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Mariki Green Delivers Wind Generators

The Mariki Green arrived in Milwaukee this past weekend with the fourth shipment of wind turbine generators. The generators are built by the Spanish company Gamesa Eolica. Besides manufacturing wind powered turbines, Gamesa Eolica also manages wind farms in Europe.

These shipments are their first endeavor into the United States market. They make a variety of generators with blade diameters up to 80 meters and tower heights up to 100 meters. For more information see:

Mariki Green in Milwaukee Monday.
Special heavy duty trailers are required to transport the generators.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Reliance Returns

The tug Reliance and the Desgagnes barge Nova D. have returned from their recent trip to the Arctic. On Monday the pair made their way up the Seaway to Cote Ste. Catherine with the tug Progress assisting. They arrived at the Eastern dock area to reload for one more trip to the Arctic.

The Anna Desgagnes was also loading at the Cote Wharf for the Arctic and will be leaving on Tuesday. This should be the Anna Desgagnes last trip to the Arctic this year.

Algoport in St Lambert lock, destination Clarkson partial load of gypsum, the other partial load was unloaded at Trois Rivieres.
Progress on the stern of the Nova D. tow, exiting St Lambert lock.
Reliance and the Nova D. about to leave St Lambert lock for Cote Ste Catherine's wharf to load for Iqualuit, the loading should take 3 days.
Close up of the wheelhouse tug Reliance.
Reliance, Nova D., and the McKeil tug Progress on the stern.
Saturn positioning in St. Lambert lock, after which Saturn will head for the wharf at Tracy and load asphalt.

Reported by: Kent Malo

Soo Traffic

Below are images from a recent trip to the Soo.

Burns Harbor
Canadian Transfer
Canadian Transport
Charles M. Beeghly
David Z. Norton
H. Lee White
Indiana Harbor
James R. Barker
John G. Munson
Kaye E. Barker

Reported by: Jason Leino

Fish tugs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Except for Marquette and the Soo, the Michigan shoreline of Lake Superior is largely devoid of any regular freighter traffic. But most ports still have a fleet of active or retired commercial fishing boats. Below are photos taken last week of fishing tugs and other miscellaneous workboats and commercial vessels, from the Wisconsin border through the Keweenaw.

Jean Maur B at Black River Harbor.
Stern view of Jean Maur B.
Peggy Sue on blocks in Ontonagon.
An uncompleted tug in Ontonagon. A local resident is reportedly building this to live on after retirement. Only 3000 more man-hours to go!
Ann J near upper entrance, Keweenaw Waterway.
Three Suns near upper entrance, Keweenaw Waterway.
Landing Craft and tug at Yalmer Mattila dock, Hancock.
Another view of landing craft, Yalmer Mattila dock.
Barge No. 15, at Yalmar Mattila dock, Hancock.
Passenger boat Knotty Bear docked in Houghton.
Tour boat Keweenaw Star. The Keweenaw Star does both scheduled public cruises and charter trips.
Houghton-Hancock lift bridge from the Keweenaw Star.
Upper deck of Keweenaw Star. The crew thrilled passengers on this charter trip by briefly heading past the break walls at the Upper Entry into 6 to 10 foot waves on Lake Superior. After one or two good rolls while coming about, the vessel quickly reentered the safety of the Keweenaw waterway.
Ranger bow view. The passenger season is over with but freight runs are still ongoing.
Ranger stern view.
Fishtugs in scrap yard, Ripley.
Unknown fish tug and workboat at Dollar Bay.
Port pump telegraph from Quincy Dredge #2 (former C&H dredge #1) . Both telegraphs are on display at the Houghton County Historical Museum in Hubbell. Copper was mined for over 100 years in the Keweenaw. As ore processing technology improved, it become economical to reprocess stamp sands (tailings) that had been dumped in previous decades into Torch Lake. The dredge was built in 1913 on a 110 foot hull and could dredge up to 10,000 tons of sand per day (about a modern-day train load), from a depth of up to 115 feet. The dredge still exists near Mason in a half submerged condition.
Tioga pilot house in Eagle River at dusk. The Tioga sank on Sawtooth Reef near Eagle River in 1919.
Lifeboat on display at Eagle Harbor.
Isle Royal Queen III at Copper Harbor.
Spirit at Grand Traverse Bay Harbor.
Sandra Lee at Grand Traverse Bay Harbor.
Kathrine entering the lower entry, Keweenaw Waterway.
Jayjaycee at Lower Entry.
Esther A. at Lower Entry.
Kathrine at Lower Entry.
Unidentified fishtug, perhaps the KB301 at Lower Entry.

Reported by: Tom Hynes

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

Next Round of Scrap Tows

The next round of scrap tows are expected to take place in early October as classic lake freighters make the final voyage to the scrap yards in Alang, India.

The next round of tows will start with the Seaway Queen towed to Quebec City, with the Oakglen following the Seaway Queen. If accepted by the Coast Guard, the two vessels are expected to be towed in tandem to Alang, India. The first part of the tow is scheduled for October 10.

The tug Seaways 5 is heading for Montreal, departing Ceuta, Spain on Sept. 19. It is believed that this is the tug that will make the Atlantic crossing with the lakers in tow.

Reported by: Kent Malo

Reiss Offered For Sale

The freighter Richard Reiss is reported to be for sale according to an article in the Erie Times Newspaper.

Sandy Smith, vice president and general manager of Erie Sand & Gravel, told the paper that the ship has been for sale and companies have looked it over. So far, however, there have been no buyers. "It is still sitting there and still for sale," he said.

The Richard Reiss sailed for the Erie Steamship Co., a subsidiary of Erie Sand & Gravel, which now is owned by Cleveland-based shipping and minerals giant Oglebay Norton.

The Richard Reiss was used primarily to carry cargoes of stone for the company. It has not sailed for the past two shipping seasons, since purchased by Oglebay Norton.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson and Roger LeLievre

Port Weller Moves

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon was moved from Port Weller Dry Docks Sunday after an extensive refit in the dry dock. She was moved to the southern end of the fit out wall. About 4 p.m. the HMCS Halifax was moved out between Griffon and the dry docks. Assisting were tugs Seahound Lac Manitoba and McGrath.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Ron Walsh

Roger Stahl Arrives

The tug Roger Stahl arrived at her new home base in Key West Florida Sunday afternoon. She is now owned by Florida Keys Harbor Services and will be used for ship docking and rescue towing.

The news owners report that she is a magnificent tug and made the 3,000 mile trip without difficulty. The new owners thank Bill Hoey and the staff at the Detroit based Gaelic Tugboat Co. for all of their help and support given on the trip from Detroit to Florida.

Outside the jetty.
Police escort.
Crew glad to get home.
Capt. Dave and Capt. Eric.
Docking inside Key West.
Tug Roger Stahl and tug Avon.
Sunset in Key West.

Reported by: Capt. James E. Felton Jr.

Marquette Update

The Michipicoten left Marquette on a stormy Sunday with a load of taconite. The H. Lee White brought stone to the lower harbor, then moved to the ore dock for a load of taconite. She dropped a bow anchor when approaching the dock, then winched back to pull it up once she was tied up.

Michipicoten at dock, bow view
Michipicoten backing up, the dust on top of the dock comes from the ore being dropped from the trains into the pockets.
The Michipicoten leaving, big waves coming in.
H. Lee White bow, anchor down.
H. Lee White anchor coming up
H. Lee White at the dock

Reported by: Lee Rowe

St. Clair River Traffic


Lee A. Tregurtha passing.
Canadian Progress.

Reported by: Matt Lemon

Toronto Update

The new Federal Kivano arrived at Pier 51 Sunday. This is only the fourth salt water vessel in port, this season, with a cargo other than sugar.

Saturday morning the saltie Dobrush departed the Redpath Sugar dock and around 11 a.m. its place was taken by the saltie Peonia; with the assistance of McKeil's harbor tugs Glenevis and Atomic.

The mega yacht Lone Ranger remains moored at the Queen Elizabeth terminal.

Reported by: Art Church

Jeanie Johnston in Quebec City

The three mast Irish sailing ship Jeanie Johnston, the re-creation of the first Jeanie docked in Quebec City, late Friday for the entire weekend. Hundreds of visitors came down to the port to board this living memento of an earlier famine ship built in Quebec City in 1847 by John Munn shipyard located then on the shores of the St. Charles River, a few thousand feet from where the present Jeanie Johnston was docked.

The first Jeanie was built to deliver lumber from America to the British Isles. Then came, the terrible famine years of the mid 1800's. Two million Irish fled the beloved Ireland to seek a new beginning. One million Irish sailed to the United States and 250,000 thousand to Canada. The eastern voyage was often hazardous and tragic. Irish emigrants boarded ships, rapidly and inadequately transformed from lumber ships to emigrant ships in crammed and grim quarters. Many of these disease-ridden ships had limited food provisions and little or no basic hygiene facilities for the two months or so at sea. Many died before touching land or at Quarantine Stations. In 1847 alone, the emigrant death toll is estimated to have been over 50,000.

Between 1848 and 1855 the 408 ton Jeanie Johnston made sixteen westbound emigrant crossings to Quebec, Baltimore and New York carrying a total of over 2,500 Irish emigrants to a new life. The greatest number of passengers carried in one crossing was 254 from Tralee Ireland to Quebec City on April 17, 1852.

A decent Kerry-based merchant, Nicholas Donovan, owned the Jeanie Johnson. Unlike many of the other emigrants ships often referred as coffin ships, the Jeanie holds the unprecedented record and honour of never loosing a crew member or emigrant passenger during its 16 Atlantic crossings. Although the Jeanie offered few comforts, it was a well-run ship of 17 crewmembers and owner Nicholas Donovan made sure that a Doctor was on-board for every emigrant crossing.

The Jeanie Johnston will sail from Quebec City on Monday Sept. 29 for St. John's Nfld. then across the North Atlantic to Ireland.

Jeanie Johnston.
Close up.
Another view.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette

Vancouver Traffic

Below are images from a recent trip to Vancouver.

Tanker Aliakmon, escorted out of Vancouver Harbour by three tugs, the Aliakmon is seen coming out at the first narrows Burrard inlet to Vancouver Harbour on the 18th of Sept. the Aliakmon was outward bound with a heading for Long beach Calif.
Tanker Aliakmon panorama view with the two tugs on the port side and one tug hidden from view on the starboard side.
Cates Tugs repair yard, tugs are lifted out of the water by the extended apron deck which is lowered or lifted depending if you are putting one in water or lifting a tug out.
Tug Charles S. Cates"X" one of the Z -Peller drive tugs belonging to Cates.
Bulk carrier Star Altanger leaving Vancouver harbor via first narrows Burrard inlet.

Reported by: Kent Malo

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

Twin Ports Report

The Middletown made a rare appearance in the Twin Ports when it arrived Friday to unload stone. In the brisk wind, it was backing into the Northland Stone dock with aid from one Great Lakes Towing tug on the stern. Saturday, the Middletown fueled at the Murphy Oil fuel dock, then waited much of the day until the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. cleared Midwest Energy Terminal. Middletown then proceeded to Midwest Energy Terminal to load coal for the Xcel Energy generating plant in Ashland, Wis. From there it will proceed to Silver Bay to load taconite from Northshore Mining Co.

Elsewhere, the saltie Orna finished unloading lumber at the Duluth port terminal. It departed Duluth late Saturday afternoon bound for Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Al Miller

Marquette Update

The Charles M. Beeghly loaded taconite on a dark and rainy Saturday night. The H. Lee White was expected later at the lower harbor with a load of stone, and then would move to the ore dock for a load of taconite. The Michipicoten is also expected on Sunday for a load of taconite.

Charles M. Beeghly at dock, bow view.
Beeghley wide view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Transport Delivers

Canadian Transport unloaded salt at the Carbide Dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Saturday afternoon.

Canadian Transport finishing delivering the salt
Close up.
Wide view
Alpena and Kiyi passing by.

Reported by: B. Barnes

Friday saw two vessels at the ISG-Burns Harbor dock, in the Indiana port of Burns Harbor. The Stewart J. Cort was unloading pellets, and the Algosteel was docked just north of the Cort, presumably waiting to unload.

Cort, head on view.
Cort's unique unloading conveyor, designed solely to unload in this hopper.
Algosteel wide view
View of stern.

Reported by: Kent & Joan Armstrong

Alpena Update

The Steamer Alpena arrived in port late Friday night to load cement for Superior,Wisc. It departed in the early morning hours on Saturday. The tug Mary Page Hannah and its barge have been tied up in the Thunder Bay River next to the salt pile since Friday, likely waiting on weather.

The Paul H. Townsend is due into Lafarge sometime on Sunday to load, weather permitting.

The Joseph H. Frantz made rare stop at Calcite on Saturday afternoon. It brought a load of agricultural lime from Cedarville. It is expected to take on stone after the cargo is unloaded.

The Adam E. Cornelius was also at Calcite on Saturday. It followed behind the Frantz as it was coming in, then turned and backed into the dock to take on stone.

The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder were loading at Stoneport on Saturday afternoon. The Maumee is on the schedule for Sunday.

Tug Mary Page Hannah & barge
Frantz coming into Calcite
Frantz & Cornelius
Another view
Swinging out the boom

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

On Friday afternoon the Algoway was unloading another load of road salt from Goderich at the Sargent Dock's new salt pad. This is a sure sign that winter is on the way.

Fleet mate Agawa Canyon arrived Saturday to unload fertilizer into a dome at the same dock. She left the dock that afternoon for the turning basin in downtown Saginaw and then went all the way back up the river heading out for the lake.

Algoway standing off from the dock with her stern angled into the channel unloading salt onto Sargent Dock's new pad.
Agawa Canyon unloading fertilizer into the Sargent Dock dome the following day.
Agawa Canyon stowing her boom (from across the river).
Agawa Canyon upriver from the turning basin. With the freighter at river speed, the pleasure boats like to demonstrate their speed advantage.
Stern shot of the Agawa Canyon passing where the old E. M. Ford is tied up.
Agawa Canyon passing through one of the many drawbridges in Bay City. Traffic is delayed for nearly 30 minutes, and the car horn symphony shows that not everyone is a Boatnerd!
with only a few drawbridges to go, the Agawa Canyon heads for the Saginaw Bay.

Reported by: Gordon Williams

Port Huron and Welland Canal

Below are images taken last week.

Middletown downbound at Port Huron on Sept. 24.
ALGOEAST passing CANADIAN ENTERPRISE above Lock 1 in Port Weller.
CANADIAN ENTERPRISE on the approach wall to Lock 1 in the Welland Canal.
VANCOUVERBORG entering Lock 7 downbound.
RT. HON. PAUL J. MARTIN upbound above Lock 8.
The Port Robinson ferry.
FAIRLANE entering Lock 7 downbound.
MISSISSAGI upbound in Lock 5.

Reported by: Jeff Birch

Clarkson Update

The St. Lawrence Cement dock was busy on Saturday. At noon the James Norris was in on one her infrequent mid season stops. She was last in port about three weeks ago. She was in the early stages of unloading a cargo of limestone, her traditional inbound cargo.

As the Norris unloaded an Algoma boat was at anchor offshore awaiting her turn at the hopper.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley

Canmar Pride in Holland

The Canmar Pride was upbound in the Western Schelde River at Terneuzen in Holland, bound for the port of Antwerp in Belgium on Thursday.

After unloading and loading containers at the Europe Terminal she departed Friday about 6 p.m.

Bow view off Terneuzen, full speed ahead.
Stern view off Terneuzen.
The tug Union 11 pulled her away from the dock.
Busy waters, the Heidelberg Express is coming to take her place at the terminal.

Reported by: Chris Rombouts

40 Mile Point Lighthouse to Host "A Night at the Lighthouse"

Tour the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse and Calcite pilothouse on Friday, Oct. 10, from 7-9 pm. Great opportunity to take night time photos of the lighthouse in operation, and the pilothouse. Music in the fog signal building. Free admission. Bring a camera and a flashlight. Located 7 miles north of Rogers City, Michigan, we will be open Oct. 9-12 from 10 am - 4 pm.

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, 1987 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

Saginaw River News

The Algoway arrived Friday afternoon at the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee, near the I-75 bridge, with another load of salt from Goderich, Ontario. This is the fourth load of salt to be delivered this week by Algoma Central Marine vessels to the Sargent dock.

Algoway departed the dock at 7:55 p.m. and was outbound after turning at Sixth Street in Saginaw. Its fleetmate, Agawa Canyon, was inbound for the Saginaw River at that time. The Agawa Canyon is reportedly delivering potash to docks in Essexville and Zilwaukee.

Reported by: Stephen Hause

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

Anderson Makes Rare Visit

Port Colborne, Ontario saw a rare visitor Thursday evening as the Arthur M. Anderson visited the fuel dock at the south end of the Welland Canal. The fuel dock is located near the approach to Lock 8 and does not require a vessel to transit the Welland Canal.

The last time the Anderson visited the canal was several years ago when she came in to the starch dock. The Anderson's length of 767-feet makes her too long to transit all but Lock 8 of the Welland Canal.

The Anderson arrived at the fuel dock from Buffalo and departed upbound, sailing for Ashtabula, Ohio to load.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Brian Wroblewski

Algorail in Saginaw

The Algorail was outbound early Thursday morning after unloading overnight at the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. She was passing through Bay City about 9 a.m.

Algorail outbound at Bay City Wirt.
Stern view.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Marquette Update

Wednesday saw the Michipicoten, Mesabi Miner (coal), and Kaye Barker in Marquette. Thursday the Herbert Jackson came in for a load of taconite. On Friday the H. Lee White will bring a load of stone and the Michipicoten will return for another load of ore.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Conveyor Move

The Ferriss Marine Contracting tug Magnetic and assist tug Norma B. were busy Thursday shuttling a ship loading conveyor from the old Harridon Scrap Dock in the Rouge River to the U. S. Steel plant at Zug Island. A ship is due in Saturday to load Coke Breeze. Below are pictures from the trip.

Inbound with the empty barge at the Jefferson St. Bridge
Norma B. holding the bow of the barge while the conveyor is loaded on.
The conveyor on the barge towers over the 55 foot tug Magnetic.
Norma B. leading the tow as it heads under the I-75 bridge and through the NS Railroad Bridge in the Rouge.
Captain’s view as the tow is led out of the Rouge
The Short Cut Bridge Railroad Tower built by Henry Ford in 1923. He was noted for building structures with tan brick and red tile roofs. The Short Cut Bridge is the only railroad bridge on the Great Lakes with a sunken counterweight. Because of Henry Ford’s friendship with Thomas Edison, it was equipped with the latest electrical technology when built, about 95% of which is still in use today.
The Magnetic under the Pipe Bridges at the Short Cut, actually 3 bridges in one. Note the lack of visible counterweight on the span.
Joseph H. Frantz making the dock at Sterling Fuels
Tug Paul E. No. 1 with the BTI ferry barge making the dock on the Detroit side. The Paul E. is taking the Stormont’s place while she was on the drydock for maintenance work.
The Magnetic passes under one of the bridge cranes at Zug Island. In an emergency, they are still capable of unloading ships as their ship unloading extensions have not been removed.
Another view of the tow passing Zug Island
A view from the Front Window of the Magnetic while positioning the barge for unloading. The Norma B. is assisting on the bow. Note the curved window frames on the Magnetic, a feature you don’t see anymore on boats.

St. Lawrence River Traffic at Verchères

Below are images of the CanMar Spirit on her maiden voyage Wednesday. She is the last of the newly built trio of 4,100 TEU-container ships to enter service for Canada Maritime/OOCL's North Atlantic service from Montréal to Europe.

CanMar Spirit on her maiden voyage, upbound off Verchères to Montréal, Sept. 24.
CanMar Spirit, stern view, Sept. 26.
CanMar Spirit meets the downbound Cast Power off Verchères, Sept. 24.
Anna Desgagnés upbound off Varennes for the Seaway, Sept. 24.
Anna Desgagnés, stern view, Sept. 24.
Ilya Erenburg sporting a new hull color downbound off Verchères from Montréal-Seaway, Sept. 24.
Ilya Erenburg, stern view, Sept. 24.

Reported by: Marc Piché

Oshawa Update

Wednesday the tug James A. Hannah & Barge Hannah 5101 were docked at the Port of Oshawa. The pair were expected to depart later that day.

Close-up of the James A. Hannah.
Another view of the James A. Hannah & Barge Hannah 5101.
James A. Hannah in the barge notch.
Barge Hannah 5101 loading and discharge pipe.
Bow View of the James A. Hannah & Barge Hannah 5101.
Another view
Looking aft towards the James A. Hannah.
View looking forward along the Barge Hannah 5101.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher

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

Neah Bay Returns Home

The Cleveland-based Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay was expected to return home early Thursday morning after a three-month deployment to Boston and New York harbors.

During its deployment, the crew of Neah Bay escorted high interest vessels such as liquefied natural gas carriers and served as harbor commander, controlling Coast Guard safety and security operations in New York and Boston.

Neah Bay is a 140-foot icebreaker. During the winter months, Neah Bay and its crew keep the Port of Cleveland, as well as ports around the Great Lakes, open for commercial traffic.

Reported by: USCG

Twin Ports Report

Boats loading at Midwest Energy Terminal over the next few days will be hauling coal to several Lake Superior port. Algowood is due today to load for a rare trip to the Ontario Power Generating plant in Thunder Bay. The Xcel Energy plant in Ashland, Wis., has gotten little vessel traffic this season, but Middletown is due to load coal Friday for Ashland and American Republic is scheduled to load for that destination on Sept. 30. James R. Barker will load coal for Taconite Harbor on Sept. 29, and Paul R. Tregurtha will load Sept. 30 for the WE Energies plant in Presque Isle.

In port Wednesday, Great Lakes Trader was loading at the BNSF ore dock. James R. Barker was lying off Superior Entry at daybreak waiting for the BNSF dock, and Halifax also was due that day. In Duluth, the Joe Block arrived early in the morning to unload stone. It was then expected to proceed to Two Harbors later in the day to load taconite pellets for the downbound trip.

Reported by: Al Miller

Alpena Update

The Earl W. Oglebay made its way to Lafarge with a fiery sunrise behind them about 8 a.m. on Wednesday. It brought a cargo of coal and unloaded throughout the day. It was scheduled to head to Calcite next.

The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity also arrived in port around noon to take on cement bound for Milwaukee.

Other members of the fleet are delivering to ports on Lake Michigan. The Paul H. Townsend is expected to be in Muskegon on Thursday and the Alpena will be at St. Joseph.(depending on weather) The J.A.W Iglehart is on its way back from Milwaukee.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Saginaw River News

The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder entered the Saginaw River early Wednesday morning and unloaded during the day at the Burroughs dock near the I-75 Bridge.

The vessel departed the dock at 2:40 p.m. and began backing down the river, through Bay City, to turn at the Bay Aggregates dock for the outbound transit. The Dorothy Ann faced some delays in Bay City as it arrived there just at the start of afternoon "bridge hours." However, because of strong winds buffeting the region, the bridge tenders cooperated by allowing the vessel to pass through early.

Algorail arrived Wednesday evening with another load of salt from Goderich. It passed the Front Range at 8:45 p.m. inbound for the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee. Her arrival was delayed by water levels that had dropped to 12 inches below datum during the afternoon.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Dorothy Ann - Pathfinder backing downriver at Independence Bridge.
Bow view clear of the bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey

Port Huron & Detroit Traffic

Below are images taken on Tuesday.

Fred R. White Jr. Downbound entering the St. Clair River at Port Huron.
Wide view.
Federal Weser transferring cargo at the Cargill Elevators, Sarnia.
J. W. Westcott II delivering mail to the H. Lee White at Detroit.
Another view

Reported by: Paul Hoffmeyer

Toledo News

The tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain Wednesday. The Agawa Canyon was due in late Wednesday afternoon to unload a partial cargo of potash at one of the upriver dock sites.

The Armco, Buckeye, and Courtney Burton remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at the present time.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algolake on Friday. The Maumee on Saturday followed by the Calumet on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Thursday, followed by the CSL Niagara on Oct 1.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Cleveland Report

The Wolverine returned to service earlier this week and is currently working the shuttle from Cleveland Bulk Terminal up the winding Cuyahoga River to the ISG steel plant.

The transit of the river can be followed by road most of the way. Also in Cleveland on Tuesday was the English River delivering cement to Lafarge and the Mississagi loading salt.

Tug "General" working the sewer plant project, with Wolverine entering the Cuyahoga in the background. This shows the relationship of the Cleveland Bulk Terminal with the river.
Wolverine enters the Cuyahoga on one of her first trips of the year.
Wolverine nears ISG Steel, just above St. Mary's Cement.
English River entering the Cuyahoga, right behind Wolverine.
English River at the Lafarge dock.
Missisagi loading salt.
Tug and barge.
Sculpture near the Columbus Road drawbridge explains how boats navigate bends in the Cuyahoga River.

Reported by: Dave Merchant

Buffalo Update

Wednesday was a busy day in Buffalo. The Joseph H. Frantz departed General Mills at 1 p.m. and passed the inbound Arthur M. Anderson out near the traffic buoy. The Anderson then went into the Lackawanna Canal to unload a stone cargo at the Gateway Terminal. She will depart sometime on Thursday morning.

The Luedtke tug Gretchen B and the bucket dredge #10 were working off the North tip of Kelly Island at 11 a.m. Also working the area were the Bidco tugs Joann and Jacklyn in a tandem push configuration with a work barge headed for the Black Rock Canal and passing the dredge site.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski

Help Wanted

The Great Lakes Towing Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio is looking for:
§ Port Representative, Management position (marine engineering background preferred) – Chicago / Burns Harbor
§ Tug Captains – Detroit, Toledo, Chicago and Cleveland
§ Tug Engineers – Detroit, Toledo, Chicago and Cleveland

Candidates for Tug Captains and Tug Engineers must be U.S. citizens, willing to affiliate with the MM&P Union, and possess a minimum of either a U.S. Coast Guard “Operator of Uninspected Towing Vessels, Great Lakes and Inland” or “Master of Towing Vessels” of not more than 100 gross tons with a radar endorsement, or an “Assist Engineer of not more than 2,000 horsepower.”

Please forward resume by fax to Craig Bryant, Operations Department, (216) 621-7616 or by e-mail to

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

Executives' abrupt departure leaves AK Steel facing uncertain future

The unexpected departure of two top executives at AK Steel Corp. has industry-watchers puzzled and worried about the company's future.

Late Thursday afternoon, AK announced that Richard Wardrop, its chairman and chief executive, and company president John Hritz, had resigned effective immediately by "mutual agreement" with AK's board of directors. The board named James Wainscott, AK's senior vice president and chief financial officer, acting CEO.

"What I really hope is that this doesn't mean the company is in deep trouble," said Don Easterly, a former executive at Armco, which was bought out by AK in 1999. "When your CEO and your heir apparent both bail out at once, something's wrong."

"This usually doesn't happen," said steel union consultant Michael Locker. "In this case, there was a totally ungraceful exit."

"It can't be good news," Locker added. "It means there was a confrontation with the board -- and he (Wardrop) lost."

AK has not shown a profit in seven of the last eight quarters. The company reported a net loss of more than $78 million, or 72 cents a share, in the second quarter this year. That compared with a profit of $16.2 million, or 15 cents a share, in the second quarter of 2002.

Charles Bradford, an independent New York City-based steel analyst, said he discerned a worrisome "pattern," one followed by Bethlehem Steel.

That company fired its chief executive, brought in Robert Miller as its new CEO who, in Bradford's words, "turned around immediately and declared bankruptcy." The company's assets were sold to Cleveland-based International Steel Group in May.

A subsidiary of AK Steel owns 40 percent of the Minnesota taconite company EVTAC, which had shipped taconite pellets through the DMIR ore dock in Duluth. AK Steel did not buy its pellets from EVTAC this year, forcing the company to shut down and seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection when it could find no other buyers.

Reported by: Dan Miller

Buffalo in Saginaw

The Buffalo was inbound early Tuesday morning passing the Front Range shortly after 7:30 a.m. She called on the Bay Aggregates Dock to unload stone and was outbound for the lake by 2:30 p.m.

Buffalo unloading at Bay Aggregates
Outbound past Essroc
Stern view at Consumers Energy

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Toledo News

The John D. Leitch was at the Torco Ore Dock unloading ore. She is scheduled to depart late Tuesday afternoon. The Wolverine departed her layup berth at Toledo on Monday and is now in Cleveland working the ore shuttle run on the Cuyahoga River.

Fleet mates Armco, Buckeye, and Courtney Burton remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at this time. The railroad carfloats Pere Marquette 10, Roanoke, and Windsor are in long term lay-up at the CSX Docks "Frog Pond" area.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algolake on Friday. The Maumee and Adam E. Cornelius on Saturday, followed by the Calumet on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Thursday, followed by the CSL Niagara on Wednesday, October 1.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Toledo Pictures

Barge Sarah Spence and tug Jane Ann IV inbound the Maumee River for the Anderson K Elevator.
Under tow.
Wide view.
Tug Joe Van working on the Martin Luther King Bridge on the Maumee River.
Stern view.
Biscayne Bay tied up astern of the Willis B Boyer.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Oswego, NY. Update

The English River was in Oswego again on Saturday, unloading at the Lafarge dock.

Also docked in Oswego was the Freedom schooner Amistad. She was berthed at the H. Lee White Museum and was open for tours while on her five month Great Lakes Tour. The Amistad had left Buffalo, NY a day earlier than scheduled once the crew had word of Hurricane Isabel heading for the East Coast with a projected path forecasted for western New York State on Friday.

Once they sailed across Lake Ontario and arrived in Oswego on Thursday, the crew began to take down their main sails and masts and battened down the hatches in preparation for what Hurricane Isabel may bring, which ended up with more bluster than show in the area.

The Amistad opened for tours on Saturday with perfect weather to a great crowd of American History buffs. The Amistad will remain open for tours until Friday when she is scheduled to begin sailing through the New York State Barge Canal System and down to New York City.

English River unloading at the Lafarge dock.
Stern view of the English River.
Amistad docked with picture-perfect weather.
Figurehead on the Amistad.
Ship's bell onboard the Amistad.

Reported by: Mary and Jeff Swingle

Onboard the Algoport

Saltie CSK Eminance anchored in 7 Islands Bay
another view of the islands
James Norris tied up for repairs in Seven Islands
CSL Laurentian loading at ore dock
Another view of CSK Eminance
Sylvia 7 tug alongside at anchor, brought out some parts
Poor weather at anchor; Quebecois at anchor in distance
CSL Niagara inbound with a deck cargo for the Reynolds Aluminum dock, Pointe Noire
Another view.

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

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

Western Coal Boosts Lakes Coal Trade In August

Driven by the second-best month ever for western coal shipments out of Superior, Wisconsin, the Lakes coal trade totaled 4,945,123 net tons in August, an increase of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago and a slight increase over the month's 5-year average. As noted, the 2,371,110 net tons loaded at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal (SMET) represent the second-highest monthly total for the dock since it began operations in the mid-1970s. SMET's current peak (also the Lakes record) is 2,548,173 net tons loaded in July 2002.

For the year, the Lakes coal trade stands at 23 million net tons, a decrease of 8.2 percent compared to the same point in 2002 and a drop of 5.3 percent compared to the 5-year average for the end of August.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association

Oglebay Norton Announces Intent to Sell Lime and Mica Operations

On Monday the Oglebay Norton Company announced its intention to sell the company's lime and mica operations. The intended sale is part of an ongoing business restructuring at Oglebay Norton and is not expected to affect the company's fleet of Great Lakes vessels.

"Our lime and mica operations are solid businesses with outstanding people, quality products and strong customer bases," said Oglebay Norton President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Lundin. "Our decision to sell them is a strategic part of management's plan to permanently reduce long-term debt and improve our balance sheet. Going forward, we intend to focus our energies on a smaller set of core businesses and believe our limestone and limestone fillers operations offer the most significant business development opportunities."

Oglebay Norton's lime operations have contributed approximately $80 million in sales and $16 million in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) annually over the last several years as part of the company's Global Stone segment. The operations supply a diverse customer base across a variety of end markets, including environmental, construction, specialty chemicals, metallurgical, agriculture, and building materials. Currently, Oglebay Norton ranks as the nation's fifth largest producer of lime. The company's lime facilities are located in Strasburg, Middletown and Winchester, Virginia; Macon, Georgia; Marble City, Oklahoma; and Luttrell, Tennessee.

Oglebay Norton's mica operations have contributed approximately $15 million in sales and $2.3 million in EBITDA annually over the last several years as part of the company's Performance Minerals segment. Mica is used as filler in joint compound and other building materials, paint and coatings, automotive sound-deadening materials, plastics, and cosmetics. Oglebay Norton is currently the nation's largest producer of muscovite mica. The company's mica facilities are located in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and Velarde, New Mexico.

As reported earlier, the company has engaged Harris Williams & Co. to assist with the sale of certain company assets. Interested parties are asked to contact Harris Williams & Co. at 804-648-0072, or .

Reported by: B. Harrison

Saginaw River News

The Saginaw River continued busy on Monday with two more vessels calling at Saginaw area docks.

The Canadian Transfer entered the river at about midnight Sunday and unloaded during the night at the GM dock in Saginaw. Early Monday morning, the vessel continued up to the Valley Asphalt dock to finish unloading. It was outbound from Saginaw at about 10 a.m.

The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departed the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City after the upbound Canadian Transfer had passed there about 1 a.m. The tug-barge started outbound after turning at the Airport Turning Basin. The vessel had arrived on Sunday evening.

The Algorail was upbound Monday afternoon for the Sargent dock at Zilwaukee with a load of salt from Goderich, arriving at the dock about 6 p.m. The Algorail expected to depart the dock about 10:30 p.m.

After the Algorail had arrived, the Paul H. Townsend passed outbound after delivering cement to the Lafarge terminal in Saginaw. The Townsend had arrived on Sunday morning.

Reported by: Stephen Hause

James Hannah Visits

An unusual arrival in Toronto Sunday night was the tug James A. Hannah and a barge of asphalt for the McAsphalt terminal. It is believed that this is the tug's first ever visit to Toronto. The pair departed on Monday.

Reported by: Art Church

Detroit Traffic

Diamond Belle upbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Tug Stormont on Nicholson's Drydock.
Close up.
Stern view.
Orna (Greece) at Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Bay Taz upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Another view.
Stern view.
Charles M Beeghly downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

St. Lawrence River Traffic at Verchères


Lepetane upbound off Verchères to Montréal berth 54 to load grain for Morocco. Looks very well kept for a 19 year-old ship in and out. Sept.13.
Jeanie Johnson, a rare Irish flag caller to Montréal, upbound off Verchères for Montréal berth 16 for a five day visit, Sept.17.
Jeanie Johnson, a finer bow angle which enhances her lines, Sept.17.
Cape Bon, a brand new oil tanker, upbound off Verchères to Montréal, Sept19.
Cap Palmas, another brand new vessel this time on her maiden voyage having been delivered to her owners, Hamburg Sud, on Sept.11. Shown upbound off Verchères to Montréal, Sept.21.
Lake Lisi, one of 8 sisters built in Yugoslavian yards for the Georgian Shipping Company (Soviet flag) in the '80s shown upbound off Verchères to Montréal and Seaway, Sept.21.
Noble Spirit, upbound off Verchères to Montréal at slow speed because of her deep draft and low water levels (-3cm below chart datum), Sept.22.

Reported by: Marc Piché

Aerial Views

Pilot and photographer Don Coles was flying over Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River the past weekend 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.

Paul R. Tregurtha unloads.
Another view.
Another view.
Stern view.
Canadian Navigator.
CSL Tadoussac.
Another view.
John J. Boland.
Another view.
Sea Eagle II and barge St. Mary's Cement.

Onboard the Algoport

Contrecouer dock, after unloading just waiting to start loading the concentrate for Nadia
Our ore pile on dock
Geese out for a stroll
CTMA Vacancier heading downbound for the Madeleine Islands
Tanker Sichem Holger upbound
Loading at dock, Contrecoeur
Tug and barge downbound, approaching Three Rivers
Closeup of the Atlantic Teak
Upper Lakers still in layup, Three Rivers
Atlantic Erie upbound with ore for Nanticoke
Another view
Saltie Sealink

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

Lakeshore Maritime Heritage Festival and Lighthouse Walk

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is hosting the first annual Lakeshore Maritime Heritage Festival and Lighthouse Walk on Saturday, October 4. The day features visits to five area lighthouses - Manitowoc, Pier Head in Two Rivers, Rawley's Point in Point Beach State Park, Kewaunee and Algoma.

In addition to lighthouses, the ticket also includes admission to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the historic World War II tug Ludington. This is a first-time event and offers a great opportunity to tour the area lighthouses.

Visit for more details.

Reported by: Bob O'Donnell

Monday's News

Monday's news was added late last night, be sure to scroll down to view that day's news.

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

Lower Lakes in Grand Haven

The Mississagi entered Grand Haven overnight on Friday to unload a cargo of stone. She departed shortly after 8:00 a.m. Saturday. The McKee Sons/Invincible brought a stone cargo from Stoneport also to Meekhof's early Saturday. After discharging, she moved a short ways downriver to Construction Aggregates to load sand.

Reported by: Dave Swain

Marquette Update

The American Mariner loaded taconite at Marquette on Sunday, then waited for the Michipicoten to arrive before leaving. The Michipicoten came in for one of her frequent trips to Marquette. She'll be back again on Tuesday.

American Mariner at dock, wide view
Mariner waiting
American Mariner leaving, passing breakwater light.
Michipicoten arriving
Bow view of Michipicoten loading.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Cuyahoga Visits Buffalo

The Cuyahoga was at the ADM standard Elevator in Buffalo on Saturday unloading. She had reserved one tug for a 18:15 departure on Saturday evening.

Reported by: Mike Madigan

Saginaw River Update

Sunny weather and visits by three Great Lakes freighters provided some excellent boat watching in Saginaw on Sunday.

Arriving during the night at the Wirt Stone Dock was the Calumet, followed early Sunday morning by the Paul H. Townsend and the Algoway. The Townsend called at the Lafarge cement terminal in Saginaw while the Algoway docked at Sargent, just down river from the I-75 bridge.

The Algoway was outbound late in the afternoon, followed by the Calumet about an hour later.

Other visitors to the Saginaw River on Sunday included the tug Rebecca Lynn with a tank barge, which was outbound from Bay City early in the morning after unloading at Bit-Mat. The tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader was inbound late in the afternoon and docked at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City. The Tug Barbara Andrie and her tank barge were unloading Sunday evening at the Triple Clean Dock in Essexville and were expected to be outbound Monday morning.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Great Lakes Trader - Joyce L. VanEnkevort upbound at Independence Bridge
Stern view
Unloading at Bay City Wirt without the Joyce L. VanEnkevort in the notch
Joyce L. Van Enkevort fueling at the Essroc Dock
Barbara Andrie and barge unloading at Triple Clean Liquifuels
Algoway downbound at Lafayette Bridge
Stern view

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey

Sunday Traffic at Port Huron

Here are photos taken from the cruise ship Huron Lady II at Port Huron Sunday

Algonova docked at Sarnia.
Algorail upbound near the Black River.
Former USCG Bramble, decommissioned and awaiting a new career as a marine museum.
Huron Lady Capt. John Rigney
Grayfox, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps training vessel at Port Huron.
Tall Ship Highlander Sea, owned by Acheson Ventures.
Panam Linda at Sarnia.
Philip R. Clarke upbound.
Clarke, stern view.
Tug Robin Lynn, working a construction project at the mouth of the Black River.
Canadian Coast Guard ship Simcoe, returning from a buoy replacement project in lower Lake Huron.
Other vessel traffic Sunday:
Algowood, upbound near St. Clair.
Cedarglen shows off her new paint job across from Algonac State Park
Federal Weser prepares to head in to Sarnia grain elevator
Middletown upbound below the Blue Water Bridge.
Middletown, stern view
Middletown, framed by trees.
Sarah Spencer downbound in front of the River Crab restaurant.
Sarah Spencer and sailboat

Reported by: Roger LeLievre

Cruise on the Diamond Jack

Below are images taken Sunday aboard the Detroit based tour boat Diamond Jack.

Onboard the Diamond Jack ready for the charter to begin.
Rest of the fleet preparing for a beautiful day on the river.
Crew prepares to depart the dock.
Windmill Point Lighthouse as we enter Lake St. Clair.
Herbert C. Jackson downbound and Federal Weser upbound on Lake St. Clair.
Jackson approaching.
Stern profile.
Stern view.
Lighthouse behind Piché Island.
Heading back into the main Detroit River Channel, we steer on the Livingston Memorial Light on Belle Isle.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
Pilothouse with web cam.
Close up of mast, web cam and wireless antenna for the Internet connection.
We watch our selves on the web cam.
Capt. Buchanan shows a good plastic knife works just as well as a fly swatter when dealing with bees in the pilothouse.
We pass under the Ambassador Bridge and find the Detroit Fire Boat and mailboat station.
J.W. Westcott II.
Westcott dock.
Empty DMT Dock.
Passing the Pilica.
Close up.
Bridge wing.
Opna at Nicholson's.
Stormont on Nicholson's Drydock.
Columbia still floating.
Upbound approaching Zug Island.
Passing the GM Building.
Detroit's Cement Docks.
Jackln M. and Integrity at Lafarge.
Stern view.
Another view.
Lafarge billboard.
Unloading boom.
Southdown Challenger unloading.
Close up.
Unloading boom.
Another view.
Bow view.
Finshed for the day at Stroh's River Place.

John J. Boland downbound Saturday.
Mail and freight delivery.
Pump hoisted aboard from the J.W. Westcott II.
Sliding off the stern.
Boland downbound.
Lee A. Tregurtha passing the Algoeast.
Lee A. close up.
Name board and battle ribbons.
Close up of stack.
Canoe stern glides under the Ambassador bridge.
Stern view.

Reported by: N. Schultheiss

Cleveland Update

The weather Sunday was beautiful for a boat hunting trip up the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, although the river was cluttered with floating debris dislodged from recent rains.

David Z. Norton appears to be running the LTV shuttle from the new Cleveland Bulk Terminal (CBT). The "G" tug California was pulling her down stream as the Norton used her bow thruster to make the many turns in the river. When the pair cleared the NS Railroad bridge, the tug was released and the Norton backed to CBT for another load.

As soon as the Norton cleared the main channel, the Maumee was in bound with a load of stone from Marblehead. She edged clear of the railroad bridge then winched herself around the corner into the old river to unload.

Further up river, the tug/barge Sea Eagle/St. Marys Cement II were unloading at the St. Marys terminal.

The Lake Michigan Contractor's tug Curley B, with a hopper scow load of dredging past the Sea Eagle. Lake Michigan Contractors are dredging in the area of the LTV Steel dock. The luxury tug/yacht remains tied at the Cleveland Port Authority dock.

Pictures by Dave Wobser
David Z. Norton clears the Center Street Bridge
Norton swings to clear the waterfront restaurants
Norton swings the other way to clear the railroad bridge
Lone Ranger
Maumee in bound past the lighthouse
Maumee wedged into the old river
Sea Eagle/St. Mary's Cement II
Curley B and barge pass Sea Eagle
Curley B with the Cleveland skyline in the background

Pictures by Dave Merchant
Maumee unloading at Ontario Stone.
G tug California squeezes by Maumee, heading out to assist her around into the main channel.
Maumee backs into the main channel, with California's assistance.
David Z. Norton demonstrates old fashioned seamanship, working ahead with full right rudder against a bow spring line, to get the stern out unassisted against a strong onshore wind. She then cast off, with enough room to swing the bow around and head up the Cuyahoga River. At this point, her bow is still against the dock.
David Z. Norton passes through the Center Street swing bridge.
Steam launch Lara B at Settler's Landing.
Lone Ranger at the heavy lift dock.

Reported by: Tim & Karen Zehe, Wayne Sapulski, Jennifer Tregumbo, Dave Merchant and Dave Wobser

Welland Traffic

Below are images taken on Saturday.

Federal Weser approaching Bridge 5 (Glendale Ave.) She is upbound light ship for Sarnia to load grain.
Close-up of bow of Federal Weser
Pilical below Lock 1. She upbound, loaded with steel for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Close-up of bow of Pilica.
Close-up of accommodation block. Polsteam ships always look immaculate.

Reported by: David Bull

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

Staten Island Ferry Launched in Marinette

The newest Staten Island Ferry was launched by Marinette Marine on Saturday afternoon. The Guy V. Molinari was christened by his daughter, Susan, who, along with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, was among the dignitaries on hand for the event.

An estimated crowd of between three and four thousand people lined both sides of the Menominee River to view the launch. After a round of speeches, the champagne bottle crashed against the ship and it hit the water shortly before 3:30 PM (CDT). The tugs Erika Kobasic and William C. Selvick were among the support craft on hand to assist the launch.

Pictures by Dick Lund
The tug Erika Kobasic on one end of the Molinari.
The tug William C. Selvick anchored the other end.
Part of the crowd on hand on the Menominee side of the river.
Guy V. Molinari on the ways under a bright sun.
Christening is underway.
Molinari hits the water.
Righting itself.
Close-up of the upright ferry.
Rudder shows it is drawing 10-feet of water.

John Garniss
Launch from the dock
Christening Program.
Inside pages.

Reported by: Dick Lund and John Garniss

Marquette News

The Michipicoten and Kaye Barker loaded ore at Marquette on Saturday. The American Mariner will arrive and load Sunday morning, followed by the Michipicoten in the afternoon. The Michipicoten is on the schedule for more "round trips" from Marquette to Algoma. The Mesabi Miner is due in during the week with a load of coal.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Alpena Report

The Paul H. Townsend arrived in port before noon on Saturday after being delayed by the weather. It was anchored out in the bay until conditions had improved. It took on cement for Saginaw and departed after 3 p.m. The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity was also in on Saturday evening, loading cargo bound for Detroit.

The Alpena is delivering product to Superior and Duluth and is expected back at Lafarge on Monday along with fleet mate J.A.W Iglehart which is also scheduled to load on Monday.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Detroit Traffic

Below are images taken from the tug Norma B. on the Detroit River Saturday.

Norma B.
Loading and unloading rig at ADM in Windsor.
Former passenger ship Alabama docked in the Rouge.
Algorail loading salt at Ojibway in Windsor.
Algorail boom.
Stern view.
Bud Light at Ballenger Park.
Wyandotte Indian fleet stack markings at the Wyandotte Yacht Club.
Saltie Orna unloading at Nicholson’s.
Bow view.
Another view.
Stormont on dry dock.
Another view.
Wide view.
Columbia's steel hull appears intact.
Collapsing wooden decks on the Columbia.
Pipe bridge and Rouge River Short Cut Bridge.
Train crosses the Short Cut Bridge.
Zug Island.
Fort St. Bridge.
Carolyn Hoey.
Patricia Hoey.
Tug Shannon.
Stormont on Nicholson’s Floating dry dock.
Algorail loading.
Norma B. off the stern.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre

Toledo Update

The Lee A. Tregurtha finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed Saturday afternoon. The CSL Niagara finished unloading ore at the Torso Ore Dock and departed Saturday afternoon. The dredge Columbia continues working the ship channel in Maumee Bay north of the pump out station. The Wolverine continues the fitout process and will be out sailing early this week.

The Armco, Buckeye, and Courtney Burton remain in layup at their respective dock sites. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at the present time.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius and Jean Parisien on Sunday. The Charles M. Beeghly on Monday. The Kaye E. Barker on Tuesday, followed by the Algolake on Thursday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Jean Parisien on Sunday. The Atlantic Superior on Monday. The John D. Leitch on Tuesday, followed by the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Erie Report

The Adam E. Cornelius made its eighth visit to Erie on Saturday, arriving at 9:30 a.m. to unload stone at the Mounfort Terminal. The Cornelius loaded in Calcite. Last year the Cornelius was the leading visitor to Erie with eight visits, and it is likely that with more than three months left in the shipping season the Cornelius will surpass last year's mark.

In other Erie news, the new $4.7 million dollar cruise terminal has had a delay to its opening again. Wednesday evening at around 6:30, Coast Guard Station Erie received a call from a boater reporting that a dock wall was in the water. Arriving on scene, the Coast Guard discovered that 350 feet of dock wall that was being installed by Chivers Construction of Erie had collapsed into the Holland Street dock across from the Richard Reiss. The Port Authority believes the damage may take eight months to repair.

Erie's Bayfront Convention Center may not be built on the bayfront after all. Having failed to reach an agreement with local hotelier Nick Scott Sr. over the use of his land about a quarter mile west of Metro Machine, the Erie Convention Center Bureau is looking for another site to build the convention center. Possible sites include the former International Paper plant just east of Erie Harbor, and the Sassafras Street Pier, where the failed Lansdowne project was supposed to be.

Cornelius inbound.
Stern View.
Cruise Terminal Dock Wall sits in Presque Isle Bay.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson

Simcoe Dry Docking

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Simcoe was in drydock in Hamilton, Ontario in August and early September. These photos were taken in the drydock, during the refloating and after the ship became operational.

Simcoe anchor chains hung out to dry.
Simcoe being repainted in drydock.
The Simcoe's anchor chain being pulled up the hawse pipe.
Lac Manitoba standing by to assist the Simcoe coming out of drydock.

Reported by: Paul Beesley

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

Possible buyers eye EVTAC

Officials of EVTAC Mining Co. in Minnesota say potential buyers -- including Cleveland-Cliffs -- are eyeing the shutdown taconite plant.

EVTAC shut down last May after it ran out of pellet orders. Shipments of stockpiled pellets continue while plant officials seek new customers or owners.

EVTAC President Howard Hilshorst told the Duluth News Tribune that there have been discussions with potential new owners, but that a deal has not been reached.

"There has been some interest, but we don't know to what extent," Hilshorst said. "We really don't know how real the interest is."

Officials of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., which in Minnesota owns and operates Northshore Mining Co. and is part owner and manager of Hibbing Taconite, is one party interested.

"We are taking a look at EVTAC to see if there are any potential opportunities there," Cliffs spokesman Dana Byrne told the newspaper.

Also this summer, EVTAC officials met in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and Chinese Ambassador Yang Jiechi to explore the possibility of EVTAC supplying pellets to Chinese steelmaker Laiwu Steel.

Steel production in China is growing, and the country is exhausting its reserves of high-grade iron ore. Experts say China could import as much as 135 million tons of iron ore a year this year. Media reports about the Chinese interest EVTAC say any deal would result in pellets moving to West Coast ports by rail.

Reported by: Chris Sparrow

Coast Guard rescues Three people

Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor rescued three people from Lake Erie near the water treatment plant in Cleveland when they received a call via cell phone around 5:00 Friday morning.

Benjamin Williams and Kiel Mills, both of Cleveland, called the Coast Guard when their homemade raft drifted too far to get back to land. The raft was made of two 55-gallon plastic drums tied to an 8-foot by-8-foot piece of plywood.

The two men departed from the Northeast Yacht Club and drifted approximately three miles. When Station Cleveland Harbor's rescue boat arrived on scene, the two men were sitting on lawn chairs on the raft. They were treated for hypothermia and transported to the emergency medical services.

While rescuing the two men, the Coast Guard was advised that Mills had called his brother for help before calling the Coast Guard.

Colin Mills departed in a canoe in an attempt to find Mills and Williams. Around 7:00 a.m., the Coast Guard rescue crew located Mills in the water, clinging to his overturned boat about 1.5 miles from the water treatment plant.

Mills was wearing only shorts and said he had been in the 70-degree water for more than an hour. He was treated for hypothermia and transported to emergency medical services. He was then transported to Metro Hospital.

Reported by: USCG

Marquette Update

The Herbert C. Jackson brought coal to Marquette's Shiras Steam Plant in the lower harbor on a blustery Friday, then shifted to the ore dock in the upper harbor to take on a load. Her fleetmate Charles Beeghly also came in for a load of ore. The Michipicoten and Kaye Barker will be in very early Saturday to take on ore.

Herbert Jackson unloading coal at the Shiras Steam Plant. Note the load of stone brought by the H. Lee White on Thursday.
Herbert Jackson at the ore dock.
Charles M. Beeghly loading ore.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Busy Day in Goderich

Friday morning saw several visitors in Goderich Harbor. The remnants of Isabel were just arriving.

A panorama of the harbor, from left to right, Tugs Salvage Monarch and Seven Sisters, Willowglen, Teakglen, Algolake and CCGS Simcoe
Algoway, unloading grain
Canadian Progress is in the background, waiting to load at the salt mine

Reported by: Grant Culbert

Saginaw River News

The tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader arrived about midnight Thursday at the Sargent stone dock in Essexville. After lightering there during the night, the vessel continued up to Saginaw early Friday morning.

While the barge was unloading at Saginaw Rock Products, the tug headed back down river to the Burroughs dock to receive fuel. The pair was outbound from Saginaw at 3 p.m. Friday.

Reported by: Stephen Hause

Sarnia Update

The Gordon C. Leitch departed the Cargill Elevator at Sarnia late Thursday night. She waited for Maumee and the John B Aird to clear upbound before departing. The Leitch then departed downbound for Port Cartier with wheat.

She had arrived at the elevator early Wednesday morning. Thursday evening the Canadian Miner passed upbound for Thunder Bay. She was favoring the Canadian shore up Lake Huron due to predicted high winds from Hurricane Isabella.

Reported by: Marc Dease

Detroit River Traffic

Barge Salty Dog No 1 and tug Jerry Newberry downbound at Fighting Island South Light and off the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg.
Stern view.
Panam Linda (Bahamas) upbound at Fighting Island South Light.
Stern view.
The newest lighthouse on the Great Lakes at Belanger Park in River Rouge.
John G Munson unloading on Zug Island.
Maumee unloading salt at the Osborne Dock in the Rouge River.
Barge Hannah 5101 and James A Hannah loading at the Marathon Dock in the Rouge River.
Stern view.
Tug Acushnet continues her major overhaul at the Gaelic Dock.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Pelee Island Views

Below are pictures taken on a recent trip to Pelee Island in Lake Erie. Included are pictures of the ferries that service the island and the restored Pelee Island Lighthouse that was built in 1833, restored 2000. Notice the wooden outriggers on the lighthouse. The shallow foundation, being on the beach was inadequate so that the wooden timbers where add to the lighthouse to support the weight of the walls. The tower weight cause it to lean to the Southwest shortly after is was built. For further information about Pelee Island and the ferry service go to

M. V. Pelee Islander.
JIIMAAN heading for Kingsville.
M. V. Jiimaan.
Jiimaan's bow door open.
Loading ferry.
Loading ferry 2.
Loading the Jiimaan.
looking East.
Inside look at the bow door.
Inside the Jiimaan.
JIIMAAN stern view.
Pelee Lighthouse.
Reinforced base.
Pelee Flyer.
Inside look at the bow door1.
Through the trees.
Fishing tugs in Kingsville, ON.

Reported by:Bob Vincent

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

Twin Ports Report

The fall grain rush continues in the Twin Ports. Boatwatchers Thursday were treated to several interesting views of lakers loading grain. Among them: CSL Laurentien paying a rare call to Cargill B1 in Duluth to load grain; Joseph H. Frantz loading quickly at Cenex Harvest States 1 in Superior; and Birchglen loading at Peavey in Superior. Also loading grain was Vancouverborg at General Mills in Duluth. Chios Charity was anchored on the lake waiting for Cenex Harvest States.

Also in port Thursday, Edwin H. Gott was loading taconite pellets at the DMIR ore dock and Canadian Transport was loading coal at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal.

Reported by: Al Miller

Marquette Update

The Middletown loaded ore at Marquette on Thursday, then remained tied up because of high winds and waves. The Michipicoten came in and began loading taconite. The H. Lee White brought a load of stone to the Shiras Dock in the lower harbor.

Middletown loaded and tied up.
Michipicoten bow.
Michipicoten wide view.
Pulling out bow wire.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Toledo Report

Thursday the Canadian Enterprise was at the CSX Docks loading coal. The Atlantic Erie was at the Torco Ore Dock unloading ore with the Canadian Navigator arriving at the Torco Dock late Thursday evening. She will follow the Atlantic Erie unloading ore. The salt water vessel Federal Ems and the tug Barbara Andrie and barge A-390 were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo.

The Armco, Buckeye, and Courtney Burton remain in lay-up but the Wolverine is in the fitout process and should be out sailing soon. The dredge Columbia continues working in the Maumee Bay ship channel north of the pump out station. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at the present time.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Adam E. Cornelius and Lee A. Tregurtha on Friday. The Jean Parisien and Charles M. Beeghly on Sunday, followed by the Kaye E. Barker on Monday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will now be the CSL Niagara on Saturday. The Jean Parisien on Sunday, followed by the Atlantic Superior on Monday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Busy Day in Cleveland

Tuesday afternoon the Reserve was unloading ore at the lakefront, Sam Laud was unloading stone at Ontario, and Cuyahoga was loading at the salt mine. Federal Ems was also in town.

The Durocher tug Champion and another Durocher tug were working with several derrick barges on the sewage plant project, and USCOE Simosen was out at the breakwall.

Around midnight, Reserve had finished unloading and moved eastward along the dock to make room for the American Republic to unload ore, apparently to lighter before heading upriver. Reserve was apparently being serviced, with a ladder out at the stern. Champion was working, running her engine to hold a barge in place.

A boat that appeared to be Lone Ranger was at the heavy lift dock behind the stadium. At midnight, Steven B. Roman arrived, and turned to back into her dock.

Federal Ems, with Reserve at the right
Reserve unloading at the lakefront
Reserve close up, note the basketball net
Manitowoc 888 + 4600 (with clamshell), and a tiny workboat. Note front end loader on the barge.
Champion heads out to the work site
USCOE Simosen and tug at the breakwall
Night time. Near to far: Champion holds a barge in place, American Republic unloads, Reserve being serviced
Steven B. Roman turns to back in.

Reported by: Dave Merchant

Toronto Update

The Toronto Police Marine Unit acted quickly to rescue the schooner Kajama Wednesday afternoon, when the auxiliary schooner lost power near the West Gap. High winds were pushing Kajama on a collision course with the charter vessel Wayward Princess when Marine Unit No. 7 arrived on the scene. They first tried to pull the stricken vessel upwind, but that proved impossible, so No. 7 pulled the schooner downwind and away from danger. Marine Units No. 4 ad No. 1 arrived on the scene within minutes, along with the firetug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie. Together they assisted in getting the distressed vessel moored.

The saltie Ziemia Chelminska finished unloading its cargo of raw sugar at the Redpath dock, and departed in the evening for the Welland Canal. An unusual visitor on Wednesday afternoon was the large yacht Rainbow Maker, of Midland, Ontario.

Reported by: Art Church

Montrealais Passing

The Montrealais was on the Seaway Thursday passing the Champlain bridge enroute to the St. Lambert Lock about 5:30 p.m.

Close up.
Another view.

Reported by: Gordon Beck

Montreal Visitors

Thursday the tug Théodore and tall ship Jeanie Johnston were in Old-Port of Montreal. The Johnston is a visiting replica of a Canadian Built Tall ship in 1845.

Tug Théodore.
Another view.
Jeanie Johnston open for tours.
Stern view.

Reported by: Laurent Cote

Onboard the Algoport

Beautiful day off the Gaspe coast.
Looking astern at our wake.
More shots of the coast.
Another view.
Entering the channel to Bras D'or Lake, Cape Breton Island.
Not a lot of room.
Another view.
The shore and Seal Island Bridge.
Another view.
Loading at dock, Little Narrows.

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

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

Busy Day at the Soo

Wednesday was a beautiful day in the Soo and there was a steady stream of traffic all day.

Wednesday evening the Michipicoten was upbound with a load of stone for Algoma Steel, this was her first trip after repairs for bottom damage in Sturgeon Bay. After unloading stone the Michipicoten will head to Marquette.

Also unloading at Algoma Steel is the Charles M Beeghly with a cargo of coal.

Charles M Beeghly upbound with a load of coal.
John G Munson downbound at Mission Pt.
Another view downbound
Stern view with Sarah Spencer approaching)
Salty Yick Hua downbound
Upbound Sarah Spencer passes downbound Yick Hua
Michipicoten upbound just before dark
Close up of bow

Reported by: Scott Best

Brine Flowing Through New Pipe Line

McKeil Marine has their new brine loading operation in use now at Bowen's Creek just below Courtright, ON. on the St. Clair River.

Enbridge Corp. recently drilled new brine wells near Brigden, ON. east of Courtright and are sending the product via pipeline to this new site on the St. Clair River. The brine is loaded into barges and shipped down to Amherstburg, ON. for General Chemical.

Brine had been moved by truck from the drill site by tanker truck to the old CN rail dock in Sarnia prior to the pipe line becoming active. The tug Evans McKeil and barge Ocean Hauler were upbound in the river Wednesday morning for Courtright to load for General Chemical. Tug Jerry Newberry and barge Salty Dog No. 1 loaded at Courtright Tuesday for Amherstburg.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks

Marquette Report

The Lee A. Tregurtha took a load of ore at Marquette on Wednesday. The Middletown was expected to arrive late Wednesday.

The Michipicoten is expected in on Thursday for ore, and the H. Lee White will bring stone to the lower harbor. Friday should see the Charles M. Beeghly for a load of ore and the Herbert Jackson bringing coal to the Shiras Steam Plant in the lower harbor before moving to the ore dock for a load of taconite.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Saginaw River News

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons arrived at the Buena Vista Dock in Saginaw at 5 p.m. Wednesday. At the same time, another tug-barge combination, the Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder was entering the Saginaw River at Bay City going to the new Bay Aggregates dock near the mouth of the river.

The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with a load of coal for the Consumers Energy plant at the mouth of the river.

Reported by: Stephen Hause

St Clair Traffic

Canadian Transfer unloading at the Sun Oil North Dock.
Another view.
Vlieborg downbound off Marysville.
Stern view.
Daviken (Bahamas) upbound below the St. Clair Crib Light.
Stern view.
Barge Marysville passing the Algolake in Lake St. Clair above Windmill Point.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Toledo Update

The Kaye E. Barker finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed Wednesday afternoon. There were no vessels at the Shipyard at the time of this report.

The Armco, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Wolverine remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites.

The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Canadian Enterprise on Thursday. The Adam E. Cornelius and Lee A. Tregurtha on Friday, followed by the Charles M. Beeghly and Jen Parisien on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Atlantic Erie and Canadian Navigator on Thursday. The CSL Niagara on Saturday, followed by the Jean Parisien on Sunday.

The George Hindman loading grain at the Midstates Elevator. The bumboat "Deweys" is alongside her.
The Maplecliffe Hall at Midstates Elevator loading grain.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Onboard the Algoport

Mellisa Desgagnes on the way up north, just above Cap Brule
Dredge Port Mechins at work in the channel (she is the former canaller Lockeport)
Stellanova, looking a lot better than the last time we saw her (Prospector collision last fall.)
Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City
CCGS George R Peakes at the base, Quebec City
Supertanker, one of the CAP-class
Federal Yukon upbound at Valleyfield
Umiavut loading for the Arctic, just about everything from containers to trucks
the Gaspe coast heading east for Little Narrows, NS
Another view

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

Steamship Mather Museum Presents “Cleveland Canoes, Canals, & Cargoes”

In the 1830s the Ohio & Erie Canal first connected interior Ohio to Lake Erie. This connection fueled lake travel that continues today and helped make Cleveland one of the key cities of the Industrial Revolution. All forms of cargo, including runaway slaves, were transported upon these routes. Join the SS William G. Mather Museum and the National Park Service to experience the evolution of transportation and the cargo carried. Play the role of a canal worker, runaway slave, deck hand, passenger, and stock holder as you board the SS William G. Mather docked in Cleveland Ohio.

A FREE preview of this program will be presented the evening of Wednesday, September 24, at 6:30 pm as part of the Mather Museum’s “LandLubber” series. The preview is appropriately located at Cleveland Metroparks’ CanalWay Center in the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation at 4524 East 49th Street off Whittlesey Way in Cuyahoga Heights. For directions, contact CanalWay Center at (216) 206-1000 or The final Landlubber program for 2003 is October 22 also at CanalWay Center.

The full evening program of “Cleveland Canoes, Canals, & Cargoes” is Saturday, September 27, from 6-8 pm on and around the Steamship William G. Mather Museum at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor Park, 1001 East Ninth Street Pier. Admission is the cost of regular admission and reservations are required. $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for Seniors, and $3.50 for students. Recommended ages are high school and older. For reservations or for more information, call (216) 574-9053 or visit the Mather’s website at

Former Great Lakes freighter flagship, the historic Mather is now a restored 618-foot long museum ship. In 2003, the Steamship William G. Mather Museum is open to the public May 2 through October 26. In May, September and October, the Mather is open Fridays (10 AM – 5:30 PM), Saturdays (10 AM – 5:30 PM), and Sundays (12 PM – 5:30 PM). In June, July and August, the Museum’s public hours are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, except for Sundays and July 4 when public hours are 12 PM – 5:30 PM. The Museum is closed for public touring Labor Day Weekend due to special Air Show programming. General admission prices are $5.50/adult, $4.50/senior citizen (age 60 and older), and $3.50/student (age 5 – 18 years or with a full-time college I.D.) Due to its historic nature, the Museum has limited accessibility.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy

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

Ste. Claire Moved to Lorain

The former Boblo steamer Ste. Claire was towed from Toledo's TORCO Dock to the Black River Landing in Lorain on Tuesday. The G tug Illinois did the towing. They were met at the Lorain breakwater by the tug Superior from Cleveland who assisted the tow up the Black River. A small crowd was on hand to greet the tow which arrived several hours later than originally expected. There was problem with a sandbar in the shipping channel about half hour out of Toledo.

The Ste. Claire was relocated to Lorain to be closer to the owners and volunteers who having working on the restoration, most of whom are from the Cleveland area.

The "Nautical Nightmare" haunted house will be held aboard steamer again this year from October 2 through November 2. The fund raising event was successful in downtown Toledo last year and is expected to draw crowds this year from the metro Cleveland area.

Pictures by Dave Wobser and Rick Nicholls
Tow arrives.
Small crowd on had to greet the Ste Claire.
Pilothouse decorated.
Tug Illinois leads the tow up the Black River.
Superior on the stern.
Tugs hold her to the dock.
Superior on the stern.
Superior heads for home.
Ste. Claire docked.
Another view.

Reported by: Dave Wobser and Rick Nicholls

Twin Ports Report

Traffic has been slow at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth, but Tuesday morning briefly saw two vessels there -- the James R. Barker completing its load and the John G. Munson newly arrived under the chutes. The Barker departed about 7 a.m.

The grain trade continues at a moderate pace. On Tuesday the Birchglen was loading at Peavey, Puffin was at Cargill and Yick Hua was completing its load at Cenex Harvest States, with Algoville next in line for the berth. Another saltie, Lake Erie, was up the river loading at the Hallett docks.

Elsewhere, Oglebay Norton was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal, to be followed later in the day by Indiana Harbor. Stewart J. Cort loaded at BNSF ore dock.

Reported by: Al Miller

Marquette Update

The Lee A. Tregurtha brought a load of coal to Marquette on Tuesday, and will take on a load of ore on Wednesday. Wednesday will also see the Middletown in late, and the Michipicoten back on the Algoma/Marquette run.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Milwaukee Update

The Algoway arrived in Milwaukee early Tuesday morning to load grain. A frequent visitor to Milwaukee with salt, it's rare to see an Algoma self unloader arrive here empty to load grain.

Unloading of the heavy lift ship Fairlane continues at the Port of Milwaukee. The larger pieces have been delivered to Port Washington. Unloading of various smaller support items is now taking place.

The Algoway at the Nidera elevator.
Loading underway
loaded barges waiting their trip to Port Washington.
A sign on the equipment indicates its origin.
The Fairlane
A lone wind generator waits its turn to be delivered.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Townsend Delivers

The Paul H. Townsend arrived at the Muskegon, Mich. Lafarge dock Monday morning to unload cement. She departed around midnight, light for South Chicago

Reported by: Herm Phillips

Saginaw River News

The Calumet was inbound the Saginaw River early Tuesday morning calling on the Sargent Dock in Essexville to lighter. She then continued upriver to the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee to finish unloading. Calumet was turned on outbound from the Sixth Street Basin around 5 p.m and headed for the lake. This was her second visit in three days.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Detroit Traffic

Charles M Beeghly upbound at Grassy Island
Stern view.
Lone Ranger (Bermuda) downbound at Grassy Island
Another view.
Stern view.

Reported by:

Buffalo in Erie

The Buffalo arrived in Erie at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and tied up at the Mounfort Terminal to discharge stone from Calcite. The Buffalo was the end of quite a parade of inbound vessels on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 1 p.m. the Gretchen B. and barge headed back from the sediment disposal area to the Coast Guard Station. Closely following her was the cruise ship Grande Mariner and the J.S. St. John. The Grande Mariner docked at the East Public Dock, and the St. John tied up at Erie Sand & Gravel's Old Ore Dock to discharge sand.

Grande Mariner inbound.
Passengers on Deck.
Stern View.
Passing the Gretchen B.
J.S.St. John inbound.
Buffalo passes the lighthouse.
Another view.
Hatch covers are removed.
Stern View.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson

Seaway Documentary

The Canadian Provider was downbound in the Welland Canal Tuesday. Onboard was a film crew shooting a documentary about the St. Lawrence Seaway. The crew boarded the ship in the morning at Lock 8 and was riding through the entire Canal.

Reported by: Dan Sweeley

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

Rio Glory and Vancouverborg visit Marinette and Menominee

The Rio Glory entered the Menominee River shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday. Two Selvick tugs from Sturgeon Bay, WI assisted the ship through the fog and rain and helped dock it alongside the crane ship, William H. Donner. The Rio Glory is carrying a load of pig iron from Brazil to Marinette Fuel & Dock. In August 2000 this ship unloaded pig iron in Marinette under its old name, Darya Kamala.

Monday morning saw the Vancouverborg proceed up the river to a local warehouse with a load of wood pulp.

Meanwhile, work progresses on the new Staten Island Ferry, Guy V. Molinari, at Marinette Marine preparatory to Saturday's launch. Among other duties, MMC workers have been painting the new ferry.

Rio Glory alongside the William H. Donner unloading at Marinette Fuel & Dock.
Darya Kamala (shown entering the Menominee River in Aug. 2000) is now the Rio Glory.
Vancouverborg at a local warehouse dock.
Work progresses on the new Staten Island Ferry.

Reported by: Dick Lund

Alpena Update

The Calumet was loading at Stoneport on Monday and departed around 3 p.m., heading for Saginaw. The Philip R. Clarke arrived next to tie up at the dock. It took on a stone cargo bound for Detroit. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity was in port Monday evening before 8 p.m. taking on cement under the silos at Lafarge.

In other news the Presque Isle made one of its rare stops to load at Calcite on Monday. Loading of the thousand footer should be done by early Tuesday morning when it is expected to depart for Buffington, IN.

Clarke loading.
Another view.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Toledo Traffic

Tug Josephine in Toledo.
Stern View.
tug Ray D.
Stern View.
tug Mighty Mike.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Erie Update

The Middletown arrived in Erie at 10:15 a.m. Monday and proceeded slowly inbound, tying up at the Mounfort Terminal to unload. Sometime Monday afternoon the vessel shifted to the Old Ore Dock to complete unloading of the cargo from Cedarville and departed at 6:50 p.m.

Middletown inbound.
Stern View.
J. S. St. John right behind the Middletown inbound.
Passing the Middletown.
Middletown at the Mounfort Terminal.
Ready to depart and tied up at the Old Ore Dock.
Another view.
Stern View.
Gretchen B. and barge inbound behind the St. John, headed for the Coast Guard Station.
Close up of the tug.
Stern View.
Richard Reiss.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson and Dave Edwards

Hamilton to Thunder Bay

Today's installment of Canadian Coast Guard Officer Paul Beesely's adventure shows the intrepid crew preparing the CCGC Cape Lambton in Thunder Bay and delivering this Search & Rescue cutter to Hamilton, Ontario. Along the way they photographed the Middletown and the Mississagi and spent an interesting day in the Welland canal. These are a few of the photos they took.

The Cape Lambton and Thunder Cape rafted together in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
A radio operator in Thunder Bay scans the harbor.
Middletown downbound in the Rock Cut.
Catherine Desgagnes in Lock 4 west.
A CN train heading east over the bridge at Lock 4, Welland canal.
Close-up view of Cape Lambton's propeller and rudder.
More photos on Paul's home page at

Reported by: Paul Beesley

Onboard the Algoport

Rainy day in the Madeleine Islands
Loading at the salt dock
waiting for the weather conditions to improve before leaving the Islands
another look at the dock
looking from the beach at the dock
1st Mate Clarence Vautier

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

Fall Color Cruise

Diamond Jack's River Tours annual fall color river tour aboard the Diamond Belle is scheduled for Sunday, October 12, 2003. The tour is available by reservation only and will depart Diamond Jack's dock at the foot of Jos. Campau at 10 am and return about 3 pm. The route of the voyage will include a view of the old Bob-Lo steamer Columbia near Nicholsons, passing downtown Wyandotte and the Grosse Ile lighthouse. The voyage will continue down the Ballards Reef channel and enter the Livingston Channel downbound. Weather permitting, the mini-ship will enter Lake Erie, and turn upbound the Amherstburg Channel passing the Bob-Lo Island old main steamer dock. As we continue upbound the route will take us to the east of Fighting Island past the town of LaSalle Ontario and through the Ojibway Anchorage. The route will continue along the Canadian shoreline past Windsor before returning to the dock about 3 pm. A Deli luncheon on board and is included in the $55 ticket price. Parking right on the dock is $4.

View and copy the brochure for the voyage.
Rick Nicholls photo of the Diamond Belle.

Reported by: Bill Hoey

Capt Cathy’s Cruise for Kids

The second annual Capt Cathy’s Cruise for Kids is set for Sept. 20 from noon-3 p.m. The boat ride, aboard one of the Diamond Jack boats, is intended for kids with special needs. The tour, which includes clowns, food, refreshments and entertainment, is in memory of Capt. Cathy Nasiatka who was lost on the Detroit River two years ago aboard the J.W. Westcott II.

Donations/contributions/gifts can be sent to:
Capt. Cathy's Foundation
P.O. Box 148
Algonac, MI 48001

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. As the BUFFALO passed the dock's 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

Frantz Visits Saginaw

The Joseph H. Frantz visited Saginaw for the first time in two years on Sunday, delivering a load of stone to the Buena Vista Dock near the I-75 Bridge.

It was not a visit without problems, however. The Frantz had entered the Saginaw River on Saturday evening, but touched bottom during the night and became stuck in the river between Bay City and Saginaw. The tug Gregory J. Busch got underway to provide assistance and the Frantz was freed at 5:40 a.m. Sunday. The vessel had completed unloading late Sunday afternoon and was outbound at 4:30 p.m.

According to the Tides Online web site, the water level in the river at the time of the grounding was about 8 inches below datum.

The Frantz was once a familiar sight on the Saginaw River with as many as 25 visits per season, delivering stone products for Oglebay Norton Marine. The vessel was laid up during the 2002 season and is operating under charter this season to Great Lakes Associates, Inc.

Also delayed by the incident was the steamer Alpena, which had delivered cargo on Saturday to the Lafarge cement terminal in Saginaw. The Alpena departed the dock at about 8 p.m. and intended to wait further downriver for the upbound Frantz to pass. Instead, the cement carrier had to wait until Sunday morning to depart the river.

Other visitors to the Saginaw River on Sunday included the Calumet who was inbound Sunday afternoon passing the outbound Alpena at Essroc. She continued up to the Bay City Wirt Dock to unload. During the unload the Calumet experienced some equipment problems and unloading was delayed for a number of hours. She completed her unload around 8:30 p.m. and proceed to turn in the Bay City Wirt turning basin before heading for the lake.

Unloading next to the Calumet was the Wilfred Sykes. The Sykes was inbound late Sunday evening, maneuvering expertly into the Wirt Dock ahead of the Calumet. She lightered there before departing for the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish her unload. The Sykes is expected to be outbound sometime Monday morning.

On Saturday, the Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder delivered a split load during the day to the Burroughs and Valley Asphalt docks and was outbound from Saginaw at 2 p.m. The CSL Tadoussac was outbound about 3 a.m. Saturday after delivering cement clinkers to the Essroc plant in Essexville.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Alpena downbound at Independence Bridge
Stern view
Alpena passing the inbound Calumet
Calumet inbound at Essroc
Stern view
Joseph H. Frantz unloading at Saginaw Asphalt
Frantz unloading another view
Wilfred Sykes upbound at the Independence Bridge
Launching the "Sykes II"
Sykes docking in front of the Calumet at Bay City Wirt
Another view
Wilfred Sykes & Calumet unloading at Bay City Wirt
Joseph H. Frantz downbound at Wheeler's Landing
Stern view
Frantz passing the Sykes
Three classics! Sykes, Frantz, Calumet

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey

Coast Guard Rescues man Adrift in His Boat

Sunday the U.S. Coast Guard ended a search for a 61 year-old man after he was found alive in his boat about 60 miles northwest of Frankfort, Mich.

He was located by a C-130 search plane from the Canadian Coast Guard that had been assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in the massive search on upper Lake Michigan.

Dennis Formosa, of Westland, Mich., was reported overdue by his son last night. He was last seen on Wednesday when he left the Frankfort Municipal Marina.

A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist, who was also involved in the search and in the area when the C-130 located Formosa, came to his aid. Formosa was cold and hungry when found.

Sunday evening the Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay was towing Formosa and his boat toward land where he is scheduled to be transferred to a Coast Guard small boat, and then arrive at Station Charlevoix.

In addition to the resources listed above, the successful rescue was aided by personnel and patrol boats from Stations Manistee and Frankfort in Michigan, and Station Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin. They were joined by an HH-65 dolphin helicopter from Air station Traverse City.

Reported by: U.S. Coast Guard

Twin Ports Report

Quite a lineup of 1,000-footers Sunday afternoon in the Twin Ports. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was loading at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior; James R. Barker was docked at the Duluth port terminal, reportedly undergoing repairs before loading at DMIR ore dock (looks like it's also getting a paint job on the fly this season); and Columbia Star was pulling into the harbor, apparently heading to the Murphy Oil dock to fuel before taking the SMET dock after the McCarthy departs.

Reported by: Al Miller

Busy Day in Green Bay

Sunday was a wet and busy day for the port of Green Bay. The day started early with the arrival of the Algorail around 2 a.m. with 15,000 metric tons of salt for the C. Reiss coal dock. Unloading took about six hours and they departed late morning. Next was the tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity with a load of cement for Lafarge. The Integrity departed Green Bay passing the inbound Canadian Transfer. The Canadian Transfer was loaded with 15,000 tons of salt and was the fifth ship to bring in salt to the C. Reiss coal dock this weekend. Unloading was finishing up around 10 p.m. and they departed with the assistance of the G tug Texas.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Buffalo Visit Holland, Mich.

Entering Lake Macatawa through the channel at noon on Thursday was the Buffalo. She proceeded to Verplank's to unload a cargo of limestone. The Buffalo was drawing 19-feet while inbound.

After unloading for about 4 hours she returned to Lake Michigan sailing upbound for Port Inland to load her next cargo.

Unloading between stone piles .
Bow view.
Profile of bow.
Unloading stone Across the lake .
An old propeller located by Padnos.
Work Progresses on the floating drydock under construction in Holland.

Reported by: Dale Rosema

Detroit Traffic

Nanticoke upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Barge 12002 & tug Mobile Bay downbound off the old Rouge River.
Close up.
Stern close up.
Stern view.
Diamond Star upbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.
Diamond Queen downbound at Zug Island.
Stern view.
Algoville upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Barge PML 2501 and tug Anglian Lady downbound at Grassy Island.
Anglian Lady close up.
Stern view.
Spruceglen at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
Another view.
Stern view.
Adam E Cornelius downbound off Nicholson's Ecorse.
Stern view.
Grande Mariner downbound off Nicholson's Ecorse.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Toledo Update

The J.A.W. Iglehart was at the Lafarge Dock unloading cement. The salt water vessel Menominee was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The H. Lee White was due in late Sunday evening at the CSX Docks to load coal.

The Armco, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Wolverine remain in lay-up at their respective dock sites, though the Wolverine is rumored to be fitting out over the next week. There are no vessels at the Shipyard at this time.

The next scheduled coal boats due into the CSX Docks will be the Cason J. Callaway on Monday. The Charles M. Beeghly on Tuesday, followed by the Kaye E. Barker, Canadian Enterprise, and Adam E. Cornelius on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the Atlantic Erie and Canadian Navigator on Thursday. The CSL Niagara on Saturday, followed by the Jean Parisien on Sunday.

Classic Views of Toledo Shipping
The Black River downbound Maumee River from the Craig Bridge. She just finished unloading a grain cargo at one of the elevators up river.
J. Burton Ayers (Now sailing as the Cuyahoga) and William A. Reiss (Scrapped) in layup at the Hocking Valley South Dock.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Toledo Traffic

Menominee inbound the Maumee River off Torco.
Stern view.
Courtney Burton in Toledo.
The load of wood products does not bring the ship down to its marks.
Mushroom antenna
William Hoey

Reported by: Mike and Rick Nicholls

Hamilton Update

On Saturday the Capt. Henry Jackman departed Hamilton about 6:30 a.m. and head toward the Welland Canal. The Federal Fuji arrived about 12 noon and the light tug Nadro Clipper arrived at 5 p.m. The Montrealais followed about 6 p.m.

Sunday the Montrealais departing about 8:30 a.m. to clean her holds in Lake Ontario and return to Hamilton Harbor at 4 p.m. The Algocape arrived at 10 a.m. going to Dofasco with iron ore pellets from Point Noir.

Reported by: Eric Holmes

Leader Locks Through

On Saturday the Canadian Leader was passing through the Welland Canal. Below are images taken at Lock 7.

Exiting Lock 7.
Wide view.

Reported by: Scott Guenthner

Onboard the Algoport

Small saltie Thekla in the American Narrows
Watchman Josh Payne catching up on some chipping
Downbound, meeting the Canadian Miner just around Butternut Is, St Lawrence River
Another view showing her deck sprinklers in action
Quebec bridges
Davie Shipyard Quebec City on a rainy afternoon
Looking back at the city
Salty Jag Pradip upbound just below the shipyards

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

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

Algoway in Green Bay

The Algoway was the second of five ships due in Green Bay with salt for the C. Reiss coal dock. The Algoway arrived in Green Bay just after noon Friday and began unloading 15,000 metric tons of salt around 2 p.m. Unloading took about six hours and the Algoway departed Green Bay at 8:30 p.m. with the help of Tug Texas.

C. Reiss was expecting the Agawa Canyon Saturday morning, the Algorail early Sunday morning and the Canadian Transfer midnight. C. Reiss should have 75,000 tons of road salt by the end of the weekend.

The Sam Laud was due in Green Bay with coal for Georgia Pacific Saturday afternoon.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Alpena Update

The Alpena made its way into port from a hazy lake on Friday to dock at Lafarge. It took on more cement under the silos to be delivered to Saginaw. Paul H. Townsend is expected back in port on Saturday afternoon to load.

The J.A.W Iglehart has been on the lower lakes this week and was back in Detroit on Saturday. The tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity was heading to Milwaukee after loading slag in South Chicago.

Activity at Stoneport on Friday included the tug Invincible with barge McKee Sons, followed by the Fred R. White Jr later that evening. Saturday's scheduled visitors were the Cason J. Callaway and Wilfred Sykes.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

St. Clair River Traffic

Algoeast at the Sun Oil North Dock in Sarnia.
tug Mary Page Hannah & barge upbound passing Marysville
Stern view

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Cruise ship season well underway in Quebec Harbor

Three cruise ships were docked in Quebec City Friday as the busy Fall season begins.

The Regal Princess ( Liberia-803feet-69,845 GRT), the Crystal Symphony (Bahamas-780 feet-51,044 GRT) and the sleek Silver Whisper (Norway-610feet-28,528 GRT) disembarked close to 3,000 passengers to visit the ancient city and countryside.

Also in port was FedNav's Arctic (20,236 GRT) loading cargo for Deception Bay NWT (Canadian Arctic). The Nordweser (Cyprus-40605 GRT) unloading coke from China, the Sea Crown (Panama-26,195 GRT) loading scrap iron for Malaysia) and Cap George (Greek-81,148 GRT) unloading Algerian crude oil at Ultramar Refinery)

Silver Whisper.
Regal Princess.
Silver Whisper.
Crystal Symphony.
Stern view Crystal Symphony.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette

St. Lawrence River Traffic at Verchères

Silver WhisPER departing Montréal berth no.5 just after 6 pm last Sept.11. The Jacques-Cartier bridge is in the background..
Silver Whisper, broadside view off berth 46, Sept.11.
Silver Whisper, stern view, downbound for Québec City, Sept.11.
Amélia Desgagnés upbound off Verchères, Sept.12.
Le Survenant III upbound off Verchères, Sept.12. She usually conducts cruises among the Sorel Islands from Ste.Anne-de-Sorel during the summer months.
Seaways 2, lead tug of the Mapleglen tow from Montréal to Alang, India, Verchères, Sept.12.
SeawayS 2, stern view, Verchères, Sept.12.
Seaways 2, leading Mapleglen on her last voyage, Verchères, Sept.12.
Mapleglen, stern view, Verchères, Sept.12.
McKeil's Progress acting as stern tug on the Mapleglen tow from Montréal to Les Escoumins, Verchères, Sept.12.
The Mapleglen tow, my last glimpse of the old girl, off Verchères, Sept.12.
Saunière (ex-Algosea) downbound off Verchères from Montréal to the Magdalen Islands to load salt. She has slowed down to pass the Mapleglen tow. Sept.12.

Reported by: Marc Piché

Hamilton to Thunder Bay

Canadian Coast Guard Officer Paul Beesely was fortunate to be selected to deliver the CCGC Thunder Cape to Thunder Bay from Hamilton, Ontario. The trip took 9 days and included 4 of the Great Lakes and the Welland canal, Detroit & St Clair rivers, Soo locks and the Keneenaw waterway.

Below are a few of the photos from this journey.

A view of the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Cape from the top of Heddle Marine drydock in Hamilton, Ontario.
Towing the CCGC's FRC behind the Thunder Cape while upbound on the Detroit River.
A stern shot of the Kaye E Barker downbound in the St Clair river.
A close-up of the nameboard of the tall-ship Caledonia.
Looking inside the USCGC Portage wheelhouse while in Portage, Michigan.
Bow-on look at the USCGC Portage.
More photos on Paul's home page at

Reported by: Paul Beesley

Onboard the Algoport

Grey day eastbound approaching Pte des Monts, St. Lawrence river
Tourboat Famille Dufour II upbound near Goose Cape
Canmar Valour unloading while Vega Desganges approaches the dock
Another view of the Vega; Olympic Stadium in distance
Shot of the Oakglen and Mapleglen, with Algosound in background she still has her markings Also, the old Jensen Star, also supposed to have been sold for overseas.
Emerald Star, just above St. Lambert lock
Cote St. Catherine wharf; note the supplies stacked for shipment up to the Arctic
This batch going to Resolute Bay
Meeting the Quebecois just below Heart Island, American Narrows -- note the boatload of suicidal teenagers passing between the two vessels.

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

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.

The steamer Asia sank in a storm off Byng Inlet on Georgian Bay September 14, 1882. Over 100 people lost their lives with only 2 people, a man and a woman being rescued. Asia was built in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1873 and was bound from Collingwood, Ontario to the French River and Canadian Sault.

Data from: Clive Reddin, 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

Mapleglen Tow Departs

Another Great Laker departed Montreal for the final time Friday on her trip to the scrapper's torch. The hull left Montreal under tow of the tug Seaways 2 under the command of Capt. John Gemmican of North East England, with the McKeil tug Progress guiding the stern as far as Les Escoumins some 250 nautical miles down the St. Lawrence River.

The long and arduous trip will take them through the Cabot Straights, crossing the Atlantic to Gibralter, crossing the Mediterranean Sea to the Port of Suez, through the Suez Canal, arriving in Alang, India after a 73 day trip.

Launched as Carol Lake at Collingwood Shipyards in 1960 she was renamed Algocape in 1987 and received her final name Mapleglen in 1994.

The next ship to leave the lakes should be the Oakglen in two or three weeks. The final two, Algosound and Seaway Queen, will be towed to Quebec City one at a time and leave Quebec City in tandem this will be sometime in October.

The next round of scrapping are rumored to be American tonnage in the late fall. Specific ships are not known but four boats could be involved. Those vessel will be towed to Montreal and then onto Alang, India.

Gordon Beck
Tow departs.
Close up.
Heavy chains hold the Mapleglen.
Stern view of tow.

Kent Malo
Mapleglen tow in the East end of the Montreal Harbor.
Mapleglen tow passing Varennes East of Montreal.
Mapleglen's tug Progress, seen through the Seaways twin funnels, and the large OOCL "Montreal" Containership in the background.

Reported by: Kent Malo

James A. Hanna Grounds

The 60-foot tug James A. Hannah and 360-foot barge ran aground off of Oswego Harbor, NY. Thursday. The barge was carrying 47,000 barrels of fuel oil.

The pair grounded on a sandy bottom and there were no visible signs of pollution and no immediate distress. The tug and barge did not block the harbor and no vessel traffic was impeded.

By 2:30 p.m. the pair were refloated and docked in Oswego. U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Buffalo is conducting an investigation.

Reported by: Andy Keaser

Oglebay Norton Reaches Agreements with Its Lenders

Oglebay Norton Company Friday said that it has entered into agreements with its bank group and senior secured note holders to amend its credit agreements. The amendments provide the company with relief on restrictive covenants and restore the company's ability to draw on its credit facility to fund operations and make the interest payment due on its 10%, 2/1/09 Senior Subordinated Notes. The company intends to make the interest payment as soon as practicable, subject to notice and new record date requirements under the indenture governing the notes.

"A lot of hard work from all sides went into achieving mutually acceptable amendments to these credit agreements. We appreciate the strong support we received from our bank group and senior secured note holders," said Oglebay Norton President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Lundin. Lundin said the amendments represent a crucial first step towards a successful restructuring of the company. He said the company will engage Lazard Freres Company as its financial restructuring adviser.

"Lazard will be working with us on our financial structure to improve our balance sheet," he said. "While it is far too early to talk about the specifics of any restructuring, our goal is to reduce our long-term debt load."

Lundin continued, "Achieving these agreements with our senior secured lenders enables us to move forward with our business plan. As we previously stated, in addition to permanently reducing long-term debt, the plan calls for ongoing cost reductions, asset sales and capitalizing on new business opportunities. We believe the most significant new business opportunities are in our limestone and limestone fillers operations."

Reported by: Steve Niles

Twin Ports Report

Twin Ports boatwatchers Friday were greeted by the unusual sight of the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin ready to load at the Cenex Harvest States grain elevator. This came just a day after the Cedarglen paid one of its unusual visits to the same elevator.

Elsewhere in port, the grain trade continued to show signs of activity. Isa was loading at AGP, and Rubin Falcon and Yick Hua were expected later in the day.

Also Friday, Algocen was unloading cement at St. Lawrence Cement in Duluth and Paul R. Tregurtha was loading coal at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Midwest Energy Terminal will remain busy over the weekend, with Mesabi Miner due today and Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Columbia Star and Algosoo scheduled for Sunday.

Reported by: Al Miller

Marquette News

The Mesabi Miner brought a load of coal to Marquette's Presque Isle power plant Friday. Saturday the Charles M. Beeghly will arrive after she finishes unloading at Algoma. The Saginaw is also due in the late evening.

No other boats are scheduled for the next several days. The Michipicoten is expected to load on September 18.

Mesabi Miner backed in to unload coal for the WE Power Plant at Presque Isle.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

St. Lawrence River Traffic at Verchères

HMCS Glace Bay (MCDV-701) shown downbound off Verchères from Montréal to Halifax, Sept. 8.
HMCS Shawinigan (MCDV-704), bow view, right on the heels of her fleet mate, Verchères, Sept. 8.
HMCS Shawinigan (MCDV-704), stern view, Sept. 8.
Rio Glory (more familiar to Boatnerds as the former Darya Kamal) lying at anchor at Lanoraie awaiting a berth at Contrecoeur no.1, Sept. 9.
Horizontal view of James A. Hannah about to depart the Tracy dock upbound to the Seaway with her barge. Rio Glory is shown at anchor in the background, Sept. 9.
Vertical view of James A. Hannah with Canmar Triumph rounding the bend at Sorel upbound for Montréal, Sept. 9.
Cast Prospect, the former Canmar Fortune, downbound on her second trip off Varennes from Montéal, Sept. 10.
Cast Prospect, stern view, Sept. 10.
Project Europa, fine bow view, downbound off Verchères from Montréal, Sept. 10.
Project Europa, bow view, in ballast, Sept. 10.
Project Europa, fine stern view showing ramp, Sept. 10.
Project Europa, stern view, Sept 10.

Reported by: Marc Piché

Onboard the Algoport

Catherine Desgagnes at the upper end of the Brockville Narrows, St. Lawrence River
Meeting the CSL Laurentien just above Cardinal Elevator
Another view
Salty Milin Kamak just above Iroquois Lock
CSL's Ferbec completing unloading at the QIT dock in Sorel
Small salty Elisabeth Boye
..and right behind her Cicero.
Just above Ile Richelieu, new tanker Tuvaq
Another view
Algoville following closely behind
Small "tallship"

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

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

Roger Stahl Waits in Connecticut

The tug Roger Stahl continues its trip south to Florida after being sold by the Gaelic Tugboat Co. in Detroit last month. The Stahl arrived in New London, Conn. on Wednesday and will wait in port as her new owners watch hurricane Isabel and decide when it will be safe for the big tug to continue on to Key West.

It is moored at New London's City pier, across from the USCGC Eagle. The smoke stacks have been repainted black and the stylized green name and shamrocks gone from the pilothouse.

Dark clouds passed late Thursday afternoon as Roger Stahl is alongside New London City Pier. USCGC Eagle in background.
Another view, General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in background (submarine plant).
The U.S. Coast Guard's Eagle, at dress ship.

Reported by: Capt. James E. Felton Jr.

Saturn Headed Off Lakes

The tanker Saturn was expected to pass through the Welland Canal Thursday on her voyage off the lakes.

The tanker was reported to be sold and will head south, possibly to Panama.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

Frantz in Cleveland

Joseph H. Frantz was in Cleveland Wednesday loading taconite at Cleveland Bulk Terminal for one shuttle up the Cuyahoga River to the ISG Steel mill. She departed Thursday and is headed to upbound to load limestone for an unknown destination.

After the cargo of stone, she will head to Superior, Wisc. to load grain for Buffalo.

Reported by: Bill Kloss

Coast Guard, shipyard preparing to put Hollyhock into operation

Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock got their first hands-on training Wednesday aboard their new 225-foot ship.

In just about a month, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock will be delivered to the Coast Guard. But before that can happen its crew must undergo extensive training to use the latest technology available in the 225-foot vessel.

“Sixty percent of these guys came off our old ship, which was 60 years old,” said Lt. Jim Bellaire, the executive officer on the Hollyhock. “The technology we have here is a quantum leap. … The majority of these guys are professional mariners, but they’ve never (worked) with gear like this.

Crew members have been going to schools around the country learning the different systems on the Hollyhock. Senior members of the crew will get their training on the ship’s systems from Marinette Marine employees and pass that training on to the junior members they oversee.

When it becomes operational this fall, the Hollyhock will be stationed in Port Huron to replace the decommissioned cutter Bramble. The new ship's main mission is servicing aids to navigation, mainly buoys. Other tasks include search-and-rescue, law enforcement, pollution response and ice-breaking missions.

The Hollyhock replaces the 180-foot Bramble, which was built in 1943.

“The technology has come so far in the last 60 years, it is really hard to even compare the two,” said Machine Technician Chief Doug Fairbank, a 37-year-old Lansing, Mich., native. “There’s nothing that’s really the same. The equipment is so much more high-tech than what we had.”

The Hollyhock’s commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Mike McBrady, is planning to have the ship operational by the middle of November — a fact that has ratcheted up training for the crew, along with the pride of being the first crew on the cutter.

“Right now, it’s all coming to a head. The month before delivery is typically crunch time,” the 33-year-old from Cincinnati said. “You just want to continue to do the same outstanding job as the incredibly long line of your predecessors have done.”

Reported by: Steve Norton

Petite Forte in Milwaukee

The tug and Petite Forte and barge St. Marys Cement arrived in Milwaukee Wednesday evening with a partial load of cement destined for Blue Circle Cement.

Assisting the Petite Forte up the tight confines of the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers was the Great Lakes Towing tug Virginia under the command of Capt. Chip Walsh. The rest of the "A-Team" consists of engineer Dave Daniels and deck hand Dave Plunket. Passing the heavy lift ship Fairlane
passing a line to the barge
Dave Plunket and Dave Daniels rig the tow line to the Virginia
The tow proceeds in.
Capt. Chip Walsh gives the security call.
Passing under the Hoan bridge
These screws once decorated the old Great Lakes Towing dock, now they decorate the new condos that are being built on the same site.
Dave Daniels checks out the new condos.
A tight fit as the tow makes its way through the Plankington RR bridge.
The tow passes through Milwaukee's new 6th St. Bridge.
Safely docked at Blue Circle Cement.
Sunset on the Menononee River.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Republic Delivers

The American Republic arrived in Green Bay for the 11th time this season with a load of limestone from Port Inland for Western Lime. The American Republic has brought in many loads of coal and limestone to three different terminals in Green Bay this year.

The C. Reiss Coal dock is expecting a heavy amount of traffic over the weekend. The Algoway and Agawa Canyon are expected to arrive with salt on Saturday followed by the Algorail and Canadian Transfer on Sunday, also carrying salt.

Bret and Dave Hatch
American Republic unloading in a hazy Green Bay.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Saint Paul in Owen Sound

The 50-foot replica of a 1741 Russian ship docked in Owen earlier this week. The sailing ship is on a world tour that started in 1991, an impressive feat for a ship that measures 12- feet wide with two 30 foot masts.

The Saint Paul is expected to remain in port on the west wall of the inner harbor through early next week.

Saint Paul docked.

Reported by: Ed Saliwonchyk

Soo Memories

Below are images of classic shipping on the St. Marys River.

Ruth Hindman in July, 1972. You can really tell this one's a steamboat!
Cleveland-Cliffs' Pontiac, July 1972.
Keewatin on a beautiful day in the lower St. Marys River in 1966.
Alexander Leslie, seen on Aug. 4, 1968. This handsome steamer was owned by Norlake Shipping Co.
Willis B. Boyer under Republic Steel colors, upbound Aug. 13, 1971 at Nine Mile Point.
Tom M. Girdler, followed by Henry LaLiberte, in August, 1972.
Soo's museum ship Valley Camp moves under tow from the Carbide Dock to its present location, 4/22/70.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre

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

Bulkers Face Future as Barge

The ULS Group bulker Canadian Mariner, which has not sailed this year, has reportedly been sold to Trois Rivieres Elevators, along with the Canadian Trader. Sources say both straight deck bulk carriers are expected to be conveted to barges.

Mariner's conversion is expected to take place at Hamilton and will involve having her stern cut and a notch added to facilitate a tug. The Canadian Trader will be converted in the same manner. In 2001 the Trader was supposedly sold for scrapping in China, but the transaction apparently never took place. The Trader last sailed in 1999.

Trois Rivieres Elevators have reportedly purchased a tug from the Canadian West Coast to push the barges. The company currently owns the Laviolette, a 498-foot grain storage barge converted from the forward section of the Canadian Explorer.

Canadian Ranger is also in the news. The Ranger, presently laid up at Montreal, could be towed to Toronto with a load of sugar, unloadeded, then taken to Hamilton for the winter for a refit. If true, she could see service next season.

Reported by: Kent Malo

Soo Emergency Drill

Wednesday morning officials conduced an Emergency Response mock terrorism drill at the Soo Locks.

The drill began when the Downbound training vessel State of Michigan had a suspicious object thrown onto the vessel from the International Bridge while heading downbound to the Poe Lock. Once inside the lock, the device exploded and emergency officials began the drill.

A wide variety of US and Canadian officials took part in the drill including local, state and national agencies.

After the drill concluded the USACE Detroit District Coronal. said he was pleased with the drill but felt communications were an area that could use improvement.

State of Michigan in the Poe Lock just before the Drill begins.
Smoke from her stern after the mock explosion and fire.
One of the first "victims" is rushed to a waiting ambulance.
Being loaded into waiting ambulance.
Colonel of Detroit District on hand for the drill.
State of Michigan headed home Wednesday afternoon after the drill.
Wilfred Sykes upbound Wednesday morning bound for Marquette.
Edwin H Gott upbound Wednesday evening.
Salty Yick Hua upbound Wednesday evening.
Isa upbound at Mission Pt.
Canadian Provider and Yick Hua upbound near Mission Pt.
A true classic.
Close up of her bow.

Reported by: Scott Best

Fairlane in Milwaukee

The Heavy Lift ship Fairlane arrived in Milwaukee Tuesday night with a cargo originally destined for Port Washington, WI. WE Energies is converting their Port Washington power plant from coal to natural gas. The large pieces onboard the Fairlane are part of that conversion.

Concerns about the draft of the Fairlane and strong easterly winds caused the vessel to detour to Milwaukee's deeper and more sheltered Heavy Lift dock. The Fairlane's cranes are loading the pieces on to barges. Kandinger Marine tugs will then tow the barges to Port Washington for unloading.

Fairlane with Jake Kadinger along side.
Jake Kadinger.
Very big pieces. Note the size of workers!
tug David Kadinger maneuvers a partially loaded barge.
tug David Kadinger.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Troubled Oglebay Norton battling debt, bad economy

Once a stalwart of the Great Lakes shipping industry, Oglebay Norton Co. is now struggling as it labors under a mountain of debt and confronts other troubles ranging from low water levels to foreign competition, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Wednesday.

Oglebay Norton was an early player in the Great Lakes iron ore and shipping industries. The 149-year-old company once owned and managed numerous iron ore mines in Michigan and Minnesota, even employing a young John D. Rockefeller as a clerk for $3.50 a week. The red star emblem of its Columbia Transportation fleet was familiar to boatwatchers across the lakes.

Now, however, the company is struggling, largely because of the slow economy and debt it accumulated when the company charted a new course in the 1990s. It also is beleaguered by the loss of a key taconite shipping account, low lake levels, competition from other fleets and lawsuits related to asbestos and silica.

Oglebay Norton now has about $435 million in debt that it built up in the late '90s. At the time the company wanted to reduce its reliance on the increasingly troubled steel and iron ore industries. It sold its ownership share of Eveleth Mines in Minnesota and then doubled in size as it bought limestone quarries in Michigan, mica mines in North Carolina and Mexico, and other businesses in industrial sands and aggregates. It retained its 12-vessel Great Lakes fleet.

The company recently was forced to skip a payment on some senior secured notes. Negotiations with its bank group and the holders of those notes will dictate whether Oglebay Norton recovers without seeking court protection.

The newspaper reported that analysts said Oglebay Norton's lenders are unlikely to push it into bankruptcy because they don't want to be saddled with selling unpopular assets like quarries.

An Oglebay Norton spokesman told the newspaper that the firm is negotiating with its bank group and note holders to amend its lending agreements and that progress is being made.

Adding to Oglebay Norton's woes are:
--A troubled steel industry with declining demand for fluxstone, the limestone compound used in making taconite pellets.

--An economic slump that resulted in fewer highway and bridge construction projects, which use limestone aggregate as a base.

--Low lake levels that cut tonnage in its lake freighters by as much as 10,000 tons less per trip at times during 2000. The loss of per-trip tonnage meant the company's ships had to make more trips -- and run up more expenses -- to carry the same amount of tonnage.

--Fewer shipments from Lake Erie ports of high-sulfur coal from West Virginia and Kentucky. Oglebay Norton was able to make up much of that loss by shipping more low-sulfur coal from Montana and Wyoming moving out of Superior's Midwest Energy Terminal.

--A decision by Middletown-based AK Steel to start buying taconite pellets in Canada instead of Minnesota. Oglebay Norton's fleet lost about 2 million tons of cargo a year to Canadian lakers.

--An increase in lawsuits over asbestos and silica products.

--New Great Lakes fleets that undercut costs by using older ships bought at low cost on the scrap market and having lower labor expenses.

Reported by: Dan Jackman

Vlieborg visits Green Bay

The Vlieborg was the second Wagenborg boat to unload in the port of Green Bay today. The 434-foot long saltie from the Netherlands brought in a load of wood pulp from Kotka Finland. The Vlieborg had to stop in Marinette, WI first to lighten up its draft in order to make it down the Fox River.

The American Republic is due in Thursday morning with a load of limestone for Western Lime from Port Inland.

Pictures by Dave Hatch
Wide view at the dock.
Cranes unload the Vlieborg.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Saginaw River Update

The Maumee was inbound the Saginaw River early Wednesday morning stopping at the Wirt Stone Dock to lighter. She then continued upriver to the GM Dock for another partial unload and then finished at the Valley Asphalt Dock. The Maumee then turned in the 6th Street Basin and was downbound for the lake late in the evening, one the inbound Agawa Canyon made the Burroughs Dock.

The Agawa Canyon was inbound Wednesday afternoon, passing the Front Range around 4:30 p.m. She headed upriver to the Burroughs Dock to unload. The Agawa Canyon is expected to be outbound Thursday morning.

The tug Rebecca Lynn and her tank barge were also inbound Wednesday, calling on the Bit-Mat Dock to unload.

Maumee upbound with her boom still partially out after departing Wirt.
Upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.
Agawa Canyon upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Clarkson Update

Vega Desgagnes arrived in port Tuesday night and spent Wednesday in port. She was unloading at the Petro Canada refinery and left early Wednesday evening.

An added piece of news was released last week by Petro Canada. The Clarkson refinery which requires major renovations to keep it efficient and competitive. These renovations are expected to cost about $ 300 million. Current plans are to shutdown the refinery. The lube oils and related product manufactured is likely to be centered at the plant in Montreal, reports indicate.

For the first time this month the James Norris arrived at the St. Lawrence Cement early Wednesday evening. There have been virtually no shipping movements in or out of the plant in over the past month. The Norris was trading on the upper lakes during this time, her normal trade is between Clarkson and the limestone quarries near Colborne, Ontario.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley

Filmmaker mull Fitzgerald movie

Producers from Venture Films of London met earlier this week in Port Huron to explore the possibility of filming a movie about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The Duluth News Tribune reported Wednesday that producers from Venture Films met with screenwriter Chris Chabot and several former Great Lakes captains at Cap'n Jim's Gallery in Port Huron, the gallery and Chabot announced Tuesday.

The Fitzgerald sank with the loss of its 29-man crew during a storm on Lake Superior in November 1975. In 1994 a submersible was used to shoot video footage of the wreck. Marine artist Jim Clary used the footage to create seven panoramic views of the wreck.

This is the second time that Clary has attempted to organize a film, in the mid 1990's plans for a film were announced but the movie was never made.

Reported by: Rob Kennedy

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

State of Michigan Arrives, Prepares for Emergency Drill

Tuesday afternoon the Great Lake Maritime Academy training vessel State of Michigan arrived at the Carbide Dock in Sault Ste. Marie. The Vessel was open for tours Tuesday afternoon until 6 p.m.

On Wednesday the State Michigan will participate in a simulated disaster at the Soo Locks from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Soo Fire Department was on hand Tuesday evening helping prepare for the drill.

Traffic in the river Tuesday night included: upbound the Mesabi Miner, American Mariner, Roger Blough, Spruceglen, Algocen, Algolake, Paul J. Martin. Downbound was the Saginaw, St. Clair, Middletown, Indiana Harbor and Herbert C Jackson. The Rubin Falcon was at Algoma dock and Samuel Risley is at Roberta Bondar dock.

Bow view tied up at Carbide Dock Tuesday evening
Stern View docked
Chart table in the pilot house
Soo Fire Department on hand to prepare for Wednesday's practice drill.
American Mariner in Soo Harbor with fishing boats.
stern view heading to the locks.
Mesabi Miner upbound just above Mission Pt.

Reported by: Scott Best

Lakers offload into Princess Nadia

Since late August a steady parade of lakers have been off loading a cargo of slag into the giant salt water ship Princess Nadia. The Princess Nadia is 921-feet long, 148-feet wide and has a depth of 80-feet.

Anchored off Sept-Iles, she is expected to take on a total load of 150,000 tons. Lakers from the Algoma and CSL fleets load the slag in Contrecoeur and then make the trip to Sept-Iles where the Nadia can load to a deeper draft.

For the unloading boom to reach the Nadia it is necessary to use a "buffer boat" with one laker resting along side the Nadia while the unloading laker rests on the out side of the buffer boat.

The dense cargo has proven to be difficult to unload as it compacts and oxidizes in a laker's cargo hold. It is unknown when the operation will be completed, but once loaded the Princess Nadia will sail for China.

Atlantic Erie unloading into the Princess Nadia.
It was a calm but very foggy morning as the Algoport went alongside for the start.
Another view as we come alongside; note she draws over 9 meters midships light ship.
Looking up as we are tying up.
This images shows just how large the Nadian is compared to the 730-foot lakers.
And this one too.
View of her house from our bridge deck; level with her boat deck.
Cresswell materializes our of the mist.
Almost alongside.
AB Giles Germain and Watchman Ray Kennedy looking up at the Nadia.
Looks about the same as being in Lock 1.

Reported by: Ken Hamilton

Quebecois in the Welland

Quebecois caused some anxious moments Tuesday morning while downbound above Lock 7.

The vessel started taking on water, weighing down the vessel's bow and taking on a noticeable port side list.

Crews were able to winch the vessel to the tie up wall at the extreme south end of Lock 7 where adjustments would be made.

Tuesday night she remained tied up above Lock 7. Initial reports indicate a faulty valve of some kind that caused the vessel to take on water.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

Busy day in Green Bay

Tuesday was a busy day for the port of Green Bay. The day started out with the arrival of the Petite Forte with a load of cement for St. Marys cement in the morning. The American Republic followed the Petite Forte shortly after noon with a load of coal for Georgia Pacific.

Next in was the Algorail with the assistance from the tug Texas. The Algorail was carrying a cargo of 15,000 tons of salt for the C. Reiss Coal dock from Goderich, Ont.

The Vlieborg made a stop in Marinette, WI today to lighten its draft, after lightening the Vlieborg departed for Green Bay. Wagenborg ships cannot make it up the Fox River fully loaded due to the depth of the river which is why they stop up in Marinette first.

The Vlieborg should be in port tomorrow morning unloading wood pulp.

The American Republic was due to depart later Tuesday night to load stone in Port Inland for a return trip to Western Lime in Green Bay.

Pictures from Jason Leino
Petite Forte/St. Marys II at St. Marys cement.
American Republic docked at Georgia Pacific.
Pictures from Dave Hatch
Algorail inbound Green Bay.
Backing upriver.
Through the railroad bridge with help from tug Texas.
Passing through Main St.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Vlieborg Stops in Marinette

The Vlieborg stopped to lighter in Marinette, WI on Monday before proceeding to her ultimate destination, Green Bay, WI. According to the Ogden Street bridge tender, the Fox River in Green Bay is shallower than the Menomonee River in Marinette; so the ships stop here first to remove enough cargo to allow safe passage into Green Bay. She is carrying wood pulp for a local warehouse.

Vlieborg being off-loaded by the crane ship William H. Donner
A load of pulp is hoisted onto a waiting truck
Close-up of loading rig

Reported by: Dick Lund

St. Clair River Traffic


Lake Eire upbound.
Bow profile.
Pilotboat Huron Belle along side.
Halifax upbound.

Reported by: Clayton Sharrard

Detroit Traffic

Calumet downbound off River Rouge after departing the Rouge River
Another view.
Stern view.
Le Levant upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Kaye E Barker in the Rouge Steel Slip
Stern view.
Fairlane (Holland) upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Another view.
Stern view.
Puffin (Antigua & Barbuda) at Morterm in Windsor.
Stern view.
Paul E No 1 at Morterm.
H Lee White upbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Algosar downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Toronto Update

The salty Yick Hua departed Toronto about 11:30 a.m. Monday with the assistance of McKeil's harbor tugs Atomic and Glenevis. Shortly thereafter, McKeil's tugs departed by way of the West Gap, likely for Clarkson.

The island ferry Thomas Rennie went into winter lay-up Monday. Work began on removing the upper deck, which will be replaced in the next week or two.

Sunday saw the return to port of the brigantine Playfair, which departed early in the season for Kingston, Ontario.

Departing port early were the cement carrier Stephen B. Roman and the French passenger vessel Le Levant.

Saturday afternoon the Hurricane Canvas Co. barge Bobbin was refloated at Toronto Drydock and towed back to its berth beside the Cherry Street Bridge.

Reported by: Art Church

St. Lawrence River Traffic at Verchères

Panam Sol entering Seaway, Aug.27.
Thor Sofia downbound in Seaway above Côte Ste. Catherine lock, Aug. 27.
Benedetta D'Amato about to dock at Contrecoeur, Aug. 30.
Benedetta D'Amato, stern view, Aug. 30.
Canmar Venture downbound off Verchères from Montréal, Sept. 1.
Medemborg (ex-Arion) downbound off Verchères from Seaway, Sept. 1.
Ugo De Carlini, the 3rd Bottiglieri tanker to call Montréal this year, downbound off Verchères, Sept. 1.
Vivi, built as Post Charger 30 years ago, upbound off Varennes for Montréal, Sept. 3.
Vivi, stern view, Sept. 3.
Capt. Henry Jackman, upbound off Verchères for Seaway, Sept. 3.
Canmar Victory, upbound off Verchères for Montréal with a light load, Sept. 3.
Tarangini, Indian Navy sail training vessel downbound off Verchères from Montréal to Halifax, then to US East Coast ports, Puerto Rico, the Panama Canal, French Polynesia, South-East Asian ports to then finally reach Mumbai in April after a year long around the world cruise. Sept. 3.
Fairlane upbound off Verchères with project deck cargo destined to Port Washington, Sept. 5.
Fairlane, stern view, Sept. 5.
Crystal Spirit, downbound off Varennes from Seaway, Sept. 6.
Crystal Spirit, stern view, Sept. 6
Caledonia, downbound off Verchères from Montréal to Halifax to be refurbished, Sept. 7.
Bounty, downbound off Verchères from Montréal to Miramichi, NB, for some upkeep and repair, Sept. 8.
Bounty, stern view, Sept. 8.

Reported by: Marc Piché

The International Ship Masters’ Association to re-establish the original Buffalo Lodge #1

An open meeting to re-establish the Buffalo Lodge #1 of the International Ship Masters’ Association will be held Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 6:00 PM at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl St., Downtown Buffalo, New York.

All professional mariners, active or retired, deck or engine depts., large or small commercial vessels, plus maritime business and government professionals, and shipping enthusiasts are invited to attend. A social hour with catered snacks will be followed by a presentation about the organization.

The ISMA was originated in 1886 by a group of ship captains in Buffalo, N.Y. as a benevolent association to assist widows and orphans of sailors lost on the Great Lakes. As the lake captains embraced the idea, other lodges were soon formed at various ports. In 1891, the first convention was held in Buffalo were the Grand Lodge was established to oversee the entire organization. The Buffalo Lodge #1 was active up until the late 1970’s.

Today, at 118 years old, the ISMA still thrives with the Grand Lodge and 16 local lodges around the Great Lakes in the US and Canada and over 750 members. While it no longer has a benevolent fund, the Association serves as a voice for licensed maritime professionals and works closely with shipping companies and government authorities on both sides of the border to promote safety in navigation on the Great Lakes. Through local lodge meetings and the annual convention, the ISMA brings together mariners and maritime professionals from all parts of the marine community. Membership categories include Active Professional, Retired Professional, Associate, Cadet and Honorary.

For more information about joining the Buffalo Lodge, or joining any ISMA lodge, please call (810) 982-2483 or visit our website at For directions to the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery please call (716) 856-2337 or visit their website at If you cannot attend the meeting, please pass on your name and contact information so you can receive mailings about future meetings.

Reported by: George Haynes, International Ship Masters’ Association

40 Mile Point Lighthouse to Host "A Night at the Lighthouse"

Tour the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse and Calcite pilothouse on Friday, October 10, from 7-9 p.m. Luminaries will light the paths for unique photo opportunities of the lighthouse in operation, and the pilothouse. Informal acoustical jam session (all non-electrical instruments welcome!). Free admission.

The lighthouse is located 7 miles north of Rogers City, Michigan, and just 40 miles north of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival to be held in Alpena, Michigan Oct. 8-12.

Reported by: Kay Spomer

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

Training Vessel State of Michigan Open to Public at Soo

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy training vessel State of Michigan will hold an open house Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. at the Carbide Dock. Those interested in a career on Great Lakes vessels, any anyone else who wants to take an up-close look at the vessel, are welcome to attend.

For more information on the Academy:

Reported by: John Berck

Twin Ports Report

Herbert C. Jackson was under the spouts Monday morning at Cenex Harvest States elevator in Superior. Across the harbor, Arizona Dream was at AGP elevator in Duluth.

Elsewhere, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was outbound in the harbor about 7:30 a.m. with coal from Midwest Energy Terminal. Indiana Harbor was due at the terminal later in the day.

Also Monday, Cason J. Callaway was completing its unloading at the Hallett docks before departing for Two Harbors to load pellets. Nanticoke was due at the DMIR ore dock in Duluth while St. Clair and Burns Harbor were scheduled for BNSF ore dock.

Duluth's DMIR ore dock is scheduled to handle several boatwatcher favorites this month. The schedule, as of Sept. 7, includes Arthur M. Anderson with stone on Sept. 14; John G. Munson Sept. 15; Edwin H. Gott and Cason J. Callaway, Sept. 18; and John G. Munson, Sept. 25.

Reported by: Al Miller

Marquette News

The Reserve left Marquette on a hazy Monday with a load of taconite. Her fleet mate Middletown is expected on Tuesday, with the Wilfred Sykes possibly in on Wednesday. The Michipicoten isn't expected to resume her runs to Marquette until the 20th.

Loaded Reserve looking long and lean as she approaches the breakwater.
Reserve leaving Marquette on a hazy Monday.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Saginaw River News

On Saturday, the barge McKee Sons and tug Invincible were outbound for the lake after unloading overnight at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw. The pair had lighters earlier at the Bay City Wirt Dock.

On Monday, the American Mariner made a rare appearance on the Saginaw River calling on the Bay Aggregates Dock to unload. She arrived late in the afternoon and was preparing to depart for the lake late Monday evening. The have been very few visits by American Steamship vessels so far this season and no visits by Oglebay Norton vessels. A few years back these two companies’ boats hauled most of the cargo on the Saginaw River.

The Wilfred Sykes was inbound at the Front Range Monday night headed to the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City to lighter. She planned on departing by 2 a.m. and continuing upriver to finish unloading at the Saginaw Wirt dock.

The American Mariner departed the Bay Aggregates Dock once the Sykes passed by.

American Mariner inbound at the Karn-Weadock Plant.
Another view.
Stern view at Essroc.
Invincible - McKee Sons downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern view.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

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

Seaway Queen Tow Arrives in Montreal

The tow of the Seaway Queen arrived at Sec. 56 in Montreal Sunday morning. After turning the tow 360 degrees, it was brought in stern first squeezing past the tug Seaways 2 which is moored alongside the Mapleglen and OOCL Belgium at Sec 58.

Seaway Queen was then rafted to the Algosound, tugs Seahound and Vigilant 1 departed for the Seaway with the Seahound going to Oshawa and the Vigilant 1 going to Hamilton. The tug Doug McKeil departed for the Seaway later that day.

The tow from Toronto ends the first phase of the Seaway Queen's final voyage. Her next voyage will be to Alang India where her long and colorful career as a viable carrier, will come to an unceremonious end thousand of miles away.

Pictures by Gordon Beck
Under grey skys at dawn the Seaway Queen reaches the former Vickers shipyard passing the Gordon Leitch unloading grain.
Swung around she is passed by a tall ship.
Pigeons watch from an Oakglen mooring line.
Squeezing between the container ship OOCL Belgium, the Mapleglen and tug Seaway 2.
Mapleglen Oakglen and Algosound and top of the tugs Doug McKeil, Seahound and Vigilante 1. Left to right
The Seahound, just visible behind a collection of barge equiptment.

Pictures by Laurent Cote
Tow arrives.
Along side.
OOCL Belgium.

Reported by: Kent Malo

Alang closes as prices crash

Ship breaking in Alang, India came to a standstill Friday after members of Gujarat Ship Breakers' Association responded to a crash in steel scrap prices by closing yards for three days, according to Fairplay daily News. A senior official at the association said the closure is aimed at curtailing productivity following the sudden drop in the price of re-rollable steel scrap.

Alang will continue to work on a four-day-week schedule for two weeks. The scrap prices have fallen to $240 per tonne from $280 on Monday and about $300 the previous week. Cash buyers and breakers are stuck with a few vessels bought at $240-260 per ldt, while some are going ahead with deals at $220-$240 per ldt. "We struck a deal yesterday for a 3,900-ldt general cargo vessel with 200 tonne bunker for $220 per ldt," said a prominent Alang breaker.

Another breaker said the decision to close at 5 p.m. rather than the usual 7 p.m. deadline would hit the 30,000-plus daily wage workers badly. Most yards are full with about 90 vessels being demolished at Alang. August was a busy month with more than 450,000 ldt broken as against a monthly average of 250,000 ldt. "This has led to a huge pile-up of scrap," said the breaker.

The changes at the breaking yards are not expected to affect the upcoming scrap tows of Great Lakes vessels.

Reported by: Al Jackman

Twin Ports Report

Kasteelborg spent Sunday being unloaded by the bridge crane at the CLM dock in Superior. This is the last bridge crane in the Twin Ports. Usually CLM receives stone cargoes by self-unloader, and the bridge crane is used to shift materials on the dock. The last couple years, however, vessels from the Wagenborg fleet have made a couple trips a year to the dock to be unloaded by the Hyl & Peterson bridge crane. (The bridge is 721 feet long and the 551 feet between legs.) The Kasteelborg is the first ship of the season to be unloaded by the crane. The last lakers to be unloaded there were the William A. McGonagle and the Kinsman Independent in the mid-1980s.

Elsewhere in port, Volmeborg was at the AGP elevator in Duluth and Cason J. Callaway was up river unloading at the Hallett docks. Arizona Dream was anchored on the lake waiting for AGP.

Reported by: Al Miller

Green Bay Update

The Agawa Canyon arrived in the port of Green Bay at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning with a load of 17,000 tons of road salt loaded in Goderich, Ont for the Fox River Dock. Unloading took about five hours and the Agawa Canyon departed Green Bay to load stone in Port Inland, Mi. around Noon. The Paul H. Townsend departed Green Bay to load in Alpena early Sunday morning after unloading cement overnight at the Lafarge dock. The American Republic is scheduled to arrive early Tuesday morning with a load of coal for Georgia Pacific.

On Saturday the Paul H. Townsend arrived with a load of cement for Lafarge. The Townsend was in port last Saturday as well. They are expected to depart early Sunday morning for Alpena.

Close up of bow.
Tied up at the dock.
Looking aft.
Stern View.
Bow View.
Head On.
Wide view unloading.
Stern view of the Paul H. Townsend and S.T. Crapo at Lafarge.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Laud in Green Bay

On Friday the Sam Laud paid a visit to the Georgia Pacific coal dock in Green Bay. The Laud was assisted leaving the GP slip due to a strong current in the Fox River from recent heavy rains. Entering the first RR Bridge just off the RR Bridge.
Almost through the Bridge.
Turning for the next RR bridge.
Tug Texas passes the Laud going back to the tug dock.
Stern view on the Fox River.
At C. Reiss RR Bridge.
Passing through Mason St. Bridge.
Heading through Walnut St. Bridge.
Passing through last RR Bridge with downtown GB in the background.
Outbound GB near the Pulliman Plant.
Wide view outbound GB.
Petite Forte and St Marys Cement arriving at the dock in Green Bay.

Reported by: Scott Best

Cedarglen in Owen Sound

The Cedarglen arrived in Owen Sound Sunday afternoon and docked at the grain elevators. She is now displaying the Canada Steamship logo on her bow and "CSL" on the sides of her hull, neither of which was there during her last visit to Owen Sound.

Cedarglen docked in Owen Sound.
Bow view.

Reported by: Ed Saliwonchyk

Alpena News

The Fred R. White Jr arrived at Lafarge early Saturday morning to unload coal. It departed during the afternoon and was expected to head to Stoneport.

Waiting out in the bay for the Fred White to pass was the Buffalo which brought in another load of coal to add to the growing piles at Lafarge. The J.A.W Iglehart was also in port on Saturday afternoon, taking on cement for Detroit.

The Steamer Alpena is due on Sunday morning to load for ports on Lake Superior. The Paul H. Townsend delivered to Green Bay, Wisc. and is scheduled to be back on Monday. The Jacklyn M barge Integrity was on Lake Michigan stopping at Milwaukee, Wisc. and Waukegan, Ill.

Reported by: Ben & Chanda McClain

Detroit Traffic

Atlantic Superior upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Canadian Prospector downbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Roger Blough downbound off Grassy Island.
Close up of her shuttle boom.
Stern view.
Barge St Marys Cement II and tug Sea Eagle II downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Sea Eagle II.
Stern view.
Project Europa (Holland) downbound at Grassy Island.
Another view.
Stern view.
Downbound Salty Dog No 1 and Jerry Newberry passing the upbound Evans Mc Keil and Ocean Hauler off Grassy Island.
Left to right: Salty Dog and Newberry, Canadian Prospector, Evans McKeil and Ocean Hauler.
Barge Salty Dog and tug Jerry Newberry downbound off Grassy Island.
Close up of tug.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Toronto Traffic

Doug McKeil arrives for Seaway Queen tow.
Doug McKeil hooks up.
Tow gets underway.
McNally workboat comes to look.
Kwasind makes a hard reverse as Queen tow crosses
Kwasind stays clear of the tow.
Tow turns south.
Gone but not forgotten.
Canadian Venture sits alone on the wall.
The newly arrived Samuel De Champlain is under the Atlas crane at Pier 35.
Close up of Samuel De Champlain.
The C & C Marine barge Rock Prince has been in fireworks service recently for "The Ex" and the Bjork concert. Seen here loading for the latter.
Work on Carolina Borealis ex-tug Glenmont, proceeds at a snail's pace.
The Hurricane Canvas Co. barge Bobbin sits on Toronto Drydock having its hull cleaned and painted.

Reported by: Gerry O.

Bluewater Trip Great Success

The Bluewater Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society sponsored a boat tour past downriver industrial sites in the Detroit area on Saturday. The trip was a great success, with beautiful sunny weather and lots of boat traffic.

The tour was on Diamond Jack's Diamond Queen and headed down river past the US Steel (former National Steel) works before heading up the River Rouge to the Ford Complex. The old channel of the Rouge was also explored. Excellent commentary on the industrial and railroad sites past was provided by Ken Borg.

Maumee passing Downtown Detroit.
American Mariner.
Saginaw following the American Mariner upbound.
Tug Magnetic.
Allied Chemical barge.
Joseph H. Thompson.
Stern view.
Adam E. Cornelius unloading in the Rouge.
Bottle car at Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Tom Hynes

Saturday proved to be another great day for the Duluth Boatnerd Gathering

The day started early as Volmeborg arrived to load at 7:30 a.m. She was followed by the Frontenac at 11 a.m.

Following lunch, the assembled Boatnerds gathered at the museum ship William A. Irvin. Local author and Irvin historian Jody Aho had offered to conduct a special tour for the group. You would be hard pressed to find a Great Lakes museum ship that is as well cared for as the William A. Irvin and a docent as knowledgeable as Jody.

The tour only took 3.5 hours and went from the prop shaft to the pilothouse, and from the guest quarters to the hold tunnels. Jody amazed us all with his vast knowledge of the Irvin and just about every other boat that ever called in Duluth. Thanks, Jody, from all of us.

The touring Boatnerds did miss the departure of the Edwin A. Gott, but did catch the arrival of Paul R. Tregurtha around 6:15 p.m.

The day was closed with the arrival of David Z. Norton just after dark at 9 p.m. In spite of the hour, Canal Park was full of people and the piers were lined solid. Norton played her spot light along the pier to check the crowd.

Volmeborg arrives in a hazy sunrise.
Frontenac in bound.
Paul R. Tregurtha passing the crowd on the piers.
Jody Aho explaining the William A. Irvin to the Boatnerds.

Reported by: Dave Wobser

A Week in the Welland Canal

The following images were taken onboard various assignments in the past week.

Tuesday September 2nd
Rubin Falcon sliding the approach wall below Lock 1.
The port bridge wing. Rubin Falcon was upbound for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from Campana, Argentina
Inside the bridge. Rubin Falcon measures 148,17 metres (486’) and was built in 1996 at Takamatsu, Japan. She is part of a large class of (Rubin) sister ships, including the Lita, class.
Canadian Olympic just getting underway above Lock 1 as we pass by.
Raising in Lock 4.
Saginaw beginning her dump in Lock 5.

Friday September 5th
Le Levant meeting the upbound Capt. Henry Jackman on the long level.
A sentimental favourite of mine, I spent five seasons on this ship as Lake Wabush. I fitted out the brand new ship at Collingwood Shipyards on July 16, 1981. After successfully conducting sea trials on Georgian Bay that day we arrived in Owen Sound later in the evening and the ship was officially handed over to her proud new owners Nipigon Transport Limited (Carryore).
Meeting the partly loaded Federal Oshima at Mile 13 bound for Ashtabula.
Builder’s plaque.
Le Journal Passerelle. (Log book).
The aft mooring station. On a cruise ship everything has its place and must be neat & tidy.
Son Andy quite pleased to be aboard and ride along with his ol’ man.
Entering Lock 7.
Heading for Toronto and lowering in Lock 7. Le Levant will be back in the Canal on Sunday.

Saturday September 6th
The 1983 built Chinese Seaway Class Sealink lowering in Lock 6. Sealink is on a voyage from Duluth to Italy with wheat.
Port bridge wing.
Niagara Falls “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” General Manager Tim Parker onboard as my guest for a ride down to Port Weller.
Believe it or Not a very talented crew member painted this wonderful mural inside the bridge.

Sunday September 7th
Le Levant upbound in Lock 6.
Algoeast entering Lock 4.
Nadro Clipper in Lock 3.
A few minutes later.
Canadian Enterprise upbound through Bridge 4.
Port Weller Dry Docks. CCGS Griffon and HMCS Halifax are in the deep dock.
Port Weller Pilot Boat underway.
Azure Leisure outbound in Port Weller Harbor.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

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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

Seaway Queen Tow

The tow of the Seaway Queen continued Saturday morning as the tow departed the anchorage at St. Zotique about 11 a.m. The tug Doug McKeil worked from the bow and the Seahound and Vigilant 1 were on the stern. The tow proceeded though the Valleyfield Bridge and then the St. Louis Bridge, once the tow reached the approach to Beauharnois Lock 4, the tug Doug McKeil unhooked from the Seaway Queen and was lock down ahead of the tow and waited outside Lock 3's lower wall.

The tug Seahound took up position on the bow and the Vigilant 1 on the stern to tow the Seaway Queen through the two locks.

Once through the tug Doug McKeil backed into the Lock 3 and reconnected to the bow of the Seaway Queen, when the tow left the lock the Seahound took up her position behind the Seaway Queen along with the tug Vigilant 1. The tow continued on to Cote Ste. Catherine's wharf and tied up for the night.

The tow is expected to get underway about 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning and reach St. Lambert at 5:30 a.m. This schedule will bring the tow into Montreal Sec. 56 in daylight.

From Montreal Seaway Queen will be prepared for the final voyage of her career to India.

Doug McKeil taking over the bow for the tow to Cote Ste Catherine.
Doug McKeil entering lock 3.
Crew aboard the Seahound tying the heaving line to the towing rope.
Seahound straddling the lock.
Seaway Queen lining up to go through the Valleyfield Bridge.
Another view of Seaway Queen after she departed St . Zotique anchorage, notice all the name and markings on the Seaway Queen have been covered with black paint.
A female passenger checks the narrow entrance to the Valleyfield Bridge.
The towing bit welded on the bow of the Seaway Queen for the tow.
The tow continues as the convoy leaves lock 3 at Beauharnois.
The convoy heads onto lake St. Louis heading to Cote Ste. Catherine where the convoy moored for the night.

Reported by: Kent Malo

Laud Visits Holland

The Sam Laud arrived at Holland around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. She entered the channel and then headed up Lake Macatawa for the Verplank's Dock. After delivering its load of limestone, it is heading back to Port Inland and onto Ashtabula.

Sam Laud passes the Big Red Lighthouse.
Crew watching for boats.
Bridge crew watching also.
Churning up water.
Stern View.
Wide view.
Unloading Stone.
Along Side.

Reported by: Dale Rosema

Marquette News

After taking a load of taconite to Algoma, the Kaye Barker returned on Saturday for a normal load for her. The Herbert Jackson will bring coal on Sunday, but will not take on ore. The Charles Beeghly will be in on Sunday evening for a load of ore.

The Kaye Barker approaches Marquette harbor on a windy Saturday.
The Kaye Barker at the end of the dock, putting a man down.
Hauling the cables to tie up.
The Kaye Barker at the dock.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

New Staten Island Ferry Prepared For Launch At Marinette Marine

Marinette Marine rolled out the first of three new Staten Island Ferries Saturday. The new double-ended 310-ft. long by 70-ft. wide ferry is scheduled to be launched on September 20 and will be named after former Borough President for Staten Island, Guy V. Molinari.

It is currently on the dock in the launch cradle at river's edge. The new ferries are being built as replacements for the 1965-built Kennedy-Class ferries now in service.

For more info on the new ferries Click here

The Guy V. Molinari on the ways.
One end of the double-ended ferry.
The opposite end.

Reported by: Dick Lund

Detroit Traffic

Capt Henry Jackman upbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Maumee unloading in River Rouge.
Close up.
Stern view.
Saginaw upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Joseph H Thompson and Jr upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Jr.
Close up.
American Mariner upbound off Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Under the command of Capt. Sam Buchanan the Diamond Jack passes up the Hennepin Channel toward their Bishop Park Dock in Wyandotte.
Stern view.
Mesabi Miner downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Oglebay Norton downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Junior C II downbound in the Ecorse Channel, passing the Wyandotte Yacht Club.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

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 was 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

All-clear Sounded at Soo After Bomb Threat

A bomb threat made against the International Bridge linking Sault Ste. Marie, Mi and Sault Ste Marie, Ont. closed Soo Harbor and the Soo Locks to all vessel traffic for about three hours on Friday just after 5 p.m. The bridge was also shut down, but it was reopened at 7:18 p.m. after no explosives were found.

Portage Avenue and the Soo Locks park were also closed for the duration of the threat. No vessels were allowed beyond Mud Lake upbound and Point Louise downbound. Cason J Callaway, Edgar B. Speer, Kasteelborg, and Joyce L. VanEnkevort - Great Lakes Trader all went to anchor in the lower river, while Grande Mariner and Kaye E. Barker stopped in the upper river.

The specifics of the threat, which was relayed to police by a third party on the Canadian side, were not made public. Police from both the Ontario and Michigan Saults participated in the search, with help from coast guard officers and the International Bridge staff, according to the web site Soo Today.

The incident comes just one day after authorities stopped and searched the saltie Rubin Falcon at Sault Ste. Marie. Approximately 20 law enforcement officers including US Customs, US Coast Guard and Michigan State Police, plus several canine units boarded the freighter, and spent several hours searching for unspecified reasons. The Rubin Falcon was ultimately allowed to proceed to her destination after about a five-hour delay.

Reported by: Scott Best, Roger LeLievre, Soo Today

Seaway Queen Tow Expected in Montreal Today

The tow of the Seaway Queen to Montreal continued Friday as the ship and tugs head down the Seaway.

At 7 a.m. Friday the Queen cleared the Iroquois Lock downbound under tow of Doug McKeil with Seahound and Vigilant I trailing astern.

Friday night the tow went to anchor at St. Zotique, the tow is not expected to arrive in Montreal before noon on Saturday. The arrival time in Montreal depends on traffic in the Seaway, the tow and other vessels cannot meet in the canals.

Photos by Walter Statham
Tow passing Glen Walter (between Summerstown and Cornwall Ont.) Friday evening.

Reported by: Ron Beaupre and Kent Malo

Fog Closes River

It was a day of delays in the St. Marys River. Soo Traffic closed the St Marys River Friday morning due to heavy fog and near zero visibility in most of the river. The Presque Isle and Mesabi Miner anchored in the upper river, Stewart J. Cort and Frontenac secured in the harbor. Vessels anchored in the lower river include: David Z. Norton, Paul R. Tregurtha and CSL Niagara.

Reported by: Scott Best

Bridge Catches Fire in Green Bay

Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday morning the east end of the old Wisconsin Central Bridge, now owned by the DNR caught fire. The timbers on the bridge were soaked with a wood preservative that caused a large amount of black smoke that could be seen from all around Green Bay.

Police and Fire officials suspect a group of teenagers started the fire.

Nearby streets were blocked as fire fighters worked to get the blaze under control. The Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard was assisting in putting out the fire underneath the bridge as it was unsafe for fire officials to work from the bridge.

Ships going to both Lafarge and Georgia Pacific must pass through this bridge. At the time of the fire no ships needed to pass

In other news, the Catherine Desgagnes arrived in port Friday morning with a split load of pig iron for the Fox River Dock. The Catherine Desgagnes will unload 2,000 tons of pig iron in Green Bay and was scheduled to depart about midnight for in Marinette, Wi. to finish unloading. While in port the crew of the Catherine Desgagnes was painting the hull of the ship.

Other traffic expected this weekend includes the Paul H. Townsend at 1 p.m. with cement for Lafarge, Agawa Canyon on Sunday morning with salt for the Fox River Dock and the American Republic on Tuesday morning with coal for Georgia Pacific.

Pictures by Bret and David H. Hatch
Fire on the railroad bridge.
Close up.
Fire fighters arrive.
Smoke filled sky.
Catherine Desgagnes unaffected at the Fox River Dock.

Reported by: Jason Leino

Leader Departs

Friday afternoon the Canadian Leader departed Port Weller Dry Docks heading upbound. The Leader was at the dry dock for her 5 Year Survey. The Leader is heading to load grain at Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

Saginaw River News

The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was outbound late Friday evening after unloading coal at the Karn-Weadock, Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville. She left the dock stern first, backing out to Lights 13 & 14 in the Saginaw Bay to turn and head for the lake. The McCarthy had arrived earlier in the day.

The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons was inbound at the Front Range late Friday, passing the McCarthy at Consumers just before she departed. The McKee Sons was upbound for the

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Detroit Traffic

Yankcanuck upbound off Zug Island.
tug Stormont at the end of her work day. Departing light tug for her Windsor Dock.
Stern view.
Algolake downbound just before turning into the Rouge Short Cut to unload a cargo of coal.
Edwin H Gott upbound off Zug Island.
Stern view.
Crystal Spirit downbound off the Rouge Short Cut entrance.
tanker Saturn at the Marathon Dock in the Rouge River.
Stern view.
Agawa Canyon unloading her cargo of salt at Morton Terminal on the Rouge River.
Earl W Oglebay upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Buffalo upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
American Mariner downbound at Grassy Island. Passing the John J Boland.
Stern view.
John J Boland upbound at Grassy Island. Stern view.
Mariner and Boland pass.
Another view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Soo Memories

Below are images of classic shipping on the St. Marys River.

Walter A. Sterling (now Lee A. Tregurtha) at Mission Point in early May, 1971.
Robert S. Pierson, downbound, date unknown.
Kinsman Independent (1) in 1971.
Former Canada Steamship Lines' package freighter Fort York, being used as a barge in 1985. The tug Tusker is on the bow.
French vessel Christine aground in the St. Marys River 7/26/72. Tugs Lee Reuben and Olive L. Moore assist.
Cleveland-Cliffs' Pontiac at dusk, 1978.
U.S. Steel's August Zeising on her scrap tow, Aug. 1986, in the St. Marys River.
American Steamship Co.'s old-timer Joe S. Morrow in the lower St. Marys River, 1971.
Inland Steel steamer Clarence B. Randall heads upbound below Mission Point in the early 1970s.
Kinsman's A.T. Lawson, upbound at Nine Mile in 1973.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre

Boatnerd Duluth Gathering

Only one boat of interest to the assembled Boatnerds at the Duluth Gathering passed thru the Duluth piers on Friday. Columbia Star entered 6:00 PM and headed for MERC to load coal.

However, a full day of activity kept the attending 'Nerds entertained. A morning tour of a local cement terminal was highlighted by a trip to the top of the 217-foot silos for what was described as a million-dollar-view of Duluth. The exceptionally clear sky and lack of wind was a true Kodak-moment.

After lunch, the group boarded the Vista King for a tour of the Twin Ports Harbor. It was a chance to enjoy the day and take pictures of the John Sherwin, J. B. Ford and the museum whaleback Meteor.

Once the Columbia Star cleared in bound, the group reassembled to enjoy BBQ ribs at Famous Dave's on Lake Street in Canal Park.

More traffic predicted for tomorrow.

Million-dollar-view from the Cement Silos.
Columbia Star Arriving.
Museum Ship Meteor
John Sherwin in Superior.
J.B. Ford at Lafarge.

Reported by: Dave Wobser

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

Bomb Threat Closes Soo Harbor

09/05 7:50 p.m.
A Bomb threat made against the International Bridge linking Sault Ste. Marie, Mi and Sault Ste Marie, Ont. closed the Soo harbor and Soo locks to all vessel traffic about 6 p.m. Friday night.

No vessels were allowed beyond Mud Lake upbound and Point Louise downbound. Cason J Callaway, Edgar B. Speer, Kasteelborg, and Joyce L. VanEnkevort - Great Lakes Trader went to anchor in the lower river. Grande Mariner and Kaye E. Barker allstopped in the upper river. Michigan State Police closed off Portage Ave. on the Michigan side and the International Bridge was completely shut down.

The specifics of the threat were not made public but the harbor remained shut down as teams work to investigate the threat and ensure the safety of the bridge.

The river was reopened about 7:30 p.m.

Reported by: Scott Best and Roger LeLievre

Salt Water Ship Searched at the Soo

Thursday afternoon the saltie Rubin Falcon was upbound in the St. Marys River when it was escorted to the Carbide Dock by several small U.S. Coast Guard vessels. About 3:30 p.m. it was secured at the Carbide Dock assisted by the tugs Florida and the Missouri.

Approximately 20 law enforcement officers including US Customs, US Coast Guard and Michigan State Police, plus several canine units boarded the freighter. The Rubin Falcon was directed to open its holds, and used its deck cranes to do so.

Around 8:30 p.m. the vessel was given permission to continue upbound to the Algoma Steel Export Dock where it will discharge a cargo of steel coils.

Pictures by B. Barnes
Tug Missouri at the bow of the Rubin Falcon, easing toward the Carbide Dock, Soo Michigan.
Tug Florida, finished guiding the stern of the Rubin Falcon to the dock.
USCG boat joined by US Border Patrol.
Law Enforcement Officers board the Rubin Falcon.
Hatch covers opened.
Close up.
Inspection continues.
Inspecting the crane operators control room.
Law enforcement officers continue inspection on main deck.
Another view.
Long view of ship with cargo hold doors open.

Reported by: Scott Best and B. Barnes

Manitowoc to Build Ocean Class Tug and Barge

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bay Shipbuilding Co., has been awarded a contract from Penn Maritime, Inc. to build an ocean-class tug and a 140,000-barrel, double-hull hot oil barge. The contract allows Penn to purchase a second tug/barge combination within 120 days. Other contract terms were not disclosed.

The tug and barge are scheduled for delivery by December 2004. The barge will measure 480 ft. x 78 ft. x 36.5 ft. and will be equipped with a system of heating coils to maintain cargo temperatures at or above 135 F. The 123 ft. x 38 ft. tug will be powered by a 6,000-horsepower engine room and features an Intercon coupler to link both vessels into a 564 ft. overall length unit. Both tug and barge will be ABS, U.S. Coast Guard, and OPA-90 compliant. “We are very pleased to have won this contract, which marks the fourth OPA-90 vessel built by Bay Shipbuilding,” said Dennis McCloskey, president of Manitowoc’s Marine Group. “We are optimistic that the pace of orders for OPA- 90 double-hull tank barges will increase over the next few years, and we should benefit from those opportunities given our proven experience in this area.

“Other recent contract wins for Manitowoc’s Marine Group include a U.S. Navy contract for the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS); selection as a finalist for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship project with our partners Lockheed-Martin, Gibbs & Cox, and Bollinger Shipyards; as well as our recent selection by the U.S. Coast Guard as one of three companies to build a Response Boat Medium prototype with our partner, Kvichak Marine of Seattle,” McCloskey added.

Penn Maritime is based in Stamford, CT, and Staten Island, NY. They are the largest U.S. coastal transporter of liquid asphalt and residual fuel products. Penn currently operates 13 tugs and 21 barges.

Reported by: Andy Severson and Al Jackman

Dock Dredged for New Cutter

The tug Manitou removed another barge load of blue clay from the dredging operation taking place in Port Huron, Mi. at the former docking site of the Coast Guard cutter Bramble. The operation will allow the new cutter Hollyhock the additional space required for docking. The exact date of her arrival is unknown at this time.

Tug and barge downbound.
Close up of Manitou.

Reported by: Frank Frisk

Leader Fuels

The Hamilton Energy was alongside Canadian Leader at Port Weller Dry Docks Wednesday night fueling the straight decker. The Leader was at the dry dock for her 5 year survey. It is unknown when the Leader will depart.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt

Stahl Heads for Maine

Thursday night the tug Roger Stahl was reported 85 miles outside of Portland, Maine in heavy weather. She is due into Portland for fuel Friday morning having departed Detroit one week ago bound for southern Florida.

Reported by: Bill Hoey

Twin Ports Report

Thursday was another day of interesting boats in unusual places in the Twin Ports.

Joseph H. Frantz spent the day backed into the Cenex Harvest States gallery berth loading grain. It was an unusual move because few vessels back into that berth, and earlier this season the Frantz had been loading at the General Mills elevator in Superior.

Loading at the General Mills elevator in Superior was Canadian Prospector. Although ULS boats occasionally use this elevator, this was the first time in recent memory that the Prospector had loaded there.

Elsewhere, J.A.W. Iglehart was unloading at the Duluth Lafarge terminal. This is only the Iglehart's third or fourth trip of the season to the Twin Ports.

At midday, Canadian Progress arrived in Duluth to fuel before proceeding to the Midwest Energy Terminal to load coal. Canadian Transport was expected later in the day to load at the same dock.

Reported by: Al Miller

Duluth and Two Harbors

A fair amount of boat traffic appeared before large crowds at Duluth and Two Harbors under sunny skies Thursday.

Canadian Progress started the parade arriving in Duluth before noon. The Roger Blough arrived in Two Harbors at 3:30 p.m. and pulled under the DM&IR chutes.

In the evening, the traffic was mostly out bound from Duluth. Joseph Block left first followed closely by Joseph H. Frantz. Canadian Transport laid off the piers while the Block and Frantz departed, then she entered. As soon as the transport was in Canadian Prospector and Canadian Progress departed. J. A. W. Iglehart was the last to leave, following the Progress around 10:30. Should make for a good traffic day at the Soo on Friday.

On Wednesday the first arrival in Duluth at 1:30 was the Mesabi Miner bound for the DM&IR Dock to load taconite. The USEPA research vessel Lake Explorer followed the Miner under the aerial lift bridge. Earlier, Stewart J. Cort had arrived at Burlington Northern via the Superior entrance.

Oglebay Norton left the Midwest Energy terminal and passed under the lift bridge around 4:30. ON was followed closely by the salty Sea Link who left the AGP elevator with a load of wheat.

Within an hour, Joseph H. Frantz appeared headed for the Duluth entry. When Joe was still some distance out the bridge went up for cruise boat. Joe called the bridge and asked if "he was going to stay up for me". The bridge operator answered "we are opening for you". Because of a strong crosswind Joe was coming full speed to maintain steerage in the narrow canal. He told the bridge "We got her running all head and the cook is back there paddling". She came thru the channel at full speed and slowed after passing under the lift bridge.

Just before the sun set, J. A. W. Iglehart arrived with a split load for Lafarge-Superior and Lafarge-Duluth.

Blough arriving.
Blough under the chutes.
Frantz departs.
Block departs.
Progress arrives.
Block under lift bridge.
Miner arrives Wednesday.
Iglehart arrives.
Frantz arrives.
Lake Explorer.
Sea Link outbound.
Oglebay Norton lines up for the canal.
Oglebay Norton under lift bridge.

Reported by: Dave Wobser

Marquette Update

The H. Lee White arrived at the Shiras ore dock in Marquette late Wednesday night with a load of stone. She will proceed to the ore dock for a load of taconite once she finishes. The Kaye Barker will be arriving at the ore dock on Friday to take on the Michipicoten's load for Algoma, then return for a load of her own.

The H. Lee White backing in to the dock on a drizzly midnight.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Toronto report

The saltie Yick Hua arrived early Wednesday morning and went to the Redpath Sugar dock, with the assistance of McKeil's harbor tugs.

The self-unloader James Norris arrived in port at 1:30 p.m. and went into the Turning Basin to the Strada salt dock. She finished unloading and cleared port just after midnight.

The French tall ship Europa arrived in port with all sails set at 4:30 p.m., on her first visit to Toronto. The tall ship True North of Toronto remains in port.

Elsewhere in the harbor, the recently arrived passenger vessel Samuel De Champlain has been hauled out at the Atlas crane on Pier 35. The barge Bobbin remains on Toronto Drydock undergoing hull cleaning and painting. The former water taxi R. G. Jetta, which suffered superstructure damage after being rammed at its dock by the schooner Challenge earlier this season, has been sold and has been renamed Jet.

The C & C Marine barge Rock Prince was in service again Wednesday as a fireworks platform anchored off Olympic Island, where Icelandic pop singer Bjork performed an outdoor concert that evening.

The Queen is gone but not forgotten. The tug Doug McKeil arrived in port shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday and hooked onto the Seaway Queen's bow; working with the tug Vigilant 1 amidships on the Queen, the tow got underway at 2:45 p.m.

As soon as the were clear of Canadian Provider, Vigilant 1 slipped to the stern and picked up a stern line. They proceed to Pier 52, where final towing arrangements were made. The tug Seahound joined the tow at Pier 52. The dead ship tow got underway again at 5:50 p.m.

Reported by: Art Church

Soo Memories

Below are images of classic shipping on the St. Marys River.

Cleveland-Cliffs steamer Champlain in the early 1970s.
Quebec & Ontario steamer Shelter Bay on a cloudy day in the lower St. Marys River in the early 1970s.
Maritime class vessels Leon Fraser (left) and Ashland pass at Mission Point around 1969.
Busy Day on the St. Marys River in 1973. An unidentified tug and barge is at left, then the Thomas Wilson, tanker Rocket, and the package freighter Fort William.
William Clay Ford, downbound at Six Mile Point, in June 1973.
Kinsman steamer Frank R. Denton in the Mac Lock in1973.
Arthur B. Homer at Nine Mile Point, Aug. 1972.
The International, part of the two-bat International-Harvester fleet, upbound at Mission Point in 1969. The old Coast Guard Lookout Station No. 3 is at right. It was deliberately torched in the early 1980s, and benches for boatwatchers are on that spot at present.

Reported by: Roger LeLievre

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

Seaway Queen Tow Departs for Montreal

Wednesday evening the Seaway Queen was towed from her long term lay-up dock in Toronto. The tugs Doug McKeil led the tow with the Vigilant 1 and Seahound working the stern onto Lake Ontario shortly after 6 p.m.

The Seaway Queen will be towed to Montreal where she will eventually be sent to India for scrapping.

Information and pictures of the Seaway Queen.

Reported by: Clive Reddin

Project Europa Delivers

The heavy lift ship Project Europa delivered the third shipment of wind powered generators to the Port of Milwaukee Tuesday and Wednesday. This cargo consisted of 19 windmills loaded in Gijon, Spain.

The generators sit on top of huge masts and pivot with the wind. They are being trucked to a site in central Wisconsin.

Project Europa.
Mast sections pile up on the dock. The propellers are in the crates towards the back.
Two mast sections and one of the generators on the dock.
Hatches are returned to the ship. They act as counter weights to keep the ship from listing while unloading heavy cargo.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde

Michipicoten Enters Dry Dock

Wednesday morning the Michipicoten entered Sturgeon Bay from Green Bay. Two Selvick Marine tugs took her into tow off Sherwood Point Light and towed her stern first to the Bay Ship graving dock. The Dock was flooded and waiting for the Michipicoten to arrive.

The Michipicoten is at the shipyard for repairs to her hull, bottom plates were reported to be damaged in the St. Marys River.

Michipicoten under tow heading for Graving dock.
Selvick tug on stern.
Stern view and Name.
Entering dock.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle

Roger Stahl Continues South

The tug Roger Stahl continues her journey south for her new home in Florida. The tug is now traveling on salt water and passed Nova Scotia on Wednesday morning.

Reported by: Jim M.

Volmeborg Arrives in Green Bay

Mid-day Wednesday was a busy one in Green Bay. Around 11a.m. the Volmeborg became the first ever Wagenborg ship to enter the Port of Green Bay. She drew a crowd of onlookers, and a group of picketers at K&K Warehouse. The picketers were carrying signs protesting the import of foreign wood pulp.

The Volmeborg is loaded with 7,500 tons of bleached wood-pulp that was loaded in Kotka, Finland last month. Wagenborg ships that normally unload in Menominee, MI are being temporarily diverted to Green Bay's newly re-vamped K&K Warehouse facility.

The Volmeborg is the first of two Wagenborg vessels to unload at the new facility this year. In the future, the Green Bay dock may see as many as 10 vessels a season.

The wood pulp delivered by Wagenborg is mainly used in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin, making Green Bay a natural choice for these shipments. Once the Green Bay facility is filled to capacity, any Wagenborg ships remaining on the schedule will resume unloading in Menominee until the end of the shipping season.

A short time later, the Arthur M. Anderson made her way up river to the C. Reiss Dock with a cargo of coal. The Anderson finished unloading and departed about 9:45 p.m. The Mississagi arrived in port Wednesday with a cargo of salt for Georgia Pacific. The Catherine Desgagnes is enroute to Green Bay with a load of pig iron and should be in port by Friday. The Algorail is due in later in the week with a load of salt.

Pictures by Dick Lund
Volmeborg comes through the first railroad bridge.
Passing Western Lime.
Deckhouse close-up.
Passing through the Main Street Bridge.
At the K&K Warehouse Dock.
Wide view at K&K Dock.
Stern shot at K&K with a familiar port-side list.
Arthur M. Anderson unloads coal at C. Reiss.

Reported by: Dick Lund, Wendell Wilke, Tim Nixon and Jason Leino

Diver drowns near Cedarville wreck

A Wisconsin man drowned Sunday while diving near the wreck of the Cedarville in the Straits of Mackinac.

Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont said the diver's party summoned the Coast Guard after the diver failed to surface. The sheriff's department Search and Rescue Dive Team was then called to the scene about 10:45 a.m.

About 10 minutes after the dive team arrived, divers from the charter boat Rec Diver recovered the missing 57-year-old man.

Reports state the victim had many years of diving experience. His body was recovered within 30 feet of the shipwreck in approximately 108 feet of water.

Reported by: Brian Wren

Oglebay Norton ratings reduced after company misses interest payment

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its ratings on Oglebay Norton Co., including the corporate credit rating, to 'D', after the company failed to make an August interest payment on notes it had issued.

Oglebay Norton, a Cleveland, Ohio-based minerals and aggregates supplier and operator of a Great Lakes fleet, has about $435 million in outstanding debt. In addition to its debt, the company is troubled by weak markets and rising costs.

Standard & Poor’s reported that Oglebay Norton "has been exploring strategic alternatives including potential asset divestitures" to maintain liquidity and reduce debt leverage.

Oglebay Norton had originally missed an interest payment scheduled for Aug. 1 and was operating under a covenant waiver through Aug. 15.  Although Oglebay had the ability to make to make its $5 million interest payment on August 1 with approximately $10 million available in revolving credit, company management chose to forego the payment.

As a result, Oglebay Norton will not have access to its revolving credit until amendments with senior lenders are reached. Oglebay Norton will likely pay its interest only after regaining borrowing availability under its revolving credit facility because cash from operations will be limited and necessary for operating costs.

Reported by: Dan Arndt

Twin Ports Report

Early morning boatwatchers in the Twin Ports got a special treat Wednesday the coal-laden Indiana Harbor departed the Duluth piers shortly after 7 a.m., followed a few minutes later by ore-laden John G. Munson.

Elsewhere in port, Midwest Energy Terminal remained busy, loading Oglebay Norton, with Kaye E. Barker waiting at the Duluth port terminal.

The grain trade continued to show signs of life. Canadian Prospector arrived to load at Cenex Harvest States while Sealink remained at the AGP elevator berth in Duluth. Goldeneye remained anchored on the lake waiting for AGP.

Later in the day, Stewart J. Cort was expected at BNSF ore dock, Mesabi Miner loaded at the DMIR ore dock and Joseph H. Frantz was due at Cenex Harvest States.

Boatwatchers get another treat Friday when Michipicoten is due at 7 a.m. to load at DMIR ore dock.

Reported by: Al Miller

Saginaw River News

The Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader was inbound the Saginaw River late Wednesday evening. She was bound for the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. The pair are expected to be outbound Thursday afternoon.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Reserve Loads

The Oglebay Norton Steamer Reserve arrived at Silver Bay Tuesday afternoon, turned in the harbor and skillfully backed under the loading chutes.

Another view.
Backing under the chutes.

Reported by: Dave Wobser

PM 41 Unloads

The Pere Marquette 41 and tug Undaunted where unload large rock at the Verplank's dock in Ferrysburg, Mi. Wednesday.

Front view of PM41 unloading at Verplank's
Annual test of Fire Truck with PM41 in the background
PM41 under the spray
PM 41 rear view

Reported by: Dale Rosema

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

Seaway Queen Scrap Tow Could Start Today

The Nadro Marine tug Vigilant 1 arrived in Toronto Tuesday afternoon and is now rafted to the retired ULS Corp. bulker Seaway Queen. Preparations are now being made to tow the handsome laker to Montreal where she will eventually be sent to India for scrapping.

The tow to Montreal may begin as soon as today.

Sale of Seaway Queen is the latest of several such vessels for dismantling in India. Mapleglen, Oakglen and Algosound are also bound for the breakers. Reports indicate that ULS tried to find a Canadian city interested in preserving the Seaway Queen as a marine museum, but could find no takers.
Information and pictures of the Seaway Queen.

Reported by: Gerry O.

Montrealais Loads

The Montrealais took on a partial load of grain at the Sarnia Elevator's Tuesday. She departed upbound for Goderich early Tuesday evening.

Reported by: Marc Dease

Munson Visits Ashland

The John G. Munson departed Ashland, WI early Tuesday afternoon after discharging a load of coal at the C. Reiss dock. She was outbound past Bayfield at 2:30 p.m.

Unloading. Picture by Lee Rowe

Reported by: Harvey Hadland and Lee Rowe

Calumet Visits Buffalo

The Calumet arrived in Buffalo about 7 p.m. Tuesday heading for the Sand Products dock-City Ship Canal. She was expected to finish unloading and depart sometime on Wednesday.

Calumet rounding Light House Point and heading up the creek with no tugs.

Reported by: Brian Wroblewski

Duluth Traffic

The Walter J. McCarthy loaded coal in Superior on Tuesday. In Duluth, the Indiana Harbor tied up at the ore dock, the Sealink was taking on grain and the James R. Barker was fueling.

Walter J. McCarthy getting a load of coal in Superior.
James Barker getting fuel in Duluth.
Stern view.

Reported by: Lee Rowe

Busy Day at the Soo

Tuesday morning the Mesabi Miner and Stewart J. Cort were waiting for a lock upbound at the Soo. Fog patches reduced visibility in the lower river slowing traffic making a busy day at the locks. Traffic at the locks included: Middletown, Mesabi Miner, Stewart J Cort, Joseph H Franz, American Mariner, Lee A. Tregurtha, Algolake, Fred R. White Jr., LeLevant and Edgar B Speer.

Reported by: Chris Jackson

Toronto Update

Monday morning the tall ship Bounty departed for Kingston. The tall ship Caledonia departed late Sunday for Rochester.

The tanker Saturn paid a rare visit to Toronto on Monday. She came in around 1 p.m. and went to the McAsphalt dock in the Turning Basin. Saturn departed sometime during the night.

The Toronto Exhibition (a.k.a "The Ex") ended Monday afternoon with the traditional air show. The firetug Wm. Lyon Mackenzie performed water cannon displays for the three days of the air show. The C & C Marine barge Rock Prince was in service each night as a fireworks platform. Rock Prince will again be pressed into service as a fireworks platform Wednesday night, when it will be anchored off Olympic Island in the inner harbor.

The Finnish pop singer Bjork will perform on Olympic Island on Wednesday night and the show will be closed out with a fireworks displays twice the size of that which closed out "The Ex".

Toronto Island ferry service shifted to fall schedule Wednesday.

Reported by: Art Church

Raising Steam and Sails in Niagara

On Sunday I had the occasion to ride as a passenger aboard the S.S. Pumper based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The Buffalo built and century old S.S. Pumper burns wood as opposed to fuel or coal. As such she is the only wood burning steam screw vessel in North America. S.S. Pumper offers one hour cruises at the mouth of the Niagara River.

Below are images of S.S. Pumper steaming in the Niagara River.
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On Monday the Dutch Tall Ship Europa transited the Welland Canal enroute to Toronto, Ontario. Europa recently participated in the Tall Ships Challenge 2003 Great Lakes. This beautiful steel hulled vessel was originally built as a lightship in Hamburg, Germany in 1911. She measures 185 feet in length with a 24 foot beam. Europa sails the seven seas with passengers and is available for chartering. In fact, last August Europa sailed on a five month journey from Seattle round Cape Horn and concluding in Antarctica.

Below are images of Europa on an assignment from Port Colborne to Lock 7.

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S.S. Pumper:
S.S. Pumper alongside her dock in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Underway for a Sunday cruise.
Deck view forward.
The wheelhouse.
The Captain graciously invites us up to have a look around.
Heading downstream towards Fort Niagara.
Wood ready to be burned for fuel.
The 75 horse power steam engine.
Another view.
Fort Niagara on the American shore.

The interior of Europa’s cozy enclosed bridge.
Europa is fitted with the latest aids to navigation.
Below and behind the bridge is the radio room.
In Lock 8 the crew make some adjustments.
Inside the deckhouse.
Bar and coffee area in the deckhouse.
Well appointed with plenty of books on sailing and sailing ships.
Poker corner (yes for cards!).
Hallway outside the dining saloon and galley.
Clean and efficient galley.
Dining saloon. Note the Dutch wooden shoes.
Ship’s bell.
We hold in Lock 8 for traffic. Time to take some pictures.
I asked the captain the following question: “I suppose every sail has a name eh?” He responded “Yes also every rope has a name”. I wonder how they invented a name for all those ropes!
Adjusting the thing-a-ma-jig.
More help to adjust the thing-a-ma-jig.
Looking aft.
Close up of the bridge.
Ship’s mascot.
View from the front window of the bridge. This is worse visibility than a salty with deck cranes!
This steering wheel is generally used when under sail.
A classic magnetic compass and wheel.
View from the aft wheelstand.
Exterior starboard side of the bridge.
Daylight view of the bridge interior.
Looking forward.
Looking aft.
More ropes.
Ropes everywhere you look!
Europa’s crew are self sufficient and very proficient at rope work and sail repairs.
The first rung of a long ladder.
That’s a long way up!
Europa has a sail area of 11,000 square feet. Below Port Robinson we meet Algoma’s John B. Aird.
John B. Aird.
Captain George Kendall blows us a master salute and gives a hearty wave.
Approaching Bridge 11 at Allanburg.
Will we clear?
Yes! We clear by only 2m (6.5’).
Entering Lock 7.
Europa is about to be lowered in Lock 7. The Dutch flag is almost big enough to be a sail on it own!
Name and Port of Registry on the stern. Note the rivets.
The figurehead Europa. Europa is a Greek mythological figure who is said to have infatuated the god Jupiter with her beauty.
Europa on Tuesday morning as seen from the Rubin Falcon.
At Wharf-2 below Lock 1. After we pass by she will depart for Toronto under full sail.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

Today in Great Lakes History - September 03

On September 3 the Belle River (now Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.) set a then 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

Busy Day on the Saginaw River

Labor Day proved to be interesting on the Saginaw River with tugs and barges dominating the day. The Tug John Spence and her barge McAsphalt 401 were outbound early Monday morning from Essexville. The pair tied up at the Consumers Energy Dock to allow the inbound tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and Barge Great Lakes Trader and the tug Barbara Andrie and Barge A390 to pass before continuing outbound for the lake.

The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader were inbound for the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City to lighter before continuing upriver to finish unloading at the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee. The tug was in contact with the downbound J.A.W. Iglehart, who had unloaded overnight at the Lafarge Terminal in Carrollton, and agreed to pass at the Wirt dock. Minutes later, the Iglehart was contacted by the tug Barbara Andrie that she had an emergency and was dropping her anchor in the channel at Buoys 5 & 6 and that she had lost steering. The Andrie and her barge ended up crossways, blocking the entire shipping channel. This caused the Iglehart to tie up at the Dow Chemical Dock in Bangor Township to wait for the shipping channel to be cleared.

The Barbara Andrie contacted U.S. Coast Guard Station Saginaw River and Busch Marine in Carrollton, finding two small tugs that were available to assist, but in all likelihood, not powerful enough to be of much help. The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort was then contacted at the Bay City Wirt Dock and asked if they could assist. They could, and uncoupled from the Great Lakes Trader, left the notch, and proceeded downriver to tow the Barbara Andrie and her barge.

With much skill and little difficulty, the Joyce L. was able to get the Andrie straightened out and to the Triple Clean Liquifuels Dock to unload her cargo of 1.5 million gallons of fuel oil. It was thought that the Barbara Andrie's rudder was damaged. Crews were notified and on the way to assess the damage and make repairs.

The J.A.W. Iglehart was then clear to proceed downriver for the lake around 2 p.m., but there were still a few tense moments as Buoy 6 was moved off station by the tow and was sitting in the channel. The Coast Guard did some sounding for the Iglehart and she was able to clear with about 30 feet of side clearance.

The Joyce L. Van Enkevort and Great Lakes Trader departed Bay City Writ for the Sargent Dock in Zilwaukee around 3 p.m. The pair were expected to be outbound late in the evening.

John Spence & McAsphalt 401 downbound at Consumers Energy.
Stern view.
J.A.W. Iglehart downbound at Veteran's Bridge.
Iglehart stern view.
Joyce L. Van Enkevort - Great Lakes Trader inbound at Essroc Cement.
Stern view.
Barbara Andrie and Barge A-390 upbound at Consumers Energy.
Tug close up.
Tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort out of the notch and downbound for the tow.
Empty notch on the Great Lakes Trader.
Barbara Andrie blocking the shipping channel.
The tow begins.
Straigntened out and headed upriver.
Another view.

Reported by: Todd Shorkey

Twin Ports Report

Most traffic in the Twin Ports on Monday focused on Midwest Energy Terminal. In late afternoon, Algosoo was loading, St. Clair was proceeding down the Superior front channel toward the turning basin, waiting its turn at the dock, and Paul R. Tregurtha was at the Murphy Oil fuel dock, also in line to load at SMET. James R. Barker was due late in the day.

Elsewhere, Halifax loaded at BNSF ore dock, and the saltie Sealink was anchored on the lake waiting to load at AGP.

Reported by: Al Miller

Michipicoten on the Lower Lakes

Monday the Michipicoten was on the St. Clair River with a load of stone for Blue Water Aggregates at Marysville, Mi. The downbound Michipicoten turned off the dock to head upbound for the dock. The upbound Middletown checked back to allow the Michipicoten to complete her turn.

Middletown approaching as the Michipicoten turns.
Close up.
Middletown continues upbound.

Reported by: Barry Hiscocks

Tall Ship Visits

On Monday the tall ship Caledonia arrived at the Port of Rochester at about 7:30 a.m. At a length of 245 feet, she is the largest tall ship built in North America within the last 100 years. She is currently touring the Great Lakes before returning to her home port of Halifax.

Caledonia inbound.
Stern view.

Reported by: Patricia Carey

English River Visits Oswego, NY

Labor Day wasn't a holiday for the hard-working crew of the English River. The cement carrier backed into the Oswego Harbor Monday afternoon about 2 p.m. after crossing a relatively smooth Lake Ontario under grey, overcast skies.

Deftly using her bow thruster, the English River maneuvered to the Lafarge cement dock for unloading. Her cream-colored hull complimented the tan silos of the Lafarge complex. One crewman even disembarked with his bicycle after tying up to go into town for a few supplies.

After unloading, she and her crew casted off to head back to Bath, Ontario for reloading.

Reported by: Mary and Jeff Swingle

Welland Traffic

The Canadian Leader was moved from the dry dock to fit out wall Sunday morning at Port Weller Dry Docks. The Algonorth was upbound Sunday evening.

Below are images taken Labor Day afternoon at the Welland Canal by Bill Bird.
Carola just clear of Lock 2 downbound.
CSL Laurentien in Port Weller harbor on her way to Hamilton.
Captain Ralph Tucker on her way to Lock 1.
Jean Parisien clear of Lock 7.
Catherine Desgagnes about to enter Lock 2 on her way to Toledo with pig iron.
Tall ship Europa on her way to Lock One -she would stay overnight in Port Weller harbor before venturing out into Lake Ontario.
Canadian Leader at wall outside Port Weller Dry Dock. She's in for her 5 year survey and should be on her first trip shortly.
Small figure on top of funnel that looks like a small cross is a man who was doing some welding.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt and Bill Bird

Lake Superior Traffic

Grand Mariner spent the day Sunday in Bayfield Wisconsin while the passengers toured the local shops. She had arrived from Duluth.
Algosoo arrived in Duluth on Monday at noon to the delight of many Labor Day visitors.
Edgar B. Speer backing from the dock.
Speer finished loading in Two Harbor Monday afternoon and headed down Lake Superior.

Reported by: Dave Wobser

Hamilton Traffic

Monday the Quebecois arrive in Hamilton at 10 a.m. with iron ore for Dofasco. The CSL Tadoussac departed at 11:30 a.m. heading to Sept. Ile Quebec to load iron ore for Stelco. The CSL Laurentian arrived at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday afternoon the salt water ship Lykes Winner arrive and docked at Pier 15. The Cuyahoga departed Hamilton at 3 p.m. The Algonorth finally got under way at 3:30 p.m. after having her hull inspected. She was heading for Thunder Bay in ballast.

Reported by: Eric Holmes

History Channel Program

The History Channel is scheduled to make the wreck of the Regina "tell its story" at 8 p.m. September 9 as a feature of the Deep Sea Detectives series. Story to be told through underwater footage, expert interviews, archival materials and dramatic reenactments.

Reported by: John Meyland

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

Grande Mariner at Bayfield

The Cruise ship Grande Mariner made another stop at Bayfield, WI Sunday, her third visit to the port. On her first stop she came up to the beach north of the harbor and dropped her bow ramp. On her stop August 27 she tied up along the outer seawall of the City dock. She is scheduled to make one more trip to Lake Superior, with a stop at Bayfield.

Reported by: Harvey Hadland

Flinter Fest

Last week the upbound Flintermaas and the downbound Flintersky passed in the St. Marys River.

Flintermaas, upbound Rotary Park.
The sister ships passing each other.

Reported by: B. Barnes

St. Clair Traffic

Herbert C Jackson downbound passing Marysville.
Algocen downbound passing Marysville.
Rt Hon Paul J Martin upbound passing Sarnia.
Katmai Bay upbound passing Marysville.
Stern view.
Crystal Spirit upbound passing Marysville.
Stern view.
John Spence downbound passing Marysville, assisting the Evans Mc Keil and Ocean Hauler down the St. Clair River.
Stern view.
Duc D'Orleans downbound passing Marysville.
Stern view.

Roger Stahl Departs Detroit
Capt. Roger Stahl and Capt. David Ghidoni at the Gaelic Dock.
tug Roger Stahl backing away from the Gaelic Tugboat Co. Dock to fuel at Waterfront Petroleum across the Rouge River.
Wide view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls

Detroit Traffic

Below are images taken around Detroit on Saturday.

Bow view of the tanker Saturn at the Marathon Fort Street Terminal in the River Rouge. The I-75 Rouge River bridge is in the background.
Side view.
Stern view of the mail boat J.W. Westcott II. The fire boat Curtis Randolph is in the background.
Stern view of the fire boat Curtis Randolph.
Bow view of the Randolph.
The Randolph's cabin.
One of the Randolph's hoses spraying water.
The Canadian Transfer turning around in the middle of the Detroit River below the Ambassador Bridge to tie up at Lafarge in Windsor.
The Lee A. Tregurtha appearing to "speed" through the Dix Street drawbridge in the River Rouge. She had just backed out of the slip at Rouge Steel.

Reported by: Angie Williams

Toledo News

The James Norris finished unloading ore and departed from the Torco Ore Dock Sunday morning. The Atlantic Superior arrived several hours later at the Torco Ore Dock to unload ore. The Arthur M. Anderson was due in at the CSX Docks to load coal late Sunday afternoon.

The tug and barge Joseph H. Thompson/Joseph H. Thompson Jr. is docked at the old Interlake Iron Company Dock in front of the Armco. It is unknown at this time if she is in for repairs or for lay-up. The Gemini arrived at the Lakefront Docks Sunday for temporary lay-up, she is tied up astern of the former Boblo passenger boat Ste. Claire. The dredge Columbia continues to dredge the ship channel in Maumee Bay north of the Pump Out Station. The Armco, Buckeye, Courtney Burton, and Wolverine remain in lay-up.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algolake on Thursday, followed by the John G. Munson and Saginaw on Saturday.

The next scheduled ore boats due into the Torco Ore Dock will be the CSL Niagara on Thursday, followed by the Nanticoke and Algosteel on Saturday.

The next scheduled stone boats due into the Midwest Terminal Stone Docks will be the Algorail on Tuesday, followed by the Canadian Navigator on Friday.

The Halco tanker Doan Transport approaching the Sun Oil Dock from the Craig Bridge.
The Franquelin inbound Maumee Bay. She is headed for one of the Elevators to load a grain cargo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman

Welland Canal Views

Below are images taken on Saturday afternoon in the Welland Canal.

Lake Superior downbound above Lock 2.
Approaching the end of the approach wall.
Passing entry with the Goldeneye.
Goldeneye upbound for Duluth.
The vessel is in ballast after discharging sugar in Toronto from Santos, Brazil.
Heading for Lock 3. Goldeneye will load wheat for Barcelona, Spain.
Montrealais secured below Lock 2.
Montrealais waiting for the Lake Superior to lock through.
If you look very closely you can see the letter “R” from Montrealais’ original launch name Montrealer. As well the original Port of Registry Montreal is still visible beneath Toronto. Further down below the POR her original heritage in the form of “Papachristidis Co. Ltd.” is still legible.
Close up of the “R”.
Port Weller Dry Docks. HMCS Halifax, CCGS Griffon and Canadian Leader are on the blocks.
Isa bound for Cleveland below Lock 2 in the early evening light.
MEMORIES-1977 M/V ONTADOC: Most Canadian seaman from the 1970’s will certainly recognize and remember safety man “Smokey” Batzer. Smokey used to go from ship to ship and fleet to fleet giving safety and fire fighting seminars. Smokey is the gentleman kneeling with the black overalls and his arms outstretched in the air. I’m the kid with the ball cap also kneeling.

Reported by: Capt. Alain M. Gindroz

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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