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Canmar Victory Grounds

09/30
The Canmar Victory was pulled free at high tide Sunday afternoon with the assistance of the Groupe Ocean tugs Ocean Delta and Duga. The Canmar Victory was escorted by the tugs eastbound to Quebec City harbor. The slow transit was expected to reach Section 27 of the St. Charles River estuary around 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening. An inspection of the hull will then be made to determine the extent of the damages.

The container ship went hard aground Saturday afternoon in the St. Lawrence River on North Shore of channel at Deschambault 30 miles west of Quebec City (between Quebec City and Montreal).

The Canmar Victory with over 100 containers had departed Montreal earlier that day and was heading to Baie-Comeau.

The reasons for the grounding is unknown but the bow of the Canmar Victory was out of the water on a shield of rock.

Canmar Victory aground Saturday.
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Scan Oceanic Arrives

09/30
The Scan Oceanic arrived in Owen Sound late Sunday night. The vessel is carrying a cargo of wind generators.

On Monday the vessel will be welcomed in a ceremony hosted by city officials. It is unusual for a saltie to visit Owen Sound. The port is located at the southern end of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

Upbound at the Iroquois Lock Friday morning. D. Beach
Passing Brockville. Peter Cater

Reported by: Torben Hawksbridge




Leitch Visits Erie

09/30
The John D. Leitch paid her first visit to Erie under that name Saturday afternoon. The vessel arrived about 1:00 p.m. to unload stone at the Mountfort Terminal. The Leitch turned in the bay and docked bow out.

The visit comes just days after the announcement that the Viking is expected to be moved from the port. The last time the vessel visited was as the Canadian Century in 1996, just days after the Viking arrived in Erie.

Leitch inbound.
Another View.
Stern View.
Turning in the bay.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Lighthouse Give Away

09/30
Sunday the Department of the Interior and the Coast Guard announced the second installment of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Program. In the program 20 lighthouses are offered for free to those who can take care of them. Six were given away earlier this summer to non-profit groups and local governments - exactly the type of organizations the Interior Department would like to own the next 20.

The program will continue until all 300 lighthouses that have been determined to be expendable, by the Coast Guard, are in safe hands.

Only three of the 20 in this round are Great Lakes lights. They are; Gull Rock, located in Lake Superior off Copper Harbor, Michigan; Pipe Island, in the lower St. Marys River; and St. James Light on Beaver Island.

Non-profit groups, community-development organizations and state and local governments are eligible to receive the lighthouses at no cost. Individuals who are interested should join a historical-preservation group or start their own.

Lighthouse received through the program must be kept open to the public and maintenance will be the responsibility of the new owners. Applicants must be able to prove they can maintain the lights as part of the application process.

Click here for more information.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Marquette Update

09/30
The H. Lee White unloaded stone at the Shiras Steam Plant dock Sunday. They had some problems with a "bad" load, so it took longer than they expected. They took on some supplies while at the lower harbor dock. They later moved to the upper harbor to take on a load of taconite. The Lee Tregurtha was due Sunday night .

The Courtney Burton is expected on Monday afternoon, the Charles Beeghly on Tuesday, and the American Mariner and Algosteel on Wednesday.

H. Lee White unloading.
Close up.
Delivery truck along side.
Stern view unloading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Saginaw News

09/30
The Algorail was inbound the Saginaw River on Sunday passing through Bay City during the early evening hours. She was headed up to unload at the Buena Vist Dock.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Algorail upbound at the Lafayette Bridge.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Sarnia Update

09/30
The Algocape arrived at the Sarnia Elevator Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. The vessel is expected to depart around noon Monday for Sorel, Quebec.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Detroit Traffic - Saturday

09/30
Earl W Oglebay upbound at Nicholson's.
Passing the Adam E Cornelius.
Stern view.
Adam E Cornelius downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Cuyahoga downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

09/30
The CSL Laurentien was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the Reserve, and Algolake waiting at the dock to follow. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge departed from her layup berth Sunday afternoon and is now out sailing. The Joseph H. Frantz, and Saturn remain in lay-up.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Kaye E. Barker on Monday. The Algolake on Tuesday. The Algomarine on Thursday, followed by the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder on Friday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will now be the Armco on Monday. The Buckeye on Thursday, followed by the American Republic on Friday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Kinsman Voyager and Silver Bay in layup at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area. Both vessels are finished as operational carriers for the Steinbrenner Fleet. The Voyager would be sold off for scrap, While the Silver Bay would be sold to the Soo River Company and be renamed Judith M. Pierson.
Frank R. Denton and Kinsman Enterprise in winter layup at the Lakefront Coal Docks "Frog Pond" area, the following Spring would see both vessels out sailing again.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Work Boat Update

09/30
On September 21 the pilot boat Narrows arrived in Duluth from New York City via the Erie Canal. The vessel is replacing the vintage Sea Falcon and will be used to deliver pilots to vessels in the Twin Ports.

The crane barge Alton Andrew and tug Lydie Rae returned from a week of digging in Silver Bay. The duo had been contracted to dig out the cooling water out-fall which had filled in with tailings. The Corps of Engineers derrick boat H.J. SCHWARTZ, tugs D.L. BILLMAIER and FAIRCHILD and barge BC-6289 are working at the Superior Entry while TNT is still dredging the Superior front channel with the hydraulic dredge LOUISE and tug WOLVERINE. October 9th a large auction will be held at Cheboygan, Michigan at Durocher Dredge & Dock where their entire fleet of tugs and barges will be disposed of.

Towing Alton Andrew on Lake Superior.
Kaye E. Barker at Silver Bay.
Ida S. at Milwaukee.
Jake and David Kadinger at Milwaukee.
Kinsman Independent at GM - S.
Middletown at Silver Bay.
Loading ore while unloading dredge spoils.
Overhead view of plant.
Do we even need a sign?
Mount McKay heading out.
The Duluth classics moored at NP #2. Essayons, Mount McKay, Seneca, Houghton, Faith, and Duluth.
H.J. Schwartz and Fairchild at Elevator M.
Southdown Challenger at Milwaukee.
Hannah's Susan E in Chicago.
Two Harbors, Minnesota lighthouse.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel




Weekly Updates

09/30
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Today in Great Lakes History - September 30

The 660 ft. forward section of the a)BELLE RIVER (b) WALTER J. McCARTHY, JR.) was side launched on September 30, 1976.

The ARTHUR SIMARD entered service on September 30, 1973 sailing to Montreal, Que. to load gasoline.

The GOVERNOR MILLER was towed down the Welland Canal on September 30, 1980 in tow of TUG MALCOLM, STORMONT and ARGUE MARTIN on her way to Quebec City.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY departed light on her maiden voyage from River Rouge on September 30, 1943 bound for Two Harbors, MN. to load iron ore.

On September 30, 1986 the Canadian Coast Guard vessel CARIBOU ISLE struck a rock in Lake Huron's North Channel and began taking on water. CCG SAMUEL RISLEY arrived and helped patch the ship. The pair the departed for Parry Sound.

On 30 September 1888, AUSTRALIA (wooden schooner, 109’, 159GT, built in 1862 at Vermilion, OH) was carrying cedar posts from Beaver Island to Chicago when she encountered a gale. She was laid on beam ends and sprung a leak. She headed for shelter at Holland, MI, but struck a bar and foundered in the mouth of the harbor. The wreck blocked the harbor until it was removed on 5 October. Her crew was rescued by the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

On 30 September 1875, AMERICAN CHAMPION (wooden scow-schooner, 156 t, built in 1866 at Trenton, Michigan) dropped anchor to ride out a gale near Leamington, Ontario on Lake Erie. The chains gave way and she struck a bar and sank to the gunwales. The crew of 8 spent the night in the rigging and the next day a local woman and her two sons heroically rescued each one.

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

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




Saginaw News

09/29
The CSL Tadoussac, which had unloaded at the Essroc Terminal overnight, departed the dock stern first, backing out to Light 12 of the Entrance Channel to turn. She completed her turn and was headed for the lake during the morning hours Saturday.

Following the Tadoussac was the Wilfred Sykes. The Sykes had unloaded overnight in Saginaw at the Wirt Dock and was outbound through Bay City around 9:30am.

Departing the Saginaw River during the evening Saturday was the Tug Mark Hannah and her barge. The pair had unloaded at the Dow Chemical Dock in Bangor Township.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

09/29
The Buckeye was at the Torco Ore Dock Saturday unloading ore. The Reserve is due in at the Torco Ore Dock late Saturday afternoon to unload ore. When finished she will shift over to the CSX Coal Dock to load a coal cargo. The Joseph H. Frantz, Saturn, and the tug James A. Hannah with her barge remain in layup at their respective docksites.

The small dredge Arthur J. with the small carferry Drummond Islander II and a number of small work boats and related barges continue dredging the ship channel by the T.W.I. Docks. The tugs Mighty Jake, Mighty Jessie, and the Pioneerland with related barges continue working on the I-280 Bridge replacement project.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Laurentien, and Algolake on Sunday. The Kaye E. Barker on Monday, followed by the Algolake on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Armco on Monday, followed by the Buckeye and Courtney Burton on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




LCA Testifies Before U.S. Ocean Commission

09/29
Lake Carriers' Association testified before the U.S. Commission On Ocean Policy at its Great Lakes Regional Public Meeting in Chicago on September 25 and addressed efforts to find solutions to the worldwide problem of ballast water transport of non-indigenous species.

Click here to read the text of LCA's statement.




Today in Great Lakes History - September 29

PIERSON INDEPENDENT was launched September 29, 1906 as a) J.H. SHEADLE (1), US.203628, for the Grand Island Steamship Co. (Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co., Cleveland, OH., mgr.)

HENRY FORD II, 70, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, passed away on September 29, 1987. Mr Ford's namesake was the Ford Motor Company self-unloader.

On September 29, 1986 the Polish tug KORAL left Lauzon, Quebec with the JOHN E.F. MISENER and GOLDEN HIND enroute overseas for scrapping.

September 29, 1892 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 1 was launched.

On 29 September 1872, ADRIATIC (3 mast wooden schooner-barge, 139’, 129NT, built in 1865 at Clayton, NY as a bark) was in tow of the tug MOORE along with three other barges in Lake Erie in a heavy gale. She became separated from the tow and foundered. The entire crew of 7 was lost. The wooden schooner DERRICK was used in salvage operations. On 29 September 1854, she had just positioned herself above the wreck of the steamer ERIE off Silver Creek, NY on Lake Erie when she went down in a gale. She had spent the summer trying to salvage valuables from the wreck of the steamer ATLANTIC.

On 29 September 1900, one hundred years ago, the steamer SAKIE SHEPARD was re-launched at Anderson’s shipyard in Marine City. She had been thoroughly rebuilt there during the summer.

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

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




Scan Oceanic Heading for Owen Sound

09/28
The Scan Oceanic arrived at Port Weller en route to Owen Sound with its cargo of wind generators at 11:15 p.m. Friday night. The vessel should have a quick passage through the Welland Canal as traffic was very light. This should put her into Owen Sound on Monday.

Pictures by D. Beach
Upbound at the Iroquois Lock Friday morning.
Entering the lock.
Another view.
Close up of the cargo on deck.
Crew guiding the saltie in.
Departing the lock.

Passing Brockville, Ont. Peter Cater
Passing Brockville.
Stern view.

Reported by: Howard Whan, D. Beach, Matt Miner and Peter Carter




Aerial Views

09/28
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake St. Clair Saturday and sent in the pictures below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.
St. Clair underway.
Another view.
John B. Aird
Bow view.
Dredging in the St. Clair cut off.
Andrie tug and barge A-390

Reported by: Don Coles




Fairport Ohio

09/28
Maumee was loading salt in Fairport Friday evening. The vessel had unloaded stone at Osborne's Wednesday night.

Maumee loading
Close up of bow.
Salt is loaded
Another wide view

Reported by: Dave Merchant




Quebec City Harbor host to three Cruise ships

09/28
Three cruise ships docked in Quebec City Friday carrying a total of over 5,500 passengers. The long expected Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Lines- 965 feet - 90.090 tons - 2,500 passengers - built in 2002 - Liberia) will stop in Quebec City four times this Fall.

The Carnival Legend is also a brand new cruise ship built in Finland at a cost of 450 million $US. It will make two stops in Quebec this year. The impressive Carnival Legend (Carnival Cruise Line - 963 feet - 84,000 tons - 2,680 passengers - Panama) is a very attractive ship.

The Silver Shadow (Silversea Cruises - 610 feet - 28,258 tons - 400 passengers - Bahamas) spent Friday in Quebec before sailing to Montreal in the early evening.

Both the Brilliance of the Seas and the Carnival Legend will sail for Sydney, NS. Because of their size, they are unable to navigate the St. Lawrence River to Montreal Harbor. Brilliance of the Seas.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Capt Cathy’s Cruise for Kid’s

09/28
Today the First Annual Capt Cathy’s Cruise for Kid’s will depart the Diamond Jack River Tours dock on the Detroit River. The cruise is in memory of Capt. Cathy Nasiatka who was lost on the Detroit River last fall.

The sold-out 3-hour river tour included clowns, food, refreshments, and entertainment aboard one of the Diamond Jack boats.

This will be an annual event with activities planned for the day. Donations in Cathy’s name can be made out to
Capt. Cathy's Fund
7276 Bluebill St.
Algonac, Mi 48001

For more information contact Gary Nasiatka 810-794-2828 or e-mail artk@expertmoldingsys.com




Today in Great Lakes History - September 28

On September 28, 1980, the Burns Harbor entered service, departing Sturgeon Bay bound for Superior to load pellets.

THOMAS WILSON left Toledo on September 28, 1997 in tow of the tug TUSKER for overseas scrapping. WILSON has been laid up since December 16, 1979.

On 28 September 1891, THOMAS PARSONS (2 mast wooden schooner, 135’, 350T, built in 1868 at Charlotte, NY) was carrying coal out of Ashtabula, OH when she foundered in a storm a few miles off Fairport, OH in Lake Erie.

On 28 September 1849, W. G. BUCKNER (wooden schooner, 75', 107 t, built in 1837 at Irving, NY) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan when she sprang a leak, then capsized. The man to whom the cargo belonged was aboard with his wife and five children. One child was washed overboard while the wife and three children died of exposure. The schooner ERWIN took off the survivors plus the bodies.

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

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




Scan Oceanic Enters Seaway

09/27
The saltie Scan Oceanic entered the Seaway Wednesday and departed Montreal Thursday evening. The vessel is sailing on a rare trip to Owen Sound, Ontario. The ship is carrying six wind turbines built by Vestas - Danish Wind Technology and shipped through the port of Esbjerg, Denmark.

The Scan Oceanic is expected to pass upbound through the Iroquois Lock about 9:45 a.m. Friday

Five of the units are destined to Huron Wind Co. of Tiverton, Ont. near the Bruce Energy Centre and one for Sky Generation Inc. of Ferndale, north of Wiarton, Ont.

The shipments will require 35 trucks to move the cargo to its destinations according to the Owen Sound Sun Times. Some components will be dimensional loads requiring special police escort. Each tower will stand 394-feet tall and generate 1.8 megawatts of power per year.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre, Peter Bowers, D. Shearman and Matt Miner




Erie Wants the Viking Out

09/27
The Erie Western Pennsylvania Port Authority has told the owners of the former carferry Viking the vessel must be moved by the end of October. Local media reports that the port authority has notified Contessa Cruise Lines of Eden Prairie, Minnesota that they are terminating the month-to-month lease of dock space.

The Viking has been at the dock since sailing from Port Stanley, Ontario on October 17, 1996. The vessel must be moved so the former rail ferry Lansdowne can take her place. Under conversion to a restaurant, the Lansdowne project has stalled since the contractors finished tearing apart the exterior of the ferry.

Unique circumstances surrounded the vessel's arrival in Erie, including being cited for, among other things, failure to notify Erie Coast Guard of arrival in Erie, sailing without radar, sailing without a Great Lakes licensed pilot and lack of gyrocompass.

Viking 1 and now scrapped Steamer Niagara in Erie, December 26, 1996
Viking during winter freeze over, January 1998.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Voyager Beached for Scrapping

09/27
The Canadian Voyager arrived at Aliaga, Turkey under tow on Sept. 18. The former laker was beached on Sept. 20 for scrapping.

Ironically the beaching comes 40 years to the day of her launching. The vessel was launched as the Black Bay on September 20, 1962 at Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON.

The vessel was towed from Montreal in mid August by the tug Akhtiar.

Also at Aliaga for scrapping is the former laker Manitoulin. The Manitoulin arrived on July 24.

Reported by: Skip Gillham




Crewman Evacuated

09/27
Last week a 51-year-old crewman was evacuated from the Calumet after suffering a serious injury to his thumb. The man had been working on a lathe when the material he was milling slipped and severely injured his thumb. A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Station Belle Isle responded and removed the crewman from the vessel. He was transported to the Coast Guard Station but due to the unavailability of EMS, he was transported by the Coast Guard to St. John's Riverside Hospital for treatment.




Marquette Report

09/27
The Paul R. Tregurtha unloaded coal at the Presque Isle power plant on a very rainy Thursday, while the Kaye E. Barker came in for a load of taconite.

Tregurtha unloading.
Kaye E. Barker at the ore dock.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Goderich Update

09/27
The Canadian Enterprise was seen loading salt at 10 p.m. Friday, September 20. She was gone early Saturday morning. The Algowood then arrived at the salt mine mid afternoon that Saturday. She loaded until early the next morning, then departed for Valleyfield, Cote Ste. Catherine, and Montreal, Quebec. The Algoway loaded salt on Monday, and left about 3 p.m. heading for Gladstone and Manistee, Michigan.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Algorail Delivers

09/27
The Algorail arrived on the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, MI around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. It unloaded a cargo of salt carried from Goderich, ON. This is the second delivery of salt the Algorail has brought in this year to the Alpena Oil Dock. It departed at 7:30 p.m. with many people looking on as she backed out of the river.

Algorail unloading.
Departing.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

09/27
Saginaw area docks were busy Thursday with the arrival of three vessels during the early morning hours.

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was upbound first, making the transit during the night to the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. The vessel had lightered late Wednesday evening in Bay City.

The tug and barge was followed several hours later by the John J. Boland, which was carrying a load of coal for the Saginaw Asphalt/International Materials dock in Carrollton Township.

A short distance behind the Boland was the Mississagi, which was on its way to the GM dock in Saginaw. The Boland and Mississagi were forced to reduce speed on near Cheboyganing Creek, between Bay City and Saginaw, due to reduced visibility in early morning haze.

All three vessels were outbound from Saginaw on Thursday afternoon.

Pictures by Stephen Hause
John J. Boland upbound at Saginaw.
Mississagi makes the turn at the Wirt Stone Dock.
Mississagi passes the Carrollton bar upbound.
Invincible-McKee Sons outbound passing the Boland.
Invincible-McKee Sons slips between the E.M. Ford and Mississagi.
Saginaw, unloading at the GM dock on Tuesday evening.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Mississagi downbound at the Bay City Wirt dock.
Close up.
Stern view.
John J. Boland downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

09/27
The Nanticoke was at the CSX Docks loading coal on Thursday. The salt water vessel Peonia was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge was loading cargo at the Sun Dock. The tug John Spence with her barge was loading cargo at the B-P Dock.

The Joseph H. Frantz, Saturn, and the tug James A. Hannah with her barge remain in Toledo at lay-up. There were no vessels at the Shipyard at the time of this report

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the American Republic on Friday. The CSL Laurentien, and Reserve on Saturday, followed by the Algolake on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Buckeye on Friday. The Reserve on Saturday, followed by the Armco on Monday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

09/27
Thursday morning the Capricorn arrived and docked on the lakefront. The Earl W. Oglebay departed ISG with the tug Iowa that morning. The tug James Palladino and Kellstone I were inbound that afternoon. The saltie Aegean Sea departed Thursday afternoon with the tugs Iowa and the Rhode Island.

Pictures by TZ
Earl W. Oglebay outbound.
Tug Iowa.
Another view.
Capricorn unloading.
Aegean Sea departing.
Close up.
Another view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Lorain Traffic

09/27
Early Thursday morning the Fred R. White Jr. was backing in the Black River. The White docked at the Jonick Stone terminal and departed that afternoon about 3 p.m. The Earl W. Oglebay arrived and backed into the pellet terminal. Their shuttle run to Cleveland seems to take about24 hours to make the round trip.

Fred R. White Jr.

Reported by: Kerry Defer




Today in Great Lakes History - September 27

The H.M.GRIFFITH experienced a smoky conveyor belt fire at Port Colborne, Ont. on September 27, 1989. Repairs were completed there.

The ROGER M. KYES proceeded to Chicago for dry-docking, survey and repairs on September 27, 1976. She had struck bottom in Buffalo Harbor September 22, 1976 sustaining holes in two double bottom tanks and damage to three others.

The GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (2) under tow, locked through the Panama Canal from September 27 to the 30th on her way to the cutters torch.

SEAWAY TRADER was launched September 27, 1947 as a) IMPERIAL COLLINGWOOD for Imperial Oil Ltd., Toronto, Ont.

September 27, 1909 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 4 entered service after being repaired from her capsizing at Manistique the previous May.

On 27 September 1884, WALDO A. AVERY (wooden propeller, 204’, 1294GT) was launched at W. Bay City, MI. Her construction had been subcontracted by F.W. Wheeler to Thomas F. Murphy.

On 27-29 September 1872, a big storm swept the lower Lakes. Here are the Lake Huron tragedies. The barges HUNTER and DETROIT were destroyed. The tug SANDUSKY rescued the 21 survivors for them. The schooner CORSAIR foundered off Sturgeon Point on Saginaw Bay at 4 PM on Sunday the 29th and only 2 of the crew survived. The barge A. LINCON was ashore one mile below Au Sable with no loss of life. The barge TABLE ROCK went ashore off Tawas Point and went to pieces. All but one of her crew was lost. The schooner WHITE SQUALL was sunk ten miles off Fish Point -- only one crewman was saved. The schooner SUMMIT went ashore at Fish Point, 7 miles north of Tawas with two lives lost.

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

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




Speer Headed to Escanaba

09/26
Edgar B. Speer is scheduled to make a rare call at Escanaba this week. The vessel is due in Gary on Sept. 26 and Escanaba on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. The Speer's next loading port after that will be back at Two Harbors on Oct. 2.

Another Great Lakes Fleet vessel making an unusual call is Presque Isle, which is scheduled to load stone at Cedarville on Sept. 27 for delivery to the DMIR ore dock in Duluth on Sept. 29. Presque Isle has made this run a number of times, but only infrequently this season. The vessel will take its downbound cargo from Two Harbors on Sept. 30.

The DMIR ore dock in Duluth has several uncommon callers scheduled in the coming week. Among them are Reserve on Sept. 25 Charles M. Beeghly on Sept. 28, American Republic on Oct. 1, Adam E. Cornelius on Oct. 4, and Roger Blough on Oct. 4. No word yet on whether the Blough will be delivering stone or loading ore. Edwin H. Gott was tied up at the Hallett Dock in Duluth on Sept. 25 undergoing repairs

Reported by: Al Miller




Townsend Back in Service

09/26
The Paul H. Townsend arrived into port Wednesday afternoon. This is the vessels first trip back after departing lay-up in Muskegon Tuesday. The vessel loaded cement to take back to Muskegon.

The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity are due in sometime after midnight on Thursday. The Alpena and J.A.W Iglehart were in port on Tuesday taking on cement at Lafarge. The Iglehart is headed for Superior, WI and the Alpena is in Toledo, OH.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




c. Columbus Departs

09/26
The cruise ship C Columbus departed the Soo harbor Wednesday evening backing away from the Roberta Bondar Marina then turning for a downbound course to Mackinaw Island. As the 475-foot ship departed traditional theme music was piped throughout the ships speakers while bag pipes were played on the pier.

Evening traffic upbound included the Kaye E. Barker, Lake Michigan, Algosteel and Cedarglen. Downbound c. Columbus, Canadian Enterprise, Herbert C Jackson, Oglebay Norton, Burns Harbor and the American Mariner.

Columbus departs.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Marquette Update

09/26
The Lee A. Tregurtha is due at the Marquette ore dock Wednesday night, followed by the Kaye Barker Thursday morning. The Paul Tregurtha is also expected in Marquette Thursday morning to bring a load of coal to the Presque Isle power plant. Friday the H. Lee White will bring a load of stone to the Shiras power plant dock and then move to the upper harbor to take on a load of taconite. The John J. Boland will also arrive on Friday to take on a load of taconite.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Detroit Traffic

09/26
Tug Curly B & Barges upbound at Belle Isle Coast Guard Station.
Close up of tug.
Stern view.
Canadian Progress upbound at the RenCen.
Close up.
Stern view.
Algorail upbound.
Algorail receiving mail from the J W Westcott II.
Tug Joseph H Thompson and barge unloading at the Atwater Street Dock in Detroit.
Close up of tug.
Stern view of tug.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

09/26
The John J. Boland was at the CSX Docks loading coal Wednesday morning. The Armco was at the Torco Ore Docks unloading ore. The Alpena arrived at the Lafarge Dock in the late afternoon to unload cement.

The dredge Arthur J along with the small carferry Drummond Islander II and related small workboats and barges are dredging the ship channel by the T.W.I. Dock. The tugs Mighty Jake, and Pioneerland with related barges are still working on the I-280 bridge replacement project. The tug John Spence with her barge was inbound Maumee Bay bound for one of the refinery docks to load cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Nanticoke on Thursday. The American Republic on Friday, followed by the CSL Laurentien, Reserve, and Algolake on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Buckeye on Friday. the Reserve on Saturday, followed by the Armco on Monday.

Sir Denys Lowson inbound Maumee Bay bound for one of the elevators to load a grain cargo. Several years later she was sold to the Paterson fleet and renamed Vandoc. She is presently being scrapped at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

09/26
The saltie Aegean Sea came into the lakefront Wednesday morning with two tugs. They had to bring the tugs Rhode Island and Iowa from Ashtabula Tuesday night because the Willow Street Bridge is out of service, trapping the G tugs on the Old River Bed.

The Cuyahoga also arrived Wednesday morning for Ontario Stone. The Earl W. Oglebay was outbound that morning from ISG.

The tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement II departed Blue Circle Wednesday afternoon and the James Palladino and barge Kellstone I also departed that afternoon.

The H. Lee White came in with a load of ore for the Cleveland Bulk Terminal. After unloading the vessel departed heading upbound for Stoneport, MI to load.

Pictures by TZ
Aegean Sea unloading.
Another view.
Cuyahoga on its name sake river.
Bow view.
Another view.
H Lee White unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Buffalo Update

09/26
The Calumet is expected in port Thursday afternoon for a return trip to NRG Tonawanda. The vessel unloaded in port earlier in the week

Calumet departing the Black Rock Lock.
Stern view.
The assorted tugs and work barges at the Buffalo Industrial Diving Co. yard on the Buffalo River.
Tug and barge.
Close up.
Floating entrance door still in place at dry dock #1.
Another view.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Clarence B. "Clem" LaSota

09/26
Clarence B. "clem" Lasota passed away on Friday. He had a long career on the Great Lakes. He started his career in 1938 as a coal passer for the Pittsburgh Steamship company. He retired from USS Great Lakes Fleet in 1979 after a 43 year career. He became a Chief Engineer in 1967.

1954 First Asst. Thomas F. Cole
1957 (First Asst.) Robert C. Stanley
1968 Chief Engineer J. P. Morgan Jr.
1969 Chief Engineer D. M. Clemson
1970 Chief Engineer William A. Irvin
1971 Chief Engineer William A. Irvin
1972 Chief Engineer A. H. Ferbert
1973 Chief Engineer A. H. Ferbert
1975 Chief Engineer Philip R. Clarke
1976 Chief Engineer Philip R. Clarke
1977 Chief Engineer Philip R. Clarke
1977 Received 40 year service award from USS


Reported by: Steve Haverty and Russ Plumb




Great Laker in Rotterdam

09/26
Sunday the saltie Great Laker was spotted in Rotterdam. The Great Laker is a common visitor to the lakes.

In Rotterdam on the New Waterway escorted by a harbor tug.
Upbound in the Welland Canal in early September.
Entering Lock 2.
Another view.

Reported by: Chris Rombouts




Today in Great Lakes History - September 26

The CHI-CHEEMAUN cleared the shipyard on September 26, 1974.

The H.M. GRIFFITH was christened on September 26, 1973 at Collingwood. The CCGS GRIFFON was launched September 26, 1969 by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., Lauzon, Que.

ROGER M. KYES (b) ADAM E. CORNELIUS) returned to service on September 26, 1984, she had grounded off McLouth Steel and ended crosswise in the Detroit River's Trenton Channel a month before.

The BELLE RIVER was side swiped by the Liberian FEDERAL RHINE at Duluth on September 26, 1985. Both vessels received minor damage.

On 26 September 1914, MARY N. BOURKE (WOODEN SCHOONER-BARGE, 219’, 920gt, BUILT IN 1889 AT Baraga, MI) was docked at Peter’s Lumber Dock in St. Mary’s Bay, 15 miles north of St. Ignace, MI. The crew was awakened at 9:30-10:00 p.m. by smoke coming from her hold and they escapes. The BOURKE burned to the waterline and the fire spread ashore, destroying the dock and a pile of lumber.

At 3:00 AM, 26 September 1876, the steam barge LADY FRANKLIN burned while moored near Clark's dock, about three miles from Amherstburg in the Detroit River. One life was lost. This vessel had been built in 1861 as a passenger steamer and ran between Cleveland and Port Stanley. In 1874, she was converted into a lumber freighter, running primarily between Saginaw and Cleveland. The burned hull was rebuilt in 1882.

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

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




Earl W. on Shuttle

09/25
The Earl W. Oglebay continued working the Lorain to Cleveland shuttle run Tuesday. Taconite is loaded in Lorain for delivery to the ISG steel mill on the Cuyahoga River.

Fleet mate Fred R. White Jr. was also working the shuttle Tuesday. The vessel unloaded at the Upper ISG Dock. The Federal Saguenay departed Tuesday evening from the lakefront.

Pictures by TZ
Earl W. turning in the outer harbor before heading for Lorain Pellet Terminal for another load.
Bow thruster pushes the bow.
Power from the main engine.
Another view.
Out bound for Lorain.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Leader in Twin Ports

09/25
Canadian Leader is at Cenex Harvest States #2 Tuesday.
Close up.
Atlantic Erie at DM&IR in Duluth .

Reported by: Glenn Blaszkiewicz




Marquette Traffic

09/25
The tug Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce Van Enkevort came in to Marquette to load taconite on Tuesday. Also expected later in the day was the American Mariner.

Great Lakes Trader.
Bow view.
Close up of tug.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Le Levant in Traverse City

09/25
Monday afternoon the French Cruise Ship Le Levant was anchored off Travers City. The crew brought passengers ashore to tour the city.

Anchored in the Bay.
Close up of bow.
Tenders used to ferry passenger ashore.

Reported by: Hart Smith




Saginaw News

09/25
The steamer Saginaw was unloading Tuesday evening at the old GM dock in Saginaw. This is the Saginaw's first visit this season to its namesake river.

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was outbound from Sixth Street in Saginaw at about 4 a.m. Tuesday after unloading overnight at the Wirt dock. The vessel had lightered in Essexville before continuing up to Saginaw on Monday evening.

The J.A.W. Iglehart was outbound from Saginaw on Monday evening just as the Invincible/McKee Sons was arriving. The Iglehart had arrived late Sunday evening with a cement load for the Lafarge terminal.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Saginaw upbound past the Ashland-Marathon Dock.
Close up.
Bow View.
Stern view passing through Independence Bridge.
Unloading at the GM Dock in Saginaw.
Another view with the E.M. Ford.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

09/25
Algosteel upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Rouge River Traffic

09/25
Tuesday afternoon the Arthur M. Anderson unloaded lime at Detroit Lime near Rouge Steel. The vessel was backing through the Jefferson St. Bridge at about 7:45 p.m. Also in the River was the Lee A. Tregurtha unloading taconite at Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Nathan Nietering and Mike koprowicz




Toledo Report

09/25
The Algosteel was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the John G. Munson waiting to follow.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Wednesday, Nanticoke on Thursday, American Republic Friday, followed by the CSL Laurentien, Algolake, and Reserve on Saturday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Armco on Wednesday. The Buckeye on Friday, followed by the Reserve on Saturday.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Georgian Bay getting ready to load a grain cargo at Midstates Elevator.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lorain Traffic

09/25
The John G. Munson was outbound early Tuesday morning headed for Toledo. Later that day the Earl W. Oglebay returned to load pellets for Cleveland and the John J. Boland was unloading.

Munson departs.
Earl W. Oglebay loads that afternoon.
John J. Boland unloading.
Condos being built at the old American Ship Building yard.

Reported by: Kerry Defer




Buffalo Update

09/25
The Calumet was departing the Black Rock Locks, bound for Lake Erie on Tuesday morning.

Kinsman Independent is due back late Wednesday night, the Alpena late on Thursday and the Herbert C. Jackson early on Friday. The Independent is expected to depart on Friday and the English River scheduled to deliver a load of cement on Sunday.

Kinsman Independent about 3 hours before departing the Buffalo Port Terminal.
Cuyahoga unloading at General Mills on Monday .
Stern view.
Close up of unloading hopper.
Bow view.
Profile.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Today in Great Lakes History - September 25

In tandem tow, the MENIHEK LAKE and LEON FALK, JR. arrived at Vigo, Spain on September 25, 1985. The MENIHEK LAKE was scrapped at Vigo, and the FALK was towed to Gijón, Spain for scrapping.

The HENRY C. FRICK departed Bay City on her maiden voyage on September 25, 1905 and rammed and damaged the Michigan Central R.R. Bridge at Bay City.

On 25 September 1869, COMMENCEMENT (2-mast wooden schooner, 75', 73 t, built in 1853 at Holland, Michigan) was carrying wood in her hold and telegraph poles on deck from Pentwater, Michigan for Milwaukee when she sprang a leak 20 miles off Little Sable Point on Lake Michigan. The incoming water quickly overtook her pump capacity. As the crew was getting aboard the lifeboat, she turned turtle. The crew clung to the upturned hull for 30 hours until the passing steamer ALLEGHENY finally rescued them. COMMENCEMENT later washed ashore, a total wreck.

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

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




Scan Oceanic Continues On

09/24
The saltie Scan Oceanic continues en route for the lakes. The vessel is expected to arrive in Montreal on Wednesday and continue on to its ultimate destination of Owen Sound, Ontario.

This rare trip of a saltie into the Lake Huron port is for delivery of wind turbine equipment. The Scan Oceanic is expected to arrive in Owen Sound on Friday with an official welcome for the ship and its cargo at 2 p.m.

Reported by: David Shearman




Cuyahoga Returns

09/24
The Cuyahoga was unloading at the General Mills Elevator in Buffalo Monday morning. This is the second time the Cuyahoga has been in Buffalo using the new GM Hopper.

This elevator is also served by the Kinsman Independent.

Reported by: Mike Madigan Sr, Mike Madigan Jr and Brian Wroblewski




Enterprise Delivers

09/24
The Canadian Enterprise delivered a load of salt to Hancock, Mi. on Monday. The salt will be trucked for use on Upper Peninsula roads this winter.

Canadian Enterprise backing away from the dock after unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Jack Holland




Marquette Update

09/24
The Algolake arrived in Marquette on a rainy Monday to take on a load of taconite. The Great Lakes Trader is expected Tuesday morning and the American Mariner later on Tuesday. The Lee A. Tregurtha is due on Wednesday and the Kaye Barker on Thursday. Algolake docked.
Bow thruster.
Close up.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Holland Traffic

09/24
The barge Chief Wawatam and tug Avenger IV were in Holland, Mi. at Padnos loading scrap Monday. The Sam Laud delivered a load of limestone to Brewer's that afternoon. Tuesday evening the Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder are scheduled to arrive with a load of eastern coal.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Southdown Conquest Unloads

09/24
The Southdown Conquest and tug Susan W. Hannah were unloading cement at the Miller elevator in Owen Sound Monday. The vessel is a regular caller in port but Monday's visit was different in that the ship was cordoned off along its length with pylons, fencing and tape. It is unknown why the new procedures took place.

Reported by: David Shearman




Detroit Traffic

09/24
Capt Henry Jackman loading at Ojibway Salt.
Stern view.
J W Westcott II delivering mail to the Jackman.
Close up.
Returning to station.
Mississagi downbound below the Ambassador Bridge turning to go into the Sterling Fuel Dock.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Cleveland Report

09/24
Monday morning the Federal Saguenay arrived in port and docked at the lakefront. The David Z. Norton came in for Osborne that afternoon followed by the James Palladino and barge Kellstone I for the River Dock.

Pictures by TZ
Federal Saguenay unloading.
Another view.
Stern view.
David Z. Norton arrives.
Another view.
James Palladino and barge Kellstone I.
Museumn ship William G. Mather.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Lorain Update

09/24
The Algosteel was passing upriver to Kobe Steel on Monday. The Earl W. Oglebay was loading pellets for the shuttle to Cleveland. The Earl W. docked shortly after Algosteel passed the pellet terminal.

Algosteel from the Rt 611 Bridge.
Draft marks.
Passing under the lift bridge.
Heading to unload.
Earl W. Oglebay loading.
Close up.

Reported by: Kerry Defer




Welland Traffic

09/24
Tug Everlast and barge Norman McLeod.
Stern view.
John D. Leitch upbound.
Nanticoke.
Another view.
Cedarglen.
Stern view.

Reported by: Dan Sweeley




Toronto Update

09/24
After a sluggish week, Toronto harbor saw a flurry of activity Monday. The ferry Wm. Ingles was refloated at Toronto Drydock and returned to her city berth. The ferry Thomas Rennie, which has been idle since just after the Labor Day weekend, was out Monday for a film shoot. The working title of the movie is "Mystery in Gullang" and it is based on a true 1950's story. Shooting has already been done in Cuba and following the Toronto shoot, the crew will move to Spain.

John B. Aird arrived that afternoon and went into the Turning Basin to unload.

The salty Elikon remains at Redpath Sugar, but she appeared to be ready to sail at any time.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - September 24

On September 24th the A.H. FERBERT (2) went hard aground at the Cut-Off Channel's southeast bend of the St. Clair River. Six tugs, GLENADA, ELMORE M. MISNER, BARBARA ANN, GLENSIDE, SHANNON and WM. A. WHITNEY, worked until late on the 26th to free her.

The FITZGERALD's first cargo of taconite pellets was loaded September 24, 1958 at Silver Bay, MN. for Toledo, OH.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 entered service September 24, 1924.

In early morning fog on the St. Clair River September 24, 1962 the J.L. REISS was hit three glancing blows by U.S. Steel's SEWELL AVERY. The AVERY had lost control just below Robert's Landing and crossed the channel from the Canadian side and struck the J.L. REISS which was proceeding slowly by radar on the U.S. side.

On September 24, 1952, the Charles L. Hutchinson entered service. This vessel was renamed Ernest R. Breech when it was sold to the Ford Motor Company in 1962, and it was given its present name, Kinsman Independent, when it was sold to Kinsman Lines in 1988.

On September 23, 1991, J.W. McGIFFON rescued several people in a 24' pleasure craft off Presque Ile State Park. The group had been disabled since the day before. They were taken aboard the McGIFFON and their boat taken under tow.

September 24, 1924 - The PERE MARQUETTE 22 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage.

On 24 September 1902, H.A. BARR (3 mast wooden schooner, 217', 1119GT, built in 1893 at W. Bay City, MI) was in tow of the “saltie” THEANO with a load of iron ore in a storm 30 miles off Port Stanley in Lake Erie. She broke her tow line in giant waves and foundered. THEANO rescued her crew.

On 24 September 1879, the tug URANIA was towing the schooner S. V. R. WATSON into Sand Beach at about noon when the schooner struck the tug amidships, cutting a hole in the hull and sinking her in three fathoms of water. No lives were lost.

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

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




Teakglen to Sail

09/23
Crews are expected to begin arriving on the Teakglen today and prepare the vessel for what is reported to be her first and last voyage as a member of the CSL fleet.

Reports from Montreal, the vessel's lay-up port, say that the Teakglen will travel under her own power to Quebec city to take on a load of grain. It will then sail to Goderich, Ontario where she will lay-up.

This lay-up will be a long term lay-up and the Teakglen will be used as a storage barge along with the former Willowglen all ready in port.

The Teakglen is expected to depart next Monday, September 30.

Other bulkers expected to depart Montreal for the fall grain rush include the Algonorth on Sept. 29 and the Algosound on Oct. 5.

Reported by: Kent Malo and Roger Deans




Scan Oceanic headed for Owen Sound

09/23
The saltie Scan Oceanic is sailing on a rare trip to Owen Sound, Ontario. The ship is carrying six wind turbines built by Vestas - Danish Wind Technology and shipped through the port of Esbjerg, Denmark. Each turbine is capable of supplying power to 600 homes.

Five of the units are destined to Huron Wind Co. of Tiverton, Ont. near the Bruce Energy Centre and one for Sky Generation Inc. of Ferndale, north of Wiarton, Ont.

The shipments will require 35 trucks to move the cargo to its destinations according to the Owen Sound Sun Times. Some components will be dimensional loads requiring special police escort. Each tower will stand 394-feet tall and generate 1.8 megawatts of power per year.

Reported by: Peter Bowers and Matt Miner




Transfer Back in Service

09/23
The Canadian Transfer departed from lay-up at Sarnia's North Slip on September 16 in ballast for Calcite, Mi. The Transfer loaded stone and returned to the St. Clair River to unload at Sombra on the 18th. Once unloaded the vessel turn upbound for Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks




Twin Ports Report

09/23
Just a few hours after Kinsman Independent departed the Twin Ports with grain for Buffalo Sunday, the Herbert C. Jackson steamed into port, stopping at the Murphy Oil dock to fuel before proceeding to the Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior to load grain for Buffalo.

Vessels arriving at the fuel dock often are greeted by a small crowd of vendors, families and workmen, and the Jackson was no exception. A pickup truck from a conveyor belt service was first to arrive, followed shortly by two pickups from Fraser Shipyards. Hot on their heels was the "bum bus."

Earlier in the day, the dock had fueled the Mesabi Miner before it proceeded up St. Louis Bay to load at the DMIR ore docks.

Pictures by Al Miller
Herbert C. Jackson approaches the Murphy Oil dock.
Head-on view approaching the dock.
Deckhand is lowered over the side to handle lines.
They work in pairs -- the second deckhand follows.
Alongside the dock.
Tying up at the dock.

Entering the harbor by Glenn Blaszkiewicz
Inbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette News

09/23
The Kaye E. Barker loaded taconite at Marquette on Sunday. The H. Lee White arrived, but had to wait to load until Monday morning while the dock is recharged. The Algolake is expected Monday afternoon. The Great Lakes Trader is due on Tuesday, and the American Mariner on Wednesday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Saginaw News

09/23
The Wilfred Sykes was inbound the Saginaw River Saturday evening, arriving at the Bay City Wirt Dock just before dark. She lightered there before departing for the Saginaw Wirt Dock around midnight. The Sykes was outbound Sunday morning passing Liberty Bridge at 11:30 a.m.

The J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound Sunday evening headed for the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton. She passed Wheeler's Landing in Bay City at 7:10 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Wilfred Sykes outbound at Liberty Bridge.
Close up using the bow thruster.
The many flags of the Wilfred Sykes.
Stern view.
J.A.W. Iglehart inbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Close up.
Passing a rainbow on the Saginaw River.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Port Huron Traffic

09/23
Adam E. Cornelius downbound Saturday.
Lee A. Tregurtha downbound Friday.
Close up.
Bow view.

Reported by: Clayton J. Sharrard




Toledo Report

09/23
The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the Lee A. Tregurtha due in late Sunday afternoon. She will follow the Pathfinder loading coal. The Middletown was unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock. She finished unloading ore and departed late Sunday morning.

The Buckeye is scheduled in to the Torco Ore Docks late Sunday afternoon to unload ore. The Joseph H. Frantz, Saturn, the tugs James A. Hannah with her barge, and the Mary E. Hannah with her barge all remain in lay-up in port

The Canadian Transfer is due in at the Andersons "K" Elevator on Sunday evening to unload a potash cargo. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will now be the Algosteel and John G. Munson on Tuesday, followed by the John J. Boland on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Armco on Wednesday, followed by the Courtney Burton on Thursday.

Classic view of Toledo Shipping
Adam E. Cornelius and John T. Hutchinson in layup at the Lakefront Docks. The Cornelius was converted to a barge and now sails as the Sarah Spencer. The Hutchinson was sold for scrap.
Soo River Trader loading a grain cargo at the Cargill Elevator.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lorain Report

09/23
The Earl W. Oglebay was loading taconite for the Cleveland shuttle Sunday while the Reserve was unloading taconite. The Earl W Oglebay was expected to depart for Cleveland about 9 p.m. and the Reserve early Monday morning.

Pictures by Jason Pecora
Earl W. loading as the Reserve unloads.
Close up of Earl W..
Taconite loading.
Reserve unloading.
Close up.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Weekly Updates

09/23
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Today in Great Lakes History - September 23

On 23 September 1910, BETHLEHEM (steel propeller package freighter, 290’, 2633GT, built in 1888 at Cleveland) was carrying general merchandise when she went ashore in a gale on the SW side of S. Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. Lifesavers and the crew unloaded her over several days. Although battered by several storms while ashore, she was eventually pulled free and repaired. She lasted until 1925 when she was scrapped.

The scow WAUBONSIE was launched at the Curtis yard in Fort Gratiot, Michigan on 23 September 1873.

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

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




Independent loads in Superior

09/22
Kinsman Independent arrived in Superior early Saturday and went right to work loading grain at the General Mills Elevator S, which is located next to Midwest Energy Terminal. The elevator was busy, with two railroad switch crews shifting grain cars in and out of the elevator.

After a day of loading, the Kinsman Independent is noticeably lower in the water.
Another view at the elevator in afternoon light.
Closer view of the bow in afternoon light.
Bow view down the elevator dock.
Closer view from the elevator dock.

Saturday morning pictures
Kinsman Independent alongside Elevator S .
Closer view of boat at elevator.
Another view at elevator.
Close up of the bow.
Another bow shot.
Bow viewed through conveyor legs.

Reported by: Al Miller




Canadian Enterprise Unloads

09/22
Saturday evening the Canadian Enterprise arrived in Sault Ste. Marie MI to unload a cargo of salt at the Carbide Dock. About 9 p.m. the Enterprise arrived and unloading began at 9:15. Last Sunday the Algobay delivered a load of salt to the Carbide dock. Downbound traffic Saturday night included the C Columbus, Dimitris Y, Algomarine. Upbound was the Agawa Canyon and Frontenac.

Salt unloaded at Carbide Dock by spot light.
Another view.
Canadian Enterprise unloading salt .
Herbert C Jackson upbound Saturday afternoon to load grain in Superior WI .
Canadian Transfer downbound with a cargo of Potash .
Edgar B Speer passing the Indiana Harbor.

Reported by: Scott Best




Marquette Update

09/22
The Charles M. Beeghly brought a load of coal to the Presque Isle power plant on Saturday, and then took on a load of taconite. The Kaye Barker is expected on Sunday to do the same. The cruise ship c. Columbus arrived in Marquette Saturday morning.

The Algolake is also expected late Sunday. The H. Lee White will be bringing a load of coal to the Shiras Steam Plant on Sunday, and then shift to the upper harbor to take on a load of taconite on Monday. Also tentatively scheduled on Monday are the American Mariner and the Great Lakes Trader.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Barker in Escanaba

09/22
Friday night the James R. Barker arrived in Escanaba to load. Saturday afternoon the vessel remained at the dock loading taconite. It is unknown why the Barker was taking so long to load.

Barker loading Saturday.

Reported by: Eric & Sandy Chapman




Alpena Update

09/22
The American Republic anchored out in Thunder Bay early Saturday morning and waited until daylight to proceed into Lafarge to unload coal, 35 mph cross channel wind kept the vessel from going in. This was its first delivery into Lafarge for the year. The Republic departed by early afternoon.

The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity was due into port Saturday night to load cement at Lafarge. Followed by the J.A.W Iglehart coming in the early morning hours of Sunday. The Alpena is leaving South Chicago.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Detroit & Toledo Traffic

09/22
Harsco Track Technologies Magnum 48 machine on the dock at Nicholson's. This appears to be an outbound unit that will be shipped by saltie. The Magnum 48 is used in railroad track maintenance
John B Aird loading at Ojibway Salt.
Stern view.
Agawa Canyon inbound Toledo for the Kuhlman Dock.
MCM suction dredge Arthur J working off the C & O Dock.
Another view.
MCM ship Drummond Islander II approaching the Arthur J.
Close up.
Agawa Canyon passing the str. Ste Claire at the Toledo City Dock.
Ste Claire at the City Dock.
Stern view.
Close up of sign on board.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

09/22
Saturday afternoon there were no active vessels in port. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder and the Lee A. Tregurtha on Sunday. The Algosteel on Monday, followed by the John G. Munson on Tuesday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Middletown and Buckeye on Sunday, followed by the Armco on Wednesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Fairport Traffic

09/22
Philip R. Clarke arrived Friday afternoon to unload stone at the former LTV lime plant. Unloading was interrupted for about an hour due to problems with her unloading gear. Boats unloading at the lime plant must hold in the middle of the river, at a sharp bend, causing traffic to squeeze by on the Fairport side.

When the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder were in recently the tug had to pull out of the notch in order to get the barge past Courtney Burton who was in the same location as the Clarke.

Two Graebel tugs are still hauling spoil from the marina dredging project, having to carefully work their way past the Clarke.

Clarke unloading.
Tug and barge approach.
Passing the bow.
Close up of the Clarke's stern.
Bow.
View from the dock.
Stern view in the river.
Outbound tug.

Reported by: Dave Merchant and Greg Stephens




Today in Great Lakes History - September 22

On September 22, 1958, the Edmund Fitzgerald entered service, departing River Rouge, Michigan for Silver Bay, Minnesota on its first trip. The Fitzgerald's first load was 20,038 tons of taconite pellets for Toledo. The vessel would, in later years, set several iron ore records during the period from 1965 through 1969.

While in ballast, the ROGER M. KYES (b- ADAM E. CORNELIUS) struck bottom in Buffalo Harbor September 22, 1976 sustaining holes in two double bottom tanks and damage to three others, whereupon she proceeded to Chicago for dry docking on September 27, 1976 for survey and repairs.

While being towed from Duluth, MN by the Canadian tug TUSKER on September 22, 1980, the D.G. KERR (2) rammed into the breakwater at Duluth causing $200,000 in damages to the breakwater. The tow apparently failed to make the turning buoy leaving Duluth Harbor.

On September 22, 1911 the HENRY PHIPPS collided with and sank her Steel Trust fleet mate, steamer JOLIET (1), which was at anchor on the fog shrouded St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ont. The JOLIET (1) sank without loss of crew and was declared a total loss. The PHIPPS then continued her downbound journey and collided with the Wyandotte Chemical steamer ALPENA (1) that incurred only minor damage.

The T.W. ROBINSON and US.265808 (former BENSON FORD (2) departed Quebec City in tow of the Polish tug JANTAR bound for Recife where they arrived on September 22, 1987. Scrapping began the next month in October.

The West freed MATHILDA DESGAGNES from polar ice in the Arctic on September 22, 1988 German Icebreaker Research Vessel POLARSTERN.

September 22, 1913 - The ANN ARBOR NO. 5 struck bottom in the Sturgeon Bay Canal and damaged her rudder and steering gear. After undergoing repairs at Milwaukee, she was back in service the following October.

On 22 September 1887, ADA E. ALLEN (wooden propeller steam barge, 90’, 170GC, built in 1872 at Walpole Island, Ont.) caught fire while moored at Amherstburg, Ont. She was cut loose and set adrift to prevent the fire from spreading ashore. She drifted to Bois Blanc (Bob-Lo) Island and burned to a total loss.

On 22 September 1882, Mr. H. N. Jex accepted the contract to recover the engine and boiler from the MAYFLOWER, which sank in the Detroit River in 1864. He was to be paid $600 upon delivery of the machinery at Windsor, Ontario. He succeeded in raising the engine on 12 October and the boiler shortly thereafter.

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

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




Independent Steaming for the Twin ports

09/21
The classic Kinsman Independent is expected to arrive Saturday morning to load grain in Superior, Wi. The vessel passed upbound through the Soo Locks late on Thursday. This is the Independent's first trip of the fall season.

Reported by: Dan Haynes




c. Columbus Departs - Soo Traffic

09/21
After a two hour delay the c. Columbus departed the Soo Harbor Friday evening for Lake Superior. During her stop the crew conducted a fire drill for training purpose. The lifeboats were lowered and the crew was taken to shore. At the dock ,crews departed the lifeboats in single file and made their way back to the ship.

Upbound Friday evening was the Mesabi Miner, downbound was the Canadian Prospector, Middletown, Edwin H. Gott, Adam E Cornelius and Lee A. Tregurtha.

Pictures by Jerry Masson
Columbus at marina.
life boat drill.
lifeboat docked.

Pictures by Scott Best
Jean Parisien upbound.
Canadian Prospector downbound.
Peter R Cresswell departs the Mac Lock downbound.
Cresswell stern view downbound.
Walter J McCarthy Jr. passing the John G Munson.
Nogat upbound with G tug Missouri.
Algolake downbound.

Reported by: Jerry Masson & Scott Best




Saginaw News

09/21
The Herbert C. Jackson was inbound passing the Saginaw River Entrance Channel Light 1 at 11:30am Friday morning. She continued upriver to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bangor Township where she unloaded during the afternoon. The Jackson, negotiating some strong winds and river current, backed from the dock at 5:45pm and headed for the lake.

The Joseph H. Thompson was inbound passing the Front Range at 7:50pm. She passed the outbound Herbert C. Jackson at Light 12 of the Entrance Channel before continuing upriver to unload in Essexville. Her security call stated she was to unload at the Pyramid Dock.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Herbert C. Jackson outbound at the Essexville Range Lights.
Close up.
Bow view.
Stern view approaching Consumers Energy.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Goderich Report

09/21
The Algobay made a rare visit to the salt mine on Saturday, September 14. The vessel departed around noon for Sault Ste. Marie. The Agawa Canyon was loading salt on Monday morning, departing early in the afternoon for Parry Sound, Ontario. The next day brought in the Algoway, which loaded all day and then left for Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Kingston Update

09/21
Friday the CCGS Caribou Isle was westbound to the Upper Gap and then to Belleville. She intends to depart tomorrow Saturday morning for the Murray Canal and Lake Ontario. The tug Pine Grove was at Jorstdat Castle, east of Alexandria Bay, NY and was requesting speed reductions.

There some diving operations near the Alexandria Bay Coast Guard station. It may have been on the wreck of the Roy A. Jodrey. This is a dangerous dive as there is current and the bow is in 150' of water while the stern is in 250'. She is broken in two places.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Capt Cathy’s Cruise for Kid’s

09/21
Saturday, September 28 the First Annual Capt Cathy’s Cruise for Kid’s will depart dock on the Detroit River this afternoon. The cruise is in memory of Capt. Cathy Nasiatka who was lost on the Detroit River last fall.

The sold-out 3-hour river tour included clowns, food, refreshments, and entertainment aboard one of the Diamond Jack boats.

This will be an annual event with activities planned for the day. Donations in Cathy’s name can be made out to Children’s Hospital.
Children’s Hospital
3901 Beaubein
Detroit Mi 48201
Attention:2nd Floor Roxanne (Cardiology)
Capt. Cathy’s Cruise for Kids !
For more information contact Gary Nasiatka 586-794-2828 or e-mail artk@expertmoldingsys.com




Picture Stolen

09/21
An original painting by of the Lake Erie Battle - Commodore Perry Breaks the British Line, by Michigan Marine Artist Jim (J.). Clary was recently stolen from the Baldwin-Wallace College of the Arts in Berea, Ohio. This 24 x 48" acrylic painting was purchased by a Dow Chemical Foundation family member, Mrs. James (Martha) Arnold in 1976 and immediately donated to the college.
The college is asking if anyone knows of the whereabouts of this painting please contact Mr. Tom Konkoly of the college Art Department at 440-826-3460.




Today in Great Lakes History - September 21

ALGOWAY (2) left Collingwood on her maiden voyage in 1972 and loaded salt for Michipicoten, Ont. on Lake Superior.

On 21 September 1844, JOHN JACOB ASTOR (wooden brig, 78’, 112T, Built in 1835 at Pointe Aux Pins, Ont, but precut at Lorain, OH) was carrying furs and trade goods when she struck a reef and foundered near Copper Harbor, MI. She was owned by Astor’s American Fur Company. She was reportedly by the first commercial vessel on Lake Superior.

On 21 September 1855, ASIA (2-mast wooden schooner, 108', 204 t, built in 1848 at Black River, Ohio) was carrying corn from Chicago for Buffalo when she collided with the propeller FOREST CITY off the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay. ASIA went down in deep water in about 10 minutes, but her crew just had enough time to escape in her boat. The schooner HAMLET picked them up.

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

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




Marquette Update

09/20
The Adam Cornelius is expected to be in loading at Marquette on Friday morning, early, followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha. On Saturday, the Charles Beeghly is expected with a load of coal, and then to take on taconite. The Kaye Barker is due in with a load of coal on Sunday, and also to take on taconite, along with the arrival of the Algolake to load ore. Monday the American Mariner and Great Lakes Trader are expected. The next three months may be a busy time for the dock.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Columbus & Independent at the Soo

09/20
Cruise ship c. Columbus was upbound Thursday night at the Soo and tied at her usual berth at Roberta Bondar Marina. Evening traffic included the upbound Kinsman Independent, Joseph L Block, Roger Blough and Federal Asahi. Downbound was the Kapitonas A Luka, Utviken, and Oglebay Norton.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Saginaw News

09/20
Shipping traffic continued at a brisk pace Wednesday morning on the Saginaw River, with one vessel arriving and two departing.

The Joyce L. Van Enkevort with the Great Lakes Trader was inbound shortly after midnight on their second visit to the Saginaw River this week. The Trader carried a split load for the Wirt stone docks at Essexville and Saginaw.

The J.A.W. Iglehart was outbound from Saginaw at about 4 a.m. after departing the Lafarge dock and turning at Sixth Street. Once the Iglehart had passed, the Mississagi departed the Buena Vista Dock and proceeded up to Sixth Street to turn and follow the Iglehart out. The Mississagi reduced speed in order to arrive at the Lafayette Street Bridge in Bay City as "bridge hours" ended at 8:30 a.m.

The Iglehart had arrived early Tuesday morning. The Mississagi had arrived Tuesday evening on its second visit to the river this week.

The Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader waited at Essexville for the other two vessels to clear before continuing up to Saginaw to finish unloading during the afternoon. While the barge was discharging cargo, the tug moved back down the river to the Burroughs dock to take on fuel. The pair was outbound from Sixth Street at 6:40 p.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

09/20
The salt water vessel Federal Yoshino was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock, there was another, unidentified, salt water vessel unloading at the dock. The tugs James A. Hannah with her barge and the Mary E. Hannah with her barge were tied up at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock just north of the Shipyard.

The Agawa Canyon was working her way up the Maumee River with the Gaelic tug Susan Hoey assisting Thursday afternoon, when finished unloading her cargo she will proceed for the CSX Docks to load a coal cargo on Friday morning.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the tug/barge combo Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder on Saturday. The Lee A. Tregurtha on Sunday, followed by the John G. Munson and Algosteel on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at Torco Ore Docks will be the Middletown and Buckeye on Sunday followed by the Armco on Wednesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

09/20
The tug Sea Eagle II and barge St. Marys Cement departed Blue Circle Cement Thursday with the Tug California. The saltie Iryda arrived and docked at the lakefront. The Stephen B. Roman arrived with a load for Essroc Cement.

Pictures by TZ
Iryda docked.
Close up.
Neah Bay and Lake Guardian.
Lake Guardian.
Museum ship William G. Mather.
Bow close up.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Today in Great Lakes History - September 20

On September 20, 1986, vandals started a $5,000. fire aboard the laid up NIPIGON BAY at Kingston where she had been since April, 1984.

GEORGE A. STINSON's self-unloading boom was replaced on September 20 1983. The Boom had collapsed onto her deck due to a mechanical failure on the night of April 19, 1983 at Detroit. No injuries were reported. She continued hauling cargoes without a boom until replacement.

On September 20, 1980, the EDGAR B. SPEER entered service.

The CHARLES E. WILSON sailed light on her maiden voyage from Sturgeon Bay September 20, 1973 bound for Escanaba, MI to load ore.

The CHARLES M. WHITE was christened at Baltimore on September 20, 1951.

On 20 September 1873, W.L. PECK (2 mast wooden schooner-barge, 154’, 361GT) was launched at Carrollton, MI.

On 20 September 1856, COLONEL CAMP (3-mast wooden bark, 137', 350 t, built in 1854 at Three Mile Bay, NY) was carrying wheat to Oswego, NY when she collided with the wooden steamer PLYMOUTH and sank in just a few minutes. No lives were lost.

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

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




Burton Departs, Independent on the Way

09/19
Courtney Burton, which spent at least two days undergoing repairs at Duluth's port terminal, slipped out of port sometime overnight Tuesday.

General Mills' Superior elevator has been unloading Canadian grain cars for the past week. Sure enough, the Kinsman Independent is due there Thursday. The vessel's arrival may come later than expected, she spent part of the day Wednesday undergoing repairs on the Detroit River.

The vessel reported problems with a boiler burner control and had a service team come on board at Sterling Fuel.

The Canadian straightdecker Oakglen was a welcome sight Wednesday at the Cenex Harvest States grain elevator. Also loading grain was Utviken at AGP in Duluth. Anchored on the lake was Dmitris Y, waiting for Cenex Harvest States. Although the Harvest States elevator has two berths, this season it is using mostly just the easier-to-reach No. 1 berth. Few railcars have been spotted on the No. 2 side of the complex, making it unlikely that any vessels are due on that side anytime soon.

In the ore trade, CSL Tadoussac was loading at DMIR in Duluth and Stewart J. Cort and George A. Stinson were both due at BNSF in Superior.

Reported by: Al Miller




Ferry study may be overly optimistic

09/19
A feasibility study of fast-ferry service across Lake Ontario shows major financial and employment benefits for Rochester are based on optimistic ridership numbers, say economics professors at local colleges.

The analysis -- commissioned by the private company starting the service -- says a ferry could bring 1,320 new jobs to Rochester and generate about $46 million in tourist spending in its first year. The study is based on an estimate of 1 million Canadians using the ferry annually -- a rate that amounts to more than 2,700 Canadian visitors a day.

"Is that realistic or not? I have my doubts," Thomas Drennan, an assistant professor of operations management at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, told the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper

"The forecasts of this (ridership) are very optimistic from my perspective," Phillip Lederer, an associate professor of operations management at the University of Rochester, told the newspaper.

Canadian American Transportation Systems has ordered a $42.5 million ferry from an Australian shipbuilder to carry people and cars between Rochester and Toronto. The company wants to have the ferry running by August.

The boat will be able to carry 774 passengers, 238 cars and 10 trucks. One-way fares are expected to be $25 to $29 for a walk-on passenger, and $35 to $40 per car with an additional charge of $15 to $20 per passenger.

CATS officials had hailed the study as one reason the project should receive public backing and funding. The ferry is a $55 million project, with $14 million coming from the state and $1.3 million from Rochester. The remainder is private investment and loans.

The study was conducted by The Centre for Spatial Economics in Waterdown, Ontario. The center based its analysis on a Harris Interactive poll that showed 1.7 million people in the United States and Canada would ride the ferry annually, with more Canadians using the ferry. Harris conducted the poll for CATS.

Dominick DeLucia, president of CATS, said Harris interviewed 1,000 people in Canada and 1,000 in the United States by telephone for the poll. The margin of error was 2 percentage points.

He called it "clean and accurate," and said the Export Finance and Insurance Corp., Australia's government export credit agency, demanded the poll.

Reported by: Glen Keaser




Alpena News

09/19
The J.A.W Iglehart arrived into port about 4 p.m. Wednesday. It loaded cement at Lafarge and was scheduled to depart before 9 p.m. The Alpena is returning from its Lake Superior run and is due into port Thursday afternoon to load.

The Jacklyn M and barge Integrity is in South Chicago. The Paul H. Townsend is expected to depart lay-up in Muskegon next Tuesday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Toledo Report

09/19
The Federal Yoshino was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will now be the Agawa Canyon on Thursday. The tug/barge combo Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder on Saturday, followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Middletown on Sunday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Erie Traffic

09/19
Wednesday the American Republic and Fred R. White Jr. both made their first visits to Erie this season. The Republic pulled into the Old Ore Dock in the early afternoon and unloaded, while just hours later the White turned in the harbor and docked at the Mounfort Terminal to unload stone from Calcite. At around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening the Republic gave a ten minute security call leaving the Old Ore Dock. The vessel turned and departed Erie, creeping slowly past the docked White.

The J.S. St. John followed the Republic out. About 9 p.m. the American Republic was inbound for the P&C Dock in Conneaut to load coal. The White departed about 8:25 p.m.

So far in 2002 Erie has had forty vessel visits, compared to thirty in 2002.

White unloads.
Republic starts to come around the White.
Past the White.
Passing.
Republic outbound.
Another View.
Stern View.
J.S. St John outbound.
A busy night on the waterfront. Pleasure boaters, St. John, Republic, and fishermen.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Toronto Update

09/19
Algocen arrived Tuesday evening for lay-up. Joining Canadian Mariner, Seaway Queen and Canadian Venture and Algoisle in lay-up in Toronto Harbor.

The saltie Elikon is off loading raw sugar at the Redpath sugar refinery.

Island car ferry Ongiara has returned to service after ramp troubles. It is unknown how long she was out of service.

The McNally Construction Co. fleet in port is getting bigger in preparation for the deep-water cooling project. The tug R.C.L. 11 brought in another dredge Monday, and Tuesday another tug and barge unit arrived.

Reported by: Gerry Ouderkirk and Clive Reddin




Today in Great Lakes History - September 19

LEON FALK, JR. and MENIHEK LAKE arrived in Spain on September 19, 1985 for scrapping.

When SATURN (4) entered service and made her first trip to Toledo, OH on September 19, 1974, she became the first of three tankers built for the fleet's modernization program.

The EDGAR B. SPEER departed the shipyard on her maiden voyage September 19, 1980 bound for Two Harbors, MN where she loaded her first cargo of taconite pellets.

The GRAND HAVEN (Twin Screw Rail Car Ferry) was laid up in the spring of 1965 at the old Pennsylvania Dock at Cleveland and later at dockage on the Old River Bed where she sank on September 19, 1969.

September 19, 1997 - officials at Lake Michigan Carferry, Inc. announced that the CITY OF MIDLAND 41 would be converted to a barge.

On 19 September 1893, SAMUEL BOLTON (wooden schooner-barge, 150’, 330GT, built in 1867 at Bangor, MI as a schooner) was loaded with lumber and being towed in fog in Lake Huron. She got lost from the tow and drifted ashore near Richmond, MI where she broke in two and was then torn apart by waves. She was owned by Brazil Hoose of Detroit.

On Saturday, 19 September 1891, at 11:00 AM, the whaleback steamer CHARLES W. WETMORE left Philadelphia, Pennsylvania loaded with the materials to build a nail mill, iron smelter and shipyard for the new city of Everett, Washington. Her skipper was Captain Joseph B. Hastings and she had a crew of 22.

On 19 September 1900 the Great Lakes schooner S. L. WATSON foundered off Cape Cod. She had been sent to the Atlantic the previous autumn by her owned J. C. Gilchrist of Cleveland.

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

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




Burton spends another day in Duluth

09/18
The Courtney Burton spent Tuesday tied up at the Duluth port terminal undergoing unspecified repairs. The vessel arrived in port about 9 a.m. Sunday. It spent at least Monday and Tuesday at the port terminal with workers from Fraser Shipyards on hand.

Reported by: Al Miller




Algocen Lay-up

09/18
The Canadian bulk carrier Algocen is headed for lay-up. The Algocen was expected to arrive in Toronto Tuesday afternoon for what is expected to be a short lay-up.

Fleet mate Algonorth is expected to fit out at the end of the month in Montreal. Also expected to fit out in Montreal is the Algosound. Reports state the vessel is expected to sail in early October.

Reported by: Philip Nash and Kent Malo




Algobay at Hancock

09/18
The Algobay delivered salt to Michigan's Upper Peninsula Monday. The salt will be used on Upper Peninsula roads this winter.

Algobay approaches the dock.
Close up of the Algobay on the Portage Shipping Canal.

Reported by: Jack Holland




Teacher discovers 1886 shipwreck

09/18
A local teacher on a family Labor Day outing apparently discovered the wreck of the lumber schooner Helen about 3 miles north of the Muskegon Channel.

The 90-foot vessel sank with the loss of all seven hands during a November storm in 1886.

The wreck, tentatively identified Sunday by Brendan Baillod of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation, is in 5 to10 feet of water about 60 feet from the shore off Muskegon State Park.

The shipwreck is a protected historical site and cannot be disturbed. "There are a lot of artifacts out there we need to protect," said Baillod. The ship's bow and stern are seriously damaged and the hull is listing 20 degrees to port, he said.

Baillod and Ross Richardson, of the Lake Michigan Shipwreck Research Association, measured the wreck during a dive Sunday morning.

"I'm almost 90 percent certain it's the Helen," said Baillod. The Helen was unusually wide, 23 feet on the beam. The location and dimensions of the wreck are a perfect match for the Helen, said Baillod.

Reported by: Richard Burton




Duluth port director to retire

09/18
Davis Helberg, the longest-serving port director on the Great Lakes, says he will retire March 31.

Helberg, 61, became executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority more than 24 years ago. He said he intends to do some maritime consulting in his retirement, but he also will devote more time to writing, gardening and "nurturing my sports addiction."

Port Authority President Bill Kron of Duluth said the board of commissioners will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Helberg served as chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities and continues as chairman of two of its committees. He is a director of the American Great Lakes Ports, the U.S.-Canadian Waterways Strategic Issues Forum, the Great Lakes Regional Waterways Management Forum, the Washington-based Northeast-Midwest Institute, the Great Lakes Seaway Review magazine, the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, the Minnesota Blue Ribbon Committee on Mining, the Alworth Institute for International Studies, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Program.

Helberg was named Great Lakes Person of the Year by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Maritime Forum and 1993 Business Person of the Year by the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Business and Economics. The U.S. Coast Guard gave him its Meritorious Public Service Award in 1999.

Reported by: Al Miller




Grand Haven Traffic

09/18
Tuesday morning the John J. Boland was busy unloading coal at the J. B. Sims power plant in Grand Haven. She loaded the cargo in Conneaut and was reported to be heading back to the Lake Erie port after unloading. The Boland was expected to depart around 3 p.m. that afternoon.

Farther up the Grand River was the Southdown Conquest and tug Susan W. Hannah unloading at the cement silos in Ferrysburg.

Reported by: Dale Rosema




Detroit Traffic

09/18
Pilica (Malta) upbound at Grassy Island. She went to anchor at Ojibway Anchorage.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

09/18
The Cuyahoga was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator and was expected to depart Tuesday evening bound for Port Colborne, Ontario. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge finished loading cargo at the Sun Dock and departed Tuesday afternoon.

The Algomarine was at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock unloading stone, when finished unloading she shifted over to the CSX Docks to load coal. The Algolake was due in at the CSX Docks Tuesday evening and will follow the Algomarine loading coal. The Federal Yoshino was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock.

The tug James A. Hannah with her barge, Joseph H. Frantz, and Saturn remain in lay-up at Toledo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algorail on Thursday. The tug/barge Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder on Saturday, followed by the Lee A. Tregurtha on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Middletown on Sunday, followed by the Reserve on Monday. The tugs Mighty Jake and Mighty Jessie with there related barges are working on the Maumee River dredging project near the Craig (I-280) Bridge. The tug Pioneerland with her related barges are working on the I-280 bridge replacement project. MCM Marine Contractors dredge Arthur J. and the small carferry Drummond Island with their related work boats and barges continue dredging the ship channel between the CSX Coal Docks and the T.W.I. Docks.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Great Lakes vessels on the West Coast

09/18
In Vancouver, BC is the former Abitibi Paper Company logging tug "Abitibi", now a passenger vessel.
At Lake Union in Seattle is the former Mackinac Island ferry boat "The Islander".

Reported by: Bill Hoey




Today in Great Lakes History - September 18

On 18 September 1679, GRIFFON, the first sailing ship on the upper Lakes, left Green Bay with a cargo of furs. She left the explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, behind. GRIFFON never reached her planned destination.

The E.J. BLOCK returned to service on September 18, 1946 as the first large bulk freighter powered by a diesel-electric power plant and one of the first equipped with commercial radar on the Great Lakes.

On September 18, 1959 the HENRY FORD II ran aground in the St. Marys River and damaged 18 bottom plates.

On September 18, 1958 the BEN MOREELL (2) collided with and sank the car ferry ASHTABULA in the harbor at Ashtabula, OH.

LAKE WINNIPEG was the first vessel to enter the Nipigon Transport fleet. She loaded her first cargo of 22,584 gross tons of iron ore clearing Sept Îles, Que. on September 18, 1962 bound for Cleveland.

The Pere Marquette carferry City of Midland 41 was launched on September 18, 1940, at Manitowoc, WI. She was built by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation at a cost of $2 million. She was named after Midland, MI for one of the Pere Marquette Railway's biggest customers, Dow Chemical Co. She was christened by Miss Helen Dow, daughter of Willard H. Dow, president of Dow Chemical Co.

September 18, 1958 - The ASHTABULA sank after colliding with the Ben Moreel. Captain Louis Sabo in command.

On 18 September 1871, E.B. ALLEN (wooden schooner, 111’, 275T, built in 1864 at Ogdensburg, NY) was carrying grain when she collided with the bark NEWSBOY and sank off Thunder Bay Island in Lake Huron.

On 18 September 1900, the large steamer CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON was taken from her launch site on the Black River in Port Huron out to the St. Clair River. The tug HAYNES was at the bow and the tug BOYNTON at the stern. It took an hour and a half to maneuver through the various bridges. Newspapers estimated that a couple thousand persons watched the event. Once the WILSON made it to the St. Clair River, she was towed to Jenks Shipbuilding Company where she was completed and received her machinery.

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

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




Independent Sails

09/17
Monday night the Kinsman Independent departed the Buffalo Port Terminal Slip A heading for Duluth to load grain. The Independent reportedly has seven trips to complete during the fall grain rush.

The Independent is the last operating U.S. straight deck bulk carrier. Rumors continue to circulate about her future due to the recent completion of the self-unloader hopper at the General Mills Elevator in Buffalo. The lack of self unloading gear on the vessel may bring her long career to an end.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski




Condo-cruise ship The World in Quebec Harbor

09/17
The 644 feet condo-cruise ship The World (43,000 tons, 12 decks, built 2001) spent the entire weekend in Quebec Harbor recovering from a rough encounter with the tail end of hurricane Gustave while sailing by the Atlantic Provinces. It was reported that the ship suffered over $100,000 in damage to its interior furnishings, including smashed windows and the total loss of the ship’s concert piano.

The World of Residensea is the first condo-cruise ship to sail the seas. Built in Sweden, owned by Norwegian interests, registered in the Bahamas and operated by Residen Sea Ltd of Miami.

The World is crewed by 320 members and offers 110 apartments of two to six bedrooms with kitchens . The purchasing prices range from $2 to $7 million with yearly maintenance fees in the area of $100,000.

This floating condominium-cruise ship maintains the standard amenities like restaurants and spas but also handles a corner store for its week-end grocery shoppers. 80 % of the apartments have been sold and the ship can book non-resident travellers in its unsold apartments and 88 guest suites.

In its first year of operation , The World will sail to 40 different countries visiting 140 ports.

The World departed Monday evening for Montreal Harbor.

For more information visit www.residensea.com
The World.


Reported by: Frederick Frechette and S. Masson




Lakes Coal Trade Down 3 Percent in August

09/17
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 4.7 million net tons in August, a decrease of 3 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. For the season, the Lakes coal trade stands at 23,758,841 net tons, a slight increase compared to the same point in the 2001 navigation season.

The western coal trade continued to be the pacesetter, both in August and for the season. Shipments from Superior, Wisconsin, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, were up nearly 5 percent in August, a reflection of strong demand from utilities. For the season, this segment of the trade stands at 11.4 million net tons, an increase of 3.6 percent.

August coal loadings in South Chicago remained on a par with 2001, and the season-to-date total is virtually unchanged from a year ago.

Coal loadings at Lake Erie ports slipped 11 percent in August to 2.2 million net tons, and for the season, now trail last year by 1.4 percent. This segment of the Lakes coal trade is being negatively impacted by higher inventories in Canada and production problems that are impacting coal availability in the U.S.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

09/17
Duluth's port terminal was busy Monday, with the twin gantry cranes unloading steel coils from the saltie Utviken and the Courtney Burton tied up for repairs. A small crane was dockside near the vessel's bow while a tender was hovering around the bow on the port side.

Also Monday, the Alpena arrived through the Duluth ship canal shortly after midday bound for the Lafarge terminal in Superior and then the Duluth terminal. Atlantic Erie was loading at DMIR ore dock. An empty Midwest Energy Terminal dock presented an unusual sight, but the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was due there about midnight.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

09/17
The Lee A. Tregurtha loaded taconite on Monday. The next ship expected is the H. Lee White on Tuesday afternoon, and a return of the Lee A. Tregurtha on Thursday, along with the Adam Cornelius late. The Beeghly is expected to bring a load of coal on Friday, and then take on a load of ore. All schedules subject to change. This is expected to be a fairly quiet month at the ore docks, although shipping is expected to pick up in October.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Saginaw News

09/17
The Joyce L. Van Enkevort with barge Great Lakes Trader was outbound from Saginaw during the early morning hours Monday while the Mississagi was upbound for the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw after lightering in Bay City. Also departing the Saginaw River during the early morning were the CSL Tadoussac, which called at the Essroc dock in Essexville, and the Fred R. White Jr., which unloaded at the new Bay Aggregates dock across the river from Essroc.

While outbound, the White met the inbound Andrie tug Rebecca Lynn, which was pushing a barge for the Bit-Mat dock. The Bit-Mat unloading station is located at the mouth of the Bay Aggregates slip. The Mississagi had completed unloading in Saginaw at about 7 a.m. and was outbound later on Monday morning.

While vessel passages on the Saginaw River so far this season lag behind last year's pace by about 30 visits, traffic appears to be picking up, with 14 ships calling within the last week.

Pictures from Saturday night by Stephen Hause
Calumet sits in shipping channel near the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw at dusk Saturday.
Herbert C. Jackson approaches as darkness falls.
Jackson eases up on Calumet with little room to spare.
Jackson passes Calumet under a rising moon.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

09/17
The salt water vessels Federal Yoshino and Lake Michigan were unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge departed from her Lay-up berth and was loading cargo at the Sun Dock. The Cuyahoga was headed upbound the Maumee River late Monday afternoon bound for one of the Anderson Elevator complexes to load a grain cargo. She is expected to sail Tuesday. The Adam E. Cornelius was inbound Maumee Bay early Monday evening bound for the Torco Ore Docks to unload an ore cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine and Algolake on Tuesday. The Algorail on Thursday, followed by the tug/barge Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Middletown on Sunday 22 Sept.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lorain Update

09/17
The John G. Munson unloaded Monday at Kobe Steel. The vessel departed about 4 p.m. The Sam Laud was in port loading pellets for Cleveland.

Munson departs.
Crew member working on deck.
Sam Laud loading.
Munson heads north.

Reported by: Kerry Defer




Tawas Point Lighthouse undergoing restoration

09/17
A contracting firm that specializes in working on historic structures is renovating the 126-year-old Tawas Point Lighthouse.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is spending about $68,000 to install a new metal shingle roof on the lightkeeper's residence and to complete other exterior repair work. Building Restoration Inc. of Kalamazoo is performing the work.

"It's a wonderful view," Blair Bates, a member of the four-person restoration crew working, told The Bay City Times.

Workers have finished stripping old asphalt shingles from the building. They'll replace them with a sheathing of red metal shingles that have a Victorian design.

"It was definitely time to take the old shingles off, because there was no damage yet to the wood underneath," Bates said.

He said the planks used to build the roof were each 2 feet wide and 20 feet long. The roof was anchored directly to the structure's brick walls so it could not be blown off.

The state assumed ownership of the lighthouse in 2001, when the U.S. Coast Guard decided to get dispose of many of its lighthouses around the Great Lakes. Plans call for restoring the lighthouse to how it looked between 1899 and 1920.

The DNR has remodeled an old garage next to the lighthouse to serve as an interpretive center. The building houses several displays of old pictures and information about the lighthouse's history.

The lighthouse remains closed to the public for now. DNR officials will dedicate the interpretive center Oct. 8 after the lighthouse work is completed.

Reported by: Al Miller




Upcoming Events

09/17
Sept 20 - 29 Marine Heritage Festival Goderich, Ontario
Museum displays of the Great Storm - returned home from the ROM, Toronto; fine arts gallery, models and multi-media presentations. Detailed schedule on at www.shipwreckwexford.ca

Oct. 10 - 13 Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival – Alpena, Mi.
Events include tours of the old and new Presque Isle Lighthouses, indoor and outdoor exhibit booths, entertainment and more. Call (989) 595-3600. www.gllf.org

Oct. 18 - 19 Welland Canal Boatnerd Gathering
Join ship fans for photography, fellowship and special events.

Nov. 2 Shipwrecks Remembered 2002 - Port Huron, Mich.
Authors, artists and divers explore the histories of shipwrecks such as the Noronic, Carl D. Bradley and Cayuga. (810) 359-8660. www.greatlakes.net/~divelog




Today in Great Lakes History - September 17

EVA DESGAGNES was launched September 17, 1955 as a) GRIFFON (2) for Beaconsfield Steamship Ltd., Montreal, Que.

On September 17, 1985, PATERSON suffered a crank case explosion as she was bound for Quebec City from Montreal. She was repaired and cleared on September 21.

On 17 September 1830, WILLIAM PEACOCK (wood sidewheel steamer, 102’, 120T, built in 1829 at Barcelona, NY) suffered the first major boiler explosion on Lake Erie while she was docked in Buffalo, NY. 15 - 30 lives were lost. She was rebuilt two years later and eventually foundered in a storm in 1835 near Ripley, OH.

On 17 September 1875, the barge HARMONY was wrecked in a gale at Chicago by colliding with the north pier which was under water. This was the same place where the schooner ONONGA was wrecked a week earlier and HARMONY came in contact with that sunken schooner. No lives were lost.

On 17 September 1900, a storm carried away the cabin and masts of the wrecked wooden 4-mast bulk freight barge FONTANA. The 231-foot vessel had been wrecked and sunk in a collision at the mouth of the St. Clair River in the St. Clair Flats on 3 August 1900. She had settled in the mud and gradually shifted her position. She eventually broke in two. After unsuccessful salvage attempts, the wreck was dynamited.

Tragedy struck in 1949 when the Canada Steamship Lines cruise ship S.S. Noronic burned at Pier 9 in Toronto. By morning the ship was gutted, 104 passengers were known to be dead and 14 were missing. Because of land reclamation and the changing face of the harbor, the actual site of Noronic's berth is now in the lobby of the Harbour Castle Westin hotel.

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

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




Cort to Head for Early Lay-up

09/16
The 1000-foot Stewart J. Cort is expected to enter winter lay-up in Milwaukee the first week of October. The vessel typically enters lay-up in late December or January.

The Cort and fleet mate Burns Harbor continued operating through an outage at the Burns Harbor Plant earlier this year. The outage allowed excess stock piles to build and is blamed for the early lay-up. Fleet mate Burns Harbor is expected to sail a normal season and enter lay-up in late December or January.

Reported by: Ron Haynes




Busy Day in Holland

09/16
The Pier Marquette 41 and Undaunted arrived in Holland, Mi. about 1 p.m. heading for Brewer's to unload stone. Shortly behind her was the Buffalo heading for Verplank's. By 2:30, the Buffalo was adding stone to the pile that is being delivered for the M-6 (South Beltline) highway project in Grand Rapids.

At 6:30, the Buffalo was spotted heading west on Lake Macatawa and by 7:30 she had cleared the pier. The Buffalo has loaded in from Port Inland and was heading back there for her next load. At 9:30 the Pier Marquette 41 was still at Brewer's unloading.

Reported by: Dale Rosema and Bob Vande Vusse




Algomarine Loads at Bruce Mines

09/16
Early Sunday the Algomarine arrived at Bruce Mines in northern Lake Huron to load. The vessel docked at Ontario Trap Rock and began taking on cargo.

Algomarine downbound Saturday night in the rain making the turn at Point aux Frenes. She was downbound from Algoma Steel.
Loading at Bruce Mines.
Close up.

Reported by: R. Walker




Barge Prepared For Service

09/16
The former Detroit River rail car float Manitowoc continues to under go work in Menominee, MI. The sides had been taken off the deck making it a flat deck barge. Other work appeared to be going on as the barge will need to be certified before being put into service lightering salties arriving with wood pulp.

Directly behind the Manitowoc was another barge owned by McMullen and Pitz Construction also named Manitowoc.

Reported by: Wendell Wilke




North American Ore Move Up In August

09/16
Vessel and rail shipments of U.S. and Canadian iron ore to North American steelmakers in August totaled 7.2 million gross tons, an increase of 9 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

Shipments of iron ore from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.4 million gross tons, an increase of 12.6 percent. However, the comparison in part reflects the fact that last August LTV Steel was in its death throes, whereas this year production is increasing at its facilities now owned and operated by ISG. Since the resumption of iron ore loadings in February, shipments from American Great Lakes ports stand at 25.2 million gross tons, a slight decrease compared to the same point in the 2001 navigation season.

Westbound shipments of Canadian iron ore via the St. Lawrence Seaway tumbled 9.3 percent to 795,885 gross tons. There were no Lakes-bound cargos loaded at Sept Iles in August. Since the Seaway segment of the ore trade resumed in late March, shipments total 4.4 million gross tons, a decrease of 11.8 percent.

Vessel shipments of Canadian iron ore to North American mills outside the Great Lakes basin almost tripled to 406,812 gross tons. For the year, this segment of the iron ore trade has increased 42 percent to 2,024,511 gross tons.

Rail deliveries of iron ore slipped 24.3 percent to 584,899 gross tons. Through August, rail shipments stand at 6,452,400 gross tons, a decrease of 8.6 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Coast Guard to return to Chicago's Navy Pier

09/16
The U.S. Coast Guard will have a permanent station on Chicago's lakefront for the first time in more than a decade under a $6 million agreement spurred by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The state-of-the-art Navy Pier station will be shared by the Coast Guard, the marine units of the Chicago Police and Fire departments and the Illinois Conservation Police.

The city, state and federal government have agreed to contribute $2 million each toward the cost of either renovating the 1903 station rebuilt after a 1933 fire or replacing the building with an entirely new facility scheduled to open by 2004.

The Coast Guard closed its marine safety office in downtown Chicago in July 1992.

Until the 1960s, the Coast Guard had four Chicago stations: Calumet Harbor, Jackson Park, downtown and Wilmette Harbor. Currently, the nearest Coast Guard resources for Lake Michigan rescues in downtown Chicago are in Burr Ridge, Waukegan and Calumet Harbor.

Reported by: Al Miller




Soo Traffic

09/16
The 130-foot Beaver Island Boat Co. car ferry, Emerald Isle was upbound in the St Marys River Sunday passing the downbound Coast Guard ship Cove Isle, working aids to navigation in the upbound channel near Johnson’s Point.

Other traffic Sunday evening included the upbound Walter J McCarthy Jr, Arthur M Anderson and Canadian Enterprise. Downbound was the James R Barker, c. Columbus, CSL Laurentien, Indiana Harbor. Algosoo was at Export Dock The Columbus requested the Poe Lock to keep from scraping her paint job on the lock wall bumpers. The Captain asked for the Poe instead of the Mac Lock but was told it would case a delay for the upbound boats.

Emeral Isle upbound.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Green Bay Update

09/16
The American Republic made a surprise trip to Green Bay Sunday evening. She was unloading coal at Georgia Pacific.

Pictures of the Republic on a recent trip by Wendell Wilke
Entering the harbor from Tower Bridge.
Departing.

Reported by: Jason Leino and Wendell Wilke




Saginaw News

09/16
Sunday was a busy day on the Saginaw River with five vessels making port. The Agawa Canyon was first in going all the way upriver to Saginaw to unload at the GM Dock. She was outbound for the lake passing through the Liberty Bridge in Bay City at 6:15pm.

The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader was next, passing the Pump-Out Island at 10:05am. The pair stopped at the Essexville Sargent Dock to lighter before departing in the early afternoon for the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee to finish. While the barge section was discharging cargo later at the Sargent Dock the tug had been detached and was taking on fuel from several tanker trucks at the nearby Burroughs dock.

The Great Lakes Trader left Zilwaukee for the 6th Street Turning Basin at 9:40pm to turn then head for the lake.

The water level on the Saginaw River reached a high of plus 26 inches early in the day due to strong North winds. This is evident in the photos of the Trader below showing the boat launch docks at Smith Park and Main Street being under water.

The Mississagi was inbound passing Light 12 of the Entrance Channel at 7:30pm headed for the Wirt Dock in Bay City. She was to lighter there before heading upriver to finish at the Wirt Dock in Saginaw. Mississagi is expected to be outbound late Monday morning.

Following closely behind the Mississagi was the CSL Tadoussac. She was inbound passing Light 1 of the Entrance Channel at 7:35pm headed to unload clinker at the Essroc Terminal in Essexville. The CSL Tadoussac expected a six hour unload putting her outbound during the early morning on Monday.

Last in was the Fred R. White, Jr. who was inbound passing Light 1 at 9pm. She was headed to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bangor Township to unload overnight. It is expected that the White will be outbound Monday morning.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Joyce L. Van Enkevort - Great Lakes Trader unloading at Sargent Essexville.
Another view.
Agawa Canyon downbound at Liberty Bridge.
Close up.
Stern view at Fletcher Oil.
Mississagi inbound at the Front Range.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

09/16
The Armco with the aid of Great Lakes Towing Company Tugs departed from the Shipyard drydock on Saturday and is now out sailing. There were no active vessels in port at the time of this report Sunday. The tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge has returned to her lay-up berth at the Hocking Valley Dock. The Joseph H. Frantz, Saturn, and the tug James A. Hannah and barge remain in lay-up in Toledo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine and Algolake on Tuesday. The Algorail on Thursday, followed by the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder on Saturday.

The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Monday, followed by the Middletown on Sunday 22 Sept.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Workboat Update

09/16
Tug Bessie B. at Toledo.
Fishing tug Uncle Butts laid up at Bayfield.
Fish tug Oral working out of Bayfield.
Careful where you park your tug; a tree may fall on it.
John R. was offered for sale recently for $700 and yes, it runs.
The next candidate for scrapping, Kings Point.
1908-built Mount McKay sits idle at N.P. #2 in Duluth. In the background is the Essayons (1908), Arthur (1929), and the Clymer's pilothouse.
My Buddy at Schooner Bay. Who ever docked this tug needs to take some lessons.
Syracuse, a state tug, on the Cayuga - Seneca canal at lock 1.
Messenger.
Fish tug TRIO working out of Port Wing. She has since been reconstructed by Peterson Fisheries of Muskegon.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel




Great Lakes Passenger Service

09/16
The Cruise People Ltd of London, England is pleased to announce that the Intership vessel Federal EMS is been scheduled to sail from Bremen on/about September 30, 2002, for Hamilton, Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit and Milwaukee, and will accept fare-paying passengers. The saltie has capacity for up to ten passengers on this sailing in an owners single cabin, an outside twin, an inside twin, an inside six-berth family cabin and several outside singles, some en suite and some with shared facilities.

This will be the first sailing in a regular service from Antwerp, Dunkirk and/or Bremen to the Great Lakes and five ships have been ordered for this service, of which the FEDERAL WESER and FEDERAL EMS are now in service. All five ships will be on ten-year charter to Fednav International Ltd of Montreal. Passengers will also be accepted from the Great Lakes to Europe.

Projected voyage dates and fares:
FEDERAL EMS Voyage No. 03/02
Bremen Sep 25-30 (all dates subject to change)
Hamilton Oct 12-13 - $995 base fare plus add-ons as indicated below.
Cleveland Oct 14-15 - $1,160 base fare plus add-ons as indicated below.
Toledo Oct 16-17 - $1,325 base fare plus add-ons as indicated below.
Detroit Oct 18-19 - $1,495 base fare plus add-ons as indicated below.
Milwaukee Oct 22-23 - $1,825 base fare plus add-ons as indicated below.

The basic fare covers any of the AB/OS cabins and the inside twin cabin. Add-ons are $100 per person for the Supercargo or Administrator's Cabins (singles) and the Hospital (twin). Add-on for the Owners Cabin (single) is $200. Family fares are available for the six-berth inside cabin. All fares include deviation insurance and port charges.
Important Note: US Visa is required for non-US and Canadian citizens for all ports except Hamilton, Canada.
Photos of passenger cabins and the lounge and dining facilities shared with the officers are available by Clicking here. Reservations and enquiries can me made through greatlakes@cruisepeople.co.uk or by calling Fred Cherney at The Cruise People's Toronto office, on (416) 444-2410.




New Issue of Soundings

09/16
The latest edition of American Steamship Company's newsletter "Soundings" is available on the web.
Click here to view




Weekly Updates

09/16
The weekly updates have been uploaded. Click here to view




Today in Great Lakes History - September 16

At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, September 16, 1990 the inbound motor ship BUFFALO passed close by while JUPITER was unloading unleaded gasoline at the Total Petroleum dock in the Saginaw River near Bay City, MI. The suction of BUFFALO's propellers caused the JUPITER, which was facing upriver, to pull away from the dock. As a result the aft pilings broke off and the fuel lines parted which caused a spark and ignited the spilled fuel. At the time 22,000 barrels of a total of 54,000 barrels were still aboard. Flames catapulted over 100 feet high filling the air with smoke that could be seen for 50 miles. The fire was still burning the next morning when a six man crew from Williams, Boots & Coots Firefighters and Hazard Control Specialists of Port Neches, TX arrived to fight the fire. By Monday afternoon they extinguished the fire only to have it re-ignite that night resulting in multiple explosions. Not until Tuesday morning on the 18th was the fire finally subdued with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard's BRAMBLE and BRISTOL BAY. The tanker, which was valued at $9 million, was declared a total constructive loss, though the engine room was relatively untouched. Unfortunately the fire claimed the life of one crew member who drowned attempting to swim ashore. As a result the Coast Guard closed the river to all navigation. On October 19th the river was opened to navigation after the Gaelic tugs SUSAN HOEY and CAROLYN HOEY towed the JUPITER up river to the Hirschfield & Sons dock at Bay City (formerly the DeFoe Shipyard) where a crane was erected for dismantling the burned out hulk. Her engines were removed and shipped to New Bedford, MA for future use. The river opening allowed American S.S.'s BUFFALO to depart the Lafarge dock where she had been trapped since the explosion. JUPITER's dismantling was completed over the winter of 1990-91.

P & H purchased all nine of the Soo River's fleet on September 16, 1982 for a reported C$2.5 million and all nine returned to service, although only four were running at the end of the season.

NORISLE went into service September 16, 1946 as the first Canadian passenger ship commissioned since the NORONIC's commissioning in 1913.

On September 16, 1952, the Cason J. Callaway departed River Rouge, Michigan for Duluth on its maiden voyage.

On 16 September 1895, ARCTIC (2 mast wooden schooner, 113’, 85GT, built in 1853 at Ashtabula, OH) was rammed and sunk by the steamer CLYDE in broad daylight and calm weather. ARCTIC was almost cut in half by the blow. The skipper of CLYDE was censured for the wreck and for his callous treatment of the schooner’s crew afterwards. Luckily no lives were lost.

On 16 September 1877, the little tug (46') RED RIBBON, owned by W. H. Morris of Port Huron, burned about 2 miles below St. Clair, Michigan. Capt. Morris ran the tug ashore and hurried to St. Clair to get assistance, but officials there refused to allow the steam fire engine to go outside the city. The tug was a total loss and was only insured for $1,000, half her value. She had just started in service in May of 1877 and was named for the reform movement that was in full swing at the time of her launch.

On 16 September 1900, LULU BEATRICE (2-mast wooden schooner, 72’, 48 gc, built in 1896 at Port Burwell, Ontario) was carrying coal on Lake Erie when she was wrecked on the shore near the harbor entrance at Port Burwell in a storm. One life was lost, the captain’s wife.

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

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




DMIR workers ponder aid to EVTAC

09/15
Facing an empty order book for 2003, one of Minnesota’s taconite plants is asking railroad employees for financial help.

EVTAC, formerly known at Eveleth Taconite Co., is asking employees of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway to contribute part of their wages to a fund to help the taconite producer cut its manufacturing costs. EVTAC officials say the rebate is critical to helping the company survive and, in turn, preserve many of the railroad’s 500 jobs.

The Duluth-based DMIR hauls raw ore from EVTAC’s mine in Eveleth to its processing plant in Forbes, and finished pellets from the plant to ore docks in Two Harbors and Duluth. Overall tonnage is about 17 million tons a year - nearly half the railroad’s annual taconite trade.

Among 11 North American taconite producers, EVTAC ranks 10th in the cost of pellets per ton at $29.05, according to figures published Saturday by the Duluth News Tribune. In comparison, the lowest -- Iron Ore Company of Canada -- charges $20.19 per ton.

As a high-price producer, EVTAC currently has no orders for pellets for 2003. A-K Steel and Stelco - which together own 55 percent of the plant -- haven’t signed supply contracts for next year. The remaining owner, Rouge Steel, already buys pellets elsewhere.

If it can’t cut costs, EVTAC won’t be able to sign orders for 2003 or get banks loans needed to continue operating beyond this year. It’s asking the railroad’s 15 unions to approve the rebate plan. Money would be deducted from employee paychecks and paid to EVTAC based on tonnage hauled. The railroad itself would not take part in the plan.

In addition to EVTAC, the DMIR serves the Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron and Ispat-Inland Mining Co. near Virginia. Losing EVTAC’s tonnage could force the railroad to reconsider the need for operating two ore docks. Currently, most or all Minntac tonnage moves through Two Harbors, and this season vessels for Ispat-Inland have been carrying cargoes from that port as well. However, only the Duluth dock is equipped to receive limestone, which is used in producing taconite pellets.

Reported by: Al Miller




Columbus Departs

09/15
The cruise ship c. Columbus departed Roberta Bondar Marina downbound Monday evening. The vessel turned and lined up for the upbound approach to the Poe Lock. The 475-foot cruise liner passed into Lake Superior. Also upbound Saturday evening was the CCG ship Samuel Risley. At Algoma Steel was the Algomarine, Dimitris Y and Algosoo.

Columbus departing.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Federal Asahi Arrives

09/15
The Fednav ship Federal Asahi arrived in Marinette Saturday afternoon under rainy skies. She is at Marinette Fuel & Dock Company with another load of pig iron. It has been several years since a Fednav ship has entered Marinette.

Federal Asahi at Marinette Fuel & Dock.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Oakglen in Owen Sound

09/15
The Oakglen continued working the grain trade through out the summer and into the fall. On Saturday afternoon the classic vessel was at the elevator in Owen Sound unloading grain.

Pictures by Ed. Saliwonchyk
Oakglen Unloading.
Stern view.

Reported by: Ed. Saliwonchyk and D. Shearman




Marquette Update

09/15
Marquette boatnerds got to see a rather rare occurrence at the ore dock Saturday as two Oglebay Norton ships were loading taconite at the same time. The Reserve came in shortly before the Buckeye Saturday morning, and both finished within a short time of each other on a rainy afternoon.

Reserve loading.
Buckeye loads on the other side of the dock.
Another view.
Wide view.
Reserve departs.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Saginaw News

09/15
The steamer Herbert C. Jackson executed a close maneuver around the Calumet Saturday evening at the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw after the Calumet apparently experienced mechanical difficulties and was unable to clear the shipping channel.

The Jackson had unloaded during the afternoon at the R & R Ready Mix Dock, next to Burroughs Materials, near the I-75 Bridge. The Calumet was upbound during the afternoon on its third visit to the Saginaw River within the past five days. The Calumet passed the Jackson at the dock late in the afternoon on its way up to Saginaw.

Early in the evening, with the Jackson on its way up to Sixth Street to turn after unloading, the Calumet was motionless in the shipping channel opposite the Saginaw Rock Products dock, at the entrance to the turning basin.

The nature of the possible problem is unknown, but close cooperation between the captains of the two vessels and skillful ship handling permitted the Jackson to slip past the Calumet and make its turn without incident.

The Calumet held its position to give the Jackson room to pass close to port and make the approach into the basin. Once the stern of the Jackson was past the bow of the Calumet, the Calumet pulled astern far enough to allow the Jackson to swing into the basin.

A short time later, the Jackson successfully completed the turn and eased past the Calumet once more to begin its outbound transit.

Also visiting the Saginaw River on Saturday was the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., with a load of coal for the Consumers Energy dock at the mouth of the river.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




St. Clair River Traffic

09/15
Algolake downbound Saturday afternoon.
Another view.
Stern view.
Interesting pleasure boat.

Reported by: Clayton J. Sharrard




Erie and Conneaut Update

09/15
In a day that brought pouring rain and thunderstorms to Erie, the John J. Boland paid another visit on Saturday. The vessel arrived shortly after dawn in a pouring rainstorm to unload stone at the Mounfort Terminal. At 1:10 p.m. the vessel gave a ten minute security call turning in the harbor and outbound for the lake.

About two and a half hours later the vessel was arriving in Conneaut to pick up a cargo of coal. The Boland entered the harbor and turned inside the breakwall, a maneuver that is not often used as most ships turn outside the breakwall. The crew then carefully backed the Boland into the dock to load. The Wolverine was due at 8 p.m. to load coal, coming from Cleveland.

The cruise vessel Grande Caribe arrived in Erie Saturday morning. Weather permitting, it was scheduled to depart at 5 p.m. for Buffalo. The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder departed the Mounfort Terminal outbound about 9:15 p.m.

Boland outbound Erie.
Stern View.
Gloria, an employee with American Steamship, watches as the Boland leaves.
Inbound Conneaut.
Stern View.
Another View.
Beginning to Turn.
Backing Into the Dock.
At Dock.
Victorian Princess and Grande Caribe at Public Dock.
Close Up of the Grande Caribe.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Toronto Update

09/15
The salty Elikon arrived at Redpath Sugar dock Friday, assisted into the berth by McKeil's harbor tugs Atomic and Lac Como. The passenger vessel Le Levant was in port Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth terminal.

Hull painting has begun on the former tug Glenmont, which is being rebuilt as a passenger vessel for Caribbean service. As of Saturday afternoon, the forward end of the vessel had been painted top to bottom in white. Pipe rails have been added around the bridge during the past few weeks.

The ferry Wm. Inglis remains on Toronto Dry Dock for her 5 year inspection. Some minor hull work and painting are being done. Also at the drydock, the Tam Dive workboat Triple C. has been hauled out on the dock.

The ferry Maple City remains in slings under the Atlas Crane at Pier 35. Work on this vessel has been on-going all summer.

Dredging continues off Gibralter Point, on the south shore of Toronto Island. The tug Whitby and dredge John Holden have been busy all week.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Trillium Cruise in Toronto Today

09/15
The steam powered side-paddle wheeler Trillium will depart on a public cruise today at 1:30 p.m. from the Toronto Island Ferry Docks. Onboard will be historian Mike Filey and AM740 radio host Tom Fulton narrating a harbor tour. Cost for this special event is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. For additional information and bookings phone 416-392-8194.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - September 15

The A.H. FERBERT (2) was towed out of Duluth by the Sandrin tug GLENADA September 15, 1987, they encountered rough weather on Lake Superior and required the assistance of the another tug to reach the Soo on the 19th. On the 21st the FERBERT had to anchor off Detour, MI after she had run aground in the St. Marys River when her towline parted. Her hull was punctured and the Coast Guard ordered repairs to her hull before she could continue. Again problems struck on September 24th, when the FERBERT went hard aground at the Cut-Off Channel's southeast bend of the St. Clair River. Six tugs, GLENADA, ELMORE M. MISNER, BARBARA ANN, GLENSIDE, SHANNON and WM. A. WHITNEY, worked until late on the 26th to free her. The FERBERT finally arrived in tow of GLENSIDE and W.N. TWOLAN at Lauzon, Que. on October 7th.

The FERNGLEN was launched September 15, 1917 as a) WILLIAM A. AMBERG.

On September 15, 1925 the JOHN A. TOPPING left River Rouge light on her maiden voyage to Ashland, WI to load iron ore for delivery to Cleveland, OH.

September 15th lightering was completed on the AUGUST ZIESING, she had grounded above the Rock Cut two days earlier blocking the channel.

September 15, 1959 was the last day the U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender MESQUITE was stationed at Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

MIDDLETOWN suffered a fire in her tunnels on September 15, 1986. 2nd & 3rd degree burns were suffered by two crewmembers.

In 1934 the ANN ARBOR NO. 6 collided with the steamer N.F. LEOPOLD in a heavy fog.

September 15, 1993 - Robert Manglitz became CEO and president of Lake Michigan Carferry Service after Charles Conrad announced his retirement and the sale of most of his stock.

On 15 September 1873, IRONSIDES (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 220', 1123 t, built in 1864 at Cleveland) became disabled when she sprang a leak and flooded. The water poured in and put out her fires. She sank about 7 miles off Grand haven, Michigan on Lake Michigan. Reports of the number of survivors varied from 17 to 32 and the number lost varied from 18 to 28.

On 15 September 1872, A.J. BEMIS (wood propeller tug, 49T, built in 1859 at Buffalo) caught fire while underway. The fire originated under her boiler. She ran for shore but sank ¾ mile short, about 6 miles from Alpena, MI. No lives lost.

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

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




Rare Trip for Mississagi

09/14
The Mississagi paid a rare visit to Green Bay Friday. She went up the Fox River to Georgia Pacific with a load of salt and was drawing 19-feet. upon arrival. She had made a late night/early morning stop in Marinette to drop off part of her salt load at Marinette Fuel & Dock before proceeding to Green Bay.

Also in Green Bay Friday was the tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity unloading to the S.T. Crapo. The Crapo is sporting a fresh coat of paint, though not yet complete.

Mississagi approaching Main Street Bridge.
Mississagi passing C. Reiss dock.
Close-up of bow passing C. Reiss.
Close-up of bow at Georgia Pacific.
work boat and open hold.
Stern shot from across the Fox River.
Stern Close-up at Georgia Pacific.
At Georgia Pacific prior to departure.
Jacklyn M/Integrity alongside storage ship, S.T. Crapo at Lafarge.
Sterns of the Jacklyn M and S.T. Crapo.
Jacklyn M and the partially painted stern of the S.T. Crapo (darker color is new).
S.T. Crapo at Lafarge.
Lewis Harriman in storage behind Leitch Transportation.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Algosteel and Sarah Spencer/Jane Ann IV to Quebec

09/14
On September 12th, Algosteel transited downbound through the Welland Canal partially loaded with two grades of sand from Brevort, Michigan. She arrived in Hamilton late that day and began unloading her cargo at the Lakeshore Sand Company dock located at the north end of pier 23. (Foot of Strathearne Ave).

Around dawn on the 13th she departed Hamilton in ballast for Prescott where she will load crushed stone for Hamilton. Following that she will sail for Pointe Noire, Quebec to load iron ore pellets for Lorain, Ohio. This run is usually handled by Algosoo. This will be Algosteel's first visit to the lower Seaway in at least 6 years.

The tug and barge combination of Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spencer are also heading east to Quebec for their second load of iron ore. The first was loaded at Seven Islands, Quebec last week and delivered to Hamilton's Stelco steel mill on Wednesday. They are en route for Seven Islands, Quebec once again to load iron ore pellets.

Reported by: Jeff Cameron




Montreal Update

09/14
Work crews were reported aboard the Algonorth at sec 56 in Montreal Friday. The Algonorth is expected to sail later this season along with the Algosound.

Engineers have been fitting out the North and the rest of the crew is expected aboard soon. Algosound, after being laid up since 2000, is reported to be leaving at the end of the month.

The hull of the Windoc is rafted to the Algonorth and will have to be move in order to release the Algonorth.

Windoc tow pictures
Canadian Transport heading for Cote Ste. Catherine lock, passing the secured Windoc.
Algoville up bound passing Windoc.
Algoville meeting the barge McCLEARYS SPIRIT.
Barge McCLEARYS SPIRIT.
Bow view of Windoc and tug Bonnie B lll and tug Lac Vancouver.
Another bow view of Windoc at the Cote Ste. Catherine Wharf.
Stern view of Windoc and tug Progress.

Reported by: Kent Malo




Earl W. Visits

09/14
What has been a rarity this season, an Oglebay Norton vessel visited the Saginaw River on Friday. The Earl W. Oglebay arrived passing the Front Range at 4:30 p.m. Her security call indicated she was headed all the way upriver to unload at the Buena Vist Dock. The Oglebay is expected to be outbound early Saturday morning.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Earl W. Oglebay turning on the power.
Close up at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.
Negotiating the CM Rail and Liberty Bridges.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Soo Traffic

09/14
Friday the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cove Isle arrived in the Soo harbor about 6:30 p.m. The vessel was working aids to Navigation in the river and stopped at the Roberta Bondar Marina. Upbound behind the Cove Isle was the cruise liner c. Columbus also tying at the Roberta Bondar Marina for a departure time Saturday evening..

Cove Isle docked.
Close up.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Detroit Traffic

09/13
John D Leitch loading at Ojibway Salt.
Close up of hull.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Conneaut Update

09/14
The Maumee made a return visit to Conneaut to load coal for Buffalo on Friday evening. Saturday the John J. Boland and Wolverine are scheduled in.

Maumee Loads.
Close Up.
Crew Members on Deck.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Fishing Tugs

09/14
The fish tug Aloha is cradled as part of the USCG exhibit at Glen Haven, Mi. She was one of the tugs which operated out of Algoma, Wi. years ago under "Gabbie" Anderson. Her full history can be found in the book The Real Shanty Days. In Leland, Mi. the Francis Clark has been sold "back to the American Indians" and rename Niibing Nimnioo. She is the only fish tug left in Leland aside from the trap net JOY. In Charlevoix, Mi. the BEAR remains far from the water on the dock. She also was part of the past commercial fishing fleet from Algoma, Wi. The other fish tugs operating out of Charlevoix by Cross Fisheries are the Jerry W. and Litta-Karen (an former Kenosha, Wi. boat).

About a month back the fish tug Falcon left MCM Marine, Soo, Mi. where she had been repowered. She is presently pulled-out at a local marina in Manistee, Mi. At the Soo in the MCM Marine yard the Sally remains and has been repowered with a V8 with twin exhaust. She is expected to leave for the Charlevoix, Mi. area shortly.

Aloha in Glen Haven.
Niibing Nimnioo.
Close up of name.

Reported by: Wendell Wilke




Today in Great Lakes History - September 14

The CLARENCE B. RANDALL (2) was launched September 14, 1907 as a) J.J. SULLIVAN for the Superior Steamship Co.

On 14 September 1871, R.J. CARNEY (wooden barge, 150’, 397GT) was launched at Saginaw, MI.

The 203' wooden schooner KATE WINSLOW was launched at J. Davidson's yard in E. Saginaw, Michigan on 14 September 1872.

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

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




Saltie Charged with Dumping Oil

09/13
The saltie Tecam Sea remained moored Thursday near St. John's, Newfoundland, while Canadian officials considered additional charges to file against the vessel and its master.

Canadian officials said they arrested the Tecam Sea south of Newfoundland on Monday after a new satellite-based detection system enabled them to spot waste oil the vessel was deliberately pumping into Canadian waters under cover of darkness.

The Radarsat system, set up by the Canadian Space Agency and several government departments, had been in use only nine days, replacing daylight-only aircraft surveillance.

The 1,000 liters officials say were pumped from the Tecam Sea's bilges could kill thousands of seabirds. On Thursday, Capt. Celso Ruedas was charged only under the Migratory Birds Act, but other charges reportedly were pending.

The Tecam Sea is a previous visitor to the Great Lakes. It's registered in the Bahamas, owned by a Greek firm but in the service of a Panamanian company.

Reported by: Laurent Cote and Al Miller




Rebounding ore and coal shipments boost Twin Ports tonnage

09/13
Record ore and coal shipments through two Superior docks have pushed Twin Ports tonnage above last year's pace as of the end of July, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Superior's Burlington Northern Sante Fe taconite dock recorded its third-best month ever in July, loading more than 1.6 million metric tons of iron ore. The monthly total was within one 1,000-footer of breaking a dock record set in 1991.

Duluth-Superior's total iron ore shipments through July were 7.9 million tons, an 18 percent increase over last year's 6.9 million tons.

Iron Range taconite plants in 2001 produced about 31.5 million tons, the industry's lowest level since 1986. However, the production of iron ore pellets at six Iron Range taconite plants has rebounded this year, which is reflected in the higher shipments.

Coal shipments also were strong in July. The Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior broke a record for monthly coal handling by moving more than 2.3 million metric tons. Coal shipped through the facility amounted to 7.4 million tons for the year-to-date, about even with last year. Fred Shusterich, president, said MERC is poised to set another transshipment record.

Combined, the July iron ore and coal shipments pushed the Twin Ports tonnage to 17.7 million metric tons for the year, 5 percent ahead of 2001.

Not all the news was good, however. Shipments of grain, the port's third-largest cargo, totaled 941,859 tons in July. That was a 15 percent drop from 1.1 million tons during the same period a year ago.

Through July, 506 vessels called at Duluth-Superior, an increase of 39 from last year. Of those vessels, 306 were U.S.-flag, 161 Canadian-flag and 49 were salties.

For more information on Twin Ports Shipping please visit the Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Reported by: Al Miller




Armco in Dry Dock - Toledo News

09/13
The Armco arrived at Toledo Shipyard Thursday afternoon and was placed in drydock, she was assisted into the drydock by Great Lakes Towing Company tugs.

The tug Mary E. Hannah and barge departed from their lay-up dock and proceeded over to the Sun dock to load cargo. The Saturn is in lay-up at the Lakefront Docks. The James A. Hannah and her barge and the Joseph H. Frantz remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites. There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be next week with the Algomarine due in Monday followed by the Algolake on Tuesday and the Algorail and the tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder on Friday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius on Monday.

MCM Marine Contractors are dredging the ship channel on the Maumee River in front of the CSX Coal Docks there equipment includes the small carferry Drummond Island II, the dredge Arthur J. and several small work boats and related barges. They will be dredging various spots in the channel from the Torco/CSX Dock complexes to the T.W.I Dock area during the next several weeks.

The George W. Gradel Company tugs Mighty Jake and Mighty Jessie and related dredging equipment are dredging the ship channel near the Craig (I-280) Bridge. The tug Pioneerland and related barges are working on the I-280 bridge replacement project.

The former Boblo passenger boat Ste. Claire is moored at the City Docks across from downtown Toledo will open with their Halloween fright night tonight, Friday the 13th.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Marquette Traffic

09/13
The H. Lee White brought a load of stone to Marquette's lower harbor on Thursday, then moved to the upper harbor and the LS&I ore dock to take on a load of taconite. The Charles M. Beeghly is expected on Friday, and the Reserve and Buckeye early on Saturday. On Sunday the Lee A. Tregurtha is expected to bring in a load of coal and then take on a load of taconite.

White unloading stone.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Goderich News

09/13
Monday two Algoma Central Marine vessels called on the salt mine. The Algoway loaded for Alpena and the Agawa Canyon was taking a load for Marinette, Wisconsin, and Manistee, Michigan.

Wednesday Goderich had a full harbor with the Oakglen unloading at the grain terminals, the Algorail tied up in the inner harbor and the Mississagi loading salt. The Algorail started loading sometime during the night and was still at the mine dock early on Thursday morning.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Alpena Report

09/13
The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity came into port early Thursday morning to load for Green Bay. Waiting in Thunder Bay (off Alpena) was the Buffalo with a cargo of coal for the Lafarge coal dock. They entered port after the Integrity had departed .This was the Buffalo's first visit to Alpena this year. It departed around 3 p.m.

The Alpena was in South Chicago and the J.A.W. Iglehart was in Detroit.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Saginaw Update

09/13
The Calumet was back again for the second time in three days, unloading again at the Saginaw Wirt Dock. She arrived at the Front Range at 12:20 Thursday afternoon and proceeded upriver to Saginaw. Calumet is expected to be outbound Thursday night.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Calumet upbound at Cheboyganing Creek.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

09/13
Pilotboat Narrows upbound at Fighting Island South Light.
Stern view.
Jet Express II upbound in the Ballard's Reef Channel bound for Portofino Restaurant in Wyandotte.
Close up.
Stern view.
Halifax downbound at Mama Juda.
Stern view.
Grande Caribe at Bishop Park in Wyandotte.
Stern view.
Jet Express II downbound in the Hennepin Channel.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Lorain Traffic

09/13
Thursday morning the Armco was unloading pellets at the terminal. The American Republic was in port with crews inspecting the propeller or rudder area. Armco unloading.
American Republic.
Inspection at the stern.
Close up.

Reported by: Kerry Defer




Tight squeeze in Fairport

09/13
The reactivation of the former LTV Lime Kiln is producing an increase in traffic in Fairport. Wednesday night the barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann arrived about 7 p.m. with stone for Osborne, initially lightering at the Osborne North dock.

The Courtney Burton arrived at 8 p.m. with limestone for the Lime Plant. The Burton eased past the Pathfinder under strong wind conditions to reach the LTV dock. Shortly after the Pathfinder moved to the Osborne South dock on the turning basin, squeezing carefully past Courtney Burton at the bend in the river. Those on shore were treated to impressive boat handling in the wind conditions.

Pathfinder arrives.
Close up.
Courtney Burton passing the lighthouse.
Unloading at night.

Reported by: Dave Merchant




Hamilton Update

09/13
Thursday the barge Sarah Spencer and tug Jane Ann IV were unloading Wabush iron ore at Stelco. This was a first visit for this tug and barge at Stelco's iron ore dock. The pair left Hamilton Harbor at about 6 p.m. and were last seen heading out into Lake Ontario towards the Seaway.

The tug Everlast and barge Norman McLeod were moored at Pier 8 and over at Pier 14, the Captain Ralph Tucker was in Heddles dry dock.

Two salties were anchored in Hamilton Harbor, the Regina Oldendorff and the Makeevka. The other saltie, Federal Weser was moored at Pier 23 with no unloading activity seen.

Unloading at Pier 11, was the barge McAsphalt 401 and tug John Spence. Over at Pier 26 the barge St. Mary's Cement II and tug Sea Eagle II were undergoing some type of welding repairs. Moored north of the tug and barge at Pier 27 was the Quebecois which recently entered lay-up.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - September 13

The EDMUND FITZGERALD's sea trials occurred on September 13, 1958.

The HOFFMAN (United States Army Corps of Engineers Twin Screw Hopper Dredge) collided with the Japanese salty KUNISHIMA MARU at Toledo, OH, September 13, 1962. Reportedly the blame was placed on the pilot of the Japanese salty. Apparently the damage was minor.

On September 13, 1968 the AUGUST ZIESING grounded in fog two-hundred yards above the Rock Cut in the St. Marys River. The grounded vessel swung into the shipping channel blocking it until September 15th when lightering was completed.

September 13, 1953 - The PERE MARQUETTE 22 made her second maiden voyage since she was new in 1924. She was cut in half, lengthened, had new boilers and engines installed.

On 13 September 1875, CITY OF BUFFALO (wooden schooner, 91’, 128T, built in 1859 at Buffalo as a propeller canal boat) beached and sank after striking a rock in the St. Mary’s River. The tug MAGNET worked for days to release her before she went to pieces on 19 September. No lives were lost.

On 13 September 1871, the bark S. D. POMEROY was anchored off Menominee, Michigan during a storm. Archie Dickie, James Steele, John Davidson and James Mechie were seen to lower the yawl to go to shore. Later the empty yawl drifted ashore and then the bodies of all four men floated in.

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

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




Saginaw Update

09/12
The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was outbound from the Saginaw Rock Products Dock passing through the Bay City bridges around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after unloading during the day Tuesday.

Following the McKee Sons was the Calumet who was outbound passing the Front Range around 8 a.m. She had unloaded at Wirt Stone Saginaw overnight.

The Adam E. Cornelius was inbound Wednesday afternoon, arriving at the new Bay Aggregates Dock around 11:30 a.m. The Cornelius departed the dock and was outbound passing the Front Range at 7:20 p.m.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Adam E. Cornelius upbound approaching Essroc.
Stern view downbound at the Front Range.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Marquette Traffic

09/12
Vessel visits to Marquette's harbor slowed somewhat during the month of August yet the final figures showed an improvement over August 2001. So far this season, 236 vessels have visited both harbors up by 22% over last season when 193 vessels visited Marquette. During the month of August a total of visited both harbors up 22% over August 2001 figures when 36 vessels visited Marquette. Let's take a look at each harbor separately.

August was a big month for the lower harbor as 10 vessels made visits. This is the first double digit figure for the lower harbor in quite some time. Leading the way was the H. Lee White with three visits followed by the American Mariner with two visits. The John Boland, Adam Cornelius, U.S.C.G. Mackinaw, along with rare visits by the Brig Niagara and Keweenaw Star all had one visit each during the month of August. The lower harbor will have a tough month in September since last September saw 9 visits during the month. However, two visits by the MV. Columbus should help September's numbers

The upper harbor experienced a decrease of traffic during August however, final figures where still better that August 2001. So far this season, a total of 202 vessels have visited the upper harbor. This is a 22% increase over the same period last season when 165 vessels visited the upper harbor. For the month of August, 34 vessels visited the upper harbor

August visits were lead by the Lee Tregurtha who made 5 visits followed by the Charles Beeghly and the H. Lee White each making 4 visits to the harbor. The Algomarine and the Kaye Barker each had 3 visits while the Algosteel, Great Lakes Trader, Herbert Jackson, Armco, and the Peter Cresswell each made two visits to the upper harbor. The Middletown, Buckeye, Paul Tregurtha, James Barker, and the John Boland each made one visit. American vessel visits out number Canadian vessel by over a 3 to 1 margin. So far this season, Interlake Steamship is leading all shipping companies followed closely behind by Algoma Central.

Reported by: Art Pickering




Detroit Traffic

09/12
CSL Laurentien upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Reserve downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
A heron keeps guard over Grassy Island.
Barge Chief Wawatam and tug Avenger IV upbound at Fighting Island North Light after loading a scrap cargo at Mc Louth Steel in Trenton. This cargo is bound for Soo, ON.
Close up of Avenger IV.
Close up of barge.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

09/12
The Kaye E. Barker was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo Wednesday. There are no other active vessels in port at the time of this report. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at the present time. The tug James A. Hannah with her barge is in temporary lay-up at the old Interlake Iron Dock just north of the Shipyard while the Joseph H. Frantz and the tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remain in layup.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will not be until next week. As of now the Algomarine is due in on Monday 16 Sept. followed by the Algolake on Weds. and the Algorail and Pathfinder on Friday. The Reserve is due in at the Torco Ore Dock late Wednesday evening she will be followed by the Adam E. Cornelius on Monday 16 Sept.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Kingston Update

09/12
Tuesday was a busy day on the Seaway in the Kingston area with 24 vessels passing or were heading for the Kingston / Cape Vincent area.

Westbound in the Seaway were the Nogat, Algosoo, Canadian Empress, Quebecois, John D. Leitch, tug Mister Joe, Canadian Transport, Federal Weser, Jane Anne IV and barge, Regina Oldendorf, Federal Asahi, Melissa Desgagnes, Makeevka, Mathilda Desgagnes, Canadian Olympic, and English River.

Eastbound were the Nanticoke, Brigantine St. Lawrence II, Hilal II, Catherine Desgagnes, Themis, Captain Henry Jackman, Great Laker and the Gordon C. Leitch. The Canadian Prospector and the Lake Michigan are entering the Seaway and will pass westbound early Thursday.

A gale warning was issued for Lake Ontario this morning as well as a waterspout advisory. The Themis had to anchor 2.7 miles west of Tibbetts Point as it was too windy to change pilots in Cape Vincent. The light tug Mister Joe came up the Canadian Middle Channel and was headed for Belleville via Kingston. This is unusual in the post Seaway era but is a great route to shelter from the heavy weather.

The rough weather was also the probable cause for an overturned pleasure vessel near Cedar Island. No one was injured and the situation was rectified.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Today in Great Lakes History - September 12

The ROGER BLOUGH was laid up at Sturgeon Bay, WI from September 12, 1981 through 1986 because of economic conditions.

CANADIAN PIONEER was christened at Port Weller on September 12, 1981 by Louise Powis, wife of the Chairman and President of Noranda Mines.

CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was towed by the tug WILFRED M. COHEN to Collingwood, Ont. for repairs from a June 5th fire and arrived at Collingwood on September 12, 1979.

Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Limited at Collingwood, Ontario closed the yard on September 12, 1986 after 103 years of shipbuilding. She was famous for her spectacular side launches. 214 ships were built at Collingwood.

While unloading steel in South Chicago from the CANADA MARQUIS on September 12, 1988, a shoreside crane lifting a payloader into the hold, collapsed onto the ship. CANADA MARQUIS had a hole in her tank top and damage to her hatch coaming.

On 12 September 1900, ALBACORE (2 mast wooden schooner, 137', 327T, built in 1872 at Port Dalhousie, Ont.) had a storm blow out her sails, driving her into the seawall at Fort Bank just east of Oswego, NY where she broke up. The tug J. NAVAGH tried unsuccessfully to save her. Her crew of 7 was rescued by the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

After an extremely dry summer, forests were burning all over the Great lakes region in the Autumn of 1871. The smoke from these fires affected navigation. Newspaper reports stated that on 12 September 1871, 38 ships and four strings of barges anchored near Point Pelee on Lake Erie due to the restricted visibility caused by the smoke from the forest fires.

On 12 September 1900, the schooner H. W. SAGE was raised by the McMorran Wrecking Company and was then towed to Port Huron for repairs. She had sunk near Algonac, Michigan in a collision with the steamer CHICAGO on 30 July 1900.

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

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




Wreck Location

09/11
Fishermen grappling for nets 5 miles North of Moose Point, about 25 miles south of Parry Sound report they have found the wreck site of the Waubuno. Local news reported that the men discovered a boiler, engine, hand truck, anchor and chain from the Waubuno. Although the overturned hull of the vessel had been found, no evidence of the actual wreck site had been known until a few days ago.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Monthly Total Tops 12 Million Tons For First Time This Season

09/11
For the first time this season, U.S.-Flag Great Lakes cargo carriage has topped 12 million net tons in one month. The major U.S.-Flag Lakes lines moved 12,125,274 net tons of dry-bulk cargo in August, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. However, the season-to-date total, 56.3 million net tons, still lags behind last year by more than 6 percent.

Iron ore loadings in U.S. bottoms totaled 5.8 million net tons in August, an increase of 7.7 percent compared to a year ago. However, the increase, while welcome, must be taken in context. A year ago the ore float was waning in part because LTV Steel was in its death throes. Those facilities are now back in operation under the ISG banner, and increasing their production. The year-to-date iron ore total is perhaps a better barometer. The 26.4 million tons hauled through August represent a decrease of 9.1 percent. Again, a fair amount of the fall-off can be attributed to the closure of LTV Steel last December, as ISG did not resume steelmaking until May of this year.

Both the August coal and stone trades in U.S.-Flag hulls were essentially on track with a year ago. On a season-to-date basis, coal loadings in U.S.-Flag lakers stand at 11.9 million net tons, a decrease of 2.6 percent. Decreased demand for western coal accounts for the downturn. Sluggish demand from the construction industry is largely responsible for the 3 percent decrease in stone cargos through August.

August began with the major fleets operating 58 of their 66 vessels. That total remained unchanged for the month.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Agawa Canyon Delivers

09/11
The Agawa Canyon arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock Company Tuesday morning with a load of salt. She finished unloading around noon, but remained at the dock as of 6 p.m. The Canyon was scheduled for a partial unload in Marinette and then proceeding to Manistee, MI to finish unloading.

Agawa Canyon unloading.
Another view.
Close-up.
Close-up bow-view.
Stern shot unloading.
Finished unloading under threatening skies.
Close-up of pilothouse.
Waiting at the dock after unloading.

Reported by: Dick Lund




New Cruise Terminal Opened In Quebec City

09/11
Monday the Quebec Port Authority officially inaugurated its new Cruise Terminal as the 42,000 tons Norwegian Sea tied-up alongside the pier on a Montreal to New-York trip. Built at a cost of 20 million (CD) , this new two story complex is located at the Pointe à Carcy (Sections 21-22) at the foot of the old City. The terminal will facilitate the arrival and departure of passengers by providing baggage storage facilities, elevators and escalators, Immigration and Customs services, a mini-convention centre and elegant cafés.

This season, 18 different cruise lines will make 74 calls carrying a total of 70,000 passengers. The cruise ship industry generates about 10 million dollars worth of business for the city.

Among the cruise ships arriving in the harbour over the next eight weeks, will be the impressive Brilliance of the Sea ( Royal Caribean-90,090 Tons-294m-965 f ) with 2500 passengers, the Carnival Legend (Carnival Lines) 84,000 tons-292m-958 f ) with 2,680 passengers, and the new condo-concept cruise ship The World of Residensea (40,000 tons, 196m-643 f ).

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Saginaw News

09/11
The Calumet was inbound the Saginaw River passing the Front Range just after 7 p.m. Tuesday night. She headed upriver to the Wirt Dock in Saginaw to unload and is expected to be outbound Wednesday morning.

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was upbound during the early afternoon. She headed upriver to unload at the Saginaw Rock Dock.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Calumet upbound passing the Ashland-Marathon Dock.
Bow close up.
Stern view at the Bay City Wirt Dock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

09/11
Tuesday the tug Dorthy Ann and barge Pathfinder were unloading stone in the Rouge River at the old Peerless Cement Plant in Detroit. The Canadian Navigator was unloading stone on the face of Zug Island. The George A. Stinson was unloading taconite on the face of Zug Island, at 2:30 p.m. the Wilfred Sykes entered the Short Cut canal from the Detroit River heading to Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Kenneth Borg




Lorain Update

09/11
The American Republic was loading at the pellet terminal for Cleveland Tuesday and the John J. Boland arrived to unload. Both vessels were docked at the pellet terminal at the same time. The Pellet Terminal has remained been busy even though it is planned to be shut down and moved to Cleveland in the near future.

Pictures by TZ
John J. Boland unloading.
Ready to depart.
Shot from the bow thruster.
Close up.
Heading for Lake Erie.
Tug Cheraw working in the harbor.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Kingston Update

09/11
The Kingston area saw an unusual Flotilla on Monday. Two Ontario Provincial Police vessels, one RCMP vessel , one Coast Guard vessel and Zodiac and the CCGC Bittern escorted the Island Star as she took many people from the Group Eight summit for a four hour lunch cruise, around Howe Island. The trip through the Bateau and Middle channels was uneventful. They returned the RMC at 4 p.m.. A new Coast Guard 47-foot cutter was being given some sea trials by the builder, Metalcraft, in the Middle Channel.

On Sat., Sept. 7, the tug Curly B, towing generators, entered Oswego cleared Customs and entered the Erie Canal at Oswego.

On Tues. Sept 10, Kingston's own tall ship, the Brigantine St. Lawrence II was sailing east from the Welland canal. She was due at Newcastle at 11 p.m.. The English River arrived at Bath after a trip to Toronto from down the Seaway. The Stephen B. Roman returned to Picton after a split load trip to Oswego and Rochester. She departed Picton for Oswego this afternoon and had an eta at Oswego of 4:45 p.m.. The Seth Green was on station at Stoney Island and then returned to Cape Vincent early afternoon. The CCGS Cape Storm was westbound from Quebec Head to the head of Wolfe Island.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Today in Great Lakes History - September 11

The GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) was patched and refloated on September 11, 1944. She had sunk in 80 feet of water after a collision with the steamer D.M. CLEMSON (2) off Old Point Light, on June 15, 1943. On May 6, 1944 the barges MAITLAND NO.1 and HILDA were employed as pontoons for the salvage operation positioned over the sunken hull. cables were attached to the HUMPHREY's hull and to the barges. The hull was raised through a series of lifts which allowed it to be brought into shallower water. Partial buoyancy was provided by the HUMPHREY's ballast tanks which were pumped out to about 25% of capacity. The HUMPHREY was patched and refloated on September 11, 1944. She was taken to the Manitowoc Ship Building Co. first for an estimate of repairs which totaled $469,400, and then was towed to Sturgeon Bay for reconditioning which was completed at a reported cost of $437,000. Captain John Roen's Roen Transportation Co. assumed ownership on September 18, 1944 and the next year the ship was renamed b) CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN. She re-entered service on May 1, 1945 chartered to the Pioneer Steamship Co. on a commission basis.

September 11, 2001 the former Bob-Lo boat Ste Claire was towed from Detroit to Toledo.

On September 11, 1987 while in lay-up at Point Edward, the FORT YORK caught fire which gutted her bridge.

Carrying cargoes off the Lakes, the CANADA MARQUIS departed Halifax bound for Philadelphia with a cargo of grain. The HON. PAUL MARTIN departed Halifax the same day on her way to Tampa with a load of gypsum.

The HORACE JOHNSON sailed on her maiden voyage light from Lorain September 11, 1929 bound for Two Harbors, MN to load iron ore.

On 11 September 1895, S. P. AMES (2 mast wooden schooner, 61’, 43GT) was driven ashore at Pointe Aux Barques, MI in a storm. She was quickly stripped before she went to pieces. She had been built in 1879 at Montrose, MI, in farm country, well inland, on the Flint River by Mr. Seth Ames. He wanted to use her to return to sea, but he died the day before her hull was launched.

On 11 September 1876, the schooner HARVEST HOME sank on Lake Michigan while bound from Chicago for Cleveland with a load of scrap iron. She was about 26 miles off Grand Haven, Michigan. The crew were taken off by the schooner GRACIE M. FILER just as the boat was going down.

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

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




Portion of Funding Approved for Toronto to Rochester Fast Ferry

09/10
New York State Authorities announced Monday a $14 million package of state funding to support the fast ferry project between Rochester and Toronto.

The state will provide $14 million in grants and loans to assist in the start up and operation of the Fast Ferry service. The package includes a 20-year, $6.6 million State Infrastructure Bank loan and a $7.4 million grant. The overall cost for the purchase and launch of the vessel is expected to be $55 million.

Last week an Australian company announced it has agreed to build the high speed ferry if funding is secured for Canadian American Transportation Systems (C.A.T.S). Austal Ships will build a 280- foot catamaran to provide high-speed service across Lake Ontario. In a press release Austal Ships reported the vessel will be due for delivery in August 2003. It will operate at a speed of approximately 40 knots for the two-and-a-half-hour journey and will have the capacity to carry 774 passengers and 238 cars.

While C.A.T.S is still waiting on $10 million from the Canadian government, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has said that she is looking for federal money to bridge the gap, so the project will not depend on the Canadian funding.

Reported by: Tom Brewer




Holland Traffic Picks Up

09/10
A lull in shipping activity that began on Labor Day came to an end with a flurry of activity at Holland. The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons slipped into the harbor late Saturday night, tying up at Brewer's at about 11:30 and departing early Sunday morning.

Midnight Sunday the Sam Laud arrived at Brewer's to finish an unload that had begun at Stoneco in Muskegon earlier in the day. She left at about 3 a.m. Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived at the Padnos dock later Monday morning to take on a load of scrap metal. Then just before 6 p.m. the Earl W. Oglebay arrived at Brewer's with a full load of stone.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse and Dale Rosema




Twin Ports Report

09/10
The Twin Ports grain trade continues to plug along at a steady but unspectacular pace. On Monday, Flintermaas was loading at the Peavey elevator in Superior while Lake Erie was loading at Duluth's AGP elevator, which has been fairly busy since Aug. 1.

The DMIR ore docks both are maintaining a steady pace of a boat or two a day for the next week.

DMIR's Two Harbors dock continues to see some infrequent visitors, including St. Clair and Oglebay Norton. A rare visit by the Middletown also is scheduled. The lineup there includes: Presque Isle and Edgar B. Speer, Sept. 9; St. Clair, Sept. 10; Oglebay Norton, Sept. 11; Edwin H. Gott, Sept. 12; John G. Munson and Middletown, Sept. 13; Roger Blough, Sept. 14; Presque Isle and Edgar B. Speer, Sept. 15; and St. Clair, Sept. 16.

At the Duluth dock, the lineup includes: Mesabi Miner, Sept. 11; Joe Block, Sept. 12; Adam E. Cornelius, Sept. 13, Jim Barker and Reserve, Sept. 14; Atlantic Erie, Sept. 15; Arthur M. Anderson, Sept. 16; and Charles M. Beeghly, Sept. 18.

Traffic at Midwest Energy terminal continues to be dominated by 1,000-footers. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and Oglebay Norton each have four loads scheduled for September while Indiana Harbor and Columbia Star both have two. For the Interlake fleet, James R. Barker has two trips set in September, both of them to Taconite Harbor -- one on Sept. 11 and the second on Sept. 24. Paul R. Tregurtha is scheduled for three loads, including one Sept. 12 to Nanticoke, Ontario.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

09/10
The Great Lakes Trader loaded taconite in Marquette Monday. The next expected ship is the H. Lee White which will bring a load of coal (possibly lower harbor) and then take on a load of taconite on Thursday. The Charles Beeghly is expected on Friday, and the Lee A. Tregurtha in with a load of coal and out with taconite on Saturday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Soo Traffic

09/10
Monday evening the Cruise ship C. Columbus departed Soo Canada and departed down river. Monday was a busy day for traffic at the locks also. By Monday evening the Burns Harbor was upbound with the Mesabi Miner and Oglebay Norton upbound in the river. Downbound traffic included the American Mariner, Cason J Callaway, Armco, Canadian Progress, and Roger Blough. Sunday afternoon the classic laker Oakglen was upbound at the Soo.

C Columbus downbound at Mission Pt.
C Columbus passing the Burns Harbor .
Burns Harbor upbound near Mission Pt.
Cason J Callaway passing the Burns Harbor below the Poe Lock.
Oakglen upbound on Sunday afternoon.
Oakglen stern view (Paul R Tregurtha in the Poe Lock).

Reported by: Scott Best




Alpena Update

09/10
A faint outline of a boat in the fog was seen out in Thunder Bay Monday evening. In the darkness with its spotlights on the Algoway came into the Thunder Bay River at a dead slow speed.

It pulled up to the Alpena Oil Dock around 9:15 p.m. and began to unload this year’s third cargo of salt. It was a warm evening and many people turned out to view the Algoway. Algoway coming in.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




St Clair Traffic

09/10
Below are images of traffic passing Port Huron Saturday.
Blue Water Bridges and freighter at dusk.
Earl W. Oglebay.
Menominee.
Middletown.
Bridges and boat.
Federal Bergen bridges.
John B. Aird.
Important to remember freighters are restricted to the navigation channel.
c. Cruise Ship Columbus.
Cuyahoga.
Feder Bergen.
Stern view.
Irma.
Stern view.
Bridges & Casino.

Reported by: Clayton J. Sharrard




Detroit Traffic

09/10
Jean Parisien outbound from Rouge Steel passing the Gaelic Tugboat Co. Dock with the tugs Wyoming and Maine.
Close up.
Tug Wyoming.
Tug Maine.
Working the stern.
Gaelic Engineer Andy Trnka on the Carolyn Hoey.
CSL Niagara upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Busy weekend at Marblehead

09/10
Saturday the Adam E. Cornelius was first in line loading at the Lafarge Marblehead stone dock. The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder anchored just north of the dock and the Calumet waited at anchor to the northeast. Some of the crew of the Dorothy Ann sought relief from the 90 degree weather and were diving off of the starboard side of the tug.

Sunday morning the Saginaw had replaced the Calumet at the dock. As the Saginaw sailed to the east the Maumee came in to load.

As the Maumee loaded the four Goodyear blimps flew over Marblehead in formation. This is the first time in forty years that all of the blimps have been together. They were celebrating the christening of the Spirit of America.

Cornelius loads while Calumet waits.
Close up of the Calumet.
Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder wait.
Crew members swim.
Saginaw loading.
Blimps fly over.

Reported by: Bob Smalling




Workboat Update

09/10
The entire stick and boom has now been cut off and hauled away from the steam dipper Gaillard at Barkers Island. Next, the other heavy items like deck machinery and spuds will be removed to lighten her up before she is pulled from the park.

A recent visit to Hurkett found the fish tugs Ironsides II, Jimmie N., Donna 1, F.T. James and the hull of the steamer Rossport.

As reported this weekend, the fish tug Alaska is now in Milwaukee. She is out of the water at the marina and still has the name Ernie C. on her, however the owners were there prepping her hull for paint.

Zenith's Athena working the rivers.
Seneca inbound Duluth.
Gaelic's Carolyn and Stahl at the yard.
A peaceful night for the Shannon.
Seneca pulling the Twolan and empty lumber barges out of Hallett Dock.
Tug crews from the Twolan and Seneca. In the middle are Peter Columbus, captain of the Twolan and Jodi Kuether, owner of Zenith Tug.
Fish tugs F.T. James and Donna I.
Passenger liner United States laid up for decades at Philadelphia.
The impressive view of this monster from the road.
Gaillard with a storm moving in.
Fraser tugs wishing they could slide back in the water.
Great Lakes Towing's Pennsylvania in lay up.
Robert John at Thunder Bay.
William and Susan Hoey between jobs at Toledo.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel




Today in Great Lakes History - September 10

The METEOR (2) was towed from Manitowoc by the tug JOHN ROEN IV to Superior on September 10, 1972.

The Harry Coulby (now Kinsman Enterprise) turns 75 years old on September 10. When she entered service on this date in 1927, the 631-foot bulk freighter was the third largest on the Great Lakes.

While upbound in the Welland Canal on September 9, 1986 it was noted that the port anchor of the J.W. McGIFFON was missing, her chain was almost touching the water.

On 10 September 1909, COLUMBUS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 136', 439 GC, built in 1874 as the tug JOHN OWEN) burned to a total loss at her dock at Gargantua, Ontario in Lake Superior. She was cut loose and allowed to drift out into the bay where she sank. The top of her engine reportedly still shows above the water.

September 10, 1979 - The S.S. SPARTAN was laid up.

The barge N. MILLS was launched at P. Lester's yard in Marysville, Michigan on 10 September 1870. Her dimensions were 164' x 30' x 12'.

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

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




Seaway launches vessel tracking system

09/09
The St. Lawrence Seaway last week launched an automatic vessel identification system that's aimed at improving security and efficiency on the waterway.

The system is undergoing final tests this year. Next season, its use becomes mandatory for all commercial vessels using the Seaway.

By using global positioning technology and VHF radio, vessels equipped with a transponder can be tracked by three Seaway traffic control centers. Ships are provided with the location of other ships and information on weather, wind, current, ice and water levels.

Seaway authorities estimate ships will save a total of up to $470,000 annually by being more efficient.

U.S. and Canadian seaway management corporations have spent about $2.4 million to develop and install the technology. Shipowners must pay for on-board transponders.

Initially, the system will be available between Montreal and mid-Lake Erie. It will eventually be expanded on the lakes, and other inland waterways also are expected to adopt the system.

Reported by: Al Miller




Maumee Back in Tonawanda

09/09
The Maumee's arrival in Tonawanda, N.Y. Saturday was well timed. The classic laker was the hit of the Annual Classic Boat Show at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island, N.Y. Of the many Classics on display were Guy Lombardo's racing boat Tempo and the Miss Budweiser.

As the Maumee passed the launch club and turned up river for the power station, this classic self unloader saluted. The applause to the Maumee's salute was heard and appreciated by the crew.

Reported by: Tom Miller




Bids for moving terminal too high

09/09
Contractors' bids to move an iron ore terminal from Lorain to Cleveland are too high, and port officials hope to bargain for a better price.

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority had hoped to spend $6 million to disassemble the Lorain Pellet Terminal and move it to Cleveland's Whiskey Island. However, the eight bids received for the job range from $7.8 million to nearly $26 million.

The Port Authority hopes to negotiate the lowest bidder below $6 million in time for a board vote on Sept. 13.

Meanwhile, an environmental report commissioned by Oglebay Norton Co. says moving the terminal won't harm air and water quality in Cleveland.

Whiskey Island has been used for transferring and storing iron for more than 90 years, but the proposed move would more than double the current tonnage to nearly 4 million tons a year.

Port administrators say the Whiskey Island dock is the only suitable location for the terminal despite worries about pollution from environmental groups, boaters and nearby residents.

The Poly Science Engineer Group of Chagrin Falls based its environmental report on air quality tests at the fence lines of both the Lorain Pellet Terminal and Whiskey Island.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

09/09
The Wilfred Sykes and Buckeye both arrived in Marquette Sunday to take on taconite. The Charles Beeghly was also expected on Sunday, with the Great Lakes Trader due Monday. The Herbert Jackson unloaded coal in Marquette on Friday night, and then took on a load of taconite on Saturday.

Buckeye loading.
Wide view.
Close up.
Wilfred Sykes arrives on Saturday.
At the dock.
Close up.
Herbert C. Jackson loading Saturday.
Mackinaw Bridge shots
Saltie passing under the Mackinaw Bridge.
North tower.
Another view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Saginaw News

09/09
The Agawa Canyon was outbound the Saginaw River Sunday afternoon, passing Cass Ave. shortly after 1 p.m. She had unloaded earlier at the Buena Vista Dock.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Agawa Canyon downbound at Smith Park.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

09/09
Tug John Spence and barge Mc Allister 401 upbound at Grassy Island bound for the Rouge River.
Close up of tug.
Stern view.
Calumet upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Joseph H Thompson & Jr. downbound at Grassy Island.
Close up of tug.
Stern view of tug.
Stern view.
H Lee White downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Great Laker at anchor.
Stern view.
Jean Parisien upbound.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Cleveland Update

09/09
The Mackinaw departed Cleveland at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning heading west. At the same time the cement boat JAW Iglehart was executing a turn to enter the river stern first with tug assistance. The American Republic was delivering ore to ISG today and departed about noon.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Lorain Harbor

09/09
Saturday morning the Lorain Harbor was busy with the Arthur M Anderson departing RTI ( Republic Technology Inc ) dock on the Black River at 7 a.m. after off loading taconite, with the St. Clair meeting her at the outer breakwall on its way to RTI with a load of Taconite . Their timing was set up last night, with the St Clair's call to Charles Berry Bridge in Lorain, to get Andersons arrival time while the ST Clair was in Detroit River so she slowed allowing the Anderson to finish unloading and exit the Black River.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Erie Update

09/09
For the fourth time in 2002, Erie had two vessels in port on the same day. For the third time they docked at the same dock to unload. The Adam E. Cornelius arrived in Erie early on Sunday morning to unload stone, likely from Marblehead, at the Old Ore Dock. She departed at around noon, and was replaced at dock by the Wolverine, which was bringing in a load of stone from Drummond Island's Osborne Dock. The Wolverine docked in nearly the same place as the Cornelius to unload.

This is the Cornelius' sixth visit to Erie in 2002, and the Wolverine's third.

Erie has had two boats in on the same day four times this year, and three times American Steamship was a part of it. On April 13th the John J. Boland visited to unload stone at the Mounfort Terminal, and that evening the Philip R. Clarke docked at the Mounfort Terminal to unload salt. On July 8th the Boland again unloaded stone at the Mounfort Terminal, and after leaving the Cuyahoga unloaded at the Old Ore Dock. July 27th had the Pere Marquette 41 and Agawa Canyon both in port at different times. Last year, two boats were in on the same day only once, on August 11th when the Richard Reiss and American Republic were in.

Cornelius unloads at the Old Ore Dock.
View looking past the Day Peckinpaugh.
Wolverine inbound.
Stern View.
Docking.
Boom Out.
Day Peckinpaugh tied up awaiting her fate.
Large Yacht out of Jensen Beach Florida, tied up at Dobbins Landing East.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Weekly Updates

09/09
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Today in Great Lakes History - September 09

The WOLVERINE (4) was launched September 9, 1974 for the Union Commerce Bank (Ohio), Trustee (Oglebay Norton Co., mgr.), Cleveland, OH.

DETROIT EDISON (2) was launched September 9, 1954 as a) DETROIT EDISON (2) for the American Steamship Co. (Boland & Cornelius, mgr.) Buffalo, NY.

The Steamer Pere Marquette #18 sank on September 9, 1910 with a loss of 29 lives. No cause for the sinking has ever been determined. The Pere Marquette #17 picked up 33 survivors, losing 2 of her own crew during the rescue.

The first of two fires suffered by the Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS occurred on September 9, 1980. The cause of the fire was not determined.

On 9 September 1929, ANDASTE (steel propeller self-unloading sandsucker, 247’, built in 1892 at Cleveland) was probably overloaded with gravel when she “went missing” west of Holland, MI. The entire crew of 25 was lost. When built, she was the sister of the “semi-whaleback” CHOCTAW, but was shortened 20 feet in 1920-21 to allow her to use the Welland Canal.

On 9 September 1871, Captain Hicks of the schooner A. H. MOSS fired the Mate, a popular fellow, in a fit of anger the same time that a tug arrived to tow the schooner out of Cleveland harbor. The crew was upset to say the least, and when the tow line was cast off and Capt. Hicks ordered the sails hoisted, the crew refused to do any work. The skipper finally raised the signal flags and had the tug towed his vessel back into the harbor. When the MOSS dropped anchor, he fired the entire crew then went ashore to hire another crew.

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

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




Boatnerd Tops 3 Million

09/08
About 3 p.m. Saturday over 3,000,000 visits had been recorded to the main page of the Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping home page. The counter was started as the page was launched in 1995 and topped one million visits in October 2000, two million in November 2001.

The three millionth visitor was Jason Leino from Green Bay

It is interesting to note that the first month the page was live in 1995, 590 visits were recorded. Today the site receives an average of 90,000 user sessions each month. The site represents a huge time commitment on my part and I would like to thank to all the viewers and contributors for making the web site what it is today.




Twin Ports Report

09/08
The St. Louis River in Duluth was unusually busy Saturday. In late morning, tugs from Great Lakes Towing assisted the saltie Goviken up the river, under the Bong Bridge and into Hallett Dock 6 to load bentonite. As the tow passed through the Grassy Point draw bridge, a Union Pacific freight train waited on the bridge approach. Also up river was the Cason J. Callaway, unloading at the Reiss Inland dock.

Also in Duluth on Saturday was Lee A. Tregurtha, taking another load at the DMIR ore docks. Alpena arrived through the Duluth ship canal about 6 p.m. bound for the Lafarge terminal in Superior and Duluth.

Down at the far end of the harbor, George A. Stinson loaded at BNSF ore dock.

Reported by: Al Miller




Goderich Update

09/08
Wednesday was a busy day at the salt mine, as the John D. Leitch loaded salt in the morning, while the Peter R. Cresswell waited all day and overnight on the north side of the mine. She may have been waiting for the arrival of the saltie Hilal II, which was docked at the grain terminals the next morning. The Peter R. Cresswell loaded salt all day Thursday at the mine, and departed later for Morrisburg, Ontario. The Hilal II remains in port, loading at the grain terminals.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Saturday Detroit Traffic

09/08
Gray Fox downbound in the Wyandotte Channel.
Stern view.
Greenwing (Cyprus) downbound at Grassy Island.
Closeup of her bulbous bow.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Conneaut & Ashtabula Update

09/08
The Cedarglen made one of her infrequent visits to Ashtabula Saturday, arriving at 5 p.m. to unload titanium slag from Quebec. The vessel tied up at the Pinney Dock at around 5:30 p.m. The cargo of titanium slag was not a big one, as the vessel was drawing seventeen feet amidships when she docked.

This is a rare visit for the Cedarglen. The titanium slag is usually delivered to Ashtabula on salties, however, in past years, when delivered by lakers the cargoes were handled by N.M. Paterson and Sons, which delivered the cargo on the Cartierdoc, Windoc, or Mantadoc. Canada Steamship Lines has been delivering the cargoes and seems to be using the Cedarglen exclusively for this run.

Conneaut seems to be in for a rather dry spell. At sunset Saturday, the CSL Laurentien was backing in to the coal dock to load. The American Republic was due at 1600 Saturday to load coal, although she was nowhere to be found. The Paul J. Martin was due at midnight to load coal. Nothing is scheduled for Sunday, and on Monday the Maumee is due to load coal for Buffalo at 0730, and the John G. Munson is due for the Stone Dock at 0900. Tuesday the Maumee is due back at 1830 to load more coal for Buffalo. Early Wednesday morning, the Edgar B. Speer will arrive to unload taconite pellets from Two Harbors. After that, the next scheduled vessel will be the Munson, due at the ore dock on September 16, and the Roger Blough, due on September 17, also at the ore dock.

Cedarglen inbound .
Stern View .
Docking.
Stern View Docking .
From left to right, tugs Kozoil, Rhode Island (front) and Iowa.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Today in Great Lakes History - September 08

The GEMINI sailed on her maiden voyage in August 1978 from the shipyard to load fuel oil at Baytown, TX, for delivery at Detroit, MI. Passing upbound the next month on September 8th through the Welland Canal, GEMINI became the largest U.S. flagged tanker on the Great Lakes with a capacity of 76,000 barrels.

The W.E. FITZGERALD was launched September 8, 1906 for the Chicago Navigation Co., Chicago, IL (D. Sullivan, mgr.).

The W.W. HOLLOWAY was launched September 8, 1906 as the straight decker a) HENRY A. HAWGOOD for Minerva Steamship Co. (W.A. & H.A. Hawgood, mgr.), Cleveland.

The RADIANT departed the shipyard September 8, 1913 light on her maiden voyage bound for Montreal, Que.

September 8, 1970 - The MILWAUKEE CLIPPER made her last run from Milwaukee.

On September 8, 1985 the downbound the Panamanian NORCHEM collided with the upbound CANADIAN PROSPECTOR near Kanawake. PROSPECTOR had little damage but NORCHEM was ripped open near her port anchor.

On 8 September 1885, ADVANCE (wooden schooner, 119’, 180GT, built in 1853 at Milwaukee) was carrying wood when she became waterlogged and capsized in a gale and blinding rain near Port Washington, WI in Lake Michigan. All but one of her crew of 7 drowned when her yawl capsized in the surf.

On 8 September 1871, the schooner MORNING LIGHT was sailing from Kelley's Island on Lake Erie with a cargo of stone for Marquette, Michigan in heavy weather. Trying to enter the Detroit River, the crew miscalculated their position and ran the ship aground on Point Moullier, just below Gibraltar. The crew scuttled the vessel in the shallow water to save her from harm. The following day, the tug GEORGE N. BRADY was sent out with steam pumps and hawsers and the MORNING LIGHT was raised and towed to Detroit for repairs.

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

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




Windoc Arrives

09/07
The Windoc tow arrived in Montreal Friday night. After spending about five hours at the Baillargeon dock at Côte Ste. Catherine, the tow got underway and continued down the Seaway for Montreal, Section 74. The tow cleared Calling In Point 2 at the eastern end of the Seaway at 7 p.m. The tow was off Section 74 about an hour later.

The future of the Windoc is open to many possibilities. Future uses could range from use as a barge to scrapping.

Windoc passing through the Eisenhower Lock Thursday. Pictures by Gary Smoyer
Windoc being positioned on the upstream wall by tugs Bonnie B III and Progress.
Tug Bonnie B III rounding upstream knuckle of wall to enter lock. Tug Lac Vancouver in background.
Tug Bonnie B III in Eisenhower Lock, to be lowered first. Lock will turn back and then Windoc will enter lock with tugs Lac Vancouver and Progress.
Windoc entering throat of Eisenhower Lock; tug Lac Vancouver lead tug.
Tow approaching the Eisenhower Lock. Brian Seeber

Reported by: René Beauchamp and Kent Malo




Catherine Desgagnes in Marinette

09/07
Marinette received a frequent visitor Friday when the Catherine Desgagnes arrived at Marinette Fuel & Dock Co. with another load of pig iron. After seeing the stockpile of pig iron dwindle to very low levels at the beginning of July, this is the seventh load of pig iron in the last two months for MF&D.

Catherine Desgagnes docked alongside the crane ship, William H. Donner.
Marinette Fuel & Dock Company's new sign.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Lakes Stone Trade Basically Unchanged In August

09/07
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes from U.S. and Canadian ports totaled 4,487,324 net tons in August, a slight increase compared to a year ago. The August increase - the equivalent of two cargos in a mid-sized self-unloader - could not erase the season-long sluggishness in the trade. Through August, loadings stand at 20,931,682 net tons, a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to the same point in the 2001 navigation season.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Alpena Report

09/07
The Alpena came into port Thursday night to load cement at Lafarge. It was heading for Superior,WI. The Wolverine arrived at Lafarge early Friday morning to unload a cargo of coal. It departed around 12:30 p.m. The Paul H. Townsend is in temporary lay-up in Muskegon until October. The J.A.W Iglehart is in Bath, ON. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity will be in port Saturday afternoon.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain




Crewman Evacuated

09/07
Coast Guard Station St. Ignace evacuated a crewman off the John B Aird on Wednesday. The crewman received bite from unknown source (spider, bee, etc.) and received medical attention on the Aird. The crew was asked to call the Coast Guard if situation didn't improve. The Master called Group Soo, the crew member's hand and arm were almost twice normal size.

Reported by: Brian Kloosterman




Fishing tug Sold

09/07
The fish tug ERNIE C. which was purchased by Anderson Fisheries, Kewaunee, Wi. last year and came down from Manistique, Mi. Well, she is the former NANCY and originally the PENQUIN. Under these (2) names she operated out of Marinette, Wi. Anderson Fisheries recently relocated the ERNIE C. to Milwaukee and reverted her name back to PENQUIN, but they never had time to repaint the name back on and have now sold her to Steve Anderson, Milwaukee. Steve Anderson has renamed her ALASKA, so now we've got another new name on the lakes.

Reported by: Wendell Wilke




UP Shipping

09/07
The Mesabi Miner was loading taconite at Escanaba Friday. Marquette is expecting the Algomarine and Herbert C. Jackson Saturday morning (the Jackson unloaded coal Friday night) and the Wilfred Sykes on Sunday morning. The Buckeye and Charles Beeghly are due Sunday afternoon. The Great Lakes Trader is expected on Monday. The Catherine Desgagnes was unloading iron at Marinette Friday.

Miner loading.
Catherine Desgagnes unloading.
Pig iron drops to dock.
Coast Guard RHI passes under the Mackinaw Bridge.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Detroit Traffic

09/07
Below are images of traffic on Thursday evening.

Capt Ralph Tucker downbound at Grassy Island bound for the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg.
Stern view.
Passing the Roger Blough.
Roger Blough upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toronto Update

09/07
Thursday the c.Columbus arrived in Toronto. It departure from Toronto early Friday. The only other activity in port has been tugs and barges. The tug Curly B. finally got under way this afternoon with two large generators on barge BMI - 105, bound for a U.S. port. The McNally tug Whitby moved the dredge John Holden out yesterday and returned today with a small deck scow. McKeil's harbor tugs Atomic and Lac Como returned to port early this morning after several days' absence. The tug Kenteau came in this afternoon with a spud barge. The pair have been working at the east end sewage treatment plant laying new pipe.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Workboat report

09/07
Beaver State and friends rest between jobs at Cleveland.
Abandoned fish tug Deer on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Eric Mcallister on the side of the carrier INCHON on her scrap tow to Philly.
The Governor Roosevelt stands proud on the Erie Canal.
Grouper, the former G-tug Alaska, another hidden treasure on the Erie Canal.
Joe Van and Ray Durocher, soon to be sold at auction.
Canaller Margaret Turecamo laid up in Jacksonville, Florida.
Acme Marine's Oatka sits idle this year at Spirit Lake, near Duluth.
Ralph Tucker outbound Duluth.
The Duluth-built Spar awaits her fate on the Delaware River near Philadelphia.
Canaller Tenacious runs home after a ship job at Novalog.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel




Will you be 3 Million?

09/07
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Today in Great Lakes History - September 07

On September 7, 1978 the ROGER M. KYES (b. ADAM E. CORNELIUS) lost all power in Lake St. Clair requiring tug assistance from the GLT tugs MARYLAND and MAINE which escorted her to the Great Lakes Steel dock.

The CADILLAC (4) was laid up on September 7, 1981 for the last time at Toledo, OH. She was later transferred to a West coast marine operation in preparation for conversion for a proposed container ship for service between Chicago, Detroit and Quebec City. However these plans never materialized.

On September 7, 1921, the D.G. KERR pulled up to the ore dock at Two Harbors, MN to load exactly 12,507 gross tons of iron ore in the record breaking time of sixteen and a half minutes. This was accomplished through the cooperation of the dock superintendent, the dock employees concerned, the ship's captain and crew and the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. as a means of "showing up" the competition. Her time of arrival and departure to and from the dock took only nineteen minutes. For comparison, a good average loading time at that time was about three hours and forty-five minutes.

On September 7, 1975 on the St. Marys River loaded with iron ore pellets, the WILLIAM G. MATHER, forced out of the channel by a salt water vessel, struck bottom. Upon proceeding further onto Lake Huron it was soon discovered that her pumps were unable to cope with incoming water caused by the damage. She was beached at Frying Pan Island in 19 feet of water when it became evident they couldn't make dock.

On 7 September 1883, LAURA BELL (wooden schooner, 138’, 269GT, built in 1870 at Toledo, OH) was carrying coal from Cleveland to Marquette, MI when she stranded off Shot Point, east of Marquette in Lake Superior. Her crew spent 3 days in her rigging and all but one were rescued by a tug from Marquette.

September 7, 1916 - The PERE MARQUETTE 3 ran aground 10 miles north of Milwaukee.

September 7, 1996 - The American Society of Mechanical Engineers designated the propulsion system of the BADGER a mechanical engineering landmark.

The launch of the 188' wooden schooner ELIZABETH A. NICHOLSON was set for 4:00 PM on 7 September 1872 at E. Fitzgerald's shipyard in Port Huron, Michigan. Just before 4:00 PM, a telegram was received at the shipyard from Capt. Nicholson, the owner of the new vessel, which read, "Wait a while. We are coming." The launch was delayed until another dispatch was received which said to go ahead anyway. The boat Capt. Nicholson was on had broken down. The launch went well. The vessel was painted deep green with her name in gilt. All present cheered the sight, but there was no party afterwards. All of the food and beverages for the celebration were with Capt. Nicholson on the disabled vessel.

Data from: Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Tin Stackers - The History of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

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




Windoc Tow Update

09/06
Thursday the tow of the Windoc hull continued up the Seaway for Montreal. The tug Bonnie B III was leading the tow with the tugs Lac Vancouver and Progress. The tow is expected to arrive on Friday.

Windoc passing through the Iroquois Lock Thursday.Pictures by Maurice Fodey
Entering the lock.
Stern view.

Windoc departing Hamilton Wednesday.Pictures by Wally Wallace
Tow heading for the ship canal.
Bonnie B III leading the tow out.
Close up.
Close up of large dent at the bow.
Stern view heading to Lake Ontario.
Please e-mail with pictures and updates.




Fire in Green Bay at Georgia Pacific

09/06
A fire early Wednesday morning at the Georgia Pacific warehouse on S. Broadway caused damages that could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Between 50-60 rolls of "parent paper" were damaged; that equates to about 200-300 tons of paper. This paper is used for making paper towels and toilet paper.

Fourteen fire trucks and 31 firefighters along with the fire brigade from the mill fought the blaze. The fire sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading to the building itself, so damage was limited to just the paper product. Cause of the fire has not been determined.

The dock at Georgia Pacific receives coal delivered by Great Lakes vessels.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Port officials say Toledo's depth is sufficient for vessels

09/06
Stung by criticism over the depth of Toledo's general cargo facility, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority maintains that depths throughout its port are sufficient to safely handle all Seaway draft ships.

On Aug. 23, the saltie Greenwing struck berth number 3 at Toledo's general cargo facility, causing "substantial damage," according to the Port Authority. The facility remains open and handling ships.

The Port Authority issued a statement saying that since the incident, several cargo ships have berthed at Toledo's general cargo facility without incident. A survey of the incident area conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers less than a week before the incident indicates that the minimum depth of water at the time of the incident was 27.3 feet with depth varying from 27.3 to 28.5 feet.

"The Corps has confirmed their view that there was sufficient depth of water to safely operate the Greenwing at the time of the incident. Since the time of the incident, at least one ship of greater draft than the Greenwing was drawing at the time of the incident has been loaded for Toledo's general cargo facility" the Port Authority said.

Reported by: Dan Wren




Today in Great Lakes History - September 06

The S.S. Badger was launched on September 6, 1952, at Sturgeon Bay, WI. In a christening ceremony that included the S.S. Spartan (launched earlier that year). The S.S. Badger was named in honor of the University of Wisconsin. The Badger was built by Christy Corporation, and is powered by two Skinner 4 cylinder Steeple Compound Unaflow Marine Steam engines, developing over 7,000 horsepower. She was the last of the large, coal-fired steamers to be built in the United States, and the only ship of her type still operating on the Great Lakes. The S.S. Badger offers seasonal passenger service from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI from mid May to early October.

The BELLE RIVER began her maiden voyage when she loaded 56,073 long tons of western coal at Superior, WI on August 31, 1977 and arrived at Edison CO's Belle River power plant at Recors Point on September 6, 1977. today sails as: b) WALTER J. McCARTHY JR.

On Sunday morning September 6, 1990 at approximately 0800, the BUFFALO, traveling upstream on the Saginaw River, passed the JUPITER which was unloading gasoline at the Total Petroleum dock near Bay City, MI. The ship's passing caused a suction which pulled the JUPITER away from the dock. The aft pilings subsequently broke away and the parting fuel lines caused a spark which resulted in a fire which totally destroyed the tanker. One of the JUPITER's crew was lost overboard. Subsequent investigation by the NTSB, US Coast Guard and the findings of a federal judge all exonerated the master and BUFFALO in the tragedy.

On September 6, 1992 the H. LEE WHITE was in tow of the "G" tugs COLORADO and LOUISIANA entering the Trenton Channel when she struck a section of the toll bridge at Grosse Ile, MI knocking down a 150 foot span immediately east of the main river channel. The WHITE was not damaged but a new section of the bridge had to be installed at a cost of $1.7 million. The bridge was back in service in late January, 1993. The US Coast Guard investigated this casualty and their report states that it was the failure of the bridge tender to operate and open the bridge which caused this casualty. The Coast Guard found that the master of the WHITE was operating his vessel in a prudent and lawful manner including the use of whistle signals.

The John J. Boland (A. CHARLES E. WILSON) completed her sea trials in 1973.

The GEORGIAN BAY collided with the steamer CHARLES HUBBARD in the fog-covered lower St. Marys River September 6, 1955.

On September 6, 1989 the Twin Screw Rail Car Ferry GRAND RAPIDS left Muskegon in tow of the tugs ANGLIAN LADY and PRINCESS NO.1 and arrived at Port Maitland, Ont. on September llth. Scrapping was completed in the fall of 1994.

On 6 September 1887, BLUE BELL (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 84’, 122GT, built in 1867 at Milwaukee) was carrying lumber from Wilt’s Bay, MI to Milwaukee when she missed the harbor entrance at Sturgeon Bay, WI in a storm. She was driven ashore where she broke up. Her crew made it to the beach with the aid of the local U.S. Life Saving crew. The total loss was valued at $5,000.

On 6 September 1871, the wooden schooner ROSA STEARNS, loaded with coal, was battling a storm for hours off Cleveland, Ohio. The ship was driven on the stone breakwater about 1:00 AM and was pounded to pieces. The crew jumped onto the breakwater and crawled to safety as the waves crashed over them.

Data from: Joe Barr, Jody L. Aho, Max S. Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

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




Windoc Tow Update

09/05
Wednesday the Bonnie B III towing the Windoc met up with the tugs Lac Vancouver and Progress and made up a tow for the river. They tugs will sail with a 15 knot wind restriction. Early Wednesday afternoon the wind off Tibbetts Point was reported to be 12 knots.

The crew is hoping for a clear trip down the narrows as the tow was about 1000-feet long when all were connected up. They gave a security call at 9:25 p.m. as the tow entered the American narrows at Rock Island.

The first upbound vessel is the liner c. Columbus.

Pictures by Wally Wallace
Looking aft from bow.
Super structure.
Bridge wing.
View of what is left of wheel house from starboard side to port.
View forward from former pilot house.
Pulled fire alarm station.
Burned out galley.
Accomodation area.
Engine room looking up to the temp cover over former stack.
Top of engine with valve rockers.
Temporary structure built where the stack once stood.
Windoc bow with Hall Corp still visible under Patterson.
Close up of rudder & propeller.
Please e-mail with pictures and updates.

Reported by: Ron Walsh and Wally Wallace




Fleet Count Same As A Year Ago

09/05
The major U.S.-Flag Lakes lines had 58 of their 67 vessels in service on September 1, the same as a year ago. However, comparisons with 2000 and other years show the continued impacts of a struggling steel industry. Compared to September 1, 1998, the fleet is down 8 hulls.

There are still four U.S.-Flag lakers that have yet to see service this season: Elton Hoyt 2nd (Interlake Steamship); Edward L. Ryerson (Central Marine Logistics); Joseph H. Frantz (Oglebay Norton Marine Services Company); and Richard Reiss (Erie Sand Steamship).

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Salties sold for demolition

09/05
The following vessels, all visitors to Great Lakes ports under at least one name were sold a few months ago to be broken up according to the July and August editions of "Marine News" published by the World Ship Society. In brackets next to the name of the vessel is the year the ship transited the St. Lawrence Seaway for the first time bound for the Lakes.

The Friendship type Ama arrived under tow at Aliaga, Turkey 26/3/2002 to be broken up. In the Seaway as Falcon (1978) and Hansa Star (1989) She was the first Friendship to enter into service and had been launched 9/3/1977 at Chita, Japan at the Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. shipyard.

Another Friendship type, the Anangel Spirit (1978) arrived at Alang, India 17/4/2002 .
Atoll Atlantic, a tanker converted from a general cargo ship, arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan 21/3/2002. In the Seaway as Finse (1971).
Haci Servet arr. at Aliaga 7/4/2002. In the Seaway as Hilary B. (1978) and Volos (1986).
The Freedom type LLS 2 was beached at Alang 18/5/2002 . In the Seaway as Marabou (1982) and Pluto (1987).
Arriving at Mumbai, India 28/3/2002 was Min Hi. In the Seaway as Notre Dame Du Rosaire (1985).
Arr. at Chittagong, Bangladesh 11/3/2002 was the Wismar built Pioneer Sun. In the Seaway as Baltic Wasa (1977).
Arr. at Gadani Beach was Rehane 30/3/2002. In the Seaway as Betacrux (1976).
Arr. at Mumbai was Tulsidas (1981) 12/4/2002.
Arr. at Mumbai 27/12/2001 was the Valentina. In the Seaway as Fjordnes (1973) and General Luna (1982).
The B26 type Audacious (1996) arr. at Alang 27/4/2002. She transited the Seaway also under all of her previous names. Welsh Voyager (1977), London Voyager (1982) and Olympic Leader (1983).
The Fortune type GTS Horizon arr. at Alang 13/6/2002. In the Seaway as Honesty (1988).
MSC Marina arr. Alang 19/6/2002. In the Seaway as Sunwind (1987).
Togo Charm arr. at Chittagong 20/6/2002 . In the Seaway as Sachsenhausen (1977), Mount AthoS (1978) and Leo-M (1989). In 1978, she was one of the three salties renamed in Great Lakes ports. When named Sachsenhausen, she was renamed Mount Athos at Thorold in July.
Also reported as having been sold for demolition two years ago is the Freedom type Navigator. She transited the Seaway as Silver Athens (1982) and arrived at Alang 23/5/2000.

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Twin Ports Report

09/05
The Twin Ports remain busy as summer winds into fall. Irma was loading at AGP in Duluth while Federal Bergen as at Cenex Harvest States. Columbia Star loaded at DMIR and departed in late afternoon, and Burns Harbor was loading at BNSF in Superior. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal. It will be followed tomorrow by Oglebay Norton, American Mariner and James R. Barker.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

09/05
The Capt. Henry Jackman and Charles Beeghly came in to Marquette to load on Wednesday. The James Barker brought in a load of coal, but had to back out into the harbor after partially unloading so the Capt. H. Jackman could take on a load of taconite. The Algomarine and H. Lee White are expected on Thursday, with the Lee A. Tregurtha and Herbert Jackson expected on Friday. The Jackson will bring a load of coal, then take on a load of taconite.

Barker waiting.
Beeghly loading.
Close up.
View through the dock.
Jackman loading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Goderich Report

09/05
The Algoway was loading salt on the morning of August 30. The cargo was for Gladstone, Michigan. Later that day, the Algorail loaded and departed in the evening for Saginaw, Michigan.

The John B. Aird loaded all day Sunday, with a beach full of interested tourists watching. She left at 7 p.m., heading for Burns Harbor, Indiana. The Agawa Canyon was in at the salt mine on Monday, taking on a load of salt for Manistee, Michigan.

Reported by: Lisa Stuparyk




Saginaw News

09/05
The tug and barge Joseph H. Thompson were inbound the Saginaw River Wednesday morning. The pair stopped at the Bay City Wirt Dock to lighter before departing a 9 p.m. for the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish unloading. They are expected to be outbound Thursday morning.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
The Joseph H. Thompson unloading at Bay City Wirt.
Close up before departing for Saginaw.
Another view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

09/05
J A W Iglehart downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Barge Ocean Hauler and tug Doug Mc Keil downbound at Grassy Island bound for the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg.
Close up of tug.
Another view.
Stern view.
World War II B-17 Bomber over Grassy Island.
Maumee downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Halifax downbound at Grassy Island after departing the Blue Circle Dock in the Rouge River. She gave her destination at Nanticoke.
Stern view.
Upbound Buffalo passing the Halifax at Grassy Island.
Another view.
Stern view.
Elm (Bahamas) at Morterm.
Tug Joyce L Van Enkevort after departing Sterling Fuel Dock on her way upbound to the Koenig Atwater Dock to her barge Great Lakes Trade
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Oshawa Update

09/05
Wednesday morning the saltie Hilal II remained in port unloading. Welding work was being carried out on the forward port side. The Hilal II left Oshawa later that day.

The saltie Olympic Miracle arrived in Oshawa Wednesday morning to unload rebar, she was expected to depart late afternoon Thursday.

Olympic Miracle unloading.
Close up.
View from the dock.
Fork lifts move the cargo on dock.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Today in Great Lakes History - September 05

On September 5, 1964, the 730-foot bulk freighter Leecliffe Hall sank after colliding with the Greek ocean vessel Appolonia in the St. Lawrence River.

The CHI-CHEEMAUN completed her sea trials on September 5, 1974 and then cleared the shipyard on September 26th.

The BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS cleared Lorain on her maiden voyage September 5, 1942.

The MORGAN, JR. returned to service September 5, 1948 after repairs suffered in an accident in June.

The NEW QUEDOC arrived at McLouth Steel, Trenton, MI on her maiden voyage September 5, 1960 with a load of Labrador iron ore.

The WYANDOTTE (2) was towed down the Welland Canal on September 5th & 6th on her way to the cutters torch.

On 5 September 1905, ABERCORN (wooden propeller “rabbit”, 126’, 261GT, built in 1873 at Marine City, MI) burned at the dock at Goderich, Ont. While unloading coal. She reportedly caught fire from the explosion of a signal lamp.

The schooner CALEDONIA, wrecked the previous autumn near the Fishing Islands on Lake Huron, was raised and arrived in Port Huron on 5 September 1882 under tow to be rebuilt.

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

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




Windoc Tow Departs

09/04
Tuesday afternoon the hull of the Windoc was towed from Hamilton Harbor and into Lake Ontario by McKeil tug Bonnie B III on the bow and the tug progress on the stern.

The crew planned to clear the Burlington Ship Canal in daylight and run down the lake at night. They entered Lake Ontario about 7:15 p.m. The tow is expected to take 30 hours to reach the eastern entrance of the Seaway.

The Windoc will be towed to Montreal for her new owners Groupe Ocean. Groupe Ocean is examining several possible uses for the hull. One would be conversion to a tug and barge combination with a notch at the stern, next would see use as a storage barge and finally they could sell the hull for scrap or to another company.

Groupe Ocean owns a dry dock in Quebec and a subsidiary of the company is McAllister Towing. With the range of services available to the company many believe the hull will be converted to a barge.

Last summer the Windoc was struck by a bridge in the Welland Canal. The damage from the accident and resulting fire effectively ended the vessel's career as a powered vessel. It has been dock in Hamilton since the accident.
Please e-mail with pictures and updates.

Reported by: Wally Wallace and Patricia Burgon




c. Columbus Departs Dry Dock

09/04
The Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship c. Columbus exited Davis Industries dry dock late Tuesday morning and sailed directly to Montreal. The short stay in dry dock is good news for those planning to embark on an upcoming cruise.

The repairs where not the results of a navigational mishap during the last leg of the trip but that of a mechanical nature. Local sources report the problem as a leaking controllable-pitch propeller.

The Columbus is scheduled to cruise on the Great Lakes until mid -October then return eastbound to Quebec City on October 19.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Historic Ste. Claire Returns as an Entertainment Attraction

09/04
Cleveland area business people Diane Evon and John Belko who purchased the historic Ste. Claire boat out of ruins, has refurbishing her and will open a fall Halloween attraction entitled "Nautical Nightmare" on the waterfront in downtown Toledo at International Park. According to Evon, "There is amazing love and history for this boat and what it means to this region. We are excited about bringing her to life again and plan many exciting adventures for her following this falls haunted house project".

Belko explains that the boat lends itself to an amazing entertainment attraction that initially, will bring the boat to life again. They are producing two haunted houses (Ballroom of Terror and First Class Nightmare) under the name Nautical Nightmare that will operate from September 13 through Halloween night, October 31, 2002 docked at International Park in Toledo, Ohio. "At first I wasn't sure if putting this type of attraction on her was the best use, but after careful review, I think we are offering an exciting entertainment opportunity this fall and afterwards we are reviewing many opportunities to continue the restoration", stated Evon.

Nautical Nightmare has retained the best in the haunted industry for design and consulting firm using the services of D.O.A.. The firm, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has consulted to and designed dozens of attractions including clients such as Madison Square Garden, Universal Studios Florida, Brutal Planet, Kentucky Kingdom, the Pavilion Amusement Park, and several Six Flags parks.

Design and construction began months ago and for months crews have been bringing the Ste. Claire back to life and creating two walk-through attractions. The boat will be moored at International Park for the duration of its operations this fall. Nautical Nightmare expects to employ over 100 seasonal employees in the area.

Nautical Nightmare and it's two attractions will open on Friday night, September 13 ("Friday the 13 th ) and Saturday, September 14 th and will operate Wednesdays through Sundays in September and Tuesdays through Sundays in October, and all of Halloween week. 7 PM to 11 PM on weeknights and 7 PM to 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets will run $13 per attraction and discount coupons will be available at various locations throughout Detroit and Toledo saving $3 off the ticket price. Click here for the Nautical Nightmare web site

Ste. Claire docked in Toledo.

Reported by: Dean J. Frazer




Sykes in Saginaw

09/04
The Wilfred Sykes, who had unloaded at the Saginaw Wirt Dock overnight, was downbound Tuesday morning, passing under the I-75 bridge at 7:45am headed for the lake.

Wilfred Sykes downbound approaching Smith Park.
Close up.
Stern view at Essroc.
Bow close up.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey




Algobay Passing Detroit

09/04
Tuesday was a slow evening on the Detroit River with only the Algobay passing upbound with coal for the Lambton Generating Station on the St. Clair River.

Algobay upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

09/04
The Buckeye was unloading ore at the Torco Ore Dock on Tuesday. There were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel on Friday. the H. Lee White on Saturday, followed by the Algowood on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Dock will be the Reserve and Armco on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Iroquois Traffic

09/04
Below are images of some traffic at the Iroquois Lock on Monday

Gordon C. Leitch approaching the lock.
In the lock.
Close up.
Stack.
Wave from the deck.
Passing the Algocape.
Algocape.
Close up of bow.
Another view.
Close up of stern.
Stack.

Reported by: Scott Guenthner




Today in Great Lakes History - September 04

Two favorites of many boatwatchers, entered service on August 4. The William Clay Ford (1) entered service on August 4, 1953, and the Edward L. Ryerson entered service on August 4, 1960.

The MELISSA DESGAGNES sailed to Holland under her 'a' name ONTADOC (2) with a load of Bentonite from Chicago on August 4, 1979.

The E.J. BLOCK was laid up for the last time at Indiana Harbor, IN on August 4 1984, the E.J. BLOCK was sold for scrap in late May, 1987.

The D.M. CLEMSON (2) left Superior on August 4, 1980 in tow of Malcolm Marine's tug TUG MALCOLM for Thunder Bay where she was dismantled.

The HOCHELAGA (2) was launched August 4, 1949 at the Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ont. for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal, Que.

On a foggy August 4, 1977 the 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, the POINTE NOIRE was released on August 6th. She was reloaded in Hay Lake and continued her downbound trip. Repairs to her bottom damage were completed at Thunder Bay. Ont.

On 4 September 1902, ALICE M. BEERS (2-mast wooden schooner, 105’, 154GT, built in 1864 at Algonac, MI) was light when she hove to off the dock at Glen Arbor, MI in a gale. However, she slipped her anchor and was driven onto the channel marker. She was holed and drifted ashore where she later broke up. No lives lost.

On 4 September 1876, CITY OF PORT HURON, a wooden steam barge, sank a few miles off shore near Lexington, Michigan at about noon. She was heavily loaded with iron ore and sprang a leak at about 11 o'clock. Most of the crew managed to get on top of the cabin while two were in the forward rigging as she went down in 6 fathoms of water. The heavy seas washed over those on the cabin. Captain George Davis and two others floated ashore on wreckage while a fish boat picked up the five others. No lives were lost.

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

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



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Cruise ship c. Columbus enters dry dock for repairs

09/03
With the assistance of two Group Ocean Tugs, the Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship c. Columbus entered Davis Industries dry-dock at Levis Quebec in late Monday morning.

The c. Columbus had arrived around midnight on Sunday from the Atlantic Ocean and was to have sailed Monday evening for Montreal.

The repairs where not the results of a navigational mishap during the last leg of the trip but that of a mechanical nature.

Local reports indicate that the c. Columbus recently underwent repairs in a European yard and that excessive vibration from its engines (propellers) had been experienced during the initial cruise. Before proceeding west to the lakes, it was decided to have the ship dry-docked for further investigation and repairs.

The 400 passengers were disembarked in Quebec Harbour Monday. The c. Columbus is expected to sail for Montreal in two days but that no specific pilot request had yet been filed.

The Columbus is scheduled to cruise on the Great Lakes until mid -October then return eastbound to Quebec City on October 19. It is unknown if the dry docking will cause delays to its fall cruise schedule.

c. Columbus.


Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Norris in Hamilton, Windoc Tow

09/03
The James Norris has returned to lay-up in Hamilton due to lack of work. The vessel is expected to remain in lay-up until the Sept. 18 and then sail until November before tying up again.

The hull of the Windoc was expected to be towed from Hamilton early Tuesday morning weather permitting. On Monday there was no activity on the vessel.

The saltie Bremon is docked just ahead of the Windoc and two trucks from Fraser ship repair were along side. It’s reported that they are working around the clock to get the fire damage repaired enough to allow the vessel to sail.

Reported by: Wally Wallace




Tucker to Dry Dock

09/03
The McKeil Marine tanker Capt. Ralph Tucker arrived in Manistee on Monday night to load her final cargo of brine and calcium before heading to drydock. The vessel arrived at 9 p.m. bound for General Chemical to load around 800,000 gallons of calcium, and 3 holds of brine. Once this cargo is discharged at Amherstburg the vessel is scheduled to sail downbound through the Welland Canal bound for Hamilton, Ontario and Heddle Marine's floating drydock. She is tentatively due in Hamilton on September 7.

An extensive repainting program currently being conducted will be finished at the drydock, and the vessel will emerge with an all-black lower hull, and appropriate name painting. The main deck has recently been re-painted and looks excellent. Damage repair to her port #1 tank from her grounding near Amherstburg earlier this year will be completed also. This will return the vessel to Ice Class 1A status, allowing her to operate year round in excellent ice capability. The vessel is expected to maintain year round service from Manistee this year as well. Relief Capt. John Hill will take the vessel down the canal, and the vessel should be in drydock between 1-2 weeks.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Marquette Update

09/03
The Capt. Henry Jackman made her first trip of the year to Marquette on Monday to take on a load of taconite. She was followed at the dock by the John J. Boland. The Lee A. Tregurtha is expected later to unload coal, then take on a load of taconite.

Also expected in the next few days are the Algomarine, a return of the Jackman, and the Beeghly (on the 5th). All subject to change. This will be busy for the dock as the James R. Barker will come in with a load of coal on Tuesday, then have to back out while ore is loaded, and return to finish unloading her coal.

Jackman loading.
Close up.
Bow view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Yankcanuck in Lay-up; Labor Day Slow at Locks

09/03
The Yankcanuck arrived at the Purvis Marine dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. last Wednesday night and went into layup. She is inboard of the barge PML Salvager and it is not known how long the lay-up will last.

Labor Day was slow for boatwatchers at the Soo. After the Courtney Burton and CSL Laurentien locked downbound around 8 a.m. there were no other passages until the Federal Bergen arrived to lock up around 4 p.m. Traffic started picking up around 6 p.m., with the George A. Stinson, Fred R. White and Canadian Progress all reported downbound above the locks and the Canadian Enterprise and Columbia Star upbound.

Canadian Progress.
Canadian Progress, stern view.
Federal Bergen.
Federal Bergen, another view.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre




Voorneborg in Menominee

09/03
The Voorneborg arrived in Menominee today with a load of wood pulp for K&K Warehouse. Wagenborg ships are becoming regulars here in Menominee since their first visit here (Vlieborg) on September 7.

Voorneborg at K&K Warehouse dock.
Voorneborg at K&K dock from across the Menominee River.
Close-up of bow.
Voorneborgd - Close-up of stern.
Four recently launched vessels at Marinette Marine, an ocean-going tug and three Coast Guard ships.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Saginaw Update

09/03
The Mississagi was inbound the Saginaw River passing the Front Range around 3:45 Monday afternoon. She was headed all the way upriver to the Saginaw Rock Products dock to unload.

Following the Mississagi was the Wilfred Sykes. The Sykes was inbound passing through the Independence Bridge around 8pm. She stopped at the Bay City Wirt Dock to lighter before continuing upriver to the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Mississagi upbound on the Saginaw River at Independence Bridge.
Close up.
Stern view.
Wilfred Sykes upbound approaching Independence Bridge.
Nosing through the bridge.
Stern view at Bay City Wirt.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Detroit Traffic

09/03
Below are images of traffic on Saturday & Sunday.
Junior C II upbound off Windsor.
Stern view.
Maumee upbound off Windsor.
Elm (Bahamas) at Morterm in Windsor.
Lake Erie in Ojibway Anchorage.
Stern view.
Kapitonas A Lucka (Lithuania) in Ojibway Anchorage.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

09/03
The Gemini was at the B-P Dock on Monday, there were no other active vessels in port at the time of this report.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel on Friday. The H. Lee White on Saturday, followed by the Algowood on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Buckeye on Tuesday. The Reserve on Thursday, followed by the Courtney Burton on Monday.

Below are views of the brig Niagara and other vessels arriving at Toledo recently.

The fire tug Edward M. Cotter, sailing vessel Red Witch, and the brig Niagara headed upbound the Maumee River bound for the City Docks.
Close-up view of the Edward M. Cotter.
Sailing vessel Red Witch.
The brig Niagara underway.
Stern view of the Niagara.
Niagara dockside at the City Docks.
Edward M. Cotter and USCG 41 footer at the City Docks.
Edward M. Cotter and brig Niagara at the City Docks.
Red Witch at the City Docks.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Port Stanley Grain

09/03
The Cuyahoga loaded the first cargo of wheat from the elevator since the Mapleglen loading in the Lake Erie Port last year. The harbor had been dredged to 21-feet by Dean Construction. Since dredging, silting has caused the entrance to be filled in to around 17-feet .

The Cuyahoga was in the harbor about 20 hrs loading and when she left she pushed her way across the silted entrance in grand fashion stirring up clouds of sediment and sand. This load was delivered to Buffalo for General Mills. Cuyahoga departing winter lay-up a few years ago, the vessel was still oil fired and sporting her original steam engine in this picture.

Reported by: Dave James




Raffle Winner

09/03
The drawing for Port Huron Lodge #2's Great Lakes Cruise Raffle aboard the Cruise Ship c. Columbus was made on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at the Italian Villa Restaurant in Port Huron. Grand Lodge President Captain Pat Owens drew the winning ticket. Congratulations go to Doug Steen (ticket # 281) of Wallaceburg, Ontario. Lodge #2 would like to thank all who participated and helped out in making the raffle a success.

Pictures by Andy Severson
Tickets are mixed by Capt. Bill Cline (right).
Grand Lodge President Captain Pat Owens draws a winner.

Reported by: John Philbin




Lee A. in the Twin Ports

09/03
The Lee A. Tregurtha unloaded and re-loaded at the Lakehead Tuesday of last week.

Arriving with limestone, Duluth ship canal, 8:30 A.M. Tues. August 27th.
Surfing through the canal under the aerial lift bridge into the inner harbor.
View aft as the fuel dock falls astern.
Passing the idled Interlake’s John Sherwin and Elton Hoyt 2nd en route to Cutler Stone dock at Superior.
Close up of the Tregurtha's campaign ribbons.
View forward from the conveyorman's post.
Pumping out limestone, mid-afternoon, Tuesday.
Capt. Jim Nuzzo meets and greets Mr. L.V. Ottman of Sartell, MN. Ottman served as an oiler aboard the Tregurtha when she sailed as T-2 tanker Chiwawa during WWII.
L.V. Ottman shows off an aerial photo of the Tregurtha in Chiwawa configuration, dockside.
Cleaning the holds.
Capt. Nuzzo finesses the bow and stern thrusters as Tregurtha, now in ballast, backs out of the stone dock in a high wind around 6:00 P.M. Tuesday.
The ancient J.B. Ford falls astern as we steam for DM&IR across the harbor.
View from the unloading tackle as we approach the DM&IR ore dock in Duluth.
Handling lines at DM&IR.
Tucking in under the chutes, around 7:00 P.M.
Loading taconite for the Rouge 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 27th.


Reported by: Chris Winters




Today in Great Lakes History - September 03

On September 3 the Belle River (now Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.) set a Great Lakes record for coal when it loaded 62,802 tons of coal at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal on its maiden voyage. This record has since been surpassed many times.

On September 3, 1981, the U.S. Steel bulk freighter Sewell Avery was laid up for the final time in Duluth.

Keel laying ceremonies for the 437 foot bow section of the ROGER BLOUGH took place on September 3, 1968 and was float launched December 21, 1968 less ballast tanks because the existing dry dock wasn’t wide enough to accommodate her 105 foot width.

SOODOC (b) AMELIA DESGAGNES ) departed on her maiden voyage when she loaded salt at Goderich, Ont. on September 3, 1976.

The SEWELL AVERY was laid up for the last time September 3, 1981 at Superior, WI.

The THOMAS LAMONT was cited for “exemplary service” by the U.S. Coast Guard. On September 3, 1981 for her role in the rescue of seventeen crew members from the burning CARTIERCLIFFE HALL on Lake Superior. The THOMAS LAMONT was laid up for the last time at Duluth’s Hallett dock #6A.

The H.H. PORTER sailed on her maiden voyage September 3, 1920 light from Lorain to load iron ore at Two Harbors, MN.

On September 3, 1985, PHILIP R. CLARKE plowed into the Drawbridge Cove Marina in Lorain's Black River damaging 5-10 small craft and sinking one at the steel dock. CLARKE managed to stop before hitting the Route 6 drawbridge.

On 3 September 1887, BULGARIA (wooden propeller, 280’, 1888GT) was launched at W. Bay City, MI by J. Davidson (hull #16).

September 3, 1910 - The MARQUETTE & BESSEMER No. 2 (2) was launched in Cleveland by American Shipbuilding.

On 3 September 1869, the 167' wooden propeller BOSCOBEL burned about two miles below St. Clair, Michigan. Three lives were lost. The ship was only about two years old and was in service of the New York Central Railroad, though owned by the Peshtigo Lumbering Co. of Chicago. The burned hulk was raised in 1876 and rebuilt as a schooner-barge at Algona, Michigan. She lasted until 1909 when she sank on Lake Huron.

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

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




Ste. Claire Tow

09/02
Sunday the Gaelic Tugboat Company tugs William Hoey and Susan Hoey towed the 1910 built steamer Ste. Claire from the old Lakefront dock to International Park in Toledo. During the voyage the Ste. Claire passed her place of building at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company, now Toledo Ship Repair.

At International Park the ship will serve as a Halloween Spook House. The third deck bar area has been temporarily converted into a maze, while the second deck dance floor is set up into a very scary area.

Old main cabin still in tact (poor light).
Grand Stairway.
Holiday bunting being applied to the railing of Ste. Claire.
Another bow view of Ste. Claire.
Port Quarter view of the ship at Lakefront Dock.
Original hand painted flower wall paper panels uncovered.
Gaelic tugs arrive for the tow.
Capt. Dave Jones has the tug Wm. Hoey on the stern towline.
Capt. Rich Sibbersen guides the ship out of the slip with tug Susan Hoey, while deckhand Nick Kirby, great grandson or the ships designer Frank E. Kirby looks on.
V.P. of Steamer Ste. Clair Foundation John Belko observing the tow.
President of the Foundation Diane Evon and website manager Lee watch the progress as Susan Hoey heads the tow through a swing bridge.
The tug Wm. Hoey tails off the tow assisted by a skeleton crew on the ship.
At the M.L.King bridge the tow nears its destination at International Park.
With the tow safely at International Park the Susan Hoey departs.
The 1923 built tug Wm. Hoey bound for the home dock.

Reported by: Bill Hoey.




Sykes in Saginaw

09/02
The Wilfred Sykes entered the Saginaw River early Saturday morning but tied up at the Essroc Cement Dock in Essexville. After the Algoway passed her she departed the dock at 9:45 a.m. and lightered at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City, then went up to the Wirt Dock in Saginaw to finish. She was passing through downtown Bay City outbound at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Pictures by Jim Finlayson
In Saginaw.
Close up of bow.
Stern view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Algoway Unloads

09/02
The Algoway arrived in Gladstone, Mi. Saturday with a load of salt from Goderich.

Arriving.
Close up.

Reported by: Eric and Sandy Chapman




Soo Traffic

09/02
Below are images of traffic passing the Soo on Sunday.

The park at Mission Point is closed to vehicles September 1 & 2 for the start of Goose Hunting Season, and they hunt in the park. No vehicles in the park, but the public can walk out to the point, as most of the boatnerds were doing. The geese out smarted the hunters and all move to the area between the Mac & Poe Locks.

Saltie Greenwing at anchor off Squaw Island in the lower St. Marys River Sunday.
Drummond Islander II .
Adam E. Cornelius upbound off Lime Island.
American Republic makes an unusual upbound passage through the St. Marys River Sunday morning.
Herbert C. Jackson docks at Drummond Island to load stone for Chicago, Sunday afternoon.
Herbert C. Jackson, another view.
Middletown downbound Sunday in the lower St. Marys River.
American Republic up in Soo Harbor.
Middletown down at Soo.
Middletown bow close up.
Sam Laud up bound Soo Harbor.
Armco up Soo Harbor.
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Marin down Soo Harbor.
Reserve entering the Poe.
Sarah Spencer entering the Mac.
Jane Ann IV.
Pere Marquette 41 entering Mac.
Tug Undaunted.
Adam E. Cornelius entering the Poe.
Frontenac entering the Mac.
Lake Superior headed for the Mac in the sunset.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre and Dave Wobser




Toledo News

09/02
The Charles M. Beeghly was loading coal at the CSX Docks Sunday. The salt water vessel Federal Bergon was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The tug John Spence with her barge was at the Sun Dock loading cargo. The Joseph H. Frantz and the tug Mary E. Hannah with her barge remain in lay-up.

The ex Boblo passenger vessel Ste. Claire was towed upriver by the Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey and William Hoey bound for the City Docks where she was tied up just south of the Navy Bistro Restaurant and several hundred feet north of the Willis B. Boyer museum ship.

The next coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algosteel on Friday 6 Sept, followed by the H. Lee White on Saturday 7 Sept. The next scheduled ore boats due in at the Torco Ore Docks will be the Buckeye on Tuesday, followed by the Reserve and Armco on Thursday.

The tugs Mighty Jake, Mighty Jessie, Mighty Jimmy and the Pioneerland are still working on the Maumee River dredging project and the I-280 bridge replacement project.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto Update

09/02
Arrivals on Saturday were the cement ship English River at the Lafarge dock and the passenger vessel Le Levant at the Queen Elizabeth Terminal. The Le Levant had departed by Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard vessel C.G.R.100 and a number of other small police boats were in attendance for the first day off the air show at "The Ex". The fire tug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie performs a water cannon display for this event daily.

The tug Curly B. remains in port awaiting the loading of generators onto the barge BMI-105. This is not likely to take place until Tuesday, as the local stevedores don't work on weekends or holidays.

Sea Eagle II and its St. Mary's Cement barge came in Sunday afternoon and tied up at Pier 52. The tug and barge stop in port when the lake is rough.

Reported by: Gerry O.




U.P. Summer Shipping Images

09/02
Below are images featuring shipping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Wilfred Sykes loading ore in Marquette.
Reserve, framed by trees, loading ore in Marquette.
Calumet arriving off Menominee.
Reserve unloading coal in Escanaba.
Mississagi loading sand in Brevort.
Another view - Mississagi loading sand in Brevort.
Herbert C. Jackson unloading coal in Marquette.
Peter R. Cresswell arriving at Marquette's ore dock.
"On Board" Peter R. Cresswell in Marquette.
Armco loading ore in Marquette.

Reported by: Rod Burdick




Today in Great Lakes History - September 02

ALGOSEA (built in 1970 by Lithgows Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland as Hull #1177) was launched on September 2, 1970 as a) BROOKNES for "Langra" Schiffahrsges G.m.b.H. & Co., Hamburg, Germany. She is now the c) SAUNIERE

ROBERT KOCH's first trip was on September 2, 1977 up the Welland Canal bound for Buffalo with cement.

The W.F WHITE was one of the earliest ships built as a self-unloader on the Great Lakes. On her maiden voyage September 2, 1915 the WHITE loaded coal at Erie, PA and sailed for Menominee, MI. She was the largest self-unloading bulk carrier on the Lakes at that time with a cargo capacity of 10,500 tons.

The RALPH H. WATSON departed light September 2, 1938 from Detroit, MI upbound to load iron ore at Duluth, MN. She was built as part of a fleet modernization plan for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, OH. of four new "GOVERNOR MILLER' class bulk carriers.

On September 2, 1938, the Ralph H. Watson, only the fourth steam turbine powered vessel on the Lakes, entered service.

HUBERT GAUCHER ran aground in the lower St. Lawrence on September 2, 1988. It took three tugs to free her, repairs took place at Quebec City.

ZIEMIA TARNOWSKA lost her engine while docking at Pier 24 in Cleveland, ramming the dock and caused about $100,000 in damage to the dock on September 2, 1988. The Polish vessel had minimal damage to her bulbous bow.

On 2 September 1851, BUNKER HILL (wooden sidewheeler, 154’, 457T, built in 1835 at Black River, OH) burned to a total loss at Tonawanda, NY.

The COLONEL ELLSWORTH (wooden schooner, 138', 319 gt, built in 1861 at Euclid, Ohio as a bark) was beached on Whitefish Point in Lake Superior the entire winter of 1895-96. She was repaired and put back into service late in the summer of 1896. Then, on 2 September 1896, the newly rebuilt vessel collided with the schooner EMILY B. MAXWELL about 6 miles from White Shoals on Lake Michigan and sank at about 400 AM. Her crew escaped in the yawl and was picked up by the MAXWELL.

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

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




Ste. Claire Tow

09/01
The former Bob-lo boat Ste. Clair is expected to be towed in Toledo about 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Steamer Ste. Claire will be towed from the Lakefront to International Park. The tow will be handled by the Gaelic Tugboat Co.

Reported by: Sam Buchanan




Workboat Update

09/01
Thursday the G-tugs North Dakota, Minnesota, and Kentucky worked all day to free the grounded Fraser from the sand just off Lafarge in Duluth. At 1600, the tug Seneca was called in and after four more hours of working the ship back fourth she broke free.

Marine Tech took a brief time out from their project at Raspberry Island in the Apostles to tow across Lake Superior to Silver Bay where they spent last weekend digging out a large outlet for cooling water that had plugged and was overflowing.

Billington Contracting is hard at work dismantling the steam dipper dredge Col. D.D. Gaillard at Barkers Island. Her boom, stick and bucket have now been removed.

A new pilot boat is now in action at Duluth. Sea Service recently fit out a former Coast Guard admiral's cruiser, now called the Sea Eagle (yet another one by that name) and has replaced the vintage grocery boat Sea Falcon.

Tug Seneca takes a line on the port quarter.
All four tugs working.
Seneca working the starboard side.
Bow view of Fraser.
Crane barge Dean Smith at Silver Bay.
Dump scow No.16 loaded with tailings.
1910 tug Callie M. takes the tow along side on a calm Lake Superior day.
Dredge Gaillard at her grave.
Pilot boat Sea Eagle has the tourists covering their ears as her twin 6-71 diesels throttle up.
Steamer Buckeye loads at Silver Bay.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel




Challenger Arrives

09/01
The Southdown Challenger entered Owen Sound Saturday evening at approximately 10 p.m. The cement carrier was moving dead slow through the many small boats participating in the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fish derby.

Reported by: Torben Hawksbridge




Boland Unloads

09/01
The John J. Boland made her third visit of the 2002 season to Erie late Friday and early Saturday with stone for the Mounfort Terminal.

At 11:38 pm Friday the Boland gave an hour security call inbound. Shortly after the J.S.St. John called the Boland and alerted the crew that the two green outer buoys were out of position from the current, but that he had plenty of room. A few minutes later the St. John came on and gave a ten minute security call inbound, followed by the Boland giving a twenty minute call inbound at the outer buoys.

At 7:40 Saturday morning the Boland gave a ten minute security call leaving the Mounfort Terminal, turning in the harbor and departing for the lake. The Boland slowly turned and was out of Erie by 8:20 a.m.

Boland turns.
Boland Outbound.
Close Up.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Marquette Update

09/01
The H. Lee White loaded taconite at Marquette on Saturday. Next ships due in are on Monday, beginning with the Capt. Henry Jackman, her first trip to Marquette this year. Also due in Monday are the John J. Boland, and the Lee A. Tregurtha (very late, to unload coal, then load ore on Tuesday). The Algomarine will be in on Tuesday, along with the Jackman (a quick turn-around). The James Barker will bring a load of coal in on Wednesday. All schedules subject to change, as usual.

H. Lee White loading in Marquette.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Soo Traffic

09/01
Below are photos from Friday and Saturday at the Soo.

New Fednav saltie Federal Ems makes her first trip up the St. Marys River.
DeTour Reef Light.
Atlantic Huron.
Armco.
Algonova in the lower St. Marys River off Lime Island.
Tug Undaunted pushes the barge PM41 upbound in the St. Marys River.
Roger Blough upbound off Lime Island.
Tug Reliant (ex. Atlantic Cedar).
Great Lakes Trader downbound at Six Mile Point in the St. Marys River.
Algonova down bound at Round Island.
Roger Blough up at Mission Point.
American Mariner down at Mission Point.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre and Dave Wobser




American Republic

09/01
The American Republic arrived in Green Bay Friday with a load of coal for Georgia Pacific. She arrived at the mouth of the Fox River about 2:15 p.m. and ended her trip up the river at Georgia Pacific slightly after 4 p.m.

Arriving at mouth of Fox River .
Passing through the first railroad bridge .
Approaching Western Lime .
Passing through the Main Street Bridge .
Just past the Mason Street Bridge passing C. Reiss dock .
Approaching a tricky turn to the railroad bridge below Georgia Pacific .
Passing through the railroad bridge .
Turning in the River lining up for the Georgia Pacific slip .
In the Georgia Pacific slip, boom extended (barges are being used in dredging of the slip) .
Close-up at Georgia Pacific.
Another view.

To see a longer sequence of this tricky turn through the last railroad bridge visit the "American Republic in Green Bay" album.

Reported by: Dick Lund




Oshawa Update

09/01
The saltie Hilal II in port unloading steel coils and other steel products Saturday. She had come from Banda Abbas in Iran and will be in Oshawa until Tuesday when she departs for Goderich to load Grain.

Hilal II unloading.
Steel coil lifted from the hold.
Stern view.
Chief Officer, Mr. Nazmi Kece pauses for a picture.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Detroit Traffic

09/01
Below are images of traffic on Friday evening.

Canadian Enterprise with the J W Westcott II alongside.
Stern view.
J W Westcott II.
Happy Crew of the Diamond Queen. Left to right Capt. Brian, Andrea, Patrick and George.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Fairport Traffic

09/01
Maumee arrived Friday morning to unload stone at several Osborne docks, finishing up at the turning basin.

McKee Sons / Invincible arrived 1600 with a split load of stone for Union Sand and Osborne.

Maumee backed out between McKee Sons and the salt loader at 1800, and headed westbound.

Two Graebel tugs were still working the marina dredging project. Atchafalaya has finished dredging the main channel, and departed last week.

Pictures by Dave Merchant
Maumee backing out.
Another view.
Passing McKee Sons.
Close up Maumee.
Another view.
McKee Sons.
Close up.

Reported by: Dave Merchant & Greg Stephens




Today in Great Lakes History - September 01

Tragedy struck four days after the launch of the AGAWA CANYON, September 1, 1970, when the ship was rocked by an engine room explosion killing one of the crew and injuring seven more. The AGAWA CANYON entered service in November, 1970. New engines were fitted in 1975, equipped with four 10 cylinder, two stroke cycle, single acting opposed piston diesel engines, built in 1970 by Fairbanks, Morse (Canada), Kingston, Ont. Total bhp 6,680. Rated service speed: 12 knots (13.8 mph).

LAKE NIPIGON was launched September 1, 1970 as a) TEMPLE BAR, BR.341240, for Lambert Bros. (Shipping) Ltd., London, England.

Upon her arrival at Quebec City on September 1, 1962, the LAKE WINNIPEG was the first vessel to enter the Nipigon Transport fleet.

ROGERS CITY (2) was launched September 1, 1923 as a) B.H. TAYLOR, the third self-unloader built for the Bradley Transportation Co., Rogers City, MI.

From September 1, 1947 to September 15, 1959 the MESQUITE was stationed at Sault Ste. Marie, MI

On 1 September 1854, ABIAH (2-mast wooden schooner or brig, 134’, 353T, built in 1848 at Irving, NY) was sailing light from Chicago to Oconto, WI when she capsized and sank in a squall about 10 miles off Sheboygan, WI. The schooner L. LUDDINGTON rescued her crew and 2 passengers.

The 135' wooden schooner JOSEPH E. SPARROW was launched at Bangor, Michigan on 1 September 1873.

On 1 September 1900, the Canadian steamer ADVANCE (wooden propeller package freighter, 168’, 1178 gt, built in 1884 at St. Catharine’s, Ontario) was placed in service. In August 1899, when she was named SIR S. L. TILLEY, she had caught fire off shore, about 7 miles from Fairport, Ohio and was destroyed. However, the hull was later recovered and used as the basis of the steamer ADVANCE. She lasted in this role until 1903 when she burned again.

September 1, 1919 - A switchman was killed in the yard at Manitowoc while the ANN ARBOR NO. 6 was being loaded. This caused a delay of four hours in her sailing time.

September 1, 1931 - W.L. Mercereau retired as superintendent of steamships, a position he had held since 1899.

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

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




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