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U.S.-flag shipping on the Great Lakes up slightly in November

12/14 - Cleveland, Ohio – U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 8.5 million tons of cargo in November, an increase of 1.3 percent, or 114,000 tons, compared to a year ago. November’s shipments were, however, slightly behind the month’s long-term average.

Iron ore cargos for steelmaking totaled 4.2 million tons, a decrease of nearly 10 percent compared to a year ago. Coal loadings increased 30,000 tons to a total of 1,269,589. Limestone cargos increased 27.5 percent to 2.5 million tons.

Year-over-year U.S.-flag cargos total 78.5 million tons, an increase of 3.0 percent over the same point in 2016. Iron ore shipments have increased 5.4 percent to 41.5 million tons. Coal cargos have increased 1.9 percent to 12 million tons. While the 20.5 million tons of aggregate, fluxstone and scrubber stone shipped represent an increase of less than 1 percent, it is the first time this year the trade has outpaced last year’s year-to-date total.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Manistee towed to new lay-up dock at Toledo

12/14 - Toledo, Ohio – On Wednesday afternoon Dec. 13, the Manistee was towed from her lay-up berth at Toledo’s Lakefront Docks with the tug Nebraska on the bow and Colorado on the stern. The tow was bound for the Hocking Valley South Dock, near the Craig Bridge.

Manistee has been in long-term layup since Dec. 22, 2015. Manistee, a 1943 Maritime-class vessel, is the former Richard Reiss. Significant repairs are needed if she is ever to return to service, which at this time seems unlikely.

Great pictures can be taken of her at this dock from the sidewalk area on Front Street. The dock itself is in accessible to the general public and there are security cameras and security patrols working 24/7. The best view would be in the afternoon. Great Republic will be going to winter layup at the Lakefront Dock where the Manistee was tied up.

Jim Hoffman

 

Port Reports -  December 14

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The saltie Erik, formerly the BBC Louisiana, arrived Duluth early Wednesday morning to load general cargo at the Port Terminal. She was followed into port by Finnborg, which headed to the same dock to unload. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. departed just after noon with coal. Fleetmate Indiana Harbor was inbound a few hours later, and headed to Midwest Energy to load. James R. Barker departed during the evening after loading ore at CN. On the south side of the harbor, Michipicoten arrived early Wednesday morning to load at BN. Burns Harbor arrived later in the morning, and headed to Lakehead Pipeline to wait for the dock. Michipicoten was still loading as of Wednesday evening, and was expected to be outbound before midnight.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader arrived Two Harbors at 08:56 on Wednesday after unloading limestone at Hallett #5 in Duluth. As of 20:00 on Wednesday she was still at the loading dock. Arriving off Two Harbors at 19:30 on Wednesday and at anchor as of 20:00 was the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She will enter after the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader departs. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Wednesday and due in Silver Bay on Thursday morning is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday correction: Algoway loaded Potash for Essexville. Tuesday, 16:51 Saginaw departed for Hamilton. 19:43 Spruceglen departed for Baie Comeau. 22:20 Algoma Harvester departed for Sorel. Wednesday, 1:05 Yulia arrived and went to anchor. Federal Ems arrived at Richardson’s Current River Terminal to load grain. 12:51 Cedarglen arrived and went to anchor. 13:05 Tecumseh arrived at Richardson’s Main Terminal to load.

Straits of Mackinac (Round Island Passage) – Logan Vasicek
Stewart J. Cort and American Integrity were eastbound on Wednesday afternoon with destinations of Superior. Edwin H. Gott was westbound in the evening with a load of taconite for Gary.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Roger Blough was off the Door Peninsula Wednesday evening with an AIS destination of Sturgeon Bay. She is believed to be headed to Bay Shipbuilding for her five-year inspection and possible winter layup.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Edgar B. Speer was at Gary Wednesday evening. Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay was docked on the Cal River, with Hanse Gate leaving for Milwaukee and Pacific Huron departing for Thunder Bay.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was still loading grain on Wednesday. Algowood was headed to the salt dock in the late evening.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
As the Algoway began to make the turn into the Saginaw River on Wednesday morning, she was unable to break through the ice at the mouth of the river. As the vessel began to turn, it was gradually slowed to a halt in ice that had piled up from Monday and Tuesday’s winds. After backing up and attempting to ram the ice with no success, the vessel came to a stop just outside the river at approximately 11:15 a.m. In the evening, the Gregory J. Busch departed her dock in Carrollton and began the trip up the river to assist, arriving on the scene at 8:15 p.m. By 8:30 p.m. the Algoway was freed, and the Busch assisted her into the river. Algoway arrived the North Star Dock in Essexville at 9:20 p.m. to unload potash on what could be her last trip to the Saginaw River.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Wednesday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 9 - Algocanada at 0859 - departed Dec 12 at 2148 to anchorage - anchored - Dec 12 - at 2203 - departed Dec 13 at 0550 for Tracy

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS LITTLE ROCK

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Everlast & barge Norman McLeod (stopped wharf 13), Labrador (Cyp) at 1000 (to unload at wharf 2), light tug Escorte at 1206 (to assist Labrador docking, and Algoma Discovery at 1910 - Dec 13 - Algoma Transport at 0757, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement (departed wharf 12), Algoma Enterprise at 0905, John D. Leitch at 1105, Leila H. (Bds) at 1135, Sarah Desgagnes at 1142, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1531

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Orsula (Mhl) (ex Federal Calumet-97), Claude A. Desgagnes, Federal Champlain (Mhl), tug Spartan & barge Spartan II (departed wharf 13), Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin - Dec 13 Algocanada at 0829, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1241, Stephen B. Roman at 1612

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - arrival -Dec 12 - Labrador (Cyp) stopped at 1437 to unload - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod stopped wharf 6 at 1502, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II stopped wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1502 and Claude A. Desgagnes stopped wharf 16 at 1648 - departures - Dec 12 - Claude A. Desgagnes at 2016 approximately - Dec 13 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod departed wharf 6, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II departed wharf 13 and light tug Escorte departed West Street - westbound,

Port Weller anchorage:

Anchored - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0430 approximately - Dec 12 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1325 (awaiting Labrador to complete unloading at wharf 2) - Dec 13 - Leila H (Bds) (ex SCL Akwaba-17 Safmarine Akwaba-13) at 1405 bound Thorold wharf 6 - departure - Dec 13 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 2043 for New York

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 13 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1155 and Ojibway at 1618 - docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec - 12 - Brant (Cyp) at 0045, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec 12 - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 2350 - anchored - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - departure - Dec 13 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1226

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430 - Dec 12 - Thunder Bay at 1121 - departed at 2057 approximately

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046 and NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1726

 

Titans of the Great Lakes: A glimpse into what life is like aboard the freighters

12/14 - Watch Algoma Central Corporation’s bulk carrier G3 Marquis easing herself into Montreal’s St. Lambert Lock, and you quickly come to the conclusion that Great Lakes navigation must largely be a case of a captain’s ability to squeeze a very big object into a very small space. G3 Marquis is 226 metres long — roughly the same size as Toronto’s TD Bank Tower laid on its side. The St. Lambert Lock, like all locks in the St. Lawrence Seaway, is 233.5 metres long. That’s tight enough, but factor in the ship’s maximum beam and the lock’s maximum width, and it leaves about 30 centimetres of clearance on either side. As the ship’s fat bow slowly edges into the lock, pushing a mass of water in front of her, it’s easy to imagine everyone on board sucking in their stomachs to make enough room.

Laden with 30,000 tonnes of iron ore taken on in Port Cartier, Que., G3 Marquis is one of a new generation of freighters on Canada’s Great Lakes fleet. Before the likes of G3 Marquis, plenty of crews for Algoma Central and its major rival, Canada Steamship Lines, sailed in ships older than they were. But in 2010, the Canadian government removed a 25 per cent tariff on foreign-built ships, and both companies embarked on ambitious programs using yards in China and, later, Croatia. CSL began bringing its Trillium class into service. Algoma Central announced its Equinox class, which included G3 Marquis. These new lakers are built to the absolute maximum size the seaway allows and are faster, less polluting and require smaller crews than their predecessors.

The common name for these ships, bulk carriers, sums up the kinds of cargoes they carry — iron ore pellets, wheat, soybeans, gravel, cement, even road salt. These ships can carry these bulky commodities, still key products of Canada’s economy, more cheaply and efficiently in terms of energy use than any other means of transportation. In 2010, Canadian-flagged freighters carried more than 142 million tonnes of cargo on the lakes; about 48,000 jobs depend on them directly. The business was worth more than $16 billion that year. But sailing as they do far out on the lakes, we don’t often see them. It leaves one to wonder: What’s life like aboard these fast-paced freighters, where the world shrinks to the size of a ship?

Read more and view images at this link: https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/titans-great-lakes

 

CSL’s Whitefish Bay achieves record safety milestone

12/14 - Canada Steamship Lines’ Whitefish Bay has reached a historic safety milestone, achieving an unprecedented four operational years in the Great Lakes-St-Lawrence Seaway system without a single lost-time incident (LTI).

On December 10th, 2017, the 34,500 DWT Trillium Class self-unloading laker became the first in CSL’s Canadian fleet to earn a platinum SafePartners pennant. Since the vessel’s delivery and maiden voyage in 2013, not a single crewmember has suffered an LTI in the line of duty.

“Congratulations to the crew for this outstanding accomplishment that speaks volumes about the exceptional safety culture and leadership onboard Whitefish Bay,” said Louis Martel, President and CEO of The CSL Group. “It also demonstrates that achieving our goal of zero harm fleet-wide is attainable when we work as a team and accept no compromises when it comes to health and safety.”

Since the introduction of CSL’s homegrown SafePartners program in 2012, the safety performance of the Canada Steamship Lines fleet has improved by a remarkable 86 percent and transformed the safety mindset throughout the company.

“Receiving the platinum pennant shows that the SafePartners Program is working to improve our safety culture,” said Whitefish Bay Captain Kenny Thorne. “When everyone both onboard and ashore share the same goal of promoting world class safety, that’s when start seeing concrete results. “

CSL places the health and safety of its crews and employees as its highest priority. Through the collaborative and inclusive SafePartners program, CSL fosters a positive safety culture with the ultimate goal of achieving zero harm.

CSL Group

 

Family of retired Capt. Anders Rasmussen seeks funds for cancer expenses

12/14 - Anders Rasmussen, formerly captain of the motor vessels Algolake and Kaministiqua, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of mesothelioma and has been undergoing months of chemo. He's now facing surgery in Boston. His family has started a fundraiser to help pay for their travel expenses and out of pocket insurance costs.

Capt. Anders gave us all many salutes over the years. It's time for us to return the favor. Please donate if you can at this link: https://www.youcaring.com/andersanddonnarasmussen-1042875

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 14

On 14 December 1902, JOHN E. HALL (wooden propeller freighter, 139 foot, 343 gross tons, built in 1889, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin) was towing the barge JOHN R. NOYES (wooden schooner, 137 foot, 333 gross tons, built in 1872, at Algonac, Michigan) on Lake Ontario when they were caught in a blizzard-gale. After a day of struggling, the NOYES broke loose and drifted for two days before she went ashore and broke up near Lakeside, New York without loss of life. The HALL tried to run for shelter but swamped and sank off Main Duck Island with the loss of the entire crew of nine.

On December 14, 1984, WILLIAM CLAY FORD laid up for the final time at the Rouge Steel plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

The JIIMAAN was towed out of dry dock at Port Weller Drydocks Ltd. on December 14, 1992, by the tugs JAMES E. McGRATH and LAC VANCOUVER to the fit out dock for completion.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE was sold for scrap in 1988, and was towed up the Welland Canal on December 14, 1988, by the tugs THUNDER CAPE and MICHAEL D. MISNER to Port Colborne, Ontario.

On December 14, 1926, W.E. FITZGERALD was caught in heavy seas and suffered damaged frames and hull plating. Repairs consisted of replacing nearly 25,000 rivets and numerous hull plates.

The package freighter GEORGE N. ORR, a recent war acquisition from the Canada Atlantic Transit Company, was wrecked off Savage Point, Prince Edward Island, on December 14, 1917. She was enroute to New York City with a load of hay.

On 14 December 1883, MARY ANN HULBERT (wooden schooner-barge, 62 gross tons, built in 1873, at Bayfield, Wisconsin) was carrying railroad workers and supplies in tow of the steamer KINCADINE in a storm on Lake Superior. She was sailing from Port Arthur for Michipicoten Island. The HULBERT was overwhelmed by the gale and foundered, The crew of five plus all 15 of the railroad workers were lost.

December 14, 1903 - The PERE MARQUETTE 20 left the shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio on her maiden voyage.

1977: SILVER FIR, outbound from Great Lakes on her only trip inland, went aground at Squaw Island, near Cornwall and was released two days later.

1991: The small tug HAMP THOMAS sank off Cleveland while towing a barge. They were mauled by 12-foot waves but the barge and a second tug, PADDY MILES, survived as did all of the crew.

1997: CANADIAN EXPLORER of Upper Lakes Shipping and the ISLAND SKIPPER collided in the St. Lawrence at Beauharnois with minor damage. The former reached Hamilton and was retired. The latter was repaired and resumed service. It revisited the Great Lakes as late as 2010.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 13

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Yulia departed Duluth before sunrise Tuesday after unloading clay at Port Terminal. Later in the morning, Paul R. Tregurtha departed from Midwest Energy with coal, and American Century arrived to load at the same dock. Great Lakes Trader was inbound early in the afternoon with limestone for Hallett #5. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and James R. Barker were both due Tuesday night to load coal and iron ore pellets, respectively. American Century and Great Lakes Trader were expected to depart by midnight as well.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott departed Two Harbors Tuesday at 07:59 for Gary. The Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader at 21:00 Tuesday is currently unloading limestone in Duluth, so it will be early Wednesday morning before she arrives in Two Harbors. Also due Wednesday in Two Harbors later in the day is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Tuesday, but due later in the day on Wednesday is the Mesabi Miner.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday 19:18 Algoma Mariner departed for Hamilton. Tuesday 1:30 Baie Comeau departed for Montreal. 9:57 Federal Danube weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 13:58 CSL St Laurent arrived at Viterra B to load. 14:24 Erik departed for Duluth. 16:44 Acadia Desgagnes arrived at Keefer terminal to unload.

Straits of Mackinac (Round Island Passage) – Logan Vasicek
A slow day saw the Edgar B. Speer westbound for Gary, and the Anglian Lady westbound for Chicago.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block and Herbert C. Jackson were at Burns Harbor Tuesday night. Federal Biscay, Hanse Gate and Pacific Huron were at docks on the Cal River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was loading grain on Tuesday. Algosteel was loading salt.

Lorain, Ohio – Dave Leonard
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde remained at the Jonick Dock and Terminal Tuesday taking on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen

Port Burwell anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 12 - Stephen B. Roman at 0858

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 12 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1543

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS LITTLE ROCK

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - CSL Niagara at 0004, Algoma Strongfield at 0220, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0820, Labrador (Cyp) at 1000 (to unload at wharf 2), light tug Escorte at 1206 (to assist Labrador docking, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1047, Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1305 (anchored) and Algoma Discovery at 1910 and Algoma Transport at 2205 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - CSL Niagara at 0004, English River at 0100, G3 Marquis at 0630, Orsula (Mhl) (ex Federal Calumet-97) at 1050, Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1129, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II at 1244, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 1218, Algolake at 1326, Claude A. Desgagnes at 1600 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2030,

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - arrival -Dec 12 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) stopped wharf 12 at 1334, Labrador (Cyp) stopped at 1437 to unload - tug Escorte assisted, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod stopped wharf 6 at 1502, tug Spartan & barge Spartan II stopped wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1502 and Claude A. Desgagnes stopped wharf 16 at 1648 - departures - Dec 12 - Federal Champlain (Mhl) at 1845 and Claude A. Desgagnes at 2016

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mlt) at 0430 approximately - Dec 12 - Federal Bering (Mhl) at 1325 (awaiting Labrador to unload at wharf 2)

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 12 - Orsula (Mhl) (ex Federal Calumet-97) at 0717 - departed at 1015

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 12 - Algoma Discovery at 0015, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0629, Algoma Transport at 0753. Docked - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec - 12 - Brant (Cyp) at 0045, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - anchored - Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - departures - Dec 11 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 2304 for Ireland, Algoma Discovery at 1729 and Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1929 for Quebec and Algoma Transport at 2000

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430 - Dec 12 - Thunder Bay at 1121 - departed at 2057 approximately, Whitefish Bay at 2310

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046 and NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1726

 

Canada 150: How the St. Lawrence Seaway changed the channel

12/13 - For the first half of the 20th century, the dream of harnessing the St. Lawrence River to the twin ends of large-vessel transport and hydroelectric generation must have seemed as timeless and enduring as the mighty waterway itself.

On both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, politicians had talked about building a navigable artery into the “heart of the continent,” where much of the population lived, for 50 years and more.

Presidents and prime ministers came and went. Engineering reports and feasibility studies piled up. Until finally an agreement was reached. And, for five years starting in 1954, construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project got done.

As the 150th anniversary of Confederation is marked this year, one of the achievements in which Canada can take pride is a project (now pretty much taken for granted) variously described over the years as the “8th wonder of the world,” “the greatest construction show on Earth,” and “a study in politics and diplomacy.”

If it was, famously, the longest-running unresolved issue in Canada-U.S. relations, it also remains the largest navigable inland waterway in the world, the largest frontier project jointly undertaken by two countries, and a heroically large infrastructure project.

Read more, and view photos, at this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada-150/2017/05/13/canada-150-how-the-st-lawrence-seaway-changed-the-channel.html

 

Cliffs acquires private mineral leases at former Essar site

12/13 - Cleveland-Cliffs is not letting the former Essar site go. In fact, on Monday, the company announced they have acquired certain real estate interests, including mineral and surface leases. The acreage acquired is approximately 553 acres, and the acreage being leased is around 3,215 acres.

Cliffs expects to leverage the interests to develop a financially sustainable plan for the site, according to their press statement. CEO Lourenco Goncalves said, "We are enthused about the acquisition of this property, which came into play after Chippewa failed to follow through on its obligation to obtain financing and a bankruptcy exit for Mesabi Metallics by October 31st. Despite several botched attempts by others, it is now the time for Cleveland-Cliffs to sit at the table with the other responsible parties and develop a realistic solution for this site."

Pat Persico, Director of Corporate Communications, continued with, "We are always interested in acquiring iron ore reserves, as part of our long-term strategic plan." She also said there are no plans in the short-term to get out on the land and start mining.

As we've reported, Virginia businessman Tom Clarke is working on bringing the former Essar project to reality, and has control of the state's mineral leases. We have not heard back from him as of Monday afternoon, on the Cliffs' news.

The leases and interests announced by Cliffs on Monday are from Glacier Park Iron Ore Properties, a private group.

WDIO

 

Ice prompts debate over Great Lakes spill response

12/13 - Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge is engaged in a debate with environmental groups over the operation of an aging underwater pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the narrow waterway between upper and lower Michigan.

Last month, Enbridge reached an agreement with Michigan governor Rick Snyder that allows it to continue operating the line, except during weather conditions that would interfere with a spill response. The agreement defined poor weather as wave heights over eight feet. In return, Enbridge promised to study the possibility of replacing the line – which sits above the surface of the lakebed – with a pipe buried in a tunnel. The firm said that it would also look at measures to reduce the risk of damage to the current pipeline from boat anchors.

On Sunday, Michigan's Pipeline Safety Advisory Board called for the governor to shut down the line until repairs are made to areas where the exterior protective coating is missing. It also requested that Gov. Snyder's deal with Enbridge should be revised to allow pipeline operations only when waves are three feet high or under. Local environmental advocates contend that these measures do not go far enough. These activists say that the board and the governor did not take into account a prominent feature of wintertime navigation on the Straits of Mackinac: ice. The Coast Guard is the only entity in the region with icebreakers, and its vessels are usually busy ensuring the safety of navigation during the wintertime. In the event of a spill, the service says, the nearest icebreaker could be up to two days away.

In congressional testimony last month, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said bluntly that his service is not prepared to handle the worst-case scenario for pipelines like Line Five. “I will go on the record and say that the Coast Guard is not Semper Paratus [always ready] for a major pipeline oil spill in the Lakes," he said.

Enbridge says that Line Five's dual 20-inch pipelines remain in excellent condition and have never experienced a leak in their 60 years of operation. The line is used to transport natural gas liquids, light crude oil and light synthetic crude, and it supplies most of Michigan’s propane.

“We’re committed to the letter and spirit of this important agreement [with the governor], and to the options outlined in the agreement that move us to a longer-term set of decisions about the future of Line Five," said Enbridge spokesman Guy Jarvis, speaking to Michigan Public Radio.

Maritime Executive

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 13

CANADIAN ENTERPRISE entered service for Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. on December 13, 1979.

On December 13, 1989, Kinsman’s HENRY STEINBRENNER, a.) WILLIAM A. MC GONAGLE was laid up at Toledo's Lakefront Dock.

G.A. TOMLINSON, a.) D.O. MILLS arrived under her own power at Triad Salvage Inc., Ashtabula, Ohio, on December 13, 1979, to be scrapped.

THOMAS WILSON ran aground in the St. Marys River on December 13, 1976. The accident required lightering before she would float free.

On 13 December 1872, the Port Huron Times added three vessels to those in winter lay-up at Port Huron: Steamer MARINE CITY, tug JOHN PRINDEVILLE, and wrecking tug RESCUE. December 13, 1906 - The ANN ARBOR NO 4 departed for Manitowoc, Wisconsin on her first trip.

In 1929, the McLouth Steamship Company filed a claim against the City of Port Huron for $687 because its sand sucker, the KALKASKA, was held up for 27-1/2 hours in the Black River because of an inability to open the north span of the Military Street Bridge.

On 13 December 1961, SWEDEN, a.) L C SMITH, steel propeller, 414 foot, 4702 gross tons, built in 1902, at W. Bay City, Michigan) arrived in tow at Savona, Italy, for scrapping.

1899: BARGE 115 broke loose of the towing steamer COLGATE HOYT in northern Lake Superior and drifted for 5 harrowing days before it stranded on Pic Island on December 18. While feared lost with all hands, the crew managed to come ashore in the lifeboat, found their way to the rail line and hiked to safety. They were found December 22.

1906: JOHN M. NICOL was loaded with barbed wire when it stranded off Big Summer Island, Lake Michigan. The crew was rescued by fishermen in a gasoline-powered launch, but the ship broke in two as a total loss.

1916: BAY PORT, a whaleback steamer built at West Superior as a) E.B. BARTLETT in 1891, struck bottom in the Cape Cod Canal enroute to Boston with coal. The ship was refloated but sank again December 14 blocking the entrance to the canal. All on board were saved. The hull had to by dynamited as a hazard.

1939: The Russian freighter INDIGIRKA went aground in a blizzard off the coast of Japan while trying to enter Laperouse Strait, near Sarafatsu, Japan. The ship rolled on its side and was abandoned by the crew. It was carrying fishermen and political prisoners. A reported 741 died in the cargo holds after being left behind. Only a few were still alive when salvagers returned after the storm had subsided. The vessel had been built at Manitowoc, WI in 1919 as a) LAKE GALVA and was renamed b) RIPON before leaving the lakes the next year.

1965: The Liberty ship PONT AUDEMER made one trip through the Seaway in 1960. It was abandoned by the crew as d) VESPER following an engineroom explosion on the Mediterranean enroute from Marseilles, France, to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The vessel arrived at Cartagena, under tow on December 18, 1965. It was sold to Spanish shipbreakers and left for Villanueva y Geltru for dismantling on May 18, 1966.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 12

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Algoma Olympic finished unloading salt at Hallett #8 early Monday morning, departed, and then arrived in Superior a short while later to load iron ore pellets at Burlington Northern. Paul R. Tregurtha returned to Duluth during the evening after making a quick run to Silver Bay with coal, and headed to Midwest Energy for another load. Yulia continued to discharge clay at Port Terminal, and Eemsborg remained at Peavey loading. She was expected to depart late Monday night, as was Algoma Olympic.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Spirit arrived Two Harbors Monday at 05:16 and departed at 14:43. Arriving Two Harbors Monday night was the Edwin H. Gott at 21:00. Due Two Harbors on Tuesday is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader. She will be arriving from the Twin Ports late Tuesday night. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Paul R. Tregurtha at 14:30 on Monday after unloading coal. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Tuesday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday 22:53 Federal Churchill departed for Montreal. Monday December 11, 00:59 Algoway finished loading coal and departed for Essexville. 10:03 the saltie Erik arrived at Keefer Terminal to unload. 11:40 Algoma Niagara departed for Hamilton. 13:08 Algoma Harvester arrived and went to anchor. 14:21 Cedarglen weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load. 17:56 Drawsko departed for Quebec City. 18:46 Algoma Harvester weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Current River Terminal to load. 18:47 Saginaw arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.

Port Inland, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Joseph L. Block arrived at Port Inland to load during the evening on Saturday. Due to the cold weather, they were having a very slow load and by late Sunday morning they were still loading. Due Monday in the mid-afternoon was the Manitowoc, which is expected to be the last vessel for the 2017 shipping season.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block, Herbert C. Jackson and Stewart J. COrt were at Burns Harbor Monday night. Roger Blough was at Gary. American Integrity and St. Clair were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay, Hanse Gate and Pacific Huron were at docks on the Cal River.

Calcite, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Expected Monday was the John J. Boland in the late morning for the North Dock and Philip R. Clarke in the late evening for the South Dock. Due in Tuesday is the Cason J. Callaway in the early morning for the South Dock and the Joseph H. Thompson in the late morning for the North Dock. All times are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Stoneport, Mich. – Denny Dushane
Due in Tuesday is the barge Menominee and tug Olive L. Moore in the evening. Two vessels are due Wednesday with the Great Republic arriving first during the early morning followed by the St. Clair, making a rare appearance to Stoneport. There are no vessels due in for Thursday and Friday. Due in Saturday are two early morning arrivals, the Great Republic first followed by the Herbert C. Jackson. Due in for Sunday is the barge Great Lake Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort in the morning followed by the Manitowoc in the early afternoon.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was loading grain on Monday. Algosteel was loading salt.

Toledo, Ohio – Denny Dushane
Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin loaded at the Toledo Coal Dock on Monday. Also due at CSX was the barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory Tuesday in the early morning. At the Torco Dock the Interlake 1,000-footer Mesabi Miner unloaded taconite ore pellets on Monday. The barge James L. Kuber and tug Victory were expected to arrive at the Torco Dock to unload on Monday in the late afternoon/early evening.

Fairport, Ohio – Dave Merchant
At 2200 Sunday evening, Joseph H. Thompson began unloading at the Osborne north stone dock, on the Fairport side. At 2230, John G. Munson was preparing to unload at the turning basin, upriver on the Grand River side.

Lorain, Ohio – Dave Merchant
The saltwater vessel Federal Clyde passed under the Charles Berry Bridge around 8:45a.m Monday headed for Jonick Dock and Terminal to take on the last load of nut coke from Republic Steel this season. She will most likely be in port until the end of the week, then will be underway to Mexico to offload.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Dec 12 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1543 - departure - Dec 11 - Algosea at 1220

Buffalo:
Docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 2345 approximately - Dec 10 - Manitoulin at 1026 - departures - Dec 10 - American Mariner at 0041 - Dec 11 - Manitoulin at 1619

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 11 - Baie St. Paul at 0553, Dara Desgagnes at 1245 and CSL Niagara at 2345

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 11 - CSL Welland at 2302, CSL Laurentien at 0117 - Capt. Henry Jackman at 0622, Federal Leda (Mhl) at 0731, Sarah Desgagnes at 0812, Algoma Discovery at 0930, Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 0945, Algoma Spirit at 1132, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1336, Thunder Bay at 1410, Evans Spirit at 1635

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 9 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) stopped at wharf 2 at 2335 - departed at 2224 for Montreal

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 9 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1855 - Dec 10 - Baie St. Paul at 1831 - arrival - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mlt) at 0430 approximately - departure - Dec 10 - Baie St. Paul at 2315 - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 0700 for Oshawa

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 11 - Torrent (Cyp) at 1915 - docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702 - Dec 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 Dec 8 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1230 - Dec 9 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1150 - Dec 12 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 - anchored - Dec 9 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540 - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240 - Dec 12 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - departure - Dec 11 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 0232

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 9 - Travestern at 0809 and BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 1352 from Port Weller anchorage - arrivals - Dec 11 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1046 and NACC Quebec (ex Tenace-16) at 1726 - departures - Dec 11 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 0742 for Norfolk, Va., and Travestern at 0919 eastbound

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 12

On 12 December 1898, FANNY H (wooden propeller tug, 54 foot, 16 gross tons, built in 1890, at Bay City, Michigan) was sold by J. R. Hitchcock to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. She underwent a major rebuild in 1908, when she was lengthened to 60 feet.

The push tug PRESQUE ISLE was launched December 12, 1972, as (Hull #322) by the Halter Marine Services, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana.

SPINDLETOP, e.) BADGER STATE was launched December 12, 1942, for the United States Maritime Commission.

WHEAT KING returned to Port Weller Dry Docks on December 12, 1975, for lengthening to the maximum Seaway size of 730 feet overall for the iron ore and grain trade, thus ending her salt water activities.

One unusual trip for the WOODLAND occurred when she arrived at Toronto, Ontario on December 12, 1987, to load a 155-foot, 135-ton self-unloading unit for delivery to the Verolme Shipyard in Brazil, where the Govan-built Panamax bulk carrier CSL INNOVATOR was being converted to a self-unloader.

On Monday December 12, 1898, the AURORA was fast in the ice at Amherstburg, Ontario, when a watchman smelled smoke. The crew tried to put out the fire, but to no avail. They were taken off the burning vessel by the tug C A LORMAN. The ship burned to the water's edge, but was salvaged and rebuilt as a barge.

On December 12, 1956, the once-proud passenger vessels EASTERN STATES and GREATER DETROIT were taken out onto Lake St. Clair where they were set afire. All the superstructure was burned off and the hulls were taken to Hamilton, Ontario, where they were scrapped in 1957.

On 12 December 1872, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels at winter lay-up at Sarnia, Ontario: Schooners: MARY E PEREW, KINGFISHER, UNADILLA, ONEONTA, AMERICAN, J G MASTEN, PELICAN, UNION, B ALLEN, and CAMDEN; Brigs: DAVID A WELLS, WAGONER, and FRANK D BARKER; Barks: C T MAPLE, EMALINE BATES, and D A VAN VALKENBURG; Steamer: MANITOBA.

On 12 December 1877, U.S. Marshall Matthews sold the boiler and machinery of the CITY OF PORT HURON at auction in Detroit, Michigan. Darius Cole submitted the winning bid of $1,000.

1898: The wooden passenger and freight carrier SOO CITY sank at the dock in Holland, Mi after bucking ice while inbound.

1925: SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY stranded on a rocky shoal inside the breakwall at Fairport, Ohio. Hull repairs were listed at over $18,000.

1966: AMBROSE SHEA, a new Canadian carferry, was hit by a flash fire while under construction by Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel, Quebec, and sustained over $1 million in damage. Completion of the vessel was delayed by 3 months before it could enter service between North Sydney, NS and Argentia, Newfoundland. The ship arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping as d) ERG on June 22, 2000.

1972: SIR JAMES DUNN went aground in the St. Lawrence near the Thousand Islands Bridge while enroute to Sorel with grain.

1990: CLIPPER MAJESTIC was abandoned by the crew due to an engineroom fire off the coast of Peru. The vessel had been through the Seaway as a) MILOS ISLAND in 1981, MAJESTIC in 1989 and was renamed c) CLIPPER MAJESTIC at Toronto that fall. The damaged ship was towed to Callao, Peru, on December 13, 1990, and repaired. It also traded inland as d) MILLENIUM MAJESTIC in 1999 and was scrapped at Alang, India, as e) MYRA in 2012.

2009: The Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier SPRUCEGLEN (ii) went aground near Sault Ste. Marie and had to go to Thunder Bay for repairs.

2010: The tug ANN MARIE sank in the Saginaw River while tied up for the winter. It was salvaged a few days later.

Data from: Skip Gillham, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Jody Aho, Gordon Shaw, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series.

 

Port Reports -  December 11

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Paul R. Tregurtha arrived Duluth early Sunday morning to load coal at Midwest Energy. Algoma Olympic was inbound at noon with a cargo of salt for Hallett #8. The Tregurtha departed later in the afternoon, bound for Silver Bay to discharge. Salties Yulia and Eemsborg were both in port Sunday, the former unloading clay at Port Terminal and the latter taking on beet pulp pellets at Peavey. In Superior, Michipicoten loaded at Burlington Northern throughout the first half of the day before departing early Sunday afternoon.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer arrived Two Harbors Sunday morning at 00:59 and departed at 10:08 on Sunday for Gary. Due Two Harbors Monday morning is the American Spirit and due late in the day on Monday is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Paul R. Tregurtha late Sunday with coal from SMET. She is not scheduled to load pellets in Silver Bay. There is no scheduled inbound traffic on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sunday 6:44 Algoma Mariner arrived at G3 to load. 14:33 Algoway arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load. 17:11 Spruceglen arrived and went to anchor south of the Mission River.

Port Inland, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was outbound with stone Sunday night.

Straits of Mackinac (Round Island Passage)
On Sunday morning the American Integrity was westbound destined for Indiana Harbor, while the Edwin H. Gott was eastbound for Two Harbors. In the afternoon the American Century was eastbound with a destination of Superior, and the Roger Blough was westbound for Gary.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Stewart J. Cort was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Cason J. Callaway was at Gary. St. Clair was at Buffington. Federal Biscay, Calumet, Hanse Gate and Pacific Huron were at docks on the Cal River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algolake was loading salt on Sunday. Federal Baltic was loading grain.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 0539 (anchored) - docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 2345 approximately - Dec 10 - Manitoulin at 1026

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Beatrix (Nld), Harbour Fashion (Por), Tecumseh at 2308 - Dec 10 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0039, tug Wilf Seymour & barge Alouette Spirit at 0221 and Stephen B. Roman at 1130

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Golden Oak at 0723, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1142 - Dec 10 - CSL Welland at 2210 approximately and CSL Laurentien at 2330 approximately

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 9 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) stopped at wharf 2 at 2335

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 9 - Three Rivers (Atg) at 1855 - Dec 10 - Baie St. Paul at 1831

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 10 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 0629 - Beatrix (Nld) at 0541 - departed - Dec 10 - Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1008 for Sarnia and Beatrix (Nld) at 1950 approximately for Detroit

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1218 (anchored) Docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 and Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at Dec 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 Dec 8 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) 1230 - Dec 9 - Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1150 - anchored - Dec 9 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 and Dec 10 - Federal Rhine (Mhl) at 1240

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 10 - Robert S. Pierson at 0157 - departed at 1102

Mississauga:
Arrival - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1911 - departed Dec 10 at 0620 for Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 10 - tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 0430

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541 - departed Dec 9 at 0712 for Windsor - Dec 9 - arrivals - Travestern at 0809 and BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 1352 from Port Weller anchorage

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 11

On 11 December 2002, after last minute dredging operations were completed, Nadro Marine’s tugs SEAHOUND and VAC took the World War II Canadian Naval Tribal-class destroyer H.M.C.S. HAIDA from her mooring place at Toronto’s Ontario Place to Port Weller Dry Docks where a $3.5M refit was started in preparation for the vessel to start her new career as a museum ship in Hamilton, Ontario.

TEXACO CHIEF (Hull#193) was launched December 11, 1968, at Collingwood, Ontario, by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd.

The H. LEE WHITE collided with the Greek salty GEORGIOS on December 11, 1974, near St. Clair, Michigan, and had to return to Nicholson's dock at Detroit, Michigan for inspection.

On December 11, 1979, while about 11 miles off Manitou Island near the Keweenaw Peninsula, the ASHLAND's engine stalled due to a faulty relay switch. Caught in heavy weather and wallowing in the wave troughs, she put out a distress call. True to Great Lakes tradition, four vessels immediately came to her assistance: two 1,000 footers, LEWIS WILSON FOY and EDWIN H. GOTT, along with WILLIS B. BOYER and U.S.C.G. cutter MESQUITE.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD loaded her last cargo at Duluth on December 11, 1984.

PERE MARQUETTE 21 passed down the Welland Canal (loaded with the remnants of Port Huron's Peerless Cement Dock) on December 11, 1974, towed by the tugs SALVAGE MONARCH and DANIEL MC ALLISTER on the way to Sorel, Quebec where she was laid up.

The fishing boat LINDA E vanished on Lake Michigan along with its three crewmen on December 11, 1998.

Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd.’s WHEAT KING was laid up for the last time December 11, 1981.

On 11 December 1872, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels in winter lay-up in Port Huron: Sailing Craft: A H MOSS, FOREST HUNTER. MARY E PEREW, SEA BIRD, REINDEER, T S SKINNER, L W PERRY, ADAIN, LITTLE NELLIE, MAGGIE, PRINCE ALFRED, CAPE HORM, KITTIE, JOHNSON (wrecker), CHRISTIANA, HOWE, C G MEISEL, AUNT RUTH, W R HANNA, IRONSIDES, GOLDEN FLEECE, JOHN L GROSS, WARRINGTON, ANGLO SAXON, MOORE, LADY ESSEX, ANNIE, FORWARDER (sunk), GROTON, NORTHWEST, FRED H MORSE, GEM OF THE LAKES, D J AUSTIN, CZAR, JAMAICA, ANNIE (scow), AND HATTIE. Side wheel Steamers: 8TH OHIO, WYOMING (lighter). Propeller Steam Barges: W E WETMORE, SANILAC, CITY OF DETROIT. Tugs: KATE MOFFAT, TAWAS, HITTIE HOYT, FRANK MOFFAT, J H MARTIN, JOHN PRIDGEON, BROCKWAY, GLADIATOR, CORAL, GRACE DORNER (small passenger vessel), AND C M FARRAR.

On 11 December 1895, GEORGE W. ADAMS (wooden schooner-barge, 231 foot, 1444 gross tons, built in 1875, at Toledo, Ohio) was in tow of the steamer CALEDONIA with a load of coal, bound from Cleveland for Chicago. Her hull was crushed by ice and she sank near Colchester Shoals on Lake Erie. A salvage operation on her the following summer was a failure.

1911: A fire broke out in a wooden grain elevator at Owen Sound. The KEEWATIN was moored nearby for the winter but not yet locked in ice. The ship was moved to safety but the elevator was destroyed.

1963: MANCOX went aground in Lake St. Clair, near Peche Island, enroute from Sault Ste. Marie to River Rouge.

1984: The Yugoslavian freighter BEOGRAD, outbound in the Seaway with soybeans for Brazil, collided with the FEDERAL DANUBE at anchor near Montreal and had to be beached. The hull was refloated and arrived at Montreal for repairs on December 27. It was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as b) MURIEL in 1999. FEDERAL DANUBE (i) now operates for Canada Steamship Lines as c) OAKGLEN (iii).

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

 

Joseph L. Block returns to Grand Haven after 15-year absence

12/10 - Grand Haven, Mich. – Last Tuesday, a ship appeared off Grand Haven. It was not a ship that had been in port at any point this year, or the year before that, or the year before that. The ship was Central Marine Logistics’ self-unloading motor vessel Joseph L. Block, and it was loaded with a cargo of slag for Verplank’s dock in Ferrysburg. The Block crossed the pier heads at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, unloaded at Verplank’s, and backed out Wednesday morning shortly after sunrise.

The last time the Joseph L. Block was in Grand Haven was more than 15 years ago — May 22, 2002. It was built in 1976 by Bay Shipbuilding Co. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The ship’s namesake is Joseph Leopold Block, who became Inland Steel’s vice president in 1927 and then ascended to president in 1953. Mr. Block was later the CEO of Inland Steel and also chairman of the board.

The Block measures 728 feet long, 78 feet wide and 45 feet deep. It’s powered by two GM EMD 20-645-E7 diesel engines rated at 7,200 bhp, which allows the ship to travel at speeds of up to 17.3 mph.

Joseph L. Block is a fleetmate of the Wilfred Sykes. The Sykes is Grand Haven’s most frequent visitor over the past five years, and visited 19 times this season before laying up for the winter early. The Sykes is Grand Haven’s main slag boat, and loads the cargo in either Burns Harbor or Indiana Harbor, Indiana, for delivery to Meekoff’s D&M on Harbor Island or Verplank’s in Ferrysburg.

While the Sykes is laid up, the demand for slag still exists at those two docks in port, hence the reason for the Block to visit instead. The Block has essentially the same trade routes as the Sykes, but it is larger and occasionally makes travels to Lake Superior. The Sykes mainly stays on Lake Michigan.

The number of cargoes the port has received through the month of November is 97. The Sykes’ total of 19 visits is followed by the Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Conquest’s 13 times so far. We have seen 13 different U.S.-flagged vessels call on Grand Haven, as well as five different ships of Canadian nationality.

The port received its first cargo of December this past Sunday when Port City Marine’s articulated tug/barge Prentiss Brown/St. Marys Challenger came in with a load of cement for the terminal in Ferrysburg.

Our total number of cargoes last year was an even 100. With the arrival of the Challenger, we are now two cargoes away from reaching our total from last season. There will likely be more ships in port, but weather is a huge factor, so there is no definite information on when we will get our next cargo

Grand Haven Tribune

 

Port Reports -  December 10

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Radcliffe R. Latimer departed Two Harbors Saturday at 10:15 for Quebec City. After the Latimer's departure the Presque Isle shifted from North of #2 to the shiploader from 10:22-11:00 on Saturday. She departed Two Harbors at 17:50 for Ecorse. Due Two Harbors late Saturday night was the Edgar B. Speer. Due Two Harbors late on Sunday is the American Spirit. Northshore Mining had no traffic on Saturday and none scheduled on Sunday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Friday, 15:07 Federal Danube arrived and went to anchor. 23:05 Algoma Spirit departed for Port Cartier. Saturday, 8:30 Drawsko weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. 15:10 Federal Champlain departed for Port Colborne. 17:03 G3 Marquis departed for Baie Comeau. 17:10 Algoma Niagara weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor was at Burns Harbor Saturday evening. Herbert C. Jackson was at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay and Calumet were at docks on the Calumet River.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Federal Baltic was loading grain on Saturday. Algolake is expected on Sunday to load salt.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Indiana Harbor arrived at midnight on Friday night with coal for the Karn-Weadock power plant in Essexville, and was unloading throughout Saturday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen
Very heavy traffic upbound resulted in those transits being delayed.

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 9 - Algowood at 0732 - docked - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 0539 (anchored) - docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock - Dec 9 - American Mariner 1250 approximately

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 8 - COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) and Algoscotia - Dec 9 - English River at 005 - Acadia Desgagnes (ex Sider Tis-17) at 0538, H. Lee White at 0654, light tug H.H.Misner at 0739, Federal Hunter (Mhl) at 0945, Algosteel at 1120, Cedarglen at 1150, Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1156, Beatrix (Nld) at 1710, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1910 and Tecumseh at 2315

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 9 - Algoma Equinox at 2146, Algoma Guardian at 2312 - Dec 10 - tug Leo A. McArthur at 0244, Baie St. Paul at 0435, Golden Oak at 0723, Tim S. Dool at 0818, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1142, Algoma Enterprise at 1240, Oakglen at 2144, tug Petite Forte Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1201

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 9 - COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) stopped to unload cargo at 0512 - departed - at 1700 approximately

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - Dec 7 - Travestern at 2115 - Dec 8 - H. Le White at 1605 - departures - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1705 - departed at approximately 1715 for Mississauga - Dec 9 - due to heavy upbound traffic - Beatrix (Nld) at 1230, Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1445, Tecumseh at 1525 Harbour Fashion (Por) at 1445, Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin at 1630 and Three Rivers (Atg) at 1855 approximately

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 9 - Baie St. Paul at 0351 - departed 0416

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 9 - Torrent (Cyp) at 0855 (anchored) and Chem Norma (Mhl) at 1150. Docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 and Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at Dec 8 - Brant (Cyp) at 1540, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 - anchored - Dec 8 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) from anchorage to dock at 1230

Mississauga:
Arrival - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1911

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541 - departed Dec 9 at 0712 for Windsor - Dec 9 - arrivals - Travestern at 0809 and BBC Vesuvius (Atg) at 1352 from port Weller anchorage

 

St. Lawrence Seaway to undergo Transport Canada review

12/10 - Cornwall, Ont. – Just as it about to reach its 60th anniversary, the St. Lawrence Seaway is about to undergo a comprehensive review conducted by Transport Canada.

The review is one of several being undertaken by the federal government that will look at how to manage Canada’s various national transportation networks in the decades to come.

The government has quietly reached out to stakeholder along the St. Lawrence River such as the City of Cornwall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) and asked them to provide input in the review. The city’s chief administrative officer Maureen Adams confirmed the city was contacted and was invited to submit its feedback online. The MCA intends to ask Transport Canada for a presentation on the reviews scope.

According to Transport Canada spokesperson Annie Joannette, the review will centre around three main themes.

“The review’s main themes are examining are: factors and opportunities to encourage the Seaway’s commercial and economic development as a key strategic transportation corridor; factors and opportunities that have a direct impact on the Seaway’s long-term sustainability and competitiveness; and the Seaway’s governance, funding and service delivery model,” said Joanette.

Put plainly; the review is attempting to come up with a vision for how the seaway should operate over the next several years and decades as global economics continues to change. Andrew Bogora is a spokesman for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. and said that fundamentally the government is looking at how marine will fit into a nation-wide transportation strategy.

“They will look, for example, at the long-term projections for tonnage on each of the different modes of transportation. They will look at economic trends and what the trade relationships that are foreseen in the future may imply for the amount of cargo that might move through each of the transportation networks,” said Bogora.

Some of those future trade relationships are quickly becoming pressing issues, said Bogora. The ratification of the Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, for instance, means that the government needs to understand what impact agreement will have on the Seaway because it will likely be one of the main ways goods from Europe will be transported.

Bogora says the review of the Seaway stems from a broader review of the Canadian Transportation Act that took place about a year ago. With that done, the federal government decided to conduct many more specific reviews of several transportation corridors considered vital to Canada’s economic future; of which the St. Lawerence Seaway is just one.

“Those reviews will be touching on virtually every mode of transportation,” he said. “The seaway is not being singled out. It’s part-and-parcel with a broader initiative.”

Transport Canada has set up a page for the St. Lawrence Seaway review on their website, LetsTalkTransportation.ca, to gather feedback from the public and stakeholders until Feb. 28. The ministry has also published a discussion paper which asks for information on factors that could positively or negatively impact the Seaway’s ability to compete as a transportation corridor. The government also wants to know what actions would increase that competitiveness, as well as feedback on the current management of the seaway.

Cornwall Standard Freeholder

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 10

The steamer EDWARD Y. TOWNSEND loaded the last cargo of ore for the 1942 season at Marquette.

CEDARGLEN, a.) WILLIAM C. ATWATER, loaded her last cargo at Thunder Bay, Ontario on December 10, 1984, carrying grain for Goderich, Ontario.

Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. of Cleveland, Ohio bought NOTRE DAME VICTORY on December 10, 1950. She would later become b.) CLIFFS VICTORY.

IRVIN L. CLYMER was laid up at Superior, Wisconsin on December 10, 1985, for two seasons before returning to service April 30, 1988.

An explosion occurred in IMPERIAL LEDUC's, b.) NIPIGON BAY ) forward tanks on December 10, 1951. This happened while her crew was cleaning and butterworthing the tanks. Five crewmembers were injured with one eventually dying in the hospital. Multiple explosions caused extensive damage in excess of $500,000.

On December 10, 1905, WILLIAM E. COREY finally was pulled free and refloated after grounding on Gull Island Reef in the Apostle Islands in late November.

FRANK A. SHERMAN laid up for the last time at Toronto, Ontario on December 10, 1981.

Donated by Cleveland-Cliffs to the Great Lakes Historical Society on December 10, 1987, the WILLIAM G. MATHER was to become a museum ship at Cleveland's waterfront.

PAUL H. CARNAHAN and her former fleet mate, GEORGE M. HUMPHREY, arrived safely under tow at Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 10, 1986, for scrapping.

On 10 December 1891, a fire started on MARY (2-mast wooden schooner, 84 foot, 87 gross tons, built in 1877, at Merriton, Ontario) when an oil stove in the kitchen exploded. The vessel was at anchor at Sarnia, Ontario and damage was estimated at $10,000.

The CORISANE (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 137 foot, 292 gross tons, built in 1873, at Marine City, Michigan) was tied up alongside MARY and she also caught fire but the flames were quickly extinguished. She was towed away from MARY by the ferry J C CLARK.

PERE MARQUETTE 3 ran aground in 1893, north of Milwaukee.

1922: The wooden freighter JAMES DEMPSEY, built in 1883 as a) JIM SHERIFFS, was destroyed by a fire at Manistee, MI.

1963: The Canadian coastal freighter SAINTE ADRESSE went on the rocks off Escoumins, QC and was leaking in high winds while on a voyage from Montreal to Sept-Iles. Local residents helped lighter the cargo of beer and ale. The remains of the hull were visible at low water for several years.

1975: PAUL THAYER went aground in Lake Erie off Pelee Island. It was lightered to WOLVERINE and released Dec. 12 with extensive damage.

1994: The Maltese registered YIANNIS Z. entered Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, in leaking condition after apparently hitting bottom while enroute from Manzanillo, Cuba, to Peru. The ship was arrested for non-payment of the crew. The vessel had been a Seaway trader in 1970 as a) MATIJA GUBEC. The hull was sold at public auction on August 28, 1997, and apparently partially dismantled to become a barge. It was noted sinking at its moorings on October 14, 2006, under the name f) KELLYS MARK and subsequent fate is unknown.

2005: JOHN D. LEITCH hit bottom above the Eisenhower Lock and began leaking.

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

 

Northeastern Minnesota iron ore pellet production on the increase

12/9 - Hibbing, Minn. – Iron ore pellet production at northeastern Minnesota taconite facilities took a step forward in 2017. Pellet production at the six plants is forecast to reach 36.6 million tons in 2017, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue Minerals Tax Office.

It's the highest annual total since 2014 and a dramatic improvement from 2009 when a minuscule 17 million tons were produced during a nationwide steel and taconite industry downturn.

"It's a cautionary tale of optimism," said Kelsey Johnson, president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota. "It's slowly coming around, but there are still pressures much bigger than northeastern Minnesota."

Iron ore pellets produced at northeastern Minnesota mines are the primary ingredient used to make steel. Steel made from Minnesota iron ore is turned into automobiles, trucks, bridges, appliances, pipe, buildings, and other steel products consumed across the nation.

The 36.6 million tons is roughly 7.6 million tons above the 29 million tons of iron ore produced in 2016. The 2016 total included about 1.1 million tons of iron units from the former Magnetation facilities.

Two plants idled during portions of 2016, U.S. Steel's Keetac plant in Keewatin and Cleveland-Cliffs' United Taconite in Forbes and Eveleth, both made comebacks in 2017. Production of 4.4 million tons at Keetac and 4.3 million tons at United Taconite account for the boost in industry production compared to 2016.

"It's a good sign, but not a great sign," said Johnson of the increase. "Some folks are still struggling and there are still mining facilities waiting to come back up."

The Magnetation plants on the western Iron Range, now owned by ERP Iron Ore, along with Mining Resources in Chisholm, and Mesabi Nugget near Hoyt Lakes, remain idle. ERP Iron Ore plans to restart Magnetation's iron unit recovery operations and also plans to produce 7 million tons of pellets per year at the former Essar Steel Minnesota project near Nashwauk.

An increase in DR-grade pellet production at Cleveland-Cliffs' Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay and Babbitt and the production of a higher-grade pellet called the Mustang pellet at United Taconite, are two promising additions to the industry, said Johnson.

"It's a very exciting transition," said Johnson of the projects. "I think 2018 could bring about some very amazing opportunities and we need to go out of our way to support the innovations occurring across the Range and those operations that are idle to have a voice and come online again someday."

The production increase has corresponded to a boost in iron ore shipments from docks in Duluth and Superior, said Adele Yorde, Duluth Seaway Port Authority public relations director. Through October, 15.6 million tons had been shipped from the Twin Ports compared to a total of 14.7 million tons in 2016. Shipping continues to mid-January when the Soo Locks close.

"We end up seeing those shifts in production in terms of tons," said Yorde. "It's a huge climb, but we still have a ways to go to get back to where we were when were shipping 18.5 million tons before 2009."

Shipments for the year from Two Harbors were over 1.9 million tons through October, according to the Cleveland-based Lake Carriers' Association. A little more than 1.7 million tons was shipped from Two Harbors for all of 2016.

The 2018 forecast for iron ore pellet production is also solid. Production is forecast to reach 36.8 million tons, according to the Minerals Tax Office.

However, the industry still faces several issues. Action by the Trump administration on a Section 232 investigation which examines the impact of steel imports on national security, hasn't advanced. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, a former steel industry executive, has said a Section 232 report would be delayed until federal tax reform was resolved.

"We're pushing hard to get that (Section 232) done," said Johnson. "It would finalize work that the Obama administration did. We're surprised that the Trump administration, in its 'Make America Great Again,' has put it on the back burner."

Sulfate rules for water discharged by taconite plants, municipal wastewater plants, and other sources, remains in debate. And earlier this year, analysts said world iron ore prices would fall in fourth quarter of the year. However, a big dip in prices never materialized. Prices this week stood at about $69 per ton.

Analysts now predict a price decline in early 2018, said Johnson.

InfoForum.com

 

Ohio’s Miller Boat Line plans to add new ferry in 2019

12/9 - Put-In-Bay, Ohio – A Seattle-based design firm has been awarded a contract to design the next addition to the Miller Boat Line fleet. Elliott Bay Design group was chosen by Miller Boat Line out 300 firms to design a new 136-foot vessel capable of carrying 26 vehicles and 600 passengers on the Lake Erie route to and from South Bass Island.

The estimated cost of the new ferry is around $7 million and is expected to debut in May 2019, according to Miller Boat Line co-owner Bill Market.

Miller Boat Line is the only ferry service in the area to offer guests the option of taking personal vehicles to the island, and Market said the demand for the ferry's services has been on the rise. "I think people like the security of putting their luggage in their vehicles, and many are staying at the hotels for multiple nights so they like having their own vehicle," he said.

Market said the current fleet of vessels includes a 90-foot boat, two 96-foot boats and a 136-foot vessel that will be similar in design to the new vessel. "The design will be pretty much the same thing as our current vessels," Market said. "You always think about ways to reinvent the mousetrap, but in the end it will just be a better mouse trap."

The new vessel will feature better propulsion technology and improved efficiency for loading and unloading passengers.

Market said Miller Boat Line has not decided yet whether to drop the 90-foot ferry from its fleet or keep it as a backup vessel. "We might get rid of our smallest boat, but having an extra boat can come in handy when you think about maintenance and repair issues," Market said.

News Herald

 

Port Reports -  December 9

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Roger Blough arrived Duluth early Friday morning, and docked at Calumet to fuel before shifting down to Burlington Northern to load iron ore pellets. Yulia arrived mid-morning to discharge clay at Port Terminal. During the afternoon, Eemsborg arrived via the Superior entry to load beet pulp pellets at Peavey, and Orsula was outbound with wheat from CHS. Claude A. Desgagnes departed after loading grain at Riverland Friday evening.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Radcliffe R. Latimer anchored off Two Harbors Thursday night at approx. 21:00. Arriving Two Harbors Friday morning at 03:38 was the American Integrity. She departed Two Harbors at 16:50. Arriving Two Harbors on Friday at 12:37 was the Presque Isle. She went to North of #2 and commenced loading. Arriving from lake anchor was the Radcliffe R. Latimer on Friday at 16:57. Due Two Harbors on Saturday late in the day is the Edgar B. Speer. There was no traffic at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay on Friday and none is scheduled for Saturday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 19:25 Manitoulin departed for Buffalo. 20:26 Algoma Niagara arrived and anchored south of the Mission River. 21:13 Algoma Spirit weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Main Terminal to load. Friday, 00:01 Drawsko arrived and went to anchor. 0:57 CSL Welland departed for Montreal. Baie Comeau finished unloading at Valley Camp and proceeded to Viterra B arriving at 8:05 to load grain. 9:24 Federal Churchill weighed anchor and proceeded to Viterra A to load grain. 11:25 G3 Marquis arrived at the Superior Elevator to load.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Burns Harbor was at its namesake port unloading Friday night. Edwin H. Gott was at Gary. American Century and Herbert C. Jackson were at Indiana Harbor. Federal Biscay was at S. Chicago.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Cuyahoga cleared early on Friday with salt for Parry Sound, Ont. Algoma Mariner cleared about 3 p.m. upbound for Thunder Bay after unloading grain. Federal Baltic was upbound just north of Sarnia with destination of Goderich. Algolake was upbound locking through Welland Canal, also headed for Goderich.

Oswego, N.Y. – Ned Goebricher
0n Friday, Nov. 8, the McKeil tug and barge Alloulete Spirit arrived with a load of aluminum ingots.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday - Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - arrivals - Dec 8 (all anchored) - Dec 8 - Baie St. Paul at 0942 (anchored), Golden Oak at 1414 and Algowood at 1850 - departed - Dec 8 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0920 for Sarnia

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrival - Dec 8 - American Mariner at 0539 (anchored) - docked - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - John J. Boland at 1641, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 2208, Algowood at 2310 - Dec 8 - Thunder Bay at 0759, Algolake at 0940, Isolda (Cyp) at 1105, Algoma Harvester at 1414, CSL St. Laurent at 1807, COE Leni (Mhl) at 1914 (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 1914, Algoscotia at 2029 and English River at 2330

Welland Canal downbound:
arrivals - Dec 7 - Kaministiqua at 2227 - Dec 8 - John D. Leitch at 0024, Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0422, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0452, Algoma Guardian at 2150 and Algoma Equinox at 2125

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - Dec 7 - Travestern at 2115 - Dec 8 - H. Le White at 1605 - departures - Dec 7 - Sten Bergen at 2147 approximately - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1705 approximately 1715 for Mississauga

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2128 approximately. docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - Dec 5 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - anchored - Dec 5 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) from dock to anchorage at 0115 - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502 - Dec 8 - tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 0347, tug Ocean A. Gauthier (ex Vachon) at 0443, (assigned to Hamitlon harbour and vicinity) - departures - Dec 8 - Algolake @ 0607, Ojibway at 0949 for Montreal, Algoma Harvester at 1226, tug Everlast & barge Norman McLeod at 1319 and Algoscotia at 1844,

Mississauga:
Arrival - Dec 8 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 1911

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - Dec 7 - Stephen B. Roman at 0036 and COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 1306 - departed - Dec 8 - Chestnut (Cyp) at 1600 approximately for Montreal and COE Leni (Mhl) at 1656 for Port Colborne

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541

 

Icy weather means buoy run for U.S. Coast Guard in Sturgeon Bay

12/9 - Sturgeon Bay, Wis. - It was a windy, cold and icy Thursday, and the U.S. Coast Guard personnel aboard the Mobile Bay couldn’t have been happier — it meant a buoy run was in store for the 25 or so men stationed aboard the ice cutter.

Motorists shunned Thursday morning’s icy streets, but the Mobile Bay welcomed it. While navigating to a buoy station in the canal, an officer points out among his comrades that a large section of ice had formed in the lagoon at the Sunset Park boat landing. They all smiled and grinned with comic excitement.

The ice cutter invited about a half dozen family members and guests to witness a buoy run for part of the day. Mobile Bay was completing its bi-annual mission of lifting/swapping 68 buoys from Escanaba to the Green Bay harbor this past fall, saving its home-port of Sturgeon Bay for last.

The crew was replacing larger box-like lighted buoys for narrower torpedo-like buoys. “The summer buoys can’t take the ice,’’ said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Kingsley of the South Jersey region.

The winter buoys are designed to help prevent shifting ice plates from climbing over the top. The summer buoy has a higher top cage where the navigational light is housed. “After water splashes on top of the cage, the weight of the continuous layering of ice could easily sink the buoy,’’ he said, adding “The plate ice is strong enough to crush the hull of the summer buoy.’’

Ice plates could also drag the massive green and red buoys, its 65-foot attachment chain and 5,000-pound cement sinker out of sight when the ice begins to melt.

Retired Coast Guard member Bill Oldenburg of Sturgeon Bay was witnessing the operation Thursday for the first time in about 30 years. A guest aboard the cutter, Oldenburg says the operation was well executed. “The concept hasn’t changed,’’ he said. “A crane lifts the buoys. It brought back good memories. However, we were lifting larger buoys stationed in Oregon.’’

The buoy runs are the largest Great Lakes seasonal aids to navigation operation performed by the U.S. Coast Guard. There are about 1,200 buoys in the Great Lakes.

Green Bay Press Gazette

 

Collingwood visionary’s plan would put Norisle in a giant ‘bottle’

12/9 - Collingwood, Ont. – As the fate of the Norisle hangs in the balance, a Collingwood man has suggested an alternative to the ship being sunk by the Tobermory Maritime Association or made into an historical Great Lakes cruise ship by the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society.

“The Norisle was built in Collingwood, 200 km away from where she floats now in Manitowaning,” said Alder Francescut. “I have been following the lawsuit (by the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society against Assiginack Township) and I have another solution. I think she (the Norisle) should return home and be the heart of a Great Lakes museum we could build in Collingwood.”

As The Expositor has previously reported, the society began legal proceedings earlier this year when it learned of the municipality’s plans to sell the historical ship to the Tobermory Maritime Association (TMA) to be sunk and used as a dive site.

Mr. Francescut explained that Collingwood had hired a consulting company to develop a Waterfront Master Plan for the municipality to revitalize the city’s waterfront. “They were having public input sessions earlier this year and I presented my idea for a ‘Ship in a Bottle: The Collingwood Shipyards Great Lakes Museum’,” said Mr. Francescut. “It was well received by many of the community members in attendance.”

Mr. Francescut’s vision would include the draining and closing off of the original Collingwood shipyard drydocks, placing the Norisle high and dry up on blocks and building a large glass structure around the ship.

“This is the only drydock from the 1800s that still exists in the world,” claims Mr. Francescut. “The Norisle is the last of the Mohicans (of its kind) and it would be the main focus point of the museum. The ship is as beautiful today as it was when she was built and it would be a way to preserve it for future generations.”

Mr. Francescut also presented his idea at a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the shipyard. “Mr. Francescut spoke to me about his idea at the celebration,” said Collingwood Councillor Deb Doherty. “As a member of the community, anything that celebrates the heritage of Collingwood and brings tourism, while highlighting the waterfront, is something that I would support in principle.”

Mr. Francescut has yet to present his idea to either the Collingwood or Assignack council, but is hoping that something can be done to save the historic steamship. To Mr. Francescut, “gutting the Norisle” to make it into a Great Lakes cruise ship, as has been proposed by the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society, is only slightly better than sinking it. “The ship has survived all these years,” said Mr. Francescut. “It doesn’t need to change, it just needs to be preserved how it is. I want to get the idea out there that there is a way to do that.”

The Expositor spoke to Dave Ham, chair of the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society, about the ‘Ship in the Bottle’ museum concept. “He (Mr. Francescut) called me about a year ago,” said Mr. Ham. “I never gave it much thought. I can’t really say what the group (Steamship Society) would say about it and our meetings are on hold right now due to the lawsuit.”

Assignack CAO Alton Hobbs said prior to the lawsuit that the Norisle’s sale to the TMA wasn’t a done deal.

“Council’s position prior to the lawsuit was that they wanted the ship removed,” said Mr. Hobbs. “If the lawsuit was settled in Assignack’s favor, I’m sure council would be open to looking at any proposals for the ship.” As of press time on Monday, a court date for the legal proceeding had still not been set.

Manitoulin Expositor

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 9

While tied up at Port Colborne, Ontario, waiting to discharge her cargo of grain, a northeast gale caused the water to lower three feet and left the EDWIN H. OHL (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420 foot, 5141 gross tons, built in 1907, at Wyandotte, Michigan) on the bottom with a list of about one foot. The bottom plating was damaged and cost $3,460.19 to repair.

Cleveland Tankers’ JUPITER (Hull#227) was christened December 9, 1975, at Jennings, Louisiana, by S.B.A. Shipyards, Inc.

JEAN PARISIEN left Quebec City on her maiden voyage December 9, 1977.

CLIFFS VICTORY ran aground December 9, 1976 near Johnson’s Point in the ice -laden Munuscong Channel of the St. Marys River.

The FRANK C. BALL, b.) J.R. SENSIBAR in 1930, c.) CONALLISON in 1981) was launched at Ecorse, Michigan by Great Lakes Engineering Works as (Hull #14) on December 9, 1905.

ARTHUR B. HOMER was towed by the tugs THUNDER CAPE, ELMORE M. MISNER and ATOMIC to Port Colborne, Ontario, December 9, 1986, and was scrapped there the following year.

HILDA MARJANNE was launched December 9, 1943, as a.) GRANDE RONDE (Hull#43) at Portland, Oregon, by Kaiser Co., Inc.

The keel for Hall Corporation of Canada’s SHIERCLIFFE HALL (Hull#248) was laid on December 9, 1949, at Montreal, Quebec by Canadian Vickers Ltd.

On 9 December 1871, CHALLENGE (wooden schooner, 96 foot, 99 tons, built in 1853, at Rochester, New York) missed the piers at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in heavy weather, stove in some of her planking and sank. She was a particularly sleek craft, actually designed as a yacht and once owned by the U.S. Light House Service as a supply vessel.

On 9 December 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that "the old railroad ferry steamer UNION at Detroit is having machinery taken out and preparing to go into permanent retirement, or perhaps to serve as a floating dining room for railroad passengers."

1910: JOHN SHARPLES of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co., stranded on Galops Island in the St. Lawrence due to low visibility. The vessel was holed fore and aft and not released until April 1911 with the help of the tug HECLA.

1943: SARNIAN, the first member of what became the Upper Lakes Shipping fleet, stranded on Pointe Isabelle Reef, Lake Superior, while downbound with 162,489 bushels of barley. The vessel was not refloated until July 24, 1944, and never sailed again.

1956: FORT HENRY, a package freighter for Canada Steamship Lines, hit Canoe Rocks approaching the Canadian Lakehead, cutting open the hull. It reached the dock safely, quickly unloaded, and went to the Port Arthur shipyard for repairs.

1968: NORTH CAROLINA lost power and sank in Lake Erie five miles west of Fairport, Ohio, in rough weather. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the three-member crew. The hull went down in about 30 feet of water and is a popular dive attraction.

1980: The salt-laden KINGDOC (ii) was released by the tugs POINT VALIANT and IRVING BIRCH after an earlier grounding at Pugwash, NS

1983: The saltwater ship d) IAPETOS was struck by Iraqi gunners in the Khor Musa Channel about 30-40 miles from Bandar Khomeini, Iran. It was abandoned and struck again by a missile and bombs on March 29, 1984. The vessel began Seaway service as a) JAROSA in 1965 and returned as b) IVORY STAR in 1973 and c) TURICUM in 1975. It was refloated about 1984 and scrapped at Sitalpur, Bangladesh.

2001: The former HAND LOONG, a Seaway trader beginning in 1977, sank as b) UNA in the Black Sea off Sinop, Turkey, enroute from Algeria to Romania with 11,000 tons of iron ore. Seventeen sailors were rescued but one was missing and presumed lost.

2003: STELLAMARE capsized on the Hudson River at Albany, N.Y., while loading turbines. The cargo shifted and three members of the crew were lost. The ship was righted, refloated and repaired as c) NANDALINA S. It was broken up for scrap at Aliaga, Turkey, as d) DOUAA A. in 2011. This heavy-lift freighter first came through the Seaway in 1989 and returned inland from time to time.

2011: VSL CENTURION lost its stern anchor while downbound in the Welland Canal at Port Colborne. Shipping was held up until it was found. The ship first visited the Seaway as a) SAGITARRIUS in 1990 and became d) PHOENIX SUN in 2012.

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

 

Lakes limestone trade up almost 19 percent in November

12/8 - Cleveland, Ohio – Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.95 million tons in November, an increase of 18.8 percent compared to a year ago. November’s loadings were also 6.4 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.5 million tons, an increase of 21.2 percent compared to a year ago. It should be noted, however, that shipments from U.S. quarries in November 2016 were at their lowest level in more than a decade.

Shipments from Canadian quarries this November totaled 430,000 tons, an increase of one cargo in a mid-sized Great Lakes freighter.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 26.7 million tons, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 22 million tons, an increase of 7.6 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 2.2 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

Steel production jumps by 15,000 tons

12/8 - Great Lakes steel production shot up to 631,000 tons last week, an increase of 2.43 percent and the second straight weekly gain. Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 616,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced in Lake and Porter counties in Northwest Indiana.

So far this year, U.S. steelmakers have produced 83.3 million tons of steel, about 4.3 percent more than they did during the same period in 2016. Domestic steel mills have been running at a capacity of 74.5 percent so far this year, up from 70.8 percent through the same time last year.

Domestic steelmakers used about 73.8 percent of their steelmaking capacity in the week that ended Dec. 2, up from 73 percent the previous week but up significantly from 67.3 percent at the same time a year earlier, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Some analysts say steelmaking capacity utilization of about 90 percent is considered financially healthy for the industry. Overall, U.S. national steel output rose by 17,000 tons last week to 1.72 million tons, an increase of 0.99 percent, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Production in the southern district, usually the second largest steelmaking region after the Great Lakes, dropped to 641,000 tons last week, down 1.53 percent from 651,000 tons a week earlier. Steel output in the Midwest swung back to 168,000 tons last week, up from 162,000 tons a week earlier.

NW Indiana Times

 

Port Reports -  December 8

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Mesabi Miner departed Duluth early Thursday morning with iron ore pellets from CN. Claude A. Desgagnes arrived a few hours later and moored at Riverland Ag to load grain. Orsula was at CHS loading wheat. In Superior, Algoma Discovery arrived Thursday night to load at Burlington Northern.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
As of 20:50 on Thursday Radcliffe R. Latimer was off Two Harbors. Looking at AIS she could possibly be going to anchor. Due Two Harbors on Friday are the American Integrity that was, as of 20:50 on Thursday, off Grand Marais, MN. Also due Friday is the Presque Isle. As of 20:50 on Thursday she was near Eagle Harbor. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader Thursday at 04:20 for Cleveland. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 12:08 Baie Comeau arrived at Valley Camp to unload salt. 15:09 Federal Ems weighed anchor and proceeded to the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 16:39 Federal Champlain arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load potash.

Muskegon, Mich.
Herbert C. Jackson remained in port on Thursday evening.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Joseph L. Block was at Indiana Harbor Thursday night. American Spirit was at Gary.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Cuyahoga and Algoma Olympic were in for salt on Thursday. Algoma Mariner was at the grain elevator.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay:
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1905 - Dec 6 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0948 - departed - Dec 7 - Erik (Atg) at 0405 approximately for Cleveland

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS LITTLE ROCK

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0600, Spruceglen at 0752, Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1745 John J. Boland at 1641, Algowood at 2310

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 6 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 2300 (to anchorage) - Dec 7 - Algolake at 0023, Volgaborg (Nld) (at 0835 from anchorage), tug Evelrast & barge Norman McLeod at 1415, Kaministiqua at 2400 and John D. Leitch at 2400

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 4 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803 and Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 1958 - departures - Nov 7 - Saginaw at 0545 approximately for Erie and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0655 approximately for Sandusky

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Algoscotia at 0153, Sarah Desgagnes at 1121 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 and Sten Bergen (Gib) at 1745 and Travestern at 2115 - departure - Dec 6 - Algoscotia at 1540 approximately for Hamilton - departure - Dec 7 - Sarah Desgagnes at 0540 for Sarnia and Sten Bergen (Gib) at 2200 for Sarnia

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 6 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 2318 - departed Dec 7 at 0809

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 7 - Ojibway at 0545, Algoma Harvester at 0831, Algolake at 1339, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 1502, Algoscotia at 1753 - docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - Dec 5 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - anchored - Dec 5 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) from dock to anchorage at 0115 and - Dec 7 - Maccoa (Cyp) at 1702

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - arrivals - Dec 7 - Stephen B. Roman at 0036 and COE Leni (Mhl) (ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne-13) at 1306

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 8

On 08 December 1917, DESMOND (wooden propeller sand-sucker, 149 foot, 456 gross tons, built in 1892, at Port Huron, Michigan) sprang a leak off Michigan City, Indiana, during gale and then capsized within sight of the lighthouse at South Chicago, Illinois. Seven lives were lost. Six others were rescued by the tugs WILLIAM A. FIELD, GARY and NORTH HARBOR.

CANADIAN ENTERPRISE (Hull#65) was christened December 8, 1979, at St. Catharines, Ontario, by Port Weller Drydocks. Ltd.

JAMES DAVIDSON was laid up for the last time on December 8, 1969, at Toledo, Ohio.

MERLE M. McCURDY collided with U.S. Steel’s PHILIP R. CLARKE opposite Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on Lake St. Clair, December 8, 1974.

On 8 December 1886, BELLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 61 foot, 40 gross tons, built in 1866, at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) burned while frozen in at anchor.

On 8 December 1854, WESTMORELAND (wooden propeller passenger/package freight vessel, 200 foot, 665 tons, built in 1853, at Cleveland, Ohio) was carrying supplies for Mackinac Island, including liquor and supposedly $100,000 in gold. She capsized in a storm due to the heavy seas and the weight of the thick ice on her superstructure. She sank in the Manitou Passage in Lake Michigan and dragged one of the loaded lifeboats down with her. 17 lives were lost. There were many attempts to find her and recover her cargo. Some reports indicate the wreck was found in 1874, however it was not discovered until 2010 by Ross Richardson.

1876: IRA CHAFFE was driven ashore in a severe snowstorm near the Chocolay River, Lake Superior, near Munising. All on board were saved and the ship was eventually released.

1909: Fire broke out in the hold of the CLARION off Southeast Shoal, Lake Erie. Six sailors who huddled on the stern were picked up in a daring rescue by the LEONARD C. HANNA the next day. Another 14 were lost when their lifeboat was swept away in the storm and one more perished when he went into the hold to fight the fire.

1909: W.C. RICHARDSON stranded on Waverley Shoal, 2 miles west of Buffalo. A storm had prevented entrance to Buffalo and the ship was riding out the weather on the lake. The hull had to by dynamited as a navigational hazard when salvage efforts failed. Five lives were lost.

1927: ALTADOC (i) stranded on the rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula when the steering failed while upbound, in ballast, for Fort William. The hull could not be salvaged and it was cut up for scrap on location during World War Two.

1927: LAMBTON stranded on Parisienne Shoal, Lake Superior, with the loss of 2 lives. The engine was removed for the FERNIE and the hull salvaged in 1928 for further work as the barge c) SALVUS.

1963: FORT ALBANY sank in the St. Lawrence off Lanorie after a collision with the PROCYON, and five members of the crew were lost. Heavy fog persisted at the time. The hull was refloated in June 1964, taken to Sorel, and scrapped.

1971: HARMATTAN was attacked with missiles and gunfire by Indian Naval units south of Karachi, Pakistan, and heavily damaged. Seven sailors were killed and the ship was abandoned. It arrived at Karachi March 2, 1972, and was scrapped. The ship had been a Seaway trader earlier in 1971.

1982: The Liberian freighter GENIE came through the Seaway in 1972. It was badly damaged by an explosion and fire on this date while laid up the Seychelles Islands. The hull was taken to Karachi, Pakistan, and scrapped in 1985.

1983: AKTION, a Seaway trader for the first time in 1970, was laid up at Piraeus, Greece, as e) ELISA when fire broke out and the vessel was heavily damaged aft. The hull was towed into Aliaga, Turkey, in October 1984, and broken up for scrap.

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

 

Great Lakes iron ore trade up slightly in November

12/7 - Cleveland, Ohio – Frequent weather delays hampered the iron ore trade on the Great Lakes in November. Shipments totaled 5.7 million tons, an increase of just 60,000 tons compared to a year ago. Loadings did fare better when compared to the month’s 5-year average, increasing by 260,000 tons, or 4.8 percent.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.2 million tons in November, again a small increase, 2.2 percent. Loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway decreased by 10 percent to 480,000 tons.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 54.9 million tons, an increase of 11.9 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 50.7 million tons, an increase of 14.7 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway total 4.2 million tons, a decrease of 13.2 percent.

Lake Carriers’ Association

 

High winds lead to low water, add to traffic delays

12/7 - High winds on Lake Erie created low water conditions in Western Lake Erie. The water gauge at Gibraltar had fallen from the average around 40" above datum early Tuesday morning to a low of 7" that night.

The winds create a seiche effect where the water is blown from the Western Basin of Lake Erie to the East end and then sloshes back and forth like water in a bath tub. While the water levels had bottomed out at 7" in the Western Basin,

the water level on the eastern end of the lake at Bufflo had risen to 89", close to 50 inches above recent averages.

The levels returned to 40" in the Western Basin about 7 a.m. Wednesday but started falling again, dropping over a foot in three hours that morning.

The Paul R. Tregurtha remained at anchor waiting for winds and water to enter Monroe. Anchored near by Wednesday morning were the Algoma Olympic and CSL Assiniboine.

 

Milwaukee’s port unloads 5,000 tons of steel

12/7 - Milwaukee, Wis. – About 5,000 tons of steel were unloaded at Port Milwaukee’s Terminal Two Monday afternoon.

News media were invited to the port to see the rolled bundles of steel being moved from the ship, the Federal Champlain, to the warehouse nearby. Port Milwaukee spokesperson Jeff Fleming said the steel will be shipped via truck or train to transportation companies or steel brokers who then give it to manufacturers to create any number of things.

Fleming estimated the total amount of steel moving through Port Milwaukee in 2017 will be around 170,000 to 190,000 tons. That will make 2017 the year with the second highest amount of steel to move through the port in recent decades, with the highest being in 2006 where more than 200,000 tons came through the port.

Fleming believes the big demand for steel from manufacturing companies is a good indicator for Milwaukee’s economy. He said the warehouses right now are “bursting at the seams” with all the raw materials that have come in for local use.

“Milwaukee is a manufacturing-intensive economy, more so than any other place around the country,” said Fleming. “The port is very pleased to play a role in that part of Milwaukee’s economy.”

Port Milwaukee Senior Trade Development Representative Peter Hirthe said the Federal Champlain carried the steel all the way from Belgium. It took 15 days to travel from there to Milwaukee: 10 days across the Atlantic Ocean and five days across the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. The ship is owned by Canadian shipping company Fednav and is the 33rd ship to arrive at the port carrying steel from Europe this year, said Fleming.

The port not only accepts tons of steel from ships but also gives them lots of Wisconsin-grown grain in return. All of the grain shipped to Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean is grown within 90 miles of Milwaukee, said Fleming. The port had the most seaway ships exporting grain last year and ranked second in that category this year, said Hirthe. A ship can carry a total of 20,000 bulk tons of grain. The port will send out a ship full of grain later this week or early the following week.

After the steel was finished unloading — around dinnertime — the Federal Champlain then left for Thunder Bay, Ont, where it will take Canadian grain from there to Europe, said Hirthe.

Shipping on the seaway closes at the end of December and will resume in April 2018, Fleming said.

UrbanMilwaukee.com

 

Port Reports -  December 7

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott got underway off Two Harbors Tuesday night at 23:35 after waiting on weather. She headed up the North Shore. Two Harbors had no traffic on Wednesday. Tentatively due on Thursday are the Radcliffe R. Latimer and the American Integrity. American Integrity was running checked down Thursday night on eastern Lake Superior after being anchored in Whitefish Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the arrival of the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader at 15:32 on Wednesday. She arrived from the Twin Ports after being at anchor off Duluth and then unloading at Graymont in Superior. As of 20:30 she was still at the loading dock. There is no scheduled traffic for Silver Bay on Thursday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wednesday, 9:26 Michpicoten arrived from Superior and went to anchor south of the Mission River to wait out the storm. The weather let up and several boats departed staring at 9:23, Algoma Equinox bound for Port Cartier, Algoma Enterprise for Bath, Algoma Guardian for Port Cartier and Oakglen for Montreal. 9:53 Algonova shifted to Keefer Terminal to refuel. 12:00 Tim S Dool weighed anchor and departed for Quebec City. 13:03 Michpicoten resumed her trip to the Sault. 13:13 Algonova departed for Sarnia. 13:33 Claude Desgagnes finished unloading and departed for Duluth. After spending Tuesday sheltered in Bete Grise Bay on the Keweenaw Peninsula Algoma Spirit and Manitoulin arrived. 17:07 Algoma Spirit went to anchor. 17:40 Manitoulin docked at the Richardson Main terminal to load grain.

Holland, Mich. – Allen Walters
Manitowoc was unloading stone Sunday, Dec. 3 at Brewers.

Muskegon, Mich.
Herbert C. Jackson was inbound Wednesday evening.

Alpena, Mich. – Ben & Chanda McClain
After being delayed by the windy weather, vessels finally started moving again in the area. The tug Samuel de Champlain and barge Innovation arrived at Lafarge on Wednesday to load cement. Manitowoc was anchored out in the bay since Tuesday and tied up at Lafarge Wednesday evening after the departure of the Innovation. Manitowoc unloaded a cargo of coal. Fleetmate Cuyahoga also waited until Wednesday evening before making its way into the Thunder Bay River. It unloaded road salt at the Alpena Oil Dock throughout the evening.

Midland, Mich.
Wednesday at 9 p.m. the Frontenac was still anchored in Midland Bay.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Great Republic was still tied up at Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw on Wednesday, waiting for winds to subside before making her way out to the lake.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Wednesday - Barry Andersen Winds overnight Tuesday and Wednesday continued to delay some traffic.

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1905 - Dec 6 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0948

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 5 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1824 - Dec 6 - Evans Spirit at 1510

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 5 - Whitefish Bay at 1605 - Dec 6 - Volgaborg (Nld) at 2300 and Algolake at 2355

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 4 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803 and Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 1958

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Algoscotia at 0153, Sarah Desgagnes at 1121 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - departure - Dec 6 - Algoscotia at 1540 approximately for Hamilton

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 6 - Algoscotia at 1753 - docked - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - Dec 5 - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 - Dec 5 - (anchored off Burlington) Ojibway at 1959 and Federal Bristol (Mhl) from dock to anchorage at 01154

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - arrivals - Dec 5 - English River at 0114 - departure Dec 6 - English River at 1424 for Bath

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541

Carlton Island:
Anchored: Dec 6 - Algowood at 0225, COE Leni (Lbr) ( ex Marselisborg-16 Clipper Anne13) at 0905, Nomadic Milde (Mhl) at 0738 and light tug Ocean A Gauthier at 1417 (ex Vachon-17) being assigned to Port of Hamilton and area duties

 

Lake Superior level expected to be above average in 2018

12/7 - Houghton, Mich. – Lake Superior water levels are predicted to remain above average but decrease slightly in the coming months. The US Army Corps of Engineers released its latest six-month Great Lakes water level forecast Monday.

“The lake levels of the Great Lakes themselves, especially on Lake Superior, are very high compared to their long-term averages, and Lake Superior has only been higher during the period of record-high during the 1980s,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The forecast is determined using current lake conditions and anticipated weather patterns. The projected levels are compared with averages from 1918 to 2015.

“We do expect that the water levels in the spring on Lake Superior to be a couple inches higher than they were during the spring of 2017, and that still remains within 3-4 inches or so below the record highs of 1986. … Higher than average water levels are projected to continue, at least into 2018,” Kompoltowicz said.

The projection indicates a drop in levels through December, January and February. Halfway through March, the downward trend is expected to reverse as water levels increase through the spring months of April and May. All the projected levels are above average but still below the records.

Levels on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, St. Clair and Ontario are all above average, with Lake Ontario breaking records for May and June, the report found.

Projections indicate that lakeshore erosion issues could reappear in spring, but the spring dates have a wider range of possibilities and are difficult to pin down this far in advance. These high water levels come after record lows around 2010 to 2013.

Mining Gazette

 

Expect snow, not ice on the Great Lakes this winter

12/7 - Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that’s expected to continue this year. One of ice climatologist Jia Wang’s biggest jobs is the annual ice cover prediction for the Great Lakes. He’s with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Michigan, which tracks ice cover throughout the winter. This year, he expects the five lakes to have a 26 percent ice cover. That’s down from the historical average of 55 percent.

And Wang says that means a warmer, La Nina winter, with more lake effect snow. Cold winds can pick up moisture as they pass over the open water, dumping snow when they hit land.

Lake Erie (the shallowest Great Lake) and Lake Superior (the northernmost) are projected to get the most ice cover this year – 48 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

Wang cautions that his recent predictions have had mixed results. In 2016, his prediction was pretty close. But last winter he missed badly. NOAA predicted a 55 percent ice cover for the Great Lakes – the reality was more like 20 percent.

WBFO

 

Enbridge temporarily halts Line 5 flow amid high waves

12/7 - Lansing, Mich. – Buffeting wind and waves spurred Enbridge to temporarily shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac Tuesday for the first time since the Canadian energy company and Gov. Rick Snyder signed a legal agreement last week requiring it in extreme weather.

Strong winds caused waves higher than 8 feet in the straits. The twin pipelines underneath the water carries about 23 million gallons of oil and some liquid natural gas a day.

Enbridge will start the pipeline up again when the severe weather subsides.

The Detroit News

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 7

On 07 December 1893, the hull of the burned steamer MASCOTTE (steel ferry, 103 foot, 137 gross tons, built in 1885, at Wyandotte, Michigan) was towed from New Baltimore to Detroit by the tug LORMAN for repairs. She was rebuilt and put back in service. She went through nine owners in a career that finally ended with another fire in Chicago in 1934.

In 1990, the ENERCHEM LAKER was sold to Environment Protection Services, Inc., Panama and departed Montreal on December 7, 1990, for off-lakes service with the new name d) RECOVERY VIII. Built for Hall Corp. of Canada as a.) ROCKCLIFFE HALL, converted to a tanker renamed b.) ISLAND TRANSPORT in 1985, and c.) ENERCHEM LAKER in 1986. Renamed e.) MORGAN TRADER in 1993, and currently serves as a bunkering tanker in Suez, Egypt as f.) ANNA II, renamed in 1997.

The LEADALE, a.) JOHN A. KLING sank in the Welland Canal on December 7, 1982, and was declared a constructive total loss.

The GEORGE R. FINK, under tow, arrived at Gandia, Spain prior to December 7, 1973, for scrapping.

W. W. HOLLOWAY was laid up December 7, 1981, for the last time in Toledo’s Frog Pond.

On December 7, 1932, the MARQUIS ROEN caught fire at Meacher's dock at Bay City, and before the fire was brought under control, the cabins and after end were destroyed.

Captain John Roen of the Roen Steamship Co. died on December 7, 1970.

On December 7, 1906, the R. L. IRELAND stranded on Gull Island in the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior. PERCIVAL ROBERTS JR. (Hull#398) was launched December 7, 1912, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co at Lorain, Ohio by the American Ship Building Co.

The steel side-wheel passenger steamer EASTERN STATES (Hull#144) was launched on December 7, 1901, by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company for the Detroit and Buffalo Steamship Company.

The railcar ferry ANN ARBOR NO 2 (Hull#56), was launched on December 7, 1892 at Toledo, Ohio by Craig Ship Building Co. Sold in 1914 and cut down to a barge, renamed b.) WHALE in 1916, abandoned in 1927.

In 1906, the ANN ARBOR NO 4 arrived Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

On 7 December 1894, KEWEENAW (steel steamer, 291 foot, 2511 gross tons, built in 1891, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was seen groping toward the coast of the State of Washington in a severe gale. With distress signals flying, she put back to sea and foundered. She was built by F. W. Wheeler (Hull #73) for saltwater service. Built in two pieces, she was towed down the St. Lawrence and reassembled at Montreal.

On 7 December 1866, M. BALLARD (2-mast wooden schooner, 116 foot, 288 tons, built in 1855, at Cleveland, Ohio) was lost with all hands in a storm on Lake Ontario.

The wooden propeller bulk freighter MORLEY was launched at Marine City on 7 December 1878. She was on the stocks for two years and was built for the Morley Brothers and Hill. She was a double decker with side arches between decks with iron straps. She also had iron trusses running through the center. Her boiler was on the main deck and she had the engine from the tug WM PRINGLE. She had three spars, a centerboard, and could carry 45,000 bushels of grain.

1909: MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO. 2 disappeared with all hands in the overnight hours of December 7-8 while crossing Lake Erie from Conneaut to Port Stanley with 30 loaded railway cars. The hull has never been located.

1912: The whaleback BARGE 134 was operating on the East Coast as b) BANGOR when it stranded and broke up near Hampton Roads, Va. The hull was salvaged by blasting and dredging in 1975.

1917: SIMCOE, of the Canadian Department of Marine & Fisheries, left the Great Lakes earlier in the fall for new work on the Bay of Fundy. It sent out an S.O.S. that it was sinking in heavy seas and the ship was never seen again. The only trace was a lifering that came ashore at Sable Island. There were 44 on board.

1927: KAMLOOPS, inbound for the Canadian Lakehead, disappeared with all hands overnight December 6-7. The hull was finally found by divers off 12 O'Clock Point, Isle Royale, in 1977.

1927: AGAWA stranded on Advance Reef, Georgian Bay along the south shore of Manitoulin Island. It spent the winter aground and was not released until Nay 16, 1928. The hull had been declared a total loss but was rebuilt at Collingwood as the ROBERT P. DURHAM and then later sailed as c) HERON BAY (i).

1927: The first MARTIAN went aground off Hare Island, Lake Superior and was not released until December 14.

1929: ULVA sank in the ice at Port Colborne but was raised, refitted and returned to service in 1930. The British built freighter operated between Maritime Canada and the Great Lakes until about 1939. It was torpedoed and sunk by U-60 northwest of Ireland on September 3, 1940.

1941: The tanker MAKAWELI was reported to be anchored at Pearl Harbor during the infamous Japanese attack and damaged. The ship was built at Ashtabula as COWEE in 1919 and returned to the Great Lakes for Lakeland Tankers in 1946.

1967: FIR HILL, a Seaway trader in 1961, went aground off Yasuoka, Japan, as d) UNIVERSAL CRUSADER. It was lightered and released but sold for scrap and broken up at Hirao, Japan, in 1968. 1969: The bulk carrier PETITE HERMINE and TEXACO CHIEF (ii) collided in fog near Prescott and both ships had slight damage. The former became c) CANADIAN HUNTER while the latter last operated on the lakes as c) ALGONOVA (i).

1976: The Liberian flag bulk carrier UNIMAR grounded leaving Thunder Bay with a cargo of grain and was not released until December 15.

1976: HARRY L. ALLEN of the Kinsman fleet went aground in Lake St. Clair, near St. Clair, Mich., and was held fast in the ice before being freed by tugs.

1982: LEADALE (ii) finished unloading salt at Thorold and backed into a concrete dolphin while departing the dock. A hole was punched in the hull and the ship sank while trying to get back to the dock. LEADALE was refloated December 19, towed to Port Colborne and scrapped by Marine Salvage in 1983. 1983: UNISOL had been docked at Chandler, Que., to load newsprint but left to ride out an approaching storm after being pounded against the dock. The ship ran aground while outbound and the crew was saved by a Canadian Forces helicopter. The vessel, noted as the first Peruvian flag freighter to transit the Seaway earlier that year, broke up in the storm.

1983: The Norwegian freighter WOODVILLE began visiting the Great Lakes in 1962. It ran aground near Palau Mungging, Malaysia, enroute from Bangkok, Thailand, to Malacca, Malaysia, as d) PETER RICH and was abandoned as a total loss.

1989: CAPITAINE TORRES, enroute from the Great Lakes, got caught in a vicious storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence on December 7-8 after the cargo shifted. All 23 on board were lost when the ship went down.

2005: ZIEMIA LODZKA collided with and sank the VERTIGO in shallow water in the Great Belt off Denmark. All were saved. The former began Great Lake trading in 1992.

2010: The passenger ship CLELIA II, a Great Lakes visitor in 2009, was hit by a monstrous wave in the Antarctic Ocean smashing the pilothouse window and damaging electronic equipment. The vessel made Ushusia, Argentina, safely and only one member of the crew had a minor injury.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 6

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
The stormy weather conditions kept the Duluth harbor at a standstill on Tuesday. Mesabi Miner and Erie Trader arrived off the harbor during the morning, but dropped anchor waiting for the weather to improve. American Century left port during the evening, loaded with ore from CN. Orsula was docked at CHS, Philip R. Clarke remained in Fraser Shipyards, and Edenborg continued loading at Peavey. Stewart J. Cort was loading at Burlington Northern in Superior. Edenborg was tentatively expected to finish loading and depart before midnight, and Mesabi Miner was due to arrive and head to CN to load iron ore pellets.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
There was no boat traffic in Two Harbors or Silver Bay on Tuesday. Edwin H. Gott, after finishing loading, went to anchor off Two Harbors to await weather. As of 21:30 on Tuesday she was still at anchor. Due Two Harbors is the American Integrity, but as of 21:30 on Tuesday she was awaiting weather at anchor in Whitefish Bay. No ETA for Two Harbors. Due Northshore Mining in Silver Bay is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader. She was anchored off Duluth waiting on weather. She still has to unload her limestone cargo in the Twin Ports before heading to Silver Bay.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday 21:34 Kaministiqua braved the gale and departed for Sorel. 21:58 Oakglen finished loading and went to anchor to wait out the weather. 22:19 Algoma Guardian shifted to the Richardson Mail Terminal to finish loading. Tuesday 2:05 Algoma Enterprise came north from Duluth and went to anchor to wait out the weather. 4:04 Algonova arrived at Suncor to unload petroleum products. 19:37 Algoma Equinox finished loading and went to anchor.

Marquette, Mich.
Burns Harbor was anchored offshore for weather.

St. Marys River
Due to high winds, several vessels were at anchor in the St. Marys River Tuesday night. Algoma Niagara, saltie Yulia and American Integrity were at anchor in the shelter of Whitefish Point. Baie Comeau was in Goulais Bay. In the lower river, Joyce L. VanEnkevort / barge Great Lakes Trader, James R. Barker, Lee A. Tregurtha, tug Defiance / barge Ashtabula, American Mariner, Walter J. McCarthy Jr., Algoma Mariner, John D. Leitch, Algoma Discover, Radcliffe R. Latimer and Indiana Harbor were on the hook in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour. Federal Danube was at the Algoma export dock. Kaministiqua was downbound in at the locks in the late evening.

Mackinac Straits – Logan Vasicek
Joseph L. Block was westbound in the Round Island Passage during the early morning Tuesday, while the American Integrity was eastbound. The Block anchored between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island due to high winds, and was joined by American Spirit and Federal Champlain later in the day. Federal Biscay remained at anchor north of Bois Blanc Island on Tuesday, and the St. Clair was southbound in the south channel on Tuesday afternoon. Algoway, Sam Laud, Samuel deChamplain and Michigan remained at anchor in the south channel, and were joined by the CSL Laurentien on Tuesday evening. A little further south, Kaye E. Barker and USCG Mackinaw were anchored in Hammond Bay.

Port Austin, Mich.
Capt. Henry Jackman and G3 Marquis were anchored Tuesday night off Tawas City. Mississagi looked to be heading in to join them, but continued upbound hugging the shoreline. Cuyahoga was stopped off the tip of the thumb.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac unloaded grain and was anchored in Midland Bay Tuesday for weather.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Great Republic remained tied up at the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw on Tuesday due to high winds.

Sandusky, Ohio
Algolake and Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin were in port on Tuesday evening.

Cleveland, Ohio – Daniel McNeil
The oldest operating boat sailing on the Great Lakes, the 75-year-old steamer Alpena, arrived for winter lay-up Monday, December 4, in the early evening at the Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland Ohio. She has a winter storage load of cement that she will likely unload during the winter or during fit-out in the spring. This is a early lay up for the Alpena, as in years past she usually doesn't finish her season till early-to-mid January. The Alpena is the second ship this season to enter winter layup, the first being the steamer Wilfred Sykes, which entered winter layup at Sturgeon Bay Shipyard November 19.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Tuesday – Barry Andersen
(High winds delaying some traffic.)

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Dec 1 - Algocanada at 2226 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1905

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Algosea at 1953

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838 - to be christened Dec 16th adjacent to former now retired museum ship USS Little Rock.

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 4 - Saginaw at 0611 (stopped wharf 16 and Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1854 - Dec 5 - Finnborg (Nld) at 0211 and Erik (Atg) at 1824

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 4 - BBC Mississippi (Atg) at 2236 - Dec 5 - Atlantic Huron at 0452 and Whitefish Bay at 1605

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 4 - Algoma Olympic to wharf 16 at 1526, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803 and Saginaw stopped at wharf 12 at 1958 - departure - Dec 4 Algoma Olympic at 1859

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Dec 4 - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1420 - Dec 5 - BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 0001, Algoscotia at 0153, Sarah Desgagnes at 1121 and Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11 - departure - Dec 5 - Erik (Atg) at 1807

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Federal Weser (Mhl) at 1558 (anchored off Burlington and Ojibway at 1959 - docked - Nov 29 - Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - departure - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0050 for Montreal,

Mississauga:
Docked - Dec 3 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0258 - departed - Dec 5 for Port Weller anchorage

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - Dec 3 - Stephen B. Roman at 1934

Oshawa:
Docked - Dec 4 - Federal Ruhr (Mhl) at 1541 - departed Dec 4 - Pacific Huron (Atg) (ex Seven Islands-10) at 1526 for Detroit

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 6

On 06 December 1886, C. McElroy purchased the steamer CHARLIE LIKEN for use as a ferry at St. Clair, Michigan to replace the burned CLARA.

In 1988, Canada Steamship Lines’ HON. PAUL MARTIN was renamed b.) ATLANTIC ERIE.

American Steamship Co.’s H. LEE WHITE (Hull#711) was launched December 6, 1973, at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin by Bay Shipbuilding Co.

CONSUMERS POWER was laid up for the last time at Erie, Pennsylvania on December 6, 1985.

On December 6, 1988, an arsonist set fire to the after end of FORT CHAMBLY while she was laid up at Ojibway Slip in Windsor, Ontario.

GOLDEN HIND was launched at Collingwood, Ontario on December 6, 1951, as the tanker a.) IMPERIAL WOODBEND (Hull#147).

N.M. Paterson & Sons LAWRENDOC (Hull#174) was launched December 6, 1961, at the Collingwood Shipyards.

On 6 December 1874, the Port Huron Times reported that the Port Huron Dry Dock Co. had been declared bankrupt and Mr. John Johnston had been appointed assignee of the company by the U.S. District Court.

OCONTO grounded near Charity Island in Saginaw Bay on 6 December 1885. The passengers and crew were saved. She was built at Manitowoc in 1872, by Rand & Co. and owned by Capt. Gregory W. McGregor and Rensselaer VanSycle. She was later recovered but only lasted until July 1886, when she went down in the St. Lawrence River with a valuable cargo of merchandise. Although several attempts were made to recover her, she remains on the bottom and is a frequent charter dive target to this day.

1906: MONARCH, carrying a cargo of bagged flour, struck Blake Point, Isle Royale and broke in two. The stern sank in deep water and the survivors huddled on shore. They were spotted the next day by the passing steamer EDMONTON who had help sent out from Port Arthur. Only one life was lost.

1906: R.L. IRELAND went aground off the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, while loaded with coal. Some of the crew rowed a lifeboat to Bayfield for help. The vessel was salvaged and last sailed as c) ONTADOC (i)in 1970.

1909: BADGER STATE caught fire at Marine City, drifted downstream and stranded off Fawn Island. The hull burned to the waterline. 1910: DUNELM went aground on Isle Royale while downbound with grain for Montreal. It was salvaged on December 21 and taken to Port Arthur for repairs.

1917: TUSCARORA, recently cut in two, towed through the Welland and St. Lawrence Canals, and rejoined at Montreal, sank with the loss of all hands off Cape Breton Island on the delivery voyage to the East Coast.

1924: MIDLAND PRINCE was swept onto a reef while under tow in the outer harbor at Port Colborne and sank the tugs JOSEPH H. and HOME RULE in the process. The laker was released the next day but the tugs were a total loss.

1961: The listing freighter MARIANGELA B. was abandoned on the Mediterranean south of Formentera, Spain, after the cargo of zinc shifted in a storm. The vessel was towed to Cartagena, Spain, on December 8 but soon sold to Italian shipbreakers for dismantling at La Spezia in 1962. The vessel had been built at Sturgeon Bay as LABAN HOWES in 1943.

1977: The passenger ship ROYAL CLIPPER caught fire in the engine room at Montreal. After five hours, the ship rolled on its side and sank. It was salvaged in 1982, towed to Port Maitland, and scrapped during 1984-1986.

1992: WILLIAM R. ROESCH was inbound at Holland, Mich., with a cargo of slag when it went aground. The ship was stuck for two hours.

2001: NANCY MELISSA visited the Great Lakes in 1980. It began taking water as e) EMRE BAY in the Ionian Sea and the crew abandoned the ship. The grain laden vessel was taken in tow to safety but was later sold for scrap and arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as f) RESBE on April 9, 2003.

2002: SAGINAW sustained rudder damage while backing away at Thorold and had to go to Hamilton for repairs.

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

 

Stormy weather in forecast for northern Great Lakes

12/5 - Cold southwest winds 20-35 mph with gusts over 45 mph off Lake Michigan and the Straits will produce hazardous conditions from northwest Lower Michigan through the Straits and into the Upper Peninsula from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are expected, with localized amounts up to 13 inches possible.

9-10 News

 

Santa Claus comes to Port Huron on pilot boat

12/5 - Port Huron, Mich. – Cousins Jorja and Stella Beauvais and Jaycie Witulski came from northern Michigan to Port Huron where they received a special surprise on Saturday. Santa Claus was aboard the Lakes Pilots Association's boat, the Huron Spirit. The jolly old elf was wishing "Merry Christmas" to people up and down the Thomas Edison Parkway, including the cousins.

"I think it's just so amazing," said Jorja, who is 9. She and her sister, Stella, 9 months, and their cousin, Jaycie, 8, are from Presque Isle. "It was so nice to see Santa on a boat. I thought he was going to come on a sleigh, not a boat."

The girls are the grandchildren of Cliff and Linda Beauvais of Alpena. They said they just happened to be walking along the St. Clair River when Santa showed up.

"We grew up in Port Huron and we're here for a Christmas party," Cliff Beauvais said. "This was kind of special stuff."

Port Huron Times Herald

 

Port Reports -  December 5

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Orsula arrived at Duluth mid-morning Monday to load wheat at CHS 1. Algoma Enterprise, which had arrived just before midnight Sunday, departed around noon with petroleum coke from Midwest Energy. American Century remained at CN loading ore, and Edenborg continued taking on beet pulp pellets at Peavey. Philip R. Clarke remained moored at Fraser Shipyards. On the south side of the harbor, Burns Harbor finished loading at BN and departed during the morning Monday. Michipicoten arrived shortly thereafter, and was still at the dock as of Monday night. Philip R. Clarke was tentatively scheduled to shift down to BN after the Michipicoten's departure.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edwin H. Gott arrived Two Harbors Monday at 12:30. As of 20:30 Monday she was still loading. Two Harbors has no scheduled traffic on Tuesday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Monday. Due Silver Bay on Tuesday, weather permitting, is the Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading stone at Graymont-Superior.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Monday, December 4, 0:41 Oakglen shifted to Viterra A to finish loading. 0:46 Algoma Guardian Arrived and anchored south of the Mission River. 16:14 CSL Welland arrived at Viterra B to load. 16:25 Algoma Mariner departed for Goderich. At 17:47 Algoma Equinox arrived at the Richardson Current River Terminal to load grain. 18:47 Algoma Guardian weighed anchor and proceeded to the Superior Elevator to load grain. 19:05 Tim S. Dool finished loading and went to anchor south of the Mission River, probably to wait out the weather. 21:26 Federal Churchill arrived at the main anchorage and went to anchor.

St. Marys River
With a wind and storm warning in effect, vessels were beginning to go to anchor on Monday, with Indiana Harbor, James R. Barker, Lee A. Tregurtha, tug Defiance / barge Ashtabula and tug Joyce L. VanEnkevort / barge Great Lakes Trader on the hook in Potaganissing Bay above DeTour Monday evening. Algoma Niagara was tucked in behind Whitefish Point. Traffic that was moving in the late evening included the downbounders Walter J. McCarthy, John D. Leitch, American Mariner and the upbound Manitoulin, Yulia and Baie Comeau. Federal Danube was heading into the Algoma export dock.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
G.L. Ostrander / barge Integrity arrived in Milwaukee Sunday night and unloaded Monday at their Jones Island terminal in the inner harbor. Federal Champlain departed from Milwaukee northbound up the Lake to Thunder Bay, Ontario about 5 p.m. Monday. Drawsko departed onto Lake Michigan Friday night first for Burns Harbor, then for Thunder Bay.

Mackinac Straits
Due to high winds, Algoway, tug Samuel de Champlain / barge and Sam Laud were at anchor east of the bridge. St. Clair was on the hook to the west. Fedeal Biscay was on the hook behind Bois Blanc Island.

Cedarville, Mich.
Joseph L. Block was loading stone on Monday. When finished, she remained at the dock due to weather.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Drawsko left Burns Harbor for Thunder Bay Monday late afternoon. Roger Blough departed Gary. Eemsborg was docked at the mouth of the Calumet River during the day, but departed in the late evening for (according to AIS) Duluth.

Port Austin, Mich.
Cuyahoga and Capt. Henry Jackman were anchored for weather Monday night off the tip of Michigan’s thumb.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Volgaborg was loading grain on Monday.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac was still unloading grain on Monday.

Saginaw River – Logan Vasicek
Great Republic arrived on Monday morning with a split load for the Buena Vista Dock in Saginaw and the Lafarge Stone Dock in Saginaw. She was still unloading at Lafarge in Saginaw on Monday night. The USCG Hollyhock arrived in the evening and tied up at the Karn-Weadock Power Plant in Essexville.

Toledo, Ohio
Saltie Maria G arrived Monday and went up the river to load grain. She is former Gadwall from the Canfornav Fleet. As such, she has made several trips to Toledo during the past few years.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Monday – Barry Andersen (Overnight fog delayed traffic.)

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232 - Dec 2 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 1837

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0022, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0942, CSL Assiniboine at 1610 and Algosea at 1953 - departed - Dec 3 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 1953 for Sarnia, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2156 - Dec 4 - CSL Assiniboine at 0840

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tug Paul L. Luedtke at 0900 - Dec 4 - USS Little Rock at 0838

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Sarah Desgagnes at 1715 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2100 - Dec 4 - Baie St. Paul at 0142, Algoma Olympic at 0332, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 0425, Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Intrepid Canada-16) at 0536, Saginaw at 0611 and Pacific Huron (Atg) at 1854

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Eeborg (Nld) at 2253 - Dec 4 - Cedarglen at 0219, algosteel at 0227, Tecumseh at 1033, BBC Vesuvius (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1206 and Barnacle (Cyp) at 1614 and BBC Mississippi (Atg) at 2200

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - A;lgoma Olympic to wharf 16 at 1600, tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit to wharf 13 (Robin Hood dock) at 1803

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Erik (Atg) (ex BBC Louisiana-17) at 1420 - destination Port Colborne

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Saginaw at 1156 and CCGS Constable Carriere at 2222 - Dec 4 - CCGS Private Robertson at 1851- docked - - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - departure - Dec 3 - Saginaw at 2139 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2325 - Dec 4 - Florence Spirit at 1403 eastbound and Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Ocean Intrepid-16) at 0325 for Sarnia

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 4 - Robert S. Pierson at 0744 - departed at 1712 eastbound

Mississauga:
Docked - Dec 3 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0258

Toronto:
Docked - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 - Dec 3 - Stephen B. Roman at 1934

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730 - departed Dec 4 - 1526

 

Steamer Jane Miller wreck discovered in Colpoys Bay

12/5 - Bruce Peninsula, Ont. – After 136 years on the bottom of Colpoys Bay, the Jane Miller has been found. The 78-foot package and passenger steamer that sank in a storm on Nov. 25, 1881, taking along some 25 people, was discovered in the summer lying intact on the lake bottom.

American shipwreck hunters Jared Daniels, Jerry Eliason and Ken Merryman made the discovery on July 27 and revealed their find on the 136th anniversary of the sinking. The ship is mostly structurally intact with its mast still standing, rising within some 75 feet of the surface. They also spotted what could be bodies on the wreck.

Merryman, who has been hunting for shipwrecks for over 40 years, said it was exciting to be able to find the Jane Miller after it had been lost for so long. “People call these things time capsules and they absolutely are,” Merryman said Sunday from his home in Minnesota. “That ship took on 10 to 20 tonnes of cargo, so now the archeologists have a snapshot of 1880s life on the Bruce Peninsula with what kinds of things are there.”

Local marine history author Scott Cameron said finding the Jane Miller is a major discovery for the area. He said there aren't very many ships left from the era, the wreck is mostly intact and it holds substantial archeological significance.

The Jane Miller was launched in 1879 from a small shipyard at Little Current on Manitoulin Island. The coastal steamer conducted a regular service between Collingwood and Manitoulin with stops along the way, taking passengers along with loads of goods like apples, butter, furniture, farm implements and other assorted freight up the eastern side of the peninsula and to Manitoulin Island.

The night it sank it sailed with a very heavy load from Owen Sound to Meaford, where more freight and passengers were picked up. In total, 25 people were aboard the ship, including the crew, passengers heading to destinations on the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island and 10 unidentified shantymen heading for the lumber camps on the peninsula.

The Jane Miller docked at Big Bay at 8:30 p.m. to pick up cordwood fuel before setting off to continue its journey amid streamers of snow and gale-force winds. Its next stop was said to be what was then known as Spencer's dock, midway between Big Bay and Wiarton. Witnesses on shore last saw what was assumed to be the Jane Miller heading in the direction of Wiarton as it passed through the gap between White Cloud Island and the mainland sometime after 9 p.m.

A brass plaque stands at Colpoy's Lookout Conservation Area, 11 kilometres east of Wiarton detailing the loss of the Jane Miller. In the days after the sinking some wreckage, personal items and freight were found. Searchers also noticed some bubbles and discoloration on the water, but the steamer itself was never found.

On July 27, 2017, the team of Daniel, Eliason and Merryman, with a permit from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, discovered the Jane Miller.

Merryman said they mostly shipwreck hunt on Lake Superior, but have also done some hunting on the U.S. side of Lake Huron, as well as Lake Erie and Lake Michigan. Merryman and Eliason have been hunting together for about 27 years and and have found 20 shipwrecks together. They also both found several shipwrecks before they teamed up. In July, the seasoned shipwreck hunters were in the Wiarton area with plans to search for the Manasoo and Jane Miller. After the weather made it difficult to search the open water where they believed the Manasoo is, they decided to look for the other ship.

Merryman, a founder of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, said history told them the Jane Miller went down between Big Bay and what was Spencer's dock. They decided to look past the dock location, theorizing that the captain, Andrew Port, might have shot past the dock in order to drift into it, or decided to continue on to Wiarton.

It was only on about the second or third pass the searchers realized success and their sonar picked up the wreck at 3:30 p.m. “We found it fairly quick and it was in a diveable depth,” said Merryman. “Nowadays that is fairly unusual. We weren't expecting that.”

The hunters aren't disclosing the exact location and depth of the wreck to allow government officials a chance to determine how to proceed with preservation and protection.

The next morning Merryman and the others headed back out to the site to dive and videotape the wreck. It was found sitting upright, three of the four large yawl davits that held the lifeboats still standing and the mast rising above. The hull is intact and the main deck cabins are intact, while the upper cabins have collapsed. Merryman said the wood on the side of the cabins had deteriorated and allowed them to see most of what was inside.

Their provincial permit didn't allow penetration of the wreck, but they made out what could be corpses on the ship.

Among some of the key features they made out were a fire extinguisher attached to the side of the ship, the ship's wheel, anchor and engine. Merryman could also make out a large stack of dishes that he suspected was cargo. Their dive lasted about 25 minutes and while Merryman said they would have liked to dive the wreck again, uncooperative weather and time constraints didn't allow for it.

He said he is hopeful that the government gets a chance to study the ship and see what is on the wreck. “We found it, but it is your wreck,” said Merryman, who said their permit allowed them to search and photograph the wreck before reporting it to the Ontario government, which they have done. The searchers have produced a video of the wreck, which can be seen at https://vimeo.com/244474805

Cameron expects the Jane Miller site will be protected since it is a gravesite and praised the dive team for not revealing the location.

“We certainly don't want people out there looking for it again,” said Cameron, who expects the Ontario Marine History Committee to protect the site, much like the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on Nov. 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. “You can't dive on the Edmund Fitzgerald and that is probably what will happen on the Jane Miller,” Cameron said.

Owen Sound Sun Times

 

Build the Huron Spirit pilot boat, raise money for maritime fund

12/5 - Port Huron, Mich. – For a donation of $25, ages 12 and up can now buy a nine-inch laser-printed paper model of the Huron Spirit pilot boat. All proceeds will be donated to the Community Foundation of St. Clair County – Maritime Fund.

The Maritime Fund supports programs that seek to preserve and enhance the waterways of St. Clair County, make the county a maritime destination, and provide young people the opportunity to pursue education in maritime studies.

The models are made by Lake Freighter Minis, LLC.

For sale at or send payment to:
Lakes Pilots Association
101 Water St.
Port Huron, MI 48061

Lakes Pilots Association is located across from the pilot boat dock. Include $6.65 for postage up to 3 kits. U.S. addresses only.

 

The arrival of the USS Little Rock at Buffalo

12/5 - View an image gallery at this link: http://www.wben.com/galleries/photos-arrival-uss-little-rock-canalside

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 5

In 1927, ALTADOC crashed on the rocks of the Keweenaw Peninsula when her steering gear parted during a Lake Superior storm. The machinery and pilothouse of the wreck were recovered in 1928. The pilothouse was eventually refurbished in 1942 and opened as the Worlds Smallest Hotel in Copper Harbor, Michigan. The owners resided in the captains’ quarters, a gift shop was set up in the chart room, a guest lounge was set up in the wheelhouse, and there were two rooms for guests.

On 05 December 1897, the GEORGE W. MORLEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 193 foot, 1045 gross tons, built in 1888, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was sailing light from Milwaukee to Chicago when a fire started near her propeller shaft. It blazed up too quickly for the engineer to put it out and before he could get the fire pump started, the flames drove on deck. The firemen were kept at their posts as the vessel was steered to shore. She sank 100 yards off Greenwood Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. Luckily no lives were lost. The vessel’s engine was recovered in October 1898.

Tanker SATURN (Hull#218) was launched in 1973, for Cleveland Tankers at Jennings, Louisiana, by S.B.A. Shipyards, Inc.

SIR JAMES DUNN (Hull#109) was launched in 1951, for Canada Steamship Lines at Port Arthur, Ontario, by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

The keel was laid for the E.G. GRACE on December 5, 1942. This was the last of the six ships built by AmShip in the L6-S-A1 class for the United States Maritime Commission and was traded to the Interlake Steamship Company in exchange for older tonnage. She would later become the first of the "Maritime Class" vessels to go for scrap in 1984.

On 5 December 1874, the steam barge MILAN was scheduled to be hauled ashore at Port Huron to replace her "Mississippi wheel" with a propeller.

The wooden 100-foot schooner BRILLIANT was close to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on 5 December 1857, where she was scheduled to pick up a load of lumber when she went on a reef close to shore and sank. No lives were lost.

1909: HENRY STEINBRENNER (i) sank in a snowstorm on Mud Lake following a collision with the HARRY A. BERWIND. The superstructure remained above water and the ship was later refloated and repaired.

1927: The wooden steamer ADVANCE went aground off Manitoulin Island and two sailors were lost. The ship was salvaged but tied up at Cornwall later in the month and never operated again.

1935: The lumber carrier SWIFT caught fire at Sturgeon Bay and was a total loss. The remains were scrapped in 1936.

1935: The 65-year old wooden tug LUCKNOW burned outside the harbor at Midland and the ship was beached as a total loss.

1952: The wooden tug GARGANTUA departed Collingwood under tow and sought shelter from a storm early the next day behind Cabot Head. The ship was scuttled to avoid the rocky shore with the main part of the hull above water. The intent was to refloat the vessel in 1953 but it was abandoned instead.

1964: FAYETTE BROWN, enroute to Bilbao, Spain, for scrap, broke loose of the tug BARENTSZ ZEE in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and drifted aground on the south shore of Anticosti Island. Salvage efforts were not successful and the remains of the hull, now broken into many pieces, are still there.

1971: VENUS CHALLENGER was sunk by a missile in the India-Pakistan war while 26 miles south of Karachi. The ship broke in two and sank in 8 minutes. All 33 on board were lost. The vessel was completely darkened and going at 16 knots when hit. The ship had been a Seaway trader earlier in 1971 and as b) PLEIAS in 1968.

1976: TATIANA L. and RALPH MISENER sustained minor damage from a collision in the St. Lawrence. The former was scrapped at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, as c) LUCKY LADY in 2009, while the latter arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, for dismantling as c) DON in September 2012.

1987: The CASON foundered off Punta Rostro, Spain, enroute from Hamburg to Shanghai, due to heavy weather. There were 8 survivors but another 23 sailors perished. There were explosions and fires in deck containers and the hull broke in two during a salvage effort in May 1988. The ship had come through the Seaway as b) WOLFGANG RUSS in 1978 and FINN LEONHARDT in 1979.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 4

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Philip R. Clarke arrived Duluth early Sunday morning with limestone to discharge at Hallett #5. American Mariner departed from General Mills with grain later in the morning, and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was outbound at noon with coal from Midwest Energy. American Century arrived a few hours later to load iron ore pellets at CN. Edenborg arrived via the Superior entry late Sunday afternoon to load beet pulp pellets at Peavey. Philip R. Clarke shifted to Fraser Shipyards Sunday night to take a delay after she finished unloading. In Superior, American Spirit arrived early Sunday morning to load ore at BN. She departed early in the afternoon, and Burns Harbor arrived during the evening to load.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Two Harbors had no traffic on Sunday. Due Two Harbors on Monday is the Edwin H. Gott. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw the departure of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader on Sunday at 09:18. There is no traffic due Silver Bay on Monday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Saturday, 11:20 Atlantic Huron departed for Sydney Nova Scotia. 17:49 Tim S. Dool arrived at G3 to load grain. 22:46 Algoma Mariner arrived at the Superior Elevator to load grain. Sunday, 4:29 Kaministiqua arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. 4:32 Oakglen arrived at Viterra B to load grain.

Marquette, Mich. – Rod Burdick
Barge Ashtabula and Lee A. Tregurtha loaded ore at LS&I on Sunday.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Drawsko was at Burns Harbor Sunday night. Roger Blough was at Gary. Calumet and American Integrity were at Indiana Harbor. Manitowoc and Eemsborg were at docks on the Calumet River. CSL Laurentien was due early Sunday.

Goderich, Ont. – Bruce Douglas
Algoway was loading at Sifto Dock on Sunday. She departed mid-evening upbound. Cuyahoga took her place and began loading salt. Volgaborg was loading grain.

Midland, Ont.
Frontenac was unloading grain late Sunday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Sunday – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay
Anchored - Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232 - Dec 2 - Algosea at 1720 and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1837

Nanticoke:
Arrivals - Dec 3 - Golden Oak (ex Marida Marguerite-13 Sichem Berlin-08) at 0022, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0942, CSL Assiniboine at 1610 and Algosea from the anchorage to dock at 1910

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2236 - Dec 3 - Algolake at 0110, Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0237, G3 Marquis at 0818, Algoma Discovery at 0838, Hanse Gate (Atg) (ex C L Hanse Gate-15 Lake Erie-08) at 1415, Andean (Cyp) at 1630, Sarah Desgagnes at 1715 and tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 2100

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - CCG Pennant Bay at 1937 (maiden voyage) tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2130 - Dec 3 - Saginaw at 0102, CSL Niagara at 0400, CCG Constable Carriere at 0750, Thunder Bay at 0727, Juno (Bds) at 1247, Eeborg (Nld) at 2150 and Cedarglen at 2250

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0227 - awaiting Clarkson dock - departed Dec 3 at 0110 approximately for Mississauga

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored: Dec 2 - Algoma Niagara at 1928 - departed at 2225

Hamilton:
Arrivals - anchored - docked - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Florence Spirit at 1402, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Dec 2 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Ocean Intrepid-16) at 1117 - Nov 3 - Brant (Cyp) from anchorage to dock at 1835 - departure - Dec 3 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 0022 for Toledo

Mississauga:
Docked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437 - departed Dec 1 at 2313 for Rotterdam - arrival - Dec 3 - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-11) at 0258

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112 and English River at 1550 - Dec 3 - Stephen B. Roman at 1934 - departed Dec 3 - English River at 0618 for Bath

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730

 

Vessels with Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway Connections

12/4 - Reported As a Casualty or Sold for Demolition

Taken from December 2017 issue of Marine News – Journal of the World Ship Society

Casualties: None
Demolitions:

Tang (7708182; St. Kitts & Nevis) (Nedroma-17) - (1st trip into the Seaway 1983) - 16,013/1978 - bulk carrier. By International Bulk Carrier SpA (Sekur Holdings Inc) Algeria, to Bangladesh breakers and arrived Chittagong 9/05/2017 - commenced demolition 12/05/2017

Barry Andersen and René Beauchamp

 

Tugboat leads Toledo tree tradition

12/4 - Toledo, Ohio – A tugboat loaded down with Christmas trees and Santa Claus himself arrived at a Toledo dock Saturday in what has become an annual event for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Families with children and a few grown-ups cheered the arrival of the tug George Gradel outside the museum at the Marina District in East Toledo.

Among them was Laura Studyvin, 54, and her mother, Gloria Parker, 78, of Maumee. They grabbed their tree after men on the tugboat tossed them upon on the dock. “It’s a mother-daughter thing,” Ms. Studyvin said. “We think we’re not too old for Santa Claus to be bringing us a tree.”

“Second childhood, don’t you know,” chimed in Ms. Parker. “We love the museum.”

Nearly 100 people, including some tugboat aficionados, waited in the biting wind as the tug steamed through the opened Craig Memorial Bridge and pulled up to the dock. Santa Claus, played by museum volunteer Don Wallace of Maumee, cheered “Ho Ho Ho!” and “Merry Christmas” from a railing at the top of the tug to the waiting crowd, who cheered back.

The tugboat belongs to the Geo. Gradel Co., which has performed the annual service for the museum each of the last three years. The trees were locally grown, according to the museum. Museum spokesman Anna Kolin said Gradel used to have a Christmas tradition of sending a tug down the river carrying a sleigh. “They go above and beyond, decorating their tug and passing out ornaments,” Ms. Kolin said.

Josephine King, who works in the business with her father, John Gradel Sr., and brothers Mark and John, said the company is a marine contractor that operates eight tugs stationed in Toledo and Sandusky. It was started in 1903 by John Gradel, Sr.’s, grandfather, George Gradel.

Forty-four preordered trees were delivered this year, including 10 that were purchased by donors to be given to veterans, coordinated through Heroes in Action, said Ellen Kennedy, education manager for the museum. She said many boats used to conclude their shipping season by delivering loads of Christmas trees to Toledo to make a little extra money.

Toledo Blade

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 4

In 1947, EMORY L. FORD, Captain William J. Lane, departed the Great Northern Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin, with the most valuable cargo of grain shipped on the Great Lakes. The shipment, valued at more than $3 million, consisted of 337,049 bushes of flax valued at $7 a bushel and 140,000 bushels of wheat.

On 04 December 1891, the side-wheel wooden passenger steamer JEANIE, owned by John Craig & Sons, caught fire at the Craig & Sons shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, and burned to the water's edge. She was valued at $25,000 and insured for $10,000.

Algoma Central Marine's ALGOSOO was the last ship built on the Lakes with the traditional fore and aft cabins; her maiden voyage took place today in 1974.

IMPERIAL QUEBEC entered service on December 4, 1957. Renamed b.) SIBYL W. in 1987, and c.) PANAMA TRADER in 1992. Scrapped in Mexico in 1997.

LIGHTSHIP 103 completed her sea trials December 4, 1920.

At 0210 hours on December 4, 1989, the U.S.C.G.C. MESQUITE ran aground in 12 feet of water at a point one-quarter nautical mile off Keweenaw Point. After a struggle to save the ship, the 53 persons aboard abandoned ship at 0830 hours and boarded the Indian salty MANGAL DESAI, which was standing by.

On 4 December 1873, a gale struck Saginaw Bay while the CITY OF DETROIT of 1866 was carrying 8,000 bushels of wheat, package freight and 26 crew and passengers. She was also towing the barge GUIDING STAR. The barge was cut loose in the heavy seas at 3:30 a.m. and about 7 a.m. the CITY OF DETROIT sank. Captain Morris Barrett of the GUIDING STAR saw three of the CITY OF DETROIT's crew in one lifeboat and only one in another lifeboat. The CITY OF DETROIT went down stern first and the passengers and crew were seen grouped together on and about the pilothouse. Capt. Barrett and his crew of seven then abandoned GUIDING STAR. They arrived at Port Elgin, Ontario on 6 December in their yawl with their feet frozen. The barge was later found and towed in by the tug PRINDEVILLE.

On 4 December 1838, THAMES (wooden passenger/package-freight side-wheeler, 80 foot, 160 tons, built in 1833, at Chatham, Ontario) was burned at her dock in Windsor, Ontario by Canadian "patriots" during a raid on Windsor involving more than 500 armed men.

EMERALD ISLE completed her maiden voyage from Beaver Island to Charlevoix on December 4, 1997. Her first cargo included a few cars and 400 passengers. EMERALD ISLE replaced BEAVER ISLANDER as the main ferry on the 32-mile run.

1920: The first RENVOYLE went to saltwater for war service in 1915. It foundered in shallow water on this date in the Bay of Biscay in 1920. Salvage attempts failed. The hull was broken up by the elements and part was scrapped on site.

1951: CAPTAIN C.D. SECORD was disabled and under tow of the SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY when it broke loose in a storm off Isle Royale. The ship was retrieved by U.S.C.G. WOODRUSH and taken to safety and eventually to Port Arthur for repairs.

1966: NAKWA RIVER sustained extensive fire damage at Montreal. The flames broke out while outbound from the Great Lakes.

1986: AMERICAN REPUBLIC was blown on the breakwall at Lorain, Ohio, and received a five-foot gash on the side about 15 feet above the waterline.

1990: IONIA caught fire in the engine room about 90 miles south of Puerto Rico while enroute from Tampa to Chittagong, Bangladesh. The damage was not repaired and the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, as f) ONIA in 1991 and scrapped. The vessel began Seaway service in 1971 as the British flag freighter ZINNIA, returned as b) TIMUR SWIFT in 1983 and as d) ZENOVIA in 1985.

1992: ZEUSPLEIN caught fire in the bridge at Campana, Argentina, and became a total loss. The vessel was sold to shipbreakers in India and arrived for scrapping on June 1, 1993. It had first traveled the Seaway as a) ZEUS in 1972 and had been rebuilt as a container ship in 1983.

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

 

Why the Great Lakes' largest freighter had to make emergency 360-degree turn

12/3 - Duluth, Minn. – Seeing a problem on the road and making a quick U-turn is one thing. Being alerted to a bridge ahead of you that won't raise means a wide turn and a whole lot of skill if you're the captain and crew of a 1,000-foot Great Lakes freighter.

The crew of the Paul R. Tregurtha had to pull a 360-degree maneuver on Friday morning when they learned the aerial lift bridge in Duluth, Minn., that they'd planned to go under had malfunctioned and was not raising properly.

To avoid a potential problem, the freighter did a wide turn before coming back under the bridge, which by then had resumed working. The spin maneuver was caught on an aerial camera and shared by Duluth TV station WDIO. View the video at this link: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/why_the_great_lakes_largest_fr.html

 

Port Reports -  December 3

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors Saturday morning at 06:23 for Conneaut. Arriving at 23:07 on Friday was the Whitefish Bay. She departed Two Harbors at 14:40 on Saturday for Quebec City. There is no traffic scheduled for Two Harbors on Sunday. Oakglen had been scheduled, but she's now headed to Thunder Bay. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay was expected to see the arrival of the Joyce L. VanEnkevort/Great Lakes Trader later on Saturday arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading at Graymont in Superior. She departed the Twin Ports at approx. 18:00 on Saturday. There is no Sunday inbound traffic scheduled for Silver Bay.

St. Marys River
Tecumseh was downbound on Saturday afternoon, followed by Barnacle, Presque Isle and BBC Mississippi. Upbound traffic included Edenborg, Algoma Enterprise and Lee A. Tregurtha. Federal Danube was at the Algoma export dock.

Port Inland, Mich.
Sam Laud was loading limestone on Saturday night.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Drawsko, Calumet and Joseph L. Block were at Indiana Harbor Saturday night. Stewart J. Cort left for Superior early Saturday evening, while Federal Champlain was departing for Milwaukee just after 10 p.m. St. Clair was at Buffington. Eemsborg was docked at the mouth of the Calumet River.

Toledo, Ohio
Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin was loading coal at the CSX Docks Saturday. Federal Biscay was at the Midwest Overseas Dock. James L. Kuber finished unloading ore at the Torco Dock Saturday evening and proceeded upriver to Anderson's E Elevator to load grain. The following boats are due at the CSX Docks to load coal: James L. Kuber on Tuesday Dec. 5th and the John J. Boland on Wednesday Dec. 6th. Ashtabula is due at the Torco Ore Dock to unload ore on Tuesday Dec. 5th.

Rochester, N.Y. – Tom Brewer
Stephen B. Roman finished unloading and departed at 3:30 Saturday afternoon for Picton, Ont.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Saturday – Barry Andersen
Long Point Bay
Anchored - Nov 30 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1250 - departed - Dec 1 - at 2117 for dock - anchored Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232 - Dec 2 - Algosea at 1720 and Sten Idun (Gib) at 1837

Nanticoke:
Docked - Dec 1 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 2217 - arrival - Dec 1 - Baie Comeau at 1452 - departed - Dec 2 at 0031 for Windsor

Buffalo:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - tugs Kurt R. Luedtke and Karl E. Ludtke at 1331 - departed at 1530 westbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Dec 1 - Algoma Niagara at 2310 - Dec 2 - Algoma Spirit at 0732, Yulia (Lbr) (ex Harlequin-11) and Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2205 approximately

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Dec 1 - Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2155 and light tug Ocean Cote Nord at 2200 (stopped at West Street wharf), Dec 2 - Algoma Transport at 0250, Ebony Ray (Sgp) (ex Millennium Park-13) at 0640, light tug Ocean Cote Nord, Algoma Strongfield at 0920, tug Petite Forte & barge St. Marys Cement at 1153, H. Lee White at 1400, Taagborg (Nld) at 1558 and tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 2130

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825 - Dec 1 - light tug Ocean Cote Nord at 2219 - Dec 2 - departed approximately 1300 - stopped small boat dock at 1740 overnight

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-12) at 0227 - awaiting Clarkson dock

Port Colborne anchorage:
Anchored: Dec 2 - Algoma Niagara at 1928

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 2 - Sloman Helios (Atg) (ex Ocean Intrepid-16) at 1117 and Brant (Cyp) at 1315 - docked - Nov 26 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 2124 - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 - Dec 01 - Florence Spirit at 0720 - departures - Dec 1 - Algoma Niagara at 2105 - Dec 2 - Algoma Spirit at 0523, Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 0831,

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 01 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0706 - departed Dec 2 at 0420 for Nanticoke Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 01 - Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2212 - departed Dec 2 at 2017

Mississauga:
Docked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437

Toronto:
Arrival - Dec 2 - Chestnut( Cyp) at 0112

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730

 

Lake Michigan expected to continue to rise this spring

12/3 - Grand Haven, Mich. – Lake Michigan is expected to continue to rise above long-term averages this spring, according to the latest data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District, said Lakes Michigan and Huron are expected to be 7-9 inches higher in spring 2018 compared to this past spring.

Lakes Huron and Michigan are measured as one unit by the Corps of Engineers.

According to the data, all of the Great Lakes are expected to remain above long-term averages when it comes to water levels through the spring. Lake Ontario is expected to be close to its long-term average, while the rest of the Great Lakes are expected to be significantly above averages.

Kompoltowicz said instances of erosion and shoreline flooding have occurred on all of the Great Lakes within the past few years. “Anytime you get those higher-than-average levels, the waves break closer and closer to infrastructure and shoreline protection,” he explained. “Erosion and shoreline flooding will continue under these circumstances.”

Kompoltowicz said the corps is working on updated forecasts for the Great Lakes’ levels, which will include predictions for next month through May 2018. “It’s certainly a concern for those with property along the Great Lakes, and the Great Lakes are very powerful bodies of water, which can stir up large waves very quickly,” he said.

Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, said water levels are part of a cyclical process. The Great Lakes normally rise in the spring as snow melts, peak in August or July, and then decrease in November and October as water evaporates from the lakes at a high rate.

Water levels usually hit a low for the year in the winter months. If that process continued with average snowfall, average runoff in the spring and average evaporation in the fall, then water levels would stay around the same, Gronwold said.

Since early 2013, precipitation in the Great Lakes region has been above average and evaporation has been below average. Gronewold said this is the cause behind the increase in water levels since 2013.

If there is an abundant snowfall this winter and wet conditions in the spring, it is possible that Lakes Michigan and Huron could approach the record high levels of 1986.

Grand Haven Tribune

 

Christmas Tree Ship arrives in Chicago

12/3 - Chicago, Ill. – A US Coast Guard ship has arrived at Navy Pier with 1,200 Christmas trees for needy families. It’s a reenactment of a Chicago tradition from the late 1800s. The Coast Guard Cutter the Mackinaw Christmas tree ship sailed from the Upper Peninsula following the route the original Christmas tree ship the Rouse Simmons sailed when it went down in a storm in 1912.

Commander John Stone says they sailed directly over the spot where the ship went down. “We conducted a solemn ceremony,” says Stone.

Captain Dave Truitt of the Chicago Christmas Tree Committee says the Captain of the Rouse Simmons, Herman Schuenemann, was a larger-than-life character, whose arrival in Chicago was always cause for celebration. “Everyone loved him,” says Truitt. “He was German. He drank beer.”

The wooden ship sits on the bottom of Lake Michigan off Two Rivers Wisconsin. The skeletons of Christmas trees are still in the hold.

View photos and a video at this link: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/12/02/christmas-tree-ship-arrives-in-chicago

 

Regarding news photo gallery and other updates

12/3 - Lately we have received many emails regarding our News Photo Gallery, which has not be updated for several months. At this point, we do not plan to resume posting to that gallery. At present there is no one available to update the galleries, which is a very time consuming task on our end due to outdated software we are financially unable to replace. The truth is, social media sites have long ago surpassed Boatnerd in the area of posting pictures. Sites like Facebook / Instagram have hundreds of people posting 24/7. There is no way Boatnerd, with its limited financial (we rely on donations to stay afloat) and personnel resources, could ever keep up. We suggest joining one or more of the many such groups that post dozens of pictures every day.

We'd like to remind everyone that our volunteers all have full time jobs, families, homes and lives to maintain. Sometimes volunteer projects have to be put on the back burner. Several individuals have volunteered to help with posting pictures and other aspects of the site, but due to the aforementioned software (circa 1995), that is just not practical. We thank them for their kind offers, however.

Finally, we'd like to remind readers that the Boatnerd News Page continues to be updated every day, aggregating information from many sources including social media sites and newspapers from around the region. Our volunteer puts in at least an hour or more daily, every day, 365 days a year doing this, and we thank him. Our Information Search and Regional Discussion boards remain active and are still a GREAT place to find out information. Our Vessel History write-ups have been recently updated with new information and photos; keep in mind this is also a time consuming, on-going process as ships join the fleet, change hands, are renamed or scrapped. It is a huge database.

Thank you for reading and supporting the site.

The Boatnerd Volunteers

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 3

In 1947, EMORY L. FORD, Captain William J. Lane, departed the Great Northern Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin, with the most valuable cargo of grain shipped on the Great Lakes. The shipment, valued at more than $3 million, consisted of 337,049 bushes of flax valued at $7 a bushel and 140,000 bushels of wheat.

On 04 December 1891, the side-wheel wooden passenger steamer JEANIE, owned by John Craig & Sons, caught fire at the Craig & Sons shipyard in Toledo, Ohio, and burned to the water's edge. She was valued at $25,000 and insured for $10,000.

Algoma Central Marine's ALGOSOO was the last ship built on the Lakes with the traditional fore and aft cabins; her maiden voyage took place today in 1974.

IMPERIAL QUEBEC entered service on December 4, 1957. Renamed b.) SIBYL W. in 1987, and c.) PANAMA TRADER in 1992. Scrapped in Mexico in 1997.

LIGHTSHIP 103 completed her sea trials December 4, 1920.

At 0210 hours on December 4, 1989, the U.S.C.G.C. MESQUITE ran aground in 12 feet of water at a point one-quarter nautical mile off Keweenaw Point. After a struggle to save the ship, the 53 persons aboard abandoned ship at 0830 hours and boarded the Indian salty MANGAL DESAI, which was standing by.

On 4 December 1873, a gale struck Saginaw Bay while the CITY OF DETROIT of 1866 was carrying 8,000 bushels of wheat, package freight and 26 crew and passengers. She was also towing the barge GUIDING STAR. The barge was cut loose in the heavy seas at 3:30 a.m. and about 7 a.m. the CITY OF DETROIT sank. Captain Morris Barrett of the GUIDING STAR saw three of the CITY OF DETROIT's crew in one lifeboat and only one in another lifeboat. The CITY OF DETROIT went down stern first and the passengers and crew were seen grouped together on and about the pilothouse. Capt. Barrett and his crew of seven then abandoned GUIDING STAR. They arrived at Port Elgin, Ontario on 6 December in their yawl with their feet frozen. The barge was later found and towed in by the tug PRINDEVILLE.

On 4 December 1838, THAMES (wooden passenger/package-freight side-wheeler, 80 foot, 160 tons, built in 1833, at Chatham, Ontario) was burned at her dock in Windsor, Ontario by Canadian "patriots" during a raid on Windsor involving more than 500 armed men.

EMERALD ISLE completed her maiden voyage from Beaver Island to Charlevoix on December 4, 1997. Her first cargo included a few cars and 400 passengers. EMERALD ISLE replaced BEAVER ISLANDER as the main ferry on the 32-mile run.

1920: The first RENVOYLE went to saltwater for war service in 1915. It foundered in shallow water on this date in the Bay of Biscay in 1920. Salvage attempts failed. The hull was broken up by the elements and part was scrapped on site.

1951: CAPTAIN C.D. SECORD was disabled and under tow of the SIR THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY when it broke loose in a storm off Isle Royale. The ship was retrieved by U.S.C.G. WOODRUSH and taken to safety and eventually to Port Arthur for repairs.

1966: NAKWA RIVER sustained extensive fire damage at Montreal. The flames broke out while outbound from the Great Lakes.

1986: AMERICAN REPUBLIC was blown on the breakwall at Lorain, Ohio, and received a five-foot gash on the side about 15 feet above the waterline.

1990: IONIA caught fire in the engine room about 90 miles south of Puerto Rico while enroute from Tampa to Chittagong, Bangladesh. The damage was not repaired and the hull was towed to Aliaga, Turkey, as f) ONIA in 1991 and scrapped. The vessel began Seaway service in 1971 as the British flag freighter ZINNIA, returned as b) TIMUR SWIFT in 1983 and as d) ZENOVIA in 1985.

1992: ZEUSPLEIN caught fire in the bridge at Campana, Argentina, and became a total loss. The vessel was sold to shipbreakers in India and arrived for scrapping on June 1, 1993. It had first traveled the Seaway as a) ZEUS in 1972 and had been rebuilt as a container ship in 1983.

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

 

 

Port Reports -  December 2

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
Algosteel departed Two Harbors Thursday night at 21:58 for Quebec City. Presque Isle arrived North of #2 in Two Harbors at 06:25 on Friday. After taking some cargo at the gravity dock she shifted to the shiploader and then departed at 16:30 on Friday for Gary. Edgar B. Speer arrived off Two Harbors Friday morning at 07:59 and went to anchor. She then arrived Friday at 16:49. Her AIS destination is already showing Conneaut. Due late Friday night is the Whitefish Bay. There is no other traffic scheduled for Saturday. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay saw no traffic on Friday. Due Silver Bay later in the day on Saturday is the Joyce L. VanEnkevort / Great Lakes Trader arriving from the Twin Ports after unloading limestone.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday 21:39 Tecumseh arrived at the Richardson Main Terminal to load grain. Friday, 0:08 Cedarglen departed for Montreal. 10:47 Federal Ems arrived and went to anchor/ 11:42 Frontenac departed for Midland. 18:06 Tecumseh departed for Sorel. 20:04 Barnacle departed for Sorel. 22:02 Atlantic Huron arrived at Thunder Bay Terminals to load coal.

Manistee, Mich.
Great Republic was unloading Friday evening.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Champlain and Orsula were at Burns Harbor docks Friday evening. Stewart J. Cort and St. Clair were due. Edwin H Gott was at Gary.

Toledo, Ohio
Federal Biscay will be arriving at Toledo mid to late Saturday morning depending on her speed while sailing across Lake Erie.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Federal Margaree departed heading east early Friday. She was entering the Welland Canal late Friday night.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Friday – Barry Andersen

Long Point Bay:
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 30 - tug Leo A. McArthur & barge John J. Carrick at 1250

Nanticoke:
Arrival - Nov 30 - Algocanada at 2232

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - John D. Leitch at 2037, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 2155 - Dec 01 - Algoma Guardian at 0015, Federal Biscay (Mhl) at 0618, Algoma Equinox at 0725, CSL Welland at 0847, tug Sea Eagle II & barge St. Marys Cement II at 1856, Algoma Niagara at 2243

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - Algoma Spirit at 0048, Radcliffe R. Latimer at 0716, Algowood at 0738, Federal Seto ( Mhl) at 1251, John J. Boland at 1322 and Algoma Olympic at 1322, Federal Margaree (Mhl) at 2155 and light tug Ocean Cote Nord at 2200

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Adfines Star (Mlt) (ex Osttank Sweden-12) at 0227 - awaiting Clarkson dock

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Dec 01 - Algoma Niagara at 0622, Florence Spirit at 0720 and Algoma Spirit at 1333. Docked - Nov 25 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1747 - Nov 26 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 2124 - Nov 27 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 2219 - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642 - Nov 30 - Algoma Equinox at 1309 and Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 departures - Dec 01- Spruceglen at 0422, Federal Alster (Mhl) at 0539 for Prescott, Algoma Equinox at 0602 for the canal, Algoma Niagara at 2105

Bronte:
Docked - Dec 01 - Sten Idun (Gib) at 0706

Clarkson:
Arrival - Dec 01 - Robert S. Pierson at 1245 and Radcliffe R. Latimer at 2130 approximately

Mississauga:
Aocked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437

Oshawa:
Docked - Nov 30 - Pacific Huron (Atg) at 0730

 

Obituary: Daniel J. Kobasic

12/2 - Daniel J. Kobasic, age 71, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday morning, November 30, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.

“Wooden ships, iron men” goes the old maritime saying. While Daniel Joseph Kobasic never sailed on the wooden ships, he was certainly an iron man, with an unparalleled work ethic and fierce determination. And although his life was tragically cut short by pancreatic cancer, he lived more in his 71 years than most. He was a carpenter, machinist, landscaper, fisherman, entrepreneur, pizza purveyor, ship builder, tug boat captain, storyteller and visionary. Daniel was also a father, grandfather, brother, and friend. By all accounts, he led a complicated and extraordinary life.

Born on August 10, 1946, Daniel was the second son and fifth child of Frank and Mary (nee Kolich) Kobasic. The very night he turned 18, he walked onto an iron ore freighter. As he was apt to say, “I left home with a paper bag and the shirt on my back”. Driven by ambition, Daniel worked his “way up the hawsepipe” and attended navigation school in New York. He overcame color-blindness to pass the red light/green light lantern test, and eventually became a celestial navigator, 2nd mate in the merchant marine. In lieu of the army, he served in the Vietnam war zone, hauled goods and weapons around southeastern Asia, and ultimately circumnavigated the globe three times.

After nearly 8 years on the ships, he returned to Escanaba, struggling to find self-employment, offering carpentry and landscaping work with little success. Heeding his then-wife’s suggestion, Daniel began construction on Shakey’s pizza restaurant. It was a risky endeavor for the young couple, and he broke ground on the property before securing financing. A gifted orator, Daniel found funding from Arnie Mackie at First National Bank, and Shakey’s opened in September 1973.

The pizza restaurant was merely a means to an end, however. He channeled profits from the thriving pizza business to build a fishing trawler. With no formal education in naval architecture, he built the Danicia K. in 1978 on land near the power plant in Wells, and a year later started Basic Marine. It was the modest beginning to an impressive maritime construction endeavor, building over 240 vessels that float in the fresh and saltwater lakes and seas.

After exiting the pizza-making business in 1986, he wholly devoted his attentions to Basic Marine, and together with his brother, business partner, and best friend, Claude Kobasic, he expanded the physical footprint of the business significantly during the late 80s and early 90s, adding a drydock to allow for the repair of larger vessels. He also launched Basic Towing, which ultimately grew to a fleet of 8 vessels. Two of the tugs were acquired on the East Coast, and he brought his 3 daughters along for the three-week long journey up the St. Lawrence Seaway. The tugs delivered vessels created at Basic Marine to destinations as far as Seattle via the Panama Canal. He also maintained a former World War II Coast Guard-cutter, the Erika Kobasic, as an icebreaker, freeing shipping lanes from their frozen confines in the winter. To quote a 2010 Daily Press article detailing the history of the company, “we would do well to remember that vast wealth and resources aren’t as important as good business sense, boldness to act, and an iron will to succeed.”

Daniel was a restless and driven individual, and happiest when embarking on a new project. His recent dock expansion project allowed the first saltwater merchant vessel into the area in 80 years, and returned Escanaba’s status as an international shipping port. The project expanded the dock from 450 to 1,200 feet, dredged the port to 28 feet, and included several thousand feet of steel sheeting to secure the shoreline. His unfinished dream to restore Escanaba’s North Shore to its original 1880’s glory will be carried on by his brother, Claude and nephew, Nicholas to honor his nostalgic labor of love.

He loved car rides, cigars, a good fish fry, Crown Royal, ice cream, and a well-prepared meal on a warm plate. He had a sparkling and often cutting sense of humor, and as anyone who spent time with him knows, he did not suffer fools. His musical tastes varied widely, from Pearl Jam to big band music to romantic piano ballads. He had an eye for design, and delighted in a well-made object. Daniel was an avid collector, and especially cherished wood stoves. He was proud of his Croatian heritage, and found solace in the Catholic faith of his ancestors, particularly in his last years. And he found true delight in riding bicycles with his youngest granddaughter, Gina. His legacy of generosity will continue through the many individuals and organizations that benefitted from his charitable heart.

In his brief but devastating illness, Daniel was devotedly and lovingly nursed by his youngest daughter, Krystal, with dedicated support from his middle daughter, Erika; and his brother, Claude.

He is survived his three daughters, Danica Stanciu of Washington, D.C., and her children, Nicolas and Elena, Erika and Steve Meyer of Milwaukee, the parents of his beloved Gina, and Krystal Kobasic and her fiancé Chris Bjuhr of San Francisco, CA; surviving siblings include, Catherine Wendt, Frank Jr. “Bud” (Audrey) Kobasic, Barb Darce, Joan Kobasic, Shirley Kobasic, John Kobasic, Claude (Bev) Kobasic, and Mary (Zahid) Hanif; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his sisters, Mary and Helen Lou.

Visitation for family and close friends will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m., Monday, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Father Rick Courier officiating. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials please be directed to the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association. Charitable donations may be made to:

The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association P.O. Box 954, Escanaba MI 49829 Web: https://www.upsteamandgasengine.org

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 2

On this day in 1942, the tug ADMIRAL and tanker-barge CLEVCO encountered a late season blizzard on Lake Erie. The ADMIRAL sank approximately 10 miles off Avon Point, Ohio, with a loss of 11. The CLEVCO sank 30 hours later off Euclid Beach with a loss of 19.

On 02 December 1857, the NAPOLEON (wooden propeller, 92 foot, 181 tons, built in 1845, at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, as a schooner) went to the assistance of the schooner DREADNAUGHT. In the rescue attempt, the NAPOLEON bent her rudder and disabled her engine. Helpless, she went on a reef off Saugeen, Ontario, and was pounded to pieces. Her engine, boiler and gear were salvaged in the autumn of 1858, and sold at Detroit, Michigan.

Hall Corporation of Canada’s OTTERCLIFFE HALL (Hull # 667) was launched December 2, 1968, at Lauzon, Quebec, by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

GEORGE R. FINK, b) ERNEST T. WEIR under tow passed Gibraltar on December 2, 1973, and arrived at Gandia, Spain, prior to December 7, 1973, for scrapping.

Pittsburgh Steamship Co.’s GOVERNOR MILLER (Hull # 810) was launched in1937, at Lorain, Ohio, by American Ship Building Co.

NIPIGON BAY last ran in 1982, and was laid up at Montreal on December 2nd.

December 2, 1975, the brand new carferry WOLFE ISLANDER III sailed into Kingston from Thunder Bay, Ontario. The new 55-car ferry would replace the older ferries WOLFE ISLANDER and UPPER CANADA.

On 2 December 1874, the steam barge GERMANIA was launched at King's yard in Marine City, Michigan. The Port Huron Times of 4 December 1874 reported that she "is probably the cheapest boat ever built in Marine City, wages and material, iron, etc. being very low." This was due to the nation just recovering from the "Panic of 1873." The vessel's dimensions were 144 feet overall x 56 feet 2 inches x 11 feet 9 inches.

On 2 December 1832, the wooden schooner CAROLINE was carrying dry goods worth more than $30,000 from Oswego to Ogdensburg, New York, in a violent storm. She capsized and sank off Ducks Island on Lake Ontario with the loss of one life. Five survived in the yawl and made it to the island in 6 hours. After much suffering from the cold and snow, they were rescued by the schooner HURON.

Duluth - December 2, 1950 - In the early part of this week there were as many as 41 Great Lakes vessels lined up in the Duluth-Superior harbor awaiting their turn to take on their cargoes of iron ore. Freezing temperatures prevailed at the head of the lakes and ore steaming operations permitted loading only of about 10 boats per day.

1964: The anchors of AGIOS NICOLAOS II dragged in a storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the ship drifted aground at Sea-Cow Head, near Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The ship was released and towed to Halifax but not repaired. It had first come through the Seaway as a) ALKAID in 1961 and made one trip inland as b) AGIOS NICOLAOS II in 1964. Following a sale for scrap, the ship arrived at Bilbao, Spain, under tow of the tug PRAIA DE ADRAGA, on April 2, 1965.

1967: The tanker LUBROLAKE and tug IRVING BEECH were blown aground on Cape Breton Island, near New Waterford, NS at a site called the No. 12 Stone Dump. Both ships were abandoned and broken up to the waterline there at a later date.

1976: PEARL ASIA went aground off Port Weller while waiting clearance to head upbound to Thorold with a cargo of bauxite. After being lightered to MAPLEHEATH, the vessel was pulled free. It had begun Seaway trading as a) CRYSTAL CROWN in 1960 and first returned as b) PEARL ASIA in 1971.

1977: KEFALONIA SKY arrived at New Orleans with engine trouble that was later deemed beyond economic repair. The vessel was sold for scrapping at Brownsville, Texas, in 1978. It had first visited the Seaway as NIEUWE TONGE in 1960 and returned as b) AMSTELDIEP in 1963.

2006: The tug SENECA broke loose of the SUSAN B. HOEY on Lake Superior and was blown aground 21 miles east of Grand Marais, Mich. It was refloated on Dec. 23 and taken to Sault Ste. Marie for assessment.

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

 

Port Reports -  December 1

Duluth-Superior – Daniel Lindner
Roger Blough arrived Duluth mid-morning Thursday to load iron ore pellets at CN. Eeborg was outbound during the evening after taking on wheat at the CHS elevator. BBC Mississippi completed offloading her cargo of wind turbine parts at Port Terminal mid-day Thursday, and shifted to Hallett #5 to load bentonite. Her fleetmate BBC Vesuvius remained at Port Terminal's berth 8 loading. Both she and the Blough were expected to depart by midnight, weather permitting.

Two Harbors-Silver Bay – Gary A. Putney
American Integrity departed Two Harbors at 10:35 on Thursday for Indiana Harbor-7H. Algosteel arrived Two Harbors at 11:29 on Thursday after anchoring off the Twin Ports Wednesday night. As of 20:45 she was still at the loading dock. Due Two Harbors on Friday is the Edgar B. Speer that was anchored all day Thursday in Bete Grise Bay. She got underway for Two Harbors at approx. 17:00. Also due Two Harbors later in the day is the Whitefish Bay. The Presque Isle is showing a Duluth destination on AIS, but could end up in Two Harbors. Northshore Mining in Silver Bay had no traffic on Thursday and none scheduled on Friday.

Thunder Bay, Ont.
Thursday, 03:27 Frontenac arrived at G3 to load grain. At 14:53 Juno departed for Gibraltar

Milwaukee, Wis. – Paul Erspamer
Samuel de Champlain / barge Innovation left Milwaukee early Wednesday, arriving in Benton Harbor that afternoon. G.L. Ostrander & barge Integrity arrived and docked at Jones Island after 10 p.m. Wednesday. Prentiss Brown / barge St. Marys Challenger were expected in Milwaukee from Charlevoix Thursday morning. Drawsko arrived in Milwaukee from Cleveland after 8:30 p.m. Thursday, docking with assistance of tug Minnesota at Terminal 2 in the outer harbor.

Southern Lake Michigan ports
Federal Champlain, Orsula and Burns Harbor were at Burns Harbor docks Thursday evening. CSL Niagara was at Gary. American Century and Hon. James L. Oberstar were at Indiana Harbor. Volgaborg, Federal Churchill and John G. Munson were at docks on the Calumet River.

Toledo, Ohio
The tug Nebraska brought the tug Ohio from Cleveland on Thursday morning and left her at the Gradel dock. She may become a display at the National Maritime Museum.

Lorain, Ohio – Drew Leonard
Federal Margaree continued to load mill scale at the Jonick Dock and Terminal on Thursday.

Regional and Welland Canal transits Thursday – Barry Andersen

Buffalo:
Arrival - Nov 29 - English River at 0617 - departed Nov 30 at 00221

Long Point Bay
Arrival (anchored) - Nov 24- Algocanada at 1854 - departures - Nov 30 - Algoscotia at 1233 for Tracy and Algonova at 1423 westbound

Welland Canal upbound:
Arrivals - Nov 29 - tug Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit at 1727, Kaministiqua at 1752, Oakglen at 1851, Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 2239 and Edenborg (Nld) at 2351 - Nov 30 - John D. Leitch at 2030

Welland Canal downbound:
Arrivals - Nov 29 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1719 - Nov 30 - English River at 0533, Sten Idun (Gib) at 1044, Algoma Niagara at 1506 and Algoscotia at 1559

Welland Canal docks:
Docked - Nov 7 - Algoma Hansa stopped wharf 17 at 1306 - Nov 17 - Algoma Hansa shifted to wharf 16 at 0825

Port Weller anchorage:
Anchored - Nov 30 - Federal Katsura at 0312 and John D. Leitch at 1745 - departed Nov 30 - Federal Katsura at 1220 approximately for Hamilton and John D. Leitch at 2015 for the canal

Port Colborne anchorage:  Anchored -- Nov 30 - Cape (Lbr) (ex Heloise-15) at 1130 - departed at 1648 for Duluth/Superior

Hamilton:
Arrivals - Nov 30 - Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 0709, Algoma Equinox at 1309, Federal Katsura (Mhl) at 1434 Docked - Nov 25 - Federal Alster (Mhl) at 1747 - Nov 26 - Maria G (Mlt) (ex Gadwall-17) at 2124 - Nov 27 - Federal Satsuki (Mhl) at 2219 - Nov 29 - Wigeon (Lbr) at 0141, Spruceglen at 1135, Florence Spirit at 1402, Federal Bristol (Mhl) at 1642, Jiimaan ((Pelee island ferry) at Heddle dry dock at 2241 - departures - Nov 29 - Lake Ontario (Atg) (ex Federal Manitou-11) at 1732 - Nov 30 - Algoma Enterprise at 0650 and Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at 1946

Bronte:
Docked - Nov 29 - Dara Desgagnes at 1302 - departed Nov 30 at 1147

Clarkson:
Arrival - Robert S. Pierson at 1610 - departed - Mississauga:
Docked - Nov 29 - Adfines Sea (Mlt) (Osttank Norway-12) at 1437

 

USCG, Chicago set for today’s delivery of Christmas trees for needy families

12/1 - Chicago, Ill. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and members of the Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee will reenact a tradition dating back to the late 1800s, Friday and Saturday at Navy Pier.

The Mackinaw, serving once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship” and loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, is scheduled to return to Chicago Friday at 8:30 a.m., for a two-day event.

The Christmas trees, purchased by the Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee through private donations, will be offloaded Saturday by members of the Coast Guard and local youth volunteers including the Sea Cadets, Venture Crews, Sea Scouts and the Young Marines, following a brief, public ceremony beginning at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at the west end of Navy Pier in Polk Brothers Park. The ceremonial first tree will be presented to a representative of Ada S. McKinley Community Services on behalf of more than 1,200 deserving families who will be given a tree. The remaining trees will then be loaded onto trucks for distribution by 18 local community organization chosen by the Christmas Ship Committee.

The Mackinaw’s reenactment continues a treasured piece of Chicago’s maritime tradition. Herman Schuenemann, the captain of the original Christmas Ship, came to Chicago from Michigan for more than 30 years with fresh evergreens and wreaths for the holiday season during the late 1800s and early 1900’s. Captain Schuenemann and the Rouse Simmons was lost in a storm on Lake Michigan and sank with a crew of 16 between Kewaunee and Two Rivers, Wis., November 23, 1912.

During the transit to Chicago, the crew of the Mackinaw held a solemn tribute and dropped a wreath into the waters near the resting place of the Rouse Simmons, which was located in 1971.

Chicago’s boating community has been re-enacting the days of the Rouse Simmons landing in Chicago for the past 18 years. The Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee is comprised of and supported by all facets of the Chicago’s boating community, which includes: the International Shipmasters’ Association; Chicago Marine Heritage Society; the Navy League of the United States; Chicago yacht clubs; Friends of the Marine Community; the Chicago Yachting Association, the Cruise Ship Mystic Blue and others. Navy Pier hosts the event while staff lends support to this ongoing tradition.

The Committee, in conjunction with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and members of the Coast Guard Auxilliary, will also host educational programs for local area schools aboard the Mackinaw. More than 300 students from the Chicago area will learn about the role of the Coast Guard, the “Christmas Ship” tradition, observe a Sea Partners ecology presentation and experience a ship tour by Coast Guard Auxiliary. Members of the Mackinaw’s crew and volunteers from Chicago’s boating community will decorate the ship on Friday afternoon for the “Chicago’s Christmas Ship” event.

The Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., was commissioned in June 2006 and has a crew of 60. It is one of the Coast Guard’s most technologically advanced multi-missioned cutters. In addition to search and rescue and maritime law enforcement operations, this weekend's charitable activity takes place in conjunction with a scheduled aids to navigation mission in the southern region of Lake Michigan to remove seasonal buoys for winter maintenance and replace them with ice buoys to protect them from ice damage. Additionally, regular underway crew training and drills are being conducted in preparation for the ship’s primary winter mission of ice-breaking to keep commerce moving through the Great Lakes.

USCG

 

Today in Great Lakes History -  December 1

In 1940, the Columbia Transportation steamer CARROLLTON laid up in the Cuyahoga River with a storage load of 75,000 bushels of potatoes.

On 01 December 1884, the N BOUTIN (wooden propeller tug, 68 foot, 46 gross tons, built in 1882, at Buffalo, New York) sank in ten feet of water near Washburn, Wisconsin. Newspaper reports stated that she was leaking badly and was run toward shore to beach her but no details are given regarding the cause of the leak. She was recovered and repaired.

On December 1, 1974, the Canadian motor vessel JENNIFER foundered on Lake Michigan in a storm. Her steel cargo apparently shifted and she foundered 24 miles southwest of Charlevoix, Michigan. The JENNIFER went to the bottom in water too deep for any salvage attempt.

FRED G. HARTWELL, the last boat built for the Franklin Steamship Co., was delivered to her owners on December 1, 1922, but her maiden voyage didn't occur until early 1923, because of unfavorable weather conditions.

The SASKATOON's ownership was transferred to the Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal, on December 1, 1913, when the company was formed and all six vessels of the Merchants Mutual Line were absorbed by CSL in 1914.

HUDSON TRANSPORT was put up for sale by Marine Salvage in December 1982.

On 1 December 1875, BRIDGEWATER (3-mast wooden schooner, 706 tons, built in 1866, at Buffalo, New York, as a bark) grounded on Waugoshance Point in the Straits of Mackinac. She was released fairly quickly and then was towed to Buffalo, New York, for repairs. In Buffalo, she was gutted by fire. In 1880-82, the propeller KEYSTONE was built on her hull.

In 1909, the MARQUETTE & BESSEMER NO 2 sank on Lake Erie, 31 lives were lost.

December 1, 1985 - SPARTAN broke loose from her moorings at Ludington in a storm and ended up near Buttersville Island. She was pulled off on December 5, by the Canonie tugs SOUTH HAVEN and MUSKEGON with the help of the CITY OF MIDLAND 41. It took about 10 hours.

On 1 December 1875, the Port Huron Times reported: "The schooner MARY E. PEREW went ashore in the Straits of Mackinac and by the brave efforts of the people on shore, her crew was rescued from perishing in the cold. Her decks were completely covered with ice and the seas were breaking over her. The vessel has a large hole in her bottom made by a rock that came through her. She will prove a total loss." On 7 December 1875, that newspaper reported that MARY E. PEREW had been raised by a wrecker and would be repaired.

On 1 December 1882, DAVID M. FOSTER (wooden 3-mast schooner, 121 foot, 251 tons, built in 1863, at Port Burwell, Ontario as a bark) was carrying lumber from Toronto to Oswego, New York, in a storm. She was picked up by a harbor tug outside of Oswego for a tow into the harbor, but the towline broke. The FOSTER went bows-on into the breakwater. She was holed and sank. No lives were lost. Her loss was valued at $3,300.

On 01 December 1934, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA (WPG 64) (165 foot, 718 gross tons, built in 1932, at W. Bay City, Michigan) was involved in the rescue of the crew of the whaleback HENRY CORT off the piers at Muskegon, Michigan. Also that winter, she delivered food to the residents of Beaver Island, who were isolated due to the bad weather.

SULLIVAN BROTHERS (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 430 foot, 4897 gross tons, built in 1901, at Chicago, Illinois as FREDERICK B. WELLS) grounded at Vidal Shoal on Tuesday evening, 01 Dec 1953. She was loaded with grain and rested on solid rock. She was recovered.

1934: The whaleback steamer HENRY CORT hit the north pier at Muskegon, MI and was wrecked. All on board were saved but one rescuer perished when the U.S.C.G. surfboat overturned. HENRY CORT was cut up for scrap on location during World War Two.

1961: The Canada Steamship Lines bulk canaller ELGIN struck the Charelvoix Bridge on the Lachine Canal when the structure did not open properly due to a faulty bridge mechanism. The waterway was closed for several days but the ship was not damaged.

1961: ARIE H., a Liberian flagged Liberty ship, went aground near the Snell Lock but was refloated and, the following day, departed the Seaway as the last oceangoing ship of the season.

Data from: Skip Gillham, 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.


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