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Emergency order formally bans dropping anchor in Straits Of Mackinac

5/26 - Lansing, Mich. – Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac. It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.

There are advisories on maritime maps that say ships shouldn’t drop anchor in the straits, where there’s a risk posed by the Enbridge fuel line and other infrastructure. But it’s not a regulation.

In April, a ship dragged an anchor across the bottom of the straits and ruptured a utility line and dented Line 5.

“Maritime maps have been marked for some time with the Straits of Mackinac as an advisory to not drop your anchor,” says Snyder Communications Director Ari Adler, “but there’s been no rule or regulation technically prohibiting it, and so this rule now prohibits that.”

Adler says the state is trying to get a federal rule adopted by the Coast Guard. “That is taking a little longer than Governor Snyder would like, and, so, in the meantime, he has issued an emergency rule that will help put that prohibition in place,” he says.

Adler says the rule can be renewed for another six months, if necessary. Environmental groups say the temporary rule is an improvement. But they also say there are exceptions within the temporary rule for undefined shipping emergencies and ships operating under tribal rules that pose a risk to the Great Lakes.

They say that’s a reason why the best move would be to shut down Line 5. A feasibility study is underway on alternatives to Line 5.

Michigan Public Radio

 

Toledo railroad bridge shut down for 6 hours

5/26 - Toledo, Ohio – A busy Toledo railroad bridge was shut down for about six hours Friday after a freighter snagged one of its power-supply wires, according to the Norfolk Southern railroad.

Jonathan Glass, a railroad spokesman, said the bridge lost power about 1:30 p.m. because of the accident. He identified the vessel involved as the freighter Iryda, which had left a nearby grain elevator shortly before the accident.

Glass said the Coast Guard had been notified. Coast Guard staff in Toledo said they had no information about the accident. Trains began running again about 7:30 p.m. after repairs were made, Glass said. Before then, numerous freight trains were stopped at various Toledo-area locations while the bridge was disabled.

The bridge, used by scores of trains each day, is part of Norfolk Southern’s main line between Cleveland and Chicago.

Toledo Ohio

 

Port Reports -  May 26

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 04:47 on Friday the 25th for Zug Island. The Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors on the 25th at approx. 06:33 for South of #2. She departed on the 25th at 17:45 for Gary. Edgar B. Speer ended up being the 3rd boat of the day, Friday the 25th, for Two Harbors. Early Friday morning she went to anchor by Sand Island and got underway on Friday the 25th at approx. 12:30 for Two Harbors. She arrived off Two Harbors at approx. 15:45 and arrived at 18:40 after the departure of the Gott. Due Two Harbors on Saturday May 26th is the Indiana Harbor in the morning. She'll be arriving from Marquette where she unloaded coal. Due Two Harbors later on the 26th are the Algoma Spirit and the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on May 25th and none scheduled for May 26th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday May 24th 22:38 Federal Sakura departed for Montreal. Friday May 25th 10:57 Jana Desgagnes departed for Quebec City. 13:00 CSL St. Laurent departed for Quebec City. 13:18 Federal Saguenay departed for Baie Comeau. 14:52 Manitoulin departed for Hamilton.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Federal Kivalina and Algoma Compass were in port on Friday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt Henry Jackman cleared early Friday morning with salt for Duluth.

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

 

Ship that landed on D-Day, then hauled autos, now a museum in Muskegon

5/26 - Muskegon, Mich. – After his ship landed on Omaha Beach at Normandy, sailor Paul Grambsch carefully lowered a tattered American flag to the deck. He rolled up the soiled fabric and tucked it into a sea bag that would be found more than 50 years later, upon his death.

That flag saved by the Midwesterner is just one of many artifacts preserved on the World War II ship where it was first hoisted. Next weekend, people will journey to the west coast of Michigan to visit the USS LST 393, which delivered soldiers and tanks to the battle that led to the liberation of Europe and the defeat of Adolf Hitler. The historic USS LST 393 Veterans Museum moored at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon on May 13, 2018. The USS LST was one of the vessels present at the landing in 1944 for the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach.

The historic USS LST 393 Veterans Museum moored at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon on May 13, 2018. The USS LST was one of the vessels present at the landing in 1944 for the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach. (Photo: Andraya Croft, Special to the Free Press)

The ship, now a museum anchored in Muskegon, is hosting a D-Day commemoration from June 1-2 that includes tours, a dance and military re-enactments.

The nonprofit museum is what happens when a little town gets a big idea. The USS LST 393 was restored and transformed by veterans, their families and supporters. In 2017, visitors arrived from 40 states and 13 countries.

“People walk around this ship with their mouths open," said John Stephenson, 66, who lives in Sarasota, Fla. and summers in Muskegon. "They see where people slept. And the engine room is so small. You can imagine going to war. This carries you back in time to D-Day.”

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/05/24/uss-lst-393-d-day-muskegon/521873002

 

Hartmann and CSL join forces on newbuild project

5/26 - The CSL Group and Hartmann Family are pleased to announce they have formed a 50/50 joint venture to build and operate a 40,000 DWT gravity self-unloading vessel to trade in Europe.

The new ship will be built at Chengxi Shipyard in China and is scheduled for delivery in Germany in 2020. It will service Mibau Stema Group on a long-term charter. The joint venture represents an expansion of existing activities in Europe for both Hartmann and CSL.

Hartmann Family is the owner of a fleet of belt self-unloading ships that are chartered to Mibau Stema Group. Mibau Stema Group, a joint venture of Heidelberg Cement AG and Hartmann Family, is the leading supplier of exported aggregates for the construction building industry in Europe.

CSL

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 26

On 26 May 1888, BLANCHE (2-mast wooden schooner, 95 foot, 92 gross tons, built in 1874, at Mill Point, Ontario) was carrying coal with a crew of five on Lake Ontario. She was lost in a squall somewhere between Oswego, New York and Brighton, Ontario.

In 1979, the FRED R. WHITE JR. departed the shipyard on her maiden voyage to load iron ore pellets at Escanaba, Michigan for Cleveland, Ohio.

The J.A.W. IGLEHART began its maiden Great Lakes voyage in 1965, for the Huron Portland Cement Co. The straight deck bulk freighter FRANKCLIFFE HALL began its maiden voyage in 1963. Deepened and converted to a self-unloader in 1980. She was renamed b.) HALIFAX in 1988.

SCOTT MISENER (Hull#14) was launched in 1954, at St. Catharines, Ontario by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. for Colonial Steamships Ltd. She was scrapped at Alang, India in 1990.

In 1923, the ANN ARBOR NO 4 was towed to the shipyard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin by the ANN ARBOR NO 5 with the assistance of the tug ARCTIC. The NO 4 was completely overhauled and had all new cabins built on her main deck.

QUEEN OF THE LAKES was launched at the Kirby & Ward yard in Wyandotte, Michigan on 26 May 1872. She was the first iron-hulled vessel built in Michigan.

On 26 May 1873, the iron propeller revenue cutter GEO S. BOUTWELL (Hull#15) was launched at D. Bell Steam Engine Works in Buffalo, New York. Her dimensions were 140 feet x 22 feet x 17.5 feet, 151 gross tons. She served out of Savannah, Georgia (1874-1899) and Newbern, North Carolina (1899-1907).

The tug GORMAN, which was sunk by the steamer CITY OF BUFFALO was raised today. She is not much injured. The local steamboat inspectors have taken up the case of the collision. The crew of the tug claim that their boat was run over by the CITY OF BUFFALO and the appearance of the wreck carries out their declaration, for the tug shows that the steamer struck her straight aft.

1926 The self-unloader ALPENA delivered the first cargo of coal, 4,000 tons, to the new Detroit Edison steam generating power plant at Marysville, MI.

1982 ROLAND DESGAGNES ran aground off Pointe au Pic, Q.C . The ship floated free with the high tide only to sink on May 27 at 4 am due to hull damage. All on board were saved and the cargo of salt dissolved. The hull rests upright on the bottom in about 300 feet of water.

1984 The Norwegian freighter WILFRED first visited the Seaway in 1966. It went aground on this day in 1984 as b) PSILI at Buenos Aires, Argentina. The vessel was refloated and returned to service. It last sailed as c) GLORY BAY and arrived at Dalian, China, for scrapping on September 18, 1986.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, the Detroit Free Press and the Duluth Evening Herald.

 

House urges Corps of Engineers to finish Soo Locks studies quickly

5/25 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Soo Locks’ critical role in the national defense of the United States has prompted the House of Representatives to direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate their project to build a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The Committee on Armed Service’s report on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (HR5515), which passed the House by an overwhelming majority of 351-66, “urges the Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and all involved executive branch agencies to expedite necessary reviews, analysis, and approvals in order to speed the required upgrades at the Soo Locks.”

The committee report notes the Soo Locks are the only waterway connection from Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes and expresses “concern that of the two current operational locks, only the Poe Lock is large enough to accommodate the 1,000 foot carriers necessary to transport a majority of the iron ore used in domestic steel production … [That] lock is at the end of its 50-year useful lifespan….”

Steel is the backbone of national defense and the committee report emphasizes that “a failure at the Soo Locks would have drastic impacts on national security, in that the United States iron mining-integrated steel production-manufacturing supply chain is dependent on the Soo Locks, and there is no redundancy. Indeed, such a failure would cripple steel production that is used for national defense priorities.”

In 2017, the Poe Lock handled virtually all of the 39 million tons of iron ore passing through the Soo Locks destined for American steelmakers.

The Soo Lock language was sponsored by Cong. Paul Mitchell (R-MI).

“Rep. Mitchell has been a tireless advocate for a second Poe-sized lock and Great Lakes shipping in general,” said Jim Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association, the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessels operators on the Great Lakes. “Michigan would be the state hardest hit by a lengthy failure of the Poe Lock. A Department of Homeland Security study determined a 6-month closure of the Poe Lock would push Michigan’s unemployment rate to nearly 23 percent. Nationwide, 11 million Americans would lose their jobs. We must build a second Poe-sized lock as soon as possible.”

“I’m proud that my first action on the House Armed Services Committee was reaffirming the national security importance of the Soo Locks,” said Mitchell. “Nearly all domestic iron ore – which is required for certain steel production, a substantial part of our economy and essential for national defense – travels through the Soo Locks. Steel production critical to our nation’s military and millions of American jobs are dependent on the Soo Locks, and there is no redundancy or alternatives to the locks. That’s why I am glad the whole House of Representatives is urging the US Army Corps of Engineers, and all involved executive branch agencies, to expedite necessary reviews, analysis, and approvals in order to speed the required upgrades at the Soo Locks.”

Congress authorized construction of a second Poe-sized lock in 1986, but the project stalled due to an inaccurate Corps estimate of its benefits. The Corps has acknowledged that the initial benefits estimate was based on the false premise that the railroads could move the cargo stranded by a failure of the lock and is recalculating it. An Economic Reevaluation Report is expected soon and the updated benefits estimate should enable the project to be funded.

President Trump recently pledged his support for a second Poe-sized lock. Speaking to a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, on April 28 Trump stated “The Soo Locks are going to hell. You know that, right? And we’re going to get them fixed up.”

Construction of new locks at the Sault Ste. Marie has often been tied to national defense. The now obsolete Davis and Sabin locks were built during World War 1. The MacArthur Lock was constructed at a furious pace to meet demand for iron ore during World War Two and 10,000 troops were stationed at the “Soo” to guard the Locks. Work began on the Poe Lock in 1961, the height of the Cold War.

The importance of iron ore to national defense was further underscored when just 10 days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Congress appropriated $8 million of the construction of a near polar-class icebreaker for the Great Lakes. That vessel, the Mackinaw, was launched in 1944 and served the Lakes with distinction until 2006.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  May 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin arrived Duluth on Thursday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. She was still loading during the evening. Algoma Guardian loaded at BN in Superior throughout the day, and was expected to depart sometime Thursday night. Burns Harbor and Whitefish Bay were both on the hook off the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Transport departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Thursday the 24th at 04:10 for Quebec City. The American Integrity arrived Two Harbors at 15:57 on Thursday the 24th for South of #2. As of 18:00 on the 24th the Edgar B. Speer was running checked down NE of Sand Island. She'll probably arrive after the American Integrity departs. Due Two Harbors on Friday the 25th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner on Thursday the 24th at 16:42 for Indiana Harbor. She had arrived in Silver Bay with coal from SMET. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Friday the 25th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday May 24th The updated destination for the Radcliffe R Latimer is Hamilton. 04:25 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 05:12 Federal Mayumi shifted to G3 to finish loading. 10:25 Manitoulin arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal. 15:02 Jana Desgagnes arrived at the Suncor Terminal to unload petroleum products. 17:18 Federal Mayumi departed for Quebec City. 17:29 Drawsko weighed anchor and arrived at G3 to load.

St. Marys River
Downbounders Thursday included Algoma Equinox, Radcliffe R. Latimer, Manitowoc, Algoma Discovery, Sharon M 1 and barge, Saginaw, Stewart J. Cort and Juno. Frontenac was upbound in the morning. Federal Danube was anchored above DeTour.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Paul R. Tregurtha departed Bay Shipbuilding Thursday evening to begin her season. She had been in the yard having exhaust scrubbers installed. She is headed for a Lake Superior port to load.

Manitowoc, Wis. – Jenson Wetenkamp
Bradshaw McKee arrived at Manitowoc at 1007 Thursday with cement from Charlevoix. Fishing boat Kaho remained at Burger boat. Tug Nathan S arrived to be loaded with rock.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Reggeborg remained in port. Federal Kivalina was due early Friday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass cleared upbound Wednesday, laden with salt for Milwaukee. Capt. Henry Jackman was loading at Sifto Dock at noon Thursday.

Welland canal and regional report -Thursday May 24 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 23 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0911 - May 25 - Algosea eta later this evening

Buffalo: (Tonawanda)
Arrival - May 23 tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1155 - departed at 1406 for Tonawanda

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 23 - Atlantic Huron at 2125 - May 24 - Tim S Dool at 0250, Sunda (Lbr) (ex Emilie-15) at 0655, Algosea at 0839, CSL Welland eta 2300 - Downbound - May 23 - Florence Spirit at 2102 and Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 2242 - May 24 - CSL Niagara at 0323, Algowood at 1142, Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 0514, Kaministiqua at 1208, John D Leitch eta at 2130

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1050 from Oshawa -

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 24 - HHL Congo (Atg) at 1639 and CSL Niagara at 1814 - Docked - May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 - May 21 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1930 - May 22 - BBC Europe (Atg) at 0137 - May 23 - Resko (Bhs) at 1003 - Anchored - May 23 -Flevoborg (Nld) - Departures - May 24 - Tim S Dool at 0052, Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0154 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrival - May 24 - Mia Desgagnes at 1010

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 24 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0449

Toronto:
Arrival - May 25 - Victory I (Bhs) (ex Saint Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15, Cape May Light-09) eta at 0300

Oshawa:
Docked - May 19 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1705

 

First fuel shipments in a decade leave Port of Milwaukee, raising concerns

5/25 - Milwaukee, Wis. – It's a development that brings a new source of business to the Port of Milwaukee but also raises concerns about environmental threats to the harbor and Lake Michigan: Ethanol is being shipped out of the port this spring — the first time either ethanol or petroleum products have moved out of the port in at least a decade, according to port officials.

Appleton-based U.S. Oil loaded its first shipment of 100,000 barrels of ethanol on April 30 — a barge bound for Canada from a newly refurbished liquid cargo pier that juts 2,000 feet into the harbor, in the shadow of the Hoan Bridge.

The $3.6 million upgrade to the pier — subsidized with a $2.9 million state harbor assistance grant — has the capability to move ethanol and petroleum products, including crude oil. The pier's gleaming white pipelines are connected to U.S. Oil's storage tanks and facilities on Jones Island where liquid petroleum gas, or LPG, is also stored. The company's lease agreement with the port also allows for construction of a plant that scraps old tires and converts them into energy.

The startup of ethanol shipments — and the possibility that petroleum products could follow — worries environmental groups. So does the tire plant.

"Is this what we want for our port, and our lakes?" asked Eric Hansen of the local chapter of the Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, a Midwest group that is tracking rail shipments of crude oil, some of which moves through Milwaukee.

Crude oil is currently not shipped over the Great Lakes, although some crude moves through the St. Lawrence Seaway, according to experts.

There is also growing attention being paid to the integrity of an oil pipeline under the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan that is owned by Enbridge Inc., which also operates a pipeline system in Wisconsin.

U.S. Oil is a subsidiary of U.S. Venture, a privately held distributor of oil, ethanol, lubricants, tires and auto parts. At one time, the company had entertained plans to ship crude on the lakes. But a company spokeswoman said that it no longer has such plans; and in fact, the city amended its lease agreement with U.S.Venture in September prohibiting crude oil storage or shipping at the port.

"We thought that was a big win," said Cheryl Nenn of Milwaukee Riverkeeper, an environmental group. "But ethanol is a new potential source of pollution and we want to make sure that all precautions are taken."

U.S. Venture's Alison Fiebig said the company has no plans to move LPG over the lake. She also said there are no current plans for a tire-to-energy facility along Milwaukee's lakefront. The company's interest, she said, is shipping ethanol safely over the Great Lakes to Ontario and Quebec, where domestic supplies can't meet demand for renewable fuel additives to gasoline.

About 16% of the 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol exported in 2017 moved through Great Lakes ports, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.

"What is oftentimes overlooked is that we are helping Wisconsin corn growers when it comes to ethanol and that’s a really great story — to help them be more competitive by transporting some of the corn crop to Canada," Fiebig said.

The company has shipped ethanol over the lakes from the port of Green Bay for six years without incident, she said, a mode of transport that limits the number of ethanol-laden trucks on freeways.

In the event of an accident, ethanol quickly mixes in the lake. The environmental threat is loss of oxygen in water where the spill occurs. A 2011 report by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality also indicated that ethanol can still be flammable in water. The immediate response: Control the spill, guard water intake pipes and protect fish and birds in near-shore areas, said Lieutenant Commander Bryan Swintek of the U.S. Coast Guard in Milwaukee.

He said U.S. Oil was required to file a response plan with the Coast Guard, and identify contractors who can respond immediately to an accident. "They have a very robust response plan," Swintek said. "Clearly, they want to make sure they are operating in a safe manner."

Hansen, the environmentalist, said he still has questions. "We see safety plans that everybody says works well, and then one day they don't work so well," he said. Hansen does not believe there is enough known about oversight of such shipments, whether there are protocols during inclement weather and what the company's long-term plans are for Jones Island.

Fiebig said her company expects to make three to seven shipments to Canada a year. "Not very frequently," she said.

That could change. A Canadian expert, who in a study last year mapped environmentally risky areas from petroleum shipments, said he foresees increased petroleum shipping of all kinds on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

"When we look at the trends, we see increased activity," said Jerome Marty, a biologist and project director at the Council of Canadian Academies.

"Quebec Province is putting together a maritime strategy to use the St. Lawrence more than it has," Marty said. "It's really an important highway to connect to the Atlantic."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 25

On 25 May 1889, JAMES GARRETT (3-mast wooden schooner, 138 foot, 266 gross tons, built in 1868, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin) was driven ashore at Whitefish Bay near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan in a gale. She was pounded to pieces by the end of the month. No lives were lost.

On May 25, 1898, PRESQUE ISLE (Hull#30) was launched at the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland, Ohio. The vessel is much better known as the cement carrier E.M. FORD, recently scrapped.

May 25, 1941: The former Pere Marquette carferry PERE MARQUETTE 17 was re-christened CITY OF PETOSKEY.

The wooden schooner J C DAUN was in her first year of service when she encountered a squall in Lake Erie on 25 May 1847, and she capsized five miles off Conneaut, Ohio. Four of the 11 on board were able to make it to her upturned keel, but one of them died of exposure during the night. In the morning, the schooner UNCLE SAM rescued the three remaining survivors. Later the steamer SARATOGA found the DAUN floating upside down, fully rigged with the bodies of some of the crew still lashed to the rigging. The DAUN was righted a few days later and towed in by the schooner D SMART.

On 25 May 1854, DETROIT (wooden side-wheeler, 157 foot, 354 tons, built in 1846, at Newport, Michigan) was sailing from Detroit to Chicago with two lumber scows in tow. On Lake Huron, she collided with the bark NUCLEUS in heavy fog and sank. The exact location (15 miles off Pointe aux Barques) was not known until the wreck was discovered in 200 feet of water on 5 June 1994, by Dave Trotter and his determined divers.

1906: HOWARD L. SHAW was in an unusual accident and passed between the cable of the CORALIA and her barge MAIA, raking the top of the pilothouse, deck, stack and spars before the ship went aground. The hull of HOWARD L. SHAW survives today as a breakwall at Toronto.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history

 

Port Reports -  May 24

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth on Wednesday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. She departed during the early evening. Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort was loading ore at BN, and Herbert C. Jackson was at Hallett #5, likely loading dolomite. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort loaded at BN throughout the day before departing during the afternoon. Algoma Guardian then arrived from anchor to load.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
CSL Assiniboine departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 21:55 on Tuesday May 22nd for Quebec City. The Algoma Discovery got underway off Two Harbors at approx. 22:05 on the 22nd and arrived at 22:55 for South of #2. She departed Wednesday at 12:17 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors Tuesday night at 23:12 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She went to North of #2 for lay-by. She shifted on the 23rd from 12:23 to 12:45 to South of #2 after the departure of the Algoma Discovery. She departed Two Harbors on the 23rd at 19:33. As of 19:45 she was not showing a discharge port. Algoma Transport arrived off Two Harbors on the 23rd at 15:20. She got underway at approx. 19:40. She was Inbound the breakwall at 19:50 stern first. Due Two Harbors on Thursday the 24th are the American Integrity and the Edgar B. Speer. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner at 05:05 with coal from SMET. As of 19:50 she was still at the dock. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Thursday the 24th

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday May 23d 14:26 Algoma Equinox departed for Baie Comeau. 14:32 Federal Sakura weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 14:56 Radcliffe R Latimer departed. 20:30 The saltie Juno departed for Montreal.

North Channel
On Monday Algoma Buffalo arrived at Drummond Island to load and departed in late in the afternoon for Sombra Ont. Herbert C Jackson arrived at Meldrum Bay and after loading dolomite departed for Duluth. On Tuesday, 11:30 Capt. Henry Jackman arrived at Thessalon and after loading gravel departed for Marine City. Wednesday at 10:30 Algoma Sault arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Compass arrived Tuesday night, loading salt at Sifto Dock.

Marine City, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Capt. Henry Jackman unloaded stone on Wednesday.

Pelee Island – Frank Hood
The new ferry Pelee Islander II is nearing the Panama Canal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday May 23 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 22 - James R Barker at 1831 - May 23 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0911 - Departure - James R Barker at 1535 for Duluth-Superior

Buffalo:
Arrival - May 23 tug Calusa Coast & barge Delaware at 1155 - departed at 1406 for Tonawanda

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 23 - Algoma Mariner at 0002, Algoma Spirit at 0556, CSL Laurentien at 0619 and Atlantic Huron at 2125 - Downbound - May 22 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit and Baie St Paul at 2153 - May 23 - Algoma Enterprise at 0033, Cuyahoga at 0444, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0911, Rosy (Bds) (ex SCT Stockhorn-17, MCT Stockhorn-16, HLL Caspian-08) at 1054, Algowood at 1142 and Federal Kumano (Mhl) eta 2145

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1050 from Oshawa - May 22 - Resko (Bhs) at 0515 (anchored) for Hamilton - Departure - May 23 - Resko (Bhs) at 0737 for Hamilton

Welland canal docks:
Departed May 23 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit (from wharf 17)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 23 - Tim S Dool at 0408, Flevoborg (Nld) at 0833 (anchored) and Resko (Bhs) at 1003 - Docked - May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 - May 21 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1930 from the anchorage - May 22 - BBC Europe (Atg) at 0137, Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0701 and Algoma Spirit at 0910 - Anchored - May 23 -Flevoborg (Nld) at Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1815 - Departures - May 23 - CSL Laurentien at 0023 and Algoma Spirit at 0352

Bronte:
Arrival - May 24 - Mia Desgagnes eta 1000

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 22 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1530 from Port Weller - Departed - May 23 at 2150 - for Tampa, FL.

Toronto:
Arrival - May 22 - McKeil Spirit at 0225 - deaprtred May 23 at 1754 eastbound

Oshawa:
Docked - May 19 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1705

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
On Wednesday, English River unloaded cement.

 

Great Lakes chefs keep crews happy with freighter fare

5/24 - Steaks sizzling on an open-air grill against the rolling backdrop of Lake Superior. Delicate strawberry shortcakes stacked three biscuits high. A recipe from home carefully recreated below deck, just to make your week a little brighter.

Freighters that crisscross the Great Lakes carry more than 100 million tons of cargo each year. Keeping their hardworking crews happy has a lot to do with the talented chief stewards and cooks who keep a seemingly endless stream of meals, snacks and baked goods flowing from the galleys.

"They can eat 24 hours a day if they want to," said Aaron Griffin, chief steward aboard the 826-foot Lee A. Tregurtha, which is run by the Interlake Steamship Company. "You've got to keep them happy. That's the main part of my job is to keep the crew happy."

Think of a ship's galley and eating area as your favorite corner diner, where all the customers are regulars and they're all on a first-name basis. The cooks know just how everyone likes their burgers, which vegetables they'll eye for seconds, and even the late-night snacks a few are trying hard to avoid.

But this floating restaurant is rolling along on lakes Huron, Michigan, Superior and the rest. Groceries have to be ordered ahead from marine supply companies, sometimes delivered by a ship-to-ship crane. And grilling topside might mean having to pull on long underwear first.

For the culinary creators who work on Interlake's fleet of nine Great Lakes ships, this juggling act is typically done on a schedule of 60 to 90 days on ship, and 30 days off.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/great_lakes_chefs_keep_freight.html

 

Erie Canal fans not ready to give up the ships

5/24 - The tug Reliable, built during the Great Depression in Syracuse and an enduring symbol of the brawny toil of state canal workers, was unceremoniously hauled down the Hudson River by barge last week en route to an ignoble burial at sea.

Maritime historians, who love old tugs with an affection some reserve for retrievers, are shocked at the shabby treatment of Reliable and other cast-off canal vessels scheduled to be sunk for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's artificial reef project off Long Island.

"A lot of us were appalled watching the Reliable hauled down the river. It is being done so quickly and without time to weigh other options," said Craig Williams, a retired State Museum senior historian and a board member of the Canal Society of New York State.

Williams documented the final journey of Reliable with photographs and video and said the sight "made me sick to my stomach." He commiserated along the shoreline with a retired canal worker who was moved to tears watching the old tug taken away.

"It's terribly emotional for those of us who love these old vessels," Williams said.

Williams spearheaded an effort to save the 1921 Day Peckinpaugh, a 259-foot bulk cargo carrier and the last survivor of more than 100 similar motorships that carried pig iron, wheat, sugar, rye and cement across the Great Lakes and along the Barge Canal to New York City. The ship was purchased in 2005 by the State Museum and a coalition of not-for-profit organizations as a floating museum to highlight the history of the Erie Canal. It is docked in Cohoes but it, too, is in danger of being added to the list of vessels slated to be sunk for the artificial reefs due to maintenance costs, according to Williams.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Canal-fans-not-ready-to-give-up-the-ships-12935559.php#photo-7990374

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 24

On 24 May 1872, the wooden schooner SAM ROBINSON was carrying corn from Chicago, Illinois, to Kingston, Ontario, in dense fog on Lake Michigan. At 7:30 a.m. the propeller MANISTEE collided with the schooner and almost cut her in two amidships. When the MANISTEE backed away, the schooner went over on its starboard side and its masts smashed the MANISTEE's pilothouse and cabins. Luckily the ROBINSON's crew launched their lifeboat before the schooner sank and they were picked up by the MANISTEE and taken to Milwaukee.

In 1980, the 1,000-foot BURNS HARBOR was christened for the Wilmington Trust Co., (Bethlehem Steel Co., Mgr.) Wilmington, Delaware.

CANADIAN OLYMPIC (Hull#60) was launched in 1976, at St. Catharines, Ontario by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.

CHICAGO TRADER arrived at Ashtabula, Ohio on May 24, 1977, for scrapping (scrapping did not begin until May 1, 1978, by Triad Salvage Inc.).

CLIFFS VICTORY set a record (by 2 minutes) for the fastest time from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Duluth, Minnesota, in 1953. She logged a time of 17 hours and 50 minutes. The CHARLES M. WHITE had been declared the fastest earlier that year by the Cleveland papers.

ALEXANDER B. MOORE was launched at Bangor, Michigan, on 24 May 1873. She was built by Theophilus Boston at a cost of $85,000. She was 247 foot overall, 223 foot keel and could carry 70,000 bushels of grain. Although designed as a 4-mast schooner, she was built as a 3-master. The fourth mast was added two years later.

On 24 May 1875, the schooner NINA was bound from Michael's Bay to Goderich, Ontario, when she sprang a leak and went down in mid-lake. Her crew escaped in the yawl, but was adrift on Lake Huron for two days and two nights with only one loaf of bread to divide among themselves.

1953: The TERNEFJELL of 1948 first came to the Great Lakes that year for the Fjell Line and made 17 inland voyages through 1953. It sank on this date off Start Point in the English Channel following a collision with the DOTTERELL.

1980: LAKE WINNIPEG struck the breakwall at Duluth departing with a cargo of grain, and stranded the next day in the St. Marys River near Detour Village, after a steering gear problem.

1982: CORONADO visited the Great Lakes in 1972 and returned as c) HOLSTENBURG in 1974. It went aground on this date in 1982 as e) ARISTEA T. in the eastern Mediterranean enroute from Port Sudan, Sudan, to Lisbon, Portugal. The ship was refloated on June 6 but deemed a total loss and, on November 2, 1982, was scuttled off Pylos, Greece.

1983: LAKE NIPIGON went aground off Port Colborne following a power failure and was released the next day with bow and bottom damage. The ship was repaired at Montreal.

2005: SEAPRINCESS II first came through the Seaway in 1988 and returned as c) SEARANGER II in 1994. It ran aground as e) STARLUCK off Necochea, Argentina, and about 7,000 tons of wheat had to be removed before the ship floated free. Later in the year, the vessel was sold for scrap and it arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, for dismantling on November 21, 2005.

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

 

Pilot error cited in tanker’s near miss with Port Huron boardwalk

5/23 - Port Huron, Mich. – The president of a shipping company said the fisherman who captured a freighter heading toward the Port Huron boardwalk wasn't the only one rather excited Monday night. "The crew on board were excited," said Brian Ritchie, president of Rigel Shipping.

Port Huron resident Chad Rickert posted the video on Facebook, showing him quickly moving his fishing gear before fleeing from the railing as the lights of the freighter moved closer. The video had more than 41,000 views as of shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rickert could not be immediately reached for comment.

Ritchie said the captain of the Jana Desgagnes provided the ship managing company with a full report. He said a pilot was aboard the vessel when an incorrect command was given out to go to port when it should have been starboard.

Ritchie said the captain was on the bridge and quickly corrected the error. "We can't deny it was what we call a near miss," Ritchie said. "It was a close call and we don't like those."

He said the pilot who made the error had been on the vessel before. "What's puzzling about the whole thing is, as far as we're concerned, the pilot is a very competent pilot," Ritchie said.

He said the vessel is carrying clean refined oil and heading to Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, Ont.

Dan Gallagher, president of Lakes Pilots Associaion, said they did not have a pilot aboard the vessel. He said it is possible it was a Canadian pilot.

Port Huron Times Herald

 

Erie’s 2nd tall ship en route to city

5/23 - Erie, Pa. – Erie’s second tall ship will soon be in port following what amounts to a 1,800-mile shakedown voyage to Erie from the vessel’s New York City home. Within the next week, expect to see the fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard, owned by the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, berthed next to the U.S. Brig Niagara behind the Erie Maritime Museum.

The twin-masted schooner, built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts, will offer public days sails and school-day sails when the Niagara is away on its Great Lakes summer sail-training schedule this year and next.

A collaboration with the South Street Seaport Museum will allow the Flagship Niagara League to operate the Lettie G. Howard with Niagara crew.

Flagship Niagara League Executive Director and Fleet Captain Billy Sabatini expects the Lettie G. Howard to arrive in Erie by Memorial Day. Public day sails are scheduled to start June 15 and will go daily through summer. School-day sails will start in September.

The Lettie can carry a maximum of 37 passengers, including children under 12 as long as they weigh more than 33 pounds. Starting on June 15, two public day sails will be scheduled daily Monday through Thursday. There will be three public day sails on Fridays, five on Saturdays and four on Sundays. A daily sunset sail is scheduled, and the vessel also will offer private sails.

GoErie.com

 

Port Reports -  May 23

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 01:40 on Tuesday the 22nd for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on Tuesday the 22nd was the CSL Assiniboine at 08:45 for South of #2. Her AIS had been showing Duluth. As of 19:45 she was still at the loading dock. Arriving Two Harbors on the 22nd was the Algoma Discovery at 15:30. She then departed at 16:40 and went to anchor in the lake. Anchoring at approx. 17:10. Due Two Harbors on Wednesday the 23rd is the Algoma Transport. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Hon. James L. Oberstar on Tuesday the 22nd at 17:08. As of 19:45 she isn't showing a discharge destination. There is no traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on the 23rd, but the Herbert C. Jackson is due the Twin Ports early Wednesday the 23rd and typically after she discharges her limestone in the Twin Ports she goes to Silver Bay to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday May 22, Destination update for Cuyahoga is now Contracoeur. 5:55 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 6:54 the saltie Juno arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 8:20 Federal Mayumi weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 16:16 Federal Saguenay weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load.

Port Inland, Mich.
Kaye E. Barker departed downbound with stone on Tuesday.

Manitowoc, Wis.
Bradshaw McKee arrived around 1430 Tuesday to unload cement. Fishing boat Kaho remained docked at Burger Boat for repairs.

Welland canal and regional report - Tuesday May 22 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 21 - CSL Niagara at 1713 - May 22 - James R Barker at 1831

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 21 - Thunder Bay at 1611, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit eta 2151 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2306 - May 22 - Frontenac at 0009, Florence Spirit at 0241, Muntgracht (Nld) at 0405, Resko (Bhs) at 0505 (anchored for Hamilton) and John D Leitch at 1322 - Downbound - May 21 - Damia Desgagnes at 1319, Algoma Spirit at 1802 and Algonova eta 2359 - May 22 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit eta 0024, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0515, Tecumseh at 0754, Tim S Dool at 1420, Baie St Paul eta 2135

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1050 from Oshawa and Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1740 - Arrival - May 20 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) returned back from Mississauga at 1610 approx. - May 22 - Resko (Bhs) at 0515 (anchored) for Hamilton - Departure - May 21 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0922 for Bronte - May 22 - Sloman Hermes (Gr) from anchorage at 1322 for Mississauga

Welland canal docks:
Arrivals - May 22 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit (stopped wharf 17 at 0700) and Muntgracht (Nld) (stopped wharf 12) at 1533 - Departed - May 22 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit (departed wharf 19 Government dock) at 1758 downbound and Muntgracht (Nld) departed wharf 12 at 1843 approx. westbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 22 - BBC Europe (Atg) at 0137, Harbour Pioneer (Por) at 0701 and Algoma Spirit at 0910. Docked - May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 - May 21 - CSL Laurentien at 0830 - Anchored - May 21 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1815 - Departures - May 21 - Florence Spirit at 2215 for the canal - May 22 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0932 for Ireland

Bronte:
Arrival - Docked - May 21 - Duzgit Endeavour at 1020 from Port Weller anchorage - departed May 22 at 1126 for Montreal

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 22 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1530 from Port Weller

Toronto:
Arrival - May 22 - McKeil Spirit at 0225 - Departure - May 21 - Frontenac at 2214 for the canal

Oshawa:
Docked - May 19 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1705

 

Museum ship Keewatin to remain in Port McNicoll

5/23 - Port McNicoll, Ont. – Eric Conroy says Owen Sound's inner harbor would have been a “perfect” home for the refurbished S.S. Keewatin, the Edwardian-era steamship-turned-museum that originally operated out of the local port. “I would have loved to see it happen,” the president and CEO of Friends of the Keewatin said Tuesday.

“The site right outside of the heritage railway station; the work's all done, the dock is there, the gardens are there. We wouldn't have had to spend a penny. We could have just pulled up, tied up and gone to work.

“And the people in Owen Sound – there's a great, built-in organization in terms of volunteers there. Bringing it back to its home base – if I had to leave Port McNicoll – that would be the place I'd want to take it.”

But Conroy, who spent this past winter trying to secure a new location for the 111-year-old passenger vessel, said he's also relieved that a deal has been struck that, if awarded final approval, will allow the ship to remain in Port McNicoll.

The agreement would mean the Friends' group could continue operating the ship as a museum in the same spot where it spent more than a million dollars last year to build a dock and park to support the vessel as a tourist attraction.

“And now I won't have to move the ship. Even though it's a short ride up to Owen Sound, every time you take that thing on the open water, there's a risk involved,” Conroy said. “The other huge thing is the volunteers here. It is what it is because of the people here that made it what it is. The fact that it's going to stay here, I think is fabulous for them.”

The S.S. Keewatin was built in Scotland in 1907 in the same Edwardian tradition as the RMS Titanic. The luxury liner was owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and she and her sister ship, the S.S. Assiniboia, joined three other vessels at their home port in Owen Sound to transport passengers, freight and mail between here and Fort William, now part of Thunder Bay. The ships provided an important link between CPR railway lines in southern Ontario and the top of the Great Lakes.

The CPR fleet, including the Keewatin, moved to Port McNicoll after the CPR grain elevator in Owen Sound burned down in December 1911.

The Keewatin was decommissioned in 1965. It was then destined to be scrapped, but was saved in 1967 by an American marina owner who purchased her, towed her to Saugatuck, Mich., and established the ship as a maritime museum. Skyline International bought the ship in 2011, made her seaworthy and towed her back to Port McNicoll in 2012.

The company intended to incorporate the Keewatin into its plan to develop an 11-kilometre piece of shoreline in Port McNicoll into a community with hundreds of homes, a yacht club, marina, retail shops and entertainment facilities. However, Skyline ended up doing little with the property and sold it last spring to a partnership that includes CIM International.

The reported $42-million sale did not include the Keewatin, which forced Skyline and the Friends' group – established in 2012 to save, restore and operate the ship as a museum – to begin searching for a new home for the historic vessel.

Conroy told The Sun Times in January that Skyline's first choice for the new location was Midland due to its proximity to Port McNicoll. If that plan didn't work out, the company intended to explore other options, such as moving the ship to Owen Sound, he said.

Friends of Keewatin, on behalf of Skyline Investments, presented Midland council with a proposal in late February that would have seen the town receive the vessel and its contents at no cost in exchange for Skyline receiving a federal tax receipt from Midland for the fair market value of the ship, appraised at $48 million.

Skyline also offered to fund relocation and renovation costs and ensure the ship didn't operate at a loss for a decade. Midland council didn't accept the offer before a March 19 deadline set by Skyline, saying it needed more time to complete its due diligence.

Conroy said while exploring options for the Keewatin's new home, he made a few trips to Owen Sound to give talks on the ship. He was a guest lecturer for the Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning in December and guest speaker May 1 at the annual general meeting for the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre, which operates a marine and rail museum in the former Canadian National train station on Owen Sound's inner harbour.

Conroy said he never heard back from anyone in Owen Sound who was interested in working with the Friends' group to relocate the ship to the Scenic City. He said since his most recent visit to Owen Sound, CIM International has presented Skyline with an offer to acquire the vessel and keep it in Port McNicoll.

“They were the ones that said they didn't want the Keewatin and that's what set the whole thing off in the first place,” Conroy said.

“But, you see, they weren't from here. They didn't even know what Georgian Bay was. They're from China, mainland China. But over the last six months, I guess they've done research and now realize (the Keewatin) is something they shouldn't let go of and so they came back to us last week with a substantial offer to stay.”

He said he expects Skyline will accept the proposal. “The offer is to provide the property, financial support and involvement,” he said. “This is more along the lines of doing what Skyline was going to do – tying it into the marketing of the homes. So they'll be a marketing partner, plus.”

The offer must still be signed by Skyline, he said, and ratified by Tay Township since the vessel would remain docked at a township park.

Owen Sound Sun Times

 

National Maritime Day celebrates the benefits of waterborne transportation

5/23 - The maritime industry is the lifeblood of United States trade, delivering goods throughout North America and around the world. National Maritime Day, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, recognizes the benefits the maritime industry provides in the U.S. and celebrates those who work on the water. Members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipping industry are among those celebrating National Maritime Day.

“National Maritime Day is an opportunity for all to take a moment to appreciate those who work in the marine industry, who protect our waters and deliver resources across the globe,” said Chamber President Bruce Burrows. “The Chamber of Marine Commerce is proud to work with these organizations and individuals every day.”

Great Lakes-Seaway ships deliver 164 million metric tons of materials every year for North American businesses. This cargo supports 130,000 jobs in the United States and the successful operations of the country’s mining, steel, manufacturing, agricultural, energy and construction sectors. But the benefits go far beyond economic security and job creation.

Marine transport alleviates congested roadways, lowers the risk of accidents and reduces the country’s carbon and air emissions. Shipping is the safest mode of transportation, for both the public and individuals working in the industry. Shipping is about seven times more fuel-efficient than trucks and trains, and has the smallest carbon footprint. (Source: Environmental and Social Impacts of Marine Transport in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway region, Research and Traffic Group.)

In North America, marine transportation on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway provides $3.6 billion in annual transportation cost savings, compared to the all-land transportation alternative. This enhances the global competitiveness of North American products and industries and keeps the cost of consumer goods down.

The Chamber of Marine Commerce

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 23

UNIQUE (wooden propeller passenger steamer, 163 foot, 381 gross tons, built in 1894, at Marine City, Michigan) was sold to Philadelphia parties for service on the Delaware River. She left Ogdensburg, New York, on 23 May 1901, for Philadelphia. Her name was changed to DIAMOND STATE. In 1904, she was rebuilt as a yacht and lasted until 1915, when she burned in New York harbor.

The WILLIAM J. DE LANCEY was re-christened on May 23,1990, as b.) PAUL R. TREGURTHA. She is the largest ship on the Great Lakes and was the last Great Lakes ship built at American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio.

American Steamship's H. LEE WHITE completed sea trials on May 23, 1974.

FRED R. WHITE Jr. completed her two-day sea trials in 1979.

The Tomlinson Fleet Corp.'s steel freighter SONOMA (Hull#610) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, by West Bay City Ship Building Co. on 23 May 1903. She was 416 feet long, 4,539 gross tons. Through her career she had various names: DAVID S TROXEL in 1924, SONOMA in 1927 and finally FRED L. HEWITT in 1950. She was converted to an automobile carrier in 1928, converted back to a bulk carrier in 1942 and then converted to a barge for grain storage in 1955. She was finally scrapped in 1962, at Steel Co. of Canada Ltd. at Hamilton, Ontario.

On 23 May 1889, the wooden steam barge OSCAR T. FLINT (218 foot, 824 gross tons) was launched at the Simon Langell & Sons yard in St. Clair, Michigan. She lasted until 25 November 1909, when she burned and sank off Thunder Bay Island in Lake Huron.

1910: The first FRANK H. GOODYEAR, with a load of ore for Cleveland, was almost cut in two and sank off Pointe aux Barques following a collision in dense fog with the JOSEPH WOOD. Only five sailors survived while another 16 were lost.

1954: EASTDALE, operating on charter to Reoch Transports, ran aground at Collingwood and was refloated May 29. The ship had also visited the Great Lakes as SPRINGDALE and was lost in the Gulf of Bothnia on June 18, 1959, when the cargo of timber shifted in heavy weather.

1959: The Liberian freighter ANDORA, outbound with a cargo of barley, stranded on a shoal below the Snell Lock and proved to be a difficult salvage. The ship initially broke free, spun around and grounded again and was not released until June 18. The cargo was unloaded but ANDORA was deemed not worth repairing and arrived at Savona, Italy, for dismantling on August 15, 1959.

1974: The Canadian tanker CARDINAL, best known as the former IMPERIAL WINDSOR, was badly damaged following a collision with the HENRY STEINBRENNER (iii), in Lake Erie off Point Pelee. The former was never repaired and subsequently scrapped, while the latter went to Lorain for about $100,000 worth of repairs.

1974: A fire broke out in the engine room of the ONTARIO during a voyage from Santos, Brazil, to Montreal and assistance was requested. The Canadian owned vessel had been upbound through the Seaway for the first time on November 8, 1973. The blaze was put out and the ship arrived at Montreal June 6, 1974. It was sold the following month to Tunisian buyers and scrapped as c) REMADA following another fire at Barcelona, Spain, on January 2, 1987.

1988: The first ALGOCAPE, which had run aground in the Lake St. Louis section of the St. Lawrence on May 21, was refloated on this day and cleared to proceed to Baie Comeau, QC, to unload.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 22

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke, Joseph L. Block, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. all arrived Duluth early Monday morning. The Clarke and Block were loaded with limestone for the C. Reiss dock and CN, respectively, and the McCarthy headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. Federal Rhine also arrived during the morning to load wheat at CHS. Joseph L. Block departed light during the afternoon for Two Harbors to load. At about the same time, Presque Isle arrived from Two Harbors, docked at Port Terminal, and departed for Gary a few hours later. Vancouverborg was due on Monday evening to load beet pulp pellets. In Superior, CSL Tadoussac was loading iron ore pellets at BN. John G. Munson departed via the Superior entry at noon on Monday after loading ore at CN in Duluth.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Presque Isle arrived the CN ore docks in Two Harbors Sunday May 20th at 22:52 for South of #2. She departed on Monday the 21st at 08:09 for Duluth. She arrived Duluth around noon and departed on the 21st between 16:30 and 17:00 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on Monday the 21st at 17:55 was the Joseph L. Block. She was arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone. Upon arriving in Two Harbors she went to South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday the 22nd is the Algoma Discovery. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Hon. James L. Oberstar at 00:25 on May 21st. She had unloaded stone at Graymont in Superior. As of 19:30 she was still at the loading dock. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Tuesday May 22nd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday the Kaministiqua shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. Monday  Federal Mayumi arrived and went to anchor. 16:30 Radcliffe R. Latimer arrived at G3 to load grain. 16:53 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Monday included Edwin H. Gott, Cuyahoga, Joseph H. Thompson, tug/barge Spartan, Algoma Spirit and, late, Cason J. Callaway. Upbounders included Juno, Mesabi Miner, Algoma Equinox, Algoma Discovery and, late, Herbert C. Jackson, Indiana Harbor and Stewart J. Cort. Michipicoten departed Algoma upbound for Marquette at 10 p.m. She had been undergoing unspecified repairs.

Port Inland, Mich.
Menominee was loading stone on Monday evening.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Salties Solina and Reggeborg continued their stay on Monday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes and Solina were at Burns Harbor Monday evening. Edgar B. Speer was heading in to Gary. Burns Harbor was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Kivalina was at S. Chicago.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Monday evening brought a rare visitor into port. The tug Prentiss Brown and barge St. Marys Challenger arrived at the Lafarge dock around 6 pm to load cement under the silos. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation are expected to return on Tuesday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood was loading salt on Monday despite the on-gong Compass Minerals (Sifto) strike.

Detroit, Mich.
Lee A. Tregurtha and Algoma Sault were unloading Monday night at Rouge River docks. Federal Hunter was at Nicholson’s dock. Manitowoc was due.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Caribou was at ADM Grain Terminal Monday. Iryda remained in port loading grain.

Welland canal and regional report - Monday May 21 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 21 - CSL Niagara at 1713

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 21 - Manitoulin at 0940, Whitefish Bay at 0611, Algoma Niagara at 1209, Thunder Bay at 1611, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit eta 2130 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2200 - Downbound - May 20 - CSL Laurentien at 1727, Frontenac at 1950 and English River at 2202 - May 21 - Damia Desgagnes at 1319, Algoma Spirit at 1802, Algonova eta 2230 and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit eta 2350

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1050 from Oshawa and Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1740 - Arrival - May 20 Sloman Hermes (Ger) returned back from Mississauga at 1610 approx. - Departure - May 19 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 2210 For Mississauga - May 21 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0922 for Bronte

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 20 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2211 - May 21 - CSL Laurentien at 0830 and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1815 (anchored). Docked - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 - May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 - May 19 - Florence Spirit at 1032 - Anchored - May 21 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1815 - Departures - May 21 - Ojibway at 0922 eastbound, Algoma Niagara at 1006 for the canal, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1845 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - May 21 - Duzgit Endeavour at 1020 from Port Weller anchorage - Docked - May 19 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1613 - departed May 21 at 0937 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 19 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 2355 - departed May 20 at 1512 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - May 20 - Manitoulin at 2313 - departed May 21 at 0823 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 20 - Kitikmeot W (Mhl) (ex Icdas 09-18) at 1224 - Docked - May 19 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1705 - Departure - May 21 - Kitikmeot W (Mhl) at 1224 westbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - May 21 - John D Leitch at 0728

 

Bridge-it: Port Robinson ferry returns to Welland Canal channel

5/22 - Port Robinson, Ont. – On quiet days, Rick Giammattolla has time to get out his fishing pole while sitting in a "nice comfortable chair" along the canal bank. It can be a laid-back job for the retired banker who spends the summer months at the helm of Bridge-it, the aluminum pontoon boat that carries passengers across the Welland Canal in Port Robinson.

"I do have a fishing pole. I do fish here when there are no passengers," says Giammattolla, who retired from a career in the banking industry a few years ago. But as the summer nears, Giammattolla suspects that his fishing pole will remain tucked away more often than not.

Despite a rainy start to the season on Saturday, about 20 passengers climbed aboard Bridge-it for the first ferry rides of the season. And Sunday, cyclists arrived by the dozens to enjoy the free ride across the waterway.

On a typical day, Giammattolla says as many as 75 passengers will cross the canal aboard Bridge-it, and as many as 150 per day on weekends. About 80 per cent of them are cyclists.

The ferry service — that began 1977 to replace the Port Robinson lift bridge that was reduced to a pile of twisted metal in a collision with the Steelton cargo ship three years earlier — has become an integral part of cycling along Niagara's trails over the decades, drawing cyclists from throughout the region.

"We've had days where there have been well over 300, the day the Freewheelers had a Bridge-it promotional day, and all of their riders and friends were encouraged to come down and go for a ride. We had 336 (passengers) that day," Giammattolla says, referring to the St. Catharines-based Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club.

The ferry's fame has even reached beyond Niagara's borders too, attracting a growing number of people from other parts of the province. Giammattolla recalled crossing the canal with a cyclist from Ottawa last summer, who told him he travelled to Niagara specifically to experience the ferry ride.

Meanwhile, shops on the far side of the canal have started posting advertisements beside Bridge-it's dock hoping to lure customers over for an ice-cream cone or a cold beer, leveraging the fame of the only active ferry service on the canal.

But in addition to the increasing number of cyclists using the ferry, Giammattolla suspects there might soon be an increase in local users, too — as a result of a huge residential development, a little more than a kilometre away.

Services and roads have been added to the Empire Legacy subdivision, and the first of more than 1,000 townhouses and single-detached homes planned for the site have been built.

In years to come, when people start moving in to those homes, "you're going to need a bigger boat," Giammattolla says, snagging a famous line from Jaws.

It's Giammattolla's second season at the helm of Bridge-it — offering rides daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the end of August, and then from 9 a.m. until dusk throughout September and October.

But even when the canal is frozen over during the winter months, Giammattolla doesn't stray far from his love for boating. "I've always been in love with the water and boating," he says. "I spend the winter on a boat in the Bahamas, and I spend the summer here."

Rides on Bridge-it are free, with funding shared by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and other nearby entities. Last year the ferry and its two docks were upgraded to allow people with disabilities to take advantage of the service.

The St. Catharines Standard

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 22

On 22 May 1901, FRANK H. PEAVEY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 430 foot, 5,002 gross tons) was launched at the American Ship Building Company (Hull #309) in Lorain, Ohio, for the Peavey Syndicate. She lasted until 1934, when she struck the south pier while entering Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped the following year.

A.H. FERBERT (Hull#289) was launched this day in 1942, at River Rouge, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. May 22nd was the tenth National Maritime Day and on that day 21 other ships were launched nationwide to celebrate the occasion. The "super" IRVING S. OLDS was launched the same day at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. This marked the last of the "Super Carrier" build program. The others were the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, LEON FRASER and ENDERS M. VOORHEES.

SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY sailed under her own power down the Seaway on May 22, 1969, for the last time and arrived at Quebec City.

BAYFAIR was launched as the a.) COALHAVEN (Hull#134) at Haverton-Hill-on-Tees, U.K. by Furness Shipbuilding Co. in 1928.

While bound for Escanaba, Michigan to load ore, the JOSEPH BLOCK grounded at Porte des Morts Passage, on Green Bay, May 22, 1968, and was released the same day by the Roen tug ARROW. The BLOCK's hull damage extended to 100 bottom plates. Surrendered to the under-writers and sold in June that year to Lake Shipping Inc. Built as the a.) ARTHUR H. HAWGOOD in 1907, She was renamed c.) GEORGE M. STEINBRENNER in 1969, she was scrapped at Ramey’s Bend in 1979.

The 143-foot wooden brig JOSEPH was launched at Bay City, Michigan, on 21 May 1867. She was built for Alexander Tromley & Company.

CITY OF NEW BALTIMORE was launched at David Lester's yard in Marine City, Michigan, on 22 May 1875. Her master carpenter was John J. Hill. She was a wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel built for the Detroit-New Baltimore route. Her dimensions were 96 foot keel, 101 feet overall x 20 feet x 6 foot 6 inches, 130 tons. Her boiler was made by J. & T. McGregor of Detroit. Her engine was built by Morton Hamblin & Company of St. Clair, Michigan. She was rebuilt as a tug in 1910, and lasted until abandoned in 1916.

1914: W.H. GILBERT sank in Lake Huron, about 15 miles off Thunder Bay Island following a collision with CALDERA. There was no loss of life. The hull was located in 1982 and rests at a depth of about 200 feet. CALDERA later became b) A.T. KINNEY and c) HILLSDALE.

1942: FRANK B. BAIRD was sunk by gunfire from U-158 on the Atlantic while bound for Sydney, NS with a cargo of bauxite. All of the crew were saved and later picked up by the Norwegian freighter TALISMAN and landed at Pointe Noire, French Equatorial Guinea

1978: AGIOS NICOLAOS, a Seaway caller in 1968, was about 60 miles north of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, enroute to Kuwait, when an explosion and subsequent fire erupted in the engine room. The ship was gutted, towed into Kuwait and abandoned. The vessel was later broken up. As a) BORGHOLM, it began trading to the Great Lakes in 1953 and made 21 voyages through the Seaway from 1959 to 1967.

1979: IRISH PINE made 19 trips through the Seaway from 1960 through 1964 for Irish Shipping. It arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on this date in 1979 as c) ARAMON. The ship had been traveling from Piraeus, Greece, to Port Sudan, Sudan, when the cargo of bitumen solidified in the holds. The vessel was sold for scrap and dispatched to Kaohsiung to be dismantled by the Taiwan Ship Scrap Co. Ltd., with the cargo still on board. Work began on July 18, 1979

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

 

Port Reports -  May 21

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived Duluth on Sunday morning to discharge limestone at Graymont. American Century arrived late in the afternoon, and headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. The Oberstar was expected to depart during the evening for Silver Bay to load. John G. Munson was loading ore at CN. Joseph L. Block was due on Sunday night to discharge limestone. In Superior, Cason J. Callaway arrived on Sunday morning to load ore at Burlington Northern. She departed during the late afternoon for Conneaut.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Due at the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Sunday between 23:00 and 24:00 is the Presque Isle. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Monday in Two Harbors. Hon. James L. Oberstar as of 19:25 on Sunday was still unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. She is due next at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay to load. There is no other traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Cuyahoga arrived Saturday at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Sunday Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 3:30 Federal Saguenay arrived and went to anchor. 10:30 Cuyahoga departed for Calcite.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Sunday included Algoma Spirit, Federal Mosel, Tecumseh, Edgar B. Speer and Tim S. Dool. Upbounders included Vancouverborg, Radcliffe R. Latimer and Roger Blough late. Algoma Buffalo was expected late Sunday at Drummond Island. There were also two unusual small craft upbound on Sunday. Pictured Rocks Express was headed for Munising and the Shepler Straits ferry Sacre Bleu tied up at MCM Marine.

Port Inland, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor Sunday evening.

Green Bay, Wis.
Tug Dylan Cooper/tank barge RTC 108 were unloading ethanol-based gasoline from Nanticoke for US Oil on Sunday.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Salties Solina and Reggeborg continued their stay on Sunday. Federal Kivalina remained at S. Chicago.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor on Sunday. Burns Harbor was at Indiana Harbor.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Saturday, after loading Algoma Compass departed Drummond Island for Windsor.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Great Republic arrived at Lafarge around 6:30 am on Sunday. It tied up and unloaded coal. The tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee waited off Alpena on Sunday afternoon. Once Great Republic departed from Lafarge the Moore made its way in to unload a different product at the dock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator was loading salt on Sunday. Algowood is due Monday.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Caribou was at ADM Grain Terminal Sunday. Iryda remained in port loading grain. Mississagi and CSL Niagara were also at docks along the river.

Welland canal and regional report - Sunday May 20 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 18 - Algoma Hansa at 2058 - Departure - May 20 - Algoma Hansa at 0530 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 19 - Algowood at 1543, Capt Henry Jackman at 1641 and Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1705 (anchored) May 20 - Algoma Guardian at 0456, Algoma Enterprise at 1015, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1216, Beatrix (Nld) at 1240, Federal Danube (Mhl) at 1832 and CSL St. Laurent eta 2200 - Downbound - May 19 - Ojibway at 1625 and USEPA Lake Guardian at 1942 - May 20 - Algoscotia at at 0533, Vlieborg (Nld) at 0657, Evans Spirit at 0825, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0811, Manitoulin at 1044, John D Leitch at 1057, CSL Laurentien at 1727, Frontenac at 195 and English River eta at 2130

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1740 awaiting dock at Bronte and Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1050 from Oshawa - Arrival - May 20 Sloman Hermes (Ger) returned back from Mississauga - Departure - May 19 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 2210 For Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 20 - Algoma Niagara at 0233, Ojibway at 0656 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2135 approx. - Docked - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 - May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 and May 19 - Florence Spirit at 1032 -Departures - May 20 - Algoma Guardian at 0202, Algoma Enterprise at 0828, Adfines Sky (Mlt) (ex Osttank Finland-11) at 0934 and Beatrix (Nld) at 1030 for Cleveland

Bronte:
Docked - May 19 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1613 from the anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - May 18 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1122 - departed May 20 at 1451 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 20 - Kitikmeot W (Mhl) (ex Icdas 09-18) at 1224 - Docked - May 19 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1705 from anchorage

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Lehigh's Dock at 7 Sunday morning.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 21

On 21 May 1883, SAILOR BOY (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 75 foot, 76 net tons, built in 1866, at Algonac, Michigan) was carrying wood from Pierport, Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She anchored outside Milwaukee harbor waiting for a gale to abate but she broke her anchor chains and was driven aground. Her crew of three made it to shore on a line with help from bystanders on the beach.

AMERICAN REPUBLIC's maiden voyage was on May 21, 1981, from Sturgeon Bay light to Escanaba, Michigan, to load ore pellets for Cleveland, Ohio. She now sails as GREAT REPUBLIC.

Interlake Steamship Co.'s HENRY G. DALTON's maiden voyage was on May 21, 1916. She was scrapped at Vado, Italy, in 1973.

UNITED STATES GYPSUM in tow of the German tug FAIRPLAY X was lost in heavy weather on May 21, 1973, near Sydney, Nova Scotia.

G.A. TOMLINSON, a.) D.O. MILLS, stranded near Buffalo, New York, on Lake Erie on May 21, 1974, suffering an estimated $150,000 in damage.

The 143-foot wooden brig JOSEPH was launched at Bay City, Michigan, on by Alexander Tromley & Company. She was built by the owner.

On 21 May 1864, the NILE (wooden passenger/package freight vessel, 190 foot, 650 tons, built in 1852, at Ohio City, Ohio) was sitting at her dock in Detroit, Michigan, with passengers, household goods, and horses and wagons aboard when her boiler exploded, destroying the ship and killing eight of the crew. Large pieces of her boiler flew as far as 300 feet while other pieces damaged houses across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. A large timber was thrown through the brick wall of a nearby shoe store, striking the cobbler in the back of the head and killing him. At least 13 other crew members and passengers were injured. The wreck was moved to the foot of Clark Street in Detroit in July 1864, where it remained until it was finally dynamited in August 1882.

May 21, 1923 - ANN ARBOR NO 4 was refloated after sinking at Frankfort, Michigan, the previous February.

After spending three weeks in quarantine at Buffalo, New York, because of the discovery of smallpox on board, the steamer JOHN OADES has been released and has started on her way to Duluth.

1919: FERDINAND SCHLESSINGER, enroute from Erie, Pa., to Port Arthur, Ont., with 3,514 tons of coal, began leaking in a storm and sank 15 miles off Passage Island, Lake Superior. The crew was picked up by the ASSINIBOIA

1932: The C.P.R. passenger ship MANITOBA goes aground in Georgian Bay off Cape Croker in heavy fog and has to be lightered before being released the next day.

1942: TROISDOC is the latest member of the Paterson fleet to be a victim of enemy action in World War Two. It was torpedoed by U-558 about 40 miles west of Jamaica and the crew escaped in the lifeboats. The vessel was enroute from Mobile, AL to Georgetown, British Guiana, with 55,700 bags of cement, vegetables, 1600 cases of beer and cigarettes.

1963: The Taiwanese freighter VAN YUNG had visited the Great Lakes in 1960 and 1961. It was laid up at Keelung, Taiwan, on this day due to fire damage and was sold for scrap in October 1963.

1965: Leaks developed in the boiler room of the Norwegian freighter LIONNE and the ship, enroute from Caen, France, to Montreal, sank in the Atlantic. Two members of the crew were lost. The vessel had made 5 trips through the Seaway from 1961 to 1963.

1973: The retired American Steamship Company self-unloader UNITED STATES GYPSUM, under tow for scrapping at Vado, Italy, broke loose in the Atlantic off Sydney, NS and sank.

1979: The second PRINS WILLEM V, a Dutch freighter of 1956 vintage, was damaged extensively by a fire amidships while idle at Port Elizabeth, South Africa as f) ARAXOS. It has been for sale and was scrapped at Durban, South Africa, in 1981.

2007: A fire broke out in the engine room of the Canadian-owned salty UMIAVUT while enroute from Kolundborg, Denmark, to La Corogne, Spain, with 8600 tons of flour. The ship was towed into Brest, France, and repaired. It visited the Great Lakes as b) LINDENGRACHT in 2000 and was back as c) UMIAVUT in 2011.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, the Detroit Free Press and the Duluth Evening Herald.

 

Port Reports -  May 20

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Saturday, however John G. Munson was due late in the evening to discharge limestone. The tug/barge combo Spartan/Spartan II was discharging calcium chloride at Hallett #8. American Spirit arrived in Superior on Saturday evening to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Saturday May 19th at 05:00 for Gary. After the departure of the Speer, the James R. Barker shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 from 05:01 to 05:23. The Barker departed Two Harbors on the 19th at 17:18 for Nanticoke. Arriving off Two Harbors on the 19th was the Edwin H. Gott at 15:13. She got underway at approx. 17:30 and arrived at 17:55 for South of #2 on the 19th. Due Two Harbors on Sunday the 20th later in the day is the Presque Isle. There is a possibility that the Munson and/or Callaway could load in Two Harbors on the 20th. Both are due Duluth Saturday the 19th to unload stone. Northshore Mining saw the arrival of the Baie St. Paul on May 19th at 04:40 after spending the night anchored off Silver Creek SW of Silver Bay waiting for the winds to go down. She departed Silver Bay at 19:59 for Quebec City. Due Silver Bay on Sunday the 20th is the Hon. James L. Oberstar, arriving from Superior after unloading stone. She is scheduled to load sinter at Northshore Mining.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday May 19th 4:10 the saltie Drawsko arrived and went to anchor. 13:43 Federal Mosel departed for Montreal. 14.23 Tecumseh departed for Windsor.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a rainy Saturday included Algoma Transport, Nunalik, American Integrity and, late, Algoma Spirit. Upbounders included Joseph L. Block, Presque Isle, Federal Mayumi and, late, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Philip R. Clarke and Federal Rhine. Algoma Sault remained at the Algoma export dock on Saturday.

Port Inland, Mich.
Manitowoc was loading Saturday night. Erie Trader was waiting to be next at the shiploader.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Algoma Buffalo backed into a slip at Terminal 1 in the outer harbor about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, with salt from Goderich. Reggeborg remained at Terminal 4 in the outer harbor on Saturday. Solina arrived Saturday morning from Burns Harbor and berthed at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort arrived at Burns Harbor Saturday evening. Indiana Harbor and Mesabi Miner were at Indiana Harbor, with Burns Harbor due. Federal Kivalina was at S. Chicago.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Manitoulin is showing Toronto as its destination. Algoma Compass arrived at Meldrum Bay Saturday to load dolomite.

Calcite, Mich.
John J. Boland was loading Saturday evening.

Stoneport, Mich.
Baie Comeau was loading on Saturday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Radcliffe R. Latimer remained at the grain dock on Saturday.

Toledo, Ohio
Tug Alice Moran/barge Montville went to the Midwest Overseas Dock when they arrived at Toledo last week. Now AIS is showing them at the Ironhead Shipyard. The combo will be entering service soon for the Interlake Steamship Co.

Fairport, Ohio
Frontenac arrived Friday but had to anchor due to high wind. AIS showed her docked Saturday evening,

Welland canal and regional report - Saturday May 19 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals (from Long Point bay anchorage) - May 18 - Algoma Hansa at 2058 and CSL Assiniboine at 2224 - Departures - May 19 - CSL Assiniboine at 0723

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 18 - Lubie (Bhs) at 1746, Juno (Bhs) at 2137 - May 19 - CSL Niagara at 0434, Algoma Discovery at 0440, Algoma Equinox at 0739, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0913, Algowood at 1543, Capt Henry Jackman at 1641 and Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1705 (anchored) - Downbound - May 18 - Algoma Harvester at 1322, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1420, Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1451, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1501 for (wharf 12), Mississagi at 1853 for (wharf 19), Algoma Guardian at 1953 and Jacqueline C. (Br) eta 2220 (anchored) - May 19 - Algoma Enterprise at 0249, Cedarglen at 0312, Jacqueline C (Br) at 0636, Ojibway at 1625 and USEPA Lake Guardian at 1942

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - May 18 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1631 (wharf 12) - May 18 - Mississagi at 2304 (wharf 19) - Departures - May 19 - tug Petite Forte & barge from wharf 12 at 1630 downbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 17 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 0612 - May 18 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) 0736 - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1050 and Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1740 awaiting dock at Bronte - Departures - May 19 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 0300 for Oshawa, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0845 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - May 18 - Jacqueline C (Br) at 2301 - May 19 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 0456 - Departed (for the canal) - May 19 - Jacqueline C (Br) at 0559 and Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1257

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 19 - Florence Spirit at 1032. Algoma Guardian at 1039 and Algoma Enterprise at 1614 May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 -Docked - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 - May 18 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0605 and Adfines Sky (Mlt) (ex Osttank Finland-11) at 2256 - Departures - May 19 - CSL Niagara at 0230, Algoma Equinox at 0336, Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 0822 for Becancour, Federeal Ems (Mhl) at 1402 for Three Rivers and Hanse Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) at 1442 for Liverpool UK

Bronte:
Arrival - May 19 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1016 (anchored) - Departure at 1631 from anchorage - Docked at 1613

Toronto:
Arrival - May 18 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1122

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 19 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 0456 (anchored) - Departed anchorage at 1656 for Oshawa - Docked at 1705 - Departure - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0747 for Port Weller anchorage

 

Porthole restoration brings Lake Michigan breeze back to historic lighthouse

5/20 - Ludington, Mich. – A Michigan lighthouse is getting an update that will allow visitors to better experience the historic structure. The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association is in the process of restoring 14 portholes that adorn the 57-foot Ludington North Breakwater Light on Lake Michigan.

The original, circular windows, installed when the lighthouse was first lit in 1924, had begun to leak and been painted over several times, making them inoperable.

Furthermore, the glass or Plexiglass in some cases, had become so weather damaged that guests who visited the light in the summer months couldn't see out of them, depriving visitors of a majestic view of Lake Michigan and Pere Marquette Harbor. Prior to the restoration, only one of the 14 portholes would open

"The portholes are an integral part of the lighthouse," said SPLKA Executive Director Peter Manting. "This work will make it a lot more comfortable and allow guests to see out of them. Now they can take their camera and take photos of what's passing by the porthole. Plus, we can open them up and get a breeze in the lighthouse."

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/porthole_restoration_project_b.html

 

Chicago Coast Guard hosts training seminar to discuss illegal boating on Great Lakes

5/20 - Chicago, Ill. – Chicago Coast Guard units hosted a week-long training seminar for Coast Guard stations, prevention departments and intelligence divisions from around the Great Lakes region to discuss the topic of illegal passenger vessel operations.

Boarding officers, intelligence officers, marine inspectors and marine investigators from as far away as Michigan, Wisconsin and New York received training on topics that included public outreach and education, how to recognize potential illegal charter vessels, boarding procedures, and Coast Guard regulations.

Speakers from Illinois Department of Natural Resources also shared best practices from last summer when the Coast Guard, in coordination with IDNR, terminated the voyages of 22 vessels for conducting illegal charter operations on Lake Michigan and the Illinois River near Starved Rock.

“Operators of vessels who are unlicensed and transporting paying passengers put those passengers and other boaters as risk,” said Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago. “Our goal is to educate vessel operators and the public about the concerns, consequences and dangers of this issue. We’re also here to help those vessel operators who are unaware they are operating illegally and who want to come into compliance.”

Coast Guard and IDNR will be patrolling the Chicago area waterways this summer, keeping the waterways safe by enforcing federal and state boating regulations.

USCG

 

Updates -  May 20

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the Adfines Sky, Beatrix, Cape Dawson, Drawsko, Federal Caribou, Federal Clyde, Federal Danube, Federal Hunter, Federal Katsura, Federal Kivalina, Kitikmeot W, Lubie, Pochard S, Sloman Hermes and Vancouverborg

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 20

On 20 May 1872, the ironclad passenger/package freight steamer MERCHANT struck a rock and sank at the mouth of the Detroit River. No one was injured. The wrecking tugs MAGNET and HERCULES took off the cargo of railroad iron and general merchandise, then attached two pontoons, but the vessel would not budge. On 26 May, the steamers MACKINAW and SWEEPSTAKES joined the scene and d two more pontoons. With all the steam pumps working, the MERCHANT still would not budge. Two days later, two more pontoons were added and the MERCHANT finally floated free and was towed to Detroit for repairs. She had two holes in her hull, one of which was a gash 23 feet long.

On May 20, 1909, while lying at the Lackawanna Coal Dock at Buffalo, New York, the LeGRAND S. DEGRAFF was struck by the SONORA, which caused $4,000 in damage to the DEGRAFF. Later renamed b.) GEORGE G. CRAWFORD in 1911. She was scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota in 1976.

The STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT sank on Lake Huron two miles above Port Huron, Michigan in a collision with the steamer AUGUST ZIESING on May 20, 1960, with no loss of life.

On May 20, 1967, during docking maneuvers in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River, the W.W. HOLLOWAY's KaMeWa propeller shaft sheared off and the propeller reportedly sank to the bottom.

The RENOWN (Hull#396) was launched May 20, 1912, at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co. for the Standard Oil Co. Renamed b.) BEAUMONT PARKS in 1930 and c.) MERCURY in 1957.

WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE (Hull#154) was launched May 20, 1916, at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Renamed b.) HENRY STEINBRENNER in 1986.

On 20 May 1862, BAY CITY (wooden propeller tug, 199 foot, 480 tons, built in 1852, at Trenton, Michigan) sprang a leak in a storm and sank near Port Burwell, Ontario. She then washed in to shallow water. Her crew was rescued by the tug WINSLOW. Her engine and boiler were removed in June and July of that year.

On 20 May 1875, the passenger package freight vessel GLADYS was launched at D. Lestor's yard in Marine City, Michigan for the Toledo & Saginaw Transportation Company. Her dimensions were 135 feet overall x 26 feet x 10 feet. She had twelve staterooms and along with ample cargo space. The pilot house was forward, 8 feet square and 11 feet high. The engines, from the old ESTABROOK and, previous to that, from DAN RHODES, were two high-pressure double engines acting on one shaft with an 8 foot propeller. She also had a pony engine to feed water to the boilers and wash the decks. She was sold Canadian in 1877, and renamed NORTHERN BELLE and lasted until November 1898, when she burned on Georgian Bay.

1923 – The steel bulk carrier EDWARD U. DEMMER sank in the deep waters of Lake Huron after a collision with the SATURN at 0740 hours, in heavy fog, while about 40 miles southeast of Thunder Bay Island. All on board were saved.

1924 – STATE OF OHIO, an iron sidewheel passenger steamer, burned at Cleveland on this date in 1924. It was rebuilt as a barge but stranded on the main breakwall at Lorain on December 17, 1929, and became a total loss.

1928 – CLEARWATER stranded near Trinity Bay, in the St. Lawrence while inbound with a cargo of pulpwood and was blown on the beach. The brand-new vessel was abandoned to the insurers but the hull was salvaged in July, repaired and returned to service later in the year as TRENORA. It last sailed as KEYSHEY in 1963.

1942 – TORONDOC of the Paterson fleet went south for the bauxite trade during World War Two. German broadcasts reported that it was torpedoed and sunk by U-69 on this date. All of the 23-member crew were lost when the ship went down in the vicinity of the French island of Martinique.

1945 – CALGARY had operated on the Great Lakes from 1912 to 1916 but left for the sea and was converted to a tanker in 1921. The ship was renamed b) BACOI and served on coastal runs for Standard Oil and even returned to the Great Lakes in 1938. It suffered an explosion and fire while in the Cape Cod Canal on this date in 1945 and had to be beached. It was scrapped at Jersey City in 1948.

1946 – The Georgian Bay area passenger ship MANITOULIN stranded at Clapperton Island but was released the next day by the tug NORTHERN.

1960 – The STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT settled on the bottom of Lake Huron, with her decks above water, after a collision in fog with the upbound AUGUST ZIESING. The former was refloated, sold to Redwood Enterprises and came into Canadian service as ELMDALE. The latter resumed trading for U.S. Steel after bow repairs.

1960 – PAUL H. TOWNSEND was hit from behind by the British freighter TYNEMOUTH on foggy Lake Huron while trying to avoid the wrecked STANDARD PORTLAND CEMENT and the anchored AUGUST ZIESING. The PAUL H. TOWNSEND had stern plates damaged while the salty sustained bow damage. TYNEMOUTH had become a regular Seaway trader in 1959 and made 18 trips inland through 1967. It ran aground off Fuga Island, the Philippines as b) EASTERN RIVER on April 24, 1971, and became a total loss.

1981 – The West German freighter VIRGILIA made 30 trips to the Great Lakes between 1959 and 1967. It was renamed b) MARIA in 1974 and suffered an engineroom fire in the Red Sea and had to be abandoned while enroute from Mersin, Turkey, to Bombay, India, on this date in 1981. The hull was towed to shallow water and beached about 5 miles south of Suez. It was later sold, via auction, and apparently scrapped as c) FARIDA II at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in 1989.

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

 

American Victory moved to Fraser Shipyard in preparation for scrapping

5/19 - Superior, Wis. – The first leg of the scrap tow for the long-idle American Victory began Friday morning when the tugs Kentucky and Arkansas moved her from the old NP ore dock over to Fraser Shipyards in Superior, reportedly to have its unloading boom removed. Once that work is done, it is expected she will be towed down the lakes and eventually overseas for scrapping.

 

Port Reports -  May 19

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Edgar B. Speer on Friday May 18th at 18:20 after spending 24 hours out in the lake waiting on the wind to subside. She was assisted to South of #2 by Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. Also due Two Harbors on the 18th is the James R. Barker that as of 19:42 was approaching the Two Harbors breakwall. She will probably go to North of #2 for lay-by. Due Two Harbors on Saturday the 19th is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had the Baie St. Paul arrive off the harbor at approx. 08:00 on the 18th, but she could not enter because of the wind. She sailed down the shore and anchored SW of Two Harbors at 12:05. She got underway at approx. 17:00 and anchored again NE of Two Harbors near Silver Creek near Encampment Island. She went to anchor at approx. 18:15. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Saturday the 19th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday May 18, 10:09 Algoma Transport departed for Detroit. 14:14 Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 16:31 Nunalik departed for Windsor.

St. Marys River
The new Algoma Sault made her first upbound trip through the locks around noon Friday, bound for the Essar export dock in Sault, Ont. Other upbound traffic on a very windy day included Lee A. Tregurtha, Drawsko, American Spirit, Edwin H. Gott, Victory/James L. Kuber, Cason J. Callaway, John G. Munson and Cuyahoga. Downbounders included Stewart J. Cort, CSL Laurentien and the USCOE tug Billmaier.

Port Inland, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was loading on Friday afternoon. She departed around dusk.

Muskegon, Mich.
H. Lee White was unloading on Friday.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Reggeborg was docked on Friday evening. Federal Mayumi left for Thunder Bay.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Thursday May 17th Samuel de Champlain arrived at the Lafarge Terminal in McGregor Bay to unload. Manitoulin departed Owen Sound for Bruce Mines to load trap rock. Friday 8:18 Cuyahoga arrived at Drummond Island to load dolomite. After loading she departed for Sault Ste. Marie. 14:51 Samuel de Champlain departed for Milwaukee. 19:00 Manitoulin departed Bruce Mines.

Calcite, Mich.
Hon. James L. Oberstar was loading on Friday night. John J. Boland and Philip R. Clarke were waiting for the Oberstar to depart.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Radcliffe R. Latimer cleared Thursday upbound for Thunder Bay and had almost reached Sault Ste. Marie when she turned around and returned to Goderich for unknown reasons. She was still in port Friday night.

Sarnia, Ont. – Brad Kelch
On Friday Algoma Compass departed the Sidney E. Smith dock headed upbound into Lake Huron for Goderich; Federal Kumano was at the Cargill dock loading grain; CCGS Samuel Risley was at the government docks.

Welland canal and regional report for Friday May 18 - Barry Andersen Nanticoke:
Departures - May 17 - Algosea at 0451 - CSL Tadoussac at 2224 - May 18 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0731 for the canal

Long Point bay:
Arrivals (anchored) - May 17 - Algoma Hansa at 0909 - May 18 - CSL Assiniboine at 1449 - Departure - May 18 - Algoma Hansa at 2039 for the dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 17 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1918 and Damia Desgagnes at 2050 - May 18 - Evans Spirit at 0132, Federal Clyde (Bhs) at 1338, Jana Desgagnes at 1651 and Lubie (Bhs) at 1655. Downbound - May 17 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II eta 2120 - May 18 - CSL Welland at 1154, Algoma Harvester at 1322, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1420, Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1451, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1501, Mississagi at 1853 for wharf 20, Algoma Guardian at 1953 and Jacqueline C. (Br) eta 2220

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - May 18 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1631

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 17 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 0612, Juno (Bhs) at 1537 from Hamilton - May 18 - Lubie (Bhs) at 0310 - Departures - May 18 - Blacky (Cyp) at 1423 approx. and Lubie (Bhs) at 1640 and Juno (Bhs) at 2058 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 18 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0605, Algoma Equinox at 0752, CSL Niagara at 0829 - May 19 - Adfines Sky (Mlt) (ex Osttank Finland-11) eta at 2340 approx. May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 -Docked - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 from the anchorage - May 15 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0328, Evans Spirit at 0809, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1816 and Algoma Innovator at 1909 - May 16 - Hanse Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) from the anchorage - Anchored - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 - Departures - May 17 - Evans Spirit at 2344

Bronte:
Docked - May 16 - Mia Desgages at 1016 from the anchorage off Bronte - Departed - May 18 at 0239 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - May 18 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1122

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 14 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0608

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived Friday about 8 a.m. with bulk cement for Lehigh.

 

Help wanted: Ordinary Seaman / Deckhand (Entry Level)

5/19 - Grand River Navigation Company is the U.S. operating subsidiary of Rand Logistics Corporation. Together with our Canadian sister company, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., we are one of the largest marine transportation service providers operating on the Great Lakes today with a combined fleet of 15 bulk freight vessels in service to over 50 customers across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

Our company has immediate openings for the position of deckhand aboard our US flagged self-unloading vessels.

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Today in Great Lakes History -  May 19

On 19 May 1894, LORETTA (wooden propeller freighter, 140 foot, 395 gross tons, built in 1892, at Sebewaing, Michigan as a schooner) was driven ashore near the mouth of the Au Sable River at Oscoda, Michigan in a terrible gale. She was heavily damaged but the crew was rescued. She was salvaged and put back in service but only lasted for two more years when she burned.

SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY (Hull#164) was launched May 19, 1906 at Wyandotte, Michigan by Detroit Ship Building Co. for the National Steamship Co. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1969.

On May 19, 1973, the whaleback tanker METEOR was moved from the Pipeline Tankers dock to a permanent berth on Barkers Island at Superior, Wisconsin to serve as a museum ship.

B.F. JONES and EDWARD S. KENDRICK, towed by the Polish tug KORAL, arrived for scrapping at Castellon, Spain, near Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19, 1973, a trip of over 4,000 miles. The LAKE WINNIPEG in tow of the tug IRVING CEDAR arrived in Portugal on May 19, 1985. She was the largest Canadian laker and the first Seaway-sized ship, as of that date, to be scrapped.

On 19 May 1835, PARROTT (wooden 2-mast schooner, 43 foot, 20 tons, built in 1834, at Ashtabula, Ohio) sailed for Detroit, Michigan carrying iron, glass, whiskey, and hogs on deck. She never made it. The following day, west of Ashtabula, many of the hogs swam ashore and later a lot of gear from the boat drifted to the beach. No storm was mentioned and all six onboard lost their lives. She had been enrolled to a new owner the day before she set sail.

On 19 May 1876, the Port Huron Times reported that Capt. Alexander McDougall, formerly master of the steamer JAPAN, had built a large steam fish boat named SASKIWIT at Buffalo during the winter and was then sailing from there to Marquette, Michigan.

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

 

Salties delayed by labor dispute leave Toledo cargo dock

5/18 - Toledo, Ohio - – Two of three ships delayed at the Port of Toledo by a labor dispute left the dock Wednesday after the U.S. Coast Guard approved a plan to use tugboats to pull the ships into open water, rather than relying on harbor pilots whose refusal to cross a longshoremen picket line had led to the bottleneck.

(Editor’s Note: A third vessel, Reggeborg, departed after this article was posted.)

Montreal-based Fednav, which owns the freighters Federal Champlain and Federal Kumano, initially sought a waiver from the Coast Guard that would have allowed the company to maneuver its ships away from the docks without the assistance of a pilot. That request was denied.

But Coast Guard spokesman Lorne Thomas said a second request to use tugboats to pull the ships about 500 feet away from the dock and then deliver pilots to the vessels so they could continue their voyages to their next ports was given the OK.

“That was safe and a legal approach, so we did not object to that plan,” Mr. Thomas told The Blade.

The Champlain had been delayed for about 10 days, and the Kumano for a shorter time, when the pilots — required by regulation to guide overseas vessels through unfamiliar harbors and channels — refused to cross a picket line set up by International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1982. The union has been engaged in a long-running dispute with Midwest Terminals of Toledo International, the stevedore company operating the dock under contract with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.

Keeping the ships tied up there had been seen by the union as a key bargaining chip in its battle with Midwest. Union officials have said the delay could cost the shipping companies and the terminal tens of thousands of dollars a day.

Local 1982 and Midwest have been embroiled in a long-standing and complex conflict laced with allegations of racial discrimination and unfair labor practices. Having received decertification petitions from a majority of Local 1982’s members, the company no longer officially recognizes the union, while the union has challenged those petitions as the product of Midwest’s allegedly unfair practices.

William Yockey, trustee of Local 1982, expressed frustration with the Coast Guard on Wednesday, suggesting it had broken rules that require it to stay out of labor disputes.

"We're very disappointed that the 9th Coast Guard District intervened in a labor dispute to let these ships go off the dock without a pilot,” he said.

Though the tug operators who moved the freighters also are represented by a union, Mr. Yockey said there were no provisions in their contract that allow them to refuse to cross another union’s picket. Once the Federal Champlain and Federal Kumano were out in the harbor, Mr. Yockey said the pilots were “duty bound” to take the ship.

The freighter Reggeborg, another ship affected by the pilots’ refusal to pass the picket line, remained at the port authority dock Wednesday, though Mr. Thomas said the Reggeborg’s owner was working on a plan similar to that of Fednav to get its ship free.

Alex Johnson, president of Midwest Terminals, said his company was unaware of arrangements Fednav had made for its ships to depart other than receiving notice that dock workers were needed to assist them in doing so.

Marc Gagnon, director of government affairs for Fednav said the company had advised its owner, Royal Wagenborg of The Netherlands, of the means it had used to move its ships. An inquiry to Royal Wagenborg yielded no response by Tuesday evening.

The Fednav spokesman said his company was still calculating its costs associated with the incident, which included hiring a tug to come from Cleveland to assist with the departure maneuver as well as the value of the two ships’ lost time.

But it was, he said, “an extremely expensive delay for something that is not our case,” and until the specter of similar delay is lifted, Fednav will have to think carefully before booking any cargoes to or from the Midwest-managed dock.

“I think it’s fair to say every ship owner will hesitate” to serve that part of the Toledo port, Mr. Gagnon said.

While the Kumano headed downriver toward Maumee Bay and its next call in Sarnia, Ont., the Champlain sailed up the Maumee River to the ADM grain elevator on Miami Street, where it was to take on a soybean cargo destined for Italy, Mr. Gagnon said.

Toledo Blade

 

Port Reports -  May 18

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Correction to Wednesday’s report: The American Integrity didn't tie up at the Lakehead dock to wait for the Cort to depart BNSF. It was waiting for the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader to depart the CN ore docks in West Duluth. She shifted over there after the Joyce L. departed. American Integrity shifted from Lakehead Pipeline to the CN dock in Duluth just after midnight Thursday morning to load ore. She was still at the dock during the evening, and was expected to depart by midnight. Stewart J. Cort departed from BN in Superior at sunrise Thursday, and Algoma Spirit was inbound late in the evening to load iron ore.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer is due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors, but as of 19:40 on May 17th she was running checked down off Two Harbors waiting for the wind to go down. She initially arrived off Two Harbors around suppertime and with the help of Heritage Marine's Edward H. made an approach to the harbor, but turned and went back out into the lake and made another approach attempt with the help of the Edward H. After being unsuccessful the Edward H. returned to port at approx. 18:40. Due Two Harbors on Friday May 18th is the James R. Barker. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Thursday the 17th. Due Silver Bay on Friday the 18th is the Baie St. Paul, the first Canadian laker of the year to load there.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday May 17th 15:35 Federal Mosel weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 16:29 CSL Laurentian departed for Hamilton. 20:10 Algoma Transport arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.

St. Marys River
The MacArthur Lock opened for the season on Wednesday. Downbound traffic Thursday included Burns Harbor, Algocanada (from Soo, Ont., harbor), Roger Blough and Mesabi Miner. Upbounders included Tim S. Dool, Tecumseh, Cuyahoga (for Algoma) and James R. Barker. Tugs Meredith Ashton and Defiance were at DeTour near the old coal dock on Thursday. Algoma Sault is due sometime Friday morning on her maiden voyage to Lake Superior.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
Manitoulin made a rare visit to the grain elevator in Owen Sound early Wednesday morning and departed after finishing unloading at 17:00 Thursday afternoon.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Buffalo left with salt for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon. Radcliffe R Latimer cleared upbound for Thunder Bay.

Welland canal and regional report for Thursday May 17 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - May 17 - tug Leo A McArthur at 0441 from the anchorage, and CSL Tadoussac at 1234 , - Departures - May 17 - Algosea at 0451

Long Point bay:
Arrival - May 17 - Algoma Hansa at 0909 (anchored)

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Rosy (ex SCT Stockhorn-17 MCT Stockhorn-16 HLL Caspian-08) at 0707, Algoma Innovator at 0755, English River at 0939, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1750 and Damia Desgagnes at 2050 - Downbound - May 17 - Algosea at 0843, G3 Marquis at 1110, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1152, CSL Niagara at 1234, Algoma Strongfield at 1304 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II eta 2120

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - May 15 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) arrived wharf 2 to unload at 0423 approx., Frontenac (stopped at wharf 16 at 1932) - May 16 - Frontenac moved from wharf 16 to ADM dock at 0212 approx. - Departures - May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) dep wharf 2 at 1037 - Frontenac at 1420 from ADM dock at 1420 westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 16 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0510 from Hamilton, Atlantik Miracle (Mhl) at 2210 from Mississauga - May 17 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 0612, Juno (Bhs) at 1537 from Hamilton - Departures - May 17 - Atlantik Miracle (Mhl) at 1910 for Montreal

Hamilton:
Arrival - May 17 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1330 -Docked - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 from the anchorage - May 15 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0328, Evans Spirit at 0809, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1816 and Algoma Innovator at 1909 - May 16 - Hanse Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) from the anchorage - Anchored - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 - Departures - May 17 -

Bronte:
Docked - May 16 - Mia Desgages at 1016 from the anchorage off Bronte

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 15 - Atlantik Miracle (Mlt) at 0033 - departure - May 16 - at 2024 for the Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - May 13 - Juno (Bhs) at 2142 (unloading at Redpath) - Departure - May 17 at 1333 for Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 14 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0608 - May 16 - Algoma Innovator at 1019 from Hamilton - Departure - May 17 - Algoma Innovator at 0048

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

 

Amazing sunsets, Great Lakes scenery captured by Coast Guard crews

5/18 - Some gorgeous images of sunrises, colorful sunsets and big-water scenes have been flowing out from the U.S. Coast Guard crews plying the Great Lakes this spring. As the boats that traverse lakes Michigan, Huron, Superior and Erie have been switching over from ice-breaking duties to working on the big navigational buoys in the last month, those aboard have been getting some great photographs and sharing them on social media.

These little nautical gems give us a glimpse into places many of us landlubbers will never get to see. We're sharing a few of them here, with thanks to the Coast Guard members who framed such great shots.

For Petty Officer First Class Tom Westfall, the sunrise-to-sunset views aboard the 225-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder is never something he takes for granted. He grew up amid the mountains of West Virginia, and later marveled at the expanse of Middle East desert when deployed overseas. But it's the Great Lakes he considers his home now - and it's a sight that never gets old.

"The Great Lakes have the best sunsets," said Westfall, who manages the Alder's Facebook page and takes many of the pictures featured there. "Just about every sunset or sunrise is about as good as it gets on the lakes."

Westfall, 35, has been in the Coast Guard for 14 years. He served for three years on the Hollyhock, another Coast Guard cutter, and expects to serve four on the Alder.

The Alder, nicknamed "King of the Waters," is based in Duluth, Minn. It spends much of its time working in Lake Superior.

Westfall also likes using his pictures to keep the crews' families in touch when their loved ones are far away. He manages a Facebook page just for the Alder's 50 families, and is always happy to see when parents and siblings like the photos and follow along on their adventures. "I like to share the views that no one else has."

View the images at this link: https://www.mlive.com/expo/erry-2018/05/45b622358d4336/coast_guard_crews_capture_amaz.html

 

Coast Guard units to host free and open to the public events

5/18 - Cleveland, Ohio – Several U.S. Coast Guard stations on the Great Lakes are scheduled to host free events for the public this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Some of the events will be open houses and will allow the public to tour the station, learn about the crews, equipment and missions of the Coast Guard on the Great Lakes. These events will coincide with the start of National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25.

• Coast Guard Station Oswego will be assisting Oswego Fire Department Friday at Wrights Landing Marina in Oswego New York. In support of National Safe Boating Week, Coast Guard Station Oswego will attend with Coast Guard Auxiliary 2-4. Everyone is invited to come meet the crew, and hear about the importance of boater safety and proper life jacket use.

When: May 18, 2018 - 11 a.m. to noon. Contact: (315) 343-1551

• Open House Where: Coast Guard Station Fairport, 2 Coast Guard Rd., Fairport, OH 44057 When: May 19, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact: (440) 352-3112

• Open House Where: Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, 2405 Weadock Hwy, Essexville, MI 48732 When: May 19, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact: (989) 892-7009

• Open House Where: Coast Guard Station Erie, 1 Coast Guard Rd., Erie, PA 16505 When: May 20, 2018 - noon to 4 p.m. Contact: (814) 838-2097

• Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Class. The Auxiliary "About Boating Safety" certification and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources safe boating certificate programs will be covered. Where: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 225 East Spruce Street, St. Charles, MI 48655 When: June 9, 2018 - 8 a.m. into the afternoon. Contact: Commodore Mark Simoni, (989) 239-4731.

To find a National Safe Boating Week event near you, visit: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/ready-set-wear-it

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 18

On 18 May 1872, the 3-mast wooden schooner MARQUETTE was holed in northern Lake Huron by a floating log. The crew manned the hand-operated bilge pumps but could not keep up with the incoming water. The steamer ANNIE YOUNG took the MARQUETTE in tow even though she was sinking and headed for Cheboygan, Michigan. During the tow, the schooner stopped sinking and arrived in port no lower in the water than she had been earlier. An investigation revealed that a large fish got caught in the hole and plugged it.

The WILLIAM C. ATWATER departed Sandusky, Ohio May 18, 1925, on her maiden voyage loaded with coal bound for Duluth, Minnesota. She was the first freighter on the Great Lakes equipped with a gyro compass. She was renamed b.) E. J. KULAS in 1936, c.) BEN MOREELL in 1953, d.) THOMAS E MILLSOP in 1955, e.) E. J. NEWBERRY in 1976, and f.) CEDARGLEN in 1982. She was scrapped at Port Maitland, Ontario in 1994.

Bethlehem Steel's steamer JOHNSTOWN cleared Erie May 18, 1985, for Quebec City under tow bound for Spain for scrapping. This vessel was the first post-war built U.S. laker to be scrapped.

On May 18, 1903, the MAUNALOA hit and sank the 69-foot wooden tug EDWARD GILLEN at Superior, Wisconsin.

May 18, 1992 -- The BADGER made her maiden voyage for the newly formed Lake Michigan Carferry Service.

On 18 May 1853, CITIZEN (wooden schooner, 54 tons, built in 1847, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was driven aground 6 miles north of Chicago. The U. S. Navy steamer MICHIGAN tried in vain to pull her off, breaking a 14" hawser in the process. She was reportedly the first vessel built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

On 18 May 1882, AMERICAN EAGLE (wooden propeller, passenger packet & tug, 105 foot, 161 gross tons, built in 1880, at Sandusky, Ohio) was racing off Kelley's Island on Lake Erie when her boiler exploded. Six lives were lost. She was later raised and repaired and lasted until 1908.

18 May 1894: A big storm swept the Lakes on 18 May 1894. The next day, the Port Huron Times gave the following account of the shipwrecks in that storm: "The big storm on Lake Michigan has cost the lives of many men. Only 2 men were saved from the schooner M J CUMMINGS, 6 lost. The C C BARNES is ashore at Milwaukee but the crew was saved. The schooner MYRTLE was wrecked just outside the government pier within a half mile of Michigan Blvd. in Chicago with 6 lost. The schooner LINCOLN DALL went to pieces at Glencoe, 8 miles north of Chicago. She was 196 tons. The schooner JACK THOMPSON, 199 tons, wrecked off 25th Street. The schooner EVENING STAR, 203 tons, wrecked off 27th Street but her crew was saved. The schooner MERCURY of Grand Haven, 278 tons, wrecked off 27th Street and her crew rescued. The schooner J LOOMIS McLAREN, 272 tons, wrecked off 27th Street. The schooner RAINBOW of Milwaukee, 243 tons, wrecked off 100th Street; the crew was rescued. The schooner C J MIXER, 279 tons, wrecked off 100th Street; crew rescued. The schooner WM SHUPE waterlogged and ashore at Lexington, Michigan on Lake Huron. Four were drowned in an attempted rescue. The scow ST CATHARINES is ashore at Rock Falls near Sand Beach. The crew reached shore safely but the boat will fare badly."

1919 – CITY OF MEAFORD, a wooden-hulled passenger freighter was destroyed by fire at the dock in Collingwood.

1922 – GLENFINNAN, downbound with grain, and MIDLAND KING collided in fog southeast of Passage Isle, Lake Superior, and both masters received two-month suspensions.

1928 – The whaleback steamer JOHN ERICSSON was heavily damaged in a collision with the A.F. HARVEY of the Pittsburgh SS Co. in fog on Lake Huron. The latter was lost as b) CEDARVILLE in another collision on May 7, 1965.

1971 – TRANSPACIFIC was entering the harbor at the island of St. Pierre in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to get technical help for a malfunctioning radar when the ship stranded on the rocks. The West German freighter, a regular Seaway trader since 1959, was abandoned. The hull has gradually broken apart by the elements over the years.

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

 

Irvin to face tight squeeze: DECC gives preliminary OK on plans to move ship

5/17 - Duluth, Minn. – Plans are being laid to move the museum ship William A. Irvin out of Minnesota Slip for the first time in more than three decades. But the retired laker will face a tight squeeze — with just 15 total inches to spare — as it passes between the abutments of a pedestrian lift bridge that spans the slip.

In spite of the Irvin's size — stretching 611 feet from stem to stern with a 30-foot beam — LeRoy Kolenda, a Fraser Shipyards foreman, expressed confidence the vessel can be successfully navigated into the harbor without damage to either it or the bridge. "The key will be to keep the ship under control at all times," he said, adding that wave action, currents and other marine traffic all will need to be closely monitored.

The Irvin is owned and operated as a floating museum by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, an organization that has yet to fully sign off on the move. At a Tuesday afternoon meeting of the DECC Board of Directors, the president of that body, Roger Reinert, expressed concern about potentially causing harm to the recently upgraded bridge.

In 2017, Duluth invested about $3 million to overhaul and replace the lifting mechanism for the bridge, which had been plagued for years by breakdowns. In order to make room for the Irvin's transit, that new mechanism will be disengaged, and one side of the bridge will need to be manually pinned in more of an upright position than it can achieve when in operation.

Chad Scott, a principal partner of AMI Consulting Engineers, offered assurances that the process should result in no harm to the bridge and predicted it probably would be out of commission for a week at most.

If the ship isn't moved, the city could be denied $1.3 million in federal funding set aside to address pollution in the slip, said Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration.

Filby Williams made a pitch to the DECC Board of Directors Tuesday, asking it for assistance and warning of potential project delays and further disruption without their cooperation.

Because of ongoing seawall repairs, the Irvin has been unable to welcome visitors this year. It currently sits idle at anchor in the slip.

Contracts for the cleanup work will need to be awarded shortly to keep the project on track said Crague Biglow, a Superfund supervisor for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He said that work can occur only in the Irvin's absence.

The project involves leveling out contaminated sediments that have accumulated in the slip and then hauling in clean dredge materials to cap the pollution in place.

Relocating the Irvin will be a labor-intensive ordeal that could cost upward of $600,000.

Filby Williams laid out a proposal Tuesday, asking the DECC to cover half of the cost, up to a maximum of $300,000. He said the city would pick up the other half, as well as any unexpected cost overruns.vThe city also has offered to purchase insurance to cover any damage to the ship or bridge.

The Irvin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and plans to move it will require approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.

If approved, plans call for the Irvin to leave Minnesota Slip in September, then moor temporarily on the harborside seawall in back of the DECC. It would reopen for visitors in time for Halloween, when it operates as a popular "haunted ship."

In November, the Irvin would be moved to Fraser Shipyards, where it would be placed in dry dock and repainted for first time in more than 30 years. Filby Williams noted that the ship is overdue for some work and pointed to a recent inspection that revealed portions of the hull had been pitted, leaving steel that was half its original thickness.

Filby Williams extended the city's offer to seek a $300,000 historic preservation grant to cover restoration costs incurred at Fraser, with the ship to return to Minnesota Slip in May.

The DECC's board unanimously passed a resolution of intent to partner with the city of Duluth, but a final, formal agreement still will need to be approved before the cleanup can progress.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  May 17

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Vlieborg departed Duluth on Wednesday evening after loading beet pulp pellets at Peavey. Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort spent the day loading ore at CN. Stewart J. Cort arrived in Superior early Wednesday morning to load ore at Burlington Northern. American Integrity was inbound a few hours later and moored at Lakehead Pipeline to wait for the Cort to finish loading.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure of the Burns Harbor at 09:58 on Wednesday the 16th for Indiana Harbor. Roger Blough arrived Two Harbors on May 16th at 05:10 for North of #2 where she took on a partial load at the gravity (chute) dock. She shifted after the departure of the Burns Harbor from 10:03 to 10:30 on the 16th to South of #2. She departed on the 16th at 17:05. She went stern first out to the lake, turned, and went down the lake. As of 19:45 on the 16th her AIS wasn’t showing a discharge port. Due Two Harbors on Thursday May 17th is the Edgar B. Speer. She should arrive late afternoon. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader on Tuesday the 15th at 20:57 for Indiana Harbor. Mesabi Miner then arrived Silver Bay on the 15th at 21:06. She departed Silver Bay on Wednesday the 16th at 18:14 for Indiana Harbor. Northshore Mining has no scheduled traffic for Thursday May 17th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday May 15th 22:28 Algoma Harvester departed for Baie Comeau. 22:43 CSL Laurentian arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Wednesday May 16th 00:30 Cedarglen departed for Quebec City.

Lake Michigan
Federal Rhine and Solina were at Burns Harbor Wednesday night. John D. Leitch and Edwin H. Gott were at Gary. American Spirit was at Indiana Harbor. Herbert C. Jackson was due. Federal Saguenay was at S. Chicago, with Vancouverborg due in the late evening. Federal Mayumi remained at Milwaukee.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Monday May 14 Cuyahoga arrived at Bruce Mines and after loading trap rock departed for Windsor. Tuesday Mississagi arrived at the Parry Sound salt dock to unload. After unloading Mississagi proceeded to Thessalon to load gravel. American Mariner arrived at Drummond Island to load dolomite. Wednesday 1:00 Manitoulin arrived at Owen Sound to unload grain. Mississagi departed Bruce Mines for Lorain. American Mariner departed Drummond Island for Fairport.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Radcliffe R. Latimer was at the grain elevators on Wednesday. Algoma Buffalo was loading salt at the Sifto Dock.

Marine City, Mich. – Rod Burdick
John G. Munson unloaded stone on Wednesday.

Welland canal and regional report - Wednesday May 16 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - May 15 - James R Barker at 0954, - May 16 - Algosea at 0109 from the anchorage - Docked - May 14 - Departures - May 16 - James R Barker at 0157 for Two Harbours and tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 0259 for Green Bay

Long Point bay:
Anchored - May 15 - tug Leo A McArthur and barge John J Carrick at 0912 (anchored) - Departed - May 16 - Algosea at 0104

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 16 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 0154, Drawsko (Bhs) at 0226, Algoscotia at 0604, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 0627 (stopped wharf 2), Algoma Enterprise at 0907, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit (departed wall below lock 2 at 1155), tug Alice Moran and barge Montville at 1137 and Kaministiqua at 1631 - Downbound - May 15 - Frontenac at 1915 (stopped at wharf 16) - May 16 - Whitefish Bay at 0431

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - May 14 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived wharf 16 at 0340 approx. to unload, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0555 approx. from Port Weller fitout wall - tied below lock 2 at 0629 (repairs) - May 15 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) arrived wharf 2 to unload at 0423 approx., Frontenac (stopped at wharf 16 at 1932) - May 16 - Frontenac moved from wharf 16 to ADM dock at 0212 approx. - Departures - May 14 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 late evening for Detroit - May 16 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit departed wall below Lk.2 at 1155 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - May 16 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0510 from Hamilton - Anchored - May 13 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1953 - May 15 -Esta Desgagnes at 2029 - Departures - May 16 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0621 approx. eastbound and Qamutik (Nld) (ex Edisongracht-11) at 1255 for Valleyfield

Hamilton:
Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 from the anchorage - May 14 - Algowood at 0833 - May 15 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0328, Evans Spirit at 0809, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1816 and Algoma Innovator at 1909 - May 16 - Hanse Gate (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) from the anchorage - Anchored - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 - Departures - May 15 - Federal Caribou (Mhl) at 2330 for Toledo, May 16 - Drawsko (Bhs) at 0007 for Thunder Bay, Blacky (Cyp) at 0258 for Port Weller anchorage and Algoma Innovator at 0546 for Oshawa

Bronte:
Arrival - May 14 - Algoma Hansa at 2228 - May 16 - Mia Desgages at 1016 from the anchorage off Bronte - Departure - May 16 - Algoma Hansa at 0946 for the canal

Clarkson:
Arrival - May - 16 - Robert S Pierson at 1423

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 15 - Atlantik Miracle (Mlt) at 0033

Toronto:
Docked - May 13 - Juno (Bhs) at 2142 (unloading at Redpath)

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 14 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0608 - May 16 - Algoma Innovator at 1019 from Hamilton

Sydney, N.S. – Jason Day
Salarium was in port this week for unspecified repairs.

 

"Wear It" life jacket campaign kicks off National Safe Boating Week

5/17 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Coast Guard Ninth District will be supporting Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on Friday.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, the official launch of the 2018 Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus of the campaign.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities nationwide in 2016. In the Great Lakes, where lifejacket use was known, approximately 97% percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets versus the national average of 83%.

“Visiting the Great Lakes is a once in a lifetime experience; don’t let it be your last," said Mike Baron, recreational boating safety specialist for the Ninth Coast Guard District. "Always wear your life jacket.”

The National Safe Boating Council is asking all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the Ready, Set, Wear It Facebook page or submit it directly to the NSBC at outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org. Participants are also encouraged to tweet their picture using #RSWI2018.

Coast Guard members join boating professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket styles that are available, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 17

On 17 May 1887, WILLIAM RUDOLPH (wooden propeller "rabbit,” 145 foot, 267 gross tons. built in 1880, at Mount Clemens, Michigan) was raised from Lake St. Clair. She sank in the fall of 1886. She was towed to the Wolverine Drydock in Port Huron, Michigan where she was repaired. She lasted until 1913, when she was beached as shore protection near Racine, Wisconsin.

ALTON C. DUSTIN (Hull#708) was launched May 17, 1913, at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co. for Cleveland Steamship Co. (John Mitchell, mgr.) Renamed b.) J.A. CAMPBELL in 1915 and c.) BUCKEYE MONITOR in 1965. Sank on December 16, 1973, in position 43.3N x 30.15W, in Atlantic Ocean, while in tandem tow with ROBERT S. MCNAMARA and German tug SEETRANS I, bound for scrapping at Santander, Spain.

NORTHCLIFFE HALL collided with the Cuban salty CARLOS MANUEL DE CESPEDES in the St. Lawrence River above the Eisenhower Lock on May 17, 1980. Built in 1952, by Canadian Vickers as a,) FRANKCLIFFE HALL (Hull#255), renamed b.) NORTHCLIFFE HALL in 1959, and c.) ROLAND DESGAGNES in 1976, she sank after running aground on May 26, 1982, near Pointe aux Pic, Quebec.

E.G. GRACE arrived at Ramey's Bend May 17, 1984, in tow of the tugs GLENEVIS and GLENSIDE for scrapping.

On May 17, 1941, The Ludington Daily News reported that the former carferry PERE MARQUETTE 17, which had been purchased by the State of Michigan for use at the Straits of Mackinac, was to be renamed b.) CITY OF PETOSKEY. She was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio in 1961.

The schooner ST. ANDREWS was launched at A. Muir's shipyard on the Black River in Port Huron, Michigan on 17 May 1875. This was a rebuild job, but Mr. Muir stated that it was the most complete rebuild he ever undertook since there was only a portion of the keel and bottom left from the old hull. Her new dimensions were 135 foot keel x 30 feet x 14 feet, 425 tons (an increase of 102 tons).

At about 9 a.m., 17 May 1885, the tug E.T. CARRINGTON (wooden side-wheel tug, 76 foot, 57 gross tons, built in 1876, at Bangor, Michigan) was towing a raft of logs from L'Anse to Baraga, Michigan, when she caught fire and burned to the water's edge. The crew was rescued by the steam yacht EVA WADSWORTH. The CARRINGTON was later rebuilt and lasted until 1907.

1916 – ROCK FERRY, a wooden steamer, ran aground due to fog off Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario but was salvaged and repaired.

1924 – ORINOCO sank about 6 miles off Agawa Bay, Lake Superior, while upbound with coal. The wooden steamer had sought shelter behind Michipicoten Island while towing the barge CHIEFTAIN, but then tried to return to Whitefish Bay. ORINOCO began to leak under the stress and was lost.

1957 – The composite hulled steamer YANKCANUCK ran aground in mud at Whitby but was released in what proved to be her final season. She was laid up at Sault Ste. Marie at 1014 hours on June 27.

1969 – The tug COLINETTE sank in Toronto Bay after the hull was punctured while docking the freighter ATLANTIC HOPE at Pier 35. All on board were saved and the vessel was raised and repaired. It apparently survives as a private yacht named NOMADA.

Data from: Skip Gillham, John Dunlap, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Union dispute leaves salties stranded at Toledo

5/16 - Toledo, Ohio – A long-simmering labor dispute between a local longshoremen's union and a Port of Toledo stevedore has led to three ocean freighters being waylaid at the Port of Toledo and a fourth boat being turned away – potentially costing the terminal tens of thousands of dollars a day in lost work.

Local 1982 of the International Longshoremen’s Association has been holding an informational picket outside Midwest Terminals of Toledo International since the company withdrew its recognition of the 32-member union early this year after saying it had received signatures from a majority of union members who no longer wished for union representation.

Local 1982 leadership has challenged the decertification to the National Labor Relations Board.

But as the dispute wears on, lake pilots have refused to cross Local 1982’s picket line — which at times has included a boat — to maneuver the freighters back to open water, keeping three oceangoing ships at the docks from being able to leave legally.

As of Tuesday, officials said three ships are effectively stuck in Toledo. One, the Federal Champlain, has been held for more than a week, and its arrival in Toledo also was delayed by about 14 hours earlier this month when the pilot then aboard refused to give instructions for docking with the picket boat present.

“For the most part the tug boats and the pilots, they honor the pickets,” said William Yockey, trustee of Local 1982. “That’s where the bottleneck has come from, from the members of the marine community sticking together with their longshoreman brothers.”

Officials at both Fednav, Ltd., which owns the Federal Champlain and another of the three ships currently stuck in Toledo, and Midwest Terminals declined to estimate how much the ship delays are costing the port or the ships’ owners. Union leadership has said each vessel is losing tens of thousands of dollars for each day it sits idle in port.

“Our vessels are being used as bargaining collateral by the parties involved,” Paul Pathy, Fednav’s president and chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement. “We respectfully request that a peaceful and fair settlement be reached in order for our ships to be released from the terminal and end the shipping delays.”

The Lakes Pilots’ Association did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Local 1982 and Midwest have been at loggerheads over a labor contract for more than seven years — an impasse tinged by union allegations of racism on Midwest’s part.

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U.S.-flag cargo movement on lakes down 14 percent in April

5/16 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 6.1 million tons of cargo in April, a decrease of 14 percent compared to a year ago. The April float also trailed the month’s 5-year average by more than 5 percent.

Iron ore cargos for steel production totaled 3.9 million tons, a decrease of 12.6 percent. Some decrease was inevitable. The winter of 2017/2018 was more typical than 2016/2017 and vessels experienced many more ice-related delays this April. In fact, the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards continued to break ice in Whitefish Bay and the St. Marys River that connect Lake Superior to the lower four Great Lakes into May.

Coal shipments fell 36.7 percent to 743,000 tons. Limestone cargos dipped 6.5 percent to 1.1 million tons.

Year-to-date U.S.-flag carriage stands at 9.4 million tons, a decrease of 17 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Iron ore cargos total 6.75 million tons, a decrease of 16 percent. Coal loadings total 837,000 tons, a decrease of 43 percent. Limestone cargos have actually increased by roughly four loads in river-class vessels to 1.27 million tons.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Lake Erie, Great Lakes water levels much higher than May historical average

5/16 - Cleveland, Ohio - It's not your imagination; Lake Erie water levels are up. The recent wet spell pushed Lake Erie's water levels this week to 22 inches above the long-term normal for May. But the water is still 4 inches shy of the highest monthly average of the record for May, which is how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers keeps tabs on water levels.

Water levels are measured, and forecast, weekly for the Great Lakes. However, water level comparisons and official records are calculated monthly. For May 11, the last weekly update, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted Lake Erie to reach 573.69 inches. That's right around the level this time last year, but is still short of the May record set in 1986.

Lake Ontario is 9 inches above the historical May average, while Lake Michigan-Huron is 17 inches and Lake Superior, 6 inches.

The historically high water levels are in part due in part to the region's wet April. Cleveland saw 4.38 inches of rain that month, over 20 percent more than normal. Since May 1, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has already seen seven days of rain accumulating a total over 2 inches. But temperature plays a part too, as when water warms it expands, raising the water line.

Over the past week, said the Army Corps, "temperatures were generally just above normal across the Great Lakes basin."

The Corps says Lake Erie is expected to remain at its current level over the next month, but Lake Superior, Lake Michigan-Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Ontario could rise 4, 3, 2 and 1 inches, respectively, over the next month.

Cleveland.com

 

Port Reports -  May 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth on Tuesday morning to load ore at CN, and was still at the dock during the evening. Great Lakes Trader/Joyce L. VanEnkevort unloaded limestone at Graymont during the day, and was expected to shift to CN after Indiana Harbor's departure. Vlieborg was tied up at Peavey loading. In Superior, Algoma Guardian arrived on Tuesday morning and docked at BN to load iron ore pellets. She was still loading as of Tuesday night.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Burns Harbor on Tuesday the 15th at 12:15 for South of #2. Burns Harbor is an infrequent visitor to Two Harbors. As of 19:30 on the 15th she was still at the dock. Due Two Harbors on Wednesday the 16th is the Roger Blough. Arriving Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on the 15th was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 09:21. As of 19:30 on the 15th she was still at the loading dock. The Mesabi Miner was, as of 19:30 on the 15th, running checked down off Silver Bay waiting on the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnevort/Erie Trader. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for Wednesday the 16th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, May 14th 20:35 G3 Marquis departed for Port Cartier. Tuesday, May 15th 7:45 Federal Sakura arrived and went to anchor. 17:15 CSL Welland departed for Quebec City. 20:30 Jacqueline C departed for Montreal.

Lake Michigan
Calumet was unloading Tuesday evening at Ludington.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Houglas
Radcliffe R. Latimer was at the grain elevators on Tuesday.

Sarnia, Ont.
Algoma Compass and Algoma Buffalo were both in port on Tuesday.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Kumano, Federal Champlain and Reggeborg remained in port Tuesday due to labor dispute. Iryda was upriver at one of the grain elevators.

Welland canal and regional report for Tuesday May 15 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - May 14 - CSL Niagara at 2259 - May 15 - James R Barker at 0954, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0912 - Docked - May 14 - tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 0647 from the anchorage - Departures - May 15 - CSL Niagara at 0946 westbound and Algoma Sault at 1646 westbound

Long Point Bay:
Anchored - May 11 - Algosea at 2340 - Arrival - May 15 - tug Leo A. McArthur and barge John J. Carrick at 0912 (anchored)

Buffalo:
Arrival - May 14 - English River at 0757 - departed - May 14 at 2100 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Upbound - May 14 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit on wall below lock 2 - repairs at 0629, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick eta 1906, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2037 and Baie St Paul at 2310 - May 15 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0351, Tim S Dool at 1007. Downbound - May 14 - English River at 2348 - May 15 - Qamutik (Nld) (ex Edisongracht-11) at 0431, Algoma Innovator at 0457, Esta Desgagnes at 1002 and Frontenac at 1915 (stopped at wharf 16)

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - May 14 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived wharf 16 at 0340 approx. to unload, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0555 approx. from Port Weller fitout wall - tied below lock 2 at 0629 (repairs) - May 15 - Frontenac (stopped at wharf 16 at 1932)

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrivals - May 15 - Qamutik (Nld) at 1601 and Esta Desgagnes at 2029 - Anchored - May 13 - Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1953 - Departures - May 13 - Juno (Bhs) at 1955 approx. for Toronto - May 15 - Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 0005, Azoresborg (Nld) at 0749, Osogovo (Mlt) at 1043 for Belgium, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1200 for Ireland, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1620 for Hamilton

Port Colborne anchorage:
arrivals - May 15 - Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 1529 - departed at 1923 for Chicago

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 15 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0328, Evans Spirit at 0809, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 1816 and Algoma Innovator at 1909 - Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 from the anchorage - May 12 - Federal Caribou ( Mhl) at 2315 and Drawsko (Bhs) at 2330 - May 14 - Algowood at 0833 - Anchored - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) at 1031 - Departure - May 15 - Tim S Dool at 0755 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - May 14 - Algoma Hansa at 2228 - May 15 - Mia Desgagnes at 1322 (anchored off Bronte)

Clarkson:
Arrival - May - 15 - Robert S Pierson at 0451 - departed at 1444 for Colborne

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 15 - Atlantik Miracle (Mlt) at 0033

Toronto:
Arrival - May 13 - Juno (Bhs) at 2142 from Port Weller anchorage - May 14 - Baie St Paul at 1112 - docked - May 13 - McKeil Spirit at 1149 - Departure - May 14 - Baie St Paul at 2037 for the canal - May 15 McKeil Spirit at 1655 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 14 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0608

 

There is still ice on some of the Great Lakes

5/16 - Two of the Great Lakes still have chunks of ice floating around on May 13, 2018. Lake Superior and Lake Huron both are reporting some ice still remaining.

On May 12, 2018, Lake Superior was still 1.23 percent covered with ice. Lake Huron also had a very small area of ice, registering 0.11 percent ice cover.

The amount of ice on Lake Superior now doesn't even come close to this time four years ago. On May 12, 2014, Lake Superior still had 22 percent ice cover. Lake Superior ice wasn't totally melted that year until June 6.

M Live

 

Animation shows how 2 meteotsunamis formed on Lake Michigan in one day

5/16 - Two meteotsunamis formed on Lake Michigan on one single day last month and thanks to a handy NOAA animation, we not only know that it happened but how they actually formed.

For those wondering exactly what a meteotsunami is, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines them as "large waves that scientists are just beginning to better understand."

Tsunamis are triggered by seismic activity while meteotsunamis are created through air-pressure changes and disturbances during "fast-moving" weather events. Some meteotsunamis have been recorded as high as 6-feet high, and have been spotted in the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, and off the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Adriatic seas.

Back on April 13 (Friday the 13th for those keeping track), NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reports that thunderstorms created the duo of meteotsunamis. "Short, extreme bursts of wind and pressure" were said to be the specific cause that resulted in a sudden spike of water levels near Ludington.

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Today in Great Lakes History -  May 16

On 16 May 1894, the SHENANDOAH (wooden propeller freighter, 308 foot, 2,251 gross tons) was launched by J. Davidson (Hull #60) in West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1924, when she was abandoned.

CANADIAN PROSPECTOR passed upbound in the Welland Canal May 16, 1979, with Labrador ore bound for Ashtabula, Ohio. This was her first trip after being reconstructed.

W. R. WOODFORD (Hull#626) was launched May 16, 1908, at West Bay City, Michigan by West Bay City Ship Building Co. for W. A. & M.A. Hawgood. Renamed b.) N.F. LEOPOLD 1911, and c.) E. J. BLOCK in 1943. She was scrapped at Port Colborne, Ontario, arriving in 1998.

IRVIN L. CLYMER departed Superior, Wisconsin, on May 15, 1981, and went to Duluth, Minnesota, to load 11,154 tons of taconite ore for Lorain. On May 16, 1981, having departed Duluth in 35 mph winds and 10-foot seas, the CLYMER began taking on water in her ballast tanks. She returned to Duluth, and was quickly repaired.

On May 16, 1972, in dense fog, the ROBERT HOBSON struck the Peerless Cement dock at Port Huron, Michigan when her bow was caught by the strong current at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Damage to the hull was estimated at to $100,000.

In 1985, the steamer PONTIAC was towed down the Welland Canal by the Mc Keil tugs GLENEVIS, ARGUE MARTIN and STORMONT bound for Quebec City. She would later be scrapped in Spain.

The tug B. W. ALDRICH burned at Ludington, Michigan, on 16 May 1874. The damage was estimated at $5,000 and she was rebuilt.

May 16, 1997 - The BADGER's planned first voyage of 1997 was delayed for one day because of a faulty boiler tube.

E. W. OGLEBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 375 foot. 3,666 gross tons) was launched at F. W. Wheeler's yard (Hull #114) at West Bay City, Michigan, on 16 May 1896. She lasted until she stranded on Shot Point, 10 miles east of Marquette, Michigan, on Lake Superior, during a heavy northeast gale and blizzard, on December 8, 1927. Shortly afterwards the hull was gutted by fire and declared a constructive total loss. The hull was removed, partially scrapped, and used as dock at Drummond Island, Michigan.

1905 – The second THOMAS W. PALMER, a composite bulk carrier, collided with HARVARD of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company off Stannard Rock, Lake Superior in dense fog and was nearly cut in two. The crew was able to walk to safety aboard HARVARD before their ship sank.

1919 – D.R. HANNA sank in Lake Huron 6 miles off Thunder Bay Light after a collision with the QUINCY A. SHAW. All hands were saved but the sinking of the grain laden 552-foot freighter was the largest insurance loss on the lakes to that time. The hull has been located upside down in 90 feet of water.

1941 – The Norwegian freighter REINUNGA began Great Lakes visits in 1926 and was forced to spend the winter of 1932-1933 at Dain City along the Welland Canal. The vessel, which dated from 1902, was bombed and sunk by German aircraft as d) KYTHERA at Suda Bay, Crete, on this date in 1941.

1962 – ARGENTEUIL, a former Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender, was rebuilt as a coastal freighter in 1961. It sank in the St. Lawrence near Lauzon, QC, with the loss of 3 lives on this date in 1962.

1975 – MANCHESTER RAPIDO provided a container shuttle service in the Seaway beginning in 1971, went aground off Pasajes, Spain, on March 15, 1975, and then sank. The hull was refloated May 16, 1975, for repairs and a return to service. 1987 – MARIA ANNA SCHULTE first came inland in 1958. It ran aground as e) LUCKY VIRGIN off San Andras Island, Colombia, while en route from Colon, Panama, to Aruba in 1974 and had to be abandoned as a total loss.

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

 

Great Lakes water levels on the rise

5/15 - The Great Lakes water levels are above their long-term average May levels with all of them expected to rise — some with bigger spikes than others — into the summer.

Lake Superior is expected to rise four inches, Lake Michigan-Huron three inches, Lake St. Clair two inches and Lake Ontario one inch over the next 30 days, according to date from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Only Lake Erie is expected to stay at its current level, officials said.

Every lake except for Lake Ontario will experience higher levels than previously in 2017. Then in either August or September, the levels begin to their traditional decline into the fall and winter months, according to the Army Corps data.

The Army Corps estimates were released recently for estimated levels through October of this year. Lake levels have been rising with above average amounts since they hit bottom record-low levels in 2013.

The Army Corps works with Environment and Climate Change Canada to produce the six-month forecast of the Great Lakes water averages. With an increase in lake levels, experts say, come erosion of shorelines in some areas.

The Detroit News

 

Port Reports -  May 15

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten arrived Duluth on Monday afternoon to load iron ore pellets at CN. Vlieborg continued loading beet pulp pellets at Peavey. In Superior, CSL Tadoussac departed mid-morning with ore, and her fleetmate CSL Assiniboine arrived early in the afternoon to load at BN. Algoma Guardian was at anchor off the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Sunday the 13th at 22:25 for South of #2. She arrived from Duluth after having her propeller blades replaced. She then departed Monday the 14th at 07:45 for Gary. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Tuesday the 15th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joseph L. Block on Monday the 14th for Burns Harbor at 13:43 after loading fines. Due Silver Bay on Tuesday the 15th are the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and, later in the day, the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday May 14th 3:03 Algoma Harvester arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River. 3:35 Cedarglen arrived at G3 to load grain. 6:44 the saltie Nunalik arrived at Keefer Terminal. 11:25 The saltie Jacqueline C arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 12:38 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 16:19 Manitoulin departed for Owen Sound. 16:26 Algoma Harvester weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load.

Goderich, Ont.
Radcliffe R. Latimer is due some time early Tuesday. Sarnia, Ont.
Algoma Compass arrived from Erie on Monday, possibly for final inspections before entering service under the Canadian flag.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Kumano, Federal Champlain, Reggeborg and Michigan/Great Lakes were all in port Monday.

Welland canal and regional report - Monday May 14 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 14 - tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 0647 from the anchorage - Anchored - May 11 - Algosea at 2340 - Departure - May 14 - Algoma Hansa at 0530 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Upbound - May 14 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit and Algoma Spirit at 1038 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick eta 1800. Downbound - May 14 - Baie St Paul at 2154 - May 15 - Azoresborg (Nld) at 0238, tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 0315 (to wharf 16), Capt Henry Jackman at 0621, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 0659, Algoma Hansa at 0918, CSL St. Laurent at 1015,

Welland Canal docks:
Departures - May 14 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived wharf 16 at 0340 approx. to unload, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0555 approx. from Port Weller fitout wall - tied below lock 2 at 0629 (repairs)

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - May 13 - upbnd - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 0518 - departed May 13 at 2040 approx. v Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto - May 11 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1908 - May 12 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 2045 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 2340 - May 13 - Federal Ems (Mhl) at 0427 from wharf 2, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1953, and Federal Yukon at 2048 - May 14 - Azoresborg (Nld) at 1153 - Departures - May 14 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) etd at 0230 approx for Oshawa, Jana Desgagnes at 1103 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 14 - Algowood at 0833 and Tim S Dool at 1233 - Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 from the anchorage - May 12 - Federal Caribou ( Mhl) at 2315 and Drawsko (Bhs) at 2330 Anchored - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) at 1031 - Depatures - May 14 - Algoma Spirit at 0808 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - May 13 - Juno (Bhs) at 2142 from Port Weller anchorage - May 14 - Baie St Paul at 1112 - docked - May 13 - McKeil Spirit at 1149 -

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 14 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0608

 

Coast Guard, ferry crews to conduct training on ferry routes near Marblehead

5/15 - Cleveland, Ohio – The Coast Guard and local ferry crews will be conducting drills and training on local ferry routes between Marblehead and Kelleys Island on Tuesday. The public should be aware of the activity and stay clear of the training area.

Who: Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Sector Detroit, Marine Safety Unit Toledo, Kelleys Island Ferry, Miller Ferry, and Jet Express.

What: Station Marblehead, with the help of MSU Toledo and Sector Detroit will identify three drills (one for each ferry line) to test the response of Station Marblehead crews and the crews of each ferry line.

Where: Each drill will be run on the respective ferry's normal route of transit. When: May 15th (Primary date), May 16th (Secondary date).

Why: Conducting these drills will bring familiarity to both the crews of Station Marblehead and the crews of each ferry line in the event of an emergency.

It will help identify:
• Points of embarkation and debarkation
• Communication-related issues between Coast Guard and the ferry lines
• Established procedures from each of the organizations on how they are trained to respond to emergency scenarios

Running drills and exercises of this sort will help prepare our crews and the crews of the ferry lines to respond to a range of emergency situations that could happen at any moment during the ferry line's normal operations. The overarching goal is to reduce the potential for harm in these, or similar situations.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 15

On 15 May 1901, the GILCHRIST (Hull #603) (steel propeller freighter, 356 foot. 3,871 gross tons) was launched at the West Bay City Ship Building Co. in West Bay City, Michigan, for the Gilchrist Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. She lasted until 1943, when she was sunk in a collision on Lake Superior.

On May 15, 1997, the "This Day in History" feature started on this web site.

The PHILIP R. CLARKE, first of the AAA class of vessel, began her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, on this date in 1952.

After extensive renovation at Fraser Shipyard, the IRVIN L. CLYMER departed Superior, Wisconsin on May 15, 1981, and went to Duluth, Minnesota, to load 11,154 tons of taconite ore for Lorain, Ohio.

On May 15, 1971, the STONEFAX was sold and was scrapped at Santander, Spain.

On 15 May 1854, GARDEN CITY (wooden passenger/package side-wheeler, 218 foot, 657 tons, built in 1853, at Buffalo, New York) was sailing from Chicago to the Soo in a storm when she went on Martin Reef, west of Detour, Michigan, and was wrecked. Her passengers were picked up by the steamer QUEEN CITY.

May 15, 1992 -- The BADGER was rededicated and began a new career as a non-railroad carferry.

At 3:30 a.m., 15 May 1874, the tug TAWAS came along side of the schooner ZACH CHANDLER several miles off shore from Sand Beach, Michigan on Lake Huron. The boiler of the TAWAS exploded and she sank. Capt. Robinson, 2nd Engineer Dyson, Firemen Thomas Conners and James McIntyre, and Lookout Dennis Burrow were all on the tug and died in the explosion. The blast tore the CHANDLER's sails and rigging, and caused the death of one of her officers when he was struck on the head by a flying piece of debris. The CHANDLER drifted away in the heavy seas, but returned to pick up five survivors from the water. The TAWAS was built at Vicksburg, Michigan by Myron Williams in 1864. Her dimensions were 95-foot x 18-foot, 6-inches x 8-foot, 6-inches. She carried the two old engines from the tug BLISH, which when new were 11-1/2 inches x 20 inches, but having been bored out several times, were 15 inches x 20 inches at the time of the explosion. Her boiler was built by Mr. Turnbull of Corunna, Ontario.

1907 – SAXON ran aground near Caribou Island, Lake Superior, and dumped about 1,000 tons of ore overboard before being released. The ship went to the Atlantic in 1918 and was scrapped at Copenhagen, Denmark, as c) ANNE JENSEN in 1927.

1923 – PERE MARQUETTE 4 and PERE MARQUETTE 17 collided in fog off Milwaukee and the former sustained severe damage above the waterline and was laid up.

1929 – RALPH BUDD stranded at Saltese Point, near Eagle Harbor, Mich., and was abandoned to the underwriters. The grain-laden vessel was released by Reid and sold to Canadian interests. It was scrapped at Hamilton as b) L.A. McCORQUODALE of the Upper Lakes Shipping fleet in 1966.

1963 – LOBIVIA, WESTMOUNT and ROGERS CITY were in a three-way collision in the St. Clair River at Port Huron but there was only minor damage.

1967 – GOLDEN HIND was loaded with grain when it stranded off Cassidy Point, Lake Erie, and was holed in the forward compartment.

1968 – The stern cabins of HOMER D. WILLIAMS were damaged from a collision with WHEAT KING in the St. Marys River and this ship was repaired at Lorain. The latter vessel received bow damage that was repaired at Port Weller.

1972 – The Dutch freighter COLYTTO first came through the Seaway in 1963 and made 8 trips to the end of 1966. It was swept ashore by a typhoon near the mouth of the Limpopo River off the coast of Mozambique as b) CAPE NERITA on this date in 1972. All on board were rescued but the ship was abandoned on the beach as it was not feasible to dig the ship out by a canal. The nearest road was 25 miles away so the hull was not scrapped either.

1999 – The former sandsucker NIAGARA II was scuttled as an attraction to divers off Tobermory, ON.

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

 

A quiet start to carferry Badger’s 2018 season

5/14 - Ludington, Mich. – The SS Badger began its 65th season Friday morning with less hoopla than some years, but with high expectations. The Badger sounded its whistle just before 9 a.m., and shortly after it was escorted out of harbor by the U.S. Coast Guard starting its 65th season of service.

Perhaps the biggest challenge Lake Michigan Carferry faced in getting the season off to a timely start was having its leased Manitowoc, Wis., dock repaired quickly after wave erosion washed out the dock during the weekend of April 14-15.

A little-less-than $800,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin and a pledge by the City of Manitowoc of up to $550,000 to get the repairs started and done enough for the Badger to dock today ensured the season started on time.

“The people in Manitowoc have done a nice job in quickly taking care of it,” Chuck Leonard, vice president of navigation, said Thursday afternoon, as the Badger did its shakedown cruise on Lake Michigan. He said finishing touches still have to be done at the repaired dock, but it is ready for service. The State of Wisconsin estimated costs to repair the city-owned dock at about $1 million.

Pat McCarthy, vice president of shore operations, said more than 100 passengers and 50 to 60 cars were expected to be onboard for the initial sailing of the season to Manitowoc. He said a similar number is expected for its return trip.

Ludington Daily News

 

Port Reports -  May 14

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth early Sunday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Her fleetmate American Century also arrived during the morning, and headed to CN to load iron ore pellets. Vlieborg weighed anchor and arrived late Sunday afternoon to load beet pulp pellets at Peavey. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was outbound early in the evening. Edwin H. Gott arrived at Duluth's port terminal on Friday and was spending the weekend having new propeller blades installed by Fraser Shipyards. She is tentatively expected to depart on Monday. CSL Tadoussac arrived in Superior on Sunday evening to load ore at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the American Spirit Saturday the 12th at 21:15. She departed Two Harbors on Sunday the 13th at 12:35 for Indiana Harbor 7H. Tentatively due Two Harbors on Monday the 14th is the Edwin H. Gott that was at the Port Terminal in Duluth having her propeller blades replaced. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Joseph L. Block on Sunday the 13th at 03:18. As of 19:30 on the 13th she was still at the loading dock. Her destination is Burns Harbor. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on Monday the 14th.

Thunder Bay Ont.
Saturday May 12th 13:54 Algoma Innovator departed for Lorain. 16:69 Whitefish Bay departed Viterra B and went to anchor. 23:09 G3 Marquis arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load. Sunday May 13th 4:25 Frontenac departed for Port Colborne. 4:30 Manitoulin arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River. 12:14 Whitefish Bay weighed anchor and departed for Becancour. 12:56 Radcliffe R Latimer departed for Goderich. 13:00 Manitoulin weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Sunday included Algoma Innovator (first downbound trip), James R. Barker, Saginaw and, late, Frontenac. Upbounders included a rare visit from Nunalik in the morning (to Thunder Bay), followed by CSL Welland, Jaqueline C, Algoma Guardian. Menominee/Olive L. Moore (to Algoma) and, late, Indiana Harbor.

Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort was departing Burns Harbor at dusk on Sunday. John D. Leitch was headed in. Saltie Solina was docked and Wilfred Sykes was expected. Roger Blough was unloading at Gary. American Integrity was at Indiana Harbor. At 9 p.m. Kaye E. Barker was approaching Grand Haven.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Calumet arrived about 9 a.m. Sunday from Indiana Harbor, docking by the St. Marys clinker plant at the south end of Milwaukee's inner harbor. Samuel de Champlain / barge Innovation finished their delivery and departed for South Chicago about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Federal Mayumi entered the Milwaukee breakwater shortly thereafter and, assisted by tug Minnesota, backed into Terminal 2 in the outer harbor.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Sunday at 14:21, after loading limestone at Drummond Island, Menominee/Olive L Moore departed for Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Kumano, Federal Champlain, Reggeborg and Michigan/Great Lakes were all in port Sunday night.

Welland canal and regional report - Sunday May 13 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - May 11 - Algosea at 2340 - May 12 - Algoma Hansa at 1803 from the anchorage - Anchored - May 12 - Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 1128 (anchored)

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 12 - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1639 - May 13 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0357, Algoma Sault at 1114, Iryda (Cyp) at 1302 and Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1324 - Downbound - May 12 - Algowood at 2325 - May 13 - Algoma Spirit at 0134, Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 0750, Federal Yukon (Mhl) at 1017, Sarah Desgagnes at 1420 and Baie St Paul at 2002

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - May 12 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at fitout wall - Departure - May 9 - Federal Ems (Mhl) departed wharf 2 to at 0355 out to anchorage

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - May 13 - upbnd - Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 0518 - departed May 13 at 2040 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto - May 11 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1908 - May 12 - Jana Desgagnes at 2016, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 2045 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 2340 - May 13 - Federal Ems (Mhl) at 0427 from wharf 2, and Iryda (Cyp) at 0825 and Federal Elbe (Mhl) at 1953 - Departures - May 13 - Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0333, Iryda (Cyp) at 1250, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1347, Finnborg at 1458 - May 14 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) etd at 0230 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 13 - Algoma Spirit at 1557 - Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 from the anchorage - May 12 - Federal Caribou ( Mhl) at 2315 and Drawsko (Bhs) at 2330 Anchored - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) at 1031 - Depatures - May 13 - Algoma Strongfield at 0419, Algoma Sault at 0905 and Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1324 (all for the canal)

Bronte:
Arrival - May 10 - Jana Desgagnes eta 2119 - Departed May 11 at 1909 for Hamilton

Toronto:
Arrival - May 13 - McKeil Spirit at 1149 - Departed - May 13 - Iryda (Cyp) at 0705 for the canal

Oshawa:
Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1034 - Departed - May 13 at 1129 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 14

On 14 May 1881, CITY OF ROME (wooden propeller freighter, 268 foot, 1,908 gross tons) was launched by Thomas Quayle & Sons in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the largest vessel on the Lakes when she was launched. She lasted until 1914, when she burned near Ripley, New York on Lake Erie.

On May 14, 1959, the SHENANGO II and the HERBERT C. JACKSON both entered service. While the vessels have been fleet mates since 1967, the SHENANGO II was built by the Shenango Furnace Company. She operates today as the c.) HON. JAMES L. OBERSTAR, renamed last spring.

On May 14, 1943, the THOMAS WILSON entered service as the first of the sixteen vessels in the "Maritime" class.

The HOCHELAGA's self-unloading boom was installed on the RICHARD REISS, which had lost her boom April 13, 1994, when it collapsed at Fairport, Ohio. The REISS’ replacement boom was installed on May 14, 1994 by Port Weller Drydocks Ltd.

BLACK HAWK (wooden schooner, 98 foot, 178 gross tons) was launched in East Saginaw, Michigan on 14 May 1861. Thomas A. Estes was her builder. She was active until abandoned in the Kinnickinnic River at Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1908. On 13 October 1913, she was filled with flammable material and burned off Milwaukee as a public spectacle for the Perry Centennial Celebration.

On May 14, 1905, the new Anchor Line passenger steamer JUNIATA made her maiden voyage from the yards of the American Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. Sailing under the command of Capt. Edward J. Martin she left Cleveland at 7:05 in the morning and arrived at Detroit shortly before 4. On board, in addition to several officials of the line was her designer, Frank E. Kirby. Detroiters were treated to the sight of seeing both the JUNIATA and TIONESTA together for the first time as TIONESTA was loading for Duluth, Minnesota when the JUNIATA arrived from Cleveland and tied up alongside her older sister. The JUNIATA later departed for Chicago where her furnishings were installed.

On 14 May 1861, COMET (wooden side-wheeler, 174 foot. 337 gross tons, built in 1848, at Portsmouth, Ontario) collided with the 2-mast wooden schooner EXCHANGE, ten miles off Nine-Mile Point on Lake Ontario. Then an explosion rocked the COMET and she was destroyed by fire 2 or 3 lives were lost, but the survivors reached Simcoe Island in a lifeboat.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., May 14, 1900. - The tug W.A. ROOTH of the Great Lakes Towing company fleet was caught between the barge JOHN A. ROEBLING and the steamer HENRY C. FRICK in the American canal last night and sunk. The crew escaped without injury. The tug was towing the barge ROEBLING out of the canal and in some manner got between the ROEBLING and the big steamer FRICK. Her sides were crushed in and she went down immediately in twenty feet of water.

1917 – SAXONA and PENTECOST MITCHELL collided head-on in the St. Marys River near Detour and both ships sank with their bows locked together. The former was refloated and repaired as LAKETON while the latter was also salvaged and remained in the U.S. Steel fleet.

1921 – The barge MIZTEC broke loose of the steamer ZILLAH in a storm and sank with all hands in Lake Superior northeast of Vermilion Point.

1952 – JAMES NORRIS began her sailing career, loading a cargo of grain at Fort William.

1991 – The Yugoslavian bulk carrier MALINSKA ran aground off Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario, while outbound from the Great Lakes with a cargo of steel coils. It was lightered and released. The ship had been a Seaway trader since 1987 and now sails in the Algoma fleet as c) ALGOMA DISCOVERY.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Chuck Truscott, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Algosteel’s Canadian registry closed

5/13 - Algosteel has been renamed OSTE in preparation of her tow to Turkey for scrapping in a few weeks. Canadian registry was closed May 11. Her new registry is Sierra Leone.

Expected late Saturday in Montreal for Seaway inspection is the tug Alice Moran with the barge Montville for delivery at Toledo.

Rene Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  May 13

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Vlieborg dropped anchor off the Duluth entry on Saturday morning waiting to load beet pulp pellets. Edwin H. Gott remained moored at Port Terminal. Saginaw arrived in Superior on Saturday morning to load ore at BN, and was outbound during the evening.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The James R. Barker arrived the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at approx. 20:45 on Friday the 11th and then departed on Saturday the 12th at approx. 07:50 for Nanticoke. Due Two Harbors Saturday the 12th was the American Spirit at approx. 21:00. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Sunday the 13th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Saturday the 12th. Due Silver Bay on Sunday the 13th is the Joseph L. Block.

Port Inland, Mich.
Kaye E. Barker was loading Saturday night.

Lake Michigan
Burns Harbor and Solina were in Burns Harbor Saturday evening. Stewart J. Cort was waiting for dock space. Calumet was at Indiana Harbor. Great Republic was at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt. Henry Jackman was loading salt on Saturday.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Kumano, Federal Champlain, Reggeborg and Mesabi Miner were all in port Saturday night.

Welland canal and regional report - Saturday May 12 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 11 - Algosea at 2340 - May 12 Algoma Hansa at 0306, Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 1128 (anchored) - Docked - May 10 - Algonova at 1613 - Departure - May 12 - Algonova at 1801 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 12 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0035, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0310 Federal Rhine (Bds) at 0944, Sloman Hermes (Ger) at 1639 - Downbound - May 11 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin 2155 - May 12 - Algoma Enterprise at 0112, Algoma Sault at 0000, Finnborg (Nld) at 0736, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0804, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1050, Osogovo (Mlt) at 1118, Damia Desgagnes at 1942 and Algowood at 2325

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - May 9 - Federal Ems (Mhl) stopped at wharf 2 to unload at 0350 - May 11 - light tug Leonard M off dock to do sea trials in Lake Ontario then back to fitout wall at Port Weller - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0750 and tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 stopped at wharf 16 at 1250 approx.

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - May 10 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2053 from Nanticoke and Finnborg (Nld) at 0912- May 11 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1838 - May 11 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0710 for the canal

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto - May 10 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2124 - May 12 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 2045. Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 2209 and Osogovo (Mlt) at 2340 - Departures - May 12 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0240, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 0830 eastbound and Federal Rhine (Bds) at 0930 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 12 - Algoma Strongfield at 0200, Jana Desgagnes at 1329 from Bronte, Algoma Sault eta 1516, Federal Caribou ( Mhl) at 2315 and Drawsko (Bhs) at 2330 - Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May 11 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0520 from the anchorage, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) at 1031 and Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1913 - Anchored - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 - Depatures - May 10 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1938 - May 11 - Algoma Guardian at 0152 - May 12- Jana Desgagnes at 1827 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - May 10 - Jana Desgagnes eta 2119 - Departed May 11 at 1909 for Hamilton

Toronto:
Docked - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2158 for Redpath dock -May 10 - McKeil Spirit at 0239- Departed - May 12 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cemenet for the canal

Oshawa:
Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1034

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 13

The tanker GEMINI (Hull#746) was launched at Orange, Texas by Levingston Ship Building Co. in 1978, for Cleveland Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of Ashland Oil. Renamed b.) ALGOSAR in 2005.

The tanker JUPITER made her maiden voyage May 13, 1976 from Smith's Bluff, Texas loaded with lube oil bound for Marcus Hooks, Penn. She was destroyed after exploding in the Saginaw River on September 16, 1990.

On May 13, 1913, Pittsburgh Steamship's THOMAS F. COLE collided with the barge IRON CITY on Lake St. Clair. The barge was cut in two.

Delivered May 13, 1943, THOMAS WILSON departed under the command of Captain Henry Borgen on her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, bound for Duluth, Minnesota, to load iron ore.

The green-hulled schooner EMMA C. HUTCHINSON was launched at 4 p.m. on 13 May 1873, at the E. Fitzgerald yard in Port Huron. She was the largest vessel built at that yard up to that time. She was named for the wife of Mr. J. T. Hutchinson of Cleveland. Her dimensions were 195foot keel, 215 feet overall, 35 foot beam, 14 foot depth, 736 tons. She cost $55,000. Frank Leighton was her builder and Matthew Finn the master fitter. She was outfitted by Swan's Sons of Cleveland. Her painting was done by Ross & Doty of Port Huron.

On 13 May 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that someone had stolen the schooner ANNIE FAUGHT and that John Hoskins, the owner, was offering a reward for her recovery.

May 13, 1898 - The steamer JOHN ERICSSON, having in tow the barge ALEXANDER HOLLEY, bound down with ore, went aground while making the turn at the dark hole in little Mud Lake. She is on a sand bottom. Tugs and lighters have gone to release her. When the steamer grounded the barge ran into her, damaging the latter's bow and causing a large hole above the water line on the starboard side of the ERICSSON. Both were repaired temporarily.

On 13 May 1871, NORTHERNER (wooden barge, 220 foot, 1,391 gross tons) was launched by Capt. Wescott at Marine City, Michigan. Her master builder was John J. Hill. She was towed to Detroit to be fitted out and there was talk of eventually converting her to a passenger steamer. She remained a barge until 1880, when she was converted to a propeller freighter in Detroit. She lasted until 1892, when she burned at L'anse, Mich.

1914 – The package freight carrier CITY OF OTTAWA was upbound in the Cornwall Canal when it sheered over and struck the downbound S.N. PARENT on the port side at #2 hatch. The former was part of Canada Steamship Lines but was best known as the INDIA of the Anchor Line.

1915 – VALCARTIER and A.W. OSBORNE collided in Lake Huron above Corsica Shoal.

1933 – CALGARIAN, en route from Toronto to Montreal with automobiles and general cargo, stranded at Salmon Point in Lake Ontario, and was refloated two days later. 1943 – The caustic soda tanker DOLOMITE 4 was in and out of the Great Lakes via the New York State Barge Canal system. The vessel was torpedoed and sunk by U-176 off the north coast of Cuba on the date in 1943 as b) NICKELINER.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series, the Detroit Free Press and the Duluth Evening Herald.

 

Carferry Badger dock repaired just in time for ferry season

5/12 - Manitowoc, Wis. – On Friday, the SS Badger ferry started its 65th season. The April blizzard left part of the dock and loading equipment in rubble, and threatened to delay the start of the car ferry's sailing season.

"The local contractors here just fixed that so we could get in, because it was looking pretty bad," Bob Manglitz, president and CEO of Lake Michigan Carferry, said.

It was the talk of the town when the blizzard decimated the dock. Thanks to an emergency grant from the state and twenty hard-working contractors, the dock was fixed in days and the car ferry season was saved.

"We had just a small amount of time, but the city and construction workers came and really did a great job – a phenomenal job – getting everything prepared," car ferry station manager Del Whitmire said, adding, "actually it's better than it was beforehand. But they did a wonderful job and they expedited things. They worked around the clock to get things ready for us today, and of course we're ready to rock and roll."

While the repairs were enough to get the Badger's sailing season started, there's more work to be done, like putting down new blacktop, to get the dock ship-shape.

View a video at this link: http://www.wbay.com/content/news/SS-Badger-Ferry-season-starts-after-damage-482369061.html

 

Port Reports -  May 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Edwin H. Gott arrived Duluth at noon on Friday and backed into the Port Terminal slip to wait out a delay. Michipicoten was inbound an hour later, and headed to CN to load iron ore. Vlieborg arrived later in the evening to load beet pulp pellets. CSL Nigara loaded ore at BN in Superior throughout the day, and was outbound during the evening.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Friday Report: James R. Barker was due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Friday the 11th at approx. 20:30. Due Two Harbors late Saturday the 12th is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Friday the 11th. Due Silver Bay late Saturday/early Sunday is the Joseph L. Block, an infrequent visitor to Silver Bay.

Thursday Report:
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the departure of the Algoma Spirit Thursday the 10th at 05:32 for Hamilton. Shortly after her departure the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader shifted from North of #2 to South of #2. She then departed Two Harbors on the 10th at 12:07 for Detroit. Also arriving at Two Harbors on Thursday the 10th was the Edgar B. Speer at 15:57. She departed Friday the 11th at 02:03 for Conneaut. Due Two Harbors on Friday the 11th is the James R. Barker. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity Thursday the 10th at 17:57 for Indiana Harbor-West.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday May 10th 20:37 Algoma Innovator weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Federal Ruhr shifted to Richardson Current River Terminal to finish loading. Tecumseh weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading grain. Friday May 11th 0:06 Ojibway departed for Windsor. 12:30 Federal Mosel arrived and went to anchor. 13:53 CSL St Laurent departed for Quebec City. 14:11 Azoresborg weighed anchor and departed for Montreal. 14:22 Tecumseh departed. 15:02 Federal Ruhr departed for Montreal. 20:14 Radcliffe R Latimer arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain.

Port Inland, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was loading on Friday.

Lake Michigan
Manitowoc was in Holland on Friday. She left in the evening. Kaye E. Barker was unloading at Green Bay Friday afternoon. Cuyahoga was in the northern part of the lake headed to Ludington. Algoma Buffalo was west of the Mackinac Bridge headed for Sarnia. Burns Harbor was unloading in her namesake port. Hon. James L. Oberstar was at Indiana Harbor. Great Republic and Calumet were at S. Chicago.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
May 11th Mississagi departed Thessalon for Windsor. Cuyahoga arrived at Meldrum Bay to load Dolomite. H. Lee White departed Drummond Island for Marine City. CCGS Samuel Risley was working on buoys in Georgian Bay. Cuyahoga departed for Ludington.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Kumano, Federal Champlain and Reggeborg were all in port Friday night.

Pelee Island, Ont. – Frank Hood
The new Pelee Islander II set sail Friday from Talcahuano Chile. On Marine Traffic web site it says the next destination is the Panama Canal. Looking at Talcahuano on Google Earth, there is large shipyard there with dry docks.

Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio – Julene Market
In honor of American soldiers who died in military service, several Put-in-Bay businesses and attractions will extend discounts and free passes to U.S. military and active personnel during the Memorial Weekend holiday May 26, 27 and 28. Savings will be offered by Miller Ferry, golf cart rentals, restaurants, attractions and more on Put-in-Bay. Please present your military ID at the Miller Ferry Catawba ticket booth.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Friday at around noon, the Joseph H. Thompson passed under the Charles Berry bridge headed for Lafarge stone dock.

Welland canal and regional report - Friday May 11 - Barry Andersen Traffic has resumed through both sides of the flight locks.

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 10 - Nunalik (Nld) (ex Hemgracht-17, HHL Amazon-16, Beluga Fairy-11) at 1512 and CSL Assiniboine at 1932 - Docked - May 10 - Algonova at 1613 - Departure - May 11 - CSL Assiniboine at 0814 westbound and Nunavik (Nld) at 1443 for Thunder Bay

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 10 - Cedarglen at 1726, Baie Comeau, Baie St Paul at 1834 - Algoma Harvester at 2348 - May 11 - Esta Desgagnes at 0254, Jacqueline C (Br) (ex UAL Gabon-15 Jacqueline C-09) at 0413, CSL Welland at 0448, tug Spartan & Spartan II at 0530, Algosea at 0711, Algoma Guardian at 0833, tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 at 1140. Downbound - May 10 - Kaministiqua, Algoma Niagara, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2004 (anchored) and Algoscotia eta 2045 (anchored) and Bro Agnes (Sgp) - May 11 -Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0447, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0728 - Algoscotia at 0742, tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1220 - stopping to unload at wharf 16, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) (anchored), Rt Hon Paul J Martin 2015 and Algoma Enterprise eta 2305

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - May 9 - Federal Ems (Mhl) stopped at wharf 2 to unload at 0350 - May 11 - light tug Leonard M off dock to do sea trials in Lake Ontario then back to fitout wall at Port Weller - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0750 and tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 stopped at wharf 16 at 1250 approx.

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - May 10 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2053 from Nanticoke and Finnborg (Nld) at 0912- May 11 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1838 May 11 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0710 for the canal

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto - May 10 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 2124 - May 11 - Esta Desgagnes at 0254, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 0506 and Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0653

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 11 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) at 1031 and Vancouverborg (Nld) at 1913 - Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May 7 - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1557 - Anchored - May 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2336 - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 - Depatures - May 10 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1938 - May 11 - Algoma Guardian at 0152 and Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 0259

Bronte:
Arrival - May 10 - Jana Desgagnes eta 2119

Oshawa:
Departed - May 11 - Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) at 0623 for Hamilton - Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) at 1034

Toronto – Barry Andersen and Gerry Ouderkirk
Arrival - May 10 - McKeil Spirit at 0239 - May 11 - tug Petite forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1406. Docked - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2158 for Redpath dock - Departed - May 11 - McKeil Spiit at 1612 eastbound. Sterling Energy went down the turning Basin late in the morning to bunker McKeil Spirit. It returned to Hamilton later in the day. Ocean Golf departed in the afternoon. Ocean A. Gauthier remained tied up at Corus pier. She is the former ArcelorMittal Mines Canada tug Vachon, used for many years for ship assists at Port Cartier and purchased last year by Groupe Ocean.

 

Great Lakes' first woman boat captain remembered for steely nerve, sass

5/12 - S. Manitou Island, Mich. – Great Lakes boat captains have always had a reputation for being a little salty. Maybe it's the rough seas or long hours at the helm. But not many skippers can say they've also been their island's midwife, its postmaster, and later a cook and baker catering to millionaires aboard a Lake Michigan carferry.

So in honor of Mother's Day - and the upcoming sailing season - we're tipping our caps to the memory of Florence Haas, the first licensed woman captain to pilot a passenger boat on the Great Lakes. Stories of her prowess on the water still linger in Northern Michigan's Leelanau area and offshore on South Manitou Island, where her namesake Florence Lake continues to draw visitors.

Vignettes that detail her life show she had a steady hand with her boat, a steely nerve when it came to reading a storm - and more than her share of salty sass.

Read more and view photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/great_lakes_first_woman_boat_c.html

 

Coast Guard asks public to label barrels used to mark, weigh down docks

5/12 - Buffalo, N.Y. – The Coast Guard is requesting that homeowners mark barrels that are being used to mark and weigh down docks for quick identification.

Painting or marking a large red “X” on the barrel allows Coast Guard crews to quickly identify it as a non-hazardous dock barrel and allow its origin and contents to be resolved without the need for further specialized investigation.

Within the Lake Ontario region, barrels are being used to mark and weigh down docks to increase the safety of the waterway by helping identify potential hazards posed by otherwise submerged or unseen docks. Unmarked and adrift barrels become a concern that the Coast Guard has to dedicate time, money and resources to recover.

Any questions can be answered via phone at the Sector Buffalo Command Center (716) 843-9527.

USCG

 

Obituary: Ellsworth Peterson, icon of Sturgeon Bay shipbuilding, left lasting legacy

5/12 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – A stiff wind filling the sails and the sun on his face made Ellsworth Peterson a happy man. There was nowhere that he was happier than sailing near his homeport of Sturgeon Bay.

Peterson, who died May 2 at the age of 94, was an icon of the city and its shipbuilding legacy. A native son, Peterson, when he retired, could have lived anywhere in the world. But he chose Sturgeon Bay, where he died in his home on the water facing Green Bay.

Peterson's father, Fred Peterson, founded the company that later became Peterson Building Inc. in 1933. Under Ellsworth Peterson's guidance, the national reputation of the company fostered and nurtured by his father grew to international fame. Peterson Building Inc. was regarded as one of the premier shipbuilding companies and a place where there was no project too small or too big for its crews of skilled craftsmen and shipbuilders to undertake.

While Ellsworth Peterson lived his life in the public eye and was equally at ease and comfortable with government officials, diplomats and international businessmen, he preferred the company of the workers at PBI and savored the moments with family aboard his treasured schooner, Utopia.

The success of PBI was a direct reflection of the extraordinarily talented workers in Door County, and her husband cherished and admired each person's contributions, Carla Peterson said.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/door-co/news/2018/05/10/sturgeon-bayellsworth-peterson-82-shipbuilding-legacy/591944002

 

Boatnerd gatherings reservations being taken

5/12 - Boatnerd Badger Gathering: Only three staterooms are still available for the June 1-2 overnight Stay on the S.S. Badger in Ludington, Michigan, followed by a round trip across Lake Michigan. A Wisconsin Shoreline Cruise is an option after the Badger is docked Manitowoc and before the return trip to Ludington. Reservations are a must for this fun event. See the Gatherings page for complete details. Only one week left to get your reservations in.

Annual Soo Freighter-Chasing Cruise: This annual 3-hour event during the Engineer’s Weekend at the Soo Locks usually sells out. A buffet dinner is part of the trip to take close-up photos and videos of traffic in the St. Marys River. The cruise is limited to 100 passengers and advance reservations are required. Don’t be left out. See the Gatherings page for complete details.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 12

The CABOT (Hull#649) was launched May 12, 1965, at Lauzon, Quebec by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd., for Gulf Ports Steamship Co. Ltd. (Clarke Steamship Co. Ltd., mgr.). In 1983, the CABOT's stern was attached to the bow section of the NORTHERN VENTURE to create the CANADIAN EXPLORER.

The THOMAS WALTERS, American Shipbuilding, Lorain (Hull#390) entered service on May 12, 1911, with coal from Sandusky, Ohio to Duluth, Minnesota. Renamed b.) FRANK R. DENTON in 1952, she was scrapped at Ashtabula, Ohio in 1984.

The carferry GRAND HAVEN was sold to the West India Fruit & Steamship Co., Norfolk, Virginia on May 12, 1946, and was brought down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana for reconditioning before reaching Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach, Florida.

On 12 May 1875, the scow-schooner SEA BIRD of Chicago was driven onto the beach a half-mile south of the harbor at Holland, Michigan by a Northeaster. After the storm, she was high and dry on the beach.

The wooden J.S. SEAVERNS stranded near Michipicoten Island on Lake Superior on 12 May 1884. She had been carrying passengers from Chicago to Port Arthur. She was pulled free by a tug, but then sank. She was formerly a steam barge, being built on the bottom of the side-wheel tug JOHN P. WARD in Saugatuck, Michigan in 1880. The WARD dated back to 1857, had burned in 1865, was then rebuilt as a schooner, and in 1880, was finally rebuilt as the SEAVERNS.

1975 – The tug TARA HILL was damaged by a fire set by vandals at New Orleans. This vessel had operated on the Great Lakes as NORTHERN, CHARLES R. RANDLE SR., HELEN HINDMAN, SUSAN HINDMAN and HERBERT A. Lloyds notes “continued existence in doubt” in 1997, but the hull was likely dismantled much earlier.

1978 – PHOTINIA ran aground off Milwaukee in rough seas and the crew was rescued. The ship was refloated but declared a total loss. It was towed to various Lake Michigan ports in the next two years and was eventually dismantled at Kewaunee, Wis., in 1981.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 11

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After arriving on Wednesday night, American Century departed Duluth late Thursday morning with coal from Midwest Energy. Roger Blough spent the day loading ore at BN in Superior, and was expected to depart before midnight. CSL Niagara was at anchor off the Superior entry waiting to load. Alpena remains in temporary layup at Lafarge after arriving with cement a few weeks ago.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday May 9th 21:54 Ojibway departed Viterra A and went to anchor south of the Mission River. Thursday May 10th 6:25 Tecumseh arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 8:38 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 10:28 Azoresborg finished unloading and shifted from Keefer Terminal to the main anchorage. 12:18 Algoma Innovator arrived and went to anchor. 13:59 Whitefish Bay arrived at Viterra B to load grain. 14:30 Tecumseh departed the Superior Elevator and anchored off of the Welcome Islands. 17:39 Ojibway weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to finish loading.

Lake Michigan
Federal Yukon departed Milwaukee on Thursday in the early evening. Algoma Buffalo arrived with salt from Goderich. Algoma Enterprise left Burns Harbor for Bruce Mines. Philip R. Clarke was unloading at Gary. Wilfred Sykes was upbound for Cedarville.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
May 10th Joe Thompson departed Meldrum Bay for Lorain, Calumet departed Bruce Mines for South Chicago. Mississagi finished unloading at Parry Sound and then proceeded to Thessalon, arriving at 14:00 to load gravel.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Pacific Huron departed the grain elevators on Thursday with an AIS destination of Detroit.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday May 10 - Barry Andersen A mechanical issue at Lock 4 has restricted flight locks to alternating one-way traffic since the morning of May 9. Repairs were ongoing Thursday evening.

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 9 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0651 and CSL Tadoussac at 0925 - May 10 - Nunalik (Nld) (ex Hemgracht-17, HHL Amazon-16, Beluga Fairy-11) and Algonova at 1613 - Departed - May 9 - CSL Tadoussac at 1855 westbound - May 10 - Bro Alma (Gib) at 1613 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 9 - Nunalik (Nld) (ex Hemgracht-17, HHL Amazon-16, Beluga Fairy-11) Sarah Desgagnes at 1748 and English River eta at 2307 - May 10 - Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 0905, CSL Welland, Baie St Paul at 1834, Algoma Harvester at 2223 approx. Esta Desgagnes, Jacqueline C (Br) (ex UAL Gabon-15 Jacqueline C-09), Baie Comeau, Cedarglen at 1726, tug Spartan & Spartan II - Downbound - May 8 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick - May 9 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1552 and Sten Bergen (Gib) eta 2257 - May 10 - Thunder Bay at 0035, Kaministiqua at 1545, Algoma Niagara at 1758, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2004 and Algoscotia eta 2045 and Bro Agnes (Sgp) eta 2124 approx.

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - May 9 - Federal Ems (Mhl) stopped at wharf 2 to unload at 0350

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - May 10 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2008 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto - May 10 - Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 0021, CSL Welland at 0051, Baie St. Paul at 0400, Algoma Harvester at 0448, Esta Desgagnes at 0453, Jacqueline C (Br) at 0742, Baie Comeau at 0726, Cedarglen at 0947 and tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1815

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 10 - Algoma Guardian at 0535. Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May 7 - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1557 - May 9 - Algoma Harvester at 0756 - Anchored - May 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2336 - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 - Depatures - May 10 - Algoma Harvester at 0234 for the canal, Bluebill (Cyp) at 0355 for Castellon, Spain and Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1938 for Port Weller anchorage - eta 2124 approx.

Bronte:
Arrival - May 10 - Jana Desgagnes eta 2100

Mississauga:
docked - May 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0856 - Arrival - May 9 - Maria Desgagnes at 1928 - Departed - May 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1829 for Dordrecht, Nld. - May 10 - Maria Desgagnes at 1936 for the anchorage - arrived off Burlington at 2030

Toronto – Barry Andersen and Gerry Ouderkirk
Arrival - May 10 - McKeil Spirit at 0239 - Docked - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2158 for Redpath dock - Departed - May 9 - Baie St. Paul shortly after 22:00 after unloading her cargo into the Villiers Street landfill project. On Tuesday Nadro's tug Seahound arrived in port with a cargo escalator on a barge for the same project. The tug left after unloading.

Oshawa:
Anchored (off Oshawa) - May 5 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) - at 2100 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) anchored at 2329 - Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) at 1034 and Hanse Gate (Atg) at 1222

 

Help wanted: Fettes Shipping Inc.

5/11 - Fettes Shipping is looking for deck officers with dry bulk or tug/barge experience. We offer high salaries and benefits, medical coverage and Family Security Plan all under collective agreement. We expect from candidates strong communication skills and good work ethic.

Candidates must be able to travel to the U.S. portions of the Great Lakes area and must have a valid Canadian passport, all applicable Transport Canada certificates and valid medical certificate issues by Transport Canada. Please send your resume to Human Resources

Fettes Shipping Inc.
3385 Harvester Rd. Suite 250
Burlington, ON L7N 3N2
Fax 905 333-6588
Email fettes-glits@fettesshipping.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 11

On May 11, 1953, the HENRY STEINBRENNER went down in Lake Superior near Isle Royale with 17 of her 31 crewmembers. The storm followed an unseasonably warm and humid stretch of weather in northern Minnesota for that time of year, which fueled the storm's fast growth. The high temperature of 87 degrees set in Grand Marais, Minnesota on May 8, 1953, still stands as that town's all-time record high for the month of May, and it is just eight degrees shy of the town's all-time record for any month.

The 144 foot, 3-mast, wooden bark JESSE HOYT was launched at East Saginaw, Michigan, by Smith & Whitney on 11 May 1854. Later in her career, she was converted to a schooner and lasted until 1896, when she sank in Lake Michigan in a collision.

The A. WESTON (wooden steam barge, 164 foot, 511 gross tons) left Mount Clemens, Michigan on her maiden voyage on 11 May 1882. She was built by William Dulac. Her hull was painted black. She was powered by a single 28 inch x 32 inch engine and she was designed for the lumber trade. She was sold Canadian in 1909, and was renamed CONGERCOAL. She lasted until she burned to a total loss at Fair Haven, New York on 10 May 1917.

On 11 May 1886, OSSIFRAGE (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 123 foot, 383 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler & Co. (Hull #26) at West Bay City, Michigan. She was rebuilt a number of times and ended her days on salt water. While being towed in the Northumberland Strait in the Atlantic Ocean, she struck a shoal and foundered in September 1919.

1934 – KEYBAR ran aground above the Canadian Lock at Sault Ste. Marie and was stuck for 12 hours. Part of the cargo of grain was lightered before the ship floated free. The vessel was scrapped at Port Dalhousie in 1963.

1945 – MOYRA began Great Lakes trading in 1931. It was owned by the Government of Newfoundland when fire broke out in the St. Lawrence east of Quebec City on this date in 1945. The ship was beached off Ile d'Orleans and was heavily damaged. The vessel was rebuilt at Montreal and sold to Norwegian interests as b) HEIKA returning to the Great Lakes in 1953. It also visited as c) MARISCO in 1957 and foundered in the Gulf of Laconia, Greece, while en route from Varna, Bulgaria, to Genoa, Italy, with iron ore on October 20, 1959.

1974 – While outbound in the Cuyahoga River, a fire broke out aboard the GEORGE D. GOBLE. The Kinsman Lines bulk carrier was docked and the blaze was extinguished with about $2,500 in damage.

1987 – LONDON FUSILIER, an SD-14, was a year old when it first came through the Seaway in 1973. Fire broke out in #5 hold while unloading at Hamburg, West Germany, as c) HER LOONG on this date in 1987 resulting in extensive damage. The ship was towed to Valencia, Spain, in July 1987 and scrapped.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. The Detroit Free Press and the Duluth Evening Herald.

 

Coast Guard’s ice-breaking Operation Taconite ends

5/10 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie has concluded its domestic ice breaking operation known as Operation Taconite. With the ice throughout the Western Great Lakes nearly melted, ice breaking in support of commercial navigation is no longer required.

During the 145 days of the 2018 domestic ice-breaking season (15 Dec - 09 May), the 10 assets assigned to Operation Taconite delivered 3,179 hours of icebreaking to the benefit of 888 vessel transits: 386 of these transits required direct ice-breaking assistance. These same ice-breaking assets put forth an additional 3,588 hours of preventative icebreaking to establish and maintain tracks in the ice-choked waterways of Green Bay, the Straits of Mackinac, the St Marys River, Georgian Bay and the western Lake Superior Ports of Thunder Bay, Duluth, and Superior to name a few.

It is estimated that more than 17 million tons of dry bulk and liquid cargoes were shipped during the 145 days of this operational period. This translates to $623 million dollars of cargo critical to power generation, industrial productivity and public safety, moved during the harsh winter months of the 2017-18 domestic ice breaking season.

USCG

 

Great Lakes limestone trade down 23 percent in April

5/10 - Cleveland, Ohio – The coldest April since 1997 put a chill on the Great Lakes limestone trade. Shipments totaled just 1,254,226 net tons, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings trailed the month’s 5-year average by even more – 33.3 percent.

Loadings at U.S. ports totaled 1.1 million tons, a decrease of 19 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 177,000 tons, a decrease of nearly 41 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 1.5 million tons, a decrease of 12.8 percent. Shipments from U.S. ports total 1.3 million tons, a decrease of 7 percent. The year-to-date total for U.S. ports includes 17,664 tons loaded in February and 218,452 tons shipped in March.

No limestone moved from Canadian quarries during the first quarter, so the April total is also the year-to-date total for Canadian ports.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Algoma Olympic scrap tow departs Montreal

5/10 - The Oma (ex-Algoma Olympic) scrap tow departed Montreal Wednesday under tow of VB Hispania. The tow was nearing Quebec City Wednesday night

 

Phone cord may have caused Damia Desgagnés grounding

5/10 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says a telephone cord brushing a sensitive touch screen may have caused a fuel tanker to run aground near Cornwall, Ont. last spring.

The Damia Desgagnés ran aground between Iroquois, Ont., and Morrisburg, Ont., late June 15, 2017, after what was described at the time as an engine failure. No fuel spilled into the water and the ship suffered no damage in the incident. It was refloated June 17.

In a report released Wednesday, the TSB said the engine cut off after the main shutdown button was accidentally pressed. Investigators said the control system's touchscreen is highly sensitive and could have been accidentally activated by a telephone cord located next to it. What's more, the TSB said a message warning that the engine was about to shut down was confusing, and testing after the incident showed the shutdown couldn't have been reversed anyway.

"The message did not specify that the engine was about to shut down, nor did it indicate how the shutdown was activated or from where (bridge, engine room, emergency stop, etc.,)" the report said. The incident is a reminder to crews to get to know their vessel's controls, including any warning messages, the TSB said.

View photos at this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/tsb-tanker-grounding-st-lawrence-1.4654968

 

Port Reports -  May 10

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Indiana Harbor arrived Duluth mid-morning Wednesday to load coal at Midwest Energy. She departed during the evening. Saginaw, which had been at anchor inside the harbor, shifted to CN to load on Wednesday afternoon after the departure of Mesabi Miner. Erie Trader departed Hallett #5 and headed for Two Harbors to load. Stewart J. Cort spent the day loading ore at BN in Superior before departing on Wednesday evening. Roger Blough arrived and began loading, while CSL Niagara sat on the hook outside the Superior entry.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the Presque Isle shift from North of #2 to South of #2 on Tuesday from approx. 21:56 to 22:15 on Tuesday the 8th. She did take on a partial load at the North side. She departed Two Harbors on Wednesday the 9th at 10:36. As of 19:30 on the 9th she was not showing an AIS destination. Departing anchorage off Two Harbors on the 9th at approx. 12:05 was the Algoma Spirit. She arrived at the breakwall at 12:20 on the 9th. She was assisted to the dock by Heritage Marine's tug Nels J. A note: Heritage Marine switched out tugs in Two Harbors on the 9th. The Nels J. to the Twin Ports for her 5 year and the Edward H. to Two Harbors. Also arriving Two Harbors on the 9th was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 17:33 going to North of #2 lay-by. She came from Duluth after unloading limestone. Due Two Harbors on Thursday the 10th is the Edgar B. Speer.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on the 9th is the American Integrity. As of 19:30 on the 9th she was approx. 30 minutes East of Silver Bay. Also, the Roger Blough had been on the schedule for Two Harbors, but was switched to Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, May 9th 14:52 the saltie Osogovo departed for Ghent Belgium. The Ojibway then shifted to Viterra A to finish loading.

St. Marys River
The new Algoma Innovator was upbound for Thunder Bay in the early afternoon Wednesday. Other upbound traffic included Edgar B. Speer, CSL St-Laurent, Tecumseh, Whitefish Bay and Herbert C. Jackson. Downbound traffic included Finnborg, Philip R. Clarke and Lee A. Tregurtha. USCG Buckthorn has been busy setting aids to navigation in the river. Ice is no longer an issue at the locks.

Port Inland, Mich.
American Mariner was loading stone Wednesday night.

Lake Michigan
Wilfred Sykes was off Grand Haven Wednesday night waiting for winds to die down. Manitowoc unloaded at Holland, Mich., and was headed back up the lake. Algoma Transport was at Burns Harbor. Federal Yukon was still at Milwaukee and Algoma Buffalo was downbound with salt for that port. Joseph L. Block was expected at Indiana Harbor sometime Thursday morning.

Cheboygan, Mich.
Tug Michigan was inbound from Sturgeon Bay to pick up the barge Great Lakes on Wednesday. They departed at 8:15 p.m. with tug Barbara Andrie.

North Channel and Georgian Bay.
May 5th CCGS Samuel Risley continued ice ops. On Sunday at 20:53 Algoma Sault departed Spragge for Meldrum Bay to load dolomite. On Tuesday morning with the assistance of the CCGS Samuel Risley, Manitoulin arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock. At approximately 14:00 Algoma Sault departed for Windsor. Manitoulin departed late Tuesday evening for Toledo. Wednesday, 7:39 Frontenac arrived at Midland to unload grain. The CCGS Samuel Risley conducted ice ops in Parry Sound, arriving at the coast guard dock at 11:15. At 17:00 Calumet entered the North Channel below St. Joseph Island and proceeded to Bruce Mines to load trap rock. Joseph H. Thompson arrived at Meldrum Bay to load dolomite. Mississagi arrived at Parry Sound to unload at the salt dock.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Pacific Huron remained at the grain elevators Wednesday.

Erie, Pa.
Algoma Compass has been repainted in Algoma Central colors and her name has been added. The Algoma logo is next to be applied.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday May 9 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 9 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0651, CSL Tadoussac at 0925 - Departed - May 8 - CSL Tadoussac at 1855 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 8 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1703 and Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 2025 - May 9 - John D Leitch at 0242, Federal Ems (Mhl) at 0322 (stopping wharf 2 to unload), G3 Marquis at 1303, Nunalik (Nld) (ex Hemgracht-17, HHL Amazon-16, Beluga Fairy-11) at 1523, Sarah Desgagnes at 1748 and English River eta at 2215 - Downbound - May 8 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1357 and Baie Comeau at 2200 - May 9 - Algoma Equinox at 1019, Algoma Guardian at 1514, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1552 and Sten Bergen (Gib) eta 2230

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - May 8 - - May 9 - Federal Ems (Mhl) stopped at wharf 2 to unload at 0350 - Departed - May 9 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 0730 for Monroe, MI

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 9 - Algoma Harvester at 0756, Algowood at 0822 - Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May - 6 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 2336 - May 7 - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1557 - May 8 - Bro Agnes ((Sgp) at 1115 from the anchorage - Anchored - May 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2336 - May 8 - Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 - Depatures - May 9 - G3 Marquis at 1028, Algowood at 1730 and Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 2031 for Milwaukee

Mississauga:
Docked - May 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0856 - Arrival - May 9 - Maria Desgagnes at 1928 - Departed - May 9 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) at 1829 for Dordrecht, Nld.

Toronto:
Arrival - Baie St Paul at 0738 - Docked - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2158 for Redpath dock

Oshawa:
Anchored (off Oshawa) - May 5 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) - at 2100 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) anchored at 2329 - Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) at 1034 and Hanse Gate (Atg) at 1222

 

Cruise ship stuck in Trois-Rivières due to swollen St. Lawrence River

5/10 - Trois-Rivères, Que. – The 1,200-passenger cruise ship, the MS Marina, is unexpectedly having to unload all its passengers in Trois-Rivères, Que., because it cannot get them to their final port of call, Montreal.

The swollen waters of the St. Lawrence River means the water level has risen so high, the ship can't fit under the Laviolette Bridge that spans the river, connecting Trois-Rivières on the north shore to Bécancour, on the other side.

"Everyone is getting off here, with 2,000 suitcases," said Jean Perron, cruise ship co-ordinator for the Trois-Rivières economic development organization, IDÉ Trois-Rivières. Organizers working with the Oceania cruise line have set up a large tent to contain and distribute all the passengers' luggage.

Part of the road that runs along the port, the Terrasse Turcotte, has been closed to traffic to deal with the outflow of buses that will whisk cruise passengers to their final destination.

A second wave of passengers are also being bused from Montreal and will spend a pre-scheduled day in the city of 114,000 Wednesday before the ship turns around to head across the Atlantic, to Southampton, U.K.

It will be forced to make a U-turn in the St. Lawrence – a manoeuvre that has never been tried before in that section of the river.

The problems with the high-water levels have spurred some questions about whether cruise ship lines might hesitate to book trips to Montreal in the spring in the future. Perron said the subject is sure to be discussed.

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 10

1923 –H.A. ROCK of the Forest City Steamship Co. went aground in Georgian Bay. The vessel was taken to drydock where the plates were removed, re-rolled and put back. The ship was idle May 18 to June 1 and the cost was $13,707.60.

Steamer COLUMBIA (Hull#148) was launched in 1902 by the Detroit Ship Building Co., Wyandotte, Michigan. The steamer was built for day excursions between Detroit and Bob-Lo Island. The vessel has been in lay-up since September 2, 1991 at Nicholson's Terminal.

On May 10, 1981, WILLIAM J. DELANCEY entered service for Interlake Steamship Co. She became the largest vessel on the Great Lakes at that time, and at least in the last 130 years, she has held the honor of being the largest vessel on the Great Lakes longer than any other vessel. Renamed b.) PAUL R TREGURTHA in 1990.

On 10 May 1858, LEMUEL CRAWFORD (3 mast wooden bark, 135 foot, 450 tons, built in 1855, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying wheat from Chicago to Buffalo. She ran into a heavy gale and went out of control near Pelee Passage and struck a reef 1-1/2 miles off East Sister Island in Lake Erie. She began to sink immediately and the 13 onboard scrambled up her masts and lashed themselves to her rigging. After two days, they were finally rescued by the tug R R ELIOTT out of Detroit.

May 10, 1922 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 ran aground at Green Isle. She was released with no damage.

The first Welland Canal was opened between St. Catharine's and Lake Ontario on 10 May 1828. The first vessel to navigate this route was the schooner WELLAND CANAL. This was a new vessel having been launched at St. Catharines, Ontario on 24 April 1828.

On 10 May 1898, ISAAC LINCOLN (wooden propeller freighter, 134 foot, 376 gross tons) was launched at Anderson's yard in Marine City, Michigan for A. F. Price of Freemont, Michigan and Capt. Egbert of Port Huron, Michigan. She cost $40,000. She lasted until 1931, when she was abandoned.

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

 

Great Lakes/Seaway iron ore trade down 6.3 percent in April

5/9 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.5 million tons in April, a decrease of 6.3 percent compared to a year ago. However, shipments topped the month’s 5-year average by nearly 15 percent.

Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.1 million tons in April, a decrease of 4.5 percent. This is the first April since perhaps the 1850s that no iron ore was shipped from Escanaba, Mich. The mine that shipped through Escanaba has been permanently idled. This means all the iron ore shipped to U.S. steel mills in April had to transit the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The MacArthur Lock is undergoing maintenance so has yet to open for this season.

Loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway totaled 380,000 tons in April, a decrease of 18.2 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 9.4 million tons, a decrease of 13.7 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 8.2 million tons, a decrease of 15.6 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway have increased slightly to 1.2 million tons.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Former Algoma Olympic to be towed away for scrap today

5/9 - OMA (formerly Algoma Olympic) has a departure time for Turkey Wednesday at sunset under tow of the saltwater tug VB Hispania, assisted by Ocean Bravo until Les Escoumins.

The vessel was built in 1976 as Canadian Olympic at Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ont., for the Upper Lakes Group, Inc., Toronto, Ont. She was named in recognition of the 1976 Olympic Games held in Montreal. In 2011 she became part of the Algoma Central Corp. fleet when that company bought out Upper Lakes. At that time she was renamed Algoma Olympic.

When the vessel reaches Turkey she will be scrapped.

René Beauchamp

 

Port Reports -  May 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader/tug Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived Duluth on Tuesday to discharge limestone at Hallett #5. Mesabi Miner arrived during the evening to load ore at CN. Erie Trader was expected to depart before midnight, presumably for Two Harbors to load, and Saginaw was expected late Tuesday night to load at CN. In Superior, Burns Harbor arrived just after sunrise to load at BN. She was still at the dock as of Tuesday evening.

Two Harbors – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Niagara departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors Monday the 7th at 20:53 for Quebec City. Hon. James L. Oberstar shifted on Monday from 20:53 to 21:20 from North of #1 to South of #2. As of 19:30 on the 8th she was still at the loading dock. Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on the 7th at 20:15 for North of #2. She departed Two Harbors for Gary on Tuesday at 06:55. Arriving Two Harbors on the 8th at 08:30 was the Presque Isle going to North of #2. Also the Algoma Spirit arrived off Two Harbors on Tuesday the 8th and went to anchor at approx. 12:05. Due Two Harbors on Wednesday the 9th is the Roger Blough.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Arriving at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Tuesday the 7th was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 02:34 after unloading limestone in Duluth. She departed Silver Bay at 17:02. Due Silver Bay on Wednesday the 9th is the American Integrity. A possibility to load at either Two Harbors or Silver Bay on the 9th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader that as of Monday the 8th was unloading limestone in Duluth.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, May 7th 17:57 Kaministiqua departed for Sorel. On Tuesday May 8th Ojibway arrived at Viterra B to load.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
On Tuesday, Lee A. Tregurtha unloaded the first stone cargo of the shipping season into the WE hopper and Michipicoten loaded ore.

Southern Lake Michigan
Edwin H. Gott was unloading at Gary on Tuesday. Rt Hon. Paul J. Martin was at Indiana Harbor. Algoma Transport and Wilfred Sykes were at Burns Harbor. The latter was loading slag. Vlieborg departed S. Chicago for Duluth.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Pacific Huron remained at the grain elevators Tuesday. Algoma Buffalo departed with salt.

Toledo, Ohio
Reggeborg, Federal Champlain, tug Sharon M 1/barge and tug Victory/James J. Kuber were all in port on Tuesday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday May 8 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 7 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1139 - May 8 - CSL Laurentien at 1853 - departed May 8 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1357

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 7 - Damia Desgagnes at 2032 - May 8 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0215, Radcliffe R Latimer at 1445, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1703 and Federal Kumano (Mhl) at 2025 - Downbound - May 8 - Atlantic Huron at 0011, Federal Beaufort (Mhl) at 0524, Algoma Disocvoery at 0606, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1407, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1659, Algowood at 1723, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1357, tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 1944 for wharf 16 to unload and Baie Comeau eta 2145

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - May 8 - tug Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 at 2005 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 8 - G3 Marquis at 1448 and Arsland (Mlt) (ex CT Dublin-17) at 2013 (to the anchorage) - docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - May - 6 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 2336 - May 7 - Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1557 and Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 1737 - Anchored - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 and May 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2336 - Departures - May 7 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0209 for Detroit

Mississauga:
docked - May 5 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0717 - Departed - May 7 at 0625 for Port Weller anchorage - Arrival - May 8 - back at dock at 0856

Toronto:
docked - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2158 for Redpath dock - May 7 - English River at 0850 - Departed May 8 - English River at 0109 eastbound

Oshawa:
Anchored (off Oshawa) - May 5 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) - at 2100 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) anchored at 2329 - Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) at 1034 and Hanse Gate (Atg) at 1222

Picton:
Arrival - May 7 - Baie St Paul at 1304 - departed May 8 at 1829

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed the Lehigh Cement Dock at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and headed down river to Lake Ontario.

 

Turkish shipyard launches another dual-fuel tanker for Desgagnés

5/9 - C Turkish Besiktas Shipyard has launched another dual-fuel LNG IMO-II chemical tanker for the Canadian shipping company Desgagnés Group.

The 14,000 dwt tanker, named Rossi A. Desgagnés, was launched on May 5, 2018. The ice-class tanker is the final in a series of four asphalt-bitumen-chemical tankers ordered by Desgagnés. Each of the four vessels can be powered by any of three types of fuel – heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

With 10,000 gross tons, the newbuilding features a length of 135 meters and a width of 23.5 meters.

The third ship from the batch, Paul A. Desgagnés, was launched at Besiktas Shipyard’s facilities in July 2017. Mia Desgagnés, the second tanker, was launched in December 2016. Damia Desgagnés, the world’s first dual fuel LNG asphalt tanker, was delivered to the company in April 2017.

View a video of the launch at this link: https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/252136/besiktas-splashes-another-dual-fuel-tanker-for-desgagnes

 

Michigan's Congressional delegation urges Trump to follow through on Soo Locks fix

5/9 - Members of Michigan's Congressional delegation said they appreciated President Donald Trump's interest in upgrading the Soo Locks. Now, they want to make sure he follows through with continued support.

In a letter to the president dated May 4, all 13 sitting Michigan U.S. representatives joined more than 50 members of Congress to urge Trump to remain engaged on rebuilding and improving the Soo Locks. The representatives said they were committed to making headway in Congress on the project as well.

The letter was led by Michigan U.S. Reps. Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet and John Moolenaar, R-Midland and Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

"We believe this project is consistent with your commitments to rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, and feel that the Soo Locks can be the crowning achievement for this effort," the letter reads.

Midwestern lawmakers have been calling for significant upgrades to the Soo Locks, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, for decades. Those efforts recently got a signal boost when President Donald Trump said he supported revamping the decades-old structure during a rally in Macomb County.

M Live

 

CSL expands presence in global cement shipping joint venture

5/9 - Canada's CSL Group has entered into an agreement with Limassol, Cyprus, headquartered SMT Shipping to acquire 50 percent of Eureka Shipping Ltd., SMT's pneumatic cement vessel business.

The new joint venture will allow Eureka and CSL to combine expertise, resources and innovative technologies to expand services to customers in the seaborne cement powder and fly ash transportation markets around the world.

CSL's Australian cement shipping business is not included in the joint venture.

"The joint venture represents an important step in CSL's strategy to increase its presence in the global construction material sector," said Louis Martel, President and CEO of the CSL Group.

There will be no change in the day-to-day management and operation of vessels in the Eureka fleet. The transaction is subject to certain regulatory conditions and is expected to close by end of June. Eureka Shipping Ltd. operates a fleet of self-unloading cement carriers in the Baltic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean and Asia. The SMT Shipping Group has, over the past 30 years, built a fleet of about 45 vessels through a number of joint venture companies operating in various bulk commodities markets, focusing on highly efficient geared bulk carriers, floating storage/transhipment terminals and belt-unloaders.

The CSL Group is the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Headquartered in Montreal with divisions operating throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia, CSL delivers more than 70 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.

Marine Log

 

Final cables secured, response concludes on Straits of Mackinac

5/9 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The Unified Command announced that work on the remaining Consumers Energy cables was completed, Tuesday, and that the multi-agency response on the Straits of Mackinac has concluded.

Crews contracted by Consumers Energy capped the remaining two retired cables, which featured no free flowing fluid, and returned them to the bottom of the Straits where they were secured by concrete mats placed on top of the cables.

Last week, damaged ATC cables were secured with concrete mats after being capped and returned to the bottom of the Straits.

“Since the beginning of this response, the Unified Command, together with the many federal, state, local and tribal partners, worked diligently to mitigate any pollution threat to our Straits and precious wildlife, and to be transparent in our efforts, said Cmdr. Shaun Edwards, Incident Commander. “Although our mission is complete, we all remain committed to learning the cause this incident and doing our best to eliminate any threat of something like this happening again.”

During the response, the Coast Guard and other agencies continually surveyed the Straits from the water, the air and from the shoreline. There have been no reports of pollution or inured wildlife.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation by the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board. Results of the investigation will be made public once investigation has been completed.

USCG

 

National Museum honors mothers with free admission this weekend

5/9 - Toledo, Ohio – The National Museum of the Great Lakes has announced that all mothers, accompanied by a paying family member, will be admitted free to the museum this weekend May 12 and 13th . The museum developed the honor as part of its effort to make sure that people know Great Lakes history is for everyone ¬– not just for dads and sons.

“The role of women on the Great Lakes cannot be underestimated. Women served in so many capacities including lighthouse keepers, lifesavers, crew members of commercial vessels and even today, Commander of the 9th District of the United States Coast Guard,” said Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the museum. “Our museum seeks to insure that these stories get told as well.”

The museum’s offer of free admission to mothers on this weekend includes mothers who are brought to the museum by their children. “Even if the child is below the age of six, and therefore does not pay an admission charge, his or her mom will get into the museum free.”

The museum is open on Saturday May 12 from 10AM-5PM and on Sunday, May 13 from 12 noon till 5PM. The museum located at 1701 Front Street Toledo Ohio 43605. For more information call 419-214-5000 extension 0.

 

Buffalo Naval Park begins tourist season with leadership upheaval

5/9 - Buffalo, N.Y. – A leadership upheaval over a 10-day period has resulted in the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park losing its executive director and two longtime board members just as the summer tourism season begins.

The changes follow an investigation into workplace misconduct by Don Alessi and Anthony Diina, board chairman and vice chairman, respectively. A statement issued May 3 by Kathleen Garvey, who was elected as new chair following Alessi’s resignation from the post, said the organization considers workplace misconduct related to the park counter to its mission and values.

“We take these allegations seriously and promptly retained outside counsel to investigate the claims made,” she said. “Upon receipt and analysis of a report by outside counsel, the board determined it in its best interest, and in the best interest of the Naval Park, for the chair and vice chair to leave the board.”

Diina resigned his post on April 26, the same day as a resignation by Capt. Brian Roche, who had served as executive director for about a year. Both came just weeks after the official start of the season at the park, located at Buffalo's Canalside district. Alessi was removed from his post by the board during the May 3 meeting.

Roche, retired after 36 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, was hired to replace longtime leader Col. Patrick Cunningham, who led the park for 25 years and passed away the same evening board members voted to hire Roche. Both Alessi and Diina had been involved with the organization since its start in 1979.

Diina, Alessi and Roche did not respond to calls for comment, and park officials refused to comment beyond Garvey’s official statement.

The shake-up comes as the park begins its 39th season, and just months after participating in a national military event: The commissioning of the new USS Little Rock next to the old USS Little Rock, a museum ship in the park’s collection.

Operating on a budget of about $1 million, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is recognized as the nation’s largest inland naval park. It is home to three museum vessels: USS Little Rock, a guided missile cruiser; USS Sullivans, a destroyer; and USS Croaker, a World War II submarine plus an outdoor exhibit area, a museum building and gift shop.

While a search is conducted for a permanent executive director, Paul Marzello has been named to the post on an interim basis. Marzello has served as director of development and special projects for two and half years, helping to lead a $1 million renovation project planned for the downtown organization.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 9

The JOHN J BOLAND (Hull# 417) was launched May 9, 1953 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. for the American Steamship Co. making way for the keel of the DETROIT EDISON (2) to be laid. The BOLAND was renamed b.) SAGINAW in 1999.

On May 9, 1951 the CLIFFS VICTORY arrived at the South Chicago yard of the American Ship Building Co. completing her 37-day, 3,000 mile journey from Baltimore, Maryland. There her deck houses, stack, masts, deck machinery, rudder and propeller were installed and the floatation pontoons removed.

The ROBERT C. NORTON (2) was laid up on May 9, 1980 for the last time at the Hans Hansen Dock at Toledo, Ohio.

PETER REISS (Hull#522) was launched at Superior, Wisconsin by Superior Ship Building Co., on May 9, 1910 for the North American Steamship Co. (Reiss Coal Co.).

On 9 May 1864, AMAZON (2-mast wooden brig, 93 foot, 172 tons, built in 1837 at Port Huron, Michigan as a schooner) was carrying coal from Cleveland for Lake Superior when she went out of control in a storm just as she was leaving the St. Clair River for Lake Huron. She was driven ashore near Point Edward, Ontario and was broken up by the wave action. At the time of her loss, she was considered the oldest working schooner on the Lakes.

May 9, 1900: The carferry PERE MARQUETTE (15) began carferry service to Milwaukee for the Pere Marquette Railway.

On Friday night, 9 May 1873, the schooner CAPE HORN collided with the new iron propeller JAVA off Long Point on Lake Erie. The schooner sank quickly. The only life lost was that of the cook.

On 09 May 1872, the CUBA (iron propeller bulk freighter, 231 foot, 1526 gross tons) was launched at King Iron Works in Buffalo, New York for the Holt and Ensign Commercial Line. Innovations in her design included water-tight compartments for water ballast, 4 water-tight bulkheads that could be closed if the hull were damaged, and a new fluted signal lamp that could be seen for 13 miles. She was powered by two 350 HP engines. She was a very successful vessel and lasted until 1947 when she was scrapped. She was renamed b.) IONIC in 1906 and c.) MAPLEBRANCH in 1920. Converted to a tanker in 1935. Scrapped at Sorel, Quebec in 1946-7.

1906 – The schooner ARMENIA was wrecked in Lake Erie near Colchester Reef when it began leaking in a storm while under tow of the FRED PABST on the first trip of the season. The ore-laden barge was cut loose but all on board were saved. The wreck was later struck by the CHARLES B. PACKARD on September 16, 1906, leading to the latter's demise.

1926 – While backing from the NHB Elevator in Port Colborne, the JOHN P. REISS struck the A.D. MacBETH at the dock, damaging the latter's stem.

1964 – The small ferries JOHN A. McPHAIL and JAMES CURRAN broke loose while under tow of the G.W. ROGERS and sank in a storm off the mouth of Saginaw Bay. They were en-route to Kingston from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for a new service to Wolfe Island.

1974 – The coastal freighter ST. PIERRE ran aground in the old Lachine Canal at Montreal, was holed, capsized and sank. The vessel was broken up on location later in the year.

2011 – The Erie, Pa.-based passenger excursion ship VICTORIAN PRINCESS sustained major fire damage when a welding torch ignited materials in the engine room. The ship was out of the water and on blocks for maintenance work when the blaze broke out. The vessel missed the 2011 season.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived Duluth at sunrise on Monday to load coal at Midwest Energy. She was followed into port by Philip R. Clarke, which headed to the C. Reiss dock to unload. Hon. James L. Oberstar, after discharging limestone throughout the morning at Graymont, departed via the Superior entry for Two Harbors. Great Republic arrived Duluth later in the morning and went to Graymont to unload. The McCarthy and the Clarke departed during the evening, the latter bound for Two Harbors. Great Republic shifted to Midwest Energy to load after the departure of the McCarthy. At Burlington Northern in Superior, CSL Assiniboine loaded overnight and departed mid-morning Monday.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Joseph L. Block departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Monday the 7th at 09:35 for Indiana Harbor. Algoma Niagara shifted from North of #2 to South of #2 on the 7th between 09:40 and 10:05. As of 19:30 on the 7th she was still at the loading dock. Arriving Two Harbors on the 7th at 10:30 after departing Superior at 08:20 after unloading limestone was the Hon. James L. Oberstar. Upon arriving Two Harbors she went to North of #1 for lay-by. Departing Duluth at 18:21 on the 7th after unloading limestone was the Philip R. Clarke heading for Two Harbors. As of 19:45 she was approx. 6 miles SW of Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday is the Presque Isle that should arrive in the morning on the 8th. Also due Two Harbors on the 8th is the Algoma Spirit. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 7th and none scheduled on the 8th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, May 7th :054 Thunder Bay departed for Belledune, New Brunswick. 12:02 Federal Ruhr weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 17:12 Frontenac departed for Midland.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
There was no activity 5/7/2018 on the Presque Isle Ore Dock.

St. Marys River
Monday’s upbound traffic included Ojibway, Mesabi Miner, Algoma Spirit, Saginaw, Lee A. Tregurtha, Menominee/Olive J. Moore and, late, Stewart J. Cort. Downbounders included CSL Tadoussac, USCG Mackinaw, Algoma Equinox, American Spirit and, late, Algoma Guardian, Thunder Bay, John G. Munson and Manitoulin. Ice is continuing to slow traffic above the locks, but it is deteriorating fast. The MacArthur Lock is scheduled to open for the season around May 20 after winter maintenance work is completed.

Southern Lake Michigan
Edgar B. Speer was unloading at Gary on Monday. Rt Hon. Paul J. Martin was at Indiana Harbor. Vlieborg was at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Pacific Huron was at the grain elevators Monday. Algoma Buffalo was loading salt.

Toledo, Ohio
Algowood and Federal Champlain were both in port on Monday,.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday May 7 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 7 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1139

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May - 6 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1514, Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1733, Reggeborg (Nld) at 1926 and Algoscotia at 2036 - May 7 - CSL St. Laurent at 0147, Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0415, Whitefish Bay at 0831 and Damia Desgagnes at 2032 - Downbound - May 6 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II eta 2154, Federal Yoshino (Mhl) at 0256 and Atlantic Huron eta 2350

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 5 - Bluebill (Cyp) late evening from Toronto - May 6 - Isadora (Cyp) at 1724 - May 7 - Juno (Bhs) at 1930 approx. awaiting Redpath dock in Toronto - Departure - May 7 - Isadora (Cyp) at 0710 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrival - May 7 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1252, Federal Shimanto (Mhl) at 1557 and Federal Mayumi (Mhl) at 1737 - Docked - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - Anchored - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 and May 6 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2336 - Departures - May 7 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0209 for Detroit

Mississauga:
Docked - May 5 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0717 - Departed - May 7 at 0625 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2158 for Redpath dock - May 7 - English River at 0850 and Juno (Bhs)

Oshawa: Anchored (off Oshawa) - May 5 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) - at 2100 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) anchored at 2329 - Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) at 1034 and Hanse Gate (Atg) at 1222

Oshawa, Ont.
Saltie Isabelle G. (ex Eider) was unloading steel rod and rebar via the derricks on the east side of the harbor on Monday. Saltie Hanse Gate was unloading on the west side.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 8

The 1,000-foot COLUMBIA STAR was christened May 8, 1981, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for Columbia Transportation Div., Oglebay Norton Co.

EDGAR B. SPEER (Hull#908) was launched May 8, 1980, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. (U.S. Steel Corp., mgr.), after long delay because of labor strife.

FRED R. WHITE JR was christened May 8, 1979, named for Oglebay Norton's then vice-chairman of the board.

On May 8, 1979, the ASHLAND struck the north entry pier of the Duluth Ship Canal while outbound loaded. Thick ice blowing in from Lake Superior had interfered with her maneuverability. She dropped her anchor to lessen the impact but drifted over the flukes ripping a two by five foot hole in her bottom port side forward. She was inspected and repaired at the Duluth Port Terminal. One anchor was lost.

CHAMPLAIN's starboard side was damaged when she sideswiped the Swedish steamer BROLAND near the lower end of the St. Clair River cut-off, May 8, 1963.

May 8. 1936 – The Pere Marquette Railway Co. announced plans to construct a new $1 million ferry dock at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The 3-masted wooden schooner FRANK C. LEIGHTON was launched at 10:30 a.m. on 8 May 1875, at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron, eight months after work on her began. She was launched complete except for her mizzen mast, which was just about ready to go in position. She was named for Capt. Leighton's son. Her dimensions were 138 foot keel, 145 foot overall, 26 foot beam and 12 foot depth. She cost $20,000 and was owned by Dunford & Leighton.

The 254-foot wooden freighter AMAZON was launched at A. A. Turner's yard at Trenton, Michigan, on 8 May 1873.

On 08 May 1929, GEORGE W. PARKER wooden propeller sandsucker, 105 foot, 143 gross tons, built in 1903, at Marine City, Michigan by A. Anderson for Fishback Plaster Co., formerly a.) L. G. POWELL) was destroyed by fire and sank in the channel 6 miles south of Algonac, Michigan. Her crew escaped in the yawl.

1916: S.R. KIRBY was downbound in a Lake Superior storm when it was struck by two huge waves, broke its back and foundered. The composite hulled freighter sank quickly and only two of the 22 on board survived.

1918: The Norwegian freighter POLLUX came to the Great Lakes in 1907. It was torpedoed as b) DUX by U-54 about 7 miles northwest of Godrevy Lighthouse while carrying coal from Swansea, UK to LaRochelle, France.

1934: The hull of the first CANADOC was punctured when the ship went hard aground at St. Joseph's Island. The vessel was later freed, drydocked and repaired.

1938: JAMES B. FOOTE hit a dock at Chicago, under tow of the tug KANSAS, while loaded with corn for Sorel. The rudder, stock and a propeller blade were lost.

1942: The Hall Corp. canaller MONT LOUIS was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean by U-162 with the loss of 13 lives. Only 8 survived by clinging to the wreckage. The ship was carrying bauxite from Dutch Guiana to Trinidad when it was attacked and it sank so quickly that the lifeboats could not be launched. 1949: E.C. COLLINS and HENRY FORD II were in a collision in the St.Clair River.

1967 ELIN HOPE had been chartered to the Ontario Paper Company to carry newsprint from Baie Comeau to New York from 1950 to 1953. The ship came to the Great Lakes as b) PROCYON in 1961 and arrived at Madras, India, as c) KR ASHOK with the cargo of coal on fire on this date in 1967. The vessel settled on the bottom during firefighting operations. It was refloated May 19 and eventually scrapped at Madras in 1968.

1978: The third OUTARDE went aground in the St. Lawrence near Buoy 41-M and was not released until May 16. There was only minor damage to the ship.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, 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 includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

Port Reports -  May 7

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten arrived Duluth early Sunday morning to load iron ore pellets at CN. She was outbound during the afternoon. Finnborg, which has spent the last few days at anchor outside the harbor, arrived on Sunday afternoon and headed to CHS to load grain. John G. Munson spent the first part of the day loading ore at BN before departing during the afternoon. CSL Assiniboine was due on Sunday evening to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 00:21 Sunday for Gary. Algoma Guardian got underway at approx. 00:55 from anchorage off Two Harbors the 6th and arrived at 01:40. She departed at 12:18 on Sunday. As of 19:30 on the 6th she was not showing an unload destination. Also arriving Two Harbors the 6th was the Joseph L. Block arrivng at 02:33 and going to North of #2 lay-by. She shifted to South of #2 after the departure of the Algoma Guardian. The Block shifted from 12:17-12:30. As of 19:30 on the 6th she was still loading. Also arriving Two Harbors on Sunday the 6th at approx. 13:20 was the Algoma Niagara. She went to North of #2 for lay-up. This is her first trip to either the Twin Ports or the North Shore. There is no traffic on the schedule for Two Harbors on Monday the 7th, but that could change with 2-3 boats arriving the Twin Ports with limestone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 6th and none scheduled for Monday the 7th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday May 5th Destination update: Algoma Discovery to Port Cartier. 22:40 Frontenac arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River. Sunday May 6th 7:50 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 10:08 Thunder Bay arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 15:09 Algoma Equinox departed for Quebec City. 15:10 Frontenac weighed anchor and proceeded to G3 to load grain

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens and Rod Burdick
James L. Kuber/Victory arrived at the Presque Isle Ore Dock at 04:06 with the Kaye E. Barker following at 05:03. The Kuber/Victory departed first at 09:46 for Toledo and the Barker at 10:43 for Dearborn.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Sunday included Federal Beaufort in the late morning, followed by Edgar B. Speer, Algoma Discovery, Algocanada and, in the evening, by James R. Barker, Cuyahoga (from Algoma), James L. Kuber/Victory and Kaye E. Barker. Upbounders included Manitoulin, Burns Harbor and Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader (went to anchor to await her turn at the locks). Approaching DeTour at the end of the day Sunday were Presque Isle. Ojibway and Algoma Spirit.

Port Inland, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes was loading stone on Sunday afternoon.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
The tug Michigan is in the floating drydock for unspecified repairs.

Southern Lake Michigan
Algoma Enterprise was at Burns Harbor Sunday. Roger Blough was at Gary. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was at Indiana Harbor. Saltie Vlieborg was at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Saltie Pacific Huron was upbound on Lake Erie Sunday with a destination of Goderich, where she will go to the grain elevators.

Pelee Island, Ont. – Frank Hood
The new Pelee Islander II sailed north up the coast of Chile to Talcahuano where it docked Friday in or near a shipyard. It hasn't appeared to move since.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday May 6 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - May 5 - Algoma Hansa at 2217 - May 6 - Algowood at 0757 - Departure - May 5 Algosea at 2214 for the canal - May 6 (westbound) - Algoma Hansa at 1349 and Algowood at 1749

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - May 5 - Algoma Hansa at 0739 - departed at 2154 for Nanticoke dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - CSL Niagara at 1914 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement eta 2050 - May 6 - CSL Laurentien at 0741 from Hamilton, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1514, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1341 from Hamilton, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1514, Federal Sakura (Mhl) at 1733 and Reggeborg (Nld) at 1926 - Downbound - May 6 - Algosea at 0154, Isadora (Cyp) at 0715, Isa (Cyp) at 0935, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II eta 2145,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 5 - Bluebill (Cyp) late evening from Toronto - May 6 - Isadora (Cyp) at 1724

Hamilton:
Docked - May 2 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) eta 2338 - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - Anchored - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 - Departures - May 5 Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1249 for Ghent, Belgium - May 6 - CSL Laurentien at 0632 for the canal, Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1026 for Three Rivers, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1104 for the canal

Mississauga:
Docked - May 5 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0717

Toronto:
Docked - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) at 2158 for Redpath dock - Departure - May 5 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 2130 for Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
Anchored (off Oshawa) - May 5 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) - at 2100 and Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex CL Hanse Gate-15 Federal Manitou-11) anchored at 2329 - Docked - May 6 - Isabelle G (Por) at 1034 and Hanse Gate (Atg) at 1222

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived late Sunday morning with a load of cement for Lehigh.

Erie, Pa. – Jeffrey Benson
Dorothy Ann was floated out of the dry dock at DonJon after the Algoma Compass was moved. Dorothy Ann is back in the notch of the Pathfinder. Algoma Compass, which has received a fresh coat of Algoma blue on the hull, was returned to the dry dock and is back on the blocks. The vessel’s name, hastily painted on in Huron, Ohio, before she sailed to Erie, is being reapplied.

Rimouski, Que. – Marine Bulletin
The product tanker Jana Desgagnes ran aground May 4 at Rimouski, Que., while entering port. The vessel grounded on a sandbank and was refloated at high tide with no damage reported.

 

Partnership offers plan to restore Lake Superior’s Stannard Rock Lighthouse

5/7 - Marquette, Mich. – Michigan’s coastline boasts more lighthouses than any other state. The Superior Watershed Partnership invites the public to a free presentation about Stannard Rock Lighthouse at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizen’s Forum in Lakeview Arena. Learn about the history of this remote lighthouse and the plans for its continued preservation.

The SWP acquired Stannard Rock Lighthouse from the federal government in 2015 and is working with partners to complete a Historic Structure Report to guide the ongoing rehabilitation of this unique structure.

About 42 miles from Marquette in Lake Superior, the Stannard Rock Light Station is the farthest lighthouse from a coast in the United States and often was referred to by the Coast Guard as one of the loneliest places in the country.

This presentation will provide an in-depth view of the history and development of the 136-year-old isolated station, as well as its current condition, the work and mission of the Superior Watershed Partnership & Land Trust, and the recommendations established to guide the future of the station. The current challenges and potential solutions for the station will be discussed.

Participants will be able to view many historic photographs of this station and footage of the station today, including as seen from a drone.

Michigan offshore light stations are difficult to visit and not easily visible to the general public. As a result, nonprofit stewards have a difficult time with fundraising and educating the public on the significance of these resources.

To assist these stewards, a comprehensive document such as an HSR is essential for evaluating and identifying existing conditions, providing a solid plan for future rehabilitation projects that fully comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and collecting important historical information.

Everyone is invited to come learn more about Stannard Island Light Station and how to get involved with its rehabilitation.

Learn about the key features at the station that were evaluated. Learn about the process of identifying uses and determining the treatments for the historic resources and features, taking into account accessibility, hazardous materials and compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. This presentation also provides continuing education credit through the American Institute of Architects.

The presentation is hosted by the Superior Watershed Partnership with support from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Office, OX Studio and the Smay Trombley Architecture firm.

For more information, contact the SWP at info@superiorwatersheds.org or call 906-228-6095.

Iron Mountain Daily News

 

Lake Superior is six inches above average; outflow will be increased

5/7 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – Lake Superior’s water level declined by a record 3 cm (1 inch) in April, normally the month that it begins its seasonal rise, and at the beginning-of-May, Lake Superior is 15 cm (6 in) above average (1918 - 2017), but 4 cm (2 in) below the level at this time last year.

Lake Michigan-Huron saw wetter weather in April and levels resumed their seasonal rise, increasing 10 cm (4 in) last month. Lake Michigan-Huron is currently 41 cm (16 in) above average, 10 cm (4 in) above last year’s beginning-of-May level and the highest since 1998. The seasonal water level rise is expected to begin on Lake Superior and continue on Lake Michigan-Huron in May.

Despite the recent decline on Lake Superior, the above-average levels coupled with strong winds and waves continue to result in shoreline erosion and coastal damages across the upper Great Lakes system. Additional shoreline erosion and coastal damages may occur this spring and summer should active weather continue.

The Board recently obtained approval from the International Joint Commission (IJC) to temporarily deviate from Regulation Plan 2012 from May through November 2018 in a manner similar to that employed in the past three years, which were also marked by high lake levels and outflows.

Over the next several months, the Board expects to adjust the gate settings at the Compensating Works and release flows greater than those prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012 in order to offset the effects of reductions in hydropower flows due to maintenance activities that occurred this past winter and that are expected to continue through the summer and fall.

Accordingly, the Board, under authority granted to it by the IJC, has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,290 cubic meters per second (cms) (80,870 cubic feet per second (cfs)) for the month of May, which is 50 cms (1,766 cfs) more than that prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012. Actual outflows may vary depending on hydrologic and ice conditions, as well as maintenance activities at the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River.

The Board continues to monitor ice conditions and will increase the gate setting at the Compensating Works as soon as ice conditions permit, possibly as early as next week. The average St. Marys Rapids flow in May is expected to be approximately 280 cms (9,888 cfs) and the gates are expected to be opened to the equivalent of two gates fully open. Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids need to be cautious of the changing flows and water levels that will be experienced in the rapids in May.

The Board stresses that hydrologic conditions are the primary driver of water level fluctuations. Water levels of the Great Lakes cannot be fully controlled through regulation of outflows, nor can regulation completely eliminate the risk of extreme water levels from occurring during periods of severe weather and water supply conditions. It is not possible to accurately predict such conditions weeks in advance, but given the current levels of the lakes and the possibility that wet conditions may continue, the Board advises all those that may be impacted prepare for the possibility of high water levels, should they occur this spring, summer and fall.

Lake Superior News

 

Response efforts under Straits resume following days of inclement weather

5/7 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – The Unified Command announced that crews contracted by American Transmission Company have completed laying concrete mats on top of the capped ATC cables, Saturday, while capping of the Consumers Energy cables has also begun.

Inclement weather throughout the week, including fog, showers and heavy surf, hindered response efforts.

All of the affected utility cables owned by ATC were soldered, capped, sealed and laid on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac in its original position, April 29.

ATC is preparing a long-term plan to remove the damaged cables, under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Efforts are now being focused on three, retired-in-place Consumer Energy Cables. Those cables will be brought up from the bottom of the Straits, sampled, and then capped similar to the process used on the ATC cables, and returned to the bottom of the Straits with concrete mats laid on top of the capped cables.

Consumers Energy reported to the Unified Command that there is no free flowing fluid within their retired cables.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 7

ALGOPORT (Hull#217) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., May 7, 1979 for Algoma Central Railway.

HUTCHCLIFFE HALL entered service on May 7, 1954.

A.M. BYERS (Hull#448) was launched May 7, 1910 at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. for the North American Steamship Co. (R.A. Williams, mgr.). Renamed b.) CLEMENS A. REISS in 1959 and c.) JACK WIRT in 1970.

May 7, 1903 - The Benton Harbor, Coloma & Paw Paw Lake Railway was purchased by the Pere Marquette Railroad.

May 7, 1929 - The Pere Marquette notified Ludington it was interested in buying the frontage on Pere Marquette Lake that had been used by the Monroe Body Company. The city council asked $25,000 for the property, and the railroad agreed. Work on the No. 3 slip began a few months later.

On 7 May 1874, the schooner JENNIE MATHEWS was launched at Hardison's yard in Port Huron, Michigan. The launch started very slowly but with the help of men pulling on ropes, the vessel slid into the Black River nicely. Her first skipper was Capt. McGifford and her owner was Mr. Hardison. On 07 May 1954, official ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the Mackinac Bridge. It was completed three and a half years later.

1891: The new Canadian Pacific steamer MANITOBA, although built in 1889, had been laid up due to a recession and finally sailed on her maiden voyage on this date in 1891.

1935: A fire aboard ALEXANDER LESLIE at the port of Erieau, Ont., killed one member of the crew and injured two others.

1965: CEDARVILLE and TOPDALSFJORD collided in fog in the Straits of Mackinac. Ten lives were lost when the former, a self-unloader in the Bradley fleet, sank. The latter, a Norwegian freighter, had been a Seaway trader since 1960. Later, on May 11, 1984, as d) JIN XIAN QUAN, it sank the SEA CARRIER, another former Seaway trader as SVANEFJELL, in the Strait of Formosa off Taishan Island. TOPDALSFJORD was last noted as e) CHANGHI and was deleted from Lloyd's Register in 2005.

1998: CANADIAN ENTERPRISE loaded a record 32,366 tons of road salt at Goderich for delivery to Milwaukee.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 6

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived at the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Saturday the 5th at 16:05. Her AIS was showing a discharge destination of Gary. Arriving off Two Harbors on the 5th and going to anchor SE of the lighthouse at approx. 19:20 was the Algoma Guardian to wait on the Gott. Due Two Harbors late on the 5th or early on the 6th is the Joseph L. Block. Due Sunday the 6th for Two Harbors is the Algoma Niagara. As of 19:30 on the 5th she was east of the Keweenaw. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 5th and none scheduled on the 6th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday April 4th 20:18 Algocanada departed for Sarnia. Saturday April 5th at 00:15 Federal Beaufort departed for Sorel. 8:24 Osogovo weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 8:38 Algoma Equinox arrived at G3 to load grain. 15:56 Algoma Discovery departed. 19:45 Azoresborg arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload windmill parts.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a sunny spring Saturday included Roger Blough and Cason J. Callaway. As night fell, Algocanada and Sharon M 1 and barge were downbound above the locks, Federal Beaufort was at anchor in the upper river with American Century likely to join her. Upbounders included CSL Assiniboine, Kaye E. Barker, Hon. James L. Oberstar, and Great Republic. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was upbound in the lower river as night fell.

Cedarville, Mich.
Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader were loading stone on Saturday.

Port Inland, Mich.
H. Lee White was loading on Saturday, with Mississagi at anchor and Wilfred Sykes arriving.

Southern Lake Michigan
Stewart J. Cort and Algoma Enterprise were at Burns Harbor Saturday night. Mesabi Miner was at Indiana Harbor. Rt Hon, Paul J. Martin was at S. Chicago.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
On Saturday 19:29 the Algoma Sault arrived at the Lafarge plant at Spragge Harbour to unload.

Calcite, Mich.
Philip R. Clarke was loading on Saturday. Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader were due in the evening.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday May 5 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
docked - May 2 - Algosea at 1024 from the anchorage - May 5 - Algoma Innovator at 2157 - Departures - May 5 - Algoma Innovator at 1400 westbound

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - May 5 - Algoma Hansa at 0739

Buffalo:
Arrival - May 2 - American Mariner at 2240 - Departed - May 5 at 0759 for Calcite Welland Canal: Upbound - May 4 - Algoma Spirit at 0942 and Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1045 - May 5 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0123, Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1822, CSL Niagara at 1914 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement eta 2050 - Downbound - May 4 - English River at 1057, CSL Laurentien at 1255 - May 5 - Algoma Mariner at 0235 and Narew (Lbr) at 0727 and BBC Polonia (Atg) at 1811

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - May 5 - Departures - from wharf 16 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement and English River and from wharf 12 - CSL Laurentien,

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 4 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1520 from Clarkson dock (for weather) and Iryda (Cyp) at 2009 (waiting dock in Toronto) - Departures - May 5 - Adfines Star (Mlt) at 0625 approx. for Mississauga and Iryda (Cyp) early evening headed for Toronto - awaiting Bluebill to depart Redpath

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 5 - CSL Laurentien at 1520- Docked - Apr 28 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2327 - May 1 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1720 - May 2 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) eta 2338 - May 3 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1353 - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 - Anchored - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209

Bronte:
Arrival - May 2 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0455 (anchored) - May 3 - departed anchorage at 0627 - Docked - May 3 at 0630 - Departed May 4 - Sarah Desgagnes 2007

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 5 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0717

Toronto:
Arrival - May 5 - Iryda (Cyp) late evening - waiting for Bluebil to depart - Docked - May 1 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 1945 for Redpath dock - May 3 - Capt Henry Jackman at 2237 from the canal - Departure - May 5 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0613 eastbound and Bluebill (Cyp) etd 2130 approx

Oshawa:
Anchored (off Oshawa) - May 5 - Isabelle G (Por) (ex Eider-18) - at 2031 - Docked - Apr 29 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0645 - Departed - May 5 at 1450 for the canal

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

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 6

On May 6, 1984 the CANADIAN RANGER sailed from Port Weller on her maiden voyage to load coal at Toledo, Ohio.

In 1944 the HILDA (2) and the barge MAITLAND NO.1 started the rescue operation of freighter GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (1) which sank in a collision with the D.M. CLEMSON (2) in the Straits of Mackinac.

This day in 1923 the EDWIN E. SLICK was struck by the steamer J. LEONARD REPLOGLE in the ice on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior.

HARVEY D. GOULDER entered service on May 6, 1906.

On May 6, 1934, ROYALTON (1) helped rescue the steamer TEN, which had lost power in a Lake Superior ice field and required a tow to safety.

On May 6, 1975 while unloading iron ore at Conneaut, Ohio, a leg and bucket from No.2 Hulett gave way and fell into the RALPH H. WATSON's cargo hold. A crane was rigged to remove the wreckage. A nine by twelve foot patch was required on her port side tank, which was holed in the accident.

On 6 May 1847, CUBA (wooden schooner, 89 foot, 139 tons, built in 1844 at Peninsula, New York as a brig) was carrying wheat near Point Breeze, New York in Lake Ontario when she was run down and sunk in a collision with the steamer GENESEE CHIEF. No lives were lost.

On 6 May 1858, the bark E.S. ADAMS began her voyage from Amherstburg, Ontario to London, England with a load of walnut timber. The transatlantic portion of the voyage took only 26 days and the vessel was back on the lakes in September 1858.

EASTLAND was launched on 06 May 1903 at the Jenks Ship Building Company (Hull #25) at Port Huron, Michigan for the Michigan Steamship Company. She was christened by Mrs. Frances E. Perene.

1914: CITY OF ROME caught fire in Lake Erie and the blaze spread quickly. The vessel was run aground near Ripley, NY and the 15-member crew took to the lifeboats and rowed ashore. The 33-year old wooden freighter was a total loss.

1977: The West German freighter SUSANNE FRITZEN made 19 trips through the Seaway from 1963 through 1967. The vessel arrived at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with engine trouble as c) MARGRIT B. on this date in 1977. It remained idle and had to be towed to Piraeus, Greece, and laid up in 1978. The ship left there February 15, 1979, for the scrapyard in Barcelona, Spain.

1988: The Cypriot flag freighter PONTOKRATIS was under tow and downbound in the Little Calumet River at Chicago when the CSX railroad bascule bridge ended up across the stern cabin and pilothouse. There were no injuries and both sides launched a lawsuit. The vessel was released May 16 and continued to visit the Seaway as late as 2006. It renamed NAVIGATOR M. in 2010.

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

 

Port Reports -  May 5

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Herbert C. Jackson on Thursday the 3rd at 20:07 for Cleveland. Northshore Mining had no traffic on the 4th and has none scheduled for the 5th. The CN ore docks in Two Harbors had no traffic on Friday May 4th. Due Two Harbors on Saturday May 5th are the Edwin H. Gott, Joseph L. Block and the Algoma Guardian. As of 16:30 on the 4th all 3 boats were either at the Soo Locks or just below the locks.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday May 4th 5:27 Algoma Discovery arrived at G3 to load grain. 6:11 AlgoCanada arrived at the Suncor Terminal to unload petroleum products. 9:45 Federal Ruhr arrived and went to anchor. 15:04 Algoma Discovery shifted to the Richardson Main Terminal to finish loading.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
Cason J. Callaway arrived for the first time this year at the Presque Isle Ore Dock at 11:05 Friday before departing at 20:25 for Detroit.

St. Marys River
Vessels are still finding the going tough due to ice above the locks. Friday afternoon and evening Algoma Guardian was upbound followed by Joseph L. Block. Frontenac and Azoresborg were in the Nine Mile anchorage waiting to go up. Downbound traffic included Tecumseh (left the docks at 10 p.m.), with Federal Yoshino above the locks making her approach. Herbert C. Jackson was at anchor and Roger Blough was approaching Ile Parisienne. USCG Alder was downbound in the late afternoon Friday; she tied up at Lime Island, perhaps for the night.

Cedarville, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Kaye E. Barker was expected Wednesday in the evening to load. For Thursday, the barge Ashtabula/tug Defiance were expected in the early evening to load. Two vessels were scheduled for Friday with the first being the Calumet in the early morning. Wilfred Sykes arrived and went to anchor waiting for Calumet to leave. This is the Sykes' first trip from lay up for 2018. Due Saturday are the barge Erie Trader and the tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort in the mid-afternoon. Due Sunday is the Algoma Buffalo (the former Buffalo of the ASC fleet) making their first visit since the rename and change of registry. All times listed are estimates and can change due to weather and traffic.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Manitowoc arrived on Thursday in the morning to load. Two vessels were expected to arrive on Friday with the first being the Great Republic at noon followed by the Wilfred Sykes in the early evening. For Saturday two more vessels are expected to arrive with the first being the H. Lee White in the morning followed by the Mississagi in the early afternoon. All times listed are estimates only and can change due to weather and traffic.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
CSL Assiniboine departed for Duluth-Superior at about 2 a.m. Friday. Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 left, headed for Ludington, at about 4 a.m. Friday. Federal Yukon remained in Milwaukee's inner harbor Friday morning, loading at the COFCO grain elevator.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
On Friday the Chi-Cheemaun began ferry regular service between Tobermory and South Baymouth. Algoma Buffalo arrived at the Lafarge Quarry, Meldrum Bay, to load dolomite.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
The new Algoma Innovator loaded on Thursday and was due to depart at 8 a.m. the same day. On Friday, the Joseph H. Thompson loaded and was expected to depart around 9 p.m. Expected to arrive on Saturday is the Baie Comeau making a rare visit in the early morning to load. Two early morning arrivals are due for Sunday with the barge Menominee/tug Olive L. Moore and Lee A. Tregurtha both scheduled to load. Two arrivals are scheduled on Monday with the first being the Herbert C. Jackson in the early morning followed by the barge Menominee/tug Olive L. Moore in the late evening. All times listed are estimates only and can change due to weather and traffic.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
John G. Munson loaded at the South Dock on Thursday and was due to depart at 1 p.m. the same day. On Friday, the Hon. James L. Oberstar made a rare visit also loading at the South Dock. They had no ETD from the dock and may have been waiting on high winds to subside. Philip R. Clarke was also expected to arrive on Friday in the early evening for the North Dock to await the Oberstar's departure from the South Dock. Two morning arrivals are expected on Saturday with the barge Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort along with the American Mariner due. All times listed are estimates only and can change due to weather and traffic.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
The tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort and barge Erie Trader made a rare visit to Toledo to unload ore pellets at the Torco Dock. They were due to arrive on Thursday in the late afternoon to early evening and were still unloading on Friday. Also due at Torco is the barge James L. Kuber and the tug Victory on Tuesday, May 8 in the late morning. Making a rare visit to the Torco Dock is the Interlake 1,000 footer Mesabi Miner due on Friday, May 11 in the early afternoon. There is nothing due or scheduled at the Midwest Terminal Stone Dock. At the CSX Coal Dock, the Algowood is due on Monday in the morning followed by the new Algoma Sault making its first ever visit to Toledo. They are due at CSX to load on Tuesday in the early morning. The Kaye E. Barker is also due at CSX on Tuesday to load in the early afternoon. All times listed are estimates only and can change due to weather and traffic. In addition to the tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort and barge Erie Trader, two salties were also in port. Federal Champlain was at the Midwest Terminal Overseas Dock and Isadora upriver loading a grain cargo for export.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday May 4 - Barry Andersen Winds reported gusting 35 - 60 knots – traffic delayed

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - May 2 - Algosea at 1024 from the anchorage - May 3 - Baie Comeau at 0656 - May 4 - Manitoulin at 0058 - May 5 - Algoma Innovator eta 2100 - Departures - May 3 - Baie Comeau at 1654 westbound - May 4 - Manitoulin at 1403 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - May 2 - American Mariner at 2240

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 3 - May 4 - Algoma Transport at 0438, Algoma Spirit at 0942, Bro Anna (Sgp) at 1045, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) eta at 2350 - Downbound - May 4 - tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 eta 0915, Federal Mackinac (Mhl) at 0916, Florence Spirit at 1024, English River at 1057, CSL Laurentien at 1303

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - May 4 - stopped at wharf 16 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0805 and English River at 1120, CSL Laurentien stopped at wharf 12 at 1550

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 4 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1520 from Clarkson dock (for weather) and Iryda (Cyp) at 2009 (waiting dock in Toronto)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 4 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0745 from the anchorage - Docked - Apr 28 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2327 - May 1 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1720 - May 2 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) eta 2338 - May 3 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1353 - Anchored - Apr 17 - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 - Departures - May 4 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 0310 and Sten Arnold (Gib) at 0502

Bronte:
Arrival - May 2 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0455 (anchored) - May 3 - departed anchorage at 0627 - Docked - May 3 at 0630 - Departed May 4 - Sarah Desgagnes 2007

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 2 - Swan Baltic (Mhl) (ex Ozay 6-14) at 1439 - May 3 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 2159 - Departures - May 3 - Swan Baltic (Mhl) at 2133 eastboound - May 4 - Adfines Star (Mlt) at 1323 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - May 1 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 1945 for Redpath dock and May 3 - Capt Henry Jackman at 2237 from the canal - Departure -

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 29 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0645

 

Coast Guard hoists 5 people from breakwall near Harbor Beach

5/5 - Harbor Beach, Mich. – An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit rescued 5 people from the rocks after their fishing vessel lost power and was blown against a breakwall by high winds Friday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received a call at 2 p.m. from the Huron County Sheriff Department about a 25-foot fishing vessel with 5 people aboard against the rocks of the Harbor Beach breakwall.

The command center watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and requested an aircrew from Air Station Detroit launch aboard a Dolphin helicopter. Due to seas between five and eight feet, surface assets were not able to launch.

The Coast Guard aircrew launched about 2:25 p.m. and arrived on scene at about 3 p.m. to find the passengers, all adult males ranging in approximate age of between 18-55, had made their way safely on to the rocks.

With winds gusting up to 45 miles an hour, the Coast Guard aircrew hoisted the five people in two separate missions and brought them to a nearby field to waiting EMS. There were no injuries. Everyone on the boat was wearing a life jacket.

“We urge all boaters to check the weather forecast before deciding to venture out into the open waters,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chad Eckhardt, pilot of the aircrew. “If your boat malfunctions in heavy surf and high winds, you can find yourself in a dangerous and life threatening situation real fast. For anyone who falls into these cold waters, their trip can become deadly."

The Coast Guard also urges boaters to have their vessels checked to make sure everything is in proper working order, especially before getting underway for the first time after the winter.

In addition, make sure there are enough life jackets on board for every passenger, and dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. The water temperature is still in the 40s. Someone who unexpectedly falls into the cold water can quickly be overcome by hypothermia, if they survive the initial shock of the cold water and the natural gasping reflex which can cause a person to inhale water and drown. USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 5

May 5, 1904 the Crisp Point Light on Lake Superior went into service.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD (Hull#300) was launched at River Rouge, Michigan, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, May 5, 1953, for the Ford Motor Co.

On May 5, 1980, the SHARON, a.) ARCHERS HOPE of 1945, grounded in the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River. She was freed on May 7th and proceeded to Monroe, Michigan, and was laid up there on May 8, 1980. No repairs were made and she never sailed again.

On May 5, 1914, the GEORGE F. BAKER was traveling down bound in Lake Superior in dense fog with 10,500 tons of iron ore from Ashland, Wisconsin. She ran hard aground on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle River, on Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

May 5, 1914 - An unusual cargo, two "Jack Johnsons" (Navy guns) were hauled by the PERE MARQUETTE 17.

The small schooner ST PETER was loaded with grain when she sank 35 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 5 May 1874. The crew reached shore in the yawl.

The steam barge KITTIE M. FORBES was launched in Bay City, Michigan, on 5 May 1883. She was owned by Capt. William Forbes and named for his daughter. Her keel was laid on 1 December 1882. Her dimensions were 195 feet keel, 209 foot overall, 35 foot beam and 14 foot depth. Her engine was built by Samuel F. Hodge.

On 05 May 1902, MILWAUKEE (steel propeller freighter, 325 foot, 3,327 gross tons) was launched at the Chicago Ship Building Company (Hull #55) at South Chicago, Illinois, for the Western Transit Co. She lasted until 1940, when she was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario.

1960: The coastal freighter FEDERAL EXPRESS had been built at Midland in 1944 as H.M.C.S. WEST YORK. It was hit at the dock in Montreal on this date in 1960 by the Swedish freighter POLARIS, drifted downstream and sank. The stern was raised August 12, 1960, and the remainder of the hull came up in pieces.

1964: The downbound bulk carrier ERNEST T. WEIR sustained damage to the port bow when it collided with tanker MERCURY in Lake St. Clair. The latter had sheered to the left, went aground after the accident and developed a list. Both ships were repaired and ERNEST T. WEIR survives today as the idle self-unloader AMERICAN FORTITUDE.

1978: JALAVIHAR first visited the Great Lakes in 1966 under the flag of India. It ran aground in the Red Sea as d) KATERINA on this date in 1978. After being released it continued to Palermo, Italy, where it was declared beyond economical repair and was eventually scrapped at Split, Yugoslavia.

2009: VICTORIA first came through the Seaway in September 2004. On May 5, 2009, the ship, loaded with 10,000 metric tonnes of rice and its crew of 11 Romanian sailors, were captured by pirates, about 75 miles south of Yemen and held hostage. After the payment of a reported $1.8 million ransom, the vessel was released on July 18, 2009. It was back on the Great Lakes in 2011.

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

 

Eight days to make $800K dock repairs for Badger

5/4 - Manitowoc, Wis. – Heavy-duty dock repairs are underway in Manitowoc this week after a storm ripped through Wisconsin just weeks ago. People expecting to ride the S.S. Badger across Lake Michigan are relying on an $800,000 state grant. The money will fix loading equipment needed for the ferry to operate and other damage caused by the storms, but it has to be done in the next eight days.

Urban Geimer of Two Rivers looked on as workers re-built Thursday, pointing out to Action 2 News what he’d seen, saying, “that all got washed away, that was all gone.”

"For the last eight years I've been here almost every day for the car ferry,” said Geimer, who proudly wears an S.S. Badger jacket every day that he bought on the boat years ago. "I was down at The Fat Seagull tavern down here and somebody told me that there was some damage."

"The people that come off the car ferry – they normally will come stop here,” said Newey Boonperm who works at The Fat Seagull. Boonperm is among Restaurant workers nearby also breathing a sigh of relief the S.S. Badger will run its normal season. "We are happy that the dock is getting fixed because it does bring a lot of business towards this way. Manitowoc needs all the business we can get especially downtown."

Many in the Manitowoc area couldn't believe their eyes when they first laid eyes on the damage the strong winds, snow and waves brought to the dock. "They're working hard, hopefully they get it ready by the 11th,” said another onlooker, William Rodewald of Manitowoc. For Rodewald, the history on the carferry runs deep. “My first trip on the carferry was December of '65,” he said.

Asked if he would be riding the S.S. Badger this season, he responded, “In June my family's going. It's an enjoyable trip, believe me. This is a state highway through here, and the carferry is part of that state highway. So we gotta keep it goin!"

WBAY

 

President’s promise to “fix” the Soo Locks resonates with Sault residents

5/4 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – “After spending all that money in the Middle East, can you imagine? And we can’t fix a lock… we’ll get it fixed,” said President Trump who promised federal action during his rally in Macomb County recently to help rebuild the Soo Locks.

The president said he was going to immediately look into what needs to be done to fix the aging infrastructure. The comments have put Sault Ste. Marie in the national spotlight and it’s creating quite a buzz among people that live in this area. “Agree or disagree with him it’s very, very cool to hear an official mention the town and the area,” Ben Deatrick, said. Deatrick has lived in the Soo for quite a while, and one thing that hasn’t changed much in that time are the locks.

“Your lock isn’t working too well, it’s not working too well, it hasn’t been fixed in 50 years, in all fairness,” Trump added.

Those comments resonate with people like Deatrick. “I say great, fantastic, we certainly need a new lock and it could be a great benefactor to our city. A lot of those ships just to have to wait you know at the pier for two to three hours, sometimes all day, they really could use the new lock,” Deatrick added.

Larry and Janet Besaw may not agree with a lot of what the president says but can agree with his comments about the locks. “Not just for this area but the country in general, without the locks the shipping stops that tons and tons of shipping so it would be foolish not to,” Janet Besaw said.

“It was interesting to hear him say it, considering years ago supposedly they approved the upgrade of the locks so congress had no funding for it so they basically said yea go ahead do it,” she added.

That was in 1986. Thursday in Lansing, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is expected to work alongside the White House as they figure out the next steps to rebuild.

9&10 News

 

Chi-Cheemaun ferry starts runs Friday

5/4 - South Baymouth, Ont. – Mother Nature has pulled through at the last minute, banishing the ice from the port of South Baymouth just in time to see the Chi-Cheemaun make her inaugural 2018 crossing this Friday, May 4.

As was reported last week, the ‘fast ice,’ or ice fastened to the shore in South Bay, was of concern to the Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC), the ferry’s parent company, but these fears have been abated with warm temperatures and good wind conditions.

Kaleena Johnson, the OSTC’s manager of customer and media relations, told The Expositor, “At this time, we have no concern. The Chi-Cheemaun will be departing Tobermory at 8:50 am on Friday.” The ferry will arrive at South Baymouth at 10:50 am, undoubtedly greeted by a large group of people who mark her sight as the official start of the summer tourism season.

Ms. Johnson said fares are staying the same this year, with the exception of a $5 increase to the dinner and concert series cruises.

“This year there was a complete redesign of the aft lounge, which once housed the arcade,” Ms. Johnson explained. “It’s now very vibrant, colorful and inviting for families to come sit and enjoy the passage.”

Ms. Johnson said the OSTC has again partnered with Parks Canada and, new this year, Wikwemikong Tourism and will see representatives from both organizations host talks and events in the aft lounge all season long. “There will also be interactive touch screens for the kids with fun kids’ programming,” she added.

The OSTC prides itself in giving travellers a truly cultural experience while riding the ferry, Ms. Johnson said, noting that local foods, drinks and crafts, as well as experiences, are sourced whenever possible. Sailors can expect to see Manitoulin Brewing Company and Split Rail Brewing beers on tap, Manitoulin Pizza Company products for sale, whitefish sourced from Island waters, as well as goods like Anchored Jewelry’s hand-stamped jewellery and First Nation crafts from Manitoulin for sale.

The Chi-Cheemaun will once again host its popular concert series with the schedule as follows: June 8, Shakura S’Aida; June 16, the Craft Booze Cruise; June 30, Trent Severn; July 18, Samantha Martin with Delta Sugar; July 28, Danny Michel and Emm Gryner; August 16, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer; and September 14, the Trevor MacKenzie Band.

Those travelling on a Sunday in July can look forward to a free event that sees authors and musicians paired. “We will be offering stargazing trips during the height of the Perseids meteor shower in August too,” Ms. Johnson added.

“We’re creating an experience in and of itself,” she said. “We’re getting people to come back to enjoy more than just the views.”

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Port Reports -  May 4

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors had no traffic on Thursday the 3rd and no traffic for Friday the 4th. Algoma Niagara is on the schedule for the 4th, but as of 19:00 on the 3rd she was sitting in Sarnia. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson on the 3rd at 12:11 arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone. She departed Duluth on the 3rd at 08:21. As of 19:00 on the 3rd she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on the 4th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, May 2nd Update: Algoma Mariner’s destination is Sydney Nova Scotia. At 22:35 Tecumseh shifted to the G3 elevator to finish loading. Thursday May 3d 14:11 Federal Beaufort weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 16:46 Federal Yoshino departed for Quebec City. 17:03 Tecumseh departed for Windsor.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
There was no activity on the Presque Isle ore Dock on Thursday.

Green Bay, Wis.
Great Republic departed at 6:16 p.m. Thursday after unloading high fusion coal at Georgia Pacific.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Jim Conlon
Wilfred Sykes departed winter lay up at BayShip Thursday afternoon bound for Cedarville to load stone. The Sykes had her boilers rebuilt over the winter.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
On May 3 at 2:44 Mississagi departed Bruce Mines for Chicago. CCGS Samuel Risley proceeded to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island to break out the ferry dock. They next travelled across the channel to break out Tobermory. 12:45 Chi-Cheemaun departed her layup dock in Owen Sound for Tobermory. She is scheduled to start ferry service to South Baymouth May 4th.

Pelee Island, Ont. – Frank Hood
The new ferry for Pelee Island, the Pelee Islander II, is now visible on the MarineTraffic web site. She is sailing north up the coast of Chile and is flagged in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday May 3 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - May 2 - Algosea at 1024 from the anchorage and Thunder Bay at 2109 - Departures - May 3 - Sloman Helios (Atg) at 0128 and Thunder Bay at 0624

Buffalo:
Arrival - May 2 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1810 and American Mariner at 2240 - Departed - May 3 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0626 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 2 - tug Molly M I & barge MM142, Federal Saguenay (Mhl) at 2109 and Saginaw at 2310 - May 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1531 - Downbound - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1728, Algoma Strongfield at 1840, Thunder Bay eta at 2045 and Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2325 - May 3 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 0436, tug Molly M I & barge MM142 at 0612, Capt Henry Jackman at 0819, Cedarglen at 0859, CSL Welland at 1231 and tug Dylan Cooper & barge RTC 108 eta 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Departures - May 2 - tug Molly M I & barge MM 142 at 2055 from wharf 2 upbound - May 3 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1141 for Hamilton

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 2 - Federal Saguenay at 1247 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta at 2245 - Departures - May 2 - Federal Saguenay at 2045 for the canal - May 3 Adfines Star (Mlt) at 1901 for Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 2 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) eta 2338 from Oshawa - May 3 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 1353 from wharf 2 Docked - Apr 27 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2230 - Apr 28 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2327 - May 1 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1720 - May 2 - Sten Arnold (Gib) at 1600 - Anchored - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 - Departures -

Bronte:
Arrival - May 2 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0455 (anchored) - May 3 - departed anchorage at 0627 - Docked - May 3 at 0630

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 2 - Swan Baltic (Mhl)(ex Ozay 6-1 at 1439 Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2140 approx.

Toronto:
Arrival - May 3 - Capt Henry Jackman at 2312 approx. from the canal - Docked - May 1 - Bluebill (Cyp) at 1945 for Redpath dock - Departure - May 3 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0046

Oshawa:
Docked - Apr 29 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0645

 

Maritime Task Force sees Lakes/Seaway shipping moving forward

5/4 - Toledo, Ohio – Increases in cargo movement on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway in 2017 were but two of several positive developments last year. The 2017 Annual Report of Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) released Thursday highlights progress on maintaining the Jones Act as the foundation of America’s domestic maritime policy; building a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; construction of another heavy icebreaker for the Great Lakes; and increased funding for dredging Great Lakes ports and waterways.

The Jones Act requires that cargo moving between U.S. ports be carried in vessels that are U.S.-crewed, -built and -owned. Although the Jones Act was enacted in 1920, the United States has reserved domestic waterborne commerce to U.S.-flag vessels since 1817. Following the hurricanes that battered Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, there were claims the law was inhibiting relief efforts, particularly in Puerto Rico, but there was no basis in fact. “The docks were jammed with cargo. The problem was the land-based transportation infrastructure was so tattered after the hurricane that cargo could not move inland. Congress wisely rejected making any changes to the Jones Act.”

On the infrastructure front, GLMTF continued its efforts to build a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Soo Locks connect Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and typically handle 80 million tons of cargo per year, 90-plus percent of which transit the Poe Lock. Although authorized by Congress, the project has been stalled by a flawed benefit/cost analysis by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but President Trump has pledged to get the project moving.

The Task Force is also focused on building another heavy icebreaker to partner with the Mackinaw so the U.S. Coast Guard can keep cargo moving during the ice season, typically mid-December to mid- or late-April. The Annual Report notes that in December 2017 and January 2018, U.S.-flag lakers had more than 1.8 million tons of cargo delayed or cancelled by ice.

“While the Mackinaw performed well, the Coast Guard’s smaller icebreakers were often overmatched, and some had to be taken out of service for varying periods of time ... The only way the fleet can reliably meet the needs of commerce is if the United States Coast Guard has two heavy icebreakers stationed on the Great Lakes.”

The Great Lakes are currently in a period of high water, but it is inevitable that they will fall again, so it is imperative that Congress continue to increase expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and give the Lakes their fair share of dredging dollars. “Thanks to GLMTF’s commitment to restoring adequate funding for dredging, the Lakes’ annual appropriation has just about doubled, from $80 million in 2012 to almost $160 million in 2017, but the need remains great. Nearly 15 million cubic yards of sediment still clog the Great Lakes Navigation System.”

GLMTF continued to support passage of the S. 168, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). This legislation will bring much needed clarity and consistency to governance of ballast water discharges and put oversight where it best belongs: The U.S. Coast Guard. The current patchwork approach of regulations differing from federal agency to federal agency and state to state makes compliance nearly impossible.

Great Lakes Maritime Task Force

 

Great Lakes Commission launches online portal for maritime jobs

5/4 - Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) recently launched a one-stop online portal for information about maritime careers on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The website, which provides information on types of maritime careers, employers, training and certifications, is also now accepting postings for available jobs. Employers interested in posting a maritime job on the career portal can click here.

“In our longstanding role of advocating for the regional water-based economy, the Great Lakes Commission is proud to present this new maritime jobs website,” said Steve Fisher, executive director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association and GLC commissioner from Indiana. “Ports and shippers support real jobs and economic development across the Great Lakes region, and this website will allow them to more efficiently attract talent. With growing demand for jobs both aboard ships and on shore, and a projected shortage in qualified personnel, the maritime industry offers attractive career opportunities in the Great Lakes and beyond.”

“We’re strategically focusing our efforts on finding, developing and training a team of professionals for a growing workforce to successfully accomplish current and future contracts,” said Joe Starck, President, The Great Lakes Towing Company. “This starts with hiring world-class talent and the Great Lakes Maritime Careers website would be another great way to find qualified candidates.”

A comprehensive online careers website for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River maritime industry was called for as a tool to better connect industry with prospective applicants in the 2016 Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Transportation System, developed by the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. The strategy recommends actions to maintain and expand the maritime transportation system. As part of its work to support commercial navigation in the Great Lakes region, the GLC developed the online portal with input from regional stakeholders. The maritime industry on the Great Lakes moves 200 million tons of freight each year, generates 227,000 jobs and $34 billion (USD) in business revenue, and supports industries such as manufacturing, steel production, agriculture and power generation.

Great Lakes Commission

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 4

On May 4, 1958, JOHN SHERWIN entered service. The SHERWIN has been in lay-up for over half of her life on the Great Lakes. She last sailed on November 16, 1981.

On her maiden voyage May 4, 1976, ST. CLAIR departed Sturgeon Bay for Escanaba, Michigan, to load 39,803 gross tons of iron ore pellets for Indiana Harbor, Indiana arriving there on May 5th.

OREFAX ran aground on May 4, 1963, way off course near Manistique, Michigan. She was lightered and pulled off by the Roen Salvage Co. and made her way to Toronto, Ontario, where she discharged her cargo and left for repairs.

The tanker VENUS, a.) MARTHA E. ALLEN of 1928 suffered an explosion on May 4, 1972, when the crew was cleaning tanks while at anchor waiting for the fog to lift about seven miles west of the Eisenhower Lock in the Seaway. Two explosions rocked the ship, killing her skipper, Captain Stanley, and injuring three crewmen.

On 04 May 1839, ATLAS (wooden schooner, built in 1836, at Dexter, New York) was carrying building stone from Chaumont Bay to Oswego, New York, when she foundered 6 miles from Oswego. The steamer TELEGRAPH rushed out of Oswego to assist her but only found a little flotsam. All five on board were lost: Capt. Asahel Wescott, Ortha Little, William Ackerman, John Lee and Asa Davis (a passenger).

1889: The new Canadian Pacific steamer MANITOBA was launched at Owen Sound.

1911: The STEPHEN M. CLEMENT sank the ERWIN L. FISHER in a collision on the Detroit River. The former last sailed as PEAVEY PIONEER and was scrapped in 1968-1969.

1968: The Swedish freighter BRORIVER made 9 trips to the Great Lakes in 1965-1966. It was sold and renamed d) THALIA later in 1966 and caught fire on the Atlantic on this date in 1968. The blaze originated in the engine room but gutted the ship. It was abandoned the next day and was eventually towed to Dakar, Senegal, where it was forced to anchor 8 miles out, as officials did not want it in the port. The vessel later sank at the anchorage.

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

 

S.S. Badger receives $800K state grant to fix damage from Blizzard Evelyn

5/3 - Manitowoc, Wis. – The S.S. Badger carferry is getting nearly $800,000 in state money to repair its dock, which was damaged by Blizzard Evelyn.

Gov. Scott Walker's office says high winds and waves damaged loading equipment and structures and severely eroded the harbor side. The vehicle apron needs to be rebuilt, and a broken counterweight needs to be added. Those repairs are expected to be made by the ferry's opening day, which is set for May 11. In all, the project is expected to cost nearly $1 million.

In addition, plans call for an armored retaining wall to be built on the harbor side to protect the facility from future wind and wave damage. Walker's office says the current shoreline structure was not engineered, and is made up of a mix of construction debris and small-diameter quarry stone.

“The S.S. Badger is an important aspect of our communities helping with both manufacturing and tourism,” Walker said in a news release. “This grant will help speed up repairs to the harbor and aboard the S.S. Badger, ensuring the ferry is ready to transport passengers, vehicles, and commercial goods as they prepare to open for the upcoming season.”

The City of Manitowoc owns the dock and leases it to the S.S. Badger. The state grant comes from the Harbor Assistance Program. Fox 11

 

Port Reports -  May 3

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor at approx. 00:17 on Wednesday the 2nd for South of #2. She departed on the 2nd at 14:55 for Conneaut. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on the 3rd. An update on the Presque Isle: When she departed Two Harbors on the 1st she was showing a destination of Gary. On Wednesday the 2nd she was showing a Conneaut destination. There was no traffic at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Wednesday the 2nd and none scheduled for the 3rd, but the Herbert C. Jackson is due Duluth early on the 3rd with limestone and there is a good chance she will load pellets in Silver Bay on the 3rd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, May2nd 2:20 Algoma Mariner departed. 12:41 Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
On May 1 Mississagi went to anchor in the North Channel off of Cockburn Island. 19:12 Cuyahoga departed Owen Sound for Drummond Island, arriving there on May 2nd at 9:55 to load stone. 12:56 Cuyahoga departed Drummond Island downbound. Wednesday morning CCGS Samuel Risley arrived in the North Channel and began ice operations breaking a channel to the Ontario Trap Rock dock in Bruce Mines. Mississagi weighed anchor in the morning, arriving at Bruce Mines at 17:00. The Samuel Risley proceeded to Thessalon to continue ice operations.

Owen Sound, Ont. – Paul Martin
On Tuesday, May 1, the Cuyahoga, oldest Canadian freighter working on the Great Lakes, arrived with Alberta wheat and the captain received the traditional Top Hat from the mayor as the first ship to being the 2018 shipping season. On Thursday, May 3, the Chi-Cheemaun departs for Tobermory, Ont., to begin her 2018 daily ferry trips to South Bay Mouth on Manitoulin Island the next day.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday May 2 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 30 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 2122 - May 2 - CSL Laurentien at 0145 and Algosea at 1024 from the anchorage and Thunder Bay at 1810 approx. - Departures - May 1 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2241 - May 2 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1031 for the canal and CSL Laurentien at 1128 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - May 2 - Capt Henry Jackman at 1810

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 1 - Sten Bergen (Gib) - May 2 - Algoma Equinox at 0133, Algoma Guardian at 0503, Solina (Bhs) at 0938, Federal Saguenay at 1247 (anchored), Kaministiqua at 1322, tug Molly M I, Saginaw eta at 2255 - Downbound May 1 - Wicko (Bhs) and John D Leitch eta 2203 - May - 2 - McKeil Spirit at 0001, Tim S Dool at 0121, Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0625, Algoscotia at 0752, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1515, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1728, Algoma Strongfield at 1840, Thunder Bay eta at 2045

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller - Arrivals - May 1 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 0611 and Qamutik (Nld) (ex Edisongracht-10, Qamutik-09, Edisongracht-09, Qamutik-08 Edisongracht-08) stopped wharf 12 at 2328 and Jiimaan (ferry) stopped wharf 16 at 0105 - May 2 - tug Molly M I at 1650 stopped wharf 2 - Departures - May 2 - Qamutik (Nld) from wharf 12 at 1937 and Jiimaan from wharf 16 at 1925 westbound and tug Molly M I at 2055

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - May 2 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0105 for Buffalo - departed late afternoon for Buffalo

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 1 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1027 May 2 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta at 2245 - Departures - May 1 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1456 for the canal - May 2 - Federal Saguenay at 1247 - departed at 2045 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 2 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) eta 2300 from Oshawa Docked - Apr 27 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2230 - Apr 28 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2327 - May 1 - Federal Saguenay (Mhl) at 0753, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1720 - - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 - Departures - May 1 - Algoma Eqiuinox at 2342 - May 2 - Federal Saguenay (Mhl) at 1037 for PW anchorage

Bronte:
Arrival - May 2 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0455 (anchored)

Mississauga:
Arrival - May 2 - Swan Baltic (Mhl)(ex Ozay 6-1 at 1439 Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta unknown

Toronto:
Arrivals - May 1 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0947 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 1945 for Redpath dock

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Apr 29 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0645 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0822 - Departure - May 2 - Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 1929 for Hamilton

 

Aging Soo Locks now a focus of the White House

5/3 - Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump spoke on the aging Soo Locks at an event in Washington Township, Michigan, on Saturday, April 28. “The Soo Locks are going to hell,” Trump told the crowd. “You know that right? And we’re going to get them fixed up.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that a six-month unexpected closure of the Poe Lock would result in dire consequences for the national economy. The DHS projected that 11 million Americans would lose their jobs, and the State of Michigan’s unemployment would reach 22%, exceeding the peak unemployment rate of 15% during the Great Recession of 2008. According to DHS, entire U.S. manufacturing industries would be incapacitated, including automobiles, appliances, construction, farming, and heavy manufacturing.

“Businesses located at or near our ports are dependent on commerce through the Soo Locks,” said Steve Fisher, Executive Director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association. "Thousands of jobs in the energy, steel and agriculture sectors rely on this critical waterway.”

The Soo Locks were constructed in Michigan in 1855 to allow ships to navigate the 21-foot height difference between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Where once there were four locks to serve Great Lakes shipping, now there are only two, with the largest lock, the Poe, handing over 90 percent of all cargoes. The other lock, the MacArthur, is too small for the larger, modern ships that transport cargo such as iron ore.

Trump further stated in his speech that he would immediately talk to the Army Corps of Engineers to jumpstart the process of fixing the Soo Locks.

“We depend on the Corps to maintain this marine highway,” said Jim Weakley, President of the Lake Carriers’ Association. “Without the locks connecting Lake Superior to the lower lakes we could not do our job.”

Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

 

National Museum begins on-line campaign to excavate schooner

5/3 - Toledo, Ohio – The National Museum of the Great Lakes had begun an on-line fundraising campaign to raise funds to complete up to 10 days of underwater survey and excavation of their recent shipwreck discovery thought to be the long sought Lake Serpent. Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the museum said that “the internet provides organizations like ours the opportunity to reach out to potential supporters across the world.”

Carrie Sowden, archaeologist at the National Museum of the Great Lakes will lead a team of volunteers this summer excavating the bow section of the boat as well as areas that might provide evidence that the vessel is indeed the Lake Serpent. The estimated cost of the project is $13,000. The museum has already raised $10,500 from over 50 contributors so far both on-line and in personal solicitations.

The museum has established an on-line funding web site at www.indiegogo.com/projects/lakeserpentproject/ or interested parties can go to the museum’s website at www.inlandseas.org or call 419-214-5000.

National Museum of the Great Lakes

 

Study puts $6.3 billion price tag on potential Mackinac Straits oil spill

5/3 - St. Ignace, Mich. – A new study from a Michigan State University researcher estimates an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac could have an economic impact of more than $6 billion.

The study, led by MSU professor Robert B. Richardson, was prepared for For Love of Water (FLOW), a Traverse City-based advocacy group that has advocated for the shutdown and decommissioning of Enbridge Energy's Line 5 oil and gas pipeline.

The pipeline, built in 1953, runs 645 miles from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Canada, and transports up to 540,000 barrels of light crude oil and natural gas liquids per day. Groups like FLOW have called for the aging pipeline to be shut down because of the risk a spill could pose to the Great Lakes.

FLOW Executive Director Liz Kirkwood called the new study "another compelling reason for the state to take swift action to shut down Line 5."

Federal authorities requested the pressure in the oil pipeline be reduced after new damage was found. "This study puts credible numbers behind what common sense tells us, that a Line 5 spill could cause catastrophic economic impacts in addition to environmental destruction," Kirkwood said in a statement.

The study assumes a spill of about 2.5 million gallons of crude oil, which amounts to about 59,500 barrels, damaging about 900 miles of shoreline. The study's authors said it is not intended to be a "worst-case scenario," but a "reasonable case that is informed by expert knowledge."

"The scenario reflects the real possibility of technological failure and delay in human response," the study states. "In the context of Line 5, the worst-case scenario may be far greater in terms of scale, scope, and the magnitude of impacts."

Read more and view images at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/05/study_puts_63_billion_price_ta.html

 

Saltie demolition

5/3 - Vessels with a Great Lakes / Seaway connection reported as a casualty or sold for demolition. Taken from May 2018 issue of Marine News - Journal of the World Ship Society:

Casualties: none reported Demolitions: Rakan-M (7341685; Tanzania) (Rakan-M-16, Enas H-11, Karim-09, Wilson Mugga-07, Selnes-04 (1st trip into the Seaway 1980) and Risnes-79 (1st trip into the Seaway 1978) 3,685 / 1975 bulk carrier. By RMM Shipping Co. SA (Industrial Shipping Ltd), Belize to Nagarsheth Shipbreakers, India and arrived Alang 21/09/2017, commenced demolition 5/10/2017.

Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Pirate-themed cruises coming to Munising

5/3 - Munising, Mich. – Pirates are making their way to Munising, and you can join them by taking a ride on the Munising Pirate Cruises.

Their pirate ship is currently dry docked in Sault Ste. Marie. As soon as the ice melts, it will begin operations in Munising, they're hoping that's around Memorial Day. There will be different cruise options; a family friendly version, where kids can learn what it takes to become a pirate, and an adults only version at sunset, with drinks served from the ship’s bar.

The cruises are currently looking for people to portray the pirates on the ship.

“We are looking for social, active people that have a good amount of energy to be able to keep the kids entertained and under control, while also having a good time and staying in character,” said Deidre Phillipson, manager of Munising Pirate Cruises. “They have to be able to work with this environment because it is very social, and it is very customer service.”

Upper Michigan Source

 

Boatnerd gatherings reservations being taken

5/3 - Boatnerd Badger Gathering: A few staterooms are still available for the June 1-2 overnight Stay on the S.S. Badger in Ludington, Michigan, followed by a round trip across Lake Michigan. A Wisconsin Shoreline Cruise is an option after the Badger is docked Manitowoc and before the return trip to Ludington. Reservations are a must for this fun event. See the Gatherings page for complete details.

Annual Soo Freighter-Chasing Cruise: This annual 3-hour event during the Engineer’s Weekend at the Soo Locks usually sells out. A buffet dinner is part of the trip to take close-up photos and videos of traffic in the St. Marys River. The cruise is limited to 100 passengers and advance reservations are required. Don’t be left out. See the Gatherings page for complete details.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 3

On May 3, 1959, the first large saltwater vessel to transit the new St. Lawrence Seaway arrived at Duluth. The RAMON DE LARINAGA of 1954, took the honors as the first salty, passing under Duluth's Aerial Bridge at 1:16 p.m., followed by a salty named the HERALD of 1943, sixteen minutes later.

In 1922, the PERE MARQUETTE 16, as the barge HARRIET B, collided with the steamer QUINCY A. SHAW, and sank off Two Harbors, Minnesota.

On 3 May 1840, CHAMPLAIN (wooden side-wheeler, 225 tons, built in 1832, at Chippewa, Ontario) was carrying general merchandise when a storm drove her ashore four miles south of St. Joseph, Michigan. Although abandoned, she was later recovered and rebuilt.

On 03 May 1883, lightning struck and set fire to the barge C F. ALLEN while she was loading at North Muskegon, Michigan. She burned to the water's edge. Her loss was valued at $6,000, but she was not insured.

1905: HESPER was blown aground in 60 mph winds near Silver Bay, MN. The vessel was carried over a reef by a giant wave and broken to pieces. All on board were rescued.

1909: The EDWIN F. HOLMES hit a dredge in the Detroit River. The 108-year-old vessel still survives as the J.B. FORD.

1941: TRAJAN had been built at Ecorse, MI as a) YAQUE in 1915. It returned to the Great Lakes as b) DORIS in 1928 taking out the head gates at Lock 13 of the Welland Canal on September 23 and was back for several trips after becoming c) TRAJAN in 1932. The vessel was bombed and sunk by German aircraft in the North Sea on this date while enroute from Blyth to London with a cargo of coal.

1961: The tug BERT VERGE was towing the retired laker FORESTDALE across Hamilton Bay to the scrapyard at Stelco when it got caught by the wind, pulled over on its beam ends and sank with the loss of 2 lives. The tug was later salvaged and survives today as a pleasure craft out of Port Dover.

1982: A fire in the officer's quarters aboard the rail car barge SCOTIA II broke out at Sarnia. The damage was repaired and the ship resumed cross-river service until making its last run in April 1995.

1987: The Polish freighter ZIEMIA BIALOSTOCKA began Great Lakes service in 1980 after 8 years of deep sea trading. The ship hit the Sidney Lanier Bridge at Brunswick, GA, on this date in 1987 with major damage to the vessel and structure. The ship last visited the Great Lakes in 1996 and arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on September 20, 1998.

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

 

Coast Guard breaking ice on Portage Lake, Keweenaw

5/2 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Coast Guard cutter Alder will finish the break out of the Keweenaw Waterway, including Portage Lake, later this week. Coast Guard Cutter Alder plans to transit the Keweenaw Waterway from north to south, completing the passage by May 03.

 

Port Reports -  May 2

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Presque Isle on Tuesday the 1st at 01:10 for South of #2. She departed at 11:15 on the 1st for Gary. Due late on the 1st or early on the 2nd is the Indiana Harbor. The Manitoulin, after fueling in Duluth, departed showing a Nanticoke destination after loading in Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 1st and none scheduled on the 2nd.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday, May 1st at 11:07 Florence Spirit departed for Sorel. 11:17 Algoma Mariner arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 12:07 Federal Yoshino weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 18:28 Ojibway departed for Windsor.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
First sunrise of May found Erie Trader and Hon. James L. Oberstar loading ore at LS&I in heavy ice.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
April 30th 9:13 Frontenac finished unloading after the CSL labor dispute ended and departed Midland for Stoneport. On May 1st 2:36 Cuyahoga arrived at the P&H Elevator in Owen Sound to unload grain from Thunder Bay.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Kushiro has departed for Montreal loaded with grain. By Tuesday night she was mid-Lake Erie.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
The Saginaw River has had a number of recent commercial vessel passages. Sunday saw the arrival of the tug Zeus, and her tank barge, Robert F. Deegan. The pair unloaded at the Port Fisher/International dock in Bay City. Monday morning saw the arrival of the John J. Boland, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City. The Boland was unloading late in the afternoon and departed early in the evening. H. Lee White arrived at the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates Dock late Monday night to unload. Once finished, she was outbound for the lake Tuesday morning. U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock also arrived on the Saginaw River Monday night, tying up at the Consumers Energy Dock in Essexville. Hollyhock will be working AToN on the Saginaw Bay for the Saginaw River Entrance Channel.

Toronto, Ont. – Gerry Ouderkirk
Arrival - Petite Forte and barge at Pier 51 on Tuesday.

Oshawa, Ont.
Federal Mosel was unloading steel beams on the west side of the harbor Tuesday, with the Pacific Huron on the east side.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday May 1 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 30 - Bro Alma (Spg) at 1100 and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 2122 - May 1 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1326 - Departures - May 1 - CSL Tadoussac at 0327

Long Point bay anchorage:
Arrival - May 1 - Algosea at 0806

Buffalo:
ETA May 2 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0300

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 (anchored) - Apr 30 - Atlantic Huron at 1958 Algoma Discovery at 2203 and English River at 2342 - May 1 - anchored - Jiimaan (ferry) at 0831, Qamutik (Nld) (ex Edisongracht-10, Qamutik-09, Edisongracht-09, Qamutik-08 Edisongracht-08) at 0930, Jiimaan (ferry) at 1223, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1456 and Sten Bergen (GIb) at 2014 - Downbound - Apr 30 - tug Wilf Seymour & barge, Alouette Spirit at 2124. Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 launched as Lake Ontario) eta at 2226 and and Evans Spirit eta 2329 - May -1 Esta Desgagnes at 1030, Wicko (Bhs) at 1523 and John D Leitch eta 2100

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa - May 1 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1027 - Departures - Apr 30 - Isolda (Cyp) at 2300 approx. - May 1 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 0518 to wharf 2, Jiimaan (ferry) at 0831 headed back to Pelee Island, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1426

Hamilton:
Arrivals - - May 1 - Federal Saguenay (Mhl) at 0753, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1720 - Docked - Apr 27 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2230 - Apr 28 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2327 - Apr 30 - Algoma Equinox at 1108 - Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 - Departures - May 1 - Mottler (Cyp) at 0159 eastbound and Saginaw at 1524

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 30 - Mia Desgagnes at 0252 - Departed - May 1 at 1229 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrivals - May 1 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0947 and Bluebill (Cyp) at 1945 for Redpath dock

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Apr 29 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0645 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0822

 

Point LeBarbe response completed; McGulpin Point response begins

5/2 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – A unified command has been established to assess damage to the Consumers Energy cables near McGulpin Point, Mich. The McGulpin Point Unified Command consists of members from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Coast Guard and Consumers Energy.

Consumers Energy is developing a plan, under the oversight of the unified command, to respond to the damage to their de-energized, retired cables in the Straits of Mackinac.

The company reported that there is no free flowing fluid within their armored, solid-centered cable. Consumers Energy is working to obtain a sample of the affected line to test for chemical properties within the 46 kV cable. The Point LeBarbe Unified Command completed its operations Sunday and transitioned all new operations to the McGulpin Point Unified Command.

USCG

 

Toledo’s Schoonmaker museum ship opens Tuesday

5/2 - Toledo, Ohio – Opening day for the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship is Tuesday. The massive lake freighter that sits on the Maumee River outside the National Museum of the Great Lakes is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

Tuesday also marks the launch of the museum ship’s smart phone tour app, which you can download for free by searching “Schoonmaker” in the app store.

Opening day tours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 for youth 6 to 17 years old, and free for children 5 or younger.

Toledo Blade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 2

The STEWART J. CORT created a sensation as she passed Detroit/Windsor on mid-day on May 2, 1972, amid throngs of people lining both sides of the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, whistling acknowledging salutes on her up bound maiden run.

ADAM E. CORNELIUS (Hull#53) was launched at St. Clair, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works on May 2, 1908. Renamed b.) DETROIT EDISON in 1948, c.) GEORGE F. RAND in 1954. Sold Canadian in 1962, renamed d.) AVONDALE. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain, in 1979.

On 2 May 1874, the steamer 8TH OHIO was chartered by Magner & Company to carry their circus to various Great Lake ports throughout that season.

The 3-mast schooner EDWARD KELLEY was launched at Dunford & Leighton's yard in Port Huron on 2 May 1874. She was built for the Lake Superior Transportation Company of Cleveland, Ohio. A. O. Miller's coronet band played at the launching.

On 02 May 1903, ACADIA (wooden schooner-barge, 102 foot, 188 tons, built in 1873, at Smith's Falls, Ontario) was carrying coal from Oswego, New York to Kingston, Ontario, when she went aground in a storm near the Duck Islands on Lake Ontario. She was later recovered, but foundered again in July 1908. Again she was recovered and this time rebuilt as a barge.

1895 N.K. FAIRBANK was traveling from Chicago to Ogdensburg, NY with 50,000 bushels of corn when it stranded, due to fog and smoke, off Morgan's Point 6 miles west of Port Colborne. The wooden steamer caught fire and burned to the waterline. The hull was later refloated and, in 1899, rebuilt as the ELIZA H. STRONG only to burn again in October 1904.

1967 SHELTER BAY went aground in the Brockville Narrows when a bolt in the steering gear sheared off and the vessel veered off course, was holed by rocks and had to be beached off Royal Island. This member of the Q. & O. fleet was bound for Chicago with iron ore, but had to be lightered and then sailed to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

Data from: Skip, Gillham, Jody Aho, 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 includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.

 

Interlake Logistics Solutions introduces barge Montville to Great Lakes service

5/1 - Middleburg Heights, Ohio – The Interlake Steamship Co., through Interlake Logistics Solutions, has announced it will time charter an asset from the East Coast to operate on the Great Lakes this spring: The 418-foot Montville, a single-hold, covered hopper barge with a 14,400-short ton capacity that will be able to carry a wide variety of cargoes.

The Montville barge will eventually feature a rail-mounted gantry that will support a large material handler capable of digging or lifting cargo out of the cargo hold and onto shore.

“We are very excited to bring the Montville into service to provide new maritime logistic solutions for our partners on the Great Lakes,” says Interlake President Mark W. Barker. “We’re seeing an increasing need for moving other types of cargo than the free-flowing bulk cargoes that we have traditionally moved. We felt that it was important to respond and fulfill the needs of our customers.”

Brendan O’Connor, Interlake’s Vice President of Marketing and Marine Traffic, says the Montville barge will be able to carry a wide range of cargoes from bulk products to steel to specialty project cargoes such as wind turbines, generators, heavy equipment and other large structural components.

“While barge service is available in the region, we believe the Montville is a unique asset,” O’Connor says. “Its sheer size and versatility sets it apart. The Montville will be largest U.S.-flagged barge of its kind on the Great Lakes. With its large, open cargo hold – that is completely covered -- it will be able to carry high cubic cargoes as well as heavy cargoes protected from the environment.”

Interlake is partnering with Moran Towing to assist with the operations

Interlake Steamship Co.

 

DTE Electric plans to keep Belle River, Monroe coal plants running

5/1 - Louisville, Ky. - Even though it is retiring three of its coal plants by 2023, DTE Electric intends to keep running its 1,395-MW Belle River and 3,000-MW Monroe coal plants until around 2030 and 2040, respectively, Trevor Lauer, DTE president and chief operating officer, said Friday in an interview.

Lauer's comments came after Michigan's largest utility received final approval from the state's Public Service Commission to build a 1,100-MW, $951.8 million natural gas-fired plant at the utility's Belle River plant in St. Clair County.

Environmentalists opposed the gas-fired plant, urging DTE to replace the coal units with more renewable resources.

DTE plans to retire about 2,100 MW of older coal capacity by 2023, using the new gas-fired plant as a partial replacement once it goes into commercial operation in second-quarter 2022.

 

There’s a watch on South Bay ice pack as Chi-Cheemaun’s season draws near

5/1 - Owen Sound, Ont. – The Chi-Cheemaun’s first official sail of the 2018 season is scheduled for Friday, May 4, but the Owen Sound Transportation Co., the ferry’s parent company, is keeping a close eye on the remaining ice in Lake Huron.

“The Environment Canada ice chart shows fast ice up inside South Bay, but our dock cameras show it clear at the South Baymouth dock and at the entrance from the lake,” said OSTC President and CEO Susan Schrempf. (‘Fast ice’ refers to ice that remains fastened to the shoreline.) “If the ice north of us is broken up and the wind shifts from southwest to north, the ice will blow down to the dock and entrance, and that will be a problem. We cannot operate the Chi-Cheemaun in ice, broken or otherwise.”

Ms. Schrempf did go on to note that “much change can happen in two weeks, and no one is able to predict it with any accuracy. Best case scenario for the ferry is for the ice to deteriorate in the north end of South Bay without being broken up by an ice breaker.”

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Port Reports -  May 1

Two Harbors-Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the arrival of the Manitoulin at 11:10 on the 30th for South of #2. She departed at 18:00 for Duluth probably to fuel. I believe this was the first trip into Two Harbors for the Manitoulin. Due Two Harbors early in the morning on the 1st is the Presque Isle. Also due Two Harbors on the 1st is the Indiana Harbor due later in the day. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on the 30th and none scheduled on the 1st.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday, April 29th at 23:09 Algoma Strongfield departed for Baie Comeau. On Monday, April 30th 8:33 Florence Spirit arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 13:33 Ojibway arrived at G3 to load grain. 16:10 CSL Welland departed for Quebec City. 18:00 Federal Beaufort arrived and went to anchor.

Marquette, Mich. – Jake Stevens
The tug/barge Joeseph H. Thompson departed the Presque Isle ore dock at 14:34 Monday for Toledo.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt. Henry Jackman was loading salt Monday, while Federal Kushiro loaded grain.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Apr 30 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Apr 29 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0620, Lee A Tregurtha at 2243 Apr 30 - Thunder Bay at 1025 and Bro Alma (Spg) at 1100, CSL Tadoussac at 1745 and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 2123 approx - Departures - Apr 30 - Lee A Tregurtha at 0845 westbound, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1055 for the canal and Thunder Bay at 1847 westbound

Long Point bay anchorage:
Arrival - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2029 (anchored) - departed at approx. 1040 for Nanticoke

Welland Canal:
Upbound - BBC Polonia (Atg) at 1757 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 (anchored), Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 0616, Algoma Enterprirse at 0930, Isadora (Cyp) at 1155, Vlieborg (Nld) at 1454, Algosea at 1748, Atlantic Huron at 1958 and English River eta 2300 - Downbound - Apr 29 - Algoma Equinox at 1931 and G3 Marquis at 2248 - Apr 30 - CSL Niagara at 0251, Isolda (Cyp) at 0546, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0625, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1559, Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11 launched as Lake Ontario) eta at 2030 and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2045 and Evans Spirit eta 2250,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Apr 20 - barge Niagara Spirit in north dock at Port Weller, mid-morning and her tug Leonard M tied at wharf 52 (shipyard fit out wall) late morning - Apr 21 - tug Leonard M into south dock at Port Weller

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Apr 18 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2015 - departure - Apr 29 - Labrador (Cyp) at 2000 - Apr 30 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 0258 awaiting dock at Oshawa and Isolda (Cyp) at 1608 - departure - Apr 30 - Isolda (Cyp) at 2300 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Apr 30 - Algoma Equinox at 1108 Docked - Apr 26 - Yulia (Lbr) at 0755 - Apr 27 - Federal Cedar (Mhl) at 2230 and Mottler (Cyp) at 2239 from Toronto - Apr 28 - Algoma Discovery at 1540 and Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2327 -- Anchored - Mar 31 - Sten Arnold (Gi) at 1835 - Apr 29 - Saginaw at 2027 - Apr 17 - Blacky (Cyp) at 0009 - Apr 28 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0209 - Departures - Apr 30 - Yulia (Lbr) At 1616 eastbound and Algoma Discovery at 2007 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Apr 30 - Mia Desgagnes at 0252

Oshawa:
Arrivals - Apr 29 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 0645 and Federal Mosel (Mhl) at 0822

 

Summer in store for Minnesota Slip?

5/1 - Duluth, Minn. – The $6.1 million Minnesota Slip seawall reconstruction project has resumed after a lengthy delay, said a city of Duluth news release on Monday. "Seawall installation will be complete by mid-June, but there remains additional landscaping and sidewalk work that will continue the rest of the summer," said a statement from city spokeswoman Pakou Ly.

Contractors began steel sheet piling on Monday, making it a good length of the way down the slip, which is home to the 611-foot S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum.

After a January start, the project had been on hold since early March after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped work in order to secure necessary historic preservation approval at the state level. The oversight was corrected this week, when the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office gave clearance to the city, enabling the project to continue.

Contractors are reinforcing the old timber construction that dates to the late 1800s. The project will fortify the seawalls and prevent further erosion of the dockwall. Current work is scheduled to be done by Grandma's Marathon, June 16 — one of the busiest days of the year in Duluth as it fills Canal Park and the race route to Two Harbors with thousands of racers, volunteers and spectators. But the project also figures to require season-long work-arounds.

"This project is long term," Ly told the News Tribune. "The seawall installation will hopefully be done before Grandma's, but then we have soil, landscaping and sidewalk restoration to do." Ly said the project could stretch well through summer before a scheduled clean-up of the bottom of the slip starts — work scheduled by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

In a twist of good news for the Minnesota Slip, its pedestrian bridge is expected to reopen on Friday, Ly said, having been sandblasted and repainted into a new shade of blue — this time teal.

An equipment staging area has reduced Harbor Drive behind the DECC to one lane of traffic.

The bridge had been enclosed in plastic since March. Historically plagued by problems, the Minnesota Slip pedestrian bridge remains relatively fresh off of a $3 million mechanical fix in 2017. The new season promises a test of some rewiring required as part of a repair last August, which followed the overhaul.

In January, a crew moved the Irvin away from the dockwall and toward the middle of the slip, where it has been floating at anchor ever since.

The Minnesota Slip is also set to undergo soil remediation by the MPCA later this fall – a final hurdle to complete an update of the slip.

The slip is just part of ongoing work throughout the port, where about half of 14 miles of seawall between Duluth and Superior is in need of new steel sheet pilings and modernization.

Work along the seawall behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center has been identified since at least 2016, when DECC staff began fencing off areas along the dockwall near the Irvin due to sinkholes in the green spaces and heaving on the sidewalks.

The June timeline to reopen the Minnesota Slip figures to hurt the Vista Fleet tour boat operation, which keeps its boats in the slip. Owner Justin Steinbach previously described 30 percent of his business being jeopardized by the six-week delay in work as the fleet is unable to use the smaller of its two vessels, the Vista Queen, without having use of the slip. He could not be reached in time for this story.

Duluth News Tribune

 

Cables capped, sealed in Straits of Mackinac as response continues

5/1 - Mackinaw City, Mich. – All of the affected utility cables owned by American Transmission Co. have been soldered, capped, sealed and laid on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac in their original position.

ATC is preparing a long-term plan to remove the damaged cables, under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. A total of 625 gallons of mineral oil were recovered from the lines.

Consumers Energy is developing a plan, under the oversight of the Unified Command, to respond to the damage to their de-energized, retired cables in the Straits of Mackinac. The company reported to the Unified Command that there is no free-flowing fluid within their retired cables.

Consumers Energy is working to obtain a sample of the affected line to test for chemical properties within the 46 kV cable.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  May 1

EDMUND FITZGERALD collided with the Canadian steamer HOCHELAGA at the mouth of the Detroit River, May 1, 1970, suffering slight damage at hatches 18 and 19.

STEWART J. CORT departed Erie on her maiden voyage at 0400 May 1, 1972. She was delayed by fog in Western Lake Erie.

The steel-hulled bulk carrier SHENANGO (Hull#62) was launched on May 1, 1909, by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan.

Scrapping began on the CHICAGO TRADER at Ashtabula, Ohio, on May 1, 1978.

The JOHN T. HUTCHINSON (Hull#1010) was launched at Cleveland, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co. on May 1, 1943.

The IRVING S. OLDS sustained an eight-foot long crack across her spar deck and eight inches down one side in a storm on Lake Huron May 1, 1963.

LIGHTSHIP 103 (HURON) was launched at Morris Heights, New York by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp. on May 1, 1920, for the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The SOO RIVER TRADER brought the first shipment of bulk cement to open the $18 million St. Lawrence Cement distribution dock at Duluth, Minnesota on May 1, 1982.

May 1, 1903 - The ANN ARBOR NO 1 sighted a burning vessel about 15 miles out of the Sturgeon Bay Ship canal, the steamer JOHN EMERY OWEN. The crew had already been picked off after the fire started, so the ANN ARBOR NO 1 put out the fire with her fire hoses. The NO 1 then towed the abandoned steamer to Sturgeon Bay and tied her up at the west end of the canal.

On 1 May 1875, CONSUELLO (wooden schooner, 103 foot, 142 gross tons, built in 1851, at Cleveland, Ohio) left Cleveland with a load of black stone for Toledo. Near Kelley's Island, a storm caused the cargo to shift and the ship capsized and sank. When she hit bottom, she jerked upright so the tops of her masts were above the water. Two of the crew, Fred Donahue and James King, were able to cling to the masts and they were rescued after about an hour and a half. Five others, including the captain and his wife, were drowned.

On 1 May 1876, the little steamer W.D. MORTON, which for two years had run as a ferry between Port Huron's Black River and Sarnia, left her dock for the Delaware River where she ran on a centennial excursion route for the exposition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania She left the Lakes via the Erie Canal.

On 01 May 1858, OGONTZ (wooden propeller steamer, 343 tons, built in 1848, at Ohio City, Ohio) was purchased by Capt. A. E. Goodrich and George C. Drew for $5,600. This was the second vessel in the Goodrich Line. Just two years later, Capt. Goodrich had her machinery removed and she was sold to W. Crostin for $500. He converted her to a sailing vessel and she operated for two more years before she foundered in a storm.

1892: CELTIC, enroute from Fort William to Kingston with wheat and general cargo, sank in Lake Erie east of Rondeau after a collision with the steamer RUSSIA. The accident occurred in fog and one life was lost.

1909: ADELLA SHORES foundered with the loss of 14 lives in a Lake Superior storm while enroute from Ludington to Duluth with barreled salt.

1917: CASE began leaking on Lake Erie and was beached at East Sister Island, near Point Pelee and the ship caught fire when a lantern was knocked over. Some cargo was salvaged in August but the hull was left to break up in place and today the remains are scattered on the bottom.

1933: WILLIAM SCHUPP stranded on a shoal off Cockburn Island, Lake Huron, while enroute to Fort William in ballast. Once released, the vessel was repaired at Collingwood. It became MONDOC (ii) in 1945 and was scrapped at Deseronto, ON in 1961.

1940: ARLINGTON foundered in a Lake Superior storm on the second trip of the 1940 season. The wheat laden steamer was bound for Owen Sound went down stern first, taking Capt. Burke to his death. The rest of the crew survived and were picked up by the COLLINGWOOD.

1963: CAPE TRANSPORT was mauled overnight in a wild storm on Lake Huron off Harbor Beach. The steering gear was damaged, the radio knocked out and pilothouse windows were smashed. The HOLMSIDE, and later the RALPH S. MISENER, stood by. The ship reached a safe anchorage on May 2. Fleetmate OREFAX sustained damage to the forward cabins while upbound on Lake Huron in the same storm.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, 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 includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.


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