakes as c) PIONEER CHALLENGER in 1961 and was renamed MIDDLETOWN in 1962 and e) AMERICAN VICTORY in 2006.

1964 – CARL LEVERS, a pre-Seaway visitor as a) HARPEFJELL and b) PRINS MAURITS, had come to the Great Lakes in 1957-1958. It had been an early Great Lakes trader for both the Fjell Line from Norway and the Dutch flag Oranje Lijn. The ship was cast adrift in a cyclone at Bombay, India, going aground on a pylon carrying electric wires off Mahul Creek and caught fire on August 24, 1964. The vessel was released and scrapped at Bombay later in the year.

1970 – ORIENT TRANSPORTER first came through the Seaway in 1966. It arrived at Beaumont, Texas, on this day in 1970, following an engine breakdown. The 1949 vintage ship was not considered worth repairing and was broken up at Darica, Turkey, in 1971.

1972 – The small Canadian tanker barge TRANSBAY, loaded with liquid asphalt and under tow of the JAMES WHALEN for Sept Iles, sank in a storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There were no casualties.

1989 – CLARENVILLE, a former East Coast wooden passenger and freight carrier, came to the Great Lakes in 1981 for conversion to a floating restaurant at Owen Sound. The restaurant declared bankruptcy in May 1989 and a fire, of suspicious origin, broke out on this date. It was a long and difficult blaze to control and the ship sank. It broke apart during salvage in September 1989. The bow was clammed out in December 1989 and the stern removed in April 1990 and taken to the city dump.

1991 – FINNPOLARIS first came through the Seaway in 1985. It struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Greenland and sank in deep water the next day. All 17 on board were saved.

1994 – GUNDULIC came inland under Yugoslavian registry for the first time in 1971. The ship caught fire as c) PAVLINA ONE while loading at Mongla, Bangladesh, on this date and was abandoned by the crew on August 8. The blaze was extinguished August 9 but the gutted and listing freighter was beached and settled in shallow water. The hull was auctioned to a local demolition contractor in 1996 but was still listed as a hazard to navigation in 1999.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 6

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors on August 4th at 21:02 for Zug Island. Arriving the CN ore docks on August 5th was the Edwin H. Gott. She arrived at approx. 11:10. As of 18:45 on August 5th she was still at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on August 6th are Algoma Transport, Edgar B. Speer, and John D. Leitch.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algowood departed Northshore Mining on August 5th at 05:08 for Quebec City. Arriving Silver Bay on August 5th was the American Spirit at 11:47. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on August 6th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday August 5th: 3:06 Federal Rhine departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Montreal. 3:38 Algoma Niagara weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 4:10 The saltie Miedwie arrived and went to anchor. 16:23 Algoma Niagara departed Thunder Bay Terminals and was downbound.

St. Marys River
CSL Welland and saltie Pia were upbound Sunday morning. They were followed later in the day by Federal Schelde (for Essar Export Dock), Hon. James L. Oberstar, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., John D. Leitch and Stewart J. Cort. Downbound traffic included Indiana Harbor, Lee A. Tregurtha, Saginaw (to Essar), Cedarglen, Paul R. Tregurtha, James R. Barker, Kaministiqua and, late, Federal Rhine and H. Lee White. Wilfred Sykes arrived at Drummond Island Sunday mid-morning to load stone following the departure of John J Boland.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
USCGC Escanaba arrived in the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal and went dockside in town to take part in the Maritime Week festival. She is scheduled to depart on Tuesday the 7th.

Northern Lake Huron
Sunday, July 8th Meldrum Bay: Herbert C Jackson arrived at the Lafarge dock and took on a partial load of dolomite. She departed for Stoneport to finish loading.. 16:30 Algoma Buffalo arrived to load dolomite. 17:56 Manitoulin arrived and went to anchor. Drummond Island: 0:24 John J Boland arrived to load. 11:02 once loading was complete she departed for Fairport. 11:46 Wilfred Sykes arrived to load limestone. Port Dolomite: Clyde S Vankevort departed for Duluth. Calcite: 7:44 Manitoulin arrived to take on a partial load of limestone. 13:29 American Mariner arrived to load. 14:33 Manitoulin departed for Meldrum Bay to finish loading. 20:35 Philip R Clarke arrived to load. Stoneport: Herbert C Jackson arrived from Meldrum Bay to finish loading. Alpena: Manitowoc departed for Port Inland. 6:09 Samuel De Champlain arrived to load cement. 11:52 She departed for Milwaukee.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Aug 5 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Aug 2 - Algonova at 1817 - Aug 3 - Algosea at 1512 - Departure - Aug 5 - Algoma Enterprise eta 1708

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 4 - NACC Argonaut (ex NACC Toronto-18, Arklow Wave-16) at 0936, Baie Comeau at 2026 and CSL Niagara at 2309 - Aug 5 - Amstelborg (Nld) at 0143, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0213, Algoma Innovator at 0234, Spruceglen at 1051 and Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 2121 - Downbound - Aug 4 - Labrador (Cyp) at 1509 - Aug 5 - Algoma Spirit at 0009, Algoma Sault at 0949, Capt Henry Jackman at 1821 and CSL Assiniboine at 2035

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox at former PWDD facility at 1231 - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 fit-out berth at 1505

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1630 approx. - awaiting dock at Bronte - Aug 5 - Federal Nagara (Mhl) at 1756 approx. (awaiting dock in Oshawa) - on maiden voyage

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 5 - G3 Marquis at 1430 and Algoma Spirit at 1256 - Docked - Aug 3 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 0635 from anchorage, - Aug 4 - Algoma Discovery at 2310 - Anchored - Aug 3 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 2358 - Aug 4 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0013 - Aug 5 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) - Departures - Aug 4 - Algoma Innovator at 2223 for the canal - Aug 5 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1659 for Cleveland

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 4 - Algoma Hansa at 0138

Toronto:
Arrival - Aug 5 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0035 - Docked - Aug 1 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0201 - Departure - Aug 5 - Victory I (Mhl) at 1756 for the canal

Oshawa:
Docked - Aug 4 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0647

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Sunday morning for Picton, Ont.

 

New buoys recording water conditions are 'smartest, smallest' in Lake Michigan

8/6 - Scientists last month deployed two new buoys in Lake Michigan that have begun recording and publishing lake conditions in real-time — for the first time — near a north suburban harbor and marina.

The buoys, placed about a mile offshore Waukegan Harbor and Winthrop Harbor’s North Point Marina, are taking a variety of measurements, including wind speed, surface current, wave height and water temperatures, giving scientists and the public the first look at conditions at either location. Equipped with webcams, the buoys will also transmit a photo and a short video clip each hour during the day.

Researchers hope the data from the nearshore buoys, which are curated by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Great Lakes Observing System, will help them better understand coastal erosion along the northern Illinois lakefront.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state scientists have also been intensively studying how sand moves along the shoreline, a process that is correlated with winds and the current. Historically, sand has drifted south along the Lake Michigan shoreline and accumulated in the present-day Indiana Dunes. However, coastal development, namely harbors and marinas, have disrupted this natural process and caused unprecedented erosion in some areas.

“Nearshore waves and currents are a primary driver of shoreline erosion and accretion, thus it is critical that we have high-resolution measurements of these processes that we can compare to the other data we are collecting along the shoreline and in the nearshore,” state coastal geologist Ethan Theuerkauf said in an email.

While the buoys were funded by a grant to research this issue, they will also provide observations that will be helpful to boaters, beachgoers and fishermen who head to North Point Marina — the largest marina in the Great Lakes — and Waukegan Harbor, the only commercial harbor between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Before these buoys were positioned, there were no real-time observations in these locations. Boaters could use estimates of lake conditions in areas based on a computer model provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. There were some land-based webcams and weather stations. Some ships share reports of lake conditions in real-time on their routes across Lake Michigan, providing perhaps the most reliable measurements, albeit only during a brief window.

Read more at this link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-lake-michigan-new-buoys-20180727-story.html

 

Chicago-area Coast Guard members visit Broadway musical "Hamilton"

8/6 - Chicago, Ill. – Coast Guard members from throughout the Chicago area celebrated Coast Guard Day by attending and visiting with members of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” at the CIBC Theatre in downtown Chicago Saturday.

“Hamilton” is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, considered the founder of the United States Coast Guard.

This year commemorates the 228th year since Congress established the Revenue Cutter Service on August 4, 1790 with the help of Hamilton, who was then the Secretary of the Treasury. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S Life-Saving Service and other organizations to form the modern day United States Coast Guard.

Coast Guard members also celebrated the Coast Guard’s birthday in other ways around Lake Michigan. One of the biggest area celebrations took place last week in Grand Haven, Michigan with a week-long schedule of events honoring the Coast Guard. The city of Grand Haven was designated the first “Coast Guard City USA” in 1998 for its support of the service.

The Coast Guard is one of the five armed services and operates under the Department of Homeland Security. It is responsible for more than 100,000 miles of U.S coastline and inland waterways. The Coast Guard uses its force of 56,000 active, reserve and civilian personnel, as well as more than 31,000 Auxiliarists, to ensure maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship.

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Today in Great Lakes History -  August 6

On this day in 1953, a record 176 vessels passed through the Soo Locks.

Early in the morning of 06 August 1899, the WILLIAM B. MORLEY (steel propeller freighter, 277 foot, 1,846 gross tons, built in 1888, at Marine City, Michigan) and the LANSDOWNE (iron side-wheel carferry, 294 foot, 1,571 gross tons, built in 1884, at Wyandotte, Michigan) collided head on in the Detroit River. Both vessels sank. The LANSDOWNE settled on the bottom in her slip at Windsor, Ontario and was raised four days later and repaired. The MORLEY was also repaired and lasted until 1918, when she stranded on Lake Superior.

The BELLE RIVER’s bottom was damaged at the fit-out dock and required dry docking on August 6, 1977, for repairs prior to her maiden voyage. Renamed b.) WALTER J MC CARTHY JR in 1990.

On 6 August 1871, the 3-mast wooden schooner GOLDEN FLEECE was down bound on Lake Huron laden with iron ore. The crew mistook the light at Port Austin for the light at Pointe Aux Barques and steered directly for the Port Austin Reef where the vessel grounded. After 200 tons of ore were removed, GOLDEN FLEECE was pulled off the reef then towed to Detroit by the tug GEORGE B MC CLELLAN and repaired.

On 6 August 1900, the Mc Morran Wrecking Company secured the contract for raising the 203-foot 3-mast wooden schooner H W SAGE, which sank at Harsen's Island on 29 July 1900. The SAGE had been rammed by the steel steamer CHICAGO. Two lives had been lost; they were crushed in her forecastle.

August 6, 1929 - The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 (Hull#246) was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the Pere Marquette Railway. She was christened by Miss Ann Bur Townsend, daughter of the mayor of Saginaw.

On 6 August 1870, the wooden propeller tug TORNADO had her boiler explode without warning four miles northwest of Oswego, New York. The tug sank quickly in deep water. Three of the six onboard lost their lives. Apparently the tug had a new boiler and it had been allowed to run almost dry. When cold water was let in to replenish the supply, the boiler exploded.

1907 – A building fire at the Toronto Island ferry terminal spread to the ferry SHAMROCK and it was badly burned and sank. Running mate MAYFLOWER also caught fire but was pulled from the dock by TURBINIA and this blaze was extinguished. SHAMROCK, however, was a total loss and was towed to Hanlan's Point. The latter ship was replaced by the still-active TRILLIUM in 1910.

1924 – The Lake Ontario rail car ferry ONTARIO NO. 2 went aground in fog on the beach at Cobourg, Ont., but was refloated the next day.

1928 – HURONIC went aground at Lucille Island and needed hull repairs after being released.

1985 – VANDOC, enroute from Quebec to Burns Harbor, went aground in the St. Lawrence outside the channel near St. Zotique, but was released the following day.

1994 – CATHERINE DESGAGNES, outbound at Lorain, struck about 30 pleasure boats when a bridge failed to open.

2000 – ANANGEL ENDEAVOUR was in a collision with the IVAN SUSANIN in the South-West Pass and was holed in the #2 cargo hold and began listing. The ship was anchored for examination, then docked at Violet, La., and declared a total loss. It was subsequently repaired as b) BOLMAR I and was operating as c) DORSET when it arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, for scrapping on April 24, 2009. The ship first came through the Seaway in 1983.

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

 

Port Reports -  August 5

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Cedarglen departed Two Harbors on August 4th at 02:33 from South of #2 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors for the CN ore docks South of #2 was the American Integrity. She arrived at 09:11. As of 18:30 she was still at the shiploader. Due Two Harbors on August 5th is the Edwin H. Gott.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker on August 4th at 07:59 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving on August 4th shortly after the Barker's departure was the Algowood. She had unloaded salt at Hallett #8 in Superior. As of 18:30 she was still at the loading dock. Due Silver Bay on August 5th is the American Spirit.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday August 4th: 8:55 Algoma Niagara arrived and went to anchor. 18:46 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Saturday included Miedwe early, followed by American Spirit, Edwin H. Gott and, late, Algoma Transport and Burns Harbor. Downbounders included Finnborg (early), Frontenac, Radcliffe R. Latimer, Tecumseh, Joseph L. Block, Kaye E. Barker and, late, Mesabi Miner. Algoma Compass was loading at Drummond Island. Federal Biscay departed the Essar Export Dock for Duluth.

Northern Lake Huron
Friday, Alpena: 0:12 GL Ostrander arrived to load cement. 6:45 She departed for Detroit. Calcite: 23:39 Olive L Moore departed for Detroit. Drummond Island: 23:29 Algoma Compass arrived to load limestone. Saturday, Alpena: 1:03 The cement carrier Alpena arrived to load. 6:55 She departed for Green Bay. 16:55 Manitowoc arrived to unload. Thessalon: 0:32 Mississagi arrived to take on a partial load of gravel. 4:25 She departed for Meldrum Bay. Meldrum Bay: 6:56 Mississagi arrived to finish loading with limestone. 12:15 She departed for Lorain. Drummond Island: 12:46 Algoma Compass departed for Sarnia. Port Dolomite: Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived to load limestone.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault cleared Friday, downbound with salt.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Aug 4 - Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 4 - Michipicoten at 0840 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2230 - Docked - Aug 2 - Algonova at 1817 - Aug 3 - Algosea at 1512 - Departure - Aug 4 - Michipicoten at 1502 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Aug 4 - tug Rebecca Lynn & barge A-397 at 0836 - departed - Aug 4 at 1024

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 3 - Algoma Enterprise at 2353 - Aug 4 - NACC Argonaut (ex NACC Toronto-18, Arklow Wave-16) at 0936, Baie Comeau at 2026 and CSL Niagara eta 2230 - Downbound - Aug 3 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1852 - Aug 4 - Algoma Innovator at 0119, Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) at 0737, Algoma Discovery at 0814 and Labrador (Cyp) at 1509

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox at former PWDD facility at 1231 - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 fit-out berth at 1505

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Aug 4 - Mia Desgagnes at 1630 approx. - awaiting dock at Bronte Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 3 - Algoma Enteprise at 0644 - Aug 4 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0013 and Algoma Innovator at 1356. Docked - Aug 1 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2300 - Aug 3 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 0635 from anchorage, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 2209 - Anchored - Aug 3 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 2358 - Aug 4 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0013 - Departures - Aug 3 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0529 eastbound and Algoma Enterprise at 2140 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Aug 3 - Tasing Swan (Da) (ex Erria Mie-12, Hamza Efe Bey-08) at 0908 - Aug 4 - Algoma Hansa at 0138 - Departure - Aug 4 - Tasing Swan (Da) at 0138

Toronto:
Docked - Aug 1 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0201 - Departure - Aug 3 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 2210 for Hamilton

Oshawa:
Arrival - Aug 4 - BBC Kibo (Atg) at 0647

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Saturday Robert S. Pierson loaded soybeans.

 

Muskegon cruise ship’s new name a nod to the past

8/5 - Muskegon, Mich. – Aquastar is the new name of the Muskegon Lake-based cruise boat formerly known as the Port City Princess. The vessel's new name was announced at a christening ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3, featuring Miss Michigan 2018 Emily Sioma and Miss Michigan Organization local titleholders.

The name was chosen from more than 200 contest entries. It pays homage to the former S.S. Aquarama, a luxury passenger ship that moored in Muskegon for 26 years after operating as a ferry from 1955-1962.

The Port City Princess was operated by the Precious family for about 30 years. When matriarch Silvia Precious retired this year, the family business was sold to a local group of entrepreneurs. The boat is now operated by Port City Cruise Lines LLC, a company affiliated with the Mart Dock where the boat is moored. Patrick McKee is heading up operations.

Aquastar, a former Mackinac Island ferry, has been painted aqua, gray, red and white with its name on the back. The owners also recently obtained a liquor license. The new owners are also slowly renovating the boat.

Regularly scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday cruises will begin soon, said Max McKee, president of Mart Dock Co.

View a photo gallery at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2018/08/muskegons_port_city_princess_c.html#incart_river_index

 

At the beginning of August, Lake Superior is 5 inches above average

8/5 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – At the beginning of August, Lake Superior was 13 centimeters (5 inches) above average (1918 – 2017), but 9 centimeters (4 inches) below the level at this time last year. Lake Michigan-Huron is currently 39 centimeters (15 inches) above average, but 4 centimeters (2 inches) below last year’s beginning-of-August level. The level of Lake Superior is expected to remain relatively stable in August, and Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to continue its seasonal decline.

The above-average levels coupled with strong winds and waves continue to result in shoreline erosion and coastal damages across the upper Great Lakes system. Additional shoreline erosion and coastal damages may occur this summer and fall should active weather continue.

The board obtained approval from the International Joint Commission (IJC) to temporarily deviate from Regulation Plan 2012 from May through November 2018 in a manner similar to that employed in the past three years, which were also marked by high lake levels and outflows. The Board continues to adjust the gate settings at the Compensating Works and release flows greater than those prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012 in order to offset the effects of reductions in hydropower flows due to maintenance activities that occurred this past winter and that are continuing through the summer and fall.

Accordingly, the board, under authority granted to it by the IJC, has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,760 cubic meters per second (cms) (97,468 cubic feet per second (cfs)) for the month of August, which is 150 cms (5,297 cfs) more than that prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012. The additional flow offsets the reductions that occurred this past winter, and August will be the final month requiring increased outflow above plan flow to account for the winter hydropower outage. Actual outflows may vary depending on hydrologic conditions, as well as maintenance activities at the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River.

The average St. Marys Rapids flow is expected to be approximately 870 cms (30,724 cfs) in August, which is equivalent to approximately six gates fully open. Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids need to be cautious of the changing flows and water levels that will be experienced in the rapids in August. Furthermore, some flooding of low-lying areas of Whitefish Island is expected as the gates are opened further and flows increase. As a result, some recreational trails and features in these areas will likely be inundated and may sustain damage. Users are encouraged to use extreme caution.

Lake Superior News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 5

On 05 August 1958, the tug GARY D (steel propeller tug, 18 tons) was destroyed by an explosion and fire near Strawberry Island Light on Lake Huron.

The RICHARD M. MARSHALL, later b.) JOSEPH S. WOOD, c.) JOHN DYKSTRA, d.) BENSON FORD, and finally e.) US265808, entered service on August 5, 1953. From 1966, until it was retired at the end of 1984, this vessel and the WILLIAM CLAY FORD were fleet mates. There is only one other instance of two boats being owned by the same company at some point in their careers with as close or closer age difference. The CHARLES M. BEEGHLY (originally SHENANGO II) and the HERBERT C. JACKSON.

The aft section of the BELLE RIVER (Hull#716), was float launched August 5, 1976. She was American Steamship's first thousand-footer and the first thousand-footer built at Bay Shipbuilding Co. She was renamed b.) WALTER J. MC CARTHY in 1990.

The G.A. TOMLINSON, a.) D.O. MILLS of 1907, was sold outright to Columbia Transportation Div. (Oglebay Norton Co.), on August 5, 1971, along with the last two Tomlinson vessels, the SYLVANIA and the JAMES DAVIDSON.

On 5 August 1850, ST. CLAIR (sidewheel steamer, passenger & package freight, 140 foot 210 tons, built in 1843, at Detroit, Michigan) was reported as lost with no details given whatsoever. The report of her loss was published 3 days BEFORE she was enrolled at Detroit by J. Watkin.

The motor vessel BEAVER ISLANDER completed her maiden voyage to Charlevoix in 1962. At the time, she was the largest, fastest, and most advanced ship built for the run. She served as the flagship for 37 years, a record, until the EMERALD ISLE arrived in 1997.

August 5, 1907 - A female passenger dived off the deck of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1902, on a dare. Two of the 18's officers leapt over to rescue her. One of the officers nearly drowned and was rescued by the passenger.

On 5 August 1866, AUTOCRAT (2-mast, wooden schooner, 345 tons, built in 1854, at Caltaraugus, New York) was carrying 15,000 bushels of corn and was lying off Chicago, waiting for a storm to die down. Just before dawn, the schooner J S NEWHOUSE was also seeking shelter when she ran into AUTOCRAT, sinking her in 7 fathoms of water. The crew was rescued by the tug UNION.

On 5 August 1869, LAURA E. CALVIN (3-mast wooden schooner, 130 foot, 216 tons, built in 1863, at Garden Island, Ontario as a bark) sprang a leak during a storm and foundered 10 miles off Braddock's Point on Lake Ontario. No lives were lost.

1954 – A sudden blanket of fog descended on a section of the St. Lawrence near Waddington, N.Y., resulting in the two ships SELKIRK and DUNDEE losing their way and going aground. The former, a C.S.L. package freighter, was turned part way around by the current and was stuck until September 2. The latter was a British ship and was also spun by the current. The proximity of the rapids made salvage a challenge. The newly-built DUNDEE continued Great Lakes visits to the end of 1962. It foundered in the Mediterranean as g) VLYHO on September 15, 1978, following an engine room explosion.

1955 – FALCO, a pre-Seaway trader, hit a bridge at Montreal. The vessel later visited the Great Lakes as c) LABRADOR and was scrapped at Piraeus, Greece, as f) BONANZA in 1978

1972 – MANCHESTER VENTURE was built in 1956 and was a regular Great Lakes trader from 1956 to 1961. An explosion in the cargo hold as c) BAT TIRAN on this date in 1972 resulted in a major fire. The damaged hull was refloated in September and scrapped in Turkey in 1973.

1980 – The Liberian freighter BERTIE MICHAELS had been a Seaway trader in 1971 and had returned as the Greek flag c) DIMITRIS A. in 1976. It departed Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 4, 1980, for Belize City and reported her position on August 5. The vessel was never heard from again and was believed to have been a victim of Hurricane Allen that was in the area at the time. All 27 on board were lost.

1994 – The recently completed French freighter PENHIR began Great Lakes trading in 1971 and returned as b) MENHIR under Liberian registry in 1979. It arrived off Tolognaro, Madagascar, on this date in 1994 with hull cracks as d) WELLBORN and abandoned as a total loss.

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

 

Manitoba moved Friday in preparation for eventual scrap tow

8/4 - Montreal – The retired laker Manitoba was towed stern first Friday afternoon to the doom dock, Section 56 Montreal, in preparation for a scrap tow overseas. A departure date or tug has not been announced.

Rene Beauchamp

 

Grain shipments surge at Thunder Bay port

8/4 - Thunder Bay – Grain elevators have been busy the past several weeks in the Port of Thunder Bay. For only the second time in 20 years, July grain volumes surpassed 800,000 metric tonnes.

The surge brings the grain tally at the port in line with the previous season and 4 percent greater than the five-year average.

The jump in grain shipments demonstrates the benefit of Thunder Bay’s available capacity, says Port of Thunder Bay CEO Tim Heney. “The grain elevators in Thunder Bay typically operate well below their capacity. The extra available capacity is critical in times of surge, when farmers are delivering large quantities of grain to market. The Canadian grain industry needs an outlet that can efficiently handle those surges, and Thunder Bay delivers.”

Above-average grain carryover on Prairie farms and an anticipated strong 2018 harvest indicate a potentially strong fall for grain movement at the port.

Total port cargo shipments in July topped 1 million metric tonnes. Bulk shipments of coal and potash remain ahead of average, although somewhat behind last year’s standout volumes. Project cargo volumes continued at a strong pace, with shipments of modular buildings, steel and windmills keeping cargo handlers busy during the month.

Lake Superior News

 

Port Reports -  August 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The Duluth harbor saw plenty of traffic on Friday, beginning with the Mesabi Miner, which arrived at 00:53 to load iron ore pellets at CN. Indiana Harbor arrived at 05:32 to fuel at Husky Energy before shifting down to Burlington Northern in Superior to load ore, and H. Lee White was inbound at 07:54 with limestone for the C. Reiss dock. Algowood arrived at 12:50 to offload salt at Hallett #8. Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound later at 16:02 to load coal at Midwest Energy, and the Miner was outbound from CN at 18:10. John G. Munson, which had unloaded limestone at C. Reiss after arriving on Thursday, shifted to CN to load early Friday afternoon. She was expected to depart around midnight. At the Superior entry, Lee A. Tregurtha arrived at 12:15 with limestone to discharge at the Graymont dock. She will shift to BN to load once the Indiana Harbor departs. In port as of 20:00 Friday night were Americaborg, discharging general cargo at Port Terminal; Paul R. Tregurtha, loading at Midwest Energy; John G. Munson, loading at CN; Algowood, discharging salt at Hallett #8; H. Lee White, unloading limestone at C. Reiss; Lee A. Tregurtha, unloading limestone at Graymont; and Indiana Harbor, loading ore at BN.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block arrived Two Harbors on August 3rd at 04:15 after unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. The Block departed the CN ore docks South of #2 on August 3rd at 12:08 for Indiana Harbor. Also arriving Two Harbors on August 3rd at 12:48 was the Cedarglen. As of 18:30 she was still at South of #2. Her destination probably will be Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on August 4th is the American Integrity.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival on August 3rd at 10:39 of the James R. Barker. Due Silver Bay on August 4th is the Algowood that, as of 18:30 on August 3rd, was unloading salt in Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday August 3rd: 12:18 Frontenac departed G3 for Port Colborne. 12:25 Tecumseh weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain. 14:09 Radcliffe R. Latimer departed Superior Elevator for Hamilton. 14:19 Kaministiqua departed Richardson Current River Terminal and shifted over to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 19:14 Federal Rhine arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 21:19 Tecumseh departed G3 and was downbound.

St. Marys River
Mississagi was upbound Friday morning for Essar Algoma, then downbound in the early evening for Thessalon, Ont. Other upbound traffic included Algoma Niagara, CSL Laurentien, CSL Tadoussac and American Century late. Downbounders included Alpena, Cason J. Callaway, CSL Assiniboine and, late, Roger Blough. Saginaw was downbound for Essar in the late evening. Federal Biscay continued her stay at the Export Dock.

Northern Lake Huron
Thursday, Midland: 7:14 Pearl Mist arrived. 17:52. Once shore excursions were completed she departed for Windsor. Stoneport: Great Republic arrived to load limestone. Calcite: 20:13 Hon. James L Oberstar departed for Burns Harbor. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor. 5:00 Capt. Henry Jackman arrived and after loading limestone departed for Sombra. Drummond Island: Joseph H. Thompson Jr. arrived to load. Meldrum Bay: CSL Laurentien arrived to load dolomite. Friday, Stoneport: Great Republic departed for Cleveland. Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder arrived and after loading was completed departed for Detroit. Calcite: 9:19 Olive L Moore arrived to load limestone. Drummond Island: 2:05 Joseph H Thompson Jr. departed and was down bound Lake Huron. Meldrum Bay CSL Laurentien departed and was upbound on the St. Marys River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault was loading at the Sifto Dock Friday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Aug 3 –Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Aug 3 - Algosea at 1512 - Docked - Algonova at 1817 - Departures - Aug 2 - Algocanada at 1649 westbound - Aug 3 - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1802

Buffalo:
Arrival - Aug 2 - Manitoulin at 0839 - Departure - Aug 3 at 1506 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 2 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1503, Victory II (Bhs) (ex Coastal Queen 2-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Coastal Queen 2-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 2013 and CSL Welland eta 2115 - Aug 3 - no vessels - Downbound - Aug 2 - Algoma Enterprise at 1641 - Aug 3 - Evans Spirit at 0753, folowing vessels headed for West Street Port Colborne for 3-day Canada Day celebrations) - sailing vessels HMCS Oriole at 0939 and Lettie G Howard (Ame) at 1202, fireboat Edward M Cotter at 1215 approx. brig Niagara (Ame) at 1414 - commercial traffic - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1327, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1544 and tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1852

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox at former PWDD facility at 1231 - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 fitout berth at 1505 - Aug 1 - Algoma Buffalo arrived wharf 6 at 1135 - Departure - Aug 3 - (correction) - Algoma Buffalo (departed wharf 6) at 1950 upbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Aug 3 - Algoma Enteprise at 0844, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) eta 2232 from Oshawa and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) eta 2359 Docked - Aug 3 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 0635 from anchorage - Aug 1 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2300 - Departure - Aug 3 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0529 eastbound and Algoma Enterprise at 2152 approx.

Toronto:
Arrival: Aug 2 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Coastal Queen 2-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Coastal Queen 2-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 2013 - first time into the Great Lakes) - Docked - Jul 31 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0056 - Aug 1 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0201 - Departure - Aug 2 - Victory II (Bhs at 1715

Oshawa:
Arrival - Aug 2 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1132 - Departure - Aug 3 at 1803 for Hamilton

Rochester. N.Y. – Tom Brewer
The McKeil Spirit arrived Friday morning.

 

Salties recently sold for demolition

8/4 - Vessels with Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway connections reported as a casualty of sold for demolition. Taken from the August 2018 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society.

Casualties: None reported

Sold for Demolition: Bushra VI (8002808; Moldova) (Handsome Ali-16, Vectra-11, Mirica L-08, Christina I-96 (1st trip into the Seaway 1989), Christina Smits-89 (1st trip into the Seaway 1986) 3,720 / 1982 - general cargo. By Reem Shipping Ltd (Info Market Srl), Marshall Islands, to Kamdar & Associates, India and arrived Alang 23.11.2017 - commenced demolition 8.12.2017

Paragon DPDS3 (5314774; unknown) (Noble Roger Eason-14, Neddrill 2-97, Schouwen-77 (1st trip into the Seaway 1963) 18,225 / 1963 - drilling ship. By International Shipbreaking Ltd. LLC, USA to International Shipbreaking Ltd. and arrived Brownsville, TX 17.11.2017

Princess of Acadia (7039567; Canada) (launched as Princess of Nova) 10,051 / 1971 passenger / ro-ro ship (vehicles). By Government of Canada (Transport Canada) (Northumberland Ferries Ltd) Canada to Marine Recycling Corp. Canada and arrived Port Colborne, Ontario 11.4.2017

Compiled by Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Former Duluth port director Davis Helberg reflects on his life

8/4 - Esko, Minn. – On a July day when everything was as summer should be, Davis Helberg made his way to a creek off of his yard. A walking stick in one hand, he stepped through a column of sunlight and patch of ferns to the lip of babbling water below.

"In the springtime this thing is just roaring," he said, before reflecting: "As a boy, I played in this creek an awful lot."

For Helberg, 77, the tentacles of a life devoted to exploring one track and then another have converged again at the place he has always called home. Growing up he lied in the thick grass here, studying the clouds and listening to radio calls of baseball games. On nights in his room, he memorized batting champions as if they were Bible chapters.

"I had many, many opportunities to go but this place has got a hold of me," said Helberg, a visitor to 55 countries — a lot of his travel coming while on duty for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Aside from trips to his oncologist in Duluth, Helberg is keeping mostly to his beloved Esko these days, and the family farm upon which he was raised and in all likelihood will die. Helberg's last days are upon him.

A once-towering figure in Duluth for being the longest-running director of its port (Helberg Drive is named after him) and a commanding voice for readers of the News Tribune and other publications chronicling the Great Lakes and Northland, Helberg is caught in the grip of small-cell lung cancer.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://duluthnewstribune.com/news/4479802-former-port-director-davis-helberg-reflects-his-life

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 4

On this day in 1896, the whaleback COLGATE HOYT became the first boat to transport a load of iron ore through the new Poe lock. The man at the wheel of the HOYT, Thomas Small, was also at the wheel of the PHILIP R. CLARKE when the second Poe lock was opened to traffic 73 years later.

On this day in 1910, a mutiny occurred aboard the Pittsburgh steamer DOUGLAS HOUGHTON when a deckhand was confined for peeping into the cabin window of 5 female passengers (relatives of officers of the United States Steel Corporation). It required one hour for Captain John Parke, loaded revolver in hand, to quell the mutiny, confine the ringleaders, and clear away the broken furniture.

On the clear, almost perfect night of 4 August 1902, the SEGUIN (steel propeller freighter, 207 foot, 818 gross tons, built in 1890, at Owen Sound, Ontario) collided with the CITY OF VENICE (wooden propeller freighter, 301 foot, 2,108 gross tons, built in 1892, at W. Bay City, Michigan) abreast of Rondeau, Ontario on Lake Erie. The CITY OF VENICE, which was loaded with iron ore, sank and three of her crew were drowned. The U. S. Marshall impounded the SEGUIN for damages

Two favorites of many boatwatchers entered service on August 4 – WILLIAM CLAY FORD on August 4, 1953, and EDWARD L. RYERSON on August 4, 1960.

Paterson’s ONTADOC, built in 1975, sailed to the Netherlands with a load of bentonite from Chicago on August 4, 1979. Renamed b.) MELISSA DESGAGNES in 1990.

The E. J. BLOCK was laid up for the last time at Indiana Harbor, Indiana on August 4, 1984. The E. J. BLOCK was sold for scrap in late May 1987.

The D.M. CLEMSON left Superior on August 4, 1980, in tow of Malcolm Marine's TUG MALCOLM for Thunder Bay, Ont., where she was dismantled.

HOCHELAGA (Hull#144) was launched August 4, 1949, at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal, Quebec.

On a foggy August 4, 1977, POINTE NOIRE went hard aground near the entrance to the Rock Cut in the St. Marys River and blocked the channel. After her grain cargo was lightered by Columbia Transportation's crane steamer BUCKEYE, POINTE NOIRE was released on August 6. She was reloaded in Hay Lake and continued her downbound trip. Repairs to her bottom damage were completed at Thunder Bay. Ontario.

August 4, 1935 - The only time the ANN ARBOR NO 7 had the full limit of passengers when she ran an excursion from Frankfort, Michigan around Manitou Island and back with 375 passengers on board.

LYCOMING (wooden propeller, 251 foot, 1,610 gross tons) was launched on 4 August 1880, at West Bay City, Michigan by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #7) as a 2-deck package freighter. She was rebuilt as a single deck bulk freighter after she burned in 1905. She was one of the few bulk freighters that still carried her arched hog-braces visible above deck.

HIRAM W. SIBLEY (wooden propeller freighter, 221 foot, 1,419 gross tons) was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan on 4 August 1890. She only lasted eight years. While carrying 70,000 bushels of corn from Chicago for Detroit, she stranded on the northwest corner of South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan during blizzard on 26 November 1898. The tugs PROTECTOR and SWEEPSTAKES were dispatched for assistance but the SIBLEY re-floated herself during high water the following night, then was stranded on the southwest side of North Fox Island to prevent sinking. She broke in half; then completely broke up during a gale on 7 December 1898.

1985 – REGENT TAMPOPO, enroute from Japan to the Great Lakes with steel, was heavily damaged in the Pacific after a collision with the MING UNIVERSE. The vessel, which first came through the Seaway in 1982, was towed to Los Angeles but declared a total loss. It recrossed the Pacific under tow in 1986 and arrived at Hong Kong for scrapping on October 26, 1986.

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

 

Forget about summer: winter road salt piles up at Ogdensburg port

8/3 - Ogdensburg, N.Y. – Dog days of summer aside, officials at the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority are busy stockpiling the tons of salt that will soon be needed to help clear north country roads this winter.

The first of what will be several bulk salt deliveries arrived at the Port of Ogdensburg by ship late last week, according to OBPA officials. The winter cargo arrived while boaters, those on jet skis, and swimmers nearby were enjoying an idyllic summer on the St. Lawrence River.

The Ogdensburg port serves as a major delivery site and staging area for the multiple tons of salt that will eventually be trucked to state and local highway crews. The salt will then be applied to roads and highways across a major swath of Northern New York — including St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties — during the fall and winter months.

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis said that despite the warm seasonal temperatures that are now blanketing the region, there is no escaping the fact that life in the north country always means preparing for the inevitable.

Mr. Davis said the first giant shipment of salt via the St. Lawrence River was delivered to the port by a Canadian-flagged bulk cargo ship named the Capt. Henry Jackman. The self-discharging carrier belongs to the Algoma Central Corporation and is capable of discharging up to 5,440 tons of salt per hour.

Before leaving the Port of Ogdensburg on Thursday, the vessel unloaded more than 20 metric tons of salt destined for north country roads, according to bridge and port authority officials. Mr. Davis said it was the first of several bulk deliveries of salt slated for the Ogdensburg port this shipping season.

Watertown Daily Times

 

US Senate votes to spare Great Lakes program from cuts

8/3 - For the second year in a row, the U.S. Senate has voted to restore Great Lakes funding slated for drastic cuts in President Trump's budget recommendation. President Trump’s proposed budget sought to cut the Great Lakes Restoration initiative from $300 million to about $30 million.

“For months, Michigan residents have sent a clear signal that they do not support the administration’s cuts to Great Lakes funding,” U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said in a press release. “Because of those voices, and our bipartisan efforts, we ensured that every penny of this funding was restored so that the work of protecting our Great Lakes can continue.”

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helps protect the lakes from invasive species and water contamination.

Michigan Radio

 

Victory Cruise Lines starts voyage of the Victory II from Montreal

8/3 - Victory Cruise Lines, a specialist in luxury cruises on the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes, has officially commenced the inaugural voyage of its new vessel, the Victory II, from Montreal.

For the occasion, the Port of Montreal hosted a cocktail reception recently on the terrace of its new cruise terminal, attended by members of the Montreal Cruise Committee and many guests from the business and tourism sectors. A commemorative plaque was given to Capt. Georgios Theodorou.

“This is a fantastic day for us as we bring into service, here in Montreal, our second ship in the region. With this ship, we become the largest cruise operator on the Great Lakes,” said Bruce Nierenberg, Chairman of the Board and Founder of Victory Cruise Lines.

With its two ships, Victory Cruise Lines offers itineraries that let passengers discover the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence.

“Our routes go from Thunder Bay to Halifax. The Port of Montreal is already a major component on our route between Montreal and Detroit, and is set to become a major partner in the development of our cruises to the Maritime,” said Mr. Nierenberg. The Victory II departed from Montreal on July 28 and will reach Detroit on August 6.

Oceancrew.org

 

Port Reports -  August 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Americaborg arrived Duluth at 06:03 Thursday morning, and backed into the Port Terminal slip to offload general cargo. Joseph L. Block arrived at 14:03 with limestone for Graymont Superior. She was still unloading as of Thursday evening, and was expected to depart early Friday morning for Two Harbors. Finnborg spent the day loading wheat at CHS 1, and departed late Thursday evening. John G. Munson was due around 21:00 to discharge limestone at the C. Reiss dock. In Superior, Roger Blough arrived at 06:17 to load iron ore pellets at BN. She departed at 18:08. Alpena departed via the Superior entry at 07:23 after unloading cement at Lafarge.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure of the Algoma Spirit on August 2nd at 02:29 for Hamilton. Cason J. Callaway arrived Two Harbors on August 1st at 21:54 from Duluth after unloading limestone at C. Reiss in Duluth. Upon arriving in Two Harbors she went to South of #1 where she took on a partial blast furnace trim load. Later she shifted to North of #2 where she took on a partial pellet load. From 04:30 to 04:55 she shifted to North of #1 where she finished loading bft. She departed Two Harbors on August 2nd at 10:54 for Detroit. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on August 3rd, but as of 18:30 on August 2nd the Joseph L. Block was unloading stone at Graymont in Superior. Usually after unloading in the Twin Ports she goes to Two Harbors to load.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the CSL Assiniboine depart on August 2nd at 13:19 for Quebec City. Due Silver Bay on August 3rd is the James R. Barker. The Algowood is on the Canal Park schedule for Silver Bay on August 2nd in the morning, but she has salt for Superior, so it would be late on August 3rd before she would arrive in Silver Bay. There are other boats in the mix for Two Harbors/Silver Bay on August 3rd, so on my August 4th Port Report I hope to have an update.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday August 1st: 22:36 Tecumseh departed Superior Elevator and went to anchor south of the Welcome Islands. Thursday August 2nd: 8:52 Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at Superior Elevator to load grain. 10:16 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 19:38 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Aug 2 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - tug Michigan & barge Great Lakes at 1603 and Algonova at 1817 from the anchorage - Docked - Aug 1 - Algocanada at 0356 - Departure - Aug 2 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1811 for the canal,

Long Point bay:
Departure - Aug 1 - Algonova at 1804 for Nanticoke dock

Buffalo:
Arrival - Aug 2 - Manitoulin at 0839

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Aug 1 - Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) stopping at wharf 12 and Miedwie (Bhs) at 2005 - Aug 2 - Algoma Sault at 0258, sailing ship Empire Sandy at 0506, Lake Explorer II (Am) at 0749, CSL St Laurent at 0759, Algoma Transport at 1411, Isabelle G (Por) at 1503, Victory II (Bhs) (ex Coastal Queen 2-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Coastal Queen 2-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 2013 and CSL Welland eta 2115 - Downbound - Aug 2 - Algoma Strongfield at 10004 and Algoma Enterprise at 1641

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox at former PWDD facility at 1231 - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 fitout berth at 1505 - Aug 1 - Algoma Buffalo arrived wharf 6 at 1135 - Departures - Aug 2 - Algoma Buffalo (departed wharf 6) late morning upbound

Hamilton:
Docked - Jul 29 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 0213 - Jul 31 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0533 - Aug 1 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2300 from the anchorage - Anchored - Aug 1 - Bluewing at 2210 from a dock. Departure - Aug 2 - Ojibway at 1759 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival: Aug 2 - Victory II (Bhs) (ex Coastal Queen 2-17, Clipper Discoverer-09, Coastal Queen 2-09, Cape Cod Light-07) at 2013 - first time into the Great Lakes) - Docked - Jul 31 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0056 - Aug 1 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0201 - Departure - Aug 2 - Victory II (Bhs at 1715

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jul 30 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) eta 2130 - Departure - Aug 2 at 1126

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Thursday McKeil Spirit unloaded cement.

 

Sights and Sounds: Freighters and Fog

8/3 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – River fog: it’s a phenomena caused by warm air flowing over a colder river. Sometimes, it can create beautiful scenes. In Sights and Sounds, Jim LeHocky takes us to the St. Marys River where freighters and fog together form a special kind of beauty.

View the video here: https://www.9and10news.com/2018/07/31/sights-and-sounds-freighters-and-fog

 

Help wanted: Lake Michigan Carferry

8/3 - Lake Michigan Carferry is accepting applications for immediate placement in the engine department aboard the historic S.S. Badger. Candidates must possess a Merchant Mariner’s Credential with QMED endorsement and a valid TWIC card. The QMED can expect to live onboard the ship and stand a 4 hour watch twice a day, 7 days a week for the remainder of our 2018 sailing season (Aug – Oct). The job offers competitive wages and the possibility of rehire in the spring of 2019 for full-season work. Visit our website at www.ssbadger.com scroll down and click on Employment Opportunities to find an on-line application. EOE

Lake Michigan Carferry

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 3

On this day in 1960, EDWARD L. RYERSON, new flagship of the Inland Steel fleet, successfully completed her sea trials.

Under tow, the AVONDALE, a.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS of 1908, in tandem with former fleet mate FERNDALE. a.) LOUIS R. DAVIDSON of 1912, arrived at Castellon, Spain for scrapping in 1979.

CANADOC left the St. Lawrence River on August 3, 1991, in tow bound for Mamonal, Colombia, for scrapping.

August 3, 1946 - The third officer of the ANN ARBOR NO 6, drowned while painting her draft marks. He had apparently leaned too far and fell out of the rowboat.

On 3 August 1900, FONTANA (wooden 2-mast schooner-barge, 231 foot, 1,164 gross tons, built in 1888, at St Clair, Michigan as a 4-mast schooner-barge) was carrying iron ore in tow of the steamer KALIYUGA. The FONTANA sheared off and collided with the big schooner-barge SANTIAGO and settled in the mouth of St. Clair River in the St. Clair Flats, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. After salvage was given up months later, she was dynamited several times to flatten and reduce her wreckage. Although officially no loss of life was reported, local newspaper reported that one crewman was drowned. The FONTANA was owned by Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co.

On 3 Aug 1857, R.H. RAE (3-mast wooden bark, 136 foot, 344 tons, built in 1857, at St. Catharines, Ontario) capsized and sank in a "white squall" off Duck's Creek on Lake Ontario. She went down slowly enough for her people to abandon in her small boat. They were later picked up by the propeller COLONIST. There was a big effort to salvage her the next summer, but to no avail. She was a total loss of $20,000. She was reportedly built for the trans-Atlantic trade and looked more like a seagoing schooner. Some sources give the date of the loss as 4 August 1857. The wreck is in very good condition. The Cousteau organization lost a diver on her in 1980.

On 3 August 1915, ALEXANDRIA (wooden sidewheel passenger/package freight, 174 foot 863 gross tons, built in 1866, at Hull, Quebec, formerly a.) CONSORT, was carrying foodstuffs in Lake Ontario when she was blown on a bar in a storm and fog. She broke up by wave action under the Scarborough Bluffs, east of Toronto. Lifesavers worked for hours and rescued the entire crew. GARDEN CITY was caught in the same storm as ALEXANDRIA. This ship sustained smashed windows and a hole in the hull but was able to reach safety.

1920 – The wooden steamer MAPLEGROVE sank in the Welland Canal. The vessel was salvaged and sold for further service as JED. It had been built at Marine City in 1889 as CHEROKEE.

1927 – The bulk canaller CASCO of the Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co. went aground at Pipe Island in the lower St. Marys River and required lightering before floating free and proceeding for repairs.

1962 – MEDINA PRINCESS, a former “Empire ship,” first came to the Great Lakes under British registry in 1959. It made 5 trips through the Seaway but went aground on a reef near Djibouti while enroute from Bremen, Germany, to China. The hull was refloated August 31 but was laid up at Djibouti. It remained idle until breaking loose and going aground on September 4, 1964. The hull was a total loss and, at last report, the wreck was partially submerged.

1978 – The French freighter JEAN L.D. made 37 trips to the Great Lakes from 1959 to 1967. It was sailing as c) CAVO STARAS when the engine room become flooded during a voyage from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the overnight hours of August 3-4, 1978. The vessel was towed to Dakar, Sierra Leone, on August 14 and sold to Spanish shipbreakers, via auction, on May 8, 1979. It arrived at Barcelona, under tow, on June 18, 1978, and scrapping began July 5 of that year.

2010 – SIDSEL KNUTSEN lost power due to a fire in the engine room and went aground off St. Clair, Mich. It remained stuck until August 9 and was then refloated and cleared to proceed to Montreal. It was operating in Canadian service at the time under a special waiver.

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

 

Lower Lakes Towing’s Manitoba renamed in preparation for scrap tow

8/2 - Lower Lakes Towing’s small straight-deck bulk carrier Manitoba, which has been laid up in the Port of Montreal since arriving under its own power on April 17, 2016, had its Canadian registry closed July 31.

On Friday, the vessel is expected to be towed to Section 56 from Section 27 at the Port of Montreal to be prepared for a tow overseas. Her name has been shortened to Nito re-registered in Panama, which indicates that the vessel will eventually be towed for scrap, likely to an overseas destination.

Manitoba was originally laid up in Hamilton, Ont., at Pier 12 East from Dec. 21-30, 2015 awaiting a dock to unload. Once that became available, the ship shifted over to Pier 25 South and the JRI/James Richardson Grain Elevator and Terminal to unload and lay up, arriving there on Dec. 30, 2015. It remained in lay up there before departing on April 16, 2016 for Montreal, where it arrived under its own power for lay up on April 17, 2016 at Section 27.

Manitoba’s last full season of operation on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway was 2015/16.

The vessel has a long and interesting history. She was built in 1967 at the Collingwood Shipyards in Collingwood, Ont., for the N.M. Paterson & Sons fleet as Mantadoc, a named it carried from 1967 until 2002. At that point, N.M. Paterson & Sons left the shipping business and sold three of its vessels to Canada Steamship Lines, one of which was Mantadoc. In 2002 the ship was renamed Teakglen, although it did not operate until the fall of 2002 when it made only one trip under that name with a storage load of grain for Goderich, Ont., arriving there in the fall of 2002 for lay-up. The ship was used as a grain storage hull from 2002 until 2005 when it left Goderich and arrived in Hamilton.

From there, the ship was then sold to a newly-created company, Voyageur Marine Transport Ltd., which repainted the ship blue and renamed her Maritime Trader, a name it carried from 2005 until 2011. In 2011 the ship was purchased by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. of Port Dover, Ont., which repainted the vessel gray and renamed her Manitoba.

With the pending scrapping of the Manitoba, this leaves only the Cedarglen of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet, formerly the Cartierdoc, as the last remaining member of the Paterson fleet.

Denny Dushane, Rene Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  August 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
In Duluth on Wednesday, Alpena arrived at 00:18 with a cargo of cement to offload at Lafarge. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed at 01:28 with iron ore pellets from CN, and Cason J. Callaway was outbound at 11:21 after discharging limestone at the C. Reiss dock. However, she re-arrived at 17:25 to fuel at Husky Energy, and departed again at 19:44 for Two Harbors. Finnborg spent the day loading wheat at CHS 1. In Superior, Algoma Discovery departed at 10:50 after loading ore at Burlington Northern. The Alpena was tentatively expected to depart via the Superior entry around midnight after unloading.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors saw the Presque Isle depart on August 1st at 08:54 for Conneaut. The Algoma Spirit arrived Two Harbors on August 1st at 13:49. Due to a strong NE wind she was assisted to South of #2 by Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. Cason J. Callaway departed Duluth the morning of August 1st. She ran checked down to Two Harbors, and after she was abeam of Two Harbors she turned around and went back to Duluth to fuel. She is tentatively due Two Harbors late on August 1st. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on August 2nd.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the CSL Assiniboine on August 1st at 17:08. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for August 2nd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday August 1st: 14:08 The saltie Americaborg departed Keefer Terminal for Duluth-Superior. 17:03 Tecumseh departed Viterra B and shifted over to Superior Elevator to load grain.

Northern Lake Huron
Wednesday, Alpena: 2:21 Samuel de Champlain departed for Detroit. Stoneport: John G Munson departed for Duluth. Calcite: Olive L Moore departed for Bay City. 18:25 Hon James L. Oberstar arrived to load. Port Dolomite: Wilfred Sykes arrived to load. Bruce Mines: Cuyahoga departed in the morning for Toledo. Meldrum Bay: Algoma Compass departed for Windsor. Parry Sound: 8:10 The cruise ship Pearl Mist arrived.19:35 Pearl Mist departed.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Aug 1 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 1 - Algocanada at 0356 and CSL Tadoussac at 0508, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1030 - Departure - Aug 1 - CSL Tadoussac at 1832 westbound

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Aug 1 - Algonova at 1536

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jul 31 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2054 - Aug 1 - Algonova at 0133, Thunder Bay at 0440, Harbour Feature (Por) at 0653, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1344, Pia (Atg) (ex BBC Alabama-17, Western Voyager-07) and Miedwie (Bhs) at 2005 - Downbound - Jul 31 - Anet (Nld) (ex Nordana Mathilde-16, Onego Bilbao-11) at 1118 - Aug 1 - Algoma Buffalo at 0546 (stopping at wharf 6 in Thorold), Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) at 0747, Whitefish Bay at 0950, Whitefish Bay at 1014, and Juno (Bhs) at 1147

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox at former PWDD facility at 1231 - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 fitout berth at 1505 - Aug 1 - Algoma Buffalo arrived wharf 6 at 1135

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Ojibway at 1420 - Docked - Jul 29 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 0213 - Jul 31 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 0533 - Anchored - Jul 30 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1737 - Departures - Jul 31 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2322 - Aug 1 - BBC Luanda (Atg) at 0925 for Spain and Baie Comeau eastbound

Bronte:
Departed - Aug 1 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0923

Toronto:
Docked - Jul 31 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0056 - Aug 1 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 0201 - Departure - Aug 1 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 1817 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jul 30 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) eta 2130

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Wednesday, NACC Argonaut delivered her first load of cement. She has taken over the run from the English River, which has been retired.

 

Shipwrecks in Lake Superior near Thunder Bay get new heritage marker buoys

8/2 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Two more shipwrecks in the waters of Lake Superior near Thunder Bay now have heritage buoys to help divers find them, and to provide a spot to moor dive vessels.

The Superior chapter of Save Ontario Shipwrecks has been setting up the buoys for about four years now to help promote dive tourism in the region. Divers marked the Gray Oak for the first time this year, and set up a new buoy near the Puckasaw, after the previous one vanished two years ago.

In addition to helping divers, the buoys protect the wrecks by alerting fishers and crews of commercial vessels to steer clear of them. It's a benefit that was highlighted in late July when volunteers were setting up the buoy on the Gray Oak, said Richard Harvey, the chapter chair.

"We noticed some large drag marks from anchors right around the ship," Harvey said. "It looks like something was anchored near there. It shouldn't have been. But there wasn't a mooring on this one. ... We have seen some significant damage that has been done probably having a chain dragged, one of the large chains from one of the big ships dragged across it."

A total of five wrecks in the area, including the Howard, the Green River and the Robert Fryer, are now rigged with the buoys, which are funded in part by the government.

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 2

On August 2, 1991, Paterson's 1961-built lake bulk carrier CANADOC, which had been in lay-up in Montreal since April 6, 1990, and sold for scrapping, cleared the port in tow of the Netherlands Antilles tug DALMAR SPIRIT, bound for Mamonal, Columbia, arriving there on August 26, 1991.

On this day in 1880, the new Goodrich propeller CITY OF LUDINGTON was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The CITY OF LUDINGTON was 170 feet loa x 35 feet x 11 feet, had 44 staterooms and a salon. She was built at a cost of $90,000. The CITY OF LUDINGTON was partially dismantled at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1930-1931, and the hull was towed to Big Summer Island, Lake Michigan in 1933, for use as a breakwall.

On the morning of 02 August 1869, Deputy U. S. Marshall Insley sold at auction the scow AGNES HEAD to pay for debts incurred when she was repaired that spring by Mr. Muir and Mr. Stewart. Bidding started at $500 and ran very lively. Mr. John Stewart of Detroit purchased the vessel for $1,050. The AMERICAN MARINER (Hull#723) was launched on August 2, 1979, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co. for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., (American Steamship Co., Buffalo, New York, mgr.). She was to be named CHICAGO, but that name was removed before launch.

The U.S. Coast Guard's report on the sinking of the EDMUND FITZGERALD was released on August 2, 1977. It cited faulty hatch covers, lack of watertight cargo hold bulkheads and damage caused from an undetermined source as the cause of her loss.

The BENSON FORD's maiden voyage was on August 2, 1924, with coal from Toledo, Ohio to Duluth, Minnesota and returned with iron ore to the Ford Rouge Plant at Dearborn.

On August 2, 1990, the Lightship HURON was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark. LIGHTSHIP 103 had been almost completely restored and was opened to the public in 1974, for tours and remains so at this time.

August 2, 1862 - John C. Ackerman was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At the time of his death in 1916, he was commodore of the Pere Marquette carferry fleet based in Ludington.

On 2 August 1877, GRACE A CHANNON (wooden schooner, 141 foot, 266 gross tons, built in 1873, at East Saginaw, Michigan) was bound from Chicago for Buffalo when she collided with the propeller tug FAVORITE and sank 12 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The young son of the owner of the CHANNON lost his life in this accident.

In 1858, the wooden side-wheeler TELEGRAPH collided with the schooner MARQUETTE and sank 40 miles north of Cleveland.

1909 – GLENELLAH of Inland Navigation struck the east breakwall at Port Colborne, damaging both the ship and the structure. The vessel joined Canada Steamship Lines in 1913 becoming b) CALGARIAN (ii) in 1926. It was broken up at Hamilton in 1960.

1915 – KENORA went aground off Flat Point, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, enroute from Montreal to Sydney. The C.S.L. canal ship was operating on saltwater due to the demands of World War One and was soon refloated.

1931 – The RAPIDS KING took out the gates of Lock 2 of the St. Lawrence Canal at Montreal and SASKATOON was one of 7 ships left on the bottom of the channel.

1967 – The West German freighter JOHANN SCHULTE and the new Canadian self-unloader CANADIAN CENTURY brushed each other in the Welland Canal near Thorold. The former hit the bank and was holed but made it to the tie-up wall before settling on the bottom. The ship was travelling from Duluth-Superior to Poland with wheat. The 4-year old vessel was refloated August 5 and went to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs. It was scrapped in China as d) SINGAPORE CAR in 1984-1985.

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

 

International Great Lakes shipping down 2 percent this year

8/1 - International shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway into the Great Lakes are down 2 percent so far this year after a sluggish start to the shipping season.

A total of 12.1 million tons of cargo passed through the Seaway between March 29 and June 30 to Great Lakes ports such as the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and the Port of Chicago. The Chamber of Marine Commerce attributes the decline to a slight drop-off in salt shipments, and a later and slower start to the shipping season.

“Summer is the season for construction projects, and ships have been delivering materials for major building projects across the region,” Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows said.

“U.S. grain exports are also up this season and illustrate the importance of marine transportation to so many of America’s economic sectors. This was underlined by a new study released last week showing Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping supports 147,500 jobs and $25.6 billion in economic activity in United States.”

So far this year, shipments of asphalt through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up by 38 percent and shipment of grain by 32.1 percent, as compared to the same period in 2017, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce. Liquid bulk shipments have risen by 28 percent and stone shipments by 27 percent.

A recent study commission by the Chamber of Marine Commerce found Great Lakes shipping supports 19,518 jobs in Indiana, $1.2 billion in personal income and $13.7 billion in economic activity.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  August 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Tuesday. Cason J. Callaway was due at 22:30 with limestone, and Alpena was expected around midnight to offload cement at Lafarge. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. spent the day loading iron ore pellets at CN after arriving late Monday night, and is expected to depart on Wednesday morning. Finnborg remained tied up at Port Terminal. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort loaded ore at BN throughout the day Monday before departing at 16:15. Algoma Discovery was inbound at 16:35 and began loading.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors on July 30th at 21:43 for Conneaut. The Edwin H. Gott, which was stopped off Two Harbors, got underway at approx. 21:35 and arrived the breakwall at 22:10 on July 30th for CN's South of #2. The Gott departed Two Harbors at 08:50 on July 31st for Zug Island. Arriving Two Harbors on July 31st at 08:13 was an infrequent Two Harbors visitor, Michipicoten. She went to North of #2 and took her whole load from the gravity dock. She departed on July 31st at 17:09. As of 19:30 she wasn’t showing an updated AIS. Arriving Two Harbors on July 31st at 09:15 was the Presque Isle. As of 19:30 she was still at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on August 1st is the Algoma Spirit. The Callaway is due Duluth on July 31st and there is always a possibility she could end up in Two Harbors.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 02:21 on July 31st for Cleveland. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader then went to the loading dock and as of 19:30 on July 31st were still there. Due Silver Bay on August 1st is the CSL Assiniboine.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday July 30th: 23:02 Algoma Strongfield departed Superior Elevator for Baie Comeau. Tuesday July 31st: 0:04 The saltie Labrador weighed anchor after 9 days in the harbor and proceeded to Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 6:38 Evans Spirit arrived at Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 13:45 Tecumseh arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 19:26 Evans Spirit departed Richardson Current River Terminal for Port Cartier. 20:28 The saltie Labrador departed Richardson Main Terminal for Windsor.

Grand Haven, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was in port unloading slag Tuesday night.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Schelde remained at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Manitowoc and James R. Barker were at Indiana Harbor. Algoma Innovator was at S. Chicago with an AIS destination of Brevort, Mich.

Northern Lake Huron
For Tuesday. Stoneport: Great Republic departed for Cleveland. 14:00 John G Munson arrived to load. Calcite: 12:01 John G Boland departed for Ashtabula. 18:11 Philip R Clarke departed for Buffington. Olive L Moore arrived to load limestone. McGregor Bay: Samuel De Champlain arrived at the Lafarge Whitefish Terminal to unload cement products. 8:57 she departed for Alpena. Meldrum Bay: CSL Laurentien arrived to load dolomite. 13:00 Algoma Compass arrived and went to anchor. 18:30 CSL Laurentien departed downbound on Lake Huron. Algoma Compass weighed anchor and proceeded to the dock to load dolomite. Bruce Mines: Cuyahoga arrived to load trap rock. Little Current: 6:46 cruise ship Victory 1 arrived. 12:29 cruise ship Pearl Mist arrived. 17:58 Victory 1 departed for Detroit. 18:05 Pearl Mist departed for Parry Sound. Alpena: Samuel de Champlain arrived to load cement.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood continued loading salt for Superior, Wis., on Tuesday. Radcliffe R. Latimer continued to unload grain from Thunder Bay, Ont., then departed to the north.

Detroit, Mich.
Hon. James L. Oberstar was unloading Tuesday evening at Severstal. Capt. Henry Jackman was also in the Rouge River.

Ashtabula, Ohio
Federal Rhine remained in port on Tuesday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Jul 31 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Aug 1 - Algocanada eta 0300 and CSL Tadoussac eta 0400

Buffalo:
Arrival - Jul 29 - American Mariner at 1326 - Departure - Jul 31 at 1135 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jul 30 - Cedarglen at 1645, Algosea at 1857 - Jul 31 - Algoma Enterprise at 0521 and tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 2054 -Downbound - Jul 30 - Patras (ex Gan-Sword-10) at 1842 and Tim S Dool at 1853 - Jul 31 - Algoma Guardian at 0804 and Anet (Nld) at 1118

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jul 2 - CCGS Terry Fox at former PWDD facility at 1231 - Jul 29 - Algoma Harvester secured at wharf 52 fitout berth at 1505

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jul 30 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 1327 (awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto) - Departed - Jul 30 at 2302 for Toronto

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jul 31 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0429 and Ruddy (Cyp) at 0533 from Toronto - Docked - Jul 28 - BBC Luanda (Atg) at 1648 - Jul 29 - Bluewing (Cyp) at 0213 - Jul 31 - Baie Comeau from the anchorage - Anchored - Jul 30 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1737 - Departure - Jul 31 - Alina (Atg) (ex Beluga Faith-11, Beluga Modification-10) at 1439 for Antwerp

Bronte:
Docked - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1410 from Hamilton

Toronto:
Docked - Jul 28 - Miedwie (Bhs) at 0443 - Jul 31 - Shoveler (Cyp) at 0056 from Port Weller anchorage - Departure - Jul 31 - Ruddy (Cyp) at 00134 for Hamilton and Jul 31 - McKeil Spirit at 0009

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jul 30 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) eta 2130

 

On board the USCGC Escanaba as it sails into Grand Haven

8/1 - Grand Haven, Mich. – The 94th Coast Guard Festival is also serving as a special homecoming for the USCGC cutter Escanaba, which was commissioned in Grand Haven on Aug. 29, 1987.

The Escanaba is a medium-endurance vessel that's 270 feet long and has a 38 foot beam. A total of 105 men and women make up its crew.

"We are the third Coast Guard vessel to bear the name Escanaba," said Michael Turdo, who is the ship's commanding officer. "We displace 1,800 tons."

2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the first Escanaba Coast Guard cutter, which went down in the North Atlantic Ocean after a German U-boat hit it with a torpedo. 101 of the 103 sailors on board lost their lives.

"It's really an honor to be on this ship and have it at Escanaba Park in Grand Haven and have this crew here," said Turdo. "This ship hasn't been back to Grand Haven since 1999."

"For this crew to be able to be a part of this celebration and be a small part of representing the original crew from 75 years ago, and all the Escanaba crews since then, is really special."

The Escanaba's transit to Grand Haven began in Boston, which is the ship's home port. It traveled past Quebec City, then Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Montreal before entering the Great Lakes, where it stopped in Cleveland, Ohio, and then Milwaukee, Wis., before ending up in Grand Haven on Monday.

The USCGC Escanaba will be docked at Escanaba Park in Grand Haven throughout the Coast Guard Festival. Tours of the ship will happen Monday-Saturday, and the hours each day will vary.

View photos and video at this link: https://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/coast-guard/on-board-the-uscgc-escanaba-as-it-sails-into-grand-haven/69-578758111

 

Annual tour of Grosse Ile Lighthouse to be held Sept. 9

8/1 - The 1906 Grosse Ile Lighthouse will be open for tour Sunday, Sept. 9th, from noon to 3 p.m. The lighthouse is only accessible this one time of the year. The bus ride (there is no parking at the site) to the lighthouse includes a narration on some of the history of Grosse Ile.

The tour is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Limited to 90 people.

The tour sold out last year and did not have any tickets available on the day of the event. So as to not disappoint any prospective attendees, reservations are required. Please call (734) 675-1250 for tour details, reservations, and tickets. The phone is not staffed daily so someone will return your call.

Grosse Ile Historical Society

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  August 1

In 1862, UNION (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 163 foot, 434 ton, built in 1861, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was sold by the Goodrich Line to James H. Mead and J. F. Kirkland for $28,000. This was $9,000 more than Goodrich had paid to have the vessel built just the previous year.

On August 1, 1982, the Canadian tanker L’ERABLE NO 1 entered service. Renamed b.) HUBERT GAUCHER in 1982. Sold foreign in 1996, renamed c.) RODIN and d.) OLYMPIC PRIDE in 2000.

August 1957 - The PERE MARQUETTE 18 of 1911 was sold to Luria Brothers, Chicago scrap merchants, along with the PERE MARQUETTE 14.

On 1 August 1871, the construction of the canal through the St. Clair Flats was finished at a cost of $365,000. It was the first real channel built to help ships through the shallow waters where the St. Clair River empties into Lake St. Clair and where there are seven mouths or passes. It took the Canadian contractor John Brown three years to dig the channel that measures 300 feet wide and 8,421 feet long. The water was 18 feet deep. It was protected on most of its sides by piers and dikes. The new channel was considered too small even as it was being dug. At only 300 feet wide, tows of log rafts were encouraged to sue the old shallower channels. Within 20 years, plans were made to deepen the channel to 20 feet.

On 1 August 1849, CHICAGO (wooden passenger/package freight vessel, 95 foot, 151 tons, built in 1842, at Oswego, New York) burned in Buffalo harbor. No lives were lost.

1911 – Seven lives were lost when the wooden passenger ship SIRIUS capsized and sank in the St. Lawrence 8 miles from Massena, N.Y. There were 75 passengers on board headed for a picnic when the accident occurred. Apparently, many passengers had rushed to one side of the ship to see a woodchuck as the ship was turning in the current and this led to the ship going over.

1951 – The first SAGUENAY to sail for Canada Steamship Lines was built at Govan, Scotland, in 1913 for service between Quebec City and Saguenay River ports. It left Canada for the Far East as b) KIANG YONG in 1946 and became c) YANGTSE PHOENIX in 1949. The vessel dragged her anchors while riding out a typhoon near Tai Po, Hong Kong, on this date in 1951, went aground and was wrecked.

1969 – The British freighter HOPERIDGE made two trips to the Great Lakes in 1959. It sank on this date in 1969 as b) BETHLEHEM due to a collision with the SHOWA MARU while about 30 miles from Singapore. The ship was enroute from Tokyo to Aden and 7 of the crew were lost.

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

 



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