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Port Reports -  June 25

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit arrived Duluth mid-evening Sunday to load iron ore pellets at CN. Whitefish Bay was expected to arrive late Sunday night, also for ore. Sam Laud, which had arrived on Saturday afternoon, spent the day Sunday unloading limestone at Graymont, and was waiting for a dock opening in Silver Bay before departing. Cason J. Callaway was at anchor inside the harbor waiting to load ore at Burlington Northern. She had discharged limestone at C. Reiss on Saturday. Thunder Bay loaded ore at BN throughout the day Sunday before departing during the evening. Roger Blough then arrived and began loading. CSL Tadoussac was on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at approx. 05:10 on Sunday the 24th of June for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on June 24th at 08:20 was the Edwin H. Gott. She was assisted to South of #2 by Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. The Gott had departed anchorage off Sand Island on June 24th between 04:30-05:00. As of 19:30 she was still at South of #2. Arriving Two Harbors on June 24th at 09:24 was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader for North of #2 lay-up. She arrived from Duluth after unloading stone at Hallett #5. Due Two Harbors on Monday the 25th of June are the Burns Harbor that should arrive sometime in the morning. Also due Two Harbors on Monday the 25th is the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the American Integrity on June 24th at 14:12 for Indiana Harbor-West. Due Silver Bay is the Sam Laud from Superior after unloading stone at Graymont in Superior. As of 19:30 on June 24th she was still at the dock waiting on the wind to go down. Also due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 25th is the American Century. A note: The Algoma Niagara got underway on Sunday the 24th of June after being anchored off Sand Island. She is headed for Quebec City.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic on a quiet Sunday included Algoma Discovery, American Century, Olza, American Mariner and, late, Stewart J. Cort. CSL St. Laurent, Victory 1 and Algoma Compass were downbound.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood was loading salt on Sunday.

Welland Canal and regional report – Sunday Jun 24 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Jun 23 - Algoma Mariner at 1142, Algoma Hansa at 1914 and tug Dylan Cooper & barge Delaware at 2314 - Departures - Jun 24 - Algoma Mariner at 0101 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 23 - Eemsgracht (Nld) at 1349 (stopping at wharf 12) and light tug M R Kane at 2249 (to assist Salvage Monarch & barge Metis) - Jun 24 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0814, tug Kimberly Anne & spud barge Derrick 4 at 0530, Algoma Enterprise at 1209, light tug VAC at 0002, Macassa Bay (passenger) at 1447 (stopped wharf 1) at 1512, Pearl Mist (passenger) (Mhl) at 1607 from Toronto

Downbound - Jun 23 tugs - Tim McKeil, Evans McKeil & Vac with Victo (ex American Victory-18), Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0829, Algoma Buffalo at 1616 and Algoma Guardian at 2252 - Jun 24 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0044, Algoma Mariner at 0428, Fuldaborg (Nld) at 0901, CSL Laurentien at 1323, Cuyahoga at 1437 (for wharf 20-E), tugs Salvage Monarch and M.R. Kane with barge Metis at 1448 (stopped at wharf 16 for inspection), Baie Comeau at 1508, Florence Spirit at 1530, Kaministiqua at 1842 and Algoma Spirit eta 2245

Welland Canal docks:
Jun 24 - Eemsgracht (Nld) stopped wharf 12 at 0417 and Cuyahoga - stopped 20-E at 1454

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 - Jun 22 - Belasitza (Atg) at 0840 - Jun 23 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2030 and tugs Evans McKeil, Tim McKeil and Vac with Victo (American Victory-18) at 2359 - Departures - Jun 24 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0204 for the canal, tugs Evans McKeil & Tim McKeil with Victo, Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1117 for Mississauga, Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1127 for Heddle Dry Dock in Hamilton - repairs), and Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1540 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrival - Jun 24 - Johanna G (Por) (ex Redhead-18) at 0251, Fraserborg (Nld) at 0713, Algoma Guardian at 1133, Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1437 for repairs at Heddle Dry Dock and Harbour First (Por) at 2020. Docked - Anchored - Jun 21 - Torrent at 2103 - Departures - Jun 23 - Algoma Enterprise at 1843 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrivals - Jun 23 - Algoscotia at 2259 - Jun 24 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1124 - Departures - Jun 24 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1122 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 23 - Bro Anna (Sgp) eta 2228 - Jun 24 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1304

Toronto:
Departed - Jun 23 - light tug M R Kane at 2010 approx. to the canal - assisting tug Salvage Monarch with barge Metis - Jun 24 - McKeil Spirit at 1507 eastbound, Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 1455 for the canal and Algoma Buffalo at 1420

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 25

The whaleback steamer WASHBURN (steel propeller freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. (Hull #124) at W. Superior, Wisconsin on 25 June 1892. She lasted until 1936, when she was scrapped at Cleveland, Ohio.

On this day in June 25, 1892, the American Steel Barge Company, West Superior Wisconsin, Captain Alexander Mc Dougall manager, held the first triple launching on the Great Lakes, which included the whalebacks PILLSBURY, WASHBURN and the small tug ISLAY. A crowd in excess of 10,000 people witnessed the event. Only the tug ISLAY remains.

On 25 June 1892, the PILLSBURY (steel propeller whaleback bulk freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co., at West Superior, Wisconsin. She was rebuilt at Conneaut, Ohio in the winter of 1918-1919 (315.75 feet x 42.25 feet x 24.16 feet; 2,394 gross tons- 1,465 net tons) when she received straight sides and a flattened deck. In 1927, she was converted to crane vessel, with two cranes on deck. In November 1934, she stranded on the north pier at Muskegon, Michigan in a storm and then broke in half. She was scrapped the following year. In 1927, the B. F. AFFLECK (Hull#178) was launched at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On June 25, 1938, the WILLIAM A. IRVIN began her maiden voyage for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., leaving Lorain, Ohio for Duluth to load iron ore. INDIANA HARBOR set a record cargo on June 25, 1993, loading 71,369 tons of western low sulfur coal at Superior's Midwest Energy Terminal and transporting it 50 miles to Silver Bay, Minnesota.

At 1:00 a.m. on 25 June 1878, the 161 foot, 3-mast wooden schooner PESHTIGO and the 143 foot, 3-mast wooden schooner ST ANDREW collided and sank near Cheboygan, Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac. Newspapers of the time claimed that forest fire smoke hampered visibility. Both vessels sank quickly. Two of the crew of PESHTIGO were lost, but the rest were rescued by the schooner S V R WATSON. The entire crew of ST ANDREW was rescued by the Canadian propeller OCEAN.

On the afternoon of 25 June 1885, the tug NIAGARA had the schooner MOUNT BLANC in tow while coming rounding to pick up the schooner REINDEER near Stag Island on the St. Clair River. The MOUNT BLANC struck the wreck of the tug B.B. JONES. The JONES had exploded in Port Huron on 25 May 1871, and the wreck was towed to the head of Stag Island where it was abandoned. After striking the wreck of the JONES, the ore laden MOUNT BLANC sank. She was later recovered and repaired and lasted until 1901.

1903 – JOHN CRAIG was seriously damaged in a grounding on Simmons Rock in the Straits of Mackinac. Once refloated, the wooden steamer was taken to St. Ignace and declared a total loss. It was subsequently rebuilt as PANAMA only to be lost in a storm on November 1, 1906.

1950 – Five lives were lost and another 12 passengers injured aboard the passenger ship CITY OF CLEVELAND III when it was in a collision with the Norwegian freighter RAVNEFJELL in fog on Lake Huron. The former was a total loss while the latter was repaired and returned to service. It became b) RINGSTEIN in 1955 and visited the Great Lakes through 1958. It was wrecked near Achona Point, Ghana, on September 11, 1966.

1959 – The Liberian registered MONROVIA became the first saltwater vessel of the Seaway era to sink on the Great Lakes. It went down in heavy fog on Lake Huron after going off course and colliding with the downbound ROYALTON off Thunder Bay Island. The vessel landed upright on the bottom and some of the cargo of steel was salvaged in the 1970s.

1980 – MONTREALAIS of Upper Lakes Shipping and ALGOBAY of Algoma Central collided head-on in heavy fog on the St. Clair River and both suffered massive bow damage. These vessels were repaired and today both sail in the Algoma fleet with the former as ALGOMA MONTREALAIS and the latter, later rebuilt with a new forebody in China, as RADCLIFFE R. LATIMER.

1980 – JEAN LYKES collided with and sank an 18-foot fishing boat in the St. Clair River, 2 miles north of St. Clair, MI. The American flag saltwater vessel was later beached at Alang, India, for scrapping as b) VELMA LYKES on July 9, 1994

1994 – While departing Bay City, McKEE SONS was swept crossways in the Saginaw River and went aground. Four tugs pulled the ship free without damage save for some shoreline erosion.

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

 

American Victory tow passes through Welland Canal

6/24 - The American Victory (Victo) scrap tow spent Saturday transiting the Welland Canal. At 11 p.m. Saturday the tow was passing eastbound under the QEW bridge.

 

Port Reports -  June 24

Two Harbors, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Niagara departed South of #2 at the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 14:10 on June 23rd for Quebec City. Upon departing Two Harbors she went across the lake to Sand Island where she anchored. Also at Sand Island was the Edwin H. Gott waiting on South of #2. As of 19:30 on June 23rd, looking at AIS, it looks as if she was along side the Gott. Edgar B. Speer arrived off Two Harbors at approximately 02:00 on June 23rd. She finally arrived Two Harbors on June 23rd at 14:38. It looked like several times during the day she got underway out it the lake, but stopped until the Algoma Niagara departed. The Speer, as of 17:30 on June 23rd, was still at the dock, but her AIS was showing Conneaut. Other than the Gott, there is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on June 24th, but the Cason J. Callaway is unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock in Duluth and may end up in Two Harbors to load pellets/BFT. Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader is due Two Harbors on June 24th to load pellets. She arrived Duluth on June 23rd at 19:45 for Hallett #5. After unloading she will go to Two Harbors for pellets.

Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the American Integrity on June 23rd at 17:04. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on June 24th, but the Sam Laud is due in the Twin Ports late June 23rd to unload stone. A possibility after her discharge in the Twin Ports she could go to Silver Bay but that is just speculation.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday June 22nd at 20:24 G3 Marquis departed the G3 Elevator for Quebec City. Saturday June 23d at 0:51 Federal Margaree departed Thunder Bay Terminals for Montreal. 14:34 CSL St Laurent departed Viterra A for Quebec City. 15:03 Radcliffe R Latimer departed the Superior Elevator for Goderich. 20:04 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 20:33 Algoma Innovator arrived at Viterra B to load grain.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Friday June 22, Mississagi departed Meldrum Bay for Grand Haven. Saginaw departed Bruce Mines and is down bound on Lake Michigan. Saturday 4:30 Frontenac arrived at Meldrum Bay to load dolomite. 20:00 Frontenac departed and is down bound on Lake Huron.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Manitoulin was loading at Sifto Dock Saturday with salt for Toledo.

Welland Canal and regional report - Saturday Jun 23 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 23 - Algoma Mariner at 1125, Algoma Hansa at 1914 and tug Dylan Cooper & barge Delaware at 2310 approx. Docked - Jul 21 - Algonova at 2043 (from the anchorage) - Departed - Jun 23 - Algonova at 1530 westbound

Long Point bay:
Arrival (Anchored) - Jun 21 - Algoma Mariner at 2054 - Departed 6.23 at 1127 for Nanticoke dock

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Jun 22 - Fairchem Colt (Mhl) at 1425 - departed at 2159 for the canal - Jun 23 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0046 - departed at 0632 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 22 - Florence Spirit at 1453 Cuyahoga at 1617 - Jun 23 - Atlantic Huron at 0121, Bro Agnes (Mlt) at 0231 (from the anchorage), Rike (Atg) at 0456, USEPA Lake Guardian at 0548, Eemsgracht (Nld) at 1349 - Downbound - Jun 22 - Cedarglen at 1906, tugs Tim McKeil & Evans McKeil with Victo (ex American Victory-18) at 2032 (stopped at wharf 16) headed for Montreal and eventual overseas scrapping (stopped wharf 16), Fairchem Colt (Mhl) at 2317 - Jun 23 - CSL Assiniboine at 0620, Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 0726, Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0829, Algoma Buffalo at 1616 and Algoma Guardian at 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 22 - tug Evans McKeil to West Street - tugs Tim McKeil & Evans McKeil with American Victory (renamed Victo) for trip to Montreal - eventual scrapping in Turkey seems likely

Port Weller anchorage:
Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 - Jun 20 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1930 (will lighter Chem Norma before latter proceeds to dry dock) - Jun 22 - Adfines Star (Mlt) at 0740 and Belasitza (Atg) at 0840 - Jun 23 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 2030 - Departures - Jun 23 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 0204,

Hamilton:
Arrival - Jun 23 - Algoma Enterprise at 0110 - Anchored - Jun 21 - Torrent at 2103 - Departures - Jun 22 - Cuyahoga at 1008 - Jun 23 Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1502 eastbound and Algoma Enterprise at 1843 for the canal

Bronte:
Anchored - Jun 22 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1719 and Algoscotia at 2210

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 23 - Bro Anna (Sgp) eta approx 2255

Toronto:
Departed - Jun 23 - light tug M R Kane at 2010 approx. to the canal - to assist tug Salvage Monarch with barge Metis on Jun 24

 

Detroit tug Cheyenne wins annual International Tug Boat Race

6/24 - Windsor Ont. – The normally sedate Detroit River came alive with roaring diesels and blaring air horns Saturday when tug boats of all sizes raced for glory and trophies in the 45th annual International Tug Boat Race.

When all was said and done, the Detroit-based tug Cheyenne emerged the overall winner. The tug is on it’s first season on the Great Lakes after being brought from the East Coast late last year by the Open Lake Group, a new company owned by Detroiter Wade P. Streeter. Sindbad came in second and Josephine came in third.

The race began at 1 p.m. at the Ambassador Bridge and ran to the finish line off Windsor’s Dieppe Park. Trophies were awarded to the first tug to finish the race as well as to each tug that finished first in its horsepower class.

It is the most unusual tug race anywhere. As many as 30 tugs of all sizes race in a mad dash for the finish line. Tugs ranging in length from 45 to 140 feet compete at the same time, all muscling for the best position. Some of the larger tugs are actual working tugs with more than 2,000 horsepower. The Detroit River boils as the tugs create a huge wake.

The race features tugs from all over the region — from tugs based in Detroit to others that arrive from Lake Huron ports just to participate in this great tradition.

Tug boat racing on the Detroit River dates back to the 1950s and was originally a loosely organized event. For many years the event was discontinued until 1976 when the International Freedom Festival started the tradition once again. In 2003 the International Freedom Festival declared bankruptcy and the future of the race was in limbo. Local Detroit tug man Brian Williams, with the help of numerous companies, individuals and the Detroit and Windsor Port Authorities was able to organize the event, keeping the long standing tradition alive.

Williams, who owns the Detroit-based tug Sheila Kaye, said there are few things more exciting than watching powerful tug boats racing at full throttle.

“I love tug boat racing,” said Williams. “I’ve been doing it myself for seven years. My father has been doing it since the ‘70s.”

He said it’s just as exciting to watch from shore as it is to participate aboard a tug.

“How many tug boats do you ever see in one spot?” he asked. “There’s no kid out there – and people in general – who doesn’t think a tug is cool. Twenty or so tugs running at full speed is something you don’t see very often.

“When you are on the tug, you’ve got a 3,000-horsepower engine screaming under you. There’s the thrill of actually being on a tugboat, and the waves. It’s a good time,” he said.

Windsor Star

 

Soo’s Capt. John Wellington receives Professional Maritime Achievement Award

6/24 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Capt. John Wellington of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., recently received the Great Lakes Captain’s Association’s Professional Maritime Achievement award.

Captain Wellington was born on Mackinac Island July 25, 1931. At a very early age he and his twin brother Jim acquired a small row boat and explored the area. At 14 or so he got a small sailboat and expanded his exploration to all around the Straits. At 17 he decided joining the United States Coast Guard was the way to see over the horizon.

His first assignment was to Duluth and while there met his soon-to-be wife Dolly. He was sent to the station at Little Rapids Cut at the Soo, where he operated small boats for search and rescue. While there bought the Sugar Island ferry with his father and brother Jim. He was next sent to Kodiak Island, Alaska, where he sailed aboard the cutters Citrus and the Storis.

He was finally assigned to Portland, Maine, where he remained until retirement in 1969. After retiring to the Soo he operated the ferry until they sold it in 1973. A stint at Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours followed. The open water called and he went tugging for several different companies and delivered boats all over the lakes. Soon he bought two tugs, the Seaway One and Two, and then the tugs Chippewa and Iroquois. These were used for ship assist and contract ice breaking on the St Mary’s River. A big achievement was converting the Chippewa from steam to diesel.

He also owned the pilot boats in the Soo and Detour for a while, served the City of Sault Ste. Marie as Harbor Master for many years and facilitated port calls by numerous ships, providing them with anything they needed.

He was instrumental in getting International Shipmasters Lodge 22 chartered as well as serving as Grand Lodge President. He is also a longtime supporter of the Great Lakes Captain’s Association and is currently serving as a board member. He continues to serve as a board member and president of Sault Historic Sites (Valley Camp museum ship) as well at the Soo Locks Visitors Association.

Great Lakes Captain’s Association

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 24

The whaleback steamer WASHBURN (steel propeller freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co. (Hull #124) at W. Superior, Wisconsin on 25 June 1892. She lasted until 1936, when she was scrapped at Cleveland, Ohio.

On this day in June 25, 1892, the American Steel Barge Company, West Superior Wisconsin, Captain Alexander Mc Dougall manager, held the first triple launching on the Great Lakes, which included the whalebacks PILLSBURY, WASHBURN and the small tug ISLAY. A crowd in excess of 10,000 people witnessed the event. Only the tug ISLAY remains.

On 25 June 1892, the PILLSBURY (steel propeller whaleback bulk freighter, 320 foot, 2,234 gross tons) was launched by the American Steel Barge Co., at West Superior, Wisconsin. She was rebuilt at Conneaut, Ohio in the winter of 1918-1919 (315.75 feet x 42.25 feet x 24.16 feet; 2,394 gross tons- 1,465 net tons) when she received straight sides and a flattened deck. In 1927, she was converted to crane vessel, with two cranes on deck. In November 1934, she stranded on the north pier at Muskegon, Michigan in a storm and then broke in half. She was scrapped the following year. In 1927, the B. F. AFFLECK (Hull#178) was launched at Toledo, Ohio by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

On June 25, 1938, the WILLIAM A. IRVIN began her maiden voyage for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., leaving Lorain, Ohio for Duluth to load iron ore. INDIANA HARBOR set a record cargo on June 25, 1993, loading 71,369 tons of western low sulfur coal at Superior's Midwest Energy Terminal and transporting it 50 miles to Silver Bay, Minnesota.

At 1:00 a.m. on 25 June 1878, the 161 foot, 3-mast wooden schooner PESHTIGO and the 143 foot, 3-mast wooden schooner ST ANDREW collided and sank near Cheboygan, Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac. Newspapers of the time claimed that forest fire smoke hampered visibility. Both vessels sank quickly. Two of the crew of PESHTIGO were lost, but the rest were rescued by the schooner S V R WATSON. The entire crew of ST ANDREW was rescued by the Canadian propeller OCEAN.

On the afternoon of 25 June 1885, the tug NIAGARA had the schooner MOUNT BLANC in tow while coming rounding to pick up the schooner REINDEER near Stag Island on the St. Clair River. The MOUNT BLANC struck the wreck of the tug B.B. JONES. The JONES had exploded in Port Huron on 25 May 1871, and the wreck was towed to the head of Stag Island where it was abandoned. After striking the wreck of the JONES, the ore laden MOUNT BLANC sank. She was later recovered and repaired and lasted until 1901.

1903 – JOHN CRAIG was seriously damaged in a grounding on Simmons Rock in the Straits of Mackinac. Once refloated, the wooden steamer was taken to St. Ignace and declared a total loss. It was subsequently rebuilt as PANAMA only to be lost in a storm on November 1, 1906.

1950 – Five lives were lost and another 12 passengers injured aboard the passenger ship CITY OF CLEVELAND III when it was in a collision with the Norwegian freighter RAVNEFJELL in fog on Lake Huron. The former was a total loss while the latter was repaired and returned to service. It became b) RINGSTEIN in 1955 and visited the Great Lakes through 1958. It was wrecked near Achona Point, Ghana, on September 11, 1966.

1959 – The Liberian registered MONROVIA became the first saltwater vessel of the Seaway era to sink on the Great Lakes. It went down in heavy fog on Lake Huron after going off course and colliding with the downbound ROYALTON off Thunder Bay Island. The vessel landed upright on the bottom and some of the cargo of steel was salvaged in the 1970s.

1980 – MONTREALAIS of Upper Lakes Shipping and ALGOBAY of Algoma Central collided head-on in heavy fog on the St. Clair River and both suffered massive bow damage. These vessels were repaired and today both sail in the Algoma fleet with the former as ALGOMA MONTREALAIS and the latter, later rebuilt with a new forebody in China, as RADCLIFFE R. LATIMER.

1980 – JEAN LYKES collided with and sank an 18-foot fishing boat in the St. Clair River, 2 miles north of St. Clair, MI. The American flag saltwater vessel was later beached at Alang, India, for scrapping as b) VELMA LYKES on July 9, 1994

1994 – While departing Bay City, McKEE SONS was swept crossways in the Saginaw River and went aground. Four tugs pulled the ship free without damage save for some shoreline erosion.

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

 

American Victory tow arrives Port Colborne

6/23 - The American Victory (Victo) scrap tow arrived at Port Colborne, Ont., Friday at around 8:30 p.m. The tug Evans McKeil has joined fleetmate Tim McKeil for the Welland Canal transit. As of 10 p.m. Friday, the tow was stopped at Wharf 16, most likely undergoing inspection before proceeding.

 

Port Reports -  June 23

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
There was no traffic through the Duluth entry on Friday. James R. Barker spent the day loading iron ore pellets at BN in Superior, and was tentatively expected to depart late Friday night. Algoma Compass was on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting to load. This is her first visit to the Twin Ports since being brought under the Canadian flag.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The Algoma Spirit departed the CN ore docks, South of #2, on Friday the 22nd of June at 02:58 for Quebec City. Arriving off Two Harbors on June 22nd was the Algoma Niagara at 08:33 going to anchor off Burlington Bay. After departing Duluth she went NE of Silver Bay to clean her holds before anchoring off Two Harbors. Arriving Two Harbors on June 22nd at 09:33 for South of #2 was the Joseph L. Block after unloading stone in Duluth. She departed Two Harbors on June 22nd at 18:54 for Indiana Harbor. Algoma Niagara got underway from anchorage at 18:47 on June 22nd and arrived at the breakwall at 19:40 for South of #2. Edgar B. Speer is due Two Harbors, but was running checked down most of the day. As of 19:40 she was North of Outer Island. She'll probably arrive after the departure of the Algoma Niagara. Due Two Harbors on June 23rd is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Indiana Harbor on June 22nd at 15:41 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Saturday the 23rd of June is the American Integrity.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday June 22nd 7:06 Radcliffe R Latimer arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Friday June 22: After taking on a partial load of trap rock at Bruce Mines, Mississagi proceeded to Meldrum Bay to finish loading with dolomite. Samuel deChamplain and barge departed McGregor Bay for Alpena. Saginaw arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday Jun 22 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Jul 21 - Algonova at 2043 (from the anchorage) - Departed - Jun 21 - Algoma Buffalo at 2113

Buffalo:
Arrival - Jun 21 - English River at 1455 - Departed - Jun 22 at 2113 for the canal

Long Point bay:
Arrival (Anchored) - Jun 21 - Algoma Mariner at 2054

Port Colborne anchorage:
Arrival - Jun 22 - Fairchem Colt (Mhl) at 1425

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 20 - Bro Agnes (Mlt) at 1930 (anchored - to lighter Chem Norma) - Jun 21 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1947, Algosea at 2036 and Federal Seto (Mhl) at 2338 - Jun 22 - Algoma Discovery at 0535, Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 0636, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0743, Olza (Lbr) at 0847, Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1053, Algoma Sault at 1354, Florence Spirit at 1453 Cuyahoga at 1617. Downbound - June 21 - Cuyahoga at 1730, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1831 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 2115 - Jun 22 - CSL Niagara at 0624, Algoma Enterprise at 0850, Lubie (Bhs) at 0935, Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1358, English River at 1543, Cedarglen at 1906, tugs Tim McKeil & Evans McKeil with Victo (ex American Victory-18) at 2032 (stopped at wharf 16) headed for Montreal and eventual overseas scrapping

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 22 - tug Evans McKeil to West Street - waiting for Tim McKeil & Victo tow

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 22 - Olza (Lbr) at 0445, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 0540, Belasitza (Mlt) at 0830 approx. Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 - Jun 20 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1930 (will lighter Chem Norma before latter proceeds dry dock) - Jun 21 - light tug Radium Yellowknife at 2140 (to assist with Chem Norma (Mlt) - Jun 22 - Adfines Star (Mlt) at 0740 - Departures - Jun 21 - Algosea at 2030 and Federal Seto at 2315 approx. - Jun 22 - Olza (Lbr) and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 0520 for Montreal and light tug Radium Yellowknife mid-afternoon for Toronto

Hamilton:
Docked - Jun 21 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 2134 - Docked - Jun 22 - Cuyahoga at 0537 - Anchored - Jun 21 - Torrent at 2103 - Departures - Jun 21 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 2322 - Jun 22 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 0605, Belasitza (Mlt) at 0624 and Cuyahoga at 1008

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 20 - Algoscotia at 0755 - - Anchored - Jun 21 - Algoscotia at 2152 for weather - Jun 22 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1723

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun22 - Robert S Pierson at 0933 - Departed Jun 22 at 2034 eastbound

Mississauga:
Docked - Jun 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2252 - Departed - Jun 22 at 0148 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 22 - light tug Radium Yellowknife eta 2210 approx.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit departed Rochester Thursday morning.

 

Eight undiscovered shipwrecks of the Great Lakes

6/23 - Every spring, it starts again: The great treasure hunt. Not for actual treasure, as the ships that met their fates on the Great Lakes weren't known to carry gold, valuable coins or jewels. The prizes are the shipwrecks themselves.

Of the estimated 10,000 ships believed to have been lost on the lakes over the past four centuries, only about a third have been found and identified.

Amateur and experienced shipwreck hunters hit the water every year as soon as the weather warms, eager to make a new discovery and unearth a piece of the past.

"There's still some real mysteries out there," said David Trotter, a renowned shipwreck hunter who has found about 100 lost ships.

The cold, fresh water of the Great Lakes means wrecks are typically better preserved there than in the oceans. Advances in sonar and positioning technology have led to a surge in discoveries in recent years.

Still, a number of famous vessels remain missing — for now. Here are the stories behind some of the most unique and sought-after undiscovered wrecks in the Great Lakes.

See the list and view images at this link: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/06/22/great-lakes-most-mysterious-shipwrecks/621615002

 

Plane crash reported northwest of Sault, Ont. near Ile Parisienne

6/23 - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. – SooToday received word Thursday of an accident involving a light aircraft near Ile Parisienne, a remote undeveloped island located in the middle of Whitefish Bay about 25 kilometres northwest of Sault Ste Marie.

Details were few as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, but an accident involving a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, a two-seat, single-engine monoplane, was reported to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and the Sault OPP detachment, said TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski. He said initial investigation shows there were two people aboard, with no reports of injuries. The plane is believed to be registered with a Sault pilot.

Editor’s note: On Friday, the Purvis Marine tug W.I. Scott Purvis with the barge PML 357 was enroute back to Sault, Ont., from the scene of the crash after recovering the aircraft.

SooToday

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 23

In 1976 the NEPCO 140, carrying six million gallons of No. 6 bunker oil and being pushed toward Oswego by the tug EILEEN C., grounded on the shore of Wellesley Island in the American Narrows section of the St. Lawrence River, just upstream from Alexandria Bay, N.Y. The grounding occurred about 1:35 a.m. in heavy fog and was followed by a second apparent grounding further up river, just before the barge reached the Seaway anchorage site off Mason's Point, some four miles above the initial grounding site. In all, over 300,000 of the thick crude was spilled into the River, creating the largest slick ever to pollute an inland U.S. waterway to that day. Seaway traffic was halted immediately, sending at least 20 ships to anchor. Within hours, over 20,000 feet of boom were deployed, but the spill moved steadily down river, coating granite shoreline, trapping waterfowl, forcing boat owners to pull their boats, and oozing into sensitive marshland, particularly Chippewa Bay in New York waters. Some oil eventually reached as far down the river as Lake St. Lawrence and coated shoreline along the Long Sault Parkway on the Canadian side of the lake. Clean-up lasted into the fall and cost in excess U.S. $8 million.

On 23 June 1903, the tug O.W. CHENEY steamed out of Buffalo harbor in heavy fog to tow the steamer CHEMUNG into the harbor. The tug ran too close to the oncoming steamer, was struck by the bow, and the CHENEY overturned and sank. Three crewmen were killed; two survivors were picked up by the tug FRANK S. BUTLER. On 23 June 1969, RALPH MISENER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 730 foot, 19,160 gross tons, built in 1968, at Montreal, Quebec) transited the Soo Locks upbound for the first time. She had an innovative self-unloading system with twin booms. The movable crane was equipped with a chain of buckets so it could discharge cargo from either side. This unloading system only lasted until 1976, when it was severely damaged in a squall on Lake Michigan. The vessel was then converted from a combination self-unloader/bulk carrier to a bulk carrier. She was renamed b.) GORDON C. LEITCH in 1994.

In 1926, the GLENMHOR (Hull#16), the name was soon corrected to GLENMOHR, was launched at Midland Ontario by Midland Shipbuilding Co., for Great Lakes Transportation Co., (James Playfair). She was 6 feet wider and 4 feet shallower than the largest ship at that time. Purchased by Canada Steamship Lines in 1926, renamed b.) LEMOYNE. Scrapped at Santander, Spain in 1969.

In 1929, the WILLIAM G. CLYDE (Hull#804) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Shipbuilding Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Converted to a self-unloader and renamed b.) CALCITE II in 1961. Renamed c.) MAUMEE in 2001. Launched in 1972, was the ALGOWAY (Hull#200) at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Algoma Central Railway.

The first whaleback barge, 101, was launched along the shore of St. Louis Bay near Duluth, Minnesota, on 23 June 1888. Captain Alexander Mc Dougall, the inventor and designer, was there along with his wife, her sister-in-law and several hundred spectators. As the vessel splashed in to the bay, Mrs. Mc Dougall is supposed to have muttered, "There goes our last dollar!"

On 23 June 1900, the 450 foot steel steamer SIMON J. MURPHY (Hull#135) was launched at Wyandotte, Michigan, by the Detroit Ship Building Co., for the Eddy - Shaw Transportation Co. of Bay City, Michigan.

On 23 June 1873, B. F. BRUCE was launched at Crosthwaite's yard in East Saginaw, Michigan. She is not properly a schooner, but what is known as a "three-and-after" in nautical terms. Her capacity was 50,000 bushels of grain (800 tons) and the building cost was $50,000.

1942 – EUGENE J. BUFFINGTON struck Boulder Reef, Lake Michigan and the hull cracked in two places. The vessel as on the rocks for 25 days until it coould be strapped together and refloated. The ship was towed to Chicago for one of the largest repair jobs in Great Lakes history.

1948 – CRETE and J.P. MORGAN JR. were in a head-on collision, in fog, off the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior. Both ships suffered extensive damage. Two were killed, 3 more injured, aboard the latter steamer. ALTADOC and E.A.S. CLARKE also collided in fog near the Apostle Islands but the damage, while requiring repairs, was less serious.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Matthew Daley, Dave Swayze, Fritz Hager, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

American Victory tow heads for Port Colborne

6/22 - The American Victory (Victo) scrap tow passed downbound at Detroit Thursday afternoon on her way to Port Colborne, and then eventually to Turkey for scrapping.

 

Canadian registry opened for former American Valor

6/22 - On June 20, Canadian registry was opened for a vessel named Valo with a port of registry of St. Catharines, Ont., and the Algoma Central Corp. as registered owner. This is the American Valor, built in 1953 as the Armco. It is unknown what plans Algoma has for the vessel, but names are usually shortened in this manner for scrap tows. American Valor is in long-term layup at Toledo, Ohio.

 

Port Reports -  June 22

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After arriving late Wednesday night, Algoma Niagara spent the day Thursday offloading salt at the North American Salt Dock. She was expected to depart before midnight and head for Two Harbors to load. Joseph L. Block arrived just before noon Thursday to discharge limestone at CN. James R. Barker was due in Superior late Thursday evening to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
CSL Laurentien departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 06:49 on Thursday the 21st of June from South of #2. She is heading for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on June 21st at 11:15 was the Algoma Spirit for South of #2. As of 19:40 she was still at the dock, but she's showing a Quebec City destination. Due Two Harbors late June 21st or early on the 22nd is the Algoma Niagara arriving from Duluth after unloading salt. Due Two Harbors on June 22nd is the Edgar B. Speer. To update the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader, she departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 20th at 20:26 for Cleveland. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 21st is the Indiana Harbor. As of 19:40 on June 21st she was about 45 minutes to an hour East of Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday June 21st 5:21 G3 Marquis arrived at the G3 elevator to load grain. 16:37 Federal Margaree weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash. 18:13 Federal Weser arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload. 20:48 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 21:40 Kaministiqua departed the Richardson Main Terminal and is downbound.

Drummond Island
Tuesday June 19th at 18:38 Joseph H Thompson Jr. arrived to load dolomite. She departed Wednesday at 3:15 for Fairport. Thursday at 3:42 Manitowoc arrived to load. At 14:00 Manitowoc departed for Fairport.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Tuesday, June 19 at 17:33 Pearl Mist departed Midland for Windsor. Wednesday; 12:45 Manitoulin arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock. 24:00 Manitoulin departed for Toledo. Thursday 17:56 Samuel De Champlain arrived at the Lafarge dock in McGregor Bay to unload cement.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Innovator cleared Thursday with salt for Saginaw, Mich.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Jun 21 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Jun 18 - Algocanada at 1841 - Jun 20 - CSL Tadoussac at 1040 and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1424 - Jul 21 - Algoma Buffalo at 1040 and Algonova at 2043 - Jun 21 - Anchored - Algoma Mariner at 2059 approx. - Departed - westbound - Jun 20 - Algocanada at 2139 and CSL Tadoussac at 2327

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Jun 20 - Algonova at 0616 - Departed Jun 21 - Algonova late afternoon for the dock

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 20 - Bro Agnes (Mlt) at 1930 (anchored - to lighter Chem Norma) - Jun 21 - English River at 0100, Algoma Mariner at 0533, Frontenac at 0616, Adfines Sky (Mlt) (ex Osttank Finland-11) at 0951, Whitefish Bay at 1433, light tug Evans McKeil at at 1508, Baie Comeau at 1820, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1855, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1947 and Algosea at 2057 - Downbound - June 21 - Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 0355, Cuyahoga at 1730, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1831 and tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 2002

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 - Jun 20 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1930 (will lighter Chem Norma before latter proceeds dry dock) and light tug Ocean A Gauthier to assist - Jun 21 - Algosea at 1714, and Federal Seto (Mhl) at 1904 - Departures - Jun 21 - Algosea at 2030

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 21 - Federal Nakagawa (Mhl) at 0247, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0534, Tundra (Cyp) eta 2100 from Toronto and Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) eta 2252 approx. - Docked - Jun 20 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 0729 - Anchored - Jun 21 - Torrent at 2103 approx from Toronto. Docked - Jun 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2027 and Jun 20 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 0729 - Departure - Jun 20 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1703 to Port Weller

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 20 - Algoscotia at 0755 - Anchored - Jun 21 - Algoscotia at 2152 for weather

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun 20 - Robert S Pierson at 2313 - Departed - Jun 21 at 0500 eastbound

Mississauga:
Docked - Jun 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2252

Toronto:
Docked - Jun 15 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1912 (at Redpath dock) - Departed -

Oshawa:
Arrival - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544 - Departure - Jun 21 - Helena G (Por) at 2017 for Milwaukee

 

Trio to pay tribute to Fitzgerald while crossing Lake Superior on paddleboards

6/22 - Three Michigan men will attempt something that has never been done before later this summer. Sometime in mid-July, Joe Lorenz, 32, Kwin Morris, 31, and Jeff Guy, 32, will attempt to paddleboard across Lake Superior, the largest, coldest, and most dangerous of the Great Lakes, with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

"It can pick up like crazy out there in a matter of seconds," Morris said. "Superior's weather and waves have taken thousands of sailors and their ships to the grave."

Dressed in their dry suits, the trio will traverse the often-deadly lake from Sinclair Cove, Ontario, near centuries-old pictographs of paddlers painted on the cliffs by the Ojibwe, to Whitefish Point in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the site of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

It's a route that crosses near the site of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald, Lake Superior's most-infamous victim which sunk on Nov. 10, 1975, killing the entire crew of 29. "We can stop and give respect to all of the shipwrecks and sailors that have gone down," Morris, a teacher in the Elk Rapids School District, said.

Read more and view a video at this link: https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/trio_to_tribute_edmund_fitzger.html

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 22

On 22 June 1959, BAYPORT (steel propeller tug, 72 foot, 65 gross tons, built in 1914, at Cleveland, Ohio, formerly named a.) FAIRPORT) had the steamer MOHAWK DEER in tow when she was hooked by her own tow cable, capsized and sank at Collingwood, Ontario. Three lives were lost. The tug was later raised and converted from steam to diesel. Later renamed c.) TWIN PORT, and d.) ROD MC LEAN in 1974. She was scrapped in 2008 at the Purvis west yard at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

On 22 June 1909, W.P. THEW (wooden propeller freighter, 133 foot, 207 gross tons, built in 1884, at Lorain, Ohio) was in ballast, creeping through the fog off Alpena, Michigan on Lake Huron when she was rammed by the WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE (steel propeller freighter, 532 foot, 6,634 gross tons, built in 1908, at Ecorse, Michigan). After the collision, the LIVINGSTONE drifted away and lost track of the THEW. The THEW sank in 80 feet of water. Fortunately the steamer MARY C. ELPHICKE answered the distress whistle and picked up the THEW's crew from the lifeboat. No lives were lost.

The WILLIAM R. ROESCH (Hull#901) was launched and christened at Lorain, Ohio by American Ship Building Co., on June 22, 1973, for the Union Commerce Bank, Ohio (Trustee) and managed by the Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) DAVID Z. NORTON in 1995, c.) DAVID Z in 2007 and d.) CALUMET in 2008.

June 22, 1957 - W. L. Mercereau, known as the Father of the Fleet, died. Mercereau developed the Pere Marquette fleet of car ferries into the largest in the world.

On 22 June 1853, CHALLENGE (wooden propeller freighter, 198 foot, 665 tons, built in 1853, at Newport, Michigan) was bound from Chicago for Buffalo with barreled pork and oats on one of her first trips. However, her boiler exploded off Cheboygan, Michigan. She burned and sank. Five died. The schooner NORTH STAR heard the blast ten miles away and came to the rescue of the rest of the passengers and crew.

On 22 June 1875, The Port Huron Times reported that "the Northern Transportation Company's fleet of 20 propellers, which have been idle all the season owing to difficulties between the Central Vermont and the Ogdensburg & Champlain Railroad Companies, have passed from the control of the Central Vermont Railroad Company and will commence regular trips as soon as they can be fitted out."

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Mike Nicholls, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series. Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

 

American Victory tow in St. Clair River Thursday morning

6/21 - The American Victory (Victo) scrap tow was below Harbor Beach Wednesday night moving at about 5 knots. They should be in position for an early morning passage past Port Huron/Sarnia. Look for the tug Tim McKeil on AIS to monitor the tow’s progress. The tug Cheyenne is expected to rejoin the tow as stern tug Thursday before the tow enters the river.

 

Changes at Rand Logistics: Ed Levy out, Scott Bravener returns

6/21 - Jersey City, N.J. – Rand Logistics Inc. has announced the departure of Ed Levy as Chief Executive Officer, the appointment of Aaron Degodny as interim co-president & COO with responsibility for Rand Logistics, Inc. and Grand River Navigation Co., and the return of Scott Bravener as director of Rand and interim co-president & COO with responsibility for Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. In addition, Rand announced the commencement of a comprehensive search process to appoint a new chief executive officer of Rand.

“We believe Aaron and Scott possess the right blend of transformative leadership ability, customer-centric commercial acumen, and knowledge of the Rand operations to make them uniquely qualified to lead Rand,” said John Becker, managing partner at American Industrial Partners (Rand’s majority shareholder). “Over the coming weeks, Aaron and Scott will be connecting with and visiting Rand’s operations and customers.”

Degodny has served Rand as Chief Commercial Officer since February 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, with the majority of his career in the bulk commodities and industrial products sectors. Prior to joining Rand, Aaron was employed with Canadian National (CN) Railway for 20 years, where he served as Director of Sales for Bulk Commodities for the United States and Canada, one of the railroad’s largest business segments. At CN, he also held the positions of Director of Sales for Industrial Products and National Account Manager for Grain and Fertilizer. Earlier in his career, he held various positions focused on commodity trading, logistics and transportation at Cargill, Inc. He is a graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on transportation logistics and economics.

Capt. Scott Bravener served as the president & CEO of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd and affiliated companies, a subsidiary of Rand Logistics, Inc., from 1994 until 2016. As co-founder and president of Lower Lakes Towing and affiliated companies, Bravener spearheaded the growth of the company from a single Canadian tug and barge vessel in 1994 to the largest bi-national shipping company operating on the Great Lakes.

He has worked in the Great Lakes shipping industry since 1982, serving in various capacities for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. and P & H Shipping prior to the formation of Lower Lakes. He previously served as director of Lower Lakes and Rand Logistics Inc. from 2006 to 2015. Capt. Bravener is a certified shipmaster and is a graduate of Marine Navigation Technology, Georgian College, Owen Sound, Ont.

Rand Logistics, Inc.

 

Port Reports -  June 21

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at sunrise on Wednesday and headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. She was outbound mid-afternoon for St. Clair. The Duluth ship canal was temporarily closed to traffic Wednesday night due to President Trump's visit to Duluth. As of 20:00 Wednesday, Mesabi Miner was loading ore at CN, Great Republic was loading at Midwest Energy, and Fuldaborg was at Riverland Ag loading grain. All three vessels were expected to depart later in the evening. Algoma Niagara was due Wednesday night with a cargo of salt. In Superior, Stewart J. Cort loaded at BN throughout the morning Wednesday and departed just before noon. Algoma Guardian replaced her at the dock, and was still loading Wednesday night.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Philip R. Clarke departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors Wednesday the 20th at 00:07 from North of #1 with iron ore pellets/BFT for Gary. The Presque Isle shifted between 23:00 and 23:30 from North of #2 to South of #2 on June 19th. She then departed Two Harbors on June 20th at 08:30. As of 19:20 on June 20th she has no AIS unload destination. The CSL Laurentien arrived Two Harbors on June 20th at 11:20 after being anchored in the lake. She got underway at approx. 10:45. As of 19:20 she was still at South of #2. Due Two Harbors on Thursday the 21st of June is the Algoma Spirit. As of 19:20 on June 20th the James R. Barker is upbound at the Soo showing a Two Harbors destination, but the Canal Park Marine Museum schedule is showing her loading in Superior. The Algoma Niagara is due Duluth June 20th around 20:30 with salt. There is a possibility she could load in Two Harbors on June 21st. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 07:20 on June 20th. As of 19:15 she was still at the loading dock, but her AIS is showing Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on June 21st is the Indiana Harbor.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday June 20th: 8:00 CCGS Cape Chaillon was dispatched to assist a sailboat which struck a reef at Spar Island near Cloud Bay. 22:23 Kaministiqua arrived at Richardson Main Terminal.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Tuesday the Alpena was at Lafarge loading cement. It departed before dark, heading out into a calm and quiet bay. Off in the distance along with the Alpena was the Manitoulin, slowly making its way towards port. This was the first ever visit of the Manitoulin. It tied up at the Alpena Oil Dock around 11pm to unload road salt from Goderich, Ont.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Manitoulin cleared Tuesday laden with salt for Alpena Mich. Algoma Innovator was loading at Sifto Dock (Compass Minerals ) for Saginaw, Mich.

Saginaw River – Gordy Garris
Manitowoc unloaded cargo from Cedarville at the Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City on Wednesday, arriving around 5 a.m. The Manitowoc departed for the lake around 2 p.m. enroute to Drummond Island to take on their next load. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was inbound for the Consumers Power Plant in Essexville to unload coal Wednesday evening. The McCarthy arrived around 8 p.m. and is expected to be back outbound for the lake early Thursday morning. ATB Olive L. Moore / Menominee were also inbound late Wednesday night, making a return trip from Stoneport to unload at the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw. The pair are expected to arrive early Thursday morning and be back outbound for the lake late Thursday afternoon. The Algoma Innovator is currently loading salt in Goderich, ON with AIS indicating a destination of Saginaw. This would be the Innovator's first trip upriver and would be the first cargo of salt delivered to the Sargent dock in Zilwaukee this season.

Sarnia, Ont. – Brad Kelch
Algoma Transport has been moored at the government dock for repairs to it's unloading boom

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Jun 20 ... Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 20 - CSL Tadoussac at 1040 and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1424 approx.- Docked - Jun 18 - Algocanada at 1841 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2104 Departed - Jun 20 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0031 for the canal

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Jun 20 - Algonova at 0616

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 19 -Capt Henry Jackman at 1635, Sten Moster (Gib) 2146 and Thunder Bay at 2359 Jun 20 - Federal Kushiro (Mhl) at 0446, John D Leitch at 0458, CSL Welland at 1307, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1930 - Downbound - Jun 19 - Ojibway at 1215 and Whitefish Bay at 2012 - Jun 20 - Frontenac at 0407, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0418, Tecumseh at 1113, ASI Clipper, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1218 and Baie St Paul eta 2105

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 - Jun 19 - Florijngracht (Nld) at 0641 - Jun 20 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1930 (will lighter Chem Norma before latter proceeds to Port Weller shipyard) and light tug Ocean A Gauthier to assist - Departures - Florijngracht (Nld) at 1220 for Matane

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 20 - Belasitza (Mlt) at 0729 - Docked - Jun 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2027 - Departure - Jun 20 - light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1703 to Port Weller

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 20 - Algoscotia at 0755

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun 20 - Robert S Pierson at 2250

Mississauga:
Docked - Jun 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2252

Toronto:
Docked - Jun 15 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1912 (at Redpath dock) - Departed -

Oshawa:
Arrival - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Canadian shipping companies need seafarers

6/21 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Like most Niagara residents, Vincent Giannopoulos cursed a bit when he came across a raised bridge along the Welland Canal. But one day the Port Colborne native saw those raised bridges and ships passing by as a career opportunity.

"I got on the ships at 21," said Giannopoulos, who now works for the Seafarers' International Union (SIU) of Canada inspecting foreign-flagged vessels when they arrive in Canada. Giannopoulos said being on board vessels in the Great Lakes allowed him to visit "cool spots" that most people don't visit.

"People will go to Toronto, New York City or Chicago. One day I'd be in Green Bay, the next in Milwaukee, then Chicago and Sandusky. I got to see so much of North America," he said.

This Sunday in St. Catharines, Giannopoulos will encourage young Niagarans to look at working on ships as a career as he, James Given, president of the Seafarers' Training Institute and the Seafarers' International Union of Canada, and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey kick off the Be a Seafarer recruitment campaign.

The initiative is a partnership between SIU of Canada, and Canada's major marine shipping companies, Canada Steamship Lines, St. Catharines-based Algoma Central Corp. and Groupe Desgagnés.

Giannopoulos said there's an urgent need to hire 300 new seafarers, as well as an ongoing need to fill positions of an aging workforce, as almost 20 per cent of SIU members will retire within the next five years. He said the median age for those on board vessels in the Great Lakes is in the 50s, and that people are retiring faster than they can be replaced.

"It's such a good opportunity to get out and see a bit of the world, especially for a young person finishing high school."

St. Catharines Standard

 

Army Corps to work on $420K dredging project on AuSable

6/21 - AuSable Towsnhip, Mich. – The AuSable River mouth, known as AuSable Harbor, will undergo a $420,000 dredging project in the near future, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

The harbor location was one of many listed for funding for various projects, which will utilize $79 million to conduct work to repair breakwaters, dredge harbors and complete various projects and studies throughout the Great Lakes.

According to a press release, the Detroit District’s work planned increase of $79 million includes funding to do 21 dredging projects and four repair, replacement, or construction projects. Significant funding will be applied to the Soo Locks to help further asset renewal projects and the major rehabilitation of key components of the MacArthur and Poe Locks. In addition, the work plan includes design funding for two environmental projects.

“These Work Plan funds will help address critical asset renewal and major rehabilitation projects at the Soo Locks facility, and also address numerous dredging needs around the Great Lakes. We construct, maintain and operate key infrastructure projects that are crucial to the nation’s economy, environment, safety and quality of life, now and in the future,” said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Officer Lynn Rose said she is unsure of the scope of work for the AuSable Harbor project, or even when the work will be conducted.

“We come up with the plan on how much we want to be dredged, the contractors will ask how much they can dredge on how much is offered,” she said. “And other things go into the amount that we see here, other than the actual dredging.”

According to Rose, the last time the river was dredged was in July and August of 201 where it was brought to a depth of 10 feet below low water datum (LWD).

“The plan is to award a contract as soon as possible to dredge the harbor (most likely in the spring) to full authorized project depth, which is 10 feet below LWD in the inner channel and 12 feet below LWD in the channel entrance,” she said.

AuSable Harbor is mostly used for recreational purposes, but Rose said the Corps is tasked with maintaining it all the same.

“We are responsible for keeping navigational channels open,” she said. “Some of these harbors are what we call low use harbors and we don’t use them for commercial shipping, but that is our main focus is the shipping this is considered a federal channel and dredging keeps the channel at the authorized depth.”

Because of the movement of the river water, the channel will continually need dredged. “Most channels fill in with silt and sand because of the water,” she said. “Sometimes they are so shoaled in even a small ship could not get in.”

Oscoda Press

 

Help wanted: S.S. Badger

6/21 - Ordinary seaman needed aboard the S.S. Badger: An entry level position in the deck department. The OS performs deck department functions including line handling, deck maintenance, and fire/lifeboat/emergency duties. The OS can expect to live aboard the ship and stand a 4 hour watch, twice a day, 7 days per week during the sailing season from now until mid-October. The OS is required to hold a USCG Merchant Mariner Credential and a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Benefit eligible after completing 90-day probationary period. Please visit our website at www.ssbadger.com scroll and click on the Employment Opportunities box to obtain an online or printable application. If you have difficulty with the application or need further information, please email laurieb@ssbadger.com

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 21

On 21 June 1868, the D&C Line's MORNING STAR (wooden side-wheel steamer, 243 foot, 1,075 tons, built in 1862, at Trenton, Michigan) was late in leaving her dock in Cleveland, Ohio, because she was loading some last-minute freight (iron bars and glass). As she sailed on Lake Erie to Detroit during the dark and rainy night, she collided with the heavy-laden bark COURTLAND and sank quickly, 10 miles off Lorain, Ohio. Twenty feet of the steamer's bow had been torn off while the bark was swept into one of the paddle wheels and destroyed. The side-wheel steamer R N RICE arrived on the scene at 3 a.m. and picked up the survivors - only 44 of them. In September, MORNING STAR was raised, towed to Lorain and re-sunk in 55 feet of water, for possible future rebuilding. Attempts were made to raise her again several times, but in the summer of 1872, she was abandoned because it was determined that the previous attempts had reduced her to rubble.

On 21 June 1878, the small passenger steamer J. HOLT, which ran between Chatham and Wallaceburg, Ontario, burned on Lake St. Clair. The passengers and crew escaped in the lifeboats.

On June 21, 1942, the LEON FRASER entered service as the largest vessel on the Great Lakes. The Pittsburgh Steamship Co. bulk freighter, originally 639 foot 6 inches long, retained at least a tie for that honor until the WILFRED SYKES entered service in 1949. She was shortened, converted to a self-unloading cement carrier and renamed b.) ALPENA in 1991.

June 21, 1942, the U.S. Steel bulk freighter EUGENE J. BUFFINGTON ran hard aground on Boulder Reef in Lake Michigan and broke in two. The vessel was subsequently recovered and, after a long career with U.S. Steel, was finally sold for scrap in 1980.

The m/v RANGER III (Hull#385) was side-launched at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Christy Corporation, on Saturday, June 21, 1958. The vessel was custom designed by R.A. Stearns (Bay Engineering) also of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for the National Park Service, Isle Royale National Park.

On June 21, 1986, during a severe thunderstorm (and unofficial observations of a funnel cloud) in the Duluth area, the JOSHUA A. HATFIELD broke loose from Azcon Scrap Dock in Duluth and was blown across the harbor and ended up hard aground on Park Point (Minnesota Point). She remained stuck for nearly 3 weeks when a storm with east winds pushed the HATFIELD free and she blew most of the way back across the harbor back to the scrap dock. Tugs were dispatched in time to safely guide the HATFIELD back to the scrap dock. (June seems to be a bad month for U.S. Steel in accidents, with the June 7, 1977, accident involving the WILLIAM A. IRVIN, the June 15, 1943, collision between the D. M. CLEMSON and the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY, and the June 21, 1942, grounding of the EUGENE J. BUFFINGTON on Boulder Reef.)

June 21, 1916 - The ANN ARBOR NO 5, after departing the shipyards in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 21, 1916, where 3 buckets (blades) were replaced on her starboard propeller, arrived in Manistique, Michigan. While maneuvering around in the harbor she struck the rocky bottom and broke off the same three blades off her starboard propeller.

June 21, 1994 - The Ludington Daily News reported a planned sale of the CITY OF MIDLAND 41, to Contessa Cruise Lines of Minnesota. The deal included an option to sell the SPARTAN and Contessa was prohibited from competing against Lake Michigan Carferry Co., but it fell through.

The 3-mast wooden schooner GEORGE MURRAY was launched in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on 21 June 1873. At the time, she was billed as the largest vessel ever built on Lake Michigan. Her dimensions were 299 foot long x 34 foot beam x 14 foot depth, with the capacity to carry 50,000 bushels of grain. She was built by G. S. Rand for J. R. Slauson of Racine, Wisconsin.

1910 – The tug C.W. ELPHICKE sank at Michigan City, Indiana, after a bizarre accident. The steamer UNITED STATES had struck the Franklin Street Bridge, which then collapsed on the tug. The tug was salvaged on July 12.

1941 – BOMMESTAD, a small Norwegian freighter, came to the Great Lakes in the 1920s and 1930s. It was sold and renamed HILDA in 1934 and registered in Finland when it was torpedoed and sunk by U-52 in the Bay of Biscay while enroute from Dunkirk, France, to the U.K. with a cargo of wheat.

1964 – The Norwegian freighter STELLA NOVA ran aground off Alexandria Bay, N.Y., while enroute from Duluth to Bombay, India. It was refloated June 24 with major bottom damage but was repaired. It had been a Seaway trader as a) VITO in 1959 and was scrapped as f) CORALBA after arriving at Split, Yugoslavia, on September 19, 1978.

On 21 June 1900, the wooden bulk freighter R C BRITTAIN was raised at Toledo, Ohio. She was brought to Sarnia where repairs were made and the engine of the tug F A FOLGER was installed in her. She had previously sunk at Toledo and remained there for several years before being raised. She lasted until 1912, when she burned at Sarnia.

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

 

American Victory scrap tow expected at Port Huron early Thursday morning

6/20 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The American Victory (Victo) scrap tow arrived at the Soo Locks about 8 a.m. on a sunny Tuesday and locked downbound through the Poe Lock. The tug Tim McKeil was on the bow and the tug Cheyenne was on the stern. They were downbound at Mission Point at 9:30 a.m. and in the Rock Cut just before noon. The tow was outbound at DeTour around 8 p.m. The tow should be at buoys 11 and 12 above Port Huron/Sarnia early Thursday morning and will likely waiting until day light to transit the river.


 

American Victory (VICTO) scrap tow St. Marys River June 18, 2018 – Roger LeLievre

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Lakes limestone trade up nearly 4 percent in May

6/20 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.745 million tons in May, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to a year ago. May’s loadings also bettered the month’s 5-year average by the same percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 3.155 million tons, an increase of 7.9 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 590,000 tons, a decrease of 13.5 percent.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 5.2 million tons, a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 4.47 million tons, an increase of 3.1 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 767,000 tons, a decrease of 21.7 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Port Reports -  June 20

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten arrived Duluth just after midnight Tuesday to load iron ore pellets at the CN dock. Fuldaborg arrived at sunrise, and moored at Riverland Ag to load grain. Next to arrive was CSL Laurentien with a cargo of salt for Hallett #8. Michipicoten was outbound later in the morning, along with Philip R. Clarke, which had discharged limestone and was headed for Two Harbors to load. Great Republic was due late Tuesday night with limestone, and Mesabi Miner was expected before midnight to load ore. In Superior, CSL Assiniboine was inbound early Tuesday morning to load iron ore pellets at BN. She was expected to depart mid-evening Tuesday, but hadn't yet left the dock as of 20:00. Stewart J. Cort was on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Cedarglen departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Monday the 19th of June at 06:41 for Quebec City. The Philip R. Clarke arrived Two Harbors on June 19th at 10:30 after unloading stone in Duluth. She went to South of #1 to take on a partial cargo of BFT. Shortly after 14:00 she shifted to North of #2 to take on a partial pellet load. The Clarke then shifted from 17:02 to approx. 17:22 on June 19th to North of #1 to complete her BFT load. As of 19:30 she was still loading. Arriving off Two Harbors on June 19th at approx. 14:00 was the Presque Isle. She stayed out in the lake until the Clarke shifted to North of #1. Presque Isle arrived on the 19th at 17:25 and went to North of #2 to take on a partial pellet load at the gravity dock. As of 19:30 the Presque Isle was still at North of #2. Presque Isle was originally scheduled for the Twin Ports. Due Two Harbors Wednesday the 20th of June is the American Century that should arrive early in the morning. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on June 19th. Due Silver Bay on June 20th is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader in the morning. She will be arriving from Marquette after unloading limestone. CSL Laurentien is unloading salt at Hallett #8 in Superior. After unloading she will depart for Two Harbors to load.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday June 18th: 5:34 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals. 18:24 Whistler arrived and went to anchor. 19:06 Cuyahoga departed Thunder Bay Terminals downbound.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Tuesday included Algoma Niagara, American Integrity and, late, Kaministiqua. Downbound traffic included the American Victory (Victo) scrap tow in the morning, followed by Cuyahoga, Edwin H. Gott and American Spirit.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood cleared Sunday with salt for Chicago. Algoma Niagara cleared early Monday with salt for Duluth. On Tuesday, Manitoulin was loading salt for Alpena. Algoma Innovator was waiting off-shore, possibly to load salt next.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. unloaded coal at the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville on June 14th. June 15th saw the arrival of the tug G.L. Ostrander and her cement barge, Integrity. The pair called on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville to unload. On June 17th, the Herbert C. Jackson unloaded at the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. June 18th saw two vessel passages: H. Lee White called on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock to unload. A few hours later, Olive L. Moore / Menominee arrived on the Saginaw River, traveling all the way up to the Lafarge Stone dock in Saginaw to unload.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Jun 19 - Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Docked - Jun 18 - Algocanada at 1841 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2104

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 18 - CSL St Laurent at 1834, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2048 and Algoma Compass eta 2252 - Jun 19 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 0922, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1309 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1635, Sten Moster (Gib) eta 2130 - Downbound - Jun 18 - Florijngracht ( Nld) at 1758 - see Port Weller anchorages - Jun 19 - Ojibway at 1215 and Whitefish Bay at 2012

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 - Jun 19 - Florijngracht (Nld) at 0641 - Departures - Jun 18 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 2125 - Jun 19 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0700 for Portugal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - none - Docked - Jun 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2027 - Jun 18 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 2104 - Departures - Jun 18 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1543 for Spain, Federal Weser at 1845 for Thunder Bay - Jun 19 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 0729 for the canal

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2252

Toronto:
Docked - Jun 15 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1912 (at Redpath dock) - Departed -

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jun 17 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1739 - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544 - Departure - June 18 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0123 eastbound

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
McKeil Spirit arrived Tuesday morning and went up the river to the Lehigh/Hanson cement dock.

 

Ahead of dock repairs, Wisconsin governor touts car ferry as Great Lakes asset

6/20 - Manitowoc, Wis. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker helped Manitowoc officials celebrate the groundbreaking for $4 million in repairs to the S.S. Badger dock. Walker was joined by U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross and Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels during the Monday celebration.

"It's (the car ferry) a great asset, not only for here, but for anything water-based throughout the Great Lakes," Walker said.

The S.S. Badger is one of six ferries in Wisconsin and provides four-hour passage between Manitowoc and Ludington, Michigan, for passengers and vehicles. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016.

The project will update the docking and berthing facilities in Manitowoc, which are approximately 70 years old.

In mid-April, a sudden spring storm caused damage to the loading structure and severely eroded the harbor side of the S.S. Badger facility. An emergency $800,000 HAP grant was given to the city for repairs before the ferry began its 2018 sailing schedule, which started May 11.

In 2017, the federal government awarded a $5 million grant for work on both the Ludington and Manitowoc docks. Manitowoc also received a $2 million Wisconsin HAP grant to replace a seawall at the ferry dock.

"I think this is the type of thing the federal fund should be used for, a kind of interstate commerce," said Grothman. "It does so much to connect Wisconsin and Michigan."

Work on the repairs will begin in October, after the S.S. Badger completes its sailing season and will be completed by May 2019 before the ferry sets sail again.

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

 

Duluth-Superior harbor security restrictions Wednesday due to Trump visit

6/20 - Duluth, Minn. – The U. S. Coast Guard in Duluth, Minn., is scheduled to establish security restrictions on portions of the Duluth-Superior Harbor on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 20, as part of President Trump’s visit to the area.

The U.S. Coast Guard will establish and strictly enforce two security zones on northern and central portions of the Duluth-Superior Harbor, including the Duluth Ship Canal, East Gate Basin, and around the Blatnik Bridge. Enforcement times provided are subject to change. The most up-to-date information will be provided via Broadcast Notice to mariners over VHF channel 16.

Security Zone A covers northern Duluth Harbor Basin and will be enforced from 4 p.m. through approximately 8 p.m. on June 20, 2018.

Security Zone B covers central portions of Duluth-Superior Harbor and will be enforced from 4 p.m. through approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 20, 2018.

All vessels and persons are prohibited from entry into or remaining in the security zones unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Duluth or designated representative. Vessels already at berth, moored, or anchored at the time the security zones are implemented do not have to depart the zone unless directed to depart by the COTP Duluth or designated representative. All vessels underway within the security zones at the time they are implemented are to depart the zone.

Vessels and persons who wish to request authorization to enter the security zones may contact COTP Duluth or designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 20

On this day in 1943, the IRVING S. OLDS departed Two Harbors with 20,543 tons of ore and the BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS departed Two Harbors with 20,386 tons of ore. It was the first time that two lakers departed the same harbor on the same day with cargos in excess of 20,000 tons.

The SENATOR (steel propeller freighter, 410 foot, 4,048 gross tons) was launched by the Detroit Dry Dock Company (Hull #122) at Wyandotte, Michigan, on 20 June 1896, for the Wolverine Steamship Company. She lasted until 31 October 1929, when she collided with the steamer MARQUETTE in fog off Port Washington, Wisconsin, and sank with her cargo of 241 automobiles.

On 20 June 1893, GEORGE STONE (wooden propeller freighter, 270 foot, 1,841 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler & Co. (Hull #98) at West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1909, when she stranded and burned on Lake Erie.

The WILLIAM P. COWAN (Hull#724) cleared Lorain, Ohio on her maiden voyage in 1918. Renamed b.) AMOCO ILLINOIS in 1962. Scrapped at Windsor, Ontario, by M & M Steel Co., in 1987.

In 1903, the twin-screw rail car ferry GRAND HAVEN (Hull#92) was launched at Toledo, Ohio, by the Craig Ship Building Co., for the Grand Trunk Carferry Line, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1953 – The Paterson steamer SCOTIADOC sank in Lake Superior near Trowbridge Island after a collision in wind and fog with the BURLINGTON of Canada Steamship Lines. One man was lost when the starboard lifeboat was swamped after being launched.

1954 – The bulk carrier PATRIA, built in Canada during World War Two as the tanker MOOSE MOUNTAIN PARK, was declared a total loss after coming ashore 1 mile northwest of East Point, Santa Rosa Island, California. The ship was salvaged, repaired and made one trip through the Seaway in 1961 as PATAPSCO RIVER before being scrapped at Hirao, Japan, in 1963.

1973 – The bulk carrier ATLANTIC TRADER first traded through the Seaway in 1961 and returned on a regular basis as INVEREWE beginning in 1962. It was back again as d) THEOKEETOR in 1972 but sank June 20, 1973, after a collision with MARINA L. in dense fog off the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. All on board were saved.

1978 – A fire broke out in the cargo of coal aboard WILLIS B. BOYER and the ship docked at River Rouge where part of the cargo was unloaded to get at the fire. The vessel was enroute from Toledo to Silver Bay.

1995 – SAULT AU COCHON, built by Port Weller Dry Docks as a pulpwood barge in 1969, buckled and sank at Forestville, QC. The hull was refloated and taken to Hamilton for repairs later in the year.

2007 – KAPITAN RADIONOV first came to the Great Lakes in May 1992 with coal tar for Cleveland. It sank in severe weather on this date in 2007 as i) ALEXANDRA C. after flooding began in the engine room the previous day. The vessel went down 95 miles off Socotra Island, Yemen, while enroute to Australia with ammonium nitrate. All 19 crew on board were rescued.

On June 20, 1959, the SEAWAY QUEEN began her maiden voyage. The vessel was appropriately named, as at the time she was the largest Canadian vessel on the Great Lakes, the 2nd largest on the Great Lakes overall (behind the EDMUND FITZGERALD), and she entered service the same week that Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicated the St. Lawrence Seaway. She was one of the more popular and classic looking vessels on the Great Lakes. June 20, 1936 - PERE MARQUETTE 21 was blocked in Manitowoc following an accident that disabled the Manitowoc Tenth Street Bridge, making it impossible to raise the structure.

June 20, 1993 - BADGER struck the Ludington breakwall while arriving Ludington. She was sent to Sturgeon Bay for repairs. Ten operating days and 21 sailings were lost. The 230-foot wooden freighter JAMES DAVIDSON (Hull#4) was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, for James Davidson at his shipyard on 20 June 1874. JAMES DAVIDSON was wrecked in Lake Huron in 1883.

The MINNEHAHA, a wooden "clipper" schooner, was launched at James A. Baker's shipyard in Oswego, New York, on 20 June 1857. Her dimensions were 110 foot keel, 125 foot overall, x 25 foot 6 inches x 10 foot 6 inches. She could carry 13,000 bushels of grain. Mr. James Navagh, her master builder, received a gold watch and chain worth $200 in appreciation of his fine work on this vessel.

On Wednesday night, 20 June 1877, the schooner EVELINE (wooden schooner, 118 foot, 236 gross tons, built in 1861, at Litchfield, Michigan) was struck by lightning about sixty miles out from Alpena, Michigan. The bolt shattered the mainmast, throwing three large pieces over the vessel's sides. The large spar was split perpendicularly in two and the lightning bolt followed the grain of the wood in a circular manner until it reached the main boom jaw, which is enclosed in a band of iron fastened by a large bolt. This bolt was literally cut in two. The mate, George Mayom, had the left side of his body blistered and the skin burned off from the shoulder to the foot. His right leg, hands and arm were also severely burned, and he suffered internal injuries and bled freely. The vessel made it to port and she was repaired. She lasted until September 1895, when she sank off Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

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

 

Paul R. Tregurtha cleared to proceed after fire

6/19 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard cleared the motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha in Lake Superior for transit to her next port of call for repairs Monday evening. After a generator fire was extinguished Monday morning, Coast Guard marine inspectors began a marine casualty investigation. The investigation is ongoing. No injuries or pollution were identified. The vessel was at anchor off Brimley, Mich., for most of Monday. She was downbound at the Soo in the late evening headed for St. Clair, Mich., to unload coal.

USCG

 

American Victory scrap tow expected at Soo Locks Tuesday morning

6/19 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – The American Victory (Victo) scrap tow is expected at the Soo Locks around 11 a.m. Tuesday and at Mission Point around 1 p.m. The ETA for Port Huron buoys 11 and 12 is 4 a.m. June 21. Times are subject to change. Look for the tug Tim McKeil on AIS to follow the tow’s progress.

 

American Spirit continues downbound trip after grounding

6/19 - Duluth, Minn. – American Spirit floated free from the bottom at approximately 10 p.m. (central standard time) Sunday. Tug were on scene but the Coast Guard reports that the thousand footer floated free due to a water level. It proceeded under its own power, with tug assistance, to the Husky Fuel dock. An examination of the interior and exterior of the hull revealed no damage and the vessel was cleared to proceed on her trip to Indiana Harbor.

The vessel grounded about 3:30 p.m. local time Sunday. She was departing Duluth Harbor fully loaded with taconite when it ran aground just short of the breakwall while attempting to turn out of the harbor. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  June 19

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
After remaining aground and blocking the harbor entrance throughout the afternoon and evening Sunday, American Spirit was freed at 22:00 Sunday night and docked at Port Terminal for inspection. American Integrity arrived early Monday morning and headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. CSL Niagara was inbound at sunrise to load iron ore pellets at CN. American Spirit cleared inspection and departed later in the morning, bound for Indiana Harbor to discharge her cargo of iron ore pellets. The Integrity departed early Monday afternoon. Philip R. Clarke was due late Monday evening with limestone, and CSL Niagara was expected to depart from CN before midnight. In Superior, Burns Harbor loaded ore at Burlington Northern on Monday and departed mid-evening.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the Edwin H. Gott depart at 12:45 on Monday the 18th of June for Gary. Cedarglen arrived off Two Harbors on June 17th at 20:50 to anchor. She got underway off Two Harbors at 12:37 on June 18th and arrived the breakwall at 13:07 and she went to South of #2. She should depart later June 18 or early in the morning of June 19th for Quebec City. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on Tuesday the 19th of June, but the Philip R. Clarke is due Duluth June 18th in the evening with limestone. A good possibility she will go light to Two Harbors for a pellet/BFT load. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Baie St. Paul at 23:49 on June 17th for Quebec City. Silver Bay had no inbound traffic on June 18th and none scheduled for June 19th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday June 18th 5:34 Cuyahoga arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. She finished loading and departed at 19:06, still showing Thunder Bay on AIS. 17:00 The saltie Whistler arrived and went to anchor.

St. Marys River
Upbound traffic Monday included Victory 1, Saginaw, Great Republic, Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader and Mesabi Miner. Downbound traffic included CSL Niagara, Algonova, Algoma Transport and, after dark, Paul R. Trgeurtha and Baie St. Paul. Tug Cheyenne was moored near the Sugar Islander ferry waiting for the Victo scrap tow on Tuesday. She will be the trailing tug down the river.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Monday June 18 7:26 Pearl Mist arrived at Parry Sound. CCGS Samuel Risley was in the North Channel working on navigation aids. Clyde S VanEnkevort departed Meldrum Bay for Marquette. 13:26 American Mariner departed Drummond Island for Marine City. 19:32 Pearl Mist departed Parry Sound for Midland.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara was loading salt for Duluth Monday night.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Jun 18 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 17 - Algoma Hansa at 0847 and Manitoulin at 1435 - Jun 18 - Algocanada at 1841 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2019 - Departures - Jun 17 - Manitoulin at 2202 westbound - Jun 18 -Algoma Hansa at 1821 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2048

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 17 - Kaministiqua at 1349 - Jun 18 - G3 Marquis at 0025, Algoma Spirit at 0119, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0203, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0438, CSL St Laurent at 1834, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2048 and Algoma Compass eta 2240 - Downbound - Jun 17 - Algoma Sault at 1435, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1518, light tug M R Kane departed West St. at 1755 - Jun 18 - English River at 1353, Tim S Dool at 1402 (from wharf 16), Algoma Harvester at 1629,

Welland canal docks:
Docked - Jun 16 - Florijngracht (Nld) - stopped wharf 12 at 1015 approx. and Frontenac at 1229 (stopped ADM Milling - Departure - Jun 17 - Frontenac at 1615 westbound - Jun 18 - Florijngracht (Nld) at 1758

Port Weller anchorage: Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx., - Jun 17 - Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1920 - Jun 18 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1515 from Hamilton - Departures - Jun 17 - Palabora (Atg) at 2346 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 18 - tug Sharon M I & barge at 0557 from Toronto and Algoma Compass at 1138 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1445 from the anchorage. Docked - Jun 14 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0731 - Jun 15 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1858 - Anchored - Jun 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2057 - departed Jun 18 at 1410 for a dock - Departures - (for the canal) - Jun 17 - Algoma Spirit at 2309 - Jun 18 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0001 and Three Rivers (Atg) at 1255 and Algoma Compass at 1852

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun 18 - Robert S Pierson at 0449 - departed Jun 18 at 1348 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2252

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 17 - tug Leonard M at 1336 and tug Sharon M I & barge at 2302 - Docked - Jun 15 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1912 (at Redpath dock) - Departed - Jun 18 -tug Sharon M I & barge at 0344 to Hamilton and tug Leonard M & barge at 1519 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jun 17 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1739 - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

Seaway
Traffic was delayed Monday after a vessel, likely Sarah Desgagnes, hit a ship arrestor at the Snell Lock around 3:30 a.m.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 19

On 19 June 1889, NORTH STAR (steel propeller freighter, 299 foot, 2,476 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio) collided with CHARLES J. SHEFFIELD (steel propeller freighter, 260 foot, 1,699 gross tons, built in 1887, at Cleveland, Ohio) about sixty miles west of Whitefish Point on Lake Superior in heavy fog. The NORTH STAR kept her bow in the SHEFFIELD's side after the impact, giving the crew time to board. The SHEFFIELD then sank in 8 minutes. Her loss was valued at $160,000. The courts found both vessels to be equally at fault after years of litigation.

In 1954, GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (Hull#871) (named for President Eisenhower's Secretary of Treasury) was launched at Lorain, Ohio, by American Shipbuilding Co, for National Steel Co., M.A. Hanna, mgr.

In 1978, ALGOBAY (Hull#215) was launched by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. for Algoma Central Railway. Renamed b.) ATLANTIC TRADER in 1994, and renamed c.) ALGOBAY in 1996 and d.) RADCLIFFE R. LATIMER in 2012.

On 19 June 1836, DELAWARE (wooden passenger/package freight side wheeler, 105 foot, 178 tons, built in 1833, at Huron, Ohio) was carrying general merchandise and passengers in a storm on Lake Michigan when she was thrown ashore off Niles, Illinois. She broke in two and was wrecked. No lives were lost.

On 19 June 1900, the wooden schooner THOMAS L. HOWLAND was raised and towed to Buffalo, New York for repairs. She had been sunk by the ice off Windmill Point in the Detroit River early in the season.

At 5:30 p.m., on 19 June 1872, the wooden package freight/passenger propeller MONTANA (236 foot, 1,535 gross tons) was finally afloat at Port Huron, Michigan. She was successfully launched at the Port Huron Dry Dock Company on Saturday, 15 June, but she got stuck in the mud. The tugs VULCAN, PRINDEVILLE, BROCKWAY and BURNSIDE were all employed to free her and the MONTANA's engines were also going. It took four days of pulling, hoisting and dredging to free her. The effort to get her free and afloat cost Alexander Muir, her builder, over $3,000 (in 1872 dollars). She lasted until 1914, when she burned near Alpena, Michigan.

1905 – The wooden passenger and freight steamer CITY OF COLLINGWOOD of 1893 vintage was destroyed by a fire at Collingwood and four lives were lost.

1917 – The Canadian bulk carrier NATIRONCO was beached in the Detroit River after a collision with the ASTERN STATES and was deemed a total loss. It was raised and repaired at Toledo and survived until scrapping at Civitavecchia, Italy, as d) SAN CARLO in 1929.

1925 – The wooden freighter MAPLEGLEN (i), is scuttled in Lake Ontario, west of Kingston, near Amherst Island. It had been idle since 1921 and was originally the WYOMING of 1881.

1929 –JOHN HANLAN was torched as a spectacle off the Sunnyside area of Toronto after having failed an inspection to continue service as a Toronto Island ferry. 1933 – MEADCLIFFE HALL sustained rudder damage after being struck by the CALGADOC (i) at Thorold. The grain-laden canaller was towed back to Port Colborne, unloaded, and repaired at Port Dalhousie.

1962 – Hatch cover planks give way at Cleveland aboard FLOWERGATE and a forklift and two men fell into the cargo hold, striking a third man. All were badly injured. The British freighter later returned through the Seaway under Panamanian registry as b) AMENITY and was scrapped at Troon, Scotland, in 1977.

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

 

Paul R. Tregurtha suffers generator fire

6/18 - Soo, Mich.  - Monday afternoon the Paul R. Tregurtha departed the anchorage near Point Iroquois and continued her downbound trip. It is unknown if repairs have been completed or if they will stop in the Soo.

Original Report: Monday morning about 4:20 a.m. the Paul. R. Tregurtha reported a generator fire while travelling downbound above the Soo.

The vessel master reported the fire extinguished at 5:30 a.m. and stated that there were no injuries or pollution, and all 23 crewmembers are accounted for. The thousand footer is carrying 68,200 tons of coal, 124,000 gallons of fuel, and 88,000 gallons of caustic soda used in the exhaust scrubber.

The Coast Guard had a vessel on scene to conduct an Investigation into the cause of the incident.

The Paul R. Tregurtha is anchored near Point Iroquois, in Whitefish Bay.

USCG

 

American Spirit refloated in Duluth

6/18 - Duluth - American Spirit floated free from the bottom at approximately 10 p.m. (central standard time) Sunday. Tug were on scene but the Coast Guard reports that the thousand footer floated free due to a water level. It proceeded under its own power, with tug assistance, to the Husky Fuel dock. An examination of the interior and exterior of the hull is ongoing.

Original report: The American Spirit remains aground in Duluth Harbor Sunday evening. The thousand footer grounded about 3:30 p.m. local time Sunday.

The vessel was departing Duluth Harbor fully loaded with taconite when it ran aground just short of the breakwall while attempting to turn out of the harbor. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

USCG

 

Former American Victory begins first leg of long scrap tow

6/18 - Duluth-Superior – The tug Tim McKeil, assisted by the local tug Helen H. towed the American Victory out into a foggy Lake Superior Sunday morning. This is the first leg of a scrap tow that will eventually end up in Aliaga, Turkey.

By Sunday evening, the tow was east of the Apostle Islands making 7.7 knots. A rough estimate would put her in the upper St. Marys River sometime Tuesday morning. The Detroit-based tug Cheyenne was upbound in the St. Marys River Sunday night and is expected to join the downbound tow at the Soo.

The vessel, whose name was shortened to Victo for the tow, sailed for many years as the Middletown of the now-defunct Oglebay Norton fleet. When that company folded in 2006, she and other members of the fleet were sold to the American Steamship Co., which renamed her American Victory.

She entered what would be her final layup, at Superior, Wis., in late 2008 during the economic crises of that time. Late last year she and four other vessels were sold to the Algoma Central Corp., a Canadian firm. Although she was moved to another layup dock, she was not returned to service. Her final port is expected to be Aliaga, Turkey.

The vessel was aunched on Halloween 1942 as the tanker Marquette. She was built by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation's yard in Sparrows Point, Md., as an oiler for the U.S. Navy. The vessel was commissioned, however, as the USS Neshanic (AO-71), and entered service in April 1943. During her first year, she was involved in several close encounters with both enemy submarines and air attacks on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. On June 18, 1944, her luck ran out, as she was hit with a bomb from a Japanese plane while refueling a destroyer. She tied up alongside a sister ship, the Saranac, and some of the Saranac's injured crew (she was also attacked) were treated aboard the Neshanic. The Neshanic was later repaired and was decommissioned in December 1945.

In 1947, she was sold to the Gulf Oil Co. and renamed Gulfoil. The years to follow were much less eventful than her war years until August 7, 1958, when she collided with the tanker S. E. Graham near Newport, Rhode Island. The Graham exploded, and the Gulfoil was heavily damaged. Many of her crew perished. After the collision, the Gulfoil was taken to Baltimore, where it was determined that her engine spaces had not sustained unrepairable damage. The vessel was converted to a straight deck bulk carrier, her pilothouse and forward cabins were moved to the bow and, after lengthening and widening with the new midbody, she was purchased by the Pioneer Steamship Co. of Cleveland and renamed Pioneer Challenger.

She entered service under that name on July 16, 1961. The vessel was constructed as a maximum-sized Seaway carrier, 730 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 39 feet 3 inches deep. With her steam turbine plant producing 7,700 horsepower, the Pioneer Challenger was capable of over 16 miles per hour under full load, and remained faster than most vessels on the Great Lakes. The Pioneer subsidiary of Hutchinson was disbanded at the end of 1961, and the vessels were sold to various other fleets. The Columbia Transportation Division of Oglebay Norton Company acquired the Pioneer Challenger and renamed her Middletown in 1962.

 

American Spirit runs aground in Duluth harbor

6/18 - Duluth, Minn. – The 1,004-foot freighter American Spirit, loaded with iron ore pellets, ran aground in the Duluth harbor Sunday afternoon, closing the Aerial Lift Bridge entry to ship traffic for the time being.

The freighter sat askew in the harbor, with its stern pointing just behind Amsoil Arena and its bow pointing toward the Canal Park seawall. It came to a stop just short of the seawall, but it didn’t hit it, according to Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokeswoman Adele Yorde. There were no injuries reported aboard the freighter and the Port Authority is requesting that boaters stay at least 500 feet away from the ship.

Video shows the vessel dropping her port anchor in an effort to slow her progress.

It’s unknown why the freighter ran aground, however a possible cause might have been strong currents whipped up by recent storms. Yorde said the reason will likely be determined during an investigation into the incident that could take weeks. Duluth firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard were on scene, circling the American Spirit to determine whether the freighter was leaking oil. Authorities could not say Sunday evening when the ship would be moved.

As word spread about the stuck freighter, the crowd grew in Canal Park, with people standing along the seawall to take photos of the ship’s unusual location. By late evening, AIS showed the tug Kentucky near the American Spirit.

View photos and video of the vessel running aground at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4461598-ship-runs-aground-duluth-harbor

Duluth News Tribune

 

Port Reports -  June 18

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Saturday was an exciting day in the port of Duluth. The former American Victory departed under tow of the tug Tim McKeil mid-morning Saturday, bound for Montreal. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed with coal from Midwest Energy just before noon. American Spirit finished loading ore at CN on Saturday afternoon, but while attempting to depart, currents in the ship canal forced the vessel to run aground just inside the harbor, about 30 feet off the seawall near the aerial lift bridge. The vessel remained aground Saturday night, blocking the entrance to the harbor. No damage has been reported, however the vessel will likely require tug assistance to be freed from the muddy bottom. Her fleetmate American Integrity, which was expected to load coal at Midwest Energy, dropped anchor outside the harbor.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Transport departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Sunday the 17th of June at 08:03. Her AIS is showing Sarnia, so she'll have another AIS destination later seeing Sarnia isn't an iron ore unloading port. Edwin H. Gott inbound Two Harbors breakwall at 20:00 on June 17th after being delayed due to fog. As of 19:20 on June 17th the Cedarglen is about an hour East of Two Harbors heading toward Two Harbors. Her AIS has been showing "Duluth" her whole upbound trip. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Monday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on June 17th at 01:07. Her AIS hasn't been updated as of yet. Arriving Silver Bay on June 17th at 13:21 was the Baie St. Paul arriving from Superior after loading a partial cargo at BNSF #5. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Monday the 18th of June.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday June 17th 15:30 Federal Margaree arrived and went to anchor. 16:50 Tecumseh departed the Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel.

St. Marys River
Fluctuating water levels above the locks due to a storm from passing through delayed three thousand footers – James R. Barkerm, Edwin H. Gott and Indiana Harbor Sunday morning.

Manitowoc, Wis.
Kaye E. Barker arrived early Saturday afternoon. She departed northbound for Port Inland at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Sunday June 17, 12:28 The passenger ship Pearl Mist arrived in Little Current from Sault Ste Marie and after a 6 hour stop over departed for Parry Sound. 20:46 Clyde S Vanenkevort arrived at Meldrum Bay to load dolomite. American Mariner arrived at Drummond Island to load dolomite.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algowood was loading salt at Sifto Dock on Sunday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Jun 17 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 15 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2228 - Jun 17 - Algoma Hansa at 0847 and Manitoulin at 1435 - Departure - Jun 17 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1022 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrival - Jun 16 - Grande Caribe (passenger vessel) at 1933 - Departed Jun 17 at 1753 westbound

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 15 - Mia Desgagnes at 1039 - Jun 16 - Exeborg (Nld) at 1829 - Departure - Jun 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 0200 for the canal and Exeborg (Nld) at 2319 for Chicago

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 16 - Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 1900, Isolda (Cyp) at 2013 and light tug M R Kane at 2100 (to assist tow) with tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 2154 - Jun 17 - Algoma Buffalo at 0219, Whitefish Bay at 0538, Algoma Equinox at 1039 and Kaministiqua at 1349. Downbound - Jun 16 - Palabora (Atg) (from wharf 6 to Port Weller anchorage), Florijngracht (Nld) at 0811 (stopped wharf 12), Frontenac at 1209 (stopped wharf 20), tug Leonard M & barge at 1911 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2115 - Jun 17 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0319, Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 0826, Pvt. Robertson V.C. 1008, Algoma Sault at 1435, Bro Alma (Sgp) at 1518, light tug M R Kane departed West St. at 1755

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold) - Jun 16 - Florijngracht (Nld) - stopped wharf 12 at 1015 approx., and Frontenac stopped wharf 19E at 1247 approx. - Departures - Jun 17 - Palabora early morning and Frontenac at 1615 from wharf 19E (ADM Milling) westbound

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx., - Jun -16 - Mia Desgagnes at 0200 - Jun 17 - Palabora (Atg) at 1046 and Federal Churchill (Mhl) at 1920 - Departures - Jun 16 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0131 - Jun 17 - Mia Desgagnes at 0509 eastbound,

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 17 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1249 and Pvt. Robertson V.C. Docked - Jun 14 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0731 - Jun 15 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0616, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1858 - Jun 16 - Algoma Spirit at 1428 - Anchored - Jun 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2057 - Departures - (for the canal) - Jun 16 - Algoma Guardian at 1257 - Jun 17 - Algoma Equinox at 0830

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 15 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2248 Departed Jun 17 at 0643 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun 17 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) eta 2200

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 16 - Algoma Buffalo at 0647 - Jun 17 - tug Leonard M at 1336Docked - Jun 15 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1912 (at Redpath dock) - Departed - Jun 16 - tug Sharon M I & barge at 0702 eastbound - Jun 17 - Algoma Bufalo at 0029 for the canal and Capt Henry Jackman at 1432 eastbound,

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jun 17 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1739 - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Space filling up fast for Boatnerd St. Marys River Cruise

6/18 - Annual Soo Freighter-Chasing Cruise, our annual 3-hour event Friday evening of 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 on the dock. See the Gatherings page for complete details.

 

Updates -  June 4

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the: Erin Schulte, Emanuele S, Exeborg, Fairchem Colt, Federal Caribou, Florijngracht, Isolda, Josef, Momentum Scan, Three Rivers, Torrent, Tundra and Whistler.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 18

The steamer ILLINOIS was the first vessel to pass through the newly opened Soo Locks in 1855. To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of this event, an open house was held aboard the J. L. MAUTHE. While tied up at the Cleveland Lakefront dock, an estimated 1,700 persons toured the MAUTHE.

During a moonlight charter on 18 June 1936, the TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) struck a boulder in the Sugar Island channel in the Detroit River. The vessel docked at Amherstburg, Ontario, where her passengers disembarked as the vessel settled to the bottom in 14 feet of water. Although the damage was not fatal, the salvage crew botched the job. The TASHMOO had one end raised too quickly and her keel broke. This ended this well-loved vessel’s too-short career.

The Soo Locks opened for their first season on 18 June 1855. The first vessel through the locks was the steamer ILLINOIS of 1853.

In 1949, the WILFRED SYKES (Hull#866) was launched at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio, for Inland Steel Co. At the time she was the largest and most powerful vessel on the lakes. The SYKES was also the first boat to have a poop deck. She was converted to a self-unloader in 1975.

In 1964, the bulk freighter SAGUENAY (Hull#647) was launched at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Ship Building Ltd., for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.

In 1968, the ALGOCEN (Hull#191) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd, for Algoma Central Railway. Renamed b.) VALGOCEN in 2005, she was used as a spoils barge in Keasby, New Jersey. She returned to the lakes in in 2008 as J.W. SHELLEY. Sold and renamed PHOENIX STAR in 2012.

On 18 June 1869, a little less than a week after being launched, the schooner DAVID A. WELLS sailed on her maiden voyage from Port Huron for Menominee, Michigan. On 18 June 1858, the steamship CANADA left the Lakes via the St. Lawrence rapids since she was too large for the existing locks. She had been built by Louis Shickluna at the Niagara Drydock Company in 1853, at a cost of $63,000. She was sold for ocean service after the Depression of 1857. Her hull was rebuilt and she was renamed MISSISSIPPI. She foundered in a gale in the South Atlantic on 12 August 1862.

The venerable side-wheel passenger ferry TRILLIUM (Hull #94) was launched June 18, 1910, at Toronto, Ontario by Polson Iron Works, for the Toronto Ferry Co. 1905 –ETRURIA sank after a collision with the AMASA STONE off Passage Island Light, Lake Superior.

1942 – The steamer THOMAS MAYTHAM of 1892 vintage was rebuilt as the New York State Barge Canal tanker DOLOMITE 2 in 1938 and renamed MOTOREX in 1942. It was sunk by gunfire from U-172 near the Colon entrance to the Panama Canal and all on board were rescued.

1944 – ALBERT C. FIELD, a former Great Lakes bulk canaller, was hit by an aerial torpedo from German aircraft and broke in two and sank in minutes. There were 4 lives lost when the ship was hit in the English Channel while carrying munitions and 130 bags of mail in support of the Normandy invasion.

1959 – SPRINGDALE, a Great Lakes trader in the early 1950s and later operated on charter to Reoch Transports, capsized and sank in the Gulf of Bothnia after the cargo of timber shifted in heavy weather.

1960 – GEERTJE BUISMAN came to the Great Lakes in 1960 and ran aground on Vienne Shoal in northern Lake Michigan while outbound from Chicago with a cargo that included new Nash Rambler automobiles for Europe. The Dutch vessel was stuck for 4 days, and had to be lightered. It returned to the Seaway again in later years and was finally scrapped as f) MOUNT at Varna, Bulgaria, in 2003-2004.

1991 – The saltwater trader AKTI was driven aground 14 miles north of Necochea, Argentina, in a storm and sold “as lies” before being refloated as d) AKTO on July 27. Examination determined that the ship was a total loss but it was rebuilt by Chilean interests as e) RIO CIERVOS. The vessel had been through the Seaway as a) ASIA PROSPERITY beginning in 1974, as b) HAN PACIFIC in 1983, and c) AKTI in 1988. It was scrapped at g) AL GIORGIS after arriving at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on November 17, 2005.

1997 – CANADIAN MARINER ran aground in the St. Lawrence near Crossover Shoal after losing power. The vessel had to be lightered to be released and was repaired by Port Weller Dry Docks. The ship was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2007.

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

 

Port Reports -  June 17

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The tug Tim McKeil arrived Duluth early Saturday morning and headed to Fraser Shipyards, where she spent the day preparing to tow the American Victory for scrap. Unless plans change, the tow will be departing via the Superior entry at 6 a.m. on Sunday, bound for Montreal. Also on Saturday morning, Great Lakes Maritime Academy's training vessel State of Michigan arrived, and docked at the DECC. Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound just before noon to load coal at Midwest Energy. American Spirit arrived mid-evening Saturday, and headed to CN to load iron ore pellets. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was expected later in the evening to load at Midwest Energy. In Superior, CSL Tadoussac arrived at sunrise Saturday to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was expected to depart during the evening. Baie St. Paul was on the hook outside the Superior entry waiting to load.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The CN ore docks in Two Harbors saw the Edgar B. Speer depart Saturday the 16th of June at 06:27 for Conneaut. Arriving Two Harbors on June 16th at 06:58 was the Roger Blough for South of #2. She departed on June 16th at 17:14 for Conneaut. Arriving off Two Harbors on Saturday the 16th of June was the Algoma Transport. She went to anchor off Lighthouse Pt. at approx. 10:15. Algoma Transport got underway at approx. 17:10 on the 16th and backed from anchorage into Agate Bay. She went to the outer end of Dock #2, pivoted, and went bow first into South of #2. Due Two Harbors on June 17th is the Edwin H. Gott that should arrive in the morning. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker at 06:12 on Saturday the 16th of June for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Silver Bay on June 16th at 07:22 was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. She arrived from Superior after unloading limestone at Graymont. As of 19:45 she was still at the loading dock. Silver Bay has no scheduled traffic on June 17th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday June 16th at 13:30 Ojibway departed the Richardson Main Terminal for Sorel. 14:00 Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Friday June 15, CCGS Samuel Risley arrived at the Parry Sound coast guard station. Saturday, 4:43 Samuel de Champlain arrived at the Lafarge Terminal in McGregor Bay to unload cement products. 16:12 CCGS Griffon arrived at the coast guard station in Parry Sound. 20:42 Samuel de Champlain departed McGregor Bay for Alpena.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Sault cleared early Saturday morning with salt for Valleyfield, Que.

Welland Canal and regional report for Saturday Jun 16 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 15 - Cape Dawson (MHL) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0821 and Bro Alma (Sgp) at 2228 - Departure Jun 16 - Cape Dawson (Sgp) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 1654 for Green Bay

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 15 - Mia Desgagnes at 1039 - Jun 16 - Exeborg (Nld) at 1829. Departure - Jun 16 - Mia Desgagnes at 0200 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 15 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1809 - Jun 16 - Exeborg (Nld) at 00626 (anchored), Grande Caribe (Ame) (passenger) at 0810, Baie Comeau at 1324, Algoma Guardian at 1513, Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 1900 and tug M R Kane at 2100 (to assist tow) - tug Salvage Monarch & barge Metis at 2117 approx. - Downbound - Jun 15 - Algoma Buffalo, Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1921 - Jun 16 - Algoma Spirit at 0012, Algoma Strongfield at 0153, Palabora (Atg) (from wharf 6 Thorold), Mia Desgagnes at 0219, Algoma Mariner at 0452, Florijngracht (Nld) at 0811 (stopped wharf 12), Frontenac at 1209 (stopped wharf 20), Florenace Spirit at 2048, tug Leonard M & barge at 1911 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin eta 2130

Welland canal docks:
Docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold) - Jun 16 - Florijngracht (Nld) - stopped wharf 12 at 1015 approx., and Frontenac stopped wharf 19E at 1247 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx., - Jun 15 - Exeborg (Nld) at 2023 - Jun 16 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0208, Palambora (Atg) at 1046 and Mia Desgagnes at 1727 Departures - Jun 16 - Josef (ex HHL Congo-18 Beluga Fealty-11) at 0902, Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1834 eastbound

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 15 - Algoma Guardian at 2205 - Jun 16 - Algoma Equnox at 0553, Algoma Spirit at 1428 - Docked - Jun 14 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0731 - Jun 15 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0616, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1858, Tundra (Cyp) at 2057 - Departures - Jun 16 - Algoma Guardian at 1257, Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 1607 for Sarnia, Jana Desgagnes at 1929 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 15 - Sarah Desgagnes at 2248

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 16 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0502, Algoma Buffalo at 0647 - Docked - Jun 15 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1912 (at Redpath dock) - Departed - Jun 16 - tug Sharon M I & barge at 0702 eastbound

Oshawa:
Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 17

On June 17, 1895, the J. W. Westcott Co. inaugurated its unique mail delivery service.

On 17 June 1878, the Canadian schooner JAMES SCOTT of Port Burwell capsized and sank in Lake Erie. The captain's wife, their child and two seamen were drowned.

The wooden schooner MONTEREY, which stranded on Sleeping Bear Point on Lake Michigan in early December 1890, was released on 17 June 1891.

The SCOTT MISENER (Hull#11) was christened on June 17, 1951, for Colonial Steamships Ltd. She was the first vessel built at Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. Renamed b.) JOHN E. F. MISENER in 1954, she was scrapped at Cartagena, Columbia, in 1986.

The PATERSON of 1954 collided with the steamer EDMUND W. MUDGE in 1957, in fog on the St. Clair River opposite Marine City, Michigan.

The WILLIAM A. IRVIN was towed to the Duluth Convention Center on June 17, 1986, by the tugs SIOUX and DAKOTA to be on station as a museum ship at the new $3 million convention facility.

June 17, 1998 - The barge PERE MARQUETTE 41 and tug UNDAUNTED arrived Ludington, Michigan from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, after the remainder of the conversion there.

The propeller OWEN SOUND was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, on 17 June 1875. She measured 900 tons and could carry 30,000 bushels of grain.

1909 – The iron hulled passenger and freight steamer CAMPANA had been cut in two to leave the Great Lakes in 1895, but the hull broke in 1909 where the sections had been rejoined and sank in the St. Lawrence at Point St. Michael a few miles below Quebec City.

1918 – JAY GOULD was loaded with coal and towing the barge COMMODORE when it began leaking and then sank eight miles southeast of Southeast Shoal, Lake Erie. The hull was later dynamited as a hazard to navigation. The barge was overwhelmed by the seas and rolled in the trough for about two hours before it also sank. All on board both ships were saved.

1941 – The Lake Ontario passenger steamer KINGSTON ran aground on a shoal in the St. Lawrence 15 miles SW of Ogdensburg, NY after losing her way in thick fog. The passengers were transferred to RAPIDS PRINCE and the ship was released with the aid of pontoons and repaired at Kingston.

1998 – MOUNTAIN BLOSSOM was downbound in the Seaway when it struck the approach wall at the Eisenhower Lock, opening a crack in the hull that allowed about 50 gallons of xylene to escape. The immediate area was evacuated but the problem was quickly cleaned up. The ship was a regular Great Lakes trader from 1986 to 2007 and was scrapped at Xinhui, China, after arriving on January 10, 2010.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Detroit Marine Historian, Marine Historical Society's Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Sailors reflect as freighter American Victory nears its end

6/16 - Superior, Wis. – As a result of late-in-life transactions and maritime law, the American Victory will fly a Canadian flag and leave the Twin Ports early Sunday to journey to her resting place in a Turkish scrapyard under the crude sobriquet “Victo.”

It is an end which belies a lifetime of both distinction and despair. “She’s got a lot of bad history,” said Willie Keyes, who experienced some of the ship’s darkest hours.

Keyes is the fleet engineer for the Keystone Shipping Co., the Duluth-based operator of Canadian National Railway’s Great Lakes Fleet of ships. But half a lifetime ago, he was a young engineer working his way up the ranks aboard the American Victory, which was then known as the Middletown. Long owned by Oglebay Norton, the same company that operated the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Middletown was the sort of ship which left a lasting impression on her crewmembers.

“I was in love with it,” Keyes said. “Unfortunately with engineers that’s what we do with our ships.”

Keyes and Bryan Rydberg, a logistics expert and former Great Lakes captain, met with the News Tribune twice in recent weeks to discuss the history and importance of the ship. They reflected on her in depth at the Anchor Bar and Grill in Superior and later across the slip from Fraser Shipyards, where Rydberg was overseeing the salvaging of the vessel down to her bones.

“There come the belts,” Rydberg said earlier this week as a crane hoisted a roll of heavy conveyor material from out of the belly of the ship.

Sailors from the shipping hotbed of Northwestern Wisconsin used to pour their lives into the ship. Some even gave their lives as 24 died across her various iterations — from wartime fuel tanker to Great Lakes workhorse.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/business/4460706-sailors-reflect-freighter-american-victory-nears-its-end

 

Port Reports -  June 16

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Great Lakes Trader/tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort arrived mid-afternoon Friday to discharge limestone at Graymont. The pair was expected to depart around midnight. The tug Tim McKeil, which will be towing the American Victory from Fraser Shipyard for scrap, is due to arrive early Saturday morning. In Superior, Indiana Harbor arrived at noon Friday to load ore at BN. CSL Tadoussac was at anchor outside the harbor waiting for the dock.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
As of 19:05 on Friday the 15th of June the Edgar B. Speer was about an hour East of Two Harbors. She should arrive around 20:00 and she'll be the first boat of the day for the CN ore docks in Two Harbors. Due Two Harbors on Saturday the 16th of June are the Algoma Transport and the Roger Blough. The Blough was originally scheduled for Superior. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the James R. Barker on June 15th at 07:55. She should depart Saturday morning. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on June 16th. A possibility for either Two Harbors or Silver Bay is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader that was, as of 19:05 on June 15th, unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday June 15th 2:26 Ojibway arrived and went to anchor. 7:04 Kiyi departed Thunder Bay and continued her research voyage south to Grand Marais. 15:38 Tim S Dool departed the Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 16:44 Ojibway weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to Load.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Alpena departed from the Fox River a little after 10 p.m. Thursday, returning to its namesake port. Undaunted & barge Pere Marquette 41 proceeded onto the lower Green Bay headed for Holland at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Michigan & barge Great Lakes were in northern Lake Michigan Friday, expected in Green Bay Saturday morning.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Lubie continued loading at the COFCO Int'l elevator Friday. Federal Barents was discharging cargo at the Heavy Lift Dock on Jones Island in the inner harbor. Mamry was unloading at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Mariner cleared Thursday with salt for Johnstown, Ont. Algoma Sault was loading at Sifto Dock Friday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Friday June 15 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 15 - Cape Dawson (MHL) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0821 - Departures - Jun 15 - CSL Laurentien at 0258 westbound and Algosea at 0543 for the canal

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored 6.13 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0713 - Departed - Jun 15 at 0818

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 15 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 0614, Algosea at 0924, Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1039 and Mia Desgagnes at 1039 - Departures - Jun 15 - Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1121, Algosea at 1146 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1850

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 14 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1629, Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 2230 and Algoma Innovator at 2109 - Jun 15 - tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 0301, CSL Assiniboine at 0409, English River at 0919 and tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1809. Downbound - Jun 14 - Momentum Scan (Nld) at 2217 - Jun 15 - Josef (Atg) (ex HHL Congo-18 Beluga Fealty-11) - renamed at Burns Harbour June 12, Algoma Guardian at 0748, Algoma Buffalo at 0808 (stopped wharf 16), Baie Comeau at 1012, Federal Clyde (Mhl) at 1154, Algosea at 1212, Capt Henry Jackman at 1422, Algoma Buffalo departed wharf 16 and Federal Welland (Mhl) at 2029

Welland canal docks:
Docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold) - Jun 15 - Algoma Buffalo (stopped wharf 16 for about 8 hours)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx., Jun 15 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0213, Momentum Scan (Nld) at 1016, Duzgit Endeavour at 1515 approx., Josef (ex HHL Congo-18 Beluga Fealty-11) at 1644 and Exeborg (Nld) at 2023 - Departures - Jun 14 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1917 for Toledo - Jun 15 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at mid-day eastbound, Three Rivers (Atg) at 0400 approx., Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0752, tug Barbara Carol Ann Moran & barge Louisiana at 2133 eastbound, Atlantik Miracle (Mhl) at 2210 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0616, Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1858, Tundra (Cyp) at 2057 from Toronto and Algoma Guardian at 2205. Jun 14 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0731 and Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 1519 - Departures - Jun 15 Exeborg (Nld) at 1801 for the canal and Erin Schulte (Br) at 0907 eastbound

Bronte:
Docked - Jun 13 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1953 - Jun 15 - Sarah Desgagnes eta at 2300 - Departure - Jun 15 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1205 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 15 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1912 (for Redpath dock), tug Sharon M I & barge at 1222 - Docked - Jun 14 - McKeil Spirit at 0820 - Departed - Jun 15 - Tundra (Cyp) at 1837 for Hamilton

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2028 - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544 - Departure - Jun 15 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1445 for Hamilton

 

To the lighthouse: Historic Duluth structure seeks qualified owner

6/16 - Duluth, Minn. – Free to a responsible owner: Lake Superior lighthouse. Sits at the end of the south breakwater adjacent to the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. Contact the federal government.

The U.S. General Services Administration has put the red-roofed lighthouse on the market as an available property, and is willing to transfer it at no cost to a public body or nonprofit for education, park, recreation, cultural or historic preservation.

The lighthouse became expendable when the U.S. Coast Guard deemed the structure, which is approximately the size of a small house, as an “excess” to their needs, said Doug Sharp, marine information specialist with the 9th Coast Guard District’s Office of Aids to Navigation. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Under any deal, however, the federal government will keep an easement so it can maintain the beacon and fog horn, according to a notice attached to the listing. “We don’t need the whole piece of property,” Sharp said. “We just need it to support our light.”

Many lighthouses once had someone living in them or nearby who was dedicated to keeping them in good shape, Sharp said. But it has become an expensive proposition to maintain them in modern times. “We do as much as we can, which isn’t much under the current climate,” Sharp said. “We just don’t have the people.”

Probably hundreds of Great Lakes lighthouses have been divested or sold, Sharp said, including one right next to the Aerial Lift Bridge a few years ago. In many cases, he said, historical organizations take ownership of the lighthouses and restore them to their original condition.

“These private entities take these things over and they make them golden,” Sharp said. “They’re beautiful, actually.”

Interested parties must submit a letter by Aug. 10 to both the federal General Services Administration and the state historic preservation office. The application process is competitive and based on factors including financial viability and ability to handle maintenance and historic preservation requirements.

If there are no qualified takers for the lighthouse, it could be put up for public auction in about a year.

Asked if it is livable, Sharp said: “Sure. If you want to listen to the fog signal. It’s not on all the time, but when it’s on you’ll know it.”

For details on obtaining the lighthouse, go to this link: https://disposal.gsa.gov/LighthouseNotices

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Crowd greets new Pelee Islander II at Kingsville

6/16 - Kingsville, Ont. – It took three years to design and build, but the new Pelee Islander II arrived Friday like a hero in front of a crowd of eager admirers. Almost 100 people watched the $40-million boat pull into the Kingsville Dock, after sailing past Pelee Island.

“It looks fantastic,” said Leamington boat enthusiast Jim Samson, who used binoculars to watch the Pelee Islander II arrive, after using a marine app to trace its month-long journey from Chile through the Panama Canal and past Montreal. “The design is beautiful. I like how it’s airy, how the wind can go through it (in parts of the deck wall). I think it’s going to be more stable on the lake.”

The ferry, accented with navy and sky-blue stripes, will start welcoming passengers in mid- to late-September. For the next three months, however, prep work and operator and crew training will be conducted.

The Pelee Islander II will ultimately replace the 58-year-old Pelee Islander. The swap-out process, however, could take perhaps two years, as the other ferry serving the island population, the Jiimaan, in operation since 1992, may undergo repairs.

The 67.7-metre-long Pelee Islander II can accommodate 399 people and 34 cars, or four tractor-trailers and 16 cars. That is roughly the same as the Jiimaan, though the older ship can’t accept tractor-trailers. The Pelee Islander, by contrast, can only take 199 passengers and 10 cars.

Neither the public nor the media were allowed on board Friday, but the Ministry of Transportation, which owns the vessel, plans to have a welcoming party for the new ship sometime in August.

“It’s certainly a state-of-the-art vessel,” said Liane Fisher Bloxam, spokeswoman for the MTO west region, based in London. “It’s a large vessel. It’s a new vessel. We think it’s exciting news.”

The Pelee Islander II was built by the Asenav shipbuilding company in Valdivia, Chile. Several company officials travelled to Kingsville for the ship’s arrival Friday.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Maggie Durocher, manager of parks, recreation programs and special events for the Town of Kingsville. “We have been working as a community, looking forward to having the ship come in.

“We’re very pleased on behalf of Pelee Island. This is literally the highway to Pelee Island. The new ship ensures that we will continue to be able to bring tourists and customers over to the island. So I’m certainly happy to see it here today.”

A crowd of people who gathered next to the Kingsville Dock watched in awe as the leviathan grew larger on the horizon.

“We just wanted to see it right away,” said Ruth Woodsit, from Leamington, who has an affinity for Pelee Island since her daughter and daughter-in-law now own the island cottage she used to for many years. “This one promises to be a little more reliable.”

View a video and photos at this link: http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/shoreline-crowd-greets-new-40m-pelee-island-ferry-at-kingsville-dock

 

Rand Logistics launches third annual marine miracle month program

6/16 - Jersey City, N.J. – Rand Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of bulk freight shipping and ship repair services throughout the Great Lakes Region, has announced the launch of its third annual Marine Miracle Month, a program to benefit children’s charities.

As the cornerstone of the 2018 Marine Miracle Month program, Rand will donate $0.05 for every ton of cargo carried by its fleet during the month of August to non-profit organizations with a primary focus on the health and wellbeing of children. The company will provide its customers the opportunity to select the children’s charity of their choice and will make the donations in each customer’s honor. The donation amount will be based upon the total cargo volume (tonnage) each customer ships during the program month. Rand’s goal is to exceed the total donations raised and the number of organizations served during the 2017 Marine Miracle Month program.

“Marine Miracle Month creates a vehicle for Rand to give back to our communities and expand the reach of our corporate social responsibility efforts, while strengthening partnerships with our valued customers,” stated Ed Levy, Rand’s President and CEO. “Rand introduced the Marine Miracle Month program in 2016, and we are proud to have contributed nearly $260,000 to date toward organizations across the Great Lakes. We are pleased to continue the program as an annual event for Rand, our customers and the organizations and children in the communities that it positively impacts.”

“We were thrilled and inspired by the continued interest and positive response our customers, employees, and community partners have shown towards the initiative,” stated Aaron Degodny, Rand’s Chief Commercial Officer. “In 2017, more than $132,000 was raised for charities dedicated to the health and wellbeing of children, which was an increase of more than 5 percent over the prior year’s results. With approximately 30 customers participating in the program and just as many charities benefiting last year, we are hoping to expand the scope of the program in 2018. I encourage all of our customers, suppliers and employees to embrace the challenge and join us by contributing to the charitable organizations in their communities as part of the Marine Miracle Month initiative.”

Customers will work with their Rand representatives to select a qualifying not-for-profit organization. Selected organizations must hold 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. or be a registered charity in Canada providing services and benefits to children.

Rand Logistics, Inc.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 16

On 16 June 1891, Alexander McDougall himself took his brand-new whaleback steamer JOSEPH L. COLBY (steel propeller whaleback freighter, 265 foot, 1,245 gross tons, built in 1890 at West Superior, Wisconsin) down the St. Lawrence River to the sea. The double-hulled COLBY left Prescott, Ontario at 3 p.m., drawing six feet nine inches aft and five feet six inches forward and started on her wild ride through the rapids. The whaleback freighter plowed through the Galops, Iroquois, Long Sault, Coteau, Cedar, Split Rock and Cascade Rapids. She grated the bottom a number of times and had a number of close calls. Captain McDougall stood immobile throughout the trip but great beads of perspiration broke out on his forehead. When the vessel finally made it through the Cascades and was safe on Lake St. Louis, the French Canadian pilot left and the crew let out shouts of joy with the whistle blowing. The COLBY was the first screw steamer to attempt running the rapids.

On 16 June 1892, GENERAL BURNSIDE (3-mast wooden schooner, 138 foot, 308 gross tons, built in 1862, at Wolfe Island, Ontario) foundered in a powerful northwest gale on Lake Erie near Southeast Shoal Light. Her crew was rescued by the tug GREGORY.

The steamer UNIQUE (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 163 foot, 381 gross tons) was built by Alexander Anderson at Marine City, Michigan. She was launched stern first at 3:00 p.m. on 16 June 1894. There was quite a crowd assembled to watch the launch. While waiting for the launch, Engineer Merrill of the steamer MARY composed the following verse:

"The new steamer Unique
Made a beautiful suique
On a direction oblique
Into a big crique,
So to spique."

The vessel was painted a bright yellow up to the promenade deck with white cabins and upper works. In 1901, she left the upper lakes and was chartered for the Thousand Islands cruise trade. Later that year, she was sold to Philadelphia buyers for Delaware River service. Her upper cabins were removed in 1904, when she was rebuilt as a yacht. She lasted until 20 November 1915, when she burned to a total loss in New York harbor.

On 16 June 1905, at 2:00 a.m., a fire was discovered around the smokestack of the North Shore Navigation Company's CITY OF COLLINGWOOD (wooden propeller passenger-package freight steamer, 213 foot, 1,387 gross tons, built in 1893, at Owen Sound, Ontario) burned at the Grand Trunk Railway docks at Collingwood, Ontario and was destroyed along with the dock and nearby sheds. Four died, but most of crew jumped overboard. Captain Wright had gone to his home on Pine St. about an hour before and was preparing for bed when he heard four whistles sounded by the steamer BRITTANIC, which was laying alongside. He ran to the dock, went aboard and woke the 1st mate J. D. Montgomery and a wheelsman. They had to jump to the dock to escape the flames. James Meade, Lyman Finch, A. McClellan, and another unidentified crewmember who had just joined the vessel at the Soo were all sleeping in the forecastle and lost their lives.

In 1967, the FEUX FOLLETS (Hull#188) was launched at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., for Papachristidis Co. Ltd. She was the last steam-powered lake ship. Renamed in 1972 as b.) CANADIAN LEADER and scrapped in 2012.

Upbound in the Welland Canal on June 16, 1963, loaded with iron ore for Chicago, U.S. Steel's BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS suffered bow damage in collision with Canadian steamer RALPH S. MISENER. In 1918, the WILLIAM P. SNYDER JR was in collision with the steamer GEORGE W. PERKINS in Duluth Harbor resulting in damage of $5,000 to both vessels.

On 16 June 1861, ANDOVER (2-mast wooden schooner, 98 foot, 190 tons, built in 1844, at Black River, Ohio) was carrying lumber in a storm and ground on Pointe aux Barques reef on Lake Huron. Though not thought to be seriously damaged, she resisted all efforts by the tug ZOUAVE to release her. She was finally stripped and abandoned.

On 16 June 1887, CHAMPLAIN (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 135 foot, 438 gross tons, built in 1870, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying passengers, merchandise and horses on Lake Michigan when an engine room lamp exploded. The fire spread so quickly that the pumps could not be started. She headed for Fisherman's Island, Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, but struck a bar and sank a mile short of the beach. 22 of the 57 persons aboard died, most from drowning. Although initially declared a total loss, the hull was towed into Harbor Springs, Michigan, then taken to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and rebuilt as CITY OF CHARLEVOIX. She was also lengthened to 165 foot. She lasted until 1924, when she burned at her lay-up dock in Manistee, Michigan. At that time, she was named KANSAS.

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

 

Millions allotted for Soo Locks projects

6/15 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – More than $65 million earmarked for Eastern Upper Peninsula projects has been allocated to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District for fiscal year 2018 under the official work plan rolled out early this week.

The Detroit District, encompassing Great Lakes from Duluth-Superior Harbor on the far western end of Lake Superior on down into Lake Michigan and Lake Huron will receive an additional $79 million to repair breakwaters, dredge harbors and complete various projects and studies throughout its jurisdiction.

Congressman Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) revealed in a press release from his office that the plan includes $42 million for a pump well system for the Poe Lock and Davis Lock. An additional $4.2 million has been allocated for Poe Lock ship arrestors, while $6.2 million has been dedicated to Poe Lock bulkheads. Another $5.2 million will go toward what was described as a tainter valve project for the MacArthur Lock.

“Since taking office, I’ve worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) leadership and the Trump Administration to highlight the dangers to our economy and national security of an unscheduled outage of the 50 year old Poe Lock,” said Bergman.

“After urging USACE in April to use additional appropriated funds towards Soo Locks modernization, the updated FY18 work plan released this week directs over $57 million to be spent on major rehabilitation and modernization at the soo Locks complex. This is great news for Michigan’s First District, and critical in our mission of building a new Poe-sized Lock,” said Bergman. “I appreciate the administration’s refreshing focus on our vital waterway infrastructure. This is another major step towards ensuring seamless operation of the Soo Locks. I will continue working to advance momentum we’ve begun to build a new Poe-sized lock on Sault Ste. Marie.”

An additional $7.845 million has been allocated for asset renewal and hydropower projects on the St. Marys River, but specifics were not detailed by either Bergman’s Office or the USACE in their press released.

Finally, for the Eastern Upper Peninsula coverage area, $305,000 has been earmarked for Whitefish Point Harbor improvements.

Soo Evening News

 

Port Reports -  June 15

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 23:21 on June 13th for Detroit. The Joseph L. Block arrived off Two Harbors on Wednesday the 13th of June at 22:36. She arrived the shiploader at South of #2 upon the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. The Block departed Two Harbors at 04:30 for Indiana Harbor. Neither the CN ore docks in Two Harbors nor Northshore Mining had any traffic on June 14th. Due Two Harbors on June 15th is the Edgar B. Speer. She should arrive early evening. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on June 15th is the James R. Barker sometime Friday morning.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday June 14th 00:32 Frontenac departed the G3 elevator for Port Colborne. 01:28 Algoma Enterprise arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal. 8:04 Kiyi departed Keefer Terminal to conduct research in the bay. 10:48 Tim S Dool arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 14:02 CCGS Griffon departed the coast guard station for Parry Sound. 15:18 Federal Churchill departed the Superior Elevator for Montreal. 15:47 Algoma Enterprise departed Thunder Bay Terminals (AIS still shows Thunder Bay). 16:18 Kiyi arrived at the coast guard station.

St. Marys River
The tug Tim McKeil was upbound above the locks Thursday night headed to Superior to tow the American Victory away for scrap.

North Channel
Tuesday June 12th Cuyahoga departed Bruce Mines for Windsor. Wednesday 0:20 After unloading at the Lafarge dock in Spragge, Algoma Niagara proceeded to Thessalon to load gravel. Thursday afternoon Algoma Niagara finished loading and departed.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Mariner was loading at the Sifto Dock on Thursday.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
The tug Defiance and her self-unloading barge Ashtabula called on the Saginaw River early Wednesday evening. The pair entered the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates slip to unload. Defiance / Ashtabula had finished unloading and were outbound early Thursday morning. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived on the Saginaw River Thursday afternoon, calling on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to unload coal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Jun 14 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 12 - Algosea at 1714 - Jun 14 - CSL Laurentien at 1800

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored 6.13 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0713

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 13 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 2230 - Departed - Jun 14 at 0241 for the canal

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 13 - Algoma Sault at 0947 - Jun 14 - Cedarglen at 0555, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement at 0623, Pelee Islander II (StV) at 0833 (maiden voyage from builder's yard in Chile to Kingsville, Ontario), Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 1629, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1009, CSL Niagara at 1358, Algowood at 0929. Downbound - Jun 13 - Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1442, Algoma Innovator at 1929 and Atlantik Miracle (Mhl) at 2158, - Jun 14 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0317, Skawa (Lbr) at 0354, Thunder Bay at 1109, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 1350 and Momentum Scan (Nld) at 2217

Welland canal docks:
Docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx. - Jun 14 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0300, Atlantik Miracle (Mhl) at 0948, Three Rivers (Atg) at 1300tug Barbara Carol Ann Moran & barge Louisiana at 1945 - Departures - Jun 14 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1800 - Jun 14 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 1030 (re-scheduled time) for Toledo

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 14 - Lake St Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 0731, Fairchem Friesian (Mhl) at 1519, Exeborg (Nld) at 1947 - Docked - Jun 11 - Erin Schulte (Br) at 1954 - Departures - Jun 14 -Algowood at 0005, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0655, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0705, Algoma Harvester at 0910, tug Barbara Carol Ann Moran & barge Louisiana at 1744, for Port Weller, Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1928 for Halifax and Jana Desgagnes at 2212

Bronte:
Docked - Jun 13 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1953

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 2312 from Port Weller anchorage - Departed - Jun 13 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1507 eastbound (delete this departure - should have said Bronte) - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 2214 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0452 (Redpath dock) - Jun 13 - CSL Assiniboine at 2110 - Jun 14 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 0623 - Departed - Jun 13 - CSL Assiniboine at 2110 - Jun 14 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II at 1842 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2028 - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Sunk, burned, and haunted, this tugboat keeps on working

6/15 - Milwaukee, Wis. – In 1897, the Union Dry Dock Co. in Buffalo built a tugboat. In the years following, the tugboat sank (twice) and was raised, burned (twice) and was rebuilt. Today, after 118 strenuous years, the same tug is still at work in Milwaukee (Editor’s note: The Wisconsin was recently relocated to Monroe, Mich.), deftly assisting far larger ships in and out of the port. When it comes to tough workboats, the Wisconsin is in a class all its own.

The Wisconsin, some say, is also haunted.

In her excellent history Soul of a Port: The History and Evolution of the Port of Milwaukee (The History Press 2010) author Leah Dobkin relates several eerie encounters experienced by the Wisconsin’s crew. Dobkin also quotes the tug’s captain saying he isn’t troubled by talk of ghosts. If they exist, he said, they’re probably friendly enough.

Traditional-style tugboats are distinctive-looking vessels. They have wide, round, deep-riding hulls for maximum stability. The low stern keeps lines close to the water for safer towing. The small superstructure gives its crew plenty of deck space all around for line handling and allows the tug to nestle under the curving hulls of bigger ships.

It’s a purely functional design but its long-ago builders managed to give the Wisconsin elegant, flowing lines. More practically, this tug is known for its unusually good handling characteristics in rough weather (the Wisconsin is “a good sea boat,” in lake jargon).

Since tugboats are usually seen alongside much larger ships, it’s easy to forget that they are not necessarily small themselves. The Wisconsin is 83 feet long, 21 feet wide, and its diesel engine produces more than 1,000 horsepower.

For all their great stability and power, tugboats are potentially hazardous places to work. They perform the most demanding tasks in the maritime world, day or night, and frequently in harsh weather.

Ghosts are far down the list of things tugboat captains worry about. They know tragedy can strike at any moment – even when you do everything right. It happened to the Wisconsin.

In fall 1941, a freighter named the B.F. Jones with a capacity load of iron ore blundered onto a clay bank off the east end of Belle Isle in the Detroit River and stuck fast.

The Wisconsin – it was then named the America – her sister tug Oregon, and several other vessels were dispatched to free the grounded freighter. The Oregon tied a heavy towline to bow of the America, which, in turn, attached its own towline to the Jones’ anchor. The two tugs started pulling the anchor further into the river as the big freighter slowly fed out anchor chain. Once the anchor was reset, the Jones could assist in pulling itself free by winding in its anchor chain.

It was 2 a.m. on Oct. 23, 1941. Some of the tugboat’s crew were at their duty stations, others were asleep in their bunks. Inexplicably, the Jones’ suddenly stopped feeding out anchor chain. Before the Oregon could react, the America, jerked to a violent halt, rolled upside down, kept rolling until it was right side up, and sank – all within five seconds.

Seven men aboard were rescued including the captain of the tug, who escaped by smashing the pilothouse windshield with his fists – seriously injuring himself in the process – and he dragged a company supervisor to the surface with him. Six others drowned in the submerged vessel. Read more and view photos at this link: https://milwaukeenotebook.com/2015/10/19/tugboat

 

There's a new 'buzz' on Hamilton's port lands

6/15 - Hamilton, Ont. – There will be a lot more 'buzz' at on Hamilton's port lands as it becomes a breeding ground for queen bees — an effort to increase essential pollination services.

The Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) has partnered with urban beekeeping company Humble Bee, to provide 12 hive boxes at a yard adjacent to Sherman Inlet on the port's Pier 15, the heart of industrial Hamilton.

"The queens end up supporting beekeepers across the province and help provide essential pollination services for food production," said Luc Peters of Humble Bee in a news release.

The 12 boxes will be divided into three miniature colonies with approximately 500 bees in each 'mini-hive.' The authority says the breeding location for the queen bees was chosen due to its proximity to the waterfront, because of the distance from other beekeeping activity and because it allows for a more isolated breeding ground with greater control and quicker results.

The HPA says the bee yard is a compliment to the authority's first pollinator garden that's also located at Pier 15. The garden is part of HPA's goal to create a corridor of native plantings that provide food and shelter for pollinators like butterflies and bees as they travel across the port lands.

"The port lands are uniquely suited to contribute to a pollinator corridor in north Hamilton, because of the ability to create native planting nodes across the port's 630 acres," said HPA's community relations manager, Sharon Clark in a release.

"And as it turns out, the port lands also offer ideal conditions for honeybee breeding, and the establishment of new 'queendoms,’ as we've been calling them."

According to HPA, the beekeepers will first visit to catch the queens that have been raised, and then visit again to install new queen cells. As the season comes to a close in November, the hives will be wrapped up for winter until beekeeping activity resumes in the spring.

The HPA is reminding people that honeybees are" non-aggressive" due to the fact that they can only sting once and only sting when they feel that their own life or their colony is threatened. They say unless you're in the immediate area of the colonies, the only thing that will be noticed is more honeybees on the flowers.

CBC

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 15

On this day in 1967, the new $6 million Allouez taconite pellet handling facility in Superior, Wisconsin, was dedicated. The first cargo of 18,145 tons of pellets was loaded into the holds of the Hanna Mining Company freighter JOSEPH H. THOMPSON.

At midnight, on Saturday, 15 June 1901, OMAR D. CONGER (wooden propeller ferry, 92 foot, 199 gross tons, built in 1882, at Port Huron, Michigan) burned at her dock on the Black River in Port Huron, Michigan. Her upper works were destroyed, but she was repaired and put back in service. She lasted until 1922, when her boiler exploded, killing four people and destroying the vessel.

On June 15, 1943, the D.M. CLEMSON collided with and sank the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY in the Straits of Mackinac. Both of these 600-footers recovered for long careers. The D.M. CLEMSON was sold for scrap in 1980. The GEORGE M. HUMPHREY was recovered over a year later, renamed the b.) CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN, later converted to a self-unloader, and finished her career as d.) CONSUMERS POWER at the end of the 1985, season before being scrapped in 1988.

In 1989, the ROGER M. KYES was rechristened b.) ADAM E. CORNELIUS by American Steamship Co.

The wooden 180-foot schooner JOHN A. FRANCOMB was launched at West Bay City, Michigan, on 15 June 1889. She was built by F. W. Wheeler & Co. (Hull #61). She lasted until she was abandoned at Bay City in 1934.

GRECIAN (steel propeller freighter, 296 foot, 2,348 gross tons, built in 1891, at Cleveland, Ohio by Globe Iron Works (Hull#40) struck a rock near Detour, Michigan, on 7 June 1906, but made dock at Detour before settling on bottom. After her cargo was removed, she was raised, and towed by her fleet mate SIR HENRY BESSEMER, bound for Detroit Shipbuilding Co. in Wyandotte, Michigan, for repairs, relying on air pressure in her sealed holds to keep her afloat. However, on 15 June 1906, her holds began to fill with water and she sank in Lake Huron off Thunder Bay. Her crew was rescued by SIR HENRY BESSEMER.

1933 – BRENTWOOD ran aground in the St. Marys River and was released on June 19 with about $60,000 in damage. The CSL vessel soon tied up at Midland and was scrapped there in 1937.

1943 – WILLIAM BREWSTER was on her maiden voyage when she collided with the W.D. CALVERLEY JR. and sank on her side in the St. Clair River off Algonac. The ship was not refloated until November and, after repairs, finally left the lakes in June 1944. It operated on saltwater routes until scrapping at Calcutta, India, as e) RAY MAYABUNDAR in 1967.

1962 – NYON, a Seaway visitor in 1961 and 1962, sank in the English Channel, 5 miles south of Beachy Head, after a collision in heavy fog with the Indian freighter JALAZAD. The latter came to the Great Lakes in 1969 and was eventually scuttled off Tema, Ghana, as b) JYOTI VINOD in September 1983.

1965 – BREIM, a Great Lakes visitor from Norway, got stuck in the mud below the Snell Lock at Massena, NY was released the next day after some cargo was lightered. The ship arrived at Visakhapatnam, India, for scrapping as c) CHRISTINA C. on October 24, 1983.

1988 – ALGOWEST and COUDRES D'ILE collided in fog on the St. Lawrence and the small coastal freighter sank with the loss of one life. The former now sails for Algoma as PETER R. CRESSWELL.

2001 – Fire broke out in the engine room of the Cypriot freighter FELIX 60 miles off Las Palmas, Canary Islands and the 21-member crew was removed. The ship first came to the Great Lakes as a) BEGONIA in 1978 and returned as b) TIMUR SWALLOW in 1983 and c) JENNIFER JANE in 1985. The burning vessel was anchored and the fire extinguished June 16. A total loss, the ship arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, under tow as f) ELI on December 1, 2001, and was broken up.

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

 

Great Lakes/Seaway iron ore trade up 3.1 percent in May

6/14 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.3 million tons in May, an increase of 3.1 percent compared to a year ago, and just about on par with the month’s 5-year average.

Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.9 million tons in May, an increase of 2.4 percent. Loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway totaled 443,000 tons, an increase of 13.7 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 15.7 million tons, a decrease of 7.6 percent compared to the same point in 2017. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 14.1 million tons, a decrease of 9 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway have increased slightly to 1.64 million tons.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Update: American Victory scrap tow

6/14 - The tug Tim Mckeil was in the lower St. Clair River Wednesday evening headed for Superior, Wis., where she will tow out the former American Victory for scrap. When the tow will actually take place is still questionable. Allowing for upbound transit time as well as time to hook up the tow and the likely slow speed of the transit across Lake Superior, the vessels could be in the area of the Soo Locks as early as Tuesday next week. The tow will be bound for Montreal and eventually Turkey where Victo will be scrapped. When this tow is done, the Algorail scrap tow from Goderich will be next.

 

Seaway optimistic cargo shipments will grow after slow start

6/14 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Grain exports, along with demand for construction materials such as stone, cement and asphalt, led to shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway increasing in May after ice conditions in the St. Marys River and Lake Superior slowed deliveries in April.

But despite the increase, figures released by St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. show the total number of transits and total tonnage of cargo moved through the 3,700-kilometre St. Lawrence Seaway was still down compared to last year at the same time.

Total cargo moved through the system by the end of May sat at 7.8 million tonnes, down 3.71 per cent from 2017.

The number of vessels — ocean-going, lakers and tugs/barges — was only slightly down over last year, with 859 ships moving through the system as compared to 867 last year.

Iron ore shipments saw the biggest decrease, down 24.84 per cent, while dry bulk shipments dropped 18.55 per cent. Coal shipments were up 43.42 per cent, while liquid bulk shipments were up 19.44 per cent over the same time as last year.

"Looking ahead, we foresee momentum continuing as ships transport Canadian grain exports and a wide variety of dry bulk cargoes including construction materials," said seaway corporation president and CEO Terence Bowles in a release through the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

He said the authority is optimistic economic growth will translate into an increase in total cargo volume, with the potential to reach 40 million tonnes by the end of the year.

St. Catharines-based shipping company Algoma Central Corp. — it's the largest Canadian ship operator in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region — said its vessels are fully-booked for the year.

"We had two brand new self-unloading vessels, the Algoma Sault and the Algoma Innovator, arrive this spring, as well as two vessels purchased and reflagged from the U.S. side of the border," said Algoma chief operating officer Gregg Ruhl. "All are already hard at work delivering products for our customers in the manufacturing and construction sectors."

Algoma and its partner NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers (NACC) are expecting the arrival of the NACC Argonaut this month, a recently-converted pneumatic cement carrier that will transport cement products on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

The chamber said Ontario ports were also reporting positive business conditions.

"Two thousand eighteen is off to a great start at the Port of Hamilton," said Ian Hamilton, chief executive officer of the Hamilton Port Authority. "Now with three grain terminals running at full capacity, exports of Ontario grain were lined up and ready to go from day one. More than half-a-million metric tonnes of Ontario grain has been exported overseas through the port already this season."

St. Catharines Standard

 

Former Algoma Olympic arrives at Turkish scrap yard

6/14 - The tug VB Hispania towing the former Algoma Olympic arrived in Aliaga, Turkey at 5:21 EDT June 13th.

 

Last coal plant on the Saginaw Bay to go offline in 2023

6/14 - Hampton Township, Mi. - The last coal plant on the Saginaw Bay is slated to go offline in 2023, Consumers Energy officials announced Wednesday.

The utility on Wednesday, June 13, said coal units one and two in the Karn Generating Complex in Bay County's Hampton Township will be retired in 2023. The decision comes two years after Consumers shut down its Weadock Generating Plant, located next door to the Karn plant.

The decision is part of the utility's pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent and eliminate the use of coal to generate electricity by 2040.

Patti Poppe, president and CEO of Consumers Energy and CMS Energy said her company plans to continue to support the township and Bay County after the units go offline.

"We're grateful for the power the Karn coal units have provided for Michigan over the decades and proud of our co-workers who've operated and maintained them so faithfully," Poppe said in a statement. "The company will be working actively to care for our co-workers through this transition."

About 300 employees are expected to be impacted by the closing of the coal units, said John Broschak, vice president of generation and compression for Consumers Energy.

Broschak said Consumers has been in negotiation with the workers' unions to help transition employees.

"Depending on their preference, we have various avenues for them to transition within the company," Broschak told MLive in an interview.

The coal units at Karn came online in 1959 and 1961, respectively, and can generate 515 megawatts of electricity. Consumers Energy plans to replace that power through wind energy. He declined to comment on future sites for wind farms.

Consumers will continue to operate units three and four at Karn. Those units run on natural gas and oil, Broschak said.

Environmentalists on Wednedsay applauded Consumers' decision.

"Consumers Energy is taking a step in the right direction by setting a retirement date for the Karn coal-fired power plant and apparently planning to replace that plant with clean energy. It is way past time for this antiquated technology and dirty fossil fuel to go," said Regina Strong, director of Michigan's Sierra Club.

In April 2016, the Weadock plant, along with seven other coal-powered plants across the state, went offline as Consumers began its shift away from coal as a fuel source.

Excluding the to Karn units, Consumers operates three coal units in Port Sheldon Township, north of Holland in Michigan. Two of those plants are scheduled to go offline in 2031, while the third will be retired in 2040, Broschak said.

 

Port Reports -  June 14

Duluth, Minn.- Superior, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
Erie Trader and Clyde S. VanEnkevort departed Duluth early Wednesday morning after unloading limestone at Hallett #5. The pair were headed for Two Harbors to load. Michipicoten arrived mid-morning to load iron ore pellets at CN, and was outbound during the afternoon. Joseph L. Block also departed during the afternoon with a partial cargo of blast furnace trim from Hallett #5. On the south side of the harbor, Stewart J. Cort arrived early Wednesday morning to load ore at Burlington Northern. She was outbound early in the afternoon.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed the South of #2, CN ore docks Two Harbors, on Tuesday the 12th of June at 22:33 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Two Harbors on June 13th was the Presque Isle at 02:28 for North of #2 where she took a partial load. She shifted on the 13th from 06:31 to 06:58 from North of #2 to the shiploader at South of #2. She then departed Two Harbors on June 13th at 14:43 for Gary. Arriving Two Harbors on June 13th at 09:09 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arriving from Duluth after unloading stone. She went to North of #2 lay-by. She then shifted to South of #2 after the departure of the Presque Isle. As of 19:35 she was still at the shiploader. Her AIS is showing Detroit. Due Two Harbors on June 13th after the departure of the Clyde S. is the Joseph L. Block from Duluth. She unloaded stone and then took on a partial load of blast furnace trim. She had been anchored off Duluth, but got underway at approx. 19:15 for Two Harbors. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on June 14th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Mesabi Miner at 09:47 on June 13th. She should depart the morning of June 14th. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on June 14th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday June 13th 03:31 Algonova departed Suncor Energy for Sault Ste Marie. 08:36 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 13:15 Algoma Strongfield departed Richardson Main Terminal for Port Cartier. 17:30 The research vessel Kiyi arrived at Keefer Terminal.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Lubie continued loading at the COFCO Int'l elevator Tuesday evening. Federal Barents remained at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor, G.L. Ostrander & barge Integrity arrived from Muskegon just before 6 p.m. and docked at Jones Island. Ocean bulker Mamry was expected from Burns Harbor early Wednesday morning.

Pelee Island – Frank Hood
Pelee Islander II is in Lake Ontario now sailing towards the Welland Canal. It's scheduled to arrive in Kingsville late Thursday or early Friday this week. Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday Jun 13 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 12 - Algocanada at 0629

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored 6.13 - Cape Dawson (Mhl) (ex Rio Dawson-09) at 0713

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 12 - Baie St Paul at 1922 and Victory I (Bhs) (ex St Laurent-16, Sea Voyager-15 Cape May Light-09) at 2256 - Jun 13 - Algoma Sault at 0947. Downbound - Jun 12 - Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1523, Algowood at 2231 and John D Leitch at 2356 - Jun 13 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0120. CSL Welland at 1112, Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) at 1442, Algoma Innovator at 1929 and Atlantik Miracle (Mhl) at 1815 (delayed)

Welland canal docks:
Docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx. - Jun 12 - Federal Satsuki at 0148 - Departures - Jun 13 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 2327 eastbound and Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) at 2210 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals -, - Jun 13 - tug Barbara Carol Ann Moran & barge Louisiana at 0525, Algowood at 1323, Algoma Harvester at 1509 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1553. Docked - Jun 10 -Florence Spirit at 1458 - Jun 11 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1411, Jana Desgagnes at 1612, Flevoborg (Nld) at 1750 and Erin Schulte (Br) at 1954 - Departures - Jun 13 - (for the canal) - Florence Spirit at 0441 and Algoma Harvester at 1509, Flevoborg (Nld) at 1942 for Ireland

Bronte:
Docked - Jun 10 - Algoscotia at 0631 - Jun 13 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1953 - Departed - Jun 13 - Algoscotia at 1920 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 2312 from Port Weller anchorage - Departed - Jun 13 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 1507 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0452 (Redpath dock)

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2028 - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Wednesday evening English River departed after loading cement.

 

Coast Guard locates vessel with 49 people after passenger calls 911

6/14 - Chicago, Ill. – The Coast Guard located a motor vessel with 49 people aboard after one of the passengers called 911 stating she was concerned that the operator had become disoriented in heavy fog off of Navy Pier near the Chicago Harbor breakwall, Saturday.

Shortly before 11 p.m., a watchstander in the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan command center received a call from Chicago 911 that a concerned passenger aboard the vessel, Serenity, a 56-foot yacht, reported the vessel had become disoriented in heavy fog with visibility less than one-quarter of a mile.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from the Chicago Maritime Safety Station near Navy Pier and began the search. The passenger, who was communicating with the Coast Guard on a cell phone, helped guide the rescue crew toward the Serenity by listening for the horn on the Coast Guard boat. Once on scene, the Coast Guard found the vessel transiting slowly with no operating navigation system.

The Coast Guard escorted the Serenity into Monroe Harbor where a Coast Guard boarding team went onto the vessel to conduct a routine safety inspection. In addition to inoperable navigation and radio systems, the vessel did not have enough life jackets on board. Federal and state laws require all boaters to carry enough serviceable life jackets, correctly sized, for every person onboard.

The master of the vessel was issued a Coast Guard violation for negligent operations and for operating without the required navigation lights.

“The Coast Guard takes safety on the water very seriously,” said Chief Warrant Officer Matt James, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor. “This voyage could well have had a much different and tragic ending for these passengers, given the vessel had no way to communicate, was lost in fog in an area that typically sees an increase in boat traffic on a Saturday night after fireworks, and did not have enough life jackets for everyone aboard.”

USCG

 

Sunk, burned, and haunted, this tugboat keeps on working

6/14 - Milwaukee, Wis. – In 1897, the Union Dry Dock Co. in Buffalo built a tugboat. In the years following, the tugboat sank (twice) and was raised, burned (twice) and was rebuilt. Today, after 118 strenuous years, the same tug is still at work in Milwaukee (Editor’s note: The Wisconsin was recently relocated to Monroe, Mich.), deftly assisting far larger ships in and out of the port. When it comes to tough workboats, the Wisconsin is in a class all its own.

The Wisconsin, some say, is also haunted.

In her excellent history Soul of a Port: The History and Evolution of the Port of Milwaukee (The History Press 2010) author Leah Dobkin relates several eerie encounters experienced by the Wisconsin’s crew. Dobkin also quotes the tug’s captain saying he isn’t troubled by talk of ghosts. If they exist, he said, they’re probably friendly enough.

Traditional-style tugboats are distinctive-looking vessels. They have wide, round, deep-riding hulls for maximum stability. The low stern keeps lines close to the water for safer towing. The small superstructure gives its crew plenty of deck space all around for line handling and allows the tug to nestle under the curving hulls of bigger ships.

It’s a purely functional design but its long-ago builders managed to give the Wisconsin elegant, flowing lines. More practically, this tug is known for its unusually good handling characteristics in rough weather (the Wisconsin is “a good sea boat,” in lake jargon).

Since tugboats are usually seen alongside much larger ships, it’s easy to forget that they are not necessarily small themselves. The Wisconsin is 83 feet long, 21 feet wide, and its diesel engine produces more than 1,000 horsepower.

For all their great stability and power, tugboats are potentially hazardous places to work. They perform the most demanding tasks in the maritime world, day or night, and frequently in harsh weather.

Ghosts are far down the list of things tugboat captains worry about. They know tragedy can strike at any moment – even when you do everything right. It happened to the Wisconsin.

In fall 1941, a freighter named the B.F. Jones with a capacity load of iron ore blundered onto a clay bank off the east end of Belle Isle in the Detroit River and stuck fast.

The Wisconsin – it was then named the America – her sister tug Oregon, and several other vessels were dispatched to free the grounded freighter. The Oregon tied a heavy towline to bow of the America, which, in turn, attached its own towline to the Jones’ anchor. The two tugs started pulling the anchor further into the river as the big freighter slowly fed out anchor chain. Once the anchor was reset, the Jones could assist in pulling itself free by winding in its anchor chain.

It was 2 a.m. on Oct. 23, 1941. Some of the tugboat’s crew were at their duty stations, others were asleep in their bunks. Inexplicably, the Jones’ suddenly stopped feeding out anchor chain. Before the Oregon could react, the America, jerked to a violent halt, rolled upside down, kept rolling until it was right side up, and sank – all within five seconds.

Seven men aboard were rescued including the captain of the tug, who escaped by smashing the pilothouse windshield with his fists – seriously injuring himself in the process – and he dragged a company supervisor to the surface with him. Six others drowned in the submerged vessel.

Read more and view photos at this link: https://milwaukeenotebook.com/2015/10/19/tugboat

 

Lake Michigan cruises from Michigan City to begin Friday

6/14 - Daily rides on a Lake Michigan cruise ship now based in Michigan City will start Friday. The 70-foot, two-deck Emita II docked in Trail Creek at Millennium Plaza can hold 150 passengers. It was acquired by Lowell resident Victor Tieri, owner of Harbor Country Adventures, who has more than 20 years in the hospitality industry.

"It always amazed me that we didn’t have sightseeing boats like they have in Chicago," Tieri said. "Standing on the beach looking out over the lake is completely different than being out on the water and getting a view of the shoreline," he said.

Tieri said the ship will offer light food items and a full bar during 90-minute cruises to be offered seven days a week at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. "Sunset Tour." There also will be a 2½-hour "party cruise" every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. for people 21 and over with live music on the upper deck. The boat also will be available for private gatherings with catered food allowed.

After Labor Day, Tieri said, cruises probably will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October, weather permitting.

Tieri said each cruise will begin with a presentation about Michigan City's maritime history. Passengers also will learn "fun facts" shared about Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes as the boat turns west.

Tieri started offering speed boat rides on Lake Michigan six years ago when he started Harbor Country Adventures in New Buffalo, which also offers winery tours on luxury buses.

"It went over so well I knew the next boat I was going to get had to be something larger," Tieri said.

Two years ago, he began talking with Michigan City Port Authority officials, who welcomed the cruise ship idea with open arms. Tieri said the Emita II, constructed in 1953, was used for cruises of the Erie Canal in the Syracuse, New York, area the past 50 years or so.

The longtime tour operators were looking to slow down in their later years, Tieri said.

The boat arrived in Michigan City after a 14-day voyage through the canal and Lake Erie, then up Lake Huron and down the entire length of Lake Michigan.

Daily cruises are $30 for adults, $16 for children and free for kids 2 and under. Fares are half price for all emergency responders and veterans. People currently active in the military ride at no cost.

Tickets can be obtained at www.harborcountryadventures.com or at the dock, Tieri said.

It’s believed the last time a tour boat operated in Michigan City was in the 1930s. Jack Arnett, executive director of the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the boat is a nice attraction for boosting Michigan City’s lakefront experience. Tieri is also relocating his speed boat ride business to Michigan City.

NW Indiana Times

 

Rand’s Calumet, Manitowoc, Defiance recognized for commitment to safety at sea

6/14 - Jersey City, N.J. – Rand Logistics, Inc. has announced that three of the company’s U.S. flagged vessels have been recognized by the United States Coast Guard for their commitment to safety at sea as part of the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) System Program for the 2017 Sailing Season.

The AMVER System, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Rand’s Calumet and Manitowoc received the AMVER Blue Pennant for the vessels’ first year of participation with AMVER. The tug Defiance was honored for the third year and will continue to fly the AMVER Blue Pennant for the vessel’s participation with AMVER.

“Rand Logistics is honored to have been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of the prestigious AMVER Award Program,” stated Michael C. Farrell II, Director of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) at Rand. “The safety of our employees, customers, vendors and members of the communities in which we operate is our top priority and is one of our Rand Corporate Values.”

Captain Karl Hardesty from the tug Defiance and barge Ashtabula attended the AMVER Awards event on Tuesday, May 22, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2018 National Maritime Day celebration.

“Because of the efforts of mariners like our vessel captains and crewmembers who play an active role in the AMVER Program, we can all enjoy the beauty of our Great Lakes and rivers knowing that assistance is available if ever it is needed,” Mr. Farrell continued. “We look forward to continuing our involvement with AMVER during our current sailing season and beyond.”

The AMVER Awards Program was inaugurated in 1971 to recognize those vessels that regularly participate in the AMVER system and the merchant shipping companies that volunteer to be available for maritime emergency response. Vessels in the AMVER Program commit to a minimum of 128 days on the system annually. Rescue coordinators are able to identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

Rand Logistics, Inc.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 14

On this day in 1985, Captain Edward Rogowski passed away. Captain Rogowski started sailing as a deckhand on the 514 foot JOHN SHERWIN in 1936. He retired in 1982 as the first captain of the largest freighter on the Great Lakes, the 1,013 foot PAUL R TREGURTHA.

On this day in 1957, the Interlake Steamship Company freighter HARVEY H. BROWN, Captain Percy E. Mc Ginness, delivered the first cargo of coal to the new taconite loading port of Taconite Harbor, Minnesota.

ROGER BLOUGH departed the shipyard in ballast on her maiden voyage for U.S. Steel Corp. the night of June 14, 1972, for Two Harbors, Minnesota to load 41,608 gross tons of taconite ore pellets. She was nearly a year late because of a fire in her engine room.

On June 14, 1988, the CONSUMERS POWER of 1927, with her former fleet mate JOHN T. HUTCHINSON, departed Lauzon, Quebec, in tow of the Panamanian tug/supply ship OMEGA 809, bound for a scrap yard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The steamer PRINCESS was sold to Little and Fitzgerald on 14 June 1873. She was built in 1858, at Algonac, Michigan by Z. Pangborn.

The wooden scow TINKER was launched at Leighton & Dunford's yard in Port Huron, Michigan on 14 June 1876.

1954 – W.F. WHITE crushed the tug OHIO against a pier in Buffalo and the latter was a total loss. The tug was refloated and scrapped at Cleveland in 1955.

1977 – ALMAR came to the Great Lakes under Greek registry in 1964. It caught fire in the engine room as c) IJESHA LION at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and sustained major damage. The hull was abandoned by the owners, towed out to sea and scuttled in 1978

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, David Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Tug on the way to tow former American Victory away for scrap

6/13 - The tug Tim Mckeil was upbound in the Welland Canal Tuesday headed for Superior, Wis., where she will tow out the former American Victory, which has had its name shortened to Victo for the tow. In recent days, the vessel’s self unloading boom and other usable equipment have been removed at Fraser Shipyards.

When the tow will actually take place is still questionable. Allowing for upbound transit time as well as time to hook up the tow and the likely slow speed of the transit across Lake Superior, the vessels could be in the area of the Soo Locks as early as Tuesday next week.

The tow will be bound for Montreal and eventually Turkey where Victo will be scrapped. When this tow is done, the Algorail scrap tow from Goderich will be next.

 

Algoma Olympic, Algolake, Algosteel scrap tow updates

6/13 - The Algoma Olympic is expected arrive under tug in Aliaga, Turkey, at 1 pm local time on June 12. (6 pm EST on June 11) in tow of the tug VB Hispania where she will be scrapped. As of 11:45 AM central time on June 12 she was near Turkey in the Aegean Sea with restricted maneuverability, according to Marine Traffic. The former Algolake and Algosteel are in the Atlantic under tow for scrap and expected to arrive late June in Aliaga.

 

Port Reports -  June 13

Duluth, Minn.- Superior, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
Joseph L. Block arrived Duluth early Tuesday morning, discharged limestone at Graymont, and shifted to Hallett #5 during the afternoon to load blast furnace trim. American Mariner spent the day loading petroleum coke at Midwest Energy, and was outbound by late Tuesday afternoon. Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort arrived during the evening, and headed to Hallett #5 to discharge limestone. In Superior, Algoma Spirit arrived at sunrise on Tuesday to load iron ore pellets at BN. She was expected to depart during the evening.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Tuesday the 12th of June at 00:12 for Gary. The Algoma Guardian arrived Two Harbors on Tuesday morning June 12th from anchorage at 00:34 for South of #2. She departed on the 12th at 11:57 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on Tuesday the 12th of June was the Hon. James L. Oberstar at 06:30 for North of #2 lay-by. She shifted on June 12th from 12:27 to 12:50 to South of #2. As of 19:45 on June 12th she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Wednesday the 13th of June are the Presque Isle and the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Both should arrive Wednesday morning, the Clyde S. arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on June 12th. Due on June 13th is the Mesabi Miner. An update on the Herbert C. Jackson's destination; she is heading for Cleveland.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday June 12th 2:35 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 13:27 Algonova arrived at the Suncor Terminal to unload petroleum products.

North Channel and Drummond Island
Saturday June 9th the tug Leonard M and the barge Niagara Spirit arrived at Little Current to unload project cargo from Hamilton. On June 11th Leonard M proceeded to Drummond Island to load dolomite and after loading departed for Kingsville Ont. 17:20 Calumet arrived at Drummond Island to load. Algoma Buffalo arrived at Thessalon to load gravel. Tuesday 3:32 Calumet departed for Fairport. Algoma Buffalo departed for Marine City. 12:09 Algoma Niagara arrived at Spragge. Cuyahoga arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Four vessels have visited the Saginaw River in the past two days, delivering cargo to five different docks. The tug Undaunted, and her self-unloading barge Pere Marquette 41 arrived Monday morning, calling on the Port Fisher/Bay Aggregates dock in Bay City. While the pair was unloading there, the John J. Boland arrived with a cargo for Bay Aggregates. In a seldom seen operation, both vessels were able to fit in the slip and unload at the same time. Late Monday night saw the arrival of the steamer Alpena, calling on the Lafarge Cement dock in Essexville, directly across the river from the Undaunted and Boland. On Tuesday morning, the tug Dorothy Ann and her self-unloading barge Pathfinder arrived on the Saginaw River with a split cargo. The pair dropped partial load at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City, then continued upriver to finish unloading at the Wirt Stone Dock in Saginaw.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Capt Henry Jackman was loading at the Sifto Dock on Tuesday.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday Jun 12 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 11 - James R Barker at 2209 - Jun 12 - Algosea eta 2155 - Departures - Jun 11 - Saginaw at 2046 for the canal - Jun 12 - James R Barker at 1139 westbound

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 10 - Saginaw at 2030 - Departed - Jun 11 - 2046 for Nanticoke

Welland Canal - Upbound - Jun 11 - Algoma Mariner at 2127- Jun 12 - Algoma Sault at 0006, Mia Desgagnes at 0220, tug Sharon M I & barge Niagara Spirit at 0453, Whistler (Cyp) at 0644. Algoma Hansa at 0824, Algocanada at 0927, light tug Tim McKeil at 1313, Baie St Paul at 1922 and Victory I (Bhs) (ex St Laurnet-16, Sea Voyager-15 Cape May Light-09)at 2120 - Downbound - Jun 11 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1323 and CSL Tadoussac at 1616 - Jun 12 - Saginaw at 0053 (to wharf 12), tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0151, Whitefish Bay at 0555, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0012, Whitefish Bay at 0555, tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 1229, Bro Agnes (Sgp) at 1523 , Algowood eta 2200 and John D Leitch eta 2245

Welland canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Saginaw early morning (stopped wharf 12) - docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold) - Departed -

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx. - Jun 10 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 2327 - Jun 12 - Federal Satsuki at 0440 - Departures - Jun 12 - Emanuele S (Por) (ex Emilie-15) at 1621 - Jun 10 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 2055 for Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 11 - Jana Desgagnes at 1612 Docked - Jun 10 -Florence Spirit at 1458 - Jun 11 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1411 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1750 from the anchorage - Departures - Jun 11 - tug Sharon M I & barge Niagara Spirit at 2307 - Jun 12 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 1039, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1240 and light tug Tim McKeil at 1107 for the canal

Bronte:
Jun 10 - (anchored) - Algocanada at 0722 and Algoscotia at 1731 - Docked - Jun 11 - Algocanada at 0900 - Jun 12 - Algoscotia at 0631 - Departed - Jun 12 - Algocanada at 0605 for the canal Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 11 - Jana Desgagnes at 1741 - Jun 12 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) eta 2300 from Port Weller anchorage - Departed - Jun 12 - Jana Desgagnes at 1759 for Hamilton

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 11 - English River at 1158 and Baie St Paul at 1446 - Jun 12 - Tundra (Cyp) at 0452 (Redpath dock) Victory I (Bhs) (ex St Laurnet-16, Sea Voyager-15 Cape May Light-09) at 0533 - Departures: Jun 11 (eastbound) - English River at 2327 - Jun 12 - McKeil Spirit at 0131, Baie St Paul at 1805 for the canal and Victory I (Bhs) at 1954 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - Jun 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 2028 - Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Study: Ships move non-native species in the Great Lakes

6/13 - Madison, Wis. – A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. The study was conducted by the Great Waters Research Collaborative, which is a project of University of Wisconsin-Superior's Lake Superior Research Institute, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

Researchers sampled 15 ballast water discharges from U.S. and Canadian lake vessels last year and found 13 samples had non-native species, said Allegra Cangelosi, the principal investigator.

"It's the concern that we don't really know what happens after they've been discharged," Cangelosi said. "In some cases, the condition might be right that the organism could establish and possibly push out other things that are naturally already in the environment."

The report recommends researching ballast water treatment systems for ships.

The shipping industry contends more research is needed to understand the potential environmental impact before new ballast water policies are enacted.

More research should be done to determine if the organisms were alive or dead at the time of discharge and if they could survive in the lake, said Tom Rayburn, director of environmental and regulatory affairs with the Lake Carriers Association.

"If we can establish more than absence and presence so we can take it to that next level of live, dead, survivability and establishment that can give us better models and also help us specifically target and eliminate those pathways through different strategies, management or treatment at that point," Rayburn said.

Further studies should use a larger sample size, the association said. The study sampled between 5 to 53 percent of the water volume in ships' ballast tanks that were discharged, which is not a lot of water, Cangelosi said.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes contends the study is evidence that action is needed to protect lakes from invasive species.

"All ships operating on the Great Lakes — oceangoing and lakers —must be accountable and stop introducing and spreading the biological pollution that is invasive species," said alliance President and CEO Joel Brammeier.

Rayburn said the association is working with regulators and researchers to address the issue and create ballast water treatment systems.

The Associated Press

 

Seafarer’s Job Fair on June 24 in St. Catharines, Ont.

6/13 – A Seafarer’s Training Institute Job Fair will be held Sunday, June 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the St. Catharines Museum, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ont.

The Seafarer’s Training Institute has launched a national hiring initiative aimed at recruiting, training and retaining youth for Canada’s growing merchant marine. Students are invited to meet sailors, discover the world of seafaring and apply for a range of jobs on ships.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 13

On 13 June 2003, after completing her conversion from American to Canadian registry, Lower Lakes Towing's newly-acquired MICHIPICOTEN, a.) ELTON HOYT 2ND, departed the Government dock at Sarnia, Ontario. First she went to the Shell Oil dock in Corunna, Ontario to fuel, then she departed for Marquette, Michigan to load ore for Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

On 13 June 1902, METROPOLIS (wooden side-wheel steamer, 168 foot, 425 tons, built in 1868, at Detroit, Michigan) caught fire and burned to a total loss at her dock in Toledo, Ohio. She was only used occasionally for excursions and spent most of her time tied up to the dock.

On June 13, 1983, JOHN B. AIRD began its maiden voyage for Algoma Central Railway, a load of coal from Thunder Bay to Nanticoke, Ontario.

IRVING S. OLDS carried a record 17,817 gross tons of iron ore on June 13, 1943, from Lake Superior and transported a total of 736,800 short tons of various bulk cargoes the next year.

On the morning of June 13, 1905, running downbound on Lake Superior, the heavily-laden SYLVANIA encountered heavy fog as she approached the Soo. Confused whistle signals resulted in the SYLVANIA glancing off the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., steamer SIR HENRY BESSEMER, which sustained a 175-foot port side gash from the SYLVANIA's anchor. The BESSEMER required $40,000 in repairs and the SYLVANIA's damage totaled $10,000, which included a new anchor and shell plating which was completed at the Craig Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, Ohio.

June 13, 1930 - Shortly after leaving Menominee, Michigan, fireman Walter O'Leary of the ANN ARBOR NO 7 became ill. The carferry proceeded at full speed to the nearest doctor at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where surgery was performed to remove gallstones.

June 13, 1974 - The CITY OF GREEN BAY, formerly WABASH was sold to Marine Salvage Company to be scrapped. She was scrapped at Castellon, Spain in 1974. On 13 June 1903, CHARLES H. DAVIS (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 145 foot, 391 gross tons, built in 1881, at Saginaw, Michigan) was carrying limestone on Lake Erie off Cleveland when she developed a leak which quickly got worse and admitted water faster than her pumps capacity. She sank near the Cleveland breakwater. She was an unusual vessel, reportedly built of pine and pointed at both ends with her planking set diagonally.

1905 – The wooden steamer YAKIMA had stranded in Lake St. Clair on June 10, 1905, but caught fire and burned on this date while waiting to be salvaged. The remains were later towed into Lake Huron and scuttled.

1906 – The newly-built J. PIERPONT MORGAN carried a record 13, 294 tons of iron ore out of Escanaba for Chicago.

1944 – CANADIAN OTTER was built at Welland in 1920 but, in 1944, was sailing as f) FUKOKU MARU as a Japanese army cargo ship. It was sunk by aircraft from U.S.S. ESSEX while in a convoy from Philippines to Japan in the overnight hours of June 13-14, 1944.

1959 – A fire in the crew quarters of the FEDERAL PIONEER, docked at Section 51 in Montreal, was quickly controlled with only minor damage and sailing was delayed by three hours. The ship was a frequent Seaway trader for Federal Commerce and Navigation, now known as FedNav, and arrived at Hsinkiang, China, for scrapping on January 21, 1971.

1978 – Seven men were lost aboard the ANCO DUKE while cleaning tanks out in the Pacific. They were likely overcome by fumes. The ship later came to the Great Lakes as c) LAKE ANETTE in 1980, as d) SATU MAR in 1984 and as e) TOVE COB in 1987. It was scrapped in Bangladesh in 1993.

1978 – The bulk carrier ARCTIC hit the Cherry Street Bridge at Toledo on its first trip and had to return to Port Weller Dry Docks for repairs.

1980 – TROYAN first came through the Seaway in 1972. The ship began leaking in heavy weather as c) SUNRISE and foundered June 13, 1980, in the outer anchorage at Bombay, India, while enroute from Japan to Damman, Saudi Arabia, with bagged cement.

2004 – The SINGAPORE STAR first came to the Great Lakes in 1982. It caught fire in the accommodation area while on the Black Sea as c) BARBADOS OKTAY on June 13, 2004. The ship was carrying scrap steel from Novorossiysk, Russia, to Eregli, Turkey. The blaze was put out with tug assistance but the ship was sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, to be broken up on July 19, 2004.

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

 

Port Reports -  June 12

Duluth, Minn.- Superior, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
Thunder Bay departed Duluth mid-morning Monday after loading iron ore pellets at CN. American Integrity arrived a few minutes later to load coal at Midwest Energy. Momentum Scan was outbound with bentonite just before noon, with a destination of Sarnia listed. American Mariner arrived early Monday afternoon, and headed to Graymont to offload limestone. American Integrity was outbound later in the evening. After loading at Burlington Northern in Superior throughout the night, CSL Laurentien departed on Monday morning with ore.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The American Spirit arrived the Two Harbors breakwall at 20:35 on Sunday the 10th of June. She then departed on Monday the 11th of June at 09:05 from South of #2. As of 19:50 on the 11th she doesn't have an updated AIS. Arriving Two Harbors on June 11th was the Edwin H. Gott. She arrived off Two Harbors at approx. 07:45. She then arrived at the Two Harbors breakwall at 10:19 on June 11th after the departure of the American Spirit. The Gott was assisted to South of #2 by Heritage Marine's tug Edward H. As of 19:50 on June 11th the Gott is still at the dock. Arriving off Two Harbors and going to anchor off Burlington Bay was the Algoma Guardian at approx. 10:05 on June 11th. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday the 12th of June is the Hon. James L. Oberstar. She sould arrive in the morning. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson at 05:27 arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone. She then departed Silver Bay on June 11th at 14:20. As of 19:50 on June 11th she doesn't show an updated AIS. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on June 12th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday June 9th 12:25 The saltie Momentum Scan finished unloading at Keefer Terminal and departed for Duluth. 14:42 The saltie Skawa weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 20:21 Federal Churchill arrived and went to anchor. Sunday, June 10: 17:37 CCGS Griffon arrived at Coast Guard base after buoy work in Thunder Bay harbor. Monday, June 11: 06:13 Skawa departed Superior Elevator for Montreal. 06:17 Federal Churchill weighed anchor and proceeded to Superior Elevator with tug assistance.

Marathon, Ont.
Monday, June 11: 05:11 Research vessel Kiyi departed and proceeded west along the Canadian shore of Lake Superior.

North Channel and Drummond Island
Friday June 7, Manitowoc departed for the Calumet River. Algoma Buffalo departed Meldrum Bay (still showing Meldrum Bay on AIS). As of Saturday 11:00 she is in Lake St Clair sailing south. Saturday, 10:45 Frontenac arrived at Meldrum Bay to load dolomite. Algowood arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock. Sunday Algowood departed for Toledo. Frontenac departed for Windsor. Cuyahoga arrived at Meldrum Bay to load and later departed for Courtright.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Lubie shifted inside from anchorage, and was loading Monday at the COFCO Int'l elevator in the inner harbor. Federal Barents was berthed at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor. Samuel de Champlain & barge Innovation arrived Sunday evening and were unloading cement Monday at their terminal on Jones Island.

Welland Canal and regional report - Monday Jun 11 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0715 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1609 - CSL Tadoussac at 1701 - Jun 11 - James R Barker at 2110 approx. - Departures - Jun 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2041 - Jun 11 - CSL Tadoussac at 1205 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 2024

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 10 - Saginaw at 2030 - Departed - Jun 10 - CSL Tadoussac at 2117 for the dock

Welland Canal - Upbound - Jun 10 Ojibway at 1647 - Jun 11 - Tim S Dool at 0123, Fairchem Colt (Mhl) at 1120 and Algoma Mariner at 2001 delayed) - Downbound - Jun 10 - Emanuele S (Por) (ex Emilie-15) at 2026, Jun 11 - Algoma Compass at 2047, Damia Desgagnes at 0701, CSL St Laurent at 0741 - Victory I (Bhs) at 0716 (to stop at wharf 16), Federal Danube (Mhl) 0809, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 1323 and CSL Tadoussac at 1616

Welland canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 10 - Algoma Compass (stopped wharf 16 at 2050) - docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold) - Departed - Jun 11 - Algoma Compass (from wharf 16 at 0516), Victory I (Bhs) (stopped dock 16 at 0735 to disembark passengers for tour to Niagara Falls)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) ) eta 2347 approx. - Jun 8 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2140 approx. for Toronto - Jun 10 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0400 - Jun 11 - Emanuele S (Por) (ex Emilie-15) at 0830 - Departures -Jun 10 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 1710 eastbound - Jun 11 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at approx. 1205 for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 11 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) at 1411 from Port Weller anchorage - Jun 10 - tug Sharon M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1228, Florence Spirit at 1458. Docked - Jun 3 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1043 - Jun 5 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2224 - Jun 11 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1750 from the anchorage - Departures - Jun 10 - Tim S Dool at 2319 for the canal - Jun 11 - Robert S Pierson at 1720 eastbound and Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-15) at 0213,F

Bronte:
Jun 10 - (anchored) - Algocanada at 0722 and Algoscotia at 1731 - Docked - Jun 11 - Algocanada at 0759

Clarkson:
Anchored - Jun 10 - Algoma Sault at 0615 - departed - Jun 11- 1410

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 10 - McKeil Spirit at 0450 - Jun 11 - English River at 1158 and Baie St Paul at 1446

Oshawa:
Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

First cruise ship of 2018 season docks in Muskegon

6/12 - Muskegon, Mich. – The Pearl Mist of Pearl Seas Cruises made its first stop of the season on Monday. She is scheduled to moor in Muskegon 9 more times during the 2018 season, and has plans to visit through 2020. This will be the third season in a row for Pearl Mist visits to Muskegon.

The ship docked at Heritage Landing, a park and outdoor event venue owned by Muskegon County at the east side of Muskegon Lake. About $350,000 in grants was invested in the dock at Heritage Landing to make it ready for the 2016 cruise ship season.

View images and a video at this link: https://www.mlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/06/f838d4da255473/first_cruise_ship_of_2018_seas.html

 

Photos show 3 thousand-foot freighters converging near Soo Locks

6/12 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. – Ship lovers got a treat in recent days when three of the Great Lakes' massive thousand-footers where gathered at the Soo Locks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

David Kaye got some great pictures of the heavyweight trio in the Soo Harbor last Friday, and agreed to share them with MLive readers. He had a lofty vantage point, too. Kaye shot the photos from the 210-foot Tower of History, which has viewing platforms overlooking the locks.

The tower has exhibits featuring early history of the area's missionaries, Native Americans and later the local settlers. It's also a great place to watch the bustling maritime action at the Soo Locks. Kaye's photos are being shared by ship watchers around the Great Lakes.

A primer outlining the backstory of the photos was shared by DRE Designs, which also posts a lot of great ship details. "(You can see) the Mesabi Miner leaving the Poe Lock and receiving supplies from the Ojibway supply boat, the Paul R. Tregurtha heading into the Poe Lock and the Edgar B. Speer floating along in the harbor patiently waiting her turn to follow into the lock after the (Tregurtha) locks through."

"You can also see the State of Michigan moored at the Coast Guard station, the Museum Ship Valley Camp looking fabulous and, if you look closely, you can see our 2 G-tugs moored as well just to the left of the marina... and that's Sault Ste Marie Ontario on the other side of the river.

View the photos at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/photos_show_3_thousand-foot_fr.html

 

Lake Michigan water levels causing headaches for some who call the beach home

6/12 - One-third of the metal seawall that stands between Lake Michigan and the homes along the Ogden Dunes shoreline is now exposed due to erosion, according to Rodger Howell, chairman of the town's Beach Nourishment & Preservation committee.

Where there is still beach, much of it is too small to even put up a volleyball net, he said.

While much of the town's problems are the result of the nearby Port of Indiana and ArcelorMittal bulkhead blocking the natural flow of sand back west to the community's beach, Howell said, the high water levels are making the problem worse.

The water level in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, which rise and fall as one, is at a high not seen since the late 1990s, said Lauren Fry, lead forecaster at the Detroit office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When the lakes rise to levels higher than average, it poses a threat to property along the shoreline, she said.

The water in Lake Michigan rises and falls on a predictable annual cycle that begins low during winter and builds through July and August as a result of winter thaws and rains before dropping again, according to forecasts provided by the Army Corps.

The water level remains 14 inches below the record high of May 1986, Fry said, but it appears to be on its way up. The rise took off in 2013 and 2014 with record increases those years, she said, and then slowed for a couple of years.

It took off again last year with a steep increase and has been on track with seasonal norms so far this year, she said. This year's total increase will depend on how much rain falls this month.

The high lake levels have resulted in narrower beaches within the boundaries of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe. Areas hit particularly hard include the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, and Central and West beaches, he said.

There is also less beach this year at Indiana Dunes State Park, said Assistant Property Manager Mickey Rea. "It's shallow from the (parking) lot to the shoreline," he said. But the state park began with a large beach, so the rising water has not yet caused any real congestion problems among beachgoers, Rea said.

One part of the shoreline that typically does better with higher water levels is the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, according to Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator Lauren Edsall.

"Generally speaking, high water levels allow for safer navigation and operation at ports than low water levels," she said.

"In low-water situations, shipping channels have less draft for ships entering and exiting harbors, which creates additional risk of vessels running aground along the bottom or on a sand bar," Edsall said. "When the water levels are low, vessels might have to 'light load' or carry less cargo, which creates the need for more ships and additional costs."

But even the local port can face some challenges as lake water rises. "There can be some complications for engineering inspections of dock walls and mooring structures that are not as easily accessible or visible when the lake levels are high, she said.

"However, higher lake levels do not generally create major challenges for ports unless there are additional adverse conditions, such as strong winds or wave action," Edsall said. "In those cases, fendering and mooring devices may need to be adjusted to protect vessels and dock walls from damage."

NWI Times

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 12

On 12 June 1898, SAKIE SHEPHERD (wooden propeller freighter, 100 foot, 189 gross tons, built in 1883, at Huron, Ohio) burned while at the dock in Courtright, Ontario. The fire was discovered at 1:00 a.m. and the crew just had time to escape. The schooner YOUNG AMERICA also caught fire and had damage done to her stern. The SHEPHERD was towed to Detroit where she was rebuilt and lasted until 1903, when she sank in Lake Huron.

On 12 June 1900, the UNIQUE (wooden propeller, 163 foot, 381 gross tons, built in 1894, at Marine City, Michigan) was sold at public auction at St. Clair, Michigan to satisfy a mortgage. W. J. Laidlaw of Ogdensburg, New York purchased her for $20,000 for the Rapid Transit Co. to run between Ogdensburg and Kingston, Ontario. In 1904, her upper cabins were removed and she was rebuilt as a yacht. She lasted until 1915, when she burned in New York City harbor.

"STUBBY", the bow and stern sections of the STEWART J. CORT welded together, passed Port Colborne, Ontario on June 12, 1970, bound for Erie, Pennsylvania under her own power. STUBBY's bow and stern sections were later separated at Erie Marine, Inc., a Div. of Litton, and joined to the 816 foot hull mid-body.

The NANTICOKE (Hull#218) departed Collingwood, Ontario in 1980, beginning her maiden voyage for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd.

In 1959, the BENSON FORD of 1924 ran aground in the Amherstburg Channel on her upbound trip with coal for the Rouge Plant. After five days of lightering and with tug assistance, she was freed. Damage amounted to 41 bottom plates, which took 30 days to repair.

On 12 June 1832, the wooden schooner GUERRIER was sailing from Oswego, New York for Detroit when she capsized in a squall off Bar Point on Lake Erie. Captain Pember and the crew and most of the passengers made it to the Canadian shore, but one family was trapped in the cabin. The husband was able to keep his head above water in the upside down cabin, but through the night, one by one, his four children and then his wife slipped from his grasp and perished. The following day, Capt. Stanard took his steamer NIAGARA to the wreck and rescued the man.

On 12 June 1900, the steel tow barge BRYN MAWR (Hull#41) was launched at South Chicago, Illinois by the Chicago Ship Building Co., for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.

The wooden propeller freighter MILWAUKEE (264 foot, 1,770 gross tons) was launched at Quayle & Sons yard in Cleveland, Ohio on 12 June 1879, for the Western Transportation Company of Buffalo, New York. She had supporting arches above decks. In 1902, she was renamed YONKERS and rebuilt as a barge in 1911. She lasted until 1917-1918 when she stranded, then burned.

1897 – I.W. NICHOLAS (ii) stranded at Point Aux Pins in fog and was released two days later. The ship needed drydocking for repairs.

1904 – The sidewheel passenger ship CANADA sank on her side off Sorel after a collision with the CAPE BRETON. Five of the 110 on board perished. The ship was refloated and rebuilt at Sorel in 1905 as ST. IRENEE which later became part of the C.S.L. Fleet.

1919 – GERMAN was cut in two to leave the Great Lakes in 1918 and renamed b) YANKEE. It sank after a collision with the Italian steamer ARGENTIA off Fire Island, NY, while enroute from Norfolk, VA to Boston MA with coal. The hull has been found and is in two pieces on the ocean floor.

1977 – The VERA CRUZ first came to the Great Lakes in 1964 as a 10-year old Liberian flag freighter. It foundered in the Arabian Sea as c) BUKOM ISLAND on June 12, 1974, during a cyclone. The ship was enroute from Umm Said, Qatar, to Singapore with a cargo of bagged fertilizer and seven lives were lost.

1978 – YELLOWSTONE had been built as the C-4 troop carrier MARINE PERCH in 1944. After being laid up in the Reserve Fleet, it was rebuilt as a bulk carrier and renamed at Tampa in 1965. The ship was downbound in the Seaway with grain from Duluth to North Africa in May 1978 and sank after a collision in fog with the IBN BATOUTA on June 12, 1978. YELLOWSTONE was taken in tow but went down June 13 about 14 miles south of Gibraltar. Five lives were lost.

1993 – The deep-sea tug VORTICE was abandoned after fire broke out near the Canary Islands, while on a voyage from Bari, Italy, to Veracruz, Mexico. The vessel was laid up, unrepaired, and then towed to Canada for McKeil Marine. It received partial repairs but was sold and left the lakes for additional work. It returned inland as e) NORFOLK in 2005 and now serves Lafarge North America Inc. as f) SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN.

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

 

Port Reports -  June 11

Superior, Wis. – Daniel Lindner
Sunday, June 10: Burns Harbor arrived at 00:15 to load iron ore pellets at BN, departed at 17:37; CSL Laurentien arrived at 18:30 from anchor, loading iron ore pellets at BN.

Duluth, Minn. – Daniel Lindner
Sunday, June 10: Momentum Scan arrived at 00:18, loading bentonite at Hallett #5; Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived at 05:46 to load coal at Midwest Energy, departed at 18:35; Paul R. Tregurtha departed at 06:37 with coal from Midwest Energy; Thunder Bay arrived at 13:30, loading iron ore pellets at CN; Herbert C. Jackson arrived at 19:00, unloading limestone at Hallett #5.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on June 10th at 04:33 for Gary. Roger Blough arrived the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on June 10th at 02:00 and went to North of #2. After the departure of the Speer the Blough shifted from 04:33 to 04:57 to South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Sunday the 10th of June at 17:07 for Gary. As of 19:45 on June 10th the American Spirit was approx. 20 minutes East of Two Harbors inbound. Due Two Harbors on Monday the 11th of June are the Edwin H. Gott and the Algoma Guardian. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Sunday the 10th, but due Monday the 11th of June is the Herbert C. Jackson arriving from Duluth after unloading limestone at Hallett #5. She should arrive Silver Bay mid to late morning.

Saginaw, Mich. – Todd Shorkey
American Integrity was inbound for the Saginaw River early Saturday morning, calling on the Consumers Energy dock in Essexville to unload coal. She completed her unload later in the afternoon, backed into the Saginaw Bay, then turned and headed for the lake. The Ryba Marine Construction Co. tug Thomas R. Morrish arrived on the Saginaw River on Saturday as well, bringing dredging equipment. The tug made a few trips to the upper river, moving equipment that was initially staged in Essexville upon their arrival. The tug Manitou, pushing two barges for Ryba Marine, was upbound on the Saginaw River Sunday afternoon bound for Carrollton. She was to be outbound, light tug, later during the early evening.

Pelee Island – Frank Hood
Pelee Islander II is now in St Lawrence Seaway heading towards Montreal.

Welland Canal and regional report - Sunday Jun 10 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 10 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0715 and tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1609

Long Point bay anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 10 - CSL Tadoussac at 1701 and Saginaw at 2030

Welland Canal - Jun 9 - Algoma Transport, Lake St. Clair (Atg) (ex Federal Miramichi-16) - Jun 10 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0558, Ojibway at 1647 - Dwonvbound - Jun 9 - Bro Alma (Sgp) at 0440, CSL Assiniboine, CSL Niagara - Jun 10 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0807, tug spartan & barge Spartan II at 2034, Algoma Compass at 2007, Emanuele S (Por) (ex Emilie-15) at 2026

Welland canal docks:
Arrival - Algoma Compass (stopped wharf 16 at 2050) - docked - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) - (stopped at wharf 6 Thorold)

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Jun 7 - Chem Norma (Mhl) with tug Ocean Golf (accompanying her) eta 2347 approx. - Jun 8 - Tundra (Cyp) at 2140 approx. for Toronto - Jun 10 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0400 Sten Moster (Gib) at 1653 approx.

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 8 - Algoma Spirit at 0052 and Algoma Sault at 2033 - Jun 10 - tug Sharon M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1228, Florence Spirit at 1458 - Jun 10 - Tim S Dool at 0335, Robert S Pierson at 1753; Docked - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - Jun 3 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1043 - Jun 5 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2224 - Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-15) at 0213; Anchored - Jun 9 - Flevoborg (Nld) at 1358 - Departed - Jun 8 - Algoma Guardian at 0547 for the canal, Algoma Discovery at 1230 and Algoma Spirit at 2113 Jun 9 - Algoma Sault at 2114 for Clarkson

Bronte:
Arrivals - Jun 10 (anchored) - Algocanada at 0722 and Algoscotia at 1731

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun 9 - Algoma Sault at 2311 - departed - Jun 10 at 0615 (anchored off the dock)

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 210 - McKeil Spirit at 0450

Oshawa:
Docked - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 11

TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) entered regular service for the White Star Line at Detroit, Michigan, on 11 June 1900.

On 11 June 1903, HORACE H. BADGER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 129 foot, 263 gross tons, built in 1867, at Conneaut, Ohio as a 2-mast schooner, formerly KATE GILLETT) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Erie. She was driven onto the breakwater at Cleveland, Ohio and broke up in the storm waves. The crew of seven was rescued by the Life Saving Service. This vessel had been wrecked twice before; once at Cross Village, Michigan, in 1895, and again near Alpena, Michigan in 1896.

ATLANTIC SUPERIOR (Hull#222) was float-launched at Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Port Arthur Ship Building Co. Ltd., in 1982, for Federal Commerce & Navigation Ltd., Montreal, Quebec (Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., mgr.), built for the Caribbean trade. MESABI MINER was christened at Duluth, Minnesota in 1977; she became the fourth thousand-foot bulk carrier on the Great Lakes and Interlake Steamship Co.'s second. CARL D. BRADLEY (Hull#718) cleared Lorain, Ohio, in her gray and white livery in 1917, on her maiden voyage light bound for Calcite, Michigan, to load limestone. She was the first Great Lakes commercial ship equipped with both Morse code telegraphy as well as ship-to-shore radio in 1922, which was standard on only 20 vessels by 1924. Renamed b.) JOHN G. MUNSON in 1927, c.) IRVIN L. CLYMER in 1951, she was scrapped at Duluth, Minnesota, in 1994-5.

June 11, 1981 - The BADGER steamed out of Ludington en route to Milwaukee under an MDOT subsidy that was approved earlier in March.

The propeller E. B. HALE was launched at Cleveland, Ohio, at the yard of Quayle & Sons on 11 June 1874. Her length was 217 foot keel, 227 foot overall. She was owned by Capt. Bradley, Mr. Thomas Quayle and Mr. Loomis, and she cost $100,000.

The wooden rabbit J. S. RUBY was launched at Fair Haven, Michigan, on 11 June 1881. Her dimensions were 106 feet 6 inches x 21 feet x 7 feet. She was towed to Port Huron for the installation of her boiler and engine that were built by the Phoenix Iron Works. She lasted until burned to a total loss off Stag Island in the St. Clair River on November 9, 1891.

1872 – Fire broke out aboard the passenger steamer KINGSTON about 18 miles upstream after the ship had left Brockville for Toronto. The ship was beached and the superstructure was destroyed but there were only two casualties. The hull was rebuilt at Montreal and later sailed as BAVARIAN, ALGERIAN and CORNWALL before being scuttled in Lake Ontario about 1929.

1936 – AYCLIFFE HALL sank in fog shrouded off Long Point, Lake Erie after a collision with the EDWARD J. BERWIND. All 19 on board were rescued. After salvage efforts failed, the rigging was blown clear by explosives. The EDWARD J. BERWIND was repaired and last sailed as LAC STE. ANNE in 1982.

1942 – HAVTOR, a Norwegian freighter, first came to the Great Lakes in 1932 and returned as late as 1939. It was sunk by a German submarine enroute from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Pictou, Nova Scotia, and 6 of the crew were lost.

1950 – The Italian freighter MARIA PAOLINA G. had been built in Canada as FORT ISLAND in 1944. It was downbound from the Saguenay River when it struck the Canada Steamship Lines passenger steamer ST. LAWRENCE, which had turned to dock at Tadoussac. Injuries were reported by 25 people and 30 cabins were damaged aboard the CSL ship.

1978 – The hull of the former passenger steamer RAPIDS QUEEN arrived at Toronto under tow from Kingston to be sunk as a breakwall off for the Queen City Yacht Club. It is still there.

1993 – PITRIA SKY first visited the Great Lakes in 1978. It departed Singapore for Shantou in southeast China, as h) HAI HONG 3 on June 11, 1993, but went back out to sea on arrival to ride out a pending typhoon. The ship was never seen again and it disappeared with all hands.

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

 

Port Reports -  June 10

Two Harbors/Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Saturday Report: Edgar B. Speer arrived the Two Harbors piers at 18:48 for the CN ore dock South of #2 on Saturday the 9th of June. Due Two Harbors on Sunday the 10th of June is the Roger Blough in the morning and later on Sunday the American Spirit. Indiana Harbor departed Northshore Mining in Silver Bay at 14:12 on Saturday the 9th of June for Indiana Harbor. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on June 10th.

Friday Report: Philip R. Clarke arrived the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Friday the 8th of June at 01:04 after unloading limestone in Duluth. Upon arriving in Two Harbors she went to South of #1 where she loaded a partial cargo of blast furnace trim. She then shifted to North of #2 where she loaded at least one hold of pellets. Between 08:58 and 09:20 on Friday the 8th she shifted to North of #1 where she finished loading blast furnace trim and departed for Gary on June 8th at 16:35. All three docks she loaded at are gravity (chute) docks. The James R. Barker arrived on Friday the 8th of June at 09:40 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors on Friday the 8th at 20:00 for Nanticoke. That is her 3rd trip to Nanticoke this season. Arriving Two Harbors on Friday the 8th of June was the Whitefish Bay at 21:58. Her AIS had been showing Duluth until early evening until it switched to Two Harbors. She departed Two Harbors on Saturday the 9th of June at 05:26 for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on June 9th is the Edgar B. Speer. She should arrive in the afternoon. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Indiana Harbor on June 8th at 19:33. Silver Bay has no inbound traffic scheduled for June 9th.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, June 9th 4:20 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 10:35 Tecumseh departed for Windsor.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
On Thursday the Manitowoc unloaded cargo at Lafarge. Saturday was a busy day in port with three vessels calling at Lafarge. The morning arrival was the tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation, taking on another load of cement. The Alpena was next to tie up under the silos for a cement cargo. Another regular visitor, the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41, unloaded cargo during the evening.

Port Huron, Mich.
Saturday upbound traffic included Algoma Guardian and Bro Agnes (to anchor above the bridge). Downbounders includes Algoma Compass and CSL Tadoussac.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 10

On 10 June 1891, the tug AMERICAN EAGLE (wooden propeller tug, 46 gross tons, built in 1865, at Buffalo, New York) collided with the tug ALVA B (wooden propeller tug, 73 foot, 83 gross tons, built in 1890, at Buffalo, New York), which was not in motion, about 2.5 miles west of the Cleveland breakwater. The ALVA B hooked up a line and started towing the AMERICAN EAGLE in, but she sank a half-mile from the harbor entrance.

On 10 June 1891, CHARLES W. WETMORE (steel propeller whaleback freighter, 265 foot, 1,399 gross tons) left the shipyard at West Superior, Wisconsin, on her maiden voyage, bound for Liverpool, England with a cargo of grain. During her trip to the Atlantic Ocean, she shot the St. Lawrence River rapids. In Liverpool, she loaded machinery for Puget Sound. She only lasted until September 1892, when she stranded one mile north of Coos Bay, Oregon in fog. Bad weather stopped salvage attempts and the vessel was abandoned.

Bethlehem's LEWIS WILSON FOY loaded her first cargo June 10, 1978, at Burlington Northern #5, Superior, Wisconsin, with 57,952 tons of Hibbing taconite pellets for Burns Harbor, Indiana. Renamed b.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991.

In 1892, the keel for the ANN ARBOR NO 1 (Hull#55) was laid at Toledo, Ohio by Craig Shipbuilding Co.

The ANN ARBOR NO 4 was sold to the Michigan State Ferries in 1937, and renamed b.) CITY OF CHEBOYGAN.

On 10 June 1877, while lying at her dock at Detroit, the wooden side-wheeler R N RICE burned. The damage was estimated at $30,000. After this fire, she was rebuilt as a barge.

The propeller MONTGOMERY burned in the early morning hours of 10 June 1878. The fire started while she was laying at the dock in Point Edward, Ontario. The carferry INTERNATIONAL towed her out into the St. Clair River and cast her off to drift. Fortunately there were no injuries. She finally was beached opposite Batchelor's Mill on the Canadian side by the tugs CRUSADER and J H MARTIN. At 10:00 a.m., she was still burning. The MONTGOMERY was a steam barge of 1,104 tons, built in 1856, and owned by Capt. John Pridgeon. She was fully loaded with 29,000 bushels of corn, 320 barrels of flour, 540 barrels of corn meal, 200 bags of timothy seed and 111 bales of broom corn, besides other freight. The local papers claimed that the spectacle presented by the burning vessel as she drifted down the river was "grand and beautiful". The light was so brilliant that the entire city of Port Huron was illuminated and many people came out to watch. The following day, the wreck was towed to the American side of the river just below Avery's Mill. Whatever was left of her cargo was taken off and sold. Her engines and boiler were so badly warped and twisted from the intense heat that they were worthless except as scrap.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineer dredge MARKHAM (Hull#904) was launched in 1959, at Avondale, Louisiana, by Avondale Marine Ways Inc.

1940 – PAIPOONGE was cut in two and left the Great Lakes for saltwater service in 1919. It was registered in Latvia as d) KAUPO when it was sunk as a blockship at Dieppe, France, on this date in 1940. The hull was reported as refloated and scrapped in 1946-1947.

1942 – CONTINENT came to the Great Lakes in 1939-1940. The Newfoundland owned freighter was on a bareboat charter to the U.S. Army when it sank, following a collision with the American tanker BYRON D. BENSON, while enroute from New York to Bermuda.

1967 – The former Norwegian Seaway salty FRO was abandoned in sinking condition as c) WINSOME after a fire broke out in the cargo holds and spread throughout the ship on June 10, 1967. The vessel was enroute to Bangkok, Thailand, when it sank in the South China Sea.

1968 – JOHN T. HUTCHINSON suffered damage above the waterline when it was in a collision with the SUSANNE REITH at the head of Lake St. Clair. The latter, a West German salty, was on her first trip to the Great Lakes. This ship was eventually scrapped after arriving at Alang, India, as m) ALFA I on October 18, 2000.

1977 – RUTHIE MICHAELS came inland in 1970 and last reported in as d) EUROBULKER on June 10, 1977. The ship was enroute from Djibouti, to Bandar Shahpoir, Iran when it disappeared with the entire crew of 29. The ship is believed to have sunk off the coast of Oman perhaps as late as June 12.

1998 – The Greek flag bulk carrier OLYNTHIA first traveled the Seaway in 1978. It ran aground off Veraval, India, as d) OCEAN CRUISER in a tropical cyclone while bound for the United Arab Emirates. While released, it appears that the 26-year-old ship never sailed again and was broken up at Bharnvar, India, due to the damage.

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

 

Port Reports -  June 9

Duluth/Superior – Daniel Lindner
Michipicoten departed Duluth mid-morning Friday after loading iron ore pellets at CN. Great Lakes Trader spent the day loading at CN, and was expected to depart early Saturday morning. American Century was moored at Lakehead Pipeline in Superior waiting to load ore in Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, June 6th Manitoulin departed for Toledo. Evans Spirit departed for Sorel. 15:00 Federal Danube weighed anchor and proceeded to Thunder Bay Terminals to load. Thursday, June 7th 8:45 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 23:46 Tecumseh arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Friday June 8th 13:02 Federal Danube departed for Sorel. 14:21 CSL St Laurent departed for Quebec City.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Bradshaw McKee & barge St. Marys Conquest were unloading cement in Green Bay Friday. Great Republic was northbound in Lake Michigan off Door County and expected in Green Bay Friday evening.

North Channel, Drummond Island and Georgian Bay
Wednesday the John G Munson arrived at Drummond Island to load. Frontenac arrived at Thessalon to load gravel. Cuyahoga arrived at Parry Sound to unload salt. Thursday, Frontenac departed Thessalon for Windsor. Cuyahoga departed Parry Sound for Windsor. John G Munson departed Drummond Island for Marine City. Mississagi arrived in Meldrum Bay for a part load of Dolomite and then proceeded to Thessalon to finish loading with gravel. Once loaded she departed for Lorain. Friday Algoma Buffalo arrived at Meldrum Bay to load dolomite. Manitowoc arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock.

Port Colborne, Ont.
The Algoway scrap tow was nearing Port Colborne at 10 p.m. Friday.

 

Annual Great Lakes Marine Market today in St. Clair

6/9 - St. Clair, Mich. – The Lake Huron Lore Marine Historical Society is sponsoring its annual Great Lakes Maritime Market at the Riverview Plaza Mall in St. Clair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The mall is just across the street from the boardwalk in downtown St. Clair.

There will be more that 30 vendors offering various items relating specifically to the ships and shipping industry of this region. Among the items that will be available for sale are historical artifacts, books, photographs, artwork, shipwrecks, memorabilia, advertising and more. It is a great way to learn more about the fascinating history of the Great Lakes shipping for the beginner or the advanced historian.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 9

TASHMOO (steel side-wheel excursion steamer, 308 foot, 1,344 gross tons, built in 1900, at Wyandotte, Michigan) hosted Admiral George Dewey on her inaugural trip from Cleveland, Ohio, to Detroit, Michigan, on 09 June 1900. Admiral Dewey had just returned from his conquest of the Philippines during the Spanish American War and was a national hero. TASHMOO entered regular service for the White Star Line two days later.

The Lubeck, Germany-built, 305-foot Greek freighter CASTALIA of 1953 struck the north tower pier of the Mackinac Bridge at 7 p.m. on 09 June 1968, in dense fog. The bridge was not damaged and the ship took on water, but was able to proceed to Chicago without assistance.

LIGHTSHIP 103 was delivered to the 12th District Headquarters at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1921, to begin her Great Lakes career.

June 9, 1983, ALGOWEST loaded a record 1,047,758 bushels of wheat at Thunder Bay, Ontario.

ROGER BLOUGH began sea trials in 1972.

June 9, 1911, The ANN ARBOR NO 1 was raised by Smith Wrecking Company of Muskegon after being considered a menace to navigation by the Coast Guard (she had been sunk by the south breakwater at Frankfort, Michigan, after burning on March 8th). She was taken to Muskegon, and repaired sufficiently to become a sand scow for the Love Construction Company. The cost of raising her was $8,000. On 9 June 1884, ANNAPEE (2-mast wooden scow-schooner, 71 foot, 118 gross tons, built in 1867, at Ahnapee (Wolf River), Wisconsin) was bound from Torch Lake, Michigan, for Milwaukee with a load of railroad ties and cordwood when she stranded in fog on North Point in Lake Michigan, 2 1/2 miles from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Later a strong wind blew her into the rocks and she broke up. No lives were lost and part of her cargo was saved.

On 9 June 1882, the LIZZIE A. LAW (wooden schooner, 196 foot, 747 gross tons, built in 1875, at Port Huron, Michigan) collided with the R.B. HAYES (wooden schooner, 147 foot, 668 gross tons, built in 1877, at Gibraltar, Michigan) near the foot of Lake Huron. Although the LAW suffered severe damage, she completed her trip to Buffalo and was repaired there. The LAW lasted until 1908, when she was lost in a storm.

1909 ASSINIBOIA and CRESCENT CITY were washed through the Canadian Lock at Sault Ste. Marie when the upbound PERRY WALKER struck the lower gate. All three ships were damaged but were repaired and returned to service.

1963 The newly built SILVER ISLE of Mohawk Navigation and the PRINS ALEXANDER of the Oranje Line, collided in fog and rain on the St. Lawrence near Kingston. Both ships required repairs. The former was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2010 as ALGOISLE while the latter struck a reef and sank in the Red Sea as f) POLIAIGOS on December 28, 1980.

1979 The French freighter MELUSINE first came to the Great Lakes in 1962 and returned as b) LENA in 1978. It sank the French fishing vessel ANTIOCHE III in the English Channel with the loss of 4 lives on this day in 1979. LENA was scrapped at Ferrol, Spain, in 1982, after suffering engine damage on a voyage from Bilbao, Spain, to Detroit.

1998 COMMON VENTURE began Great Lakes trading in 1980. It broke loose of its moorings in a cyclone as f) PEARL OF DAMMAN and grounded at Kandla, India, on this date in 1998. The ship was loaded with sulphur and sustained considerable damage. Following a sale for scrap, the 27 year old carrier arrived at Alang, India, September 12, 1998, for dismantling.

1998 TOKAI MARU was a first time Seaway caller in 1977 and a return visitor as b) EASTERN HERO in 1993. This ship was also blown aground off Kandla, India, by the same cyclone. It was now d) SURPRISE and became a total loss. This ship arrived at Alang October 8, 1998, and was broken up.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody L. 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.

 

Algoway scrap tow continues past Detroit and on to Lake Erie

6/8 - The tugs Evans McKeil and Cheyenne were downbound in the Detroit River Thursday afternoon headed for Port Colborne, Ont., with the retired Algoma Central Corp. laker Algoway in tow. Joining the Cheyenne as her river pilot was Alain Gindroz, who had been the Algoway’s captain in the 1990s. By 10 p.m. Thursday the tow had entered Lake Erie.

In the coming weeks, Algoway’s former fleetmate, Algorail, will also be towed out of Goderich, Ont., for scrapping.

Scott McCrindle

 

Opinion: ‘Stars aligning’ on Soo Locks expansion

6/8 - Detroit, Mich. – Sometimes presidential impulsiveness can be a good thing. Like when three Michigan congressmen climb into a limousine with President Donald Trump and he asks them for their wish list.

By the time the ride from Selfridge Air National Guard Base to a Washington Township sports complex was over, Reps. Paul Mitchell, Jack Bergman and John Moolenaar had secured a nearly $1 billion promise to expand the critical Soo Locks, an infrastructure project state officials had been begging Washington to fund for more than three decades.

Trump hastily added the Soo Locks pledge to his April 28 speech at the Macomb County rally. “Your lock isn’t working too well, it’s not working too well,” the president told the crowd. “It hasn’t been fixed in 50 years, in all fairness. I told your congressmen, ‘Write that name down for me. It’s the Army Corps of Engineers. We’re gonna be calling them. It could be tonight, depending on the time we get back.”

The call didn’t come that night — nothing moves that fast in Washington — but in the weeks since Trump’s speech, the representatives say they’ve seen a surge of activity within the federal bureaucracy that they believe will soon produce the go-ahead for adding capacity to the locks.

“We are closer to getting the Soo Locks to the next step in the process than we’ve been at any point in time,” says Mitchell, R-Dryden. “The Army Corp has been responsive to our requests.”

That next step is a revised economic impact study expected in the coming month. A previous study determined the expansion was not economically justified. But Rep. Bergman, R-Watersmeet, says that original report, now 30-years-old, was based on bad metrics and is sorely outdated.

Rep. Moolenaar, R-Midland, notes language was included in the water resources bill that passed the House Wednesday to authorize the Army Corps to expedite the Soo Locks project if the new economic report is favorable, as he expects it will be. That would allow funding to be included in the bill when it goes to conference committee later this summer. The lock expansion was first authorized by Congress in 1986, but the funds were never appropriated.

Bergman, whose northern Michigan district includes the locks, says he senses a greater sense of urgency since the president’s speech, and is “cautiously optimistic” the corps will move on starting the work next year. It will take seven years to complete.

“The president is watching this project,” Bergman says. “The White House is engaged at all levels.”

He recounts how the subject came up with Trump. “I was sitting next to him in back of the limo and he asked ‘what are the issues in Michigan, what do I need to know?’” Bergman says. “I said Soo Locks. He said, ‘What are the Soo locks?’ I explained to him the impact on the economy and national security should the locks close and he jumped right on it. He read his notes right into the speech.”

Moolenaar says that speech, “galvanized and energized interest in the locks in a way we haven’t seen before.”

The Soo Locks, in Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, connect Lake Superior to the other four Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The locks are vital to the steel industry —99 percent of the iron ore used in steel making comes from Michigan and Minnesota mines above the locks.

Most of it is transported on giant freighters. Sixty percent of those ships are restricted by size to the Poe Lock, which at 1,200-foot long, 110-foot wide and 32-foot deep is the largest of the four Soo Locks and the only one capable of handling the large lake freighters which make up 60 percent of shipping vessels. Nearly 7,000 ships carrying $500 billion of goods pass through annually.

Should the Poe Lock become disabled it would back up ships and slow the national economy. Estimates are that a six-month emergency shut down for repairs would impact 11 million jobs nationwide. It would also impact national security, because iron ore is so essential to steel production.

“It takes steel to go to war,” says James H.I. Weakley, president of the Lake Carrier’s Association, who is currently on Capitol Hill lobbying for the project. “Without the Soo Locks, there is no steel. There is no rail capacity to move that much ore.”

A report from the Department of Homeland Security last year said “it is hard to conceive” of a piece of infrastructure anywhere in the United States that is more consequential than the Soo Locks. “It would be devastating if it shut down,” Mitchell says.

Weakley says the value of Trump’s Macomb speech in moving things off the dime is inestimable.

“Regardless of who a president is, when the president speaks, it has an impact,” he says. “The people in the corps are really starting to understand the national significance of the project. The stars seem to be aligning.”

The Detroit News / Nolan Finley

 

Port Reports -  June 8

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Hon. James L. Oberstar departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on Thursday the 7th of June at 00:52 for Indiana Harbor. The Algoma Compass arrived the Two Harbors breakwall at 01:13 on Thursday the 7th of June for South of #2. She departed on the 7th at 11:25 for Quebec City. Arriving Two Harbors on the 7th of June at 02:02 was the Presque Isle that went to North of #2 and took a partial load at the gravity dock. Upon the departure of the Algoma Compass the Presque Isle shifted from 11:29 to 11:54 to South of #2. She departed on June 7th at 18:30 for Ecorse. Due Two Harbors Friday the 8th of June is the Philip R. Clarke arriving from Duluth after unloading stone at the C. Reiss dock. She probably will load a cargo of blast furnace trim in Two Harbors. Also due Two Harbors on Friday the 8th of June is the James R. Barker. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Friday the 8th of June is the Indiana Harbor. She is due later in the afternoon. A possibility to load in either Two Harbors or Silver Bay on June 9th is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. As of 19:30 on June 8th she was unloading limestone in Duluth.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoma Niagara was loading salt at the Sifto Dock on Thursday.

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

Welland Canal and regional report - Thursday Jun 7– Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Docked - Jun 4 - Algocanada at 1303 - Jun 6 - CSL Laurentien at 1155 - Departures - Jun 6 - CSL Laurentien at 2302 - Jun 7 - Algocanada at 0602 for the canal

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Jun 4 - Calumet at 2208 - Jun 5 - American Mariner at 1316 - Departures - Jun 7 - (eastbound) American Mariner at 1146 and Calumet at 1211

Welland Canal -
Upbound - Jun 6 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2000, Thunder Bay at 22000 and tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 2257- Jun 7 - Algowood at 0523, Damia Desgagnes at 0726, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1627, Florijngracht (Nld) at 1921 and Chem Norma (Mhl) with tug Ocean Golf (accompanying her) eta 2347 approx. - Downbound - Jun 6 - Algoma Sault at 2215, Palabora (Atg) at 0231 (stopping wharf 6) , McKeil Spirit at 0932, Algocanada at 0952 and Bro Anna (Sgp) eta 2150

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 3 - (upbound) - Jun 4 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) docked at wharf 12 early morning Jun 7 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) discharging complete - departed wharf 12 at 2015 for Cleveland - Jun 7 - Palabora (Atg) (stopped wharf 6) early morning

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Jun 6 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0600 - Jun 7 - Algocanada at 2019

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 6 - Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 2334 and Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-15) at 0213. Jun 6 - Algoma Discovery at 1258, Algoma Guardian at 1651 and Rt Hon Paul J Martin 2334 - Docked - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - Jun 3 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1043 - Jun 5 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2224 - Departures - Jun 7 - Sten Fjord (Mhl) (ex Falcon-09) at 0556 eastbound and Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 1327 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Two Canadian-flagged ships visit Grand Haven

6/8 - Grand Haven, Mich. – This past week, we welcomed two vessels to port that fly the maple leaf off their stern. Early in the morning on the last day of May, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.’s self-unloading motor vessel Cuyahoga could be heard out in Lake Michigan blowing its foghorn as it approached the Grand Haven piers. The Cuyahoga arrived at first light and headed for Meekoff’s D&M dock on Harbor Island.

The vessel had a split cargo aboard, as it was loaded first in Thessalon, Ontario, and then Meldrum Bay, Ontario, so there were two different kinds of stone aboard. The Cuyahoga was unloaded before noon and backed out to Lake Michigan.

June 1 saw the arrival of two freighters. First was Interlake Steamship Co.’s self-unloading motor vessel Kaye E. Barker. It arrived with a cargo of coal for the Board of Light & Power plant on Harbor Island at about 9 a.m. Following two hours or so behind the Barker was Lower Lakes Towing’s self-unloading motor vessel Mississagi. Mississagi eased past the Barker and traveled upriver to the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg.

The Barker departed at about 4 p.m. and the Mississagi was outbound an hour later. Both ships headed up Lake Michigan. While the Barker was ahead of the Mississagi originally, the Mississagi ended up passing the Barker below Ludington.

The Cuyahoga and Mississagi were our first and second Canadian visitors of the season. Both vessels were built as part of the Maritimer class in the early 1940s.

The Cuyahoga was built by the American Shipbuilding Co. as the Mesabi and entered service as the J. Burton Ayers later that year. The Ayers began sailing for the Great Lakes Steamship Co., and then spent time with Wilson Marine Transit, then Kinsman Marine, and later the Columbia Transportation Division of the Oglebay Norton Co.

The Ayers spent several seasons laid up in the 1990s and, despite being rumored for scrap, was purchased by Lower Lakes in 1995 and renamed Cuyahoga. It has been sailing for them ever since.

The Mississagi was built at Great Lakes Engineering Works in Ecorse as the Hill Annex, and began trading on the lakes as the George A. Sloan. The Sloan was converted to a self-unloader during the 1965-66 winter. The vessel sailed first for U.S. Steel and then later for Great Lakes Fleet.

In 2001, the Sloan was part of a three-ship sale to Lower Lakes with fleetmates Calcite II and Myron C. Taylor. The Calcite II was renamed Maumee and the Myron C. Taylor became the Calumet. The Sloan was renamed Mississagi and reflagged Canadian. Both the Maumee and Calumet have since been scrapped, and the name Calumet now carries on with another vessel in the fleet.

The Cuyahoga is named for the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. it is 620 feet long, 60 feet wide and 35 feet deep. Mississagi’s namesake is the Mississagi Strait located in Lake Huron. It has the same dimensions as the Cuyahoga, but is 6 inches longer.

The port of Grand Haven received 12 cargoes last month. We have received 19 cargoes so far this season. This number is the same that we had a year ago. Our five-year average is 17 cargoes for May, so we are ahead of that.

There’s a few ships to look out for in the near future. The Wilfred Sykes is expected both at D&M and Verplank’s in the next week or so. Also look for the Cuyahoga at Verplank’s. Additionally, the St. Marys Cement terminal is looking to get a boat sometime this weekend.

Sam Hankinson / Grand Haven Tribune

 

‘Know Your Ships’ publisher to sign books in Port Huron area Sunday

6/8 - On Sunday June 10, ‘Know Your Ships’ editor and publisher Roger LeLievre will be at the Barnes & Noble bookstore, 4325 24th Ave. in Fort Gratiot (Port Huron), Mich. from 2-4 p.m. He will be signing copies of the 2018 edition.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 8

June 8 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY entered Cleveland with a load of iron ore from Marquette. The VICTORY completed the one-way trip in 37 hours - 20 hours faster than the best previous time.

On 08 June 1854, J. YOUNG SCAMMON (2-mast wooden brig, built in 1845, at Chicago, Illinois) was sheltering from a storm at S. Manitou Island on Lake Michigan when she dragged her anchors, stranded and broke in three pieces. She was driven in so close to the shore that the crew was able to use a broken spar to climb to the beach. No lives lost.

On 08 June 1897, RITA MC DONALD (wooden propeller tug, 72 foot, 69 gross tons) was launched by J. Davidson (Hull #84) at West Bay City, Michigan. She lasted until 1920, when she was abandoned in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1978, the LEWIS WILSON FOY was christened for the Bethlehem Steel Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) OGLEBAY NORTON in 1991. She now sails as AMERICAN INTEGRITY.

In 1938, the GOVERNOR MILLER (Hull#810) a sister ship to the WILLIAM A. IRVIN, began her maiden voyage, leaving Lorain, Ohio. The GOVERNOR MILLER was only the second Great Lakes vessel to be powered by a steam turbine with a direct drive to the propeller shaft via reduction gear.

In 1976 - the Midwest Energy Terminal at Superior, Wisconsin, loaded its first cargo of low-sulfur coal. The steamer JOHN J. BOLAND of 1953, took the honors as the first vessel to load at this dock. She was sold Canadian and renamed b.) SAGINAW in 1999.

On this date in 1977, the HARRY .L ALLEN was the first freighter to load at Burlington Northern's Dock #5 in Superior, Wisconsin.

On 8 June 1847, CHESAPEAKE (wooden side-wheeler, 172 foot, 412 tons, built in 1838, at Maumee, Ohio) was fully laden and had 97 aboard when she rammed the schooner JOHN F PORTER on a dark night off Conneaut, Ohio. As she started to sink, she was run to shore in an effort to save her, but she sank a mile short of the beach. Lake Erie was fairly calm and the crew and passengers tried to get to shore in boats and makeshift rafts. Most made it and many were also picked up by the steamer HARRISON. Estimates of the number of dead vary from 7 to 13. The wooden side-wheel tug and upriver packet TRAFFIC (75 foot, 50 tons, built in 1853, at St. Clair, Michigan) sank near Sebewaing, Michigan on 8 June 1868. She was recovered and repaired, but only lasted a little longer than a year since she burned in Saginaw in October 1869.

1933: WILHELMINE, dated from 1888 and was one of the world's earliest tankers, ran aground off Morgan Point, west of Port Colborne, while enroute from Chicago to Liverpool with 2,700,000 lbs of lard. The crew were removed and the ship abandoned. The hull was refloated June 3 but was not repaired and may have been dismantled at Ashtabula.

1954: The tug EDWARD C. WHALEN sank in Lake Superior near Corbeil Point. It was salvaged in 1955 and rebuilt a decade later as b) JOHN McLEAN. It survives in the Purvis Marine fleet as c) ADANAC.

1977: CYDONIA first came through the Seaway in 1962 and returned as b) VERMONT I in 1969. It was under tow due to rudder damage as e) JOY when a fire broke out in the engineroom near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The vessel was rocked by three explosions and sank in the Gulf of Mexico.

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

 

Tugs tow Algoway begins trip to scrap yard

6/7 - The tug Evans McKeil arrived at Goderich, Ont., at 9:45 am Wednesday to pick up Algoway and tow her out for scrap. After hooking up, the tow departed at 3:15 p.m. headed for Port Huron/Sarnia and averaging about four knots. The tow entered the St. Clair River downbound about 7 a.m. Thursday. The Detroit-based tug Cheyenne was on the stern for steering assist. Follow the tow's progress by using the various AIS sites; look for Evans McKeil.

 

Port Reports -  June 7

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on June 6th at 00:48 for Gary. Hon. James L. Oberstar arrived Two Harbors on June 6th at 16:05 for South of #2. Arriving off Two Harbors on June 6th and going to anchor at approx. 17:13 was first time visitor Algoma Compass. She'll arrive after the Oberstar's departure. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Thursday the 7th of June. Presque Isle departed Duluth on the 6th at 20:30 for Two Harbors after taking a several day delay at the Port Terminal. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of CSL Niagara on Wednesday the 6th of June at 02:29 for Quebec City. The American Century, as of 19:40 on June 6th, was about 3 hours East of Silver Bay showing an AIS destination of Silver Bay, but her track was showing more toward the Twin Ports than Silver Bay. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on June 7th.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic Wednesday included tug Nickelena, passenger vessel Victory 1, Manitoulin, Evans Spirit and, late, Joseph L. Block and Sunda. Upbounders included Philip R. Clarke, CSL St-Laurent, Great Lakes Trader and Tecumseh late.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor and HHL Congo were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port, with Wilfred Sykes arriving with the stone she loaded at Calcite. Flevoborg was at S. Chicago.

Welland Canal and regional report - Wednesday June 6 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 5 - Bro Alma (Sgp) eta 2105 approx. - Docked - Jun 4 - Algocanada at 1303 - Jun 6 - CSL Laurentien at 1155 and Algoma Buffalo at 1605 approx. - Departrure - Jun 6 - Whitefish Bay at 0355

Long Point bay:
Anchored - Jun 5 - Algoma Buffalo at 2107 awaiting dock - departed Jun 6 1553 for dock

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Jun 4 - Calumet at 2208 - Jun 5 - American Mariner at 1316

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 6 - Fearless (Lbr) (Bright Laker-15) at 0051 - departed late morning for the canal

Welland Canal -
Upbound - Jun 5 - Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1811, Algoma Niagara at 1849 and CSL Welland at 2054 - Jun 6 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0024, Federal Barents (Mhl) at 0138, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0349, Baie Comeau at 0437, Sten Moster (Gib) at 1000 and Alpena at 1117 tug Sea Eagle II & barge St Marys Cement II eta 2150- Downbound - Jun 5 - G3 Marquis at 0912, Algoma Discovery at 0937, Algoma Harvester at 1313, Algoma Guardian at 1943, Algoma Hansa at 2200 and Fearless (Lbr) (Bright Laker-15) eta 2215 - Jun 6 - tug Petite Forte & barge St Marys Cement at 0602, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0701, Algoma Sault eta 2100

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 3 - (upbound) - Jun 4 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) docked at wharf 12 early morning - Jun 6 - Alpena stopped at wharf 2 at 1218 - Departure -

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Jun 6 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0708 and Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0600- Departure - Jun 6 - Sten Moster (Gib) at 0943 for the canal

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 6 - Sten Fjord (Gib) (ex Falcon-09) at 0624, Algoma Discovery at 1258, Algoma Guardian at 1651, Rt Hon Paul J Martin eta at 2330 - Docked - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - Jun 3 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1043 - Jun 5 - Stella Polaris (Nld) at 2224 - Departures - Jun 6 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0059 for the canal and Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1630 for Three Rivers

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 5 - Algoscotia at 0303 - Departed - Jun 6 at 1337 eastbound

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 4 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0754 - Departed - Jun 6 at 0022 for Port Weller anchorage

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

3 new vessels for Fednav; Federal Maas sold

6/7 - Fednav has taken delivery of three new vessels. They are the Federal Dart (IMO 9805245), Federal Nagara (IMO 9805257) both 34,500 DWT box-hold, Lakes-suitable ocean carriers built at Oshima, Japan, and Federal Iberville (IMO 9820972), a long term-chartered 63,000-DWT Ultramax bulk vessel built at Imabari, Japan. Fednav's older handy-sized vessel Federal Maas, built in China in 1997, was sold earlier in 2018 to new owners and now sails as the Omolon of Russian registration.

Denny Dushnae

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 7

1958, the largest freighter ever built on the Great Lakes slid down the ways at River Rouge, Michigan. The new freighter was christened by Mrs. Edmund Fitzgerald and named EDMUND FITZGERALD. The 729-foot FITZGERALD was owned by Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company and operated by Columbia Transportation under a 25-year bare boat charter.

In 1977, tugs refused to tow the new MESABI MINER out of the harbor due to high winds. Captain William McSweeney brought the MESABI MINER out under her own power to begin her maiden trip. On 07 June 1890, EMILY P. WEED (steel propeller freighter, 300 foot, 2,362 gross tons) was launched by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #69) at W. Bay City, Michigan for the Hollister Transportation Co. She lasted until 02 September 1905, when she stranded on Sand Island Reef, Apostle Islands on Lake Superior and broke in two.

On 07 June 1862, MORNING STAR (wooden side-wheel steamer, 248 foot, 1,265 gross tons) was launched by A. A. Turner at Trenton, Michigan. She only lasted until 1868, when she sank in Lake Erie in a collision with the bark COURTLAND.

In 1977, WILLIAM A. IRVIN ran into the side of the Rock Cut after a power failure on board. The vessel received only slight damage. (For a more detailed account, read Jody Aho's book "The Steamer William A Irvin: Queen of the Silver Stackers").

On June 7, 1991, the ALPENA, the former LEON FRASER) began her maiden voyage as a cement carrier, departing Superior, Wisconsin, for her namesake port. Fraser Shipyards, which performed the conversion, took out a full-page ad in the Superior Evening Telegram proclaiming "INLAND LAKES MANAGEMENT, YOUR SHIP IS READY" and a picture of the vessel.

On 7 June 1859, COLUMBIA (2-mast wooden brig, 92 foot, 177 gross tons, built in 1842, at Sandusky, Ohio) broke up in a storm near Sherwood Point, Green Bay (Death's Door). She was famous for bringing the first load of copper ore from the Keweenaw Peninsula to through the Soo. She also brought the first locomotive to Marquette.

The METEOR (wooden steam barge, 201 foot, 729 gross tons, built in 1863, at Cleveland, Ohio) burned at Buckley's dock at the foot of 2nd Street in Detroit, Michigan on 7 June 1873. The fire supposedly started in her hold at 1:30 a.m. and was not discovered until it was too late. The ship burned to the waterline and sank. Some docks and warehouses also burned in this catastrophe. The wreck was raised in early September 1875, and towed to the foot of Belle Isle where the machinery and hull were sold at the U.S. Marshall's sale on 24 April 1876. Although originally thought to be the end of this vessel, the hull was purchased by Stephen B. Grummond of Detroit for $480. It was rebuilt as the schooner-barge NELSON BLOOM in 1882 and lasted until abandoned in 1925.

1894: The wooden steamer OCEAN received a massive hole in the bow after a collision with the barge KENT at Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence.

1902: The whaleback steamer THOMAS WILSON sank after a collision with the GEORGE G. HADLEY a mile off the Duluth piers while outbound with iron ore and nine lives were lost.

1915: JAMES B. EADS and the CHICAGO collided in the St. Clair River.

1941: The fish tug FINGLO caught fire and burned at Toronto. It was rebuilt for harbor duty as the steam tug H.J.D. NO. 1. In 1956-1957, the ship was unofficially renamed Salamander to star in the Canadian television series Tugboat Annie.

1971: SILVER CREST visited the Seaway in 1971 after previous calls as a) VIGRID in 1959 and 1963. It also returned as b) ROSTO in 1963 before becoming d) SILVER CREST in 1968. The ship stranded on Sisal Reef, in the Gulf of Mexico while enroute from Veracruz to Progresso, Mexico, but was refloated on June 12. The vessel arrived at Whampoa, China, for scrapping in July 1973.

1991: HERMES SCAN, a first time Seaway trader in 1977, sank in the Bay of Bengal as d) BRAUT TEAM after developing leaks the previous day. The heavy-lift vessel was reportedly carrying a Chinese steam locomotive for delivery to New York for the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad. All on board were saved.

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

 

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor sees slight decline in traffic

6/6 - The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor saw a slight decline in shipments during the first quarter of the year. But the deep-water port on Lake Michigan is coming off the highest three-year total in its 57-year history. And it gets more than 90 percent of its traffic during the final three quarters of the year because of all the international vessels that dock there after the St. Lawrence Seaway reopens for the season.

Overall, the state's port system did well in the first quarter, with 3.2 million tons passing through its three ports. That included 2.2 million tons at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon on the Ohio River, which set a state record for cargo volume last year.

"Coming off a record-setting year in Mount Vernon, it's encouraging to see the upward trends continue, especially in coal and agricultural shipments, which make up over 90 percent of this port's cargo," Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Director Phil Wilzbacher said. "This first quarter certainly sets the pace for what we anticipate being another strong year for maritime shipments throughout Indiana."

Last year, Indiana's ports handled 11.8 million tons of cargo, including coal, steel, fertilizer, ethanol, limestone, minerals, wind turbines, storage tanks and laboratory equipment. That included 2.8 million tons at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, which posted a 38 percent increase in steel shipments and handled ICARUS, the world's largest liquid argon particle hunter, as it made its way to the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  June 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Integrity arrived Duluth early Tuesday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. CSL Assiniboine arrived mid-morning, and headed to CN to load iron ore pellets. Mesabi Miner was inbound during the evening, and docked at Port Terminal. Presque Isle remained at Port Terminal on Tuesday waiting to load in Two Harbors, and Sunda continued loading wheat at CHS. Both she and American Integrity were expected to depart Tuesday evening. After unloading limestone, Joseph L. Block shifted down to Burlington Northern in Superior to load ore, and departed late Tuesday afternoon. Tim S. Dool then arrived from anchor and began loading.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors at 14:03 for the CN ore docks, South of #2 on Tuesday the 5th of June. As of 19:40 she was still at the ore dock. Due Two Harbors on Wednesday the 6th of June are the Hon. James L. Oberstar and a first time visitor, Algoma Compass, loading for Quebec City. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the CSL Niagara on Monday the 5th of June at 11:52. As of 19:40 she was still at the loading dock possibly loading for Quebec City. Due Silver Bay on Wednesday the 6th of June is the American Century. As of 19:40 on the 5th she is below the Soo.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Tuesday June 5th 12:52 Evans Spirit arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 19:02 The saltie Momentum Scan arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload.

St. Marys River
Downbound traffic on a blustery Tuesday included John J. Boland, Walter J. McMcarthy Jr., Lee A Tregurtha, saltie Palabora, Spartan/Spartan II, American Spirit and Roger Blough. Upbounders included Stewart J. Cort, Algoma Compass (headed for Two Harbors to load for Quebec), State of Michigan, Hon. James L. Oberstar and CSL Tadoussac. American Century and Kaye E. Barker were upbound late.

Escanaba, Mich. – Paul Erspamer
John G. Munson was in port Tuesday unloading coal from Superior, Wis. She departed about 2 p.m. proceeding south into Green Bay and eastbound into Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Tug Wisconsin departed Tuesday for Monroe, Mich., her new home base. Saltie Emanuele S. was in southern Green Bay Tuesday, expected at Green Bay Tuesday afternoon.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor and HHL Congo were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Indiana Harbor was at her namesake port, with Wilfred Sykes arriving with the stone she loaded at Calcite. Flevoborg was at S. Chicago.

North Channel/ Drummond Island
Tuesday June 5 Saginaw arrived at Drummond Island to load dolomite. 20:41 Frontenac departed Midland for Thessalon.

Goderich, Ont.
Tug Evans McKeil was enroute to Goderich Tuesday to tow Algoway away for scrap.

Welland Canal and regional report - Tuesday June 5 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Jun 4 - Algocanada at 1303 - Jun 5 - Whitefish Bay at 1943, Algoma Buffalo and Bro Alma (Sgp) eta 2105 approx. - Docked - Jun 2 - tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit at 0317 - Departed - Jun 5 - tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit at 1252 westbound

Buffalo:
Arrival - Jun 4 - Calumet at 2208

Welland Canal -
Upbound - Jun 4 - CSL St Laurent at 2135 and Mamry (Bhs) at 2104 - Jun 5 - Atlantik Miracle (Mlt) at 0002, John D Leitch at 1704, Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1811 and Algoma Niagara at 1849 - Downbound - Jun 5 - Baie Comeau at 0351, Algowood at 0440, G3 Marquis at 0912, Algoma Discovery at 0937, Algoma Harvester at 1313, Algoma Guardian at 1943, Algoma Hansa eta 2120 and Fearless (Lbr) (Bright Laker-15) eta 2215

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 3 - (upbound) - Federal Welland (Mhl) docked wharf 6 (Thorold) at 1448 - Jun 4 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) docked at wharf 12 early morning - Departure - Jun 5 - Federal Welland from wharf 6 at 1954 for Windsor

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Departure - Jun 4 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0500 approx. for Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 5 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1626 and Stella Polaris (Nld) eta 2255 approx. - Docked - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - Jun 3 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1043 Departures - Jun 5 - John D Leitch at 1500 and Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1508 for Cleveland

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 4 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) at 0754

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 4 - Algoma Niagara at 0228 - Departed - Jun 5 - at 1619 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Clinker dust concerns north-end St. Catharines residents

6/6 - St. Catharines, Ont. – Residents of a St. Catharines neighborhood want answers about what's in the air they're breathing after raising concerns with authorities about clinker dust settling on their properties.

The dust, used in the manufacture of Portland cement, is being unloaded from ships, piled up and trucked out by a company operating on the Welland Canal north of Lakeshore Road. Residents have complained dust from the Port Weller Marine Terminal is covering their homes, cars and gardens.

"We don't know what's in the air we're breathing down here," said David DeRocco, president of the Port Weller Residents Association, adding it's been a growing concern in the area because clinker dust is toxic. "And they're shipping it through the city. We don't know how many people they're affecting."

The city said it was approached by residents in late 2017 with concerns about clinker dust appearing on their properties. It raised those concerns with Quebec Stevedoring Co. Ltd., St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. which leases out the land to the company, and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

The city said Quebec Stevedoring Co. Ltd. prepared a dust mitigation plan approved by the environment ministry and has worked on implementing dust suppression measures on the pile and the roads on the site. Trucks are now loaded within a building and barrier walls have been constructed.

Residents say it's not working. "This dust is blowing into the canal. It's blowing into the lake. It's blowing on people's houses. It's getting into Malcolmson Park," DeRocco said. "People's homes are being covered in dust and we can't get answers."

The city said the company has told it it's willing to work with residents and has offered property and vehicle-washing services to residents if there are further issues.

St. Catharines Standard

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 6

On 06 June 1891, BAY CITY (wooden propeller freighter, 152 foot, 372 gross tons, built in 1867, at Marine City, Michigan) burned to a total loss while being repaired at the foot of Rivard Street in Detroit, Michigan. She was loaded with 300,000 feet of white pine lumber at the time. Her watchman reported the fire during the night and firemen thought they had it out, but it re-ignited and the vessel burned to a total loss. This ship had previously burned 20 years before on 10 April 1871, when she was on her first trip of the season after being rebuilt over the winter. Then she caught fire and burned nearly to the waterline but was rebuilt again and lasted until this last fire in 1891.

On 06 June 1917, ISABELLA J. BOYCE (wooden propeller sandsucker, 138 foot, 368 gross tons, built in 1889, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin as a freighter) grounded on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie and then was destroyed by fire. No lives were lost.

In 1944, the C-4 bulk carrier MARINE ROBIN participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy. In 1952, after conversion into a bulk freighter she began service in the lakes for M.A. Hanna Co., as b.) JOSEPH H. THOMPSON. She serves today as a tug barge combination created from the sections of the original vessel.

E.B. BARBER (Hull#111) of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co., entered service on June 6, 1953, for Algoma Central Railway Ltd.

In 1953, ARMCO (Hull#870) began her maiden voyage from Lorain, Ohio, for the Columbia Transportation Div., bound for Superior, Wisconsin, to load iron ore.

On June 6, 1959, ADAM E. CORNELIUS (Hull#) 424) began her maiden voyage for the American Steamship Co., from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This was the last Great Lakes vessel constructed with telescoping hatch covers. Sold Canadian and converted to a barge she was renamed b.) CAPT. EDWARD V. SMITH in 1988, and c.) SEA BARGE ONE in 1991 and d.) SARAH SPENCER in 1996.

Upper Lakes Shipping's POINTE NOIRE was in collision with Cleveland Tanker's SATURN on June 6, 1977, near Fighting Island in the Detroit River.

On 6 June 1869, ASA COVELL (wooden propeller tug, 20 gross tons, built in 1852, at Buffalo, New York) was towing the brig IROQUOIS up the Cuyahoga River at Cleveland when her boiler exploded and she sank. Her captain was killed when the pilothouse was blown into the river.

On 6 June 1883, HERCULES (wooden schooner-barge, 139 foot, 195 tons, built in 1867, at Algonac, Michigan) was upbound in the south bend of the St. Clair River near Algonac, Michigan when the CLARION (iron propeller package freighter, 240 foot, 1,711 gross tons, built in 1881, at Wyandotte, Michigan) overtook her and collided with her in broad daylight. HERCULES drifted to the bank, capsized and sank. No lives were lost.

1956: NEWBRUNDOC ran aground at Densmore Bay on the southeast side of Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence after straying out of the channel in fog. The ore-laden vessel, enroute from Contrecoeur to Buffalo, was released the next day.

1964: The Norwegian freighter FRO made 10 trips through the Seaway from 1961 to 1965. It ran aground at Milwaukee after loading 7500 tons of scrap for France on June 6, 1964, and was lightered to the YANKCANUCK before being refloated June 9.

1967: FRANKCLIFFE HALL ran aground off Hare Island, Lake Superior in dense fog and received heavy damage to bottom plates. The ship was lightered and released June 9 and went to the Davie shipyard for repairs. This vessel was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, as HALIFAX in 2011.

1967: AUGUSTUS B. WOLVIN struck the bank of the Welland Canal and grounded. A subsequent survey of the damage at Port Weller Dry Docks revealed it was not worth the cost of repairs and the ship was laid up and sold for scrap.

1982: ALGOSEA (i) rammed the west pier at Port Weller entering the Welland Canal in fog turning the bulbous bow by 90 degrees. The damaged ship was allowed to go to Thunder Bay for repairs. It became c) SAUNIERE later in 1982 and was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey, in 2011.

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

 

Scrap tow updates: Former Algoma Olympic approaching Aliaga

6/5 - The former Algoma Olympic is approaching the Aliaga, Turkey, scrapyard after more than a month of being towed by the VB Hispania. She is expected to arrive on June 13 at 1 p.m. local time. She departed Montreal on May 9. When she arrives, she will be scrapped. Her former Algoma Central fleet and now scrap mates Algolake and Algosteel are expected to arrive late June.

In other scrapping news, American Victory's name has been shortened to Victo at Superior, Wis., in preparation for an eventual scrap tow. No date has been announced. As of Monday night, her self-unloading boom had yet to be removed.

The tug Evans McKeil entered Lake Erie about 6:15 p.m. Monday on her way to Goderich, likely to tow Algoway away for scrap. Algorail is expected to follow at a later date.

 

Port Reports -  June 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Spirit departed Duluth mid-morning Monday after loading iron ore pellets at CN. Joseph L. Block arrived early in the afternoon with limestone to discharge at CN. CSL Assiniboine was expected late Monday evening to load ore. Sunda remained tied up at CHS loading grain, and Presque Isle was docked at Port Terminal taking a delay. In Superior, Roger Blough arrived just after midnight Monday morning to load ore at BN. She was outbound during the afternoon.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors Monday the 4th of June at 03:35 for Indiana Harbor. The Cedarglen shifted on the 4th from South of #1 from 03:27 to 03:55 to South of #2. She then departed Two Harbors on Monday the 4th at 17:53. She backed stern first out to the lake, then turned and headed down the lake for Quebec City. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday the 5th of May is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the John J. Boland on Monday the 4th at 04:16 for Cleveland. Due Silver Bay on Tuesday the 5th of May is the CSL Niagara.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday June 4th 11:01 The saltie Skawa arrived and went to anchor. 18:19 Manitoulin arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain.

North Channel/ Drummond Island
Monday June 4th 8:10 Frontenac arrived at the ADM elevator in Midland to unload grain from Thunder Bay. Mississagi departed Spragge for Drummond Island where she loaded dolomite for Essar Steel in Sault Ste Marie Ont. Algoma Buffalo departed Meldrum Bay for Nanticoke. Cuyahoga departed Bruce Mines for Windsor.

Calcite, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes departed for Indiana Harbor on Monday morning.

Welland Canal and regional report for Monday June 4 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Jun 4 - Algocanada at 1303 - Docked - Jun 2 - tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit at 0317

Buffalo:
Arrival - Jun 3 - English River at 0416 - Jun 5 - Calumet eta 0040 approx. - Departed - Jun 3 - English River at 2220 for the canal

Welland Canal -
Upbound - Jun 3 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1822, McKeil Spirit at 1951 and CSL St Laurent at 2135 - Jun 4 - Bro Anna (Sgp) at 0113 Mamry (Bhs) eta 2115, Atlantik Miracle (Mlt) eta 2320 approx. - Downbound - Jun 3 - Reggeborg ( Nld) at 1841 - Jun 4 - English River at 0055, Alpena at 0405 for Bath and Federal Kivalina (Mhl) at 0723

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 3 - (upbound) - Federal Welland (Mhl) docked wharf 6 (Thorold) at 1448 - Jun 4 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) docked at wharf 12 early morning

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Jun 3 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) from Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 4 - John D Leitch at 1628 - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - Jun 3 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1043 and Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1428 - Departures - Jun 4 - Algoma Equinox at 0726

Mississauga:
Arrival - Jun 4 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) early morning

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 3 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0643 - Jun 4 - Algoma Niagara at 0228 - Departed - Jun 4 - tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 0707 for Bowmanville

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun 3 - Robert S Pierson at 1940 - Departed - Jun 4 at 0514 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Study: Ships move non-native species from lower Great Lakes to Superior

6/5 - Superior, Wis. – A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. Study authors say the research provides clear evidence of the transport of organisms through ships' ballast water tanks while the shipping industry contends more research is needed to better understand the potential impacts of their movement.

The study was conducted by the Great Waters Research Collaborative, which is a project of University of Wisconsin-Superior's Lake Superior Research Institute. Principal investigator Allegra Cangelosi said they sampled 15 ballast water discharges from eight U.S. and Canadian lake vessels last year. Of those, 13 contained non-native species, the DNA of bloody red shrimp or both. Several species of zooplankton were detected that were previously unreported at the time of testing.

"It’s the concern that we don’t really know what happens after they’ve been discharged," said Cangelosi. "In some cases, the condition might be right that the organism could establish and possibly push out other things that are naturally already in the environment."

She added that four discharges were examined "voyage-wide" as ships collected water for their ballast tanks in the lower lakes to their discharge in western Lake Superior. Cangelosi noted the study did not analyze whether specimens were alive or dead at the time water was taken up or discharged from ballast tanks.

The report recommends identifying best management practices and researching ballast water treatment systems for ships.

The study prompted quick reaction on Thursday from shipping and environmental groups. Tom Rayburn, director of environmental and regulatory affairs with the Lake Carriers Association, said their members would like to see more testing before any new ballast water policies are implemented. He said further study would include whether organisms were dead or alive at the time of discharge and their ability to survive in the lake.

"If we can establish more than absence and presence so we can take it to that next level of live, dead, survivability and establishment that can give us better models and also help us specifically target and eliminate those pathways through different strategies, management or treatment at that point," said Rayburn.

The association noted they’d like to see a larger sample size to determine impacts from lake vessels. Cangelosi said the study sampled 5 to 53 percent of the water volume contained in ships’ ballast tanks that were discharged.

"That’s not much water. The thing is. in some ways. that strengthens the case that these ships are moving organisms because even though it was a relatively small portion of the relevant discharge that we analyzed, we still encountered several project-relevant non-indigenous species," she said. "We conclude that you don’t need more evidence that they’re moving organisms. It’s clear that they are. What might be important is to know what that all means that they’re moving organisms. What’s the risk? That’s a bit harder scientifically to figure out."

She said the difficulty in determining risks to the lake ecosystem stems from a multitude of factors that are affecting characteristics within the Great Lakes, such as climate change. Environmental groups like the Alliance for the Great Lakes contends the study is further evidence of the need for immediate action to protect lakes from invasive species.

"Today’s report confirms a common sense assumption: lakers contribute to the spread of aquatic invasive species around the Great Lakes," said alliance President and CEO Joel Brammeier in a statement Thursday. "As such, all ships operating on the Great Lakes — oceangoing and lakers — must be accountable and stop introducing and spreading the biological pollution that is invasive species."

The Lake Carriers Association’s Rayburn said the group has been working with regulators and researchers to prevent the spread of invasive species and develop ballast water treatment systems for ships. He noted the group commissioned a study by firms Hull and Associates and Choice Ballast Solutions in Ohio, which showed it may cost $639 million to modify the Great Lakes fleet with treatment systems. Rayburn said shoreside treatment options at Great Lakes ports may cost up to $11 billion.

Wisconsin Public Radio

 

Halifax tugboat with all-female crew 'like a family'

6/5 - Halifax, N.S. – This makeshift family really pulls together. “We’re a team but it’s also like a family here,” tug master Andrea MacDonald said of the non-traditional, all-woman crew who work the bridge, engine room and deck of the Atlantic Willow as it chugs and tugs around Halifax Harbor and beyond.

“It’s going well,” MacDonald, 50, said of her newly assembled tugboat crew of engineer Kelsie MacLean, 23, and deckhand Jocelyn Smith, 29.

“We live together. This is home. It’s more comfortable, if you need to get up in the middle of the night, to have all women on board. We were really excited to have the three of us on board. We were all a little curious, even I was thinking, 'Wow, this is going to be different.’ Three women, OK, this has never been done before.

“We are getting along very well, the jobs are all getting done, everything is working fine.”

Even a makeshift family that works one of the four harbor tugs operated by Atlantic Towing requires a modicum of structure.

“I’m like the boat mom,” said MacDonald.

Read more and view a video at this link: http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1567431-video-halifax-tugboat-with-all-female-crew-like-a-family

 

Annual Great Lakes Marine Market Saturday in St. Clair

6/5 - St. Clair, Mich. – The Lake Huron Lore Marine Historical Society is sponsoring its annual Great Lakes Maritime Market at the Riverview Plaza Mall in St. Clair on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The mall is just across the street from the boardwalk in downtown St. Clair.

If you have an interest in the ships that ply the Great Lakes, present or past, you will want to attend this event. There will be more that 30 vendors offering various items relating specifically to the ships and shipping industry of this region. Among the items that will be available for sale are historical artifacts, books, photographs, artwork, shipwrecks, memorabilia, advertising and more. It is a great way to learn more about the fascinating history of the Great Lakes shipping for the beginner or the advanced historian.

For more information, contact Lake Huron Lore at 586-725-6276 or micheldr2005@yahoo.com

 

Vessels with Great Lakes/Seaway connections reported as a Casualty or Demolition

6/5 - The following information taken from June 2018 Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society.

Casualties: none reported

Demolitions:
• Pineglen (8409331; Comoros) - (ex Pineglen-17 - 1st trip into Seaway 2002, Paterson-02 - 1st trip in Seaway 1985) - 20,370 / 1985 laker. By London Financial Ltd. British Virgin Islands, to Bereket Gemi Sokum Ltd. Sti., Turkey and arrived Aliaga 20/10/2017

• Jamileh (8511603; Palau) - (ex Trader-17, Kent Trader-09 - (1st trip into Seaway 2008), Normed Antwerp-03, Weser Importer-02, Abitibi Claiborne-01, Weser Importer-88, Scol Enterprise-87) - 7,580 / 1985 general cargo. By Seablite Navigation Corp. (Nereide Marine SA), Liberia, to Pakstani breakers and arrived Gadani Beach 03/10/2017 - commenced demolition 18/10/2017

• Joy K (7306702; Sierre Leone) - (ex Senya-11, Lutz Schroder-86 - 1st trip into Seaway 1975) - 5,202 / 1973 general cargo By Bari Shipping Co SA (ISMGroup Inc), Belize, to Ege Gemi Sokum San Ve Tic AS., Turkey and arrived Aliaga 02/10/2017 - commenced demolition 04/10/2017

• Trom (763433; Comoros) - (ex Tron-17, Strong-17, Caroline-91, J.J. Oberdorff-85 - 1st trip down the Seaway from Marinette Marine - builder's yard - 1978) - 1,094 / 1978 articulated pusher tug. By Tri Dog Logistics Inc). Vanmarc Shipping Ltd Co), U.S.A. to Ayaan Ship Breaking, Pakistan and arrived Gadani Beach 28/09/2017 - commenced demolition 30/09/2017

Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 5

In 1955, J. L. MAUTHE established a new Great Lakes cargo record for a coal cargo delivered to an upper lakes port. She loaded 18392 tons of coal at the Toledo C&O dock.

1943, BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, Captain Harry Ashby, delivered a record cargo of 19343.5 net tons of iron ore at Cleveland. The ore was loaded at Two Harbors, Minnesota.

In 1947, the Canada Steamship Lines steamer EMPEROR, loaded with ore and bound for Ashtabula, hit the rocks off Isle Royale at 4:10 a.m. The vessel sank within minutes but the crew was able to launch 2 lifeboats. Captain Eldon Walkinshaw, First Mate D. Moray, and 10 other crew members drowned when one of the lifeboats overturned. Twenty-one other survivors were rescued by the U.S.C.G. cutter KIMBALL.

On 04 June 1872, while carrying wooden barrel staves from Bay City, Michigan to Buffalo, New York, the bark AMERICAN GIANT encountered rough weather off Port Stanley, Ontario, on Lake Erie. Heavy seas carried off her deck cargo of 25,000 staves and the vessel became waterlogged. As the crew considered abandoning, the steamer MENDOTA saw their plight and took the GIANT in tow for Buffalo where they arrived the following day. For days afterward, other vessels reported the litter of barrel staves floating in the middle of Lake Erie.

At 2:00 a.m., 04 June 1891, in heavy fog, the NORTHERN QUEEN (steel propeller freighter, 299 foot, 2,476 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio) struck the schooner FAYETTE BROWN (wooden schooner, 178 foot, 553 gross tons, built in 1868, at Cleveland, Ohio) about ten miles off Dummy Light on Lake Erie. The BROWN, which was loaded with stone blocks, quickly sank in over 60 feet of water. One of the schooner's crewmen climbed aboard the QUEEN while the others barely had time to scramble up the schooner's masts. Accounts of the accident differ. The schooner's skipper claimed that the NORTHERN QUEEN continued on her journey while the schooner's crew clung to the masts while the skipper of the NORTHERN QUEEN claimed that he tried to find survivors, but lost the wreck in the fog and reluctantly continued on his journey, figuring that there were no survivors. Nevertheless, about an hour after the disaster, the steamer ROBERT MILLS (wooden propeller freighter, 256 foot, 1,790 gross tons, built in 1888, at Buffalo, New York) came along, heard the cries of the unfortunate seamen clinging to the masts and rescued them. No lives were lost.

On 04 June 1881, the OGEMAW (wooden propeller freighter, 167 foot, 624 gross tons) was launched at Simon Langell's yard in St. Clair, Michigan for Mr. Wood & Company of Cleveland, Ohio.

CLIFFS VICTORY sailed on her maiden voyage in ballast from South Chicago, Illinois, in 1951.

On June 4, 1968, the keel for OTTERCLIFFE HALL (Hull#667) was laid at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., for the Hall Corporation of Canada. Renamed b.) ROYALTON in 1983, c.) OTTERCLIFFE HALL in 1985, d.) PETER MISENER in 1988 and e.) CANADIAN TRADER in 1994. She arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on January 7, 2005.

EDGAR B. SPEER (Hull#908) was christened on June 4th 1980, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., Hartford, Connecticut, managed by the Great Lakes Fleet of the United States Steel Corp., Duluth, Minnesota.

In 1988, IRVING S. OLDS departed Duluth under tow of tug SALVAGE MONARCH, headed for overseas scrapping. She was scrapped by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co., in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, scrapping began on November 24, 1988.

June 4, 1940 - Oiler George Riemersma, 50, died of a heart attack while at work on the PERE MARQUETTE 21.

June 4, 1942 - John A. Clancey, 58, general manager of the Grand Trunk Western Railway and president of the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Carferry Co. died suddenly of a heart attack while at his desk in Detroit.

The Port Huron Times reported "The new trim and tidy tug, the P L JOHNSON, built for Capt. Sol Rummage, passed up last night with her first tow. She is of medium size and wears the national colors on her smokestack for which some of the boys call her a floating barber shop."

On 4 June 1859, GENERAL HOUSTON (2-mast wooden schooner, 83 foot, 123 tons, built in 1844, at French Creek, New York) was bound from Port Huron for Buffalo with a load of lumber. During a terrific gale, she missed the mouth of the Grand River near Fairport, Ohio and went on the pier where she broke up. Fortunately no lives were lost. The lighthouse keeper on the pier where she broke up later refused to light the lantern while the wreck was in place for fear of drawing other vessels into it. The U. S. Government quickly contracted to remove the hulk from the channel, but a month later, a storm did the job for free, obliterating the wreck so completely that it was reported to have just "disappeared." June 4th is the anniversary of the famous race between the TASHMOO and the CITY OF ERIE, an exciting race that included many thousands of dollars in wagers, great advance publicity, and the use of many other boats to watch the action along the way. The drama was such that carrier pigeons were released at various times to take the latest updates to waiting newspaper reporters. The CITY OF ERIE won the race in a very close match, and the story has been retold in several books about the Great Lakes.

1961: C.A. BENNETT went aground in the Wiley-Dondero Channel of the Seaway while trying to avoid the REDFERN and was released with her own power.

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

 

Algolake scrap tow leaves for Turkey

6/4 - The tug Diavlos Force (IMO 8214023) of Panamanian registry departed Montreal early Sunday morning with the former Algolake, renamed for the tow as the Gola of Sierra Leone. They are headed to Aliaga, Turkey, where the Algolake will be scrapped. At present they have an ETA for Aliaga on June 30.

Denny Dushane

 

Chem Norma released from grounding

6/4 - Morrisburg, Ont. – The tanker Chem Norma is free. She was yanked from the grip of the St. Lawrence River bottom just before 4 p.m. Sunday after running aground Tuesday.

Three tugs, Ocean Tundra, Ocean K. Rusby and Ocean Pierre Julien, worked together with a rising river throughout the day to unloose the stuck ship. Late Saturday, the International Joint Commission took the step of slowing outflow on the river in order to aid in the release of the ship.

The Chem Norma was en route to Sarnia, Ontario, on Lake Huron Tuesday morning when it lost steering and ran aground on a submerged berm that was once part of a canal system. Two smaller tugs worked on freeing the boat throughout the week before being joined by the Ocean Tundra, Canada’s most powerful tug boat, Saturday afternoon.

The Chem Norma is a double-hulled tanker and is transporting a refined petroleum product. Early Sunday evening, the ship was at anchor not far from where it ran aground, according to Marinewatch.com.

Watertown Daily Times

 

Gale warning issued for Monday on St. Marys River

6/4 - The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning for the St. Marys River from Point Iroquois to E. Potagannissing Bay from 6 a.m. Monday to midnight Tuesday.

 

Port Reports -  June 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
John J. Boland arrived Duluth early Sunday morning with limestone to discharge at Graymont. Paul R. Tregurtha was inbound later in the morning and headed to Midwest Energy to load coal. The Boland departed just after noon, bound for Silver Bay to load. American Spirit shifted from the Lakehead Pipeline dock to CN midday Sunday, and was still loading Sunday evening. Edgar B. Speer was moored at Port Terminal waiting out a delay, and Sunda continued unloading at CRH. The Tregurtha was expected to depart later in the evening.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Algoma Guardian departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors May 2nd at 21:30 for Hamilton. Arriving Two Harbors on Sunday the 3rd of May at 11:40 was the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. for South of #2. As of 19:30 on June 3rd she was still at the loading dock. Also arriving Two Harbors on Sunday the 3rd of May was the Cedarglen after being scheduled to load in Duluth. She arrived Two Harbors at 13:35 for South of #1 lay-by. There is no scheduled traffic for Two Harbors on June 4th. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Herbert C. Jackson on June 3rd at 07:56 after unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. She departed Silver Bay at 16:34 on June 3rd for Cleveland. Also arriving Silver Bay on June 3rd was the John J. Boland at 16:54 from the Twin Ports after unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. There is no scheduled traffic for Northshore Mining on Monday the 4th of June.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday June 3d 0:09 Algoma Harvester departed for Baie Comeau.

Port Inland, Mich.
Manitowoc was loading stone on Sunday evening.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Saltie Lubie remained in port on Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan
Algoma Compass paid her first visit to Chicago Sunday since her times as the Adam E. Cornelius. Flevoborg remained in port. Algoma Sault was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Satsuki, HHL Congo and Stewart J. Cort were at Burns Harbor.

North Channel
Sunday June 3, Joseph H Thompson departed Meldrum Bay for Lorain. Mississagi arrived at Sprague. Algoma Buffalo arrived at Meldrum Bay to load. Cuyahoga arrived at Thessalon and after loading gravel departed for Windsor. Samuel de Champlain departed McGregor Bay for Alpena. CCGS Griffon arrived at the coast guard station in Parry Sound

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
Friday was a busy day at Lafarge with four vessels coming in throughout the day. The tug G.L Ostrander and barge Integrity arrived first during the morning to load cement. Once the Integrity left the tug Undaunted and barge Pere Marquette 41 made its way in to unload at the dock. By early evening the Undaunted headed out into the bay and the Alpena came in to load under the silos. The tug Samuel de Champlain along with the barge Innovation was the last vessel of the day, loading for Whitefish, Ont. The tug Olive L. Moore and barge Menominee tied up at Lafarge Sunday morning and unloaded product. Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation returned Sunday evening

Calcite, Mich.
Wilfred Sykes and H. Lee White were due in to load late Sunday evening. This is a rare visit for the Sykes.

Saginaw River – Todd Shorkey
Cuyahoga arrived on the Saginaw River Saturday morning, heading upriver to unload at the Buena Vista Dock, just above the Zilwaukee Bridge. Once she completed her unload, she turned in the Sixth Street Basin and was outbound for the lake early in the evening. Algoma Innovator made her first ever visit to the Saginaw River early Sunday morning, calling on the North Star Dock in Essexville to unload Potash. She arrived at the dock around 3am and was outbound late in the afternoon.

Pelee Island, Ont.
The new ferry Pelee Islander II departed Bermuda on June 2 and is now headed for Les Escoumins, Que. Projected arrival is June 9th.

Welland canal and regional report - Sunday Jun 3 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Jun 2 - tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit at 0317 - Jun 3 - CSL Tadoussac at 0808 - Departures - Jun 2 - Algosea at 2341 for the canal - Jun 3 - CSL Tadoussac at 1840 westbound

Welland Canal -
Upbound - Jun 2 - Momentum Scan (Nld) at 1707, Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 1627 and Algoma Enterprise at 1847 - Jun 3 - sailing vessel Lettie G Howard bound for Erie, PA., Federal Welland (Mhl) at 0803, Rt Hon Paul J Martin at 0905, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 1822, McKeil Spirit at 1951, CSL St Laurent at 2135 and Bro Anna (Sgp) eta 2220 - Downbound - Jun 2 - Solina (Bhs) at 1721 - Jun 3 - Algosea at 0327, Algoma Niagara at 1000, Algoma Strongfield at 1138, Ojibway at 1235, Baie St Paul at 1640 and Reggeborg ( Nld) at 1841

Welland Canal docks:
Arrival - Jun 3 - Federal Welland (Mhl) docked wharf 6 (Thorold) at1448

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14) - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Jun 3 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (ex Osttank Norway-15) from Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Jun 3 - Capt Henry Jackman at 0133, McKeil Spirit at 0832, Algoma Equinox at 0924, Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1043 and Fuldaborg (Nld) at 1428 - Docked - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - Departures - Jun 2 - Emanuele S (Bds) (ex SCT Monte Rosa-17, MCT Monte Rosa-16) at 2146 - Jun 3 - (all for the canal) Federal Welland (Mhl) at 0553 for wharf 6 in Thorold, McKeil Spirit at 1334 and Capt Henry Jackman at 1442 eastbound

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 2 - McKeil Spirit at 1802 - Jun 3 - departed at 0642 for Hamilton

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 2 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0425 - departed Jun 3 at 1732 eastbound

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

 

Updates -  June 4

Saltie Gallery updated with pictures of the : BBC Europe, Cinnamon, Emanuel S, Fearless, Federal Biscay, Federal Bristol, Federal Danube, Federal Satsuki, Federal Welland, Flevoborg, Floretgracht, Fuldaborg, Harbour Pioneer, Helena G, HHL Congo, Mamry, Muntgracht, Palabora, Pearl Mist, Resko, Skawa, Sunda, Vancouverborg and Victory I.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 4

In 1955, J. L. MAUTHE established a new Great Lakes cargo record for a coal cargo delivered to an upper lakes port. She loaded 18392 tons of coal at the Toledo C&O dock.

1943, BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS, Captain Harry Ashby, delivered a record cargo of 19343.5 net tons of iron ore at Cleveland. The ore was loaded at Two Harbors, Minnesota.

In 1947, the Canada Steamship Lines steamer EMPEROR, loaded with ore and bound for Ashtabula, hit the rocks off Isle Royale at 4:10 a.m. The vessel sank within minutes but the crew was able to launch 2 lifeboats. Captain Eldon Walkinshaw, First Mate D. Moray, and 10 other crew members drowned when one of the lifeboats overturned. Twenty-one other survivors were rescued by the U.S.C.G. cutter KIMBALL.

On 04 June 1872, while carrying wooden barrel staves from Bay City, Michigan to Buffalo, New York, the bark AMERICAN GIANT encountered rough weather off Port Stanley, Ontario, on Lake Erie. Heavy seas carried off her deck cargo of 25,000 staves and the vessel became waterlogged. As the crew considered abandoning, the steamer MENDOTA saw their plight and took the GIANT in tow for Buffalo where they arrived the following day. For days afterward, other vessels reported the litter of barrel staves floating in the middle of Lake Erie.

At 2:00 a.m., 04 June 1891, in heavy fog, the NORTHERN QUEEN (steel propeller freighter, 299 foot, 2,476 gross tons, built in 1889, at Cleveland, Ohio) struck the schooner FAYETTE BROWN (wooden schooner, 178 foot, 553 gross tons, built in 1868, at Cleveland, Ohio) about ten miles off Dummy Light on Lake Erie. The BROWN, which was loaded with stone blocks, quickly sank in over 60 feet of water. One of the schooner's crewmen climbed aboard the QUEEN while the others barely had time to scramble up the schooner's masts. Accounts of the accident differ. The schooner's skipper claimed that the NORTHERN QUEEN continued on her journey while the schooner's crew clung to the masts while the skipper of the NORTHERN QUEEN claimed that he tried to find survivors, but lost the wreck in the fog and reluctantly continued on his journey, figuring that there were no survivors. Nevertheless, about an hour after the disaster, the steamer ROBERT MILLS (wooden propeller freighter, 256 foot, 1,790 gross tons, built in 1888, at Buffalo, New York) came along, heard the cries of the unfortunate seamen clinging to the masts and rescued them. No lives were lost.

On 04 June 1881, the OGEMAW (wooden propeller freighter, 167 foot, 624 gross tons) was launched at Simon Langell's yard in St. Clair, Michigan for Mr. Wood & Company of Cleveland, Ohio.

CLIFFS VICTORY sailed on her maiden voyage in ballast from South Chicago, Illinois, in 1951.

On June 4, 1968, the keel for OTTERCLIFFE HALL (Hull#667) was laid at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., for the Hall Corporation of Canada. Renamed b.) ROYALTON in 1983, c.) OTTERCLIFFE HALL in 1985, d.) PETER MISENER in 1988 and e.) CANADIAN TRADER in 1994. She arrived at Alang, India, for scrapping on January 7, 2005.

EDGAR B. SPEER (Hull#908) was christened on June 4th 1980, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co., Hartford, Connecticut, managed by the Great Lakes Fleet of the United States Steel Corp., Duluth, Minnesota.

In 1988, IRVING S. OLDS departed Duluth under tow of tug SALVAGE MONARCH, headed for overseas scrapping. She was scrapped by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co., in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, scrapping began on November 24, 1988.

June 4, 1940 - Oiler George Riemersma, 50, died of a heart attack while at work on the PERE MARQUETTE 21.

June 4, 1942 - John A. Clancey, 58, general manager of the Grand Trunk Western Railway and president of the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Carferry Co. died suddenly of a heart attack while at his desk in Detroit.

The Port Huron Times reported "The new trim and tidy tug, the P L JOHNSON, built for Capt. Sol Rummage, passed up last night with her first tow. She is of medium size and wears the national colors on her smokestack for which some of the boys call her a floating barber shop."

On 4 June 1859, GENERAL HOUSTON (2-mast wooden schooner, 83 foot, 123 tons, built in 1844, at French Creek, New York) was bound from Port Huron for Buffalo with a load of lumber. During a terrific gale, she missed the mouth of the Grand River near Fairport, Ohio and went on the pier where she broke up. Fortunately no lives were lost. The lighthouse keeper on the pier where she broke up later refused to light the lantern while the wreck was in place for fear of drawing other vessels into it. The U. S. Government quickly contracted to remove the hulk from the channel, but a month later, a storm did the job for free, obliterating the wreck so completely that it was reported to have just "disappeared." June 4th is the anniversary of the famous race between the TASHMOO and the CITY OF ERIE, an exciting race that included many thousands of dollars in wagers, great advance publicity, and the use of many other boats to watch the action along the way. The drama was such that carrier pigeons were released at various times to take the latest updates to waiting newspaper reporters. The CITY OF ERIE won the race in a very close match, and the story has been retold in several books about the Great Lakes.

1961: C.A. BENNETT went aground in the Wiley-Dondero Channel of the Seaway while trying to avoid the REDFERN and was released with her own power. Data from: Skip Gillham, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Russ Plumb, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Ahoy & Farewell II, The Marine Historical Society of Detroit and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Chem Norma Pulled Free and Undergoing Inspection

6/3 - Cornwall, Ontario – 6 p.m. update - Sunday afternoon the Chem Norma, a product tanker that had run aground early Tuesday morning near Morrisburg, Ontario, was pulled free from the edge of the waterway. The ship is now undergoing an inspection process, to ensure that it is ready to resume its transit.

Both federal and provincial authorities were engaged in the process, applying due diligence in reviewing the plan to free the ship. Among the authorities involved were The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

All tankers that transit the St. Lawrence Seaway are double hulled vessels, having both an outer hull and a second inner hull, within which a series of segregated holds exist to carry liquid cargoes. The Chem Norma, carrying refined petroleum products, went aground at 4:09 AM on Tuesday, May 29, due to an issue with its rudder. The vessel came to rest against the edge of a designated anchorage area, and was not blocking any traffic. No pollution has been observed as a consequence of the grounding.

Original report:
With prior wiggling and prying unsuccessful, a new tugboat, Ocean Tundra, arrived Saturday to aid Chem Norma back into the St. Lawrence waterway. Two other tugboats, the Ocean K. Rusby and Ocean Pierre Julien, have been with the grounded ship since Wednesday.

The Chem Norma, a double-hulled tanker, hit shallow waters and became stuck at 4:09 a.m. Tuesday. The accident was caused by a steering issue that was deemed mechanical.

 

 

Port Reports -  June 3

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Edgar B. Speer arrived Duluth on Saturday morning and moored at Port Terminal. John G. Munson arrived later in the morning, and headed to Hallett #5 to discharge limestone. Herbert C. Jackson was inbound just after noon with limestone and docked at Port Terminal, likely to wait for the Munson to finish unloading. American Mariner departed early Saturday afternoon with grain for Buffalo, and fleetmate Indiana Harbor departed a few hours later after loading ore at CN. Sunda continued discharging at CRH, and Michipicoten was at CN loading. At the Superior entry, American Spirit arrived on Saturday morning and docked at Lakehead Pipeline. Algoma Discovery departed before noon with iron ore pellets from BN. She was replaced at the dock by Whitefish Bay, which loaded and was outbound by mid-evening. CSL Laurentien then began loading, and was still at the dock on Saturday night.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
The Edgar B. Speer, after she departed Two Harbors Friday the 1st, went to Duluth for the Port Terminal. As of 19:45 on June 2nd she was still at the Port Terminal and showing no AIS discharge port. On Saturday the 2nd of June the Algoma Guardian arrived Two Harbors at 10:25 at the piers. Due to high winds she made it to the dock, but the winds held her off the dock. They backed out to the lighthouse and arrived at the dock successfully on her 2nd attempt. As of 19:50 on the 2nd she was still at South of #2. Due the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on June 3rd is the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the James R. Barker on Saturday the 2nd of June at 16:38 for Cleveland. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Sunday the 3rd of June, but there could be a potential arrival in either the Herbert C. Jackson or John J. Boland. Both are to unload limestone in the Twin Ports, and one or both could end up loading in Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday June 2nd 14:53 Frontenac departed for Midland. 17:19 G3 Marquis departed for Port Cartier.

St. Marys River
Cedarglen and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. were upbound Saturday morning with Presque Isle following in the late afternoon and Roger Blough after dark. Manitowoc left Eassar Algoma and was downbound in the early evening, followed by Hon. James L. Oberstar after dark.

Cedarville, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was loading stone for Duluth on Saturday afternoon.

Brevort, Mich.
Calumet was loading sand on Saturday.

Port Inland, Mich.
Kaye E. Barker was loading stone on Saturday.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Lubie remained at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor Saturday, unloading steel. Federal Kivalina departed with grain.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Satsuki and HHL Congo were at Burns Harbor Saturday. Wilfred Sykes departed for Calcite. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. Algoma Sault and Mesabi Miner were at Indiana Harbor. Flevoborg remained at S. Chicago. North Channel and Georgian Bay
Saturday June 2, Cuyahoga departed Meldrum Bay for Zilwaukee on the Saginaw River. Algoma Compass departed Bruce Mines for Chicago. Joseph H Thompson arrived at Meldrum Bay to load. 14:30 Samuel de Champlain arrived at McGregor Bay to unload cement at the Lafarge Whitefish River Terminal.

Sandusky, Ohio
John D. Leitch was loading on Saturday evening. Algowood is due sometime Sunday.

Pelee Island, Ont. – Frank Hood
The new Pelee Islander II has arrived in Bermuda, docking at the Kings Wharf Dock on June 2.

Welland canal and regional report for Saturday June 2 – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Jun 2 - tug Sharon M & barge Huron Spirit at 0317 - Docked - May 31 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1045 and Algosea at 2014 from the anchorage - Jun 1 - Algoma Niagara at 2307 - Departures - Jun 2 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1311 and Algoma Niagara at 1657 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - Jun 1 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1507 - Jun 2 - Fearless (Lbr) (ex Bright Laker-15) at 0110, Baie Comeau at 0522, Algoma Hansa at 1104, Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 1627 and Momentum Scan (Nld) at 1707 and Algoma Enterprise at 1847 - Downbound - Jun 2 - Thunder Bay at 0133, Capt Henry Jackman at 1019, Bro Agnes (Gib) at 1309, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1331 and Solina (Bhs) at 1721

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - none - Docked - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - May 31 - Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1027 - Jun 1 - Emanuele S (Bds) (ex SCT Monte Rosa-17, MCT Monte Rosa-16) at 0452 - Departures - Jun 2 - Damia Desgagnes at 1854

Toronto:
Arrival - Jun 2 - Pearl Mist (Mhl) at 0358 and McKeil Spirit at 1802 - Departure - Jun 2 Pearl Mist at 1453 for the canal

Bronte:
Arrival - Jun 2 - Duzgit Endeavour (Tur) at 0425

Clarkson:
Arrivals - Jun 1 - Algowood at 1114 - Jun 2 - Robert S Pierson at 1045 - Departure - Jun 2 - Algowood at 0334 for the canal

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544 - May 31 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 2101 - Departure - Jun 2 - NACC Quebec at 0056 eastbound

 

Coast Guard rescues 3 after vessel drifts into breakwall in Cleveland

6/3 - Cleveland, Ohio – A crew from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor rescued 3 people from the water after their vessel became disabled and drifted into the Edgewater breakwall Saturday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo command center received a mayday call at approximately 11:59 a.m. from a sailing vessel with 3 people aboard, against the rocks of the Edgewater breakwall. The command center watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted a small boat crew from Station Cleveland Harbor to assist.

The boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 12:05 p.m. to find one person in the water and two still aboard the vessel, all wearing life jackets. The boat crew safely retrieved the person from the water and devised a plan to rescue the remaining two people from the vessel. Due to the sea conditions and safety concerns, the Coast Guard crew had the two people enter the water where they were safely recovered. All three people, two men and one woman, were then safely transferred to shoreside EMS where they were evaluated for mild hypothermia.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to have their vessels checked to make sure everything is in proper working order. Additionally, make sure there are enough life jackets on board for every passenger.

USCG

 

Great Waters Research Collaborative releases study on laker ballast water

6/3 - Superior, Wis. – The Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC), a project of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI), has released results of a study on nonindigenous species of plankton in ballast discharges from U.S. and Canadian lakers to western Lake Superior. The research builds on work conducted by others in the Great Lakes in recent years.

Operators of the lakers proposed the study as a means of complying with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ballast water permitting requirements, and approached GWRC to undertake the scientific research. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency paid for the study via the U.S. Maritime Administration portion of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The study documented five species of non-indigenous zooplankton not yet established in western Lake Superior, including Hemimysis anomala (“bloody red shrimp”), in laker ballast water discharged there. It also detected, in uptake water, a species of zooplankton (Paraleptastacus wilsoni) that had not previously been recorded in the Great Lakes. Some of the species, including this one, live in harbor sediment and may have escaped routine surveillance to date. Determination of whether the collected nonindigenous species of zooplankton might be able to survive or establish in western Lake Superior waters was beyond the scope of the study.

Ten U.S. and Canadian-flag lakers participated in the study. Sampling took place in 2017, primarily in the late summer through early winter, and focused on ballast water discharges into western Lake Superior of water loaded from the lower four Great Lakes. GWRC also conducted “voyage-wide” sampling on a subset of voyages, documenting selected characteristics of the source water system and the associated ballast water uptake, plus ballast water discharge and the associated receiving system in western Lake Superior.

Ballast water samples were microscopically analyzed for any non-indigenous species of aquatic organisms not yet detected in western Lake Superior waters. Special emphasis was placed on detections of Hemimysis anomala which, until the summer of 2017 when a single specimen was found, had not previously been detected in western Lake Superior. A genetic detection probe targeted to Hemimysis anomala was used to analyze source and receiving water for presence/absence of its environmental DNA.

The Great Waters Research Collaborative: Great Lakes Ship Ballast Monitoring Project Technical Report is available online at uwsuper.edu/lsri/publications.

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 3

On 03 June 1882, the schooner C. BELL was launched at the yard of Mason, Corning & Company in East Saginaw, Michigan. Her dimensions were 185 feet x 30 feet x 11 feet, and she cost $20,000.

JOHN B. AIRD was christened in 1983, at Thunder Bay for Algoma Central Marine, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

After successfully completing her sea trials on June 3, 1951, CLIFFS VICTORY entered service for Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co., a little under six months from the time she was purchased from the U.S.M.C.

PATERSON (Hull#113) of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., entered service for N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd., on June 3, 1954, by carrying 440,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur, Ontario. She was scrapped at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1985.

On 3 June 1870, T.F. PARK (wooden side-wheeler, 170 foot, 450 tons, built in 1851, at Chatham, Ontario) caught fire and burned to the waterline at the dock near the Detroit & Milwaukee Grain Elevator at Detroit, Michigan. The hull was later removed after being struck by several vessels.

On 3 June 1875, the iron carferry HURON (238 foot, 1,052 gross tons) was launched at Point Edward, Ontario for the Grand Trunk Railway. Miss Jessie S. Hughes of Toronto christened the vessel with a bottle of wine. The hull's iron plates were manufactured in Scotland and shipped to Point Edward where they were assembled. Work began on 12 August 1874. Her engine and boiler were built at Dundas, Ont. This vessel ran between Windsor and Detroit for over a century. Her hull is still in existence, submerged in the old Great Lakes Engineering Works slip in River Rouge, Michigan.

1911: The passenger steamer NORTH WEST was gutted by a fire while fitting out at Buffalo. The hull remained idle until it was cut in two in 1918 for a tow to saltwater, but the bow section sank in Lake Ontario. The stern was rebuilt on the St. Lawrence as MAPLECOURT and returned to the lakes, again in two sections, in 1922.

1923: WILLIAM B. SCHILLER and HORACE S. WILKINSON collided in Whitefish Bay. The former was anchored when hit on the port side at #5 hatch. The SCHILLER’s captain pulled up the hook and raced for shore so as to sink in shallow water. It went down in about 40 feet and was salvaged on July 2.

1940: JOHN J. RAMMACHER and WILLIAM A. REISS (ii) collided just after midnight beneath the Blue Water Bridge at Sarnia-Port Huron and both ships were damaged.

1999: HOPE I lost power in the Seaway while downbound with wheat and stranded above Morrisburg. The hull was holed and the ship was released with the aid of tugs on June 5. The ship first came inland as a) NOSIRA MADELEINE in 1983 and returned as c) HOPE I for the first time in 1993, and then as d) HOPE in 2004. It was last reported as f) H. PIONEER in 2011.

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.

 

Algosteel leaves for scrap, Algolake may follow today

6/2 - Montreal, Que. – The saltwater tug Fairmount Alpine, assisted by Ocean Echo II, towed the former Algosteel – renamed Oste for the purposes of the tow – from Montreal on Friday. Algosteel’s final port will be a Turkish scrapyard.

Another tug, Diavlos Force, is also at Montreal, possibly to tow the Algolake – now named Gola –to Turkey. She has a departure date of June 2.

René Beauchamp

 

Coast Guard medevacs man from the Manitowoc off Harbor Beach

6/2 - Detroit, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a medevac of an approximately 54-year-old man off a vessel 15 miles northeast of Harbor Beach, Mich., Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received a report from the Manitowoc, a 612-foot vessel, at about 1:15 p.m. local time, about a crewmember suffering from severe abdominal pains.

A Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphine helicopter flight crew was diverted from a training mission to assist. After a brief return trip to the air station to refuel, the crew traveled north and arrived at the vessel, a U.S. flagged ship en route to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, at about 2:45 p.m.

Once on scene, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Rotz, the crew’s rescue swimmer, assisted the man into the rescue basket. The man was safely hoisted approximately 80 feet into the helicopter. The man was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe, Michigan in good condition.

USCG

 

Port Reports -  June 2

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
American Century arrived Duluth at noon on Friday to load coal at Midwest Energy. Indiana Harbor and Michipicoten arrived during the afternoon, and both vessels headed to CN to load ore. American Mariner was moored at General Mills loading grain, and Sunda continued unloading cement at CRH. In Superior, Burns Harbor arrived early Friday morning to load ore at BN. Algoma Discovery and Whitefish Bay were both at anchor outside the harbor waiting to load.

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived the CN ore docks in Two Harbors on June 1st at approx. 09:28 for South of #2. She departed Two Harbors at 19:48 for Duluth, likely to fuel. She is not showing a final AIS destination as of yet. Due Two Harbors on Saturday the 2nd of June is the Algoma Guardian. She should arrive early morning. The American Spirit had originally been showing an AIS destination of Two Harbors, but is now showing a Duluth destination. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the James R. Barker on Friday the 1st of June at 17:46. There is no inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay on Saturday the 2nd, but that could be subject to change with boats arriving Duluth to unload limestone. An update on the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader: She departed Silver Bay on Thursday the 31st and is showing an AIS destination of Ashtabula.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday May 31st 22:52 Algoma Strongfield departed for Sorel. Friday June 1st 0:44 Baie St Paul departed for Becancour. 7:12 Tecumseh shifted to Viterra A to finish loading. 8:18 G3 Marquis arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 14:44 Tecumseh departed for Windsor. 15:12 Algoma Harvester arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. 15:33 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. 16:00 Federal Danube arrived and went to anchor.

Green Bay, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
H. Lee White departed from the Fox River about 11 a.m. Thursday, proceeding to Port Inland. Alpena left Green Bay after 5 p.m. Thursday, returning to Alpena, Mich. Philip R. Clarke proceeded onto the Bay headed for Port Inland about 7 p.m. Thursday. G.L. Ostrander & barge Integrity were in Northern Lake Huron Friday & expected in Green Bay Saturday morning.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Algoma Sault arrived just after 2 a.m. Friday, backing upriver into the inner harbor with salt from Goderich. Federal Kivalina continued loading Friday at the COFCO Int'l grain elevator. Lubie remained at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor, unloading steel.

North Channel and Georgian Bay,
On Friday June 1st, Algoma Compass was loading trap rock at Bruce Mines. Cuyahoga was loading dolomite at Meldrum Bay. CCGS Samuel Risley was working on navigation aids off of Midland.

Southern Lake Michigan
Federal Satsuki, HHL Congo and Wilfred Sykes were at Burns Harbor Friday night. Flevoborg was at S. Chicago.

Welland canal and regional report - Friday June 1

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 31 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1045 and Algosea at 2014 from the anchorage - Jun 2 - CSL Niagara eta 0045

Buffalo:
Arrival - Jun 1 - tug Defiance & barge Ashtabula at 0226 - departed at 1856 for Sandusky

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Jun 1 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0049 from Nanticoke - departed 0140 for the canal

Welland Canal -
Upbound - John D Leitch at 1534, English River at 1603 and CSL Assiniboine eta 2120 - Jun 1 - light tug H H Misner and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1507 - Downbound - May 31 - Algowood at 1356 and Atlantic Huron at 1635 - Jun 1 - Radcliffe R Latimer at 0009, tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 0155, Beatrix (Nld) (ex Fivelborg-09) at 1024 and Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 1234

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 31 - Damia Desgagnes at 2355 - Jun 1 - Tim S Dool at 0055, Emanuele S (Bds) (ex SCT Monte Rosa-17, MCT Monte Rosa-16) at 0452 - Docked - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556 - May 31 - Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1027 - Departures - Jun 1 - Robert S Pierson at 0018 for Clarkson and Cinnamon (Cyp) at 0935 for Ireland

Bronte:
Arrival - May 30 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1846 - Departed - Jun 1 at 1115 eastbound

Clarkson:
Arrival - Jun 1 - Algowood at 1114

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544 - May 31 - NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 2101

 

Fednav adds new Federal Nagara to its Laker-class fleet of vessels

6/2 - Fednav Ltd. of Montreal has added another new vessel to its growing fleet of Laker-class vessels. Recently added is the Federal Nagara (IMO 9805257) built in 2018 at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. of Oshima, Japan. The vessel is 199.98 meters in length with a beam of 23.76 meters. Federal Nagara is a sistership to Federal Dart (IMO 9805245), another new vessel built at Oshima in 2018 with the same dimensions.

Both Federal Dart and Federal Nagara have yet to visit the Great Lakes/Seaway system, however each should before the end of the 2018 season.

Denny Dushane

 

Boatnerd St. Marys River Cruise reservations being taken

6/2 - 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.

 

S.S. Badger delayed by high winds in Manitowoc

11 p.m. Update - The S.S. Badger arrived in Ludington around 10 p.m. This weekend is the Boatnerd Badger Gathering  with a overnight stay aboard the Badger on tonight and a crossing of Lake Michigan from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Saturday.

Original Story - 6/1 - 4 p.m. - Manitowoc, WI - Due to strong winds on Lake Michigan the S. S. Badger has been delayed in leaving for her return to Ludington. A tug has been called to help pull the car ferry off the Manitowoc dock. 

The Badge is expected to arrive in Ludington at approximately 9:00 this evening.

Overnight passengers will be boarded as soon as the arriving passengers are off the vessel. Evening activities will continue on a delayed schedule.

 

Effort ongoing to free the Chem Norma from the side of submerged lock

6/1 - Morrisburg, Ont. – Efforts remain ongoing today to “wiggle” the tanker Chem Norma free of the Morrisburg waterfront, where the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has concluded the vessel is stuck in a muddy berm forming the outer side of old Lock 23 — partly informed by an overlay of historical and current Google mapping information assembled and supplied by Nation Valley News.

The resulting digital map sandwich, sent to the SLSMC this afternoon, “confirms the idea that the ship nosed into an earthen berm” on the south side of the old, submerged lock, without contacting the nearby remains of a concrete structure also lying below the surface, says SLSMC spokesperson Andrew Bogora.

“It confirms what we were looking at yesterday,” Bogora told NVN this afternoon. “We know there is a concrete structure off to the starboard side of the ship, some distance away. Your map shows exactly that. Very nicely done!” he exclaimed in a subsequent email.

Bogora said they also know they’re dealing with an earthen berm because the ship’s anchor, when pulled up, was full of clay and silt.

The Chem Norma was westbound, headed for Sarnia with a cargo of a refined product, when a steering problem sent the tanker off the Seaway shipping channel shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning (May 29).

Comparing the tanker to a boot stuck in mud, the SLSMC spokesperson acknowledged the two tugboats on scene have so far failed to pull the Chem Norma free of the “little bit of suction” that’s keeping her in place. The tugs arrived from Montreal yesterday evening.

As a next step, he said, they hope to “wiggle” her loose by shifting the cargo between chambers on the tanker. If that doesn’t work, another tanker will be brought in to offload product.

Another option, though it’s not proposed in this case, would involve slowing the flow at the Cornwall dam to raise the water level in Lake St. Lawrence, the body of water between the city and Iroquois (also known as the St. Lawrence River). It’s been done in the past to free ships that have run aground, he said.

Lock 23 formed part of the Rapide Plat Canal that disappeared beneath floodwaters when the St. Lawrence Seaway was completed 60 years ago this summer.

Overseeing the effort to extricate the tanker from the lock’s remains are several entities, including SLSMC, Transport Canada, the Canadian Coastguard, Environment Canada and Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change are all overseeing plans to extricate the tanker, according to Bogora.

Nation Valley News

 

Cargo ship brings power to the Upper Peninsula

6/1 - L'Anse, Mich. – The Palabora cargo ship completed its journey to L’Anse Bay all the way from Italy Thursday afternoon, May 31. The ship carried 10 reciprocating internal combustion engines for local power stations.

"Considering we don't have a big dock here, it is kind of neat when the big ships do come in like the one that was docked this winter during the big storms. Twice in one year is kind of neat," said Sarah Thompson, local resident and Baraga Telephone Company employee.

Seven engines will go on to the F. D. Kuester Generating Station in Negaunee. Three are for the A. J. Mihm Generating Station in Baraga. Preparation to accept the ship and its cargo have been underway for quite some time.

"We started looking at this in late 2016, so it has been over a year in planning. There has been multiple surveys of the bottom of the lake and also marine surveyors, many hours of engineering and project management and communication," said Sean Lipinski of Vic’s Crane and Heavy Haul.

Utility companies worked all spring to open roadways for the engines. "Our outside plant guys have been raising all of the lines in order for the transportation of all of the engines coming in," said Thompson.

Each engine weighs 325 tons, is 46 feet long and 20 feet tall. Offloading the engines is expected to take two more days. "The ship is actually offloading itself with its own crane and then we will be using our specialized Goldhofer trailer that has 14 axle lines to take it off the barge," said Lipinski.

Engines will be transported one at a time and at night. TV6, FOX UP and UpperMichigansSource.com will have more information about the final leg of transportation upcoming.

WLUC

 

Port Reports -  June 1

Two Harbors/Silver Bay, Minn. – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed the CN ore docks in Two Harbors at 04:07 on Thursday the 31st for Gary. Two Harbors had no inbound traffic on May 31st. Due Two Harbors on June 1st is the Edgar B. Speer. It's due Friday morning. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Mesabi Miner Wednesday the 30th at 22:30 for Indiana Harbor. Arriving Silver Bay Thursday the 31st was the Joyce L. VanEnkevort / Great Lakes Trader at 03:21 after unloading limestone at Graymont in Superior. She departed Silver Bay at 17:01 on Thursday the 31st. As of 19:50 on the 31st she wasn't showing an AIS unload destination. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Friday the 1st of June is the James R. Barker. She should arrive late afternoon.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday May 30th 21:05 Algoma Strongfield arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Thursday May 31st 5:58 Baie St Paul arrived at Viterra A to load grain. 7:53 Algoma Innovator departed for Essexville. 14:13 Tecumseh arrived at G3 to load grain. 14:14 Ojibway departed for Sorel.

St. Marys River
There was no downbound traffic for most of the day Thursday, however as night fell there were several vessels headed down for the locks, including Algoma Innovator, American Integrity, Mesabi Miner and CSL Tadoussac. Upbound traffic included G3 Marquis, James R. Barker, Frontenac, Federal Danube (from Essar Algoma headed to Thunder Bay), Algoma Harvester and CSL Laurentien. Fog persisted in the river all day, but did not hinder traffic.

Southern Lake Michigan
Floretgracht, Federal Satsuki and HHL Congo were at Burns Harbor Thursday night. Wilfred Sykes was due. Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor.

North Channel and Georgian Bay
Sunday May 27th Algoma Niagara arrived at Bruce Mines early in the morning to load trap rock. She departed for Toledo at 21:00. Joseph R Thompson arrived at Meldrum Bay and after loading departed for Escanaba. CCGS Samuel Risley was working on navigation aids in Georgian Bay, just east of Manitoulin Island. Early Monday morning Mississagi arrived at Bruce Mines to load trap rock. After loading she departed for Detroit. CCGS Samuel Risley continued working on navigation aids on the North East side of Manitoulin Island. Tuesday afternoon Algoma Compass arrived at Drummond Island to load dolomite and departed Wednesday for Sombra Ont.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Wilfred Sykes will make a rare call this weekend at Calcite. She is due to load Saturday at noon at the North Dock.

Goderich, Ont. ¬ Bruce Douglas
Saginaw departed for Toledo Wednesday night. Algoma Niagara was loading salt on Thursday.

Welland canal and regional report - Thursday May 31

Nanticoke:
Arrival - May 30 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1929 - May 31 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1045 and Algosea at 2014 from the anchorage - Departure - May 31 - tug Leo A McArthur & barge John J Carrick at 1929

Long Point bay:
Anchored - May 31 - Algosea at 0925 (awaiting dock) - Departed anchorage at 1938 for Nanticoke

Buffalo:
Arrival - May 30 - Manitoulin at 1633 - Departed - May 31 Manitoulin at 1253 westbound

Welland Canal:
Upbound - May 30 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1930, Evans Spirit at 2241 - May 31 - CCGS Griffon at 0756, John D Leitch at 1534, English River at 1603 and CSL Assiniboine eta 2120. Downbound - May 30 - Algoscotia at 1822 and BBC Europe (Atg) eta 2001 - May 31 - Algoma Spirit at 0037, Baie Comeau at 0202, Tim S Dool at 1005, Sten Moster (Gib) at 1043, Algowood at 1356, Atlantic Huron at 1635 and Radcliffe R Latimer eta 2255 approx.

Port Weller anchorage:
Arrival - May 29 - Pochard S (CkI) (ex Pochard-13) from Oshawa - Anchored - May 19 - Oborishte (Mlt) (ex Mariboko-16 Luebbert-14)

Hamilton:
Arrivals - May 31 - Robert S Pierson at 0833, Federal Welland (Mhl) at 1027 - Docked - May 21 - Cinnamon (Cyp) at 1815 (anchored before docking) - May 28 - Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 1556

May 30 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge at 0828 - Departures - May 30 - tug Radium Yellowknife for Oswego and Salvage Monarch & barge for Toronto - May 31 - John D Leitch at 1333 for the canal

Toronto:
Arrival - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1351 - May 30 - tug Salvage Monarch & barge at 1415 - May 31 - Radium Yellowknife & barge eta 2200 from Oswego - Departures - May 31 - McKeil Spirit at 1244 eastbound and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1546 eastbound

Bronte:
Arrival - May 30 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1846

Oshawa:
Arrival - May 31 - Helena G (Por) (ex Garganey-17) at 1544

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
Thursday tug Radium Yellowknife dropped off barge Weeks 188 in Oswego harbor with heavy load waiting for barge canal transit.

 

Lake Carriers’ Association applauds great waters research collaborative report

6/1 - Cleveland, Ohio – The U.S.-based Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) applauds the findings in the Great Lakes Ballast Monitoring Project Technical Report released today by the Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC). LCA and its members were founding partners in the study along with GWRC, and worked in cooperation with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The study provides an analysis of non-native organisms found in ballast water discharged into western Lake Superior by U.S. and Canadian lake vessels.

While LCA believes this study is a productive first step, the research needs to go further before ballast management policy can evolve. Specifically, more work is needed to:

• Broaden the scope of testing. While uptake and discharge of ballast water were sampled, non-native species were not identified as alive or dead at uptake, nor was it determined if any that were alive survived the voyage and then survived discharge.

• Expand the data set. GWRC’s sample data was limited to just a few months, between August and December of 2017.

• Expand the data sample size. The research collected samples from just 8 vessels, which took in ballast water from the lower four Great Lakes and subsequently discharged it into Western Lake Superior as part of routine voyages. While lakers make approximately 1,600 voyages to western Lake Superior each year, only 15 voyages were sampled. Moreover, just four of those 15 sampling events were for an entire voyage, which entailed sampling a vessel’s ballast water at uptake in the lower Great Lakes, sampling again at the location where the vessel discharged ballast water, and sampling the ambient waters at both ends of the voyage.

“It would be premature to base policy going forward on this limited data,” said Jim Weakley, president of Lake Carriers’ Association. “Let’s do some more work and get some more data to determine whether this study is telling us something new, or if these are limited data points that don’t reflect bigger issues and trends in the Great Lakes.”

“We think a broader study is needed in order to evolve effective ballast water management practices for the Great Lakes. A multi-year effort would yield more data and give us more information on which to base changes in the way ballast water is handled in the Great Lakes,” said Weakley. “We welcome the opportunity to continue working with our partners to broaden the solid work already accomplished with this study.”

LCA has long recognized the threat non-native species may represent to the Great Lakes and has been a leader in working on solutions for decades. The organization created Voluntary Ballast Water Management Programs to respond to the incursion of Eurasian ruffe in the 1980s and to the viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus in the mid-2000s. In 2001, LCA produced a seven-point initiative that encouraged industry-government partnerships, recommended processes for sediment management, set guidelines for ballast management and encouraged industry support of scientific research.

That same year, LCA modified the Coast Guard’s voluntary ballast water management program and added eight very specific requirements for its members specifically designed to address the issue of invasive species. During the past two years, the association has spent about $500,000 on studies related to non-native species in the Great Lakes. One LCA member partnered with the National Parks Service and the National Parks Conservancy of Lake Superior to research ballast water treatment on lakers with a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.

“Our work on this issue is urgent and ongoing, and with this report, we’ve taken a step forward in the right direction,” said Weakley. “I think everyone will agree we share a common goal – to work together to construct a solid scientific foundation upon which we can build sound practices for non-native species management in the Great Lakes.”

The full report, which was funded by the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative via the U.S. Maritime Administration, can be accessed here: https://www.uwsuper.edu/lsri/publications/upload/LSRI-GWRC-TR-GLSBM-1_FINALv2_31May2018.pdf

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  June 1

On 01 June 1903, ISAAC ELLWOOD (steel propeller freighter, 478 foot, 5,085 gross tons, built in 1900, at W. Bay City, Michigan) broke the record for ore when she carried a cargo of 8,579 tons out of Duluth harbor. This broke the record held by JOHN SMEATON (steel barge, 458 foot, 5,049 gross tons, built in 1899, at Superior, Wisconsin), which was 8,571 tons of ore.

ASA CHILDS (wooden scow schooner, 125 foot, 204 gross tons, built in 1866, at Mentor, Ohio) was carrying lumber in a storm on Lake Michigan when she was driven ashore at Highland Park just north of Chicago, Illinois on 01 June 1879, and was a total loss. The crew escaped in the lifeboat.

On 01 June 1914, the St. Joseph-Chicago Steamship Company bought the EASTLAND (steel propeller passenger steamer, 265 foot, 1,961 gross tons, built in 1903, at Port Huron, Michigan) from the Eastland Navigation Company for $150,000.

In 1943, IRVING S OLDS collided with the 524 foot steamer CHARLES O. JENKINS in heavy fog 28 miles northeast of Cleveland on Lake Erie and was holed eight feet above the water line. The OLDS was able to help the badly damaged JENKINS back to Cleveland by lashing the two vessels together. After a grueling seven hours the JENKINS was beached in the outer harbor to prevent her from sinking. The OLDS was repaired in time to carry a new record of 17,817 gross tons of iron ore on June 13, 1943. In 1952, the steamer J.L. MAUTHE (Hull#298) was launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge, Michigan, for the Interlake Steamship Co.

The WHITEFISH BAY, loaded with 950,000 bushels of spring wheat, was honored as she carried the billionth metric ton of cargo through the Eisenhower Lock in 1983.

On June 1, 1907, the Great Lakes Engineering Works launched the bulk steamer WILPEN (Hull#28) at Ecorse, Michigan, for the Shenango Steamship Co., a subsidiary of Shenango Furnace Co., Cleveland, Ohio. Renamed b.) DAVID P. THOMPSON in 1926, and converted to a self-unloader in 1957, at Superior, Wisconsin. She was renamed c.) JOSEPH S. YOUNG in 1969, and scrapped at La Spezia, Italy in 1979.

H. LEE WHITE departed Sturgeon Bay in ballast on her maiden voyage for the American Steamship Co., on June 1, 1974, to load iron ore at Escanaba, Michigan for Indiana Harbor.

June 1, 1902 - While northbound for Manistique, Michigan, the ANN ARBOR NO 1 went aground in a heavy fog about noon on South Manitou Island, but was able to free herself and to proceed undamaged.

June 1, 1938 - PERE MARQUETTE 21, under the command of Captain Arthur Altschwager, was released from a sand bar in the outer harbor at Manitowoc at 1:06 p.m. today after being aground for six hours. Her sister ship, the PERE MARQUETTE 22, commanded by J.F. Johnson, freed the ferry after taking a line and pulling the big ship back off the bar.

June, 1958, The ANN ARBOR NO 6 was taken out of service for extensive refitting. She was renamed b.) ARTHUR K. ATKINSON.

On 1 June 1887, LUCINDA VAN VALKENBURG (wooden schooner, 129 foot, 302 gross tons, built in 1862, at Tonawanda, New York) collided with the iron steamer LEHIGH in fog and sank near Thunder Bay Island on Lake Huron. The crew was safely taken aboard the LEHIGH and brought to Port Huron.

On 1 June 1892, the steel bulk freighter CHOCTAW was launched at the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company (Hull #17) in Cleveland, Ohio for the Lake Superior Iron Company. Her dimensions were 207 feet x 38 feet x 18 feet and she had a triple expansion steam engine 17 feet, 29 inches, 47 inches x 36 inch stroke. She was built as "monitor" type vessel based on whaleback design with all her cabins aft. She lasted until sunk in a collision in 1915.

1923: The barge BROOKDALE of Canada Steamship Lines was sunk near Montreal after a collision with MAPLEDAWN. The wooden hulled vessel, originally the schooner MORAVIA, was refloated and scrapped.

1943: A collision on foggy Lake Superior between BATTLEFORD and PRINDOC sank the latter off Passage Island. All on board were saved from the downbound, wheat-laden bulk carrier of the Paterson fleet.

1944: The first NEWBRUNDOC had been built at Toronto in 1921 and had previously sailed as CANADIAN ENGINEER and b) DONALD E.McKAY. The ship became f) SAVLATORE in 1934 and, with the outbreak of war, was now the enemy. It was bombed and sunk by British aircraft as part of a German convoy in the Aegean Sea and all hands were lost.

1966: RIO ALTO, a Liberty ship, came to the Great Lakes under Liberian registry in 1963. It developed leaks on the Pacific while enroute from Manati, Puerto Rico, to China as d) AKTOR and sank on this date 860 miles SSW of San Diego, CA in 1966.

1967: RENVOYLE struck the docked SYLVANIA while turning at Port Huron and the latter sank against the dock. The former, a C.S.L. package freighter, received bow damage and was laid up and then sold for scrap. SYLVANIA was refloated, repaired and returned to service.

1979: GEORGES HERBERT, a wooden goelette that occasionally came to the Great Lakes, sank in the Gulf of Mexico while carrying a cargo of corn.

2011: CANADIAN RANGER, under tow on the St. Lawrence, got spun around 180 degrees by a wind gust above the Iroquois Lock and had to be towed through the lock stern first before being realigned below the lock. It reached the scrap yard at Aliaga, Turkey, on July 13, 2011.

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.


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